Equals a great weekend.
Starting of with dinner with the ladies of O.O.W.E at Valentinos where I had the best damn Crab Cake ever. We were drinking our wines, laughing at good times and talking a little sh**.
Then we all headed over to Joe Square Pizza for O.O.H of Brown F.I.S.H album release. Lots of beautiful people in the building and everybody seemed to be having a good ass time. It reminded me of the old Baltimore Scene when Hip Hop shows where the place to be and if you missed them, you felt like an asshole for not going.
Then I headed out to see the Queen B “Lil Kim” whose album was one of the soundtracks to my high school career. DJ Big L was playing hits after hits and I in return resorted back to my ass shaking days. I could not help it he was killing it and so was Lil Black he did a really good job of hosting the event and then it started to go down hill.
I never understood why you would have a fashion show at the club wtf nobody going to buy that shit, get back to playing music. Then some random ass acts came out some R&B chick (can’t remember her name) but I do remember the paper being thrown at her. Angel Lola Luv and Los=Boring I kept asking myself wtf is she saying. For real that shit burns me up when folks who have know lyric talent think that this Hip Hop shit easy. Yo sit your ass down and go read a Hip Hop for Dummies book somewhere. Then Bossman was very disappointing. I kept thinking maybe he had too much to drink etc… but as my homie B-FLY said, (who is a very dope emcee and needs to bring her ass out of retirement) “This is what happens when an artist does not know how to rock with a live band step your mic game up!”
So after the almost destruction of the microphone and stage “Lil KIM the Queen B finally came out and rap her ass off killing all of my favorites: Get Money, Crush On You, Queen Bitch, Jump Off, Magic Stick, It’s All About the Benjamin’s, Lighters Up, she kept saying “What yall want to hear? You know I got hits after hits” and she did. Lil Kim is one of the best to ever do it and she deserves a lot of respect. She is a season artists that embraces and captivates you. She gave us one of the classic Hip Hop albums "Hardcore"(no matter who wrote it) that albums bumps to this day.
All hail the Queen.
Sunday, November 8, 2009
Stephen Wiltshire was unable to speak and he was diagnosed with severe autism at the age of three. He began communicating through his drawings after being sent to Queensmill School in London, and with the support of his special-needs teachers, gradually learned to speak.
It was during those school years that they discovered Stephen's special talent, when he drew the ornate Albert Hall following a class field trip -- without the aid of a photograph. Wiltshire has the uncanny ability to draw and paint detailed landscapes and cityscapes entirely from memory.
Wiltshire can look at the subject of his drawing once and reproduce it accurately with photographic detail, down to the exact number of columns or windows on a building. He memorizes their shapes, locations and the architectural flourishes, and will do so with New York City after a brief helicopter ride.
Having tackled the iconic cities of Tokyo, Rome, Hong Kong, Frankfurt, Madrid, Dubai, Jerusalem and London, Wiltshire is more than ready to take on The Big Apple and has already begun drawing the cityscape in pen.
Read more at: http://stephenwiltshire.co.uk/drawings.aspx
Roxanne Shante (nee Lolita Shante Gooden) is widely recognized as the first female hip hop artist to break through the male dominated industry. At the age of 16, she became a household name with songs including 'Roxanne's Revenge' – an "answer" record responding to U.T.F.O.'s popular 'Roxanne, Roxanne.'
She talk to Blackvoices.com her battle with breast cancer ... in her own words.
In March, I noticed a lump in my left breast, rather small at the time and didn't really know what I was feeling. So instead of going straight to the doctor's office, I started asking friends their opinion and trying to go by their experiences. It was such a stupid move. Well, I figured I was just getting older. A hysterectomy in my early thirties led me to believe that I would be fine. Another stupid move.
I was in denial. I even went so far as to ignore the letters sent by the lab that read: "Urgent!!! Please contact us."
I had gotten a call from the doctor, "I just received your images at my office and they have been trying to reach you for weeks. As soon as you get back to New York, you come to my office. This is your life."
So I felt all eyes were on me to tell women how important it is for them to get checked. It is only by the grace of God that I have been able to survive. I have been blessed to not only have survived the pitfalls of an industry that has destroyed so many, but to also survive just the everyday struggles of surviving all the negative that has come my way.
Read More @http://www.bvnewswire.com/2009/10/30/roxanne-shante-sorry--thankful-breast-cancer/
Wednesday, November 4, 2009
John forte will be in Baltimore at Club Reality tonight you should come out 2625 Washington Blvd, Baltimore MD 21230
I actually had the chance to interview him today. Here is some back ground info him. John Forté is a Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer from Brooklyn, New York, best known for his work with the multi-platinum group “The Fugees.” On November 24, 2008, Forté was granted a commutation by President George W. Bush after having served more than seven years of a fourteen-year federal prison sentence for a first-time non-violent drug offense. I think the interview was a major fail. I felt like my co-host came off harsh towards John and did not respect his redemption. However I did manage to find out some good info for one he does not curse, or use misogynist lyrics anymore. He is a teacher at the City College of New York where he teaches a twelve-week course geared towards students aged 12-15. He uses his music as a therapeutic means to address stress, anger and pain
For more info check him out here http://www.johnforte.com