Josh Carter's thesis on the decline of the music business is an interesting look at "what happened."
I'll let James tell it:
As you may or may not know, aside from being an artist I also write a column for RefinedHype.com called "This Is My Rifle". Since I've been writing for a few years now, I've decided to compile some of my best and most popular articles into a book of the same name. Also included in the 150 page book are handwritten lyrics from my latest album, "Pyramids In Stereo" and artwork from Joe M.A.S.A.R.O. Gianoglio. All available for free download. Just a little something extra to flip through when you have some spare time.
Earlier this morning, Jay-Z posted the photo above on his website Life+Times. The photo is of the court following the Brooklyn Nets first game last night. The Nets defeated the Toronto Raptors 107-100. Along with the photo, Jay-Z also released the following statement on Hurricane Sandy and its effects on the New York area:
Reflecting on the first game in Brooklyn and thinking about the hurricane.
Thinking about being undefeated and all the losses/wins that lie ahead. Life will always throw adversity and tragedy at us. We remain resilient!
Heartfelt prayers go out to those who lost their lives and to the families who continue the fight.
Written by brokencool writer Ru Black
What in the entire fuck is wrong with you? Why, in all the world of whys and hows, would you invite Chris Brown to remix a track with you, and also to appear on one of his songs? Just…why? See, this is what happens when you think that good sex with bad niggas is greater than peace of mind and self-respect.
Let that simmer. Good sex, bad niggas.
written by: Ru Black
Death to khaki pants! This is a rant, and seeing as how the wearing of khakis is on the rise, likely not a rant with which you’ll agree. Sure, in most places it’s blustery out, causing one and all to tuck their whole summer in but can we all agree to remove the khakis from our “get fresh” repertoire?
By now everyone on earth that wants to hear it has heard Jay-Z and Kanye's 'Watch The Throne' album. And while debate rages on about the album's problems, one thing can't be denied: Kanye West has created a new favourite Hip-Hop slang-term coming out of the album.
On one of the album's standout cuts "N*ggas In Paris", Kanye West takes the word 'crazy' and makes it just a little fucking cooler by shortening it to 'cray':
"Ball so hard that shit cray" spits Yeezy
Don't pretend you aren't saying the word 'cray' to yourself all day long and beginning to use it in everyday conversation.
THAT SHIT CRAY!...ain't it Jay?