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Friday, October 17, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 10/17/14: Master P - "Make'em Say UGH" feat Fiend, Silk The Shocker, Mia X & Mystikal (1997/1998)

The song that officially put Master P and No Limit on the national map for good and truly established Percy Miller as a New Orleans legend.

Something historic was about to happen the minute he rolled up on the basketball court with a "golden platinum tank," and cemented how he would make an indelible impact at the end of the 90s and beginning of the 00's.

But the energy Silk, Mia, and Mystikal brought on this track certified it as a hip-hop classic not only for the South, but also the rest of the industry.

So, serving as your first Flashback Friday track this week, it's the No Limit Soldiers with the timeless "Make'em Say UGH."

More to come from TWD today, stay tuned. 

Friday, October 10, 2014

The Flashback Fridays For 10/10/14: Harlem World - I Really Like It (1999)

The short lived Harlem World, Mase's group, made one notable impression on the game at least with their debut single on their only album, which went gold. "I Really Like It" off "The Movement" was a good start to what could have been a group with multiple albums created.

Instead, Harlem World disbanded the following year in 2000, never to form again. They all went their separate ways in life (which sadly included the car accident death of Huddy in 2010) and just had this one standout track in their short lived tenure.

With the superb production effort of the legendary Just Blaze, Supa Sam, and Mase himself, it's "I Really Like It," your Flashback Friday choice of the week.

More to come at TWD, stay tune. 

Tuesday, October 7, 2014

The Fun Thread For 10/7/14 (First Version): Ain't No Party Like a Viola Davis-Elmo Party

Without these two, any party you have had this year is really just average at best.

More to come on the return to the Fun Thread, later here on TWD. 

Friday, September 26, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/26/14: Mase- Breathe, Stretch, Shake (2004)

During the Mase comeback trail a decade ago, this second single off "Welcome Back" after the same titled single added to one of the underrated albums of the decade in terms of how positive it was. Still an untempo hit to this date, "Breathe, Stretch, Shake" represented how Mase could have still been relevant in the 2000s had he not made the disastrous decision to join G-Unit.

Anyway, here is the 2004 hit as your first Flashback Friday choice of the day:

More to come at TWD, stay tuned.

Friday, September 19, 2014

The Flashback Fridays #1 For 9/19/14: Method Man & Redman - Da Rockwilder (1999)

In 1999, the only duo who could really challenge Outkast's top spot was certainly the timeless combination that was the Wu Tang star and Def squad standout. Before "Idlewild" was even thought of, Meth and Red had their movie out as well as their Fox's sitcom. No matter what you thought of those productions, they served as a sign of how dominate and legendary their run was during that time period.

So in today's return of The Flashback Friday, it always is a full honor to feature the up tempo classic from 15 years ago. It's the Meth and Red show in full glory, with "Da Rockwilder."

More from TWD to come, stay tuned.

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

The Ferguson Watch Thread Overnight For 8/19/14: Tense Evening Produces Gun Shots, Multiple Arrests

Tear gas, flash grenades, arrests.

Those three elements have been a constant the last few nights in the Ferguson protests for the death of Michael Brown. But Monday evening added its own dramatic characteristic, as gun shots were fired towards several protestors. The only difference however was the source of were those shots arise, as other members of the public allegedly fired bullets amongst a relatively peaceful crowd.

Two people were wounded as tense times surfaced again in the small town outside of St. Louis, hours after President Obama made a second public statement on Ferguson. It appeared that it would be a relatively calm evening in wake of Missouri Governor Jay Nixon lifting Sunday's midnight curfew. Most protestors marched through their community from late afternoon into sunset without any major controversy, trying to avoid being arrested at the hands of a police's edict barring marchers from stopping in the middle of the street. But as the hours passed, certain individuals within the large crowd began to challenge police rules and prompt more aggressive action from authorities.

Water bottles were among the items allegedly thrown at police, as well as Molotov cocktails. However, multiple gun shots prompted intense police action as flash grenades and tear gas bombarded the street. Some protestors and media members were struck by those items, including one photojournalist from New Mexico whose injury was documented on CNN. "Thank you people of Ferguson," he said, indicating that local citizens poured water & magnesium into his eyes to halt his distress. "You have been great to me the whole time."

31 people were arrested, including Intercept journalist Ryan Devereaux. When asked if any journalists were in police custody, Highway Patrol Captain Ron Johnson inaccurately stated that was not the case.  Johnson also indicated that some journalists not from a major media outlet could be handcuffed due to police being unable to distinguish "who is a journalist or not."

"In the midst of chaos and trying to move people on, we have to be safe," he said. "And we are providing protection for journalists. We had a journalist who was trapped in the midst of that gunfire, in the midst of that chaos.  And we're providing protection for them. We took journalists back to their trucks."

Earlier in the day, Getty photojournalist Scott Olson was wrongly arrested by authorities and released during the evening.

President Obama said in his press conference Monday afternoon that Attorney General Eric Holder would travel to Ferguson on Wednesday, as some rumors have noted that St.Louis County Prosecutor Bob McCulloch could bring charges on Darren Wilson, the officer who shot Brown to death on August 9, this week.

Update: NBC News reported that over double the number of people from the police's total were arrested last night. 78 people were taken into custody based on a list at the St. Louis County jail, with all but three arrested for refusing to disperse. Two people were arrested for use of an unlawful weapon, while the other was arrested for interfering with an officer. 

Monday, August 18, 2014

The Ferguson Watch Thread #1 For 8/18/14: The Consistent Ways of The Status Quo Centrist (Final Version)

Recap: Those Hoping For Firm Criticism of Ferguson Police Forget The Middle Road Ways of Obama

From from CBS's Mark Knoller 

As is often the case when it comes to Obama's actions or speeches, the latest installment just now on   Ferguson (and Iraq) followed the usual centrist philosophy that maintains status quo elements and prevents the reform those institutions require. 

Unsurprisingly many in the liberal world, especially in the black community, are disappointed by that. There was never going to be a full castigation of the insane Ferguson police's actions, just a nibble at making sure the nation's "First Amendment" rights were protected. And there was always going to be a reprimand of any looters to make certain the authorities had comfort in their general jobs. 

It did a disservice to both Ferguson and Iraq to have both of them share the focus when each required their own special time. To say that Ferguson is not on his radar is obviously foolish, as he wouldn't have spoken about it for a second time nor send Eric Holder there later this week. But adjoining "the fight against ISIL" with the plight of this Missouri town's black people was completely clumsy and unnecessary. 

There wouldn't have been a problem with this press conference for Ferguson's distress population if his "My Brother's Keeper" pronouncements and finger waging at those alleged "Molotov cocktail" throwers was offset with a gentle version of how much of a moron Thomas Jackson and his authorities are. At least that element of condemining continued police racial bias (and/or racism) would be included. It was the bare minimum, however, mentioned. "No excuse for excessive force by police or any action that denies people the right to protest peacefully," he said. He wasn't going to touch the dispersion of the store video or the fact that Darren Wilson may have even watched his press conference at his house.  

It's the consistent ways of the centrist: Not do anything but never go above the minimum. 

Original Version

Soon forthcoming will be President Obama's second public statement on the disheartening but expected instability going on in Ferguson.

There was of course the audience who felt that it was a waste for Obama to do anything, and couldn't comprehend the other side demanding any action other than his initial statement last week. Those constant "Obama is truly powerless" sentiments are always myopic, and no one rational was demanding he magically change everything by himself.

The decision by Gov. Jay Nixon to bring in the National Guard without, reportedly, informing the White House of that move further enhances how shambolic his judgement has been in this ordeal. Sunday night officially ended any progress made on Friday evening, making it a requirement to not stand idle behind the scenes.

It's another topic altogether on what type of response is required from Obama on this, whether to have Nixon pull the national guard or see Holder release a statement expressing his concern about Bob McColloch being the one to determine Darren Wilson's fate.

But it would have been just silly without even a whisker of public optical significance from the President on this. And anyone slamming people for demanding that need to look into themselves to see if they are making any sense in what they're saying. 

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