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White Girl

"Fresh white tee in my all-white caddy/
Yeah, she['s] a [white] girl but she call me daddy . . . "

-- USDA (Featuring Young Jeezy), "White Girl" (music Video)

Whoever said that white girls have flat booties and no figure must be dumb and blind. Because if you look at this hazel-eyed vixen, or at this Caucasian cutie or look at Ice-T's blonde bombshell, you would soon realize that . . . white girls are rolling thick! Holla!

This blonde eye candy is about to make a big splash in the modeling game, as well. The Columbus, Ohio native is being represented by the Phatapples media company, and will be featured in an upcoming issue of the upstart men's magazine Sweets.

Also, the 24-year-old vixen wants to make it clear that her 36B-25-40 bodacious frame is 100 percent real -- nothing artificial. Can you work with dat? For more proof, check out her portfolio.

And remember, you saw her here first. Ya dig?

Soundtrack: The Fixxers -- "Can U Work Wit Dat" (music video)


The Graduates

Chi-City mavericks Kanye West and Common have unveiled their new videos for their singles "Can't Tell Me Nothin'" and "The Game," respectively. K-Wizzle's tune is the lead single from his highly-anticipated third disc, Graduate (due late August), while Com's kick-off track is from his set, Finding Forever (due July 31).

I'm not a big fan of Common's song "The Game," which was produced by DJ Premier. Yes, the song is a street banger but I prefer his introspective song "The People," which is more anthemic and soulful. However, I do love Com's video for "The Game." The black-and-white video pays homage to Raging Bull and 8 Mile and features the Chicago rapper throwing lyrical punches of empowerment. I'm in agreement with music video blog Obtusity, Com's video is a compelling look inside the [rap] game through the mind of a champion MC.

However, I'm puzzled by Kanye West and his choice of single and video.

On "Can't Tell Me Nothin'," K-Weezie raps, "it's so hard not to act reckless."
And I think its reckless to film a $1 million video for a song that is not enjoyable to listen to. The video, helmed by master videographer Hype Williams, is visually beautiful, but I don't think it will attract the short attention span of today's viewers. Music-video blog Obtusity writes that the video represent Kanye's symbolic meaning of being conflicted between "God and the allure of Earthly pleasures" (food, women, money and liqour). But, for me, this video means "no airplay on BET or MTV."

I know that Kanye is trying to stretch the boundaries of rap -- which is praiseworthy -- but I think 'Ye needs to just bring the boom bap, along with an eye-popping hot video (Gold Digger, anyone?). It's time for him to finally show the world why he's the most charismatic figure in hip-hop.

[EDIT 6/9] Kanye's Daft Punk-sampled banger "Stronger" is a much better song.


Heaven "Can't Wait"

Can we please have a moment of silence . . .

For Tony Thompson (1975-2007) who was the lead singer of the '90s R&B group Hi-Five. The 31-year-old crooner died on June 1 in his hometown of Waco, Texas. Authorities said Tony's body was discovered by security officers outside of his apartment complex. The cause of death was not immediatey known and police have requested an autospy.

Hi-Five was a popular R&B quintet of the New Jack Swing era who were often compared to R&B counterparts New Edition. In 1990, the Waco, Texas-based group signed with Jive Records and released their eponymous debut effort, which was produced mainly by New Jack Swing pioneers Teddy Riley and Benard Belle. The collection garnered two chart-topping hit singles, "I Can't Wait Another Minute" and "I Like the Way (The Kissing Game)," which went to No. 1 on both the Billboard R&B and Pop charts.

Hi-Five released two more follow-up albums Keep It Goin' On (1992) and Faithful (1993) before the group disbanded in 1994.

After the split, Tony pursued a solo career and dropped his debut album Sexsational on Giant Records in 1995. Ten years later, Tony resurrected Hi-Five with four new members, including his younger brother Jordan, and released The Return in 2006 via his indie label, N'Depth. Before his untimely death, Tony was working on new music for an upcoming album.

Family friend Reggie Reed, who was once Hi-Five's tour manager during the group's heyday, described Tony as an significant R&B singer "with a great voice who came out of Central Texas."

My all-time favorite song from Hi-Five was "Unconditional Love" from the Menace II Society soundtrack.

Hi-Five -- "I Like the Way (Kissing Game)" (music video)

Hi-Five -- "I Can't Wait Another Minute" (music video)

Hi-Five -- "I Like the Way (Kissing Game)" (Soul Train performance)

Rest In Power, Tony!