Thursday, September 30, 2010

Freeway - "Beautiful Music" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


This is the official music video for Freeway's new single "Beautiful Music" produced by Jake One, the first off his forthcoming album Diamond In The Rough.

This shit is pretty hot.  It's nice to see Freeway continuing to make some decent music considering he's been talking shit about retiring for the past 3 or 4 years. That voice can get annoying in large quantities but I can definitely get down with his style and flow in short bursts.  Dude can still rhyme his ass off. Hopefully he has some better production than he has had on his past few albums since leaving Rocafella Records though.  Some of it has been sub par and doesn't always match up well with his energy.  We shall see.

Here are a couple of my favorite Freeway joints from the past:






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M.I.A. - "Story To Be Told" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


Woah!  This is some crazy ass shit right here!  Good lord.  I wish I had some mushrooms or PCP for this mofo.  Damn.  Who would have thought you could make a trippy video using those stupid CAPTCHA things you get when you have to sign in to a website.  Wow.

The messed up part though, is that it totally works with this song.  M.I.A. is always on some other shit but "Story To Be Told" is on another planet.  The song is dope!  I think I need to step up and finally purchase the new MAYA album.  I bought the Kala album and it was really solid so I would expect nothing but the same on this one.  She might not have another hit like "Paper Planes" but I'm sure there are some bangers on there.




























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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

Maino ft. Joell Ortiz - "Ask Me About Brooklyn" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


This is the official video for "Ask Me About Brooklyn" featuring Joell Ortiz from Maino's new mixtape The Art Of WarThis is a real hot track.  Maino came hard as always and Joell Ortiz brought his A game as well.  These guys are two of the best rappers out right now but they still fall under the radar for some reason.  I don't get it.  I guess they are too hard for most Hip Hop fans these days but these guys truly bring the raw rap shit.

Step your game up and download their shit now.   You can start with Maino's new mixtape The Art of WarDOWNLOAD HERE or check it out at DatPiff.com



 
 

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Wale - "The Work" from the More About Nothing Mixtape (VIDEO)


Here's another video from Wale's More About Nothing mixtape for the song "The Work".  It's kind of short but it's a dope track so I thought I would throw it up.

























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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Skillz ft. Raheem DeVaughn - "Call Me Crazy" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


"Call Me Crazy" is something a little different from my man Skillz.  He decided to go a little more commercial with the R&B flavor and it worked out pretty nicely.  It's a smooth and relaxing song that would be perfect to throw on while you're cruising around town, chilling at home or getting down with your lady.

On another note, Skillz appearance has changed rapidly, huh?  Dude put on some lbs. and that hairline is creeping back something fast. I guess he is getting up there in age though so what are you gonna do.  Nature's a bitch. 


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Tome Barros In Dakar, Senegal On a 10 Month Basketball Journey (SHOOTING TOUCH)

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Click on the video above or head over to NBA.com to listen to Tome Barros talk about his amazing experience working with Shooting Touch, Inc. as their first grant recipient in which he embarks on a 10 month international basketball journey.  Tome is currently in Dakar, Senegal teaching African youth basketball and leadership skills, HIV and AIDS prevention as well as proper nutrition and exercise.

Tome sounds like a great kid who's really got his act together and is ready to make some serious change in the lives of these kids.  "I hope to continue to impact the lives of under privileged children, renovate new courts for them to learn and play on and continue making an impact on social change in general."

Shooting Touch, Inc. has three goals: to help EDUCATE young people about life skills including setting and achieving goals; to MENTOR all players and give support whenever needed; and to COACH the fundamentals of basketball to improve individual confidence both on and off the court.

The non-profit group Shooting Touch, Inc. has established a first-of-its-kind, ‘Sabbatical Program’ that will grant select graduating college seniors the rare opportunity to experience a 10-month international, independent study anywhere in the world. With proud supporters Reebok, International Powerade and Tekcan,Inc. on board, the program mission is to give back to the global community and create positive social change through the sport of basketball.

Applicants from colleges and universities of all levels are welcome to apply. Each student application includes a detailed mission statement and outline of the goals each applicant would like to accomplish throughout the 10-month, self designed program. Upon acceptance, all grantees will be awarded a stipend of $25,000 to fund their experience. Interested American students, graduating in December of 2010 or Spring of 2011, should contact Shooting Touch, Inc.www.shootingtouch.com to download an application for the program. The deadline for applying is 12/31/10.

Shooting Touch, Inc. has overseas affiliates across the globe, including The Kossengwe Foundation in Nigeria, the NBA’s Basketball Without Borders Program in Senegal and the NBA's Eurocamp in Treviso, Italy. Shooting Touch, Inc. recommends that the Sabbatical nominees consider and reach out to of these affiliates while designing his/her work program. However, it is important to stress each individual has the flexibility to use his/her own entrepreneurial spirit to design their own journey and program. His/her main goal is to use the sport of basketball as a platform to influence positive social change in each country. How this is accomplished is up to each Sabbatical Grantee.

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NBA 2K11 - MJ's Greatest Moments (SICK)


I cannot wait to get NBA 2K11. This game looks ridiculous!  I bought 2K10 over NBA Live for the first time last season and I thought it was one of the best hoops games I've ever played. I was thinking about going back to NBA Live this year since I heard they did a complete revamp that was supposed to be sick but I don't think I can do that now that I've seen some of the new Michael Jordan feature in 2K11. This looks sick!

In case you couldn't figure it out, the video features Josh Smith, Derick Rose, Russell Westbrook, Rajon Rondo and Derrick Rose.  NBA 2K11 is available in stores everywhere 10/5/2010. You can pre-order it here now: http://bit.ly/NBA2K11preorder.
























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Monday, September 27, 2010

Lil Wayne ft. Drake - "Right Above It" (NEW ISH)


Did you know Lil Wayne was dropping a new album called I Am Not A Human Being tomorrow?  Because I literally had no idea until just now. I didn't think he was going to drop a new one so quickly since Rebirth just came out earlier this year.  After reading a little bit it sounds like this was originally supposed to be an EP and then it became a full album to be released as an iTunes only download.  I assume it's mostly scraps left over from his previous recording sessions but I'm sure all of the hardcore Lil Wayne fans will appreciate something "new" while he's gone.  

I have a funny feeling this album is not going to do well.  I think people are finally starting to get sick of Weezy and his played out style.  He's just not bringing anything new to the table and since it's probably not his best material, I think fans will be very disappointed.  Maybe being away from it all for awhile will rejuvenate his creativity because I think sippin' on all of that purple drank got his mind twisted.

"Right Above It" featuring Drake is the lead single but it's just not doing it for me.  It's a decent song but it's not going to do to well on the charts and will probably fade away fairly quickly, at least in my opinion. Once he gets out of jail, I'm sure the buzz will be pretty insane when he drops some new shit but I'm just not hearing that buzz right now.  He better get his act together or the Lil Wayne madness that took place over the last couple of years will quickly fade away...


























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BMW iPad Holder for Back Seat Viewing (GREAT IDEA)

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Oh hell yeah!  This is such a good idea.  I kind of saw this coming when the iPad was first released.  It's the perfect portable computer/TV/Entertainment hub and I just knew someone would figure out a way of getting it in the car sooner than later. There have been a few DIY versions of the iPad mount since it was first announced earlier this year and there was even a custom in-dash mount created that I blogged about a few months ago but now it is official with the BMW version.

Obviously almost everyone would love to have a BMW which would allow you to order this special mount but that's just not feasible for most of us common folk.  So if you want some fairly cheap alternatives, just do a quick Google search for iPad Holder, Car Mount or Cradle and you are bound to find a few options.  I found a few ranging from $40, $75 and $150 which is a hell of a lot cheaper than buying a new BMW.
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Best believe that I will be getting myself one of these mounts once I actually purchase an iPad.  I already figured out a ghetto work around to get my iPhone 3G on my dash using one of those suction cup flexible arms so I can watch live TV using the SlinBox app or movies using the NetFlix app.  Relax!  I don't really watch the screen while I'm driving.  I just listen and wait until I get to a red light or stop sign to catch a quick peak.  Honestly...

I thought the iPhone set up was the best I could do but now I can literally get a 9" screen in the ride using the iPad 3G.  That would be insane!  I don't think I have the balls to mount it on my dash like it was shown in a few of those links because I don't feel like getting arrested.  However, I will definitely put it in the backseat in anticipation of the little one on the way growing up to be an easily distracted toddler needing some kind of visual stimulation on long road trips.

I'm all about spending a few hundred bucks for one of these mounts if it keeps the little one quiet for a long period of time.  It's such a better alternative than spending $1-$2K on one of those DVD flip down units that can only show movies and nothing else. I guarantee you are going to see more and more iPads in cars as this concept catches on.  That should happen soon and I plan on being one of the early adopters.
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Converse - "Join The Procession" Commercial (COOL)


Converse is really stepping their game up, huh?  They've got a bunch of decent commercials floating around now and their shoes are actually somewhat relevant again.  Who would have thought?

I saw this new "Join The Procession" commercial last night during Family Guy of all shows and thought it was pretty cool.  There are a ton of guest appearances including Julius "Dr. J" Erving, Jim Jones, Carlos Arroyo, God Shammgod, Luam Keflezgy, Rune Glifberg, Kenny Anderson, Doug E. Fresh among others.  The commercial also features the song "Hello Operator" by The White Stripes which works really well with the theme. 

I have no idea what Jim Jones is doing in this commercial but he has been seen rockin' some Chuck's once in awhile so maybe they thought he represented the brand?  I don't know many people that can stand that dude and his awful rapping so it might not have been the best decision to include him but what are you gonna do.  I'm sure they took all of the "celebrities" they could get.  

In somewhat related news, I bought my first pair of Chuck's myself just a few weeks ago so I guess I am officially on board with the Converse renaissance.  They are very simple when compared to any of my other kicks like Jordan's and Air Max 90's but they do go with everything.  It's definitely a solid casual shoe.  I never thought I would own a pair but I guess my style is evolving in my old age...

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Friday, September 24, 2010

Asher Roth - "G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It's A New Day)" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


This is the official music video for Asher Roth's "G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready It's A New Day)" off his new album, The Spaghetti Tree dropping later this year.  This is some real hot shit. Ash stepped up his lyrical game and he even showed some singing skills on the hook.  The beat is solid and the song as a whole could be accepted by a lot more than just the standard Hip Hop crowd.  I could definitely see this being a decent hit and getting some radio and video spins in the next couple of months.

A lot of people thought Asher was going to be a one hit wonder but I never believed it.  If you listened to even a few tracks off his first album Asleep In the Bread Aisle or his mixtape The Green House Effect, then you would have realized that he's got one of the best flows in Hip Hop right now.  He's not going anywhere any time soon. 
























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Diesel's "Kick Ass" Ad - "I Wasn't Made For Running" (AWFUL)


This might be the most ridiculous ad I've ever seen. Is this supposed to be clever?  It just looks stupid to me and it's actually kind of gross.  I guess it got one job accomplished though because I am now aware of Diesel sneakers which I never knew existed before this.  I can't say that I would ever buy a pair to "kick ass" in but you never know.

Some people have pointed out that this is very similar to Reebok's UK "Belly" commercial from a few years ago.  I can't say that I've ever seen this before and it's almost as disgusting but I think it's a hell of a lot more effective and makes a lot more sense.


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Sam Adams - Party Records: A Mixtape (NOT BAD)
























You may not have heard of Sam Adams if your not from New England or don't visit Barstoolsports.com on a regular basis but if you happened to check out the top selling Hip Hop albums in iTunes during the summer, you would have seen his EP Boston's Boy which debuted at #1 on the iTunes charts in March 2010.  

People freaked out when this happened because he basically came out of nowhere.  There were even rumors of him faking sales by purchasing the album over and over again with the same credit card but he has since disproved this theory with legit iTunes sales records.  The record industry was flipping out and probably started a lot of these rumors because they couldn't understand how an independent artist with a mostly local following could take over the charts like that.  They were worried that he was showing other independent artists that you don't need the big record labels to get it done and sell some records. 

Keep in mind that Sam Adams' music is very pop and electro influenced so it's not for everyone.  He isn't trying to be a gangster rapper or even the next Eminem and will willingly admit that he makes poppy Hip Hop party records.  He's a college white boy from the burbs and he's making records about getting girls and hooking up with chicks.  It just so happens that a lot of people can relate to what he's saying and can get down to his beats.  Everyone his age is loving it and his music connected with his audience.  That's all you really need. 

Party Records: A Mixtape hosted by DJ Whoo Kid is now available for download here.  From what I've heard so far, this shit is pretty good.  His rapping skills have gotten better since Boston's Boy and he's starting to connect with some solid producers like Ski Beats and Clinton Sparks.  I can't hate at all.  Dude is doing his thing. 























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Thursday, September 23, 2010

Thursday Throwbacks: DMX - "Ruff Ryder's Anthem" (STOP! DROP!)


STOP! DROP!
Shut 'em down open up shop!!!
OHHHH, NOOOO!!!!
That's how Ruff Ryders roll!!!

"Ruff Ryders Anthem" has to be one of the hardest Rap singles of all time.  The fact that this was released with any commercial success is kind of crazy but the fact that it was so huge is just unreal. I still can't believe that this song made it to Billboard Hot 100 (peaked at #94) and is also ranked #79 on VH1's 100 Greatest Songs of Hip Hop.

It's Dark and Hell Is Hot - DMX
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I used to play this once in awhile in the club just to wake everyone the fuck up on a dead or boring night.  It's not exactly an uptempo song but as soon as people hear the intro, they start going crazy.  Everyone from a thug to a rich suburban kid knows this song and I'm pretty sure if you played it loud enough right now wherever you may be, someone would start singing along.

I guess it goes to show that if you produce a dope beat with a catchy hook, people don't really care how much vile shit you are spitting on the track.  "Talk is cheap muthafucka!!!"

Here's the original dirty version since the edited video version just doesn't have the same effect.

And the Remix featuring DJ Clue, Jadakiss, Styles, Drag-On, & Eve...


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Bruno Mars - "Just The Way You Are" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


"Just The Way You Are" is a little more on the Pop side than most of the stuff I post up these days but I'm actually kind of feeling it.  I've talked a little smack in the past since I thought Bruno's vocals were fairly inconsistent but he brought the heat with this one. 

This is song is going to be freakin' huge in the next couple of weeks/months.  I can almost guarantee it.  It has a very broad appeal to it that works great with Top 40 radio and I'm sure it will be requested every 2 minutes by all of Bruno's teeny bopper fans.  I'm sure this will get played out real quick just like any cool new song but it will at least be enjoyable in the beginning.

The video is actually really cool too which is not what I was expecting at all for this song.  Most of Bruno's fans probably have no idea what a cassette tape even is but that's another story.  Whoever came up with that concept should get some serious props.  Shit looked real cool. 

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Kenny Dobbs Throwing Down Some Nasty Dunks (MAD HOPS)


Kenny Dobbs is quickly becoming one of my favorite dunkers.  Just when I think I have seen everything he has in his arsenal, he breaks out a new collection of nasty dunks like this and amazes me one more time.  Dude is unreal.

You can vote for Kenny Dobbs for the Sprite Slam Dunk Showdown Finals here.
 
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Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Bad News Brown - The Hip Hop Harmonica Player (COOL)


Bad News Brown is definitely on some other shit.  He's carving a nice little niche for himself in the Hip Hop and R&B world and has a skill that separates him from almost everyone else out right now.  Not many artists can play an instrument as it is but being able to play the harmonica just puts him on another level. It's just so unique and sounds awesome the way he mashes it with his genre bending beats. 

I never thought the harmonica would sound so good with a Hip Hop beat but he definitely makes it work.  Shit is hot!  "Reign" is one of the few tracks I've found where it's just a beat and the harmonica but the rest of his stuff is pretty solid too.  He mashes a ton of different genres together to create some crazy original music.  I kind of see him as an Andre 3000 type dude with a little bit of N.E.R.D., Common and Gym Class Heroes all up in the mix. 

Here are a few more dope joints:



Wikipedia:
His debut album, Born 2 Sin, is difficult to categorize due to the different styles employed, but BNB terms it... “Harmonic Hip-Hop” or “Electronic Triptronic Melodic Harmonics”. Intelligence is a classic Hip-Hop track featuring beats, scratching, and a cinematic production sound, while Back On It possesses a sexy and laidback vibe. The title track Born 2 Sin is a fusion of Hip-Hop and soul.

Download Born 2 Sin in iTunes


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DJ Hero 2 Preview; In Stores October 22nd (LOOKS SICK)


DJ Hero 2 is on it's way with a release date of October 22nd.  I'm actually not as excited about this one as I was for the first because I haven't played the original DJ Hero that much yet. It's not that the game isn't good.  I just haven't had much free time and I kind of forget I own it sometimes.

On top of that, I would rather play it with the speakers turned all the way up to get the best sound but that doesn't exactly work at night when I'm playing games while the wifey is sleeping. I guess I could go with some earphones but I'm too lazy to buy an extension from my stereo. I definitely need to play the O.G. a little bit more before I get DJ Hero 2. Hopefully they will drop the price by the time I'm ready to buy it.

Anyway, here is a little more info about DJ Hero 2. As you will notice in the clip above of the RZA, you can actually play the game as some of the top DJ's and producers in the business today. This includes DJ Tiesto, A-Trak, Q-Bert and Jazzy Jeff to name a few.

There will 83 new mixes available to use during the game including songs from Busta Rhymes, Lady Gaga, Eminem, David Guetta and Kanye West.

Here are a few samples:

Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See” Mixed With M|A|R|R|S – “Pump Up The Volume”
Naughty By Nature – “O.P.P.” Mixed With Jackson 5 – “ABC”
Young Jeezy ft. Kanye West – “Put On” Mixed With DJ Shadow feat. Q-Tip and Lateef The Truth Speaker – “Enuff (DJ Fresh Remix)”
Kanye West – “Heartless” mixed with DJ Shadow – “Midnight in a Perfect World,” Lil’ Wayne – “Go DJ” mixed with 50 Cent “In Da Club.”
2Pac ft. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman – “California Love Remix” Mixed With B.o.B ft. Bruno Mars – “Nothin’ On You”
Flo Rida ft. Will.I.Am – “In The Ayer” Mixed With Clinton Sparks, DJ Class, & Jermaine Dupri – “Favorite DJ”

You can find a full track list here.



If you already own the first “DJ Hero”, you will be able to buy just the game for most likely $50-$60 since no price has been given yet. A Turntable Bundle will be available for $99.99 just like the original but they have also added a new Party Bundle option. The Party Bundle will cost $150 and will come with 2 turntable controllers, a copy of the game and a microphone.


















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Worst National Anthem Performance Ever (PAINFUL)


Wow.  That was just painful.  That dude maybe got 25% of the National Anthem correct.  I'm pretty sure this fight took place in another country so I will give them some leeway but the guy who was singing sounded like he spoke English fluently so there really shouldn't be any excuse except for sucking at life.

By the way, how is Butterbean still alive?  I thought he would have died of a huge heart attack by now but somehow he's still fighting.  It's pretty unreal if you think about it.  The weird part is he is now involved in MMA after proving that he sucked at boxing.  That doesn't exactly seem like a good idea for someone of his size.  Once he goes down on his back, he's like a turtle on it's shell.  Dude is just stuck there until someone helps him up.  Dumb.

Here's a clip of him getting owned during the fight from the clip above:


Here's a random clip of his son "The Bean" who's also a fighter and looks exactly like his fat bastard father.  It looks like he sucks just as much as the original Butterbean too because dude got KNOCKED THE FUCK OUT!!!


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Tuesday, September 21, 2010

New DJ Muggs Joints - "Illmuniati 666" w/ Ill Bill and "Smoke Starter" w/ Bambu (HOTNESS)


Here's some new dope shit from my man DJ Muggs.  The first is the official video for DJ Muggs vs. Ill Bill's "Illuminati 666" from the Kill Devil Hills LP which is now available on iTunes.

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The second video is a preview of "Smoke Starter" from DJ Muggs & Bambu's upcoming collaborative mixtape dropping this fall.  I can never have enough DJ Muggs related music in my life.  Everything he puts out is dope.


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Tugboat's 8-Bit Hip Hop Medley (MIDI MADNESS)


This is a couple of years old but I'm just hearing it for the first time so go screw if you've already heard it.  Brooklyn based Producer Jesse "Tugboat" Novak made this dope mix of Hip Hop Hits (probably from 2003-2006) out of 8-Bit Nintendo sounds (aka MIDI) and it's unreal.

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This reminds me a lot of the ringtones I had on my old blue Nextel flip phone from about 7 years ago.  Now that I'm hearing it again, I think I actually prefer the MIDI style to the real ringtones. There's something kind of fun about trying to guess what song is playing and then getting excited when you finally figure it out. 

Here is an updated mashup by Agent Smith that includes the actual lyrics of the original song.  Dope!
  8 Bit Mashup (SmithAgentSmith Virus) by SmithAgentSmith

TRACKLIST
Jay-Z "Dirt Off Your Shoulders"
T.I. "What You Know"
Chamillionaire "Ridin’"
Ludacris "What’s Ya Fantasy"
Bonecrusher "Neva Scared"
Kanye West "Overnight Celebrity"
Ludacris "Move Bitch"
Lil’ Jon "Get Low"
Kanye West "Gold Digger"



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Ohio University's Bobcat Mascot Attacks Ohio State's Brutus Buckeye (WTF?)


What the hell was this dude thinking?  He had to be high or drunk as fuck underneath that Bobcat costume, right? That's the only reasonable explanation.  You are the mascot for Ohio University.  No one even knows your school exists and you are playing on OSU's home turf.  Know your role, dude.

It turns out the mascot guy for Ohio University admitted that this he planned this madness from the beginning.  I guess he made a name for himself on campus but he is also banned from all future Ohio athletic events so that seems a little counter productive.  Nice one, dumbass.

Here's a different angle that's just as good:


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Monday, September 20, 2010

Chiddy Bang - "The Good Life" (OFFICIAL VIDEO)


This is the official video for Chiddy Bang's "The Good Life" which is the Pharrell Co-Produced single from their upcoming album The Preview which is set to drop October 21st.  It's not as catchy as their hit single "Opposite of Adults" but it would be pretty tough to top that one since it was one of the summers biggest songs.  This is a nice single to drop to expand on their sound and let people know that they are not a one hit wonder and should be around for a long time.

These dudes make great songs with kickass beats so expect their album to be a banger all the way through.  If it's not one of the best albums of Q4 2010 then I will be severely disappointed.

Deadlift Chick Pukes Into The Crowd (GROSS)


Yup.  It's exactly what the title says.  This isn't just a random occurrence either.  There are literally hundreds of videos on YouTube of people puking and passing out while doing this shit.  Maybe it's just me but I'm pretty sure when your body starts reacting like this when trying to deadlift hundreds of pounds, it's a sign from above that  your body isn't built for it and you should never do it again.  I don't know.  That just seems like common sense to me...

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Air Jordan 6 “Infrared” Coffee Table & Storage Box (I NEED THESE ASAP)

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I need both of these functional pieces of sneaker art in my life ASAP!!!  Holy shit are these cool.  The Air Jordan 6 "Infrared" Coffee Table is solid but I think the Air Jordan sneaker box replica turned into a huge storage box is the best of the two. The wife would never let me have either one in our house now but once I have a finished basement in the future, I will be filling it with cool shit like this.
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Shots go out to John McGloin who is the creator of both pieces.  If this guy wanted to make this his second job, he could be making a lot of extra money from sneakerheads like myself who would willingly overpay for these pieces.  Dope!!!
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Friday, September 17, 2010

John Legend & The Roots - "Little Ghetto Boy" (VIDEO)


John Legend and The Roots perform "Little Ghetto Boy" in the studio from their album Wake Up! scheduled to release September 21st. 

This new collaborative album between The Roots and John Legend cannot come fast enough.  Every song I've heard so far has been unbelievable.  This is how music is supposed to sound.  I will be downloading this immediately next Tuesday and putting it on repeat for the next few days after that.  This album is going to be dope!  
























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"The Fighter" Trailer - The Micky Ward Story (BADASS)


Wow.  This movie looks freakin' awesome.  I totally forgot this was coming out.  Last time I heard about The Fighter was last summer when my brother told me they were filming scenes in downtown Lowell. I'm glad they went with a Boston area actor in Mark Wahlberg so that the accent was legit.  Lowell has a different accent He can also play those gritty characters which was necessary to portray Ward.

A lot of people might not know who Micky Ward is but he is a huge blue collar hero in Massachusetts.  He worked his way up through the ranks but was never a big name and was getting ready to retire in his early 30's when he finally got the shot to fight 

Boxing has lost it's popularity over the years due to the interest in MMA and UFC so it seems strange that they would sign off on another boxing movie but once you know the story of Micky Ward's life, you realize why it was made.  Here's a quick summary of Micky Ward from Wikipedia:

"Irish" Micky Ward (born October 4, 1965) is a retired junior welterweight professional boxer from Lowell, Massachusetts. He is best known for his trilogy of fights with the late Arturo Gatti.

Ward won three New England Golden Gloves titles as an amateur before turning pro in 1985. He was coached by former New England Olympic Champion John Peverada (of Portland Maine). He started off 14-0 in his professional career, but after a stretch of defeats in the early 1990s, Ward hung up the gloves for a period of three years. He returned in 1994 with a vengeance, winning nine straight fights and earning some fights against big name fighters like Gatti.

Ward was known for his devastating left hook to the body and his ability to withstand punishment while waiting to land his trademark shot. A perennial underdog, he has been known to suddenly drop his opponent in the late rounds with a single shot to the body (as he did against Emanuel Augustus, then known as Emanuel Burton).

After a 15-year pro career, the veteran Ward gained widespread fame in his May 18, 2002 fight with Arturo Gatti, broadcast live on HBO. In 2001, Ward's battle with Emanuel Augustus on July 13 had been named the Ring Magazine Fight of the Year, a fight some thought Augustus won, and it served to set up the much-anticipated Ward-Gatti matchup. Ward-Gatti I saw both fighters withstand an amazing amount of punishment through 10 rounds of non-stop action. Ward, who dropped Gatti in the ninth round with a vicious left hook to the body, won the fight by majority decision.

Ward-Gatti I was hailed as the "Fight of the Century" by boxing fans and writers, and Round 9 of that bout was called "The Round of the Century" by Emanuel Steward, who co-hosted the fight live on HBO. Ring Magazine named Ward-Gatti I the Fight of the Year for 2002 and round 9 the Round of the Year.

In their rematch, Ward-Gatti II on November 23, 2002, Gatti neutralized Ward's body punching power by boxing and staying low. In the third round, Gatti knocked Ward to the canvas with a thundering overhand right which landed on Ward's ear. Ward sprawled into the turnbuckle and stayed down for the mandatory 8 count. Nobody, especially Gatti (who after the fight called it "the hardest punch I've ever landed") expected Ward to get up, never mind finish the fight.

Throughout the 90's, and while training for the Gatti trilogy, Ward worked on a paving crew for Newport Construction Corporation. Some of the scenes from the movie 'The Fighter', were actually filmed on location at a Newport paving job in Lowell Mass.
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Jersey Shore Boys Doing The Dougie (FUNNY)


I'm a little late on this video of the Jersey Shore boys (Pauly D, Vinny and Ronnie) doing the Dougie since it's been out for about 3 months but I just caught it for the first time so what are you gonna do. 

I can't believe I'm admitting this but I actually think these dudes are pretty damn funny.  I'm not even talking about making fun of them kind of funny.  They legit make me crack up and I can't get enough of their shenanigans. As much as I want to hate on the Jersey Shore characters, I just can't.  I find myself watching reruns of a show I've seen 3 times already and still laughing my ass off. I actually want to hang out with them just to get a taste of how awesome their life is right now. 

I thought the whole crew would have disappeared by now since it seemed like they would only get 15 minutes of fame at best but it seems like they are not going away any time soon and are actually getting more interesting with time.  No one saw that coming.  That's for sure.


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Thursday, September 16, 2010

Thursday Throwbacks: Naughty by Nature - "Uptown Anthem" (CLASSIC)


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Even though Naughty By Nature has a plethora of hits under their belt, "Uptown Anthem" might be the best one of them all.  How can you not get hyped up and want to rip someone's head off after hearing this song?  Shit is magical.  I literally want to run through a wall after I hear this joint.  Treach also DESTROYED the track with his best lyrics and flow of all time.  I'm getting too fired up just typing this up so I will just give you the lyrics so you can follow along with Treach's rapid fire delivery.

Verse One: Treach

Hey, you could smoke a spliff with a cliff
But there's still no mountain hiiiigh enough, or wide enough to touch
The naughty nappy nasty nigga the nasty trashy hoe happy pappy
That's Happi to be Nappi
Me and Vin rock when spots hit flocks
and groups and troops with Timbo boots and jail suits
That's how I'm rollin my hair-do don't
Win I will I got wantin competition ain't dope
Beat ya break ya broke ya smoke ya take ya
Send you to your little group on mute, sooner or later
When wanna flip, tell em full semi half with a dip
And all that other Ringling Brothers shit
Sporty naughty hi bye greater than nature while I
shin slam the flim flim and then jam
You can run but you can't hide, you can't go far
No matter where you go, there you are

Chorus: repeat 2X

We gonna BREAK, we gonna BASH
We gonna ROLL, we gonna SMASH

Verse Two: Treach, Vinnie

Here we go yo
Hit a nigga kill a nigga will come back
See a sucker stretch a sucker guard your naps
Cussin wasn't nothin til a black man rapped
See a forty suck a forty guess who's back

You're chillin with a Teddy fillin villian
Steppin to the puny puddy punks catchin fillings
I hit so many guts, call me gutter, I'm the bread and butter
punk motherfucker I'll cut up, workin from the gut up
Brand new steady, heavy as a Chevy
Ready for the piddy peddy, I'm Friddie Freddie
Place your bet on a vet, the three man threat
What you see is what you get

Chorus

Verse Three: Treach

Comin round your corner with my uptown bunch
I bet your bottom dollar that you're bottom buck chumps
Give it up, it's a juice thing I'm steppin for the rep and
wreckin all the rest and, weapon testin on who's steppin
Ain't no bluff for the niggy nuff, for the rugged ruff stuff
nigga if you're tough knuckle up
I'll cut your ass like glass, then blast you by the trash
After I laugh then I'll dash
You can't handle the scandal of an uptown vandal
Shootin up your toes makin sandals
Somebody told me that you owe me, but can't nobody hold me
I do my dirt all by my lonely

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"Duck Face" - Why Do Chicks Make This Stupid Puckered Lip Face? (ANNOYING)


I've been saying this for the past 3+ years so I'm glad someone tackled this serious issue with an appropriate response; a YouTube video using AutoTune

I think the origins of the Duck Face started about 5 years ago when the Douchebag and Meathead population was on the rise.  They would always make this face instead of smiling so they would be considered "tough" or "hard" because you know, they are assholes.  HotChicksWithDouchebags.com definitely familiarized the world with these clowns and called them out for their douchebaggery. 

But along the way, something strange happened.  At first, people would make the douchebag puckered lip face in a mocking fashion.  Then for some reason, hot bitches started imitating it and doing it to the point that no one could determine if it was being done in jest or not. 

Unfortunately, these bitches were dead ass serious and thought it was a good look.  It started showing up on MySpace and quickly moved it's way over to Facebook profile pics.  Jersey Shore took it to the next level and all of a sudden Guidos and Guidettes everywhere had taken control of the Duck Face and the world was suddenly overwhelmed with thousands of photos of these idiots.

Now it's just completely out of control.  Regular people are making this face and they have no idea why.  It's officially an epidemic.  WTF is happening to this world?  Please listen to Gamble, the creator of the "Duck Face" song and stop making that stupid Duck Face.  You're making yourself uglier than you really are and that's dumb.

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Football Kickoff Return Fail (GOAL POST PWNAGE)


Hey guy, act like you've been in the end zone before.  Seriously.  That was just pathetic

I do have to defend him slightly though because that kicker has a freakin' boot!  I think if I was the kick return guy I probably wouldn't be expecting to be in the back of the end zone on the kick off either. Back in my day, kids could only kick to about the 20 at best because all of the good kickers played soccer or stopped playing football by then. 

I kind of wish I kept playing football just for the simple fact that I could kick the shit out of the ball and that was one of the things our team sucked at the most.  Maybe I could have scored one of those sweet kicker scholarships in college.  I might not have gotten much tail but I would have been going to a good school for basically nothing and maybe even caught the occasional football groupies off the wake of the star players.  One can only dream....

If I have a boy, I am going to train him to be a kicker from the day he starts walking.  It might be a little gay in high school and even college but he'll be laughing all the way to the bank once he cashes one of those NFL checks. 


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Wednesday, September 15, 2010


The video for Converse's "All Summer" collaboration featuring Kid Cudi,  Rostam Batmanglij from Vampire Weekend and Bethany Cosentino from Best Coast has been around since July but I just saw it for the first time last night as a commercial so it reminded me to post it up.  I actually mentioned this collabo back in early July when I posted a related Cudi video but I missed the official video for the song somehow.  Better late than never, I guess.

This is a really dope track and it turned out much better than I thought it would.  I don't know why I had my doubts but I'm never a fan of just slapping together a bunch of artists from different genres and expecting them to create something good.  They defintiely surprised me and put together a really solid finished product.  It sounds like it has Cudi's influence all over it so I have a feeling he stepped up and took control of the project. That was definitely a good thing.

"All Summer' is available as a free download at Converse.com



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Air Jordan XIII White/Red Colorway Releasing Holiday 2010 (DOPE)

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I have never owned a pair of the Air Jordan 13's but I might have to pick up a pair now that the White/Red colorway is releasing this holiday season.  I was never a huge fan when these were originally released back in 1997 but the style has definitely grown on me.  This colorway is definitely one of the best along with the White/Black-Red and Black/Red-White styles.
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Jordan Brand will also be releasing one of the more sought after colorways this November with the French Blue/University Blue-Flint Grey aka "Flints".  These are definitely hot as well.
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Here are a few more pics of the White/Red colorway:
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Cowboys' Keith Brookings Delivers Awful Pre-Game Speech (EVERYONE IS NOW DUMBER)


WTF is Keith Brookings talking about?  This might have been one of the worst motivational speeches I've ever heard in my life.  It was too long and way too confusing.  Here's what I would have been thinking if I was in that huddle...

The stage is set.  (OK.)
The lights are on.  (I follow you.)
They have opened the doors to their house. (Um, sure.  Not really related to your stage analogy but I'm kind of following you still.  And wouldn't this be a good thing if they opened the door to their house for you to come in?  Seems like a nice gesture.)
Now we got a little situation on our hands.  (Is that a Jersey Shore reference?)
Cause we're standing in their home. (Well, they invited us by opening the doors, remember?  So it's not really a bad thing.)
Now this is what we must do.  We've gotta fight.  We've gotta bite.  We gotta scratch.  We gotta bleed...For each other!!!  (Dude.  You lost me.  WTF are you talking about?)


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Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Curren$y – "4 Hours & 20 Minutes" & "Twistin' Stank" (OFFICIAL VIDEOS)


Damn!  This is some dope shit.  I can't get enough of Curren$y lately.  Dude is the real deal. 

He also crushed the instrumental to Waka Flocka's "Hard In the Paint" which I think this is a million times better than the original.


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Triple Backflip Off A 60 Ft. Rope Swing (CRAZY)


How much of a badass is this guy?  He just randomly creates a rope swing on a cliff 60 ft. above the Truckee River and then takes off and starts doing back-flips before he even checks to see if the water is deep enough.  Dude is nuts!  Pretty soon he's got a crowd of about 100 people and a cop waiting to arrest his ass.  Good times.

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Kanye West Performs "Runaway" at the MTV VMA's (DECENT)


I kept my streak of not watching the VMA's alive for about the 10th year in a row so I am just catching up on the "highlights" now. It sounds like it was a pretty terrible show (as expected) so it's nice to know I didn't miss much.

Kanye closed out the VMA's with his new song "Runaway".  He's not exactly the best live performer, especially when he is singing but all things considering, it sounded decent.  It's always tough performing a song that no one really knows. I like the song as it was performed but I think the finished product will sound much better since he will be able to use his production magic to clean it all up.   

By the way, Pusha T from Clipse absolutely crushed his verse and kind of stole the song.  I just wish more people knew who he was because the crowd seemed confused.  I actually thought it was that little R&B clown Lloyd at first.  Pusha needs to take those braids down a notch.  That shit ain't cool anymore, bro.  He definitely owned Kanye on his own song though. 

I liked how Kanye came out playing the MPC like it was an instrument because in all honesty, it really is. Most people had no idea what he was doing but anyone that's ever made a beat surely recognized what he was doing and probably got hyped up like I did.  He also killed it in his all red suit and matching red Louis Vuitton Dons on his feet.  Most people would never have the balls to pull that off but he made it work.

















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