I was having a bad boy moment last night and I played classics from 112 (Only you), B.I.G (Big poppa), Craig Mack (Flava in ya Ear) and Total (Can't you See) and I couldnt help put reminisce as these songs were the soundtrack to my teenage-pubscent years.

I forgot how much I admired P.Diddy and his 'shiny-suit' artists. For pit sake, I bought a swimming google hoping to rock it as a pair of sunglseese. I blame Puffy!

Now, you can't rememeber Bad Boy Inc. without thinking about M A dollar sign E. The candy-non threatening puffy protege that made the world recognise Harlem world but some how disappeared faster than Hilary Rodham Clinton from South Carolina.

So I ask, what in the world happened to MA$E. I've heard rumours over the years about him turning to religion, smoking crack until I saw him appear next to 50 Cents in the 'Window shopper' video then I branded him "LOST".

Anyway, I will never forget how many girls loved "Tell Me What you want from me" featuring original Bad girls - TOTAL.

Please note how foxy the lead singer Keisha looked in this video. Too Hot.


I know we have all heard Nickelback's infectous single Rock-Star. I really like the song and I just wanted to share an extract from the song with you:

'Cause we all just wanna be big rockstars and
Live in hilltop buses driving fifteen cars
The girls come easy and the drugs come cheap
We'll all stay skinny 'cause we just won't eat
And we'll hang out in the coolest bars
In the VIP with the movie stars
Every good gold digger's
Gonna wind up there
Every Playboy bunny
With her bleach blonde hair
And we'll hide out in the private rooms
With the latest dictionary of
Today's who's who
They'll get you anything
with that evil smile
Everybody's got a
Drug dealer on speed dial, well
Hey, hey, I wanna be a rockstar

What I find interesting about this is, it isn't just Rockstar that live by this oath - every one of us try to live like this and it's just so amuisng when it's been conveyed in worlds - we all look pathetic and desperate.


Today, we are going to play a game called "Is there a differences between these videos"
We feel the videos we are about to compare have strong similiarities in conceptual and technical terms.

First, newcomer Adele's Chasing Pavements and Coldplay's The Scientist. We love both songs though, it's just strange that their promotional videos are so familiar.

NEXT UP, The Verve's Bittersweet Symphony and Amy Wino's Tears dry on their own

It's okay, you dont have to choose a favourite!


As you all know, the Nigerian football team has played like amateurs so far at the 2008 African Cup of Nations, they make me want to hand in my green passport. This is just a pathetic state-of-"football" affairs.

Only if Abacha was still in power, he'd set fire on all their asses. Nonsense!


When will someone shut this man down. I warned you all last year of a new artist 'David Jordan' and his unusual blend of pop music. Like his presence on stage wasn't scary enough, his new video is beyond frighetening. I don't know which is more scary - his falsetto or Micheal Jackson tribute crotch-grabbing antics.
The A&R executive behind this artist needs to be kidnapped. It's never going to happen, even the british music-buying public is not going to fall for this one.


Most artists want to be politicians and most politicans want to have musicians' street cred. MIA is a classic case, she continues to fool people with her "views" on the state of the world, the middle-east and civil rights yet she's not changing nothing but the highlights in her hair.

MIA is a British vocalist, songwriter, composer, record producer and visual artist, and a Tamil of Jaffna origin. Her work in music often features a range of elements of genres including grime, hip-hop, ragga, dancehall and electro.

Her critically-acclaimed album "KALA" has won huge reviews and her new single "Papaer Planes" is banging. I must confess I haven't heard her debut album, simply because I'm tired of young people shooting their mouths-off on issues that they know little about but anyway lets enjoy this video in the meantime and hopefully (and just hopefully) she'll learn to shut the hell up.


This is Lumes Flowne - the London based Nigerian rapper with harder punch-lines than Curtis Jackson. He has several mixtapes out at the moment, the most recent been 'The Mixfolio'

He is crisp, fresh and gunning for the throne and by the looks of his recent promotional video 'Tidy', it's only a matter of time.


The Sundance Film Festival has been in full effect this week. Equally as important as the showcased films are the leading girls & boys. Since the Golden Globes red carpet were cancelled and the Oscars likely to take the same fate, we have decided to ditch glamour for avant-garde chic. It's sooooooooo progressive.

Here are some of our winners, Ladies & Gentlemen we introduce you to Evan Rachel Woods (image 1) - she is sizzling.


Oscar-worthy and all round thespian Justin Timberlake is at it again. Yep, trying to position himself with 'cool' black people to reinforce his message of 'I'm really down, really'

We've all seen images of Mr SexyBack grinning in pictures with the likes of 50 Cent and Denzel. At the recent Sundance Film Festival, we see trouser-snake crowding Samuel L. Jackson's space again. When will this boy stop? It's okay, we've all accepted you and you put out the best R&B album in 2007 - get over yourself!

Won't it be funny if Justin gets caught dropping the N word - that will be such a moment!


The word on the street is Eminem has been hospitalized for pneumonia and has allegedly ballooned in weight. I heard this a few weeks ago on MTV News but dismissed it as sensational journalism but it has showed its head once again via several blogs and podcasts. The problem is we have no pictures and it's really hard to back this up with facts but wouldn't this be funny?

Remember his several derogatory references (on old albums) to Elvis' weight and resulting demise.

Go figure!


The new Gillette fusion advertising campaign is packing more heat than my torso. Is this possible?

It has the three highest sports achievers in the sporting world today. Actually maybe that isn't entirely true, I wouldn't rate Thierry Henry in the same league as Tiger Woods and Roger Federer but let's move on.

All three men appear in the new adverts looking as chessy as a Cheese & Onion packet of Crisps donning black suits whilst walking on a treadmill.

This is big sponsorship power at its peak and I know most men shave (the justification for this stupid budget allocation) but come on, Gillette has little to no competition why would their marketing department flock out this much on these endorsements.

I'm guessing each althete must have pocketed at least $20m. I read a clause in their contract and it states that these men must never be caught (on camera or film) unshaven. Now ain't that a b****!

Small price to pay for big bucks! I'll save my legs for that.


Common and Alicia Keys obviously ignore the huge budgets allocated for 'love interest' in music video productions. Both artists have continued to chose each other to kiss and caress, obviously because it's more 'artistic' and you are sad if you don't see their artistic competence...yeah Whatever!

We all remember how stunning she looked in his 'I Want you' video and most will have noticed his more recent cameo on her new single 'Like you'll never see me again', which leads to the question - what is up peeps? This is a PR moment for their respective publicists and I'm suprised they're not exploring it further. This could lead to some great leads or perhaps I'm just too media savvy......yeah, that's probably it!


I don't know anything about this guy, except I heard him for the first time after I heard the Heath Ledger tragedy and it was so appropriate. So if you like the sound of his new single, go and buy his album 'SKYBOUND' it continues to receive fantastic reviews from my trusted newspaper columnists.


I must say I can't b****/curse the most powerful man in Hollywood as I know he has spies monitoring blogs, podcasts and websites that dare to slay his name, so here - MY BIG GOBB IS SEALED. My black (Nigerian) ass cannot afford to be sued at the moment, my mother is still alive.

This is so funny! That Kate Holmes babe needs to reconsider, I applaud the Australian one - shit, I'm not supposed to comment.


I know I critized him for deliberately making himself look like a steroid-addict but if I must admit I found myself dancing to his new single last night at a club. I'm not sure if I enjoyed its strong-resemblance to Amerie's One hit, 1 thing (get it!!) or its rather authetic Dap-kings' production but I enjoy the song - very much.

Here it is, tell me what you think.

YEP.....THE 'J' IS BACK................AGAIN

So Aunt Janet is back!

Yep, you heard seems like yesterday whe she released that sorry excuse for an album 'Damita Jo'. Well, if you are a fan, she's serving us another plate of JD produced noise.

The new single is Feedback, I saw the promotional video for the first time last night and all I have to say is, why the leather outfits? Why the extensions in the air? Her duet with Busta Rhymes was sooooooo 10 years ago (literally!)


Heath Ledger is dead. What the f***?

I just walked into my hotel room during engagements in Athens to this grim story. I will have to apologise for this incoherent rant but I did like and respect many of this young actor's work (I not there, Brokeback Mountain, etc.)

He always came across as nervous, shy and clean living. I'm even more shocked by recent reports on CNN that the NYPD had reported a rolled up $20 and some prescripted sleeping medicine.

So I ask was this another depressed hollywood actor that the world had forgotten untill this tragic demise. He recently split from Michelle Williams (Dawson's Creek) last fall and I think he probably never recovered.

I have 2 scenarios -

(i) After watching Brokeback Mountain, I was convinced that this story was particularly close to his heart as I felt he excelled far better than his co-star & film love interest Jake Gyldellehal. Could this be a reason for his split for his wife? Could he have been a repressed gay man?

(ii) We also know that he had a substance abuse problem for years although it has been alledged that he has been clean for a year. Could it be that he had become dependent on the drug once again after his seperation from his wife?

This is a sad death and I do not think IT JUST HAPPENED. Nothing just happens to celebrities in NY.

I feel so sad for his daughter. Another toddler to live with a sad demise of a famous parent.

EDDIE M-U-R......

Eddie Murphy apparently just filed for divorce after just two weeks of marriage to his rather delicious looking wife.

We have always suspected that something is up and this is just getting more ridiculous by the minute the man needs to face facts and just deal with whatever demons is weighing him down.

It's okay Eddie, no one cares - NO ONE CARES!


So.......failed journalist, Blake Civil-Fielder (aka Mr Amy Winehouse) is threatening to divorce my girl Amy. I say please please please do it. We think you are dustbin anyway and maybe (just maybe) we can have the talent that is Amy Winehouse back.

Good tug yourself, Civil Fielder!



If you could afford it would you be caught in these get-ups? Fresh from the Alexander McQueen show in Milan.


Sorry peeps, I don't usually buy into the hip-hop couple dream but damn, they look good!


I was complaining to a friend recently about the sudden demise of good quality Hollywood pictures. The produce of recent times have left film lovers like myself relatively uninspired with the likes of I AM LEGEND and what have you.

Some how I found my bum in a cinema seat today desperately trying to stay awake during CHARLIE WILSON'S WAR.

Just like the other 'political' 'anti-war in the middle east' films, it was just OKAY.

Which leads to my question: When will film directors stop trying to be senators and create classic escapism motion pictures that will leave us warm and tingly inside?
Lets recreate 'When Harry Met Sally', 'The Graduate', 'Rain Man' - we need to be entertained - stop trying to speak for the masses. You can't change the world with props and costumes. Sorry George Clooney!


Every now and then, a new act pops up with raw, undisputed talent and this time around it is Asa's time. She is a Nigerian-based singer/songwriter who is blowing our minds with her new album. I can't post the entire album here but I would like to share her new single with you all.

This is her trademark single "Fire on the Mountain". It is so fresh, so clean clean.



Like most people I know I am utterly glued to the current American primaries. It is so intoxicating to the point that I subscribe to CNN news to update my mobile with current updates.

In recent days my party candidates (Democrats of course) have been throwing cheap shots at each other a la Barack Obama and Hillary Rodham Clinton over comments made at a campaign rally in Nevada last week.

This argument is flawed to extreme degrees and I will not indulge them but I'd like us all to remember the famous speech from Dr Martin Luther King, this is too beautiful to ignore.

Please digest people....DON't just read, DIGEST people...

I have a dream that one day this nation will rise up and live out the true meaning of its creed--we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal.

I have a dream that one day on the red hills of Georgia the sons of former slaves and the sons of former slave owners will be able to sit down together at the table of brotherhood.

I have a dream that one day even the state of Mississippi, a state sweltering with the heat of injustice, sweltering with the heat of oppression, will be transformed into an oasis of freedom and justice.

I have a dream that my four little children will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day, down in Alabama, with its vicious racists, with its governor having his lips dripping with the words of interposition and nullification; one day right down in Alabama little black boys and black girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.

I have a dream today!

I have a dream that one day every valley shall be exalted, and every hill and mountain shall be made low, the rough places will be made plain and the crooked places will be made straight and the glory of the Lord shall be revealed and all flesh shall see it together.


Is he a media savvy cock or just a naive french man?

Let's discuss..................


Just to set the records straight....I am not (and I repeat), I am not a britney fan and quite frankly I'm bored with her shenanigans but on the flight from Dubai and her heard her new single "PIECE OF ME" and I must confess, despite her bull**** her recent singles have been good pop songs - don't hate.

Here's an extract -

I’m Miss American Dream since I was 17
Don’t matter if I step on the scene
Or sneak away to the Philippines
They still gon put pictures of my derrière in the magazine
You want a piece of me?
You want a piece of me…

I’m Miss bad media karma
Another day another drama
Guess I can’t see the harm
In working and being a mama
And with a kid on my arm
I’m still an exceptional earner
you want a piece of me?

How appropriate are those lyrics. Sorry to re-emphasise but all that matters at the end of the day is the MUSIC and quite frankly if the world paid less attention to her self-obssessive ways we might enjoy her a little bit more.

Just a final thought - she's trailer trash - if she wasn't famous, would we really give a shit?

Go figure!


The Clipse have 'cooked' (get it) up the perfect soundtrack for those friends in our lives that try to compete with us in all our endeavours.

Chill the **** out, we don't wear the same watch!


I know it's been a minute since I've shared some insightful tips on how to protect your integrity using clothes (yes, I said it!!). Really, it's a new year if you think you need a wardrobe change..........chances are you do so don't hesitate contemplate retail.

I have three labels (soem high street) that I'm very fond of at present and here they are.

In no particular order;

1 LYLE & SCOTT - great for polos, V-necks and cardigans. They have become slightly commercial since T4 presenters decided to slaughter the eagle logo but we are still very fond of it. For a polo expect to pay roughly £39. Not bad eh?

2 ALL SAINTS - the london brand is doing some graet things at the moment. Apart from quickly becoming the McDonalds for high-fashion brands with stores everywhere in London. The summer collection is looking well nice. It might burn a little hole in the pocket but it is so 150% worth every bit of material.

3 COS - I randomly discovered this stand alone Regents street store last year but it has quickly taken over Zara in my mind as the first point of reference for basic shirts, trousers, and suits. Great tailoring and the most expensive shirt is £35.

All these stores do labels have a ready-to-wear womens' component. You know I can't forget the ladies.


Ladies & Gentlemen, I introduce ........... GINGER & BLACK

Ginger is Eri. Black is Daniel. Since December 2005, Ginger and Black have taken their dark brand of musical comedy all over the country. Ginger and Black have made appearances on BBC Radio 2, Radio 4 as well as regular slots on 4Radio's 'The Weekly Show'. They also recently featured in S4C's TV show Wedi Saith.

I saw them on BBC 3's Comedy Shuffle.

This is Hilarious!


I'm utterly guilty as charged. I was one of the Black Eyed Peas haters (post-where is the love). I apologise and I take back a lot of the hurtful things I said about them after Fergie joined. I just loved the 'Back To Front' album too much and I thought they stood for conscious hip-hop to the fullest. I often forget that people gotta get PAID.

Just in case you wondering why this rant and random apology. I have been listening to the recent Will.I.Am album 'Songs about Girls' and my word it is supreme.

First, I was slightly irritated for not having discovered it earlier and second, it was my arch-music rival that drew my attention to it.

Now, irregardless of what you think of the Black Eyed Peas and their unique way of selling the public energy. The have a real talented front man and the more I find out about Will.I.Am's abilities, the more I'm like damn, did he do that?

'Songs about Girls'
is a quirky blend of electro-hop (I just made that up, don't plagirise me). It is fresh and innovative and I want as many people as possible to support him.

Commercially, it has been a let down - this is by no means a reflection of the quality as its golden in content.

Tracks like Heartbreaker, The Donque Song are far superior to the lead single 'I got it from my mama'. Also, I really would like to speak with his marketing manager. the lead single was a disastrous choice and I honesty feel it possibly hinder the chart success of the record.

There are some killer lines on the record:

Ya I like the way your soul sounds to me
Ain't nobody do me the way you do me
I got the stamina for L-O-V-E
Whip out the camera lets make a movie
In the future we could look back at what we done did
We'll be makin love til we like a hundred
And thats why I had to remix this song
Cuz i want the truth to be told


Just in case you actually thought Ri-what's her face wrote Umbrella - you are wrong!

It was written by a young man named The Dream. Like every other song writer including pink lips ne-yo, they start by penning songs for artists that can't put pen to paper before launching their individual projects.

The Dream on the other hand has impressed me. I have heard a lot of his stuff on mixtapes and I think he will do great things.

Here's his debut single: Shawty is a 10.




I know you all dream of you wedding day and most especially your traditional wedding cake. So I ask, how far would you go to get your dream cake?

Would you go this far?

I-Reporter's wedding cake is a full-size likeness of herself -

They are Nigerians living in Texas.

Nuff said!


As you all know we are only hours from the first set of votes to be casted in New Hampshire. Many of you would have guessed by now that I'm a huge Obama supporter and I believe in his very poignant message of 'change'

I urge Americans to go out in their hundreds and show support during these crucial stages of the primaries.

I would also like to urge the media to take it easy of Hilary Clinton. She has quickly become the target of 'America Votes 2008'. I felt very uncomfortable watching her breakdown on TV in New Hampshire yesterday.

I have also been thinking that although everyone should fight to win. A partnership between Obama and Clinton could work beautifully.

I think it is important to remember that Bill Clinton worked hard to improve the status of African Americans. Comedians like Chris Rock had tagged him 'The Black President' in the past.

He fought hard for civil/human rights for all Americans. The fact that Barack Obama is running and winning public support is indirectly part of teh work the Clintons has done almost a decade ago.

So you heard it hear first - how about Obama for President, Hillary his vice?


I got incredibly frustrated the other day when I couldn't find my Roots Manuva CD - Run Come Save Me. After 2 hours of searching, I moved my ass to the nearest HMV and purchased another copy. Luckily it was on sale (not that I wouldn't have bought it otherwise)

I forgot how great this record is so I ask the questions that I'm sure many want to - where is ROOTS MANUVA?

We need another first class record bro. Thank you for this though. Exceptional!


Yo Yo Yo

Mary is back!

You know how we get by the prospect f a new album from Mary j Blige. Nothing makes me feel more whole that the sound of Mary's voice eating out my eardrums.

Her new single Just Fine didnt sit with me at the start but the more I listen to it the more I want to do something crazy like mimic her micheal jackson moves in the video.

Plus the beat is reminicent of our whole 2-step movement a la Craig david days. We like we like we like. Mary needs to go on tour. I want to see this MAMA!


At Renaissance Man, we believe that 2008 will be a fantastic year for a lot of artists whom have worked very hard to build a following in the previous year. This year we are relieved to be able to share some great music with the world that perhaps we had been listening to for a while. In no particular order,





The first caucasus results are out from Iowa and suprise (or perhaps not!) Barack Obama won the democrats vote. This is such a turn-on for non-Americans as it finally demonstrates that Amerians can have a mind of their own and truly want CHANGE.

Barack Obama has been described by voters as "not your typical politician" and "refreshing" it gives me great joy that after shattered hopes with Al Sharpton and Jesse Jackson, we have a real contender.

This man has clearly demonstrated that he has the momentom and I pray the momentom stays with him and his campaigners as they move to New Hampshire. A win there would be very favourable indeed.

Finally, this isn't about race - it's purely about COMPETENCE.


I was watching my TV last night when I stumbled upon the new Big Brother series.

As the ever cynic, I was almost ready to flick over when I saw a showreel for one of the housemates. After 2 revelations, I noticed a pattern of ypung aspiration individuals whom have achieved great things in their own right.

This got me thinking, after 9 series of trash-lollipop entertainment. They finally get it right. It has been a huge misrepresentation on BIG BROTHER's part to conclude that their past contestants were true representation of UK today.

It would be interesting to see how relationships develop in the house amongst sound minded individuals.

It is such a refreshing concept.

I urge you all to watch. You know where to find it!