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Music Monday

Miri Ben-Ari - The Hip-Hop Violinist

EJ has listed some of his favorite tunes he's spinning right now on his radio blog. Unfortunately, I can't install radio blog on my weblog, but it's no big deal. Instead, I'll list some joints below that are in heavy rotation on my computer.

Miri Ben-Ari -- "Sick Wit Da Flip" (Featuring Lil' Flip, E-40 and Czar-nok)

Nice track from the so-called "hip-hop violinist" and E-40 and Flipper.

I like Kevin Lyttle's tropical love jammie "Turn Me On," but he also does a nice remake of Terrence Trent D'Arby's classic slow ballad "Sign My Name."

Nelly's new joint "My Place" featuring R&B crooner Jahiem is currently smashing radio right now. The clip for "My Place" is already topping BET and MTV video playlists. I guess this is no secret when I tell you this -- Nelly is about to go double platinum, y'all. Lean back!

R&B newbie Lloyd is serenading the ladies softly with the "Southside" (Remix) featuring Scarface. But the real jam that's going to take his mediocre debut CD Southside to gold status is "Hey Young Girl." This track is sizzing-hot!

Lloyd Banks -- "I'm So Fly"
He's so damn wack!

The Roots -- The Tipping Point

Freestyle -- Etched In Stone

Freestyle (formerly of the Arsonists) has released a great rap album you are not listening to. Peep the techinque!

Future heat missle:

Terror Squad's remix for "Lean Back" will feature guest rappers Eminem and the comeback kid Mase.

Now that's going to be hoootttt!

Holla!






News Headlines: Terror Squad; Nelly Joins The NBA; Vida's Booty

Lean Back, Here Comes The Terror Squad!

Terror Squad's club banger "Lean Back" is a summertime monster jam. I've seen women get damn-near "bucket nekkid" and loose in the club over that song. I have to send some major big-ups to Fat Joe and beatmaker Scott Storch for this joint. Blogger/music critic David from "I'm So Sincurr" blog, thinks the song "is ridiculously hot, and the only real challenge for Nina Sky's summertime song domination (their radio mainstay hit "Move Your Body")."

I agree. But I'm also feeling Mase's "Welcome Back" joint, as well. Mase's comeback song is gimmicky but it's also fun. The sing-a-long "welcome back" chorus is a blast. "I make my money man without the coca. Livin' la vida without the loca. [When] I'm down south, shorties show me country love, and I'm not even country thug."

It's not an impressive rap song but for the summertime . . . it works for me.

"And all the pretty ladies they smile at me . . . "

And don't look now, but former Terror Squad member Cuban Link is planning a serious comeback this summer.

Holy shiznit! First Jay-Z nabbed stakes in the New Jersey Nets and now Nelly is getting into the ownership game. Nelly has joined the NBA as co-owner of the Charlotte Bobcats expansion team.

I think this is a good business move for rappers who are looking for a long-term investment outside of the rap game.

But check this out yo! Nelly has a new radio-friendly banger called "My Place" featuring Jahiem on the chorus. (Via Baller Status)


I'm Kanye West, Bitch!
How hot is Kanye West? Kanye is so hot he recently collaborated with Rick James on a song for Chicago rhyme-slinger Bumpy Johnson's upcoming debut CD. "Cocaine is a helluva drug."

Okay, now add "journalist" to Alicia Keys' resume. The R&B songbird is now penning weekly travel articles for the New York Daily News. In the meantime, check out Alicia Keys doing her best Fred "Rerun" Berry impression. What's Happenin'!

Conservative pundit/columnist/blogger Michelle Malkin is not in favor of public schools offering classes on the poetry/writings of the late (and great) rapper Tupac Shakur. [I'm paraphrasing here] Michelle thinks Tupac is an untalented illiterate. She caught mad hell for her comments from a lot of Tupac fans, so please don't barrage her with hate mail.

Hip-hop music writer/editor Adam Bernard thinks that XXL magazine is not a real hip-hop magazine.

Hot Hip-Hop Blogs -- start linking up:

Global Pop Conspiracy

Street Dreams

Quick question:
When P. Diddy is hanging out with Democratic Presidential hopeful John Kerry and talking poli-tricks, who is handling the daily operations at Bad Boy Records?

The Answer:
Meet P.Diddy's CFO -- Derek Ferguson

Hot joints I'm currently bangin':

Mobb Deep -- "Throw Your Hands" (produced by Kanye West)

Brand Nubian -- "Who Wanna Be A Star"

Jill Scott -- "Golden"

The Roots -- The Tipping Point

Notorious B.I.G. -- Ready to Die [Remastered]


And finally, I will leave y'all with a little T & A.
(This is strictly for the fellas who are on the daily grind and need a little pick me up.)

WOW!

WOW! Again

Attention men! There's a hot online men's magazine that features hot busomy, big-butt women. It's called Xposed.com. Ahhhh, you gotta love it.

Goddamn, that Vida made my day! I love her fat booty! (See Below)

Vida Guerra's Beautiful Booty


Get Real. Get Smart. Get Paid.
Holla!






This Nigger's Crazy/ Vibe Loses Top Guy

Thug novelist Stanley Crouch

This Nigger Negro needs to be stopped.

According to Gawker, cultural critic/columnist Stanley Crouch allegedly bitch slapped a book critic named Dale Peck recently because Dale panned Stanley's novel Don't the Moon Look Lonesome in a review a couple of years ago. Apparently, while Dale was dining at New York's Tartine restaurant, Stanley approached Dale, shook his hand, and then allegedly smacked him in the face. Stanley reportedly said to Dale, "If you ever [do] anything like that [presumably referring to his bad review] again, it'll be much worse."

Dale won't press charges against Stanley. Meanwhile, Stanley is mum on the whole incident.

Is Stanley this gangster with his shit? Is Stanley a "Thug" novelist on the DL? If this alleged incident really did happened; then Stanley is just as "gangsta" as the hardcore rappers he despises when he rants about how hip-hop is such a vile culture and art form.

I have never heard of a journalist assaulting another critic over a bad review. But apparently Stanley is a habitual bitch slapper. According to Gawker, in the past, Stanley allegedly has thrown punches at esteemed jazz critic Howard Mandel, media assassin Harry Allen and the late Village Voice letters editor Ron Plotkin.

This Nigger Negro needs to be stopped.

In other media news . . .

Journalist/blog master Lynne d Johnson touched on it briefly in her post about her daily duties at Vibe magazine, but I'm going to tell y'all what's up:

Vibe-less Emil WilbekinVeteran editor/journalist Emil Wilbekin resigned from his post last Thursday (July 15) as editorial director and vice president of brand development at Vibe Ventures. Emil has accepted a position with Marc Ecko Collection as vice president of development, and he also will be added to the editorial board of Complex magazine.

For those of you who are not fashion conscious, Marc Ecko is the CEO/designer of the Ecko Unlimited brand. Clothing ads for Ecko can be found in your favorite hip-hop magazines featuring singer Res (where has she been?), Dred Prez and this hot, bootylicious model named Julissa (whoo-wee, I want her to be my baby's mama).

And for those of you who may not know Emil Wilbekin, he has worked at Vibe magazine since the beginning of the magazine's decade long run. He has held down nearly every editorial position at the magazine in his 12-plus years with the publication. Plus, he's a cool guy -- from what I've heard through friends and colleagues.

Also, Complex magazine is one of the hottest publications on the newsstands. It's an "urban lad" magazine for the hip-hop generation who love babes, music, clothes and other extra curricular activities. I have been a subscriber to the magazine since its first issue. It has great potential in the magazine game and I expect big things from this publication.

On a side note, Marc is going to open up a hip-hop clothing store in the middle of New York's busiest (crowdiest) epicenter -- 42nd Street. Peep the story from the New York Times below:

Published: July 15, 2004
Link: http://www.nytimes.com/2004/07/15/nyregion/15hiphop.html

Hip-Hop Store to Open in Times Square Theater
By Charles V. Bagli

After years of near misses with proposed theme restaurants and TV studios, the long-dormant Times Square Theater on 42nd Street finally has a tenant: Ecko Unlimited, the high-flying hip-hop clothing and lifestyle company.

The 84-year-old theater, which is on the north side of the street, between Seventh and Eighth Avenues, and features a three-story, 100-foot-long Doric colonnade, is the last of eight historic theaters on 42nd Street to find new life as a result of the 22-year effort to revitalize Times Square. Many of the others are once again home to theatrical productions. But Ecko says it plans to transform the theater into a four-level, $25 million supermarket of what is cool and fashionable in clothing, art, video games, electronics and collectible sneakers for the urban youth market.

"When you think of what's trendy, this is where you're going to be able to find it," Seth Gerszberg, president of Marc Ecko Enterprises, the parent company, said yesterday. "We needed to be in Times Square, where youth culture converges. Finding this place was just meant to be."

Ecko will keep many of the building's historic features, from the 25-foot-high proscenium arch over the stage to the ornamental plasterwork and the domed ceiling.

The theater was built in 1920 by the Selwyn brothers and was home to a string of major theatrical hits - "Gentlemen Prefer Blondes," "The Front Page," "Strike Up the Band" and "Private Lives" - between 1926 and 1933 Legend has it that Tallulah Bankhead bankrolled the theater's last stage production, which flopped. By the 1940's, there was a retail store built on the stage, with its doors on 42nd Street. In the 1980's, the theater showed kung-fu movies.

The state later took control of the property as part of the 42nd Street redevelopment project. But even after the nearby New Victory Theater was renovated and Disney took over the landmark New Amsterdam Theater across 42nd Street, the Times Square remained dark and grimy-faced. At one point or another, Marvel Enterprises wanted to build a theme restaurant with Spider-Man crawling up the side of the building, CBS considered relocating its morning show there, and Livent, MTV, Billboard and Viacom considered live productions. But the deals always fell apart.

Cora Cahan, president of the New 42nd Street, the nonprofit group that oversees seven of the eight historic theaters, said her group had been talking with two prospective tenants when Ecko came along last year. A lease was signed last week, and Ecko hopes to open in early 2006.

"We reversed field, because of their passion and what it was they wanted to do," she said of Ecko. "We've always said diversity of uses on the block was the key to revitalization. For me, the spirit with which they approached the street and the theater was irresistible."

That's all folks!

Holla!






Monday Mutterings 10

Man at Work

I hate Mondays. I got the workday blues.

Anyway, I'm working hard for the money right now and I have a lot of assignments to do today. Speaking of work, here are a couple of "work-related" or "work-inspired" memes. Check them out:

From Sunday Brunch::

In The Work Place

1. Do you work full-time, part-time or do you work a seasonal job?
2. Are you more often on time, early or late for work?
3. Have you ever called in sick when you actually weren't?
4. How many hours per day do you put in?
5. Do you socialize with any of your co-workers?

The Answers
1. Full-time, baby. "I'm working 9-to-5 what a way to make a living . . . "
2. I'm always late. But that's me . . . come in late, leave early. Ha! Ha!
3. Yeah, errr, I mean, nooooo, I never do that. ;-)
4. I work about 9 hours per day -- sometimes without a lunch break.
5. Hell no, it's all about me. My co-workers can kiss my ass. No, I'm only joking. I talk to my co-workers from time to time.

From Monday Madness::

True or False

1. I like my job.
True (No bullshit.)

2. I find time to 'smell the flowers' so to speak.
False (Who the hell does that?)

3. I have no problem thinking of things to write about in my blog.
False (I have problems just trying to update my blog with things that I want to write about.)

4. 'Organization' is my middle name!
True (I can't stand clutter or what I like to called "Organizational Chaos.")

5. If 'Plan A' doesn't work, there's always a 'Plan B.'
True (You gotta have a back-up plan.)

6. I adjust easily to new surroundings.
True

7. I'd rather work 'behind the scenes' than 'in the spotlight.'
True. (I'm "behind the scenes" in my current gig as a music writer for an urban news website.)

8. I'm happy where I am, at this point in my life.
True (I'm happy where I am, but I would like to pursue more loftier goals at this point in my life.)

9. I can wake up in the morning without an alarm clock.
False I can't wake up in the morning, in general.

10. I can function pretty well on less than 8 hours of sleep.
True (But I must stress that this is not a good thing. Sleep is very important!)


From Unconscious Mutterings::

  1. Crippling:: The Economy
  2. Tough:: Life is . . .
  3. Slinky:: Women wearing booty shorts. Or is that sexy?
  4. Slogan:: "Fight the Power!"
  5. Stuffed:: Baked ziti with tomato sauce
  6. Instructions:: Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
  7. Expletive:: F**k!
  8. Cartoon:: Spider-Man
  9. Toddler:: Baby
  10. Insinuation:: President George Bush knew that terrorists were going to destroy the Twin Towers in New York . . . but did nothing.

Get Smart. Get Real. Get Paid

Holla!






I'm An SRCF, Bitch!

This is interesting. I stole this from Rebel's Rants. Please take the Personality Quiz and post the results. Here's mines:


Wackiness: 16/100
Rationality: 60/100
Constructiveness: 68/100
Leadership: 30/100

You are an SRCF--Sober Rational Constructive Follower. This makes you a White House staffer. You are a tremendous asset to any employer, cool under pressure, productive, and a great communicator. You feel the need to right wrongs, take up slack, mediate disputes and keep the peace. This comes from a secret fear that business can't go on without you--or worse, that it can.

If you have a weakness, it is your inability to say "no." While your peers respect you, they find it difficult to resist taking advantage of your positive attitude and eagerness to take on work. You depend on a good manager to keep you from sinking under the weight and burning out.

Holla!