“Reminisce” Fiasco

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2012 by mattyfresh697400

I remember sometime around the late 80s when I was already years into being a hip-hop addict and my father asked me “Matthew, dont you think this hip-hop thing is just going to be here today gone tomorrow?” and I was like no way, this genre is here to stay”…of course I was only 12 years old so I doubt i actually used the word genre.

In any event hip hop has been around a long while now and with the passing of time songs that were new in 1992 are now 20 years old and some of those songs, in fact most of those songs are long forgotten. But every now and again the music gods smile on a super talented producer and a gifted MC and classics are born, classics that will still sound great 50 years later, classics that should NEVER EVER be touched.

So today as I am doing my daily scroll on Rap Radar or Spotify etc, I came across the latest single from Lupe Fiasco titled  “Around My Way”

“When They Reminisce over you my god”

The beat dropped on his new single and within seconds so did my jaw….I swear it dropped all the way to the damn floor, I was appalled.  Is it possible that my ears were deceiving me?…Lupe Fiasco has committed what I consider to be the cruelest form of music blasphemy. He not only sampled ,  but basically straight jacked what might be the greatest beat on perhaps what might be one of the all time GREATEST HIP HOP SONG of all TIME…..He Jacked “T.R.O.Y” also known as “Reminisce”  by the legendary Pete Rock and CL Smooth. This song is such a timeless perfect classic, you simply do not touch this…EVER.

And Lupe being a real student of the game HAS to know better!!!!…..shame on you Lupe!!!

Step your game up son.

Cocaine 80s…

Posted in Uncategorized on May 22, 2012 by mattyfresh697400

Cocaine 80s…

James Fauntleroy, No I.D., Common and Makeba Riddick, better known as Cocaine 80s, drop a new record called “Queen To Be.” These guys really know how to craft some amazing music, and this record is no different

AJKO is back!!!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on May 22, 2012 by mattyfresh697400

Great news from the land of Air Jordan…on June 2 the Air Jordan 1 “AJKO” will be re-released in two new colorways , Black/Red and “Black Toe” … The last time the AJKO dropped I personally missed the boat on them. I am hoping that does not happen again, as with all sneaker heads , keeping abreast with the most up to date info is key!!! For more info hit up the crew at http://www.nicekicks.com/2012/05/ajko-black-red-black-toe-release-date/Image

American Pride , Revenge and Baseball!!

Posted in Baseball, ESPN, History, MLB, New York City, New York Yankees, NY Times, NYC, Politics, YouTube Classics with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 4, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Long Live The World Trade

Where were you at 10:30pm on Sunday May 1, 2011??

I suspect that as time marches on most people will remember where they were when they heard the incredible news that the worlds most wanted man, Osama Bin Laden was dead!

Have Fun In Hell

Now without question you can ask anyone and I mean literally anyone where they were the morning of Tuesday September 11th 2001 and each person knows exactly where they were and what they were doing, and if you are talking to New Yorkers as I so often have, every person has a unique and fascinating story about that morning and the hours that followed. I myself was living on Christopher Street, barely a mile away from the World Trade Center. I unfortunately had a front row seat to the devastation as I watched both Towers fall with my very own eyes from the roof of my building. I along with 15 very scared neighbors watched for hours as the black smoke billowed against the crystal blue sky and eventually  the black smoke got thicker and thicker and then the towers fell.


One of my first thoughts that morning as I made my way up to the roof was ” I wonder if the Yankee game will be cancelled tonight” of course I had zero indication this was a terrorist attack and no sense whatsoever at the magnitude of what I was witnessing, but something told me it was serious but really I was clueless , as we all were at first.

Well not only was the Yankee game not going to be played that night but in truth the entire world stopped that day and we were changed as a country forever!!

The days and weeks that followed were incredibly challenging for all Americans but for New Yorkers it was a whole other level. Within hours of the towers falling pictures of missing loved ones covered light posts and street signs, make shift memorials were everywhere, candle light vigils were a common occurrence for weeks. I recall the incredible somber mood during the Jewish High Holidays where at my synagogue there was not a dry eye in the house.

But America and our citizens are defined by their courage and resilience in the face of unfathomable challenges, and in the days that followed the attacks there was a patriotic unity that I had certainly never seen or felt in my lifetime and nothing the country had experienced since perhaps when John F. Kennedy was assassinated in 1963.


So of course on the night of September 11th there was no Yankee game and in fact there were no Major League  Baseball games whatsoever for 8 days. What did Baseball really mean at a time of such unparalleled tragedy?

But 8 days later baseball did return and the national anthem that is played at the start of every game took on a new and profound meaning.  On September 25th Baseball finally returned to New York and the Police Officers that patrol the stadium were finally being treated as the heroes they were, American flags were visible everywhere at the Stadium.

God Bless America

And as the month of September marched on and the baseball season slowly crept towards the post season, The defending World Series Champion New York Yankees were giving their fans and more importantly their wounded city, something to cheer about. If only for a few hours every night, the Yankees gave hope and distraction to 8 million grieving neighbors. And as the Yankees always do, they just kept winning and winning and before anyone knew it, it was mid October and the Yankees were on their way to the World Series, playing not just for their fans but for all New Yorkers (yes even you Met fans out there)

Now New York and the Yankees in particular often take plenty of flack from every other city out there (most likely because we are bigger and better) but that is a whole other post entirely. But for 10 days at the end of October and the start of November, the Yankees were truly Americas team!

The first two games of the 2001 World Series were in Arizona, (Arizona won both) so Game three was the first in New York and once again the eyes of the entire world were on New York. I have an uncanny ability to remember baseball games but the real historic highlight of this game came before the first batter even stepped in the box.  On this night, The President of the United States would be throwing out the first pitch, this moment encapsulated all the things that make this country what it is in one symbolic moment; Strength, Pride, Resilience and Hope. George W. Bush might have a had a very tumultuous presidency but in October of 2001 , he was our leader and the entire country was unified in our support of him, nowhere was that more evident than in Yankee Stadium on that legendary evening.


As the President marched out to the mound , chest out, shoulders back, head held high ,  55,000 screaming fans began to chant “USA, USA, USA” !!! I have never and will never see or feel anything like that again, but through our National Pastime, Baseball… it was clear that America can never be held down!

The next three nights the Yankee magic continued, Derek Jeter became Mr. November and Scott Brosius and Tino Martinez achieved the impossible (2 run HRs with two outs down by 2 on back to back nights) Now the Yankees might not have won the 2001 World Series but they did captivate a nation and helped lift up a city that desperately needed some Yankee Magic and the boys certainly delivered.


Fast Forward almost 10 years to this past Sunday night, when I saw the breaking news alert on CNN I could not believe my eyes! We actually got him! President Barack Obama authorized what seems to be one of the riskiest covert missions in our countries history and Osama Bin Laden was finally dead, pierced by the bullet of a brave American soldier. Just as it should be . America Never forgets!!

Monday morning I ran out to buy the paper because I wanted to save what in many ways is the bookend to the greatest tragedy in American History. The evil face of Osama Bin Laden covered the front page with the bold text reading : “WE GOT HIM”

I turned the paper over and was surprised that there was not another image of Bin Laden where the sports section would normally be, but instead of Osama there was an image from the Mets vs. Phillies game from Sunday night. As it turns out the Mets and Phillies were tied at 1-1 and the game went into extra innings and late into Sunday night and as thes rest of the country was glued to their TV sets trying to digest the incredible news, the fans at the Citizens Bank Ballpark in Philly were getting text message and facebook updates from friends and family. And then just like in 2001 the entire stadium erupted in chants of “USA, USA, USA”

Once again Baseball somehow has weaved itself into the fabric of American History!!

Justice

and on this night there were no Philly Fans and there were no Mets Fans…There were just Americans.

Justice is Served!!!

THOR & CAPTAIN AMERICA…..an “AVENGERS” Summer!!!

Posted in Collectibles, Comics, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

The Mighty Thor

I cannot lie,  I truly am a sucker for a good blockbuster movie.  Drop that Blockbuster in the summer and you might find me first on line geeked out talking about “Avengers” history and why I cant wait for Iron Man 3 to be released. But the truth is blockbusters are blockbusters because these films do not only appeal to the nerdy gamer fanboys out there, no actually blockbusters have the broadest appeal of all movies….thats what makes em blockbusters!!

But the Summer of 2011 is shaping up to be “THE SUMMER OF THE BLOCKBUSTER” …..it seems every weekend this summer another huge movie will be released and the festivities get started on May 6 with the release of “THOR”

Now ever since the good folks at Marvel Studios started to cross promote their characters (for example) Robert Downey Jr. aka Iron Man makes a brief cameo at the end of The Incredible Hulk and then Samuel L. Jackson aka Nick Fury makes a very brief appearance at the tail end of the credits  for Iron Man 1. ….I have been waiting for this summer when THOR the God Of Thunder and The First Avenger Captain America hit the big screen!!

As one might be able to tell I am well versed in Marvel lore which maybe does make me a nerdy fanboy..but I digress.

Captain America

The point here is that Marvel has been laying the foundation for what might be the ultimate comic book blockbuster of all time ‘THE AVENGERS”.  Where the stars of Iron Man, The Hulk, Thor and the forthcoming Captain America all join forces to form a super group. Considering “The Avengers” would star Robert Downey Jr. , Samuel L. Jackson, Mark Ruffalo , Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans , Chris Hemsworth and Jeremy Renner, to say that this is anything less than a massive and ambitious endeavor is the understatement of the year!

The Avengers!!

So with Iron Man and The Hulk already two films deep in their respective franchises , the summer of 2011 gives us not one but two HUGE marvel superhero films..and both are sure to be huge…I hope.

Thor gets first dibs and really is the start of the entire summer movie season with a May 6th release date. Then on July 22nd Captain America gets his shot at once again becoming America’s most beloved super soldier. But Thor and Captain America will not be the only superheroes getting some burn this summer…On June 17th Ryan Reynolds get his shot at Super Hero stardom as his becomes the Green Lantern, which although not a Marvel release (Green Lantern is from the DC Universe of Superman and Batman) will also sure to be a big one.

But THOR and CAPTAIN AMERICA are the two releases I am most excited for as they will lead into Iron Man 3 and most importantly the first “AVENGERS” installment coming in summer 2012.

The Marvel Universe is simply no joke!!

Benihana Lends A Hand.

Posted in Benihana, New York City, Restaurant with tags , , , , , , , , on April 19, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Arigato

If the New York Yankees are my favorite sports team of all time and The Dave Matthews Band is my favorite band of all time then it is certainly safe to say that Benihana is my favorite restaurant in the world. After some loose calculations, I figure I hit up the NYC Benihana location 15 to 20 times a year. That is serious dedication!

So when a restaurant that you love does something great for the public in general, it makes you feel good to be associated and even better to simply love the place.

And that is exactly what Benihana is doing with its “ARIGATO” campaign! In response to the devastating earthquakes and Tsunami in Japan, The Benihana chain is galvanizing the support of its diners in an effort to help the citizens of Japan. Now of course Benihana is first and foremost a Japanese restaurant, but when Rocky Aoki founded Benihana in 1964 he did so in NYC , but the connection with Japan has always remained.

So it is in the spirit of basic humanity that Benihana is supporting the Red Cross in this desperate time of need. When you dine at any of the 80 worldwide Benihana locations, you can add any dollar amount you choose to your bill and in turn Benihana will match that dollar figure and all of it will go to those who need it most right now.

Normally its simply the amazing shrimp and garlic butter that makes me love Benihana, but the fact that MY RESTAURANT is helping people, well that just makes me love the place even more.

Benihana Dot Com

Air Jordan III’s “True Blue”

Posted in Air Jordan, Basketball, Sneakers with tags , , , , on April 18, 2011 by mattyfresh697400

Must Have!!!

There are somethings in life that you simply must have. When I saw that Nike was re-releasing the Air Jordan III’s in the “True Blue” colorway I think I started to actually shake. Clearly it doe not take much to get me excited. Now to put my sneaker fetish in perspective, I already have the Jordan III re-issues in the ” White/Cement” colorway, but the “True Blue” is just a great summer shoe and I must cop as soon as they are available!!

more from hypebeast below:

Having already been released in both black and white, the Air Jordan 3 can add one more colorway to its roster just in time for summer. Featuring the original box model, the retro sneaker is now available in a white/true blue combination with a primarily white leather upper and light blue strip around the midsole and inner lining. This model is expected to be available through select Nike stockists sometime around June!!!

Courtesy HypeBeast.com