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Palin as President

Palin is President is a partisan little flash site taking aim at a fictional oval office.  Sarah Palin is now president and things are drastically different!

Check it out.

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NPR loves T.I

NPR, the venerable public broadcaster, appears to have a bit of a thing for T.I.  The article is a bit of a joke, though it does contain a couple of good nuggets.

Andrew Noz, the author, makes the following claim:

When Jay-Z speaks, the rap world listens. So when, around the turn of the decade, he began publicizing that neither he nor his late friend The Notorious B.I.G. wrote their rhymes on paper, many rappers followed suit. Tattered notepads turned obsolete, as many artists instead began committing raps to memory or constructing them off the cuff in the studio, one line at a time.

This is something I’ve never even thought of, let alone heard of.  I had no idea that that many rappers didn’t actually write their rhymes down.  Then again, a bunch of today’s stars don’t write their own rhymes to begin with, so maybe this is a non-issue.

I’m not entirely sure why they think T.I is so amazing, especially considering how many crazy lyracists inhabit this realm, but I think he’s well regarded because he’s one of a few popular emcees who does take the time to write their own rhymes.  Lil Wayne, for example, does not.  Jay-Z, also loves having ghostwriters.

Check out the whole T.I. lovefest here.

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7 Things rappers can talk about during the recession

Comedy.com has a biting little post on what rappers can talk about now that many of them aren’t so rich and the economy is tanking.  In times of recession fans don’t really seem to like you rappin about how many Bentleys you have or how you’ve got more money than god.

Frankly, the first thing they talk about is pretty good:

1. Who Rocks the Party?

Remember that? Remember when MCs wanted us to throw our hands in the air and wave them like we just didn’t care? Maybe we should try that again. Because the repo man just took your peanut butter whip, your 20s, your ice and your grillz. And partying is cheaper than spinny jewelry.

or number 3.

3. Being the Best Rapper

Yes, right now only the best rappers rap about being the best rapper. Jay-Z, Lil’ Wayne, T.I., Kanye, whoever. But that’s because only a handful of people actually seem to be trying to be the best rapper. Or even a good rapper, for that matter. People used to actually brag about how good they were at rapping and not just at showing up on Cribs with a leased house with Craigslist hoes in their leased hot tubs. We’d like to see more of that.

Check out the whole list here.

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Custom hip hop e-cards

Postcard.fm lets you make your own custom postcards.

It’s an extremely simple interface.  You upload a picture, upload a song (in mp3 form), and then you can send it on to a friend.

A basic premise, but one that can be fun, especailly if you quickly photoshop a decent greeting card together before you upload it.

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Jackson 5 (mostly) reuniting

It’s true.  According to NPR, 4 of the 5 are reuniting at the BMI Urban Awards.  The only one missing?  Michael.

If you’ve missed seeing Tito, Jackie, Marlon and Jermaine, feel free to tune right in.

I don’t think this means they’re making music or anything like that, but I kind of hope they do. Being back in that group may do Mike some good.

[Source: NPR]

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EA Offers Command & Conquer As A Free Download

Yeah, this is definitely not normal 4080 content.  But whatever, this game is a classic.

To celebrate the release of Command & Conquer 3, EA is offering the original C&C as a free download.  Visit the EA website to start kicking some commie ass.

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Palin has national security experience because Alaska is ‘close to Russia’

Yeah, the title says it all.  Visit this article at Huffingtonpost.com to see Cindy McCain make the argument that Governor Palin has national security experience because Alaska is close to Russia.  And she’s being serious.

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Stuff White People Like: Hip-Hop Irony

Stuff White People Like is usually pretty hilarious, but I thought their newest post was especially good.  Apparently, #107 on the list of things my people enjoy are self aware hip hop references.

According to the post, “white people find it particularly hilarious to take slang and enunciate every word perfectly.

“Homey, that bernaise sauce you made is wack. Do you know what I am saying? For Real.”

“Well, I used a different type of butter. I switched the style up, so let the haters hate and I’ll watch the deliciousness pile up.””

It’s funny because it’s true.

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Hip hop hates the iPhone

Apparently, according to Gizmodo, a bunch of hip hop icons hate on the iPhone.

Almost everyone had some choice words for the little fancy device, all except Method Man.

You can check out the video here.

[Source: Gizmodo]

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Are mixtapes piracy?

This post from CityPages takes a pretty funny look at the arguments record companies use to justify their war on piracy.  In fact, it goes back over the same arguments they used to make about how home tapers were ripping off the music industry and would essentially cause the same downfall the doomsayers are claiming mp3s caused.

Definitely worth a look.