Monday, December 5, 2011


Honestly, I'd be willing to bet the Nets win a game before the Colts... just saying. Also, if the Packers go undefeated, I will not look at you like this sh*t gravy. I will be pissed.

Edit: I stand corrected. Colts are no longer winless and Packers are no longer undefeated. Today is a good day.

Some Thoughts

I saw an extremely obese cat today. It looked like a furry bean bag chair with a head

"you have to have been there at the time to understand it" jokes are no fun if you were the only person there at the time

The guy in front of me in the checkout line at Safeway today paid with a $100 bill. Baller.

Whenever I walk quickly behind a woman at night, she freaks out like I'm some sort of monster or criminal. The same situation happened except for the fact that I was walking behind a man instead of a woman. The only thing he did was turn towards me and say, "you're really haulin' ass there, man!". The point of this anecdote is that women should chill out. I know that the world is a dangerous place and all, but you shouldn't just assume that, just because you're a woman and I'm a fast-walking black guy, it's automatically a bad situation. Maybe I'm not in a hurry because I want to rob or murder you. Maybe I just have stuff to do... or my groceries are really heavy. I hope that wasn't offensive or controversial or anything. It just seems odd how differently men and women act in the same situations.

I spent all this time buying healthy crap at the grocery store today, but yesterday I ate a large pizza for a snack.

I raced a half marathon yesterday (wooh! wooh! it was fun) and I was running right next to this one guy for the first nine miles or so. He seemed like an overall nice guy, but he spat and blew snot rockets for the entire time we were running together. Do you know what it's like to run next to someone as they hawk loogies for forty-five minutes? It's not cool. Also, spitting is kind of one of my pet peeves. I think it's just because I'm not good at it. I won't get into the details, but it never works out for me. As a result, I'm probably subconsciously envious of spitters, and I manifest this envy as hate or something.

Difficult homework problems in a class that's mostly based off of reading and interpreting arguments (as opposed to weird probability story problem things that are on the homework) on the last day of school is not cool. C'mon, son!


Thursday, December 1, 2011

Cool Covers vol. 6

original:


cover:


I saw Rozzi Crane perform live a couple weeks ago. She was on tour with T. Mills, Milkman and Kreayshawn (play the game on her website), and she was definitely my favorite performance of the night. Kreayshawn was kind of lame, but I still got my gucci gucci on... but I digress. Anyway, Rozzi Crane is dope, and her cover of "High and Dry" is cool.

p.s. One of her backup singers at the show looked just like Eric from Gossip Girl. I'm super serial about this. It must have been his twin or doppelganger or something. I looked for a picture of him (the backup singer, not Eric), but I couldn't find one.

My Room














Monday, November 21, 2011

Some Thoughts

I have never found the pineapple on an episode of Psych

If a man made of iron tried to do an Ironman, I think he'd have some trouble on the swimming portion... maybe the bike part too. Iron Man would probably do well in an Ironman though. However, like a man made of iron, he would probably be too heavy for a traditional tri bike. He would probably have to invent something special, but I think Tony Stark would be up to the challenge.

frogs are really cute. Also, adult frogs are cuter than tadpoles.

I just used the word 'cute'. That seemed so unnatural.

I've been trying to catch a fly in my apartment all week. I finally got it today, but seeing the squished fly body on my hand was nowhere near as satisfying as I imagined it to be.

I think I do to many things by myself (i.e. going to the movies, shopping, playing video games, watching television, etc.). As a result, I'm socially awkward when I do similar things with groups of people. I'm not saying that I'm utterly hopeless around other people or anything like that, but I'm definitely a little out of my element in group activities. If socializing was a class, I would probably get a C+... and I'm talking about a regular class, not a an AP class or an honors class.

My tea is warm, but not hot.

Why does that Kanye interview automatically play whenever I open my blog? I'm listening to him talk about how he can't put porn in his music videos as I type. I should un-embed the video and just post the link instead. I'll get around to that... eventually.

Sunday, November 20, 2011

Smitty

One of Arizona's finest. Smitty has been making quality hip hop lately. He's got nice lyricism, but he also keeps it fun and high energy. Check out his new album, get swagged out, tell your friends.




A Meal


One time, I cooked some food... and then I ate it.

On the plate, I mixed some barely and mixed it with some stir-fried (is there rules to stir-frying? I just cooked it in a pan with some oil. I'm going to call it stir fry until some smart person disagrees with me) carrot slices, chopped garlic and diced tomatoes. Also, I sprinkled some turmeric in there for extra taste and color. I ate it with some corn tortillas. It was good.

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

Kanye West interview



Kanye is the man. He puts his heart and soul into everything he does. Often, I cringe at some of his decisions (either or that or I just scratch my head like WTF?), but you've got to admire his passion and confidence. Also, he's hilarious. Whether he means to or not, he says some funny stuff. This video has way too many quotables. So... if you have twenty-five minutes to spare (If you watch Community, you definitely have twenty-five minutes to spare because that show sucks. Yeah, I said it. Whatcha gonna do about it?), you should watch this video. I know it's old, but it's great.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Dom Siruis The 1963 LP

Dom Sirius's album is finally done. He put a lot of work into it and it turned out amazing. It's really dope so you should definitely check it out.




Sunday, October 16, 2011

Dom Sirius - "1963"

Another single from Dom Sirius. This one has a little bit of a different vibe than "Cool as the Gang", but it goes hard, nonetheless.



Saturday, October 15, 2011

Worst Run Ever

This afternoon, at around 4:30, I had just made plans to get some dinner with friends at 7:00 that night. I was kind of bored and I wanted to work up an appetite so I figured I'd go run for about an hour, shower, get dressed, and then be right on time to meet my friends. So, after getting a snack, I headed out around 5:15.

The run started out ordinary enough. It was kind of hot out, but there was a drinking fountain along the route, and the sun's been going down earlier lately as it gets closer to winter (obviously, we don't get snow and icicles in Tempe, but the solstices and the, changing amounts of daylight that lead up to them still apply). The plan was to do my usual six mile loop, but skip the turn and add a few extra miles before heading back. Seems like a pretty good plan, right? Maybe not, but I was stubborn, cocky and determined to upgrade this route. Anyway, I passed my usual turnoff point and ran an extra mile or so with no issues until I ran into a park. I didn't really want to participate in the open-air Zumba class that was going on (I'm not actually sure what the event was, but that's my best guess), so I decided to bypass the park and resume my route on the next major cross street. I found a decent street and ran a few more miles until I decided it was time to start heading back. I found a nice major road that I thought would intersect with the street that my apartment is on so started booking it back towards home. This is where my troubles began.

What looked like a nice, big major road actually took me straight into a neighborhood. Being the confident young lad that I am, I was sure I could find a way back to a main road despite the "not a through street" sign (it didn't sound so stupid at the time). After about ten minutes in this neighborhood, it was apparent that I was not going to find a good way out of there. It was at this moment, when my confidence was beginning to falter, that I spied a bike path. The path was in the wrong direction, but I decided to follow it anyway (for some reason, bike paths just seem trustworthy). The bike path did, in fact, end up leading me to a major road... it just wasn't a familiar one. This is when I really started to get worried. My surroundings were starting to look less urban and more rural; There was no sidewalk, and there were lots of farms and ramshackle barns all around me. Also, some lady in a pickup truck told me I need to "putt some f***ing clothes on!". That's not really relevant, but I thought it was funny.

After what seemed like an eternity running on the side of this country road, I finally saw a familiar road sign. The only problem was that this street didn't have a sidewalk either, and it still looked like the middle of hickville. Whatever, it's better than nothing. I started down this road and all was well. A couple dogs were barking at me angrily, but no biggie. That's why people have fences... except not everyone has a fence. One particular dog raced out of an unattended front yard straight for me. Now I wouldn't consider myself a dog person. I can function around well-trained dogs (I actually pet-sit on occasion), but I'd much rather deal with humans. Given this uneasiness with dogs in general, staring into the face of strange scary dog without an owner to protect me was terrifying. I froze for a moment while I tried to think of what to do. I could go all alpha male on him? That would be cool. No, to this dog, I probably looked like a giant scooby snack or a moving pile of bones to chew on (I'm certainly no skeleton, but I'm pretty damn close). Before I could think of more stupid solution to this problem, I heard, "Run, Ni**a, Run!" from one of the distant houses. Ordinarily, I would have at least stopped to consider whether to take this as a racist comment, but I was in a life or death situation (as far as I knew) so I had to let that one slide. I made a break for it. I wouldn't say this was the fastest I've ever run or anything (I had already run six or seven miles by now), but I started to open a gap between the dog and I as I swerved through the nearby fields. During this mad dash, I tried to hop over a thorn bush, that actually turned out to be a thorn pit. Needless to say, I fell in, but just kept running even though I looked like some kind of backwoods acupuncture patient. It's amazing how unimportant certain things seem when you're in danger of being puppy chow.

When I finally got off of this street (and away from the dog), some kind of mine or something blocked my path. There were signs saying, "hard hat area" and "restricted", but I was too tired and lost to care. Unfortunately, there was a big body of water at the end of the mine so, after weaving between bulldozers and pits of gravel for about fifteen minutes, I ended up getting even more lost and coming out on some strange side road. Also, it was dark out by this point... just so you know.

After leaving the mine, I ran across several dark and sketchy bridges. For some reason, I kept expecting to see scraggly old dudes crapping in the bushes or people waiting to steal my keys (If I had actually brought along things worth stealing like money or a phone, I could have ridden the bus back or called a friend for directions. Even Hansel and Gretel brought candy to drop. I seriously fail at packing for adventures.). Fortunately, I encountered no such characters, but that didn't make me any less lost. Eventually, I went into a little convenience store to use the bathroom and ask for directions. The bathroom was pretty bad (no door handle and no light), but the owner did give pretty good directions... but I kind of zoned out when he was talking so I couldn't remember them that well. Because of this, I ended up asking some scary looking guy outside of an apartment complex for directions. He was actually really helpful and he re-assured me that I was going the right way. Still, I chose not to turn in the direction he said to because it seemed counterintuitive. But, after about four blocks in the wrong direction, a lady at a bus stop informed me of my stupidity.

After this, it was fairly smooth sailing. I pissed a lady off by quietly walking by her (not intentionally, I just wasn't aware that I was supposed to announce my presence when approaching ladies at night), and I made did an awkward sprint through Taco Bell to use bathroom in the back of the restaurant. I also went a few blocks in the wrong direction on my next turn, but a friendly man confirmed my suspicions before I went toooo far that way. Besides that, it was just a long, straight walk/jog to my apartment. According to the internet, it was only 4.65 miles from taco bell to my place (you could probably round it up to about 5.5 miles if you include going in the wrong direction and then re-tracing my steps), but it felt like so much more.

From start to finish, this was probably a three-and-a-half hour ordeal, and , besides a few splinters, a missed dinner, and a very sore legs and hips, I'm no worse for the wear. Looking back, I made a lot of stupid decisions along the way, but being "in the moment" has a way of clouding one's judgment. So... yeah, that's all. I'm probably going to sleep for about ten hours now (as long as the little thorn splinters in my legs and hands don't bug me too much). Check ya later.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Some Thoughts

This is a quote from Wikipedia: "'Scarlet Begonias' is a song by the Grateful Dead in 4/4 time". really? Is it necessary to specify that the song is in the most common time signature ever? I could understand if it had a weird structure (like the Terminator theme), but 4/4 is nothing special.

If I go to class without paper and a pen to doodle, I get really bored

PB&J on a slightly stale sandwich roll is disgusting. Never ever try it.

I saw this girl on campus Tuesday and, for some strange reason, the fact that she didn't have a smart phone made her more attractive. Maybe it's just sexy to know that we have something in common... at least until one of us gets a new phone.

I just saw this on Urban Dictionary. WTF? I don't have poor self esteem (do I?). Then again, I think I finally moved up to 5'6.5" so maybe that makes all the difference.

Captain Beyond is the coolest band name ever. Whoever came up with that name should win a medal or something. Their music is pretty good too.

I've noticed that I tend to gravitate towards other awkward people at social gatherings

I kind of want to try being vegetarian. But I love meat sooooooooooooo much (pause), and I'm kind of picky about vegetables... so I guess I don't really want to be a vegetarian.

Monday, October 10, 2011

Shouts out to my favorite Lion

In case you didn't know, the Detroit Lions have a 5-0 record right now. And, as you would expect with any undefeated team, the bandwagon is looking pretty crowded. For the record, I have nothing against these fair-weather fans (I certainly wasn't digging out my Lions cap when they were 0-16). However, I do think it would behoove these new-found followers to familiarize themselves with a little bit of Detroit Lions history. For this reason, I thought I'd post a few videos of the great Barry Sanders.



Even in 8 bit form, Barry was still a beast:

Saturday, October 1, 2011

Cool Covers vol. 5

this isn't really a cover, but they both use the same riff. Also, according to Wikipedia, the Black Sabbath members are credited on the Butthole Surfers version. That's good enough for me.

original:

cover:

Monday, September 26, 2011

Art Stuff

I've been pretty bored recently so I worked on some new art stuff and cleaned up some old doodles.








Sunday, September 25, 2011

Knowledge Reigns Supreme?


This is a quote by Big L from the song, "Da Graveyard". I'm not sure how much thought he put into it or what exactly he meant, but I always found that line to be particularly interesting and poignant.

Every day, I see people at school who are obsessed with academic perfection. They study for freakishly long hours, get into heated arguments with professors about fractions of percentages on grades, and are fiercely competitive about test scores. Furthermore, they give off the vibe that a person's value is closely tied to their success (or lack thereof) in school. A person with higher grades is a rival or idol, and a person with lower grades is an unintelligent loser.

This view seems simple and narrow minded. Do these people ever stop and consider that school judges individuals in a very specific manner on very specific subjects. With such a narrow focus, it's inevitable some people will be less than perfect. Also, there are people who simply choose not to put all of their effort into that particular area.

Believe it or not, there's more to life than test scores and final grades. In most cases, education is intended merely to be a means to an end. If someone feels that they can achieve their desired end without devoting excessive amounts of time and attention to the means, does that really make them a less valuable person? Does being the best at school really make someone a more valuable person outside of the classroom?

Basically, my point is that people should chill out. Education and intelligence are important things, but they certainly are not the most or only important things. To me, "I don't have it all upstairs, but who the f--k cares?" expresses all of this in a blunt, concise package. Unfortunately, Big L died in 1999 (RIP) so I'll never hear his interpretation of the quote, but I'd like to think that he meant something along those lines.


here's the song:

Doodles from Class






Thursday, September 22, 2011

What I'm Listening To

Yelawolf has been hit or miss for me so far, but this is a straight banger.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Textbooks Suck

This is how my Religion in America textbook started the chapter for today:

In "Rip Van Winkle," Washington Irving's 1819 short story, Rip awakens from a twenty-year sleep to find himself a stranger to almost everything he had known. The story contains nothing about religion. but if it did, and if Rip had slept ninety years starting in 1680, his astonishment would have been even greater.

I understand that they want to emphasize how much religion in America changed between 1680 and 1770, but was this really the best way to do it? It's like saying, "if Ashton Kutcher was black and born in 1937, he would be like Bill Cosby". Sure, they're both actors, but adding that many conditions makes the comparison a little absurd. Does anyone else think that this sentence is ridiculous, or am I just overreacting? I did watch season eight of "Curb Your Enthusiasm" last week. Maybe it's rubbing off on me.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Some Thoughts

Some people that I've talked to aren't aware that a dollar sign is just a 'S' with a line through it. If my name was Steve and I wrote it as "$teve', they would be legitimately confused.

The other day, I made a smoothie with sparkling grape juice, vanilla Greek yogurt, blueberries, and applesauce. It was really really really really good.

Crossword puzzles are easy to start, but difficult to finish.

I just watched a clip of the ending to Training Day on youtube. Now, I really want to yell, "I run $&#@ here. You just live here" to my roommate... currently, I don't have a roommate though. Also, I can't think of an appropriate context.

I need a new hobby. I was playing Super Smash Bros, but I no longer have television. Pokemon? Bonsai? Scrimshaw? What's something fun that I can do alone? ... Actually, I guess that rules out pokemon. Don't you need friends to play against?





What I'm Listening To

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Go Green! Go... Bronze?



I may be a Sun Devil, but I'll always have a little Spartan in me. Because of that, I was particularly offended when I saw Michigan State's atrocious new 2011 Nike Pro Combat football uniforms.

Generally, I'm a fan of the pro-combat stuff, but Nike does have a tendency to buck tradition in favor of cool colorways and graphics. I think that's the case here. Since when was "bronze" one of MSU's color's? I think the fight song explicitly says, "fight for the only colors: Green and White!". Those are supposed to be the only freaking colors! They didn't even include white at all. If I didn't know better, I would think that these were Baylor's jerseys.

Above all, what pisses me off the most is the fact that they're wearing these when they play University of Michigan. Who goes into a rivalry game without their school colors? Next thing you know, we'll be in neon yellow like Oregon. Leonidas wouldn't take this crap.


Here's an article and more pictures if you're in to that type of thing: http://www.solecollector.com/niketraining/?p=5777



Wednesday, September 7, 2011

Dom Sirius - "Cool as the Gang"

Here's a new track from my homie, Dom Sirius. It's real hip hop with a smooth beat, nice flow and tight lyrics. Give it a listen and spread the word.


Also, I'll post more of of his music as it comes out.

Sunday, September 4, 2011

double bassed god


Q: If Lil' B was in a Jazz band, what instrument would he play?
A: The Bass



p.s. my scanner totally butchered the original drawing, but I couldn't think of any way to fix that problem. Any suggestions?

p.p.s.


Monday, August 29, 2011

A new definition


Procrastinate

verb
past tense of procrastineat

ex: I procrastinate a sandwich last night because I didn't want to start working on my Religion paper.



p.s. I was not aware (but also not surprised) that someone already came up with the term, "procrastineat". I just happened to look it up after I started making this post.

Also, I would make a more detailed description, but I feel like I should stop procrastiblogging and start this Religion paper that's due tomorrow.

Some Thoughts

Someone outside my window just said "It's pretty safe. Go ahead and pull the trigger". Hopefully, that wasn't the precursor to an accidental gunshot wound outside my apartment.

My mom dropped off some a bunch of yogurt the other day. It's all raspberry flavored... that's my least favorite flavor. Now that I ate all of the good yogurt, I only have raspberry left :'(

I was wondering why it was so hot in my room all weekend. Apparently, the air-conditioning was off.

I went to Hot Topic the other day (don't judge me... they have good sales) and the store was full of Lil Wayne and Waka Flocka Flame stuff. Maybe I'm out of the loop, but since when was Hot Topic the go-to place for commercial hip-hop merchandise?

My clothes purchasing has slowed almost to a halt. I still shop a lot, but I've only bought like four clothing items since May (two shirts, some running shorts, and some shoes... I used a gift card for the shoes). This would be good thing if it was a result of changing attitudes about saving money and being happy with what I have, but I think it's actually a sign of increasing indecisiveness. Another sign of this trend is the amount of time it took me to decide which word I should use to describe my decisiveness (it took about two minutes for me to settle on 'increasing').

I ordered a book on Friday that I wanted to arrive today because I need to read it and write about it for tomorrow. I checked online and it said it hasn't been shipped yet. wtf? What kind of super-fast shipping method sends things out after noon and delivers them the same day? I'm going to be very unhappy if I don't get this book today.

The weather guy on TV just said that the weather in Houston was like "stepping into a freshly worn gym sock and then stepping into the microwave". I'm not sure what that means, but it sounds unpleasant.




Saturday, August 20, 2011

90 '90s Party Songs

I don't want to come off as some sort of music elitist, but a lot of current music sucks. I think dance/party music has been hit particularly hard by this trend of suckiness. I can stanky leg and dougie with the best of them, but I can't seem to get into this new techo-R&B club stuff that's all over the radio. It's okay but it doesn't make me want dance. Anyway, I thought I'd take a little vacation today to a time when shiny suits and flannel shirts (hopefully not in the same outfit) were in style, and the bankhead bounce was the hot new dance. Here are 90 party songs from the '90s.


  1. Lil Jon & Bo Hagan - “Drop Them BoesSo So Def Bass All-Stars III (1998)
    -This song is the reason I made this list. Before crunk juice and songs with Usher, Lil' Jon was killin' it on some gutter ish.

  2. INOJ - “Love You DownReady for the World (1998)
    -For the longest time, I thought she said "too damn dope for me". I was like, "I think you're pretty dope". Anyway, this is a fun cover song.

  3. Ghost Town DJ’s -“My BooSo So Def Bass All-Stars I (1996)
    -Another classic from the So So Def Bass All-Stars series.

  4. K.P. & Envyi -“Swing My Way” (1998)
    -This is kind of a forgotten classic. It only recently came to my attention again when Charles Hamilton sampled it for "Brooklyn Girls".

  5. Blackstreet – “No DiggityAnother Level (1998)
    -What '90s list would be complete without "No Diggity"? Blackstreet had a lot of good songs, but none as epic as "No Diggity".

  6. 69 Boyz – “Tootsee Roll199Quad (1994)
    -I have no idea what the butterfly is and I don't think anybody cared about it after this dance came out.

  7. Freak Nasty – “Da DipControversee… That’s Life… And That’s the Way It Is (1996)
    -I never really understood how to do da dip, but the song is so catchy, it doesn't even matter.

  8. Montell Jordan – “This Is How We Do It This Is How We Do It (1995)
    -Like "No Diggity", this is a certified '90s classic. I would much rather listen to Montell Jordan sing about Friday night than Rebecca Black.

  9. Tupac (feat. Dr. Dre and Roger Troutman) – “California Love (remix)All Eyez on Me (1996)
    -Honestly, Roger Troutman could read the newspaper (as long as he used the talkbox) and it would be funky. Add some Tupac and Dr. Dre and you have a hit. Also, lol at Chris Tucker in the video.

  10. Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Puff Daddy and Ma$e) – “Mo Money Mo ProblemsLife After Death (1997)
    -"Put your rollies in the sky. wave 'em side to side". Shiny suits, Ma$e, a verse from the late great Notorious. This was definitely Bad Boy Records in its prime.

  11. Quad City DJ’s – “Space JamSpace Jam (1996)
    -The Space Jam Soundtrack is one of my most prized possessions. I don't even like Michael Jordan, but I bump that CD on the regular. Recognize a jam when you hear it.

  12. Cypress Hill – “Insane In The BrainBlack Sunday (1993)
    -B-Real has one of the most distinctive voices in Hip Hop (I think it's a three-way tie between him, Mystikal and Canibus). It definitely makes the song sound more crazy.

  13. Outkast – “Rosa ParksAquemini (1998)
    -I was trying to find a way to fit Outkast into this list. Most of their songs were really chill and mellow, but "Rosa Parks" is definitely an uptempo jam.

  14. DMX – “Party Up In Here… And Then There Was X (1999)
    -I've pretty much memorized this song. I will jump out of my seat and get hype whenever I hear it.

  15. Bell Biv DeVoe – “PoisonPoison (1990)
    "BBD in full effect". Who needs Bobby, Ralph or Johnny when these three brothers can hold it down like this? New Jack Swing forever.

  16. Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got BackMack Daddy (1992)
    -If you're not playing this song, something's wrong. It's funny, everybody knows it, and it's from the '90s. It was an obvious choice for my list.

  17. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – “Shimmy Shimmy YaReturn to the 36 Chambers: The Dirty Version (1995)
    -I had to include a track from the wild one in the clan. I like my raps raw and this song delivers. RIP, ODB.

  18. Thug Life – “Shit Don’t StopThug Life: Volume 1 (1994)
    -Tupac's second appearance on the list. This time, it's with a little help from his Thug Life group members and dope funk sample.

  19. Bustah Rhymes – “Bus-A-Bus (remix)Violator: The Album (1999)
    -Violator: The Album is another hidden gem. I've got a few tracks from there on this list and there's plenty more that I didn't include.

  20. Luniz – “I Got 5 On ItOperation Stackola (1995)
    That beat! Everything else by the Luniz is average, but this track track is on a higher plane than the rest of their material.

  21. Redman – “I’ll Bee Dat!Doc’s Da Name 2000 (1998)
    -"If you're gonna be a monkey, be a gorilla". gorillas are not monkeys, but this is one of my all-time favorite Redman songs. Also, the video has a lot of the lyrics changed but it's funny so I linked it.

  22. Jay-Z (feat. UGK) – “Big Pimpin’” Vol. 3… Life and Times of S. Carter (1999)
    -We need pimpin', drug-dealing, bucket hat wearing Jay-Z back. I'm tried of hearing him talk about high fashion and crappy basketball teams.

  23. Will Smith – “Getting Jiggy Wit ItBig Willie Style (1997)
    -fun, clean, but still kind of cool. That's what we love about Will Smith.

  24. House of Pain – “Jump AroundHouse of Pain (1992)
    -Before Everlast had crappy music and beef with Eminem, he put out this great song with House of Pain.

  25. Ahmad – “Touch The CeilingAhmad (1994)
    -This album is so underrated. Classic '90s west-coast lyricism. There's actually several party songs, but this might be my favorite.

  26. Dr. Dre (feat. Snoop Doggy Dogg) – “Nuthin’ But a “G” ThangThe Chronic (1993)
    -Dre, I'm still waiting on Detox to come out. Until then, I'll have to make due with some classic g-funk.

  27. Mysonne', Ma$e & Eightball – “Do What Players DoViolator: The Album (1999)
    Another Violator track. Back before Ma$e turned to God and then turned back to hip hop, he was master of the slow flow.

  28. Coolio – “Fantastic VoyageIt Takes a Thief (1994)
    -Everybody knows "Gangster's Paradise", but everybody ought to know "Fantastic Voyage". Coolio actually kicks some conscious lyrics while still making a dance-able song.

  29. Mary J. Blige - “Real LoveWhat’s The 411? (1992)
    -My favorite Mary J. song. It's just so happy and fun.

  30. Brian McKnight - “On The Down LowI Remember You (1995)
    -No, not that down low... at least I don't think so. A jam about secret love is perfect for the dance floor.

  31. Big Pun (feat. Joe) - “Still Not A PlayerCapital Punishment (1998)
    -Big people need love too... and from the lyrics, it sounds like Pun got more than his fair share.

  32. Q-Tip – “Vivrant ThingAmplified (1999)
    -I don't know what a vivrant thing is, but it sounds cool when Q-Tip raps about it.

  33. Tevin Campbell – “Tell Me What You Want Me To DoT.E.V.I.N. (1991)
    -Call me soft if you want, but every party needs slow jams. Also, my mans is killin' the high notes.

  34. Brownstone – “Pass The Lovin’From The Bottom Up (1992)
    -Yo, Brownstone was raunchy. These ladies don't play around. Still, they came off really smooth and danc-able with this song.

  35. Wu-Tang Clan – “Ain’t Nuthin’ Ta Fuck WitEnter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) (1992)
    -This is some wild-out, go buck music. The Wu was takin' bodies with this one.

  36. Outkast – “SouthernplayalisticadillacmuzikSouthernplayalisticadillacmuzik (1994)
    -Like I was saying, most of Outkast's '90s songs were more smooth and mellow. Still, this one's got just enough funk for the dance floor.

  37. Pharoahe Monch – “Simon SaysInternal Affairs (1999)
    -It's too bad this album's out of print due to copyright issues because it's full of end-to-end bangers. That illegal Godzilla sample was a gift and a curse.

  38. Capone-n-Noreaga – “Capone BoneThe Ware Report (1997)
    -Capone-n-Noreaga on some smooth flowin' type ish.

  39. Snoop Dogg – “Gin and JuiceDoggystyle (1993)
    -"Laid Back with my mind on my money and my money on my mind". I think this was Snoop's best album.

  40. Juvenile (feat. Mannie Fresh and Lil Wayne)– “Back That Azz Up400 Degreez (1998)
    -Before relationships got strained and Lil' Wayne got lame, Cash Money was a hit factory. Also, peep Lil' Wayne's alleged first ever use of the term "drop it like it's hot".

  41. Mark Morrison – “Return of the MackReturn of the Mack (1997)
    -I don't know what to say besides... this is ill.

  42. Lord Tariq and Peter Gunz – “Déjà Vu (Uptown Baby)Make It Reign (1996)
    -"If it wasn't for the Bronx, this rap s--t probably never would be goin' on"... true. This song certainly caries the torch. Also, smh at Wyclef recycling the intro on "Hips Don't Lie"

  43. Skee-Lo – “I WishI Wish (1995)
    -Music doesn't always have to be serious. Skee-Lo has jokes, beats and a nice flow. I dig it.

  44. Wreckx-N-Effect – “Rump ShakerHard or Smooth (1992)
    -Not really much to say about this song. I don't love it, but it definitely makes me think of the '90s.

  45. Naughty by Nature – “O.P.P.Naughty by Nature (1992)
    -When has a Jackson 5 sample ever sounded this hard? And for the record, I am not down with O.P.P.

  46. Digital Underground – “Humpty DanceSex Packets (1990)
    -"I'm funky, I like my oatmeal lumpy". Everybody knows the song, but nobody knows the dance.

  47. Kriss Kross – “JumpTotally Krossed Out (1992)
    -"'cause inside out is wickity wickity wack". I will never wear my clothes backwards, but I'll always jump when I hear this song.

  48. Usher – “Nice & SlowMy Way (1997)
    -Another slow jam. Usher has had the ladies fantasizing for over a decade. Also, Usher's rap is kind of dope.

  49. DJ Kool – “Let Me Clear My ThroatLet Me Clear My Throat (1996)
    -Another classic beat. Also, this was recorded live at a party so it's got the right vibe and energy.

  50. Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)Whoomp! (There It Is): The Album (1993)
    -I wanted to put "It Takes Two" on the list, but that was from the '89. This is almost as good... but not quite.

  51. Quad City DJ’s – “C’mon N’ Ride It (The Train)Get On Up and Dance (1996)
    -"Space Jam" and "C'mon N' Ride It"... Quad City DJ's had the '90s on lock.

  52. Destiny’s Child – “Jumpin, JumpinThe Writings on the Wall (1999)
    -I miss old-school Destiny's Child. LaToya and LaTavia > Michelle any day of the week. No offense, but it's true.

  53. Destiny’s Child (feat. Wyclef)– “No, No, No Part 2Destiny’s Child (1998)
    -Another dope song from the Original Destiny's Child lineup. Also, does anybody else remember how Wyclef was involved in every late '90s hip-hop or R&B album? One more thing... check this out.

  54. Ginuwine – “PonyGinuwine… the Bachelor (1996)
    -Hot beat by Timbaland.

  55. Junior Mafia – “Player’s AnthemConspiracy (1995)
    -Just a classic, smooth, party song.

  56. Master P – “Make ‘Em Say Uhh!Ghetto D (1997)
    -Back before Master P was acting on Nickelodeon, he was reppin' hard for the dirty dirty.

  57. Mariah Carey – “FantasyDaydream (1995)
    -For some reason, I like this version better than the remix. Also, I think this was a nice use of the "Genius of Love" beat.

  58. Pras (feat. Ol’ Dirty Bastard & Maya) – “Ghetto SuperstarGhetto Superstar (1998)
    -I may not have liked ODB on the "Fantasy remix", but he comes correct on this track. Also, what ever happened to Pras and Maya?

  59. MC Hammer – “U Can’t Touch ThisPlease Hammer, Don’t Hurt ‘Em (1990)
    -What can I say? In the late '80s and early '90s, Hammer was untouchable... and then he went bankrupt.

  60. 95 South – “Whoot! There It IsQuad City Knock (1993)
    -I actually like this better than "Whoomp! (There It Is)".

  61. 2 Live Crew – “Shake a Lil’ Somethin’Shake a Lil’ Somethin’ (1996)
    -2 live Crew: pioneers of the Miami Bass sound.

  62. Camp Lo – “Luchini AKA This Is ItUptown Saturday Night (1997)
    - on dat 1970's pimp movies re-interpreted with '90s hip hop flavor tip.

  63. Black Sheep – “The Choice is Yours (Revisited)A Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing (1991)
    -Before it was the soundtrack for dancing hamsters in Kias, this was a classic jam from the black sheep of the Native Tongues collective.

  64. Timbaland & Magoo (feat. Missy Elliott & Aaliyah) – “Up Jumps da BoogieWelcome to Our World (1997)
    - I only recently hear this song, but I thought I should include it because it has nice contributions from Missy Elliott and Aaliyah.

  65. Usher – “You Make Me WannaMy Way (1997)
    -Another classic hit from baby Usher.

  66. 112 (feat. Lil’ Zane) – “AnywhereRoom 112 (1998)
    -Whatever happened to Lil' Zane? I guess there was only room for so many "lil'" rappers.

  67. L.V. (feat. Treach) – “Throw Your Hands UpI Am L.V. (1996)
    -good west coast summertime barbecue song. Also, Will Smith sings this on the Fresh Prince of Bel Aire.

  68. Boyz II Men – “MotownphillyCooliehighharmony (1991)
    -I don't really get down with most of the Boyz II Men slow-jam, harmonizing, Christmas song stuff... but "Motownphilly" is a good, uptempo song. Also, you can never have too much new jack swing.

  69. DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – “SummertimeHomebase (1991)
    This is from way back when Jazzy Jeff was the real star and Will Smith was just his sidekick. Another classic summertime barbecue song.

  70. The Notorious B.I.G. – “HypnotizeLife After Death (1997)
    -Biggie's first two albums ruled. I guess that's why he was so paid.

  71. Ice Cube – “Check Yo Self (The Message Remix)The Predator (1992)
    -Ice Cube brings the hard, ferocious lyrics on this one. He actually disses several of the other rappers on this list, but the "Message" beat is what makes this a party song.

  72. Masta Ace – “Born To RollSittin’ On Chrome (1994)
    I wasn't sure if this was a cruising song or a party song. Either way, the bass will make you nod your head.

  73. Snoop Doggy Dogg – “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?Doggystyle (1993)
    -This whole album is chock full of George Clinton references. This s G-funk at it's finest.

  74. Dr. Dre – “Keep Their Heads Ringin’” – Friday (1995)
    -This was a dope song from a dope soundtrack to a dope movie. It was a no brainer.

  75. DJ Quik (feat. 2nd II None & El Debarge) – “Hand in HandRhythm-al-ism (1998)
    -I had some trouble finding the right DJ Quik song for this list. Finally, I settled on this one because it's more smooth and polished than some of his other stuff. Also, I like El Debarge.

  76. Lauryn Hill – “Doo Wop (That Thing)The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill (1998)
    -Lauryn Hill drops some real, conscious and thought-proking lyrics, but with fun beat and a catchy hook.

  77. Salt-N-Pepa (feat. En Vogue) – “Whatta ManVery Necessary (1993)
    -Holdin' it down for the ladies.

  78. MC Hammer - “Too Legit to QuitToo Legit to Quit (1991)
    -Hammer might have been one of the best (depends on your definition of 'best') hip-hop dancers of the '90s. No wonder his music is so good for parties.

  79. Brownstone – “If You Love MeFrom the Bottom Up (1994)
    -This song is sooo good. I don't know what dance you would do to it, but I had to include it in my list.

  80. Vanilla Ice – “Ice Ice BabyTo the Extreme (1990)
    -"word to ya motha". Vanilla with the dope rhymes and "Under Pressure" sample.

  81. 2pac (feat. Shock G) – “I Get AroundStrictly 4 My N.I.G.G.A.Z. (1993)
    -Another jam from Tupac. This time, he get's a little help from Humpty Hump's alter ego (or is Humpty Shock G's alter ego?)

  82. LL Cool J – “PhenomenonPhenomenon (1997)
    -When he wasn't busy beefing with Canibus, LL Cool J made some pretty good song in the '90s.

  83. Adina Howard – “Freak Like MeDo You Wanna ride? (1995)
    -There is no shame in her game. She straight-up tells it like it is. Also, I like how Ghostface gives her a shout out in "Ice Cream".

  84. Method Man (feat. Mary J. Blige) – “All I need (Razorsharp Remix)Tical (1994)
    -To be honest, every version of this song is good (even the one with Marvin Gaye), but I like this one the best. Method Man was so cool back then.

  85. Twista – “Emotions (Remix)Adrenaline Rush (1997)
    -I don't know how many people mess with '90s Twista, but this whole album is amazing. unfortunately, I can't find the remix online so you'll have to make do with a link to the original.

  86. A Tribe Called Quest – “ScenarioThe Low End Theory (1991)
    -What's the '90s without ATCQ? Also, it's nice to show some more Native Tongues love.

  87. Dr. Dre – “Let Me RideThe Chronic (1992)
    -Another g-funk classic.

  88. Another Bad Creation – “IeshaCoolin’ at the Playground Ya Know! (1991)
    - I don't know how cool it is to dance to little kids singing, but this was a hot song. Also, it's kind of crazy to think that these guys are probably all in their thirties now.

  89. TLC – “CreepCrazysexycool (1994)
    -There are too many great TLC songs to choose from. I picked this one because it's been stuck in my head lately.

  90. Busta Rhymes – “Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can SeeWhen Disaster Strikes… (1997)
    -I should have put more Busta on this list. Back before he was all big and buff, he was just a crazy guy with even crazier videos



    So... that's it. I hope you enjoyed my list. Questions, comments, concerns? I know I left plenty of stuff out. Any ideas of what should be added and what should be removed?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Lunch of Champions

This is what you eat if you're a boss. Hot sausages, lettuce, cucumbers, carrots and tomatoes with a glass of O.J. (no white bronco tip) to wash it down. Also, you must have a Sedona place mat. If you eat a lunch of this caliber at least once a year, people will respect you as a true champion.

I forgot to post this.

Thursday, August 11, 2011

Cool Covers vol. 3

original:

cover:

this cover is one more reason to listen to Aloe Blacc

Some Thoughts

Somebody ate all the chocolate, but left the other two flavors in the neapolitan ice cream. What's up with that? Each flavor adds something to the ice cream. If one component is removed, it throws off the balance. If you just wanted chocolate, why didn't you just buy some chocolate ice cream instead of screwing up the neapolitan?

I am three hours early to the airport because I thought the flight was leaving at a different time.... it's 6:19am. My bad

I brought way more pairs of socks in may than I do now in August. Where did they all go?

Shoes are definitely the most troublesome item to pack. Why are my feet so big? Babies have it easy in this regard... but then again, babies don't have to pack.

Everybody's giving me creepy looks at the airport.

The other day, I had to go to the doctor (nothing serious, just wondering why I had a sore throat and stuff. It's allergies) so I biked there. It's sunny and fine out on the way there, but when I leave the office after the appointment, the sky is black and there's hardcore perfect storm-ass monsoon rain coming down. After waiting about a minute to see if the storm is going to pass, I decide to just go for it and bike through the storm. Bad idea. The storm gets even worse and it starts hailing. To make a long story short, I got completely drenched in the storm. My shoes, pants, shirt, wallet, and phone are all soaked. Also, my jeans shrunk from the rain and they got really tight. My phone miraculously recovered, but my shoes are gross now. Moral of the story: Michigan weather sucks.

I lost my comb on the way to the barber shop. That's the third one this summer.

Sunday, August 7, 2011

A song

So... I downloaded Audacity the other day and I thought I'd try recording some stuff. I know it's pretty crappy, but that's the point. Don't expect any of my other songs to be any less crappy. Here's my version of the Scooby Doo theme:



Saturday, August 6, 2011

Cat Tailor

I know I'm not the only person who's bored enough to watch this:

for more interesting (and sometimes creepy and/or sketchy) videos, check out http://www.vbs.tv/

pancakes


I may not be a based master chef yet, but I'm definitely working on it. Even though the smoke alarm repeatedly demonstrated its effectiveness at inopportune times, I managed to swag through it and produce a hot, fluffy four-stack of blueberry pancakes. IHOP ain't got nothin' on this:

Seriously though... IHOP is mediocre at best. The only things that make them a solid restaurant choice are that they're open late and they're pretty common. When I'm in the Lansing Area, I usually prefer Flap Jack, and when I'm elsewhere in the country, I generally hit up OHOP or Cracker Barrel.

Friday, August 5, 2011

A Cartoon

After several stop-motion videos, I decided to step up the difficulty level significantly and go for a full-fledged cartoon. After this experience, I'm not sure if I'll do it again any time soon. I spent nearly two days working on this piece of crap and I only ended up with twelve seconds of actual video. Anyway, here it is:


p.s. the song is "Linoleum" by Company Flow from the Little Johnny from the Hospitul album.

Sunday, July 31, 2011

Freestyle Rhymes

Today, I had a freestyle rap battle with my cousin. As you can probably tell, we don't do this very often. Here are some highlights:

"I'll make you take a bath in hot acid. My style goes hard, your style is flaccid"

"my rhymes build up like blocks of Legos, and I'll eat your crew like 20 boxes of eggos"

"I'm like the Egyptian God Horus, but I'm not dead so my skin is more porous"

"your rhymes are sneaky, you look like rafiki in a dashiki eating tatziki on your gyro"

"I be so good, I be in the ocean with my Jordans on, I be so good I have my girls cry because they think I'm gone"

"I stay winnin', I'm like three women who went swimmin'"

Thursday, July 28, 2011

My Dream

This dream was kind of confusing so the description won't be as detailed as the last one. Basically, I dreamed that a friend from high school and I had to do a project that involved cataloging Misfits
(Danzig era) songs. Also, my friend had a bunch of grilled pineapple and apricot on skewers, which she shared with me. It was very strange and confusing, but I think it was a good dream.

Monday, July 25, 2011

French athletes like to headbutt

I was catching up on some racing news at runnersworld.com and I spied an article with a link to this video:

Apparently, after the 1500m, two French runners got in some sort of altercation. Before the fight devolved into wild arm-flailing and shirt-grabbing, one of the guys decided to lunge his noggin at his teammate. This reminded me of another French athlete's signature move....


coincidence? I think not.

Also, Is Dennis Rodman secretly French? You be the judge:

Sunday, July 24, 2011

Carts of Darkness

"Every time that you put effort into work and you're making a little bit of money, you better have a very good plan of what you're going to do with that money because you're using up your life"

Basically, you shouldn't work out of greed and lust for money. Instead, you should work as a means to finance your specific goals and desires. Unless you are truly passionate about your work, the real substance of your life exists outside of the office and off the clock. Make this aspect of your life your first and highest priority.

The quote is from the documentary film, Carts of Darkness. It's advertised as (e.g. I interpreted the summary as) an inside look at extreme grocery cart riding in Vancouver. Although much of the film centers around this activity, it's really focuses on the lives of several can collectors and the relationship that develops between them and the author. Although it's more personal and less focused than most documentaries, it was deeply moving and insightful.

Here's a link so you can check it out for yourself: Carts of Darkness

p.s. even if you don't watch the movie, you should think about the quote. I agree with the overall message, but that's just my opinion. Do you think that this type of attitude should be encouraged? Do you think that western society is conducive or unconducive to this type of attitude?

Saturday, July 23, 2011

New Stuff

I was going to title this post 'changes', but that made me think of the Tupac song. Also, I think 'New Stuff' better explains the information in this post (except for this random tangent that I'm starting with). Anyway, I just wanted to inform you of some new things that I added to my blog:
1. StumbleUpon button: There's a button next to every post. If you like the post, find it interesting, or just want StumbleUpon users share the torture you've just experienced, you can click the button and suggest the post on StumbleUpon.

2. Random Posts: Do you see the words, 'Random Posts', on the left-hand side of the page? Underneath them are several links to random posts from my blog. I was going make some witty comment about procrastination or something here, but I can't think of anything.

3. My Blog List: Also on the left-hand side of the page is a list of blogs that I like. This has always been there, but I've made some updates. Before, most of the blogs on the list were about fashion, and vintage clothing. That stuff is cool and all, but it's good to have some variety.

So... that's the new stuff on my blog.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Some Thoughts

Why do people obsess over finding the closest parking spot to the store if they're just going to walk around for hours once they get inside?

I was going to have a bowl of ice cream for dessert, but I decided not to because I didn't feel like washing the bowl, spoon and ice cream scooper. My laziness is starting to interfere with my happiness :(

Lil B should do a guest spot on the Food Network. He could be a judge on Chopped or something like that. That would be too swag for words. Seriously, what would it take to make that happen? Can someone start a facebook group or something?

What's the difference between the wheelchair shawty and the cat daddy? They look like the same dance to me.

I don't think I can hold a serious grudge. I can get mad for little spurts, but I'm not sure if I'm capable of lingering, deep-seated anger. So... to anyone who has wronged me in the past, in the words of Tupac, "I ain't mad at cha" (at least not anymore).

Speaking of "I Ain't Mad at Cha", the guy in that video (not Tupac... the other guy) always makes me think of Jason's Lyric. I haven't seen that movie in a while, but I remember it being good, but really sad. I have to watch it again soon... when I'm not sad.

Did you know that in Super Smash Bros (N64), Nes can reflect stuff with his bat? I read it on the internet and I tried it out. Watch out, Fox. I'm coming for you! (if I ever get good at using Nes)




Friday, July 15, 2011

3 reasons to watch the Tour de France

Before this year, I never payed too much attention to the Tour de France. To me, it was just some bike race that was always on Versus during the summer. However, during the last few weeks, I've really gotten into it and have found it very interesting to watch. If my vague testimonial isn't enough to convince you to watch the Tour de France, maybe one of these three reasons will do the trick:

1. It's on all day, every day
this is a slight exaggeration, but each stage is on tv for about two-and-a-half hours. This is pretty comparable to any other sporting event except for the fact that the tour doesn't have half-time. Also, because there are twenty-one stages, that's a solid three weeks of action. If you're looking for something to fill the void of summer boredom, spending 2-3 hours a day for three weeks watching the tour is a great option.

2. Crashes
People watch NASCAR for wrecks, NHL for fights, and boxing/UFC stuff for knock-outs. These certainly aren't the only reasons that people watch these sports, but they can't be ignored or discounted. Similarly, crashes are an ever-present threat and attraction of the Tour de France. While I hope and pray that all the participants in the tour finish safely and crash free, if a massive pileup occurs or a rider takes a wide turn and ends up flipping over his handlebars, I can't say that I'll look away... and I'll probably watch the replay.

3. There's no other sports on
the NFL, NBA and NHL seasons are over (hopefully the NFL and NBA come back next season) so baseball, golf and tennis are the only other sports to watch. If these three sports leave you feeling unsatisfied, maybe you need some Tour de France in your life.

If none of these reasons can convince you, you're probably doing something else meaningful with your summer. For the rest of you people, make sure to check out the Tour de France... it's not like you have anything better to do.

p.s. Lance Armstrong is not racing this year so stop asking about him.