Saving grace

April was a mess of a month. Yes sir. Mainstream media launched a full scale attack on hip-hop culture. With glee. Every single one of society’s ills was dumped on the shoulders of rap. And, yep, Cam didn’t do anyone any favors by saying such a silly thing on 60 Minutes.

Still, the sun is shining up here in Canadialand, and it looks like I might be able to pull out the flip-flops and baby tees this weekend, and I am officially Cup Half Full girl today. So allow me to highlight the top 15 things that made me smile during this last few weeks of ceaseless controversy.

1. Russell Simmons went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and didn’t get called the funk out. I don’t agree with everything he says, but you really have to admire Rush for being able to command Bill O’Reilly’s respect. I have no idea how he managed a rapport that verges on friendliness with that man, but it’s nothing short of impressive.

2. M1 on Fox News. I pretty much have endless respect for that dude. He’s one of the most principled guys in the industry.

3. Marc Lamont Hill on Hannity and Colmes. Sane dialogue on prime time TV. What a concept.

4. Humanity Critic is very funny. As always.

5. I feel like The Greatest Album Never Heard might actually drop this summer. Gimme my free promotional Sai-giddy dashiki.

6. Loso drops soon. (One thing though: I don’t give an eff about your damn chain. I kid, I kid.)

7. 50 Cent has named his album Cuuuuuurtis. How freaking hilarious is that?

8. I am feeling Bless 1′s “Starving Artist” track. Check him out.

9. My countryman Seazon did a video called “The Reporter” that’s getting big buzz up here. ADD news for our generation is a genius concept!

10. Meka Soul has a blog now. It’s enough to turn me into a certified c-girl.

11. Akon is on every single rap record released right now. Luckily, I love Akon.

12. Did I mention I can rock flip-flops soon? Time to go get my nails did. Walking on pedicured paws and whatnot.

13. The White Rapper Show is airing in Canada now. Hallelujah hollaback.

14. One of my favorite groups is back in the lab. Brick or no brick. Ha!

15. For the first time in my entire life, I’m not broke. Write all day. Write all night. This is the life of a Go Getta. Yeeaaaaah.

  • T.R.E.Y.

    man, i think i have some of the most lenient mainstream tastes evar, but Akon and T-Pain’s robot voices are obnoxious.

  • Paul

    first y’all. by the way (only numbering shit i am aware of/diasgree with):

    5/7. Yeah. Not 50-Cent and his Curtis bs. The best album will be t.I., Lil Wayne, or Chamillionaire.

    11. I’m tired of freaking Akon. “Locked Up” and “Soul Survivor” with Young Jeezy were freaking ill. Why is coming out with “The Sweet Escape”, “Don’t Matter”, Bone-Thugs’ “I Tried”? Why Akon, Why is his protege, T-Pain” not getting the same amount of credit or attention? “Outta My System”, “I’m a Flirt”, “Buy You a Drank”: Excellent songs (and shitty if Akon performed them/on them).

    13. The White Rappers Show was the shit. I hope they make another season. In fact, I may try to get on next season.

  • N.O. 4 life

    1,2. Fox News is racist propaganda wateva russell did must of been amazing

    5.Weezy might be comin with a classic

    11. I hate akon,dude on the radio all day…so i do like M-1 would say and turn off that bullshit

  • http://myspace.com/heatherday heather

    you love akon? after he defended his sierra leonne diamond mine and molested a 14 yearold girl on stage telling her it was a dancing contest to win a trip to africa then admitting that, well, he was africa?

    you love this dude?

  • http://dahshyt.blogspot.com Belize

    Glad to see u gettin cheese mama

    yeeeeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh

  • http://cajunpeach.typepad.com/ Cajun Peach

    i feel you on the Fabo comment. i was just speaking on that the other day. that was not the best comeback single for him, especially after “Breathe.”

  • http://cajunpeach.typepad.com/ Cajun Peach

    “Glad to see u gettin cheese mama”

    Double that!!

  • hannah smith

    “1. Russell Simmons went on Bill O’Reilly’s show and didn’t get called the funk out. I don’t agree with everything he says, but you really have to admire Rush for being able to command Bill O’Reilly’s respect. I have no idea how he managed a rapport that verges on friendliness with that man, but it’s nothing short of impressive.”

    Er, the fact that they’re both basically right wing conservatives who don’t give a damn about anything other than their personal bank balances might have helped…

  • NickeNitro

    Since you’re apparently a big FOX fan, did you happen to catch when Cam was on O’Reilly?

    “You Maaaaaad”

    Haha!

  • che

    who’s ur favourite rap group? the roots?

  • PHOENIXXX

    the south lost

  • ROX ONE

    “2. M1 on Fox News. I pretty much have endless respect for that dude. He’s one of the most principled guys in the industry.”

    LOL… I suppose his racism doesn’t offend you because thats his right??

  • yung

    the Seazon video is dope… need more shit like in hip hop…

  • hannah Smith

    50′s album isn’t titled ‘Cuuuuuurtisssss’ (or whatever), it’s just ‘Curtis’.

  • thoreauly77

    T.A.N. is writing over at OKP now and his drops have been excellent. meka is killing it over at HHDX for sure (elliot’s sleeping). and hannah is still a mangled snatch.

  • J.R.O.

    Numbers 7 and 13 — Make me sick.

  • snyper48

    Get that cheddar mami, you deserve it, but still I think you should write a book about been in the hip hop industry, since you are a chick,canadian and white,ish wasnt easy for you to climb up that ladder, you can be an inspiration to a lot of girl out there.one

  • thecollinb

    Tara Henley wants to get her Tara Reid on with Akon, that comment didnt help hip hop, but she knows it’s true.

  • diazizback

    saigon gonna change the game

  • http://www.xanga.com/vivache hoosteen

    “2. M1 on Fox News.”

    I’ve got to admit I was kinda disappointed with M-1′s performance on H&C and Cavuto. He seemed to realize that he wasn’t going to change any minds, so he just repeated the same points over and over.

    “7. 50 Cent has named his album Cuuuuuurtis”

    Haaa.

    “13. The White Rapper Show is airing in Canada now.”

    It’s the Canuck revival, baby!

    “Tara Henley wants to get her Tara Reid on with Akon, that comment didnt help hip hop, but she knows it’s true.”

    That shit was funny.

  • http://www.xanga.com/vivache hoosteen

    Man, FUCK a XXL comments module deleting my witty, insightful and damn sexy commentary.

  • EReal

    16. Swollen Members won an eff load of Juno awards.

    But no mattah how many times I ask Tara-Squad she dosent even hold down the biggest hiphop group in canada. Meh.

    17. Hanna Smith is a nappy headed hoe. Imus was really talkin bout her.

    1 hunned.

  • TARA

    EREAL: Don’t worry, I’ve written about Swollen lots up here in Canadialand. I def hold them down. Shout out to Prev and Mad Child and Rob.