I use this all the time. Of course, nobody knows what I’m referring to, but it’s funny to me and it never gets old. I was so happy when I found this clip today. I LOVE Tisha Campbell so much, I’ve loved her since House Party and Martin, and I really enjoyed her on this show. They were the next generation Cosby family. She and Damon were great together as a successful, loving couple who worked hard to raise their kids well.

After the jump, two hilarious dance scenes including a killer breakdance crew dance-off. I love the Zoolander breakdace fight, but those clowns got nothing on Micheal Kyle at his 1985 High School Reunion.



Put your back into it like your grandma do it

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You know we had to have a big finish, who better to close this down than Daddy Fat Sacks Sir Lucious L. Leftfoot, The Son of Chico Dusty Big Boi. This album is outstanding, I did a post about it when it came out. In fact, just hearing it now, I am compelled to go listen to it in it’s entirety as soon as I finish this post.

I was so sad when Outkast decided to pursue solo projects. But in retrospect, it has been a good thing. Big Boi was always in Andre’s shadow. I think most of us assumed he was the lesser talent, when in fact, he is not. After really getting to know Big Boi’s flow and voice from Sir Lucious Leftfoot, I realized that for many Outkast songs, I thought his flow was Andre. Embarrassing to admit, but I’ll bet you’ve done the same without realizing it.

After the jump, a classic Outkast cut, featuring one of my favorite videos.

Thanks for celebrating with me. I really, really hope Twitter doesn’t go all MySpace on me, now that I’ve finally gotten to the party.


In love with the kid because he’s underground

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Talib Kweli is so talented. His voice is distinctive, his flow is clear. Both his parents worked at a university, his mother was a professor and his father was an administrator, so you know education was a priority growing up. I was so moved by his song, the Manifesto, that I did an entire blog post about the song complete with the lyrics for the last verse.

Reflection Eternal is a collaboration between Talib and Hi Tek and their album, Revolutions per Minute came out last year. It’s a great album, I highly recommend you purchase it in it’s entirety, preferably from a record store. This song, featuring Estelle is a favorite. So retro and modern at the same time. And I love the art direction and styling of the video, they both look so sharp.

Let me get some action from the back section

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Couldn’t wrap this party up without hearing from the Boys.  Every album they drop is different from the last as they continue to grow and evolve as musicians. And it speaks volumes that they have stayed together for 25 years. (!) It’s always been an equal collaboration. I read an article about them in Rolling Stone where they joked that if one of them makes the lunch decision, the other two are like, “Oh, so your the leader of the group now.” These guys are funny, but you’ve heard their lyrics, you know this.  They also  do the most wildly creative videos.

After the jump, an AMAZING video of my favorite song off the  new album.

It’s Friday the 13th, guess who’s playing Jason?

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I’m enjoying Nicki Minaj, I have hopes for that young’un. I spoke earlier about my feelings towards Lil Kim and I know to some people, Nicki probably looks pretty much the same. But I think there is a big difference between the two women.

Lil Kim never seemed to try to get beyond always being a sexual object. And she had flow, but it felt hyper-sexual and often got nasty. Nicki is super sexy, all boobs and body. But the difference is that once she puts on the clothes and make-up,  she does all sorts of things that are anything but sexy. She writes aggressive lyrics, referring to herself as monster, crazy and other such un-sexy things. Yes, both women are sexy, but everything in Nicki’s attitude says, “My eyes are up here.” Lil Kim, not so much.

Mi busqueda no fue para mi cosa de escenario fue algo necesario

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Ana Tijoux is cool, she is effortlessly bad-ass and so chill.  She is from Chile and has been hugely influential in the Spanish speaking hip hop scene for more than a decade.  It would be hard to be a female in hip hop in this country, imagine doing it in a Latino culture with the extra layer of machismo. ‘Nuf respect Ms. Tijoux, that must have been a difficult journey, but she sure makes it look easy.

She is another female hip hop artist who is sexy on her terms, not men’s. And I would give anything to have a picture with her. She could wear her Public Enemy t-shirt, I could wear my Run DMC. We could be  hip hop twinkies!

Sortez les briquets, il fait trop dark dans nos têtes

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I’ve been getting into more international hip hop the last few years. It’s always amazing to watch someone outside of the US  take hip hop and put it through their own cultural blender. It maintains the flavor (flava?!) but it’s been made their own. And good hip hop is good hip hop. I have no idea what she is saying, but I love this song. Sure, I would probably be more amazed  if I understood her lyrics, but please don’t let a foreign language keep you from coming to the party. Look what you would have missed!

And now I want a four finger ring. Again. After the jump, one more because you need it, even if you don’t know you do.


Get away from the bar, tell your boyfriend hold your jar

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Dizzee Rascal is deep in the UK grime scene so I’ll let Wikipedia explain him because it’s beyond my area of expertise:

His music is a mixture of UK Garage and hip-hop beats with an extremely broad palette of influences, ranging from metal guitars to drill and bass synth lines, eclectic samples and even Japanese court music. Dizzee Rascal also makes extensive use of un-coupled octuplets and double and triple couplets in his machine-gun-paced staccato lyrics. Like most grime artists, he uses “beats born of ringtones, video games and staticky pirate-radio sounds”[13] Dizzee’s tracks are traditional grime in that the beats are often asymmetrical and make it difficult to dance to his music.

As a dancer, I get that I probably love the songs Dizzee’s hardcore fans loathe. But I don’t care, I like his flow and he is all about the music which is what matters to me.

After the jump, my other two favorites. Because if I’m gonna offend his hardcore fans, I might as well go all the way!


Hot like hot sauce

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Rhymefest has a special place in my heart. I would love to hang out with him, he just feels like a male version of me. He’s funny, it permeates everything he does. And I don’t mean clever, I mean make you laugh out loud funny. In Buttercup, he says, “You ever seen when Harry met Sally? It’s kinda like what I’m going through.”

He has always embraced his roots, he’s never tried to put distance between where he is now and where he started. It’s not the same as rappers always trying to  be appear hood, Rhymefest is just real and authentic, such as calling his debut album Blue Collar.  I did a post on Those Chi City Boys – Lupe, Rhymefest, Common and Kanye There’s a lot of talent out of that area and they have supported each other which is nice to see.

Quiet dog bite hard

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Mos Def is so talented. He can rhyme but he can act, too. I’ve been waiting for him to leave hip hop completely, but luckily, he can’t quit it any more that I can. He must understand that rap is something you do, hip hop is something you LIVE. This song has a tribal element that touches me way down in my soul. It inspires dance moves that I’ve never done before.

After the jump, a bonus Mos Def ass-shaker because it came in a very close second to this song.


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