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Was Blind But Now I See(Repost)

February 7, 2011

I posted this back in 2009 and since I don’t think I can write anything more that can express how much in awe I am of J Dilla, I thought I’d just repost that old entry which is just as relevant as it was when I first posted it. I’ve re-read Questlove’s story numerous times and every single time it never fails to amaze me. Going through and listening to the sound clips just make miss him more and more. The man, the myth, the legend. Happy Birthday James “Dilla” Yancey.

I realize now that J Dilla was a god. Maybe it was the frame of mind I was at during the time I first heard his beats. Or maybe it was the type of artists he was producing for that didn’t click with me but I just never really understood the praise he got. I was a little peeved that I couldn’t grasp the brilliance in him that others saw. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn but I feel I have a pretty darn good understanding and overall appreciation of Hip Hop. So what was it exactly that those in the same elitist, snobby, pretentious league I considered myself to be in, saw that I didn’t?

Well whatever the case may be, I can safely say now that I get it. Label me a complete convert. I went from being the trouble maker sinner kid who was friends with the kids that went to Sunday school to full blown Born Again Child Evangelist. I can see clearly now the genius of the man. I just hope I’m not too late and maybe if I start repenting now, the day I make it to wherever it is you go to when you die, the Hip Hop gods will allow me entrance.

Awhile back ?uestlove wrote an amazing post on Okayplayer about J-Dilla doing what he does best. I suggest going here to read and take in the audio samples.(I’ve been listening to them for the last hour or so) Hopefully after reading it, you’ll agree to have witnessed a miracle and Dilla will have changed your life as well. RIP James Dewitt Yancey.

The “Little Brother” Beat Story

DillaJay Dee

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Anti “Azn” Movement: Jeff Staple.

January 27, 2011

A Love Supreme Dreaming supports progressive asians, not superficial “Azn’s”. Far East Movement this is not, kids.

Talking about the beginnings of Staple, getting hustled on the streets of NY and where Darrin Hudson is at now:

On street wear trends and its eventual evolution away from “mens wear” and why so many asians are into street wear:

On Hip Hop’s influence, not knowing the names of Roots songs and being a backpacker for life:

On not drinking since 1993, touring with Nas and how “image” is part of the “business”:

Imitation Is The Sincerest Form Of Flattery

June 26, 2010

The name of my blog, my bio format and my avatar all have their origin from an old print ad by Turntable Lab which ran in the premier issue of Tablist magazine from nearly a decade ago.

It was back when I first started getting on the Internet and it was a time when I was signing up for various sites and had to fill in information for a bio or an “About You” section. I wanted mine to be different and when I first saw the ad, I just loved the way it flowed when I read it. So I went ahead and custom fitted the verbiage a bit to suit me, kept some things, added a few things and boom, it’s been the stock bio I’ve used ever since. I also took the last line of that same ad and just like that, I had a name for my blog. The dope avatar of 8-bit Mike Tyson that I use was an icon I grabbed from their old site before their huge site redesign a few years back. It’s been on every iteration of my blog, even way back when it was on livejournal.(I changed it to Mos Def towards the end but it was Iron Mike in the beginning)

Here is the ad I scanned from my issue of Tablist:

Just wanted to give credit where credit is due. I suggest to anyone reading this to check them out and pay a visit to their hilarious blog TTL Con Estupido. I’ve been visiting Turntable Lab for ten years now. I’ve purchased and will continue to purchase from their lovely online establishment. After all, it’s the least I can do.

Turntable Lab

Was Blind But Now I See

March 13, 2009

I realize now that J Dilla was a god. Maybe it was the frame of mind I was at during the time I first heard his beats. Or maybe it was the type of artists he was producing for that didn’t click with me but I just never really understood the praise he got. I was a little peeved that I couldn’t grasp the brilliance in him that others saw. Now, I don’t want to toot my own horn but I feel I have a pretty darn good understanding and overall appreciation of Hip Hop. So what was it exactly that those in the same elitist, snobby, pretentious league I considered myself to be in, saw that I didn’t?

Well whatever the case may be, I can safely say now that I get it. Label me a complete convert. I went from being the trouble maker sinner kid who was friends with the kids that went to Sunday school to full blown Born Again Child Evangelist. I can see clearly now the genius of the man. I just hope I’m not too late and maybe if I start repenting now, the day I make it to wherever it is you go to when you die, the Hip Hop gods will allow me entrance.

Awhile back ?uestlove wrote an amazing post on Okayplayer about J-Dilla doing what he does best. I suggest going here to read and take in the audio samples.(I’ve been listening to them for the last hour or so) Hopefully after reading it, you’ll agree to have witnessed a miracle and Dilla will have changed your life as well. RIP James Dewitt Yancey.

The “Little Brother” Beat Story

DillaJay Dee

Merlin Mann

January 16, 2009

I tend to forget that this blog isn’t just about hip hop and street wear. It’s about nerdy things too, but most of the time there’s usually breaking news of some new remix with Lupe, or new crazy shoe release, or some limited edition Bape ear muffs that for some reason or another I feel obligated to post about. To make up for it, let’s get extra geeky and talk about someone I personally am a huge fan of.

Merlin Mann is a renaissance geek. He is a Macbreak Weekly regular, GTD extraordinaire and all around funny guy. His 43 Folders website is chocked full of productivity tips and tricks. His lists on 5ives are fantastic. He does The Merlin Show, That Phone Guy, Kung Fu Grippe blog, popularizer of the Hipster PDA. Oh and he’s working on a book too.

Let’s not forget that he, along with Lonely Sandwich and Scott Simpson, do arguably one of the funniest podcasts on the internet called You Look Nice Today. And if you had to follow just one person on Twitter it should without a doubt be standing8, but if you could follow two people, the second person you should be following is Merlin.

Merlin

Here’s an interview with Merlin by Leo Babauta of Zen Habits:

Inbox Zero presentation at Google:

Time & Attention presentation at Google:

There, that should be enough geekiness for the time being.

Nick Rox aka Nick Des Barres

April 12, 2008

My fellow geek and Fresh Pebbles blogger, Eccoboy has done some deep research on one of our favorite game writers/reviewers of all time, Nick Des Barres. He told me he had to endure countless link clicking and went very deep in the rabbit hole to even begin to get some information on the man.

Des Barres is currently one of Play magazines Japanese correspondents but to me he’ll always be the reviewer of Final Fantasy VII for my favorite video game magazine of all time, Gamefan. He actually still owns the issue with the FF7 review and admitted to me that he still reads it from time to time. I also owned this issue way back when but like many things, most likely tossed it by the wayside. There might be a sliver of a chance it’s at my parents house but it’s very doubtful.

Check out the Fresh Pebbles blog for the full story.

The Megatron Don Is Back!

February 29, 2008

One of my favorite blogs took a little hiatus but Just Blaze is back my friends. The Megatron Don has returned once again. Hope we get some news concerning Saigon’s album. Greatest Story Never Told can’t come soon enough. No more handclaps.

TMTD

Megatron

Listen Compute Rock

January 19, 2008

The site formerly known as Asisphonics is now Listen Compute Rock. The site boasts a new blog format with news, audio and video. They got a ton of cool shit to check out: Gunkhole videos, Dilla Instrumentals, Operation Unknown mixes for your listening pleasure(especially the Ruckazoid Megamixx which was featured on XM’s Pitch Control), as well as Vestax Controller One purchasing info. What has me most excited for is the RRRRAP album to finally be released, AND on CD. Been waiting for this one for years. I’ve been visiting Asis for a long time and it’s nice to see a change in theme. Different look, same freshness.

LCR2


Kanye’s Blog

January 11, 2008

Flash Lights

Kanye is back blogging again! He stopped for awhile when his mother passed away not too long ago but he’s back and posting on the regular once again. He posted a few days ago a screen shot of his latest video and one of my favorite songs off of Graduation, “Flashing Lights”. Kanye always has very interesting, original videos. Not much to say about the picture, just that the video itself is sure to be of high quality. Seems pretty creepy looking though. Will this video be The Louis Vuitton Don’s Thriller?