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Drive Me Crazy

Leah Dizon is a Fillipina-Chinese goddess. She is also a big-time car fanatic. Her favorite vehicle is the BMW E46 M3 CSL. And fellas, she's knows how to handle a stick. This hottie works as an import model and makes several appearances a year at various car shows. Her body measurements are 34C-25-36. To check out more pictures of her, click THIS and THIS.


Person of the Year

Time magazine almost had it right -- but Kanye West instead should have been named "Person of the Year."

Kanye's biggest hit in 2005 was not "Gold Digger" but "George Bush doesn't care about black people."

In addition, Kanye produced three of the finest recordings this year -- Common's Be, John Legend's Get Lifted (technically, an '04 release) and his own masterpiece, Late Registration.

"[Late Registration] is really important not just because it was successful this year, but 10 years from now they'll look back at what it did for the game," Kanye told MTV. "We put so much pain, blood, sweat, tears, time and money into it."
Also, let's not forget his production assists this year: He blessed R&B joints for Leela James (the way soulful "It's Alright"), Keyshia Cole (the yearning ballad "You've Changed"), Jamie Foxx (the tranquil club bumper "Unpredictable") and Mariah Carey (the true standout song on the disc "Stay the Night").

And yes, Kanye can be an egoistical asshole. But so was the late Miles Davis. Get over it.

And yes, K-Weezy's eye for fashion sometimes leaves everyone blind -- not withstanding that dumb Christmas sweater he wore recently at a high school concert event (see above). Those tight jackets and car slippers he also wears are kinda gay, too. Hey, 'Ye . . . either fire your stylist or step your game up, bruh.

And sometimes, Kanye really needs to just STFU. His rants on issues with homophobia, being overlooked at award shows and problems with the press makes look like a blabbering fool. Stay humble, 'Ye.

On the flipside, Kanye's love for his mama is endearing. Half of the rappers today need to show love for something other than bitches, grills and spinners. So I appreciate Kanye's love for his mama on records. These hip-hop toughies need to show a little vulnerability and introspectiveness in their music.

As far as Kanye's lyrical skills -- well, he is no Rakim, but Kanye's flow is no better or worst than YOUR favorite rapper in 2005.

In the end, when it comes down to the music and his contributions to hip-hop and pop culture -- Kanye did an exceptional job this year.

That's why you are going to hear his name get called over and over again at thr 48th Annual Grammy Awards on Feb. 6.

Will Late Registration win the coveted Album of the Year trophy at the Grammys?


"I'm gonna keep on trying to push the bar. I'm my own toughest critic, and I just wanna keep on bringing good entertainment to y'all. And at the end of the day that's what it's about: songs that are entertaining, interviews that stick with you and a nice outfit and that's it."
Kanye West is a hip-hop genius.

Related: Read hip-hop journalist Tara Henley's recent interview with Kanye West right HERE.


Music Briefs

I copped this from The Music Memoir: Top Five on Friday Saturday:

Top 5 Musical Gifts You'd Like To Receive This Year:

1. Logitech Portable Speakers

My ibook's speakers are terrible. I need some bass when I'm listening to my music. Plus, I can kick it on the road and plug it into my iPod nano, too.

2. A iTunes-compatible cell phone

I don't like Motorola's ROKR E-1 cell phones -- at all. Those cellys look ugly to me. But there's another cell phone that will be release next year that will also be able to play Apple's music digital files. And no, I'm not going to tell you what phone it is -- I want to be the first person to cop it. Ha! Ha!

3. Noise-canceling headphones for my iPod nano

There are so many on the market, but I'm currently doing some research to find the best headphones -- not the most expensive headphones.

4. There is a valuable John Coltrane boxed set somewhere at a record store that costs around $170. It's like the Holy Grail of all John Coltrane boxed sets -- a collector's item. If I ever find and purchase this boxed set -- I'm never leaving the house.

5. Hey, maybe those iPod drawers or "drawls" (depending on what 'hood you are from). I'm not sure if I want my iPod near where I pee at, but I'm quite sure this would make a wonderful gift for that anal iPod lover in your life. LOL!

Here's what I'm rocking to on my iTunes, right now:


Who You Callin' A Nigga?

"I wish that every new and young comedian would understand what Richard was about and not confuse his genius with his language usage."
-- Comedian Bill Cosby, on the legacy of the late Richard Pryor

"I say 'nigger' 100 times every morning; it keeps my teeth white."
-- Comedian Paul Mooney

"There were three geniuses in our lifetime: God, Mark Twain and Richard Pryor."
-- Comedian Dick Gregory

Richard Pryor reportedly will be buried on Saturday (Dec. 17) in an invitation-only funeral service in California. I would like to see all-day television network coverage on Richard's funeral -- like they did for the late former President Ronald Reagan -- but I'm not going to hold my breath.

And why not? Richard Pryor is a national treasure.

I watched the funerals of national music icons Ray Charles, Luther Vandross and Rick James via the Internet so I'm hoping to see Rich's memorial service somewhere online this Saturday. (*crossing fingers*)

But before I say a final goodbye to arguably the King God of Comedy, I wanted to leave you with these two great tributes to Richard Pryor. One tribute was written by author/critic Nelson George and the other was penned by hip-pop culture critic Mark Anthony Neal. The interesting thing about these two write-ups is they both use the word "Nigger" in their titles. But I also like how they examine Rich P's usage of the "N" word.

Certainly, Richard's legacy goes beyond how he used the "N" word, but he will probably be remember for -- in my opinion -- his "proper" usage of the "N" word. In my opinion, there are far too many hip-hoppers and comedians today who use the "N" word out of the context in the lieu of a rhyme or for a punchline. I feel many of them shouldn't be allowed to say the word, period.

Richard Pryor eventually stop using the "N" word, after his 1979 trip to Kenya (Africa). He was enlightened by his experience of meeting and speakiing with South Africans who had pride and self-worth in their own homeland.

"I also left regretting ever having uttered the word 'nigger' on a stage or off it," he wrote his 1995 autobiography Pryor Convictions. "It was a wretched word. Its connotations weren't funny, even when people laughed. To this day I wish I'd never said the word. I felt its lameness. It was misunderstood by people. They didn't get what I was talking about.

"Neither did I. And so I vowed never to say it again."

Nelson's "RIP For a Crazy Nigger" is a very brief but poignant tribute, in which he celebrates Richard's genius. He writes:
As an artist he grew from polite to piercing, from careful to cool, from safe to sacrilegious during the same years the civil rights movemnet turned from nonviolence to nationalism. He made humor that was political, humanistic and soul satisfying.He grew from Cosby imitator into the man who inspired the Wayan's brothers breakthrough In Living Color, Chris Rock's wiltering stand up and Dave Chappelle's irreverence.

M.A.N. wrote a more analytical tribute called "A Nigger Re-Constructed" exploring Richard's comic nuances and his usage of the word "Nigger." At the end of the piece, he leaves readers with this:

If there's a lesson to be learned by the hip-hop generation, it's not that we should put our "niggas" away in the closet, but that we should be clear that with each invocation of the "niggas" that we are shedding light on the humanity of those folks who still live a reality defined by the dirty, nasty business of race, gender, and poverty in the United States. Richard Pryor was a "nigger" unreconstructed, and for that we are thankful.

And finally, read Rain Pryor's tribute "My Daddy." I shed a tear reading this eulogy to her father.

Thanks for making us laugh, Richard.

Love Always . . .