Tuesday, November 30, 2010




From mikeflo & dj rasta root's current release "fly, fresh & responsible" hosted by m1 of dead prez. also featured on illastrate's forthcoming release entitled "high gravity".

"the line" prod. illastrate featuring mikeflo + tekitha
directed by shannon mccollum



FOUR TWENTY FOUR SEVEN PT. 1 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

The City of Ink family ventures into the Netherlands to partake in their very own Cannabis Cup, on an effortless journey to find out who has the best bud in Amsterdam. [Shot by Corey Davis]

Billy Drease Williams - Run [Performance Cut]

My dude keeping that hip hop movement moving. Salute!

Performance Cut Music Video for Billy Drease's latest single, "Run", from the album Good Morning AMY, available now.

Download it today on iTunes : http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/good...

Buy the CD (100% GREEN) on Amazon : http://www.amazon.com/Good-Morning-Bi...

Video Directed and Edited by Dominic Luongo.
Written, Created and Story-boarded by Edreys Wajed.
Graphic Design by Hayley Meister.
Lighting, Prop Master, Rain-making, Casting, Construction, Fire Fiend and almost everything else by Tony Caferro and the DTR45 Interns. That's the team!

Song Written and Performed by Billy Drease Williams. Produced by TrevThorne. Mixed and Mastered by Alan Evans.

Mumia Debate turns into a Epic Fail

words by jasirix

Yes, the filmmaker Tigre Hill, although obviously self hating, is black, as well as Philadelphia's District Attorney Seth Williams. The two were debating Professor and Filmmaker Dr. Johanna Fernández and Criminal Defense Attorney and Activist Michael Coard. If this debate was a football game it would have been 100-0. Dr. Fernández and Attorney Coard time and time again brought up pertinent facts that were subsequently ignored by Williams and Hill. Not only did filmmaker Tigre Hill at one point walk off the stage, but the debate ended with him receiving a Cease and Desist order because he used parts of another film on police brutality in Philadelphia without getting the proper clearances.

All in all, the night was a complete failure for Tigre Hill and even a film critic who thinks Mumia is guilty called his "documentary" "DEEPLY, VISCERALLY BAD". But, don't take my word for it, watch the video for yourself. The footage also contains an interview with Attorney Coard, as well as, Tigre Hill's reaction to "getting served"

Monday, November 29, 2010

Big K.R.I.T. - Children Of The World

just listen

"Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," musical

Saw this last night on 60 minutes. This joint looks SICK!!!!!

Lesley Stahl gets the first look at the rehearsal and production of "Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark," the most ambitious and expensive musical ever brought to a Broadway stage.

Killer Mike - Ghetto Extraordinary (Mini-Movie)

Killer Mike aka Mike Bigga presents the mini-movie for "Ghetto Extraordinary" brought to you by Breilhaus Entertainment and Jokes Films. Be on the lookout for the brand new album from Killer Mike entitled PL3DGE in early 2011 from Grind Time / Grand Hustle.

Saturday, November 27, 2010


Look! through this on your blog. Say it's dope. Then actually listen to it. You'll feel like your physic for doing it!!


Spend Your Way to Happiness?

Don't blow your cash son

By Katherine Kam

Money can’t buy me love,” the Beatles once sang. But can greenbacks buy a measure of happiness?

Yes, psychologists say, but many people don’t know how to spend for maximum happiness.

“Money is an opportunity for happiness, but it is an opportunity that people routinely squander because the things they think will make them happy often don’t,” says Elizabeth W. Dunn, PhD, associate professor of psychology at Canada's University of British Columbia.

As a young academic, Dunn had a personal stake in figuring out how to best spend one’s money. “I went from being a graduate student, making around $20,000 a year, to being a faculty member. While most people don’t think of professors as being wealthy, I suddenly found myself like ‘the nouveau riche,’ with a lot more money than I had previously,” she tells WebMD.

Being a psychology researcher, she sought scientifically based advice on how to spend her money -- not in terms of making financial investments, but to boost life satisfaction. “I was surprised to find out there was actually very little research on that topic,” she says.

As she delved into the subject, she discovered that people often misjudge purchases on three counts: “People mispredict what will make them happy, how happy it will make them, and how long that happiness will last.”

Puddles of Pleasure, Peaks of Presumption

Other experts agree with Dunn’s view. Purchases, such as a remodeled bathroom or a new couch, may bestow delight, but the pleasure often vanishes faster than people expect -- “like a springtime puddle evaporates under a stifling summer sun,” says Sonja Lyubomirsky, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness: A Scientific Approach to Getting the Life You Want.

Take that remodeled bathroom, for example. At first, it’s a joy, but those positive feelings dwindle until the bathroom becomes ordinary and “completely fades into the background of one’s conscious experience," Lyubomirsky says.

Furthermore, all those sparkling, new bath fixtures may heighten expectations and desires, creating a “lofty peak of presumption” that drives people to become dissatisfied and strive for more and more, Lyubomirsky says. “After one finishes remodeling one’s bathroom, the living room and bedroom now seem drab by comparison. People’s rising aspirations render rooms eyesores that were previously normal.”

Now, no one is saying that money and spending play a negligible role in happiness. In fact, wealthy people have better nutrition and medical care, more meaningful work, and extra free time, Dunn says.

“And yet, they aren’t that much happier than those who have less,” she writes with co-authors Daniel T. Gilbert and Timothy D. Wilson in an article to be published in the Journal of Consumer Psychology. The article’s title: “If Money Doesn’t Make You Happy, Then You Probably Aren’t Spending It Right.”

So how can you spend your money to maximize happiness? Try these tips, experts say.

Tip 1: Buy experiences instead of things.

Many people assume that filling a large house with possessions will make them happiest. So why might a cooking class or vacation getaway trump a new kitchen floor or TV?

In one recent study, Cornell University researchers found that purchasing an experience tended to improve well-being more than buying a possession, in part because people are more prone to comparisons and buyer’s remorse with material goods.

Also, objects tend to deteriorate with time, but experiences can create lasting memories. If you share lessons or dinners and vacations with others, the social connections can make you happier, too, experts say.

“Experiences are just easier to appreciate,” says Lyubomirsky, who didn't work on the Cornell study. “We are made happier by experiences. You’re more likely to recall it. It’s more likely to become part of your identity. You’re the sum of your experiences, not the sum of your possessions.”

People adapt faster to things that don’t change, such as material objects, Dunn says. But experiences offer more novelty and variety, which can extend enjoyment.

“Whereas cherry floorboards generally have the same size, shape, and color on the last day of the year as they did on the first,” Dunn says, “each session of a year-long cooking class is different from the one before.”

Tip 2: Consider that many small pleasures might be better than a few big ones.

Are you more likely to be happier if you save up for a few big-ticket items, such as a sports car, or if you indulge frequently in small things, such as lattes and manicures?

Saving up for a big purchase may be admirable. But in terms of happiness, “We may be better off devoting our finite financial resources to purchasing frequent doses of lovely things, rather than infrequent doses of lovelier things,” Dunn says. Research shows that happiness is more closely aligned with the frequency of pleasures, as opposed to the intensity, according to her.

Since frequent, small pleasures tend to be different every time -- whether it’s a beer with friends or a new book -- we don’t adapt to them and become bored as quickly, Dunn says.

Tip 3: Spend on others and not yourself.

Some research suggests that it really is better to give.

A few years ago, Dunn did an experiment in which researchers fanned out across the University of British Columbia campus and handed students a $5 or $20 bill. The students were randomly assigned to spend the cash on themselves or others by the end of the day.

In the evening, those who had been told to spend on others reported feeling happier -- even if they spent only $5 -- than those assigned to buy for themselves.

Tip 3: Spend on others and not yourself. continued...

The emotional rewards of social spending can even be detected on MRI brain scans. In a University of Oregon study, people were given a chance to donate money to a food bank. Others were forced to give to the food bank through a tax-like transfer. Volunteering the money activated brain areas typically associated with receiving rewards, but so did the mandatory giving.

As highly social creatures, much of our happiness hinges on the quality of our relationships, Dunn says. “Almost anything we do to improve our connections with others tends to improve our happiness as well, and that includes spending money.”

So the next time you buy a cookie, treat your pal, too.

Tip 4: Rent a dose of happiness.

In these lean times, it’s smart to be frugal. You can still enjoy something without having to own it, Lyubomirsky says, whether it’s a video, cabin hideaway, or a sports car.

If you love the thrill of driving a luxury car, rent one occasionally, she says. You’ll get the boost of pleasure, but not the hassles of changing the oil and tires or the burden of paying unpredictable repair costs.

Tip 5: When you buy, think about what you’re not thinking about.

Often, people make purchases the way some lovers enter a hasty marriage -- in a rosy glow of imagination, with little realistic thought of the beloved’s shortcomings.

So people who want to buy a lakeside cabin will focus on the peace and quiet, gorgeous sunsets, and good fishing, Dunn says. What they don't consider: buzzing insects, late-night calls about plumbing disasters, and endless drives home after a weekend at the cabin, with tired and cranky children scratching mosquito bites. And yet, such things will affect the owners’ happiness.

It’s a common pitfall. We simply don’t see the future in fine detail, and the further away the event lies in time, the more abstract our imaginings, Dunn says.

So before buying something major, try to consider the less obvious cost, including how a purchase might affect your time. “Happiness is often in the details," Dunn says.

Foul Mouth Jerk: Back Up On The Scene (feat The Artifacts) [Music Video]

JERSEY!!!! Damn this hard son!!!

Lead single from Foul Mouth Jerk's 2010 LP "The Oldest Trick In The Book", featuring the 1st appearance from the recently reunited Artifacts aka Tame One & El Da Sensei. Beat produced by San Francisco's own Dick Nasty aka Cutty Bang. Video directed by Daniel Judson. Graffiti by TopR

Friday, November 26, 2010

Seven herbs for indigestion

By Melissa Breyer

Common causes for indigestion include overeating, eating too quickly, fatty or greasy foods, too much caffeine, too much alcohol, too much chocolate, nervousness, and emotional trauma. Translation: The holidays.
Indigestion, also known as dyspepsia, is a term used to describe one or more symptoms including a feeling of fullness during a meal, uncomfortable fullness after a meal, and burning or pain in the upper abdomen; it may cause bloating, belching, and nausea. One thing is certain, it's no fun!

If that last wafer-thin mint has you cowering on the couch, you may want to try one of these natural aids for indigestion. Herbs have been used for millennia to treat any matter of ailments, and indigestion seems to be one woe that is well-suited for natural remedies.

Fennel / Fennel Seed
There is a reason Indian restaurants serve the fennel seed mix, Mukhwas, after dinner. Fennel seed has long been used to help fight gas, cramps, and acid indigestion, and to help ease spasms in the intestinal tract.

Fennel has a long history of use in both food and medicine. Traditionally, it is said to act as a carminative, which means that it helps the body expel gas and sooth indigestion. Fennel is also a common ingredient in "gripe water," a traditional (and very alcoholic, by the way) preparation used for treating infant colic.

Fennel leaves can be used to make tea. NYU Langone Medical Center says that a typical dose of fennel is 1 to 1 1/2 teaspoons of seeds per day.

Lemon Balm
Lemon balm is a member of the mint family and has been a favorite since the Middle Ages for reducing stress and anxiety, abetting sleep, sparking appetite, and easing indigestion.

These days, lemon balm is commonly mixed with other calming herbs to help promote relaxation. Evidence suggests that lemon balm, in combination with other herbs, may help treat indigestion -- although just soothing the stress alone can sometimes help with dyspepsia.

To reduce indigestion, flatulence, or bloating, the University of Maryland Medical Center recommends:
Capsules: Take 300 - 500 mg dried lemon balm, 3 times daily or as needed.
Tea: 1.5 - 4.5 grams (1/4 - 1 teaspoonful) of dried lemon balm herb in hot water. Steep and drink up to 4 times daily.
Tincture: 2 - 3 mL (40 - 90 drops), 3 times daily

Turmeric is the little minx of the spice drawer -- super bright, spicy, and boasting a broad array of health claims. You may know it as the main spice in curry and the one which imparts that intense golden glow, but turmeric is also used for health remedies.

In traditional Chinese medicine and Ayurvedic medicine, turmeric has been used to aid digestion and liver function, relieve arthritis pain, and regulate menstruation. It has also traditionally been used for heartburn, stomach pain, diarrhea, intestinal gas, and stomach bloating.

According to the NYU Langone Medical Center, turmeric's superpower comes in the form of the substance, curcumin, that, among other properties, may stimulate gallbladder contractions. One double-blind, placebo-controlled study showed that 87% percent of the curcumin group experienced full or partial symptom relief from dyspepsia as compared to 53% of the placebo group.

The National Institutes of Health recommends a dosage of 500 mg of turmeric four times daily for dyspepsia.

Ginger has long been used as a medicine in Asian, Indian, and Arabic herbal traditions. In China, ginger has been used to aid all types of digestion disorders for more than 2,000 years. Fast-forward to modern medicine, and health care professionals still commonly recommend ginger to help prevent or treat nausea and vomiting. It is also used as a digestive aid for mild stomach upset.

Germany's Commission E has approved ginger as a treatment for indigestion and motion sickness. Curiously, while most anti-nausea drugs work on the brain and the inner ear, ginger seems to act directly on the stomach.

For most purposes, the standard dosage of powdered ginger is 1 to 4 g daily, divided into 2 to 4 doses per day. (To prevent motion sickness, you should aim to begin treatment 1 or 2 days before the trip and continue it throughout the period of travel.)

Artichoke Leaf
If you have ever wondered what in the world were those Italians thinking when they invented the artichoke aperitif liqueur, Cynar, here's you answer. In traditional European medicine, the leaves of the artichoke plant (not the leaves of the bud, which is the part that we eat) were used as a diuretic to stimulate the kidneys and as well as the flow of bile from the liver and gallbladder; which plays a starring role in digestion.

Over the past century, much research has been done looking into the traditional medicinal uses of the artichoke plant; conclusions suggest that the plant does indeed stimulate the kidney and gallbladder. In the mid-20th century, Italian scientists isolated a compound from artichoke leaf called cynarin, which appeared to duplicate many of the effects of whole artichoke. Salute!

In 2003, a large study evaluated artichoke leaf as a treatment for dyspepsia; artichoke leaf extract proved significantly more effective than placebo for alleviating symptoms of functional dyspepsia. Germany's Commission E has authorized the use of artichoke leaf use for "dyspeptic problems" -- they recommend 6 grams of the dried herb or its equivalent per day, usually divided into 3 doses. Artichoke leaf extracts should be taken according to label instructions.

Peppermint is often used to soothe an upset stomach or to aid in digestion. Because of its subtle numbing effect, it has been used to treat everything from headaches, skin irritations, and anxiety to nausea, diarrhea, menstrual cramps, and flatulence.

Peppermint oil seems to be helpful for a variety of conditions that involve spasm of the intestinal tract. Most studies have involved irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), for which peppermint oil has shown considerable promise.

Peppermint relaxes the muscles that struggle with digestive gas and improve the flow of bile, which the body uses to digest fats. In studies on using peppermint to treat IBS, there seems to be a trend indicating mild effectiveness in the reduction of some symptoms, especially flatulence and abdominal pain and distension. However, if your symptoms of indigestion are related to a condition called gastroesophageal reflux disease or GERD, peppermint should not be used.

OK, this one is confusing: Doesn't spicy food cause stomach aches? According to the folks at NYU, evidence suggests that oral use of cayenne can reduce the pain of dyspepsia! Counter-intuitive, at best, but apparently hot peppers don't actually inflame the tissues they contact; in fact, hot peppers aren't even harmful for ulcers. Rather, they merely produce sensations similar to those caused by actual damage.

Oral use of capsaicin seems to reduce discomfort in the stomach. In a double-blind study, individuals with dyspepsia were given either 2.5 g daily of red pepper powder (divided up and taken prior to meals) or placebo for 5 weeks. By the third week of treatment, individuals taking red pepper were experiencing significant improvements in pain, bloating, and nausea as compared to placebo, and these relative improvements lasted through the end of the study.

For treatment of dyspepsia, cayenne may be taken at a dosage of 0.5 to 1.0 g three times daily (prior to meals).

For these and all herbs, do not exceed dosage recommendations, and be sure to consult with your doctor if you are pregnant, nursing, or taking any medication.

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Video: Young Jeezy Gives Back for Thanksgiving

Young Jeezy Gives Back for Thanksgiving from Decatur Dan on Vimeo.


The hip hop karaoke overseas is trill

SOMEWHERE OVER THE POND EPISODE 4 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

City of Ink walks through the streets of Downtown London to discover a Hip-Hop Karaoke event.

QnA with Miya Bailey

QnA with Miya Bailey from artemus jenkins on Vimeo.

The first episode features international tattoo artist Miya Bailey shedding light on his career choice and why he started the artform

Sunday, November 21, 2010

Boog Brown "Brown Study" ON SALE NOW!


Pick up Boog Brown & Apollo Brown "Brown Study" from Mello Music Group on sale now. Get it on iTunes, UGHH.com, amazon.com, or you local retailer. If they don't have it, DEMAND IT!!!!

Friday, November 19, 2010

Senate passes black farmers settlement

By the CNN Wire Staff

Washington (CNN) -- The U.S. Senate approved a $1.15 billion measure Friday to fund a settlement initially reached between the Agriculture Department and minority farmers more than a decade ago.

The 1997 Pigford v. Glickman case against the U.S. Agriculture Department was settled out of court 11 years ago. Under a federal judge's terms dating to 1999, qualified farmers could receive $50,000 each to settle claims of racial bias.
"This is much long overdue justice for black farmers," said John Boyd, founder and president of the National Black Farmers Association.

"I am pleased these long-suffering Americans can now receive the closure that they deserve," said Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nevada. "The agreement that we reached shows what can happen when Democrats and Republicans come together to do the right thing."

The measure was approved by unanimous consent.

The Senate also cleared -- in the same piece of legislation -- $3.4 billion to fund a separate settlement reached with the Department of Interior for mishandling of a trust fund managed for Native Americans.

In July, the House approved a war supplemental bill that included money to pay for the settlements. At the time, however, the Senate failed to approve the measure.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Oklahoma, dropped an objection to the package this week after Senate leaders agreed not to finance it through additional deficit spending.

Prominent members of both parties have voiced support for paying out the settlements.

The measure will now have to be approved by the lame duck House before moving to President Barack Obama's desk to be signed into law.

B.o.B - Beast Mode - Video

Oh! I can dig it!

This is off of his upcoming mixtape No Genre which drops on 12-7-10
Follow B.o.B on Twitter www.twitter.com/bobatl

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Rah Digga - Classic

Very Nice!!!!

VIDEO: Saigon x Just Blaze = Great

Saigon handle ish!!! Man, That Great track sound something that flux wonda would do.

Music video by Saigon performing Strength (Full-length) Directed by Kris Layng. ©2010 Suburban Noize Records.
"The Greatest Story Never Told" will finally be told in February 2011

Green Lantern Official Movie Trailer

Um, We'll see. smh

Composition Of Chaos Promo

Stuart McClean Gallery
684 John Wesley Dobbs Ave, Atlanta, GA 30312

$15 Entry, $20 Entry with a shirt

November 20, 2010

8PM - 12AM

Someone is capturing artist and forcing them to participate in WWAF Art Battles. That someone is Exacto.

Who is Exacto?

Exacto aka Edward Soliloquoi was a struggling painter living in Atlanta, GA pursuing a career in the arts. After a couple of really bad critiques and a general lack of enthusiam in his own art, he abandoned his creative endeavors and became a salesman for Scamway Global. After some time at Scamway, he discovers that he may be dying from a rare recently discovered ailment called Odivi Coudius or Malignant Coodies. He was given this diagnosis from his doctor, who has known ever since being his family physician that Edward was a hypocondriac. He gave the Malignant Coodies diagnosis but had no idea it would push him over the edge. Edward realized that he wasted his life and didn't want anyone to suffer the same consequences. He became Exacto and vowed to not let another artist suffer the same fate. Now, bent on helping creative people's urge to continue their artistic careers, Exacto creates scenarios where artist must battle each other in the WWAF with an event he calls The Composition of Chaos so they realize that their creative lives through competition.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


For your listening pleasure

1. SLik D – Fro-Powah Intro

2. The Ambassadors – Ain’t Got The Love

3. Jay Electronica & Jay-Z – Shiney Suits

4. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – I Got A Love

5. Von Pea – Pea’s Gotta Have It

6. 9th Wonder feat. Big Dho & Sean Price – Shots

7. J. Cole – Friday Night Lights

8. Spectac – Lessons From The Ghetto

9. Rah Digga & Redman – Lil Kid Rap Remix

10. Naturel – More Bullets

11. Pepin – Paya Paya

12. Sheezy – Where I Am

13. Floyd The Locsmif – Flowtation Device

14. Floyd The Locsmif feat. J-Live – Talk About

15. J-Live feat. Boog Brown – The Way I Rhyme

16. Dannu – Free

17. Eric Lau – Give Light, Give Love

18. Illastrate – Whammy Award

19. Yasuko Agawa – LA Nights

20. Mayer Hawthorne – No Strings (Jazzy Jeff Remix)

21. Opolopo – Voltage Controlled Feelings

22. Quadron – Average Fruit

23. Pretty Lights – Drift Away

24. Machinedrum – Let It (Siriusmo Remix)

25. Man Parrish – Hip Hop, Be Bop

26. Ultramagnetic – Papa Large Mix

27. Big Daddy Kane – Raw Mix

28. Mtume – Love Lock


VIDEO:"Dope Girl Intro" Boog Brown

boog brown and peaches saves the day!!!!

"Dope Girl Intro" from the Mixtape "Grind Season" listen directly via boogbrown.bandcamp.com. Featuring daughter of FTPs own Taj Anwar Peaches.

Boog Brown X Apollo Brown "The Brown Study" availabe now on iTunes!!!

Twitter: @boogbrown

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Decoded: Jay-Z in Conversation with Cornel West

Somewhere Over the Pond [Episode. 2]

The home team does it again with Dope visuals, music and feel!!!

SOMEWHERE OVER THE POND EPISODE 2 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Tattoo artists from Atlanta’s City of Ink venture overseas to Europe, here’s a unique perspective of London through the lens of a young pioneer, Corey Davis. Brought to you by CreativeControl.tv Music By Solomon & Finder.

DOWNLOAD: Solomon & Finder – Weather

WWAF presents DJ DiBiase - Composition of Chaos

Promotional mix by Dj DiBiase for the upcoming Art Battle.. 'Compositon of Chaos' a nice mixture of Garage /Electronic /Alternative Rock /New Wave /Hip Hop music

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Jay Electronica Ft. John F. Kennedy “The Announcement” l

Download: Jay Electronica Ft. John F. Kennedy “The Announcement”

My view is aerial
Your crew inferior
My crew imperial
Mc Killers
Milk & Serial
Get it?
Forget it.
You’ll still be connecting the dots with smoking holes in your fitted
Those that got it be all at the shows throwing fits
The light from the dynasty sign froze all of the critics and nary a soul got on they frog toes ribbit

Was the night before the coming
Sugar plum candy coated lines for the dummies
Decoded hieroglyphics in the shrines for the mummies
We ain’t illuminati but out eye is on the money

My minds on the scripture
It’s beautiful, i see every line on the picture
So when the leaves Russel and the cock Crowes winter just know that the Black Gods mingled a bit
Then the fingers got pricked
Then the single got picked
Man I’m living out my brain I don’t dream about shit.
If I say dream, I mean Dream, Fresh not Hampton
I got a date with destiny I’m definitely not cancelling

The Stone
The Roc
The Throne
The Elegant Celebration sent tremors through every nation
The Stars aligned like cars at grand central station

Yours Truly,
My duty in obligation: The newly appointed ruler who moved with no observation like W.D.
Say my name on a record, W.W.III
I’ll put you niggas in a box like the WB
Here’s a footnote on the Blueprint
Whoms fucking with We?
Bad grammar
Widescreen panorama
Paranormal activity seen in the camera

So if you want that turmoil
I’ll twitter facebook YouTube worldstar you
Rap radar nah right 2dopeboy you
Your plans is foiled
Your guns is borrowed
We living in tomorrow
A tissue for your sorrows


Saturday, November 13, 2010

Kanye West ft. Consequence & Talib Kweli – Chain Heavy (Prod. by Q-Tip)

Talib Kweli lit this track on fire!!! This suppose to be the bonus track on itunes for kanye album



Amanda Diva "Manchild" prod: Ski Beatz
Directed by: Quincy Ledbetter

Jay Electronica live new joint!!!!

Jay sign with Jay then spit a new joint. The lyrics is bananas

10 Things the HR Department Won’t Tell You

Some of this stuff on this list is real suspect motives. smh

photo jerzyworks
By Kimberly Fusaro

If everything’s going smoothly, you probably won’t interact with the folks in human resources much between the day you’re hired and your last day with the company. But every day in between, it’s their responsibility to make sure you’re doing your job well. Which means they know a lot more than you might think. We checked in with human resources experts to see what your current employer is keeping tabs on—and how your next employer could be judging you based on a whole lot more than the résumé you submitted.
10 Things the HR Department Won't Tell You

1. Background checks have gone beyond Google.
Before calling in applicants for a job interview, HR will snoop around online to make sure there are no virtual red flags. “Social media ‘stalking’ has become the norm—especially at larger companies,” says Mary Hladio, who worked in human resources for more than 15 years and is currently CEO of leadership group Ember Carriers. “Beyond typing names into a search engine, companies will also employ sophisticated online monitoring platforms that dig even deeper. If there’s something on the Internet you wouldn’t want your boss to see, it’s probably in your best interest to take it down.”

2. Arriving super-early for an interview is almost as bad as arriving late.
Of course, if someone shows up late for an interview, he or she isn’t going to get a callback, says Amy Habedank, human resources manager of Pinnacle Services. But she’s also hesitant to hire someone who shows up an hour early. “It feels like they have no regard for my time,” she says. If you’re headed to a job interview, don’t show up more than 10 minutes before; if you get there with time to spare, catch up on email or listen to relaxing music before heading in.

3. Your physical appearance matters.
“Research suggests that the decision to hire or to deselect a candidate is made within the first 90 seconds of the interview,” says human resources consultant Steve Cohen, author of Mess Management: Lessons from a Corporate Hit Man. That means you must arrive at a job interview in a clean, well-put-together outfit with neat fingernails, smoothed-down hair and fresh breath. Also, think twice about any eccentricities. “Some people might be able to look past pink hair and black nail polish, but it will affect their decision,” says Hladio.

Check out a foolproof outfit that’s perfect for a job interview.

4. Personal hygiene counts, too.
Smelling like cigarette smoke can work against you, as can having body odor. Because both conditions are within an individual’s control, an employee or job candidate who smells bad is viewed as lacking professionalism, Cohen says. Plus, an employee who smells bad is a public relations liability. Most companies won’t tolerate poor personal hygiene in an employee or potential employee.

5. You won’t get hired to work from home if you aren’t a “home professional.”
If you’re applying for a work-from-home position, you need to present yourself as a “home professional” from the get-go. This means that when HR first calls to express interest, there better not be crying babies or barking dogs in the background. “When an applicant has no control over the noise level in her home, it’s a signal that she’s not ready for virtual work,” says Shilonda Downing, who’s in charge of hiring for Virtual Work Team. You’ll also need a quiet home office space if you’re petitioning your current boss for work-from-home hours.

6. Being overweight can work against you.
Even though overweight individuals can be fast on their feet and slim people can be lazy, an interviewer might assume an obese job candidate won’t be able to keep up at a “high-performance” company. Cohen gives the example of a manufacturing company that prided itself on efficiency and speed. Every prospective employee was taken on a walking tour of the large plant before being hired. If the prospect couldn’t keep up with the owner’s fast pace on the facility tour, he or she wouldn’t be hired. If you’re worried your size may be working against you, Cohen suggests emphasizing how adept and resourceful you are.

7. Ageism (illegally) exists.
“People who have seen their 50th birthday are losing jobs to younger people, even though ageism is illegal,” says Dennis Kravetz, head of human resources consulting firm Kravetz Associates. Older employees hoping for a promotion need to be extra-vigilant about staying on top of trends and technology. In a job interview, emphasize what you’ve learned from years of experience and explain how you’ve grown along with your industry.

8. Your relationship is being monitored if you’re dating a coworker.
“Sometimes people meet their future spouse at the office,” says Cohen. “But mostly, dating coworkers is risky.” Even if dating among colleagues is allowed, a relationship that ends badly is going to affect other people in the office. It gets extra-tricky if a romantic relationship between a supervisor and his or her subordinate sours. “Human resources is watching behavior that could turn litigious,” warns former human resources executive J.T. O’Donnell, founder of Careerealism.com.

9. Your Internet usage is probably being documented.
Don’t assume there’s any level of confidentiality when it comes to company technology, whether it’s email, voicemail or indiscriminate use of the Internet, Cohen says. “In a situation where an employee’s integrity or credibility is in question, there will always be an audit of her computer usage.” That means your boss probably isn’t randomly checking to see how often you log on to Facebook. But if he’s looking for a reason to fire you, your computer records could provide easy ammunition.

10. Your good and bad behavior matter—but the bad matters more.
“Promotions have favoritism built in,” says Hladio. Good behavior and positive experiences have a “shelf life” of three to six months. You need to continually impress your employer in order to stand out as an exceptional employee. Bad behavior and negative experiences, on the other hand, can linger in an employer’s mind for years.


Have to support this. Very Dope!!!! ATL stand up once again!!

SOMEWHERE OVER THE POND [TRAILER] from Creative Control on Vimeo.

words by Corey Davis

hey Guys!
I just wanted to keep you updated on whats going on in my life.... As most of you know, I just got back from an amazing month-long trip to Europe. I got back to New York to discover I would be having my own channel on Creative Control, called Corey Davis Was Here.The first show on my channel named “Somewhere Over The Pond” is about our life changing experiences in London! Episodes drop every Monday and Thursday. I'd appreciate if you could show us love by sharing it with your friends and family along with posting it on your blog. Stay Tuned

SOMEWHERE OVER THE POND EPISODE 1 from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

104 - Night Nurse by ARTE New York Minute

Man, the price of fame yo! This a quick look at G Dep from bad boy fame

104 - Night Nurse from ARTE New York Minute on Vimeo.

What goes up must come down. Everyone knows that, especially if you are from Uptown, Harlem.
G Dep was the talk of the town when he joined Puff Daddy in 1999. But he felt in love with the Night Nurse… 8 years after his meeting with the Hip Hop mogul, he was arrested for breaking a display model mobile phone and spent a year on Rikers Island, without anyone showing up with his $750 bail.
Sometimes the night seems endless on Allerton Ave.

New York Minute is a Six-Part miniseries written and directed by the creators of Gasface.

Produced by Nicolas Lasjaunias & Jean-François Boyer (Tetra New Media) / Joël Ronez & Silvain Gire (Arte.tv)
© Tetra New Media - Arte France - 2010


For all my Go getters out there!!!

INFLUENCERS FULL VERSION from R+I creative on Vimeo.

INFLUENCERS is a short documentary that explores what it means to be an influencer and how trends and creativity become contagious today in music, fashion and entertainment.

The film attempts to understand the essence of influence, what makes a person influential without taking a statistical or metric approach.

Written and Directed by Paul Rojanathara and Davis Johnson, the film is a Polaroid snapshot of New York influential creatives (advertising, design, fashion and entertainment) who are shaping today's pop culture.

"Influencers" belongs to the new generation of short films, webdocs, which combine the documentary style and the online experience.

Director's Note: on.fb.me/​bQ3kHj
Playlist: on.fb.me/​cve0yF

G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT-God's Graffiti (prod by Mr. Enok)

Oh! this royal music right here!!! DOPE!!!

photo by brandi pettijohn
Track taken from the forthcoming release EX CATHEDRA by G.R.E.A.T. SCOTT. prod by Mr. Enok
God's Graffiti by greatscotthiphop

Monday, November 8, 2010

DOWNLOAD: The Beatz and Lyrics Show Presents:“Beatz &Lyrics 2 Go” The Official A3C Mixtape

Do yourself a big favor and check this fly creative joint out peoples!!!

The Beatz and Lyrics Show Presents:“Beatz &Lyrics 2 Go”
The Official A3C Mixtape sponsored by Unique Squared

Atlanta’s longest-running Hip-Hop show representing quality hip hop music – The Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jayforce , is back with a new A3C Festival Mixtape. Last year’s project featured contributions by over 40 emcees, producers and musicians who came together in less than a week to record the 12-track project of all original music. The 2009 Beatz and Lyrics A3C mixtape was a celebration of the show’s 10th year on the air. After its success, Executive Producer Amond Jackson decided to make this years’ edition just as special.

The 2009 Beatz and Lyrics 10th anniversary A3C mixtape was recorded in 72 hours at Salem Psalms Library in Atlanta, Ga. This year’s mission was to record the mixtape on site at the festival. With help from Unique Squared, one of the leaders in pro audio gear, the team brought out an RV stocked with all of the best gear from AVID/DigiDesign (creators of Protools), Native Instruments, Focusrite, JBL, M Audio, Mackie and custom sound treatment from Auralex to create a professional recording studio that could travel to the Festival. Once the RV was assembled (Assembling the RV) ,recording started at 4 a.m. October 7th with Dungeon Family group The 5ive and did not stop until Sunday morning, as the Festival ended.

The Beatz and Lyrics Show did a special 5 hour show Saturday night and Tallahassee's WFVS 89.7 FM Underground Rail Road Show, did interviews outside the RV while MC’s recording in the mobile studio booth was broadcast live into the venue. Also a documentary about Independent music was filmed inside the RV. The film will be posted on Kevinnnotingham.com, which also hosted Unique Squared’s Beat Competition that gave away a custom Native Instruments Maschine to producer Tall Black Guy . The track he produced became a lead song for the project called Star Struck by 4ize.

This year’s mixtape features contributions from over 70 different artists and producers. Artists like Camp Lo, Artifacts, J-Live, Aleon Craft, and Sha Stimuli recorded tracks and other notables such as 9th Wonder, DJ Toomp, and DJ Evil Dee checked in (A3C Wrap-up). Production team The Dynamite Brothers (J Haze and Amond Jackson) put the mix tape together and DJ Precyse provided all of the cuts.

Founded in 1999, The Beatz & Lyrics Show with Jay Force airs every other Saturday on Atlanta’s WRFG 89.3 FM from 10pm-1am EST. Since its inception, the show has focused on providing the necessary balance missing from mainstream hip hop radio. The show's strength and popularity is found in the freedom and ability of Jay Force to play the best music from commercialy visible and independent Hip-Hop artists. The freedom to introduce new talent and implement creative ideas has been the one of the primary keys to the radio show's popularity . “Over the years, the primary focus of the Beatz & Lyrics show was to continue to provide that balance while leaving the door open for the newcomers to be heard,” says the show’s founder and host DJ Jayforce.

“We’re purely driven by the quality of music. We’ve never sold out our integrity and our determination to support good music and push the culture forward.” Those outside of the Atlanta area can catch the Beatz & Lyrics show live at www.WRFG.org or as a podcast at http://beatzandlyrics.podomatic.com.

Any questions please email a3c@uniquesquared.com

'Sucker Punch' Trailer

Sadat X talks about discovering crack… back when it was legal.

I was just telling flux about this

thisismyNYMinute #03 from ARTE New York Minute on Vimeo.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

Friday, November 5, 2010


Gotta love the ladies

BIG REMO - GO LADIES from Pricefilms on Vimeo.

Big Remo
Produced by 9th Wonder
Director Kenneth Price


Download: Señor Kaos -SPIRIT OF JAX.

Knock this by the power of 20 son!!!

image: Flux the wonda bat
words. Senor Kaos

I came up with the idea for the Spirit Of Jax around the beginning of 2009. I wanted to do a record to pay homage to Jax, but at the same time didn’t want it to be a sad record. I wanted it to be a track that celebrated the man on the mic as the phenomenal emcee he was. The first verse consists of some of my favorite Jax lines from various songs with cuts mixed in from DJ Dainja. The second verse was written more so in documentary style to tell the story of Jax and Binkis Recs from my point of view.

2 years later, there’s still a LOT of music from Jax the people haven’t heard that will hopefully one day be shared. There’s two more records at least with me and Jax together and who knows how many unreleased Binkis tracks as well as solo joints. Jax was a true work-a-holic. And that’s why today we celebrate the Pace Of The Dedicated.

R.I.P. J.F.K. – Jax Forever King

Downnload: Señor Kaos: The Spirit Of Jax [prod by Illastrate]

MikeFlo – Fly, Fresh & Responsible Vol.1

Everybody is guilty for creating this dopeness . Artwork: Mister. Soul photo TT Coles. Music Mike flo host M1 and Djing. Rasta Root

DOWNLOAD: MikeFlo – Fly, Fresh & Responsible Vol.1

Wednesday, November 3, 2010


Video: Homeboy Sandman – The Carpenter

This dude is like a breath of fresh air with this rap ish!!!!

Free Corel Painter Webinar with Mike Thompson

This should be real dope since Mike T is a hip hop illustrator!!!

Free Corel Painter Webinar with Mike Thompson
Friday, November 5, 2010 1:00 PM - 1:30 PM EDT

register right here: Free Corel Painter Webinar with Mike Thompson

A3C Hip Hop Festival 2010 Recap | UniqueSquared.com

I know the mixcd gonna be crazy!!!

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

::OFFICIAL:: Art+Sole+Life Video

::OFFICIAL:: Art+Sole+Life Video from KRJ PRODUCTIONS on Vimeo.

This is the OFFICIAL Art Sole Life video. Event held at the Ambient Plus Studio in Atlanta, GA

Sole Plus put on one of the most amazing art events in Atlanta on October 22, 2010.

Sponsors Included:

Sole Plus
Sam Flax
Ambient Plus Studio
Futuristic Branding Solutions
OMG Booth
The Garner Circle PR

Special thanks to:
Seraphin Cognac
Miller Coors
Cupcakes by Tatyana
New Era
Creative Kulturez
The Perfect Bartender
Remix Recycling
HBO Crew
DJ Greg Street
World Famous G-MACK
Alien Warr
Wade Ford
Sole Boutique

Monday, November 1, 2010

Download: John Forte – Gone (feat. HD Fre, Talib Kweli, AZ & Sass Jordan)

Oh! This track is crucial!!!

Download: John Forte – Gone (feat. HD Fre, Talib Kweli, AZ & Sass Jordan)

Choosing To Be Happy

By Tom Valeo
Reviewed by Louise Chang, MD

Strategies for Happiness: 7 Steps to Becoming a Happier Person

A popular greeting card attributes this quote to Henry David Thoreau: "Happiness is like a butterfly: the more you chase it, the more it will elude you, but if you turn your attention to other things, it will come and sit softly on your shoulder."

With all due respect to the author of Walden, that just isn't so, according to a growing number of psychologists. You can choose to be happy, they say. You can chase down that elusive butterfly and get it to sit on your shoulder. How? In part, by simply making the effort to monitor the workings of your mind.

Research has shown that your talent for happiness is, to a large degree, determined by your genes. Psychology professor David T. Lykken, author of Happiness: Its Nature and Nurture, says that "trying to be happier is like trying to be taller." We each have a "happiness set point," he argues, and move away from it only slightly.

And yet, psychologists who study happiness -- including Lykken -- believe we can pursue happiness. We can do this by thwarting negative emotions such as pessimism, resentment, and anger. And we can foster positive emotions, such as empathy, serenity, and especially gratitude.

Happiness Strategy # 1: Don't Worry, Choose Happy

The first step, however, is to make a conscious choice to boost your happiness. In his book, The Conquest of Happiness, published in 1930, the philosopher Bertrand Russell had this to say: "Happiness is not, except in very rare cases, something that drops into the mouth, like a ripe fruit. ... Happiness must be, for most men and women, an achievement rather than a gift of the gods, and in this achievement, effort, both inward and outward, must play a great part."

Today, psychologists who study happiness heartily agree. The intention to be happy is the first of The 9 Choices of Happy People listed by authors Rick Foster and Greg Hicks in their book of the same name.

"Intention is the active desire and commitment to be happy," they write. "It's the decision to consciously choose attitudes and behaviors that lead to happiness over unhappiness."

Tom G. Stevens, PhD, titled his book with the bold assertion, You Can Choose to Be Happy. "Choose to make happiness a top goal," Stevens tells WebMD. "Choose to take advantage of opportunities to learn how to be happy. For example, reprogram your beliefs and values. Learn good self-management skills, good interpersonal skills, and good career-related skills. Choose to be in environments and around people that increase your probability of happiness. The persons who become the happiest and grow the most are those who also make truth and their own personal growth primary values."

In short, we may be born with a happiness "set point," as Lykken calls it, but we are not stuck there. Happiness also depends on how we manage our emotions and our relationships with others.

Happiness Strategy # 1: Don't Worry, Choose Happy continued...

Jon Haidt, author of The Happiness Hypothesis, teaches positive psychology. He actually assigns his students to make themselves happier during the semester.

"They have to say exactly what technique they will use," says Haidt, a professor at the University of Virginia, in Charlottesville. "They may choose to be more forgiving or more grateful. They may learn to identify negative thoughts so they can challenge them. For example, when someone crosses you, in your mind you build a case against that person, but that's very damaging to relationships. So they may learn to shut up their inner lawyer and stop building these cases against people."

Once you've decided to be happier, you can choose strategies for achieving happiness. Psychologists who study happiness tend to agree on ones like these.

Happiness Strategy #2: Cultivate Gratitude

In his book, Authentic Happiness, University of Pennsylvania psychologist Martin Seligman encourages readers to perform a daily "gratitude exercise." It involves listing a few things that make them grateful. This shifts people away from bitterness and despair, he says, and promotes happiness.

Happiness Strategy #3: Foster Forgiveness

Holding a grudge and nursing grievances can affect physical as well as mental health, according to a rapidly growing body of research. One way to curtail these kinds of feelings is to foster forgiveness. This reduces the power of bad events to create bitterness and resentment, say Michael McCullough and Robert Emmons, happiness researchers who edited The Psychology of Happiness.

In his book, Five Steps to Forgiveness, clinical psychologist Everett Worthington Jr. offers a 5-step process he calls REACH. First, recall the hurt. Then empathize and try to understand the act from the perpetrator's point of view. Be altruistic by recalling a time in your life when you were forgiven. Commit to putting your forgiveness into words. You can do this either in a letter to the person you're forgiving or in your journal. Finally, try to hold on to the forgiveness. Don't dwell on your anger, hurt, and desire for vengeance.

The alternative to forgiveness is mulling over a transgression. This is a form of chronic stress, says Worthington.

"Rumination is the mental health bad boy," Worthington tells WebMD. "It's associated with almost everything bad in the mental health field -- obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression, anxiety -- probably hives, too."

Happiness Strategy #4: Counteract Negative Thoughts and Feelings

As Jon Haidt puts it, improve your mental hygiene. In The Happiness Hypothesis, Haidt compares the mind to a man riding an elephant. The elephant represents the powerful thoughts and feelings -- mostly unconscious -- that drive your behavior. The man, although much weaker, can exert control over the elephant, just as you can exert control over negative thoughts and feelings.

"The key is a commitment to doing the things necessary to retrain the elephant," Haidt says. "And the evidence suggests there's a lot you can do. It just takes work."

For example, you can practice meditation, rhythmic breathing, yoga, or relaxation techniques to quell anxiety and promote serenity. You can learn to recognize and challenge thoughts you have about being inadequate and helpless.

"If you learn techniques for identifying negative thoughts, then it's easier to challenge them," Haidt said. "Sometimes just reading David Burns' book, Feeling Good, can have a positive effect."

Happiness Strategy #5: Remember, Money Can't Buy Happiness

Research shows that once income climbs above the poverty level, more money brings very little extra happiness. Yet, "we keep assuming that because things aren't bringing us happiness, they're the wrong things, rather than recognizing that the pursuit itself is futile," writes Daniel Gilbert in his book, Stumbling on Happiness. "Regardless of what we achieve in the pursuit of stuff, it's never going to bring about an enduring state of happiness."

Happiness Strategy #6: Foster Friendship

There are few better antidotes to unhappiness than close friendships with people who care about you, says David G. Myers, author of The Pursuit of Happiness. One Australian study found that people over 70 who had the strongest network of friends lived much longer.

"Sadly, our increasingly individualistic society suffers from impoverished social connections, which some psychologists believe is a cause of today's epidemic levels of depression," Myers writes. "The social ties that bind also provide support in difficult times."

Happiness Strategy #7: Engage in Meaningful Activities

People are seldom happier, says psychologist Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi, than when they're in the "flow." This is a state in which your mind becomes thoroughly absorbed in a meaningful task that challenges your abilities. Yet, he has found that the most common leisure time activity -- watching TV -- produces some of the lowest levels of happiness.

To get more out of life, we need to put more into it, says Csikszentmihalyi. "Active leisure that helps a person grow does not come easily," he writes in Finding Flow. "Each of the flow-producing activities requires an initial investment of attention before it begins to be enjoyable."

So it turns out that happiness can be a matter of choice -- not just luck. Some people are lucky enough to possess genes that foster happiness. However, certain thought patterns and interpersonal skills definitely help people become an "epicure of experience," says David Lykken, whose name, in Norwegian, means "the happiness."

Video:KING HAMMER-Better Run Run

This hammer video is actually blog worthy