Tuesday, March 31, 2009

iTunes Update (Jason D*M*rc* Edition)

I have recently posted my friend, Bo Outlaw's top 5 most played, and I'm continuing the trend by posting my friend Jason's top 5 most played songs.

#5.) Coldplay - "See You Soon"
#4.) Tracy Chapman - "Talkin Bout a Revolution"
#3.) The Kooks - "Love it All"
#2.) The Shins - "New Slang"
#1.) The Format - "First Single (You Know Me)"

#5.) Forgive Durden - "The Exit"
#4.) Blackalicous - "Make You Feel That Way"
#3.) Forgive Durden - "The Missing Piece"
#2.) CunninLynguists - "Don't Leave (When Winter Comes) ft Slug
#1.) Atmosphere - "Modern Man's Hustle"

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Life: A Dorm is Not Home part 1

Oh what a place we live. We eat, sleep, study, fuck, drink, do absolutly nothing, and so much more in this 16' by 12' room. A hall full of 20 plus strangers share the same dirty bathrooms, drink out of the same dirty fountains everyday. We leave high school expecting to get closer to the real world, but I think college takes us in the opposite direction. This place is so far from reality, I feel so distanced from civilation. I feel alienated from the real world, its almost like a prison here except there are very few rules and most of us dont know how to deal with it. Also not having a form of transportation makes it especially difficult to connect with the world outside of BGSU. I rarely leave campus and when I do, it is simply down Wooster and thats about the extent of it.

Dont get me wrong, I'm loving college, and I'm having a great time, but so much of it does not feel like reality. Asher Roth has it completely wrong, college is so much more than smoking bongs and beer pong. The school work is also a highly overrated aspect of it too. The classes are exponentially more difficult than high school, but I think after a semester or so you learn the rules: You cant get by not studying or doing homework, if a professor is a dousche bag or if a class is too hard for you drop it immediately, dont schedule classes too early, attend all the outside things you have to for your classes. Doing all of that this semester has made my life much easier, than last semester, but like I previously stated, academics are a small part of this.

I think some of the advantage of being alienated from the world, is simply because we arent ready for it. This time is for us to figure out who we really are. We spent our first 18 years being the people our parents want to be, and now they arent there to dictate our every action. It is interesting to see people develope over the year here too. Relationships have a very large, probably too large affect on our developement into us becoming adults. I've seen some of my friends go from living at home having their family and past bf/gf control them continue this path and not develop independence, which i think is very dangerous for their personality. Living in the dorms also change relationships drastically from high school. Some relationships are built upon basically living with eachother, and spending every waking (and sleeping) moment together. Initially you'd think that the couples would want some privacy or time to theirselves but none of the couples i know like this, have seem to have this problem. But one huge flaw with these kind of relationships is that they are alienating themselves from the already alienated lives we live here. These couples rarely leave the dorm room and spend little time with other people, which is detrimental to their social lives. Not only that, they are also behind on learning the most important lesson in college, which is independence. These people are not going to know what its like to make their own decisions, and instead of learning how to make decisions now (which involves making a lot of stupid ones) with the rest of their peers, they won't learn this until later in life which could be hurtful to their future.

It's getting late, but I think I should explain the "A Dorm in Not a Home" feature in my blog. Basically I want to write a song called "A Dorm is Not a Home" (which is a play on the Luther Vandross song). I know what I want to talk about, but I dont have the right beat yet, and I dont think I'll be able to fit all i want to say in one song, so I think I'm going to title my next album the same title. I dont know if I'm ever going to finish this project, since my heart really hasnt been into rapping like it used to be, but I have started writing again recently. But in order to organize my ideas for certain songs, I'm going to write my ideas on my mmmmmmmm (the b word).

Friday, March 27, 2009

Rhymes: #50-41 Greatest Albums of All Time

#50 Little Brother "The Minstrel Show"

Best Verse: Phonte on "All For You"
Best Beat: "Sincerely Yours"
Best Song: "Hiding Place"

#49 Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor

Best Verse: 1st Verse "Hurt Me Soul"
Best Beat: "The Cool"
Best Song: "Kick, Push"

#48 will.i.am "Songs About Girls"

Best Verse: 1st Verse "Over"
Best Beat: "Impatient"
Best Song: "Heartbreaker"

#47 Radiohead "Kid A"

Best Verse: "Motion Picture Soundtrack"
Best Beat: "Idioteque"
Best Song: "Motion Picture Soundtrack"

#46 Notorious B.I.G. "Ready to Die"

Best Verse: 2nd Verse "Suicidal Thoughts"
Best Beat: "The What"
Best Song: "Juicy"

#45 Jay-Z "Reasonable Doubt"

Best Verse: 3rd Verse "Regrets"
Best Beat: "Dead Presidents II"
Best Song: "Regrets"

#44 Coldplay "A Rush of Blood to the Head"

Best Verse: 2nd Verse "In My Place"
Best Beat: "The Scientist"
Best Song: "In My Place"

#43 Taking Back Sunday "Where You Want to Be"

Best Verse: 2nd Verse "...Slow Dance on the Inside"
Best Beat: "New American Classic"
Best Song: "Set Phasers to Stun"

#42 Jay-Z "The Black Album"

Best Verse: 2nd Verse "Public Service Annoncement"
Best Beat: "Encore"
Best Song: "Allure"

#41 Fort Minor "The Rising Tied"

Best Verse: 2nd Verse "Slip Out the Back"
Best Beat: "Remember the Name"
Best Song: "Right Now"

Life: Jason's Last Day

Jason has resigned from his remarkable tenure at the local BGSUb. It is a said time for us all, but clearly it is time for Mr. D*M*rc* (censored for security purposes) to move onto bigger and better things. Jason will be leaving at the top of his game, comparable to Michael Jordon in the 90s and Jay-Z. Jason started his short yet legendary stint at BGSUb in January, but he has since become one of the finest sub crafters of his time. He must now leave the place he once called his place of employment, to see what the world has to offer. Luckily, we at BRL were able to take photo documentation of his last day at BGSUb. Godspeed with all of your endeavors Mr. D*M*rc*, your performances BGSUb will not be soon forgotten.

Tuesday, March 24, 2009

Rhymes: TOP 50 Greatest Albums of All Time

After much scrutiny, I have finally narrowed down my albums to the best 50.

Albums that just missed the cut: "Phrenology" by The Roots, "Lupe Fiasco's The Cool", and "The Blueprint" by Jay-Z

Here are the top 50 albums (In alphabetical order by album title)
American Gangster by Jay-Z
Aquemini by OutKast
ATLiens by OutKast
Be by Common
Below the Heavens by Blu and Exile
The Black Album by Jay-Z
Black on Both Sides by Mos Def
Cassadaga by Bright Eyes
College Dropout by Kanye West
Dark Side of the Moon by Pink Floyd
Death is Certain by Royce Da 5'9"
Dirty Acres by Cunninlynguists
Disposable Arts by Masta Ace
E 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Fevers and Mirrors by Bright Eyes
The Fix by Scarface
Game Theory by The Roots
Get Lifted by John Legend
God Loves Ugly by Atmosphere
Illmatic by Nas
In Rainbows by Radiohead
Kid A by Radiohead
A Long hot Summer by Masta Ace
The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Lupe Fiasco's Food & Liquor
The Minstrel Show by Little Brother
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
OK Computer by Radiohead
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Raekwon
A Piece of Strange by Cunninlynguists
Plans by Death Cab For Cutie
Quality by Talib Kweli
Razia's Shadow: A Musical by Forgive Durden
Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G.
Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek
Resurrection by Common
The Rising Tied by Fort Minor
A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
Songs About Girls by will.i.am
Soul Food by Goodie Mob
The Love Below by Andre 3000
Stillmatic by Nas
The Undisputed Truth by Brother Ali
When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere
Where You Want to Be by Taking Back Sunday
WhutduzFMstand4? by Pack FM
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having by Atmosphere

Monday, March 23, 2009

Rhymes: Greatest Albums of All Time (Nominations)

I have decided to compile a list of my favorite albums of all time, key word being favorite.
The criteria:
- Must be an official release (No mixtapes, bootlegs, advances, etc)
- Must be a full length album (No EPs or Compilations)
- Must have the entire album on my iTunes
- Must rate atleast a 4.5/5 total.

There are 93 albums on my iTunes that match this criteria, within the next few days I will narrow down to 50, then post 50-21 in order, then I will write a daily short review for each album in the top 20.

Here are the Nominations:
"All-American Rejects" by The All-American Rejects
"American Gangster" by Jay-Z
"Aquemini" by OutKast
"ATLiens" by OutKast
"Bat Out of Hell II: Back Into Hell" by Meat Loaf
"Be" by Common
"The Beatles (White Album)" by The Beatles
"Below the Heavens" by Blu and Exile
"The Black Album" by Jay-Z
"Black on Both Sides" by Mos Def
"Black Star" by Mos Def and Talib Kweli
"The Blueprint" by Jay-Z
"Cassadaga" by Bright Eyes
"Cheers" by Obie Trice
"Citizen Cope" by Citizen Cope
"College Dropout" by Kanye West
"Dark Side of the Moon" by Pink Floyd
"Death is Certain" by Royce da 5'9"
"Death of Adam" by 88-Keys
"Dirty Acres" by CunninLynguists
"Disposable Arts" by Masta Ace
"The Don Killuminati: The 7 Day Theory" by Makaveli (2Pac)
"Donuts" by J Dilla (Jay Dee)
E 1999 Eternal by Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Ear Drum by Talib Kweli
The Eminem Show by Eminem
Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) by Wu-Tang Clan
The Eraser by Thom Yorke
Fantastic Vol #2 by Slum Village
Fevers and Mirrors by Bright Eyes
The Fix by Scarface
Game Theory by The Roots
Get Lifted by John Legend
God's Son by Nas
God Loves Ugly by Atmosphere
Graduation by Kanye West
Hip Hop is Dead by Nas
I'm Wide Awake, It's Morning by Bright Eyes
Illmatic by Nas
In Rainbows by Radiohead
Inside In Inside Out by The Kooks
Ironman by Ghostface Killah
It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back by Public Enemy
It was Written by Nas
Kid A by Radiohead
Late Registration by Kanye West
Liquid Swords by GZA
A Long Hot Summer by Masta Ace
The Low End Theory by A Tribe Called Quest
Lucy Ford by Atmosphere
Lupe Fiasco's The Cool
Lupe Fiasco's Food and Liquor
Made by Scarface
The Minstrel Show by Little Brother
The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill by Lauryn Hill
Misery Loves Comedy by Louis Logic and JJ Brown
OK Computer by Radiohead
Only Built 4 Cuban Linx... by Raekwon
The Papercut Chronicles by Gym Class Heroes
Phrenology by The Roots
A Piece of Strange by Cunninlynguists
Plans by Death Cab for Cutie
Quality by Talib Kweli
Quality Control by Jurrassic 5
Razia's Shadow: A Musical by Forgive Durden
Ready to Die by Notorious B.I.G.
Reasonable Doubt by Jay-Z
Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought by Talib Kweli and Hi-Tek
The Renaissance by Q-Tip
The Rising Tied by Fort Minor
A Rush of Blood to the Head by Coldplay
Searching for Jerry Garcia by Proof
Shadows on the Sun by Brother Ali
Songs About Girls by will.i.am
Soul Food by Goodie Mob
The Love Below by Andre 3000
Stakes is High by De La Soul
Stillmatic by Nas
Third Eye Blind by Third Eye Blind
Tigermilk by Belle & Sebastion
The Undisputed Truth by Brother Ali
Vampire Weekend by Vampire Weekend
Viva La Vida or Death and All His Friends by Coldplay
The Wall by Pink Floyd
When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold by Atmosphere
Where You Want to Be by Taking Back Sunday
Who's Next by The Who
WhutduzFMstand4? by Pack FM
Will Rap For Food by Cunninlynguists
Wish You Were Here by Pink Floyd
You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Havingby Atmosphere
808s & Heartbreak by Kanye West

Sunday, March 22, 2009

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: The Bad Boy Look is For Pussies

As brought to you by Lauren T*nn*r (Censored for security reasons)

Rhymes: iTunes Update

a record breaking performance by the new cunninlynguists song appears at number one for the week. as anticipation of the upcoming cunninlynguists cd, two songs from the release has appeared in this weeks top 5.
For the week:

#5.) CunninLynguists - "Never Come Down (The Brownie Song)
#4.) Dashboard Confessional - "Hands Down"
#3.) Bright Eyes - "First Day of My Life"
#2.) Forgive Durden - "Missing Piece"
#1.) CunninLynguists - "Don't Leave (When Winter Comes" (featuring Slug)

Saturday, March 21, 2009

Rhymes: Kno Speaks on New CunninLynguists Album

(swiped from: http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/news/id.8785/title.kno-speaks-on-new-cunninlynguists-album/p.1)

There are only 72 hours left for fans of soulful southern Hip Hop to support one of the genre’s most impressive acts. As of next Monday (March 23rd), advance sales of the Kentucky/Georgia trio CunninLynguists’ latest offering, Strange Journey Volume One, will stop being offered as the group prepares to depart for a European tour beginning April 2nd.

Hours before the threesome will appear at The Dame in Lexington, Kentucky to celebrate (alongside Killer Mike and others) the advance release of SJV1, HipHopDX spoke with one-third of CL, producer Kno, about his group’s new album, as he drove from his Atlanta home (with Khujo Goodie riding shotgun) to attend tonight’s record release party/performance.

“I hate to call it a mixtape – that term has been cheapened,” said Kno of Strange Journey. “And it’s all original stuff… We’re not rappin’ over ‘This Is Why I’m Hot’ two years later. It’s not that… I don’t even really pitch to people that don’t wanna listen to our music [why they should buy it], ‘cause they’re gonna download it for free anyway. So I fully invite them to download it for free. Anybody who wants to hear it, I want them to download it. It’s all good. But as far as [a] sales pitch [for] the people who really wanna support CunninLynguists monetarily and the people who enjoy our music, it’s mad cheap and I stand by everything that’s on it. It’s real good music… And I think people when they’re broke, and they’re worried about their job, they need good music to pick ‘em up.”

Recession-priced at $12 (which includes shipping costs), those that place their advance order by Monday [click here] will receive for their dozen dollars an autographed copy of SJV1, bonus album instrumentals, and have all in hand several weeks before the official retail release of the CD on May 26th.

Snippets of the album can now be heard [click here]. Produced entirely by Kno, Strange Journey is propelled by the disc’s first single, the hilarious sticky icky anthem, “Never Come Down (The Brownie Song),” which is driven by a psychedelic “Little Wing” sample.

Kno co-directed the song’s video [click to watch], and appears in said clip sporting a mullet and Guns N Roses t-shirt.

“I was going for that,” said Kno when jokingly reminded that the proper presentation of a good ole country boy is with mullet and accompanying AC/DC t-shirt, but the high-end boutique that I bought the shirt at just didn’t happen to have it in stock, so I went with the GNR… Looking at the video now, sometimes I look at that part and I’m like, ‘I kinda look like my dad.’”

Aforementioned Dungeon Family alums Killer Mike and Khujo Goodie appear on another noteworthy track from SJV1, for the remix of “Georgia” [click to listen] from CL’s last full-length release, 2007’s Dirty Acres [click to read].

In a recent YouTube clip documenting the song’s recording [click to watch], Killer Mike notes that he hasn’t heard this kind of soulful Hip Hop since DF in their heyday.

“Obviously I take it like the utmost compliment that it is,” Kno replied when asked about Mike’s statement. “I don’t really compare our music necessarily to other peoples - we just kinda do what we do, and how the music comes out is how it comes out… A lot of music, Hip Hop music and [music in general], has kinda lost its soul... I might agree with [Mike’s] statement. I guess I didn’t really think about it too much before he said it, but after hearing it it’s a compliment but at the same time it’s kinda sad.”

Two more retooled versions (with new beats and/or new verses) of Dirty tracks, “Dance For Me” and “KKKY,” appear on SJV1, the latter of which now sports cameos from fellow Bluegrass state natives Skinny DeVille and Fishscales of Nappy Roots.

Additional appearances on the album come from the group’s QN5 fam (Tonedeff, Substantial, PackFM), as well as Slug of Atmosphere, who surfaces for the lament on being away from home during long tour trips, “Don’t Leave (When Winter Comes)” [click to listen].

Former group member Mr. SOS is also back in the CL mix for Strange Journey.

“He recorded a solo track,” Kno noted. “This track [“Die For You”] is entirely him, three verses. I mean, we never really stopped working with SOS. It’s just a matter of him getting material out. He has a lot of stuff just kinda sitting on the shelf waiting to be released.”

Even with SOS’ appearance on SJV1, Kno explained to HipHopDX that CunninLynguists will officially remain a trio for the time being.

Two-thirds of the group, Deacon The Villain and Kno, will also continue working together outside of CL, tag-teaming under the banner A Piece Of Strange for mainstream/major-label artist productions the duo create.

Hip Hop creations for an assortment of artists, including the aforementioned Killer Mike (who Kno revealed is currently in possession of 10-12 Kno/APOS beats), and even dance tracks with Auto-Tuned choruses have been cranked out for industry consumption by Deac and Kno of late.

“That actually at the time was supposed to be for J. Lo,” Kno explained of the aforementioned Auto-Tune creation that was posted up to YouTube last summer [click to watch]. “But whoever ends up cutting a check for it is where it ends up. I can’t really foresee us ever using the Auto-Tune on one of our songs, unless we could find like an interesting way to do it because it’s kinda played out at this point… [Auto-Tune] is for people who can’t sing as well, [but] if you’re shopping hooks or you’re trying to write songs it’s got the appeal. So as far as shopping music, we’ll plug it in from time to time.”

Although their outside-the-group production plate is apparently always full, Kno and Deacon continue to keep the focus, along with Natti, on CunninLynguists’ music. The trio are already planning to unleash the second installment of Strange Journey in September to coincide with the group’s North American tour.

A grimier counterpart to its predecessor, Strange Journey Volume Two assembles an assortment of underground Hip Hop luminaries, including Sean Price and Poison Pen (who appear on the concept record about how no matter your locale you can get attacked and jacked, “Streets”), J-Zone, Bronze Nazareth, Guilty Simpson, and many more.

And after the two volumes of Strange Journey have reached the satisfied masses, CL will unveil two more offerings for fans of that southern fried soulness.

“We’re working on an EP, and we’re working on a new studio album,” Kno revealed of the group’s planned 2010 releases. “We don’t have a title [for either] yet. But both of the records are concept records, and they kinda run into each other…We never stop working. This is a recession, [and] you’re gonna get fired if you stop.”

Strange Journey Volume One is due May 26 from Bad Taste Records.

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Rhymes: Vampire Weekend to Perform on Late Night With Jimmy on March 18

The indie rock band, Vampire Weekend, is set to perform a new song entitled "White Sky" tomorrow night on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon. I recently purchased the band's self-titled debut album released in 2008, and it is a great record. It would be extremely interesting if Vampire Weekend performed with The Roots, which many acts who perform on the show are doing. I highly recommend you tune in tomorrow night for Jimmy, if not for VW, then for the best house band in late night, the Legendary Roots Crew.

Here is my favorite Vampire Weekend song, "M79"

and here are The Roots performing with Public Enemy on Jimmy Fallon last night.

Rhymes: CunninLynguists (ft Slug of Atmosphere) - "Dont Leave (When Winter Comes)"

download here: http://www.divshare.com/direct/6820155-663.mp3

i have already listened to this song over 50 times since sunday night. amazing song. Strange Journey Vol #1 Available for preorders now at www.qn5.com ships 3/24!!

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: The Ending of 50 Cent's New Video Game, Blood in the Sand

Click on picture to see the whole image

swiped from: http://penny-arcade.com/comic/2009/3/13/

Saturday, March 14, 2009

Life: Frogman (TRUE STORY)

swiped from: http://www.kantipuronline.com/kolnews.php?nid=69722

Bizarre baby born in Dolakha
By Rajendra Manandhar

Charikot, Dolakha, March 29 - The birth of a bizarre-looking baby in Charikot, the headquarters of Dolakha district, on Wednesday, drew a huge number of onlookers to witness the astonishing sight.

The neck-less baby with its head almost totally sunk into the upper part of the body and with extraordinarily large eyeballs literally popping out of the eye-sockets, was born to Nir Bahadur Karki and Suntali Karki at the Gaurishnkar Hospital in Charikot.The Karki couple is a permanent resident of Dolakha�s Bhirkot VDC.

The bizarre baby, however, died after half an hour of its birth, Suntali, the mother, informed. It was taken to the hospital after its death.

The news about such a baby being brought to the hospital spread like wildfire and there were hundreds gathered at the hospital to have a look. The police had to be deployed to control the crowd.

�We wouldn�t have been able to save it, even if it had been brought here alive,� said a nurse attending to the mother at the hospital, �This is an extremely abnormal case.�

The �baby� weighed 2kg at birth and was born after the normal nine-month gestation period.

Suntali, already a mother of two normal daughters, was not suffering from any illness during the pregnancy.

Nir Bahadur, the father, says he does not feel any remorse for the newly-born baby�s death. �I am happy that nothing happened to my wife,� he said.

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Musicians with Porn Star Names

Barenaked Ladies
Big Daddy Kane
Big Pooh
Big Punisher
Bizzy Bone
Blackstar (sick...)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony
Bono (maybe a stretch, or if u just pronounce it differently)
Boogie Down Productions
BoomKat (a female porn star name)
Boys Like Girls (ehhh maybe a little weak)
Carol Woods
Cat Power
Dawn of Man
Evan Rachel Wood
Extended Famm
Finger Eleven
The Flaming Lips
Foreign Exchange
Fountains of Wayne
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious 5
GZA (his name is acutally pronounced Jizza hehe)
Heavy D and the Boys
Hootie and the Blowfish
Jimmy Eat World
Joe Cocker
Johnny Cash
Johnson & Jonson
Lauryn Hill (weak... lol)
Layzie Bone
Lil Wayne
Lil Jon
Little Brother
Lynyrd Skynyrd
Meat Loaf
Notorious B.I.G.
One Be Lo
Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth
Phat Kat
Pink Floyd
Porn (seriously this is a rapper's name)
Third Eye Blind
Tyler Bates
The Velvet Underground
Wu Tang Clan

yepp... that was fun

Thursday, March 12, 2009

Rhymes: iTunes Update (Bo Outlaw Edition)

Many of you know I am an iTunes play count enthusists, but my top 5 most played rarely change, so I thought I'd give the spotlight to my fellow play count enthusits, this week it will be Bo Outlaw (depicted below).
Austin James Mass
This picture was taken after Bo Outlaw was arrested for speeding and alluding police in the wonderful state of Alabama.

#5.) "Somebody's Baby" by Jackson Browne
#4.) "Fred Bear" by Ted Nugent
#3.) Wind of Change" by The Scorpions
#2.) "Wreck of the Edmund Fitzgerald" by Gordon Lightfoot
#1.) "Sundown" by Gordon Lightfoot

...And MY Top 5 Most Played for the week:
T#5.) "In Her Music Box" by Atmosphere
"Title and Registration" by Death Cab for Cutie
"Middle Management" by Bishop Allen
#4.) "Xavia" by The Submarines
#3.) "Maybe" by N*E*R*D*
#2.) "I'll Be in the Sky" by B.O.B.
#1.) "Uh-Huh" by Munchausen By Proxy (Featuring Zooey Deschanel & Von Iva)

From the YES MAN soundtrack... great song.

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Things That Don't Sit Too Well With Me Vol. #2

- No car
- No food
- Homework over spring break
- The new app on iTunes, iTunesDJ (which is the same thing as Party Mix or whatever it was called)
- Soap Operas
- The new facebook set up...
- Those fucking "My Friends" pictures that are plaguing facebook
- The eight feet of rain that we've gotten in Tiffin, Ohio since spring break started

Monday, March 9, 2009

Life: After Death- R.I.P. Christopher "Notorious B.I.G." Wallace

It's been 12 years since one of the biggest names in hip hop history has passed away. I'm not going to make some bold statement like he was top 5 of all time, or "Ready to Die" is the greatest album of all time. But certainly Biggie was an excellent lyricisits, one of the best of his time, and it's a damn shame he was taken from us so soon and during his prime. It would have been interesting if he would've never passed, and to see how much different hip hop would be today, because he was very influential. I've yet to see his biopic, aptly titiled "Notorious" which was released about 2 months ago, I'll probably rent it when it's out of DVD. To remember his legacy here are some of his finer, lesser-known, classic tracks (No "Big Poppa" or "Hypnotize").

ok well this is a well known song, but it's an undeniable classic, his first single: "Juicy"

mmm "10 Crack Commandments" brilliant song, brilliant beat by DJ Premier

this is the only version i can find, trust me the album version is sooo much better, the drums are harder and crisper, no annoying guitar, the strings are better, etc. but this will suffice I guess...

once again, not the original beat, cuz youtube blows, but the original version beat is much better...

Sunday, March 8, 2009

Rhymes: What the Ef is an Asher Roth?

Asher Roth has been making some noise on the underground scene since 2007. He is a white, from the suburbs, and he has been hearing countless comparisons to Eminem. I'm still not sure what to make of Mr. Roth. I gave his mixtape a listen during the summer, but I dismissed him because I paired him in the group of what i call "parody rappers" who really don't rap about anything, but just make funny songs (ie: Afroman, Jamie Kennedy, Mickey Avalon, etc.). He is obviously aimed at a target audience, the college frat boys, which I think is extremely corny and lame. And I hated his first single (listen below) "I Love College" at first, but it has started to grow on me, and it is going to be huge. If not on the radio, then sure enough at college frat parties.

This song is undeniably catchy, but I also think it depicts the collge life very inaccurately. But at the same time, it's a party song about partying and having fun, so why am I over analyzing it so much? I'm still not sure how I feel about this up and coming rapper, but I will check out his corny ass titled debut album "Asleep in the Bread Aisle" which comes out April 17.

Friday, March 6, 2009

From Chris Brown's Beat Farm: 4 Possible Future Careers

swiped from: http://www.brokencool.com/broken_cool/2009/03/4-possible-future-careers-for-chris-brown.html#more

4 Possible Future Careers For Chris Brown

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Now that Chris Brown's music career is lookin' like it's a wrap like saran, he's going to need to find another vocation where he can still make arab money and be in the spotlight...or at least collect a check and have SOME admirers...'cause you know the only other options are McDonald's or become a full-time Tweeter like MC Hammer.

Yours truly...just call me broken cool...has put together a list of 4 Possible Future Careers For Chris Brown.


Chris seems like a real softy...you know...when he's not allegedly beating up one of the biggest female artist's ever. He's been able to put pen to paper in music so I really think those writing abilities can crossover into the world of greeting cards. Here's a couple of samples I'm sure CB could come up with:

Roses are red, violets are blue

My lambo is blue and your face is too


Congratulations on your Grammy nomination...now get out of my car bitch.

You know...real heart warming stuff that hits close to home.



There is nothing I love to do more after beating up my girlfriend than jetting off to somewhere hot to go jet-skiing. The above is a pic of Chris Brown mere days after he allegedly beat up Rihanna. It seems like he's got this jet-skiing thing down so he might wanna keep that in mind when he puts out his next album and it sells less copies than a Hot Rod/Lloyd Banks collaboration project.

#2 MMA

The damage that Chris Brown inflicted on Rihanna was shocking and disgusting...no doubt...but there are MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighters that don't cause this much damage in 3 rounds...hell...let alone 1...here's an example:

I say get CB on a card ASAP and put him up against Kimbo "If I Need To Do Anything Other Than Punch Someone In The Face I'll Lose" Slice and hopefully CB can work on his ground game a little...then again...Kimbo appears to just fall down on his own so whatever.


I'm sure by now you've read the detectives notes on how things went down the night Brown allegedly smacked around Rihanna like she owed him money. But have you REALLY read the notes? Brown allegedly did most of the damage to Rihanna while he was navigating a Lamborghini through evening L.A. traffic. I mean he was punching her with one hand while steering the Lamborghini with the other. Steering a Lamborghini isn't like taking your parent's car to the grocery store...plus, I'm pretty sure you don't need to punch anyone while driving in Nascar...although you may need to be able to throw down should you crash:

Seriously though...Chris could kill it in Nascar with his precision driving skills. His car could be sponsored by his new favourite company, I Fucked Up My Life Industries.

... oh how I love this Chris Brown gag.

Thursday, March 5, 2009

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Facebook Note Mockery

So every now and then facebook has a stupid fad that everyone ends up doing (right now its those stupid friend pictures like "the jock" "the slut" etc.) but a couple weeks ago it was 25 things about yourself, and for those who have yet to read it, here was mine:

1.) I'm really good looking (you already know this, but this fact needed to be reiterated).

2.) Grammar is more important than life itself (my list goes: 1. Grammar 2. Money 2.5 Bitches 3. Orange Tic Tacs 4. Oxygen).

3.) I'm really fast (to give you a reference, I'm somewhere between a snake and a mongoose).

4.) I'm extremely funny (you can use this note as evidence of my genious sense of humor).

5.) I'm also very humble (even though I'm so much better than everyone).

6.) My favorite rap group is The CunninLynguists, There's a reason you've never heard of them. (It's because I'm better than you).

7.) I am an avid underachiever. It's not that I'm lazy, it's just, I don't care.

8.) My favorite place in the world is Hedges Boyer.

9.) I am the greatest singer ever. All of my friends can attest to that.

10.) I am the greatest dancer ever. All of my bitches can attest to that.

11.) My shit really doesn't stink.

12.) I am very superstious. I hate black cats, the number 23, the number 13, and many other things.

A Baker's Dozen) Just incase you thought i was kidding on the previous one.

14.) I also have extremely unfortunate luck, especially with women. But I'm starting to make sense of this. If I had normal luck it would be unfair for everyone else. Also if I didnt have bad luck with women, I'd have 439 babies, which is far too many mouths to feed on a General Food Serivice Worker's salery.

15.) I once owned a Blue/Rust 1990 Pontiac Grand AM. They had to take it away from me, in fear of becoming too awesome.

16.) I am rather short. Once again this is to level out the playing field.

17.) I have a very impressive hat collection.

18.) The best movie ever made is Juno, if you think elsewise, you are incorrect.

19.) I am a member of the okayplayer.com message forum. I have 2375 posts and counting. I am NOT a loser.

20.) I recently purchased an iPod and 5 CDs from Finders (your local music library), and currently have $18.50 in my bank account.

21.) I love the play count feature on iTunes. If you do not let a song finish, I will punish you (by punish you, I mean kill you).

22.) I hate people who over use the word, literally.

24.) I correct people's grammar excessively. Some find this annoying, but do they find it annoying when Spiderman saves their lives?

25.) I hate conformity, so i will not end at 25.

26.) My ideal woman: bites her nails, picks on me endlessly, thumb wrestles, loves the Chicago Bears, knows my musical taste is superior but wont admit it, make me a sandwich (NOW!), smells nice, knows the difference between to, two, too and your and you're, reads books, is kinda weird, likes to eat, and rates 11 on the 1-10 scale (i mean come on, I'm atleast a 15 on the 1-10 scale).

27.) I am a boderline germ freak, but I've been getting better since college.

28.) I use elipses (...) often... I have no explination for this...

29.) The best sporting team ever is the aforementioned Chicago Bears. God is Mike Ditka.

30.) I have one brother, he is my understudy in awesomeness.

31.) Sometimes ya gotta race...

32.) I HATE it when people use the word irony incorrectly.

33.) I secretly look at the stars and sunsets, if you tell anyone about this I'll fucking kill you.

34.) I am a firm believer in eating healthy... except on wing night.

35.) I think I've dragged this joke on long enough, if I think of something else awesome, I'll write it down and make a sequal... but I wouldn't hold your breath

Rhymes & Life: My Favorite Hip Hop Moments in My Life

(Please note that i took this from a post I made at www.okayplayer.com, hense the not caring about grammar and all that good stuff.)

-I downloaded A Piece Of Strange by the CunninLynguists because a friend sent me a song called "Mic like a memory" so I wanted to check out an album from Cunninlynguists (nice name, nooott (c) wayne's world)but i put on the album as i was going to sleep i probably fell asleep after the first couple tracks cuz i was so tired. and i woke up during a song called "the gates" and thought i was dreaming, it was the most amazing piece of music I've ever heard, i didnt think it was real. Today A Piece of Strange is my favorite album of all time, and no piece of music has even come close to making an impact to my life the way that album did.

-I bought the college dropout during my 8th grade class trip, and it was one of the most amazing albums i ever heard right off from the first track, "give them a song the kids can sing to..."

(this is a cool video)

-i was watching a show on mtv2 that played music videos from the 90s, and "i used to love her" by Common came on, it was the first time i heard it, i remember thinking its dope,but what is it with common and songs about girls... then at the end he said "you know im talking about hip hop".. what?? i replayed that video at least 10 times that night, thank god for dvr

-going to best buy on 1/1/05 buying Illmatic an album by Nas which i downloaded it first cuz i couldnt find it at my local cd store, but hearing it all together in order in high quality for the first time, amazing. then reflection eternal, bought almost blindly, a friend sent me a track "Eternalists" and i was like damn the "get by" dude is rapping his ass off. then on some old hip hop show on mtv2 i was watching on new years eve i heard "the blast" i couldnt go to sleep that night cuz i couldnt wait to get the train of thought

-so my friend put me on the roots when i was in 8th grade, he burnt me a copy of Phrenology, which up until game theory was my fav roots album. i loved phrenology i played it all the time, but my junior year in hs after a football game, i decided to play it and then i finally heard this bonus track at the end of this track of like 9 mins of silence, these ridiculous drums come on, and then i heard kweli's voice, and omg i heard the best song on one of my fav albums 3 years after first hearing the album. i was pissed at my friend, i was :how you aint gonna tell me theres a bonus track with kweli at the end. he just shook his head and laughed...

- and finally my first hip hop concert, ive waited 18 entire years before it happened... it was october 11, 2008. Cunninlynguists with Substantial and Pack FM at Oberlin College. i wanted to bring my little brother but he couldnt go cuz u had to be 18 to get in the club. i leave two hours before the show starts because its an hour long drive, of course i got lost.

i finally found the place, get there at 10, when i thought the show started, but it started at 11, so i had an hour to burn... waiting outside i see this lady with a bunch of tatoos (she had to be in her late 30s atleast, probably in her 40s) and an older black dude, and they were talking about hip hop and she was a dj and he was a graffiti artists and she was talking about all the records she had signed, and i was sitting alone eavesdropping pretending i was listening to my ipod and then she calls me over and asked if i was there for the show and knew anything about the cunninglynguists.

i told them about how amazing APOS and dirty acres are, and she told some more incredible stories, and put me on to brother ali's shadows on the sunCheck Spelling (i already had the undisputed truth) but she said i had to check out that one, i bought it the next day.

they finally opened the club and the dj played some amazing songs (6th sense, The Blast, The Light, Mrs Fat Booty) and i wasnt even mad the opening acts dint start yet it was so much fun just listening to music with these ppl, and then substantial came on. i thought dude was decent, im a big fan of QN5 and i dled his album, it was good not great, but he came on stage dude was like 8 ft tall could barely talk and just rapped his ass off... then he asked for a bottle of water and i look to the right of me and pack fm was standing right next to me handing dude a bottle of water.

whutduzFMstand4? was one of my fav albums at the time, and i went over to pack shoook his hand, and i was so excited i didnt say anythign too intelligent i probably came off as an ass i think i said something like "dude you're amazing, you're really good man". then pack went on stage and just murdered it, he was probably like 5'8" and he just rapped with so much passion, i wanted to be just like him...

but after all of that, it was time for the reason i was there to come on stage, my favorite rap group, Cunninlynguits. Ive listened to their 4 albums and 2 mixtapes in the past 2 years more than any other artists ive ever listened to. APOS is my fav album of all time.

the stage was dark... everything was silent... my phone went off, it was mid-night, and my girl was wishing me happy birthday, cuz it was october 12, my bday, and then i hear the opening keys to "Never" and the voice of big rube saying "we will never die"... and then a hooded scary black man with a lousiville slugger enters the stage to my right, and the beat from "things i dream" comes on, and it was Natti, this dude was bigger than life.

after natti spit his verse, Kno and Deacon entered the stage, and they put on an unforgettable show, it changed my life, it was prbably the best night of my life. I got to shake Kno Deacon and Nattis hands. they were done with the show and they hadnt performed mexico yet, and i was yelling at kno to do mexico, he looked over at me and kinda laughed, they did "hellfire" for their encore, everyone went nuts, i was pissed. then kno looked at me again and then "mexico" came on for the second encore... damn ill never forget that show, i love hip hop

Rhymes: Eminem New Album May 19

Now I haven't been the biggest fan of Eminem as of late, the few projects he has released since 2004's disappointing, Encore have been a strong decline from his earlier work. But I mean its been 5 years since Eminem last released an album. He is responsible for me getting into hip hop, so here's the article:

SANTA MONICA, CA - March 5, 2009 – Eminem, the biggest selling music artist of the decade, officially announced the street date of his eagerly awaited new album; his first original studio album in over four years. Relapse (Interscope/ Aftermath/Shady) will be released on May 19, 2009. The first single from the album and its accompanying video will see a simultaneous release on April 7th.

Anticipation for Relapse has been building since the fall, when Eminem first announced the album title and debuted the freestyle, “I’m Having A Relapse,” during an interview on his Shade 45 satellite radio station. Last month, the release of “Crack A Bottle” from Eminem, Dr. Dre and 50 Cent brought that anticipation to a head. The track soared to #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 (Eminem’s second #1 after 2002’s “Lose Yourself”) and set a Nielsen SoundScan record for opening week download sales (418,000). The recording ranked third in the history of all weekly download sales. “Crack A Bottle” will be included as an album track on Relapse.

With the announcement of the release date for Relapse also comes confirmation of something that had been rumored in recent weeks: Eminem is already working on a follow-up album, Relapse 2, that fans can expect in the second half of 2009. “A lot of people were expecting Relapse to drop last year,” said Eminem. “I was one of them. Then Dre and I went back in the studio in September for a few days, and that turned into six months. We were on such a roll; we wound up with a ton of new music produced by Dre. Putting out Relapse 2 will let everyone get all of the best stuff.”

Eminem has sold more than 75,000,000 albums worldwide. His previous studio album, Encore, reached #1 and dominated the charts in late 2004. Certified quadruple platinum and spinning off four Top 40 Hot 100 hits, the Grammy-nominated disc has sold more than 11,000,000 copies around the globe. The #1, double platinum, 2005 greatest hits collection, Curtain Call: The Hits and #2, platinum, 2006 various artists compilation, Eminem Presents: The Re-Up, followed. In October 2008, Eminem released “Eminem: The Way I Am”, a book compiling thoughts, stories, and memorabilia from various points in his life. The book entered the New York Times Best-Seller list at #11.

A little something for nostalgia's sake:

Rhymes: iTunes Update

So every week on BRL, I will post my top 5 songs on iTunes, as well as the top 5 songs played this week.

Overall :
#5: CunninLynguists "Hourglass"
#4: Kanye West "Bad News"
#3: Chico & the Man (Tonedeff and Kno) "My Lady"
#2: Atmosphere "If I Were Santa Claus"
#1: Bright Eyes "First Day of My Life"

This Week:
#T5: Atmosphere "You" "Carry Me Home" The Waitress" "Smart Went Crazy" "Guarantees" "Dreamer" "Say Hey There"
#T5: Band of Horses "Our Swords"
#T5: We Are Scientist "After Hours"
#2: Bishop Allen "Middle Management
#1: The Submarines "Xavia"

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Things That Don't Sit Too Well With Me Vol. #1

-When people replace "s" with "z" at the end of words (ie: wordz)
-The metric system
-Old naked men who sit in saunas
-Unreliable internet connection
-The Post Office
-The song "My Humps" by The Black Eyed Peas
-When people enter someone else's room, requests me to move out of the seat I'm sitting in, so he can roll a cigarette, without the owner of the room's permission.
.... That's All.

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Captain Canada (c) Michael

I Don't really need to say anything about this. I do hate Canada with a majority of my energy (it's not worth all of it). But this is dedicated to Nora, and the art is done by Michael.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

Life: Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist

This movie has recently become one of my favorites, and I even purchased the novel today and can't wait to read it. But the soundtrack is phenominal, which is why I'm posting this right now. Enjoy my favorites from the soundtrack.

my favorite song on the album, "Xavia" by The Submarines

We Are Scientists "After Hours"

"Lover" by Devendra Banhart (the video is of some retard making an ass of himself, enjoy)

the rest of it is equally impressive.

Rhymes: When God Gives You Ugly

Atmosphere and Brother Ali will start their When God Gives You Ugly tour on April 10. This will be promoting Atmosphere's 2008 album, When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold (which was easily the best album released last year) and the recent remastered God Loves Ugly (my first introduction to Atmosphere) and Brother Ali's The Truth Is Here... EP (which will be released in March 10) and his upcoming full length album (will be released in the fall), the follow up to 2007's The Undisputed Truth.


05-18-2009 20:00 at Beachland Ballroom & Tavern - When God Gives You Ugly Tour w/ Brother Ali & Attracted To Gods
15711 Waterloo Rd, Cleveland, Ohio 44110
Cost: $20

^ I will definitely be there, who's coming with me?

Here are a couple of Videos:

This should've been posted in the "I Hate My Job" post, but this Atmosphere's current single.

Brother Ali's video for "Take Me Home" off of The Undisputed Truth

Atmosphere's "Guarantees" video

Monday, March 2, 2009

Rhymes & Life: I Hate My Job...

Well I got work in less than 30 mins, so I gotta get ready, but before I do here are some tunes for you to enjoy...

I'm not a big fan of Cam'ron but this song is undeniable

classic kanye song from college dropout

Consequence great song from his 2007 album Dont Quit Your Day Job

Devin the Dude Snoop and Andre 3000 great song

Great song from the flawless Below the Heavens album by Blu & Exile

Sunday, March 1, 2009

Life: The Meaning of Life According to ChaCha

I'm sure many of you already know of the ChaCha sensation that has been going on for lets say a good 7-8 months. For those who don't know, if you have a question that needs to be answered, you can simply send a text message to 242-242 (or ChaCha), at it will answer your question within only a few moments.

And for today I decided to test the depth of ChaCha and ask it the meaning of life. It responded within a minute with this enlightening answer:
"That's a deep question to try to answer in a text message. The best I can say is 'Follow your heart!' And keep doing the ChaCha!"

Oh ChaCha and your infinite wisdom...


From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Chris Brown & Rhianna (c) Nora

So Nora decided to make this for me, and it will be hung on my wall as soon as I arrive home. Also it has been rumored that Chris Brown and Rhianna, have reportedly gotten back together only 3 short weeks after Chris Bown beat the fuck outta that ho. Bit had it coming.

Welcome to BRL

Hello world, I am Zachery Allen G*** (sensored for security purposes) some of you may know me as Goose or just simply Zach. This is my first blog. I have been wanting to do a blog for quite sometime now, but only recently have decided I do not have a life anymore, which is a prerequisite for blogging.

(I'm the good looking cat to the left)

In this blog you will find several different things. You will find random, funny thoughts in the humorously titled "Dwight Shrute's Beet Farm" section. You will find news and thoughts on hip hop and other types of music in the "Rhymes" section. And you will be enlightened with my intellgience and deep thoughts in the "Life" section.