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Review of ‘Trend Following’

Michael Covel's 'Trend Following: How Great Traders Make Millions in Up or Down Markets' will certainly be regarded as a classic investment book. Everybody involved in the markets should read this book. Read More »

Review of ‘The New Laws of the Stock Market Jungle’

Michael J. Panzner takes us on safari through what most definitely is a jungle in his book ‘The New Laws of the Stock Market Jungle : An Insider’s Guide to Successful Investing in a Changing World‘. The book focuses on the changes that have occurred in the marketplace over the last 10 years or so. These include improvements in technology ... Read More »

Review of Trouble by Akon

Akon, who likely inherited his musical talent from his father, Senegalese percussionist Mor Thiam, is one of the increasingly rare breed of artists who writes and produces his own material. Listening to his impressive debut CD, Trouble, it’s hard to imagine that he once disliked hip-hop. Over time he grew to embrace hip-hop and it shows. His style is a ... Read More »

Adriana Evans… Call it a Comeback

This morning I was pleasantly surprised to learn that one of my favorite singers, Adriana Evans (a.k.a. Adriana Madera) , has released a new CD, entitled Nomadic. (Thanks EJ) It’s been seven years since her self-titled debut CD dropped, but it seems like I’ve been waiting twice that long for some new music from her. The title of the CD ... Read More »

Kool Mo Dee’s New Book Ranks the 50 Greatest MCs

Let the greatest MC argument begin anew. Kool Mo Dee was on Tavis Smiley’s show last night promoting his new book, “There’s a God on the Mic: The True 50 Greatest MCs”. It seems that Mo Dee, like many of us, was moved to make his own list after seeing the list that MTV put together last year. ( Here’s ... Read More »

Wynton Marsalis on America’s Cultural Bankruptcy

Wynton Marsalis speaks to the National Press Club about America's growing cultural ignorance, and disses hip-hop again. Read More »

Making Breaking the Band II

Lots of rumors are flying about Da Band from MTV’s Making the Band II. Apparently there are questions about whether Sarah has quit the group and whether the group will ever make any money. Here are parts of the SOHH.com article ‘Da Band’s Grim Financial Future, Goodbye Sarah?‘ (emphasis is mine): Sarah, a misfit from the onset who was said ... Read More »

Kung Faux

Check out this highly entertaining mix of Kung Fu, Hip-Hop and Pop-Up Video. Read More »

Kraftwerk’s Tour De France 2003

Kraftwerk has come back with a new album, Tour De France Soundtracks. They’re including a 20th anniversary version of the classic Tour De France (remember that scene from Breakin’ when Boogaloo Shrimp was poppin’ with that broom?) You can check out the song and video here. I still prefer the original though. OK, I just went out to Kraftwerk.com and ... Read More »

Ghostwriting & Hip-Hop

Yesterday I was having a discussion about whether or not Dr. Dre can be considered a rapper. The discussion quickly digressed into the topic of ghostwriting. For those that don’t know, here’s a definition of a ghostwriter — ‘One who writes for and gives credit of authorship to another’. The practice of ghostwriting in hip-hop has always carried a certain ... Read More »