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Souled Out


Nothing much is happening in my daily life beside work, work, work and more work.


Anyway, I wanted to give y'all a heads up on a few favorite new "soulful" blogs that has caught my eye (and ears) recently, and I thought I would share.

Souled On Music: Music, Art, Poltics and Life

Blogger Scholar is a true music man. Whenever he can, this writer hosts audio files (MP3s) of some great souled out music. Most recently, he did a post featuring "soul" joints by crooner Joe Simon, Judy Clay and a "souled out" remix of Jay-Z's "Lucifer." This is a nice music blog.

Soulfull of Thoughts

Blogger Soulfull is full of soul and has a good heart. She's an aspiring novelist and journalist living outside of the Washington, DC area. She types (writes) thoughtful reflections on her own life, but the main attraction is her detailed music reviews. She recently reviewed Lupe Fiasco's hot debut CD Food & Liquor. And here comes the best part -- she added audio links to every song on Lupe's disc. Now that's dope. She also critiqued CDs by Fergie and Justin Timberlake, as well. Soulfull also has a hip-hop blog called It's a Rap.

Beauty N The Beat

Do you want to hear the latest in R&B music? Look no further than Beauty N The Beat. Blogstress Beauty provides a wonderful service of hosting audio tracks of the latest singles from your favorite R&B artists. But hurry, most of these tracks are for promotional use only so they don't stay up long. Beauty recently posted new tracks from Fantasia, Dave Hollister (he's back!), Diddy (Do it! Do it! Do it!), Lupe Fiasco and Janet Jackson. Check out her music review on J.J.'s new CD, 20 Y.O., which hits stores Tuesday (Sept. 26). Beauty gave the disc a thumbs up. "This album is a beautiful surprise, Janet did her thing . . . ," she says.


Check these blogs out, linked them up and come back often.


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XXXVI


"You are blessed with an indomitable spirit and will never acknowledge defeat. You are farsighted, resourceful, and intellectual, and have good executive ability. You are affectionate, loyal, and fond of your home and friends."
-- My Birthday Lore, from the Farmer's Almanac


I reached another milestone today. Damn, I'm getting old.

So today, on my vainglorious B'Day, I treated myself to a new silver-colored 4GB iPod nano (2nd Generation). Peep a more detailed review of the new nano right HERE.



My music sounds nice, the earphones fit in my ears and the screen is much more brighter! The battery life on this thing is dope (24 hours playing time), I don't have to recharge as much. Cool!


I'm wishing for a huge monetary windfall today. But since that's not going to happened anytime soon, this is all I need for my birthday: An iPod nano and my music.


And I swiped this music meme for the day.

RULE: Make a list of 7 songs that you've been listening to lately.

01. Lupe Fiasco: "American Terrorist"
Lupe Fiasco's "Food & Liquor" is a very good rap album. On this song, the Chi-City verbalist offers food for thought for people who think that Islam promotes terrorism. America has a rich history of being terrorists, as well (think back, think back). Pope Benedict XVI should have thought about that before he gave that bullshit speech the other day.

02. Joy Denalane: "Sometimes Love"
Joy Denalane's album "Born & Raised" is simply this year's glaringly soulful pop album. It's one of the best albums of 2006. Go cop it!

03. J Dilla: "Jungle Love" (Featuring MED & Guilty Simpson)
J Detroit to the I-L-L-A! "The Shining" album is off the chain, y'all. Missy ya Jay Dee.

04. John Coltrane: "Love Supreme, Part I"
I'm always listening to Johnny. You can never go wrong with some 'Trane in your iPod.

05. Governor: "Blood, Sweat & Tears"
In my 36 years, I've shed a lot of blood, a lot of sweat and a helluva lot of tears.

06. Slave: "Thank You"
Thank you for all of your support.

07. J Dilla: "So Far To Go" (Featuring Common)
I'm going to end this with a Dilla joint.


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There's No Limit

In the "Strange But True" hip-hop files . . .

Remember those awful photoshop-designed No Limit album cover artworks in the late '90s by graphic design company Pen & Pixels?

Here are a few examples:

You probably thought that those guys went out of business after No Limit Records lost their reign on the music charts and eventually gone bankrupt. Nope. They are still in business and designing album covers for music artists.

Would you believe that the creative minds at Pen & Pixels also designed the artwork for Bob Dylan's critically-acclaimed new album Modern Times?

According to San Diego Serenade, the guys at Pen & Pixels created the album cover artwork. Wow!

Strange . . . but true.


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How Long Are We Gonna Mourn Him?


"[2Pac] was my nigga. Before he got on Death Row, we was like real good friends. We met at the Poetic Justice wrap party and we was freestyling that night. That's the first time we actually met each other. We was freestyling, and he rolled a blunt. I wasn't even smoking blunts. I was smoking zig-zags. We went to the store together and we got cool. Then we started hanging out goin' to each other's house. He'd invite the hoes over. I'd invite the hoes over. It was just on some homie love shit.

"Then once he got cracked and went to jail, I put the word to Suge that we needed to put him on the team. So Suge went to visit him about putting him down and you know it was like, rescue. He felt like we rescued him. I gave him all of my shit. I gave him my cousin Daz. Daz lace him with all the hot beats. [Dr. Dre] lace him with all the hot shit. 'Whatever’s mines is yours.'"
-- Snoop Dogg on his friendship with 2Pac


I've spotted a few more interesting 2Pac tributes:


First up, music journalist/former Vibe editor Erik Parker has posted his two-part interview with XXL magazine's Editor-in-Chief Elliott "YN" Wilson. The two discuss 2Pac's legacy and why he and the late Notorious B.I.G. are the most revered rappers 10 years after their deaths. Elliott also responds to the critics who say that 50 Cent and Interscope Records have XXL magazine in their back pockets.

Elliott Wilson on the "Parker Report": Part I and Part II.

[Side Note: If I was a BET Entertainment Program Director, I would be calling up Erik to see if he would like to bring his show to cable. It would be a good look for him and BET on Sundays. Forget that dude Cousin Jeff. Not because I think he's traitor. That's his thing. I just don't find him to be an appealing TV personality.]


Journalist Kevin Powell -- who has written extensive stories on 2Pac during his tenure at Vibe magazine in the late '90s -- weighs in on his thoughts about his late friend.


Also, check out a round table discussion on 2Pac -- featuring rappers Pudgee The Phat Bastard, Buckshot the BDI Thug, Chino XL, Cormega, DJ Fatal and journalist Adisa Banjoko.


Finally, Snoop Dogg reflects on the good times with his late homie 2Pac.

[Links via AllHipHop.com]


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