Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Monday, March 30, 2009
I'll make this short and to the point as best I can in a brief few sentences. Bill Withers is one of my favorite five artists of all-time. If you're not familiar with his work and you claim to know soul, you need get back to the record store because you've got more work to do. Bill Withers hasn't dropped any new music in years sadly and this is by choice. This documentary looks into his life and what brought him to that point from his perspective. Very very dope looking movie here. Please do not sleep.
I hate that when people talk about Michael Jordan that people have to talk about Kobe Bryant in the same breath like you need to include a clear alternative like it's creationism and evolution. Jordan's greatness is palatable and scientific. Kobe's legacy is disagreed upon like religion. It's based on faith and hope. Don't bring that weak stuff up in here (an NBA discussion). Jordan is literally science. His legend is concrete and easily verifiable to anyone with five minutes and curiosity. He's the leader in the clubhouse right now. Kobe's? No so much. He's playing for his legacy still. He's in his 12th year and is way behind Jordan. He's got a long way to go and time isn't on his side. Until he's there which may or not ever be (and I'd bet the lives of my nieces he won't and I love them more than anything) I don't owe it to people to make that concession that there is an equal parallel argument that exists in contradiction to Jilla. There isn't. It's false equivalence to compare him, his teams, his career, his mental toughness, his clutchness, his accomplishments, his anything to Jordan. I won't deny that when Kobe gets hot *pause* it's masterful to watch and when you think about it very few people can get off like him *again pause* and when Jordan was feeling it *pause* very few people could get off like him but that's not enough to make valid comparison. Being shot and being stabbed both hurt generally but you can't make them comparable experiences just because pain is a likely outcome for both. There are surface comparisons to be made about any of the greats, but that's all they are. Nothing more nothing less. To suggest anything more is an insult and affront to Jordan and a disservice to Kobe because of the slamming he's certainly going to be in for. Kobe himself admits he's not Michael Jordan. Why can't his stanleys?
Friday, March 27, 2009
[This right here is absolutely crazy. You don't need me to tell you how bad this is. You should just watch the video and see for yourself.
R.I.P his mother in law.]
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Doing his rendition of Beyonce's "Put a Ring On It", I give you the incomparable Mr. Dwight Howard.
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Why is it when black people commit robberies that what they're wearing is hardly discernible from what they'd be wearing at home, in any other public setting or what they'd put on when they'd go clubbing? I mean isn't robbery supposed to be secret? Don't you want to protect your identity? If you rob someone your goal should be to look less like Michael Jordan and more like Michael Myers. You do want to actually throw the dogs off the scent don't you? You want to look more like the cat that works underneath your car at Jiffy Lube when they service it than the guy who pays for the oil changes and who usually sits in the driver's seat of your car and drives it to and from work and adjusts the rear view mirror to the level that you can see out of and fixes the seat and steering wheel to the most comfortable level for you. If you haven't figured out this unidentified cat, it's you.
Why do our people do things like this? Not that I'm condoning the robbery in the first place but the execution of it is just sad.
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Last video of the night, I promise. LOL @ some of this stuff. If the NBA is losing Shaq in a few years I think leaving it with this character it will be in good hands.
Friday, March 13, 2009
But back to what I was saying, you know why I couldn't go to jail? The sleep. The sleep would suck. If I don't get just the right amount of sleep each day I'm useless for an entire day of my life. If I can't roll over and get the extra hour or two that I require to be my normal self on occasions than I'm unpleasant, unproductive, less responsive, forgetful and the quality of my life and anyone depending on me that day goes down a little. And it's so rough in jail. Lights out at a certain time and rise and shine at another every day, every week, every year. No exceptions. I can't even fathom the repercussions. I mean because you go into prison facing in the minimum a threat to your butthole but if you mess up in jail and don't do what the guards want you to do, then what? I can only imagine. With my sleeping habits I couldn't be perfect every single day. It'd only be a matter of time.
These things terrify me after watching OZ.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Wayne is the biggest bullshit artist, product of an extremely weak era ass rapper it's ridiculous. He forces so much garbage that either makes little sense, no sense at all or just has no thought or cleverness to it's basic second grade simplicity. He cheapens metaphors in a way that I've only seen Fabolous do. I cringe every time I see his Spike from Gremlins face or hear his prepubescent voice getting ready to murder (in the bad way) a song. He's as deep as a YMCA kiddie pool.
On top of all that this dude is way too cocky and his fans are way too vocal about him to hide under the "his words being overanalyzed" defense. Wayne walks around thinking, being purported and all but declaring he's the best and if that's the argument him and people in his flock care to make then him getting his ass torn to shreds by people here and elsewhere who've heard and lived in eras where his dribble wouldn't have passed the smell test is justifiable. If he didn't have this self-important attitude and cockiness than he wouldn't leave himself open to this kind of criticism but when he calls himself 'the best rapper alive' then he deserves the scrutiny and he's not just rapping for fun and in a light hearted manner and we should all who consider ourselves true fans of the genre take off the kiddie gloves when dealing with him. That's the difference between him and Nore and a lot of these other rappers who we've dedicated threads with naming their most ridiculous quotes. Those rappers don't take themselves all that serious for the most part. Especially Nore. Noreaga is a fun-loving dude who isn't making the sales pitch that he's the savior of hip-hop and so I think it's off base to look at him with that degree of criticism over his works. He clearly isn't trying. He's just going through the motion to appeal to the largest common denominator as far as musical audiences.
For comparative purposes, I hate 2Pac but he had tons more depth to his best works than Wayne. He had a self-anointing style too but at his best you could tell he was super-intelligent, thoughtful, articulate and he didn't force NEARLY as much as Wayne and so you can excuse some of his vanity. That's not to say he didn't have just as an annoying a flock as Wayne does but you could take them a little more serious because 2Pac had more credibility as a pure artist than Wayne. It's evident 2Pac had more talent than Wayne has and that 2Pac deserves more reverence than this low talent hack from Louisiana.
Again don't get me wrong, if you take away the buzz and the arrogant swagger of Wayne and you put him in the same character as someone more affable and less self-involved it'd be a different story. But when you put him up as a great of his time (which for all purposes is a very talent depleted era in Hip-Hop), fair or unfair, you then have to have him survive the test of comparing him to other greats of other eras and there's no way you can put his ass up there with other greats of other stronger eras of Hip-Hop. It's just not a credible case. The fact that this is even arguable shows that Jesus died in vain.
To be great the percentage of great lines to bad ones ought to be pretty high to pretty low and Wayne's as a whole is probably under .500. The content of your music must be substantive to be considered great and nothing sticks when you've heard a Wayne mixtape or album if you're judging it with any objectivity. He's not what Hio-Hop needs, he's just what Hip-Hop is stuck with until Hip-Hop navigates itself out of the wilderness it finds itself in.
Contrary to popular opinion, Lil Wayne is absolutely unequivocally abysmal and I aim to prove within 50 of his wackest lines the very point.
If you aren't convinced after reading some of these than perhaps I'll update the list down the line with 50 more and so on and so forth until you are convinced that this guy is as much a contender for the crown as the Cincinnati Bengals will be this fall....
The 50 Worst, Most Forced, Most Non-Sensical, Idiotic Things Wayne Has Said In His Career:
"Now where ya hoe at
Wipe ya feet on the doormat
I'ma bring the N.O. Back Like a nigga with no back"
"I'm hot like dogs"
"My girl is prego [pregnant] but I don't want it, so I'll cut it out like Joey Gladstone"
"I got a bitch with me I call her miss without draws I go to the bank they call me mr withdraws"
"like the number after 1 I'mma get me 2"
"Baby I'm an acrobat. Sweetie, I'm a stuntdevil.
You can't get on my level 'cause I am so unleveled"
"Check my bio, I started high with 2 Oz, Just like Ohio"
"your like a bitch with no ass you aint got shit"
"I'm just trying to let my hair back,
and chill where cant see air at, ya hear that. champagne clear liquor put that beer back, i got work so cheap its on sears racks."
"I'm in the hood - I'm butta on bread like parkay and I'm all about me like Do Re"
"what are you asking, if i don't have the answer
it's probably on the web, like I'm a damn tarantula"
"speeding like a cop behind me, tryna catch-up with this girl like some 57 heinz"
"I tell my girl when you fuck me better fuck me good cos if another girl could she go fuck me good"
"I'm from the jungle when a lion eat a cobra
and I get money, got no "moneyphobia"
"even when I'm laying on my back I'm never backing down"
"i got old money, could'a bought a dinosaur"
"And I'm gonna be with my dogs like Goof Troop...Money over female dogs bitch roof roof"
"coke transactions over the phone, we call them blowjobs"
"being fake is pussy so nigga I'm a virgin"
"I'm a pill popping' animal, syrup sipping nigga I'm so high you couldn't reach me with a fuckin antenna"
"I'm a minute passed pissed and its about to get shitty."
"I always thought I was fly like I had a pigeon on my back."
"Sicker than the 3rd floor of the hospital."
"My flow is sicker than a patient that is HIV Positive."
"I'm wearing white mink like I'm polar bear"
"Her head is crazy so she's insane."
"You can't see me...Ray Charles."
"her toes smelling mint like tic tacs"
"I'm fly like Beetlejuice, Beetlejuice, Bee-tle-juice."
"Better rapper than what covers your candy"
"told a bitch whore hey like the catcher for the Yankees"
"I'm not only hot like stove, but I also cook like it's cousin, oven"
"Shoot a nigga in his thigh and leg and tell him catch up like Mayonnaise"
"a bitch is a female dog and a dog is a man's best friend"
"and i know this world is cold and deceiving but i keep my head up like my nose is bleeding"
"bitch I'm the bomb like tick tick"
"Put me on 4th and long because u know how Wayne kick it"
"One finger up and I'm out, cuz you ain't even worth two"
"I don't know how you love her I wish I never knew her she only gave me brain she was just another tutor"
"I call them April babies cuz they fools"
"I get my cheese like Mickey Mouse so you better donald duck!"
"Boy I'm sitting on green like piss in the grass"
".....after I'm done with this track its gonna need a couple bandages"
"I don't know karate but after the brain I kick you out"
"It's like the beat was screaming murder me...And I'm a murderer...So I murdered it"
"And Me I'm Still Spitting Like A Retard
And These Niggas Soft They Should Be Rapping In Leotards"
"hold on this beat is retarded, so I'ma go short yellow bus flow, and take ya heart like February 1- 4"
"I'm hot too, baby girl I'm soup"
"My flows crazy! I ain't too sane...but I am the shit and they just poop stains.."
"I know the game is crazy its more crazy then its ever been, I'm married to that crazy bitch, call me Kevin Federline"
"I'm so motherfucking high, I could eat a star"
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
On top of that, she’s 38 and looks like she’s 28. I mean Lyte is quality. Plus the fact that she’s Hip-Hop royalty is just the cherry on top. I can remember growing up and my older sister had all the female MC tapes. Queens of Rap, Queen Latifah, Salt-N-Pepa, Roxanne all of them but for some reason MC Lyte was the one that always stood out to me as the nicest looking one. Plus I’ll be damned if “Poor Georgey” wasn’t her favorite song outside of “Push It” so really I had no choice as to being exposed to her. Now that was in the late 80’s, early early 90’s mind you and she’s 38 now so that was like 20 years ago. You know when you’re younger all the things you imagine you’d do if you were rich (Funny how rich people don’t sit and think about and plan out things they’d do if they were broke, LOL)? Well I knew that once I came up on a few mill I was getting at MC Lyte. Well 20 years later, a non-Scrooge McDuck number in my bank account, I don’t care I still want this woman, lol. Don’t get me wrong I don’t love her music now at all, but her looks are classy and she carries herself very well in a manner that’s attractive to me.
Would I buy her album and bang it? No
Would I buy her dinner and bang her? Yes
Not to be too crass. But seriously, I wouldn’t mind running into her getting her on some Andre 3000 stuff…
I figure she’d appreciate that kind of Hip-Hop approach. *shrugs*
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Monday, March 9, 2009
Friday, March 6, 2009
New Louis C.K Interview (A Must Read Article That Everyone Should Check Out) Where He Says Some Real Truths
I spoke with C.K. by phone while he was in Des Moines, Iowa, on a stop in his latest national tour, Louis C.K.: Hilarious. During our interview, he nibbled on a club sandwich and spoke in a rumbling baritone that sounded like Darth Vader with a better sense of humor.
VF Daily: As somebody who has watched your rant on Conan no less than 23 times in the past week alone (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jETv3NURwLc), I am now convinced that you're both a prophet and a slightly cooler version of my grandpa when he gets on one of his nostalgia kicks.
Louis C.K.: Thanks, man. I definitely don't think of myself as a prophet, though. I guess I just hit a chord with people. It's funny, I started doing that bit on stage, and then the Conan spot was coming up and I wasn't sure if I wanted to do it. I've been trying to get enough material for another special, and I knew this would be a great bit for the hour. So my instinct was not to do it on Conan so I wouldn't overexpose it. But, well, a lot of shit was happening in October and there was this bad feeling in the air; people thought they were losing everything. It just seemed like the right time to talk about it. I was genuinely confused by the doom and gloom. Was anybody really pleased with the way things had been before it all bottomed out? From what I saw, the more possessions we had, the more miserable we were.
You seem genuinely delighted that the foundations of capitalism are crumbling. Are you just naturally a glass-half-full kinda guy, or do you think consumerism has corrupted us?
I just don't trust any of it. Every time I read something about how there's been another ridiculous climb of the Dow Jones, there's a part of me that goes, “This can't be good.” None of this is real money. You know what I mean? It's not like there's actually more of anything. It's just ideas. When people are getting richer and richer but they're not actually producing anything, it can't end well.
Another Great Depression might do us some good. It'd be like economic rehab.
That's exactly what it is. It's forcing us back to reality. “Wait, I only have the money I make from work? How am I supposed to live on that?” Figure it out. We've spent so many years being spoiled that we don't know how to live anymore.
Has technology spoiled us?
It's definitely spoiled us. When you have a slightly slow signal on your PDA, or it takes more than 30 seconds to download a picture of Axl Rose on your iPhone, and that irritates you, something is very, very wrong. “This is too slow!” Well, why wouldn't it be a little slow? Why do people think that they're owed a perfect day as a consumer? The phones are as good as they are. But Americans feel like it's in the Constitution that our phones should work perfectly all the fucking time and that we get the most bang for our buck. We think it's literally a human right, like it was mentioned in Thomas Paine's “Rights of Man” or something. An American is somebody who could be anywhere — at the ends of the earth, in the middle of nowhere — and if they hit that one pocket where their cell service isn't great, they'll look up at the sky and scream, “What the fuck!!” Jesus, man, calm down.
Technology was supposed to save us, giving us jetpacks and robot maids and making life easier. What went wrong?
I think people just got numb to it all. It seems like the better it gets, the more miserable people become. There's never a technological advancement where people think, “Wow, we can finally do this!” It's always, “We can't do that yet? Why not?!” And I think a lot of it has to do with advertising. Americans have it constantly drilled into our heads, every fucking day, that we deserve everything to be perfect all the time.
That's true. Most successful commercials are based on selling entitlement.
They all try to remind you of how cool you are. “You're so cool, you park your S.U.V. on a mountainside when you climb.” What? No, I don't do that at all. Nobody I know is doing that. “You deserve the best cause you work so hard!” Actually, no, I don't work hard. I waste most of my time at work. Everybody does.
Last week, Obama promised that “We will rebuild, we will recover, and the United States of America will emerge stronger than before.” Do you believe him?
I do. I believe in the guy and I think he can do it. When he mentioned something about dropping out of high school not being an option anymore, I was like, “This is awesome!” I was actually hoping he was going to make it a law or something. I thought he was gonna say, “And so we're going to put kids in jail that don't go to high school.” I was so excited.
How do we save ourselves? Are we just fucked, or is there a way to kick our bad habits?
It'll take care of itself. If it gets bad enough, people will just adapt. They won't be able to afford cable anymore, or go to Rent-A-Center and buy a fucking leather couch, or fill their homes with all this shit on credit that they shouldn't have and don't need. They'll have to go out to the garage and find that old bicycle they've neglected over the years and fill the tires up. And they'll have to start taking care of the shit they already own instead of just throwing it away and going out and buying new shit that doesn't work. And maybe they'll learn how to bring a little quiet into their lives again. Just stop all the constant screaming of technology and media and video games. Maybe get to a point where every decision has more impact, where what you do is not based on what you want or think you need but whether or not you'll starve if you don't have it.
Starvation is not a big concern for most Americans.
It's really not. And starvation can be character building. There's a big difference between “I need to do this because I fucking deserve the best” and “I need to do this so I don't freeze to death in the winter”.
A little less time on Twitter would be good for everybody.
Exactly! Twitter and Facebook and MySpace; all that stuff makes you warped. We've all basically given ourselves data entry jobs. I've actually heard people say things like, “Aw shit, I have to update my Twitter.” Really? You have to? That's a big priority for you?
Do you have any faith whatsoever that the “crappiest generation”, as you've called them, is going to save us?
We'll be O.K. Everything is cyclical. It's amazing that people expect it to just get better and better and better and it'll never burst. We're babies. It's like the New York Yankees. It's fun to watch a team win the World Series and then watch their players get older and a new generation comes in and they're basically starting from scratch again. But Americans aren't willing to do that. We're like the Yankees. We just keep buying steroid-pumped players for millions of dollars and expect to win every year. And when we start losing, we get moody and pissed off and resentful, instead of asking, “What should I be doing differently?” Nobody wants to change, because the TV keeps telling them, “No, you deserve the best! This is all yours! You've got it coming!”
This could be your Tom Brokaw moment. He documented the Greatest Generation, and you have the Crappiest Generation.
The Greatest Generation gets too much credit. Those World War II guys, if they had all the shit we have today, they'd be assholes too. It's just circumstantial. It's what you're called on to do that makes you great. We haven't been called on to do anything but buy shit and get fat. Even after 9/11, during the darkest moment of our recent history, the President told us, “Go shopping.” That's how we were told to uphold American values; go out and fucking buy more shit. So what were we supposed to do?
When the time comes to trade in our gas-guzzling cars for donkeys and clanking cans, will you be the first to volunteer?
Fuck that. I drive an Infiniti and I love it. I'm keeping it. Everybody can go to hell.
I guess there's a big divide between satire and real life, huh?
There sure the fuck is. I've got a nice apartment and a nice car. I earned it and you can kiss my ass.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Ron Artest, Rockets F.....9%
Stephen Jackson, Warriors F/G.....5%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G.....5%
Gilbert Arenas, Wizards G.....5%
FAST FACTS: Poll was completed before Boston claimed Marbury on waivers last week.... Tracy McGrady tied for fifth; with him out with a knee injury, the Rockets had gone 8–1 at week's end.... Jackson has been on five teams in his nine-year career.... Arenas hasn't played since signing a six-year, $111 million deal last July (knee surgery); in '06–07 his 1,548 shots were fourth in the NBA.
Shaquille O'Neal, Suns C.....10%
Greg Oden, Trailblazers C.....6%
Ben Wallace, Cavaliers F.....5%
Hamed Haddadi, Grizzlies C.....4%
Eddie House, Celtics G.....4%
FAST FACTS: Of the 26 players to receive more than one vote, House, a reserve who is averaging just over 17 minutes per game, was the only guard.... Yao's 3.2 turnovers per game this season was tied for fifth in the NBA through Sunday and were the most for a post player.
Ron Artest, Rockets F.....15%
Raja Bell, Bobcats G.....6%
Reggie Evans, Sixers F.....5%
Shane Battier, Rockets F.....2%
FAST FACTS: Celtics forward Kevin Garnett, the reigning Defensive Player of the Year, and Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao tied with Battier at 2%.... Bowen has been named to the all-defensive first or second team eight times.... Artest was the Defensive Player of the Year in 2003–04.... The Pacers' Jeff Foster was the only true center to receive multiple votes.
DeShawn Stevenson, Wizards G.....8%
Rashad McCants, T-Wolves G.....5%
Dahntay Jones, Nuggets G......5%
Damon Jones, Bucks G.....5%
FAST FACTS: Dahntay Jones (No. 20 pick, Celtics) and Perkins (No. 27, Grizzlies) were drafted in 2003 and immediately traded for each other.... Perkins and Stevenson went from high school to the NBA.... Upon signing with the Cavaliers in '05 Damon Jones said, "I think I'm one of the top five shooters in the world." He averaged 6.6 points over three seasons before being dealt to the Bucks.
Chauncey Billups, Nuggets G.....3%
LeBron James, Cavaliers F.....3%
Paul Pierce, Celtics F.....3%
Dwyane Wade, Heat G.....2%
FAST FACTS: Players could not vote for a teammate.... No center received more than one vote.... According to 82games.com Bryant has hit 14 game-winning shots since the start of the 2003–04 season, fourth highest in the league -- but he also leads the NBA with 42 potential game-winners missed in that time.... James is first in game-winners made in that period with 17.
Who is the best all-around athlete in the NBA?
LeBron James, Cavaliers F 66%
Josh Smith, Hawks F 7%
Kobe Bryant, Lakers G 6%
Dwight Howard, Magic C 4%
Amar'e Stoudemire, Suns F-C 3%
FAST FACTS James was especially dominant among Western Conference voters, 74% of whom chose him.... As a sophomore at St. Vincent–St. Mary High in Akron, James was an all-state wide receiver on the football team.... All of these players except Smith were picked to start in next month's All-Star Game; Smith won the NBA's slam dunk contest as a rookie in 2005.
Which is the most overrated team in the NBA?
[Based on a survey of 190 NBA players]
FAST FACTS: The Mavs lost in the first round of the past two playoffs, last season with Jason Kidd.... The Pistons went a mediocre 10–11 with Allen Iverson after acquiring him in November, before winning seven in a row through Sunday.... Despite a record of 21–14 through Sunday, the Rockets were seventh in the West.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Anyone that follows this blog for more than five minutes knows about my now famous Kindergarten Crush on John McCain's daughter Meghan who if we're putting our cards on the table was the one person you might actually feel bad for on the Republican side of the aisle after the election because while she says her and her dad don't see eye to eye on numerous political ideas at base she is a human being and she loves her father and whatever people think about McCain's politics he is someone's family and that ought to count.John McCain's daughter Meghan opened up about her post-election love life -- or lack thereof -- in a blog post for The Daily Beast. "The election killed my personal life," McCain wrote. "OK, maybe killed is a bit of an exaggeration. But it does seem to be on life support."The 24-year-old Columbia University graduate said, "Nothing kills my libido quite like discussing politics."And it's not just supporters of her dad's former rival, Barack Obama, who turn her off, but also those who voted for her father. "When it comes to my personal life, I don't want to date someone who idolizes my dad."McCain said she can't escape the election when she's out on a date. She once dated someone who said the food she ordered "was a 'maverick choice' and proceeded to tell me, 'Wow, straight talking must run in the family.'"
Bonus: Meghan On Obama's Inauguration And Getting Over The Campaign
Monday, March 2, 2009
So I was riding back from the casino a few weeks ago and one of my friends and I got to talking about why I never upload music anymore and it was a pretty good question. I know it has something to do with laziness, at least on the surface. I'm not denying that but the biggest reason I could come up with was that I was tapped on great music to upload. I'd have much rather have quality of music than quantity of music (I'm looking your way Lil Wayne). So that's the most earnest way I can tell you that if I post something up for your downloading consumption that the music will be worth the space on your harddrive/iPod. So don't just keep scrolling. Even if you're in a rush. D/L it and leave it on your desktop until you can check it out when you have time.
Marsha Ambrosius - Some Type Of Way
Marsha Ambrosius - Take Care
Marsha Ambrosius - I Lost You
Debra Killings - My Song