Thursday, December 31, 2009

This Is What Ya'll Been Waitin' for, Ain't It?

Ok, it's new year's eve, big deal. I hate how people decide to get introspective only before a new year begins. What happened to the rest of the year? It's funny because the resolutions people make always get broken. There's always an excuse, but in all seriousness, it's just a weak mind. The mind is a powerful weapon. A wise man once told me when I was having some difficulties that all I had to do was "get my mind right." It was amazing how conditioning my mind has helped me overcome so much. Anyways, I'm done ranting. But tonight, it's on. I'm going to be popping bottles all night. Drink of choice:

Oh yes. Who thought I was going to have a picture of a trendy drink? I'm sorry. Oh, and word of advice to the masses, just because Diddy drinks it or you heard it in a rap song does not make it classy. If anyone forgot, most of these guys are from the hood. Hood liquor preferences are not usually the same liquor preferences of a CEO. Don't look like a fool. Do some research.

Wednesday, December 30, 2009

You Need to Stop Listening to Your Fat Girlfriends

So, Texas Tech fired Mike Leach:

He was Texas Tech's head coach and he was recently in trouble for putting a kid whom he thought had a concussion in a storage closet. I personally don't think he should be fired. If anyone knows any football coach from high school all the way to the pro's knows that coaches do that all the time. I have coaches like that now. They don't mean any harm, they're just trying to get the most out of their players. For the record, other players on Texas Tech's team commented on the particular player that got put in the storage closet. They characterized him as a "prima donna", "slacker", and that he had a sense of entitlement. What more can I say?

Tuesday, December 29, 2009

If I Don't Do Nothin', I'ma Ball

I think I might have found my second favorite artist:

Brian Donnelly, who is known professionally as KAWS, is an artist who doesn't think outside the box-he simply recreates it. He is known for designing Kanye West's "808's and Heartbreaks" album cover and album art. He also designed Clipse's "Till' the Casket Drops" album cover. Essentially, he takes popular cartoons or figures and puts his signature face on them (pictured above). However, his take on whatever he is creating is more refreshing in that he brightens and sharpens the colors and makes it seem like cartoons are brought into reality. I want his art.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Now, Why You Gotta Go and Do That?

I hope everyone's seen Amerie's "More Than Love" video:

I like that this video shows men doing more than being dogs. As a man myself, I feel like every time we do something that our respective significant others can't see, all of a sudden we're these lying, untrustworthy scoundrels. This video shows what most men truly are, people who make mistakes and may seem incompetent, but in reality, are trying their hardest to be the perfect man. Preach!

Saturday, December 26, 2009

The Champ Is Here

Sadly, it seems like we can't see this confrontation of epic proportions:

R.I.P. Floyd Mayweather vs. Manny Pacquiao.

Know It All Like We Majored In This

I'm pretty sure Paul Mooney is the most underrated comedian in the world:

This guy was Richard Pryor's right hand man way back in the day. He was responsible for getting comedians like Robin Williams and John Witherspoon on the map. Besides being outrageously funny, he also is very articulate and intelligent. His knowledge of history and how it affects race relations is remarkable. Hats off to you, Paul Mooney.

Friday, December 25, 2009

Flow Is Like Crazy Gone Mad

So this week, my aunt on my dad's side and her husband and my cousin came down to visit for the holidays. It's great seeing my dad and his siblings together. It's not because I get warm feelings inside. It's great because it's one of the few times my dad gets put on blast and he doesn't do anything about it because he's the youngest. It's absolute comedy. It gets rough though when my over-competitive mom pulls out the one game that makes me not want to be her son:

Scrabble is otherwise a fun game. However, my mom talks to much "you know what". Therefore, I will never play family scrabble.

Reppin' to My Last Second Dude

Christmas was pretty cool. I didn't expect anything and I thought I would be disappointed, but I made out better than most people. I don't understand why as soon as you turn 18, but you're not quite grown yet, you get things like these for Christmas:

I'm cool with that, but I honestly think once people turn 18, older adults assume that we transform into these boring people that only like to wear sweater vests and khaki's. I am not the one.

Merry Christmas

Hey everyone, there's still time to get me some last minute gifts! feel free to consult it whenever you want, even after the holidays. Ok, I need to stop. Oh, and for anyone who doesn't know, I have culinary skills. Here is this year's Christmas turkey:
Yes, my skills are like that. I didn't take a picture of this year's turkey. This one is from Thanksgiving, but they look the same. If you need a turkey grilled, let me know. Merry Christmas. If hilarity ensues, please believe the blog world will be updated.

Thursday, December 24, 2009

It's a Shame

I've been noticing this for a while and I just wondered if anyone else noticed. Why is it that the majority of the people in the black community that wear bluetooth not even working professionals. Bluetooth is for people who drive a lot or work so much that they can't bother holding a phone to talk. In other words, bluetooth is for people like this:

However, it is not for the Shaniqua's of the world like this:

True story, I was driving and I saw this guy at a bus stop with a tall tee on and a grill, who looked like he didn't even have a job. Yet, for his prepaid phone, he had a bluetooth ear piece. Don't have bluetooth if you don't have anyone to talk to. It's not an accessory. You might as well save up and buy some Air Jordan's. I'm jumping out the window with this one.

Still Dreaming

Remember the show Snoop Dogg's Fatherhood?

Before that show came out, I thought it was going to be a hot, ghetto mess combined with Snoop trying to push an album. Snoop surprised me though. He actually has good family values and is a good parent. His kids are just bad. I don't understand. But, that show was hilarious and had good lessons. I also appreciated the way he treated his wife. They have been ride or die for real. They had that "been together since high school" love. They've really been through thick or thin. I'll be on time for that.

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Christmas List 3

Size XL Forever 21 flannels tied up with string:

These are a few of my favorite things.

Christmas List 2

Half cab Vans Supreme:

Levi 501's check (40x34):

Christmas List

New Era Batman Hat:

Nice, fresh, white, black v-necks

Girl, I Wanna Go Home With You

Everyone, I've been upgrading my clothes game lately and I realized I have a great desire for some Ray Bans:

Yes, I know I'm late, but I really want these for Christmas. You know what? In a little bit, I'm going to make a Christmas wish list. If anyone wants to get me a gift, feel free to consult my next post.

We Are Really High, Really High Tonight

I don't know if anyone pays attention to commercials but has anyone seen the Palm Pixie commercial:

This commercial had such a catchy song. I'm not a snob. I listen to all music. You're never too black to like good music. Anyways, its by this electro pop group called Passion Pit. It's called "Sleepyhead". This song is amazing not just because of the beat, but also the imagery and symbolism behind the lyrics is very deep. Check it out.

To Get Inside My Mind It Would Be Really Ill-Advised

I know it's old news, but I really have had this heavy on my heart. I just want to show some respect to Chris Henry:

He was a great receiver. Yes, he did have his issues. Yes, he got in trouble a lot of times. However, he proved that personal redemption is possible by learning from his mistakes and improving. Sadly, he died before it could come full circle. Rest in peace.

Thursday, December 17, 2009

She Likes Me, She Fiends for Me

You know what's underrated? The "I Know" video by Jay-Z. First of all, that whole American Gangster album was underrated. However, this video was completely off the radar. It's artistic. It's well shot. Finally, the symbolism behind it is so intelligent. Check it out:

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Scared Money Don't Make No Money

So, I just realized how much society determines a look. I'm not saying that's all bad. I'm just saying that all these "fashionable" people aren't really that fashionable. They're just good at reading "Complex" or "Men's Health" magazine. That's too easy. You know who is truly fashionable, though? Ibn Jasper:

Most people don't know him, but he is an image consultant and Kanye only consults with him. In other words, he dresses Kanye. Kanye steals his style. However, as an image consultant, it goes without saying that he's a fashionista. Look him up.

I Got This Chrome On This Bugatti

Everyone, I'm slowly getting happier and happier to be home. I just hope I'm making everyone else happy. Anyways, Robin Thicke's new album, Sex Therapy, is absolutely amazing:
Let me start by saying Robin Thicke is one of the most soulful white guys I have ever heard (no racism intended, it's just that white guys aren't known for getting those pants off with their vocals). Second, Robin Thicke pays so much attention to detail, it's amazing. It has tracks for high school kids who think they're in love, but at the same time, his tracks touch those who are truly in love or want to be in love. Third of all, it sets the mood. I know you grown folks know what I'm talking about. If you don't know now you know.

Monday, December 14, 2009

My Flow Is In the Pockets Like Wallets

I know I might get my thug card snatched, but listen, everybody needs to see The Princess and the Frog:

Yes, I mean the Disney movie with the first ever black princess. I saw the movie on opening day and let's just say, I have never seen so many black people at a non-Tyler Perry movie. It was strange. The movie did well in not being racist, but at the same time, capturing the culture and nuances of black people. Plus, the music was on point. Don't take my card away. I did it for black history.

Everyone Go Right, Left, Back, Front

I was watching the Eagle's game and I never noticed that DeSean Jackson starts jerkin' sometimes after his touchdown dances.

This is another reason why California rules the world

Saturday, December 12, 2009

Hey I Think I Got a Problem, Problem

What's up? I'm writing from the Dulles Airport in D.C. I'm on the way home! I'm convinced that McDonald's having a nationwide dollar menu for breakfast might have just allowed McDonald's to dominate the fast food game. After all, who doesnt love Sausage McMuffins?

I need to stop having obese thoughts. Goodbye.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

It Come Out Sweet Like Old Sadie

Remember those slow jams that came out in the 90's that were so smooth that all you could do was snap and wish you could sing? I know, I can't really relate since I was about 3. But still...thank God for ITunes and Youtube. Now, I can relate. I know everyone knows that song by Zapp and Roger, "I Wanna Be Your Man."

Who doesn't love slow jams with a hint of jerry curl and "good old fashioned lovin'"? Ask your parents. It's grown folks music. I need to stop playing around.

We Hit the Mall and Ball All Day

I might have found the most obnoxious song in the world. But, "Wassup" by Rich Kids is so catchy, that I can't help but sing it everywhere.

As you can see, they are about 14 years old. I'm just being bitter. I wish I could find a phrase to repeat a million times and make it a song and dance. Everyone is doing it and I want some of that money. If anyone has some ideas, let me know.

If I Fall, If I Die

It's been awhile. I'm sorry everyone. I was too busy, but I think it's paid off. Does anyone remember PaRappa the Rapper?
Yes, PaRappa came before Guitar Hero, Rock Band, and DJ Hero. This game inspired all of these games. Leave it to Sony Playstation to come up with a rapping dog that does karate, gets his driver's license, and performs at a rap concert all in an effort to get a girl. Those were the days.

Friday, December 4, 2009

Do You Think About Me Now and Then?

Guys, I'm extremely mad. Let's be real. Have you ever had one of those days where things don't go right and to top it off, you can't find anyone to hold it down? Story of today. Anyways, I want an autotune so desperately:

Who doesn't want to sound like T-Pain? Also, I want to make an album composed of my Autotuned thoughts. Yes, I did just make up a word. I want to make prank calls in Autotune. And lastly, I want to speak to my family completely in Autotune. Yes, I'm absurd. Oh well. Either love me or leave me alone.

Wednesday, December 2, 2009

I'm On Another Planet

If I hear one more person over 30 say "Skype me!", I'm going to kill myself. Just because Oprah introduced millions of housewives and middle aged women to something that young people happen to use, it doesn't give you "youth cred". You're still old and you still don't know how to use technology that well. It's o.k. We forgive you. Anyways, has anyone seen this movie?

Kill Bill is my absolute favorite movie. It's so great that they had to split it into two movies. I have never seen the right music combined with an epic story line to make such a great movie. And, in an artistic sense, the cinematography is exquisite. Watch Kill Bill vol. 1&2 immediately. It will change your life.

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

I'ma Let You Finish But...

Avatar: The Last Airbender is one of the greatest shows of all time:

M. Knight Shyamalan usually makes work that is artistic, but makes no sense. However, this show not only makes sense, it was great to watch. And, unlike most tv shows, it actually had an ending; a pretty good one at that. I really hope the movie doesn't ruin it. Speaking of that, who would make a movie about a series that had a definite beginning and end. That is exceptionally stupid. Oh well.

Can't Stop, Won't Stop

Somebody is going to punch me for this, but I believe R. Kelly is a genius. First of all, as a lyricist, he is in the upper echelon of musical writers. His singing is impeccable. He is an all-around musical genius. However, what made him a genius in my mind was his Trapped in the Closet series:

He managed to produce and direct his own modern opera that had its own twists and turns. It was very well written. I was surprised. I think someone should nominate that for an Academy Award.

Last Dance, Last Chance

World, if you haven't played this game franchise, you need to get with the program:

This game is visually stunning as you can see. That's an actual screenshot of the game by the way. Anyways, the music is amazing. The story is epic. The characters are lovable. Not to mention, it's an all-around good time. It's my favorite game. I'm sorry, I just had to let everyone know. Over and out.

Teach Me

It is Thanksgiving Eve. For the first time in my life, I will not be home to partake in it. It has its pluses. I don't have to clean anything, However, I can't see my immediate family. Oh well. Anyways, I have to take my hat off to Spike Lee:

This man has made so many groundbreaking movies, such as Crooklyn, Do the Right Thing, Inside Man, and Miracle at St. Anna, among many others. His movies always dealt with race relations, particularly with the black diaspora. He also transcends movie making into the social and fashion realm. In Do the Right Thing, he quite possibly made Air Jordan's popular with people outside of the African American race. In other words, I believe he made them mainstream. He was as much of a social and style icon as he was a movie icon. Ok, I need to stop riding him so hard. I'm gone.

Monday, November 23, 2009

All I'm Saying Is...

It is another rainy day out here and I just want to let everyone know that you need to stop thinking about Christmas when it isn't even Thanksgiving yet. Get a grip. Oh, and I think I found the most underrated rap group on the face of the planet; the Teriyaki Boys:

I know, it looks like I'm joking. But, these have to be the best Japanese rappers, not to mention among the top rap groups out today. They are best known for performing the title song for The Fast and the Furious, Tokyo Drift. However, people don't realize that they collaborate with BAPE in terms of design, and Pharrell Williams, yes, Pharrell Williams produces a lot of their beats and is very close with them both professionally and socially. So, all I'm saying is that you need to figure out who these guys are. Ok. Bye!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Simple Minds Do Simple Things

For the first time in a while, I finally have true quiet around me so I can study. Yet, what do I do? I end up blogging. I am pathetic. I found a painting that really captivated me. I had seen it for a while, but I never knew who created it. I learned it was Nighthawks by Edward Hopper:

This painting is so powerful. The concept behind it is that these dead 50's icons end up spending their eternity in this diner. It's powerful because I like to believe that's how heaven is. We will praise God, but at the same time, we will reunite with people who are important to us. I hope I can get famous enough to share a diner with cool people, preferably Michael Jordan, Pharrell, and Takashi Murakami.

Hey Man

So, listen to this. Actually read it. That was silly. World, I'm turning over a new leaf. I'm trying, but it's still hard. I'm in what someone would call a conundrum. I'm doing really well, but the bad things I did before are coming back to bite me. Time to tie up some loose ends and cut off the extra things. That's what you do when you sew a beautiful masterpiece. Look it up. Speaking of that line, does anyone remember the movie Max Keeble's Big Move?

That was a great film. It was one of those movies that got kids excited to see it, but the parents dreaded the hour and a half of juvenile filmmaking. Oh well, I'm going to hopefully have to pay those dues one day. For people who are dense, that means I want to have kids.

Give Me That Becky

Most people don't read books these days. I have to drop a little bit of knowledge for you guys:

If you haven't heard of this book, don't feel bad. It's pretty old. However, it is a perfect metaphor for modern American society. There's people who are born into money and those who are self-made. This book blurs the lines a little bit. Get it so you can have some literacy in your system.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

I Started Seeing Sounds

I'm not really a fan of poetry, but one poet who never bores me and never puts me to sleep is Shel Silverstein:

He's one of the few people who is abstract, yet in an artistic way. People don't take him seriously, but I am an avid fan. Read all of his poetry. You won't be disappointed.

Simply Beautiful

In appreciation of the art in my life, I want to showcase Quentin Blake. He designed the covers for Roald Dahl's books, which includes Charlie and the Chocolate Factory:

His drawings are so simple, yet so profound. I believe everyone should check out his art. People should also read Roald Dahl's books. Charlie and the Chocolate Factory is a classic. The BFG is good. Witches is good. All of his books are good. I will make sure my kids read it.

Need a Clear Mind Cuz' I've Been Blind

I have a question. Is Jay-Z’s “Empire State of Mind” the anthem for all New Yorkers everywhere? Most of the people I know from New York already believe it should be its own country. I don't need them having a national anthem too. After all, California is the best state in the nation. I'm going to stop. Anyways, I’ve been getting into art lately so here’s another work, this time, by Brian Hitch:

Comic books aren't typically regarded as fine art. However, there is a trend going on now that has people hanging comic book frames up like mosaics. In all honesty, comic book artists are true artists. Their work has fine detail and they have to do it every frame. On top of all that, they don't have time to go "find their artistic muse". They have to produce every week or month or however they do it. Forget about rims. I'm buying art when I get rich.

Have you ever said goodbye to someone, only to end up walking next to them? This might be the epitome of awkward situations. It's one of those situations you can't avoid. All you can do is pretend to text or walk faster, either of which makes you look like a complete and utter idiot. Someone should do a stand up routine about that and give me credit. Well, I gotta go. Beam me up.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Hands Up, Now Wave

Here is an ode to my favorite artist, Takashi Murakami. I want to buy a print of this and hang it in my house:

I'm not in love with him. After all, I'm not gay, but his art is phenomenal.

Wax On, Wax Off

I might have found my new dream car. Please put your hands together for the Bugatti Veyron:

Can anyone acquire that for my Christmas gift? By the way, I have a cult classic that I just need to bring out:

This movie will blow your mind. It's kind of dated, but when is a classic ever new? I think everyone should see that movie before they die. It'll make them appreciate life and think about their choices. That is all.

Monday, November 16, 2009

Me and You So Crucial Baby

Does anyone remember Ready 2 Rumble Boxing for the Sega Dreamcast:

That game had to be one of the best boxing games before Fight Night came out. Go ahead, get sentimental thoughts thinking about your old video games. Sorry, but nobody remembers playing your games. Go home. I'm just playing. Don't be sad.

I realized I have aspirations to model for my favorite clothes. I really want to be in an LRG ad. If anyone can arrange that, let me know. I want to do an ad like this:

This ad just screams swagger and I need to let mine shine. Ok, I need to stop loving myself too much.

Yesterday, I was walking to the Metro stop, and I saw this fifty year old man. I nodded my head to him and asked him how he was doing. He responded by saying, "Not as good as you young man. You're a lucky man." It's weird how someone you least expect can put your world in perspective. Every problem I thought I had suddenly evaporated. I looked at myself and at my life for a few seconds as he said that and I realized that I didn't just have everything I need. I truly did have the world. God has given me everything, especially recently. I think I've been a little greedy because I have everything I need but I want to have everything I want. Now that I think about it, I have most of everything that I want. I have to thank God for taking care of that for me. Not many people can say they have their world in their hands. It feels nice. Hopefully, I can prove myself worthy of such an honor.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Shade Doesn't Matter. Heart Makes the Lover

Good morning America. Did anyone notice how when couples talk, when one is telling a story, they get mad at their significant other because they believe "they are not listening"? In all honesty, I believe people listen. But, after awhile, we're not going to have the shocked, highly dramatized expression for every story, especially women's stories. Because, no offense, but you guys have a lot of stories, and you're not a modern day Ronald Dahl. Therefore, your stories aren't going to catch my interests every time. It's not your fault. My stories probably sound like a five year old children's stories. There we go, lets just accept that we're not that interesting.

I'm convinced Tyler Perry is the hardest working man in Hollywood:

To make it into Hollywood, he made too many plays to count. Once in Hollywood, he's been on pace for making about 1.5 movies a year. Did I mention he is also a television producer and a studio owner? Oh, and he acts in most of his work; quite amicably in fact. Well, I'm running away now. Try to catch me.

Wednesday, November 4, 2009

Now Here's Another Hit, Barry Bonds

Hey, I'm back. So, I was talking to my friend from Chicago who happens to live next door and he was going through the college doldrums. He was elaborating to me how he was kind of lost in life. As I was listening to him, God threw something in my head. I realized, in all honesty, does anyone truly know what they're doing? I decided that no one really does. However, I also realized that there's not really a big difference between success and failure. I came up with this saying, "The man who is truly successful is not the smartest, strongest, or most popular. Rather, a successful man is the one who is focused." I don't know why God gave me that idea, I just hope it will be useful in the future.

Right now, I have a sudden craving for Pillsbury Toaster Scrambles:

That might be one of the products of the decade along with Golden Oreos:

I don't get how people make these things so good. There's got to be a committee in Japan somewhere that comes up with ideas for good things to eat. Ok, I need to depart. Go go gadget escape!

You Know Me, I Don't Need No Introduction

I think I'm starting to get used to the college game. I don't know why I'm telling people this, but it feels kind of great. Does anyone remember Sega Dreamcast?

What a great idea for a console. I wonder why it failed? Oh, this past Halloween weekend, I realized that I'm a secret agent. Don't ask questions. Just appreciate me. Why does 50 Cent keep making albums? I don't want to be mean, but does anyone remember any notable song that he has been in during these past five years? Exactly. I rest my case. I saw Paranormal Activity the other day and I'm convinced that the demon in that movie is a thug. For the next paragraph, there will be spoilers. Anyways, this demon made himself known. He started playing games. He would make a little noise at first. Then, he just started getting bold. By the end of the movie, he was walking up and down the stairs and throwing people all over the place. I personally love God, but this demon had to be the coolest demon I've ever seen or heard of. Wow, I really just made it seem like I associate with demons on a daily basis. Ok, my train of thought is broken. I'll be back.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Ugly Girls Be Quiet. Pretty Girls Clap Like This

Long time no see. I have never been this miserable waking up. Have you ever woken up and every part of your body hurt inside and out? That's how I feel. Anyways, I'm done being dramatic. I have a story. So, I've been messing around with my hair and I realized how long it is. In fact, if I were to pick it out I would look like this:
Yes, I would look like a super saiyan from Dragon Ball Z, except I would be the only black one. Speaking of Japanese programing, please tell me you guys didn't forget about Pokemon:

I remember when I was little and everyone was getting advances on their allowances and cutting deals just to get those dumb trading cards. I remember begging my dad for about a week about getting me a Gameboy Advance so I could play all the assorted Pokemon games. Looking back on it, though, I'm somewhat perplexed. People hate making animals fight. You saw what they did to Michael Vick for fighting dogs. Yet, the whole premise of Pokemon is to capture wild Pokemon, train them and get them strong, then you're supposed to fight other Pokemon trainers and make their Pokemon "faint", which in turn makes them unable to fight anymore. If that doesn't sound like dogfighting, I don't know what does. I'm sorry for ruining people's childhood with my comparisons to negative things in the adult world. Oh well, gotta get with it or get lost.