Well, not really, but I need something... you see, I keep losing ideas and what not for this blog, and other aspects of my life!
It's my own fault, honestly. Aside from some of my past indulgences, I just have a load of thoughts going through my head that makes it hard for me to remember everything. For example, I put all three of the "Crooklyn Dodgers" joints in my Zen and walked to the bus stop. I'm sitting there, reminiscing and digesting all that is being said, as well all that is being implied in those tracks, and their places in the spectrum of Hip-Hop history. I was really in a zone, breaking down themes, beats, recurring elements, the whole 9, and relaying that into this new track produced by 9th Wonder... and by the time I got on the bus, got to work, and sat down at the PC to piece some of it together... I lost it. I do that a lot, mainly because my best ideas come in the moment, and it's hard to resurrect that shit after the fact. When I write reviews, they are mulled over and "zingers" (cool lines or great points I come up with) are noted in advance, but the actual bulk of the post writes itself right then and there, helped by a lil libation. That's how I have always done it... and if I want to keep up this blog, I might have to switch it up.
Now, being a father of 3 at this point in my life, my money is really funny... eh, not so much funny as not in my bank account. I have found ways to combat this, but still and all, we can barely rub two stick together after all of our bills are paid, let alone going out and copping expensive things like PDAs and phone plans (gotta love Virgin Mobile). That's where you come in: what service would you like to grab, for a fee, to help me purchase a Treo? What would you like in return for helping me advance my art? Would you like a Dub Session Mixtape of your favorite "Brooklyn" tracks? A poem devoted to your loved one? Let a niggy know... and no, I am not on some "I'll give you a fish pen for your red paper clip" type shit, but I mean, if I created a series of mixes, or gave you some ad space on this here blog... what would it take for you to cop me a Treo?
Let me know... either in the comments, or hit me on the e-mail.
Archive for 09/01/2006 - 10/01/2006
Well, not really, but I need something... you see, I keep losing ideas and what not for this blog, and other aspects of my life!
Another week is gone, but this one is different... I actually celebrated my 25th birthday (special birthday shouts to Michelle Wie, U-God, Daryl Hall, Joan Cusack and Luke Perry, all who share my bornday). I got some love, a dope Boondocks t-shirt, and a few other bits... the fam and I also spent the day at Franklin Mills mall in Philly, to check out the Starbury collection at Steve & Barry's... YO! If you are trying to clothe a family of 5 or just ballin' on a budget, hit up this store ASAP! They have a dope selection of pants, coats, sweatshirts, tees, and the Starbury joints, all for under like $15. I mean, LOADS of sections of $10 coats, $7 shirts, and the sneakers and boots that Starbury is putting out are quality, and great prices. You can only get 2 pairs per person, per day, so shop wisely... we went in there and it was kind of quiet, but 15 minutes later the bumrush commenced. Shouts to Stephon, I hope to see you rockin' your signature kicks this season.
Now, without further ado, let's get it...
01/As you may have noticed, I chose the red iPod shuffle case for this week's pic, in reflection of the whole (RED) campaign going abouts to raise money for AIDS research and such. This week, Apple stepped their game up and came out with a red iPod nano to help with the cause. The thing looks dope, and is crazy thin. Will I cop one? I refuse... but I am in the looking for a new mp3 player. My trust Zen has had it.
02/Speaking of motherfuckers who have "had it", isn't it about time that Terrell Owens has shut the fuck up with his whining bullshit? Forget the fact that this depressed, drug overdosing ass nigga is writing a goddamn children's book, but he is pulling the same nonsense he pulled out in Philly last year with Dallas this year. I mean, there are times when you can say "wow, if so and so didn't fuck up the groove, we'd be moving on strong"; this nigga is forever putting the blame on someone else, and he is the problem! I mean, you play football, dog... how the FUCK are you missing practice over an "upset stomach"?!? Niggas are getting their shit pushed in on the regular on that field, you included... don't pull a bitch move, dog. First you "mistakenly" OD'ed on painkillers... but a stomach ache? Is T.O. gay? Let's be forreal... in all honesty, I know females who are tougher than he is acting on his coaches. And, lastly, how does this bitchmade Cowboy have a radio show? I don't see how he can garner such accolade while not doing shit this year... the exercise bike has seen many more flix of this grass eating bastard. Don't trust him...
03/I do have to say, though, T.O. does NOT win the Bitch of the Week honors this week out... they belong to this poor excuse of a woman who has the fucking nerve to use her 4-week-old baby as a weapon against her boyfriend, swinging the child and striking the dude, putting this kid in the hospital. In good news, the authorities took her other four kids away, but this bitch also has a 5th one coming soon! Should she be shot? I mean, once she delivers, should a bullet be put to her head? Drunk or not drunk (and why has no one commented on this pregnant woman being so drunk that she used her kid as a billy club), that's some appauling shit. That's not as bad as the ig'nant ass nigga who murked his child for tripping over the Xbox wires...
04/Remember the real-life runaway bride with the bugged eyes, who fled to Vegas right before her marriage b/c she got cold feet, but the media said she was missing? She's suing her ex-fiance for $500K and some additional things... come on now, how fucking bold is that? You left this dude, even though he had crazy loot, and now you are trying to cheat him out of a fucking ladder, a sofa and some cash? Some fucking nerve, you bugged eyed bitch. Go buy some stunna shades and leave well enough alone.
05/Most people think that when black people move in next door, the neighborhood is kaput. You can now add Dr. Phil to that list. If you were unaware, Dr. Phil has this 1984-style house, with cameras and shit all over it, and willing families subject themselves to this situation so he can help them whenever needed. I saw bits and pieces of one episode, and it had the husband and wife screaming at each other, inside AND outside of the place. Well, the neighbors banded together and kicked Dr. Phil out of their block. I bet most of them wish they could get him off of their TVs... baby steps...
06/For those who truly believed that Paris and Nicole weren't friends anymore, they publicly made you aware that they patched things up, presumably under the guise that this is the start of them filming a new season of The Simple Life. I'm telling you: until Nicole gets her weight back up, she can count me out.
07/You thought it was just rappers getting pinched for their gatwork, didn't you? Nope, nowadays, NBA players are bucking off, early! Stephen Jackson, him of the infamous Detroit vs. Indiana brawl, got into it with in a strip club with a man who apparently has a gimpy arm, and ended up a) firing his gun and b) getting hit by a car. Some words or something were exchanged, which leads us to the point where, essentially, no one knows wtf happened: reports say that Stephen punched the gimp, and got hit back; some say that Stephen aimed his gat at the car, prompting the gimp to slam into him, while others counter that Stephen got smacked by the car and busted shots in retaliation. The problem is, Stephen is still on probation from the Detroit-Indiana beatdown, so he might end up doing anywhere from 6 months to 3 years for criminal recklessness (yeah right, if OJ could get acquitted, I highly doubt Stephen will have to do a day in jail). The part about all of this that bothered me, initially, were the reports saying that Reggie Miller was pissed that Jackson did this, that he was being detrimental to the efforts of the Pacers. Nigga, please. You played with Stephen, so I highly doubt you didn't know what this nigga was capable of... shit, he slid a fucking fan across the stands! To be retired and now stick your neck out in this ruckus is just not loyal @ all. And think about it, Stephen had a fucking permit for the gat, so he was well within the law to be carrying it, and busting it if he felt his life was threatened. Fuck you, Reggie. No wonder you never won a championship, you sellout. Check out SLAM for their Cliff's Notes rundown of this case.
08/For some normal gat talk, Jadakiss spoke out this week about his recent arrest on gun charges. He tried to clean up the situation, saying he was "being a knucklehead" out in the hood instead of being home. Um, anyways, he says not only was he not in the whip when the po-cheese pulled up, but the vehicle was locked. Yo, if the cops have suspicion of something, does it matter if the car is locked, or if you are in the whip itself? I mean, if a pig thinks "yo, these negroes have a gat in this car", and ask to search it, does it matter that you were standing outside the whip, reading KING? If they think it's your gun, nigga, it's your gun! Good thing he's out on bail, we need more verses from you. Just don't incriminate yourself, dog!
09/Posts like this next one are one of the reasons I'm glad I'm down with dudes like Rafi over at Oh Word. He exposed XXL for selling Bol out, by trying to delete this thread that referenced Lupe Fiasco's Islamic ideal(s), instead of just posting a disclaimer or whatever they normally do. Rafi discovered that Google cached the deleted post, but as of right now the post is MIA. In any case, let this be a warning, XXL: we know how you roll now. Don't put cats in the position, then yank their posts away without an explanation. That's a bitch 50 Cent move, and you will be exposed time and again.
10/Keeping it Hip-Hop for a minute, let's run down this week's Internet Interviews. You guys know that there is a grip of Rap-related releases dropping in the upcoming months, so the heavy hitters are out there, spreading the word and being absurd all in the same breath. Snoop Dogg dropped some craziness over at AHH (part 1, part 2), speaking on his pimp days ("Bitch, break bread or fake dead"), and speaking on how he could be the KoNY. Oh, word? Diddy told People Magazine that he does have tracks on this one that reference his relationship with J.Lo, like we had never heard "I Need A Girl" (part 1, part 2) before. Lloyd Banks speaks on his singles with HipHopGame, saying he is following up "Hands Up" with "Help", which means that he is trying to hit the same markets as last time. Problem is, his new album is doo-doo on wax. AZ shot the breeze with XXL speaking on his new album, his past hits, and they have a cool YouTube retrospective on his past video work. Finally, Nas came out of the woodworks and spoke on his new album, his new situation, and his thoughts on the current state of Hip-Hop. As a bonus, The Fader recently posted up a preview of some of Nas' new tracks; from their descriptions, the man is going in both similar and different avenues... I'm kind of excited, but only time will tell (here is another preview via MTV).
11/First Xtina, now Whitney? Billboard dropped word that DJ Premier has been tapped to possibly work on Whitney's new album, which would be a beautiful thing in theory, but I am not sure if her voice can work with some of his grimey beats. Xtina knew how to manipulate his sound and create a banger; Whitney was cool with Wyclef tracks, but Primo is a whole different monster. I hope they get this off the ground though, I'd love to hear this collabo.
12/BREAKING NEWS: the nigga that smashed into Cassidy's whip got a ticket. Say what? As of right now, this nigga is sitting on an unsafe turn ticket for running a red light and smacking into someone else's car, injuring one of the passengers. Only in New Jersey.
13/Here are a few alcohol-related how-tos, courtesy of wifey: How to Taste Single Malt Scotch and How to Drink a Tequila Shot. I know most of you lushes might know how to rock the latter, but the former might still be a mystery. Tell me if these work, or if you have your own bright ideas.
14/Were you lot aware of the Sopranos video game coming out in November? David Chase, HBO and THQ set aside some time to create an entirely new story based on The Sopranos history. You play the long lost son of Big Pussy, trying to get in good with the family. You visit all of the locales of the show, and you are given the opportunity to be hired muscle, go out on hits, all that good guinea shit. You are even allowed the option to beat a bitch down, talk tough, or just plain walk away from confrontation. I'd try it before buying it, but who knows, it might be the bomb.
So that's the end of my thing for this week. Tried to liven this one up a bit, a few of my other shuffles as of late have been bland in some points, and I apologize. I hope you forgive me as I leave you on a different tip... take care.
Enjoy your Friday the 13th.
A quarter of a century... that's how old I turned today. It's kind of crazy, you know? I mean I don't feel any older than I did yesterday, but with the way my life has changed in the last 5 years, I feel about 10 years older than my I.D. says I am.
I've seen a lot of things... from 9/11 to Flavor of Love. From Jay-Z Vs. Nas to Jay-Z signed Nas. Two Iraqi "wars", DJ Shadow going from the antithesis of commercial Hip-Hop to, well, producing commercial Hip-Hop. The birth of my son to the death of comedy's son. Life is real...
In any case, I try to model each year of my life in the mentality of a NBA player whose jersey number is the same as the number of years I have been on this earth. Mark Price is a good choice. Check his track record; then check out the fact that he sat the bench for his first year, then when he got to start, he rinsed each and every year, and holds a gang of records and is all-time NBA in a number of standings. That will be me, in this blog shit and my life. Cool and comfy on the underbelly, then exploding on the scene the next year (wait for March 2007)... follow me.
In terms of plans for tonight, LOST is on tonight (peep their first audio podcast for Season 3), and it looks to be action-packed. I'll have either a six-pack of Heineken or a 40 of Mickey's (I'm undecided), and some good family time. Loving my wife, wanna shout her out for bringing a nigga some cupcakes. And lunch. Gotta love her for that one! I do want to send a gasface to the rain out there. Very normal for my bday though. *Sigh*
Got some ish forthcoming for the blog... review of the new Hi-Tek album coming soon... interview with TEKDBZ's Hochi... possibly a review of Lloyd Banks' Rotten Apple, and some other ish under wraps. Keep it locked, and shout me a bday holler if you want.
So long, and thanks for all of the shit.
For those who might not be aware, there is a producer by the name of Sabre who is currently doing the damn thing on the DnB tip. He is an up and comer in terms of getting his beats out there, but the quality of his product is uncanny. He also is one hell of a DJ -- choice selection, smooth mixing, quality shit each and every. He dropped a seriously funky Studio Mix back in March of this year, and (with Intense Records) has a new one for the month of October. I was going to hold onto this one until Friday, but why not spread the word? (take from this post on DOA) (download : Intense podcast front page)
SABRE STUDIO MIX // OCTOBER 2006 // 62 MINS
01/ L.I.S - Echo Game [Dub]
02/ Sabre - Glimpse The Prospect [Dub]
03/ Logistics - Depth Charge [Hospital]
04/ Verse + SP - Surrender [Crunch Dub]
05/ Icicle - Numbers [Dub]
06/ Konflict - Submerge [Timeless]
07/ Sabre - Damascus [Darkestral Dub]
08/ Icicle & Switch - Secret Temple [Dub]
09/ Sabre - Point Blank [Bassbin Dub]
10/ Deep Inc. - Black Jaguar [Crisis Dub]
11/ Noisia & Teebee - Moon Palace [Dub]
12/ Icicle - So Clean [Dub]
13/ Rymetyme - The Payback [DSCI4]
14/ Lynx & Malibu Rhodes - Mariachi [Dub]
15/ Skitty - Dirty South [Subtitles]
16/ Breakage - Loved You So [Digital Soundboy Dub]
17/ Alix Perez - Worlds Apart [Shogun Dub]
18/ Focus & Lomax - 5 Weeks [Dub]
19/ Sabre - Lady Fortune [Bassbin Dub]
How ill is that... dubladen, but then he drops tracks like "The Payback" and "Dirty South". Watch out for Sabre.
Sabre on MySpace
Sabre's discog on rolldabeats
Sabre's 12" on Horizons Music (HZN015) is out on promo NOW. "Language Barrier" b/w "Celler Dweller".
I don't get the hype surrounding Lupe Fiasco. The talk surrounding this guy, aside from the infamous leak, all I knew was Jay-Z's praise (so much so that he helped executive produce this, for good or ill) and that verse off of Kanye's latest. The usual internet chatter had Lupe stacked as the second coming, and while this guy possesses skills on the mic, it just seemed like empty hype. I joked earlier this year in regards to what this dude invokes in my mind when I hear his music: he is Pharrell imitating Kanye. His swagger is total Chi-town, but his sound and aesthetic is that pseudo-"retro Hip-Hop" shit that Pharrell constantly preaches (giving props to ATCQ and originality while still choosing flavor of the month beats and wearing chunky fucking medallions). That mixture might invoke magic for some, but for me, it's pretty much just the same old song.
My first gripe about this album is the fact that he constantly talks about seeing the bad side of life, and growing up in Chicago, I know those streets are ROUGH. I just don't get how, when it comes to Hip-Hop, the hardest nigga out right now from the Chi is Common. Common? ... but I digress. Taking Lupe's past musical musings into light, he does know a thing or 3 about "crack rap", although he chooses to shun that to speak about things like skateboarding, his Muslim views, and fatherless homes. His hang up is that, while Jay might say he is a breath of fresh air, that air is long on flash and short on substance.
On tracks like "He Say, She Say", he literally re-rhymes the first verse on the second, in this tale of a parent and child trying to get Dad to understand what his absence from the home is doing to them. I figured that he'd have this 3rd verse where he let the father speak his piece, but no dice. So instead of us getting to see the whole picture, we are left with a mother who seemingly shouts her disdain for dad so much that her son has picked up on it. His first single (I don't know if you'd call it a hit), "Kick, Push", is about skaters who try to do things (go on dates, ride around town), and get shut down by the man. End of. I mean, OK they kick, push and then coast, but where's the joy in that? No real time to trick, they just get roadblocked all the way? Is that the message he really wants to bring? "The Cool" revisists one of my favorite breaks, James Brown's "Funky Drummer", to some success, but the storyline is muddy... apparently, this gangsta who got murked 6 months ago somehow rises from the dead and... walks around. He makes a lot of witty remarks about this dude getting robbed in the same spot he got popped and all this other flash, but the track does not have a moral, aside from the fuzzy "if you chase the cool you gonna get popped" theme, which is not really explored. Like most of his ideas.
The other problem I have with Lupe and a lot of the rappers coming out today is that everyone wants to resurrect Hip-Hop. That's all well and good if you go about it the proper way (boom bap beats, gritty rhymes, etc); you are NOT bring back that "true shit" by making throwaway Linkin Park-sounding tracks, or throwing Jay-Z on the most garbage instrumental I have ever heard. You cannot escape the trapping of commercial Rap by catering to that audience. He has the neo-soul, the Fort Minor, and the pseudo Roc fans on lock, but that real Hip-Hop? It goes about as far as the instrumental to "Kick, Push", which has just the right amount of jazz and soul to it to make it work. "I Gotcha" is an exception, because that piano sample (Monk?) that Pharrell and co. hook up is mint.
In the end, Lupe should have proofread some of this ideas. Take "American Terrorist" for example. The idea behind this track, obviously, is to show how American is just as terroristic as the guys who fly planes into buildings. The thing is, the title would have been better suited to be called just plain old "Terrorist". Throwing the "American" in there not only undermines the educated fans who know what the fuck a terrorist is, but it also indicates that there is some difference between "American terrorism" and the terrorism from places in the Middle East, for example, when in fact, terrorism is terrorism. On another tip, why do we need a 12 minute shout-outro? Did they run out of ink for your booklet? Too many missteps, not enough progress.
Look, Lupe suffers from what many others in his boat suffer from: too much seasoning, not enough experience. If this album took him years to make, maybe he should go back and let it marinate. Like Sam Jackson said in Juice: "You can't pour syrup and shit and make it pancakes". You can't throw big name supporters and flashy production ontop of underdeveloped ideas and call it revolution. While many may herald Lupe as some second-coming or the next torch-bearer for conscious Hip-Hop, he is just another bitchmade Muslim who used to rap about gat-toting to me. Until he keeps it all the way real, keep it out of my Best Buy bins.
And where the fuck in the world does being the biggest seller at Best Buy truly mean anything?!
rock the dub gives this album a 5 out of 10: sorry choruses, pointless stories and a tired, non-believable format make this one lazy collection for the true Hip-Hop listener.
official Lupe Fiasco website
Lupe Fiasco's MySpace page
Lupe Fiasco's Atlantic Records webpage
Lupe Fiasco's hypebeast blog
Forgive me world, I am kind of out of it. Had a nice lil' get together @ my mom's, got to see the fam. Had a great time even though there was a fucking french tip nail in the icing f my slice of cake. Fucking Risoldi's bitches.
Did you grab my new mixtape? It's full of blunted vibes and my mixed heaven. Check it out if you like your mixes a bit subdued and such. New one coming in the next few weeks...
We'll see how much I get done tonight; too many distractions, too much sleepiness... walk with me.
01/What in the fuck made MTV think that a Save The Last Dance 2 flick would be necessary, no matter how fly/slutty Izabella Miko is. Ne-Yo apparently owns a club in this flick, and felt the need to give an interview on how difficult it was to play a club owner. I mean really, that acting money is beautiful, you can have most niggas be WHOMEVER when the red record light comes on. Stop frontin' like your non-dancing ass has had to dig deep and get into this complex role...
02/You liked that Google Video link, right? Well, that's like the first time I searched and found what I need on Google Video. The odd thing is, word came out that Google is trying to cop YouTube. It would help Google Video, because it sucks. YouTube just went into some deals with other companies for advertising space, so it might be odd to then jump into a Google merger, but hey, if the money is right, do the damn thing.
03/On the "tech" side of things, some interesting developments have gone down: I keep speaking on the Zune, and here's another interesting article on why the Zune is going to murk the iPod. Only time will tell, but they are talking a good game so far. On the flipside, McAfee has blasted Microsoft about their lack of attention to security holes in Windows Vista, which is a crying shame. The deck is stacked against Microsoft, and I don't think I plan on getting their latest update. Finally, it looks like Firefox needs to get it's shit together. Two hackers have come forward saying that the browser is flawed and damn near impossible to fix. Get on it, your browser is dope so far.
04/You gotta love how the rappers are trying to murk themselves. Cassidy got critically injured when his SUV got smacked by a fucking U-Haul truck. Fucking fractured skull? If this nigga gets out of this alive, I smell a 2x platinum record! In other crack rap news, Jadakiss figured it would be OK for him to walk around Yonkers strapped -- until he got arrested. NO WONDER D-BLOCK IS STILL ON THE SHELF. Fucking boss can't even keep his sheet clean. Being a dope rapper, you already have weed carriers... shouldn't there also be gat carriers? I just don't get it... niggas will speak that "don" talk in their verses, but end up getting knocked and beat on some dumb shit.
05/On the interview tip, there's a few interesting ones knockin' about... G-Unit's DJ Whoo Kid gave AllHipHop an in-depth interview, where he lays down how he built his international DJ community, as well as how he used to pay niggas for exclusive tracks! And not any old nigga, but writers and journalists and shit. They wanna beat up on the kids sitting on the P2P networks, but won't take down the jig who is in the public eye and admitting to the shit! On the lighter side, Peanut Butter Wolf broke bread with xxlmag.com to speak on Stones Throw, the passing of J Dilla and other interesting points. Gotta love PBW; check out Chrome Children, as well as Peanut Butter Wolf's "Chrome Mix" (download : stream). Finally, the one like El-P took time out from his blog to speak to Pitchfork about his upcoming album. The most interesting bit about this is his commenting on a new Cannibal Ox album in the works, but I hope his LP is shit-hot.
06/I guess George Michael was just doomed to repeat history... earlier this year, he was busted for drug possession while being found "slumped over his steering wheel" in his car. The same thing happened this past week. What kind of world is this? You know if this was someone else, this bitch would have been locked under the jail; good George can be free to drive around high on cheeba and dreamin' of bath houses. Silly shit.
07/With all of the beef in Hip-Hop these days, it's shocking to find out that the true fighters are blonde bimbos like Paris Hilton and that Shanna chick who was with Travis from blink-182. Shanna apparently smacked the shit out of Paris at some club, mainly b/c Paris has been seen with Travis in the last couple of weeks. Big woop, Shanna; let your ex get some of that night vision pussy. The story gets a bit crazy, with people saying that one of Paris' exes bent this chick's wrist and threw her down some stairs or some shit. I mean, I don't know who or what to belive, or why I care, but I just wish I could see people like 50 Cent come out and do something like this instead of being a bitch and talking about it on wax. Go smack a bitch in the club, then call me.
08/There are some things that have merit, and some thing that fall to the wayside. John Mark Karr's porn charges were dropped on some bullshit, and this 12 year old is considered a sex offender in NJ. Here's the kicker -- he gave someone an enema. Apparently, years ago, he was playing doctor and used a douche to give his brother and then himself an enema. Kids being kids? Who knows, I mean I wouldn't do shit like that, but some kids play differently. It has been said that the boy was not acting in a sexual matter, but the Supreme Court says that that does not matter. I mean, really, if I were to use an enema on myself, would I be considered a sex offender? You know, asses, wet, gay men, child molestation. That has to be the chain of events the Court was looking at, no? If not, then what? Does his brother think he is going to start beating him off or something? I'm at a loss... especially when this fucker is not getting charged yet. How Mark Foley, who has reportedly fucked one of those pages, is escaping charges is beyond this nigga right here.
09/Speaking of improper sex addicts, R. Kelly has been charged with beating his "mentor", some nigga named Vaughn, and stealing the idea for that God-awful "Step In The Name Of Love" track. Now how you can mentor someone like that is beyond me -- regardless of his sexual antics involving little girls and urine, the man does the damn thing musically. I don't think suggesting someone make a track influenced by the "Step" craze can be seen as guiding. It's a fucking suggestion, nigga. And you are mad that he beat your ass over that? Should have kept your mouth shut with that madness.
10/Today's TV: sometimes the companies get it wrong, but in terms of Spike TV, they got it right when they cancelled that Blade TV series. I heard the stories were a lot better than the acting, which doesn't help a damn thing. Sticky Fingaz as Blade? Nigga, please! And if anyone can get Dead at 21 for me on VHS or DVD, ket me know!
11/It's official: Raekwon has signed with Aftermath. Those waiting on Cuban Linx 2 can now expect it to drop soon... or in 2020. When it drops, it might be nice, but who knows. I mean, really, why try and recreate a masterpiece? Drop the dream and give us some new heat.
12/So a new Jay-Z track has been leaked to the Internets this week... "Show Me What You Got" is a toss-up depending on who is listening to it, but according to Def Jam, this wasn't even supposed to be released. Yeah, right. Like leaks just happen to appear online. Someone who knows something has to get this done, not just some random blogger. Be forreal. You put it out to gauge the response, and when it blows up, you guys are calling the FBI. Fuck you. Peep how Jay speaks on it at XXL, like the track is some throwaway shit. Let's be forreal, nigga. You love this attention right here. Well, come better next time, and we'll see. XXL also dropped a nice piece on Jay's post-retirement verses.
Word life, that's it for the week that was. Get ready for the week that will be, and this video should help you get ready:
Last month, my son Jayden Khristopher Davenport was born. I spent the night with my wife and my son the night he was born (Sept. 7th, 2006). I hadn't planned on being there on the 8th, a Friday, but with wifey in such pain, she felt it would be best if I stayed there with them. So I rushed home, got some stuff together, grabbed some Wendy's to munch on, and proceeded to the hospital. Once we got there, however, they were moved to a semi-private room due to overcrowding, so I was unable to stay there (hospital procedure). I went from being prepared to get the house ready to being a proper husband and father and getting there for the loves of my life, to being told I now cannot stay.
Needless to say, there was a brewing anger inside of me that I needed to get out. Aside from doing some writing and politicking that night, I got a mix done which was created to help calm my nerves, express some feelings, and just be an overall fun ride. Like the other mixes I have posted online, this is not "mixed" per se; think of it along the lines of a proper mixtape that you might make for a friend or loved one, with a collection of your favorite tracks on it. Some thought was put behind this, and it flows in a nice manner.
This mix is literally one month old, like my son, and I feel it's time to let out this latest Dub Session.
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02/Cut Chemist "The Garden"
03/Matisyahu "Spark Seekers"
04/Masta Killa ft. Raekwon & Ghostface Killah "It's What It Is"
05/DJ Shadow "Hindsight"
06/M.O.P. "Here Today, Gone Tomorrow"
07/J. Dilla "In The Streets"
08/The Roots "No Alibi"
09/INI "Fakin' Jax"
10/Oh No ft. Wildchild "WTF"
11/Mos Def "Life Is Real"
13/Roc C ft. Chino XL "El Capitan (Remix)"
14/Jadakiss ft. Styles P "We Gonna Make It"
15/A-Sides "Tear The Roof Off"
16/DJ Shadow "High Noon"
17/The Game ft. Busta Rhymes "Like Father, Like Son"
How can Gridlok out 'Virus' Ed Rush & Optical? Easily... by releasing his slammin' Break The System album. Compared to their new disc, Chameleon, Gridlok might be the go-to guy for that dark, hard, grimey neuro sound. And who said stateside DnB is shit?
It's just hard to believe that guys like Ed Rush, Optical and Matrix, while showing signs of their older ways, have developed into the antithesis of what a lot of people feel their music stood for. It went from taking chances and doing it for themselves to what at least sounds like they are trying to cater to the dancefloor exclusively? For some (many?), this is a hard pill to swallow... but with albums like Gridlok's, as well as the tracks that producers from The Upbeats to SKC, Optiv to Fierce, and not to forget the mighty DNAudio crew, the true Virus sound is not dead at all. It just kind of disheartens many that the pioneers of that shit seem to not give the people what they want, or what has been rumored to be coming... gotta love that Virus Vaults album, though!
First off, for those who missed out on the LOST Experience ARG, check out the main piece found, this video detailing some of what DHARMA is after:
If you need more information on the LOST Experience ARG, check out The Lost Experience Clues blog. Your best bet, if you want to follow it in order, is to check it out backwards.
So tonight is the big night, eh? We get to find out what Jack, Kate and Sawyer are in for with The Others. Remember, this season will be a core 6 episode start, then a hiatus, to be brought back next year with a full run, i.e. NO RERUNS AT ALL. While LOST is on hiatus, some new TV show will appear... crazy.
In any case, nobody call or message me from 9PM-10PM EST, for I will be on the island. Expect my recap sometime tomorrow.
Just figured I'd share this mix with the DnB/Downtempo crew. Meant to hit you guys with it the other day, but you know what it do. All exclusives, no released/regular material at all... and Proto J does his thing. Download HERE. Here's the tracklisting:
More dnbradio.com archives HERE. You can check out more Proto J info at his MySpace page.
What's up world? There are a few Remix competitions I figure I'd let you guys in on:
DJ Shadow has a comp out there to remix his new single, "Enuff" ft. Q-Tip & Lateef. I think you have to use the software provided, so no .wav files for you producers out there, but check it out HERE for more info.
Paul Reset, Pyro and the good folks over at Nerve have linked up with the Mashup Militia to provide you with the pieces you need to remix Pyro's "Cho". Do it in any style you like, but get it done by October 30th. Loads of prizes, the sample pack, and other info is available HERE.
Get ya version on!
What's really good, fam? Another week down, another batch of heat in terms of news stories. And, I copped a pretty dope shirt at Walmart, long-sleeved Batman jawn. Old school logo and all. Holla.
My shorty is growin' like a real man should. Chubby ass cheeks, the shit is surreal. You have to love the miracle of life. You might not love the lack of sleep, but you know how that goes... baby has to eat, so you gotta get up and feed him. I keep promising more pics to everyone, and they are comin', just let me be on that. Chuuch.
Let's get it.
01/Possibly the biggest story of the week is the Terrell Owens suicide watch. The initial reports said that T.O. tried to murk himself by ODing on sleeping pills, but he is saying that he was not attempting self-murkage. He is not named in the police report, but his publicist chick reported to many news outlets that she called that shit in. My thing is, how the fuck does the police have a report on your ass if you just had an allergic reaction? I mean, I hope he didn't try to kill himself, that's serious shit, but I smell a rat. Did he fabricate this whole fiasco to get hype for tomorrow's game, which I will probably be watching? Funny fucking nigga. Funny ass dude. In the end, as long as he is doing his thing in terms of catching that pigskin, no one can say shit about his off-field antics... but the nigga ain't even doing that. We shall see.
02/Speaking of niggas on some bullshit, did you guys hear about The Game? Dude went from being on Dr. Dre's Aftermath label through G-Unit to beefing with 50 and eventually getting booted from both G-Unit AND Aftermath to Geffen (although, in the latest XXL Magazine, he claims to be in some kind of limbo he isn't even aware of what label his LP will come out on), he is now shouting 50 out on NY radio (audio here)?! I mean, he went from "Oh, see if Dre on the album when you cop it" to fully acknowledging that there is no Dre on this album? How did the man who penned vicious diss tracks like "300 Bars & Runnin'" become such a pussy? Something else is going on there... something like The Game been runnin' his mouth too much and is about to get dropped, quick. Wait 'til November comes... see if his shit comes out correct.
03/You gotta love it when the chairman of the Missing and Exploited Children's Caucus is instant messaging boys, asking them to take off their boxers and shit. Mike Foley, a Republican down in Florida, apparently bounced in a HURRY after ABC News asked him about his ways with lil boys over the 'Net. What kind of sick shit is this? Do they not screen these motherfuckers before letting them run things? First FEMA, now this. Well, first Dubya, then FEMA...
04/I want to send my heartfelt condolences to Reverend Run & his family over the loss of their newborn. Although Run is putting on a good face in this tragic situation, I know he is hurting. That's hard, no matter how the baby dies... now, while this was going on, the rest of the Run DMC trio's beefs went from silent ruminations to full-blown beef! Word is DMC hasn't really been coming around to JMJ's family's house, and Momma JMJ felt the need to air this out, in front of the whole crowd at this Milestones Awards show. I mean, she says things like JMJ would have laced DMC's fam with money if DMC was the one who got murked, but that's not really concrete, you feel me? I feel her though, that shit's fucked up. Support ya boy... but then again, you have to look at the flipside: Run has crazy loot, while DMC is doing VH1 shows and other bullshit TV spots to make dough. I mean maybe he couldn't drop duckets, but he should have dropped by.
05/Image is everything in Hip-Hop. This week, noz exposed Lupe Fiasco's fake ass, by letting us in on a pretty unknown track Lupe did 3 years back, called "Pop Pop", and laced with a bunch of crack rap and bragadaccio. Fucking bitchmade Muslim. He is skateboarding and preaching kill Whitey now, but back then he was nothing more than a wannabe Clipse. Sad state of affairs; no wonder you didn't even push 100K your first week out.
06/There's a boatload of Hip-Hop set to drop in the coming months, and Sacha over @ OhWord dropped his predictions on how each album will do. Paul Wall spoke to MTV this week on how his new album is going to be more mature, even though his subject matter seems to still be the exact same. How you guys can get married and have kids and still rhyme about females is questionable in my book... Eve also waxed poetic on her upcoming album, which is a joint venture between Swizz Beatz & his Full Surface label, and Dre's Aftermath. What she's doing singing is ANYONE's guess, but I hope she does well. She's been under wraps for a minute, and I'd rather see her in videos than putting out "Fetish" wear... Clipse's Pusha T went on the record and seemed to try to make amends for his comments about his record label last week. Dude, if you're frustrated, don't apologize! You know full fucking well you need to have been out a while ago, and not pushed back everytime Jive feels like it. Stand your ground, nigga. Oh, and winner for the illest interview ever is Beanie Sigel, who bared his soul a bit for The Fader in this in depth piece about his dealings now with Jay, Dame, State Property and his contract at Def Jam. Check it out.
07/On the Publicity Stunt side of things, Aaron Carter broke off his week long engagement to a Playboy Playmate his brother used to bone. Now, I had no idea he was rocking sloppy seconds from his brother, but then I hear that they have a reality show on E! set to debut this month? Fuck that, we don't believe you! Silly bastard.
08/It looks like "The Boondocks" might not be returning to the newspapers that made it so nationally known. Six months ago, Aaron McGruder, the strip's creator, said he was taking a hiatus to give his brain a recharge (he was also in the midst of completing the cartoon version), and his 6 month siesta was to end like now. Damn shame, his strips were fucking MINT! I own a few of the collections; so witty, so biting... but then again, as long as the show is coming back, I can't hate. It's almost as if the strip lead to the show, which is probably the best show of it's kind on right now.
09/Those bitches at Apple are funny. This week, they announced that they are not wanting anyone to use the term "podcast" anymore, which mirrors their previous gripe about people using the word "pod" when it relates to anything musical. I think that one is outright bologna. I mean, yes, I understand iPod accesories not sanctioned by Apple being pulled for using the company name, or something that reflects it. Podcasts are (normally) free, and 9 times out of 10, people who provide podcasts ask you to use iTunes software to acquire it! Are they wanting to shoot themselves in the foot now? And think about it... podcasts are so fucking large now, it's going to be hard fucking word to eradicate that term from the tech language now. Good job, dumbasses. In related news, there is more info on Microsoft's "Zune" player out. Word is this jammy is set to retail for $250, and will be dropping on November 14th. Can't wait to see what you Apple-haters will say when this drops.
10/So "Screech" is in a sex tape now, eh? Not only is this fucker getting royalties from Saved By The Smell, he apparently filmed it himself, I guess trying to save money to keep his crib. The people watching and buying this travesty of good taste must be sick in the head, or really big fans of the Zack Attack.
11/It worked for Spider-Man and Batman, putting a clean-cut, non-athletic dude in the role of a superhero, and now they hope this works for the upcoming Ironman movie, with Robert Downey Jr. stepping into the iron suit as Tony Starks. I'm actually feeling this: it is a good look, having guys who can act playing these roles, as opposed to Hugh Jackman.
12/I know some of you guys THINK you can act crazy, but you don't know how to do it until you read this article. Try this shit out and let me know what it do, I have some things I need to get accomplished...
13/You have to love it when outside companies fix Microsoft's problems before they get a patch out. How fucking sad is this?! When will they start paying these guys to do professional work for them? I mean it's proposterous that niggas will pay money for an OS as buggy as Windows and then have to wait for them to drop a "legit" piece of software to fix old problems.
14/People over in Illinois don't play -- word is this chick murked an acquaintance and her kids, cut out the lady's baby from the womb, and stuffed the other 3 kids in the fucking washer and dryer. How sick is that? And for what, to have the kid end up stillborn and have a funeral like this is really your seed? I mean, she at least fessed up, but what if the cards were dealt another way... the baby lives, and she has to go through life with that shit on her chest. Sickening, yo. And idiotic. Go adopt or some shit.
15/Do you get the sniffles when you are around cats? Go cop the sneeze-free jawns. Again, this is a dope concept, but shit, CURE SOME OTHER SHIT FIRST! AIDS, cancer, fucking SARS, West Nile. Fuck some hypoallergenic cats.
16/B.I.G. update: LA has given Volleta back her $50K, and there is a new B.I.G. doll forthcoming. RIP Biggie Smalls, you are still alive over here. Need to throw some of your shit on RIGHT NOW! Holla.
17/In one final note of stupidity, Anna Nicole Smith had a fake marriage in Nassau. She married this dude without a formal ceremony, nor was it legally binding. What's the point, you ask? She needed a fucking pick-me-up. Yes, she lost her son who was on Methadone for an as-yet-undetermined "illness" (one word: smack), but she also just gave birth. My wife gave birth almost a month ago, and yes she might have some emotional feelings going on, but she didn't ask to remarry. You just have to focus and deal. They also don't even know who the daddy is! Take her ass to Maury, you'll find out in like a day or 2. Duh.
OK word, that's all the ish I have for you lot this week. Tune in next week for more insanity and wit. One.
Oh, one more thing:
In the last couple of weeks, there has been a rumbling online regarding one woman: Lucy Diamonds. Her name has been thrown around a lot in situation regarding some major figures: Jay-Z, 50 Cent, Oprah, Kentucky Fried Chicken... and many heads might not know who she is -- yet. She dropped a video response to many of these controversies and beefs (part 1 and part 2), and she agreed to speak with rock the dub on these points, as well as shed some light on who she is as a person, her burgeoning career, and the state of the game today...
khal: Many heads out there only know you for your KFC boycott or the various rumors regarding you and cats like Jay-Z, Michael Jackson, Oprah Winfrey and others. Many might not know Lucy Diamonds, the MC. How did you first get into spitting?
Lucy Diamonds: I've been writing my whole life, but really only got into spitting four years ago.
khal: You are based now in Atlanta, but I know you also claim Louisville. Do you feel as though your place on the map can directly affect your style of rhyming or production? If so, how?
Lucy Diamonds: It can definitely affect your style of rhyming if you pay attention to what is going on in those areas… I never pay attention. I never really listen to hip hop on the radio, so I don't get influenced much. I could be anywhere in the world and it would still sound like me. Not only am I an emcee, but I am also very much a producer.
khal: Now, there is no secret that your recent video interview answered a lot of questions about your past (present?) beefs and run-ins with a lot of large figures in the game. How does it feel to be getting so much shine over so much drama and "he say/she say"? Does it hurt to get more play off that stuff than your skills?
Lucy Diamonds: It definitely doesn't hurt. You can't take what people say to heart. That, and the fact that once they do hear the music, most people give me a lot of love for my skills. I definitely don't want the focus to stay on "he say/she say" stuff but as long as it drives people to listen to my music, I can't complain.
khal: One of the biggest stories regarding you is the back and forth between yourself and Jay-Z over various issues, from the signing of Lady Sovereign to the whole "Jay's mom is a lesbian" stuff. If you could do anything differently in regards to that situation, what would it be and why? Also, you made comments regarding portraying a certain role to get on back then… do you know if that's something that goes on/is going on currently?
Lucy Diamonds: I wouldn't change anything that has been said or done, however I have apologized to Jay-Z's mother, Gloria Carter for my disrespectful actions. As far as portraying a certain role, that's something that I watch a lot of artists do, especially trying to get on. Hip-Hop is in a sad state right now. No one really lets music speak for itself, and it's rare to find artists who really break out on their own based solely on their music. They either had some producer with a big name, or a big name feature, or some beef with someone, or they're the first of their kind to attempt their genre of music, something like that. It's never just, "hey wow, this person makes really GREAT music, let's give them a deal and push it." And what's really sad is that that's how it should be. The two most recent artists I can think of, to really break out from great music are John Mayer and Alicia Keys. As far as hip-hop goes, Lupe Fiasco and The Roots are really hot.
khal: Yo, on your track "Check To Check", you said you still rock VHS tapes. Now I won't front, I have a trash bag full of VHS joints in my basement… but you mean to tell me that you haven't gotten into the DVD game yet? How hard is the plight of the MC who is barely making it? Has there ever been an instance where you wanted to quit?
Lucy Diamonds: No, I have a good size DVD collection now. When I wrote 'Check to Check,' I was living in my car, homeless, and sleeping at rest areas throughout Florida. I was completely broke. I had nothing. I even pawned my VHS and CD collections for gas money. That song is about every run-down apartment I've lived in, my situation at the time, and I added a little inspiration from the Outkast lyric I used as the hook for the song. "At the end of the week, I live by the beat, like you live check to check, if you don't move your feet, then I don't eat, so we're like neck to neck." Also, we are working out all the details with Outkast and Chrysalis to have the lyrics and sample cleared for commercial release.
khal: Now, you have an album forthcoming entitled Poor Dream Redemption. What can people expect to hear on this long player? Is this coming out independently or are you currently signed?
Lucy Diamonds: I'm signed. My record label is a little upset at my recent publicity so I will keep them quiet.
khal: From peeping your MySpace page, you're linked to both Roc Raida and Jay's former signee Amil. How did you link up with these two? What MCs/producers/singers/etc. would you like to work with, and why?
Lucy Diamonds: I hooked up with Amil by fate. I had a long list of 'this person can hook you up with this person' and most so-called connections never panned out, until eventually one did. And if I've ever met someone who was completely real in this game, it's Amil. She and I are very much alike, and that's why it just worked with us. And she's still a dear friend of mine, even though she is upset with me over this whole Jay-Z thing too.
I met Roc Raida through a mutual friend, and was so excited to be able to add that element of his wizardry. A lot of people don't realize what talent it takes to really freak a turntable, and Raida is just plain ill! He's a great guy too- totally humble, totally cool. He's the best DJ in the world!
khal: Based on your hustle, you've been covered predominately online. Do you feel as though your current exposure is a plus or a minus when you go to drop an album?
Lucy Diamonds: Definitely a plus- any exposure is a plus while you're breaking out. You just never want to get overexposed like 50 Cent where people can't stand to hear what you have to say. Like Eminem said, 'and when you're run is over just admit when it's at its end...' And seeing as how I'm just beginning, everything's really working out in my favor. And as far as online goes that is where everything is happening. The digital revolution is here. People are talking… Like Paul Wall said, I got the internet going nuts!
khal: In terms of sales, you can have a large hype online that does not come back to fill your pockets when your album drops. What are your feelings regarding how much exposure you need to obtain offline to make this thing worth your while? Are you motivated to stack paper off of your mic skills, or is there a higher calling for you?
Lucy Diamonds: I'm not looking to fill my pockets. I believe music is a gift, and it was given to me, so why shouldn't I give it to others? I give away a lot of my music- mixtapes, promo cd's, all kinds of stuff. People will give me an address, and I'll just mail it to them. I just want them to hear it, and what makes it worthwhile is that they enjoy it.
khal: To step outside of yourself and your career for a bit, what do you see as being "wrong" with the industry currently? If you could be Jay and own a large Hip-Hop label, what do you think you would do differently to help benefit the consumer?
Lucy Diamonds: First of all, Jay said, 'I'm overcharging the industry for what they did to the Cold Crush.' Yet he just pockets the money and didn't give it back to the Cold Crush, and the other hip-hop pioneers that paved the way for current hip-hop. You never see him trying to help support, or put on our pioneers. But all that needs to change. I encourage every rap artist to give back. We owe it to the originators who took the pilgrimage for us to be who we are. We need to protect our roots, how else can we continue to grow?
khal: In the past, as mentioned before, you were involved in a KFC boycott. How long have you held these views in regards to KFC's practices? Are you going to address these further on the album?
Lucy Diamonds: I've been with PETA for about a year and a half. A big part of what PETA does is to not only actively strive for change in the way animals are treated, but to educate. The people, who do nothing, are one of two people, they either don't care or they simply don't know. PETA is a great organization that strives to educate people about animal abuse, and then encourage them to make a difference by active participation or simply just supporting PETA's efforts. There are so many little things people can do in their everyday lives to help support, it's not all huge protests and campaigns. At www.petaworld.com you can find tons of ways to help support PETA and get involved.
khal: Outside of Hip-Hop and being an activist, how does Lucy Diamonds spend the rest of her time? Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years or so?
Lucy Diamonds: Activist... I like that. Someone at my label just told me I was becoming more of an activist than an artist. Good! There is no faith without actions, so get up and go do something worthwhile. I'm really getting into the Bible lately, so hopefully in 5 years or so, I'll be able to use my activist-like nature to help spread the Word of God.
khal: Are you going to be touring for the album? If so, where can people catch you?
Lucy Diamonds: I signed with a top booking agency who is actively putting together a North American tour. I also plan on touring the UK and Australia real soon. Keep checking my website for tour dates, tour diaries, etc.
khal: Do you have any final thoughts or pieces of advice to give to MCs who might be trying to get more shine?
Lucy Diamonds: Don't listen to what anyone says, and don't let anything influence what you feel you need to do, period.
Lucy Diamonds on MySpace
Poor Dream Redemption on MySpace