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The Geto Boys - You know that hardcore rap group that does
- all of the "Office Space" soundtrack? Well, Scarface, Willie D
and Bushwick Bill also happen to be the greatest Southern rap
group of all-time. They're packin' more honest and brutally furi-
ous rhymes than anyone this side of Public Enemy.
NBA Jam - The madness is back, Thanks to a resurrected Super
Nintendo, I'm officially obsessed with the vintage Larry "Grand-
mama" Johnson and Alonzo Mourning. The only team that can
stop me is the Washington Bullets, led by my roommate and
Chris Webber.
That One Girl From The House Party on Thursday - So I
had a good time talking and stuff. I know you said you had to go
but it'd be cool if we could hang out again. You have really pretty
eyes. Okay, so I didn't get your number but here's your chance. I
was the guy with the green polo shirt. Holla.

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.By Evan McGarvey
Daily Arts Writer
It looks like hip-hop has been taking some
nuclear physics classes. For what seems like the
umpteenth time, a rapper made
like the Greek god Janus and
carved himself into two sepa- Nelly
rate personas. Sweat/Suit
With Nelly's new releases Universal
Sweat and Suit, there's only
one thing left to say: The
cyclotron is just too full. OutKast managed their
way through a respectable - but wildly overrated
- double because they are two different men with
two very different agendas. Jay-Z's double was a
flop, and let's not even talk about R.Kelly's choice
to self-divide.
Nelly has always been a great singles artist and
it's safe to say that any "best of the '00s" collection
that gets printed in the next decade will be crammed

with plenty of his songs, from "Country Grammar"
to "Ride Wit Me." Such mercurial energy is awful-
ly hard to maintain over an album, and both of his
full-lengths, Country Grammar and Nellyville, hit
dramatic lulls after about four songs.
Each of these new releases is, not surprisingly,
Nelly's personality split into two separate quarks
of his St. Louis energy. Sweat is the bottle-poppin',
whip-pushin' hoodlum whose sound most closely
resembles "Hot In Herre" or "El." Like those party
anthems, Nelly pulls a surfeit of samples from the
vault. Curtis Mayfield's classic soundtrack from
"Superfly" provides the back beat and bubbling
drums for the Christina Aguilera/Nelly duet on
"Tilt Ya Head." Hell, he even samples John Tesh's
"NBA on NBC" theme and gets help from the Lin-
coln University Vocal Ensemble on "Heart of a
Don't get your hopes up. Nelly tosses almost
everything possible against the wall and precious
little sticks. The Neptunes-produced lead single
"Flap Ya Wings" has a tinny, cheap drum machine
that sounds way too discount for the Pharrell Wil-

liams hit-maker
In a delightful turn, Suit, the romantically loyal,
good natured, boy-next-door album is the far supe-
rior of the two. Once you get past the diabetic-sweet
"My Place," listeners run into some pretty decent
tracks. Nelly raps to a recently-single mother,
"Please don't despise and hate all brothers/ have
hatred and take it out on others." It's not exactly
lyrical innovation, but genuine concern is a new
thing for Nelly. Give him a chance. The Neptunes
get back on track with "Play It Off," a jam with deft
synth effects and some choice Nelly catchphrases.
Maybe the set's ultimate shortcomings are in the
bizarre guest appearances and lack of a dazzling
single. Tim McGraw sings the hook on "Over and
Over" like a Super Bowl show and Jazzie Pha on
"Pretty Toes" just sounds foolish.
Let's chalk this experiment up to bandwagon
attitudes and a desperate attempt to reclaim the
party throne from the Dionysian Lil' Jon. You have
to figure Nelly gets at least two more solid shots to
reclaim his position as partier-laureate. There can
only be one.

Being Crunk On All Occasions - Lil'Jon is
so over. However, that shouldn't stop you from
trying to "crunk" up everything
from your dining hall to major
religious events. Instead of
going to discussion section
as plain o1' college "Joe," try
walking in with a bulbous
pimp cup surrounded by
strippers. When your teach-
er questions your behavior,
simply scream, "Yeah!"
while pouring your pimp
cup on his or her head.
That's one crunked-out
W.B. Yeats - The
most important
Irish poet in his-
tory has haunt-
ingly beautiful
lyrics and searing
political verses
that resonate in
our time. A revolu-
tionary, a romantic
and a statesman, he
was also pretty "crunk"
- the Lil' Jon of modern

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Fans of medieval times enjoy Renaissance Festival

By Sarah Peterson
Daily Fine Arts Editor

HOLLY - "There are three reasons
why people come to Renaissance fes-
tivals. First, they come for the beer.
' Second, they come for the beer. And
third, they come to see people get-
ting hurt," stated Manolete during his
"Dance of Danger." This joke got quite
a chuckle from the crowd, especially
those watching the show while nurs-
ing a large, frothy beer. The "Dance
of Danger" joust exhibit is undeniably
the most popular attraction, but there
are other reasons why the Michigan
Renaissance Festival attracts so many:
It is a bustling marketplace for artisans,
a stage for actors, dancers and swords-
men and a haven for those who enjoy
Every year, the city of Holly plays
host to the Michigan Renaissance
Festival, a fair full of vaudeville-type
shows, artisans selling their wares
and a colorful cast of characters. The
Queen and her court are present each
weekend, and for those who do not

mind spending a little extra money,
high tea is served in the company of
the Queen.
Each of the seven weekends that the
fair runs has its own unique theme.
For instance, Labor Day Weekend
was titled the "High Seas Adventure"
and had such spe-
cial events as a
Pirates' Treasure Michigan
Hunt and a Buc- Renaissance
caneer Beer Fest. Festival
This weekend v
the theme is an Every Saturday ad
the teme s an Sunday through
Irish one, dubbed September 26th,
"Shamrocks and 10 a.m. -7 p.m.
Shenanigans." Tickets:
Some of the spe- Adults $16.95
cial events include SCidens $14.95
an Irish Caliegh
House Party and In Holly
Jig For Your Sup-
per. The last weekend, Sept. 25 and
26, is always deemed "Sweet End-
ings," and hosts such events as a Pie
Eating Contest, a Death By Chocolate
Competition and The Sweets Stroll.
The themes add to the atmosphere
on any given weekend, but the shows
that span the entire run of the festival

are also spectacular. Some attractions
feature jugglers such as the Zucchini
Brothers, wisecracking comedians
who also throw things at each other
like lighted torches and machetes.
Other shows highlight comedians such
as Dead Bob, a skeleton puppet who is
lewd, bawdy and politically incorrect.
And still other shows are performed
not on a stage, but at clearings through-
out the grounds, such as The Muske-
teers - four men playing the famous
quartet who wander throughout the
fairgrounds enacting scenes including
a game of human chess.
Another feature of the festival that
gives it an authenticity are the close
to 200 master artisans who come
out each weekend to sell their work.
A person can find everything from
leather sandals and sheepskin slip-
pers, to metal crowns and fountains,
to harps and jewelry. The artisans
gladly demonstrate how their prod-
ucts work as well as showing attend-
ees how they make their wares.
Finally, the aspect that gives the
Michigan Renaissance Festival a mag-
ical air is the fact that so many people,
spectator and actor alike, are "in the

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