Monday, November 19, 2007

Monday Snoredom aka The Lazy Blogger aka Tank's Pen Game...

Hey peoples I havent posted in a while, been either sick or my internet been acting up so I could handle so business on this here blog. Well it was a long and slow week last week and today is Monday and I figured I would hit you guys with with some more of my writing and poetry. I was going to post quite a few writings but my stuff isnt loading up on my work computer so I will have to continue to post the rest of my writings at another time. But I figured I would take the time real quick to explain some of my writing and explain when and where these writings are from. First off, man these are old ones too, most are from when I was high school and junior high. check them out, I def had some emo flowing through the pen, BUT not that black clothes, punk rocker, slit your wrists type emo...more Atmosphere than Fall Out Boy/My Chemical Romance. But hey that's what I felt at the time. And a few of these were about I chick I had a thing for but nothing ever really panned out(sans Pharcyde's "Passing Me By"). I was all crazy for her back then but now I see what was what and why nothing happened with her, cause now I'm with the woman I love and will prob marry and spend the rest of my life with and I would go through all that emotional moments and hurt and bullshit again a thousand times over if that meant I would be able to still meet my Angel now and be with her forever. Those emotions I had for her in the past dont mean shit to what I feel and the love I have for my girl now. But like I said that's how I felt at the time, it's a moment in time, and thats it. Emotion's change all the time, and as a writer, a poet, you try to capture that moment, that emotion at that time no matter if it is relevant for a second, a day, or for the rest of your life, you still try to capture and present that on the paper the best you can. That's we we do, thats what I do. So getting past all that, check out a few of my poems and in the next few days I will have more up for you guys to read.

It’s cold

I’m cold, so cold I say
My soul is cold
My heart is cold
My face is cold
My eyes are cold
My lips are cold
My whole body is cold
My life is cold
That’s why I shiver
That’s why I cry
It’s cold inside and out
It’s cold.


Crutch (-For Wesley)

The boy would push so hard for his dreams
But there was always a block, an obstacle, a rock
And with every stride it seems
That people would care about smaller things
A child, a man, without a hand
A man with a begotten son
A boy who had a fatherless heart…
Then a man, a real man, came
A father to the boy, not of blood but of love,
And for that he was not of shame
As the boy gained a shoulder
He’s also become older
But then the boys’ crutch
And his heart has became colder
Cause it was to found
That his crutch was resting underground
But then another boy came
Not as a crutch but like a cane
They were so different but so alike
One was day and one was nite
They stood back 2 back
And faced the opposition for life…


Shooting Star

Its gazingly glowing brightness,
Its amazingly mesmerizing mysteriousness,
Its warmingly beautiful wonderfulness,
When I look at this amazing gift God delivered,
My stomach quivers and my body shivers,
my eyes open wide and water up,
Its a moment seen so slow and abrupt,
It makes life so calm and bright,
All this given from the shooting star I see 2nite.


Scars of Disappointment

Disappointing yourself is like a stab in the arm,
But disappointing someone else is like a stab in the heart.
It hurts, it's sharp and deep, it's eternal pain,
Something you can never fully recover from.
It's piercing through your flesh quickly, Without warning,
but once it's there it is there for eternity.


Okay I'm outta here...Peace.

--Tank, BlueInGreen

*Bonus: I know some of you have seen this video before but this ish is hilarious. This is Frank Caliendo (impersinator guy with a TBS show) impersinating Charles Barkley and Bill Walton.

Also check out this hilariously random gem of a podcast series from Hot97's DJ's Peter Rosenberg and Cipha Sounds called "Juan Epstein"...also check out P. Rosenberg's website every weekly for a free dload of his Real Late with Peter Rosenberg Hot97 Sunday hip hop show.

Rosenberg's World

Monday, November 12, 2007

my Around the Way Girl Rock n' Roll.

(damn pictures were suppose to line up together side by side...damnit, awww fuck it, don't feel like fixing it.)

Rock n' Roll Originators - Bo Diddley, Chuck Berry, and Little Richard...(Elvis who?)

"Rock n' Roll and Rollin' Rock..."

What up, it's good ole Monday and I'm tired and cranky like a hibernating bear that has insomnia, not a good combo. Now my last post talked about my Mistress Jazz, now I'm gonna talk about my Around the Way Girl Rock N' Roll. I started talkin to her when I was younger while falling for my First Love Hip Hop, I was introduced to her by my Uncle, my cousin, and random friends. I remember one friend, Matthew Thierry, who first let me listen to some Queen, holy crap we were playing dirty brooms for guitars and were stage diving off his couch. I think the first rock music I heard was CCR and Lynard Skynard(hey I was born in the country areas of Belleville Illinois), also The Eagles, Steve Miller Band, The Beatles, Bob Seger, and many other classic 60's and 70's rock bands. But I only listened for the crazy ass 5 min long guitar solos when I was younger, cause that guitar was just so dope to hear scream. Then Hip Hop took over my life when I moved to Saint Louis when I was 7 years old. But then while in Junior High I came upon the epitome of what great rock music was, and the dopeness of the guitar...Jimi Hendrix. The dude flipped my Hip Hop filled world and I got back to appreciating Rock and even other sub-genres of Rock n' Roll, and since then I have loved many different genres of music, even though I always always go back to my Hip Hop, don't worry my fellow hip hop heads, I will never leave her. So to appreciate my Around the Way Girl Rock n' Roll, here's some of the albums that I'm feeling right now in rock, mostly modern rock.

Jimmy Eat World - Chase This Light

Brand New - The Devil and God are Raging Inside of Me

Bloc Party - Weekend in the City

Queens of the Stone Age - Era Vulgaris

Linkin Park - Minutes to Midnight

Ben Harper - Diamonds on The Inside

I'm really diggin this song right now...

Cold War Kids - Hospital Beds from Cowards & Robbers

well kiddies, I'm outta here till next time...

--Tank, BlueInGreen

P.S.- last but not least, R.I.P. to Dr. Donda West and Norman Mailer. Condolences to Kanye West and his family, and the Mailer family.

Thursday, November 8, 2007

my Mistress Jazz.

I love me some Jazz. I'm a eclectic dude I love all types of music but on a very chill, laid back, emotional level I love listening to Jazz, it just has this mystical magic to it...The Blues does that to me also (but that sir is a blog for another day!). A lot of people say jazz is boring, outdated, blah blah whatever but those people say that because they actually don’t take the time to sit and listen to it, and understand it. I mean people say all the time "oh hip hop that’s that gangster kill you shoot you with guns, and drugs, and money, and call girls bitches, crazy music...why do you like that", and it's a bunch of b.s. cause they don’t take the time to understand, learn, and listen to hip hop; and the good hip hop, not top 40 radio pop hits. This same situation can be directed at Jazz music. Yeah that's right I'm a jazz fan, shit look at my main blog picture and most of you already know I'm down on some jazz, but also the name of my blog will tell most that I am a jazz fan also. Blue In Green, my favorite jazz tune from Mr. Davis. Also I think Jazz has effected me positively when it came to certain hip hop--Tribe, Nas, Native Tongues, Jurassic 5, The Roots, Gangstarr, Eric B. and Rakim all infused Jazz into their sound. Now I don’t have a million and one jazz albums, I cant tell you too much exact information or details about the artists or the albums of all of them, but I can tell you what I know and I can show you some of my favorite tunes and give you a few albums (all of them right now are Miles Davis cause well that’s all the Jazz I have on my work computer...get over it aight!).

Now I'm a hip hop head for life, and that is my first love but boy do I have a great side fling with the mistress Jazz. Boy does she ever seduce me with her cool, smooth, and laid back ways. I love listening to her in the mornings, while I take the time to wipe the sleep from my eyes, and she's a great comfort when your feeling ill and down. Here's a few of my favorite artists and albums and some goodies for you to dload...


of course to start it man Miles. And my personal favorite from Miles is Kind of Blue, with a close second to Porgy and Bess(that shit gets me going). Check out this cool cat in action as he does a interview with the ever so uptight Bryant Gumbal, that was a bad choice of a interviewer most def.

It all started with Miles, esp. since the first jazz song I want to say I can clearly remember listening to and comprehended was Summertime, (#5 on Porgy and Bess:see below.)

Here are a few albums of Miles for you guys to enjoy:

Miles Davis - Kind of Blue

Miles Davis (w/ Gil Evans) - Porgy and Bess

Miles Davis - Birth of Cool


And then along with Miles, I was introduced to the late and great Mr. John Coltrane...My favorite albums form Trane were A Love Supreme and My Favorite Things, and I'm sure I'm not alone on that.
Miles Davis and John Coltrane - So What (dopeness)

Besides the duets with Miles, the first song I heard from John with his own Quartet was this classic tune...
John Coltrane Quartet - My Favorite Things (and I hate the sound of music and the original song)

Also another favorite of mine from Trane and Miles...Round about Midnight--


And if your are gonna talk about Coltrane, then you should def talk about the original great jazz saxophonist Charlie Parker aka Bird.

Charlie Parker Session w/ Coleman Hawkins (Beans and Bird)


And you gotta have the funky man on the piano...Thelonious Monk. I'm not that familiar with Monk the same goes with Charlie Parker) as I am with Miles and Trane, but the more I hear from them the more I wanna explorer and listen to...

Thelonious Monk - Blue Monk (check him out, just banging on the keys...)

**I heard some of that new The Thelonious Monk Quartet with John Coltrane at Carnegie Hall album, awesome I tell ya.

Now I know I don’t know all the artists and albums, I just wanted to drop a lil example of what Jazz I like and what artists I enjoy, so don’t trip if you didn’t see your favorite artists on here, I know there's plenty more greats(Louis, Billie, Duke, Billie, Herbie, Gales, Dizzy, I could go on for days...) to talk about but I just wanted to show my personal favorite few artists and albums, and share some music with you guys...hope this is chill for ya Cali Rob, enjoy your day off bastid!

Until next time peoples,

peace and one love--

--Tank, BlueInGreen

Tuesday, November 6, 2007

Bringing the Ruckus.

Along with Leon, those dudes from The Shaolin bring that ruckusness also.

Hey peoples, I was not even going to post anything at all today but I do have some extra free time today and thought I would do a quick one with some videos. The videos have the many scenes that the HBO show Curb Your Enthusiasm starring Larry David (the Seinfeld guy). All of these clips involve a new character from the new 6th season-- Leon, played by the very funny JB Smoove, a guy that moved into Larry's house with his family because of the Hurricane Katrina Disaster. Now before anything I have to give credit to my NR bro's Cmac and Fuxie for showing a video that had Leon and Larry David on the Curb show, so big up's to those two because I havent been keeping up with Curb for the past like 2 seasons. When it first came on HBO I was iffy about it because i wasn't the biggest Seinfeld fan, so I somewhat avoided it, but then randomly I caught a couple episodes of the 2nd season and from there on I stayed tuned to the show. But now that I have seen a couple clips of Leon and the 6th season I might have to keep a eye out for this season on Sundays. So here's a few videos showing the hilarious antics of Leon and Larry.

also if you havent seen these two videos in the million and one blogs and hip hop websites yet then here ya go...

Lupe Fiasco ft. Matthew Santos - Superstar **(thanks Shake)

Jay-Z - Roc Boys (And The Winner Is...) **(thanks Shake

--Tank, BlueInGreen

Monday, November 5, 2007

I often drift when I drive, Random Thoughts...

Not that type of "drifting"...

Man it is a weird drive I have to work on Monday mornings. First off, I have this weird zombie-ish type of trance I go in and out of, almost like those random spaced out moments you have when your just thinking about whatever and you just have this dumbfound look on your face while starting at nothing in particular until something breaks that momentary peace and you snap out of it like "oh...uhhh huh?!...yeah I'll get right on those TPS reports Bob". Yeah that's the type of trance I sometimes go into, while driving! But it's all good my damn brain is so miraculously brilliant sometimes that when I'm in that phased out moment I somewhat keep my eyes focused on the back bumper and tail lights of the car in front of me and slow down, brake, stop totally at a stop light, speedup, or react in whatever way I need to to keep steady with the flow of traffic. It's freakin' trippy sometimes cause I come to the stop light right before I have to turn into the parking lot at my work and I then somehow come out of the trance and realized holy crap I just like almost "sleep drove" to work except I did have my eyes open, but still it's wild you know.

So let me turn in my *late pass* for this but damn if Dog (the bounty hunter...okay white dude with a mullet on A&E) didn't bite his ass on the now infamous phone call with his son. He better be glad he lives on Hawaii, a place that I would think doesn't have too many big, 6'5'', 350 lb black dudes. Dude better cut his super mullet so people wont be able to notice him, but hey I wonder if his bounty hunter skills will disappear when he cuts his golden mullet locks sans-Samson style. Yeah I's Monday ha...

okay my Ipod proved to me that one of the funky, illest OutKast tracks is SpottieOttieDopalicious off the Aquemini album.(I called my girl that before once and she was like huh?!...ha love you boo) The word play, the funky chorus sung my Sleepy Brown, the super dope horns throughout the track, yeah fresh.

Explosions in the Sky... this band is incredible. Now if you do not know who I am talking about, think back to the movie Friday Night Lights, the ill ass instrumental rock that played throughout the movie and the dope guitar riffs that were blasting through the engaging football game scenes in the film. Yeah that music was done by these guys, and they just for some reason have been on point and have like 8 or 9 slots taken up on the Ipod, just some instrumental rock, no lyrics just straight jammin on the guitars and drums. very very chill I def recommend you guys check them out, they have quite a few albums out since '99. But check their myspace, , and check out the albums The Earth Is Not a Cold Dead Place and All of a Sudden I Miss Everyone.

So while randomly trying to get tired on Saturday nite, time was around 1 or so AM, and while my girl is passed out on the bed sleeping like a beautiful and peaceful angel, me and my girl Tess(my dog okay!...jeez) were watching Mel Gibson's Apocolypto on HBO. And boy was I surprised on how good the movie was, I haven't heard too much about the movie esp whe n it was out in theaters expect that it was another epic type movie done by nutjob Mel Gibson and that it was a slightly gruesome and graphic like Passion was. But after watching the whole movie minus about a half hour or so in the beginning of the movie, it was a very enjoyable and good looking film. It is basically about a man from the falling Mayan Civilization, that gets captured by some crazy ass raiders and has to escape and get back to his wife and family. So in it's simplest form is a action filled, suspenseful chase movie. And a damn good one at it. Another recommended watching by the homie Tank. I def need to catch it from the beginning. And don't worry it may be in the Mayan language and it has subtitles but trust me there isn't nearly as much talking as there was in Passion of the Christ, so it's alot easier to keep up with the dialogue without missing out on visual actions on the characters in the movie.

The new Jay-Z album American Gangster comes out tomorrow, the 6th of November. I will cop it even though I did have the NR brethren hook-up since last Monday and also even though I'm sure Jay will be alright financially if I didn't spend my $10 on his album, I'm just one of those weird music junkies that likes to still go out and buy a good album, and then go reading through the linear notes for a while. But to those that haven't heard the album yet, it's a really good album and a nice return to form for Jay, think more Reasonable Doubt than Kingdom Come, which I'm sure most Jay fans and purists while enjoy hearing.

Speaking of albums there will be quite a few this holiday season to go out and get...

Wu-Tang Clan - 8 Diagrams
Ghostface Killa - The Big Doe Rehab
Lupe Fiasco - The Cool
Saigon - The Greatest Story Never Told
Alicia Keys - As I Am
David Banner - Greatest Story Ever Told
Busta Rhymes - Back on my BS
Sevendust - Retrospective 2
Nas - N*****

yeah there's quite a few of them...hopefully some of them if not all of them will be good. Tell ya moms and pops, or your girl, or your siblings to get you a Best Buy gift card or sumthin...ha.

Speaking of gifts, you know what really tips my pissy meter off? When your girl just has a damn perfect and easy thought of list of Christmas gifts for you but damn if you can only think of one of two things to get her...damn it so much easier for a girl to shop for a guy than vice versa. Darn...Darn it to hell!...that's alright I'm sure some good ideas will just pop up randomly in my head sooner or later, It's just that by that time she all has my gifts order or bought...oh well, I have a few thoughts to scheme upon. *evil laugh* MMMUUUUAH MUUUAAHHH MUAAAHHHH HA HA HA HA HAHAHAHAHAHAHAAHHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! -And sorry boo for reading that folded paper that had a Christmas list of gifts for was under the driver's seat in my car, I didn't go sneaking around for it!...ha. I kid.

well I'm gonna wrap this up cause yes I do have a job, and yes I should be doing it right now so peace and one love till the next time...which will prob be tomorrow...

--Tank, BlueInGreen

P.S. --see Meka, I used the spell check, I got the spelling errors under control!...jeez. lmao.

Friday, November 2, 2007

The Good Ole' Boob Tube aka TV Murked the Radio Star.

Fuck a Plasma!...this is the future...err past. Shit, look that muhfucka even has a built in clock!

So I usually watch a few shows with my girl when we get home from work most nights but there are a few shows that we watch almost religously, sometimes you have to have those 1 or 2 shows that you try to watch continuously every week until the season ends, cause most shows on TV are so craptastic that it's good to watch a few of them that make it seem like some of those hollywood humps are doing something I watched two of my favorite shows last nite so I figured they should get a mention on the blog. The first of which is the show Supernatural...

Now now, before you guys chastise me for watching a show that comes on the damn CW network and has fans that are mostly teenage girls that think the two main characters "are like freakin sooooo hott!", I gotta tell ya one simple truth: it's a damn good show. The characters, the dialouge, the mix of sci-fi, action, and comedy is def a good mix that makes me think of this show as more than just some dramatized teenybooper show like the rest of the crappy shows on The CW. So pin short it's about these two brothers, Sam and Dean Winchester, that are demon hunters. They come in lines with other cracked out hunters, the i'gnant ass police that are chasing them, ghosts, monsters, zombies, and evil demonic possessed people. Between all this horrific action packed stuff are some hilarious brotherly moments and shit talking.
Here's a couple funny moments from the show that actually make it enjoyable to watch-

Ahhh yes def a comedy classic, I wanna actually thank my cousin for nagging me about scrubs before and also recently my blog brother from another motherboard Rey from Itaintthatserious, for hyping up the show on his own blogsite. The show's basis is about a couple of doctors personal and professional lives that work at a teaching hospital in Los Angeles. The show is just flat out funny because it's filled with alot of sarcasm and slapstick comedy. And the character of Dr. Cox played by John C. McGinley is a damn riot, and J.D. and Turk’s quirky inside jokes and slight poking fun at “life partners” style friendship is hilarious to see, especially when they do renditions of songs or TV show themes. Also Turk is classic when he jumps into his Dancing sessions in the mid-conversation. What’s sad though I hear this is their last season and I just started to get into the show a couple months ago…I tell ya sometimes there so much crap on TV that it makes miss the good stuff. Check out a lil sample of the dude Turk dancin like a fool.

And of course the famous clip of Turk dancing and singing to Bel Biv Devoe's "Poison". Props to my homies at NahRight for the clip...

I have a few more shows I usually stay on top of watching that include Dirty Jobs (Mike Rowe for President!), Entourage, and Kitchen Nightmares. Isnt it funny when you get older you watch all the weird "nedry" stuff on the food, travel, and discovery channels that you wouldnt watch at all when you were younger or if there was a video in science class or something, just a funny thought you know.

**Also I wanted to take a second to give a big shout out and thanks to my homies Meka Soul and Shake from HipHopDX, for puttin me on their blogroll, giving me and my blog some shine on their own blog side project and all around dope website, Thanks guys and I'll try to keep up with posting steady weekly and bringing some interesting content on my site. I have to tell ya, Shake held it down on the design of the website, dude is a genius at that stuff. So check out their website cause they hold it down on the awesome song exclusives and sometimes obscure but always ill ass "Meka Soul Mix Shows". Click the link above or down below on my favorite links section and check their blog out, tell them that Tank/MTF sent ya.

Everybody have a a great, chill, and safe weekend...holla lata next week. (or maybe you'll get a suprise blog or two on the weekend...who knows)Also big thansk to all yuo guys that are commenting, I really appreciate ya smartass and interesting feedback. ha.

Chuckin Dueces,

--Tank, BlueInGreen

Thursday, November 1, 2007

3 producers not named Timbaland, Kanye, or Pharrell...

Ayyy whut up peoples out here in BlueInGreenLand, yeah I'm back already, yeah def got that second wind. So I usually check out Nah Right and HiphopDX(two fo the top hip hop music websites) on the daily, and I was on Nah this morning and noticed two things that got my attention, 1st the video of Madlib, one of my fav producers, on Rap City on BET; and 2nd the article about NO I.D., another classic and fav producer, doing production work on Jay-Z's new American Gangster album. That made me step back and think does anybody that isnt either big on hip hop, only listens to the radio and top 40 stations, watches MTV or BET, only know manybe a handful of producers. And if you ask any random hump to name off a hip hop producer than they would prob asnwer with one if not all of the three names that are stated in the title of this blog. That's not a bad thing to not know any of these 3 producers that will be stated below or any other producers, it just means myself and others like me (hip hop heads and music junkies) have to try even harder to teach adn let these geniuses of hip hop music be known and heard. So while I'm at my job I'm gonna do my other "job"--to inform...come read with me...

1. Madlib (LA)- One of my personal favorites, mostly cause he has such a wide and eclectic musical taste and he also eff's with some Jazz, and I love me some Jazz. He comes from a very musical family; his father Otis Jackson Sr was a well known & accomplished bandleader and session player, his mother Sinesca Jackson was a songwriter and third in a line of accomplished female folk and blues guitarists, his younger brother Michael Jackson aka Oh No is a rapper and producer that is signed also to Stones Throw, and his Uncle is jazz trumpeter Jon Faddis. He started his career in 1993 with his own group, The Lootpack, that were signed to the West Coast Independent powerhouse Stones Throw Records label. Then he started to become a sought after producer that worked with the likes of The Alkoholiks, Jay Dee(J Dilla), MF Doom, Talib Kweli, Planet Asia, and countless others. He is one of the only hip hop artists to get exclusively asked to do a remix/reinterpretation project, Shades of Blue, for Blue Note Records, one of the most sucessful and well known jazz record labels in the world. He has done collabo albums whith MF Doom and J Dilla, and has his own solo instrumental albums. He evenhas many ALiases that he records under that include Quasimoto, The Beat Konducta, and Yesterday's New Quintet. Songs to check out: One Beer, Accordian, ALL CAPS, The Show, Funny Money, Slim's Return, Funky Blue Note, Indian Hump, Piano Garden, Bitches Brew.

2. No I.D. (Chi)- aka the Godfather of Chicago Hip Hop, The Mentor (as stated by Kanye West), if you have ever heard of Common (Sense's) classic album Ressurection then you know who No I.D. is, and why he is that dude. As stated above he is the montor of Knaye West and prob one of the single handed reasons why Kanye is such a damn good producer himslef and why he has his signature "sound". No I.D. came into hip hop scene along with his friend Common Sense back in 1992 with Common's debut album Can I Borrow a Dollar?, and since then has been slighty and quiety producing (and ghost producing for Jermaine Dupri) some of the illest beats for Common, Beanie Sigel, Jay-Z, DMX, Ghostface and Meth, Bow Wow, Do or Die, Rhymefest and many others. He is one of the originators of the soul influenced Chicago hip hop sound. Also you can check him out stealing the show on Jay-Z's upcoming album, American Gangster with the two tracks he produced (it's claimed that he only co-produced them with JD, yeah rightttttt...), "Sucess" and "Fallin'". Songs to check out: Fallin', Sucess, Watermelon, Pineapple Juice, I Used to Love H.E.R., Retrospect for Life, D.O.D., Fever, Get Down, Another Again.

3. Just Blaze (NY/NJ)- now if any of the three, Just is prob the most known and popular. Armed with a mighty Lightsaber and Roland V-Drums, Just has become one of New Yorks most sought out producers for the past 7 years. Dude is dope with the drums and the synths, and he has his own orchestra to bang out any rhythms or strings he might need for a soul and rock filled track. He came into his own along with Kanye West on Jay's 2001 classic The Blueprint. When I heard Girls, Girls, Girls, and U Dont Know off that album I had to go through the linear notes to find out who this guy was, after that I always kept a eye (and ear) out for Mr. Blaze. Since then he has worked with many of Hip Hop's top and premier artists like Jay-Z, Joe Budden, Saigon, DMX, Kanye West, Busta Rhymes, T.I., The Game, Fabolous, and many many more. Songs to check out: Girls Girls Girls, U Dont Know, PSA, Oh My God, Church for Thugs, C'Mon Baby, Breathe, Touch the Sky, What We Do, Dear Summer.

all praise and respect to the legends Dilla and JMJ. RIP.

Until tommorow, peace peoples.
Let's see if the ultimate slacker blogger Tank can get 3 posts in one week!...Wowzers! (c) Inspector Gadget

--Tank, BlueInGreen

Wednesday, October 31, 2007

Boo Bitches!...Happy Halloween, I got a stomach ache already.

AHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!!!!!!!............oh hold up, ohhhhhh that's his real face.

I'm going to be jumping around randomly on topics today so sorry if the subject suddenly changes drastically from line to line, keep up. But first lil kiddies and ghouls, since it's that day of stealin pillow cases of candy from 11 year olds I figured I would drop a lil list of the top ten best horror flicks. They are in no particular order, but I def have to start off with a all time favorite and classic, and the one that made me shit my pants more than once when I was 9.


-Rosemary's Baby

-The Shining


-Silence of the Lambs

-The Exocist

-Last House on the Left




Also I wanna say to all the teenagers and young adults, you still trick or treatin, then I'll smack the taste out ya mouth, shit is for the kids, either chill pass out candy, stay inside and watch some movies tec, or take yo ass to a halloween party and get on a sexy nurse or whatever. And if any of you cocksnots try toi egg, t.p., ring my doorbell, I will be waiting with my buddy Louiville to crack some skulls like Principal Vernon. Anyways moving on, I wanna send a shout out to my homie Rey from, Uncle Rey or Rey The Hussein to most, for his latest blog post(even though I wanted to stab a dinner fork in his eye) talkin about the movie 300, Marvel comics Wolverine (by the way...Wolverine >>>>>>>__________), and those shitty "funny" movies; Epic Movie and Date Movie. Def check his site out, if your into Fall Out Boy, Kanye West, anything 80's, Scrubs (top notch comedy), and random Emo Moments of Clarity. I might wanna shake him violently but dude has the best random blogs *jealous face* lmao. Also big ups to ya for letting me know about Pearls Before Swine, shit is hilarious bro. Matter of fact any of you that have'nt checked out any of my links below, esp the personal blog sites, you, Lost(no boring ass ABC show).

And I know myself, and mostly everyone from Nah Right (click the link down below on my links), and a few DX peeps have had a chance to listen to some reral good music from "Cha' boy!", some music that is real "Gangster", and I have to tell ya, it's a return to top form for the big homie. All the people that know what I'm talkin about I say this, Fallin' > rest of the tracks on the album, oh you mad?

A quick review on Quentin Tarintino's Death Proof (1/2 of the Grindhouse double feature): shit was dope.
...the cars, the car chases, the crazy and sometimes long Tarintino-esque dialogue, and the funky 60's and 70's rock/soul music soundtrack(It's got The Coasters and Joe Tex on it!...) that was played throughout the movie was awesome. Def great, and I heard through reviewers and people who have seen the movie that this is the better of the two Grindhouse movies, but I still gotta see Planet Terror cause I'm a Zombie finatic. But def check it out.

Well thats it for now...check back tommorow or Friday for a few more posts, dont worry I have a slight second wind, or it just might be those hot fries and that kit kat bar I had at lunch.


--Tank, BlueInGreen

**(Random Fuckery at it's Best)

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

not yet...but soon.

ha...patiently wait...gotta regroup...especially you Cali Rob.

I'm so sorry to keep ya'll waiting...and for being such a lousy blogger...jeez, good golly.

please accept my apology...

Thursday, October 18, 2007

Read a book, read a book, read a got damn book!...

If Dubya can, I'm sure you can too...

Read a book? Huh?
As some of you can see I'm a big book head, shit I work at a library(and no I'm not a librarian), I read at least 1 if not 2 books a month, I'm a poet and writer myself, and I enjoy reading (no matter how fuckin cheesy that sounds get over it suckas), so I though I would bring my enjoyment and love for the written word to all you mofos out there that either enjoy read ya self or dont pay attention to much to books and shrug it of as a old school "pastime". I know about half you muthafuckas only read XXL, Complex, Scratch(RIP), The Sauce, Import Tuner, Super Street, Lowrider, Plumpers, and BlackTails, but I figured hey why dont we go beyond the realm of read the articles in Playboy...bullshit. So I'm gonna run off a few books that in the past year or two I have read, and also some of my favorite books over the years. You go to any B&N and pick up these books (plus maybe a double latte, half creme, half milk, with a shot of mocha, with a splash of chocolate fudge...*lowers head* sorry.), or to or
Dust ya 2nd grade cardboard bookmarks off, cause here we go...

Letters From the Earth by namesake minus the fame

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

*NOTE - ...okay any books by Mark Twain are readable*

The Zombie Survival Guide by Max Brooks

'Said the Shotgun to the Head by Saul Williams

The Emcee Scrolls by Saul Williams

The Autobiography of Malcom X by Alex Haley (everybody should read this.)

Cant Stop, Wont Stop by Jeff Chang

And it Dont Stop by Raquel Cepeda (Various Writers)

The Farther Shore by Matthew Eck

I Am Legend by Richard Matheson

What Dreams May Come by Richard Matheson

Rakim Told Me by Brian Coleman

Check the Technique by Brian Coleman

East of Eden by John Steinbeck

The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck

Of Mice and Men by John Steinbeck

Any short stories by Edgar Allan Poe

Fear and Loathing in Vegas by Hunter S. Thompson

Journey to the Center of the Earth by Jules Verne

The Time Machine, The War of the Worlds by H.G. Wells

I, Robot by Isaac Asimov

To Kill a Mockingbird by Harper Lee

In Cold Blood by Truman Capote

Bonus*** a starting point for all you hard head people that think books are a waste of's some Children and Young Adult novels...

All of the Calvin & Hobbes books (yeah I got all 17 of them so what?)

All of The Boondocks books (McGruder's a genius)

Mike Mulligan & His Steam Shovel (classic)

Where the Wild Things Are by Maurice Sendak

Sounder by William H. Armstrong

Frog and Toad are Friends by Arnold Lobel

The Indian in the Cupboard by Lynne Reid Banks

The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton

The Contender by Robert Lipsyte (and it has 3 sequel books)

Call of the Wild by Micheal London

Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day by Judith Viorst

Trust me there are plenty of more on Tank's Year Round Reading List.(damn only reading in the summer)But for now I'll leave you with this list of books to sink your minds and eyes into. Peace and One Love to ya...

--Tankus Maximus, MTF.

Random Fuckery at it's Finest (c)BlueInGreen


R.I.P. Soccer, 1988 -2001, the jack russell terrier who played Wishbone on TV. That was one smart dog, teachin dem damn kids ta read n' shit.

Wednesday, October 17, 2007

Two posts in one day?! way!...go 'head test him for steroids.

Yep back again...

Figured I'd drop a lil bit more of my writing. Ahhhhhh school ties...

I Think Love 4Got About Me?
Im not sure but I think Love 4Got about me?

Love was the absent-minded mother that left me

at the super market,

It was the uncaring teacher that left me

out at recess and didnt come looking 4 me,

It was the busy parent that left me sitting

on the school stairs and didnt pick me up,

I left it 4 messages but It didnt call me back,

It was the unfocused student that left me

at home when I was due that day,

It the stupid kid left me in the couch and

didnt even lift the cushions to find me,

It left me stranded alone with no hope that

It would remember me.

Maybe I need to be that string wrapped

around Its finger to remind Love that it

4Got about me.

Joshua "Tank" Thompson
Copyright ©2007 Joshua "Tank" Thompson

Scars of Disappointment
Disappointing yourself is like a stab in the arm,
But disappointing someone else is like a stab in the heart.
It hurts, it's sharp and deep, it's eternal pain,
Something you can never fully recover from.
It's piercing through your flesh quickly, Without warning,
but once it's there it is there for eternity.

Joshua "Tank" Thompson
Copyright ©2007 Joshua "Tank" Thompson

Damn this shit is from when I was 16...jeez. And yes thats my name get over it.

Sorry for the hold up on posts...slackin as usual. What else is new?!

Sorry peoples, I have been slacking, busy, sick, and just plain ignored the blog for the past week or so. Hey like I said my blog is random as hell, and I have no correct or set order of when I will post, so my bad to my "many" "avid" readers.
To make up real quick for a lack of posting on this here blog, here's a few videos and random items for your enjoyment.

Best of Terry Crews:

Terry Crews on My Wife & Kids:(I remember my homie Wes showing me this scene at his crib, he had this on his DVR and he kept rewinding and playing nonstop for like a half an hour while crying so hard from laughing, def classic, WHUT UP Wes!)

A lil bit of katt williams for the Pimp Chronicles on HBO:

one of my favorite comedians ever, Louis C.K., hilarious 10 mins:

one of my favorite scenes from Lucky Louie:

And a few goodies for ya (no Ciara):

GetBack - Little Brother

*cough* movies!!!...*cough*

Don't worry I'm sure I will be posting something decent soon in the near future sometime in my lifetime. I'm sure it will be something about books and some more of my writing. Peace and big ups to everyone that likes Nas and hates Fox News Channel and their blatant close mindedness.

Monday, October 8, 2007

Hey Kids guess what day it is?!...It's Emo Monday!

Dont worry I wont turn into Rey The Hussein...

Naw for real I'm just tired and spaced out from this "great" day we call Munday. Also I got some influence and inspiration from some random sources (and decided to post some emo lovey dovey writing that I did recently for my girl. Enjoy, laugh at it, give me props, tell me to listen to some Fall Out Boy like Rey (I am listening to some Brand New, which is a slight emo but more of a regular rock band...Dont worry I'll toughen up with some G Rap, Bumpy Knuckles, and M.O.P. later on.) Here ya go:

Dream Season (slight love letter/poem)-

I’m just a man with some simple words and truths…along my travels in this life…
I’ve seen “angels” and “pretty faces”, but never someone that is my own to have, the person to save me from the aforementioned, to appreciate me in a way that those before you could never realize or comprehend, to change my life so I can change their’s, my girl, my own personal guardian angel, my Queen. I have been blind, let astray, led through swamps of darkness, trumpets never played, introductions never made, and throughout these lead-in’s I’ve been led to feel that these were “special ones”, “angels” or whatsoever they need be called but deep down in my heart I knew something was missing, the fact was is that I just wasn’t sure what. All of the truths about these d’evil girls were found out through crappy feelings and hard realizations, most throughout times where I was still fully figuring out who I was as my whole self. Some of them were hiding behind masquerade masks, trying to lead me away from the light, from where I need and wanted to be. I was lonely and lost, and had no one else to guide me, so I gave into these marauders of false hopes and emotions. Since finding you I have become a better person, you have helped me realize true feelings, not just ones you want to have and try to so hard to grasp something that is not there and not blinded by superficial feelings like in high school. When you came into my life, you snuck up on me, at a time when I wasn’t looking for Life like that, but there you were. You knew all along about your feelings, I wish I knew like you knew then, to be ready like you already were, but soon enough I came catching up to join you so we can be together as we are now. So I hope this Love Letter reaches you and makes you understand how much you make me happy, how you pulled me out of the hole that was dug, thank you for letting “Love REMEMBER me”, And thank you forgiving me for not connecting to you, for not seeing what you saw at first. Everyday it gets better than the last, and everyday I am thankful that you have come into my life, and hopeful that you will be in my life for years to come. And so I paint this picture with my Pen to illustrate what you mean to me, and I feel that these wild, vivid, crazy, regular, irregular, different words that I have wrote, that you have inspired, that I give to you, show you all of what is inside of my heart and soul. There are so many things that make you perfect for me and make me love you more each day. I love how we can have our own opinions and even bicker about things but just as easily get over it and not take it to heart. I love how you are open minded to everything esp. to my crazy musical tastes. I love how you start to like some of my hip hop songs; meanwhile I start to like some country songs that you don’t know the names of. I absolutely am glad and love the fact that you can be yourself and make goofy faces and just act like a weird, crazy, nerdy, dorky person just as much as I can. I love that were honest with one another and if we do have a problem or something we need to yap/bitch/talk about we at least try to do that. And I know with all of these things that I love and cherish, I know that we will last, and we will be together. So I hope you accept this Love Letter/Poem that I wrote to you with my deepest emotions, deepest feelings, and deepest thoughts. I hope this makes you understand. I hope this makes you feel good about what we have. I hope you can be with me forever. I truly and fully Love You.


Through (more of a poem)-

Through the regular days, through the hard days,
Through the days where you don’t wanna talk to anybody,
Through the drama of people either family or friends,
Through the crazy and hazy dreams,
Through the 6:30 morning alarm clock wake ups,
Through the stomach aches and feet hurting,
Through the missteps and the mistakes,
Through the quarrels and the unevenness,
Through the interruptions and talking over one another that we do,
Through the waiting you had to do for me, for us to get to this point,
Through it all…there’s you.
I dreamed of your face last nite, and how you make me feel,
Then today, I woke up,
Got in my car, and started driving to work like I’ve done a hundred other times,
But something happened,
Sitting there in the relaxed routine of a early morning car ride,
I paused in my habits and looked over at the empty passenger seat,
It made me sad for a slight moment, but then I realized something that made happy,
Now there are always different descriptions and interpretations of it,
But I think for that brief, surreal, and defining moment,
In all of its simple weird awkwardness I realized that I do,
In my own feelings and my own definition of it,
I love you.


And that's just 2 of the many poems I have written over the yearsn, these two are very straight forward and are serious cause I am serious about the way I feel about ym girl ya know, real talk no b.s.

If you werent into that than its all good, but I have plenty more where that came from and I prob will do this once a week maybe to kind of put out some of my work for you guys to read.

Also dont worry nothing is wrong with me and my girl we are great and dont worry I have no intentions to doing a Owen Wilson, I'm a happy mofo trust me. Enuff with the seriousness I'll holla at you cocksnots later.


--Tankus Maximus.

Friday, October 5, 2007

Back Again from's some Friday Goodness.

Been a minute...well I'm very random and sporatic like that aight(plus its been a somewhat busy week) bad to the like 10 people that read this...jsut a quick lil post for ya.

I know most of you guys know who Dangermouse is (Gnarls Barkley, Jay-Z's Gray Album, Dangerdoom, Gorillaz Demon Dayz, etc).

I also hope you know even though he does some weird, spaced out left field, funky hip hop rock, electronica fused type of ish he still is very dope at what he does and can lace a straight up hip hop song very nicely. check out these jems produced by Dangermouse featuring 2 hip hop legends and one ill ass west coast MC. --big props to my homie J. Burn over at

Big L - Put It On (actually this is a Non-Prophets remix)

Murs - To a Black Boy (DangerMouse ReMix)

Nas - It Aint Hard to Tell (DangerMouse ReMix)

--also since at my work its a Payday Friday, here's a few Bonus Cuts and Such for ya.

9th Wonder ft. Royce Da 5'9', Naledge, and Vandalyzm (STL's Finest) - The Last Time

Will.I.Am - aint it pretty
(big up to my homie cmac for let me know about this track, check his site Chasing The Cool out at tanks fav links at the bottom of the page)

Styles of Beyond - Savin' L.A. (from their mixtape Razor Tags)

Vandalyzm - Stand Up
Speaking of Vandalyzm, the homie is holding down the home town in a different way than from the other STL "mc's" that stay pop, lockin, and droppin. To peep and download the rest of his free EP go to his myspace page,

also a hour and a half laughfest of a interview with Karrine "Superhead" Steffans done by Jamie Foxx on his Sirius Radio Show, The Foxxhole.("whuts crackin?...other than the crack of ya ass!")

aight peoples have a great weekend, be safe, drink soem brewskies, have protected sex, and watch some cartoons. See you next weekend and hopefully I'll have at least one post up by next week ha...peace and one love.

Tankus Maximus aka MTF
Random Fuckery at it's Finest (c) BlueInGreen

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Top Ten Illest Albums You Might Have Not Heard Before.

Heyyyyyy.... this isn't Coldplay!!!

Now before you guys go crazy saying "oh man I know that album, man I got that album, blah blah" here's a lil disclaimer.

The following list is compiled by the opinions and reasonings strictly of the writer and the views expressed by before mentioned blogger may not be agreed upon by all readers of said website, which in fact is the definition of a blog, to express ones own personal views and opinions. Also the content is geared towards informing and teaching the Top 40 Radio *cough(brainwashed)cough* demographic crowd, and not exactly aimed to inform hip hop heads and explorers of music, but for that group to agree and nod in satisfaction to the aforementioned selections. Thank you and stay chillin'.

Now moving onward, Halo 3 and Jill Scott's new album (The Real Thing: Words and Sounds Vol. 3) came out today so watch out for crazed gamers and neo soul lovers. I gathered a list of the top ten illest albums you might not have heard, the list only includes hip hop albums, and the timeframe is between '99 -'07(I don’t wanna go to far back esp. with only 10 spots to fill, don’t worry pre '99 will be another blog some other day). Also they are in no particular order. And now -- Tank's Top Ten Illest Albums You Might Have Not Heard Before.

1. Jurassic 5 - Quality Control. ~ Now there may be three ways you may know these guys, 1) you've seen they're most recent single "work it out" ft dave matthews video on MTV2, 2) You saw they're "what's Golden" video on MTV for a month or so back in 2002, 3) or you have heard this album, their debut album, bubbling on the underground back in 2000. Which ever way you may have been introduced to Jurassic 5, or J5(no Michael), this album was the start of something so great. 4 MC's, 2 DJ's what more could you ask bout old school boom bap and breakbeat production stylings, a four mc tag-team deliveries and harmonizing choruses. When listening to this album, you cant do anything but nod your head along and smile, its very positive and uplifting hip hop, and it was a fresh new and alternative to the music that was being popularized by hip hop artists in the mid to late 90's onto the 2000's.
Tank's Illest tracks- World of Entertainment, Great Expectations, Jurass Finish First, Quality Control

2. Blu & Exile - Below the Heavens ~ Now many people that explore and look for good music on the internet may know about this album, big ups to the DX peeps and peoples at Nah Right, but other than that many people do not know about this incredible throwback feeling of an album. First off dude is 22, most dudes that are that age that are in the game do not rap about what this dude Blu raps about. He raps about everyday issues and struggles and about love and relationships, just about anything that any regular day guy can go through. And Exile's atmospheric almost "heavenly" sound on production fits perfectly with Blu's lyrical passages. This a def sleeper hit, and one of the top 5 albums of 2007, def doesn’t sound like 2007 hip hop, but this album is one to hear.
Tank's Illest Tracks- My World Is..., The Narrow Path, Dancin' in the Rain, Below the Heavens Pts. 1 & 2

3. Soul Position - 8 Million Stories ~ def one of my favorite underground hip hop albums, the duo from Colombus, OH def have plenty of soul to spread around. The MC(Blueprint) spits verses of a everyday 9 to 5 working man, while the DJ(RJD2) lays out lavish and multi layered soundscapes that will make you nod in enjoyment. Blueprint talks about the ills of having an ignorant girlfriend, reminisces about Nintendo, candy, and 80's fashion, and has plenty of time to tell a dramatic timepiece of a woman looking for love. And throughout these telling tales RJ takes hip hop production to a far away, spaced out, soul and rock infused ride. His production sometimes brings a feeling of hauntingness, creepy, ghostly sense to Blueprints brooding sometimes screechy stretching delivery. Now it may not be 8 million stories on this album but there are plenty of stories to fill even the hungriest of hip hop listeners.
Tank's Illest Tracks- Right Place Wrong Time, No Excuse for Lovin, Share This, The Jerry Springer Episode

4. Madvillian - Madvilliany ~ Now you guys may or may not know about these two artists that make up the peculiar but cohesive duo named Madvillian. MF Doom and Madlib two established underground hip hop artists came together in 2004 to collabo on a album that simply put is short, sweet, and to the point(whatever that point may be). Recondite lyrics from Doom, and few chorus, and weird and imaginative soundscapes def make this a very unfriendly album for people of the radio/MTV/BET demographic. Mostly its always good to hear a east coat MC rhyme over a west coast producer's beats. Just like the album, this is a short description and listening to it makes it the easiest to understand why this a good album. Tank's Illest Tracks- Curls, Accordion, ALL CAPS, Rhinestone Cowboy

5. Atmosphere - Lucy Ford: The Atmosphere EPs ~ Now this duo (Slug the MC and Ant the DJ/Producer) has been holding down MN and the Midwest for at 10+ years now, and this is a chopped up and collected offering of all of Atmosphere's EP's(they have had at least 20 of them) up until 2001. This is a perfect introduction to a hip hop group that has unusual beats with neck snapping snares and very imaginative introspective lyrics.
Tank's Illest Track's- Between the Lines, Guns and Cigarettes, The Woman with the Tattooed Hands, If I was Santa Claus.

6. Brother Ali - Shadows on the Sun ~ Brother Ali is a very articulate and very skilled MC, that draws on his ability to transcend anger and self doubt and make it into positives messages that easy convey to any average listener. He can be very introspective, very proud of who is without being claimed as cocky, and its very refreshing to hear a rapper that can man up and admit when he has taken a L. All this is paired with Ant's(from Atmosphere) Jazz, Blues, and Soul infused beats that compliment Ali's deep and sincere delivery and insightful lyrics.
Tank's Illest Tracks- Forest Whitaker, Room with a View, Win Some Lose Some, Champion

7. Little Brother - The Listening ~ this 3 man group first came on the scene in 2003 with a critically acclaimed debut that came reminiscent of Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth's classic album "Mecca and the Soul Brother". Phonte and Rapper Big Pooh provided the rhymes, 9th Wonder provided the soulful instrumentals, and together they complimented each other. Pooh and Phonte provided some refreshing tight knit flows that sometimes brought out their tag-team wordplay over some insane sounding chopped samples dug out by 9th. The most important factor of this album is the group’s ability and effort to try and make listeners actually...listen. And they also show their frustration at casual listeners who do not want to take the time to listen on a deeper level but instead want to just hear the next "hot song".
Tank's Illest Tracks- So Fabulous, For You, Away From Me, The Listening

8. Kidz in the Hall - School Was my Hustle ~ I first heard about Naledge(MC) and Double-O(DJ) from Just Blaze's Myspace page, how he was mentoring Double-O and he gave a big co-sign to their music. From then on I listened to a couple tracks form there album and instantly understood why Just Blaze associated with them; they had something the hip hop crowd needed to hear. Naledge's smooth delivery blends well with Double-O's incredible beats that show many signs of brilliance. They seem to do their music so effortlessly and again the music def speaks for itself.
Tank's Illest Tracks- Wheelz Fall Off, Hypocrite, Go Ill, Dont Stop.

9. Felt - Vol. 2: A Tribute to Lisa Bonet ~ You know its gonna be a crazy and wild time when two acclaimed underground rappers with the major habit of talking about girls, self deprecation, and hilarious self accounts make a collabo album. This is exactly it, party, girls, falling in and out of love, a trip to Vegas, and two party worthy mc's along with again the production from Ant that makes it a fun filled with 80's and early 90's rap, funky 70's influenced soul rhyme-a-thon.
Tank's Illest Tracks- Early Mornin Tony, Employees of the Year, Marvini Gaye, Woman Tonight

10. Somobe - The Great Communication ~ I only found out about Somobe because of my west coast brother Brillyance's stamp of approval on his daily blog on So then I went and investigated and listened for myself, and boy was he right about this duo. These two represent Las Vegas, Nevada and Vegas never sounded so hip hop until now. With some live instrumentation with deep skillful lyrics brings Somobe's jazzy soulful sound to effect and they do it really good. This album reminds me of a somewhat lower-key more laidback Roots album, its very diverse and very refreshing with all the lavish hors and drums that come out so smooth on every track. Listen to this album and vibe out.
Tank's Illest Tracks- Building, We Need a Love Song, This is Blitzkrieg, Where I'm Suppose to Be

Well kiddies, that about wraps it up for my list, Talk and discuss, leave comments on your favorites. Also don't chastise, e-threaten, or send me death threats if I didn’t put down a album of yours...all I can say is "you gots to chill" (c)EPMD.

Fuckery at it’s Finest © BlueInGreen

Monday, September 24, 2007

Tank's Top Ten Illest Week/Top Ten Illest Zombie Flicks

Ladies dont go for that line...even if they buy you a Amaretto Sour...

So here at Blue in Green it's def been a slow uphill battle of posting new stuff. I just have been busy/tired/mostly lazy with writing as of late esp this past year and I have been battling myself to get up, get out, and blog sumthin'. So I got a few ideas that were randomly bouncing around my heads, mostly just certain songs and movies and books, and I decided hey why the hell not start up a Week Long Dandy Top Ten Illest Blogathon. Most of these lists of course (unless you don't know what a blog is) are my opinion so don't chastise me for my picks or placement of said items, if you do go set yourself on fire and run into some fuel tank cells for fun. So today it's a wonderful(horrible) Monday and I'm def in Zombie Mode, so with that being that I am a walking Zombie and I love me some Zombie movies, I'll hit you off with the first slice of my Dandy Top Ten Illest Blogathon pie.

Tank's(emphasis on Tank's) Top Ten Illest Zombie Flicks.

1. Dawn of the Dead (1979) - One of the true great Zombie films, great actors, great action, great gruesome scenes, and overall a decent storyline. Also Ken Foree, one of the only black characters in a horror film that doesn't die!

2. The Night of the Living Dead - The original and the birth of Zombie films...simple but classically put together, and it featured one of the first African American hero's, Ben(Duane Jones).

3. Dawn of the Dead (2004) - Zach Snyder(300) successfully remade this classic movie into his own vision and came out with a great movie remake in the mix of terrible and thoughtless remakes and sequels in the horror genre. Great Plot, great actors (Ving Rhames, Jake Weber, Sarah Polley), and some awesome new age effects.

4. Evil Dead - What can I say campy, cheesy, B grade acting by legend Bruce Campbell, and directing/producing by a pre-Spider-Man Sam Raimi, just a classic gruesome fest.

5. Land of The Dead - Another Romero film that carries on the 40 year old tradition of a good plot with gruesome scenes and social commentary included. This time it expands on the mythos of the forsaken zombies and their instincts that are starting to change with the changing society.

6. Shaun of the Dead - Hilarious, action packed, and slapstickish throughout, this comedy spoof of your favorite zombie movies brings the laughs.

7. 28 Days Later - A new age revamp of the zombie genre and a instant classic, Danny Boyle is a smart man when it coems to making Zombie films. A must see.

8. Dead Alive - before Lord of Rings, Peter Jackson made this fucked up gruesome slasher fest to the masses. This movie was so graphic that most countries have banned the full version of the movie. Plus a guy chopping up zombies with a lawnmower...ill.

9. Day of the Dead - this is the most though provoking and light hearted of the Romero Dead series. It is a little slower than most of the films but it brings the most humanity and social issues to the screen in a zombie film.

10. Army of Darkness - even more slapstic and hilarious than Evil Dead, but a def classic for the crazy plot and the craptastic skeleton warriors. This is my boomstick!

Let me know how you feel about my list and be ready for tomorrow's edition of Tank's Top Ten Illest. --Tank