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Good Googly Moogly!


That thang is juicy . . .

I don't know anything about this gorgeous model except that her name is Anna.

And after looking at the pictures above, I would love to meet her and put a ring on her finger all on the same day. LOL! Whoo-wee! Let me stop cupcaking.
Like rapper Project Pat says, "Good Googly Moogly! . . . that thang is juicy."

Anyway, Anna is a Detroit resident by way of Guyana and everything about her is 100 percent natural -- no enhancements needed. The Motor City beauty also loves dancing and relaxing on the beach. Are there any beaches in Detroit?

Even if there aren't any beaches in the D-Town, no matter where she goes, she always going keep it hot!

For more pics, click THIS.

Good Googly Moogly!


Monday Mr. Me Too

Here are some music and videos that I'm currently enjoying right now:

Clipse (F/ Pharrell Williams) -- "Mr. Me Too" (Music Video)

Clipse have the streets abuzzin' again. Nice video. Yeah, I know, everybody meet Mr. Me Too.

Joey from Straight Bangin' wrote an excellent concert recap of last Saturday's Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, which featured performances from Rhymefest, Lupe Fiasco, Big Daddy Kane and others. There's even video to watch, too. Joey is da man! Great job.

Jay-Z -- The King of New York. C&D's blog vixen Fresh got the photos to match.

Jigga rocked New York City over the weekend to celebrate the 10th anniversary of his classic album, "Reasonable Doubt." Roc-A-Fella, y'all.

Busta Rhymes (F/ Stevie Wonder) -- "Been Through the Storm" (Audio)

One of the best Rap/R&B collabos of 2006. I predict that Bussa-Buss and Stevie will nabbed a Grammy for this track next year at the awards ceremony.

Kanye West (F/ Paul Wall, GLC, T.I.) -- "Drive Slow" (Remix) (Music Video)

I didn't know K-Weezy dropped a video for "Drive Slow"? This clip is hot!

Janet Jackson (F/ Nelly) -- "Call On Me" (Audio)

Eh . . . whatever.

Elan -- "Together As One" (Audio)

Eh . . . whatever.

Rhymefest -- "Fever" (Music Video)

Rhymefest is back with another single, which he hopes will remind rap heads that his new album, "Blue Collar," is hitting stores on July 11. This is a nice street-oriented, subway clip, but I don't know if it's going to lure kiddies to the record stores. Props to Rhymefest though -- when was the last time you saw a rapper busting rhymes on the L train in a video? I think it was Fabolous back in 2001 with that song "Holla Back."

Nas -- "Where Y'all At" (Audio)

I like this Nas joint. I think we might hear another "Illmatic" classic from the Chosen One in the fall.

Tha Dogg Pound -- "Sittin' on 23's" (Audio)

I like the gangsta lean (or the swagger jackin') on this joint. This is some real west coast shit. Throw your W's up. Wesssiiiide!

I haven't done this in awhile, so I figured I bring back. I just simply went to my iTunes "Party Shuffle," hit "Refresh" and tah-dah! What you're looking at are the top 15 randomly selected joints out of 700+ songs that are stored in my iTunes.

Okay . . . . moving right along . . . below is a music meme. Play along kiddies.

From the meme genius at Music Memoirs:

First: Pick 5 of your favorite artists.

01. John Coltrane
02. Public Enemy
03. Stevie Wonder
04. Earth, Wind & Fire
05. Busta Rhymes
(My favorite artist currently. Sorry, I couldn't think of anyone else.)

Second: Pick your favorite song off their last album. (if their last album was a greatest hits album . . . go to their last studio album)

01. "Om" -- from John Coltrane's final studio album (before his death) called Om.
(** This is a tough one because John Coltrane is still dropping albums posthumously. I went with "Om" but this album may not be John's final recording. But this is the last album that I have in my extensive John Coltrane record collection. The rest are greatest hits and other recordings.)

02. "Shut 'Em Down" -- from Public Enemy's fourth album, Apocalypse '91 . . . The Enemy Strikes Black
(** "Apocalypse" IS NOT P.E.'s last studio album. I chose their fourth album because any music P.E. did post-"Apocalypse" was either garbage or irrevelant.)

03. "Blue Moon" -- from Stevie Wonder's Grammy-nominated album, A Time to Love
04. "(Don't Let Love) Pass You By" -- from Earth, Wind & Fire's Illumination album
05. "Been Through the Storm" (Featuring Stevie Wonder) -- from Bussa-Buss' The Big Bang album


Strictly Business

Some of you out there think that video models (or vixens) are all booty and no brains.

Well, that's not true.

For example, not only does this cutie have a 36D-25-34 bootylicious frame, she also has a brain for business. She is a video model-turned-actress-turned entrepreneur. Her television credits include appearances on the now-syndicated comedy The Parkers and the short-lived Showtime series Rude Awakening. She also had acting roles in straight-to-DVD flick like 3 Strikes and Foolish.

But the twenty-something businesswoman is also developing her own skin care company called Skin Amour. The collection features various lotions, body spas, fragrances and foot scrubs to keep the ladies looking good from head to toe.

So remember, Beats and Rants is not all about the booty -- we are also about the beauty and brains.

To check out more pics, click HERE and HERE.

***BONUS BOOTY: Check out Cleveland rapper Ray Cash's X-rated video for "Sex Appeal." (Hat Tip: Grippin Grain)


Monday Madness: Diamond In The Ruff

Just when you thought Jay-Z retired, he pops up somewhere where you least expect it. You can catch Jigga in a new commercial for HP computers -- it's good look.
Related: Who's marketing who here?

And Jigga will hold a June 25 concert in New York to commemorate the 10th anniversary of his classic 1995 debut, Reasonable Doubt. Holla!

OutKast is on the cover of VIBE. Bitter Vibes breaks down the magazine; Dame Dizzle talks about 'Kast's future and upcoming flick, Idlewild (due in theaters Aug.25).

Queer Hip-Hop or Homo-Hop -- A New Scene On The Rise?
A new documentary called Pick Up the Mic, which showcases a dozen gay and lesbian rappers from coast-to-coast expressing their art through hip-hop, is making the rounds at film and gay festivals. You know how I feel about all of this homo-thug rapper bullshit.

The buzz on Rick Ross is crrraaazy! Ross the boss is featured on the cover of FADER magazine, arguable the best urban music on the newsstands today.

Ross also laces LeToya with a verse on the Jermaine Dupri-blessed remix for the songbird's hit single, "Torn" (also featuring Houston spitter Mike Jones).

Other Rick Ross features:
Urban Mystic -- "I Refuse" (Remix) (Featuring Rick Ross)

Rick Ross -- "I'm Bad"

Other Hot Joints:

Talib Kweli -- "Listen"

Jeru Da Damaja -- "Murdaerz"

Jaheim -- "The Chosen One" (Remix) (Featuring Ghostface Killa and Talib Kweli)

Check out Spank Rock's VIDEO for "Rick Rubin" -- his electro-funk homage to veteran rap/rock producer Rick Rubin

Murs -- "L.A." (music video)
*** Finally! A video from one of the best albums in 2006 -- Murs' Murray's Revenge.

Leela James -- "Good Time" (Music Video)

Ne-Yo -- "Sexy Love" (music video)

Check out Minneapolis rapper Trama's low budget, straight-to-BET UnCut VIDEO for "Pack It Up."

Nas -- "One Mic" (live performance) (props to hardCore and YouTube)

Sometimes . . . that's just all you need. One Mic.


Two "Beautiful" People

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For legendary singer-songwriter Billy Preston (1946-2006).

Billy Preston, who scored No. 1 pop hits with "Nothing From Nothing" and "Will It Go Round in Circles," has died at the age of 59 in Scottsdale, Ariz. The keyboardist, who had suffered from kidney failure and other problems as a result of high blood pressure, also co-wrote the love standard, "You Are So Beautiful" (as sung by Joe Crocker). Billy, whose mentor was the late Ray Charles, also found fame performing alongside the likes of Sly and the Family Stone, Aretha Franklin, The Beatles, The Jackson Five and Quincy Jones, among many others. Billy is currently featured on Red Hot Chili Peppers' latest album, Stadium Arcadium (performing on "Warlocks"). Funeral arrangements are pending.

R.I.P. Billy . . .

America is slowly losing its soul.

And can we please have another moment of silence for . . .

Lula Mae Hardaway, the mother who gave birth to soul icon Steve Wonder, has passed away from an undisclosed illness. Lula, who was born in 1932 and grew up impoverished, co-wrote a handful of Stevie's songs, including the hit "Signed, Sealed, Delivered, I'm Yours." Funeral services for Lula will be held on Thursday in Los Angeles at the West Angeles Church of God in Christ.

I would like to send my condolences to Stevie Wonder and his family.

Peace and blessings to those who have went on to a better place.