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Tomorrow we find out if 50 Cent will retire or not.

My guess is regardless of the Week 1 record sale results– Fifty is not going anywhere. Come on, did Jay Z?

Also, a correction from my previous post about Fifty. He still lives in CT. I guess I still have time to hang out by his gates in my G-Unit sneakers, t-shirt and jeans. Whew— that was a close one, thought I missed that opportunity.

Also before I begin my review I should talk about the recent 50 Cent interview on NYC’s Hot 97 radio show, Miss Jones in the Morning (of which I am a podcast subscriber). Bam from the BK called in and stated “Yo, I just gotta say a lil’ somethin’. Kanye was good at “Jesus Walks,” bust he shoulda stayed a Kirk Franklin man. They can’t compare 50 Cent to Kanye, man. I mean what they should of did is brought out some of Elvis’ old records and trieda compared you to Elvis. They can’t compare you to anyone that’s out right now. It’s not happenin’.”

Not that Bam from Brooklyn is a reliable source but… keeping this in mind, can we really compare the two? I don’t think so. Different styles, different lives. But it’s not up to me. It was up to Kanye and Fifty. They want to know who is best and I’m gonna tell them.

“Graduation”

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by Kanye West

My Review: 3 Stars

If “a dissertation is a document that presents the author’s research and findings and is submitted in support of candidature for a degree or professional qualification,” (thank you, Wikipedia). Then “Graduation” is Mr. West’s dissertation. After a week of absorbing Kanye’s music I think he deserves a doctorate in Hip Hop.

This summer was the summer of T-Pain. There wasn’t a track he was on that was not successful. Am I right? Or am I right? He also makes me wonder how someone can be so successful when their voice is manipulated by computers 75% of the time. Oh, wait. Britney Spears. (and to defend T-Pain (to myself!) I heard that he is actually good in concert–so apparently the boy can sing without the computer, good for him) Anyways, lesson learned: you can’t go wrong with T-Pain on your track. And on “Good Life” Kanye brings T-Pain along for a radio/gym banger. I can’t make it through a run without listening to “Good Life*”, “Stronger” and “Can’t Tell Me Nothin’.” If you can’t get yourself motivated to get you and your bad ass self to the gym listen to these three jams—you will feel like a gym-going, champion. And that’s the truth.

Speaking of champions–add “Champion” to your gym/running playlist.

*Added bonus: Kanye quotes Fifty, interesting huh?!

* Favorite T-Pain lyric: “Now my grandmama ain’t the only girl callin’ me baby.” Haha. Good for him, once again.

Are you going out? Showering, getting ready, looking fly? Please put on “Glory.” He samples a Motown jam so if you are like me, you won’t be able to control the in front of the mirror dancing. Be careful. This song manages to makes you feel like a celebrity. And you get to do the “Yayo dance”. I’ve missed it oh so much since 2005’s “So Seductive.” Don’t know it?—boo.

“I Wonder” reminds us that Kanye is more than a rapper. Much more. The beat in this track is so powerful. He doesn’t rap much but you will still be impressed. Kanye has the ability to prove himself–without saying anything. He can speak through his beats. The first time I listened to this track I had to take it back at the end when I heard,”You ever wondered, ‘what it all really means’? You wonder if you will ever find your dreams?” Paired with this deep, soul-filling beat those lines become overwhelming.

He even gets sentimental on “Big Brother” as he raps about his mentor, Jay Z. It is really interesting to hear about their business relationship and friendship. This is a rare and raw view of Jay-Z and Kanye over the years.

I am not even a college graduate but here I am grading Mr. West’s dissertation. I can honestly say that I love it. It might just go into my top ten albums of all time. While this album wasn’t as deep as his last album “Late Registration”(already in my top 10) it is extremely fun. The Louis Vuitton Don hit all of the elements needed to make the A grade on “Late Registration” but not so much on “Graduation.” I give it a B+ compared to his previous CD. “Graduation” will be a hip hop classic.

“Curtis”

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By Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson

My Review: 1 Star

Fifty is hard. There is no denying that. He has rock hard abs. And the biggest biceps I’ve seen in a long while and in “Curtis” he get gets back to his hard, street rapping. Come on, heĀ  isn’t afraid to kill (he makes that clear when he teams up with Akon on”I’ll Still Kill”). But, as you can already see 50 Cent’s music and style is not for everyone. That is where Kanye has him beat. 50 Cent is a rapper–an angry, vulgar, hold-nothing-back kind of rapper. And I happen to like this about him, but I also understand that not many other people do.

Fifty still has Dr. Dre. Which should mean a CD packed with Compton beats complimented with East Coast lyrics— southside Queens style—a combination hard to duplicate. But that doesn’t happen. Dr. Dre produced only one track, “Fire”which features that Pussycat Doll Nicole (ehhhhhhhhhh, not a fan) and Young Buck. This track is not hot.

Most of Fifty’s tracks were made in Farmington, CT …at least he is back on the East Coast. At least this album is better than “The Massacre.” At least I get to hear some more Justin Timberlake on “AYO Technology” (even if I’m not in love with it—it’s only OK). At least I get my smoothe R&B and Rap combos with the tracks “Follow My Lead” featuring Robin Thicke and “All of Me” featuring Mary J. Blidge. So if we are playing the “Hot/Cold” game, Fifty you are getting “warmer.”

But this just in!

Apparently Fifty has 80 hits on his computer in ready-to-be-released-today format. That’s what he said on the radio last week. He also said he is waiting to release them. Waiting for what? If any sound like “Get Rich or Die Trying” please, please, please release them. That CD (and the mix tapes) got me addicted to 50 Cent and his street swagger.

Hmmmm….maybe he is using the business tactics he learned during his drug dealing past. He got me in. I made a purchase (“Get Rich or Die Trying”) and I clearly keep going back for more (“The Massacre” and “Curtis”). Problem is, I’m not getting the same high. He better give me something real next time.

Yes there will be a next time.

I’m addicted.

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The Wheels on the Cata Bus Go

round and round, round and round. The wheels on the CATA bus go round and round all through Happy Valley.

Ehhhhhhhh. Not today.

The rumors are true, I live off campus.

“Oh, my God! How can you live so far away ?!” <—– this is the average PSU student’s reaction when I say where I live.

People….it’s a five minute drive to campus. A ten minute bus ride and yes, I use public transportation! (My Aunt is still shocked by this, why I will never know!)

How do I get on and off campus? CATA Buses.

How is the CATA bus system treating you this year, LB? CATA Buses SUCK.

And what did you learn today?

1. I learned that you really shouldn’t say that the CATA buses suck.

2. And that you should NEVER say that the CATA bus driver sucks.

3. Because if you do, you can get arrested.

Let me set the scene for you.

It’s 6 p.m. on Thursday evening aka Thirsty Thursday aka get me off campus as fast as possible day.

While waiting for the bus I call Megan. As I am chatting it up to her my bus pulls up (LUCKY ME!) and I am the last person allowed on and there is a loooooonnnnnggggg line behind me, so that’s pretty much balla status right there.

In that long line behind me there was someone who was not too happy with the line’s cut off point.

Not that this cut-off is ever announced. The bus driver just slams the doors in your face. I’ve been there, I’ve done that. But I’ve never done this:

The student on the sidewalk yells at the doors something to the extent of “I am not a fan of you Mr. Bus driver” but in a much more profane way. I couldn’t hear the extent of it…I was on the phone with Megan, remember? The bus driver responds:

” Say it again!”

The kid repeats himself.

Ehhhhhhh.

The bus driver opens the door. Still buckled in, he says, “If I wasn’t working I would paint the sidewalk with you, kid.”

Oooooo.

“Megan, I am going to have to call you back!” I hang up the phone.

I had to catch the action/protect myself if there was going to be any sidewalk painting going on!

Bus Driver: “Stay right there. I am calling the police, ” he says the the student.

The Student: “Just drive away. You’re just a bus driver on a huge power trip.”

Bus Driver picks up the phone and calls CATA. “I have a guy with a backwards, gray NIKE cap now walking East on College who is calling me names, can you send the police?”

Don’t worry folks, law enforcement is on the way!

The 5′ 3″ bus driver gets out of his seat, jumps out of the bus and does the “I am such a manly-man” pulling up of the pants by the belt/rearranging/ re-tucking-in his CATA issued t-shirt.

Let’s recall the fact that the bus is PACKED. Kids in the back are yelling at me to drive the bus. Yea…not happening. As Tracy Morgan would say “Das crazzzzzy!”

Then, some angry passenger decides to call CATA headquarters, as he leaves the bus. Followed by more “abandon ship”mentality passengers.
Angry passenger says to CATA “Well, you have 50 angry students on your bus. You need to control your bus drivers. blahblahblahblahityblahblah”

Oh, the drama.

Never fear, the PoPo show up.

I admit it. I got off the bus. Look, I wanted to get home and I wasn’t about to voluntarily wait around while the angry bus driver got his revenge. But, the bus I tried to get on was packed so, I had to head back….

As I try to get back on the now empty bus, home of the “Grumpy Elf Bus Driver” Mr. Bus DriverĀ  tries to pick a fight with me…while being interviewed by police.

“Excuse me young lady, where do you think you are going?” he says as he walks through the PoPo to get to me.

“Back on the bus,” I say as I show him my bus pass, while making my way on the bus without his permission while a little 50 cent is boom bangin’ on my IPOD.
He couldn’t stop me.

The PoPo couldn’t stop me.

I’m a Happy Valley, bus-riding bad ass.

 

(Kanye and 50 CD review coming soon…I’m sorry my own life is so gangsta I haven’t had a chance to write about the rappers.)

Naughty By Nature

“It’s the L & the B that makes me act like a G” Nate Dogg and Warren G

(For real, for real. I didn’t make that up! I swear.)

Let’s get this out of the way. I love hip hop. I love rap. I love Motown/Soul. And most importantly : I am a sucker for a slow jam (R&B style).

Although my IPOD would show that I am ecclectic in my music choices, I’ve got everyone from De La Soul to Common to Kenny Chesney to Led Zepplin to Al Green, I will always love hip hop.

And you might not believe it but I know a good deal about the genre and it’s artists. But I know even more lyrics. I probably know too many. (Trivia about me: I know every line to “Juicy” by the Notorious BIG)

So the great HipHop debate right now?

Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson vs Kanye West.

Both of their albums are dropping on September 11th (click this, it’s funny) who will outsell/outshine who?

As an illegal downloader…ehhhh…I have downloaded a taste of both albums. And my vote goes to: Kanye West. He will outsell/outshine 50, gold-chains down.

But this was not an easy decision.

50 and I have a history together.

And by history I mean serious history.

1. He moved to CT ( but the house is for sale now). He wanted to be closer to me.

2. I have GUNIT sneakers and a t-shirt.

3. I had a poster of him on my dorm wall for 2 years. (scared many a roommate with that one)

4. I was known to defend him and his actions to anyone anywhere.

Why did the poster come down you ask? “The Massacre” that’s why. We broke up shortly after this CD. Not good. At. All.

So my boy had to recover his south-side Jamaica, Queens rep after that, right? (he now resides in CA, which I feel is the reason for his lack of material) Well, with his new album “Curtis” I hoped so. But he didn’t. What he did was start by dropping his first single “Amusement Park” (check out the lyrics, REVOLTING) and performed horribly at the BET Awards.

Boooo 50.

I can, however, suggest you download legally or illegally “Follow My Lead” featuring Robin Thicke (although I am sure the fact that Mr. Thicke is accompanying 50 is the reason I LOVE IT, I am biased). Oooooo, also check out “Get Money,” here he gets back to his rough street side, but there is a lot of talk about his cash and his vacations and his “hos”… boo.

He also collaborates with my love, Justin Timberlake, in “AYO Technology,” but even though I love JT I am not a fan.

Now for Kanye.

The boy can make a beat and his lyrics have meaning. If you haven’t heard his album “Late Registration” get on that. He will be releasing “Graduation” his third album (“Curtis” is also 50’s third album). Kanye is known for his creative and out-of- the “hiphop box” beats and collaborations. In his single “Stronger,” if you go to the gym, run or like to get pumped up download it…NOW! In this track he samples a song by Daft Punk , a Parisian electronic music group. And let me just tell you, I have been known to say “Heck No to TechNO” many times in my life but I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this track. He also released “Can’t Tell Me Nothin'” which addresses his actions over the past two years including his comments about Bush,

“And what’d I do? Act more stupidly
Bought more jewelry, More Louis V.
My mama couldn’t get through to me
The drama, people suing me
I’m on T.V. talking like it’s just you and me

It gives me chills.

But it’s up to you. I am just some girl from CT. Don’t listen to me. Listen to them.

And, for the record, although I am an illegal downloader I will be purchasing both CDs upon release.

And if you hate both (without even listening)…then you aren’t cool. You are a hater. Yup. I called you a hater.

But wait hater, don’t go, there is more!

If you want some 9/11 CD buying action my “dirty souf” boy Kenny Chesney is also dropping his album along side 50 and Kanye. This could be interesting. Very.