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Thursday, October 29, 2009

Vans Del Barco LX Chukkas

It's no secret that I hate Vans. I really hate Vans. In fact here is my hierarchy of things I hate:

1. People who are too cocky & just beg to be knocked down a peg
2. Lil' Wayne (& his dickriders)
3. Vans
4. Preachers who aren't actually Preachers
5. Pathmarks (aka ghetto Shoprite)

-but I digress. As much as I hate Vans, since they are just popular, becuase the hipster/skater thing is popular, I must say I really like these shoes. Seriously I need these like yesterday. Both colorways are super cool.

*pics spotted on http://nicekicks.com

Gravedancing (Yes...Actual Grave Dancing, not Figurative a la Diddy & Al Sharpton)

I really don't know how to respond to this. I'm disgusted, but entertained and ashamed, yet still willing to watch it again. It's like BET in it's purest symbolic form...Yes I just pressed replay...

*rule number one keep your fazers on stun*

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

New Music Tue...Wednesday

Yeah kiddies, I'm late... here's whats interesting this week

Clipse - "Popular Demand (Popeyes)" (Feat. Pharrell & Cam'ron)

It's all the coke puns you like about Clipse and Cam at his most fun sounding, over Pharrell with an appropriately toned down beat. Besides, who doesn't love a song about drama at Popeye's? If I had a nickel...

Mr. Hudson - "Knew We Were Trouble"

I reviewed the cd last week. It's one of the songs that doesn't remind you of 808's & Heartbreak. I could see this being a hit in the UK.

Lil Wayne - "Run This Town"

Lil Wayne never lets a moderately popular song fade into obscurity without free styling over it. It's one of his better ones. Don't get me wrong, I don't like Lil Wayne, you could even call me a hater, but like the late great "Star" of "Star & Buckwild" (He's not dead, just his career), the hate is all objective. Honestly, I've heard worse (especially today)

Monday, October 26, 2009

Kanye-Proof!! Donnis is Officially My Favorite New Rapper!!!!

"Don’t say I lucked up, call it perfect timing". Look what happens to new-rapper, Donnis, a week after I listen/reviewed his mixtape. Watch when some random dude tries to Kanye up Donnis’s moment, he not only goes berserk, but has the stage presence to build up dramatic tension before. Let’s see Drake do that, all while rocking a pair of skinny man jeans.

Thursday, October 22, 2009

Donnis – Diary of an ATL Brave mixtape review

So when the mixtape originally came out in August and I found out 10 Deep (the hipster NY clothing brand that brought you hipster rap mixtape classics such as; Wale’s “100 Miles and Running” and “The Mixtape About Nothing” and Kid Cudi’s “A Kid Named Cudi”) presented the tape, I figured it would be like listening to T.I. talk about skinny jeans. So when I heard the opening “It’s 10 Deep shawty!” drop, I quickly deleted the tape. Fast forward to earlier this week. (Kanye’s DJ) A-trak, whom I like his remixes, blog and brother’s duo “Chromeo”, singed Donnis to Fold’s Goold Records, I was interested. A-trak is known for techno, so in an attempt to look for something to hold me over before Wale’s Attention: Deficit album on November 10th (no thanks necessary Daniel Wiesman), I decided to see what this mixtape was about; and honestly I am impressed.
The intro “Beginnings” properly introduces who he is, the challenges of being a “hipster rapper” and making it in the industry. Not to mention, he really is lyrically talented. When Donnis raps, it does sound like he is channeling some of his fellow hipster labeled contemporaries; “Beginnings” sounds like Drake with a southern accent, while other times he adds his southern twang to songs I wouldn’t be surprised if Wale made in a different world (using Go-Go, rather than southern influences, of course) like “Underdog” and “Country Cool”. Donnis even works with some of Wale’s frequent collaborators; Bun B (Country Cool) and Colin Monroe (I Am Me). However, Donnis really shines when it seems the hipster mentality and southern swagger form a unique identity; like the pump-upper anthem “Gone” and the smooth “Sexytime”. Also, it helps that the force behind Rick Ross’s longevity, J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, provide their usual triumphant production for many of the songs. Honestly, none of the songs are flat out awful. Maybe “Song For Every Ex” may e the cliché “I did my lady wrong song” and “Here to Stay” isn’t Marsha Ambrosius’s best hook ever, while :Over Do It” is more or less just okay. In all the mixtape more than holds its weight and I look forward to more from Donnis.

7.5/10: Listen to: “Gone”, “Sexytime”, and “Pop Them Thangs”
Avoid; “Over Do It” and “Here to Stay”

Mr. Hudson – Straight No Chaser album review

So if you couldn’t get enough of Kanye West’s 808’s & Heartbreak the first time and you found yourself craving even more borderline-suicidal sounding “singing” after 808’s Part II (Kid Cudi’s Man on the Moon: The End of the Day), then don’t hesitate to cop part 3 of the trilogy (unless Common screws up what he has with Serena Williams and decides to go emo as well), Mr. Hudson’s Straight No Chaser. Hudson, along with Kid Cudi were both instrumental pieces to Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreak, so when Cudi’s cd came out, it was easy to see what he brought to the table. Mr. Hudson’s G.O.O.D. music debut also makes it clear what he brought on 808’s as well, however, a lot of people did not like it the first time, more did not like it the second time, so a third helping may not be the best thing.
That being said, it’s obvious the cd isn’t going to be the most danceable thing in the world. Like 808’s and Man on the Moon, this album’s strength is in the amazing choruses. The (UK) smash “Supernova”(Feat. Kanye West) is a prime example. The chorus fits the 80’s synths and it is guaranteed to get stuck in your head. Along with “Stiff Upper Lip” and “Time”, these are uplifting moments of the album manage to be catchy, without the melodrama that can make the rest of the cd easier to listen to an a bad day. “There Will Be Tears” and “Knew We Were Trouble” has chorus and production combinations as well as “Supernova”, but at the wrong time, the songs can come off as grating and annoying, more-so “There Will Be Tears”. Then, some of the songs are, to be blunt; boring. “Instant Messenger” and “Central Park” really are what you would expect when one (from an American point of view) thinks of as boring British music. Then, the two Kanye guess spots “Supernova” and “Anyone But Him” make the songs seem like it’s Kanye’s album all over again, while Mr. Hudson plays back-up. The cd wasn’t bad and it definitely proves “Paranoid” and “Street Lights” on Kanye’s 808’s & Heartbreak were not just catchy flukes. Mr Hudson, as well as West and Cudi are all doing well with the alterna-pop route, it’s just Hudson isn’t doing as good a job as the other two.

6/10: Listen to: “Supernova”, “Time”, and “Knew We Were Trouble”
Avoid: “Anyone But Him”, “Instant Messenger”, and “Central Park”

Wednesday, October 21, 2009

THIS IS THE REASON I BLOG: I can't believe I am so late to this

This is too good... I really don't know where to start. There's the first dude, sounds like he's Gucci Mane's cousin, he's as Bama (country) as a ketchup sandwich. Then, I don't even know what was up with the judges. There were the two guys who were waaayy uncomfortably close. I'm sorry, but the day I let a man get up on me like that is the day I completely lose all hope for finding love & am realdy to bite the big one (no homo) shortly afterwards. Then, Eli Porter... Is he mentally challenged, is he on lean (cough syrup + some type of fruity soda), is he a crack baby or just acting stupid. I don't know or care. Finally, they had the nerve to do all of this over one of my favorite songs ever (Cam'ron - "I Really Mean It"). That's it. I'm officially not listening to anymore rap tonight. Off to listen to Lady Gaga...or whatever the pop audience thinks is cool for the night.


Monday, October 19, 2009

Kanye West – We Were Once a Fairytale (short film)

The short film/music video thing was directed by Spike Jonze, who also directed Kanye’s Flashing Lights video (the one with the white woman with enormous milk makers strips & kills Kanye in the back of a truck). Honestly, it’s a pretty sad thing to watch, because you actually feel for Kanye, because all of the scrutiny he’s getting (especially by white girls under 25; sidebar white girls under 25 keep the music business afloat). The vide…film gets pretty creepy at the end, (when he starts to puke rose petals, which is just the beginning…) but the symbolism is pretty obvious. I guess he is supposedly killing his inner demon, the thing that makes him act so crazy, other than liquor, cameras, or free publicity. It’s long, but worth the time. Also, the “See You In My Nightmares” remix at 3:41 is crazy.

Saturday, October 17, 2009

Gucci Mane – Wasted; The best waste of four minutes ever!!!

I was listening to Hot 97’s Cipha Sounds and Peter Rosenberg morning show and they brought up a good point about Gucci Mane‘s new club banger “Wasted”. When you really listen to the lyrics, they really are horrible…horribly entertaining. In less than 5 minutes Guuci Mane (yes, Mane- so you have to sound like a southerner regardless) promotes not only recreational drug use, but getting grandma on drugs, being a man-whore (without a reality show), and a Whitney Houston and Brittany Spears reference. Rappers talk about this sort of thing all of the time, but this is a new low, and with any achievement, the achiever must be celebrated. One time for Gucci Mane for setting the bar so low. Please read the lyrics, pass to a friend, hell – make some youtube parodies. Here’s the song so you get the effect w/ music and lyrics are under the clip. Just let the words sink in. Tell me your mood didn’t rise after reading the lyrics.

There’s no hate without love,

Rockstar lifestyle might don't make it
Lliving life high everyday click wasted
Sippin on purple stuff rolling up stanky
Wake up in the morning 10 o'clock drinkin
Party party party let's all get wasted
Shake it for me babygirl do it butt naked
I'm so wasted she so wasted
Tell the bartender send me 20 more cases

[Verse 1:]
Living like Witney geekin like Brittney
Gucci no hippy but these stones on like jimmy
Ex pill poppin geeked up crazy
Whole click rolling everyone is wasted
Purple codeine sprite paint don't wasted
Mix it up grandma drank it then taste it
Now grandma sippin syrup leanin wasted
Walkin around fuck up twistin her finger
Homegirl snoop up drunk got wasted
Now she backstage and she tryin to get famous
She be up drinkin drinkin gucci mane checkin
Club night damn right gucci mane wasted

Rockstar lifestyle might don't make it
Lliving life high everyday click wasted
Sippin on purple stuff rolling up stanky
Wake up in the morning 10 o'clock drinkin
Party party party let's all get wasted
Shake it for me babygirl do it butt naked
I'm so wasted she so wasted
Tell the bartender send me 20 more cases

[Verse 2: Plies]
I Don't wear tight jeans like the white boys
But I do get wasted like the white boys
Now I'm lookin for a bitch to suck this almond joy
Say she gotta stop suckin cause her jaw sore
Gotta a bitch on the couch a bitch on the floor
My partner just pop another one now he rollin more
Was on three pills now he on four
I don't know why but the remy turn me into a whore
Walk into the club pocket full of big faces
Got the .40 on my waist and is off safety
About 40 goons with me and we all wasted
On remy straight tonight dogg no chasin

Rockstar lifestyle might don't make it
Lliving life high everyday click wasted
Sippin on purple stuff rolling up stanky
Wake up in the morning 10 o'clock drinkin
Party party party let's all get wasted
Shake it for me babygirl do it butt naked
I'm so wasted she so wasted
Tell the bartender send me 20 more cases

[Verse 3: Gucci Mane]
Whole Click Faded we geek up crazy
Big boy bracelets we white boy wasted
No shirt fuck it I let her see the tatted
We strap joint disgusted and liquour keep wasted
285 eastside Me and plies wasted
Wasting several big booty brawl chasing
Spring bling 50 thousand white girls shakin
Some dancin naked but everyone wasted
Magic city monday ball player wasted
This is for the other drink dustin buds wasted
12 pack wasted I need more cases
And gucci down at oasis all my diamond carcasion

Rockstar lifestyle might don't make it
Lliving life high everyday click wasted
Sippin on purple stuff rolling up stanky
Wake up in the morning 10 o'clock drinkin
Party party party let's all get wasted
Shake it for me babygirl do it butt naked
I'm so wasted she so wasted
Tell the bartender send me 20 more cases

Thursday, October 15, 2009

Oh snap...pimps can wear J's with their suits now

Here's the new Air Jordan 1's, the "Leroy Smiths", named after Michael Jordan's mentor, or motivator or somebody who clearly must of gave off the vibe that he was on acid frequently. For now, these are only being released in Japan (figures), where hopefully they'll stay. These were just so fugly, I had to post them.

*shake n bake; Ricky Bobby* (just marinade in how randumb that was...)

so it hits me.... I NEED TO START A TWITTER BEEF

In a (shameless) attempt to promote my blog and just for kicks, I have come up with a pretty decent idea, if I say so myself. I'm gonna start a twitter beef with a rapper. I need to find a B list rapper who a) has a twitter account, b) famous enough for people to care about, c) not to famous to reply back & take the twitter bait. Unfortunately, Wale, Fabolous, and Soulja Boy have already had twitter beefs, so I cant start something with them, so here are my options:

1. Juelz Santana

2.Nicki Minaj

3.OJ Da Juiceman

All three are garbage rappers and are one liner bait. Help Spaceman move up in the ranks of hiphopblogoshpere... I think it's time for some people to be knocked down a few chains (cough* Eben Gregory*)

Tuesday, October 13, 2009

New Music Tuesday

So, since I've been absent a lot of new music has came and honestly, I'm finding myself listening to a lot of stuff i probably wouldn't have listened to. So here's what's really hot right now or what I am sure will be hot.

1. Young Money - Bed Rock (Feat. Lil Wayne, Gudda Gudda, Nicki Minaj, Drake, Tyga, Jae Millz, and Lloyd)

As much grease as I spit toward Lil Wayne and Drake, I have to admit they consistently make catchy radio hits. (Yeah I'm complimenting Lil Wayne without a back handed insult alluding to him having a homosexual relationship with Birdman or his codeine addiction...miracles happen)Bed Rock is not as catchy as the 1st single "Every Girl", but I am sure it will get heavy rotation.

2. Wale - Inhibitions (Feat. Pharrell) It's one of those "ladies songs", but Wale always knows how to make a "ladies song" tolerable enough for dudes to rock with too. Attention: Deficit 11/5

3. Lady Gaga - Paparazzi SNL Performance was crazy (not that I'm a fan). It was kinda too "alternative lifestyle" for my taste, but I can appriciate the singing, dancing, synth solo, and theatrics of the performance. She's odd, but she puts a show on.

I finally listened to the Blueprint 3: Jay-Z – The Blueprint 3 review

Initially I didn’t want to give BP3 a chance since the leeks were frankly…atrocious. “Off That” is a cliché bouncy, yet still monotone Timbaland throwaway club attempt, with Drake at his most interchangeable, “Venus ys Mars” is the same thing (minus Drake or club intentions), and Reminder is still horribly annoying. Luckily, they were easily the worst songs. The singles “D.O.A.”, “Run This Town (Feat. Kanye & Rihanna)”, and “Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys)” are indications for the album as a whole. The album has lyrics, but are overshadowed the the catchy beats and guest hooks. “On to the Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz)”, “Already Home (Feat. Kid Cudi)”, and “Young Forever (Feat. Mr. Hudson)” are all replayable and are definite highlights. It’s also nice to see Kanye at his best, actually using pretty unexpected samples, rather than the laziness he’s been known for lately (“Swagger Like Us” “Brooklyn We Go Hard”, and “Make Her Say”). In all the album turned out very good, minus the maybe 5 low points of 15 songs. To answer my own poll; it is good (rather than the expected weedplate).

8.6/10 Listen to: “D.O.A.”, “On to the Next One”, and “Young Forever”
Avoid: “Reminder”, “Off That”, and “Venus vs Mars”

Michael Moore’s Capitalism: A Love Story

When I first walked into the theatre, I thought I was just dragged into using my Friday night to watch a depressing documentary about how big business finger-pops the average person. When I left the theatre, I realized that was exactly what happened, but the movie itself was entertaining. Also, I learned some interesting facts:
o Apparently a Taco Bell manager makes more than your average pilot… seriously. Apparently the pilot that’s flying you to your luxury vacation 8 out of 10 times just came off the food stamp line.
o Your favorite companies love to hire people that are likely to die so they can make insurance of them. Honestly, as horrible as it sounds, it could be worse. It’s a recession people…& the sickly need jobs too. If you’re frail-looking, I suggest you fill out a Wal-Mart application and take that job. I mean you’ll be dead so you wont feel them dance on your grave.
o Only old people see documentaries on Friday nights. We were the only people there under 40 (I assume, it could have been older). It definitely didn’t have the mass-appeal of Zombieland.
If you’re into being edu-tained, go ahead and see it. I’d suggest going to the matinee though. It’s not like you were gonna bump into Mr/Mrs Right if you went on a weekend night anyway.

Paranormal Activity – Vote for it

So apparently this is supposed to be the scariest movie EVER, however since it’s an indie movie (and was made for less then Malaysian sweatshop workers’ salaries), it’s not showing everywhere. So go on the website, vote for it, so allegedly, when it gets a million votes, it can be released everywhere. Why not…it beats being scared by reality.

Here’s the website http://www.paranormalactivity-movie.com/

UPDATE: Before I could actually post, apparently the goal has been met, so I guess the movie is coming out. Woo.

Monday, October 5, 2009

MTV Hottest MC List 2009

Here's the trailer and here's the list:

1. Jay-Z
2. Lil Wayne
3. Drake
4. Kanye West
5. Rick Ross
6. Gucci Mane
7. Young Jeezy
8. Fabolous
9. 50 Cent
10. Raekwon

First Off, as much as I dsilike Gucci Mane, Drake, and Fabolous, I think they desrve to be there. 50 and Rick Ross are maybe's. Then, Jay-Z, Kanye, and yes- Lil"cough syrup sippin, old man tongue swallowin'" Wayne and his new Vanilla flavor, Drake are definitely worthy of their positions. However, there needs to be some serious revision (sorry that means Raekwon needs the axe). If I had to make a Hottest list, based on how "Hot" (which I'm assuming means ubiquitous)and nothing else, here would be the most accurate list:

1. Jay-Z
2. Lil Wayne
3. Kanye
4. Drake
5. Gucci Mane
6. Rick Ross
7. 50 Cent
8. Flo Rida
9. Kid Cudi
10. Fabolous

to quote a mediocre rapper...I'M BACK LIKE A SPINE!!!

So exams have quieted down a little at school and I finally have some time to breathe, so it's time to catch up on the craziness since my last post. I look forward, not behind, so I wont need to post about any of these things again. Without further delay, here's the past month, if you've been under a rock. Michael Jackson's finally buried, Kanye ruined another award show, white teenagers want to lynch Kanye, Lil Mama ruined Jay-Z's moment, there's new G-shocks, a bunch of average cds came out, and Summer is finally over. I know it was random, and obviously a run on, but who cares? I wont take so long for the next post.

*Feet on the ground, eyes toward space