Monday, January 30, 2012

Thursday, January 26, 2012

CASSETTE: A Documentary Film about the Cassette Tape

Project information:
A few months ago, the term cassette tape was taken out of the Oxford English Dictionary.

It may seem ironic, then, that the cassette has experienced a quiet comeback over the last few years, as independent labels issuing tape-only releases have begun popping up around the world.

What better excuse to take a look back at this beloved musical format?

As recorded sound continues its love affair with the downloadable, ethereal digital file, the tangible artefact is quickly becoming a thing of the past.

Help us celebrate the A Side, the B Side, the mixtape, and the whole of cassette culture by supporting Cassette: A Documentary. We'll look at all parts of popular culture influenced by the cassette, including hip-hop and B-Boy culture, indie rock, home recording, and beyond.

We've already conducted a number of interviews in the UK, and with your support we'll be able to speak to manufacturers, musicians, and historians around the world. Along the way, we'll stop in Zimbabwe to cover the recent boom in cassette culture there.

Please support if you can, and visit for updates! Thanks!

Kickstarting here: Link


This project has successfully reached its funding goals.

Every dollar does count.

Including mine.

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

365 Things In 365 Days

Currently one of my favorite things on the net.

Wanting to do more this year than cutting back cupcake consumption, Toronto creatives (and friends) John & Laura are thinking past the resolution by challenging themselves to do 365 things they've never done before -- in 365 days.

An exercise that may inspire others to break up the day to day with some fun.

They are documenting their exploits, so if you wish to follow along, you can do so by visiting their website.

365 Things In 365 Days: Link

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Commerical Break - Hershey's Chocolate Bar (1984)

"Pure milk chocolate, delicious and smooth..."

As a child, I thought this video was so cool. It made me want to try breakdancing.

I quickly moved on after realizing how horrible I was.

Friday, January 13, 2012

The HedRush: Episode #43 - L.A. Hip-Hop Appreciation Pt. 1, featuring DJ Mark Luv

The HedRush is back again, and this time celebrating the hip-hop history of the City of Angels. This is part one of a two-part episode celebrating and exploring Los Angeles hip-hop. JB d'Mulatto stays behind the boards, while Spider Jerusalem chops it up with DJ Mark Luv, Zulu Nation King, former DJ for the Pharcyde, and co-founder of the legendary Unity event.

Along with providing a few choice anecdotes/words about some hip-hop mainstays, the crew discuss the importance of tailoring beats to the MC, artists who experienced nervous breakdowns over their albums, and learning how not to be hard-headed while on tour.

E-mail any questions or comments to Become a fan of the show today. And tell a friend!

Tracklisting and previous episodes: The HedRush

Monday, January 9, 2012

Friday, January 6, 2012

2011 Year In Review: FiyaStarter Podcast

My favorite new podcast, and possibly my new favorite podcast.

Once a week, TKO, K-Badd, and Basa have a round table discussion on American sports, popular culture, and societal issues...from a Black perspective. For those not fully immersed in world of sports, the hosts inject  enough humor to keep that particular section of the podcast entertaining. The rest of podcast is open season, and everyone from Toure to Pitchfork has felt the Fiya in past episodes.

Co-host Basa took a moment to speak with me, and provides a brief rundown on the podcast and the FiyaStarter crew.


Boothe: Before posting the first episode, the blog was in a period of inactivity. When did you guys decide on trying the podcast format?

Basa: We'd been kicking around the idea of a podcast for years, even while we were regularly filling the blog with new content. The podcast is just the natural evolution of Fiyastarter. The response we received for the things we did with the blog gave us the confidence to reveal our actual personalities and comedic sensibilities on the podcast and not just hide behind the characters we created for the blog. However, Basa, TKO and K-Badd could also be considered characters in a sense.

The chemistry between you, TKO and K-Badd is very strong. How long have you known each other?

TKO and I met at Howard University in Fall of 1995 and quickly bonded over our love for Seinfeld, Craig Kilborn, Madden, NBA Live and our complete and utter disdain for Cheese Eyes (Michael Jordan). To that point in my life, I hadn't met too many other young black men who'd never owned a pair of Cheese Boots (Jordans).

I think I met K-Badd at our boy Gooch's (I met Gooch through TKO, as they roomed at Howard) spot sometime in the late-90s. Or it could've been an HU Homecoming event. But, K-Badd and I clicked over socio-political issues. I remember commiserating with him about our shared disgust for the willing tools of the conservative agenda, such as Armstrong Williams and Larry Elder.

The coverage and knowledge of sports here is pretty in-depth. Between seasons of MLB11: The Show and horrible double dates, where do you find the time to keep up with it all?

I think we do a good job of keeping each other informed. Before Fiyastarter even existed, we would all send each other links to every bit of minutiae we could find about sports and the entertainment industry. Between every one in our circle, there's not much we're going to miss.

Don't you ever forget...
Outside of Doug Williams’ continued presence on your ranking of Top Asiatic Quarterbacks, there doesn’t seem to be a lot of hometown rooting here. Why is that?

Speaking for myself, I have never been a Bullets/Wizards fan and my love for the Redskins faded after they let Art Monk go, who was pretty much the first athlete I idolized. Things had already gone left when they treated Doug Williams like dirt after he'd won that Super Bowl, but don't fuck with Art Monk! That man is all class. And everyone knows I don't mess with the college teams. I've been a Duke basketball fan since I can remember liking basketball, and that's all about Johnny Dawkins.

TKO is originally from NYC and he could never shake the Giants. And he's a Laker and UNC b-ball fan because of his uncle's influence.

K-Badd is a classic DMV dude who loves all the local teams and we love him for it, because his misery can always be mined for non-stop comedy.

He's almost made PG Warz a non issue.
With the return of the NBA season, what sort of features/segments do you have planned?

Rookie rankings. Power rankings. Allen Iverson Award (given to the player who contributes most to his team's loss by shooting too much or turning the ball over). Bamma Big Man of the week. TYRUS! PG Warz. The Calvin Murphy FT% watch. And much more. We think of stuff on the fly a lot...obviously.

The 'Single Black Woman Put on Notice' segment might be the most controversial part of the show. What has the reaction been like?

TKO should answer this.

TKO: People seem to have strong opinions one way or another, which is the purpose of the segment; to get a dialogue going through reaction. If a woman or a man, for that matter disagree, which has happened on the show, the dialogue helps people begin to understand different perspectives on a given topic. Nothing is too big or small, because everyone has their own pet peeves that may be deal benders or breakers...and on top of all that, if it provides some amusement, wonderful.

Single Black Woman Put On Notice clip

Black Walnut was the gift that kept on giving to this podcast. How disappointed were you in his decision to end his campaign?


It was a huge blow, because he was the lynch pin to our final segment. So, we were totally disappointed in his decision to call off his campaign. But, it's not a total disaster. He's now starting to hit the cable news show circuit and he's set to give his endorsement, so the comedy will not stop with B-Nut.

For the uninitiated, can you briefly define the following?

Goon Running Back:

A RB with very limited skills and gets by on brute strength and giving maximum effort on every play.


When someone says something that sounds as if it could be correct, but upon further investigation is incredibly wrong and stupid. As you may know, Tankings was born when I incorrectly identified "Gangsta Bitch" hit-maker Apache as Cherokee.


A cyse is when someone exaggerates something. It can be good or bad, but mostly bad.

Final words or any agendas new listeners should be aware of?

If you like what you hear, please keep spreading the word. If you don't like what you hear, please keep spreading the word. We started Fiyastarter because we are regular black dudes and we felt there wasn't enough stuff out there appealing to "regular niggas" ("regular niggas like us" is how we actually identified who we wanted to appeal to when we started Fiyastarter). We aren't nerds...or hipsters...hardcore gamers...super-duper hip-hop heads..."conscience" brothers...we're just regular. We have fans from all of those subcultures, but we exist primarily to entertain the regular brothers who go to work, come home, take care of their families and stay outta trouble.


Warning: Repeated podcast listening will increase your usage of the words "young" and "dawg"

Follow FiyaStarter: Blog | Twitter

Wednesday, January 4, 2012

2011 Year In Review: Portal 2

If you're looking to take a break from space marines or any of the Call of Duty games, have a look at the Portal series.

The sequel to Valve Corporation's first person puzzle platform game was my favorite title released in 2011. Actually, it's the only game released this year that I played. Frank Napoli joins me to discuss the title, and why we believe it lives up to the promise we saw while playing the first game.

Direct Download: Link
Subscribe via iTunes: Link

For those who have never played the game, Portal works something like...this:

Pretty simple, huh?

Now get it, and give your gaming brain and hands some exercise.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012

Jungle Brothers - Crazy Wisdom Masters

Afrika, Mike G, Torch, Sammy B

Quick Recap: The JBs were to follow their second album with a collaboration between themselves and Bill Laswell (with David Williams) titled Crazy Wisdom Masters. Long story short, the label thought it was too out there (early 90s? hell yeah...), and it was toned down (a bit) and released as J. Beez Wit The Remedy, which Hip Hop (myself included) deemed...still too much out there.

Happy to finally be able to hear this at a time when I'm able to accept something that's a little to the left of center.

Jungle Brothers - Mysterious Monkey

Jungle Brothers - Good Ole Hype Shit

Unearthed here: Much appreciation to The Unheard Music

Monday, January 2, 2012

2011 Year In Review: Iz-Real

In 2011, I discovered that it is still possible for me to find new artists -- new being relative in this case -- whose music I enjoy. Based out of Atlanta, Georgia, and affiliated with friend of the blog Omega Jackson, Iz-Real's rhymes intersect somewhere between the comic shop and the x-rated section of your neighborhood video store.

An obvious expert on the subject, Iz aka Lukey Cage has provided a list of his Top 5 Hottest Cartoon B*****s.


Mature Content Warning 

SHE HULK: she tall and fine like a MODEL CHICK. i don't really like them type of bitties but thats a whole lot of woman right there. i wonder if the pussy is pink or green. the world may never know like how many licks it takes to get to the center of a toostie roll pop. boom.... i think it's pink tho my dude.

Kagome Higurashi: ayo,....... she was only like 15 when the show started man,... i bet she didn't make 18 yo but bo bo is bad tho. she has big BOOBS yo but the ass is lacking yo. but i guess thats what you get when you messing with a chick from Japan. there very few Hitomi Tanaka's over there. some slim doo doo makers but no DONKEYS. (i think she has a flat on too tho. o well)

Jessica Rabbit: you know te girl off RODGER RABBIT, she's had to be a porn star yo. come.. she's bad yo. I would wife her tho man, her whole steez says WHORE yo.

Shana Elmsford: she was on JEM and the Holograms,.. she was a Hologram. She had PURPLE hair and shit.. played the drums and guitar yo. When i was mad young i remember she was singing and i took my dick out and humped the T.V. My grand-ma caught me and was laughing yo. Rest and Peace grand-ma. i was like 5 but i was mad embarrassed to i got caught with my pants down tho. shit. SMH.

STORM: she gots the ultimate lube control by having the power to fuck with water yo. lol, joke. But i love DARK SKINNEDEDEDED chicks yo. And she is. Them long legs and b cups, and slim doo doo maker yo. long ass hair looking like a fine ass black Australian aborigine son son. I WANT THAT BLACK SKIN YO.


I'm more of an Aja type of guy.

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