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    Oct 26, 2006
    Random Pictures.....

    Just a few random photos. Before I can move forward....I realize that I have to go back for a min........I also have my reviews and pics from the D-Block and Chef shows.....please continue to work wit me.....

    OMG! I didn't even know i got this pic. he he! Jimmy Jones (of CS, DDK & 410 Pharohs) and the ladies of Golden Seal cuttin a serious rug outside of the Emmaculate Perception show @ the Theater Project. yeah...that's Dante Carter.

    For those of you that missed:


    OOWE Launch Party @ The Yabba Pot
    Hosted by Unison Collective (Mzery,EQ & Tislam)
    DJ Face on the 1s and 2s

    JUDAH aka "Mr Music"

    Tislam and Rod Da Blizz chillin

    Introducing the President and lone member of OOHME

    Mondays @ Edens Lounge...............

    Make sure you go and check out the band....& while you are there...sign up for the open mic. Mondays have become a busy indie music night in Bmore.


    f/Mimouna Yusef and M-1 of Dead Prez
    Shawty Route 40
    Sons of Nat

    (Terrible angle) picture of Shawty Route 40...LOL!

    Sons of Nat
    9/22/06 @ 5 Seasons
    Big Ups Amotion & Dream Big


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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/26/2006 06:45:00 PM   0 comments
    Things that made me go hmmmmmmmmm!

    Mobile calls put sperm on hold
    SOME men see them as a status symbol, but research has found mobile phones could be destroying that other badge of masculinity - fertility.
    Men who spent hours talking on their mobile phone had significantly lower sperm counts than usual, according to a study presented at the American Society for Reproductive Medicine conference.

    Foxy Brown Gets Three Years' Probation

    Rush: Michael J. Fox's a Faker

    Draining The Source

    Though the number varies by report.....Kimberly Osorio, former editor of the SOURCE..stands to be a VERY wealthy lady! She sued her former bosses for wrongful termination and WON!

    check out her MILLION DOLLAR SMILE
    14 mil they say!

    Commentary: Wanna Fight the "Stop Snitching" Scourge? Buy the Anti-Ignorance Counterpart, "Stop Lying"

    -why has this convo NOT over??? sheesh!

    Lil Wayne's Latest Rap
    Two people were injured during a homecoming rap concert he headlined at Morgan State University.


    NFL firings a sign of panic. I bet Brian B's a lil shook!

    Read about this on the plane..............
    Jay-Z gets into the beer business
    Rapper hired as new co-brand director for Budweiser Select

    Expect a BIG AZZ tour!

    2007 Stamps to Feature Ella Fitzgerald, Spiderman

    I'd wondered how the show in Bmore went....no one could tell me anything...LOL! But then I found this...so I assume...BMore went down much the same way.....huuuumh?

    According to the Washington Post:
    Looks like DMX isn't working overtime to win over fans in the Washington area.

    The embattled rapper, 35, skipped out at the last minute on a concert he was to headline at the 9:30 club Thursday night. Concert organizers say they were given a heads up that the artist planned to be a no-show just a few hours before he was scheduled to take the stage.

    Apparently DMX (real name Earl Simmons) is no stranger to last-minute cancellations, but a 9:30 publicist says the club was caught off-guard. The show was canceled (with fans already inside the building) and tickets were refunded. DMX also abruptly bailed on a show scheduled for tonight in Baltimore, organizers said.

    DMX's manager, Trisha Lum, said yesterday via e-mail that the D.C. concert was canceled by its promoter "a few days" before the show and added that they're hoping it will be rescheduled soon. No word on whether the change-up is related to a lawsuit filed against DMX on Thursday morning in Prince George's County. A Maryland woman is suing the rapper as a result of his claim in a Sister 2 Sister interview that she had raped him in his sleep. Monique Wayne , 25, has a son with the married rapper and is asking for $6 million for defamation, false statements and "unreasonable publicity."

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    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/26/2006 07:40:00 AM   0 comments
    AYo - New Bossman interview

    Bossman in charge of career
    By Rashod D. Ollison
    Pop Music Critic
    Originally published October 14, 2006

    The white brick colonial sits atop a grassy hill on a quiet street in Baltimore County. Inside, framed recent and sepia-toned family photos adorn the living room, where there's a red brick fireplace, plush cream carpet and clover-green leather furniture.

    This comfortable, middle-class home seems like an unlikely place to mix and edit a hardcore rap CD. But for most of the morning, that has been the main business in the basement's makeshift studio.

    The house belongs to a production partner of Bossman. The local rapper, who last year was signed to Virgin Records, is putting the finishing touches on Law & Order, his major-label debut. No release date has been set yet.

    "It's about 75, 80 percent done," Bossman says, reclining on the living room couch. "We hope it's out, like, in April."

    In about an hour, the man born Travis Holifield, 25, will catch a plane to Atlanta. There, he will meet with pop/hip-hop producer and Virgin executive Jermaine Dupri, who signed the Northeast Baltimore rapper last spring. Bossman hopes to firm up more details about the album while in Atlanta. But until the CD drops, the artist, an imposing guy at 6 foot 3 and 235 pounds, is working the streets like he has done for the past three years, generating buzz for his music.

    Bossman will perform a free concert at the Enoch Pratt's Central Library at 2 p.m. today as part of a monthlong series of events focused on hip-hop culture.

    "In the last year and half, I've been through a lot of stuff personal-wise and business-wise," he says. "So there's some growth in the music now. It's about being yourself and being original. That's what I'm trying to bring to this hip-hop game."

    The rapper says the Virgin debut will be different from the independently released Law & Order, which came out in late 2004. That album and its predecessor, Charm City King, also released in 2004, sold more than 30,000 copies apiece. In addition to those sales, the bulk of which were made in parking lots at local malls, Bossman and his team sold more than 25,000 mixtapes. Eventually, the area's most influential urban station, WERQ-FM (92Q), added the rapper's songs to its rotation: the soulful "Off the Record," the reflective "I Did It" and others.

    "We've played about seven of his songs in the last 2 1/2 years," says Victor Starr, program director at 92Q. "Five of the songs were Top 10 on our request list. His song 'A-Yo' has been in our Top 5 for the last three or four weeks. Hands down, Bossman is the best rapper in Baltimore."

    The buzz around the rapper's talent is gradually seeping outside the Baltimore-D.C. area. Last March, Bossman was featured in XXL, the national New York-based hip-hop magazine. The Ave., a popular rap monthly based in Brooklyn, N.Y., is considering the artist for its February issue.

    "Bossman's style is kind of reminiscent of Obie Trice, where he rides the beat and still has substantive lyrical content but can still be playful," says Thomas A. Harden, music editor at The Ave. "He incorporates the good from the past and the present of hip-hop."

    With a cocky delivery and complex wordplay, Bossman spits smart, journalistic stories about 'hood life that are more nuanced and far more enduring than the get-your-party-on drivel urban stations spin these days. Though his production is, at times, derivative, it never pulls the focus away from Bossman's charismatic work on the mike.

    "With a lot of my friends still getting locked up and being killed, there's a lot I still put in my lyrics, you know," the rapper says. "Rapping for me was always like a journal. I can get a lot of stuff out."

    The artist has experienced enough hard knocks to fill several albums. By the time he was in the fifth grade, both of his parents had been convicted of charges related to robbery. His pops was behind bars for 13 years, his mother nearly two. Drugs and violence troubled his household and his neighborhood. But when his daughter, Kennedi, was born on the day after Christmas seven years ago, Bossman became more focused.

    "I can see how some folks with my background can have a mentality like, '[Forget] the world,' " he says. "I can relate, but I can understand wanting to change things."

    He worked a series of 9-to-5s, including a stint as an ambulance driver, while he nurtured his music, recording whenever time permitted. The steady grinding finally paid off nearly two years ago when Jermaine Dupri offered the rapper a major-label deal. Now the artist, who makes his home in Baltimore, concentrates on his music full time -- mostly touring the Mid-Atlantic region and working on his Virgin debut.

    "This will get me more exposure," Bossman says. "That's what you need a major label for. But you're still, like, independent 'cause there's a lot of stuff you have to do. [Dupri] has done two songs so far [on Law & Order], and, I mean, he's helped a lot. But it's still pretty much me on the record."

    His Sidekick goes off, and he takes the call. "It's busy right now," he says, attaching the communication device to his hip. "I have a plane to catch."
    Rashod Ollison wrote about someone from Baltimore....WOW! A rapper at that! Niiiice
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/26/2006 06:30:00 AM   0 comments
    Oct 25, 2006
    N.E.W.S. (10-24-06)
    Baltimore club evangelist Aaron LaCrate dropping his patented gutter tracks.

    WOW! Baltimore club "evangelist".....
    honestly of all the names they've given him...I can at least respect this one. Keep on evangelizing and preaching the ghood news.
    I love it that the very party that often de-emphasizes the need for affirmative action is playing that card in this election.

    DC waterfront headed in an unknown direction
    Christian, a former auditor for the Department of Defense, has had Zanzibar on the Southwest waterfront since 1998. The 26,000-square-foot club brings in at least 1,500 people a week for its hip-hop, Caribbean, African and salsa music. The club and restaurant, which has annual revenue of $5 million to $6 million, will probably have to close to make way for construction but hopes to come back to a spot on the waterfront. DANG! I NEED TO OPEN A FREAKIN CLUB!!!


    Since his death a decade ago, seven new albums have been released from Rap icon Tupac Shakur. Album number eight is now on the way next month, with the announcement of Pac's Life, due out November 21. The record is almost entirely made up of previously-unreleased material from Shakur.
    Jay-Z Gets Back In The Game with Kingdom Come
    "Water For Life" tour of Africa. "

    As for his world tour, which Jay-Z is hoping will raise awareness of water troubles around the globe, he will visit Bangkok next. He gave MTV News a message for African-Americans. "The first thing I would say is you have to go home [to Africa], you have to go and understand what's going on and embrace your people," he said. "The second thing I would tell people is: You're not from the 'hood. Just stop saying that altogether. You have a wonderful life. You turn on the water, the water is there. You got AC, and you have AC in your car. You're good. You're not from the 'hood. It's mind-blowing. It just puts things in perspective when people say, 'I had it rough coming up.' "

    HIS POINTS ARE SO VERY REAL! I'm going to buy a scanner so I can share some of my pics with you. I love when hip hoppers act like grown folk.

    I love these two!

    Guess what!
    Andre 3000 Gets Animated For "Class of 3000"

    Does your University have a Hip Hop Curriculum or Hip Hop Organization? If so, please read this. Def Jam is looking to have one of their legendary recording artists speak on campus on the evolution of Hip Hop. And who said Hip Hop was dead?? If your school in interested hit up:

    Island Def Jam Recordings
    Nat'l Dir of College Promotions
    Office: 212 333 1329
    Mobile: 917 774 5532
    Email: Defcollegeradio@umusic.com
    BB: Splif@tmo.blackberry.net
    AIM: IDJ Splif
    East Coast DJ of the year: Quicksilva, rhythmic/top 40 WPGC Washington, D.C. He is doing it!

    Jim Jones's A Dipset Christmas, in stores 12/5. (pic courtesy of FADER)

    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/25/2006 07:59:00 AM   3 comments
    Play YOUR position: Radio Promoter
    Bryan Farrish (established radio promoter) writes for several magazines, and his articles are used on many sites on the web.......please check them out!
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/25/2006 07:58:00 AM   0 comments
    Oct 22, 2006
    Ole Gurl'z back in the saddle again........

    the most recognizable stop on my vacation aka "The holiday"
    (I heard Heidi Klum call it that....me likes!)

    Miami South Beach at day break....breathtaking
    I took this pic one night when I went down to South Beach. Ate at Fat Tuesdays....that was no better. We really do have good food in Baltimore.

    Versace's Mansion - steps where he was found dead
    They say his ghost resides in the house. They turned it into an exclusive nightclub...LOL!
    Only in Miami

    "How many guys you know that can bring the travel channel to life, one day we on the autobahnSwervin drivin, next day we in the sun on the Virgin Islands, if you wit me ain't no time toSleep, especially at wet willies on Miami Beach...."
    Ludacris - Pimpin' All Over the World Lyrics

    Was drawn to the restaurant upon seeing the name....
    That is one of the beauties of rap music....
    it aims to let you know what's poppin. THANKS, Luda

    Their slogan "Support Global Cooling" was cute. They had like 20 different frozen drink to choose from. Huge machine sat on top of counters behine the bar. The vibes were very laid back...perfect for sunburned beach bunnies and boomer skirt chasers to get their groove on. The ocean breezes were better than AC....the swank roof top deck made for a great place to enjoy my lunch. I got a burger (it was alright, but really NONE of the food I ate while away was exceptionally good) and a pina colada (OMG! it was the bomb!...not as good as Bahamas Breeze's PC but damn tasty). I chatted with a nice security guard who put me down with a nude beach not too far away (you would like to know if I went...wouldn't you....mmmmmh!) as well as the numerous benefits of moving to Florida- ASAP. He'd come to South Beach after 9/11 in search of work- like so many others- and had found a place that satisfied his need for rejuvenating sunshine and fast cash.

    Ocean Drive


    Saw these shoes and instantly thought of OOH (Brown F.I.S.H). Dude has style. I know this pic prolly doesn't show these shoes in the best light....note: I took the pics through a window with the light behind me so that distorted the clarity tremendously. Very preppy, but with the right "hook up"....man o man....a man in these could maybe get it...LOL! The fact that I know they cost like $600 wouldn't reflect badly on him either. <---------- Does that make me sound superficial? I don't know if anyone else is like me, but the shoes are the very first thing I look at. They say aLOT about you. WORD! Clean shoes....usually a good indication of a clean arse...HA!

    Collins Street

    Lots of chain stores and European boutiques stocked with all the Gucci, Prada, Versace, Ed Hardy, etc a girl or fashion conscious guy could possibly want. It was quite amazing. Addidas has the best store in South Beach and the Sephoria store almost made me "die a little death" (grown azz womenl know what I mean). Got me a few tubes of lip glass at MAC and got these bombing arm warmers at Urban Outfitters. Most of the stuff was waaaaaay to expensive for me, but it was fun to window shop and imagine "what if"
    Miami - South Beach was cool. Comparable to the Baltimore Inner Harbor as far as tourist attractions go.....give O'Mally (or like minded successor) the chance and the downtown shops will rival those of South Beach. That stuff was not for the average Joan. I am most definitely window shopping when I walk through the gallery.
    ...... after walking around in the heat for a few hours.....i was ready to get

    Back to the burbs.......................


    If you could have seen the bridge I had to drive over while taking this pic you would really respect my driving game...LOL! This bridge was beautiful and humongous (lol! That is a hell of a word) and those ships were huge....ready to set sail. They were probably on their way to Cozumel (Mexico) or the Bahamas...I wished I could have hopped on one. I took these pics for motivation as well. I plan to retire within 15 years and travel the world.
    THIS IS WHAT I CALL MOTIVATION!!! WHO WOULDN'T WANT A WATER FRONT HOME? It says a lot when you have enough money that you can buy a house that you only plan to live in less than half the year and that's ALL FREAKIN RIGHT!!!! OMG! nothing but motivation all around me.

    The landscape and beaches varied so drastically. It was amazing how each city was uniquely designed around the water. Intercostal draw bridges went up on the half hour to lets the ships pass...LOL! & cars had to wait too. Boats, Yachts, motor cycles and mopads were commonplace. And fitness was really important. I saw very few overweight people...LOL! I stayed in an area that is mainly residential with few massive high-rise building that lined most of the coast line (from West Palm Springs to South Beach). They were inching their way in tho...you could see it ALL OVER. Big Business is COMING! The homes that lined the road between the coast (beach) and the intercostal (the water way between the mainland marina) were mansions. I was in love with this house that I was told belongs to the man that owns Lions Gate Films. All the homes were light colored with huge windows (no curtains....LOL!!) and huge palm trees. You also see shutters on all the windows to protect the windows during strong winds. Very different from the brick facades of our buildings.
    No ....I did not visit the "hood"....nor would I advise anyone to do that when visiting Baltimore...simply because you like hip hop music and can identify with the "struggle". MI-YAYO (did you know that Rick Ross actually trademarked that word...LOL!) is no place to be lost. Sure we have crime in Baltimore....This guy tells the world all about it in great detail and wit.....but our crime is usually black on black..."man found slain in alley or in route to Johns Hopkins Hospital"...LOL! typical ish. Things that are imaginable he he!
    ....while I was in florida I heard about thier openly gay republican (of all parties) congressman, Foley, sending nasty messages to underage boys during their summer internships....then the Catholic priest who molestedhim, comes out in published reports and admits that he fondled but never penetrated the young Foley, but they skinny dipped together, shared sensual massages and that they shared a special bond. Oooh, by the way, the priest now lives in Malta and at this point can say whatever because he will never be prosecuted (Maltese Islanders Back Accused Priest ) IF THAT WASN'T CRAZY ENOUGHT.....a family of 5 (including children) were shot and left on the side of the highway....armed gunman ran up in a children's birthday party and started spraying...Killing children too....and last (for the purposes of this post) but not least....another freak accident involving a stingray. A stingray jumps into an elderly man's boat into his lap (what are the chances....OMFG!) and pierces his barb in to his heart. WTF? LOL! this is some psy fi shit. They said it was a one in a million occurance when it happen to the crocodile hunter. I think the fish only the first one's to start revolting....we (humans) are starting to mess up the balance of the Earth...we are taking out more than we are putting in. Its just crazy....This prolly has something to do with the shrinking of the ozone layer, but I don't know. Anyways....my point is...Every city has their issues. I think I will take my chances with ours......& Stick to the main roads unless you have a trusted guide - yu heard me?
    Check this out.....DRIVE -THROUGH STARBUCKS!!! LOOK AT THE LINE....he he! They are putting something "extra" in that stuff. It was like 90 degrees outside.

    On my next to last day I went to the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino which was located on a Seminole reservation. That was kinda fun. I won $75 off of $5 ($1 slots)....not bad IMO. I got the hell out of there after that...LOL! I know that trap. Most folk end up putting all their money back in the machines if you stick around the casino long enough. One could make a whole trip out of visiting the reservation. From what I gather..they have tours of the swamps, alligator and crocodile demonstrations, art galleries, gift shops, restaurants and more....i didn't get to see all that, but if I ever make it back to this neck of the woods I will def make it my biz to stop by again.


    There was so much to see and so much to do.......BUT I chose to spend the good majority of my time like this:

    ......I want to let all the women out here who feel that they can't travel because they have no one to go with them......grow a backbone....get some cojones! Sike, solo traveling is not for everyone....but if you like solitary time (or like me...was on the verge of beating the fur off of a random stranger) and the type of person that likes to do your own thing when you want to do it.....YOU CAN HAVE A BLAST. You get to meet so many interesting people and you can really cover a lot of territory because the only person you have to satisfy is YOU!
    My residence had it's very own private beach a mere 50 feet away from the building. Look at that water....have you ever seen anything more inviting? Felt great too....warm and salty (man...was it salty...LOL! I found that out the hard way). I acted a big ass fool on more than one occasion. Went out and bought me some big ass purple framed goggles and explored under the water. Made damn near a day of searching for "perfect" sea shells. I was doing handstands in the water too....LOL! That was the best. I would of made sand castles, but I didn't have any buckets... It felt so great to act like a kid.

    For the first time in about 4 years....I sat around and did NOTHING that I didn't want to do. It was the best thing the doctor could have prescribed. I ate turkey and cheddar sandwichs (sometimes hot, most times cold with mayo and a lil mustard), potato chips (Lays - NO DAMN UTZ) and Dole orange mango and peach juice - breakfast lunch and dinner - for like 3 days straight LOL! Watched all epidoses of Flavor of Love ...OMFG! That show deserves its own post. Watched all of Project Runway...LOVED IT!!! I wish Micheal Knight would have won, but he really didn't bring it like he could have during the Olympus Fashion week show IMO....watched several weeks worth of Jefferson's, Good Times and Welcome Back Carter reruns....it was great! Had the history and cooking channel on quick review.....felt like summer break during the middle school years. As adults we get so caught up in being grown up that we forget how fun it it to just frolic and play......
    When I would sit out on the beach (just about everyday) I was so at peace......that image and feeling of serenity are etched in my brain......
    from now on ...when I get stressed I am going to pull out this pic (below) and get my mind right. Its all mental.

    Check out my tootsie tips....chillin.
    From this point forward..............Life is just a series of events until the next holiday.
    Im gonna try much harder to not let the journey stress me out.
    There is no way that I can sum up my whole trip in a tidy post...so I'ma end it right here. Despite the beautiful scenery and absolutely wonderful weather the whole time I was there (75-90 degrees)....I missed Baltimore so much and longed for HOME. I truly realized during my time away how much of a Baltimore girl I am. There is truly something special about this place.....sometimes "special" ina bad way...LOL!, but most of the time I love it all....good with the bad. Its Baltimore Baby!
    We got a show coming up......11/29 @ SONAR.....I'll be back in a few with details and line up!
    Frolic and play..mmmmmmmmmh
    posted by C Love "The Rap Addict" @ 10/22/2006 02:47:00 AM   0 comments
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