tadah of urbansmarts.com
· best albums
- 2mex "2mex"
- Fat Hed "Night Train To Babble On"
- Gift Of Gab "Fourth Dimensional Space Ship Going Up"
- Ill Poetic "Illumination" (unreleased)
- Insight "The Blast Radius"
- J-Zone "A Job Ain't Nothin' But Work"
- Lateef The Truth Speaker "Truth Spoken Mixtape Vol. 1"
- Qwel & Maker "The Harvest"
- Sektion Kuchikäschtli "Nur So Am Rand"
- Thaione Davis "Situation Renaissance"
- The Foreign Exchange "Connected"
- Time Machine "Slow Your Roll"
- Wagon Christ "Sorry If I Make You Lush"
· albums I listened to
- Alpha "Stargazing - Special Edition"
- Billy Woods "The Chalice"
- capital D "Insomnia"
- Depeche Mode "Remixes 81-04 (Limited Edition)"
- DJ Ayres & Cosmo Baker "Hip House"
- Front 242 "Tyranny For You"
- Godspeed You Black Emperor "Yanqui U.X.O."
- Gunshot "Patriot Games"
- Lamb "What Sound"
- Maylay Sparks "Graymatter"
- Placebo "Without You I'm Nothing"
- Red Hot Chili Peppers "By The Way"
- Spiritualized "Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space"
- The Beatles "1967 - 1970 (Blue Album)"
- The Innocence Mission "Befriended"
- The Mole "Whirlwindworld"
- Tom Waits "Closing Time"
- Ulrich Schnauss "A Strangely Isolated Place"
and dozens of 'Best Of' albums from The Animals, Santana, Manfred Man, Jefferson Airplane, Cheap Trick, Earth Wind & Fire, and many, many, many more.
· best song
- 2mex "Ghost Memo"
- Apoc "Bottoms Up" (although I hear that ish is two years old)
- Ghostface feat. Jadakiss "Run"
- Haysoos "Moving To Fast"
- Kenn Starr, Asheru & Talib Kweli "If"
- Lexicon feat. Ryu, Celph Titled, J-Zone, louis logic "Rock (Remix)"
- Masked Avengers & Maylay Sparks "Soopa Freak"
- MF Grimm & MF Doom "1000 Degrees"
- Noah23 "Lizard Lion Eagle"
- Promoe "These Walls Don't Lie"
- Psyche Origami "Dead Right"
- Qwel & Maker "The End"
- Sektion Kuchikäschtli "I Han"
- Thaione Davis "The Connection"
- The Foreign Exchange "Sincere"
- TTC feat. Busdriver, Radioinactive "Latest Dance Craze"
- Twista "Get Me"
- Visionaries "If You Can't Say Love"
- Wagon Christ "Nighty Night"
· best beat
- the beats on them songs up there
- Twista "Get Me"
- Ill Poetic "Yellow" (unreleased)
- Muph & Plutonic "Beer Goggles" by Plutonic Lab
- I hate to say it, but the beat of Fabolous' "Breathe" is hot
- all the unreleased stuff I heard by ArcSin
- the stuff on DJ Claud's beat CD
· best producers
- Alias
- ArcSin
- DJ Claud of Sektion Kuchikäschtli
- Omid
- Timbaland
- Vitamin D
· best emcee / lyrics
- Aceyalone
- Eminem
- Gift Of Gab
- Lateef The Truth Speaker
- Mikah 9
- Nas
- Posdonous
- Rennie of Sektion Kuchikäschtli
· favorite artwork
- everything Lex Records does
- everything Matarroa Records does
- Lateef & The Chef are Maroons "Ambush"
- not to be conceited, but I do like the MF Grimm / MF Doom "Special Herbs & Spices Vol. 1" artwork (note: the bag on the cover is not a bag of weed)
· favorite labels
- Ninja Tune
- Morr
- Lex
· biggest surprise
that I didn't like NYC as much as I thought I would
· biggest disappointment
that...ah shit, I shouldn't even say...
· books I read
I read a lot this year, here are some of the more notable books I read; for good and bad reasons:
- Al Franken "Lies and the Lying Liars Who Tell Them"
- Bill Bryson "A Short History Of Nearly Everything"
- Carles Bukowski "Pulp"
- Colson Whitehead "John Henry Days"
- Dan Brown "Angels & Demons"
- Dan Brown "The Da Vinci Code"
- David Quammen "The Flight Of The Iguana - A Sidelong View Of Science And Nature"
- Gore Vidal "Perpetual War For Perpetual Peace"
- Gore Vidal "The Decline and Fall of the American Empire"
- Hunter S. Thompson "Hell's Angels"
- Hunter S. Thompson "Kingdom Of Fear"
- J.H. Hatfield "Fortunate Son"
- Jeffrey Eugenides "The Virgin Suicides"
- Noam Chomsky "Acts Of Aggression - Policing 'Rogue' States"
- Noam Chomsky "The Prosperous Few And The Restless Many"
- Paul Beatty "Tuff"
- Philip K. Dick "Minority Report and other short stories"
- Richard A. Clarke "Against All Enemies"
- Richard Powers "The Time Of Our Singing"
- Ron Suskind "The Price Of Loyalty"
· movies I saw
knowing that I'll have to do this list, I tried to write down every movie I watched this year. some of the best I've seen are:
- 21 Grams
- Adaptation
- American Psycho
- Anger Management
- Before Sunrise
- Casino
- Chain Of Fools
- Cold Mountain
- Don's Plum
- Fahrenheit 9/11
- Happiness
- High Fidelity
- In The Cut
- Monster
- Monster's Ball
- Mystic River
- Outfoxed
- Requiem For A Dream
- The Laramie Project
- The Station Agent
- The Village
- The Virgin Suicides
· websites I visited
- allmusic.com
- amazon.de
- comedycentral.com
- myspace.com
- rhythm-incursions.com
- yahoo.com (newspages)
· foods I ate
- great food at Vegetarian Paradise in NYC
- great vegetarian food in Harlem, NYC
- I cook a mean Mexican
- louis cooks a mean sandwitch
- the worst McDonalds food ever. Good thing about it, I came to the conclusion that I never want to eat McDonalds again in my life
· things that made me smile
- that beer tasting thing and the feedback on it
- finding a lot of great CDs in second hand stores
- Duracell B.
- the hispeed internet connection
- having my writing published in print magazines
- listening to the Rhythm Incursions Radio show
- the Norbert Möslang, Göldin and Bit-Tuner performance (Kugl, 12-17.2004)
- singing karaoke in NYC with cute designers and my good friend
- travelling the USA (I owe a lot of thanks to Fisher, louis and Mike)
· things that made me go hmm
- being asked to write liner notes for a compilation
- sitting through Hurricane Charley
- watching how fast things download with a highspeed connection
- why does tea always smell better than it tastes?
· things that made me cringe
- seeing the aftermath of Hurricane Charley
- people saying "nah mean"
- America reelecting Bush
- the USA turning into a dictatorship
- organized Religion
- still Japan only releases
- still re-releases with bonus tracks. In two years I will have 100 albums twice because I had to rebuy 'em for all that extra stuff
- soy products are made from genetically engineered soy
- interviews with Kanye West
· best moment(s) of 2004
getting a box with about 70 CDs - of all genres - for me to listen to
· worst moment(s) of 2004
the night behind a Taco Bell in Orlando and the phonecall after that
· what I'd like to see in 2005
- Duracell. B. to get well; we'll celebrate with a Chouffe
- me winning that bet
- Bush impeached and all his 'legacies' reversed
- more good music in my CD player and on my 1210
- Eminem "Encore" remix albums
- more (reliable and dedicated) contributors to urbansmarts.com (apply here)
· what I don't want to see in 2005
- bad music in my CD player and on my 1210
- the same four walls for all of 2005
· hip hop in 2005 will be...
just like 2004: horrible and incredible
· my new years resolutions
get things done

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