Thursday, July 31, 2008
Wednesday, July 30, 2008
A 20-year dude from Michigan was arrested yesterday for going to local theaters trying to steal Dark Knight posters dressed up as The Joker himself; purple jacket, green wig, face paint and all.
He'll be in court next week, hope he doesn't try staying in character by attempting to blow it up.
Tuesday, July 29, 2008
musicians that have influenced you that most Hip Hop heads wouldn'texpect (i.e. Rick Astley, lol)?
making it and I haven't yet!" If so, how does that make you feel?
Jim Jones is calling out Kanye West. To quote LeBron, "This is like soulja boy talking about Jay-Z." Maybe it's not quite that one-sided, but it is pathetic. To see what matters in this clip, jump to 2:00. Pretty much the rest is stereotypical, ignorant hardcore rap stuff that you don't need to worry about.
Alright Hollywood, you've done it. You've put me in the poorhouse next to Mike Tyson's broke ass and that naked dude from Survivor. You've taken all of my money (I would also like to take this time to shout a big F.U. to all the concessions managers out there for jacking up your prices) and eaten it like the customary Filet Mignon at a normal celeb dinner.
The Dark Knight, Step Brothers, Ironman, The Hulk, Indy, Get Smart, Kung Fu Panda, Wall-e, Wanted, Hancock, Hellboy 2 and The X-Files. All in the first few months of summer, Hollywood has made me a popcorn-dependent, movie junkie, but there's still more to come.
No matter what I'm going to see The Rocker, Pineapple Express, Star Wars: Clone Wars and Tropic Thunder, even if it means having to sell my soul to the devil for admission money.
I'm trying so hard to save money, being a broke college-goer and all, but Hollywood is making it so damn hard with all of these blockbusters dropping every weekend.
Hollywood, I wish I knew how to quit you.
Monday, July 28, 2008
Sunday, July 27, 2008
I'VE BEEN LIFTING WEIGHTS AND DOING COCAINE ALL DAY LONG! lol
Saturday, July 26, 2008
For those that aren't familiar with Rick Rubin's work, get your head out of the sand. I mean, he's the founder of Def Jam after all.
That should give you a clue as to how diverse Rick Rubin is. Clipse fans, get ready to rock out to some heavy metal. Just kidding. Then again, Rubin did invent the rapcore genre.
Kanye West joined Sway to meet a couple veterans while on the Glow In The Dark Tour, but he's definitly not the focus of this show. At least, I hope he's not, I haven't seen the show yet. If MTV makes this show about the artist and not the people who are struggling, I will boycott the channel for a long time, or until they stop showing NEXT and Parental Control.
Here is a preview:
And here is what Bill O'Reilly has to say. If you limit him to 19-ssecond clips, he's not so bad.
Friday, July 25, 2008
I think I've made this statement before, but this this time I mean it: This is the best music video of 2008. Chris Milk directed it and brought Gnarls Barkley's ode to breakups to a whole new level. The concept is perfect. Asaha Davis (Friday Night Lights, Grey's Anatomy) plays the girl, but I am unaware of who plays the (now) ex-boyfriend. Regardless, they both play their roles perfectly. Their relationship describes how both the man and woman feel about each other after an emotional relationship ends.
Now, on to the opposite of Nardwaur. This guy clearly has no idea what he's talking about, but is way to proud to admit it. He is interviewing a former European futbol star headed for the MLS. Welcome to America. The sportscaster asks him questions like, "Was your goal the best goal ever?" Another gem: "What's David Beckham like? Is he really that good? What do you think of Victoria Beckham? Do you have a famous wife we can promote?"
Of course, that was nothing compared to what Brian Collins did. What the blues did for rock music, Brian Collins did for every anchor-related viral video. This video laid the groundwork for all the ignorance and screw-ups in the newsroom. Of course, Brian should not be put in the same category as the video above. Unlike that guy, Brian wasn't arrogant and had no trouble admitting he didn't know what he was doing. At the 1:20 mark, you can see him whispering, "I'm so sorry." I feel bad for him, I really do, but it's so hard not to enjoy this. My favorite quote is, "Stephen Jackson.. Stephahuhhh.."
Unlike the other videos, this announcer doesn't seem cocky and is calm, he just has a brain fart. A couple words you can't say when broadcasting a game: "fag," "n****r," "retard," "gay," or any obvious curse words/ racial slurs. This guy got set up. His partner couldn't stop talking about placing balls in soft hands, how many heterosexual guys would have responded the same way?
You know how sports video games give athletes ratings? For example, Takeru Kobayahsi has a hot dog eating rating of 97 and Shaquille O'Neal has a speed rating of 31? They should do that for sports announcers. These guys would have an awareness rating of 13.
Now this one doesn't have any sports connotations, it's simply Willard Scott at his finest. Nobody pulls off the creepy, perverted old man with hidden racism like the Smuckers guy. In this clip, the Asian girl tells him she doesn't own a television and hilarity ensues. "You don't have a TV? Get rid of this kid, bring me another one."
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
Monday, July 21, 2008
Sunday, July 20, 2008
Here's his Diamond Girl short film. No, not the music video, an actual short film. It tells a story and everything, kind of like Thriller...
Here he is making Addiction. No other producer bring you into his world like Ryan. Yeah, there are some YouTube clips of Timbaland in the studio, but it isn't this in depth.
Here he is marching in honor of Sean Bell. In case you forgot, Sean Bell was the guy who got shot and killed by undercover policeman.
There are plenty more worth watching. Go hit up YouTube now.
Saturday, July 19, 2008
Here is Skateboard P talking about his love for the All-Stars. While this wasn't nearly as entertaining as his previous interviews- My favorite Pharrell quote: "(The White Stripes' music) is like porn, with smurfs."- it got me thinking. Are the classic Converses the best pair of shoes in the world? While most people will make arguments for Jordan IIIs or maybe some Adidas Superstars, Chuck Taylors have been doing it longer. How much longer? The first Chuck Taylors were made in 1917. Think about that. My great-grandparents were in their teens when they came out. Harry Caray was born March 1, 1917. On top of its longevity, no other shoe has been able to match its simplicity and style. I don't think any shoe looks better in jeans than my Chucks. I've spent hundreds on Jordans, but I wear my $4o All-Stars more. There's some food for thought.
Friday, July 18, 2008
Dear folks over at BlindI,
It's been such a long time since I heard from you. What's up? Your site has been "under construction" for a good long time. How long has it been? I don't know. One, two months? The point is, I am tired of waiting for the re-launch.
You see, I've been a BlindI head for a good minute. In fact, you guys were the first bloggers I ever visited to get my Hip Hop fix. Simply put, my love for music was like an itch I couldn't reach and you guys provided the loofah. I loved being that guy who collected all the music those ignorants out there couldn't appreciate. My favorite posts? The Lupe Fiasco mixtape series and all the albums produced by Danger Mouse, including the Grey Album, The Mouse and the Mask, Demon Days, St. Elsewhere, and even this stuff right here. I ate all your posts up as if I was at a Sweet Tomatoes. I looked forward to it every day.
As time went on, I learned about other blogs that fed my Hip Hop munchies. Way More Fresher, IllRoots, The Fader, The Smoking Section all provided some form of musical joy. But, BlindI, you have held a special place in my heart. While everyone else was posting the same "hot" stuff, you guys dug deep and came out with fresh, never-heard-before material. Every month, I looked forward to downloading Blind I Says Go! If something was worth listening to and you had it, I'd enjoy it in a way that was reminiscent of fresh air on a mountain top. If it wasn't for you guys, why would I have Little Dragon, Hot Chip, J. Kwest, or Muhsinah on my iPod (which, hereafter, will be called my BlindiPod)?
Needless to say-but I'm going to say it anyway. Why do they say, "needless to say before saying something?- the last few months have been rough for me. I have gone through a few emotional phases, like a man grieving a lost loved one. First, I was in shock. I didn't believe it. Why is BlindI gone? When will it come back? Will it come back? After a couple weeks of shock, my surprise evolved into anger. Simply put, you were dead to me. I no longer cared. Who needs you?
Then, on July 4th, I celebrated my independence by looking like a desperate ex-boyfriend. "BlindI is coming back soon! It says it right on its website," I told anyone that cared. Most people didn't know what I was talking about or why I cared so much about a website. But you represent more than a website, BlindFolks. You represent everything that is beautiful about music. Basically, it's music stripped of its vices. Nothing holds it back. No record labels, no ignorant radio DJs, no posers. It's what music is all about. It's the soul of music. Nothing more, nothing less.
So now, I'm sitting here waiting for your return. I'll stay faithful for as long as I can. You say Rome wasn't built in a day, and I respect that. At the same time, I don't know how much longer I can wait. Could I go the whole summer waiting for your return? I hope I don't have to find out.
Here's Mikey Rocks and Chuck Inglish doing it big on Jimmy Kemmel Live. The dudes' are performing What It Iz. When Fish Ride Bicycles out later this year. Hey Jimmy, when are you putting Wale on?
Thursday, July 17, 2008
Alright, maybe The Wire isn't solely based on a cast of black characters, but this show is consistently talked about in every conversation about the best program on TV, yet it also consistently gets left off the Emmy ballot.
HBO's put the screw to this series after 5 incredible seasons, and not because it couldn't garner the ratings it needed to stay on air. So, this was The Wire's last chance to capture the glory (and the gold) it deserved so much.
This is a travesty of epic proportions, television wise, almost as aggrevating as Soulja Boy being nominated for a Grammy this past year. The Wire has only been nominated for one solitary Emmy in it's five year run, which was for 'Outstanding Writing in a Drama'. All of this while shows like Lost and Two and a Half Men get nods for their specific categories while maintaining boring, confusing plots and stale sex and fart jokes, year after year.
I'm not sure what's so hard about giving a show the respect it deserves. I don't know what "the academy" does to narrow down the finalist list to the final nominees, but whatever it is they do is clearly in need of a reality check.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
If what Lupe says is true, and isn't always, The Louie Vouitton Don, Skateboard P, and ..... Lupe (who seriously needs a nickname, like yesterday) are making magic as I type this. I've heard rumors of the group breaking up before it even started, but those were dispelled by CRS' Little Weapon (I'm going to stick with this until he comes up with his own) on Sunday. Wait, wasn't this there first music video? No matter, I'm still pumped.
This got me thinking last night. Nobody ever posts comments on this page. I don't really care. I mean, I hardly ever comment on my favorite blogs (Way More Fresher, Illroots, Hypebeast, Kanye's, Deadspin, etc.). Some bloggers expect comments and I think those people are stupid. I could care less whether you comment on here (trust me, I'm getting to something). Occasionally, though, I'd like to hear what you guys thought. Yes, you. Don't look around, there;s no one else and, yes, I'm pointing at you.
CRS is pretty much a dream come true. I honestly couldn't think of any 3 rappers I'd rather see work together than Pharrell, Kanye, and Lupe. Pharrell for his production, Lupe for his rapping, and Kanye for the sheer fact that he is the most dominant musician in the world (or at least the U.S.A.). This made me think: What three musicians, regardless of genre and era, would I like to hear together.
I decided to put the following 3 men together: Andre 3000, Michael Jackson, and Roger Waters. You obviously know the first two men. As for those that aren't full-out music nerds, Roger Waters was the bassist and sometimes provided the lead vocals for Pink Floyd. He was extremely important in the production of Dark Side of the Moon, one of the most important albums of all time. Dark Side was noted for its breakthrough production with use of synthesizers and putting in sound effects.
Why did I pick these three. I have a "lock-in theory." If you lock these three men in a recording studio, something special will be created. I see Andre killing the verses, Michael Jackson hitting high notes and singing hooks, and Waters doing something special behind the scenes. I didn't choose to many superstars because I fear guys like Jimi Hendrix and Eminem would murder each other if locked in a room together.
Going back to that paragraph about getting comments on this blog, I want to hear what artists you wish you could see together. I'd like to see people go WAY back if possible, maybe throw in some Robert Johnson or Little Richard. The odder, the better.
Mr. Bentley (AKA Diddy's personal assistant) hasn't been seen in a while. We've known about the album, set to be released by G.O.O.D. Music, for a while, but this is only the second track I've heard. So far, Fonzworth has not really shined on either track (the other track being C.O.L.O.U.R.S.) and relied on the game's giants-Lil Wayne, Andre 3000, the late Pimp C are first ballot hall of famers- to make it worth a listen. Don't get me wrong, I love this song and whoever made this video has me eating out of the palm of their hand. Having said that, I want to see if Fonzworth can shine on his own. Otherwise, he'll be stuck competing with Rihanna for the title of Ultimate Umbrella Salesman.
Monday, July 14, 2008
We all know him from Keenan and Kel, but he has been in hiding like Osama for a long, long time. While Keenan has been perfecting his craft on SNL, Kel's been staying the same, I guess. He's still playing off his role in that old sitcom, for better or worse. I do have to admit, this is funny. I wonder how Kel's career would have been different if he was never in Mystery Men.
Sunday, July 13, 2008
An appearance in Mike Myers' Love Guru
Alright, that was a little short. But what about this new ad with absolut vodka:
This one's a little old, but is Kanye West making fun of himself?
Saturday, July 12, 2008
Friday, July 11, 2008
For all those that don't like how professional sports have become dominated by corporations and $100 million dollar payroles, I present to you Minor League Baseball. It's always good for some entertainment. Whether it's a manager's freak out (see above) or crazy promotions like Vince Vaughn look-alike day, there's always a reason to splurge and spend ten bucks on third baseline seats. Plus, where else can you find a team like the Albuquerque Isotopes? Their team name was inpired by a Simpson's episode. I promise I'm not making that up.
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
In case you didn't quite catch that, here is a closer look.
That's right: Mike Lowell decided to steal a fan's cell phone. In the ninth inning. In a 1-0 ball game. If you don't have to be serious in the final minutes of a one run game, do you ever have to be serious? If Mike Lowell was the sawx's third base coach, he'd probably trip Coco Crisp while he's rounding the base and heading for home. In the ninth inning. In a 1-0 ball game. In game seven of the World Series. With Boston trailing.
Tuesday, July 8, 2008
Saturday, July 5, 2008
Nike has the best commercials. The only other group that can come up with creative and funny ads like them is SportsCenter. This is almost as good as the soccer ad they did a couple months back. Between this ad and Kobe coming out of a DeLorean, this sneaker is getting pushed like its the next Jordan. I've never seen anything like it. Except every other Saturday when a new Jordan gets re-released in a new colorway.
Friday, July 4, 2008
Thursday, July 3, 2008
People Who Like To Run And Also Like To Listen To Hip-Hop Will Be Intrigued By This Collaboration. I Promise. Well, Actually I Don't Promise.
Long story short, he ended up getting 42 years after trying so hard.
I saw this over at illroots. What you are looking at is a pissed off Travis McCoy-of Gym Class Heroes- beating a fan down in the front row at Warped Tour. If you look closely, you can see Travis is pounding the dude's head with his mic. McCoy got charged with third-degree assault (obviously) but was let out on bail. I have two jokes here but can't decide which direction to go so I'll use them both, kind of like alternate endings on a DVD:
A) Lyricists like Nas and Eminem said that mics were their weapons, I just always assumed they were speaking metaphorically. So much for that.
B) Their are so many scary looking rappers out there, and the dude who sings "Cupid's Chokehold" is the one who assaults a fan on stage? That's who just outdid DMX?
Ok, the jokes weren't that good. They sounded better in my head than in writing.
Wednesday, July 2, 2008