Tuesday, December 19, 2006

A Page from the Journal...

Of the greatest rapper out right now... the one, the only, Mr. Capo Status himself.... Jim Jones.

Dear Journal: Guess what I did today? That's right, I was balllllin. Haha Journal, that still gets me every time. There is no way that phrase will ever be over used. Ever.
So after I woke up at like 3:30, and did my usual pushups with a couple girls on my back, all while doing as much coke as I possibly could hold, I passed out for an hour and then I flexed in the mirror for about 10 minutes... man that was tough.
Oh yea, did I tell you about my reality show? It's gonna be tight like those two "dancers" that did that thing with the... well you get the point. I'm doing it with VH1, so you know it's gonna be balllllin (sorry, had to do it Journal). The crew has just been amazed by my hectic lifestyle and by my charming personality... They just laugh at everything I do. Too bad they've never seen a capo status baler like myself.
Let's see... What else did I do? Oh yea, I sent a couple of X-Mas cards... (that reminds me, I've got send one to Jay-Z... I sure do love that guy. I mean let's be real Journal, without him, who would even know who I was... But shhh, that's a secret.) Speaking of the Christmas spirit, nothing gets me in it like my favorite holiday album. If only Jesus could have been ballllin on Christmas...
Well, Journal, I think I'm going to go buy a couple of close fitting shirts, cop the new Bow-Wow album (that kid is alright... I really like that song with Chris Brown) and go roller blading. Did I ever tell you my roller blading joke, Journal? Oh man... it's a doozy,but I'll save that for later...

Sincerely balllllin,

P.S. Nas saying he hadn't heard my song(#5), really hurt my feelings...

P.P.S. How funny is this headline if you remove the coma... oh man.

P.P.P.S. I love you Journal

Friday, December 15, 2006

There's always room for one more...

End of the year list...

I've decided that one can never have enough of the best of year lists, so here is my take on the overdone and quite possibly annoying best of... (the first of what may be a couple, just to warn you.)

The Best Albums of the Year (In my humble opinion and in no particular order):

  • Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere: I've been a Cee-Lo fan since the Goodie Mob days. Who didn't like 'Soul Food'? So when I saw that Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo were collabing, I pre-ordered the album, and its been in my rotation since it came out in May. Best Song(s): 'St. Elsewhere', 'Smiley Faces', and 'The Last Time'. (Thought I was gonna say 'Crazy' didn't you? Well I just couldn't do it)
  • Aloe Blacc - Shine Through: This CD is fantastic. I randomly picked this up after hearing about him from hiphopsite.com (a great website by the way) This CD doesn't really fit into any genres, as Aloe raps, sings and even does a Spanish version of John Legend's 'Ordinary People' that is amazing. Best Song(s): 'Busking', 'Gente Ordinaria'.
  • The Clipse - Hell Hath No Fury: Finally... this album has been a couple years in the making, but it's been worth the wait. People can downplay "cocaine rap" all they want, and while I'm not necessarily a fan of said music, these boys can flow. They talk about the same things as say, a Young Jeezy, but make them sound much better. Also, anyone that can make a song entitled 'Chinese New Year' and have it make sense is doing something alright. AND they have Bilal (where has he been?) on a song. Best Song(s): 'We Got it for Cheap', 'Chinese New Year', and 'Nightmares ft. Bilal'.
  • Lupe Fiasco - Food and Liquor: After much delay, it finally came out, and I think it might be the best hip-hop CD of the year, and one of the best cds overall, of the year. The newcomer of the year, he's got skills, plain and simple. There's nothing else to say... Oh, and he's got style too. I may or may not have a man-crush (no homo). Best Song(s): 'Daydreamin', 'The Cool', and 'Hurt Me Soul'.
  • Robin Thicke - The Evolution of Robin Thicke: My new favorite White boy. If you only buy one White boy crooner CD this year, this is the one to get. I've been preaching about this album since day one. He changed up his style from when he first came out a little bit, and came out with a quality album. Nevermind that 'Shooter' was on Lil' Wayne's album and doesn't quite blend with the rest of it, it's still tight. Best Song(s): 'Lost Without U' and 'Can U Believe'.
  • The Roots: Game Theory: It's not a best of list without the Roots. Not necessarily their best album, but definitely a return to their better stuff. Very dark and politically influenced, they came to play on this one. Best Song(s): 'Livin' in a New World', 'Atonement' and 'Long Time'.
  • Outkast - Idlewild: I don't care what anyone says, I loved this album. I was disappointed that not all the songs from the movie were in the album, but it was tight nonetheless. Yes, I know Andre sang "too much" and they Dre and Big Boi were only on like 3 songs together and it's not 'typical' Outkast... but you know what? I don't care. It was great. And who can tell me that Lil' Wayne didn't rip 'Hollywood Divorce'? Best Song(s): 'Morris Brown', 'Hollywood Divorce', and 'When I Look in Your Eyes'.
  • Little Brother - Separate But Equal: Now it may have been considered a mixtape, as opposed to real album, but the joint was sick. Whether or not the label made them do it or not, they showed a lot of folks that they can be both "backpack" and "mainstream". Aside from the "Gangsta Grillz" shout outs... this was a quality release from LB. While it didn't completely bridge the gap between backpack rap and cocaine rap (if there is such a bridge to be built), or put them on to the "common" folk that they apparently alienate, it's a good start. Best Song(s): 'Can't Let Her' and 'Speed Racin'.
  • J-Dilla - The Shining: Even though Dilla is no longer with us, we were still blessed to get some great music from him. As always, his beats were just too sick for words. There really isn't much to say... R.I.P. Dilla. Best Song(s): 'Love'
  • Murs and 9th Wonder - Murray's Revenge: 9th is one of the best producers in the game right now and Murs has always been clever and hilarious, and that didn't change on this "sequel". It is a short album, but they don't mess around. I'm usually not able to get into west coast hip-hop too often, but I was feeling this all the way through. Best Song(s): 'Murs Day', 'Yesterday & Today', and 'D.S.W.G. (Dark Skinned White Girls)'.
  • Kidz in The Hall - School Was My Hustle: As much trouble as I went through to get this CD, it had to be on here. Now I might be a little biased cause I went to school with these cats, but Naledge and Double 0, really did their thing and are leading Rawkus' resurgence. I remember when I was younger and Rawkus was hip-hop to me. This album is bringing that back. The album is well produced by Double 0, and Naledge's rhymes are deep, but not "backpackish". You can definitely tell these dudes know their music. And "despite" their ivy league educations (which everyone loves to bring up), the album doesn't come off pretentious or obnoxious. Best Song(s): 'Wheelz Fall Off ('06 Till)' and 'Ritalin'.
  • T.I. - King: My requisite "Southern" album. I bumped this in the car for a long time. Pretty quality beats, and T.I. has a very unique presence about him. Almost scary actually. 'What You Know' was definitely one of the best songs of the year. However, not sure if it was a good thing or a bad thing that this was one of the best of the year. Best Song(s): 'What you Know' and 'Goodlife'.
So I think that's it for this list even though my mind will prolly change in like a week (or like an hour), and despite the fact that rap apparently might have worn out its welcome with the Grammys this year... there still was some good music out there.

Wednesday, December 13, 2006

It's been a long time....

I shouldn't have left you.... But i've been prompted back into action, by one of my few readers. Imagine that. There's been a lot going on with school, coaching and the like, but that's neither here nor there. So on to the 'fun' stuff...

I got this from a friend of mine: So a man in NY that is being charged with murder is having his rap 'lyrics' used as evidence against him. Take a second and let that sink in. We're talking about rap. A genre of music that is based entirely on braggadocio and posturing. One of the whole points of the music is to make those 'underprivileged' and downtrodden youth feel bigger than they are. Give them an outlet to express their frustrations with mainstream society. Now, I'm not going to discount the fact that cuz may have actually killed these two cops, but if this is the prosecution's best evidence, then there is a problem. Just because a few rappers have done some bad things, doesn't mean that lyrics are necessarily all truthful (Damn you C-Murder) If this were the case, there would be a lot less rappers out there...hmmm....interesting... but I digress.

Another problem I have with this, is that the lyrics really aren't that good. (Click the picture for proof) No offense to the guy, but he's not a rapper. As Phonte (of Little Brother) says, "Just cause you got the skills to sell dope, don't mean you got the same skills to rap about it." (I may have paraphrased some)But you know there are going to be so many people that see this as just another example of that horrible rap music that inspires the youth to go out and gang bang and deal drugs. I wonder if they would have done the same thing, if they found poems in his pocket.

The other interesting thing about this case is that the defense is calling a rap "expert" to say that the lyrics are just lyrics. As far as I can tell, Yasser Arafat Payne, is an associate professor at the U. of Delaware that has written some essays on rap music and the culture. What makes him more of an expert than me, I don't know... but either way, this case will definitely be something to keep an eye on. So until it's decided, don't write about the people you've killed.

In other news, apparently Evel Knievel doesn't agree with Kanye's statements about the 'Touch the Sky' video. (I love how in Kanye's mind, having Pamela Anderson in a video makes it amazing... If that was the case then the Pam and Tommy tape should prolly get an Oscar)

Jim Jones can ball... but he sure can't spell. (I know it seems like I'm a hater... and that may be the case, but you know what, I do respect his business skills. Anyone that can milk a phrase as much as he has and make a killing off it, is doing something right I guess.)

Speaking of rappers that suck... No rappers were nominated for any of the big Grammys for the first time in 6 years. Prolly cause rap sucked ass this year... yea that sounds about right.(Although I think that Lupe coulda gotten a best album or new artist nomination, but that's just me.)

Lastly, Lil' Wayne is wildin... repeatedly. Definitely a POOR CHOICE. Why can't we all just get along? Especially those darned rappers.

Wednesday, November 15, 2006

Here's wishing you a merry Dipset Xmas

So it's been a long while... I've been doing my school blog (yay teaching the youth) but I'm back, and I've got a bunch to rant about.

So, even though it's not Thanksgiving yet, it's never too early to start listening to Christmas music. And if you're ready to branch out and try something a little different, I present for you, from the same people that brought you DipSkate (I thought it was a skateboarding thing, which is at least "cool" now in the hip-hop scene, but no... they're rollerblading) "A Dipset Xmas". (Pause for dramatic effect)
Yes you heard that right. I know, I too am in pure shock. Where does the madness end? What's next? (Jay-Z and Russell Simmons doing a PSA against Anti-Semitism?) And I was really trying to not talk badly about the state of hip-hop in NY anymore... but come on man. Seriously? But maybe I'm jealous cause I won't be "Baaaallin" on Christmas. (The picture is from Nah Right... a great blog)

Sidenote: I once heard this great joke about rollerblading...
So what's the worst part about being a rollerblader?

Telling your parents you're gay....
the beauty is that it works with anything... hi-lari-ous.

Ok...enough of rollerblading Christmas carolers. (What do you think Jesus would say about Jim Jones trying to co-opt his holiday? Maybe not too much cause he's "Baaallin for the Lord.")

Anyway, how about Naomi Campbell? Apparently, she's a violent super-bigot. I for one, think that phrase is just hysterical, and just trying to picture her cursing out her Romanian housekeeper in a cell-phone throwing rage for stealing some of her exclusive, super model jeans also makes me giggle a bit. I hope that she has to pay some money and gets community service picking up trash or something.

On a more serious note, it's been about 10 yrs since the O.J. murder trials, and I remember how when I was in 8th grade, all the Black kids being happy he got off and all the White kids and teachers, just shocked. We didn't know why we cared, but we felt we should and we celebrated like it was a family member. We had finally gotten justice for one of our own... it was a slap in the face to the man. And today, there are many people that are still convinced that O.J. is innocent. However, I think after all but admitting how he did it in his upcoming book and interview, I don't think there are too many more that would take that stance. It's actually very interesting to see just how the lines split racially 10 yrs ago, but I'm pretty sure that most would agree today that he's just a bad person, and needs to go away. Just not classy man.

Back to asinine... This just in: Kevin Federline is a horrible person and the epitome of a tool. (However, I can't say I wouldn't at least download a Britney Spears sex tape.) I can't believe this man has FOUR children, and is fighting for custody. Can you imagine the judge's reaction when he reads that? I would pee my pants. Are you serious guy? You like someone threw up Justin Timberlake. Get your life in order... jeez. If I were Britney Spears, I would just play his album as the reason to why I should get sole custody. And if you haven't seen the video of the supposed text message divorce notice (how classy was that marriage? I love our culture), here it is: Womp Womp.

In sports, Leon Washington says "You can get the finger, the middle." (c)(Kriss Kross) It may be hard to see, but yes, he is giving you and your moms the finger. And on his rookie card. How gangster is that? Apparently it's a shout-out to his neighborhood (East side of Jacksonville... guess they're sign is the middle finger) and the card makers didn't notice this, until recently, after much complaint. He says he would never do anything like that, but still... this should probably not happen. Aren't their people that get paid to at least look at these things before they go out? Either way, the card is now selling for around 100 dollars. (I love our culture)

Alrighty... I've given you a lot so I'm gone. Next up on stage: Leon Washington and The Birds....

ee what I did there?

Happy Birthday to Lisa Bonet... we still love you

Monday, October 30, 2006

The Adventures of Agent Zero...

Gilbert Arenas a.k.a. Agent Zero, probably my favorite Wizard/Bullet since Chris Webber, has had the quite the interesting life (abandoned by his mom, lived with his father in their car, etc.). Besides being one of the quirkiest athletes around these days, he just seems like a cool guy. But, in a recent Washington Post article, I learned that Gil essentially dodged his baby's mother (with the help of the Wizards) for fear of being served with a paternity suit on national television:

"Arenas was advised by his attorney to avoid being served a subpoena in the state at all costs, noting that he could suffer a severe personal loss of wealth because of California laws governing paternity and child support.

Arenas said Wizards owner Abe Pollin agreed. "Abe Pollin was like, 'This can't happen,'" Arenas said.

The team concocted a story: Arenas had the flu. "I called my teammates. They said: 'Don't worry. We're going to win this game. We'll meet you on the plane.' " Arenas watched on television in his hotel room as the Wizards beat the Kings without him. The team spent the night in Sacramento, but Arenas flew to Houston with at least two teammates, he said.

The Wizards did not deny the episode. When asked about it last week, the team issued a statement by Pollin. "We're proud of Gilbert as a player and as a person," he said. "He has overcome a great deal in his life, he has exceeded most people's expectations, and he has become an integral part of the Washington, D.C., community. Most importantly, Gilbert is a member of our family, just as everyone is that works for me."

What began as a lovers' spat morphed into a cross-country, cat-and-mouse game in which the Wizards' star hid in hotel rooms under aliases to avoid being served in person. The entire Wizards organization played its part to keep the matter out of the public eye."

This just seems a bit crazy to me... and its not that Gil was trying to avoid taking care of his kid, cause that wasn't the case. (He actually bought a house for his daughter and her mom in VA) I'm just amazed that the team did this for him. Although, I do understand that it would have been really bad press for the team, had they served him with papers at the free throw line of a game like they wanted to.
But still... I wonder how many teams do stuff like this for their players all the time. And what else do they do for their players? Hide bodies? Pay off dope men? Provide safe houses? I guess when you're the face of the organization, they'll do whatever it takes... I guess Shawn Kemp wasn't good enough to get the same treatment?

On another note...So everyone knows that Oprah gives out tons of ridiculous gifts to the people that happen to be lucky enough to make it to her audience. But her most recent big gift, kinda caught my attention a little. (Not that I watch the show or anything, being that I'm not a middle aged White woman and such) In what she is calling her most favorite giveaway ever, Oprah is giving away $1000 debit cards... Sounds good so far... but there's a catch: you can't keep the money!?!? The fans lucky enough to be on this particular show must donate the money to a charity (not family).

I have no problems donating money and I think it's an interesting idea, but if I'm getting a gift, I'd like to be able to keep it personally and do what I like with it. It just seems a bit odd to me. I guess it's another example of Oprah doing whatever it is she feels like doing. Oh yea, and in addition to the debit card, which they can't keep, they get a DVD player... cause you can't get one of those for free for signing up for a magazine subscription or anything.

This all sounds very similar to the Seinfeld episode... "A donation has been made in your name to the 'People Fund'."

And if you like the color beige... check out Oprah's site. Beige... the color of middle aged woman everywhere.

And lastly, just in case you needed it... another, extremely sad reason why "Chicken Noodle Soup" marks the end times of our society... Please note that the "artists" behind the "song" just signed a deal for $1.7 mil. They teach kids that cooning is cool, and all I do is teach kids English... just let that sink in...

Monday, October 23, 2006

Just Been Shot? Put Out an Album

If you've ever really considered becoming a famous rapper, the first thing I would recommend would be that you get shot. I know it seems drastic and extreme, but it doesn't have to be somewhere that would cause you long lasting physical damage, but anything that can put you in the hospital for at least a night or so would be ideal. Then you can have a press conference afterwards where you make statements about how they can't hold you down, or how some
rival rapper, drug dealer, or just general hater doesn't want to see you shine. Then when all is said and done, you announce that you're moving up the date of your album like this guy... Poor Choice F-A-B-O-L-O-U-S...
How ass backwards is our culture, where getting shot and being arrested makes everyone automatically see dollar signs?

On a more humorous note... this is one of the funniest things I've heard in a while. How ridiculous is this? "Dipskate"? Are you serious Jim Jones? I for one would pay a lot of money to see Jim Jones on a skateboard. I would probably pee myself a little bit actually.

If you sit next to Snoop and doze off on his shoulder... he might hit you with a stick. Guess he really doesn't play when he leaves the comfort of the West Coast. (How great is that picture? Snoop and The Captain... wow)

And maybe Foxy missed her court date cause she couldn't hear the judge? I know... too soon. But it's the first thing I thought... does that make me a bad person?

Grab your cups of ice! Honestly, I'm not really sure what to say about this... He still scares me though.

Lastly... on a softer note... I love the new John Legend song/video... just makes me happy. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 19, 2006

Rich People are Stupid...

And this proves it... Yes, that does say "bling h2o"... Take a second and let that sink in. Besides the obviously upsetting issue that the word "bling" has been way too over used and is now considered legitimate (thank you Lil' Wayne), this might be the most asinine thing I've ever heard of. So what makes this water special you ask? Well the bottle is covered with Swarovski crystals and costs about 56 dollars a bottle. Do crystals make water taste better? I don't know, with me being poor and all, but I do know that Paris Hilton apparently gives her annoying little dog this water... I'm just confused and a bit angry.

Speaking of crystals, exorbitance, and rich people... if you, like me were wondering what the new over-priced, hood-rich drink endorsed by your favorite rapper is now that Cristal is done... well I've got your answer. It's called Armand de Brignac (sexy bottle actually) also known as the "Ace of Spades". Jay-Z shows off his new drink in the new video to that new song that sounds a lot like that other older song... if you need to ask how much the champagne is, you don't need it.

Ice T has a new album coming out... here is the cover... I'm speechless. Not really sure how you're going to sell that one at Wal-Mart.

Did Fabolous and his crew really jack Sebastian Telfair for his 50,000 dollar chain? And did Fab really shoot himself in the leg? And does this make him as wack as I thought he always was? None of this has anything to do with the fact he sucks because he has some kids thinking that's how you spell "fabulous"... Jackass.

And lastly, I have yet to comment on my Redskins in this blog, because I get sad and start to cry when I think of them. I actually think my soul has developed ulcers because of them... But its about time. I think the Redskins season can best be summed up by a conversation with my roommate: When he found out that the Skins were 10 pt favorites over the then winless Titans, he was incredulous, and extremely upset that he didn't take the points. He actually said he would have been willing to put his entire paycheck on the fact that there was no way that the Skins would be able to cover... Ouch.
And in the same vein... now we know why Heath Shuler sucked ass...

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Vampires and White men are easy...

Taxes? That's another story all together... Apparently, vampire hunter extraordinaire and star of the classic film "White Men Can't Jump" is not as tough when it comes to the I.R.S. He could face up to 40 years in jail for claiming more than 12 million dollars in refunds... yikes. Maybe he could find one of these to help him out. As a warning... if you're rich and black, the I.R.S. will get you. Its that simple.

So I saw the new Jay-Z video... and I've got to say, as with the song, I'm not impressed. And what's the deal with the Danica Patrick and Dale "I have
a 250 person capacity nightclub in my basement" Earnhardt cameos? Is that hip-hop? Maybe I just don't know. I keep hoping for something to grab onto when it comes to Jay... but I just can't, and it makes me sad. It really does.
However, what would make the video great would be spliced in footage from the "Rump Shaker" vid. Maybe even have the girl play that sax all sexy like just like in the original. "All I wanna do is zoom a zoom zoom zoom and a boom boom..."

Is this sounding a little trite to anyone else? Its like every week a rapper is either shot, or caught with unlicensed guns, or both. Let's get our stuff together folks. I wonder if he's got an album coming out soon...

On another note... at no point in my sports watching life have I ever heard of anything like this. A commentator mad that he can't join a 30 person brawl and saying as much on air. Lamar "So what if I beat up my fiance" Thomas (of the 'U' and former Dolphin) made these great comments during the Miami - FIU brawl bowl(video if you haven't seen it):
"Now, that's what I'm talking about. You come into our house, you should get your behind kicked. You don't come into the OB playing that stuff. You're across the ocean over there. You're across the city. You can't come over to our place talking noise like that. You'll get your butt beat. I was about to go down the elevator to get in that thing."
If that's not the most ignorant ridiculousness... then I don't know what is. He was really mad that he couldn't fight. I bet he was proud of the kid that was wielding his helmet like a battle axe. He was promptly fired.
The best (or worst) part of all this madness: The Miami Dade police brought over 700 kids to the game for their annual Join-a-Team, Not-a-Gang Program.
Talk about awkward... "Mommy, I decided I don't want to be a crip anymore, I wanna play for the 'U'!"
Yea... definite Poor Choices all around.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Stand Up and Wave...

Apparently not every country is quite as enamored with Jay-Z as we are. Jay's show in Shanghai has been cancelled by the Chinese Ministry of Culture (read: Big Brother) to protect against inappropriate lyrics. I don't know about this though... my guess is that they heard his leaked single (which someone may go to jail for) or something and just figured he has gone corny: Personally, "Stand up and wave.... and wave" just doesn't seem gangsta to me. Here's my question: am I supposed to do that in the club when I'm sitting and then this song comes on and causes me to rise? Or is this while I'm sitting at home or what? Perplexing I know.

I can't hate entirely on Jay though... he is making a visit to my country. Even though most Nigerians won't be able to afford to see him... but that's neither here nor there.

Jadakiss pleads not guilty to gun possession but admits to being a knucklehead.... sounds about right.

In other "hip-hop" news... Diddy is apparently using his iconic(?) hip-hop status to peddle wares for the fast food industry. This is also in addition to the soon to come "Diddy-TV" on Goo-Tube and the revelation(?) that he didn't write most of his older work. I wonder how many "have it your way" references are gonna be in his album. I say there should a gambling line put on this. I'd put the over/under at about 10.

And lastly, remember when Lawrence Phillips was just a football player and not a man that purposely drove a stolen car into a group of teenagers or dragged his girlfriend down a flight of stairs? No? Well he did play football at one point.
And I guess he can still play football... just that now it will be in jail. (Sounds like a movie just waiting to be made) Oh yea, and if you're interested in buying one of his Nebraska National Championship rings and have 20 bucks, its in a Vegas pawn shop. Poor Choices all around for that guy.

Monday, October 09, 2006

Sharing is... uh? What is sharing again?

In what has to be the worst timing ever, Terrell Owens has announced a children's book that he has coming out next month. (By the way, how great is that picture?) I'm not sure if the "suicide attempt/accidental overdose" was to draw publicity for his book... but I for one hope that it was. I think that would be the most brilliant marketing scheme to sell a book to kids ever. The only thing that could top that would be if he had R. Kelly produce a commercial for him... I mean I would ask my parents to get that for me if I was 3. As a matter of fact... I'm going to ask them to get it for me now. I really wanna see if Owens actually knows what sharing is...

If the Terrell's book tickles you're fancy... you might like these... just hilarious.

Are you serious Diddy? And people wonder why music sucks so bad... cause of stuff like this.

On another note... This is officially the last straw for New York. And people wonder why New York has fallen off when it comes to Hip-Hop. This is one half of the legendary Mobb Deep reduced to peddling himself on a site that may or may not be filled with mostly gay guys... And yo, you are a fairly big time performer, you should be able to pull girls left and right without posting in your 'about me' that you are: "down2 earth and very spontaneous." What a bama...
No one can convince me that New York will ever be back on top after this ridiculousness. They are sofTTTT... ("s-o-f capital T"). I was honestly at a loss for words... I mean, do I need to go back and listen to "The Infamous" again? I can' take your lyrics seriously after I see something like this. To be honest, I'm just confused, hurt, and a little sad... I'm sorry, I just feel cheated. Anyway... just a Poor Choice all around by Havoc and a slap in the face of the giant in Hip-Hop that New York used to be.

Oh yea... how bout them Yankees?

Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Terrell, Terrell, Terrell.....

You know why I love football season? Besides actually having something to do during the day on Sundays, there is always some great drama. And we all know that the best drama involves large sweaty men all angry from steroids. Its basically like a giant soap opera for guys that also involves hitting, jock straps, and an oblong ball... Wait, did I just say that?

Let's look at this week for instance. There was a "catfight" (Haynesworth Face Stomp), there was the he said, she said (T.o. & McNabb debate over text messages), there was the weird (Dolemite Jenkins... Napoleon's Black cousin), and there was even the wild party where drunken decisions sure to be regretted later were made. (Pacman's Party)

We even had some relationships plagued with emotional problems: (From Mighty MJD)
"I'll go on record as saying that Terrell Owens vs. Pac Man Jones is the most emotionally unstable one-on-one matchup in NFL history. I'd have loved to hear their pre-game conversation:

Owens: Hey Pac, how you doin'?
Jones: Not too good, man.
Owens: Yeah, me neither."

As a sidenote: I actually got that party invitation above emailed to me less than hour after this email from a friend:
but uh…yeah they [T.O. and Pacman Jones] deserve each other. In fact I would throw Haynesworth in there with them. I’m convinced Pac-Man is an idiot. He doesn’t have anger management issues (Haynesworth) or deep-rooted psychological issues (Owens). I think Pac-man is truly just illogical.
Sounds about right to me... Where else do you get such emotional complexity besides a middle school or a telenovela?

I mean, what is there not to love? Football has everything one could ask for. And just wait until this Sunday. I hear that Philly fans have been working on a chant for T.O. that involves the letters O and D....

Does anyone else wonder how long it took them to come up with that? Do you think there was an Eagle Fan forum composed of 20 fat, sweaty men that spent hours locked in a poorly ventilated, underground room debating what would be the most effective way to get to T.O.'s psyche? Was it similar to the signing of the Declaration of Independence? I bet it was probably a little more intense... Hopefully the strain of remembering all the different letters doesn't get to them and they start chanting "T.D." whenever Owens has the ball... (Yea, yea... I know it's easy to pick on Eagles fans)

I wonder if they shouted "Terrell, Terrell, Terrell..." enough times would he cry like Darryl Strawberry on The Simpsons? I would pay money to see that...

Either way...I sure do miss the cleverness of Philly fans (
Who have the best "cheer" in football) now that I don't live there anymore...

"E-A-G-L-E-S. EAGLES!"... oh yea, that's a classic. It's no "Hail To the Redskins", but it's brevity has a quality all it's own.

Monday, October 02, 2006

Her London Bridge is Falling Down...

Just in case you were wondering or had any doubts...
Fergie sucks. You're shocked, I know.

As much as just being her not quite talented self should suffice as an argument, I'm prepared to offer more proof. In addition to spelling the name of her album wrong,
(Dutchess instead of Duchess) she may or may not pee on herself while performing, as evidenced by the picture. I know... I'm being mean, but she basically, unabashedly and single-handedly, ruined a pretty good group. And yes, I'm extremely bitter about it. So I'm gonna take whatever shots I feel like taking. "I don't know...I'm swinging wild." (American Dad)

Anyway... If you don't believe me about her poisoning the group, please check out pre-Fergie B.E.P. stuff. And I know that I won't listen to the album and give it a fair try, but I have good reasons. #1 being that she inspired a nation of middle school aged girls to sing about their "humps"... There really is nothing as disturbing as a chorus line of 12 yr olds extolling the values of their "humps"... gives me shivers just writing about it. Also, according to HipHopsite.com, after being asked why her album was not spelled correctly while on TRL, she responded with:
"Oh I don't know, I just... wanted to be different. I like to do my own thing, I guess."
Riiiiiiiight... that's exactly what it was. Not knowing to spell is somewhat different, I guess. I personally like to do my own thing and spell things correctly.... but that's just me.

What I'm Listening To:
ALLiNeed's Profile Page

Sunday, October 01, 2006

Who Does That?

Apparently Albert Haynesworth does...

If you didn't see the Cowboys-Titans game, you missed some of the most repugnant, ridiculousness that I have ever seen in a football game. What Haynesworth did
(about 1:45 into the video) was on par with the Mike Tyson ear tasting... I mean, to kick a dude in the head while you're standing over him and THEN stomp his face, is signs that you have a serious problem, and that you may need medical attention. Maybe some shock therapy or a slight lobotomy, cause you're wiring is obviously screwed up. But I guess I shouldn't be too surprised... this is the same guy that almost ran a woman off the highway in his 26,000 lb truck. (I would fear for my life too)

Don't get me wrong, I've def wanted to stomp someone before, but I haven't, for various reasons.(I don't want to go to jail is tops on the list and I'm a half-way decent person depending on who you ask) But lets say, just for the sake of argument, that in a peyote induced stupor, that we are somehow able to excuse the initial kick to the head, as just slight anger... A slightly sane person would think that maybe one would be like "Oh snap... I just kicked him in the head while he was laying on the ground... maybe I should stop right here." But to come back again, this time stomping his face, after you kicked the helmet off his head is just dirty. I guess his don't kick defenseless people in the head and open a 30 stitch gash mechanism turned off. If he had done this outside of the football field, he would be in jail right now... watching his back for Adibisi and the like.

I think it goes without saying (but I'm still gonna say it), that this was a Poor Choice.

One last thing... If you have about 15 minutes to spare and want to hear the rant to end all rants and just the most insane radio broadcast that I've ever heard... check out this blog.

Friday, September 29, 2006

Stop The Madness

First off... R.I.P. Percy Miracles... we will miss you.

On a somewhat related
note...You know what hurts my soul? When there are 7th graders throwing up the "Roc" sign during class when they get a right answer... and then not even knowing what the sign means... But I guess when "Chicken Noodle Soup" can be considered a song... you really can't complain about anything else. We've officially opened the 7th seal my friends... I'm personally just waiting for the 4 horsemen... we've had a good run I guess.

An update on the Screech video... Apparently it's sort of a game between he and his friends. They make these tapes and compare them and give each other points based on some weird and lewd scale... definitely still a Poor Choice to me...

But the Poor Choice of the Day goes to these two priests... I guess God doesn't pay enough? Like I said... we've had a good run... the end times are coming folks.

Thursday, September 28, 2006

And so it begins...

This is my first try at this blogging thing, so we'll see how it goes.

Here we go...

We could all use some more cowbell in our lives... How great would it be if this were actually true? Christopher Walken would scare the hell out of any world leader...

Is this the last sign that Jay-Z has officially lost all hood status? I think so...

Speaking of music and such..

How about that new Lupe album? It's definitely one of the top hip hop albums I've heard this year. It's up there with The Roots' Game Theory, Outkast's Idlewild (I loved it. Don't care what anyone says), Aloe Blacc's Shine Through (if you haven't heard this, you're doing yourself a disservice), Murs and 9th Wonder's Murray's Revenge and Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere.

Despite Lupe's album being leaked (How Do You Review A Leaked Album?), and that some feel that some of the leaked songs should have been included, he has come up with an extremely refreshing take on music. Lyrically there aren't too many rappers that can see Lupe right now and yet, it still appears that he should be commercially viable ("Kick, Push"). Lupe didn't load up his album with guest stars or super star producers which says a lot about the confidence that Jay-Z (Co-Producer who makes an alright guest appearance) has in him. Apparently Jay told Lupe to not worry about radio play, but to just make music he wanted to make, and that's what he did. Although he does have The Neptunes ("I Gotcha") and Kanye ("The Cool") produce a track each, his in house producers do an excellent job. We've all seen "deep" rappers come out whose beats can't hang with them (Canibus, Ras Kass, etc.), but this is not the case with Lupe.

The best track on the album, "American Terrorist", shows that Lupe is pretty conscious of what's wrong with the world today, and really showcases his lyricism:

It's like
don't give the black man food, give red man liquor
red man fool, black man nigga
give yellow man tool, make him railroad builda
also give him pan, make him pull gold from river give black man crack, glocks to teens, give red man craps, slot machines

Pretty deep... Anyway... Go out and cop that album. Its about time we start supporting people that really care about their music.

On another note... Was there anyone else that was sick of T.O. saying he didn't commit suicide? I swear, I saw that press conference like 20 times. I mean... there is obviously a lot wrong with the dude, but he appears to love himself a little too much to go taking pills. This is the same dude that did pushups in his parking lot for the world to see... just doesn't quite add up. He really does know how to cause a scene though.

And the Poor Choice of the Day goes to Terrence Kiel of the San Diego Chargers: Sippin on Some Syzurp... Hope this doesn't effect my fantasy football team...

(picture from: http://www.deadspin.com/)

Honorable Mention: Dustin "Screech" Diamond... just awkward.

What I'm Listening To:
Lupe - Food and liquor
Talib Kweli - The Beautiful Mixtape Vol.2
Vast Aire - Look Mom... No Hands
Nicolay - Here

SkyZoo & 9th Wonder - Cloud 9: The 3 Day High
J-Dilla - The Shining
Aloe Blacc - Shine Through