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Droppin' Science - My 2008 Year-End List

Weird Science: TV On the Radio's Dear Science Album

The Village Voice's 2008 Pazz & Jop Year-End List was recently published. As voted by hundreds of music critics, the No. 1 album goes to TV on the Radio's alt-rock disc, Dear Science, while M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" grabbed top single.

My 2008 Year-End ballot is HERE.

My favorite Album of the Year: Jazzanova -- All of the Things

My Favorite Single of the Year: Lil Wayne -- "Lollipop"

My Official 2008 "Best Albums" Year-End List is featured below:

2008 Singles of the Year

01. Lil Wayne -- "Lollipop" (featuring Static Major) 

02. Jazzanova -- "I Can See" (featuring Ben Westbeech) 

03. Usher -- "Love In This Club" (featuring Young Jeezy) 

04. Dwele -- "A Few Reasons (Part 2)" 

05. 88-Keys -- "Stay Up (Viagra)" [featuring Kanye West] 

06. Ne-Yo -- "She's Got Her Own" (featuring Jamie Foxx & Fabolous) 

07. Kanye West -- "Street Lights" 

08. Foreign Exchange -- "I Wanna Know" (featuring Phonte Coleman) 

09. Snoop Dogg -- "Neva Have to Worry

10. T.I. -- "Swagga Like Us" (featuring Kanye West, Jay-Z & Lil Wayne) 


Asleep On The Blog


Yeah, I have been asleep on the blog for quite awhile, but for good reason . . . my life is very hectic right now!

While I was surfing the web, I stumbled upon this blog -- Asleep on the Subway.

Basically, it's a photo-blog of people caught sleeping on public transportation -- something I do every night on the train when I'm heading back home after work.

There are some funny photographs on this blog. Enjoy!


Sketches Of A New Year

Soul Cool: R&B Piano Man Dwele

"When life gives you cranberry juice, you put vodka in it . . . "

-- Dwele

A man after own my heart.

Dwele rang in the New Year joyfully but after Jan. 1, 2009 things went a little haywire for the R&B piano man.

In an entertaining vlog via his YouTube Channel, Dwele reflects on his hectic New Years Eve/Day adventures, in which he hosted a New Years Eve party, lost his iPhone, raced ATVs in Mexico and being stranded at a San Diego, Calif. airport after his flight to Detroit was delayed.

The video is sharply edited and it features the song "Body Rock" from Dwele's much slept-on 2008 disc, Sketches of a Man.

Watch the video below:


Dwele -- "Everybody Wants to Rule the World" (remake of Tears for Fears song) 

Dwele -- "I'm Cheatin'"


Hat Tip To Bernie And Freddie

Book 'Em Dobey: Actor Bernie Hamilton (1928-2008)

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . . 

Veteran actor Bernie Hamilton and legendary jazz trumpeter Freddie Hubbard.

Bernie Hamilton passed away Tuesday night at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles after suffering a cardiac arrest. His son, Raoul, was at his father's bedside when he died. He was 80. The versatile actor is best remembered as the hot-tempered police captain Harold Dobey on the popular 1970s cop series, Starsky and Hutch. The Los Angeles native also made cameos in numerous television shows, including That's My Mama, Sanford & Son, Twilight Zone and All in the Family. Bernie's son, Raoul, said his father's authoratitive character that he played on Starsky and Hutch was also how he presented himself in real life. "It was an extension of who he was as a real person," he says. "He was a self-made man. He comes from a family of five brothers and one sister from the east side of Los Angeles; they came from humble beginnings."

After Starsky and Hutch, Bernie ran an independent record label called Chocolate Snowman, producing R&B and gospel records. And according to his son, Bernie created a children's doll called the Chocolate Snowman that was manufactured in South Korea and sold at Toys "R" Us.

Bernie is survived by his son, daughter, Candy Hazarika Hamilton; his brothers Chico and Don; and two grandchildren.

Funeral services for Bernie Hamilton have ben set for Jan. 8 at Inglewood Cemetery Mortuary, in Inglewood, Calif.

Blow Hard: Freddie Hubbard (1938-2008)

On Dec. 29, legendary jazz trumpeter
Freddie Dewayne Hubbard died at Sherman Oaks Hospital in California from complications he suffered after a heart attack before Thanksgiving Day. 

The 70-year-old Grammy award-winning musician has played alongside such jazz legends as Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Quincy Jones, John Coltrane and many others. "He influenced all the trumpet players that came after him, Wynton Marsalis told Associated Press in an interview. "Certainly I listened to him a lot. He had a big sound and a great sense of rhythm and time . . . his playing is exuberant."   

Rest in Power Bernie and Freddie, thank you for your contributions to the creative arts.