More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - No Country HIP-HOP for Old Men

I’ve finally accepted that I’m an old man and that hip-hop in its current state is for kids. It’s no longer designed to appeal to me and it no longer does. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Snapshot

As far as I can piece together, I made this mixtape specifically because I was going up to Lafayette for my Spring Break '98 (it was great having cousins in PA when I was in MD). I'm pretty sure I made it for the long bus ride. Anyway, it's a dope little snapshot into me from 11 years ago. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Past, Present and Possibly Future

Ok, so roughly six months ago, I made up a list of ten things that I was hoping would come to pass in the year 2009. And since 2009 is half-over, I figured that now would be a good time to revisit that list and see how much of what I wished for has come to pass. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Hip Hop's Art Garfunkel

I'll never forget it; it was late August 2001. That's when I became a committed fan of Roc-A-Fella Records, right after hearing the bootleg of The Blueprint. The beats sounded like the evolution of the sound that was introduced on Jay-Z's previous album The Dynasty: Roc La Familia—it was a soulful throwback, sample-heavy yet modern. And it sounded like nothing else. Flash-forward eight years... Kanye West, one of the architects of that sound, is a huge star. Just Blaze is the Art Garfunkel to West's Paul Simon and it's a shame because the guy is just as talented behind the boards. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Fans

I'll admit that I can, at times, be a hater. I really enjoyed Family Guy when it made its debut, but by the time it returned to Fox after getting cancelled, I couldn't bring myself to watch it because of how obnoxious its fans were. It was like the show was appealing to the most common denominator, and I wanted no part of it. So to some degree, the more popular something is, the less likely I am to be a fan of it, because fans turn me off to something quicker than anything else. And that's why I'll probably never be able to get into either MF Doom or Lil Wayne, which is odd because their fans are on opposite ends of the hip-hop spectrum. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Fingers Crossed

At this moment, I'm full of hope—it's oozing out of my pores and I'm expelling it though belches. That's how hopeful I am. ... I tried to narrow down the things that I'm really, really hopeful about, when it comes to music. I got it down to a list... »»

MGF Presents Last-Minute Holiday Gift Ideas

Just in time for Christmas, here's a list of recent releases for those of you who are literally waiting until the last minute to finish up your holiday shopping. We'll cover a wide array of genres and artists, so soak it in, get off the damn computer, and finish up that shopping, procrastinator! ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Resolution: Week 51

Sometimes albums just fall though the cracks. That's certainly the case with this week's selection, Styles P's Time Is Money. This was an album that I was really looking forward to, but by the time it finally came out, it had been bumped down on my priority listening list—which got it placed on the resolution list. Once upon a time, I wasn't Styles P's biggest supporter. There was actually a time when he was my third favorite member of The Lox. But after the D-Block/State Property beef, Styles' stock really grew. He was talking reckless and rhyming like crazy. That was when Styles caught my ear; from that point on I was a fan. Now, the legend behind the album is that Interscope sat on the finished product at the behest of 50 Cent, because of 50's beef with Ja Rule. Y'see, Jadakiss and Ja Rule were on a song together, so 50 went at Jada. Naturally, Styles got involved and Time Is Money was shelved. »»

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