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Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2010 by letterlbeats

Good Friday Hip Hop…in fact it’s the first Friday blog entry of the new year which means (drum roll please) it’s time for the first Top 5 Friday of 2010!

Usually I talk about something music related here but it’s almost February and I am thinking about the NBA dunk contest already. Here are my Top 5 Dunks of All Time:

5. John Starks baseline on Bulls

“Ain’t nobody in the Chi got this much face time/
Naw, not since John Starks went baseline.”

4. Darryl Dawkins Shatters Backboard

Chocolate Thunder.

3. Dr. J at The Spectrum

Something this classic is hate proof.

2. Michael Jordan Free Throw Line Dunk

There will only be one.

1. Vince Carter 2000 Olympics

I hope the guy he dunked has long since retired.


1. jordan hicks
2. jackson jeffcoat
3. honda recall
4. donnie simpson
5. oscar de la renta
6. donnie simpson morning show
7. ipad review cnet
8. steve buyer
9. sigma gamma rho
10. rey maualuga
11. melinda gates
12. adam dell
13. susan lisovicz
14. usher and chili back together
15. kurt warner press conference
16. obama in baltimore
17. kansas day
18. toyota recall list 2010
19. national lady gaga day
20. nashville weather


Daily Dose of L

Posted in Daily Dose of L with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 18, 2009 by letterlbeats

Good Friday Hip Hop!

I though the last Top 5 Friday would be the last one of the year but it looks like we have time for one more.

I was watching Sesame Street with my son. Before he started watching it, I hadn’t seen the show since like ’89. Apparently they have changed a lot with the times. One of those changes seems to include a regular dose of Hip Hop. I’ve heard them rap about everything from bird habitats to prime numbers. I appreciate the effort but it started to remind me of all the things that I’ve seen over the years where Hip Hop has been exploited and/or placed grossly out of context. I present to you the Top 5 Worst Exploitations of Hip Hop:

5. Parappa The Rapper

According to, PaRappa the Rapper was a rhythm video game for PS1. Released in Japan on December 6, 1996, followed by releases in North America on October 31, 1997 and Europe in September 1998, it was one of the first rhythm video games (sort of a precursor to DDR, Guitar Hero and Rock Band). While it was simplistic on a certain level, the game is remembered for its unique graphic design, its quirky soundtrack, and its bizarre plot. The game is named after its protagonist, Parappa, a rapping dog.

4. The Super Bowl Shuffle

Here’s the thing about this one. I have lived in Chicago on and off since ’84. People here loved it. In fact I remember my dad taking me to the Bears’ victory parade. However, I dare you to watch that video now without laughing. Go ahead, it’s right here:

3. The Burger King Sir Mix-A-Lot Square Butts Commercial

This falls under the “out of context” category because it’s so out of context that it’s hilarious. You’ve all seen it so I won’t post the video but come on! They’re using Hip Hop to sell burgers and fries.

2. Snoop Sells Nokia N-Gage During 2004 Sugar Bowl

I think people have forgotten about this so I might have to break out the video. I remember one of my friends saying at the time, “Snoop doesn’t usually sell out but when he does, he goes 110%…ok we couldn’t locate the video but Google it. It was a shizzame.

1. MTV

For those of you born after 1990 you should know something. MTV was strictly for rock videos. As well, before Michael Jackson, MTV would not play black music. In fact, they were hesitant to play MJ’s records altogether. This was like ’83 or ’84. Now fast forward to 2009, and they barely even play videos. The ones that they do play are almost predominantly Hip Hop or pop. When TRL (Total Request Live) was at its height, it was almost all rap videos. MTV, at one point I loved you and at one point you would not play black music (Hip Hop, R&B etc.). Now that you can make a profit, you loooove Hip Hop.