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PJ’s Unorthodox Best of 2013 | Happy New Year from VSB!

photo(10)[Admin Note: You’d think after all these years of knowing one another I’d remember this easily, but I’m only human..flesh and blood, a man. So for those who don’t follow Champ on FB, today is his birthday! Let’s wish him a happy birthday peopel!]

I wasn’t going to post anything. I was going to ride this mini-vacation that Champ and I are taking well into 2014. See, when you do what we do as well as we do what we done did for as long as we been doing it, you enjoy the moments where you can take breaks.

Especially when you know what we know about about that new-new…new-new for you-you. Around VSB HQ, 2014 actually promises to bring some advancements of the National Colored People type.

But in the meantime between time, I figured I’d keep the party going for one more day before we sign off for 2013 (it really is amazing that 2013 is coming to an end) and allow us to get out some of our “Best ofs…” We all have them. So I’m going to just make up a bunch on the spot. Feel the rhythm; feel the rhyme. Get on up, it’s PJ time. So…back in the days on the boulevard of Linden…

  • Best Album of 2013 – Beyoncé – Beyoncé (self-titled) – Hands down one of my most favoritest albums I’ve heard in quite some time. I haven’t liked an album – independent of genre – since Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy and I’m pretty sure I humped that album a time or two. I was alone when it happened but it happened. Point is, I love this Bey album like XO. Surfboart.
  • Best Worst Rant of 2013Wale calling the Complex Magazine Offices Over Not Being on Shitty Complex List - Wale thought he was Kanye for a second. Except he’s totally not. The dumbest part of this epic rant was that Wale wasn’t on ANYBODY’S year end list. Like seriously. The album wasn’t good, but Complex’s list was trash too. In fact, 95 percent of Complex’s lists are trash. But still, Wale went Kanye and I think Brick killed a guy (though…Anchorman 2!!!)
  • Best Movie Named The Best Man Holiday – This was a tough one but it won by a landslide. 2013 brought us the return of the cast of one of the Black movies from the past that we loved and did what happens to most Black folks in movies….killed somebody off. Somebody gone. That ninja dead. Other than that, it was a pretty good year for movies with Black folks in them.
  • Best VSB Moment of 2013 – I actually have no idea what this would be. It could include the pilot. It could include the plane. I’m open to suggestion on this one. It’s been a good year for us here at VSB Mansion. <—- across the street from Thugz Mansion.
  • Best Of The Black Movies that Include Black Movies in 2013 – Many will say Fruitvale Station. Or 12 Years A Slave. The movie with the most impact was The Best Man Holiday. I don’t have an opinion on this. I just like movies. Why do a best and not take a stand. I sat down.

Look, it’s late. And it’s almost 2014 and it’s entirely possible that I’ve been drinking (likely). But it’s Monday, and we’re all (Lord willing) about to enter into 2014 eyes wide open. So let’s close out the year on a good note. I got the ball rolling with THE most random list you ever did read.

What are some of your own bests that represent 2013 for you? Holla at a playa!

Happy New Year to you and yours from us and ours here at VSB!!!

See you on the other side!

-VSB P

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Damon Young

Panama Jackson is pretty fly for a light guy. He used to ship his frito to Tito in the District, but shipping prices increased so he moved there to save money. When he's not saving humanity with his words or making music with his mouth, you can find him at your mama's mama's house drinking her fine liquors. Most importantly, he believes the children are our future.

  • http://vagabondaesthetics.tumblr.com/ Ricky

    Alice Smith – She was my best album of 2013. Alice Smith is pretty much the greatest living English speaking vocalist I’ve heard.

    The BEST album I’ve heard all year was Demon Fuzz – Afreaka! with a close second being Sonny Sharrock’s Black Woman.

    • panamajackson

      I’m not familiar with either of those artists, but I’ll be sure to check them out.

  • Msdebbs

    I have yet to bootleg/see any of the movies listed in this post
    Beyonce killed it…sorry Val :)
    No sipping on champagne and twerking on strangers for me this year I have to work so Happy New Years n sh*t.

    • panamajackson

      Working on New Year’s is a crime.

  • kidvideo

    Favorite mixtapes of 2013:
    Nipsey Hustle–Crenshaw
    Roc Maciano–The Pimpire Strikes Back
    Run the Jewels(Killer Mike/EL-P)–Run the Jewels
    Fabolous–The Soul Tape 3

    • panamajackson

      Roc Marciano made a fan out of me this year. My man’s production ear is insane.

    • Jay

      Best mixtape is Chance The Rapper-”Acid Rap”. Do yourself a favor…

  • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

    Goodbye 2013! Congratulations to all of the VSB/VSS on their babies, engagements, promotions, etc! You all are awesome!

    Welcome 2K14!!

    https://31.media.tumblr.com/519fb9730ebb8b10dc3307885c3f228b/tumblr_inline_myk23gKn3n1qazvn9.gif

    • Michelle

      Whenever someone mentions Tony Romo, I tend to think “What is the big damn deal?”

    • panamajackson

      I cannot tell a lie, I took a perverse enjoyment out of the Cowboys not making the playoffs. Which is a shame considering my team may be the worst in the league, Jacksonville included.

      • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

        Surprisingly, I think Houston beat out everyone for worst at 2-14. Even my Bucs tied with JAX at 4-12,

        • Joel

          Yes. And the Redskins were second worst….and St. Louis gets their draft pick anyway. lol

      • Joel

        Anytime the Cowboys lose I’m happy. Same goes for Green Bay and Chicago, which sucks this year because one of them was going to make it regardless. (That was a good game, though.)

      • http://brown-c6h12o6.tumblr.com/ AfroPetite

        I’m just glad that I won’t have to hear anymore about them for the duration of the season. The hype they get every year for being average is nothing short of amazing to me. At least your Redskins are cleaning out that coaching staff. RGIII will be healthy for the year. Y’all will be good.

  • Kozy

    Someone should cobble together a “2013 Best of VSB” list. VSBs/VSS, posts, comments. however. all categories open.

  • Rachmo

    Happy Birthday Champ!

  • Shamira

    Beyonce won 2013 if for the sole reason that we can thank her for this:

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=d-AJnldChMk

    • http://daratmathis.wordpress.com/ dtafakari

      why did you do this to me??!?!? lol.

      • Shamira

        I’ve gotta share greatness with the people. This man is destined for stardom.

      • Rachmo

        If you want the best thing ever. Please go to his cover of “So Anxious.” I was at working crying.

    • Joel

      Never mind the song…this dude really has pictures of himself on the wall in the background…lol

  • Sweet Ga Brown

    Happy birfday Champ!
    This was a crazy year for me. I learned a lot of adult lessons in financial management with the furlough and I also learned that cursing out folks feels empowering but makes me feel kind of classless.
    The Best VSB Moment I can think of..changing to disqus and seeing VSBs/VSSs have gif battles.

    • The Champ

      thanks and sh*t

  • The Champ

    List corrections, er, additions:

    Best album: Yeezus (Is my second favorite Kanye album—only behind MBDTF—and might even crack my top 25 rap albums ever)

    Best song: Hold My Liquor

    Best VSB moment: three way tie between the five year anniversary, the nytv festival screening, and the thing that happened last month that we can’t really talk about publicly yet but will talk a lot about in 2014

    The Black movie with the most impact on Black Facebook and Black bloggers writing thinkpieces: The Best Man Holiday

    The Black movie with the most impact on literally everyone else: 12 Years a Slave

    • Joel

      Happy Birthday, Champ.

    • Shamira

      Happy Bday!!!!!

    • JayIzUrGod

      Happy Birthday dude and guess what? VSB did not go down like a gullable teenage girl drunk off coconut rum. Yall just got better. Next year will be great.

    • BreezyX2

      Happy Birthday Champ!!!

    • Jay

      Happy Birthday big homie.

  • Sigma_Since 93

    Happy Birthday Champ! Capricorns Turn Up!!!! (I’ve got 5 more days before I can get my birthday turn up on)

    If our paths cross at the Trader Joe’s meat department, I will gladly do a shot of the finest free Trader Joe’s juice with you.