The Blog of Eric M. Ruiz

Exploring the differences that make us the same.

Ten Songs For Throwback Thursday

I love Throwback Thursday. Mostly because I love to reminisce and share pictures of when I used to be fat. Which was basically like 5 years ago. Hooray at no longer being chubby Eric. But perhaps the biggest reason why I enjoy Throwback Thursday, or #tbt as the kids call it, is because it gives me an excuse to share and talk about the music from years gone by.

Full Interview With Grantland’s Shea Serrano

Shea Serrano is a staff writer for sports and pop culture site Grantland. He’s the author of Bun B’s Rap Coloring and Activity Book and The Rap Year Book: The Most Important Rap Song From Every Year Since 1979, Discussed, Debated and Deconstructed, which will be in bookstores this fall is now available for preorder (order it now so Shea can see that this interview was totes worth it).

Hip-Hop 101: Six-Degrees of “The College Dropout”

                    My co-worker…and co-friend Mark Campos asked me to make him a Hip-Hop 101 list. Mark, besides being incredibly smart, went to art school. So he likes bands that probably don’t exist yet. Making this list could be difficult. On one hand, I’m ecstatic that Mark thinks I’m a cuddly, more personable version of Pandora. But on the other hand, what if I crack.. Read More

Top 5 Underrated Jay Z Songs

With my impending move to New York, I’m getting closer and closer to finally meeting the big Homie, Jay Z. But until then, I’ll have to settle for catching him at the SAP Center in San Jose tomorrow night with some fellow dsk alums. To hold me over until tomorrow night, I’ve gone ahead and listed some Jay-Z tracks that you have missed throughout the years… Check them out.

Top 10 Kanye West Collabs

I’m incredibly sad to be missing the San Jose leg of the YEEZUS Tour today. Like any disciple of the YEEZUS Doctrine (tenets include, Love Thyself as Much as Yeezus Loves Himself) I got my tickets the day they went on sale. But sometimes, more urgent and important engagements come up. While I cannot complain, because I’m excited to be heading to Mexico for an important event, I’m nonetheless saddened to miss Kanye… Read More

Throwback Thursday, Hip-Hop Edition

I’ve been on the road a lot lately. And travel is only going to increase with extended stops in both Israel and NYC. So it should come as no surprise that recently, I’ve been losing track of what time and day it is. Luckily, you fine social social media hounds remind me that today, is Thursday. God bless you #tbt. So, in honor of everyone’s favorite retro day, I’ve compiled a small list.. Read More

My Most Anticipated Album of 2013 (And It’s Not Kanye or Jay-Z)

The hip hop community is slated to hear some monstrous albums in the upcoming months. After a brief hiatus, the Lonely Stoner Kid CuDi returns with an April release of Indicud. Also in April we will hear Talib Kweli’s latest offering, Prisoner of Conscious. Over at Roc Nation, J. Cole is looking to surpass the success of his 2011 debut with Born Sinner later this year. As the summer rolls on, rumors of.. Read More