Archive for the ‘Editorials’ Category

Posted at March 18, 2012 by 1 Comment

The Life & Times of Julie: SXSW, Day 3

Yesterday, I woke up super tired. I was a little weary that any of the showcases I could attend would equal both previous days. I started my day hella late, for not really any reason at all, and decided to go through this random unofficial showcase that I had seen J*DaVeY tweeting that they were at. After eating at this delicious taco truck near the Fader Fort, and swooping through there to get some Vitaminwater (seriously...I did that) I rolled over to some shady looking place named Cielo in hopes of seeing J*DaVeY, who I had missed. Nonetheless, I decided to post up there, and who did I see in the crowd except Fly Moon Royalty? What a small world. Anyhow, some girl performed whose name I didn't catch (I felt compelled to mention that?) and then Idle Warship walked out on stage! In true Talib Kweli fashion, so it seems to me, he stopped the band midway through the first song, kind of threw a temper tantrum about never having played with said band even though they were great, and then proceeded to rock the stage with Res. Following Idle Warship, Dawn Richards, formerly of Dirty Money (yeah who knew that that band was around still so that she could be a former member?) came out and did an impressive set. While I could never figure out what she was wearing, she was so bossy up there! She did a great cover of Frank Ocean's "Novacane," in addition to a bunch of Dirty Money songs. Do you know what she's wearing? Let's see, after her, Terrace Martin came out with 9th Wonder as his DJ. Yeah, no big deal. Pause. Terrace is an artist ...

The Life & Times of Julie: SXSW, Day 2

I'm not saying that I wasn't expecting SXSW to be cracking after watching The-Dream perform in a church the previous night, but I wasn't sure if anything could quite compare to that ethereal experience. And, duh, spoiler alert, yesterday was just as great! I started at the SXSeattle Showcase, but left shortly thereafter to find some food because I get super cranky if I don't eat. After eating some mediocre pizza, I decided to scope out Deco Lounge, the scene of where I would spend most of my day for the Bout That Life Showcase. Afterward, I made my way to the Convention Center, after grabbing an iced Americano, to watch Steve Stoute and Nas on their special interview panel. One of the perks of having a a badge, if you will. Steve Stoute's book The Tanning of America was super interesting, and it was cool to hear and see them rehash old memories because they've grown up in the industry together, as Steve Stoute was Nas' manager early on before turning the advertising industry upside down, and they've known each other forever. Despite that all, I was kind of bored. Sue me! Interesting people, interesting topics, but hey, I wanted to be watching my favorite trap artists, so of course, I went back to the Deco Lounge. That's the flyer. I had to throw it in here. You know I was in heaven. With all the artists on that bill, I was pleasantly surprised to recognize Marcus Manchild when he took the stage, and pleasantly surprised by his set. I was even more pleasantly surprised to see Chase back in the bar, who happens to be one of the biggest G's I know. This I realized as we walked over to the Fader Fort and ...

Posted at March 17, 2012 by 1 Comment

Thoughts on the #XXLFreshmen2012 cover that no one seems to care about anymore

And just like that, no one cares about this anymore. Yesterday, it occupied my twitter timeline more aggressively than any of the Occupy Wall Street protestors, and today, I see no whisper of it on my Twitter timeline. I'm writing about it mostly because I wrote nearly this whole post yesterday. Anywho, the yearly Freshmen issue, where XXL Magazine editors or whoever chooses a certain number of so-called Freshmen, is what keeps the magazine relevant, despite the fact that it really isn't that relevant (just examine the inductees each year). I don't really have too much to say about this cover, mostly because I work now, compared to the time when last year's cover dropped, so I don't have time to wake up at 11 every day and stay up until 2 AM making a whiny blog post about who should or shouldn't have been included. I only know who Machine Gun Kelly is because of that Lex Luger-produced song "Wild Boy" that makes me want to go start riots and burn stuff. But, let's be honest, the Fat Trel version is way better (why isn't Fat Trel on this list?). Danny Brown is a thirty year old Freshman. He's actually super dope, and I'm glad he's getting recognized, but it just goes to show how XXL Magazine truly has no guidelines or limitations on who can or can't be considered a "Freshman." That was my issue with last year's list, and that'll probably be my issue next year. Whenever I list to Future, I feel like I'm listening to a language immersion program CD. To what language, I don't know. Roscoe Dash is my favorite robotic hook man, having some of the more memorable hooks throughout the last year. I don't think I could handle ...

Posted at February 29, 2012 by Comments Off

The Maybach flops harder than any album I can think of, even Wale’s debut Attention: Deficit

I'm not trying to pick on Wale, but for whatever reason he's a pretty easy target, and for the record, I did enjoy Attention: Deficit. Regardless, Daimler Chief Executive Dieter Zetsche announced last week that the Maybach will be no more. Unlike the election of Barack Obama, hiphop was not enough to carry this monstrosity of an auto to break even, let alone profit. Personally, I've always wondered whether Oprah or hiphop had a larger influence over the 2008 Presidential election, but from the standpoint of Steve Stoute's fascinating book The Tanning of America, I'd probably have to go with hiphop. Stoute explores, from his firsthand experience, how hiphop really shaped mainstream culture, and has a much broader influence over the economy and culture than people realize. I'm on like page 25 (not including the introduction!), so someday I'll finish it and devote an entire post to it. At any rate, it doesn't sound like there is anything that could have made Maybach profitable. I wouldn't be surprised if Rick Ross' Maybach Music Group record label is more profitable than the Mercedes Benz car itself. The Mercedez-owned super luxury Maybach starts at $375,250, and in this economy, it shouldn't come as a surprise that it isn't selling like Black/Cement Jordan Retro III's. In fact, only 157 were sold last year, and we all know that one of those 157 sure isn't being driven anymore (Jay-Z and Kanye, I'm talking about your "Otis" video). I like CNN's headline best: "Mercedes puts Maybach out of its misery." I'm not sure if Alex Taylor III's article was supposed to be humorous, but he's so disparaging of Maybach that I cackled as I read it. Just because the car is super expensive does not mean wealthy people ...

Posted at November 28, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials,Jokes,News
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg

Just kidding, the GQ Man of the Year’s Occupy All Streets shirts have been restocked

FALSE ALARM! Everyone can breathe easy now! It turns out those shirts weren't pulled because they were done in bad taste, or tacky, or ugly. Instead, they were just sold out and have since been restocked, so now you, too, can look like an ignorant supporter of the OWS movement without actually supporting it. I wrote about this the other day, and said that they way Hov and Rocawear went about these shirt was the epitome of capitalism at its worst, and I still stand by that. People are protesting the greedy corporation, and with bank executives taking tax payer bonuses while people who had no business whatsoever owning a house to begin with are losing their houses. I was going to make the claim that Rocawear profiting from a social movement isn't terribly different from what those big bad corporations are doing, but yeah, not really. The feeling of entitlement annoys me, and I'm not saying I'm immune from it myself. I don't think it's right for people to just expect a handout from Rocawear, just like I don't think it's right for people to automatically feel entitled to government handouts on my dime as a taxpayer. Overall, the fact that he's profiting off a social movement irks me. The overwhelming feel of entitlement irks me, too, just like the rampant ignorance irks me, too. I kind of doubt that most of the people who are buying this are aware of how he's milking the movement, and they are making the very 1% who they're protesting against richer? I doubt they're buying the shirt because it's looks cool. Let's face it, the shirt is fugly. Semi-related, I really don't like what the OWS movement has become. I never paid that much attention to ...

Posted at November 14, 2011 by 2 Comments

Drake’s owl tattoo makes some “Headlines”

Weezy told Drizzy not to get any tattoos, so naturally, Drake went an owl tattooed on his shoulder, coincidentally debuting it at his OVO Festival in Toronto, as seen in this moving image of him and Lil Wayne embracing. They both just look so happy... Naturally, when I researched his tatt, I saw websites claiming that Drizzy was involved in the Bohemian Grove. Akin to the Illuminati or Free Masons, the Bohemian Grove is an exclusive, secret mens society outside of San Francisco, which seems to be known for, among other things, the male members peeing at large on the grounds. Supposedly, Drizzy's owl tattoo--the longstanding symbol of the Bohemian Grove--is supposed to prove that he's a new member. Get Wit It Mag goes on to liken Drizzy's supposed humiliation from the Tiffany Green debacle at the BET Awards to Taylor Swift's embarrassment from Kanye interrupting her at the VMA's, arguing that that acceptance speech was his acceptance into the occult. I would guess that Tiffany was a little more embarrassed about it than Drizzy, but who knows. Either way, it's curious, and not completely improbable. When are there too many coincidences? Considering that the owl is also the emblem of Drizzy's clothing line October's Very Own, stylized to OVO, I looked up the symbolism of an owl in my handy symbol dictionary, which is one of the trillest books that I own. I wasn't even surprised by what I read, although it seems a little too masculine to be referencing Drake at times. According to it, an owl today represents "bookish erudition," which could easily be interpreted to mean "not street," which is like me. And Drake. Ancient ...

Posted at August 17, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials,News
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg

MTV mocks itself with “Best Video With A Message” nominees

Via my twitter timeline, I saw that MTV announced the creation of the "Best Video With A Message" category for the VMA's. I felt a little incredulous, because let's be honest, when has MTV really cared about messaging in videos? I'll answer for you: never. Considering the programming that MTV is known for nowadays, the inclusion of this category is especially ironic. The message that I've gleaned from Jersey Shore, and even Real World I suppose, is that it pays handsomely to get drunk and hook up with your housemates and be public nuisances.  And it even sends you to film on location in Italy! Then, Made allows kids to be 'made' into someone else, whether that change is positive or not. To be fair, sometimes, they need that push, like losing weight if they're morbidly obese and have impending health risks. Teen Mom and 16 & Pregnant are meant to educate about teen pregnancy, but seem to glorify it by rewarding the young moms with money and tv shows, despite the fact all the mom's always seem like they're struggling for money. Nonetheless, I wanted to see who was nominated in this category so I visited MTV to see what videos were nominated. MTV is making a mockery of itself with these nominations, to say the least. I really hope this isn't secretly some indication of where our society is today, because that would give me no hope for the future. The descriptions below are all MTV's own, my dear reader. I'm not that corny. Em and Rih Rih illuminate the pain and peril of domestic violence. The California Gurl celebrates the spark and originality in all of us.

Posted at August 04, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials,News
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg

Miami-Dade County, Uncle Luke could be your new Mayor…vote wisely

A few weeks ago, there was a NAACP debate at the New Birth Baptist Church in Miami that Uncle Luke Luther Campbell and seven other Mayoral candidates attended and participated in. Nothing about Luther's action make me think that he would be an effective legislator as the Mayor of anywhere, let alone Miami-Dade County. Maybe I'm just being negative, but I feel like he is a perfect example of a candidate who sounds good on paper, at least in the successful businessman in the private sector sense, but that he can't behave himself. We have seen, in Seattle, what happens when a Mayor isn't willing to work with his City Councilmembers. First it was over the budget, now it's this stupid Alaska Way Viaduct that is actually a monumental safety risk in the event of an earthquake that is long overdue. You know it's bad if the Governor is on his case about it. Luke almost gets in a fight, demonstrates how not to effectively legislate. Luke accuses candidates of buying off other candidates. Luke proclaims that all county electeds are crooks and he's the only African American who won't be bought off.   After watching these clips, in addition to what I observed in my post last week, I have to wonder how his campaign staff feels about ...

Posted at May 23, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials,News,Politics
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg

Is “All Brown Everything” the new “All Black Everything?”

Answer: No! Never! Or, I hope not. While his wifey was premiering her new music video, Hov performed at the Adult Swim Upfront concert at the Roseland Ballroom in New York (not to be confused with the Roseland in Portland, Oregon, mind you). Plenty of VIP's were in the house, like Ne-Yo, Pharrell, Fabolous, Swizz Beats, Kid Cudi, and Fonzworth Bentley. Yeah, everyone was looking a little haggard. I don't know about you, but all I could look at is this all brown everything that Fabolous is wearing. It's like a trainwreck. I can't help but stare. And wonder. Well, yes, of course, he's the entire reason I made this post. Anyway, Jay-Z is expected to announce some type of partnership with Adult Swim on some type of show or something. I don't even know what Adult Swim is, and I'm obviously too lazy to google it. I'd also like to point out that I love rocking the leather coat with the zip-up hoodie, exactly like Pharrell and Ne-Yo. I feel special. I always felt that it made me really "Seattle" (yeah whatever that means), but I guess it just means that I'm fashionable. Spotted at NB

Posted at May 19, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg

Uncle Luke’s campaign faux pas according to a former campaign manager

Yeah, Uncle Luke is still running for Mayor of Miami-Dade County, and as expected, isn't leading the pack of the other mayoral candidates. I'm going to stop being so excited about hiphop artists running for political office because it isn't working. And yes, I'm basing this of Rhymefest and now Uncle Luke. The last job I had was a campaign manager in a political race. As a result, I know firsthand how difficult it can be to raise money, but also that the harsh reality is that raising money is the most important thing for political campaigns. It sucks, but that is the way it is. The candidate who raises more money wins the election, typically. Not always, but typically. As such, I was going to write this post as an explanation as to not how to solicit campaign contributions, but then I decided that I would go in a different direction due to the fact I'm seeing some things done that I would not recommend based on my experience. Uncle Luke has two twitter accounts, apparently, so I don't know which one is official. @Luke4Mayor is linked to on his website, but then he also tweets from @unclelukereal1, and solicits campaign contributions from that account, and just generally says the most interesting things from that account. Enticing people to donate their hard-earned money to a political campaign is not easy to do, and it doesn't help to word things like this:   No word on how that Trick Daddy fundraiser went, but for all y'all contemplating ...

Posted at May 15, 2011 by Comments Off
Category : Editorials,Politics
  • twitter
  • facebook
  • linkedin
  • delicious
  • digg