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About Me
I'm a pop music writer for the San Jose Mercury News. I cover pop, hip hop, punk, rock, dance, and ethnic - well, basically everything you can dance to.

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CD: Common:"Be"
Music Video Eminem: featuring Triumph the Insult Comic Dog
Trailer: The Year of the Yao
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Restaurant: The Melting Pot
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1. R. Kelly: "Trapped In The Closet"

2. Weezer: "Hold Me"

3. Bright Eyes: "First Day Of My Life"

4. Ringside: "Miss You" and "Criminal"

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  • Thursday, November 04, 2004

    Nas and Avril questions anyone?

    So Nas rescheduled the interview, so if you have any other questions, please holla!

    Here's a Nas refresher - he's one of those emcees I recommend to people who are anti-hip-hop. I see him as a brooding, intelligent emcee. My favorite Nas songs are "One Mic" and "I Can."

    The lyrics behind "I Can" are encouraging: "I know I can, be what I wanna be if I work hard at it I'll be where I wanna be."

    Also, while, I'm at it, I'm interviewing Avril Lavigne next week, does anyone have questions for this pop-punk-princess?

    For all the skyrocketing prices of concerts these days, here's one that's free to keep in mind for next month.

    WHAT: Afrika Bambaataa
    WHERE: Zoe Nightclub, 417 S. First St., San Jose
    WHEN: 10 p.m. Thursday Dec. 9
    TIX: Free; to guarantee entry check this link.
    WHY: Hear how it all got started. Bambaataa is the godfather of hip-hop.

    4 Comments:

    Blogger nathanieljue said...

    Since she's from Canada, can you ask her if she likes hockey? OR where does the name avril come from? whichever one makes more sense in the context of the interview.

    5:04 PM  
    Anonymous Anonymous said...

    ask nas about his experiences working with his dad on the latest album. there's a lot to speak about on the inter-generationality of music - blues, soul, funk, jazz --> <-- hip hop

    8:52 PM  
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