Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Dallas....Cavs?? Really Cleveland???


Aight Cavs fans, we understand you're a little bitter about Lebron but this is too much. Even though I'm still sick that my Bulls aren't in the Finals, this series will be over in no more than 6.

Sorry Dallas.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


Go cop.


Monday, May 9, 2011

Sophomores - The Annexation Mixtape

Been meaning to post this for awhile. Two of my classmates from Morehouse, Justin and Ray, teamed up to form the duo, Sophomores. They released The Annexation last month and I've had it in heavy rotation pretty much ever since.

Check out Dreamy, one of my favorite joints from the tape, and download the mixtape here.

LA meets New York type shit.

Remaining “G" Until the Moment You Expire by Kyle George

Last week on Twitter, @CheapSeatFan posed the question: 400 Degreez or Ghetto D? I mean, both were classic albums but the overwhelming favorite was 400 Degreez. This led to my man Kyle sending me a paper he wrote back at Morehouse about the song Ha. And it's actually pretty dope read. Check it out in its entirety below:

Kyle George
February 23, 2009
CSE #2
HAAS 210
Dr. Wilson
Remaining “G" Until the Moment You Expire

The idea of “realness” is depicted in an unique, and in some ways, sarcastic manner in Juvenile’s entitled song “Ha,” hailing from his 1998 album, 400 Degreez . This song gives an accurate testament to the fallacies within the mindset of black males in urban communities. The satirical “realness” in the song relates specifically to the misconceptions of success in the minds of young black men in the projects of New Orleans, Louisiana. The major themes found in the song relating to “realness” are: the male’s domestic role, drug dealing, and the idea of toughness.

Juvenile uses the term “ha” at the end of every statement to pose a question to the character being described throughout the song. The subjects of infidelity and the absence of black fathers are introduced in the first verse of this song. Infidelity is prevalent in the lines, “That's you that can't keep yo' old lady ha/ cause you keep fuckin’ her friends ha.” This statement holds true to the idea of being a so called “player,” or a man who finds difficulty in staying loyal to his monogamous relationship. Juvenile questions the male’s priorities by stating, “That’s you wit that bad ass Benz ha…. You got served a subpoena for child support ha.” This depicts the strong reality of a male having expensive possessions such as a Mercedes Benz, when they have failed to provide financial support for the children whom they have fathered.

Juvenile also describes the perception of drug dealing as a means to gain success and respect in this environment. The mentality of a young black male who aspires to sell drugs as a way to gain notoriety is illustrated when Juvenile proclaims, “You know who got that fire green ha /You know how to use a triple beam ha/ Shit ain't hard as it seems ha.” Juvenile is stating that just because a person may know a drug supplier or know how to operate a scale for measuring the substances does not mean they are built for that particular lifestyle. Further questioning this reasoning, Juvenile continues, “You want to run the block ha….You countin money at the end of the night ha….You duckin them people ha.” To speak to an urban crisis, a young man aspires to govern his block by being the superior drug dealer, which is rewarding financially; however, now they are faced with the challenges of dodging the police and jealous individuals that may want to rob him of his possessions and power. This previous statement is also in line with the theme of living up to the expectations of being a “G.”

Juvenile speaks to the idea of being “real” by questioning the toughness of an individual, “You don’t go in the projects when its dark ha/ You claim you thug but you ain’t got no heart ha.” According to Dr. Wilson, one of rules of hip-hop culture is “keeping it real,” which means not to portray false images about your situation and be true to yourself. In Juvenile’s example, this individual has not been “true” to who they are by claiming they are a “thug,” yet are scared to visit the projects after nightfall. This element of the song provides an idea of the survivalist reality in which they are apart of.

Pretty good read. And just to refresh your memory...

Rosario & Audrina.


Happy Birthday, ladies.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

New Must-Have Albums

Both dropped Tuesday. You should definitely grab these two.

Fleet Foxes - Helplessness Blues

Beastie Boys - Hot Sauce Committee Part Two

Two definite must-haves.

¡Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Let's make it a good one, people.


Tacos y cerveza on U Street, anyone??

Wednesday, May 4, 2011

J. Cole - Disgusting [Prod. by J. Cole]

New Cole shit.

And it's hot.
J. Cole - Disgusting

Download: Disgusting

Although the release date and title for the albums haven't been released, at least we know it's pretty much done.

Let's see if Disgusting can hold us over in the meantime.

Tyler the Creator feat. Frank Ocean - She

Goblin drops May 10th.
We're almost there.

My man Brandon and I were BBMing about Tyler's upcoming album and I was thinking about how tough this last week's gonna without checking it out now that it's leaked. Well, for those of you waiting for it to drop next Tuesday without listening to the leak, here's something to hold you over. She is expected to be the next single from Goblin and it features the lone R&B artist from Odd Future, Frank Ocean. Check it out:

Tyler the Creator feat. Frank Ocean - She

Aight guys, just six more days.

See also:
Tyler the Creator - Tron Cat

Derrick Rose Wins MVP

I mean, we've all known for a few weeks that this was going to happen but last night made it official. Rose becomes the youngest MVP in league history at 22 years old, a distinction previously held by Wes Unseld who won the award in 1969 at 23.

Rose received 1,182 total points in the voting with 113 first place votes. He edged out Orlando's Dwight Howard (643 points, three first place), Miami's LeBron James (522, four first-place votes), the Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (428, one first-place vote) and Oklahoma City's Kevin Durant (190).

Well done, Derrick.
Now let's go get this ring.

Monday, May 2, 2011

Incubus - Adolescents [Video]

New Incubus. This is from their upcoming album If Not Now, When? due in July. Haven't dropped a new album since 2006 and they haven't lost a beat.

Big K.R.I.T. - Dreamin' [Video]

Finally the video for my hands-down favorite track off Return of 4Eva. I wish I hadn't waited so long to get into Krit. Better late than never, I guess. Check out Dreamin':

If you haven't downloaded already, do yourself a favor and stop fakin.

Bulls Set For Game 1, Thibodeau Wins Coach of the Year


This weekend, Bulls Head Coach Tom Thibodeau was named the 2010-2011 NBA Coach of the Year, joining the ranks of Johnny "Red" Kerr (1967), Dick Motta (1971) and Phil Jackson (1996). This is a major accomplishment mainly because winning this award in a rookie campaign has only been done six times before this year and in doing so, he also guided the Bulls to the best record in the NBA.

Hawks at Bulls, Game 1 @ 7:00 pm.

Osama's Dead...What Next??


The news spread like crazy last night about the death of Osama bin Laden. I have to admit, I was a little happy to think that American's that lost family and loved ones 10 years ago may finally be able to get some closure following such a tragic event. I feel like that's the main takeaway from this. Or at least it should be.

The other thing I thought about was, while this should be a moment of celebration, there is still the threat of possible backlash from al-Qaeda radicals. (Knock on wood) Closure is good but we still need to be focused on the bigger picture, which is ending terrorism in the nation and the world.

As my man Dave said on Twitter: The leader is dead but the ideology is still very much alive.

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Tyler the Creator as Thurnis Haley Remix [Video]

Tyler keeps coming with funny new shit.

This one is totally unrelated to music. But still funny nonetheless.

...and the beat's kinda tough. Check it.
I have no idea how he comes up with this shit. Shouts to Modi for the heads up.

[Note: Also, peep the original and Part 2.]