Ok... to be honest with yâ€™all.... I donâ€™t watch MTV Cribs. At all. Why? Because half of the time, as well all know, these peopleâ€™s houses arenâ€™t theirs. I mean, when you have freakinâ€™ Frankie Muniz from Malcolm In The Middle showing off his six drop-tops in the backyard... then you have to doubt the credibility of this show and itâ€™s featured guests a lilâ€™ bit.
However... this time, 50 Cent done let MTV crash all up in his house. And I decided to check this one out because we all know this pad isnâ€™t fake (it used to belong to Mike Tyson , for goodness sake). So, I sat on the floor of my living room, expecting to see nothing but B.B.â€" Bullsh*t Bravadoâ€" and I wasnâ€™t wrong. The editors (most likely, at the insistence of Mr. Jackson) came extra hard with the dramatic shot sequences. But I did peep some VERY interesting sights in Fifâ€™s crib that Iâ€™d like to bring to your attention. If you peeped this last night, feel free to comment on it.
First of all... the show starts with Tony â€œI beat up 14 year old boysâ€ Yayo driving up to â€œThe East Coast Playboy Mansionâ€ (or as I like to call it, â€œThe Chipmunk Estateâ€) ... and there was a guy doing motorcycle stunts in the middle of the front paved lawn. Umm... is this someone that Fif hired to entertain incoming visitors, like a court jester or a trained monkey? I wonder how much heâ€™s getting paid to nearly kill himself just so Fif can impress the hoes heâ€™s bringing back to smash at the crib.
More on what being stanky rich will get you on the next page....
I'd heard a snippet of this song today while at the radio station that I'm at every Wednesday (before the main host decided against playing it) and I decided that I would throw this video up here for your viewing pleasure today. Enjoy.
Damn, n-gga. Seven days, the same clothes? Respect to those who are on that grind.
I love that pic of Keyshia Cole... I don't know why, I just do.
Anyway... what did you guys think of last night's episode? There are a few things that I'd like to bring to your attention. I've noticed this not only with this show but with Gotti's Way as well-- they keep resurfacing the same issues. Not to say that all of their problems should be solved by now, but we haven't really learned anything new in development... except that K. Cole's birth father may be alive-- and a fan of the show, as well!
Yo, on the real, watching this show makes me feel like Iâ€™m back in my sophomore year Anthropology class, studying the mating and relating habits of an indigenous bullsh*tter and his tribe.
Except in this tribe... I wish they'd overthrow the chief.
Off the top, I just want to bring up a discussion topic that I'd like y'all to engage in regarding Irv Lo. This episode had to do with family issues clashing with his business issues. I noticed that a lot of men canâ€™t seem to balance family and the working world, and will always give that excuse when pressed with filial duties. Whereas, with women, we have NO CHOICE but to balance the two of them. How do yâ€™all feel about that? Please, I'd like feedback from men and women on this issue, even if you haven't started your family yet.
Well, fam, I gotta say: this episode didn't hold any REAL SNP drama that we've enjoyed seeing for the past few months or so. I guess it's because something way bigger than the two of them was at hand for this installment.
I'm glad that they decided to go down there to support The Jena 6 protest. Throughout all the hoopla, I didn't even hear that they'd went down there. But you know what? I'm 100% sure they weren't doing it for the media to recognize, they were doing it out of genuine interest and concern. So for them to go under the radar is fine. It's those with power who DIDN'T step up that should be scrutinized, but we won't touch upon that. Right now, it's about Salt N' Pep's roadtrip to Jena.
If you saw Chris Brown coming down the street in the middle of the night doing this in your direction... would you a) think he escaped out of the asylum, b) just finished snorting coke in an alleyway or c) is thrilled to finally be out of the closet?
Hmm. Juryâ€™s out on this one. I know she was supposed to be like an "earth angel" but the way that girl was glowing would make you think she was a hallucination, right? Yeeaah Chris. ::cough, cough:: I choose Choice B! ::cough, cough::
Either way...blame Chris Breeze for the over-abundance of him twerking, poppin, lockin, whatever it is that he does... he co-directed this joint.
You know, once in awhile I breeze through TMZ to see what scandalous tings a gwan in the world, you know? But you know what they say... if you go looking for trash, then you damn sure will find it.
I've told y'all times before how I'm also a big rock chick as well as a hip-hop fiend, ya know. But this... this makes me rethink my stance on the rocker thing. I don't know if y'all noticed that lately, Travis Barker has been dabbling into the hip-hop arena, making rock remix of some popular hits (although his "Umbrella" remix sounds kinda like the original).
But... Travis... my dude... "CRANK DAT SOULJA BOY?"
WHAT. THEE. F************CK?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?!?! Trav, are you making a music compliation called "Sh*tty Songs: This is The Rock Remix"?
At least he's leveling the playing field... Soulja Boy gave teenage Black kids an excuse to dance retardedly, now Travis is giving teenage White kids an excuse to dance retardedly. Equal opportunity stupidity. KUMBAYA!
Peep back here later on... you know I got more shyt for ya.
To end off the week, I thought I'd throw up a lil' comedy sketch from the guys at DERRICKcomedy. They're the group that was responsible for that "B-Boy Stance" clip I put up last week ( Remember "Hip Hop is the struggle to bring beverages to your mouth"?)
Here's another sketch they did that I thought was HEE-F*CKING-LARIOUS, entitled "Memory Loss". **NOTE** If you happen to be at the office today... you may want to look both ways before hitting PLAY **
I know this was inspired by Memento, but could you imagine if this version was the actual premise for a movie? Aww man...
I'm out for the week y'all! Let me know what you thought of the clip, and then go pig out on those Thanksgiving left overs!
Wow... first Beans, now Freeway's gettin' his flossy on, too? Damn... we know what's on The Roc's agenda! I don't know if I can handle this!
Two bearded rappers... both wearing shades... both get their aliases from the same hustler.... hmm... I guess it was only destined that they cut a song together. Didn't expect the joint to have "club" written all over it, but whatever.
If you caught my earlier post at 9am, then you know that the reason I am not posting a recap for The Way It Is today is because last night, I attended a taping of VH1 Soul Soulstage featuring the crazycoolest Haitian on earth, Wyclef Jean. It was held at St. Annâ€™s Warehouse in DUMBO (also known as West Bubblephuck) and the purpose of the event was so that Clef could preview songs off of his upcoming album, The Carnival 2. The show will air on December 4th, the same day that the album will be released.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let me just say this:
If youâ€™ve never been to a Wyclef concert, or missed seeing him at the West Indian Day Parade or something like that... then you need to get up on it... â€˜cuz this dude can put on a show.
This dude had white chicks wining like we was back on The Parkway and shyt.
Donâ€™t kill me, but I didnâ€™t catch last nightâ€™s episode of The Way It Is because I attended a taping for a VH1 Soulstage Show headlined by.... WYCLEF JEAN (Check back @ 1:30 for my take on that... interesting stuff went down last night, forreal for real).
But, as promised, here is part two of my interview with Ms. Tationna â€œHollywoodâ€ Bosier. This partâ€™s a lil juicer than the first installment... here, Tati dishes about her housemates (including you-know-who). Read on! **Note** If you missed part one, hereâ€™s the link: Breezy Shoots The Breeze With Tationna "Hollywood" Bosier PART ONE
Soo... Chingy has a new video. Hmm. I had to check this one out because the 'Net's been a buzzing about how is new physique is off the chains and what not. Ehh. I still like a man that can probably pronounce the letter "Y", though.
Fellas, please weigh in on this question: is it me, or are video girls getting uglier or more low budget? PLEASE tell me that the only reason these tired chicks were up in there was because DTP's funds STILL haven't recovered from all the Charm School Girls they used for "Celebrity Chicks".
I know I've been promising this interview for awhile, and now I'm making good on it! Due to scheduling conflicts, you've noticed that I haven't been able to re-cap this season's installment of College Hill:Interns. However, I have caught the show here and there, and I must say that it is one of the better BET reality shows. A good mix of positivity as well as a hint of scandalousness (now, you know it's not a reality show if it doesn't step to the bad side a lil' bit!)
Not too long ago, I had the opportunity to chat with the show's so-called "diva", Tationna "Hollywood" Bosier. And honestly, I'd have to say that nothing to me reads "Hollywood"-ish about her. Yeah, she's fashionable and stuff, but she reminds me of myself, a young Black sister on her grind, trying to get big things poppin'-- and lil' sh*t stoppin'. That's an NYC girl for ya (Sorry!).
I KNOW it's Friday and what not, and y'all are probably worn down from the crazy week. So, I thought I would compile some comedy clips for y'all to check out and get your laugh on a lil' bit. Before we get into this, please note that these aren't EXTREMELY new, but I thought they would help take the edge off. See, Breezy ain't such a b-tch after all... in other words, PLEASE REFRAIN FROM TELLING ME TO KILL MYSELF BECAUSE THE VIDEO YOU ARE WATCHING CAME OUT IN JUNE OR SOME SH*T LIKE THAT. THANK YOU!
Now let's get it.
Up first, we have an "Ordinary People" spoof entitled "Ordinary Ghetto". Why is this song so damn spoof-able? MAD people have done it, but I thought this one was good. Check out that DISGUSTING prego belly.
"We're just ordinary ghetto... and we watch 106 & Park"... oh my goodness....
I'm definitely a fan of this man Talib Kweli, and what I've heard on Eardrum... well... has been good to my eardrums. So, I peeped this video and I definitely thought that it was worth throwing up here (the video's simple, but it's lyrically on-point). Check it out.
QUOTABLE LINE:"Only use 10% of my mental on instrumentals". Yeah, man....
Wow... brings you back, doesnâ€™t it? RIP Left Eye, forreal for real.
I canâ€™t describe to you guys what this video meant to me coming up in the â€˜90's. First of all, it was the first time Iâ€™d ever saw Angie Martinez, and I was like, â€œwow, sheâ€™s not a dude!â€ It was just refreshing to see all these hip-hop mistresses get together to pen a dope record and do a hot video at that. I remember being young and wanting to perform Missy Elliotâ€™s or Left Eyeâ€™s part during a talent show, but I could never get with a bunch of girls brave enough to go on stage and do it with me. Aww well.
You know what? After watching this episode, I think I am going to have to dub Keyshia Cole as The Hood Rat Savoir: taking chicks from ashy to classy one hood at a time.
Now, this is by no means a diss to my girl Keyshia C. It's just that these chicks she deals with all around get besides themselves, and she wins SO MUCH respect from me based on the fact that she opts NOT to wild out on them. For that reason alone, I'm considering going out to cop Just Like You.
A couple of weeks ago, I told you guys that I attended a press day for this up-and-coming Southern rapper named Famouz, whose album Ghetto Passport dropped in October. His claim to "fame" is mixing hip-hop with rock music, and has already worked with the likes of Jon Bon Jovi and David Bowie. D
During our interview, Famouz (aka FMZ) spoke about his beginnings in the rap game (even performing in concert with E-40 when he was 15) as well as his voice similarity to LL Cool Jâ€™s. For those of you unfamiliar with Famouz, then maybe you know him as Reggie Stephens, the walk-on for the New York Giants for four years (yeah, we talked about that too and why heâ€™s DIFFERENT from Shaq, Kobe, etc.)
The audio clip is 25 minutes long (that's because I talk people to death!), but definitely take the time to check it out. You just might find yourself feeling this dude... even those of you who are exhausted of the "party like a rockstar" movement.
Hope everybody had a good weekend, and for those of you who were buried under a mountain pile of work (like myself), keep ya head up. The ends always justifies the means.
I know some of y'all (again, like myself) have been suffering from a condition called SDCWS-- Severe Dave Chappelle Withdrawal Syndrome. You know what I mean. Everytime you flip past the Comedy Central Channel, your eye starts to twitch in reponse to the many, many times you laughed until you squirted tears watching Chappelle's Show. I feel your pain.
You know that I don't post on Sundays, but of course, this was an exception. I just got word that Dr. Donda West, Kanye's mother & manager, has passed on. At this time, I have no information as to how she passed, but most likely we will all recieve more information on the details of her death. I do know that she was only 58 years old-- only a year younger than my own mother.
Kanye, I know you're probably not reading this because of all of the things you have to deal with right now. But please know that from what was projected to the public eye, you were LOVED by your mother and she only wanted the best for you. I can't imagine what it's like to lose a mom, but I do know what it's like to have a mother as a close friend, and God forbid she passed, I wouldn't be able to put one foot in front of the other.
In order for me to pay my own respects, here footage that I found of Kanye performing "Hey Mama" in concert.
She was a beautiful woman, and we know that she will forever live in your heart.
Dressed simply in a black leather jacket, black tee, and black Yankees cap, Jay-Z tipped off the end of what could be known as "Jigga Week" with the airing of his VH1 Storytellers: Life of an American Gangster special. Backed by a 12 piece band at Steiner Studios, Jay broke down the basics of the album from his point of view, "from Genesis to the Rise to the Demise" of the young hustler. During the show, there were also pics of different iconic places in Brooklyn projected onto screens.
Aight, now that we got all of the specifics out of the way...
Did anyone actually catch this special? If you didn't, then you missed out.
Donâ€™t worry. Breezy paid attention. Iâ€™ve been seeing the request for this video in the comments and I figured since this is kind of a â€œRoc-A-Fellaâ€ week, I thought it might be appropriate to post a throwback from some former Roc Boys.
Someone please tell me HOW their record contract ended up full of smoke? I don't get it. You dispose of these quality singers, yet Rihanna still has her record deal intact? I forgot... breasts are waaay more marketable than good voices. I wish they were still together. These guys were dope.
Did anyone even know that this video was out? I didn't. But, I found it... so here it goes.
Consider it an early Christmas gift from Breezy to all of you snappers & trappers.
No, guys. I know you mightâ€™ve thought it, but T-Pain ainâ€™t about to fall in love with the pastorâ€™s wife on this joint. Oh Iâ€™m sorryâ€" heâ€™s a Muslimâ€" the mosque leaderâ€™s wife. Perish the thought! Yâ€™all know thatâ€™s beneath him. ::snickers::
I rarely make this kind of comment but... why does it look like there is no T-Pain, just a bouncy, bright - a$s yellow blazer in amidst a sea of darkness?
Thatâ€™s just wrong. Thatâ€™s fouler than your performance at the VH1 Hip Hop Honors this year.
Noâ€" wait, I take it back. Thatâ€™s fouler than dubbing yourself Teddy Verseti. N-gga, what the f*ck?! I can't even... man.... I'm gonna leave that one alone.
This was one of my personal most anticipated videos of the year, next to Common's "Driving Me Wild". Ever since I copped American Gangster (don't ask how I got it early shhh), ever since I first heard "Roc Boys", I started incorporating the phrase "L'Chaim" into my daily speech. That's how much I effin' love this joint. It's just that ish. Jay didn't disappoint the fans who want him to get back to the old Jigga, nor did he f-ck with those who are feeling his "adult, contemporary" (I write that with caution) side. Everybody wins this go around.
Yeah, Irv. REPEATEDLY wearing a cologne that YOU KNOW gives you a rash makes perfect sense.
I used to tell my Mom that same sh-t back in high school when I came home after going at it with my (read: forbidden) boyfriend. She didn't buy it, Deb, and neither should you.
Let me just start by sending a very special HAPPY BIRTHDAY to our girl Sandra "Pepa" Denton, who turned 43 on November 2nd. I saw pics of her and Salt (yes, her and Salt together ) doing it up in San Juan over the weekend... I wonder if Pep finally got the chance to push it real good, and I'M NOT TALKING ABOUT DANCING! I know y'all fellas wouldn't mind cleaning the two year-old cobwebs from her clock.
You damn right, Salt. When Spinderella comes into town, it is a whole new ball game, as was definitely showcased by this particular episode. She puts our girls on blast, and honestly, I can't say I fault her for it.
Straight up, the gist of it has to do with Spin flying in from Cali because the group is to appear on The Tyra Banks Show. And at first, it appears all good, but we soon learn that these ladies have more beef than Burger King.
Hey yâ€™all... I was creepinâ€™ on the â€˜Net, and I found this clip of Jay-Z on David Letterman. I didnâ€™t see this when it originally broadcasted, SO DONâ€™T SHOOT THE MESSENGER, OKAY?!
I just wanted yâ€™all to check it out, especially for those of you who havenâ€™t seen it. Jiggaâ€™s talking to Letterman about his â€œnon-retirementâ€ and about the soon-to-be-released-yet-already-leaked American Gangster album.
Is it me, or for some reason Jay-Zâ€™s giving off a slighly younger exuberance, like he's just hit 30+ and not approaching 40? "I'm 35...6...7" <-- CLASSIC!
Maybe itâ€™s just me. Maybe because heâ€™s actually being funnyâ€" WE DEFINITELY need to see more of your sense of humor, Hov. But damn, he was serious about rebirthing his "Jigga" persona! He didn't even show up for the show in his currently-requisite cable knit sweater and tie! It is what it is.
Also... â€œRoc Boysâ€ is my sh-t right now on the regular... but with a LIVE BAND? Phe-f*ckinâ€™-nomenal! I wish I could see this Hov perform this in concert. I'm still trippin' over the fact that this song was actually produced by Diddy. I see you still got in you somewhere, Puff! He gets mad props for that one, most def.
By the way, I WILL be checking out his Storytellers special on VH1 this Thursday at 9pm, and that recap will be ready for you first thing the next day.
Let me just get straight into it. Iâ€™ve been a Joe Budden fan since â€œPump It Up.â€ But I know that he has even hotter material out there than that.
So, that being said, letâ€™s pop things off with this inspirational song/video from Joe Budden entitled â€œStar Inside Meâ€, that I stumbled upon over the weekend. The video was directed by Rik Cordero, which I have to mention â€˜cuz this dudeâ€™s got music videos on smash right now!
QUOTABLE LYRIC:â€œIâ€™m not saying donâ€™t cop a Benz son donâ€™t have a ring whatever thingâ€™s timely/ those things help to unwind me/but those things donâ€™t help define me.â€