Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Dear "Real Hip-Hop" Heads


Do me a favor.. call me jerk one more time

Yes, this post is going to be scathing. Yes, some people are going to feel some kind of way. But the difference between myself an those people is that I don't give two shits...

Now that we got that out of the way, hello 'real hip-hop heads'. Put Atmosphere on pause for a minute and hear this. Above, is the New Boyz video "You're a Jerk," which displays a new dance craze from out West called jerking. While the video is simple and very fanciful in its production, its meaning beyond such is far removed from dancing and adolescent revelry. I can see you 'real hip-hop' heads cringing. You think that this video and the people responsible with it should be sentenced to five years under the tutelage of Joe Jackson. But not so fast.

For the past few years, as the blogosphere has expanded to an astronomical, I've seen a similar rise in you 'real hip-hop' heads. Touting the inferiority of anything sold in mass quantities, you eschew songs like the one above in favor of independent labels, unsigned hype and used record store flows. While such things are laudable, the spectrum of hip-hop delves farther than that. You real hip-hop heads fail to see that hip-hop is much more than an art form dominated by protest, introspection and grass roots. When hip-hop first began to take shape in the late 1970's Bronx (BX STAND UP!!!!), with songs like "Rapper's Delight" penetrating listeners' airwaves and 8-tracks, it was a music of celebration. Whether in discotheques or during summer block parties, rapping was a form of entertainment. Dancing, and b-boying towards the mid-eighties, was the physical force driving the audible revolution. With feet oscillating like project fans, dancers gave a visual interpretation of the merriment that accompanied early hip-hop.

With that said, I contend this: hip-hop is not one-dimensional!!! I'm tired of you self-righteous, preachy backpackers sucking the fun out of everything not from Stones Throw Records because it isn't 'real hip hop'. Stop closing your ears to everything remotely mainstream and then bitching over Twitter when Maxwell isn't the very first act at the BET Awards. Stop making it seem like hip-hop is this angry, constantly introspective teenager who's one kick in life is to inform everyone about the new Breakstra record and how he's better than everything in the mainstream (hip-hop is subjective, people).

If there's one thing that I've learned in my travels, it is that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Younger rap fans listen to this music because it speaks to them. People say that if the youth of today listen to the New Boyz and Soulja Boy, then the future is doomed. I beg to differ. Young artists promote the purest form of creativity, only hindered by their own mentalities. Why clamp down on that, claiming that it's ignorant? Were you really listening to Jaylib and Little Brother when you were 13?? If so, then your childhood must have been incredibly dry, which I pity. What you 'real hip-hop' heads miss is that there's no shame in letting down one's hair for a while. Hip-hop isn't ignorant if it's focused on joviality. It is simply there for novelty. So to you 'real hip hop' heads, put down your backpack for a little while. I promise that if you dance for a little while, your hostility will dissipate, and hell, you might have some fun for a change instead of being a kill-joy for hip-hop. That's right. I said it. Real hip-hop heads are a kill-joy. See the value in all forms of rap, whether your respect the grind or not...

The Census: Debriefing Session

The results from last week's Census are in!! You guys are finally exercising your right to vote out here:

Are the Iranian election results fair or not?
Yes 14%
No 85%

From the votes, it's obvious you guys don't trust the Iranian government's coverage and handling of their general elections. To tell you the truth, I don't either. I feel like if there is such a dispute and a government wants to keep its dignity, revealing and explaining the election results could only help its credibility. All that the violence, secrets and shielding of the results are doing is making the Iranian government look more and more guilty of altering the voting in some way. If they were to come clean with everything, there would not only be a more peaceful resolution to be had, but the rightful leader would emerge. Although far-fetched such an occurrence would be a welcome one, especially if the U.S. doesn't have to get involved. Regardless of the results, I hope the violence stops soon...

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Fair and square winner, or totalitarian cheater??

Monday, June 29, 2009

The Census (6/29 - 7/6)


Well, the wait is over: After weeks of speculation, Drake has chosen to go with the home team and sign with Lil Wayne’s Young Money Records, according to a source close to the situation. The deal breaks down as a joint venture between Young Money and Cash Money, with Universal Republic distributing. Drake’s management was adamant that he should be viewed as an independent artist, although Universal will distribute the project.

It's official. Drake has signed to Young Money Records, in what was one of the most vicious bidding wars in rap. Atlantic, Universal Motown, Warner Music Group all reportedly put $2 million up front to sign the Toronto rapper. Yet all that is moot now that Drizzy Drake is now labelmates with Weezy F, who some say has influenced the direction of his music since collaborating with him in 2008. With that said, here's this weeks Census question:

Is Drake signing to Young Money a good or bad look?

GOOD!!! Drake wants the money, cars, clothes, and hoes, but better hyped to switch his name up to Drizzy F. Drake to honor his new CEO...

BAD!!! He's going for the independent vibe, but he's signed. That has contract litigation written all over it...

Vote in the Census in the tab above and let me know how you feel. Lord knows we need to do something to rinse our ears of "Best I Ever Had"...

Dear Joe Jackson



What do bottlenosed dolphins, lions, baboons, African hunting dogs, kangaroos and Joseph Walter Jackson all have in common? They are all animals that have been known to kill and/or eat their young. Joe, we've know about how you used to abuse your kids during the 60's. Don't get me wrong; corporal punishment might have its place in certain, restricted venues. But when I saw this video, I nearly died. For a man who just lost his son, one of the greatest entertainers the world has ever seen, you seemed way too calm and eager to talk about other things. It's funny that you can even begin to talk about a new record company when nobody really cared about your musical ventures in the first place. They only reason your name was mentioned was because you beat the shit out of Michael as a kid. Shameless plugs aside, Joe, you ought to be ashamed of yourself. It's like the whole world is doing their mourning for you, while you sit back at award shows and collect checks from your kids' work. They say that you're supposed to bury your parents, not the other way around. For once, just once, I wish that tenet held true...

Lupe Fiasco - 2 Ways x Ladies & Gentlemen [Snippets]



Hey, hey, hey!!! It's Music Monday. Today we've got two snippets from Lupe Fiasco's new album "We Are Lasers", which drops on an undisclosed date. Unfortunately, both of these are 30 seconds long, but from what we can hear, Lupe goes in on both of them, and the instrumentals behind both are dope. I hope he doesn't get his shit leaked again, though I'd love to hear some new Lupe. Dude has been slacking on his mixtape grind since the Fahrenheit 1/15 series. Check the d/l links for both leaks and the link for Lupe's L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto:

Lupe Fiasco - 2 Ways
Lupe Fiasco - Ladies & Gentlemen
Lupe Fiasco - L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto

Dear BET


POW!!!! to the FCC!!!

I'd eschewed watching BET for years up until this point. I wasn't happy with the direction the network was taking, particularly in the whole reality TV fad, the lack of music, and the utter ignorance of much of the programming. However, thanks to the multitude of updates on Twitter, I was basically sucked into watching a four-hour compilation of what Viacom really thinks of Black people. While it had its high points (see above), the negatives and utter stupidity overshadowed a lot of those. Regardless, BET you guys managed to keep my attention for four hours, despite me losing about 10% of my brain cells. Check my Live and Lame moments from the 2009 BET Awards.

PS: Don't take my viewership this year as me committing to watching this shit again next year. Please believe that if there's anything remotely more intellectually engaging, or even funnier, I will be flipping the channel.

LIVE!!!!


Now THIS looks like a summer blockbuster...


They brought me back to 1994 with this one, even though Keith Sweat sounded like he had throat cancer. BBD killed it though...


This was the only Michael Jackson tribute that really stood out. Ne-Yo seriously needs to join up with Hair Club for Men, but sang his ass off...


This one needs no explanation...

LAME!!!!


Not only was Drake's performance more boring than tea-time at Mr. Rogers (I know he was injured, but DAMN!!), Young Money with the exception of Weezy sucks at performing. Oh yeah, and Birdman, maybe you should learn your lyrics before you do a live performance...


They could have gotten someone better to cover this. Ciara has the voice of a pre-pubescent boy...


Okay, this was a live performance. It's just silly how much hype Jay's receiving for a sub-par song with a popular subject...


Fab needs some Red Bull or something. He looks more tired than the dude who introduced the O'Jays...

Sunday, June 28, 2009

Nike Hyperize "Sidney Deane"


Who remembers this scene?

Sidney Deane is the best basketball player in film history. Yeah I said it. That's why Nike decided to make one of it's Hyperize colorways completely based off Sidney Deane (where's Duane Martin from "Above the Rim"?). I can't even begin to describe how dope these are, so just humor me and look at the pictures:

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

Lupe Fiasco - L.A.S.E.R.S. Manifesto.



Sometimes things like this need to come out. Lupe laid down everything that would probably put the world in a state of utopia. He also made it seem like that type of thing is easy to instill in people. But maybe Lupe will be able to make progress on his new album, "We are LASERS." The first track, "Shining Down" is a banger and sounds like Lupe is back to the nasty Lupe, the one that crafts ridiculous metaphors and has quick-witted wordplay. Hopefully the rest of the hip-hop world can become lasers too. Check the cover for the single, "Shining Down," which releases on July 7th below:

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Friday, June 26, 2009

Pacific Division - Mayor



I'm really feeling this. Pac Div hasn't blown up on the East Coast (we need to chill with the East Coast bias, people), but in the next few months we should be hearing a good deal from this trio. The track sounds like Chuck Inglish put his hands on it. Speaking of which, where have the Cool Kids been since "Gone Fishing" came out??

Pac Div - Mayor

Dear Michael Jackson

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Rest in peace, Michael.

This is a hard letter to write. I'm so used to cynicism. But that's neither here nor there. Michael, you were an inspiration, a bastion of luminescence in what can sometimes be a very dark musical industry. From your explosion onto the scene in the 60's, to your growth in the 70's, to your rise to superstardom in the 80's to your iconic status in the 90's, there was never a person that saw you who wasn't touched in some way. In a music industry that spits up and chews up artists within months, you were really one of the last artists to have such a following, a worldwide "cult". Whereas some artists focused on making it to the next album, there was never a doubt in any minds that you would be poised to strike the music world with another dose of your lightning. That infectious voice, the dances that are forever linked to you and every track you ever blessed are a legacy that every musician, fan and person blessed to see your work will carry with them. Thinking back to every pop singer of the past 20 years, there is no one that can't trace some part of themselves to your legacy. While some focused on the misunderstandings that your decisions brought on, there's no doubt in my mind that your musical achievement, and better yet, your work as a humanitarian will shine through those clouds. Michael, you were simply the greatest; the greatest to do it, to have done it, and to ever do it. You will be missed sorely, and the spot you vacated in our hearts, minds and ears will never be filled. Rest in peace.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Dear Hurricane Chris



What made you think that this was a good idea? Even if you were successful at purporting any sort of positive sentiment of your song "Halle Berry", the lyrics about stealing another man's wife and degrading women in general would be hard to pass over. It's even worse considering that you threw on a suit and tried your best to sound professional and not like the half-coon, half-idiot we really know you are. I guess every rapper has aspirations of raising their bar to something other than opulence and fast women. I just think you're way too far removed from anything resembling political prowess to be one of those rappers. Here's a good question though: Which birdbrain in the Louisiana State Government shitted out this bright idea? Of all personalities to bring in for a legislative session, you're the one they decided upon. If that's the way Louisiana is run, I don't think I'll be taking a trip down there anytime soon. I'd rather have a governor who has affairs with Argentine women than one who thinks you're a good rapper.

The Mailing List: June 2009 (#1)

I know everyone's been wondering what #1 would be for June's Mailing List, and why I haven't posted that shit yet. I got y'all, though. I just had to wait for the goods to come through. Here's #1:

1. The Kid Daytona - Come Fly With Me

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So, if by now, you don't know who the man above is, take your hand off the mouse/trackpad/whatever you use, flatten it, raise it, and slap yourself. The Kid Daytona is the most underrated MC out right now. Left out of XXL's infamous "Freshman 10 " (half of them got left back, anyways), undermined by the Drake hype, and one of many MC's on the 'blog scene' (I like saying that shit), it's easy to see how Daytona could get left out of the loop by the masses. He hails from the Bronx, NY (BX STAND UP!!), and has been linked with Cipha Sounds and Busta Rhymes, who have both given him the thumbs up. His first two mixtapes were classical concept works. 'A Tribe Called Fresh' put out a new take on the hits from A Tribe Called Quest, while 'Daytona 500' brought in a menagerie of producers to remake Bob James' heavily sampled song, "Nautilus".

His credentials aside, Daytona is set to release his first full length album, "Come Fly With Me" on June 30th (I think Maino comes out that day too??). If his previous work is any indication of where he's going, the Kid Daytona should be the next to blow. Dude blends braggodocious lyrics, a laid back flow and his trademark "AYYYYYYYEEEEEEE" into a concoction of hip-hop prowess that rivals the big guns in the game today. Not to mention, his beat selection is great. Honestly, I'm not going to wax poetical about dude any more. Peep some leaks from his album "Come Fly With Me", which comes out on June 30th:

UPDATE: Just posted the new album cover above, as well as the tracklisting below!!!

1. Just Fly {prod. 6th Sense}
2. Air Jordan ft. Harlem's Cash {prod. The Government}
3. The Groove ft. Mickey Factz {prod. Deputy}
4. Honestly ft. Avriel Epps {prod. Cook Classics}
5. Twilight {prod. Jet Audio}
6. Contact! ft. Kardinal Offishall {prod. 6th Sense}
7. Flava Season {prod. Double 0}
8. The Minimum ft. Tiara Wiles {prod. 6th Sense}
9. In The Wind {prod. 6th Sense}
10. Lately ft. Amanda Diva {prod. Ill Bomb}
11. Eye Know ft. Mike Maven {prod. 6th Sense}
12. Perfect ft. Outasight {prod. 6th Sense}
13. Right Now Till Then {prod. 6th Sense & Frequency}
14. Air Born ft. Bun B {prod. 6th Sense}

Kid Daytona ft. Amanda Diva - Lately (No video on the tube for this one, sadly)


Kid Daytona ft. Bun B - Air Born


Kid Daytona - Fly Shit


Kid Daytona ft. Outasight - Cheers (leaked earlier this week)

Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Best. Driver. Ever.



Fuck NASCAR. Fuck Formula 1. Fuck any other driving series you've ever seen. Because this dude will destroy any of them with these types of skills. I don't even want to begin to describe the tom foolery that this man displays in a whip. To put it short and sweet, if I was a bank robber, he would be my getaway driver, hands down, point blank. Please check the automotive swag (*cringe*) out:

Dear Jon and Kate



I guess the Brady Bunch wins. Did you guys really think you could hold it together for more than a few years with each other, considering you have a clan, not even a bunch anymore, of screaming sextuplets and twins? I guess Jon had a hunch it wasn't going to work, looking at how calm he was. Dude looked like he JUST got his doorknob polished and was trying to look serious, because for lack of better word, he's probably HYPED. Not only does he pick up a hefty check from TLC for the remainder of the show, he's not going to have to deal with that she-devil Kate. I know women are demanding, but DAMN!! Kate, you look like you had to give Jon permission when he needed to piss. Also, to tell you the truth, I don't think she really wanted that many kids, looking at how much she shouted and yelled at those kids. Some people can see money wherever they look, and she might be no different. When I saw the laundry list of free stuff they got, it made me want to try some genetic experiments of my own:

- Free beds
- Front-loader washing machines
- New furniture
- Free solar panels for “Going Green” episode
- Clothes from Gymboree and Gap
- Mady & Cara birthday at American Girl Place (2 dolls and birthday package for 2 adults & 2 kids): $710
- Trip to Florida Key’s for Jon’s 30th birthday
- Tickets to Dutch Wonderland amusement park: $309.50
- 1/2 an organic cow from Natural Acres Farm: $1,395.00
- Tickets to Philadelphia Zoo: $104.00
- Tickets to Walt Disney World: $654.00 per day
- Utah house rental (estimate: $5,000), ski lift tickets $72 for six days), ski school lessons ($140 per child)
- Upright piano, which they got rid of when they moved into their new $1.1 million home : $5,550-$6,350
- Violin: $100-$300
- Old house re-carperted
- Crayola Factory Tour: $90.00
- Teeth Whitening (for Jon & Kate): $1,310 (average price for 2 adults)
- Hair plugs (Jon): $5,200 (average cost)
- Sesame Street Place tickets: $509.50
- Day with Thomas the Tank Engine: $180.00
- Beach trip to North Carolina, house rental, Jeep tour
- Sight & Sound Christian theatre tickets: $236.00
- SkyBox at Phillies game
- LegoLand tickets: $550.00
- San Diego Zoo tickets: $278.00
- Grand Wailea Resort (Hawaii) for 2008 vow renewal: Suites range from $725-$1,080 per night.
- 2 purebred German Shepherd puppies: $1,000-$3,000 per dog
- Please Touch Museum tickets: $150.00
- Giants grocery store: $5,000 in gift cards and a year’s supply of diapers

And that's just the documented stuff. Seriously, Jon and Kate, shame on you for bringing these kids into the world for profit (we all know you did it). Not only will your wallets greatly shrink, because viewers were enamored with the whole "family" image, but also your show won't make another season, so there goes the fame. Jon, you better start loading up on that fame-driven sex before you end up on Dancing With the Stars. Kate, I would honestly find another man to trap with impending pregnancy before your vagina turns into an endless abyss. As for the kids, like I said, it's a shame. I'll give it about twelve years before we hear about one of them OD'ing on morphine in some Hollywood back alley. I guess the Octomom really isn't that bad off. Then again, who am I kidding? These people are all evil. Hopefully TLC can find another slightly-deranged woman to impregnate with multiples. It at least makes for great TV when it's on the air, and great laughs when it comes crashing down due to infidelity...

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He's asking for Asian jokes with this one...

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Kaws x Hajime Sorayama “No Future Companion”

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This honestly just looks unbelievably cool. It's great conversation piece and probably fun to play with (PAUSE). Just imagine being a kid and having one of these bad boys to bring during show and tell, or fighting your homeboy's Batman action figure with it. Needless to say, you'd be the man on the playground. Good luck getting your hands on one. If the Kaws fiends haven't already started lining up for this, then the resellers will be right there to make your wallet thinner afterward...

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Monday, June 22, 2009

Nike Terminator Hi "Jersey"

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It's never too early to start thinking about the next season in streetwear and sneakers. These bad boys here look to drop this fall. They boast a grey and black colorway with an upper constructed of a heather grey jersey material. The swoosh, tongue, lace tabs, and NIKE on the heels accent the heather grey with a black tape material. There's nothing like a simple colorway for Fall. Consider these a cop...

The Census (6/22 - 6/29)

What's up people? We got this week's Census on deck, and its pretty serious. I want to see more votes and some comments talking about it. At Dear Whoever, it's not just about sneakers, music and the such. We dabble in world issues, and this week's Census is on that par. Holla:

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A Mousavi supporter being sprayed with tear gas...

Unless you've either been living under a boulder, don't have a Twitter or are just plain ig'nant, you've heard about the Iranian elections and the violent protests against its results. With reports coming in that over 3 million of the record 40 million votes were fabricated (via NY Times), supporters of the supposedly-defeated Mir Hossein Mousavi have been taking to the streets for the past week and a half, engaging in numerous scuffles with not only supporters of the incumbent winner Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, but also riot police and a guerilla military group called the Basij. The Iranian government, amid these new reports has been attempting to silence the protesters, who have become increasingly dependent on technology such as Twitter, SMS messaging and Facebook to organize their protests. The confrontations and the government's silence up until now have made the results seem all the more disreputable. With that said, Dear Whoever readers, here's the Census question for the week (the answers are simple too, so everyone should vote):

Are the Iranian election results fair or not?
Yes.
No.
It's too early to tell.


Make sure you vote in the tab below Dear Whoever's title, and put your two cents in by commenting on this post. The poll will be up until next Monday and we'll be debriefing this heavily, especially with news coming in every day about the election. Step your suffrage up, people!!!

The Census: Debriefing Session (6/15-6/22)

What's up people? This past week's Census results are in!!!

Fuck yeah!!! I'm about to go cop some new G-Unit gear now!!! 0%
No. Power of the Dollar was better anyways... 100%

It seems like you guys really, really, really hate the new 50 Cent. Your utter lack of respect for Curtis is evident in the landslide voting this week. Honestly, I agree my damn self. The new mixtape, while it had its moments, really didn't impress, and left me feeling like Curtis was still trying to hearken back to his pre-beef mongering days. The funny thing is, we still have no earthly clue when Till I Self Destruct is coming out, while 50's arch-nemesis Ross is sitting pretty with a Gold album worldwide and eating crab meats. 50, what's the dilly? Are the Dear Whoever readers right about you? Whatever the case, 50 looks like he's gonna take a hit in album sales, considering how lame the first single off "War Angel" was.

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Dude better hold on to every stack he has with the looks of that mixtape...

Dear Mother Nature

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Okay, I'll be the first to say it: We fucked up. Humanity has been milking your teat nonstop for years and its beginning to run dry. We burned ridiculous amounts of oil until your skies had no protection from the sun. We littered until the very ground we walk on had to be made of garbage. I wasn't cognizant of the ramifications of humankind's actions until I realized that I haven't seen the sun in almost a week. The weather reports aren't looking too bright either, with the month of June set to break a record for rainfall and temperatures. I always thought April showers brought May flowers, not more June showers. The worst part about our desecration of our atmosphere is the fact that in the winter, it's probably going to be hotter than Satan's hot tub in the depths of hell. Mother Nature, we've fucked you up so much that you've essentially switched up the M.O. for the seasons. Who knows what to expect now? Next year's spring could bring falling leaves instead of blooming flowers. We could be seeing snow in July and the longest day of the year in January. It's absurd how much we've messed up your natural state. Global warming (or cooling, if you live in the Northeast US, these days) is no joke. I guess if we're gonna die, I'd rather by flood or solar holocaust than a nuke going straight through my umbrella....

The Kid Daytona (ft. Outasight) - Cheers



Normally I don't include personal info on this blog, but a brotha's birthday is on JULY 6TH!!! This song is only proper for such an occasion. Not to mention, Daytona goes in. For those of you that don't know, the homie's dropping his first album "Come Fly With Me" on June 30th. This track didn't make the album, but peep the d/l link, as well as the cover for "Come Fly With Me" below...

The Kid Daytona (ft. Outasight) - Cheers

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Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa - The Checkpoint



Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa - The Checkpoint

Here's more Music Monday shit for y'all. Hot Spitta and the Wiz are putting together a mixtape together featuring their respective FS Jets and Taylor Gang. I'm honestly not as excited for Wiz's verses as I am for Curren$y, just because Wiz doesn't seem to venture outside of smoking, women, and being fresh. I hope dude proves me wrong. The collab, called How Fly, is dropping in July. Check two other singles from it, and the d/l links for your pirating pleasure...



Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa - Rollin Up



Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa - Car Service

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Dear Southern Hip-Hop



I'm not a hater. I think all hip-hop has its place in the musical spectrum, no matter how idiotic it may seem. That being said, what's the deal with you guys? It just seems like the South has taken up an affinity for replacing skillful lyrics with nursery rhyming and actual style and fashion for trends, gaudy jewelry and overpriced (and probably fake) luxury brands. Even the dancing in your videos has gone downhill. I never thought snap music's retarded cousin, "swag surfin" would ever make it big. Then again, I never thought Wayne would kiss another man. I respect the grind of some of you Southern MC's, but your music is sub par. It's like someone literally told y'all niggas to write the most ignorant, unskilled, ostentatious rap ever. The sheer idea of a grown man screaming "aye!" is preposterous. It's even more so considering he's rapping about pushing (badly). Some of this music seems like a joke to me. I guess all things come full circle though. Before you know it, we'll be entering another golden age, and random dances and shameless plugs for unneeded fashion accessories will be gone with the wind.



Thursday, June 18, 2009

J. Cole - The Warm Up

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So apparently light-skinneded niggas are coming back. With everyone surgically attached to Drake's nuts now, I thought it was going to be hard for any of the new acts to get any press. This man (above) is looking like he might change that sooner than anyone thought. J. Cole, out of Fayetteville, North Carolina, and fresh off being Jay's first Roc Nation signee, put out his second mixtape, "The Warm Up" a few days ago, to anticipation only matched by Drake's "So Far Gone". I must say, that I feel J. Cole a little bit more. I was unfamiliar with his first offering, "The Come Up" (check that out too!!!!), so hearing him for the first time felt awkward, like I should have known about dude months ago. This mixtape sounds and feels like an album (hell, even the cover looks album-quality). Lyrically, dude is a monster. He switches up his flow on every song, so he doesn't fall into the Wale trap. His punchlines sometimes take more that three or four listens to completely understand (so no Curren$y lines here) and his content is far and above anything that heads in his class (including Drake), this 'new' breed, have to offer. Real talk, Roc Nation has two BANGERS with him and Mickey Factz headlining. J. Cole is the REAL "Great Light Hype". Drake is cool, but this man takes interracially-charged rap to a whole new level. Make sure you check the mixtape download, the tracklist (on back cover), my picks and a few more goodies below:

J. Cole - The Warm Up

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Cream of the Crop:
Young Simba
Just to Get By
Lights Please
Dead Presidents II
World is Empty
Get Away
Til' Inifinity

Cream of the Crap:
Welcome
Can I Live (both of these seemed a bit weak to start the mixtape with)





Obama Fly Swatting



President Obama just seems to have a swift hand when dealing with everything from the economy to foreign relations, to pesky flies during interviews. Too bad PETA had to get their granola bars in a crunch about it. (via MSNBC)

The Kid Daytona



The Kid Daytona is such a real cat. Unlike 90% of the rap game, when he doesn't have it, he's not afraid to admit it, and he's STILL baggin' the baddest joints. That's the type of honesty that hip-hop (sans the 'real hip-hop' heads) need. Reality rap aside, this interview has me hyped. Watch out for Daytona on June 30th, people. Until then, check one of the first leaks, "Twilight".

The Kid Daytona - Twilight

The Mailing List: June 2009 (#2)

2. Father's Day

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Yes, yes, y'all. Here's the 2nd to last piece of this month's Mailing List, which should be number one in your hearts, unless there's something OD dope coming up for number one (hinthint, winkwink, nudgenudge). This upcoming Sunday, June 21st, is Father's Day. People tend to forget about their fathers; not so much as not appreciating him, but forgetting all the things that a father does in a life. I know personally that my father has been instrumental in my growth over the past 3-4 years, after a lifetime of him being the silent provider, which I'm thankful for. Many of my other friends have great relationships with their dads, but still a lot don't. A lot have pure disdain for their fathers, while some don't even know them. Whatever your situation might be, take some time out Sunday and make sure to show some love to whatever male role model you might have in your life. Uncles, grandfathers, family friends, whoever!!! If you have a guy that holds you down, Sunday is the day to do him right. And for all of the fathers out there, hold your kids down. Along with a lot of fatherless children, there are a lot of fathers not holding up their end of the bargain as fathers. A child are a responsibility and a blessing, make sure you treat them as such. Remember, fellas, it's easy to become a father, but hard to be one. Happy Father's Day...

Wednesday, June 17, 2009

Dear Myspace

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Via NY Times:
MySpace, the social networking site owned by News Corporation, the media conglomerate controlled by Mr. Murdoch, said it was laying off roughly 400 employees, or nearly 30 percent of its staff. After the layoffs, MySpace will have about 1,000 workers. 
MySpace, which was acquired by News Corporation in 2005 for $580 million, was once the pre-eminent social networking site. But more recently it has lost some luster to Facebook, and at the same time has come up short of News Corporation’s financial projections.

Is the whole venture into the music industry worth it now? (Christina Milian is on Myspace Records; nuff said) Seriously, now I realize why Tom stepped down and became an adviser for you guys. I feel like anyone who was on Myspace, at or before it got really big, knew that the company could only get so big before people got tired of it, especially with the "sweet" advertising bots, sexual predators and people who took more profile pictures than showers on Myspace. It's not like I didn't have one, it's just that there are only so many times my computer can crash because of someone's seizure-inducing Myspace page. What's funny now is that Facebook is taking some of the stuff you guys didn't work with and made it better. You guys were fun while it lasted. Maybe Tom can get a Facebook now...

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

The Mailing List: June 2009 (#3)

3. Vans "3 Feet High" Pack

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Vans are a staple in the streetwear game. It's like everytime they get corny, or someone makes a retarded song about them, they do a collab or just come out with pure fire to quell the criticism. This year is no different. The most off the wall brand is collaborating with three of the foremost streetwear boutiques, Kicks/HI, Huf and Dave's Quality Meat to put out a pack of Half Cabs. I must say, each of these colorways is dope. They each bring out the flavor and style of their stores and, more importantly, the cities they're in. These bad boys all drop on the 25th, and there will be a release party for them. Check some more pictures of the release and the flyer for the release party below:

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Monday, June 15, 2009

The Census (6/15 - 6/22)

So, we had a few technical difficulties this morning, which kept us from putting out this week's Census. Bear with us though. Shit will be better soon!!



50 Cent - Redrum

If you've been following the blogosphere lately, you know that 50 is coming out with a new LP called "War Angel," one of his first mixtapes in years. His ideals look lofty judging by the cover and how hard he came with the first single "Redrum" (doesn't mean the song is good, he just promoted). With that said, our question for this is clear: Will 50 be able to get back to his "Get Rich or Die Tryin" days? Will the pride (and curse) of South Side Jamaica Queens shed the Vitamin Water and failed MTV show failures and get back to that ol' gangsta shit that made everyone bump GRODT like it was family reunion music? Vote in this week's census and let me know what you think!!!! Make sure you peep the D/L link for the mixtape below (I'll post it later, since 50 is on CP time), the updated tracklist and a cut of the first single from it:

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Dear Los Angeles Lakers Fans

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Well, you just sent black people back to 1854...

Okay, so the Lakers won. Big deal. When you have the second biggest market outside of New York City, one of the best coaches ever, one of the best players ever, and a commissioner willing to take it up the ass to see you in the Finals, it's kind of hard not to win. That's why I don't understand you guys. Have some class when you win!! By the way L.A. fans were acting in the streets, you would think the U.S. opened the Mexican border for free travel. Yo, since when does a basketball team winning a championship equal you stealing sneakers? Or better yet, since when does your basketball team winning mean you start burning shit?

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If you're gonna steal shit, at least steal the same pair...

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Dude to the left clearly came about 3 minutes too late...

I've always loved sports, but sports fanaticism is one of the dumbest things I've ever heard of. Through your fanhood, L.A. fans, has Kobe Bryant ever showed up at your door and thanked you? Has Pau Gasol ever personally invited you to Encierro de los Toros? When's the last time you've seen Lamar Odom at your favorite eatery and he engaged you in stimulating conversation? Seriously fans, sports are fun, but should not be the end all, be all of your lives. Do you really want to end up like this because you decided to burn a tree branch after the Lakers won??

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Optical Illusions



The eye sees only what the mind is prepared to comprehend. That is all.

The Census (6/8 - 6/15 Debriefing Session)

Well, well, well. I guess you guys are beginning to like the idea of suffrage because we got a few more votes for this week's census. But the results are in, and I can't say that I don't agree:

Fuck Jay-Z!!! I'm working on my remix to "Buy U a Drank" right now!!! 54%
Fuck all these Parliament wannabe's!!! 45%

With the advent of Jay-Z's "Death of Autotune," the auto-tune era seemed to be on its way out. However, there's been a lot of backlash to Jigga's movement. Artists like Jim Jones (well, he hates everything Jay does) have been speaking out, saying that one man doesn't have the clout to just kill a fad (yes, it is a fad; things that are here to stay don't reappear every 20 years). I tend to agree with Jimmy on this one, as do you guys. While some of the music (coughroncoughcoughbrowz) has been less than stellar, a lot has been eye-opening to say the least. It gives way to new vocal styles and a much less stagnant sound for a lot of artists. Is it really right do dismiss autotune and make the users out to be one hit wonders? At least we know one artist who's made a career out of it:

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T-Pain is eating... literally

Nike Terminator Low "Rainbow Pack"

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I guess rainbows aren't as gay anymore...

I was never on the whole "rock ridiculous neon colors and a dookie chain" fad from like 2 years ago. Not only were there too many people (most not doing it right) wearing those things, the shoe game got bombarded with sneaker colorways following the fad. I seriously thought everyone had fallen in the Hudson River and come out with radioactive, ultraviolet skin. Everyone's sneakers looked like they came out of a damn Prince concert. But that's neither here nor there. Nike's "Rainbow Pack" Terminators look to bring back the bright colors, but in a much cleaner, subdued manner. Hopefully the dookie chains go away though. This generation needs to develop its own fashion icons. Peep some more flicktures of the pack:

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Friday, June 12, 2009

Dear 50 Cent



Really 50? I guess all that Massacre and Curtis money is running short these days. Not only have you not released a mixtape in almost five years, you just came off record as saying that rappers should be less focused on sales. That's like the devil saying heads are too focused on their carnal and hedonistic desires. Curtis, you've really lost respect since GRODT came out. So you say it's not about the money? You say it should really be about creativity and being innovative? That's really funny coming from the man doing a reggeaton collab a couple years late. I think someone's a hypocrite...

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This is either kinda hard or extremely gay...

But seriously, 50, do you really think you're gonna get anywhere with this mixtape grind now? What made you and G-Unit hot back in '03 was that y'all were consistently putting out new stuff. Do you really think you can adjust your strategy to line up with what fickle-ass blog-goers like? Or better yet, do you think whatever you have to put out is better than the shit you've been putting out recently? From the looks of "Curtis" I'm not looking for much. In fact, I'll probably Youtube the songs on the mixtape. If the first is wack, I'll just consider it a fail and keep moving. The mixtape drops Tuesday though, so I guess I'll have more than enough time to fill my head with good music, so I'm prepared to lose brain cells when I spin " War Angel."

Thursday, June 11, 2009

The Mailing List: June 2009 (#4)

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4. 2009 NBA Draft

Well, the 2009 NBA season is coming to a close with the Finals (DON'T FORGET TO VOTE IN THE POLL ABOVE!!!) taking place this week and next. The next big NBA event before we're subjected to 3 months of Baseball Tonight and Wednesday Night Baseball on ESPN, is of course the NBA Draft held in New York. Everyone's saying that outside of the top 10, this is gonna be a weak draft. Us real basketball fans at Dear Whoever know that's nowhere near true. Let's take a look at some of my beasts, busts and sleepers in this year's draft.

BEASTS:
This draft, without a shadow of doubt in my mind is going to be a point guards draft. Every type of PG is coming out this year, from your playmakers, to your scorers to your jack of all trades. Here are the two I think are going to blow the FUCK UP:


Brandon Jennings - 6'1" - Europe
Pros: Quickness, handles, intangibles, vision
Cons: Little frame, shooting, efficiency
Bottom Line: After Blake Griffin, this is the most talented player in the draft, bar none. His handles are stupid, and his flair for the game is unmatched. Just have to wonder what a year away from the American game will do to him. Put him on any squad, though, and he'll be your PG for the next 10 years.


Ricky Rubio - 6'3" - Europe
Pros: Playmaking, passing, handles, vision, intangibles
Cons: Athleticism, transition to American game
Bottom Line: Funny that both of my Beasts are coming from Europe, but that's the business these days. Rubio looks like the smoothest PG since J-Kidd out here, just dripping and oozing (PAUSE) with skills. My only issue is his transition. The international game is less pretty, so he might get roughed up at first.

BUSTS:
Every year in college, and I guess in international ball, there are players that look like sure bets. Whether being in the perfect system at the right time, just having a fluke year, or playing against shitty competition, some players get their weaknesses masked more so than others. These players, players who showed promise in college, but will get their shit pushed in in the NBA, are the busts:


Tyler Hansbrough - 6'8" - North Carolina
Pros: Work ethic (sure), rebounding (yeah, ok), intangibles (I guess?), all-time UNC leading scorer (JJ Redick, anyone?)
Cons: Limited upside, small for a PF, athleticism
Bottom Line: I'm not gonna lie. Dude was quite productive in college; one of the best I've seen in a minute. HOWEVER, this was at UNC, a perennial top 10 team. Not to mention, it seems weird that if a player was going to "dominate" (as blind UNC fans put it) in the NBA, he'd stay all four years in college. Education aside, maybe Hansbrough stayed because he knew he was gonna get his ass handed to him in the league? Hopefully he proves me wrong, but I don't see it happening.


Hasheem Thabeet - 7'2" - UConn
Pros: SIZE, defense, rebounding, upside
Cons: Offense needs WORK, toughness
Bottom Line: Okay, maybe it's unfair to call dude a bust. But according to draft "expert's" he's the best big man prospect since Ewing and Robinson. Last time they said that, the Blazers ended up having a 7'2" dude with a mohawk sitting on their bench for a year with a broken pinky. No matter how good he is on defense, you gotta look his penchant for disappearing on offense at times, and see how often he ends up on his ass. Plus, UConn is consistently putting out overrated big men (Armstrong and Boone, anyone?). That's more than enough reason to label him as a bust this year.

SLEEPERS: These are the guys that you probably won't know about until they're hitting game winners, dunking on your favorite player, or crossing the shit out of everyone in sight. These are the players that the draft "experts" deride and point out flaws in. These are the players that fall into the second round and come out to bust ass, while the lottery picks are sucking. These are the sleepers:


Eric Maynor - 6'3" - VCU
Pros:Leadership, intangibles, IQ, vision, passing, handles
Cons:Shooting, athleticism
Bottom Line: This guy is probably the most polished PG on the board in terms of experience, finesse and handle of the game. His only knock, which might be an upside, is the school he came from. The fact that he went to a mid-major and had such success points either to his superiority as a player or that he was a big fish in a small pond. Whatever the case, he has the talent to be a great PG in the league. He'll be a steal wherever he goes.


Earl Clark - 6'10" - Louisville
Pros: Athleticism, size, gets to the hoop, footwork, IQ
Cons: CONSISTENCY, defense, shooting
Bottom Line: Clark has every tool in the book to be a top 10 player. However, at times it seemed like dude got away with stuff in college because of his athleticism and length, rather than his skill. All he really needs to do is become consistent and he's Lamar Odom 2.0.

WOW!!!! If you read all of that, then please contact me so I can give you a gold star. There's not much more to say than this: The NBA Draft is upon us!!! Make sure you're tuned in on June 25th. I hope the Knicks are there too, and not sniffing glue like they've been known to do on draft night. Over and out people!!!

The Mailing List: June 2009 (#5)

What's good people? I know it's a little late, but here's June's Mailing List.

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It's always been a mixed bag with Nike, and always will be. Nike SB is releasing a Blue Lobster Pack, complete with an official Nike SB tee shirt, hang tag and lace lock, all bagged, tagged and sealed in a HAZMAT foam container (I guess the theme isn't that bad). The only thing is that it's gonna cost $250. There's gonna be a raffle though, so you might make your money back. They release on Saturday, June 20 at Concepts in Boston, so you know all those heads will come in full effect.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Dear LL Cool J



Negro, please. That was over 20 YEARS AGO!!! You really need to retire. From having your clothes dicontinued at K-Mart of all places, to putting out that weed-breakup surface of an album, to having the worst decline in rap history, you sicken me. I'm not sure whether to put you in the hip-hop retirement home or just to put you down to ease the pain my ears would endure if you put out another album. LL, it was cool while it lasted. Yes, you took your shirt off a little too much and pretty much alienated any male fan you might have had in the course of 8 years, but you're a pioneer. While I might not agree with your mantra, it goes without saying that you're due respect (at least in hip hop, because his clothes SUCKED). I guess we can remember what you once were and how hard LL used to go, on one condition: you admit that Canibus killed you on your own track. Let that simmer while you work out incessantly and vent about how your shit doesn't sell...


There are so many questions in this video: Method Man's costume, Master P's general presence, LL's inordinate profanity, Redman's costume, etc

Nike "Swooshless" Blazer

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So I guess Nike's a Dear Whoever reader, because the past few drops I've seen have been pure PIFF. Nike's finally stopped sniffing glue and trying to throw psychedelic colors on everything, and is sticking with conceptual designs for their new releases. These boast a very subtle colorway that just pops (Pirates fitted, anyone?) and feature a suede and patent leather upper with NIKE written in cement print. These remind me of those Pippens with NIKE written in the piping. They're definitely a different type of design for Nike, so you know heads are gonna be up on them from jump. You should probably have cash on deck so the hype doesn't catch up to you when these drop.

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Tyga - The Potential

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Alright, so last week, we leaked a joint from Tyga called "My Glory," from this week's leak, his new mixtape "The Potential". It's interesting that this shit is called that since from his first album, heads thought he had no potential. I'm serious. I was offended by the egregious island accent he used in that shit-show of a single "Coconut Juice" and was relaged in laughter by his frisbee of a debut album. But now, I guess a little time away from the limelight and a few months off the coconut juice has dude primed to take another stab at breaking into the more serious echelons of rap supremacy. While he clearly has more work to do, his flow is much less manufactured, his lyrics more mature and his content a lot more serious. I say we give Tyga another chance, especially since we're closer to Drake's decision on a label (he's not signing to Young Money, people). With the amount of money Weezy puts into marketing, we might see a whole lot more of Tyga if Drizzy doesn't get down. We might as well get used to it. But regardless, peep Tyga's new mixtape (D/L link below) and, of course, the tracklist, my picks, some other leaks and videos for your pirating pleasure...

Tyga - The Potential

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Cream of the Crop:
The Potential
Where Am I
Diddy Bop
Dad's Letter
My Glory
Wassup (All Love)

Cream of the Crap:
Tyzilla
Every Girl
Cut My Check





Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Trey Songz - D.O.A. Kellz



Sooooo, the next big remix off Jay-Z's song (that nobody really wants to hear anymore, but won't admit it) is (drumroll)........

Trey Songz??

And in a diss at R. Kelly at that? Well, I've never been an advocate of R+B beef (it's like race car drivers trying to settle differences over a basketball game), but this remix goes hard. Anyone notice that Trey can put together a few serious bars?? Dude needs to put together a hybrid album where him and Drake sing and rap, and rap and sing. Getting back on topic though, Trey ripped Kellz a new one (PAUSE) on this remix. I don't even know if R. Kelly should respond to this. He's been relegated to the butt of mad jokes lately, so anything he would put out would have to be pure piff for Trey's disses to be forgotten anytime soon. Regardless, peep the D/L link, and keep posted for more, because Trey Songz is coming out with some heat this summer...

Trey Songz - D.O.A. Kellz

MT the Great - Soundtrack to Greatness

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Twitter has officially become like Myspace in terms of finding new music. One of my favorite Tweeple (don't ever use that word anywhere but digitally or you will be laughed at) since I've joined has been MT the Great. Dude's repping Tennessee, which is out of my normal hip-hop jurisdiction. That's the beauty of Twitter. You connect with heads you probably would have never vibed with. But that's neither here nor there. Dude has a relaxed flow and impeccable beat selection (when I say impeccable, I mean that musically, this album is CRACK!). The concept for the album is also dope. It really sounds like a score to a regular dude's life. I'm digging the whole reality rap scene these days, with heads flowing about things that they know. MT is no different and puts together a nice introduction for himself into the rap world. Check MT's contact info, the tracklist, D/L link and some exclusives from MT the Great, because I know we'll be hearing from him again very soon.

MT the Great:
E-Mail
Twitter
Myspace
Youtube

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MT the Great - Soundtrack to Greatness



Leroy Jenkins Summer 2009 Lookbook



So yeah, summer's here. Why the hell are you still rocking that heavy ass denim in 85+ heat? I guess if gooch (look that up) sweat is your thing, then that's cool. But Leroy Jenkins is bringing shorts back with their Summer collection. They use their infamous floral designs on some of the shorts and keep it simpler with some of the other ones. The summer drop also includes some t-shirts and hats. We'll be sure to keep you posted on Leroy Jenkins and when the Summer collection comes out for them.

Monday, June 8, 2009

Music Monday



Besides the single, we haven't heard that much from Mickey the past few months. His flow is so simple, yet his lyrics beget a prowess well beyond his years. If Mickey's not one of the top cats in the game in like 3 years, I'm shutting Dear Whoever down and becoming a monk. I'm sick of niggas hailing Gucci Mane and OJ as the next to blow, when this man makes more sense with one word than those niggas make in a song. I'm not one of these 'real hip-hop' heads (y'all can go eat a fucking backpack, by the way), but I do realize when the game isn't recognizing the talent that's coming up because of stupidity. As a matter of fact, I'm dedicating Monday's to music (slow your role Twitter heads). Every Monday, similar to how we did it in May, we're going to have some sort of new music!!! Peep some more music from other artists who you should have your eye on...



New Nike "Retro" Releases

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Air Total Max Uptempo. DOPE.

Yeah, so umm, Nike is going extra hard on the retros. Peep some of the new shit on Nike's new vintage tip. All of these aren't coming out until 2010, either.

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DOPE.

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Air Max Triax ‘94. DOPE and DOPE.

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Yeah, this is DOPE too.

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Air Flightposite II. These would be certified DOPE if the OG Blue colorway was next to them.