Tuesday, January 27, 2009

What I'm Currently Obsessed With (Pt. II): Charles Hamilton- Windows Media Player

The beat on this is smart. The first time I actually paid attention to this cat was a couple months ago when he actually came down to the A, for studio sessions. He got on Greg Street's show and went on and on about blogging and Myspace being his primary marketing outlet. I guess he wasn't playing (smile).

What I'm Currently Obsessed With: Charles Hamilton - Theories Of Wine

So I downloaded a Charles mixtape a couple weeks ago from The Smoking Section, and once I gave it a full listen, I decided that this was one of my favorite songs. I dunno. I can't really get with the Sonic tip he's on (loved the game as a kid, don't know about rocking the screen tees), but no one can deny that this kid spits. LOL.

Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Gap Between Us and Our Baby.

In 2004, when I was 21, I took one of those digital pregnancy tests & discovered that for the 1st time ever there was a baby growing inside of me. J. and I weren't necessarily official then, but we were best friends who figured we could make it work. Our little girl is 4 yrs old in 6 days & I'm almost freaking the fuck out. LOL.

Music stimulated her in the womb, but even then she was crazy particular. She loved John Legend (still does); I'd put it on in the car & she'd dance around in there. This was before he officially dropped, I had the audio of him performing at the Knitting Factory that year from a PR friend. She has perfect pitch when she sings Jazmin Sullivan, or anyone else for that matter. Keiko can hear a song two times and remember the words, she can listen to half a song and catch the melody. She gets down to Colin Munroe and Black Milk with her mommy.

We figured being young parents, we'd be able to relate to her better than my parents related to me. But I've recently begun to realize that eventually the gap will widen, especially as she gets deeper into discovering her own personality. Who she is... I'll always be aware of what the youth is "into" because that's how I hope to make my living, but I'm not always gonna feel her on what she's into. Gush about Biggie, Pac or even some living rappers to kids today and you're an "old fogie". Damn, I'm like, 25. But that's the cycle right? At a certain point we're all "old fogies" but 1994 doesn't seem like that long ago (pout)!

In 10 years, when & if Soulja Boy becomes the tycoon (i.e. 50 Cent, Puffy) that these folk are touting him as, my baby will be a high school freshman that views Jay as retro. In the car the other day, she told me to "turn the radio loud" when "Kiss Me Through the Phone" came on. And commenced to singing through the refrains & humming through the raps, doing a little diddy-bop with her head & shoulders.

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

My Newest Obsession: Joe Budden TV

Joey Budden is one of the funniest rappers since Redman. LOL. I effin' swear. I liked him since the Clue tapes he debuted on in the late 90s, but forgot about him just as quickly with "Pump It Up" (which the boyfriend reminded me of two days ago). Was back in love with him after "Who" this past summer. Lately I've been on him and Joe Budden TV tough. And although I can't relate to dudes watching his videos for his sidekick/ girl Tahira's ass, I find modest pleasure in the delight they share with each other, even in talking about absolutely nothing (smile).

Thursday, January 8, 2009

"Damn- Things Done Changed..."

A Message from the Brooklyn Tourism Board from jeff on Vimeo.

What in the hell man? I left Brooklyn ten years ago (at the end of January); everytime I go back it's a little different but I can still make my way around. It's still home. I say all that to say this: I don't remember too many of these mofos coming through my block. LOL. Another crazy vid from It's The Real. Saw this over at Brown Derby earlier. Title of this post, compliments of Biggie (wink).

My Newest Obsession: Colin Munroe Feat. Joell Ortiz "Piano Lessons" Vid.

Shout to KJ the Great for reminding me to download Colin's mixtape last month. Thanks homie. And shout to Randy Exclusive for putting it out there. The whole mix is crazy, on some different ish. Eclectic, 1980s, alt-rock, poppy, with ballsy features from up and coming hip hop artists mixed in (I love you Mickey Factz! AND your Supras! LOL.). "Cannonball" remains one of my favorites. Peep it.