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jay-z/hudson…forever young vid

this is a really beautifully done video. i love high contrast black and white. they did a good job painting a picture of being “young” with the shots of the kids playing football, playing in the park, the couple chasing eachother, etc. juxtaposed with Jay being praised at a large concert (where he feels most young).

it looks very good, and it’s such a great song. what do you think??

peace, and forever young love.


Skyzoo…making of album vid

I know Red has been into Sky, and i’m sure others digg him on here too so check out the first vid of a series called The Making of the Saving. He talks about how he feels now, The Salvation being his first album, plays a snippet of a track called “The Beautiful Decay” (9th Wonder), talks about his goals for the album, and plays a “For What It’s Worth” (Eric G) snippet.

The 9th Wonder produced snippet “The Beautiful Decay” sounds pretty w/e to me. Sounds like it should have been on a mixtape. “For What It’s Worth” sounds okay…in the same vein i guess. Both tracks sound very hollow to me, which is good because he has a pretty hollow voice so he’s not overpowered, but it gets a bit boring. I like him because he’s a thinker, just predictable is all so.
Peace, and much love.


Common…Jonas bros

MTV recently reported on The Jonas Brothers…

“There’s a song we wrote recently and we were thinking … it does sound different and kind of strange, and [we’d like to work with] a rapper who has some real meaningful lyrics,” Nick, the self-proclaimed “most hip-hop” Jonas, told MTV News. “[Someone who] has some real depth to what he’s saying — someone like a Common or a Lupe Fiasco or a Mos Def. Someone who takes more of a spoken-word approach. That’d be really cool.”

Kevin said that they definitely appreciate hip-hop, hinting that adding that type of vibe to the album is definitely a possibility. “We have a hip-hop bone in us somewhere,” Joe added.

Initially i was going to go postal and talk mad shit about the Jonas brothers. When i heard about this i was thinking to my self, “what douche suckers…they would up and ask for Common, Lupe, or Mos and get exactly what the claim the want. They suck, and they’re just pop stars”…etc. Then i took a step back and realized, 1. i’ve never heard a single Jonas brothers song, 2. i mainly don’t like them because their appeal is to 12 year old rich girls, and 3. if anybody’s the douche in this scenario, it’s Common!
Surely, we can all agree the Jonas brothers are at least a bit lame…but i am superbly upset with Common in this scenario. This is the biggest sell-out story (not for good IMO) of a lifetime. Surely Lonnie wasn’t sitting around one day listening to the Jonas brothers thinking to himself, “shoot, if they just call me out i’d LOVE to collab with them. they are some musical geniuses. real Beatles of our time. pushing the envelope. appealing to grand audiences. yea, that’s the next step for me, and for hip hop.” WRONG MR LYNN. This is NOT the next step for hip hop…maybe for, say, a Soulja Boy. Someone who’s appeal already IS to middle school age suburban kids with no depth to their musical collection, but simply want their artist to look cute, dance, and agree with all of their friends.
I do believe, in my initial annoyed and confused state of mind, older hip hop emcees from (one of the) golden eras of hip hop crossing over to Nickelodeon and cutey pie teeny bopper pop rock star world, is not the crossover for hip hop (or for our Common Sense).
In the end, i gotta give my propers to the Jonases. They’re right, Common IS dope…and Common DOES have some real depth…but i will accept an apology from them because…
Common just leaped and bounded a bunch of people to the top of my shit list.
Peace…and career self mutilation love.