Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Chi Town Does Work: The Legacy of the 90s Bulls & the Zen of Cool Competition

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.

"I'm calm tellin ya'll how I did it like Derrick Rose, it's no sweat"

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.

- Stax
The Cool Kids x Don Cannon - Gone Fishin
(Big shout to the Cool Kids for their awesome
performance at Wesleyan's Spring Fling last year)

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Cornbread and Matzah Spring/Summer 2009 T-Shirts

All T-Shirts 20.00$
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Friday, May 8, 2009

CB&M Presents: Eminem - Relapse

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.

NBA Playoffs: Where Will Bitch Slapping Happen Tonight

The full rotation on Eddie House's headband is insane....

Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Nyle - Let the Beat Build Instrumentation

Nyle "Let The Beat Build" from Nyle on Vimeo.

This video is crazy, I can't believe this shit is all one take.