It's things like this that help brighten our days... I can't wait 'til he gets home.
Archive for 08/01/2006 - 09/01/2006
Yes, this is a continuation of my "America The Ugly" post from July 4th, 2006, as well as my "food for thought" post from 7-03-2006. I've been working on the mixtape tip, trying to get my thoughts and feelings across through song, and it's coming along like gang busters. You guys dug "How To Speak 'Hip'", so we bring you another chapter of my Dub Sessions chambers. khal - America The Ugly: The Mixtape (Sept. 2006)
This one is chock full of Hip-Hop. Loads of artists are referenced, from Pharoahe Monch to Company Flow to James Brown to Saul Williams to Nas to Jay Dee to J. Rawls to Mos Def, with many other artists and thoughts sprinkled in. No, this is not solely about the lose of life from 9/11; this mixtape touches on various points in America that piss me off and touch many lives every day.
DOWNLOAD from the following spots:
(kapsil.net mirror HERE - shouts to double J!)
Peep the tracklisting:
01/Dubya's Foreword (intro)
02/Public Enemy "Fight The Power (Extended Mix)"
03/Jay Dee ft. Word Perphect "Fuck The Police (Remix)"
04/DJ Green Lantern ft. dead prez, Saigon, Immortal Technique & Just Blaze "Impeach The President"
05/James Brown "Funky President"
06/Saul Williams Interview (interlude)
07/Mos Def "Dollar Day for New Orleans (Katrina Klap)"
08/Mos Def "Beef"
09/Nas ft. Kelis "American Way"
10/Jadakiss Ft. Styles P, Common, Nas & Anthony Hamilton "Why (Remix)"
11/Malcolm X "By Any Means Necessary" / Oh No "WTF (Instrumental)" (interlude)
12/J. Rawls "America, Fufill Your Promise"
13/Chris Rock "Crackers" / Blackstar "Brown Skin Lady (Instrumental)" (interlude)
14/J. Dilla "Anti-American Graffiti"
15/Company Flow "Patriotism"
16/The Perceptionists "Memorial Day"
17/Pharoahe Monch "Book of Judges"
18/Dubya's Afterword / RJD2 "Seven Light Years (Instrumental)" / RJD2 "Fuck A Soundcheck (Instrumental)" (outro)
Stacked, yo, stacked. If anyone wants to host this mix, or even just mirror this mix, let me know. I will link the mirror/host and show you some love. I just have this up as a SendSpace link right now... let me know if this sendspace link runs dry, I WILL reupload it.
If anyone has a problem with this, so be it. We cherish our freedom, but we also wish that our leaders would take us seriously, not as a race or as a gender, but as a united people. America, fufill your promise and get us us free!
NOTE: if you cannot open the file that the mix is in, download WinRAR.
khal - America The Ugly: The Mixtape (Sept. 2006)
So yes, my son was born on September 7th, 2006 at 6:02PM. He weighed in at 7lbs. and 14oz., at 21 inches long.
He is my little mixtape... seeing as though I am African American (with some Native American, German, and whatever else in me), and my wife is Part Puerto Rican, Part Polish, part Irish, and whatever else, he is a total mutt, a true combination of styles. He is a beautiful mixtape. He is also not home as of yet... jaundice has set in, so they are using blue lights (phototherapy) to get his bilirubin numbers down, so that he will be able to come home. His life has been hard so far, from getting snipped to getting pricked in his heel numerous times... hell, he was vacuumed out! My wife is sore, we are both tired, and my little mixtape is not making any true noise (well, except when he is hungry, then you best to feed him). Soon come, though, soon come.
So in the effort to get past the suffering and worrying, I have uploaded loads of pictures of him since the day of his birth, as well as some video from earlier today...
Jayden's photobucket stash
I also loaded up 4 viddys of my boy on YouTube:
Sept. 10th, 2006 Pt. 1:
Sept. 10th, 2006 Pt. 2:
Sept. 10, 2006 Pt. 3:
Sept. 10, 2006 Pt. 4:
You'll be home soon, lil' man. And we can't wait.
He's not here yet. He should be, but with the scare, he is still in the hospital. We've been on pins and needles ("needles and pins"), stressing over lil' man. I miss him. I wish he was home, so we could be complete. Soon come, I know... but still...
Aside from the birth of my son, there really isn't much else going on in my life... surprised? Well, there is... I am going to be doing some writing for DNBNation... more on that in the weeks to come. I also have some ish going on with the Horizons Music Group... watch out for the Ninth Wonder LP, coming soon. Serious sounds on that one! There are a few interviews on the horizon (no pun intended), more info on those when the time comes. I have a few other things I should have already had done, but you know how that goes...again, soon come.
Without further ado, let's get into this shuffle shit...
01/Well, well, well... stealing money from your dead siblings really does get you jail time! Ron Isley, who seems to be now referred to as "Mr. Biggs" like this nigga didn't have a career before "Down Low", has been sentenced to 3 years for tax evasion... don't clap; nigga was up for 26 YEARS! He must have paid for those high power lawyers. This dude is old, he should've known by now, Uncle Sam is going to get your rich ass, one way or another. Especially when you dress up like the old man from the club. He can spot your punk ass ponytail 50 yards away.
02/What a week for dizzy Paris Hilton! Not only was her debut album given the remix treatment by Danger Mouse and Banksy, but she was also hit with a DUI charge. To be fair, she did drink a margarita on an empty stomach, but doesn't she have drivers? She just needs to stay away from the wheel of a whip. And a microphone, for that matter...
03/Remember last week when I spoke on Mos Def getting arrested outside of the VMAs? Here's the video of his shit getting shut down... his spokeswoman (nigga has a spokeschick?) said he was trying to shut it down but the cops overreacted. And Mos attended the awards... why dog?! You chose that venue for obvious reasons (no one was giving a fuck about the Katrina anniversary), so why even go in the building?
04/RIP to Steve Irwin. My man got stabbed in the heart by a stingray... which, yes, is kind of insane, b/c who the fuck is that close to a stingray, but that was his job. Damn shame, apparently mad kids around the world were touched by his show, to the point where memorials cracked off all over. Damn shame.
05/To start off this week's edition of Hip-Hop news, I must first say that 50 Cent is good at getting his name in the news. Earlier in the week, we found out that his beef with Diddy was squashed. Mind you, thier beef was purely over Ma$e's contract, so it seems more like a business dispute than a true "beef", but whatever. Diddy will be selling more copies of his lp, or he at least got a load of hits on his MySpace page. *Yawn*, right? Then, word came that 50 got arrested for unsafe lane change, expired permit, unregged vehicle and lack of insurance while driving his Lambo. Of course, the charges ended up getting dropped when proof got provided... nice to be a rich prick, eh? XXL reported that Aftermath has a new sigining: Joell Ortiz. My man has a good following on the underground, so we'll see how hot his LP is when it drops in 2029. Oddly enough, he has a "mixtape album" set to drop on Koch called "The Brick"... LOL. Ya boy The Game speaks on his new LP... if what he says is true, he didn't lose a step in terms of cameos and collabs. Most of the usuals uspects from The Documentary are still in the spot, and we also get to hear Nas and Snoop drop verses with Game. In interesting news, Method Man and The Roots' new albums (both on Def Jam), made it into the top 10... the bottom of the top 10. I'm surprised, because, compared to their catalogues, these might be some of the weakest product by both of them. They will complain about "promotion", but there's a fucking jail commercial that uses Black Thought and "Don't Feel Right" on VH1 Soul every 10 minutes. And Meth has shown up on every show on MTV, from "Yo Momma" to "Wild'n Out". And the surprising thing is, T.I.'s man Young Dro sold 104K units and landed the #3 spot. Off of fucking "Shoulder Lean". Meth shoulda went with them Dirty South producers, and not Erick Sermon. Or let Raekwon murk every track on there. He is the best thing on that LP. On one final Hip-Hop note, it looks like there is going to be a B-Boy game coming out for the PlayStation called, well, B-Boy. They are getting guys like Crazy Legs to help with the development, though, so hopefully it comes out like Getting Up, and not some bullshit.
06/James Frey, the author who admitted to falsifying some of his "nonfiction", can't catch a break. Word came this week that, if you purchased the book before Jan. 26th (the date that they came out and said "yo, he lied"), you can get a refund. Check what you gotta do:
In the case of those who bought the US hardback edition for $23.95, readers must return both the receipt and page 163 of the book. Paperback readers must send in the front cover of the book to earn their $14.95 refund, while buyers of the audio book, which cost $34.95, must send in some of the packaging.
Does that sound like some rebate rules to anyone else? I guess you can't blame them.
07/Nigga who plays Eko on LOST is the latest actor to get arrested behind the wheel from that cast. I wonder what it is over there... is the Hawaii police trying to fill quotas, or do the cast members just not know how to be out on the road? I also wonder if this show has had the most amount of arrests from a cast. They need that category in the Emmys!
08/Microsoft is thinking of some dumb shit. It is thinking "cool" instead of "functional and practical" in creating the Zune. It sounds like they are shook, to me, calling Apple "daunting" when speaking on the competition for the mp3 player market. Practical price, very easy to use, that's what Apple did. They could do anything market wise, but the fact that their simple promotion is standing by a simple (yet effective) product, that's the key. I predict Microsoft fucks this one up ROYALLY with the Zune.
09/Why do the news stations bug out when Lindsay Lohan loses her purse? My wife is in labor, and GMA is showing pic after pic of Lindsay balling over her purse and the jewels in it (worth $1mill)... I can understand, but why put it up on the news like it's important!? In any case, what was lost is now found, by a 20 year old good Samaritan. Shoulda sold the contents on some "you ain't getting this back"shit.
You know what? That's it for shuffle shit. I will leave you with this.... some Chappelle shit.
"They say everytime somebody die, a child is
born/So I thank the nigga who gave his life for the birth of my son"
Sometimes, you never realize how wide of a scope your blog is on. I got an e-mail from reader Brandon M, who said I forgot to mention something in the latest edition of the shuffle, I forgot to mention the gigantic piece that Nigo (who, for those who don't know, is the creator and owner of BAPE) was wearing to the VMA's... check his blog post on that shit.
How crazy is that shit? Now, the more I thought about this shit, the more I realized how crazy the circle of ignorance is... think about it. We create Hip-Hop, Japan creates PS2 and other electronic shit that we (don't) need. Now, not only do we have lil things on our hips that beep and bloop whenever we need a reminder or to speak to some ignorant person about ignorant shit, but then it turns into a new form of ignorance... the Bruce Lee-roy of ignorance. Basically, it ain't just niggas wearing their pants hangin' down... it's niggas wearing their pants hangin' down with fucking SIDEKICKS and other nonsense. And now, this Japanese dude has gone the extra mile... not only has he been influenced by Hip-Hop's love for dookie chains and loud colors, but he has now topped us, turning our love of excess into a gigantic fucking statement -- iced out monetary symbols. If that ain't Pop art, I don't know what is.
I also have a few more examples of current nigga-rance, in video form:
This pickaninny shit has got to stop. Niggas don't want to be called coon or jiggaboo, but then come out with a fucking dance that looks like some watermelon patch nonsense. What's next, the Ramen Cup Dance?
Thanks for converting a lil diddy youngin's sing about big ears into some bullshit about bling and excess. Thanks a lot, Jibbs.
Fucking ignorant ass niggas, man... can't handle 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...
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)”
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”
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!
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.
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.
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]
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...]
*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!
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.
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
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:
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!
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.
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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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!