Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A (Very) Brief Conversation: H2O

Van Full of Pakistans from ATL based group Y'all So Stupid always ranked high on my list of One and Done albums released in the 90s.

The album title always seemed strange to me. Even stranger, the title track was released as a second single. I never heard it announced on the radio, but I'm sure DJs had fun reading the title "Van Full of Pakistans by Y'all So Stupid".

The chorus and lyrics speak to various problems the emcees may have been going through, so I sort of figured the title was a metaphor of sorts. Today (through the magic of Twitter), I got an answer from group member, H2O:

"yes, a complete metaphor. A Van Full Of Pakistans = A Song Full Of Problems: the van = the song & the Pakistans = the problems."

There you have it. I would have asked him to expound, but then it wouldn't be a (very) brief conversation.

Y'all So Stupid - Van Full of Pakistans

Y'all So Stupid - Van Full of Pakistans (Spearhead X Remix)

Album version is a nice little track, but the remix wins for me.

Get at H2O on Twitter: Link

Saturday, January 22, 2011

Cracker Jax

One of my favorite I wonder why they never dropped an album groups from the 90s.

Cool Whip and Brittle could be found kicking off posse cuts by Leaders of the New School, which also included fellow Long Islanders, Rumpletilskinz, Kollie Weed and the Now or Laters.

While the Rumpletilskinz were able to secure a deal with RCA, the Cracker Jax (almost entirely) disappeared from the Hip Hop Scene.

Kevin Beacham from Fifth Element Online interviews the duo, where they speak on the Long Island Hip Hop scene, meeting Leaders of the New School, there issues with Prime Minister Pete Nice, and the failed deals that kept them from releasing material proper.

Fifth Element Online: Link

Leaders of the New School - Mt. Airy Groove

Leaders of the New School - Sound of the Zeekers @#^**?!

Leaders of the New School - Spontaneous (13 MC's Deep)

Friday, January 21, 2011

Bernard Wright - Who Do You Love

Hard rocks, fall back for a minute.

This is like the sweetest video ever.

More to love:

- The color red.
- Old school kung fu look.
- Gettin' busy on the upright bass.
- Coltrane on the wall.
- Girl is cute (and is wearing chuck taylors)
- Mustard shirt, black jacket and tie, white pants.
- The "behind every great man" shot, right before the bridge.
- The bridge, which is a little "Once" hokey, but it's alright...he's in love.
- The head over heels, rolling around motif. Look at Bernard's face. Dude is all smiling and shit. Even though homegirl looks terrified, he's fully committed. This sort of sincerity is missing
from these thug muffins singing R&B today.

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

All The President's Men (Alan J.Pakula, 1976)

Took a few minutes to get this song (and video) out of my head after watching the cops in the opening scene of this movie


This movie has some great classic American fashion in it. Redford and Hoffman get a lot out of their shirts and ties by mixing and matching.

Sock game missed opportunity

I've been watching the movies released in 1976 that scored a nomination for Best Picture from the Academy. I have one more to watch, but when I'm done I'll create a post and rank the movies. So far there's one clear cut favorite.

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Square One Television


Sista girl is kinda playing a magical negro. It's for the kids though, so I guess it's ok.

Monday, January 10, 2011

Close Encounters of the Third Kind (Steven Spielberg, 1977)

Would it not have been great if instead of playing the five notes, the mothership played this song? That would have been "har" worthy.

I really like the ideas here, but I found the movie to be a little boring. By the time the final (and most important) sequence came on screen, I had to fight to stay awake. I think my main problem with this film is that I didn't care for the characters played by Richard Dreyfuss (annoying ass family included) or Melinda Dillion, though the latter was involved in one of the best moments in the movie. Most of the interesting scenes revolved around the scientists and others involved with trying to communicate with the visitors. The Mumbai scene in particular was great.

Didn't hate the movie, though I probably wouldn't rank it as one of my favorites from Spielberg.

Am I missing something?

Close Encounters of the Third Kind: Trailer

Friday, January 7, 2011

Emmanuelle Alt

One of the baddest 40(+) year olds out there, and now Editor-In-Chief at French Vogue.

Wednesday, January 5, 2011

White Dog


There's some great physical acting at 1:32.

I need to find this movie.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Red Letter Media - Revenge of the Sith Review

This is the best thing I've seen on the internet in a while.

George Lucas is an easy target, but Mike Stoklasa (in character here as Mr. Plinkett) manages to be equally funny and intelligent in this review. The knowledge dropped (especially in part 3) was a welcomed surprise.

I've only recently discovered this site, but he's also reviewed The Phantom Menace, and Attack of the Clones. A perfect way to kill a couple of hours.

Red Letter Media: Link

Monday, January 3, 2011

Old School Video: Me and Julio Down By The Schoolyard - Paul Simon

Biz, Kane, Madden, Mickey, and Spud Webb who was doing nerd chic in 1988.

Straight goods.