Mash-Up of the Week: October’s Very Cold

So let’s try starting out with this: These days, it seems as the new Boy Wonder of Hip-Hop is a young man known as Drake, or as I like to called him, Jimmy from Degrassi. And although this week, Jimmy’s debut Thank Me Later dropped, I’ve been listening to a different body of his work.

The mash-up of this week come courtesy of a mixtape producer known as Chi Duly (@ChiDuly if you wanna follow him on Twitter). The tape is a mash up of some of Drake’s best work, backed up to some of Coldplay’s best productions. The exceptions are the intro and the outro where Coldplay is backed up by Drake productions. Now if you are not a fan of Drake or Coldplay out the gate, this likely won’t be for you. However, if you enjoy the art of the mash-up (or either of the artists), you may get a kick out of this.

Just to let you know, this is still very much a Hip-Hop mixtape. Some of the Coldplay songs are almost unrecognizable as they are mixed with bass pounding drums, this can either be a plus or negative, but the only real way to decide is to check it out:

Download: Drake x Coldplay – October’s Very Cold

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Allow Me To Re-Introduce Myself…

Well, gosh darn it. It’s been more than a month since I blogged about something, anything. I’m not sure if this blogging thing is for me cause I either never have time or I simply forget, or I just don’t have anything to talk about cause I’m not that special.

But at the same time, there are millions of people who blog every single day. They don’t always get the hits, but they do it cause they love it, and they love it because it’s about topics that interest them. So what does that mean for me? It means I need to find a niche and stay with it, which will be hard for me because I’m a man of many interests, but it will have to be done.

With that said, Summer does bring more freedom, and hopefully I can use this blog as tool to launch some very exciting projects I have in mind. Until then, I’m just gonna keep writing about what every my heart desires and hope I catch on to something. It’s should be an interesting ride. Stay tuned.

Top 5 Things Mom Wants Today

Today is Mothers Day and people all around the world (except for Eminem) are celebrating the women who raised them. And even though the Hallmark Holiday industry is trying to convince everyone that all Mom wants is a card, some chocolate, and a bear, I’m hear to tell you what your mama really wants for Mothers Day. So here’s my list of the top 5 things Mom really wants for Mothers Day:

5. An iPad: I’ll admit that I myself am not really a fan of the iPad. I rather just have a nicely spec’d lightweight laptop with a good battery. But the dirty little secret is that your Mom loves the iPad and it’s likely the only piece of technology she really wants. After a long day at work, Mom would love to come home and relax in her bed while watching movies and reading books on her iPad. It’s the ultimate relaxation device, and after raising you, that’s probably all Mom wants at this point.

4. She Wants You To Go Away: Not to sound mean, but I’d be willing to bet money that the only time your Mom REALLY wants to see you today is when you give her your gift. After that, she’d rather not see your face, at least for a little while. So do Mom a favor, round up all the kids and yourself and get out of her house for a couple of hours. She’ll front and say she wants to spend time with the whole family, but as soon as everyone walks out the door she’ll giddier than a College Student on after their last final of the year.

3. A Nice Meal: I honestly think it goes without saying that you need to get Mama some really delicious food to eat for Mothers Day. And unless your Mom has a restaurant that she’ll kill to eat at, I go with the homemade meal approach. Anybody can drive to a restaurant and lay down the Platinum Card, but if you really want to show you care you’ll break out the apron and do the work yourself.

2. She Wants Writing in Her Card: This one is really just directed to all the people who buy a card, sign it, and then stuff it in the envelope. STOP IT! You’re secretly breaking your Mamas heart. If you can’t take a few minutes to think of something special to write in the card before you give it Mom, you are a jerk. Case Closed.

1. She Want Today to be Special, but not that special…: Mothers Day is a tightrope walk. You want the day to be special, but at the same time you don’t want to go all out to the point where Mom starts to feel bad. If Mom always does laundry on Sunday, don’t fuck up rotation by trying to do it for her without asking. Mothers Day is a day to celebrate Mom, that doesn’t mean she doesn’t still want to be a Mom that  day.

So there you have it! Now get out there and make sure you make your Mom happy today. After birthing you and putting up with your mess, it’s the least you can do.

Feliz Cinco de Mayo!

Now somebody please translate what Marc Anthony is saying in this awesome song! Please and Gracias.

Generation Y: Lost?

“[If Generation Y can] keep their sense of entitlement in check, they might just turn out to be the next Greatest Generation” – Kurt Andersen of Vanity Fair.

Whenever I’m bored I tend to just tune out and let my mind run free. Sometimes I think of mindless nonsense and other times I think about things that I feel are good for me to think about. Today was one of those days where the latter happened.

Today I started thinking about where my generation (Generation Y) is heading. Every generation had the events that shaped it and ours is no different. We have lived in both the post and pre 9/11 world, we’ve never really experienced what life is like NOT being involved in a war, and we were pivotal in electing President Obama, the first president we’ve ever had that didn’t have a Bush or Clinton anywhere in his name. Oh yeah, and he’s the first black president too, which has given us the additional label of the “post-racial” generation. Even though that still has yet to be proven…

For the majority of us, our teen and college years have been dominated by an economic boom, followed right by a major economic bust. Many of us are already in major debt and will continue to be, since more and more of us decide to continue our education beyond an Undergraduate level.

And as far as our popular culture, we’re quite eclectic and love to be different from everyone else. We like everything from Glee to Stewart to 30 Rock. We rule the internet and our humor is dry and sarcastic and we have a very low tolerance for BS. It seems that most of us are either very political or not so political at all. Our top two issues always seem to be legalizing marijuana and legalizing gay marriage.  And yes, I must say, we all think quite highly of ourselves. You can thank our ex-hippies parents for that.

With all of this said, how are we gonna do once we grow up? Well, first off, another trait of our generation is to put off growing up as long as possible. So we won’t really know for a while. But, I do think in the end we will make quite the impressive generation. We always complain about the things we’d change if we were ever in power, and hopefully if our experiences stick, we will bring a lot of positive change to the world. We will fight for the equality of all people, end the culture of BS and corruption that is so rampant in places like D.C. and Wall Street, and maybe even live up to that “post-racial” thing by being more open with ourselves and others about our sociological attitudes.

Nobody can predict the future, and I’m certain there will be many more events that change and shape the minds of my generation. But I think Gen X and all the others before should take a breath of relief. We may look a mess now, but once we finally get our chance, we won’t mess it up. Just because we’re losing, doesn’t mean we’re lost

An Open Letter to Arizona

Dear Arizona,

I hear you recently passed a new law that “cracks down” on Illegal Immigrants. And being that you are Arizona and you elect people like John McCain to the Senate over and over, I knew I was in for something interesting from the get go. But really Arizona, this time you have out done yourself. You went ahead and made it okay for the Police to stop anyone who looks like a Mexican, oh, I mean “suspicious,” and ask them to show their papers. TO SHOW THEIR PAPERS! Really Arizona? I mean, you guys have a large Tea Party population that loves to put little tiny Hitler mustaches on our President. Didn’t any of them tell you that “show me your papers” might as well have been the official Nazi slogan?

I know you guys are concerned about Illegal Immigrants jumping the fence and stealing away all those awesome jobs that you’re dying to do like cutting grass, burping babies, or working “freelance” at the local home improvement store, but this really isn’t the way. How in the hell is a Police officer suppose to correctly point out somebody who looks like an Illegal Immigrant? I went to school with plenty of Mexican kids and they all looked like regular kids. And their parents looked like regular parents. It’s not like Illegal Immigrants have a special scent or dress code. There’s no such thing as a “Illegal-dar.” What you basically just did was made it okay to racially profile against all Mexicans and even people who look Mexican. And I hate to be the one to break this news to you, but that’s not okay.

Look, I know you guys are a red state and everything and are very unlikely to take advice from some random liberal College Student with a blog, but this law is just not okay. It’s more than not okay, it’s wrong. It’s unethical. It’s racist. I’m all for State Rights, but you guys seriously need to repeal it and come up with some better, less Nazi-ish ideas. Until then, I hope everyone boycotts your ass and you suffer economic hell for being so damn stupid. I mean, really?

-E

A Boombox Can Change the World…

Just take it easy on the Turbo Bass! It’s funny how a song that is clearly a joke, can still be completely awesome. Julian Casablancas (kick ass name BTW) is now one of my favorite artists.

Lonely Island (feat. Julian Casablancas) – Boombox