While You Were Sleep, Beyonce Drops an Album w/Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on a Song

y’all. Y’all. Y’ALL!

BEYONCE DROPPED AN ALBUM LAST NIGHT. AND ONE OF MY FAVORITE AUTHORS, CHIMAMANDA NGOZI ADICHIE, IS ON HER SONG “FLAWLESS”. PEEP A PREVIEW OF THE VIDEO BELOW.

I CAN’T EVEN TYPE IN LOWERCASE LETTERS RIGHT NOW CUZ MY CHILL IS OUT THE WINDOW AND IT’S NOT EVEN 6:30 AM.  BLACK GIRLS AND WRITERS ARE WINNING TODAY!!!!

T.

P.S. I wonder how long it will take the lit establishment to peep this???

Hip Hop Productivity Tip #001: Back That Thang Up

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The other day at work *almost* sucked. Not because the printer ran out of ink, or because I got caught up in a 2 hour meeting, or because Starbucks ran out of my favorite tea. No. It almost sucked because I got to my desk, logged into my computer, plugged in my headphones, turned up the volume…

…and no sound.

My headphones were broken.

Those of you who are about that cubicle-nation plantation life know *exactly* what type of hell this is – if, like me, you require a soundtrack to get you through your day, going without headphones is like having a limb amputated. A very small, white, earbud shaped limb. And my day would have been extremely long if I hadn’t abided by the following rule that I learned from a certain Nawlins’ rapper who took over for the ’99 and the 2000:

Back that thang up.

This motto is why I keep a spare pair of headphones on me. I know that music is an important part of keeping me motivated while I work, so i have to make sure there aren’t any interruptions in the flow of that music. Having a spare also kept me from blasting A$AP Ferg through my speakers at the office to get me through my 3 PM slump. Everybody wins.

Backing that thang up is not just for earbuds though. As a writer it’s important to back up your files, pictures, your website, and even chargers for your phone. Make a list of products and items that, if you completely lost tomorrow, would be a big problem for you. Then back those thangs up.

T.

Video: Stalley’s “Swangin”

A few things:

  1. Stalley’s beard is a SERIOUS thirst trap. He seems so down to earth and chill, and the fact that this song knocks makes it hard to not look at him with googly eyes.
  2. The cameos in this video are so funny. Rick Ross is just…Rick Ross-y (come on dude, you don’t belong in such a fly song’s video, but you da boss so whatever). I was so crunk to see Paul Wall …his verse on that Jill Scott track made me look at him kinda differently with his diamond-chip self. Maybach O manages to not to bust out in cartwheels and keeps a straight face long enough that forget he was the front man of Immature Lite. Also, where’s Wale?
  3. Scarface is somebody’s uncle in these jorts. But he still sounds good so he gets a pass.
  4. The cars! The community dance-off a la “Back Dat Azz Up”! I love it.
  5. THIS IS THE SONG OF THE SUMMER Y’ALL. FIND A CANDY PAINT CADDY AND SWANG ACCORDINGLY.

Ok dassit.

Questo’s Memoir

I really want this book. Doesn’t come out til June 18 (you can pre-order here). I’ve been thirsting for it since March, rap gods/State Farm genie, can I get an advance review copy?! LOL.

Here are some cool Questo interviews for your reading pleasure:

Ghostface Killah Graphic Novel/Album Coming Soon!

 

It must be something in the water. If you remember, last week I posted about OutKast releasing a comicbook, and now XXL is reporting that Ghostface Killah, of Wu-Tang Clan fame, is putting out a graphic novel to go along with his album release in April. Peep the album cover below, and check out the album preview/pre-order here. Thoughts??? Will you cop it?

The tracks I’ve heard so far sound dope….