This week recorded live shows from the Monsters of Podcasting Tour in New York City & Philadelphia. With guest Jim Gaffigan.
Robert Hicks, PhD is the director of the Mutter Museum at the College of Physicians of Philadelphia. It's a legendary collection of medical history, and more than a few medical oddities.
A few thoughts:
* Mos Def has the tools to be a superstar, purely on merit. He's charismatic, he has lyrics, he's not afraid of fun and he can flow his ass off. But he seems to have pretty much thrown that away in favor of being "experimental," which is to say half-assed. I notice that my favorite Mos Def songs are usually the party tracks - Sex Love & Money or the one with Luda.
* Black Thought is a great MC. I don't know what else he has to do at this point to prove that he's a great MC. He just is. Beautiful voice, effortlessly meticulous flow.
* I am not an Eminem fan, particularly, but it needs to be said: Eminem is one of the greatest rappers of all time. He stands in the absolute upper echelon - Rakim territory. It's now ten years later, and no one has come close to matching his skill. Sure, he doesn't have a great voice and his shtick is a little annoying, but his skills are unmatched. Unmatched. There are other rappers with amazing technique - Busta Rhymes, Pharoahe Monch and Ludacris come to mind - but even they are a whole class below Eminem. And he's also the greatest battle rapper of all time and probably the greatest freestyler of all time (certainly the greatest freestyler of all time who's any good at anything else).
My favorite MCs are more like Biggie or Jay-Z, artists who've learned the lessons of Rakim and chosen to focus their technique on making those lessons seem effortless. But that doesn't mean that I can ignore talent and skill like Eminem's. The man has a special gift, and lord knows he put in his 10,000 hours.
Jordan destroyifies this segment with Meghan Fox. Oh man this is funny to me.
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People Under The Stairs - Trippin' At The Disco
Royce da 5'9" - Count for Nothing
One of the most amazing things in the world is the Throne of the Third Heaven The Nations Millennium General Assembly. James Hampton, a janitor, was called by God to create it, and worked on it secretly for 14 years in a rented garage. It was intended to herald the Second Coming. The throne is huge, nearly ten feet tall, and made of foil and scavenged materials. It was discovered after Hampton's death, and is considered quite rightly to be one of the most remarkable pieces in the history of American folk art.
The throne, composed of humble materials, is spectacularly beautiful, and every piece vibrates with the care of an untrained hand driven by divine revelation to create beauty. It was literally Hampton's life's work: he never created another work of art.
I saw some amazing pieces of art at the Smithsonian this weekend in DC, but the Throne of the Third Heaven of the Nations Millenium General Assembly is always the highlight of the nation's capital for me.
I'm preparing to interview Ian MacKaye, and this clip jumped out at me. Fantastic.
Rik Cordero's gritty, guerrila-style videos have revolutionized the way hip-hop records are promoted. He's directed clips for Jay-Z, Nas, The Roots and Busta Rhymes among many others. He's also a feature director; his film "Inside A Change" recently won Best Film at the HBO New York International Latino Film Festival.