I've Got My Angel Now

I’m back, two days in a row and blogging! It’s as if it’s 2003 all over again, and I’m blogging everyday.

Ha, not really.

I came by to drop off a video, Beyonce’s “Halo.”

I can’t explain why, but this is my jam of the moment. Yes, I have had her album since it leaked. Yes, I’ve seen the video before. For some reason, this week is the WEEK me and ‘Halo’ fall in love. Perhaps I am liking love songs again. I’m a lover of love songs, but for some reason, in the past 8 months or so I haven’t been my usual love song loving self. ‘Halo’ isn’t even the bomb love song, but it works for now.

Enjoy the video starring Bey and Michael Ealy:

Did I mention the time I saw Michael Ealy in public? I was at one of my dad’s favorite breakfast spots in LA, on La Brea near Pico (whatchoo know ’bout LaBrea and Pico?) and somehow someway my dad nodded over my shoulder pointing out Michael. I peeked through the bushes…and gasped. Outloud. My dad quickly warned me NOT to embarrass him. I didn’t, but the gasp really was uncontrollable, even I surprised myself. I didn’t say anything to him, but just admired how absolutely NORMAL he looked (in the debonair Hollywood actor kind of way). Yeah, I was 23 and it was my first week in LA at the time. Once I saw Tootie from “The Facts of Life” shopping with me in Target, I got over the star struck action of LA.

P.S. As I went searching for this video on YouTube, I noticed Beyonce has disabled embedding of her YouTube videos. What kind of wack social media strategy is this about? Sounds like some lawyers brokered that deal or something.

The Exchange 009: Where I'm From

You know the deal. This week’s Exchange theme is Where I’m From: artists from your hometown (or as close as possible).

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The Playlist:
Jen | Hip-Hop – Dead Prez
Panama | Kryptonite (I’m On It) – Purple Ribbon All-Stars
BK | Lifted – John Legend feat. J. Ivy
Sam | Heard It All Before – Sunshine Anderson
George | Don’t See Us – The Roots
Liz | Orange County Girl – Gwen Stefani
Eyejammy | Everyday (Rudebwoy) – Kardinal Offishall feat. Ray Robinson
Marcia | I’ll Bet You – Jackson 5
OJ | How to Survive in South Central – Ice Cube
Cye | Geen Verschil – U-Niq feat. Feis & Yootha
Ouxu | Insomnia Pete Philly & Perquisite

Cop it:
Stream it on Muxtape & also available for download at Rapidshare.

About My Pick:
“Orange County Girl” is on Gwen Stefani’s The Sweet Escape. I can’t say this is my favorite Gwen track, but it fits the bill for this issue of The Exchange. Gwen and I are both from Orange County and the song is about OC so what more could you ask for? I may be originally from New Mexico, and (currently) live in Los Angeles, but I’m just an Orange County Girl living in an extraordinary world.

Tustin, stand up.

By the way, if you ever refer to Orange County as “The OC,” you’re a n00b. It is and will always forever be called “OC.” Don’t believe everything you see on TV.

Gwen’s from Fullerton/Anaheim. If you really want to get hyperlocal on me, then check out Ill Phaness and his Strollin Wreckless crew. Ill Phaness is a friend of mine who lived across the street from me and we went to high school together. The (first half of the) first music video below was shot on my block. The second video was shot at my high school.

Buddy P, C-Sharp, Ill Phaness, & Kaliber – Active (Music Video)

Love this Artist/Song/Video/Lyrics

“Little Bit” by Lykke Li is my new favorite song, especially that first verse. I love this music video, everything is shot and edited oh so lovely. Lykke Li’s album Youth Novels drops in the states on August 19. 

Thanks to Boom for the reminder, and Clutch for the early look.