Archive for 04/01/2006 - 05/01/2006

J Dilla Tribute Show in Philly TONIGHT!

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I won't be there, I'm a family guy, but the show looks like it will be slick, esp. with Monie Love hosting. Check it out:



For more info on the J Dilla Foundation, check out this website.

The Sopranos, Season 6: "Cold Stones" [recap]

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The Sopranos is known for packing a lot into an hour, and this episode was one of the meatier ones of this season. It started off right in the midst of Tony walking in on an argument between Carm and AJ. AJ apparently got fired 3 weeks ago for selling promo items from Blockbuster. While he tried to defend his acts as him caring for the environment, Tone let him know that even "Rhesus monkeys" work at those stores. When T and Carm walk out of the living room, AJ punkishly flips them off. Lil' bitch.

With that on her mind, Carm can't sleep. T tries and fails to get her calm so he can rest his bones, but out of nowhere Meadow walks in, announcing that she is off to California, chasing punk ass Finn. She says she is going to get an internship studying medicine for her med. school apps, but Carm suspects she's just there for Finn. She even questioned their relationship turmoil, to which Meadow acted like that was new info to her. Meadow further stunned them by saying that she doesn't even know if she'd make it home for Christmas. The fuck?! With this on her mind, Carm decides the next day that she wants to take that trip to Paris she won. Tony is at first not feeling that arrangement, but after her talking about the year she's had, T says she should go, so Rosalie and Carm are Frenchie bound.

In France, Carm has some deep thoughts and good times. They eat in the best restaurants, Ro flirts with some young French dude, they shop out, and even see the sights. It's been noted that during a lot of the scenes, Carm is fond of a bunch of pieces referencing the Virgin Mary and other things of that ilk, which cause her to contemplate a "who am I?" school of thought. They visit a church, and Carm noticed that Ro lit 2 candles, seemingly for Jackie Sr. and Jackie Jr. When she tries to speak about this with Ro at dinner one night, Ro becomes upset, asking why she brought New Jersey to France. Ro opened up a bit, but was visibly disgusted. Carm apologized, but the thoughts were still on her mind. She had a telling dream featuring Adrianna and the rat-dog that Christopher sat on. She’s talking to Carm in the dream, when some dude comes up behind her and says something like "someone needs to tell your friend that she's dead". Deep shit, no? I still suspect that Carm is either going to investigate what happened to Ade or that shit is going to come to surface... whichever way, someone will have to pay for that.

Tony, who couldn't make the trip, had other things on his mind. Early on, Phil gives him some bad news: he can't keep up a 5 no-show job deal they worked out. Tony realizes that Phil is power tripping while Johnny is "folding laundry in Danbury", and is disgusted. To add fuel to the flame, Vito confronts Tony while he's reading a paper in the mall! When Tony is startled to see Vito, Vito immediately is like "my brother is over there", which is just a dick move. You'd really think T would clip Vito in the middle of that crowded mall? Anyways, Vito first tries to lie: he says that he was not gay, it was his fucking blood medication (??!?!?!), leading to this funny ass exchange:


Vito: "If you want proof, I can probably get a letter from my doctor."

Tony: "A note from your doctor sayin' you don't like to suck cock?"

In any case, Vito then suggests a $$$ fronting to Tony in exchange for a piece of the action. He wants to run a thing down in AC: drugs, girls, whatever, with a cut going to Tony. T thinks if over, and when he vocalizes the situation to the guys @ The Bing, they reject the offer cold. Tough break.

In one sad scene, Vito is eating a meal with his kids, lying to them about him being in the CIA or some shit. They believe him, thinking he is on secret missions, promising not to tell. Damn shame. He also calls Johnnycakes, who let's him know that he is very fucked up and doesn't want to have anything to do with him.

Tony realizes later that Vito has to go. He has to do it to make right with Phil -- this whole season he's been satisfying Phil, like that fuck really cares about him. He doesn't iron out plans, but he makes it clear to Sil that the plan should be put into motion soon. Later, T eyes a girl at the Bing and gives her a ride home... with her head in his lap. I thought he was panic attacking but no, that was just an orgasm. After dropping her off, he gets a call from Vito, wanting to set up a meeting. Too little, too late...

Vito catches it from two of Phil's goons, a guy named Dom and another guy. They smack him with a pipe when he comes back to his motel room. Phil (literally) then comes out of the closet to finish the job of murking Vito who (figuratively) came out of the closet. Before they beat Vito to death, he tells him that he is a "fucking disgrace".

Bobby Bacala brings the bad news to T and the crew @ the Bing (Vito even had a cue stick shoved up his ass when he was found), and T plays it off like its no thing. In private, he confides in Silvio that this does not look good @ all. Phil is showing that he doesn't give a fuck about what he does anymore. Sil asks if they should murk one of the NY boys, but T shoots that down. They don't want a war; he says they should hit him in his wallet, b/c that's all Phil really cares about anyways. Smart move... fucked up it didn't go that route.

The next day, Dom (one of the NY guys), Carlo and Silvio are at the Bing making food. Dom keeps coming with jokes about Vito ("You know the autopsy found a three ball in his side pocket"), which pissed both of them off -- so much that Carlo stabs Dom in the tummy! A few more stabs go, and fat ass Dom is dead on the table. T pulls up and wants to go in the Bing backroom, but Sil tries to play block at the door. Doesn't work. T sees this display and is disgusted. He says no words, just turns around and walks out, with Sil screaming behind him "you didn't see nothing!" ... can it really be that simple? Are we really ready for a 7 years war? Is it really necessary?

After this fucked up day, T comes home to see AJ on the couch playing video games. He had expressed earlier in the episode, to Melfi, that he actually hates AJ, wanted to fuck him up while seeing him in a "chit-chat room" online in his undies, laughing like an idiot. He then says he couldn't hit him if he wanted to, due to his size, which he says he got from Carm's side. Melfi points out that his hatred for that is due to the fact that AJ was raised the way he wasn't. T got his shit pushed in on the regular, by his pops, and Carm protected AJ, for good or ill. When Tony sees AJ at the couch, he’s ready to talk to him. He takes him in the garage and lets him know he has a job lined up for him: construction at 7am. In the winter. AJ thinks it’s all bullshit, and tries to brush it off. Tony gets pissed, telling him he’s going to start losing his shit 1 by 1. AJ tries to be cool, but then Tony bashes AJ’s windshield with a helmet. Sure enough, AJ is up and ready for the cold work life. We’ll see if this keeps up.

Vito's death made the paper, and not only did the photographer from the "Fit Club" we saw Vito pose for in the season premiere, but his fucking KIDS see it. His daughter is confused, but his boy knows what it is. He knows that his pops lied, and now knows that he was a homo. How fucking tough is that?!

The Sopranos is going on hiatus for another week, so it’s looking like we’ll have to wait for next month for the finale. I’m psyched. So psyched.

I won’t comment on the preview now; I’ll save that for when the new episode is in queue.


RIP Vito, you fat lying bastard.

LOST, Season 3: NO RERUNS!

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this taken from Yahoo! Small Business:


May 17, 2006 -- 3:52 PM PDT

When "Lost" returns on the ABC schedule this fall, producers say they'll no longer use reruns to fill in the gaps while they film new episodes of the Hawaii-based series.
ABC executives told reporters in New York on Tuesday that fans of the mega-hit series made it clear that they're tired of the constant string of reruns that have disrupted the flow of "Lost" this season.
Steve McPherson, president of ABC's prime-time entertainment, told the Los Angeles Times that "Lost" will run with seven new episodes in its Wednesday timeslot this fall, then go on hiatus until January or February, when it will return with new episodes until May.
"Lost," which premiered in 2004, is filmed entirely on location on Oahu at a cost estimated at between $1.5 million and $2 million per episode, a large chunk of the state's $100-million film and TV industry.
The series employs an estimated 200 people fulltime and parttime in Hawaii.


Can I get a word up? Maybe all of the LOST fans who bitch/moan about the reruns (which can be annoying, but with a show this good, I'd wait all year -- hell, I do it for The Sopranos AND The Wire!) will be happier. I had heard that they'd either do something like 24 does, where it just starts its season late, in January, or what they did now, which is the same thing Prison Break does. Big up to ABC and the producers of LOST.

the shuffle. [5/20/06]

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What up world? Yet another week down the drain. Just got back from seeing the Ringling Brothers and Barnum & Bailey "Circus of Dreams"... we saw a cat get dropped, a horse fall, and a lot of faked singing. And some adopted Asian kid got to do all kinds of tricks while lip synching. It was almost like a live action, dubbed kung fu flick. With motorcycles.

Why do they let Antonio Tarver talk? He jabs a lot of BS with his mouth. Yeah, he whupped on Roy Jones, but Roy couldn't take one on the chin. Hopkins did jail time, nigga. Don't sleep on those ex-cons. First jigs to knock you out just for livin' (whattup P).

Being a sick ass dude sucks. My temp was up to almost 101... nasty. All sweaty and shit, felt like I was going through menopause.

Saturday nights are HBO boxing nights. That nigga De La Hoya is a funny dude. He is probably the best diplomat out there. Go Oscar!

Anyways, let's get into this here shuffle thing.

1> A Tribe Called Quest is talking about a reunion tour. Am I the only one who thinks they should just make another album? I mean I know, I know, they'd make more money doing the shows, show money is what MCs eat off of. True fans want some new music. HOT music, too. Fix up, Ali, Tip and Phife Diggy.

2> This week, the Pentagon finally released the footage from when the plane hit them on 9/11. Funny thing is, there has already been sites devoted to this particular piece of 9/11 history. Plus, the footage didn't tell us a fucking thing about what truly went down. Go figure, the government is keeping info from us.

3> I've seen some fucked up shit, trust, but this shit takes the cake: a RPG game which puts you in the Columbine massacre. That I can understand, sort of. I mean, that's a place in US history, and people might want to interact with that. What I thought was worse was the Columbine Paintball "experience", where dumb ass people PAY to be the Trench Coat Mafia, the SWAT team, classmates (dead or alive), etc. What kind of sick shit is that? What's going to be next, "OJ Simpson Murder Mystery-Dinner Theatre"?

4> All I gotta say is this: "J Dillia Changed My Life". Buy the shirt.

5> So Roy Jones "Glass Joe" Jr. plans on coming back to the ring this coming July. Yo, why? When you get sonned like you did against Tarver, you need to just pursue that shitty rap label a lil further, and call some more HBO bouts. Keep it corporate.

6> Whattup Joey Crack? Fat Joe, my duke, it's one thing to be up on a Paris Hilton track. I can understand the pursuit of the almighty dollar. But her album is phenomenal, dog? Come on! Pick up your career -- it's not that serious!

7> After many, many moons, New Jerz's finest, Joe Budden, is going to be (hopefully) unleashing his latest album, The Growth, this October 2006. Hopefully this is no ploy, and President Carter is ready to greenlight Budden's gem. In other Hip-Hop album news, Nas has decided to name his next Columbia/Def Jam LP "Hip-Hop Is Dead". Is he going to pull an Andre3000, and spend most of his time singing and trying to be Prince? I doubt it. So what's dead? You're God's Son, nigga, wake up this sleeping beast.

8> Right before Barry Bonds tied The Babe's home run record, he got the shit beaned out of him by this pitcher Springer. If you haven't seen it, Springer seemed to be aiming mad pitches @ Barry, with no remorse. Well, that dumb bastard got a 4 game suspension. Good job, prick. The footage was type funny though; it seemed like, with a full count, he was just gunnin' FOR Barry. Sportcenter did the science on this fued, and it seems as these 2 have had history. Funny stuff.

9> Why they got the numbers already, I don't know, but the Da Vinci Code film has already raked in $29 Million. With an assload of shitty reviews. I will still be seeing it next weekend, and you best to believe I'm going to review this. I still say they should have done an Angels & Demons movie first, but who am I?

10> THIS JUST IN: apparently fashion guru Tommy Hilfiger (hillnigger) and Axl Rose got into some beef? WTF is that all about? Apparently, they were beefing over a table in some VIP room for Rosario Dawson's bday. And Hilfiger was actually whupping on Axl? What a bitch. Is THAT the reason that last GNR album didn't come out? And why is Axl sporting those weak dreadlocks? And this is after I spent the weak humming classic GNR material at work. What a dick.

Well, people, that's it for this week. More shit probably happened, including Bush trying to fix this immigration system, but when that pussy can't figure out how to fix what's going on with people who ALREADY live here, how can I truly believe he will be able to fix the madness going on with the immigrants?

Holla at the kid.

PS: Happy Birthday, Malcom X.

Friday, May 19th 2006 playlist

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Whattup world? Another week, another set of beats. A slew (dem) of new music coming through, it's looking like it's going to be a HOT summer. What's good on the music scene? Come check mi playlist, seen?

Drum & Bass:

1> Dylan & Raiden "Preacherman" [freak] (dubby, halftime Amit-esque vibes, insane sounds)
2> Teebee, Form & Mike Engine "Postmodern" [engine] (back to the future, classic Teebee Certificate 18-era)
3> Contour "Moving High (Basic Operations Remix)" [cymbalism limited] (RIP Basic Operations)
4> Davide Carbone & Kubkis "Ready With This (Craggz & Parallel Forces Remix)" [intrinsic] (shouts to Jeryl for unleashing this gem)
5> Submerged "Servant (Technical Itch Remix)" [ohm resistance] (moody, ominous sounds by one of the Dons of Dark DnB)
6> Dave Angel "Brothers (XRS Remix)" [v recordings] (jazzy, funky, but too fucking short!)
7> Tommy Boy "Love & Happiness" [v recordings] (big up to TC for this one; yes, he does sample the good Reverend)
8> Danny Byrd ft. IK "Rise Again" [spearhead] (beautiful, soulful, wonderful)
9> Phobia "Sun Rising" [renegade] (James doing the damn thing, liquid style)
10> Dirty Harry "Pimpin' Ain't Easy" [radius] (who says DnB has to be complex to make you shake?)

Hip-Hop/Rap

1> DJ Khaled ft. Kanye West, Consequence & John Legend "Grammy Family" [I guess this is coming out on Khaled's album? If he did this beat, he's BANANAS! the beat loops every 5 bars, instead of 4. nice work on that one!]
2> The Roots "Don't Feel Right" [this one is dope, classic Roots affair.]
3> Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z & Young Jeezy "Hustlin' (Remix)" [long awaited remix of the track of the Spring. people want to shit on Jay, but he does the damn thing with his verse.]

That's really it. Not much *new* Hip-Hop has been moving me. Waiting for my boy Russ to get his studio poppin'. Do the damn thing, boss. Do it.

LOST, Season 2: "Three Minutes" [recap]

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What an eye opening episode! Well, not a full eye opening, but we got a peek, kind of like how Chris Rock wanted Stevie Wonder to get a peek. We got to peer into the camp that the Others have set up, which looks like a front to me. This episode was focused on Michael, but just like the Claire episode where the flashbacks were based on events happening on the island, this was the same thing (I'm not sure if you can even call these flashbacks, though: that normal flashback sound never appeared, we just got hit with subtitles like "13 DAYS AGO" and such). It was odd stuff, so let's delve into it nice and easy...

Boom. We start out on Michael, 13 days ago, jacking Jack and Locke for a piece. Oddly enough, Locke let him go, even though Michael was fidgeting with that watch Jin gave him. After locking them both in the vault, he runs to instant message with Walt, or who he thinks is Walt. He's told to go North, and he will know where he is when he sees these big rocks. He darts out, running along the way, when he sees a raggedy looking man, who looks like he was peeing? Anyways, Michael gets all wild and points his piece at him, but is blindsided by "Zeke" and a few other Others. They grab his rifle, but he jets with a handgun and lets off a few rounds. Zeke tells them they need him alive, and throws some kind of slingshot device that knocks Michael out. He is "bagged" and brought back to their camp. At that camp, we see Rousseau’s daughter Alex, who looks like she doesn't belong but regrettably does what she is told. Michael has no bag on his head, and sees when they capture Kate. They gag him and go through the whole scene with Jack, Locke & Sawyer being told not to "cross the line"... Alex is excitedly asking questions to Michael about Claire and other things going on with the Fuselage crew, but he obviously can't answer. After this escapade, we flash forward to Michael being brought to the Others' camp. I am not sure but I think this part is about 10 days before the current time on the island... anyways, we see a very different island than what's seen in the hatches. These people have a little community of huts and homes and are very structured, so it seems. Michael is sat down and some cat runs right up and takes his blood. WTF?! Then a new character, named "Miss Clue", walks up to Michael and starts shooting questions at him, about Walt. What was Walt like as a child, has he ever been places he shouldn't have been, was he ever sick as a child, all types of shit. Michael, as we have heard him scream many times, only wanted to see Walt. He gets taken into a hut where he seemingly has to stay for about a week's time. We are then forwarded to about 3 days ago, where Clue comes in with a meal and an objective for Michael. She tells him he has to do something for them or he will not see his boy ever again. He demands she show him Walt, so she brings Walt in (she called for someone named Pinky or something), and told Michael he only gets three minutes to meet with him. Walt comes in, startled, and during their innocent conversation, he blurts out things like "THEY ARE PRETENDING", that they are putting him through tests, and other things. Miss Clue looked startled, and warned Walt that if he didn't stop he'd be placed in "the room"... wtf?!??! Walt is so riled up, they pick him up and drag him out, but not before he tells Michael that he loves him, which Michael reciprocates. The scene seemed kind of odd -- this is the first real vocal affection Walt has given Michael, which is sweet but has people thinking that Walt might be brainwashed and is really working the angles with the Others, but I don't subscribe to that theory. Once the ruckus is settled, Clue gives Michael a list of four names, and he has to bring those people back to the Others' camp, as well as free fakeHenry Gale. The list contained the names of Hurley, Jack, Sawyer and Kate. What's good with that? Are they "good", or are they threats? I've seen online chatter suggesting that these 4 have "seen things" on the island (Jack saw his father, Sawyer and Kate saw the black horse, and Hurley saw "Dave"), and that this might be the reason they were chosen. And before you say "but Eko saw Yemi" or "but Charlie saw Mary", those were DREAMS! Strange. She told him to make up a story, which is probably how Michael comes up with the whole MurderDeathKill thing on Ana-Lucia. It worked, but it might have been too much. The one thing Michael said while agreeing to this is that he wants a boat. Being a parent, I understand what he was thinking: when all is said and done, the only person he has ties to on this island is his son, Walt. He wanted to pick up Walt and BE OUT. No harm, no foul.

While all of this was going down, we were flashing forward to the modern day showing Michael going through the motions on back with the survivors. His demeanor was shady from the jump, and his insistence that it only be Jack, Kate, Hurley and Sawyer going to the Others’ camp to confront them tipped Saayid off, who voiced his fears of this before the funeral for Ana-Lucia and Libby. Jack is concerned, but they plan on playing things out until opportunity knocks.

On other various parts of their camp, we got to see a few notable things:

Charlie made steps to reconciling with Claire. He gave her a pneumatic needle and some vaccine, apparently, for her and the baby. The bottles supposedly advised that they were to be taken every 9 days. He told her it didn’t hurt because, well, he took the shit himself. Damn drug addict. She seemed content, even holding his hand during the funeral.

Vincent showed Charlie where Sawyer’s heroin stash was, and instead of being tempted to take some, he threw all of the Virgin Mary’s in the ocean. Good job, smackhead.

Charlie also voiced his disdain with Eko, who is now pushing that button every 108 minutes. Eko told him that he is no longer building the church, that this is what he has to do now. Charlie threw a hissy fit and stormed off, failing to build the church himself…

Eko also noticed the magnetism in the Swan, with his cross being pulled…

Something made Locke cut off his splint and start walking. He had been sitting on that beach all show, pretty much. Probably re-evaluating his faith and purpose on the island, and in life...


Sawyer opened up to Jack about his encounter with Ana-Lucia, even making a funny play on something Jack said. Sawyer asked Jack what he and Kate were doing that night Michael came back… Jack told him that they got caught in a net. Sawyer told Jack that Ana-Lucia and him got frisky in the woods, that they got “caught in a net”, and that’s how she got his gun. Jack asked why he told him that, and Sawyer let him know that he’s the closest friend he’s got on the island. Touching, isn’t it?

Towards the end of the episode, during the funeral, the survivors notice a boat off in the distance… coming ashore! Who knows who/what is on it… some think it’s Desmond, who is supposedly going to be shown during next week’s 2 hour finale. I can’t wait.

I wish I had a theory about what’d happen, but anytime I do that I’m wrong, so I will just say I’m content to know that this season has been everything I thought it’d be.

Oh and btw, Let The Compass Be You Guide

. Namaste.

The Sopranos, Season 6: "Moe 'N Joe" [recap]

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I'm kind of torn with this episode of The Sopranos. I think it has to do with the fact that this show is winding towards it's end; I can't see how ANY of this is going to piece itself together (2 more episodes this year, another 8 starting Jan. 2007)... there is just a lot going on, rifts being presented, and chapters seemingly open-ended. Let's get to brass tax.

First off, Johnny Sack got 15 years. His lawyers started out trying to get him to flip -- as I said last week, he shot that down with the quickness. Some of his people (Phil Leotardo, Silvio) made some strong comments about his course of action, but he had no choice, honestly. They went after his assets, and he stood like a man and made sure his family was taken care of. He had to take some low blows, like selling Tony his house for half price, but if he stood trial, that shit would have gotten UGLY, and there's no telling how many MORE years he would have gotten, as well as how much more loot they'd take from him. In my opinion, smart move, but that life they chose can be a bitch sometimes. With that story, you get some funny moments. Ginny (happy 50th, ma) had her brother play messenger between Tony and Johnny, and seeing Andrew in the jailhouse with Johnny, trying to talk in code, was hilarious ("Our friend with the stomach", "7 cups of coffee", etc). John's a broken man, but he is taking this shit right on the chin. Good luck.

Speaking of selling the house to Tony, guess who got it? Janice, of all people. She cried to Tony in the beginning, made him feel guilty about things. She kept on and on about how Tony is just like Livia, how he always shits on Bobby, wondering why Bobby isn't a captain. Bitch even went as far as to say that the only thing shared between them is DNA. Cold, right? He took this to Dr. Melfi, who we got to see twice, and she told him that it's possible his early sexual fantasies were about Janice (barf!), and that because she got laid and got out, he had to take the brunt of the pain from Livia, as well as running the family business. He has always had that soft spot for Janice, and will always do for her. It's just fucked up that things have to be like that, and she always makes her problems the only important problems.

And boy does she have some problems. Bobby Jr. is showing his ass, talking slick to both her and Bobby. She's the only one who really can put a foot in his ass, but as he gets older, he's kind of not even wanting to deal with them (can you blame him?). She also has to deal with Bobby Bacala, who in every preview, from HBO.com to my cable provider, said he has a "visual impairment"; this cat got got up in Newark by a gang of kids. They beat him down (that's the scene I thought was someone getting beat by firemen -- wtf was I on?!?!) with a lead pipe, jacked his money, and shot at the ground, which ricocheted into his eye. Tony initially laughed at this, but I think the guilt set in, and this is something that leads to him giving Janice and Bobby the house.

The other continuing arc in this episode was Vito's Big Adventure. We first see him chugging Smirnoff in the library, drawing motorcycles. Johnnycakes sees him and is upset (remember, "Vincent" told him that he was a sports writer), but Vito calms him down. Vito also lets Johnnycakes know that he is connected, not in so many words, but why would he even go that route? He doesn't know that bitch from Adam. Anyways, one night Johnnycakes responds to a fire call, and Vito decides he wants to go with him. He ends up saving the day at the fire by cutting some electrical wire, which pisses Johnnycakes off (he ends up giving in and apologizing). "Vinny" takes Johnnycakes up on his offer to work some odd jobs for some locals, but that doesn't set well with Vito at all, and these scenes were some of the funniest. From Vito getting caught "on a siesta" in the barn to the dialogue he has with himself, trying to coax himself from clock-watching, are some of the best individual scenes of the year. Vito cooks dinner for Johnnycakes, who tries to butt-pump him at the stove, but that was a meal he'd have to wait for later. OK, the homosexual stuff got to be a little too thick for me, and I think it got to be too much for Vito, because he cleared out of there. He longed for the life he knew, which is back in NJ. While drunk driving, he ends up smacking the shit out of a SUV on wooded road. The guy has a rapport with Vito, who just wants to bounce, but dude wanted to file a police report. Vito went to grab his registration, which turned out to be a gat, and he plugged homey in the back of the skull, murking him in the woods. Fuck the dumb shit, but watch him get popped for that. Vito took off (ironically yelling "cocksucker" while trying to detach his car from the SUV) and drives back to his stomping grounds, passing the pork shop with a found glare. Silly bitch, you are about to get capped.

A few additional points of interest:

Meadow revealed to Tony that her relationship with Finn is NOT working well. It seems that they are spending little time together, and that time is usually spent apart anyways. She cried on Tony’s shoulder, but he was none to pleased… kept insisting that she discuss this with Carm.

Carm and Tony were going back and forth about this spec house. We found out that Tony let it “slip his mind”, and ordered Silvio to speak to the inspector. Sil was fronting on it, putting it off until Friday, but Tony told him to 86 their meeting… a day after he noticed that Carm was looking to get another contractor for the job, possibly costing more money. In my opinion, Tone doesn’t want Carm to be working outside of the house, no matter how small the task is. He was pissed when he came home to no home-cooked meal, just some sandwiches, while she was prepping for an interview. She was pissed when he basically lied and told her they wouldn’t budge, but what can she do? Tony wants her in the house, and as long as his lies work, she can’t do much else. WHY he’s doing her like that is the question… esp. if she did so much for him when he got shot…

The preview looked juicy… I get the distinct feeling that Vito got found by the crew. There’s a scene with Phil, Sil, Tone and someone else walking through what looks like a warehouse… which looks like the same warehouse that Sil is telling Tony he doesn’t want to go in. I think they catch Vito, and don’t want T to know he got caught. Who knows.

*sigh* I’m a bit upset about this whole Sopranos ending thing. I watch 2 old episodes every Sunday it seems. I will be kind of torn when this ends. Anyone else?

We’ll chew this over next week. EZ.

the shuffle. [5/13/06]

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I spent my Saturday on some very good vibes shit. Wifey and I went out to the mall, mainly to cop her a serious gang of maternity clothes. People kept downtalking Motherhood's price range, but she got mad tops and bottoms and we didn't even go over $300, which is good shit in my book. We ate the American Cafe that is located in the mall... the food was excellent, but that service was fucking ridiculous. Shitty floors, very retarded servers... just an overall downer on some great meals. I actually spent money on myself today, too! I copped a pair of Timbs, a pair of S Dot's for like $50 (!!!), and a Boondocks T-Shirt. All in all, a great way to spend a Saturday with the misses. We took the girls to cop shoes at Payless, and had a fun Burger King dinner. Chilled, etc... watched De La Hoya murk out on Mayorga, who is a fucking horse med taking fool.

In any case, most of this has nothing to do with a pretty wicked week in the world of entertainment and shit. shuffle on, peeps:

1> The Beatles' Apple label
lost a battle against the Apple computer company, who is still allowed to use their 'Apple logo' on the iTunes Music store. Great, another 15 years before people can purchase Abbey Road on iTunes.

2> The
E3 Expo went down this week, and people got to see the first glimpse of the Playstation 3. Who wants to buy this badboy for me? There's no way I'm spending $500 on a PS3, not right now. Nigga, I got kids. That shit can wait. I heard there's a Reservoir Dogs video game coming on it, though... which might sway me (even though I've never watched the flick in it's entirety).

3> Mobb Deep got a big lift with their G-Unit affiliation. They
have the #3 spot on lock, right under new albums from Tool and Pearl Jam, which is a good look for them. Now if they could only do an album without 50...

4> Faggot ass 'Prince' Naseem Hamed
got into a car accident recently. Hopefully, this will derail his planned return to the US boxing circuit. He was funny for 2 fights, but when you realized he couldn't fight, the comedy ended. Good riddance...hopefully??

5> Outed writer James Frey
admitted that his 2nd book, My Friend Leonard, has some fabricated situations in it. I wanted to read this; I read Million Little Pieces before all of the hype, and loved it. I understood why he might want to embellish in that one... but the 2nd one? It just makes me not want to even take a peek at the shit. Fuck that, James. Speak to me. In your real voice. About your real life.

6> Chris Daughtry, the man I picked to win it all during this year's American Idol was booted this week, but his some good luck. The rock band Fuel asked him to join their group. Good. I hope he does well, b/c America fucked up on that one. Whomever wins this season will be cursed. Well not cursed, but they won't do any spectacular numbers sales-wise.

7> Ya boy OJ is a funny dude. This nigga is out there fronting like he's selling his Bronco for some PPV hour show he's getting made. And he's saying he's not getting paid for this? He's got to be the dumbest nigga out there, esp. for someone that the gossip rags claim has a cocaine addiction. He's in need of a good job... maybe UPS is hiring?

8> Chris Tucker signed on to Rush Hour 3 for fucking $25 million!!! I had no idea Rush Hour 2 was the highest grossing comedy flick of all time --- $600 mill in total?!?!? How nuts is that. I guess that's why Chris can ask for that. Hopefully it's as good as the last 2 were. That first 15 mins is classic -- Chris singing MJ tracks?!?! "CHA-MOHN, CHA-MOHN LEE!!"

9> Lupus is the disease that claimed Jay Dee (aka J Dilla). His mother, Maureen Yancey, is calling on everyone to raise awarness on this disease. I'm here to do my part: check out these websites for more info.

10> Hip-Hop Shock Jock Star of the Star & Buckwild Show fame was fired from his station, Power 105.1, for some fucked up comments regarding Hot 97's DJ Envy (and his family) on the radio earlier this week. He actually ended up getting arrested over this nonsense, too, and he is lucky. Envy got suspended over this shit, but I can't blame him. That's his lil baby and his wife that this man was threatening. Fuck the dumb shit, Star should be either in the hospital being fed through tubes or 6 feet deep. After he made those fucked up comments about Aaliyah back in 2001, I disliked that nig with a passion. Now I have even more reason.

11> David Blaine couldn't do it. This shriveled up nigga couldn't hold his breath past the 7 minute 8 second mark, but the amazing feat is not that he stayed in water for a week straight; it's that people like me give a shit. I had been a fan of his when his first specials aired; the card tricks are legendary, the chicken thing, the fake levitation was even hot. Then this standing in a block of ice/on top of a high pole/staying for 44 days in a box type shit is not magic. Yes, people come see it but it is not magic. During the 2 hour snorefest, he did end up doing street magic. He pulled out some chick's teeth and spit them back into place... weird shit.

Whoa. 11 pieces this week eh? Good. Been saving some of these jammies; In any case, I'd like to wish all of the mothers out there HAPPY MOTHER'S DAY! I'll be grilling for my lady tomorrow. Do something nice for the mothers in your life.

khal, out.

Friday, May 12th 2006 playlist

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What's really goings on? It's another Friday playlist. Mother's Day is on Sunday, so you guys might want to get your mom songs on (I'll give you a few choice cuts either tonight or tomorrow), but for Friday and Saturday, it's time to party. The Hip-Hop game, in terms of new-ness, has been kind of not hitting too hard, so some of my pics are either very old, or on some promo/advance copy ish. You know how it is Drum & Bass wise, so you might not have heard a lot of my choices. Holla at the kid.

Drum & Bass

1> Phobia "The Messenger" [renegade hardware]
2> Random
Movement "They Locked Me Down" [progress]
3> Chino "Creation Blues" [diverse products]
4> Submorphics "Make It Happen" [vibez]
5> Bladerunner "Leave Dem Alone" [dread]
6> Silent Witness & Break "The Question" [dnaudio]
7> Calibre "Dirty Mind" [signature]
8> The Tesco Project "Gunshot" [tesco value]
9> A-Sides "Showstopper" [metalheadz platinum]
10> Zen "Break Even" [grid]


Hip-Hop/Rap

1> Obie Trice ft. The Game "Growing Up In The Hood" [these 2 murder that classic beat, I think it's Compton's Most Wanted?]
2> Fat Joe "We Getting Money" [yes, Crack is back and it's a PROBLEM!]
3> NWA "Straight Outta Compton" [one of the best examples of the aggression encased on the Amen break]
4> Poor Righteous Teachers "Word Iz Life" [big up Jersey all day, Wise Intelligent interview coming soon... fingers crossed!]
5> Obie Trice "Black Boy" [can't get enough of that beat and the way he does his thing... even if his flow is kind of Hov-esque]
6> Papoose "The Boyz In The Hood" [best sample of Boyz 'N The Hood since Remarc's "Ricky"]
7> DJ Khaled ft. Beanie Sigel & Jadakiss "Problem" [forthcoming on Khaled's album... FIYAH!]
8> JR Writer "U Not Like Me" [off that Big Mike 'Gametime 2006' mixtape -- that beat is murder on the woofers!]
9> Cory Gunz ft. Lil' Wayne "What U Know About This" [also off the Gametime 2006 mixtape, produced by Just Blaze. big beat.]
10> Freeway ft. 50 Cent "Bang Bang" [yup. Freeway album coming out on Roc-A-Fella/G-Unit soon, apparently...]

1 to grow on> The Roots "No Alibi" [this one goes out to my nigga Nappy -- hold your head, bro. keep pushin'!]

So that's what my weekend might sound like... maybe not. Keep it locked for some more developments... Horizons Music, Wise Intelligent, more reviews (I'm slackin' on my mackin')... all of that. I'm gonna go breeze for right now though. BE EASY!

RIP Floyd Patterson

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RIP to one of the more classic fighters of our time. He was 71 years old, and had some medical problems going on. "Pretty Boy" had some memorable highs in his career, and I am at a loss for words about his life in and out of the ring. He will be remembered as a role model and a good sport, and will be sorely missed by try boxing aficionados.

LOST, Season 2: "?" [recap]

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For those looking for answers about Michael’s secret being told to the rest of the survivors, you might as well avoid this recap now. In typical LOST fashion, this piece of information has been held to the side to explore another story, and boy was it a doozy for those who are into the mythology of the island. It was an Eko specific episode, so you know there was a large amount of faith and speculation involved. Let’s jump right into things.

The episode started out with a scene showing Eko chopping wood, seemingly for his church. Where he got an axe, I have no clue. In any case, he’s chopping away and Ana-Lucia steps in and speaks to him for a minute. She let’s Eko know that he has to help out Locke. She also goes from her normal looking face to showing him the blood on her head and in her chest. He is startled by this image, and realizes it’s a dream. He has another dream, featuring his brother Yemi, in the hatch (The Swan). Yemi tells him that he has to find the Question Mark (“?” for now on), and Locke will help him; Locke does not want to help him, but this is Eko’s job. He has to get Locke to restore his faith in this island and it’s many mysteries. With this in mind, Eko awakens and, axe in hand, goes to the hatch…

The flashbacks are also Eko-specific. They tell a tale of him during his priesthood residency. We start with him in the confessional booth, looking someone bored/distraught/annoyed with the whole deal, and we find out there is a man there who he paid to get him a passport so he can travel to Los Angeles for an undisclosed reason. He is told that he cannot do this, for he has to go see about proving/debunking this woman’s claims of a miracle. Long story short, this woman’s daughter drowns in a pool, and is considered dead. On the autopsy table, as we heard on a tape in the coroner’s office, during the procedure she is awakened, and is alive! The mother wants this reported to the Vatican, but by Vatican rule, each miracle must be investigated, and since Eko was originally skeptic, he has been chosen as Sherlock. The meeting with the coroner is eerie, hearing the girl’s screams, and I think that might have made Eko a little more interested in this case. When he goes to his scheduled meeting with the girl, but her father jumps outside and ushers the daughter and her mother inside. He looks familiar, and confirms many fans’ suspicion (I have to give my wife credit, she picked it up right away) when he went into his tirade. He said he knows his wife is pulling a fast one, but she is doing it because of his profession. He is a fraud psychic, who finds out about the people who come to see him for advice and guidance. He researches them and then feeds them BS. He is, in fact, the psychic that Claire met with in Season 1, the one who told her to go to LA and sell her baby to a family. Eerie, right? The flashbacks end a little later; for another undisclosed reason, Eko is preparing to board Oceanic 815 when he glances over his shoulder and sees the daughter! She tells him that while she was “between places” (presumably Life and Death), Eko’s brother Yemi told him that he has to be strong, have faith, and that he will see him soon. Eko grows hostile, for good reason, but calms down and gets ready for his plane. Libby made a cameo in that scene, making sure everything was kosher… but nothing was kosher for her.

On their way back at the Swan, Sawyer, Kate, Jack & Locke are speaking about how Ana-Lucia got the gun from Sawyer, when Michael stumbles out of the door, shouting how Henry got the gun, shot Ana-Lucia and Libby and him in the arm, and took off. Eko appears from behind, telling them he will help Jack tend to Michael, and as they all enter the hatch. They see the destruction: Ana-Lucia, dead. Libby, seemingly dead until Sawyer catches a face full of her bloodspit. Jack says there’s not much he can do, due to the gunshot wounds to the stomach. He can make her comfy, but cannot work anything else. He asks for the heroin, which Sawyer has. Kate is told to go with Sawyer, and she does not get it; Jack played his cards right, because Sawyer has to go grab the smack from his stash or risk Libby in unbearable pain (FYI – Sawyer’s stash was in his camp, right under his sleeping quarters. Slick, right?). They go off, as does Eko and Locke, trying to track Henry’s trail.

During the tracking, Locke realizes Eko isn’t there to hunt Mr. Gale, and Eko lets him know of Yemi’s plan to find the ?. Locke wants to go back, but is met with a Wesley Snipes headbutt. He awakens to find Eko’s built a fire and set up camp. He asks about the ?, and let’s Locke know that he knows what the ? is. After some haggling, Locke pulls out the crude map he drew from what he saw briefly on the blast door. Eko immediately picks up on it and they set out to find the ?. Locke’s faith has been waining, and initially it shows. It’s not until he has a weird dream that his interest heightens: we see Eko, walking with a limp mind you, axe in hand, following Yemi. Yemi climbs the wall that once held the plane Boone crashed in. Eko is using that axe to climb the wall, and when he reaches the top, he sees Yemi sitting in a wheelchair, gets startled and loses his grip. Locke wakes up, and tells Eko of his dream. Eko realizes that Yemi is speaking to Locke too, and is charged up. He uses the axe to climb the wall and makes it to the top. Once there, he notices a circle-shape on the ground, ending where the burned plane sits. He investigates and realizes the ground is salted, like someone did this intentionally. With a little moving around, he finds what he must have been looking for: metal. After digging and moving the plane, Locke realize that they found a door, which turns into a new hatch! “The Pearl”, as it is called in a new orientation video (no film reels in this hatch) has 2 leather chairs, a number of TV screens, and a bank-drive through looking chute. The host on the tape explains that this station is used for observation. He says that the people in the hatch do not know they are being observed, for obvious reasons – they use this Pearl hatch to test different experiments. One of the TVs had a direct feed into the Swan, among other spots. Everything is recorded by tape and was to be recorded by the Pearl inhabitants; once they noted everything in their journals, they’d put them in the chute, to be picked up by the Hanso people. Weird shit, right? Eko asked what I knew he’d ask (“Would you like to watch that again?”), but Locke was visibly pissed. His faith was tested, he wained from it, and he saw this video and it confirmed what he thought. He told Eko this, but Eko told him about Yemi’s travels and how he got back his cross from his brother and such. He asked Locke, essentially, with all of this going on, and us finding this hatch, this does nothing but REINFORCE what we’ve been doing. Eko even went as far to say that if Locke won’t hit the button, he will.

Back at the Swan, Hurley is there with Libby. No one knows how he didn’t know for a day that Libby was hurt, as he was waiting for her to come back, but he was visibly shaken. He was there to see Jack administer the final dose of smack to Libby, and said he was sorry for not getting the blankets (sad moment, really made some people cry, too). Jack shot her with the smack, and for a moment Libby was alive, shaken, scared, and said “Michael” before dying… Jack figured she was asking if he was OK, but we know she was really trying to say that Michael capped her. Very sad ending, but the previews look like the game is ON!

In the preview, we see Michael with his arm in the sling. There seems to be much chaos going down, and this might be the episode where Michael either has flashes of his time with the Others (we see shots of him being injected with needles, and shots of him being taken off), and other scenes of him telling his story (or possibly covering up his story?). I am kind of foggy on what happened honestly, but that’s why I love my DVR! I’ll add to this more.

During this show, they showed a new Hanso commercial, this time with a new web address in it:
www.sublymonal.com. Upon further investigation, this turned out to be part of a new Sprite ad campaign. Sort of how the LOST Experience game showed up on Monster.com as well. (If you aren't into it, check out The LOST Experience Clues blog.)

That's enough of my LOST obsession for now. Tune in next week for more recap loveliness.

[rock the dub Interview]: Akrobatik

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Boston is not known for being a place where Hip-Hop lives, on a mainstream level anyways. Most Hip-Hop heads can only name Benzino and Ed OG as being cats from that area. There is actually a pretty solid underground that is peeking its head out of that neck of the woods. One of those mastadons is Akrobatik, an MC many might consider "underground", but he is more than that. He is 1/3 of The Perceptionists, with long time collaborators and friends Mr. Lif and DJ Fakts One. He has a quality album in stores, Balance, where he truly shows the differing sides of a man, an MC, and a human being, guts and all. He is currently working on a new album, but took the time to bless us with news on what to expect, as well as his views on Live Hip-Hop shows, who he considers some of the superheroes of the game, and other odds and ends...


khal: First off, congrats on all of the props you have received for the PerceptionistsBlack Dialogue album. How does it feel to have one of your albums deemed one of the best of 2005, as well as have been up for a Plug Award?

Akrobatik: Thanks a lot! It was definitely hot to get the recognition we did for that album. It was a long time coming, and we really hoped it would be well-received. I'm glad we got together and made the project happen, and I look forward to doin' more joints as The Perceptionists.

khal: Personally, when I listen to Black Dialogue, it feels like a back-to-the-future type of thing: while the sonics are very current and at times futuristic ("
Blo" for example), the content, whether its political or just tracks like "Party Hard" take it back to how people used to rock in the "golden era" of Hip-Hop.

Akrobaitik: Yeah, I feel that way, too. That's why we went with the artwork design that we did for the album. Our influences stem from that era where content was important, and we wanted to make an album that we thought would get respect from the cats that we look up to as well as the new fans and cats that been down with us since day 1.

khal: You’ve been dropping tracks on various labels, from Detonator and Coup D’etat to Rawkus and Def Jux. Recently, you signed with NYC’s Fat Beats for the release of your upcoming album, Absolute Value. Why’d you sign with Fat Beats, and not stick with Def Jux to put out your album?

Akrobatik: Well, Def Jux is a quality label, without question. But they have their hands full with artists that have been holdin' them down from jump, so I needed to set myself up in a situation where I would be top priority. Fat Beats definitely gives me a chance to spread my wings, expand my audience, and get the attention I feel I deserve as a soloist.

khal: Can you give us any insight as to what’s going on with the Absolute Value LP? Is there a central theme/concept throughout the album? Who’s on the beats? Any guest MCs?

Akrobatik: Well, as of now it's still a work in progress. The concept is a loose one. My focus on this album is to have end-to-end bangers that are gonna kick ass when I hit the road. I'm definitely not trying to be super-conceptual with this album. I prefer to go against the grain. Absolute Value is gonna be a headbangin', ass-movin' LP, with hard beats and rough rhymes, just the way so many hip-hop heads love it. I got beats from Illmind, Beatminerz, Therapy, J-Zone, Fakts One, 9th Wonder, all types of cats. B-Real from Cypress Hill, Freddie Foxxx, Mr. Lif, and a few other special guests will stop in, too...

khal: Take us into the studio with you: how do you come up with your tracks? Are you bringing a full book of rhymes to the studio and working out those ideas, or do your songs come to fruition when you hit the studio? Also, does your process differ when you are working with the Perceptionists as opposed to doing your solo tracks?

Akrobatik: A lot of producers are probably frustrated with me, because they give me CDs full of dopeness, and I only end up choosing one or two. I listened to thousands of beats while I was writing this album, and I really only picked beats that told me they needed me to write to them. In other words, I listen to hear a song out of a track before I even write anything. I don't keep books full of rhymes; I just think I stay ready to write "THAT" song to "THAT" beat. With the group, I think the process was similar, but it's cool to have someone to bounce ideas around with.

khal: I was on another blog the other day, where they were kind of dissing Hip-Hop live shows for not being innovative and what have you, with that being the reason as to why most Hip-Hop artists don’t make as much loot on shows as opposed to Rock acts or what have you. What do you try to do live that separates your show from the next mans?

Akrobatik: It's funny you ask that, because I am in the process of a complete overhaul of my live show. I'm really gonna try to make my show worth well beyond the price of admission. I totally agree that a lot of shows are lackluster. I think I do a good job as a soloist, but I've always felt it could be even better. That's definitely a focus of mine. As I get older, I'm realizing the importance of cardiovascular health. I wanna be out there 20 years from now still doing this if I want, so I'm just trying to master breath control and pacing myself. Aside from that, I just like to be personal with the crowd, and make sure that everything I say can be heard clearly. I treat Emceein' like a sport, and the shows are the big games. I try to show up and and do my best every time.

khal: You’ve got a lot of classics tracks, from "SayYesSayWord" to "
Remind My Soul" to "Internet MCs" and the "Fat Shit" tracks with Lif. What is YOUR favorite track that you’ve done? Why? Do you have any tracks out there that you are not so happy with?

Akrobatik: I think my favorite track is a joint off my new album. It's the first song on the album, and I think it's gonna go down as my signature track. It's just gets me hyped as hell. Throw that shit on, and my adrenaline starts flowin' immediately. But as far as joints that I have previously released, it would have to be "Remind My Soul". I have other songs that I think I like more, but that one has effected so many people in so many positive ways that I can't overlook how much it means to me.

khal: What’s good about Hip-Hop these days? What’s something that you wish would be kept out of the scene?

Akrobatik: What's good about Hip-Hop is that there is an audience out there large enough to keep independent artists alive and relevant. Also, Hip-Hop remains to be our most powerful voice. It's a shame that so many abuse that, but that doesn't erase the fact that the vessel is still there to be used for the greater good. For me, I would love it if the whole crack dealer/gun runner shit would die out. It's played and not really believeable anymore. So many people are tryin to be "THAT" dude, that the creativity is leaking out of Hip-Hop. But, I think there are enough creative and talented cats out there keepin' the real shit alive. Even in gangsta rap, you have plenty of dudes who still approach the shit as emceein', and that's all I really ask.

khal: You’ve connected with plenty of artists out there, but it’s a big world out there. If you could do an EP with ANY producers/MCs/artists out there, who would you choose and why?

Akrobatik: I wanna do an album with Illmind. His beats are incredible. I would also love to put together a supergroup of black superhero emcees like Ghostface, Doom, Pharoahe Monch, Bumpy Knuckles, Black Thought, and myself. Although I realize that would be putting myself in very exclusive company. Those guys are all some of the all-time greats.

khal: Your success has taken you all over the world on tour; what state/city/country has the livest crowd? On the flipside, what’s the WORST experience you have had during a live show?

Akrobatik: I love Paris. I love album release shows in Boston. Crowds in Baltimore have always been live for me for some reason, too. Internationally when you do the festivals, those are definitely the livest crowds. Illest show I've ever done though was at the Bonnaroo Festival in '05. It was Perceptionists, RJD2, and De La Soul. 10,000 people in a tent whilin' for hours. Mad fun...
As far as the worst experience, one time I was doing a show in Berlin. My DJ threw on the vocal version of "SayYesSayWord", and when I turned around to let him know, he had his back turned diggin' through records.

khal: Most people know you are a Boston head, and are into sports heavy. What’s going on with your Patriots this coming season?

Akrobatik: Ahh... I can't say I'm not disappointed about losing Vinatieri, McGinest, and Givens. But we drafted well. I trust that the organization will once again field a product that cats can be proud of. It's a tough league though. It could be decades before another team accomplishes what the Pats have done in the last 5 years.

khal: I read in XXL a while back that you are seriously into WWE, and wrestling in general. Who would you say is the superstar that is most like Akrobatik, and why? Do you think you could take any of the WWE stars in a match?

Akrobatik: I guess I would have to say John Cena. Aside from the Hip-Hop thing, the way he does a lot of his slams and stuff like that is similar to my style in the ring. He bounces around a lot, and I'm the same way. Charisma-wise, though, I'd say Stone Cold Steve Austin. He's the man.

khal: Which MCs (dead or alive) are in your top 5?

Akrobatik: Man that's NOT easy. Here goes, no order:
KRS-One
Pharoahe Monch
Black Thought...
..............
ya know what I'm not gonna do this. There are too many dope emcees to narrow it down to just a top 5. And what are we basing greatness on?
Ain't no best.

khal: Let’s wrap this up; do you have any final words and/or shout outs to drop?

Akrobatik: Just check for me when the album drops in October, and on the road this summer! Hit me up online at
Akrobatik.com or www.myspace.com/therealakrobatik

The Sopranos, Season 6: "The Ride" [recap]

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So Season 6 is almost over, and we've gotten 2 marriages already. The first was Johnny Sack's daughter, Allegra, and now we are introduced to Christopher's new wife, Kelli, who is also with child. She thought he was going to whup the shit out of her ass, but he instead held her close, rubbed her belly, and wanted to "make a day" out of a trip to Atlantic City to get hitched. We know this is something he wanted but could not have with Adrianna, due to her plumbing, so there should be NO surprise that he jumped at the opportunity. Speaking of Adrianna, she does come up a few times this episode... let's get it going.

On a trip to PA, Tony and Christopher stop off somewhere so Tone can drain the lizard. Out of their Escalade, they see a few guys, who we find out later are members of some Vipers biker gang, jacking some nice boxes of wine. They figure, why not pilfer from the pilfering? They load up when all of the sudden, the fucking Vipers roll out of the spot with an ATM MACHINE! Chrissy quickly pulls out his piece, and when the Vipers ask if they are cops, they play along. Right before they decide to leave, Chrissy squeezes a cap out, and all hell breaks loose. One of the Vipers reaches for his ratchet, and shots are exchanged... by the time Chris gets back in the window (he was hanging out, bucking like a wild man), one of the Vipers is down, and Tony's ankle is sprained. They get a great dinner, and Chris even drinks some of the wine that Tony is getting lit off of. Funny thing about this scene is, Chrissy is championing the 12 steps, how his son will be his strength, but then gives in when T pours him a glass... now, wasn't this the same Christopher who was sniffing coke off the hooker's chest back in Hollywood? Why is that OK but drinking WITH TONY some kind of crazy idea? Anyways, they spend some time drinking more wine outside, when Chrissy and T share an intimate moment, talking about how much they have been through, and such. We are treated to a scene from the past, where Chris comes to T and tells him that he found out Adrianna flipped to the Feds. We sense the hostility in Tone, grabbing at Chris to check for the wire, probing him for information. We get to see Chris at his lowest, balling over Ade, telling T he can't pull the trigger, and he won't let T make him. It's very touching, and a scene many fans have wanted to see for some time now... later on, we see Christopher again with his homeboy, the smackhead who arranged the hit on Rusty. Christopher pays him his money, which is a little less than what was discussed, but he drops some H in there for good keeping. The dude gets worked in the whip, asking Chris if he wants. Chris first "toots" some, but then decides to go balls deep and mainline. We are treated to a pretty nicely done sequence of Chrissy making nice with a dog, all the while strung out, watching the sky, nodding off in the fair, etc. Some help REHAB did for him.

The fair, the fair. The St. Elzear's fair was held by cost cutting Paulie, which ended up biting him in the ass. We knew it was trouble when the new parish asked for an increase in his pay, from $10K to a cool $50Gs. Paulie was none to happy, so St. Elzear did not get a new hat. He cut so many corners, he almost endangered Janice, Domenica and lil Bobby on the fucking teacups. The ride gives way, and some kid gets smacked in the face by the equipment. Janice hams it up at dinner, saying Bobby didn't do shit to help, so what's he do? He finds the operator, asking for $25K for his wife, who is now sporting a new neck brace (yawn). The operator snitches on Paulie, saying he was the one who scrimped on the funds. Bobby causes a scene at the fair, calling Paulie out, saying he owed him scrilla for the medical bills. Paulie, of course, wants no part of that @ all. Later on, they sit down to eat at Christopher's party, but Bobby bounces when he sees Paulie. Tony asks Paulie to make it right with Bobby, but Paulie has been going through some things of his own. He is tripping about this biopsy that he had, due to the possibility of his having prostate cancer. Sad story, but loot is loot. Paulie wouldn't let anyone else cut corners for personal reasons, so he has to not be surprised when folks are mad at him for his usage of funds. We see Paulie’s portion close when he gets out of a restless sleep and strolls down to the Bing at 3AM. There’s a shot of him walking past the dance floor, and all of the sudden, a quick cut to a huge Virgin Mary statue standing on the dance floor! As soon as it appears, we get a shocked look on Paulie’s face (and a jolt in the heart, if you are like me), and then a shot of the Virgin gone… spooky. He goes to his mother/aunt’s house later that night, probably for some comfort. She asks him if he wants some cookies and they sit, together, watching a rerun of the Lawrence Welk show. He needs that compassion, and he will not get that sympathy from anyone but the woman he knew as his mother.

Now back to Adrianna for a mite. At the fair one night, Carmela sees Adrianna’s mom, Liz, who seems to be very distraught. She says that she KNOWS that Christopher killed her, mainly because the FBI had come to her house asking all types of questions. Carmela thinks she has been drinking, but Liz says what Carm is seeing is depression. A day or so later, Carm presents this info to Tony, who has to lie to protect his boy. In the end, that’s wrong, but he has to think of his family first. He told Carm the usual malarkey, even downplaying the domestic violence angle (“First and foremost, there is always a body”). His story for Christopher is tight, and Christopher really didn’t pull the trigger (Sil did), but Carmela left that convo still distraught and perplexed.

Now, that’s the main meat and potatoes of the episode. There are some odds and ends that I noticed, and wanted to share:

The whole scene where Tony is asking Phil Leotardo if he wants to knock off that truck TONIGHT was a big set up for next week. Phil makes his sly “spare John the stress of having to hear about this” comment, like he really gives a fuck about Johnny’s well being. He wants to live well, and be the big man.

The scene towards the end, where baby Domenica is at the fair one morning with Tone, Carm and her parents, and Domenica runs to the fence surrounding the close-down teacups ride. She starts balling, and all Janice wanted to do was to show everyone how her baby wants to go on the teacups again. Tony, who is maturing in every episode, shows his softer side, picking Nica up and twirling her around in the air. Touching scene, and a good play on where T and Janice’s heads are at.

Next week’s preview played up the whole THREE EPISODES LEFT thing, which doesn’t make me happy going into this summer, but what can you do. There was some interesting shit going on with Vito, it seems:

Phil Leotardo looks to be getting cut out of things. Ginny Sack’s brother was seen talking to Tony, basically saying Phil should be kept out of some deal or scheme. There is a picture of Phil’s face looking kind of shocked (shook?) about SOMETHING. In that arc, there was a man in Johnny’s cell also making references to Johnny talking/ratting on his homies. We’ll see how that plays out… it’s not in his nature to be a rat, unless he can manipulate the situation his way.

Bacala seems to be getting shit on by Tony, probably involving money. Bobby has been taking an odd turn this season, from a lovable oaf to a sneaky bastard. Don’t be surprised if he turns up the heat, his temper seems to be unruly at times…

The other main chunk was seeing Vito again. He looked to be talking to the Johnny Cakes firefighter biker guy about his family coming to get him?!?! Then there’s a scene were a gang of firefighters are around SOMEBODY on the ground, and the body is getting hit/cut with an axe?!?!

3 episodes left… stranger things have happened.

Do you guys have any theories on how this will play out? Scream at me.

the shuffle. [5/6/06]

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Well, well. Another week down the tubes. Another week closer to my lil man being born. Another week of new music and new opportunities. Right now, I'm running with this Big Mike "Gametime 2006" mixtape, hosted by punk ass Ron Artest. It's actually pretty good. Beanie Sigel rhyming over "Still #1" is necessary. And, with my NJ Nets winning their first round game in the NBA Playoffs, I figured a mixtape like this would be necessary listening...at least once. Nets vs. Heat starts Monday night. Fingers crossed!

That's not what we're here to do though, this is the shuffle. There's some things goings on... again, I think this week might be a bit more Hip-Hop/Rap dominated, but that's only because most of that other shit going on doesn't really phase me. Let's get it going.


1> Hot 97's studios are now going to have
video surveillance courtesy of the NYPD. First off, they are going to be getting evicted at some point anyways. My thing about this is just, hasn't NY been known as one of the most taped cities in the US? Most of the major cities in the US have cameras all over, so how is there NOT some type of cameras already set up near a building in NYC? Just seems kind of odd...

2> Two actors on HBO's "The Sopranos" were reported to have been
arrested recently. What is it about this show that the characters are staying in trouble? Gandolfini had his troubles, but has been kind of silent in recent years; Robert "AJ" Iler got busted with a weed pipe; neph who played "C" in A Bronx Tale became a smackhead and got busted on some robbery/murder shit earlier this year as well. We have John Ventimiglia, who plays Artie Bucco, driving drunk with the remnants of his coke stash on his person. Is life imitating art, or vice versa? Also, duke who played "Perry", aka the driver who Tony fucked up, got busted on some breaking and entering type shit. I can see that, especially with his whole "I'm innocent. I'm always innocent" comments. What a trooper.

3> Mobb Deep's Blood Money album dropped in stores this week (check my review
here). There has been a grip of hate on this album, for good reason in some circles (the lack of their family being featured, sup Noyd!), but none has hard as Phonte's words. Still and all, it looks like they did about 110,000 in sales, based on the HITS Daily Double numbers. I really think they will at least go plat very soon. I hate hearing 50 on each and every track (whether he's guesting or being mimicked), but that's how G-Unit does. Live with it. And rock the shit that's hot on there ("Capital P, Capital H" is the joint).

4> Why is David Blaine considered a magician still?
Living in a water bubble for a week is not magic! He is going to be doing an "illusion" next week, trying to escape from chains and shit. While being underwater. For 9 minutes. That's supposedly longer than a dolphin. When are magicians going to do cool shit, like making people disappear? Isn't a lot of this stuff getting old? I can see being enaptured by Houdini's work, but come one. Get a new trick, bitch.

5> I guess this is old news, but I'm an old nigga, so bear with me.
The Boondocks is coming to DVD in June 2006. I first fell in love with the comics, which still don't get play in my favored paper, but whatever. Biting social commentary from a lil nigga state of mind. Aaron McGruder is the truth, and the art is amazing. The fact that they were able to throw it on TV and bring it right to life is even more impressive. From the voice work, which featured everyone from John Witherspoon to Charlie Murphy, to the amazing anime-influenced animation, to the inclusion of many different topics, this show is dope enough, but with Aaron's humor and intellect kept in tact... man, it's just the best shit on TV. I'll review the DVD when it drops.

6> Suge is
crying broke. He is saying, with all the loot he owes ($11 million+ in taxes, $9,300 to Nextel, $1,100 to Cingular Wireless, and more), he is left with like a G worth of clothes, and $11 in the bank, among furniture and "personal jewelry". Get the fuck out of here, Suge. Pay what you owe, and then disappear.

7>
Niggas was dumping on each other at a Bow Wow show. Now I know he is looking to hype up this hard-rock image, but paying people to shoot each other at your own show?!?! That's low!

8> Kim Mathers is asking for
physical custody of Hailie, her daughter with Eminem. People thought having Eminem as your father was bad enough; now the cokehead moms wants to have custody? She says she wants Em to share custody, but pay everything. OK this is out of control. How about she gets a job? How can she be the most fit parent for Hailie, her father is fucking RICH! AND HE TAKES CARE OF HER! What an idiotic case. I hope Em gets total custody of Hailie, for the sake of Hailie.

That's about it for now. I'm going to go zone out to TV Land's 48 hour Good Times marathon. DY-NO-MITE!