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Living Proof

We can please have a moment of silence . . . .

For D12 rapper Proof (real name Deshaun Holton) who was slain early Tuesday morning.

Rap advocate/blogger Wendy Day wrote a eulogy in rememberence of Proof. It's an odd one -- she calls Proof a "muppet" because he was always clowning and very energetic. (In the future Wendy, chose your words carefully -- nobody wants to be remembered as a muppet, but we get the point.) She types:

I know that wherever [Proof] is, he's in a better place. I want to say "rest in peace, dear friend," but I know that's not possible. I know he's running around with incredible energy, entertaining everyone [in heaven]. That's just Proof.
I read another post from a blogger who wrote that this wasn't such a terrible lost to hip-hop since Proof wasn't a well-known (i.e. multiplatinum-selling) rapper. But I have to disagree. A death -- particularly, in this case, a senseless death -- of a young African-American male deserves to be eulogize. We must stop the violence in our communities.

Proof contributions in the rap game is worthy enough because he befriended -- and some say help lyrically and creatively mold -- Eminem. And much like the late J Dilla, was very much a part of shaping the Detroit hip-hop movement, yet avoided the limelight. "Seeing what happened to Eminem's personal life as a result of worldwide fame "made [Proof] concerned about having too much success," said Dan Hoops, a lawyer for Proof's Iron Fist Records label. Local rapper Phat Kat said Proof's death is "a great loss to the Detroit hip-hop community." Fellow Detroit rapper Hush adds: "There is no Detroit hip-hop scene without Proof."

Peep this Proof and J Dilla collaboration I spotted at

And can we please have a moment of silence for June Pointer, the youngest sibling of the girl group The Pointer Sisters. The vocalist died of cancer on Tuesday at UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She was 52 years old.

Mister JT remembers the Pointer Sister.

America is slowly losing its soul.


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My New Anthem

Last year, it was 50 Cent's "Ski Mask Way."

In the Oh Six ('06), this is my new "get money" anthem:

Everyday I'm Hustlin'
Everyday I'm Hustlin'
Everyday I'm Hustlin'
Everyday . . . everyday . . . everyday I'm Hustlin'

Whip it real hard. Whip it, whip it . . . Real hard.

Homeboy has the streetz and radio on lockdown with this joint.

No doubt this is a bonafide street anthem.



4 Minutes

Look, I don't have much time . . . I have only "4 Minutes" to tell you about this cute Filipina queen.

4 . . . She is from Los Angeles, California.
3 . . . She is single and ready to mingle.
2 . . . Her curves measure 36-25-26.
1 . . . She is a big rap fan: "A lil' hip-hop is good for ya."

I'm outta time . . .

Peep her MySpace website. Also, if you have a video iPod, you can download and watch her video, right HERE.


After The Love Is Gone

Flaavoor Flaav!

I have to admit . . . I miss VH1's reality series, Flavor of Love. My Sunday nights will never be the same. Sniff, sniff.

But it was wonderful to see all of the lovely ladies return for the the Flavor of Love: The Reunion special, which aired on Sunday (April 2). I was impressed at how beautifully H.A.M.-ed all of the women looked on the show. Almost all of the ladies were showing off their breastses, and one contestant was showing off her shaved beaver. (more on that later.)

First and foremost, props go out to Michael K of DListed who did an excellent recap of the Reunion show, including screen caps. (Which I'll politely use for my post.)

But I have to bow down on one knee and give it up to blog vixen Foxxxylove. At first, she wasn't going to waste her Sunday nights watching the ladies compete for Flavor Flav's love, but I convinced her to stay with the show. She did, and continue to provide her readers with hilarious recaps of the series. And without fail, she recently posted a final recap of the Reunion show. Thanks Foxxylove!

As for me, I totally enjoyed the chaos. Some of the highlights for me were:

Goldie telling Cherries to [shut the fuck up]. Of course, Goldie didn't say that, but I was hoping she would. I'm also happy to see that the Goldie is pursuing her newfound career as a stand-up comic.

Also on the show, Flavor Flav did something to Hottie that she couldn't do with an uncooked chicken -- he roasted her big ass. On the "Reunion" show, Flav told Hottie she didn't have a brain for cooking a raw chicken in the microwave for 20 seconds, and then try to serve it to his moms. Then Flav starts singing "If I Only Had a Brain," which was probably one of the more funnier moments on the show. And surprisingly, Hottie took Foofy's insults all in stride -- with a smile on her face and batting her big eyelashes. What a dodo bird.


And here's something that you probably missed during Hottie's brief appearance -- her shaved beaver! I kid you not. Apparently, Hottie also was stupid enough not to wear panties on the show. Take a look at THIS. (props to TV Gasm)

Oh . . . my . . . God. Hottie you are D-U-M-B, and a little skanky too.

But forget about Hottie, I came for the main event -- the rematch between ditzy spitfire Pumkin and the bitchy New York.

Unfortunately, the only thing Pumpkin and New York could spit were insults at one another because Big Rick kept these two ladies faaaar apart. I would have love to see New York bitch slap Pumkin. But alas, Pumkin was hauling ass every time New York started throwing chairs and scenery around. But I'm not going to front, New York was looking very svelte and hot -- I loved her black outfit.

In the end, the Reunion show offered one a bit of good news -- there will be a Flavor of Love: Season 2.

Yeeaah Booyee!

And check this out: Producers of the show are currently holding casting calls for H.A.M.s, err, excuse me, ladies who want to appear on Flavor of Love Season 2. Auditions were already held in Atlanta, Chicago and Houston with more to come. But if you can't make it to the casting calls, don't worry, you can apply HERE.

In the meantime, if you want to meet the Flavor of Love Girls -- up close and personal, they are going on a U.S. tour.

It's redonkolous but true -- rejected contestants Hottie, Sweetie, Peaches, Smiley, Goldie and others will embark on a Flavor of Love Girls Tour. They already hit one city -- Atlanta. You can watch video clips HERE.


Here are some additional FOL goodies to check out:

Read Dallas Penn's interview with photographer Piper Carter, who recently did the photo shoot with Hoopz (real name Nikki Alexander) for the latest issue of King magazine. And on the real, Piper is a hottie, herself.

Also, Hoopz recently did an interview with her hometown newspaper, Detroit Free Press. In the article, Hoopz revealed that after the show, she did kick it with Flavor Flav for a little while they were vacationing in Paris, but soon realized that she wasn't IN LOVE with Foofy. "I'm not in love with him [and] we're not about to get married," she says. "And [Flav is] not in love with me. We're better off just being friends. I mean, he lives in L.A., Las Vegas, New York. I understand. I live in Michigan. He's more into keeping to entertainment. I'm more just chillin'."

Flaaavooor Flaaav!


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Spring Bling

So I did a little spring cleaning over the weekend and blinged my new blog with Typepad's newly launched tools of widgets. Pretty cool, huh? I'm not a big techno head -- but I love gadgets and cool stuff. So I'm glad that the good folks at Typepad made it hassle-free for me to install a few widgets on my blog.

If you look to your right, I added not only one, but two widgets of job search engines at the top. One is by "Indeed Job Search" and the other is by "Jobster." There are no more excuses now -- after you finished reading Beats and Rants, go find yourself a job, bitch!

But on the low (looking over my shoulders), I'm looking for a new journo/editorial gig myself. I've been using these two job search engines for a couple of days now and I have been getting some decent results. Real talk. So try it!

And if you do get a job from using these services, drop me a line. I would like to know if this is really helping folks out. Hey, we all need to get paid, so let me show you the way. Good luck on your job hunt.

Another widget I added is from the All Consuming website. If you look below on your right, you can see a listing of albums I'm listening to right now. I'll add some DVD listings, movie listings and maybe some food listings in the future.

That's all for now. Typepad has over 33 widgets that people can add to their weblogs, ranging from commerce and games to content and search engines. In the future, I might add a few commerce widgets on my blog and see if I can earn some dough with this blogging shit. Now don't get it twisted, I know I won't get rich off of those commerce widgets. But any type of revenue stream coming into this blog would be a good look for me.

I also divided up my blogroll into different categories: hip-hop blogs, gossip blogs, style/gadgets blogs, sex blogs and "Writer" blogs. This should help out those readers who visit my blog for particular websites.

All and all, I hope you enjoy the new look. I might change a few more things on here, but so far, this is it.

Now comes the hard part -- updating this damn blog with some content. You know, life is hectic for me right now. I'm just trying to stay afloat in the choppy waters of life. Youknowhatimsayin'?

But I'll try to update this blog as much as I can.



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