Sunday, December 27, 2009
Got word this morning via Aaron McGruder's Twitter that they finally worked out airdates with the network.
"Finally got an airdate for Season 3. Not sure if I'm allowed to put it out yet, so I'll just say you got about three months! Merry Xmas!! from web" - Aaron McGruder
Blame it on - Stax
Friday, December 25, 2009
Thursday, December 17, 2009
Aight, I'm not doing the work I should be right now and I'm sure many of you are as well. Those of you who are on break will enjoy this as well. I found this mixtape by a band of college freshmen from philly that totally blew my mind. The group is a jazz - electronica - afro-pop influenced hip hop act consisting of a lead vocalist, key boardist, guitarist, and drummer. Their first official mixtape "Swelly Express" is cosigned by OnSmash and CrooksandCastles and features some incredible interpolations of songs by MGMT, Sufjan Stevens, and Passion Pit as well as a feature from Black Thought. Yes, this is what the Blueprint 3 laid the foundationg for, these guys are building the future of hip-hop.
Monday, December 7, 2009
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
Funny man Dwight Howard of the Orlando Magic has recently landed himself a $15,000 fine for badmouthing officials in his personal blog. Dwight, making comments such as "how can that be, ya'll? It was crazy. They called me for a charge on a flop, a push off when the defender was on me and two fouls on blocked shots" in regards to fouling out after playing about 16 minutes, did so after an Orlando VS. Detroit game last week. Dwight, obviously angry, also posted that he had not played "that little in a game since I was 10 years old in pee-wee ball" and that "what really bothers me is they are letting guys hammer me at one end of the floor, yet I'm being called for everything."
True, every player disagrees with a few calls made here and there, and are sometimes right and sometimes wrong about them, but should a player really be fined for taking his opinion to his own blog? This seems a little bit overboard to me, seeing as Dwight did not attack a specific official, team, or other player, but rather simply expressed his anger over the situation as a whole. And seeing as he also did not make any claims that Orlando should have won the game or that these calls were the reasons behind their loss, why the league would take the time to worry about something like this is beyond me. Have we really reached a point in time where freedom of speech, especially over a personal blog, does not exist?
I understand the league wants to make sure their officials are treated well, especially after what happened this summer and the NBA having to run off of replacements for a while, but personally I think this entire matter is a bit juvenile and Dwight Howard should not feel an ounce of remorse for what he blogged.
NBA, lets lighten up and not make players regret they ever joined the league. Let them do good with their money through organizations like NBA Cares, or even provide for their own families rather than throw it out the window for a senseless cause.
And Dwight, keep on blogging. We all love you.
Tuesday, November 3, 2009
If the title wasn't enough to give it away, Olubowale Folarin's first studio album Attention Deficit (due out on Nov. 10th) leaked into the system of tubes we know as the interweb on Halloween. Luckily this was a treat and not a trick unlike the DJ tagged low quality versions of tracks put out previously. On my first listen I really enjoy the extent to which the beats are built with live instruments featuring Wale's Go Go band. The album features a number of excellent collaborations including tracks featuring Bun B, Gucci, J Cole, and K'naan, but none detract from the album's overall focus on Wale. Tracks like Diary and 90210 display Wale's ability as a story-teller. Shades and Contemplate provides a hint that he may have a more interesting sociological imagination than anyone who has been listen to Chillin' for months would previously have suspected.
Props to Andrew Mixter for the hook-up
Sunday, November 1, 2009
Just ending their second game of the new season, the Bulls are now 1-1, with a win over the Spurs and a loss against the Celtics.
A few weeks ago, before the season started, I wrote an article for the Chicago Flame, about the Bulls and their new season:
The Chicago Bulls went head to head with the Boston Celtics this past Playoff season. Most basketball fans would agree that last season was one of the most exciting seasons the Chicago Bulls have seen in a long time. Not only did they acquire a new coach, Vinny Del Negro, and draft the number one pick, Derrick Rose, but they ended up actually making it to the Playoffs, something that exceeded the expectations of even the most faithful Bulls fan. As a huge supporter myself, I could not be more proud and will never forget the feeling that rushed over me as I stood in the United Center with minutes left of game four, praying that a game that went into double overtime will end in my favor. However, though nothing will ever take away that pride, the Bulls falling apart this season would be frustrating to say the least.
Since the Playoffs, the Bulls have made a few changes. One of their starters, Ben Gordon, got traded to the Detroit Pistons, leaving the Bulls to grab Jannero Pargo, a point guard who used to play for the Bulls from 2003 to 2006. Though I personally like Ben Gordon, and thought he was a good fit for Chicago, one person does not make a team and I do not believe that his departure means the downfall of the Bulls. And since Pargo, the Bulls have also gained two draft picks, Taj Gibson and James Johnson, both power forwards. All three of these players have thus far proven themselves to be worthy of a Playoff team. And though it is not yet known whether or not he will join us in the regular season, Derrick Byars, a guard, is also someone to look out for, exhibiting great talent.
Of course everyone knows it takes more than skill to give a team enough motivation to go after the ring, let alone win it, but the Bulls seem to be going into this upcoming season with the right mindset. Instead of letting the fact that they let the Boston Celtics beat them to the next round (or holding a grudge against Rajon Rondo for shameless fouls), the Bulls took it with a grain of salt and vowed to work harder this time around. Each player took the summer to work towards fixing their weaknesses as well as improving their strengths, and are now a better rounded team. Joakim Noah took to working on free throws, Tyrus Thomas to jump shots and John Salmons to three pointers, something Ben Gordon was awfully good at. And of course everyone is trying to get over their injuries, especially Luol Deng who sat out a good amount due to a problem with his right tibia. Luckily now the Bulls have enough forwards to cover a handful of injuries, God forbid there should be any. For now, all is well in the land of the Bulls.
In my opinion there are three things the Bulls need to do in order not to lose their current status in the NBA. First, they need to stay healthy. Obviously accidents happen, but if they can avoid broken thumbs and fractured legs, the season will go a lot easier for them. Second, they cannot lose confidence. The Bulls fell into a pattern for a while last season of letting every loss get them down, turning a loss or two into a cycle, only worsening the problem. Even the best teams lose sometimes and the Bulls need to master that idea before the season starts and they end up once again with a record of 41-41, an equal amount of wins and loses. And third is no selfish playing by the players. It is no secret that the reason Larry Hughes left was not for financial reasons or because the New York Knicks were dying to have him, it was because he wanted more playing time and Vinny refused to give it to him.
The Chicago Bulls had one hell of a season last year and I know it in my heart that they can have another great one this time around. Judging by their 2-0 preseason they are already on the right track and have lost none of the fire that fueled them towards the Playoffs only a few months ago. It will take hard work and a lot of energy but if they could do it last year, they can do it again. Plus you know what they say right? Only the Bulls.
Though I still agree with what I said in regards to the three things the Bulls should try and do in order to have an even better season than before, I have a few more things to add as well.
In watching Chicago go against San Antonio and Boston, it is clear that shot selection has become very important for us. Though we are only two games into the season, I have noticed that we have started to take more and more forced shots, costing us both points as well as ball possession. If we want to stay in the lead and take control of the game, we have to slow our plays down and think twice before shooting the ball.
Another thing I think Chicago should pay attention to are second-chance points. More often than not, when taking a long two or a three point shot, we fail to position any of our players in the paint to catch a quick rebound and reshoot, in case the initial shot does not go in. I think this is a huge mistake, especially when players like Tyrus Thomas or Brad Miller, aka players not known for their jumpers, are the ones going for the shot. Playing this way, we miss out on crucial rebounds, rebounds which would be easy for someone like Joakim Noah.
All of this aside though, the Bulls so far do not look half bad. True they got slaughtered by the Celtics tonight, but I attribute that fully to awkward tension between the two teams, still left over from last year's Playoffs. The Bulls went to work against the Spurs and came out on top, leaving Tony Parker to score a total of zero points in the entire second half. There will always be losses along with the wins, but as long as the Bulls stay focused and try to improve on their weaker points, this season should be a solid one for them.
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*CBM extends its congrats to DWade for scoring his 10,00th point!
Friday, October 30, 2009
A few days ago Weezy F. Baby announced that he would be coping a plea bargain on some gun charges that will land him in jail for a full year. But it's always darkest before the dawn. Just as we thought the old Wayne was gone forever, amidst the murky background of half a dozen or so unofficial mixtape projects since Dedication 3 dropped, the clouds opened and a ray of light shown down from the sky. As I looked up I saw the familiar face of one of the goblins from gringotts - then I realized that goblin was actually the enigmatic N.O. MC back to breath life into the game. (Hopefully you're now so confused by my use of mixed metaphors that this mixtape will make some sense)
" Uh, basically I'm still a monster / 'till the fat lady sing, I come to kill a opera / Ya'll too plain, I'm a helicopter / My words keep going, like a teleprompter / I'm a asshole, wipe me down bitch / I get big checks, nike town bitch / Yeah mean mug, Bobby Brown shit / and the flag red, like clown lips / Uh, T.I. can't stop going / Drop my best shit like the cowboys dropped Owens / I'm the best to ever do it motherfucker I know it / No ceilings god damn it now the fucking sky is showing" - Banned from TV
Saturday, October 17, 2009
Damn, this is incredibly funny. I'm glad Kanye actually does what I assumed he does in his house. My theory is that 70% of the time Kanye is home he is sitting in the dark drinking congac wearing a suit and stunner shades, sobbing quietly while he plays parts from 808's on his piano.
Friday, October 9, 2009
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|Slim Thug Feels the Recession|
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Via Aaron Mcgruder's Twitter (yeah I can't believe he has a twitter either).
"Man... if y'all thought Ruckus was mean, what til you see his father and grandmother! Season 3 is coming, just can't say when. Patience!10:33 AM Sep 25th from web."
Monday, September 7, 2009
Saturday, September 5, 2009
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
Wow, umm is it just me or did Rush Limbaugh actually just say that he's glad to find out Jay thinks he's on his dick and then try and accuse Obama of tryna chop our dicks off by extending Medicare.
Monday, August 24, 2009
Not the most amazing Timbo beat ever but this shit bangs.
I don't think I need to say anymore about how necessary I felt this collab was.
Drake said "Flow tight like I was born Jewish, haha actually wait I was born Jewish" and Jay said get this motherfucker on a hook.
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
Jay had previously stated his intense interest in exploring his creativity through film as well as music and it looks like he plans on pursuing this impulse in his next project. Also I saw Just Blaze premier this track live at the Red Bull Big Tune beat battle at the Metro. If you watch the video below closely you can see my hat at the beginning in the back left. More importantly though, J-Mac and J Rell both had sick beats. Back to the matter at hand. While cutting together footage from his trip to Nepal to accompany his next release is a new turn for the elusive N.O. born MC, the project is still in the same production style of Mr. J Electrotherapy's previous releases. Consequently the 1+ min preview of his forthcoming project is untitled, produced by Just Blaze, and has no scheduled release date.
Monday, July 27, 2009
50 Cent is back in contention for player hater of the year. Curtis stayed true to his memorable verse on In the Club by proving that he "doesn't give a fuck if it's your birthday." Mr. Jackson is nominated this for hating on Turtles Ferrari which he received as a gift for his Birthday from Vin.
Also make sure to check out the Forever King Mixtape, particularly the Michael Jackson Freestyle.
Saturday, July 25, 2009
Thursday, June 18, 2009
Lupe has had a lot of amazing free shows in Chi Town over the years. This one should be sweet. Also, I doubt he reads this blog so I'm going to post the recently leaked unmastered version of Shining Down - the first single of Lasers. If he gets pissed off and tells me to take it down it will be worth it just to know that I somehow grabed FNF's attention. Sorry chilly.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Its been a minute since I posted something, and I apologize for that. While I was taking my comprehensive exams for CSS at Wesleyan I looked to Derrick Rose for inspiration. Then, last night while I was watching the Lakers vs. Nuggets game, I got into an argument with my friend Alicia about the extent to which Phil Jackson's coaching style has changed in L.A. First, let me make it clear that I believe that while L.A. has a unique relaxed vibe, Chicago's is cool in an entirely different animal. Chi town cool is a Zen style applied to the art of competition. It's cold sweat pouring off of Scotty Pippen at the free throw line. It's Ben Gordon draining a three in Paul Pierce's face to send game five in to double OT. It's the Dark Night's vigilance in the rain atop the Prudential Building. It's Barack Obama walking into Iowa unknown and away from November the leader of the free world. It's Anthony Braxton's Jazz in the house of the triangle. It's Carl Sanburg's account of the stockyards in the City of Big Shoulders. It's Studs Terkel's examination of race. It's what this country's leadership has missed for the last eight years. It's back it's badass as ever.
The first line of the Pennies (Updated Roster Remix) off the Cool Kids x Don Cannon mixtape, Gone Fishing, perfectly describes the supreme zen of the Chi Town State of Mind which Rose brings to each and every competition. I contend that this reflects the philosophy of team play articulated by Jackson in Sacred Hoops. Without any question, Michael Jordan was a badass motherfucker who wanted the ball more than anyone ever has and maybe ever will. He was the greatest. But he did not necessarily champion Jackson's style despite leading his team. In many ways it is Derrick, who grew up watching the Jordan era bulls, who represents the single purest manifestation of this style of hard nosed yet unselfish play to ever enter the game. The above Adidas video just reminded me yet again why our city should be so proud of its native son. This year we took the White House, soon we will take back the league.
(Big shout to the Cool Kids for their awesome
performance at Wesleyan's Spring Fling last year)
Saturday, May 9, 2009
Friday, May 8, 2009
Wow, I'm kind of blown away by this album so far. I think it really shows how he has reflected on his career and life over the past few years. Dre's beats insane as always and Em does a great job spanning topics from all periods of his life. Anyway don't forget the album actually drops the 19th so go cop that shit.
The full rotation on Eddie House's headband is insane....
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
Thursday, April 30, 2009
I've been jocking Lloyd "banksy" Banks shit a lot lately. He's always been the unquestionable lyrical master of G-Unit since Forevbruary. Let's be honest, his lyrics make 50 look weak-minded by comparison (see disk two "Office Down"). So, its no surprise that for his Birthday Banks decided to give us all a present, this raw two disk mixtape is chock-full of ridiculous spit. Shouts to my boy Dan Engel-Hall.
Monday, April 27, 2009
Ben Gordon has officially revealed the man behind the quiet, soft-spoken mask. After hitting a dagger to tie up Game 4 against the Celtics, Gordan showed what he has got and what everybody in Boston used to have: swag. Due to the NBA's constant conflict with the players the bring into the league and the way they want the league to look (for every Shane Battier and Luke Walton there are ten Zach Randolphs), clips of B Gord's true swagger were not replayed during the game's original broadcast. Fuck that. Ben Gordon was doing what any kid from Mt. Vernon, New York would do if they hit an essentially seires tying shot aginst the defending world champs.
Sunday, April 26, 2009
Thursday, April 23, 2009
the track. It's some serious heat. G.O.O.D. music & FNF up!
Kanye West & Malik Yusef - Magic Man featuring Common & John Legend
I think I represent all white rap fans when I sign with relief that Eminem's career is going to be okay. That Crack a Bottle & We Made You shit had us all worried for a minute but 3 A.M. is straight fire. The silence of the lambs quote is extra creepy and I love it. Enjoy, Relapse out 5/19
Tuesday, April 21, 2009
2. June 13th, 2008 Don Cannon and DJ Drama release The Greenhouse Effect mixtape after Asher inks record deal with Steve Rifkind.
3. April 20th, Asher's debute album Asleep in the Bread Aisle drops but many stoners forget to buy it until the next day.
4. April 21st, Asleep in the Bread Aisle overtake Miley Cryus' Hannah Montanna Movie Soundtrack for number one spot on I-tunes top ten albums.
5. April 22nd, Billy Ray Cyrus attacks Asher Roth with a tire iron for fucking up his master plan.
Monday, April 20, 2009
Hype can be a dangerous thing. Lofty expectations can either deliver or fall short.
That's where Kid Cudi's new mixtape "Dat Kid From Cleveland" comes in.
His versatility deserves some respect, but then again, I feel there is no place for crossover, pop shit in the great hall of hip-hop. Since Kid Cudi has been forced into the upper realm of hip-hop by the media and hypes-alike, he needs to decide what he's going to do with the responsibility. the future of hip-hop should not be songs like "She Came Along."
The freestyles more than make up for any deficiencies and Consequence might have killed "Buggin Out 2009"
I-Tunes Top Albums
1. Hannah Montana: The Movie (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) - Miley Cyrus
2. Asleep in the Bread Aisle - Asher Roth
... The rest don't matter
"Well, if this is whats cool I have no more connection with society"
Sunday, April 19, 2009
If you've been sleeping on Big Sean, you've been making a huge mistake. Kanye West signed the Detroit native to G.O.O.D. Music after he rapped one hundred bars for him on spot at their first meeting. I first heard Big Sean on the Kanye West/Plain Pat Can't Tell Me Nothing Mixtape. I listened to "Getcha Some" that whole summer but it wasn't until I heard the Finally Famous debute that I realized why Kanye signed him. This kid is to be fucked with. His flow is immaculate and he has a remarkable ability to twist the ends of his lines to match syllabls in his rhymes. His debut album Finally Famous should be out later this year. Keep UKNOWBIGSEAN bumping in your stereo until then.
Wednesday, April 15, 2009
Sunday, April 12, 2009
Saturday, April 11, 2009
Friday, April 10, 2009
Cornbread and Matzah presents: GOOD Friday
Also join CBM in Connecticut this weekend where CBM Alum Wordsmith will be opening up for none other than Brother Ali!
UPDATE: From Kanye's blog this morning:
"SOUTH PARK pt. 3 I WAS AT CHEESECAKE FACTORY YESTERDAY AND THE MANAGER BROUGHT ME A PLATE OF FISH STICKS... (in a sarcastic tone) uuuuuuum, GREAT! : /"
SOUTH PARK MURDERED ME LAST NIGHT AND IT'S PRETTY FUNNY. IT HURTS MY FEELINGS BUT WHAT CAN YOU EXPECT FROM SOUTH PARK! I ACTUALLY HAVE BEEN WORKING ON MY EGO THOUGH. HAVING THE CRAZY EGO IS PLAYED OUT AT THIS POINT IN MY LIFE AND CAREER. I USE TO USE IT TO BUILD UP MY ESTEEM WHEN NOBODY BELIEVED IN ME. NOW THAT PEOPLE DO BELIEVE AND SUPPORT MY MUSIC AND PRODUCTS THE BEST RESPONSE IS THANK YOU INSTEAD OF "I TOLD YOU SO!!!" IT'S COOL TO TALK SHIT WHEN YOU'RE RAPPING BUT NOT IN REAL LIFE. WHEN YOU MEET LITTLE WAYNE IN PERSON HE'S THE NICEST GUY FOR EXAMPLE. I JUST WANNA BE A DOPER PERSON WHICH STARTS WITH ME NOT ALWAYS TELLING PEOPLE HOW DOPE I THINK I AM. I NEED TO JUST GET PAST MYSELF. DROP THE BRAVADO AND JUST MAKE DOPE PRODUCT. EVERYTHING IS NOT THAT SERIOUS. AS LONG AS PEOPLE THINK I ACT LIKE A BITCH THIS TYPE OF SHIT WILL HAPPEN TO ME. I GOT A LONG ROAD AHEAD OF ME TO MAKE PEOPLE BELIEVE I'M NOT ACTUALLY A HUGE DOUCHE BUT I'M UP FOR THE CHALLENGE. I'M SURE THE WRITERS AT SOUTH PARK ARE REALLY NICE PEOPLE IN REAL LIFE. THANKS FOR TAKING THE TIME TO DRAW MY CREW. THAT WAS PRETTY FUNNY ALSO!! I'M SURE THERE'S GRAMMATICAL ERRORS IN THIS... THAT'S HOW YOU KNOW IT'S ME!
Sunday, April 5, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Yes, you can believe the headline. I am actually claiming that Lloyd Banks Rick Ross diss "Officer Down" > "Ether" by Nas. At first I thought this whole Rick Ross and 50 beef was going to end up with both of them embarrassed when their new albums make record low sales. Was I ever wrong. 50 reminded us why we all originally loved him, that he's a sociopathic hilarious ass motherfucker, on "Tia Told Me." Then to remind all of us why Lloyd Banks continues to be one of the best MCs in the game despite of G-Unit rather than because of them, he murdered Rick Ross over a beat which sounds so monumental that it's only fitting that he spits for 3 min + with no chorus. There's no need. Banks leaves off the track by summing up the one verse which sketches out of the flaws in Rick's career fittingly "50 bodied you, I just laid the chalk down."
Monday, March 23, 2009
Tuesday, March 17, 2009
A waiter called me Sam Rothstein today jokingly in reference to the movie Casino. The first track off Asher Roth's LP also leaked and is posted below. The former has nothing to do with the latter except that the first four letters of my last name are Asher's last name. That makes me as a fanboy happy. Also, this track gives me hope that Asleep in the Bread Isle will have more tracks with the lyrical quality of those on Greenhouse Effect than "I Love College." Not to knock that shit either though, just worried about the fans it might give him pushing his career in the wrong direction *cough* ( Camera pulls back from Macbook Pro screen to reveal Stax typing while wearing the Undercrowned College shirt from music video - Pauses - Stares into camera - Shrugs sheepishly - Camera pulls back, que music "Say it Ain't So riff", fade to black.)
Sunday, March 15, 2009
Dear Mr. Fiasco,
I'm am one of your many fans in Chicago. I'm writing this in response to your new project Japanese Cartoon. Please stop. I implore you not to let the music industry become one giant race to out hipster Kanye. First 808's and Heartbreak comes out and then all of a sudden Lil Wayne starts whining about high school girls and you start pretending to be a British guy. Look, the last artist who pretended to be British was Madonna so I don't need to say anything more about how this has the potential to ruin your creativity and career. Recycling shitty post punk riffs when you're bored instead of promoting other FNF artists is a selfish use of your time. I'm posting the song only out of respect for your earlier work. Frankly, if the CRS album doesn't blow my fucking mind you're going to be dead to me. We all love you because you're from Chicago, stop acting British.
Friday, March 13, 2009
Day 'n' Nite - Kid Cudi from DP on Vimeo.
Two new Kid Cudi tracks to chill out your spring break. Also Kid Cudi explained that the video for Super Boo which was all over the internet this week was fake and he never intended the original leak of that track. Also even though it's been out for a minute I had to embed the video for Day n Nite directed by So Me because its incredible.
Sunday, February 22, 2009
Download - WordSmith & JPaul Productions The Lab Volume 1
Everyday people come up to me and ask two things: First, "Max, when are Nike and a team of scientists going to finally team up and make the McFly 2015 auto-lacing sneakers from Back to the Future. I usually bring up that I neither work for Nike, nor drive a DeLorean, but that if I wanted to make a wild conjecture without any basis in verifyable fact, "March 5th 2011" seems reasonable. Second, they ask when is the mixtape you worked on with J Paul and WordSmith coming out? The answer to that is right now motherfuckers.
A little background information for those of you that aren't in the know yet. WordSmith & JPaul Productions present The Lab Volume 1 - aka the best hip-hop to come out of Wesleyan University since Santogold left here. The project began when DJ JPaul crash landed his spaceship into a small liberal arts school where he began assembling the greatest crew of MCs and musicians the world has ever known to take over the music industry and save the world's dwindeling polar bear population. The charismatic leader of this group, Josh Smith, a.k.a. WordSmith, is known for his previous work with long time friend / producer Illustrious (who is responsible for four of the beats on the album) and is also known for tearing down the house at Psi U this Saturday with his live Hip-Hop ensemble the Concert G's. WordSmith teams with Stax Rothstein (aka the next Ari Emanuel, bka your girlfiend's favorite rapper) and Ayo Stone (aka Andrew Gladstone, bka the next Martin Scorsese), the three "Kosher Nostra" MCs, along with Lu, Ben Block, and a host of others to take you by the ears on an epic hip-hop journey through space and time. Anyway, I'm not saying this is the dopest Mixtape ever, but it might change your life.
Also check out last year's banging JPaul & Ratatat mixtape Ratatashups and be sure to keep an eye open for a major show announcement soon - be prepared you might need new underwear when that news leaks.