I don't know the specifics of this photo, some fundraiser I'd imagine, but Pharrell is hanging out with President Obama again, along with other people like Anna Wintour. I don't know if it's true, but I've read that Obama is having trouble raking in the money from his wealthy donors like last election cycle. I don't think Hollywood has recovered from his administration's lack of support against the fabled SOPA bill. I'm still jealous that he gets to hang out with Pharrell. I'll never forget the moment when I found out that McCain officially conceded, and Obama was elected. I was in the middle of my 3 hour long, weekly course on Dante's trilogy, which includes The Inferno. Yeah. Anyhow, I've been thinking about starting to paint again. It's just that whole issue of having enough time that gets in the way. I kind of miss it, and I'm kind of thinking, more seriously than ever, that I'll need to become an expatriate come November, regardless of who wins the Presidential election. Spotted at Pharrell's FB
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Sometimes, the stories just write themselves, and that's almost always the case with Drake. I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him. That’s the goal. I watch all the addresses. Anytime I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel, I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impressions. I’ve been reading scripts for a while. I want to do something great. I want to do something for my culture: the younger people who are still in tune with everything going on. I’m actually writing with my friends right now. I forget that Drake used to be Wheelchair Jimmy, but then again, he was in a show with Shanae Grimes, who I see sucking at acting every week on 90210, so I don't know how to feel about the fact that not changing the television channel or being pretty good at impersonations is a qualifying factor. Like, I'm pretty good at impersonations, too, especially of Drake. All I need to do is purse my lips and wave my hand around all wild. I wonder if he shares the same reverence for Obama that he does for The Queen. HipHopDX
Normally, I'm not really a fan of the The League of Young Voters Education Fund (LYVEF). I wasn't really impressed by them last year, in part because their assembled panel were all Obama supporters anyway, but also because the point of their ustream was to "contextualize" the President Obama's State of the Union Address. It just seemed a little demeaning to my intelligence because I'm quite capable of listening to him talk and understand what he's saying. 2012 is a whole new year, and with that, it appears that the League of Young Voters Education Fund is taking a slightly different approach for this year, likely because it's an election year. The video features Goldie Taylor, who works for MSNBC, CNN, and TheGrio.com (yeah I don't know), with Dee-1, who I just really like, hitting the streets to talk about issues and shit with voters. I don't know if it's been rebranded to Barack Talk 2012 to help with reelection efforts, or because Barack is talking for the State of the Union Address. Works either way, I suppose, although it was kind of obvious that it was geared toward specifically voting for Obama, with the "the first time I voted..." But whatever. When I first glanced at "Barack Talk," I thought it said "Barack Back." If Obama is reelected, what rapper will release "Barack Back?" Here's the info about the LYVEF viewing party and panel over ustream. Will you be watching the State of the Union this Tuesday? Spotted at The Dopehouse
Last night, 60 Minutes ran a segment on Republican House Majority Leader Eric Cantor. You can watch that interview above, which was a little hostile for my taste. I don't watch 60 Minutes, but it seems like Lesley Stahl is trying to be more Bill O'Reilly than Bill O'Reilly, or in other words, interrupting with leading and argumentative questions. If you skip to the 9:05 mark, you will find out that Eric Cantor actually listens to Wiz Khalifa, Jay-Z and Lil Wayne. For some reason, I find it super amusing that he says, "I like that Wiz Khalifa stuff," before mentioning Jay and Lil Wayne. And yes, it is actually true, in case you're liking doubting him. I also didn't realize that the White House demonized Cantor, and that he's on some quest to humanize himself. I guess I should pay attention more, since it's 2012 and all. Was it Cantor who printed out the entire 2,000 plus pages of the health care bill and carted it to meetings? Whoever did that, I'm not sure what is so inappropriate about that, or curbing government spending, for that matter.
Long story short, Young Jeezy is miffed that his song "My President is Black" didn't earn him an invite to the White House. The feeling of entitlement runs rampant in this country. When I read Jay-Z's book Decoded, there was a chapter that talked about the presidential election, and detailed how Jay-Z joined Jeezy on stage in DC after Obama was elected, and they were yelling something like "Fuck Bush!" I forgot that I lent Decoded to my friend in Tacoma, AKA that means I'll probably never get it back, so I can't directly quote it. Damn. After reading that part of the book, I was highly unsympathetic about anything that related to Jeezy because I thought it was a little crass. Besides, I'm not a huge Jeezy fan anyway, despite his trapiness, and I'm also not a huge fan of most of Obama's policies, but I'm not yelling "Fuck Obama" every time I have an audience (which is never, but still). Among many aspects from Jeezy's interview, I was surprised that he used to watch Dennis Miller's show, who is hilarious by the way, and that he likened the state of America when Obama was elected to "a badly managed Wal-Mart." I have not heard that comparison before, but it saddens my heart that Wal-Mart is associated so strongly to America. I despise Wal-Mart. Another point worth mentioning is that there are a fairly large majority of voters who did vote Obama into office, and feel betrayed by what he's done while in office, verses what he promised on the campaign trail. No one is ever happy and people just love to complain about something, basically. He's way too liberal for Republicans, and not liberal enough for some Democrats. His healthcare legislation didn't go over well, and Wall Street ...
What a pleasant start to the week! James Davis, better known as Baracka Flocka Flames, dropped "I Run The Military" over at WSHH. He is always on point with his parodies. Always. At first, I was just sitting here, laughing, because he does such a great impersonation of Obama, and that girl really resembles The First Lady. But as I continue to sit here, since I work at a computer all day, I realized how great his rhymes are. I kind of feel like he could give some actual rappers a run for their money because his flow is on fire. I started laughing so hard at his line about Lupe ("Lupe...ain't vote for Barack, that's why it took so long for his album to drop...") and then I just continued to laugh and simultaneously be impressed by everything he said about all the other candidates. It's pretty admirable that he knows everyone. Like, if my homegirl and I asked him who Michele Bachmann was, he would know. Baracka Flocka Flame definitely has my endorsement for 2012. Not Barack Obama, but Baracka Flocka Flames.
Que BILLAH is a Chicago emcee who I recently became familiar with, as in like 10 minutes ago, after seeing "No Blogs in the Wild" over at Fake Shore Drive, one of my favorite music websites. While Chicago has given us many good artists like Kanye and Common, and revered politicians loved by yours truly like Rod Blagojevich and Rahm Emanuel, so I've always been partial to the city even though I've never been there and that's where Obama is from. Seriously, though, Rahm is more badass than most rappers. What rappers sent a dead fish to their critiques? Yeah, I thought so. I always appreciate a clever song, like James Davis/Baracka Flocka Flames "I Run The Military," and "Blogs in the Wild" is no different. It's actually a lot cooler than I expected, and isn't ranting about blogs that don't post his stuff. By the way, I'm pretty sure that that sad computer is how my computer would look if it had a face. I'm about 99.9% positive that Apple designs their computers to slowly fail by year three--it's already happened once, and being in Europe while it happened didn't help--and I think it's happening again. Spotted at Fake Shore Drive
Costa Rica in the summer sure sounds nice right about now. From what I read on the LupEND Blog, Lupe dropped "American Terrorist III" via twitter. I can't really keep up with Twitter nowadays, but that's what my Google Reader is for. "American Terrorist III" sees Lupe rapping over "Nightfall," by Kavinsky & Lovefoxxx, which was produced by Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo. "American Terrorist III" was very intriguing to me, aside from Lupe's typical lyrical storytelling. A couple weeks ago, he released Friend of the People II, a mixtape done over dubstep beats. I think techno, electronic, and dubstep all kind of blend together for me because I never listen to them, but I had assumed that this would be more along the lines of the content on that tape, verses something I typically like. To clarify, I did like Friend of the People II, but more on that at a later time. If anything, Lupe rapping on a Daft Punk beat reminded me of Kanye and "Stronger." Additionally, as the name of this song reads, it is "American Terrorist III." "American Terrorist" is on Food & Liquor, so where is "American Terrorist II?" People are hypothesizing that it will be on Food & Liquor II. Or maybe it's a governmental conspiracy theory. Maybe they're finally getting to Lupe! Nah, that'll never happen. Let's be real. Lastly, and perhaps least important, but still worth mentioning, is that I was slightly surprised that he didn't mention Obama. Earlier this year, he very publicly referred to Obama as the "biggest terrorist." But, perhaps it didn't fit in with the narrative in this case.
Shawn Chrystopher is currently on the I Am Finally Famous tour with Big Sean and CyHi The Prynce--read that review--and I was able to chat with him when they were in Seattle. Million dollar question: does Shawn Chrys feel Finally Famous? Well, you'll just have to keep reading to find out because I'm not going to give that away in the introduction paragraph! We also talked about the 2012 presidential candidates, the Occupy Wall Street movement, going college, his favorite horror movie, who he would love to collaborate with (that one surprised me!), Law & Order: SVU since Stabler's departure, and The-Dream's "Fancy" vs. "Nikki" part 1 and 2, among many subjects. Shoutout to Shawn, Randy, Ashley and everyone else in Honour Role Music! Julie: 'K it’s rolling. So, first of all, do you remember me from iChat? Shawn: Yeah, I do. J: Let the record show that Shawn Chrystopher is hella cool because he iChats his fans! Both: S: That was a while ago. J: I know! A really long time ago. It’s been cool to kind of follow your career. I remember when I heard you the first time, it was “Like A Kid Again,” which is one of my favorite songs by you, and it must have been on Shade 45, and they didn’t say who it was, so I just went home and plugged in all the applicable words until I figured it out! Then I downloaded it. So when I was doing my research, I saw that you went from kindergarten to second grade, and then graduated early. I was kind of wondering, did that contribute at all to “Like A Kid Again?” S: Yeah, I mean, you know, I had to always ...
Apparently even Watch The Throne isn't too good for backstage tour vlogs, so voyr.com is doing that shit for them. I can't figure out how to embed it (I might need to pay? F that), so you can click that link to hear Kanye's voice wax poetic as he reads the text below. Or you can just read it in a funny voice inside your head and probably be more entertained. I always joked and I was like 'Ok, I'm doing music but there is a bigger plan for me. At a certain point I wasn't given this power for no reason and now it's starting to open up. I was just thinking about my funeral and stuff a couple days ago, thinking 'Who would be at the funeral?' People who I want at my funeral, I want like world leaders that were affected , that said "Kanye gave me my shot here." Or he pushed me or he told me to believe in myself. Or when I saw this it made me feel like that. I want to affect people like that when I pass away. I'm on a pursuit of awesome-ness. Excellence is the bare minimum. I understand Kanye's need to be doing something greater than what he's already doing, but I'm not quite sure what he is doing to influence the future world leaders that he is talking about. In fact, I recall his charity shutting down under mysterious circumstances. Anyway, folks, this here is a perfect illustration of the difference between the 1%--Kanye West--and the 99%--this bitch. I use those figures that were popularized by Occupy Wall Street, and I actually have no idea if it's still going on. I wake up ...
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