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Archive for June, 2009

Listening – June 30th

June 30, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  1 Comment

*update – download 50′s Forever King Mixtape (thisis50.com)

A few new tracks I’ve heard during the course of the week – these were my picks. The 50 Cent/Biggie track is going to be a classic. The Jeezy, Drake, Wayne track, im not sure about i posted it because i liked Jeezy’s verse; but i am not entirely sure about Lil Waynes. Everything else I just felt others needed to hear.

8Ball & Mjg – So Much Money

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Young Jeezy, Drake, & Lil Wayne – Always Strapped

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Slim Thug – I Run

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50 Cent ft. Biggie – Suicide Watch

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Demarco – Roof Over My Head

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Classic of the Day* – Sticky Fingaz ft Raekwon – Money Talks

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Every Tuesday – New Listening/music posted.
Ravi

Jdm Ups – Bradenton, Fl

June 28, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Automotive Events  |  6 comments

JDM Up’s held their second car show of the year in Bradenton, FL, home to one of the best tracks in the United States. After a previously successful event in Ruskin, FL, it was apparent that JDM Up’s had big plans on accommodating the masses of car show participants and race enthusiasts at their next event.

Overall Jdm Up’s was a success. Greg did a wonderful job organizing the event. Jdm Up’s has come a long way from out growing the Lowes parking lot to hosting the event at Bradenton Motorsports Park. With the help of BMP, JDM Up’s was able to accomplish a perfect day – while some eager onlookers were clearly satisfied with the resulting smell of fuel and burning tires from the races, others curiously found their cravings amongst the eye candy of beautiful imports entranced around the track. Unarguably the combination of a car show and track day was a match made in Heaven. This event reeled in many fans across the state of Florida and served well as an introduction to the scene for newcomers. We also saw a lot of interesting things at this event such as, SIK/Stage 6 turbo K-Series EG Civic dipping into the 9′s, a silver GT Mustang spinning out of control half way down the track and miraculously not hitting the wall.

We all look forward to this event every couple of months.

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Ravi ( Photography by Dipz – Words by Dipz & T.Ali (amimaxima) )

Michael Jackson – RIP (1958-2009)

June 25, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  5 comments

As Facebook, Twitter, Myspace, and Text Messages began flooding in with the news of Michael Jackson’s untimely passing, The entire world scrambled to find out what was going on, as it turns out the rumors where true.

Michael Jackson was pronounced dead today at 3:15PM – suffering a cardiac arrest in his home in LA. His musical legacy will live on forever through his songs; such as Thriller, Smooth Criminal, Black or White, and many many more.

May he Rest in Peace.
August 29th 1958 – June 25th 2009

Michael Jackson – We Are the World

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Better On the Other Side
The Game ft. Chris Brown, Diddy, Polow Da Don, Mario Winans, Usher, Boyz II Men

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50 cent – Where You Are

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Also; RIP to Farah Fawcett and Ed Mcmahon.

Ravi

Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen – Review

June 24, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Videos  |  No Comments

Transformers 2 – Revenge of the Fallen – 5 out of 5 stars.

If you’re browsing through the site – you may realize we’ve given everything so far 5 out of 5 stars, but this movie is definitely deserving of it. I went into this movie expecting it not to live up to the first; as most sequels aren’t as good as their counterparts (due to expectations and living up to the hype) . Transformers 2 was also a hell of a lot funnier than i expected it to be too; the two ghetto bots had me laughing from start to finish, I’m glad to see a different element added to the Transformers line up.

The Action aspect was a lot better than the first Transformers movie as well, i found myself in the first movie confused and trying to make out who or what was fighting and what they were doing. In Transformers 2 they animated the action a lot better and it created a lot better fight sequences.

All in all – the movie is definitely worth seeing and in-fact when they release it to DVD add it to your collection, if not for the movie alone, then for Megan Fox. :P

Youtube Trailer

Ravi

Listening – June 23rd

June 23, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  2 comments

*update : Nas & Damian Marley – Collaboration Snippet – Listen; this is what hip hop needs.

Nas & Damian Marley – As We Are

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Also short video on Nas & Damian Marley’s new project Distant Relatives
http://vimeo.com/5315445

This week I have a few songs posted, all are fairly new – I am trying to keep it fresh (some are a month or so old). The songs range from Nas to Vybz Kartel to Murs and J.Dilla.. Hope you enjoy and I will try and post more each week.

Nas – Film

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Murs – Science

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Ludacris ft. Junior Gong – Cross my Mind

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Lil Jon ft. Swizz Beatz & Snoop Dogg – I Do

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Trick Daddy – The Shit I Live

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Knocturn’al – Sorry I Left You

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Jadakiss ft. Ruff Ryders – Who’s Real (remix)

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J.Dilla ft. Black Thought – Reality Tv

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Gucci Mane ft. Juve – Trigger Happy

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Vybz Kartel – Virginity (explicit)

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Black Eyed Peas vs Perez Hilton

June 23, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  1 Comment

Okay, so we all know that every so often in the industry there are some physical altercations; i mean it happens in everyday life – it’s just a lot funnier when it happens to celebrities or at least more interesting I suppose. In the past year or so I remember hearing about Akon’s entourage beating up Suge Knight, Chris Brown beating up Rhianna, and now.. The Black Eyed Peas beating up Perez Hilton (quite possibly the funniest one yet)… Well they were twittering it out (since thats what Perez Hilton thought it would be better to twitter himself getting knocked out instead of calling the police?), shortly after Will I Am posted his response, and a video (twitter.com/iamtherealwill – if you want to watch it)… or just read the entire (or made up conversation) twitter messaging by Complex Magazine below (read it – its a lot better than what really happened lol – it even has guest appearances by Michael Jackson, Fergie, Tila, and P.Diddy). The Black Eyed Peas manager turned himself into police after the incident claiming responsibility for the incident..

Twitter Reenactment via Complex.com ( this has to be exactly how it happened – AMAZING )

I wasn’t originally going to post about this but after reading the (epic) complex.com article – I knew i had to pass it on.

Ravi

Mos Def – The Ecstatic

June 22, 2009  |  by four  |  Music  |  4 comments

Mos Def – The Ecstatic – 5 out of 5 stars

If your looking for something mellow, intelligent, and melodic with the power to entice head nodding Mos Def’s fourth album which was released June 9th, is a great pick up for you. A very relaxing type of listen. He even speaks Spanish entirely on one track, “No Hay Nada Mas.” There’s a great feature with BlackStar affiliate Talib Kweli on a track called “History,” which is definitely worth a listen.  Slick Rick even appears on one track. “Roses,” is a catchy tune and you may even find yourself singing the chorus after a few listens. “Workers Comp,” is without a doubt a truthful melody where he uses metaphorical speech. “Life in Marvelous Times,” is the first single off the album which is indeed a marvelous song. It is expected that Mos will start selling his album via T-shirts which will include a code in the tag that can be used for download over the Internet. I’m going with a 5/5 on this album. Creativity in the marketing, intelligent rap, and soothing beats!

Mos Def – Life in Marvelous Times

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Mos Def – Workers Comp

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Featured – Team Sunworks Acura Rsx-S

June 17, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Features  |  7 comments


Anyone can build a Honda – parts are readily available at your neighborhood Wal-Mart it seems, but building a Show-Winning, Track ready Honda takes a special breed of people. Team Sunworks is of that Breed. They’ve built several successful Show & Track ready cars. Meet Troy’s Acura Rsx Type S. Hands down one of the cleanest RSX’s on the street filled with rare goodies from it’s S2000 gauge cluster set up to the Work VS-XX wheels. Troy’s Rsx started its life out as a 2004 (early model RSX) and was converted over to the 05-06 body style as of earlier this year.

From the outside of the car you will immediately notice the Mugen lips on the front and rear – along side the A-spec side skirts all complimented by a Mugen Style Seibon Hood and Type R spoiler. Move down to the wheels and you’ll find 17×9 Work Wheels tucked neatly under the fenders by Buddy Club N+ coilovers. Poking through the mesh wheels is a big brake upgrade from Rotora (you can’t miss the tealish color).

The interior of the car wasn’t left alone for long either, the two stock Recaro RSX seats were replaced by two Red Bride Brix 2 seats and the rear seats were wrapped in Bride material – special ordered straight from Bride. Even the gauge cluster was replaced with a fully functional S2000 digital cluster. If you’re a real Honda enthusiast you will immediately notice all the interior pieces have been replaced with their jdm “type-r” counterparts as well unless you were busy watching a movie on the pioneer Avic-3 in-dash.

The k20a2 has been modified with the essentials, Fujitsubo Exhaust, Injen Intake, RBC Intake Manifold coupled with the Hondata gasket, a Buddy Club Race header, Braille Lightweight Battery and a hoard of other jdm goods.

Inside and out this Car has been proven to shut down the Acura Class at car shows – Make sure you look out for it in the future along side the rest of the TEAM SUNWORKS cars.

Mods List
Engine and Bay: Type R Valve Cover, Type R Spark Plug Cover, JDM Dipstick, JDM Fuse, Box Cover, Authentic Mugen Front Strut Bar, Authentic Mugen Oil Cap, Authentic, Mugen Radiator Cap, Mugen Socks, Buddy Club Race Header, Injen CAI, RBC Intake Manifold, Hondata IMG, Fujitsubo RM01A, Braille 15 Lb. Carbon Fiber Battery with mount kit, Red ESMM, Password JDM Hood dampers, Password JDM Fender Washers

Exterior: 02-04 to 05-06 complete conversion, Type R wing with mini decklid, Mugen Front Lip, Mugen Rear Lip, Aspec Sides, Seibon CF Hood, Rear Integra Badge, Retro Solutions Digital HID’s, JDM Tail lights, JDM Window Visors, JDM Power Folding Mirrors
JDM Front and Rear Honda Badges

Wheels and Suspension and Brakes: Rotora BBK Front, Rotora Rear Rotors, Buddy Club N+ Coilovers, Buddy Club Lug Nuts, Work VS-XX first gen 17×9 +35, HR spacers with extended studs all around, Ingalls front and rear camber kits, Em2 front sway bar

Interior and Electronics: S2000 Gauge Cluster from an AP1, Hondata Kpro, Pioneer Avic-D3, Custom Black A pillars, Bride Brix 2 Fronts, Bride wrapped rear seats, JDM Dc5 Momo Steering Wheel, JDM Red Floor mats, JDM Door panels, JDM Center console, JDM Ebrake, JDM Door sills, JDM shift boot, Skunk 2 Shift Knob, Mugen Mirror Cover, 1 Kicker Solo Baric 12 L7, 1 Kicker 700.1 mono amp, Kicker components and tweeters

Ravi (photography + words)

Need for Speed – Shift

June 16, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Videos  |  1 Comment

We’ve all played Need for Speed something or other, well here is the newest addiction to the NFS line up – Shift. It looks more like this game is going to be track based – hopefully they still have visual and engine modifications – as it adds to the game play and fun of modifying (although we all know how that works in the NFS world – the tackier – the faster). I just saw the trailer and thought what car guy isn’t looking for the next best car game? Until the demo or full game releases – just go on xbox live – download the GRID demo and go sliding around in the Team Orange S15.

Ravi

50 – War Angel (free mixtape)

June 16, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  No Comments

updated link : download here

Free 50 Cent Mixtape – War Angel – Ironic 50 Cent as an Angel?! lol – 50 is a true entertainer in every respect. I haven’t had the chance to listen to the entire album but from what I’ve listened to so far, It’s definitely worth a listen.

Ravi

Industry Beef? New Disses (Gucci Mane & Mariah Carey Diss Eminem and Young Jeezy disses Gucci)

June 16, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Music  |  165 comments

First off in music news – Young Jeezy drops his diss to Gucci Mane, All the while i thought this beef was over and done with. I am a fan of both of them (I am a fan of all music including “trap music”) – Up until now – this being the first specific diss in a while – They’ve just sent a lot of subliminal’s back and forth at each other, now we’ll just have to see how Gucci responds (although in his interview with Miss Info – he said he doesn’t know if he will retaliate on wax on or not). Listen to the track below.

Young Jeezy – 24 23 (Gucci Mane/Oj Da Juiceman diss)

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We all knew it was a matter of time before Mariah Carey came back at Eminem – that being said, Why in the world would she choose “Gucci Mane” (who is not known for his lyrical ability) to go at Eminem (known for ENDING careers lyrically)??? I guess at least Gucci is in the mainstream right now and its probably a better strategy than Nick Cannon trying to rap against Eminem…(?) Listen to the track below.

Gucci Mane & Mariah Carey – Obsessed (remix) – Eminem Diss

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Now if we could get Jeezy and Eminem to do a track together we’d be on to something.

Ravi

New Xbox 360? – Project Natal & Updates

June 15, 2009  |  by ravi  |  Technology  |  3 comments

update* two more videos (click here) – introducing Milo

Project Natal appears to be Microsoft’s response to the Nintendo Wii – It will bring you the gamer into gaming with no controllers. I am not really sure how this is going to work out – because the best games for Xbox 360 (Halo, Call of Duty, Rainbow 6, Street Fighter 4, Fallout, etc..) would be complete hell to play without a controller – but i respect the innovation.

The Vice President of EA Games said the Xbox 360 was maxed out as far as its potential. Which im sure lead to Engadget.com posting that there is a NEW Xbox coming out fall of 2010. With what everyone would imagine a stronger processor and graphics. I believe this is to keep the faith in Microsoft, at least so that they wouldn’t fall to far behind the Sony Playstation. But nothing is set in stone.

Also tomorrow (June 16th) the big update is going to be uploaded – and Xbox Live will be down – It was announced at E3 that Xbox 360 will now include social networks on the dashboard such as Facebook, Twitter, Last.fm, and I believe Myspace. I guess they are trying to turn the Xbox 360 in to your one stop shop for all multimedia needs (netflix, facebook, all they need now is youtube!).

Ravi



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