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By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

More shocking Universal fuckery, via Techdirt:

We keep talking about how the DMCA takedown process, all too frequently, is used to stifle speech, and defenders of the system claim that it’s ridiculous to bring up the First Amendment in a discussion on copyright. But here’s yet another (in a very long list) of examples. Henry Adaso wrote a short, but marginally negative review of Drake’s album Take Care. The review was posted to About.com last November. The entire review reads:

Drake – ‘Take Care’

A briefly entertaining, occasionally ponderous, sometimes lazy, sometimes brilliant, slow-rolling, rap-singy, bulls-eye missing, kitten-friendly, runway-ready, mega corny, lip-smacking, self-conscious, self-correcting, self-indulging, finely tuned, Houston infatuated, crowd pleasing, delightfully weird, emotionally raw, limp, wet, innocuous, cute, plush, brooding, musical, whimsical, exotic, pensive, V-necked, quasi-American, strutting, doting, cloying, safe alternative to sleeping pills.

Best Song: “Lord Knows”

Release Date: November 15, 2011Not particularly positive, but not particularly scathing either. He also posted another post on About.com that merely pointed to that review, but included no additional content other than that he wrote a 50-word review.

Either way, both of those links are gone from Google’s search. Why? Because just as someone filed a bogus DMCA to take down one of our key SOPA posts, Universal Music, via the BPI (British RIAA) filed a DMCA notice with Google claiming that both of those pages were infringing. That’s clearly a false takedown, and pretty clearly designed to stifle a negative review.

Adaso discusses all of this in his own blog post, in which he suggests that perhaps Universal and BMI are purposely trying to take down negative reviews, though it’s equally likely that they’re just incredibly incompetent. Still, whether incompetence or malice, it’s clear that the DMCA is being used to censor and stifle speech, and in this case it just so happens to be speech in the form of a negative review of a Universal Music Artist (a Universal Music artist who has alsoexpressed displeasure with how Universal has used copyright law against his own best interests).

But, no, there’s no free speech concerns around the DMCA, right?

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Friday, June 8th, 2012

I first noticed that one could sing Justin Bieber’s weirdly chirpy Baby over CBoyardee‘s pathos ridden Robocop cover a few months back. As a TV-less human that doesn’t listen to pop radio, I wasn’t massively familiar with the Bieber song, but had recently listened to it as I’d heard the genius Terius Nash, AKA The-Dream wrote the song.

It occurred to me that, minus the over zealous synth pop-rap production and the ludicrously cheery video (replete with a cameo from a joyful Drake eagerly egging on the dancing Bieber) one is left with a truly tragic and perfectly realised ode to that most Shakespearian emotion: teenage love. Sung over CBoyardee’s brilliant, heartbreaking production, one gets an idea of Terius’ true intent when crafting the song.

What you see above is my recording of the main vocal, which I performed in ONE TAKE, in the manner of the head fo a company, before adding a bunch of autotune and backing vocals, giving it that dreamy pathos robot vibe.

Shout out Terius Nash, and CBoyardee, who I just noticed has revived his beloved Youtube channel! Look out for some future original rap recordings from me and CBRD – we’ve been in email contact and he’s sent me some amazing music.

PAX!

ATD
08/06/2012, Nu Olympia

— Friday, June 8th, 2012

By Akira The Don on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

Massive record, even if Drake is doing a best of Drake megamix instead of a new hook.

— By Akira The Don on Wednesday, May 2nd, 2012

By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

Brilliant mix, spotted at the Hospitable Southerners’ lair. Tracklisting as follows:

1. Ballad of Bootyspoon (Instrumental)
2. The Dream – Fancy
3. The Dream – Fancy (Sinjin Hawke Bootleg)
4. Waka Flocka – Drinkin & Smokin (Grandtheft & Sinjin Hawke Bootleg)
5. Sinjin Hawke – Prism
6. ITFW – Surgeon
7. DJ Khaled – Im On One (Sinjin Hawke Bootleg)
8. Tevin Campbell – Shhhh (Sinjin Hawke Bootleg)
9. DJ Rashad – Whatcha Smokin
10. DJ Spinn – Studio
11. DJ Rashad – Want U
12. Morris – 607 Riddim
13. Sinjin Hawke – Bloodflame
14. So Called & DJ Assault – Sleepover (Sinjin Hawke Remix)
15. Sinjin Hawke – Farah
16. DJ Sliink & Sinjin Hawke – Gas Pump
17. DJ Mike Gip – Shai Theme
18. Sileca – Hands In Mine
19. MikeQ – Din Da Da Krash ft. Kevin JZ Prodigy
20. Mister Tweeks – To The Sky
21. ???? – Wake Me

— By Akira The Don on Tuesday, April 3rd, 2012

By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

That’s a beautiful message right there.

 

Don’t ride the white horse tho.

Akira The Don & Wade Crescent – Stunners 130 – 04 White Whores by Akira The Don

 

— By Akira The Don on Thursday, January 12th, 2012

By Akira The Don on Saturday, January 7th, 2012

http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=E_10tfbfO94

I love this beat though! Shit!

— By Akira The Don on Saturday, January 7th, 2012