Song of the Week

Song of The Week: J. Cole - Nobody's Perfect (ft. Missy Elliott)

Monday, October 10, 2011

They Said I'm Like Oprah...


I am so sorry that I've been so neglectful. I've been up to my eyelids in school work + extra curriculars. UNC ain't no joke. Anywho, guess who has tickets to the J. Cole show in Charlotte!

This gurl.

And just like with Sir Wasalu, I will be getting there as early as possible, armed with my video camera. Be on the look out for those videos. For all of those that have copped the album, twice, you understand. Not to mention Friday Night Lights, The Warm Up, Nigga From the Ville, The Come Up, Any Given Sunday(s)...need I say more.  By 1am the next day, Cole was on the iTunes Top Ten TWICE. #1 was the explicit version while #10 was the clean copy. He sold 215,000 in the first week, beating out his boss, Jay-Z, and Kanye for the amount of purchases on iTunes on the release date. Of course, he hasn't outsold him in general but, it's still a big milestone nonetheless. Two weeks before the album drop, it was already #1 on Amazon's pre-order music chart. A peak into the future anyone?

If you have yet to get the album, I will give you 12 bucks, shoot. You are one of the few that DON'T have it.

This is an exaggeration. I'm a college student i.e I have money for food and laundry (and a select few concerts that are not optional to see).

I'm beyond excited. The Song of the week is my favorite track (if i had to choose) from Cole World: The Sideline Story is "Nobody's Perfect" . It has a 90's music vibe, especially with the Missy Elliott feature. All is missing is our angel, Aaliyah. The track is hot. Give it a listen.

I've been slipping but, I will try my best to update on a weekly/daily basis again. I know you all are thirsty for some good music and only good music. I'm sick of the so-called music blogs that tweet shyt like Amber Rose nude pics or photos of Meagan Good having sex.


Get to the music.

So, that's what I'm gonna continue to give you. Music and only music. It's all about J. Cole this week. The vid featured was found via Not Quite Millionaires blog has Cole on Hip Hop Nation doing "Lost Ones". Another favorite of mine. If you're a Lupe fan, it sounds like the prequel to "He Say, She Say" . Love LOVE LOVE the track. The next post will be about this documentary shown on VH1 called "Planet Rock: The Story of Hip-Hop". I have some opinions on this and I want to see what you all think. I'm in the process of finding an online streaming version of the doc.

Along with J. Cole, Phonte dropped his album "Charity Starts at Home" the same day with ex-Little Brother member 9th Wonder's "The Wonder Years". They've been put on the back burner only because I see J. Cole this Thursday so, my iPod has been Cole pretty much 24/7. Both 9th and Phonte are coming close to my university @ Cat's Cradle later this month, October 23rd. I'll go if the budget allots it. Friday morning, it'll be all about Phonte and 9th. For now, it's a Cole World. 

Just wanted to give you all a lil sumthin'. Check out the slightly altered background to the blog.  Much love. Keep supporting good music. And make sure to keep an extra pair of headphones, just in case the ones you have blow out. :)

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


P. S

Blog post title coming from J. Cole's "Return of Simba"


Sunday, August 28, 2011

New on the Blog for Week of August 28th

What up good music seekers.

Just giving you the updates on the website. Lupe Fiasco has announced his tour dates for Generation Laser. 11 year old emcee, Young Marqus, is also now on the bill. If you haven't heard of him, he packs quite a punch. Almost had me saying Diggy should watch his back. But anyway, I'mma try to post Cole Summer: Episode 3. The vid was marked private so, i'm pulling a couple of strings to get it back up. The Must See of the week features the late, great Ms. Aaliyah. Gone but never forgotten. You all know I don't watch BET so, i got the link from . Enjoy. The Vid of the Week feature Big K.R.I.T and his music video for "The Vent" from Return of 4eva. Give it a watch. I also have an album review coming up for the amazing Ivy Sole. Don't know if you remember her but I did a review on her first mixtape a minute ago and now she has a freEP out entitled "The Sole Cartel". Be on the look out for that by next week.

Stay fly and support good music.

Peace, luv and
☮& ♥


***The Aaliyah vid is spazzin out. Just Right click it and choose SHOW ALL. I don't why it's flippin out***

Generation Laser Tour Dates ft. Young Marqus ANNOUNCED

Just announced yesterday! Coming somewhere near you!

Sep 01 - Spark In The Park - UIC Music Festival - Chicago, IL 
Sep 03 - Triad Music Festival @ NewBridge Bank Park - Greensboro, NC 
Sep 09 - University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee - Milwaukee, WI 
Sep 10 - Kool Haus - Toronto, Canada 
Sep 12 - House of Blues - Boston, MA 
Sep 15 - MAC at Monmouth University - West Long Branch, NJ 
Sep 16 - Merriweather Post Pavilion - Columbia, MD
Sep 17 - the Mann - Philadelphia, PA 
Sep 18 - Raleigh Amphitheater - Raleigh, NC 
Sep 20 - The Tabernacle - Atlanta, GA 
Sep 22 - Auburn Arena - Auburn, AL 
Sep 23 - Time Warner Cable Uptown Amphitheater - Charlotte, NC 
Sep 24 - St. Augustine Amphitheatre - St Augustine, FL 
Sep 25 - Florida International University - Miami, FL 
Sep 28 - TBA - Columbus, OH 
Sep 29 - TBA - St Louis, MO 
Sep 30 - Purdue University - West Lafayette, IN 
Oct 02 - University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign - Urbana, IL 
Oct 04 - TBA - Dekalb, IL 
Oct 05 - TBA - Ames, IA 
Oct 06 - The Midland by AMC - Kansas City, MO 
Oct 07 - Fillmore Auditorium - Denver, CO 
Oct 09 - The Palms - Las Vegas, NV 
Oct 10 - Hollywood Palladium - Hollywood, CA 
Oct 11 - Fox Theater - Oakland, CA 
Oct 22 - TBA - Orlando, FL 
Nov 04 - TBA - Evanston, IL 
Nov 18 - TBA - Princeton, NJ

dates via LupEND Blog

Thursday, August 18, 2011


Get excited fam! tour dates announced! Gotta be somewhere near you!
August 23rd – Vancouver, BC (Vogue)
August 25th – Edmonton, AB (Edmonton Events Centre)
August 27th – Calgary, AB (Flames Central)
August 30th – Saskatoon, SK (Odeon Theatre)
August 31st – Winnipeg, MB (Garrick Center)
September 3rd – Toronto, ON (Sound Academy)
September 6th – London, ON (Music Hall London)
September 7th – Montreal, QC (Club Soda)
September 10th – Orlando, FL (The Beacham Theatre)
September 11th – Miami, FL (Revolutions)
September 14th – Houston, TX (Warehouse Live)
September 15th – New Orleans, LA (House of Blues)
September 16th – Dallas, TX (Southside Music Hall)
September 17th – Austin, TX (Emos)
September 19th – Denver, CO (The Ogden)
September 20th – Albuquerque, NM (Sunshine Theater)
September 21st – Phoenix, AZ (The Venue)
September 22nd – Los Angeles, CA (Club Nokia)
September 23rd – San Francisco, CA (Regency)
September 29th – Winston Salem, NC (Winston Salem State University)
October 2nd – Atlanta, GA (Tabernacle)
October 4th – Cleveland, OH (House of Blues)
October 6th – Kalamazoo, MI (Kalamazoo State Theatre)
October 7th – Detroit, MI (Royal Oak)
October 8th – Milwaukee, WI (The Rave)
October 9th – Chicago, IL (House of Blues)
October 12th – Philadelphia, PA (Electric Factory)
October 13th – Charlotte, NC (Fillmore)
October 14th – Norfolk, VA (Old Dominion University)
October 15th – Elizabeth City, NC (Elizabeth City State University)
October 16th – Myrtle Beach, SC (House of Blues)
October 19th – Washington, DC (Fillmore)
October 20th – Baltimore, MD (Sound Stage)
October 21st – Albany, NY (Armory)
October 22nd – Worcester, MA (Palladium)
October 23rd – Providence, RI (Lupo’s)
October 25th – New York, NY (Best Buy Theatre)
October 31st – Liverpool, UK (Echo Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 1st – New Castle, UK (Metro Radio Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 2nd – Glasgow, UK (SECC/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 4th – London, UK (O2 Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 5th – Bournemouth, UK (BIC/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 6th – Birmingham, UK (LG Arena/TinieTempah UK Arena Tour)
November 7th – Manchester, UK (MEN Arena/Tinie Tempah UK Arena Tour)
November 8th – Cardiff, UK (Motorpoint Arena/ Tinie Tempah UK Arena Tour)
November 11th – London, UK (Electric Ballroom)
November 12th – Birmingham, UK (Institute)
November 13th – Cardiff, UK (Solus)
November 14th – South Hampton, UK (University)
November 17th – Glasgow, UK (ABC)
November 18th – Liverpool, UK (Academy)
November 19th – Sheffield, UK (Academy)
November 20th – Manchester, UK (Academy 2)
November 22nd – Cambridge, UK (Junction)
November 24th – Bristol, UK (Academy)
November 26th – Norway (Waterfront / UEA)
November 30th – Brussels, Belgium (VK*)
December 1st – Amsterdam, Holland (Melkweg)
December 2nd – Germany (TBD)
December 3rd – Copenhagen, Denmark (VEGA)
December 4th – Malmo, Sweden (Babel)
December 6th – Gothenburg, Sweden (Parken)
December 7th – Stockholm, Sweden (Nalen)
December 8th – Oslo, Norway (Rockefeller)
December 10th – Berlin, Germany (TBD)
December 12th – Paris, France (La Cigale)
Cold World: The Sideline Story – 9/27/11

*reposted from*

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

What a Good week for Hip-Hop

Welcome, my good music seekers

It is a good week for good music. On iTunes, we have Jay-Z & Kanye's "Watch The Throne". I know they can afford it but please, no illegal downloading. Support good music. The Song of the Week is off the album, "Gotta Have It". One of the sickest beats on this record. The entire album is destined to be a classic. Go out and cop that. Also, OFWGKTA aka  Odd Future has announced their tour dates (See sidebar 'News in the World of Music). Seeing as yesterday was Sunday, J. Cole has promised us some tracks every Sunday until the album drops on September 27th. The link for Any Given Sunday #2, provided on Twitter by the man himself, is in the News sidebar. The video of the week makes me smile. Wale has a freestyle over Drake's "I'm On One". I smile because it gives me a glimpse of the pre-MMG Wale I remember before such tracks as "No Hands". Some good stuff this week. Cee-Lo has a new video out for his song, "Cry Baby", from The Lady Killer, one of the best R&B albums of this past year. If you don't understand his humor, the vid's gonna be a bit weird.

Embrace the weird. Enjoy the music.

As I said, please support good music. Much love and always keep a backup pair of headphones, just in case one ear breaks. ;)

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Crap Tonne of News

What up, world?

I've got lots of new music for ya. Check the sidebar for Diggy's new video to his single"Copy, Paste". You all know I don't watch BET so, for those that either missed it or don't watch it either, the vid is streaming. Plus, check the "News in the World of Music" for news in regards to Talib Kweli, J. Cole, Kendrick Lamar, Frank Ocean and more. Under this post, Mos Def posted this video via Facebook called "The Art of Rhyme". If you have a solid 80 minutes on your hands, please give it a watch. If you're a hip-hop lover, it's not an option not to watch. J. Cole dropped 5 songs, some heard and some not heard, earlier today over Twitter. The tracks are the Songs of the Week this week so, listen and download, if you please. Below, I went on Tyler Perry and his "craft". Read if you like. Stay listening to good music. Don't support leaks. Stay positive.

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Dear John letters to: Tyler Perry

So, my mother was watching "Meet the Browns" earlier today and she reminded me why I don't eff with him anymore. My reasons will be laid out in Dear John form.

Here we go

Dear Tyler Perry,

When did illiteracy become something to laugh about? I went to CMS from kindergarden to 8th grade. It was by the grace of GOD and my parents that I was able to become proficient in reading. The encouragement came from my parents. The books from the library. And teachers gave me only what was required of them.

Did you know in CMS, from kindergarden to 2nd grades, numbers are given instead of grades. You go to the next level EVEN if you technically fail. For example, in class, you get a numerical rating for reading comprehension. Pretty much, if you try, you pass. So, what happens to these kids when they get to 3rd grade? They've been told that they've been passing, reinforcing that what they've been doing is good. Parents and children get confused when they get to 3rd grade and see F's. The parent is like, "My child's been passing all this time? Where are these F's coming from?" when the reality is, they've always been there, but in numerical form.

I'm sorry but it's not funny when a grown ass man can't read 5th grade vocabulary words (Mr. Brown). I didn't know that was comedy.

Dear Tyler Perry,

When did alcoholism become your main source of "comedy" on your show? In the episode my mother was watching, the cast were making jokes about the alcoholic mother. She drinks constantly throughout the day, blacking out, sipping an entire bottle of champagne through a straw....Really tho?

LMAO! [Insert stereotypical "Black" name here] drinks vodka and tonic every day! Whew, that girl is a trip.


She's in stage 3 liver failure






I have alcoholics in my family and it's nothing to laugh about. It's a very serious problem. It is an addiction and a tragedy. I can guarantee when money is being stolen or young kids see Cousin So-and-So passed out on the floor, growing up to believe that it's normal behavior because adults want to turn a blind eye towards it, it's not funny.

Again, I didn't know destroying your body on a daily basis and not acknowledging the problem was comedy.

News to me.

Dear Tyler Perry,

Why, in most movies you make, the lighter skin male saves the day and the darker one either beats you you? Not to mention, the contradiction where the darker man is more successful than the lighter one. We all know the lighter you are, the higher you are, definitely in corporate America. Do I agree with this? Of course not. But let's not give the Caucasians who think all Black people are what you see on television more inaccurate things to believe. Here is the sad reality:

The majority of interaction between White and Black people is through the television screen.

Let's be honest. How many positive images do you see in the media on a daily basis of Black people?

Don't worry, I'll wait.

Tyler Perry, you're lying to everyone that watches your programming. Not all heavy set Black people are funny and illiterate. Not all skinny women and fit men are the only smart people in the family. Alcoholism is nothing to laugh about. So, where ever you got you humor from, I hope you have the receipt because you should return it.

It's not funny, it's embarrassing.

Sorry for all my readers looking for a music post. Check the Newsfeed for updates on J. Cole, Amy Winehouse and Talib Kweli.

Much love

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


Sunday, July 24, 2011

Amy Winehouse: Gone Too Soon

What up world

Yesterday, I found out, via Twitter, that Amy Winehouse was found dead in her UK apartment. Mind you, I am a tremendous aficionado of her music but, thanks to Twitter, people feel free to say what's on their mind about the lifestyle she lived.

This is perfectly acceptable.

It becomes unacceptable when your comments turn disrespectful. Yes, we all were well aware of her struggle with addiction but there is not need for tasteless jokes such as "They told her she should go to rehab but she said No, no, no".

Have some effin respect for the deceased.

If you're not a drug addict, never have been one or lived with one, you truly don't know what she possibly could have been going through. Even with her addiction, she achieved entirely more in the short span of 27 years than most of the ones cracking jokes on my TL will in their entire lifetime.

I just ask for people to have some class and show respect to those that have earned it or deserve it.

The song of the week was tweeted earlier today by Big Boi . It's a remix of Winehouse's "Tear Dry on their Own" done by Organized Noize/Dungeon Family. Madd props to Sir Lucious and his team.  Enjoy.

RIP to Amy Winehouse (September 14th, 1983 - July 23rd, 2011)
May her music live on.

Peace, love and
☮ & ♥

Monday, July 4, 2011

Review: Memoirs of an Overacheiver: The Blendtape by Ivy Sole

Who is Ivy Sole?

Around a month ago, I was asking the same question but the North Carolina based femcee answered my question with the drop of her first mixtape, Memoirs of an Overacheiver: The Blendtape.  I’ll admit. I was a bit hesitant to give her a listen. I have plenty of people on my Facebook and Twitter dropping wack ass songs and I, frankly, was sick of people shouting over tracks with random burst of onomatopoeia and calling it ‘music’.

But I digress, and redirect to this mixtape (which does NOT feature shouting or random burst of onomatopoeia).

The tape is 14 tracks long, full big band and jazzy samples, something most people aren’t accustomed to hearing in music these days. No synthesizers or auto-tuning here. Sole samples such classics as Anita Baker’s ‘Apologize’ (on ‘No Apologies’) and some new school, Erykah Badu’s ‘On and On’ (‘Faith Talks’) and shows her skills as a lyricist on all of them.

 She makes sure you know her name with the opening track, ‘Sega’. First of all, the beat is siick. With her line, “allow me to introduce myself, allow me to tell you who I be. Don't mean to sound like a spelling bee, but it's I-V-Y S-O-L-E”, you may think she’s gonna be cutsie for some of this mixtape.

Not likely.

‘Takeoff’, the next track, you get hit again with the classy brass samples where the femcee gets a little feistier on this track, with lines like “You say it’s lonely at the top? I’ll be there in a jiffy”. Ivy Sole stays firing shots with tracks like ‘Supremacy’, where she comes out the gate spitting fire. “The definition of my competition is nonexistent. A plate of rap careers. Mmmmm. Sounds delicious”. This chick is taking no prisoners and if you’re not an emcee or a femcee (aka a rapper. There IS a difference…), to please take a seat and let the people with skills take the wheel.

Now, I’m not gonna lie. You can tell some this stuff was done in a bedroom sans padding and an iffy mic (When I’m Gone) but, don’t sleep on her just because some of the tracks lack studio quality. Her rhymes make up for anything lacking in the sound quality department.

We have ‘Aqua’: I love this track because it sounds like she was inspired by the beat and started to flow. None of this sounds rehearsed! This chick knows what she’s doing.

We have ‘No Apologies’: for the nay-sayers and anyone that doubts that she’s got skills. “Producing masterpieces. Rhymes so immaculate. I speak life so my diction is ejaculate.”

Sick, no?

 Then, we get to see a more vulnerable side of Ivy Sole within the track, 'Candy Rain'. She gets a lil grown rapping about sex and being in the moment but, we’re all adults here. You can handle it. Reminiscent of Jean Grae with her singing her hooks along with rhyming on the track, the beat is a bit slower, and again, Sole shows versatility when she flows over various tempos on her tracks.

I can understand why she calls Memoirs a blendtape. Ivy Sole shows here diversity of her flow by showing just what she can rap over. Plus, the mix of styles of music on this thing. This tape is blended with 90’s Hip-Hop and inspirations of jazz and R&B soul. We can’t forget the multi-dimensions of this femcee. On ‘Star Chaser’, we learn about her coming to grips with herself as a writer and as a musician. This may be my favorite track on the blendtape, for the reason that you understand her struggle and you gain more respect for her, if her sheer lyrics didn’t already seal the deal for you. Speaking of Ivy Sole as a writer, we hear the poet within on ‘Faith Talks’. The majority of the second half of the track is pure spoken word. In all honesty, all of the tracks are poetry in motion over a pretty slick beat.

As I draw to a close, I urge you to give this chick a listen and a download (the links are below). Ivy Sole is coming after anyone who’s doubted this existence of Hip-Hop in the 21st century, those that have the audacity to put ‘Hip-Hop’ in the ‘Genre’ section when they title their tracks.

Memoirs Of An Overachiever by Ivy Sole is where Hip-Hop lives.

We can hear the origin of her roots are in R&B soul and can see that she respects the greats. All good emcees pay homage and understand whom paved the way. The crazy thing is… she’s good yet she has plenty room to grow. Ivy Sole was born and raised in Charlotte, North Carolina. Some of her major influences are Skyzoo, the Jamla Army and early and 90’s Hip-Hop. Sole is currently unsigned but has aspirations to be part of Jamla Records and to be on the cover of XXL Freshman Class by 2014. In the meantime, she’ll be getting helluva education up at UPenn in Philadelphia (what a backup plan, huh?)  and hopefully putting out more tracks like those on this debut mixtape.

So, I hope you give her a listen. She’s got skills. I wouldn't steer you wrong! Hit her up on Twitter and Facebook. Show her some love if you like what you hear.To tie you over if you love the mixtape, she just released a new track called ‘Noche’ . Enjoy. Remember to tell her who sent you :) Deuces!


featurned on the the blog, Not Quite Millionaires, for the underrated and up & coming

Ivy Sole's Facebook fan page

Twitter: @IvySole_panache

THE MIXTAPE (yet again): Memoirs of an Overachiever

Support real music

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


Thursday, May 26, 2011

Stay on my Grind: NEW POSTS SOON!

What up, World.

Sorry for the lack of updating but, school is trying it's best to kick my ass. I got music reviews coming soon. Two up and comings, Ivy Sole and Tahmell and my extensive analysis of Lupe Fiasco's "L.A.Z.E.R.S.". Working on it just my academics come first. Much love to ya and congrats to all of my graduates, college and high school. As I said, new posts coming soon. Just checking in.

Peace, Luv and
☮ & ♥


Tuesday, April 12, 2011

FREE CONCERT AT UNC!! jk. Snoop is pro-rape

What up, readers. Got a story to tell. So, yesterday, a friend of mine invited me to a taping of my school's student produced show, Carolina Conversations to have a panel discussion about Snoop Dogg not being allowed to perform at UNC. Let me start by giving a bit of background.

About a month ago, over Facebook, BulletStorm (of EA Games), held a contest in order to promote the soon-to-be-released game. The winner of the contest would get a free concert put on by Snoop Dogg. The way to participate in said contest was to log into your Facebook, accept the application's terms and vote for your respective school by simply clicking 'vote' daily, liking BulletStorm's Facebook page, watching a promotional video daily and even pre-ordering the game. Just to be clear, participants were able to vote multiple times (I had a total of 32 votes after about 2 weeks).


UNC, with all of our school pride and the will just to beat other local schools, won the contest by a landslide. I was excited. Shit, it's a free concert. The CUAB, UNC's entertainment events coordinating club, was in contact with EA games but it is still unclear exactly why Snoop Dogg isn't allowed to perform on campus. The concert is to be held in the nearby (ha.) Raleigh Amphitheater on April 23rd. Students who participated in the voting process of the contest get first priority tickets but anyone who attends UNC will get in for free. Shuttles from campus to the concert will also be provided.

The Daily Tar Heel, the slighted yet mostly heavily read newspaper on campus, published numerous articles giving what I call bullshit excuses, I mean reasons he wasn't allowed to hold the concert on campus. One of them being lack of time to plan. Another being money. First of all, even people who don't even attend UNC know that we are one of most heavily funded public universities in North Carolina. How that money is divided and distributed is a different story but I digress. Money is a bs excuse. We got it but don't want to use it for Snoop.

Next, there was talk and verbal attacks made in regards to Snoop Dogg being an advocate for "Rape Culture". For those who don't know what Rape Culture, in short it means Black men and/or music that promote misogynistic views. There were claims that bringing Snoop would be encouraging the Rape Culture mentality. Also the fact that he is a known marijuana connoisseur, only havoc would only follow while and after he visited the campus!

Really, tho?

The very same friend, named Ebony Hagans, that invited me to the to-be-broadcasted discussion, received verbal attacks via Facebook after she created an event for making people aware that Snoop isn't allowed to perform on campus and urging them to protest against it. The person that messaged her claimed that she was pro-rape.

Da Fuck?

I don't know who said person was to come at my girl like that but if you don't like Snoop Dogg that much, don't go to the effin' concert. Just because people want to Snoop to come to school doesn't mean those individuals are pro-rape. That's very poor association based on a very minute bit of information. I know me, personally, voted because one of my favorite words is "free" and I listen to Snoop every once in a while. It would be fun to get a concert towards the end of the semester. Plus, I didn't want Duke or State to win (school pride, what can i say?). I think all of this opposition against him coming is just racism from those that run this school from up top and those students opposing it using the scapegoat of rape culture are in the same boat.

I also feel that UNC denying the opportunity for Snoop to perform on campus is blatant disregard to the wants of the student population. Granted, it is not known how many student actually participated but, the fact is, we won and we voted. Shouldn't are vote count for something? If we can't be considered for something as simple and harmless as a concert, how can be taken seriously about such things as the Non-gender specific housing going on right now on campus?

Plus, if you're were or are currently a UNC student, you know how the P2P gets. Who wants to deal with the select few swasted and/or high people on a stuffed shuttle for about 30 minutes as we head to the concert. Not me. Notice I said select few. You know the ones that were sheltered as a child and want to get buck wild when hit college because another phrase for college to them is FREE AT LAST. Or the ones that drown themselves in alcohol because they don't want to face their problems. Either way, i'm not one of those people. Myself and the company I keep are not about that lifestyle.


In closing, I'm at thru with the hints of racism on this campus and opposition to a free concert. If you don't like Snoop, don't effin' go.If you don't know who Snoop is but are using this Rape Culture excuse, SIT DOWN because you sound and look like a racist ass. You have the choice. Just like we had to choice to get Snoop do perform. It's bullshit. I don't like it. And I hope I'm starting some shyt by publishing this. It needs to be talked about. Can't wait for these comments :)

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


P.S: I'll post the link to the show once it's available. Under this post are some articles from The Daily Tar Heel in regards to the concert.

Concert to be moved to Amphitheater

Coulda Woulda Shoulda

Too Soon To Plan

Friday, April 1, 2011

Lupe Fiasco - Superstar (at Duke University on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - Kick, Push (at Duke University on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - Instrumental/ State Run Radio (at Duke University on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - Shining Down (at Duke U on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - Scream (at Duke University on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - I Don't Wanna Care Right now (Duke U on 3/31/11)

Lupe Fiasco - Outta My Head (Duke U on 3/31/11)


So, as predicted, I return to you early Friday morning (TGIF) with a CRAP LOAD of footage from the Lupe Fiasco concert held at Duke (also spelled as DOOK) University. I am on such a high right now from the many adrenaline rushes in the past 3 hours. Plus, my jaw hurts from all of singing and smiling at the concert. I think I was violated by this guy with a West Indies accent but, it was all in the name of Wasalu Muhammad Jaco aka Lupe Fiasco aka one the greatest lyricist to walk this Earth. The next post will be pretty much first row footage from the concert. Enjoy and don't forget: Love Always Shines Everytime and Remember to Smile

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Countdown to Wasalu in CONCERT!

So, I have the privilege of going to school up here at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and up the street is this wack school called Duke University. Why do I care about said school? Because one of my all-time favorite rappers will be holding a concert there THIS THURSDAY and yours truly has a ticket! I am ├╝ber excited as you can expect. Leaving immediately after work. I will be getting there early, hopefully, to catch a few glimpses of Lupe himself. Shall also be bringing a camera to record anything I can and will post is as soon as I get the chance. I have yet to see Lupe in concert so, this is bound to be the highlight of this year (this life? :D ) even though it's supposed to rain. I'm not worried because someone once told me that Love Always Shines.. Again, much love and I will report back to you on Thursday night, more realistically early Friday morning.

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥

P.S. I'm working on that album review. This may be the most extensive review I've ever done but you shall not be disappointed. :)

Tuesday, March 22, 2011


What up, world?

I've been gone for a minute. Had my first Spring Break as a college student. Chilled with the fam, quality time. Your time on this Earth is shorter than you think. Cherish those closest to you. But the next post will be back to the music, so get ready. Having a bad day? Are you alive? Oh, you are? Then shut up and be grateful for life cause you're still here. :) It's all out of love! Stay tuned to the MoMo Show (that was hella wack so i'll digress)

Peace, love and
☮  & ♥

Monday, February 28, 2011

On Lupe's Jock

So, until the release of Lazers , I'm gonna be all Lupe Fiasco, all the time, on his jock, whatever. This is the most anticipated album since, maybe, Whitney Houston's comeback CD. Yeah, on that scale. So, if I seem a bit obsessive, I am. and i'm ready for this frigin album! I've provided the link for pre-order. Don't spazz the fuck out when you get a pop-up. The pre-order is through iTunes so, it's just making sure you allow it. SUPPORT GOOD ARTISTS! and remember Love Always Shines Everytime and Remember to Smile!

Peace, love and
☮ & ♥


Tuesday, February 22, 2011

12 Hip-Hop Artist you need to be listening to If you're not

Plain and simple. Leh'go. (In no specific order)

1. J. Cole - Who Dat was just the tip of the iceberg. That's not even his best track. Plus, you need to cop Nigga from the Ville (I Really Mean It Freestyle) & The Warm Up (Lights Please).  He's actually doing mainstream some good. One of my favorites right now. Friday Night Lights (Before I'm Gone & Enchanted ft. Omen) is a must. Putting North Carolina back on the map (started with the next artists listed) Get at him.

2. Little Brother - Groups like Little Brother remind me that Hip-Hop isn't dead. You just have to do a bit of excavating before you find anything good. Listen and you'll get it. Thought they are now disbanded, the Hip-Hop duo (once trio with producer 9th Wonder), Phonte and Big Pooh from North Carolina, their music lives on via thier last album, Leftback (Table for Two), ...And Justus for All (Stylin') and another LP, The Minstrel Show (The Becoming). Again, they have more genius. These are just some my favorites.

3. The Cool Kids - This duo from Chicago has sick lyrics and the beat makes you bounce. They have an ol school flow to them and it's hot. It's the Best of Both worlds. Must cop The Bake Sale (What Up Man), Cool Ass Ninjas (Chicago Zoo) & Gone Fishing (Schoolin'). Those are my favorites but they also have Tacklebox & Merry Christmas out.  A must must MUST listen.

4. Mos Def - OOHHH. Don't tell me you forgot he rapped just because he was in a couple of movies! The New Danger (Sex, Love & Money)? The Ecstatic aka MOST UNDERRATED album of 2009?? Please... He's still got it. Take a listen. You will be pleased. Casa Bey off of The Ecstatic . Real Hip-Hop. Point. Blank. Period.

5. Talib Kweli- A veteran in the Hip-Hop game but it's never to late to start listening. If your looking for some newer stuff, he and producer, Hi-Tec (together named Reflection Eternal) put out one the hottest & underrated Hip-Hop albums of 2010 entitled Revolutions Per Minute (In The Red,Got Work In This World, this continues for the entirety of the album). Work your way back to classics such as Eardrum (Hostile Gospel Pt. 2) & The Beautiful Struggle (Never Been In Love). It's a little something you're not used to called "quality Hip-Hop". Enjoy.

6. Wale - Please don't discredit Wale after being on "No Hands". Mind you, a part of my heart died as well but Fly Away Vol. 1 (Beast) and then the features on Attention: Deficit (Prescription) are crazy. Forgive him after you give these songs and mixtapes a listen. He's pretty much pierced the mainstream but you gotta listen to More about Nothing (The Friends Strangers) and Back to the Feature (Life's a Bitch ft. Talib Kweli & Joell Ortiz). Gotta love Wale Folarin. No days off! 

7. Lupe Fiasco - I am soooo biased because I consider Lupe Fiasco one of the greatest lyricist of our time. He's conscious, clever and a lyrical genius. He is in a class of his own. I also consider The Cool the greatest album of 2008. PERIOD. If i had to pick my favorite track from this album, it would have to be Dumb it Down. As for mixtapes Enemy of the State (Yoga Flame & Say Something Freestyle), Before There Were Lazers (This is for my Niggas), Da Exam (Theme Music to a DriveByAnd He Gets the Girl) nothing bad to say here. Don't believe me? Educate yo'self and listen. And please order the much anticipated Lazers album to drop March 8th (available for pre-order on iTunes!). It's sure not to disappoint. Just everything is good! I hate choosing! Ok, officially off Lupe's dick, for now. On to the next one.

8. B.o.B - B.o.B aka Bob aka Bobby Ray is doing big things. He's a very diverse artist: He plays guitar, can write slow jams, straight hip-hop to a  pop track. Airplanes is basic compared to tracks on mixtapes like Gangsta Grillz or May 25th (B is for B.o.B & Surprise Me)  and the rest of the album The Adventures of Bobby Ray Plus his latest mixtape, No Genre (Batman Flow  & So-So) He's different but, give him a listen anyway.

9. Kendrick Lamar - Now, my seasoned ears are new to Kendrick Lamar but, I like what i hear. All I've heard by him is Overly Dedicated (Cut You Off) and it was decent. He's got potential.

10. Jay Electronica - If you haven't heard Exhibit C, you must have been living under a rock for the past 2 years. Especially if you are an avid Boondocks watcher. Now, does it sound familiar? Well, it gets better. I haven't heard much since his mixtape, Victory but it's plenty. Nearly 30 tracks. You'll be fine. Enjoy

11. Diggy Simmons - I know you remember Run's House on MTV. The cute kid with braces? Yeah, that same is now only 15 and is siiiiick on the mic. And i do NOT say that lightly. Need proof? Listen to his freestyle over Shook Ones. It's hot. I'm just as surprised as you are. But he's the real deal. You know you want to just click it to see if i'm bullshittin'. I'm not. :)

12. Slaughterhouse - Raw as hell. Consisting of Joe Budden, Royce da 5'9, Joell Ortiz and Crooked I from all over the map, this group is bring you fire. I was sold on the self titled mixtape with tracks like Cuckoo and Microphone. Must get The Break Through which is all of the artists doing their own thing but great features of themselves and others (Hard in the Paint Freestyle). Hard hittin' shyt. 

And there you have it. The top 12 necessities need for you health and mp3. Enjoy and support good music!

Peace, Love and
☮ & ♥


Tuesday, February 15, 2011

In and Out

Don't know if anyone is paying attention but Lil Kim is releasing her mixtape targeted at Nicki Minaj called "Black Friday" today. Um, it's Monday but i digress. (May do a review at a later date). Is she even relevant anymore to talk shit about Nicki? I mean, when she was on, her time, Junior Mafia, early-mid 90s, she was really The Queen Bee. But now? Mz. Kim, you haven't put out anything remotely worthy since 1998 (really 1999 with Mobb Deep. You remember Quiet Storm). So, i'll keep it short and sweet.

Lil' Kim, Please sit down.

Peace, love and much,
☮ & ♥


Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Why Pretty Nasty got shut down (THE REAL REASON)

On special request from some of my good friends, they told me to post this theory of mine on my blog. I said, why not? It's my friggin blog. So, here's my theory on why Pretty Nasty got shut down 2 weekends ago.

First of all, I was there, dressed to impress. Twas a big event. I think 89.6% of the undergraduate Black population was going, or trying to go, to the Omega Psi Phi 2nd Pretty Nasty party ever held at the mighty UNC.  I had my ticket in advance, as well as my girls. We arrive around 10:30 pm and there is already a thick line, packed with people. I immediately felt overdressed due to the amount of clothes I had on but, i digress. Line already full. I don't recognize a helluva lot of people, partly (small part) because i'm a freshie, mostly because people already waiting in line didn't pre-order a ticket  and/or didn't go to UNC (remember this, tis very important to my theory). So, i get in line. See frats getting priority and already allowed to enter the party. This I didn't mind. More eye candy for me (only for the eyes. I had a boyfriend at the time). They try to open the doors with their rent-a-cop security. EVERYONE's pushing everyone. I try to respond with a 'I push back' but in retrospect, it was cold as hell so, thank you eager beavers for providing body heat.

I finally enter, get my little purple wristband, do a couple upperclassmen meet and greets and I head into the party. DJ Bobby Drake was on the 1's and 2's, just getting warmed up. As customary for Black parties, males posted up on the outskirts, looking for the shortest skirts and the biggest asses to dance with/have sex on the dancefloor (whatever. I don't judge. If you got it, flaunt it. There is a limit but that's another entry...). I head towards the middle, dancing a bit, just enjoying the music. Slowly but surely, the room get's more and more packed, the men moving closer to us ladies dancing, working it. Someone came on stage saying how some people were letting others in without a ticket. NOT okay but they weren't about to ruin my happy so, I partied on. Right RIGHT when the DJ was done warming up, the Q's grouped together, strolling, the lights get cut on, the dirty dancing seized, and it was announced that the police are shutting the party down.

um, DA FUK?

I paid $10 for this party and I only danced with about 3 people so, with a bit of mathematic calculations, that averages out to only 2 dollars worth of twerking. I AM getting a refund, right? That money could have easily went to laundry (though I still had my ish clean) or a better meal earlier during the week (it's a struggle, shit..) and the party was shut down because people were fighting outside because they couldn't get in. I admit. I would be pissed too if I paid for a party and couldn't get in. All of those people who got there early without a ticket did NOT get in or they were sneaked but again, I digress. What I found out later is someone pulled out a gun in line and the police was forced to shut down the entire party in fear of others in possession of firearms.


Why in the hell did you think I came to Carolina? Yes, it's a prestigious school, known for it's quality education and opportunities for it's decent price (in state). But a main consideration was to avoid an excess of niggas!

Yes, our fellow nigga. Mind you, they can be of any race because the word 'nigga' simply means 'ignorant mother f**ker that does dumb shit because he/she an ignorant mother f**ker' but in this case, I mean Black people who are also niggas. Just so we are clear, from now on, Black people means African-Americans that are non-niggas. And niggas mean 'Black people who are ignorant mother f**kers that do dumb shit because they are ignorant mother f**kers'


The reason Pretty Nasty of 2011 at UNC was shut down because the nigga to Black people ratio was exceeded. Plain and simple.

Now, at any average day at Carolina, the Nigga to Black people ratio is about 1:12. (Mind you, this incidents of nigga shit [also known to some as 'coonery'] doesn't not mean you are always a nigga, just moments in life when you act like a nigga. Pretty Nasty was one of those nigga moments in life). The night of Pretty Nasty, the ratio jumped from 1:12 to 1:6. How, you may ask did this ratio increase by 50%. Non-Carolina students. I hope I don't sound like I hate my race. Cause I really don't. At all. I dislike instances where we could have done better. What compelled you to bring a gun to a campus party?? What exactly did you think was going to happen that you couldn't sort out the old fashion way, with your fists? I don't know but, whoever you are, you ruined the night for everyone. It was the first major party since we got back from break, a way have a banging start to the New Year. Not a literally banging start to the New Year with SOMEONE bring friggin glocks on our campus. Just.....why?

Again, I don't want to come off like I hate my race. I really don't. Just don't do dumb shit that you know is stupid and fulfill negative stereotypes. We're in college. Adults! Act the fuck like it! I know this is overdue but my grades come first and I was indeed hesitant to post this but, yup don't care. A lot of people are about to dislike what I said and, again, don't care. It needed to be said. So, there you go. My fellow Black people and niggas, we just have to do better. And we can. So let's do as such.

Peace, love and much,
☮ & ♥


**P.S: There are more than one definition of 'nigga'. This entry addressed the 'ignorant' aspect of the word Nigga. Future explanation will come later. Deuces**

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Preparations, Realizations and Manifestations

This will not be a hip-hop post. That will come later. Just some things on my mind I need to get off.

This past week, was very strange to me. A lot of things happened in a short period of time. Both major and minor changes occured. I am not proud of myself for some of the things i did or said this week but the past is in the past. But i feel as if I will not feel better until i reflect on it.

At the beginning of the week, based on a 27 minutes conversation with my mother, I feel as it had the closest we've been for the duration of my life (minus the whole suckling thing; emotional connection people). It was about my grades last semester and how she's proud of me regardless but she knows I can do better. After the conclusion of that conversation, I missed home (my actual house) for the first time after being at Carolina (minus the bed and showering without shoes thing. Again, emotional connections, people). The week progessed and minute mental breakdowns started occuring. The work load with my classes. My personal relationships. Nothing seemed to be cohesive. The highlight of my week, when Big Boi came to perform, seemed to be clouded by all of the stress I was under. One of my favorite activities on campus is not the same as last semester and I don't know if i still want to be part of it.

And it all came crashing down this weekend when the separation of me and my first love after nearly 8 months but it was time because i felt as if the reciprocity in our relationship was nonexistent. Love will take time to fade. Forgetting with never happen.

There's a hard place between whom I consider one of my good friends over some bulls**t on both of our accords and have no idea how to rectify the situation. I woke up Saturday morning with the largest headache for no apparent reason, sickly just, what the f**k. I dont' know what it was. But later that night, I did some really dumb stuff that included falsey observing someone's reaction of absolutely nothing and then texting about it. This situation completly backfired and I again, returned to my state of feeling like sh*t. Then my newfound buddy, Lane Snipes, gave me some encouraging words in my time of self-loathing and honestly at the time, I couldn't shake the all of the feelings of negativity but now, i'm so encouraged and empowered about my week, semester, life ahead of me. My 19th birthday is in 5 days and i'm ready to celebrate just that: Life. It's not supposed to be easy. I know too many people that haven't made it to see 19. Challenges were designed for me to overcome. God wouldn't put anything in my path I couldn't handle. I'm ready for this next semester. I'm ready for tomorrow. I'm doing what I shall always do for the rest of my life: Carpe Diem. I thank God for putting people in my life that truly care about me. I just know that all will work out for the best. I will never cease to be grateful and to return that same love shown to me.

Peace, Love and much,
☮ ♥


(P.S. Did i ever say Thank you? i didnt'? THANK U DREADSLIONROAR)

Monday, January 24, 2011


As you can tell by the capitalization in the title, i'm  ecstatic about half of the dynamic duo of Outkast, Big Boi, to arrive at UNC this Wednesday. I shall be completing all of my homework  by Tuesday in order to attend. And to all of the people saying they're not going because Andre 3000 won't be there, so da fuk what? Big Boi has established himself as a rapper pre-and post-Stankonia. Everyone SLEPT on this album. Every song is good. So, fine. Don't show up. You're gonna miss one hell of a show. I've dedicated this week's Song of the Week as well as Video of the Week to Sir Lucious Leftfoot. The Song of the Week may be my absolute favorite of the album, Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Chico Dusty. The vid is an Outkast dance classic with Big Boi in the forefront. Enjoy. Also, if you haven't heard his latest album, you're lost. But, do not fret! At the end of this entry, I'll leave the entire track list underneath with asterisks next to my favorites. I'm telling you, after you listen to these songs, you're going to want to buy a ticket and the album!

Peace, Love and much,

☮ & ♥

1. Feel Me (Intro)
2. Daddy Fat Sax
3. Turns me On (ft. Sleepy Brown & Joi)
4. Follow Us (ft Vonnegutt)
5. Shutterbug (ft. Cutty)
6. General Patton*
7. Tangerine* (ft. T.I. & Khujo Goodie)
8. You Ain't No DJ (ft. Yelawolf)
9. Hustle Blood (ft. Jaime Foxx)
10. Be Still (ft. Janelle Monae)*
11. Fo Yo Sorrows (Ft. George Clinton, Too $hort & Sam Chris)
12. Night Night (Ft. B.o.B & Joi)*
13. Shine Blockas (ft. Gucci Mane)
14. The Train Pt. 2
15. Back Up Plan*