Wednesday, September 29, 2010

I'm Better Than You-Mixtape Review

After losing his laptop which had all of his beats and mixes and facing multiple delays due to production issue, we finally have "I'm Better Than You" by Bronx born and raised MC Mickey Factz who was listed as one of the Freshman of XXL's Class of '09. But, Mickey Factz has actually been around in the game for going on 5 years now and has released eight mixtapes to date, including the one under the microscope entitled "I'm Better Than You" hosted by Hot 97's DJ Enuff. The narcissistic title isn't necessarily a stab at other rappers, but more so a stab at the former Mickey Factz who is taking a stand in saying he is indeed better than the old him. As you go through the mixtape you'll hear Mickey preach on this especially in "Diamond Dust" and "Melodic Nightmares". I've been an avid fan of Mickey Factz for a few years now, and I must say this is the best and freshest he's sounded since his debut mixtape In Search Of N.E.R.D. Mickey's style is very eclectic and his production team understood that and delivered as well as his bars. If I HAD to find a fault with the mixtape is that I felt "Light Up" and "Empty Bottle" threw off the flow of the tape for me. "Amnesia", which was also from his Dark Phoenix mixtape should have been replaced with "Contemplation of Kings". If you take a listen to the song, I think it fits the "I'm Better Than You" theme more so than "Amnesia". Overall, the mixtape has everything for everyone from the smoothed down "Interlove/Friend Zone" and "Trinity" to bangers such as "We Young" and "Legend". You can download the mixtape HERE as well as take a look at the official tracklisting below here. In bold print are some of my personal favs.

1.Diamond Dust
2.I'm Better Than You (Feat. Steve-O)
4.Paradise Remix (Feat. Fat Joe & Bun B)
5.We Young
6.Showin Love (Feat. Count Jus)

7.Light Up
8.Empty Bottle
10.Friend Zone (Feat. Redd Stylez & Lundon)

12.Mona Lisa (feat. Chester French & Kara Rose)
14.Get By (feat. Big K.R.I.T.)
16.Melodic Nightmares

17.Mind Got Blown (Feat. B.o.B.)

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Movies To See-October 29th

October 29th


In the distant future, half of Mexico serves as a quarantined zone after an alien attack. An American journalist played by Scoot McNairy heads across the border to find his boss's daughter and bring her back to safety. From other reports, this sounds like this years "District 9" mixed with the year before that's "Cloverfield". Not bad company to be compared to in my opinion. Just the trailer alone, the cinematography looks amazing. I can't wait for this to release this weekend.

The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet's Nest

This takes place after the previous films entitled "The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo" The Girl Who Played With Fire" and as our main character Lisbeth Salander (Noomi Rapace) recovers in intensive care and facing murder charges. Mikael Blomkvist (Michael Nyqvist) aids her once more to prove her innocence as well to take down the government officials who are slandering her name. I hate I'm just now getting into this critically acclaimed trilogy but better late than never right? That is if you enjoy action packed and drama filled foreign films like I do.

Saw 3D

The 953rd installment of the Saw series where a group of Jigsaw's survivors seek help from a fellow survivor named Bobby Dagen, who has his own dark secrets that bring about more terror to the group. I'm......not a Saw fan. Nor am I a fan of this 3D craze Tried the first one and didn't even bother with the ones after that but I do know how popular the series is and I know it's going to fill the box office sales up. So anything that drives ticket sales I'm actually supporting, and cursing at the same time.

Monday, September 27, 2010

Movies To See-October 1st

This is the first entry of a new segment of my blog titled "Movies To See". Pretty self explanatory within the title, but to further explain I will be giving the synopsis, trailer and my personal opinion on select movies that I believe are must sees for that week that will be posted every Monday morning from here on out. And with out further ado...

The Social Network

The Social Network tells the story of a young Mark Zuckerburg and Eduardo Saverin who create the social networking giant "Facebook". This is depicted as the true story behind the development of Facebook and the falling out of the two friends who are played by Jesse Eisenburg and Andrew Garfield respectively. This movie is going to be pretty damn popular due to the millions on top of millions of people who use Facebook I'm sure at least half of those users will go out and see this film. And you don't want to be THAT guy/gal that hasn't seen "The Social Network" now do you? Of course you don't. I'm actually expecting it to take opening weekend and run with it for at least 2 weeks since Jackass 3-D (October 15th) is more than likely going to challenge it for that spot.

Case 39

Renee Zellweger plays a social worker who saves a girl from her abusive family, but turns out there's more to the girl than meets the eye. Also stars Jodelle Ferland and Bradley Cooper. Looks like a pretty decent horror flick that mixes in a lot of elements from past movies of the like. May not be a total original idea, but there are some innovative scenes based of the trailer alone.

Honorable Mention:

Barry Munday

Patrick Wilson plays the title character Barry Munday who suddenly wakes up in a hospital and comes to find out two of the worst things in the world for a man. 1) He's impregnated a woman and 2) He lost his family "jewels". Yes you read that correctly but of course it doesn't happen in that order or this would be considered a sci-fi rather than a comedy. Quite possibly one of the out of the box storylines I've ever heard, this movie just might be a sleeper for those who enjoy the off brand dark humor that is Little Miss Sunshine and Nacho Libre.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Gainesville Quran Burnings

I'm gonna keep this short, simple, and not so sweet since no one else is on the opposing side. If you haven't heard, the city of Gainesville, Florida (my hometown) is under the radar due to a man named Pastor Terry Jones leading a group of "loyal" followers in burning the Quran at Westboro Baptist Church. I really don't care for the true reason as to why he's doing this or feels the need to make an example out of it. Maybe it's due to the Mosque (that's really a community center for Muslims) being built a couple blocks from Ground Zero or maybe it's because he thinks all Muslims are bad, and if you're Muslim you MUST be a terrorist. Before I continue, if anyone reading this actually supports Pastor Jones on this crusade I suggest you keep reading more than anyone, maybe the information below will guide you and you'll learn something that you should already know in the first place.

Terrorist-noun: a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.

Nowhere in that definition or the other four definitions listed in the dictionary does it say "all Muslims are terrorists." Nor does it say "if we are opposed to anyone who supports burning the Quran, we must be supporting the terrorists too." If there is, please let me and the public know and we'll sign a petition to get the definition changed in the dictionary so everyone is on the same page. I think some of you may either be too young or just simply forgot that there was a terrorist act in our country a few years before 9/11. Remember the Oklahoma City Bombing? Guess who was behind it? Not Salim or Achmed, but USA born and bred Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols...who are also devout Christians. Not Muslims, but Christians. A religion that this country prides itself on being built around it's practice. Another group, the Ku Klux Klan was build on a warped sense of the Christian faith and we all know what they're about right, so do you catch my point?

Not all religions are bad and not all of them are "right" or should be held above another. It just so happens that members of the terrorist group Al Qaeda follow the Quran and have warped its beliefs in order to give a "logical" reason for their actions, which is also another definition of a terrorist group. So if Pastor Terry Jones is burning the Quran in the name of religion and to go against terrorism, then we should all grab our Bibles and burn those too in the name of the lives that were lost in the Oklahoma City Bombing. Oh, is that too extreme? Yea well so is the burning of the Quran. By doing this we are letting Al Qaeda win and ALSO putting our troops in Afghanistan and Iraq let alone our own people in the States in grave danger. I wish I had a solution to prevent anything like that from happening, I'm sure we all do. But burning a religious symbol in the name of...whatever they are choosing to do it for is not the way to go. Hopefully after reading this, some of you in the dark now see the other side of it all and understand that religion is just a scapegoat for terrorist acts and should never be a reason to shun all those who follow said religion, just those who support terrorism. I mean if you wanna be fickle about it, the burning of the Quran is actually a terrorist act itself. Don't believe me? Read this:

Terrorist-noun: a person, usually a member of a group, who uses or advocates terrorism.

And apply that to what's happening in Gainesville and see if you change your mind.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Floyd Mayweather/Reverse Racism

"I'm on vacation for about a year, about a year. As soon as we come off vacation, we're going to cook that little black chump. We ain't worried about that. So they ain't gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don't want you all to jump on my dick. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. Once I stomp the midget, I'll make that mother fucker make me some fried chicken and cook me some cornbread."-Manny Pacquiao on Floyd Mayweather.

That quote, is a fake obviously. If it were real then Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, and every other civil rights activist would have came out the woodwork to defend Floyd Mayweather. Lord forbid someone of a different race say something stereotypical or racist about black people. But it seems as if black people get a free pass and are "allowed" to say whatever racist remark they want without any repercussion. Only a few weeks removed from the Dr. Laura Schlessinger N-word rant she did live on the air in which she was making a poor attempt of making a point to a listener by using the N-word NOT calling the listener the N-word, we have Floyd Mayweather throwing out racial slurs and derogatory terms in slandering Manny Pacquiao, a man of Filipino descent, and no one bats an eye. I really don't want to hear the "well Boxing doesn't have someone in charge to reprimand Floyd Mayweather for his actions" because for starters Mayweather is a grown ass man he should know better. Secondly, no grown man should "need" someone to discipline him to know what's right from wrong and what he was just as wrong as if a white man did it. This double standard racism with black people has GOT to stop and it has to stop NOW. And it starts with us, by us I mean black people ourselves need to stop being racist. That's right, black people can indeed be racist too and are just as guilty of it as any other race of doing it. Except it seems black people get a pass in society and not only is it overlooked, it's encouraged and shrugged off as jokes.

If you have been living under a rock for the past year or you just don't follow boxing, Pacquiao and Mayweather are both professional boxing champions at the top of the whole game in the Welterweight division who were on a collision course to duke it out to claim the spot as being the best "pound for pound" fighter. Unfortunately, this mega-fight hasn't happened yet due to certain obligations that Mayweather's camp has set for Pacquiao who did not want to agree to. One of the main requirements was for Pacquiao to take an olympic-drug style test which essentially proves if an athlete is taking any performance-enhancing drugs by doing blood tests at random and within two weeks before their scheduled fight. Pacquiao declined the request, hence the hold up in the fight. That's the backstory, and now to the issue. On September 2, Floyd Mayweather who has been on a hiatus from boxing after his match and victory over Shane Mosley a few months ago got on Ustream and recorded a 10-minute long video calling out Manny Pacquiao. The comments don't start until 3:04 mark:

"I'm on vacation for about a year, about a year. As soon as we come off vacation, we're going to cook that little yellow chump. We ain't worried about that. So they ain't gotta worry about me fighting the midget. Once I kick the midget ass, I don't want you all to jump on my dick. So you all better get on the bandwagon now. Once I stomp the midget, I'll make that mother fucker make me a sushi roll and cook me some rice."-Floyd Mayweather on Manny Pacquiao.

We'd be kidding ourselves into why this rant did not get the same attention as the Dom Imus rant, or as Dr. Laura, or even Jennifer Lopez from years ago in doing a song with Ja Rule called "Ain't It Funny" in where she said "Nigga". We all know why. But the question is where do we go from here? A good start is for Mayweather to apologize to Manny Pacquiao, which he has already done as of yesterday...sort of, the initial apology doesn't start til the 1:40 mark:

First of all, that's not an apology. A real apology consists of three parts: 1) Saying sorry. 2) Acknowledging what you did and 3) Showing remorse for your actions and how you will correct them. Stating that "you didn't mean it" and begin to list the different types of friends doesn't make you any less racist than you were 3 days ago, Floyd. All that means is you have a keen awareness of the company you keep. Saying you have friends from different groups as well as having an Asian woman sitting next to you doesn't mean you apologized. You also apologized to the wrong people aka your loyal fans and tried to salvage the ones you still had left and not once did you offer an official apology to Manny Pacquiao nor the Asian community for your insensitive comments. As a black man, I'm disgusted by this behavior being repeated time and time again by black people and then they have the nerve to get upset when someone from another race says something about them. So please, spare me the "Floyd didn't really say anything that insensitive" because what isn't sensitive to you it could be for someone else, remember that first of all. If you are black and reading this, you should be just as embarrassed as I am by Mayweather's crass statements and his half-assed apology. "Reverse Racism" as it's called and racism period is a very sensitive subject in our country for obvious reasons, but regardless as long as we, black people, keep turning away when one of our own commits a racist crime and doesn't confront this black man (Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson I'm talking to YOU), then reverse racism and the coddling of black people as always being victims of race will continue. Manny Pacquiao needs someone to stand up for him and even though the civil rights movement was created with the idea to make black people equal to white people in America, then they should be held under the same spotlight when they commit a foul just as Mayweather has done.

MIxtape Feature-Ne Plus Ultra Blend

Going to feature new mixtapes and albums as often as I can via my blogsite, trying to branch out in as many avenues as I can.

My first mixtape/album is from an artist by the name of Lyve Martyr (@_Lyve) featuring Ron Rezon (@rezon3) and others with mixes done by DJ Strategy entitled Ne Plus Ultra Blend that you can find HERE. The emcees on this mixtape are all devout Christians and the majority of the material if not all would be categorized as Christian hip-hop. I haven't heard too much Christian hip-hop, but I must stay I was honestly surprised by how this mixtape turned out. Taking beats from 9th Wonder, Lupe Fiasco's "Beaming", and Common's "Universal Mind Control" (which I wish they went longer on since I love that beat) to name a few that I'm sure you'll recognize, these emcees put it down and I was throughly impressed by the talent laden on this mixtape. It was very refreshing and filled with such positivity, especially since mainstream hip hop consists of the likes of Gucci and Rick Ross ruling the radio it was nice to listen to something opposite of their lyrical content. I recommend you readers click on the links above and follow these emcees as well as listen/download their mixtape. I already have and currently transferring the songs to my Blackberry after this review.

Favorite tracks: The Entrance,, my.story, Art of Storytelling, Beaming, Crash Course, SHAKE! (my favorite track of all), Put It On, Ne Plus Flow, Questions, D.A.N.C.E., Mind Control, Relationships, Seriously Tho, shadowboxing, Unthinkable

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

I Keep A White Girl?

No matter how many times someone has said it to me, I still don't fully understand it. I've heard this from close friends to mere acquaintances. Family members and even co-workers. Maybe it's the way I dress, the way I talk or the female company I keep that is my best female FRIEND, who just so happens to be white herself and is also pictured with me as my Facebook and Twitter main picture. I don't know. It's a complete and total mystery to me and I honestly don't think I'll ever come to fathom this. I just want to know, how do I "look" like I date white women? Believe me, I've definitely asked and most of the time the answer boils down to: "you just look like you date white girls." Some have gone as far as saying "I could never see you being with a black woman." Some other answers I received went as follows:

"I wouldn't think that you specifically dated one race. I don't ever see you talk bad about black women."

"You seem like you're pretty open. A bit fickle, she'd have to be really smart tho. But u don't give 'whites only' vibes."

"It's obvious you won't put up with some of the crap most black girls are known for. Attitude and ignorance."

"You don't discriminate. You date who you're attracted to and who's available."

"I think you only date a certain type of woman who just happen to be primarily white. Chances are that the black women who have similar personalities, you're just not attracted to them."

Fair enough, but now you get the picture as to what I'm working with.

I'd like to break some news for those who think this: I have never, ever in my 25 years of living dated a white woman. Ever. As a matter of fact, two out of the four of my relationships were with black women. One for 4.5 years and the other for close to a year and those two relationships were the best I've had and I haven't come close to them since, and I've dated outside of my race after that. If you must know, the other two were Asian and Spanish respectively. Just not a white woman. I appreciate all races and backgrounds. I'm just a man who loves women. Period. If you're fine I'm gonna say you're fine and admire your beauty as a heterosexual man would. But I'm not going to sit her and go through reasons and keep beating a dead horse, so I'll move on.

Apparently, I'm not the only black male who has had this said to them. Some of my close friends, who are black have also encountered this. As a matter of fact when we go out, we're usually approached by women of other races and not so much black women, go figure. A fellow blogger and "tweeter", @WisdomIsMisery who also had this said to him before countless times and as a matter of fact we discussed this recently where a black woman approached him at a bar and mid-conversation told him he looks like he dates white women. Now, if you've ever had a conversation with me in real life or via public forum you'd come to the assumption that I am not the type of black male who...well, resembles that of Wakka Flocka or Gucci Mane. As a matter of fact I despise those cretins but I digress, this is about me. I wear H&M and American Rag. I don't own a pair of Jordans and never have. I don't like anything Tyler Perry. I listen to all kinds of music, with the exception of country and anything that has a stupid dance that you have to do it with. In a nutshell, I'm me. Just a big bag of pieces from different walks of life that make me into a whole.

I have "talked" to women outside of my race and in my race countless times, but once again reiterating no white women. I would also like to say I'm not above dating a white woman, because I would. I'm not here to debate against that. The real issue at hand is the notion that certain black men have a distinguished "look" about them as if they'd only date outside of their race as if a black woman isn't worthy of them. This is what I want those to understand and I'm going to speak on the behalf of all these black men who look like they wouldn't date a black woman: I have a certain "type" that isn't your stereotypical loud, crass, ghetto woman. I like to date women who have a good head on their shoulders, goal oriented and handle themselves with class. There are a plethora of black women who fit this description and I'm glad to say I am associated with a few of them so I know not all black women are loud and ghetto just like I'm sure you all know this as well. So when someone says "you look like you would date a white girl" I find it highly offensive because it's an insult not only to me, but to black women. It's almost as if you're saying we wouldn't date a black woman because they don't fit the description of having those attributes that I listed before. Now the type of "black woman" I wouldn't date is one that appears on Maury Povich 5 times looking for the father of her child. The type of "black woman" I wouldn't date is someone who sits at home collecting food stamps and unemployment instead of getting up and looking for a damn job or going to school. That's basically in a nutshell what you are saying when you say to a black male "you don't look like you would date a black woman." Now if I'm wrong, please state your case and correct me as to why some black men get this accusation. Don't get it twisted, I'm not upset by any means because I sorta see where the accusation comes from if we're looking at it from a stereotypical standpoint. But to use race as a means to state what type of women I'd date is ignorant and offensive to me and black women everywhere.