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

Pimp Down!

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Never in my life have I wanted to get a perm more than while watching Katt do his thing.

Most people know Katt Williams from his "Money Mike" role, made popular in the "Friday" movies, which is the reason why I still refer to him as "Money Mike" to my boys at work. He has, as of late, been seen on the wildy popular "Wild'n Out" TV Show, letting people know that he is blessed with mic skills. He has also been seen on ComicView, and was recently signed to Cam'Ron's Dipset Records... he even dissed the Young Gunz on a track with The Game!

The reason for this post, however, is to highlight his recent stand-up special for HBO, The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1. The man keeps it real about everything: his weed habit, his lack of political knowledge, and other topics, but more importantly, pimpin' preaches "keep it real" in every breath. He says some hilarious shit, but the shit he says is spot on. Especially when he went off on Michael Jackson ("smelling like little boys bootie holes!")... just raw and uncut. Peep his bit about haters...

Crazy, but that shit is the truth. The fuck is you mad about?

He's going to be on Def Comedy Jam soon enough... can't wait to see him tear that shit up. Keep an eye out for Katt, he's in the building! Hell, he's even A Pimp Named Slickback...

related links:
Katt Williams on MySpace
Katt Williams on
Katt Williams on Wikipedia
20 Questions with Katt Williams (Vibe) podcast w/ Katt Williams

the long wait

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What the hell are DnB fans doing, quitting (or pondering quitting) the scene like it's a job? Forget the fact that the majority of the posts on forums around the world are attention seeking manifestos on the "state of the dnb union", but the thing that gets my goat is the reasoning... sometimes, like in Sykophiend's case, he was having trouble with labels and feeling like he was jerked. I can respect that to a degree. There are others, though, who keep mentioning that they are "waiting". They never really break down what it is they are expecting to come or happen or whatever, just that the wait is on.

I can only figure that this wait is in reference to a dreamed-on emergence of a new front, if you will. Back in the late 90s, with the emergence of heavy hitters liked Ed Rush & Optical, Bad Company and many more, the dark, neurofunk/techstep style was rearing it's ugly head. It was a welcome change from a scene that focused on movie samples, edited breakbeats and a reggae aesthetic. It helped usher in a whole slew of new fans (for good or ill), and opened up what could be done sonically with this thing of ours. Is a front like that being prayed upon, like Christians waiting for the occurances that were brought up in the Book of Revelation?

I can also understand people being tired of what I will call popular DnB. The guys like Pendulum, TC, High Contrast, Subfocus, etc. can seem to dominate the airwaves, big raves and other places the sound is played. I don't always like it, but then again, I can tolerate good music. My disdain for certain tracks in no way kills my love for the scene as a whole. As a genre of music, DnB is probably the most forward thinking, balls to the wall of sound genre out there. You can't flip as many styles in other genres as you can with DnB. Most of the time, it comes off as being pretentious or just plain muddled. Tweaked right, you can mash up country vocals and polka vibes into a DnB tune if you wanted, and it could still come out funky. And if you search hard enough, you will in fact find your DJ Scratchy Balls, the polkastep kingpin. True lovers would do that...

Which leads me to my point. I think the lack of love for DnB is pretty dominant in these posts and proclamations about the scene as of right now. If you get married to someone, are you going to get a divorce because you do not like the way they make their eggs? Or the way they brush their teeth? Or their handwriting? I didn't think so. Why quit from DnB because you feel things are same-y, or stale? Why not try and work things out first? I spoke with Perpetuum a bit ago about the state of the scene, but I never did ask him if he was quitting. Judging by the amount of tracks he has forthcoming, I doubt he really would want to quit. The difference between Perpetuum and some of these other peeps? He is doing something about it. He does not like the way the scene is turning? He makes music he feels should be put to the forefront.

Essentially, at the end of the day, the truth will come to the light, and true art and soul will always shine brighter than manufactured hogwash. For those who say they cannot find what they are looking for, I say try harder. Or open up. If you cannot do either of those things, don't say you loved this thing of ours. You were just visiting...

the shuffle. [9/16/06]

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[adjusts volume of Beanie Sigel mixtape...]

What a week, what a week. My world stopped until my son came home on the 12th, the world mourned over one of the greatest tragedies in our history, and a Brazilian website had my How To Speak 'Hip' mixtape on their front page. That did not touch the America The Ugly: The Mixtape fiasco I created this week, but you know how that goes. I have some more ish up my sleeve that way, some specials coming on the interview tip, and a whole list of shit that is in the pipeline outside of this blog. Can't speak on a lot of it right now, but that's normal normal. In due time, youngin's, in due time.

Not that you guys give a shit about that anyways, you know what time it is... let's get shufflin'.

01/As the rest of the country was spending the 11th of September thinking about planes crashing suddenly, there were a few posts out there in the blogosphere that looked at different sides of our past and present foreign affairs... Bol had a pretty interesting post, complete with YouTube links, regarding his 9/11/01, and some things you might not know about that fateful situation. Noz also broke down the release of Jay-Z's The Blueprint, which came out the same day the towers fell. He made me reevaluate what I thought about the disc, which is surprising. Finally, peep Sacha's interesting comparison over at Oh Word. Funny shit.

02/On the other side of the blogosphere, there was some beef brewing over at the XXL columns. Big Bol, who has been putting down the hate for a few years now, has had some choice words for DJ Drama, who has been a dope DJ but is pretty nonexistent when it comes to actually blogging for XXL (waste of space, much?). He would call neph out on the reg, and I guess YN took that to heart, and it now appears as though there is a "Guest Blogger of the Week" type of thing going on over there... even if Drama's banner is still there in the physical essence. In any case, Lupe Fiasco took over for this week (well, 3 days), and set out to try and ether Bol. That shit didn't come out right, and andrew noz was the first one to really break it down, subliminals included. Lupe had to know that it was not a good look... and the retaliation post that Bol hit him with was well worth the read. At the end of the day, Lupe shouldn't take bloggers to heart... he really only jumps from the frying pan into the fire.

03/This week, the 10th anniversay of 2Pac's brutal murder was celebrated by many. Hell, I even watched a bit of Juice today. Solid movie. There's a load of sites dedicated to Pac's memory, but the post from Nah Right took the cake. In depth interviews, movie trailers, and a complete reflection of the many sides of Pac. Highly recommended...

04/In a move that has been rumored for a bit now, Whitney Houston has finally dropped the pipe and is filing for divorce from Bobby Brown. Smart move, especially considering that Clive Davis is getting her to get back in the studio and work on some new material. I can only hope that this means that Bobby's stock will plummet... think about it, how many fucking crackheads need reality TV shows? Where's Martin Lawrence when you need him? Oh and speaking of Flavor Flav, do you know this jig has an album he's set to drop? I read some BS about him in XXL a bit ago, but I didn't realize he was still planning on releasing this travesty. What a shame. If we are lucky, though, this might be his only one. Maybe if no one buys it, it will have to leave the shelves?

05/This news comes to us from the Too Many Nicknames department: Diddy got sued for being Diddy. In the UK, there is apparently another artist who goes by the name of Diddy, so Diddy is forbidden to use the name Diddy in the UK. I think 'Diddy US' would be a pretty massive gutpunch to this prick. Am I wrong for calling him a prick... check out the cover for this new CD. If I have to hear Nas and fucking Sean Puffy Combs on one more track, I might have to get someone to murk Esco. I am tired of that shit. And Cee-Lo to boot? Kill me now... well, maybe I will wait for Nas' Hip-Hop Is Dead album, which he says should be his best... I still think that's a bullshit claim, but only time will tell.

06/Pop divas have been on a roll this week. Jessica 'Horse Tooth' Simpson said that she scares guys away. Given that this chick is a proven idiot, not to mention a tabloid slut, she has fucking horse teeth! Oh and news flash for some people, but did you know that Fergie, the "London Bridge" tramp and Black Eyed Peas frontwoman, used to be a meth head? I saw this in Blender a minute ago, and was surprised shit didn't pick up then. I learned personally, you can never trust a meth head. So fuck you, Fergie, you Kids Incorporated reject. Oh, and Britney Spears gave birth to her 2nd kid. I didn't give a fuck, and have no witty comments for her, but I just hope her kids grow up and leave home as soon as possible. With a guy like K-Fed as their father, life is going to be toooooooooough.

07/Speaking of stars giving birth, Anna Nicole Smith gave birth to her daughter this week... and then her son died, "suspiciously" according to investigators. I don't know if they think she killed her son, but it does seem odd that dude just fell out and died. You'd imagine there was some kind of sickness involved in that right there... something that has been going on during his entire life, you know? To add fuel to the fire, Anna Nicole was not able to revive dude, and she forgot the whole ordeal, prompting her lawyers to tell her for the second time. Is she getting ready for her defense or WHAT!?

08/This was a week of companies fucking with Apple, trying to take some dollars from going their way. First off, Apple announced that, aside from releasing a new version of iTunes, they also started selling movies, right now from Disney but in the future they plan on expanding. Enter Amazon Unbox... this service is Amazon trying to get their foot in the door and sell movie downloads themselves. You can get movies anywhere from $8 to $15 bucks, while renting movies for $4 (TV shows will cost $2). Of course, you can't burn these movies and show onto DVD, so this won't fly in my opinion. People want to control the stuff they buy however they please, whether it's a blanket or a digital file. And now, in the blue corner, Microsoft has sstarted to unveil their Zune... this jammy has a 3 inch screen, which is going to be dope for movie/video viewing (and is something Apple hasn't gotten right in the past), 30gig plus and FM tuner. The fucker is wireless, too, but in a weird way... if another Zune is in the area, you can detect their playlists and have the ability to essentially stream their joints 3 times over a 3 day period, which at that point a bookmark is made for you to possibly purchase the track from Zune's dload service. They are already planning on pre-loading a gang of music into this thing, but any mp3 player I've owned with pre-loaded shit gets deleted automatica. When will this bitch drop, and at what price? Who the hell knows... fanboys will clamor for it, but me and my Zen are still best buds.

09/We already knew this was going down, but Jay-Z has finally announced that he is coming with a new album, Kingdom Come, this November, featuring artists like Timbaland, Dr. Dre and Scott Storch on the beats, and Coldplay's Chris Martin collaborating. I have two comments on this: 1) what affect, if any, will this have on Nas' latest LP (will it be pushed back or, worse, forgotten), and 2) will Jay come back like Jordan with Chicago or Jordan with the Wizards? Odd thought: since this is the 5 year anniversary of Jay's Blueprint, do you think he chose to let this info fly now on purpose?

10/Dear Oprah: How can a nigga be down? Your girl Maya Angelou, who looks like she is set to drop out any day, has a radio show on your XM channel? What can I do to be down? I know you like 50 Cent's "In Da Club", I can hook you up!

11/In other ignorant rapper news, Fat Joe has let us know that he is not (directly) signed to any label, but he is signed to Fat Joe... the way it works is, Joe is signed to Imperial, a label that is linked with Caroline, which is in bed with both EMI and Virgin. Essentially, this nigga is like 4 or 5 steps removed from direct major label contact, but really, nigga you still major. Let's keep it funky, fucker... Young Jeezy spoke to AllHipHop about his new clothing label, 8732, which used to be called USDA, but got blocked by, well, the USDA. Makes sense to me, but he seems a bit agitated. Dude is also saying he has a whole album he is working on with Akon, which doesn't sound good. I mean, the 2 might be dope on a single or 3, but 15-18 tracks of AKON AND YOUNG JEEEEEZAAAAAAAAAAY might prove to be fucking grating. Finally, word is that Game and Ras Kass got into a fight. For some reason, this just smells fishy to me. I mean, Game has an album due in November, while Ras is always promoting himself because his label situations have been shit. My thing is, do any of YOU care? I wish the both of them well, but really, fight someone we can give a shit about. Or just keep it on wax.

12/Investigave reporter Nancy Grace caught crazy flack this week for her handling of a news story on CNN. To make a long story short, this little boy ends up missing, and his mother called into Nancy's show to discuss the details and plead for his return. Nancy flies off the deep end, pushing the mother to reveal information regarding her whereabouts, which might have been OK if Nancy was a fucking cop, but she's a reporter. There's certain lines you ethically cannot overstep, no matter how strongly you feel... and don't you know, the mother killed herself! Now, Nancy did have a good point in regards to the mother being conflicted in the past, as well as an unaccounted 8 hour time span where the mom was with the kid and a shottie in the woods... and neph can't be found. On the real side of things, however, Nancy should have known her roll and just reported the info she had available, not push and prod like this was some bad cop/good cop scenario on TV.

13/Here's an interesting quote that I am surprised more outlets did not pick up on... Brad Pitt told Esquire the following:

"Angie and I will consider tying the knot when everyone else in the country who wants to be married is legally able."
You gotta love gay marriage advocates. Not that we thought they'd really get married anyways... but I bet their sex is BEAUTIUL LOL.

14/Word is Spike Lee, on the strength of his When The Levees Broke doc for HBO, is working on a project for NBC. It is set in New Orleans (tentatively titled NoLa), showcasing many people trying to deal with the post-Katrina build. To quote my wife, "that's some depressing ass shit to watch", and I cannot agree with her more...

Word. Loads of info? Take some time and mull that shit over... sick sad world, indeed.

And to align two of the addicts referenced in this week's editio of the shuffle, here is Whitney Houston doing her karaoke to BEP's "Shut Up"...

Be good.

Friday, Sept. 15, 2006 playlist

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Lovely week, lovely week. Getting good good tracks, hearing great tunes -- most of them are on the dubbier, big bass side of things, but that's just how it goes. If you don't love DnB, something is wrong with you... peep the tracklisting.

Drum & Bass/Jungle
01/Perpetuum & FRISKe "Villains" [renegade hardware]
02/Alix Perez "Backlash" [bassbin]
03/Titan "Murder Music (The Fix Remix)" [renegade recordings]
04/Ill Logic & RAF "Break Dance" [soul:r]
05/Tactile "Wild Things" [dispatch]
06/Gravity "Beaten By The World" [progress]
07/Pieter K "Temerity" [counter intelligence]
08/Spor "Powder Monkey" [subtitles]
09/Calibre "Luminous" [soul:r]
10/Bachelors of Science "Jah No Dead" [crisis]

01/Ghostface Killah "The Return of Iron Man" [prod. by DJ J-Love, this track has Ghost using that "I done walked on fire/never got burnt..." rhyme for the like 3rd time. Maybe this is the last? ill beat though.]
02/Hi-Tek ft. Jadakiss, Papoose, Raekwon & Talib Kweli "Where It All Started (New York)" [taken from 'Tek's forthcoming Hi-Teknology 2 album, dropping next month. SICK, soulful beat, nice work on the rhymes too. Some heavyweight NY niggas on this one.]
03/Joell Ortiz "Brooklyn Bullshit" [Aftermath's latest signing doing the damn thing over a blues-y beat. gotta love that grimey shit.]
04/Ras Kass "Get It In" [prod. by The Alchemist. ALC does his fucking THING with these beats. Kass needs to pick more producers of that caliber.]
05/Skyzoo "A Day In The Life" [prod. by 9th Wonder. Loving that 9th beat, those strings are the heat. peep the CD... all Sky on the mic, all 9th on the beat.]
06/Mobb Deep "Still Shinin'" [no need to speak on this one. classic sound.]

You know how we do...

In terms of mixes, there isn't much going on this week. I've been hanging with wifey and my son, so the only real mix I've bumped was my own America The Ugly: The Mixtape. Grab it, mirrors are up!

More mixes from me to be here in the near future...

final thought...

Sheek Louch:

Survivor Race War, week 1.

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My vote might be in jeopardy. Based on tonight's episode, those Asians are NO JOKE! That dude Cao Boi (pronounced "cow boy") looks like a little monkey anyways, but the group that surprised me were the Hispanics. They put that boat together like WHOA, and did their thing. I predict that if their crew loses at some point, fat ass Billy is out of there.

And I know, many people might not be surprised, but my Black people lost. I hate niggas like Sekou, btw. You know the type: older cats who think they know everything, but end up doing the least amount of work. Shiftless niggas like that make me sick. I knew his punk ass was out of there.

My vote for the White crew might be in jeopardy... they pulled in at 3rd place on tonight's challenge, and they have that idiot bitch "Flicka" on their who lost the chickens. Not looking good for them!

We are still holding the poll for an undetermined amount of time. If you haven't casted your vote yet, you can do so below... wait for next week!

Which race will win the next Survivor season?
White People
Black People
Asian People
Hispanic People
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poetry heads in the house?

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I started this forum back 2 years ago or so... eyeBored v.2. It was based on this old forum that was entitled something like eYe told him it was art, but just got laughed at based on a track by Latyrx and EL-P. It was mainly a site for my people's who wrote (poetry/rhymes/etc), as well as myself, to keep out shit out there online. It's died down a lot, which doesn't help that I don't write that stuff anymore, but hopefully we will be able to revitalize it. Or get some new heads out there. In any case, just figured I'd give it a shout.


2Pac: 10 Year Anniversary

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Just wanted to let those who don't know that Pac passed away 10 years ago today. I won't go into a big writing, XXL already took care of that. His death is also still unsolved, but we know the science around that. Peep some YouTube vids I have accumulated:

1: Pac freestyling down the streets of NY

2: Scarface ft. 2Pac "Smile"

3: 2Pac "Changes"

4: 2Pac "When My Homies Call (Live on Yo! MTV Raps)"

5: 2Pac "To Live And Die In L.A."

6: Chappelle's Show sketch on the new 2Pac track...

RIP Pac. You are sorely missed by fans worldwide. Your legacy lives on.

Jayden Smiles

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It's things like this that help brighten our days... I can't wait 'til he gets home.

America The Ugly: The Mixtape (Sept. 2006)

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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.

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.

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!

DOWNLOAD America: The Ugly (The Mixtape)


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)

my little mixtape

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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.

the shuffle. [9/9/06]

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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.


Friday, Sept. 8th 2006 playlist

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"They say everytime somebody die, a child is
born/So I thank the nigga who gave his life for the birth of my son"
-The Game, "Like Father, Like Son", The Documentary

Nothing this week tops the birth of my son. There is nothing going on in the rest of the world that is more important than my son being born. My wife is the most beautifulest woman on this earth. She is a fucking TROOPER, and deserves more than I could ever give to her. I love her, and lil' Jayden. More on him in the very near future...

Onto the playlist...

Drum & Bass:
01/Heist "Iron Hide" [grid]
02/Skitty "Dirty South" [subtitles]
03/Unknown Factor "Odd Meets Even" [vibez]
04/'94 Rockers "Get Rough" [highly blessed]
05/Friske "Da Shinin'" [renegade hardware]
06/A-Sides "Tear Da Roof Off" [eastside]
07/DJ Suv ft. Don-E "Slow" [playside]
08/Pieter K "Temerity" [counter intelligence]
09/Klone "Bloodshot (The Upbeats Remix)" [wildstyle]
10/Equinox "Retroism (Where Are You?)" [subtle audio]

01/Ludacris ft. Young Jeezy "Grew Up A Screw Up"
02/Raekwon "Cuban Chronicles"
03/Talib Kweli "Funny Money" (prod. by Madlib)
04/Lil' Wayne & Juelz Santana "Rewind"
05/Chino XL ft. Snoop Dogg "Don't Run From Me (Remix)"

You want mixes? Check out the digest for some hot DnB from Outrage AND Atlantic Connection. Also, check out this mixtape that my boy Che Grand put together hopped up on Vicodin. ESB also has a pretty nifty Sub Pop mix.

Final Thought... Remember when Eminem was first coming out?

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

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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!

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)


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”
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].


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.


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.


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]


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!

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 or

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


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 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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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