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[rock the dub Interview]: DJ Krust

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I'm not sure how many of you other DnB heads fell in love with this sound, but one of my favorite producers is DJ Krust. I knew him primarily from the Reprazent clique (Roni Size, DJ Die, DJ Suv, and Krust) and their critically acclaimed New Forms 2xCD. I purchased that and the stellar V Classic, vol. 1 disc, and got to delve into one of Krust's best tracks, "Blaze Dis One". It wasn't overly dramatic, just straight ahead sly drums and FAT bass, but the groove was laid out so well. Dipping from that, I fell into a deeper zone with Krust, from the awesome "Warhead" to "Angles" to "Maintain" and "Bad Intentions". The man can flip it from a very deep, brooding tone to a tune aimed directly at your feet. He created Coded Language, which seemed to be a culmination of his chilled, soulful side. After that, he delved into a more straightforward style, to much praise and scorn, but he has seemed to dig deep inside himself and come up with a hybrid sound: soul and funk. Minimal bombast. He also has a deep intellectual mind, which he let me pick away at earlier this month...

khal: First and foremost, your latest album, Hidden Knowledge, is some very great work, and is being well received by heads all over. What mind state or zone were you in while producing this long player?

DJ Krust: I think what I wanted to do was go back to point in my music when I was my most creative and use that as my starting point; it was a time in the music when everybody was known for there own style. Being different was what the seen was all about. Before starting any project I build the concept in my mind I see what its gonna look like how the sounds are gonna work. I try to see the colour of the music first then I start to build. I don’t think about it, I feel it: if it feels right then it's right, if it feels difficult then I know I am on the right track. I am not trying to be different just for the sake of it. It's just sometimes you have to take it there to find new ground.

khal: I assume that you are aware that many of your fans from your “True Stores”/”Soul In Motion” days seemed to be either taken aback or downright frustrated when you delved into tracks like “Kloakin’ Device” or “Follow Da Vision”, places that can be seen as a bit lighter than your deeper output. Do you have any feelings as to those listeners who seemed to wish you stayed in that “deep” stage as opposed to branching out? Do you feel as though your varying styles of DnB as detached as others feel they are?

DJ Krust: No one wears the same pair of trainers all the time; we like different things at different times. That’s what it's like making music, I don’t feel it all the time. Sometimes it's about having fun, the party. I think it’s important to do what you feel. I enjoy making the music that I do for me, that’s the main thing.

khal: Times have changed in the DnB game, from the early 90s to 2006 and beyond. You’ve pretty much been involved since the scene’s inception; how do you feel about the many changes that have come about, from production to the raves to the ravers themselves, as well as the impact the Internet seems to have had on the worldwide scene, as well as producers getting noticed and signed, in some cases?

DJ Krust: The world is changing fast its important that we change with we must have an active roles in this change. The technology is moving fast (some good, some bad); we should not get confused as to its use. I think that’s one of the problems of today: people try and use technology to replace the hard work that you have to do to become what you want. Technology is a part of what we're about, not a replacement. As far as the new rave, that’s the way it is; new people, new ways of doing things. The Internet is here to help. We just haven’t figured out how to use it properly and get the most out of it. People want music and they're gonna get it anyway they can. We have to work out the best way to get it to the people in the best way and still make a living. What’s happening now is, we're not control the distribution of our music on the web so we have a problem.

khal: I’ve read in the past where you spoke on your visions, mainly dealing with Reprazent, in terms of your sound; how many thought your sound was a bit jazzier, but you guys were edging towards a more of a Funk vibe. Hearing tracks like “Initiation”, I can definitely hear the Funk still. Do you still aim for a specific vibe running throughout your albums, or do you just go with the flow?

DJ Krust: My background is Funk, Pop, two-tone, Rock, Hip-Hop, Reggae... then I got in to breakbeat technology. So these are the aspects in my music all the time, in one way or another. Sometimes it's not that straightforward. We deal with the vibe and the energy of the music. It’s the feeling. I start with what I am and who I am and the rest comes from there

khal: I saw yourself and the Reprazent camp play live in Central Park NYC back in 2000 I believe. The place was rammed, and it was great to see such a solid confirmation of your talent and the talent of your crew. I always wondered 2 things: a) do you ever plan on doing live PA’s, and b) what was that piece of equipment you were using, the thing that you were waving your hand above, making all those hot sounds?

DJ Krust: I am working on a live show right now, we've got some shows later on in the year. And the box of lights that was an experimental device. You put your hand over the light and it sends MIDI. You can control LFO, S-filters, anything MIDI.You can find it on some of the new Roland keyboards.

khal: In packaging this album as a 2xCD, did you initially decide to throw some of your classics on the second disc? How did you choose those tracks?

DJ Krust: We just went through the tracks that we liked and would give people who don’t know me a look at what I was about.

khal: From listening to a number of the themes brought up on this album, as well as reading your blogs on MySpace, you seem to be a very philosophical cat. Do you study a lot of what you are speaking on, or is this just what comes into your head from time to time?

DJ Krust: I have been studying the books for a minute now, talking to people and travelling the world, seeing different cultures; that will give you a different world view. I think we're on a new road right now where the rules change as much as we do. We are only just finding out how the mind really works, so its all new ground. We have the greatest tool in the known human universe, it's called the mind. It's an untapped resource with immeasurable power. We are jus learning how to use it properly. Once we understand it and how to use it and our connection to all things, we will know more about what we are and who we are. On the album, the titles of all the tracks are search keys: type the names in Google or Yahoo and see what comes up. I think we need all the information then we can use our own minds to decide what the truth is.

khal: For the first time ever I got to see your awesome video for “Coded Language”, with you and Saul Williams bugging out around exploding TVs and bugging out. How did the two of you hook up to create this epic track?

DJ Krust: We meet through Giles Peterson and Paul Martin. They used to run Talkin' Loud, the label I was signed to. I had the track and was looking for something special, and the guys were like "there’s this cat, you should meet him". So we link up and from the get go I knew something was gonna happen; the guy has got mad flava, his whole outlook is from over there. So it fit in with what I was about.

khal: You’ve produced a string of classics over the years. How does it feel to have your place in the DnB scene solidified for years to come? Do you feel as if you need to top your last hit?

DJ Krust: It feels good to know that I help build some thing that has travelled round the world and become what it is today I still feel as though there is a lot more to do the music is only part of it. Now we have to work on the business and get that straight .as far as making another hit. I try and use what I’ve learned from the last track to better the next one. If it’s a big one then bless all good but first and foremost it’s about adding on in a positive way

khal: What’s going on with the Full Cycle camp these days? I know you guys have been pushing Clipz hard… is his sound the future of the label? What’s on the horizon from the FC label?

DJ Krust: Clipz has been working hard on breaking his style of music and he’s made a good name for himself. He’s very focused and knows what he wants. The label is about music, experimental music. We have made a lot of music and continue to do so. We're building another aspect of the label, FC TV, which is documentaries ,videos, web-based programs; V-Cycle, which is our online shop where people can become a member and get up front promos and limited edition clothes. So were expanding what we do as a label now and into the future

khal: Last year, the latest DnB hitmaker, TC, remixed a couple of your hits for V. Did you have to approve these mixes? How did you feel about the sound and style he brought to two of your most well known tracks?

DJ Krust: Remixing is tricky one; it's very hit and miss. Add in classic tracks and it gets deep. I think the mixes were good and they worked on the street. As far as me approving them, I’ll have some input, but bottom line if it works, then it works. Simply.

khal: OK so your album has been out for a bit now… what’s next for you as an artist? Do you have any DJ gigs lined up? Where can your fans see you? Any 12”s or EPs coming soon from you?

DJ Krust: The album is out, all bless. For me right it’s about putting a live show together and getting that tight. Getting the Remix of the album tracks done. I am also doing a photo exhibition very soon. I did one in Bristol in April that was good, gonna do some more in London, apart from that its back to lab to make the next project

khal: To round things out, what do you see your place in the history of DnB music when you are gone? Do you have any aspirations that you have not met as of yet?

DJ Krust: This music can do anything, go anywhere. Right now, for me, it's about pushing this thing as far as it can go, even changing the format 'til it becomes a new one. That's how this music started and that’s how it will end. There will always be more challenges. Life is about that. If you don’t push your self you don’t grow. We must go forward with strong ideas and good values; the future is what we make. We must take responsibility for our actions and use our hearts and minds. Bless.

We would like to thank Krust for taking the time out of his busy schedule to talk to us about his art and thoughts. If you want any further info on this artist, peep the following links: DJ Krust on MySpace.Full Cycle. DJ Krust discography. DOA Review of Hidden Knowledge written by khal.

Little Johnny

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I love rediscovering CDs I purchased a while ago. This week, I've been on some Company Flow shit after peeping this review that Bol did... I "found" the disc and was amazed at the fact that I finally got full copies of "Patriotism" and "Weight"... fucking stellar shit. Now, I spent the summer of '99 devouring a few albums... The Roots' Things Fall Apart was a big one, and this Co Flow instrumental "concept" disc was another. This was the time when Co Flow was about to split (amicably) and do their separate things... El-P was really coming into his own as a producer, and Def Jux was about to truly take off on the underground, and you could hear that twisted boom bap on this release. Mr. Len had a few tracks he produced on the solo tip, but this was primarily an El Producto show. I don't get the whole "concept" of this... they took crazy pics of some doll with a paper bag on his head living in this "hospitul"... I gather that he was left by his parents, who had some fucked up living (rape/molestation? murder?), and Johnny got shipped to this asylum-type place, put up on pharms and sits in front of the TV, soaking in disgusting visuals and half-brained intelligence. He decides he has had enough and wants to bounce... with the help of Len and El-P. Ooooooooo-kay, you're saying... what can ya do, though. If I have to gather that while listening to shit-hot tracks like "Bee Aware", which has this driving, somber organ/guitar appeal throughout the track, or the synth-madness of "Worker Ant Uprise", I say do the fucking thing. This is one of those discs that will get you high without the use of drink or drug. "Shadows Drown" is one of the hottest licks on the whole album, that looped sound of impending doom... it really has this effect of taking you deep into the depths of some black, dark pool of nothing. Mood music, indeed.

Is this my wish, that El-P and Len get back together? Yes and no. Len is doing his thing, sort of, and El-P don't really need him anyways, but hey those heydays were the shit, right?

PS: Go grab this right now. It came out on Rawkus, so I guess if you dload it, it's no big deal? I dunno, but "World of Garbage" used to get me through a fucking busload of nonsense and drama in life. Fav track off this album.

PS2: I kind of stopped digging the whole El-P sound when Aesop Rock came out. I dug the Def Jux/Co Flow/El-P sound up until then. I just didn't get what the big fuss was over dude. I do like the fact that Def Jux signed Mr. Lif. He's that dude, and that Perceptionists album is mint. Am I wrong?

the shuffle. [7/22/06]

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At the end of the day, we're all children of Jah. Happy birthday, Selassie I. I also want to send a big up to Brooklyn, my dog Nappy (keep holdin' it down), my unborn, my family, Pom Wonderful (anyone got any Absolut?), and fat basslines.

I'm gonna try and whip this one out... there's a date wifey and I have that I plan on keeping... you know how this goes.

I do want to say: I am getting tired of Making The Band 3. I mean, I like seeing this show, I've been down since Dylan was a lazy Jamaican... it's one of my favs, but these chicks need to get a grip. Stop crying -- at least you are recording! Don't act like you are just so distraught... OK you aren't on a track, but how's that check getting to you? I know you ain't STARVING! Get over yourself and play your position...

Wow. Got a bit hostile there. Let's get it going before I hurt something...

01/This past sunday, Chappelle's Show ran the now-infamous "Pixie Skit". If you guys don't remember, this skit has been sighted as one of the main reasons Dave flew off the handle and bounced from his show (and $50 mil)... It was funny, but it seemed drawn out. It's like they are truly stitching episodes together, mostly unedited/approved by Dave [unfortunately]... I wish, for Dave's sake, that they didn't show these. The episodes lack something... lack a lot. Funny is the main thing they lack, but I'll be dropping knowledge on Summer TV in the very near future, so keep your eyes peeled.

02/As if we didn't already know, Timbaland had to let the cat out of the bag: he says he is currently working on new tracks for Jay-Z's next LP. No confirmation from Jay Hov himself, but this can only be seen as a great thing for Hip-Hop as a whole. The shit's in a slump, you know it and I know it. LPs are coming out subpar, singles drive the market, and creativity is at a low. I can only hope that Jay sticks to his grizzly and puts out a stellar album; anything less will be a huge blow, and he had better resign from his position... oh, he's made some bad choices.

03/I agree with Slate: I think Bush cursing during that microphone snafu is good for business. What would you expect him to be speaking of? Knitting? Fine linens? Nah he was trying to get his shit in order... Tony Blair did seem like a lil pissant though. "Come on man, we gotta go forth with this early"; Bush is all "Yo, son, I got this. Condi's black ass is gonna be there soon my dude". Gotta love it. Now I know what Raekwon meant by "Gangster Republicans".

04/Neph who said Eminem whupped his punk ass in the bathroom last week has withdrawn his charges. Yeah, I wonder how much extra Shady Clothing he got in the mail this week, too.

05/Trying to kick their rival CinemaNow's ass, Movielink has gotten licenses for DVD-Burning tools, so you can dload and burn a full length movie right from their site. CinemaNow apparently only has that option with skin flicks, so this move might be big... if they could only get some movie industry support! LOL what good is the product if you got nothing to exploit it?

06/I had no idea this news was that big, but Oprah felt she had to come out and say hit: Gayle and her are not munching each other's carpets. Is this even news? Who the fuck thought that...

07/Microsoft is really reaching: they have finally announced that they have an iPod killer on the way... or so they hope. Thing is, the technical specs are unknown, but they are not the main feature heads should look for: think about what they need to do to edge out iTunes. iTunes is moving something crazy b/c it's an easy way for novice iPod users to cop tracks and throw them on the player. Serious heads don't fuck with iPods and such for a lot of other reasons (hatred for the whole Apple thing, too much unnecessry bells and whistles)... but you can't knock the growing library they've accumulated. Can Microsoft lead the industry massive over to come purchase this thing, Zune?

08/How the FUCK does one create a musical without the fucking music? Ask Outkast... these jigas have the Idlewild soundtrack dropping in August, with the movie/musical coming out 3 days later. I have no desire to see or hear this, and I dislike the tracks I've heard, but how does one do a musical with no music? How fucking nonsensical does that sound? It's OK though; Big Boi plans on touring... and Andre doesn't! Why don't they just announce the break-up and get this shit over with?

09/No real new news here, but Mr. Lif has a pretty insightful interview over there at Allhiphop. I haven't properly listened to Mo Mega yet, but I will...trust.

10/These Hollywood chicks don't know whether they're coming or going... Pam Anderson and Kid Rock are planning on getting married soon, while Carmen Electra and Dave Navarro split up. I'm not a big fan of Dave, Pam or Kid Rock, but I used to be infatuated with Carmen back when she was down with Prince. Corny, right? Oh well... now I might have to check for her again. Eh... nah.

11/Petition for the release of J Dilla's MCA album. Please sign if you love Dilla.

12/Shouts to the boy noz over at XXL and Cocaine Blunts. He dropped some knowledge on the subject of some shit Little Brother's Phonte spoke about opening up for Yung Joc and shit (what a fucking career move!)... okayplayer-fueled hell ensued --- peep the comments.

13/Who knew MC Hammer was worth a dime anymore? His music catalogue just got sold for something like $2.7 mill! Ridiculous, right? Who woulda thought that "Pumps In A Bump" would be worth ANYTHING these days!?!?

14/On a final note, you gotta love how Bush is just now getting around to speaking in front of the NAACP. He also plans to "extend" the Voting Rights Act. Why not just get rid of the shit altogether... what an idea!

Anyways, I'm off to finish some shit and watch this fight. I hope you enjoyed this shuffle, and I promise to bring you continued coverage of whatever the fuck I want to, whenever the fuck I want to. Holla atcha frog.

Friday, July 21st 2006 playlist

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Wicked week music wise. Loads of hot shit, from ill mash up CDs to dope Stones Throw mixes to shit hot DnB mixes from esb and the bitterbrew crew. I still haven't put up the DJ Krust interview, b/c I haven't had the hours of time it takes to get it edited right, but my DOA review of his Hidden Knowledge 2xCD is up now. I was also made a mod, but that's nothing too major. In any case, let's get on with this weekend's jams... loads of DnB for ya! Thick with Horizons Music Group tunes, but that's how it goes...

Drum & Bass/Jungle:

01/Aspect "It's Yours (Original Unreleased Mix)" [horizons music]
02/Redeyes "Drama Revenge" [crisis]
03/Resound "Children of Jah (Digital Remix)" [orgone]
04/Gremlinz & Stranjah "Banshee" [mindrush]
05/Phace & N.Phect "Cavity" [syndrome]
06/Digital "Murder" [progress]
07/Logistics "Every Beat Of The Heart" [hospital]
08/Cartridge "Chemistry Connections (Martsman Remix)" [plain audio]
09/Alix Perez "All Alone" [spearhead]
10/Genetic Sequence "Love Crisis" [transmute]

Various:

01/Nas vs. Black Sabbath "Shoot The War Pigs" [mash-up] (yes, this is a mash between "Made You Look" and "War Pigs". Yes it's dope.)

02/Clipse ft. Slim Thug "Wamp Wamp (What It Do)" [??] (what it do? kind of odd hearing them on that Houston shit, but that beat is ridic.)
03/The Roots "Can't Stop This" [def jam] (yes, this is the J. Dilla tribute. Yes, all 8 mins plus are dope. Yes, I'm STILL mourning...)
04/Indellible MC's "Weight" [??] (fav track that they did together...)

word. that's all that's truly been rocking me this week. gotta get some ish done before the cookout tomorrow. holla at me.

Oh No!

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Oh No, aka Madlib's lil brother, aka producer and MC supreme, aka the man who had the illest beats on the NBA 2K6 video game, aka part of the Cali Wild crew, touched down on Mary Anne Hobbs' show on BBC Radio 1 recently. He left this 27+ min mix of Stones Throw jams to celebrate their 10th Anniversary... download HERE, stream it HERE, and peep the tracklisting on this MySpace blog post...


Want more Oh No info?

Oh No page on Stones Throw website
Oh No on interview @ UKHH.com

The Gnotorious Gnarls Biggie

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Saw this link initially on the XXL website. Was figuring it was a mashup, so I peeped the official website link. Thought that Cee-Lo/Ready To Die cover was fucking hilarious. Now, I'm not a big fan of this Gnarls Barkley LP, but I like this mashup. It's more in the vein of the Grey Album, where the Gnarls LP was more or less chopped up and the BIG lines were thrown over top. It works well, actually. Doesn't make me love Danger Mouse any more or less, but it's fun to hear Biggie's lines resurrected over non-Diddy beats.

Grab it before it's gone.

Need more info on this? Peep the
Sound Advice crew's blog post about this concoction. And enjoy. Pay homage to BIG, and try to give Cee-Lo a chance, I guess. Caps & Jones shits all over them, but you ain't heard that from me.

PS: This "Ten Feng Shui Commandments" track is the best thing on there.

PPS: You know, I've given this a night's rest... well... 13 hours to sleep on it. I don't think I like this as much as I like the idea that DM went from being on the outside looking in (cease & desist order and all) to now being on the inside looking out. I posted this up as a bulletin on my MySpace, and I have Gnarls Barkley on my "friends list" (I hate that term, I have more contacts than true friends on my MySpace...) they are down with an Atlantic subsidiary... will he be down with them cease and desist orders that are sure to come down on this project? I like standing up for mash-ups that challenge the mainstream profile... peep the Q-Unit and American Edit albums... in the name of Double Dee & Steinski, let the mash-ups go!

Pharrell "In My Mind" [review]

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For as much as Pharrell and Chad do for other artists (peep this list), they constantly shit on themselves. Any CD where they are the main attraction (Clones, the N*E*R*D LPs), they seem to take this "I'm gonna do it for dolo" idea, which never seems to work for their nerdcore. P tries to change that for himself, but he forgot that he needs to do more than just create hot beats on his debut solo album, In My Mind. The beats are fire, as you would expect... lush keys, ill drum rolls (one of my fav pieces of this album), tons of percussive flairs, and just dope work with and without samples. For the majority of this album, though, you'd only think that Felonious (??) P has "BAPEstas", "Ice Creams" and fat asses on his mind. That's true for many of his fans and like-minded artists, but with an album title like In My Mind, you'd expect him to spread his wings and take more chances subject-wise.

The initial idea of this album was to craft 7 Hip-Hop tracks and 7 R&B tracks... he does this, but could have made an EP with the amount of same-themed tracks. It's almost as if he remixed "Can I Have It Like That", his snoozer of a pre-single single with Gwen Stefani. While this tune has an intro that sounds like a Dre track, the rolling double-bass is what you want to check for. Of course, he raps "She like the way my hands use her body for hand warmers" is not only vulgar, but unimaginative. If I wanted crass sex lyrics, I'd throw on some Ghostface with his "ping-pong pussy, wild world of wombs" shit. The one thing I noticed, at least with the Rap tracks, is each track starts out the same... the kick/sample hits 4 times or however many times before kicking into the main meat. Why? Who knows. "How Does It Feel?" has a nice live-sounding drum beat to it, with some smooth horn sounds laid over top. P wants to know how it feels to dream about being like him. Thanks for making me feel even worse than I already do about my lack of funds, fucker. And write a better chorus next time. He gets introspective with "Best Friend", which has a very entrancing synth melody to it. He waxes poetic about his family life: losing his grandmother, sticking with his friends and such. Nice until it gets to that odd chorus... it's got random drum fills, key stabs and a thump to it that just doesn't go right. Slim Thug drops in to slob on P with "Keep It Playa", which has a grating keyboard melody. The drums in a lot of these tracks sound live as hell though --- I have no liner notes, so I cannot say if they used a live drummer or not, but it sure sounds like it!

The R&B section starts with "Angel", which sounds like an 8th grade garage band trying to make some hip-hop beats. The initial line "She got an ass like a loaf of bread, you wanna take a slice" sounds like P needs to grow up a bit and come with some stronger lyrics. P then throws 2 songs on one track: "Young Girl", which features Jay-Z rapping about making a 19 yr old his wifey, while P tries to get his Prince on; the 2nd half of this track, "I Really Like You", is the best R&B cut on this whole disc. The whole thing comes together. The music rolls nice, and P sings in that "Frontin'" high pitch, but sounds a lot more relaxed. That's one of the main problems with Skateboard P's singing: in the past, whether it was on choruses or on "Frontin'", the whole selling point on his "voice" was that it didn't sound as if he was trying to be something he isn't. On this disc, neph really wants to be Jamie Foxx or some shit! Nelly drops in on the oddest joint on here, "Baby"... I have no idea wtf he's on about, but the beat is just a sad concoction of a weak guitar riff on top of a beat that sounds like pounding on the lunchtable, but then it morphs into a rip off of that old "Nasty Boy" track from back in the day. P then has the NERVE to get all religious with "Our Father", right after talking about "rolling up a $100 bill" to his "baby". What's that all about?

This album is an album of formulas. The ones that work are the ones that are time tested and, sadly, tired at this point of the game. The beats are dope, but we've heard all of these songs before. The R&B tracks especially are very wishy washy. The fact that the majority of them are intro-verse-chorus-verse-chorus-8 bar "bridge"-reprise is insulting to the true fans, the ones who have followed these dudes since they got big off of "Superthug". You'd expect more than that. Too much rhyming about being iced out and not enough of the introspective stuff IMO. We all know P is not as massive as he tries to put himself out there to be... why keep fronting? And to have a track with Kanye ("Number 1") be possibly the worst piece of shit on this filthy album? Totally insulting... even the bonus track, "Skateboard P Presents Show You How To Hustle", found a way to disappoint me. While I was wanting to hear P let his peeps get down, he spits some tired drug tales that HE ADMITS (mid-track) TO NOT EVEN LIVING! What a fucking waste of the hottest track on here. Head nodding kicks, a seriously sick organ line that switches up for the 7th bar only... whoa. I would have LOVED to hear Clipse, Slim Thug, hell, Snoop and Jay murk this track. And that's the main problem I have with this CD: I would have LOVED to hear this be a compilation, with selected artists doing their thing over each of these beats. I do not want to hear P on any of these, not as the main attraction anyways. Sad but true.

Thing is, that's not what this is about. At the end of the day, P and Chad (who apparently only engineered the beats oslt) want to make loot. Will the consumer purchase this? I've been going back and forth about this... and I'm really on the fence. Given the past lack of sales, I highly fucking doubt it, especially with no real follow up single. I think he might try to work "Angel" or "Take It Off", maybe the joint with Snoop on it, but I just don't see people going crazy for this CD.

rock the dub rating: 5 out of 10 stars. Too much P on the mic, not enough thought/heart on the pad. Maybe next time, Skateboard Pizzle.

Pharrell's In My Mind is in stores July 25th. For more Pharrell info and news, peep his website.

I said Goddamn!

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Boy is it hot. Heat Index up in the Northeast is on some bullshit... oppressive heat, peeps.

I've been on some lazy shit, partly due to the heat, partly to just on some up down up down work schedule. No real time to rest, or so it seems...

I've got an interview with DJ Krust that I need to edit. Shouts to him. He's the man. His new album is the shit. I have a review written for DOA that they are going to be posting soon... I hope.

I also have a few reviews that I'm going to be working on... namely the In My Mind album that Pharrell is FINALLY dropping on the 25th. I think I should have that done by this week, don't you think?

Did you guys check out the Horizons Music Digital store @ Juno Records? You guys need not sleep...

Oh, I also updated a gang of links on my "Diversions" list on the right side... it's in alpha order, to make things a bit easier. Mainly, those are either affiliated sites, or sites I just fuck with. Word.

Do you guys know how dope Wu-Tang Clan's Wu Tang Forever LP is? This guy doesn't. I've been rocking this hard the last week or so... gotta love that post-36 Chambers sound RZA was rocking. Peep "The Projects", "Heaterz", "For Heaven's Sake", and of course, "It's Yourz" if you think I'm bullshitting.

I'm out, White Men Can't Jump is on. I'll be more dilligent this week.

PS: to tide you over during this massive muggy phase, check out a few mixes courtesy of the bitterbrew squad. d4t4 cooked up this hot 1999-2001 era DnB mix... hidden gems like the Accidental Heroes' "Forgotten World" and Teebee's "Spage Age". DJ ESB also hooked up this CLASSIC No U-Turn Mini Mix for the Jungletrain crew as well. Loads of old school Ed Rush & Nico collabos in this. No "Proton", but you can't win everyone, right? Enjoy!

the shuffle. [7/15/06]

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What a difference love and some beer makes. Last night I mentioned the rough week and stuff... it's mainly the heat, but I had some issues at work going on that did not put a smile on my face. Just talking to my baby helps so much... she's going through a bunch of stuff during her pregnancy, and she wants to cry and blow up but can hold it in... I should at least be able to keep my cool in this heat. I love her for that.

Shouts out to Old English. You might not be able to cop that in certain spots in Philly, but my Hamilton niggas have it on point. Also, I wanna shout out my Horizons Music Group crew... well, Neil Brandnew anyways. We're making moves, and hopefully I'll be intergrated a lil more into getting the word out on the always quality DnB that comes from Horizons Music, Crisis and Progress. Fingers should remain crossed. I copped a few gems from the Horizons Music Digital store over at Juno. Peep this post for more info. Aspect's "It's Yours (original unreleased mix)" for under £2? Sign me up!

You guys don't really wanna know this shit though, do you? It's Saturday night, I'm kind of tips, and it's shuffle time. You see black dude up there getting jiggy? It's time for me to jig out these news pieces... let's go.

01/Let me just get the latest will.i.am news off my chest: this fucking jigaboo is wanting people to not consider the Black Eyed Peas "hip-hop". Did we ever? Never mind that each new album is gonna feature a track produced by will (Busta's new LP, Nas and Luda and Fat Joe are rumored to be getting beats from him as well). Nevermind that they came out early with a Native Tongues-sound ("Joints and Jams" anyone)? Want to know the reasoning? Check it: "Today's hip-hop is just angry, negative music that just makes black people look bad." So basically, instead of showing the youth that Hip-Hop is not as negative as commercial radio and TV would let you believe, he would rather disassociate himself from Hip-Hop? Sounds like a corporate move, nigga! Good luck on that!

02/I don't know about you, but Stacey Dash was always one of my most favorite actresses... even though I only liked her in Clueless and Mo' Money. She is going to be featured in Playboy, and yes, the pictures are online. She's looking fly too, although a few of my homies have asked what the deal is with her nipples... I don't know, I only go to bed with wifey. Stacey is still fly though, 40 years old and kids and all. Good looking!

03/That dude Gillie Da Kid gave an interview to XXL Online. He talks a lot of shit, and at first read sounds like he's about his business. I mean, yeah he said previously that he ghostwrote for Lil' Wayne, but now he played "coach". OK so that controversy is dead -- until we know the extent of his coaching, his claims are falty. Now, this nigga bigged up how "smart" his business sense was. He talked a lot about "owning his publishing", because you all know that's how niggas get paid over the long haul. Thing is, Baby wasn't having it. Baby said "OK you want to own all your publishing, you won't be putting an album out!" What happened? Gillie ended up writing for Wayne and Baby *allegedly*, and has nothing to show from it. Good job, nigga. Way to be.

04/Ya boy Eminem is going through it. First, he gets his arm tatted up with a tatoo that his homie Proof (RIP) used to rock. Then, some dude says that Em beat his ass in the bathroom of a strip club? What guy talks to anyone while taking a piss? Dude says he starting talking to Em, and Em's body guards were like "stfu". Then he kept talking and when Em was done, he smacked dude up 4-5 times. WTF is wrong there? I don't want NO dude talking to me while I'm peeing. What's good with that? I hope Em gets exonerated... he ain't do nothing no other man would do. Beat a punk ass down. Holla.

05/Who knew that Jackie Chan drank? He was so blitzed this week that he jumped up onstage at some guys show and decided to sing? And then started to insult the crowd when they heckled him? Maybe he needs to be like Carter and get some "mooshoo"? OK, bad joke, but I can't wait for Rush Hour 3. Those movies are my shit.

06/So Britney's bootleg husband, Kevin Federline, has been shopping a deal for his "album" for a while now. This shit was SUPPOSED to drop in April, and it's now the middle of July. Word is that Jive, Brit's label, is trying to sign this dude? Have they heard him rap? I surely hope not, and they are just trying to milk this trainwreck. That dude is AWFUL!

07/It's summertime, and Slate figured it'd be dope to let you punks know what's good on the 'Summer' music tip. None of this touches Memphis Bleek's "Dear Summer", but then again, Memph doesn't even speak a word. Jay-Z must be so proud.

08/This week produced some ill interviews: Smoothe Da Hustler lets us know who he ghostwrote for and where the FUCK he's been, Drama King Kay Slay talks in depth about his Papoose situation and other bits, and Ruck & Rock (aka Heltah Skeltah) do their thing as well.

09/BET decided to cancel their "UNCUT" TV hour for good. I mean, it didn't help that that show came on when most niggas were just coming in from the club, but as noz pointed out, it was a breeding ground for talent that wouldn't normally be put on TV. Granted, that shit would need to have assess jiggling to get play, but it's still an avenue. If yer really feelin' some kind of way, sign the petition.

10/Rumor mill has been runnin' something crazy in regards to the Clipse?and the hiatus that Jive is taking on releasing Hell Hath No Fury. It used to be that niggas could sell mad units on the mixtape scene and it was promised that they'd get some industry shine. This story is much deeper, though. Apparently, Pharrell sold a beat to Foxy Brown before she went deaf. When word got out that bitch couldn't hear shit, she backed up and was like "fuck it, I'll fall back on this album thing"... letting Pharrell think he could just give the Clipse the beat Fox Boogie worked on! Now that she's back, she says she is going to put these rap niggas on it and use it. Faggot Ass P (In My Mind review coming soon) tried to bribe Jigga with beats and other favors for use of this beat on the Clipse's album, but Jigga sent the lawyers out to Jive. Heavy, right? Bidness is bidness... but let the Clipse release their LP! How will that album not do big numbers? I'm behind kris ex 100%: fuck Jive!

11/Diddy's Press Play album is due soon. He gave an interview talking about his approach and renewed thought process. He tries to sound like a DJ (he has a 5-second rule? Why did such nonsense get released on his label then?)... then he talks about one of the themes running through this LP: "One of the things I've gone through in the last couple of years is a lot of situations with relationships," he said. Is he still mourning his loss of J.Lo? Get over it, dude... or was the sex that phenomenal?

12/So what's up with Carmelo Anthony and weed charges? In the past, he got his name in lights over some ganja in his travel bag... now po-po found herb in his whip, while wasn't in it? How much do you think he paid these cops to say he wasn't in there? I know 'Melo smokes that good green... you know it too.

13/Not really a news piece, but my wife made a hilarious statement... we're watching the new DMX reality TV show on BET, and this fucker is obviously under the influence of SOMETHING! Wifey pulls out this line: "DMX gives new meaning to the term Dogs On Acid". I love her! Peep this dude rankin on X while you're at it.

14/Speaking of fun links, here's a few I figure I'd share: a fun Zidane head-butting game, as well as something entitled the "Young Hov Project". That lil dude looks JUST like Hova!

15/Fucking Johnny Depp. Who'd a thunk that this dude would go from 21 Jumpstreet to the highest grossing movie out there? Gotta love that! Now go rent Crybaby and call me in the morning.

16/As of right now, Suge Knight no longer controls Death Row. It got handed over by some judge who cleverly advised that Tha Row has been "mismanaged". It took them this long to realize that? Dude is also getting sued, again(!) by Harry O... I think they need to put out a box set of the Death Row classics (Dre, Snoop, Dogg Pound AND 2Pac?) and pay Harry O those proceeds. End of.

17/Luda has that track "War With God" out there, but he swears he's not going at anyone but... himself? Anyways, he also revealed that the "leaked" version only has 2 verses... I imagine he added a 3rd after the reception to the first 2 verses. On another note, why does the industry get so heated over illegal dloads, but then let's their tracks get leaked all over your Internets with no problem? Shady tactics.

18/Gotta love the power of the blog. This dude FINALLY got his house, after starting out with one red paper clip... gotta love it.

19/Biggie's family is back, asking for some additions to the court case... looks like they are trying to get the LAPD into deeper trouble, saying that not only were shady cops at the museum the night BIG got got, but that they stayed invovled with americam rap stars. It's just getting deeper...

20/Here's a few random bits before I hit the sack... The Sopranos is further delayed due to an injury suffered by James Gandolfini (aka Tony Soprano)... a British banker who worked with the cracks over at Enron got got this week; shady dealings, no? ... Sony also pulled the "racist" ads for the new white version of the PSP... I don't see racism there, but to each his own.

OK crew, that's all I got. Aside from a sack full of sleep. I'm going to let you guys devour this and hit me up with your thoughts. Enjoy the rest of ya weekend...

Friday, July 14th 2006 playlist

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What a fucking week. I've been hella tired, working kind of crazy due to people being out, which is cool, but its when other fuckers act like they don't know that I am not sitting at my desk all day... bothers me. Anyways, been a good week musically... some nice shit out there. Beats wise, anyways... some of these MCs need to pick up a pad, pen and get back to studying...

Various:

01/Lupe Fiasco "I Gotcha" [that beat is the bidness, Neptunes whattup... I don't feel Lupe on the mic though. sry.]
02/Oh No ft. Buckshot "Get Yours" [off his brand new album... check that shit out.]
03/Skream "0800" [off his skreamizm 2 release. great dubstep lick.]
04/L.I.S. "The Key" [exit special edition 10". fucking SICK tune. one of the most beautifullest dnb tracks this year, hands down.]
05/Danny Byrd "Doghill" [hospital release... even though it sounds like Q Project's "Greatest Thing", I dig it.]
06/K. Tee "Hypnotise" [shogun audio... K.Tee back with a vengance.]
07/Aquasky "Dezires (Marky & Bungle Remix)" [bingo... been waiting for this one.]
08/Tanya Morgan "Tanya Morgan Is A Rap Group" [dload it for free.]
09/The Roots "Clock With No Hands" [dload from spine magazine... from their forthcoming lp.]
10/The Roots "In The Music" [again, dload from spine magazine... again, from their forthcoming lp.]

Word. I'm out of it. Be easy my people... DJ Krust interview coming SOON!

[rock the dub Interview]: Che Grand

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Being a seeker of fine, new music, I take pride in finding that "new shit", whether it's Hip-Hop or DnB or a hip new Rock act. It's not everyday that the new shit finds YOU... I still don't know how Che Grand found me, but I am glad he did! His Official Bootleg Import EP is how I got introduced, and now I have an EP that I will not put down. Ranging topics from the daily 9-5 grind to subway pimpin' to straight bugged out lyrics and grown man issues, the many sides of Che all point to one direction: real talk. Most dudes these days will big up that "keep it real", but need to do what Pos said and "keep it right". We catch Che on the cusp of the release of his debut album, Everything's Good Ugly, and we get undiluted commentary on the life of a traveling Hip-Hop head. Not too many Black guys can see the joy in Stereolab AND Madlib like Che (or I) can, nor can they honestly say that they just want to rap. Peep the true vigilante...

khal: For those out there that do not know about Che Grand, can you tell the people a little about yourself? Where are you from, how did you get into rhyming, what do you hope to achieve, etc.?

Che Grand: I consider myself to be from damn near everywhere! But according to my passport and newly sent green card I was born in London, England. I'd like to give a special shout out to the INS on the 11 year wait for my papers, they did a great job. Anyway shortly after my birth my parents took me to a place called Milton Keynes. We lived there till I was about 12 then we packed up everything to migrate to the U.S. Music has always been around. With all the moving and constant changes that took place in my life it was tough to focus on keeping friends. I made music my best friend and from that union I started practicing the art of rhyme. There's a lot I hope to accomplish, but the biggest thing I want to achieve right now is making my friend music look (and sound) better.

khal: Hearing your Official Bootleg Import EP, one can't help but hear the hunger in your voice. What keeps you so on point?

Che Grand: Knowing that I can always do better keeps me on point. A lot of artists will tell you that they are their own worst critic and it's no different with me. Even listening to the EP, I appreciate the love greatly when random folk hit me up to say you killed (insert track name here), that's my sh*t! but meanwhile in my head I'm thinking to myself it's alright, but wait till I do these new joints. So I'm only on point because in my mind I'm never fully on point.

khal: Checking your
MySpace page and hearing your "Import Intro" track, you seem to be very up on not just the Internet but your international audience as well. Have you toured around the world? How big is your fan base in terms of countries and nations?

Che Grand: MySpace is the world now, Tom is your Ruler, your King, President and everything! I have to give thanks though, through that site I've managed to attract quite a few fans from other countries. To tell the truth "Import Intro" was 80% concept and 20% real sh*t. For example, the Arabian cat was a joke (although they might be diggin my stuff out there, who knows) but my homegirl from Australia she was the real deal. It still blows my mind everyday to know that my next door neighbors might be playing my music so to actually know that I've got some spins overseas is the craziest feeling! Acquiring an international fan base is very important to me because I find those people to have an honest appreciation for music. It's a shame but right now in the U.S a person is more likely to rock your song because you had a specific video girl eating some ice cream in your video. I think other places in the world tend to care about the actual quality of the material. I won't front, I love a nice video jawn like the next one, but it really should be about the music. There isn't a world tour poppin' yet but I can't wait till that starts. Even though my accent is long gone I can't wait to get back to England. I love the whole
Grime culture that's going on over there right now.

khal: Your bio mentions you being banned from Sam Goody for your "5-finger discount", and you mention the infamous Soulseek on your "Gold Chains" track. How do you feel mp3 downloading has affected the Hip-Hop industry? With so many majors weighing in, do you feel there are any positives to downloading?

Che Grand: Downloading has become a real sensitive subject for a lot of folk. I wish it was around when I was younger; I would've never got myself banned from my fave spot in the mall. It has made things tough but at the same time it's made things easier. Mom used to say what's good for the goose is also good for the gander, if I do it how can I be mad at someone else for doing the same. An artist, especially if they're new, needs some sort of buzz. The 15 year old music lover living in low income housing with no job and no allowance can't always afford that new album but believe it or not he's a major tastemaker. It's because this poor kid likes my stuff and rocks my mp3's that the rich kid wanting to front like he's living the same life buys 3 copies. I need that buzz, so whatever it takes, just get the music out there.

khal: The game these days is full of a lot of different people who seem to embody the same character (the drug dealer, the pimp, the supreme lyrical genius, etc). How does Che Grand stand out?

Che Grand: I want to rap, that's all. If I wanted to sell crack I'd do that but that's never really been me. When I make music I do it with a sense of pride in who I am and what I go thru to make it, the ups and downs. I'm not afraid to show you I'm human, just a human.

khal: I noticed you speak a lot about different facets of your life, whether trying to feed your seeds or the daily grind you speak on tracks like "Work Flow". How do these experiences shape your craft? Do you find it hard to balance both?

Che Grand: The daily grind and the creative side clash a lot. It's not as hard to balance as the family life though. I just had a daughter and I love to be around her and her mother so I kinda feel bad when they can't have my attention because I'm working on music, writing or recording, I almost feel selfish at times. The job sh*t is nothing, if anything it makes me stronger, gives me more hunger. With each new 9-5 office job I get hired to, I always say to myself "this is the last one". I go in with the mind set of knowing one day I might leave and never come back. I'll never be happy at a desk all day.

khal: I'm always interested in how the environments we live in shape our creativity. I notice you've gone from London to the US, and in a few different states in the US. How do you feel these geographical changes have helped you progress? Do you think one spot has helped you mature more than any other?

Che Grand: One thing I always take pride in is the fact that I've been to so many places in my 24 years living. I hear people say all the time how they've never been out of their state and I feel sorry for them because there's so much out here in the world. I take something away from everywhere I go and it comes out in my work. Even if it's something as small a some slang from a certain spot, if I like it I'll find a way to use it, the dope thing about that is the kids living there that hear it will know I've been thru their city and it makes the lyrics a little more personal for them. The two places that have really helped shape me is Virginia and currently New York. One place taught me about community and helped me form a few friendships I'll have for life, the other is teaching me about struggle and pushing to get ahead.

khal: You've also been featured on BET's "Freestyle Friday" on 106 & Park. Do you feel as though freestyling is a lost art? When you freestyle, do you come straight off the dome or do you spit wshettens?

Che Grand: Wow! You took it back with that 106 sh*t! Hip-Hop isn't dead and freestyling isn't a lost art at all. I do it everyday in the shower and other random places I can find. I'm definitely more of a writer though, I don't believe in cats trying to get by solely off of freestyle raps, songs need structure. When I freestyle most of the time it doesn't even make sense, but I'll try to take the hottest lines I can remember and write them down later. The word Freestyle has varied definitions for a lot of people. For instance a dude might jot down a couple of lines real fast while hes eating his Cheerios in the morning, go to a battle later that night and spit those lines, mind you this is his first time saying the rhyme anywhere ever, it's not on any previous recording or anything. Some might say that's a freestyle, others might say it's written. I don't really care just don't be corny or I'll be that dude booing.

khal: With the work you've already put down, when do you think you will hang it up? How much success is too much success, or do you want to just stack bread until you can't stack any more?

Che Grand: 5 full length albums and I'm on to greener pastures. Conceptus Opus will be the Che Grand finale. I don't want to be that old annoying rapper that doesn't know when to shut up.

khal: What's going on with you in the future? Your MySpace page has a countdown to your forthcoming Everything's Good Ugly album. Can you let us know what's going on with that project?

Che Grand: Everything's Good Ugly will be my official debut album, I want to clear up any confusion fans of my work may have by stating that Conceptus Opus is going to drop just not yet. This project is going to be a continuation of the EP musically and I hope to take the listener a lot further into my good ugly world. 60+ minutes with my highs & lows, family, traveling,
Grey Goose drinking, misogynistic rapper with a lady viewing mentality.

khal: Once your album drops, do you plan on a big tour? Where can people go to get to know you better/deeper?

Che Grand: Right now the best way to get to know me is thru listening to my work. Get the album when it drops, the EP on iTunes, the mixtapes and just sit down with me, hear what's going on in my life and how I'm handling certain issues with my music so when I do get to your city we'll have something to talk about.

khal: Who are you currently rocking to for inspiration? Are you a strictly Hip-Hop kind of guy, or do your tastes run deeper than that?

Che Grand: I listen to a little bit of everything. I love Hip-Hop. Right now would be a good time to bad mouth the art I'm part of but I won't. I'll say that in terms of Hip-Hop as of right now I definitely rock my team Lessondary, I'm digging Lupe Fiasco, Lil Wayne, Clipse (VA!!!), Dilla forever! And all the Hip-Hop greats. I'm really a Funk type of guy; I like a lot of late 70's and 80's funk. Last week I was on another Parliament binge. For Jazz I'm on Thelonius Monk. I keep some old Loose Ends with me; Caron Wheeler's voice is so soulful. Donny Hathaway is good for the heart. I love Stereolab! Broken Social Scene is some good stuff. Madlib is damn near a god and if you've never heard of Benny Sings you should check him out. So yeah I rock everything...

khal: You're down with
Loud Minority, who also recently put out the critically acclaimed Tanya Morgan album. What advantages do you get off of being on a label like Loud Minority?

Che Grand: Everyone down with and/or associated with the label is great. I'm there because I know that the people supporting the project are treating it as if it's their own album and you really can't top that kind of love. It's an indie label so we do it all on our own, making the rewards feel that much better in the end.

khal: Where is Che Grand going to be in the next 5 years?

Che Grand: With God's grace I'll be healthy, possibly working on the third or fourth offering and working my way to that farewell show at some stadium they hold NBA championships at.

khal: Do you have any shootouts or words of wisdom you would like to drop on the masses?

Che Grand: Why be a human being when you can be a human doing. Everything's Good Ugly coming soon, thanks for checking me out in advance. Lessondary never secondary. Mid H and I'm gone.

For more information on Che Grand, peep his
MySpace page, and check out his bio over at Loud Minority. Also, peep EGU TV, Pt. 1. Loud Minority also made Che Grand's Final Countdown mixtape available FOR FREE here.

the shuffle. [7/8/06]

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What a day. Shit, WHAT A WEEK! I mean, I complain about having to work on July 3rd, after getting kind of tipsy on Sunday blah blah blah... but that Wednesday shit, that took the cake. I made it, though. And a big chunk of my job will be done Monday. Shouts out to my TAB Group niggas.

Crazy week for news, as well. Loads of shuffle shit goings on. First, though, I just wanted to get a few shouts out of the way. Topping things off, I wanna shout out White Mike over at Darkland Recordings for letting me get my write on. Shouts out to NY, I love you for that one. I also want to shout out the child birth teaching nurses over at Robert Wood. I'm not sure that 8 hours was worth the $$, but we got (and gave) some hot info, and I appreciate it, even if that nurse Amy was all "those fruit loops played Rap music during labor". I mean, different strokes for different niggas...

ANYWAYS, onto this Saturday Night shuffle thing...

01/I'm torn with this Chappelle's Show: The Lost Episodes shit. I mean, I figured the shit was going to be dope, right? Then I check out this article, which is all on some "these episodes suck"... I mean, did Dave leave because that $50 Mil got to be too much for him, or did he bounce because his product was shitty? If so, I feel bad... I supported Dave (you'd get a link to my support, but The Flow is out of service for some ridiculous reason). I hope he didn't sell himself short. I mean, the shows come on tomorrow night @ 9PM. If they are wack, I'll let you flock know.

02/So you thought Buckshot & 9th's Chemistry disc was fire, even though 9th stays with the same fucking beats all the time? Well, those 2 cats are going in for round 2. I guess The Formula will stick to that same thing... for good or ill. Buck is always on point, and when 9th uploads him a hot fruity loop, it's on. I just want more Sean Price and less Phonte.

03/Yo... did you guys hear about Bobby Brown being a true nigga? Apparently, there was a big Essence Festival that went down... all of Black Hollywood must have been there, and this big New Edition Reunion went down... well, not surprisingly, Bobby Brown had his own set... and went OFF! What did they expect? Did they not know that Bobby was an addict? That's like me getting surprised about T.O. not getting along with his current management.

04/How was your July 4th? Were you supporting the troops? Declaring your love for your great country? How do you feel about the fucking bin Laden Unit being disbanded over our nation's holiday? Yeah, this story got NO play, for obvious reasons... Ibn Laden was the fucking reason we decided to blow shit up, and all of the sudden we have bigger priorities? Something ain't right...

05/Ken Lay died. The question is... will this corrupt, embezzling bastard reappear in the future on some "gotcha, bitches!" type shit...

06/The NBA has been playing musical chairs ever since the big Draft. I'm really intrigued as to who will try and acquire Allen Iverson, though.

07/This nigga Tyrese, oh I'm sorry... "Black-Ty", is really out there sucking dicks to get his "rap" project some clout. With niggas like Method Man and Snoop Dogg co-signing his abilites, I guess I must go cop his joint, right? Yeah... give Meth some strong enough weed and he will blabber on about anything. And Snoop? Isn't that nigga selling Cadillacs for a living?

08/First off, how come no one told me Jose Canseco was trying to play baseball again? And how does ANYONE have the balls to try and get traded after one game?

09/Didn't Michael Jackson hate Eminem? Why is he trying to get Em to work with him on his new album? Why does MJ have a new album coming anyways... shouldn't he be defending his own ass from lockdown -- again!??!

10/Yo I hadn't heard the name Jellybean Benitez in fucking YEARS! Who knew that he owned Big Pun's recordings... and didn't think about putting an album out until recently? Ya boy eskay is right though --- let DJ Green Lantern work some magic over those lyrics.

11/Did you guys know that Gil Scott Heron had HIV? And who knew he was in rehab... well, he skipped rehab and this week got some time for it. I guess there's 1 revolution that won't be televised... come on! You knew that was coming!

12/For all the music nerds like myself, peep this week's SoundScan... check the lack of Rap/Hip-Hop in the top10... then check how little Mobb Deep moved... PS Nappy I owe you that sixer... Cam ain't even gone half way to gold!

13/The Internet has been going nuts this week over the news that Stacey Dash is going to be in Playboy very soon. You can't hate on that.

14/My sister-in-law first hit me with this story, so I thought it was bullshit, but it's on your Internets, so it must be true: males with a lot of older brothers are more likely to become gay... apparently. I'll play Captain Obvious for 1 question... what about gay guys with NO brothers? How do they become gay?

15/Shouts out to Ice T. I love how he has the stones to go on Hot97 and profess his love for his white wife. I mean, my wife is white, and I love her. I hate black females who have to hate on the fact that I married a white woman. It reminds me of the Richard Pryor joke... "Never divorce a white woman in California" is how I think it started... and with the reaction some black females in the audience made, Rich then replys, in a mock black lady voice, "you should never marry a white woman... fuck your feelings", or something of that nature.

16/Being Black in LA must be a trip... I have no words other than why the fuck is this not a bigger piece of the regular news?

17/I love how Justin Timberlake is dropping a new album this year. I just don't know how I feel about "SexyBack", his lead single... I mean, I loved his last album... but this just doesn't move me. We'll see. I've listened to it all of one time...

18/I spent some time back in April dissecting the Suge Knight/Death Row woes briefly, and this nigga happens to come back into the limelight now... I say he just puts out one last Death Row Greatest Hits box set and just pays off the druglords who funded Death Row.

This week was all over the place, eh? Shouts to London, wanna send my blessings and well wishes to all the families mourning 7/7/06... until next week, keep it grimey.