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Monday, January 10, 2005

As a follow-up to my earlier post, I recommend this iTunes iMix. It's called "Straight from the Crate," and it pairs well-known hip-hop songs with the original songs that they sampled. It's a good way of refreshing yourself as to the way the hook sounded in its original context, and comparing what the hip-hop artist has done with it. In some cases, not much. In others, it's become something completely new.

And the Rap Dictionary is a Wiki that attempts to define and explain hip-hop concepts and people. For instance, "fo shizzle my nizzle" is tenderly translated as "For sure my african american brother."

Finally, by way of contrast, here is Jennifer Garner's Celebrity iMix. This can't bode well for the fourth season of Alias. Of course, Alias already suffers from the most surefire shark-jumper of all. Once you've introduced a magical/sci-fi machine that can make people look like other people, and used that machine to un-kill people, then there's no way to take the series seriously again. Why get all worked up over a character's passing when you're not sure that the real character died? I think that was the real problem with some of Jane Austen's later work -- all the damn clones.

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