the shuffle. [4/21/07]

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...
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