Archive for 04/01/2007 - 05/01/2007

the shuffle. [5/5/07]

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So yeah, ya boy got a temp. gig. I'm still hunting, but now I actually have something to do during the day. And I'm planning on starting a part time gig as well. Shit's falling into place - I might not be where I want to be, but steps are being taken. It just sucks when shit takes longer than normal, eh?

This week has its share of odd stories, but fear not: I will play your nutty travel guide. My MP3 player is loaded with fresh DNB and Fishbone (big up, Perpetuum), and I'm ready to take that trip. Let's Go!

01/The NAACP is going to have a funeral for the word nigger this summer. You know, after all of this Don Imus stuff, I can see why they would want to do this (publicity), but I'm not sure if, aside from the symbolism, this is truly going to change anything. I mean, on the surface, yeah, educated Blacks and popular rappers might stop using the word. They aren't hitting where we need to hit: the ghetto. A shorty in the ghetto has no concept of the NAACP, nor do they give a shit if they are going to symbolically bury a word. And what happened to the age-old adage "sticks and stones might break my bones..."? If you have to put so much power and spotlight on one word that you are going to have a funeral for it, aren't you accidentally giving the word more play and emphasis that it truly needs? Maybe the youth's embracing and reflipping of the word is more than just being ignorant...

02/Before his team was eliminated by my New Jersey Nets, Toronto Raptors coach Sam Mitchell was upset that Jason Kidd didn't look like he was playing hurt, despite the fact that Kidd has a known knee injury. I'm trying to look at dude's comments as sarcasm, but he seems dead ass serious. OK, Kidd played his heart out and actually pushed him team over the hump: why not, instead of questioning what Jason Kidd is doing, start asking your Raptors why they let a crippled point guard stomp all over them? I can't see how a coach can still be employed when he is so willing to pass the buck. Does he think Kidd was trying to set himself up to look helpless or something? I don't see why Kidd would need to lie about an injury, only to play great the next night. That thinking is too far out... and at the end of the day, if his own estranged wife can look at him in a different light now, why does Mitchell have to hate?

03/Don Imus is in the news again, this time suing CBS for breach of contract. I saw his attorney working his magic on GMA, and gleamed the following info: essentially, CBS was supposed to offer dude a 2nd chance before firing him; also, if they were to fire him, they had to do it within a certain amount of time. They also brought up the five-second delay that CBS never employed previously when Imus reportedly used similar remarks during his tenure. Essentially, based on language in the contract, they are arguing that CBS hired Imus on to be controversial, to say what he says, and now feel like they fired him for what they hired him to do. All well and good, and in a court of law that looks peachy. Check it, though: has Imus ever apologized this publicly over remarks he's made in the past? Aside from Howard Stern speaking about him, I never heard of dude, and surely if he was making similar remarks regarding race, he would have had to answer to SOMEONE! In any case, dude has never been t his vocal about feeling bad about his remarks, so if you are admitting your wrongdoing, why then try and throw the blame on CBS? Yes, you got fired b/c your idiotic persona caused advertisers to bounce from the show. Tough tits, suck it up and go start anew. Don't rehash this bullshit like you are the victim, chief. That's not even the case.

04/With everything going on in 'urban' music, I'm surprised that Vibe's website is so stuck on the Ray J/Kim Kardashian sex tape fiasco. On the one hand, they are posting up pics and making fun of Ray J attending the release party, although it is kind of odd that the tape hit the streets a month ago and they are just NOW celebrating it, but they then report on Kim getting a reported $5 million out of Vivid by settling the lawsuit she had. She kind of pimped them: she denied that the tape was out there, and sued them, then dropped the suit for the loot. I got a feeling she got broken off with the dick AND the loot, and Ray J is just getting shine because people feel sorry for how low he's gone...

05/So the girl Britney Spears has been performing 'randomly' under the name "The M+M's", to mixed reviews. I love how big news channels report it as a secret show, but you see how fucking ramjam those venues are! And to the people who are dissing homegirl for lip-synching: did you not notice her lip-synching back when she first came out, or were you too caught up and are now trying to act like you don't give a fuck, even though you spent good money to see her work it for 15 minutes? I do wish she hadn't cut that hair, her wig/headband combo is wack. What's wacker, though, are these topless photos of her with flowers over her nipples. I can't even begin to comment... And for some added fun, Idolator predicts the near-future of Brit's career.

06/The newest, latest and YOUNGEST mogul in the Rap game is this lil dunn named Big Korey. He's 9 years old, and has already worked with both Jermaine Dupri AND Jazze Pha. He is the subject of a reality show, which follows his efforts to build his own label. You think, yo dude is 9? Check out this video of neph @ Jazze Pha's MPC, making a beat. It's kind of crazy when you realize he was 7 during the making of that video... I just now realized, I seen him before: he is down with the Oomp Camp, and introduced Unk before his BET Hip-Hop Awards performance last year. And before you guys start with your "wow, Rap is in such a sad state that 7 year olds can made dope Rap beats!" That's funny, but let me see some of the hot work YOU made at 7...

07/Speaking of Rap, let's dive into a bunch of Rap/R&B-related news bits: T.I. is working on his T.I. Vs. Tip album, and just recently wrapped up a track with Eminem that will either be very hot or a hot piece of shit... In response to Australia's repeated hate towards Snoop Dogg, his lawyers released a statement that claimed, among other things, that Snoop has no gang ties. OK, so why do I have to hear him about wearing his rag "on the left side/yeah that's the CRIP side"? Why all the C-walkin'? You perpin' now, dogg?... During his book tour (which has helped Do You debut on the New York Times' Bestseller list), Russell Simmons got cut off during a radio interview for correcting the DJ on the radio. In listening to the audio (which is provided on the site), dude does come out of his face. If it wasn't for Russell, nigga, you wouldn't be where you are right now. Remember that... The boy Akon got his Verizon partnership pulled over a sexual dance involving a 15 year old girl... Busta Rhymes loves being in the news, no? Reports say that a shot of Henny did it for Busta, for he got pulled over for having too-darkly tinted windows on his whip, but when they smelled alcohol on his breath, they tested him. Nigga blew a 0.67, was arrested for DWI, but it's only a violation. Now, if he only did this shit when his LP was coming out... Erykah Badu and her friends are taking their weed-love a bit too far with their "Cannabinoids" collective, although the idea of recreating Hip-Hop production live is sick... The boy Ludacris got shitted on by two magazines this week: Vanity Fair's Lisa Robinson was interviewing for a Tribeca Talks panel, and was just on some "I don't get this rap stuff" nonsense; why do they do that? Why send someone with no knowledge of Hip-Hop to interview one of the scene's bigger stars? Flip over to Ebony, which replaced his cover picture for their "new Black fathers" issue with Boris Kodjoe, after the uproar and hate against Rap lyrics due to, you guessed it, the Don Imus situation. Luda can't catch a break!... PaRappa The Rapper is coming to the US on the PSP. If you missed the original, you missed a funny ass game...

08/Now, let's bring you the best from the rest of the Entertainment field: Courtney Love is holding a Christine's auction for the remainder of Kurt Cobain's things... I love how the Playstation 3 just came out last year, but they already have plans for Playstations 4, 5 AND 6!... This year's MTV Movie Awards is just asking for trouble: a live, non-tape delayed show hosted by Sarah Silverman and produced by Mark Burnett? Do they want to have another one next year?... Speaking of MTV, they are hoping that the name change from "TRL" to "YouRL" will help keep what small number of viewers they still had... David Hasselhoff's daughter (at his request) videotaped him in a drunken state, eating a burger shirtless on the floor... Justin Timberlake is bringing his FutureSex LoveSounds to HBO via a taped concert set to air this September... Bruce Willis let it be known that he is pissed about the forthcoming Die Hard sequel is going to be rated PG-13... Lindsey Lohan is set to get chopped up and fucked in an upcoming horror flick... Paris Hilton got sentenced to 45 days jailtime for violating parole, to be served starting in June, just in time for the premier of the new season of The Simple Life (you see that, Busta??)... Sacha Baron Cohen is NOT going to be playing former Queen lead singer Freddie Mercury in an upcoming biopic, although the resemblance would have made for as good flick.... Watch out: records shops are giving you the option to make your own mix CDs that you can burn in the store. If I could have made a CD of my fav tracks back when I was a shorty, compared to having to buy decent songs on crappy discs, I would have been in hog heaven!

09/Finally, here is a rundown of the final stories I felt should get some burn: You'd think being robbed whilst naked and superguled to an exercise bike is bad enough: no, your robbers also have to drink up your Chivas Regal, too!... Why is this lawyer suing this cleaners for $64 million over a pair of lost pants?...

Weird week, right? I'm off to bed now. I just heard De La Hoya lost, and he didn't put up a great fight towards the end... whattupwidat?

Final Thought time:

Run DMC "Ooh Watcha Gonna Do"

[I used to love this video...just came on VH1 Soul]

Until next time...

Friday, May 4th 2007 playlist

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Well, ya boy finally got a job! It's a temp, call center gig, lasting 2 months (with possibility of more, depending on what might be available), so we'll see when I get these shuffles posted on Fridays. I might start doing them early, but we shall see. They won't disappear at ALL! Speaking of which, let's get right into this pre-Cinco de Mayo blastoff:

01/Aspect & Perpetuum "Ghetto Girl" [I had no idea these two could come with the ragga-influenced jams on this level. Coming out on a label I cannot plug right now... soon though. Audio up in Perpetuum's EXBC mix from March of 07...]
02/Soulmatic & Saburuko "2 Dollars More" [forthcoming freshness on Crisis. Loving this combo. Unfortunately, no audio up for this one, but it should be out on promo SOON!]
03/Push Button Objects ft. Maintain, Vast Aire & Akrobatik "Fly, Pt. 2" [from 2002, this is just a trio of sick MCs, a tricked out beat and some reggae dude on the chorus. Simple, yet effective. "I'm serious like the answer to HIV/government made? Possibly Maybe"... Vast!]
04/The Alchemist "Can't Stop ALC" [ALC flips the same beat Shaq rhymed over for "Can't Stop The Reign". I love how he takes the obvious and totally makes it better.PS: RIP Miami's 2007 playoff run!]
05/Lomax "Artisan" [I love how he freaked those classic, old school jungle basstones, into this low-key monster.]
06/Cannibal Ox "Handle That" [can you tell I was on a Vast Aire kick this week? This is from their 2004 Speakerboxxx... The Ox Below mixtape (he speaks on it HERE). The rest is kind of trash, but this is a perfect melding of their off-kilter flows and a tight yet abstract track.]
07/David Banner ft. Akon, Lil' Wayne & Snoop Dogg "9MM" [what an odd combo.]
08/Evol Intent "Dead On Arrival" [this is just a clip. Funny sample for those who frequent the DOA boards. Hopefully their LP drops soon...]
09/YoungbloodZ vs. Virgo "Chop Chop (DJ Nappy Thugstep Mix)" [you should already know about this. join the revolution.]
10/Prodigy ft. Nyce "Time To Kill" [P and Nyce go in over Damien Marley's "Road To Zion". Proper ignorance.]

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These leaks didn't make it to the list, but should still be peeped:

Keith Murray "Weeble Wobble" [when is his LP dropping?]
Showbiz & AG "Business As Usual" [welcome back!]
DJ Lazy K ft. Remy Ma, Trina, Lil' Mo & Jackie O "We Takin' Over (Female Remix)" [nice flip of the current B single...]
Termanology ft. Lil' Fame "Squeeze Ya Ratchet" [Fame produced this one. It's OK, but I dunno... shoulda just got Primo to do the beat.]
M.I.A. "Hit That" [You know you gonna click it. Some calling her LP the summer jammer. Who knows. Party starter right here.]
Method Man "New York, New York" [Meth takin' it back to "that real NY street shit". Nice flute thrown in there.]
Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly, Bun B & Jadakiss "Go Getta (Remix)" [why do I wish it was just Bun B and Jada on this?]
The Bomb Squad "Before I Let Go" [speaking of 'Kiss, here's Jada and Sheek back when they were known as "The Bomb Squad" (shouts to eskay for posting this one, Nah Right Lite STAND UP!]

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If you are looking for some dubstep and electronic music trickery, check out SWAEG. They have loads of FREE licks up there. I found this EP by a dubstep artist named Toiminto called "Lost In Low Frequencies". It's sick, esp. "Tuesday Flow Dub". Check them out for this and more.

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Need some DNB mixes? Hit up this week's FYLP... Fanu loves white Russians, Dan Marshall kicks a slick one for BIOS, and Bailey drops a dub-laden Intabeats on you. Do not sleep.

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On the music related video tip, here are a few I found amusing:

eskay posted up some exclusive fight footage between Cam'ron & Tru Life.

Redman is hilarious. Check this video (courtesy of OnSmash) where he lets it be known that he don't need $100K spent on BET - he'd take it to the hood and do a Heineken promotion for his people. 1 Heineken and some flip flops for the people!


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In terms of a Final Thought, I wanna mix it up, since Tomorrow is Cinco De Mayo, I wanna big up the Mexican-influenced Hip-Hop tracks I loved from the past, as well as Hip-Hop videos that feature boxing, due to the De La Hoya/Mayweather bout coming up as well. Let's go!

Delinquint Habits "Tres Delinquentes"

[I used to vibe off this one when I was a shorty...]

Kid Frost "Ain't No Sunshine"


Kid Frost "La Raza"

[this is just good Hip-Hop...]

Cypress Hill "How I Could Just Kill A Man"

[I feel this way all the time.]

LL Cool J "Mama Said Knock You Out"

[remember when he did this on MTV Unplugged, with the weird underarm deoderant remnants? (sorry for the terrible quality, I didn't up this...]

Canibus "Second Round KO"

[I still say he won that battle...]

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Until next time... BE EASY! and save some Corona! Actually, nah, I'll take some Heineken from Red.

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Chasing It" [recap]

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The episodes this year are just getting back to the raw essence of the earlier seasons, where each one is a tiny movie unto itself. This week, we get back to the meaner, eviler Tony, shown through his addiction to gambling. The title is a metaphor for him trying to chase whatever joy he gets from gambling... but we also saw his addiction creep into his everyday life...

Why would he gamble the money he was to give Marie Spatafore for their move to Maine? I think subconciously, he did not want to give her that much loot. That move is kind of ridiculous - if you don't get at the root of the problem, you really aren't solving a thing. I'm like everyone else, tripping over the fact that dude shit in the shower at his school, but the situation is bigger than that. Rebellion brought on by confusion of what his dad did, and who his dad was. That requires therapy, not a move to another part of the US...

The bigger deal with Vito Jr. is the Phil situation. Phil Leotardo was man enough to cause the situation to be what it was by murdering Vito, but is not man enough to take the responsibility, whether it's ponying up the ends to move them out or taking a more active role, but it just shows how heartless of a prick he really is. Don't think for a minute that by the time this season is over, Phil and T will be bumping heads once again, over something.

Did we really need to see Nancy Sinatra in this episode?

I want to send a shout out to AJ Soprano, for getting played like a fiddle. I love how he damn near makes her say yes, then looks all upset when her brother pulls up with his bag of clothes ("I just did laundry last week!")... he was chasing that puerto rican poonani, and a life that involved him being the big man. But being manager of the pizza shop and learning some spanish to impress ya shorty's seed does not a man make, young AJ. And by the looks of the preview of next week, he hits a deep funk.

I do have to say, I think Adrianna is buried under the house Carm and her pops built, and with the weak lumber, she will be found. Just a hunch - they are spending too much time dwelling on Carm worrying, and the fact that pops is using the old ass lumber. I also wanna let it be known that T's "unborn baby" crack @ Carm was fucking wrong, even if he technically fronted the major end of the money for the house she considers her own. T should have played it off, not even gotten at her for ends for his gambling, but he took it too far. And upset Carm. That's gonna bite him.

The big thing I want to see is next week's showdown with Chris and Paulie. Both look bad in Tony's eyes right now, so if it comes to blows, its going to be interesting to see how that will play off. Their rivalry has always been a staple of the conflicts - so much can be played off, and it harks back to the "Pine Barrens", where both the show and their relationship went to far-out places.

Only time will tell how this show will end, but I have a feeling I'm not ready for it. Like they are going to hit us with something way out of the ordinary... or just have it end like any other season, with Tony letting off a puff of smoke and some poignant song ushering in the credits...

LOST, Season 3 "D.O.C." [recap]

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So, Jin is the father after all. That's good, that means their kid won't look like the bastard son of a Korean Powder. The flipside? Homegirl now has a death sentence... but the good news is, Jin's being on the island upped his sperm count by 5x! How ill is that?

The connections and situations in this show are so well written... we now know that Sun's the reason for Jin's bloody work for her father, so even while she is horrified at what he has to do for her father, she figures it's better to let him do that with dignity than be ridiculed for being the son of a prostitute and a fisherman.

I wish I could get a handle on the island, though; what could POSSIBLY be making the island a spot where you cannot get pregnant on, for you will die, but a puncture wound to the lung takes under two days to heal? Or a seemingly deadly soundwave shock to the head that makes you bleed from the ears - how does one magically recoup from that? And on the even odder flipside, how can the island thus make Ben someone who is succeptable to cancer, even if he lived on the island all his life? It's just too crazy to even try and get your head around...

Checking out LostPedia's rundown of this episode, I saw that they note that the convo in Korean that Sun walked in on referenced the Hanso Foundation... I wondered why they didn't put the subtitles on it! (They also said that Naomi's words, which Mikhail said meant "Thanks for helping me", really translated to "I am not alone"...)

I also wonder what Juliet's beef with Ben is, and why she feels a certain way - right up until he asks her to do something. Please let me know so I can stop wondering why she is dicking over people she really shouldn't... but who knows. This LOST shit is too deep for the kid.

Now, for all of you guys who are going to take Naomi's "there were no survivors of Flight 815" comment to mean that they are in purgatory (a tired, often used theory since season 1), I suggest you listen to the latest podcast. Damon & Carlton let it be known that she could either be a) lying, or b) confused, meaning that, let's just say, someone made it LOOK like Fligth 815 crashed and had no survivors - to make the outside world not worry or want to look for the people who are inhabiting an island that is experimenting on them and the damn laws of physics/nature/science/whatever else...

They also spoke on this week's episode, "The Brig", which finally brings us back to where John Locke has been with the Others. We are to find out the following things:
  • What John has been doing with the Others
  • Where the Others are going
  • How Locke's father got on the island
  • More about Naomi (the girl in the parachute) and her ordeal
  • Some other stuff I can't remember right now...
If you peep the trailer, Locke is bugging out - did he just go with the Others to try and set a trap, or does he have ulterior motives? Judging by what we know about Locke, it's more the latter than the former... who knows.

Do you guys have anything you think is going to happen before this season ends? I remember at the end of season 2, they said we were to learn more about the "4-toed statue", but we haven't gotten a peep about it since... I think we will learn more about that. Any thoughts? Leave a comment!
Until next time.. namaste!

Friday, April 27th 2007 playlist

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No real big write-up before links this week. I've been on the grind. This is the soundtrack to my grind:

01/Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek & M.O.P "Same Ol' G" [that new State Property CD is kind of hot. This one is badass.]
02/Bachelors of Science & Saburuko "Dreams Come True" [sampler to the forthcoming Bachelors of Science LP for Horizons Music. Def. save up for this one... LUSH DNB!]
03/Joell Ortiz ft. Jadakiss & Saigon "Hip Hop (Remix)" [Joell slowly becoming one of my favs. This is a really slick track, blast it.]
04/Hobzee "Cubism" [don't sleep on dude. His new beats are impressive!]
05/Jay-Z "30 Something" [one of the better cuts off of Kingdom Come. I wish I was as rich/cool as Jay when I get that age...]
06/UTP & Lil' Wayne "Do Whatcha Wanna Do" [this beat is bananas. Get your dance on!]
07/bowzer "Disconnect Me" [some smooth dubstep vibes for ya. those bleeps sound like phone tones, kind of...]
08/Notion "It Always Was" [seriously dope new cats. This one is on an EP forthcoming on Progress LTD. Peep their MySpace page for audio. Loving the delayed bassdrop on this. So refreshing...]
09/Jacewon "Shelly (Remix)" [Keep an eye out on dude. He has an LP coming soon, Evolution, and is poised to turn heads with his tracks. Check his MySpace for more info/updates...]
10/NORE ft. Jadakiss & Kurupt "Throw 'Em Under The Bus" [am I the only one who is excited to see NORE and Kurupt do a cut together, after all of that "New York, New York"/"LA, LA" shit from years ago?]

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Leak It!:

>Keith Murray ft. Tyrese "Nobody Do It Better"
>Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, Young Chris & Juvenile "Killin' That"
>Joell Ortiz "Block Royal" and "BQE", which features Lord Black & Alex Santiago, and is produced by The Alchemist
>DJ Unk ft. T-Pain, Jim Jones & E-40 "2 Step (Remix)"
>Chemical Brothers "Do It Again"
>Rob G ft. Fat Pat, Lil Keke, & A3 "Road to Success"
>Illa Ghee "NY Nightlife"

Endless.

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Here's a few links to more than one mp3:

*Better Than Butt Sex posted up 5 essential ODB tracks: they are all tracks that he covered.
*For some random reason, ?uestlove has been remixing cuts off of Pharrell's In My Mind. "Pharrell and the Yessirs" have reworked "Raspy Shit", "Number One" & "How Does It Feel". I don't know if I'm really feelin' these...
*Were you guys looking for that Lil' Wayne Drought 3 mixtape?
*I wanna shout out Benja Styles; I kept forgetting to hotlink his We Takin' Over (The Philly/Miami Connection) mixtape, which was made in conjunction with DJ Khaled & JDS. Some ill joints on here, featuring cats like E. Ness (from Making Da Band fame), The State Property fam... fuck it, peep the tracklisting:

1.DJ KHALED INTRO
2.PEEDI PEEDI & GILLIE DA KID "IT'S ME SNITCHES"(BENJA STYLES REFIX)
3.E NESS "READY" FREESTYLE
4.JAKK FROST "WELCOME TO PHILLY"
5.E NESS & YOUNG CHRIS "INCARCERATED SCARFACES" FREESTYLE
6.BIGGIE, E NESS, BLACK ROB, AASIM "LIVE AT THE BBQ 2007"
7.FREEWAY "ROC THE MIC"(BENJA STYLES REMIX 2007)
8.DJ JAZZY JEFF FT PEEDI PEEDI "BRAND NEW FUNK 2007"
9.BEANIE SIGEL "RETURN OF THE BAD GUY"
10.YOUNG GUNZ "SET IF OFF"(BENJA STYLES REMIX 2007)
11.MIKE JONES "MR JONES"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
12.RICH BOY "BOY LOOKA HERE"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
13.JAKK FROST FT STAR MINA "GANGSTA LUV"
14.JAKK FROST & FREEWAY "HOW MANY MC'S" FREESTYLE
15.PEEDI PEEDI "WE GOT THAT"
16.DJ KHALED FT T.I.,FAT JOE,RICK ROSS, MR VEGAS, BABY, LIL WAYNE "WE TAKIN OVER"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
17.PEEDI PEEDI "READ MY LIPS"(PRODUCED BY BENJA STYLES & J. DUCKETTS)
18.JAKK FROST "CLONES" FREESTYLE
19.STACKS FT LIL WAYNE "MONEY OVA HERE"
20.YOUNG BUCK "GET BUCK"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
21.COLLIE BUDDZ "COME AROUND"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
22.CASSIDY,BEANIE SIGEL, FABOLOUS "YOU ALREADY KNOW"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
23.YOUNG BUCK & 50 CENT "HOLD ON"
24.GILLIE DA KID "NUMBER 1"
25.DJ KHALED TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM
26.PEEDI PEEDI "CALLIN ME" FREESTYLE
27.E NESS "DON'T GET ME STARTED"
28.OMILIO SPARKS "HATERS, LOVERS"
29.AMERIE FT PEEDI PEEDI "TAKE CONTROL"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)

Holla. That "Roc The Mic (Benja Styles 2007 RMX)" is BANANAS!

*Wu-Tang Corp. has linked 200+ mp3s of unreleased/rare Wu cuts. Go have fun...
*The Ninjasonik crew (aka Sound Advice's dj k.ross and reverend mcfly) has a new mix out, showcasing original cuts and a bunch of slammin' shit:

1 ninjasonik - holla for a dolla
3 klaxons vs unk - teenwolf blend
4 jamiroquai - canned heat
5 new young pony club-get lucky
6 ninjasonik vs archie bell & the drells - tighten up
7 ninjasonik - tight pants
8 matt and kim - yea yeah (vyle remix)
9 dillinger-cokane
10 bunji garlin - clear di way
11 duchess says - black flag (juan maclean remix)
12 ninjasonik - the obvious jj fad ripoff
13 the english beat - too nice to talk to
14 peter bjorn & john - young folks (sound advice remix)
15 gigi d'agostino - i'll fly with you
16 kenna - freetime
17 federation - what if i had a gun (dj b.cause deep disco edit)
18 talking heads - life during wartime
19 ninjasonik - internet bitch
20 sound advice - bmore eyed girl
21 teenwolf - floating on
22 purple crush- never ending story club edit
23 ninjasonik - tight pants (mr. andersonic edit)


Get your crunk on.

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It's cold and rainy, and I have this cut stuck in my head:

Lil Keke ft. Paul Wall & Bun B "Chunk Up The Deuce"


Enjoy your weekend.

The Sopranos, Season 6B: "Remember When" [recap]

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I don't know if it was the OE in me or just the sentimentalities running through this episode, but I'm going on record, saying that this was one of my favorite episodes in Sopranos history. You can go on and on about how it's changed, or you can be one of those jerks who is only looking for the violence, so when someone doesn't get killed or isn't shot at, you think the show is going down hill.

This is poetry.


Don't get me started on the many "buddy" relationships we touched on, from Tony/Paulie to Corrado/Carter to Johnny/Corrado... or the fact that Paulie denied telling Johnny Sack about Ralphie's comments regarding Ginny 3 times (LOST ain't the only show with Biblical references...). Just take a look at all of the references to past times, not just the "remember when" premise of the show, which was genius, given the way everyone was reminiscing. The whole Ralphie/Johnny Sack fued got thrown in here, as did Big Pussy getting capped. The Sopranos is wearing its sadness on its sleeve, letting you know that, in ending, they will still remember the hits.

Touch on a few of the other recurring themes, like the search for that father figure. We see the obvious one in Tony's friendship with Paulie, who is 20+ years his senior, but dig deeper: remember Carter getting so furious about his pops pissing on his 96? Now, he has Corrado, who might be a bad influence, but it was an influence that helped him crack his shell.

This show is just too deep, and beautifully done episodes like this one just reinforce the fact that this show is one of the greatest in TV history.

This episode just had too many classic moments:

  • Corrado whoopin' the Professor's ass
  • The whole flowers/vase joke @ Corrado's card game
  • Tony glancing over the ax and the knife, wondering if he should murk Paulie
  • Carter throwing the paper at the guys singing, which harks back to Meadow throwing the bread at Corrado when he was singing in the finale of Season 3
  • The blonde asking Tony if Paulie was his father
  • Doc Santoro's eye getting shot out. That Phil is a cold bastard.
  • The Feds getting (false) wind that Jackie Aprile was the one who killed the bookie. LOL such a shame, the Aprile family always gets the short end...
  • Corrado's Dick Cheney letter. That was just a stroke of genius.
I just want to touch on two more things.
  1. I had no idea Phil Leotardo was poised to be such a big problem/character on the show. He went from just getting out of the slammer to stamping out all comp. That New York family has been in shambles ever since Johnny Sack set foot in Jersey, and while I think Phil feels he is too old to truly lead, he doesn't like giving up the power. And he is poised to keep murdering...
  2. Paulie Walnuts' life is the family. While T might have wanted to off him on that boat, he knew that Paulie gets it done when it comes to family business. He might have wavered for a bit, but for all of his neurosis-like behavior (who has 4 pairs of the same white shoes in their closet?!), when you need a situation handled, or some muscle thrown around, you holler at him. I still think he'd kill himself before flipping to the feds. It's just sad to see that his life is nothing outside of the mob.
I can't even go on... if you are sleeping on these episodes, just keep sleeping. You don't get it.


related links:
HBO.com episode guide for "Remember When"

LOST, Season 3: "Catch-22" [recap]

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You can't front on solid episodes. This one, with its Desmond backstory and "visions" might not have been everyone's cup of tea (both myself and my wife were kind of "meh" about this one in the end), but it does serve a purpose, especially if the previews of next week's episode are true...
First off, aside from LostPedia, was I the only one to notice that the Monk Desmond was dealing with all-episode, in a flash, had that Ms. Hawking lady from the LAST Desmond-flashback episode in a picture on his desk? I noticed immediately, and was kind of intrigued... I mean from the monk's dialogue with Desmond, you knew there HAD to have been some ulterior motive going on. Was it just coincidence, or was the monk truly a servant for a greater cause?

Speaking of Desmond... what a Catch-22 for his ass! He keeps saving Charlie for GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON, I mean, why does he ONLY have visions where Charlie dies? And how long is he going to let this go on? I mean, if the order of life says someone has to die, let them die... you can only escape death so many times. I'd like to think that you'd only try and save someone you have no connection with for so long... especially if they might be standing in the way of your true love...

LostPedia says that the girl at the end of this ep who uttered Desmond's name is "Naomi", and it seems like she is going to play a vital role in the last arc of eps for this season. Remember, at the end of last season, there were 2 guys who got word of the anomoly when Desmond hit the failsafe: I think she is connected to them, and in turn, connected to Penny Widmore. Desmond said, essentially, with that much money, you can find ANYONE, ANYWHERE. I think "Naomi" was looking for Desmond, and was planning on bringing him to Penny... or something else.

Dig the biblical references throughout this episode to. The aforementioned Abraham/Issac connection; the names Ruth and Naomi; the fucking Moriah Vineyards wines (which is limited to 108 cases a year?!?!); the fact that dude was at a monastery... this whole faith/religion play is deep, and has to mean something. I feel like I'm in Bible study every now and again, watching LOST.

Now, back at the main camp, its crazy to see how Kate is reacting to seeing Jack & Juliet being together. I mean, I could see her being upset, but did she have to slip into Sawyer's spot, cry, and give him the time, just to prove something to Jack? Sawyer's demeanor is cool, though: he knows that he truly cares for Kate, but has to mask it as lust to not show his emotions. His "mixtape" comments were classic, though, but I guess you have to be a child of the cassette era to truly understand.

And why was Jin so happy about going camping? Like, he generally just wanted to sit by a campfire and tell scary stories in his native tongue (which lead to a funny moment this week)...

Next week looks like the wheels will be set in motion, with Naomi's character being explored, as well as the Sun angle. We know the island is not nice to pregnant women, so her dilemma is realer than Evander Holyfield. "D.O.C.", aka 'Date of Conception", is next week's episode (get the scoop HERE with the official LOST podcast for 4/20/07), and looks like it will deliver SOMETHING to us.

Where do you guys think this season is going to end up? We're like 4 eps away from the finale... I know John Locke is going to be back by season's end, and I want to know more about how Ben is holding up. I'm such a fan, I can't help it!

Until next time... namaste.

Earth Day 2k7

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Happy Earth Day.

Go turn off your TV. Turn off the shit you aren't using.

And go turn on your loved on. Or turn yourself on.

And just be aware...

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Stage 5" [recap]

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My life has been crazy CPT lately, so this is very late. I apologize. And will be brief:
  • RIP Johnny Sack.
  • Daniel Baldwin is the coolest Baldwin, that's cemented in history.
  • Contrary to popular belief, if Phil Leotardo was to go after Christopher, I don't think Tony would just let him murk Chrissy.
  • Phil's speech to the children at the end was the single funniest thing on this show not uttered by Uncle Junior.
  • So now Meadow and Finn aren't even together? Thank God.
  • I don't like how Carm nudged Tony into thinking that Cleaver was written to discredit him or make him look like shit... although it kind of did, a lil' bit.
  • All in all, one of the best episodes in show history: it was a great blend of humor, gritty life, Geraldo Rivera cameos, and just what we have learned to love about this show. Fucked up, I don't want to see it go.
Check a detailed summary HERE.

"How was Florida"
"Hot and sticky. Like my balls."

PS: "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke. That was the end music. Perfection.

the shuffle. [4/21/07]

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I just want to apologize for not completing last week's shuffle... I got caught up in being tired and being a parent, and never completed the jawn... my bad.

Been a frustrating couple of months, but this week has just been nutty. Two steps forward, 15 steps back... I'm still here, alive, but it's just a crazy ride. Esp. when you are juggling a fussy son, job searches and trying to just keep your head above water.

In any case, this isn't about me, but about my thoughts about this week's news... or lack thereof!

01/I don't want to get into it at all, but I just want to say RIP to those who lost their lives in the senseless violence at Virginia Tech this week. Well, there is one observation that has been made that I want to echo: kind of interesting how Bush took what, a day or 2 to get to VT, but a whole week to get down to Katrinaland. I know, I know, "he is better at handling emergencies"... bite me.

02/Did you hear Alec Baldwin rip his 11-year-old daughter a new one via voicemail? (If not, the good folks over at TMZ have uploaded an mp3...) How the hell you go about calling a child, your own flesh and blood, a ruthless pig, is so far beyond me... especially if you are in the situation where you are in a heated battle with your ex-wife. I mean, OK, you feel you had a great visit with the child... does this mean the child had a great visit? What if you said one thing wrong to piss her off, and now she is trying to give you a time out? Nah, Hollywood never thinks this way... its either their way, or getting cussed out over the cellphone towers. I never would have thought that there would be a time where Daniel Baldwin is actually cooler than Alec... for once.

03/You like how Sanjaya says that the reason he was voted off this week was because he is not a country singer... say whaa? You aren't a singer, period. You got by due to the internets and Howard Stern helping you along, not because they liked you, but because they had American Idol. Dont' play yourself, dogs.

04/Note to Perry Farrell: if you are going to make a comment like "illegal downloads are killing the music industry", do not follow this statement up with suggestions like "make internet file sharing legal" or ridiculous musings like "if you hear garbage music on your radio station, you only have yourself to blame". Dumbass, the REASON people are downloading music is BECAUSE OF THE GARBAGE MUSIC, not in spite of it. I mean, when you have to spend upwards of $15+ to buy a 17-track CD that holds, say, 8 interludes and 2 good tracks, who wouldn't rather just get those 2 good tracks? I don't see the logic in his words @ all - P2P is killing the music industry, so we should make P2P legal? Is this the whole "make drugs legal" rhetoric people spew? I just don't see how that'd HELP the industry...

05/Speaking of Music, let's quicklink some music/entertainment industry news bits: Common spoke to EW about his new LP, Finding Forever, which is somehow to be dedicated or inspired by J Dilla, all the while produced by Kanye West (and some tunes from will.i.am). Why do I not have high hopes for this LP?... Edward Norton is set to portray the Incredible Hulk in the next feature flick. I can see him doing this, but I don't know if I WANT to... Here's a bit of upgrade/downgrade for you: Will Smith and DJ Jazzy Jeff are set to reunite and work on an album. For Will? Major upgrade! His last LPs have been doo-doo. For Jeff? He has had so much success (critical and commercial) with his music, WTF does he need to get back in the studio with the Fresh Prince? Ironically, Will's last great single was produced by Jeff - go figure... Either life must really suck for Macy Gray or she is on some serious intoxicants: she is now saying that she was "forced" to work with Justin Timberlake on her new album. I got a hunch she won't be having another 'new' anything after this one... RIP Don Ho... All of you Internet Web Radio stations need to take heed: they tryin' to kill you!... The cops say that the dude who is suspected of murdering Jam Master Jay is also the same cat who murdered "Stretch" Walker. Go figure. And an ex of his turned him in!... The Fader has a track-fi-track breakdown of the new Beanie Sigel LP, as well as a new, in-depth interview to boot... eskay also brought some ill Sean Price/Heltah Skeltah info to the table, mainly the name of Sean P's next album (Mic Tyson!); prefix also let it be known that Def Jam WAS trying to holler at Price. Crazy!... Someone pulled a Paris Hilton on Lindsay Lohan and hacked into her Gmail, BlackBerry AND Myspace accounts. The world is now privy to Paris and Lindsay arguing like, well, dumb Hollywood millionaires. The point? I wish there was one... For fans of exclusive kicks and Back To The Future II: Nike's Air McFly [EDIT: I got word just now that these aren't actually being released... digg/metaflier posts were not fact checked. There is a project going on to try and get Nike to makes these available, though] ... CBS Radio is suing a smaller radio station for re-airing the now-infamous Don Imus/"nappy-headed ho's" show, which they say is being used to educate the public. CBS wants to put some educated feets up their asscrack, legally... Microsoft has developed a new, colored barcode to be used in the near future on DVDs, XBOX games, and other products... for no good reason, apparently. They don't want to step on the normal UPC barcode's toes, but they will hold loads of information, which can be then scanned with a mobile phone (who the FUCK has a scanner on their jack?) and will transport consumers to... wait for it... websites. It's a marketing ploy, no? Why not just print the fucking URL on the package?... Cartoon group Gorillaz is going to be calling it quits after their upcoming movie/soundtrack drops. Why do I care again?... Circuit City & Napster are in cahoots creating a new digital music download service. Napster gains exposure, the City makes money back off slumping CD sales... amd finally, Chris Rock is being a man and asking that the courts find out if he fathered a 13 year old boy, without even asking why homegirl took so long to get at him. Big up to him.

06/Saul Williams, one of my favorite poets of all time, posted an open letter to Oprah Winfrey, in response to some of the points brought up about Hip-Hop this week in the wake of the aforementioned Imus/nappyhead comments, and how Hip-Hop is being attacked for its misogynistic tones. He breaks down the difference between an emcee and a poet, drops gems of knowledge (who knew 50 Cent and Dubya shared the same b-day... as do D-Styles, Tia and Tamara, Merv Griffin AND Inspectah Deck?), and even calls Oprah out on a few points. Love or hate what he has to say, do yourself a favor and take some time to take in what he wrote.

07/Finally, here's the rest of the news fromt his week: Britain, like the US, is fighting a losing battle against illegal drugs, which might explain why this mother made her toddlers fight while she videotaped it... this Ghost Ship story is just downright SPOOKY!... The people have made Dell go back on their word, and continue to build PCs that support Windows XP, and not just chuck it for Vista. Everyone ain't ready for that shit, yet...

For any news I might have missed, check out OhWord's TWIB post for this week. And for you 4/20 stoners, check out my posts from 4/20/07, you filthy heathens!

Speaking of 4/20, that leads me to my final though...

Musical Youth "Pass The Dutchie"

sorry, I had to!

Until next time...

Friday, April 20th 2007 playlist

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Have you checked out my latest edition of the Dub Sessions, "Twenty After Four"? If not, you should... get your lighters up, take a couple of pulls and peep these cuts:

01/Perpetuum & B-Line "DC Metro" [dubplate DNB bidness. Nice straddling of the old with the new. Quality as per usual from Perps and B.]
02/Jay-Z ft. Sterling Simms "Dig A Hole" [diggin' this one for no really good reason. Swizzy on the beats of this beast.]
03/Lil' Wayne "Upgrade U Freestyle" [fuck you for laughing. The instrumental to this one fucking KNOCKS! Weezy murks it, as if you didn't already know.]
04/N.O.R.E. "Shame On U" [Nore continues to jack classic beats. This week, he airs out his recent past over ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo".]
05/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Big Daddy Kane "The Garden" [mellow, chilled vibes here. What a tight combo...]
06/D.Kay "Boiling Point" [from D's forthcoming Individual Soul LP. Lovely, jazzy lick right here. The entire LP is on this vibe.]
07/Signal "Chuyen" [I don't get why this hasn't been signed. Supposedly a more mixable version might be in the works? In any case, enjoy this chunky Cambodian dubstep damager.]
08/The Lox "We're Back" [they're back. And they will murder you.]
09/XRS "System Halt" [newest latest on Horizons Music. The flipside was my love for years, but this one surpassed it.]
10/Heist "Don't Hold Back" [Heist's premier release for Full Cycle, and it's a mother. Reminds me of their older styles... beautifully short intros delving into some unadulterated funk. Grab this one up, early!]

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Follow the drip, follow the drip... leaktime!

*T.I. "Big Shit Poppin'" [T.I. Vs. Tip forthcoming...]
*Canadian DNB producer Illfingas has decided to stop releasing his tunes via label, and is giving 320kbps mp3s out for FREE. The first two bits, "Young Bwoy" & "Tears Like Rain", are deadly. There might be another version of "Young Bwoy" due to the vocal sounding kind of low...
*Timbaland ft. Jay-Z & Justin Timberlake "Laff At 'Em (Give It To Me Remix)" [Why?]
*The Fix "This Fire (dz's bayswate mix)" [grab this and more dz dubstep tunes AND mixes HERE.]
*Huey ft. Bow Wow & T-Pain "Pop, Lock & Drop It (Remix)" [Why?]
*Jin "Rain Rain Go Away" [in tribute to the people of Virginia Tech.]
*Just Blaze ft. Skepta, JME & Klashnekoff "110 Sessions" [UK/US fire.]

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Need your DNB fix? Head on over to the DPD for today's FYLP: mixes from the likes of Knick (Evol Intent), Dankone (Prestige Music Group), Saburuko (Horizons Music Group), Atlantic Connection (Westbay Recordings), InsideInfo (GanjaTek/Terrafunk), and C.A.B.L.E. (31 Records/Timeless/The Horsemen). Holla!

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The Rub *DJ Ayers, DJ Eleven & Cosmo Baker* have a load of Hip-Hop mixes being hosted over at BrooklynRadio.net. They are the History of Hip-Hop, and broken down by year. Classics... do NOT sleep.

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On the video tip, I have a few diverse bits, then some 4/20 related jawns...

KJ Sawka LIVE on the 13th of April:


John Brown and his Ghetto Revival crew have a video up for "Hallelujah Holla Back":

That beat knocks. Why does the first dude rappin' look like Lord Jamar, but act like Prodigy? And why does John Brown look like a gay reggaeton producer?

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4/20:

Channel Live ft. KRS-One "Mad Izm"


Homer Simpson partakes of the pot:


Dave Chappelle on weed conversations:


Katt Williams' weed bit, which was included in Dub Sessions vol. 8:


On that note, I'm gonna call it a wrap. Be EZ. And enjoy yourselves.

Dub Sessions, vol. 8: "Twenty After Four"

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I've been on some "wow, it's 4/20" shit, mainly from the shows coming up tonight on G4 (can't wait to see "Night of the Tripping Dead")...and I don't even smoke weed anymore. I just figured, hey, I know a lot of readers/friends still puff the mighty green, and figured, if I was still smokin', what would I want to be rockin' to on this 20th day of April, 2007? Probably some dubstep tracks... a likkle bit of Jungle, and some Hip-Hop. You might have heard all of these... you might have never heard none of these! Some are classic weed cuts, others are just things that would make me groove if I was lit. So, peep the tracklisting:

01/Ray-gun intro
02/Coki "Burnin'"
03/The Fix "This Fire (dz's bayswate mix)"
04/Knifehandchop ft. Ninjaman "Weed Wid Da Macka (Deerhunter Mix)"
05/Aries "Herbsmoke (Visionary VIP)"
06/Interlude: Katt Williams vs. Source Direct
07/Styles P "Good Times"
08/Redman & Method Man "How High (Remix)"
09/Mathematics & Raekwon "Trees"
10/KRS-One "Amsterdam"
11/Uncle Murder "Bullet Bullet"
12/Cham "Rudeboy Pledge (Nappy's Liquid Swords Blend)"
13/Mr. Vegas ft. Lexus "Taxi Fare (Remix)"
14/The Bug ft. Flowdan "Jah War (Loefah Remix)"
15/Congo Natty "Original Sess (Police & Helicopters)"
16/Signal "Chuyen" (bonus track)

time: 65:20
size: 92mb


I'm gonna run this one down quick: the intro is a nice chopping of a Ronald & Nancy Ray-gun speaking on the ills of drugs; "Burnin'" is my theme song. That dz RMX of The Fix is just dutty, found that on dubstepforum.com; the knifehandchop tune is just hyper. Visionary's "Herbsmoke VIP" has the ill "sensi-milla" computer voice thing going. That interlude is a masterpiece: Source Direct's "Dark Metal RMX" riding underneath some Katt Williams weed-bit from his HBO special. From there, Styles P's summer of 2002 hit and a classic Meth & Red cut. Raekwon weaves a weird tale referencing diff names for diff weeds, and KRS lets you know what it is about Amsterdam. Uncle Murder's "Bullet Bullet" is a dope, DJ Green Lantern-produced reggae-sampler, and Nappy's Cham/"Liquid Swords" blend is just essential. Following that is one of my favorite dance hall remixes ("Taxi Fare RMX" is the bidness!), followed by Loefah's sub-heavy rmx of "Jah War". This is ended by Congo Natty's classic, John Holt-sampling "Original Sess" which was heavy years back, and I even treat you guys to a special dubstep tune from the one like Signal. Big up.

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How Many Superheroes Does It Take To Screw In A Light Bulb?

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Let Dirk Greenhouse show you:



On the real though, keep things like this in mind, not just because Earth Day is coming, but year round. Saves you loot, too!

LOST, Season 3 "One of Us" [recap]

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I want to first apologize first to Jodi and my other faithful readers who've been wondering/disappointed in my lack of timely recaps of LOST. Not only have I not really been watching the episodes until the weekend (hectic schedule right now), but I've been on a job hunt and just taking care of bidness right now. No excuses, let's bring the recap arguably one of the better episodes of this year...

I hinted at it at the end of my "Left Behind" recap, and so it came to past: this whole "Juliet got left" thing turned out to be an elaborate ruse set up by Ben himself for... who knows. I like how Juliet continues to play that role well - underneath all of her "loyalty" to Ben and the Others, there seems to be a seed of striking out inside of her. I don't know what it would take for her to bounce on the Others - lack of hope? And I'm wondering why she still sided with Ben... am I being put on? I mean, I know she has a connection with Jack, esp from her asking Jack to save Ben whilst showing Jack that video of her saying don't trust him...

From her flashback, it seemed that for a while, her trust and support always lied with her sister. She was stuck on the island for years, and only wanted to go home and be with her. The day Oceanic 815 crashed, the thing that brought her to tears was seeing Rachel and her child playing. And she was recently about to get off the island with Jack, until Locke blew up the sub. Now, is she realigning herself because she is feeling like she can never get off the island? What does she know that we don't... and what does Ben hold over her?

One interesting piece was seeing how Juliet got to the island, however short the piece was. The "Herarat" Aviation thing was a nice touch - I knew it was important, but it didn't make sense until after I finished watching the episode. The one thing that interested me was not the fact that they gave her tranqulizers before the trip, nor is it the fact that she gulped the drink down, but the reasoning. Dude didn't say "oh, you don't need to know where we're taking you or how you get there"... Ethan kept referring to the trip being "pretty intense", which had me thinking - I am ignorant to submarines and such, and I figure there's a certain pressure on the body that's taken, but is there something ELSE going on in that trip? Like crossing a different dimension or SOMETHING that would put your body through additional stress? Kind of far-fetched, but I have to present the idea...

A couple of other things were done rather nicely this episode:

  • The use of the "Downtown" song. Having her drive up to Mittelos with her sister, and the song playing, made the later scene of her crying while it was on make that much more sense.
  • The whole Mikhail/The Flame scene cracked me up. "He never has his walkie". It just played so well to what we already knew about the station...
  • How did Juliet and Goodwin end up fucking? And was this the reason her and Ben have strain in their relationship?
  • Why did Ethan's improvisation turn from taking samples to kidnapping Claire to continue giving her the medication? I don't see why he would do that... of his own free will.
  • LOL @ Hurley trying to be hardcore with Juliet (his whole "the last one of you guys who came to our camp is buried over there" thing had me rollin').
  • Don't you just love how, if Sawyer was never on the island, Kate & Jack would be humping to high heaven every night?
  • Speaking of Sawyer, it was good to see him exchange a handshake and a hug with Jack. These two have been through a lot...

I do have to say, though, that Jack looks like the ultimate fool. While you can't find a better leader (Sayid is the man, but I don't see him leading the camp without constant headbutting), he is too trustworthy. He questions a lot of the survivors of Flight 815, but seems to give Juliet a long rope (to hang herself with, maybe)... for what? For love? Or is it something else? She might be "One of Us" in terms of wanting off the island, but her dealings in how to meet that end is surely not the same as Jack, or many of the survivors. To each their own, though.

Now just a batch of questions: why does the island seem to make women infertile, yet make it so no one has disease on it? And why does Ben get a tumor/cancer? who/what is Jacob, and why do we never see him? why does no one believe Sayid when he has doubt about someone/something (this past ep with Juliet, he also had beef with bringing back Mikhail, etc.)?

In any case, I'm just typing aloud at this point. I do wnat to point out that, despite previous rumors, LOST fans are still watching - we are just watching LATER! Stats show that Nielsen ratings for shows watched on DVR later in the week have LOST jumping up by considerable numbers (even if that doesn't look good for advertisers - we fast forward commercials!)... so take that, haters!

Tonight's episode looks tough as well, get LostPedia's brief lowdown HERE. You can also peep the official LOST podcast (dated 4.16.2007) HERE for a rehash of "One of Us", as well as a prehash of tonight's ep, "Catch-22", which will focus on Desmond and feature the return of Penny Widmore! More on that later, though. And if you aren't afraid of spoilers (I didn't even read this article yet), you can check out Doc Jensen's "LOST in translation" article over at EW.

Sorry for my CPT. Hopefully my thing shifts in the near future...

Until next time... namaste.

the shuffle. [4/14/07]_(late, incomplete)

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Being in a state of limbo is a bitch. I'm like, OK I have these clerical talents, what is it about ME that is making jobs be like "nah, nah son, we don't need dude in our establishment"? Am I speaking too much? Not enough? I don't know, I just throw on Coki's "Burnin'" and zone out when I think about the shit I should have/should not have said, the reasons why I might not be hired...


Then I think about this writing shit. I mean, I know I'm not the world's best writer OR blogger (which are two totally different things), but I think I could get gwapped off for my musings on many things. Doesn't seem to be the consensus of the rest of the free world (and some parts of the locked-down countries as well). I have been peeping your ads for writers/bloggers needed. I even made a resume suiting that, with tons 'o links. Does that suit you? Nah, not really... So again, I throw on "Burnin'" and zone. Expect a non-Dance Hall Dance Hall Dub Session coming soon-like...

Enough of my Mickey's-fueled malarky, let's get this shuffle ting a'gwarn!

01/I mentioned in my last shuffle that I'd get into some Don Imus talk, and it's only right. It was this week's biggest story without really going stale. It seemed like everyday, something new was happening. I remember first hearing about this "nappy-headed ho's" business over last weekend. I didn't give it much play until Sunday for no good reason, and when I finally saw WTF he said (I mean, really, I see now that he was trying to be funny, but dude has not one funny bone in his body), I was like WOW, he is totally not going to get fired. How naive I was... they dropped neph like a bad habit, within reason, but not after a week of me seeing Al Sharpton berate him on the Today show (with Don going back at Imus and Matt Lauer right after on MSNBC) Tuesday morning, to the Rutgers girls showing up on the Today show Wednesday (and later, on Oprah) to be like "yo, we made moves, wtf he dissing us for", and by Thursday morning, based on the list of advertisers that pulled out when he was initially given his 2 week suspension, he was finally canned. I mean, I guess I should have seen this coming, but for the right reasons: Imus was fired because of the advertising dollars lost, not because of what his comments did to the Rutgers team, which doesn't scream progress to me. It just screams conspiracy. I hate being a "conspiracy theorist", but true heads know that America's future is in the hands of like 4 old white males who run the largest conglomerates around. Now, Al Sharpton, you need to STFU - the fact that you are horning in on these media-ready issues, and not speaking out for 1) the little person and 2) for other minorities, makes your stance on "civil rights" hogwash. And Snoop, don't dig a hole: we know that Imus didn't need to make those comments, and that shit like this only helps upset people who want "gangsta rap" to die, but you don't need to comment. Ain't no one going to stop gangsta rap: you know why? Like Saul Williams said, you guys aren't a threat! Think about it: as long as you continue to coon and make money that eventually makes those 4 old white men rich, you will be safe. Start shouting "kill Dubya", though, and you can kiss your career goodbye. My final thought: did I think Imus should have been FIRED? No. I am a champion of free speech, and while I think his comments were ridiculous and in poor taste, I don't think he should have been fired for them. His "I have a comedy show" defense is the funniest thing I've heard him say, but the thing is this: it was just bad taste. The joke wasn't funny, and coming from some gray haired white man is just not a good look at all. End of story, really, but because of the greenbacks, Imus now sits on the unemployment line, not with me, for he has opportunities in America, but on the unemp line regardless. Good luck, Donny! On a few related notes, Al Sharpton is getting thrown under the bus (deservedly), and some radio DJ from the Poconos tried to capitalize by having his listeners call in and imitate Don Imus, but ended up getting fired for his stupid actions.

02/Best wishes to New Jersey Govenor Jon Corzine due to an accident that took place the same night the Rutgers girls' team got their apology at Corzine's temp. home. Dude got flack all over the NJ papers today because they found out that he didn't wear his seatbelt, but really, what's worse: getting a failure to wear seatbelt ticket or being in critical but stable condition, facing a serious tenure of recovery? Now, on to the perp: dude isn't geting charged, yet... word is he's what they call a "special needs driver"(huh?), and didn't know he was even hitting the most powerful man in NJ aside form Tony Soprano... Now, I can see why this is news, but you know what's fucked up? The last Corzine-related story was about how much he donated to the Democrats in 2006, as well as how much he gave to his ex-girlfriend. Kind of fucked up when the only news we hear is dude's more fanatical, scandalous pieces - and nothing on what he's actually done for the great state I reside in. Fucked up.

03/With real life being so crazy and hectic, it's nice to focus on the Entertainment industry, especially the politics that goes into making feature length films. There's a few news stories this week featuring some sequels and long-talked about films... let's dig in: the cast of The Mummy 3 is getting ironed out, and while Brendan Fraiser is in, Rachel Weisz, his wifey in the series, is out. Why? Who knows for certain... it could be her wealth of gigs at the moment, her recent Oscar win, the birth of her kid... but, I'd figure that movie is going to do VERY WELL in the theaters off premise alone... The Forbidden Kingdom has both Jackie Chan AND Jet Li, joining forces to tell a tale based on the old Chinese "monkey king" legend. Can't wait for this one!... the big news, however, is the announcement of the prequel to The Da Vinci Code getting finalized, and both Tom Hanks & Ron Howard signing on to be a part of it. Hanks is supposedly getting a HUGE payday for this, but no final amt. has been announced. Now, this movie should be based on Angels & Demons, a far superior read that Da Vinci Code, and both my wife and I are holding off on seeing Da Vinci Code until this prequel comes out, just like we did with the novels. Anyone who reads Da Vinci Code first is playing themselves... on one final note, I just found out that the guys who brought you The Matrix are going to be recreating the classic 1960s cartoon, Speed Racer, which will be featuring Christina Ricci (and her forehead), John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. I don't get how they were the obvious choice for this movie, but hopefully it doesn't come out like some Fast & The Furious nonsense...

04/I applaud the family of Nicole Brown Simpson for trying to purchase the book OJ Simpson wrote but never got to release on what he "thinks" might have happened to Nicole. I think their determination to not only finish him, but make sure Nicole's given the justice, is great, but I don't get how the hell the book could be up for a sherriff's sale anyways. Shouldn't shit like that be a bit more guarder, for the sake of the family he has torn apart? Even if it means that they will be compensated by however much the book sells for... something just doesn't sit right.

05/A couple notable RIPs go to the following: Kurt Vonnegut, one of the leading writers of modern times, and Roscoe Lee Browne, who fans of The Cosby Show and Different World might remember as Prof. Foster, the English teacher at Hillman College. You both are going to be sorely missed.

06/Why is Halle Berry chatting online to keep herself secret.... only to drop that "I'm really Halle Berry!" line, and get surprised when the person on the flipside of the IM is like "um, naaaaaaaaah" Basically, what good is protecting your anonymity by... letting go of your anonymity?

07/You know The Simple Life has lost it's fire when they have Nicole and Paris performing enemas on people on their upcoming season. This 10-minute sequence is not something that sounds amusing, nor anything I'd truly want to see.

08/Hip-Hop has been kind of odd this week, here's a number of interviews and the like out there: Little Brother kicked 9th Wonder's back in over creative differences and what not. Nothing has been heard, but I don't dobt his style changed so much. After a few years, the last theing they shold be surprised about is 9th's work behind the board...

...never finished, late as fark...