Video Kills.

Yes, I’ve been quite tardy again. No real excuse this time.

Anyway, here are a few visuals that have seized my eye (for better or worse) since the beginning of the one-oh.

It’s All About Progression

Hov’s latest Blueprint may have been the most polarizing album of 2009. Dick riders ride, haters hate. That’s how it goes. Me? Shit has certainly grown on me. I think it’s a testament to Mr. Carter’s broad appeal that there seems to be no unanimous choice if you ask listeners for a favorite selection from the album. This Swizzy-produced track isn’t one of my choice cuts, but I’ve heard it mentioned as one of the albums best. Call me old fashioned. Still, the video is pure eye candy and has caused quite a buzz due to some pretty graphic imagery. Flaming basketballs? Check. Blood on Damien Hirst’s hands? Check. Future Rocafella/Illuminati collabo? Fuckouttahere. Regardless, director Sam Brown did a nice job this time ’round.

Wheelchair Jimmy

Degrassi Unscripted

While we are on the polarizing tip, here is a peek into the life of Aubrey Graham before he became your girlfriend’s favorite rapper. I really don’t understand all the hate for Drizzy; So Far Gone dominated my 2009 playlists, and I’m not even mad (c)Ron Burgundy. He reps the greatest city in the world, he’s humble, he’s multi-talented, and as this video proves, dood is real. Sure, he raps and sings about his mom and insecurities (Let’s toast to the fact that I moved out my momma basement / To a condo downtown because its all about location). But I’ll never hate on any artist for sticking to what they know as opposed to promoting a destructive, imagined lifestyle (see: Prodigy in tights.) Mazal tav, Aubrey. Just make sure you don’t disappoint with Thank Me Later.

Ramble John is Back

It’s been three years since RJD2’s last solo effort “The Third Hand” and nearly six since he last put out an album that I dug. Quite the lay-off for the man who ran the backpack scene in the first half of the decade. Last year, RJ opened his own label, RJ’s Electrical Connections, and will be re-entering the production game with a new album titled The Colossus next week. Above is a dope visual for the album’s first single, “Let There Be Horns.”

Nooooo, boy!

Aside from a guest appearance on De La Soul’s The Grind Date, Billy Drayton Jr. hasn’t done a damn thang worth discussing in over a decade. It’s no surprise, then, that he is once again a laughing stock in this video from an upcoming solo venture. Still, this may be a new all-time low for a dude who had a heavy hand in creating some of the most raw and pervasive rap records to ever hit the streets. Just stop, Flav.


Steve Breaston Oozes Machismo

For the fans of classic WWF. Go Cards.

Fails on Fails

Press mute and enjoy 7 minutes of failure.


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