Saturday, July 29, 2006

the shuffle. [7/29/06]

Getting a late start on this one... been one of those lazy days for me. Just been in a weird mood... 6 weeks left until my son is born, this heat is getting to me, no alcohol... which reminds me, I wanna send a big fuck you to Sovereign Bank... they need to get on their game and send me this paperwork so I can get my money. Shady bastards.

I wanna send a shout to my boy
Pr0gress... been a minute since I spoke with him, and he's been on his grizzly making some nice DnB... I'm sending out a few of his bits so if you are a DJ or run a label looking for new talent, holla at the kid. There's also this mix that he's done... I always knew he was a monster on the decks, and he's kept it going. Download here...

Oh and to that
Gutierrez/Clottey fight that was on HBO tonight... sucking @ boxing does NOT mean that you have to throw crazy lowblows... that's just uncalled for.

It's been a weird week... some crazy news is out there. Let's get to it.

01/What's really good with Mel Gibson? He's out there
getting DUIs and shit, cussing the Jews... well he actually admitted that he has a drinking problem, so that's the 1st step. Maybe it's all of those wacked out flicks he's making that drive him to drink...

02/There was a bit of LOST news out there, as ABC
announced it's Fall schedule. Season 3 will start on October 4th (a week before my b-day!), and let the world know officially that the season will be broken into 2 parts: there will be like 6 episodes starting October 4th, then there will be a 3 month pause during the beginning of 2007. The season will then have a gang of episodes (no reruns!) until the beginning of the Summer. People will cry/bitch/moan/whatever, but I rather that then weeks of reruns. During that off time, ABC is planning on showing some new TV show starring Taye Diggs, and it is supposed to be like Memento and Groundhog's Day... good luck, nigga!

03/Have you guys seen
this commercial for HeadOn ("apply directly to the forehead")? My wife and kids HATE that commercial, but it's actually good marketing... sort of. Let Slate explain it to you, they are better than I.

04/Philly basketball fans, rejoice: Allen Iverson
will not be leaving, at least not this season. I was already telling people that there was no way Iverson was gone --- he's worth too much to the 76ers organization financially, putting those asses in the seats! Also, there would need to be a big offer on the table to get Iverson out of Philly, and I don't think most teams are prepared to shift their whole team... except for Denver, and they wouldn't give up 'Melo. Carmelo did get picked for the Team USA squad. Peep the entire roster here. PS: word to Charles Barkley, good luck on your campaign for governor!

05/Ken Jennings, aka neph who won like $2.5 Million playing Jeopardy!, got
accussed of "bashing" host Alex Trebeck and the TV show where he won his loot. I guess a lot of people didn't read the actual post, which read like a letter to Jeopardy, asking for a bit of an updated style... was he wrong? I don't think so; this show hasn't changed a blip in the 20+ years I've watched it. Fix up, Trebeck.

06/I spoke on this "Zune" that Microsoft plans to have out soon, and then happened upon
this article, which was something I never thought about initially: iRiver, Creative, and these other companies are gonna lose out. They had tried to bridge the gap and incorporate Microsoft's technology into their players, but now they might get thrown to the wayside. And with Microsoft planning on spending crazy loot on the Zune, we can only hope that this is a wise decision... we'll see when Christmas comes around.

07/Why they are even trying, I don't know, but MTV is coming up with a site that is said to rival
MySpace. Why? Who knows... Friendster couldn't do it. is said to launch in August, and will incorporate mobile phones and other things into it. Why bother?

08/Scarlett Johanssen, who seems to get
flyer every flick she's in, is set to have her own clothing line in conjunction with Reebok. They seem to be giving anyone a deal... Jigga... Daddy Yankee... whattup with that? I need a "rock the dub" line of sneakers. Someone let me know how to do that.

09/Lionel Richie is said to be
upset with Nicole Richie's weight loss. Well dammit, so am I. I used to think she was fly during the first season of The Simple Life... the lil pudginess was cute. Her attitude stunk, but she was fly. When the 2nd season came around, and she shed that rehab weight, she got even better, but then the idiot turned into skin-n-bones, which is far from attractive. You'd think she'd want to not look like a dope fiend anymore... to each his own, I guess.

10/The Nine Trey Bloods
got hit hard by the state and federal police in NJ this week, which is also being called the largest roundup in state history. The first bust netted something like 65 heads? They called these niggas a "super gang", and for the amount of shit these guys were into, I can see why. Racketeering, money laundering, drug dealing. These guys were HEAVY! Hopefully this will ease the drama up on the streets, for a little bit anyways.

11/I hate Cingular Wireless. They barked at me this week on some "your GoPhone service is out of here, get a new plan or be cut off by September 30th". Not feeling that @ all. If I had the loot to stay on a monthly plan, I'd probably grab one of the
2 new Razr phones out there. The 1t one is the Krzr, is narrower than the Razr, has a camera and the Bluetooth hookup as well. The Rizr is a slider... but neither are in stores. So save your chips for the next craze. Oh joy. I'll stick with the Virgin Mobile Oystr jawn... say word.

12/OK so I thought I wouldn't speak on this, but fuck it, it's news --- not really, but so what. Lance Bass
came out of the closet this week. Most people thought Timberlake was the gay one, or the old fucker Chris, but it was Lance. I really don't care, but I think the amount of publicity this is getting is insane for a dude who really didn't do shit from jump.

13/New Rap album news! To start things off, The Game proclaimed that his long awaited sophmore album, The Doctor's Advocate, is
set to drop this November. He plans on having Nas, Mary J. Blige, as well as punk ass Cool and Dre doing a bunch of beats to this album. Game also let slip a teaser, "One Blood", which shows him atop his game. XXL's YN broke this track down for you lames, and it is a hot lil piece to be honest with you... also this week, the Clipse gave us what we wanted to hear: Hell Hath No Fury has a Halloween drop date. No doubt. They apparently scrapped a bunch of tracks in favor of a load of new heat. Hopefully, some of those scrapped gems will make it to the mixtape circuit (fingers crossed!)... it's still Fuck Jive, but what can you do? ... It's been a long time coming, but M.O.P.'s long awaited next album should be coming soon, for good or ill. Kind of. This is the album that was SUPPOSED to drop on the Roc when they signed to them. It's coming out on Coppertop(??) Records, and has a gang of joints that have seen the light of day already, mixtape side or otherwise. Sucks for them. They need to do their own thing --- I am still thinking G-Unit is not a good look for them. Stones Throw and Adult Swim have finally named the compilation they put together; Chrome Children is a showcase of the talent on that roster, from Roc C to Oh No to Madlib to Madvillian to Jaylib to MED and Percee P and many others... check out that listing! On a final Hip-Hop LP note, Fat Joe has split with Atlantic... sort of. I had no idea his All Or Nothing album was put out on his Terror Squad label, well actually Terror Squad/Atlantic. Now, he is putting out the next LP, Me, Myself & I, out solely on Terror Squad. Who's distro'ing that badboy? Supposed to be his best thing out, too. Time will tell... fucking crack-a-matician.

14/THIS JUST IN: Roy Jones Jr. has
won a new belt. Fighting for the first time since he bounced from the ring 10 months ago, it sounds like he fought a real bum; dude only won the 1st round? What? No competition, eh? Go fight Tarver and get stole on, nigga. Or take your bruised ego back to the chicken coop. Fight a real dude, Roy! I dare you!

15/Andrea Yates, the mother who drowned her 5 boys back in 2001, was retried and found
not guilty by reason of insanity. I feel for her, b/c she was going through some serious depression... the doctor even said after the 4th "don't have a kid". Why they decided to have that last son, who knows, but I tell you what: if this lady ever gets sent back into society, tie her tubes. Tie her tubes, remove her uterus... fuck it, sew her coochie closed. She doesn't seem to be a threat to anyone but the children she brings into this world, so stop her from having babies.

16/Some non-album Hip-Hop news; XXL provided an
excerpt of the 50 Cent interview forthcoming in their next issue. My only gripe with 50's comments is the hypocrisy. He will make comments like this: "None of it should be out there. It’s all illegal activity. Everything that you mention when you talk to these niggas, they can’t make reference to nothing but breaking the fuckin’ law. That’s it. We talking about career criminals", then go right back around with shit like how he was going to murk Ja on a motorcycle. Why do that? For someone as vocal as he has been on past experiences he's had, why downtalk another nigga on what he says? ... Oh and word to DJ Envy, you should strap up now: Star's charges are set to be dropped in 6 months. So for all the shit he talked about your wife and daughter, get at him. Yes, I'm instigating like M.O.P., I can't help it. I have kids, and if some other nigga spoke about my family the way Star did, fuck that, ratchets out!

17/On a final note, you gotta love it when great minds think alike:
Oh Word and Dallas Penn have teamed up to give you guys a PSA of sorts on a pressing issue: working one over on the fast food devils. I will say no more but give you this video on the Ghetto Big Mac:

You can't hate on that. I hope you guys enjoyed this edition... let's hope next week's is as fruitful. Have a good'n!

Friday, July 28, 2006

Friday, July 28th 2006 playlist

There going to be no real top 10 this week. I have been stuck on new shit, but listening to the same shit. Like I would rock to the Clipse We Got It 4 Cheap mixtapes, or my promo of the Logistics LP forthcoming in September. Or a gang of mixes... so I figured I'd shout out some DnB mixes that have come out this week on DOA... holla.

DJ XO has made an mp3 of his weekly show on
Bassdrive... check this thread for playlist and download link.

DJ Motive (who I
recently interviewed), dropped a dope looking "Pirate Radio" mix on the masses today. Nice jpeg files for your burning pleasure as well.

Dabbler, who just let his dope "
Hard Times" be available for FREE, drops a "Welcome To Vanrock" mix on your head as well. That tracklist is not to be fucked with!

One of Breakbeat Kaos'
latest signees, High Rankin, comes correct with a 20 min mix of his darker side.

:phew: Lotta mixes, no? Shouts to esb and the Union for their kick ass show today. I only heard a half hour, but it rocked. Nice up for dropping that Seba tune for me.

I also want to say that you guys are going to love that Logistics LP... def. wait for the 2xCD to drop. Some true gems on that bad boy!

To end this, I first want to give a shout to my boy Che Grand... peep his labelmates' Tanya Morgan, and their video "We Be" below:


Thursday, July 27, 2006

thursday check up

currently on Winamp: Logistics "The Divide" [hospital]

You gotta love good DnB.

I'm really just posting this to let you guys who read this regularly that ya boy is still around. Been a busy couple of weeks.

I'm home today giving my wife some support, then have to run out later on, so yeah, I'm stacked. About 6 and 1/2 weeks left until Jayden's birth... I'm pumped and cannot wait for him to be here. I spent a good part of this morning washing his clothes and sheets, getting his wears ready for wear. It's crazy... I'm going to have a lil boy running around here come October. How ill is that?!

I have a few things coming in the near future... working on putting the finishing touches to this article for Oh Word, more on that next week (fingers crossed!); I also have a review of Logistics' debut album, Now More Than Ever... more on that next week as well. I also have an interview with Wise Intelligent that will more than likely be posted up on rock the dub, but it might have another home? We'll see... I'll keep you guys posted.

Is there anyone you guys think would be dope to interview? Or any ideas you think I should tackle? Send your thoughts here; I'll field any ideas you got.

Keep it locked, and peep this video, for ish and giggles:

Monday, July 24, 2006

[rock the dub Interview]: DJ Krust

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.

Sunday, July 23, 2006

Little Johnny

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?