Dec 27, 2011

My Artist of the Year

For the last blog post of 2011 I'm going to talk about why The Weeknd has my vote for artist of the year. If you have ever talked about music with me in 2011 this is absolutely no surprise at all, but if you haven't hear me out. Here are my 3 reasons why he has my vote:

1. He promised us 3 mixtapes this year and we got 3 mixtapes this year! He didn't just make 3 so-so projects he made 3 really solid projects. Fan or not you can't knock that hustle.

2. He's changing the sound of music. There is no deny his music sounds nothing like anything you are used to hearing it's a nice twist to how we usually think about R&B, I think I'm going to call his style sex, drugs, and R&B. If you don't know what I'm talking about give House of Balloons a spin and I guarantee you will completely understand what I am talking about. He's not just leaving his mark in R&B land, he is also influencing rap with some classic eerie Weeknd sounds. For those of you that don't know, The Weeknd had some major influence on the sound of Drake's latest album, Take Care. We all know after Drake does it the rest of the rap game will be close behind, so I'm sure we will hear plenty of similar sounds in 2012.

3. Finally, the music is just flat out great! I know everyone is entitled to their own opinion but I can't get enough of all 3 parts of the trilogy, House of Balloons, Thursday, and Echoes of Silence. Check out my favorite tracks from each mixtape

Wicked Games, House of Balloons

The Birds part 2, Thursday

Same Old Song, Echoes of Silence

For kicks I'm adding D.D., which is a cover of Michael Jackson's Dirty Diana, because I really appreciate how it was mixed. I think it is just another glimpse into how creative he really is, D.D. sounds some much like his other work and yet it still has the original feel from MJ's version.

So cheers to The Weeknd and here's to 2012! xoxo <3

Nov 30, 2011

And The Nominees Are...

The Grammy nominations came out tonight and the nominees for Album of the Year are: Adele 21, The Foo Fighters Wasting Light, Lady Gaga Born This Way, Bruno Mars Doo-Wops & Hooligans, and Rihanna Loud. Now, I'm sure most of you are saying to yourself "You ain't got no Yeezy, nigga?!” but it's true, Ye wasn't nominated for Album of the Year but he's got Snub of the Year on lock. I thought for sure My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy was going to get nominated and possibly edge out 21 for the win, guess I was wrong. If it makes you feel any better My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy still has a chance for Best Rap Album but the competition is stiff in that category. I know it doesn’t make me feel any better but I won’t go there. I won’t talk about how NARAS (the organization that runs the Grammys) is just another prejudice organization that is continuously reinforcing the barriers that were designed to stifle the success of minorities. Anyways, the Grammys are February 12th, I’m sure there will be lots more to talk about then. 

Oct 31, 2011

The Sing-Off Love Lockdown Cover by Pentatonix

Apparently there is this show called the Sing-Off on NBC that is hosted by Nick Lachey which I am just hearing about. I was clearly late to the game on this one but now that I know let me tell you about it. The Sing-Off is a singing competition where the groups sing a cappella and last week was hip hop week so all the groups did covers of popular hip hop songs. My favorite performance was of Kanye West's Love Lockdown covered by Pentatonix. It was amazing! If they don't win the competition they definitely can have a Youtube career covering hip hop songs. Check out their performance below.

Oct 27, 2011

Rihanna + Coldplay Means We All Found Love

I know the world has already talked about this video but I wanna talk about it again because I CANNOT stop watching it! Rihanna's We Found Love has definitely found my heart. I think I have seen this video close to 30 times. The monolouge in the beginning of the video sets the scene so perfectly.
It's like you're screaming but no one can hear. You almost feel ashamed that someone could be that important, that without them, you feel like nothing. No one will ever understand how much it hurts. You feel hopeless, like nothing can save you. And when it's over and it's gone, you almost wish that you could have all that bad stuff back so you can have the good.
I'm totally ready to take whatever type of opiates that are going to make me look like Rihanna and give me an eye candy of a boyfriend like Dudley O'Shaughnessy. I also ran across a Coldplay cover of We Found Love when I was on Tumblr so there is plenty of love to enjoy tonight. Make sure you check out the Coldplay cover below and the We Found Love video if you haven't already seen it or you can watch it for the 31st time like me!

Oct 26, 2011

Scott Hall the Man Behind Razor Ramon

How great of a show is E:60? I feel like I'm always in tears and completely inspired to conquer the world after watching each episode. This one was of course no different, the story that got to me the most was about professional wrestler Scott Hall a.k.a Razor Ramon. When I was younger I loved wrestling, I watched Monday night Raw religiously every Monday night at 9 pm.

For a while in the 90's it was almost impossible to go anywhere without seeing an nWo t-shirt. The camera was great at showing the rise to stardom of Razor Ramon, who was one of the founding members of nWo, but what the the camera didn't show was Scott Hall's addiction problems. E:60 did a great job of shedding light on the amazing career of Razor Ramon and the substance addiction of Scott Hall. Check it out below, I promise it's worth all 18 minutes.

Long Time No Post :(

My last post on this site was in January, sheesh! I guess I'm pretty bad at keeping up with this whole blogging thing. So it's October and I'm ready to give it another go. Let the fun begin!

Jan 9, 2011

Kanye & Jay-Z, The Game, and The Social Network All on 1.11.11

January 11, 2011 is sure to be busy day because people love dates with the same number. I'm sure countless people will be tying the knot but 1.11.11 will be busy for reasons other than marriage. One reason is because this is the release date for the much anticipated single "H.A.M" off of Kanye West and Jay-Z's project Watch The Throne. Mr. West tweeted the artwork for the single earlier this week. The second reason is the return of the popular tv show The Game. After being canceled by the CW in 2009 BET has picked the show up for new episodes. The fourth season begins with the 1 hour season premiere at 10pm. One the film front, The Social Network will be released to DVD on Tuesday. The film has 6 Golden Globe nominations including Best Picture. With all this to watch and listen to what will you be doing on 1.11.11?

Jan 7, 2011

Pre-Game Speech Lifts Team to Win

Before last night's Bowl game Lance Guidry, the interim head coach for Miami University (which is actually located in Ohio), gave his team easily one of the best pre-game speeches. His speech was not in vain Miami University went on to defeat Middle Tennessee (35-21). Even with the win Miami University will not be giving Guidry the full time head coach position. Don Treadwell will be the new head coach. Even though Treadwell will be the head coach he should probably let Guidry handle the pre-game speeches. Check out the speech below. You can't say that you wouldn't have been ready to play after that.