Saturday, January 29, 2011

Emilio Rojas - H.A.M. Freestyle

Charcoal drawing courtesy of Alba Valerdi

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Rockstar Games Presents . . . L.A. Noire

Set amid the violence and corruption of post-war Los Angeles, L.A. Noire seamlessly blends crime-solving, clue-finding, car chases and shoot-outs with revolutionary new interrogation-based gameplay that will allow players to read characters' emotions in order to reveal the truth. Players will take on the role of Cole Phelps, a decorated World War II veteran who rises through the ranks of the LAPD, solving a series of gruesome murders and other crimes that bring him face to face with the dark heart of Los Angeles during Hollywood’s Golden Age.

Info courtesy of Rockstar Games

Thursday, January 20, 2011

MF DOOM - Operation: Doomsday Deluxe Edition!!!

If one of you buys this for me I will name my first born after you, no matter the gender!  Think I'm playin'?

The history of MF DOOM's debut album OPERATION: DOOMSDAY is a spotty one - it's been released in at least two different versions on different labels, out of print, bootlegged, and even released once with a cheap scan of the original cover.

This Spring DOOM's own label Metalface Records will be releasing the first complete & remastered version of OPERATION: DOOMSDAY, containing the original album, alternate versions, b-sides and instrumentals - 51 tracks total - with all new artwork and two deluxe, metal formats:

LUNCH BOX 2/CD and METAL 4/LP BOX each containing a 32-page lyric book, and set of 10 cards with images of the Operation Doomsday MCs.

Stones Throw will have an advance sale on these two formats, which are distributed by Traffic Ent. Complete photos and pre-sale will be announced soon. The artwork, which we previewed last year, was created by Jason Jagel and Jeff Jank, who also designed Doom's 2005 album MM FOOD.

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Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Skyzoo & !llmind - Langston's Pen (Music Video)

Judah - Eastbound & Down . . . The Instrumentals

Monday, January 17, 2011

Fortilive - Jim Kelly [Prod. by !llmind] (Featuring Skyzoo)

Spotted at All !llmind Everything

Guest Blog - Essential Sites: When It Drops

By Jenali for

Like the title suggests, this post will feature a website I find essential. These are sites that I use frequently and recommend. In the coming weeks, I'll choose other websites to feature as well. The first site to be featured is When It Drops.

When It Drops is a simple site that allows you to see what new movies, books, albums, dvds, and games are being released this week, next week and two weeks from now. This site is perfect for me because it tells me exactly what I want to know quickly. It reminds me of the suggestions section on GetGlue (another site I'll feature in the future).

In addition to letting you see what will be or is available, you can purchase these items on Amazon or B&N, watch the trailer or purchase movies tickets, or add the dvds to your Netflix queue. Moving your mouse over the image will reveal what options are available. If you're viewing on a touchscreen device, tapping the image will do the same. The Rotten Tomato meter will appear for movies that debuted in theaters this week or last week.

For those using tumblr, you can follow the weekly updates there. If you're looking for a quick update of what's releasing in stores and online, I recommend using When It Drops. If you've used this site or have a recommendation of a site that does this better, let me know in the comments.

Sunday, January 16, 2011

DJ Premier Talks Nas, Jay-Z, Biggie & The State Of Hip-Hop

Random Geekery: Ex Machina Deluxe Edition Vol. 1 (Free Preview)

Here's a book that I'm thinking about copping and I thought I would share the preview I read.  It's definitely not a new book, but it's new to me.  Below is the description of Ex Machina, Book 1:

Spin City and The West Wing meet Batman in this gripping and satirical superhero graphic novel by the acclaimed writer of Y - The Last Man, Brian K. Vaughan.  After a close encounter with alien technology, civil engineer Mitchell Hundred finds he can interface with technology of every kind.  He sets himself up as erstwhile superhero, The Machine, but after doing more harm than good, Hundred ends up as mayor of New York!  Now he has to contend with controversial artwork, a recalcitrant police chief and a series of strange murders that could bring the city to its knees!


If you like what you have read you might want to pick up Ex Machina, Book 1 (Deluxe Edition).

Thanks for stopping by,


Thursday, January 13, 2011

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Highlights From The Verizon iPhone announcement

An Article On Tyler Perry That I Wish I Had Written

I know that this review of Tyler Perry's For Colored Girls is more than a few months old, but I decided to post this article because it did a great job of articulating some of the strong feelings that I have for Mr. Perry's work in general.  I also find Cortland Milloy to be an unbelievable columnist.

I've never stepped foot in DC a day in my life, but I usually make it a point to check for his work.  He has a point of view that definitely seems to be underrepresented and under-appreciated in television, radio, print or online media.

For Black Men Who Have Considered Homicide After Watching Another Perry Movie

By Courtland Milloy
Washington Post Staff Writer
Monday, November 8, 2010

Can anyone name a movie that came out recently starring a black man who wasn't a sociopath? Someone who had a terrific screen presence, like a young Paul Robeson? And he portrayed a character who was complex and fully drawn? Did he respect black women, too?

Anybody see that movie? I didn't. But surely it's out there somewhere, right? An alternative to those Tyler Perry films portraying black men as Satan's gift to black women? But where is it?

Maybe I didn't hear about it because of all the buzz over Perry's "For Colored Girls," which opened Friday and is based on Ntozake Shange's 1975 stage play, "For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf."

Or maybe I didn't hear about it because I was retching too loudly after seeing "For Colored Girls" - and reading so many inexplicably glowing reviews.

"This movie is powerful," Demetria L. Lucas wrote recently in Essence, the nation's premier magazine for black women. "It is incredible. The performances in it are astonishing, but most of all, this film will leave you lifted."

Me, I thought the movie should have been renamed: "For Black Men Who Have Considered Homicide After Watching Another Perry Movie."

"Oscar buzz, breaking news," read the Hollywood Reporter on Friday. "Will 'For Colored Girls' blindside Tyler Perry's critics?"

Too late. I was blindsided while watching the movie, especially when superstar Janet Jackson appeared onscreen looking like Michael Jackson with breast implants.

"Don't laugh," says Shadow and Act, an online publication about black films and filmmakers. " 'For Colored Girls,' an Oscar contender?"

Oscar for what?

In the category for best infection of a black woman with a sexually transmitted disease that renders her infertile. . . . And the winner is: black man.

For best down-low, double-dealing husband who has sex with wife while sneaking around having sex with men on the streets. . . . And the winner is: black man.

For best portrayal of a guy who at first seems nice but turns out to be a rapist. . . . And the winner is - OMG, his third of the night - black man!

"You may need some time alone after viewing 'For Colored Girls,' " wrote Tonya Pendleton for "Whatever you may think of the fact that it was Tyler Perry who finally brought the award-winning 1974 Ntozake Shange stage production to the big screen, it will move you."

So will ex-lax.

"You will want to know that two kids get thrown out the window by their father," wrote Jane Nosonchuk for "The scene is well done."

Do I hear another Oscar nomination?

"The men in the movie are all bad guys except for the cop," Nosonchuk wrote. "They are a means to an end rather than any lead characters. Also, a back-room abortion may disturb some."

You think?

What an awful year for movies featuring black actors. Samuel L. Jackson in "Unthinkable." Thoughtless would be more like it. "Brooklyn's Finest" had a nice cast, with Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes. But Richard Gere and Ethan Hawke got top billing. "Our Family Wedding" with Forrest Whitaker was okay. But how many black wedding comedies can you watch? Even preacher T.D. Jakes is coming out with his own copycat wedding movie next year.

Surely Spike Lee and Denzel Washington could team up for a sweeping historical drama - say, a black sharecropper's son, educated in a one-room schoolhouse built by slaves in Alabama, who grows up to become one of Wall Street's most powerful CEOs.

Smarter than Gordon Gekko and more complex. With a cameo appearance by former Merrill Lynch chief executive Stanley O'Neal.

Maybe you saw the kind of movie I'm talking about. If not, maybe it's time to make one.

*Artwork courtesy of Tatyana Fazlalizadeh