Thursday, September 30, 2010

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Nas Has Influence On Obama!

New Rolling Stone Interview:

What music have you been listening to lately? What have you discovered, what speaks to you these days?

My iPod now has about 2,000 songs, and it is a source of great pleasure to me. I am probably still more heavily weighted toward the music of my childhood than I am the new stuff. There’s still a lot of Stevie Wonder, a lot of Bob Dylan, a lot of Rolling Stones, a lot of R&B, a lot of Miles Davis and John Coltrane. Those are the old standards.
A lot of classical music. I’m not a big opera buff in terms of going to opera, but there are days where Maria Callas is exactly what I need.  Thanks to Reggie, my rap palate has greatly improved. Jay-Z used to be sort of what predominated, but now I’ve got a little Nas and a little Lil Wayne and some other stuff, but I would not claim to be an expert. Malia and Sasha are now getting old enough to where they start hipping me to things. Music is still a great source of joy and occasional solace in the midst of what can be some difficult days.


Kate Perry on SNL


NEW: Asher Roth

G.R.I.N.D. (Get Ready Its A New Day)


Tuesday, September 21, 2010

This Is Funny On So Many Levels

All I'm About Is That Dolla Dolla Bill...

The Dollar ReDe$ign Project organized by strategy consultant Richard Smith is taking your votes on designs submitted by people from around for the world for a new American dollar bill. Richard says he’s hoping to take his idea which he calls a “catalyst to restart our economy” all the way, by petitioning the government to consider the design from the winner.

This is the design of the current vote leader Dowling Duncan.


Steve "Please Leave Us Alone" Jobs

If this is real, I think I just fell in love with Steve Jobs.

A woman from Long Island University journalism student Chelsea Kate was doing a paper for her school when she emailed Apple’s Media Relations Department to no response. When that didn’t work Chelsea did the unthinkable, she sent an email to – the CEO’S personal email address. Here’s how her conversation went:

“Mr. Jobs, I humbly ask why Apple is so wonderfully attentive to the needs of students, whether it be with the latest, greatest invention or the company’s helpful customer service line, and yet, ironically, the Media Relations Department fails to answer any of my questions which are, as I have repeatedly told them, essential to my academic performance.”

Then he actually replied a short while later…

“Our goals do not include helping you get a good grade. Sorry.”

Then she said…

“I never said that your goal should be to “help me get a good grade.” Rather, I politely asked why your media relations team does not respond to emails, which consequently, decreases my chances of getting a good grade. But, forget about my individual situation; what about common courtesy, in general —- if you get a message from a client or customer, as an employee, isn’t it your job to return the call? That’s what I always thought. But I guess that’s not one of your goals.”

And he replied again…

“Nope. We have over 300 million users and we can’t respond to their requests unless they involve a problem of some kind. Sorry.”

Then she tried to get gangsta…

You’re absolutely right, and I do meet your criteria for being a customer who deserves a response:

1. I AM one of your 300 million users.
2. I DO have a problem; I need answers that only Apple Media Relations can answer.

Now, can they kindly respond to my request (my polite and friendly voice can be heard in the first 5 or 10 messages in their inbox). Please, I am on deadline.

By this time Steve had probably had enough replying…

“Please leave us alone.”

When your worth billions of dollars you don't have time for a twenty-something year old's bullshit! Now buy an iPad and shut up!


Monday, September 20, 2010

How Dope Of An "Idea Room" Would This Be!

IdeaPaint Dry-Erase Board Paint

Hussein In The Membrane

President Obama may not have a high approval rating lately but people are still interested in his books. His new children's book, "Of Thee I Sing" is a tribute to Obama's tribute to 13 prominent Americans including George Washington, Jackie Robinson and painter Georgia O' Keeffe. It is already rising to the top on the Amazon and Barnes & Noble websites. It sells for $17.99 and goes on sale November 16.

The book was written before Obama took office. President Obama's proceeds will be used to create a scholarship for the children of deceased and disabled American soldiers. The 40-page picture book will be released by Random House's Alfred A. Knopf Books for Young Readers on November 16th with an initial print run of 500,000 copies. His previous books "Dreams From My Father" and "The Audacity of Hope," were both million sellers. Although the book was inspired by President Obama's daughters and features an illustration of them on the cover with their dog, an AP story says that they will not be involved in marketing the book.

Politics Daily reports that a children's book was part of a three-book deal that Obama signed in 2004. His $1.9 million advance helped pay for the Obama's Chicago home. He was originally supposed to complete the book in 2006 and it the original concept involved his childhood and growing up as a "skinny young kid with big ears and funny name."


Friday, September 17, 2010

Go Show: Nas + Q-Tip



Prodigy gets out of jail in February.

Lyrics Of The Day

Crew Love | Beanie Siegel

Yo, I set up shop wit nick rocks that'll upset rookies
Make 'em slide like li'l dicks in wet pussy
Open up the whole strip, like Monopoly
Dare one of ya'll to land on my property
Think you get some dough for my community chest?
Blaow blaow two to yo chest
Ya'll niggaz can't pass go cuz it cost to pass
Ya'll niggaz cheap like Baltic Ave.
Type ta land on jail can't pay your bail
Wanna borrow from the bank, nigga what you think
I'm the wrong one to lie to
Shit I'm the man who supply who supply who supply YOU
And ya'll a bunch talk money
I'm tryin to get it down for that motherfuckin boardwalk money
Two-brick money new blue six money
Paroo trip money flew in six money
Taj Mahal trips orange chips money
Long dick money all in yo bitch money
Flow like the flu and spit sick money
Peep hotty's Roc-A-Fella wools route
All black mask down wit they tools out
Beanie mack I'll move out
I had niggaz runnin from school pickin new routes
Then I'll run and lick a shot make 'em move south
Switch up they last name get a new spouse
Scrambled up some down-payment for a new house
No matter where you go Mack gone find ya
I'm like a shadow nigga I'm right behind ya
I'll blow out ya brains and won't give ya no reminder

[Chorus] - Jay-Z
You know it's crew love, Roc-A-Fella till we die
As long as you and I keep it movin like a drive-by
We could stack dough sky-high
Niggaz can't touch what they can't feel real recognize real
Crew love, Roc-A-Fella till we die
As long as you and I keep it movin like a drive-by
We could stack dough sky-high
Niggaz can't touch what they can't feel real recognize real

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Thursday, September 9, 2010

"Later On, You're Mine!"


Gif Magic


14 Rings

LeBron, Wade and Bosh won't even come close!



Extra Large Koi Carp! Its crazy that shit like this exists.

Brrrrrrrrrrr... What Happened To That Boy

Harold Miner has to just laugh about some of the rumors about him floating around on the Internet.

Like the ones about Miner being in the witness protection program. Or working at a Jack in the Box in Los Angeles. Or being a member of the LAPD and becoming an ordained minister.

"Oh my goodness, it's crazy," said Miner, now 39.

The truth is much less sensationalistic. Miner now resides in Las Vegas with his wife, 7-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son. He currently isn't working, and still lives off the over $20 million he made during a brief NBA career which -- unlike many pro athletes -- he managed and invested very diligently.

Miner says the biggest misconception about him is that he's a recluse, but such speculation about his whereabouts has become common since he last appeared in the NBA in 1996 because he hasn't been interviewed in over a decade.

He has rejected countless requests to speak with the fan favorite who earned the nickname "Baby Jordan" by winning two NBA Slam Dunk contests and dazzling crowds with his highlight-reel dunks. Even now, he only calls from a blocked phone number in an interview arranged through a former USC sports information director.

"I'm really kind of dumbfounded as to why people would be interested in reading a story about me," Miner said. "I haven't played in almost 15 years and I haven't done anything significant on a national scale since my junior year at SC almost 20 years ago. It's a trip, actually."

Seeing how he hasn't spoken publicly in so long, there's a couple things he wants to get off his chest. Specifically, he thanked his fans for all their support over the years, gave props to fellow Inglewood legend Paul Pierce for becoming an NBA star and even apologized to writers that covered him in Miami -- Ira Winderman and Shaun Powell -- for not being himself there because of his disappointing stay on South Beach.

So why now is Miner finally ready to speak?

"I just think it's time," Miner said. "It's been a long time."

It certainly has. Miner became a household name almost two decades ago as a junior at USC by piling up points and dunks during the 1991-92 season. Miner had the shaved head, No. 23 jersey, MJ mannerisms and the spectacular slams that reminded many of "His Airness." Suddenly, the "Baby Jordan" nickname he picked up on the playgrounds of Inglewood had spread across the nation and made him a star, something he always grappled with.

"I probably never got used to being in the spotlight," Miner said. "I'd say it's always been uncomfortable for me, not natural for me."

Miner led USC to a No. 2 seed in the 1992 NCAA Tournament, becoming USC's all-time leading scorer (a record he still holds) and earning Sports Illustrated's college basketball's Player of the Year award over LSU's Shaquille O'Neal and Duke's Christian Laettner. But the storybook season came to an abrupt end when Georgia Tech's James Forrest knocked the Trojans out of the second round on a legendary buzzer-beating 3-pointer. Weeks later, Miner held an emotional press conference to announce he would be turning pro.

Taken 12th overall in the '92 draft, the lefty swingman was expected to become a scoring and marketing machine. He signed a five-year, $7.3-million contract with the Heat as a rookie and an endorsement deal with Nike reportedly worth $14 million. But he never came close to reaching expectations, averaging under 10 points a game in his three years in Miami. Hobbled by injuries, Miner was criticized for his poor defense and wayward outside shooting.

He still had marketability after winning the 1993 and 1995 NBA Slam Dunk Contests (he could've had a three-peat if a knee injury didn't sideline him in 1994), so Cleveland took a chance on Miner with a trade in June of 1995. But he rode the pine there as well and his '96 season ended with knee surgery after averaging just three points per game.

Given one last shot by the Toronto Raptors before the 1997 season, Miner says he slipped on a wet spot and severely sprained the same knee, leaving him with no mobility and the writing on the wall.

"For the whole two weeks I was in Toronto I couldn't sleep -- I didn't sleep at all," Miner said. "I think I knew that that was it."

And just like that, Miner's career was over at the age of 25.

"A lot of people don't understand why I stopped playing was because I had two knee surgeries and I had a degenerative joint in my knee, so it was just too much wear and tear, and I ended up with very little cartilage in my knee," Miner said.

After returning to Southern California following his career, Miner found a new home in Las Vegas and dabbled in buying and selling real estate. His new fix is nutrition. Miner says he's lost 45 pounds with his personal trainer in the last year after reaching 280 pounds.

That's not the only change he's made recently, as Miner's now finally reaching out to old friends and even USC to try and reconnect to his "basketball roots." Miner says he's even considering seeing a USC game or two next season.

Given the current state of Miner's scandal-ridden alma mater and the way fans have longed for years to hear from the Trojan legend, it could be the loudest ovation in the Galen Center all year.