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Your Questions About Think And Grow Rich Review

Mon, May 21, 2012

Writing and speaking

Maria asks…

‘Untitled’ track by track review?

Caution: Reading

After lettin this digest, here’s my track by track personal review of the album ‘Untitled’

1.)Queens Get The Money
“N*ggas is still hatin/Talkin that Nas done fell off wit rhymin/He rather floss wit diamonds/They pray “Please God let him spit that uzi in the army linin”/Now shorty doo wop rollin oo-wops in the park reclinin/Take 27 MC’s, put em in a line, and they out of alignment/My assignment said she retirement hidin behind 8 Mile & Chronic/Get Rich but Dies Rhymin, this is hot science/Now add 23 more, from Queens to B-More/Im over they heads, like a bullimic on a seesaw/Now thats 50 porch monkeys ate up at the same time…”
Lyrics- 5/5
Beat-4/5

2.)Can’t Stop Us Now
“Witch doctors, Good Old Pick Pockets/Moonshines, so called coonshines and darkies/I love yall, pyramids to cottonfields to wrigley fields/Forgotten men who did get killed/Crispus Attucks, the first plastered piece of the rich lady purse snatcher shot in the back/I kno ya hunger kid, I kno they hung your dad/Burned your momma’ crib, I kno that hurt you bad/Minstrel shows, from gold to shackles, and back to gold….”
Lyrics- 5/5
Beat- 4/5

3.)Breathe
Lyrics-4/5
Beat-5/5

4.)Make the World go Round
“Im a rare dude, Imma wonder/Ya best success is my worst blunder”
Lyrics- 3/5
Beat- 3.5/5

5.)Hero
Lyrics-5/5
Beat-4.5/5

6.)America
“Too many rappers, athletes, and actors, but not enough n*ggas in NASA/Who give you the latest dances? trends and fashion?/But when it comes to residuals they look past us/Woven into the fabric, they cant stand us/Even in white tees, blue jeans, and red bandanas, America”
Lyrics-5/5
Beat-3/5
..the chick singin the hook on this gets annoying

7.)Sly Fox
“The Fear Factor got you all riled up/O’Reilly, oh really, no rally needed, I’ll tie you up”
Lyrics-5/5
Beat- 4/5

8.)Testify
“..Im loadin temps in my mag/to send these red-necked bigots some death in a bag/Choke him out wit his confederate flag, I kno these devils are mad/little rap fans, that live way out, in safe suburbia/would you stand wit me, a United States murderer..”
Lyrics-5/5
Beat-4.5/5

9.)The Slave & The Master
Lyrics-5/5
Beat-4.5/5 (the album version has the mastered beat, which sounds better than the one that has been out)

10.)Louis F. (Untitled)
Lyrics-5/5
Beat-4/5

11.)Fried Chicken
Lyrics- 5/5
Beat- 2.5-3/5

12.)Project Roach
“An insect wit 4 legs/People come and i fake dead/Correction, i got 8 legs” ..A roach actually has 6 legs, but who’s countin..
Lyrics- 4/5
Beat-4/5

13.)Yall My N*ggas
“Oppression couldnt escape us thru the ages/We changed the basis, of derogatory phrases/And i say its quite amazin’/We used the ghetto terms to develop our own language/No matter where it came from, its celebrated, now people mad if they aint one”
Lyrics- 5/5
Beat- 2.5/5

14.)We’re not Alone
Lyrics-4.5/5
Beat-3/5
another track where the person on the chorus gets annoying..but it did grow on me the more i listened

15.)Black President
Lyrics-3.5/5
Beat-3/5

Album Overall Rating- 4/5

As you can see, i think this is lyrically one of Nas’ best efforts, a couple of these tracks did have some poor production, but overall a good listen none the less. You can drop your opinions on what you thought of the album (if you’ve listened the leaks yet) or anything on my review of it

vermins answers:

Nice review..

I agree with the rating of Make The World Go Round.. I really think that’s the weakest track on the album.. The guest spots seem forced and the beat isn’t good.. And that was Game’s production debut on a major album (w/Cool n Dre)

But I think all of the beats of the last 3 tracks were 4/5 or above..

It’s a 4.5/5 for me..

Mandy asks…

haha thought this was great what do you think?

I’m a little confused. Let me see if I have this straight…

If you grow up in Hawaii, are half African, and mostly raised by your grandparents, you’re “exotic, different.”

Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, a quintessential American story.

If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

Name your kids Willow, Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs, Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his eighth decade.

If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a true Christian.

If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America ‘s.

If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

I read this and thought it was great what do you think?
i didnt write it first off if you had read the whole thing you would know that. second in my book mccain wouldn’t live through his whole term due to his advanced age so really palin is who you would be voting for if your voting that way.

vermins answers:

I really enjoyed it! One would read it and think it was nonsense, but for the most part, all true… Scoobie snack for whoever typed it up.

Ruth asks…

I’m a little confused. Is this how Republicans really think?

* If you grow up in Hawaii , raised by your grandparents, you’re ‘exotic, different.’

* Grow up in Alaska eating moose burgers, yours is a quintessential American story.

* If your name is Barack you’re a radical, unpatriotic Muslim.

* Name your kids Willow , Trig and Track, you’re a maverick.

* Graduate from Harvard law School and you are unstable.

* Attend 5 different small colleges before graduating, you’re well grounded.

* If you spend 3 years as a brilliant community organizer, become the first black President of the Harvard Law Review, create a voter registration drive that registers 150,000 new voters, spend 12 years as a Constitutional Law professor, spend 8 years as a State Senator representing a district with over 750,000 people, become chairman of the state Senate’s Health and Human Services committee, spend 4 years in the United States Senate representing a state of 13 million people while sponsoring 131 bills and serving on the Foreign Affairs,
Environment and Public Works and Veteran’s Affairs committees, you don’t have any real leadership experience.

* If your total resume is: local weather girl, 4 years on the city council and 6 years as the mayor of a town with less than 7,000 people, 20 months as the governor of a state with only 650,000 people, then you’re qualified to become the country’s second highest ranking executive and next in line behind a man in his eighth decade.

* If you have been married to the same woman for 19 years while raising 2 beautiful daughters, all within Protestant churches, you’re not a real Christian.

* If you cheated on your first wife with a rich heiress, and then left your disfigured wife and married the heiress the next month, you’re a true Christian.

* If you teach responsible, age appropriate sex education, including the proper use of birth control, you are eroding the fiber of society.

* If, while governor, you staunchly advocate abstinence only, with no other option in sex education in your state’s school system while your unwed teen daughter ends up pregnant, you’re very responsible.

* If your wife is a Harvard graduate lawyer who gave up a position in a prestigious law firm to work for the betterment of her inner city community, then gave that up to raise a family, your family’s values don’t represent America ‘s.

* If you’re husband is nicknamed “First Dude”, with at least one DWI conviction and no college education, who didn’t register to vote until age 25 and once was a member of a group that advocated the secession of Alaska from the USA, your family is extremely admirable.

Is that how Republicans think?

vermins answers:

Great copy and paste…think of something by yourself…
And have another glass of Kool-Aid

Michael asks…

Read, review? Ten points and thumbs up for everyone!! Much appreciated.?

I don’t usually write stuff like this, but it became apparent that I need a scene like this in my story. I just need one. I know that sounds weird, but there you have it.
Could you please give me any constructive criticism and feedback. I would be very grateful. :)

“I can make you forget…” She said quietly, taking a step towards Tristan. She licked her lips, not quite sure why she was so nervous.
“I don’t want you playing with my head, thanks.” Tristan said, turning away. “I don’t think I’m ready to lose it all.” A small smile touched Keiria’s lips.
“I didn’t mean that way.” She whispered, taking another step, so her and Tristan were merely a foot apart. He turned back, frowning as he tried to read the look on her face.
Hesitantly, she raised a hand, brushing a lock of hair from his face. He grabbed her wrist gently.
“What are you doing-?” He whispered slowly. Quickly, she leant in and kissed him.
Her lips were soft and warm. He released her wrist as the kiss lingered. She broke away, for the first time in her very long life, unsure of how she would be received.
But she had barely moved away when Tristan was stepping towards her, his lips pressed firmly against hers again. A fire ran through him as he gripped her to him. It boiled through his veins, rising to his lips.
She returned his kisses feverishly, running her hands through his thick hair. Sparks flew between them as the tension grew, their kisses becoming more passionate, rich with an unspoken promise.
She sighed softly as his lips traced her jaw, moving down her neck. His hands found the buttons on her blouse. She could feel him trembling.
Without the patience to undo them properly, Tristan ripped the shirt open, moving it down over her smooth shoulders. Kiera lifted his shirt over his head urgently, pushing him backwards until the back of his knees hit the bed and he fell down.
As various items of clothing hit the floor, Tristan’s breathing came out sharp and heavy and maybe, just for a little while, he did forget…

And no, she’s not old a wrinkly, she’s an immortal. heehee.

BUT NOT A VAMPIRE. :D
Thanks heaps!!
Too mush information, not enough?? :) :)
gimme some advice guys!
This is a part of the bigger story. :)

vermins answers:

Omg I loved it!!!!! That was absolutely great!!!! I don’t think there is anything wrong with it.. Well one part actually. “As various items of clothing hit the floor” that line wasn’t a very smooth transition, other then that I loved your story. I would love to read the whole story. If you don’t mind, I would love it if you would send your story to me at hsiaadam@yahoo.com. I’ll read it and give you feedback on it if you want. =]

Daniel asks…

How should government regulated a businesses practices?

Okay let’s start from the beginning. With the dying job market there will be a increased interest in alternative ways to make money for the average American. The option most Americans will probably be looking toward will be new/small businesses. The government’s red tape combined with the competition makes it virtually impossible for a new business to survive. If the government were to lessen their control over small businesses by means of zoning laws, permits, inspection costs, and taxes, the possibility of creating a new business would become a more viable option for mainstream Americans. Though American should not expect to become super rich, rather instead hope to make enough to replace the income they lost.

For the business that don’t just survive but rather thrive this would increase the amount of jobs available for those who can’t handle their own business. For when a business grows to a certain size the government should create a new type of government job. This new position is one that people are trained in the fields of economic decision making and smart business planning. Once a business grows to the point where it employs say 1000 people, a person trained for this position is sent by the government to monitor and advise the company and find the best ways for the company to not go under, preventing the loss of jobs to many Americans. Though this person has no actual power and is strictly an advisor.

When a company grows to ten times this size (10,000 employees) a higher ranking government employee, with a higher level of training comes in. This government employee has more power than the previous. This one has voting power of ten percent of the company, and also has the authority to release information about the companies decision making to the government and recommend whether the government should intervene more with the company.

If the previous government employee recommends more government intervention and the government’s review of information provided is reasonable enough then the government should launch an investigation into the company and it past business practices. If it turns out that the company is at risk of going under or outsourcing then the government should create a list of possibilities for preventing the loss of American jobs and sit down with the company owner(s)/ Executive officers and attempt to determine a viable option.

If a viable option can be reached and the owner(s)/ Executive officers refuse to take it then the company must pay 50% of the salary to all employees that are to be laid off until they are able to find another position paying more than 60 % of their previous income, or pay for the employee to be retrained in the field of the employees choice. If no viable option can be found then there is no way that it may be prevented and therefore will be no penalty as long as the company gives adequate notice to its employees and stockholders.

I believe this is a very fair way government could get companies to compromise on what’s best for the company as well as what’s best for the employees. And therefore best for the economy. What do you think?
You don’t have to read this^^^^ If you don’t want to, just tell me you plan instead.

vermins answers:

An interesting and lengthy question that possibly deserves an equally lengthy answer.

I have worked for various companies. Everything from a family owned business that employed 3 family members, to a large Wall Street firm that employed roughly 40,000 people.

The issue that we have here is that in trying to regulate businesses, it’s as if the government is trying to please everyone…and in doing so, they please no one. Like the saying goes, “You can’t just be a little bit pregnant”.

As a shareholder in a wide range of publicly traded companies, I have had a few of my common stocks go to zero, while the companies filed for bankruptcy (Lehman Bros. And WaMu are just 2 of them). Even though it cost me money personally, I am thinking that the best way to go about things is to simply allow the grossly mismanged businesses to fail completely. That is what capitalism is all about; survival of the fittest. The ones that made the biggest mistakes and have taken the biggest falls, are also the ones that were perhaps the greediest.

What bugs me MORE is that fact that the executives of these failed companies have now come come to the US government for money to keep their businesses solvent. And, while holding their hats in their hands and asking for a taxpayer funded bailout, they also have their friends in the backrooms writing bonus checks to themselves.

As another saying goes, “You make your bed, you have to sleep in it”. These folks made their beds. Whether it be in the form of sub-prime lending, or using derivatives to squeeze more profits from their balance sheets, or manufacturing vehicles that American consumers can not afford because of the high cost of fuels, the executives were providing the leaderhip that led to this mess and at the very least, they should suffer the consequence of unemployment themselves.

Here’s a novel idea. Before these HUG banking conglomorants became what they were, who was servicing those home mortgages in the past? The answer? Local banks! It used to be that when someone in Middletown USA wanted to buy a home, they applied for a mortage with the Middletown USA banks. The loan officer would review the application, look at their own banking records, verify employment with a simple local phone call, and possibly even drive to the property to inspect it to make sure that the home was worth what the buyer was paying (ensuring adequate collateral for the bank). Compare and contrast this rather old fashioned idea to what has been going on for that past 20 years! The mortgage lender is 2,000 miles away and has absolutely no idea who they are dealing with. For all they know, the property is a spruced-up double-wide trailer that they are lending $400,000 against. So, my question is…what’s wrong with going back to basics and allowing these motgage banking giants to fail? There will be a void that would quickly be filled by…small town banks.

I could go on and on here. But I wish to make one more point. It’s time that shareholders take back ownership of the companies. The boards of directors are often bloated with upwards of 15 people that do absolutely nothing in the way of corporate oversight on behalf of the real owners, the shareholders. Often times, these people serve on multiple boards of directors and are paid six figure salaries PLUS benefits from each company. For what? To rubber stamp their approval on everything that the CEOs say? It’s time for a change…and the change needs to happen on the ownership level.

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