Clarks Originals has teamed up with the enigmatic DOOM to produce a custom Wallabee to be released in the Spring/Summer of 2014. The upper is premium brown leather with just a touch of suede on the cuff, fancy enough for a SUPER Villain to wear. The heal and foot bed are embossed with his mask logo and the hang tag sports the infamous “DOOM” throw up. This are a must have, a collaboration done right and Kanye would be ecstatic that it was not with Nike.
Today, Philadelphia Eagles head coach named Nick Foles, over Mike Vick, the starting quarterback for the remainder of the 2013 season. Well done, Nick gives the Eagles the best chance to win for a few reasons. He is throwing the football more accurately than Vick, he is making better decisions, and he’s staying relatively healthier than #7. His numbers in the 8 games he’s played this season are stellar. He’s completing 65% of his passes, he’s thrown 16 TDs with 0 INTs, rushed for 2 more scores, he’s thrown for an average of almost ten years an attempt and most importantly the team is winning. So Chip Kelly made who one would see from the outside as the obvious choice.
As a football fan however, this is kind of bitter sweet. I was the one cheering Vick on through out the entire process. I wanted him to succeed. I believe a lot of people wanted it, but let’s not miss out on the fact that he already has succeeded. He was incarcerated, lost what seemed like everything and became an outcast from the NFL. He paid his debt to society, a relatively harsh one if you ask my personal opinion, and worked his way back to a starting quarterback. If this is where his chapter ends in Philadelphia, I certainly don’t believe this is where it ends in the Nation Football League. I’m sure that he will be able to go to a team who can benefit from him leadership and skill-set.
Right now, it’s Philly Bird Gang football people, we’re only getting better.
No Malice drops visuals for his retrospective and informative track “Bury That”. From his debut album Here Ye Him which dropped earlier this year, he sheds light regarding his relationship with his brother Pusha T. As a Christian, maybe I’m a little more sympathetic to the plight of No Malice. This industry is meant to be your God, period. It is increasingly difficult to be a successful musician and a Christian. But art intimidates life I guess, we live in a society where living as a Christian seems to be almost impossible. Pressure attacks you from all angles; stress, pride and envy are but a few tools which can be used to throw someone off their paths. And once you are on the right path, people are quick to throw stones and put everything in your live under a microscope. I suppose being a Christian means being perfect to some. Lord, knows I am certainly not that. I applaud No Malice for maintaining his faith and being in the open about it. Embrace your past and use it to build. Through our mishaps we can teach those behind us to not make the same mistakes. We can build instead of destroy.
The Procussions, off the heels of their new self-titled album, release a new in 5th entry in their Pro-Exclusive series. The series is an effort to connect with their fans by offering free songs which were not intended in to be included on any projects. The result here is “Lush”, a song in response to the rising troubles of sexual exploitation. Mr J Medeiros has a history of tacking the subject. On his 2006 release Of Gods and Girls, he recorded Constance (Click here for the video), the story of a 13 year old Filipina being sold for sex. Alice Amelia sings beautifully and hauntingly on the hook “It’s the eyes that betray you. They were never your best friends. Two liars with the same truth. But the touch don’t pretend”. It’s an industry that destroys and it’s consuming at an alarming rate. I applaud anyone who steps up and addresses these issues.
Do you know what is missing in the hip-hop culture in 2013? Culture? Individualism? Understanding? A conscious? Sure all of these, but we can lump them into one statement, knowledge of self. I’m not talking about the Muslim, 5%, account but rather the knowledge of one’s surroundings. What made me fall in love with rap music, wasn’t the harsh language or the womanizing, which ironically is it’s huge draw today. No, the soul of the music drew me in. The heart that is poured out over the tracks. Songs about struggle, rising up, being taken serious, refusal to stand for the injustices being done everywhere. These songs are fewer and further apart these days. Not to say they don’t exist, they do, but they have gone from being album focal points to fillers. Conscious artists get upset because they get labeled “conscious”, and the masses stop paying attention, so they distance themselves. Still other rappers take the cop out, “I rap about the streets and try to give hope to the children”. Please, how are you giving hope? You rent $100k cars for videos, rent chains, rent models, rent houses and even clothing. You portray lifestyles which you know nothing about. You create unrealistic goals for children to hold up to. You create crooks. The average American family cannot afford a pair of $100 sneakers every week for kids. So the kids resort to illegal means to maintain the image of what is success. You aren’t successful unless you have the newest Jordan shoes. If anything rappers are “Perpetuating Hopelessness” and glorifying ignorance. I miss the days of rappers like Common who wouldn’t just sprinkle a song about Civil Rights activist Assata Shakur on an album but he made it a statement. However, you bring up Common to anyone these days and all you hear about is the Badu period or his “acting” gigs. It’s a shame.
Enter a new era in Jacktown Hip-Hop shows. Witness a showcase of Mississippi talent the likes that Jackson has yet to see. With live performances by emcees 5th Child, Coke Bumaye & Jaxx City, live exhibitions by producers D.Banks, Alumni Beatz & Donche, and sets from DJs Young Venom, Scrap Dirty & Brik-A-Brak. The show will be at The Corner (303 N Farish St. Jackson, MS) doors open at 8pm with the show starting at 10pm sharp and entrance is a mere $10.00. Click on the Facebook page below for more details.
Sivion (Deep Space 5) has a new record out via Illect Records entitled “Group Therapy“. To promote the album Illect and Sivion have teamed up to bring a quick snippet talking about the single To The Rescue, which features fellow Deep Space 5ers, Sintax The Terrific on the mic and Freddie Bruno on the production. The album features guest emcees like Propaganda, Sareem Poems (L.A. Symphony), Manchild (Mars Ill) and a score of others. Production was laid down by Symbolyc One, Freddie Bruno, Theory Hazit, Dert and more. Click on one of the links below to check out the album and spend a little cash and support some good hip-hop music.
Here we go again………I promise to never leave ya’ll again…..most likely…..who knows…..I don’t…..We’re going to change some things up around here. More on that later……Until then, enjoy some John Sebastian
The promotion machine has begun. With the 50th anniversary of JFK’s assassination just passing, Marvel takes a chance at some crazy promotion for their next movie. Implicating Magneto in the plot to kill the President. They even devoted an entire website to it The Bent Bullet.
X-MEN – DAYS OF FUTURE PAST (TRAILER)
For the next installment in the X-Men series, Marvel calls upon Bryan Singer (X-men, X2, X-Men First Class & Usual Suspects) again. This time in what looks to be a pretty decent. The story has been altered as Wolverine’s mind is sent back in time in the place of Kitty Pryde, who the original story takes place around. Ellen Page’s Pryde is said to have a pivotal role in the new scenario, but with the plethora of Wolverine Stans in the world, who can blame Singer for changing it. We are going to have to wait until May of next year to see. One thing is for certain, Marvel keeps on keeping on……