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August 2003

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News Headlines

You know what time it is . . . it's time for some news:

A Job In The Hip-Hop World Is Not An Impossible Dream.

• The skinny on Memphis rap (Three 6 Mafia and producer Jazze Phaementioned, among others).

• Journalism Rule #1 –– Get the facts straight.

• Ruff Ryders Rides A Virgin. Drag-on Breath, er, I mean, MIA rapper Drag-On (remember him?) and newbie Jinn are set to drop their new albums this fall. Ho-hum . . . NEXT!

Maaaagic Lincoln!
Lincoln signs Earvin "Magic" Johnson to multiyear endorsement deal.

DEARBORN, Mich. (B&R) – Basketball great/Businessman Earvin "Magic" Johnson has signed on to be a pitchman for Ford Motor Co.'s Lincoln Mercury vehicles. Magic will appear in television and print commercials and other cross-promotional materials, in which the company hopes will attract young buyers (30-40 year-olds). But don't call Magic a coporate sellout, just yet. The former Los Angeles Lakers legend has eyes on a much bigger prize. "I didn't come here to get a 'Magic' vehicle," he says. "I'd rather have a dealership." Ahhh, business before pleasure.

• Oh, by the way, Little Brother's debut CD The Listening is the best hip-hop CD of 2003 . . . so far.

Little Brother has appeared in Rolling Stone magazine, XXL and The Source, but the North Carolina-based trio wish they could make a name for themselves in their own home state. According to [Little Brother member] 9th Wonder, part of the reason for the lack of recognition is that people don't support local artists. "They're not liking us because we're not played five times a day [on the radio]," he says.

• Speaking of supporting indie artists: Big-ups to my girl Jean Grae. She just signed with Babygrande Records, an indie label with artists like ex-Diggable Planets rhyme-slinger Cherrywine, lyrical dynamo Supernatural and the still-scornful rapper Canibus on their roster. Jean is expected to drop her second CD -- her follow-up to her brilliant 2002 disc Attack of the Attacking Things -- by the fall. You go girl! If you are like me and you're dying to hear a new track from Jean Grae, then clicky, clicky THIS. It's only a minute long but this song is so fabulous . . . so exclusive . . . so extravagant.



Weird News

• Yummy! This taste like chicken. (Thanks Timi)

Hip-Hop Site of the Day: Arbitrary

Hip-Hop Quote of the Day:

"I'm grateful that I could be a late adolescent of hip-hop and know pre-hip-hop consciousness. I'm grateful because the hip-hop consciousness that we're forced to take up today is so heavily commercialized. To only have a commercial derivative of your culture to draw on is a horrifying thought to me." – Hip-Hop Professor/Lecturer/Thinker Tricia Rose, author of Black Noise: Rap Music and Black Culture in Contemporary America (Music/Culture). Tricia's newest book Longing to Tell: Black Women's Stories of Sexuality and Intimacy is in stores now.


Beats And Rants 2.1

Ta Daaaaa!

Welcome to the brand new Beats and Rants 2.1! That's right! Your boy Trent is trying to do big things and I'm living large on TypePad! (I see you Madison!)

I told y'all I was about to take Beats & Rants to the next level . . . you thought I was playin'?

Right now, I'm beta testing TypePad to see if there are any bugs with this thing. Plus, I'm looking around to see if everything is working properly. So far, so good.

So please look around at my blog. Look at all of the links and please leave a comment. If there are any links that don't work . . . holla at me! If you don't like the color . . . holla at me! If you don't like the design . . . holla at me! If you have an opinion about my tastes in music . . . holla at me!

It doesn't mean that I will change anything, but I would like to know what you – my faithful readers – think of my blog.

Some of y'all have been with me at Easy Journal [to check out my old journal, click this], and you know how that journal looks – like Beyoncé . . . straight Booty.

I will continue to post some stuff over there at my Easy Journal site . . . but eventually, this will be Beats & Rants' future home.

But hold up! Not a damn thing has changed! I will still continue to provide you with the hottest beats (music), some rants and hopefully some inspiration.

Beats & Rants 2.1 is still in its early stages, so there's still more things to come.

Yo J-Dilla! Thanks for the advice and your time. But I couldn't do it yo . . . heads are scuurred of the Magic Negro! But Magic Negro Thundercats are never scuurred!

Holla At Cha Boy!