Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Goodbye Grandma

WILLIAMS, Kesiah V. - Passed away peacefully at home with her family by her side on Tuesday, September 22, 2009. Predeceased by her loving husband Arthur. Beloved mother of Vadney, the late Denzil, Hermina (Linden), Verl, Doreen (Rupert), Sybil (Herman), Gerald (Lorna), Pansy and Althea. Proud grandmother of 25 grandchildren and 23 great-grandchildren. Adored sister of Riley, Gladson, Victor, Garnet, Venecia, Aspinel and Euton. She will be sadly missed by her family and many friends. A visitation will be held at the Highland Funeral Home, 3280 Sheppard Ave E, 416-773-0933 on Thursday, October 1, 2009 from 6-9 p.m. and Friday, October 2, 2009 from 6-9 p.m. A Funeral Service will be held on Saturday, October 3, 2009 at 11 a.m. at St. Michael the Archangel Anglican Church, 410 Goldhawk Trail, Scarborough, with an hour of visitation prior to the Service. Burial at Highland Memory Gardens to follow.



Moment In Time - The Pharcyde

Portraits: Penelope Cruz



Courtesy: Vanity Fair

Monday, September 28, 2009

Currently Trending on Twitter





Del and Cube were a great comedic pair. Too bad we didn't get more from them because I Wish My Brother George Was Here, is a great album. More on that in a future Favorite Rappers entry.

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Favorite Rappers: Andre 3000




For letting people know that if you think something is wrong with him, there might be something wrong with you.



For penning this beautiful and tragic verse.



For being classy and imaginative; even while battle rhyming.



Category? Ain't got none...

Monday, September 21, 2009

Late Pass: Oz

My new favorite thing. It feels like a High School reunion for all of my favorite actors from various dramas. Seems like everyone did some time in Oz, including:

Carmela Soprano
Mr. Eko
Michael "mah booooy" Dawson
Juno's dad
Nikki Cottero
Dr. George Huang
"Reporter" Evan Wright
Bodie
Avon Barksdale
Ervin Burrell
Girlie from New York Undercover
Hot girl from Electric Company (who's still hot in her advanced years)
Alby Grant
Winston from Ghostbusters!

And that's only from watching the first 8 episodes. Another aspect of the show that I really enjoy is the revolving door cast. People come and go quite frequently. Makes for great tension, wondering if your favorite character is going to get shanked, burnt, shitted on (literally) or beaten to death.

Very entertaining television.


"ADEBISIIIIIIIIIIIIIIII!" - Eamon Walker as Kareem Said (Outstanding Performance)


The Job Search

Damn, these World of Warcraft players are serious.

Happy Birthday, Herbert George Wells



Looking pretty sharp at 143 years.

Google is celebrating his date of birth with a Google Doodle that uses objects from his 1898 classic novel, The War of The Worlds. Check it out at Google's homepage.

Btw...I did finish reading Love and Mr. Lewisham, and The History of Mr. Polly, during my HG Wells month. I was just too lazy and uninspired - which seems to happen too often - to write a review of any sort. Perhaps I'll revisit them in the future.

Next: The Shape of Things to Come

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

'cism!

Scribblenauts.



According to Jeremiah Slaczka, Creative Director on the Nintendo DS title:

"the word was included in Scibblnauts because it is an ingredient of the Ecuadorian dish Fancesca, which is listed, on Wikipedia, as including a "figleaf gourd", or "sambo".

Riiiiight.





Being serious for a moment, someone within 5th Cell (the developer) should have caught this and excluded it from the game. The term Sambo is very loaded, and even if you wanted to use it to represent a dish from Ecuador (I wonder if there are any other international food items in the game)the chances of someone not making a connection, and not being offended is pretty slim.

They might have a problem on their hands.

Courtesy of Kotaku

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

M.O.P. Jackin' For Beats? (Updated)



Kil (pictured above) provided this update on the alleged M.O.P. beat jacking situation.

Just got off the phone with Fame and everything’s good. We spoke for about 10 minutes (real cool dude) about how the credits got messed up and how he would NEVER steal another nigga’s beat and how they’re gonna do what they gotta do to make things right so @ the end of the day, everything is everything. I’m gonna be properly credited and Lil Fame’s name is cleared as far as beat jacking goes. Looking back @ the situation, I could have handled it better and tried to get @ those dudes first and not go the internet route but truth be told, anybody out there who’s ever been robbed, or feel they’ve been wronged will know…you may not be thinking in the right frame of mind when things go down. Fame, even said he would’ve pissed and probably did the same thing if he thought someone robbed him for one of his beats.

At the end of the day, I gotta give MOP props because I’ve heard stories of cats getting jacked for YEARS and you never hear anything from the alleged beat jacker, no matter how much bad press they receive but this time MOP stepped up to the plate, admitted the mistake with the credits and like I said both parties win. So I gotta salute those dudes and tell everyone to go out and support that Foundation album and keep supporting MOP….from the conversations I’ve had with their camp they’re some real dudes. I wanna thank EVERYBODY for the support, the emails, the in boxes, the texts, the phone calls, etc. because I had NO idea that when I sent my email out to these blogs and websites that the response would be like this! I also wanna thank those blogs, websites, forums, chat rooms, etc. (especially Kevinnottingham.com who was VERY instrumental in helping both parties sit down to work out the confusion) for running with my story…The best part about this is I’ve got placement on one of my favorite group’s album…CRAZY! Also, I’ve come out the stone age and got a myspace, twitter and facebook account so if cats want to get @ me and check out some more of my music you can hit me @ Kil889@hotmail.com, www. myspace.com/kil889 (uploaded some of my tracks on myspace), Facebook www.profile.to/kil889/ and the Twitter account is www.twitter.com/Kil889...so get @ me so we can make some music! Good looking again…

Everybody loves a happy ending.

The Sartorialist

Ya think this guy was walking around the block all day, hoping to get spotted by Scott?



Yup!

VAIO

Kylie - our favorite PC spokesperson - is back to talk about Windows 7 (October 22, 2009 release date).

Check out the laptop she's using.

Saturday, September 12, 2009

Pimp Your PS3



If I had money to throw around, I would totally do this shit. They also do other gaming devices (DSi owners really need to get on this shit), computers, and phones.

Check them out: Colorware

Hitler Mashup: OB4CL2

This shit NEVER gets old.

Friday, September 11, 2009

M.O.P. Jackin' For Beats?



In 2008 Local Philly producer, Kil, handed his beat CD to member of the Mash Out Posse's crew. Fast forward a year later, where Kil hears a copy of the duo's latest release, Foundation. To his shock and horror, he hears this:

Rude Bastard - M.O.P.


It's Hurting Me - Kil


Evidence is pretty damning, wouldn't you say?

I feel bad for the kid, but when you're handing out your beat cds like that, you gotta prepare for the worst.

Also...well...you know...



You can read the story and ongoing discussion in this Okayplayer post: Link

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Ken Levine Interview - Kotaku Talk Radio



Kotaku's Brian Crecente, is joined by Ken Levine; a founding member and creative director of video game developer, 2K Boston.

In this interview, Ken discusses creative influences, his experiences at the Penny Arcade Expo, the importance of video game reviews, and (prompted by a question from yours truly) his methods for providing the narrative and dialogue to video games.

Writing discussion starts at 19:00 (small spoilers for Bioshock)

Courtesy of Kotaku

Fo



I just found an excuse to post more pictures of Fo, and use strikethrough html coding.

America's Next Top Model returned to the airwaves last night. I haven't had a chance to watch it yet, but I do have a small interest in seeing who will be included in the latest batch of potential Top commercial and print models.

This season, they've invited models 5'7 and under to compete for the top prize. In the past, women under 6 feet (such as Fo) had trouble competing with their long limbed competitors. Standing before the judges, they were often told to "appear taller", by stretching those limbs, showing some neck, and positioning their bodies in a fierce manner (which seems to fix everything for Tyra).

At the very least I'll watch the first episode. Maybe I'll find another girl to love stalk root for.

She won't be no Fo though (internal rhymes, yo).

Wednesday, September 9, 2009

I Wish De La Soul Still Made Tracks Like This

lol @ Bob Power

Who's Skatin' Promo - De La Soul


Them dudes is too serious nowadays.



Edit: Prince Paul will be appearing on De La Soul's Dugout this evening (8pm EST), with host Freddie Foxx. Hopefully there will be call in segment during the broadcast. If you have any questions you want me to ask, let me know.

iPod Touch 3G



Finally.

Storage size that's made for man. I'm a little disappointed that it doesn't include a camera, which for some reason they added to the Nano.

Anyway, consider it copped.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009

Favorite Rappers: Fashion

"Every line I connect, my literature's perfect"



Wasn't a fan of The Beatnuts when I first heard them in 1993. Reign of the Tec was getting steady rotation on the airwaves, but at the time, I thought the track was a little too hardcore for my Daisy Age sensibilities. My opinion on the group changed when I first viewed the video for No Equal (also the first time I heard the track). This was something I could get down with. Dope baseline, xylophone, Rakim sample; all put together for a nice vibe to cool out too. But who's this brother rhyming at the end of the track?

The 'nuts were always a bunch of villainous mcs, and while Fashion wasn't exactly a saint, I always preferred the smoothness of his delivery. He was just cool. Don't believe me? Listen to verses from this era, and he'll tell you himself. Seems like the word cool found its way into all of his verses.

I went back and got myself a copy Intoxicated Demons. Fash, only appeared on one other track: his solo effort Third of the Trio, a track built around some lyrics he dropped on Chi-Ali's Let The Horn Blows. I would have to wait for The Beatnuts to return with their first full length effort to hear more from Fashion.

The wait was worth it, as he did not disappoint.

"Hey, you ain't really you, and you ain't really down..."

Classic line on a classic track from the summer of 94. One of the best produced albums of its era "Street Level" featured many solid verses from Cool Ass Fash. I often heard the criticism "he raps about bitches too much", but I'll call you a liar if you told me you didn't enjoy the line "I'm standing in the same damn spot I fucked Shannon in", or Hip Hop's favorite ode to Cunnilingus.

Unfortunately, this album would be Fashion's last appearance as a member of the group. He departed the group to focus on a solo career, changing his moniker to Al' Tariq. I never gave the CD a chance back then, fearing his dedication to religion
would effect the coolness that I had admired.

I think I'll find that album, and give it a spin.

1:08 - 2:05 = dopeness