The Weekend CROSSOVER: Thanks EPMD

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I am so dayum happy it’s Friday I don’t know what to do with myself.  I’ve been workin hard all week long plus school has started back up. My new schedule has frankly been kicking my ass.  Not to mention not realizing that a month long break between semesters miiiight not be the best thing…. I’ve fallen off my personal writing and instead been focusing on writing essays for my memoir class and magazine articles for my mag writing class. In both I have to adhere to a form and tell a story that has focus, nothing like the freedom of my blog. By the time I’ve finished up reading and writing I have nothing left for fun. That has to stop! Ok, ok, let me be honest with myself I know good and damn well I spend my ‘no homework’ nights watching Real Housewives and every original series on Showtime and HBO.

The other day at work my girl asked if I’d watched EPMD’s Unsung on TV One. I was like nahhh, not yet, I don’t even know if it recorded. I forgot about our conversation then she asked me a couple of days later, adding that I would be surprised by how many songs I’d recognize. So finally last night, while cruising my DVR for something of interest to watch I remembered her recommendation and found the episode. First let me tell you that Unsung has caused my iTunes library to expand; every time I watch the dayum show and see an artist I love or didn’t know I loved, I download a song or an album.

Watching EPMD’s piece, I was reminded how Parrish Smith and Erick Sermon were deep in the hip hop scene for quite some time. They also put on rappers  Das EFX, Keith Murray, and crazy ass Redman who makes me laugh and wince every time he hits the mic…I love his music. Anyhow I kinda subliminally knew all of this stuff, but watching EPMD’s story I was blown away by their success right out of the gates and then their sudden end due to some CRAZY shit! I don’t want to go into detail here in case you may want to check out On Demand and see for yourself.  

Check out the videos for these classics:

Crossover (this was my favorite!!!)

So Wat Cha Sayin (message to the haters, I learned that from Unsung, video starts at 26 seconds)

You Gots To Chill

Big-ups to the RAVENS!

The Baltimore Ravens won the Super Bowl y’all! Don’t be salty, fans of other teams; this is a major boost for the city of Baltimore. This city is frequently portrayed as a dusty urban zombie wasteland with little to offer beyond the Inner Harbor. Now of course I know that’s not the case, but this is for all the haters and doubters including all of those NFL commentators who frequently put down the Ravens.

I can’t pretend to be a football fan; in fact I prefer basketball. I happen to be a Baltimore football fan because I live here and the football culture is an intrinsic part of this city, aaannnd because if I don’t my man will disown me. Neither of these facts detracts from the excitement of last night’s game. The first half was brilliant and that 108 yard Jacoby Jones touchdown rendered me temporarily speechless.

The first half breezed by in a flurry of excited text messages, followed by Beyonce’s performance, the highlight of which was seeing Destiny’s Child back together and then all of a sudden the BLACKOUT.  I spent 30 nervous moments watching our team stretch and look at the ceiling, slowly losing their momentum, I wondered would this mess us up, slow us down?  Finally the second half started and that cool off period did set us back, a bit. While the 49ers came alive it looked like the Ravens might slip into the abyss, giving away their hard-earned status. Through strategic plays and a lot of good fortune, the Ravens managed to claim a victory 34 to 31.

Oh yeah and how could I forget RAY LEWIS! How beautiful to recover from an insane injury, announce your retirement, make it to the playoffs, win the playoffs, and then win the Super Bowl! Congratulations Ravens and big-ups to Ray Lewis!