Saturday, May 05, 2007

the shuffle. [5/5/07]

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 04, 2007

Friday, May 4th 2007 playlist



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.

Monday, April 30, 2007

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



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]


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!