January 2009

omg, this totally warms the ice-cold cockles of my heart.
Tyanna and CJ, Biggie’s kids take their sibling love high tech with some videochat clips. CJ is the cutest thing ever.
And to see these kids playing their dad’s music along with their current faves, like Kanye and Ron Browz is mind-blowing.
This video made my day less grumpy. Now all I need to do is hold on until LOST comes on tonite.

(spotted at SandraRose)

raekwon, ghostface, vintage
(love this vintage pic of Ghost n Rae, spotted at Fader)

Raekwon and Ghostface “Criminology 2”

[audio:Raekwon _ Ghostface Killah – Criminology .mp3]

Raekwon and Ghostface “Criminology 2” (dirty version) thanks to Alex from Killer Beez Promotions.

(spotted at The Smoking Section, originally posted by Splash, played by DJ Envy….etc etc.)

Crim 1 is still one of my favorite songs of all time.

joaquin and diddy

The must-read Entertainment Weekly blog reports:

“Two people close to Joaquin Phoenix tell EW that the actor’s recent attempt to reinvent himself as a rapper is not what it appears to be.

Ever since the actor announced he was ditching his career in movies to try to make it as a rap artist, speculation has flown wildly about what, exactly, the two-time Oscar nominee might be thinking. Following his widely panned three-song debut as a rapper at a Las Vegas nightclub on Jan. 16 — a shambling performance that concluded with the actor falling off the stage — two competing theories emerged: Either Phoenix is perpetrating an elaborate Andy Kaufman-style hoax…or he’s truly lost his marbles. The truth, it seems, is closer to the former. “He said, ‘It’s a put-on. I’m going to pretend to have a meltdown and change careers, and Casey [Affleck] is going to film it,‘” says one source who recently worked with Phoenix.”

It’s an art project for him,” says a source. “He’s going full out. He probably has told his reps that he’s quit acting. Joaquin is very smart. This is very conscious. He has a huge degree of control.”

I think Joaquin should be more appreciative of the acting talent that he was blessed with and the options he has been afforded because of that talent. Fake dismissing that blessing, and instead mocking hip hop should backfire on him. Plus, Joaquin has never been funny or satirical, like Ben Stiller or Sacha Baron-Cohen. If anything he’s borderline Crispin Glover-creepy.


Back when me, Enuff and Angie went to see Notorious at Juelz Santana’s screening, I had a brief chat with Maino. He was really amped about a new song he just did with T-Pain and Just Blaze. He told me he was going to drop it on Jan21st. I said, you’re crazy man….back away from the inauguration frenzy and give it a few more days.

On Monday, my co-worker Funk Flex debuted this, and now Mr. Exclusives has kindly sent over the link.

Maino “All the Above” featuring T-Pain (produced by Just Blaze)

[audio:Maino Ft T-Pain-All The Above.mp3]

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And thanks to Music Addicts Only and  Dara at Subconscious Threads (below the jump), you get to see exactly what I was twittering about….

Charles Hamilton vs. Serius Jones @ S.O.B’s from Music Addicts Only on Vimeo.

Honestly, I think both emcees got their digs in, but Serius is a battler by nature. Not the guy you want to take off the gloves with when sparring. Especially when your name is the headliner and he’s just there as a spectator.

After the jump…Rhymefest was in the house and provided color commentary as well

(this is an old photo but I always thought Charli was one of the few gals who could actually pull off the pink hair)

Regardless of how many different sides of the story there will always be. And regardless of how much I respect for the other folks involved in BIG’s saga, I still like hearing things from Charli’s unchecked P.O.V. Charli has stories for days and is a fascinating fascinating woman. (with a supermodel daughter, India, by the way…who is working on her own music now**) I think we’d have a fun time reminiscing on some of the funny things we saw back in the days, lol. (note to self….find Chuck’s number!)

I think leaving her out of the movie was a disservice to the movie itself…and hopefully it was a decision made for story arc and time limitations, not one made for political reasons. But I’m sure it was probably a bit of both.

Allhiphop posted a very interesting interview with CBmore :

Charli Baltimore: Well anybody that knows Big, or D-Roc or Cease or any person that lived in Big’s house…even Ms. Wallace whether she wants to believe it or not, knows that I was Big’s girl. I don’t need to say it every five minutes, I don’t need to throw Big a dinner every year on his birthday and sit his picture there and pray all praises be to Big. I know what I had with Big, and I don’t need to explain it to everyone.

More after the jump…and a photo of Charli’s daughter India**.

DJ Skee talks to Baron Davis (basketball star and producer of “Crips and Bloods: Made in America”) about the Stacy Peralta-directed documentary, and includes drops from Lil Wayne and Snoop.

(thanks to QDIII for the link)

According to the filmmakers:

AMERICA opens at the IFC Theatre in New York starting Friday 23
January.  Stacy Peralta will be doing a Q&A for the 7:45pm screenings
on the 23rd and 24th.

letterman celebs 2 291007

For some reason when I click on zshare, I get some kind of error, like maybe I’m blocking the site or something? I can’t figure it out, but for you guys, I’m sure this link will work.

I havent heard the song yet…hope you like. The word on the internets is that it may be an “American Gangster” leftover?

Jay-Z “When the Money Goes…”

(file under: things I learned from twitter….from Lowkey)

A clip from the documentary about Big Daddy Kane. Eskay says this was done by Anthony Marshall of Lyricist Lounge for Scion’s “Easy 10 Filmmaker Series.”

In a further effort to soothe my grumpy attitude, I am thinking of watching only legends and kanye in paris videos for the remainder of today.

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