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My Name Is My Name [Explicit]
My Name Is My Name [Explicit]

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Album of the year?, 8 Oct. 2013
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The debut solo album of Pusha T - one half of the critically acclaimed duo The Clipse - has finally been unveiled. With all the release date pushbacks many doubted whether it would ever arrive. It has, and it is worth the wait.

Disciples of Pusha's muscular, drug-driven lyricism will not be disappointed. King Push has delivered a masterpiece that must go down as one of the best albums of 2013. The oft-heard Rolex and champagne rhymes are interwoven with the harsh realities and consequences of a dealer's lifestyle, with a few subliminal stabs at Drake sprinkled throughout for good measure.

In pre-release interviews Pusha revealed that The Wire's fictional drug lord Marlo Stanfield was an inspiration for the essence of this album. The brash up-and-comer with little regard for the rules mirrors what Push feels he represents in the rap game. It's no coincidence the album's title matches one of the character's most memorable lines, and it's another example of Terrence lacing every line of this record with multiple layers of meaning (pun intended).

The star-studded roll-call of features includes Kendrick Lamar, Rick Ross, Pharrell, Chris Brown, The Dream, Future, Kelly Rowland, Ab Liva, Jeezy, and his G.O.O.D. Music labelmates 2 Chainz and Big Sean. You can't shake the suspicion that the label have tried to maximise the potential for commercial success by tossing in so much big name support, but to be fair the cameos feel organic and compliment each song.

"King Push" kicks off proceedings with a monster beat that Joaquin Pheonix allegedly sent in. "Numbers" and "Sweet Serenade" continue the dark brilliance before "Hold On" offers up introspective respite. "Suicide" harks back to Lord Willin' days as Pusha comfortably hop-scotches over an other-worldly Pharrell classic. "40 Acres" is the standout with The Dream bringing a soft, almost hymnal refrain within a minimalistic dirge. Interestingly, Push channels '97 Ma$e duetting with Kelly Rowland in "Let Me Love You". Unusual, but it works. "Nosetalgia" and "Pain" are classics, simple as.

With My Name Is My Name, Pusha T has unashamedly catered to his core fanbase by serving up pure, unadulterated coke rap. Critics will point to the lack of versatility and repetitive subject matter, but Pusha masterfully confirms his place as one of the finest rappers alive today. Whether there's enough here to attract new fans is debatable but the message is loud and clear; Pusha only knows how to give you that raw. And I for one applaud him for it.


Mexico (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
Mexico (Lonely Planet Country Guides)
by John Noble
Edition: Paperback

4.0 out of 5 stars travellers bible in Mexico, 18 Mar. 2013
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Extremely useful, having this book probably saved me a lot of time and grief from staying in dodgy hostels. Gives a lot of information about every state in Mexico including things to do, hostels, restaurants and amenities. It was an excellent resource for me planning the trip as I went along, and I spent many a bus ride between towns studying where I should stay next. One especially good feature are the maps which were invaluable.

A lot of other travellers I met criticised it, saying "because of this book, everyone goes to the same places and miss all the hidden treasures" which has an element of truth, but then 50% of these people subsequently "just wanted to check something" in the book so it can't all be that bad!

Try and get the latest edition because things can very quickly become out of date. Worth bearing in mind It's a little bit on the heavy side if you intend to travel light, but I would definitely recommend it and if I went travelling again would definitely seek out the corresponding Lonely Planet guide.


Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
Case Interview Secrets: A Former McKinsey Interviewer Reveals How to Get Multiple Job Offers in Consulting
by Victor Cheng
Edition: Paperback
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars great introductory book to case studies, 18 Mar. 2013
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I highly recommend this book because it gives you a very solid grounding on how to attack case studies. I am still by no means of an expert, but having read this book first has definitely given me context for other books which have different methods. While I found the book a little difficult to follow at times, CIS distills the core essence of getting to the heart of case studies in a clear and simple way.

A must read.


Chip Diddy Chip (Original Mix)
Chip Diddy Chip (Original Mix)

4.0 out of 5 stars I want fries with that, 13 May 2009
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Listen, the boy has talent. That much is clear. But to be honest, it isn't shown in this rhyme-by-numbers rap-a-long. However, while every artist trying to break is coerced/forced into releasing a palatable mainstream offering, for a change this isn't that bad. Good even. It's surprisingly catchy and you'll find yourself not pressing next when it comes up on shuffle. Well worth a listen.


Join Me
Join Me
by Danny Wallace
Edition: Paperback

5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Join Me - A Great Read!!, 13 July 2003
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This review is from: Join Me (Paperback)
After reading the excellent "Are You Dave Gorman?", co-written by Danny Wallace, I was hungry for for more from this talented author. Luckily, I did not have to look far and found "Join Me" on Amazon.
One day, Danny Wallace decided to place an ad in Loot magazine simply saying; 'Join Me'. The book details the exciting events preceding this which eventually resulted in him becoming a cult leader, literally overnight. "The Leader" ends up traveling the world, and risking his relationship, to pay homage to dead relative.
The book reveals this interesting tale, peppering it with flecks of bright comedy and Biblical style exerts. The author tells the story not only with comedy, but with touching moments of emotion when remembering his dead uncle Gallus. Perhaps the only negative is that the comedy isn't always razor sharp, and is also arguably slightly repetetive. However, Wallace manages to keep you engaged with the fast-moving, almost unbelievable plot. I highly recommend this book.


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