Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Carter 2 v/s Carter3 : Which Album Tops?

The Carter II or The Carter III?
The Carter III is Lil’Wayne’s most successful album, selling well over 2 million copies to date. Tha Carter II didn’t do that well commercially, but a lot of critics say it’s a ‘better’ album artistically. According to Jackso Njehia, a music writer with The Insyder, “Weezy was more rap and craft-oriented in II, but in III he was more mainstream…more hip pop rather than hip hop…kinda like Ja Rule.”
Others say that the reason III outsold II with such huge volumes is because it was simply a better product. “Lil’ Wayne killed it in III, he was a better rhymester, more creative and appealed to a wider audience of hip hop lovers,” blurts Marsdoe of Parki Boiz.
So what’s the final word; is Tha Carter III better than II? Well, every classic rap album redefines the boundaries of contemporary hip hop. The difference between a great album and a classic one is uniqueness. Classic albums always provide a fresh perspective on life and rap game, in general. These classic records force us to rethink matters in our own life and the best ones actually give clarity and direction toward our aspirations.
What we at the Blackbook are gonna do, is put both of these albums to The Insyder’s Classic Rap Album Test and see which one comes out tops. What are the elements of a classic rap album?
1. Reflects The Mood of an Era
2. Thought Provoking
3. Emotion Evoking
4. Entertainment Satisfaction
5. Lyrically On Point

Each of the above 5 key elements will be rated on a scale of 1 – 5; with 1 being the least ideal and 5 perfect

What?! Aha! So what's your lil' feedback on this rating? I wonna hear from the haterz and the Weezy fans alike - Mojo Sojo

Prezzo Health Rumours Hit Town!

As I was writing this, Prezzo was allegedly in ICU last night fighting for his life...The Nairobi grapevine has been abuzz with unconfirmed wives tales of Prezzo's health - or rather ill health. According to our informants around the Casa-B area, Prezzo has been MIA (Missing In Action) since last week. Cats in the hood have been trying to locate the MC's whereabouts, but to no avail. The last couple of days have been filled with rumours of Mr. Makini's health and subsequent 'admission' to a leading Nairobi hospital. The rumours were sparked off after Prezzo was allegedly seen been rushed into the prestigious hospital last Friday. The flames of these rumours were further fanned, when cats in Nairobi started dedicating songs to Prezzo on radio last night. This morning, phones were jammed and SMS messages flying all over as fans started questioning Jackson's whereabouts. By 9am this morning, the city was in virtual panic mode, and obituaries were just about to be scripted. This blogger tried in vain to reach Mr. Ngechu - as he was 'mteja.' Nothing unsual there; it's a habit of most of Nairobi's celebrities to be unavailable when you need them to comment on something urgent.

This blogger finally got word from Prezzo's security detail that the MC was indeed admitted at a local hospital, but was released this morning. The cause of admission?
According to my source - Malaria. This blogger will continue to try and get in touch with the MC, but as for now, I wish him a quick recovery. Rudi ndani booth mseiya!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Too Much Of Anything, Especially Politrix, Is Hazardous!

For a country that went through one of the darkest moments of its short history during the past General Elections, isn't it a pity that politicians are already talking of presidential elections just 8 months after our bloodiest one!! If these politicians put in as much effort to deliever on their pre-election promises, as they do in their bids to become presidential candidates for the 2012 presidential elections, our Vision 2030 will be achieved before the next General Election! Is it just me or doesn't this country deserve politicians who focus on what needs to be done today, instead of concentrating on their political ambitions for the day after tomorrow?
Here's what I think should be done; with the new political parties law coming into place, it should cost about KShs. 50 million to register a political party. Furthermore, a party should get a least 10% of Kenya's population to give it a go-ahead to be registered i.e. 3.5 million signatures. Additionally, political parties should pay an annual fee of about KShs. 5 million. There, I said it! 50 million bob registration fees for political parties. What say you?