Archive for Juli 2013

Cheers Karoline Wojnischnapski: Fritz Flinte 2/8

I suspect part 5/8 to be the highlight of Fritz Flinte's video campaign. Why hasn't this been covered by Hypebeast, Complex or VIBE Magazine yet? Why hasn't there been a special broadcast of "Game, Set, Mats" on Eurosport on that song right here? Based blog = First Mover. Word to all your mothers!

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Elli Ingram - Poetic Justice

How haven't I come across this yet? She knows just knows just knows just what I want. TUNE!

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The reviews that make all the other reviews feel miserable - enter: Big Ghost

Now, this guy Big Ghost (a.k.a. "Cocaine Biceps or the mighty Hands of Zeus aka Phantom Raviolis aka Galaxy Knuckles aka Shampoo Bracelets or none of that shit yo") has recently been added to my list of the Top 100 Human Minds in the world right now.

Although I don't completely agree with all his opinions (actually I don't think anyone in the world really does) I love his album reviews. And you probably will, too. I'll tell you why.

1. Even if you are not interested in Hiphop in general, rants like the following have to make you laugh:

“Holy Grail” (f/ Justin Timberlake) – First off I wanna say big ups to Jay for ignorin the obvious but corny option he had to call this album Magna CARTER Holy Grail. Had this been Nas we already kno he woulda done some shit like MagNAS Carta.. or whatever. But yo…back in ’96 after hearin “Pain In Da Ass” on the intro for Reasonable Doubt Ion think anybody coulda guessed that someday son woulda had the little curly blonde cracker from the Mickey Mouse Club n future Britney Spears ex doin the intro on his 12th solo joint but HEY thats the beauty of music bruh. After like13 mins of JT croonin his heart out the beat kicks in n OHMAHHGAWDSON the shit slaps like a muthafucka..Im like GATDAMM YO… I mean I knew after seein the game 5 Samsung hijack durin the finals (we not callin that shit a “commercial” or any kinda “ad” b…ni**as dropped a 3 minute mini-documentary in the middle of one of the biggest basketball games of the year…thats hijackin the airwaves yo) that the “overweight” gallon of punch packin n banana inhalin (pause) Timbaland who made “Dirt Off Your Shoulders” n “Big Pimpin” was back in effect… Like I realize Timbo wanna redeem hisself for what we jus gon start referrin to as “The BP3 Debacle” n shit but the ni**a took it to the next level on this joint… Only problem was after Hov gets his Hov on for a quick 16 its like another 5 mins of JT singin n then again for like 17 mins at the end of the track. Somebody needs to reintroduce theyself to the “less is more” concept again yo. I mean no disrespect to Justin but ni**as waited 4 years for a new solo album from Jigga…nobody tryna hear a 72 bar hook from ANY these feature ni**as right now. Ion care if Marvin Gaye hisself rose from his grave n brought MJ n Whitney wit him…Imma be like YALL SOME LEGENDS N I LOVE YALL BUT YALL GON HAVE TO FALL BACK N LET THIS MAN SPIT RIGHT NOW CUZ HE BEEN AWAY FOR A HOT MINUTE YO… But all that shit is minor. From what I heard The-Dream had a lot of this song done before Timbo or Jay did they thing on this…so my hats gotta come off for that muthafucka too since it was basically his joint. I fucks wit this tho. (Source: his MCHG review for Okayplayer)

2. If you are a fan (or fiend) of the particular artist, whose album he is reviewing, his thoughts or rants will resonate even more. Big Ghost knows his rap game, no doubt!

This is sons sixth official studio album in 10 that time he went from bein the cocky lil pink polo n Louis V backpack rockin pain in the ass nigga who was one of the 3 architects of that soulful sound Jay-Z brought back on The Blueprint classic (shoutouts to Just Blaze n Bink!) to bein that leather miniskirt n crystal gimp mask rockin pain in the ass nigga who seeded up Kim Kardashian who goes outta his muthafuckin way to act out in public like he really aint get his ass beat enough when he was a child. But he dope. (Source: the intro to his Yeezus review on his blog)

Cut a long story short, peep his reviews. And of course his very entertaining annual lists of "The 10 softest N*ggas in the Game right now".

And because I just want to spread the love real thoroughly, some more poetic diamonds in the raw from the feather of The Hand Of Zeus:

6. “I’m In It” – (...) this shit even creepy for a Kanye song bruh…talmbout bitin n eatin ass… Son made sure he mentioned it was some Asian box he was pourin sweet n sour sauce on n a Black chick he was puttin his fist in like a civil rights sign tho. Jus so we kno he not sayin this shit bout his Armenian queen namsayin. But if he WAS describin his baby moms on this song he probably woulda stuck a lamb kebab in her ass n spread baba ghanoush all on it. Listen son….what this muthafucka wanna do in the privacy of his own domain is his business n whatever namsayin…but all I can picture is a seeded up Kim K wit her orca dress half off n a gagball n her mouth when he sayin this nasty shit yo. Ionno what purpose a muthafucka might have for this track other than to have shit to listen to at a Trojan orgy or some shit like that. If you rock latex garments n enjoy painful sex this might be your jam tho…. (Source: his review of Yeezus for Okayplayer)

 12. “Beach Is Better” – When I heard this shit I was like yo Im bout to go punch somethin… Shit had me feelin reckless yo. I wanna do ignorant shit to a track like this nahmean. But…what…the…fuck…51 seconds later Im realizin this shit jus another interlude yo. Who the fuck allowed this shit??? Ni**a at least let that muthafuckin beat ride. Dont jus have some dicktease type interlude joints sprinkled all over the album yo… Ayo Im vexed tho. Shit knocks.. but you can basically only drive for like a block n a half before you gotta rewind it back again. That shit jus interferes wit my ballin too much. Fuck you for doin this shit to ni**as Jay. (Source: his review of MGHG for Okayplayer)

And finally, heaven and hell. You already know the guy is a mad fanboy of kanye and jay z (who can blame him) but he really hates the shit out of Big Sean:

2. “Clique” – Kanye, Jay-Z & Big Sean: – You take a song wit Jay n Kanye on it n you add Big Sean to that shit…thats like takin Wagyu steak witta side of truffles n you splash some A-1 sauce on that muthafucka namsayin. That nigga Big Sean is a condiment b. The nigga is ketchup nahmean. Son aint even on the menu namsayin. You dont go to ANY restaurant n see ketchup on the menu b. Not even cheap ass spots like Burger King got ketchup on the menu…that shit aint a item on the menu. At a nice restaurant they jus be throwin that shit there on the table sometimes like “yo…if you a uncultured lowlife muthafucka you can ga’head n splash summa this shit on ya expensive ass food or whatever son”. If its a real nice spot…like some place witta “Chez” in front of the name they probably aint even got no ketchup or steak sauce in the buildin at all yo… They jus be havin the grey poupon type joints or some shit nahmean. But yo Sean…stop callin yaself “B.I.G.” on tracks you degenerate medium ass muthafucka….thats jus disrespectful. How Jay allowin that shit? N why Jay usin Fat Joe’s flow for the first 4 bars of his shit? Gettin back to Sean tho…this might be the first halfway decent joint son ever been on. N its definitely the only song I ever heard son spit on where I aint feel like I wanted to punch a infant after hearin his corny ass rap. Of course dude had to insert some hoe shit in there tho talmbout “I need a spa day”………cmon son. I guarantee you this muthafucka likes gettin his toes sucked namsayin. But yo…outside of all that homophile shit…I fucks wit this shit kinda heavy. Hit-Boy did the damn thing on this beat too…no frontin. (Source: the Cruel Summer review)
The blog of all blogs: 

Finally, a bit of criticism though. MCHG doesn't deserve 4 of 5 Zeus Slaps, def not!

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Shindy feat. Bushido - Stress ohne Grund (Community Version) (Video)

Can't be bothered to explain the whole story and it isn't even important either. Reading youtube comments has recently become one of my top 5 pastimes. Now I can listen to youtube comments on a recent "scandalous" rap song, rapped and recorded in the exact style of the original while imitating the video as well? That's a thing now? Yupp, thanks, more please!

Some more lovely comments on another video of the same two guys. Cherish the love:

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Act The Bohemian I

I don't need a reason to post pictures i took with a fisheye lens when I went on a little stroll through Prague. You need a reason to procrastinate around this blog however. So I'm going to make it woth your while. Relax. Hit "Play" on the little Youtube-Video above and walk with me. Nothing special...was just going to a little meeting and back. Looking like a tourist. With extreme sneaker heat on my feet though, even if I say so myself.

Nothing to see here, Keep walking scrolling!

A lot of sovjet bling. Nastrovje! This station has the longest escalator in Prague. But as there's no picture of that here this is just worthless trivia. As is this: Did you know that people singing in choirs tend to synchronise their heartbeat with each other? Scientists suggest that may also happen to audiences at sports events. And probably to followers of dictators at fascist events. That's only a guess but still kind of brings us back to this communist style metro station.

Uh, piece of candy! Favorite little snack place at Svetozor. Very humble, but their chlebicky and their ice cream is the shit!

Favorite cinema. Ever. Watched "The Godfather" on New Year's there once. And more recently "Once upon a time in the west" with the Western maniac Alifred Altinpop a.k.a. H. mit Altintop.

My favorite art installation. Right in the middle of Mustek Metro Station. Very public. Very modern. Very edgy.

You can't see me. Yeah we can. You are behind the pillar there. It's a fisheye, it captures pretty much 160°, you are totally in the picture, stoopid!

People often look at other people's legs in the Metro. Some don't.



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What can you do, when two of the albums that you were looking forward to a lot (yeezus and mchg) turn out to be not as easy to listen to as you had hoped? Or even worse, at least one of them seems to be a pretty below-average work of art (mchg...yes, I now think Yeezus might have won the clash of the titans).

So what do you do? Listen to some real heat, like Kendrick Lamar's "Good Kid, M.A.A.D. City". Already a classic, hands down. When you listen to Kendrick's masterpiece after Jay's latest effort, you actually feel pretty bad for "the ruler". It may well be up to Kanye to jumpstart Jay-Z's musical career on Watch The Throne 2. Because honestly, the best track on MCHG has a hard time to compete with the weakest track on GKMC, quite contrary to the Jiggaman's punchline on "Versus":
Your last shit ain't better than my first shit/ Your best shit ain't better than my worst shit/
And there's always one source of endless inspiration and musical massaging of mind, body and soul: RADIOLOVELOVE, the latest issue of which features an incredible track that - apart from the not very modern staccato-flows - rips a lot of recent hip hop records to shreds. Advanced Chemistry - Welcher Pfad führt zur Geschichte.

Undeniable freshness. If you don't put this track on your summer mixtape you lose out. Your summer sucks. Prepare for the winter, buy tissues, post pictures of falling leaves on your tumblr blog, learn playing the saxophone, tattoo a sad emoticon on your neck. Or, I mean, it's easy, just listen to the song and put it on heavy rotation, it's easy goddamnit!

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LSD & Pet Sounds

Watched that Mad Men Episode in which Roger Sterling and his wife are taking LSD. Loved everything about it. Made me very much want to try LSD. As I couldn't think of a way to get LSD on short notice I decided to get the Soundtrack to the trip at least.

The track that's played from 01:58 onwards in the following video is "I just wasn't made for these times" by the beach boys. It's on the same album as "Wouldn't it be nice" and "God only knows". The question has to be asked. Is there even more heat among the other songs of the record? I am going to turn on, tune in, drop out.

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Jay-Z - Dead Presidents 3

Recycling trash the HOVA-way.
>>During his live Twitter Q&A session today, Jay-Z gave Guru or Just Blaze the green light to liberate the elusive full-version of the third installment of “Dead Presidents.” Guru must of been keeping up as he took to Soundcloud to finally liberate the unreleased version. Sadly — as you’ll notice upon playing — the “missing” verse eventually ended up on “Moment of Clarity” instead. Still, a dope song regardless.<<

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Mayer Hawthorne - Where Does This Door Go

Haven't had a chance to check this out in its entirety yet. Seems to be less retro than his excellent previous efforts. Not judging (yet).

Stream the full album here, courtesy of NPR:

Thanks to NPR & C.M. from MUC!

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Kanye West - Yeezus: The not very comprehensive but adequate review

I am going to be honest here. The Yeezus album was entertaining and legendary because of all the fuss and hype surrounding it. Other than that it may not have been that scandalous, artsy fartsy, progressive or even good. That's actually the bottom line for my whole review. I have just put it right on top for your convenience. You don't even have to read on for (Yeezus) Christ's sake!

But first, a little context and buzzzzz:

But let's cut to the chase. This is the review of the album:
"On sight" is an excellent opening track and very promising. Most of the following tracks are kind of annoying sound-wise even though they might be beautifully crafted. Notable exceptions are "Blood On The Leaves" and "Bound 2".

I am a god/ hurry up with my damn croissant. (Kanye on "I am a god")

I still can't quite get over the fact that mister Yeezus Christ took a very sad and moving track about slavery and made it totally about himself and his problems that virtually no one in the world can relate to (you know, god problems). Still it sounds so damn good, I can't help myself...

Kanye West - Yeezus (2013), the verdict:

2/10 easy_listening
8/10 drive_through_town_with_the_windows_down
4/10 classic
5/10 overall

Yeah, I mean. I don't know. Album: 5/10. Drama, hype, fun-to-talk-about-the-thing? 10/10.

Oh and I got to give it to him. The guy knows where to find excellent samples: Voilá, Wee - "Aeroplane" as in "Bound 2".

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Jay-Z - Magna Carta Holy Grail: First listen

I have only listened to the thing once and I haven't really been paying attention to the lyrics - but then again who does? Here it is, my two cents on "Magna Carty Holy Grail", the first album with its own Android-App.

01 Holy Grail: Justin Timberlake's cheesy chorus ruins an otherwise nice track.
02 Picasso: Classic Jay-Z. Dope. Could have been on "Reasonable doubt" (1996).
03 Tom Ford: Borrowing from "M.I.A. - Bad Girls" is never a bad move. Brooklyn we go hard, anyone?
04 F*ckwith...: I can already see Rick Ross riding in a black car in slow motion in the video. The song doesn't surprise one bit.
05 Oceans: Hmm.
06 F.U.T.W.: Classic Jay-Z. Dope. Could have been on "The Blueprint²: The Gift & The Curse" (2002)
07 Somewhereinamerica: Lean back and enjoy. Two and a half very enjoyable minutes.
08 Crown: Very "watch-the-throne-esque". Goes hard. This would be my second bet for a video with cars turning corners in slow motion. In this case, that's a good sign!
09 Heaven: Not bad, not amazing.
10 Versus: May just be the highlight. Very very short, but very very good.
11 Part II: The obligatory Beyonce-feature-track. Could have been worse.
12 Beach is better: 45 seconds long. Very hardcore.
13 BBC: Promising list of producers and features. Sadly, as those things often go: Too many features spoil the track a bit.
14 Jay Z Blue: Hmm.
15 La Familia: Don't like Jay-Z rhyming very slowly with long breaks between every line too much.
16 Nickels and Dimes: Oh, I take back what I uttered about track 15. Obviously it's not Jay-Z's rhyming style that annoys me. Because on this track it works rather fine.

My little remix of the promo artwork. Now it's about a holiday in Morocco, the relax-factor of which the woman in the picture is not quite sure about because some random greek dude grabs her from the back and probably tries to molest her.

Here is the verdict:

8/10 easy_listening
9/10 drive_through_town_with_the_windows_down
7/10 classic
8/10 overall

And I have added one category especially for Hovas latest venture into the world of art:

10/10 decent_display_of_an_antique_rape_scene_on_an_album_cover

Update, 07/10: Re-evaluating. The lyrics are top notch, especially towards the middle of "Jay Z Blue"...might be one of the most poetic rap verses ever. But after listening some more, the hype slowly fading away, I am afraid I have to say: This is not a very good album.

It feels a bit like the 20/20 Experience. I was a fan at first until I realized that this album could have been released 10 years ago. Timbaland just hasn't changed or innovated a lot dring the past 10 years. And as Timbs is also the producer for the majority of songs on MCHG I suspect it's him. He is doing music that reminds me of a few of his (and Jay-Z's classics). But as soon as the nostalgia fades, what's left is "just another album".

7/10 easy_listening
8/10 drive_through_town_with_the_windows_down
5/10 classic
7/10 overall

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"The insect cannot be shown, not even from a distance!"

It's Franz "Mystery Man" Kafka's Birthday. And of course the day is "honored" by google with a google doodle, displaying a little bug person with a hat carrying a briefcase through a door. Which makes a lot of sense because "Die Verwandlung / The Metamorphosis" is totally about a little beetle-type dude with a cute hat and a little briefcase.

Oh, no it's not. Well, maybe for some it is, although an insect (and that is what Gregor Samsa turns into) can be a lot of stuff, not only a gentleman-like bug.

As we are on the topic. Good job honoring the dead's will, people at google. Here is what Kafka wrote in a letter to his publicist Kurt Wollf about the subject: "Das Insekt selbst kann nicht gezeichnet werden. Es kann aber nicht einmal von der Ferne aus gezeigt werden!" which roughly translated means something along the lines of "Don't you f*ing dare paint a little bug guy coming home from work, you imbecile!"

Happy birthday Franz!

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