I decided to do a “Drawing of the Day” for my 365 project. I won’t post my drawings every day, but I will date them and try to keep it as regular as possible. I am working mostly on post-its, but some graph paper, and really whatever I have available. January 19th is my first one, so I’ll try to get some photos up tonight.
I need to re-embrace the mantra, because I haven’t been living it like I need to. Sometimes staying posi (12) is all you can do to get by…
I’ve spent a nice chunk of time over the last 24 hours reading about augurs and auspices and am now trying to convince my boss to promote me to Head Augur or Bird King so I can put it on my business card.
Contemplating a 365 project. Cliche, I know but I want to do it anyway. Any suggestions? Photos (more cliche)? Post-it note drawings? Friendship bracelets? What’s a boy to do?
There will never be a time where I don’t want a new pair of Vans. TyBo where you at? Let’s get grimy.
Remember that time in civics when I had to fart, and it came out, well, a poop? And I had to flush my undies down the toilet? Do you think I wanted to tell you that?
– Bill Haverchuck
You know what? Tears For Fears is a good band. I inherited a copy of Songs From the Big Chair when I raided someone’s record collection they were dispensing and it was fantastic. Tonight my room will be filled with the synthesized sounds of Roland Orzabal and Curt Smith. Hopefully this post also inspires me to post photos of the album haul I got at the Quakertown Flea Market last weekend.
Sorry for the delay on this (seems like a common phrase here, eh?) but it took me a little research through my iTunes, iPod, last.fm, etc. to make sure I got this right and I feel pretty good about the list. Air your grievances in the comments haters.
1) Big Boi – Sir Lucious Leftfoot: The Son of Dusty Chico
The battle for number one was tight, but Andre Patton seized the throne with wordplay on another echelon. Couple it with some super sick beats and this album was almost completely perfect (sorry but that Vonnegut chorus is the worst thing ever).
Best Track: Shine Blockas feat. Gucci Mane
2) Das Racist – Sit Down, Man / Shut Up, Dude
Sit Down, Man introduced the world to DR with their intelligent lyricism, albeit a little “jokey” to really dig on at times and then they released Shut Up, Dude, upped their wordplay infinitely and toed the line between bangers, bravado and buffoonery and knocked everyone on their asses. Well played, sirs.
Best Track: Rappin 2 U feat. Lakutis
3) Big Sean – Finally Famous Vol. 3
Big Sean will blow in 2011 like Wiz did in 2010. Some of the wittiest punchlines and swag on top of swag.
Best Track: What U Doin ‘Bull$#!@ING’
4) Drake – Thank Me Later
Guys, I don’t want to put Drake this high on the list. But every time I listened to the album, I dug it more and more and more until it ended up stuck on blast for about a month straight. Whaddayagunnado? Jeezy’s raspy hook on Unforgettable was enough to warrant this position probably.
Best Track: Unforgettable feat. Young Jeezy
5) Wiz Khalifa – Kush & OJ
So yeah, Wiz blew up. He always had this weird fratrow college kid following that I never really understood but Black and Yellow hit and he’s in it now. Kush & OJ is the mellowest, get super mellow mixtape and the Wiz I dig the most.
Best Track: Pedal to the Metal feat. Johnny Juliano
6) Kanye West – My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy
Every Kanye album becomes more theatrical and more dramatic and on MBDTF it works. The album has a rock opera feel to it, so I guess that makes Kanye the Queen (the band, not lady ruler) of hip-hop.
Best Track: Devil In A New Dress feat. Rick Ross
7) Big Krit – K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Way slept on, K.R.I.T. Wuz Here really killed it for me. Just the right amount of southern country and mellow flow. Seriously go check this tape out.
Best Track: No Wheaties feat. Curren$y and Smoke DZA
8.) Curren$y – Pilot Talk I & II
I feel like we could the Pilot Talk releases a double album. I haven’t given PTII a ton of spins since it just dropped, and it’s a little more mellow than PTI, but it makes a slick one-two punch. Part of the reason Curren$y is so impressive is because his subject matter covers about four or five topics, yet he finds a way to release more (good) music than almost any other rapper out.
9) OddFutureWolfGangKillThemAll – Every album (Tyler the Creator, Earl Sweatshirt, Mellowhype, Oddfuture, Domo Genesis, etc.)
Offensive. Abrasive. Talented. You’ll either love or hate them, but regardless you’ve got respect their drive and skills.
Best Track: Earl Sweatshirt – Earl (So many songs here, this was just a grab out of the air that I dig)
10) J. Cole – Friday Night Lights & The Warm Up
Got love for Jay’s protege. 2011 will be big for J. Cole and 2010’s mixtapes were just…a warm up??
Best Track: Grown Simba
Honorable Mention: The-Dream – Love King, The Roots – How I Got Over, Rick Ross – Teflon Don, How To Dress Well – Love Remains (not sure if it counts but it’s R&B, right?)
All this hubbub surrounding the Green Hornet release on Friday has me pining for the original show. I remember watching re-runs on Nick at Nite back home. Or maybe it was on TBS in the morning before they switched to Gilligan’s Island. Either way, need to find a season of this and hunker down for a day of viewing. I definitely remember seeing the Batman / Green Hornet combo episodes also.