Hey, I'm back! I haven't blog in about week or so. Last week, I was on a seven-day vacation from my job. I was able to travel and get some much needed rest during my weeklong "R and R" from the daily grind. So please bear with me as I try to get back on a decent blogging schedule. But for now, I present to you another Big Post Of Life List:
Top 5 things wrong in my field of vision right now ::
I don't know why men think this is such a cool thing to do but it's absolutely insane. If there are any grown-ass men out there who like to walk around sucking on a baby pacifier in public, please stop that bullshit. It's neither cool or attractive. It's neither hip-hop or in style. It's straight-up ignorant nigger shit. Stop it!
The 4 best things I saw, did, or listened to this week ::
For those of you who love André 3000's Love Below CD, I suggest that you pick up Meshell's latest effort. This disc is "The Love Below" from a female perspective. And it's one of the most romantic CDs of 2003.
Four words: Intense. Anime. Bloody. Awesome.
I had a wonderful time vacationing in The Twin Cities for three days.
I enjoyed fine dining at Jazzmines -- a great restaurant that offers wonderful live entertainment and great food.
And I also visited the Mall of America, which is something to behold. I was walking around for hours and hours and hours. And I shopped till I dropped.
Right now, the city of Minneapolis is holding a Hip-Hop Festival this week. Plus, the Minnesota History Center has an exhibit called Sounds Good To Me, an historical and musical showcase of the Minneapolis music scene. The exhibit features memorabilia from homtown musicians such as Prince and legendary production duo Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.
Did you know that the 1980's disco hit "Funkytown" was produced by a Minnesotan?
THE AVE is a new hip-hop magazine, which is on newsstands now. I like the editorials in the publication. The 'zine is off to a promising start. You can check out THE AVE magazine in my "What I'm Reading Section" up top.
Top 5 songs of the right now ::
This is a banging street joint (produced by DJ Premier) by a new rap group called Pitch Black. Now jump in the cipher and feel the realness.
Montell certainly knows how to do it on this silky smooth joint. The song is not that bad, and I like how Montell freaked Mtume's "Juicy Fruit" sample on the song.
Next to hip-hop supergroup OutKast, Madlib and Jay Dee are the supreme hip-hop duo of the year!
This is a cool video for a very nice ballad. Although I have to say that thugs don't pluck rose petals in the rain. Or for that matter, rip their wife beaters off in the soaking rain. C'mon Jah represent for the journo thugs, man. (hee, hee)
I dedicate this song to my baby girl from the midwest.
A music review that I'm trying to write that you don't know nothin' about ::
Music writer/blog master Lynne d Johnson penned an informative music examination on three soulsters who are bringing their unique sound of technosoul to the forefront of the music scene. Well, let me introduce to you the three ladies of technosoul -- Meshell Ndegeocello, Lizz Fields and Maria.
"Three women who are black, whose music is not always classifiably "authentic" black music -- not in nature, nor in context. And they often traverse too many genres for the popular music buying public to be bound up in one [categorical] box."(It's coming up, right here on Beats & Rants -- just give me
A good movie I've seen on [bootleg] DVD [at the barbershop] ::
It was a slow day at the barbershop . . . but "The Wedding Singer" is a funny-ass movie.
Albums playing on the regular right now ::