Read In Your Language

Happy 50th Birthday, Graffiti!

In 1967, some dude in Philly wrote his name on a wall to get a girl's attention. My how this culture has grown up since then.

Taggin Ass City

A historical look at the origins of the 1st element of hip hop in this new documentary. Culture kicks the facts.


A LEGEND amongst legends has passed away in Philadelphia. You should probably know this name if you SAY you love hip hop culture...

The Art Scene: The Fun Gallery

Street Art? New???? Our Big Brother Samo, aka Basquiate and the crew was doin that back in the day in NY, sun. Take peep into the start of a movement.

Da Buze Bruvaz: Hard Liquor

Our favorite rap group is back making that unmistakable hip hop music. Nothin but fire. see if I'm wrong...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Do You See It?

Don't gravitate too fast to the picture...

This guy is killing the game right now. People couldn't comprehend why he was singing at Twitter HQ. Or were wondering why he was walking around in a suit, when in actuality we all see people everyday doing business in a suit. I know he (they) paid a lot for that "portrait", yet I wouldn't be surprised if Hype Williams has seen those type of figures too. Puff reportedly has 2 mil around his neck, but I would rather see the craftsmanship on that Horus necklace. Close Up. 'Ye should museum display that piece.

At the same time, dude is giving out FREE music. Cats are going in the studio and straight uploading music for the fanatics. People are mad at Rae because 'Ye connected him with the teen idol. How can you be mad at Rza because he approves? He made the beat people. This is a great move by Kanye, he could have emailed Justin a Drake throwaway and told him kick rocks. Minaj needed a verse like that to get the rap fans re-interested in her upcoming project (because she has a RuPaul/Lil' Gaga following). He could coach her in a way that Wayne or Birdman wouldn't be able to.

* I think that Jay is the ultimate internet lurker, because he's been touching on a lot of issues lately. I can picture him sitting next to Warren Buffet reading RapRadar's comments *

Basically, I see the manifestation of power that can be achieved by knowing how to become a digital media entertainer, instead of a rapper. Digital media consists of music, videos, and pictures. He can put out a song each week, and get a million plus hits per week, instead of waiting 2 years to see if you can sell a million physical units of music. Or he can provide a visual, it can be anything, so long as it captures the eye. I could have swore I have said this before, somewhere.

I don't know if you can see it, but this digital format fits 'Ye to the T. Because he makes beats and rhymes and enjoys displaying his "art", and where else could you display that all at one time to millions of viewers? Of course you perform live at venues (and somehow I think Facebook will be sponsoring that tour coming up, ready to go with some live streaming capabilities). Why do you need a label? You don't need a budget to join Twitter. Yes, it helps that he is already famous, but all of the work and promo is him. Son is literally saving Def Jam stacks of dollars. And saving Def Jam, literally.

We have a visual of the future of media entertainment. And although Kanye West is not the first, the WAY he is doing it is setting precedent for the smart to follow. Now that I pointed it out, y'all can study it.

Oh, and I forgot, notice how no one is asking/searching for a Kanye album leak (especially when it doesn't even have a name).

Beef and Broccoli Type of Rap

Yes, The Beastie Boys.

Monday, September 13, 2010

The $ykotic VMA Quickstrike

No flicks. There's plenty of footage out there for one to manifest. Let's build...

Em ripped that. Clear vocals. I don't know who told Rhi-Rhi to wear that bullsh^t but they should NEVER again be consulted when it comes to fashion. NEVER. AGAIN.

How can Ross have had the album of the year when all he could do was ride a senior citizen scooter to pick up the hostess? They see him as a joke, so that was the job he was hired to do, comedy. Do the knowledge homies.

I would do Chelsea dirty, like nut in the pupil and let her hear the door close while she gets her eyesight in order. "The towels are in the bathroom girl..."

"$yk baby, could you...( click click )"

LEFT FIELD: Why is Souljah trying to sue Miss Info when Kat Stacks "allegedly" set him up?

Usher what was popping with them Sunday Holy Ghost dance moves? But you killed it fam.

Word is bond, 40 oz. bottles are made better than those moon man awards. BELIEVE THIS.

My girl, my homie and his wife and I were trying to remember the name of the last Justin Beiber. See the jewel in this.

Bet a stack there were plenty of Petey Pablo jokes that were deemed too sensitive to broadcast. The T.I. joke was lizzame.

50 should have presented an award as Pimpin' Curly, word is bond. And who was that red headed MILF in the nightgown curtain on the spinning platter?

C'mon Pharrell, Ciara had the spandex on spreading the legs and you look TOTALLY disinterested. #cutitoutyo

And again, Chelsea calling the little guy her "Mexican nugget (a lil too loose with it)" is a good reason reason I would infect the eyeball. No one stamped your pass.

While y'all adore Jigga, AKON IS THE MAN. The shim Gaga is HIS artist.


Yo Drake, w/o Mary J rocking with you, that would have been after school special boring kid. You need to tell your team to let you rehearse for like 6 months or hire some help, because your live show sucks ostrich balls. Swizz, you need no microphone dog.

All hail Mary J Blige.

Can I presume Minaj didn't have the performance shine like they said months ago because SHE CAN'T PERFORM? No wonder she couldn't tour with Rhianna. You killed's shine girl.

B.o.B. needs some breathing lessons, and to calm down. Word. I thought that broad was gonna sing 'You Light Up My Life 2010'.

Kanye? 'Nuff said. I won't talk about how he snatched Araabmusik's M.O., but that was $ worthy. Pusha has something going for his future.

Now that I think about it, it probably was a prelude to some type of Dipset action that's gonna happen on one of these Fridays. Stay tuned.

All in all, talent shines thru, gimmicks fall short. I haven't watched award shows in years, and most likely will not after this.

Shouts to Sterling wine, purple haze, and shrimp Parmesan.

Wednesday, September 8, 2010


So getting back to the music, I want to let all know who have submitted music, that I have heard all. Listened real well. Expected to witness more diversity, yet I am pleased with the level of talent. As well as minds. I had the same format as XXL did with the DJ's giving the pros and cons, so I fell back to the drawing board. Maybe I wanted the presentation too immaculate, perhaps I should just let it breathe, let those out there bear testimony to the ionospheric waves.

'Politikkkz'-B Eazy by sykoticdonmccaine

I enjoy B Eazy's music. He has a story to tell. To me, he sounds like he's reborn again when he gets into the booth. The love for man and music, so he doesn't want to waste time, he insists on bring a dish to the table. His polishing requires he study the craft to speak craftier (absorb the double meaning), refine his persona, and search for a in-house producer with the same vision, for his word and voice require it's own sound. I will be honest, I have been listening to B at the same time I found out about Big K.R.I.T. Them two with Skyzoo too? I'm listening and copping.

Y'all out there in lurkdom, drop a line on homie. Let's work...e-fluent on deck.

Bonus Beats:

We did this in 10 minutes. I'm #2. When Hip Hop was fun, and not about getting a check. Which was a bonus, b.

'BRIGADETRUST' by sykoticdonmccaine

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

A 4 Billi Add-On

This is exactly what I'm saying. While these elite rap stars flaunt their wealth, places like this, of true wealth, are left for other people to swipe up. Cats out of Boston at that, considering that many of rap's wealthy reside in NY or are close to it. Who's buying this place? People who most likely aren't even associated with the music industry. People who see the wealth in this historic site. Didn't Mr. Carter try his hand in some real estate deal? How did this opportunity slip by?

The last time I heard, they give you money to help in the upkeep of a historical landmark. Watch these people come in and make something of this building while we argue and quarrel over who represents "real Hip Hop". Even at this very moment, we are discussing Fab v Souljah Boy in a battle.


Thursday, September 2, 2010

Home of The 4 Billi Burger

I wanted to switch up from the TI/Tiny fiasco. Somewhere down the line TI will get tired of retainers and fees. And fines.

Honestly, I haven't patronized Burger King in years. I can't say I crave anything on their menu. Could it be that I live close to a Burgerville? Could be. Because I've tasted the likes of Inn-N-Out Burger to know that I'm wasting money on a Whopper? Perhaps. Usually I create my own $ykotic Burga:

2 double quarter pounder patties (from McD's)
7 slices of cooked turkey bacon
4 pastrami slices
4 slices of corned beef (or roast beef, depending on my mood)
2 slices of Tillamook cheddar cheese (no Kraft eastcoasters)
sliced pickles
thousand island dressing
handful of McD's french fries(on the burga)

And this is a monthly recipe I switch up on, but mainly stay with the basic ingredients. And I'm still a lanky 180 lbs (hooray for metabolism). If you can, try it out, figuring that this weekend is "supposed" to be that last weekend to BBQ. We BBQ all the time over here, it saves money on the electric bill.

But back to the subject at hand. BK is going private again. Some investors are buying it for close to 4 billion dollars. I'm thinking, Blackman, where's YOUR 4 billi business at? For all the flack we get over chicken, why don't we have a majority stake in the world's largest fast food joint, KFC? We can ride around in Maybachs, smoking and bullsh^t, but what are we REALLY doing?

Nightclubs ain't enough. Limited edition shirts and sneakers mean nothing. A garage full of expensive cars is foolish if you don't have your own gas pump.

Where's the big business at Blackmen? Where's the 4 billie business that can provide food and jobs for thousands of us trying to succeed in life? That can even provide scholarships and sponsorship money to help the less fortunate than you "successful" guys? I've heard of E-40's venture. None of these guys can invest in it to make it national, better yet, international?

But a cat will spend 2 mil on a chain (Puff), or a car (Birdman), or a vacation (Jay). Excuse me "ballers", but rich guys buy businesses. Poor people buy luxurious items to say/show they are rich.

Call me when Bill Gates buys some diamond encrusted fronts with the company logo, and I'll forgive you rapper dudes.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

To My East Coast Brethren...

Good luck with that. Hopefully you have been reading my survival series notations to have a bag ready.

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