Tuesday, November 16, 2004

nas - u.b.r. (the unauthorized biography of rakim) -- going to be on street's disciple. made me buzz with that emotional tingle that i love nas for providing.
he's spitting that read-along flow, breaking it down like he did on last real nigga alive, switching it from just a do your history lecture to a really amazing track. taking that reactionary bullshit seriously but making it dope. beat heard through cold steel alley door of club, filtered out to just hard bass and handclaps on top. (i'm sure i fucked some things up when i wrote it out but i think i got it close)

the unauthorized copy
dedication, to my children, my child, destiny jones
to my niece and nephews
shari, malik, jabari
the world is yours
first off, i wanna thank god
and i wanna thank everybody for helping me with this
couldn't do it without you
chapter one, january 28, 1968,
born into this world, william griffin the great
chapter one, wyandanch, long island
scientific rhymin, invented a new style when
he met with eric barrier from east elmhurst
the melody they created was the first, burst
on the scene, 1986, with clap to this
87, dropped a classic disc
the facts is, the tracklist was like full
the vocals, the beats according to marley marl
recorded in my hometown, queensbridge
that's why it's so relative
this biography was unauthorized
i spit it how it was given to author nas
william changed his name at sixteen to rakim allah
cause clarence 13x had new york on lock
gods on every block, jams in every park
i remember kurtis blow sayin it can't get better than this, til
run dmc blew my brains to bits
from leather boots to shelltoes to the stan smiths
to dapper dan kicks
first million dollar deal ever in rap
18th letter did that
from 4th and broadway to uni to mca
we follow the leader to harlem's apollo theatre
supreme rap and the fifty that don't rap
brought queen dream, strong island, wolf pack
paid in full, hot, they was on
and rakim had his first born
with the next line i'ma be easy
his wisdom's name is fifi
epmd put a record out that was dope
tensions spread, and i quote:
sounded like the answer to the i ain't no joke track
for a second they ain't look good
little tension buzzing from wyandanch to brentwood
misunderstood, all forgot at sixteen when i met freddie foxx
toting burners, the whole coast's most concern was
how was rakim flows made christian convert with muslim ways
let the rhythm hit em was the third lp
a sophisticated, mean one
before similar voices with kings son
a few others, but sooner or later the game was ra's kingdom
at sixteen son was watching him
mesmerized, respect, not jocking him
was so amazing, besides
he came onstage with lasers in his eyes
walk with me now, unauthorized biography of rakim
mother was a jazz singer
nephew to r&b legend ruth brown
paid in full
follow the leader
let the rhythm hit em
don't sweat the technique
that's the end of the group
went off on solo
dropped the r, to the 18th letter
then, i think, something, the master
was signed to aftermath
scheduled to release an album-- oh my god-- with dr. dre
the album was dismantled, because of creative differences
the end
until the new beginning
next book: krs-one

The beat sounds like hearing Schooly D's "PSK" coming through the doors of a club.
Oh I just realized what it really sounds like, the drum break at the end of "Microphone Fiend"
this album is absolutely... CLASSIC. 25 tracks, i haven't skipped one! the beats arent repetative, neitha is his delivery. he switches it up so many times my head spinsssssss. gotdamn he got me geeked.
Its definitely a hot album, especially considering its 2 discs long. It gets a little heavy on the sing-songy medium-tempo reflective Nas moments, not enough amped up moments overall, but Nas definitely sounds old. Its very much an old man's album.
I really like it.
Nas is still hot, caliente hot. But I do have to agree, the album is definitely an old man's album...sooner or later hip hop will have oldies stations everywhere; we already have one in Atlanta.
ubr is stupid as shit
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Computer News
China's Google rockets on debut
It was a remarkable debut. Chinese search engine Baidu.com's shares sold in the United States for US$27 ($39) - then surged on day one to close at US$122.54 ($177.46).

Friday's result was the biggest first-day gain for a new listing in the US for five years.

Investors had more than quadrupled their money.

An analyst in New York with IPOdesktop.com, a website devoted to initial public offerings, John Fitzgibbon, said: "This one is the return to the internet bubble. Last time we saw a deal skyrocket was during the frothy IPO markets of 1999 and 2000."

Then came the post-mortem.

Some analysts said the internet search engine could have had an even better payday for itself if underwriters had sold the deal at a higher price to begin with.

"It looks to me like the underwriters should have had a better indication of the appetite for this stock than they did," said Donald Straszheim, president of Straszheim Global Advisors.

Investors were eager to own a stake in a company that many say could grow as dramatically as Google and is based in a country itself undergoing explosive growth.

But other analysts are not so sure the underwriters made a mistake, given that the company's shares were priced at a relatively high multiple of revenues.

"It wasn't priced out of line with the rest of the market. In a situation like this, you're dealing with the unpredictability of the after market," said Tom Taulli, of Instream Partners in Newport Beach, California.

At issue is the underwriting process. Banks selling shares to the public - in this case Credit Suisse First Boston, Goldman Sachs, and Piper Jaffray - are paid to use quantitative models to determine a fair price for shares, but also to gauge investor demand.

Underwriting has both subjective and objective elements, making definitive evaluation of a bank's performance difficult. In this case, demand for the IPO was evidently outsized, but so were the unknowns for the company.

"We don't know the potential impact of censorship in China, or how quickly the internet will grow there," said David Menlow, president of IPOfinancial.com. Had the IPO been priced higher and then fallen in the first day of trading, investors could have sued.

Baidu.com chairman and chief executive Robin Li, speaking on CNBC, said he was not upset by the potential lost proceeds of the IPO because the company had only sold a small portion of itself, and had significantly more growth ahead.

But University of Florida Professor Jay Ritter, an IPO expert, said Baidu.com left money on the table by introducing the shares at a level well below where they ended hours later.

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