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Dame n Los vs The Best Rapper Ever Bracket Parts II & III

In Uncategorized on May 22, 2009 at 7:08 pm

This is turning out to be a lot of fun.

A decent amount of you decided to utilize a hour of your valuable time to listen to  Los and I (f**k proper grammar Dame n Los) debate, argue, dispute and humorously agree who should progress in the “The Best Rapper Ever” bracket, and for that trust we are truly thankful.

Now one thing about me is that I’m my worst critic in almost all of my endeavors, I can do something 99% of the people who are exposed to it like or love, and I’ll  dislike or maybe even hate it.

The curse of my powers is that I used them against myself……

That being said, I thought the first show was ok….not bad not great basically cool, good maybe….

These two we just did tho…..

As Katt Williams would say….

“This shit  right here ni**a!…. This shit right here!!!” 

Trust Bracket 2 is a banger of a show… 

Dame n Los vs The Best Rapper Ever Bracket Part II (double click to play/right click and save target as to download)

or

click this link to stream

 

And Bracket 3 is even better…

Dame n Los vs The Best Rapper Ever Bracket Part III (double click to play/right click and save target as to download)

or click here to stream

 If you know me personally, you definitely know I’m a humble dude, so this comes for the Damien seal of honesty.

 Have a listen and enjoy…

 And 

Don’t be afraid to leave a comment Your thoughts are welcome fam

 Enjoy the long weekend..

 Peace..

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New York Negros and Carolina Crackers…

In Uncategorized on May 20, 2009 at 11:06 am

While I’m an avid despiser of the all too popular Black trinity strain of thought towards business creation (clothing company,  high end liquor, and record label) there was a fairly recent time where I seriously pondered creating  a  t-shirt company of my own.  It seemed simple enough, emblazon various fabric articles with some thought provoking lines and imagery, then behold self perceived majesty of my product in our eternally sinister highly fickle capitalist market.

Sadly “ILL T’s” never got off the ground.

It’s a shame really, for the world never got a chance to cop the illness that would have been my first sports edition featuring two works.

The New York Negros 

And 

The Carolina Crackers

A prejudicially themed shock clothing line Dame? We thought better of you.

Thankfully there is no need to infuse your perceptions of me with negative connotations. The whole idea behind the New York and Carolina T’s was to bring attention to the flat out disrespectful and inherently if not overtly, racist aspects of certain sports logos…

The Washington Redskins logo in particular.

Few symbols define the oblivious disrespect shown by the masses then the Redskins “logo”.   As stoic as the Indian face seem while resting upon helmets, jackets and other merchandise, it screams of a conquered  people now being reduced to caricature.

To self righteous you say? If the Pittsburgh Steelers were the Pittsburgh Redskins I wouldn’t care at all? 

Well I must admit there once was a time where Florida St was my favorite College Team, I wished mightily that my high school would do the tomahawk chop at its football games, and  I obviously didn’t care about the possible insensitivities of sports logos…

Excellence

 

Low cut fade stayed bushy...

We live and we grow.

 Leaving the past behind to shed light on more current events, there was a intriguing ruling handed down regarding the Redskins logo recently. In 1992 a group of Native Americans brought a lawsuit against the Washington Redskins organization stating that its logo was racially offensive. Seventeen years later they are still fighting the Football behemoth, enduring a tough loss during legal proceedings last week.

What makes the U.S court of appeals ruling in favor the 3rd most valuable sports franchise in the world so interesting is the rationale behind it. While the plaintiffs in the case main argument against the Logo’s existence is its intrinsic insensitivity, the Redskins legal team brazenly ignored the question its position tried to posit and dehumanized its legal adversary with brutal fiscal honesty. Such financial candor happened to win the case the team representing the nation’s capital.

“The court agreed that the seven Native Americans waited too long to challenge the trademark first issued in 1967. The judge did not address whether the Redskins name is offensive or racist. She wrote that her decision was not based on the larger issue of “the appropriateness of Native American imagery for team names.”.

Viability of a patent over human dignity…hmmmmm

Redskins attorney Bob Raskopf said millions have been spent on the Redskins brand and the team would have suffered great economic loss if they lost the trademark registrations. “It’s a great day for the Redskins and their fans and their owner Dan Snyder,” he said.”

It’s highly ironic that the judge deemed “the appropriateness of Native American imagery for team names.” the larger issue of this case, when the rationale for the ruling itself seems to suggest that money was determining  factor which would seemingly make it the dominant concern of those passing judgment.  The practice of deft evasion has once again shown its usefulness. Instead of belittling its opposition with claims of “oversensitivity” or boldly defending its practice with any shreds of faux principle, the Redskins  (ugghh) just flat out said “This is gonna cost us money!” giving the judges an out to mention but not discuss the non monetary impact of Washington’s football symbol.

Money over people is such a refined American tenet.

Residing in he D.C for the past 3 years has made me aware that

If I would have placed the “Stop wearing Native American Logos” on the back of my t’s and  wore them around Washington zealots would be more than happy to express their displeasure towards me their fist.

And

Few people move themselves to a mental plane that allows them gain understanding or express empathy.

The fall will soon come and nearly every chartable demographic in the area will adorn Redskin paraphernalia. Devoid of anger because its not them, lacking perspective, because it easier that way.

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Dame n Los vs The Best Rapper Alive Bracket Pt.I

In Uncategorized on May 18, 2009 at 12:28 pm

 If you are a Hip Hop fan in any serious sense then you’ve more than likely had conversations and heated debates about “Who is the Best Rapper/MC” of all time. I often shy away from such subjective duels and related “Top 10 MC’s” list for the simple reason that nobody has devised a decent standardized formula of what comprises the best ever. What elements go into the equation?  How much weight does each variable hold? 

Setting aside the scientific theory talk for a moment, I must say that I was kinda surprised when my boy Los hit me up Sunday morning with very good reason not to do a Dame n Los on sports show.

“Why not do conquer the Vibe Best MC Ever List?  It’s Hip Hop related and its sorrta sports related with the NCAA tournament bracket setup.”

Upon shaking off Saturday nights Stella consumption I had to agree that Los had come up with a good idea.  Sure he left me with no time to prep or get gather audio for the show, but he did come up with a good and timely topic, given the exposure Joe Budden has given it, topic of discussion.

So here I present Dame n Los on The Best Rapper Ever list Part 1, here we tackle the first round of the 1st of 4 brackets encountering some interesting matchups which spurred some strong opinions… 

You can right click and download it here

Or you can just go to this website and stream the show.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/Dame-n-Los

D-Wil is At It Again……

In Uncategorized on May 10, 2009 at 3:45 pm

 

I’ve been slacking a lil on my D-Wil reading lately, mainly because.

A. Basketball doesn’t intrigue me like it used to,

B. Baseball damn near doesn’t interest me at all anymore

C. They’re  the only major sports in Season right now  (I love Hockey too, you go tell ESPN its major tho)

 So I’ve stayed away from SOMM recently along with the insightful, honest, and abrasive to some (including me sometimes) writings that go on over there.

I do have their webpage bookmarked on my phone however,  and while I was waiting for the Dopest Ethiopian (literally) to bring me my food  I was reminded why I think D-Wil is one of the better writers out there, especially on matters concerning sports.

Being that yesterdays  Nuggets vs Mavs game was the opening act to what would become a glourious Penguins day for me, DWil’s article: 

Denver-Dallas: A Bennett Salvatore-Led Crew Does in the Mavs Again – and ESPN ’s “Doublethink” and “Crimestop” 

Caught my attention immediately, and proceeded to espouse truth throughout. 

And a  second recent article 

The Other Side of hCG and Manny Ramirez 

Gives a very enlightened, almost never traveled path, view on the latest Major League Slugger “busted” for using steroi…  errrr performance enhancing drugs 

 Yes, while they are sometimes rooted in irrefutable logic, his views on racial matters can be disconcerting. 

And

No I don’t like the fact he has forced me to put more thought in the influence gambling has on sports.

But with all the power vested in my subjectivity, I would say it’s a fact the man writes his ass off.

If you’re a fan of Sports, Good Writing, or both, you should go check him out.

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