Saturday, July 08, 2006

the shuffle. [7/8/06]

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.

Friday, July 07, 2006

Friday, July 7th 2006 playlist

Rough week. Having to get drunk Sunday, work Monday, then get drunk on Tuesday to come back and work Wed-Fri... too much, much too much. Only thing kept me awake aside from the thoughts of my unborn was beats. Lots of them. On the mixes tip, John Rolodex has come out of hiding and put out his Fuck The System vol. 2... just released today. Peep it, nasty nasty bidness. And yes, he does look like a mix between Bubba Sparxxx and Haystak. In any case, onto the playlist...

Odds and Ends:

01/Alix Perez & Specific "Just Memories" [horizons music]
02/Gremlinz "The Thorn" [renegade hardware]
03/The Fix "Nostradamus" [13 music]
04/DJ Krust "Bad Intentions" [full cycle]
05/Ed Rush, DJ Trace & Nico "M.D.M." [no u-turn]
06/Outkast "The Mighty O" [?? -- first Outkast track I've dug in ages]
07/Tha Dogg Pound "Heavyweights" [doggystyle/koch]
08/Pharoahe Monch "Book Of Judges" [getting up ost]
09/J Dilla ft. Common & D'Angelo "So Far To Go" [bbe]
10/Clipse ft. Pharrell "Mr. Me Too [jive??]

Word. Reviews coming soon... if I get the stones to do some stuff tonight. Not really in the mood... soon come. Enjoy the weekend!

Tuesday, July 04, 2006

America The Ugly

Figured, to keep with this non-July 4th air that's going on, I'd flex some of these ideas in a musical mp3 meltdown...

[note: these files (except for #6) have all been uploaded to yousendit this morning... they are there for 7 days or 100 downloads, whichever comes first... if/when these files die, they will NOT be reuploaded. if you are an artist who created one of these tracks and want them to be taken down, let me know. they will be taken down ASAP.]

#1: Pharoahe Monch "Book Of Judges", taken from the Marc Ecko's Getting Up: Contents Under Pressure Soundtrack. Monch rocking his style with a big rock-background underneath.

#2: DJ Shadow "Donald The Merciless", from a special 7" that came out last year (part 2 of Shadow's "GOP Rogue's Gallery" series), with an ill Donald Rumsfeld picture disc. Just peep it... he's got Cage on the mic on this one, too [shouts to Krylon Don from Zilla's Island for that ID].

#3: J. Rawls "America Fufill Your Promise"; instrumental selection from one of the underground's more slept on producers. Taken from his 2003 longplayer, Histories Greatest Battles Campaigns and Topics, which touches on a plethora of issues. Good listen.

#4: Jay Dee "Fuck The Police", from the 2001 vinyl single of the same name. Yes this is the illest shit you will hear today. Yes, I still mourn Dilla. Yes, this is the perfect music for late night July 4th debauchery.

#5: Here is an interview with Saul Williams that showed up on Sway and King Tech's "Wake Up Show" out in Cali. Interesting topics brought up.

#6: Jel ft. Wise Intelligent "WMD", taken from his Soft Money album. Wise, from Poor Righteous Teachers, goes very hard on this one. Jel provides the proper boom bap to compliment.

That's all for now. Download, experience, and think about what really went down during the building of this great nation of ours. Be EZ!

Monday, July 03, 2006

food for thought, july 4th edition

Yes, this is one of those "anti-America" July 4th posts... fuck it though, the boy noz did his thing on his XXL column. Ill collection of well-placed songs... peep game. I don't want to jack his idea, just wanted to glorifiy some anti-establishment, anti-government, anti-everything shit.

#1: Company Flow "End To End Burners"

#2: Malcolm X speaking on race...

#3: Crips & Bloods History

#4: Mos Def "Katrina Klap"

#5: Public Enemy "By The Time I Get To Arizona"

#6: True Americans...

#7: Freedom of speech...

#8: DJ Krust ft. Saul Williams "Coded Language"

#9: Suheir Hammad from Def Poetry Jam

#10: Chappelle's Black Bush

#11: A Nigga Moment

#12: Richard Pryor in his glory


13 vids for the 13 states... enjoy your 4th!

Welcome home, Kim!

As you may have seen on your morning news, Lil' Kim got released from prison early today. The reasoning behind her being locked up was retarded, but what can you do. In any case, a celebration is due. Peep the YouTube finds...

#1: Lil' Kim "Lighters Up" video

#2: Mobb Deep ft. Lil' Kim "Quiet Storm (Remix)" video

#3: Lil' Kim ft. Lil' Cease "Crush On You" video (personal favorite)

Much love, Kim. Do your thing.