Archive for 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006

The Good, The Def, and the SuFi

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Yesterday was a geeky labor day for me... for those who don't have digital cable or HBO On Demand, you probably don't care, but HBO has been my favorite channel since I was a shorty, so getting the jump on the new shows is always a plus for me. Yesterday, not only did the new episode of The Wire premiere On Demand (more on that in the near future), but the newest season of Def Comedy Jam, hosted by Mike Epps, also premiered On Demand. I was excited... but then I watched it.

You see, HBO was a haven for bright, young comedians. Some of my favorite specials have ranged from Robert Townsend providing both sketch comedy and stand-up to seeing Whoopi on stage doing her characters to Sinbad being his G-rated self to George Carlin being George Carlin... there have been many highlights, and lately, many lowlights. Def Comedy Jam started out as one of the bright lights...

Hosted by Martin Lawrence, it was a raw, edgey spot for Black comedians to really let loose and not worry about having to restrict or censor themselves on national TV. Loads of stars (D.L. Hughley, Bernie Mac, Cedric The Entertainer, Sommore, Adele Givens, Dave Chappelle, Chris Tucker, Joe Torry, Bill Bellamy, the list goes on) got their first national exposure on that very show. The thing is, with the vulgar nature of some of the C-list comedians, the show began to morph into a caricature of itself, where most of the later episodes were stale mimicry of tired jokes. It was no suprise when it got canceled in the late 90's. Yet, for some reason, HBO felt the need to bring this shit back...

Hosted by "DayDay" Mike Epps, who himself is great at impersonations but kind of juvenile with his original jokes, it does not stray too far from the original setup. The episode they have on there features Tony Rock (Chris' brother), Sommore and some gray suit wearing ass nigga named Capone. Tony Rock tried to be everyone but himself... he dressed like any random hip-hop comedian, told jokes like any random hip-hop comedian, but tried to bridge the gap by adding some political shit in there (immigrants, gay rights, etc), but instead of playing the smart role and injecting real issue into it, he diverted to tacos and dicks, which brought laughs from the audiene, but made his routine weak. Sommore was her usual golddigger self, playing that role to a "T", but the outfit she had on (odd green top sans bra) made me wish they could blur out her saggy chest. I got love for her, she is a Trenton native, but the look just took my mind off the jokes. Capone was a yelling ass suit wearing ass nigga, but his jokes about sex were actually true... it was the delivery that got me. Everything had to be yelled and mean mugged instead of being as suave as his on stage persona (Shaq hat included) would have set him to be. Mike Epps told some remedial jokes, which was normal, and kind of ran out on stage to intro each comedian like a 4 year old running to tell Mom & 'em that John-John was down the street getting into something. Odd all around --- maybe Russell knows what he's doing, but this episode does not really stand up to even the worst shit sandwiches that were lapped up in the original runs' day.

Now on to Dane Cook, who's Tourgasm was the first of his multi-project deal with HBO. The first of (possibly) many specials for HBO, Vicious Circle, premiered last night, and it was a mix of yelling and tangents. New ways to say things and saying the same old shit over again. Dane's kind of comedy is appealing for a few different reasons: he appeals to a very large white college kid crowd, I guess for his stories of one night stands and drunken escapades. He talks about everyday shit, and makes you realize that "hey, I've done that too!", which can be kind of neat, at times. I personally like the way he enunciates and pronounces words, it always keeps you guessing... even if it can be overkill. He does tend to go off the deep end with never-ending jokes, beating the shit out of you with joke fi joke fi joke fi joke, to the point where I think he seriously forgets where he started off. It's comedy for the MTV generation, even to the quick ass cuts and no-attention-span feel of some of his pieces. His storytelling is phenomenal, the way he can pick up on the most minute detail and focus your attention on that piece. That can sometimes outweigh the bad. I think my favorite parts of his Retaliation CD were those bits, the 10-15 minute stories he would tell. I did NOT appreciate him ending his set with fucking DJ Diddles, while funny as shit the first time you hear it, is (at least) a year old... and it's on your fucking CD! I mean, the fans out there already know this bit inside and out. Why subject them to that old material again? I was pissed at Tourgasm for the same thing... I don't think I heard more than one instance where Dane told new jokes. Get with it; this is not TV, this is HBO. The people will scrutinize (and tire) of your old material. Was it that hard to fill the 1hr 45min time slot? And don't think I didn't catch that "black people at the movies" remark you made,doggy... I didn't think you rolled that way, but your true colors have been shown.

In any case, maybe HBO Comedy is going to get better... Katt Williams, aka "Money Mike" and neph from Wild'n Out, has a new special airing this month. Roseanne Barr has one, too, but who gives a shit. We'll see...

"How To Speak 'Hip'" (Aug. 2006 Mix)

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Here's a mix I did for my boy Akzel's "The Unexpected" webradio show down in Brazil. He wanted some proper Hip-Hop, so I gave it to him. It's not mixed, persay, but thrown into a nice stew via Acid, with some classic '50s hipster lingo record jammed throughout. Peep the tracklisting:


khal - How To Speak ‘Hip’ (August 2006)

01/”Basic Hip” Intro
02/Das EFX “Microphone Master (Dome Cracker Remix Instrumental)”
03/”Vocabulary Building”
04/Jay Dee “Fuck The Police”
05/L.E.G.A.C.Y. “Crouching Writer”
06/”The Hang Up”
07/The Alchemist ft. Nas & Prodigy “Tick Tock”
08/”Uncool”
09/The Herbaliser ft. Phi Life Cypher “Distinguished Jamaican English”
10/”Field Trip #1″
11/Company Flow “World of Garbage”
12/Bedouin Ascent “Broadway Boogie Woogie”
13/”Field Trip #2″
14/Styles P “Switch My Style”
15/”Field Trip #3″
16/Buckshot & 9th Wonder “Side Talk”
17/Clipse ft. Sandman & Ab Liva “Daytona 500 (Freestyle)”
18/PackFM “Clik, Clak & Spray”
19/Nas “The World Is Yours”
20/”Put On, Put Down, Come On, Come Down”
21/DJ Krush ft. Shawn J Period “Listen”
22/Busta Rhymes “Ping”


You can dload a high quality (192kbps) mp3 here (right click, 'Save As')*. The post on their blog has a mix that Ak did for that show, which is a load of tech-dnb. I highly recommend it.

Shouts out to Dr. Akzel and the Sub Musica crew. Check out Akzel's "The Unexpected" weekly on Submusica on Fridays (check the website for time and stuff).

Out. *Note: if you right click and Save As, dload the entire file, it might finish dloading as "click.php"... the proper filename is "khal-how_to_speak_hip_(aug_2006).mp3", so if you rename it to that you should be A-OK. This is Dub Sessions, vol. 1... vol. 2 on the way!

the shuffle. [9/2/06].

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Another Saturday night... loads of new tunes, nice cool weather, and a sixer of Heineken Light. This brew is not bad at all --- for the Heineken nut I am, the taste is not that off from the regular Heineken. There is a bit of an after-taste, but I highly recommend this for those who want that great taste without the calories.

Wifey and I finally got my son's heartbeat recorded to the PC, thanks to BébéSounds. It's essentially a radio-frequency mic that pics up the sounds, kind of like an unharmful ultrasound would. I will be uploading the .wav file soon for consumption. So proud.

Oh, I caught Act I of Spike Lee's When The Levees Broke, and it's a great piece of film. It's a standard documentary, but if you ever wanted to learn more about Hurricane Katrina and it's impact on the Gulf States, check it out.

In any case, this week was a doozy on the news, but with the VMAs and other nonsense, we've got some nice pieces to share.

01/During the VMAs, Mos Def got arrested outside of Radio City Music Hall, during an impromptu of his track "Katrina Klap". Word is that Mos had a flatbed pull up outside of the VMAs and was asked if he had a permit. Of course the nigga ain't have one, so they let him finish the track, and proceeded to haul him to jail. His crew says he shut down the performance when he heard of the cops' presence, but they overreacted and took him in. They say video was taken that night, and it will be published somewhere soon (YouTube?), so we'll keep eyes peeled for that.

02/Speaking of the VMAs, I do have one gripe. For the last few years, the Rock artists have always alluded to being proud that there is still a "place for Rock" on MTV, as if the channel is 24/7 Rap & R&B. Now, keep in mind, that guys like James Blunt were winning that night; Panic! At The Disco got mad play as well. Fall Out Boy, Jack White and his house band played in and out of EVERY COMMERCIAL BREAK, and they even had the nerve to bring out Axl Rose AND Lou Reed's wrinkled ass on the air, for God knows what reason, but I am to feel sorry for these guys who think MTV has no place for Rock? MTV IS A ROCK STATION THAT HAPPENS TO PLAY URBAN MUSIC. Don't get it twisted. Sucker Free Sunday is one thing; the rest of the week is Emo nonsense, Jared Leto's creepy looking band, and Pop. Give me a fucking break, place for Rock.

03/For a Hip-Hop spin on things, XXL Mag decided to let the world know some of the Rap videos MTV has banned, and why. It's all Rap, varying from things like Public Enemy's "By The Time I Get To Arizona" to The Pack's "Vans". Check it out.

04/Who knew that Chris Tucker spent the last 5 years doing kid's charity? This week, he spoke on where he's been, his upcoming comedy tour, and the start of shooting on Rush Hour 3, which begins on Sept. 25th in Paris (how that fits into the story, who knows). I do think it's kind of odd that he said Ice Cube wanted to pay him in CDs for Friday sequels, but I would have walked away from that, too. Fucking #25 million for RH3? Smart man...

05/As of right now, you guys feel as though the White People are going to win the Survivor Race War. You can still vote, so please do. Let the world know how you feel... I still say the Whites will win, but who knows!

06/Fucking US b-ball team won a Bronze in the World Championships. They let Greece smack them the other night, which disappointed me, since they were murking any and everyone in the previous games. At least they did better than the team 2 years ago. Is 'Melo set to keep that pace going when the regular season comes to pass? Let's hope so!

07/After all of the bullshit, lies and king prawn, John Mark Karr's DNA did not match, so the charges got dropped. I knew it all along, for his story was being refuted by everyone in his family, but you know, DNA is the final straw. That's not what got me ticked off at this pussy, though... did you hear that, not only has he written a manuscript that he wishes becomes a movie, in which he wants to Johnny Depp to portray him? What kind of shit... it's like he kept this nonsense going for years, just to get some fame. He sure got that infamy, but sick pricks like that only deserve the infamy. I hope he gets arrested doing some foul shit and gets fucked hard.

08/Digital music has had a few nutty turns this week; to put it another way, album sales look like they will primarily be left up to mp3 purchases, and not CD buys. Big buzz was made this week when a company called Spiral Frog is set to start offering downloads for free, initially with the entire Universal Music Group catalog. The thing is, they are going to be giving the files away with DRM protection, which was recently breeched by some skilled hackers. (In a nutshell, DRM, or digital rights management, makes it hard to copy the music file to CD or other PCs). Microsoft was already set to patch up the DRM holes, but kept it on the DL for some odd reason. The cracks, dubbed Fairuse, also spread to Apple and iTunes, which is just nuts. This should be a strong concern to the record labels, who try to give away music but with the bullshit strings attached (no copying, not really owning them like with Rhapshody)... they need to wake up and realize that niggas will TAKE if they feel they are getting ripped. In other news, which kind of bothered me, Linkin Park has finally let iTunes get access to their albums. I find this odd because LP is so heavy on the web to begin with. *Sigh* someday, these lames will get it...

09/Online readers, Google is changing the online book game! They are letting books be available for FREE, in easy to read and dload .pdf files. As of right now, the selection is full of out-of-copyright books, but word is shit like Dante's "Inferno" and "Hamlet" are available. Check out Google Book Search and get ya read on!

10/Eminem "pranks" this playmate Kendra Wilkinson on the set of this video... *yawn*, right? She looks a bit like Kim, but cuter, but still, skank heaven. She cried about this on some blog she has, but it was taken down a day or so later... in any case, he was nice to her at one point, but then went mean and poured water on her head. I guess them's the breaks, but why Em? What was really good? You wylin' out on those sleeping pills again?

11/Dave Chappelle says he's happy he left Chappelle's Show, even if it does not make sense economically. Well, Dave, I'm downright frustrated. I defended you when you left, but you came back and with each subsequent interview, you had a new reason for leaving tacked on. I was going to review your shows, but 3 posts full of "this shit is trash" seemed counter-productive. I do think it's fucked that Comedy Central aired unfinished shows, but some of that shit did hit the spot. You are missed, nigga... you could have done so much more with that show. Now I can only hope that Paul Mooney gets a TV show. "Negrodamus: The Series"? I'd love to see this every week.

12/There has been a shitload of Pop albums coming out recently, but that does not mean that Rap is gone! Ludacris is set to drop his latest album, Release Therapy, Sept. 26th. This seems to be his most personal yet... even if he is biting off of Busta's formula. Busta cuts his hair, Luda cuts his hair. Busta gets personal, Luda gets personal. Hopefully, Luda will go gold... I don't think Busta has even hit 450K yet! In other news, Fat Joe avoided the Koch by signing to Virgin for his next album, Me, Myself & I. Maybe this means I can get more Fat Joe ringtones for my cell? In a sign of the apocalypse, Kevin Federline scored a record deal! Sony/BMG signed K-Fed's Federation Records label to a deal, so this fruitloop can drop his Playing With Fire (odd choice of title) album on the masses. Does anyone think this wonder bread bastard can do it right? And what happened to the Jive rumors?

13/In the 1 year anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, All Hip-Hop interviewed Kevin Powell, a man who went from that "crazy black guy" on the first season of The Real World to an acclaimed writer for Vibe magazine to a figurehead for the community. Parts 1 and 2 are both captivating and real. Shouts to Kevin for doing it his way.

14/I wonder who the poor souls were that got ripped off by some Barbra Streisand scammers. Online scams are definitely common, but these fuckers HAD to be some upper-scale cats, cats who thought they were getting a good look and got ripped. Once the lawyers come out, some new precidents might be coming out. My suggestion: know who the fuck you are buying from.

15/Donald Trump fired one of his favored workers, Carolyn Kepcher, for basically doing what contestants on The Apprentice do: fuck up their jobs when in the spotlight. Word is she was doing crazy inspirational speeches and slacking on her golf course macking. I heard words of her trying to "be a star", but I think she just got caught up on tours while not staying on point. Ivanka is replacing her, and while she is great to look at, does not match up to Carolyn's wit and no-nonsense comments. My prediction: Carolyn has a new show in the near future.

16/Lil' Kim is on the hot seat over some lyrics. Word is that reggae artist Tanya Stephens was called in to do some lyrics years ago, but they never made it to CD. Then, Kim supposedly jacked her vocals for a track entitled "Durty" on The Naked Truth. Tanya wants ownership of the song, as well as past and future royalties... um, didn't her lawyers tell her that Kim did no numbers on that album? Maybe her next lawsuit will be a smarter choice of song/artist...

17/Nobody touched Foxxy Brown's week, however. This deaf chick had the worst week ever by far. Not only did she have trouble withdrawing her guilty plea on some misdemeanor assault charges, she also almost ran over a 17 year old! The straw broke the camel's back when word is that this dizzy bitch stole 2 belts... yes, belts! They were $400 a piece, but belts? Jigga couldn't front you 800 bones for some belts? The owner of the store is pressing charges, even saying that he is "making an example" of her, but really, belts, Fox? We need to start a "buy Fox some belts" fund...

I leave you guys with 2 things... first, with the help for my SBK niggas, I will be able to host some exclusive audio bits (MP3s and shit) for your listening pleasure... more on that soon.

I also want to leave you with Beyonce's explosive performance from the 2006 VMAs... hot pants and all. I didn't like this track until this performance... 1.




rock the dub presents... dubplate digest.

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dubplate digest.

I got tired of having to dig through various websites, newsletters, and AIM chats to find out the most upfront dnb news, as I figure many of you heads are.

I told myself I would do something to help combat that. the dubplate digest is the first step in that direction.

I am trying to grab the newest/freshest dnb news (releases/tracks/tours/etc) from one of the most innovative and diverse genres of music out there. It's needed, honestly. No disrespect to DOA or DNBA or any of the other spots, but I feel as though there is a void that I might have a chance filling.

If you are a label, producer, DJ, promoter, or affiliated with anyone and have some fresh dnb news that needs spreading, hit me up. If you are a fan of the site, spread the URL around. I would appreciate it.

I inted to keep this as up-to-date as possible, so definitely check out the blog everyday for new bits.

EASY!

Friday, Sept. 1st 2006 playlist

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Weird week for music. I listened to a lot of shit I am too lazy to review... new Kelis, new Roots, new Method Man... I just wasn't into it. Waiting for my unborn to drop. In any case, there's still loads of music out there... check it out:

Drum & Bass:

01/Skitty "Fools Gold" [vandal]
02/Soundclash "All Night Long" [outta london]
03/YT "England Story (DJ Phantasy & Shodan Full Vocal Mix)" [easy]
04/CLS & Wax "Things To Do" [cymbalism liquified]
05/Noisia ft. Phace "Unveil" [virus]
06/Zero Tolerance & Beta2 "Round Table" [advanced]
07/Total Science Ft. MC Conrad "Soul Patrol (Original 12" Mix)" [cia]
08/Mutt "Blue (Logistics Remix)" [crisis]
09/Logistics ft. The Ananda Project "Cascades of Colour" [hospital]
10/Pr0gress "Desert World" [dubplate]

Various:

01/Kelis "Circus" [taken from her Kelis Was Here album. explores the masks we have to wear in life. i like hearing her rap like this...the flow is different but dope.]
02/Fam-Lay "Da Beeper Record" [gotta love those star track niggas. very rich bass.]
03/Defari Ft. Evidence "Make My Own" [i don't even listen to these niggas' raps. Alchemist on the beat once again. beautiful...]
04/50 Cent "The Bomb" [good to hear him go at Diddy. fuck that nigga.]
05/Casper "Rubber Chicken" [taken from the Tempa All Stars vol. 3 EP... gotta love Kids samples...]


Mixes:

*DJ Jeryl, the Ed. In Chief of the Content Section over at DOA, brings us the 2nd Edition of his "Chavsound Gold" series... ROUGH, dancefloor DnB at it's finest. Butter smooth blends as well. Peep game.

*John Rolodex, the Canadian badman who gave us some insane Amen tracks, brings us a new FTS Mix entitled "Tough As Nails". Chock full of dubs and attitude, it is not one to be missed...

SPECIAL -- DJ Q-Bert's "Breaktionary". Original breaks from an original don.


MUSIC VIDEO OF THE WEEK... shouts out to Mos Def, who held it down outside of the VMA's (more on that tomorrow...)



enjoy your Labor Day weekend!

Akrobatik's new label: PlayAktion

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taken from his MySpace bulletin:

September 1, 2006

For Immediate Release -

Boston-based hip-hop artist Akrobatik has inked a deal with Raptivism/Imperial Records for distribution through Caroline/EMI. The label will be called PlayAktion Recordings, and will serve as an outlet for Akrobatik to release his back catalogue as well as new projects from artists to be signed starting in 2007.

With a huge catalogue of music dating back to 1998, as well as an ever-growing fanbase, the deal couldn't have come at a better time for Akro. With the services of Imperial, PlayAktion Recordings will be able to offer top notch recording quality, competitive marketing and promotional budgets, as well as in-house tour booking and photography.

This has been a busy 2006 for Akrobatik, who is also about to embark on a 30-city tour in preparation for an early 2007 release of his Fat Beats Records album, titled Absolute Value. The album will feature appearances from Little Brother, Bumpy Knuckles, Chuck D., B-Real, and Mr. Lif, among others. His 2005 effort as a member of the Perceptionists, Black Dialogue, was named one of
Rolling Stone Magazine's Top 50 Records of the Year.

For more info on Akrobatik, log on to
www.akrobatik.com or www.myspace.com/therealakrobatik


As you may remember, Akrobatik was the 1st Interview on rock the dub. Check it out HERE to get info on his new album, as well as other points of interest. Good luck to him.

[rock the dub Interview]: Tim Exile

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Tim Exile is one of a rare breed of producers in the electronic music scene who not only understands where the music has been, but has a driving urge to explore where the music can go. He has gone from toning down his eccentric DnB tracks to going full on, balls to the wall and not apologizing for it at all. He has created software to help expand on the live DJ experience, turning the art of mixing tracks into a free-form, hands-on collage of sound and personality. He released the critically acclaimed Pro Agonist last year, and now introduced us to the Gabba Lounge. We got the chance to bug him about his past, his present, and a peek into his workings... pull up a chair.

khal: Some people only know you from your recent string of releases, from your output on Evol Intent, Frequency right up to your Planet Mu excursions. You actually had quite a few releases out on Moving Shadow and Beta as well. Were you content putting out “safe” (or as safe as you can get) DnB tracks on those labels? Is that something you might get to in the future? Why or why not?

Tim Exile: For a short while I was yes. Although my first single on Beta (Fatal Exception) was actually pretty extreme for the time. John did ask me to tone it down a bit. From then on John encouraged me to keep other singles a bit more down the beaten track… same as Shadow, and I followed suit. There was a time when I regretted this, but I don’t now. Holding back has forced me into a very critical way of listening when I do let rip. There’s so much electronica out there now that ‘lets rip’ and is very mangled but I think a lot of it lacks fidelity… not necessarily production fidelity, but musical fidelity. I’ve always had a tension between wanting to make accessible music and wanting to make much more personal, less accessible music. There are merits for me and the listener in both. I may or may not return to ‘safe’ dnb. I can never seem to predict what my next musical whim is going to be. At the moment it’s tweaked out pop.

khal: You’ve had a critically acclaimed album, Pro Agonist, and your live shows have become an experimental treat to many heads across the globe. What made you decide to turn your live show into the Tim Exile’s Nuisance Gabbaret Lounge album?

Tim Exile: It made sense. I wasn’t really writing much in the studio at the time. It seemed so laborious after I’d made a machine which allowed me to improvise. The stuff I was making in the studio seemed to lose colour for me in comparison to the vibrant life I was leading travelling around and improvising on stage. It had to go down on plastic in some form. I realise there was no point trying to fight Pro Agonist with another Pro Agonist so I did something totally different. I think this is the best way to keep yourself alive as an artist.

khal: How much of your time is spent programming new and interesting programs/patches for Native Instruments and the other outfits you do work for? Is there anything new you are trying to accomplish that you’d like to share?

Tim Exile: It depends on what’s going on at the time. I’ve been doing the odd bit of sound design & programming for NI recently. Sometimes I don’t touch any programming for a while. I programmed the Bass Boxing game for Glade Festival during the summer. Earlier this year I spent weeks making live machine mk2. It turned out to be a little beyond Reaktor’s capabilities and drove me close to career-killing RSI so I had to downsize. I’m just about to get back into incorporating the progress I made on it into a new live show. It’d be nice to be able to programme in a more powerful language so I really can make the tools I want to, but I’d need a second life to do that. Right now I’m young and need to be a little more frivolous. For the time being I’ve accepted that the tools I want to use don’t exist, and that I don’t have the time or expertise to make them.

khal: When I’ve heard your live performances, I hear you mix in some very familiar tunes, like tracks by Krust and others, into your beautiful chaos. What are some tracks that you always keep in your PC to throw in and manipulate in your sets?

Tim Exile: I don’t know most of them. They just have random file names. I don’t even know who wrote them. Apart from the obvious ones of course…

khal: You don’t just produce DnB and fuck with programs, though. In reading up on you, as well as listening to Pro Agonist, you also produce breakbeat, house, and other types of music. Are there any non-DnB releases out there that people can check out, past or present?

Tim Exile: There are a few errors in the discogs.com discog actually… a couple of breaks tracks that I didn’t write. There’s a techno release that’s worth checking out though on Mosquito the ‘Hanzo Steel Cuts’ EP, if you can find it. The label’s stopped and the distro’s gone down the pan though, so you’ll be pretty lucky to find a hard copy! You can download it from bleep.com I believe. I have a bunch of tracks of lots of different styles on BMG production music compilations as well but you can’t buy these commercially. They’ve been used all over the world on TV though which is quite interesting to see when the PRS statement comes through. One of my tracks has been used loads on Newsround apparently.

khal: Your website mentions something about “Gabba Boxing”… what is this and where did it come from?

Tim Exile: It’s boxing with boxing gloves that trigger gabba kicks. It’s now changed name to Bass Boxing. It debuted at Glade Festival in July this year. There’s a mini documentary about it forthcoming on the Native Instruments website which will explain it in greater detail than I have time to go into here, not unlike the one about my live patch which appeared about this time last year.

khal: I’m also reading that you have a Gabbaret Lounge radio show forthcoming. What made you want to start your own radio show? Are there any surprises you have in store for the listeners? How can people check it out?

Tim Exile: I did the first one for Resonance FM in London. It was to be a run of 6 shows, once a week. Unfortunately the first one took me about 2 days to put together, which I realised I didn’t have time for so I had to pull the rest. I’m now going to do Gabbaret Lounge shows as and when I feel like it and have the time and put them up for download. The second one which is shorter and I spent more time on is up on my website at the moment. The idea is to make it more of a strange variety show with sketches and weird shit and other general headphuq antics.


khal: When looking at the electronic music scene, many see you as a brilliant musical mind that is out there really doing some forward thinking things, technology wise. What would you like to be remembered for when this is all said and done?

Tim Exile: I think it’s up to people to remember me for what they want to in an age of unfettered media. I’m acutely aware of how impossible it is to dictate to people what they should think or remember about what you do. It’s very healthy that way. If artists had complete control not just of their work but the way people reacted to and interpreted it we’d all go insane. It’s hard enough keeping a sane mind manipulating sounds… attempts at manipulating public opinion could send me over the edge. I’ll leave that to the press. In ideal world everyone would remember me for everything I do being amazing but that’s just childish and unrealistic.


khal: Out of all of the tracks you’ve produced that have been released, which one/ones would you consider your best, or your favorites? Why?

Tim Exile:
The most perfect and detailed piece that’s seen the light of day is called Emergence. It was on a free CD of competition shortlists for the 2003 Jeu de Temps composition competition released jointly between Sonic Arts Network and some Canadian organisation. A track called Peristalt on the Hanzo Steel Cuts EP is a close second. Soulwise Slime on Pro Agonist is no 1, as is a track called There’s Nothing Left Of Me But Her And This which was released recently on Si Begg’s Noodles label.

khal:
You mentioned in your Q&A on DOA’s “The Grid” that there is a lot of “turd polishing” going on in DnB, in terms of producers wanting their tunes to sound engineered perfectly, all the while losing something in the creativity and feeling. With each passing year, this trend seems to get worse. Do you think the scene will ever get out of that mode?

Tim Exile: I don’t really know much about the scene these days as I’m pretty distant from it, but from an outside point of view it seems to have cemented itself in its own bunker away from outside influence. If this is the case its unlikely to offer a fertile ground for invention if people who make it only consume the excrement of others. It’s probably a slightly naïve view though as it’s impossible to police the fringes. Some new ideas will undoubtedly leek in through the back door.

khal:
You seem to tour a lot, whether it’s a club night or a big festival. What setting is your most favorite, something massively huge or a more intimate setting?

Tim Exile: I used to prefer the intimate settings as it’s easier to get a rapport going with the crowd in a small venue, but as I’ve got more confident and been playing to bigger crowds I’m beginning to enjoy the challenge of connecting with them more. The idea of playing to 1000 now really appeals to me. You need to be way more theatrical which is great fun. It really appeals to my attention-seeking nature.

khal:
Where do you see yourself, music wise, in the next couple of years?

Tim Exile:
I’m never sure what I’m going to want to do next, but at the moment I’m into writing songs and singing, with tweaked out production. There’ll be a bit more of that I’d imagine. I also want to work on some crazy stage shows, possibly working with other musicians.

khal:
Do you have any tips for budding producers or DJs out there?

Tim Exile: Be careful who you listen to. Make yourself the person you listen to most. Keep at it, don’t lose hope. Don’t try to be original, if you’re an original thinker it’ll just happen. Don’t disregard ideas because you don’t they they’ll work or they’re not allowed. Don’t be bound by your roots. Don’t get a day job.

We would like to thank Tim for answering our questions. Check out more info on him below...

here is a clip from Tim performing live at alt ctrl, circa June 2005:



related links:
Tim Exile on MySpace
Tim Exile's official website
Exile Ensemble for REAKTOR 5
DOA Mix Aug. 2005


Nia sings the hits!

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Apparently, this little girl Nia is either a gigantic music fan, or her parents really want her to be a star! Check her out doing "Can't Hide Love" by Earth, Wind & Fire:



That video is how I first heard her perform. You like that attitude, right? Now, I seriously think her parents are trying to bank on her talent... hell, has she/will she be on GMA's YouTube Video of the Week? Peep her resume:

Mary J. Blige "Enough Cryin'", "Ain't Really Love"
Alicia Keys "Fallin'", "If I Ain't Got You"
Billie Holiday "Strange Fruit"
Earth, Wind & Fire "Reasons"
Joss Stone "Dirty Man"
Rick James "Mary Jane" (something about this girl singing Rick James is just not right...)

Brighten up your day watching homegirl shake it and strut with attitude... enjoy!

VOTE ON THE SURVIVOR RACE WAR!

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The good folks over at CBS have set up a doozy of a 13th Season of their popular reality competition show, Survivor, pitting 4 teams, separated by race, against each other -- which in turn has caused many differing opinions throughout the world. (Check out the teams HERE)... Being the race-conscious person that I am, I HAVE to find out what you guys think about this. I mean, I don't have a problem with it; I'm actually astonished that this has not happened sooner. They can talk all of that "social politics" hoopla, but we all know we want to see who the superior race is! Vote on this on the poll below, and in the coming weeks we will chart the progress of this new season. I still think the White People are going to win, because they normally do on this show. I love my Black People, but I just don't think they have it. That nigga Osten QUIT, after he proved himself to be one of the more athletic jigs in Survivor history. In any case, please vote (once!) and we'll chart how it flows. Season 13 of Survivor starts on September 14th, 2006.

Which race will win the next Survivor season?
White People
Black People
Asian People
Hispanic People
Free polls from Pollhost.com

TEKDBZ West Coast Commercial

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Supporting the TEKDBZ Army Here's a commercial promoting their upcoming shows next month (Sept. 15th and 16th) in California (more info HERE). Photek, Craze, Mental Sharp, Infiltrata, HoChi, Messinian... ROUGH! Cali heads, support!



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the shuffle. [8/26/06]

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It's hard goddamn work staying sane these days. Baby boy is due any day now, so I'm on my toes... at work, whenever the phone rings, a nigga thinks it's "the call". I hope he gets here soon, I'm ready for his lil fat self to be here.


Been a busy week, but today was nutty. I was going to cut down some hedges/bushes with an axe but my nice neighbors lent a nigga a chainsaw, so those shits dropped QUICK! Gotta love nice neighbors.


I am also jazzed about The Wire, Season 4. HBO aired a few specials this week, and it got me super souped for the show! Remember, if you have HBO On Demand, you can catch the 1st episode on September 4th, about 1 full week before the premiere. I do like how the season that is set partly in a school debutes during the week that most schools start their new sessions. Gotta love it!


Odd week, news wise, so let's just get down to brass tax, kids...


01/The boy noz let it be known that Andre3000 of Outkast is planning on remaking Miles Davis' Kind of Blue in the not-too-distant future. He already raped Coltrane's "My Favorite Things" on that God-awful Love Below album, turning a classic jazz standard into a shitty fake-jungle nightmare. Why murder another classic? Is he looking for that much acceptance outside of the Rap world that he must try and truly be prince? And the next time my Mom stops by to tell me how great a rapper's new movie is, I am going to crack myself in the head with a bottle of Mo. I mean, I could give 2 flying frigs about Idlewild the album... I don't need to care about a movie where one of the leads is named Rooster, and the fucking cuckoo clocks sing. I'll pass.


02/You gotta love the NYPD: Busta Rhymes has avoided speaking on his bodyguard's death for months now... as his attacker said, Busta apparently stomped the shit out of this kid for spitting on or NEAR his whip. The cops wait a WEEK, and pick Busta up as he is leaving the AmsterJam concert. Thing is, I bet you they spent that whole night trying to figure out the specifics surrounding his boy's murder, which is foul in my book. I mean, if he isn't going to speak, let the man be. Only God (or Israel's family) can judge him. He is doing right by them, apparently breaking his wife off with paper, but does that really justify his not snitching? Only time will tell...


03/Speaking of Busta, one of his pet projects, Papoose, has finally inked a deal with a major. Jive has reportedly signed him for $1.5 million. Why, I am not too sure. I mean aside from being a sick mixtape rapper, he has not really proved that he can move units on a commercial level. I don't doubt that the hype will do him well if/when his album drops, but there is still one question I am asking: Busta and Kay Slay are working with him, trying to get him a deal, right? How much paper did they ask for out of that $1.5? And with Kay already letting it be known that, whether he likes it or not, Pap does what he says on the song tip, we'll see how hot his shit will turn out. I don't remember Kay putting up QUALITY numbers on the commercial tip.


04/On the album tip, there's a ton of stuff going on. This coming week sees not only the new albums from Method Man and The Roots, but there has also been noise about albums from other cats out there. John Legend let it be known that his sophmore album is set to be dropped this coming October. His album is probably the one CD where I can vibe to a will.i.am track and not be upset about it lol. Sounds like he isn't breaking the mold, however, which is a plus. Kelis also seems to be upset with how her latest LP, Kelis Was Here, came out. Word is there's shit on there that wasn't supposed to make the cut... which is just unacceptable IMO, but the labels do whatever they think needs to be done. Something tells me that, next go round, Kelis will be on another label. And dropping the Neptunes might not have been such a good idea... Billboard reports this week that both C. Aggy and Lyfe Jennings are doing great on the charts. That Now 22 nonsense is still in the top10, but so be it, you know? Kids gotta rock, too. They also reported that Snoop is pushing back his Blue Carpet Treatment album for a November release for no real reason. I suspect that he's making wack material and none of it is sticking, but who knows. I guess when you are Snoop, you got it like that.


05/OK, so let me get this straight: a girl gets murdered 10 years ago. A weird pedophile confesses to the murder. And on his plane ride from Thailand, he gets to drink champagne and eat seafood? WITH POLICE SITTING RIGHT BESIDE HIM?!!? I don't know if this is some new tactic or just a lapse in judgement, but something is hella fishy (rimshot)... either they thing neph did it or shit is just different for sick white males who fawn over young girls.


06/Hollywood is on some ill shit: Snakes on a Plane hit the top spot last weekend, but they did some shady shit: they pulled in $15.3 mill, but it was based on a 4 day total, not the normal Friday-Sunday money. How can you even do that shit and expect to keep cred? I mean I know the block is hot and movies are in and out of the top 10 in a matter of weeks, but don't pour syrup on shit and call it pancakes.


07/You gotta love how record labels try to understand blogging but get the shit WAY wrong. Eskay, leader of the popular site Nah Right, was hit with some shit from Atlantic Records for posting a YouTube link to a Lupe Fiasco video. I mean, forget the fact that if Atlantic has any REAL beef with the video being online, they should holler at YouTube. My thing is... ESKAY WAS PROMOTING YOU! It's not like he dissed Lupe or the viddy... he's a HUGE fan. Why shit on him? Read the fucking blog before you wyle out. Sheesh. Speaking of videos up on YouTube, Rizoh broke down what the deal is with The Game's new video. The track is hot, but peep that post... Game switched up a few of those verses as to not offend people who have more juice than he. I'm waiting to see how that shit plays out...


08/It wasn't played up a lot, but there were retarded rumors that Osama bin Laden had (has?) a crush on Whitney Houston, to the point where he planned on murking Bobby! I mean first off, who gives a shit, but 2nd, do you honestly think Osama wants to crawl out of whatever anthole he must be hiding in to fuck with a crackhead? His ass has mad wives, what will she do for him?


09/There was a big stink this week made about Survivor's decision to make the competition for the new season a bit complex: they are adding in a race element. Four teams are to be divided by race (White, Black, Asian and Hispanic). Rush Limbaugh thinks that the Hispanics stand a good chance of kicking ass because they have "shown the most survival characteristics", apparently. I am going to make a poll about this, but I still say the White tribe will win. I have a hunch... but we shall see. I'll keep you guys informed.


10/This mp3 player game is getting intense... SanDisk revealed that they have an 8GB flash memory unit coming out. 8GB?!?!? That's like 8 iPod shuffles! Plus it will be able to be 10GB with the added assistance of a 2GB memory card. That's kind of sick for a player with no internal hard drive. For some reason, Microsoft is planning on preloading videos onto it's Zune unit, courtesy of EMI. No disrespect, but any player I've copped that came preloaded with shit, it got deleted PRONTO for space reasons. The last thing I need is Dem Franchise Boyz on my mp3 player. On a sad note, Dell is dropping out of the mp3 player game. It's Ditty is getting shat on by the iPod shuffle, with good reason. Dell can't even get quality PCs out without drama and Bangladeshian reps, what makes them think they can corner the mp3 player market?


11/Bob Dylan, you old fool. You make me proud, but confuse me too. He has been going on a rampage, decrying modern music. He is pissed about the sounds coming out of studios (too much clutter), and says that modern shit is devoid of substance, which I cannot fully agree with. I mean, there is a lot of bullshit out there, especially in the mainstream, but if you cannot find ANYTHING worth a damn, you aren't looking hard enough. I do like his comments on illegal downloads, though:


Well, why not? It ain't worth nothing anyway. You listen to these modern records, they're atrocious, they have sound all over them.

Gotta love the old man for that one.


12/I have a kid on the way, so I can see why Boomerang is trying to delete the smoking out of cartoons like Tom & Jerry, which is understandable and repulsive to me. It would be one thing if these 'toons were made last week. They came out damn near 50-60 years ago, though! Times changed! I mean this is a situation where, yes, maybe those cartoons are not suited for society today, but don't dilute them and give our kids a fucked up outlook on things. Just make better 'toons! And in any case, you'd think that a channel called "Boomerang" would be about preserving those classic cartoons AS IS, not reworking them to suit today's standards.


13/It hasn't been shown yet, but the winner of the World Series of Poker, Jamie Gold, is already getting sued. Sources say Bodog, the website that helped get him there, says he owes them HALF of his $12 million pot. What a poor bastard. I heard he wasn't even a good player! Damn shame, he got there by luck and ends up getting shit on when he wins.


14/I'm not sure if Sony and Nintendo are trying a different strategy, but both have pink models of the PS2 and the DS set to drop soon. I don't know if it matters, but I don't get it... I mean does this mean that there will be OTHER colors coming? How hot would a dark blue PS2 be? Make it happen!


15/What's really good with Michael Jackson's Neverland Ranch burning down? Was this nigga trying to get the insurance money? Come on, you know neph has crazy money he owes! That insurance payment must have been chunky!


16/On the eve of the anniversary of Hurricane Katrina, Mayor Ray Nagin is on his nigga shit again. This bastard, when asked about the slow rebuilding effort, throws 9/11 back in people's face! That's the mark of a shitty mayor -- not owning up to his responsibility. He wins NO points in changing the subject on a tragedy so horrific, niggas are still being pulled out of the rubble. Fix up, bro.


17/So the bullshit surrounding Tom Cruise has finally come home to roost: Paramount officially split with the Scientologist fruit cake over his appeal and character leading to declines in attendance and sales of his flicks. Good riddance. He still plans on funding his own flicks, though, which makes him sound more like Mel Gibson everytime I think about that possibility. Scary, no?


18/Now with all of this craziness going on this week, you're probably telling yourself, "Self, who had the worst week ever?" Well, it sure as shit ain't Tom Cruise, I mean that fucker's RICH! Folks, the worst week has been had by Pluto, who got told that it is not a planet. Now, back in the early 1900s, everything was gravy for Pluto. How you gonna play a planet like that? Especially one that's so far off in our solar system. That shit's racial!


EZ now. Anyways, I'm gonna go grab some grub and lounge for a bit. Be easy, greasies!

[rock the dub Interview]: Spec Boogie

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Your boy is back on his grizzly. I heard that On My Grind tape and was kind of floored as to the skill of Spec Boogie. He's able to say what he wants how he wants without the use of too much dumbing down, which is a big plus these days. He can give it to you raw, as well as on some thinking man shit. He's a stellar MC, and a very humble guy. He is one of the founders of Loosie Music, an independent for the working man, as well as an emerging artist in his own right. khal got a chance to wax poetic with Spec, kicking game about how he started and what he's about. What's really in his mind? (Shoot me, I had to!)


khal: Aside from the On My Grind mixtape, many heads out there might not know too much about you, Spec. Can you give us a brief tour of how you came from a shorty growing up in Brooklyn to an MC who helped found Loosie Music, and is on the verge of putting how his own album?

Spec Boogie: Okay. Well, I was born in Los Angeles California, my mom was from out there and
my dad from Brooklyn so he moved us out here in ‘83. When we first moved out here we lived in a building that my grandmother owned and my older cousin Glen lived right upstairs from us. He’s around the same age as my brother who stayed in LA so I hung around him a lot and he was the neighborhood DJ, always coming through with wax, watching videos and dancing all that. He’s the one who got me into writing back in ‘88/’89. He saw how much I loved KRS-One’s “My Philosophy” and pushed me to rhyme -- but I didn’t think I was any good at it so I wasn’t really into it. I was more into drawing until Junior High in ‘93. Wu Tang had just come out, Midnight Marauders came out, 93 'Til, Redman was out, it was crazy. My friends and I decided to start a group and one of them named James really sat me down and taught me how to write bars and stuff. I went to a different high school than my friends and I didn’t know anyone so I stepped back for a while and watched the older cats at the lunch tables before I started up again. Around that time I started hitting up open mics around NY. That’s kind of where I started to find my voice. I named myself Spectrum the Oracle in high school cuz I was big into science fiction movies and Octavia Butler novels. When I went away to college in Philly my focus really became more humanistic. This was right after Diallo and I was learning about things like M.O.V.E. and I wanted to get my head out of the clouds musically, so to speak, so I shortened the name to Spec since that’s what most of my friends called me anyway. I added the Boogie when someone called me that in a bar one day and I liked it.

khal: How did you and your crew start
Loosie Music? What was the initial idea behind starting your own independent?

Spec Boogie: A loosie is a single cig you get from the bodega for a quarter when you can’t afford a pack, though I think they went up to 50 cents. I don’t know, I don’t smoke. We named the company Loosie because it’s something that’s known among working class people everywhere. It’s a name that as soon as you hear it you think of blue-collar workers, hustlers, survivors, pretty much broke mutherfuckers and that’s who Loosie speaks to, that’s who we are, how we came up. Loosie was started by Bennie Guinness and I because we wanted to make the music we want to hear. Personally, I don’t do well with dependency, having someone else -- in this case a record label -- to blame for your failures or take credit for your success just doesn’t sit well with me. Being independent means that your fuck ups as well as your victories are on your shoulders alone. I can’t say that we’ll never consider a major label situation but we’re smart enough to know that there is a time for all of that and now, even almost 5 years in, just isn’t the time for it. But we’re not going to sit on our hands and wait either.

khal: With Loosie, as well as in conjunction with other companies, you’ve put out singles (“
Grow”) as well as compilations. For cats who are trying to get down on that level, how did you build those relationships?

Spec Boogie: Just knowing the right people, being in the right place. We hooked up with
Staple through a guy named Sean Tucker who worked there at the time. He heard “Grow” through a mutual friend and approached us about putting it out. The only advice I can give through that experience is make sure you have something in common with companies you attach your name to for sponsorship or collabs. Whether it be in ideals, image, whatever, don’t try to link with someone whom you have nothing in common with just because it’s a hot company or a popular name. We’ve been lucky enough to work with companies like Staple and Digital Gravel who see what we’re doing and support what we’re trying to put out there.

khal: Word is that you have an album forthcoming called Introspective. Can you delve into what type of LP you will be bringing the people?

Spec Boogie: Introspective is an album that’s been about 5 years in the making, before we even started Loosie. It's a record that pretty much stays true to its name; it’s 12 songs that pretty much say, “Hi, I’m Spec Boogie”. It’s not all about me in a diary sense, because no one really wants to know all that, but rather songs about where I come from, what I’ve learned, things I’ve been through, things I like that. It really showcases my storytelling side that I don’t go into often on the mix tapes. I have no excuse for that since I primarily consider myself a storyteller.

khal: Now, onto the On My Grind project. What made you decide to rip those instrumentals?


Spec Boogie: Availability. Just the luck of the draw. If I was online that day and saw the Big Bang instrumentals or Blood Money instrumentals we might be here talking about that. I really didn't care who's beats they were, I just had the itch to write and a batch of fresh beats fell on my lap so to speak.

khal: That track “Best Friend” flipped the script on Pharrell’s original, taking a track about family lost to your exclusive sneaker love. What is your most cherished pair of kicks? How much have you plucked down on one pair of sneakers? And are there any pairs you are trying to get your hands on?

Spec Boogie: I don’t know if I have a favorite or most cherished pair. I’m more of a sneaker whore than anything. I’m definitely not a collector, I just buy what I like and I wear everything I buy. It’s mostly about design and color for me rather than brand or exclusivity (although that’s a plus). There are some that I wish I didn’t dog out as much as I did so I could still wear them, like the
Haze Dunks or the AF2 Escapes, which I don’t think are hard to get so I have to re-up on those. The most I ever spent on shoes was around two-something, which isn’t a lot for most serious sneaker heads. I’m not a full-on head like some of my friends and I flat out refuse to be caught sleeping outside some store for kicks so I miss out on a lot of really dope shit sometimes. Every time I see something fly and I run to go cop I’m late and I either can’t find my size or I can’t find them at all (like the Staple Pigeons or the Alife Pumps). I usually have around 80 or so pairs at a time because I get new ones and give old ones away or throw them out. I couldn’t imagine how many kicks I’d have if I’d held on to all of them.

khal: Speaking of song ideas, you have a wide range of topics, from that straight up gutter flow to some more bedroom-eyes type shit to the more underground, lyrical massacre type stuff. Do you consciously try and flip the script with each track? What about when you get down with your fellow MCs – do you come up with a topic/subject in the lab or do you come to the lab with something fleshed out?

Spec Boogie: The one thing I’ve always loved about Hip-Hop is it’s limitless potential. I came up
thinking you can pretty much rhyme about anything you want, so I might as well. I can’t imagine not making a song about sneakers just because I made a song about AIDS in Africa or not being able to rap about pussy and politics. Plus I’ve always been a fan of just writing so I’ll rap about whatever, it really doesn’t matter it’s not a conscious effort. As far as collaborations go, I prefer to come up with the song concept with whoever I’m on the track with though it doesn’t always happen that way. I don’t like to have anything fleshed out before hand unless I know the artist that well and the only artists I know that well are Von Pea and Elucid.

khal: When you moved out to Philly, how did you link up with ?uest and The Roots? Did you learn anything from those cats when you spent time with them?

Spec Boogie: I linked up with them through
Okayplayer-dot-com. I was on the street team when I moved down there for college and they hired me for an internship because I did graphic design as well. I don’t know why I hate to admit this, but the foundation of everything I do these days from design to business to music I learned during that time in Philly from Okayplayer and the people behind it. I got nothing out of school. It’s like when I went down there I found a mentor for everything I wanted to do. I was a teenager away from home for the first time and I was a sponge. It was the perfect place for me at that stage in my life.

khal: You’ve done shows with the Okayplayer heads, and shared the stage with cats like MF Doom, Melle Mel, and Little Brother, just to name a few. What was your best experience on stage and why?

Spec Boogie: My favorite ever is still my very first open mic performance at the Nuyorican Poets Café in ‘97. It was my first time performing in front of people I didn’t know (I rolled there for dolo) and I was scared to death. I thought I was gonna get booed or laughed out the building. There was a live band there as always: drums, bass and two guys sitting at a keyboard, one young, one older, who the host (Bobbito) kept talking about. I got up and did pretty okay, nothing special. You could probably tell that it was my first time but the crowd gave a lot of love so it was great for my first time already. I strike up a couple of conversations with people afterwards and someone is like “Do you know who the older gentleman on the keyboard is?” and I say no. And they say that’s Weldon Irvine and I’m like okay…so? When they explained who he was, I really didn’t know how to react. Like earlier when I said in ‘89 my cousin got me to rhyme and in ‘93 my boys did, “My Philosophy” and “Award Tour” are the definitive records of those times for me respectively. Those records made me want to be a rapper, period, and I didn’t know who they sampled much less that they sampled the same dude. So when I found out that the man responsible for two of the most important records in my life played keys for me my first time out was mind blowing. I don’t consider myself a strong believer in fate but some shit you just can’t ignore. He was a cool dude too, got to build with him a few time before he passed and he was one of the coolest people you could meet, always willing to teach and share his experiences. The younger dude was Mos Def but I didn’t know who he was at the time either. I don’t think any show is topping that one any time soon, maybe when I play the Garden.

khal: Where do you see your evolution as an artist and entertainer going in the next couple of years?

Spec Boogie: Who knows? What I do reflects where I am in life. I can’t say where my life will be in the next couple years so I can’t say where my art will be. God willing I’ll be doing what I’m doing now, just better and for more money.

khal: It seems that every couple of years, the game gets changed to the point where the MCs who were hot last year are fighting to be head the next. Do you think this situation helps or hurts the artist? Why or why not?

Spec Boogie: It helps in some ways and hurts in others. A lot of artists find themselves washing away in the tide because they came into notoriety riding a trend. When that trend fades, so does the artist, so they have to reinvent themselves, step their game up or fall off. I think that’s great, the only downside I see to it is the fact that what’s ‘hot’ nowadays has nothing to do with the quality of the music. It’s all image driven now. A hot song doesn’t have to be a good song, a hot artist doesn’t have to be talented, just marketable.

khal: Thanks for letting me pick your brain. Do you have any final shout outs or thoughts for the massive?

Spec Boogie: Yeah thanks for taking the time to put people on, plug plug plug, be on the look out for the Champion Hoods mixtape featuring Von Pea, Elucid and myself, my single & video “No Knock” is out right now, Introspective is coming this fall along with another single and video. Be on the look out for
Elucid and Von Pea’s solo projects in 2007. For any info you can visit Loosie, Loosie Music on MySpace or Spec Boogie on MySpace.

Shouts out to Spec Bizzy for the interview. Keep grindin', mang.

related links:
Lessondary Crew on MySpace
Aeki Tuesday Interview

BONUS! Check out the video for Spec's single, "No Knock", right now!: