Thursday, September 30, 2010
A HISTORY OF RAP
We had discussions, where we talked about what would qualify a song for this chronology (2pac and BIG versus De La Soul and Public Enemy). In the end, it needed to be the songs that broke through to mainstream success.
So please don't hate us because there are no Primo-produced joints in there. We had three minutes to hit all of the major shifts and sea changes of the last 30 years!
Most of all, we hope this gets you hype.
So far, so good. I'm with you. But then, in the very next paragraph, you assign primary blame for the above “mess” to (wait for it) Bush? Come on, now: If you’re going to make an argument (and a good one, I think), at least follow it through to its logically consistent conclusion.
I won't defend myself as I think the commenter makes a good point and goes on to make others.
My error is that my language conflated "Bush era American economy" with "Bush policy induced Economic Morass."
The Bush era American economy was only two years ago....that takes time to fix.
Wednesday, September 29, 2010
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Freddie D giving hair care tips. How far in the pocket does the Johnson Company/Afro Sheen have him for?
Second-- in 80 years, what product will Barack Obama be endorsing?
It's not like MLK hasn't done it? Remember when he showed up in a telephone ad a few years back?
So, I'm just asking, what's up next?
And man, that guy must be tripping on some of the best stuff on the planet...
Monday, September 27, 2010
Friday, September 24, 2010
"I heard motherfuckers saying they made Hov - made Hov say, 'Okay, so, make another Hov.'"
Warren Buffet, Steve Forbes, and Jay-Z.
DO yourself a favor and read the article HERE.
Maybe it's because I'm so stocks-and-market-focused these days (we should all be saving and investing our money but that's a topic for another day), but when I see cats doing it on this level, given where they came from, it legitimately makes me happy.
Here's a snippet:
We gassed up a Gulfstream 450 one warm September morning and flew one of the most successful recording artists of all time, Jay-Z, to meet the most successful investor of all time, Warren Buffett, on the latter's home turf of Omaha, Neb. The intent was to capture their very different perspectives on success and wealth and to talk about the social obligations that come with each. They ended up finding out they had more in common than anyone would have expected between a 40-year-old rapper from the Brooklyn projects and the 80-year-old sage of compounded returns.
But at least next week he'll be celebrating his 74th birthday. That's something to look forward to.
As a tribute, here are two clips. The first, well, I posted it 'cause there's just something about Vanity. I can't really put my finger on it; all I know is it's hard not to look at her. I feel bad for those other two. What do we call them? 4?
The second is "rare" footage of Don in the famed Soul Train line. It didn't end so well.
Happy Born Day, Don.
(and thanks for selling your rights so the public could finally stop buying Japanese bootlegs in order to get a hold of those classic shows).
Thursday, September 23, 2010
Wednesday, September 22, 2010
And no cheating (aka clicking the vid).
There are clues. See if you can catch them.
But this plays on something Thomas mentioned in the "Anatomy" post comments.
I'm of two minds on stuff like this:
1. It's cool aspects of US "urban" culture have spread.
2. F--k. The world truly is a ghetto. One big diamond-encrusted, Escalade-driving, shades-wearing ghetto.
I'm going to take the position that hip-hop, at this point, has fatally damaged the ability to project an image of "us" beyond what's been depicted in this video.
Basically, if I ever thought I could go anywhere in the world and not be asked why I don't have a stud in my ear, face tats or speak like Waka/Weezy/Hot Rapper de jour, I should stop right now.
I hate you.
Any thoughts (and place guesses) from folks?
Tuesday, September 21, 2010
Monday, September 20, 2010
Friday, September 17, 2010
Just for some trivia, give me the name of this album and the instrumental song on it that I think was dope.
Yes, I'm asking you to read my mind.
Thursday, September 16, 2010
I hear it in my sleep sometimes, but anyone who wants a hit record, please take note. When it comes to dancing, especially aunts dancing, not much has changed since the days of "call and response."
Wednesday, September 15, 2010
That's what Cosby did and that's what Modern Family does. Kudos to them.
Also, I think it's AMAZING they were able to get a family show greenlit that's set in Los Angeles. They never talk about the setting and most TV execs want you to set TV shows somewhere, "middle America can understand". But this show defies convention and speaks honestly about the fact that the families in LA (though I suspect the show is more about Rancho Cucamonga or a similar suburb) are just as "family" as, say, a family in Brooklyn in 1986.
You should watch it.
Tuesday, September 14, 2010
(hint: i was with him at the Jay/Em concert last night)
Performance of the show?
This one: Monster, Jay, Yeezy and Nikki MInaj. those drums sounded like the hand of God in Yankee Stadium
ALSO: I met DJ Premier last night. Apparently he's dating ... nevermind. Can't be giving away trade secrets online. I was honored to meet that dude actually and told him so.
and he produced this:
(I love how early 90's videos had directors who were like, "Make that shit HYPE!")
MAKE THAT SHIT HYPE!
MAKE THAT SHIT HYPE!
MAKE THAT SHIT HYPE!
Wait...were all these videos directed by the same dude? same outfit, same camera angles, same everything. (CS3 perhaps? Wazzup?)
Lastly, I saw Amber Rose last night.
Her pictures don't do her justice. She's an amazon and sucks all the energy out of the room.
Monday, September 13, 2010
It's because they do. One dude produced all those songs.
But to call them songs (plural) is probably incorrect.
Someone took three of those songs and layered them over one another.
Listen in stereo headphones. It's kind of amazing. Or the opposite of amazing.
Not a surprise, but pretty nuts all the same.
This reminds me of the kind of thing we used to do in college. I wonder how many of our funny college ideas we've forgotten over the years. Back then, we didn't over-think stuff the way it seems we do now. We just said, "this makes us laugh, let's do it."
And they're hilariously accurate:
Saturday, September 11, 2010
This video of the contentious Stark County Republican primary race for county treasurer has been making the rounds.
Demonstrating pure Ohio nuttiness, Phil Davison comes off only slightly more sane than that Basil Marceaux guy or our good friend Alvin Greene.
I think he'd say he's just super-passionate. But your passion should never cause nervous laughter, as his does.
I have to say, for all the f--ktard stuff that's happened politically recently, a few years from now I think we'll all be wondering what the hell we were smoking in 2010.
It was some really potent isht, no doubt...
Friday, September 10, 2010
But surprisingly, Howard Johnson doesn't seem to have any official videos out on the interwebs. That's a little strange for an artist of his standing, coming out in the '80s, not to have isht for promotional vids. If anyone knows where I can find some, point me in that direction. Also, for whatever reason, I thought he was British but Wiki says he's from Miami. Since everyone and their brother plus their brother crap-ass hotel/restaurant chain looks to be named "Howard Johnson," I can't really find good intel on dude. Anyone got some?
Because I dig me some Howard Johnson. Nasally voice and all. Even sitting down, I gotta move some way, somehow, to this track.
I won't let some janky Soul Train clip take that away from me.
Thursday, September 9, 2010
Wednesday, September 8, 2010
Tuesday, September 7, 2010
BECAUSE....apparently I was with them at City Winery this weekend in NYC. The friend I was with was like, "are those dudes famous?"
It's the tale of a video you have seen on Drudge and other big name sites.
It's a little lengthy, but it exposes the biases of the internet. Definitely worth ten of your minutes.
Friday, September 3, 2010
I have to say, Phonte's ability to move from rapper to singer, especially on the lyrical side, is what I probably enjoy about him the most, other than him just being a cool dude all-around.
Seriously, someone get him a variety show. He can entertain for days.
The Tammi Terrell joint Diallo posted reminded me once again that Stevie came up with some dope isht beyond his own discography. Case in point, "I Can't Help It".
Here's another one of those "Stevie Wrote It" joints that only a person with no pulse could hate.
Don't quote me on this, but I think Stevie and Sergio Mendes had some quid pro quo deal going on for track production/writing. Mendes helped Wonder on "Don't You Worry 'Bout a Thing" and Wonder penned "The Real Thing" for Mendes.
Personally, I'll take "Real" over "Worry" but it's hard to argue with anything Steveland has ever done. Hell, both of these joints are his, in a way.
So if you want to check Sergio & Co. get down on the Mike Douglas Show, go here.
Otherwise, just let this one ride. I don't know what it is but this track just seems to lighten whatever load I might have. Just straight sonic dopeness.
Thursday, September 2, 2010
Wednesday, September 1, 2010
surputte, 09:47, 26 August 2010.
John 02:39, 27 August 2010.
May, 15:45, 26 August 2010.
Marten, 09:41, 26 August 2010.