Monthly Archives: September 2013

What’s Trippy?: Salvia

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When you smoke the herb, it reveals you to yourself – Bob Marley

The above quote from the late great Bob Marley referred to his love of the ever popular marijuana plant. Cheeba. Ganja. Weed. But I on the other hand am using that quotation for another purpose: Salvia! First, I’d like to say that I’m not an advocate for psychedelic drugs and I’ve rarely smoked marijuana so I can’t really go on and on about the greatness of Salvia but I know how it affected me and it was an incredible experience. My thoughts, feelings, and the Ghostface Killah “crazy visions” (technically hallucinations) during that brief yet tantalizing moment brought everything into perspective.

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MIL-K “Mothership”

I’m upset. Why am I upset? Because I didn’t expect this AT ALL. I believe that I know good music when I hear it and sometimes people ask me to listen to joints that I actually regret listening to but “Mothership” by MIL-K aka Jamil Kayin didn’t disappoint me at all. The opening to this visual is pretty slick and the production is on point as well. Anything that sounds futuristic and spacey usually catches my attention anyway. I’m looking forward to seeing what else MIL-K surprises me with.

In Appreciation: Arsenio Hall

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He came back. Arsenio Hall is back on television and it’s bittersweet. It’s great to see him on my TV once again, starting from where he left off but there was such an incredible void. Arsenio’s show ended in 1994 and since then a cavalcade of events occurred right after another that shifted and reshaped the landscape of pop culture. One can only imagine how Hall’s program would’ve dealt with the growth of the culture in the mid to late 90s. In each and every episode, he exemplified a success story that we all had a stake in. He proved that being young and black with a successful television show was possible. He was OUR voice. He represented US. With every show, every interview, Arsenio Hall paved the way for many and I’ll forever be grateful.

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Good Music: Kleeer “Intimate Connection”

Props to my main man @FastTimesAtRF for today’s music choice. I’ve been a fan of Kleeer’s music for a while ever since Diamond D sampled “Intimate Connection” for “Confused” off of his 1992 Stunts, Blunts, and Hip-Hop album. DJ Quik and 2Pac also have Kleeer samples on a few of their hits as well. Good music never dies.

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@XDannyXBrownX “Dip”

Danny Brown is one of my favorite emcees/personalities in Hip-Hop and I’m looking forward to purchasing his “Old” album when it drops. I love this song due to elements of house music that I grew up listening to as a youth. As far as beats go, Skywlkr, laced Danny with one hell of a banger.

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Love To Hate: Strip Clubs Part One

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Photo by Michael Béon

It’s like a drug. A ridiculously addictive and somewhat expensive drug. You know that deep down it isn’t good for you (or your pockets) but you do it anyway. A fiend. A dope fiend that can’t get enough of scintillating beauties with bodies built for battle. Physical specimens with more devastating curves than Cleveland’s Innerbelt. The temptation is so strong and merciless that even the most Herculean of men fall victim to the goddesses of the stage; the sirens of the pole. I’m writing as a survivor and as the occasional relapsing addict. I’ve spent money that I didn’t have yet I loved every minute of it. I have a story to tell.

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PastLife: @HotPeasandButta and @KingBritt

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Back in November of 2012, I snapped a Polaroid of Philly’s own DJ Skeme Richards and King Britt outside of Barcade in Northern Liberties. These two gentlemen have greatly impacted my life in various ways. These two define hustling internationally.

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Late Night Vibe: Snoop Dogg “Midnight Love”

I discovered this gem accidentally. I’m a huge fan of Snoop Dogg (or Snoop Lion as he’s referred to these days) and Raphael Saadiq. I was introduced to Raphael Saadiq during his stint as the lead singer of Tony! Toni! Tone! during the early 90’s. Tony! Toni! Tone! had hits like “Feels Good”, “It Never Rains (In Southern California)”, and “Anniversary” which were songs that can be placed on the soundtrack to my childhood. I first heard Snoop via the title track of the Deep Cover Soundtrack with Dr. Dre and from that point forward he was always a favorite rapper of mine. But let’s fast forward through time and space. A time when MP3s ran supreme and illegal downloading became the norm. I located a 4-track EP (not sure if it was an official release or something thrown together) of Raphael Saadiq’s Hip-Hop collaborative efforts on the net one day and within it, I found “Midnight Love”. This is one of the smoothest jams. Snoop and Raphael compliment each other well over this track. Please know that West Coast Hip-Hop gets high marks in my books due to the use of melody in the production and the introduction of G-Funk. Definitely something to vibe to on the late night…

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Back To Life…

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Finally, Mikey has come back to blogging. I feel like it’s been eons since I’ve sat on a keyboard and written about things that matter to ME. Life has been a wonderfully frightening thing over the past few years but damn it there’s nothing like it. Could I bore you all with a mindless biography or why I’m feeling the exquisite need to write again? Sure. But why waste the time when time is so very limited. My name is my name. I’ve gone by a ton of aliases but I think that we can start off with Mike as of now. “Da God” can also be used but it all depends on the context, I wouldn’t dare aim to wound the feelings of the overzealous religious types. Yeah, those types. Or anyone that’s over sensitive and easily “butthurt” in the era of technological terror.  Continue reading

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