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Hip Hop Music – Hip Hop Is Alive

What has happened to hip hop music? I have seen a disgraceful turn for the worse on my tv screen, but let’s review some real hip hop music.

We will stick to only albums dropped recently. Of course, I highly recommend of all of these albums. I’m not going to criticize any of the albums. Simply because there is already a million people who have done so – with or without justification.

Let’s get started with the “Conscience Rapper” Common. I wish we didn’t have to use that particular terminology to categorize the rapper because all rappers should be conscience. It is basically the definition of hip-hop.

Common – Finding Forever

From the incredible “unforgivable” all the way to the radio smash hits, “The People” and “The Game” (no similarity to the west coast rapper at all) “, this album is worth your purchase.

Common puts together rhymes like a puzzle. Each piece being essential as the last. He uses intricate rhyme schemes, but still gets his point across in the most immaculate manner.

Common exchanges punchlines with Kayne West on “Southside”. My favorite collaboration between the two; up until this point. Kayne also produces this track as he does most of the album. West spits at the top of his game while spitting lyrics e.g. “I know you must be thinking its armorall flow because it never gets rusty”. Common on the other hand spits amazing lyrics himself, for example: “Your career was a typo, mine was written like a haiku.”

Though Common never comes out and blames the south for hip-hops decline ( that he mentions a multitude of times) the following lyric from “Start the Show” could be subject to misinterpretation, “You sing along wit it, inside you knowin it’s wack, Young who? I don’t need a openin act”. Common never backs down from a fight. He also mentions the lack of hip-hop spirit in the song “The Game”.

Is this Common’s best work? I don’t know. I personally like it better then his last album. Be had a completely different ambience to it though. I guess, we should give credit to Kayne.

I know this album could be perceived to have a few lackadaisical songs. Unlike fox news, I do give the other side. A counter perspective is available at Nobodysmiling [http://www.nobodysmiling.com/hiphop/album_review/87760.php]

Talib Kweli – Ear Drum

Talib’s recent effort has sixteen tracks that will fulfill any fans need for another album from the rap superstar.

He spits some of his most intellectual and deep thinking lyrics to date in “Ear Drum”.

Electrify one of the most soulful tracks on “Ear Drum” is perfectly titled as it does electrify you. Especially your mind as most of the album does.

The guests help the momentum of the album more than they hurt it. Demonstrated in songs like “Hostile Gospel” with Bun B and Pimp C, who seem to fit in very well in the banger by Just Blaze.

If Talib had to take it back to square one. I’m talking about the hip-hop classic “Reflection Eternal”. He definitely took a few paces in the right direction.

I’ll finish the review by saying that the album isn’t perfect, but perfection is in the beholder.

Brother Ali – The Undisputed Truth

Brother Ali probably would get his mic cut off by Bill O Reilly with his very open minded views on America. Actually more times than less, pessimistic views.

A “Letter From The Government” basically denounces the entire war. Ali blatantly states in the chorus, “I got a letter from the government the other day I opened and read and burned that man, The way that I live don’t concern that man, We gon’ have to settle this another way”. I guess he might also be talking about any possibility of a draft and his reaction. Maybe just a letter asking him to join the military. Nevertheless, one of the most intriguing songs that has been released this year.

The underground artist doesn’t stop there with his attitude towards America. Yes, his home country. On the track “Freedom ain’t free”. He annihilates our foreign policies. Especially when it comes to people who are starving in other countries. “So I use blood and sweat to butter my bread, Cos this cold world couldn’t give a fuck if I’m fed”.

If you are a liberal, you will probably take well to this album. He doesn’t like the war, he doesn’t like our foreign policies, and he doesn’t like how Muslims are being treated. He claims to be a devout Muslim in a few tracks.

If this album doesn’t make you sit back and think. You might want to get your brain examined.

El P – I’ll Sleep When I’m Dead

Honestly. What can I say about this album that hasn’t been repeated a million times. This is a monster underground album. One of the biggest in the history of hip-hop. You haven’t heard of it? Funny, isn’t it? If you like Mike Jones, I suggest you don’t check out this album, if you’re a real hip-hop fan, it’s a must!

Nas – Hip Hop Is Dead

I don’t think anyone else has said this, but hip-hop needed this album. Not because it has the best work by my man Nas, but because we needed the history lesson. I learned a lot from this album, I didn’t even know.

It also gave me the motivation to go back and play some of those old albums. How much dust does your “Mc Shan” records have on them?

We need to remember our roots, which is a perfect segway for my next album.

The Roots – Game Theory

The Roots put together an album that flows together like Rakim and Eric B.

You won’t skip a track on this cd. I can guarantee you that. Black Thought’s not even at the top of his game. Am I the only one who finds that unbelievably scary?

The Roots are breaking ground in hip-hop. Although it’s underground in general, It’s ultimately refreshing.

Ghost Face – More Fish + Fishscale

I am absolutely exhilarated to get all this new Ghostface material. Though he has never been type to take a break from rapping. He comes back, probably full fledged with these two near classic albums.

Still spitting as mean as you would expect. If you want to learn to be an emcee. Study every move of Ghostface.

Killah Priest – The Offering

Though the album isn’t officially out. It did leak. I have heard nothing but positive reviews. I think this might be his best work to date.

The album also features some great artists like Canibus, Ras Kass, Kurupt, and Immortal Technique.

How To Submit Network News Video Clip Footage In 3 Steps

Has this ever happened to you? You’re standing on a busy street corner, minding your own business, when all of a sudden a masked gunman comes running out of a nearby bank with the cops in hot pursuit. Luckily, you have your video cell phone and capture the whole scene on video. But how would you submit network news video clip footage like this to ABC, CBS, NBC, or Fox?

Being in the right place at the right time armed with a video cellphone when something newsworthy occurs means you could potentially reap some financial rewards. Did you know that news organizations pay handsomely for exclusive video like this?

So what do you do now that you’ve captured some great video or picture with your cell phone? There are basically three steps to take if you want to get paid for the video footage you have shot. Edit, upload, and announce it to the media.

Most video cellphones come with movie editing software built-in (or packaged with the phone). Even if the bundled software is sub-par (which it usually is) there are many off-the-shelf software solutions that can enhance the quality and reduce the file size of the video you have captured.

Remember, you do not want to manipulate the video extensively, since this will jeopardize the ‘man on the street’ quality that the news networks are looking for. Besides, the news stations have much more sophisticated software than you could probably afford to massage your video into the desired format, length and content.

You probably don’t need to do much to your raw video footage except reduce the length of the clip to the smallest size. This is important because you don’t want to pay to upload your video and the free video hosting services only give you so much storage space that can quickly run out if you are uploading large files.

Next, you need to upload your video to an online video sharing service. There are bunch of these available, some offering a meager amount of free storage and charging extra for larger portions of space. Other services limit the amount of bandwidth your video can consume. This means the number of people that can watch your video at one time is limited.

After choosing a suitable place to host your newsworthy video, you need to tell the news broadcasters about it. In whatever city you live in, there are local news affiliates that are part of larger news organizations like Fox News or ABC. You can easily determine which news stations are in your area by turning on a TV and seeing what the call-letters are for your local broadcast news stations.

Breaking News! The Holidays Are Coming and YOU Can Stay Healthy

Yes, we’ve all been there before – early January comes and we’re feeling sluggish, heavy, bloated, and perhaps a bit guilty. I’m on a mission to revolutionize how we take care of ourselves, all year long. But the best place and time to start is here and now.

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and the “Festive Season” rolls in quickly after. It can often seem a bit overwhelming, so many events geared around food, seeing family & friends, getting all the work done before you go off work or traveling. Or maybe it’s just tough to be at home with a chill in the air, comforting, warm food in the house, and to NOT overeat.

I’ve put together my 7 best tips on how to care for yourself during these next couple of months – through all of the celebrations and all of the invites. And I’d like to invite you to join me in self-care without deprivation. Yes, I mean it – no dieting, no self-punishment or torture. Let’s aim to get to January feeling great, feeling strong, and feeling nurtured.

7 Empowering Ways to Stay Healthy During the Holidays

1) Be your own friend.

You, whether you fully accept it or not, are a human being, and you have amazing, wonderful qualities. Choosing unhealthy food choices (whether it’s foods that aren’t good for us, healthy foods in too large quantity, or both) is always a sign that you arenot valuing yourself in the way you deserve. Before you make these choices, just take a minute to think about how great you really are – think of your 3 best qualities, nice things you’ve done for someone else lately, and/or what your friends really love about you. And know that these good qualities – they are your truth.

2) Always acknowledge that you have a choice.

The diet industry doesn’t want us to believe that we are powerful enough to make our own choices. They make a heck of a lot of money on the premise that you’re not. Then they get to tell you what to do.

I’m telling you, YOU ALWAYS HAVE A CHOICE. You can choose to eat German chocolate cake all day long, you can get up early and go running, you can get drunk every night, or you can base every meal around fresh veggies. All of these have consequences. But know that the choice is YOURS and YOU ARE CHOOSING the results as well. Your friend who wants you to join her in one last piece of pie does not have the power to make you do so – you can say yes, you can say no. You can take the pie home if you want, for later. It’s you who makes the choice. And sometimes, of course, you will join her for that pie. Just make sure YOU choose to do so. It’s totally liberating when we realize that we do have the power of choice.

I don’t care if you say you want to feel great in the morning, and then you gorge yourself on 8 beefsteaks & a cheesecake, and feel sick. Well, really I do care, but it’s not my choice. It’s not something I’m going to do for you. It HAS to come from you. And you need to know you are making ALL of your own choices.

3) Keep drinking.

Water that is, in whatever form works best for you. Carry a water bottle with you if you like, or a thermos & drink herbal tea. Lemon & ginger tea is a great combo this time of year – detoxing, warming & soothing. If you stay hydrated, I promise you, your food cravings will be less – they may still be there, of course, but they will be less.

If you plan on drinking alcohol (and remember it’s your choice), then increase your water intake even more – perhaps have a pint glass of water for every one of booze. Whatever works to remind yourself to drink water. And, of course, remember that if you drink alcohol at all, your judgment will be compromised so you’ll be less aware of what you’re eating. I’m not saying don’t drink, just be conscious of what you’re choosing, so if drinking & losing control is an issue for you, then you can have a plan to be prepared for it.

4) Choose your own guidelines ahead of time.

If I’m going to a big party, event, or gathering where I know there’ll be great food served for hours at a time, I try to tune into myself and the situation before I go. How hungry am I now & how long do I have before I’ll need to eat? What foods am I craving today? Is it a holiday & I really want the foods associated with that day? It helps me to know how long I’ll have before I’m truly hungry, and to keep a mental guide with me in while I’m at the event.

What works best for me is to work out how long it will be before I’m hungry, then to hold off eating until then, and to consciously choose* what will feed me best in that moment. In doing so, I’m not depriving myself and I’m not overeating. I’m making choices, which will help me to satisfy myself and feel good later.

*I know it’s not always easy to consciously choose what you’re going to eat if you’re at a dinner party, but in these cases you can consciously choose to be present & relaxed, and to still choose how much of it you will eat. Just because someone serves you a huge plate of their food, it doesn’t mean you have to finish it.

5) Wherever you are, whatever you eat, eat it slowly.

This one’s quite straightforward. The more you chew your food, and the slower you eat it, the better you will digest it, and the less chance you will eat too much. How slow is slow enough? You can count your chews, if you like, but it’s not the most social of behaviours. Better off, just slow down, and try to be one of (if not the) last ones to finish. If you’re always the first one done, then this especially applies to you!

6) Celebrate & Have a Good Time.

You know you can celebrate by doing other things than eating! In fact, food should play only a small part in a good party. Good conversation, dancing, perhaps walks outside, helping to cook, serve or clean up, playing and making art with children, playing music/singing, offering to walk the dog, offering to get people drinks, helping to decorate or light the fire…the list could go on and on…there are always more ways to celebrate and there are always other things to be done at parties.

7) Make sure you get adequate self-care throughout the whole season, beginning now.

Start taking immune-building herbs today (if you are unfamiliar with this idea, ask a local herbalist or health-food shop). Cold & flu season, combined with overindulgence & stress is just a recipe for illness. Start building your immune system, get regular exercise throughout the winter months (maybe start a new exercise class in November or December, instead of in the New Year), and make sure to treat yourself (at least once a week, if possible) to things like warm baths, body massage or reflexology, healing sessions, quality time with close friends & loved ones. And keep laughing – it’s great for you.

Breaking News – The Answer May Not Be In The Infomercial Financial Course

The other night, leg cramps kept me up at night so I found myself
watching these various couples discuss their success over buying
a Real Estate course in this infomercial, at 2AM.

The evidence that people are purchasing these “Sudden Wealth”
programs are right there on the television screen in front of me.

After all, the advertisers of these “Complete Kits”
would not otherwise continue to pay for this advertising
without continuous customers.

I’m not necessarily trying to say to you that it’s _always_
a bad idea to call that 800 number and order.

… However, if you have a subtle, but conflicting
dialog in your head while dialing the numbers on the
phone…

– in other words, if you are going against your instincts –

.. then you are probably reinforcing one of the following
beliefs, unconsciously, by being the willing consumer:

Belief #1. I am not “plugged in” enough to this Universe to ever
receive just the right Avenue for my wealth, one that
suits *me*. Things just don’t work out for me that
way, so I will force a solution by buying into this.

( can you guess how possibly unhappy someone’s external circum-
stances would be, with this belief? Guess what? If you exist,
than you Are plugged in!)

Belief #2 “My Wealth is decided by External Forces, and this
Instant-Cash marketer on the screen looks like he’s
got ‘Inside Information’ on these external forces,
so I’d better get in on this.”

Belief #3 “If I don’t buy this program, than it means that I’m
probably passing up on the incredible lifestyle I
see in the background” – the infomercial sponsors
probably assume a mostly male audience, because the
most prominent “props” are the young, attractive
women on a boat – which I’m not complaining about.

Other than reinforcing limiting beliefs, this kind of “Aimlessly
Grasping outward”, for solutions of getting more money is an ex
ample of

– Backward Thinking –

at least to me – and I’ll explain why I think this is the case..

The *only* thing worth spending your investment of emotional
and thought energy is:

What does *your* Ideal Life look like, from the time you get up in
the morning, to WHO you are with, WHAT you might doing,
WHERE you live, etc..?

Those ancient, and not so ancient writers such as Wallace Wattles,
Charles Fillmore, Neville Goddard who wrote about
Universal Principles, such as the Law of Attraction,
truly led the way on how to Radiate the proper emotionalized
thoughts!

Think: END RESULT..

“Assume the Feeling of the Wish Fulfilled.” – Neville

It’s a simple habit to get into – but not necessarily easy –
to Visualize with Feeling a picture of what your ideal life is,
on a daily basis.

I say “Not Easy”, because: We put so much importance
on our current physical reality.

Wallace Wattles said that this is the hardest work for us to
to do …

We DO need to dwell on – with our thoughts – What we desire
vs
Reinforcing (with our attention), the External appearances

Besides doing your best to visualize daily and with Feeling,
also, I’ve found through a lot of reading, and application
of these concepts gleaned from my reading, that
Life gives you nice bonuses when you simply:

=> Do something you Love doing Just for the Joy it gives you aching to be Given – and NOW, not Later – is what
could Launch Things Off in your life in a big way.

This makes you very Magnetic for attracting more.

( Start: Now – but don’t make the painting _itself_, in your
expectations, to be the only Avenue or Channel through which
the Universe delivers that lifestyle that you envision. )

So, to sum up, I’d say the odds are good, that using the money
that’s otherwise pegged for the Day Trader Instant-Business-Now
package ..

.. would better be spent on the Web development software if you
crave doing this type of thing, or if you’re a Painter, buy the
paint and brushes, or if you want to create Music,
than buy that music software you’ve been wanting, or the guitar.

( If you Do love the thought of Day Trading, and your instinct
about the Infomercial gives you a “YES”, then call and order )

As Neville says, (and Steve paraphrases),
“Wear the Feeling-State of Having Your Objective Realized”.

Live in your Ultimate Dreamed-Of Life NOW as much as you can
with your actions, environment and especially in quiet meditation
sessions with your internal images.