Friday, April 30, 2010

Bad Call: Facebook Group 'Praying' For Obama's Death

I read a disturbing article today about a Facebook group whose purpose is to "pray for President Obama's death." Not cool. If there is anything I have learned in recent times, it's that our country's struggles cannot be solely attributed to the President. The picture is much bigger than that (see checks and balances to start). I assume this group is composed of Christian freaks and praying for anyone's death is certainly not a Christian practice. Then again, maybe it is considering most wars are religion-based. In any case, I hope Facebook removes this group and its 1,000,000+ members come down to Earth and realize the President's actions are often influenced by many "outside" institutions (i.e. banks). Do some research of your own to understand the pressure any President faces. And chill out with the anti-Christ and communist accusations.

Song of the Day

Title: Breathe
Artist: Nas
Album: Untitled

Movie of the Day

Title: The Edge
Director: Lee Tamahori
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin, Harold Perrineau, Elle Macpherson

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Song of the Day

Title: Anything
Artist: Jay-Z
Album: The Truth (extra track on Beanie Sigel's album)

The System

I refuse to be the system's accomplice.
I say, write, and think too much,
Then the Secret Service comes with questions and such.
White, blue-eyes, and blond hair, and I'm on your list?
I stand for those oppressed by the system,
So you should know why I'm pissed.
Label me an enemy of the state,
Or a misplaced radical,
And I'll tell you one thing -
This voice will never go on sabbatical.

Song of the Day

Title: Hurt Me Soul
Artist: Lupe Fiasco
Album: Food & Liquor

Now I ain't tryna be the greatest
I used to hate hip-hop... yup, because the women degraded
But Too $hort made me laugh, like a hypocrite I played it
A hypocrite I stated, though I only recited half
Omittin the word "bitch," cursin I wouldn't say it
Me and dog couldn't relate, til a bitch I dated
Forgive my favorite word for hers and hers alike
But I learnt it from a song I heard and sorta liked
Yeah, for the icin, glamorized drug dealin was appealin
But the block club kept it from in front of our buildin
Gangsta rap-based filmings became the buildin blocks
For children with leakin ceilings catchin drippins with pots
Coupled with compositions from Pac, Nas's "It Was Written"
In the mix with my realities and feelings
Living conditions, religion, ignorant wisdom and artistic vision
I began to jot, tap the world and listen, it drop

My mom can't feed me, my boyfriend beats me
I have sex for money, the hood don't love me
The cops wanna kill me, this nonsense built me
And I got noooo place to gooo
They bomb my village, they call us killers
Took me off they welfare, can't afford they health care
My teacher won't teach me, my master beats me
And it huuurts meee soooul

I had a ghetto boy bop, a Jay-Z boycott
'Cause he said that he never prayed to God, he prayed to Gotti
I'm thinkin godly, God guard me from the ungodly
But by my 30th watchin of "Streets is Watchin"
I was back to givin props again and that was botherin
By this uncomfortable as a untouchable touchin you
The theme songs that niggas hustle to seem wrong but these songs was comin true
And it was all becoming cool
I found a condom on the ground that Johns would cum into and thought
What constitutes a prostitute is the pursuit of profit then they drop it
The homie in a suit pat her on the butt, then rock it
It seems I was seein the same scene adopted
Prevalent in different things with the witnesses indifferent to stop it
They said don't knock it, mind ya business
His business isn't mine and that nigga pimpin got it

They took my daughter, we ain't got no water
I can't get hired, they cross on fire
We all got suspended, I just got sentenced
So I got noooo place to gooo
They threw down my gang sign, I ain't got no hang time
They talk about my sneakers, poisoned our leader
My father ain't seen me, turn off my TV
'Cause it huuurts meee soooul

So through the Grim Reaper sickle sharpening
Macintosh marketing
Oil field augering
Brazilian adolescent disarmament
Israeli occupation
Islamic martyrdom, precise
Yeah, laser guided targeting
Oil for food, water, and terrorist organization harborin
Sand camouflage army men
CCF sponsorin, world conquerin, telephone monitorin
Louis Vuitton modelin, pornographic actress honorin
String theory ponderin, bullimic vomitin
Catholic priest fondlin, pre-emptive bombin and Osama and no bombin them
They breakin in my car again, deforestation and overloggin and
Hennessy and Hypnotic swallowin, hydroponic coughin and
All the world's ills, sittin on chrome 24-inch wheels, like that

They say I'm infected, this is why I injected
I had it aborted, we got deported
My laptop got spyware, they say that I can't lie here
But I got noooo place to gooo
I can't stop eatin, my best friend's leavin
My pastor touched me, I love this country
I lost my earpiece, I hope y'all hear me
'Cause it huuurts meee soooul

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Song of the Day

Title: Beautiful Struggle
Artist: Talib Kweli
Album: The Beautiful Struggle

[Intro] {*echoes*}
The revolution is here, the revolution is here people
I said it once, I'll say it twice
You gots to be ready
The revolution is inside of you
People, the revolution is here, yeah

[Hook]
The revolution's here
No one can lead you off your path
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh (yeah)
No one can change your ways (rock with me for a second)
No one can lead you off your path (come on)
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh

[Verse 1: Talib Kweli]
Yo, I heard it's said the revolution won't be televised
But in the land of milk and honey there's a date you gotta sell it by
Otherwise it just expires and spoils
And these folks jump out the pot when the water too hot
Cuz the fire boils inside
You go to church to find you some religion
And all you hear is connivin' and gossip and contradiction and
You try to vote and participate in the government
And the muh'fuckin' Democrats is actin' like Republicans
You join an organization that know black history
But ask them how they plan to make money and it's a mystery
Lookin' for the remedy but you can't see what's hurtin' you
The revolution's here, the revolution is personal
They call me the political rapper
Even after I tell 'em I don't fuck with politics
I don't even follow it
I'm on some KRS, Ice Cube, Chris Wallace shit
Main Source, De La Soul, bumpin' "2Pacalypse Now"

[Hook]
The revolution's here (yeah)
No one can lead you off your path (uh uh)
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh (ha ha, ha ha)
No one can change your ways
No one can lead you off your path (uh uh)
You'll try to change the world ('scuse me)
So please excuse me while I laugh

[Verse 2]
Yo, I speak at schools a lot cause they say I'm intelligent
Nervous cause I'm dope, if I was wack I'd be irrelevant
I'm like the dope in your tracks until your high is settled in
You leanin' to the left, the laughter's the best medicine
But the troubles you have today you just can't laugh away
Stay optimistic, they can change, it's gon' come like Donny Hathaway
You have to pray, on top of that, act today
Cuz opportunity shrivel away like Tom Hanks in "Cast Away"
Everybody pass away, the past will pay, the family mournin'
Everybody act accordin' to the season that they born in
You fight in the streets, start bleedin' 'til the blood is pourin'
In the gutter, mothers cry 'til the Lord be livin' by the sword and
All that folks want is safety, they goin' gun crazy
The same reason Reagan was playin' war games in the '80s
The same reason I've always rocked dog chains on my babies
The struggle is beautiful, I'm too strong for you to slave me

[Hook]
The revolution's here (yeah)
No one can lead you off your path (uh uh)
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh (ha ha, ha ha)
No one can change your ways (yeah)
No one can lead you off your path (uh uh)
You'll try to change the world ('scuse me)
So please excuse me while I laugh (yeah)
The revolution's here
No one can lead you off your path
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh
No one can change your ways
No one can lead you off your path
You'll try to change the world
So please excuse me while I laugh

[Outro: Talib Kweli]
It's a beautiful thing that's happenin' right now
Right now G
Yo, I'm rockin' with my man Hi-Tek on the track right now
We fightin' the good fight
The Beautiful Struggle
Yeah, let's go

(So please excuse me while I laugh)

Friday, April 16, 2010

To Be Heard

Look through my eyes and see what I see.
Step in my shoes and walk my path.
Borrow my two hands and play my key.
Get inside my head and do my math.

All I ever wanted was the freedom of a bird.
All I really need is the chance to be heard.

Album of the Day

Title: Juslisen
Artist: Musiq Soulchild
Review: Buy it!

Song of the Day

Title: Criminal
Artist: The Roots (feat. Truck North, Saigon)
Album: Rising Down

Monday they predict the storm
Tuesday they predict the bad
Wednesday they cover the grass
And I can see it's all about cash
And they got the nerve to hunt down my ass
And treat me like a criminal

[Black Thought]
Look, it is what it is
Because of what it was
I did what I did
Cause it does what it does
I don't put nothin' above
What I am, what I love
My family, my blood
My city and my hood
Hater for the greater good
I'm back from Hollywood
And I ain't changed a lick
Though, I know I probably should
But, what I'm doin' is not a good look
I never did it by the good book, as a lifetime crook
All the petty crime took a toll on me
I look around at my homies that's gettin' old on me
But still somethin' gotta hold on me
Maybe it's faith
If it's comin', yo I'm willing to wait
I'm not runnin', I done ran through the mud
I done scrambled and such
I done robbed an odd job and gambled enough
Till I'm put up in handcuffs
And pissin' in a cup
If there's a God
I don't know if he listenin' or what

[Chorus]

[Truck North]
Yeah, it is what it is
And that's how it go
Get treated like a criminal
If crime is all you know
Get greeted like a nigga
If a nigga saw your show
A public enemy, to send a eye in the scope
My city like a island where you can't find a boat
Have you wishin' for a raft
And prayin that hope flows
Some real (?) going down on soul (?)
Who lookin' for a chair and some real strong rope
Just to end it all here
Screamin' "fuck the mayor"
He see the faces at the bottom of the welfare
They act like I'm somethin' to fear
Trapped in urban warfare
And pullin' triggers at a college career
Can't ignore the call of the wild
That's drawin' 'em near
Try to make fast money last long some years
Try to laugh it off
Still couldn't lose the tears
To the rules, I will not adhere
Break the law, yeah... (echoes)

[Chorus]

[Saigon]
Who wanna challenge mine?
I'm sick of St. Valentine
I did the violent crimes
That's why I got this style of rhyme
Seek repentance to spittin' them sentences
To senseless experience is the difference
You can't convince this
In a crime sense, niggas is infants
I'm like a senior citizen
Still livin' but gettin' benefits
Put emphasis on hittin' my nemesis in high percentages
Crooked ass cops is the reason for my belligerence
And it gets deeper than that
Remember nights I used to sleep wit a gat
With a package of crack under my sneaker strap
D's sneak attack and raid me
It took a week for that
Beat the rat, but you're sayin' "look, he think he the mack"
Fuck y'all!
Niggas who thinkin' they might try us
Watch us inside riots
Blue cars and light fires
We already been knocked, scrutinized
Plus, cops rush to brutalize us
America's polluted by lust
Who could I trust?
If I can't trust you, then I might touch you
If I ain't got love for you
Then fuck you!

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Movie of the Day

Title: The Matrix
Director: Larry and Andy Wachowski
Starring: Keanu Reeves, Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss, Joe Pantoliano, Hugo Weaving

Album of the Day

Title: 8 Diagrams
Artist: Wu-Tang Clan
Review: Buy it!

Song of the Day

Title: Who We Be
Artist: DMX
Album: The Great Depression

Blindness

They say in the land of the blind
The man with one eye is king.
In the land of Amerika
What can a third eye bring?
Well I'll tell you one thing
The truth can sting.

Crooked cops, politicians, and "leaders"
Spineless celebrities and preachers -
Calling all elitists with a questionable agenda -
Your time is almost up, hope I didn't offend ya.

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Movie of the Day

Title: Shogun Assassin
Director: Robert Houston
Starring: Tomisaburo Wakayama

Album of the Day

Title: Reflection Eternal
Artist: Talib Kweli
Review: Buy it!

Do Yourself a Favor, Listen to The Roots Damnit

The lyrics to The Roots' song, "Why (What's Going On?)," speak for themselves. I posted the lyrics to this song below because it has always been one of my favorite Roots tracks. You can feel its message in your guts and your heart as it has a powerful relevance to the steadily devolving world around us. Too many people, especially in America, are too busy pursuing fruitless merits to take a minute and think about where they are heading. The difference between right and wrong, real and fake, truth and falsehood, is becoming increasingly more difficult to distinguish in the complex world we live in. A friend of mine once said that Americans won't believe anything until they see it on TV. This was insightful, but the truth is you shouldn't believe half of what you see on TV (and by TV, I'm particularly referring to the news). Keep an open mind, think freely, and do what you can to deprogram yourself from the system. If my life journey has taught me anything it's to be sceptical of the status quo.

Song of the Day

Title: Why (What's Going On?)
Artist: The Roots
Album: The Tipping Point

Sky's the limit so you know I'm gonna rise and shine
I gotta do my thing, I'm kinda getting a little tired of all that's hidden
That's the reason I'm a speak my mind, keep from going insane
Now work with it, we in the last innin'
The world keeps spinnin', my peoples steady losin' while the rich keep winnin'
It's like we neva smilin' and the devil steady grinnin'
killin' what we representin'
Even our children and women, 2K4, livin' above and under the law
Young teen joins the marines, says he'll die for the core
Inducted up into the goverment's war as if the land of money and oil
Funny how ain't none of it yours
I can't sleep yo I'm paranoid, it's code orange
It's far from right, I guess that's why it feels so wrong
To see the world get stripped out of every resource
And people pray to Coca-Cola now instead of the gods
What's goin' on?

Keepin' your head above water, hustlin' to survive
Some people chasin' a dream, others just chasin' a high
Some people blind leading the blind, they chasin' a lie
Some people chokin' backs broken barely makin' it by
But still they workin' all they live, they pushin' for the light
Givin' everything they got to stitch them swishes on ya Nike's
Puttin' pockets on our jeans, mining diamonds for them rings
Rewarded with small change and bullets in the brains
And it makes me feel strange everything we take for granted
At times I feel stranded on this planet of mine
Now should I pull the hammer, clap it out, and laugh about it
Or stand up, be counted while I cast my ballot
When the undertaker's busy and the prison's is crowded
People livin' in fear because they vision is clouded
But the sky's the limit, I ain't cryin' you a river
Gotta move me a mountain, I'm a git up and shout it

When I dream it's hounds on my heels gainin' momentum
I'm tired, can't get uninspired or quit runnin'
I can feel they only inches behind, I escape, I survive
Some how I gotta decide how much I want it
Or is anybody listenin' without a pot to piss in
If I disappear I wonder if the world will know I'm missin'
Who my support system, it's not the court system
Gotta letter it said that you're not avoiding prison
People 'neath the microscope 'cause we defining the culture
They smile and insult you like you shinin' their loafers
Them old heads say we need a modern day Moses
When the leaders is posers we needing some soldiers
It's the X generation, The anger is a nature
Got the writing on the wall so clear that I can taste it
Like a kid sniffing glue somewhere trying to escape
Cause we vulnerable and naked
Gotta show 'em we can make it

Saturday, April 10, 2010

The Real Revolution

Early on in this blog I wrote that a revolution by the name of hip-hop was coming. I should have been more specific in saying that the philosophy of true hip-hop is driving the impending revolution. Let's face it: all commercial hip-hop is played out and programmed by the music industry. I'm guilty of listening to it and buying some of it, but it is nothing but puppetry for the masses to consume and perpetuate. Most beefs are staged and most rappers' images are fabricated for marketing purposes. Jay-Z even says not to fear rappers as they are no more than "DeNiro's in practice." What happened to hip-hop with a message and a purpose. Hip-hop with the intent to make change in the world for the better. Unfortunately it is becoming closer and closer to invisible in the public eye. And that's bad news for the future of the genre and the future of our children who are becoming brain-washed by the shallow, dispensable crap that is heard on the radio. Not to mention the music videos ripe with shadowy subliminal messages. The entire music industry needs a change for the better. The voices that speak the truth are not being heard and this trend has a negative impact on society in general. The revolution will come, but not until music with a purpose to drown out the material bullshit that is "pop" reaches the forefront of the industry.

Song of the Day

Title: Street Corner
Artist: Masta Killa, Inspectah Deck, GZA
Album: Made in Brooklyn

Friday, April 9, 2010

Blackalicious

I've been listening to Blackalicious a lot lately and since it's been a while since I've done such I was reminded of how incredible their music is. For those that don't know, GET TO KNOW THEM! They are composed of MC Gift of Gab and DJ Chief Xcel and hail from Oakland. Their music is strictly and purposefully "conscious." They are the antithesis of everything that is played on the radio today and they deserve recognition from the industry. I have seen them live and they are great performers. Gift of Gab is one of the most skilled MCs in hip-hop and he demonstrated that in their show. He spit a freestyle for about a minute at the pace of Twista (the better- known Chicago MC) and everyone in the crowd was enthralled by his lyrical aptitude. If you want to get a good sampling of their music, I would recommend the songs "Shallow Days," "Make You Feel That Way," and "First in Flight." To summarize this entry, do yourself a favor and pay homage to hip-hop in its truest form, free of commercialized tomfoolery.

Sobriety

I've been weed and drink-free for a month now and I'm starting to feel pretty good about it. Unfortunately, I've picked up several packs of Newports in the process. I still feel pretty good about myself, and although I'm not shooting for a complete lifestyle change it feels empowering to be able to go without certain vices for extended periods of time. Now I just need to get back to the gym on a more regular basis. Spring is upon us and pretty soon it's gonna be beach and pool time and I need to get back in my typical form soon. I'm not a meathead by any means but I would consider myself a jock at heart so being fit for spring/summer is high up on my priority list. If only I could kick the cigarette habit. That would help a lot.

Album of the Day

Title: One Day It'll All Make Sense
Artist: Common
Review: Buy it!

Song of the Day

Title: Sparring Minds
Artist: GZA, Inspectah Deck
Album: Legend of the Liquid Sword

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Soul Searching

Soul Searching...
All I really want is to be myself
A little peace of mind
A little piece of me to share with others
A little bit of love
When my nerves need a hug.

Soul Searching...
Sharing images of my past
Never thought my creativity would last
When I was thrown in circumstances
I had to walk over and pass
Now my heart is stuck -

Between a rock and a hard place
Guess I'll escape through God's grace
Soul Searching...

Video of the Day


Lloyd Banks "Big Bully" from V.5 mixtape, samples Raekwon's "New-Wu" beat.

New Nike Tiger Woods Commercial

In an act that I can only describe as despicable, Nike has attempted to capitalize on the Tiger Woods sex scandal. They aired a new commercial yesterday featuring Tiger from the shoulders up, staring at the camera and blinking as audio of his late father "questioning" his recent sex-capades. I guess Nike wanted to make it appear as if a loving father was perplexed by his son's uncharacteristic mistakes and was checking up on him (the word "inquisitive" was used). However, the commercial comes off as nothing more than creepy and bizarre. I would post it here but there are no versions of the commercial itself on youtube. You can find videos of the commercial being discussed on various talk shows if you want to check it out.

Song of the Day

Title: 21 Guns
Artist: Green Day
Album: 21st Century Breakdown

Album of the Day

Title: The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan
Artist: Bob Dylan
Review: Buy it!

Movie of the Day

Title: Road to Perdition
Directior: Sam Mendes
Starring: Tom Hanks, Paul Newman, Jude Law, Daniel Craig

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Common's "Misunderstood"

I posted Common's "Misunderstood" as the "Song of the Day" on Sunday because I have been listening to it a lot lately and have been relating to it far too much recently. The song emphasizes the universal truth that it is not easy being a human being, regardless of where you're from, where you're at, and where you're going. We strive as humans to be understood as individuals, but seeing as everyone is unique it is nearly impossible to fully accomplish that need. This paradox can make life frightening at times. The song concludes with light at the end of the tunnel by recognizing that finding faith in a higher power can help overcome the fear of being misunderstood.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Song of the Day

Title: Misunderstood
Artist: Common
Album: Finding Forever

Opening Day (Baseball!)

Tonight is Opening Day for Major League Baseball. The infamous Red Sox-Yankees rivalry will be featured on ESPN at 8:00.

60 Minutes

There was an interesting segment on 60 minutes tonight about HIV miracle pills and their administration by the U.S. government in Uganda. The pills were said to have been patented in 2004 if I remember correctly, so why wasn't this on 60 Minutes six years ago? Regardless, the segment was very moving. It made the Bush-administration a little more palatable, despite the seemingly contrived patronization of the U.S. by some of the Ugandan interviewees. But hey, I'll give credit where credit is due. Well done W., hopefully we will be able to fund these expensive pills for a long while.

Video of the Day

2Pac - Do For Love
I wasn't able to download this video onto the page, here is the link: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yre5nBXAxyk. Great animation on this one.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Video of the Day


Raekwon feat. Method Man, Ghostface - New Wu

Song of the Day

Title: Our Dreams
Artist: Method Man, Ghostface Killah, Raekwon
Album: Wu-Massacre

Movie of the Day

Title: Three Kings
Director: David O. Russell
Starring: George Clooney, Mark Wahlberg, Ice Cube, Spike Jonze

Album of the Day

Title: Valleys of Neptune
Artist: Jimi Hendrix
Review: Buy it!