Archive for July, 2008

This American Life – Weiner Circle (Chicago)

One of the first times I ever went to Chicago, I had some drunk friends that said we should go to the Weiner’s Circle to get late night food. With no warning of what this place was, I was so confused when the staff was yelling at customers. And when I paid, they took two dollars out of my change and “tipped the bucket”. When I objected, the main woman in the video said, “everyone tips the bucket, mutha fucka”. It was a funny story to tell people, but I won’t say it was an enjoyable experience…. mainly because of what I saw it bring out in the people ordering food.

Later, I found out that this was what the Weiner’s Circle was famous for. After watching this video from Ira Glass, I’m still not sure how I feel about it. It definitely does not surprise me that racial lines get crossed here every weekend. Where does the line of good-hearted banter, cursing and insults cross over to ignorant racial slurs?

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The Streets – The Escapist (video)

New video from The Streets released today. If you know me, you know how much of a fan I am of Mike Skinner. But, I’m well aware that people in the States either love him, or can’t get past the accent/off-beat delivery & hate him (both Kinetik and Rusty, for example)

But he’s one of my top 10 favorite artists from the last 7-8 years. His concepts are brilliant, production crisp, and he’s hilarious (see my previous post about Beat Stevie).

This is a new video from the last track on his upcoming album, Everything Is Borrowed, where he walks all the way to France. You can download it at NME today for free.

Here’s what they say about the video on Youtube:

During a great period of intense mixing we decided that it might be nice to shoot a video. This isn’t the way the record industry works and so it was under the radar of the label and done totally for us by us on a shoe string. It was totally different from any other promo that I’ve made in that it was something real that we just filmed rather than trying to create something real looking using lots of people and lots of angles. I feel like it’s more than a video in that sense. Aswell as looking quite odd without all the singing and quick cuts.”

Vanity Fair Spoofs New Yorker Cover

If you missed the controversy from the New Yorker, here’s your late pass.

Bert x Ernie = So Hood

Dizzy Lifting Drink sent me this video, and my life was threatened if I didn’t post it (figures… it came from Thisis50.  bunch of bullies…)

Puppets rapping is always funny.  Remember Barney cranking that Ice T?

How To Tell People They Sound Racist

Lot of race talk these days, and it’s only going to ramp up in the next few months. That being said, I’m giving you another “knowledge bomb” (sup Steve) from Jay Smooth, “How To Tell People They Sound Racist”.

Also, here’s a snippet from an article sent to me from J”IloveGawker”Z, touching on the same topic:

Today, being called a racist is the most contemptible label for a white person. Some have complained that the racist label is tossed about so freely that it’s almost like being called a “communist” in the post-Cold War era. This is certainly preferable to a time when racism was tolerated or even encouraged. But one of the sad upshots is that it has also fostered a sense of paranoia that stems from the inability or unwillingness to distinguish between actual hate-fueled racism and ignorance.

A tone-deaf white person who refers to a successful black person as “articulate” is called a condescending racist, when the person either spoke without thinking of the connotation or was unaware of it. If a white person is called out for saying something insensitive, the clichéd response is: “Well, I can’t be racist; I mean, I have black friends!”

Kid Cudi – A Kid Named Cudi

“Call me a hipster, as long as you a listener”

I try not to post stuff until I fully listen, but sometimes I pass it along if I looks good. Well, this is one that I’m 5 songs into, and am loving every second. 10 Deep is 2 for 2 on mixtapes in the past few months.

Kanye can exaggerate, if you haven’t noticed… but he calls Kid Cudi the “Best new artist!”. I won’t will go that far, but I’m really feeling Cudi’s music. I posted his “Wasting My Minutes” song from 88 Keys mixtape last week, which was easily relatable. So, I was instantly intrigued by this guy. Now after hearing him reference his “stoner charm” and say things like “all the while make my words important so if I slip away… if I die today, the last thing you remember won’t be about some Apple Bottom jeans with the boots with the fur”, he’s got my attention.

That’s not even mentioning the musicality and choices of beats that he goes in on… i.e. ‘Chonkeyfire’ and ‘Pink and Blue’ (both Outkast beats), and “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” from Gnarls.

Do yourself a favor and find out what the 50 Ways To Make a Record are… Plain Pat, what up!?

Download: Plain Pat and Emile Present: Kid Cudi – A Kid Named Cudi

Rhymefest ft. Wale – Aint Heard It From Me

Mark Ronson was one of the main reasons I heard Rhymefest initially.

Same with Wale.

Allido Records is “in the building” or “a problem in ’08”, whichever hip hop phrase you prefer.

With their powers combined… I bring you…. on behalf of FSD (aka “Found Some Dopeshit” aka “F***in ‘Sclusive Drew”)…. and all my people out there turnin headphones up like Fisticuffs….. a Scram Jones-produced dance floor for Fest and Wale to crank flying squirrels all over.

Rhymefest ft. Wale – Aint Heard It From Me (from Rhymefest’s upcoming El Che)


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