Friday, May 30, 2008

Weezy is Addicted to Syrup

smh, look at the driver's expression...

looks like the syrup buzz just kicked in...

These above pictures -- along with his recent diatribe condemning mixtapes, DJs, and mixtape DJs -- are proof enough that Wayne needs to slow down on the syrup before he goes to sleep and never wakes up (which according to an MTV interview he's not afraid of happening...). An excerpt from that interview follows:

"Let me do me. Everybody's got their thing," he continued with frustration. "Why focus on me? Don't compare me to no one. Don't compare me to no one who has passed, and why they passed. I can walk out this b---h right now and get hit by a bus. Don't judge me. You wanna judge me, put on a black gown and get a gavel. Get in line with the rest of them that's about to judge me. I got court dates every other month. It's me against the world — that's how I feel."

Sadly I can see where he's coming from, considering we have rappers who unabashedly brag on wax about how much cocaine they can sniff and how many guns they own and use on a regular basis. To me those two things and way more deadly than syrup, although that too has been proven to be lethal in certain circumstances.

Either way I think instead of that Khaled song Brown Paper Bag Wayne needs to go all out and make a song called Styrofoam Cup of Syrup. Extra bonus points for Weezy if he uses T-Pain's voice box to highlight the beloved union that is Lil' Wayne and his favorite type of drinking vessel.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

A Planet Called Harlem

It is not lost on me that a likely reason Teyana Taylor was signed to Star Trak at such an early age is because, not unlike her boss Pharrell, she is an advocate for skateboarding, rides BMX bikes, and has an eclectic (some may call it masculine) style of dress. And oh yeah, both can hardly carry a note. (Another unproven theory is that Teyana's parents, who are obviously loaded after we all witnessed them give her a very expensive Range for her 16th birthday, knew of Teyana's limited vocal capabilities and strong-armed/bribed Pharrell and Chad into signing her and putting out her album since it couldn't happen any other way...)

But another thing they both have in common is that they somehow, almost miraculously, turn their weaknesses (in this case, their voices) into their strengths, and can make a song sound good. But of course the reason those songs sound good is because, aside from the iffy voices, they have one thing in common -- Neptunes production. They also both sing and rap, and make it work.

Her lead single was produced by Jazzy Pha -- he of the ever-so-annoying "ladies and gentlemen" announcement on each and every song to give notice to the listener that he produced the track -- and while the song is catchy, it's missing something. It's almost too pop and girlie for Teyana, who dresses and speaks like a male. Still, I'm partial to Harlemites, so here is her video.

But some other songs have leaked, too, and these possess the Midas touch -- Neptunes on the boards. Please do a compare and contrast and let me know which ones you're feeling most.

Her album drops at some point next month, so I urge you all to support it by either buying a single or the album. For your listening pleasure:

Traffic Stop (my personal favorite)

Leave Me (vintage Neptunes)

Fly Away (decent, still a nice track)

Friday, May 23, 2008

N*E*R*D Seeing Sounds!

OK, anybody else excited about this album?

The last one didn't let me down one bit and only expended their musical repertoire after the first one. And now after hearing the first two singles as well as a remix, I'm convinced these dudes are on some serious next shiznit.

Here are the 3 tracks for your listening pleasure, and don't forget to buy the album when it comes out next month! Star Trak baby! Shout out to the 757!

Everyone Nose


Everyone Nose CRS Remix Feat. Kanye, Lupe and Pusha T aka Pusha Ton

Bonus: Everyone Nose music video featuring Lindsey Lohan


Greg From The Real World Hollywood

OK, what's the deal with this dude?

An interview with him just went up the other day where he basically professes his ignorance about why his roommates treat him like they have so far. He says he was just trying to be himself and his roommates expected more and the fact that their expectations were not met frustrated them to the point they lashed out against him. He may have a point there... An excerpt follows:

They seem to expect that everybody wants to go to the bar, everybody's going to love their job, and you seem to be wanting to do your own thing. Do you think that's part of it? That you don't always want to do what they want to do?

In terms of the job, I think it was kind of misconstrued how I feel about it. Again, if you notice, the other roommates tend to be more emotionally needy at everything that happens. Everything that happens, they're like children in a candy shop. They're like, "Oh my God, this is the most exciting day of my life!" Like that. That's not me. I mean, it's just not the most exciting day of my life, I hope to have many more exciting days. Everything is built up to be the most exciting thing. When I first came in the house, because I wasn't smiling from ear to ear and yelling like an idiot, because I choose to be calm -- I mean, you're just meeting people, there's no reason to be yelling or that excited -- but it's just that I wasn't as emotional, or didn't show my emotions as much as they did.

All the chicks I've spoken to have Greg's back and agree with him on every level.

What do you think?

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Rocsi Should be Fired!

Can you really blame 50 this time?

Of all people, the two-bit 106 & Park co-hostess proclaimed in a drunken rage that there is no competition when it comes to deciding between 50 and Kanye as to who has the hotter album.

To make matters worse, she called both 50 and his album "garbage." To be specific, she pronounced the word "gah-bidge." Even after the interviewer tried to stop Rocsi from doing further damage, Rocsi made a point to say again that 50 and his album were garbage and even went so far as to offer a chance to viewers who feel the opposite to prove it to her, and she will buy them ... (drumroll, please) a free copy of 50's album.

Brazen is not the word. Stay off the sauce, Rocsi.

50 recently responded by announcing that he knows four dudes who have banged her and calls her a "pop," which I guess is the new slang for a jumpoff.

Now, my thing is under normal circumstances in the world of broadcast media, if a host or hostess of a television show openly lambastes a celebrity that is regularly featured on the show, that host/hostess would have been disciplined in some way shape or form.

Hopefully Stephanie Hill grows some balls and morphs back into Stephen and suspends Rocsi for behavior detrimental to BET, although BET's programming deserves the same disciplinary action, as well, but I digress...

"I touch the masses like a Catholic"

Common - Universal Mind Control Feat. Pharrell (Prod. Neptunes)

While I've heard plenty of moans and groans regarding Common's recent announcement that his new, upcoming album "Invincible Summer" would be void of Kanye beats (and executive producing role) and replaced mostly with the Neptunes' sound(s), this song right here is every indication that there need be no more worrying.

Skateboard and Chad Chase go all the way in (pause) on this nostalgic yet futuristic track, a very fresh and updated version of an Afrika Bambataa classic. And Common sounds right at home on this beat, weaving in and out of every line with gems like "Charismatic, Asiatic, I hustle for mathematics, Camera’s action change the status, Actor tappin your favorite actress".

The streets and backpackers alike may shun this record's sound, but Com is a rapper first and foremost, and I can't remember the last time he let us down in the lyrics department. Dude can still rhyme with the best of them, and he's always got something to say, even when he's sweating himself like on this song. I expect good things from this album.