Randy Moss is no longer a Viking (again), Shawne Merriman is no longer a Charger, and Lil Wayne is about to be no longer a resident of Rikers Island. The New York prison, made famous for its frequent references in Law & Order, has been best known this year as the prison in which the superstar rapper had been incarcerated. The news brings a touch of sobriety to a week in which star athletes who’d been fired by their teams were said to have their worlds crumbling around them, as the focus now shifts to a star musician who hasn’t tasted a breath of free air in about nine months. That hasn’t stopped Wayne from releasing his new album I Am Not A Human Being during that time, went to number one on the charts despite the rapper’s obvious inability to make publicity appearances during that time.
Scattered reports from Twitter have confirmed that crowds are forming in the visitor parking lot at Rikers Island as we speak, awaiting Lil Wayne’s release. According to the individual who has been curating Lil Wayne’s official Twitter account, Lil Wayne is “taking back this account as soon as he’s home.”
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The full track listing for the Twilight Eclipse soundtrack has been revealed, and the roster is decked with heavyweights. Superstar rockers Muse have decided to complete their trilogy of Twilight soundtrack appearances by offering up “Neutron Star Collision (Love is Forever)” as the Eclipse soundtrack album’s second track. As it turns out, the lead track comes from Metric in the form of “Eclipse (All Yours)” and it’s not until the third track that we finally get a non-parenthetical song title with “Ours” from The Bravery. Back and Bat For Lashes also team up for Eclipse in the form of “Let’s Get Lost.” Jack White’s The Dead Weather and Vampire Weekend are on the soundtrack as well. A brief (official) video clip of the new Muse song has surfaced, giving fans of the saga just a little bit more to chew on as they continue to await the release of the third movie in the Twilight trilogy at the end of June.
So someone claims to have found a prototype of the forthcoming fourth generation iPhone, which hasn’t been announced yet by Apple, lying on the floor of a bar in San Jose – and that’s not even the most obviously phony part of the story. Nor is the claim that the iPhone was booting up, but now mysteriously no longer is. And that’s before we even get to the part that the only person in the world who could currently get away with carrying a 4G iPhone outside of Apple’s campus would be Steve Jobs himself, and if the liver transplant recipient went out for a night of drinking in a bar, the complications from the alcohol consumption would likely have killed him. But none of that is the part that gives immediately gives away the fact that this supposed new iPhone is an obvious fake.
No, the devil is always in the thrown-in details, and in this case, it’s the fact that the person who made up this fantastic story couldn’t help but pile on juicy details like the fact that it’s got a front facing camera (we could go along with that)… along with an eighty gigabyte storage capacity.
Oops. If you remember any of your ninth grade math, then you’ve by now spotted the fact that iPhones and iPod touches all come with capacities whose numbers are in powers of two – you know how the current iPhones are eight, sixteen, and thirty-two gigabytes? Yeah, that’s not just because Apple likes numerical progressions – that’s how flash memory works. The next stop on the road would be sixty-four gigabytes (the iPad is already there), and then 128 gigs, which you can currently find in the MacBook Air’s solid state drive. The only place you see a number like eighty gigs (or forty, or 160 or 320) is when you’re dealing with hard drives, not flash memory. So unless Apple has decided to suddenly switch to hard drives for the IPhone, which would make the device significantly bigger, much more prone to dying after being dropped, and oh by the way, much worse on battery life, there’s just no way the “next iPhone” is sporting eighty gigabytes of storage. A hundred and twenty eight might be believable, but not eighty.
It’s entirely possible that the person who claims to have found this device on the floor of a bar may actually believe in good faith that it really is an iPhone 4G prototype. But even if this person really find this device in such a manner, it’s certainly not the next iPhone. Looks like we may just have to be content to wait until Apple shows us the real one, presumably in June.
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Veteran hip hop outfit Cypress Hill has signed on with Snoop Dogg’s Priority Records, the first artist Snoop has signed since assuming his role as Creative Chairman of the label. The new Cypress Hill album Rise Up will be released on April 6th, and features a single of the same name featuring Rage Against The Machine’s Tom Morello.
According to Snoop Dogg, “Cypress Hill is undeniably one of the most important hip hop groups in music history, not only are they incredibly talented and the first Latino hip hop group to go platinum, they are also from the west coast-so this signing is the perfect marriage.”
Having released its debut album nearly two decades ago, Cypress Hill has sold more than eighteen million albums and hits including Insane In The Brain.