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I don’t know what to think. I don’t even know what that means. Re-release an album with different songs? Can you even do that? Is it the same album anymore? What happens to what used to be C3 (which, by the way, I liked a lot)?

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Charles Hamilton — Windows Media Player (via NahRight)

Makes me wish I thought of sampling those Windows sounds.

Also, I have no idea how Charles Hamilton reciting the urls of his websites as the hook is catchy, but it is.

I highly doubt that his rich but nameless supporters exist. Although it would be nice to know who he’s talking about.

Oh, and this Weezy track is for the ladies. Somehow it is way less disgusting and creepy live (or at least it was when I saw him).

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Every other music website in the world has the most boring news ever today (trust me, I went to all of them), and HipHopDX manages to pull up four really interesting stories, mostly about Nas.

Nas, in conjunction with ColorofChange.org and MoveOn.org, submitted a petition to Fox News today to stop “patterns of racist attacks against black Americans.” The quotes from the article seem pretty incriminating (sure, they’re out of context, but I can’t really think of a context where saying the phrase “lynching party” in relation to a black woman would be appropriate). The other reason I can get behind this is that I can’t stand Fox News, particularly Bill O’Reilly. I still can’t understand why that guy still has a job.

Also, could we soon see a Nas album (or even two) other than Illmatic with good production? It sounds like an oxymoron, but who knows?

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I guess, looking at our entries, we look kind of obsessed with “A Milli,” but, not only is it a great song, it has inspired an enormous amount of other artistic endeavors. In this case, it’s a political song parody for our favorite presidential candidate.

I’m not usually a big fan of song parodies since most of them are terrible, but I actually like this one quite a bit. I mean, the video is kind of hilariously dumb, but I’m impressed by the fact that this guy pretty much followed the exact flow of Lil’ Wayne’s version, which lends itself well to health care discussion (“You’ll be feeling much better – not sick”), and he matches most of the ideas pretty thematically (listing Malcom X, MLK, Frederick Douglass, and RFK in the place of Tupac, Biggie, Jay-Z, and Andre3000), which is kind of cool. Anyway, you should watch this:

Also, you can visit this guy’s website here, although I have no idea what his other stuff is like.

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DJ Oettinger put together “A Milli” and Mariah Carey’s “I’ll Be Lovin’ U Long Time.” I like it.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5E4lZ6u6h4Y]

Oh, and I have a little more information about where this blog will be going in the near future. Over the next couple of weeks, Kyle will be holding it down, updating the blog pretty regularly while I get acclimated to South Africa. Then I will likely have a good, reliable internet connection, and I will probably start posting here, although less often than I do now. Bottom line: we’re in good shape. Keep coming back for sweet music criticism.

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I decided to make an “A Milli” music video of my own.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lAGaXEumw2s]

Go to the actual YouTube page and vote for it, write unabashedly flattering comments on it, etc. I appreciate it.

By the way, later tonight I’ll put up some legitimately new music. So come back in a couple hours.

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My first thought was that this video was kind of lazy, but I appreciate the originality. It’s nice to see a rap music video that isn’t like every single other rap music video. Also, we find out in this video that Lil’ Wayne likes to have cologne sprayed on his crotch. Add that to the bank of Weezy F Baby trivia.

[Youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGFibZ73KCI]

Besides, frankly, as far as recent single-take (or roughly single take) music videos go, “A Milli” sure beats the pretentious “Oxford Comma” video,

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Entertain yourselves for a couple days, ingrates.

This is a really awesome live video of Lil’ Wayne performing “A Milli” on some MTV thing yesterday.

Everybody agrees that between his enormous ego, his even bigger sexual appetite, and his fame at a young age, Lil’ Wayne is really weird. So you shouldn’t be surprised to hear that Tha Carter III has really weird moments (“Phone Home” is about how Lil’ Wayne is a Martian, apparently). What’s funny to me is that no one agrees on which songs are really out there and which are just slightly quirky (I thought everyone at least agreed that “Phone Home” is really weird until I saw HipHopDX’s review).

For that matter, people don’t agree on which songs are good and which are bad. I’d almost call Tha Carter III Lil’ Wayne’s White Album, except that in every other way that analogy makes no sense.

The question of whether or not Lil’ Wayne’s music is good (or which of Lil’ Wayne’s music is good) is only one of many controversies Lil’ Wayne has created. His stereotypically mainstream lyrical subjects (bling, bitches, etc.) and behavior (wearing like 8 gold necklaces, constantly grabbing his crotch), his rock star-like antics, and his overall bizarre insanity make Lil’ Wayne the subject of a lot of attention. That’s way he is becoming a great pop star. Tha Carter III will only make him bigger, and it will be a huge step in Lil’ Wayne’s transition from one of the best rappers right now to one of the best pop stars right now. Read the rest of this entry »

A Milli Vanilli (Lil’ Wayne vs. Milli Vanilli)

Speaks for itself. Enjoy.

Regarding Bonnaroo: I am going. I have a press pass because I am an editor and writer for Eleven Magazine. This is only news if you don’t know me personally.

What is news for everyone, though, is that I will be covering Bonnaroo on this blog while I’m there! My good friend Felix (he sometimes leaves comments here as “Fee”) and I will both have access to computers with the Internet. I plan on posting updates on this blog about Bonnaroo roughly daily, and I can probably convince Felix to do some writing as well. So be sure to check back here next week for some sweet Bonnaroo coverage.

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