More “Bangers”

A couple of days ago, I went down Memory Lane and wrote/shared to y’all some of the 90’s hardest street anthems. Again, I ain’t from NY. I never got to experience being in the Tunnel. But,  somehow, I was able to get my hands on some of these “Tunnel Bangers”.

Anyways, just to musically (and visually) accompany my earlier post, here are some of them bangers:

Life and Times of S. Carter was my very first rap/Jay-Z CD. “Do it Again” actually made me listen to Jay and ultimately cop the disc. (BTW: this vid was actually shot at THE Tunnel).

Meanwhile, No Way Out was my very first rap album. Got it on cassette tape. I think I still have it here somewhere.

It’s Murdaaaaa…

On with the classics…

There’s definitely more of these. Maybe I’ll post some more later on.


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Causes for excitement

I am stoked for stuff that’s coming out in the next few weeks/months. I hope these would be an indicator for a great “rest of the year”. Of course, we’re already half-past 2010.

AND the great-upcoming-stuff are:

Machete. B-movie ambassador Danny Trejo‘s first starrer. Robert Rodriguez is at the helm, with a supporting cast of Michelle Rodriguez, Jessica Alba and the ever immortal Steven Segal (yes, this guy). Not to mention the lethal mouthful of blood, guts and tittays!

NBA 2K11. Can’t say nothing about “OMG! PLAYABLE MICHAEL JORDAN!!”

Street Fighter vs Tekken. First gameplay vid was released at Comic-Con 2010. Two of the best fighting games ever, coming together. Makes perfect sense.

The Green Hornet. I never imagined Seth Rogen and Jay Chou playing the legendary sidekicks TGH and Kato (respectively). Trailer looked great, though. Will watch this for I was a fan of the TV series way back.

Oh, and I am also happy that I am able to run again. Although my legs did hurt for about 2 days after my initial try.

Hopefully I’d be able to join events by next month. For now, I’d like to take my time and, bit-by-bit, get back into the lifestyle that helped me a lot in terms of health, as well as in different all aspects of my life so far.

Basketball, you’re next!

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The Tunnel Bangers

Came across Complex Magazine’s feature on the 75 Greatest Tunnel Bangers, as narrated by DJ extraordinaire Cipha Sounds. It was an awesome experience, going through all 75 of these Tunnel hits.

I know for a fact that Complex, just like any other mag out, are a little bit hit-and-miss with their features, but this one’s on point. Awesome. Gave me goosebumps. I may be far from a Brooklynite, let alone an old skool hip-hop head, but I gotta tell ya: I grew up with some of these joints.

At first I was just listening to Puffy’s No Way Out album. I had to have it just cause “I’ll be Missing You” was No. 1. But it went beyond that. It got me listening to Biggie, Busta, LOX… it was my intro to rap.

It made me listen to hip-hop radio (the only local rap radio at the time was Power 108). Made me cop bootleg CD’s and back issues of The Source & XXL, which in turn made me spend my allowance on Sean John and Fubu joints (heads should remember Boboli at Glorietta 2).

And then, the Tunnel Bangers.  Never knew it was called that. Heck, I never even knew the Tunnel itself. But looking at those 70-deep list, and I found some joints that I grew up listening to.

Of course, I know all the Bad Boy/Biggie stuff, even Ja Rule‘s “Holla Holla”. Memphis Bleek‘s “My Mind Right” was the joint, as I was riding Jay-Z‘s whole Roc-a-Fella thing in 1999.

Later on, as I was maturing enough to dig on much older, more obscure tracks, I came across some gems from Mobb Deep, N.O.R.E, as well as other cats on the list. I could go on and on.

Come to think of it, I never thought I’d be able to appreciate these bangers given my age (I was 14-15), location (Manila, people here think that rap is for peasants) and access to proper rap tracks (no radio, no video, no internet. Just bootlegs and pirate stations).

But I am blessed to know, at a young age, my kind of music. And while I now have a vast knowledge and taste in different genres, I always come back to these joints from time to time. Thank God there’s the internet and the iPod.

Click here for the 75 Greatest Tunnel Bangers


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Steve Carell’s “Decision”

Paul Rudd interviews funny man Steve Carell, as Steve was about to announce a very big decision live on ESPN.

The STEAKS was high, indeed!

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My UAAP (Season 73) Predictions

My NCAA predictions right here

The heirarchy:

1. FEU Tamaraws

2. Adamson Falcons

3. Ateneo Blue Eagles

4. DLSU Green Archers

5. (Tie) UE Red Warriors, UST Growling Tigers

6. UP Fighting Maroons

7. NU Bulldogs

Finals: FEU vs Ateneo

Champs: FEU

MVP: Paul Lee (UE)

ROY: Luigi De La Paz (DLSU)

Mythical Five:

C: Aldrech Ramos (FEU)

PF: Nico Salva (ADMU)

SF:      —–

SG: Mike Silungan (UP)

PG: Paul Lee (UE), RR Garcia (FEU)

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Miami Heat: The Team of Three Kings?

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NYC BridgeRunners by Tim Barber

Great captures of the NYC BridgeRunners by Photographer Tim Barber for sportswear giant Nike.

Damn, this stuff really makes me miss running. Hopefully, I’d be able to go back to running 5k and 10k events by the end of the month.

Someday, I’d also love to run alongside these guys by the Brooklyn Bridge.


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