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Nas' New Album Cover + Ursh Covers VIBE

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Nas' new album cover is out and it looks like he's trying to still relay the same message as his previous title "N*gger" did. Apparently the new name is Nas, not Nasir like previously reported.
Thanks ICE
Here's Usher's July VIBE cover:

Sigh. So.....we're really about to get the truth about boy bands?
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That Nas cover has officially

That Nas cover has officially given me the creeps. OH SWEET JESUS!!! I know he is looking for attention but that is just plain disgusting. I know it has a meaning to it but GEEZ.
Kat's picture

People are so retarded to

People are so retarded to keep complaining about Nas either naming his album Nigger or a cover depicting a back with whippings on it. These are REAL things that have happened in our history, and a nation is neither going to move past "racial barriers" until we are able to openly talk about them without people getting offended so easily and throwing up the racist, ignorant response every time it is mentioned. The same people who are saying AW NAH HELL NAH at him calling his album Nigger are those that are listening to rappers who say nigga 50-leven times in their lyrics anyway. But oh, that's okay... you can say nigga -- and not have anything intelligent to say -- as long as you do not make it publicly known? That makes sense... how? If you do not agree with what he is trying to do, all good, respeck and all of that, but do not be a hypocrite. I find the cover intriguing, unique, and after hearing some of his songs I am anxious to see what kind of science he is finna drop. He is a lyrical mastermind, and wayyyyyy better than Jigga IMO. PAYCE.
dee's picture

I love this cover very

I love this cover very creative, Nas always comes correct. Its STILLmatic yall!
Chevonee's picture

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[quote comment="104922"][quote comment="104627"][quote comment="104559"]Embarrssed? Girl please...I married one...and I dont regret it one bit. Do who does it for you!!...and enjoy![/quote] Yep, at first, but I quickly got over it. Now some of my girls are like, "Does your man have any single friends?" LOL[/quote] wat made you pick jem?[/quote] Jem was the ish back in the day. One of my fave cartoons...
Just C's picture

Still hating on usher in this

Still hating on usher in this foroum I see..A bunch of bitter ass people with nothing else to do..Usher dont care what yall say negative anyways? "THEY TALKED ABOUT JESUS" right? We're nowhere near god so us being talked about is nothing new. It's sad to see so many brothers and sister hating on each other and talking negative about each other instead of encouraging one another..On another note I did like that Nas cover and I respect his thoughts and ideas...
Why's picture

i thought he was going to get

i thought he was going to get a full blown divorce and send his record sales into record numbers
AKAtastrophy1908's picture

On Nas: I't is obvious a

On Nas: I't is obvious a genius is at work (Nas). He is the epitamy of creativity. I can't wait for the album to drop! On Usher: He is a dream! I am happy for his happiness with Ms. Tamika Foster-Raymond. Ms. Cooki
Cookilicious's picture

Ewwww tru eyz--no you didn't

Ewwww tru eyz--no you didn't go there with calling Tameka a gremlin. I see an eerie resemblance between you two. Nas cover--double ewwww.
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Usher, can I speak candidly

Usher, can I speak candidly for a moment? I think I can express the opinion of 99% of the population when I say no one cares any more if you are married. If you like it, we love it. But just like any other celebrity, people WILL talk about you, your wife, your clothes, her clothes…the list goes on. And you have all the right in the world to respond but at this point you are doing more harm to your career (i.e.: Tom Cruise Style) than anything else. CO-SIGN AND THE ALBUM IS STILL GARBAGE
BOOMSHAKA's picture

Nas has too much time on his

Nas has too much time on his f**king hands. Go make some baby's with your wife, or better yet, isn't the Lakers Game on or sumthin dam!
SophiaJanelle's picture

LOVE the NAS album cover!

LOVE the NAS album cover! Some of the comments on here about it are just why this type of album needs to be done.....but then again a lot of what he's sure to be talking about might fly over most folks heads since they seem to think we's free now and equal to white folks..which couldn't be further from the truth.
Poo's picture

Usher, can I speak candidly

Usher, can I speak candidly for a moment? I think I can express the opinion of 99% of the population when I say no one cares any more if you are married. If you like it, we love it. But just like any other celebrity, people WILL talk about you, your wife, your clothes, her clothes...the list goes on. And you have all the right in the world to respond but at this point you are doing more harm to your career (i.e.: Tom Cruise Style) than anything else.
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Me likey this pic of Ursh

Me likey this pic of Ursh
Rayza's picture

The individuals who

The individuals who disapprove of NAS album cover, I understand thats your opinion; but he is not weird like some had stated. He is poet which many people do not understand, and can not because their minds do not expand which prohibit them to relate. The N word is only personal as you make it: because when you use the word frequently and/or peers I am certain it is not address. But if you listen to his single, you would understand what he is stating. Than if you are not knowledgable and can only relate to nursery tunes than maybe not. Nas tells a stories which many artists can't, so attempt to disregard the album cover and the word N@##% and receive the message.
beautiful's picture

Usher just started calling

Usher just started calling himself "The King", of what I do not know :| He really needs to stop worrying about what ppl are saying and go on about the business of loving and taking care of his wife and kid. Take a page out of the Bey and Jay book, take a few pages as a matter of fact. And who are these "ppl" he keeps referring too, his fans because theyre the only ones see that talk about his wife???? Nas, I'm at a loss for words right now.
BadGirl23's picture

Speaking of Usher - Trading

Speaking of Usher - Trading places, Before I met you, Appetite and What's A Man To Do are the best.
MajorKnuckles's picture

never mind my comment

never mind my comment above... i see that u were talking about "the boys" i always wondered what happend to them
peacenlove's picture

[quote comment="104019"]I am

[quote comment="104019"]I am not feeling that Nas cover AT ALL. *throwing up in mouth a little* It really makes my stomach turn and skin crawl. Yuck! I think the boy bands article will be "interesting". I know that the boys from Immature have lived in Africa for the last ten or more years and are still performing to some degree. Their vibe is TOTALLY different now as they're pretty immersed in the culture there.[/quote] what??? marquest houston (batman) jerome (romeo) and ldb still live in los angeles and have been writing/producing music for folks in their inner circle for the last 10 years lol... africa...umm no the nas cover makes my flesh crawl..but all the images of scars from slaves' whippings give me that same effect
peacenlove's picture

well i like the album

well i like the album cover.....at least he aint got naked girls or some shit on the cover..if he did YALL WOULD BE BITCHING ABOUT THAT....
crunkpoet's picture

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[quote comment="104627"][quote comment="104559"]Embarrssed? Girl please...I married one...and I dont regret it one bit. Do who does it for you!!...and enjoy![/quote] Yep, at first, but I quickly got over it. Now some of my girls are like, "Does your man have any single friends?" LOL[/quote] wat made you pick jem?
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[quote comment="104094"][quote comment="104089"][quote comment="104086"][quote comment="104075"][quote comment="104065"][quote comment="104053"][quote comment="104042"][quote comment="104035"][quote comment="104023"]*walks in eating a kolache and drinking starbucks* GOOD MORNING YALL![/quote] Buenas Dias! it's Friday :)[/quote] Good morning ladies!!! So, is anyone seeing SITC this weekend? I have a event tomorrow: Bunch at Cheesecake Factory and the movie afterwards. What about you all?[/quote] Thank God it's Friday and a nice one at that! What's up ya'll[/quote] NIKKI..i know you said that you didnt like the tiara look because it reminds you of a prom queen (LOL) but look at my gravie. That was one of my bridal pics and I dont think I look like a prom queen! Do I?? lol *calls husband to get second opinion* lol * * I thought the veil was waaaay too grandma looking and traditoinal for me so i thought this looked better. Different Strokes, different folks, right? lol[/quote] Why can't I see the bridal picture??? All I see is Mcluvin looking scared thinking he was going to go to jail at the liquor store! HAHAHAHA[/quote] McLovin...I see my bridal pic..lol...hummm...maybe JUST C can tell us what to do..she is the I.T queen! Oh she said something eysterday about clearing your cache. Maybe you should try that. Tools, options delete tep internet files then hit ok...[/quote] OK, there we go!!!! I like it!!! Very cute....[/quote] See, I think it's the way you wear a tiara. I dont care for those HUGE QUEEN ELIZABETH tiaras at all but a little small one isnt too bad. I called my hubby to ask him and he was like where is this coming from?? lol..Men dont know the difference anyway.[/quote] Girl, I love your Tiara! Very beautiful bridal pic- just fab!
goober's picture

okay - I am over Usher... WHY

okay - I am over Usher... WHY oh WHY is he going so hard to prove he loves this woman???? and how convenient is it that the "rumor" about them splitting up is leaked a week before his album release...so he can go on every interview talking how much he loves his wife and foun the real thing and blah blah blah...and then plug how his album is about just that. I feel set-up and used.
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[quote comment="104018"]Ewk...THAT COVER LOOK SOOO NASTY...WHY HE DO THAT?? damn![/quote] did you read or see Beloved - Sethe had lashes from the whip on her back resembling a choke cherry tree...I think this is where he got the concept. Nas don't want us to forget where we came from.
kay p's picture

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[quote comment="104070"]Usher, The King? Of what?!?![/quote] Im sayin [quote comment="104143"]Can anybody tell me if there is any truth to one of those B2K boys being on Noah's Ark (LOGO Channel)?[/quote] Yeah, I heard/read the same. Raz-B was on there.
lz's picture

Nas is very creative, from

Nas is very creative, from his album cover to his lyrics no one can get better than This Man!!!
TEMPTATION's picture

I like Usher, but his mother

I like Usher, but his mother warned him from the get go. Yes you're grown and can make your own decisions, but keep it moving forward. Fans can be possessive and they were upset he got married,get over it.
Valski's picture

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[quote comment="104559"]Embarrssed? Girl please...I married one...and I dont regret it one bit. Do who does it for you!!...and enjoy![/quote] Yep, at first, but I quickly got over it. Now some of my girls are like, "Does your man have any single friends?" LOL
Just C's picture

Embarrssed? Girl please...I

Embarrssed? Girl please...I married one...and I dont regret it one bit. Do who does it for you!!...and enjoy!
T's picture

[quote comment="104464"]Off

[quote comment="104464"]Off topic: Going to see SITC tonight if I get off work in time! If not, 10 AM, Sat morning I will be there. LOL@Usher and his finger! That's all I can do is LOL.[/quote] Nope, it was totally on topic actually. I asked that question earlier in this blog. :)
Just C's picture

[quote comment="104321"]The

[quote comment="104321"]The Nas cover is dope. I like "Roots" theme. Some of you guys are missing the point. Nas isn't trying to say nigger or nigga is an ok word to say nor is he trying to make people stop saying the word. Come on now that's impossible, because it's already a part of a lot people's everyday language anyway and most of those people probably won't stop because of the controversy of 1 album. Nas is simply analyzing the word's roots. Doing something entirely different rather bragging about his wealth and other materalistic things. And some of y'all are straight up hypocrites that listen to other rappers but are giving Nas such a hard time about the political message he's trying to send, when 99% of rappers use the N word. Including the conscious rappers like Little Brother, Common, and Lupe. I totally disagreed with him naming the album the N word initally though, but then again Def Jam wasn't EVER going allow him to do that anyway. Nas knew this, but acted like it was gonna happen anyway in order to attract nationwide attention and it worked. I don't think this album will be well recieved, but I like the direction he was taking with this. Some people may not get it, but I think at least a few people will.[/quote] Thank you! We have some intelligent thinkers on the blog. Remember when rap was political, it was all about pushing the envelope and getting ppl talking about real topics. Thank you Nas for keeping it interesting, political, revolutionary, individual. Alot of yall want to forget about when we were slaves, niggers, the underclass, it easier to pretend it didn't happen, doesn't exist. We think we can put on Gucci and we are no longer considered the underclass. Think yall think
blaq's picture

Off topic: Going to see SITC

Off topic: Going to see SITC tonight if I get off work in time! If not, 10 AM, Sat morning I will be there. LOL@Usher and his finger! That's all I can do is LOL.
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[quote comment="104074"]USHER

[quote comment="104074"]USHER IS SO HAPPY TO BE MARRIED I AM HAPPY FOR HIM TOO...HE LOVES TO SHOW OFF HIS RING, DID ANYONE SEE HIS PERFORMANCE ON GOOD MORNING AMERICA THIS MORNING, HE SOUNDED OK, DIDNT SOUND SO GOOD ON THE SONG MOVING MOUNTAINS...[/quote] omg I missed his performance on GMA cause there was a special report about some crane colapse on the upper east side. I was so heated.. ugh!! I'll look for it online I guess...
Jelly Bean's picture

It is so amazing the negative

It is so amazing the negative comments about Usher's marriage. I think people are negative so as to draw attention away from their f**up relationships. People who are genuinely happy are not normally negative towards others. My thing is if you have nothing positive to say, don't say anything!! "DO UNTO OTHERS AS YOU WOULD HAVE THEM DO UNTO YOU". PUT YOURSELF IN OTHERS SHOE. Just think how he is feeling with all the negativity towards him. Of course he is going to lash out. He is human for Christ's sake. What a world we live in? So sad.............
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[quote comment="104361"][quote comment="104233"][quote comment="104226"][quote comment="104144"][quote comment="104140"][quote comment="104120"][quote comment="104109"][quote comment="104102"][quote comment="104093"]why does Usher look like a skinny version of Ruban Studdard in that pic.! Happy Friday to everybidy!![/quote] Ah Rube! LOL. *shaking while lowering head* Such a sad situation/waste of his God-given talent. I run into him from time to time...wish he would get back into the studio.[/quote] Really?! I agree, he should be working on another album.[/quote] Yep, I live in Birmingham so I've run into him at the mall, parties and stuff from time to time. I will NEVER forget this party at a martini bar. It was some chick's bday and she was crunk having a good time was on the mic getting everybody hype and everything. In walks Rube and his entourage. Someone on another mic announced, "Ruben Studdard in the house." The girl, mind you was pretty toasted, said (very loudly into the mic) "F Ruben, this is my party". LMAO! Everybody was dying laughing. It was just too funny.[/quote] Ahhhhhh the Martini Bar, I know exactly what you talking about LOL.[/quote] yep, Amani Raha...LOL To bad it closed, though it used to be way too crowded in there? Do you live in Bham?[/quote] I always be in Bham on the weekends with my sister, but on the weekends I'm in school and work in Montgomery.[/quote] Oh okay! Cool! When was the last time you partied in the Ham?[/quote] About two weeks ago, I didn't go last week.I was at Platinum.I'm not the club type person but it was actually coo'[/quote] Girl, Platnium! I haven't been there is a year or more. I don't have any Air Force One's or anything so I wouldn't fit in there. I typically do Elevation(only open if there is a party) or Steel. Now there's a new spot called Martini's in Hoover. You should check it out if you want to try a different crowd. I'm 29, so we may or may not be on the same page. :)
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**** Usher needs to grow up

**** Usher needs to grow up and understand people are gonna talk SH*T. Thats what they do! So move the fuck on and stop feeling like you have to RESPOND to every comment someone makes about your WHACK ASS marriage. Boo mothaf*ckin hoo so what people talk about you and wife! Be HAPPY they even still TALKIN about ya ass. Seriously sometimes I wish he would STFU about it already. His dance moves aren't the same, his voice is not the same, his songs aren't the same, nor is his personality the same since he has been put on LOCKDOWN. ____ I liked the original CD cover from Nas. This was is kind of...gross. But I understand why he did it. If they werent gonna let him put the FULL N WORD on his CD cover..he just found another way to do it.
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[quote comment="104233"][quote comment="104226"][quote comment="104144"][quote comment="104140"][quote comment="104120"][quote comment="104109"][quote comment="104102"][quote comment="104093"]why does Usher look like a skinny version of Ruban Studdard in that pic.! Happy Friday to everybidy!![/quote] Ah Rube! LOL. *shaking while lowering head* Such a sad situation/waste of his God-given talent. I run into him from time to time...wish he would get back into the studio.[/quote] Really?! I agree, he should be working on another album.[/quote] Yep, I live in Birmingham so I've run into him at the mall, parties and stuff from time to time. I will NEVER forget this party at a martini bar. It was some chick's bday and she was crunk having a good time was on the mic getting everybody hype and everything. In walks Rube and his entourage. Someone on another mic announced, "Ruben Studdard in the house." The girl, mind you was pretty toasted, said (very loudly into the mic) "F Ruben, this is my party". LMAO! Everybody was dying laughing. It was just too funny.[/quote] Ahhhhhh the Martini Bar, I know exactly what you talking about LOL.[/quote] yep, Amani Raha...LOL To bad it closed, though it used to be way too crowded in there? Do you live in Bham?[/quote] I always be in Bham on the weekends with my sister, but on the weekends I'm in school and work in Montgomery.[/quote] Oh okay! Cool! When was the last time you partied in the Ham?[/quote] About two weeks ago, I didn't go last week.I was at Platinum.I'm not the club type person but it was actually coo'
Sharonda's picture

[quote comment="104017"]I

[quote comment="104017"]I thought Janet was releasing Luv as the next single?! She needs to, that's a good summery song![/quote] I know! I read on another blog recently that Def Jam changed their minds and Luv will be the next single. I hope it's true. I haven't been feeling Usher's music lately, but I still think he's got it. Everybody that has been making music at least 5 years or more will have a hit or miss at some point in his career. Usher's no different. I don't think people should be writing him off like they've been trying to do lately.
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I'm more interested in

I'm more interested in reading the boy band story than the one about Usher. I've had enough of him at this point.
Bird's picture

The Nas cover is dope. I like

The Nas cover is dope. I like "Roots" theme. Some of you guys are missing the point. Nas isn't trying to say nigger or nigga is an ok word to say nor is he trying to make people stop saying the word. Come on now that's impossible, because it's already a part of a lot people's everyday language anyway and most of those people probably won't stop because of the controversy of 1 album. Nas is simply analyzing the word's roots. Doing something entirely different rather bragging about his wealth and other materalistic things. And some of y'all are straight up hypocrites that listen to other rappers but are giving Nas such a hard time about the political message he's trying to send, when 99% of rappers use the N word. Including the conscious rappers like Little Brother, Common, and Lupe. I totally disagreed with him naming the album the N word initally though, but then again Def Jam wasn't EVER going allow him to do that anyway. Nas knew this, but acted like it was gonna happen anyway in order to attract nationwide attention and it worked. I don't think this album will be well recieved, but I like the direction he was taking with this. Some people may not get it, but I think at least a few people will.
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[quote comment="104290"][quote comment="104256"][quote comment="104234"][quote comment="104194"]To my girls: Are any of you going to the Essence festival this year?[/quote] I'll think about it, my goal is to get to a decent beach this year with out leaving the country...I'm your girl right lol :-D[/quote] Yep, you're my girl. LOL :) Some friends and I are planning a FL beach trip as well. Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to finance all these little tips though the big one is already paid for minus spending money.[/quote] ...don't resort to sliding down no poles! Yeah, my and the Mr been getting into it about monies. I am jive irresponsible with the spending. *Sighs* I've gotten better recently, have started bringing lunch and don't do Smoothies or Starbucks anymore. Maybe I should marry Usher so he can take care of us. :-P[/quote] LOL. Girl, as of Sept 1st, I moved to the "cash only" way of life. I have not used a debit card since that date (never used credit cards anyway). I am one of those people who spends money like a fool in Target, etc. I can walk in to buy soap and end up spending $150 three times in one week. Now, by using cash only, I have become much more conscious of my spending. If I know that I only have $100, then I won't spend all of it because I hate the inconvenience of going to the bank. I have saved more money than I thought was even possible. Shoot, I have two savings, one Christmas club and my Roth IRA account sitting kinda pretty right now. But I won't touch any of them unless it's a for real rainy day or emergency siltation. My goal is to be psuedo-debt free (that mortgage isn't go anywhere, lol) by the end of 2009. If I could just get those doggone Direct Loans paid off...honnnney!!!
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I love you Nasir

I love you Nasir
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[quote comment="104231"]handsome man!!!!!! Just take it easy! I happen to know "myinterracialmatch.com"There you can meet hundreds of thousands of nice singles in your city and find the Beauty of life. The SEXY women and men are a real eye-popper .Dating, butterflies, romance... it all happens here.[/quote] You again!?! *Growls*
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[quote comment="104277"][quote comment="104150"]IMMA TRIP THE NEXT PERSON THAT WALKS PAST MY CUBICLE!!!!!!!!!!!! *GET YO A** SOME BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!*[/quote] LOL! The office manager done snuck up on me twice! Damn, go manage something lady![/quote] ...Damn, on a Friday! She's bored O_o
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Usher is telling all the

Usher is telling all the naysayers that he is still with his wife~
Milan's picture

[quote comment="104267"]I am

[quote comment="104267"]I am from hot ass Houston 45 south and Fuqua!!!! Hey my fellow Houstonians[/quote] HAAAAY *in unison like a bunch of ghetto chicks* lol
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[quote comment="104256"][quote comment="104234"][quote comment="104194"]To my girls: Are any of you going to the Essence festival this year?[/quote] I'll think about it, my goal is to get to a decent beach this year with out leaving the country...I'm your girl right lol :-D[/quote] Yep, you're my girl. LOL :) Some friends and I are planning a FL beach trip as well. Now I just have to figure out how I'm going to finance all these little tips though the big one is already paid for minus spending money.[/quote] ...don't resort to sliding down no poles! Yeah, my and the Mr been getting into it about monies. I am jive irresponsible with the spending. *Sighs* I've gotten better recently, have started bringing lunch and don't do Smoothies or Starbucks anymore. Maybe I should marry Usher so he can take care of us. :-P
Just Nikki's picture

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[quote comment="104078"][quote comment="104067"][quote comment="104027"]I find Nas' album cover intriguing. It makes me wonder what he's going to be talking about. He is already fine as hell, but then on top of that he has awareness and intellect and that makes him soooo much sexier. However, I LOL'd at Usher's cover. It seems so desperate.[/quote] Godiva, I totally agree with your comment!!!!!! The significance of this photo is surreal!!!!! IMO, he is depicting the image that we are .... still enslaved today.... beaten, and whipped, sometimes by the things that we ourselves have created, or by the things we were- and in some instances still are oppressed by[/quote] YES!!! THANK YOU SISTERS!![/quote] I am on board!!!
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[quote comment="104150"]IMMA

[quote comment="104150"]IMMA TRIP THE NEXT PERSON THAT WALKS PAST MY CUBICLE!!!!!!!!!!!! *GET YO A** SOME BUSINESS!!!!!!!!!!!*[/quote] LOL! The office manager done snuck up on me twice! Damn, go manage something lady!
GODIVA's picture

[quote comment="104267"]I am

[quote comment="104267"]I am from hot ass Houston 45 south and Fuqua!!!! Hey my fellow Houstonians[/quote] I'm not from Houston, but I know EXACTLY where you're talking about (couldn't avoid ending in a preposition, oh well, LOL). :)
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I am from hot ass Houston 45

I am from hot ass Houston 45 south and Fuqua!!!! Hey my fellow Houstonians
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