Thursday, February 26, 2009

The N*gga Pass

While this video is indeed hilarious it reminds me just how controversial this very issue is. I could very well write my own editorial pertaining to this matter but it would simply cause me to go in circle, metaphorically speaking, while not actually resolving the matter. I'm interested in your opinion though, if you're reading this, chime in on this matter.

Is there a such thing as a "N*gga Pass"? Are there instances when whites should be allowed to use the "N" word? Is it just a word or is it really offensive? Should it be retired? Is there a definite double standard present? I realize this issue is quite old and has been discussed many times, but there never seems to be any substantial progress made. Maybe that's why it will always remain controversial....

Thursday, February 19, 2009

Black Jesus: Thugs For The Lord

Real talk from Black Jesus. We need to go out and bust the devils ass, stop the killing.

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

When Music Speaks To You...

If you know me then you know that without a doubt Joe Budden is my favorite rapper ever (Nas is up there too) for reasons that are related to music and for reasons that go beyond music. Sometimes a rapper/singer/poet can just consistently spit lyrics that you can directly relate to on a personal level. Likewise, a rappers persona can be something that you can also relate to and identify with (how many rappers even let it be know that they're in a serious relationship besides Joe and obviously Jay-Z?)

Besides that, he is a great fundamental rapper. He excels in every category a great rapper should excel in, in my opinion. Those who think otherwise either judge him by "Pump It Up" or have never heard Mood Muzik 2, 3 or Halfway House. I say all that to say, his new joint, "In My Sleep" leaked today and will be on Padded Room (in stores Feb. 24th) and one line he said definitely stuck out to me. "Browsing online and seen Mike on that banner//and it said "you can be like me and beat cancer". Having heard probably all of his music I know that he's referring to his Uncle Mike, but on a personal level I also lost my step father a lil' over a year ago to cancer and he happens to have the same name. Songs like this kind of speak to you. Deep, conceptual joint about random dreams he has while he sleeps. Check it out and support hip hop. Buy Padded Room on Feb. 24th!

Joe Budden - In My Sleep

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

100's of Children Beaten at CPS Schools

I'm definitely saddened after seeing this. I am a product of CPS schools and will return to teach in this same school system upon graduating. Arne Duncan should be ashamed of himself, this is terrible. And this is the guy that was appointed Secretary of Education by Obama? Wow...

Monday, February 9, 2009

A-Rod Admits He Took Steroids

I don't know how I feel. Although steroids do make you stronger, you still need great hand-eye coordination to hit the ball. Plus, I'm sure there are plenty of players who weren't as good as A-Rod who took them and weren't successful (i.e. Jason Giambi's brother Jeremy). I think he did it because everyone else was using them and felt he had to keep up. I'd still vote him into the hall of fame if I had a vote, Barry Bonds too. Simply because they proved to be great before they even took steroids and you still need a lot of skill to put up those numbers.

This has been a problem since the '80's, you can't possibly keep EVERY player out of the hall of fame during a 20-25 year span. I'll be pissed if it comes out that Griffey tooks roids though, he seems to be the only clean one from this era for the time being.

Wednesday, February 4, 2009

Do The Stanky Leg?

I was on a brief hiatus of course because school started back but I had to make a post on this. Expect a editorial about this soon when I get the chance. I'm not surprised, but I see that commercial hip hop is getting worse with every passing day. Getting all of my hip hop information/music from the internet often causes me to be disconnected with the mainstream, but after seeing this I see I'm not missing much. There was D4L, Dem Franchise Boyz, DJ Unk, Soulja Boy (and a bunch of others that I can't remember) and now this crap. What exactly are record executives looking for in a artist nowadays on major labels? It's times like this that I appreciate Slaughterhouse even more. On a sidenote I also turned to 106 & Park at the end today and saw that "Pop Champagne" was the number one video. Funny, I thought that show catered towards young children and teenagers and you do have 21 to legally drink but whatever...