Archive for 12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007
One of the things I love about the first month of any new year is new TV. You start to get info and hit with a bunch of new programs. Some are kind of dope, some are kind of shit.
That's where I come in.
I'm going to hit you with a list, some trailers, and other random bits of info from some of my pics of the hottest shows dropping now.
01/Afro Samurai: you gotta love black anime. The Boondocks opened doors stylistically with the production techniques, giving their show a bit more of a beautiful edge with the choice of doing a more anime-style of show than the normal, blockhead bullshit you see on TV. Afro Samurai is legit, has music done by The RZA (soundtrack in stores Jan. 16th, I believe), and has characters voiced by Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Pearlman. The story is interesting, but also gives way for loads of innovation and dope characters. Check out the trailer HERE. Thursdays, Spike TV, 11PM.
02/The (white) Rapper Show. VH1 and egotrip link up again, following their last, impressive TV outings, to bring a reality competition that has MC Serch and many other Hip-Hop notables on the hunt for the next great white hope (hype?). The bits that have hit the 'Net have been true to egotrip's flair for mixing humor and race relations, as well as VH1's "Celebreality" nastiness. It premieres tonight at 10:30PM on VH1, so set your reminders (or DVRs) and get familiar.
03/American Idol. This show premieres on Fox on the 16th of Jan. I really only added this because those first few weeks, with the auditions, are some of the best bits of TV out there. Once that final group is selected, I will be picking someone to win, and we will have a running poll on this blog about it. You gotta love people getting their dreams crushed on national TV - it's as American as keylime pie.
04/LOST. Best show on TV right now? Well, with no new episodes of The Wire or The Sopranos on right now, yes. It will be back on Feb 7th, airing at 10PM (so as to not get rinsed by American Idol), but will keep it's intensity. TV Guide reported that we should expect some flashbacks with Desmond, Hurley and Claire, as well as some insight into the oddball-"Other", Juliet. Hopefully we will find out her motivation behind offing Ben, and if her and Jack will link up, now that Jack saw Kate & Sawyer bumping uglies. BTW, who do you think is going to die first, Kate or Sawyer? You know how it goes - once you bump, you get bumped. Word to Ana Lucia. Get ready for that 16 new episode run, too. Quit your bellyaching and GET LOST. Oh, big up to American Express... these "LOST moments" were initially made available only to card-holding members, but I guess since Day Break got cancelled, they are letting these sneak peeks be available for all to see! Check it out HERE, and expect more LOST recaps from me in the '07.
05/The Sopranos. The last bit of season 6 is set to commense on April 8th, 9PM on HBO. TV Guide (gotta love 'em) dropped some nuggets of info on the tailend of this spectacular series: we will be hit with more junkie Christopher shit, including his affair with Julianna. Big Tony will not only be making some major breakthrough with Dr. Melfi, but his relationship with Carmela is going to go through the ringer one more time. Other than that, I have no new info. I have been watching old episodes on DVD and HBO On Demand, and I suggest you do too. I'm waiting for season 5 to come On Demand, so I can see Adrianna get got. Damn shame. Great show, though. I'm right at the end of season 4, ready to see Carm and Tony go at it, her performance in "White Caps" was stellar.
That's all the TV news I have for now. You got any bits you'd like to hit me with? Let me know.
01. TP - One In A Million You.mp3
02. LV - Going In Circles.mp3
03. TP - I Can't Live Without Your Love.mp3
04. LV - A House Is Not A Home.mp3
05. TP - Turn Off The Lights.mp3
06. LV - If Only For One Night.mp3
07. TP - Come Go With Me.mp3
08. LV - Here And Now.mp3
09. TP feat. Stephanie Mills - Feel The Fire.mp3
10. LV feat. Cheryl Lynn - If This World Were Mine.mp3
11. TP - Interview Clip (MauriceWatts.com).mp3
12. TP - Let Me Love You.mp3
13. LV - Interview Clip (CNN).mp3
14. LV - Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me.mp3
15. TP - Close The Door (Live).mp3
16. LV - Never Too Much (Live).mp3
Manny Faces' offical website
No typical shuffle this week. I spent a good hour+ just now typing out about last week, and then good ol IE7 putzed out on me for no good. Reason that is.
All I can say is there's a bunch of putzes out there, especially Lupe Fiasco. If he truly thinks making his album 3 weeks before it gets released will stop the bootleggers, he needs to go fully into clothing design and leave the game.
Oh, and who else is excited about JJ Abrams' on HBO!?
Also take a few other points of interest: "Black Ty" punches out his preggo girlfriend; digital downloads spike 65% in 2006; Chief Justice Roberts is bitching and moaning about six figure judge salaries being too low; the sons of the late Lou Rawls & Marvin Gaye are battling over a dog; and finally, you pervs posting up sex romps of Brazilian bombshells are costing YouTube money.
There is one point I do want to make though: there has been a big uproar about these parents who surgically stunted their daughter's growth due to her disability. I ask any of you know-it-alls out there who are upset over this: do you have a child that is disabled? I mean, this girl was on track to being infant-like at 5 feet 6 inches tall. I have an autistic daughter who will be 17 y/o next month -- and is at least 5'6", if not taller. I thank the Lord I don't have to carry her around like a little child. That would put so much strain on my life, and while I am the #1 Dad out this bitch, I need to have my own life. Having kids does not mean your life ends -- it means you life gets better. And to be honest, who else is going to take care of their daughter? If their kid will not know the difference anyways, so be it. Let the family be, and get off of their case. I totally understand and back their decision.
Sorry, faithful shuffle readers... I just can't be arsed to go back and retype what I already wrote. Venom isn't as potent the 2nd time around. I will make this coming Saturday's shuffle xtra special though.
Classic DNB. Gotta know where you been...
Until next time.
This is rock the dub's first interview of 2007, and round 2 of my Evol Intent interviews (check out my piece with The Enemy... Gigantor, I'm coming for you next!). In this installment, we continue on, delving a bit deeper into the triumverate of the EI crew. Knick has been on the grind for some time, and has risen through the ranks with Evol Intent to become one of the premier production outfits in the current DnB scene. From dark, techstep nastiness to the now prominent 'glitch'-y madness that many fans have come to love and fear, Knick has helped shape heavy, dark DnB in this day and age. Standing on the cusp of both the first EP and first album for their Evol Intent label, Knick is managing to fufill his DnB destiny, all the while creating exciting music with a few side projects, inside and outside of the DnB world. The funny thing is, he does it all on a cool, calm and collected tip. I seriously think, if I lived down in the A, Knick and I'd be chatting it up every day or so over shots of clear alcohol and bouts of whatever game was new on the 360. In any case, peep our conversation, covering what was, what is, what is going to be, and some other fine points in between...
Knick: There are most definitely times when I sit back and think about how far we’ve come. Right before my set the other night at a New Year's Eve gig in Los Angeles, I was looking out in to the audience and all I could see was an ocean of bodies. For as far as I could even see, it was all hands in the air and people screaming. It's hard to describe how good that felt. Thinking back to when we were playing 5-6 am slots for 2 people or driving over a thousand miles to play a gig for no money, it really hits home sometimes. We feel like we stuck it out, paid our dues and now, as a result, we have something truly special to share with the world.
Knick: I have to be careful about how I respond to the last part of your question. Drum and Bass is thriving in many areas of the world, but it is most definitely falling off in other areas. Now, as long as the music exists, there will always be new blood getting into the scene and there will always be a crop of new producers popping up. We obviously embrace that. We sign new artists to Evol Intent Recordings all the time. I sometimes worry that there are too many producers out there just copying someone else’s style though, you’re right. It’s a shame, but everyone has to start somewhere I suppose. But, it also all depends on your definition of old school. For someone who is just now getting into Drum and Bass, they might look at 1997 era tech step as old school, but it’s not. It was just a great time period for Drum and Bass. And even then, that’s just one guy’s opinion. Did I skate around that topic sufficiently?
My boy Nappy hipped me to both of these... and I went from being completely disgusted to completely disturbed. Check me out...
"Chicken Noodle Soup" done by the Kidz Bop bastards
And I thought the original video was terrible... this is just repulsive. Mass marketing ignorance, and the look on that white fucker's face... *sigh*
Pharoahe Monch's "When The Gun Draws"
Monch is always good at tracks like this. Very disturbing video, but it works well.
Now back to your regularly scheduled internet wanderings...
I got passed this 2006 Year In Review mp3 by this MC I've never heard of by the name of Jay Eff Kay. It's not my normal Hip-Hop thing, but it's kind of hot. It actually reminds me of my weekly editions of the shuffle, which is nice. By checking dude's MySpace page out, it looks like this New Yorker went from Wall Street to crafting some anthems with a poison tongue, which is always nice. Sort of how Eminem came out, honestly, but speaking about the world, and actually saying something. And the fact that he calls Lupe Fiasco "Urkel" is enough for me. I give him major props for that one. I also like how he isn't trying to be something he isn't... you can tell dude is just a white guy speaking his mind, however raunchy or political or real his feelings are, and you have to respect that at the end of the day.
You can check out homeboy's works over at the aforementioned MySpace page... and peep his blog as well. Looks like we might be hearing more about neph in the new year?
There's a pretty hot CD available for FREE download right now, featuring the vocal talents of Talib Kweli over the production of blunted scientist Madlib. You gotta love free music. And you gotta love these two linking up. Even though Kweli assures us that Eardrum will not sound like this at all (is that bad or good?), I will take this any day of the week. You've already heard "Funny Money" if you have an ear to the blog scene, and this is more of that. Dusty samples, Kweli blowing... just listen, really. Nice way to start out 2k7. "Time is Right" is getting nuff burn right now, while "Over The Counter" has some new school boom bap to it. Don't sleep on this. It also features Strong Arm Steady (yay!) and Consequence (yawn), but at 9 tracks, it feels more like an EP than an album, but hey, free is free.
Just some videos to play 'round midnight tonight...
DJ Shadow "Midnight In A Perfect World"
sidenote: DJ Shadow "Midnight In A Perfect World (Gab Mix)": peep Gift of Gab's poetics on that one. Enjoy.
DJ Craze LIVE at the DMC 2006 in London, UK
gotta love his skratch technique. TEKDBZ STAND UP!
MTV Base "About To Blow" Documentary about Dubstep
Classic James Brown medley from Soul Train
RIP to the Godfather.
Eminem & Proof freestyling for some old MTV show
RIP Proof, where's Shady at?
J Dilla "Nothing Like This"
RIP to the master beatmaker. BTW, sneak attack!
Remember. Reminisce. Realize. Recreate.
2007 - we're ready.
Peace and love.
So this is what the last shuffle of 2006 is going to be... a weird week of death, broken legs and assorted pieces of random drama and nonsense. Can't say I blame it - this year, while being a highlight for some, has been pretty crappy all around. I mean, I now have a new addition to my family, as well as a few blogs that I am proud of, the world as a whole is a bunch of bullshit. For no good reason, either. It seems as the further down the rabbit hole we go, the cruder, ruder and more vile our world seems to become.
This is going to be a different shuffle: I'm both sick and not drinking. Surprised? Let's see how sharp the venom is...
01/First, this week was about death. James Brown died on Christmas, Gerald Ford a day later, and Saddam Hussein finally got murked today. Now, while I saw loads of shit on TV today about Saddam's execution, which is totally expected, and Ford's sad procession got less than an hour and a half on local Philly stations. All I saw on James Brown this week was a hodge-podge video for "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" on some random BET countdown, and a 3 year old VH1 special showing him making a "comeback", like he ever truly left the game. Now, my thing is, OK the fucking GODFATHER OF SOUL passed away on CHRISTMAS DAY! You'd think that'd be the biggest story of the year! Nope - Ford dies Tuesday, and the whole fucking day is dedicated to his short tenure as prez. White people can never let niggas have the spotlight too long. To make matters worse, they wouldn't even let his fake wife/real backup dancer into the home. Like this is what we need to see about our beloved Godfather. On a good note, James' biopic is now set to be directed by Spike Lee. Keep in mind, this is a project that was already underway for some time before his untimely death, but hopefully Spike will breathe some life into it. I swear I had no idea there was a flick about James forthcoming. I wonder who they are going to have play JB - if they say Jamie Foxx, I will be both pissed and alright with it. I mean, who else could actually play James? I don't see any true actors being able to handle the dancing, singing and pure mimicry of the voice like a comedian. In any case, I hope there is a big tribute concert or some newly released LIVE DVDs or something of JB.
02/This point is just on Hussein, but I have something I need to get off of my chest: OK so 9/11 went down, and our country was gung-ho on flushing Osama bin Laden out of whatever hole his ass has been hanging out in. We go to Afghanistan, and cant' find this fucker in the hills and caves. OK, so we backtrack and say "yo, Saddam has some yellow cake, and he's down with Osama" (even though we fucking funded Osama back in the day), and decide to bumrush Iraq, on the hunt for WMDs. We find... nothing. We stay there, taking over the country, all the while losing casualties on our side and murdering all kinds of people, not just insurgents. We find Saddam in a fucking foxhole, capture him, and put him on trial, which resulted in the execution of Saddam today. Now I say you, we started this over the events of Sept. 11th - do you honestly feel as though the families of the victims of 9/11 feel safer now that Saddam is deceased? And, when are our troops coming home?
03/It's funny when my site touches on other blogs... last week I mentioned a story about Perez Hilton, and this week he touches down on el shuffle again, but this time in a diff. way. There is this website, WorldOfBritney.com, that was said to have been shutting down due to Britney Spears "losing her identity and credibility within fans and industry people." Now, I first read this and was like "OK, Britney going commando really is killing her fanbase", but I then saw this post over at Perez Hilton, showing how the guy who owns that WorldOfBritney URL fucking sold the jawn a WHILE ago, and his lease is up. Not to mention that he has his chip on his shoulder over some random fan thing that Britney skipped on. The account is all on dude's site, scroll down and check it out. In any case, I just find it amusing that he goes through one site like "oh Britney, you are so slutty, I cannot back you" to now "yo I didn't have the funds, and now I cannot rewrite my wrongs". Grow a pair - I mean, a fucking Britney Spears fansite?
04/This week has been a pretty dope one for year-end free music files. Aside from the normal legging, we've got guys like Chamillionaire, you know, neph who the po-po tries to catch ridin' soiled, dropped Mixtape Messiah 2 for FREE on his own website. How chill is that... well, if you read the notes on that page, it looks like he had some beef going on getting this out, so I guess he is just saying 'fuck that' and dropping it for doink. Watch for that DVD. Rizoh also linked to a new mixtape from the guys that brought the world the Bobb Deep mashups - this one is chock full of Nas vs. Al Green blends. My personal favorite is the "Made You Look (RMX)" b/w "Love & Happiness". Just sounds so damn funky. If you do some hunting like ya boy khal did, you can find a literal goldmine of files, all for the taking... sneak attack! Speaking of Rizoh, over at About Rap, there's the 2007 Hip-Hop/Rap Albums roundup, showing 27 LPs that are set to make much noise over 2k7. I personally cannot wait for Sean Price's Jesus Price, Superstar, just off the strength of "P Body".
05/Mike Tyson, you have officially left my good graces. I could deal with your ridiculousness when I found out you were on antidepressants. When it was known that you were a fucking lonely boy trapped in a goliath body, being taken advantage of, I could understand your pain. Now, you get arrested for DUI... and possession of coke?! And then you have the nerve to add this fucking gem of a photo to the archives - were you trying to test out some new sniff in this one? Is this the real reason for your antics over the years, the white powder? Or were you genuinely nuts? I mean, you say you are an addict, but I ask how long. I want to know just so I can reevaluate why I lost $5 on your last bout with Lewis. I figured your crazy self deserved to be backed up. Not if you are on the snuff, though. Shape up, pa.
06/Scattered pieces of news... it looks like, starting Jan. 2007, downloaded tracks will be able to be counted towards the top 40 charts. By the tone of the article, I assume this is a UK-only thing, but who knows. They said during the Xmas trial run, Wham and Mariah Carey hit the top 40, mainly due to their Christmas hits. Interesting stuff; watch the Beatles hit the top of the charts once all of their catalogue is finally available for purchase digitally... Speaking of digital downloads, iTunes got slowed to a snail's pace, and at times shutting it down altogether, over the Xmas holiday, mainly due to the increased downloads from gift cards and what not. You'd think they'd have these things sorted, but hey, that's still money in the bank for Apple... Nas hit #1 this week with his new album, Hip Hop Is Dead. I wonder what Young Jeezy has to say about Nas' claims now... Jill Scott has two CDs dropping in 2007: one is a CD full of collabos entitled, fittingly, Collaborations, while the 2nd is her next album, entitled The Real Thing, which has a sampler disc accompanying the collabos thing... I want to send a get well soon to Styles P, who was involved in a lil road rage incident that left him with a fucked up leg. Damn shame dude who originally cut him off didn't get in any hot water charge-wise, but so be it. I have an aunt like that, who got so heated on time, she snotted into a tissue and threw the dutty cloth into the open window of someone who pissed her off... Michael Jordan and Juanita are divorcing... again. Looks like his cheating and not being home have taken their toll. No word on the settlement specifics, but I bet she got caked off, as well as got some good real estate...
Well, that's all for 2k6. I might be taking a few days off, blog wise, just to rest and spend some time with the family. If I don't post before the 1st of 2k7, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy New Year's Eve (here's the lyrics to that song white people like to sing when the ball drops)... 2007 will be much bigger, much brighter, and a whole lot tougher. Trust. And on that note...
Classic "Tower of Doom", 1988 Great American Bash shit.
I also found some new KIMBO SLICE FIGHTS, but the dick who put them on YouTube disabled embedding. Bitch. Peep game anyways, even though you know EXACTLY what Kimbo is gonna do to both "Afro Puff" and "Big Mac".
Any other blogs out there bringing you this much fire, week in and week out? Didn't think so... Oh and I want to send a big shout out to EVERYONE out there who is voting and keeping me in that #1 Spot over that the "Blog For A Year" competition... keep it up!
At the end of the day, you gotta know where you've been to know where you are going. I will not be going through what I loved about 2006; that's what my reviews are for. Check the side panel for links to the various bits and bobs I dug or dig dug this year. These sweets are sendspace goodies that will be available for as long as they allow them to be. I should just let the music do the talking, but...
01/James Brown "Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part 1)"... first off, RIP to James Brown. It's hard that a guy can have such a direct influence on so many genres of music, and still maintain his own singular voice. Many imitators, none duplicators, and many niggas owe their bank accounts to this man's work. He's one of the only Black men in America who did it without asking for help or assistance or giving a fuck about what anyone else thought - he converted millions. And he did it without really being the best singer. He had his own voice, but his tracks weren't about him singing. It was a full package, a single groove. The sum was definitely greater than the whole of it's parts. And we will miss him for it...
02/Mobb Deep "Survival Of The Fittest"... One of my fav Mobb tracks of all time. They signed to G-Unit this year, and although I loved their album, it failed to crack any serious numbers. Shame, shame. Probably too much Fiddy dick-riding, but Prodigy seems to be back on his grizzly, so maybe they will take it back to how they were coming up. "Until my death, my goal's to stay alive..."
03/Cassidy ft. Lil' Wayne & Fabolous "6 Minutes of Death"... this is the best shit off Cass' last album, no bullshit. I slept on the CD -- it was just a bit too much crack-rap from someone who is a hell of a lot more than a crack-rapper. My nigga Boo put me onto this one, and it stuck. Symphonies run rampant on the beat, which is mid-level kicks and loads of live-sounding snares. Weezy drops one of the most slept on verses of 2005, Fab spits his smooth one-liners and Cass just one-ups both of them for about 2 and a half minutes. Get well soon, Cassidy.
04/T.I. ft. Bun B & Rakim "Get Ya Pay"... you fucks slept on this track, this mixtape, and this blog for too long. The very first post on rock the dub was about DJ Green Lantern's Alive On Arrival mixtape, which is hands down the mixtape of 2006. If you don't believe me, then fuck you. This track is off that tape, so sorry if you are looking for a full clip - I don't have one. Anyways, Green laces this bass heavy beat with some odd Rakim vocal snippet as the chorus, and Tip goes off about being "a rebel", but music just being a way for him to escape...and UGK's finest just pimp slaps this track with another banger. Go grab that tape, quick. Stop sleeping.
05/Lil' Scrappy ft. Young Buck "Money In The Bank (Remix)"... I'll admit it -- if it wasn't for the bleeps in that minimal beat, I wouldn't give 2 shits about this track or this LP. The LP ain't half bad -- it ain't half good, but that's how it do. Scrappy doing it for BME and G-Unit, and Buck Fiddy-riding about a whip he is allowed to drive by his boss. Gay, but whatever, shorty whatcha drank!?
06/Obie Trice "Black Boy"... i heard this on the promo version of Obie's 2nd lp... I never wanted to peep the 2nd LP, for I didn't like the first. I think Obie stepped his game up a tad, he started emulating Jay and others. This track is just straight thick. That beat, I don't know who did it, but its a heavy head nodder with some dope horn work in it. Obie tries to go into some politicals, and it works, but its that beat. Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm?
07/Masta Killa ft. Ghostface Killah & Raekwon "It's What It Is"... this is one of those tracks that, when I am working, I can throw on repeat and get a shitload of things done. That repetitive loop might bore some, but this is the essence of the Wu. Beauty in monotony, and some poisonous darts from 3 of the Clan's finest. Who knows what the track is about, don't you wish more Wu-Tang joints sounded this dirty?
08/Beanie Sigel "Why Wouldn't I"... Beans was my favorite enigma of 2006. He put this out, a dope mixtape with Drama and 'em, and pretty much just gave dope ass interviews. Hopefully more of his mixtapes will surface, so we can find out what is really going on with him. He's without the best MC out there right now putting his life on the mic. Not too many sound sincere - B Sig IS sincere. And raw. And real. And in your face. And all over the map. Keep pushin', nigga.
09/Snoop Dogg ft. Dr. Dre & D'Angelo "Imagine"... best track on Snoop's new one? Yes. Don't you just love knowing that Snoop and Dre grew up, and can get introspective about live. And D'Angelo showing up on this AND a J Dilla album!? Gotta love it. Dre didn't get much props for his beats, but he did his thing this year. I won't say grab Snoop's LP, but def. check this one out.
10/Big Kuntry & T.I. "Throwback (DJ Nappy Dubstep Mix)"... this is called THE FUTURE. Dubstep and Rap united. We like to call it THUGSTEP. My boy Nappy is going ghost for a bit in a bit, so I'll be providing you guys with more of his heatrocks in due time, for due time. You'll be aware when its time to make you fucks aware. Until then, do a search on this blog for DJ NAPPY, and go dload what you can. You can't tell me that trap niggas and dubsteppers are some long lost twins. Nappy just had to play Maury...
You know how we do, though. It's not just about free shit I am providing you...
arQer and Realtime, two of Texas' finest DnB producers, dropped a 101MB .zip of 320kbps tunes... for FREE! Eight licks of funky shit, from the bouncy funk of arQer's "Atlantis Touch" to Realtime's neuro-dub exploration on "Homegrown", you are not ready. Realtime also brings in some old school vibes with "Rough Age", and on "Grasshopper Lies Heavy", arQer goes classic as well, but with a modern twist to it. Back to the future status. Why these tracks aren't signed already is anyone's guess, but that's not the point. We got them now, for cheap, too. So grab while they are able to get got, and keep an eye peeled for them.
kapsil recently dropped his sixth edition of his "unsigned" series, and while you might not recognize all of the names, you will be stunned by the tracks and the mixing. Pure funk, baby.
In terms of a final thought, I don't really have one. Keep music good, and make quality albums, or niggas will continue to steal your shit. I hate bootlegging, but why would I spend $10 on a Jay-Z album where I can honestly only say I like the first 3 cuts? No sir, not this nigga. I have been trying to champion some Nas & Primo shit, and this video is the reason why:
Is it really this hard to realize? That's all I need in 2007... someone make it happen.
I'll holla. Enjoy the licks.
I didn't realize that, in trying to make money blogging, that corporate measures and "real-life" situations would take over this haven. I guess the seclusion of my computer area had my mind kind of foggy...
In checking out new opportunites on PayPerPost, I came across a headline that was kind of odd... Performancing.com, a site which I've been trying to capitalize with for a month or so now, has just been bought by PayPerPost. I'm all for taking over and building up your brand via acquisitions, but I do not see this one as a wise decision, for if you check out the forums over at Performancing, there are a load of unsatisfied customers over there, including this one.
The way Performancing.com works is pretty simple: set up your account, throw some hypertext into your blog, and if a site digs you and wants to advertise on your site, then you work out a deal. The thing is, unless you are one of the more popular blogs, you won't see any activity. I get a pretty decent amount of traffic, roughly 300+ visitors daily. Not so bad, but not the tens of thousands I am guessing most of these companies want. So, I get the shaft. You can check my right side, the same "Performancing" ads have been running for a month. And the thing that truly bothers me is the fact that the guys who run the site are no help. They basically tell you "hey, advertise your site more" and what not. That'd be well and good if advertising was all that matters. They all want Google PageRanks. Don't know what Google PageRanking is? Look it up. Essentially, if my site is not as popular as you'd wish it to be, you would rather not advertise on it. No matter how many users I could potentially bring to your product with a glowing review, oh no. I mean, I am a pretty good writer. I say that not to toot my own horn, but I get offers to do this, publicity and whatnot, and I rarely get edited down or told not to say something or do something... but it's rare that I get monetarily compensated. Why? PageRanks. *sigh* So PPP, what do you plan on doing to fix this?
The one thing I will say is nice about Performancing is their blog job board, where companies post up job opportunities for bloggers. I never seem to be able to capitalize on those situations, either, but I feel I could if someone gave me a chance *wink wink*.
At the end of the day, if PPP can turn around Performancing.com, they can do a lot of things. Hopefully they will be able to turn that sinking ship around and bring it to new waters.
As always, this post is brought to you by the good folks at PayPerPost.
Is the line of poverty seriously askew these days?
I ask because of my ventures today... I went out to the local "One Stop Career Center" to see if I was eligible to take some test that will then see if I am elligible to get some free schooling from the government of NJ. It's all a fucking scam, but you have to play the game to get ahead, no?
So I go to this office, paperwork in hand, which included my ID, SS card, unemployment stubs and pay stubs showing my year to date earnings. Once I get to sit down with this bitch, she delves into my life, asking about my fam and shit. I tell her I am married with 3 kids. She then pulls out this chart showing what is assumed to be the poverty line, which is $43K a year for a family of 5. With my take home pay added to my wife's, we make slightly above that. I am then told that I have to wait 15 weeks before I can be automatically elligible to take this test to see if I can take some free courses.
Mind you, by that 15 week period (roughly the 2nd week in April, 2007), my unemployment will have run out and I will probably be employed at that time. I mean, they know that you only get a finite period of time for unemployment pay, and the schooling is based on your still being on unemployment. So basically, I'd need to be a fucking deadbeat with no way to attain a decent job and support my family. Fuck you very much, I hustle. I get my grind on how I get it on, with this writing, through eBay, whatever the fuck. You honestly think I'd still be on assistance through April of 2007? Get real.
My thing is: OK, we might make what is considered to be over the poverty level, but really, with student loans, other forms of debt, rent, and the occasional 2 month old getting RSV and pneumonia or the 15 yr old needing special care for rare allergies to the sun, how do they expect me to stay afloat? I hate to fucking harp on my life, but shit, I just had a kid, I'm living in one of the most ridiculous rent markets in the state of NJ, and I am struggling. I got fired over some bullshit about me not being productive, all the while I'm doing the work of 2 and 3 people. Life is a hairy bitch, and I'm tired of being told I do not qualify.
I need to find my own way. Make my own way in this world. I will continue to play by the man's rules, but it's going to work in my favor this time. And in the end, I'll be laughing, holding some mint julep and sippin'.
Sippin' I tell you...
It was not even a month ago that I spoke of my affection towards "Funky Drummer", the track I have playin' again, right now. I had no idea that the Godfather of Soul, James Brown, would be leaving this earth come Christmas Day. I mean, he was 73, but if you ever saw him perform, he always looked like he was 18. And for many of the people making money in music these days, you owe a great deal of respect and due to the one like JB. I mean, Funk was not a state of mind until James fleshed out the sound he heard in his head, using artists he knew he could push.
Earlier this year, Rolling Stone published this ill piece on James, following him around in the modern day, showing his demented studio work to his work on the stage. For anyone who has had even a fleeting interest in the man, I highly recommend you check it out and see all sides of this genius.
For many beatfreaks out there who, like myself, take pride in knowing where that producer nicked that break to create a new sonic bed, you know that James has been a constant in the Hip-Hop scene, from his grunts and wails to his drummers' drumming. I wish I could provide a true mix like Edan did, showcasing the guys who paid homage by looping and reworking James' grooves, but I just think, by week's end, I'll provide some of my favorites to you guys, with words about each lick. Not today, I want to let the God rest. Soon though...
One more question, which I just posed to Rafi of Oh Word: How do we lose both James Brown and James Yancey, and yet Puff Daddy is still able to bring kids into this world? God, you are one cruel sommabitch.
EDIT: while hitting up the DOA board, I saw that BlueWater has a tribute mix of classic James 45s up for dload. Check the original thread for the tracklisting (peep the 45 pics), and show some love.
You ever feel like this during the holidays? Just one some "let this be over" type shit? Sometimes, it feels like that. It's hard to truly get a good foot on the whole presents thing. We tell ourselves "oh, we'll cop some stuff earlier in the year", and then you realize, hey dog, your black ass is broke all year round. Feels like the walls are closing in sometimes, but I still have a load of stuff to get through before Monday. Bear with me...
I do want to give myself a shout out for what I thought was a pretty dope week of rock the dub bloggy flavors. Check my track record for the week: not only did you guys get a pretty thoro playlist on Friday, but you also received a heat-rock of a Dub Mix on Thursday. I unearthed an old Fanu interview that has gotten some pretty decent replies on forums all over. Shouts to Fanu. Monday brought you my review of Nas' new album, which is not pretty. In between all of this fun, ya boy covered the Nuggets/Knicks fight from earlier this week, AS WELL AS some very Hip-Hop Christmas bits. I even had time to start a new gig with Cinema Blend's Music reviews dept. - unpaid, but supposedly a good amount of exposure. Peep my review of Styles P's Time Is Money. I mean, on the strength, what other blogs are giving it to you this raw? Apparently not many: my adventure in "social sponsorship" has gone well, as the competition I entered last week now has me at the #2 spot! I appreciate all of your votes, hopefully I can rinse this one and keep it crisp for a year, paid for this blogging thing. I appreciate all of your votes... let's keep it movin'!
Shuffle she lovely...
01/So, my unscientific poll had the Asian delegation in last place of the Survivor Race War, and who'd would have thought that the Korean cat, Yul, won the cool $1 mil? Everyone I talked to wanted Ozzy to win, and I'm kind of surprised he got dissed on that one. Yul played the game well, but Ozzy played it honest. Guess honesty isn't the best policy. That's not what bothered me in the last episode though. In the final tribal council, the two females, Sundra and Becky, were tied for votes off the island, so they had to compete. They were told to make a fire that would reach high enough to burn a rope. Seemingly, after 38 days living on an island, you'd think they'd know how to make fire. It's not like they never did it before... there's proof of them doing it! How about after 1.5 hours and a fucking book of matches, Sundra couldn't get a fire started. STARTED. I told wifey right then and there, she set the Black race 5 years back with that one. Niggas gotta eat, niggas need fire to eat. She wasn't looking thin, so I know she got her grub on. No fire, ma? That's not even right.
02/Rosie O'Donnell is a trip. I don't get how her 15 minutes has extended, but Arsenio Hall is stuck in purgatory, but I digress... this week, she beefed with Donald Trump over his handling of his drug/drink addled Miss USA. I didn't give a shit at first, but once you break down the history and the jabs that each has taken against each other, it's clear that Rosie is trying to boost her end of the year ratings. I didn't know being named a "moderator" of The View was so damn important, but apparently Rosie sees this as her only way to stay relevant. I do think Trump could have went harder: him calling her a "slob", saying she looked like a "truck driver" is cute, but not as scathing as Chappelle's "she looks like she wears underwear with dickholes". That's the one.
03/I don't get the NBA sometimes... the Sixers had a deal with Denver on the table over the summer to trade AI for anyone other than Carmelo. They turned it down. They spend like a week or so trying to figure out who The Answer will be going to... and he ends up going to Denver!? Billy King needs to go. How fucking indecisive is he?! The Nuggets lost to the Kings in AI's first game for Denver, but hey, he still did his thing. It will take some time, but don't be surprised to see Denver doing their thing in the playoffs... I think he is just the right cog they need to make an impact.
04/I want to officially throw my support to Perez Hilton. I don't peep the site as often as I should, but I have to respect any blogger on their grind. He handles the celebrity gossip, and his use of photos has been the source of controversy. This week, he got sued by the fucking paparazzi for usage of their photos. I mean, really, what's the violation? You guys stalk celebs for a shot that will make you rich off of Nicole Richie running down the beach or whatever, but you sue a blogger for using the same photo and making not even a fraction of what you would make? Get real - you guys are scum, you are not legit, and you should be ashamed of yourselves. Let Perez do his thing, and until a bitch sends me a letter or an e-mail or a cease & desist, I use what I want, when I want, to get my point across. Bet that.
05/This has been the week of doubles, entertainment wise. You don't believe me? Watch my genius in action: did you know that Mike Evans, the guy who played Lionel on The Jeffersons also created Good Times? Well, in any case, he passed away this week at the age of 57, due to throat cancer. On the flipside, Joe Barbera, one half of the Hanna-Barbera enterprise that brightened up the lives of many a youngster, this one included, with their cartoons, passed away as well, at the ripe old age of 95. I'm kind of shocked that more people aren't speaking on this - check their track record, and if you were a kid when I was a kid, you know how much they affected you. That's #1. #2 comes in the form of some DUIs from semi-celebs. This Black pitcher out in Florida got arrested for illegally parking his Bentley and pissing in the street. On the flip, Gus Van Sant, the acclaimed director who created a boatload of flicks and then directed the snooze-fest of Elephant, got popped for slurred speech and crazy driving. Sick, sad world. Stop getting into your cars after binge drinking, bitches. Stay at home and get crunk.
06/Let's get into some Hip-Hop news. This week has been kind of quiet... but not uneventful. Big Nas put out his album, and is set to do roughly 300K this week. Why, I don't know... "Black Republican" and a few other jams are NOT worth the loot. iTunes at best. Fader conducted a pretty ill interview with him on his state of mind right now, his work ethic, and other points of interest for his fans. On the final bit of Nas news, looks like his babymoms Carmen is suffering from poetic justice... looks like her autobio got written by some other chick, who is now trying to get rich to that... speaking of poetic justice, this court case recently got decided on some rap lyrics. CNN laid out this story where some rhymes this guy wrote ended up getting him in trouble over this murder rap, even though his work was some fantasy, braggadacio shit. I will never understand: guys like Arnold Schwarzenegger can become the govenor of a state in the USA, all the while portraying a fucking murderous cyborg in his movies. DeNiro will be seen as a great man, all the while stomping the shit out of random guys in his movies. If a rapper is on trial for something, his once entertaining lyrics turn into distorted views of life, all real and no fantasy. These days, 90% of the MCs getting paid are spitting fantasies to beats, but let them go on trial - all of the sudden, they are Honest Abe out that bitch. Fucking double standards... Wu-Tang is re-signing with Steve Rifkind, the guy behind Loud Records, to his new imprint, SRC. Now, why sign with him when his old shit folded? I guess they like funny money... On a good note, it's good to see guys like Baby and BG squash shit and get on the right path. BG called into a radio show Baby was on, discussing the recent passing of a loved one, and they are at least speaking. This doesn't mean that BG isn't trying to get his money from Baby, but its a good start... If there is one deaf MF on the mic, it's Tyrese, aka "Black Ty". He just put out a new CD, Alter Ego, where he sings on one disc, then rap on the other. His MCing is ridiculous at best, but he already has 14 tracks done for a new album. Why? I guess R&B money is lacking?... Rizoh of About Rap has gotten a load of bloggers together to put out a "Best of 2006" Hip-Hop albums list. I don't agree with it, but I give them props. I can't think of an album outside of Donuts that I considered "the best" of 2006. I might have to dedicate one year-end post to the genius that is this album...
07/Linksys, a company that has sold me products I don't need and I have turned around and made loot off of on eBay, is planning on making their own "iPhone"... word is this phone can make cheap calls over the internets. Apple is supposed to have their new year unveiling next month, so we will see if they will get their own piece up and running. Do you think Linksys is going to cut into Apple's sales? I doubt it... but it's a shady thing to do, especially if it carries the "i" name.
08/This cop out in Texas is about to make the craziest wave possible in the so-called "Drug War": he as a "Don't Get Arrested for Dummies" video coming out, where he tells cats how to not get caught by the fuzz. In reading further, you realize that, unspoken in the article, dude is a pot head. I don't know too many non-weed heads who say shit like "coke, meth and shit is bad. Weed is not". I used to say the same shit, with good reason, but I have also never been a cop. Praise dude for his actions, but his job is toastl.
09/This Russian website, AllofMp3.com, thought they got around some Russian copyright law with their MP3 bootlegging site, but it appears as though labels have had enough, and are suining the Ruskies. I can't blame them, I mean it looks as like the site just gave away crazy albums for like $0.02 a song. I had heard conflicting reports in the past, from this being within the law, because each company was to be held responsible for paying royalties, but really, who is going to call Sony and be like "yo I made X amt of dollars for that Bow Wow". That's not happening, and we all know it. Hopefully, those kremlin bitches get what they deserve.
You guys notice how I combine mad stories into one piece, as opposed to bringing you 50 fucking points? Love me.
I'm out of here. Donuts write-up coming before 2006 is done. Long live Dilla, and my Uncle Allen. Holla.