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Here is a cartoon skit from Katt Williams’ Big Pimpin’ DVD. CAUTION: This is the censored version:

Pure comedy I must say. I haven’t laughed in a long time and I am about to just log on YouTube and type in “Katt Williams” because I need more of this. Sooo funny. It is definitely worth 2 minutes of your day.

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If you haven’t heard yet, Notorious is a biopic that shows the life and death story of Notorious B.I.G. (a.k.a. Christopher Wallace), who came straight out of Brooklyn to take the world of rap music by storm (IMDb). 8 Mile told a fictionalized story loosely based on Eminem’s life and Get Rich or Die Tryin’ told a story somewhat based on the experiences of 50 Cent. However, Notorious is the first major film that chronicles the real-life story of a hip-hop legend.   

Here are the top 5 reasons why you should go check out Notorious when it drops on January 16, 2009. 

5. The actors look just like their real-life counterparts. Jamal Woolard looks so much like Biggie that I could barely tell pictures of the two apart. Now, I know that looking similar isn’t the most important aspect of playing a real person, but after a nationwide search of actors, rappers and non-professionals the filmmakers unanimously agreed that Woolard IS the Notorious B.I.G. 

4. The costumes look fantastic. Check out the Notorious trailer below. The pin stripe suit alone is pretty fantastic! 

3. Christopher Wallace kind of lived the American dream. Of course, he died too young, for incredibly stupid reasons. While he was alive, he really did live the rags to riches story that is what America is all about. His story is the type that makes a great, tragic film. 

2. This film is guaranteed to have a great soundtrack! The 90’s were a pinnacle in the hip hop/rap genre.  This soundtrack should include choice cuts from Biggie, Tupac, Dr. Dre, Snoop and plenty of other memorable songs. 

1. I love films that are true time capsules. I love this summer’s The Wackness in part because it represented New York (the city I love), in the summer of 1994 with such nuance. Notorious will capture a moment in time, bringing on a rush of nostalgia. At its best Notorious will shed light on the time and place it was set in. 
 

Maybe you aren’t a fan of Biggie or Tupac? Well, this movie might change your feelings. At the very least it should shed explore the east coast/west coast battle that caused so much death and turmoil in the 90’s hip-hop community. 

For all who haven’t yet seen the trailer, and for those who can’t get enough:

And might I add: I am so happy that Barack Obama is our next president!  


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Last night, Barack Obama became the 44th President of The United States of America, making him the first African-American to be elected President. Obama, a first-term Democratic senator from Illinois beat second-time Republican presidential candidate Sen. John McCain, winning the popular vote by 52% and the Electoral vote 349 to 163.

The election proved even more victorious for Democrats, which now have the majority in both the House and Senate, the first time since 1994. In case you missed the historic victory speech, you can catch the full thing here:

Here is the OFFICIAL video of T.I.‘s current chart-topping single “Live Your Life” featuring the beautiful Rihanna:

Given the song, the video matches that pretty well. It’s very cinematic, very engaging and almost as enticing as watching a movie. However, there is just too much going on for me, but it doesn’t take away from the song, which seems to be everyone’s “theme song” right now.

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I recently head about this video through my mentor and she told me I just had to watch it, and I recommend it for you too. The song is about his “shorty” riding for him while he takes care of business to get them out the hood. Check it out:

The video starts off as your typical hip-hop video: champagne, yachts, drop tops, beautiful women, you know how it goes. But as it goes on and you’re wondering “what does this have to do with the song?”, it comes together. You get to the end and you see her getting arrested and all of a sudden all the scenes that had you second guessing the treatment for the video starts to makes sense. All of a sudden she disappears from scenes and he’s alone, the beginning shows how life could have been if she was there. I think it depicts the role women often play with there men and how it plays out, very well. It made me think:

How far will women go to “Ride”?…. what exactly does it mean to “Ride”?… and why as women do we put ourselves in these situations, proving ourselves over and over again just so he can see that we are “ride or die” chicks?… and last but not least, what about us? Who’s gonna “Ride” for us?

Check out the video for Michelle Williams new single “The Greatest” from her new album Unexpected (In stores now!).  

I must say, this caught me all the way off guard! “We Break The Dawn” was cool and everything, but it just was not cutting it for me. This single however, I LOVE!! The song is beautiful and the video is simple and relay’s the message of the song well. I love this. It’s amazing. I was sleeping on Michelle for a little bit, but I’m about to head over to the Virgin Record Store on Times Square and get that album! Go Michelle!

Who is Sasha Firece? That’s the million dollar question that is being asked, but don’t we already know the answer? I know you guys remember Beyonce saying (over and over again) that it is not her up on that stage when she performs, but her alter ego Sasha. Now, it seems as if Sasha is no longer playing background to the Queen Bey and is coming out with her own… umm… merchandise. On November 18th, Beyonce’s “Deluxe CD” is suppose to drop but it is now being listed as a Double-disc, perhaps with Bey and Sasha? Well, two singles with two different sounds just dropped at the same time.

I don’t know about you but I always liked Sasha more than Beyonce, I love my girl Bey but Sasha is a fierce chic and she can tear up a stage like no one else! You can check Sasha Fierce out at her Website and MySpace page. In the meantime, check out Beyonce’s video for “Single Ladies (Put A Ring On It)”:

This is my fikkin song right now! The video makes me a little frustrated, but it hasn’t changed the way I feel about the song.