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    10 Interesting Facts about Peter Tosh

    December 31st, 2012

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    The name Peter Tosh might now be as well-known as Bob Marley, but it’s an important name to remember if you’re into Reggae music. With that in mind we thought it would be fun to go find some facts so here are 10 Interesting Facts about Peter Tosh you might not know…


Like almost every other artist we’ve covered Peter Tosh is actually a stage name. He was actually born Winston Hubert McIntosh in 1944 in Grange Hill, Jamaica.


Peter Tosh’s first solo album was called “Legalize It” and it doesn’t take a rocket scientist to figure out what has talking about. Needless to say it became very popular with the counter culture and post smokers around the world.


Peter Tosh picked up on music at a young age by listening to an American Radio Station, and he picked up guitar after watching a man in the country play. Peter memorized the man’s finger movements and was able to play the song back after only half of a day.


In the early 60’s Peter met two people you may have heard of… Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer. The three would go on to form The Wailing Wailers in 1964 and the rest is history. Remember how we told you Peter Taught himself guitar? Well he also taught Bob Marley how to play along with the rest of the group.


Guitar wasn’t the only talent Tosh possessed. Sometime in the late 60s or 70s he developed an interest in unicycles and often rode then onto the stage during shows. He was actually really good on one and could even ride backwards and hop. That alone is hard enough, but it’s made a little tougher when to take into account Peter Tosh’s height… he was 6’5.


Before Peter Tosh went solo he was involved in a tragic accident in 1973. He was driving and was hit by another car going down the wrong side of the road. The wreck fractured Peter’s skull and killed his girlfriend Evonne.


Peter Tosh had plenty of success with The Wailers and on his own, but did you know that he performed a duet with the Rolling Stones Mick Jagger called “Don’t Look Back?


Peter Tosh was a member of the Rastafari movement, and was very involved in that way of life. He became involved in the late 60s along with his fellow band members Bob Marley and Bunny Wailer.


In 1987 Peter Tosh’s life came to a tragic end when armed men came into his home demanding money. The men didn’t believe Tosh when he told them he didn’t have anything on him and then they proceeded to torture him for hours in an attempt to get cash. During that time friends of Peter’s arrived to welcome him home and the thieves got nervous. They shot Peter killing him, and also killed and wounded several other people at the home.


Just because he’s gone, doesn’t mean he’s forgotten. Peter’s music has seen resurgence over the years as new people discover his music. He was also posthumously awarded The Order of Merit, Jamaica’s fourth highest honor in October of 2012.

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Beat Hazard Ultra: A Mobile Musical Game you won’t want to Miss

December 12th, 2012


I’ve covered quite a few musical games for this site, but I have never encountered one quite like Beat Hazard Ultra. It’s not your typical music game either as you’re not going to play trivia or tap out beats in time. Instead of doing the usual you’ll get soar through the stars blasting away at enemies while listening to some tunes… kind of.

Beat Hazard Ultra is actually a dual-stick space shooter that uses music as a backdrop. Each level in Beat Hazard Ultra is actually made based on any song from your phone, so in a nutshell “your” music makes the game. The geniuses at Cold Beam Games worked some kind of technical magic to where your weapons power and enemies vary depending on the song being played. It’s like one of those psychedelic musical screen saver apps that’s been done up as a game… that’s jacked up on steroids and Red Bull partying till 3 AM. Yeah, it can get pretty intense depending on your playlist. The game has 4 modes of play, a slew of power-ups and some of the most insane visuals you’ll ever see in a space shooter.

Beat Hazard Ultra is one of those games I’ve been meaning to play for a while now, and man am I finally glad I did. The demo got about a 3-minute play before I went ahead and bought the game, probably one of the quicker purchases I’ve made to be honest. If you’re looking for something different and a whole lotta’ fun I highly recommend checking out Beat Hazard Ultra. There’s a limited demo you can check out, while the full version gives you all kinds of cool features including internet multiple game modes and internet radio. You can pick up both versions of Cold Beam Games Beat Hazard Ultra on Google Play or the App store at the links below.

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8 Fun Facts about Wiz Khalifa

November 1st, 2012

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When people hear the name Wiz Khalifa most folks either think of his tats, his penchant for the chronic or that catchy little tune known as Black & Yellow. Well here’s 8 Fun Facts about Wiz Khalifa that you might not know…


As with most musicians, actors or celebrities Wiz Khalifa is a stage name. Wiz was actually born Cameron Jibril Thomaz in Minot, North Dakota in 1987.


Now that you know his real name here’s how he came up with his strange stage name. Khalifa is an Arabic word meaning successor or wisdom which was shortened to Wiz early on. The rapper also stated that when he was younger he was good at everything and was called “Young Wiz.”


Like a lot of artists Wiz Khalifa started at a very young age. He decided he wanted to rap at the age of 8, and has been on course since he was 15 years old. Some of the early artists he was into include Bone Thugs, Wu Tang, Jimi Hendrix and Biggie.


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Anyone that’s listened to Wiz’s music knows he’s fond of the erb’. His 2011 albums was called Rolling Papers, and he’s said that he spends up to $10,000 a month on weed and smokes every day.


Before Kanye got with Kim K. he was with the bald, busty beauty known as Amber Rose. Guess who’s she’s with now? Wiz Khalifa proposed to Amber Rose earlier this year and they are expecting their first child together.


Wiz’s first radio smash is the well-known track called Black and Yellow. Did you know he originally wrote it hoping that it would be picked up by the Pittsburg Steelers during their Super Bowl run? Needless to say it was and it peaked at #1 during the week of the Super Bowl.


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If you’ve ever watched Wiz Khalifa perform you know he loves his tattoos as much as his weed. He’s basically covered with them and no matter how much we looked we could never get a solid figure. We’re guessing close to 100, but his favorite one is the one that says “Self Made”.


Keeping with the tattoo angle, did you know Wiz got his first tat when he was only 16? Even before that Wiz already had a plan to be covered in tattoos and plans on getting tattoos forever.

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8 Fun Facts about The Harlem Globetrotters

October 16th, 2012

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Harlem Globetrotters have been entertaining crowds since the 1920′s and bring smiles to peoples faces wherever they go. We thought it was time to show the Globetrotters a little love so we’ve come up with a short list of 8 fun facts that you might not know about the legendary Harlem Globetrotters.


The Harlem Globetrotters have been around for a long, long time. Their beginnings are up for debate, but we do know that the team was first formed on the South Side of Chicago in the 20’s where most of the original players grew up and attended Wendell Phillips High School.


The Harlem Globetrotters didn’t have the “Harlem” thrown in until 1929 when they were touring Illinois as the Globe Trotters. What makes it funny is the fact that they didn’t even play a game in Harlem until 1968.


Everyone knows that the Globetrotters like to clown around, but they’re also pretty damned competitive. Besides the fact that they’ve only lost around 300 or so games in 80+ years of basketball. The Globetrotters have played and beaten several top college teams including Michigan State, UMass, and Syracuse.


The name Globetrotters is very fitting for the team as they’ve played all over the world. Lots of basketball teams travel, but did you know the team played a series of games in Moscow and met Nikita Khrushchev in 1959. Pretty cool considering that relations between the US and Soviets were very chilly in the 50s.


Contrary to popular belief the Harlem Globetrotters do not just consist of men. There have been 9 women on the team in the history of the Globetrotters, and the latest woman “TNT” Maddox is the first one in the past 20 years.


Who was the most famous member of the Harlem Globetrotters? Most people would think Curly or Meadowlark Lemon, but you might not know that Wilt Chamberlain was also a member of the star spangled team before he went pro. Wilt the Stilt joined the Globetrotters after his junior year of college because back then the NBA didn’t accept underclassmen.


We’ve already talked about how serious the Globetrotters are about winning as they’ve only lost around 340 games in 80 years. Guess how many games they’ve won? As of 2007 the team had amassed an insane 22,000 wins. While we’re not sure exactly how accurate the numbers are in 2012, if you’ve ever watched the Harlem Globetrotters play you the winning percentage is not exaggerated.


The Harlem Globetrotters have been naming honorary members to the team since way back in 1976. Only 8 people have been issued that honor and they are all names you’ll definitely know. The honorary members are none other than Bob hope, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Nelson Mandela, Henry Kissinger, Jackie Joyner-Kersee, Jesse Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg, and Pope John Paul II.  

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App Review – The Art of Rap by Pure Solo

October 11th, 2012

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If you’re into Rap you may have heard of a new movie called Something from Nothing: The Art of Rap. The movie is a documentary on the origins of hip hop and its meteoric rise, but they’ve also put out an Android app that loosely ties into the movie. What’s the app do? It lets you Rap of course, and it’s very easy to use even if you can’t carry a tune in a bucket.

The Art of Rap app lets you spit fire across several different tracks including “versions” of I Wanna Get High, Cold Rock A Party, Can’t C Me, and Sensual Seduction. I say versions as you won’t be using original background tracks sans vocals, but similar versions kind of like a Hip Hop version of Muzak. Once you’ve put together the perfect track you can share it via Facebook and Twitter.

The Art of Rap is easy to use with a nice layout, and everything you need to use is laid out across the top with tabs like Record, Listen, About, and Settings. The Record tab is where you’ll cut your tracks while the Listen tab lets you check out other users skills or your own saved songs. From there you can rate other users tracks or share a recording with your friends if you stumble across a killer cut. The settings tab lets you adjust a few things, and the about tab tells you all about the film Something From Nothing: The Art of Rap.

The Art of Rap is a nice rapping app, and while I’ve covered several of these apps this one is the easiest to navigate and use hands down. That being said, there are only 11 tracks and only 6 of those are free. Four of the tracks (better ones) are all explicit and can be purchased for $0.99 while the last track can be unlocked by taking a picture of the Art of Rap film poster. There’s not a ton of depth compared to other rap apps, but there’s more than enough for you to fool around with. Overall The Art of Rap Android app is a nice way to kill some time sharpening your skills without having to hit the studio. The movie’s not bad either so you may want to check it out if you’re interested. You can pick up the Art of Rap app for free on Google Play and the movie is available on DVD, Blu-Ray, and VOD .

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Deal Alert – Google Play puts 25 Albums That Changed the World on Sale

September 29th, 2012

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The Android platform and Google Play hit a great milestone a few days ago as we topped 25 Billion downloads from the Google Play store. Let that sink in for a minute… 25 billion. In honor of the milestone Google decided to throw a little sale involving games, apps, movies, music, and books. As Sosoactive is all about the music we’re going to take a look at the music end of the sale called Google’s 25 Albums That Changed the World.

The 25 Billion downloads sale covers a wide range of artists and genres. If you’re into Rap or R&B they’ve got classic Public Enemy, Lil’ Wayne, Makaveli, Kanye, Drake, Snoop, Rihanna, Black Eyed Peas, and D’Angelo with MIA, and the Roots thrown in for good measure. The rest of the albums & artists vary from folks like Bob Marley, The Chili Peppers, Stevie Wonders, Beach Boys, Coldplay, John Coltrane, Lady Gaga, Daft Punk, Weezer, The Supremes, Patsy Cline, O Brother Where Art Though, Joss Stone, and Kraftwerk. Whew… The prices on all these range from between $3.99 and $5.99 although after looking at the list I just made I think the sale should be renamed to “25 Popular Albums” instead of the whole world changing thing.

The 25 Albums That Changed The World sale is a solid one, but whether some of the 25 albums picked deserve to be on the list is up for debate. I can see the Beach Boys making the list, Patsy Cline, The Supremes as they are widely considered legends, but M.I.A. or Rihanna…seriously? Either way the prices are good on a few things like Pet Sounds, Mothers Milk, and Brown Sugar while the rest fall into the $5.99 range which isn’t too great but not horrible either. They did do a good with the selection though as I can honestly say there are some great albums put up whether they changed the world or not. The sale only lasts until tomorrow so if any of the albums mentioned tickle your fancy you better hurry on over to Google Play and pick them up while you can.

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10 Fun and Interesting Facts about Nicki Minaj

September 16th, 2012

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Love her or hate her, you can’t deny she’s interesting and that she’ll make American Idol fun to watch again if she joins the show as a Judge. With that in mind we thought it was time for an article to let you know 10 Fun Facts about Nicki Minaj…


1. As with most artists, Nicki Minaj isn’t her real name. Nicki was actually born Onika Tanya Maraj, and she was born in in Saint James, Trinidad & Tabago.


2. A lot of celebrities are on Twitter these days but did you know that Nick is very, very popular on there? As of last month she had made a whopping 14,000 tweets and has over 14 million followers.


3. We’ve all seen rappers beef, and Nicki has one going on of her own with Lil’ Kim. The two have swapped verbal jabs at each other on several tracks, and Nicki’s popular song Roman’s Revenge is widely considered a diss against Lil’ Kim.


4. According to Nicki she did not have the most pleasant of childhoods. She’s stated that when she was a child her father was a heavy drinker, and once burned their house down with her mother inside.


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5. A lot of rappers are tatted up and some are completely covered from head to toe. Nicky has a tattoo as well, but she kept it simple only having one that says “God you are always with me” in Chinese characters.


6. Everyone loves food, and Nicki really loves food. She’s reported to have ordered around 550 chicken legs, 300 chicken wings, and 60 bottles of coke from a popular restaurant Nando’s in the UK to bring back home the US after a show.


7. Most people already know that Nicki Minaj was born in the Bronx. What you might not know is she’s the first female rap artists to ever perform at Yankee Stadium.


8. What’s Nicki have in common with Shaq and Old Dirty Bastard? Nicknames. Nicki Minaj has several different aliases like The Ninja, The Harajuku Barbie, Nicki Lewinski, and she sometimes just uses her alter ego Roman Zolanski.


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9. Nicki has rapped about damn near anything you could ever think of, but recently she entered the political arena by spiting the verse “I’m a Republican voting for Mitt Romney, You lazy bitches is f*cking up the economy”. The rhyme was so catchy that Obama was even asked about it and replied “I’m not sure that’s actually what happened. I think she had a song on there, a little rap that said that.” Needless to say, she wasn’t supporting Mitt Romney as Nicki replied to the comment on Twitter.


10. As strange as Nicki acts at times the list has been pretty tame so far. Want it a little weirder? Did you know that Nicki’s alter ego Roman Zolanski is actually a little boy that lives inside of her, and that he’s violent? Actually, he was Roman’s twin sister, but was later confirmed to be male. He’s also gay and British in case you were wondering.

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Tap Rhythm in a Futuristic setting in Rayark’s Cytus for Android

September 12th, 2012

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Every time I browse Google Play looking for new Musical Android games, I’m amazed that there’s always a new game or an old one I hadn’t noticed before. This week it was a gem of a game called Cytus by Rayark, and it’s unlike any other Rhythm game you’ve ever played…

As mentioned Cytus is a bit different from other games out there, and it’s actually got a bit of a storyline which explains the Robot Chick (kind of) in the title screen. Apparently the game is set in the future in a world ruled by robots where human emotions have taken a back seat to technology. The robots started converting their emotions to music to keep them from fading away and they stored them in a place known as Cytus. Even though it has some obvious Sci-Fi elements Cytus is a tap-rhythm game at its core, and it’s one that’s guaranteed to make your fingers ache as the gameplay is fast and furious.

When you first fire up a song you’ll have a bar that scrolls from top to bottom then back again, and your job is to tap the notes when the bar comes across them. Some notes simply need to be tapped while others require you to tap & drag or tap & hold. As with other games you’ll get combos for nailing several notes in a row and you’ll get a score/grade at the end of each song. As for the songs, I’ve never heard of any of them, but they suit the game to a tee and work well with the layout and feel of the game itself. The game and music have a very obvious Far East/Anime style going on, and it can be a bit hard to really understand what’s going on with the chapters and levels at times, but the actual gameplay is about as solid as you’ll find on a mobile device. Cytus also lets you do a little stat tracking, uses Openfeint, and has two different modes of difficult with easy and hard.

Cytus is definitely unique, and it’s one of the toughest (and funnest) tap-rhythm game’s I’ve ever played on a mobile and I’ve played damn near everyone out there for Android. I also thought it was cool to have the songs broken down into chapters, and instead of going the old in-app purchasing route for new cuts you’ll get a new chapter (10 songs) for every 100,000 players that download the game. I played it on my tablet and honestly couldn’t imagine playing it on a small screen device although I’m sure thousands of people do. Either way, it’s a great little game and if you’re looking for a Rhythm game that’s different and challenging Cytus is just the game for you. If you’re got your fingers stretched out and are ready to give it a go you can pick up Rayark’s Cytus for free on Google Play.


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A Review of Gaijin Games Bit.Trip Beat for Android

September 2nd, 2012

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Just when I thought I had covered every Rhythm based Android game out there, a new one pop’s up like Bit.Trip Beat from Gaijin Games. This one however was a pleasant surprise, and a great deal as I got it as part of the Humble Indie Bundle 3 for Android a few weeks back. If you’re wondering what sets Bit.Trip Beat’s apart from the rest of the pact it’s easily put in 3 simple words… Psychedelic, Retro, Indie.

The developers describe Bit.Trip Beat as Pong mixed with Interactive Beats and after playing it I’d have to say it’s a dead on assessment. You basically get to play Pong with music notes in a way, and it’s truly  a blast. When you fire the game up you’ll see your paddle on the left side of the screen and little bouncing beats are headed your way from the right. Your job is to deflect them back from whence they came for as long as you can. Your eyes are going to be assaulted by the crazy retro graphics at first, but once you get adjusted you’ll noticed two bars on the screen, one at the top and one at the bottom. The bottom bar is your health while the top bar is a leveling up tool of some sort.

Every time you bounce back a beat the top bar will change, and when it’s full you’ll change screens or the game will change things up graphically. When you miss and drain your health bar you’ll drop back down, and if you get to the black & white screen you’re pretty close to death as that’s the last one before the Game Over screen. Bit.Trip Beat has two modes of difficulty with Easy and Normal, and I “think” there are three modes of play. There are 3 sections labeled Transition, Descent, and Growth, but no real explanation of those or the game itself for that matter. I can play transition, but can’t play the other two; you may have to beat Transition to advance, but I’m still unsure at this time.

I’m a Retro kind of guy as it is and love toys and games from the era of my youth. Bit.Trip Beat is about as Retro as you can get, and it’s also a whole lotta’ of fun. It’s got a great replay factor as you’ll want to try to beat your top score, and the graphics are definitely a sight to behold if you dig the old-school stuff. I highly recommend Bit.Trip Beat to any and all as it’s a great little game. You can pick up Gaijin Games Bit.Trip Beat on Google Play for $0.99.


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10 Interesting Facts about Tyler, The Creator

August 28th, 2012

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Not many people know the real facts about who Tyler Gregory Okonma is, but damn near everyone knows who Tyler, The Creator is. From his crazy lyrics, crazier videos, and his TV Show Loiter Squad he’s definitely made a name for himself over the past few years. You’ll  have to keep in mind that Tyler really doesn’t enjoy interviews, so while you “think” most of the true facts about Tyler the Creator have already been revealed – you just never know when OFWGFTA is involved….


1. As mentioned Tyler, The Creator is actually Tyler Okonma. He was born in 1991 to a Nigerian father while his mother is of African-American and white Canadian descent.


2. When Tyler was 7 years old he still had big dreams of fame as he would take create his own cover art for his own imaginary albums. He even went as far as to create tracklists with song times before he could even create music!


3. Tyler was in a gifted program in school, and he also attended a whopping 12 different schools in 12 years of school which is really insane when you think about it.


4. Tyler has always been the creative type. At age 13 he won the Middle School Talent show at Dana Middle in Hawthorne, California.He also taught himself to play Piano at the age of 14.


5. Tyler is known for not pulling any punches and has “dissed” quite a few artists in several different tracks. What you might not know is that his “Hate Rhymes” are usually about artists he actually likes


6. Some sources have reported that Tyler is Straight Edge, meaning he doesn’t drink, smoke, or do drugs. Tyler has admitted (we think) to doing a bit of the old cocainia’ but only in small amounts as he already knows he’s going to be a coke head. His words… not ours lol.
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7. Tyler is actually asthmatic and has severe asthma problem. He routinely takes hits from his Asthma inhaler onstage during shows.


8. Tyler has actually been arrested, but it wasn’t for maiming anyone or verbal assault. He got popped in 2011 during a show at the Roxy and was charged with “suspicion of vandalism” for allegedly destroying sound equipment. He was subsequently released on $20,000 bail.


9. According to his twitter he is highly allergic to dogs, but would never rape or kill a cat because he loves them. If you watch Odd Future you’ve also noticed a big cat theme going on, so it’s pretty safe to say the man digs cats.


10. Tyler has been put through the wringer about his use of the word “faggot” in his lyrics and on Twitter. Tyler isn’t homophobic and has plenty of gay fans who don’t find the word offensive in the least. He’s also been slammed for his graphics depictions against women, and used the word “Bitch” around 60 times on Goblin. Needless to say Tyler doesn’t hate Women either contrary to what Canadian Pop Duo Tegan and Sara think. Tyler had a nice response to them as well, and if you want to find out what it was just click here lol…


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