Whew. Just got back from turning in my final project of the semester. I know I've been kind of quiet this week, but if anyone has any interest in reading 100+ pages of lesson plans, lesson plan reflections, case studies and research papers, let me know. Or better yet, don't.
My dude Art Beeswax got married today. Congratulations! Now he's got three wives, if you also count cigarettes and Chief Kamachi's music.
Props to Jay-Z for setting up a college fund for Sean Bell's kids. Rappers can make all the songs they want about how bad the police are, but most rappers, if they ever get anywhere, will probably be hiring those same policeman for protection. It's easy for a lot of rappers to make songs about the police, but songs aren't going to put the Bell kids through college. So even though Jay-Z wasted his time being Lebron James' hypeman against Deshawn Stevenson, the college fund for the Bell kids far outweighs that horrible decision he made.
And if Jay-Z isn't trying to get Lebron to be a Brooklyn Net, then he's really playing himself. Jay doesn't do anything in hip-hop if money is not involved, so to say he has an ulterior motive when sacrificing his dignity to go at Deshawn Stevenson would be a huge understatement.
This news piece is a week old, but I still find it fascinating. Gary Dourdan of CSI fame was arrested with heroin, cocaine and ecstasy after police found him asleep in his car. If anyone should not be making a mistake like that, it's Gary Dourdan. Has he not been reading his own scripts lately? You can not commit a crime in Miami, New York or Las Vegas without Horatio or any of the other CSI cats finding a hair follicle somewhere, linking you to the crime and then making you confess, all probably within an hour.
Do you know how many crimes CSI has probably averted in the past couple of years? I'm paranoid to jaywalk after watching an episode. Heroin, ecstasy and cocaine? You really didn't think Horatio was going to let that fly, did you, Gary? Worst of all, how do you fall asleep with all of that on you? I can't even sleep on a road trip if I got a $20 in my pocket.
And I think Dourdan knows he's screwed. I wonder if the policeman put him at one of those nice questioning tables and tricked him into confession like Dourdan and others have done to so many hapless victims.
Here are three things CSI taught me about crime:
1) No matter what crime you do, somebody will end up dead.
2) Somebody else, who will not end up dead, will see you.
3) You will leave behind something that will link you to the crime, be it a booger, driver's license or anything else that can be traced back to you.
Bottom line, don't commit crimes! Thank you, CSI!
I'm not really understanding T.I.'s new song "No Matter What", as he drops some lines playing the victim. If the facts that have come out surrounding T.I.'s case are true, then he probably shouldn't be making a song like this. But with lines like this, it's safe to say Tip is not helping his case:
"Even the greatest gotta suffer sometimes"
"Officially the realest, point blank, period"
"Whatever you can do in the 'hood, I done did it"
Is it really fair for Prodigy to run smack on other rappers when he recorded a song with Sean Kingston?
Jadakiss' "From Then 'Til Now" is pretty dope, although don't get too excited yet. Jada is working on his third album and he has yet to make a solid, complete album. Kiss of Death and Kiss Tha Game Goodbye were both good albums, but they weren't great and they don't showcase Jada's lyrical ability as much as one of his albums should. Kiss of Death went from being an album to an EP for me once I heard "Hot Sauce 2 Go" with Pharrell. Please, Jada, make this next one consistent.
In "From Then 'Til Now", J to the Muah also reminisces on how he used to iron his clothes as a kid. Damn. I'm 24 and can barely work an iron, so props to Jada for being on his game from an early age.
Although Jim Jones spit one of his better verses on LL Cool J's "5 Boroughs", after Mr. Mef got off, Jimmy probably should have gone Bruce Willis in Live Free or Die Hard and jumped off the track while it was still moving. In the song, Lil' Kim claims to still be the sex symbol everyone dreams about and then threatens to chop haters with a meat cleaver. Note to self – do not hate.
LL Cool J, the self-proclaimed "Deflon Don", spits a verse that makes you ask why his last few albums have been straight throwaways. Unfortunately, all this song proves for LL is that he hasn't been trying very hard the last few years and that Def Jam should be putting much more behind Method Man. LL's gonna need more than this to get me excited about this album.
Rumor has it that my two favorite two-initialed rappers OC and AG are recording an album together. Sorry T.I. and AZ and everyone else rocking the two initials.
There's an up-and-coming dude named Stones from NY. From what I've heard so far, I like.