R&B Songs 2012: @MrLoveBallad’s Love From Morocco
One of the gripes I’ve had with R&B lately has a lot to do with Trey Songz trying to “Steal Yo Girl” and only showing up for the bottles and the drinks. Thankfully those are just radio songs and not indicative of him as an artist. Anyway, Love from Morocco (Sade fans eat your heart out) is one of the R&B Songs of 2012 that give me hope for the genre. Enjoy Love from Morocco by Ballad and produced by Jay Muse (founder of justamuse.com).
Good New Music to Download: 3 Eargasmic Albums
There’s nothing like getting good new music to download.
Remember that feeling of rushing home with a fresh CD in your hand from the record store (or Walmart).
Remember the excitement of ripping off (or struggling to rip off) the cellophane wrapping and popping the CD in to the player not knowing what was about to happen next.
Remember hearing the opening track and being blown away as the music pulls you in and envelops you in a new yet familiar world.
Electric Yellow is neo-soul…in the future.
Bacon and Potassium is a soulful folk
Take Me To Your Leader is the revoulutionary manifesto
You Are Not the Father's Day
- This past Father's Day was full of hilarity. After getting in from an epic SLUMFest, I woke up early so my dad and I could roll to church for breakfast.
- Get in church and its Happy Father's Day wishes going all over the place. Then you the faces change during that awkward moment when a non-father gets wished Happy Father's Day. Some put their hands up and are quick to say, "I don't have no kids!" Others put on an inquisitive look and think hard about if they have kids or not. I was part of the hands high group.
- After church we go back to my pop's house for a Father's Day get-together with another family from church. The children and wife are cooking (I made sweet potatoes) and everything appears to be all good.
- Unbeknownst to me, 3 additional little girls come over with the other family. I'd call them the 3 little pigs but that'd be mean. (Plus one of them was good ppls.)
- The biggest one was the middle child age wise. She was the prototypical schoolyard bully - built like a triangle, chubby arms, chubby face, loud mouth. Imagine Madea as a light-skinned child and that was her.
What Everybody Ought to Know About the 2012 NBA Playoffs
Now that the Fakers have gone fishin’ and only legitimate contenders are left (as soon as Philly gets eliminated) there are a few things you ought to know about the NBA Playoffs leading to and through the Finals.
Quick, who do you know is capable of shutting down 2 of the top 5 scorers in the NBA? It’s not Metta World Peace. It’s not Dwight Howard. It’s not LeBron James.
Russell Westbrook, the NBA’s 5th leading scorer (23.6 PPG) has the ability to take Kevin Durant, the NBA’s leading scorer (28.0 PPG) out of the game. So many times I find myself yelling at Russell through the screen:
Pass the ball!!!
Don’t take that (hits mid-range jumper over center on pick and roll) - Good Shot!
The Thunder will go as far as Westbrook lets them go. Westbrook is the definition of volatile. He kept the Thunder afloat during the 3rd quarters of the Laker defeats. If Russell continues to keep his turnovers low and his true shooting percentage above 50% there may be a
stampede parade in Oklahoma City this June.
Russell Westbrook versus Tony Parker will be an interesting matchup. If the refs don’t put Westbrook into foul trouble, Parker may have some trouble getting into the lane at will. On the flipside, Parker leads a relatively balanced Spurs attack. If/when OKC advance past San Antonio Westbrook will Daequan (Cook) whatever Eastern Conference foe emerges from the other side of the bracket.
Dwyane Wade Is UnClutch
As much as people complain hate on Kobe about the calls he may or may not get, people seem to forget about the clear officiating advantage Dwyane Wade has. (see the two videos below)
Think back a year ago to the Finals. Didn’t ya’ll say Wade was The Closer? Last 3 minutes of the game this man routinely turned the ball over. But it’s all LeBron’s fault, right? If you look at reality, like the team over at Chasing23.com did, you’ll see that when it comes to LeBron vs. Wade in crunch time, LeBron has been consistently better in the playoffs.
Erik Spoelstra and David Stern, if somehow you end up reading this…please get Wade and the NBA officials back in to 2006 form if you want the Heat to win. We all know 2003 LeBron is not enough to beat the Spurs in the Finals and definitely not enough to beat the Thunder.
Tony Parker is a Top 5 PG
Some time last year, ESPN and the media powers that be convinced you Spurs basketball was boring and the Los Angeles Clippers were good. The Clippers have been eliminated and Tony Parker’s team got the best of who many consider to be the top PG in the league, Chris Paul. Parker’s modest scoring (18.3 PPG) and assist (7.7 APG, 8th in the league) totals don’t tell the full story.
Make your list of top point guards, I’ll start it off for you with:
- Chris Paul
- Derrick Rose
- Rajon Rondo
If you don’t care about winning you can add Deron Williams or Steve Nash (who only plays defense in All-Star games). You have to put Tony Parker on that list. With the exception of the 3 PGs I gave you, no other point guard has created as many postseason wins as Tony Parker. In Jason Kidd fashion, he’s developed his range out to the 3pt line. Tony Parker’s in between game is immaculate. #pause
He’s an extension of Poppovich on the floor. #pauseagain
I don’t know who’s going to win the NBA Finals. I had OKC vs. Miami with Miami winning in 6 before Bosh went out. Now it’s looking like OKC in 6.
What do you think?
My Love-Hate Relationship with the College of Engineering
Somewhere between sophomore and my 4th year of college I stopped believing in school. American Academia is a farce, a joke, a contrived game. People are successful in spite of academia, not because of it. American academia is designed to create compliant workers who wait for a job to be assigned to them. Even the college of engineering is designed to churn out an artificially scarce amount of increasingly intelligent robots.
I want to slay academia. She is Medusa, a beautiful maiden turned into a petrifying monster. I hate American Academia.
Yet at the same time, I love academia. She introduces me to amazing people across the country and even the world. She strokes my love of learning; she massages my love of teaching, she tantalizes me with problem solving just enough to keep me around. As I sat in Conference Planning Committee Headquarters retrieving ancient memories of differential equations in order to help my friend Marcus study for the FE exam, I realized, I still love learning. I still love engineering. I still love teaching. I still love academia. Well, maybe not the last.
I love education but hate academia. #odd