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August 07, 2006


I have to shout out MF GRIMM, one of the illest MCs to ever do it. He's been so often imitated, and bitten so hard, by so many famous ones on so many occasions.

I remember YEARS ago he and I used to sit on the phone for hours at a time, building, building, building, and laying the foundation for what he'd eventually call Day by Day Entertainment. Then one day he told me he had to go away for a while. Sentenced to four years to LIFE, even his closest friends wondered if Grimm would realize his dreams from within the belly of the beast.

I, for one, remembered that he'd come back strong from attempts on his life. That he'd regained his sight and hearing, and the use of his upper body, after one of those attempts. Visiting him in Fishkill "correctional facility" I knew they couldn't keep him down, or put out his fire. By the grace of God, and with help of a few earthly citizens - and even some folks in the government - Grimm came home from that bid.

He told me about American Hunger long ago. Releasing a triple CD, again, naysayers said he couldn't do it. I'm so proud of him - the album has been selling out everywhere, and has been the # 1 album in sales on UGHH.com for the past two months since its release.

There's even a graphic novel by and about Grimm coming out in 2007 through Vertigo/DC Comics entitled "Sentences: The Life of MF Grimm".

Please support this great man, this amazing MC, this indestructable cat Grimm; if you haven't already. You can check out all things Grimm at www.mfgrimm.com, and visit his distribution/entertainment conglomerate at www.daybydayent.com.

Iron...Like a Lion...in Zion

I'm just an Aries guest in a Leo's house.

August 3 - Virgilio "VEE" Bravo - one of my first editors and one of the few cats in "Hip Hop journalism" (who's now making movies) whom I really, truly, deeply respect.
August 4 - Waleed "C-Rayz Walz" Shabazz - Father. MC. Energy. Light. Sun. Old Soul. BX Representer. King. Love. Physical embodiment of God. Back-Getter. Wall-Raiser/Razer. Razor Sharp Intellect. Friend. Brother.

August 5 - Gregory "BEEF" Jones - One of my co-conspirators in the legendary NYC party series "SNEAKER PIMP'N" (the original and best, all these west-coast ones are fradulent imitations thereof). One of the VERY few cats working as a music/film/television exec whom I love and respect with genuine authority.

August 7 - Cecil "Mike" Neidlinger - my physical brother, who turns 30 today. He told me he spent yesterday flashing back (too many 'shrooms back in the day), but that he listened to some music and they went away. See, music biz people, we ARE doing something that helps people. He's never recorded anything commercially, but he's by far one of the illest MCs you've never heard.

August 11 - Rachel "Lil' Rachel" Buenviaje - one of my "daughters" in the game, whom I helped raise up alongside Rachel "Big Rachel" Raimist when we were all at Ecko/Complex. She's now on her way up in the marketing department at Nike. Look for her, she WILL do it big.

August 13 - Percy "Tragedy Khadafi" Coles - famous/infamous MC who started things off in Queensbridge for these young boys like Nas, Mobb Deep, etc. My friend, confidant, and brother from another mother since '96.

August 17 - Earl "DENZ" Jamison - the Graffiti king of Chicago, IL. A man I love and respect, who has incredible artistic talent and is a genuine, good, great, responsible, respectable, respectful man.

August 31 - Aziz "Castro" Chapman - Tragedy's younger brother, my ace, my inspiration, and my favorite pen pal. The youngest in charge in my family circle. Around the time Lil' Rachel's name starts to gain fame, look for this cat to start really running shit in his own spheres of influence.

I hope I'm not missing any of my Leos, if I forgot your born day hit me up... I love ya'll, I have to, a ram and a lion should never bump heads with each other.

L.A. CA All Day,