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Lil Wayne: The Carter IV – Official Album Cover:

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When I saw it in Termanology’s Twitter Avatar, I thought they were joking. But they are not joking. And its kinda awesome; 1987 REPRESENT.

Here is your official cover to “Tha Carter IV:”

LOOOOL.
I still don’t get it, but I will laugh at the continuing hilariousness as it goes on.

Still not posting fulltime, I’m sure some of you notice. Let me work out some kinks on the site and get some writing done for Autostraddle, and I swear I’ll be back at being awesome soon.
Enjoy.

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April 25, 2011 at 1:28 am

That new Mary J. Blige is sounding good. From the upcoming My Life II Album. Link:

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Not a whole lot to say here, other than Mary is awesome.
Even though its technically just Mary singing the hooks to Diddy and Weezy’s rapping, the beat and the attitude you pick up from this joint are a good indication that Mary is getting back to that old school stuff we love. Check out “Someone to Love Me” above and Enjoy.

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April 8, 2011 at 1:23 pm

Travis Barker is releasing A Solo Album. I'm mad no one told me about this until now.

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Dope.

Not only does he have a Feature packed album due, Its been due for a little while and had been pushed back 6 month from its original date to February. While I’ve already seen one of the videos he directed and produced with The Cool Kids (ended up being his first single), I just attributed it to him being Travis and always being on everyone’s music. I can’t believe I’m just now figuring this out. But please believe it; I’ll be keeping an ear out for this sh*t from this point on.

Peace to Travis Barker. One of the hardest working men in the Music Industry today with one of the kindest hearts. An amazing career that includes almost 10 different bands, and 15 years of playing and being in the scene (on its way to 20 at this point), he could have one of the most diverse Musical Discographies of any Modern Drummer I’ve known (excluding Questlove). He has found and acceptance and respect within the Rock and Metal Community for his own work, and has been welcomed into Hip Hop culture with open arms for his powerful beats and ability to reproduce any hip hop beat you give him flawlessly. He is the Lil’ Wayne of Rock Drummers… he knew they way to keep his career alive was to diversify, keep different music bands and outlets at all times, and continue to hop on everyone’s sh*t. And aside from his music… dude has to be one of the strongest, most endearing human beings to grace the planet. From the loss of his mother early in life, to surviving a Plane Wreck… he is a testament to what happens to great people who work hard and keep their head up regardless of situations and circumstances. I genuinely liked this dude; always have.

The New Album, called “Give The Drummer Some” (awesome) is now slated for February 2011. And I cant wait. Confirmed apperances on the album? Linkin Park, RZA, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Raekwon, Slash, Lupe Fiasco, Swizz Beatz, B.o.B, Beanie Sigel, Bun B, Tech N9ne, Corey Taylor of heavy metal group Slipknot, and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Thats a lotta talent on one album. Hopefully it all goes well. Good luck to you; I’ll be supporting this.

For now, find his mixtape with DJ AM (I miss you dude), and enjoy the videos below.

Travis Barker is releasing A Solo Album. I’m mad no one told me about this until now.

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Dope.

Not only does he have a Feature packed album due, Its been due for a little while and had been pushed back 6 month from its original date to February. While I’ve already seen one of the videos he directed and produced with The Cool Kids (ended up being his first single), I just attributed it to him being Travis and always being on everyone’s music. I can’t believe I’m just now figuring this out. But please believe it; I’ll be keeping an ear out for this sh*t from this point on.

Peace to Travis Barker. One of the hardest working men in the Music Industry today with one of the kindest hearts. An amazing career that includes almost 10 different bands, and 15 years of playing and being in the scene (on its way to 20 at this point), he could have one of the most diverse Musical Discographies of any Modern Drummer I’ve known (excluding Questlove). He has found and acceptance and respect within the Rock and Metal Community for his own work, and has been welcomed into Hip Hop culture with open arms for his powerful beats and ability to reproduce any hip hop beat you give him flawlessly. He is the Lil’ Wayne of Rock Drummers… he knew they way to keep his career alive was to diversify, keep different music bands and outlets at all times, and continue to hop on everyone’s sh*t. And aside from his music… dude has to be one of the strongest, most endearing human beings to grace the planet. From the loss of his mother early in life, to surviving a Plane Wreck… he is a testament to what happens to great people who work hard and keep their head up regardless of situations and circumstances. I genuinely liked this dude; always have.

The New Album, called “Give The Drummer Some” (awesome) is now slated for February 2011. And I cant wait. Confirmed apperances on the album? Linkin Park, RZA, Lil Wayne, Rick Ross, Game, Raekwon, Slash, Lupe Fiasco, Swizz Beatz, B.o.B, Beanie Sigel, Bun B, Tech N9ne, Corey Taylor of heavy metal group Slipknot, and Tom Morello of Rage Against The Machine. Thats a lotta talent on one album. Hopefully it all goes well. Good luck to you; I’ll be supporting this.

For now, find his mixtape with DJ AM (I miss you dude), and enjoy the videos below.

Remember when Eminem was Angry as Sh*t? Slim Shady Angry? Yeah. I have those good links to prove it.

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Back when he was pissing everyone off as Slim Shady.

I tend to be nostalgic when it comes to my music. I find myself longing for the days of musical yesteryear, especially when it comes to Hip Hop. Things are always at their before labels and life change its perspectives. Eminem is no exception. Back in 1997, he was a hungry, aggressive battle MC outta Detroit trying to get on mostly as a way to take care of himself and his infant daughter… and to be recognized as a real hip hop lyricist. People saw the talent. Destroying MCs in most his battle contests with wild punch lines, incredible flows and impeccable delivery (defeating Rah Digga along the way), he couldn’t help but get the attention of people like Sway and Tech, Dr. Dre and the Rawkus Family.  From there, it wasnt long until you started to see the Eminem you know today.

But the Eminem I know and miss is the angry, truly not giving a fu*k lyricist that gave me some of the greatest, hilarious lines I’ve ever heard til this day.  Pre Slim Shady LP work. Just… pure anger and hunger to succeed. An artist who would take on any person topic and obliterate it. Someone who would say some outlandish stuff you knew you shouldnt laugh at, but you did anyways.  Below are songs I’m pretty sure you don’t have, and the random songs and lines that I love.

Any Man – Soundbombing 2: (And the Intro) With Em making one of his early,  pre-Slim Shady LP appearances, you have him at his angriest and wildest, getting lines like “Original bad boy on the case/cover your face/came to the club blowed and sprayed Puffy with Ma$e.”  And the classic “I strike a steel pose and hit you with some ill flows/that don’t even make sense/like dykes using dildos.”

3 6 5 – The Restaurant Soundtrack: Although he’s technically guesting on this track by Old World Disorder, he somehow manages to come in and steal the show (as usual) with lines like “So when I grab a pencil and squeeze it between fingers/I’m not a rapper. I’m a demon who speaks english,” the evil line “Motherfuckers tell me to stop the violence?/I’ll start a fire and block the hydrants,” the perfectly delivered “So when Slim gets this M-16 burstin/you’re gettin spun backwards/like every word of obscene cursin/on the B side of my first single/with the CLEAN version. (in the background: MAN),” and the hilarious  “Ill further back than that/Back to lovers lane/to the night you got started up/and Cock-Block your fathers game.” You can tell he was going as hard as he could.

Get You Mad – Sway and Tech Show: This song came from Em’s early appearance on this show back in 1998.  He ended up spitting a freestyle so ill that they just ended up keeping it and building it into the song you hear. Ridiculous from the START with the funniest chorus he’s done, you get that OLD school Em droppin lines like “You see me outside your building/screaming ‘Puffy is good, but Slim Shady is FOR THE CHILDREN!” “You probably hear me rap half-hearted/cuz I aint tryinta rap anyways/I’m just tryinta get my porno career started.” And my favorite “It’s not a gimick, bitch/It’s an image. I LIVE it./Give a Fuck? I don’t know what a Fuck is to give it.” All of this while going in on all of your favorite notable celebrities of the time… dead or alive. Wild.

The Kids – Marshall Mathers LP Australian Import: This song was never officially released for one hilarious reason; Em basically imitates every major character in South Park… from Mr. Garrison telling you not to do drugs and why (hilarious chorus), to The Kids themselves (hence the title…), with Em’s version of Cartman yelling “South Park is gonna SUE ME!” at the end.
Without clearance on the voices, lines used and general imitation of the show,  Em chose to leave this off the Slim Shady LP as to avoid any legal issues with the South Park people. However, once it was (secretly) leaked and he learned that the people at South Park LOVED the song, he secretly dropped it as a bonus track on an Australian Import to the Marshall Mathers LP. I waited 3 weeks to get, along with a bunch of other Slim Shady B-Sides. It was worth it tho. Please listen to it.

Welp, these are all wins that I’m sure you don’t have. So please. Enjoy.

Dear Erykah Badu…. The Cold War Kids are shouting you out.

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LA Represent (Kinda)

Dear Erykah,
Whether you know it or not, we’ve got a good thing going on right now. So let me tell you what it is.
I’ve got a habit of reaching out to you often, in a loving way, to tell you information on who’s out there listening to your music, making great covers of your records, and who’s out there shouting you out in music videos. I understand you’re an artist who’s sensitive about her sh*t, so I know that you appreciate the little things like this. Or at least I hope you do.

The first time I reached out to you, it was regarding My Morning Jacket doing a wonderful cover of your record, “Tyrone.” We were having a discussion on #ThatSite (lmao) regarding you, and someone brought up remixes that were done of your music. I took it one step further, and mentioned that MMJ had done a wonderful cover of Tyrone that I was SURE you hadn’t heard.  We posted it up for you, in hopes that you would hear it.
Well, it looks like you did. Because a few months later… you did this:

….which was absolutely amazing, by the way.

Later, about a year after the release of New Amerykah, while you were still carrying little Mars… The almighty Lil’ Wayne blatantly shouted you out on his superhit, “A Milli.” Posting the lyric directly from his song, “Where is Erykah Badu At?” I made it an attempt to figure out how you were doing with child, how New Amerykah 2 was going, and to show you that there is a wide array of musicians who are interested in your whereabouts.
Welp, you went and one-upped me on that one too, when you went and did this:

So yeah. At this point, I’m being led to the wonderful assumption that you are actually out there listening, taking all of this in, and turning it into beautiful music opportunities. Or maybe not. Or maybe I’m feeling my nerdery too much. Or a combination of all three.

Regardless,  I’m going to go for this one more time…. and bring to your attention the wonderful musical stylings of The Cold War Kids.
They are around the corner from me in Los Angeles, making good music in Fullerton. An Indie Rock band of real quality, the are about 8 EPs/LPs deep at this point, and at work to release #9 really soon. In support of their new album, they just released the video for their new single, “Audience.” The theme of the song, as well as the music video for it, is being in a relationship where you seem to give all of yourself to one person, but in turn, they are totally unresponsive to you and your needs. The video follows the characters through the video as the males in question try their hardest to keep their girls entertained or impress with whatever they are doing at the time, and their girlfriends just… not paying attention.

In this  one scene, one of the boyfriends ask her about YOU.

AWESOOOOOME.

Cool, right?
It’s like, I don’t even know how these kids know whats up like that. LoL.
Heres the full video for your viewing pleasure:

From here, I’ll just let you do what you do. It’s always great to be referenced in a song, and you seem to get alot of that.  You should know the Cold War Kids are definitely worth looking into. A great band who’s obviously been paying attention to the good music. And making good music themselves.

I hope you read this.

Manditory Bloggage: Erykah Badu ft. Lil' Wayne – Jump Up In the Air (Stay There) Video Link –

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Music Win.

I’ve been obsessed with this song for a while. Done in a simplistic, yet beautiful kaleidoscope style, and set up against my FAVORITE shade of purple… Erykah and Wayne take you through a soulful song intertwined with hip hop tendencies. Before she ends her little hypnotic visual project… she reminds you to free Lil’ Wayne, who managed to show up for the video shoot before starting his prison sentence. Good Man.

Erykah is fairly awesome for several reason. Besides the amazing ability to sound current and fresh no matter when and where she drops, I once pointed out to her (via twitters) that Lil’ Wayne had blatantly shouted her out in his hit, “A Milli.”
Seems like she went and did this.

Not the first time either. I once pointed out that My Morning Jacket used her song “Tyrone” on their demo album… a key song that helped them get signed… supposedly, it showed huge musical diversity on their part, which gave them the upperhand.

Then she went and did this.

(Wow. yeah. that actually deserves a blog, really.)

So basically, you listen to your fans. Which means more than you’ll ever know. So now I must nerd it up for you forever.

Between this and Window Seat…. I’m so in love. Not that my love for this woman ever stopped.

Ima say it like I said it on twitter:
dear erykah badu. you can do nothing wrong. not even that whole common situation. and i am a common stan. amazing. i didn’t think this was possible.
your personal & eternal namesaked stan,
ericka.

enjoy.