Retro Review: Get Rich or Die Tryin’

February 2003. It was the hottest month in the warmest winter in hip-hop history. But global warming wasn’t the culprit back then like it is now. Nope, 8 years ago a rapper named 50 Cent a.k.a Curtis Jackson was the cause for the fever pitch that engulfed the hip-hop community (except my homie, Khalid Salaam. He was on his Kanye West fix. Way ahead of his time). 50 Cent and his G-Unit mixtapes sold by the millions and in my hood were actually considered a type of currency. That winter I scored three bags of Purple Haze for the “God’s Plan” and the “No Mercy No Fear” CDs. Lovely! But those mixtapes were only appetizers for his upcoming “debut” album, even though “The Power of The Dollar” was his actual – and overlooked – debut album (Dope joint by the way). Continue reading

Chronicle Review

“With great power comes great responsibility.” Those were the famous words came from the immortal Uncle Ben. He gave us a phrase to live by and then later on blessed us with some damn good rice. But his words do ring true… in the comic book world anyway. In real life with great power comes great suffering to the inferior. But in the world where Bob Kane is Yahweh and Stan Lee is Jesus Christ, and where superheros are born through personal tragedy (Superman lost his planet, Batman lost his parents and Spiderman lost his uncle), great power is usually wielded to protect the weak. But this is all inside of a fantasy universe. Continue reading

Things Fall Apart

And I’m not talking about the book, the Roots album or that movie where 50 Cent wore dreads so awful looking that he made Mekhi Phifer in 8 Mile seem like he was straight from the islands. I’m talking about the train wreck that is the New York Knicks. What was thought to be the “best front court in the league” are slowly and painfully proving to be Moe, Larry and Curley of the Atlantic division. Maybe even the entire league. Continue reading

Retro Marred

And they said it couldn’t last. I’m refering to last week’s conversation between Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon on Pardon The Interruption where they stated that the craze over Jordan retro sneakers won’t last. Have they been paying attention to the sneaker game for the past decade and change? Are they aware of the kind of business this particular brand of sneakers produce after they’re purchased from retailers? The rap game isn’t the only thing that’s like the crack game. Like drug fiends, sneakerheads and hypebeasts alike line up for hours and even days before the release of a highly anticipated sneaker to ensure they’ll get a pair. They’ll sellout they mamas and girlfriends for a wiff of that exclusive ish! And then of course you’ll have the hustlers who resell that hard to find pair of kicks for double, triple or even quadruple the retail price. Why? Because they can. Continue reading

NBA Season Preview: New York Knicks

Say it with me: Saint Joseph Donald Walsh. Now onto the Knicks preview.

    It began with the signing of Amare Stoudemire, heated up with a wedding toast to the dream of a whole new era, and reached fever pitch with the trade for Carmelo Anthony. Not since the New York Knicks front office announced that they had just signed newcomers Allan Houston and Chris Childs to join a squad that consisted of Patrick Ewing, John Starks, Charles Oakley, and Larry Johnson, had Knick fans had a reason to go into a season with the kind of optimism that a black athlete feels when sharing drinks with Kim Kardashian. “In there like swimwear!” Right? Well, not so fast. While we may have the best team in recent memory and arguably the greatest front court in the league and in Knicks history, we still have some hangups to really consider after we’re done slurping the Triborough Trio. Continue reading

Retro Review: Stillmatic

Truth be told, if it wasn’t for Stillmatic, Nas’ career would probably be over. After being anointed the hip-hop prophet when he released his classic debut album “Illmatic” and the hood acclaimed “It Was Written,” Nasir Jones was found guilty by a jury of his peers of creating and releasing the lackluster “I Am,” and placed on probation only to be sentenced to two years of obscurity after violating it in the form of “Nastradamus.” Continue reading

O’s Smash List

A while back I reviewed a classic movie called “Inception” and made a comment about Ellen “Don’t Know if She’s Hot or Not” Page that sparked a little debate as to her could-get-it-ness. I found it funny and spoke to my crew about that and we started talking about who can get it and who can’t. But it wasn’t so simple. Before I knew it, it all started to become categories, which at the end of the day, made a whole lot of sense. So it basically broke down into these 6 classes which I present to you. For the record, this is all in good fun ala Biggie’s “Dreams.” And the views and opinions expressed here reflect only those of myself and 15 barbaric-narrow-minded-superficial-undersexed-and-oversexed-intoxicated-vikings from Brooklyn that society have turned their back on. Enjoy… Continue reading