Tuesday, July 15, 2014

10 Favorite Rap Songs.

So as anybody that know me knows I don't listen to rap a lot. I just listen off and on especially when my roommate is listening to it but I've been on kick lately so I made this list. So just so you know it's hardly coming from a place of someone who is immersed in this genre. I know there are better songs out there. But I do love these.

10.) Step Into the World - KRS ONE (Just Classic)



9.) NAIL IN THE COFFIN - EMINEM (YES. Eminem has better songs, more heartfelt songs, more important songs, ect...but this song just makes me laugh, no seriously, it's fantastic lyrically. Truth is if I really thought about Eminem's body of work for longer than I am in this moment writing this I could probably fill half this list with them.)

One of the best diss tracks ever written. Of course Benzino is just plain awful from the few songs I've heard so eh it was like fighting a puppy.



8.) The Tupac lyric is is what put this song over the top for me. This is also the most explicit song on this list so warning. But I love Immortal Technique so much that I wrote a fan letter in the form of a rap his manager forwarded him cause he's just that cool. IMMORTAL TECHNIQUE - OBNOXIOUS



7.) RIPPER STRIKES BACK - LL COOL J.

I gotta give my roommate credit for introducing me to this song. It is so much fun. I highly recommend you look up the history between Canibus and LL COOL J first and listen to Canibus's diss song against LL first "Second Round Knockout" before listening to this because LL rips that song in two and shreds it in this song. Lyrically maybe LL isn't the best ever or even close, however energy wise very few performers can beat him.



"Running around with the Bob Marley imposter" hahaha.

6.) LIFE GOES ON - TUPAC

When I used to work for a greyhound racing track most of the guys I worked with came strait out of jail. This was the only job they could get fresh on the outside. A lot of them had shirts made with their dead and shot gang member friends on them to work. This song reminds me of those guys and their stories.



5.) CYPRESS HILL - ROCK SUPERSTAR

Honest, heartfelt, fun, and truthful.



4.) FEEL ME FLOW - NAUGHTY BY NATURE

The flow in this song is just smooth as silk. It's fun, bouncy, and I love it.



Oh fun fact it plays in the bar scene in the background in "8 Mile".

3.) EBONICS - BIG L

The wordplay in this song is too smart and clever and as a fan of language (Fav novel "A Clockwork Orange") this song is just too lyrically clever, smart and fantastic. It's not a bragging song, not a club song, not a honey song, not a diss song, not a story song...this song is it's own thing. I love it.



2.) JUICY - BIGGIE SMALLS



Nothing more can be said about this song than already has.

1.) ICE CUBE - TODAY WAS A GOOD DAY



For all the diss songs and gang banging songs that ICE CUBE is known for...this song has nothing to do with that and even a bad attitude. This song is so good it transformed the genre to me and it said 'yeah even hard rappers can write about other aspects of their life' and it is still the best there is. I dare you to drive bumping this and not crack a smile. Not going to happen.

Monday, July 7, 2014

Rap Songs.





 (Probably the weakest in this list)





Rap Song 3. (Starts 13 seconds in)

Monday, April 21, 2014

My Top 5 Favorite Beers


1. Allagash Curieux
(Aged in whiskey barrel this Belgin style ale has an extra whiskey bite too it. It is hard to describe why it's my favorite beer. It's the perfect sipping beer but not so heavy you can't enjoy it with a large meal and the whiskey after taste adds a certain note of class and perfection to a perfectly brewed glass of beer. It is perfection.) 
2. Midis Touch 
(This beer is brewed from one of the oldest recipes known to man and was reverse engineered. The dogfish head company brews it currently. It contains hints of saffron and the recipe is about 1'000 years old.) 
3. Hoegaarden 
(Hoegarden is a Belgin White and extremely smooth, similar to Lefe, and has a nice floral taste) 
4. Ginga Kogen 
(Ginga Kogen is Japanese and very hard to find. It tastes to me like the cross between a good stout and a good lager it has a nice lager finish but with a very malty and very heavy over taste. It is pretty smooth and the type of beer you might want to pair with a nice full meal.) 

5. Corona 
 
(A cheap pick I know however I love it. And at the end of a long day or one the beach a smooth simple lager to wash all your cares away one or two times.) 

Sunday, April 20, 2014

My Top 10 Favorite Places in Los Angeles

1.) Hyaena Art Gallery (Burbank) 
 (They do group art shows all the time and even have an art vending machine.)
2.) Pinocchio's Deli (Burbank)
 (Amazing deli with amazing Italian food.)
3.) Van Eaton Art Galleries (Sherman Oaks) 

4.) Nuart Theatre (Santa Monica)

(It is my favorite independent theatre, it always seems to attract a good crowd and show off some of the most interesting films. It's also right next to an independent video store and a good Chinese Restaurant.)
5.) Farmer's Market (Hollywood) 

(If you're a foodie and spend some time there are so many things you can find.)
6.) Mystery Pier Books (Hollywood) 
(A true gem of a store. It is one of the best 1st edition book stores in the world.)
7.) Eddie Brant's Saturday Matinee


(Another hidden gem, if you're looking for a movie, as long as you have a VCR and they don't have it, odds are no one else will.)
8.) Robina's (North Hollywood)

(It's hard to find a good picture but it's basically a hole in the wall Indian place behind Circus Liquor in North Hollywood. The food there is excellent and they deliver if you live in the area. ;) )
9.) North Hollywood Diner (Not hard to figure out which part of LA it's located in.) 

(Simple diner food done right open 24 hours perfect thing after a long gig day.)
10.) L'Imagerie (Burbank) 
(Another off the beaten path gem, but if you maybe wanna purchase a Janis Joplin original tour poster or an original italian poster for "The Good, Bad, and The Ugly" odds are they have it.)

Bonus: Villian's Tavern. (Business district) 



It gets awfully crowded Thursdays-Saturdays, but for a place of sheer atmosphere, amazing cocktails live music this bar reminds me of an old church and feels like something I'd find in New Orleans. It would be higher on my list...however I don't make it there too often.

Now these are the places I picked because they aren't obvious I could easily have picked places like LACMA, THE GETTY, or THE MAGIC CASTLE. I wasn't in the mood to write individual detailed articles on these places either but merely keeping a list.

My Top 5 Favorite Music Videos.

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2.)  Kenna - Hell Bent from Claudio Vera on Vimeo.

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Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Top 10 Fictional Movie Drugs.

I wrote this article for "Taste of Cinema" for the "Top 10 Fictional Drugs in Movies".

Top 10 Fictional Drugs in Movies

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

BBQ Shrimp Recipe.

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