CDs like these fuck up what the consumer thinks of the underground Hip-Hop "street mixtape" scene.
This project was initially rumored to be a mixtape in memory of Proof, and went from that to a mixtape showcasing the new acts that Shady/Aftermath have forthcoming. Apparently these tracks were so polished that Eminem decided to put this out as an official mixtape compilation thing, featuring beats largely from himself and The Alchemist (who kind of deviates from his normal, sample-driven style to a more homegrown sound), putting this on the shelves in every Best Buy that fake thugs can get to.
For shame, considering that guys like 50 Cent, who Eminem signed, were the direct product of the grimey, take-no-prisoners, leave-no-beat-unjacked school of mixtapes. You cop a mixtape on mixunit.com or at your local bodega, and you will get some real shit. Well, lyrically, it might be some fake shit, but you get the raw uncut shit. Polished mixtapes come off corny when they get a "proper" release, in my opinion, for they dilute what you are truly trying to do -- it's going from keeping your ear to the streets and creating that buzz to trying to create a buzz and create a mass-media dollar, which is a mixed message.
Take, for instance, the inclusion of new signee Ca$his on the lead-off single, "You Don't Know". Now this track features Em, Fiddy and Lloyd Banks alongside Ca$his. We get a 16 from Em, a shitty 16 from 50, and 8 bars of murder from Banks. Why does Ca$his have to share his bars with Banks? If I truly believed in someone, and thought enough of the mixtape I am making for them that I'd go ahead and turn it into an official Best Buy jump-off, why put a fucking bandana on their face and have them spit half of a weak verse? Why does the house that Dr. Dre built need another Tony Yayo?
And why does this feel like a glorified Eminem beat tape? Is he really trying to get put on beat-wise? That over cinematic, slow-creep of a beat bullshit... I think the comment he makes in the intro, "Shady Narcotics", fits well for his career right now: "I think it's about time we just cut the bullshit". For a mixtape that is to bring forth your new blood, why does Ca$his (who hails from the OC, apparently) have 2 solo tracks, and Bobby Creekwater (??) have 1 track? Fucking forever-in-the-background ass Stat Quo has a gang of solo tracks, Em and 50 have their own tracks all over... and Proof is only getting 58 seconds? Why does the best MC out of your crew, the one who died earlier this year, get almost a minute?
The saddest part of this is the fact that the established artists come off sub-par. "Whatever You Want", the track from D12 members Mr. Porter & Swifty McVay, is just boring -- remedial drums, odd choice of piano samples, and a lot of guntalk from guys who were just crying about their dead homey not too long ago. Great message. Em has the audacity to drop a mixtape with a track entitled "Public Enemy #1", and refused to use the original Public Enemy track? At least his flow is still intact -- Em, keep it on the mic! He also choosed to include a few tracks between himself and 50 the Soul Man. "Ski Mask Way" from 50's last LP gets a Remix treatment... *yawn*. And I don't really think it was clever of funny when Em ended his rhyme on "The Re-Up" with "Kiss my black ass!", even if 50 starts with "nah tell them to kiss my black ass". It's lazy, coming from a dude as ill as he. And do we really need to hear 50 talk about watching The Game like he was a "proud dad" -- why are you jacking Nas lines, don't you hate him? We then get treated to a remix of Akon's "Smack That", featuring throwaway verses from Bobby Creekwater (??!?!?) and Stat Quo ("ass so swole, have your boy like whoa"?)... why was this even included? Speaking of Stat, hearing his solo joints, I can tell why he has only dropped mixtapes and guest verses - no real "oomph" in his voice or lines, just some Xerox "gangsta-by-numbers" shit.
I don't hate all of the CD though. The 'Shady Remix' of Obie Trice's "Cry Now" is fire: funky bass, soaring, alternating horns. Obie is jacking mad flows, but he sounds good doing it. Eminem's "No Apologies" is vintage Eminem, him just going through what's going on in his life via his rhymes. I wish he would stay in that lane. Hearing Proof for just under a minute was dope, even if the clicks and booms in the beat are annoying. Sadly, that's about all I can truly say I like about this album.
All of the elements are there: a successful cast, loads of money in the bank, but I'm not sure what happened here. It's like the failures of 2006 (Lloyd's LP, Mobb Deep's LP, the loss of The Game, etc.) have backed the Shady/Aftermath camp into a corner, and instead of reinventing the wheel, they hit us with a "re-up" of some stepped on, Arm & Hammer-laden smack that, while it sounds good for the average dope fiend, leaves us junkies with a sore arm and an empty wallet. My only hope is that this CD does terrible numbers, so Eminem can either shit or get off the pot. His skills on the mic are on point when he isn't on the fart-joke nonsense of Encore, but he is not a thug, he was never a gangsta, and aside from signing 50 Robinson, he hasn't really found a G that works with his beats. Fuck a Re-Up, just be an MC and give us some raw in it's purest form.
rock the dub gives Eminem Presents: The Re-Up a 4 out of 10 stars for weak beats, weak delivery and a supporting cast that does not hold up the status of a faltering label. No apologies.
Eminem Presents: The Re-Up is available in all retail music outlets December 5th, 2006. More info here.
Archive for 11/01/2006 - 12/01/2006
CDs like these fuck up what the consumer thinks of the underground Hip-Hop "street mixtape" scene.
Just a quick note to you faithful readers: since there are only about 21 shopping days left this Holiday season, we here at rock the dub figured we'd give you some ideas for gifts for the Hip-Hop/Pop music fans you know out there. So this week, we will be reviewing some of the littany of CDs that will be dropping this week; from Eminem to Gwen Stefani, Young Jeezy to Lil Scrappy. One CD a day, to make up for the lack of reviews around these parts. Great, right? We will try to touch on all points, and give you some great pointers on what to spend your dough on, and what to leave on the shelves.
Our service, to you. Enjoy! And there will be a recap at the end of the week, so you lot don't miss out.
Get fly tonight.
Another umemployed week, but I actually pulled in some cake via PayPerPost and Associated Content. If you like to blog or just want get your work published and get paid for it, check those sites out. I'm talking damn near $50 for some old articles. Yessir. And another $22 for 2 blog posts.
So I have a bottle of Olde English and Disc 1 of this Next Level 2 compilation going on right now. Dutty combo. Friction is the man though, he has such an ear for what tunes work together. All my junglists stand up! I wanna shout out Perpetuum each and every, that's one down ass cat forreal. Shouts to Neil @ HMG on the marriage, congrats on that. Big up to J Funk of Saburuko for the beats and the opportunities. Oh and shouts to Miss Inaya for the ill pic of Young Geezy. Lovin' how he's grabbin' that brim. Big it up.
You guys ain't here for that though.. you're here for me to roast this week in news. Let's get it going, seen?
01/This just in: Lindsay Lohan is officially a drunk. I think it's kind of funny that Fire Crotch's parents were all about keeping her drinking under wraps ("she's exhausted" excuses could only go on for so long)... but what will this do to her image in the eyes of young America? I mean, many 20+ heads know she is a party girl and whatever else you might believe, but she was in a fucking Herbie movie. She was still marketable... this might fuck it up, though! And after she did her first love scene in Bobby. Good job, Fire Crotch.
02/Speaking of drunks, I was surprised my unemployed ass missed Danny Devito being a drunken idiot on The View. He went on and on trying to make us laugh at him dissing Dubya and the White House, but he just made himself look like one of those midgets who drank a bottle of Patron. George Clooney finally admitted that he was out with The Penguin drinking that night. Danny says he was in bed by 11:30PM and woke up at 7AM still drunk. LITTLE PEOPLE, do not try and drink with the big boys... you cannot hang like we can!
03/So after 4 months of marriage, Kid Rock & Pam Anderson called it quits. I figured, OK they got married to quick, they weren't ready, but then I heard that Kid Rock was pissed over her "role" in the new Borat film? I mean, he called her a slut and everything... like he didn't know that?! You only marry Pam Anderson for a few things, and her cookies ain't one of them. How you gonna trip out over her on screen -- she must have heard his "albums", and she still decided to marry him.
04/Your boys over at Dr. Dre's Aftermath Records camp have been run-running off at the mouth. First off, Busta Rhymes is working on a new album. He wants it done by the Spring of 2007; he says he doesn't like long gaps. I think he doesn't like short money -- The Big Bang, despite getting good reviews, from this blog and other websites, didn't do well at all. I seriously didn't think he would even go gold, and I'm very suprised he ONLY went gold stateside. A nigga like me can only hope that the shit that came out of the Timbaland episode of Diary is on the album. That's not the only thing though: 50 Cent has been running his mouth all week. This nigga would first like to have you believe that just because he admires Smokey Robinson and Motown greats, his new album is going to be more "soulful". I read that as being more "Ja Rule" like. He also exposes his inner bitch -- this nigga, the one who got famous for being shot 9 times, let it be known that he was shook when he went out to Iraq to perform. Nigga, all this "ready to die", I ain't scared come get me shit, and you shook over in Iraq? You ho ass fucker, go get a new rep. You got rich and started cryin'. Finally, lil man got the nerve to call Oprah "black on the outside/white on the inside", when this dude is the same one who doesn't care who he performs for. Nigga, she knows where he money comes from. And the fucked up part is, she said she doesn't like what rappers stand for, but "In Da Club" is on her iPod. You are a fucking fool, "Fiddy". Fuck you and the Ja you rode in on...
05/Speaking of the G-Unit, Young Buck might have gone and fucked up his chances of Buck The World doing big numbers down south. Story goes that he was performing at a club when Game's "It's Okay (One Blood)" was dropped by the DJ on the decks, DJ Will. Word is that Buck was tired of it and made some comment like "if you disrespecting me, play the record again" and it got played, so Will got his shit pushed in. Buck told SOHH that it wasn't him nor his people, but really, this is the same cat that stabbed a nigga with a dining utensil during the taping of the VIBE Awards! Your "excuse" is pretty null/void, dog. I applaud the DJs sticking up for Will and trying to let these bitch-ass MCs know that you need to get a movie role if you wanna perp. No need to steal on niggas who help you get exposure. Ban that nigga 'til he flops. And how come no one has heard how Game feels about this situation?
06/Yo, Akon is a polygamist? I mean, OK Muslims are known to take on more than one wife (what? It's in the Koran!)... but this nigga, the nigga who sings "Smack That" and got "Locked Up", he has 3 wives? And wants to put out a reality show exposing this? No wonder Universal is like "shut the fuck up". Talk about jeopardizing your career.
07/Speaking of record labels, Sony's Urban division is no more. This essentially means artists like Bow Wow, Three 6 Mafia, Amerie, Omarion and others are in label limbo. This is good news, I think. I mean, most of them niggas don't have legs to stand on. Is anyone truly on the lookout for the next Amerie LP? Nah, not me... and Omarion's 2nd lp hasn't even dropped yet! I think that's slated for Dec. 26th? What's he to do... damn, son, you got served -- by your record label.
08/LL Cool J came out his mouth and dissed Jay, seemingly saying he is not going to be working for Def Jam for his next album due to the weak sales of his Todd Smith LP. He's saying that Jay is concentrating more on himself, which may or may be true, but just like in the case of The Roots - if your album sucks, no push in promotion is going to make people buy it. These days, you gotta come out swinging. LL came out switchin' on some punk shit for this last album - pure trash. UPDATE: Raekwon spoke out against Jay, and even has a diss track about it -- supposedly.
09/In some scattered Hip-Hop news, here are the newest latest highlights... Snoop got arrested on drug and weapons charges after a performance on Jay Leno's Tonight Show. Where the fuck were his weed carriers? And how come no one is talking about his coke charge? Was he dealing or sniffing?... Irv Gotti might have a reality show going on, like people really give a shit about Vanessa Carlton - yawn... Clipse spoke with the Smoking Sessions crew... dope read for those who know... Styles P also sat down for an interview with Format Mag, waxing nostaligic on shit you've already heard from him before. Politics and bullshit... Finally, the boy Swizz Beats sat down with Vibe.com to speak on Cassidy. Word is Cass is recouping well, but plans on releasing that next album are in limbo, whether Cass was gonna care what y'all think is non eof ya business. Shouts to him for doing what makes him feel right.
10/I'm in no mood to dedicate an entire paragraph to these situations, so I will hit them off nice and slowly: Jesse Jackson wants YOU to stop using the word "nigga". Yo, nigga, get Jay-Z to write a song about it, it'd be better received. Jesse does about as much for Black youth as Dubya does... Paul Mooney thinks that Michael Richards needs help, tells some people he's gonna stop saying the word that kep this teeth white. I guess it's my imagination ... I need to stop... I have no words for the mother who allegedly cooked her baby in the microwave -- how disgusting... Cheech has been picked to play Hurley's dad on LOST; no wonder Hurley seems to be stoned all the time. Can't wait for this one!... One subdivision is pissed because their neighbors hung up a red bow; apparently its a sign of the devil to them, making them stop quicker that they booted. What a fucking maroon - there HAS to be something more to this, esp. when people are losing their positions within the community... Tracy Morgan must have felt that being on a hit show wasn't enough; he needed to get his ass arrested for drunk driving recently - for a 2nd time... That new Scarface video game apparently sold over 1 million copies. I don't think people are really into the game being a dope game - they are just into the dope lore of the Scarface shit. I mean really, it looks like a glorified GTA. And I'm really wanting that Sopranos video game anyways - well, maybe not. This 4.2 rating that GameSpot gave is kind of putting me off... And congrats go to Eva Longoria and the Spurs' Tony Parker for reporting their recent engagement. Good man, Tony. Many guys in the US are salivating over homegirl, for good reason.
There is nothing else to this week's shuffle, though. Very tired, time to take it down. Any ideas, hit me up. Enjoy.
Remember when games like these were the norm on everyone's list? Let's take a look back:
So this week I heard some ill news about Foxy Brown: she apparently went onto Power 105 and let it be known that she is no longer on Def Jam. I was kind of shocked when I heard the name of the show: Egypt & Ashy in the morning. Being a nigga who doesn't listen to radio anymore, I was kind of surprised that Donnell Rawlings was doing morning radio. Him being an alumnus of Chappelle's Show, I was kind of taken aback that he chose to use one of his characters from the show as his calling card. He was himself when he was on Ricki Lake's show for years, and on various other late night movie dips on like USA or Spike or whatever. I know Dave was totally against cashing in on that shit, which is totally understandable. I guess Donnell has to get that bread. I really don't approve, I mean who the fuck wants to be known the rest of their life as "Ashy Larry"... it's kind of demeaning, and this nigga gonna be tired of it in 5 years. I'm pretty sure Charlie Murphy is able to go out and not have to talk about Charlie Murphy Hollywood Stories... he's just got that ill personality. I guess niggas gotta eat anyway they can.
First post of December, eh? Looks like it's finally getting "seasonal" here on the East Coast... chance of snow like whaaaa on Monday. Fingers crossed. Anyways, weird music week. A lot of things I heard I thought I'd love, a lot of shit I heard I def. did not. And most of my favs were made by people I consider friends or associates. Holla at ya boy. Oh and a massive shout to my boy Pandamonium Jones of Caps & Jones fame for sending me my "10 Fingers EP" via AIM. I used to rape Mixman Studio for all it was worth. Maybe if I get inspiried I will let some of these gems out of their box.
01/Perpetuum "Beige" [dubplate] [classic jungle sound in a 2k6 filter. HORSEMEN!]
02/Saburuko "El Presidente" [progress dubplate] [off their forthcoming EP. big tunes, very deep and dubby; check out their MySpace page for this and other tracks from the "Boro Park EP".]
03/Deadly Habit "untitled beat" [gotta love those Doors samples. coming to a Dub Session near you...]
04/Trillville ft. Twista "Neva Eva Remix Remix" [gotta love it when DJ Nappy puts those dubstep tracks underneath rap vocals. Download this and others on his MySpace page.]
05/Nas ft. The Game & Marsha of Floetry "Hustlers" [aka "QB True G", this masterpiece produced by Dr. Dre is forthcoming on Nas' Hip Hop Is Dead album this month.]
06/Ghostface Killah ft. Redman & Shawn Wigs "Greedy Bitches" [grab that More Fish when it drops Dec. 19th. I still say its more "Theodore Unit" than solo Ghost, but whatever. Holla.]
07/khal "my life is encrypted" [5 mins of heaven on an interlude. soon come.]
08/Young Jeezy "3A.M." [produced by Timbaland, this track has got me open. I'm having a hard time deciding which album(s) I'll be reviewing this month...]
09/Mos Def "Crime & Medicine" [ Mos jacks the "Liquid Swords" sample to rap and sing on his new one, Tru3 Magic. I like this track, but I am regretting asking for Mos to do more Hip-Hop... he is lost right now trying to be relevant.]
10/Mutt "Summer Thing" [from the new EP on Renegade. One of the best DnB prodcuers of 2k6.]
Peep the digest for any DnB mixes for this week; no final thoughts this week. I think next week will be the week of the review. One a day sound good? Holla. Until then...
Unemployed TV is the best thing out there. It's the shows you miss when you are working that really get you going -- part of the reason my wife and I live by our DVRs. The one show we have always taped over the last 4+ years of our relationship is Maury. And with one amazing discovery that has been tested and tried, the makers of NiggaMath© now bring to you...
Now, this primarily applies to the use of percentages to predict the future, mainly to determine paternity. It breaks down something like this:
You ever notice how when someone says that they are more than 100% of anything (not the father, are the father, faithful, etc.), it is usually the direct opposite? While Keisha might feel she is "275%" sure that Quameek is the father, 9 times out of 10 Quameek is definitely NOT the father, in fact neither is his cousin Shookwan or his father, Dee-Dock. And on the flipside, if Quameek were to feel that he was, oh, say "117.5%" sure he was not cheating on Keisha, chances are he not only cheated on her, but he did it about 200 times with 57 different women. I ask all of you to watch out for these instances -- if someone is more than 100% sure, they ain't so sure.
Now, there is a flipside to this: the super exaggarated assured-ness. Let's say Keisha was "2 billion % sure" that Quameek fathered both Rasheed AND lil Taquayla -- that throws all rules out, and it's a very good idea to bet the farm on Quameek being the father to both of those kids. It's just how it goes: when a female is THAT sure, it's definitely law. Quameek, though, is never that sure. That's how he got into this mess.
So be on the lookout for MauryMath©, and try to incorporate it into your everyday life.
Ain't it funky, indeed.
No, this is not a post devoted to all of the tracks that have used the "Funky Drummer" breakbeat; Edan already did that in audio form.
This is just my love letter to the Funky Drummer.
Now when I was a shorty, back when Columbia rain suits and Cross Colours outfits were the rage, I copped a few tapes for the Walkman: Public Enemy's It Takes A Nation... was one of them, as well as this compilation of James Brown's, In The Jungle Groove. It has some great tracks on there, but it was always "Funky Drummer" that captivated me. I mean come on, 9+ minutes of funk and more funk. James going off about honky-tonk women and feeling it in his feet. I was dumbstruck, mainly because most of the music out there were Rappers trying to fit so many words into 16 bars, where here you have James doing a 1/4 of that in lyrics, and devoting the majority of the track to his musician(s).
And you cannot deny that James, way back in the late 60s/early 70s, predicted sample culture. He tells his whole band in the middle of the track, we gonna "turn over"... it's time to give the drummer some. Not to solo or anything, but just keep doing what he's doing, while the rest of the band cuts out and let's him go to work. I mean, he HAD to have known that 10, 20 years down the line, his drummer would become one of the staples of the "golden era" of Hip-Hop, and on into genres like Breaks and Drum & Bass. "It's in my shirt/about to work me to death". He knew what it was.
Funky Drummer indeed.
I can't help it -- ever since I was a likkle yout, I was infatuated with the sounds of vinyl being cut and spun backwards on 1200's. My fondest memory was seeing 3rd Bass' DJ Richie Rich on the Arsenio Hall Show cuttin' up "How you like me now!" at the end of their routine. It was short, but it was hot. Other times that stuck out was the fact that Eric B cut up that James Brown sample all throughout "I Ain't No Joke". Just got into that cut-up music. Everything from Coldcut to Kid Koala to Q-Bert to Craze.
MCs controlled the crowd, but DJs control the sound. The power in being able to pull back that record, cue it up again and just keep it flowing, without the need of a band or backing track, is just something awe-inspiring. I can go on YouTube and just watch DJs cut all day. I've been doing it for the last hour. I just can't help it -- one of the cornerstones of Hip-Hop, and probably the only thing out of that temple that I feel I could excel in.
So as many of you know, I'm a married man. I love my wife, and even though we were broke, we still put on a pretty nice event, cutting corners and doing it ourselves. The only thing that took a long time was getting our wedding favors together... I mean we made a CD, but getting the right cover and color scheme, then burning about 50 copies? I mean with the cost of blank discs, jewel cases, ink, paper... nightmare. We also made some cute little bath soap things for the females, as well as nice "do not disturb" signs for the bathroom door, incense things, the whole 9. It came off nicely, but it was very time consuming... and I'm not sure how everyone else took to them. Well, in true rock the dub fashion, we continue our Holiday Gift Finds for 2006 for those who might be trying to save some money and add a bit of flair to their favors.
MyWeddingFavors.com has a plethora of Unique Wedding Favors, from these ill "Forever Glass" photo coasters for as low as $1.10 a pop to these quirky "Two Peas In a Pod" salt & pepper shakers. There are a bunch of wine-themed gifts as well, among other things. These jammies are cute, colorful and they add a really nice touch to your table settings and decorations. They also seem to be of great quality, from the glass pieces to the luggage tag with an engraved heart on it -- that's a very nice touch that not too many people would think of. Loads of perfect possibilities for your special guests, and I imagine that if you search hard enough, you too can find the perfect gift that will set your favor(s) off right.
If I had had the time and money to really get a wedding party up right, I'd have to check out MyWeddingFavors.com and grab that wedding favor that is not the norm at all; sleek and unique is how I'd do it. That's how you should, too.
So if you guys have peeped my "Can I borrow a dollar?" post from a week or so ago, you know that I've been trying to find blogging gigs, either freelance or with a dedicated site. The results? Not so good, so far... I have a various ads and such to the right of my blog that have yet to pay a dude who has a site devoted to Hip-Hop, free music and dissing celebs and ignorance in a strong, Black voice... why not, who knows. I have a few other prospects out there, and actually made a couple of dollars with another site, but nothing to major.
The other cash-cow I'm hoping to ride in on is PayPerPost. You might be asking yourself, "self, how does one find a site that pays you to post?"... well, I just did an easy enough search in Google: blog ads. I'm trying to get gwap like Papoose, nahmean? Now, this site offers you opportunities to make money by blogging about various things --- new movies, new websites, and other things. Have I taken advantage of it yet? I'm trying to... right now. I haven't seen something that has grabbed me as of yet, for I don't like making promises and then feeling bad about them. The pay is decent -- you can get $10 or more depending on the post. You have to stay within the tone they want, so if they want a very positive post, then you best talk it up! That's on you though. Me? I haven't made a dime yet, but who knows what the future holds? Maybe I can get good at this PPP thing and get paid so I can lay in the shade -- it can happen!
If you guys are bloggers who are also strugglin' parents like myself and my wife are, and need a side hustle that doesn't involve crack rocks and credit card scams, you might want to check out PayPerPost. If you can devote yourself to speaking on anything and getting paid for it, get gully and go for it!
Up on Lucy Diamonds' MySpace page, there is a new track of her's entitled "Water of Life", which features one of the old school dons, Grand Puba. Now, when I received this track, it was a pleasant Turkey Day surprise. Lucy flows sick on it, and Puba keeps it thoro on his verse. I didn't think anything of it, but then I got an e-mail with the link from some cat named Marvin Levy, her media rep, with the title "Shots Fired At Jay-Z!!!" ... word. She apologized, but apparently her crusade is still on and poppin' on Jay. It's kind of subtle, even though the title is a play on his "Water for Life" campaign. In any case, peep out her blog on MySpace to get the audio on this gem.
I'd like to hear Lucy rip up the instrumental to "Kingdom Come". That'd be something.
You fuckers slept on my latest mixtape eh? Go drink you some beer and cool out to that jammy. I put it on and it puts a smile on my face -- Hip-Hop for those who don't get caught up in the mental nonsense.
This week was Turkey Day and Nigga Friday, so people got loaded up on turkey and then spent everything in their bank account. Shit, I know I'm a broke bastard, and I just sat at home! Better that way, though, I can't fuck with Nigga Friday.
I'm also trying to hustle myself -- getting paid to blog. If you know any websites who need someone who is knowledgable about music/entertainment and other things to do weekly blog posts for pay, holler at me. Seriously, it's time to get it.
I have a mixtape I'm doing for wifey that should be completed in the next week or so... and a special X-Mas themed jawn that is under wraps right now. Shouts to my cousin Mike over in the Navy -- keep ya head up.
01/So, Nintendo has released it's PS3/XBX360 killer, the Wii (which is going to be able to play about ANY Nintendo game that's come out in the past, as well as Genesis and TurboGrafx16 joints!!), and it's looking good -- except for the occasional controllers busting out TVs. Now my thing is, I've seen people do that whole "move the controller/cord around thinking that will help their character move" shit since the NES days, and I've seen some pretty crazy antics during heated games, but yo, your controller being thrown at the TV and cracking it? It WAS a bowling game being played, but dude, get a life ... or some pussy.
02/Ayo, people used to ask me back in the say if I watched Seinfeld. Aside from that "Soup Nazi" episode, I had not really watched that show. Now I know why: fucking Kramer is a racist. You guys had to have heard about Michael Richards' racist tirade after getting heckled by a couple of black dudes out in Cali. TMZ.com was quick to the punch, posting the video online early, and this shit is ridiculous... there was no need for him to call them niggers, no need for that comment about hanging a bitch upside down and sticking a fork in them. Fucking bitch. He went on Letterman and tried to apologize, but the salt had already been thrown in the wound. Now, Jesse Jackson had to step in and say that Richards was on some "hate speech" shit, which I am not sure I agree with, but I do agree with Jesse on his comments about Michael having some deep-seeding racism in there. I mean come on, no one "slips" and calls someone a nigger that many times, in that voice and in that context. The funniest part of this whole fiasco? Video of Richards in blackface for some old Whoopi Goldberg movie thing has surfaced, and its just a nail in the coffin. I feel like going to Best Buy and buying out their Seinfeld DVDs and burning them shits. Or just burning them right in the store. Fuck the system.
03/Rupert Murdoch buckled under pressure and decided to not release the OJ Simpson If I Did It nonsense to the public... but the shit still hit eBay, for a limited time. He kept it funky, saying that he knew the money was "blood money" and that he was looking out for his kids' monetary gain, which I can respect even if I don't respect the way he went out. He could have went a better route, but he chose to throw his baby's mom in the mud after being murked the way she was... that's crazy disrespectful, and above all, a reason for the white dudes to nail his as to the wall again. He's an imbecile, but God must be shining on him, he gets loads of breaks...
04/I saw this going off this past week and had no idea it'd turn into some beef. Word is Kelly Ripa had Clay Aiken on her show the week before last as a guest host. He put his hand over her mouth mid conversation, and she was like "yo I don't know where your hand's been". To be fair, she said the shit with a smile, but that's how Live is. Everything is a joke. So she spoke on it this past Monday and was like yo Clay is disrespectful. How about Rosie O'Donnell, the fat bulldagger, went on The View and was on some "as a gay American I'm appalled", and the chicks on the panel were like "we understand". I doubt Kelly was on some homo-hate shit, and she called the show to be like look, I have 3 kids, and it's cold flu season, this dude put his dirty hands on my face, I don't wanna catch something. Now, the rub is, Clay hasn't publically announced he is gay -- he's been coy to the whole situation. Rosie did a major foul on outting this queer, for no better reason than ratings. I love Kelly, I hope she pulls through.
05/I found it quite funny that soon to be divorced wife of Paul McCartney, Heather Mills McCartney, was saying shit like "I will never marry again". Given the rumored amount of her settlement, what man would be trying to marry that gold digger? Miss, you are no longer a catch. You can catch a piece of ass grease off Paul, thouhgh.
06/"Magician" David Blaine completed a pointless stunt this week. He was in some gyroscope thing shackled up, and had a time limit to get out so he could get poor families shopping certificates. He did it. Big fucking whoop, what happened to you in that water, nigga? And how come every one of your televised levatations looked fake as hell? I just can't get jazzed about anything homeboy does anymore.
07/So Jay-Z came out and blew the socks off you niggas, huh? 850K is nothing to shake your finger at, even if there's only 1 bonafide jam on the enitre thing. The funny part about those numbers is like 2 days before it dropped, Universal sued MySpace, and one of the reasons was because someone leaked Jay's Kingdom Come through the MySpace Music feature, which makes me laugh. More than likely it was a 15 year old Korean boy just being funny, but now MySpace Music has to shut down the whole operation? Are fake music acccounts really that big of a deal? Ease off, UMG. PS: Jay, your LP leaked on more places than fucking MySpace. And why the hell are you cameoing on Fall Out Boy albums?
08/New Era, them of the fitted cap, did a good thing and made an exclusive J Dilla cap to be sold on Okayplayer.com for Black (nigga) Friday. Good show, but it sucks because I'm a broke bastard. Proceeds go to the J Dilla Foundation, which is a beautiful thing.
09/On some scattered Hip-Hop news, the upcoming Clipse album got some good reviews, as well as good remarks, over at Oh Word via Sacha Orenstein, one the the blogging world's most on point writers. Def. go out and grab that album this Tuesday - if you are a fan of the Clipse or The Neptunes, you will enjoy. ... Nas has a new interview over at AHH, breaking down his comments on Hip-Hop (and other genres) being dead, and what his ass is going to do to help it out (parts 1 and 2). DJ Premier stepped up to be noodled at by XXLMAG.com, and brought out an interesting read on his label, his production feel, and other tidbits. I need NAPU, though.
Word life. That's all this nigga has for you lot today. I'm about to take it down, but remember... wash your hands.
I want to shout out my boy srix(!) for posting this up before I... I'm a slow poke (Check out his blog).
It looks like Finnish producer Fanu has a downtempo LP, Focussed Mind, set to drop on December 1st through Pauze. Sure to be a treat, this album packs a wallop. srix provided audio for all of the album's cuts, check out his post here.
Now, I have an old Fanu interview I did for DOA a while back that never got posted -- I am debating on if I should just post it here, but I will speak to them first...
If you want more info on Fanu, check out his MySpace page, or his main website. Both sides of his musical production are not to be fucked with. You'll be doing yourself a favor.
I have a few mixes up over at dubplate digest; one from Stunna for Bios Recs, one from SpectraSoul reppin' Horizons Music. I also still have my "Ill-bred" mixtape up of ignorant hip-hop. Check all of that shit out.
Just take it easy...
Spark some izm...
take 1,2 then pass it.
khal: What’s your studio setup like? Are you strictly software based, or do you like to mix it up? What is your most essential piece of equipment?
While I have a moment to relax while lil' man is doing the opposite of that pic right there, I want to speak to my fellow parents out there. In my situation, my son is 2 1/2 months old. Both of his grandmothers are alive (for good or ill), and they live under 10 minutes away. HELL, I KNOW! They just like to annoy the piss out of us, and it's not even the whole "my way of parenting is the right way" because my wife and I turned out to be good people despite the hardship and ridiculousness our respective parental units placed in our lives. We might be broke, but we're together and happy, which is more than I can say for them. But I digres...
The thing that set this off today was my mom coming over to drop my 10+ year old stereo system off to me. Nevermind the fact that she'd had it for like 5-6 months collecting dust... anyways, it just so happens that lil' man's schedule is getting flipped today. We are sticking to feedings every 4 hours right now, on some 10am, 2pm, 6pm, 10pm shit, you dig? She gets into my house at like 9:57:49AM to see Jayden sleeping. She asks "when's he due for a bottle?" My dumb ass tells her, oh in a little bit. I went outside to grab another speaker, come back in and Na-Na is holding my now-awake son. What? So in another minute everything is in my house, and she puts him back down, awake, and is like "OK, I'm off to work"... guess what happened? Can you see that picture up there? So now I have to stop whatever I was doing (probably some writing), and tend to him, which is not a problem but don't fuck up my schedule just so you can hold him. Come over more, come see him more than when it's convenient for you.
This isn't the only thing, though. A little under a month ago, my son came down with RSV and pneumonia. He was fucking HURTING, like if he hadn't gone to the hospital in one more day, it could have been fatal. It's the season, and he is a lil guy. So, OK, we might be being extra precautious, but is it really that crazy to ask that anyone who is going to be around him to have a flu shot? And am I being a crazy parent if I choose to keep my just-getting-over-his-cold son away from people large crowds, which was recommended by the pediatrician(s) on staff during his stay? Fuck you for making me feel like I have to decide between you and my son. My son will rinse you each and every, don't even test me. I am the type of guy who stands close to family, but if someone is acting like I am being silly for protecting the heads that live under my roof, then you know what? Good, crack whatever jokes you want to crack, but do them away from me. Stay out of my house, stay out of my life, and get out of my way. It's either get down or lay down, as my man Beans would say.
Again, for those thinking I'm a crazy parent, so be it. I am not risking my son's health so someone can feel good for holding for 10 minute clips. If it's really that important, take the precautions we are asking and let it be. Bunch of bitches.
Right now, your friendly neighborhood khal is going to hip you to some romantic christmas gift ideas from this website I recently got hipped to. You know the old saying, diamonds are a girl's best friend, right? Well, at Danforth Diamond you can get a great selection of pieces, from engagement rings and wedding bands to pieces that you know will make your shorty melt. The hot thing about Danforth is that you can knock off 30-40% when you cop their items online. See, it's all about saving that almighty dollar these days. And you know the calender days are dropping, so you better hop on it quick, or you will be left at the Christmas gathering looking dumb and feeling dumber. Think it over, and then check out Danforth.
(Editor's note: this shuffle is for the week ending 11-18-2006; some of this news might be considered "old news", but it needed to be covered no matter what... deal wit da matta!)
What a week, what a week. Stress, stress and more stress... do any of you guys NOT have a job? How do you cope? How the hell do you SURVIVE with little to no money? I'll be happy when my accounts are not in the red... but, a change gon' come, I can feel it...
This has been a crazy week, headline wise... no mistaking it, let's get right down to it.
01/For those who report the news, Jay-Z's leaked album did not come to the headlines until the 13th of November. This of course after the seedy underground had rocked with it since that Friday. Surprisingly, Def Jam said that there would be no pulling back the album, or trying to switch up the flow. This is surprising because the last time one of Jay's albums got leaked in a major way, a nigga got stabbed. Maybe it's because in this day and Internets-age, Jay had no fucking idea WHO leaked it... I bet anything if word comes out that Just(in) Blaze gave out Kingdom Come, Jay better be kept away from the Ginsu.
02/Speaking of November 13th, did any of you realize it had been two years since ODB passed? RIP to one of Hip-Hop's most beloved individuals... he is truly missed. Now Dame, where the FUCK is that LP?
03/Dipset capo Jim Jones has had his name all over the 'Net for various things... to start things off, Jay-Z finally attacked Jim over the "We Fly High" beat. "Brookyln High" has a very hot first verse, but is not the low-down "Takeover" Jay we were looking for. Not to be outdone, Jim Jones then came back at Jay with the help of Juelz, calling out his "30 something" lines... very interesting. Jim capitalized early on that shit, and Jay should have kept well alone if he wasn't going to seriously go at him. Oh, and to top it all off, it's going to be a Dipset Christmas this year! Shoot me already...
04/Now, folks, here is a bit of album news from the Rap World... Lord helps us. Timbaland is prepping his Timbaland Presents Shock Value album for a March '07 release. He is having everyone from Dr. Dre and Lil' Wayne to Elton John, Bjork and Fall Out Boy features on the album. I hope this comes out better than Diddy's "everyone but Michael Jackson" featured atrocity. The real beef was over Justin Timberlake's "subliminal" disses at SOMEBODY in that "Give It To Me" track... some say it was against Janet, I also heard he might have been spitting at Prince, even though he bit Prince heavily for that sophmore album of his... who fucking knows, who cares really. ...Big Boi is set to put out his 1st (well, 2nd) solo LP due in 2007. He is reported to have said that you can expect something from every genre, every type of sound, on this album... that will sound just like Speakerboxxx. OK so we are gonna encompass many different styles to sound just like the same shit I put out 3 years ago? OutKast fans will probably eat it up, and it might have a decent groove behind it, but after this Idlewild nonsense, will anyone care? ...Fat Joe and The Game both had LPs dropping on the 14th, and decided to link up and buy 10 copies of each other's albums... now only if Joe could have helped The Game from being arrested for police officer impersonation. Now I can't trust a cabbie for shit, but why would he just come out and be like "yo, dude said he was a cop"? What does he gain out of that? Game wants to keep the buzz flowing, so he told neph to speed through the lights. Simple. ...on the interview from, Ghostface speaks out on why he did not attend the VH1 Hip-Hop Honors this year, Raekwon breaks bread with Format Mag and Katt Wiliams breaks down his Hip-Hop jones for XXL. XXL also reported that Jacob the drug-dealing Jewler is suing Scarface for some unpaid jewelry. Now, what the fuck... your legal fees are less that $37K? Get your priorities straight, dumbass. ...And do you guys really give a fuck about an Irv Gotti reality show? I thought they'd start trying to highlight niggas that actually meant something... not the fucker behind Ja Rule's success.
05/You have to admire the fucking BALLS OJ Simpson has. This nigga is honestly going to come out with a book entitled ... wait for it... If I Did It!?!?! And the fucking publisher is like "I think this is his confession?!" AND FOX IS GOING TO AIR TWO SPECIALS ABOUT IT?! What the hell is this world coming to... OJ, word to the wise: 1) you got off. You, well J.C., duped the legal system out in LA and you are a free man - that double jeopardy law is NOT going away anytime soon, so just go somewhere and lay low. You are living off your NFL pension, and you have your lil cake. Shit, just be quiet. 2) Speaking of that money, you need to keep your name out of the limelight --- one of these days, Ron Goldman's pops is going to go buck on you something ugly. I mean, you haven't paid what you owe by the civil suit, so the more you talk shit, the more they gonna find your ass bloodied in whatever spot you stay now. Dumb nigga.
06/Now a guy like me, who is a sort-of artist, can't make a dime off the 2 blogs he runs, but dead-ass Andy Warhol's paintings are still going for $17.4 million?!?!
07/Sony's Playstation 3 system has dropped , and non-working momma's boys stayed up all night to cop it. Their asses are some smart-dumb asses, though, just check the eBay auctions that are popping up; if my cash was that disposable, I probably would have copped 3 and tripled my money. The craziest thing about this is people getting shot at while waiting in line -- with BBs, but still, that's insane. Not as bad as the crazy white boys who are smashing the new Wii right in front of people. That's just pure comedy.
08/Did anyone else notice (or give a fuck) about kris ex leaving his blogging post over at XXL? I mean, hell, he's a dope print writer --- I don't think he got the whole blogging thing, but so be it, I loved his swagger, and enjoy his article immensely. My question is, with the additions of a music video review blog and a mixtape review blog, when is ya boy khal going to get his own XXL blog? Hook it up, YN, I'm open to any ideas.
09/Did you guys think Kevin Federline was going to just lounge out while Brit divorced him? Nah, ya boy K-Federoni is out there partying! 4 kids, and he's got the balls to be out chillin in South Beach. I have a 2 month old son -- there's no WAY I can go out partying like that. If I go out, I am in by 2. Shit, then I wake up with the lil' man around 7am. Does Kev do that? No his scruffy ass is up smoking dutches. *SIGH* ... and he has a sex tape now? $20 says this thing is going to hit YouTube in a week or so... or she will either a) put out a protective order or b) leak the shit herself, make all of the money. Does anyone really want to see him fucking Brit though? I mean, I guess she's a dirty ass bird in the sack... I can only imagine. Do you really want to see K-Fed's fuck face though?
OK that's all I got right now... its a Hard Knock Life. Be prepared, I might have something special for you niggas next week. For right now, peep out my boy DJ Nappy's Extended RMX of Ghostface Killah's "Daytona 500". And I'm out.
I've been wanting to make an ignorant/commercial Hip-Hop mixtape for some time... enter "Ill-bred". The idea behind this mixtape is just shit that makes you move. This is drinking music, and if you smoke, smoking music. No frills, no declarations of "Hip-Hop needs a change"... just some ridin' music. They are some of my favorites from 2006 (with some other things thrown in there), including some pretty new shit. I also had to throw in some shit from my boy DJ Nappy and his various project: the "Izzo" RMX is from the Wired Weird project featuring Beat Bully, Definate, Big Jerms and Nappy, and the "Allure" RMX is from Definate & Nappy's The Green Album mixtape, which was Jay's Black Album acapellas over original beats. That version features MC Tony Ccino (RIP). Had to do it.
In any case, here is the tracklisting. Be forewarned: if you were fans of the other mixes I have done, this is not on that steeze at all. This is feel good music, with grooves you can vibe with. Don't try to dig too deep into a lot of the rhymes on these, they are pretty much just there to supplement the beats. In any case, check it out:
You gotta love it. If you don't s'all good. This is where my head is at when I need to unwind in the 2006. Save the backpacks for your gats and stolen goods. We going to the bar on this one.
01/Lil' Scrappy ft. Young Buck "Money In The Bank"
02/Three 6 Mafia "Poppin' My Collar"
03/DJ Khaled ft. Slim Thug, Trina & Chamillionaire "Candy Paint"
04/Trick Daddy "I Pop"
05/Trae ft. Lil' Keke "Screw Done Already Warned Me"
06/Chino XL ft. Snoop Dogg "Don't Run From Me (Remix)"
07/Ludacris ft. Field Mob "Ultimate Satisfaction"
08/Cory Gunz ft. Lil' Wayne "I Gotcha"
09/Ghostface Killah "The Champ (unreleased version)"
10/Sean Price ft. Buckshot "Cardiac"
11/Jadakiss ft. Swizz Beatz "It Can Get Ugly"
12/Mobb Deep "Capital P, Capital H"
13/Busta Rhymes ft. Raekwon "Goldmine"
14/Clipse "Momma I'm Sorry"
15/Nas ft. Jay-Z "Black Republicans"
16/Jay-Z "Kingdom Come"
17/Jay-Z "Izzo (Wired Weird Mashup)"
18/Jay-Z ft. Tony Ccino "Allure ('Green Album' Remix)"
SendSpace link :: Megaupload link :: MORE LINKS TO COME!
If anyone wants to be nice and host this or upload it to another file-sharing site, let me know!
This is vol. 6 of the Dub Sessions. I don't think anyone has heard vol. 2, which I might redo, and I know for a fact no one has heard vol. 3, because 3 got deleted! Coming soon, though.
Just letting you faithful readers know that my Nov. 18th edition of the shuffle might be delayed a day or so... my peoples are getting the Pacquiao-Morales III fight, and I might be trekking up there to catch it. I apologize if any of you are dying to catch up on this weeks news from a rock the dub perspective, but I need a mental health night... OK, carry on.