I wanna know where my boy Ralph Nader fits in. Is he like Linux?
EJ brings the heat with today’s Old School Wednesday Radio Blog featuring my all-time favorite group, Loose Ends. They don’t make ’em like that any more!
Here’s a nice, smooth selection ‘provided’ by my boy Ade. He’s been playing around with a CD mixer he picked up a while back and this is actually the second CD that he’s let any of us hear. He, like EJ, gets a lot of his music ‘provided’ by Darryl at Moods Music in Atlanta. Me thinks Darryl needs to start ‘providing’ some sounds online.
The reason I keep harping on ‘provide’ is because I just asked Ade what his DJ name was and got his response — ” I’m not a ‘DJ,’ i provide sounds” to which I was LMAO. From this day forward he shall forever be known as DJ Sound Provider! Anyway, enjoy the ‘provided’ sounds.
(Here’s the video of the fight)
Or maybe I should have said “I went to an NBA game and the Vibe Awards broke out”. In case you haven’t heard / seen it by now – “Fight breaks out between fans & players at NBA game“. WTF is going on? The NBA can’t get those international players into the league fast enough. More to come after I return from my bike ride…
Update: Ok, I’m back to finish my thoughts on this…
First off, I don’t even want to get into who’s to blame for what went down. I’ve heard arguments on both sides and each has valid points. I will say that I’d bet that the fan who threw the cup at Artest would have never done that if he was on the street with Artest, or anywhere else besides the “safe” confines of the stands. He would have guaranteed himself an ass whipping. Anyway, I’m more interested in the impact on the NBA and the implications on the players. Here’s how I see it:
We already know that Larry Bird said what a lot of people won’t — people would like to see more white players / stars in the NBA. The process of bringing in international players has been well underway for years now. A big attraction to the foreign players is that they’re more ‘coachable’ (eg. controllable). The Artest incident can only exacerbate that phenomenon.
I know some people think that race doesn’t play a part in all of this but I think they’re fooling themselves. I was glad to hear Jason Whitlock and John Saunders bring up the issue of race on the ‘Sports Reporters’ this morning. Like they, and the other, white, panelists said, it’s the pink elephant in the room. I totally agree with what Whitlock says about the NBA having a credibility problem. And the players aren’t helping the situation much. Just a few recent examples:
- Latrell Sprewell complaining about a $10,000,000 offer, to which he said that he couldn’t feed his family on that kind of money. Ha!
- Ron Artest showing just how unstable he is by asking for a month off from playing basketball so that he could promote his upcoming CD.
- Various clowns getting arrested on drug or weapons charges.
- Kobe Bryant’s rape case. Let’s not forget that a white woman was involved.
It seems clear to me that many players have attitude problems and/or don’t appreciate the incredible amounts of money they make. Well, there are plenty of poor foreigners just itching to take their salaries. We saw a good example of that on Battlegrounds: King of the World this season. That brother from France was much hungrier than the American players and it showed as he crushed them. Bruhs had better get their minds right and step their games up.
And while I’m on the subjects of sports, race and general ignorance, this Terrell Owens/Nicollette Sheridan/Desperate Housewives story is just ridiculous. I can see the point of parents who were concerned about their kids seeing such a provocative scene when they were expecting to just see some football. But what really gets me is how, if that scene was so shocking, all of the news and talk shows play the spot over and over again at all hours of the day. If it was so bad should they be airing it? Should the FCC fine all the other shows which have rebroadcast it? What a joke this whole thing is. And of course the same pink elephant (race) is in the room. But let’s not even go there…
My Your people, my your people…
(via the EUR)
BAD VIBES ALL AROUND: Fight breaks out during last night’s Vibe Awards; one man stabbed.
*After last night, urban award shows may be a thing of the past – something to tell our grandkids about one day in the distant future. It’s unfortunate that a crew of knuckleheads in the audience of last night’s Vibe Awards in Santa Monica, CA have unwittingly cast a pall over future attempts to acknowledge our own. And judging from the way show publicists bent over backwards not to have us report on the melee, or ask any of the artists to comment on the situation, you probably won’t be seeing this on tonight’s telecast, which is scheduled to run from 8 to 10 p.m. on UPN.
The footage of the fight was all over the local 10 and 11 o’clock newscasts within hours of the taping. The reason for the fight, however, became a thing of rumor, conjecture, speculation, assumption and down right hearsay.
Here’s what we know for sure. Snoop Dogg and “Vibe” magazine founder Quincy Jones were on stage in the midst of presenting a special Vibe Legend Award to Dr. Dre when the fight broke out. Cameras caught fools throwing punches, kicking and hitting people with white plastic chairs.
Q, who was already on crutches, watched helplessly alongside a startled Snoop from behind the podium.
“Y’all gonna mess up my rap, man,” Quincy joked to the audience before the skirmish turned into the Fistfight at the OK Corral.
Meanwhile, in the press tent, Kevin Lyttle was at the podium being interviewed when the TV monitors – showing the telecast while muted – began beaming footage of the fight. Reporters, sensing a bigger story than anything poor Kevin Lyttle could ever say, began furiously dialing cell phones while watching the monitors in complete shock. A few journalists even started packing up, intending to get out of dodge.
Cameras abruptly switched back to Snoop and Q at the podium, just in time to see both make a swift exit – Snoop stage right, Q stage left. Suddenly, the camera swings back toward the crowd, capturing the very footage that ended up on local newscasts within hours.
A 26-year-old man was stabbed during the incident and taken to a hospital. He was listed in stable condition.
No one was arrested, but according to a Vibe official, one person “was removed from the venue.”
UPN cut off the press room feed of the auditorium, and that’s when rumors of the fight’s origin first began to sprout. Not even two minutes after the monitors went dark, a brother came running back fresh from the stage with an eyewitness account, claiming that 50 Cent and Lloyd Banks were involved.
“I seen 50 Cent come from the backstage where the performers are,” said an excitable Kevin Washington, who was at the event doing interviews for Living it Up Productions on LA’s Fox affiliate, KTLA. Washington said he saw 50 flanked by bodyguards and breathing hard.
“I didn’t know if they had came down from a performance or what, but him and a bunch of bodyguards walked over to a designated area where we couldn’t get through, because you have to have the proper wristbands and passes. Then something fell. It sounded like a pot broke, and everybody just started running around backstage. Then all of a sudden, everybody ran to the stage and a bunch of bodyguards were fighting. I’m pretty sure I seen Lloyd Banks on the monitor that was right next to me backstage. I’m not sure if it was 50, but I do know it was a bunch of bodyguards on stage, and I seen Lloyd Banks up there throwing blows. Then I ran out because somebody yelled mase, and a lot of security started running. I didn’t want to get hit with no mase, so I ran off the stage.”
Meanwhile, witness Frank Williams was telling KCAL-TV that Dr. Dre was involved in the brawl.
“I saw Dr. Dre fighting somebody,” Williams said. “I don’t know if he was fighting back. But there was a guy taken out basically bloodied.”
In the press room, a shift had occurred in everyone’s order of business. Reporters were as determined to get to the bottom of this fight as the show’s publicists were in keeping it from us.
For example, Common was the first artist to enter the press area following the melee. When EUR’s Lee Bailey tried to ask him what happened, two publicists immediately barked, “No questions about that! Just about the show!”
“Well this IS about the show,” Bailey snapped. One of the publicists took the microphone from him and headed toward someone else with a more benign question about Common’s new album.
Then, veteran entertainment journalist Ron Brewington shouted, “Censorship! To take the mic away from him is censorship! Don’t do that!”
Common diffused the situation, stating: “I can’t talk about something I don’t know about, really. So that’s what it is, sir. We’re gonna leave the drama behind, ya dig?”
Soon, Suge Knight’s name was tossed into the rumor mill. Folks were saying that “his people” had sucker-punched Dr. Dre right before he was to take the stage and accept his award, prompting G-Unit to jump in and get Dre’s back.
To appease the journalists, UPN sent back the president of “Vibe,” Kenard Gibbs, to give a statement about the disruption.
“There was a disturbance within the venue,” he said. “Nothing major, but it very quickly erupted into various people moving. We were able to contain the individual who was responsible for causing this disruption, we had him removed from the venue. We did go blank on the monitors until we got things under control.”
After a half-hour delay, the show started up again, picking up with Snoop and Quincy back at the podium – AS IF NOTHING HAPPENED. Dre took the stage and accepted his award, seeming very disgruntled and agitated while reading a prepared “thank you” speech.
By this point, Alicia Keys had left the building, probably fearing for her life, and TV reporters were scrambling to interview anyone coming into the press tent who claimed to have witnessed anything.
In presenting Keys with the final award of the night, presenter Rosario Dawson was forced to say, “Unfortunately, Alicia Keys had to leave early, so I’d like to accept this award on her behalf.”
The taping had been over for about 10 minutes when Suge Knight and his new artist Petey Pablo just sauntered into the press tent, unannounced. They had driven to the venue themselves during a break from recording. The press tent suddenly became the setting for a new Fox reality show, “When Reporters Attack.”
In the blink of an eye, news cameras, boom mikes and reporters with notepads had surrounded the two. While Suge toked on a cigar, and the publicists tried desperately to get the mogul and the rapper away from us, Pablo just started talking:
“Don’t blame my homeboy, you understand what I’m saying? We on a new thing, we on non-violence this year and forever more. All the media might portray him as a monster, but this is the coolest dude I ever met in my life. Don’t blame my homeboy.”
Ultimately, the publicists succeeded in their quest to kick us all out of the tent. The interview scrum, including Suge and Petey, simply moved into the parking lot, where reporters continued firing questions in the cool night air.
Surrounded by a semi-circle of Santa Monica policemen, and some in a police helicopter overhead, Suge said that he had absolutely nothing to do with the fight.
“When I do something wrong, blame me for it,” he said. “One thing about me, if I do something, I’m gonna claim it no matter what it is. I’m not the type of guy that’s just gonna wanna start stuff. I’m not an idiot. I’m in the music business. I feel that Death Row is the label that really made gangsta rap popular to be able to move forward for everyone. So I’m not here to tear down, I’m here to support and build it back up. And it’s an honor for me to even see guys that used to be on my label getting an award or performing, because that means I did my job by teaching them how to do it.”
Suge was calm, pleasant and jovial with reporters, answering every question asked, and even stating how great it is that Dre is being honored – by Quincy Jones, no less. His parting words before jetting back to the recording studio with Petey: “I’m on parole! Leave me alone!”
Now while we were out covering the fight, a Vibe Awards show suddenly broke out. Here are the winners:
Artist of the Year: Alicia Keys
Best Group: G Unit
Sexiest Video Vixen: Ki Toy (“The Way You Move,” OutKast)
Reelest Vide “99 Problems,” Jay-Z
Best Comeback: Twista
Hottest Hook: Lean Back,” Terror Squad
Street Anthem: “Rubberband Man,” T.I.
Power Broker of the Year: Steve Stoute
Coolest Collab “Why (Remix),” Jadakiss, featuring Anthony Hamilton, Styles P., Common and Nas
Next Award: Anthony Hamilton
R&B Voice of the Year: Usher
Best R&B Song: “If I Ain’t Got You,” Alicia Keys
Club Banger of the Year: “Lean Back,” Terror Squad
Boomshot Award: “Turn Me On (Remix),” Kevin Lyttle, featuring Spragga Benz
I hope all of you come over to my other blog and check out the Carnival of the Capitalists which I’m hosting this week. There’s some really good content this week. I finally get to experience an InstaLaunch. 🙂 I also had a nice bump in traffic over the weekend from a Barron’s article about my weblog. Y’all should be reading my other blog anyway if you want to get some of that paper! 🙂
I just took a look at my MT-Blacklist statistics and was shocked by what I saw. A couple of weeks ago I noticed an increase in the amount of comment spam that was slipping by the blacklist. So I decided to add some items of my own to the filter. I’m not going to list the terms that I added (in case any spammers are watching) but they’re easy enough to figure out. OK, I’ll mention one — I added the “URL Pattern” ‘texas’ to block all the “texas holdem poker” spam. I added nine other similar items to my blacklist. Collectively they’ve blocked about 1,500 messages in about two weeks. What would we do without MT-Blacklist???
On a related note, are they just giving “.info” domains away for free? Probably 95% of the spam attempts come from (ridiculously long) “.info” domains. Spammers are registering new domains faster than we can add them to blacklists. Somebody stop the madness.
That’s one helluva afro puff.