Friday, January 31, 2014

I Met Kanye West


No I didn't.

But I did walk past him on N Cahuenga Blvd in Hollywood. I posted this on Facebook a few weeks ago, but for those who didn't see it...
Walked by Fatlip (The Pharcyde) just outside of Amoeba in Hollywood. Exchanged pounds and kept it moving. 
A few blocks later while I was thinking to myself how awkward that encounter was, I see Kanye West walking towards me.
Time slows down as he gets closer. He's yapping on a phone, but I look him in the eyes, wondering if I'm gonna get a nod of recognition from Yeezy. Nope. He walks by, and I keep it moving; mind blown.
Also crossed paths with the following:

Micah A. Hauptman (Actor)
Chalk (UK Battle Rapper)
Damon Wayans Jr. (Actor)
Jackie Chain (Rapper)
Ian Cross (Engineer)
Ava DuVernay (Director)
Rob Cesternino (and a bunch of other Survivor contestants)

There's a lot of fake shit out there (Sunset Strip on Grammy weekend...ugh...), but it does feel like a land of opportunity, especially for those with some talent or skill. A lot of people I met did this, that, and the other. 

All that aside, I had a great time; a much better time than my first visit.

I could see myself living out there.

Kanye West - DJ Boom Freestyle (I Met Oprah)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Thug Notes

Classic Literature. Original Gangster

This web series is one of my favorite discoveries of 2013.

I have an interest in the classics, and I've found this series to be a fun and quick way to revisit them. Sure the character of Sparky Sweets, PhD is a...character, but it's all in fun and edumacation. I'm no academic, but the analysis seems pretty solid to me.

Peep the discussion on some of my favorite titles. 

Thug Notes: YouTube

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Music - 2013

Spent a good portion of the year getting reacquainted with the likes of Prince and TLC, but here are some tracks that dropped during 2013 that I enjoyed.

Feel free to recommend music I missed out on. (I know there was a lot.)

Busta Rhymes - Thank You (Featuring Kanye West, Lil' Wayne, Q-Tip)

Danny Brown - Side A (Old)
Danny Brown - Float On (Featuring Chali XCX)

Da Dogg Pound and Snoop Dogg - L.A. Here's To You

Oscar Issac, Justin Timberlake, Adam Driver - Please Mr. Kennedy

J-Zone - Black Weirdo

Kanye West - New Slaves
Kanye West - On Sight

Kelis - Jerk Ribs

Step Brothers - Nothing To See/Hear

Tears For Fears - Ready To Start

Tyler, The Creator - Bimmer (Featuring Frank Ocean)

Wu-Tang Clan - Family Reunion

YO_urs Truly - Commando (Featuring Mighty Mizu)

Sunday, January 5, 2014

Public Enemy - Brothers Gonna Work It Out

Hey, I'm an administrator too!

He follows a lot of people so I don't necessarily feel singled-out or special, but it's still nice to possibly have the ears and eyes of a legend.

Salute to Mr. Chuck.

Friday, January 3, 2014

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational

From Director E.A. Moore, a look into the life of cult rapper Sensational, who you may or may recognize from his contributions (as Torture) to the Jungle Brothers recordings during the Crazy Wisdom Masters/J. Beez Wit The Remedy era. I'm guessing -- and this film may be able to confirm -- that he inspired (at least partly) the very hard left turn the JBs took with their sound.

I've been wanting to see this documentary for some time, and it's now available online, so check it out if you're interested as well. Judging by comments left by Sensational (Colin Bobb), he doesn't seem pleased with its release.

The Rise and Fall and Rise of Sensational: YouTube | Vimeo

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Film - (Viewed In) 2013

Still a few 2013 releases I haven't seen yet. Will catch-up during the new year. 

** indicates a re-watch. 

Searching For Sugar Man: Trailer
Zero Dark Thirty: Trailer
This Is Not a Film: Trailer
Style Wars: Trailer
The Grey: Trailer
Amour: Trailer
Silver Linings Playbook: Trailer
Prometheus: Trailer
The Queen of Versailles: Trailer
Before Sunrise: Trailer

Indie Game: The Movie: Trailer
Raiders of the Lost Ark: Trailer
The Place Beyond the Pines: Trailer
Il Posto: Trailer
Brewster's Millions: Trailer
The Searchers: Trailer
Bad 25: Trailer
Dawn of the Dead: Trailer
Cruel Intentions: Trailer

Starship Troopers: Trailer
Breakfast at Tiffany's: Trailer
Before Sunset: Trailer
Roshomon: Trailer
Titan A.E.: Trailer
Barton Fink: Trailer
Vertigo: Trailer
**Love Jones: Trailer
Man of Steel: Trailer
Edward Scissorhands: Trailer

Broadcast News: Trailer
Sharknado: Trailer
We Steal Secrets: The Story of Wikileaks: Trailer
Only God Forgives: Trailer
Frances Ha: Link
The Goonies: Trailer
Monsters Inc.: Trailer
Manhattan: Trailer
Bad Santa: Trailer
Blue Jasmine: Trailer

**No Country For Old Men: Trailer
The Hudsucker Proxy: Trailer
Of Mice and Men: Stream Movie
Thank You For Smoking: Trailer
Kiki's Delivery Service: Trailer
Dumbo: Trailer
**There Will Be Blood: Trailer
**Melancholia: Trailer
Dangerous Liasons: Trailer
Prisoners: Trailer

30 for 30: Big Shot: Trailer
CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story: Trailer
Husbands and Wives: Trailer
Herb and Dorothy: Trailer
Halloween: Trailer
Gravity: Trailer
Much Ado About Nothing: Trailer
Before Midnight: Trailer
Captain Phillips: Trailer
Blackfish: Trailer

Lawrence of Arabia: Trailer
Everybody Street: Trailer
Inside Llewyn Davis: Trailer
Mud: Trailer
A Band Called Death: Trailer
12 Years a Slave: Trailer

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Favorite Posts - 2013

Not a lot of posts this past year, but here are my favorite shares

Mic Teluxe: Link
The Hedrush: Episode 43 - L.A. Hip Hop Appreciation Pt. 2, Featuring DJ Mark Luv: Link
EPMD - Crossover (White Label Remix): Link
Boogiemonsters - Ali & The Devil (Demo): Link
Elisabeth Moss: Link
The Legend of Sora: Link
Akinyele _ I Luh Hur: Link
JAY Z - Picasso Baby: A Performance Art Film/MCHG: Link
The AuteurCast on Amy Adams (The Master): Link
A Tribe Called Quest - Check The Rhime: Link

Thanks again for reading.