Mic Check 1,2…

Er… HI! (FYI: This is mostly a ramble post. Feel free to skip it because it may not make sense to you.)

My name is Nukirk Digi.tal… and some of y’all think I’m neglecting my duties as the Thought Remixer. And the answer is no, I have NOT been neglecting my duties…

… alright, maybe I was a little lazy in putting up posts. Okay, maybe “little” isn’t descriptive enough.  Even thought I have been busy, I am not that busy to NOT post stuff up. However, between promising to review artists, wondering if I should even start watching TV again, business planning (as in yes, I am finally taking this thing seriously), I just slowly ran out of passion for creating my own content. So, what got me back into doing this? Going to a blogger’s meetup and having NOTHING to talk about! My unique brand of being a black artist/interviewer/social whistle-blower is now questioned!

Okay, it wasn’t really being questioned, I was just feeling out-of-place at the event mostly because the blog was last updated last month… with a brand new design sponsored by WordPress! Now people are reminding me that I am not only suppose to post blog posts up, I am to design my own space and Matt from WordPress is helping me cheat! Well, my friends, you asked for it. You’re telling me to run your daily gauntlet, but blog more often. Update your Twitter, your Facebook and maybe your MySpace more often. Get to that studio and record that song. Put up the Striply Drama. Don’t talk about it, be about it!

With that, I say to you… enjoy! This coming few weeks, you’re going to get smashed over the head with my Gauntlet and there’s NOTHING you can’t do to stop me!

#EvilLaughter… pardon.

Black Homophobia, #WeStillDoThat?

Cuddling Black Men... Awww... In the world of Hip-Hop Urban Black Caribbean American culture, we have ideals that are buried deep within our culture. Every generation questions these ideals and expresses why some ideas should stick around and others gets rejected… or at least remixed. So, the Hip-Hop Generation (or at least this generation of “New Blacks” because I’m trying my best NOT to say all of us listen to Hip-Hop) would be open to remix old ideas with new ones and crush certain beliefs. For example, every generation of Hip-Hop redefines the meaning of manhood… for better or worse. (I’m looking at you Soulja Boy, Wocka Wacka Flame and Gucci Mane). However, there’s one thing in Hip-Hop that remained the same since the start: We freak out when two men cuddle, especially if it’s two black men. We REALLY freak the F*CK out!

For example: this picture posted by J-Breezy The Poet (@WatchJ) and his opinion: “#NoExcuse I DONT GIVE A F*CK HOW SLEEPY YOU ARE…”

I don’t follow J-Breezy on Twitter (not because of this outrage, but more because I think I reached my threshold of people I can follow on twitter at this point. Twitter is addictive, son.). However, the comments on this picture did raise a question: Why are we still homophobic? Negative commentary of this picture sadly outnumbers the positive ones. The funny thing with this camera shot? It’s not even a graphic picture, nor a questionable one (like “cheap sports action shot taken out of context” type questionable. We are looking at you, Yankees.). This is purely innocent public display of affection that you’ll normally see a man and a woman embracing. I see this display often in NYC and I don’t say “go to your room with that sh*t”, I just let them be. What offends me is when couples (both straight and homo) gets it on REALLY heavy in public. Seeing innocent kisses, cool. Seeing really passionate kisses complete with fondling, not cool. (mostly because I get jealous of the action, but that’s just me. Lucky bastards.) The most I’ll do in this case is just go elsewhere… if possible.

Back in High School, I was homophobic. This same scene would probably break me up. During my college years, however, I realized something: Why does it hurt me so much? Is it because it’s “unnatural”? Because it goes against “my God and his wishes”? Or is it because I can’t picture myself doing that with another guy? As the years went by, I realized that it was because I can’t picture myself doing it… and that’s why it hurts me the most (but not more than Brandy faking her marriage – sorry, my bad.).

When you can’t relate to something, you either do one of three things: hate it, shun it, or learn to accept that you can’t (totally) relate to it. I find the first option pretty upsetting. Hating something you don’t understand will only spread that idea and make it into an ideal and , eventually a fact. Shunning it, or ignorance, is just as worse because it breeds uncertainty. When you do have to face this fear, your true face emerges. By being accepting of something you can’t (totally) relate to instead, you can at least be happy within yourself. Hey, if I can accept a guy marrying a video game character, then I can accept this.

While our culture may not do a complete turnaround on our ways of thinking towards gays (especially within our culture) anytime soon, we can at least start on the path so we can fight bigger and better things… like, maybe getting HTC to upgrade the Hero to Android 2.2? (Sorry, geek moment. If you didn’t see that coming, welcome to Thought Remixer.)

But enough about me, what would you do if this scene played in front of you? How do you feel about this?

Hacked, But Still Standing (And How To Prevent It From Happening to You!)

On Friday, I thought I was finally going to publish my (now seriously overdue) Part 2 post to my BP Oil Spill solution. Instead, upon logging on to the site to reference my post, I met a nasty surprise: my site was hacked.


FireShot capture #001 - 'Thought Remixer_  Remixing Old Black Media & Thoughts With New Media & Common  Sense___ Hopefully_' - www_thoughtremixer_comThe site was hacked roughly about a week ago. I immediately took the site down and decided to spend Sunday repairing it. What’s the verdict? Simply put, it’s an issue that would fly over most of your heads, so if you do not have a WordPress Blog nor have an interest in how it’s possible to hack a site, feel free to leave and know that I will go back to posting my usual thoughts this week. I took the necessary measurements so this incident won’t be a repeat episode.

If you are interested in what happened, meet me after the jump.

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The BP Oil Spill – Part 1 – Boycotting is NOT the Answer

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Unless you are really good at avoiding society, then you know about the BP Oil Spill. All the major media outlets as well as Internet sites, blogs and social media networks are slamming watchers with BP’s horrendous failures in cleaning up the oil spill. Is it horrible? Yes, it is. However, I said little about it. Other than a mention via twitter here and a Facebook there, I didn’t have much of an opinion. I am not saying “BP should not clean up the oil spill”. We need to put the pressure on them to focus more on cleaning. However, I looked deeply at the matter, and I must say something unconventional here; boycotting is pretty pointless. Continue reading

ThoughtRemixer Interview: Shane Eli Giving Himself “The Push”

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What’s up people? The interview you been waiting for is finally up!

In this interview, I chop it up with Shane Eli, an upcoming “Super Producer” who’s becoming a staple at DJBooth.Net and slowly popping up all over the net and even on Fox Business. His latest single “Happiest Regret”, is getting good reviews from DJs and fans alike. But who is this guy who is well received, and yet he’s have no major backings?

Well, in this interview, we will get to know Shane Eli a bit. We cover the areas such as:

  • Why he decided to go the independent route from the get-go instead of getting sign to a record company.
  • The difficulty he faces working 24/7 as a musician with another full-time job.
  • His feelings behind his first single “Grey Area”.
  • How exactly did he landed the Fox Business Interview?
  • Balancing social media life and promotion with his “real life”.
  • His plans to create himself as a brand (or not).
  • How he learned to produce music, his strengths and weaknesses.
  • Finally, his advice to others on following their dreams.
  • Plus, some other random thoughts from the both of us…

The interview is about 20 minutes long, featuring Shane Eli’s instrumentals from “The Push” in the background. I hope you fine this interview entertaining and helps you get to know Shane Eli a bit more.

Download Interview if you have problems listening to it.

While you are here, you can also read up on my thoughts of Shane Eli’s music and catch that Fox Business interview we talked about. Lastly, the interview was record 5/2/10. During the interview, I admitted that I didn’t know what he was going to do next week. Well, Diggy Simmons released his latest single and video off his first mixtape, produced by Shane Eli.

Who knows what’s going to happen when “The Push” finally drops…

Updated (May 21, 2010 3:15 PM): Seems that there is an issue with the interview uploaded to divshare (which has became a tad annoying). I’m posting the interview up directly instead. There is also an option to download it.

Diggy Simmons – What They Been Waiting For (Music Video)

Diggy Simmons: He’s got a very big buzz going in. “Son of a King” (Rev. Run Simmons) and Nephew of Russell Simmons, you kind of think he would be given a deal just because he’s related, right? Nope. He managed to get his own deal, working with a grassroot campaign from the bottom up. He managed to get signed, and all is good with the world.

So, now he’s rocking an original beat for his latest push. The beat was produced by Shane Eli. If that sounds familiar it’s because he was feature just a few days ago! I’ve said this guy got a promising career and with Diggy Simmons under his belt… well, what can I say? I know what I was talking about when I said Shane’s got a long music career ahead of him.

Support Gangstarr Girl’s Quest to Become “A Superwoman”

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Starr - A nice combo of beauty, brains & heart... with a side of dorky.

Last month, I learned about Alicia Keys’ “I Am Superwoman” head blogger’s position. Even thought I wanted to apply for the position, my list of credentials is rather short. So, it came to a surprise to learn that one of my “elite” blog picks managed to land as one of the finalist. That person is Starrene Rhett aka Starr aka Gangstarr Girl. (No relations with the group Gangstarr.) I wanted to write a quick blog post to support her on this quest to become Alicia Keys’ right hand woman, but that’s too easy to do. So, allow me to explain why I’m fully supporting this woman.

Beauty, brains & heart is an extremely rare combination. If I made a list of women who displayed these three qualities to me, it would be a rather short list according to my personal tastes. In order to enhance the other beauty, you gotta have a nice spirit and a heart of a hustler with common sense and street sense to boot. In order to prove you got brains, you gotta be educated in the world as well as the academics. In order to prove you got a heart, you gotta be willing to stand up for what’s right, even if it means placing yourself in an unpopular position and expect nothing in return simply because you did it out of love.

I met a lot of people online and Starr is one of those people who I’m happy to show support to. However, let me be honest for a minute: I never met her in person, even thought we live in the same city. We talk at an uncommon pace (a tweet here and there). I can count on my fingers how often we chat for the past two years. However, even with LIMITED access, I learned a few things about her. Continue reading

#MusicMonday – Shane Eli – The Push

shaneeliWho: Shane Eli, a young man representing Los Angeles. Born in Canada, raised in Los Angeles and Bahamas, he’s got a history which is just as unique as his music. Other than using his real name to promote himself, he’s also pushing himself from the get go. No major artists or labels are backing him up. He’s making a name for his own self and people are listening.

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