Archive for April, 2009

Arlen Specter Bolts the GOP

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

Arlen Specter, Senator from Pennsylvania, has announced he is about to jump ship from the Republican Party to become a member of the Democratic Party. It seems a large part of the reason Arlen Specter left the Republican Party was because he was being challenged in the Republican primary by Pat Toomey and his Club for Growth posse.

This will make the Democrats reach the magic number of 60. 60 is a magic number because if the Democrats have 60 votes in the Senate they will theoretically be able to end a filibuster by getting a cloture vote at any time. Democrats will not always stick together on the party line so the 60 votes does not automatically mean the Democrats will be pushing through their agenda. Arlen Specter’s switch from the Republican Party to the Democratic Party clearly does increase the Democrats’ membership in the Senate by 1.69% which certainly helps the Democrats.

Update:Video from Notes From A Different Kitchen

New Music Stuff April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Here is a video of Kid Cudi performing “Day and Night:”I have to say this song is certainly growing on me.

I’ve been a fan of Slick Rick for a long a time and it is good to see him on this Asher Roth Track “You Are You.” It’s a fun song and is always good to see Slick Rick doing his thing.
Link via The Full Clip

New Music Stuff April 23, 2009

Thursday, April 23rd, 2009

Young Buck has a song with Glasses Malone called “My Zone” that has a gread sound. The song is produced by K-Salaam & Beatnick for their upcoming “Where The Streets Have No Name” compilation album (Powered by imeem and illroots)

Another free song from the “Where The Streets Have No Name” album is “In Jamaica” featuring K’Naan and Buckshot.

“Everybody with Me” from Ludacris featuring Shawna may the be first song off of the album The Battle of The Sexes that the two rap artists are doing together.

Luda and Shawnna Talk Battle of the Sexes from DTP TV on Vimeo. Vimeo Link via 2 Dope Boyz

KRS-ONE and Buckshot have been working on an album titled Survival Skills set to be released in record stores August 25th and will be released on iTunes May 5th. The lead track “Robot” has been released which features KRS-ONE and Buckshot speaking on T-Pain and other things in hip-hop.

Here is a video of Marco Polo giving a tour of his Brooklyn production studio. It’s a rather sparse setup but it gets the job done:

Ron Paul Speaks on Bruno Interview

Thursday, April 16th, 2009

Earlier in March the story first appeared about Ron Paul being interviewed by Sacha Baron Cohen as the character Bruno.

Here is audio of Ron Paul speaking on the matter to talk radio host Curtis Sliwa:

It is believable that Ron Paul may not have hard of the movie Borat but it is rather unfortunate that nobody on his staff was cautious enough before setting up the appointment. Then again Ron Paul has done interviews with 9/11 conspirator Alex Jones.

Link via Gawker

Eminem is a wimp

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

Eminem is a wimp. Eminem has based a large amount of career based on dissing popular cultures that are easy targets and Americans don’t particularly have any large degree of respect for. He did this on The Marshall Mathers LP with the song “The Real Slim Shady” insulting pop stars big at the time including Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera and host of other pop stars. Eminem followed this same formula with The Eminem Show’s lead single “Without Me.” Eminem’s new single continues this boring gimmicl an awful sounding pop songing in which Emimem takes on Brett Michaels, Jessica Simpson, Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, Ellen DeGeneres, Sarah Palin, Britney, Jennifer Aniston, Jessica Alba, and Amy Winehouse. The one liners against these pop stars are supposed to be funny but listening to the song and watching the video the first reaction is to yawn.

As atrocious as 50 Cent’s behavior has been in his latest feud with Rick Ross at least the feud is against another rapper.

After such a long hiatus from Eminem, it is disappointing to see him return with such boring material. Eminem should have stayed retired like he had talked about doing.

Asher Roth

Tuesday, April 7th, 2009

I am intrigued by Asher Roth. I am not exactly sure I get Asher Roth and am still curious as to whether or not Asher Roth will ever become a mass event.

Based on just hearing “I Love College,” I thought Asher Roth was just a novelty artist. This is a fact that Asher Roth has acknowledged in interviews I have seen on the internet. Hearing “Lark My Cart” it is clear that Asher Roth is a talented rapper and more than just a novelty artist.

It remains to be seen whether or not Asher Roth will have any success and what the sales for his new album Asleep In the Bread Aisle will be.

CNN: Hip-Hop Givs a Voice to Cuba

Monday, April 6th, 2009

CNN has a piece on how hip-hop is giving a voice to Cuba. Hip-hop in Cuba has grown partly as a result of state subsidies through the creation of the Cuban Rap Agency, as well as a record label, “Asere Productions,” and a rap magazine called “Movimiento.”

State subsidies of rap in Cuba comes with limitations however.

Formed in 1996, rap duo “Doble Filo” (“Double Edged”) have been part of the Havana scene since the beginning and work with the Cuban Rap Agency. But rapper Irak Saenz admits there are contradictions in being part of the system.

“It does limit our creative freedom,” he told CNN. “The CRA has an agenda that goes with the government’s agenda. It doesn’t limit me but it does force me to be creative in how I express my ideas.”

Real hip-hop artists in Cuba will only retain their artistic freedom by escaping the CRA:

But “Los Aldeanos”, who formed in 2003, are part of a younger generation of Cuban rappers. They don’t belong the CRA, and nor do they want to. They are defiantly underground and outspoken.

“Hip hop is an art form speaks the truth about how people are living,” says Aldo Rodriguez, one half of Los Aldeanos.

Their track “Niñito Cubano” is about a young boy growing up during Cuba’s “special period”, when the fall of the Soviet Union brought hardship to the island.

Their forthright lyrics about life in Cuba don’t make them any friends among Cuba’s authorities, and that limits their opportunities on the island.

“Our lyrics don’t always go with the standard Cuban rhetoric and often that won’t get airplay,” says Rodriguez. “I can be famous in other countries, but here they won’t let me play a concert in a theater.”

With state subsidy of art, the state gains control of what types of art is produced and distributed. If Cuba is given the opportunity to move further towards a market community, freedom of expression will be allowed that groups like Los Aldeanos success can be determined by fans and not by the whims of the Cuban government. One think the United States could do to help move Cuba to a market economy would be to end the embargo on both trade and travel with Cuba.