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Drake ft. 21 Savage - Sneakin

I'm feeling this song, the beat is on point (produced by London on Da Track) and 21 Savage was actually going in (I was surprised).  From what I read the song is a response to Jay Z taking a shot at him on "I got the keys". I like that flow that Drake and 21 Savage its reminiscent of Juicy J on a lot of Three 6 Mafia songs. 21 Savage ad libs were comical....

Best Lines:

[Verse 2: 21 Savage]
Baby, I'm a savage, I ain't romantic
When I come around these rappers, niggas start to panic
And they pockets goin' under like the Titanic

Got some head last night and it was outstandin'
They was hatin' on me then and they hatin' now (Hatin' now)
She was playing with me then but she waitin' now
Used to sleep inside a den, I got acres now (Mansion)
I was fighting niggas then but I'm spraying now (Blasting)

I don't pay no mind to no sneak diss (Nope)
I won't spend a dime on a freak bitch (Broke)
Niggas takin' cheap shots on some cheap shit
They the ty…

Review of Solange "A Seat At The Table"

I've been listening to this album on repeat on my Google Play Music for the past couple of weeks, i haven't done that on album in awhile and that's because this album is fucking great. I gotta admit I haven't really check for Solange's music in the past, maybe I was sleeping on her (or the music in the past wasn't that good?!). I didn't know she had it in her but this a very powerful album, very black , very conscious. The lyrical content is up there, we finally have a R&B album that isn't full of love ballads or songs about sex, there is real content in this album.

The album starts off with "Rise" which is a great opener letting the listener know about what this album is about. The first single and one of the most powerful songs on the album is "Cranes in the Sky". I read that she wrote the song 8 years ago and I was just shocked that she wrote such a great song while she was really young. My interpretation is that the song is a…

Is the Nintendo Switch going to save Nintendo?

I seen the Nintendo Switch commercial and I watched a lot of videos of people commenting on it. I honestly don't find it revolutionary at all, it's basically a tablet with removable parts. In fact it really reminds me of the Nvidia Shield (I read that it has a Tegra chip!?) and a shield controller. I don't it just seems like Nintendo messed up again , they're still putting out an under powered console, they have a weird controller and its just meh. Like you can do everything that Nintendo showed with an android tablet or an iPad and a Bluetooth controller and that's basically what it is. The one thing I give them credit for is that it looks like they definitely gearing towards an adult audience and they actually showed adult games which is a big step up from the Wii u promos.

I think the days of the Wii's success for Nintendo are done, this console might sell but its not going to Wii numbers. On top of that where at a point in time where people can have similar…

Empire Season 3 Episodes 1 & 2 Review

Every time I watch this show I get more and more disappointed, I felt like they had a good start with season 1 but it just went downhill from there. When Empire first debuted, there was no show like it and while it had some flaws with story / plot, it was very entertaining especially the music. I didn't like Bunky's ghost scene because I feel like it takes the realism out the show but the finale was good. Season 2 was a convoluted mess, its like they ran out of ideas and there was no constancy. They introduced too many characters, random things kept happening, they made jail seem like a fun place, cookie in a gorilla suit?! I don't know who thought all of that was a good idea, on top of that the season 2 finale barely made sense. I didn't understand why Hakeem's fiancĂ© would leave him because this guy messed up the wedding. 

      So they left on another cliffhanger, Rhonda or Anika, really I was hoping that both of them fell because they're characters are …

Nintendo Wii U & Nintendo NX

Having only played the Wii U a couple of times, I feel funny calling it a failure but it basically ended up in the same situation as the PS vita - a device that came out at the wrong time. Now there is a lot of speculation about the NX and whether it will be more powerful than the ps4 or cartridge based or portable / hybrid. No matter what it is, this is most likely Nintendo's last shot at making a console, and if it's not successful I don't think we'll see another one from them.

I think Nintendo was overconfident from the Wii sales when they put out the Wii U, they forgot what made the Wii a success in the first place - it was accessible to everyone. When they introduced the tablet controller , it became inaccessible, it was complicated , it wasn't simple like the Wiimote. They basically alienated the casual fans and only had the hardcore fan base left to purchase (the casual consumer didn't even know it was separate console).

Nintendo NX is most likely going …

VR is overhyped.

I seen a lot of news and articles about VR and all the headsets and VR ready PCs , phones , consoles etc. It's just a fad, its not going to last. Just like when everyone was jumping on the 3D bandwagon, everyone was talking about 3D tvs, 3D phones, 3D portable consoles, all of that flopped (with the exception of the 3DS). I think the main issue with VR is that there is no standard, everyone is doing there own thing, their own device. I think when you have a situation like that where there is too many options, it confuses consumers and if people don't understand a product , they're not going to buy it.
Another issue I have is the content, what exactly are developers going to be making , what type of games, and are these games going to be worth purchasing hardware. Costs is also a factor especially when you have units such as the Oculus Rift which costs well over $1,000. I'm all for new technology and electronics but it has to be done right, I have to be able to justify …

PS Vita & PS TV & PS VR

I heard that there is a new hack out for the PS Vita / PS TV and I immediately ran to the closet and dusted off my PS TV lol.....It's ironic because a couple weeks ago I was going to trade it in towards an Xbox One. I had feeling it would be hacked (again) in the future so that was the only reason it didn't get sent to the Gamestop graveyard. There is a new hack out for firmware 3.60 called Henkaku for the vita system which enables homebrew and also enables the white list for the PS TV. All of this is exciting and sad all at the same time because Sony is most likely going to patch this immediately and that makes no fuckin sense to me. Why does that make no sense , because Sony messed up the Vita, it's like they hung it out to dry way too early, and PS TV was a joke.

I got a PSP when I was a freshman in college and I really liked it, the loading times were terrible but the games and graphics were great at the time. The only thing I didn't like was that it only had one a…

PS4 Neo and Xbox One S / Scorpio *Updated* 9/23/16 PS4 Neo is the PS4 Pro

I've been a gamer for a long time, probably most of my life, the first console I had was the NES. I had at least one console from every generation after that from genesis and SNES to Dreamcast to Xbox and Ps2....the list goes on. This console generation is particularly interesting because we are having mid life span refreshes of the current consoles. I completely understand the reason why they are doing this, but I don't agree with it at all.

The PS4 and Xbox One were already obsolete when they dropped, they were under powered and they can barely do 1080p. I'm not a picky person when it comes to graphics but there isn't a significant difference in graphics between the previous generation and this one. Sony and Microsoft intentionally made the consoles under powered to keep the costs down which in the short term has been beneficial to them until now. The main problem is PCs can far exceed the graphics on these consoles and developers actually dumb the graphics down on …

Review of Kanye West "The Life of Pablo"

I don't know how to start this but I was reading about the controversy surrounding the song "Famous" and it just baffles because the song is trash. I consider myself to be big Kanye West fan but lately his music has been slipping and he changed into some type of despicable type of person which is sad. I find it really disappointing because this is the same person that made "College Dropout" , that song "Spaceship" was one of the realest songs on the album, I really related to that. It seems / sounds like a totally different person who is now rapping about having sex with Taylor Swift (I don't find her attractive at all), it seems like he's lost out their in that world, so when it comes to content, his music definitely went downhill.

The beginning of the album and the end are 2 of the strong points. In the beginning, there is "Ultralight Beam" which is a decent song but its definitely overrated, Chance the Rapper's verse definite…

Is Pokemon Go a distraction from the real issues?

I'm just wondering , it seems like this game came out at the "best time", during a lot of social unrest and major issues in this country. Everyone is all zombied out playing this game, I'm not gonna lie.... I tried but I really don't see the big deal. But it already served it's purpose ....people already lost focus and as people we gotta wake up and stop falling for all this bogus shit.

Endangered Species - The Black Male in America

I feel like Black men need to be placed on an endangered species list in this country, maybe that will outlaw people killing us like we are animals. It really disgusts me every time I see this extreme force used on Black men in this country and its happening so often its like the norm. Its becoming normal for us to see shootings where we are being slaughtered like animals and then its justified. Then you have people that say "there's no racism" , maybe he should not have been doing "X" action and the police wouldn't have had to kill him. Maybe we shouldn't have been driving that car, maybe we shouldn't have been walking down the street, maybe we shouldn't have been selling cigarettes, maybe we shouldn't have been breathing. Its a crime for us to live ......

Why can't people see that this is not normal , why should we have to be slaughtered be for the color of our skin, why should we be denied employment , why should we treated as crimina…

NYC Men Teach / NYC Teaching Fellows False Recruitment

I have not seen much written about the whole NYC Men's Teach initiative and the NYC teaching fellows. My honest opinion is that these programs are not really trying to recruit men (more importantly men of color). I feel like they are only in place to meet EEO requirements. To say that they tried to "diversify"  the teaching community. I know those are wild accusations to make  and I could be wrong but I figure I'll tell my story.

Around 2012, I heard about the teaching fellows, at the time I was already working for the city as a Public Records Aide so I figured I give it a shot. I thought it would be a good idea considering how few male teachers I've had ( and even fewer black male teachers) from grades K - 12. I filled out the application online and attended the interview at Washington Irving H.S. We took a math test and then were separated into different classrooms. Everyone had to prepare a sample lesson plan to present to interviewers along with a one-on-one …