No stranger to hip hop controversy, rap's most infamous ghostwriter Skillz presents "The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn't Do It! Remix)", the hilarious true story of a bet gone awry between Skillz and The Roots' drummer, Ahmir "?uestlove" Thompson. Featured on Skillz, Jazzy Jeff & J.Period's new mixtape, Infamous Quotes (available at: http://www.jperiod.com/skillz), "The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn't Do It! Remix)" is proof positive that no one puts a story into rhyme with as much skill and humor as the million dollar backpacker himself. Look out for his new album, The World Needs More Skillz, available October 25.
"?uestlove, where you at? It's goin down..... Ha!"
Ever wonder why certain ideas stick? For instance, bell-bottoms seem to come back every generation, but other styles (cue MC Hammer's genie pants) will probably never return on a grand scale. Clothing trends is just one aspect, as there are literally billions of fads, perceptions, and practices that we've kept close to us, and even more that we've let go, if not outright forget over time. The Leo DiCaprio summer blockbuster Inception was all about why we retain certain concepts, yet discard others. These ideas are memes, and myself, along with memes expert Dr. John Gunders, have written the first book for general audiences on the subject!
A fun labor of love, The Complete Idiot's Guide to Memes is out TODAY! You can get it your way: In paperback online or at your favorite bookstore, on the Amazon Kindle, on the Barnes & Noble nook, or on the Apple iBookstore. In fact, you can actually read a sample chapter on your Kindle, nook, or iPhone/iPod/iPad right now. In the book, John and I discuss what a meme is, how it travels, why it travels, and what impact these cultural ideas have had on everything from clothes and music to intimacy and politics. We bring the conversation begun in Malcolm Gladwell's The Tipping Point into our modern digital age.
Check out THE BOOK and we truly hope you enjoy reading it as much as we did writing it.
*CATCH ME ON CNN*
If you'd like to find out about the latest in memes, trends and viral ideas, catch my new weekly column for CNN.com <http://www.cnn.com/tech>. I touch on everything from the hilarious Double Rainbow phenomenon <http://bit.ly/cxIyja> to the Oxford adding WebSpeak to its official dictionary <http://bit.ly/9YUteA>. We've been doing the column since June, so feel free to check out CNN.com and have fun in the archives <http://www.cnn.com/tech>.
*IPAD GUIDE, OTHER BOOKS AVAILABLE ON KINDLE*
Also, it's not too late to grab my best-selling iPad guide and other books on your Kindle. Info is below:
Damon Brown's Simple Guide to the iPad:
Make the most of your iPad! Veteran tech author Damon Brown gives all you need to have fun with Apple's popular device, from music and word processing to photos and video games. The down-to-earth tone cuts through all the tech jargon, while the detailed information will get novices and techies alike up and running. Both affordable and thorough, the book will make you an expert in an hour or two. Get it from Amazon HERE for $1.79!
The Damon Brown Reader: A Decade of Sex, Tech & Pop Culture Journalism
On the cutting edge of music, tech and sex culture, Playboy and New York Post writer Damon Brown has opened the world to the most influential subcultures. In his first anthology, Damon takes six of the best pieces over the past decade from some of the top publications. Also includes an exclusive excerpt from Porn & Pong: How Grand Theft Auto, Tomb Raider and Other Sexy Games Changed Our Culture. The Damon Brown Reader: A Decade of Sex, Tech & Pop Culture Journalism. Price: $2.99!
Click on the links to download the books through Amazon and read them through the Kindle device or the free Kindle app on the iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch, PC or Mac.
Former BET Executive To Launch Lifestyle Website On 10/10/10
Andreas Hale’s TheWellVersed.com is set to launch on 10/10/10 at 10 P.M. PST.
Former BET music editor, journalist and counter culture rabble rouser Andreas Hale announced today the launch of TheWellVersed.com, an innovative lifestyle Website catering to the needs of the sophisticated man without turning off women.
Described best as a shot of Spike TV and MTV with a chaser of Bill Maher, The Well Versed aims to fill a void in journalism by offering a humorous, yet mature and intelligent perspective on everything from sports and music to politics and social issues. Over the course of the last decade, Hale has covered boxing, mixed martial arts, video games, music, fashion, film, social issues and pop culture for a number of websites and magazines. It only made sense to bring all those subjects together under one umbrella.
For Hale, being well versed is more than a title; it’s a way of life.
"While holding positions as Editor at HipHopSite, HipHopDX and BET I realized that our readers were interested in far more than merely music,” Hale says. “What I found is that many of us have the same interests but there isn't a location that harnesses all of this information and offers it in an educated manner that speaks to those who are mentally mature and interested in things other than what's considered 'hot' and important by mainstream media.”
Assembling a group of rogue journalists from various walks of life, The Well Versed aims to bring back real journalism by departing from the glut of gossip blogs that aggregate content in place of producing original material.
The site will also serve as the unofficial editorial component of popular music blog 2DopeBoyz.com, helmed by Joel “Shake” Zela and Meka Udoh, who worked with Hale during his tenure as Editor-In-Chief at HipHopDX.com. The Well Versed will spotlight many of the artists that 2DopeBoyz features through news, in depth Q&A’s and feature stories.
“I know how important it is to get back to the roots of building an artist,” Hale explains. “I have always admired Shake and Meka’s fearlessness when it comes to taking a chance on new artists while spotlighting the well-known acts. TWV will take the music to another level by interviewing those artists with partnerships branded as a‘2DBZ x TWV’ collaboration.”
Hale and his band of scribes aren’t afraid to swim against the current of pop culture to give readers the information they need on stories other sites shy away from.
"It is our duty to become trailblazers and trendsetters who aren't afraid to take a chance on a story when it isn't popular,” Hale notes. “We aren't afraid to put out music that hasn't been cosigned by the mainstream. We aren't scared to deliver an unpopular opinion, just as long as that opinion is educated. We are here to provide an alternative way of thinking for those who have been force fed stories that they could care less about.”
If Hale has his way, The Well Versed will be the site that Web 2.0 has been waiting for.
"We're not here to change the game. We're here to enhance it."
TheWellVersed.com officially launches at 10:00 P.M PST on October 10th, 2010.
Brooklyn femcee Deena Jonez releases her brand new mixtape "Kings County - Where We From", which is a joint project with her creative partner Milk Plus under the name Kings County. The mixtape, brought to you by MIMS Music Group, is available for download now!
With "Where We From", Deena Jonez gives the listeners a piece of herself and more insight as to who she is as a person and artist. "Kings County means Brooklyn, NYC -- it represents where I'm from and where I'm at. This is where I was born and had all of my life changing experiences. I want to give people the experience of where I'm from and introduce people to Kings County," explains Jonez.
Milk Plus and Jonez hand-picked their favorite music from all around the world and embraces the tracks to show how extremely versatile and creative-minded they are. The lead track "Old School Funk" is now available for download and you may also enjoy watching the music video to the bonus song "Wooo Riddim".
TRACKLISTING 1. Where I'm From (by Lemon) 2. Hometown Glory 3. Holiday 4. Summertime 5. Star 6. Say It (Come Get It) 7. Running 8. Devilish Mode 9. She Likes To 10. They Wanna Know 11. Old School Funk 12. After Midnight 13. Reflections 14. Until We Bleed 15. Handle With Grace 16. Cold Pillow Bonus Track: Woo Riddim
**DISCLAIMER: I’m using Jay-Z, Kanye West and Rihanna as a point of reference because it seems that the 3 of them have been the main focus of all of this over the top Illuminati stuff. Now with that said, let’s get busy.**
Lately the world of Hip Hop has been going a little crazier than usual. “Jay-Z is part of the Illuminati”, “Rihanna is flashing Masonic hand gestures in photo shoots”, “Kanye West is using Illuminati symbolism in his videos”. I even received an email from some random nutjob claiming that myself and Rodney used Illuminati-esque imagery on the cover for Marvelous World Of Color and I secretly wrote about Satan on a song called “The Architect” (Satan is sometimes referred to as the architect of the world in the bible).
Sorry to tell you folks, but you couldn’t be further from the truth.
Is the Illuminati real? Yes. Do they have a plan to form a world government and control everything you say and do? Yes. Are your favorite rappers knowingly included in this grand scheme? ABSOLUTELY NOT.
I don’t even know where to start with this, but being somebody who has studied The Freemasons, The Bohemian Club, The Bildergerg Group and The Illuminati I can tell you that the plan that’s unfolding in front of us is not in the hands of a bunch of musicians. Not even *gasp* Jay-Z.
Let’s begin at the bottom. There are 33 levels or degrees to Freemasonry. At the bottom you have the vast majority of Freemasons, sometimes referred to as “Shriners”. Most people never make it further than the 3rd degree which is the title of “Master Mason”. These people are looked at as a talent pool. It’s a bit like college sports. If you exhibit traits that the people in charge appreciate, you move up to the majors. If not, you just kinda hang around. A lot of Freemasons are members through family or close relationships with other members. Those who are truly devoted to the organization will spend a lifetime slowly moving up in the levels or degrees of membership. They are deeply rooted in the occult and they take their secrets and traditions very seriously.
During the long, drawn out process of moving up through the Freemason organization, members also move up through ranks in various high powered industries like weapons, finance, banking and eventually politics. These people are extremely powerful, highly influential and virtually unknown to most of the general public.
So is Jay-Z a member? Nope. Even if he was, there is no way that he would be anywhere near close enough to being a part of their grand operation. To the average person Jay-Z symbolizes the pinnacle of success. He has hundreds of millions of dollars in the bank and still growing. He’s one of the wealthiest entertainers in North America and has an unbelievable amount of influence. But if you see it from their perspective, he’s not on their level. Being so far up on the social ladder, it’s entirely possible that Jay-Z has rubbed elbows with a few of the power players but there is no way he would ever formally be included in the plan for a one world government or new world order, which is their ultimate goal. Jay-Z plays as big of a part in the new world order as you do.
Yeah, Jay-Z has as much of a hand in the new world order as YOU do.
The role that artists like Jay-Z, Rihanna and Kanye West (even myself to a lesser degree) play in the grand scheme is the role of the distraction. To influence you to consume and buy into the bullshit or what I like to refer to as the “Grand Deception”. What the people in power want you to do is to continue to focus everywhere except on them. In order to do that, musicians, actors, etc., are used as false idols. They are put in place to direct the attention from what’s going on right in front of you. They are there to push an agenda. Even if they don’t know it, and I highly doubt any of them do.
The truth is, as artists we all start with a dream and there are certain benchmarks that occur throughout our creative lifespan. First there’s the moment that you realize you have “it”. Secondly there’s the first song or album where everything falls together perfectly and you’re officially in your groove. The third benchmark is the big one; the moment you have to make the crucial decision as to what’s more important, your artistic vision or your ability to capitalize from your talent. Due to years of social conditioning, for most Hip Hop artists they never really have to make this choice. Having spent years being at the bottom of our social hierarchy they already have a hunger for material things and the music reflects that. Through no fault of their own they already celebrate the consumer culture musically and so it’s only natural that they continue to do that once they actually have the resources to attain those things. Even with knowledge of all of this, I find myself dreaming of driving a fully restored 1952 Cadillac Deville through the streets of Vancouver right in front of all the people who said I’d never make it.
That’s what it’s all about. As a society we equate a person’s importance to ownership of material goods that we collectively value and they know this. Matter of fact, they created it.
The Illuminati isn’t something that just happened over night. They are generations of people who have been secretly working and executing a plan for over 100 years. The major turning point occured when the Federal Reserve was instituted in 1913. Once they took control of the money and the trade of goods, their plan for world domination went into full-swing and their main tool for brainwashing you into a consumer culture was the media. It was through celebrities and the illusion of the “american dream” that we walked right into the slaughter. Instead of focusing on how the machine worked, we were and still are the oil that keeps it running.
So are Jay-Z, Rihanna, Kanye West and every other person that has supposedly used Masonic imagery in their art a part of this system? Yes. Are they aware of it? Possibly. Are you a part of it as well? Absolutely.
When Jay-Z did his multi-million dollar deal with Live Nation, or any other corporation for that matter, I’m sure he’s well aware of the system he’s a part of. But in his mind I’m sure he views it as good business and nothing more than that. There’s nothing wrong with music or entertainment. I myself am a huge fan of Jay and he’s been a major influence on me not just as an artist but also how I function in the music industry. I actually wasn’t even disappointed in Kingdom Come and thought it was far better than 99% of the Rap albums that came out that year. Kanye, despite how I feel about artists remaining humble and appreciative, is in my opinion one of the few true geniuses that still exist in music. Rihanna…. Well, have you seen her video for “Rude Boy”? Yeah, we’re all fans.
In conclusion, I think it’s great that people are waking up to the evil that exists in our world. I just think that we need to step back and open up to how sick and twisted it all really is and not try to find an easy scapegoat to blame it on. Jay-Z throws up the diamond because it’s a clever way to signal his crew and company, The Roc. Kanye uses all types of different imagery because he’s Kanye. Rihanna throws up the “devil horns” on magazine covers because she wants you to know that she rocks. And finally Rodney and I use the pyramid because it’s a sign of power and a deeper understanding and I wrote “The Architect” to welcome everybody to our view of the world, not because we hang with Satan.
Yes people, sometimes it’s THAT simple. The new world order is a real thing and it’s coming whether you believe it or not. It’s we the people, ALL OF US, who have the choice as to what we’re going to do about it.
And if after all that I wrote here wasn’t convincing enough, just think about the many times Kanye has stormed a stage or spoke his mind on live television. Could you imagine if somehow he felt slighted by another member of the Illuminati? Their whole plan would fall to pieces at that year’s Grammy Awards.
MP3: Willow Smith + Nicki Minaj "Whip My Hair" Remix
Early this morning, a remix of Willow Smith's debut single, "Whip My Hair" featuring Young Money star Nicki Minaj made its way around the internet at a lightning pace. Sharp listeners soon discovered that Nicki's verse, although age appropriate, was recycled from a guest appearance she made in 1999. The remix, created by Connecticut's "Mixtape Marvel" DJ Semi, has come to please fans of both Nicki and the lovely miss Willow Smith.
"It leaked from my SoundCloud account early this morning", explains DJ Semi. Semi was working on a Nicki Minaj remix 'mixtape' to release for free on his website DJSemi.com late last night when he uploaded it to his SoundCloud profile. "I usually make all of my project files private so only me and my partner KG can access them, but I was so exhausted that I didn't wait to make sure it went through all the way". The song soon found its way into the hands of many blogs and an endless number of Twitter users.
"I'm glad millions of people will potentially hear my work, but I wish it didn't cause such a ruckus", says Semi. "My mixtapes are meant to be creative and different. Sometimes the pieces of the remix puzzle fit too well. Keep supporting Willow and Nicki. I can't think of two more incredible artists then these two young ladies. I hope to hear the real collaboration real soon"!
DJ Semi and DJ KG are currently working on a yet untitled, Nicki Minaj remix project. It will be available on djsemi.com and djkg.net Tuesday, October 26th.
Mixtape: Kanye West & DJ Dub - Style & Grace Vol. 7
1. INTRO - DJ DUB 2. DIAMOND SIZED PROPS (DUB MIX) - KANYE WEST 3. RUNAWAY LOVE REMIX - JUSTIN BIEBER / KANYE WEST / RAEKWON 4. LIVE FAST DIE YOUNG - KANYE WEST / RICK ROSS 5. WHOLE CITY BEHIND US - KANYE WEST 6. WHATEVER YOU WANT (DUB MIX) - BIG SEAN / KANYE WEST 7. FANCY FALLS (DUB MIX) - KANYE WEST 8. FIND YOUR LOVE (DUB MIX) - DRAKE / KANYE WEST 9. YOUR LOVE (DUB MIX) - NICKI MINAJ / KANYE WEST 10. EXHIBIT 2 (DUB MIX) - KANYE WEST / MOS DEF / FREEWAY 11. DEVIL IN A NEW DRESS - KANYE WEST 12. SEE ME NOW - KANYE WEST / BEYONCE / CHARLIE WILSON 13. WYLIN CAUSE IM YOUNG - KID CUDI / KANYE WEST 14. ERASE ME - KID CUDI / KANYE WEST 15. YOU KNOW THEY KNOW (DUB MIX) - KANYE WEST / SHAWTY LO 16. POWER REMIX - KANYE WEST / JAY-Z / SWIZZ BEATZ 17. NOTHIN ON YOU (DUB MIX) - B.O.B. / KANYE WEST / LUPE FIASCO 18. MONSTER - KANYE WEST / RICK ROSS / JAY-Z / NICKI MINAJ 19. COMFORTABLE (DUB MIX) - KANYE WEST / BABYFACE / LIL WAYNE 20. GOOD FRIDAY - KANYE WEST / COMMON / BIG SEAN / KID CUDI / PUSHA T 21. RUNAWAY (TOIS DE NOISE MIX) - KANYE WEST / PUSHA T 22. LORD LORD LORD - KANYE WEST / RAEKWON / MOS DEF 23. IM SO APPALLED - KANYE WEST / SWIZZ BEATZ / JAY-Z / PUSHA T / CYHI DA PRINCE / RZA 24. BE CLEVE IN YOURSELF - KANYE WEST / CLEVELAND BROWN 25. LOST IN THE WORLD - KANYE WEST 26. GOLDEN STATE - LAW 27. ALL OF THE LIGHTS - KANYE WEST / DRAKE / TONY WILLIAMS