Born and raised in South Philadelphia, Beanie Sigel went from being a hustler on the streets to becoming on of the most revered names in the state of Hip-Hop. He’s made his mark on the game simply by being the person that he always knew; meaning that he perpetuated and image that was no other than himself.beanie_sigel2

In the dawn of the new millennium, there were various different artists and groups who had the necessary talent to extend beyond the sovereignties of Philadelphia (Gilly-Major Figgaz, Most Wanted to name a few) but Beanie Sigel was the artist who spear headed the game by linking up with the top dog of rap, Jay-z.

Eventually, the two became some what of dynamic duo. One who personified the lavish lifestyles of a successful hip-hop artist, and the other who spewed out the emotions of frustration and turmoil created by an impoverished human being; this for not only himself, but for the people… Through out the years, this polaric blend of Broadway and Broad Street fused together and created a bond that extended beyond an appreciation for music.

You know the saying “opposites attract,” well outside of the business aspects of music, this notion certainly held true. But what happens when something comes between those opposites? When a conflict of interest occurs? When the two differ in lifestyles and life choices? When one person feels that the heart is more important than the head…?

Those are questions that i cant answer entirely. But one thing is for sure, and thats somebody always ends up hurt. I hate to sounds so sentimental, but theres no getting around it.

Now I havent had the luxury of personally knowing Beans, but based on his body of work through out his career, and what from he speaks appears to be nothing short of “the truth” So its safe to assume that in the last song that he dropped called “The Average Cat” is no different. He speaks on the differences that he’s had between him and Jay. I’ll let you listen for yourself.

So as we know Beans has had his share of legal troubles. Despite the fact that some may disagree or lack empathy for his situation, he still has had to deal with it. Enduring the turbulences of coming from nothing, to making it big, back to dealing with legal discrepancies are tough for anybody.

In his latest interview with radio show host Charlemagne (100.3 The Beat) he goes in detail about how life was like for him through out all this drama, and how his so called homie Jay-Z pretty much left him out to dry.

Heres the interview so guys can see for yourself.

So there you have it.. Beans spilled out his heart and aired out most of what was going on behind closed doors. Obviously this issue involves money, but more importantly this is about looking out for ya man. I’ve heard a few different opinions about this matter. Some gives the “at the end of the day, this is still a business” explanation, while others see it as Jay-Z only looking out for himself.

My take on this matter is that, Jay could have been there for Beans. Yeah he got into a lot of trouble, but developing a friendship that extended beyond music was an insidious way to gain loyalty that would only benefit himself in the long run. I think Jay knew what he was doing. He took a talented street cat with a passion for music, and took advantage of his lack of understanding about the game. One thing that most people don’t realize, esp young and or up and coming artist, is that we still live in a capitalist society. The way this works is that the owner (Jay-Z for example) is trying to make as much money as he possibly can, regardless of personal or situational circumstances. Whats even worse is that coming from the business and media capital of the world, Jay-Z was born into a culture who understands this ideology and how it works. Beanie Sigel on the other hand came from a place where loyalty, respect and comradery was far more important than making a dollar. So although I understand the business aspect of it, I have to disagree with the people who side with Jay-Z. When your that rich, and have that much to spare, at what point do you realize that a person who considers you a brother to himself is more important than making MORE money. I mean as a person, Jay could of reached out to Beanie when he was doing his bid. Yeah He (Beanie) made some questionable decisions that cost him his freedom, thats still somebody that could use his help. I guess at the end of the day, people that dont want to be help cant be help, but theres a line between letting somebody learn the hard way and letting somebody deal with a world of shit on their own. Like Beanie said, he risked his career going to war with all of Jay-Z’s foes. So even if Jay didnt agree with the moves that Beanie made, just out of consideration and appreciation, I personally think that Jay could have schooled Beans a lot better. You can have all the tools and opportunity to be successful in life, but if no one teaches you how to utilized them, then what good are they?

But thats just my opinion.. Whats yours?

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So what do you know, the 2009-2010 season is underway. It seems like it was just yesterday when I was in my living room watching best player in the league solidify his place amongst the immortals of the NBA. Yes, The Black Mamba, Kobe “Bean” Bryant is STILL the best player in the game today. But thats not what Im here to write about (entirely)..

This year is by far the most intriguing, and exuberant year in the NBA (in my opinion) since the Melo, Wade and Lebron draft in 03. Theres so much to talk about… So many things to expect. So many possibilities, and so so many up can coming stars to acknowledge.  Idk even know where to start…

Well how about this, Opening Night was was amazing! We got a chance to see the new block buster acquisitions for two of the three elite teams in the east,  Rasheed Wallace (Boston Celtics) and Shaq Daddy (Cleavland Cavaliers) in action. Now let me say that Shaq in my estimation is no longer the quick fix to a problem. He’s obviously past his prime, and is apparently making every effort to just “hang in there”, while he crutches on Lebron and Co. to piggy back his way to the NBA finals. Its a bit early for me to assess whether or not  Shaq has finally pulled it all together, and is in feasible enough shape to endure the rigors of a grueling NBA 82 game season, so Im not about to shred him up just yet. His performance did decline towards the second half of the game, so if you’re a Cavs fan, lets just hope this isnt a microcosm of what the NBA season would be like…cavs-shaq-and-lebron-53f1b3d16c86876b_medium

As for the Team in Green, they started out pretty slow, but like the heart and soul of their team captain and leader, KG and the Celtics scrapped their way back into the game. Since we’re on the topic of the new team additions, Sheed was stellar! Knocked down some key three’s (3-6 from the arch) to help propel his squad to victory.. Now the stats aren’t nearly as important as presence on the defensive end as well as an inside/outside threat. Furthermore, it seems to be a seamless transition from being star player of the Pistons, to becoming the 6th man off the bench. In short, all I can say is that this year playoffs will be worth every bit of the anticipation. It has to be!

Later on that night the Lakers took on the cross town rivals La Clippers. The historically  deemed underdogs, were their best man short for the first game of the season. Rookie Star, Blake Griffin has suffered a knee cap injury one day before the opening night. He’s projected to be out for at least 3 weeks.

On the inverse side of things, the highlight(s) of that game had nothing to do with Kobe posting some commendable stats (33 pts 8 rebs and 4 stls), but rather the championship celebration before hand.The 2009 NBA Champions received their diamond encrusted rings. —SB: They had their faces on them jawns btw lol.. Now thats just outlandish!–

Ring Number 4 kobe

Nice

The comish, David Stern was there to commemorate the Lake Show for last season’s accomplishments.  Not surprising, but to see all the great Lakers in attendance; Jerry West, Magic, Big Game James, Mike Cooper, Rob Horry, just to name a few.. It really was something special.

I was watching 1st take this morning and Skip Bayless said something along the lines of “it seemed as if the great Lakers players were there to welcome Kobe into the circle of made men”. I couldnt agree more. After all these years of scrutiny and overcoming the haters, Kobe has finally won it on his own. No longer can the nay sayers say ” he aint winning it with out Shaq”. Last night was the solidification of what Kobe has done through out his career, prove the doubters wrong…

here’s a look at the ring ceremony

It surely was a special thing to see. Overcoming and exceeding the expectations of the opposing party(s) is certainly one of the best feelings a person can experience…

Speaking of which, I’ve once heard that Guilbert Arenas once say in a Adidas commercial that he wears the number Zero to always remind himself of what his doubters thought of him. They always told him that he wouldnt amount to anything.  So he used this as fuel and constant motivation to continually get better; proving people wrong. Well let me say that its good see him back in action! After a good 2 year hiatus the “Hibachi” is back on the grill, cooking more cats than a Chinese store (corny i know LOL). He was sharp, cohesive and most importantly, the explosiveness was there. He shows no ill effects from his knee injury, and appears to be back on the right track. By no means am I a fan of the Wizards, but I’ll def be rooting for Agent Zero this season.

Guily’s first game back

Share your outlooks on the 2009-2010 season.

Fatima Maddox: Madd Talented

Posted: October 9, 2009 in Uncategorized

Check out this new vid of my home girl Fatima Maddox. She played four years at Temple University right here in Philly. These are just a few highlights of her doing what she does best.

Somebody pick this chick up. You might be able to fill some seats!

Take a Look!!

So there you have it… Brett Favre is now the first and only player ever to have won a game against all 32 teams in the National Football League!

Young Jock dance? lol

Young Jock dance? lol

Just let that marinate for a second…

Not only did he accomplish something that is so unique, so unattainable, something so… atypical. He did it with such pizazz and charisma. A true vintage Brett Favre performance on a Monday night; throwing  24 of 31 for 271 yards and 3 TD’s, NFL fans couldnt ask for more.

It doesnt get any better than this. Aside from the Superbowl, this The Packers vs Vikings has to be arguable one of the most anticipated games of the season. You’ve got Brett Favre taking snaps for his longtime rival team, while facing off against the franchise that essentially nurtured, embodied and solidified his legacy (thats until the ish hit the fan). The “Young Buck” squaring off against the “Old Bull”, who’s trying to show to the world that Green Bay’s decision in let go of Brett Favre wasnt a testament to his old age  and rust, but that he, Aaron Rogers is a legitimate NFL QB who deserves the time of day.

Without a doubt, Brett has really big shoes to fill. I’m sure the thoughts of measuring up has circled around the conscious A. Rogers, but by he looks of it, it hasnt fluster him one bit. He and Brett made sure that this game would be worth all the hooplah.

On the opening drive Favre moved the ball down the field completing an perfect 5 of 5. 2nd and goal lined up at the 2 yard Brett drops of a sweet pass to Visanthe Shiancoe for 6.

The very next drive Aaron Rogers comes back with a with a series of  completions that required a bit of foot action to make it happen. 3rd and five, the Packs line up at their own 35 yard line. Aaron takes the shotgun snap and finds his tight end, Jermichael Finely for 62 yard score.

Can you say bait and hook? I already knew that this game would be something worth watching but didnt expect for it to start off like that.

Through out the game, there was some exceptional plays being made by both Brett and Aaron, but the underlying factor that determine the game was not the play of the two quarter backs. Quite naturally, there was a lot of hype and fixation geared towards the two QB’s and rightfully so, but what mattered the most was the pass protection and the defensive prowess.

In the head to head match up, judging by the numbers you might think that Aaron Rogers had the better game, but his offensive line could hold up. Despite the fact that the Vikings defense forced a fumble recovery and an interception, Rogers still managed to throw 26-37 for 384 and 2 TD’s. Quite Frankly I was impressed. I thought that he would fold under the pressure. But then again, all of the attention was focused on Brett so Aaron had little to nothing to lose. He was already the underdog and as the story was written, his defeat at the hands of the legendary Favre was supposed to happen…

But had this went the other way, and the Packers won this game? All of the blame would have been shunned upon the shoulders of Brett Favre. It’s not that he had anything to prove in regards to who’s the better quarter back. It was more along the line of him having to make that statement saying “how dare you guys (packers) not give me the liberty of retiring at my own convenience… I’ve brought home a Superbowl victory along multiple division and conference championships. For 16 hard years, I’ve endured injury after injury and never took the easy way out!” “For Christ sakes, I’m Brett Mutha-Fu*k-en Favre bro! I’ve gave you guy’s my all, and you have the nerve to draft this kid and give presence over me? I run this! I this is my town!” lol

Aight, well maybe I got a lil too carried away with all the drug lord antics, but you get my drift…lol

I’n not a Packer, Viking or Favre fan. But if  i had to chose who I favor the most out of  the 3, I most certainly would ride with Brett on this one. I can absolutely feel his glee for settling the score with his former team. Like everyone else, in the summers of 07 and 08 i was tired of hearing about all this retirement mess, and eventually started grow not so fond of Brett. I mean he’s old(er) and at the time was indecisive. No matter how patient you are, nobody likes that old man in the grocery store who lags at the cash register because he’s not sure if he put too much in his cart, and isnt sure if he has the cash to cover it all… But once the media frenzy subsided, and the rubbish was cleared, I began to feel for Brett. Imagine that you did something you really loved for a living, and once you are at the end of you career, coming back isnt an option once you decide to leave.. Well unless your Brett Favre, but you get me. In short, the Packers took away his liberties.  His options, his freedom to say “no Im not ready to leave yet.”

Thats why this victory had to be so sweet. It wasnt to prove or show to the world that he can still play. It wasnt to prove to not even himself that he could out play the young Aaron Rogers. It was a subtle statement statement communicated from a single man to a giant that said “how dare you..”

Despite what Brett may tell the media, Revenge, History, and a few dozen babies were made that night.. Who would’ve knew that the 32 degree’s of completion would have came the way it did..

Before I forget

Nightly Notables:

Jared Allen, who had 4.5 sacks last night.

Atwoine Winfield with 9 tackles and the only interception of the game.

These two guys did their thing. And the Vikings offensive line gave their QB the time to do what he does best. It really was a collective effort.

Viks win 30-23..

LOL Best Commercial Ever!

Posted: October 5, 2009 in Uncategorized

The Mamba goin to work in the virtual world!

After the first Sunday in the month of October, only a few teams remain unbeaten. Now thats not too unusual when considering the teams that tend to own their divisions and early-game schedules, hence the The Indiana Colts and New York Giants. But What might come to a surprise is That the Minnesota Vikings, New Orleans Saints and most importanly the Denver Broncos stand at a perfect 4-0 heading into week 5.B dawkins broncos

Once referred to as the “E”nver Broncos due to their lack of “D”efense, the mile high city  seemingly has been able to force their opponents to run up-hill, or should I say up-mountain… Allowing only 26 points (6.5 per) for their opposition to snack on all season, I guess its now safe to say the “D” is back.

Or Maybe, just maybe the “D” just arrived…

My Philadelphia Eagles are so GM savvy, that they let our best defensive player, and arguably one of the best “DB’s” in the league in “B”rian D”awkins go. Ironically enough, The “DB’s” (Denver Broncos) just needed the right “DB” (Defensive Back) in “BD” (Brian Dawkins) to bring the “D”- back…

SB- I Dare you to try and write this in cursive.. All lower case though, no caps lol..

But thanks to the eagles, the Broncos are now a perfect 4-0.  With the consistent defensive play, this team can make some real noise. Its still too early for me to determine if this team is for real or not, but I’m not about to count these guys out; not with the Alpha male running the show back there barking out  audibles and play actions.. Dawkins was a huge factor in why the Eagles were as successful as they were in the years pass. So why would I expect anything different?

I don’t have any hard feelings towards the departure of Brian Dawkins and the Eagles, but it leaves some what of a sour taste thats comparable to a break up. You think that your the best fit for someone, until you seem them with somebody else and things are a perfect 4-0 … ha! But only time will tell. Maybe they got lucky.. Or maybe their competition wasn’t up to par. Minus America’s team the Dallas Cowboys, the Denver Broncos pretty much beat teams that were beatable. What I’m looking forward to is the team they play next Sunday. The New England Pats blew the Broncos out last year 41 to 7 (cough) EMBARRASSING!

Denver most certainly has a score to settle, and im anxious to see how things pan out. Tom and the Patriots arent as invincible as they once were so this might turn out to be a game after all…

And tune in to see Bret Favre Play against his old team. If the Viks win, then Bret Favre will be the first person ever to beat all 32 teams in the NFL. Wow thats longevity for you..

Pretty Boy Flyod, aka Money Mayweather remains the undisputed champ!

Sit down!

Sit down!

After a 21 month sebbatical, Money Mayweather stepped back inside the square looking as sharp and as spiffy as ever. His opponent, Juan Manuel Marquez. A well respected fighter native of Mexico City, proudly accepted the challenge of taking on the man who’s commonly revered by most as the best pound for pound fighter in the game today (No disrespect to the Pac Man).

Despite the fact that the sport of boxing isn’t what it used to be, “Money” is definitely keeping it ALIVE! He’s everything that the sport needs right now. Mr. Young, flashy and fly himself never lacks charisma and he sure knows how penetrate the minds and hearts of his opponents. Some might say Floyd’s a bit arrogant or even narcissistic, but all in all, Money Mayweather has all the skill and talent to back up all the smack talking that spews from his mouth. 40-0 speaks for itself!

Juan Manuel Marquez, like the majority Latino fighters, is a man of pure courage and resiliency.  His will and determination reminds me of a fighter that once felt the raft of Mayweather a few years back, Ricky Hatton… Marquez has had an exceptional career (50-5-1) so far, but was clearly out of his weight class when going up against the champ. Speaking of which, Juan was penalized 600 grand for failing make weight at 144 lbs. Naturally he’s the smaller fighter. I’m not sure if stepping in the ring @ 142 pounds was a result of falling short of the agreement, or just a simple strategy to help compensate for his lack of speed and agility.

Ok enough of the formalities…

Floyd straight whooped Marquez’s ass!

The fight was almost laughable. After Knocking down Manuel Marquez in the second round, Money knew he had this fight in the bag. Taunting, and dancing around the ring as usual, he just flat out made his opponent look bad. And thats why I like Floyd. He’s like you typical guy from the hood, who loves to talk sh*t and make a name for himself by making the next guy look bad. He’s got the heart to match his ego, and knows how to entertain. By no way, shape or form does the cockiness get to me, because at times the guy is just funny. Now had he got his face beat in a few times, I wouldnt be the fan that I am, but thats just not the case.. Pretty Boy Floyd is more than a fighter, he’s an entertainer. A man who not only knows how to captivate the audience, but always gives the people what they want, a show. The Ultimate hybrid between your prototypical boxer with the smarts and textbook skills to go along with it, and that nigga from the hood with a mean box game; both  incarnated in the same body.

Seeing him out there brings back memories of when we were kids, slap tappin away in the driveway. I know this to be true, because last night at the sports bar, a small scuffle broke out in the mist of the main event lol!

All I seen was the 3 consecutive overhand rights colliding with this guys face. I didnt see how the situation started, but according to my man Larry, the guy who got punched in the face was deserving of it…

So this is the story. We in there all in there looking at the fight. Mind you its crowded as ever in there, and its hard to get where you got to go. So once you get a spot, ya best bet is to stay put. But anyway, the waiters were serving food on the floor where the mass of people were standing. This guy who finishes his plate and tries to go over towards the bar and set it on the counter top so he can get back to watching the fight. This other guy who’s sitting @ the bar is in his way, and refuses to move so the guy with the plate can dispose of garbage. The guy with the plate says “aye buddy, can you let me sit the plate down” The other guy continues to be a prick and ignores his request. So the guy with the plate puts the plate on the table anyway, and the other guy who’s sitting at the bar takes the plate and throws it on the ground. Now who knows what the guy was eating but I’m almost certain that it meal involved some kind of sauce that probably splattered all over his boots lol. A few words are exchanged and next thing you know (what I heard) was a WHOP! I immediately turned around and as I’m scanning the room for the commotion, I see this guy wounding up his right hand, about to deliver the second blow. WHOP! then he punches him again. Ironically, no security came to the scene, and the guys broke it up themselves. The guy who was sitting at the bar, who got punched in the face calmly grabbed his beer and began drinking it as if nothing happened. IDK man, maybe it was the liquor that disallowed  him to feel anything, but he seemed to be unphased by what just happened.

After all the hostility subsided,  almost immediately, the people directed their attention back to the flat screen TV’s. It was as if this was apart of the show or something lol.

I’n not an advocate for violence, but talk about a fun night! I got the two for one deal that Saturday bul..lol

But all in all, the fight (that came one ppv) was a great one. Thats if your a Mayweather fan. All the Latino’s that came out to support Manuel Marquez slowly started to dip off as the Mayweather fans grew louder and louder.

I would love to see Floyd fight Manny Pacquiao next. Oh yeah, Sugar Shane Mosley comes to mind as well. We’ll see sometime in the remaining months of this decade if Floyd wants to come back. He said on the HBO series 24/7 that he accepted the challenge for the love of the sport. But they dont call em Money Mayweather for nothing! ;^]

Stay Tuned for more,

Mike Ferg.