Wednesday, April 30, 2008

If It Ain't Broke... Please Fix It

I have decided those in charge of college football have ties to the big four companies (Tostitoes, Fed Ex, Citi, Allstate). How else can you explain the recent decision to reject a plan to add a playoff system to the sport. The guys behind this decision threw out the typical excuses: it gets in the way of exams, it would make the season too long, it would ruin the tradition, it would take away from the importance of the super-important regular season games.

A) College basketball players have to take exams during March Madness, and guess what? They find a way to play the games AND take the exams. The players are typically put into private rooms and administered the test on a day when they don't play. There really is no difference between basketball players and football players taking their exams.

B) I get that a large playoff would take a substantial amount of time, but we aren't talking about a big playoff system. The playoffs would consist of 4 teams. Let me do the math... hmmm... that's an extra ONE GAME for the teams involved.

C) "Experts" put way too much emphasis on tradition. The only game that has remained traditional is baseball, and they even added the DH and interleague play. The NBA has added the three point shot, long shorts, fast-paced and high flying offenses, and promotion for individual stars. The NFL added instant replay, bigger receivers, pass heavy offenses, and even black quarterbacks (who knew??). The point is, things change, most of the time for the better. The guys in charge of college football think a playoff system won't work. Then again, members of the school board used to think segregation was a gimmick too.

D) Adding a 4 team playoff system won't make the regular season any less important, it's common sense. Currently, losing one game is considered a huge deal because it will ruin your team's chances of reaching their ultimate goal and, if you add a playoff system, losing a single game will still ruin your team's chances. Being in the top 4 team at the end of the season is near impossible and leaves a team with little margin of error. The only difference is, at the end of the season, players, fans, and coaches will have a chance to see which team is the true number 1 team.

I hate when people impede on progress because it requires change. Just like Hilary and Barack, every fan of college football should start campaigning for change.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Would you buy??

Nike is releasing some new Terminators in a month that are supposed to represent the Olympic Rings. Hypebeast showed these along with a blue and a red/orange pair. I think the green pair looks best, maybe because I've been wanting a green shoe for a while.

I'll Take You To Hell Just To Get You To Heaven

I did not plan this, I just got lucky. Yesterday I posted a video by Mickey Factz & The Cool Kids, which probably represents the future of Hip-Hop, and I complained the MCs needed to put more emphasis on their lyrics. Today I stumbled across this new T.I. (or maybe TIP) joint which will reportedly be part of his new album, Paper Trail. The track is entitled No Matter What and is loaded with verbal dynamite. T.I. worked on this song while he was on house arrest. Being on house arrest obviously sucks, but the product of this punishment is awesome for his fans. All up-and-comers, listen and take notes.
Get it HERE.

Monday, April 28, 2008

Mickey Factz + Cool Kids

Here's a video featuring two of my favorite up-and-comers in Rockin N Rollin. The duo has shown a lot of promise thus far, but this song is a case of style over substance. The beat is good and even involves an accordion. I have no complaints as far as the production goes, but the song is lacking lyrically. There wasn't one line that stood out to me, and I was only listening to the video. Usually I double task by listening and reading something at the same time, but I didn't this time and I was left slightly disappointed. That doesn't mean there wasn't a memorable verse in there, maybe I missed it. If you find a line you like that you think I missed, let me know.

"Hard Candy" Track Listing

As most of you know, tomorrow (April 29th) is one of the most anticipated days for Hip-Hop albums debuting since the Ye vs. 50 duel. One of the most intriguing albums dropping tomorrow may argueably be the half-Timbo and half-Neptunes produced "Hard Candy." Featured below are the tracks courtesy of the Queen of Pop.
Madonna - Hard Candy (2008)

01 - Candy Shop feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
02 - 4 Minutes feat. JT & (Timbaland) (1st Single)
03 - Give It 2 Me (Neptunes) (2nd Single)
04 - Heartbeat (Neptunes) (3rd Single)
05 - Miles Away (Timbaland)
06 - She’s Not Me feat. Pharrell (Neptunes)
07 - Incredible feat. Pharrell & Shae (Neptunes)
08 - Beat Goes On feat. K. West (Neptunes) (4th Single)
09 - Dance Tonight feat. Justin Timberlake (Timbaland)
10 - Spanish Lessons (Neptunes)
11 - Devil Wouldn’t Recognize You feat. JT (Timbaland)
12 - Voices feat. Justin Timberlake (Timbaland)
I'm not saying you should go out an cop it as opposed to ripping it, but that's another issue

Sunday, April 27, 2008

How'd This Guy Go Undrafted?

For those that don't really follow sports or are wise enough to buy into the ESPN-created holiday that is the NFL Draft, there are 252 total draft picks. Most of those players will never make an impact and a lot of them (mostly first-rounders) will make a boatload of money before even practicing for their new team. Yet a kid who ran for 7,871 career yards could not find a team. In case you were wondering, that's more yards than any player who ever played college football, at any level.

Sure, Woodhead played Division II ball, but who cares. Again, there are 252 players drafted. 0 of those 252 had a college career comparable to Woodhead's career. It's not like there are a whole lot of extracurricular issues Woodhead carries. He doesn't have any off-field issues and has a strong family unit.

Of course, scouts always weigh an athlete's performance in the combine more than their on-field performance. In keeping with the NFL holds something against this guy theme, Danny was not invited to the combine. 333 players were invited to the combine but they somehow did not have room for the most productive college tailback of all time.

Woodhead hosted his own pro day for those that cared and he posted some pretty gaudy numbers: 4.33 forty, 4.03 in agility drill, 38.5" vert., and 20 reps at 225-lb bench press. All those numbers would have been either best or second-best at the NFL combine. If a player dominates in a forest and nobody hears him, does he actually dominate?

So Day 2 of the NFL draft came and went and Danny Woodhead didn't here his name get called. Why in the world did no team want to draft him. There is absolutely no reason why this guy didn't get drafted, especially in the 7th round.

What are people's concerns? He didn't play against top-flight competition. Two Division 1-AA guys went in the 1st round. He's too small to take on NFL linebackers. At 5'9", 200 lbs., he is admittedly kind of small, but he's basically the same size as Reggie Bush and he got drafted No. 2 overall in 2006. He's a white player playing a position dominated by blacks. Wes Welker was the most productive wide receiver in the NFL last year.

The fact is every team in the NFL dropped the ball (pun intended). Actually, one team didn't screw up. The Jets signed Woodhead minutes after the draft was complete. Congratulations Gang Green, you just signed the greatest undrafted player ever.

When Did Boat Shoes Become Hip-Hop??

I know this post is far from breaking news, but when did everybody decide boat shoes needed to get hyped. I've been looking around and it seems like everything is setting up for the deck shoes to explode like the Vans slip-ons did. I'm not saying they're better, I'm just saying they are going to be on everybodys feet by the end of August. Yeah, preppy sorority boys have been wearing them for a while, but now companies like Timberland, BBC, and even the king of slip-ons, Vans, are rolling out the yacht-boy fashion.

Thinking about it, I'm surprised they didn't become popular among the Hip-Hop high fashion crew sooner. They're perfect. They are something that can get a reaction for being out there, but they also look good if worn with the right supporting cast (namely with khakis or shorts and a polo). I kind of just went Ralph Lauren on you, but somebody had to.


Here is just a taste of what the GITDT is going to offer. Below is Lupe, along with Matthew Santos, performing "Fighters". 9 more days till this phenomenon hits MIA.

Saturday, April 26, 2008

This is Why I Hate BET

Nelly, being the intellectual that he is, is featured below here with the Cons on Friday's episode of Rap City. The point I'm gettin at is, though, that this was the BET premiere of the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. Correct me if I'm wrong, but the video debuted a lil' while back. I'm happy that they're showing dude love and giving him the credit he deserves, but Don't Quit Your Day Job was launched over a year ago, and he's just gettin publicity now. I'm pretty sure if Cons was to go for a stroll in public, he would go unnoticed. Sad. Well, peep the vid below and also check out the three-some freestlye between Nelly, Murphy Lee, and the aforementioned Consequence. See ya'll at the GITDT.

Lupe Joins Dark Side

Here is Lupe at the L.A. Glow In The Dark concert. It's good to see him having fun an enjoying his time with 'Ye and P because they should be spending lots of time together recording that CRS album. Here's a video of the event:

Friday, April 25, 2008

Well, Kanye, the Funny Thing About My Back Is...

Above are two very talented individuals in their own right, Jonah Hill and 'Ye, at the opening of the Bape store in L.A. All in all, the store looks dope, and P's clique paid their dues at the grand-opening. Peep 'Ye's blog and the boys at BBC/Ice Cream for more photographs.

Thursday, April 24, 2008


No, sadly Evil Knievel is not featured in the song below, but it does make for a great pic. Below is a recently leaked freestyle of Mr. West gettin his "Weezy" on. Without pointing out the obvious in the song, the horrible quality, drop a comment if you'd like and lemme know what you think about it
Kanye- Lollipop freestlye

Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Air Yeezys!!!$@%^@

Upset Alert?

You may think I'm crazy, but 'tis is the NBA Playoffs, which promises at least a couple of upsets. I'm not going against the Mo-Town Bad Boys, but the Sixers sure convinced me and surely others after a thrilling game one(Stephen A. Smith, maybe?). Impossible is nothing

It's Time To Rise Up

Here's the next track off Rising Down. Is it just me, or does it feel like every song off the album has been prematurely released. Wale jumps on this one, I think this is the first major production that he's been a part of. Let me know if I'm wrong. Nevertheless, he kills it with his references to Slammin Sammy, the Olsen Twins, and Mark Mcgwire.

Welcome to the Ryan Leslie Experience

Finally, the moment I'VE been waiting for. The genius/mastermind that is Ryan Leslie has decided to come out from behind the boards and get a well-deserved taste of the lime-light. Talk about unselfish, Leslie (who went to college at the age of 15!) put his solo career on hold to work with the ever "talented" Cassie on her album. The super-producer brought you club bangers like "Me & U" and also has leaked a new single featuring Cassie, "Addiction," which is fire. Dude has definitely started out with a bang, with his first single entitled "Diamond Girl." I'm not quite sure how long this vid has been out in the airwaves, but here it is for your viewing pleasure:

To witness dude at work, head over to

Monday, April 21, 2008

In The City That Don't Snooze

Still Hesitant About Hard Candy? Here is the new and improved version of The Beat Goes On featuring Yeezy. Pharrell + Kanye + Madonna= HEAT. The album drops in 8 days (same day as Rising Down). I haven't anticipated an album release date this much since September 11th (and I didn't even care about Curtis). Kanye absolutely murders this track.

Mock The Vote

Over the next few months, the presidential candidates will be campaigning endlessly to sway the vote their way, to win the White House. Barack, Hillary and Ol' Man McCain will visit retirement homes, diners and factories to get the vote in every middle-aged and retired area, but these candidates already are trying to reach out to the dreaded "18-24" age range that seems to kill every election.

While Stephen Colbert spent last week in Philly, both of the Democratic candidates made guest appearences. Hillary came in person while campaigning in Pennsylvania to fix some "technical difficulties:

While Barack made his appearence via satillite:

Sen. Obama will also make an appearence on The Daily Show tonight at 11.

John McCain has made numerous guest spots on Jon Stewart's show, even before an announced candidacy for the presidency. He will most likely make a few stops on the set before November's election, as well.

All of this late night campaigning is in effort to get the 18-24 year old age group to vote, by showing them every candidates soft and humorous sides.

To be honest, it's kinda sad to me. The fact that these politicians need to make fun of themselves to get people to vote, is almost the the opposite of what good politics are (not that I consider myself an expert; I'm far from one).

BTW, The Roots were also one of Colbert's guests in Philly (being as their a hometown group) and they performed (well, ?uestlove and Captain Kirk were) a Hendrix-esque rendition of the Star Spangled Banner:

Rising Down hits stores in 8 days.

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Baron, where are you looking??

Here is a picture courtesy of one of my favorite sites, Drunk Athlete. You can spend hours looking at these pictures.

Santogold's Debut

At the beginning of the year, I listed a couple of artists that would become big names in the music industry in '08. One of those artists was Santogold, a chick from Philadelphia with a fiery personality. No, I'm not trying to set you up with her, I just thought you might want to know. Regardless, the girl has been having an impact for a while, mostly behind the scenes. She was a writer/producer for RES' highly praised debut album, How I Do.

Now she is making her own music and her debut album is going to be released in a couple of weeks. But you don't have to wait because it's been flouting around the Internet for the last couple of days. She is similar to M.I.A. and that music is a little out there. I like it, but this isn't for the casual listener. Then again, M.I.A.'s last album was named Album of the Year by Rolling Stones so I guess the electronica genre has more widespread appeal than I first thought. Get the album here.

Check out her debut music video for L.E.S. Artistes. It's your typical hype/electonica/trippy ish.

All you need to know about this video is that YouTube user cohoba77 commented on this video, "Black women!!! " Kanye said Santogold was his favorite artist and Kanye
s never wrong? Is he?

Friday, April 18, 2008

HAHA... I didnt know this was real!!

Im sure you know I love The Boondocks and I thought this was a pretty funny episode:

Then I saw this at BlindI and it completely changed it. I now love this episode.

This makes me ask the following question: is anybody truly upset about this incident? The man isn't a racist, just really out of touch. I actually thought it was funny. What do you think? To see the entire episode, head over to

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

General YouTubery

This shouldn't be anything new to the readers we still have (hopefully...), here's just some of the things YouTube has had to offer lately:

Well, there's Kobe "jumping over" this Aston Martin...

This Australian Rules Footballer getting "knocked the fug out!"

Mario Chalmers Did This...

And Barack Obama Shows Us He Can't Bowl...

History Will Be Made Tonight

After months of anticipation and sweating out ticket details, The Glow In The Dark Tour will kickoff in Seattle. Right now, that city needs a "pick-me-up" after losing their NBA franchise and it's young superstar. Now, it would be foolish to think a one night event could replace the pain of losing a sports team forever. Think about it. Basketball fans in Seattle have endured year after year of losing seasons that were thin on entertainment and even fundamentals. I know I'm taking this too far, but the team wasted 1st round picks on guys named Mouhamed Sene, Johan Petro, Robert Swift, and Luke Ridnour. Ridnour was the only player I could think of and I couldn't even remember his name. All I could come up with was, "that one guy from Kansas." Now the team finally drafted a player they can build their franchise around and their departing from the city without any explanation. It's like a guy who just had sex with some girl he met at the club and is leaving in the middle of the night.

I promise this all has a point. The people of Seattle have endured way too much, yet none of it will matter tonight. Tonight will be historic. It marks the beginning of a tour that will be remembered by music fans for a long time. Notice I said music fans, not just hip-hop fans. It doesn't matter what genre you are into, the show that is going down tonight transcends all musical preferences.

I am willing to say that before even seeing it because I know Kanye and I know he won't do a typical show. Mr. West has been called a lot of things: eccentric, cocky, even gay. But the only title that properly suits him is "showman." He always wants to upstage other music ans and make sure they know they are inferior to him. So yeah, he is going to go off at award shows and, yes, he is going to say that he'd be a main character in the Bible if it were written today. That's Kanye doing what he does best: dominate.

The show is going to raise the bar for concerts. Kanye has instituted a supporting cast that each could headline their own, smaller shows. If you haven't been on his blog, I suggest you head over there immediately as he has been posting some previews which, quite frankly, have left me salivating. At first I figured the concert would be an extended version of his Grammy performance, but I now realize it's so much more than that. We're talking about holograms, theatrical stages, and even props built at Jim Henson's creature shop.

I have said before that Kanye is only the 2nd biggest artist of this decade (behind Justin Timberlake), but I can't help but see the comparisons to Michael Jackson. Kanye isn't nearly as soft-spoken or, coincidentally, creepy as Jacko, but he does get people excited about his work in the same way as the King of Pop. This tour has the same kind of excitement surrounding it as the release of Thriller had. Twenty years for now, VH1 will run a special entitled I Love The 00's (pronounced double O's) and the 2008 version will have semi-funny, not so important people discussing the Glow In The Dark Tour. One of my secret goals is to be one of those commentators and you better believe I'd have plenty to say about Glow In The Dark.

So, people of Seattle, soak it all up. I plan to do the same on May 6th and you better believe I will be dedicating plenty of posts to it. Kanye is king. Oh, and I also can't wait to see Lupe and N.E.R.D.

If anybody goes to the concert, post something in the comment section about what it was like.

Feels Good To Be Home...

After a week spent in NYC, I've noticed how good a feeling it is to come home. But, for those of you who wish to see the Big Apple in all of its glory, here's a few tips on what and what not to do with trekking through the city:

- Never get onto the subway with a pocket full of loose change. If a bum here's two coins rub against each other, he'll be on you like flies on shit in no time.

- If you go out to eat at one of the famous local spots, make sure you listen to how the locals order first. If you say one wrong thing in the time you have in front of the line, the guys behind the counter will not be afraid to send you back to the tail end.

- No matter how horrible they are, go see a Knicks game (yeah, I know the season is wrapping up). Madison Square Garden is one of the sports world's Meccas and needs to be on every basketball fan's list of "Things to do Before I Die".

- I don't really know how much Spike Lee hates white people, but he really is as short as we think.

- Do not set foot in the Bronx with a Red Sawx hat on unless you invisioned your death as a 30,000 on 1 fist-fight.

- As with the restaurants, cab drivers know when you're a tourist. Know where the hell you're going before you get in a cab.

- One more thing: Look and go into every record shop you see. Not only can you find gems (not just vinyls) for cheap, you can get rid of some of your old stuff by going to record exchanges and replenishing your collection.

Tuesday, April 15, 2008

How come nobody is wearing "SNL is dead T-Shirts"?

I wasn't old enough to witness the Will Ferrell era, much less the John Belushi era, so I am not the most qualified person to make the following post. I am fully aware of that and I am not going to pretend I'm an expert on SNL. However, the Internet has granted me free speech and I am going to utilize that.

People always say SNL is not funny anymore and it was so much better back in the day. A couple of years ago, I agreed with those critics and never bothered flipping on NBC late on the weekends. This year I started watching the show this season when LeBron James hosted and Kanye performed, and I realized the show was not dead. Sure, there are a couple of awkward sketches that should never have seen the light of day, but there were also some really funny and memorable routines. I kept watching it this year, partly anticipating some more witty sketches, partly to see some good live music (Gnarls Barkley brought down the house a couple of days ago).

Here are a couple of my favorite skits and digital shorts from this season:

This fall under the "I don't know why it's funny, but I'm laughing" category. I love when they crack on Juno.

This is from when LeBron hosted. Whoever thought this sketch up is a genius. Andy Samberg's impersonation of Zac Efron is pure gold.

Here is one from a couple of weeks back. If you've ever seen Christopher Walken, you know why this is funny. Keenan Thompson absolutely kills this at the end.

SNL is never afraid to go too far and this is an example. It's absolutely hilarious. Way too many people are worried about being politically correct these days. I was watching an old SNL show here a white guy tried to honor black history month. I almost died watching it. In this video, Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson explain where Barrack explain the blackness scale.

Here is another one featuring Andy Samberg. He is the franchise player on the show and usually has the best sketches. Hot Rod was just as good as Superbad last summer and he clearly has a crazy sense of humor. Five years from now, people will say, "Remember when Andy Samberg was on SNL, that was when the show was funny."

Monday, April 14, 2008

Bape Heads [Hong Kong]

Below is some raw footage from the World Wide Bape Heads Show that went down a few days back. Since i don't have any Hong Kong ties suprisingly, i haven't heard much feedback on the concert(which featured the Teryaki Boyz, N.E.R.D., and Kanye). I did, however, catch some hand-help footage of the action, and of course the venue looked dope. The video below is just derived from Kanye's intro, and there are plenty more footage of the concert for you to enjoy for days. So enjoy the proceeding video and check out BBC/Ice Cream for more pics.

*As if i wasn't hyped enough for GITDT...*

Sunday, April 13, 2008

Cot Damn

visited the 305 lately... what do you think?

Paris, Tokyo [Video]

Just in case you missed it. this is lupe's 3rd vid off the best album '07 had to offer. nothing too impelling here, but still is a great video to match the outstanding feel-good song of the album (along with "go baby," of course). Enjoy and FNF U-P!

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Common's Makin Magic

This picture surfaced on the BBC/ICE CREAM blog about a month ago and I assumed Common would be jumping on a track for the Seeing Sounds album, but it something much bigger than that. It turns out Common and The Neptunes are set to collaborate:

the new album is called Invincible Summer and

will be out in the later part of June. I guess the new

shift is just the music sounds newer. It’s really developing.

I’m really happy about it. It feels good. It’s not really heavy

and it’s Pharrell from The Neptunes and The Neptunes are

producing a lot of it.

I heard this news from waymorefresher adn I am pretty excited about this. However, I'm also kind of dissapointed seeing that this will (at least temporarily) end the collaborations between Common and Kanye. I thought they were a great team and Be is one of my favorite albums of all time. I feel like Common is usually better with soul samples than eclectic music. Case in point? If you have ever heard Electric Circus, you know it is the only Common album that misfired. Having said that, I still think The Neptunes will piece together something special. In fact, I can't think of a Neptunes album that I haven't enjoyed.

Saturday, April 5, 2008

So Judd Apatow Is Basically Running Comedy Right Now

If you haven't heard of Judd Apatow, it's your own fault. Actually. it's the guy who does the voice in all movie previews' fault. If you've seen a preview that has said, "From the guys who brought you the 40 Year-Old Virgin and Knocked Up" they were talking about Judd. He's basically been involved in the best comedies of the past 5 years. Here is a list of what he's done:
  1. Superbad
  2. Knocked Up
  3. Talladega Nights
  4. The 40 Year-Old Virgin
  5. Anchorman
  6. Walk Hard

On top of that, he's done some really old school stuff like Heavyweights and The Cable Guy. Also, he's working on a ton of future projects including The Untitled Judd Apatow Comedy (working title) set to be released in late 2009. In all seriousness, here are a couple previews for his future work with some of his favorite actors.

Step Brothers is also produced by Apatow but I've already featured it so you can check YouTube for tis trailor.

Madonna- 4 Minutes

Madonna Feat Justin Timberlake & Timbaland-4 Minutes from MINIMP3CENTER on Vimeo.

Like I said before, I can't wait for Hard Candy. This is the first single off the album and it sounds dope. I can't wait to hear The Neptunes' tracks, especially the updated version of The Beat Goes On featuring Kanye West. With the big-time producers involved, this could be the first great album of 2008. Oh, and it comes out on the same day as The Roots' Rising Down. Siiick!!

Friday, April 4, 2008

Cue The Alanis Morissette Music

Here's a picture of Wale dancing with Lindsey Lohan at a club out in LA. Wale had performed at the club that night and Lohan was in attendance. Isn't this ironic seeing that on his 100 Miles & Running mixtape, Wale dropped this line:
My climate is way higher than Lindsey Lohan's nostrils on powder
I guess Lindsey Lohan's cool with being called a coke head. HAHA.

Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Bape Relaunches Its Website

Those boys over in Japan decided to redo their site. Its a cleaner look and I kind of like it. Don't worry, the products remain the same for you to salivate over. Check it out here.

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

The Only People Who Are Losing Are The Kids

As I've tried hard to make obvious, I love college basketball. If there is one (developing) story that has frustrated me over the last couple of months, its the situation out there in Hoosierland. If you don't follow ball, let me briefly catch you up. Indiana dismissed its coach Kelvin Sampson for violating NCAA recruiting rules for a second time. This time, Sampson had violated 5 "major" rules. In addition, Kelvin was suspected of foul play after stealing away star Eric Gordon from Illinois, where he had previously given his verbal commitment.

Now, Kelvin Sampson getting fired was the right decision, but the timing was wrong. Yes, Sampson had cheated and deserved to be reprimanded. But what about his players? At the time, Indiana was ranked in the top 15 and looked primed to make a run at the Big 10 title. Instead, Sampson got the boot and the players were forced to play for an interim coach who was clearly not qualified to hold the head coach position.

Out of respect for their former coach, some players boycotted an Indiana practice. As a result, those players were suspended for a game. ESPN's basketball "experts", Dick Vital and Digger Phelps, said the players were immature and deserved their punishment. This is so typical of ESPN. They always want to side with the coaches and make nonconformists look like cancer. The players basically got screwed out of their season and ended with a mediocre record and a one-and-done tournament appearance.

Today, two starters from Indiana were kicked off the team. Jamarcus Ellis and Armon Bassett skipped a meeting addressing who their new coach would be then were reprimanded by being forced to run the next morning. Of course, these players decided to skip the punishment as well and have been wiped out of the Hoosier program.

I'm not saying these guys are freedom fighters like Rosa Parks and Malcolm X. I concede that their decision to skip the punishment was stupid. But let's look at this from their perspective: their coach gets fired, their team falls apart, they get upset and show their frustrations, they lose their scholarship.

How do I think this whole situation should have been handled? Funny you should ask because I happen to have an opinion. Kelvin Sampson's violation should have been kept secret by the NCAA until the end of the season. Then, Kelvin should have been fed to the lions (or fired) and Indiana should have found a new coach. That way, the players wouldn't have to suffer. Then again, it is tradition that college athletes get mistreated. They make millions of dollars for their universities and are simply given a free education. That's good, but not nearly enough.

Its a well known fact that many college athletes never receive their degree and are kept afloat by their coaches pulling some strings. It is almost impossible to expect college athletes to succeed academically in the first place. These kids practice and condition their bodies practically all day and then are told to handle college courses? Most kids without any commitments find it difficult to handle college classes. How are these athletes expected to do it? For most college athletes, all their scholarship gives them is four years of glory and a lifetime of pain while living in poverty.

This is just another example. The system is messed up and won't change because any athlete who tries to speak up is looked at as a menace.

Call It Bubble Gum, But I'm All About The Fresh Prince

Which is why I can't wait for Puma to drop these on May 17th. The shoe's are crazy and I would definitely buy them if I could afford them and fit in them (curse my size 15 feet!!). As for the watch, that is the definition of freshness. I could definitely see a young, skinny Will Smith rock this along with a hat with its billed flipped to the sky. Props to hypebeast for this.



I Think I Need To Go To Lake Michigan For The Fourth Of July

Kanye just posted the video for Homecoming on his blog. It's a pretty good look, much better than Flashing Lights. I really like the collabo between Chris Martin and 'Ye, I just wish Mr. West had spit a couple of new veses instead of basically remaking a previous song. It's sad enough that almost every movie is a remake, I definitly don't want to see my favorite musician do it. It's a pretty good song nonetheless.

HOMECOMING from kwest on Vimeo.



don't worry. this is simply an april fools joke.- simepre fresco