Monday, July 28, 2008

Not Another Joell Ortiz Post . . .



DJ Premier Tribute

Purple Tape Tribute

Memories

Good Times

He's finally got his site and blog up and running. Get at the man that goes ape over beats with a bananas flow . . . JoellOrtiz.com

Go Cop His Album!


Mick Boogie & 6th Sense - Just Do It: A Mixtape Ode To Nike




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Friday, July 25, 2008

Madvillainy 2: The Box (My Birthday's Next Month)



This is dope!

Look at everything you get . . .

CD Madvillainy “2” The Madlib Remix. 25 tracks. Read more below.
7-INCH “One Beer (Drunk Version)” Madlib's original 2004 version, lost until recently on the floor of his Bomb Shelter studio. If you saw the studio you'd understand.
CASSETTE The Madvillainy Demo Tape. 12 tracks, 36 minutes. This is the first and only official release of the infamous Madvillain demo that “leaked into cyberspace,” while the album was still in progress, as DOOM alludes to in the lyrics of “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
T-SHIRT Nominated. Best Rolled L's. Madvillain shirt.
COMIC BOOK Meanwhile... the continuation of the All Caps video, included with the CD.
THE BOX 12x13x3 inches. Wrapped in silver like a mask.

Go to Stones Throw Records for more details and buy this for me.

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Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Murs & 9th Wonder - Sweet Lord





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01. The Intro
02. Are you ready?
03. Nina Ross
04. Free
05. And I Love It
06. Pusshhhhhh
07. It's For Real
08. Marry Me
09. Love the Way
10. Murs Inatra ..

N*E*R*D + Santogold + Converse =



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Tuesday, July 22, 2008

The Best There Is! The Best There Was! The Best There Ever Will Be!



NFL Legends Figure: Barry Sanders

He is my all time favorite athlete. He's the only athlete that I ever dreamed of being. He's THE touchstone for me. He's the back that I measure all backs against. For his entire career he was always THAT dude. It started out as who was better, Barry or Thurman? I used to have that argument all of the time with a friend of mine. Hell, I remember the cover of an old trading card price guide that had both of them sharing the cover asking who the best back was. I don't remember if that was Beckett or Tuff Stuff. But, from Thurman it went to Emmitt (the most overrated athlete of all time) to Terrell Davis. They all came and went and when the dust settled Barry was left. But, even moreso than that Barry was also a time marker for me. Not just football before Barry Sanders and after Barry Sanders, but also he was the first athlete that I loved that I saw his whole career. I saw him come into the league challenging Christian Okoye for the rushing title and I saw him pull his most jaw dropping juke ever when he left. I remember when he retired, it was the first time that I felt like I wasn't a kid. It's weird when your first hero who you saw start his career ends it. That's when I realized that I am truly an adult. It wasn't passing the milestones of my 18th or 21st birthday, but the day one of my heroes was gone. It was weird not watching his highlights on NFL Prime Time or watching him every Thanksgiving. He was the classiest athlete I had ever seen. I loved how he let his actions speak for him.

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The Balcony Is Officially Closed

Roeper can take six steps off of a 4 foot pier, but Ebert was my man. I know he had not been on the show in a long while due to illness and the contract dispute, but I will definitely miss him now that it is officially over. He IS movies to me. He was an institution. Not to mention I definitely worshiped at the altar of Ebert. He rarely steered me wrong with his reviews. He often opened my eyes to movies that I may not have given a chance normally. But, his seal of approval meant something to me. I can't say that about any other review of any other thing.

Ebert, Roeper cutting ties with `At the Movies'

By DON BABWIN
Associated Press Writer

CHICAGO (AP) -- Roger Ebert is leaving the balcony - but hinting that he's not finished with television.

The famed film critic announced Monday that he is cutting ties with the nationally syndicated program he and the late critic Gene Siskel made famous, a day after Richard Roeper said he was quitting the show.

In an e-mail to The Associated Press, Ebert said Disney-ABC Domestic Television, which owns "At the Movies With Ebert and Roeper," has decided to take the program in a new direction.

"I will no longer be associated with it," Ebert said.

He didn't immediately elaborate, but it was clear the Pulitzer Prize-winning Chicago Sun-Times critic wanted the show to remain as it was when he and Siskel, a fellow Chicago newspaper film critic, first hit the airwaves on PBS in 1975.

"Gene and I felt the formula was simplicity itself: Two film critics, sitting across the aisle from each other in a movie balcony, debating the new films of the week," Ebert wrote. "We developed an entirely new concept for TV."

Ebert is a trademark holder on the signature "thumbs up-thumbs down" judgment that he and Siskel made part of each film review. Last year, as he negotiated a new contract with Disney-ABC Domestic Television, Ebert, according to the Walt Disney-owned company, had "exercised his right to withhold use of the 'thumbs' until" he had a new contract. Ebert subsequently has said the show could continue to use the "thumbs" during negotiations and that he never withheld their use.

On Monday, he said he has plans for those famous digits.

"The trademark still belongs to me and Marlene Iglitzen, Gene's widow, and the thumbs will return," he wrote. "We are discussing possibilities, and plan to continue the show's tradition."

"Disney cannot use the `thumbs,'" he said.

Ebert didn't elaborate on future possibilities. Nor did he say what - if any - role Roeper, whose work he praised, will have.

But Roeper, in his own announcement that he was leaving the program, hinted that perhaps his partnership with Ebert may not be over.

Roeper, a Sun-Times columnist who signed on in 2000 after Siskel's 1999 death, said he planned to "proceed elsewhere with my ninth year as the co-host of a movie review show that honors the standards established by Gene Siskel and Roger Ebert more than 30 years ago." He added that he would soon disclose details about such a program.

Roeper didn't immediately return a call for comment Monday.

His statement said he was leaving after failing to agree on a contract extension with Disney-ABC Domestic Television, and that his last appearance will air the weekend of Aug. 16-17.

A Disney spokeswoman didn't immediately return calls for comment on the latest developments as well as whether the show would continue either in its current form or a new one.

Ebert said he is in the dark about any plans for the show, saying Disney hasn't discussed any with him.

"All I know for sure is, the show is not being taken in its current direction," he said in a second e-mail.

Ebert's announcement brings to a close a chapter in one of the longest running shows in television history. In 1975, Siskel and Ebert, two competing Chicago newspaper film reviewers, launched a program on Chicago's public broadcasting's WTTW. The two jumped to commercial television through the Tribune Co.'s TV syndication wing in 1982, switching to Disney in 1986.

The pair became stars in their own right, and their "two thumbs" reviews became one of the most recognizable assessments in the history of film criticism - with movies trumpeting a "Two Thumbs Up" as part of their own advertising.

After Siskel died of a brain tumor in 1999, Roeper was selected from among a large group of contenders to be his permanent replacement on the show.

In recent years, Ebert has been battling cancer. He has undergone a series of operations, with doctors removing a cancerous growth from his salivary gland and part of his right jaw.

He has been unable to appear on the show since doctors performed surgery in July 2006 that left him unable to speak. But he continues to churn out reviews, and has published a number of books.

Friday, July 18, 2008

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Jesse Refuses To Go Quietly

I know it's hard to deal with pending irrelevance, but Jesse seems to be taking it extra hard. He's gone from civil rights advocate to spectacle chaser to now . . . grump old man.



Apparently in his old age he's forgotten to not throw stones from the porch of his glass house. It seems that maybe Obama's comments on Father's Day (see youtube clip below), which are along the same lines as what Bill Cosby has been saying for the past few years, hit a little too close to home for Jesse, with Jesse being an absentee father and all.



Even Jesse JR. is telling him to fall back according to LA Times.

What do you think of all of this?

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Diggnation On The Zune


Video: Zune explored by hosts of Diggnation

Ice-T Got Served/Fiddy Making Sense

I'm definitely not an Ice-T fan, but how are you going to let Souljah Boy make more sense than you? You can't talk about him. It's not like you were Chuck D, KRS or Rakim! LMAO



Tuesday, July 8, 2008

Hi, My Name Is 8thlight And I'm An Addict.

This is the part where you all say, "Hi, 8thlight!"

Any way. I often find myself spending hours at a time improving my recommendations on Amazon.com. I actually find enjoyment in it. I kind of just space out and start clicking like mad. For the most part I'm getting rid of artists and movies I don't like so I can get more things that I do. I don't know how lil wayne found his way into my recommendations, but he must be eliminated! lol I also rate any music & movies I've listened to watched so I can get better recommendations. Albums that I have heard that sucked from artists that I don't like get a not interested. Albums that suck from artist that I like just get a lower rating. I'm looking at you New Danger and Electric Circus!

I have already added Iron Man (Two-Disc Special Collectors' Edition) to my wishlist! :)

Do you update your recommendations to hopefully find new music & movies?

Am I alone in my addiction?

Saturday, July 5, 2008

No Blockbuster deal for Circuit City

Earlier in my ode to CDs & DVDs I mentioned a potential deal between Blockbuster Video and Circuit City. Well, according to Forbes.com Blockbuster has decided to look in a different direction.

Friday, July 4, 2008

The Cool Kids - That's Stupid: The Mixtape




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You Family Guy Fans Are About To Be Stalked

Google and Creator of ‘Family Guy’ Strike a Deal

By BROOKS BARNES

LOS ANGELES — Google is experimenting with a new method of distributing original material on the Web, and some Hollywood film financiers are betting millions that the company will succeed.

In September, Seth MacFarlane, creator of “Family Guy” on television, will unveil a carefully guarded new project called “Seth MacFarlane’s Cavalcade of Cartoon Comedy.” Unlike “Family Guy,” which is broadcast on Fox, this animation series will appear exclusively on the Internet.

The innovative part involves the distribution plan. Google will syndicate the program using its AdSense advertising system to thousands of Web sites that are predetermined to be gathering spots for Mr. MacFarlane’s target audience, typically young men. Instead of placing a static ad on a Web page, Google will place a “Cavalcade” video clip. The content will also be distributed via YouTube.

Advertising will be incorporated into the clips in varying ways. In some cases, there will be “preroll” ads, which ask viewers to sit through a TV-style commercial before getting to the video. Some advertisers may opt for a banner to be placed at the bottom of the video clip or a simple “brought to you by” note at the beginning.

Mr. MacFarlane, who will receive a percentage of the ad revenue, has created a stable of new characters to star in the series, which will be served up in 50 two-minute episodes.

In an interview, he described the installments as “animated versions of the one-frame cartoons you might see in The New Yorker, only edgier.”

For a more substantial fee, Mr. MacFarlane has been working with advertisers to animate original commercials that will run with “Cavalcade.” Google and Mr. MacFarlane would not reveal any of the advertisers, but the two said that several deals are among the largest ever landed by AdSense, which went into business in 2003.

Google, which calls the distribution service the Google Content Network, until now has only dabbled in distributing original content. In May, it announced a deal with The Washington Post to distribute real estate listings from the newspaper’s Web site in a similar manner.

But the partnership with Mr. MacFarlane represents a bold step into the distribution business, one that, if successful, will surely send shock waves through the entertainment business. “Cavalcade” is not only from a high-profile Hollywood talent, but also carries a multimillion-dollar production price tag, by far the largest amount spent on original Internet content to date.

“We feel that we have recreated the mass media,” said Kim Malone Scott, director of sales and operations for AdSense.

Until now, budgets for original Webisodes have peaked in the low six figures because creators have not been able to figure out a business model that allows for higher spending. Either advertisers have not wanted to pay, or it has been too difficult to attract a large enough audience to support the cost of television or movie-quality work.

But Media Rights Capital, a boutique production company that has the ability to invest about $400 million a year in movies, television and Internet episodes, thinks it has figured out a sustainable business model with the Google Content Network. Every time someone clicks on one of the syndicated videos, the associated advertiser pays a fee, with shares going to Mr. MacFarlane, Media Rights, Google and the Web site that generated the click.

“We believe the revenue could be formidable,” said Karl Austen, a lawyer who worked on the deal. “What is exciting is that this is a way to monetize the Internet immediately. Instead of creating a Web site and hoping Seth’s fans find it, we are going to push the content to where people are already at.”

Media Rights sells the advertising inventory. Asif Satchu, the company’s co-chief executive, would not reveal how much advertisers were being asked to pay, except to say that it is “significantly higher” than if they were placing the same ad via AdSense.

Hollywood’s powerful Endeavor talent agency helped shepherd Mr. MacFarlane through the negotiations, which started during a recent gap in the animator’s contract with 20th Century Fox. Mr. MacFarlane said he wanted to take a stab at an original Internet program because he was feeling constrained by the “taste police,” a k a the Federal Communications Commission.

Sitting in his office wearing jeans and a white T-shirt, Mr. MacFarlane described feeling stifled as a comedian by an F.C.C. crackdown in recent years on what it views as unsuitable language and situations on television. Mr. MacFarlane said he believed that the public’s appetite for raunchy humor and coarse language was only expanding and that television networks like Fox were having a harder time capturing viewers in part because they had to tread carefully or risk fines.

“I just felt I could be a lot more honest on the Internet,” he said.

Mr. MacFarlane started the project on the assumption that he would do 20-minute television episodes and break them into segments to dole out online.

“But that seemed a little odd and a little pointless,” he said. “Why wouldn’t you just release the whole thing at once?”

Google executives also provided him with stacks of data showing how people interact with Web video, including how long the average user will watch before clicking on something new. That prompted Mr. MacFarlane to scrap his original project and rebuild the idea from the ground up.

Each installment is different, but a typical one is titled “Mad Cow Disease.” The clip, which is 38 seconds long, opens with a news anchor reporting on an outbreak of mad cow disease in a dry fashion, detailing the debilitating effects of eating tainted beef. The clip cuts to a shocked male and female cow seated in a tidy kitchen with giant steaks on their plates.

For Mr. MacFarlane, 34, the venture is more than just adding to his already sizable fortune. (His new multiyear contract with Fox, signed this spring, is valued at nine figures.) One goal is to use the venture as a testing ground for new material and a way to ignite attention. At the very least, “Cavalcade” will become a DVD, but the hope is that part of the series will click with audiences and perhaps lead to television or even animated movie projects.

Indeed, in a watch-what-you-want, when-you-want world, the standard processes of rolling out new television programs are breaking down. Even a decade ago, putting a new show on a network schedule would assure that it would be exposed to most of the country; people would either respond or they wouldn’t. Today, with television ratings in particular dwindling, creators like Mr. MacFarlane have to find new ways to introduce new material.

Nobody knows how content can catch fire in unexpected ways more than Mr. MacFarlane. In 2002, “Family Guy” was canceled for poor ratings after running for three seasons. But the irreverent series continued to make new fans through DVD sales. In 2005, Fox reversed itself, citing strong DVD sales, and “Family Guy” has gone on to be one of the biggest comedy hits on television.

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