the shuffle. [9/16/06]

[adjusts volume of Beanie Sigel mixtape...]

What a week, what a week. My world stopped until my son came home on the 12th, the world mourned over one of the greatest tragedies in our history, and a Brazilian website had my How To Speak 'Hip' mixtape on their front page. That did not touch the America The Ugly: The Mixtape fiasco I created this week, but you know how that goes. I have some more ish up my sleeve that way, some specials coming on the interview tip, and a whole list of shit that is in the pipeline outside of this blog. Can't speak on a lot of it right now, but that's normal normal. In due time, youngin's, in due time.

Not that you guys give a shit about that anyways, you know what time it is... let's get shufflin'.

01/As the rest of the country was spending the 11th of September thinking about planes crashing suddenly, there were a few posts out there in the blogosphere that looked at different sides of our past and present foreign affairs... Bol had a pretty interesting post, complete with YouTube links, regarding his 9/11/01, and some things you might not know about that fateful situation. Noz also broke down the release of Jay-Z's The Blueprint, which came out the same day the towers fell. He made me reevaluate what I thought about the disc, which is surprising. Finally, peep Sacha's interesting comparison over at Oh Word. Funny shit.

02/On the other side of the blogosphere, there was some beef brewing over at the XXL columns. Big Bol, who has been putting down the hate for a few years now, has had some choice words for DJ Drama, who has been a dope DJ but is pretty nonexistent when it comes to actually blogging for XXL (waste of space, much?). He would call neph out on the reg, and I guess YN took that to heart, and it now appears as though there is a "Guest Blogger of the Week" type of thing going on over there... even if Drama's banner is still there in the physical essence. In any case, Lupe Fiasco took over for this week (well, 3 days), and set out to try and ether Bol. That shit didn't come out right, and andrew noz was the first one to really break it down, subliminals included. Lupe had to know that it was not a good look... and the retaliation post that Bol hit him with was well worth the read. At the end of the day, Lupe shouldn't take bloggers to heart... he really only jumps from the frying pan into the fire.

03/This week, the 10th anniversay of 2Pac's brutal murder was celebrated by many. Hell, I even watched a bit of Juice today. Solid movie. There's a load of sites dedicated to Pac's memory, but the post from Nah Right took the cake. In depth interviews, movie trailers, and a complete reflection of the many sides of Pac. Highly recommended...

04/In a move that has been rumored for a bit now, Whitney Houston has finally dropped the pipe and is filing for divorce from Bobby Brown. Smart move, especially considering that Clive Davis is getting her to get back in the studio and work on some new material. I can only hope that this means that Bobby's stock will plummet... think about it, how many fucking crackheads need reality TV shows? Where's Martin Lawrence when you need him? Oh and speaking of Flavor Flav, do you know this jig has an album he's set to drop? I read some BS about him in XXL a bit ago, but I didn't realize he was still planning on releasing this travesty. What a shame. If we are lucky, though, this might be his only one. Maybe if no one buys it, it will have to leave the shelves?

05/This news comes to us from the Too Many Nicknames department: Diddy got sued for being Diddy. In the UK, there is apparently another artist who goes by the name of Diddy, so Diddy is forbidden to use the name Diddy in the UK. I think 'Diddy US' would be a pretty massive gutpunch to this prick. Am I wrong for calling him a prick... check out the cover for this new CD. If I have to hear Nas and fucking Sean Puffy Combs on one more track, I might have to get someone to murk Esco. I am tired of that shit. And Cee-Lo to boot? Kill me now... well, maybe I will wait for Nas' Hip-Hop Is Dead album, which he says should be his best... I still think that's a bullshit claim, but only time will tell.

06/Pop divas have been on a roll this week. Jessica 'Horse Tooth' Simpson said that she scares guys away. Given that this chick is a proven idiot, not to mention a tabloid slut, she has fucking horse teeth! Oh and news flash for some people, but did you know that Fergie, the "London Bridge" tramp and Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, used to be a meth head? I saw this in Blender a minute ago, and was surprised shit didn't pick up then. I learned personally, you can never trust a meth head. So fuck you, Fergie, you Kids Incorporated reject. Oh, and Britney Spears gave birth to her 2nd kid. I didn't give a fuck, and have no witty comments for her, but I just hope her kids grow up and leave home as soon as possible. With a guy like K-Fed as their father, life is going to be toooooooooough.

07/Speaking of stars giving birth, Anna Nicole Smith gave birth to her daughter this week... and then her son died, "suspiciously" according to investigators. I don't know if they think she killed her son, but it does seem odd that dude just fell out and died. You'd imagine there was some kind of sickness involved in that right there... something that has been going on during his entire life, you know? To add fuel to the fire, Anna Nicole was not able to revive dude, and she forgot the whole ordeal, prompting her lawyers to tell her for the second time. Is she getting ready for her defense or WHAT!?

08/This was a week of companies fucking with Apple, trying to take some dollars from going their way. First off, Apple announced that, aside from releasing a new version of iTunes, they also started selling movies, right now from Disney but in the future they plan on expanding. Enter Amazon Unbox... this service is Amazon trying to get their foot in the door and sell movie downloads themselves. You can get movies anywhere from $8 to $15 bucks, while renting movies for $4 (TV shows will cost $2). Of course, you can't burn these movies and show onto DVD, so this won't fly in my opinion. People want to control the stuff they buy however they please, whether it's a blanket or a digital file. And now, in the blue corner, Microsoft has sstarted to unveil their Zune... this jammy has a 3 inch screen, which is going to be dope for movie/video viewing (and is something Apple hasn't gotten right in the past), 30gig plus and FM tuner. The fucker is wireless, too, but in a weird way... if another Zune is in the area, you can detect their playlists and have the ability to essentially stream their joints 3 times over a 3 day period, which at that point a bookmark is made for you to possibly purchase the track from Zune's dload service. They are already planning on pre-loading a gang of music into this thing, but any mp3 player I've owned with pre-loaded shit gets deleted automatica. When will this bitch drop, and at what price? Who the hell knows... fanboys will clamor for it, but me and my Zen are still best buds.

09/We already knew this was going down, but Jay-Z has finally announced that he is coming with a new album, Kingdom Come, this November, featuring artists like Timbaland, Dr. Dre and Scott Storch on the beats, and Coldplay's Chris Martin collaborating. I have two comments on this: 1) what affect, if any, will this have on Nas' latest LP (will it be pushed back or, worse, forgotten), and 2) will Jay come back like Jordan with Chicago or Jordan with the Wizards? Odd thought: since this is the 5 year anniversary of Jay's Blueprint, do you think he chose to let this info fly now on purpose?

10/Dear Oprah: How can a nigga be down? Your girl Maya Angelou, who looks like she is set to drop out any day, has a radio show on your XM channel? What can I do to be down? I know you like 50 Cent's "In Da Club", I can hook you up!

11/In other ignorant rapper news, Fat Joe has let us know that he is not (directly) signed to any label, but he is signed to Fat Joe... the way it works is, Joe is signed to Imperial, a label that is linked with Caroline, which is in bed with both EMI and Virgin. Essentially, this nigga is like 4 or 5 steps removed from direct major label contact, but really, nigga you still major. Let's keep it funky, fucker... Young Jeezy spoke to AllHipHop about his new clothing label, 8732, which used to be called USDA, but got blocked by, well, the USDA. Makes sense to me, but he seems a bit agitated. Dude is also saying he has a whole album he is working on with Akon, which doesn't sound good. I mean, the 2 might be dope on a single or 3, but 15-18 tracks of AKON AND YOUNG JEEEEEZAAAAAAAAAAY might prove to be fucking grating. Finally, word is that Game and Ras Kass got into a fight. For some reason, this just smells fishy to me. I mean, Game has an album due in November, while Ras is always promoting himself because his label situations have been shit. My thing is, do any of YOU care? I wish the both of them well, but really, fight someone we can give a shit about. Or just keep it on wax.

12/Investigave reporter Nancy Grace caught crazy flack this week for her handling of a news story on CNN. To make a long story short, this little boy ends up missing, and his mother called into Nancy's show to discuss the details and plead for his return. Nancy flies off the deep end, pushing the mother to reveal information regarding her whereabouts, which might have been OK if Nancy was a fucking cop, but she's a reporter. There's certain lines you ethically cannot overstep, no matter how strongly you feel... and don't you know, the mother killed herself! Now, Nancy did have a good point in regards to the mother being conflicted in the past, as well as an unaccounted 8 hour time span where the mom was with the kid and a shottie in the woods... and neph can't be found. On the real side of things, however, Nancy should have known her roll and just reported the info she had available, not push and prod like this was some bad cop/good cop scenario on TV.

13/Here's an interesting quote that I am surprised more outlets did not pick up on... Brad Pitt told Esquire the following:
"Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."
You gotta love gay marriage advocates. Not that we thought they'd really get married anyways... but I bet their sex is BEAUTIUL LOL.

14/Word is Spike Lee, on the strength of his When The Levees Broke doc for HBO, is working on a project for NBC. It is set in New Orleans (tentatively titled NoLa), showcasing many people trying to deal with the post-Katrina build. To quote my wife, "that's some depressing ass shit to watch", and I cannot agree with her more...

Word. Loads of info? Take some time and mull that shit over... sick sad world, indeed.

And to align two of the addicts referenced in this week's editio of the shuffle, here is Whitney Houston doing her karaoke to BEP's "Shut Up"...

Be good.

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