Saturday, May 12, 2007

the shuffle. [5/12/07]

Wow. Before I rock this week's nonsense, I want to speak on some personal, in-my-neighborhood nonsense:

I realized today that the "shiftless Negro" stereotype is way off. Being shiftless and lazy has nothing to do with race. I live on a sometimes-quiet street that is infested by ground hogs and a shitload of lazy neighborhoods. Pretty evenly mixed: I have annoying black kids and annoying white kids on my block; there is a heavyset black woman and a heavyset white woman on my block; the niggas make noise at all hours of the night, and the crackers argue in the middle of the afternoon. What do they all have in common? None of them clean up after themselves. My fam spent 2 hours this morning cleaning up our street, after organizing (with the Mayor's office, mind you) to have a neighborhood clean-up today. No one came out, no one supported, but $20 says mad people are going to come out for the organized yard sale my wife hooked up (you did so well, mama!)... Just ignorance. And its all shapes, all sizes, and all ugly.

God bless America... land of the free, home of the ridiculous...

Let's go!

01/Def Jam has been laying off niggas like mad, for no good reason, aside from the fact that the majority of the shit they release makes no money, or doesn't even get released! Earlier this week word eeked out that 40 employees were fired, including the entire Roc La Familia staff (side note: does this mean Tru Life is not coming out?)... and now word is that Ludacris' DTP label is the next to skate from the big timers. Who does the blame sit on for this? Is it the guy downloading MP3s online? The fans who are buying more ringtones than albums? I don't think so: it's the execs who sit in an office, totally trying to taste make as opposed to listen to what the public wants. If they knew what we wanted, they'd be creating better albums, and not the 18 track, 1 keeper coasters that they make. The funny thing about this is that the music industry is reverting back to the 1950s and what not, when singles were the breadwinners. Nowadays, the single is what it is - but it's not our fault! They want radio play, but then design albums that are devoid of quality, and get mad at iTunes for selling tracks at $.99 a piece. Why not jump on board, and work with what works? I'll never understand that...

02/Akon's dryhumping escapade is just not going away, no matter how hard he tries... TMZ found his dryhumpee and posted her MySpace pics. From what I'm reading, it sounds like she wants, almost desires the very sort of attraction that she received from Akon. I hate saying that, but she has herself listed as being 19, speaks about being a bitch but not caring, and has some semi-revealing shots for a 14/15 yr old... and from the video I saw (but can't find online!), it didn't look like she was trying to pull away from dude. Not to say she was comfy, but the shots I see look like she's smiling. In any case, in Trinidad & Tobago, the dancing they did might be considered criminal, so it doesn't really matter if she liked it... poor, poor Akon.

03/The NBA Playoff Season is live and well, and the NBA is acting strange... Dirk Nowitzki is being named the MVP, even though his team got booted in the first round of the playoffs. MVP stands for most valuable player, right? If your team's MVP can't lead you out of the gates, how fucking valuable IS HE!?!?!... then we have Amare Stoudemire sounding like a bitch, calling the Spurs a dirty team because he got kicked during a game. Now, I didn't see the video, but regardless, this is the fucking PLAYOFFS! 2nd, if you were in a game and felt like dude k icked you on purpose, why were you too shook to speak on it? Why not speak to the ref, take the tech (if necessary), and at least create awareness? You that much of a baby? After the game don't change the score, dunny... and while we're on the subject of idiot sports players, was the NFL really that surprised that Ricky Williams failed another drug test for weed?

04/You gotta love Michael Moore's luck: he's making a documentary called Sicko about the US' health system, and is now in hot water for taking 10 sick 9/11 survivors to Cuba, which is in violation with a travel ban the government enacted. They are possibly pressing criminal charges for this, but in the end, whether he goes to jail or not, this will bring more publicity and praise to Moore than harm. Dumbass government: you have to IGNORE shit if you want it to go away...

05/What was Ty Pennington doing out driving whilst drinking? I mean, he's on one of the highest rated shows for its timeslot, has money coming in from his Sear's endorsement... and has Oprah fawning over him. I understand he did a bad thing, but his facade is so helpful and cheery, why was he out there getting it crunk, then getting behind the wheel? Does he need to pull a Patrick Swayze and escape the limelight for a hot one? And why can't Paris admit to her faults like Ty did?

06/Ready for some entertainment gumbo?... Justin Timberlake blabbed about his forthcoming collabos: 50 Cent, Rihanna, Madonna & Reba McEntire all got their sexy back... the forthcoming UNKLE album features loads of artists, none of them named DJ Shadow... I don't know how I feel about the porno industry trying to capitalize on the Don Imus/"nappy headed ho" fiasco... Why does EW have to hate on McDonald's trying to use Shrek to bring little kids to healthier foods?... Why did the now former chief of HBO have to get drunk and start a fight with his girlfriend that ultimately got him canned by Time Warner?... While the De La Hoya/Mayweather fight brought in boxing's biggest payday, the boxing world lost a great fighter in Chico Corrales... first Edward Norton gets cast as the Incredible Hulk, now Tim Roth is being cast as Abomination? They trying to win an Oscar?... OJ got booted from an eatery during Kentucky Derby weekend... LOST Executive Producers Carlton Cuse & Damon Lindeloff spoke to Doc Jensen about their now-known end date, and gave some food for thought bits about the end of this season... I love how Usher has the nerve to say R&B cats are biting his style, but doesn't have the balls to name names. Why even bring it up?... And why hasn't R. Kelly gone to trial yet!?... Janet had one disappointing LP with Jermaine Dupri; why would she want to be signed under him again?... And why did Ne-Yo have to denounce gay rumors... again?... Whats up with the rumors going around that Nick Cannon's supposed fiancee is now saying that it was a media stunt? I'm with Rizoh on that one: seems to involved to have been some PR thing... Do we really need a Best of Both Worlds-type album from Bow Wow & Omarion?... Three 6 Mafia's Last 2 Walk album is further delayed, now coming out in July. Couldn't have anything to do with their "Hollyhood" aspirations, no?... I still have no desire to a) see a movie with Jessica Biel in it and b) see a Street Fighter movie, but I know loads of fanboys are creaming to see her in the next installment of this series, even if its going to try and erase the silly movie that came before it... Pirates of the Carribean 3 is set to hit theaters earlier than expected, to try and steal some of Spider-man 3's shine; Johnny Depp also said that, if the story looks right, he'd be down for a 4th Pirates flick... Do you really want to see more Terminator movies, with or without Arnold?... I'm interested in this American Idol-style show for bands that they previewed this past week (go Jordin!)... Eddie Murphy might be pulling a Nutty Professor-style job for the movie version of Fantasy Island... Her producers are assuring us that Britney Spears' new LP is complete and does not speak on K-Fed @ all... The Game got arrested in LA for making criminal threats; have they not listened to any of his CDs yet? Or maybe they arrested him BECAUSE of his CDs...

07/From the desk of the Ignorant Entrepeneurship Bureau of rock the dub, Nelly thought it was necessary to distribute his Pimp Juice and Derrty Entertainment ventures to Africa. Jay-Z goes to Africa and helps them get water; the (red) campaign helps distribute proceeds from consumer goods to purchase HIV/AIDS meds; Nelly wants African kids crunk off his Pimp Juice and rocking Apple Bottoms? These kids need food, water and homes, not ignorant wears. You can't be that crunk on the sauce to not see that.

08/This just in from the "WHO GIVES A SHIT ABOUT MASTER P" file; last year's Dancing With The Stars reject has created Take A Stand Records, a label co-founded with Romeo, which is making street music sans crude lyrics. While it's a great idea, I just don't see Master P as being the one to turn things around. If this was 1998, maybe... then again, this is the man who made a noise like UUUUUUUUUUUUGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHHHHH popular, so I guess anything is possible.

09/NASA has predicted that in 80 years, it's gonna be fucking HOT during the summer! I could say "no shit, Sherlock", but a 10 degrees spike during the summer months is kind of crazy. The odd part is they say that, then they're like "but we're already taking steps to beat that. That's like me saying this crack-addicted prostitute will be smoking more crack in 5 years than she does now --- but she quit yesterday. Stop striking fear in us, and get to combating this global problem, quick.

10/In July, Australian TV will be showing a documentary on some really true love: a pair of aborigional lovers from different tribes went off to live in the wilderness, on some Romeo & Juliet-love shit. For 40 years. Could any of you do that? I know we all love our sig. others, but is your love strong enough to live in the wilderness... for 40 years? AND dude hurt his leg at one point, so his wifey was the one foraging for eats. They had 3 kids, and when the tribes FINALLY got worried, they tracked them down. And on some Nell shit, they grabbed them out of their world, where shit like cars and stuff was not even heard of. In the perfect end to the story, the male dies, and because she can't live without her man, she went on a hunger strike and died a few weeks later. DAMN! Fuck Wimbledon; we need THIS in theaters. True love. Should show this during Valentine's Day. Discovery Channel or whomever, get this either on American TV or on DVD here, STAT!

11/From the newly formed Health & Wellness Bureau of rock the dub: if you are out engaging in oral sex, just know that your chances of contracting HPV are jumping; if you own an iPod and have a pacemaker, just know that your iPod can cause your pacemaker to malfunction; if you are planning on including smoking in your Hollywood feature film, be aware that you are temping a 'R' rating from the board; down in the M.I. crooked letter, niggas are going buck for Kool-Aid Dills (dill pickles with Kool-Aid in them): this has to be the most ignorant, disgusting sounding thing out there; PARENTS: the government says you are still pacifiying your kids with TV. Being a parent of a newborn myself, its not exactly something that can be helped. We watch TV at home, and shorties are just nosy. If it's on, he will watch. Funny thing is? My son, from my wife's constant M*A*S*H* viewing, is in love with the theme song to that show. Like "i'm-crying-until-that-song-is-played" type shit. Won't watch the show, but will shut the fuck up if that song is on. Is that so wrong?l BEWARE MICHIGAN RESIDENTS: your police force is eating pot-laced brownies, and getting away with it; if you are Black and thought the auto-dealer was hiking the interest rates on you, you were probably right: but they aren't gonna be doing it anymore, supposedly.

12/Finally, rock the dub's 'These Stories Fit Nowhere Else' Bureau would like to speak: Tony Blair, quite like the producers over at LOST, has announced his departure date; Hot off his skewering of Don Imus, it seems as if Rev. Al Sharpton is prone to making asinine remarks about the Mormons. I guess he figures they aren't as important as nappy headed ho's?; and speaking of Imus (which is all we ever seem to do these days), when will Opie & Anthony ever stop offending people on the radio? Probably when we stop talking about them and their sexual content about Condi Rice, Laura Bush and others... lucky for them there's no regulations on satellite radio; The wonderful people over at Street Census have come up with the 10 PR Commandments, which is pretty spot on for guys like me who are trying to get info from A&R/artists for the purpose of giving THEM shine (whattup srix!?!?); American Idol, So You Think You Can Dance?, and now this new band competition show. Fox sure knows how to milk it. I will be watching though; It's good to know that Republicans can flip-flop like John Kerry when needed: check out Rudy Gulianni's abortion rights mishaps.

Can you handle all of those links? Well, then grab one more: go buy a Hip-Hop Is Alive band and support a good cause...

Now, for my final thought:

Jaylib ft. Frank-N-Dank "McNasty Filth"

Go grab that 2xCD when it's available... It's 'the official'!

Until next week... namaste...

Friday, May 11th 2007 playlist

My motto for this week: better late than never.

01/Rufige Kru "Letting Go VIP" [if you think Goldie lost it, you're nuts.]
02/UGK ft. T.I. "Hit Da Block" [I'm a sucker for ill Swizz beats. This one is CHOICE!]
03/The Insiders "Down Low" [Horizons Music Group keeps it movin'.]
04/Joe Budden "Where Did It Go Wrong" [one of NJ's finest waxing over some brooding organs.]
05/Loxy & Munk "Devil's Advocate" [DNB + MLK samples = sick!]
06/Swizz Beatz ft. Cassidy "Come & Get Me" [good to hear Cass doing the damn thing.]
07/Dom & Roland "Can't Punish Me (2007 Remix)" [THIS IS THE DOM I'VE BEEN WAITING TO HEAR!]
08/Calibre & Zero Tolerance ft. Merci "What I Feel" [smooth.]
09/Peter Bjorn & John ft. Spec Boogie "Amsterdam (Remix)" [that loop was just ITCHING to be remixed. Loosie does it again. And again! Fader noticed, as well.]
10/Break "Come And Get It" [Break on soul:r?!?!? YES YES! B-side wins again BTW.]


Need some DNB? Fanu, Perpetuum, Marcus Intalex & Klute provided some pressure. Check out FYLP for the scoop...


Now, there are an assload of leaks out there... get ready:

Amir Sulaiman ft. Mos Def "When I Die" [track is ehh, but Mos is on it...]
Grafh "Money, Power, Respect Freestyle" [he updates a classic, I guess...]
Crooked I drops his "Hip-Hop Weekly" freestyles... Part 1 murders "Umbrella", while Part 2 murders "We Takin' Over"... dude is a BEAST!
Obie Trice "Detroit Summer" [dude is just not original...]
Domingo ft. Joell Ortiz "Exactly" [lovin' the beat on this one. watch how that verse rhymes shit spelled backwards.]
Serius Jones "Can't Stop The Game" [dude's songs suck. WTF happened?]
UGK ft. Cory Mo "Top Drop Dyne" [ridin' music.]
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, The Game & Will.I.Am "Streets" [ugh.]
Muro ft. Young Chris & Kool G Rap "The Extravaganza" [lovin' this beat as well. Really big.]
Wes Fif "My Dawgs" [this one right here is why dude won't go nowhere.]
Common ft. Dwele "The People" [Kanye produced. Internets goin' nuts for this one; also check out "The Game", featuring DJ Premier...]
Erykah Badu "Real Thing(Music Is Everything)" [Erykah with Madlib on the beats? Damn, weed is a beautiful thing...]
Tony Touch ft. Tru Life, Lumidee & Joell Ortiz "We Run New York" [gutter.]
Joell Ortiz ft. Big Lou "Latin Assassin" [dude got that fire.]
Sisqo "One Finger" [nigga dissin' R. Kelly AND Usher on this one. O....K!]
Peep out this sampler of Saigon's LP
Jay Lyriq ft. T-Pain "Can't Deal" [I'm so tired of this idiot...]
Two new tracks from G-Unit's Hot Rod: "Don't Like Me", ft. Young Buck, and "Love 'Em Or Hate 'Em", ft. Ca$his and produced by Eminem
Tum Tum ft. E-40 & Rick Ross "Caprice Muzik (Remix)" [wobble wobble.]
R. Kelly ft. Usher "Same Girl" [all the black chicks I know go nuts for this one.]
Marques Houston "You So Beautiful" [crap R&B meets "Fast Car"...]
Big Steele ft. Trae & Ne-Yo "That's What I'm About"
Clyde Carson "Hood Stomped Out" [drive-by music.]
T-Pain ft. Kanye West "Buy You A Drank (Remix)" [so annoying.]
Beyonce's sister Solange has a few tracks on the leak circuit: "White Picket Dreams" and "Champagne Chronic Nightcap"...
Shouts to eskay for posting up three new Lupe Fiasco tracks. So much for nothing being leaked...
Ya Boy, AKA The Game's patna, AKA Kevin Federline's ghostwriter, has a new single out: "Holla At Ya Boy". There's also a version dedicated to the Golden State Warriors...
You still need that Buju Banton/"Rockstar" refix?


That's about it.

Final thought is a track/video that this guy at work would NOT stop playing on Thursday. Or was it Wednesday? I'm not sure, but the fuckin ignorant ass nigga ruined a pretty ill beat for me...

Rihanna ft. Jay-Z "Umbrella"


Wednesday, May 09, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "The Brig" [recap]

I first want to again apologize for this recap coming the same day the new episode will be dropping. I got this new temp. gig, and haven't really been on the PC as of late. Anyway, let's get to it...

Did you guys know beforehand that Cooper was the guy who drove Sawyer's father to murk his mom and himself? Exec Producers Damon and Carlton seem to think so, as they say in the latest Official LOST podcast, but I really don't see it. I mean, OK, they are the 2 main ones involved in cons, and situations like that can surely drive you do crazy fates, but I really don't think it was as pronounced as they might think it was. In any case, you could smell the whole setup from the beginning of the episode, which wasn't that cool. I mean, I knew Ben wasn't being held captive. Locke isn't that cold, or sneaky. And once Sawyer got "locked" (hah! nice pun!) into that room with Cooper, I figured out what was about to go down. Does that mean it was not executed well? Not at all... it basically means I'm too dedicated to the show! I'm such a fan, like many of you, that I can see where the main chunk of the ep is going to go...

There is one thing I loved seeing in "The Brig", though: Alpert. I so want him to be Slugworth (well, Mr. Wilkinson) of the Others, but from the hints the producers have dropped, do not be surprised if this splitting of the Others that is eminent (see Juliet's hatred for Ben, Alpert letting Sawyer know of Ben's intentions, etc.)... and Alpert will be one of the heads of any rebel faction against Ben. But who knows? I mean, from that tiny scene with Locke on the hill, you could read it straight: Alpert wants Locke to know he is special, and to prove something to Ben; or you could read it how I originally read it: Ben put Alpert up to it, to force Locke further down the rabbit hole. In any case, Locke took the bait: we see him at the end of this episode, walking with his father's dead body on his back; he says he is going to find his own way, and he is: and from the preview of "The Man Behind The Curtain", we will be learning much more about Hanso and/or DHARMA, and from the producer's own mouths, we will be learning more about Benjamin Linus, who is the man behind the curtain (lovely Wizard of Oz reference).

I don't pay too much attention to spoiler sites, couldn't even give you a link to ones I have checked in the past, but I believe we are to learn more about this mysterious JACOB character in the very near future. We are also going to find out that the survivors find out about Juliet's intentions (which kind of makes sense, since Sawyer is given the tape recorder he jacked from Ben)... but is everything really so cut and dry?

To get back to the island, I just want to bullet a few points:

  • Jack is a damned fool. Not only is this fool wanting to know EVERYTHING that is on the island, he is keeping his own secrets? I doubt he is working for the Others, but he knows something that is going to be detrimental... maybe he already knows Juliet's motives?
  • I'm glad that we now officially know that Penny Widmore was hunting for Desmond; I do not like how fucking mystical its getting though. You'd think that if they found out that Oceanic Flight 815 crashed, that they'd have exhumed the bodies in the plane, no? They recovered mad bodies from the 9/11 site; why not pick up the plane from the ocean for proper burial? Is this customary?
  • The Naomi/Sayid bickering cracked me up. I loved her "remind me not to rescue you" line. I hope she is around for a while...
  • You like how Locke assumes that the Black Rock was steered TOWARDS the island. He has to have some idea of how Oceanic 815 got to the island (although I am starting to reconsider it just being the anamoly that brought the plane down), why would he automatically assume that the Black Rock MEANT to go to the island?
  • WTF is Rousseau doing with the dynamite?
  • Why the inclusion of Cooper's rantings of the island really being purgatory? This has been debunked for a while now... I guess I understand why he would think that, given how he ended up there... but why the persistance by the writers? Or is that a nod to the theorist and fanboys?
  • I liked how Ben threw Locke's "don't tell me what I can't do" line back at him... so fucking eerie, and interesting for sad fucks like myself.

On a totally non-episode note, ABC has let us know that LOST will be ending in 2010, which calculates to 3 more seasons of this masterpiece of a TV show. Best news I've heard in a while. This is exactly what we all need: a finite point, something to look forward to. And it gives the producers a timeline to show shit they always want to show, and weave it in without trying to figure out when and where to drop hints and clues and such.

For more info on this episode, check out LostPedia's synopsis. And if you are bored/looking for something interesting to read, peep MSN TV's LOST Death Pool.