15
May
08

IM LEAVING.

you should all visit here: http://aggregatedope.com/blog

if you’ve linked me on your blog, switcheroo and add that link.

we’s official now.

PEACE!

16
Apr
08

Aeon gets press!

so, unbeknownst to me, some remixes i did (one in particular on a lark a few weeks ago) have been making their rounds and popping up in music blogs, heavily trafficked websites, and- get this- ringtone sites.

ha!

thanks to okayplayer, 2dopeboyz and soulbounce for the feature. nearly 2000 downloads for a track i did for exercise.

here the remix here.

it’s been a whle since i’ve been here, and i’ve been spending a lotta time working things in mind about how i’m going to approach my life & career from here on out. i know i’m staring at a giant uphill journey, but i’m excited. things like this let me know there’s an audience that can grow. people say i outdid 9th and that my version shoulda made the album? thats love. (no diss to 9th, i like his version better. lol)

i have a lot more to say on the subject but i need a powernap

i’ll  holla later on!

16
Apr
08

… god forbid i take this sht serious man.

lemme stop playin.

see you in the morning with updates and a whole new outlook.

goodness.

lessondary.

aeonmusic.

08.

03
Apr
08

jessica alba: a quick pictoral.

i’m sorry.

i ain’t even trolling for hits.

this woman is fine. i wasn’t even aware of this photoshoot — looks old tho.

 

this one made me laugh:

yum.

25
Mar
08

smh.

19
Mar
08

there’s a whole lot i wanna discuss today.

this is going to be one of those entries. i’ll try to be as coherent as possible.

i should start off by promoting the brand: there’s some new projects available to the public that have my production stamp on them. the first, you’ll remember, is this-

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i actually got the link for this (click the picture) a while ago, and kept forgetting to post it. forgive me dj furious styles, and nate. 😦

secondly, this just dropped, and more than my further promotion of a song long in the tooth and rather ubiquitous, i’d like to support my boys Tanya Morgan, who are jumpstarting their ’08 tour as we speak, and DJ Soul, who put this together.

i highly recommend the download. both downloads.

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i’d like to move quickly to the topic weighing heaviest on my mind, that of the speech Sen. Barack Obama delivered today, here in Philadelphia.

i’ve read the transcript over 3 times, watched the video twice, read and watched pundit commentary, considered a wide range of views from voting Americans, and quite honestly, i’m depressed.

overwhelmed by reality.

it’s hard, trying to maintain an objective and realistic disposition when absorbing the whirlwind of sensory stimuli you’re inundated with on the daily, particularly when you’re very new to the goings on of the political world, and you’re also so inextricably yoked to the results of this race, as it pertains greatly- and in no uncertain terms- to the quality of race relations in this country.

the idea of race, and gender for that matter, as anything more than a coincidental aside in the democratic nomination and ultimately, the presidential election, shears the voting populace multi-directionally. there are those who readily embraced a particular candidate because of their inevitable representation of a demographic, politics and qualifications sight-unseen and notwithstanding. there are also those of us who tried to ignore those knee-jerk inclinations and excitement, and be as level-headed and cerebral in making our choices. i had hoped that as the race pressed on, we’d be allowed to do just that; to study and rank candidates according to their merits and their proposed policy, as best we can.

nevertheless, here we are- knee deep in the democratic primaries, and neck deep in the age-old issue of race.

again.

mr. Obama’s speech was graceful, eloquent, and deftly breached a multiplicity of topics, while holding a central theme and keeping relevant to any listener with an open mind and an open set of ears. here’s the issue, though. that sort of listener is the unfortunate minority.

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i find that, in a social climate like the one persisting in the US, we tend to ship direct from the factory with some entitlements baked in. depending on your background, those entitlements may or may not be baseless, but the fact remains that they exist for many people, albeit at varying strengths, and even the most dormant ones- if they’re tested in the right conditions and under the right circumstances- can erupt in ways we’d never imagine. i’m being indirect because this phenomenon can manifest itself in more ways than one, of course, but to be specific- these entitlements are at the base of so many race issues that protrude from this country’s landscape.

further complicating this problem is that much of the operating majority doesn’t realize the full scope of their dormant entitlement, in respect to racism. they don’t see that connection. when that entitlement is threatened, they get so caught up in defending it- not realizing what it is- that the resulting consternation blinds and deafens them.

this was painfully evident in the hours following Obama’s speech. political blogs across the blogosphere documented the speech, and the responders came in droves; logging their opinions, and most likely, the synoptic opinions of their social circles. i won’t be so daft as to presume the opinion of an entire nation based on these comments, but with race being as polarizing as it is in this country, you can’t dismiss these people as isolated kooks.

here, a comment from a blog entry regarding Rev. Wright & Obama on Politico.com:

“In fact, a similar anger exists within segments of the white community……… So when they are told to bus their children to a school across town; when they hear that an African American is getting an advantage in landing a good job or a spot in a good college because of an injustice that they themselves never committed; when they’re told that their fears about crime in urban neighborhoods are somehow prejudiced, resentment builds over time.”

“Just as black anger often proved counterproductive, so have these white resentments distracted attention from the real culprits of the middle class squeeze – a corporate culture rife with inside dealing, questionable accounting practices, and short-term greed; a Washington dominated by lobbyists and special interests; economic policies that favor the few over the many. And yet, to wish away the resentments of white Americans, to label them as misguided or even racist, without recognizing they are grounded in legitimate concerns – this too widens the racial divide, and blocks the path to understanding.”

So, he concludes whites should not angry because of the effects of affirmative action, as he clearly states above truly exist, they should instead be mad at corporations.

Got it.

(argh. many of the comments i was planning to reference are lost now, and i’m at work so i don’t have time to hunt them down, but hopefully, you get the idea.)

but…hunh?! that’s what you got from the speech?

there was a whole lotta that sentiment being expressed yesterday. now, to be fair, there was also a healthy amount of support of Obama’s statements. i guess my biggest issue is that lost in the upheaval resulting from Rev. Wright’s comments- indefensible as they may appear to be- is the understanding of what it took to make a people as systematically disenfranchised as black americans grow that resentful. so many people don’t get it. and as simple a concept as that is, it’s the keystone point in positively attacking the massive chasm between races that morphs and mutates, but never goes away.

so sen. Obama takes the stage at the Nat’l Constitution Center in Philadelphia and bares all, packs truth & candor into a 40 minute speech, and what’s the response?

1) it’s too little too late.

2) he lied! he said he wasn’t at the church, now he was?!

3) why didn’t he disown the pastor?! how could he go there for 20 years knowing his pastor is a racist?

so forth & so on. and again, i don’t mean to sensationalize, or oversimplify; plenty of people got the point, and i’m hoping that it will show in the polls. however, you can’t ignore the other side. fact remains that people are invested in what they believe in, and are immovably set.

i dunno. i’m running out of things to say about this, finally. i just wanted to get that off my chest.

Obama ’08.

16
Mar
08

…LOL

ryan leslie.