Saturday, November 25, 2006

the shuffle. [11/25/2006]

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. 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 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, 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.

Friday, November 24, 2006

Fanu's "Focussed", man!

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.

Friday, November 24th 2006 playlist

Today is officially Nigga Friday. Instead of going out and buying shit, we broke, so we're in the crib, vibin'. Here's an assload of tracks that have kept me sane this week:

Drum & Bass:

01/Lupe Fiasco "Kick, Push (Heist Remix)" [whitelabel] [gotta love that heavy bassline - took the best part of the track (which does NOT include a verse of Lupe's) and made it funky!]
02/Twisted Individual "Bigfoot" [grid] [some sly, murky bass from one of the dancefloor masters... his sound is going back to that darker, moodier thing. diggin' it.]
03/Wayz "Beyond" [doa] [new one on DOA records... gotta represent. HEAVY BASS!]
04/Jamal "Who The What?" [tov] [I'm not a big fan of TOV these days, but this and "Click Clack" are two DOPE Jamal tracks they picked up. see if you can steal this disc from the EP it came out on.]
05/PRS "Feeling Fine" [molten vinyl] [I dunno much about PRS or this label, but this track is tasty.]
06/Laroque "Bad Girls" [walnut] [001 on Laroque's new label, this one is a bit nasty, but it still has that liquid feel to it. don't sleep on Walnut.]
07/Break "Cold Sweat" [critical] [can this man do no wrong? WATCH THAT BASS!]
08/Mutt "Hot Lick Squeeze (RIP J Dilla)" [creative source] [tribute track from the one like Mutt. beautiful piece... that breakdown in the middle is the stuff heaven is made of.]
09/Infectious "One In A Million Things" [dubplate] [shouts to fu for this one... sounding good! Labels, keep your ears peeled...]
10/Spirit "Footprints" [renegade hardware] [very interesting track coming from the next Horsemen lp..its one of his where it shifts gears midway ala "Moving Target", and hearing Ink drop that before, it all makes sense...]
11/Autumn "Redemption" [fokuz] [another crew that does no wrong... deep, lush... just a warm track. add it to your order NOW!]
12/Calibre "The Way You Move" [innerground] [b-side wins again on this one.]
13/Nasty Habits vs. Blu Mar Ten "Shadowboxing 2006" [31 records] [out on promo right now... will this make a full release? 2k6 revamp of one of darkside DnB's classic tunes.]

Mixed Treats

01/NozL ft. 2tall & Muzzell "Akabizzl" [nice mash-up of a nasty beat, scratches, guitars... the EP this came out on is choice, check it out.]
02/SDM "One Blood" [you gota love free dubstep. he has another one available, too: "Got It". check out his website for more dnb fun.]
03/Coki "Shattered" [new one out on Tempa... been waiting for this one for some time.]
04/Lil' Jon ft. Three 6 Mafia vs. Coki "Act A Shattered Fool (DJ Nappy Mashup)" [I doctored the name on that one, and helped in the conception of this track, but if you dig dubstep and ignorant rap, you cannot tell me this shit isn't perfect.]
05/Nas ft. Jay-Z "Black Republicans" [from Nas' forthcoming album... the beat on this one is so ridiculous. Good to hear Jigga and Esco on a track together, I really like how this one sounds.]
06/Tonedeff ft. Extended Famm "Ugly Woman" [shouts to the QN5 family, this one samples the classic Jimmy Soul track. lovin' it; we need more truly funny Hip-Hop.]
07/Juggaknots "Berkowitz" [Breeze and fam do the damn thing over a nice beat. nothing else to say, really.]
08/Fat Joe "Flow Joe" [that 1993 classic Fat Gangsta shit, back when he was straight up DITC. I love that beat.]
09/Ghostface Killah & Theodore Unit "Crooklyn Dodgers 2 freestyle" [so More Fish is gonna be on some Theodore Unit shit instead of strictly Ghost, eh? It could be worse...]
10/Jay-Z "44 Four's (Live)" [live version of Jay's "22 Two's" with his new shit, "44 Four's" right after it... sickness.]
11/Showbiz & AG "Party Groove (Instrumental)" [classic DITC 1992 style... take a trip back.]

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.

Final Thought:

Just take it easy...

Spark some izm...

take 1,2 then pass it.


Wednesday, November 22, 2006

[rock the dub Interview]: The Enemy

Who knew that Atlanta was such a hot bed for good music? Back up 10 years ago... did you think that ATL would have a lock on the Rap game like it does? Did you think that an outfit of 3 guys from the A would take the DnB world by storm the way Evol Intent has? To be honest, I always knew it. Don't ask me to elaborate, I just had a gut feeling that this outfit was going to blow up. And guess what? 4 years and loads of "glitch" heavy DnB tunes, and Evol has dropped tunes on Renegade Hardware, Human Imprint, Barcode, Tech Itch, Outbreak and their home label, Evol Intent. This is not about the collective though, but one member: The Enemy. He is one quietly diverse artist. I got a chance on a recommendation *ez Inaya* to peep his Hip-Hop beats, and was floored at the funk that was so different than tracks like "Street Knowledge" (which I heard KRS-One LOVES!)... and when I got tuned in to his "Slow Funeral" alias, I knew I had to chop it up with this budding wonder. Check out the spoils of our discussion...

khal: As a core, Evol Intent hadn’t gotten true notoriety from the masses until 2004, when you guys came with the Barcode 12”. Many heads might not realize that you 3 started the Evol Intent label back in 2002. How did you guys get together and start Evol Intent? What was your goal in starting that label; were you trying to make a name for yourselves or just get your music out there?

The Enemy: Knick and Gigantor had met up at college and started working on a couple tracks and they found me through some friends of friends and the internet. We traded a few remixes and then started some collaboration tracks. I moved to Atlanta after I finished college just because it seemed like the right thing to do and I knew there would be a lot more opportunity for me here. With Evol Intent Recordings, the label, it was mainly to get our music out there and release what we wanted without any compromise. It paid off by building up a pretty decent fan base, getting some buzz going which lead to attention from the major players in the scene.

khal: As you guys have progressed, you went from unknown producers to some of the new breed of dark DnB styles to being the masthead for a style that has been called “glitch” on the Internets. How do YOU perceive your DnB output?

The Enemy: Honestly, it’s pretty different for every track. Now we are getting to the point that we don’t think of it as DnB, but just music. We don’t sit down and say “Let’s make a DnB track”, we just make music as we see fit, obviously most of it is going to fall in the DnB tempo range with us being DJ’s, but I think a lot of the tunes on our new album will surprise a lot of people.

khal: The E.I. tracks have evolved immensely from the days of “Take That” and “Seedic”. How did you guys get from that early point 4 years ago to where you are now, which is considered by many to be the next level of producers ready to run things?

The Enemy: I think our skills have just steadily progressed and still are progressing. We haven’t really settled in a comfortable state, nor kept making the same track over and over. It’s just constant progression I think. I’ve also always put a lot of thought into the branding and marketing of EI and am always thinking of new ways to get our name, image & sounds out there. There’s a lot of elements that need to come together to be successful in the music business that I feel that a lot of DnB producers overlook.

khal: Being as there are 3 producers in Evol Intent, take us into the studio and let us know how an Evol Intent track gets made. Are you just bouncing ideas off of each other, or do you come to the table with fleshed out tunes already?

The Enemy: Typically, one of us will have an idea for a tune and ‘sketch’ it out, a rough 32 bars or sometimes a lot further. Then we’ll just send the file around in a circle for hours, days, weeks, or months until we feel it’s complete. If one of us if feeling extra special, we’ll have almost the whole song done and then pass it around for some final feedback or tweaks or some edits here and there.

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?

The Enemy: We all 3 have separate studio setups and all own quite a bit of gear. But for EI tunes it’s mostly just software for the actual production. Gigantor has a great analog tape machine we’ll use to run sounds through, but as far as samplers or synths, it’s all software.

khal: One thing about you guys is, on the strength of your “Amazing Friends” series with Dieselboy’s Human Imprint, you guys do rock a nice amount of collabos with other producers. How does a track like “Broken Sword” get made, with credits to not only Mayhem and the THINKTANK crew, but Evol Intent as well? Are these tunes created in the studio with all parties present, or are you guys utilizing AIM (or other programs) to get the sounds to each other?

The Enemy: "Broken Sword" started with Knick, Mayhem & Trip1 from TT in the studio then progressed afterwards through some passing files around. With “Rapture” we just traded files back and forth through AIM with Ewun until it was finished.

khal: Not many of your DnB fans might know this, but as a solo artist, you have branched out into other genres… you have recently won an Atlanta Hip-Hop beat-making competition, for instance. What differences are there in making Hip-Hop tracks as opposed to DnB tracks?

The Enemy: It’s a world of difference. Night and Day really. Especially with the type of DnB we usually make. With Hip-Hop, you have to be conscious of the vocals, so the music needs to be the background, whereas in DnB it’s at the front. It’s a fine line of keeping things minimal enough to not clutter up the vocals, but also keep things interesting.

khal: Is any style easier for you to make than the other?

The Enemy: I’ve got a pretty wide range I think, but I don’t think one is easier than the other to make. I do a lot of ‘live’ trueschool Hip-Hop type tracks that I record live guitars, bass, Rhodes, organs or whatever on, so that obviously takes more time to get it all recorded but it’s fun and doesn’t seem any harder to me than firing up some VSTs and knocking out some simple synth lines for more crunk type beats.

khal: There is also another project you are working on, under the Slow Funeral alias. That side seems to be more on an IDM/broken beat style of production. Can you talk a little more about your influences in that style of music, and do you have any plans of shopping those sounds to other labels?

The Enemy: Yes, this is my deeper musical outlet. It’s just a solo thing that I feel I can do whatever I want with, no limitations. There’s so many influences I could’nt begin to name them, I’m sure when someone listens to a track or 2 they could easily guess quite of few of my influences. I definitely have plans on shopping it around. I’ve got about 5-6 unreleased finished songs and up to twenty more that need to be flushed out and finished. It’s on the back burner right now, but I hope to get back around to it ASAP. I’ve made a lot of good connections with some major IDM/downtempo labels over the past couple years, so that should come in handy when I get around to shopping the LP.

khal: These days in DnB, many artists are putting out artist albums. Do you have any plans on putting out an album, either solo or with Knick and Gigantor? Will there be any compilation-style releases from Evol Intent in the near future?

The Enemy: We are finishing up our album right now actually =). We’ve got a tentative release date of Valentines Day 2007 for the 4x12” vinyl release and the 2xCD and digital release will follow a few weeks afterwards. There’s no plans for a compilation style LP on EI recs right now. Just sticking to the 12” single format, and we’re going to do a couple artist EPs next year from Ewun and a possible Evol Intent vs. Eye-D EP also.

khal: With the constant talk of DnB becoming stagnant and boring, what are your views on the product being put out? Are you bored with the tunes that have been released? Are you wishing more of a certain style was being released? Who would you say is currently smacking it on a production side of things?

The Enemy: I think the good thing is that people are realizing that the DnB product is boring and there seems to be people who are trying to change things and bring some new life into it, which is great. I start to think I’m bored with most of the DnB tunes being released but as soon as that happen, I’ll hear something that I’m really feeling. I don’t really have a preference or suggestion as to a certain style that should be released more, as long as the clich├ęs are left alone. There needs to be progression and change, IMO. All the new Spor stuff is seriously smacking it. Ewun always amazes me also, always something new and heavy coming from him.

khal: Judging by your pics on MySpace, as well as hearing your sets in the past, you are a monster on the decks, DJing from Hollywood to the Netherlands. What is your mindset in making a mix – are you thinking as hard about putting a cohesive set together ala TeeBee, or do you kind of fly off the cuff with your sets?

The Enemy: I just freestyle it and play off the crowd for the most part. It’s usually a rollercoaster sort of thing. If you play nothing but super hard stuff for an extended period of time, then it loses its punch. I try to keep some good dynamics going. The set I would play at Therapy Sessions would probably be quite different from a set at some huge rave in D.C. depending on the crowd and vibe that’s there.

khal: Where do you hope to see yourself and your production going in the next couple of years? Do you have any hard goals set up for yourself?

The Enemy: I see Evol Intent still going strong with steady LPs and mix CDs coming out yearly or as soon as we knock them out. I also hope to be on the super producer status with the Hip-Hop thing, driving a limited edition 2008 Bentley with 42” rims. I just hope I can devote enough time to all the different projects I have to make them all succeed in some form. I am definitely getting goal-oriented. I’ve set some pretty hard ones up for the next year, so we’ll see how that goes =).

khal: Outside of production, what do you do to unwind and hang out?

The Enemy: Play around on the guitar or Rhodes. I’ve fallen for the xbox360, so I’ve been rinsing that a bit lately. My girlfriend keeps my free time tied up pretty well also.

khal: I know we share a bond in terms of being addicted to the TV show LOST… if you were on that island, which character do you think you’d take after, and why? Also, what the fuck do you think is happening on that island?

The Enemy: You’re thinking of Knick. ;) I don’t get into tv series dramas. I’ve got ‘The Office’ set on TiVo, but other than that I keep away from the demon box.

khal: People want to know what you are doing: do you have any releases set to drop soon? Where can your fans catch you spinning live?

The Enemy: Best place to stay up to date right now is our MySpace.

khal: Do you have any last bits of advice or shouts you’d like to give us?

The Enemy: I’d like to give some shout outs to my cats, Trapstar and Zooey for keeping it real each and every day. They keep me sane when I’m on the brink of insanity, and sometimes vice-versa.

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Cry me a river

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.

Tuesday, November 21, 2006

Danforth Diamond: bringing romance back!

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.

the shuffle. [11/18/06]

(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.

Sunday, November 19, 2006

Ill-bred (Nov. 2006)

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:

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)"

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.

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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.