Super Fat Tuesday

February 5, 2008

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Today is Fat Tuesday and Super Tuesday, so it is officially Super Fat Tuesday.  Its where you must be super nice to fat people.  Tell a sexy big lady in your life, just how sexy they are.  I suggest celebrating the holiday listening to  Juvenile – Mama Got Ass (She Get It From Her Mama) while eating ice cream.


Who Will Snoop Dogg Vote For?

February 2, 2008

Political activist / Media correspondent Snoop Dogg, oh wait, I mean Blunt Smoker/Rapper/#1 Pimp Snoop Dogg is torn up about who to vote for. Or at least thats the implication between CNN political ticker headline Snoop Dogg torn between Obama, Clinton. Now I have no problem with this article, I mean people are always curious what candidates celebrities support.  And with the rockstar like craze Obama has been using to help people look past his weak credentials and even weaker plans, it is refreshing to see a celebrity not just jump on the wagon.  Many celebrities with little to no political knowledge have jumped behind Obama helping to raise money and awareness.   Some how there is this implication if you don’t support Obama over Clinton you are some racist who hates change.

What I thought was funny is that the article is the top story on the CNN ticker, which is a blog I frequent several times a day.  If I were Snoop I would write a rap about the two candidates and switch between the verses who I was supporting.  Add in his characteristically smooth hooks and he now has new hit that every station will jump to play throughout the primary season.


Rapping the Presents for Christmas

November 29, 2007

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I like rap music.  I like christmas songs.  There in lies the problem.  There is an incredible lack of christmas rap.  I understand the classic carols are important, but most other genres have a decent share of christmas songs.  Country music has great, sad christmas songs.  Rock music has fun, jump around christmas music.  Pop music has updated verisions of classics, and occasionally new christmas songs.  But rap?

This christmas I want Kayne West, Lupe Fiasco, Jason Foxx, Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, and Mos Def to come out with a christmas albums.  If you think it can’t be done, let me share two things.

1.  There have been  good Christmas raps before.  A la “Christmas in Hollis” (the video is some goof high school boys, but the song  is still fly)

2.  Ludacris is getting the trend started this year.  The song has a sweet background and tons of product placement for his film Fred Claus.  (There is no real video yet, but check the song out)


He’s real and that’s rare.

November 10, 2007

Alex put me on Lupe Fiasco a couple of months ago, but it just didn’t click initially. But now I am addicted. I just heard the wrong song first. I first heard his break out hit “Kick Flip” and thought it was okay, but nothing to write home about (or blog about). But now I’ve listened to all his previous work and it is solid.

I am huge fan of urban-suburban meshes that blend street and skate culture. I think the result is intensely cool fashions that utilize bright colors, functionality, comfort and freshness. It also tends to result in fun music. I think music should be essentially a reflection of life. So I want to listen to love songs when in love, loud rock when I’m angry, and expect to have upbeat songs to listen to when I am happy. So when happy (and if you are doing life right that is the majority of the time) I usually get stuck listening to poppy top 40 songs or oldies, as opposed to my preferred rap music.

That is where some of the current and up and coming rappers are really stepping up. Jason Fox, Gym Class Heroes, Kayne West, Pharell and my currently love Lupe Fiasco are pumping out catchy non gangster rap. I don’t have to feel bad about being a middle class white kid who listens to rap. I am not some sort of wigger, I like the music, I’m not out wearing gangster clothes, talking in slang, and rocking gang symbols or tims. I am listening while driving, studying, or dancing. Not to say these guys are rapping about some heavy things, but in those instances it is not related to glorifying violence or drugs. If those topics are in the song it is about how guns, drugs, violence, crime, and poverty are holding the black community down.

So I highly recommend checking out some of his work, these are the links to a few of my favorites:

Dumb it Down

He Say, She Say

Kick Push

I Gotcha

Daydreamin


Like Damn that’s Hott

October 8, 2007

These are my two current obsession songs (they have been on repeat all morning). The first song is Missy Elliot, Lil Kim, and Keyshia Cole. It is a combination of things I like. It is a fun rap (as opposed to violent), it is all ladies with a female empowerment vibe, it has crazy ass missy elliot laughing, it has keyshia cole’s strong voice, and lil kim’s spunk. I don’t have the mp3 so here is the video, which is worth checking out anyway. I totally rocked out to his on the way to school this morning, it put me in the mood to learn.

I also like this song by Emmy Rossum called “slow me down”.

Both videos are using sex to sell music. and it works. the first video has a hot club scene with pretty girls dancing, you can’t really go wrong with that. the second video is pretty calm, but emmy rossum is sexy enough walking around.


What is worse for kids? Gay People or Gansta Rap

September 30, 2007

In a battle between the queers and Ja Rule.

Ja Rule told Complex Magazine that gays are pretty much evil and to blame for America’s problems. He wants to shift the blame society puts on rap onto the gays.

“And if it is, then we need to go step to Paramount, and fucking MGM, and all of these other motherfuckers that’s making all of these movies and we need to go step to MTV and Viacom, and lets talk about all these fucking shows that they have on MTV that is promoting homosexuality, that my kids can’t watch this shit,” he continued. “Dating shows that’s showing two guys or two girls in mid-afternoon. Let’s talk about shit like that! If that’s not fucking up America, I don’t know what is.”

GLAAD responded with a statement.

“No fair-minded person can look at JaRule’s interview with Complex Magazine and believe for one second that his children could be more harmed by what they might see on television than by the vulgarity and prejudice that comes out of their father’s mouth.”

Ja Rule received tons of negative press from both mainstream media and even within the hip hop community. What one may personally feel about homosexuality in regard to their morals and faith is up to them, but most people don’t want a rapper telling them what is right and wrong. He raps about killing people, drug dealing, and degrading women. After the negative press, he responded by claiming he was taken out of context and that he is fine with gay people. In the classic response, he basically says “I know gay people, so I must be tolerant”.

“I was taken out of context. My statement was more about where our mind state is as a people. We’re focused on the wrong things — like, our country is at war right now.”

How would you react if one of your kids told you that he or she was gay?

“That’s their own preference. I’m going to love them regardless. I have relatives that are homosexuals and, you know, they come over for Christmas, hang out. It’s something that starts with us. That’s why my album is named ‘The Mirror’ — because everybody has to look at themselves and take it upon themselves to educate. It’s my responsibility to educate my children — not the TV. I think a visual is more influential than audio, but that goes without being said. You know, that’s the world we live in and people are tight in the collar about a lot of issues. It is what it is.”