Tuesday, January 11th, 2005

Stuff & Things…

Stuff and things to holla about:

First off, I’m not avoiding you.

I’m deep in planning for release parties, including what looks to be some killer events in the Bay, LA, and NYC. All the details are here. Also working on the mixtape with DJ D-Sharp and DJ Icewater. It’s sick, a cross between Lemony Snicket and Kay Slay or something. Instead of details, right now, think these thoughts: Bronx Legends, and A Whole Lotta Quannum.

In more book news, wow! Fools is already jackin’. They ignore the bright red sticker on the thin little cover that says “ADVANCE UNCORRECTED PROOF” and are trying to sell it to you as a “Trade Paperback”.

My people, hold on. The real deal–hardcover–ships in less than 1 week. Pre-order my thing now, please. I’m running out of diapers.

Just kidding. About the diapers. OK. No more begging.

Other shit.

+ Farai Chideya tears Armstrong Williams a new one. The lead alone should have Michael Powell and the FCC taking up small handguns.

+ Mark Anthony Neal on Lil Jon, his ugly cup and crunkface.

+ The Bay Guardian is hiring an associate arts editor. Contact Charlotte Harper or Kim Chun. All I will say is: Negotiate. You know, I…nah, that’s all I’ll say.

+ I said this before and I mean it: Eric Arnold is The King of The Yay.

+ Special Ed is back. Whoa!

+ Hip-hop journalists/scholars take note: Words, Beats, & Life looks like a really great magazine–really good thinking going into the themes. And they’re soliciting! Topics on tap for the four issues coming in year 2: Golden Age of Rap, Kung Fu & Capoeira, DJs, Graf.

+ This Herman Chin-Loy :: Aquarius Rock on Pressure Sounds is incredible, and reminds me that I need to start doing some reviews on this blog. BTW all those ugly Internet rumors that my next book is about how the Chinese invented reggae are true. I have stunning evidence that they brought it to America with them in 1421.

+ Lastly, more Sticker Rock Shocking this week, Max Romeo revival style. For now, enjoy my comrades on the right-most coast.

posted by @ 5:28 pm | 14 Comments

14 Responses to “Stuff & Things…”

  1. Anonymous says:

    oh man you’re killing me jeff. 😉 i’m glad to see that malaise is past. i’ll see you at those socal appearances.

    yeah, special ed is back and he’s definitely brought some heeterz with him.

    one can hear special ed and others heer…


    also, i think those Chinese people who brought Reggae came over on a boat with some Mormons. 😉

  2. Oliver says:

    The new Special Ed CD is spectacularly bad though.

  3. David says:

    I know many of us white Americans have fucked up ideas of black authenticity but how on earth does that writer make the jump that white america sees lil jon as representing any sort of “authentic” blackness? If anything, 2pac is what white america sees as “authentic” blackness when it comes to rap music.

  4. ronnie brown says:

    Mark Anthony Neal’s personal distaste of the “pimpisms” of Lil’ John have caused him to overreach this time. He’s forgotten that our gift of style is a double edged sword…Black folk can make the most unsavory elements of our human existence stylish and inviting.

  5. Anonymous says:

    sexism, materialism, violence, homophobia… i think you might be onto something Ronnie.

  6. Anonymous says:

    I didn’t try to hock your book, Jeff. I don’t live in Opa-Locka, I live on the Beach.

  7. Jeff says:

    well, the link explains it all. hey ms. Beach, i’m not trying to stop you from paying your bills, i certainly know how it is, but please don’t advertise a rough galley as a finished paperback. that thing doesn’t come out for a while. peace and a thank you from the author.

  8. ronnie brown says:

    oops, i didn’t mean to delete my comment…Jeff, can it be recovered?

  9. Jeff says:

    how’d you do that? i think you mean this one right?

    “sexism, materialism and violence are common to humanity in general…i’m not singling out Hip-Hop for any specfic condemnation.”-ronnie brown

  10. ronnie brown says:

    yeah Jeff, that’s the one…out of curiosity, i clicked the trash can icon at the bottom of my comment and it erased the post…yikes!

  11. Jeff says:

    LOL. curiousity killed the post. let me go find out more about those crazy icons…

  12. Anonymous says:

    Jeff, it was a joke! Some people often make the mistake that I’m a Ms., though, because of my name. (Some people also think I’m a white woman.) Another hint: I’m a Soundings expatriate…

    At any rate, I am eagerly awaiting the release of your book. Peace.

    — MR Beach

  13. Jeff says:

    oh you punk! you owe me a cuban sammich. coming back soon?

  14. Anonymous says:

    Hmm…good question. I’d like to think so, although my survival skills may dictate otherwise. I check out your site regularly…glad to see that the Bay Area is back on the rise, yo.

    I will send you a ham and cheese Cuban sandwich and a cup of cafecito via mail. Or maybe I’ll send you a coupon for both redeemable at the Latin Cafe.

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