Saturday, September 09, 2006

the shuffle. [9/9/06]

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

"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?

Wednesday, September 06, 2006

The Vicious Circle of Ignorance

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!

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

The Good, The Def, and the SuFi

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...

Sunday, September 03, 2006

"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!