Just like I've gradually fallen out of love with nutella from eating too much of it, it looks as if hiphop's once loving relationship with President Obama has fallen to the wayside as well. First Diddy and Will.I.Am voiced their negative opinions on his job performance, and now Pac Div. Yeah, it's obvious Obama hasn't done with the war what he had promised. In fact, his foreign policies aren't even that different than Bush's were, that he campaigned against in 2008. Yeah, I'm also going to mention that who bombing Libya without Senatorial or Congressional authorization thing, too. Obama has also basically ignored one of his main 2008 campaign platforms, which was immigration reform. Instead, with the majority in both the Senate and Congress, he chose to pass that hot mess of a health care "reform," which was clearly his priority. In the meantime, President Obama has also flipped his stance on gay marriage to be completely opposite of Candidate Obama. Like many little shops, the only worthwhile place in Lynnwood, WA, a little pastry cafe, appropriately named Pastry Cafe, shut down. One time I went there, and wasn't sure if it was a pain au chocolat I was seeing, so I asked, and the guy told me, "No, that's a chocolate croissant." In Lynnwood, that's a chocolate croissant I guess. Maybe that's why they went under. But, I spent some time in France, so I became well acquainted with delicious pastries, and that was one delicious pastry. Remember those small shops, like Pastry Cafe, or that record shop you used to ...
Archive for June, 2011
"Sounds Of My City" is not only my favorite track off True Theory, but also one of my favorite songs from 2011. In case you're wondering, in no particular order, the other songs that round out my top five are "Look At Me Now," "6 Foot 7 Foot," "I Think I Love You," and there's one spot open. "Sounds Of The City" demonstrates Luck-One's engaging ability to tell stories, and the Chi Duly beat just makes me feel happy. It's even better to listen to when it's sunny outside, which regrettably in Seattle, isn't very often. Make sure you cop your copy of True Theory here. A few months ago, I posted his video for the song "Palestine." Apparnetly, most people couldn't comprehend the message of this song, so Luck-One took to Facebook to explain it. I'm not going to pretend like I'm an expert on Middle Eastern conflicts, but I keep up with current events, and have a basic understand of what's going on in the world. Ignorance in not bliss, my dear readers. I was nonetheless very surprised, and slightly dismayed at people missing the significance of Luck-One's great song. Read on to see his explanation of "Palestine" on Facebook. For clarity's sake.... Let me just begin by giving some context. When I wrote this song, I felt I had done it. Not even being entirely sure where it came frame, I stepped back from around an hour's worth of scribbling on the pad, repeated to myself what I had written, digested the product, and thought "Damn, I'm good". At the time that this rhyme manifested itself ( it really was such a bizarre occurence I honestly nearly feel like I had no ...
Does Swizzy have some unfortunate chest hair, or did he groom it into a heart? I can't tell, but I wouldn't put it past Mr. Alicia Keys to groom that shit into a heart. At least those headphones are over his real heart.
Based on what I'm reading about the interview with my man Weezy over at XXL, this sounds like it's going to be one crackin' interview. Case in point? Here is an excerpt of what he tells writer Shaheem Reed: “What is good about me is that I’m an interesting muthafucka. I’m Dwayne Michael Carter period! Whether I’m a rapper or not, I’m interesting. And that’s what my album’s gonna be about: me and how interesting I am.” I am definitely going to cop this issue. I think the last issue I purchased was the disappointing Freshmen of 2011 one. In addition to that trill cover, the interview sounds really interseting (to borrow a word from Weezy). Weezy also talks about his retirement, which I hope does not happen any time soon. He cited the reason that he wants to be there for his kids, which I completely understand and respect, but this blogger would be sad if Weezy retired. Really, really sad.
I luhh Fiji Water just like I luhh Pac Div. Obama, not so much. BeYoung is right, though. I do take way too long to get ready. And I do know that this is my fuckin' song.
2011 hasn’t been a good year for rappers and tattoos. I, personally, would never get a tattoo because I think it would be terrifying and I don’t deal with pain well. Also, they’re just not my style. The only one I would seriously consider getting is a giant "Cash Money" across my abs, since my old college roommate Megan has a standing offer for any of her female friends for that specific tattoo. Someone should start a wack tattoo tumblr. Or, more specifically, I was thinking about “Wack tattoos from the Northgate 24 Hour Fitness.” I won’t do it, though, since I don’t have the balls to betaking sneaky pictures of people. I always see the same lady who has a tatt of her cat's face, with human eyes, and that creeps me out. No, I will never get any tattoos of my cats. For reasons unbeknownst to me, Rick Ross decided to follow in the footsteps of the mentally incompetent Gucci Mane, who could very well be in jail still for all I know, and Yung LA, who has since covered the Duck tattoo with another tattoo. He got the logo of Cazal Eyewear on his cheek. I wonder if he is hoping for a sponsorship? Even though I've made it pretty clear I won't get any tattoo, let alone one on my face, I'm wondering what brand logo I would get. If I cared about the Sonics (get over it) and that Sonicsgate drama, I would get a Sonics logo. I really like Ray-Bans, so maybe I would get that logo. And I also like shopping at Nordstrom...and on occasion, Forever XXI. Now, my dear reader, see how ridiculous this sounds?!
Howdy Partna. First, it was Big Sean. Now, Tyler, The Creator Tyler dresses up as Kanye. I wonder what who he will dress up as for Halloween. I got a good chortle out of Tyler, The Creator's tweet: I don't know about y'all, but I personally hope that he dresses up as Drake next.
THADWICK TRISTEN TREVOR lll & SWAN COLTRANE - "Brain Champagne" (Official Music Video) from Stephan Gray on Vimeo. What do you get with one half of Helladope and one third of State of the Artist? Adventures in a Helluvastate. Get it?? I love clever stuff like that. And beautifully executed music videos like this. To be exact, however, Helluvastate is not the name of the group, hence the aliases of Thadwick Trevor Tristen III and Swan Coltrane (that's for you, Will). "Brain Champagne" is the first video off the Adventures in a Helluvastate, which you can download for free here. Stephen Gray directed and is responsible for this filthy, filthy video...in the sense that it's super clean. Sorry, I'm on that Seattle slang. I guess that's what happens when you live here. Last week, I went to a Japan benefit concert that SOTA headlined because it was for a good cause, and because I always have a lot of fun at their shows. As usual, they didn't disappoint. Also in the building that night were members of Cloud Nice, a collective in Seattle which is home to Helladope among some other groups. Before I knew it, some of the Cloud Nice crew joined SOTA on stage. Stuff like this doesn't happen in Seattle! At least at the shows I tend to go to. Jarv Dee, Tay Sean, Jerm, and Nacho Picaso joined Parker, Thaddeus, and Hyphen8d--collectively known as SOTA--on stage. Tay Sean and Jerm are Helladope, and Jarv Dee and Nacho are two thirds of BAYB. So, it's Tay Sean ("Swan Coltrane") and Thaddeus (Thadwick Tristen Trevor III) who make up Helluvastate, and Jarv Dee is the one driving them around in the video. Got it? I mostly just typed this paragraph out for ...
Is there anything that Pharrell hasn't, or won't, do? Now, after providing the music for Revlon, he stars in the commercial with Jessica Biel, who is basically irrelevant now that her and Justin Timberlake are dunzo. Maybe Revlon will keep her career alive. In my humble opinion, Pharrell is more pretty than I don't know what it is about this commercial, but I started laughing about 20 seconds in. It is funny! Then again, I've noticed that I always laugh at inappropriate times. But, I can barely see anything since it isn't in HD, and it's all dramatic, like some old-fashioned Hollywood movie, but then there's Pharrell's falsetto in the background and then there's...Jessica Biel...for Revlon. This isn't a Chanel ad. Revlon, you are not Chanel. And I would still take the Cover Girl mascara over the Revlon one in this commercial. Even if Pharrell is involved. And I highly doubt that Revlon is the reason that Pharrell has aged so well and still looks beautiful...
The video dropped today for "FTW," which can be found on Emilio Rojas' Life Without Shame. Killer Mike and Emilio Rojas are both two artists that I really like and respect because they tend to be outspoken, and don't hold anything back. At all. In fact, "like" might be a slight understatement for my appreciation of Emilio, but that's neither here nor there. So this morning, I was perusing through twitter, when I saw this video being posted. I thought to myself, "sweet, it's Friday, National Donut Day, AND a new video from Emilio Rojas?!" But then, I ate a donut and got a stomach ache, and then I watched the video and thought it was a little wack. Once I finally figured out that "FTW" stands for biker-gang dialect version of "fuck the world" and not "for the win" as I had originally thought, the video made significantly more sense. On the whole, though, I still find it to be pretty unimpressive. Sure, it's all fancy in that black and white, and it has KILLER MIKE and EMILIO ROJAS, but they're just flipping the camera off for three minutes and I'm bored of it. I'm still a little sad that Killer Mike didn't make it to Seattle for the Hustle 'N Grind Tour...but what can you do? We're still waiting for you out here, Mike Bigga! And bring Emilio with you while you're at it!
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