Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Top 10 Michael Jackson Celebrity Collaborations

Click the pic to find out some things you probably didn't know about Mr. Jackson. Did you know the Jackson 5 had a song that was originally recorded with Freddie Mercury? ...

My Hero Ain't Molest Them Bitch Ass Kids: Phonte's teary-eyed tribute to The King

I haven't been compelled to blog in a long time.

In an era where everybody is twittering and text-messaging their lives away, a well-thought out essay that extends past 140 characters is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

But when our universe lost its brightest star on June 25, 2009, I felt a deep, overwhelming sadness that I haven't experienced in many years and I felt moved to say....something.

My hero, Michael Joseph Jackson, is dead.

Honestly I'm still trying to process it, almost like the loss of a much-loved family member. I mean, hell, to many of us Michael WAS family. Much like Nike, or Coca-Cola, or McDonalds, Michael Jackson wasn't so much a person as he was a living, breathing, American institution; a ubiquitous force that has seemingly existed forever and one that we couldn't imagine a world without. Seeing Michael onstage was less like watching a musician perform and more akin to witnessing a magician at work.

But contrary to his otherworldly stage presence and magical aura, the man we called The King of Pop proved to be a mere mortal. And now my hero, Michael Joseph Jackson, is dead.

What isn't dead, unfortunately, is the cloud of false accusations, unsubstantiated rumors, myths, slander, and outright lies that surround his life and his legacy. The greatest myth regarding Michael Jackson is that he was a pedophile who preyed on young children.

It is my belief now, just as it was 16 years ago, that the charges brought against Michael during his 1993 sexual abuse case were false. The allegations made by Jordan Chandler (the accuser) and his father Evan Chandler always seemed suspect to me for a few reasons:

1. Ask the average parent whether they'd want justice or money for their abused child and more than likely they'd say justice, if for no other reason than to protect their child (and other children) from a future attack. The fact that Evan Chandler was willing to essentially let Michael off the hook for a few million (reportedly 2-3), made their case seem like a well-orchestrated extortion attempt. In regards to the case, Evan was later caught on tape saying, "If I go through with this, I win big time. There's no way I lose. I will get everything I want and they will be destroyed forever...Michael's career will be over." Notice that homeboy ain't mention jack shit about his son. So much for being a concerned father...

2. Generally when victims of abuse come out with allegations against someone, other victims come forward to corroborate their story (i.e. the Catholic Church scandal, where a few parties came forward and it later led to thousands).

Very rarely do child molesters stop at just one kid, or even two for that matter. An alleged pedophile with only two accusers is kinda like an alleged serial killer with only one body. Or an alleged sneaker addict with only two pairs of Jordans in his closet. It just doesn't make any logical sense, nor does it coincide with the recurring psychological characteristics of most people who fall into those categories.

In the case of Michael Jackson vs. the Chandler family, not a single corroborating witness could be found to help prosecute the case and after raids were conducted on several of Jackson's homes, no hard evidence of sexual abuse was gathered.

Michael later settled the Chandler case out of court, not as an admission of guilt, but at the behest of his lawyers and financial advisors who warned him that a criminal trial could cost him millions of dollars in legal fees, as well as the loss of hundreds of millions in touring and endorsement revenue. With the Chandler case finally over, Michael continued to tour and released his greatest hits package “HIStory” in 1995. Ten years later though, he would face another trial that, in my opinion, would be the one to literally and figuratively, kill him.

Martin Bashir’s heinous, Machiavellian documentary “Living With Michael Jackson” aired in 2003. It was in this documentary that Mike (albeit foolishly) talked about his fondness for sharing his bed with children, and was seen holding hands with a young boy. Shortly afterwards the young boy from the documentary, 13 year-old Gavin Arvizo (a cancer survivor who had all his medical bills paid for by Michael), accused him of sexual abuse.

When Mike’s case against Arvizo hit airwaves in 2005, I must admit that I had my doubts. Much like the Chris Rock joke, I too shook my head in disbelief and said “ANOTHER kid!?! Mike, what the fuck?!! How could you be THAT stupid?!?!” As the case unraveled though, the financial motivations of the accuser’s family became much more apparent.

Similar to the Chandler case from ‘93, the prosecution couldn’t produce any credible witnesses to corroborate Arvizo’s testimony against Michael. Many of the prosecution’s witnesses were either former employees of Michael who had financial disputes with him, or had criminal convictions themselves. Arvizo’s testimony contradicted previous statements he’d made to officials saying that nothing ever took place between him and Michael, and Arvizo’s mother Janet Arvizo, an eccentric woman with a prior conviction for welfare fraud, single-handedly killed the case with her flippant remarks on the witness stand and overall bizarre courtroom behavior.

Actor Macaulay Culkin came forward in Michael’s defense and testified that no inappropriate behavior ever took place during their many times together, as did many other associates who had spent time at Neverland. Ultimately, Michael emerged from the Arvizo case with a Not Guilty verdict on all counts, but it proved to be a pyrrhic victory. The damage was already done. In the court of popular opinion, The King of Pop was an unrepentant child molestor.

When defending Michael Jackson against his detractors, I am often asked if I would let one of my sons sleep over at his house. The answer is no. Shit, I wouldn't let my sons sleep over at YOUR house. But that doesn't make you a pedophile, it just makes me a concerned and protective dad who doesn’t leave his kids around people I personally don’t know well enough to trust.

When it came to children, the only thing Michael was guilty of in my opinion, was naivete. While cuddling in the bed with children isn't technically illegal, it does violate several social norms; norms that a man who dresses funny, lives at an amusement park and refers to himself as “Peter Pan” would certainly pay a higher price for breaking. When I hear the tales of Michael laying in bed with those children, watching movies, tickling, and engaging in general horseplay, it sounds less like the work of a pedophile and more like the actions of a man trying to experience a childhood he never had.

During his investigation for the Arvizo trial, Michael was examined by Dr. Stan Katz, a clinical psychologist who concluded that Michael didn’t fit the profile of a pedophile but instead that of a regressed 10 year old, an analysis which I agree with wholeheartedly. I mean after all, only a person with the simple, unsuspecting mind of a child could truly believe they could sleep in the same bed as their pre-pubescent buddies and not pay a price for it.

Still, the most saddening myth surrounding Michael’s life is that he was ashamed to be Black. During the mid 80’s, in the midst of his ever-changing skin complexion and facial features, popular opinion in the Black community was that Mike was a sellout. This was an opinion that would unfortunately haunt him for the rest of his life, but a closer look reveals quite the opposite.

As echoed by my man Scorpeze of the house music duo Windimoto in his excellent blog, Michael Jackson never tried to disown or separate himself from his Blackness at any point in his career. In fact, he was probably the most openly pro-Black pop entertainer of his time. Michael Jackson ashamed to be Black? I mean, this was the same guy who:

-portrayed Black people as kings and queens in ancient Egypt ("Remember the Time" video)
-called Tommy Mottola (his then label boss) a devil and a racist
-sang "white man's gotta make a change" live on the Grammies in '88
-sang about a beautiful African woman in "Liberian Girl"
-featured an African chant at the end of "Wanna Be Startin Somethin"
-donated over $25 million to the United Negro College Fund
-sang "I ain't scared of no sheets" in "Black or White" and upped the ante by morphing into a BLACK PANTHER at the video's end
-wrote a song called "They Don't Really Care About Us," with a Spike Lee-directed video that featured prisoners raising the Black power fist
-uhhh “We Are The World” and USA for Africa, anyone?

What about this man wasn’t Black enough? Was it his battle with vitiligo and how it caused skin discoloration? Was it his excessive facial surgeries, due I’m sure in no small part to the teasing and ridicule he faced about his looks as a teenager?

Why did we turn our collective backs on a man who always reminded us that he never forgot who he was, or more importantly, whose he was?

This essay is my plea to all people who consider themselves a fan of Michael Jackson, but especially to Black people: Don't let them talk about our Brother. Don’t let his naysayers convict him of crimes that were never proven. Don't let people reduce the memory of one of our greatest heroes to that of a weird guy who wore a shiny glove and molested little boys.

When Elvis Presley died, did the media remember him as an overweight, drug-abusing racist who dated a 14 year-old, or was he eulogized as The King of Rock and Roll?

When Woody Allen dies, do you think the media will focus on the controversy behind him marrying his own stepdaughter, or on the films "Annie Hall" and "Manhattan" and how great they were? (Ditto for Jerry Lee Lewis, the rock and roll pioneer who married his 13-year old cousin.)

When people accuse Michael of being a pedophile or a child molester, ask them to provide hard evidence. Ask them to provide an opinion rooted in fact, rather than one based on gossip, hearsay, and conjecture. Chances are, they won't be able to. The Black community has done a great disservice in not reciprocating the love that Michael Jackson showed us when he was alive. The least we can do in honoring his death is ensure that his legacy is remembered properly for future generations.

Was Michael Jackson a weirdo? Of course he was a weirdo.

But maybe if you had been in the public eye since you were 7, had grown ass women throwing themselves at you since you were 13, suffered physical abuse at the hands of your father, watched your father and older brothers engage in sex with groupies on tour as a child, were called "Big Nose" and "ugly" by both family members AND fans, developed a skin disease that took away the one thing you repeatedly expressed your pride for, and spent the last half of your life as the most famous person on Earth, you'd probably be a bit of a weirdo too.

I am not attempting to paint Michael Jackson as a saint, as no man ever lives up to such a lofty title. But to me, the phrase “no good deed goes unpunished” seems to sum up Michael Jackson’s life more than ever.

Why would people try to tear down a man who constantly used his power, money, and influence to help others?

Why would people express such disgust and contempt for a man who constantly sang of love and peace, and used his talent to entertain, uplift, and inspire millions?

Tell em that its human nature, I suppose...

Rest in Peace, Brother Michael. I love and miss you dearly.



Mr. Hudson and Mr. West! lol @ the Estelle cameo.


Rearview Mirror

Sheesh, this song by Rapper Big Pooh is straight from the heart! This is a super good song! Pooh hauntingly discusses growing up in music over another wonderful 9th Wonder beat! This is a must-listen, especially for any Little Brother fan! Stop hating!

Monday, June 29, 2009

Songs MJ Never Sang

Just as Phonte from Little Brother pointed out in my previous post, there was a period that began in 2002 when it seemed like producers were secretly writing songs for Michael Jackson, especially the Neptunes. Justin Timberlake's "Justified" album was created by the Neptunes for Michael Jackson, but he turned it down (imagine how amazing that album would've been with Jackson's vocals)!

So, here are three of my favorite songs that Michael Jackson never sang (which coincidentally are all written by the Neptunes). The third song was originally supposed to be on the "Justified" album but was cut and recently resurfaced as a demo track by Usher. Can you imagine Michael Jackson singing on all these songs? They would've been AMAZING! (because I couldn't embed the second video, just click on it to view it)

Phonte's Twitter Commentary on Michael Jackson


Reverend Tigallo is hilarious, yet he SPEAKS THE TRUTH! Here are his Tweets shortly after Michael Jackson passed away:

To me, the real tragedy in Mike's death is the last people he worked with were Rodney Jerkins, Kanye, will.i.am, and Akon.

And no disrespect to will.i.am cause that's my dude and he's a talented cat, but some shit just don't need a remix.

There was a period in R&B around '02 when I think producers were doin songs for MJ beggin him to work with them on the low. (i.e. Justified)

"Sometimes I wonder if we enjoyed Michael Jackson's life more than he did." (c) @AndreasHale (and with that, the eyes are damp again)

Another thing that makes me sad about MJ's death is that people will focus on the weird shit, but his pro-Blackness will go unmentioned.

Make no mistake about it, ever-changing skin color be damned, Michael Joseph Jackson was one of THEE Blackest motherfuckers in music.

I mean, seriously...Mike is the same cat who 1) Called Tommy Mottola a devil.....2) Sang about a beautiful African woman in "Liberian Girl"

3) Sang "white man's gotta make a change" live on the Grammies in '88....4) Sang an African chant at the end of "Wanna Be Startin..."

And let's not even mention "They Don't Really Care About Us." Who you think the "they" and "us" were?

Even though MJ was the biggest star in the universe, deep down he knew that underneath it all he was still just a nigga from Gary.

in black or white he said "I ain't scared of no sheets"<<
He threatened 2 pull all his vids from MTV in the 80s until they aired more black artists as well. He was the musical 'Ali'

And also, the "Remember the Time" video took place in Egypt and portrayed Black people as kings and queens. MJ was nobody's sellout.

It's easy for folks to write MJ off as the weird guy with a glittery glove who could dance real good, but he really was the complete artist.

Take for instance, the Thriller album. It's easy to just write it off as a simple pop album, but take a deeper look at the subject matter.

Who else could sing about gang violence (Beat It), illegitimate kids (Billie Jean) and have African chants on their album AND MAKE IT WORK?

Michael Jackson x Stevie Wonder

via Time's commemorative edition of Michael Jackson.

PLEASE Stevie HAS to release this! This is like a dream come true! I guess Stevie Wonder originally recorded this song "Buttercup" for MJ when he was 14 but the track was given to Carl Andersen (RIP). Though Andersen's version was nice, you already know Jackson probably tore it up!

Street Lights

My favorite song from "808's and Heartbreak".

Kanye West - Street Lights [OFFICIAL VIDEO] from Burnocchio Story. on Vimeo.

1995 Video Music Awards x Michael Jackson Medley

This is only one performance of many that has inspired me (since '95!) to make the most out of my own live shows. Obviously, mine would never compare to this but I can certainly try to inspire others through them! The King of Pop NEVER had a dull show! From the lights to the dancing to the themes to the set: this is the real deal! EPIC!

Peanut Butter Wolf's Michael Jackson Video Tribute Part 2

Parts 1 and 3 may be viewed at stonesthrow.com

(this one's my favorite though)

PBW recorded these video sets live from the mixer during his VJ set at the Echoplex in L.A. on the night of June 25th, a few hours after the news of Michael's death.

Sunday, June 28, 2009


Click this picture to see what I'm talking about.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Matisyahu/K'naan Concert Last Night

The concert was pretty cool. K'naan rocked it (as I expected it) and people were up and energized for Matisyahu!

There were a couple problems in the crowd. A bunch of drunken groupies kept trying to get up front when I'm damn sure they didn't even know who any of the artists were. I creepily rubbed up against one of them to get them out of the way...that tactic never fails. Seriously, how the heck are you gonna grind up against your girlfriends to a song where K'naan speaks of his troubling trip from Africa? smh x 1,000,000

The coolest part was K'naan finished his set and Michael Jackson flooded the speakers. I danced my heart out to "Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough", "Rock with You", "Billiejean", "Beat It" and "Bad" and K'naan came into the crowd to dance with everybody. That was super cool.

The tribute didn't stop there. Matisyahu pulled out an impromptu performance of "Billiejean" for everyone to enjoy, and his music sounds NOTHING like Michael Jackson's. As you can see, it doesn't matter who you are or what kind of music you do or whatever; Michael Jackson has had an impact on EVERYONE, whether it's performance, music, videos, style, whatever. All in all, a great night!


Heartbreak Hotel

Another song often sampled by artists, most recently by Q-tip for the "We Fight/We Love" remix featuring Kanye West and Consequence.

Michael Jackson was definitely an innovator of style. I mean laugh at this outfit, but there are so many clothing pieces these days that probably wouldn't "pass" if it weren't for him, don't even front on that! My favorite Jackson outfit? ...probably the Billiejean tuxedo with the pink button-up and the bowtie. Classy.

Show You the Way to Go

MJ certainly showed ALL musicians the way to go!

P.S. I had a really creepy moment last night. I had music playing on my iPod and suddenly, REALLY loud, my number one Michael Jackson song (and song period) "The Lady in my Life" came on. I jumped out of my bed and turned it down! I'm sure the sound quality on that song was just louder than the others, but it was...creepy.

Anyway, show us the way MJ!

All I Do is Think of You

So many artists were inspired by Michael Jackson. I don't even know where to begin on the list of people to sample his music. Here's a song sampled by another fallen hero of mine, J Dilla (Time: Donut of the Heart).

Billiejean (Motown 25th Anniversary Special)

Well, it begins.

And don't get me wrong, I probably would've posted some of these MJ videos sooner or later, but it's unfortunate that he passed away yesterday so now you'll see a barrage of videos, songs, and dance moves that inspired me through the years.

I will be heading downtown this weekend in hopes that DJ's will keep the music bumping in the clubs, so if anyone wants to come and moonwalk and do the dance moves for "Beat It", "Billiejean", "Thriller", "Rock with You" and a whole slew of other songs, meet me there!

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Michael Jackson Forever!

Man...heavy stuff. You already know what happened, and from that, you can gather that Michael Jackson affected you one way or another.

I know that like, for the last decade, MJ was portrayed horribly because of the things going on in his personal life. I'm disgusted already by how the media is praising him currently, because just a few months ago, they were completely against him. And to those that are dissing him still; the dude died. A fellow human being DIED. It doesn't matter what people have done in their lives, NO ONE deserves to die. I do find it comical sometimes when these attitudes stem from so called "religious" people: "Michael Jackson has done horrible things so him dieing doesn't matter" - is this how God taught you to be? Is this the way Jesus wants us to think? Ok, but that's a whole different topic.

It's undeniable; Michael Jackson REVOLUTIONIZED music. The way we do music, the way we think about it, the way we dance, the way we do music videos-EVERYTHING. I gotta give props to MJ for always saving a party. You could be at a party and stupid music would be playing but the moment those Michael Jackson classics came on, you were on the dance floor. Luckily, that situation will remain, because the music lives on. Michael Jackson most definitely influenced the way I dress, the way I do music, the way I think about music and listen to it, and the way I dance. He truly is the King of Pop and is the greatest entertainer in the world. Not to mention, my favorite song of all time is "The Lady in my Life", a song I hope one day to play at my wedding while I dance with my wife. That song is simply incredible. I also remember way back in the day, I recorded the "Thriller" video (as much as it scared me) and I would play that video in slow motion. I learned the whole dance...and I remember it 'til this day. Michael Jackson influenced basically ALL RnB artists to come after him: Usher, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown, Mario, Omarion...that's not even the tip of the iceberg of how many people he's influenced, and that's just in the RnB genre!

Man...I can't think of anyone who has more star power than MJ and can rock a show as well as he can. There will never be another. I truly hope that in the midst of all this, people can separate the art from the artist and realize that the music is timeless and will probably be better than anything any musician in the world will ever make. I see a quote from Jackson's "Rock with You" being recited at different sites:

"And when the groove is dead and gone...you know that love survives, so we can rock forever..."

That sums it up right there. MJ and Dilla, two of my biggest musical influences gone, but the music lives on...don't front!

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Remix After All

This free download is EXCELLENT and amazingly dancetastic! I guess ten blogs held some kind of poll for the people to choose their favorite musicians to remix the songs on Daft Punk's "Human After All". I think they made some good selections because I enjoy these remixes! Here's a strange video track for "Technologic (Kids at the Bar Remix)" which is probably my favorite remix! Listen to the song and see if you don't get up and start smashing your head against the wall! It's free so you might as well download it! (Click on the cover to do so)

Back Again

As you already know, I have been in LOVE with this "Back Again" song by Reflection Eternal (can't wait for the CD)! Well, the official video is finally here and it is AWESOME! Res sure is looking mighty fine these days! Check the video and stay tuned for their newest album coming soon!

Talib Kweli + Hi Tek-Reflection Eternal -Back Again-Vid Premiere

Back to the Feature

Wale recently dropped his newest mixtape with 9th Wonder called "Back to the Feature"! This mixtape is absolute FIRE. I wasn't that big of a Wale fan but this seals the deal for me! 9th Wonder (as usual) brings heat to the boards and provides Wale with some really really nice beats! "Back to the Feature" is a fitting name because the mixtape is LOADED with an impressive guest list, including Talib Kweli, Black Thought, Lady Gaga, Beanie Sigel, Freeway, Memphis Bleek, Big Sean, Skyzoo, Royce Da 5'9, Ken Starr, Duffy, Currensy, Jean Grae, Bun B and many many more! You already know you need to download it. Click the picture for a free download but first, enjoy this track with Memphis Bleek called "The Sun" which finds both emcees spitting sparks over 9th's wonderful soul music! Good to see Bleek back, he's one of the most underrated, in my opinion! MUST DOWNLOAD!

K'Naan x Knitting Factory Boise

Anyone in? So far it's just me and Abbie going. The headliner is Matisyahu but I'm really going to see K'Naan! "T.I.A.!" Should definitely be a good show. It's going down this Thursday night at the Knitting Factory! I think tickets are $25, which I still need to get mine. Everyone is invited to come enjoy good music! I already posted K'Naan's video awhile back for "T.I.A." but here's another video for "Dreamer". Don't sleep on this dude, he's mega talented!

Monday, June 22, 2009


Another late pass please! I just found out about this beatmaker named Afta-1 who is absolutely incredible! From the midwestern "off" drums to futuristic sounds, this dude is super talented. Here's a video track for his remix of Esthero's "Superheroes" (which isn't on his album) and a download link for his album "Aftathoughts Vol. 1". The song is amazing and should give you a pretty good idea of how Afta-1 gets down. Normally I wouldn't provide a download link for an album, but it is only sold in Japan. This is good music and it NEEDS to be heard! Click the picture to check it out! I guarantee, this is a worthy download!

Thank you!

I just want to give a big thank you to everyone that came out and supported the Dedicated Servers and everyone else that performed with us Saturday night! MCMD and I had a blast and it was a pleasure to be able to perform for everyone! Big thanks to Eleven and Noah for giving us the opportunity to be part of the show, what's up to all the new faces we met that night, and thanks to all the artists that were in the show! Thank you to the Venue and thank you to "Mom" for providing all the pizza and soda, thank you Scooter for helping the sound sound good, and the biggest thanks goes to the audience! The show wouldn't have been without you! You guys could have been anywhere but you were with us that night and we'll never forget it!

PLEASE continue supporting us and supporting good music and the arts around town! I can't say this enough-there's so much talent here in Boise and it's a shame that a lot of it goes unnoticed. Let's help each other out!

For anyone that wants to come party with us live again, we will be performing on July 22nd at the Neurolux. I'll make a separate post about that though so stay tuned...

Once again, THANK YOU!


I hope you guys accept my late pass on this, I've been way too busy! I finally bought Tanya Morgan's "Brooklynati" album from iTunes after failing to find it here in Boise as well as Seattle! This album was worth the iTunes purchase though, it is really really good! In an era where a lot of hip hop is striving for that futuristic, spacy sound (including us), it's refreshing to hear these guys come through with that classic "golden era" sound.

The album is sample driven and classifies as a grown and sexy type album! Von Pea sounds quite different (not a bad thing) and I noticed that all three fellas stepped their pen game up BIG TIME. Tanya Morgan is a huge inspiration to me and I really feel like these guys are highly underrated. Production on the album is entirely by Von Pea and features appearances from Phonte, Blu, Jermiside, Carlitta Durand, Kay, and more. The whole thing's good but these are on repeat: "So Damn Down", "She's Gone", "Never 2ndary", "Morgan Blu" and "Tanya Likes Girls". I've already provided the video for "So Damn Down" and the track for "Morgan Blu" so here's one last preview of the album which is a snippet of my favorite track "Never 2ndary". Go support good hip hop!

Oh, I must say though, you can't get to Brooklynati without your driver's license! Click on my license to get yours!

Friday, June 19, 2009

New N.E.R.D. Website

This is a pretty thorough website done by fishbucket. I really enjoy the whole concept of the site and everything in it! Go play the game on the site...I still have yet to beat it. I want to take a nap right now so I'll have to try beating it later (it's kinda tough)! Good music!

Chad Hugo

...is my hero.

Cutest Puppy of the Week! (6.15.09-6.21.09)

This is one of the most admirable dogs! Check out this guy do squats with his owner! Cody, too bad this dog isn't yours, you'd never be without a workout partner again!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Star Wars x adidas Originals

This is gonna be awesome! The first collection comes out in January 2010 and will include clothing, shoes, and accessories. Can't wait!


Monday, June 15, 2009

Bapex 1 Clear Watch

These are SUPER fresh!

Friday, June 12, 2009

Art Basel Switzerland 2009

Art Basel is an event that celebrates the most innovative and (for lack of a better term) freshest artwork in the world. This year, the event celebrates it's 40th anniversary in Switzerland and showcases more than 300 galleries and works from over 200 20th and 21st century artists. There are 60 pieces that are viewable on Yatzer that best sum up Art Basel 2009, which runs through June 14, 2009. You can view magnificence by clicking on the picture. There are quite a few pieces by Takashi Murakami, Yoshitomo Nara, Hans Peter Feldman, and so much more. This is definitely worth a peek!

Banksy Summer Show (Bristol)

Well, it looks like the mysterious place where Banksy is doing his latest art show is in Bristol. A lot of familiar works are on display (similar to last year's exhibition in NYC) but there's lots of new stuff as well. Certainly one of the most innovative!

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Autumn Whitehurst

Cool artwork! Click on the first picture to visit her site for more info and more pieces!

Air Yeezy Birthday Cake

Good Lord!

Leading Ladies

Shouts to the Resident Genius Owen on his first acting role in "Leading Ladies"! Support the local arts people! I meant to make a post about this earlier because this is the last week for the show, but you can still catch it! "Leading Ladies" is happening tonight (Thursday), Friday, and Saturday. All shows begin at 8p (don't be late and don't be RUDE!) and it costs $15 to get in. The show is worth every penny and is very funny! Here's a picture of Owen in action...click the picture for more info and a synopsis on the play!

Superflat First Love

This is a cartoon short from one of the greatest artists, Takashi Murakami, and Louis Vuitton! Murakami is known more for sculptures and 2D art, so this new 3D-ish cartoon further solidifies him as one of the best and most versatile artists!

The Ecstatic

I bought Mos Def's latest album yesterday and I must say, it certainly was worth my money! It's good to hear the Universal Magnetic back on his poetic game! This is a great album, of course not as good as "Black on Both Sides", but possibly his strongest since then. The album features appearances from Talib Kweli, Slick Rick (YES!), and Georgia Anne Muldrow and features production from Chad Hugo, J Dilla, Georgia Anne Muldrow, Madlib, Oh No, and some others...yeah, that's an impressive tracklist!

I was a little bummed that the Oh No/Madlib beats were just beats from their own respective beat albums ("Dr. No's Oxperiment" and "Beat Konducta in India") but Mos certainly added fire to the already fire beats. It just would've been better if the beats were actually made for Mos Def...you know? Finally, the world gets a glimpse into Chad Hugo's solo hip-hop production, which is awesome! The villainous horns on "Twilight Speedball" definitely show (even more) how Chad's production can range! Georgia Anne Muldrow's "Roses" (which will actually be featured on her debut album as well, minus Mos Def) is amazing as well (don't sleep on her music)! And of course, the Dilla-produced "History" featuring Talib Kweli should hold us Black Star enthusiasts over for a little longer until the reunion...

By the way, the Slick Rick cameo on "Auditorium" is incredible! I can't believe I forgot that Slick Rick is the MASTER of storytelling! No one does it better!

Support real music! Go guy this album, it's worth it! I have "Twilight Speedball", "Casa Bey", "Roses", "Auditorium" and "History" on repeat, but the whole album is a thorough listen! Here's a video of Mos Def (with assistance from the Roots) performing "Casa Bey" on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon! BOOGIE MAN!

Mos Def with The Roots on Jimmy Fallon from Pop Along Kids on Vimeo.

Banksy Summer Show

Banksy never disappoints...looking forward to this!

Horizontal Space

Horizontal Space in Cuneo, Italy, designed by Italy-based firm Damilano Studio Architects.

Horizontal Space is a composition of pure volume of constant height, they moved horizontally and emptied or filled according to the function.

One day...

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Jay $tay Paid

J Dilla forever! I bought this CD last week and have been bumping it like crazy! This CD should be satisfying for the hardcore Dilla fans out there. The album contains mostly instrumentals but has a few guest spots here and there, including Blu, Black Thought, Havoc, Raekwon, Frank N Dank, Illa J, Doom and a few more. My favorite tracks on the album are "caDILLAc", "Expensive Whip", "Smoke" feat. Blu, "Reality Check" feat. Black Thought, "On Stilts", "King", "Lazer Gunne Funke" and "KJay and We Out". Check out this track with Black Thought and then click on the picture of J Dilla. It'll take you to the Myspace site of Nature Sounds, where you can listen to a majority of the album! TURN IT UP!

Go out there and support real music!

Cutest Puppy of the Week! (6.8.09-6.14.09)

Look at this cute, puffy little thing! His name's Pablo!


That's the time for today's workout.

Swings (35#)
Push ups

I did one two days ago that took me 6:04 to complete. I'm not posting it because I can't remember the workout exactly and I'm too lazy to run downstairs and see what it was, but it was something like do eight reps of push ups, pull ups, KTE, atomic sit ups, 65# push press, and burpees for three rounds. That was a yummy one!

As you can see, I'm really trying to master my KTE's! Unfortunately, I'm often stuck doing these short workouts because I'm so bound by time! Anyway, maybe I'll post one up of a murderous one soon. Until then...GET BROLIC!

Friday, June 5, 2009

So Damn Down

Grown music! Tanya Morgan is back! I have my license to Brooklynati, now I just need to get there via itunes!

Thursday, June 4, 2009

Cutest Puppy of the Week (6.1.09-6.7.09)

IT'S THE RETURN! It's been awhile since I've posted a cute puppy, due to school and other things in life. Thankfully, it's summertime which means I have a little more time for silly little postings like this! Expect a cute puppy every week!

Look at this guy! Don't you just wanna bite him?! (Don't even comment with Asian jokes)

Star Trek Corset

Awesome! These are going for $200. Dani, would you wear this if I bought it for you???


It's crazy how life passes you by, especially the people. I'm a little late on this but big shouts to my good friends Kellyn, who recently moved to Mud Lake and to Torrie, who moved to Florida. I definitely can't wait to meet up with you guys again sooner or later to hang out more! Hope you guys are doing good. I made a song a long time ago to try to sum up situations like these.

Wednesday, June 3, 2009


This song (featuring GLC & Consequence) was definitely, imo, the best song off of Kanye West's "The College Dropout", as well as my favorite. Here's a lost video for the song he recently leaked. Watching and listening to it, it's just so crazy to think that everything he has achieved seemed unattainable when he shot this video. Just goes to show, if you keep at something and just stay true to yourself, you'll get to it!

Side note: Did Kanye West put in a Marvin Gaye cameo to pay tribute? The dude at the counter is dressed like him!

Spaceship from kwest on Vimeo.

On the topic of Kanye West, here's the video for "Paranoid" featuring Mr. Hudson from "808's & Heartbreak". This is one of my favorite tracks from the CD! Rihanna makes a special appearance in this "not-so-Nabil but is" video. Nabil's one of my favorite video directors and he did an ok job on this...(his other videos are better, imo).

Monday, June 1, 2009


Happy June everybody! Summer vacation is rolling by like crazy so value your moments with your friends and family and just enjoy life in general!

I just got through with a workout that I took far too long on. 28:25 was my time! It was a tough one though.

10x pull ups
15x burpees
20x KTE
(5 rounds)

I alternated my pull ups to chin ups, so I did 25 pull ups and 25 chin ups (to keep my pull ups balanced). Burpees and of course KTEs killed me! Though I feel pretty good. Also, I accomplished another muscle up - sober this time! I only got one, but if I keep at it I will soon do many...

Now that I had a yummy workout, I'm gonna go get a yummy blizzard. What a way to ruin it. Oh well, it's blazin' hot up here on the third floor and I want a cold treat! Seriously, sweat is running down my body right now as I type this. I'm gonna have myself a delicious Oreo blizzard and enjoy the Tonight Show with Conan O' Brien (first show tonight)!