Monday, January 31, 2011

Coon Bidness Literary Magazine

January 31st, 2011, 7pm
Coon Bidness Literary Magazine
Launch Party

The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues,
New York, NY 10011

Admission: FREE so ya'll can FREE your minds peoples

Deftly blending writing, art, and politics, Harlem-based literary publication Coon Bidness hosts an evening of readings, video, mash-ups, and performances by contributors to their inaugural CRITICAL ASS issue which features work by Wangechi Mutu, Michael A. Gonzales, Iona Rozeal Brown, Miles Marshall Lewis, Douglas Kearney, Marilyn Minter, L'Oreál Snell, Sanford Biggers, avery r. young, Krista Franklin and Siddhartha Mitter.

Founded and edited by writers and musicians Greg Tate and LaTasha N. Nevada Diggs, Coon Bidness—named after an album by the conceptual jazz composer Julius Hemphill—hangs out dirty laundry and celebrates a renegade African cosmopolite spirit in a well-woven series of surreal short stories, Facebook threads, poems and scintillating visuals.

The evening will feature readings and performances from Xaveria Simmons, Edwin Torres, Paloma McGregor, Ataa Papa, Urayoán Noel, Lucman Brown, Quincy Troupe, Paula Henderson, Iona Rozael Brown and others.

Admission: FREE so ya'll can FREE your minds peoples
The Kitchen
512 West 19th Street between 10th and 11th Avenues,
New York, NY 10011

For more info on the magazine, go to:

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Musiq Soulchild feat. Swizz Beats "Anything"

Granted the beat of this Musiq Soulchild tune---produced by Swizz Beatz---sounds like it was sampled from either the studio ready-made accordion button or a soundtrack to some extinct Super Nintendo game, but by golly, it works. "You can ask me anything/ Who I'm with/ If it happens to be some other chick," Musiq sings. The notes are too melodious to call his bluff. But what say you? HIT or MISS?

Musiq Souldchild ft swizz Beats - 'Anything' by yaadsyndrome

Sunday, January 23, 2011

The Jackson 5

Was this the American Dream?

Inna Modja

Me and the misses are always on the look out for cute natural people...

Thursday, January 20, 2011

Life on Record by Nas

Nas brings it back to the old school and breaks down the ABC's of the TDK...

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Night Catches Us Trailer (Score by The Roots)

They were working on a flick and asked could the clique do the score...

The quintessential Black Panther film.

Saturday, January 15, 2011

Thursday, January 6, 2011

Alicia Keys feat. Eve "Speechless" Documentary and Audio Track

Fresh out of the newlywed vault, Alicia Keys' new hubbie-produced single teeters in that space where feelings go beyond words. While Alicia and Ms. E-V-E trade lulling testimonials about how love killed the poet in them, Swizz Beats gives Kanye a run for his money with his spin on this Smokey Robinson and the Miracles sample.

Also, check out this documentary video of the making of the track below:

9th Wonder & David Banner "Silly" feat. Erykah Badu
9th Wonder is all bifocals and blazers in the halls of academia, but give him a chance to rock over his own spacey beat and watch the big time producer's Southern twang burst out of the seams. Erykah Badu's four-word hook keeps the cipher rolling while David Banner takes crunk to the nth power with abrasive rapping that suggests that his inner pop star might need one baseball bat to the head before he's completely dead.
9th Wonder & David Banner's album, Death of a Pop Star, is in stores now.
David Banner & 9th Wonder - Silly (feat. Erykah Badu) by EssuavemeediaOnWordpress
What say you: HIT OR MISS?

Sunday, January 2, 2011

Hardest Interview Questions

Lifted this off a Huffington Post van...

Goldman Sachs - Analyst position
“If you were shrunk to the size of a pencil and put in a blender, how would you get out?”

Aflac - Sales Associate position
“What is the philosophy of Martial Arts?”

Boston Consulting - Consultant position
“Explain [to] me what has happened in this country during the last 10 years.”

Capital One - Operations Analyst position
“Rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10 how weird you are.”

Google - People Analyst position
“How many basketball[s] can you fit in this room[?]”

Bloomberg LP Financial - Software Developer position
“Out of 25 horses, pick the fastest 3 horses. In each race, only 5 horses can run at the same time. What is the minimum number of races required?”

New York Life - Sales Agent position

“Why do you think only a small percentage of the population makes over $150K?” 

Happy New Year from Corner Boy Jazz!
Happy turn of the planet, y'all! How ya feeling? You know what time it is. Time to see if Corner Boy stacked up to its resolutions from last year. When we last left, the blog had five challenging but doable goals for 2010. You can read last year's post here. Anyway, let's get down to business.

First let's see how we did with last year's goals:

1. 100, 000 hits by January 2011
(Shattered that. Corner boy clocked in 239,506 hits by the new year)

2. Syndication on a media website
(Was working on a deal with Didn't pan out)

3. 100 subscribers
(57...but growing)

4. Adding two more publications to my list of places my byline has appeared
(I added the Centric TV blog, which is a really cool gig. Check that out if you have some free time one of these days)

5. Having fun... 
(Oh yeah. Fa sho.)

Well, 2 out of 5 with progress on the others ain't bad. Now for 2011's goals. Yummy! Here are Corner Boy's resolutions for 2011.

1. One millions hits.
(Yep, it takes a set of brass ones, but hey the world might end soon, right?)

2. An average of 500 hits per day 
(Right now, we're hovering around 200-250. Let's put it in relative overdrive, right?)

3. 100 Subcribers 
(Let's keep that on there. I can't believe I didn't get that one last year. That's like bringing your prize German Shepherd to the national competition only to find out he can't even fetch a stick. Or maybe not.)

4. More stories and personal essays
(I'm a fiction writer, too for god's sake. Y'all don't wanna keep reading about famous musicians all day, do you? You want to read more about me and what I think, not about some magical celebrity with a gorgeous intriguing life.)

5. More Retweets and Comments
(That would be oh so lovely!)

But I digress. Real talk, it's been a great year. Corner Boy has been up and running for a year and a half now. I've gotten a 200 page blog book out of it and the site is listed on over 20 blog rolls and counting. Thank you to folks who visit my blog regularly. Thanks to those of you who read my ish on the down low and those of you who are always forwarding me stuff that I could blog about. It's been a wonderful 2010 and I think, if the world doesn't end, 2011 will be even greater.