Mindbender of Supreme Being Unit
· best albums
- Vordul Megallah "The Revolution Of Young Havoks" (life saving, and worth the wait)
- De La Soul "The Grind Date" (refreshingly dope)
- Ghostface "The Pretty Toney LP" (ill shit that Def Jam FUCKED UP royally on... it should at least go gold)
- Madvillain "Madvillainy" (Doom for president)
- OutKast "Speakerboxxx/The Love Below" (super classic genius madness)
- Beautiful Mutant "Mindbender" (smiles)
- Slum Village "Detroit Deli" (so slept on!)
- Kanye West "The College Dropout" (despite Kanye's ego and all the hype, this album is good and important to hip hop)
- ...and more that I can't remember right now
· albums I listened to
- The Weathermen mixtape
- Method Man "Tical 0: The Prequel" (half of that shit was slammin, Def Jam fucked that up too)
- Consequence "Take Em To The Cleaners"
- Wordsworth "Mirror Music" (solid)
- at least a hundred Kay Slay, DJ Green Lantern, etc. mixtapes
- Jay-Z "The Black Album"
- Rob Sonic "Telicatessen"
- Mos Def "The New Danger" (experimental, and I appreciate it)
- Twista "Kamikaze" (illllll)
- ...and lots more. I can't remember the non-hip hop albums I listened to but I heard a few fresh things...
· best songs
Mindbender's Song of the Year: Jadakiss feat. Styles P, Common, and Nas "Why (Remix)"
- Kanye West feat. Consequence, GLC "Spaceships" (and seeing it performed is awesome)
- Adam Bomb on "S.A.R.S. 2" over "What We Do"(classic)
- De La Soul feat. MF Doom "Rock Co.Kane Flow" (beyond expectations ill)
- Brandy "Talk About Our Love" and Janet Jackson "I Want You"; Kanye isn't Dr. Dre, but he was ILL in 2004
- Alicia Keys "If I Ain't Got You" (timeless jam)
- Slum Village feat. John Legend, Kanye West "Selfish" (Top 5 Song of the Year)
- Talib Kweli "I Try "(this song is sweeeet to me)
- Mobb Deep w/ Alchemist "Hold U Down" (the jam)
- Common "The Food"
...and lots more that I can't all mention... hip hop is getting quite good
· best beats
can't choose one, it was a great year for production. beats saved many wack emcees from getting laughed out the game (laughs)
· best producers
I'd say producers saved the sound of hip hop this year more than rappers (but the standard of rap is rising still)
· best emcee / lyrics
verse of the year was Saigon "Shok TV" ("Imagine Malcolm X over a beat")
- Mindbender (peep that Beautiful Mutant LP and the "No More Mr. Fucking Nice Guy" mixtape for proof - smiles)
- Nas (a God's Son amongst men)
- Crooked I (the next best rapper ever)
- Royce 5'9" (his time is coming)
- Adam Bomb and Talksick and Scandalis of Empire (Canada, what?!)
- MF Doom
- Graph
- Knamelis
- Cory Gunz
- Papoose
- Immortal Technique
· favorite artwork
Nas "Street's Disciple" (the fold out poster of him as 12 Disciples might be the best hip hop picture I've ever seen)
· favorite labels
- Definitive Jux
- Rhyme Sayers
- Interscope
- Atlantic (apparently)
but most labels fuck shit up... and I don't want to name any small indies, even though lots of em are grinding good...
· biggest surprise
- the death of Ol' Dirty Bastard: rest in peace, God. You will not be forgotten. Wu Tang Forever for real
- Masta Killa actually completing the last chamber, with a dope album too!
- that the child diddler named R. Kelly is not in jail right now!!!
- Shyne fucking up 50 Cent with his jailhouse phone tap murder rap song
- the beat to "Toxic" by Britney Spears (it's hot shit, don't front)
- 50 Cent getting showered with bottles and booed off stage overseas
- how gut-bustingly funny and timeless Dave Chappelle comedy skits are
- the death of Rick James: rest in peace legend... it's a celebration. Only you are Rick James, Bitch!
- Afeni Shakur giving Eminem a gang of Tupac acappellas to produce
- Scram Jones!
- Cory Gunz!
- Canibus returns to being dope
- Fugees reuniting at the Dave Chappelle block party
- Ma$e return being such a failure
- Ja Rule staying 'relevant' in the rap game
- Anticon fading into non-existence (on my radar)
- that someone even signed Guerilla Black
- Jadakiss getting the Gestapo treatment for his "Bush knocked down the Towers" line
...and so much more. it was an exciting year
· biggest disappointment
- how crazy everyone went over the Janet Jackson tit show on the Super Bowl (and how Justin Timberlake sold her the fuck out)
- no Crooked I / Ali Vegas album yet
- Eminem's "Encore" album
- Black Eyed Peas blowing up and becoming sambos
- Vibe Awards fight
- The Source Magazine losing its respect a few issues after it does something to gain it back
- that Crunk Music hasn't gotten bigger than basically Lil Jon
- Lloyd Banks album
- some of that Talib Kweli album
- that Jay-Z was 'lying' about retiring
- crumbling of the Lakers dynasty without me seeing a game
- Vince Carter getting traded from Toronto for no superstars
- no new Lauryn Hill album
- Sony fucking up the release of the John Legend album
- the failure to do better with the Method Man and Redman show
- Apathy not getting put out by Atlantic STILL
- Canadian hip hop STILL not being fully accepted by Americans (2005 is the year the historic connection are made)
· books I read
- Steven Pressfield "The War Of Wart"
- James Redfield "The Celestine Prophecy"
- Russel Simmons "Life and Def : Sex, Drugs, Money, and God"
- Randall Sullivan "LAbyrinth: A Detective Investigates the Murders of Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G., the Implication of Death Row Records' Suge Knight, and the Origins of the Los Angeles Police Scandal"
- Jacob Hoye, et al "Tupac: Resurrection"
- The Gold Cover Bible
and about 2 dozen books half read right now
but "The Power Of Now" by Eckhart Tolle is something you should find, and read instantly...
· movies I saw
- Afropunk: The Rock And Roll Nigger Experience (mindblowing edutainment... see it)
- Team America: World Police (one of the funniest movies I've ever seen! "Cause then your DICK will be covered in Shit!" blarrrgh!!! - smiles)
- Fahrenheit 9/11 (fuck the 'slant' of Michael Moore, corrupt is corrupt and this exposes nuff shit... it's 'classic')
- Hero (ill)
- Alien vs. Predator (satisfyingly Ill)
- Supersize Me (awesome. STOP eating McDonald's Now!)
- The Corporation
- Spiderman 2 (one of the best comic movies ever)
- Tupac: Resurrection DVD (truly essential)
- I Robot (great)
- Van Helsing
- Blade Trinity (pretty good)
- The Rundown
- Beef II (which I liked, albeit less than the first)
- The Matrix Sequels (more fresh than everyone thinks -smiles)
- Sky Captain And The World Of Tomorrow (unique)
- Kill Bill 2 (I still think Tarantino is over-rated, but great)
- Hellboy (great comic book film)
- The Butterfly Effect
- Mindhunters (LL Cool J and Christian Slater bootleg classic)
- Life And Debt: How Globalization is Destroying Jamaica (phenomenal movie, historic lessons on neo-slavery in the world)
- Biggie And Tupac (shout out to Nick Broomfield for this timeless classic hip hop movie)
· websites I visited
- supremebeingunit.com
- lots of big breast porn sites
- indiebiz.com
- philaflava.com
- okayplayer.com
- artofrhyme.com
- defjunkies.com
- spitkicker.com
- hiphopcanada.com
- allhiphop.com
- daveyd.com
· foods I ate
nothing exciting that I remember... mostly veggie burgers
· things that made me smile
- the amount of concerts I saw this year! I've seen Mobb Deep twice, Raekwon, Nas twice, The Roots twice, Mos Def, M.O.P. twice, MF Doom, Madlib, louis logic, Usher twice, Kanye West twice, John Legend twice, Consequence, Pete Rock twice and CL Smooth three times, Royce the 5'9", Jeru the Damaja three times, Special Ed, De La Soul... and there's more I just can't remember...
- bringing louis logic to my club and seeing him kill shit
- that Hieroglyphics are still doing their thing
- Fat Joe aka the King of the Bronx finally getting respect and having the biggest song of the year
- Esther Baxter in the "Freek-A-leek" video(!!!)
- Ki-Toy Johnson in "The Way You Move" video (!!!)
- Def Jam Vendetta PS2 Sequel
- True Crime game
- all first person shooters I played in 2004
- the Matrix video game (I enjoyed it)
- turntable technology going to the next level
- the progress of my career (did a Canadian tour and a video)
- my lover girl D.
· things that made me go hmm
- wondering why it took so long for people to figure out Copywrite could spit sickness
- how anyone could watch George Bush in the Presidential Debates and not think he's an illiterate maniac getting embarrassed by John Kerry
- what Mos Def was thinking when he put out "The New Danger" after a 4 year hiatus
- the ways that the old school linked with the new school in such crazy new ways
- this year's BET Awards (Black star Super Power For Real)
- how they keep coming up with more niche market Reality TV shows
- how I could have missed the dopeness of "Sex in the City" until now
- the video shoot for the Nelly "Tip Drill" video
- how DMX ain't in jail yet for being a crackhead celebrity
· things that made me cringe
- the American 'election'
- the Vibe Awards fight
- the children slaughtered in that school in Russia in the summer
- the R. Kelly and Jay-Z "Unfinished Business" tour fiasco
- the Eminem song and video for "Just Lose It"
- that Thirstin Howl III isn't signed to a major label and having a thriving career
- Dame and Jay-Z rumors of the ROC crumbling for so long
- the drama of the rap game
· best moment(s) of 2004
- meeting Nas, and giving him my music
- linking with Del the Funky Homosapien and becoming friends
- touring Canada
- doing my first video
- loving to make music again
- the moment I realized my future has changed forever, on John Lennon's date of assassination
finally getting out of my psychological depression and getting my head back on straight
· worst moment(s) of 2004
the moment I realized John Kerry isn't going to resist the injustice of the election and that George Bush's corruption machine will reign supreme over earthlings for another 4 years (what an unbelievable nightmare... it really lowers my faith in humanity and reinforces my deepest conspiracy theory thoughts to see this come to life)
· what I'd like to see in 2005
- mass intelligence in society (a dream vision)
- and watch hip hop keep culturally consuming everything in the world (a real vision)
· what I don't want to see in 2005
- religious or racist ignorance towards humanity (impossible dream)
- wack gimmicks make money through stealing hip hop's soul (possible reality)
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
historic and unpredictable and exciting and heartbreaking and groundbreaking and delightfully surprising and dangerous and shameful and righteous and WICKED; like every year
· my new years resolutions
- spend most of the year clear headed and not high or drunk
- keep tobacco out of my airspace
- practice playing the drums more
- produce beats
- record much more music than in 2004
- stay better connected to my new and old friends
- finish more side projects and collaborations
- travel America and/or Europe
- make a Canadian Classic Hip Hop Album for the world to enjoy
- make and save hella money
- stop knowing the path and start walking the path
- gain more knowledge of self

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