Saturday, December 18, 2004

The Mind Of Mannie Fresh

I’ll begin this post with new CDs that I loaded up on last night. I went into a zone since it had been about a week since I got a CD, so I was well overdue. Yes, I have a disease in downloading CDs, but then again, I could be addicted to worse things. I loaded up with a total of six yesterday, so I’ll give a little preview on each, in classic alphabetical order and then get onto the rest of my Blog.

Afroman: Jobe Bells. This is Afroman’s Christmas CD, so it has to be funny. He’s not a lyrical genius or anything, but he’s more of a comedy rapper. I think the only thing he knows how to rap about is weed, but he’s still one funny dude. It’s only about a half hour long and I haven’t listened to it yet, but the names of some of the songs on the album crack me up. What are some of these? Deck My Balls, Violent Night, O Chronic Tree, Nutscracker, and 12 J’s Of Christmas.

Jadakiss: Rock The Vote Mixtape. It seems that everyone is on this CD, so it can’t be too bad. Mixtapes are samples of other rappers’ songs and they just add their own lyrics to the beat. They’re a change from the regular style, so I’ve grown to like them. A huge array of talent on this such as Talib Kweli, Nas, Rick James, Kanye West, Young Buck, Styles P, Lloyd Banks, Fat Joe, Fabolous, Twista, YoungBloodz (check these guys out if you don’t know them), Sleepy Brown, Big Boi, Pharrell, Snoop, Marvin Gaye, and Puff. And for the chicks out there, Jada has you covered there too with Alicia Keys, Mary J. Blige, Monica, Brandy, Angie Stone, and Jill Scott (ugh).

Mannie Fresh: The Mind Of Mannie Fresh. This is Mannie’s first and supposedly only solo album he’ll do. He said that his buddies kept telling him over the years that he should put out a solo deal. Mannie says he’s not great as a solo guy, but said he had enough in him to do one album for the masses. If you want happy rap with good flow, this is for you. Is Mannie ever in a bad mood? 30 tracks on this beast and you get some names such as David Banner, Birdman of course, and Bun-B on this joint.

Mario: Turning Point. I figured I’d pimp it up with some Mario. Over the past year or so, I’ve changed my stance on pimpin music. Not pimpin rap, but pimpin R&B if you can’t follow along. This is nothing I can jam to constantly, but I do admit I like it. The chicks dig it, so you gotta get your swerve on somehow. Derek and Cork know all about this stuff and it works in person, hah. Another reason I got this one was that it had several good rappers along for the ride such as Cassidy, Juvenile, Jadakiss, and T.I.

RBX: The Shining. This is a guy who I never understood why he didn’t get a break over the years to make it big. Gangsta rap fans definitely know this guy. If not, you know his voice. He made his voice known on the best album of all time, The Chronic and also was on Snoop’s Doggystyle. A few of his big lines he’s known for: “I drops bombs like Hiroshima; I’m high powered; I have no remorse; Suicide, it’s a suicide; Seven execution style murders; Serial killer..” Yep, you know remember him now. “Remember me??”

Twista: The Twisted Remixes. 33 tracks here. Stuff we’ve all heard for the most part, except an added twist to it if you will. Kanye, Ursher, Lil Jon, Too $hort, Biggie, R-Kelly, Trillville, Jadakiss, Young Buck, Lil Kim, and 2Pac. They’re all on this compilation.

Now that we got the CD talk out of the way, you know I can always email you my latest CD List or if you have AOL Instant Messenger, just hit me up on DruDown894 and click on info and then “View My BuddyProfile”. I’m updating this stuff regularly, so last night’s stuff will be on the list if you check it out.

I finally started Christmas shopping yesterday. I had to get Mom a few things and Dad went along. Getting Dad out to do shopping during this time of year is about as rare as it gets. Surprisingly, there wasn’t much traffic and we took care of business in a major way as E-40 would say. I have a lot to shop for though, but I’ll get it done soon enough. I’m heading back for more shopping tomorrow and then again some next week. There’s been years that I used to do all of my shopping around the 23rd and 24th. That was a tradition with me and Spank for a while, but I’m doing a little better this year.

I’d like to give a big thanks to my boy Clark for dropping off some new DVDs for me. Free ones at that. Wrestling ones at that. It doesn’t beat free and wrestling in the same sentence. Of course he wouldn’t take any money for this stuff. One I definitely have to be excited for and that’s Shawn Michaels: Boyhood Dream. This one features seven matches from 1996 and one from 1997. The description of the DVD goes as follows, “In 1996, Shawn Michaels won the Royal Rumble for the second year in a row. It set the stage for the year that would see Shawn Michaels evolve into ‘The Showstopper, The Main Event.’ When he won the Iron Man Match vs. Bret Hart at WrestleMania XII, his boyhood dream of being WWE Champion was realized. Holding onto the dream took guts & determination.” I’m pumped up to watch this one very soon. The second one I got was a 2-disc set of the 2004 WWE Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony. Not only do I get that show, but I get seven old school matches with many of the guys represented. Here’s the deal on this DVD: “On March 13, 2004 – the night before WrestleMania XXWorld Wrestling Entertainment held a very special ceremony to induct 11 legends, Jesse ‘The Body’ Ventura, Greg ‘The Hammer’ Valentine, Don Muraco, Big John Studd, Junkyard Dog, ‘Superstar’ Billy Graham, Sergeant Slaughter, Tito Santana, Harley Race, Bobby ‘The Brain’ Heenan and Pete Rose, into its hallowed Hall of Fame. These are the highlights of that ceremony.”

Cork came out with some new N64 games the other night. Well, new to our collection anyways if that makes sense. The first is Madden 2001. This is the one that began the Madden Curse if I’m right on that and it started with Eddie George as the featured man here. It’s not bad at all, but it’s choppy. It’s neat to see the progress of Madden games over the years. The next game he had was NBA JAM 1999. This one has Keith Van Horn of all people on the cover. Sure, Van Horn is a nice player, but is he cover worthy? What a different game this is. It’s 5-on-5 JAM instead of the traditional 2-on-2 we all grew to love in the arcades. It has some of the old features though as you can get on fire and bust them with fouls Arch Rivals style. This one also had me and Cork cracking up good when a player would come down on the break and do a flip dunk. Out of nowhere while using Boston, Waltah McCarty busts one of these out. A few plays later as Cork was using Cleveland since they had Kemp then, was when Big Z did a flip dunk. Big Z of all people. The third game is South Park. I didn’t think this game would be good, but it’s a nice game for sure I think. It’s funny to see the amount of cussing here in a Nintendo game. You name it and they say it pretty much. The storyline is strange, but it works. You’re out chasing down turkeys who are trying to take over the town. Think of a first person shooter with South Park characters. The multiplayer idea is nice too as it’s Unreal Tournament style.

What’s new in the world of EDDFL? Spank has been in 1st Place for the entire season. This week he’s tied with TJ, so we’ll see who can break that streak and be in 1st to themselves. I’m bored, so I’ll run down the standings after 6 weeks: Spank and TJ tied for 1st, Fleece in 2nd, Cork in 3rd, I’m hanging in 4th, Sidell in 5th, Mudcat in 6th, Balky in 7th, Fortney in 8th, ManDingo in 9th, Riley in 10th, while Posey and Dean are tied for the cellar spot. I’m happy that I haven’t had any major injuries yet this year. My bench is finally coming around too. At the moment, after some pickups, my entire 15-man roster goes as follows:

1. Antoine Walker: ATL
2. Steve Francis: ORL
3. Richard Jefferson: NJ
4. Corey Maggette: LAC
5. Al Jefferson: BOS (R)
6. Gerald Wallace: CHA
7. Willie Green: PHI
8. Matt Freije: NO (R)
9. Sam Dalembert: PHI
10. Darius Miles: POR
11. Josh Smith: ATL (R)
12. Damon Jones: MIA
13. Jeff Foster: IND
14. Tony Allen: BOS (R)
15. Nazr Mohammed: NY

I could give a recap on each player, but I’ll save that for another time now that I’m getting long for you all in here. Nothing planned over the next few days that is out of the ordinary. Live on here, watch NBA games, do some shopping, hit up some video games, and that about sums my schedule up. Sound boring? Well, I like it, so that’s how we roll here in the mean streets of E-Town. As usual, let me know what you think here in the comments. Out.

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