More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: The Used

You can come upon whole swaths of nü-metal. If you wished to own everything ever released by Korn and/or Limp Bizkit, you could easily find it used. You also see what phases people went though in college as Dave Matthews Band, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks: I Believe in Jay Electronica

As sort of an old-fashioned hip-hop fan, I’ve never really latched onto the notion of the internet buzz for an emcee. I’ve yet to drink the Kool-Aid on Charles Hamilton, and Kid Cudi’s hype has worn off. But for some reason I believe in Jay Electronica, and I really believe that he has the potential to be hip-hop’s future. ... »»

MGF Presents My Top 21 of the 21st (So Far…)

It’s nutty. This was the first decade where I was an adult through the entire thing, thus it’s the first decade where I’ve really been able to have an opinion about the “best of the decade” topics. It’s a weird feeling; it’s excitement coupled with obligation. ... »»


Nominees for the 52nd Annual Grammy Awards were announced Wednesday night. The broadcast will take place Jan. 31, 2010, at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Here is a shortened list of nominees from the major categories... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Remixing Revenue

I love Illmatic. I think it's a classic album. But I'd also love to hear what beats Kanye would put to those vocals. For that matter, I'd be curious to hear what Madlib, Danger Mouse, 9th Wonder, Just Blaze, Primo or Pete Rock would do. ... »»

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 – Of the Moment

I love Jay-Z, and "D.O.A." is a dope song (with a sick beat), but he seems to be coming off as a bit of a grumpy old man. He's bordering on a "back in my day" mentality. He's singing the same song that Nas did on Hip-Hop Is Dead. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Happy Mother's Day!

Since Mother's Day is right around the corner, I thought I'd dedicate this week's column to some of my favorite songs about moms and motherhood. 2Pac - "Dear Mama" Yeah, I know, I'm an outspoken critic of the guy and I openly hate on him every chance I get. But I'm willing to give the guy his due right now, as "Dear Mama" is the business. It's my favorite Pac song and the one song that keeps me from crapping him completely. It's a touching tribute to his mom and just a classic "mom" song. »»


You just can't make this stuff up, folks. Just weeks after Madonna was dumped from a horse (not surprisingly, even a horse can't stand to be around her), the equines continue to revolt, this time leaving singer Leona Lewis in their path of destruction. ... »»

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 – Trip to the Past

The Source is almost always touting its new management, XXL seems to have Curtis Jackson on every other cover and Vibe almost ran out of money for the March issue. It's a dark time. ... »»


Although police have not officially confirmed the identity of woman who was involved in an altercation after which singer Chris Brown was arrested on domestic violence felony battery charges, all signs would point to it being girlfriend Rihanna, and an inside source with the LAPD has allegedly told the Los Angeles Times that this is indeed the case. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Best of 2008

2008 was a nutty year. ... Local record stores moved closer to extinction, rap continued its descent into inanity and BET is still the most depressing channel. ... But why dwell on the negative? Here are my picks for the best albums of 2008, in alphabetical order, as always. ... »»

Excerpts from This Morning's Alphabits: Looking Forward

I love Common. I think it's remarkable how far he's come commercially (finally), given the talent that he possesses. But for every person that lifted a quizzical eyebrow at his Electric Circus album attempt, please note that the techno, experimental, otherworldly sound that so many artists are embracing today... »»

Excerpts from This Morning's Alphabits: Cup Runneth Over

Common, Eminem, 88 Keys, Q-Tip, Jazzanova. I have gotten my hands on music from the likes of the aforementioned artists recently and have blissfully reorganized my playlist, titled Random Dope. ... »»

MGF Reviews The One - Superpsychosexy

There are two things that make Superpsychosexy especially frustrating. The first is the production ... the beats are dense, complex and entertaining. But The One wastes most of them with this sleep-inducing style. Second, the insufferable ego of The One overshadows every other aspect of this album—good and bad. This album plays like the most self-serving of vanity projects. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - That One Day

I had been looking forward to September 11, 2001, for what seemed like forever. My roommates and I had all been waiting for months. We all knew it was going to be a big deal. After years of rumbling, it was finally going to come to a head. It was pretty much common knowledge. I mean, even people in the streets of New York knew it was going to be huge. ... »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Even More Things I Left Behind

Yeah, that's right. I'm still lamenting aspects of my life that currently reside in Tucson. This time I'm focusing on my actual minidiscs. I had dozens of those things all filled up with perfectly crafted mixes. I'd spend hours poring over discographies trying to come up with the precise mix to encapsulate an artist. And if you were an artist that I really dug, you'd get more than one disc. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Some Things I Left Behind

So, I recently moved from Sin City to Charm City. Longtime readers will remember that not too long after MGF launched I moved from Baltimore to Las Vegas. I detailed the music part of the journey in a rambling manner. Don't worry, you won't have to suffer though that again; this time I flew from West to East. But since I was flying I had to travel light. Unfortunately that meant that 90 percent of my music remains in another time zone. And that kind of sucks. Y'see, for some reason I decided to pack things responsibly. That meant packing things in order of necessity, and thus, I packed more clothing than music or music related devices. And while, sure, I can actually go to work dressed appropriately, I can't suddenly decide that I want to have Dave Brubeck, Nas, Johnny Cash, Weezer and Res provide the soundtrack to my sleep, since those particular artists didn't make the trip with me. »»

More Reasons Why Being Deaf Sucks/Rocks - Demos

Lately when it comes to music I've been digging two things; one of them is demos. My interest in demos is nothing new. A couple of years ago, I listened to nothing but Elliot Smith demos for a solid two weeks. It wasn't my happiest period, but I was way mellow. And about six months ago I was all about rap demo tapes. Listening to what got Nas and Gravediggaz signed reminded me of why I was a fan all those years ago. But lately I'm more interested in demos from alternative artists. You can't go wrong with Ryan Adams, who's got more demos than albums. But he's sort of too easy. He's what I fall back on when I hit a wall in my searches. »»

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