Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Video: Emmanuel Jal (Former Child Solider)

You can We've all heard/listen to the song "Little Weapon" by Lupe Fiasco; Emmauel Jal was that "little weapon". It crazy how hip hop reaches so many across world. It's a sad story and makes you want do something, even if it's just do more and appreciate your own lives. If you want do something a lil more there are many foundations and organizations that you can get involved in. Want to donate you can at The Coalition to Stop the Use of Child Soldiers .

Video: Barack O'Bama

HAHA... President O'B is kinda nice, lol.. Could you imagine the candidates and Presidents of past in a full court 5 on 5?

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Video(s):Busta Rhymes -Don't Touch Me & We Made It ft. Linkin Park

Just posted the songs now here are the videos.

I really like this song. Maybe because it has that energy that mad Busta hot in the 90s when I a little guy playing flag football (sorry for the flashback).

I'm really feelin like this song too. And notice the t-shirt Mr. Rhymes is rockin at the end. Reminds you of another hot article of clothing, no? ;)

"Antidote of your enenmies".. crews still available. Check the "Get Yours" section!

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Tuesday, April 29, 2008

Video & New Music: Mickey Factz - Rockin' & Rollin ft. The Cool Kids / Busta Rhymes / T.I / Graph (Sean Bell Verdict Response)

I like the song but the Mickey Factz dude is not hot. Cool Kids do there thing. But don't you just feel good when you're on something hot WAY before its "hot"? Been on The Cool Kids.

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This song is A LOT better than that other s*** that was leaked... (wipe forehead and exhale) thank God. But please no Free T.I.P hoodies and tees like Prodigy though.

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Never was really a fan of Busta's albums but he gives a hella show. The most of the new stuff he's put out it tough.

Now something lil more relevant to the times.

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There are a few responses to the verdict on the way. Red Cafe has one but it trash and not to... helpful? lol But I'll post the worthy ones as they come. I want to hear The Game's. Wonder if some of the more popular artists will say something. :?

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Video: The-Dream - I Luv You ft young Jeezy

Nothing innovative but I like the song and the album is tough. Did you see the dude dancing though?! lol

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Monday, April 28, 2008

Definition of Hip Hop

I found this video on one the hip hop sites that I visit daily and it brought up an idea that I think about to myself from time to time. What is hip hop? For someone like myself to state that some of the things that we are exposed to be consider NOT be hip hop there must be some kind of definition of what it is. As you will see in the video the many artists and individuals in the video have trouble providing a definition. I understand that hip hop is very complex and a broad encompassing culture but that's why I think the definition is easy to state but hard to comprehend. Hip hop - n. (proper) the "creative" self-expression of an individual and/or group of people that include some form or combination of the four main "elements" of hip hop culture: MCing (rapping), DJing, urban inspired art/tagging (graffiti), and b-boying (or breakdancing). Our culture has evolved overtime but if it remains honest and "creative" thats "hip hop" to me.... What do you think? Leave a comment....

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Saturday, April 26, 2008

Lupe Fiasco Interview / Ne-Yo - Closer Video / New NaS

I don't think I like Tim Westwood, lol.. But another well put together collection of articulate thoughs and ideas.. my dude L-U-P-E!

NEW Ne-Yo... "Closer" video

I love this song!.. I'm from New Jersey (the part that is JERSEY) and this is Jersey house music that you CAN'T not dance to. It def. makes me feel like home and makes me feel like dancing. :D

New Song from NaS from Grand Theft Auto IV Soundtrack

Tough track to ride around NY randomly slapping and shooting people, no? NIGGER drops soon, no?

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The Great Debaters / Sean Bell

I'm late with seeing this movie but it is definitely that good to talk about it four months after its release. Denzel Washington and Oprah Winfrey team up to give a great movie of a very obscure event in history. Denzel's directorial debut is a classic must see.

The film, based on a true story, revolves around the efforts of debate coach Melvin B. Tolson (Denzel Washington) at historically black Wiley College to place his team on equal footing with whites in the American south during the 1930s, when lynch mobs and Jim Crow laws abounded. The Wiley team eventually succeeds to the point at which they are able to take part in a debate with Harvard University. ~ Wikipedia

Denzel of course delivers and really as you wishing that you had such driven and inspirational professors. Forrest Whitaker another Academy Award winner also portrays the hard working father that of course has to deal with the many trying issues a black father has to face during the 1930's. They unsurprisingly do not surprise anyone with their superior acting; it is the young actors that really bring the emotions dripping down your face. (I really almost cried) Denzel Whitaker (not Forrest's son), Nate Parker, and Jurnee Smollett are the real stories of the movie. The fairly newcomers cause you to grow to love their characters and feel like you experienced the journey with them. Jurnee Smollet, better known for Eve's Bayou and Roll Bounce, is a very believable Southern bell with spice and wit that leaves a permanent emotional connection with you. Nate Parker (also in Pride which I didn't see sorry) is the strong intelligent black man that is rarely depicted in movies today. Never saw him before? Well he will impress you his ability to switch it up: eloquent debater to rugged fighter. The youngest of the main cast Denzel Whitaker (of All That... the new corny one) is the innocent "little brother" character that your heart goes out for time and time again throughtout the movie. Therefore by the end of the movie when you see his growth you feel a since of pride in him. I CLEARLY enjoyed it and is inspired to do better with the opportunities that I have. Go see it. Below is a clip of one of the MANY powerful scenes.


It amazes me that we can care less about the s*** that doesn't matter and rant all day about the bull! If you didn't know the cops responsible for the Sean Bell shooting were of ALL charges. The Great Debaters shows the bull we have been going through for a long time now and for some reason we don't care about that s*** or what goes on now. Its crazy how we have everything to say about bulls*** like 50 cent beefing with everybody but nothing to say about a an injustice like this s*** with Sean Bell. But does this all mean? It means that the black man's (and woman's) life isn't worth nothing what you going to do about it? I have no master plan to change this but I know people need to get their s*** right, fast. If a man can get shot at 50 times and the people responsible can walk, it's crazy out there. Although commenting about this doesn't change the situation or all the issues we have, I choose to comment on the s*** that matters instead of the s*** that doesn't. Change won't come from marching, it comes from changing the the things wrong with us to change the world. Self-reflexion before marching and yelling.

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Friday, April 25, 2008

A Smart Guy: Jay Smooth

I consider myself a "smart guy" although I may not be the best student but i do believe that I am at least a somewhat bright individual. Even though I'm not the best speller or I may not a prude and be completely stiff in conversation. But I don't appreciate it when someone, especially our celebrities, display their inability to sustain a conversation. Let alone a coherent thought. So when I encounter an individual that can complete an articulate idea, I am ecstatic. For that reason I appreciate Lupe Fiasco, Mos Def, Swizz Beatz (yeah Swizz Beatz), etc for displaying intelligence while perpetuating a certain swag. Furthermore, during one of my routine perusing of the great internet I found my way to this guys' video blog, ill Doctrine the hip-hop video blog. It is created and maintained by Jay Smooth, who was a writer for The Source and founder of New York's longest running hip-hop radio show, WBAI's Underground Railroad. While he touches on many touching topics from the Presidential election to the passing of hip hop pioneers he combination of humor and intelligence is fun and inspiring. Take a look at his vlog and the videos below.

illdoctrine Vlog

The Difference Between Paranoid and Suspicious (Alicia Keys Statement)

(One of my favorites! Watch!)

Being Over Race (Barack O'Bama Speech)

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Thursday, April 24, 2008

New Music: Kanye West - Lollipop Rendition

This is the rip from the video Consequence posted the other day. it not of very good quality or presumably the whole thing but here you go.

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Video: Lupe Fiasco Interview on World Famous Morning Show

My dude.. When I hear him speak I fell like a little brother and just feel like he's the coolest. (no pun intended)

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Video: David Garibaldi & Dan Dunn

Found about about this dude from Travis's blog but it's so dope I had to share. Like the N.E.R.D post music just makes you see and do things and joining my many loves is just a crazy experience. David Garibaldi is a beast. I def. saw this type of painting done on Ellen so there's that dude too.

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Wednesday, April 23, 2008

New Music: Usher - In This Club Remix ft. Lil' Wayne & Beyonce

Video: Baracky The Movie

I voted yesterday in the Pennsylvania Primary (from New Jersey) and I felt like an adult. But its crazy cause I am not a real supporter of the system and don't think I would otherwise vote if it wasn't the type of election that it is. Unfortunately the person I voted for did not win the primary but its all good; it's not over although it really is. Nevertheless during one of the MANY news coverages of the pivotal primary of Pennsylvania I caught a snippet of this well put together spoof of the Democratic nominee race and the beloved Rocky. I thought it was funny so here you go.

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Video: Alicia Keys - Teenage Love Affair

I love A.Keys but the album didn't really do it for me despite the crazy sales and reviews. It was good maybe very well put together album but it was just a very well put together album. Idk. But I like some of the songs and this video made me like this song more. Doesn't this video remind you of School Daze and ATL? And don't we all wish the best lookin person in high school had a crush on us? (except me I went to an all boys school :/ lol)

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Video: The Roots ft. Christte Michele & Wale - Rising Up

Bangin... Rik is a monster and The Roots are the truth.. really like Chrisette (love the album) and Wale is hot (gotta be DCs G.O.A.T but who else is coming (came) out of DC?)

*Oh, I won't do this every time but 2000 hits in just under a month! I'm goin in...thanks for the support

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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

N.E.R.D interview with KUBE 93’s DJ Hyphen

I was always a pseudo N.E.R.D fan. I liked majority of their work from the stuff with the Clipse, to Jay's stuff to their own LPs but never a die hard. But this new concept is deep and is something that I knew occured when I listened to music but I never knew what it was called or how it worked. Kanye during one of those MTV diary like things showed a painting that he did that he saw in his mind when he listened to beats. That's crazy cause I see images, scenes and what not when I hear music. A lot of music now whats me see bad stuff (lol) and others cause me to draw blanks, although there are some that do paint some great mental pictures (Lupe). I'm lookin forward to the new album, "Seeing Sound".

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Classic Movie Spotlight

I basically just want to fill this blog with things I love and what others may or may not as well. I'm a big movie fan and here a couple of movies my sister and I love and would sing along to together when we were younger (and now, lol). How bout you? Enjoy..

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Remember This

This was the s***! lol.. I was still young so I "really" didnt know the reason why I liked this song so much ( ;) ) but i knew.... But shouldn't artists like Ginuwine leave these gems in our my mind and hearts instead of coming up with stuff like TGT? lol.. Like hwo can you compete with the young boy Chris Breezy?

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Video: Kidz In The Hall - Drivin' Down The Block

I like these dudes. They graduated from college and really trying to change the "cool" of hip hop. Thus the name of their next album "The In Crowd" dropping May 13th.

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Monday, April 21, 2008

Music: NaS - Be A Nigger Too (Off Nigger)

Lack of Female MCs with Lil' Mama

There is some truth with what she's talkin but "ya lip gloss be poppin"? But like she said she was seventeen but where did the females that were hot and respected go? Lyte is up and age and irrelevant, Queen is acting singing and Lauryn is popping out babies somewhere.. Since the ones that were hot are nowhere to be found the only thing that young female MCs look up to are the male MCs and what they say about females. (its late cant jabber for too long just something I was thinking)

Lack of Female MCs with Lil' mama

Saturday, April 19, 2008

Spring Fling @ Temple Unviersity

Had ball during my first Spring Fling. Everyone wasn't so "cool" by the end of the day but who could expect us to be? lol.. (there are a lot more pix thats may not be too cool to show, lol)

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Friday, April 18, 2008

When will it stop?: Flavor Flav "new" show & Erykah Telling 'em off

Bad news for Blacks in the Media first. Cooning at its best? (Don't watch this whole thing!)

Had enough coonery (spell check)? Lil knowledge from Erykah Badu...

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I'm voting for Barack!

"Got Basquiats in the lobby of my spot"

Every wonder what the hell Jay-Z was talking about?.. Well he was referencing Jean-Michel Basquiat. Born December 22, 1960 in Brooklyn, New York. He gained popularity, first as a graffiti artist in New York City, and then as a successful 1980s-era Neo-expressionist artist. Basquiat's paintings continue to influence modern day artists and command high prices. His rise from the streets to stardom is a reason why I really digg his art aside from the fact they are just beautiful. HE is the inspiration for some of the Fall Collection. Keep a look out for that. Further readingCLICK HERE

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

Black History Center Stage: Black Cowboys

This blog is not only for displaying new music, videos, and Black Cloud. All that I do is Black History. I am one of those that kinda depises Black History Month because why do we get attention only for a month then we are secluded until the next shortest month. So yeah I will try to shed let on the beautiful things that we have contributed to this nation and the world. This first one is an article that I stumbled upon about the Black Cowboys. Yeah we were cowboys before we wore blue and white uniforms for Jerry Jones. And look up Nat Love, he was a bad dude.
Click Here for Article
Or for those that don't like to read... watch this the video.. its a BRIEF praise to the Black Cowboys

Wednesday, April 16, 2008

Video: Tyga - Coconut Juice ft. Travis

Tyga Coconut Juice Music Video

You may or may not know Gym Class Heroes (thus Travis) are my dudes so this is why i'm posting this. I dont know what I feel about this song. The track isn't wack, I like it but idk... lol... Like Travis says "he's my cousin" so there you go. But why is Weezy in the video? What is he doing? And is really a good idea to put someone that you def. will be compared to in ya first video?

I like turtles!

Yo love youtube, the internet and QBZ for showing me this video.... lmao

then I stumbled upon this now youtube favorite of mine.... roflmao

there are more of this remixes on their go check them out...

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Preview: The Roots - Rising Up Video ft. Chrisette Michele & Wale

More Pix
The video was directed by Rik Cordero who also directed the trailer for Jay-Z's Blue Magic amongst other under appreciated gems.. he's a beast...

N.E.R.D - Everybody Nose Video (Behind the Scene)

This doesn't really blow my mind but its someone's camera phone.. but i might have to steal the dance For-real and Chad are doing around 3 mins and whats with the two near the end kissin and what not? :/ booo!

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Monday, April 14, 2008

Video: The Roots ft. Patrick Stump - Birthday Girl

Won't be on the album cause the die hard Roots fans can't accept change... "I" like it...u?

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Cause I fit in the box thy try to take the cool from me,
And I dont act like them they look at my like new money.
~Black Cloud

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Video: Styles P, Uncle Murder, Freeway $ Beanie Sigel Freestyle

Good old-fashion hard hip hop? Some were better than others but tough

Video: Gnarls Barkley SNL Performance

If you don't like Gnarls Barkley or their music, you have to love Cee-Lo's hair thingy in this video,lol... "Who's Gonna Save 'MY' Soul Now?" lol...

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Sunday, April 13, 2008

Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo Video

I HAVE to be one of the first to post this. I just gotta....! Enjoy
*I definitely posted this before I even saw the whole video myself.. lol

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Saturday, April 12, 2008

1000 hits!

Just under a month of this blogging full of "Jabber" and nonsense and 1000+ hits already! (im excited) Thank you to those who visit casually, daily and once and never again. But i "think" Nikki Jean has a lil to do with that but hey thank me too :D im tryin, im workin, lol... Keep comin back I'll try to keep it interesting....


The words aren't backwards on the shirts, lol.. but yeah couldn't post yesterday and today but i'll make it up to yall (if there are people that check out the blog daily, lol).

Friday, April 11, 2008

Couple More Pix of Nikki wearing BlackCloud

She is really genuine person person and I wish her the best in all she does.

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Thursday, April 10, 2008

Nikki Jean & BlackCloud

@ Torcadero

So yeah, last night I went (well tried to) go to Nouveau Riche (Nikki Jean's group) concert down Center City at Torcadero. The plan was to give Nikki the new stuff and some of the old as well. BUT the corny dude at the door put that plan to a halt and would not let us enter only because we weren't 21 ("we" myself and my homie Ciara). But we're from New Jersey so we don't quit so we waited (all of 20 mins). She came, I introduced myself and remembered who I was or at least BlackCloud. Talked for a lil bit and I gave her the new stuff, she said she liked it ( I smiled, lol) and eventually we had to go our seperate ways. But it was a good night. But who knew it would be two in a row. Look for yourself :D (I'm really smiling).

Check out her video blog!

Movie Review: "Forgetting Sarah Marshall"

Struggling musician Peter Bretter (Jason Segel) has spent six years idolizing his girlfriend, television star Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell). While writing a Muppet-type Dracula musical, he's the guy left holding her purse in paparazzi photos and accidentally omitted from acceptance award speeches. Things take a twist when she breaks up with him, and Peter suddenly finds himself alone. After an unsuccessful bout of womanizing and an on-the-job nervous breakdown, he sees that not having Sarah may just ruin his life.

To clear his head, Peter takes an impulsive trip to Oahu, where he is confronted by his worst nightmare: Sarah and her tragically-hip, new British-rocker boyfriend, Aldous (Russell Brand), are staying at his hotel. As he torments himself with the reality of Sarah's new life, he finds relief when flirting with Rachel (Mila Kunis), a beautiful resort employee whose laid-back approach tempts him to rejoin the world.

Thanks to Temple's MCPB I got a chance to view Forgetting Sarah Marshall at a free screening last night. The movie is just funny. The producer, Judd Apatow, does it again. (He produced Superbad, Knocked Up, The 40 Year Old Virgin, etc.) I like his work and didn't really notice tell I looked him up for this post. From the beginning to the end, just good comedy. The writer and star, Jason Sigel, is successful wearing both hats in this romantic comedy. It's a true (and exaggerated) depiction of the break-up we've all been through and that's why it's good. There's something about tall weird (not really handsome) white dudes that's funny (Will Farrel, Vince Vaughn).

Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), who plays Sarah Marshall, is the dumb person that we have all been in a relationship with and try to "forget". Mila Kunis (That 70's Show), is the sweet and beautiful lady at the front desk that we wish we met on vacation that understands us and that we fall in love with. This movie acknowledges the awkwardness of break-ups, displays our story ending and makes us laugh (sometimes too loud, lol) throughout. i really like this movie and would pay to see it and maybe even get the DVD. Go see it. it hits theaters April 18. Rating: 5 BlackClouds (lol)

*Rating: 1 BlackCloud - Shouldn't even get the bootleg, 2 BlackClouds - Poor multiple levels, 3 BlackClouds - Had potential to be really good.. not quite there, 4 Blacklouds - Solid movie.. go see, 5 BlackClouds - Good enough to pay for you and your dat

Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Video Preview: The Roots - Birthday Girl & Lupe Fiasco - Paris, Tokyo? (lol)


"We could land in the motherland/ Camel back across the desert sand".... Im excited...

Artist Spotlight: Takashi Murakami

I love music, of all kinds. But I love art (music is art I know) as well. I may not know the techniques and style periods but I am a fan. As I come across pieces and arts that I like I try to get at least the gist of the piece and the artist. Thanks to my love of good music I stumbled upon a great artist, Takashi Murakami. You may know him from designing Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing (Mixtape)" and "Graduation" album as I discovered him for myself. Takashi is great at what he does and we share common outlook on life and art. He wishes to blur the lines between high art and low art by combining many different styles and medias. While some of his art can go for millions, Takashi acknowledges that many people that love his work can not afford such price tags and provides his work for the public in many forms so we can all get in on the fun.

His work is on display at the Brooklyn Museum and will remain there until July 13, 2008. I will definitely be there at least once before it is no longer in the BK borough. Here are a hand full of the masterpieces he has created.. (Personally shots coming soon)
BubbleShare: Share photos - Find great Clip Art Images.

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New Jim Jones ft. Juelz Santana - Splash

Jim Jones is my dude. "Use to make it rain now I'm just splashing!"

Oh My....Thank Him for Good Genes! lol

I dont care what you say, she is beautiful (given) but at 42 ( :O ) geeezzz! I want my Mrs. Huxtable to look like that at 42. So I (and other men) have to work to "perserve your sexy" just like we pressure women to.

Monday, April 7, 2008

New BPMD Tees In!

Send me an email to BlackCloudClothing and get yours. Girls available S-XL. Guys available S-XXL.

Usher ft. Young Jeezy - Love in This Club (Full Video)

Sunday, April 6, 2008

Ryan Leslie - "Diamond Girl"

Lighter, younger, more talented Diddy? hmmmm....?! :D I like this song.

Ryan Leslie, (who was responsible for discovering and producing Cassie’s debut album) has released the new video for his single, “Diamond Girl” on BET. The single hit radio hard within the past couple of weeks and his self-titled debut album is set to hit stores June 17th.

BlackCloud Making Dollars (BPMD Tee)

They will be in MONDAY! Inspired by Erick and Parrish Making Dollars (EPMD).

Saturday, April 5, 2008

"Is You Crazy!"... haha

Racist? Or just concerned old white lady?.... Either way she made one little mistake and it was funny to me. Should've called the cops like the others neighbors do. lol

Friday, April 4, 2008

"I'm Blooded! Soowoop!"

Bastards of the Party

(Its a movie so its long but DEF. a great movie)

1st off the internet is crazy. It amazes me how easy I found a link to the movie, man. But being away in Philadel I am very much out of touch with the happenings of my real home, Jersey. During visits I get brief updates about a few things and rarely is the news good. Those in the Philadelphia area know all too well about the 1-2 deaths a day in this beautiful-ugly city. But where I'm from things are just as bad if not worse. I'm from, born and raised in Newark and East Orange, New Jersey and I love it to death.

Even still we have our issues. Philadelphia is a large city and the numbers speak for themselves but Newark (& East Orange) is a small city and the numbers are bad ass well and getting worse. I didn't do too much research but Philly murders are (presumably) over drugs and various or reasons. Newark's are more so due to gang violence. We have Bloods and Crips (along with others) and they are the cause of the majority of the murders.

I from time to time ponder why things are the way are and sometimes I gain an understanding and sometimes I'm completely baffled. The major issue is poverty. Which is stemmed from lack of proper education for the most part. During my moments of deep thought I commonly return to the same question: Why are we alining ourselves with an organization that we have no real connection with? Bloods and Crips started in California and Jersey has had it gangs before the Double I Bloods reached East Orange in 1993 but why has this continued and gotten worse exponentially since? The movie Bastards of the Party answers so many questions and tells the truth about every aspect of gang life. Honestly, I cried when I first saw it. So many of the faces in the movie are people that I know and its a crazy to me. Like Bone (the person responsible for the movie) I feel compelled to do something about it so one thing is here I am going to school so I can provide opportunities for others where I'm from. Watch the movie when you get a chance it really is a special movie.

Lupe Fiasco Live

"Dumb It Down"

I really like this dude. One of my favorite "MCs" out right now..

"Paris, Tokyo"

My ringtone, lol

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Thursday, April 3, 2008

NEW BlackCloud Tees! MONDAY!

Shirts will be available for pre-order soon. Come back and cop yours.

Link To My Friend Quinta's Show... Mad Funny!

Joel Ortiz Interview and Freestyle

I really mess with this dude. Talent and seems like a really genuine dude. The first album is tough can't wait for the next project. Here are a couple sample of the man's skill.

Fighters Remix
(This isnt even his song but he still killed it)

Message to Obama

Lil' Wayne's New Dance :|

"The Wam"... oh my :/ lol

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Wednesday, April 2, 2008

I Want to Marry Claire Huxtable!

Season 3 Episode 01 - Food For Thought
Like I'm serious. Claire is the total package. Smart, successful, funny, outgoing, beautiful AND she speaks Spanish! Man!.. If you know her or any of her clones let me know.

Aside from that, The Cosby Show is CLASSIC TV; serves as a example of how black television can be respectful and positive while being successful. (Can't embed the videos to the page so I provided the direct links)
Season 6 Episode 18 - Mr. Sandman
Season 2 Episode 03 - Happy Anniversary

Where did we go wrong!?

I don't know which is worse this dude thinkin he's really killing it or the idiots in the background sayin "youll"! And this is part 3! (sigh) :(
"Hip Hop Is Still Alive" post coming soon...

Usher - In This Club Video (Preview)

I digg the song and preview but doesn't this video and song sound and look like the singles of Confessions but isn't that why we like? hmmm.... lol

Tuesday, April 1, 2008

Estelle ~ Sunshine Album Review

The Homeschool Records signee (John Legend's record company), Estelle, has captured many hearts (well mine at least) with her single "American Boy". It is crazy how people not from here notice the beauty within us and then we see how wonder we really are. "American Boy makes me feel good about be from here well Jersey at least and she doesn't even mention Jersey. But the album def. doesn't drop the ball. The opening track " Wait a Mnute" although it may receive to Floetry for its singing and rapping feel, Estelle definitely distinguishes are herself from her fellow London mates. (Wil.I.Am starts the album off right) "Shine" and "Pretty Please" continue the soultry deliverance with the help of Swizz Beatz on the boards and Cee-Lo Green. "You Are" is a gem. One of my favorites on the album as the signer, John Legend, assists the new comer and puts his "John" on the track. You like JL you like this song.

The next two tracks "Back In Love" and " More than Friends" will have everyone reminiscing on their own love tales and deliver. May sound a lil Corrine Bailey Rae at a few notes but not enough to really notice of care. Oh, one half of Floetry actually shows up on "More Than Friends" just minutes i spoke them up. Then the London lass takes a trip to the Caribbean and gives us a couple Bob Marley mellow (maybe blaze for those that smoke) music that you can really feel. Then Estelle gets back on her B-Girl s*** with the summer tale of a females dream with "In The Rain" and the real good hip hop with Wyclef and Jean Grae featured "So Much Out The Way". The final tracks ends the album with everyones main concern of a relationship "No Substitute Love" cause no one wants to be the side piece!.... The album is tough. Just as a hand full are "helping" preserve the adored art of hip hop,Estelle are definitely doing her part to save hip hop and RnB. Enjoy the playlist and BUY the album.

I COULD give you a download link but BUYING music keeps GOOD music coming. Enjoy this playlist as it may not be here long.

Kanye West - Homecoming Video

The dude is talented.. I f***s w/ him heavy....