Cyne – Paradise

Posted: June 10, 2014 by Woody McAndrew in Artist of the Week, Music
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This one is off of their collaboration album The Collection featuring some of their hit songs from 1999-2003, which naturally dropped back in ’03. Love these dudes.

Well, well, well. For the second season in a row, we will have a guy who played in the league the previous season coaching a New York team. Last year we saw Jason Kidd make the transition from player to head coach, and had a somewhat successful first year. I expect much of the same, if not more success, from Fisher. The guy is an absolute veteran in every sense of the word. Kind of a no brainer for Phil Jackson and the Knicks once Steve Kerr took the Warriors job instead of going to the Knicks. Fisher has a long-standing relationship with Phil, something that was essential in Phil’s search for a new coach, he knows the league and the people playing in it probably better than anyone, seeing as he has been playing in it for the last 18 seasons, he is a proven champion, accumulating 5 championship rings over his 18 years, and although that was much in thanks to Shaq and Kobe, Fisher wasn’t just a nobody in those series. Everyone remembers “the shot” he hit over Manu Ginobili in a pivotal game 5 of the 2004 Western Conference Finals. And if by chance you don’t, well here’s a little refresher.

 

Straight MONEY. Probably one of the craziest last 30 seconds to playoff game. Just dagger after dagger after dagger. Not only does he have that game winner on his resume, but he also has played in an NBA-record 259 playoff games and won an NBA-record 161. AND he’s tied for third on the career list for 3-pointers in the NBA Finals. So, basically my point is the dude is as experienced as they come. He has the heart of a champion and he is the kind of guy who can come in to a new team and he will command every single players respect from day 1. Not a guy in the league who doesn’t already respect the shit out of Fisher. Now, does this mean that the Knicks will finally end their championship drought? Fisher thinks so, but I’m not exactly sold at the moment. There’s a couple teams in the East that will be quite the task to get by, like I don’t know, the Heat, the Pacers. Not to mention the teams out West that will have something to say about that. But I’d say it all starts with what happens with Melo. I love Melo, always have. The knock on him has always been he doesn’t play defense and isn’t a guy who is going to win you a championship. While that first part is mostly true, he did win it all as a FRESHMAN at Syracuse, and although the NCAA is a much different playoff system then the NBA, he still got it done, so I still have faith that he has that fire in him. And lets not forget that he is statistically the most clutch player currently in the NBA, making the highest percentage of game winning or tying shots in the last 24 seconds of a game. So I think the Knicks need to keep Melo and build a team around him, and I think Fisher and Jackson know that, and will do just that. Definitely will be interesting to see. I hope they make it work, the league is just better when a large-market team like the Knicks is relevant. Best of luck Derek.

 

Finally getting back to an Artist of the Week after that 2 week hiatus. Pretty slow internet day today, so this and that time lapse video is really all I got for y’all, but Cyne is worth it. Cyne (Cultivating Your New Experience) is a hip hop group composed of two MC’s, Akin Yai and Cise Star. They originated in Gainesville, Florida and have remained on the underground hip hop scene for the last decade. They are currently signed to City Centre Offices, and have an album slated to drop later this year. Bottom line is they’re dope. Enjoy. Have a great day fuckers.

 

So this was filmed over a seven day period from the top of El Tiede, Spain’s highest mountain. I guess El Tiede is world renowned for being one of the best places on the planet to photograph stars. After watching this video, I’d have to agree with that. Just an absolutely incredible collection of footage. I never really realized how much I took the starry nights for granted until I went to college in Worcester, MA, where the light pollution basically leaves you without any stars in the sky. Since Kent, CT is in the middle of absolute fucking nowhere, we get some pretty spectacular skies on some nights, but not even those come close to comparing with the shit on this video. I could legit get lost in stars for hours, they just have a way of making you realize how insignificant all your “problems” in life are, and how insignificant your actual life is. We don’t mean anything in the grand scheme of things. The universe is such big fucking place. That’s why I just enjoy my time while I’m here. Cause other than that, nothing really matters.

 

Example #597,183 of puppies being fucking adorable. Dogs are awesome. Was just talking about this with someone, if you don’t like dogs then there’s a strong possibility that you’re a psycho. I got nothing else to say on the matter.

 

So this video came out the other day. An incredible song by itself, this video is just icing on the cake. R.A. is an absolute beast on a the beat. He says some of the craziest shit I’ve ever heard on a plethora of different songs. Just one of those cats that will never get the shine that dudes on the radio get but could out rap 95% of them any day of the week. I also find it funny/weird that Chris Webby is just posted up chilling with R.A. in this video. Had literally zero clue they were boys.

 

Okay so I can’t lie, I legit laughed my ass off the entire time. Does that make me a terrible human being and mean that I’m going to hell? Maybe. But personally, I think I’ll be alright. I wasn’t laughing at the third world people who have to struggle every day just to survive, I was laughing at the fact that us assholes living in a first world country are such, well, assholes. And to show these unfortunate souls reading our “problems” is just beyond ridiculous to the point where I can’t do anything but just laugh. So to answer my own question, no I don’t think I’m a bad person for laughing at this. The reactions they have after they finish reading are perfect. The last kid talking about the pickles? Gold. Fucking HATE when I ask for no pickles and they still give me pickles. Literally the worst thing ever/there’s about a bagillion things worse.