26 July 2010
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21 July 2010
DJ Benzi AKA Mr. Get Right has followed suit and recently dropped his summer mix (hosted by LMFAO). He break us off with tons of new music, new blends, and new edits and remixes: everything you need to power through the second half of summer twenty10. Overall, Its a good compilation of party music-- it doesn't bang as hard as DJ Homicide's mixtape, which I posted a couple months ago, but it will still get the party going just as well. Check out a few tracks from the tape. Full download links posted below also. Enjoy.
20 July 2010
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10 July 2010
After 62 games of the FIFA World Cup, the stage is set: The Netherlands vs. Spain. What a tournament it has been. From the loud and obnoxious vuvuzelas to last second goals to controversial missed calls, this tournament has not failed to entertain. Some may not like the buzzing sound of the vuvuzelas or the theatrics of players falling to the ground like they’ve been assaulted with a deadly weapon, but the true beauty of the game has shone bright despite the harsh criticisms from American sports fans. The passion, spirit, and patriotism displayed throughout the World Cup are second to none, even the Olympics. On Sunday night in Johannesburg, South Africa, approximately 85,000 fans from all over the world will converge at the newly reconstructed Soccer City Stadium to witness the final match of the 2010 FIFA World Cup. The Netherlands has made it to the finals before in 1974 and 1978, but fell short both times. Spain, on the other hand, has never advanced this far in the tournament. 90 minutes separate the two sides from capturing their first World Cup. But, exactly how will each go about etching their names into the record books? Who will step up and deliver for their country?
Spain hasn’t exactly lit up the scoreboard in their previous six games, scoring only seven goals. However, their inability to put the ball in the net has not been a pressing issue, as they have only conceded one goal thus far. With arguably some of the best talent in the world, the Spaniards certainly have what it takes to bring it home.
- Players to Watch:
- David Villa: With five goals in the tournament so far, there are few footballers in better form than Villa. In May 2010, Spanish football giants Barcelona paid a $50 million dollar transfer fee to Villa’s former club Valencia for his goal scoring services.
- Sergio Ramos: At right back, Sergio Ramos is one of the best defenders in the world. In addition to his defensive repertoire, he has been known to push forward into the attack and create dangerous opportunities for his teammates.
- Fernando Torres: Fresh off knee surgery, Fernando Torres has struggled to find his form in the tournament. Expect the Liverpool striker to come off the bench in the second half if the Spain needs an offensive spark.
The Dutch have won in a more stylish fashion than Spain, as their attacking style of play has been entertaining to watch. They have scored two or more goals in all but one of their matches thus far, so it is a safe bet that there will be a plethora of goal scoring chances throughout. Holland boasts some of the best players in their starting XI, so there is no doubt they are more than capable of winning it all.
- Players to Watch:
- Wesley Sneijder: In the running for most goals scored in the tournament, Sneijder has stepped his game up to the next level and put the team on his back. As a central midfielder, he controls the flow of the game and dictates the pace. Look for him to push forward and shoot as often as possible.
- Arjen Robben: Coming back from injury, Robben has returned quite impressively with two brilliant goals. He’s got explosive speed and amazing skill to get by defenders and create quality scoring opportunities for himself. The Dutch will depend on him to catalyze the attack.
- Robin van Persie: van Persie is a young and talented offensive threat, who plays professionally in England at Arsenal. However, due to injuries and spells of inconsistency, he has not been able to show the world how good he actually is. Look for him to break out of his shell and score a crucial goal for his country.
08 July 2010
06 July 2010
From vicious rumors and celebrity gossip to old country folk tales and campfire chatter, everybody has a story to tell these days. Throughout the history of hip hop, many artists have tried their hand at telling stories, both fiction and non-fiction, through song. In this day and age, the ability to successfully construct an intriguing story is a lost art. Creativity and lyricism has given way to unimaginative chords and auto-tuned voices. While this new wave of music dominates the Billboard charts, it remains unseen as to whether or not it can stand the test of time. Nevertheless, one thing is certain: there is longevity in a good story. Here are some artists who have mastered the art of storytelling.
1. Ice Cube - It Was a Good Day
Ice Cube recounts an unusually pleasant day in South Central Los Angeles with his smooth, laid back west coast flow. This song has stood the test of time— a true hip-hop classic.
Quotable Line: “Get me on the court and I’m trouble/ Last week f*cked around and got a triple double.”
2. Eminem – Stan (featuring Dido)
This is undoubtedly one of Eminem’s greatest works—brilliant, in fact. He narrates the artist-fan connection from both perspectives, and adds a rather disturbing twist at the very end.
Quotable Line: “It’s been six months and still no word, I don’t deserve it?/ I know you got my last two letters, I wrote the addresses on them perfect.”
3. Common – Testify
High drama in the courtroom as Common explains the court case: murder, gun possession, and cocaine distribution. Sounds like an open and shut case, but is justice ultimately served? The plot thickens in the final verse.
Quotable Line: “All that speakin’ her mind, testifyin’, and cryin’/ When this b*tch did the crime, the queen pin.”
4. Lupe Fiasco – The Cool
Lupe Fiasco had a lot to prove on his debut album, Food and Liquor, and he certainly delivered on this track with a clever concept. Who knew following a risen-from-the-dead hustler could be so poetic and interesting?
Quotable Line: “Put it to his head and said, ‘you’re scared, ain’t ya?’/ He said, ‘hustler for death, no heaven for a gangsta.’”
5. Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty
Mighty Mos Def breaks it down and recounts an out of the ordinary relationship with a girl he met at the club. Which is more shocking: the fact that he caught feelings for a groupie or that she leaves him for another girl?
Quotable Line: “I’d seen her on the ave, spotted her more than once/ A** so fat that you could see it from the front.”
6. Kanye West – Through the Wire
In 2002, Kanye West was involved in a near fatal car accident, which left him with a broken jaw that had to be wired shut. ‘Ye drew inspiration from his brush with death and turned it into the first of his many successful singles.
Quotable Line: “The doctor said I had blood clots, but I ain’t Jamaican man/ Story on MTV, and I ain’t tryin’ to make a band/ I swear this right here, history in the making man.”
7. Carl Thomas – I Wish
Carl Thomas tells the story of a man who develops a deep connection with the woman of his dreams. But the only problem is that she’s married with children! I understand why he wishes he never met her…
Quotable Line: “Long days and nights we spent/ Until she dropped the bomb on me.”
8. Jay-Z – December 4th
Shawn Carter was born on December 4th, weighing in at 10 lbs. 4 oz., and I guess you can say the rest is history. Jay-Z explains in three verses how he got into the rap game. I’d say he’s done pretty well for himself.
Quotable Line: “If you can’t respect that, you’re whole perspective is wack/ Maybe you’ll love me when I fade to black…”
9. Notorious B.I.G. – I Got A Story to Tell
Imagine finding yourself in a situation like this: your jumpoff’s significant other arrives home early. Yikes! If anything, the moral of the story is do your dirt elsewhere, and more importantly, be aware that the rewards are seldom worth the risk.
Quotable Line: “Yeah, tote the chrome for situations like this/ I’m up in his broad and I know he won’t like this.”
10. Damian Marley – Pimpa’s Paradise (featuring Stephan Marley)
One of many great songs by Damian “Jr. Gong” Marley. With the help of his brother, he paints a sad picture we’ve all seen or heard about before: a beautiful girl destroyed by drug addiction. Take ‘em to church, Jr. Gong.
Quotable Line: “Cause coke was a thing that once she first try/ Was once a blue moon to once a blue sky.”