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Big Ghost’s thoughts on the BET Cyphers (courtesy of GhostFaceKillah)

13 Oct

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Ayo whattup its ya boy P-Tone aka Thor Molecules aka Cocaine Biceps aka Phantom Raviolis nahmean. Word is bond. Otherwise known as the Inventor of the Slap. Imma break down the stats for yall mathematical niggas tho….Average fucks given per hour = 0 namsayin. Come holla at Tone if you need somebody to draw yalls the diagrams namsayin. Word yo…lets get into this shit. As yall kno…the BET Cyphers is basically the only part of the shows worth watchin nahmean. So…due to popular demand…the god gon share a couple a his thoughts on that shit son. Word. The shit went sumthin like this…

Indie Meets Mainstream

Big K.R.I.T. – Son Krit is dope…but Im pretty sure ey’body was hopin for son to do a little better. He wasnt wack or nothin…shit jus wasnt that special (6.5)

Tech N9ne – Imma be honest…I dont really fuck wit sons music like that…n when I seen the nigga rockin a polo witta a necktie it jus made feel like son dont got no decorum. I aint even understand what the nigga was really sayin to be honest yo. But I kno he got some shit. (6.5)

Machine Gun Kelly – This snow nigga kinda caught me off guard cos I aint really expect much from him nahmean…even when the shit wrapped n I seen son had on some tight red pants it aint make no difference to me yo. Son was definitely aight (7)

Kendrick Lamar – Ok…now I been sayin that my dude is the future for a minute now b. But the little homie seemed kinda uncomfortable…n he aint really get in his zone like how we kno he could. So nah… he aint murder the shit the way I thought he would…but he still managed to disrespect the beat a couple times (7.5)

B.o.B. – Im not really a fan of this daisy caressin nigga like that son. Like I dont hate his ass or nothin but I definitely dont fuck wit his music or nothin b. Which is why this shit surprised me. Son was in control the whole time n managed to bring some energy to this shit (7.5)

Uncut Cypher

Reek Da Villain – I aint really that familiar wit dude. I only heard this nigga spit like one other time ever nahmean. He wasnt sayin no mindblowin shit…but son can flow. But all that “lyrical scientist…leavin mics wit psoriasis” shit is like some old Keith Murray bullshit. Its 2011 son. Cmon b. (6.5)

2chainz – Sons shit started out corny as fuck wit shit like “If this was New Edition I’d be Bobby Brown” n rhymin “funeral” wit “hula hoop” n whatever…but shit picked up n the nigga actually kinda got busy yo. (7)

Busta Rhymes – Son brought that vet swagger. He mighta been cheesin like a muthafucka at the start n standin like he was bout to ask Don Corleone for a favor…but son got serious real soon after that. My dude said some fly shit nahmean. Son flexin his clout too cos they let the nigga spit like 40 bars b (8.5)

Ludacris – Luda started his shit by tellin Preemo to slow the beat down so we could understand “EVERY WORD”…then son proceeded to spit his struggle bars all the way thru that shit. Nigga hit us wit corny punchline after corny punchline yo…”Need more Jaguars than Jacksonville”? “I got it MAID like Arnold Schwarzenneger…get it?” Nah b….shit was corny LIKE CORN WIT THE 5TH LETTER (get it?) Nevermind…have a seat yo. (5.5)

Survival of The Illest

Rage – This shit jus reminded me that broads actually could rap at one time b. Wasnt nothin special…but it was a whole lot better than the Nicki, KREAYSHAWN n Tyga shit that we stuck wit these days yo (6.5)

Blind Fury – Son looked like he was 75 years old….so I was kinda surprised that the muthafucka could spit. Turns out he jus blind. They coulda stopped movin the cameras on this nigga tho…like he spose to kno where to look. (7)

Dom Kennedy – Now THIS nigga had the nerve to start his shit off wit “Even tho I can’t see me…I know I look good rite now on ya tv” Damn yo….no regard for the nigga that jus went before him AT ALL my dude. Wasnt nothin incredible… but Dom did his thing (6.5)

Skillz – This nigga aint switched up his flow once in like 16 years b. He got corny punchlines galore son. GALORE yo. They not even jus bad…they the kind that make you feel uncomfortable..like you feel embarassed n you aint even the one sayin all that wack shit. Nigga even brought along props. Like he been preparin for that shit for the last 3 months. Nah this cocky ass nigga seriously need to get the fuck outta here already. (4.5)

Maybach Music Group

Wale – At least he woke up for this one. I think one year son looked like they jus snatched him up from a nap. Wasnt some shit that would change anybodys life or nothin but he sorta went in nahmean. (7)

Pill – Meek seemed to kno like ALLthe words to this shit son. I mean…it was cool but again the shit wasnt nothin special. (6.5)

Stalley – Aka the most ridiculous ass beard attached to a human face on earth yo. Shit lookin like a black cloud of fungus…son wasnt even rhymin half his shit but he still had some aight bars I guess yo. (6.5)

Meek Mill – Usually I jus be thinkin son is kinda ass…but when his voice aint hittin high notes he aight…Seemed like ey’body in the room wit him knew the words to that shit yo. (6.5)

Rick Ross – Rozay was rockin a satin outfit n kept that shit mad ignorant. Lyrically tho…he kept the ignorance to a minimum namsayin. Son said “Nice ball cap” to Wale….but I think dude forgot to put one on before the shit started.. But anyways yo…the chubby nigga aint never droppin the ball when it comes to mic presence neither. Son went in. (7.5)

International Flow

Estelle – I dont think ma was there to really spit so Imma jus leave this one alone.

Nitty Scott – Kinda corny n the flow was mad oldschool b…She even started that shit wit “kick it like kung-fu” n then spit “droppin bombs like Saddam”…Damn ma…I think Ice Cube said that shit in like ’93. I thought the Luda shit was ass… (4.5)

LaCrae – This dude seemed hungrier than the other new niggas…even tho son dressed like he jus escaped from the movie Juice n transported hisself to the future. His shit was mad short n to the point tho. (7.5)

Saprano – Tone dont realy speak any France language… but this nigga could obviously spit b. Plus he had the highlight for this session wit that Bawse line. (7.5)

Estelle – Turns out that ma was there to spit afterall yo. Her shit was aight. I was more impressed that she barely had to open her mouth for the words to come out tho. I dig when broads got British accents tho g…so I aint mind this too much. (6)

Chris Brown n Friends Cypher (aka the Struggle Session)

Ace Hood – Aight…do not start your bars off witta moment of silence for the beat if you aint gon even barely injure that muthafucka son. Whatever tho. Shit was aight son. (7)

Kevin McCall – Ayo whats wit these played out punchlines g? Did this nigga really take it back to “Jeffrey Dahmer” yo? But son…”flow sicker than HIV” tho? Forreal? (6.5)

Tyga – JUS GET THIS CORNY NIGGA THE FUCK OUTTA HERE SON (5)

Breezy – Ayo my nigga…Justin Bieber murdered you on ya own shit. But real talk….you kno theres sumthin wrong when Breezy walks away wit the most memorable shit in the cypher session. Son is a wack ass human being…but he did his thing here son…I aint gon lie. (7)

Shady 2.0 (aka the only shit that really mattered…)

Yelawolf – When the weakest link in the crew is a muthafucka that still spits better than 90% of niggas in rap…you kno you got a serious roster my nigga. Son jus gettin this session started for his mans n he already put holes in the beat nahmean. (8)

Joe Budden – Budden took the laid back approach on this one…but even when son is jus ridin in cruise control he still slaps the beat around like it aint even a problem for him. He starts goin harder in the second half tho…which is the shit I preferred yo. (8.5)

Crooked I – Son came for blood. He had the beat in a headlock for pretty much his whole verse yo. “Before you die you should do the Jada n leave a Will”…nice one b. Crook blacked out on this shit. (9)

Joell Ortiz – Wasnt crazy bout sons punchlines…n he had that one corny reference to old ass shit like Eddie Murphy n prostitutes or whatever. But son kept his part entertainin nahmean. Plus his shit was jokes. (8)

Royce Da 5’9″ – “Hi Rihanna”…you already kno. This is emceeing son. Not even his best shit n he still tore the beat in half yo. If only Em wasnt bout to go in… (9.5)

Eminem – Theres two versions of Em…the one that kinda whines bout shit too much n be soundin like a damn drama queen on his joints namsayin….n then theres that beast ass muthafucka that straight up eats beats n spits out the bones…the one that breathes fire on mics n causes niggas to give up on rap n go get jobs at Target. The dude who murders Jay-Z on his own shit. That snow nigga who jus so happen to rhyme wit the sharpest flow in the history of rap. That dude. Imma tell you like this par…the drama queen aint show up to this shit yo. At all son. The thing is tho….ALL these niggas musta known son was gon be takin part n they was still jus sleepwalkin thru they shit anyways. Ayo if Im participatin in this shit n they tell me “oh yeah…by the way son….Marshall Mathers is gon be doin this shit too” Imma lose sleep perfectin my shit b. Namsayin Im not comin to the BET studios wit that Skillz bullshit son. Word is bond. Imma be hungry. So lord…explain to me how the muthafucka wit the most successful career, the most doe, n the most respect came thru n had the most hunger STILL. Thats what Im talmbout son. (10)

Shout outs to the whole Shady team… See these dudes kno how to end they verses on a high note too…not on some slip out the door shit. But on some AIGHT IM GOIN NOW *door slam* shit. Word. Aight peace

New Yorker’s Eye On Culture Spotlights Steve Powers’s Love Letter To Brooklyn

13 Oct

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On the New Yorker’s Photo Booth Blog today they feature photographs by Gus Powell capturing Steve Powers (aka ESPO) in action as he paints his Love Letter to Brooklyn series over the Fulton Mall Streets of Brooklyn.

SETUP (classic)

13 Oct

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We fabricated drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas, former detective testifies

13 Oct

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A former NYPD narcotics detective snared in a corruption scandal testified it was common practice to fabricate drug charges against innocent people to meet arrest quotas.

The bombshell testimony from Stephen Anderson is the first public account of the twisted culture behind the false arrests in the Brooklyn South and Queens narc squads, which led to the arrests of eight cops and a massive shakeup.

Anderson, testifying under a cooperation agreement with prosecutors, was busted for planting cocaine, a practice known as “flaking,” on four men in a Queens bar in 2008 to help out fellow cop Henry Tavarez, whose buy-and-bust activity had been low.

“Tavarez was … was worried about getting sent back [to patrol] and, you know, the supervisors getting on his case,” he recounted at the corruption trial of Brooklyn South narcotics Detective Jason Arbeeny.

“I had decided to give him [Tavarez] the drugs to help him out so that he could say he had a buy,” Anderson testified last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court.

He made clear he wasn’t about to pass off the two legit arrests he had made in the bar to Tavarez.

“As a detective, you still have a number to reach while you are in the narcotics division,” he said.

NYPD officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Anderson worked in the Queens and Brooklyn South narcotics squads and was called to the stand at Arbeeny’s bench trial to show the illegal conduct wasn’t limited to a single squad.

“Did you observe with some frequency this … practice which is taking someone who was seemingly not guilty of a crime and laying the drugs on them?” Justice Gustin Reichbach asked Anderson.

“Yes, multiple times,” he replied.

The judge pressed Anderson on whether he ever gave a thought to the damage he was inflicting on the innocent.

“It was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators,” he said.

“It’s almost like you have no emotion with it, that they attach the bodies to it, they’re going to be out of jail tomorrow anyway; nothing is going to happen to them anyway.”

The city paid $300,000 to settle a false arrest suit by Jose Colon and his brother Maximo, who were falsely arrested by Anderson and Tavarez. A surveillance tape inside the bar showed they had been framed.

A federal judge presiding over the suit said the NYPD’s plagued by “widespread falsification” by arresting officers.

Teens storm Brooklyn Bridge to protest NYPD’s controversial frisk-friendly policy

13 Oct

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Hundreds of teens who say they’ve been targeted for questioning by cops because of their ethnicity marched over the Brooklyn Bridge Wednesday to protest the NYPD’s stop-and-frisk policy.

One marcher said cops have stopped and questioned him some 20 times.

“I have been given many different reasons,” said Romale Johnson, 20, an organizer with Make The Road New York, a sponsor of the march.

“They say, ‘You fit the description,’ or ‘You looked suspicious,’ or ‘This is just part of a routine.'”

Organizers with the Campaign for Just and Fair Policing complain that blacks and Latinos are nine times as likely as whites to be stopped, questioned and sometimes frisked. Recent NYPD stats show that only about 12% of these stops have led to an arrest or a summons.

“The police are harassing people for no apparent reason,” said Tyrice Peeples, 19, a Brooklyn high school student. “Cops stop me and my friends for no reason.”

Police brass say the practice drives down crime.

“Violence is still disproportionately centered in minority communities,” the NYPD’s top spokesman, Paul Browne, said in a statement. He noted that 97% of shooting victims last year were black or Latino.

Protesters Wednesday used plastic buckets as makeshift drums as they marched over the bridge’s pedestrian walkway under a drizzling rain.

After rallying outside City Hall, marchers lobbied City Council members for legislation to curb stop-and-frisks and create stronger oversight of the NYPD’s use of the controversial tactic, which has brought the department under criticism from various civil libertarian groups.

The marchers were joined by City Councilman Jumaane Williams, whose brief handcuffing by cops during the West Indian Day parade is being probed by the NYPD’s Internal Affairs Bureau.

“Our community is under siege,” charged the Brooklyn Democrat, who marched with Kirsten John Foy, a top aide to Public Advocate Bill de Blasio.

The pair were detained by cops during the Labor Day festivities for trying to pass through a restricted area on their way to a parade reception.

Williams, who is black, has previously said that cops wouldn’t have bothered him had he been white.

But on Wednesday, Williams said he joined the march because of his opposition to rampant stop-and-frisks, though he admitted the parade flap has given him an axe to grind.

“I would have been out here anyway,” Williams said. “What happened on Labor Day makes it even more personal.”

He said he is currently drafting legislation to limit stop-and-frisks.

A record 601,055 people were stopped and questioned last year, NYPD stats show, and the department is on track to top that this year.

BlackBerry services on the mend but still no timetable for full recovery

13 Oct

WATERLOO, Ontario — BlackBerry services were showing “significant improvement” Thursday in Europe, the Middle East and Africa after three days of disruption, but Research in Motion could not say when the problem would be fixed for good.

Co-chief executive Mike Lazaridis posted a video apologizing for the outage and saying that the company was still working to resolve issues. He warned of possible instability in the system as RIM restored service and did not forecast a time for a full recovery.

It is “too soon to say this issue is fully resolved,” he said in the video.

In an earlier statement, RIM said that as of Thursday, “all services across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, as well as India, have been operating with significant improvement. We continue to monitor the situation 24×7 to ensure ongoing stability. Thank you for your patience.”

The outages, which disrupted email, messaging and internet browsing, spread to North America on Wednesday, frustrating millions of users who have come to rely on their BlackBerries.

In a hastily-organized conference call with reporters Wednesday afternoon, RIM’s chief technology officer for software, David Yach, said the company did not see any signs of hacking or other security breaches, The Wall Street Journal reported.

Several US government agencies affected by the disruptions said Wednesday they were in touch with RIM about the problems, but there were no indications from officials that RIM was suffering from anything other than an internal malfunction.

RIM has blamed the problem on a hardware failure in its network infrastructure. RIM routes users’ email messages and other data through its own network, which the company says makes such communications more secure.

The intermittent service disruptions came at a vulnerable time for RIM, which has been struggling with dwindling BlackBerry shipments as it competes with Apple’s iPhone and gadgets powered by Google’s Android software.

Ex-narc admits guilt in Queens coke sale

13 Oct

A Queens narcotics cop caught on video framing four men in a bar has pleaded guilty to a drug-sale charge, been sentenced to two to four years in prison — and agreed to testify against other cops.

Ex-Detective Stephen Anderson revealed his deal last week in Brooklyn Supreme Court when he testified against a cop on unrelated charges.

Anderson told Justice Gustin Reichbach that in January 2008, he gave two bags of cocaine to undercover Officer Henry Tavarez, the trial transcript shows.

The drugs were to help Tavarez, who was struggling to prove himself in the unit, pretend that the four men in an Elmhurst, Queens bar had sold him coke.

Anderson, when asked about his feelings about the frame-up, said, “The corruption I observed . . . was something I was seeing a lot of, whether it was from supervisors or undercovers and even investigators.”

Anderson said he saw undercover cops lying about such drug sales by innocent people “multiple times.”

Charges against the four men were later dropped. Anderson was busted in 2009, but his plea deal only came to light yesterday.

He was testifying against Jason Arbeeny, a narcotics cop from Brooklyn South charged with falsifying public documents and business records.

NYPD blotter October 13th 2011

13 Oct

Manhattan

The bank robber pictured above received a $900 package of money that unbeknownst to him contained an exploding dye pack.

He put the package in a folded newspaper at the Metropolitan National Bank branch at 99 Park Ave. at 1 p.m. Tuesday, cops said.

The pack exploded as he was fleeing the crime scene, law-enforcement sources said, and he dumped the money and the newspaper in a garbage can.

Cops recovered the ink-stained evidence, but were unable to find the elusive thief, who they believe is responsible for three other Manhattan bank jobs since September.

A bandit boosted $3,000 worth of booze and electronics from a Midtown hotel, authorities said.

Raymond Rosario, 25, allegedly pilfered a laptop, an iTouch digital device, cellphones and computer backup drives from the Hotel Edison at Broadway and 47th Street on Oct. 1 at 3:40 a.m., cops said.

He also boosted six bottles of expensive booze, according to court papers.

The haul was recovered later that morning when police arrested Rosario on charges, cops said.

Staten Island

Detectives arrested the gang-banger who killed a man last month in Clifton, cops said.

Asim Martinez, 32, was caught at 10:30 p.m. Tuesday at Marcy and Jefferson avenues in Brooklyn, cops said.

He was charged with murder in the fatal shooting on Sept. 3 of Tracy Francis, 40, on the third floor of an apartment building on Park Hill Avenue, cops said.

Martinez allegedly blasted Francis multiple times in the chest at 12:25 a.m. following a verbal dispute between their girlfriends.

Martinez, an alleged member of the Deuce Mob gang, has 10 prior arrests dating back to 1996 and served two stints in prison for drug possession and assault, records show.

Queens

The two burglars pictured are wanted for committing five commercial break-ins in Fresh Meadows, police said yesterday.

The crooks stole money from a Checkers fast-food joint on Parsons Boulevard on Aug. 14 and Sept. 14. In the second robbery they also boosted a 2002 Ford Van that was later recovered.

The duo failed to score any cash on Sept. 25 after they slipped into the Associated supermarket on Aguilar Avenue.

On Sunday, they pocketed dough from the Sand Café at 82-65 Parsons Blvd.

The pair last struck at 3 a.m. Tuesday when they looted the register in the Zolitas Bakery at 79-34 Parsons Blvd, said law-enforcement authorities.

Brooklyn

Police are looking for the heartless mugger who snatched the purse of an elderly woman in Coney Island.

The robber accosted the 74-year-old when she entered her apartment building on West 33rd Street at around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

The thug is believed to be between 20 and 25 years old, 5-foot-10 and 180 pounds.

One man was stabbed to death yesterday and another seriously injured in a fight over a woman in East New York, police said.

Milford Brutus, 39, was knifed several times in the chest and stomach at 4:27 a.m. in his apartment on Sutter Avenue near Crescent Street.

A 43-year-old man was also stabbed in the stomach, police said. Brutus died at Brookdale Hospital, where the other man was in stable condition.

A 40-year-old suspect was in police custody with charges against him pending, police said.

Four teens are wanted for a brutal stabbing in Bushwick last week that left a man clinging to life, police said yesterday.

The thugs approached the 28-year-old victim at Wyckoff Avenue and Weirfield Street at 2 p.m. on Oct. 5 and started arguing with him.

A scuffle ensued, and one thug pulled a knife and stabbed the man in the chest, piercing his heart and nearly killing him.

“Coke King” busted

13 Oct

A jet-setting Hollywood cocaine kingpin on the run from Suffolk County, LI, cops for allegedly shipping blow to the East End was arrested Tuesday night in Mexico.

Will Wright, 33, was detained in the resort town of Puerto Vallarta.

Suffolk officials will seek to extradite him, sources said.

Staten Island man commits murder to get even after victim had spit in wife’s face (NYC)

13 Oct

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A Staten Island man who beat a murder rap more than a decade ago is back in the can after surveillance camera footage showed him using a gun to get even -permanently – with a neighbor, police said.

Asim Martinez, 32, committed murder in a rage after his neighbor, Tracy Francis, spit in Martinez’s wife’s face, a law enforcement source told the Daily News Wednesday.

Martinez, seeking to avenge the disgusting slight of his wife, found Francis inside his apartment building on Park Hill Ave. in Stapleton about 2:30 a.m. on Sept. 3.

He shot Francis a dozen times, a police source said.

But he picked a bad spot for murder: the entire incident was filmed on the building’s surveillance camera, authorities said.

Police collared Martinez Wednesday on Marcy Ave. in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, after he once again turned to violence to punish a man who had wronged a woman in his life. This time, Martinez stabbed a man in the neck with an ice pick after he had slapped Martinez’s female cousin, a police source said.

Martinez was arrested in the summer of 1999 for allegedly shooting David Walker, 19, to death on a basketball court at Staten Island’s Stapleton Houses.

He was set free after a grand jury empaneled under then-District Attorney William Murphy opted not to indict him.

Martinez now faces charges of murder and weapons possession, said a spokesman for Staten Island District Attorney Daniel Donovan Jr.

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