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[TRAVEL] Tylenol 3′ Vacation Spots

Let’s face it. Now and then, we all need to take a vacation, and for various reasons. Some of us need to take a break from work, some of us need a breath of fresh air, and some of us just simply love to travel and see new things. Many of us keep our vacations local, some travel across the country, even some of us travel across the world.

Me, personally, I prefer areas with Mediterranean or tropical climates, but I will travel practically anywhere. Some people love the idea of a winter wonderland. No matter where you go for vacation, the goal is common: to just have a great time. Who can argue with that logic? Everyone has their picks for great vacation spots, and so do I. Here’s mine.

Las Vegas, Nevada

I had to add this one due to the fact I’m traveling there in a week! This place isn’t for the “normal” human being. If you’re conservative, closed-minded, judgemental, or anything of that nature, then this place is not for you. If you’re into seeing strange things, the clickity-clack sound of dice, hiking in the desert, day drinking, partying, etc. , then go there! Just keep your experience to yourself.

Los Angeles, California

Ah, sweet Los Angeles. The City of Angels, as the name, literally means. If you’re going there expecting something like the Vatican, then you really have been sleeping under a Fatburger. Palm trees, the women, Hollywood, Crenshaw, the weed, the free spirits, I just love it all. Stay away from the hood and Hollywood Blvd at night, and you’ll be just fine.

Miami, Florida

Last, but not least, misleadingly beautiful Miami, Florida. The last time I’ve been, I was married. Not anymore, so it’s fair game! The beaches, the seafood, the bikinis, the chill people, the bikinis, the speed boats, the bikinis, the nightlife, and the bikinis. I just love it.

What’s your favorite vacation spots? Let me know!

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[News] Lex Luger Challenges Southside to beat battle

Now… as a music producer, this has REALLY caught my attention. I seriously thought these two were cool? Well, guess not. So, apparently, Lex Luger DM’d Southside for a beat battle. The next day, Southside responded via Snapchat with the “big bank take little bank” conundrum: he will do a beat challenge for $100,000, “tennis shoe money” as he calls it, thinking Lex Luger doesn’t have those funds. Well, Lex Luger responded with his stack of Benjamins. There is no running now Southside!

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Let me give you guys a history lesson. Lex Luger and Southside used to produce side by side, making beats for Waka Flocka and other Brick Squad artists. Later on, they both founded 808 mafia, birthing producers such as TM88, Purps, Tarantino, Fuse, and others. For reasons unknown, Lex Luger ventured off to do his own thing, as Southside continued to run the production crew. As 808 Mafia imprinted their name in the hip hop industry, Lex continued to tour overseas. For some reason, i can see why Lex wants to have a beat battle. It seems as if Southside is either 1.) Not having it, or 2.) May be a little spooked.

However, don’t misconstrue anything I say. Both Lex and Southside are really dope producers, and I have learned elements from both. Money aside, I just really feel that Lex Luger will outshine Southside by a huge margin. Then again, i could be wrong. Southside has improved SO MUCH in the past 3 years, so this may be a close beat battle. Oh yeah, Lex has also mentioned challenging Metro Boomin, and that in itself will be interesting. I love Metro Boomin, and I would love to see him do a beat battle a few times in his career. My question to myself is this: will there be good sportsmanship? We shall find out!

Who do you think will win this? Comment below!

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[Mixtape Review] No Intro by Benn Frae

So, this up and coming artist, in my opinion, goes hard. Meet Benn Frae. Treat this artist as a new homie: get to know him, in this case, his music. I’ve listened to and mastered a couple of his songs, and at the time, I was quite impressed. Finally, a solid project has been released, and I have the pleasure of reviewing it!

One song I played over and over is “Make Em Mad.” Another one that just flat-out had me is “Selfish Game.” The beat to that one had my subs slamming against my back. Island Mistress is the perfect slow song for the strip club (imagines myself in Club Onyx Dallas as I type this.) He hasn’t forgotten about the smokers either! “Smoke Session” and “Roll The Gas” are both energetic smoke songs that make me want to take that drive to the smoke shop for backwoods. Thanks for making me spend money when I didn’t feel like it.

Overall, the production is quite solid on this project. In my opinion, the choice of producers really put the polishing on this project. Consistently hard-hitting, the quality and melodic uniqueness in some tracks give this project worth a listen while you kick back and smoke your afternoon doob.

Overall, I score this one a 4 out of 5 pills.

You can listen to this mixtape at
Benn Frae – No Intro

You can also hit Benn Frae up on Instagram at @bennycashhh

Enjoy. Better while buzzed like a fuzzy bumblebee.

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[PRODUCERS CORNER] Drum Machines

Producers use different types of tools to create. Some use pure software, some use pure hardware, some use a mixture of both. My absolute favorite part of a production setup is the drum machine.

AKAI has set the standard years ago for the drum machines of today. Some can be standalone, some integrate with software, and there’s even stripped down versions of them called “controllers”. For me personally, drum machines have made production work flow much more efficient. There are classic drum machines that i love, as well as some of the newer ones. Let’s look at a few of them.

Roland TR-808

A music production classic and one of the most recognizable drum sounds. If it were not for this drum machine, 808 Mafia would not even exist. This machine was intended for use on demo tapes only, but since became standard for hip hop production. If I can get my hands on one of these, I would be extremely happy.

Akai MPC

My absolute favorite drum machine: the Akai MPC. The 16 pressure sensitive pads just makes production so much fun. The ease of chopping samples (once you learn it) makes production so much easier. My favorite model in particular has to be the 2000 XL, due to the analog sound. That may change once I get hold of the new MPC X!

Native Instruments Maschine

I’ve only played with this drum machine a couple of times, and from what i experienced, it’s awesome as well. The integration with the Maschine software makes production fun as well with its seemingly endless sound library. Version 2 introduced the colored drum pads, which makes it easier for the producer to know which sound went were, without touching the pads. I may give this one another try again someday just to add diversity in my productions.

Which drum machine is your favorite?

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[MUSIC] Best Rap Disses

Since the beginning of hip-hop, rap beef has always had its place. Some settle the beef by fighting. Some resolve the beef by arguing. Some may even kill each other to settle the beef. In my opinion, the best way to settle rap beef is via the exchange of diss tracks.

Diss tracks have a history within themselves. I believe they are the best way to settle the beef due to flexing lyrical ability. Most of my favorite artists and some of my not so favorite have released incredible diss material. Some hurtful, some vindictive, and some even extremely funny at the other artist’s expense of course. At any rate, here’s a few a lot of you know. A couple are from the past, and a couple are more recent.

Ice Cube – No Vaseline

How can you not know this classic! This diss track was as real as well as hysterical. What can you say? NWA did bring it on themselves. I still play this track to this day for a laugh.

Tupac – Hit Em Up

Another classic diss track everyone should know. Tupac went in on Biggie; you can’t deny it. Did he do what he said he did with Faith Evans though? I still wonder that to this day. Oh well, shouldn’t be that important.

Drake – Back To Back

This diss song was funny to me. Not only that, this one went commercial super quick! There was nothing Meek Mill could say to come back. The hook is catchy as well. Bet you’ll sing along.

Young Dolph – Play Wit Yo Bitch
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I laughed hysterically from beginning to end with this diss track. The ad libs made this track much funnier. The day this one came out, I played it back to back, just like he says in the song. I’m laughing now just thinking about it.

Any diss track, not on this list that you like? Let me know!

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[TV] Cartoons You Grew Up With

I’m quite sure, at some point in your life, from infancy to an adult, you have seen cartoons. As for me, there wasn’t a day that went by that I didn’t watch at least 10 a day. There’s nothing like waking up on a Saturday morning and binge watch on cartoons until Nascar came on. Whether it be anime, all American, or whatever stylistic origin, people have their favorites. I have my favorites of today, but I’m going to focus on cartoons from my childhood.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rugrats
The Rugrats has always been one of my favorite cartoons. Whether it be the cartoon I watch on my way out the door for school, or Nickelodeon has a Rugrats marathon on its programming block, I never missed it. This cartoon has literally grown up with me, even through high school. You can’t say anything about this one.

Doug

If you don’t recognize this cartoon, then you never watched cartoons, period. This one came on tv at the perfect time, both during morning and evening hours. For some reason, everyone related to this one, in one way or another. Even your parents approved of this one. I’ll just let you go on a nostalgia trip.

Rocko’s Modern life

This one has pushed so many boundaries. If you go back and watch this one, I guarantee you that you will laugh harder. I’m so thankful my mom didn’t catch a lot of the boundary-pushing humor this cartoon had to offer.

Ren and Stimpy

Now, I’m FOREVER glad that my mom has never seen me watch this cartoon. I can only imagine the whoopings I would have gotten for watching this one. It may gross some people out at some points, but it was always funny to me, being that I’ve caught on to some of the slapstick humor as well. I have to admit, though, the adult version that released in the 2000s kind of ruined my childhood, but still funny.

What other cartoons do you remember?

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[MUSIC] “Slow Jams”

When it’s night-time, things are totally different from what goes on in the daylight. Activity starts to slow down; kids go to sleep, programming changes on TV, the nightlife begins, and so forth. With all of the transitional changes, music has to be one of the best ones. Why? I’m glad you asked. Everyone loves slow jams! No matter if you’re single, dating, in a relationship, engaged, or even locked down by marriage, slow jams are always played. In my opinion, the best times to play slow jams (besides the obvious) are study sessions, road trips, or even just sitting and chilling at night. Just be sure to stay protected when you decide you’re done chillin’ alone.

This goes without saying: everyone has their own favorite slow jam. Some people may have an entire playlist filled with hundreds of their favorites. Personally, I don’t listen to slow jams much, but when I do, I can literally listen the entire night with no interruptions. Instead of a biased approach, I’m going to go over some of the best chart-topping slow jams, ever. I’m quite sure a lot of you out there reading this will agree with this!

 

 

Blackstreet – Before I Let You Go

This song is pretty much the prelude to the [insert head-board sounds here]. Seriously, if this song isn’t in your playlist, then you’re either too young, or you’re just strange. This song was once known to back you up after a bad argument. If you’re on your 3rd date, then this song should be your go to.

Maxwell – This Woman’s Work

Onward to foreplay. You dudes should have taken notes from the movie Love and Basketball. This song is still perfect to get that extra edge that you need. She will also be more appreciative of you paying more attention to her body as you play this. Keep going, brother. Keep going.

Ginuwine – Pony

Now, to the main event. Let’s just say this song has caused quite a lot of, ahem, disturbances. This is one song that is known to this day to light the fire for any behind the blinds activity. Warning: do NOT play this song unless you are 100 percent sure that you are not in the friend zone! I hold no responsibility for your following embarrassment.

Aaliyah – At Your Best

And for when you are all finished, this song is perfect for pillow talking. Hopefully, you are doing the good and harmless pillow talk, not selling her dreams. Outside of context, this song is also perfect to listen to on a late night ride to the store. Another timeless classic that has graced the charts.

I wish I could fit more, but there’s some very familiar chart toppers! What are your favorite slow jams?

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[PRODUCERS CORNER] Sampling

Man! It’s been a long day of recording vocals for me, but enough about that. Time to give you all some good content!
One of the necessary ingredients of Hip Hop Music: Sampling. Without sampling, Hip Hop beats will have never been created, and I think you know where I’m going with this. As a matter of fact, sampling is one of the top reasons I wanted to begin making beats in the first place. From the very beginning of Hip Hop, well throughout the 90s, and up until this day, sampling has never lost its place in Hip Hop production. Many Hip Hop producers today use sampling in beat making: Dr. Dre, Tory Lanez, Timbaland, Metro Boomin, Southside, Kanye West, Big K.R.I.T, just to name a few. But can a sample be over used? This has been a debate for years between producers. My opinion is this: it all depends on how many times within a time period the same song has been chopped and butchered.

Anyway, I’ve done some research for the most overused samples in Hip Hop history. I wish I can name them all, but I’m going to cover 3 of the many.

Zapp and Roger – More Bounce to the Ounce

This classic tune makes you wanna get up and wanna dance around the house while you’re cleaning. When Hardcore Rap artists started sampling this song, well, the rest is history. Sometimes, I still want to sample this song, but I never seem to find time. This sample is heard on EPMD – You Gots To Chill, Public Enemy – One Million Bottlebags, and others.

James Brown – Funky President

You can never go wrong with James Brown. Never. This song always reminds me of the casinos in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas. Another tune that you can’t help but to get up and dance to! You can’t help but think this one word while listening to this song: PIMP. No further explanation needed. You can hear this sample on NWA – F**k Tha Police, Public Enemy – Fight the Power, A Tribe Called Quest – Oh My God, and many, many others.

The Honeydrippers – Impeach the President

Now, if you are unfamiliar with the drums at the beginning of this song, then you seriously have not been listening to any form of Hip Hop in your life. This drum pattern has been used from the antiquity of Hip Hop to today. I am 100% sure that you have heard this on at least 8 songs. For the sake of history, MANY Hip Hop artists used this sample at least once in their careers. You be the judge.

What samples are over used to you? Let me know!

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[NEWS] “The Sprinkle Chef Salt Bae” Internet Sensation

 

So, unless you have been living under a rock the entire 11 days of this year, I’m quite sure you have caught on to this guy who has the internet going nuts! The videos themselves had me needing a defibrillator. They should have their own section on Food Network as “soft food porn.” When the memes started rolling out, oh my God. Some call him the “Sprinkle Chef”, some call him “Salt Bae”. I took it upon myself to research. So, who is this guy exactly?

Facts about the Sprinkle Chef/ Salt Bae:

He is a super smooth Turkish Chef by the name of Nusret Gökçe.

He co-owns the popular steakhouse Nusr-et, which has many locations throughout Turkey and Dubai.

The Restaurant caters to several celebrity clientele.

What really caught my attention (besides the salt) was how he treats the meat. He rubs the meat, he caresses the meat with butter as if he is rubbing hot massage oil over it, he sensually spanks the meat. A lot of you dudes can take notes! No, don’t go to your freezer and start a mess in the kitchen. Treat your women as such…err, minus cutting her with a knife. Anyway, back to the salt! You can’t deny it..he is ULTRA SMOOTH WITH IT! That final touch…(listens to E-40 as he does.) I really hope my mom hasn’t caught wind of this fiasco. Why? Well, I’m glad you asked. She would be wooing over him like she did LL Cool J..along with other women.

Now, on to the memes. Of course, the internet could not WAIT to turn this smooth fella into a sensation. It seems like a new meme has been posted every 2 or 3 hours on Instagram (literally!). So, for my, ahem, sprinkle on this post, I shall post a few of these memes. Enjoy!

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