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Amateur Night at the Apollo

To quote Mr. Sean, who may have unwittingly supplied this link: "this guy probably can’t even sing the vocals part in guitar hero."


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Posted: December 15th, 2008
at 9:00am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,music,not ninja-worthy

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The New Yorker on Auto-Tune

The video below is meant as a visual aid to the New Yorker piece quoted further down.

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Most of the time, Auto-Tune is used imperceptibly, to correct flat or sharp notes. The New York producer Tom Beaujour, who records rock bands that sound nothing like contemporary R. & B. or pop, says that it gets used, in one way or another, in almost every session that he works on. Often, it solves logistical problems: an artist has left the studio and has no opportunity to return just to re-sing one or two off notes.

But pitch correction has also taken on a second life, as an effect. Youa€™ve probably heard it, most recently on the No. 1 song in the country, Lil Waynea€™s lazy, mildly naughty rap a€oeLollipop.a€A Auto-Tune, properly torqued up, is the rare edit that calls attention to itself. Auto-Tune software detects pitch, and when a vocal is routed through Auto-Tune, and a setting called a€oeretune speeda€A is set to zero, warbling begins. This, roughly, is what happens: Auto-Tune locates the pitch of a recorded vocal, and moves that recorded information to the nearest a€oecorrecta€A note in a scale, which is selected by the user. With the speed set to zero, unnaturally rapid corrections eliminate portamento, the musical term for the slide between two pitches. Portamento is a natural aspect of speaking and singing, central to making people sound like people. A nonmusical example of portamento would be a€oeup-speak,a€A a verbal tic common in some people under thirty. (Can you imagine the end of every sentence rising in pitch? Like a question?) Processed at zero speed, Auto-Tune turns the lolling curves of the human voice into a zigzag of right-angled steps. These steps may represent a€oeperfecta€A pitches, but when sung pitches alternate too quickly the result sounds unnatural, a fluttering that is described by some engineers as a€oethe gerbila€A and by others as a€oerobotic.a€A

.::Read The Gerbila€™s Revenge at The New Yorker

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Posted: December 8th, 2008
at 9:01am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,music,business

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Secret of levitation in India

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Posted: November 14th, 2008
at 3:20am by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,youtube,weaponry,fo' real?,9th dan

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Ninja Magazine


.:download issue #1 (in French) -> via

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Posted: November 3rd, 2008
at 9:50pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,music,life,art,web,photo,design,"ninja",et cetera

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White Riot?


[National Guardsmen wielding rifles with bayonets advanced along Springfield Avenue in Newark on July 14, 1967. Twenty-three people were killed and 700 injured in rioting. Image via The New York Times]

"Would black people riot if Sen. Barack Obama didn’t win the election?" That was the question a white man in Memphis recently asked a racial reconciliation group with which I am involved.

After five years of being a columnist for the daily paper in Memphis, I wasn’t surprised by the absurdity of his query. Many whites still labor under the illusion that black folk act en masse and that if you ask the right one, you can get the official position of some 40 million people. If a few of us get angry, that logic allows, it must surely result in a riot.

Riot because we didn’t get our way? Please. Black people have more than their share of experience with disappointment and dashed dreams. (See: King, Martin Luther; Evers, Medgar; Chaney, James.) Matter of fact, I’d go so far as to say we’re experts in making the best out of a losing hand.

The reply to the curious white gentleman: "No! There is no reason to believe black people will riot if Obama does not win."

But soon after getting this man’s e-mail, I started to wonder if he was on to something, if he had noticed what I had: a seething, barely constrained, ugly anger and frustration that makes good riot fuel. The kind of anger that prompts people to shout "Kill him!" and "Off with his head!" at rallies. The kind of hatefulness that would prompt a man to bring a stuffed monkey with an "Obama" sticker on the toy’s head to a campaign event.

That kind of group-fueled nastiness must surely beg the question: Will white people riot if Obama wins?

.:Will White People Riot? -> by Wendi C. Thomas, via The Root

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Posted: October 23rd, 2008
at 8:00am by orangemenace

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,crime,politricks,fo' real?,events

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I’m Proud Too, Puffy

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I’m glad Puffy’s kids can grow up with a drunk ignorant negro superhero, too.AA Diddy, dude, you are such a clown.AA I love you.

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Posted: October 12th, 2008
at 10:44am by Black Ock

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Meet the urban sharecroppers


It was a small notice, in between the ads for childminding and English lessons. "Free gardening. I will cultivate an abundant vegetable plot for you in your garden and we will share the produce 50/50." Then a number.

When I got home I looked at my garden - unused, unloved, under wood chip. I looked at Google Earth. Almost half of the 3.1m households in London have a garden. Put together, they would occupy an area roughly the size of the Isle of Wight, and could insulate us against food price hikes and keep us all in fresh vegetables. Most are lawns or crazy paving.

The idea of garden-sharing began in cities, among people who wanted to grow fruit and vegetables to eat but didn’t have the time, space or confidence. The most obvious solution was to pool resources; for knowledgeable people with time on their hands, but little space, to help the time-poor; and for those - often elderly - with large, unmanageable gardens to get labour in exchange for yield.

It started informally with flat dwellers annexing the odd flower bed and gradually it grew. Communal gardens cropped up, gardening groups emerged. Fritz Haeg created an edible estate in the front gardens of a Southwark tower block. Projects such as the Tavistock Garden Share Alliance and pilot schemes such as LandFit and Swapaplot paired up unused gardens with the green-fingered. Suddenly there was a blush of Yahoo message groups, adverts in the local library, communal street sheds and action days. People began to share support and tips at first, then labour, compost, watering duties and harvests. Sales of vegetable seeds overtook those of flowers for the first time since the second world war.

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Posted: September 24th, 2008
at 12:28pm by Koookiecrumbles

Categories: hood status,life,web,home,mnp is for the children,weaponry,grub,diy

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You’re Still an A$$hole


I’ve been noticing more and more ads recently for the new Cadillac Escalde Hybrid [feels dirty to say/type it], and I just wanted to take a quick second here to shout out all you Escalade buyers out there: You still suck. Buying an Escalade because it has Hybrid decals on it makes you about as cool as VD.

But wait, you heard it’s 50% more fuel efficient [city driving]? True! That gets you a whopping 20 mpg! Now we won’t have to drill offshore and in wildlife refuges! Yay! You’re really doing your part.

So to you Escalade drivers, I say this:

[Soccer Moms] - You’re not protecting your children by buying huge SUVs, you’re simply endangering the rest of us. Please, cut the crap.

[Hood Ninjas] - Real gangsters are all about that paper paper peoples - save some money on gas by buying a Prius. Plus, there’s this:

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Posted: September 24th, 2008
at 7:21am by orangemenace

Categories: hood status,myninjaplease,youtube,green,not ninja-worthy,whips,fo' real?,real life news,science

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GZA - Knock, Knock

In honor of having seen GZA on Saturday night (who was, by the way, off the chains), I had to post this video.AA The Liquid Swords tour was off the hook, and it was ill to see Killah Priest, who is usually a shadeball (as in, I’ve never seen him with the Wu).AA Despite the late appearance and whatnot, GZA definitely rocked it.
***Warning: Irrelevant rant which most of you will not care about to follow***
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Some of ya’ll may have heard about this, but apparently GZA has been clowning 50 cent on his tour.AA Wu and 50 cent have had beef since the 90’s but Wu refuses to address him on track.AA I don’t blame them either.AA Of course, 50 cent claims (and probably thinks) he’s a better rapper than GZA because he has more money.AA The old pretty-boy LL Cool J trap, if you ask me.AA He’s put out like 10 garbage songs about Wu since he became famous (for getting shot, let’s not forget).

Why do people associate making money with being a good rapper??

Lots of people have money and aren’t nice rappers.AA OPRAH has a lot of money…. um… Jerry Seinfeld…

I mean, you can like 50 cent because you’re poor and you wish you could be him, but when it comes to lyrical skills?AA 50 cent can’t even compete with those in his own weak crew, much less GZA.AA GZA was popular on the solo tip when 50 was like… 5…AA come on people.AA I bet the majority of 50’s fans never even heard of GZA.

And, that’s not because 50 is good… Rappers like GZA made it possible for a hack like 50 to exist in this mainstream climate, by popularizing rap and proving that it wasn’t one-dimensional.AA Yes, 50 has money…

So doesn’t Dr. Phil…

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Posted: September 18th, 2008
at 8:33am by Black Ock

Categories: hood status,music,celebrity

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