Always celebrate the solstices.
Today, this marvelous Thursday, is the winter solstice. The solstices have been celebrated for millennia, and for good reason. It may not be the dead of winter yet, but tomorrow the sun hangs around for a little bit longer. And, by golly, that should be something to drink to! There’s something earthy and magical about solstices. And I’ll be the first one to admit, I love shit that’s earthy and magical.
Enough of that. I was cruising around reddit today, and I came across this holiday reunion photo of The Fresh Prince of Bel Air cast.
I was a little too young to watch it when it first aired, but I used to watch Fresh Prince re-runs a lllll the time on Nick at Nite. Loved it. One thing lead to another, and I ended up getting a greatest hits collection of of Dj Jazzy Jeff and the Fresh Prince on eBay a bunch of years back. And if you’ll remember, Will Smith was Fresh Prince the rapper before he was the Fresh Prince of Bel Air. His music with DJ Jazzy Jeff has a super old school feel to it, but it can be really refreshing or, at the very least, put a happy smirk on my face. “Summertime” (1991) was one of the greatest hits, and it still feels awesome to play in the dead heat of summer (and the winter solstice, perhaps…):
Other awesome ones (ya gotta see the music videos too):
Finally, in the spirit of the new Men in Black movie about to come out, this video is hilarious. Will Smith in some German TV interview, busting out the MIB rap from the top of his head like 10 years after the original movie was made. Skip to 0:40 if you’re in a hurry:
Gorilla Warfare Tactics is back with an incredible follow-up to their hit single “Temptations.” This track has a fun and bouncy piano on the beat and great rhymes from the boys. To refresh your memory, Gorilla Warfare Tactics is made up of three NYU students who are bringing old school back. Dilla-true. If you’re in NYC, be sure to check out Gorilla Warfare Tactics at Public Assembly on July 29th with e-dubble, Frank Ramz, and Carlos St. John. Presented by Pigeons and Planes.