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Freestyle 101 New Artist Month: Damani

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Posted September 30, 2008 - By Frank Meyer

Freestyle 101 New Artist Month: Damani »


For our final installment of New Artist Month on Freestyle 101 we bring to you a true player, a real spitter, and a really dope MC: Damani of Dub Union.

Formerly known as Western Union (forced to change their name by some no-name delivery service), Dub Union features the Inglewood MC alongside Watts-bred rapper Bad Lucc and Long Beach reppin’ Soopafly and is overseen by the great Snoop Dogg, who brought them to the attention of Koch Records and appears on the recently released debut album, Snoop Dogg Presents Dubb Union.

Having appeared on Snoop’s albums Tha Blue Carpet Treatment and The Big Squeeze, the group has already garnered a sizable following around the West Coast, and the group’s first single, “Westurn Union,” displays its to its home-coast. But it’s Damani efforts on the mixtape circuit and the streets that keeps their name alive around the rest of the country. Always on the grind, Damani has been bangin’ out mixtapes (dig Congratulations Playa) and underground joints for years (check 2007’s "Only In LA" with Daz and WC) with the help of playas like DJ Warrior and the Dogg Pound.

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Privately Made Rocket Hits Space

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Posted September 29, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Over the weekend, for the first time ever, a privately funded rocket hit space. SpaceX's Falcon 1 lifted off from Kwajalein Atoll in the South Pacific, shed it's booster rocket and cleared earth's atmosphere and made it into orbit.

SpaceX is planning a second two-stage, rocket , Falcon 9. Falcon 9 is designed to boost 9,900 kg to low earth orbit, and 4,900 kg to geostationary transfer orbit. they're also planning a model with a pressurized cabin, to presumably allow for riders. Sweeet!

Here's some amazing video.

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RIP: Paul Newman

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Posted September 29, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Paul Newman was among the coolest men who ever lived on our planet, and this Friday, he went to the great beyond, a victim of cancer. Newman was an actor, director, race car driver, political activist and philanthropist. He could eat fifty eggs. He also designed many dressings and sauces.

Newman's acting career began back in the early 50s, and he starred in some of the most important films ever made, including classics like The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Slapshot, Cool Hand Luke, The Verdict, Hudsucker Proxy, The Hustler, The Color of Money and more, more more. Just look at this list of credits.

At the peak of his acting career, Newman became a full-on open-wheel racer and team owner, and kept at it for nearly 40 years. He also set up a foundation that used film to educate youngsters on the perils of drug use, worked for civil rights, and created the Hole in the Wall camp for chronically ill children. Those salad dressings and sauces were all for charity as well. Newman generated hundreds of millions of dollars for worthy causes.

He was a real man. The kind they don't make anymore. More than just an awesome actor passing on, the death of Paul Newman marks the end of an era. Check out this scene from Cool Hand Luke, and pour some off the top for a great man.

 

Tags: Cars, Movies

Soulja Boy Wants To Make Games

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Posted September 29, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Rap impressario Soulja Boy is our greatest national resource. The platinum selling artist has renewed the hopes of a nation with his inspirational "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" song and probably some other songs as well. Now that he's both captured the pop charts and superman'ed dat ho, He wants to make video games!

According to the video below that we saw on JoyStiq, Soulja Boy says he "Wants to get into things like video game design and web site design." He also wants to go to college, but he sadly "can't experience that right now because I'm a superstar."

Soulja Boy also pronounces Barack Obama's name as "Barack Obamo," which is cool.

Tags: Music, Videogames

Tech News Countdown: September 26, 2008

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Posted September 26, 2008 - By bleahy

Welcome to the Tech News Countdown, hosted by Alison Haislip. Every Friday, Alison brings you the top five tech stories of the week so be sure to watch the show. Otherwise, she'll be sad and you don't want that, do you?

This week Alison brings you the latest on the Palin e-mail hacker, a vodka smuggling ring, Japan's plan for a space elevator, a new solar cell from a teenager, and social networking becomes more popular than porn on the internet.

Here now, is the Tech News Countdown.

 

Tech News Countdown - September 26, 2008 »


 

Give it a watch and tell us what you think in the comments section. You can also cast your opinion in the Tech News Countdown forum.

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Borat Actor Arrested!

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Posted September 26, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

Sacha Baron "Borat" Cohen is up to his usual tricks again, breaking into places he's not wanted and making people look like fools, while amusing millions. His latest target: A Milan fashion show for Agatha Ruiz de la Prada's line, where some purloined passes got him and his crew far enough to be arrested on stage, modeling a ridiculous outfit! You must watch the video:

 

Ah, internet, you didn't let us down! When news spread that John McCain had picked a former beauty pageant lady as his vice presidential running mate, we thought: "Where's the footage of the swimsuit contest?"

Well, ladies and gentlemen, below is the footage. Of course, like all things posted on youtube, we can't speak for the authenticity of said footage. It could easily be a fake. But, hey, judge for yourself:

 

Freestyle 101 Rock The Vote Special: Aceyalone »


Underground rap legend Aceyalone is no stranger to freestyling. He co-founded renowned Los Angeles group Freestyle Fellowship and hip hop collective Project Blowd to do just that: show the world that when it comes to spittin’ off the top, L.A. ain’t playin’!

So Freestyle 101 was beyond thrilled when Acey stopped by The Engine Room in Hollywood to grace us with his talents. But this time we had an agenda. We asked him to come up with a Rock The Vote themed rap about the state of the nation and why it’s more important than ever to register to vote and make your voice heard. And Aceyalone knows about getting’ your voice heard after a slew of incredible solo albums (start with All Balls Don’t Bounce and Book of Human Language and then scoop up every one from there). Listen up, kids, the man knows his hip hop and his politics!

Aceyalone’s latest album is called Lightning Strikes and it’s quite dope, so we suggest you pick it up. To check out other Freestyle 101s visit www.g4tv.com/freestyle101, 'cause if you dig Aceyalone you'll wanna check out Project Blowd MCs Myka 9, P.E.A.C.E., Thirsty Fish and Neila. Meanwhile, Freestyle 101 continues New Artist Month at our regular time next week (9 a.m. PST, Tuesdays) with Damani of Snoop Dogg’s Dub Union. Then we got Heltah Skeltah, Planet Asia and DJ Muggs, Teflon, Kool Keith, and a special Halloween double feature that will rock your world. Make sure to dig our behind the scenes photos, visit us on MySpace and rant in our Forums.

For more info on how to register to vote go to www.g4tv.com/rockthevote.

First Google Phone Commercial

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Posted September 23, 2008 - By Stephen Johnson

We're excited enough about the G1, Google-Android powered phone to share a common commercial with you. Check it out:

 

Tags: Tech, Videogames

AOTS Tuesday, September 23

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Posted September 23, 2008 - By Eugene Morton
Masi Oka Interview
The hero so important they named the show after him...we sit down with Masi Oka, who plays Hiro in 'Heroes,' to talk about the ascendancy of villains and the direction the show is taking.
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Golf Cart Flip, Pig News Report, Talking to Aliens, Cup Stacking, Superman Organ.
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Today's Break Moments in De-Evolution focuses on the flammable nature of the human body, and the way people look when they're on fire, including jumper cables gone bad, two guys leaping into a fire, and a bonfire jump.
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Kristin Holt has your Tuesday news rations, including the G-1 phone, eBay's decision to stop taking checks, MySpace music, and more.
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Dan Frommer, of Silicon Valley Insider, was at the unveiling of the G-1, the first Google phone, and joins TheLoop to help us make sense of it all.
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A first look at the Goggle phone platform you're going to be seeing more of in the near future, called Android. We have information, and it is good. Look.
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You know, it's going to be time to vote in six weeks, and what do you really know about the candidates for President? Especially when it comes to the issues that effect you most? Consider this a public service.
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Chris Gore is here for yet another edition of DVDuesday, in which he talks perhaps the greatest American film ever made, 'The Godfather,' as well as 'Foot Fist Way' and 'Run Fatboy Run.'
Olivia woefully misinterprets the cup-stacking phenomenon and inadvertently creates a fad all her own.
Olivia woefully misinterprets the cup-stacking phenomenon and inadvertently creates a fad all her own.

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