Lenny Kravitz – “It Ain’t Over ‘Til It’s Over”...

The longest continuous period of locked-down relationship bullshit I endured was 4 years. It was gawddamn work. I wouldn’t wish that shit on anybody. Sure there were good times, but all I remember were the tears I cried and pain inside. So many years we tried to keep that love inside. Ha! I was channelling Lenny for a minute. One Valentine’s Day, I think it was our last official one together, we worked together at this computer school. She sat upfront to greet students; I sat in the back to handle calls and process shit. I had ordered flowers for her, something nice for the front desk that my humble salary could afford. I just had to wait for the delivery. Delivery man arrives with balloons. They’re for her. What the fuck! They are from some other teaching assistant. WHAT THE FUCK! No fucking decorum with these vultures! Then another set of balloons arrive for her. Those are from a student. Now she has a gang of balloons/flowers/bullshit and my shit hasn’t arrived yet. And she’s answering questions from other gawkers like, “no they aren’t from my boyfriend, but aren’t they nice?” And when my bullshit vase with a half-dozen roses arrives…WHO THE FUCK CARES? I got out-Whataburgered on fucking Valentine’s Day. And at my advanced age, I know this shit holiday is really an arms race. Go strong or keep that shit to yourself. So many years we tried to keep our love alive… CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...

A Tribe Called Quest – “Butter”...

Like I was some kind of angel when I left for NYC. Hayden Hall was a treasure trove of beauty from all corners of the United States. But the one I wanted the most, the one I had then lost, the one who actually gave a fuck about me despite my clear Texas myopia, was the one whose namesake is the antagonist of this track. I don’t want to get too deep into this. This exercise is unearthing demons. Let’s just say I should’ve agreed with her that “Electric Relaxation” was/is the best song on Midnight Marauders. Losing skins because I held my ground on the greatness of “Oh My God” was a poor time to be so fucking principled. PS The girl above is not her, but a very reasonable facsimile. PPS You get an “E” for Effort and “T” for Nice Try. CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...

Slick Rick – “Mistakes of a Woman in Love with Other Men”...

Love, or whatever the fuck 17-year-olds think is love (which is really the afterglow of fucking or some shit), does not fucking work over long distance. You’d think I would know this after watching my parents’ marriage disintegrate into a miasma of physical abuse and adultery. Sure I was young but New York City made me feel like a conquering adult. But just as strong was the crushing homesickness and yearning for the only girl I gave a fuck about. Yes, she was the only girl I should’ve known better about. The unanswered phone calls. The empty-hearted letters. The cruel pictures of her and her local dick. Yet I carried on with my desperate pleas for her heart. Those in the know will know how this story ends. It gets worse. By Christmas everything was broken. My relationship, my time in NYC, my education, and my heart were in disarray. I flailed away at some chickenhead at Pizza Roma. And when I really realized, once again, that my solution was right in front of me — should I say three doors down on the 2nd floor of Hayden Hall — this time the opportunity was lost forever. I resigned to a fall back position that would cost me so much more emotionally on a later date. Don’t forgive cheaters. Like a rabid animal, it is their nature not to be tamed. CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...

Gang Starr – “Love Sick”...

I will never be good with the females. Maybe it’s misogyny or a general animosity. I’m not an easy muthafucker to cope with anyways, it’s surprising I could ever keep a girl’s attention for any amount of time. But in high school I was on full chase mode with terrible success. Sure I could have this one or that one, but I wanted the unobtainable. Climb every mountain. And when I finally stopped getting played and looked right in front of me, there was the girl I should’ve settled on from jump. Ha! Then the real games began. Because I really thought I could have this chick and still be me. See her one day then see the fellas later that day. My time was my time, right? Fuck dat! All those missed opportunities and mixed messages with other chicks had left me woefully inexperienced in being a boyfriend. I was getting played. I was a chump. When she called, I ran to her. At least I was getting the boots. Yeah, she was easy like that. CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...

Guns N’ Roses – “Sweet Child o’ Mine”...

I don’t know what the fuck string skipping is. I’m no rock guy. Never was, probably never will be. I am intrigued how powerful the wail of a guitar is on people, but I’m a drums dude. But there is some fucking power in that guitar solo intro. Then the band storms in, and now you’re in too deep. The song’s magic has got you by the throat. And then… She’s got a smile that it seems to me Reminds me of childhood memories It’s a gawddamn love song to a girl. Axl’s girl. But she can be any girl. The girl you have. The girl you want to have. When she handed me the loose leaf paper with all of the lyrics of “Sweet Child o’ Mine” neatly written in a rainbow of colors, I thought it was her poem. She was aghast because I had never heard of Guns N’ Roses. I mean I had heard of them. I had MTV, but I watched Yo! MTV Raps religiously and the rest of the whitebread music channel sporadically. This was not Big Daddy Kane or Eric B. & Rakim. But make no mistake, she was the girl I crushed on so hard, that I purposely tried to find a way to sit next to her in Algebra class. And on this day, some Jewish holiday that cleared out the bulk of our class. I learned about her love of this song and her rebellious nature. I already knew she would always be smarter than me, and her smile dumbfounded me to point of social retardation. The song is forever a reminder of her. The lyrics more poignant, but it’s all an illusion (no fucking pun intended). If anything, the innocence of my moments...

Shlohmo and Jeremih – “No More” Feb13

Shlohmo and Jeremih – “No More”

When NPR is promoting crossover R&B dudes, he must doing something extraordinary. It started with a teaser cut last March “Bo Peep (Do U Right)” which was thrilling left turn from a singer with that other birthday song and collaborating with a rapper unfortunately known for a birthday song. Then came the gonzo Xmas video And now the culmination. Yes, it’s very Weeknd-ish, but the wild card is the strangulating beat constructed by Shlohmo. This beat is on some Santigold “Starstruck” shit....

August Alsina feat. Jeezy – “Make It Home” Feb13

August Alsina feat. Jeezy – “Make It Home”...

Two years ago, (Young) Jeezy struck gold with “Leave You Alone,” a slow burner with Ne-Yo on the chorus. This wasn’t Snowman Jeezy, here he was channeling Ja Rule’s sensitivity without diving into the self-parody of Ja Rule’s slavish need to ryde or die for his woman. Chuck! Meanwhile, this is still an August Alsina track. This is the same “hold it down while I trap” song that has been done before. However, Alsina doesn’t overplay his vocals. He sounds vulnerable not defiant. That’s Jeezy’s job. Good work,...

Oten Lo and Nate Fredz – “FUTW” (freestyle) Feb13

Oten Lo and Nate Fredz – “FUTW” (freestyle)...

Il Bred Collective and Dxuble Barrel Music Group unleash a new video from up-and-comers, Oten Lo and Nate...

De La Soul giving away full catalog of music on Valentine’s Day Feb13

De La Soul giving away full catalog of music on Valentine’s Day...

February 14th is the day to fall back in love with De La Soul. ((pause)) With both a new album, You’re Welcome, and an additional EP, Preemium Soul on the Rocks, produced by legends Pete Rock and DJ Premier coming soon, now is the time to get reacquainted with De La from 3 Feet High and Rising to The Grind Date. You can access the catalog at www.wearedelasoul.com starting at 11am EST on Friday February 14th. That’s 8 in the morning for you Cali cool kids. The free-for-all ends at 12 noon EST Saturday February 15th. That’s 25 hours to get what you should’ve already had in the first damn place. On a personal note, one of the last times I went out shopping with my mother, she purchased De La Soul Is Dead for me. She had no idea it was rap but wasn’t fazed by the dying daisy on the cover. No, they’re not hippies. Fuck Arsenio Hall! (Rolling Stone via Potholes in my...

Little Dragon – “Klapp Klapp”...

This is definitely more of a Teddie band than something for my taste. I dig the initial kick drums and upright bass action. Then the synthy overtone is cool. The vocalist kinda breaks it for me. She sounds too much like Kelis for her not to be Kelis. I’ll still fuckwiddit. From the upcoming album by Little Dragon, Nabuma Rubberband. Whatever that means....

Game feat. Problem and Badd Lucc – “THOT” (Thirsty Hoes Out There) Feb13

Game feat. Problem and Badd Lucc – “THOT” (Thirsty Hoes Out There)...

Please add “thot” to your lexicon. You will use it often. Maybe not you, but I can use it everyday. In the streets. At the workplace. Amongst friends. Around enemies. Thots are everywhere. (LA Leakers via...

Nicki Minaj – “Looking Ass Niggas” Feb12

Nicki Minaj – “Looking Ass Niggas”...

Nicki Minaj’s new single. Alleged from her upcoming album, The Pink Print, and definitely from the upcoming Young Money LP, Rise of an Empire, dropping March 11th. — side note — Nicki’s hair game is game type proper. — end side note — edit — So I had no idea about the album art because for once I was ahead on posting a video. Fuck! Really! Malcolm X on your single art, and not just Malcolm, but the picture of him looking out the window when his life and his family’s life was in danger. And wouldn’t you know it, today (February 21st) was the day he was assassinated at the Audobon Ballroom in NYC. FFFFFFFFFF! Dammit Nicki! OK back to the program. Directed by NABIL. (so you know it’s good) (WSHH via Karen...