“The Takeover” vs. “Ether”: Large Professor Weighs in On The Combat Jack Show

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“Just be still…  And it will be bestowed upon you.” – Large Professor 

When it comes to Hip Hop, it’s always very interesting and intriguing to hear inside stories and information about historic events that took place, that the public only gets a surface view of.  And in this video, Queensbridge legend, Large Professor, holds no punches; modestly, while giving us a glimpse of one of the most talked about rivalries in music history:  Jay-Z vs. Nas.

In this segment, Large Pro sits down with the men of The Combat Jack Show on Complex TV, and gives us his view of this “beef” as an insider and close comrade of Nas, but entails more about the musical process of creating “Ether” and his opinion on Hov’s “Takeover”, which is what initially started this musical clash.

From Nas’ writing process, his lyrical attack method, how the energy in the studio was, to the first beat that Nas intended to use: Large Professor paints an epic picture of how this whole scenario went down.  To all of my real Hip Hop heads out there, this is a must watch.  It’s not often that we get this kind of information, especially from a reliable source; such as, Large Pro.  He relays the science to us, so lovely.

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From your standpoint, which song do YOU think was superior:  “The Takeover” or “Ether”?
Who ultimately won the battle or the war???
Comment below!

Epic Quotes #5: Special Edition

Cultivate your curves – they may be dangerous but they won’t be avoided.

I’m no model lady.  A model’s just an imitation of the real thing.

Personality is the glitter that sends your little gleam across the footlights and the orchestra pit into that big black space where the audience is.

I never loved another person the way I loved myself.

The score never interested me, only the game.

~  Mary Jane “Mae” West

The Ease of Travel…

Photos:  Various pictures of the “Blue Mosque(s)”;
Sultan Ahmed Mosque (Istanbul, Turkey) and The Shrine of Ali (Mazar-i-Sharif, Afghanistan)
Azulejo Ceramic Tilework;
The Shrine of Our Lady of Remedies (Lamego, Portugal) and The Chapel of Souls (Porto, Portugal)

Video:  “The Ease of Travel” by Malik Ameer and Lorin Benedict

#MyCurrentMuse: Turquoise Woman

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Okay.  So, her beauty is just captivating on various scales.
Her energy and aura just seeps through this photo.

I came across this Goddess on the Africland facebook page, and I was immediately blown away.  I have a ‘thing’ for African beauty; and moreover, I have a true attraction to North-East African women.  There is something about the women of this region and their features that are just striking to me.  I find their energy within photos to be very pulling and almost God-like.  And this young woman is no exception.

There was no name given, nor what tribe and/or country she was from in the post caption.  Therefore, I left a general comment inquiring about her background off of her features and dress, and was informed that she is from the Fulani Tribe of North/West/Central Africa.  And another person said that she is from the Kunama tribe of Eritrea and Ethiopia.  After doing my own research, she looks more like a member of the Fulani than the later, but who’s to say that there isn’t some sort of genetic connection between both tribes?  Let’s not forget, Africa is called “The Motherland”.

And is it me, or is there something Native American-like, about her?  It could be her hair,  her striking-disposition, or her auburn-red tone, which can only be found amongst certain ethnic groups in the world.  I just find her to be perfection; beautiful dress and jewelry, enthralling eyes.

WOW.  African Beauty.  Original Woman.  ✪

The Submerging Marriage of Two Subcultures: Vogue and Bounce

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I literally just stumbled across the greatest thing, EVER, during a routine Sunday night Google search.  And what do I see?  A picture of some of my faves together.  Big Freedia, a legendary New Orleans Bounce artist and Kassandra Ebony and Leiomy Mizrahi, also two legendary figures of the infamous Ballroom/Vogue Scene.  The beautiful thing about this is that, NOLA Bounce and the Ballroom Scene are worlds apart in artistic comparison, but so very similar in cultural form.  And to see that people of both communities have come together is very monumental, on so many levels.  Kind of makes me feel emotional.

The picture is from a Masquerade Ball that occurred in early May centered around bringing together artists and dancers from these two distinctive emerging cultures to showcase their talent in an artistic exchange through a competition.  Our good people at OkayPlayer were lucky enough to document this night of splendor and miraculous fun, and you could just sense the majesticness of the event in the video.  So Avant-Garde, dark and raw.  I also love the historical and personal commentary given by Mother Jack Mizrahi and the way in which everything gelled together within this mini-documentary.

I refuse to say anything else, but that I am so happy to see two former underground cultures created by people of color in America rise to the forefront of American culture and be acknowledged the way it has been in the new millennium.  History was made this night and it is continually being made, the more we share and accept the diversity amongst each other, the more profound our experience of life will be.  All in the name of art.  Do yourself a favor and watch the video below, prepare to be blown away.  #Magical

This is Pretty Epic: The Girl From Ipanema & ’60s Fashion and Flair

Brazilian songbird, Astrud Gilberto, looks absolutely STUNNING in this excerpt from the 1964 comedy, Get Yourself a College Girl, along with Stan Getz and the gang.  I must admit, I only came here for the song, but I stayed for the fashion and nostalgic energy from this flick.  I’ve never even heard of this film, but I’m definitely going to have to check it out.

Look at those freakin’ beehive hairdos.  Gosh, and look at the dancer’s red-hot sequence crop top and skirt… UGH!

I was born in the wrong era, I’m convinced!

 Epic Fact:  This year marks the 50th anniversary since the record release of “The Girl from Ipanema” in 1964!
One of the greatest and COOLEST songs of all time!