“Love and Hip Hop” – Interview with Rapper Rapsody

Exactly two years ago today, I learned who Rapsody is. It’s funny that I just happened to come across one of her interviews today.

Check it out: “Love and Hip Hop” – Interview with Rapper Rapsody.


What is “Black Boy Radio?”

Watch this to find out:

Actual Proof – A look at Black Boy Radio from Pricefilms.

My top 5 tracks off “Black Boy Radio”:

  1. “Poison Ivy Gloss” ft. Geechi Suede (prod. by 9th Wonder)
  2. “All the Way” ft. Raheem DeVaughn (prod. by E. Jones)
  3. “Fonk It Up” (prod. by Hi-Tek)
  4. “Live from Cloud 9” (prod. by Khrysis)
  5. “Skate Kids II” ft. Scoopay (prod. by Khrysis)

My Top 5 Whitney Houston Songs

Today is the homegoing service for Whitney Houston, one of the greatest singers ever, and I want to create a list of my favorite songs by “The Voice.”

I remember my mom and I having a conversation about singers. We were naming female artists who we thought had nice voices, and I said that I don’t think there’s ever been a singer who had a better voice than Whitney Houston. Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys can sing. Yolanda Adams is great. But, no one could touch Whitney. Her voice was strong. It was pure. You could feel the passion.

Let me just get my list together before I get so emotional. Here goes:

1.) “You Give Good Love”

2.) “How Will I Know”

3.) “Saving All My Love for You”

4.) “I Have Nothing”

5.) “Run to You”

Rest in peace, Whitney.

My Favorite #Jamla Joints

Decided to post my favorite tracks off each #Jamla release. There are so many jams, but I limited myself to just one. Here goes!

Actual Proof – “The Free EP: Genius Edition” 8.26.10
“Time’s Up” ft. HaLo, Rapsody, Sean Boog & GQ (prod. by Eric G.)

Big Remo – “Entrapment” 9.28.10
“Go Ladies” ft. Robert Alred (prod. by Robert Alred & 9th Wonder)

Heather Victoria – “Victoria’s Secret” 11.9.10
“I’ll Always Be Down” ft. Rapsody (prod. by E. Jones)

Thee Tom Hardy – “The Hardy Boy Mystery Mixtape: Secret of Thee Green Magic” 11.18.10
“One 4 the Money” ft. Donnis (prod. by Eric G.)

Rapsody – “Return of the B-Girl” 12.7.10
“Angel” ft. Laws (prod. by 9th Wonder)

Sean Boog – “Light Beers ahead of You” 12.18.10
“Boog Lightbeer” ft. HaLo (prod. by Ka$h)

Actual Proof – “The Talented Tenth (The MLK, Jr. Experience)” 1.14.11
“The Talented Tenth” (prod. by 9th Wonder)

Actual Proof – “The Talented Tenth (The Malcolm X Experience)” 1.14.11
“The X Factor” (prod. by Khrysis)

HaLo – “Heat Writer II” 2.1.11
“Misunderstand” ft. Khrysis (prod. by Ka$h)

Tyler Woods – “The Mahogany Experiment” 2.14.11
“Lost in Your Love” (prod. by E. Jones)

TP – “TP Is My Hero” 3.22.11
“dream BIG” ft. Rapsody (prod. by Fatin)

Big Remo – “Robin Hood Ree” 4.19.11
“Slumdog Millionaire” (prod. by 9th Wonder)

Heather Victoria – “Graffiti Diary” 4.26.11
“What I Need” ft. HaLo (prod. by Amp)

Sean Boog – “The Phantom of the Jamla” 5.17.11
“Natural” ft. HaLo & Sundown (prod. by Eric G.)

GQ – “Blended 3” 6.14.11
“My Song for You” (prod. by Tecknowledgy)

Rapsody – “Thank H.E.R. Now” 6.21.11
“Thank H.E.R. Now” (prod. by 9th Wonder)

Actual Proof – “Still Hotter than July” 7.26.11
“No Doubt” (prod. by KP)

HaLo – “The Blind Poet” 8.30.11
“Dark Knight” (prod. by Khrysis)

9th Wonder – “The Wonder Years” 9.27.11
“Loyalty” ft. Masta Killa & HaLo (prod. by 9th Wonder)

The Away Team – “Scars and Stripes” 10.11.11
“Set It Off” ft. Talib Kweli & Rapsody (prod. by Khrysis)

Rapsody – “For Everything” 11.15.11
“The Woman’s Work” (prod. by 9th Wonder)

GQ – “Trouble Man” 12.6.11
“Blueberry Lemonade (Fa Sho)” ft. HaLo (prod. by Eric G.)

…and there’s only more hotness to come. Stay tuned to Jamla Records!

I Love French Fries

Today, Burger King was giving away a free order of fries to promote their NEW fries. Well, the fry lover/free lover in me decided to mosey on over to the local BK to try some out.

I don’t like them.

I really didn’t even like the ones they just replaced. Can they please go back to their fries from the early 90s? I guess it was around ’93 that I remember them actually being good.

McDonald’s without a doubt has a lock on the fry game, and here’s my ranking of a few other fast food spots:

  1. McDonald’s (Seems like they’ll always hold the #1 spot.)
  2. Sonic
  3. Hardee’s (Just moved up a ranking due to Wendy’s.)
  4. Wendy’s (Would be #2 if they’d revert to their old fries.)
  5. Burger King

Change isn’t always good.

AUDIO: “Love” by Mos Def

After seeing a photo of Mos Def, I wanted to play “Love.” Then, I wanted to share it, so here it is:

I love this man…

I’m not insensitive, but…

(originally written on 12/12/11)

I was in Walmart just a few minutes ago. I couldn’t find what I was looking for, so I was slightly irritated and ready to just leave. However, I did pick up one impulse item, so I went through the under 20 items checkout line. Well, I’m standing in line chatting with a coworker who happened to be there, and there’s this elderly man on the opposite side of the checkout (to my left) with a crutch on his basket. He walks toward the line and says “excuse me.”

Since he was slightly physically challenged, I figured he didn’t want to walk around the entire line to get to another register so he just wanted to mosey between me and the person in front of me to save some steps.

Do you know this man started turning his basket to the left and cut in front of me and everyone behind me. WTH?! Now, I’m not insensitive, BUT I’m clearly agitated. He didn’t even ask! He just assumed he had a right to go before us all. No, sir, you don’t! Now, if he had asked, I would’ve clearly understood his situation and with a warm heart, I would’ve let him check out before me. (My good deed for the day would’ve been completed.) But he just felt entitled to move to the front of the line, and that’s not cool. I’m sorry that you’ve got a disability, but you’re still human like the rest of us. That wasn’t very gentleman-ly of him at all.

“Using only song names from ONE ARTIST, cleverly answer these questions…”

(Try not to repeat a song title. It’s a lot…)

Pick Your Artist:
A Tribe Called Quest

Are you male or female:
4 Moms

Describe yourself:
Rap Promoter

How do you feel about yourself:
Like It Like That

Describe where you currently live:
Against the World

If you could go anywhere, where would you go:
I Left My Wallet in El Segundo

Your Favorite Form of Transportation:
The Hop

Your Best Friend is:
Money Maker

Your Favorite Color is:

What’s the Weather Like:
Everything Is Fair

Favorite Time of Day:
After Hours

If your life was a TV show, what would it be called?
Buggin’ Out

What’s the best advice you have to give:
God Lives Through

If you could change your name, what would it be?
Bonita Applebum

Your favorite food is:
Ham ‘n Eggs

Thought for the Day:
Push It Along

How Would You Like to Die:

My Soul’s Present Condition:
Electric Relaxation

My Motto:
Keeping It Moving

“Put your MP3 player on shuffle & post the first 5 songs it plays”

Boxden.com tweeted that earlier today, so I went to their forum to try to post my 5 joints. Well, I had to register first and now I have to wait 24 hours before I can post anything. I don’t have time for that, so here am I using my Tumblr to hold my thoughts.

First, I shuffled the songs I have stored on my phone, and here are the 5 that played:

  1. “The Look” by Actual Proof ft. Heather Victoria
  2. “Nag Champa (Afrodisiac for the World)” by Common
  3. “Passin’ Me By” by The Pharcyde
  4. “Black Hand Side” by Pharoahe Monch ft. Styles P. & Phonte
  5. “So Be It” by Rapsody ft. Big K.R.I.T.

Then, I shuffled my songs on iTunes and these are the 5:

  1. “Purple Flip” by ?uestlove/Foreign Exchange/Zo!/Carlitta Durand
  2. “Still Po Pimpin” by Do or Die
  3. “On Stilts” by J. Dilla
  4. “Sweet Thing (Live)” by Mary J. Blige
  5. “Midnight” by A Tribe Called Quest

(Written on December 6)

I am the Jamla Army Medal of Honor Recipient for the month of November.

This morning when I first woke up, I checked Twitter like I always do. This morning was different though because I had a bunch of mentions. My jaw dropped when I realized that I had been named the Jamla Army Medal of Honor Recipient for the month of November! All day long, I’ve been on a high because of that.

I feel like I need to give a speech like I’m at the Grammys or the Oscars. Shoot, I feel like I’ve won an Oscar. So here goes my acceptance speech:

Ka$h & I at The Pour HouseI’d like to thank God first for everything he’s done for me. Thank you, 9th Wonder, Joyce He, and whoever else selected me to be a part of this amazing Jamla Army. Thank you to all the artists who are signed to Jamla Records: Rapsody, HaLo, Tyler Woods, Actual Proof, Big Remo, Heather Victoria, GQ, Thee Tom Hardy, The Away Team, and TP. Thank you to the members of The Soul Council: 9th Wonder (again), Fatin, Khrysis, Eric G., Ka$h, E. Jones, and Amp. It’s because of all of you that this “job” comes so easy. The music you make is so easy to promote, and this flag that I’m proudly carrying takes no effort to wave.

Thanks to all 33 of the Jamla Army Ambassadors. You all are a great team, and I’m so honored to serve right beside you. Salute to the general, Lady Jaye, and the lieutenants: Barbecue, Baroness, Daina, Doc, Firewall, and Storm Shadow. And, I’d like to send a special shout out to Lt. Scarlett who made the announcement that I had won the award.

If I’ve omitted any names, please charge it to my head and not my heart. This is definitely a Wonderful World Wednesday. Thank you. Thank you. Thank you. This means the world to me!!

To the Jamla artists and The Soul Council producers:

“Just know, just know that I do it (for you.)”