Archive for September, 2006

Nelly’s NonProfit Saves Lives

Friday, September 29th, 2006

Nelly may be responsible for the Tipdril video and a lot of overly produced sounding hip-hop but Nelly has been able to do some good with his Lukemia non-profit. From

Three years ago, the St. Louis rapper founded a nonprofit named Jes Us 4 Jackie with his sister Jackie Donahue, who was diagnosed with Acute Myelogenous Leukemia in March 2001.

The foundation was launched as a way to raise awareness about the disease and to find a possible bone marrow donor for Donahue, who passed away in March 2005 after her leukemia came out of remission.

Death rates from leukemia, which is a cancer of the white blood cells, are highest amongst African-Americans.

“We are still pushing. We’ve been able to find eight different matches and we were able to save eight different lives,” Nelly told “You can say what you want about Nelly, but Nelly has saved eight different lives and I don’t know anybody that’s done that.”

BEEF: The Series

Thursday, September 28th, 2006

BET is planning to create a BEEF series based on the DVD series popular in the hip-hop community. BET’s BEEF series will cover athletes as well as rap beefs. Audiences are supposed to be excited looking towards episodes covering beefs from “From Kobe vs. Shaq, to Bow Wow vs. Romeo…” I guess this is as close to news coverage one can expect to see from BET since Tavis Smiley left, they cancelled the nightly news program and barely covered Hurricane Katrina. Further proof the corporate presentation of hip-hop is moving closer to professional wrestling.

Here’s the schedule if you care:

SHOW PREMIERE: Wednesday, October 4 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT

SHOW SCHEDULE: Wednesdays from 9-9:30 p.m. ET/PT;
Finale Nov. 8 @ 9 p.m. ET/PT
Encores airing on Mondays @ 3 p.m. ET/PT,
Tuesdays @ 10 p.m. ET/PT, Wednesdays @ 8:30 p.m. ET/PT,
Thursdays @ 1 a.m. ET/PT and Sundays @ 2 a.m. ET/PT

New York Rap is Regional Rap

Monday, September 25th, 2006

In a misguided post about Producer Hi-Tek, Tom Breihan writes that New York rap is regional rap:

Here’s something I don’t see changing anytime soon: New York is just another rap region these days. It’s obviously the region with the richest history by an insane margin, and even in its current slump it’s still a whole lot more fertile than most cities. It’s got two of rap’s biggest stars in Jay-Z and 50 Cent, and it’s got one of the two best rap albums of this year in Ghostface’s Fishscale, but it’s certainly no more relevant to today’s rap landscape than Atlanta these days. Many of the city’s best rappers can’t seem to get their albums out, and others are working below their level. Nobody seems able to make an actual hit..

Mainstream sales of rap music have fallen recently. This is due in part to rap producers producing pop music. But the growth of niche hip-hop markets has also contributed to the lack of few albums reaching market saturation. New York is a regional market. Mobb Deep have regional appeal and would have had more success on their last album if they had used G Unit beats with no local to New York appeal.

Guns For The Whole Town

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

A proposed resolution in Greenfield, Idaho “that would recommend every head of household own a gun and ammunition and be trained to use them.” Greenfield town mayor Brad Holston believes the law will lead to a decrease in crime. Holston also remarks that many of the citizens are already armed but that this would just provide training. This would be the ultimate case of deterrence with all heads of households armed.

As a libertarian I do not believe that the government should be directing the citizens behavior. Encouraging armament is certainly determining the behaviour. I also do not see why this has to be done through the government; the mayor could start an NRA chapter and privately run firearms training without making any gun haters pay for it.

Update: Corrected for Typo.

Bin Laden may be dead

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

A French newspaper has printed an article that says Osama Bin Laden is either dead or is sick from a water born illness. The report is based off of a leaked French intelligence report quoting Saudi intelligence. The U.S. government has not confirmed the report.

This news is not really different from the status quo. Ever since September 11th different reports have circulated saying that Osama Bin Laden had been killed or was sick. It seems to be too early to accept this report is true. As a U.S. intelligence official told Reuters, “We’ve heard these things before and have no reason to think this is any different.”

Didn’t some of the intelligence that was used to go into Iraq com from France?

Wal-Mart Saves The Planet

Saturday, September 23rd, 2006

Ok. WalMart isn’t quite saving the planet but WalMart is planning on reducing the amount of packaging in the products they sell. WalMart plans to reduce packaging in products the company sells by 5%. WalMart is doing this because it is good for business saving the company Billions of Dollars.

Good for the environment can be good for business. This will prevent all the saved packaging from ending up in landfills contributing to environmental problems. WalMart is famous for pushing large scal changes in companies WalMart buys from and the reduced packaging requirements will be no different.

Hip-Hop Pork

Monday, September 4th, 2006

Political pork is a major problem. Spending is being put towards unnecessary but politically popular projects instead of serving government’s duty of protecting the citizens. The Northeast Bronx Redevelopment Corporation’s development of a hip-hop museum at taxpayer expense qualifies as political pork. The Bloomberg administration has stopped payment on the grant after the firm failed the audit.

There is no reason why a hip-hop museum needs to be created in the Bronx at taxpayer expense. When the Smithsonian;s National Museum of American History decided to develop a hip-hop exhibit they were able to obtain funding from Universal Music and Russell Simmons’ Hip-Hop Summit Action Network. New York City Police and New York schools would be more legitimate sources for the city’s revenue.

Tobacco Companies: Making Smoking More Effective Since 1998

Monday, September 4th, 2006

According to an editorial in the New York Times, tobacco companies have been increasing the dosage of nicotine in cigarettes since 1998. This sounds like a good thing. Tobacco companies are giving the consumer with a higher quality product. Consumers are getting more nicotine per cigarette and might smoke less to receive the desired nicotine high. The nicotine addiction has also potentially made cigarettes less of a health problem because the additives to the cigarettes are the real health problem.

Will more get hooked on smoking with higher nicotine cigarettes? Probably. But the fact is people are likely to get hooked on tobacco if they are smoking cigarettes.