Monthly Archives: November 2003

Contradiction Diction

Thing I learned from from MS-ELL’s Under Construction: Hiphop, get back to your roots–but only if you’re carrying platinum adidas. Things I learned from MS-ELL’s This is Not a Test: It’s okay to not have a cellular phone (“Wake Up”), … Continue reading

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Ever Heard of the 307?

Yes, it is true: I grew up in Wyoming. It is a cultural island, that place, a vast, perfectly square island with secrets to be gleaned from beneath dust and tumbleweeds, where arrowheads and dinosaurs jut up from the earth … Continue reading

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Tofurkey’s on Fire

Our Swiss correspondent, Ethan Swan, sent holiday wishes this morning: “The China-men built the railroad, the Indians saved the Pilgrim/And in return the Pilgrim killed em/ They call it it Thanksgiving, I call your holiday hell-day (from Stillmatic)” Ethan used … Continue reading

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I’m Trying, Already!

PINK’s TRY THIS: Haven’t listened to it yet because was met with the unequivocal gasface from my boss, Steve Humphrey, who pretty much likes anything poppy (not that he has the soul of an auctioneer, but he can break bread … Continue reading

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G(od)-Unit

RECENT OBSERVATIONS to be included in my forthcoming book on spirituality and rap/r&b liner notes: G-Unit’s BEG FOR MERCY: Young Buck thanks God, 50 Cent, and his mother, in that order. Three thank you’s later, he thanks his mother again, … Continue reading

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shit, where did i leave my kids?

According to a recent episode of Nova, the earth’s magnetic field is dissipating at such a rate that by the next millennium (approx. 20 generations from now), it will be all but gone, rendering us defenseless against fallout from the … Continue reading

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speaking of common sense–

from raptivism records: RAPTIVISM TO DISTRIBUTE HEALTH DVD FEATURING ERYKAH BADU, COMMON, dead prez, etc. NEW YORK, NY. (November 18, 2003) Raptivism has announced plans to distribute “Wholistic Living For The Hip Hop Generation” for the first time on DVD … Continue reading

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fine, successful, gives it to me on a very very regular basis and SHIT IS THE BOMB

Though many will mock and many others already have, I have finally purchased the DVD of ex-Source writer Mike Elliot’s hiphop love story BROWN SUGAR, starring Taye Diggs, Sanaa Lathan, Queen Latifah and Mos Def, with many cameos including Method … Continue reading

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A Glass of Blood

I’m gonna take it down a notch and direct all two readers of this Movable Type Weblog to a brilliant and utterly sobering spread in the UK Guardian, which consists of letters written by Britons to George W. Bush, on … Continue reading

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P.S.

I am completely positive the coolest place to be in the ENTIRE UNIVERSE (barring certain moons) last night was the Reed College Student Union. Giant b-boy battle ensued, with crews from Portland (Moon Patrol, Misslefist, some others I didn’t recognize, … Continue reading

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