Friday, February 1, 2013
"It wasn’t a phase; I never stopped listening to hip-hop. From the day my mom bought me the Fresh Prince and DJ Jazyy Jeff’s “Nightmare on My Street” to the moment Allen put The Chronic in my tape deck to the day the next Nas descends upon planet earth and blesses us with another perfect hip-hop album, it will never stop. That was all I know. I was a Chinese-American kid raised by hip-hop and basketball with screaming, yelling, abusive parents in the background. IF that makes me a rotten banana, well, tell it like it is." Fresh Off the Boat NY Times Book Review
Thursday, January 31, 2013
Saw this quote on tumblr and totally agree: “I don’t believe that people of color, sexual preference, or gender need to be shaken indiscriminately into every series like some sort of exotic seasoning. If the story calls for a black character, great. A story about a black neighborhood doesn’t necessarily need white characters just to balance the racial profile. But this really seemed like an effort was made to add some color — and it came across as forced.” — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (!) on the mostly white cast of Girls. He also writes: Last season the show was criticized for being too white. Watching a full season could leave a viewer snow blind. This season that white ghetto was breached by a black character who is introduced as some jungle fever lover, with just enough screen time to have sex and mutter a couple of lines about wanting more of a relationship. A black dildo would have sufficed and cost less. http://www.huffingtonpost.com/kareem-abduljabbar/girls-review_b_2593756.html
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
Friday, April 20, 2012
Mountain Brothers was an American hip hop group originally from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Named after the legend of 108 mountain bandits depicted in the Chinese novel Water Margin, the group formed in 1994 after all attended the Pennsylvania State University in State College, Pennsylvania. The group is considered cultural pioneers, being one of the first Asian American hip-hop groups, and also for the lack of sampling of other music in construction of their own. Mountain Brothers released two critically acclaimed albums, Self Vol 1 and Triple Crown. Some of their more notable songs included "Paperchase," "Galaxies (The Next Level)," and "Thoroughbred." The last of the three is featured in remixed form on CHOPS' album Virtuosity. They produced national radio and TV commercials for Sprite on the ad "Rhymes from The Mind" and Nike on the ad "Players Delight". They also produced a music video for "Galaxies (The Next Level)". Styles Infinite also released two EPs, "Fresh Air/Aquarian Mind" and "Easy on the Ears/Finishline". The group disbanded in 2003, shortly after the release of the album Triple Crown. CHOPS is the only member still active in hip-hop, working with artists such as Kanye West, Chamillionaire, Bahamadia, Planet Asia, and Paul Wall. He also provided music for the MTV reality television show Rob and Big, the soundtrack for the independent film Dark, and contributed music to the soundtracks for the films Brown Sugar and House of Wax. Peril-L is currently a medical researcher and collector of vintage furniture and Styles Infinite is a doctor.