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Now This Is An Album Cover!

Wu-Tang Massacre Cover

Spotted: The Life Files

I love the Wu Massacre album cover featuring the Wu trio of Method Man, Ghostface Killah and Raekwon. The comic-book graphics remind me of the GZA's stellar 1995 debut LP Liquid Swords.

As for liking the trio's first single "Our Dreams" -- not so much.

Download: Method Man, Ghostface and Raekwon, "Our Dreams"

Fading Us All: The Fader


The Pleasure 'Principle'

A Man Of 'Principle': Denzel Washington

Cultural critic Jimi Izrael just released his new book The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can't Find Good Black Men, which is part-memoir, part-self-help and all the way REAL. Through anecdotal stories of Izrael's own personal life, he offers his perspective on why black women can't find a good black man. In a nutshell, he believes that black women are hypnotized by "Da Dizzle," a mythical idea that there is a Denzel Washington-type of a man out there waiting to sweep them off their feet. But in reality, such a man doesn't exist.

Izrael is making the media rounds, promoting his new book on various talk-radio programs. The audio below is an interview Izrael did with radio personality Tony Cox as he discusses his new book and the alleged social epidemic of single black women not being able to find a suitable mate.

via UpFront News


Jimi Izrael's new book The Denzel Principle: Why Black Women Can’t Find A Good Black Man is in stores now.

Amazon | Borders | St. Martin's Press


Music Videos For Haiti: We Are The World

We Are The World 25: Haiti

Various Artists -- "We Are the World 25 for Haiti" (Music Video)

via We Are The World Foundation

When news broke in January that Quincy Jones was going to remix "We Are the World" I wasn't too thrilled with the idea. As far as I'm concern, the original "We Are the World" song was a great timeless humanitarian anthem of the 1980's. The song simply DID NOT NEED A REMIX.

And after watching the "We Are the World" video, my hunch was proven to be exact.

Not only was the song butchered, but it was drenched in Auto-Tune and a middle-of-the-road rap verse.

But, hey, it's the thought that counts.

**ADDED 2-14-09**

Even Jay-Z agrees: 'I think it's great, but "We are the World" is [musically] untouchable, like "Thriller."

Spotted: MTV News

Then, across the pond, American Idol judge Simon Cowell decides to redo R.E.M.'s touching ballad, "Everybody Hurts." This song gets butchered, as well.

Helping Haiti -- "Everybody Hurts " (Music Video)

But leave it to Kirk Franklin & Co. to step up to the plate and pen an original song for the people of Haiti.

Kirk Franklin & Friends -- "Are You Listening?: A Love Song for Haiti"