Friday, September 30, 2011

Adele's New Video - "Someone Like You"

Well if anyone is selling in these days of the internet its Adele. Her album 21 has surpassed the 10 million sales mark and let me just say, she's the real deal. This is her latest visual from the album. 

Thursday, September 29, 2011

'The Mother of Hip-Hop’ -Sylvia Robinson Dies at 75

It was the summer before I was to enter the 5th grade. A couple of friends and myself were on Jamaica Ave shopping for some sneakers. We were nearing the corner of 168th Street when a white van rolled up and asked up if we wanted to make some money assisting them with crates of records. We said, "Of Course" and before we knew it, we went to about 20 record stores throughout the city carrying crates of Sugar Hill Records from the van to the record stores. What I will always remember as a kid, is hearing all the older kids and young adults who work for 'The Boss' aka 'Syl', always saying good things about her. Though this 'job' of mines only lasted a couple of days, it was the best job I've ever had. I never knew I was a small part of Hip Hop history. 

Sylvia Robinson, 'The Mother' of this thing we call Hip Hop passed away today. The singer, songwriter, and record producer started the infamous Sugar Hill Records and was the brain behind putting a bunch of kids rhyming on vinyl. Because of her vision, "Rapper's Delight" came to an urban radio station everywhere and a music revolution began. Rest In Power, 'Syl'. Read more (here).   

New Anthony Hamilton Track With Wife Tarsha McMillan - “I Hurt You”

Some tracks from Anthony Hamilton have hit the net over the past few months as he continues to work on his new album. Now we get our hands on another single from the North Carolina Crooner, but this time around its not Jilly from Philly assisting him on the vocals, but rather his real-life wife, Tarsha McMillian. This husband and wife collabo is entitled, "I Hurt You" and you can give it a listen here. Anthony Hamilton's album is expected to drop near the end of the year or early next year. Listen to Anthony's last internet leak (here).

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Tuesday, September 27, 2011

New Musiq Soulchild – "Run & Hide"

I don't know where this track will end up, but one thing its good to have something new from Musiq SoulChild. Shouts OKP.

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DJ Flash Presents 'The Best of Phonte' Mixtape

Like ST mentioned earlier, this is a big day for North Carolina Hip Hop. 9th Wonder drops an album today, along with J. Cole, and Phonte. To celebrate Phonte's album release, DJ Flash dropped a Best Of Mixtape for Phonte. Get your FREE download (here). 

9th Wonder's "The Wonder Years" Drops Today

Today is a great day for North Carolina Hip Hop. 9th Wonder, his brother is music Phonte', and J. Cole all have albums releasing today. Grab your copy of The Wonder Years (here). 

Muhammad Ali On The First Black President

I came across this video in one of the Facebook groups that I'm in and I just had to share. The question asked to Muhammad Ali, "Would you like to be president?". Ali responds, "No!" and explains his reasons why. Ali was always an outspoken man and after hearing this clip, one has to wonder, "Is this ship sinking?". 

Monday, September 26, 2011

Lauryn Hill Being Sued for Allegedly Stealing Clothes from 2007 European Tour

Sometimes designers 'lend' musicians, actors, people on television clothes, so the brand could get promoted. I don't think Lauryn Hill 'stole' these clothes as alleged, but I do believe this was a big mis-communication. Read more (here). 

Jay-Z Plans Concert Series for Brooklyn Nets Arena Opening in 2012

Hello Brooklyn!!! With the Nets coming to Brooklyn next year, big plans continued to be made. Jay Z will announce today that he will headline a series of concerts to open the new Nets arena next fall and their official name will be The Brooklyn Nets. Read more (here). 

Sunday, September 25, 2011

New Wu Music, Cappadonna – "Cuban Link Kings"

When you have a busy weekend of football games to attend and watch, one tends to ignore all the alerts mailbox alerts on the Blackberry. However, I was surprised to see this joint. Something new off of Cappadonna's forthcoming project, The Pilgrimage, which is set to drop this fall. Wu-Tang forever.

Sarah Palin's Daughter Bristol Palin Attacked By Heckler- "Your Mother's A Whore"

Sarah Palin's daughter Bristol became involved in a vicious slanging match in a bar in West Hollywood after a man started heckling her and insulting her mother while she was riding a mechanical bull. The whole thing starts when the heckler asks Bristol, "Did Levi ride it like that?"-referring to Levi Johnson, the father of their child Trip. Bristol gets a little gangster. LOL!!

Friday, September 23, 2011

WOW!! Georgia Gives This Killer Clemency

Now this just made my stomach sick. I was already feeling disrespected by our government and our Supreme Court for not intervening in the Troy Davis case. Georgia not only executed a Black Man the night before last without any substantial evidence, but the state of Georgia's parole board granted this convicted killer, Samuel David Crowe clemency. Do you see what color he is? And people wonder why race relations in this country aren't getting any better. If you think race doesn't matter in this country, then you are kidding yourself. Read more about this disgusting matter (here). 

Judge Mathis Speaks on the Troy Davis Execution

Judge Greg Mathis weighs in on the Troy Davis (R.I.P.) case. He brings his judicial experience and opinions to this grave matter.  

Thursday, September 22, 2011

Elizabeth Warren on Debt Crisis and Fair Taxation

Massachusetts Republican Senate Candidate and former advisor for the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection,  Bureau, Elizabeth Warren is causing a stir across the internet with this small clip about her discussing the debt crisis, fair taxation, and other important issues as part of her tour. What's interesting here is when she talks about fair taxation. Its nothing new, its been said before, but somehow when a Republican candidate says the same thing it somehow gets attention. How anyone making less than $100k annually can vote Republican and support tax breaks for the wealthy is beyond me. 

Former President Jimmy Carter Says "Death Penalty is Unjust and Outdated'"

I had a long night. I watched what was going on in Jackson, Georgia last night, until I couldn't take the television anymore. I then started to follow the #TroyDavis trends on the Twitter, because there was a sign of hope. Then his death became official and I began to feel sick. I went to Facebook to see what the people were talking about, but along with grief, there were plenty of 'hateful' things posted about this case. Opinions aside, as a modern day society, we can not think it is okay to execute someone when there is 'doubt' and FACT is there was some 'doubts' in this case. The biggest being the 7 out of 9 witnesses who said they were force, coerced, or mis-lead 22 years ago. 7 out of 9 means there is 'DOUBT'. This is why I've never been a supporter of The Death Penalty. Its NEVER been fair and just in this country and because of it, its old and outdated. I'm not the only one who feels like this, former president Jimmy Carter has similar feelings. Check out what former President Jimmy Cater has to say about this law (here). 

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Let Troy Davis Take A Lie Detector Test

Troy Davis is making a last effort to save his life and says he's willing to take a lie detector test. His lawyers stated they will take the test, only if the results are taken into consideration. Troy Davis' execution is set for this evening at 7pm, unless a stay is granted. Read more (here). 

New Eric Roberson Video- "Picture Perfect" feat. Phonte'

Our boy Eric Roberson gives us another visual from his forthcoming album, Mr. Nice Guy, which is set to drop next month. "Picture Perfect" is that song that you can play in the car with your significant other on the way to the store or for a Sunday afternoon cruise. The black and white visual captures the title of this cut and to have the film tape in this video was an excellent idea and that credit goes to the video Directors, Jay Espinal and Derrick Savage. Gotta love Phonte's two-step. LOL!! Pre-order Mr. Nice Guy (here). Grab your download of this single (here). 

TMZ Footage of Infamous Ray J and Fabolous Fight

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Last night TMZ aired footage of this infamous fight between Ray J and Fabolous. Although, we don't see too much, one thing is clear, 50 Cent was right in the middle of it enjoying the moment. Have a feeling he probably gassed up Ray J as 50 is known to be an instigator. Hear both speak about incident (here). 

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Mac Miller- "Willie Dynamite"

Let me say this, I'm not on the Mac Miller bandwagon (but I was impressed with the kid when he got on that Rapsody joint here) and in my opinion the kid could use a little more artist grooming. However, when this arrived in my inbox, the title caught me, because Willie Dynamite is one of my favorite Black-exploitation films. Seriously, I can quote most of the movie verbatim. Since this is one of my favorite movies, I gave this track a listen and to tell the truth, its not bad. Its actually a good song. Of course I love the movie samples, but Mac impressed me with his delivery, flow, and chorus on this one.  

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Meet This 15-Year-Old Morehouse Man

ST informed you last year (here) about Stephen Stafford, the teenage Morehouse College student. Well he is now a junior and still taking on three majors, and was recently interviewed on Sacramento's KCRA about being a keynote speaker for an event. Always good to hear a 'feel good' story.

Eric Roberson Visits and Performs @ Office of Essence Magazine

Last month Eric Roberson stopped by the office of Essence Magazine and performed his trademark of taking words from the audience and coming up with an on the spot song. The ladies at Essence seem to really enjoy their up close and personal show. This should hold us over until we get Mr. Nice Guy, which drops October 25th. The two previews we've gotten off the album, "Picture Perfect" and "Summertime Anthem" and should serve as an Appetizer until we get full meal. Get your pre-order for Mr. Nice Guy (here).

Bowie State Student Alexis Simpson Acted in Self Defense, Lawyer Says

The lawyer for the Bowie State University student, Alexis Simpson, who is accused of killing her roommate, Dominique Frazier, is claiming his client acted in self-defense. Now whether this is true or not, it doesn't change the outcome that two bright college students lives have changed. One is dead and her family is in mourning and the other is facing murder charges. The incident allegedly started over music being played loudly from an iPod, but who knows what really happened? 

Georgia's Parole Board Denies Clemency for Troy Davis

Regardless of the 663,000 people that signed a petition presented to the Georgia state parole board, numerous dignitaries such as former President Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, former FBI Director William Sessions, former Georgia Supreme Court Justice Norman Flectcher and Larry Thompson, the former deputy US attorney general, and Bishop Demond Tutu, the Georgia state parole board has denied clemency for Troy Davis. Troy Davis, 42, is scheduled to be put to death by lethal injection tomorrow at 7 p.m. at the state prison in Jackson.
Regardless if three former case witnesses are now testifying on Davis' behalf and have signed affidavits asking the board to spare Davis from execution, the board still wants to proceed. The slain cops family wants to proceed, so they can have closure. However, this case has serious doubts and serious questions and no government should be able to take a life when there is doubt in the findings. Executing Davis won't bring the slain officer's family closure. He's not getting out of jail, just his life spared, so why is Georgia's parole board so determined to take Davis' life? Read more (here). 

Fabolous Responds to Ray J's Claims

This comedy gets funnier and funnier. Fabolous calls into NYC's The Breakfast Club radio show and responds to Ray J's earlier call (here). Fab explains his side of the story and calls Ray J. "Little Red Ridding Hood", calls Ray J's call funny, and says Ray is shouting out a bunch of lies. All of this over a Twitter beef. Look don't judge ST, we're just reporting. 

Monday, September 19, 2011

New Marsha Ambrosius Cuts- “Have Your Way” & “I Wanna Touch”

It appears Marsha Ambrosius had some music sitting around under her bed, so she decided to clean up and share it with her fans. The first joint above is, "Have Your Way", which is most definitely grown folks late night 'baby making' music. the second song below is "I Wanna Touch" and let me say that the production work is awesome. Marsha's sultry voice is heard over a flipped Stevie Wonder classic, "Rocket Love". Just like Marsha to give us something to hold on to for the moment. Grab Marsha's Late Nights & Early Mornings (here) if you haven't gotten it already.

Styles P- "Brothers" feat. Sheek Louch

2/3 of The Lox are represented on this, "Brothers" track. Styles P brought along his brother Sheek Louch for this track. Rumor has it this won't be on Styles upcoming project, Master Of Ceremonies, which is set to hit stores Oct. 27th.

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Another New Phonte' Joint– "The Good Fight" produced by 9th Wonder

"How you gonna sell out? When no body sells out"-Phonte'
Now isn't that the truth in today's industry? The 27th of this month is going to be crazy. Don't know who's album I'm going to get first, Phonte's or 9th Wonder's. Feels like an unofficial Little Brother reunion. Here is another preview from Phonte's forthcoming project Charity Starts At Home with 9th on the boards. Straight Hip Hop. Dope beats, dope rhymes. Also check out the last leak from this project (here). 

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Ray J Responds Verbally About Apparent Fight With Rapper Fabolous This Weekend

Okay, so apparently Fabolous and Ray J got beef. Apparently the beef started from Fabolous cracking jokes aka 'taking shots' at Ray Jon Twitter. Well apparently both were in Vegas at The Palms Hotel for the fight this weekend and had a fight of their own or some type of beef. Now weather anyone was hurt, smacked up, I don't know, I don't know, but Ray j called into NYC's The Breakfast Club Radio Show this morning to make a statement. **Warning** Ray uses some profanity. Hopefully this beef can be squashed and no one gets hurt. Just for the record, I'm so tired of Twitter beefs. They are getting played out quick. Read more about  the weekend's incident (here). update: Fabolous' response (here). 

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Another 9th Wonder Joint– "No Pretending" feat. Raekwon & Big Remo

"Now back to blowing holes in the microphone pole. I do it eazy, with 41 years in my soul."-Raekwon.
They call Rae the Chef, because he cooks up some sh*t, but when 9th is in the kitchen with you, you just may come out of the kitchen with a classic. 9th is know for his sick beats and this one may be one of his best and I guess that's why Rae had to let loose with the bullets of lyrics. Now I f*cks with Big Remo, but in all honesty after hearing Rae on this joint I think Remo should have lead off the flow, then pass the baton to Rae for the final lyrical laps. I don't think anyone should have touched the mic after Rae on this joint. 9th's The Wonder Years is set to drop on the 27th (pre-order here).  If you missed the other premiered tracks from this 9th project you can check those out (here) and (here).

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Wow!!! A Lost LL Cool J Track Never Released

Slice of Spice is putting out a previously unreleased track by LL Cool J and producer K-Def. The track was made back in 1994 and somewhere along the line of LL closet of singles, this particular got lost or was forgotten about. Here's the story behind this lost track:
Back in 1994 K-Def was working on some beats out of the B Room in Marly Marl’s House Of Hits when LL Cool J walked in on his session and said “let’s make some tracks together”. Uncle L had always wanted to rhyme on a track using the famous ESG breakbeat ‘UFO’, so he had Def lay it down with some scratches and then went to town with the mic. Both thought they had a sure fire hit on their hands but unfortunately it was never used.
SSR-005: Year Of The Hip Hop (Vocal) - K-Def ft. LL Cool J by Slice-of-Spice
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Friday, September 16, 2011

9th Wonder – "One Night" feat. Terrace Martin, Phonte, Bird And The Midnight Falcons

Another cut from the 9th Wonder's forthcoming project, The Wonder Years. If you missed the last joint I posted from this project then click (here). 9th brought along Phonte, Terrance Martin, and Bird & The Midnight Falcons.  

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Frank Ocean Drops Another Visual for His Next Single -"SWIM GOOD"

Frank Ocean drops his second video in just as many days for his next single, "Swim Good". He must have something cooking in the oven we don't know about. Also, if you missed Frank's last visual, click (here). 

Where Is Obama's Voice on The Troy Davis Case?

As the days get closer to the date set for the execution of Troy Davis it makes one wonder, why isn't a peep coming from The White House? If Jimmy Carter, Pope Benedict XVI, and Nobel laureate Desmond Tutu are speaking out about the planned execution of Troy Davis, then where is President Obama's voice? Where is Vice President Joe Biden's voice? Shouldn't The White House have an interest in this case? I'm just a confused voter who is wondering why The Supreme Court or the White House mention anything about Davis' clemency. This case has the WORLD watching our government stand still. Read more (here).

Bowie State Student Dead After Roommate Fight

I saw a Twit about this incident last night and I started off my morning researching what I could about this sad incident. Two female roommates got into an argument at Bowie State University last night, one pulled out a knife, stabbed the other killing her, and now she is facing charges. Although details are still skeptical about what started the argument, the Twitter world had all type of rumors floating around as to why the two got into an argument. From rumors about a stolen iPod or iPad to arguing over a boy. Regardless as to why the two females had a disagreement, one is no longer with her family and it is a sad day at Bowie and the HBCU nation. Our thoughts and prayers are with BOTH families. Read more (here). 

Ron Artest Is Expected to Officially Change His Name to "Metta World Peace" Today

Ron Artest said this summer he was thinking about changing his name and after putting some thought to it, the Queensbridge representative will make it official today during a press conference. The ball player formerly know as ARTEST, will change his name to 'Metta World Peace'. 'Metta' is his official first name, which in Buddhist tradition means-loving-kindness and friendliness toward others and his last name will be 'World Peace'. You can't make this stuff up folks. Read more (here).  

New Leaked Photos of Amber Rose (**Warning** 18 and Over Only)

I'm just the reporter baby, you can be the news. With that said, I'm just posting this because, its out there and it has the streets talking. Oh well. here goes. 

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Fela Kuti+De La Soul = FELA SOUL by Amerigo Gazaway

What do you get when you put together afrobeat legend Fela Kuti and rap pioneers De La Soul? You get Fela Soul; a musical tapestry created by Gummy Soul artist Amerigo Gazaway. More than just a clever title, Fela Soul is an 8-track, 33 minute journey into the world of afrobeat rhythms, funky horn riffs, and classic hip-hop gems. Using dozens of hand-picked samples from the Nigerian instrumentalist and political figure Fela Kuti, and 8 carefully-chosen acapellas from the Native Tongue rap trio De La Soul, Amerigo seamlessly intertwines the two into something completely new and original. Download the entire album for free, along with liner notes and album (here)

Peter Hadar -"Your Body" Live @ NJPAC

Peter Hadar and his band Indie Movie performs LIVE for the New Jersey Performing Arts Center's Sounds of The City Summer Concert Series. When you watch the video, you can see the Jersey really enjoying one of their own's musical talents. 

Jose James Performs -"Trouble" Live

ST told you about José James  in the past. The Minneapolis-born jazz singer and composer is taking in hip-hop and cutting edge electronica, José represents both the future of jazz music and the traditions of the past. Here Jose performs with AllSaints for a Basement Session. This is good music. 

Bilal Performs 8 of His Classic Joints Live

Now Bilal is one of ST's favorites. Her is some footage of his recent tour when it hit Indianapolis' Madame Walker Theater this past August. Bilal performs 8 of his classic songs on this video clip. Fr4om "Something To Hold On To" to "Fast Lane" and even has time to give a J Dilla (RIP) shout out when he performs "Reminisce".  Those who missed out on this summer's tour missed a treat. Also if you haven't heard Bilal's re-mix of "The Dollar" you can listen and download (here). 

New Rapper Big Pooh Video- "Medicine Man"

Rapper Big Pooh releases his video, "Medicine Man" from his sophomore solo project, Dirty Pretty Things. The NC emcee has been very busy doing his solo thing since the days of Little Brother. Track was produced by Family Biz and video directed by Kent Willard

New Frank Ocean Video- "Thinking About You"

Frank Ocean drops a visual for his new released cut, "Thinking About You". Now since art is in the eye of the beholder, I'll let you watch the video and come up with your own abstract. Creative? Yes. Very. 

Swizz Beatz Alleged Mistress Christina Elizabeth Speaks Out

Just in case you don't listen to urban radio or whether or not you care, recently singer/songwriter Christina Elizabeth, lost her cell phone and her private messages were lost. Well in her private messages and photos to Swizz Beatz hit the net and left Swizz and his wife Alicia Keys denying allegations. Anyhow, if you care, Christina released a statement. Read more (here). 

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

New Book Tells About Sarah Palin Bedding Former NBA Player and Cocaine Use

So Sarah Palin apparently likes her coffee with no cream. Well I'm not sure, but reports are coming out about Palin and ex-NBA star Glen Rice having a bedroom romp (prior to her marriage) and also about Palin's past cocaine use. You can't make this stuff up folks. For more, read (here). 

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

New Estelle Remixes parts 1&2 for- “Break My Heart”

Estelle's single, "Break My Heart" was already a banger, but now there's a re-mix and a re-mix to the re-mix. Now if that haven't mixed you up any, then do believe that both of these remixes are the joint. The first remix features, Swizz, Jada, and Busta and the re-mix two features Swizz, Raekwon, and the UK's own Wretch32. Listen to both below and sure you will agree, these joints are dope.

"Break My Heart" rmx1 feat.Swizz Beatz, JaddaKiss, BustaRhymes

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"Break My Heart" rmx2 feat. Swizz, Raekwon, Wretch32

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AMERICAN CANDY- "Get Some Black Friends"

Came across this 'interesting' first single from American Candy and they call it, "Get Some Black Friends". This song will make you laugh and most importantly will make one think. When I first heard it, I had to chuckle. How many Black people find themselves having friends who are white, but you are their only Black friend? Give this song a listen, read the lyrics in the video, laugh, and then share the with a friend. You can also download this song (here) from iTunes.

Monday, September 12, 2011

New Cee-Lo Green – "You Promised Me Love" (audio)

'Love is a Battlefield' as Pat Benatar once said and here Cee-Lo Green tells his tale of a broken promise of love. Cee Lo creative mind and energy is felt on this track and when I hear, my mind immediately wants a visual to accompany this track. After seeing the, "F*ck You" visual, one can only imagine what Cee Lo and his creative mind has for this track.

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Lostribe "No Other Word" feat. Talib Kweli, N8 The Gr8, Maryann Hunter

Lostribe release their first single to their forthcoming album, Sophie. This track, "No other Word" features Talib Kweli, along with N8 the GR8, and Maryann Hunter. Video directed by Lucas.

Out-Of-Work Parents Land In Jail, Because They Are Unable To Pay Child-Support

I came across this story and I found it ery interesting to say the least. Say what you want to say, but child support in this country is not fair. It hasn't been fair in this country for sometime. Now that doesn't mean child support isn't warranted, but in certain circumstances like the one in the video, how is this fair? its not to say that there aren't any deadbeats out there, we know that there are however, its too many good people who get caught in the mix and treated as deadbeats when they have a honest situation. The key thing to remember here is money doesn't equate to love. And a parent in jail or out of jail and looking for work with this on their record, makes it that much harder to be a provider. Again, I'm not speaking of the deadbeats and I'm not saying child support isn't warranted, I'm just saying the system is broken and needs to be fixed. The law needs to be just. 

Empire State of Mind State Farm Commercial for 9/11 Anniversary

When I saw this State Farm commercial yesterday during the games, I got goose bumps. One of my college friends even posted on my FB page, "After seeing that State farm commercial, it kinda makes me wish I was from New York". I think every New Yorker who saw this commercial yesterday almost dropped a tear. I know I almost did. Shouts out to Spike Lee who directed the commercial to give it that NY feel. 

Will Sessions Band- “Memory Lane” (instrumental)

If you've heard Elzhi's Elmatic project, than I'm sure your ears gravitated to the sound outputs in awe of the live instrumentals to a classic Hip Hop joint. If I just described you, then you are not alone as the Will Sessions Band who accompanied Elzhi on the project are in heavy demand for an instrumental album. So when there's a demand, you got to give the people what they want. Here is the first single off of the project which is set to drop later on this month. We'll keep you posted as to when it drops. 

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Serena Williams Does It Again- Blows Up At Official in U.S. Open Loss

Okay, so Serena Williams blew up 'again' at an official during her match at the U.S. Open yesterday. This is just the spirit of a competitive athlete. Was she right? Well, you're never right when you loose control of your emotions. However, the same way we see coaches and baseball managers argue a call, to me it was just a discussion of disagreements. But this is tennis and in tennis, that behavior is shunned upon unlike other sports where disagreements are visually displayed. Maybe tennis should allow 'small' outbursts, just may make the game more interesting. Could you imagine if it was a clay court and Serena tried kicking clay on the official the way managers do it in baseball, that would be classic. 

Plaxico Burress Catches His First Jets' TD

Plaxico Burress catches his first touchdown pass as a member of the New York Jets. With all that Plaxico has gone through, I really hope this is just a start to an awesome season for him.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

New 9th Wonder – "Band Practice pt.2" feat. Phonte & Median

Well it's the 10th anniversary of 9/11 and between all that's going on with ST, I've been slacking on a lot of music sitting in my inbox, so I figure, let me share some of this with my peeps. For starters, 9th Wonder's about to release his next project, The Wonder Years and this is the first leak off the joint. The track features Phonte (Gotta love this reunion) and Median.

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