Wednesday, September 26, 2012

THROWBACK!!! Scarface feat Tupac & Master P - Homies & Thugs

Rap-A-Lot records was the background music to about 3 years of my life in high school. This is one of my all-time favorites from that era.

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

"But I'm not a rapper!"

Special K sent me this a long long time ago and I could not stop laughing. I feel like I posted this already but even if I did, it's just as hilarious as the first time I watched it, lol.

LOL at Chris Rock's hat and the dude rapping his lyrics.

Speaking of rap battles, never forget, "you gotta speak to somebody just to speak to me!!!"

Monday, September 24, 2012

Video: Stalley feat. Wale & Anthony Flammia - Home To You

One of my favorites off of Stalley's "Savage Journey to the American Dream" mixtape.

Not a big fan of Wale's verse on this track but this vibe fits Stalley's style well in my opinion.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Video: Murs - Animal Style

If more rappers used the platform that they have to do stuff like this more often, the world would be a better place. I'm not saying I want to hear this every day or ride to it in my car but it has its place within the genre and there are artists of immense popularity that could do stuff like this more often. Or maybe this isn't a story that they can relate to. Or maybe it's just not relevant to their lives. Or maybe they're just as afraid as the guys portrayed in this video. Kudos to Murs.

"I believe that marriage isn't
Between a man & woman
But between love and love"

- Frank Ocean

In other news, Yunel Escobar is an idiot.

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Video: Alley Boy feat. Pusha T - Your Favorite Rapper

This beat is tough. The concept of the song isn't anything we didn't already know and Pusha's "Hey Lil Wayne" verse is on point.

I still think this is my favorite Alley Boy joint though:

Monday, September 17, 2012

NFL Week 2 aka "I Should Have Known" Weekend

In hindsight, I should have known a few things would happen this week in the NFL.
  1. I should have known that the CowGirls would follow-up a great win with a loss on the road to a team they should have beat. Dallas came out and beat the Giants in week 1 and looked great (even though I hate to say it). They travel up to Seattle (hint #1) to play the Seahawks in a stadium that gets really loud (hint #2) and against a team like the Seahawks that no one expects to win so they basically have nothing to lose (hint #3). Needless to say, I took NONE of these hints and still picked Dallas. Silly me.
  2. I should have known that my Redskins would do the same dumb shyt the CowGirls would do. I mentioned in my Redskins season prediction that we'd have to keep Stephen Jackson in check and force Bradford to beat us. Well guess what, Jackson didn't play most of the game and Bradford surgically sliced-and-diced that stupid azz zone we were in. A zone that you will always get beat in if the defensive line doesn't put constant pressure on the QB. We didn't, Bradford and Danny Amendola scorched us. Now I could sit here and blame the loss on Josh Morgan and that stupid penalty or on Robinson for dropping that TD pass, or Mike Shanahan for being stupid enough to think Billy Cundiff could make a 62 yard field goal... But I won't do any of that, it's just way too easy. In the end, this should have been a blow-out but much like years passed, we found a way to lose. But my boy RGIII did go for 206, 3 TDs (2 rushing) and 1 INT which is pretty solid.
  3. Last but not least, I should have known the Oakland Raiders would lose after going cross-country to play the Dolphins. The Raiders are a model of inconsistency. They really have too much talent to be this inconsistent. McFadden's a beast. Palmer is still decent. And they have some solid receiving weapons. I'm not sure about their defense but they should have enough talent to compete with the Dolphins who have a rookie QB. But again, I should have known better than to think the RAYYYYYDAHS would pull this one off. Smh at myself.

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Video: DJ Drama, Meek Mill, 2 Chainz, & Jeremih - My Moment

I like this song a lot. Not sure why it inspires/sices me, maybe it's the Jeremih hook.

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Video: Nas - Bye Baby

I probably gave off the wrong impression of this song in my review of the Nas album. This is actually one of my favorite songs on the album it was just one that I think we all saw coming. The video is solid.

This is good, but I'm really looking forward to the video for my favorite song on the album, Cherry Wine, especially since the video is going to feature Brittany Dailey. Shot out to RipRock for posting this video on G+.

Revisiting my NFL Season Prediction post

First and formost, the Redskins won this week and I am shocked in the best way possible. RGIII played great and the defense played well, but not necessarily great. I'd say that the defense got lucky more so than played great since Drew Brees was clearly off on Sunday. RGII beat my prediction of him throwing for 200 yards with a TD and an INT by a landslide. His line ended up going for 320 yards with 2 TDs and NO INTERCEPTIONS! That's stellar for a rookie debut. Congrats to him because the hard work paid off!

Now that I'm past my own team's play this weekend, the only other team I would like to talk about also happens to be in my "just formed after week 1" NFL season prediction. If you recall, my original post on how the season will end was basically full of nothing. But now that I have gotten a chance to watch a week's worth of games I think I'm ready to go out on a limb (it's still early in the season) and make a prediction for the Superbowl. Like to hear it? Here it goes...

The San Francisco 49ers will represent the NFC in the Superbowl. Point blank period, defense wins championships, just ask the Patriots. The 49ers went into Green Bay and basically shut Aaron Rodgers down completely. That's all I needed to see. And as crazy as it may sound, I think Alex Smith is the key to their season even more so than the defense. If Smith goes down who is his backup? That's all I have to say about that. But back to my main point, this team is stellar defensively. No one can run the ball on them, their LBs are stout, they pressure the QB with 3 or 4 man fronts, and their secondary is full of hitters and ballhogs. That's a recipe for forcing teams to pass, putting pressure on QBs, and forcing turnovers through the air, or just forcing teams into plain-ole 3-and-outs. If they stay healthy on defense and Alex Smith stays healthy, I've got them in the Superbowl this year.

In the other conference, I'm finding it a bit tougher. My gut is telling me that this is the year that Houston will make it to the big show but I can't rule out the Ravens. They're going to be hungry this year because of what happened to them in the playoffs last year. Not to mention, what better way to send Ed Reed and Ray Lewis into retirement than with a Superbowl win where they go out on top, their QB finally breaks-through (though I'd argue he did that in last year's playoffs), and every in Baltimore's favorite running back (Ray Rice) gets a chip? So I'm gonna roll with either the Ravens or the Houston Texans in the Superbowl against the 49ers.

Who will win you ask? Well, if the 49ers play the Ravens, I think the Ravens will win. The Ravens defense is just as gritty as the 49ers defense and I think the Ravens have an edge offensively over the 49ers, especially at the QB position. But if the 49ers play the Texans, I think the 49ers will win. I'm going to hate to see my favorite RB in the league (Arian Foster) lose in the Superbowl if it happens, but I think the 49ers would impose their will on the Texans more so than they could against a seasoned veteran team with playoff experience like the Ravens.

Monday, September 10, 2012

Friday, September 7, 2012

The Newest Columnist for the Baltimore Sun, Lionel Foster

One of my closest friends, a man I've now known for 12+ years, just landed a job that he's not only a perfect fit for, but completely aligns with what he's like to do to help his city (Baltimore) grow and become a place that everyone would want to live or at the very least, appreciate.

Lionel Foster is the newest columnist for the Baltimore Sun and his first article just hit the InterWeb today! I'm posting this because I'm really proud of my friend but I'm also posting this because of what he stands for and what he seeks to achieve as it pertains to being from Baltimore and wanting to see the city grow and thrive That latter part is more important than anything else I could possibly mention here and I hope that by mentioning him and his column, you might give his first story a read and maybe you'll visit again next Friday or follow him on Twitter (@LionelBMD). He's sure to be informative, forward-thinking, and probably more entertaining than you'd think. You can check out his first column here (Native Son), and every Friday he'll have something fresh and new.

Thursday, September 6, 2012

Dumb Rappers Need Teachin', Chief Keef Edition

Just read online that a "rival" (Lil JoJo) of the rapper Chief Keef was murdered in Chicago and apparently Keef took to Twitter to laugh at the fact that Lil JoJo was killed. Let's keep in mind here that Lil JoJo was a teenager. He looks like he might have only been about 12 years old. It's a shame.

But apparently not so sad that Chief Keef couldn't find some humor in it while trying to claim "it's sad" at the same time.

To use his own words here, "That's that shyt I don't like!"

This is absurd and epitomizes the type of senseless B.S. that's perpetuated in urban areas throughout the country. Hip-hop and Black people in general, we have got to do better. Two young men aspiring to do something to achieve a better life that come from similar circumstances I'd assume and one of them is happy to see the other deceased? That's crazy! Who knows what the history was between these two not liking each other but the fact of the matter is that once you're gone, there's no coming back. Keef may have a small taste of fame right now to the extent that he can hashtag #richniggashit but in the big scheme of things he's clearly missing the point. For him to not have at least enough respect to keep his mouth shut while using (public) social media just shows his stupidity, ignorance, and lack of compassion for human life altogether. I don't know how it feels to be happy about someone else getting gunned down but maybe somebody can explain it to me.

I also find it interesting that Lupe had this to say about Chief Keef recently:
"Chief Keef scares me... Not him specifically, but just the culture that he represents... The murder rate in Chicago is skyrocketing and you see who's doing it and perpetrating it, they all look like Chief Keef." (source:
I totally feel what Lupe is saying. Have a good time with the music, make your money, but realize that you're part of something bigger and more important than your own self-indulgence and self-exaltation.

Wednesday, September 5, 2012

2012-2013 NFL Season Prediction

Leading up to the first game of the season I really want to say that I have a prediction for the Superbowl and who will win the championship but I don't. I have an idea of who I think will make the playoffs, but between the Packers, Ravens, Texans, Lions (yep), Patriots, Niners, and Giants, I just can't call it as far as who I think will win the chip this year. Philly won't win because Vick is going to get hurt. The Panthers will make the playoffs but get ousted during Wild Card Weekend. To much excitement from me, Dallas won't even make the playoffs. The Steelers will find a way to lose a really close playoff game. And the winner of the AFC West will get ousted during Wild Card Weekend. Outside of those predictions, I just can't call it.

Yes, I realize this post is totally underwhelming, but I'm betting that this NFL season won't be.

P.S. - I have the CowGirls losing tonight against the Giants, but based on what I've already written here, I'm sure that's a shock to no one.