Summerish Weather = Windows Down & Cruisin’ Music

3 03 2011

The weather has been so damn nice in Arizona recently (and should only be getting better)… that it’s starting to feel a bit summerish.

Yeah, the lukewarm days and the just-right temperature nights.

It’s getting to be the perfect time of year here in Arizona.

And in my opinion, there’s no better feeling than cruising with the windows down in your car with weather like this.

Personally speaking, I’m a big fan of old school hip hop.

Ice Cube, Dre, Too $hort, Biggie, 2Pac… no particular order but you catch my drift.

A particular genre that I’ve taken a liking to is G-Funk, a style of West Coast gangsta rap over smoother, calmer instrumentals that gained quality airplay in the early and mid 90s.

And to me, if you combine rolling in your car with the windows down and summer-esque weather, you better be bangin’ some good throwback instrumentals.

Here are five of my favorite G-Funk cruisin’ tunes for you to bump:

Too $hort – Just Another Day (1993)

Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It (1994)

Dr. Dre – Keep Their Heads Ringin’ (1995)

Ice Cube – Check Yo Self (1993)

Geto Boys – Damn It Feels Good to Be a Gangsta (1992)

From the movie Friday to the movie Office Space, you may have heard these before, but one thing I can assure you is that these are just a bunch of 15+ year old hits that will making cruising in your car even better.

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Cedar Rapids: Best comedy since ‘The Hangover’

21 02 2011

It was a super rainy Saturday, and since I had nothing to do, I went to go see Cedar Rapids up in Scottsdale. The previews looked funny and I had read good reviews on Rotten Tomatoes, so I figured I might as well throw out 7 bucks and have a good laugh.

I thought the movie would be funny, but god damn it was hilarious.

Ed Helms plays the role of Tim Lippe, a small town insurance agent who has never left his hometown of Brown Valley, Wisconsin. He has to travel to Cedar Rapids for an annual insurance convention to try to win his agency the prestigious Two Diamond Award.

What ensues over the movie’s 86-minute duration is plenty of laughs and great performances from Helms and John C. Reilly, who plays the wild and crazy Dean Ziegler. The movie was casted to perfection, and for working on only an $8 million budget, Cedar Rapids definitely outdid itself.

I can’t think of a better comedy since ‘The Hangover’ came out in the middle of 2009, which also had Ed Helms in it.

For the record, I plan on seeing it at least once more.

If you’re looking for a great laugh, Cedar Rapids is your winner. There wasn’t a dull moment and trust me, you won’t regret chucking out a couple bills for admission.