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Subject:I Got That Snow ... Man!
Time:02:46 am
Current Mood:coldcold
NEW YORK - One of the hottest-selling T-shirts around the country shows a simply drawn snowman with a menacing expression.

It's not Frosty's evil twin. The image popularized by drug-dealer-turned-rapper Young Jeezy symbolizes those who sell a white substance known on the street as snow: cocaine.

Anti-drug campaigners and education officials are alarmed, saying the T-shirt and others like it are part of sophisticated marketing campaigns using coded symbols for drug culture that parents and teachers are not likely to understand. Some schools are banning kids from wearing the snowman images.

"The snowman is made of white, grainy stuff like sugar," said 12-year-old seventh-grader Mailik Mason, standing next to his mother in a Manhattan store selling the snowman shirts. "It has to do with a certain drug, crack or coke."

Young Jeezy's hit debut album, "Let's Get It: Thug Motivation 101," peaked at No. 2 on the Billboard album charts. On one of his songs he raps, "Get it? Jeezy the Snowman / I'm iced out, plus I got that snow, man."

The shirt was first produced solely for Jeezy by Miskeen Originals, a hip-hop fashion firm in New Jersey, the company says. The owner, Yaniv Zaken, says his artists produced a handful for the rapper to wear on TV appearances.

They then sold a larger batch to retailers, but pulled them when Zaken discovered that his employees had not licensed the T-shirt from Jeezy.

"I wasn't sure what the snowman meant until the artist explained to me that it was a drug dealer, the man delivering snow," Zaken said. "Now everyone is selling the snowman — all unlicensed. It's become a street-hood hit worldwide."

A spokesman for Young Jeezy's record label, Def Jam Records, confirmed that the rapper held the rights to the snowman image but declined to comment on complaints that it was sending children the wrong message.

"This is part of a phenomena in which parents have no idea what their children are exposed to. There is a code that children are aware of but not parents," says Sue Rusche, president and CEO of the anti-drug group National Families In Action.

Rusche's organization has tried to pressure companies that they believed were targeting children with drug messages, like fashion companies marketing "heroin chic" in the 1990s. She was unaware of the snowman T-shirt.

Mason says he'd like to have a snowman T-shirt — but that his school in Brooklyn has banned it. His mother, Autherine Mason, 34, said she had been unaware of the snowman's meaning and wouldn't buy it for her son now that she knows.

Dr. Gilbert Botvin, director of the Institute for Prevention Research at Cornell University Medical College, has been studying what influences children to use drugs and alcohol. He believes that pop culture does play a role.

"The research tells us that influences coming from the media can have a profound effect on kids and influence them to use drugs," he says. "All of these things help to convey the impression that engaging in these behaviors using drugs is normal and that drugs might help you be successful or sexy or something."

Botvin says parents need to educate themselves about the media their kids are consuming and pressure schools to monitor what messages they allow students to advertise.

But sometimes it's hard to overcome the buzz on the street.

Ali Kourani, a Manhattan wholesale salesman, says the T-shirt is their top seller across the country.

"It's big money," Kourani said.
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Current Music:System Of A Down "Hypnotize"
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Subject:System Of A Down "Hypnotize" 11/22/05
Time:12:53 pm
Current Mood:excitedexcited

It has been a long time since I've been excited about a new release. I highly suggest everyone check out the new S.O.A.D. releases. Hypnotize will hit the streets November 22nd!

 

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Subject:The Peds "Godfathers of Rasp" CD review
Time:10:25 am
Current Mood:hungryhungry

Here is a review of the latest Peds cd I thought I would share with everyone.

Admittedly, I only purchased this CD because I couldn't find my single copy of "Long Tall Texan" and I also wanted to own "Donna". I really enjoy the other Peds songs, but without "LTT" I am lost. Planning on skipping straight to the aforementioned song, I popped in the new limited release edition of the Peds latest album. It's a 2 disc set that includes some studio tracks from 1998, a rehearsal recording from 1997 and a live recorded concert from 1998 (Escape From Neverland Ranch - disc 2). The first song on the CD is the studio track of "All We Need Are Guns". The lyrics "22 SLUG TO THE CRANIUM" came blaring through my speakers, and I decided to wait until track 1 was over before skipping onto "Long Tall Texan". Next up is track 2 - "Dark", a fan favorite. Choppy guitar riffs by Steve Cook and the biting whiskey-drenched vocals of Steven Dunbar make it almost impossible to turn your face away from the 'dark'-ness of this number. In the beginning I almost always expect to hear the lines "I feel that my heart is being touched by Christ" - when the baby wails intercede. Cook's driving guitar comes blazing through and refuses to let you touch your CD player. An old-school power wail from Cook's guitar precedes Dunbar's liquor-influenced grammatical prowess. And suddenly, out of nowhere, I am hooked. There is no skipping to any song. There is no "hang on, let me play THIS song for you" - because you will not want to stop the song you are on. Song 3 - "(I Had) Sex With Your Daughter": The two Steves comedic forces come fervidly through, while still challenging listeners with some complex musical stylings. "Long Tall Texan" followers will be pleased to see there are three different versions, each with their own impromptu additions.  Long-time Peds fans will be immediately immersed in this limited CD release. If you are a Peds newcomer, I DARE you to play disc two. That is, after listening to disc one, you will be so enthralled that you won't want to remove it from your player. Some downers: Although "Donna" finally appears in CD format, if you don't already know the words they are hard to understand. Also, if you are not already a relentless admirer of the Peds, you may find that two or three versions of the same song are overwhelming. But for $5.99 it is damned worth it. Especially when the one of the founding 'godfathers' states "Copying is encouraged. Downloading is not a crime!" directly on the CD.

~ By: Ravyn Jazper Hawke of Radiant Theatre

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Subject:Foo Fighters, Weezer & Hot Hot Heat @ Portland Oregon Memorial Coliseum
Time:09:37 am
Current Mood:cheerfulcheerful

I took my wife to see her first concert for her birthday Tuesday night. The Foo Fighters were even better live. Dave mentioned Poison Idea, Dead Moon and of course the Suicide Girls that were in his Probot video. (all from Portland) I never liked the song "Best of you" until hearing it live, a much better version.

I am terrible at keeping up with my blogs & journals and yet I have way too many. There should be a program where you can post to all at one time. I have a few friends here, I have a few friends over at myspace, a couple on yahoo ... urgh. Oh and eBay has groups now too!

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Current Music:The Peds "Godfathers Of Rasp"
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Subject:Godfathers Of Rasp
Time:09:33 am
Current Mood:busybusy

I finally finished putting it all together. There is a new Peds 2 CD set available. Limited Edition only 1000 copies hand numbered. Contains live material, studio tracks and early demos.

DISC ONE:
Damn You All (1998 studio tracks)
01 All We Need Are Guns
02 Dark
03 (I had) Sex With Your Daughter
04 Long Tall Texan
Ausgangs-/Kopfhorerbuchse (1997 rehearsal)
05 Red Blood
06 Undivided Attention
07 You Gave Me
08 Dark
09 God Complex
10 Grass In The Infield / S.W.Y.D.
11 The Girlfriend Song
12 Long Tall Texan
DISC TWO:
Escape From Neverland Ranch (1998 Live)
01 Donna / Undivided Attention
02 Dark
03 The Girlfriend Song
04 God Complex
05 Red Blood
06 Berkowitz
07 Grass In The Infield / S.W.Y.D.
08 Fight For Your Right
09 Long Tall Texan
10 All We Need Are Guns
11 Death Of Me
12 F@#k Me For The Fun Of It
13 Finally
14 Annoyance
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Subject:Guess what...
Time:02:51 am
Current Mood:happyhappy
My wife is pregnant with our second child!
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Subject:Jake Crash's Famous Irish Cabbage Recipe!
Time:01:41 pm
Current Mood:hungryhungry

I have a funny auction on ebay right now. It's for my friends Irish cabbage recipe, he made while on tour with Gardy Loo & the Mentors in 2001. It seriously tastes awesome with beer too! Check it out, click here!

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Subject:Back In Black
Time:01:25 pm
Current Mood:chipperchipper

Well back here at LJ. This is the best place for avatars/icons and the Halloween groups kick some serious butt. Yes! it's almost that time of year again. I LOVE HALLOWEEN!!!

A few peds avatars...

Some of my favorites...

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Subject:IT'S A BOY!!!
Time:11:02 am
Current Mood:happyhappy

Damien Frederick Cook

March 26th - 7 pounds

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Current Music:Get A Haircut & Get A Real Job - George Thorogood
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Subject:Hair
Time:02:16 am
Current Mood:happyhappy

02/14/05 First Haircut In Fifteen + Years!

Before DownBeforeAfter

I can't remember the last time I had short hair. It was sometime as a young teen. I have been sick of my hair for a long time now, and most of the time just wore it back in a pony tail. So I finally chopped it all off! Here are the before and after pictures.

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