Monday, January 31, 2011

PETA's (Banned?) Super Bowl Ad

This is almost enough to make me a vegetarian. Almost. I'm sure my girl TD will love it, though.

Best Action Scene Ever?

This is from a Bollywood film, so you probably won't understand the language. Luckily, this clip isn't about plot, dialogue, or subtext.

Crazy shit.

This Just In...

...Sofia Vergara is still wifey-rific. D-to-the-lish.

Friday, January 28, 2011

Kevin Hart on Lopez Tonight

Hart's one of the funniest people on the face of the Earth. Stated. And here he gives some commentary on the weave fire at Diddy's release party.

Daily Dunk: Wizards Fan

This has to be staged. It's just too unbelievable. From Exhibits A, B, and C in "White Men v. Jumping" (the real sports trial of the past century), to the main event's reaction after the dunk. There's no way this was all spontaneous and unplanned by the Wizards.

And I don't care. Hilarious.

It's Friday

Time to fly...

Tail Report: Natasha "Tajah" Burton

Tajah says Rihanna went down on her without much provocation. Can't say that I blame her. It was tough to find pictures of her out on the web right now (these three were all I could find, aside from the one in Tuesday's post). That could change as Playboy, Maxim, FHM, etc. start making phone calls to Ms. Burton.

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Gettin Medieval on Ya Ass

This almost sounds like a Mind of Mencia skit.

From The Huffington Post:
TUCSON, Ariz. — Drug smugglers trying to get marijuana across the Arizona-Mexico border apparently are trying a new approach – a catapult.

National Guard troops operating a remote video surveillance system at the Naco Border Patrol Station say they observed several people preparing a catapult and launching packages over the International Border fence last Friday evening.
HuffPo's article also includes a video clip of the contraption. We've all seen how desperate some Mexicans are to cross the border; could we eventually find someone with an even larger catapult trying to fire people over the border? Guess building a wall won't solve all of the US/Mexico problems after all, huh GOP?

Throwback Thursday: "Daytona 500" -- Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon and Cappadonna

"I slapbox with Jesus, lick shots at Joseph..."

Vintage Ghostface/Wu sickness.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Dear Santa...

Is it too early to start my Xmas list for 2011?

Pagani has revealed images of their newest creation, the Huayra (which I have to believe is Argentinian slang for "sex on four wheels"). From Motor Trend:
Whatever you choose to call it, Pagani has decided to let you see it before the official launch at this year’s Geneva Auto Show. With leaks spouting left and right, a full site has gone live with a number of photos and even some preliminary technical data.

The Huayra will be powered by a 700-horsepower 6.0-liter twin-turbo V-12. Aside from the huge power, the AMG engine also produces an equally impressive 737 pound-feet of torque. The layout of the car is somewhat unusual with the V-12 mounted longitudinal amidships, while the seven-speed semi-automatic sequential gearbox is mounted transversely.

Thanks to extensive use of composite materials and lightweight alloys, the total vehicle weight has remained under 3,000 pounds. The body panels are not only light, but extensive aerodynamic development went into creating [the Huayra]. The high nose creates less of a wing shape over the front of the car reducing lift, Pagani has also incorporated active aero flaps in the front to allow a balance of down-force and drag depending on the situation. The rear of the car is shaped to channel air over the back and relies on the rear diffuser and active aero for down-force instead of a larger fixed spoiler.
Motor Trend's page has a large gallery of images, a few of which I've added below. I plan to be cruising in one of these with Jessica Burciaga riding copilot (the fact that I couldn't afford to sniff this car's exhaust fumes and that Jess doesn't know I exist are minor details...) this summer. Picture me rollin.

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Tail Report: Tehmeena Afzal (Pt. 2)

After last week's teaser video, I had to come back with some expanded coverage of Ms. Meena.

Good Girl Gone Bi?

If you're like me, you've probably had a dream or two that started with a paragraph similar to the following one from Media Take Out: just got ahold of an EXPLOSIVE piece of information. A lovely young Hollywood girl named Tajah is writing a TELL ALL BOOK. And in it, she describes IN DETAIL her ALLEGED lesbian relationship with Rihanna. We're not sure whether to believe her or not, but an entertainment insider told us that she is "VERY CREDIBLE."
Oh my damned. The supposed book excerpt:

Respect My Gangsta: Chad Ochocinco

Or was it? According to the NFL star wideout, a "hacker" sent the following tweet from his account this afternoon. It's kind of sad that in this day and age someone would have to back away from making this kind of statement. I, for one, would prefer it if the media was allowed to take as much of the criticism as they give.

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Lebron's New Cartoon

Trying to one-up Kobe and Jordan with his own cartoon..

Sleeper with the dish.

Throwback Thursday: "Remember the Time" - Michael Jackson

Every now and then I like to hit you with an R&B selection in this weekly segment. This time I'm going with a decidedly more "pop" R&B selection; but, it still holds up (it is MJ, after all).

Back in the early 90s, the premiere of a new Michael video was an event, and he often did his best to turn each clip into more of a short film than a music video. "Remember the Time", for example, is more than 9 minutes long, was produced by John Singleton, has a cast that includes Eddie Murphy, Iman, Magic Johnson, and The Pharcyde, and features computer-generated special effects that were state-of-the-art in 1992. No hip-hop, R&B, or pop star would ever be able to put together something like this today, especially since the price tag, with today's costs, would probably be near the $100 million mark. All of that production almost overshadows the song itself, which is a light and foot-moving dance track.

For what it's worth, I used to have a major crush on Jossie, the dancer in the long Poetic Justice braids. She was one of the Fly Girls on In Living Color, too. "Martin" fans may also remember her from an ep in which she appeared as Nurse Gottabody. Yessir...

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Tail Report: Tehmeena Afzal

Not sure who she is or where she came from, but apparently she's a Knicks fan.

I, myself, am a Tehmeena fan (aside from those f'd up tattoos on her thighs...that's a bad look, mami).

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Video: Dula-Mite -- "Pulse of the City"

New music from the self-proclaimed King of Vegas (Steve Wynn might have a thing or two to say about that, but...). Props to Dula for consistently doing his thing: Another thick, dark beat, with his trademark verbal headslaps ringing in "the rebirth of a n***a with an attitude".

Monday, January 17, 2011

Respect My Gangsta: The Fox

"If you're going to shoot at a fox, Mr. Schneider, you'd better be prepared to finish the job."

A man in Belarus got a little lesson in karma recently.

From The Huffington Post:
According to Reuters, the hunter approached the fox after wounding it, intent on killing it with the butt of his rifle.

However, the two ended up getting into a tussle, and the fox managed to trigger the rifle, shooting the hunter in the leg.

A prosecutor from the Grodno region said, "The animal fiercely resisted and in the struggle accidentally pulled the trigger with its paw."

The hunter is currently in the hospital with a leg wound, and the fox just happened to escape.
Reports that afterward the fox barked, "Riverside, mothafucka!" have yet to be substantiated.

Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

R.I.P., Dr. King. We're still working to make your dream a reality.

"We must learn to live together as brothers, or perish together as fools."

Leap of Faith? Or Leap of Common Sense?

At some point, religious devotion becomes plain ol' stupidity [in my personal opinion, that point is "right from jump"].

From The Huffington Post:
A bank with no locks has opened in Mumbai, India, to serve the devotees of a deity named Lord Shani, The Times of India reports.

The bank is a branch of the United Commercial (UCO) Bank and has opened in a small village called Shani Shinganapur.

A senior bank official told the Times: "We took note of the general belief and faith of the people. Ever since the most revered temple came into existence several years ago, the village has not witnessed a single crime. In fact, all houses in the entire village have no doors. We took the risk and started the lockless bank a week ago."
Of course, I'm not saying you should rob them, but... It would be an interesting commentary on the real world applicability of religious doctrine if someone were to stroll past this bank one night after business hours.

Now, if you'll excuse me, I have a flight to India to catch...

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Welcome to the Family

Yeah, I'm a little late on this one.

It was announced yesterday that Eminem's Shady Records has made two major signings: Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse.

From MTV News:
"Yelawolf and Slaughterhouse, it's kinda phase two of Shady," Eminem explained in a statement. "It's the new generation of Shady Records, and as we're trying to rebuild our label, it's exciting for hip-hop, and with all of these forces coming together and with what everybody's capable of on the mic, it's gonna be fun."

The four-man Slaughterhouse collective — Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5'9" — was in talks with Shady Records for longer than a year working on the deal.

"I been answering that question for a year and change, ever since that Drake 'Forever' music video," Budden told MTV News during an appearance on "RapFix Live," citing a scene where the group stands behind Em during his verse. "It's like, Eminem is a whole nother entity. The guy is nominated for 10 Grammys."
Hopefully this move will result in some mainstream success for the Slaughterhouse boys, as each (especially Royce and Crooked I) has been criminally underrated by mainstream audiences for years.

Throwback Thursday: "Check Yo Self (Remix)" -- Ice Cube ft. Das EFX

Cuz dicks in ya mouth is bad for ya health...

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Big Tweet

Brandon T. Jackson doesn't get enough love. He stole the show in "Tropic Thunder" as Alpa Chino, but hasn't really landed a noteworthy role since then. This Funny or Die clip (which is great, even if only for the fake celeb tweets that pop up throughout—especially Lady Gaga's and the final one from Kanye), then, represents the second-best work of his career thus far.

Someone please get this brother a decent script.

TJ with the assist.

Monday, January 10, 2011

War Eagle

Heisman Trophy winner. National champions.

Hi haters.

Munn-y Shot

In case you were wondering, Olivia Munn is still sexy as all hell. And she continues to expand her boundaries. She may have gained her early recognition from her work with G4's "Attack of the Show" and her rise as a geek-goddess, but in the last year she's brought her talents—in both the professional and unprofessional meanings to that term—to the political comedy realm on The Daily Show and the romantic-comedy world with her new sitcom "Perfect Couples". She's even published a bestseller, "Suck It, Wonder Woman!: The Misadventures of a Hollywood Geek". All while being a pretty cool-ass chick. But, just in case you were spending too much time marveling at her professional talents, her cover of Maxim's February issue will remind you just how delish her other talents are as well.

Photographed at D.E.F.I.'s apartment a few Saturdays ago.

Friday, January 7, 2011

It's Friday

Time to lead by example...

"The 2 year old is the ringleader. She works for the devil."

The In Crowd

My friend Steph is a little excitable. Give her an idea and inch, and she'll turn it into a citywide parade. She's always been like that, though the trait has ratcheted up a notch or two now that she's a newly-minted New Yorker. She and the Big Apple are currently in a honeymoon phase that may never end.

Not that this is any kind of character defect. If anything, it's just another thing that we all love about her. But being presented with this kind of raw enthusiasm does lead one to be skeptical in the face of it. You have to temper your own reaction to it, or you'll drown in the tide. And so when she blew up my Facebook page and Twitter feed with info on The Crowd, I calmly decided to check them out for myself. I wanted to make sure this underground hip-hop act that was subject to her sudden volunteer marketing campaign was properly vetted before adding them to my personal library.

After listening to a few of their tracks, and watching the interview below with group member Randy Mason, though, I can tell you that Steph's on point with this one. The Crowd's sound is polished, their chemistry fluent, their words full of heart and meaning. They breathe passion and energy into their songs, running stride-for-stride with each beat in a relentless race between two forces that refuse to succumb to each other. As Justin Thomas says in his summary on the interview:
Randy Mason epitomizes the passion, soul, and indomitable spirit of New York hip hop. Originally from the Bronx, Mason is an MC, songwriter, author, & freelance journalist who has played all throughout New York City opening for legendary hip-hop artists such as the Boot Camp Click, Cl Smooth and many, many others. A brilliant wordsmith who is capable of painting vivid cinema with his lyrical prose, rapid fire delivery, and clever use of metaphor, he draws his influence from a myriad of musical icons such as Nas, Mos Def, Tupac, & Common, and mixes them to potent perfection with his own unique and powerful voice. In addition to his endeavors as a solo artist, Randy is also a member of the accomplished and multi-talented trio The Crowd, consisting of guitarist, beatbox, and MC Akil Dason and singer/songwriter, guitarist, and vocalist Adeline. This eclectic group effortlessly combines the elements of hip hop, R&B, and pop into an arresting brand of neo-hip hop soul, and have been featured on BET, among other media outlets. Justin was able to catch up with Randy and his partner-in-rhyme Akil Dason on the New York City subway as the two musicians performed for onlookers to promote The Crowd’s latest CD release.

Randy Mason Trailer from Justin Thomas on Vimeo.

The Crowd now has a permanent place in my playlists. Good work, Steph.

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Throwback Thursday: "The 6th Sense" -- Common ft. Bilal

"If revolution had a movie I'd be theme music/
my music, you either fight, fuck, or dream to it"

This 1999 track by Common remains a hall of fame track.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

I Just Had Sex

Here's the newest track from the Lonely Island boys, with an assist from Akon. In all honesty, it's about time someone dedicated a song to that euphoric, post-coitus, got-to-call/text-all-my-boys-to-brag feeling.

Props to my boy Andy for the find.

Altar'd Reality

One of my bigger pet peeves is a woman who insists on pressuring her boyfriend into proposing. And, to be fair, I'm not a huge fan of marriage to begin with. But a lot of that distaste comes from an outdated overvaluing of the "institution." Unfortunately, far too many people today see marriage as a step to cross off in the checklist for a fulfilling life. This has led to far too many women feeling that landing a husband is the be-all, end-all measure of their quality of life.

Don’t get me wrong: If one or both of the people in the couple are over 25, they've been dating without serious disruption for several years, and are by all accounts really good together, I see no problem with them mutually deciding that they want to put a ring on it. I constantly tell Baby Joey, for instance, that he needs to quit dragging his feet with regards to proposing to TD. But for every couple like that, there are another four girls who are under-25 and convinced that their otherwise-happy lives are empty and meaningless because their deadbeat under-25 boyfriends haven’t dropped to one knee and given them a chance to dress up like princesses in front of all of their friends and families. It’s a desperate mind state that reeks of paranoia [I really should consider a career with Hallmark].

Need a vivid example of this epidemic of misplaced self-worth? Look no further than this story from The Huffington Post:
A Chicago woman faces disorderly conduct charges after she decided to call 911 hoping to scare her boyfriend into proposing marriage.

Ana Perez, 40, called 911 Sunday night claiming her boyfriend was attacking her, but changed her story when officers arrived, according to WBBM.

"She called 911 to scare [her boyfriend] and have the police force him to marry her," Grand Central District police Capt.
I doubt Ms. Perez knows just what a favor she was doing her boyfriend when she made that phone call. I'd say that there's a very good chance that he does, though:
Police said her boyfriend was breaking up with her when she made the call.
When you break up with someone, there's always that immediate moment afterwards where you wonder if you've made a big mistake. I get the feeling this guy didn't have that moment.

I'm a Mothafuckin Muppet

How do you make Kanye's track "Monster" even better (aside, of course, from fast-forwarding through Nicki Minaj's verse)? Add Muppets.

Monday, January 3, 2011

Mama Mila!

[Don't ask; yes, I hate myself for that title.]

The last several months have seen an unprecedented amount of premium ladies announcing their renewed singledom (such as Eva Longoria and Scarlett Johansson...ladies, I'm flattered, really, but you don't have to go through all of this trouble; I'm not going to turn you away just because you have a man). The latest to enter the D.E.F.I. sweepstakes is Miss Mila Kunis.

I've always loved Mila; now I may love her even more. From Yahoo's omg! page:
The actress has been open about her fear of settling down with Culkin, 30, telling BlackBook in December 2009 that the prospect of marriage didn't appeal to her.
Mila, my only request: That when you get to my place tonight, the first thing you do is take a long hot shower to wash off eight years of Macaulay Culkin funk. And you can finally admit that he smells now that he's your ex; no need to protect him anymore. The rest of the world has always suspected it, anyway (I mean, look at him...that picture practically reeks of sweat and heroine smoke).