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+ There's a style to the music.
+ There's a fashion to the words.

+ There's a seduction in the sound of Jay West, but what makes it provocative is all within the details.

+ The Jay West Perspective is romantic. The Jay West Aesthetic is tailored. The Jay West agenda is to INSPIRE. “Southern California’s Newest Buzzworthy Artist” is preparing a follow-up to the cult classic mixtape, “Drugs+Candy”. The table is set.

+ Say Grace.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Gentlemen, The Louis Trunk

There are few pieces that a man can acquire that are as iconic a symbol of luxury as the Louis Vuitton Trunk. If you're fortunate enough to own one, then you're fully aware. They become heirlooms, like a family Rolex. If they're in mint condition, GREAT, but if they're worn they tell the stories of travel. Here in the new book Louis Vuitton: 100 Legendary Trunks

Thursday, November 4, 2010

I Be Spike'd Out

I used to wanna be this guy.
My sense of Blackness had a lot to do with his films.
Lee is my mother's maiden name.
I used to tell folks I was related to Spike on my mama's side. LOL.

Mo' Betta Blues is my favorite Spike Lee Joint.

Scenes From An Italian Restaurant

I heard one line quoted from this song and I thought the line alone was fly. I went to find the lyrics to the entire song and I when I read it, I read it aloud and then I started spitting it. I could barely get to the next line with getting excited about how much it sounded like rap to me. I mean the writing is so cool. Its not like a lot of bravado, it doesn’t celebrate itself. Its just COOL!

"A bottle of white, a bottle of red,
Perhaps a bottle of rosé instead.
We'll get a table near the street
In our old familiar place
You and I - face to face hm, hm
A bottle of red, a bottle of white
It all depends upon your appetite
I'll meet you any time you want
In our Italian Restaurant.
Things are okay with me these days
I got a good job, I got a good office
I got a new wife, got a new life
And the family is fine
Oh we lost touch long ago
You lost weight - I did not know
you could ever look so nice after so much time.
Do you remember those days hanging out at the village green?
Engineer boots, leather jackets and tight blue jeans
Oh you drop a dime in the box play a song about New Orleans
Cold beer, hot lights, my sweet romantic teenage nights ooh, ooh
Oh, oh, oh, oh…..
Brenda and Eddie were the popular steadies
And the king and the queen of the prom
Riding around with the car top down and the radio on
Nobody looked any finer
Or was more of a hit at the Parkway Diner
We never knew we could want more than that out of life
Surely Brenda and Eddie would always know how to survive.
Oh, oh, oh, oh…..
Brenda and Eddie were still going steady in the summer of '75
When they decided the marriage would be at the end of July
Everyone said they were crazy
"Brenda you know that you're much too lazy
and Eddie could never afford to live that kind of life."
Oh, but there we were wavin' Brenda and Eddie goodbye.
Oh, oh, oh
Well they got an apartment with deep pile carpets
And a couple of paintings from Sears
A big waterbed that they bought with the bread
They had saved for a couple of years
but they started to fight when the money got tight
And they just didn't count on the tears.
Oh, oh yeah rock 'n roll
Oh, oh, oh
Well, they lived for a while in a very nice style
But it's always the same in the end
They got a divorce as a matter of course
And they parted the closest of friends
Then the king and the queen went back to the green
But you could never go back there again
Oh, oh
Brenda and Eddie had had it already by the summer of '75
From the high to the low to the end of the show
For the rest of their lives
They couldn't go back to the greasers
The best they could do was pick up their pieces
We always knew they would both find a way to get by
Oh and that's all I heard about Brenda and Eddie
Can't tell you more 'cause I've told you already
And here we are wavin' Brenda and Eddie goodbye
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
Oh, oh, oh
A bottle of red, a bottle of white,
Whatever kind of mood you're in tonight
I'll meet you anytime you want
In our Italian Restaurant."

-Billy Joel


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Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Bilal: "ROBOTS" video

The Sounds of VTech / Bilal "Robots"

Bilal is back. The album "AIRTIGHT'S REVENGE" is out now!

To Bilal, people are becoming more like robots through the use of manipulative propaganda by corporate media. This video is his way of opening everyone’s eyes to the truth. As you watch “Robots” you’ll soon find yourself paying very close attention to what is really going on. Pass this along, and help the robots amongst us. And don’t forget to make a change by voting today.

UPDATE: Watch this little bonus cut, Bilal covering "Tainted Love" by Gloria Jones

The Sounds of VTech / Bilal: Tainted Love

N.E.R.D. - "Hypnotize U" Video

My favorite record at the time just got a dope new video to accompany the tune. This is now my favorite video.

The new NERD album, "NOTHING" is in stores today, BTW.