I'm thankful for being alive right now!
I'm thankful that I still like to blog -- albeit sporadically!
I'm thankful for my readers like you! Thank you for reading my stuff!
I'm thankful for having money in my pocket despite the shitty economy.
In honor of Kanye West's release of 808's & Heartbreak CD (in stores right now), I give you a cornacoupia of links to hot joints and videos I'm checking out right now. Clickety-click away!
Kanye West gets animated in his new Hype Williams-directed video for "Heartless." According to Yeezy (via his blog), the clip was "Rotoscoped." It's a animation process in which live-action is recorded and animators hand draw every movement frame by frame. "[I was] inspired by the movie American Pop," says Kanye. "Hype showed me the movie and I was sold."
**BONUS**: Click THIS to watch Kanye's performance of "Heartless" live at the American Music Awards.
Backed by a live band, former Young Gunz rapper Young Chris spits bars about the highs and lows of his rap career in this very interesting low-fi music video.
Check out rock band Framing Hanley's knarley reworking of Lil' Wayne's ubitiqous 2008 hit, "Lollipop." This is the best rock cover of Weezy's song I've heard this year.
"Where Are They Now?" R&B crooner Case comes out of hiding and sings the praises of beautiful black women in his "Lovely" music video.
Another beautiful video is Deborah Cox's clip for "Beautiful U R." The pregnant songbird looks scrumptious -- big belly and all. Deborah makes preganacy look good. Ladies, holla at cha boy if you are looking to get preggers. ;-P I keed! I keed!
For O.G. rap pioneer MC Breed (real name Eric T. Breed).
The Flint, Michigan native died Saturday (Nov. 22) at a friend's home, according to his manager Darryl Morris. No further information was provided on what caused his death. Prior to his passing, the 37-year-old rhyme-spitter had been hospitalized in September with kidney failure and was placed on life support for 2 days. His condition had improved and MC Breed was eventually released from the hospital.
MC Breed was the first commercially successful rapper to come out of the Midwest one of the first independent artists from the Midwest to garner national radio and video airplay with his 1991 hit, "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'," and later with "Gotta Get Mine" (featuring 2Pac). "Yo, that was my fuckin' nigga," Obie Tricetold HipHopDX. "[It's a] sad day for hip-hop."
Fellow old-school rapper Boss, who is a Detroit native and was a flagship artist of Russell Simmons' Def Jam West label, reflected on her longtime friend and fellow artist:
"Breed was not only a pioneer of Detroit hip-hop, but of hip-hop as a whole," she said. "Having suffered with kidney failure myself, it is important that we as entertainers, take care of our health and promote organ donation and our communities. Breed will be greatly missed."
MC Breed recorded 13 albums in his career, including his critically-acclaimed albums 1993's The New Breed, 1994's Funkafied and his 1995 greatest-hits collection, The Best of Breed. MC Breed's first album, MC Breed & DFC (1991), was estimated to have sold 2.5 million to 4 million copies.
Carter McWright, owner of the Detroit-area record store Music Planet, called Breed "a musical legend" who was proud to represent his hometown of Flint, Michigan. "When he was 15 or 16 [years old], he would always come into the store and buy stuff," he said. "We would always shoot the breeze."
**UPDATE (11/27)**: Funeral arrangements have been set for the late rhyme-spitter MC Breed, who died Nov. 22 of kidney failure. Memorial services will take place at the House of Prayer Missionary Baptist Church in Flint, Michigan on Dec. 2. Breed is survived by his parents, Roy LeEster and Willie Breed, three siblings (Pete, Kevin and Bridgette Breed) and five children. The family request that fans of MC Breed send chartiable donations to the American Kidney Fund, which provides treatment-related financial assistance to kidney patients who are in need.
MC Breed -- "Ain't No Future in Yo' Frontin'" (Music Video)
MC Breed (featuring 2Pac) -- "I Gotta Get Mine" (Music Video)
These last two videos below are my final videos of my summer vacation intheBahamas. The first clip is of me returning from the Bahamas and waiting for my charter plane out of Miami back to Philadelphia (final destination: New Jersey). But before I left Miami International Airport, I filmed a mural at the airport featuring various world music artists from the Rhythm Foundation. Afterward, I boarded my plane and left the M-I-A.
The song is a Maxi Priest cover tune of Jimmy Cliff's reggae classic, "I Can See Clearly Now."