Sunday, February 22, 2009
Who's the meanest, who's the baddest mofo lowdown 'round this damn town...SHONUFF. This is straight from my era. Some of the young folk don't even understand how much of a classic this movie was. Though I must admit, the acting was horrible. So you've got your homeboy Bruce Leroy, against Shonuff, the self proclaimed Shogun of Harlem. This was your classic duel between good and evil...and of course, evil never prevails. Win, lose or draw, as with Heath Ledger's rendition of the Joker, Shonuff was one that you love to see in action. A straight smack talker, in control of a crew, of...what would you even call them?! You've got the girls, I mean do the even know how to fight, or were they the groupies. What is that?!! I took karate for two years, and I ain't seen not near chick in my dojo. Then they got the other guys that just scream and jump around and polish Sho's bizzalls. With all that being said, why wouldn't I watch it everytime it comes on, I love The Last Dragon. But of all the characters, Shonuff was my favorite smack talkin' master of the red glow.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Mr. Sonny James a.k.a. DJ Statik doesn't miss a beat. Party after party, mixtape after mixtape, he just won't stop. I remember a short while ago, he invited me to a Little Brother show here in Philly. He says, "yeah, I'm opening up for them, come check it out." Never have I been skeptical because i've seen his skills before. He rocks a party! But still, I'm in my head like, "I never heard of a Dj opening up a hip hop show before. So my wife and I set out that evening for the show. We're at the place now, Johnny Brenda's, cool spot. The lights dim, the music starts going and there's Sonny,doing his thing. DUDE! I'm jammin', looking around...so is everyone else. He's playing it all, having the whole house rockin'. To give you a vivid picture of what it was like, he was a puppeteer in control of a crowd of marionettes. We did as he commanded, he didn't have to say a single word to invoke crowd participation. My point is this, as an artist, his work is elegant in it's structure. He never leaves you wanting in with his music, his ear is impeccable. Simply Classic is just one more mix to add to the mixtape collection. In this mix, he has seamlessly blended together, the sounds of M.I.A., Tupac, Aaliyah, Mos Def and Busta to name a few. As an added bonus, Simply Classic is hosted by Hezekiah, a phenomenal beat maker and lyricist. Take a listen and understand why Simply Classic is just that!
Sunday, February 15, 2009
Back again folks with the second installment of the "FREEK of the WEEK" series. This weeks freek is none other than the Notorious B.I.G(r.i.p.), who most would consider one of the greatest rappers of all time. Hey...look folks, there is no rhyme or reason as to why I choose the folk that I choose. Honestly, I had to do B.I.G., plain and simple!
Saturday, February 7, 2009
One of my newest freeks. Yeezy has become a target due to his constant image reformation. I respect his style and talent, which garnished him the title "FREEK OF THE WEEK." His album 808's and Heartbreak has gotten mixed reviews from my peers but it is one of his albums that I do like. Along with his first album College Dropout, I think 808's and heartbreak is a humble album. Though it's a different kind of humble than the first, more on the lines of I'm on top and I'm making moves, but it's more to this life than fame and fortune. Kanye has come back to earth to dwell with the rest of us. good for him. In no way am I a self-proclaimed music critic, but like everyone, I have my favorites.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Just like I said, I almost had it. Good ol' Karmaloop and The Cool Kids hosted a t-shirt contest on their site. The decision day was set for around the 31st of January, and the deadline for submissions was on the first. When I first saw the contest I toiled...should I, shouldn't I. Funny enough, I really don't do the contest thing, but I was for whatever reason, compelled to enter this one. So I got my images together and began my work. I finally finished the design and was proud and happy that I entered. It came time to save my work, upload my image and submit my entry. Once that was done, I was calling everyone, "hey so and so, I entered a t-shirt design in this contest on karmaloop and I want you to vote for it." Man, I checked that site through and through looking for my entry and couldn't find the damn thing, it wasn't there. I said to myself, "let me check the guide lines to see if I followed all the directions to the letter," and there I saw it in light grey letters: deadlines for all submissions are due January 1st. Of course it wouldn't be so bad if it was like December 29th, but since it was January 29th, I was, as the French say, "sh*t outta luck." So here it is people, my entry. WTF?!