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The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2012 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

19,000 people fit into the new Barclays Center to see Jay-Z perform. This blog was viewed about 70,000 times in 2012. If it were a concert at the Barclays Center, it would take about 4 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.

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There is a new tab at the top of the Nacho Donut page called the Random Post Generator. It is pretty self explanatory and will give you access to hundreds of Nacho Donut posts that you may have never seen before.

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Nacho Donut traveled back in time to watch the legendary Green Bay Packers play a game in 1961. While in Wisconsin, one thing led to another and Nacho Donut ended up in bed with a triangular block of Wisconsin cheddar. With Nacho Donut being a nacho flavored donut it was only a matter of time before he found himself embroiled in a sex scandal in the cheese state. Rumors began to swirl that nacho donut fathered a bastard cheese baby out-of-wedlock. Some say this child grew up to be the Green Bay Packers Logo. Nacho Donut will not comment on this issue any further as he awaits the DNA test results from Maury Povich.

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Micheal_JacksonThe death of Michael Jackson is sad but the Michael Jackson that we want to remember left us a long time ago. It has been nice to see  MTV actually playing videos for once. They needed to do that because he was the most important person ever in the history of their channel. As a result of all that has transpired I have been thinking about one of my favorite Browns players of all time, Michael Jackson. He might seem obscure to some but he was one of our best players back in 1993. I was trying to find a picture of him and I came across “A day in the life of Darren”. He took some pictures of some Browns players back in the day and was cool enough to post them on his blog.

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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Mecca and the Soul BrotherThis album may not sound like the classic that it is upon first listen. Keep it around long enough though, and its endless grooves and nonstop flows will become more familiar to your ears while remaining fresh each and every spin. It is then that you realize why Pete Rock is a Hip Hop legend and Mecca and the Soul Brother is his opus, a varied landscape of jazz samples and snapping drums under C.L. Smooth’s breathless delivery. Playing like one long rhythm, Mecca is definitely a “listen from start to finish” record. Songs differentiate themselves only after dozens of listens, and while this would hurt an inferior group, it only adds to this album’s already tremendous replay value.

The song that immediately stands out is “They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)”, the group’s biggest hit and an undeniable Hip Hop classic. Over top-notch Pete Rock horns, C.L. waxes poetic of loved ones, lost ones, and days past, present, and future. “Straighten It Out” is another display of PR’s timeless horns, while C. L. takes it to the bootleggers. Another highlight is “Ghetto of the Mind”, a dissertation on life in the ghetto over some break neck Pete Rock percussion. The mix of jazz samples weaving in and out comes to a climax at the 3:28 mark, as faint horns perfectly compliment C.L.’s lines. Little treasures like this unfold themselves upon repeated listens and continue to emerge as the years go by. A landmark release, Mecca and the Soul Brother is Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth at the top of their game and Hip Hop in its truest form.

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Ice Cube - AmeriKKKa's Most WantedThis is NOT the Ice Cube you see in Are We There Yet?, Barbershop, or even the Friday movies. This is Ice Cube back when he was “the nigga ya love to hate”, rallying against George H.W. Bush, racist stereotypes, the U.S. economic system, and anything else that drew his ire. Fresh off leaving NWA, which many considered career suicide, Cube traveled East and hooked up with Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad. The result was his first classic, AmeriKKKa’s Most Wanted, an album filled with social and political diatribes, as well as abrasive, percussion-led production.

AmeriKKKa’s Most is Ice Cube perfectly balancing his gangster persona with that of a conscious artist; the sound a young man frustrated with the state of the nation and the African-American community. The title track sees Cube combining battle raps with battle cries, as the foe that is the police could just as easily be another emcee. The dissection of police brutality carries over to “Endangered Species”, where Cube teams up with Chuck D (read) to take to task corrupt officers and provide their own solution. “A Gangsta’s Fairytale” and “I’m Only Out For One Thang” provide levity to the proceedings before Cube returns with a vicious “me against the world” rhetoric on album closer “The Bomb”. This album, along with follow-up Death Certificate, would solidify Ice Cube’s place in Hip Hop history and create a blueprint for gangster and conscious rap for years to come.

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