The Thrill Lives On

Michael Jackson died yesterday. Probably the biggest passing I have experienced, the death of Michael really hits a chord for me. My parents are both huge fans and Michael's anthems were regularly played in my house when I was young. Michael lived an extraordinary life, one that had it's share of highs and lows. I can only hope that his death will bring about a shift of focus away from his flaws and more towards his achievements. This is the death of an icon and possibly the last music superstar of this stature. No one since Michael has been able to replicate his success or universality, His music just oozed perfection, from songwriting to the instrumentation, to the substance and moral and musical value. Not to mention he was the gold standard when it came performing. He was undeniably the King of Pop, I'd even go as far as to say the King of Music. Even though he is gone, we still have the music that he made, and boy is that a statement in of itself.

Michael Jackson, Rest in Peace.


o hai.

New pac-div video for "Mayor". About time guys, I've been bumping this song since February. Everything about this video just screams Los Angeles to me. I love it.

The Clipse. What can I say about these guys? One of my favorite hip-hop groups of all time and with Kanye behind the boards, you just know it's gonna be a classic. 'Til the Casket Drops drops sometime in September. Is it weird that I'm anticipating this one more than the new Jay-z or Wu albums? Not at all.

Dope paintings by Eric Zener via BOOOOOOOM

I'll be back.



I finished my first year of college today. 11 classes down, a bajillion more to go. This last semester was probaly the most stressful semester I've ever had. Since Monday I slept a total of about 7 hours. Sooooo tired. I can't even write anything remotefully involved because my brain is exhausted. The Lakers won one of the craziest games ever tonight and life couldn't be any better. I just thought I should write down the feelings I am experiencing right now because they don't come around very often.


Friday "morning"

Every Friday morning I sleep until 12 o'clock noon. Every Friday morning my dog sneaks into my room, hops onto my bed, and uses my foot as a pillow. I don't think there's anything better that I can wake up to. You could argue; "What if a hot supermodel sneaked into your room, hopped into your bed, and used your foot as a pillow?" That actually has happened to me before. It's not as good, it's just not as good. I love my dog.

Next week is the last week of my spring semester. Last week was one of the most stressful weeks ever. I think I slept a total of 9 hours over 4 days AND I still have a bunch of work to do.

I downloaded Dom Kennedy's mixtape, FutureStreet/DrugSounds about 3 weeks ago. It's actually really impressive. While he might not be the most lyrical of the bunch, his delivery and flow more than make up for it. Perfect car music. "Menace Beach" is bananas. The beat on "Hellagood Intermission" might be the most chill beat I've heard this year. Check it out on Imeem.

This is the work of Anthony Davis. The lighting in some of his shots is just amazing. Really great stuff. One of my favorite photographers. I especially love this set.

I'm Carlos, a 19 year old design student from Torrance, California.