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

The title track led the charge, giving us a cathartic feeling of hope that these men and women who sacrificed their lives to try and save others, that their deaths weren’t in vain. This song is so epic, so important and so meaningful even today... well, it’s not coincidence President Obama used it as a campaign song. It’s the number one song of the 21st century, and we’re all the better for it. ... »»


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... »»

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 Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It

It's insane to think that Tony! Toni! Toné! might be a lasting legacy, but since that group disbanded, Saadiq's done some great production work, garnered a few Grammy nods and you still can't name five songs he's been on. ... Go ahead and try... I'll even spot you that one with Naked D'Angelo off of the Voodoo album. »»

MGF Reviews Rick Ross - Trilla

When it comes to Miami-based drug n' thug rapper Rick Ross, it's all too easy to dismiss him. He's from the South, so that's strike one. His stage name is yet another tired tribute to an infamous real-life ne'er-do-well for strike two. And, he's assembled a shockingly awesome cast of guest artists and producers for his sophomore effort. What the hell? ... »»

Excerpts from This Morning's Alphabits: Kneed for Music

Well, party people, I'm getting old. A few weekends ago I found myself writhing in pain due to an inflamed knee that I had aggravated while playing basketball. And it's been a tough few months for me—I've found myself being angry, sad and frustrated and the only thing that seems to move me along out of my somber moods is music. Part of my frustration comes from not being able to play basketball the way I want to. Stupid aging... Anyway, family crises have also been the cause of my melancholy but music still makes it through to my core and settles me somewhat. For that, I stay thankful. In the meantime, there are two things I'd like to discuss: why in my absence from this column I cannot seem to escape the bubbly digital voice of performers on the radio (Lil Wayne, Akon, Wyclef, Chris Brown, the infamous T-Pain, The Dream, Rihanna, Madonna and others). In fact, the number of people and songs that have that voice effect has grown exponentially. »»

Short Attention Span Theater

Salutations and good morrow. Before we begin, I'd like to get my hustle on for a moment if you don't mind. I'm trying to sell my guitar and so far I haven't had a whole lot of luck. It's a Fender Strat, made in 2000 or 2001. It's got a wine-red finish with the solid maple neck. It's in great condition and has very rarely even been played. I'm looking to sell this along with a hard-shell case (disclaimer: the case does have a crack on the outside but it's not going to affect the guitar), a Crybaby wah-wah pedal that isn't in the best visual condition but still works, and some added accessories including a strap, picks, extra strings, and some amp cables. And all of this for the outright reasonable price of $300 plus shipping and handling. Contact me at my email, or on mine MySpace page, or through AIM at MurphToTheMax. Or just leave a comment on this article with your information if you're interested, and I can facilitate some pictures so you know what you're getting. If you or anyone you know is looking for a guitar, please let me know because I can't continue to crank out this award-winning column if I can't pay my rent. Poppin' Off on the Top's Top 10 Hot Rap Tracks 1. "Lollipop" by Lil' Wayne f/Static Major Lil' Wayne takes his at-bat with T-Pain's vocorder and makes a crazy danceable, addictive track. The current trend of hip-hop and techno fusion is starting to get interesting; considering my generally low opinion of all forms of electronica, it takes a little bit of a hip-hop groove to make any of that Star Wars-sounding shit danceable. This track is hypnotic, good for the dance floor and better for the blunt circle. »»

Short Attention Span Theater

Hellfire and bustification, it's about damn time I came back. For those who didn't read 411, I'm Ryan T. Murphy; I used to write this column over there in 2003, as well as the Murphy Mondays news column. I'd like to thank good ol' J.R. Fernandez and Johnny 'Dro for bringin' me back. For the noobs, I like to call Short Attention Span Theater an e-zine rather than a column. As the name suggests, I jump all over the place, with short opinion pieces on music (and possibly a sliver of movie opinions; not to step on the collective toes of Popcorn Junkies, it won't be a main focus). I cover all genres of music although I have a healthy bias toward punk, reggae and Southern rock. And I'm an unbelievably opinionated prick, so if I say something that offends you or that you disagree with, good. Oh and don't expect pictures, I'm still in the fetal stage of these fancy computer writin's. »»

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