Archive for 10/01/2006 - 11/01/2006

The Buffet Line

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Well, we all know that I am trying to make some money. With 3 seeds in the house, it's hard to live life off of just my paycheck and my wife's paychecks alone. In comes The Buffet Line, our eBay store. You know why we call it "The Buffet Line"? Simply, we envision it to be a spot where you can load up on various types of items and such, kind of like the Chinese buffet restaurants you see all over the place.

We are unloading a serious amount of stuff in the coming weeks (months/years/etc.), from various computer accesories and things to loads of books, clothes, appliances and (possibly) CDs and such. We need that money to feed our fam, so help us out. If you don't see something you like, pass word to those you know and see if they need something.

Right now, I have a Linksys USB 2.0 Network Adapter up for bid right now. The unit retails at approximately $30, but the starting bid is $10 right now.

If all goes well, this should help ease the blow of these bills... if not, then it's back to the grinding board. Hell, maybe I'll sell mixes? We shall see!

So again, check out The Buffet Line.

the shuffle. [11/04/06]

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"I been crushing the building since Izod socks/so independent, shit, I might buy Koch!" - Jay-Z freestyle swagger.

I wish I had Jigga's steeze sometimes. I mean, he could be me with less $$ than I have, and would still walk tall. I guess actually having money does that to a nigga though... I am just reevaluating life right now, especially with Jay and Nas apparently dropping LPs on the same label about a month apart --- I'll believe it when I see it on my HD. LOL... pardon me, I had to laugh at that.

Anyways, I've been slacking lately. When you figure that I have a gang of interviews to post up (The Enemy from Evol Intent, The Horsemen's FRISKe, TEKDBZ's HoChi), and a few more to work on (Joulz Il Duce, Gridlok, etc), I've been on some slack shit. Thing is, I've been on some LIFE shit. Got a new gig, got a sick kid... got just real life problems. I still haven't seen the latest episode of LOST yet! I do have that news though... follow me!

01/I know you guys see the new iPod shuffle up there. Look at it, shit clips on your lapel and forget about the bitch. And at $80 for a 1GB player, that's a beautiful thing. Almost half the price of the original... sick! PC World reviewed this badboy, and it looks like, as long as you realize you can only do so much, you will be satisfied. Apple also let word out that they are offering an iTunes Latino version for Spanish speaking peeps. They even partnered with Telemundo, so you can check out the ill dance competitions by skimpy-dressed latinas for $1.99. Somebody out there is listening...

02/A word to the wise out there: don't cut line at the falafel joint. This nigga from Short Hills did so, and ended up getting stabbed by some dude with the last name Tayeh. It would have been one thing if dude stabbed him right there at the falafel joint, but nah... both the victim and the stabber drove off and met up later. What kind of shit is that. How do you KNOW you have beef with dude, see him a lil later THAT DAY and not be prepared to get your shit pushed in? I feel sorry for him and his family, but he should have known that crazy Ziad Tayeh was gonna fuck him up over his falafel ordering time.

03/Now this story might get the "HUH!?!" award for 2006. Peep the background: this cop is suing someone he saved. Yes, you read that right. Apparently, this officer got a call to a home where this sheriff's officer was holding a gat, saying he would kill himself. The cop gets there, and has a piece held on him. The suicidal officer was on some "Suicide by cop" shit. After a 45 minute standoff, the cop got the suicidal dude to throw down his weapon and calm. Now, about 1 year later, the cop is suing the suicidal guy for holding a gun on him, the owner of the house for not letting him know what was going on... basically, he can't live on pension alone. My question is this: when I worked at Circuit City, I didn't think about suing them for getting yelled at by customers. I worked customer service, that's a part of the job. How is a cop going to sue someone for endangering their life? I mean, I get it, you had a piece pulled on you. That's some traumatic shit, and if you need $5400 per month for the rest of your life, hey, live well. How you gonna come back and sue the nigga you saved? Your hero status is plummeting...

04/There are a load of crazy stories that flood the newswaves each week. I like trying to figure out where the story originated when I hear the headline. Wifey told me that this guy raped his mother to get revenge on his brother, and after the initial shock of her seriousness, I told her this was from the South. Word is I was right... this fucking Alabama teen raped his mother in their trailer. How the fuck you could get on top of your own drunk mother and proceed to have sex with her is one thing... how you can continue doing it after she comes to and is like GET THE FUCK OFF OF ME is another. Now, there's been no real reasoning explained, aside from him getting back at his brother (what the fuck is THAT all about), but if this guy isn't hung for this travesty, I will lose my faith in the US Judicial System.

05/Word to my Illadelphia weed smoking niggas... you need to start copping your Blunts and Dutch Masters by the box. Philly is apparently trying to ban the sale of cigars in packages fewer than six. Funny thing about that is, aside from packs, I didn't know niggas bought like 2 pcks of blunts. Most of my peeps would by single cigars or whatever. You know how that goes, though, Trenton tried to crack down on the sale of those lil bullshit roses in glass stems that crackheads would cop to make pipes and shit. I just don't get it, though. I mean, you have stores dedicated to alcohol, which helps kill more people than a little bit, but you fuck with the niggas who smoke weed, which kills no one. Weed alone does not kill a soul, unless I'm missing someone, and if I had no responsibilities or care in the world, I'd be chiefing right now. Stop the hate on cigars and let niggas puff.

06/For those of you who are still fans of Kanye West after his ridiculous tirade at the MTV Europe Music Awards are full of shit. I mean, dog, you took the Best Hip-Hop award, no? Why do you honestly think that "Touch The Sky" deserved BEST VIDEO?!?! Then the nigga is like "this is the best video I saw all year"... shit, I say my son is the cutest thing on the planet, but I helped make him! You can't spend $1Mil on your video then be like its the best shit out there... once you wrote the check, you took yourself out of that equation, dickhead.

07/Speaking of Hip-Hop, let's round-up a load of the news out there: 50 Cent is set to play his dream role, a fucking pig, in the latest De Niro flick being produced. Fucking snitch ass nigga. The LOX's Styles P had his album pushed back, AGAIN, to later in the month of December. Between him and the Clipse, that real crack shit is getting no love on a commercial level. One of my favorite MCs ever, J-Live, gave The Fader an interview, even though he dissed your's truly for the now-defunct "The Flow" e-zine. I ain't mad at him, lemme get that album though! XXL has also leaked their Jay-Z interview, which should be hitting the shelves on the 7th... something like that. I can't wait, I'm loving Jigga again! Yo, just because you are Busta Rhymes, that does not mean you will be beneath getting a ticket for driving whilst talking on a cell. Shit, you are Busta Rhymes, what the fuck you driving for?! I hope Beanie Sigel gets over this double hernia shit... I wonder if he slims down, will that help him work better? I need a new Beans LP! I also really hope that Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five get into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame... I will protest each and every year if they don't get in. Oh and to end this Hip-Hop news, Saigon finally figured he should try and drop his LP without waiting for Just Blaze to stop buying video games. Smart move... until Papoose comes out.

08/Peace to Bob Barker, who announced he will be retiring from "The Price Is Right" after 50 years deep. Good luck to him. That show won't be the same without him. I predict it being canceled or sent to the CW shit (which is worse?) about 3 yrs after his departure. They don't even know who can hold his hosting jock. I hope it's someone worthwhile. I love Plinko.

09/MySpace pulled down their skirt and got in bed with the Industry this week, proclaiming that anyone with copyrighted material (mainly music) will get their accounts deleted. What's wrong with free promotion? I mean really, are there 16 yr olds out there with copyright material getting deals off of their fav songs being on their profile? Lighten the fuck up!

10/In yet ANOTHER story of priests taking their positons way too far, this evangelical faggot admitted this week that, admist many rumors, he had improper relations with another man. Now, he tried to clean it up, saying he only paid for a massage and copped meth off the dude. Yo, I don't let no dude touch me in that manner at all... shit, a nig is lucky he gets a handshake! Why not just say "I smoked crystal with him and he rubbed my dick"? Stand up and admit it all, or look like a super chump.

11/For my last bit of news, can you lot believe that a Tom Cruise struck a deal with United Artists!? We'll see how far this goes, but UA, this is not the same Tom you got paid with over Rain Man. Consider your dumb asses warned.

Well, that's all my peoples. It's kind of late, and I have to see my bed at some point. I'll scream at you some more in the very near future, but I will leave you with this...




Had to represent some Jadakiss after my nigga Nappy hit me with the new Jada shit... "Thug It On It"... wait for it. New mixtapes from him and me forthcoming. Peep the Wired Weird collective. Watch this space for more info. Be good, peeps.

Loosie All-Stars: Champion Hoods Mixtape!

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That damn Loosie Music Promo Monkey hit me on my gmail with this mixtape masterpiece the other day... Word is that Spec Boogie, Von Pea and Elucid gobbled up a shitload of CLASSIC '90s instrumentals ("Can't Stop The Prophet", "Shadowboxin'", "Tried By 12", and one of my personal favorites, Onyx's "Last Dayz") and just spat flame over the whole thing. I mean, for you legions of mid-90s stuck Hip-Hop fans (I'm looking at you, okayplayer), this is a fucking GEM of a treat. Peep the tracklisting, and get an idea of the tunes they murk:

Champion Hoods Tracklisting

01 Champion Hood Intro
02 Shadowboxing
03 Superstar
04 Iced Down Medallions
05 Brooklyn Kids
06 Can't Stop the Chopping
07 Loosie-La
08 Diner's Club Era
10 Tried by 12 (feat. Lek)
11 Tonight's Da Night
12 Code of the Streets
13 Loosie or Leave it Alone
14 Breakadawn
15 Criminology
16 Last Dayz
Whoa. Want to get this for free? Well, download from rapidshare or megaupload. Check out the Loosie website or their MySpace page, give them props, dload the mix and put it on a cassette tape and walkman that bitch about. Serious throwback music, nuff respect.

Friday, November 3rd 2006 playlist

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With my extended walkman and discman adventures this week, I've been lax on the new music, but here is a list of leaks and beats that I've dug in the last hour:

Various:

01/Ghostface Killah ft. Trife Da God "Good" [leak from Ghost's upcoming More Fish album.]
02/Spirit "Axis" [the man drops dubbed out spacefunk on his own label. One of the tracks of the year, seriously.]
03/Rick Ross ft. Bun B, Jadakiss, Styles P & The Game "Push It (Remix)" [some of my fav above-ground MCs out there. Gotta love remixes like this/]
04/Nas "The N" [not sure how I feel about this yet... I mean I love new Nas, of course... but is this the best out there?]
05/Nas "Hip Hop Is Dead" [and tracks like this, produced by will.i.am, killed it. this uses the same sample Nas jacked for "Thief's Theme", which is kind of a buzzkill. And the singing in the chorus is trash.]
06/Termanology ft. Nas "How We Live" [now this is more like it. Minnie Ripperton samples used nicely... even if A Tribe Called Quest used this a while ago. Very dope track.]
07/The Game ft. Nas "Why You Hate The Game" [produced by Just Blaze. Game drops the 7th, but the leak is out there. also features the Marsha chick from Floetry. 9 Minutes of heat... solid.]
08/Bachelors of Science "Jah No Dead" [shouts out to my dude Neil over at the Horizons Music Group. Big up the Crisis Recordings...]
09/Jay-Z "Hot 97 Freestyle Oct 30th 2006" [8 minutes of heat on Funk Flex's show. "So independent, shit I might buy Koch!"... AND HE RIPS UP GRAMMY FAMILY! Also, check out this interview with Jay speaking on Jimmy Jones... can't wait for the LP.]
10/Survival "Keep It Coming" [Survival's first 12" for Shogun Audio (well, Shogun Limited). One of the best to come out in 2k6, seriously.]

No mixes this week, niggas. Sorry. I'm on some Jay shit right now, I'll leave you with this:




On Jay-related news, check out Rizoh's post on the Kingdom Come tracklisting. Also, vote for Eskay to bring us the Kingdom Come news Live from Ibiza... say word! Bloggers, unite!

Lucy Diamonds' New Life

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What up world? I've been on my grind like Spec Boogie lately, but I wanted to hit you guys with some info from the last artist I interviewed, Lucy Diamonds (peep that interview here). She hit me up on the e-mail to let me know that her crusade against the one like Jay-Z is over. She seems to be celebrating this with a new track, "New Life", created with Aasim, the man who pretty much co-everythinged Diddy's "Press Play", for good or ill. It's a pretty introspective track, just pouring out your emotions, fears, and everything else onto the beat. Peep Lucy in her own words:

First off, I spoke to Jay-Z and my whole negative crusade towards him is over. I personally apologized to him and his mother, so it's time for me to move on. I can't allow myself to be caught up in my own personal and sinful conflict.

It's time for me to turn over a new leaf, and with that said; I wanted to let you know about my new song called, "New Life"

Well, that pretty much says it all. Peep this exclusive MySpace one-week leak HERE, and let Lucy know what you think.

Shouts to Lucy for the kite, it's appreciated. Big up to Aasim for making Diddy sound good again. One.

the shuffle. [10/28/06]

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One of these Saturdays, I will return to my regularly scheduled shuffle. From getting fired to spending the weekend in the hospital due to my son's RSV and Pneumonia bitch slap, my blog writing time is nil. I did find a temp job at this spot that, if pimped well, I can work into a long-lasting thing. Holla.

Anyways, let's get some of these links unloaded, so I can get to sleep tonight:

* You gotta love how Steve Irwin's manager gets pissed about a line in a Ras Kass diss to The Game, making Ras write an editorial about it, but this gets no shine compared to Rush Limbaugh marking on Michael J. Fox's disease. What a disgusting fatbody. Big up to Mike Fox.

* C-Murder is not allowed to promote his upcoming album; Jermaine Dupri gets out of Virgin while Janet's sales flop (who DIDN'T see that one coming?); Jay Hov said he ain't leaving Def Jam for doink; why does Alchemist carry a gun?; the man who shot Proof gets a $2G fine; and what the fuck were those Chicken Noodle niggers doing witnessing a shooting?

Aiight; I'm out like Shout, niggas. Be easy.

Friday, October 27th 2006 playlist

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For the time being, my mp3 player is stuck on stupid, so I am taking it back to the portable tape player. Holla at me. No big words, just big beats. Check me...

Various:

01/AZ ft. M.O.P. "Sit 'Em Back Slow" [who produced this? I wanna say the First Fam crew, but who knows. This one is grimey, Big up the underground, can't wait for that AZ album!]
02/Trick Daddy "I Pop" [Trick is the shit when it comes to vulgar nonsense... the beat is so simplistic, but so infectious. Pump it up!]
03/Dillinja "Gangbang (remix)" [been waiting for this one for the last couple of years... nothing less but stunning. Screw the Dilly haters, too.]
04/Deadly Habit "Blue Collar Depression" [you gotta love when someone hates a genre like dubstep so hard, then comes out and gets bit by the bug, and churns out a truly ill piece of bass terror. Big up D Habs.]
05/Jay-Z "Lost Ones" [Jigga on that reflective shit. Nice piano bop, good to hear him break down shit so smoothly.]
06/Wise Intelligent "Mr. Rocket Launcher" [Oh No produced this banger from one of Trenton's finest. Gotta love truth on the mic and fire on the beat. So easy.]
07/Mark One "Think Tank" [the producer behind the Virus Syndicate crew, Mark One drops a fucking space-out dubstep epic from last year. Gotta love digging into a pretty new genre.]
08/The Game "Sound Scan" [he cracks me up. Why he felt the need to read off the whole list, instead of just dissing on how much Lloyd Banks sucks, who knows... but whatever, loving it.]
09/Brookes Brothers "Rainman" [peep the Q&A, and then dload a taste of the future of DnB. Runnin'.]
10/Twisted Individual "Vegetarian Meat Mash" [DnB's TI knows how to take that basic sound and make it eek out soul and flavor. Lovin' the strings in the background as well.]

I gave you my mixes yesterday, among other things, and I have to skate like NOW, so I'll end this here. One love.

thursday mash

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Nothing too crazy going on right here... more of a mash-up of things going on in my life, in my head, and in our environment.

I read today on DOA that G.C. Coleman of the mighty Winstons died recently, or was it that recent? The wikipedia page on him says that he passed in "early 2006", and I can't find a proper page online detailing his passing. In any case, my condolences go out to his family, the surviving Winstons, and all lovers of the Amen Break.

In other news, Clinton Sparks has a FREE mixtape in promotion of the new NBA 2K7 soundtrack, compiled by the mighty Dan the Automator. You have to use iTunes to dload it, but it has loads of exclusives and sick jams. Check it out, it's well worth it.

Alix Perez has made his September 1Xtra Guest Mix available for download for FREE (download : tracklisting). There is a serious load of dubplate pressure, spanning loads of sounds. Alix is one to look out for in the 2k7, get familiar.

Did anyone catch LOST last night? Probably one of the best episodes in a while... the other eps are great, but this one set the tone. Beautiful use of everyone's personalities. Full recap to come.

I start a new job tomorrow, which means I have to get up super early, which I'm not feeling, but this will be the foot in the door of a company with longevity. Soon, my son, soon.

I'll holla at you goons tomorrow with the weekly playlist... one.

Cassidy vs. Freeway - FREESTYLE BATTLE!

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You guys ever see/hear this massacre before? Cassidy and Freeway, back in the day, before both of them got in the limelight, the Full Surface and Roc-A-Fella fams locked into the studio for some shit, and Cass battled Free. Cass murks Free, don't get it twisted, and hearing his lines make me wish he can get well and get back on the mic ASAP! Peep game:

Part 1


Part 2


You gotta love how Freeway sounds like ASS acapella, asking "throw a beat on!" This is old, but you gotta love YouTube. Enjoy this.

rat race

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"Rat race!
Oh, it's a disgrace
To see the human-race
In a rat race, rat race!"

-Bob Marley

You gotta love it... I always seem to find myself in these situations, where my job is gone, and my family is going broke because of my lack of employment. This wouldn't be a problem if employers acted in their namesake and employed. I sat at a job for a year and 5 months, busting my ass, hardly sitting 30 minutes at a time in my desk due to the receptionist needing smoke breaks, all the while the work that I am supposed to be performing for 1/2 a day turns into a full days work, meaning I neglect the fucking stack of files/boxes that I was originally employed to do in the first place! Nevermind the polotics of my main supervisor being buddy buddy with a shady bitch who will smile in your face one minute and apply heel to back in the next... even to her own homegirl! Nevermind the fact that I sat next to a woman who started ordering her lunch at 10AM, and walked out of the job one day because she paid too much attention to work that was not significant, getting so frustrated over a file that she stormed out, before she "killed herself, or someone else". Nevermind the fact that they fired me over some bullshit. I can be over all of this nonsense, my so-called "lack of productivity", my "making excuses" when I was just explaining myself to them. My problem now, right now, is the fact that I either have too much experience, or not enough experience. I have a solid background in being a fast-fucking-learner, adapting to changes and new ideas in an instant; why can I not express this to employers? Why shit on the kid? And if I end up NOT receiving unemployment benefits because of some shit they put on my record, hell will rise up.

I applied for a bunch of jobs today. One company, a local insurance place, has turned me down 3 times already. I applied again, wishing it's not a #4. The last time I was there, they told me I had too much experience, and thought I wouldn't stay in the position if I got it. I mean, let's say that was a problem, is wanting to advance and get ahead a BAD thing? The thing is, I would have been perfectly comfy in that spot -- hell, I ended up doing the same thing as a temp.! I end up sending out resumes and cover letters to places that probably won't hire me, because I need to feel like I am trying. And I am trying. For I need money. This is the plight of the unemployed.

It'd be easier if I had 1) a college degree, or 2) a car. I could open up my spectrum so wide if I had at least one of those. Alas, I have neither, and end up chained to the bus route. Woop woop.

So, say a prayer for your unemployed floyd over here. I need something... anyone hiring? Hit me up, I'll flick you my resume pronto. And if someone is willing to pay me for some work-at-home shit, I'm MORE THAN READY. And now, for some videos:


The Specials "Rat Race"

Mr. Lif "Because They Made It That Way"


Sage Francis vs. Akrobatik "Super Bowl MC Battle '99"


How we went from Bob Marley to Akro, I do not know. Be safe.

the shuffle. [10/21/06]...

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I missed the bus. I was destined to talk about a bunch of shit, from the whole Fabolous getting shot/arrested for his boys stealing Sebastian Telfair's chain to the trials and tribs of ghetto parties. George Michael getting high on TV, Apple's iPod turning 5 and the new info on the next 2Pac album were also up on the chopping block. Alas, I took a long-ass trip with my boy up to Mass. to pick up the Chevy Caprice Classic he won on eBay (it looks something like this). It has been a long week, and I am in no mood to recap the lives of niggas I could give a fuck about. I apologize for not giving you my weekly dose on the wack world we live in, but until I find a new job and get out of this funk, it might be a bit before I am back on my shit. I mean, I will do my best to do my best, but I'm going through some shit right now. And don't even get me started on the latest episode of LOST... GD POLAR BEARS! And big up to that Geronimo Jackson name-check. (What, you ain't up on Geronimo Jackson!?)

I do want to give a shout out to my boy Russ; he's helped me out in a rough time, and I am in debt to him for that one. I got that Styles P for you, my duke. And I will have a new, fresh and funky edition of the shuffle for you guys very soon... until then...







Soon come.

Friday, October 20th 2006 playlist

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Been a crazy week... got fired from my job, got some great news about my son (his head's AG), and my mp3 player is damn near non-playable. I have loads of new music but haven't really listened to it. Seriously. I haven't even watched the new episode of LOST, let alone get into some new music. And I'm out of town for the majority of this weekend (my shuffle should still be coming tomorrow, but we'll see). So, no list this week, but I do have a link to a sick DnB mix from the one like Heist. I do have a special mix forthcoming... and some other goodies. These next couple of weeks are kind of depressing until I get a new job... I'll get at you tomorrow.



Buy me a Treo!

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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.

LOST, Season 3: "The Glass Ballerina" [recap]

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First off, I want to apologize for this recap not being up on Thursday of last week... I wasn't around Thursday to complete it, and it sat by the wayside... peep the funny thing about this recap. I had a good 3 full paragraphs done, but my son woke up. I hit the "save as draft" button on Blogger, and for some reason I lost everything! So, check out the recaps from Lostpedia and MSNBC. I apologize for this one, but I am too tired to give you a half-assed 2nd attempt at perfection (lol nah, but the zingers I had were lost). Maybe I'll get it right next week... until then, namaste.

the shuffle. [10/14/06]

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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.


Friday, October 13th 2006 playlist

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Friday the 13th... get prepared. Some spooky shit is going down around these parts, and I don't know what. Been feeling weird lately, but it might just be the lack of sleep. Stressing over my son is never fun, but hey, what can a nigga do? He's only a Grade 1, so it's not a lot that I can worry about, but the cat is still going to be done -- at some point. In any case, here's an abbreviated list of shit I've been pumping this week... ps: follow this link and grab a special FREE 320kbps mp3 from DnB prodcuer Glitch. If you know the dsci4 sound, you know what's in store...

Various:

01/Herbie Hancock "Sly" [from the classic Headhunters album. the breakdown(s) in this are so dope, as is this article.]
02/Seba "Don't Wanna Lose You" [the man cannot do any wrong. this 12" is just fire from end to end.]
03/Easy Dub All Stars ft. Citizen Cope "Karma Police" [gotta love reggae versions of Radiohead tracks...]
04/Jay-Z "Kingdom Come" [all I have heard was the radio rip, but this is MUCH better than "Show Me What You Got". Just flipped the "Super Freak" track, but so what.]
05/Autechre "Dael" [finally grabbed a copy of their Tri Repetae++ 2xCD, which I lost a while ago. stunning IDM from like 11 years ago, sounds fucking FRESH!]
06/Klute "Most People Are Dicks" [surprisingly heavy 12" from the silent master on Friction's label.]
07/Nu:Tone "Missing Link" [you gotta love it when the Hospital producers get dark and grimey.]
08/dead prez "Hip-Hop" [50 Cent recently jacked this beat, and for good reason. The dp spit politricks on the industry... I smell a new Dub Session coming on...]
09/AZ "Game of Life" [can't wait for his LP, can you?]
10/Max Romeo & The Upsetters "Smile Out A Style" [classic reggae sounds.]

Mixed:

* I already spoke on Sabre's October Studio Mix, but it's worth a 2nd look. Grab it and RINSE IT!

* DJ Vapour threw up an awesomely crunk October Mix (Part 1), showcasing a special love for bass and dancefloor destruction. Grab this mix and get your crunk juice on.

Final Thought:

I've been begging my Flawless Hustle niggas to hook this one up, but their Video Fridays are themed and diggidy Das EFX missed the cut. So, peep game and take it back to like 1992:



Enjoy your Friday the 13th.

Mark Price year

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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.

-khal

rappin' midget.

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EDIT: Sorry, I didn't give Mr. Rafi Kam from Oh Word his propers for digging out this gem of a pic from Flickr. That's my dude, gotta love the Google Talk.

Sabre - October 2006 Studio Mix

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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

TRACKLISTING

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.

related links:
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".

Lupe Fiasco "Food & Liquor" [review]

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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.

related links:
official Lupe Fiasco website
Lupe Fiasco's MySpace page
Lupe Fiasco's Atlantic Records webpage
LupeFiasco.net (fansite)
Lupe Fiasco's hypebeast blog