Monday, May 26, 2008

Look Ma, No Skillz

This is for you, Scott. You asked for it.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Suge got Knock'd.

Oh, how the mighty have fallen. About a decade ago, Marion "Suge" Knight held the keys to the rap kingdom. He had Snoop, Tupac and Dr. Dre on his label. He was revered and feared in the industry due to reputation for "hands-on" business negotiations. He added the word "Untouchable" in front of label's moniker and it seemed to fit, for him at least. Even as his empire splintered and Death Row went bankrupt, his name still commanded attention and respect and he became the only star on his label.

Now, Suge appears in reality shows and low budget films with Jean Claude Van Dammme and silly movies like "Reno 911!: Miami" trading on his reputation as an music entrepreneur and an enforcer. After the images from a Sunday night altercation hit the net, Knight may have a hard time selling that image.

According to TMZ, Knight interrupted a conversation between two men outside a night spot. Knight was apparently unaware that one of these men was a member of IKSRFO. A scuffle ensued and Knight took one to the jaw, leaving him on the sidewalk for three minutes, out cold, according to TMZ.

Sunday, May 04, 2008

The Arrogant Voices of Musical Truth Speak

After the demise of their smart and critical hip hop magazine, the brilliant minds behind Ego Trip didn't stop churning out controversial and provocative ideas. They published two excellent books, "The Book of Rap Lists," and the essential "Big Book of Racism." Later, the content from the latter publication led to a VH-1 show called "Race O Rama," a show that twisted the channel's typical rehashes of the past with insight from rap artists mixed with informative content.

The crew then jumped on the reality show bandwagon, tapping MC Serch for "The White Rapper Show," and partnering him with Yo-Yo for "Miss Rap Supreme."For the most part, the collective have let their work speak for itself. Recently, however, they sat down with Jesse Thorn of The Sound of Young America, and offered insight into the process behind their creative and compelling productions. Listen in below.