Friday, September 30, 2011


For Your Consideration...

PITCHFORK: Why We Fight: The Imagination of Lana Del Rey



Too Easy.

Featuring Ludacris.


Queen of Wonderland.

A video.

Starring J*DaVeY.


A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring Young Jeezy & T.I.

Stream here.

I'm Flexin'.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring T.I. & Big K.R.I.T.

Stream here.

Brown Eyes.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring Danny Brown.

Captain Save Em?

The Washington Post: Chris Christie can’t save us

Someone Like You.

A video.

Starring Adele.

Drinks in the Air.

A video.

Starring Ray-J & Kid Ink.

5 O’Clock.

A video.

Starring T-Pain & featuring Wiz Khalifa & Lily Allen.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Body Work.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring Pusha T, Juicy J, Meek Mill & French Montana.

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N***as in Paris.

A Freestyle, starring Busta Rhymes.

Stream here.


A video.

Starring B-Ro & Ava.

Wednesday, September 28, 2011


Fear to Fear.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring James Blake. 

Stream here.

Kanye West.

A video.

Starring Denzil Porter.

NAH RIGHT: Video: Denzil Porter – Kanye West


A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring Hodgy Beats.

Stream here.

What Did I Do.

A video.

Starring Kele & Lucy Taylor.



Ways To Kill Em.

A video.

Starring Curren$y.

Monday, September 26, 2011

For Your Consideration.

A "New flava in ya ear!" Production.

Stream here.

Mr. Know it All.

A video.

Starring Kelly Clarkson.


A Moment of Clarity.


"...the more I read the papers the more I’m convinced that “we the people” are having an economic crisis and “you the politicians” are having an election — and there is frighteningly little overlap between the two.
What’s worse — both parties seem to have concluded lately that no compromise is possible and therefore their differences will just have to be settled by the 2012 election. No problem! I’m sure our markets will be patient until the next president is in place in early 2013! And I am sure the European debt crisis will be happy to take the next year off. In fact, that must be why Republicans held another presidential debate on Thursday night and the European economic crisis and how it might affect us — and what we must do to insulate ourselves — merited no discussion.

Has our leadership lost its mind? Do these people go home on weekends to some offshore island, where everyone’s retirement fund is doing fine, everyone’s kids have jobs and no one’s mortgage is under water? Where is the urgency? This is code red. We are facing a possible global financial contagion triggered by European banks choking with sovereign debt spreading their woes to an already weakened U.S. financial system.
...We need to do our part in leading the world out of this crisis by stabilizing our own economy. And we need to show that we can still act collectively. The toxic paralysis in Washington is, in and of itself, slowing growth. It is keeping a black cloud over the center of the country and creating a sour mood wherein people just want to hold on to what they have.
...If between now and November 2012 all we are going to have from our two parties is a death duel, not a Grand Bargain — Republicans blaming Mr. Obama for the bad economy and Mr. Obama running on how crazy the G.O.P. has become — we will pay a very, very dear price."

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Help Wanted: Leadership

Stay Young, Go Dancing.

A video.

From Death Cab for Cutie.

DRC Music.

Everything Is Boring And Everyone Is A Fucking Liar.

Stream here.

Ashes & Fire.

Stream here.

Daddy’s Little Girl.

A video.

Starring J.Cole.

Sunday, September 25, 2011


Join me.

LOS ANGELES TIMES: Facebook and its followers

"This is OUR Country!"


"We've now seen three full-dress debates among the Republican politicians who want to be the next president of the United States, and here's what we've learned:

They all believe taxes are too high, even though federal taxes are lower as a percentage of the U.S. economy than any time in the last 60 years. They all believe onerous environmental regulations are preventing economic recovery, though few economists would agree. They believe President Obama's healthcare law is getting in the way of recovery, though most of its provisions don't really take effect until 2014. And they believe, correctly, that Social Security and Medicare are heading into fiscal crises — but in most cases, they haven't offered specific solutions.

In other words, on the issues Americans are most worried about — reviving the economy, creating jobs and reducing the federal deficit — there's not much of a debate inside the GOP. There's a robust argument about just how much of the federal government to dismantle — Michele Bachmann and Rick Perry say they'd get rid of most of it, Mitt Romney only some of it — but to most voters, that's a narrow, sectarian divide. This year's Republican Party starts roughly where Ronald Reagan was in 1980 and extends rightward from there. It's a party with no discernible moderate wing.

Yes, there are disagreements within the party on foreign policy (between hawks who want to stay in Afghanistan and budget-cutters who want to get out) and on immigration (not so much a debate as an opportunity to beat up Perry, who suffers under the handicap of actually having had to deal with the problem as governor of Texas). But those aren't the issues that will decide next year's election.

That's what we've learned. What haven't we learned?

Last week's debate in Florida lasted two full hours, but none of the nine would-be presidents found time to mention the global economic crisis, the swooning financial markets or the decline in the incomes of most Americans.

...What would Presidents Romney, Perry or Bachmann do about healthcare after they repeal the Obama law? Not much, apparently, beyond kicking the issue back to the states.

...Of course, a debate can't be expected to cover every subject, even when it lasts two hours. And the television networks that run the events naturally try to focus the candidates on issues that might spark telegenic exchanges, such as the clash between Perry and others over immunization against the human papillomavirus.

Still, there's nothing to stop the candidates from changing the subject to something they'd rather talk about; politicians do that all the time..."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: The GOP's hard-right tilt


A Moment of Clarity. 

Words. For Your Consideration...

"On Monday, defending his plan to raise taxes on the rich to pay for job creation, President Obama said: “This is not class warfare, it’s math.”

No, Mr. President, this is class warfare — and it’s a war you’d better win. Corporate interests and the rich started it. Right now, they’re winning. Progressives and the middle class must fight back, and the president should be clear whose side he’s on.

...Between 1979 and 2007, the income gap between the richest 1 percent of Americans and the poorest 40 percent more than tripled. Today, the richest 10 percent of Americans control two-thirds of the nation’s wealth, while, according to recently released census data, average Americans saw their real incomes decline by 2.3 percent in 2010. Though our economy grew in 2009 and 2010, 88 percent of the increase in real national income went to corporate profits, one study found. Only 1 percent went to wages and salaries for working people.

Last year, American companies posted their biggest profits ever, and bonuses for bank and hedge fund executives not only reached record highs, but grew faster than corporate revenue. Meanwhile, almost one in 10 Americans is unemployed, and 15 percent live at or below the poverty level.

As a progressive activist who has marched against many wars, I try to avoid militant rhetoric. But only “class warfare” accurately describes a situation in which 400 people control more wealth than the poorest 150 million Americans combined. If “class warfare” isn’t the richest of the rich fighting tooth and nail against unions and any tax increases while record numbers of people lose their homes, what is?

...At the Clinton Global Initiative conference in New York this past week, former president Bill Clinton said: “Whether you can win or not in a fight that’s worth fighting, get caught trying.” Instead of denying that there’s a class war in America, Obama must come out swinging for the good guys. History — and voters — will catch him in the act and reward him. And millions of Americans could be inspired to try, in their own way, to topple our economy’s brutal inequality..."

THE WASHINGTON POST: President Obama shouldn’t be afraid of a little class warfare

Coming Attactions.

"Feels like it's been so long. Is life moving so fast in this generation that when we desire something it begins to move in slow motion? Are we just used to getting what we want right away? Or do we require one another to feel right about all that is going on around us? Maybe our anticipation is justified by the fact that we genuinely cannot wait to share a moment again? Either way, your life and mine are scheduled to meet on October 24...I wouldn't miss it for the world.

See you soon.


Take Care. October 24th.

Last Hope.

A video.

Starring DMX & featuring Andreena Mill.

Smile Back.

A video.

Starring Mac Miller. 


A video.

Starring Bjork.


A video.

Starring Shawty Lo, Twista, and Wale.




Just you watch...

I stay in love.

Thank you, Cabo Cantina. Thank you. 


Tuesday, September 20, 2011

"This can't be life."

Just you watch...

For You Consideration.

Backstreet Boys.

Lost in Space.

Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous.

GQ: Rick Ross's Simple Lessons for Bosses, Dons, and Bitches

Be Around.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring CANT.

Stream here.




"...Will American politics ever get away from this crazy contest in which the players strive to out-ordinary one another, distancing themselves from any whiff of privilege and trying to project a woodsy, folksy, flannel essence?

...candidates labor mightily to come down on the fried and unfussy end of things, lest they seem out of touch and be deemed unable to relate.

...While such atmospherics are almost compulsory, they’re also sad.

...Having a modest background, a knowledge of hardship or a kinship with the so-called common man doesn’t correlate with competence. Or with compassion. Rick Perry could certainly use more of that, and he started life in a house without indoor plumbing.

Over the next 14 months, we shouldn’t be impressed by someone who can imitate ordinary. We should figure out who promises to be extraordinary. And that determination should be guided less by what candidates eat or drive than by what they’ve done with the reins of power, whether holding them with chapped or manicured fingers."

 THE NEW YORK TIMES: Deer Hunts and Dirt Bikes

The Whole Love.

Stream here.

Class Act(s).

A Moment of Clarity.


"“Class warfare!” scream the Republicans, in a voice usually reserved for phrases such as “Run for your lives!”

Spare us the histrionics. The GOP and its upper-crust patrons have been waging an undeclared but devastating war against middle-class, working-class and poor Americans for decades. Now they scream bloody murder at the notion that long-suffering victims might finally hit back.

...Outside of the Republican echo chamber, polls consistently show the American people consider unemployment to be the nation’s most urgent problem, not deficits and debt. Obama was on target with the American Jobs Act he proposed this month; the only question was what took him so long.

Americans do have long-term concerns about debt, however, and by large margins they see an obvious solution: a balanced combination of spending cuts and tax increases. In other words, they want precisely the kind of approach that House Speaker John A. Boehner (R-Ohio) rejected during the debt-ceiling fight — and that he vows to reject again.

Why did Republicans begin squawking about class warfare even before Obama had a chance to announce his proposals? Because by calling on the rich to pay “their fair share” of taxes, the president has hit upon a clear and simple way to illustrate how unequal and unfair our society has become.

...“This is not class warfare. It’s math.”"

THE WASHINGTON POST: Obama’s tax plan is common sense, not class warfare

The Downward Spiral.

An Ongoing Discussion.

Words. For Your Consideration...

"... The dream of Americans, as opposed to the mythical American Dream, was not to succeed by working hard but to get lucky or be born rich. As a nation, we were both. We were rich in timber and oil, fertile land and rivers that ran the right way. We took in immigrants by the millions, each one a human piggy bank filled in the Old World, emptied in the new. We got smug about it. We were the exception. We could spend. We didn’t have to conserve. We had a chaotic education system, 14,000 or so school boards run by people who had to pander to the voters.

Now, it seems, it has all come a cropper. The mayor of New York, Michael R. Bloomberg (I), broods on his radio program about the unemployed rioting in the streets. The governor of Ohio, John Kasich (R), told a group of journalists, “I’m worried about this country. For the first time in my life, I’m worried about this country.” A kind of depression has set in, not — or not yet — an economic one but one of the spirit. You hear it everywhere. We’ve lost our mojo, our groove..."

THE WASHINGTON POST: A downwardly mobile nation


A video.

Starring Tyrese.

This City.

A video.

Starring Patrick Stump & Lupe Fiasco.

Hard White (Up In The Club).

A video.

Starring Yelawolf & Lil Jon.

Monday, September 19, 2011


A video.

Starring Musiq Soulchild.

Inside of U.

A "New flava in ya ear!" Production starring Dam-Funk.



A Moment of Clarity. 

THE NEW YORK TIMES: Fill in the Blanks

Once We All Agree.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production, starring James Blake.

PITCHFORK: Watch James Blake Perform a New Song


A video.

Starring N.O.R.E., Lil Wayne, & Pharrell.

Saturday, September 17, 2011


GAWKER: Foo Fighters Dress Up Like ‘Truckers,’ Protest ‘God Hates Fags’ Church

Goof Troop.

A Moment of Clarity.


"Are Republicans stupid?

This seems to be the question du jour. Chris Matthews entertained this idea with guests recently, pointing to several Republican presidential candidates as evidence. How else to explain why so many in the GOP seem proud of their know-nothingness, as Matthews put it?

...This sort of reverse braggadocio is mysterious to Democrats who pride themselves these days on being members of the “smart” party. Indeed, the Ivies do seem to be mass-producing Democrats, including the last two Democratic presidents. And, alas, even the most recent Republican president, though he seems not to have taken it, or himself, quite so seriously.

There are, of course, lots of ways to be smart and lots of ways to be dumb. We often talk about book smarts and street smarts, as though the two are mutually exclusive. We know from experience that brilliant book people can be nincompoops when it comes to common sense, while people lacking formal education can be brilliant problem-solvers.

We know these things, yet we seem to have fallen in love with the notion that only book smarts matter when it comes to the nation’s problems. At least Democrats have. Republicans, despite having a few brainiacs in their midst, have taken the opposite approach, emphasizing instead the value of being just regular folk. In GOP circles, being an ordinary American is viewed as superior to being one of those egg-headed elitists.

... Would it be too much to ask that a well-read mind come packaged in a human vessel that also has had some experience in the trenches of ordinary life?

...Republicans have earned some of the ridicule aimed their way. Many are willing to dumb themselves down to win the support of the party’s base, preferring to make fun of evolution and global warming rather than take the harder route of explaining, for example, that a “theory” when applied to evolution has a specific scientific meaning. It isn’t just some random idea cooked up in a frat house.

It is far easier to say what is pleasing to the ear than what is true. Even so, anyone who thinks Republicans are stupid is missing the point. What those dummies Bush and Perry have in common, other than having been Texas governors, pilots and cheerleaders (what is it with Texas?), is that they’re not stupid at all.

This doesn’t mean they’re right about everything or even most things. But they’re smart enough to know that most people in this country didn’t go to Ivy League colleges — or any college for that matter. Most haven’t led privileged lives of any sort, but nonetheless have unspoiled hearts and are willing to help any who would help themselves.

...Until someone emerges to remind Americans of who they are in a way that neither insults their intelligence nor condescends to their less-fortunate circumstances, smart money goes to the “stupid” politicians, who are dumb as foxes and happy as clams when their opponents misunderestimate them."

THE WASHINGTON POST: Smart money betting on stupid politicians

Friday, September 16, 2011


Friday I'm in LOVE!

A playlist. 

1/Clarity/John Mayer
2/Hot Chip/We're Looking a Lot For Love
3/SBTRKT & Sampha/Hold On
4/Discovery/Orange Shirt
5/Solange/Stillness is the Move
6/Terius Nash & Big Sean/Ghetto
7/Toro y Moi/Sweet
8/CANT/The Edge
10/Busta Rhymes/Gimme Some More
11/Cherrelle & Alexander O'Neal/Saturday Love
12Metronomy/The Bay
13/Basement Jaxx/Raindrops

For Your Consideration.


Sexy and I Know It. 

A video.

Souled Out.

THE WASHINGTON POST: Recovering the Constitution from conservatives


THE WASHINGTON POST: Where are the compassionate conservatives?



Te Amo.

A "New flava in ya ear!" production starring Atlas Sound.

Stream here.

For Your Consideration.

FLAVORPILL: FLAVORWIRE: The Most Consistently Inconsistent Musicians of Our Time

Suck It & See.

A video.

From the Arctic Monkeys.

Swim Good.

A video.

Starring Frank Ocean.

Got 2 Luv U.

A video.

Starring Sean Paul & Alexis Jordan.

"This can't be life."

A Moment of Clarity.

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Thursday, September 15, 2011

Loved You Tonight.

A video.

Starring John West.

Dirty Rain.

A video.

Starring Ryan Adams.

Strength, Courage, & Wisdom.

A Moment of Clarity. 


"...In all the sound and fury over Social Security over the last few weeks, the Texas governor has never actually spelled out how he would fix the program. Nor have most of the other candidates who trumpet their purported courage in saying that Social Security is in trouble.

That's what's been wrong with the noisy GOP "debate" on our national pension plan. It's been all chest-thumping and Ponzi-scheming — lots of attitude but little substance. It's provided little clarity for voters who want to know what these potential presidents would do if elected.

Not that President Obama has done much better; he's tiptoed around endorsing specific proposals too.

If Social Security is no longer the third rail of American politics (meaning "fatal to anyone who touches it"), somebody forgot to tell our leading politicians.

...The hard part, for politicians, is telling voters what painful steps they back, which means spelling out who would pay what share of the cost.

...Last year, the co-chairmen of Obama's own deficit-reduction commission, Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, proposed a plan with options from both sides of the menu: increase payroll taxes, raise the retirement age, reduce future benefits for high-income earners and trim cost-of-living increases for current recipients.

...If we fix Social Security between now and 2036, the solution is likely to look something like what Simpson and Bowles proposed — after suitable wrangling over how big each component should be.

Meanwhile, let's have a truce on calling Social Security a Ponzi scheme, promising voters that benefits will never be cut, or claiming that it takes courage to talk about the subject at all.

Most Americans already agree that Social Security needs to be fixed. The courage will come in showing them how."

LOS ANGELES TIMES: McManus: Touching the 'third rail'


Same script. Different Cast.


"Republicans have sometimes mistaken anti-elitism with anti-smarts. Put differently, Republicans should not have contempt for the voters or for ideas, lest they be judged unworthy of serving in office. It’s one thing to heap scorn on liberal elites who parrot unsupportable leftist dogma or who show contempt for ordinary Americans’ values; it’s quite another to celebrate ignorance. We’ve had two rather appalling examples in 24 hours, which I would suggest, are perfect examples of what conservatives should reject.

...Now before every Perry backer pulls out a self-deprecating comment that George W. Bush made about his syntax or that Ronald Reagan made about his grades, they should stop and think. Does Perry have a gravitas problem? Has he counteracted it with any serious policy proposals? Has he shown himself to be knowledgeable and mature in the debates? Nope. He’s just reveling in the scorn because he has mistaken mainstream (and some conservative) media criticism for confirmation that he really is doing something right. But what if, for example, a really smart Republican with a great track record, lots of policy ideas and the ability to counteract the stereotype of Republicans ran? Oh, maybe there already is one or two in the race. Maybe there could be more, and perhaps conservatives would be relieved not to have to make excuses for candidates who think ignorance is virtue and intelligence is a vice."

THE WASHINGTON POST: GOP should not fall into the trap of being proudly ignorant

"All I do is win!(?)"

A Moment of Clarity.


"The Republican establishment is said to have grave qualms about Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s presidential campaign. Here’s the problem: There is no Republican establishment. It squandered its authority by building up the Tea Party’s brigades and then fearing them too much to do anything to check their power.

Worse for those who think Perry would be a general-election disaster is the growing confidence among conservatives that President Obama will be easy to beat. This feeling will be bolstered by Tuesday’s special election that sent a Republican to Congress from New York’s 9th District for the first time since 1923. If Obama is going to lose anyway, many conservatives reason, why not go with their hearts?

No, if Perry is to be defeated, he will have to do the job himself. And the week’s most important political news is that he might do just that.

...if conservatives see New York’s 9th as further evidence that Obama is a pushover, Rick Perry — if he doesn’t self-destruct — will be able to tell them he is the guy who can destroy the Great Society, the New Deal and the Progressive Era with one decisive blow. And no establishment will be there to stop him"

THE WASHINGTON POST: The GOP establishment’s Rick Perry problem

#1 Hit.

A video.

Starring Spank Rock.

New York City Moves To The Sound of L.A.

A video.

Starring Funeral Party.

This. Is. The REMIX!

PITCHFORK: Friendly Fires "Hurting (Benoit & Sergio Remix)"

Thinking About You.

A video.

Starring Frank Ocean.

Can’t Get Enough.

A video.

Starring J.Cole & Trey Songz.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011