Saturday, August 19, 2006

the shuffle. [8/19/06]

What's up world? Been a busy week for ya boy... my homie at work had a situation with his family, and with my wife damn near ready to deliver, I've been hit with "Where's ya boy?" by so many people... it's kind of crazy. And with all of the odd shit going on this week, it's kind of ill to have people holler about that stuff... but I guess it's good to escape the regular GMA news every once in a while.

There isn't much going on though, aside from the long wait for Jayden to get here. I have a few Acid-mixes I need to do... big up to Azkel. I'm enthused, and ready to take my art to another level. Oh, and I saw this ill movie/documentary today called Rock Fresh. It's kind of like that flick Scratch for graf artists. If you are into aerosol arts, you need to peep this flick ASAP. It kind of woke up my creative side, but the balance of that is going to be HECTIC by this time next month. I'll be able to freak it though. No rest for the wicked.

01/Just to get it off of my chest, let's get into dude who confessed to the JonBenet Ramsey murder. Now, for starters, I don't believe dude. I mean they say he knew shit that only the killer would know about the scene, but we have no idea what that info was. He has not only kept in contact with the professor who made a few documentaries on this situation, but he is an obsessive pedophile. The look in his eye is just too fucking eerie for me to believe what's coming from his mouth. We will see how this plays out, but I just don't think neph did it.

02/In more news that is rocking the nation, we are still reeling from this terrorist plot that got thwarted in the UK. Did you guys hear about the 12 year old boy who got on a plane in the UK sans boarding ticket, passport, or pass? For the love of God! We're lucky that this lil fucker was only running away... if he had bad intentions, his lil bad ass could have set a whole plane on fire. I mean what are we really doing? We raise the terror level via color, but don't keep a clamp down on bastards boarding planes? I am glad I don't travel that way (not that I'd have anywhere to go)... I'd gladly take 3 hrs of checks over lil bastards boarding planes with no info.

03/The battling Bills say: AIDS WILL BE STAMPED OUT! Bill Clinton and Bill Gates are on a crusade to murk AIDS in our communities. I can only hope that they are serious... it's one thing that these old white bastards are like 20 years late --- it's been a long time coming, and too many bodies have left this earth or have been ruined over a disease many believe was man-made and can be cured quickly. I just hope their asses are telling the truth and are ready to rid out nations of this disease. And how ill would it be? I mean, this would be one of the first pandemics in a while that was cured... I mean Chris Rock said the last shit that was cured was polio... how long has it been since someone with polio been in the hood? Think about that...

04/In Republican presidential news, this dude Senator Allen from VA made some fucked up remarks about one of his opponents' cameramen. (View video here) He kept calling dude "macaca". From my quick, one minute research, this word has both racial and just plain fucked up connocations. And the funny thing is, his political people say it's a play on the hairstyle the camera guy had (he rocked a mullet), which they mistook as a mohawk. What a bunch of baloney. This bastard won't last 5 mins. in a primary. Quote me on that.

05/New Jersey just had an Attorney General resign over some dumb shit. Word is her boyfriend, a lawyer, was pulled over and found to have a suspended license AND an improperly registered vehicle... but they let dude drive home!? The beef with the AG is that she came to the scene. They believe that she spoke to the cops when she came to the scene. I don't think it's right, but shit, if I was in a jam like that, I KNOW wifey would be there with the quickness. I just wonder how he passed her background check. Wouldn't "fucked up license" be an automatic decline of app?

06/Some odd shit surrounding Oliver Stone's World Trade Center movie: one of the rescuers has come forward to declare that he is black. Odd thing about all of this is that a reunited X-Clan has decided to wage a boycott on this flick due to the omission. My thing is this: dude only gave his name as Sgt. Thomas. Is it wrong for the filmmaker to assume that he was white? Probably... but wtf did he have to go on? Sounds like a reach to this black man here.

07/Now, I know I normally hit you guys with a bunch of bits and pieces of Rap info, but this week I seem to have acquired quite a bit of Pop music info. With Christina, Justin, Beyonce, and others dropping albums this summer/early fall, the drama is flying! First up, Justin. Do you know he was talking smack about Taylor Hicks? He said homey couldn't carry a tune! I am beginning to like Justin more each time he speaks. He also 'joked' about Kanye not making original music, but then he quickly covered that one up... too funny though. If his album is only as crazy as his barbs, I might be enthused... In my review of Christina's latest album, I mentioned the track "F.U.S.S.", which is said to be a dart thrown right @ Scotty Storch. Apparently, this cat is fighting back! He called her latest album "full of fillers", and said she should fire her management for letting him slip through her fingers. Shit, all of this over a plane? I have no real Beyonce news, aside from the fact that this bitch is on a maple syrup diet. No bullshit, this seems to be the rage among dumbasses who think that drinks full of syrup and honey can supplement meals. I've seen cats down shots of hot sauce; drink everclear until they truly become blind. Maple syrup instead of a sandwich? I'll pass... I'll also pass on the hype this chick Fergie, from Black Eyed Peas and Kids, Incorporated fame. I'm not a fan of her "crew", nore am I a fan of her "London Bridge" single. Why they think they can build an album on her, who knows... and WTF is B-Real doing on there? It'll probably do great numbers, but I won't buy it. You also gotta love the balls on Chris Daughtry... he gets the boot off of Idol, turns down Fuel's offer to have him as their lead singer, but STILL RECRUITS their guitarist! I'd buy his album just for that stunt. Finally, that bastard Wyclef, instead of getting a Fugees LP together, is working on his own shit. From the looks of it, he wants to be a Haitian Dr. Dre... stop the illusion, duke.

08/It's official: watch sales have decreased with the rise of cell phones and iPods. I know you lot are DYING from that information, but people get paid to track shit like this.

09/MTV has gone too far... they outright banned a video by this group The Pack, basically saying it was a long ad for the popular Vans sneaker. You would think that in these days of sponsored concert tours that MTV would lighten up... I guess if they didn't go about it so blatantly, the wigs @ MTV wouldn't give 2 fucks about it. Or if the shit was made into a Cribs segment. Kind of silly if you ask me.

10/Well, well well... this kid didn't see dead people, he saw weed and alcohol. Haley Joel was brought up on some DUI and possession charges stemming from his car accident (driving a Saturn?!?!) recently. Maybe he sold his dope whip to smoke dope in a wack whip? What a maroon!

11/You thought BET's ignorance stopped with DMX being a functioning crack addict on national TV? Hold onto your hats! They plan on bringing forth an American Gangster series, highlighting a lot of the jigs that these jig rappers big up in their crack rap. From Tookie to Freeway Ricky, all points of nigger stardom will not be touched on the Black Entertainment TV. Anyone else feeling our race taking an even SHARPER decline with this?

12/Are people really going to watch Jerry Springer dance on primetime? I sure as shit hope not, but ABC is banking on him and Mario Lopez to bring more viewers into their fold. Good luck.

13/I have a few bits of information for the technology heads out there... first off, Microsoft is planning on creating a sort of YouTube for gamers who want to dabble in creating their own title(s). The idea is cool but to get the features you gotta spend like $100 per year. Get your game on, if this works, we might see more average mofos jump into the big time, ala amateur YouTube heads getting video deals and shit. Fox is planning on letting MySpace heads dload TV and movies via MySpace. $20 seems to be WAY TOO MUCH for a movie -- I could just buy the damn DVD for that price. They basically want to steal Apple's thunder, and it might work if they have the proper programs and software. Ease of use is the name of the game, and no one does it like Apple, so far. Speaking of Apple, the BBC is in the works getting DAB (digital audio broadcast) signals (that's the UK equivalent of satellite radio, essentially) onto iPods. Could this mean that having XM or Sirius on your iPods is something we can obtain in the near future? Fingers crossed... oh and have you guys ever called Dell's help line, and gotten routed to Indian customer service guys? Shitty hour wasted of your life, right? Is it any surprise that India had no problems with this recent Dell/battery fiasco?

14/Lil Wayne, Lil Wayne. What you doing getting caught with a gallon-size bag of ganja in your room? How did your boy NOT take the fall for you is an even bigger question... I mean is this life imitating art or what? Oh and speaking of dumb shit going on to people, what the hell was the Charlotte Bobcats' Lonny Baxter doing busting shots near the White House? Bye-bye NBA career!

15/I want to send a big RIP to Bruno Kirby. You were a terrific character actor, and will be missed by many.

OK this took way longer than I thought it would. I'm gonna head to bed... you guys be ez. And enjoy the rest of your weekend.

Friday, August 18, 2006

Friday, August 18th 2006 playlist

It's gonna look like my DnB is kind of exclusive... I can't help it, I got laced by a few people, mainly for forthcoming shit. It's work that I can play with. On the Rap tip, it's the same ol leaks. Nothing too major. Oh, and there will be more mixes to grab/snatch... you know how the dub do.

Let's get it on like Mills Lane.

Drum & Bass/Jungle:

01/Sabre "Language Barrier" [horizons music]

02/Random Movement "Police State" [liquid v]

03/Kanye West "Gold Digger (High Contrast Remix)" [whitelabel]

04/Breakage "Panic Room" [inperspective]

05/DJ Trax ft. Plastic Jam "Tomorrow's New Dawn" [crisis]

06/Bachelors of Science "Sweat" [horizons music]

07/DJ Motive "808 Love" [dubplate]

08/Unknown Error "The Yearning" [horizons music]

09/Beta2 "From A Dream" [horizons music]

10/Duo Infernale "Another Dimension" [timeless]


01/Nappy "Untitled Mashup" [my boy is on his grizz. that's all you need to know.]

02/Spec Boogie ft. Che Grand "Keep It Playa" [loosie] [2 brilliant MCs murking an ill Pharrell beat.]

03/Method Man ft. Raekwon & LA The Darkman "The Glide" [def jam] [RZA on that electric-clap. Rae steals the show.]

04/J Dilla "In The Streets" [bbe] [from his forthcoming LP Jay Love Japan. instrumental seduction.]

05/Masta Killa "Brooklyn King" [i still sleep on his album. I'll have to check it soon. he's waving that Wu flag though!]

06/M.O.P. ft. Busta Rhymes "Monkey Shit" [??] [when is their lp dropping?!?!]


*Tim Exile drops a new mix, full of his cut-up bidness. Not Coldcut... more like Coldcut downing a sheet of acid with a room full of drums and effects. Audio collage doesn't even begin to explain it. Hopefully I will get his interview completed... I'll keep you posted.

*DOA's double J shed some light on a new JuJu mix full of Dubstep. It's not the usual woofer busting shit, his style is a bit more focused, more intune to the roots side of original Dub. He also drops a few of his own dubstep noodlings. Best mix ever?

*Speaking of Dubstep, beatloaf drops a sick mix of Dubstep Vs DnB. Hearing Hazard & Breakage in the same mix is kind of strange... Loefah and Breakage!? Gotta love it!

*courtesy of Spine Magazine, here's the monthly mix from DJ Jon Doe.

*DNBMassive's Mikey Payload drops a mix that travels from Auckland to Belfast. Loads of liquid DnB for the masses. Peep the mix and peep the site, crazy resource for dubs.

That's all I have for you geeks this week. Check back ASAP.

Well, I do have one thing... my boy Gianni hooked me up with this link. Peep what you can do with Ableton Live, a turntable, some MIDI shit and a creative mind:

Spec Boogie remakes an album!

In the never ending search for quality music, aka "finding that new shit", I got an e-mail (like many other bloggers did) from Loosie Music in reference to an MC named Spec Boogie. It is called On My Grind and has Spec (and friends, including Che Grand) spitting venom over the instrumentals to Pharrell's In My Mind. How'd he get those, you might ask? Well, neph was smart enough to BUY the album on iTunes --- Pharrell made those instrumentals included with that purchase... how ill is that?!

In any case, I
doubt many bloggers listened to it, doesn't seem like it anyways. Well, I can't let that shit ride.

To be honest, I had heard of Spec before, but never heard him flow before. He's a Brooklynite, so he is able to flip tales of crack sales as well as just kick ill verbal barbs with ease. The one thing I liked is the face that he didn't really double up his voice: he has a nice, deep voice, and his ad-libs are just that, ad-libs, not too much re-emphasis on certain words. The tracklisting might use the same titles, but the situations get flipped: "Show You How To Hustle" goes from Pharrell speakin' on situations he's heard to Spec really giving you some Clipse-esque darts (the line about "moving whites in ya hood like gentrification" is a personal favorite)... "Best Friend" went from a heartfelt ode to family and friends to an ode about custom kicks
that would make Dallas Penn proud. "Baby" started out as a seductive come-on track, and gets warped into a theme song for Maury's "Paternity Test" shows. There are some that seem to miss the mark... the first couple of tracks seem to kind of drag for me; this truly didn't pick up until "Best Friend", where Spec showed more of his skills. And his back and forth with Che Grand on "Keep It Playa" is dope, that's my pick for best track of the CD. Spec even goes straight off the dome at the end and let's you know that the true freestyle is NOT a lost art.

Does this CD succeed? Yes. Spec is on his grizzly, and letting this release do the talking. You get to see him go from Mr. Loverman to the block hugger to the everyman to the kick fiend to the straight up rhyme slayer. This really makes me want to get into his skull and find out more about him. And I will, in the very near future... check this shit out, and see for yourself.

Peep the tracklisting:

01 Got It Like That 2:03
02 How Does It Feel? 2:14
03 Raspy Shit 3:33
04 Best Friend 4:22
05 Number One (f. Von Pea) 2:54
06 Show You How To Hustle 3:34
07 Baby (f. DonWill) 2:12
08 Stay With Me (f. Elucid) 2:50
09 Take It Off 1:42
10 Keep It Playa (f. Che Grand) 4:02
11 I Really Like You 3:13
12 Young Girl (f. Takenya Quann) 3:09
13 You Can Do It Too (f. Cyren Young) 5:22

And you can get this FREE from these links: Sendspace, Rapidshare and Megaupload. Those are provided by Loosie... if you can't get with those, scream at me, I might be persuaded to up a yousendit link.

EDIT: I have uploaded this mixtape to mediafire. You're welcome.

Spec Boogie @ MySpace.
Lessondary Crew @ MySpace.

rock the dub interview with Spec Bezel comin' soon. Uno.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

big bushy sweater

i love you
place no one above you
wish i could devote more time to just kissing and hug you
snuggle with the best woman, my best friend
'til death do us part, living life from end to end
regret when i can't spend more time taking you in
loving to hear your laugh, dying to make you grin
making my head swim, your love is intoxicating
you're my one and only, and on that there's no debating
no hating on what you do, i married you for you
carried you through the dark and into the light, where our love is true
beside you i plan to spend all of eternity
or at least until we leave this earthly habitat and our souls will run free
come see me for me, my heart's your heart
our life's one life, 3 kids and a fresh start
hot like pop tarts
sweet like those icies coming off the spanish man's cart on hot days
love to spend more lazy days just being with you, i cannot say enough
i just want to touch
take in every breath and exhale all of the bad stuff
times get rough, but we still stick together
no stormy weather could sever this ark we're building
tougher than leather
you're warm like a big bushy sweater
my love's not pleather
it's true blue like those panties that i used to love on you
used to adore you from afar, than you chose me
and i began to see
emerged a man from my kid seat
still learning how to live life truly free of heartache and pain
daily scuffles don't ruffle our feathers, and we're never vain
i know that i'm truly blessed to have a you right beside me
keeping me in line all the time, and if you can't find me
just stick out your hand, i'll grab it On Demand
walk with you until we hit the white sand
life with you is an extended vacation in a beautiful land
my ace, my dime, my only companion
i regret nothing except not being able to give you more
you're giving me a son
i could at least give you a door...
car, house, new job, walk-in closet
i wish i could live life in rewind, never pause it
except to prolong the sweet song we make when we meet
i'm walking on air, clouds at my feet
and you're my angel, the only one i'm glad i did meet...

i love you, baby. from the top of my head to the bottom of my feet. i love you more now than i did yesterday, and will love you more each day. this is it for me, without you, i'm 1/3 of the man i should be. you complete me.

what, you guys don't get mushy? you gotta show your lady you care about having her there...

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Christina Aguilera "Back to Basics" [review]

Who woulda thunk it: Christina Aguilera has put out an LP that is more Hip-Hop than DJ Shadow's latest release. She is also this generation's Madonna (sorry, Britney). This, all on the strength of a 22-track opus, Back to Basics, which has Christina revisiting the music she was brought up on: classic Soul, Jazz, R&B, all mixed in a Hip-Hop mindset (CD1), and a plethora of older sounds (Swing, ragtime Jazz) on the 2nd disc. You can essentially break down the CDs like this: disc 1 is helmed mainly by DJ Premier, who makes the album that Nas wishes he could make with Primo; Linda Perry (writer for Xtina, Pink, and many other artists) has the reigns held tight on CD2. She digs down deep, going from many tracks dedicated to her new husband, while others highlight her love for artists we have all grown to love and emulate (Aretha, Etta, Marvin, etc). And in doing all of this, Christina has done what Justin Timberlake did with Justified: she has set herself apart from the rest, and shown that she is more than just a Mouseketeer who can rock a summer-long tour.

The first single, the Primo-laced "Ain't No Other Man", is her first ode to her hubby. Over a faster paced bevy of dusty breaks and bright horns, Xtina proceeds to let her man know that ain't no one else doing it for her, and he should let everyone know she's on lock. This track, and the accompanying video, are the first hint of true Madonna-chameleon style: Christina threw away the chaps, turned up the soul, and just belts out. And she sounds like she's truly enjoying herself. I keep referring to Madonna because she is the best example of a pop artist reinventing themselves on each album. And this even feels more genuine that Timberlake purchasing crazy ghetto passes. There's an article in Rolling Stone where she talks about her grandmother's help in shaping her voice, playing her a load of older records, and Christina being able to channel their songs perfectly, and that's something you can hear in her songs, then and now. It's just that she is wearing those influences right on her forehead, as opposed to hiding them underneath cheeseball production. No other producer could have done it like Premier, either. "Back In The Day" has me reminiscing of the Gangstarr track from the Mo' Better Blues soundtrack in its feel and appreciation for the old school. For those who think Xtina doesn't still get grimey, she let's you know that she still has those tendencies on tracks like "Still Dirrty" and "Here To Stay". They are hot tracks, both freaking hot horn loops, but seem kind of out of place compared to some of the subject matter: "Oh Mother" is a somber love letter to her own mother, detailing a tough situation in their life. The gospel-flowing "Makes Me Wanna Pray" takes it right back to the church, full of wicked organ flourishes and what sounds like the whole state of Alabama on backing vocals, all professing her love for the man that has basically saved her from wallowing in despair. And this wouldn't be a Christina album without a lil' drama: "F.U.S.S.", whether she wants to admit it or not, is directed to Scott Storch, whom she had a falling out with during the making of this album, something about plane expenses or some nonsense. He fucked up though, this CD is gonna do numbers. The standout track on this disc, for me, is "Thank You (Dedication To Fans)", which does exactly what it says on the tin: with an awesomely cut intro of "Genie In The Bottle" over a vintage Primo boom-bip, Christina shouts praise to her dedicated fans, even letting their recorded voices shout praise back to her. It can sound like the oddest pat-on-the-back, but the lyrics are too sincere to feel like a Kanye-esque swollen head moment.

The second disc is where Christina and Linda Perry delve into even murkier territory, producing some true diamonds in the rough. The twisted intro of "Enter the Circus" is a bit too eerie for me, but it is a perfect lead in to the episodes that come forth. "Candyman" is a straight up swing track, funked up with a bit of the Hip-Hop, complete with her boppin' vocals. It's a sly number, for this Candyman does not deal in chocolate or murder... he does make her "cherry pop", if you catch her drift. My favorite track, "Save Me From Myself", finds Christina going very blues-y over just some beautifully plucked guitar strums and strings. Her voice is so soft, and the words just hit you right in the ticker. The next track, "Mercy On Me", sounds more Fiona Apple than blues, but she holds her own on this lazy number. The filter on "I Got Trouble" really transports her sound to the early 1920s, when the turntables had large cones to project the sound and the singers had more soul in their pinky toe than most of these new jack fakers have in their entire budget. The only qualm I have with disc 2 is that while the first disc sets itself up as a running theme throughout the 13 tracks, this disc seems to be a bunch of outtakes, or rather singularly themed tracks. This takes nothing away from their power or quality, but it is a bit disheartening when you get off the high of that beautiful 1st disc to a sort of mish-mash of sounds and styles on the 2nd.

While there are some missteps (too many "Fighter"-sounding cuts on the 2nd disc, and a few tracks on the first that mimic Mariah a bit too much), Christina has taken her career into her own hands, which grants her much respect and is a plus if she is truly trying to have her name uttered with the same passion as people say "Aretha" or "Billie". Can she continue this quality? Will her fans take well to her change in sound? How will she pull this off on tour? No matter how the chips fall, something tells me she will land on her two tiny feet, polished and ready to take us on another wild ride.

rock the dub gives this album an 8 out of 10: a surprising turn for a gifted artist, Christina is stepping out onto uncharted territories, and gains crazy respect with each twist and turn.

Back to Basics is out NOW. Check it out on Amazon. If you want to get more info on Christina, check out her official website.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Logistics "Now More Than Ever" - LP of the Week!

Just letting you guys know, another one of my reviews is up on DOA as Album of the Week. Check this link.

Don't know who Logistics is? Check out his page on Hospital Records.

Check Logistics out on MySpace.

Also peep his discography on rolldabeats.

And now for a dope mix:

Logistics B2B Nu:Tone - Hospital Radio (May 25th, 2006)