Thursday, May 28, 2009

From Knolan Ryan's Twitter Page: Caucasian

A remix of Kanye's "Amazing" done by CunninLynguists' finest, Kno, who retitles the song, "Caucasian", an ode to white NBA players. This is grand.

Monday, May 25, 2009

From the Local Family Video: Stupid Movie Night vol #2 (Continued)

Very rarely does a single moment in your life completely change everything about you. These moments can transform you from a boy to a man, man and woman to man and wife, and husband and wife to dad and mom. We come across these moments so few times in life, which makes them special, and it is important to cherish these moments, because there is no way of telling how many more of these moments we have left on this earth. The latest of these conquests happened just last thursday night, in my very own basement, the viewing of an independant film entitled, Mr. Jingles.

Mr. Jingles is a once, maybe twice in a lifetime movie. The stars were aligned in the making of this motion picture, it is an epic, perfect storm of film, where I like to think God, himself had a little handle in the production. This film matched all the prerequisites for a good SMN movie, shoddy camera work, back acting, unnecessary nudity, low budget, unrealistic violence, and a decaptitaion scene.

Mr. Jingles is supposed to be a loose sequel to S.I.C.K., which along with Fear of Clowns recieved a perfect score. There are no evident references to S.I.C.K. in Jingles, but it obviously done by the same hands who gave us S.I.C.K.

Here is a little sneak preview, this is an excellent scene in which the english language has yet to establish a word to describe...

SMN: 10/10

Saturday, May 23, 2009

Rhymes & Life: When God Gives You Ugly... You Paint That Shit Love

It had to have been maybe five years ago since the angelic sounds of Anthony Davis' drums from a song called "Lovelife" has graced my ears. "Lovelife" was my first exposure to this indie rap group hailing from Minnesota, Atmosphere. Since then the emcee/DJ combo of Sean (Slug) Daley and Anthony (Ant) Davis has become a soundtrack to my daily life. Brother Ali also tagged along for the show in Cleveland [Area], even though he's not on the When God Gives You Ugly Tour. Also Nate Collis' band (Collis plays guitar in many of the songs on When Life Gives You Lemons... and tours with Atmosphere), Attracted to Gods opened.

The show started about 10 til 9 with Attracted to Gods. The alt rock band consisted of Collis and a drummer. They were fairly good, and for a rock band at a hip hop show seemed to get a pretty decent reaction from the crowd. I am not familiar with any of their work, but the band performed some excellent instrumental songs which I may have to explore. Also Nate Collis provides strong vocals for most of the songs.

After about a 45 minute set by the opening act, Brother Ali came on stage. He opened his set with battleraps from his song "Bitchslap!" from his first song. Then spared no time going into the first single from his 2007 album, "The Truth Is" which had the full house screaming "MORE" over ant's reggae fused loop. Ali's stage presence was that of a merging star, as he interacted with the crowd telling jokes in between songs, and having the crowd hanging on every word during his performance. His next album, slated for a September release, is going to be huge (and by huge i mean top 10 first week on the billboard 200). Ali has already established himself in the underground with arguably two classic albums, and I have a feeling he will be getting a lot more exposure with his next release. One of the biggest standout performances of the night was his performance of "Walking Away", which is one of my personal favorites and Ant's bluesy backdrop perfectly compliments Brother Ali's heartbreaking story of his divorce...

"I Guess theres nothing more for us to say,
Got my mind made up, I'm walking away,
sometimes we just outgrow the roll that we play,
I hope you find a happy ending to your story someday..."

Also towards the end of the song, Ali adds another, just amazing verse to the song explaining how his wife neglected his infant son, which made him divorce him. I really wish I knew what the verse was from, it may have been a freestyle, but it seemed too well constructed to be so. Ali's performance of "Good Lord" which was off of his "Truth is Here EP" released in March, was another highlight of the night. The entire crowd knew every word to this song, and the crowd participation to "Freedom Aint Free" was another unforgettable moment.

After Ali's impressive, but short set, Sean and Anthony took the stage with a couple background vocalists, Nate Collis on guitar, a bassist and a keyboardist. Their set opened with "Godlovesugly". Slug was charming throughout the 2 hour set, telling humorous anecdotes inbetween songs. At one point in the show after an outstanding performance of "Painting", Slug had to bounce an intoxicated couple for acting beligerent and disrupting the show, but he made a smooth transition into another excellent performance of a crowd favorite, "Yesterday". Another high point of the night, was "Guarantees", which was played at a faster tempo than on the record, giving it a much different vibe, Slug also included another verse at the end, which was way too perfect to be a freestyle, but at the same time, I wouldnt put it past the Minnesota emcee.

Slug, indeed is the face of indie hip hop, and I like to refer to him as the voice of the unheard generation. No doubt he has the capability to be the biggest hip hop star of the decade, but chose to stay independant instead of selling out to a major label. This may have cost him millions of dollars, but at the sametime I have a hardtime thinking Nickelback and other multiplatnum artists having this strong of a fanbase. Cleveland, Ohio is not known for its hip hop roots, but the Beachland Ballroom, located on the outskirts of Cleveland, was jam packed at maximum capacity with people who knew every single bar the underground star uttered.

The show's most unforgettable moment had to be the performance of "Fuck You Lucy". My personal favorite song off of the God Loves Ugly album, which is Slug at his best:

Fuck the what happend
I got stuck
They can peel pieces of me off the grill of her truck
Used to walk with luck
Used to hold her hand
Fell behind and played the role of a slower man
I wanna stand on top of this mountain and yell
I wanna wake up and break up this lake of hell
I feel like a bitch for letting the sheet twist me up
The last star fighter is wounded time to give it up
On a pick it up mission
Kept it bitter
Getting in a million memories just to forget her

Out of my few live shows I've attended, this is the best musical moment I've ever been a part of. Slug captured the crowd with his tale of heartbreak so sincere, it's almost like it had just recently happened to him. I personally was sucked into the moment so deeply, I almost felt like I was experiencing an outer body experience, chanting the haunting reversed lyrics with the background vocalists:
"It leave never would you, you shouw could I if"

The show consisted mostly of songs from "When Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Shit Gold" and "God Loves Ugly", but towards the end, they threw in some crowd favorites from older albums including "Trying to Find a Balance" "Guns & Cigarettes", and "Always Coming Back Home to You". During the encore, Brother Ali came back on stage and ran through performances of "Cats Vans Bags", which sounds much better live than on the album and "Blah Blah Blah". After that they broke into a rendition of Prince's classic, "Purple Rain", which was very ammusing, then they closed the set with some freestyles.

This was probably the best concert experience I've ever had. Everything was on from the ticket prices, to the stage, to merchandise (I got GLU and WLGYLYPTSG on vinyl), to the crowd, to the performances, and everything else in between. It was an excellent show.

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Friday, May 22, 2009

From the Local Family Video: Stupid Movie Night vol #2

I'm going to post about the 2nd film we watched last night first. We rented the movie, Scar due to the backcover wihch showed two actors screaming which looked like it had potential to be a horrible horror film. Unfortunatly it wasnt the best pick up we have made on SMN, the acting wasn't by any means good, but not bad enough to make it fun to mock. The story line did have some decent potential, but in the end it was poorly executed. This movie was too bad to actually enjoy, yet not nearly bad enough to enjoy.
SMN Rating: 5/10

Mr. Jingles Review Coming Soon...

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Rhymes: #30-21 Greatest Albums of All Time

It's been a while since I've updated this... so here are the much anticipated next 10 albums of my list...

#30) Lauryn Hill - "The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill"

Fun Fact: Lauryn's 1998 debut is the only appearance in my list from a female.
Top Songs: To Zion, Lost One, Doo Wop (That Thing), I Used to Love Him

#29) Death Cab for Cutie - "Plans"

Fun Fact: The Only Full Length Death Cab album on my iTunes, more Death Cab albums would likely be added to the list in the future.
Top Songs: Someday You Will Be Loved, I Will Follow You Into the Dark, What Sarah Said, Soul Meets Body, Your Heart is an Empty Room

#28) Jay-Z - "American Gangster"

Fun Fact: Jay-Z's most recent album, is a concept album based off of the 2007 Denzel Washington movie with the same title. This is Jay-Z's third and highest rated album on my list.
Top Songs: Fallin', American Dreamin', No Hook, Roc Boys, Pray, Success, Say Hello

#27) Atmosphere - "You Cant Imagine How Much Fun We're Having"

Fun Fact: This is the first of the 3 Atmosphere albums on my list. You Cant Imagine... is also the first Atmosphere album I've album I ever bought.
Top Songs: Little Man, Pour Me Another, Smart Went Crazy, Say Hey There, Get Fly

#26) John Legend - "Get Lifted"

Fun Fact: Legend's debut is the only R&B album to appear on my list. Bought this album the same day I bought the classic Will Ferrell movie, Anchorman.
Top Songs: Used to Love You, Lets Get Lifted, Ordinary People, I Can Change, Number One

#25) Masta Ace - "A Long Hot Summer"

Fun Fact: Great summer time album, Masta Ace's alegedily last solo effort, is arguably his best.
Top Songs: Revelations, Good Ol' Love, Beautiful, Do It Man, Soda & Soap, The Ways, Wutuwunkno

#24) Forgive Durden - "Razia's Shadow: A Musical"

Fun Fact: The newest album (to me) on the list. I got this album a week before making this list. This is a brilliant concept album, wheere the story is told like a musical.
Top Songs: Missing Piece, Genesis, Toba the Tura,The Oracle, The Apex, The Exit

#23) Pack FM - "WhutduzFMstand4?"

Fun Fact: The only non-Cunninlynguists QN5 album on the list.
Top Songs: WhutduzFMstand4?, Token Love Song, Click Clack & Spray, Free-esta, I Cant Win, Lessons

#22) Andre 3000 - "The Love Below"

Fun Fact: Bought this double album in 2004 and only enjoyed Big Boi's album, then 3 years later discovered the genius that is The Love Below.
Top Songs:She Lives in My Lap, A Life in the Day of Benjamin Andre, Hey Ya!, Take of Your Cool, Prototype

#21) Brother Ali - "The Undisputed Truth"

Fun Fact: Brother Ali's second album has songs biographically talking about his religion, how he married his wife at 17 without knowing her, his divorce, his son, and so much more. This is probably the most personal album on this list, Ali bears it all in this 2007 classic.
Top Songs: Walking Away, Faheem, Freedom Aint Free, Truth Is, Here, Letter From the Government, Ear to Ear

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Say NO! to Hulu!

This commercial aired last February during the Super Bowl. To many this is just another humorous commercial, advertising for the popular video site, hulu. I too found it to be nonthreatening at first, but then i got to thinking about it... Alec Baldwin...hmmm... I always had a suspicion that the Baldwins were aliens, so I got to thinking... What if Alec was simply giving us a warning, and mocking the human race by unvieling the alien's secret plan to take over the world... I wouldn't put it past the aliens or Alec Baldwin. So this is BRL's boycott to Hulu.

Friday, May 15, 2009

From the Local Family Video: Random Movie Night

Tonight's Random Movie Night, was the first of the summer and a rather successful one. The night started out with Goose Ski and Craig trying to act civilized instead of the usual, which includes acting like jackasses. It was a failed attempt, when the trio entered the video store, realizing none of them had any money, which caused them to bust out in laughter for several minutes. After they got money they rented two movies, Gacy and Cry_Wolf.


This movie had what we wanted from RMN, horrible acting, poor plot, shoddy camera work, pointless sex scene, clowns, and it was overall a terrible movie.
RMN Rating: 7/10


This movie had the potential to be a quality film, which is not what we look for in RMN. The plot is decent and it is well produced. There also is a scene in the film that features Sage Francis' song "Sea Lion" which I recommend you all listen to. Also Jon Bon Jovi stars in the movie,discrediting the film for RMN because of the big name actor rule. This is a decent movie, its not over yet, but it seems pretty good, too good for Random Movie Night.
RMN Rating: 2/10

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Rhymes: The Lonely Island ft. the Roots - "Im On a Boat" (Live on Late Night with Jimmy Kimmel)

Black Thought as T-Pain.
This is soooo great lol

From Dwight Schrute's Beet Farm: Life is Better on a Stick

A couple of months ago my friends and I were talking, and one of my friends asked for a cancer stick (slang term for cigarette), and then we got to talking... Cigarette companies obviously need to change the name of their products due to all the negative propaganda surrounding cigarettes. The term cancer stick is a MUCH more appealing term than cigarette. Sure cancer has a negative connotation, but still you pair that word up with the word stick, you got yourself a fun little product. Life is simply better in stick-form. Examples:

Popsicles on a stick

Sish Kabobs on a stick

Pogo sticks

Walking sticks

Stick figures

Corndogs on a Stick

Sticky Notes

Carrot Sticks

Glow Sticks

Hockey Sticks

Joy Sticks

Pixie Sticks

Monday, May 11, 2009

Rhymes & Life: Always Coming Back Home To You

To all my killers and my 100 dollar billers, to emo kids that have too many feelings:

countdown to atmosphere concert: 7 days!

From Nora's MUCT Notebook: Why I Love Studying

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Rhymes: "A Song For the Walk Home"

I hate playing my music for my friends, because it annoys me when people are all like hey check out my new cd, check this out, you hear my new song, be sure to listen to my new shit man. So i take the high road and keep my music to myself, but with my departure from BG in a couple of days has inspired me to make a little video-type thing for my newest song. The song is really rough, the vocals are distorted due to the crappy recording program i have on my lap top,and my singing on the hook will be replaced with an adequate vocalist for the final version of the song. But this song is about returning home after a year at school, i wrote this before winter break, but it works now too. Any comments about the song would be appriciated. Here it goes world premier of Goose's latest recording...

Its been a long time, I shouldnt have left you, with no dope beets to step to...

Sorry for the lack of posting as of late. I know my followers have been devistated, without my guidance. A lot has happened the past couple of weeks from personal issues, to my lap top dying, twice, stupid shit, and oh yeah... exams and fucking school. Good news though I'm almost done, and I will be bringing you Beets, Rhymes, and Life lessons to you daily. i have big plans, big plans....