Monday, March 10, 2008

Jessi's Reading 3/10/8

A self-proclaimed feminist geographer couldn’t resist creating a map plotting the locations of Luda’s hoes in the song, Area Codes. Luda loves all the area codes of Maryland, a good part of the South, half of Nebraska, and some hoes on both coasts. What she seems to have missed is that Luda seems to keep striking out at home. The Atlanta based rapper hasn’t been very prolific in his exploits near Atlanta, thus forcing him to roam the country for some lovin’. What had originally been interpreted as a typical chauvinistic, rap song has suddenly turned into a sad tale of a man forced on the road to find love, so far from home. Ladies of Atlanta—take a page from the women of Maryland and open your hearts (I said heart, not legs) to Ludacris.
And while I’m on the topic, I couldn’t believe what hoes came to the private Ludacris concert that Cingular threw before the VMAs a few years ago. We had the balcony of Hammerstein as VIP level with the clients, who were fortunately old, white people and not so interested in the concert, enabling us young agency kids front row seats to the display below. I’ve never seen so many shirts held precariously together by a few string on the back. I didn’t care much for (or even remember) the opener, but Luda made up for it. Before that night, I had always referred to him as his given name of Ludacris (yeah, yeah, his given name is actually _____, which I learnt after watching Crash), but Q told me that those in the know refer to him as Luda and thus it was. When a guy named Q tells you what nicknames are hip, you listen.
In other news, a new company, Sellaband, hopes to allow strong, indie bands the opportunity to record their first album and throw away the outdated industry model. With so many young bands gaining exposure on the internets, they are able to develop a fan base, but still lack the funding to record in a studio. This model allows fans to buy an advance copy of the album and each share of the record is $10. $1.5 million has been raised from investors with the largest investment hitting $25,000. 14 bands of the 6,500 on the site have reached the $50,000 mark in order to gain studio time. Amazon UK has also taken an interest in the project and invests $1,000 once a band reaches $30,000 and helps promote the cds on its site. Should the band find success, they are able to buy themselves out of the contract at any time.
The Times Paper Cuts book blog had an interesting post this weekend about signature passages in books. Being the girl who will tear apart my house to find my red notebook of quotes, I was excited to check this out, especially with readers sharing their own favorites in the comments section. And being The Times, I’m hoping for lots of high-brow one-up-manship.

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