To get the full point of this post, please watch the following injustice. If you can make to ’1:33′, I promise that you won’t be disappointed. If you can make it though the whole thing, I commend you, and pray that you don’t hurt yourself laughing. Disclaimer: This by no means and advert for Beamz (should be obvious, unless they send that check).
A moment of silence for Flo-Rida’s relationship to “Hip-Hop”.
Now back to our regularly scheduled programming.
By now, the world should know how the internet works. Most people have a full understanding of how fast information travels these days. Even more people have, at least, a basic understanding of right from wrong. Lying is one thing that the internet doesn’t like (the conscious internet). To quote one great lyricist, “That’s the $&^% I don’t like.” (I’m joking Chief Keef is not a lyricist, nor is he great. But I digress. Please don’t shoot me.)
For the past week I have been watching Grandmaster Flash’s online presence. Usually it is filled with random mentions about how his last show went, who was there, or how much of his gear got held up in some airport. Over the last few days, controversy has festered, and eventually the internet came to the rescue. For myself, and many other other hip-hop fans, it was seemed inevitable that “beef” would show it’s head (I always wanted to say that).
Grandmaster Flash considers turntables to be his canvas, and his hands the brush(es). To say that he takes it seriously is an understatement. A few years ago, as a student, I had the opportunity to interview him on-air with three other peers. After the show, we watched him perform (Also saw DJ Jazzy Jeff perform in the same venue. *for those made it through the whole video*), and our minds were blown.
If there is anything that I learned from the whole experience, as a fellow DJ/musician, from the whole experience, it is that you always respect the effort and time that someone sacrificed to get where they are. So in a way, I guess I respect Chief Keef too, because he is doing what he has to do to get paid (He could do it in a different way. I lied about digressing.).
Grandmaster Jay is a someone who did not learn the same lesson. His claims of being an innovator in turntablism This whole situation makes my stomach hurt. He is just now learning how the backlash of the internet works. People live to troll during their downtime. I don’t condone it, but this time, it was awesome to see everything unfold.
So, not only was biting someone’s name (Brand) not enough, he went as far as dubbing a commercial over Jazzy Jeff’s set. C’mon son! If he was the legend he claimed to be, he would have put a hold on the whole shoot. It’s obvious that the marketing team associated with this whole fiasco has no set of morals either. Check out these before and afters floating around the internet (Photoshop snobs beware).
I truly digress this time. Thank you internet. From the bottom of my heart.
Take a risk
Jump off the ledge
No one is looking
So bump your head
Don’t waste time
Peeking over the edge
The best that can happen
Is that you trip and fall
But if you don’t jump
You will suffer withdrawals
From life, love, and pain
Sure you might get bloody
But one scar won’t drive you insane
Who knows what might greet you
When you land
Perhaps someone beautiful will
Lend you a hand
Maybe you will find yourself
Dropping in on a great situation
But if you don’t jump
Well my friend
That is just the first
When someone (like me) listens to a new song there are usually a few things that occur. First, depending on how well known the artist is, the listener may be skeptical. “Who is this guy? This better not be wack(If you don’t know what “wack” is, don’t tell anybody. Just pretend that you do and say it as much as possible around your friends.).”
Secondly, if one gets to the point of listening to said artist, there is another hurdle. “What does this remind me of?” Personally speaking, I am forever driving myself crazy trying to figure out samples from rap songs. Just this morning, I found myself recognizing that Nile Rodgers had something to do with the Axel Foley theme from Beverly Hills Cop (If you don’t know who Nile Rodgers is or what Beverly Hills Cop is…well you need to google it.). I can barely listen to ringtone without dissecting it. Ah, the curse of the DJ.
While you may not have had any interaction Johnny Astro’s music in the past, chances are that you won’t be disappointed with his latest offering. Moonlight Therapy is Johnny’s new track. While listening to it on the way home from work today, I found myself asking, “What does this remind me of?”. Kendrick? Drake? etc… Not just vocally speaking (flow, presence), but also musically (beats, compostition).
Eventually, I came to the conclusion that I was listening to collage. That’s not a bad thing. By the end of the song, I was looking for the next track to start playing on the cd…Too bad I wasn’t listening to a CD. But I digress. No spoilers here. Check out the song for yourself. Leave comments if your heart moves you to do so.
For every moment I thought I knew what I wanted
You thought something different
Every time I saw you cry
You turned away
Once, we tried to skip stones across a pond
Only to watch each of them sink
Sometimes I just laugh to myself
Out of nowhere
Because I think of every moment
For some reason
I still care
The bad and the good
Remind me why
This is just a quick post, mostly for reference more than anything else. Anyway, I’m still writing and making music. Since the last post there has been: a lot of partying, some dating drama (what else is new ha), and a health scare. Other than that nothing much. Loving summer and trying to stay out of trouble.
If you know me, you know that I could watch nature documentaries all day. This series took several years to make, and will be airing on the Discovery Channel over the next few weeks.
Don’t Mess With a Chipmunk’s Nuts | North America
Not too sure how I feel exactly about this one, but the TV is cool…right?
Usher’s “Looking 4 Myself” Presented by Samsung
I like this one because it makes sense on a few different levels. It also reminds me of an old friend. Maybe she’ll see this post and go get an avocado.
It’s Avocado Season
Of course I have to leave you with a Daft Punk song! Have a good week people.
The Game Of Love – Daft Punk
It has been a long few days, but I can’t complain. I did see a car blow up on Saturday. Was pretty much in shock, and will basically drive under the speed limit for the rest of my life. This weekend I DJ in S.C., so if you know any good places to check out and help to avoid the heat, I would appreciate it. Anyway here are a few things that have amused me this week.
J Cole – Power Trip (with the Roots) [Good Version]
Or, you can watch the not-so-good version (quality), if you aren’t in the U.S.