Archive for August, 2006

Elton John and Hip-Hop

Saturday, August 26th, 2006

Hip-hop has taken over and become mainstream. Whether good or bad this is the situation in which we find ourselves. The latest evidence is Elton John has expressed interest in working with hip-hop producers. Quote:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – After 40 years of performing rock music, pop ballads and movie soundtracks, Elton John is looking to cross over to yet another musical genre — hip hop.

“I want to bring my songs and melodies to hip hop beats — a bit like ‘No Diggity’ by Blackstreet,’” John said in excerpts of an interview posted on Rolling Stone’s Web site on Friday.

John told the music magazine he would like to work with producer Dr. Dre and a variety of artists, although he had yet to contact them.

“I want to work with Pharrell (Williams), Timbaland, Snoop (Dogg), Kanye (West), Eminem and just see what happens. It may be a disaster, it could be fantastic, but you don’t know until you try,” he said

It makes sense. These hip-hop producers are also the biggest pop music producers.

JonBenet Ramsey; Again

Thursday, August 24th, 2006

Recently John Mark Karr admitted to being in the household of JonBenet Ramsey the night she died. Karr has never directly said he killed her but that her death was an accident. Karr looks like a creepy guy but I do not know if he was the murderer.

All the attention back on this case has allowed the media an opportunity to cover this case as opposed to something which has lost the ratings demand such as the Iraq war.

Lil’ He: A Child Gangsta Rapper

Saturday, August 12th, 2006 informs of the child G-Unit gansta rapper Lil’ He. Lil’ He is an 8 or a 9 year old that has a song out featuring him acting like he is all hard and some sort of gangster. Hearing a child talk about “smokin’” people is not believable.

Children rappers are just a short novelty gimmick of the music industry. No child rapper has had any sort of a lasting career. If Lil’ He is successfull it will show how baseless and lazy the average rap consumer is.

You can check out his myspace page: Lil’ He @ MySpace

Lieberman the Senate Dropout

Friday, August 11th, 2006

Lawrence O’Donnell writes that Lieberman will drop out of the race recently. O’Donnell states that Lieberman will have lost any party support now to Ned Lamont the party’s chosen candidate.

Joe Lieberman will drop out. He probably knows right now that the day will come in late September when he will announce his withdrawal from the race. No one is going to have to talk him into it. By that time, the Democratic Party power structure will be doing its thing for Ned Lamont and Lieberman will be trailing by double digits.

It won’t be a hard decision for Lieberman. He will drop out to avoid career-ending humiliation.

Lieberman came within four points of Lamont by climbing up on the shoulders of the biggest names in the party including Clinton—Bill and Hillary. Lieberman’s TV commercial starring Bill Clinton was his best. Now, both Clintons and everyone else in the Party are carrying Lamont on their shoulders. By late September, Bill Clinton will be onstage hugging his new best friend and starring in Lamont commercials. Connecticut’s much better liked senator, Chris Dodd, will be campaigning for Lamont this time. The Clinton and Dodd defections will cost Lieberman ten points in Connecticut. If Dick Cheney continues to say nice things about Lieberman, it’ll cost him another ten points. And Lieberman campaigning alone, all alone, will look bitter, very bitter. His smile will look faker than ever. Voters aren’t drawn to bitter.

Lieberman has said he will not quit but Bill Weld said he would not quit in his run for Governor after the party convention chose Faso.

Castro’s Not Dead Yet

Sunday, August 6th, 2006

Castro’s lackeys think he will get better.

HAVANA (Reuters) – Cuban officials said an aging and ailing Fidel Castro was recovering and could return to power in a few weeks, even though he remained out of sight five days after surgery that forced him to put his brother in charge of the country.

Supporters of government officials tend to exaggerate the prospects of a recovery process. Sharon and Arafat were both said to be recovering right before they died.

Cuban National Assembly President Ricardo Alarcon said Fidel came through the “complicated” surgery so well that a few hours afterwards “he was talking, he was making jokes.”

“I was told Fidel is doing better, he has eaten something and sat up,” one source told Reuters, asking not to be identified.

These anecdotes alone do not prove that Fidel Castro is getting better.

Rapper Pitbull Addresses Castro Stepping Down

Thursday, August 3rd, 2006

Recently Cuban dictator Fidel Castro has stepped down from office. The Cuban government claims it is temporary but my guess is that it will be permanent. Rappers are known to react quicly to current events and the Miami rapper Pitbull has done just that:

Less than 24 hours after news that Cuban dictator Fidel Castro had temporarily stepped down, Miami rapper Pitbull released Ya Se Acabo (It’s Over). In brief, the song welcomes Castro’s death and laments that some didn’t get to see this day.

“It’s like a dream,” he raps. “Now people can be free. No more 90-mile trips to the Keys. No more risking your life for freedom. I’m hoping he’s dead because we don’t need him.” Then he slides into the Spanish chorus: “El tiempo tuyo ya pasó.” (Your time has run its course.)

Pitbull posted Ya Se Acabo (It’s Over) — its simple beat mixed with a sophisticated, cobbled-up Afro-Cuban chant — on both his Web site and his MySpace page Tuesday. By Wednesday afternoon the song had been played more than 27,000 times.

Hopefully now that Castro is out of power this could become an oppurtunity to lift the sanctions and travel ban against Cuba.

UPDATE: XXL has a streaming file of the song available for listening.