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RIP Michael Jackson

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When I heard the news yesterday I didn’t want to believe it. I thought cats were joking or something. Then when I heard cats blast michael jackson songs in midtown it started to set in.

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I played Thriller on the way back home and thought about what happened. I’ve said it once and I’ll say it again. Thriller is the best pop album ever made. I mean Off the Wall and Bad are great but Thriller is his magnum opus. Not even the lame duet he did with Paul McCartney could deny it’s legendary status. It’s one of my favorite LP’s ever and it’s one of the first I ever listened to front and back.

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Listening Session: J. Cole – The Warmup

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This cat’s been getting some buzz for months and I kept turning my attention elsehwere. So when I saw that his latest dropped this Monday I decided to see what all the fuss is about. I didn’t know much about dude other than he’s from North Carolina and he’s the first Roc Nation signee. I don’t know the specifics behind the deal but he had to have impressed Hov to get that big cosign. I tried not to get gassed but I knew he had to have something special to get noticed by one of the greats.

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Is Basketball Really Over?!?!

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I hate to see the season end like this. No, I’m not mad that the Lakers won. In fact I’m glad Kobe got a chip and I expect him to make a diss record at Shaq in the coming weeks.

But c’mon now, the finals were so garbage. It wrapped up in 5 games. One was interesting (game 2) the next best one was aggravating (game 4) and that’s it.

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Death of Autotune…Really Hov??

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D.O.A. (Death Of Autotune) by Jay-Z

So Hov dropped the bomb (D.O.A. – Death of Autone) last Friday and cats have been buzzing nationwide. I like the song and I felt like something of this magnitude had to be done. As he explained on The Angie Martinez show Monday he’s not saying cats like T-Pain are wack. Instead, he’s challenging artists to try something new and innovative with their work: namely their melodies.

Still you have to wonder if Jay is as much of a threat as he was, say even five years ago, to people’s careers. A lot of heads make their daily bread on cranking the plugin up to 11. Plus it’s not like the radio and DJ’s have suddenly stopped playing Ron Browz’s and DJ Webstar’s records.

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Listening Session: Meth & Red’s Blackout! 2

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I just got through listening to this album AGAIN and said: “Hey, I like this. Why not upload it?” Then some time passed as I expended some frustration towards Imeem’s uploader/playlist apps. Anyway it’s up now and I’m surprised by how much I like this joint. No it’s not as good as the first Blackout. But it’s better than pretty much any other rap release this year so far save for Relapse.

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The KiD CuDi Effect

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Scott Mescudi, bka KiD CuDi, is an interesting character to say the least. Dude went from myspace to Hot 97 off of the strength of Day N Night: a TWO YEAR OLD song. Maybe the radio was slippin’ (nah really they were). Plus the Jim Jones remix played a role in it’s success. Nevertheless that’s unheard of.

He doesn’t really go in when he raps and he’s not the best singer. But he knows how to craft songs that people want to hear. That talent, along with a GOOD MUSIC cosign and a left of center look, gives him an edge in not only rap, but pop music in general.

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R&B Could Use More Talent Like Ryan Leslie

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When I take one of my “rap breaks” I tend to turn to r&b/soul tracks so I can keep my ears satisfied. Lately 90’s Slow Jams and the odd Jamie Foxx song have been the go to players. I’ve also developed an appreciation for Ryan Leslie: not only for his singing, but for his production and songwriting skills (outside of rapping) as well.

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