Album Review: Empee and Max Ptah-Listen!!

June 29, 2010

Morris “Empee” Perry and Kevin “Max Ptah” Youngblood have earned their stripes in the Memphis underground rap community.  Empee was a member of the duo Kontrast with Jason “Da Hater” Harris before going on to gain acclaim as a solo rapper/producer. Max Ptah has also made a name for himself on the mic and behind the production boards. These hip-hop vets came together and recorded the album Listen!!, which showcases their rhyming and beatmaking skills.

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Marvel Creates Television Division, Jeph Loeb Named Head (Geeks of Doom)

June 29, 2010

Marvel Entertainment has created an entertainment division specifically for the small screen named Marvel Television, and award-winning comic and TV writer Jeph Loeb will head the division.

To read more, go here

Da Hater, Goodbyes, and Old Friends: The Weekend Wrap-Up

June 28, 2010

Friday:

I attended the album release party for Jason “Da Hater” Harris, a very talented hip-hop artist.  Also performing were Artistik Approach, comedian Richard Jones, Infinito 2017, Mordecai the Foul, and others.  Jason rocked it.  Memphis hip-hop fans should be on the loookout for Enough Hate to Go Around, coming soon.

Saturday:

Hung out with the girlfriend all day.  We went to Hattiloo’s Black Theatre Museum, which is awesome.  EVERYONE in Memphis should attend that, it’s running through July 10.  We also saw Jonah Hex, which was horrendous (Thank goodness for free passes), and then we went to a going-away party for my friend Laila, who is moving to New York.  Good times with my baby.

Sunday:

Lyncola and I hung out with my good friend Paul Briggs.  He was in town for a family reunion and we met up in the lobby of the hotel he was staying in.  Paul is a true friend and good people.  I hope to hang out with him again before he leaves Memphis.

Looking forward to this 4th of July weekend.  I’ve got my own family reunion to attend.  Barbecue, church services, and heat.  It’s still all good, though.  Be easy, readers!!!

Single Review: Homework-Pushin Buttons feat. Cities Aviv, Taktix, and Ify (Live From Memphis)

June 25, 2010

Homework is an artist/producer from Memphis, Tennessee signed to Westham Records. For his debut single, he enlisted the aid of three Memphis artists: Cities Aviv, Taktix, and 60 Seconds alumni Ify.

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Single Review: Homework-Pushin\’ Buttons Featuring Cities Aviv, Taktix, and Ify

Jason Da Hater-Ballad of a Menace (Hater Remix)

June 24, 2010

Jason “Da Hater” Harris recently dropped the mixtape The Worst Best Rapper in Town.  Jason’s rhymes are witty, introspective, and relatively clean.  Check out the first video from the mixtape, “Ballad of a Menace (Hater Remix)” here

The Thriller Diaries (Vanity Fair)

June 24, 2010

Shoutout to Vanity Fair for posting a very in-depth look at the making of Thriller.  RIP MJ.  One year later, and I still can’t believe he’s gone.

The Thriller Diaries

TV News: Mos Def Joins Cast of ‘Enlightened’ (Fused Film)

June 24, 2010

Rapper/actor/renaissance man Mos Def will be a regular on the HBO series Enlightened.  Enlightened is a single-camera comedy starring Laura Dern as a self-destructive person who has a spiritual awakening, creating havoc in her home and work life.

To read the full article, go here

Thaione Davis-Quality Control

June 23, 2010

Highly talented Midwestern emcee Thaione Davis has released a video for the song “Quality Control”, which is also the title of his latest ep, available at  http://thaionedavis.bandcamp.com/

Check out the video here

Mixtape Review: Max Ptah-Absolute Zero (Live From Memphis)

June 22, 2010

Kevin Youngblood, aka Max Ptah, has been a mainstay of the Memphis underground hip-hop community for years. Originally in the group Piranha U, Ptah has come into his own over the years as a solo artist and producer for several hip-hop artists such as the Iron Mic Coalition. His latest mixtape, Absolute Zero, showcases the maturation of this Memphis hip-hop vet while also hinting at his future growth.

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Mixtape Review: Max Ptah-Absolute Zero

Movies, Videos, and Father’s Day: The (Late) Weekend Wrap-Up

June 22, 2010

Friday:

My girlfriend Lyncola and I saw The Last Song at the local discount movie theater, the Bartlett 10.  Miley Cyrus was okay in it.  Greg Kinnear was very good in the film.  My only problem was the little cheap tricks the filmmaker used to try to get emotion from the audience.  It worked, but it seemed cheap.  I give it a 3/5.

Saturday:

After work, me and my film mentor/big homie Rod Pitts worked on a project.  It’s a video to a spoken word piece that I wrote several years ago.  We shot in a few different locations.  The weather made the shoot a little challenging, but we got the shots and had fun in the process.  Rod put me in my very first film and always encourages my acting.  He rocks!!

Sunday:

Me, my brother, and my brother’s girlfriend went out to Moscow, Tennessee to celebrate Father’s Day with my stepfather, Crossett McGhee.  I love and respect that man.  He took care of me as though we were blood relatives.  I will always appreciate him for that.  My brother Thaddeus and I pitched in and put some money towards a new tool that he wants.  Ever since he’s retired, he spends his days working on projects and hammering and constructing things.  It makes him happy.

I am looking forward to this weekend.  The girlfriend is off on Saturday, so we will hang out all day.  Good times!!


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