Do Better Thursday: Hip Hop Is Here to Regulate

Rest In Peace to the Rap Hook King… Brother Nate Dogg.

Yeah, it didn’t make sense to me then… and it still doesn’t make much to me now… but dammit… it’s what Nate Dogg saing… and that’s all the reasoning I needed…
So, rest and thanks, Nate Dogg.
This has definitely been a “Do Better Movement” week… from the tragedy in Japan and the subsequent comments of ignorance… to the Fab5 documentary on ESPN and the “Uncle Tom” backlash… the lil man who wasn’t gonna take it no more and proceeded to ThunderSlam his bully… can’t forget the UCLA student who had issues with “Asians in the library”… and more… let’s get to it!
Doing It Right!
  • Signs of life in the Hip Hop arena are becoming more and more present… Big KRIT is dropping his sophomore album, Return of 4eva, next week, 3/22… Oddisee just released a video of “Different Now” a track he did for Mello Music Group’s Helpless Dreamer compilation… Zo! of Foreign Exchange music also released a video featuring Phonte for song, “Greater Than The Sun”… Bonus: thrown in the mix is Raphael Saadiq’s video “Good Man” for his upcoming project “Stone Rollin'”… I meant to include it weeks ago, better late than never… enjoy!

Oddisee just makes dope music… 

Looking forward to “Stone Rollin'”… drops in May 10th…
  • Jalen Rose announces bid for 2011 “Negro Who Keeps It Real” award… Also known as, the FAB 5 documentary that premiered in ESPN this past Sunday… If you don’t know by now… it tells the story of Michigan’s 1991 recruit class that featured Chris Webber, Juwan Howard, Jimmy King, Ray Jackson and Rose… Along the way, the topic of Duke appeared and whether or not their Black players were Uncle Toms for playing for Coach K… Rose and others have since defended their stance in the face of journalists and even garnered a response from Grant Hill, a former Duke player… I’m quite tempted to voice my opinion on this here blog… and may do so soon… Until then, try to catch the Fab 5 doc on ESPN… regardless of where you stand on that issue and others… it’s still a very good piece…
DOING IT WRONG!!! Scratch that… This time it’s “DUMBASS OF THE WEEK!”
  • Alexandra Wallace. Dumbass of the Week. Here’s her “Asians in the library” rant.
We… gotta… do… better.
…deep sigh…
– dre of

Do Better Thursday: Winter, WRAP IT UP, B!!!

“Can someone, please, tell this cat to get the f#@k on???”

What it is, good people?
I hope you’re having great March thus far…
No complaints over here…
Hope you enjoyed the “Black Music History: Giving Them Roses” series… featuring living legends that typically don’t get the mainstream attention that they deserve…
Also, remember, it’s not too late to sign up with The Do Better Movement volunteer event at Servathon 2001 on April 16th… Join us and Do Better!
Welp, it’s Thursday… So, let’s get to it!
Doing it Right!
  • Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers. Much has been made about the album… the issues releasing the album… from label delays… to shelving… to fan outcry and protests… the subsequent release… and even Lupe’s disdain with the process and handling of the project that he isn’t raving about the work… However, with all of this going on… he’s managed to release a pretty solid album. The content is what you’d expect from the artist… sonically it’s continues along the rock/rap/pop sound of some of the track from The Cool… I’m not sure what others expected with this work… but it’s Do Better Approved in my book.
It’s not for everyone… but then again… it is.

On the fence…
  • PETA gets Waka Flocka Flame to promote… I’m not even sure where to begin with this… PETA, although, their premise is cool… Has some crazy-ass ways of delivering their message… and this venture, of Waka “Ink Not Mink” campaign seems to be in the same bucket… Wasn’t just last week, he was involved in a gunfight… Plus, I’m not sure if you want him as a SPOKESperson… last I checked… one would have to speak… judge for yourself… I’m undecided.

Doing It Wrong!!!
  • There’s plenty of Doing It Wrong going around… with the conflict in Libya… wild-ass Charlie… gas prices steadily rising… and Heat not able to hit a game-winner… but this week’s Doing It Wrong awards goes to Winter. Come on, chief… let’s wrap this thing up… I’m ready to hang up my peacoat for good. Thanks.
Bring on Spring!

Thanks for Doing Better!
– dre of

Do Better Thursday: Servathon 2011

It’s time to really Move with The Movement & Do Better!

This Spring, the Do Better Movement is taking it to the streets… Joining the wonderful volunteer efforts of Greater DC Cares, we will be out in force contributing to various service projects in Washington, DC… If you’d like to join the Do Better Movement team this Spring… Check out pictures from previous volunteer events and details below…. Sign up and Move with The Movement!
– dre’ of

The Queen & Volunteer…
You never know… The Baddest Man on the Planet might show up!
Do(ing) Better in action…
What: Greater DC Cares Servathon – the largest day of service in the region!
When: Saturday, April 16
Time: 9:30 a.m. – 1:30 pm.
Cost: $25 Volunteering is NOT free. Registration fee helps cover the cost of supplies for the day (trash bags, paint, ladders etc).
Why should I volunteer?
I shouldn’t have to answer this question, but…Volunteering helps build the capacity of the nonprofits, schools, and community based organizations in our community. Plus it feels good as hell to help others, try it on for size!
Who’s Involved?
Over 8,000 volunteers, but we’re trying to get a Do Better Movement Team together. If we get 25 or more people on our team by March 9, we’ll get our team name on the t-shirt. So let’s go folks!
What will we be doing?
The fine folks over at Greater DC Cares are still developing service projects. But past projects include – playground enhancements at area schools (painting basketball courts, four square, us maps on blacktops), landscaping projects, interacting with seniors, improving the look at feel at recreation center and nonprofits and more.
I’m not sold yet. Tell me again why I should volunteer.
In celebration of National Volunteer Week (April 10 – 16) and the great accomplishments from the day Greater DC Cares is organizing the annual Servathon After-Party. So come out to volunteer and celebrate.
I’m in! How do I join the Team?

  1. Click here to register
  2. Select the Register Here button
  3. Accept the Waiver
  4. Select Join a Team
  5. Search for Do Better Movement
  6. You got it from there!

Do Better Thursday: Wonderful World of Sports

It’s Do Better time… *does Championship Belt Move*

On the heels of the Green Bay Packers victory in the Super Bowl… It’s time for a Do Better Thursday post with a sports slant…
Clock’s running out… Let’s get to it…
  • Wake Forest baseball coach donates kidney to freshman player and becomes MVP… No one in Kevin Jordan’s family were a match… His coach, Tom Walter,  was and stepped up to the plate… Truly, a feel-good story about a coach dedicated to the well-being of his players… This isn’t the 1st time he’s shown his compassion… Walter was a coach for the University of New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina… Despite his house being completely destroyed… He was willing to aid any players looking to transfer… Definitely… Do Better Approved.
“Let’s do this…”

GO E-A-G-L-E-S!!!

  • Eagles continue to make my “hop on the bandwagon” decision a prudent one… DeSean Jackson of the Eagles met 13 year old bully victim, Nadin Khoury, on The View with teammates… There to discuss the incident, which was captured on video, and speaking out so others wouldn’t meet the same fate, Nadin was surprised by his favorite player… Check out the video…
One Brave Kid…

25 Million plus hits!?! Wish he was rocking an

Do Better Approved.
  • I haven’t touched on the uprising in Egypt… but it should be known… anyone fighting for freedom and/or a better way of life… is Do Better Approved. Here is a clip mashing up protest footage with Kanye West’s “Power”…
No one man…

  • Been awhile since something has surpassed “Doing It Wrong”… Sure, the mother who shot and killed her children for being “mouthy” is worthy… But that is uber-depressing… So instead… I’ll leave you with this image that came across my Tumblr dashboard… Your Welcome.

Thanks for reading…
…and doing better…
– dre of

Do Better Thursday: WAIT!!! Is Hip Hop Back!?!

Is Hip Hop back!?! Ok… I know it’s never left… but admittedly… I did leave it for a period… But it wasn’t my fault… So many of my favorite artists had done the same… Phonte dissolved Little Brother and begun making wonderful music with Foreign Exchange… Outkast has gone completely M.I.A…  Common put out that last thing… not even sure what the hell that was… and they (see: The Man) attempted to shelve Lupe’s work… (fortunately he’s releasing a new album in March…) …so, all I had was this new crop of mess to contend with… No Thanks.
I just went back to my Soul… and stayed there for a while… b/c like Sam sang “Nothing Can Change This Love” I have for the classics… nothing.
But then… Big K.R.I.T. drops “Krit Wuz Here”… Lupe’s announces his release date… Talib drops “Gutter Rainbows”…and then I hear a Busta Rhymes verse… where he SOUNDS LIKE BUSTA RHYMES!?! (also, Big K.R.I.T. is releasing Return Of 4eva on 3/22/11)
So maybe… just maybe… the Hip Hop I knew and loved is slowly coming around… 
  • Nicki Minaj does a pretty damn good job on SNL… Safe to say… I’m not the biggest Nicki Minaj fan… I appreciated her verse on Monster… but aside from that… I thought she’d be a fad and would have begun to fizzle out by now… but it seems she’s just picking up steam… and I’m just not in her target audience… but there’s no denying she does bring some excitement to the Hip Hop realm and much needed feminine representation… Check her holding her own on SNL…

“Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum!!!” – Bill Hader is MVP!

In her element… job well done.
  • The Angie Martinez Show takes karaoke to the next level… Earlier, I mentioned that I recently heard a Busta Rhymes spit a verse… where he reminded me of… BUSTA RHYMES!!! Here’s Angie and her crew doing the karaoke version of the song… 
  • “J Dilla: Still Shining” comes to light February 7th, 2011… If you’re a fan of J Dilla, you should enjoy this… Just visit on 2/7/11… and make sure you TURN IT UP!!!
“You must be out of you’re head if your system ain’t up to The Red.” 
  • Ambam the Gorilla does it right… as in walks upright... Apparently, apes walking like humans isn’t new… but I’ve never seen anything like this until earlier this week… and I was quite shocked… Not shocked on some End Of Days steeze… Moreso, because Ambam is strolling like he has someplace to be… on some, “Oh shit, is it 4 o’ clock already?!? I need to go punchout.” That’s what gets me… however, the GorillaKeeper is not impressed it seems… 
Ambam claims, “Ape betta have my money…” 

  • Reportedly, 3 rappers spend $1M in a strip club… Initially, I was going to go H.A.M. on Rick Ross, Diddy and Pharrell for apparently making it Hurricane Katrina in a strip club for Ross’s birthday… but much like last week’s “on the fence…” with Flava Flav… what rapper’s do with their money, legally, is none of my concern… either that… or I’ve completely given up on the fact that they would something reasonable with that amount of money… Maybe help out the Father of Hip Hop Kool Herc pay his kidney stones bill… (but really Herc, kidney stones??? that’s another issue… that I’ll let slide this post…) or perhaps they can go buy a bunch of… They’d certainly be “Doing It Right” in my book… 
What The Hell Is This??? #DiddysDirtyMoney

This week’s Doing It Wrong will be a quickhit list… mainly, b/c these are things I really don’t know MUCH about (nor have delved into…) but on the surface appear wrong…

  • MTV “Skins” TV show is going too far… I’ve heard it’s damn near child porn… Never seen the show… don’t care to… but if so… Wrong.
  • I heard rants and raves over 127 Hours with James Franco… and it’s Academy Awards nominations… but wait… the movie was released AFTER the nominations… I’m saying, I knew the Academy didn’t and doesn’t give a damn about public opinion… (because Denzel would have won for Malcolm X or The Hurricane if it did…) but DAMN you ain’t gotta preempt our viewing of a flick before you brag on it… I guess that’s why there’s the People’s Choice Awards.
  • Lastly… I won’t speak on it… just look at the section of this post… and then look at this…
…thanks for reading….
*big sigh*
…and doing better…
– dre’ of

BONUS: Doing It Right… George Clinton on Craig Ferguson’s Show with Dr. Cornel West…