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Back In Black

It's Monday and I'm back on the grind.

Dang! Who knew that white girls can also have big booties, too? Model Courtney Black is a white chick who has a serious ba-dunka-dunk. Well, like the old saying goes: Once you go Black you never go back. Haaaaa!

Speaking of booties, someone has actually written a book about the female gluteus maximus. The book is titled Jiggles: Backyard Tales by Sarah Hubinger. The author, who, herself has a nice ample rump, details America's fascination with the big booty and how women cope with having a big butt.

"I'm from Germany, and I was amazed at the attention my behind got when I came to New York," says Sarah about her idea for the book. "My motivation for this book and DVD stems from the flattery I got here that I had never received back home in Germany. I used to be embarrassed about my big butt -- but here, I've learned to love it."
Yes, we must ALL learn to love the big butt. Ladies, embrace it, squeeze it, love it. The big booty is gold.

The accompanied DVD that Sarah talks about is a 30-minute documentary in which she put herself to the test by filming people's reaction of her big butt. Plus, she interviews big-booty addicts and other women who are booty blessed.

If you are interested in this book/DVD, go cop it at

And finally, I leave you with this booty video from dancehall superstar Sean Paul. It's for his newest, destined-to-be-a-club-banger hit "We B Burnin'." To B watching da clip, click THIS!

I B hatin' Mondays!


Hate It Or Love it

Dang! Little Brother's highly anticipated CD The Minstrel Show is not even in record stores yet and already there's controversy indirectly related to the project.


Apparently, Joshua "Fahiym" Ratcliffe resigned from his post as Editor-in-Chief of The Source magazine on Tuesday (Aug. 16) because the staff gave LB's The Minstrel Show 4.5 mics in the October issue and the Chief Brand Executive Raymond "Wack-zino" Scott and CEO Dave Mays disagreed. As the magazine was being "put to bed" (meaning, "making final preparations for printing and distribution"), Wack-zino and Dave reportedly decided at the last minute to kicked The Minstrel Show's rating down to 4 mics.

"It's a situation [where] I believed in Little Brother and the rating we attempted to give them," Ratcliffe explained to "After speaking to Ray and making sure that [it] was okay [to award them 4.5 mics], I moved forward with that. Then it was decided that they (Ray and Dave) wanted to change [the rating].

I told [Little Brother] that this is what they're getting (4.5 mics) and for me to go back on that is a challenge to my own personal integrity. Whether they deserve 4 and 1/2 mics or not is debatable; though I believe in it, though most of the staff believes it deserves 4 and 1/2 mics, as well as the writer (reviewer). For me, to tell someone this is what you're getting and to go back on it after I got confirmation, I just could not stomach that at all."

The 4 mics 4.5 mics music review of The Minstrel Show will appear in the October issue of the Source Sauce, which hit newsstands next month.

Props to journalist Del F. Cowie, for linking the story up via his Vibes and Stuff blog -- a very cool hip-hop blog, I must add. Also, big-ups to veteran scribe Aqua Boogie for the scoop.

Del F. Cowie also posted LB's video for "Lovin' It." To watch the clip, click THIS.

[EDIT] Stone from the Couch Sessions posted Little Brother's video for "Lovin' It" in Real, WMP and Quicktime formats. To watch the clip, click HERE! [EDIT]

Controversy aside,

Check out Little Brother in the August issue of XLR8R magazine (on newsstands and in bookstores right now). It's a very small but vainglorious write-up on the N.C. trio.

LB's sophomore CD The Minstrel Show will shuck and jive in stores on Sept. 13.

There's more LB-related ish via Beats and Rants on the way.


Band of Brothers

Little Brother is back!!!

I guess I'm going to keep tabs on the North Calackie rap trio Little Brother until their sophomore CD The Minstrel Show hits stores on Sept. 13.

The picture above is the official Minstrel Show CD/Album cover art. Also, Mike at Jesus Piece blog has LB's first single, "Lovin' It" b/w "Hold On." Like I said before, I think "Lovin' It" is a weak first single. The song is not entirely wack but it doesn't have any umph to it, neither. "Hold On" is a better track of the two.

I'm crossing my fingers and hoping that Atlantic Records doesn't drop the ball and give up on this trio. The promo staff at Atlantic will have their work cut out for them. They may have to work Little Brother promotional-wise the same way they did with the Nappy Roots a few years back. Of course, this now begs the question: "Whatever happened to the Nappy Roots?

In the meantime, Little Brother will go on a Summer-Fall tour in support of their disc. LB's 24-city trek kicks off Aug. 22 in New Orleans and winds down on Oct. 7 in Carrboro, N.C. To find out when they are going to hit your city/town, peep the trio's itinerary, below:

Little Brother Tour Dates:

8/22 - The Parish @ House of Blues - New Orleans, LA
8/23 - Engine Room - Houston, TX
8/24 - Emo's - Austin, TX
8/27 - Sunshine Theater - Albuquerque, NM
8/28 - The Brickhouse - Phoenix, AZ
8/30 - The Troubadour -Â West Hollywood, CA
8/31 - Slim's - San Francisco, CA
9/02 - Bumbershoot - Seattle, WA
9/03 - Berbati's Pan - Portland, OR
9/05 - Fox Theatre - Bouulder, CO
9/07 - The Bottleneck - Lawrence, KS
9/08 - The Abbey - Chicago, IL
9/09 - Blind Pig - Ann Arbor, MI
9/10 - The Reverb - Toronto, Ont.
9/15 - BB Kings - New York, NY
9/16 - Pearl Street - Northhampton, MA
9/17 - Paradise Rock Club - Boston, MA
9/18 - Higher Ground - S. Burlington, VT
9/24 - Ottobar - Baltimore, MD
9/26 - The Dame - Lexington, KY
9/30 - Tangeman University Center - Cincinnati, OH
10/4 - The Social - Orlando, FL
10/6 - The Orange Peel - Asheville, NC
10/7 - Cat's Cradle - Carrboro, NC

I can't wait for Little Brother's CD to hit stores next month.
It looks like two of my favorite artists -- Kanye West (with his CD Late Registration) and Little Brother will have a banner year.

But there's also a HUUUUUUUUGE buzz on Blackalicious' upcoming CD The Craft, due Sept. 27 on Anti- Records. My sources tell me that the duo has literally crafted a rap album unlike no other and some have called it "hip-hop classic."

I have to wait and see . . . and hear.

In the meantime, Blackalicious will head out on a promotional tour beginning Aug. 31 in Sacramento, Calif., and finish up on Sept. 15 in New York.

It looks like another banner year for hip-hop, yall! Save your money!

Holla @ Cha Boy!

iTunes Stunt 101

I'll teach you how to stunt/
My [fingers] stay [locked] up/
My [iBook G4] stay pop up/
I'll teach you how to stunt/
Nigga you can't see me/
My [Metrocard] got [yellow and black] tints/
I'll teach you how to stunt/
My neck stay blingin', my [celly] stay gleamin', I'm shinin' man/
I'll teach you how to stunt/
I see you schemin', nigga keep on dreamin', I hurt ya maaaan/
I'll teach you how to stunt . . .

-- G-Unit, "Stunt 101" (Remixed by T-Fizzy)

Don't mind the wack lyrics above, I'm just messin' around. I'm looking good right about now. I recently copped a brand new shiny cell phone from Verizon Wireless, some appilications that will enhance my ibook's usability and I copped some new gear from LRG. I'm shinin' maaan.

But this post isn't about me. It's about helping out a fellow colleague in the trenches. Veteran scribe Scott Poulson-Bryant who has a real cool blog asked me how did I get my iTunes graphic on a post you see below. So I figured I might as well show everyone how to "iTunes Stunt" on their blog. Now the way I do it works best for me, I'm quite sure there's probably 150 different ways to do it. So if there's another way to do it, put it in the comments section. Please don't send me any correspendences because I don't care. Simply put it in the comments.

But first, check out what's on my latest iTunes tally. Below are the Top 15 songs that came up randomly on my Party Shuffle. Basically, I hit "Refresh" -- like, 20 times -- and this is my list:

Dang, this list is kinda hot. I wondered if all of this music would sound good on a mixed CD?

Well, here's my step-by-step instructions on how I got the graphic onto this blog:

1. First and foremost, you should have a mac computer. I'm not sure if you can nabbed this graphic on a PC or not. I'm certain someone will come forward and explain how you can do it for the PC. Second, you should also have iTunes. Open up iTunes and go to any playlist on your computer. Make sure that the Name, Artist and Album categories are spaced out and can be easily viewed.

2. Now open up "TextEdit." A blank "untitled" document should appear. Good. Leave it alone. Don't touch it. Now go to the "TextEdit" pull down menu and select "Services," "Grab" and "timed screen."

3. What happens next is that you will see a camera (with an eyeball) and a prompt box that will tell you that you have ten seconds to moved your cursor to a screen that you want to take a picture of. Moved your mouse and tap your cursor on the top of the iTunes box. You should hear a "snap" sound and taa daaah! -- an image of your iTunes juke box should automatically be posted in your untitled TextEdit document.

4. Save the document on your desktop. Something like "iTunes Pic" or whatever you want to call it. Open up iPhoto. Now drag the document into the photo library. You might get a prompt or a warning that says something like "iPhoto can't read this document." Don't sweat it. Just go to "last roll" in iPhoto and you should see the image of your iTunes jukebox.

5. In iPhoto, you can cropped the photo down to your liking. You can also enhance it and change the color. After you finished cropping the photo and sizing it up, drag the edited picture from iPhoto to the desktop. The image will pop up as a tiff file. All you have to do is change the extension from .tiff to .jpeg. Once you have done that, you are ready for posting. I also recommend that you do some additionally cropping in the preview section because you want to picture to be sizable enough to fit onto your blog. And make sure you know what size photo can fit on your blog. This is going to be a BIG image and you will have to cut it down to a viewable size in order to fit it on your blog. If you don't it, it's going to look wick-wick wack. So go into "preview" and trim it down just a little bit.

And that's it.

I just taught you how to stunt. Now do your thing playboy!



"Your man Five-O [50 Cent], I don’t see him in the club/ 'Cause he's out in CT with a dick in his butt."

Ouch! Now that's Hardcore.

The above lyric belongs to Lil' Kim who goes after her foes -- including 50 Cent, Star Jones, Junior M.A.F.I.A. and others -- on her latest CD The Naked Truth, which drops in stores on Sept. 13.

Music journalist Rocka gives readers an early sneak peak on the Queen B's upcoming disc. He writes:

The . . . set is short on cameos, but long on Biggie references and Kim's usual lyrical flossing. On the Red Spider-produced "Spell Check," Kim lazily borrows K-Solo's concept of spelling shit out, it's cute but a bit contrived. But the real thieving doesn't happen until "Stay Quiet," an introspective track that finds Kim ripping a cadence that's eerily reminiscent of Eminen's "Lose Yourself" -- not a good look from supposed trend setter. Kim finally gets real with the mic on the Scott Storch-produced "Brooklyn," a party anthem that will definitely find life on the NYC street scene.

If you live in New York, you know that radio is burning up right now with that Lauryn Hill banger, uh, I mean, Lil Kim's fire song, "Lighters Up." (click HERE to listen)