Saturday, May 30, 2009

New Music Saturday

This song reminds me of why we love hip hop singles with no radio potential.

A new school true posse cut...from the guys formally down with Jay-Z circa 2001 (Freeway may still be, but that's another posting...)

"STOP LOOK LISTEN"

Still love Peedi Crakk.

What else...

On this next song by Michelle Rosario, the breakdown (first heard at the 0:30 mark, again at the 0:59 mark, etc) is the only thing that makes this song worth listening to. But the hot breakdown it is!

(best breakdown at 1:57 mark)

Is that a sample? Does anyone know it? Can't wait for the instrumental for that one to drop.

Can it be? Is MC Lyte making a comeback? This track is hot...



...and samples one of my favorite songs from Old New York's grimy, disco era...

Friday, May 29, 2009

Flashback Friday

This video is largely the result of my iTunes "random play" function and a lack of imagination.

There's something about Grandpa Clarence talkin' 'bout makin' sweet love that both attracts and repulses me.

I like it because of Carter's audacity. I don't particularly care to hear how this probable sexagenarian does the nasty, but he's gonna tell me anyway.

I want to up-chuck because, well, a probable sexagenarian is telling me he's doing the nasty.

But I can't hate too much. Hopefully I'll be putting it down like him in my latter years.


Thursday, May 28, 2009

LA is your God now

People can't understand why I loved LA so much.

This video hits on just about everything.

And hits on why so many rappers, actresses and everyone else live in LA

I HATE LA



miss you, baby.

Kanye's "Paranoid"

Instant Classic. Just because Rhianna's in it.



You can turn the annotations off on the bottom of the video right next to the volume and HQ...

(UPDATE: Annoying but if you go to YouTube, you will be able to turn those annotations off).

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

HA!

Why

why....


why is there sax-playing clown in this video?



classic.

(diallo edit - there is a whole canon of great acting in Keith Sweat videos - if VH1 were truly a black network, they would do a "where are they now")

Rick Ross On...God

Man,

sometimes I see a clip and I know EXACTLY how we would have attacked in our web series.



I see the cast, I see the jokes and I see the way we would have tackled the subject.

This clip would have been the source material on a classic Message sketch. Take a second and just watch.

I Love This

We've done a lot of things here at the show, but this sketch has quickly become one of my favorites. Diallo and I did a lot of work on it.

I'm a person who loves small details in comedy. So the more you watch this thing, the more little things you notice.

HEAD SWAP



Happy Tuesday.

Monday, May 25, 2009

Open Thread (Memorial Day)

Remember the fallen soldiers.

And congrats to all future black space men...

New Head of NASA

Friday, May 22, 2009

Flashback Friday

Folks are graduating, the trees are in full bloom, and Memorial Day weekend is here.

Welcome to summer, people.

I can't think of a better way to celebrate than to break out a track from a production duo that rates with the likes of Gamble & Huff and Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis, in my book.

I've never been disappointed by the music put out by the Masters at Work team of Louie Vega and Kenny Dope. "To Be In Love" almost instantly puts me in a good mood and there's something about the video that gives off only the best warm weather vibes.

Word to the wise, though: No matter how good looking a police officer might be, don't ever roll up on a cop like the dude does. You don't want to get Birmingham-ed.

Have a safe extended weekend, you all.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

We Agree, Mr. Onion

The Onion brilliantly makes the point about the bane of my existence.


Police Slog Through 40,000 Insipid Party Pics To Find Cause Of Dorm Fire

Said it before and I'll say it again...since when did we need so many damned pictures?

Monday, May 18, 2009

LeBron Is Hilarious

WHY...does it take a damn Nike commercial to get some good black comedy?



(Nicole was on our show a few weeks back. Good God.)

My fave...this is the kind of stuff David Alan Grier does best.



This has some good laughs too.



I've heard rumblings about LeBron and performance enhancers. I hope they're lies. I know I'm the main person always preaching that we need to separate our performers from their personal lives and just enjoy their work...still, I'm rooting for this guy.

Friday, May 15, 2009

Jerk Music

Maybe because dancing is on my mind, but you should probably here the sound taking over LA...

Dancing starts in earnest around 2:43 mark.

The New Boyz have a seminal track in genre...



So do the Cold Flamez...



Lots of self-shot videos on YouTube...



First hyphy, now jerkin'.

The West Coast is coming up with all the dances in the last few years. NO CREDIT THOUGH.

Vixen Ent has an underground hit with "I Need That."

It's all very adolescent but it already has a canon of artists and hits. Reminds me of where a good portion of hip hop was around 1988. Tracks geared to the high school set.

One more I just copped by YB. Featuring YG.


Y'all heard of any of these cats before???!!!!

Stay up on what's out there...like MGMT said, "the youth are starting to change..."

Obama's First Big Mistake

Stewart sums it all up.

If the more days pass the more things Obama does the SAME as Bush did them...it won't hurt him so much as it will hurt the NEXT person who comes along and offers change to America.

"Fool Me Twice" will be the rallying cry. And once Americans no longer believe that any one is different enough to do the right thing...our country will suffer.

You messed up, Barack.

Flashback Friday

A few weekends ago I went to Chicago to catch up with some friends.

Other than visiting my fam there and gazing at the skyline, I love going to Chicago for its record stores and nightlife. My first night in town I hit up Red Kiva.

It was a soul/electronic/'90s hip-hop night, so I felt right at home.

The DJ's set was good but the track he played that really stood out to me was this one.

I hadn't heard it in a long time and I couldn't remember the artist's name until my boy reminded me. All I recalled about the track was that the girl had a chain that linked up to her nose- and ear-rings. I loved the song and it went well with the night's overall vibe.

I spent the next day trying to find the 12", but to no avail.

So when I got back to D.C., I had to go to the iTunes store to download it.

Jane Child.

Where are you?


Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Cheapest Dipset Video of All Time



What is going on these days? All these horrible videos.

Is this one intentional? Cheap on purpose as a commentary on the economy?

Damn, Cam.

Win Free Trip To NYC!!!

All you gotta do is make up a dance.



Diallo and I produced this bit and DEF wanna get some good submissions.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Member of the Starfleet

This was fun. Enjoyed wearing the outfit.

Monday, May 11, 2009

Work Crack

O M G

this is the MOST addictive site for those of you trying to work. DO NOT GO HERE...

car chases, tasings, plane crashes... it's the best

Tru TV

you wanna look away, but you just can't.

Wanda In Their Sights

To me, this is so ridiculous.



She made a joke about Limbaugh. Maybe it wasn't a particularly funny joke. But joking about someone's death is something stand-ups do ALL THE TIME.

And this is Limbaugh we are talking about. He's a big boy. He is due to take it if he can dish it out. And dish it out he does...



again and again and again...



and again and again...

it's ludicrous to think he should not have to deal with jokes.

AFTERNOON UPDATE:
Apparently, they did talk to Wanda about a few other would-be problematic turns-of-phrase...

Comedian Wanda Sykes roasted the President, the press and politicos at Saturday night's White House Correspondents' Association Dinner -- and told "Extra" she was warned to keep it clean!

"They told me not so say the F word or the N word... I'm offended they even told me that," Sykes told "Extra" moments before taking the stage. "What do they think? I'm some ignorant a**. Like I'm going to go in there, 'What's up n*****. Like what the f*** they think I'm going to do?"

Friday, May 8, 2009

L - O - L

sometimes you see something you did a long time ago and you think, "wow, that sucks".

other times...



hah.

So Freaking Cool

Strait Jacking, Lesson #1

Played this for Bowers last week at the Club.



Not satisfied being JUST trend-pandering, this song straight jacks a song STILL in rotation (The-Dream's I Luv Your Girl).

This is Modern Hip Pop Song-Writing 101. And yet, the people danced. Craig included.

"Twiggas." Wow....

Flashback Friday

This video is one part good jam and another part reminder.

I can't recall another song Junior ever did, but this one is memorable (bonus points to the first person who names the mid-90s track that sampled the opening for its opening).

Last but not least, Sunday is Mother's Day. Like Mr. T once opined, treat your mother right and pay her some special attention on her special day.

Have a good weekend, folks.

The Year Keeps Getting Better...

A President of African descent.

A dynamic African American First Lady.

A black Republican chairman.

Two black women nominated in the same Oscar category (even though they didn't win).

Tiger's back golfing.

OJ's in jail (ok, that was the tail end of last year but it might've well been this one).

Is it just me or are black people having one of their best years ever since 1863?

And now this...


Ida Ljundqvist.

The name is hella Nordic, but take a read (borderline NSFW).

Granted, Playmate of the Year will never reach the importance level of the presidency (provided we don't elect President Camacho), but it too is an iconic title. And although this isn't the first time a black woman has been bestowed the PMOY title, I can't help but wonder if this is another hurdle jumped on the track to black folks being considered greater than just the "other", and ultimately, as Bashir put it, making us more boring. After all, this ain't (the now defunct) King magazine. This is THE publication of (white) male heterosexual-ness in the US. Is there something to be said for that?

And in other black Playmate news, Ola Ray is making headlines again.


F--k you. Pay me.

Thursday, May 7, 2009

What Went Wrong? Pt.2

Oh my...



How many think this and the KFC thing was all a ploy to get black people to stand in long lines for chicken?



Also, protesting a fast food store that ran out of promotional chicken does not make you Rosa Parks.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

The Cool Kids Mixtape

One of my favorite groups just dropped a free mixtape.



Download it. Listen. Share your thoughts...

Things Racing Us to TERMINATOR part 1 of 45.

Every day ... I see something that gets us closer to a future dominated by evil robots.

Bio-Megatronic Animals



we need to stop this.


that's right. keep it coming.

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Black People: We are all boring now.

I was watching some commercial today and some black dude was on it in a boardroom leading a meeting about some corporate something or other.

All I could think was, "wow, I guess we've finally achieved at least SOME media representation that shows us in a positive light"...


My company lost $4.5 billion this quarter. Holla at me.

Then I was like...

... "man, we're fucking dull."

Black people. We used to be like this in our media representation:



Loud. Brash. Not the best with the English language. But...at least it was interesting.


Last known viewing of Maurice White's hairline.

And...after years and years of struggle to be represented fairly, we finally won. We're like this now:



Congrats...we're lame.

We tried so hard to be mainstream that we gave up all the crass representations that made for interesting viewing.

I get it. That other representation is unfair and plays heavily into stereotypes that have negative consequences in the real world. I also know there are people on TV right now doing their best to disgrace their position (Everything on VH1 and a lot of stuff on BET.)

But still, we all know that stuff is the outlier vis a vis the media.

My point is this:

There are, always has been and always will be black people who kind of embarrass the rest of us...


...but there was also a time when we were very funky and used to get down. We shouldn't be happy that time is over.


I talk about my job over dinner.

A black actor can't even get a decent role as a shifty drug addict with a heart of gold, a quick witted whore/detective, jive-talking garbageman or even philosophical gigolo anymore.

W T F ?!?


This gun is oiled with Murray's Pomade in the orange tin.

Black people are cast in basically two roles over and over and over.

1) sassy asexual friend;



2) chief of police;



Whatever.

I know it's probably better for some reason. But we didn't have to be so lame just to be respected. Couldn't we have kept just some of our flavor; since when is the opposite of cooning boring?

OKAY...to be serious for just a second, I'd like to point out the following: we'll never again see the likes of Pam Grier, Ricky Henderson, Muhammad Ali or Redd Foxx. We'll never see big UNAPOLOGETICALLY BLACK personalities again. We'll never see another black celebrity take a principled position on anything worth talking about. We'll never see someone who could lose their career marching for something in the streets. And Obama will never grow out his afro...okay, well, that's probably a bad idea. But you get my point, for all it's negatives...at least in the seventies and early eighties, we had soul.


I'm wildly inappropriate for all ages. But a damn good time.

Now...we have this crop of boring lame-asses.

[PICTURES REDACTED SINCE I'LL HAVE TO WORK WITH THESE PEOPLE ONE DAY]

Our athletes give boring interviews and our celebrities, by and large, go out of their way to appear as boring family people and no one raises up the black fist after track meets.

And THAT is why I celebrate Terrell Owens, he's an asshole but he's got charisma and a point of view. I get a kick out of Diddy, he's an obnoxious self-aggrandizing son of a bitch, but no one ever accused him of meek conformity. I ride with Kanye West, he's truly the LAST interesting black celebrity we'll ever see.


Send me some sneakers, dude.

And, more than all of that...

....I really really really miss seeing Dave Chappelle on TV every week. Even his shitty sketches were better than every black show on TV right now.


Truly the last Jedi.

I guess I shouldn't be too upset...there's always Tyler Perry.

Right?


Yeah...I'm relevant for some reason!

---

Ok, so I was trying to find something from Chappelle to post cuz writing this post made me nostalgic. THIS is one of the most underrated jokes he's ever told.





"I don't wanna dance, I'm scared to death."

Why Have I Never Seen This

Hilarious



I think some of the guys and gals who writer commercial copy are brilliant. In fact, I've often thought it would be an amazing side-gig to get into that world. But I have friends who work for professional ad agencies and it's the worst corporate bureaucracy in that it has to be both business boring and super creative at the same time.

Prince On Tavis Smiley

I have stood by Prince on almost every front and at every level of his career. In many ways, he's one of my few living heros.

But here he talks to Tavis Smiley about several things I just can't get with. The main one - Why he doesn't vote (and did not vote for Obama).

Also why he thinks the contrails of jets are the reason people fight in neighborhoods (a conspiracy thoery debunked in the 90's).



Even when he says these things, he's very sincere. He ain't lying to us. But I think he's wrong.

It's Officially the 50s Again

In the 50s, a "Rhythm and Blues" artist would record a song. It would become a hit on "race" radio stations and then a "Pop" singer would do a cover of the song and introduce it to the broader market.

We're officially back in that time period. Behold, the hit...



and the version that predated it...



No wonder when the Paradiso version started blowing up, I was left with a feeling of extreme "this sounds familiar but I can't say where I heard it before..."

Monday, May 4, 2009

My Birthday Is Coming Up

My birthday is at the end of June.

I want this jacket.

A Word About Arlen Specter

I have thought about this a lot.

In the long run I believe this will hurt left-wing causes more than help.

After eight long years of Bush Policy the majority of Americans shifted their political preferences decidedly to the left.

During eight long years of Bush policy Arlen specter was quite happy being a Republican. Bush failures came one after the other...and dude was cool to chill in his lane.

Now Obama's in power and he's facing defeat and he wants to stay in the Senate and retain his stature and committee chaimanships...and so he changed parties.

Democrats would have easily beaten the right-winger who was going to replace Arlen Specter and that would have given liberals a REAL liberal from PA... instead they get a "centrist/conservative democrat" who has spent the last week saying over and over and over that he's not gonna rubber stamp any Obama policies.

This is not a guy you can go to battle with. This is Joe Lieberman 2.o. And, in the end, a lot of what Obama wants to do will be one vote shy...

...further, the Republicans can say, "hey, they got the majority it's not our fault".

Harry Reid took a few days of positive press in exchange for a few years of actual legislative accomplishment that could have been earned with a real Democrat.

Though he's got a good record of compromise, Arlen Specter, make NO mistake, is a true conservative.

And this country, as map after map after poll after poll has shown us, that conservative or "center-right" is wording that no longer describes where America is or where it's headed.

And, to be honest, any person willing to change parties just to stay in the senate, just like any person who would accept a senatorial nomination from a corrupt governor... is not someone we want with his hands on the levers of power.

Fail.

I'm Turning A Corner on This Singer

Starting...maybe...to like her.

Janelle Monae



She really can SING. Though, much of her stuff sort of works hard to avoid you reaching that conclusion.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Flashback Friday

When I used to DJ at a college radio station, I hated taking telephone requests because most of the conversations went like this:

Me: Hello. W-blah-blah-blah.
Drunk Frat Boy: Hey man.
Me: Hey.
DFB: Can you play that Nelly song with Jagged Edge? It's awesome! Woooo!!!
Me: That's not really in my format.
DFB: C'mon, man. Woooo!!!
Me: I can't do it but I'll tell the next DJ to lead off with it.
DFB: Cool, man. Thanks. Woooo!!!
Me: No problem. Later.

Needless to say, the next DJ never got the message. Some dumb isht needs to be nipped in the bud.

But when I received a request this week for a certain New Jack Swing artist, I had to do it because the song was actually good. Apparently, someone's been reading my mind because this Christopher Williams joint was slated to be posted soon.

Enjoy.



P.S.--Since I'm in Chicago this weekend, I can't help but include another New Jack goody.