Friday, October 30, 2009

Missy Appreciation Week: Son of a Gun

For Halloween I got you guys a super-creepy Janet Jackson channeling Carly Simon + Missy tearing it up. Done.

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Missy Appreciation Week: Gossip Folks

Oh shit you guys I almost forgot about Missy Appreciation Week this morning! I was a little concerned choosing this video cuz I'm definitely not going to get through all the videos I wanted to. Let's just skip to Gossip Folks. Yep, that sounds about right.

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Missy Appreciation Week: She's a Bitch

Still feeling shitty, but the show must go on! And we haven't even left the 90s yet...

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Missy Appreciation Week: Sock It 2 Me

Mmmurgh. I think I have an inner ear infection. The only thing that can ease my pain is the smooth vocal stylings of Missy Elliott on 'Sock it 2 Me'.

As bonus track, Da Brat's 'Funkdafied.' Homegirl hails from Philly y'all. What happened to her?

Monday, October 26, 2009

I See What You Did There

How do you go and make me like my favorite TV show even more?

Oh. You mash it with my one of my favorite movies. Okay.

Missy Appreciation Week: The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)

Here at Smoking Zora it's Missy Elliott Appreciation Week. Why, you ask? Because I said so. Because Missy 'Misdemeanor' Elliott is one of the best lyricists out there and she gets no love.

That's not true. Missy gets a lot of props from a lot of people, but it's usually for the wrong stuff. Most people think of her only as a collaborator on party songs, fluffy stuff like 'One Minute Man' or 'Oops (Oh My)'. And yeah, she does a lot of fun collaborations, and yeah, her aesthetic runs to over-the-top, hyper-saturated hooks and videos. But Missy's also a fantastic wordsmith (let's not even get me started on the similarities between her and James Joyce) with an ear for weird production and an eye for new talent. Missy's longevity in the game is testament to her ability to stay true to herself while keeping ahead of changing pop trends. This sticking power would be remarkable in any rap artist but is especially impressive for a female MC, whose lifespans are traditionally much shorter (where did you go Lauryn????).

Okay. That's enough from me. I'll let Missy take over. 'The Rain (Supa Dupa Fly)' was Missy's break-out hit, the first song of hers I ever heard, and my favorite to this day.

Wednesday, October 21, 2009


Cowboy Bebop theme song + marching band = total swoonfest.


Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Why I Gave My 9-year-old Pot

Headline got your attention? Me, too. The article it refers to, however, is a thought-provoking look at how ingesting cannabis helped one child with life-thwarting autism gain a measure of control over himself.

Monday, October 5, 2009

C'mon SON!

Whoa, this guy! He got a web cam, a hunk of cardboard, a permanent marker and his buddy Ghostface Killa to costar in some YouTube shorts and all of a sudden I think I'm in love. Mad <3, Edlover4real.

Thursday, October 1, 2009