Thursday, May 26, 2011

Romance Art

Spring is in the air! Its getting warmer outside and the women are wearing less. I don't know if its the birds, the bees, or flowers and trees...but people are sexing! I was biking through the woods yesterday cuz there's a large forest with bike trails behind my house. While riding I caught two different couples sexing in the woods. (Seriously!)

The first couple looked like teenagers and they had their bikes thrown in the bushes so no one would steal them. The second couple were older, much older. I'm talking 40's or early 50's and they were going at it. They were in a clearing that looks like a former camp site that hasn't been used in a long time. There were lots of trees and bushes surrounding the area, you have to go off road from the bike path to get there. Normally I stop in the area to catch my breath and enjoy nature. This time while riding through, I saw this man on his knees, behind a woman on all fours with streaks of white hair in her hair...f**King like drunk bunnies. As I rode by, the woman put her head down so I couldn't see her face and the man just smiled and gave me a slight nod.

The free spirited nature of the old couple reminded me of a girl who got turned on by art. Not just  any art... by a particular artist named Kevin A. Williams. His initials in reverse spell WAK. His art is described by some as black art by others as modern art but by most women as Romance Art. He depicts scenes of love and romance in a masculine way that invokes a certain feeling in the opposite sex. His paintings have been featured on television shows Law & Order, Soul Food and Oprah

He's a best-selling author and on a mission to change peoples perspective on art. If you want to know more about him click the link. I used one of his paintings for the "Sexist Science" post. Below are a few more of his more famous pieces. 



Sunday, May 22, 2011

Older Muzik

Originally this post was going to be about new music. The problem is I didn't find enough new music that I like to post. There are new faces popping up on the internet everyday and the majority of them are wack! Lets be real. I'm hearing catz claim to be rappers but their verses don't rhyme. Other catz why can rhyme have a whole song of punch-lines. The song has no structure, meaning a beginning, middle and end. Finally you have these Cat in the Hat rappers whose rhymes are so simple a 7 year old could do better. Which is why there are so many 7 - 10 year old kids with record deals now. Its not that these kids are dope, its that the adults around them suck.

On a whole different subject. For the people writing me, asking why I don't put music by Lil B or Odd Future on the blog. Its because I don't like there music...period! I post music I like, and that I listen to. I don't have anything against them as artists but the music they make I'm not into. So save the emails, and stop with the requests, cuz its not going to happen...real talk.

With that said, I decided to post some Older Muzik. Music by artists who knew how to rhyme and song write. MC's and groups that respected the craft and created music that made you feel something. Below are tunes by Styles of Beyond, DMX, Cali Agents, Thirstin Howl The 3rd, Tupac, and Onyx. All groups and artists that made (and some still making) music people can feel.

Thursday, May 19, 2011

Smart Testing

I often here the statement “education is the key to success”. That’s true in some ways but misleading in others. Its not how much a person studies that makes them successful. It's a mix of what they study and how they apply those lessons in life. If you’re a Chemistry major and all you study is English literature, it probably won’t help you graduate. Or if you're a History major but spend the majority of the time reading books on plants. You will know how to grow a garden but won't have a degree.When you think about it, the only universal language is mathematics. Why? Math is the same in every country. No matter where you go, whether it be city, town, or village...1 + 1 will always equal 2.

I'm a strong supporter of continuing education and that's why GMAT preparation is useful.  The GMAT is an analytical exam that focuses on learning to think, rather than lesson memorization. In most schools they use standardized tests like the SAT's (Scholastic Aptitude Test) which require students to remember large quantities of information. Most of which is forgotten once the test is over. This type of learning does strengthen the memory but doesn't teach students to think for themselves. This ability is necessary for students doing post graduate studies in fields like Law, Medicine, Business and numerous other careers. 

The GMAT is one of the tests that doesn't just help with school. It helps students achieve their goals in life. For more information about the GMAT and companies that assist in preparation for the exam check out their website.   

Sunday, May 15, 2011

Hip-Hop 4 Cats

I’m a cat lover and artist. The majority of the time when I’m looking for inspiration to work on a project I listen to music. My tastes vary from urban to rock to classical and everything in between. Over the last few years I noticed that when I play some of my own tunes or Hip-Hop artists my cat Puppy gets really excited. Songs by Snoop Dogg, Biggie, Xzibit and other artist get him running around the house and playing.

From the scientific perspective I decided to test the theory to find out if he liked Hip-Hop. First I played music at lower decibel levels since cats hearing is hundreds of times better than humans. I wondered if the sound level had something to do with his reaction to the music. Playing the music at a lower level didn’t change his reaction, he still seemed to enjoy the tunes. Then I spent a week (in between working and going to school) playing different varieties of music to see if it had a similar response. It was important for me to know whether he was reactive to the music out of enjoyment or not.

My first choice of music was classical since it’s the other end of the sonic spectrum. I played Johan Brahms, Beethoven, Chopin, Tchaikovsky and Claude Debussy because I love “Claire de Lune.” While I enjoyed the tunes Puppy remained non-reactive, regardless of the volume level. Dance followed because it shared the same heavy bass as Hip-Hop, but has faster speed. Again he showed no interest. 

Next was rock. I played music from Smashing Pumpkins, Pearl Jam, Nirvana, Slip Knot, Led Zepplin, Jimmy Hendrix, Stone Temple Pilots, Kings of Leon, Hole, Danzig, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Prodigy and various others. His reaction at low levels was non-reactive and at high levels he ran from the room and hid behind the television. Out of that list, when I played songs from Smashing Pumpkins at points he would meow. But he didn’t seem happy.

Chill-out music from artists Astrud Gilberto, Hope Sandoval, Kruder & Dorfmeister, and Bossa Nova only seemed to put him to sleep. Jazz had the same effect although when I played “Kind of Blue” by Miles Davis he stared at the speakers for awhile. After Jazz came and I was sure he would like some of the music by Bob Marley. I mean come on…it’s Bob! Puppy wasn’t feeling it. Bob Marley, Capleton, Bounty Killa, Red Rat, Beenie Man and numerous others all got the bored meow.

That was the moment when I decided I was humanizing the cat and the whole situation was in my mind. I had spent the better part of the week playing music for my cat who seemed more interested in his fake mice that anything coming out of the speakers. To wipe the whole bizarre experience out of my mind I put on the classic album “Capital Punishment” by Big Punisher. By the second track Puppy when banana’s! It was at that moment I realized…my cat likes Hip-Hop.

Since then I play allot more variety of Hip-Hop around the house just to see what he reacts to. Does your cat like music? If so what type? I would like to know if other pet owners have had a similar experience and if so to what types of music. Drop a comment or send me a message I would love hear from you.

Till then Be Well

Tha One an Only

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Vinumous Chronicles: 16 Barz Series COMPLETE

If you didn't read my last post about the 16 Barz Series, here's the scoop. It started April 17, 2011 and it goes on until August 28th 2011. Every week I spit a new 16 bar accapella and release it on my youtube page for the next 20 weeks. The 16 bars are a mix of new verses from my upcoming project "The Audio Bully" and freestyles I wrote for the occasion.

Check out the first four weeks of videos from my youtube page below. These are freestyle rhymes for real Hip-Hop heads. If you like what you hear check out Tyger Vinum on myspace, facebook, reverbnation and twitter help spread the word. Lets get good music out to the people. Below is the completed 16 Barz series.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Sexist Science

I've been busy working on music and enjoying the warm weather, so haven't had much time to update the blog. Today I decided to catch-up on the news and what's going on in the world. While reading some technology articles at popsci (short from popular science) I came across an article that most feminist would term sexist science

Back in 2002, psychologists at the State University of New York at Albany published a study in the Archives of Sexual Behavior looking at the potential role of semen in alleviating depression in women. The researchers presented evidence supporting an earlier hypothesis that the hormones in semen have a mood-boosting effect on women. 

Did you read that correct...are they saying the semen has anti-depressant properties? Yes, you did and Yes, that is what they are saying. This research is not only being examined it has quite a bit of evidence to support the claim. 

Semen is a mixture of several different compounds, and sperm only makes up a small amount of it. When you remove the sperm, what's left is seminal plasma. Three compounds in seminal plasma being researched are estrogen, prostaglandins and oxytocin. Estrogen and prostaglandins have been linked to lower levels of depression, while oxytocin (which women release during birth, breastfeeding and orgasm) promotes social bonding.

Last February, Lazar Greenfield, the incoming president of the American College of Surgeons (ACS), wrote an editorial about this research in Surgery News. The backlash was so strong that he had to resign from his job at the college and position as editor for Surgery News. This is volatile science and even highly respected academics are treading cautiously. 

If you want to read the whole article including the studies done on 293 different women who had protected and unprotected sex to research the results. Do a search for this article Controversial Ideas: Does Semen Act As an Anti-depressant to the Recipient?
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