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United 93 and Sick Day

For the past week, I have felt really bad.  Well today, it got worse, so I stayed home.  I am only typing this because there is nothing I can do except sleep, play videogames, or go on the computer.  I slept for 5 more hours, and I don't want to sleep anymore, otherwise I won't be able to sleep tonight.

Also, last night I watched the movie "United 93".  I have never felt so sad in my life.  I didn't realize that was how it went down on that day.  Really opened my eyes. 

Well, Peace Out

Rapper of the Week #6

This week's featured rapper is:

Kanye West
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Kanye West is a producer/rapper from Chicago.  He has two CDs.  His two CDs are "The College Dropout", and "Late Registration".

In a short span of time, Kanye West went from hitmaking producer to just plain hitmaker, as his stellar production work earned him a solo record deal and soon his beats were accompanied by his own witty raps on a number of critically and commercially successful releases. His flamboyant personality also made a mark. West showcased a dapper fashion sense that set him apart from most of his rap peers, and his confidence often came across as boastful or even egotistic, albeit amusingly. This flamboyance, of course, made for good press, something West enjoyed plenty of during his sudden rise to celebrity status. He was a media darling, appearing and performing at practically every major awards show (and winning at them, too), delivering theatrical videos to MTV that were events in themselves, and mouthing off about whatever happened to cross his mind. For instance, he once spoke out against the rampant homophobia evident in much rap music, and he also posed for the cover of Rolling Stone as Jesus Christ. He seemed to court controversy. West's steady presence in the celebrity limelight, on the other hand, could sometimes eclipse his considerable musical talent. His production ability seemed boundless during his initial surge of activity, as he not only racked up impressive hits for himself like "Jesus Walks" and "Gold Digger," but also graced such fellow rap stars as Jay-Z and Ludacris with smashes. In addition to these many accomplishments, it's worth noting how West shattered certain stereotypes about rappers. Whether it was his appearance or his rhetoric, or even just his music, this young man became a superstar on his own terms, and his singularity no doubt is part of his appeal to a great many people, especially those who don't generally consider themselves rap listeners.*

To hear some of Kanye's music, buy one of his CDs, or go to my videos and watch one of the many music videos of his that I have uploaded.

*Taken from MP3.com

New CD and First Week of School

I got a new CD today, and I finished my first week of school.

The CD I got is T.I.-King.
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I really like the music, and finally decided to buy it.

Also, I am officially done with my first week of my senior year.  I have had three homework assginments, and one of them will be done later tonight or tomorrow.  I like school this year, and my schedule is really easy.  I am an office aid, which is really easy.  I only have two hard classes, and they aren't even very hard. 

Well, I need to go and decide on a new Rapper of the Week.  Peace Out

Rapper of the Week Videos #1-5

Week #1-Mos Def
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Week #2-T.I.
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Week #3-The Notorious B.I.G.
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Week #4-The Game
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Week #5-Jay-Z
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Rapper of the Week Review: Weeks 1-5

Well, we have now had 5 Rapper's of the Week so far, and I figured, "Why don't I do a review for all the people who weren't able to see the first couple Rapper's?"  I also figured, since I didn't start blogging music videos to go along with the rapper's until Week 4, why not post whole new videos for a 5 rapper's?  So, for all of you who didn't see the previous 5 Rapper's here they are in order from Number 1 to Number 5:

Week #1-Mos Def
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Week #2-T.I.
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Week #3-The Notorious B.I.G.
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Week #4-The Game
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Week #5-Jay-Z
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Not all of the videos are uploaded for my ROTW Review video blog, but I will upload them all before I go to sleep.  Once all the videos are uploaded, I will go to sleep.  When i wake up, I will blog all the videos for them.

Peace Out

Rapper of the Week Video Poll #1

Okay, this blog is for all of you Rapper of the Week fans to choose what videos I put in my blog later this week.  Now, I can use some of the videos that I already have uploaded on my user profile.  For other rappers, I need to upload at least one video for them.  This blog is for you guys to choose which one those are.

Out of the first 5 Rapper's, only four need a video to be requested.  One of my rapper's, The Game, only has four videos.  Three of them are already uploaded, so I will upload his newest one.  Here are the rappers you can request for:

Mos Def-No videos for him yet.
T.I.-What You Know and Why You Wanna already uploaded
Notorious B.I.G.--Spit Ya Game and Nasty Girl already uploaded
and, Jay-Z-99 Problems already uploaded

So, I need a video for Mos Def, and Jay-Z.  I have already blogged Jay-Z's video 99 Problems, so I need a new one for him.  T.I. and The Notorious B.I.G. can have requests, or I can just blog one of the videos already uploaded for them.

This is the time for you people to speak out.  I will listen to your requests, and the most requested video for each rapper will be blogged.  This blog will be open until Thursday, and I will blog the videos on Friday.

Peace Out

Rapper of the Week #5

This week's featured rapper is:

Jay-Z
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Jay-Z was born in New York, and has 12 major albums.  His albums are: "Reasonable Doubt", "In My Lifetime, Vol. 1", "Vol. 2: Hard Knock Life", "Vol. 3: The Life and Times of S. Carter", "The Dynasty Roc la Familia", "The Blueprint", "The Blueprint 2: The Gift & the Curse", "The Best of Both Worlds", "The Black Album", "The Blueprint 2.1", "Collision Course", and "Unfinished Business".

To the admiration of a generation, Jay-Z led an incredibly storied career in the rap industry, pulling himself up by his bootstraps as a youth to one day become the reigning rapper of New York City and then a major-label executive following his retirement from music-making. More than anyone, Jay-Z embodied the ultimate rags-to-riches rap dream, advancing from poverty to power, largely on behalf of his lyrical talent coupled with incredible dedication (while his industry smarts later propelled him to presidential status). Following the Brooklyn-born rapper-turned-president's 1996 debut, Reasonable Doubt, his albums sold millions, and his endless parade of hits made him omnipresent on urban radio and video television. He retained a strongly devoted fan base -- not only the suburban MTV market but also the more fickle urban one as well -- and challenged whatever rivals attempted to oust him from atop the rap game, most notably Nas. As a result of his unchecked power, Jay-Z and his associates greatly influenced the industry and established many of the trends that pervaded during the late '90s and early 2000s. He worked with only the hottest producers of the moment (Clark Kent, DJ Premier, Teddy Riley, Trackmasters, Erick Sermon, Timbaland, Swizz Beatz) and if they weren't hot at the time, they surely would be afterward (Neptunes, Kanye West, Just Blaze). He similarly collaborated with the hottest rappers in the industry, everyone from East Coast rappers like the Notorious B.I.G. ("Brooklyn's Finest") and DMX ("Cash, Money, Hoes"), to the best rappers from the Dirty South (Ludacris, Missy Elliott) and the West Coast (Snoop Dogg, Too Short). Following his self-stated retirement from rapping, he assumed the presidency of the seminal rap label Def Jam and embarked on another phase in his illustrious career, that of an industry executive.*

To hear some of Jay-Z's music, you can buy any one of his twelve CDs, or you can watch 99 Problems in my next blog.

*Taken from MP3.com