Thursday, August 19, 2010

Dope Shit!


I found a really cool add on to my firefox browser, the joint is called StumbleUpon.com, it allows you to create a profile, and select things that you're interested in for example, I like, spirituality, science, humor, oddities and bizzare, art, photography, etc... so it takes my preferences and randomizes the websites that I see based on those characteristics. Absolutely amazing. Why? For me, it helps me see more of whats going on inthe world, I usually surf between a few sites on a regular, and that gets boring, by using Stumbleupon.com, you get to maximize your internet experience with the click of your stumble button. I got my Queen HOOKED, shit I'm hooked too son! But yea, try em out go to www.stumbleupon.com. Get your stumble on!

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Peace to the Gods


Man, its been a cool minute since I been on here, but yea man, some things have been happening by the grace of the almighty and myself and a team of very creative and mentally mature individuals have an opportunity to really take the world's brain, and poke it with some deep, long, painfully soothing strokes, and just fly to Italy and live out there for some years and come back monks on some shit... lol Na for real, we are starting a new venture with a creative collaborative. I'm mad juiced about that, be on the look out, but in the mean time, read Metu Neter Vol.1 by Ra Un Nefer Amen. The elevation of consciousness is the only means to liberation and oneness with God, by the realization that man and his Creator are one in the same, how else were you made in his image... Fuck belief, get knowledge. I love you who matter.

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Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Superhero Fetish- The Decline of The Common Man



How many female friends do you have on Facebook? A lot I'm taking, how many male friends do you have on Facebook? I bunch I'm guessing, and I can guarantee you that at least 25 of your friends male or female, are pursuing or have some sort of picture of their self, take by a "professional photographer" for their up and coming modeling career which is why they shaved the side of their head off, threw on some tight pants, club heels, skimpy shirt, make up and went to work. The end result is, uh, no! Not for me, I look confused. And I know you have a guy friend who constantly bombards your personal status messages intended to drive your friends to start a dialogue on something funny, or maybe important, and here comes Jay-Shon dropping his "mixtape" on you. "Check this out ma, just a little something I'm working on right now, you know what I'm saying?" Let me know what you think. Now, if you don't have friends like that, I know you have the friends that constantly post status updates, or even in real life, talk about the money they want and the money that's on their minds right? If you don't maybe you should get off the computer reading this blog and get some friends. The point is, the rise in the Superhero Mentality.


We ask, what is the Superhero Mentality? The Superhero Mentality is a recent phenomena occurring in Black people where we feel that our only way of reaching success, is by becoming someone who is overtly rich with money, and fame. Whether it be modeling, rapping, acting, performing arts, even in terms of professional careers, a lot of our motives are becoming driven by raising our economic levels to unfathomable heights and often times we forget the price that must be paid for everything. The Gazelle must be sacrificed so that the lion can eat. So must the tree that makes the home and feeds the Koala Bear. As humans as well, you must sacrifice something to pursue something else. Personally, I've lost a lot of friends in search of my own way and my own happiness and that comes with the territory but, on a larger scale, say we all pursue a higher dream, and forget about the smaller occupations that must be obtained in order to maintain the lifestyle that we're trying to live, who will take out your garbage? Who will mail you mail? Who will serve you at the restaurant? Who will take your order in the drive thru? Who will rip your movie ticket? Who will fly you to your business meeting in Texas? Who will teach your kids? Who will drive the public buses? If everyone is a superstar, what happens to the beauty of the star who's light is faint, and only compliments the arrangement of the constellation he/she is apart of?



There is a positive side to this phenomena. This rise in consciousness so close to the 2012 alignment not only indicates that something happens in the consciousness of man when our celestial body moves to the point a alignment, but also that here on Earth in this existence, we are experiencing a rise in our desires to be better people, and rise above the experiences we've been facing. We're tired of being at the bottom, we no longer want to live the average life, we want to explore, and travel, and see what life has to offer us, and that desire is expressed in our actions, in our music, in our photos, and in our speech.


It's not hard to understand why we are expressing ourselves in this way because no matter how much the Jews will talk about the distraught they experienced from the holocaust, the African holocaust is still alive and well, and we are the offspring of that mentality. We are generation X and Y, and Z, and Dot.com, the generations without identity, the generation that is being built over and forced out into the deserts because its too expensive to live in the cities now. We have no real place to call our own, we have no grounds for determining this is who I am outside of America. And that alone creates this desire to define ourselves and express the fact that we are somebody when it should be obvious that we are.


So in essence, we can say that this complex is a cry for help, and cry for attention, and cry for a change in the economic structure, the spiritual foundation, the education, and interpersonal relationships that we have with each other. If we understood more about economics and knew that we needed each other and didn't promote the mind state of "I'm doing me" and "you do you" we could collectively lift ourselves from the pits of society and establish another Tulsa Oklahoma situation where you have a true Black community where the dollar touches several black hands before leaving. If we understood how important it is to work interdependently, we would naturally respect ourselves and wouldn't exploit each other for personal gain, we would gracefully play our role in efforts to achieve what our subconscious mind wants, happiness. We wouldn't chase dreams that aren't for everybody. Not everybody is a rapper, a singer, a model, a multimillionaire. Some people will only make 55-60,000 a year. That's okay, we have to be able to find peace within what we are able to do, and be able to be comfortable in society playing its part. That takes discipline, and most of all, it takes True leadership. Until then, tell your homegirl she aint a model and tell ya boy his bars aint up to snuff. Just be regular!

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Monday, May 24, 2010

Nas Levi Campaign "Hey Young World"

NAs joined up with Levi's recently to recreate one of his favorite classics in efforts to express the timelessness of the music and of Lev's Brand. This is Nas' rendition of Slick Rick's Hey Young World. Enjoy.


Nas for Levi's Pioneer Sessions from nation on Vimeo.

Monday, April 26, 2010

Legalized Racial Profiling?


Its funny how the country is becoming more and more fascist as the days grow older. Not only are we operating in a fascist state presently, we are slowly inching toward locking down the country into a police run concentration camp under Martial Law. Bunnz, what the fuck are you talking about, you say? I'm a conspiracy theorist right? Well, Arizona just passed a law that makes it a state crime for an illegal immigrant to be in the state. Okay, what's wrong with that, you ask?

Immigration is a huge drain on the American economy, it takes away jobs from hard working American men and women, and drops the curve on wages because immigrants can work under the table and get paid less than what an American citizen can get paid right? All true, and that's the political spin that politicians throw around so that they can execute a higher plan. And that plan in this case is racial profiling. Immigrants in Arizona, what do they typically look like, that's right Mexican, how can you tell a Mexican American, from a Mexican that's here illegally? You can't that's why you have to pull them over and ask them for ID. That's completely fascist, racial profiling. People will get pulled over for just being Mexican, that's so Auschwitz. You might as well call them Jews and this might as well be the 1940's son. You thought driving while Black was bad, damn, my Mexican homies in AZ got it a little more fucked up.

You can read the entire cover story here

Be on the lookout for Rex 84...

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St. Mark's Passion- Disney Concert Hall Trip


Peace peace, so me and the Queen went to the Disney Concert Hall over the weekend, she turned the big 25 and it was breath taking son. The ambiance, the architecture by the late Frank Gehry was astonishing, and the musicianship, makes you ask yourself, why the fuck do I even listen to boom bap? The music was composed by Osvaldo Golijov, and conducted by Maria Guinand. From the opening phrase the piece chronicled the trials of the Jesus Christ all the way up to his crucifixion. The enchanted bounce of the congas infused with the melodious strum of each string instrument played with your emotions and forced you to visually put yourself in that time period and smell the air, feel the wind, see the sandy mountain regions, and feel the suspense of the experience. Happy belated birthday Queen! Experience the Disney Concert Hall if you already haven't.

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010

African Symbolism in Hollywood? Zeitgeist?



I've been pondering on this topic for a while now, and have been wondering how much truth was based in it. Being a film major and everything, I witnessed first hand the stages of spiritual awakening cinema has brought to my life. I sort of look at life through the lens of a 35mm camera now. Every sound, ray of light hitting a persons face, is utterly cinematic. With that in mind, I'm sure thousands of other very talented film makers share the same quirky vision of the realities they interpret every day. These experiences coined the term Zeitgeist, not the documentary on 9-11, but the term credited to Johann Gottfried Herder and other German Romanticists of the 1700's who described Zeitgeist as the "spirit of the age". To easily break it down, today's Zeitgeist would be how the children are reverting back to the era of the 80's when bright neon colors were fresh and current, 808's and simple beats were the best thing since the Nike Blazer. Or how about, how we are trying to revert back to a more healthy, earth conscious life style, more natural, and native to the original way of doing things? All of these "trends" would be classified as Zeitgeist, and there is definitely a Zeitgeist in the realm of cinema.

The cinema Zeitgeist is a direct product of the spirit of what's happening or what is suggested to come. And a lot of the time, Hollywood can capitalize off of knowing what's coming and what's happening, because they can then create product that exists in a foreign backdrop to create an illusion of a new experience, and inside that experience, they imbue a familiar or reoccurring culture trend, or mythology that is becoming more popular based on astrological calendars, social studies and surveys, or historical facts that point to the revolution of that particular movement.



A big example of Cinematic Zeitgeist has been the reoccuring image of Africa, African American leadership, Art, Civilization, and history. Films like, The Mummy Franchises depict thieves or tomb raiders running through ancient Egyptian artifacts when they awaken a mummy and blah blah blh the action movie starts. You saw how the "Egyptians" looked, so need I say more?



Another big film was Transformers 2 Revenge of The Fallen. This movie was not only concluded in Africa, but hinted toward the use of the mythology of Planet Nibiru (google search it) and the Anunaki (google search it) supposedly passed down by ancient Sumerians to a person by the name of Zacharia Sitchin. There is also a hint into the whole reptilian shape shifter theory who was supposedly builders of the pyramids of Giza. These shape shifters are symbolically represented by the machines called "Transformers". Cinemas ability to take a concept or mythology and set it in the future, thus making it a reality once again in the minds of people, is a unique way to revitalize the Zeitgeist in society. We may not see it and understand the science of symbol magic and symbol use, but they do and they are using it. Read Meditation Symbols In Eastern & Western Mysticism-Mysteries of the Mandala, The Philosophical Research Society,Inc.,1988 by Manly P. Hall, he breaks down in further detail the use of symbols.



Another recent film that uses symbols pointing to Africa and African Culture is, The 4th Kind, the film about alien abduction. The film is rather vague in its entirety, but towards the end we come across a "African American" historian who deciphers the language of the aliens as a very old form of Ancient Sumerian. The Alien then announces himself as God, and the people are his for the taking.



In the most recent film 2012, we see a world devastated by a complete polar shift and galactic alignment which causes total destruction. There is not only a "Black" president, but the movie ends with the only continent left to "mother" a civilization of rich Europeans, is "Mother Africa". How ironic is that, the place that birthed civilization, will be once again, the place that rebirths civilization? Very interesting.

There are more films that point to a trending theme of Africa and its descendants, but these will suffice hopefully. The Zeitgeist of cinema is very real, and a very interesting phenomena that I truly feel exists. Some may call it the "collective unconscious". Regardless, the spirit of the times is foreshadowing a group of people so devastated by civil war and by lack of self identity, rising to the occasion, becoming leaders, masters of science, art, music, lovers of life and their families, and most of all, lovers of themselves. The spirit of the times is showing the greatness of this people who are defining themselves based off of illusions from those same thieves who stole their identity and hold it behind gates behind gates, guarded by heavily armed security. Why don't they want you to know who you are? Who are you? I read The Making of a Slave by Willie Lynch and in Virgina 1712, he said that for at least 300 years you will have your slave, if you keep them separate and divided. Well if you do the math, 1712+300=2012, maybe that's why they wanna keep us asleep. The truth is gonna come to the light, and the spirit of the times will not keep the truth hidden no matter how many twists and turns they try to hide it in, nor how much they try to include themselves inside the ancient history, it will never be them, it will forever be you.

Get your study on, get your build on with your dude, or your chick, we need each other. If you know your history, you know yourself, and what's to come, because you can know, create destiny.

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Monday, April 19, 2010

"Living Off The Land"


A conversation came up after not having internet access for a day, that what would we do if a natural disaster hit Los Angeles and the rest of the world that cut off power, cell phone communication, gas, and all road access. How would we get food because what we have in the fridge will not last more than a week? How would we get water, not only for drinking, but to wash up? How would you protect yourself from the people who have nothing and want what you have?

Its funny how we look at these Southern Rifle Association groups out in South Carolina, Mississippi, Alabama, Texas, etc as militias and think, these muthafuckas are preparing for something I don't know. Why do they continuously buy all these damn guns and ammo like they are getting ready for a war or something? Maybe they are preparing for the same disaster and are training to protect themselves, and to fend for themselves? This is something people (of all colors) would have to come to terms with, living off the land. That's a term that a lot of so called African Americans are 50-100 years removed from. How would we live off the land? In California, what would we hunt, pigeon, sea gull, rat, possum, dog, cat, squirrel, crow? In the city, these are the most readily food supply, there will be no cows, and chickens, and pig running around. When we do catch these animals, how will we know how to skin it, cut it, and divide it amongst the family? What part is the heart, what part shouldn't be eaten, what part do we eat? How would we set traps for them? And how would we continue to utilize this resource once they are becoming more and more obsolete? Are we mentally prepared to go back to that type of thinking?

Protection? According to the National Firearm Survey of 2004, 38% of American households reported owning at least one firearm, that translates into 57 million people. Well we know that 57 out of the US' 300 million only hits 19%. That means majority of the people are not armed. So, the people with guns are gonna be protected and the rest of us are assed out or at the will of the ones with the guns (police. army, national guard, gang bangers). A lot of us men have little sisters, daughters, mothers, and sisters, and how will we protect them, when that time comes? Bare hands at a gun and knife fight will only lead to your family saying, he tried his best. I'm not encouraging people to go out and get loaded on burners but just think. The police will not be around to protect you, they will most likely be with their families protecting them. The army and national guard will be on patrol, but we saw what happened to Haiti, and more than likely, they will be trying to take your weapons as opposed to letting you keep them "Martial Law". If you do feel that after reading this, a burner is necessary, then go to the gun range, and learn how to use one the right way, buy one legally. I'm not advocating violence, only survival and self reliance.

Its funny how you can put yourself in a situation and you notice now, how none of the petty things matter, the cars, the girls, the materialistic shit, none of that matters once your mind is focused on a "greater" cause. And that mind state change occurred just in the duration of reading the words on the screen. Just imagine if we began to think like this on a constant basis, getting prepared, bettering our relationships with our community to have a plan just in case something like this did happen. Who knows where we would be. But I know for sure, with people owning and protecting all of the world's natural resources, no matter how diabolical it may be, they still will shoot you if you run up onto their spring of water, or their farm of cattle, their chicken farms, their pig sty, or their land of and veggies and fruits. And when it all falls down, we will be dependent on someone else to provide for us. How will you call yourself a man knowing you are relying on the next man, or the next system to feed you? How will the women look to us? Will we be the protector, head of household, provider, that the scriptures talk about? If they need security and you can't provide that, do you believe they will respect and listen to you? Or will they do what's best for themselves and go where the security is for sure? What will the youth think of us, and what we have allowed to happen? While we have been in civil war amongst ourselves, killing ourselves, indulging in the irrelevant, poisoning the mind and body, the world has passed us by, and we are left out. We can't let complacency, and ignorance be the reason for our demise. Nothing lasts forever, so when change comes, will you be ready?

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Monday, April 12, 2010

Whats in the water, the food, the music???

What the fuck is goin' on man...

Back to Africa Movement?

Me and the Queen was choppin it up yesterday while watching Belly about saying fuck it and moving back to Africa once the cheese got right, and I was like hell na! The people in Africa are in ore devastation than the African people in America. Why do you think African people come to America? Also, Africans have a hard time accepting so called African Americans, when they come here, they look down upon us as though we are beneath them, they laugh at us because we don't know our history, we don't set up our own businesses as they do, we take advantage of the government nipple and the government father figure. But over there there is still racsim amongst whit supremacists in South Africa, their is still genocide in Darfur, there are still millions of AIDS deaths every year. Women are being raped, the land is being raped of its natural resources. Should we all just pack up and move back to the motherland? Send me a post card son, I'm good.

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New Drake Video-Over



Drake drops a sub par video with multi-wall projections and a performance scene shot against a black abyss. Dude features a couple half naked models for eye candy do to the boring nature of the visuals. Nothing in the video had anything to do with the song. I'm not a hater, I'm a film maker and this is why videos suck, we are trying to hurry and get em done, but they look rushed and not well thought out. Come harder, we want more. Get Michel Gondry to shoot for you, or Chris Cunningham, Spike Jonze, Chris Milk, or even Malik Sayeed, if you want the avante garde, dream sequence look. This looked like a film school shoot son. WHOMP!

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Thursday, April 8, 2010

Dont Shoot The Messenger?



This chick is funny, now she's released a video trying to semi-justify her video. She says that one, not every song has a "greater message" to the world. Some songs are just episodes of things that 20 somethings experience, and some her friends have experienced, and then asks us, to not shoot the messenger. HUH? CONTRADICTION?

Look baby girl, there is no way you write a song, and not feel any way about it. You took absolutely no stand behind, or against the allocations made against the "meesage" the people got from your song. Just because you say its a good song, don't mean it is. I would have liked to hear how you felt about those situations, and why you chose to write the song, or did someone ghost write for you? Probably not because my little niece could write deeper content than that. Or maybe you just made the song mindlessly thinking you would get the reaction and be in the mouth of the public for a couple days? Either way you never touched on what truly inspired the song, not just because you know some friends that did it. You have to be more thoughtful with the music you CHOOSE to put out. When you disregard the intellect of the public, a lot of the time they can hear and feel bullshit. And the people are feeling that this video is some bullshit publicity stunt. Your "hoe-dar" is beepin real live right now sonny. Oh yea, we gotta separate the singer from the person... This is the CHARACTER we were listening to. So don't feel too much toward it. Its the way of the matrix to make us invest attention energy into the negative so they can convert it into dollars. Wake the fuck Up!!!!!!!!

Kiely Williams- Spectacular Video



The epitome of shock value is the essence of this here video. The name of the track is titled Spectacular and it is a tribute an mind blowing one night stand with a man who's name she can't remember. She does remember getting drunk and being face down and ass up though gettin it in. In a report she claims that she is in know way condoning the behavior, she is just putting it out there for people to be aware of it. Miss lady, there is nothing in this video that says you are against unprotected sex and alcohol abuse. I do see pieces of Lady Gaga here, the really harsh imagery, the vulger and damn near pornographic lyrics, I feel as though she was modeling this video after the pop icon, in efforts to garner some attention energy. It worked, but she won't be around long. It was completely distasteful, and sluttish. And its funny how the Cheetah Girl still looks like a little girl and to see her with a grown man, its like ugh thats some pedophile type shit there son. And she must have her Cheetah Girl fans still following what she's doing, so now we have these young girls all being influenced one way or another by this musical garbage. Bad look for the young lady. Tell me what you think.

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Nike X Tiger Woods X Earl Woods Commercial



Before Tiger Woods made his return to pro golf, his father Earl Woods recorded a series of questions for a Nike commercial asking his son about the previous situation that occurred. The video is a simple zoom in to close up of Tiger as he looks into the camera as if we are his parent asking him why. He looks as though he is attentive and is showing some humility. Its pretty intriguing, but of course it doesn't surprise me. Tiger Woods may be the best golfer EVER and he's not gonna fall by the wayside for some affairs that happen outside of the game of golf. Now if dude beat the shit out of VJ Singh on the Masters tour, then ok, that deserves harsher repercussions, but for cheating on your wife, come on, EVERYBODY WHO IS OF SOME CELEBRITY STATUS DOES IT, AND IT HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH THE SPORT. Is it right or wrong, that's not the point, if you personally have a problem with dude's behavior, DONT GIVE HIM YOUR ATTENTION, otherwise be ready for disappointment because nothing is gonna happen to him. He's back.

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Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Banksy-Exist Through The Gift Shop Sneak Peek




This is gonna be dope. Legendary stencil artist Banksy, releases an extended sneak peek at his up and coming docu-comedy, Exit Through The Gift Shop. Be on the look out for the drop this sometime in the near future. It was initially screened at Sundance 2010, but now they are pushing for a wider release. Peep.

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Producer Spotlight-DJ Unknown



This dude right here has been consistent with the tracks he's been laying down. I haven't seen someone every week drop a new beat on you from Free Beat Fridays, to dropping mixtapes at least once a month. My mans is expanding his network of listeners that appreciate and dig his alternative sound. Native of Compton California via Hawthorne, the only other producer I know with a mean crossover and a dope custom bass kick is none other than my folks DJ Unknown who I'm choosing for the Producer Spotlight this week. If you aint up on this brotha, your balcony, open the window slowly to feel the light air trickles on your face, and just fall out... Na seriously, this dude is hustling and deserves everything thats about to happen with his career. Check out the mixtape Compton Legend here:

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Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Aloe Blacc- I Need A Dollar Video

Stones Throw Records who brought you Loot Pack, Quasimoto, Madlib, Oh No, Wild Child, Declaime, and the late J-Dilla bring you their newest artist Aloe Blacc and his video entitled I need a Dollar. I couldn't agree more. The joint is dope, not only because its the these song to my favorite show on TV right now, How To Make It In America, but the lyrics are exactly how ya mans is feelin' right now. Check it out and enjoy.

Monday, April 5, 2010

Fear Of A Still Pond


By:
Anonymous Author

I'm, Cloud Chasin'
And Sound Scapin
A mild scrape inside the jaws of this lion requires my patience
So this stasis
Is a tuned station
93 BPM FM
No commercial breakin'
Only takin' whats given
Given whats at stake is
This miniscule hole in the wall
So this fast I'm breakin'
I hope I aint forsaken
But I gotta make it
The street playin for keeps
And time is a wastin'
Fuck submittin' applications to a system thats racist
Bankin' on what xxxxx xxxxx built in the ancient
Now they claim I aint shit
Gotta build my own future
Solar system's waiting for commands like computers
Can't sit aside and get stoned like Medusa
Gotta get this Milk and Honey and mend my medulla
The country wanna school us
Get us in debt so they can rule us
Still can't find a job so when we rob they institute us
Beat us down and shoot us
We get down and shoot up
To get back to the clouds for a while to rap wit Buddha
Fall back to ground like rain splashes
Life flooded with no action
On no axis
And no plane
But still want the A-Train like Coltrane in this cold game tryin to make your name
Now you manifested a seed
What you thought never became
It was all in vain
Now the hustle heats up
You scattered like Osiris body
Dreams and goals become only a mental hobby
In the lobby
Of your jobby
In between sweeps
Angry to the core wit ya Queen between sheets
Disconnected in between skeets
Unresponsive when its time for you to teach
Unalive on the corners of the streets
I shoulda woulda coulda, is now how the man preach
Asleep...

The Roots-Dilla Joints


The roots dropped an exclusive mitape entitled Dilla Joints where the band pays tribute to one of the greatest, most innovative producers of the age the late James Yancy aka J-Dilla (RIP). 14 tracks of pure uh huh! Get off this! Don't even think about rapping over these, because I already did!

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Consequence-Movies on Demand











Its been in the making, my dude has been releasing several mixtapes tracks, but the waits over, Consequence dropped his latest mixtape Movies on Demand. The joint is bangin' Con gives us them long awaited bars that gives us that feelin' that Hip Hop aint goin' nowhere. With features from Asher Roth, Kweli, Common, Kanye, Q-Tip, and more, Movies on Demand must be downloaded. If you don't have it, get it here

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Why Did I See This Movie Too? Tyler Perry Film Review




It was a spur of the moment thing. After seeing I Can Do Bad All By Myself, and realizing the lack of concern for the general IQ level of his audience, I concluded that not only would I no longer be insulted, but no longer would I financially contribute to Tyler Perry's onslaught of preachy, one dimensional, soap-cinema style franchise pictures. My attention is way too important. But, I was out with the Queen, we were enjoying ourselves, it was still pretty early, and we said the 2 most infamous words on the planet... FUCK IT!
First off, I'm really disappointed with the writing because (spoilers coming) as a theatrical writer, its important to understand story arc and character development, like how you understand that when you eat some spicy chili cheese Fritos off the ice cream truck, you probably gone have the oozy boo-boo! So with that being said, why didn't any of the 3 main story arcs conclude? Terry's wife admitted to thinking of another man while making love to her husband, not concluded. Angela and Marcus' debates over his sluttish ways, weren't concluded, Patricia and Gavin's broken/psychotic charade, not finished... I won't tell you how the film ends, but its pretty insulting how they kill Gavin without him being able to resolve his issue with Patricia, and how after a year of his passing, she meets the "Rock"(yes the wrestler) and is goo goo ga ga for dude. I guess I did spoil the movie... Oh well save your cheese!

Secondly, I don't appreciate the lack of originality... My mans had a Soul Food moment. Remember in Soul Food when Bird's husband was out of a job, and she went to her fast talking ex boyfriend who Lem obviously hated, and asks to hook him up? Well, Tyler added his own version of that classic and complex situation in this joint. Sheila (Jill Scott) goes to Mike, her ex Husband, and asks him to pull a favor and get Troy a job with the Sheriffs Department. Troy finds out about it, and obviously goes to his house, and whoops dudes ass. Rip Off!!! And may people in the theater felt the same way.

Thirdly, he used the death of Gavin, as a tool to make everyone stand up and hug each other and resolve their differences. In reality, this would not be the place or the time for this, completely false, and completely inconsiderate to believe that the audience would be emotionally wound up behind that. We were completely in laughter at how comical and fake it was. And its funny how he used that device in Family Reunion when the elders were up the hill on the plantation after witnessing all the chaos, she tells the family to hug and tell each other you love them. Running out of ideas?

Lastly, the film was completely all over the place, it felt rushed, it felt incomplete. I recently learned from my girl that on Oprah, the reason behind the ending is explained as, with the passing of Michael Jackson, and having a funeral for him, having a funeral for Gavin was too much for Janet to handle, so they scrapped the idea of having the funeral at the end. Okay... I respect that situation with Janet and MJ, RIP, but that still says nothing to the fact that you kill a main character without any resolution!!! That also shows how able Perry is to think on his feet, to come up with such a crowded, over dramatic, 3rd act and climax as he displayed. When the pressure is on, the talent will show, and its showed how talented he is alright. I want my 23 bucks back!

Overall, I'm sick of the stereotypical, one dimensional films that are addressing social issues on the surface and lack either the guts, the intellect, or the talent to go deeper. Not just with Tyler Perry, with other so called "Black Film Makers" And its funny because some folks will challenge you and say, "I just wanna laugh and be entertained, I don't want to see a film about real life because I deal with that every single day. A movie is an escape, a place where I can go and see myself in a world that I only fantasize about." This is a hard thing to deal with because it's like, we want to submit our intellect for fantasy and false realities, as opposed to facing these harsh truths head on and discussing the situations of why, how come, and what if, as mature adults. So, when films "cram" biased opinions down the throats of an audience as opposed to "exploring" these social themes that are universal to ALL walks of life, it shows disrespect for the craft, and for the audience. Go to the church and preach, if you want to be a preacher, and sell cars if you wanna make money, because we've somehow forgotten that making money does not determine the value of a film. All in all Perry left me asking myself, Why Did I See This Movie Too?


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Friday, April 2, 2010

Strong Arm Steady- Best of Times Ft. Phonte

Peace, peace, here is the latest video from L.A. native Hip Hop act, Strong Arm Steady entitled Best of Times featuring one of the smoothest emcees since C.L Smooth on the chorus, Phonte, of Little Brother. If you not up on Strong Arm Steady, google em , Youtube em, get off it. This video is dope, its reflecting that essence of having something meaningful to say, and passing on the music to the next generation, something we was just building on the other day. Stay safe on yall weekend.

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Wednesday, March 31, 2010

Real or Fake

Its crazy how popular the viral video world has become. Its become so popular that people are "creating" their own so called real life situations that are just as scripted as a Hollywood feature film. Here we have a beautiful girl, and its 3am and her boyfriend is playing PS3. She walks into the loving room to find him, and decides to take fate in her hands and rip the system from the wall and destroy it.

1st Problem: If its 3am, why don't you look the slightest bit tired, or like you've been sleep and woke up? You're wide awake. And if you've been up, why are you just laying in bed hour after hour thinking dude is gonna stop playing and come to bed, like a normal man would do?

2nd Problem: Baby girl walks into the kitchen and sits the phone down perfectly enough to still see the TV as she snatches it from the wall. How coincidental?

3rd Problem: Any man that knows his chick, and knows when she's upset will not tell her straight out to get me something to drink. You're gonna try and ease over the tension, because you already know its a problem.

4th Problem: I don't care who you are, if you snatch some shit out the wall while I'm playing, I'm not gonna just say, yo! yo! what are you doing yo!!! As soon as you walk to the damn kitchen, I'mma be like, babe what you doin? You already know she crazy, you've been living together for some time now obviously. So, you know she's prone to flip out. And even if she did manage to snatch it out the wall ad destroy it, the reaction is not Yo! Yo! Its, what the fuck is the matter with you, that's some real childish, idiotic, irrational shit you just did. I'm rollin, stay here by your damn self tonight so you can cool off. Or something with a little more "FEELING" than Yo! Yo! What the fuck Yo!!!!

In conclusion, the video was a fake, they set it up to sell T-Shirts and create shock value, and get subscribers and hits. Like being a full time mistress, its become a trend to gain attention. Let's not get too caught up in the illusions, and not be able to grasp real from fake.

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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Nature By Numbers- Cristobal Vila

Nature by Numbers from Cristóbal Vila on Vimeo.



Awesome Animation Short from Spanish Film Maker Cristobal Vila. He depicts life in the form of mathematics and geography. Awesome!

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Four Letter Words By: Rob Seward

Four Letter Words from Rob Seward on Vimeo.



Its brilliant ideas like this that prove that having the most fancy equipment and editing software will never make you as valuable as an original, well thought out, film maker/producer who takes the time to really study and create original works of art.

The new trend is to pick up an HD Prosumer camera, get a mac with FCP and call yourself a film maker so you can make a couple extra dollars on the side. Being able to point and shoot requires no real skill, a 10 year old can do that. So, to all you cats out there that's going through the motions and calling yourself a film maker, Kill Yourself because this proves you will never be on the level until you take on the discipline the right way. EARN your stripes!

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Kid Cudi-Pursuit of Happiness V.2

Kid Cudi Ft. MGMT & Ratatat- Pursuit of Happiness (2nd Version) from Sean Brady on Vimeo.



New eccentric video from rising star Kid Cudi. I'm not sure yet my vibes on dudes music, but I know he's on the rise working with all kinds of huge names from Jay-Z to Common and Kanye, etc. Check it out, pretty Bjork'sh...

Phillip Bloom Interview

Philip Bloom / Social Media from Terry Wilson on Vimeo.



Interview with former news camera man, turned social networking giant, Phillip Bloom as he shares with us his early thoughts of the social networking phenomenon, and how he began in the business. All shot on the Sony EX 1 and Canon 7D.

Monday, March 29, 2010

Erykah Badu- Window Seat Video

The Queen drops her latest video Window Seat, and it definitely delivers! Not only was it artistic, but it was engaging and sexy as shit. But its deep, the sista never does anything with no substance, and how the people were quick to destroy her in her natural element speaks volumes to whats happening now. Natural is not praised, the artificial, the robotic, controlled substance, is King. And the Queen, in my opinion counters that paradigm, by going back to the natural state, the free state, and just as she gets free, the powers at be, take her out. Also, she's at the grassy knoll where JFK was assassinated. Awesome! Enjoy

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Street Lights Kanye West- Directed By: Spike Jonz



Latest video from Kanye and Spike Jonz Street Lights. Shot in Tokyo.

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Ball Hoggers or Go-to-Players?

I've been researching this for a while now, and I've discovered that, with exception to Lil Wayne, the average age of Mainstream rappers with an album out in the last year, is 37 years of age. Here's the list:

  1. Jay-Z                         Age 40        
  2. Method Man             Age 38
  3. Mos Def                    Age 36
  4. Talib Kweli               Age 34
  5. Raekwon                   Age 40
  6. Kanye West               Age 32
  7. Ice Cube                    Age 41
  8. Snoop Dogg              Age 38
  9. Ludacris                    Age 32
  10. Fat Joe                      Age 39
  11. Jadakiss                    Age 34
  12. KRS-ONE                Age 44
  13. Nelly                        Age 35
  14. Eminem                   Age 37
  15. DMX                       Age 39
  16. Rick Ross                Age 34
Now this is a touchy subject because some of these cats are emcees that I love, some not, but its funny how a lot these brothers have managed to stay somewhat on the pulse of the industry for damn near 20 years! In 20 years, I could go from freshmen in high school and graduate college twice.

Going from college to the NBA, I could go from freshmen to the league 5 times, and still would never see any playing time because the veterans are still starting. Are these cats really that good, or are we a comfortable society that would rather deal with what's familiar? Kobe doesn't even have a 20 year career, Jordan played from 85-98 with off and on periods... Kobe's and Jordan's are rare breeds like the Beatles and Michael Jackson. While others come and go, these guys remained the best of the best. I don't know if I could say hands down, Snoop, Nelly, Cube, Raekwon, DMX, are among the best.

And this brings the discussion of what determines the "best" in hip hop? Sales? Lyrical content? Style? Swagger? Business ventures outside the game? How do we determine the best? The only stats we can really accumulate from Hip Hop are monetary stats. How many concerts did one sell out, and that has a dollar price on it. How many #1 albums did one create? That has some monetary figure attached to it as well.

So, its really interesting to see these one hit wonders, come and go like seasons, never get the same shine and marketing as these mega acts get, and we wonder why the music sounds flat and uninteresting. Well, just like the media, when you have only a few corporations running all of the information we consume sonically, and visually, the messages become blurred, and it becomes a sort of generic, molded, pot of goo. The formula has worked, and we are comfortable with it. These artists have a name, and we know they can at least bring in some sort of revenue, so, we'll push them.

The young cats are beginning to do everything by themselves, and its being praised as being a good thing, by the hustlers, and a bad thing, by the veterans, who's money is being jeopardized. Its sad because these vets that are in the game, in my opinion should have been set up a powerhouse record company, and distribution company for themselves, and created an easier lane for the generation behind them. Instead you have this new group, getting signed by Shady Records under, Aftermath, under Interscope, for pennies.

This is where the ball hogger statement come in, because in actuality, some of these artists that are still out, their time has come and gone. But they still hold on to the rap rap game why? Because they don't have anything else. They didn't invest their money into other things like Nelly and Jay did. They didn't set up shop to where they would have a steady flow of income, instead they bought the material shit, that got old, and they needed more. They signed bad deals that never really made them any bread, and now they have to take care of a family. Our brothers could have bee taken over the game long time ago, and not been relying on outside influence to change the vibration of the music to this watered down, simplified lyrics and beats, pop shit. The bar is not being forced to be raised, the torch is not being passed because the cats who have the torch have no intentions on getting out the game.

Just imagine what the music would sound like if these brothers came together like Voltron and decided that they would all stick together and not have to need a record company to dictate the music they put out, but yet and still they could get on the mainstream media just as easy because they have money and influence, and they have the audiences attention? Hip Hop would be as rich as some of these oil companies, or even some of these movie studios. But that's not it, there is something going on that makes these brothers go for self, and say, get yours and I'll get mine. Do you, I'll do me!!!!

That fucked up mentality has gotten the culture segregated and powerless. During the Civil Rights Movement we were together and wanted integration, we wasn't cool with being separated. And today we have integration, but we've never been more separated from ourselves, than we are right now. I'll remain the optimist and say that, if we don't come together, Hip Hop will not survive 10 more years. If these All Star, front runnners do not make any moves and set up for the next generation, you can forget having a culture and a music unique to the people who struggle. You can forget a generation coming up with the understanding of truly making music, and not just making money. You can forget everything that James Brown, BDP, Bizzy B, Cool Herc, Kane, Fab 5 Freddy, Rock Steady Crew, and all the originators of the music we so enjoy, taught us, because all of that will be in vein. So, if we keep he rock in the vets hands, and they out for self, what do we do?

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Friday, March 26, 2010

True Hero

This is some true hero type shit right here sonny. This 22 year old nanny Alyson Myatt, woke up early one morning to a house filled with smoke, and loud noises. Her first instinct was to run all the way up the stairs, despite the falling, flaming debree, and melting floor, to an upstairs bedroom where 5 year old Aden Hawes was, huddled frightened under his blankets. Alyson yelled out for him, and he fearfully answered back. She was able to pick up the young boy and endure the most grueling 200 foot sprint of her young life, where she had to walk across, melting floor, barefoot, in order to carry the young boy, and herself to safety.

Alyson suffered 2nd degree burns on her hands and 3rd degree burns on her feet. She said to reporters in an interview that, she did what she felt any other human being would do. "I really care about the kid a lot."

You have to really be imbued with the spirit of God to do such a courageous act with no regard to your own bodily punishment. Her feet were literally melting and she still managed to push through. This shows you the power of love and also the power of the woman. Without our women, this world is fucked, and she showed mad courage for this young boy who wasn't even her child, she was his babysitter.

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God Shammgod + Converse Campaign



 Street ball legend turned pro, God Shammgod, links up with Converse for a campaign, where he talks about how he got into dribbling the ball, and coming up with his signature move, the Shammgod. I remember at HIS we used to be off Shammgod and Skip at lunch, and during the All Star P.E. games. Real dope. Watch it here

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Brand RMX Episode 2 Part 2

 
Brand RMX : EPISODE 2 pt 2/2 from R+I creative on Vimeo.

The 1st Episodes can be found on Vimeo.com along with a plethora of great videos.

This is Jeff Staple, artist and designer. He has worked with some of my favorite hip hop cats, and probably the best Emcees ever, Common, Mos Def, Kweli, during the pivotal shift in the Hip Hop cosmos, the mid-late 90's. He was a designer for Rawkus Records, and has since made a household name of his work, as an innovative and exceptional designer, and artist.

In this episode he talks about his inspirations, and his foundation, and also the keys to his success. To all my folks that wanna do something with themselves, maybe you should watch and take notes.

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Television Politics and Brett Favre Rule

The NFL announced yesterday that they will initiate a new overtime rule, which will allow the team who doesn't win the coin toss, an opportunity at a possession, being that the team with the ball doesn't score a touchdown. So in essence, the new OT rule that will take effect next season is, the first team to score a touchdown on the 1st possession wins. If neither team scores a TD on their 1st possession, then the sudden death rules would apply.

This new rule comes real close to player negotiations with the league, and the renewal of network contract negotiations, which makes me wonder, is the money really controlling football, or is the rule being enforced because of the supposed stat of 8 out of 10 times, the team that wins the toss in OT, wins the game? It would make sense then, that, if its about the team having a fair shot at scoring, they both should be granted one possession with equal opportunities to score. But this seems more like an attempt to hike up ratings, and give the viewers a reason to stick around because according to Neilson's ratings, viewers have been tuning out once the coin toss has been decided, and the media networks aint having that shit, thats they money.

Players and Coaches from the Super Bowl winning New Orlean Saints (Who Dat) are enraged as they take the new ruling personal, calling it, a "slight" on their team's victory against the Vikings in OT where Brett Favre, who choked, threw a pick, and was never able to get back on the field. This situation also seems fishy, being that the NFL Superstar Icon, was not able to redeem himself. I money and politics, I love America!!!!!!!!!!

The NFL doesn't want the great quarterback's Manning, and Favre to be on the sideline while some no-name, crumb bum, drives his team down the field and wins the game.  Brett Favre's career ended on a pick that costed his team the game. He comes back to redeem his legacy and what happens? The exact same thing. A pick, that costs his team the game! Maybe its a thing called, DESTINY, or FATE! The NFL then is trying to change the natural flow this man's DESTINY, FATE, to satisfy his 45 year old ego. LOL! Maybe, I'm taking it too far, but think about that.

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Dom Kennedy Album- From The Westside with Love

L.A. native Dom Kennedy drops his free album, From The Westside with Love, a real chill, smoke a blunt, and roll in the Hyundai, or the Mazda Protege type shit. Dom reps Lemiert Park tough, remnant of the Freestyle Fellowship, and the Project Blowed scene.



L.A. has always had some of the dopest lyricists in the world, we just have been stuck with the stigma of being only about gang banging. But finally, folks like Pac Div, Dom Kennedy, and U-N-I for right now, are getting some love. That should open the flood gates for cats from the West to get on. This time we need to take some note of how the South operating and controlled the music waves by working together and pulling each other on. Its about the music, not the money right?

The album can be downloaded here:

FIU Football Player Stabbed to Death

Peace and Blessings to the family of Kendall Berry who was stabbed last night by an unidentified attacker. He passed away on the way to the hospital. He was a 22 year old Junior from Haines City, Florida.  The team has since canceled its Spring Game, and are receiving counseling for their grief.

Students held a vigil at the rec center where the incident took place. The city news interviewed students and the ones that knew Kendall said that he was always full of positive energy, his coaches said that he had a bright future.

There are currently no suspects in custody. Karma is beautiful thing, she'll find dude. Tell the ones you love you love em, because you never know when they time is gonna come.

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Space Butler's?


This is some wild shit son, on a space station, its already not much to do, so could you need someone to do shit for you, to you simplify your life even more? Well on April 5th, NASA and General Motors will launch a new helping hand to the ISS, by the name of Robonaut 2, a Robo-Maid, designed with a human torso, that can be controlled via virtual reality. It's a more futuristic version of R2-D2 from Star Wars. Ok, so astronauts might as well get the 2K10 crackin' on the 73 incher you feel me? That's complete misappropriation of funds man. Why would anyone in space needs a maid, specifically to suck up cheetoh dust? How bot, don't eat cheetohs?

It's funny how GM is involved when they can barely sell cars, but they are intertwined with NASA. Maybe there was a bigger reason as to why we bailed them out. Hmmmmmmm... I need one of them Robonauts for my crib, so when wifey don't feel like makin' ya man a sandwich, I could have Robo-dude, slap together some lettuce and bread and shit. I wonder how much that system costs? There are no official reports yet, but I'll keep you posted. 360˚

Thursday, March 25, 2010

Cassidy Featuring John Legend- Searching


Ya man Cassidy is back, this time he's linked up with John Legend, track produced by Swizz Beats. I heard ya man Cassidy got the HIV, but I aint fuckin' with these gossip blogs, so if I was yall, I wouldn't believe shit, unless the man said it himself, or if you find yourself in bed wit dude, and he bout to d**k you down, and insists on some no condom type situation. At that point as the big homie K.D. said today, ABORT MISSION!!!! Cass is that dude on the battle sticks, and Imma keep it at that, but ladies, you might just wanna ask the nigga if the opportunity presents itself doe. YOU NEVER KNOW!

Enjoy

Cassidy feat. John Legend - Searching (Prod. by Swizz Beatz) by Hypetrak

Just a friendly reminder to all my peeps!

This is a classic Red Foxx bit, just wanna make whoever's reading this at this point laugh and take the edge off your day.

Kid Cudi- Soundtrack 2 My Life (Official Video)

Montage of Cudi's tour, for the release of his debut album, Man On The Moon. I aint got no beef wit Cudi, I like his character on How To Make it In America also, check that out Sundays @ 730pm. His music is definitely left field and alternative so we giving dude a shout, Enjoy.

DatNewCudi.com: KiD CuDi - Soundtrack 2 My Life (Directed by Jason Goldwatch) from DatNewCudi / DP on Vimeo.

Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Jump Offs




I am in absolute astonishment with the new job that's on the rise, Jump Off. According to my Queen and other sources such as Sandra Rose.com and Necole Bitchie.com, a jump off is a woman who gets with a man with a high paying salary and celebrity status in order to obtain monetary profit, and elevated social status. The job requirements are based in Malcolm X ideology, BY ANY MEANS NECESSARY! So, yes, fucking and sucking of friends, family, pets, antiques, etc are not deal breakers.

There has been numerous book deals, and TV shows highlighting these women, and its becoming a household name. A movie has even been produced in recognition of this cultural phenomenon. My thing is, and Imma keep 100, my Queen knows that I've had my fair share of chicks, and sometimes we ran trains on flips, I mean we was young, and we was gettin' it in, but, that's what they was, HOES!!! Now, the HOES are getting paid for doing what they've always done. PROSTITUTE! The ones that do it for no money aint asking for books, and money... We gettin' caught up in the fact that sluts are fuckin' and suckin celebrities and its gettin out to the public. Why do we care about shit thats been happening for YEARS?

What else I don't understand is, how can the jump off, who blows the whistle, complain about the way the guy treated you, and expect some type of compensation, or sympathy for being a slut? That really baffles me. You are the home wrecker, the nut guzzler, the buddy shnuffer, and the side line chick, but you want people to respect your side of the story that may very well be made up? I think not, jump offs are at the bottom of society right in line with paparazzi.

I aint knockin' ya hustle, and I'm not suggesting any type of harm be done to you, other than wifey, cuz' she got a right to that fade. If you like sex, then get it, just don't try to bring people down in your rise to fame. Get your porn star on, on get on the track and work for daddy or somethin'. Get yours legit is all I'm saying because thecats you spilling the beans on, Jesse James, Tiger Woods, Nelly, Bow Wow, Tyga, Jae Millz, and the list goes on and on... these dudes are still gettin chicks lined up ready to take your place and won't tell, they still making money, and they still get respected throughout the industry, because other cats are doing it.

So, to all my, "I fuck famous niggas to get famous", chicks out there. There is a traditional word for your kind, and thats SLUT! Lets call a spade a spade. 360º

NY-Z (New Jay-Z short film)

NY-Z is the latest collaboration between Marcy Project's own, Sean Carter, and Absolut Vodka. The docu-short chronicles the superstar preparing for a one time concert at MSG New York, and doing several interviews prior to his release of Blueprint 99, I mean Blueprint 3. Dude, also gets in depth about Hip Hop and how hedoesn't separate himself from the genre as an outside entity. He also talks about his life and early childhood, a real good look for him. Directed By; Danny Clinch.

I swear its dope, but its frustrating when you have ideas, and see them manifest later in life. but you're not the one manifesting it, someone else has somehow absorbed the same thought, and technique as you but was able to monetize off of your thoughts. That's beautiful right? Na, it pisses me off sonny!

I was in the Power 106 office last year with my business partner and the same shit, I told them, you are about to see, and they told me they didn't know how to monetize the idea. WHAT THE FUCK ARE SPONSORS for? But yea, Im a little hot behind this, and you would be too.

In film school, I learned that this is called the Zeitgeist (Not the movie) of the industry, and of life in general. We have a collective unconscious that we tap into, and gain perspective, and insight from. Its fascinating. Which would briefly touch on how we can all move toward the fad of diggin' the 80's style clothing, and the retro hair cuts, and lines and designs, and that whole deal. We are all connected. So, in the midst of being upset at the dumb ass companies that don't want to take chances on new talent, and alternative ideas, this is the result, which could have had YOUR name attached to it Fuck Stix... Its peace doe... lol... Without further delay, I bring you NY-Z...

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Welcome

Peace peace, welcome to the first blog of many, my name is Bunnz, and I'll be bringing you some live shit, so I hope you remain interested, I have a lot of things I want to share with yall so, this is my intro, and my outro so, now we can get into the meat of things.