Sunday, April 26, 2009

After 5 year hiatus.... RAP IS BACK!

As I take some time today out to rotate my IT stock and sneaker game from winter to get my thing on schedule for summer(Chicago has no Spring), Im listening to music and thinking to myself---Rap is Back. That's right, it's back. and don't tell me it never left because it did. It was on hiatus for 5 years and came back this week. Sure there were dope MC's here during the 5 year stretch, but were specialty or boutique rappers. Like MF Doom, who is one of those that held it down during those 5 years, but you all know, Doom aint for everybody and we like it that way. It's the same with Ghostface, Joell Ortiz, Madlib, Pacific Division. That was YO shit and nobody elses, and you kinda liked it that way. It takes a different type of sound to move the masses. And that was void for 5 years. DJ's relied HEAVILY on old school to get a party into full swing.
Fast forward to April 2009, my New Year month... This, internets is a great time for rap. Last Tuesday I purchased the first two CD's that I've bought in a 5 years. Everything since 2004 has been Lemonwired or given to me and I don't check for mixtapes for the obvious reasons--DJ's put way too much emphasis on being the first to have a record without concentrating on the song having merit. Then theres the annoying verbage over songs, just to show you that their the first to have the song, or to place their bum ass patent on a song that they dont even like. Again, in the immortal words of the "Creator" one of the top 5 hip hop songs ever made, T.R.O.Y., Pete Rock..."exclusive sh*t, it really holds no weight." Word Is Bawn.

Here are the joints:Rick Ross- Deeper than Rap & Asher Roth - Asleep in the Bread Aisle I went out and bought these two CDs and they're the first CD's that i've purchased in 5 years and that gives me the authority to review them. I'll start with Rick Ross. Given the circumstances, this dude was SUPPOSED to fail. Hell, I WANTED him to fail. First he came on the scene with the Miami drug cartel tough talk, like most rappers do, which is totally some science fiction on all levels. We all KNOW this, don't we? He took that posturing a bit too far by saying he didn't like the way the multi-millionaire x5, 50Cent looked at him at a industry function one evening. Looked at him?Imagine that. A real bitchified way to create beef, 'specially from the "biggest boss that you seen thus far". 50, went on to expose Rick's hidden past as a former corrections officer. Imagine that? An honest living. god forbid. 50 also went on to inform us through hilarious internet videos that he will ruin Officer Rickys life by dragging family matters into the game. Makes for a great movie, in a CB4 kinda way. Ross answers with nothing. Nothing but vague denial, and the infamous "BAWSE!", and in the meantime, quietly works on a masterpiece of a CD. Upon hearing the first single, with its lush, air-tight production, and the slickest of slick talk, I was compelled to go out and purchase the joint, I spent the extra papes and copped the deluxe edition, and it did not dissapoint. I can't front. Remember, I WANTED this dude to fail. but cot-damn if he didn't do his numbers, and rightfully so. With tough talk and Dre-like production this dude wins. as some would say, "sonically cohesive"...whatever that means, shit is dope, kid!
Asher took a minute to grow on me, even still he did. His tribute to fraternity antics, "I love college" was clever and we could see it turning into an anthem for college kids. But upon hearing a couple more joints from the kid, I knew he was official. Party people got so caught up in tough talk that they can't feel this kid, so I knew going in that he was gonna do his thing, but it would not be easy. Also, you have to factor in the Eminem stans that really want this dude to BE Em. So once heard, they considered this dude soft and biter and discrace to white rapdom. White hardrocks mad this dude ain't near black. He's definitely none of those things. He's got his own steez, and as much as you want him to be Em, he aint. And bottom line, any dude that can bring the ladies back to the hip hop party is definitely official with that alone,B! Asher's album if definitely not classic, but damn sure better than most hip hop CDs that are out today and worth hearing and bonus DVD story is worth watching.
So, if comparisons are being made, then I'll say this--50, them Pimpin' Curly videos are funny as f*ck, but step ya' game up! you set it up for Ross to fail and he in turn made a monster of a CD that the Def Jam Machine is adding more fuel to. Em, you too! They say you always go left field with your first single, but that new sh*t is gahbij. hot gahbij. Asher is winning. All these drug stories and execution style murders on CD are falsehoods and lies, and it's all about how convincing your role is. Wood Harris smashed The wire, and this is why 2 years after the last episode, he walks down the street, people call him Avon, and are mad @ him for having his mans merk'd. You gotta do the same with your gangsta rap steez if your wish is to win...get in where you fit, B! Next up, Duo Live, MF Doom, DeLa, Jay Electronica.

Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Protect Ya' Kicks-Vol.II - SWIMS™

From past posts, you know how I am with protecting my joints. This product is a new addition to the upkeep of your kicks. Boom! Lets say you wake up one sunny morning to go to work, and decide dress your freshest, (on some casual Friday type sh*t), and to finish your mash out, you put on your exclusive suede or nubuck Dunks. You get to work, everything is cool, and since you are lookin' on point, you decide, like Fred Flintstone, once Mr. Slate sounds the horn, and you slide off the dinosaur's back, you'll be sliding into the local happy hour. What you didn't factor into the equation, is that you missed Al Roker's forecast this morning that there will be late afternoon April showers, and by the time you clock out and downstairs to the lobby, the showers are on full tilt. And you got on the nuevo suede Dunks. Damn.

Worry not, if you have this product. My friend at the Norwegian company, SWIMS®, have taken clunky grandpa galoshes and elevated them to the next level. I own two pairs of these, so I will stay winning with a pair of the classics or for the snow, go with the Mobster. They come in flavors so you can actually style on 'em! You HAVE to keep a pair in your backpack or in the bottom drawer of the office desk, just as you would an umbrella. Speaking of which, SWIMS' umbrella game is official issue too! With the auto-up/auto-down button!?!? c'mon, B! Peep how functional that is, coming in from the rain and trying close an umbrella with one hand without getting soaked.
Hey Ladies!! SWIMS™ did not leave you out of the game either. With these joints, they got your shoe game covered with the Classic™ for the sneakers, the City Slipper™ for the pumps, and they'll be dropping these joints for the boot and half-boot in a minute! I peeped the bottom of the City Slippers, and it has a map of either NYC on one, and Paris on the fly is that!?!?

So get your shoe game covered and cop a pair @ Sak's or go to and tell 'em DirtyJerz sent ya'!You hunted all winter and copped kicks with your hard earned money....may as well protect your investments!

Monday, April 6, 2009

Back In The Lab, B!!!

Just closing up my born day weekend, so its only right to start something on my new year. Its been a minute since I've done anything on this blog, but it was definitely a much needed break. Trying to write some goodness on a daily and make it readable is definitely no joke. I've been on my grizzly, tryna get my business right and family matters in order. As some of you know, I've been in the lab, working on the apparel archiving system and things are turning out nicely. I'll be keeping you posted on that as well...Patent is definitely pending...Word. Is. Bawn.

2009 is looking lovely thus far, and I'm gonna have sooo many things poppin' on this blog. I will definitely keep up the usual suspects, "the Lo' Down", the "Mash-Out", and "Word Is Bawn", but I will be adding many new segments, interviews, schwag-giveaways, etc. I copped a new Nikon and a HD camcorder, so at some point, DirtyJerz will go to video. I'm meeting so many interesting people in the Chi that it's only right that I visually document my travels.Also, during those 6 months, I've gone in for the win with shopping more than a little bit . My come-up game is even crazier these days, and I've found wild discounts on kicks and 'Lo all over the city that I'll be puttin' you up on. Next mission: Find a come-up on an iPhone or Blackberry.

Although I've been on a 6 month hiatus on blogging, I stays on the internets. I gotta give it up to cats that write the realest sh*t on the internets. My Google Reader is up to 60 blogs, that I follow daily. If I put a comment on your blog, you ARE that dude, or that chick, B! I'm also getting my twit-game correct, so check me on that- NuJerooz

Great to be back at it tho'!