Archive for 12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007
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After loads of Official Podcasts dropping inside jokes about Season 7 being the "Zombie Season", the producers have now let it be known that, among other things, they have been speaking to ABC in regards setting an end date to this crazy ride that is LOST. I, for one, am estatic.
In true super-fan thinking, this is a blessing in disguise. It puts to rest all of the assumptions that they a) don't know what they are doing (a gross misunderstanding from people who are too dense to fully engross themselves into the little things) and b) the show is going nowhere fast. I am of the following that believe that this can only help the show, as now the producers can truly focus. It seems like they've been living season to season, knowing how this thing will end up but not really sure of how they want to curve and bend the road LOST travels on. With a definitive set of seasons, it will make that journey a bit more fleshed out, which can only make things better, from the planning of production to the depth and wealth of character vs. mythology that they have already woven into the series already.
If you peep that link as well, you will also find the producers speaking on a number of interesting topics, from doing a straight run of 22 episodes or so (which will no doubt mean that the show will probably not start until the new year, as opposed to starting in September like it has done already), and SPOILER ALERT! a SLEW of spoilers towards the end of the article, from more info on the "arctic" scenario we saw back at the very end of the finale of Season 2, to some major shakeup that will involve the fact that, on the island, it's only November 2004, so only a few months have passed... and some other things I will not write down here. Can't spill all of the beans, but be forewarned: if you don't want to see any more spoilers, don't read the end of the article.
Keep it locked to this blog for more info as I obtain it. And keep it locked to ABC for LOST, dropping on Feb 7th. Holla.
This year, I have not a lot to say about King's legacy that hasn't already been said - I do find it funny that MTV2 finds it fitting to dedicate their programming block(s) to reruns of "Sucker Free" editions of Cribs featuring Three 6 Mafia showcasing a fridge full of cans of Bud Light, and some obviously drunk nigga talking about getting a jimmy hat on and being Elvis Presely (don't ask)... it's also funny how today is the day that all of this OJ Simpson book nonsense is flooding the TV news channels... I do want to shout out Rizoh over at T.R.U.; his MLK post includes audio clips of the "I Have A Dream" speech up, a few that look like they've been remixed. Shouts for that one, bro.
In any case, here is a collection of YouTube videos I feel are fitting for this date. The majority of these are Hip-Hop videos that are statements that are still needed today. If I find something else that fits, I'll post it, so just feel me flow...
01/August 28th, 1963: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, in its entirety:
02/The Stop The Violence Movement's video for "Self Destruction". One of the illest Hip-Hop posse cuts of all time - peep how many legends are in this one:
03/Not to be outdone, around the same time, the West Coast All-Stars let the world know that "We're All In The Same Gang":
04/Another lost classic, "Erase Racism", features the Juice Crew getting it poppin' over some classic Hip-Hop beats:
05/Always a poignant video, Public Enemy and Spike Lee linked up for Do The Right Thing, and "Fight The Power" was born. Possibly one of the best statements of fury and rage for that Black Hip-Hop movement in the late 90s, here is the uncut/uncensored version:
06/Saul Williams performing "List of Demands (Reparations)" LIVE in the studio:
07/Chris Rock's hilarious "Blacks Vs. Niggas" sketch from Bring The Pain. This shit is still true, mad years down the line:
08/What if Richard Pryor was president?:
09/Here's an ABC Nightline interview with Paul Mooney. He's one of my favorite comedians, just for his honesty... and he's a legend. Check it:
That's all I've got right now. We need much more, but I don't know what else to do, other than to try and spread the knowledge and wisdom around and hope some of you pick up on it. Remember, reflect, and react.
You know what's funny? I was watching 6ABC News at 6AM this morning, talking about how the Eagles will have to play with noise topping over 100db during tonight's playoff game. I was feeding lil' man, and told wifey, "they are establishing their alibi right now". You know, the Saints are beating the Birds, 27-24, and these fucking announcers are talking about "oh the crowd noise made them miss that pass".
Am I a fucking fortune teller or what? And those bastards ended up losing.
I guess Jeff Garcia isn't the savior they thought he was...
01/Even with James Brown dead, there is still news to be made ABOUT his death... first off, you'd think that niggas wouldn't get killed over silly disagreements, but in 2007, you can still get shot over some dumb shit: reports say one cat got popped over an argument about exactly how TALL James was. What kind of shit? For all of the dumb shit to get shot over, you gonna draw your steel over a bitch height?! In even sadder news, one of James' kids, a 5 year-old boy by his last partner, got shut out of his will. I mean, you can't really blame him, I doubt he was expecting to go right now. I don't think about dying tomorrow, so I know I have nothing in my will for my seeds. It's a damn shame, and hopefully they get a lil icing off that cake. And do you know this nigga STILL isn't buried!??!!
02/This week, Jason Kidd set out to divorce his fine ass wife, Joumana, saying she was not only abusive to him, but did shit like sneaking into the Nets' locker room to sift through is cellie, then left big head TJ in the locker room while she went out to berate him from the stands. He went as far as calling her abusive, but whoa, this is the same nigga who was taking anger management classes a few years back, no? On the flip, though, she signed her own restraining order, and is countering his claims. It sounds like Joumana would not hold her tongue, and Jason would end up smacking her up a bit for no good reason. At one point, she said "fuck this", and swung back. He saw this as an out to their relationship, and jumped on it quick. I just feel bad for big head TJ. I mean, he has it hard enough, now his parents are divorcing?
03/I wanted to just bring this up, b/c it was too close for comfort: on the same day that most of NY is bugging out because of some weird odor in the air, mad birds in Austin mysteriously fall out and die. NY tried to blame my home state of NJ, but still, that's a coincidence that's a bit too close for comfort. In these days of terrorism, most people look for them to c0mmit the same crime again. I highly doubt some Taliban bitches will fly a fucking plane into a skyscraper again, but I would NOT be surprised if they poisoned our air supply. And for you Austin, Texas brats, birds are probably the best indicator for what's going on in our air - so if they falling out dead, peep game and watch out.
04/This week was big for gadget/car unveilings, but there are only a few things that impressed this blogger: obviously, Apple's iPhone is going to be a big seller. Steve Jobs says he's tired of smartphones of today, so if you want the Apple alternative, wait until this summer and get that $500 ready to burn. The one thing about it, though, is that if Cisco has its way, Apple will have to find another name. It appears that in a stroke of luck or genius, they bought the "iPhone" trademark a few years ago, and are suing Apple about the use of the name.. I spoke on their new phone a few weeks back, but thought nothing of it. I guess Apple didn't think they were legit. They will either buckle or have to pay up a GRIP of loot for that name, making Cisco some of the smartest motherfuckers working currently... I am also happy about Jay-Z finally living up to his lyrics and getting that "Jay-Z Blue" color out there, initially on a GMC Yukon Denali.
05/Time to hit you guys with some fast Hip-Hop news... Kanye West was rumored to be featured in a reality TV series for HBO, but later confirmed that it was something else entirely. It's by the people behind Borat and Rick Rubin, so we'll see how it fairs.... DJ Kay Slay & Dipset's Cam'ron have let it be known that Koch's "$7-$8 a record" deal is a scam. Why am I not surprised, but then again, why am I hurting for guys like Sheek Louch?.... Speaking of Dipset, Max B, who was featured heavy on Jim Jones' last LP, was held on $2Mil bail on some murder charge shit. There's a dispute on how far his involvement is, but I just think its funny that niggas talk that murda murda on wax, but when it really pops off and they might be linked, suddenly they wasn't even IN New Jersey!.... Ras Kass' letter explaining his beef with his current record label was leaked online, and regardless of the moral circumstances, Ras goes in and speaks his mind, and makes a few dope points. Your heart goes out to him - all he wants to do is make music, and he keeps getting shit on.... In a rift no one heard/cared about, Bow Wow and Omarion patched things up. It has something to do with those idiotic dumb "Scream" tours they have gone on since they were shorties, but who really gives a shit?.... For some reason, Mos Def's Tru3 Magic LP is going to be dropping twice. It came out on some "no cover, just a picture on a CD" type shit, and moved something like 11K copies; Geffen decided to not consider this the initial run, like this is some glorified promo run, when really they just tried to pull it from shelves due to bootlegging and get stiffed. In any case, a proper release will come about next year, with full artwork, a diff. tracklisting, and other goodies -- expect a review on the new shit once that one drops.... 50 Cent is proclaiming 2007 his year, as he speaks on his new LP (not as heavy on the Soul as once declared), as well as him dropping both Young Buck and Young Hot Rod albums this year. He also commented on G-Unit being over, which he basically said was bananas. We shall see, brave one, we shall see. Slumping album sales in your crew is never a good sign. I think it's hilarious that in that interview he speaks on "one project" performing bad, like both Mobb Deep and Lloyd Banks didn't go down the toilet.... For you Def Jux heads, El-P spoke to AV Club on a number of interesting topics....
06/I'm totally wiped, so here's a load of news bits from this past week to keep you scratching your heads/guessing/questioning your reasons for living in the US: Donald Trump is getting sued by some older gentleman for not picking this old dude for his show. I mean, when I think "apprentice", I automatically think of some young upstart. Dude is going on 50. Give me a break!... This week's deaths include: dude who created the Ramen Noodle, dude who created Scooby Doo, and wifey on The Munsters.... Judges in Brazil reversed the decision to ban that Brazilian model's sexytime tapes from YouTube, mainly due to the laws on this sort of thing being so virgin, unlike the model. In any case, big up to them. Word to the wise: if you make a sex tape, KEEP IT CLOSE!.... In "White Celebs Using the word "nigger", Anthony Michael Hall - you know, Weird Science? - that dude said "nigga" twice, which seemed to be a joke from what I saw. *Sigh* who knows?.... This fucking millionaire poked a whole in his Picasso painting, and got mad when the insurance company for not paying him the total grip (he was due for approx. $54Mil, while he insured it for $80Mil+). I mean, if it was truly an accident, that's one thing, but no bitch, you fucked the whole thing up? Need to tell a better lie.
07/I wanna shout out Rafi for linking up "BODEGA" to the world. I grew up on a lot of those eats, so I feel good now. Keep it up!...
That's it for your boy. No final thought, for my only though right now is catching some Zs, bitch. Too bad... but keep your eyes peeled for some shit this week. I have a few interviews to post, as well as some reviews to write. Keep it bangin'! And before I go, I apologize for the lack of in-depth writing today. My head wasn't truly into it... I'm rethinkin my strategy on these shuffles... we'll see.
Yes, yes. Another week goes by, and new music is coming and going. Old music is a mainstay, too, but not so much. I was thinking on that yesterday - how little I have been digging into YEARS OLD music. I need to get back to that older stuff... EDIT: I finally got around to blogging about Jordana (aka 1.8.7.'s) post over on DOA offering up a boatload of FREE DNB! Check out this post over at the dubplate digest for more info, direct links, and other stuff.
01/Sean Price "Crazy" [nice one from Ayatollah and Jesus Price. Non-LP track, but from the PROMO I heard, that LP is dangerous!]
02/Joe Budden "Unforgiven" [Joey does it again, this time snatching Metallica's original to let out some of his demons. One of my favs right now, forreal. Where's his LP?]
03/Jin ft. Donald Trump "You're Fired (Rosie O'Donnell Diss)" [Jin going at Rosie for her random Chinese comments in her dissing of Trump - listen to the intro of the track. he even kicks shit in Cantonese, which sounds dope. Nice reworking of Nas' Ether, too.]
04/Jennifer Holiday "And I'm Telling You" [I don't want to see Dreamgirls. I do like the original track though. Jennifer Hudson redid this for the new soundtrack, but her voice is too high IMHO. Original FTW.]
05/Sabre "Riverside" [I swear I've heard those keys before, on some random, dusty mixtape I have. Sabre is one of the ones to watch for 2007, hands down. Sultry DNB.]
06/Evol Intent "Glock Party" [pure ghetto nastiness. Gotta love those ATL bwoys.]
07/Seba ft. Robert Manos "Heaven Sent" [this combination cannot do any wrong. Seba provides some skittering, solid beats while Robert handles the beautiful vocal.]
08/Common ft. Bilal "Play Your Cards Right" [Spine Magazine has this as being produced by Kariem Riggins, J Dilla's boy, but it sounds like some Dilla shit. Love hearing Common over some high strings. Soulful tune.]
09/Styles P "Close To The Concrete" [Styles P is the man for this one. The mixtape this came out on is essential... can't say anything more, really.]
10/Saburuko "Stellar" [can't wait for this EP to drop. Just wait and see.]
For you guys watching The (white) Rapper Show and having NO IDEA who MC Serch is, he was in a crew called 3rd Bass. Check out some of their videos:
"Gas Face" (ft. Zev Luv X AKA MF Doom)
"Pop Goes The Weasel"
"Steppin' To The A.M."
"Product of the Environment"
and I posted this previously, but here is "Pop Goes The Weasel" LIVE on Arsenio Hall - peep DJ Richie Rich at the end, cutting it up. Classic.
Enjoy your weekend, peeps.
One of the things I love about the first month of any new year is new TV. You start to get info and hit with a bunch of new programs. Some are kind of dope, some are kind of shit.
That's where I come in.
I'm going to hit you with a list, some trailers, and other random bits of info from some of my pics of the hottest shows dropping now.
01/Afro Samurai: you gotta love black anime. The Boondocks opened doors stylistically with the production techniques, giving their show a bit more of a beautiful edge with the choice of doing a more anime-style of show than the normal, blockhead bullshit you see on TV. Afro Samurai is legit, has music done by The RZA (soundtrack in stores Jan. 16th, I believe), and has characters voiced by Samuel L. Jackson and Ron Pearlman. The story is interesting, but also gives way for loads of innovation and dope characters. Check out the trailer HERE. Thursdays, Spike TV, 11PM.
02/The (white) Rapper Show. VH1 and egotrip link up again, following their last, impressive TV outings, to bring a reality competition that has MC Serch and many other Hip-Hop notables on the hunt for the next great white hope (hype?). The bits that have hit the 'Net have been true to egotrip's flair for mixing humor and race relations, as well as VH1's "Celebreality" nastiness. It premieres tonight at 10:30PM on VH1, so set your reminders (or DVRs) and get familiar.
03/American Idol. This show premieres on Fox on the 16th of Jan. I really only added this because those first few weeks, with the auditions, are some of the best bits of TV out there. Once that final group is selected, I will be picking someone to win, and we will have a running poll on this blog about it. You gotta love people getting their dreams crushed on national TV - it's as American as keylime pie.
04/LOST. Best show on TV right now? Well, with no new episodes of The Wire or The Sopranos on right now, yes. It will be back on Feb 7th, airing at 10PM (so as to not get rinsed by American Idol), but will keep it's intensity. TV Guide reported that we should expect some flashbacks with Desmond, Hurley and Claire, as well as some insight into the oddball-"Other", Juliet. Hopefully we will find out her motivation behind offing Ben, and if her and Jack will link up, now that Jack saw Kate & Sawyer bumping uglies. BTW, who do you think is going to die first, Kate or Sawyer? You know how it goes - once you bump, you get bumped. Word to Ana Lucia. Get ready for that 16 new episode run, too. Quit your bellyaching and GET LOST. Oh, big up to American Express... these "LOST moments" were initially made available only to card-holding members, but I guess since Day Break got cancelled, they are letting these sneak peeks be available for all to see! Check it out HERE, and expect more LOST recaps from me in the '07.
05/The Sopranos. The last bit of season 6 is set to commense on April 8th, 9PM on HBO. TV Guide (gotta love 'em) dropped some nuggets of info on the tailend of this spectacular series: we will be hit with more junkie Christopher shit, including his affair with Julianna. Big Tony will not only be making some major breakthrough with Dr. Melfi, but his relationship with Carmela is going to go through the ringer one more time. Other than that, I have no new info. I have been watching old episodes on DVD and HBO On Demand, and I suggest you do too. I'm waiting for season 5 to come On Demand, so I can see Adrianna get got. Damn shame. Great show, though. I'm right at the end of season 4, ready to see Carm and Tony go at it, her performance in "White Caps" was stellar.
That's all the TV news I have for now. You got any bits you'd like to hit me with? Let me know.
01. TP - One In A Million You.mp3
02. LV - Going In Circles.mp3
03. TP - I Can't Live Without Your Love.mp3
04. LV - A House Is Not A Home.mp3
05. TP - Turn Off The Lights.mp3
06. LV - If Only For One Night.mp3
07. TP - Come Go With Me.mp3
08. LV - Here And Now.mp3
09. TP feat. Stephanie Mills - Feel The Fire.mp3
10. LV feat. Cheryl Lynn - If This World Were Mine.mp3
11. TP - Interview Clip (MauriceWatts.com).mp3
12. TP - Let Me Love You.mp3
13. LV - Interview Clip (CNN).mp3
14. LV - Superstar/Until You Come Back To Me.mp3
15. TP - Close The Door (Live).mp3
16. LV - Never Too Much (Live).mp3
Manny Faces' offical website
No typical shuffle this week. I spent a good hour+ just now typing out about last week, and then good ol IE7 putzed out on me for no good. Reason that is.
All I can say is there's a bunch of putzes out there, especially Lupe Fiasco. If he truly thinks making his album 3 weeks before it gets released will stop the bootleggers, he needs to go fully into clothing design and leave the game.
Oh, and who else is excited about JJ Abrams' on HBO!?
Also take a few other points of interest: "Black Ty" punches out his preggo girlfriend; digital downloads spike 65% in 2006; Chief Justice Roberts is bitching and moaning about six figure judge salaries being too low; the sons of the late Lou Rawls & Marvin Gaye are battling over a dog; and finally, you pervs posting up sex romps of Brazilian bombshells are costing YouTube money.
There is one point I do want to make though: there has been a big uproar about these parents who surgically stunted their daughter's growth due to her disability. I ask any of you know-it-alls out there who are upset over this: do you have a child that is disabled? I mean, this girl was on track to being infant-like at 5 feet 6 inches tall. I have an autistic daughter who will be 17 y/o next month -- and is at least 5'6", if not taller. I thank the Lord I don't have to carry her around like a little child. That would put so much strain on my life, and while I am the #1 Dad out this bitch, I need to have my own life. Having kids does not mean your life ends -- it means you life gets better. And to be honest, who else is going to take care of their daughter? If their kid will not know the difference anyways, so be it. Let the family be, and get off of their case. I totally understand and back their decision.
Sorry, faithful shuffle readers... I just can't be arsed to go back and retype what I already wrote. Venom isn't as potent the 2nd time around. I will make this coming Saturday's shuffle xtra special though.
Classic DNB. Gotta know where you been...
Until next time.
This is rock the dub's first interview of 2007, and round 2 of my Evol Intent interviews (check out my piece with The Enemy... Gigantor, I'm coming for you next!). In this installment, we continue on, delving a bit deeper into the triumverate of the EI crew. Knick has been on the grind for some time, and has risen through the ranks with Evol Intent to become one of the premier production outfits in the current DnB scene. From dark, techstep nastiness to the now prominent 'glitch'-y madness that many fans have come to love and fear, Knick has helped shape heavy, dark DnB in this day and age. Standing on the cusp of both the first EP and first album for their Evol Intent label, Knick is managing to fufill his DnB destiny, all the while creating exciting music with a few side projects, inside and outside of the DnB world. The funny thing is, he does it all on a cool, calm and collected tip. I seriously think, if I lived down in the A, Knick and I'd be chatting it up every day or so over shots of clear alcohol and bouts of whatever game was new on the 360. In any case, peep our conversation, covering what was, what is, what is going to be, and some other fine points in between...
Knick: There are most definitely times when I sit back and think about how far we’ve come. Right before my set the other night at a New Year's Eve gig in Los Angeles, I was looking out in to the audience and all I could see was an ocean of bodies. For as far as I could even see, it was all hands in the air and people screaming. It's hard to describe how good that felt. Thinking back to when we were playing 5-6 am slots for 2 people or driving over a thousand miles to play a gig for no money, it really hits home sometimes. We feel like we stuck it out, paid our dues and now, as a result, we have something truly special to share with the world.
Knick: I have to be careful about how I respond to the last part of your question. Drum and Bass is thriving in many areas of the world, but it is most definitely falling off in other areas. Now, as long as the music exists, there will always be new blood getting into the scene and there will always be a crop of new producers popping up. We obviously embrace that. We sign new artists to Evol Intent Recordings all the time. I sometimes worry that there are too many producers out there just copying someone else’s style though, you’re right. It’s a shame, but everyone has to start somewhere I suppose. But, it also all depends on your definition of old school. For someone who is just now getting into Drum and Bass, they might look at 1997 era tech step as old school, but it’s not. It was just a great time period for Drum and Bass. And even then, that’s just one guy’s opinion. Did I skate around that topic sufficiently?
My boy Nappy hipped me to both of these... and I went from being completely disgusted to completely disturbed. Check me out...
"Chicken Noodle Soup" done by the Kidz Bop bastards
And I thought the original video was terrible... this is just repulsive. Mass marketing ignorance, and the look on that white fucker's face... *sigh*
Pharoahe Monch's "When The Gun Draws"
Monch is always good at tracks like this. Very disturbing video, but it works well.
Now back to your regularly scheduled internet wanderings...
I got passed this 2006 Year In Review mp3 by this MC I've never heard of by the name of Jay Eff Kay. It's not my normal Hip-Hop thing, but it's kind of hot. It actually reminds me of my weekly editions of the shuffle, which is nice. By checking dude's MySpace page out, it looks like this New Yorker went from Wall Street to crafting some anthems with a poison tongue, which is always nice. Sort of how Eminem came out, honestly, but speaking about the world, and actually saying something. And the fact that he calls Lupe Fiasco "Urkel" is enough for me. I give him major props for that one. I also like how he isn't trying to be something he isn't... you can tell dude is just a white guy speaking his mind, however raunchy or political or real his feelings are, and you have to respect that at the end of the day.
You can check out homeboy's works over at the aforementioned MySpace page... and peep his blog as well. Looks like we might be hearing more about neph in the new year?
There's a pretty hot CD available for FREE download right now, featuring the vocal talents of Talib Kweli over the production of blunted scientist Madlib. You gotta love free music. And you gotta love these two linking up. Even though Kweli assures us that Eardrum will not sound like this at all (is that bad or good?), I will take this any day of the week. You've already heard "Funny Money" if you have an ear to the blog scene, and this is more of that. Dusty samples, Kweli blowing... just listen, really. Nice way to start out 2k7. "Time is Right" is getting nuff burn right now, while "Over The Counter" has some new school boom bap to it. Don't sleep on this. It also features Strong Arm Steady (yay!) and Consequence (yawn), but at 9 tracks, it feels more like an EP than an album, but hey, free is free.
Just some videos to play 'round midnight tonight...
DJ Shadow "Midnight In A Perfect World"
sidenote: DJ Shadow "Midnight In A Perfect World (Gab Mix)": peep Gift of Gab's poetics on that one. Enjoy.
DJ Craze LIVE at the DMC 2006 in London, UK
gotta love his skratch technique. TEKDBZ STAND UP!
MTV Base "About To Blow" Documentary about Dubstep
Classic James Brown medley from Soul Train
RIP to the Godfather.
Eminem & Proof freestyling for some old MTV show
RIP Proof, where's Shady at?
J Dilla "Nothing Like This"
RIP to the master beatmaker. BTW, sneak attack!
Remember. Reminisce. Realize. Recreate.
2007 - we're ready.
Peace and love.
So this is what the last shuffle of 2006 is going to be... a weird week of death, broken legs and assorted pieces of random drama and nonsense. Can't say I blame it - this year, while being a highlight for some, has been pretty crappy all around. I mean, I now have a new addition to my family, as well as a few blogs that I am proud of, the world as a whole is a bunch of bullshit. For no good reason, either. It seems as the further down the rabbit hole we go, the cruder, ruder and more vile our world seems to become.
This is going to be a different shuffle: I'm both sick and not drinking. Surprised? Let's see how sharp the venom is...
01/First, this week was about death. James Brown died on Christmas, Gerald Ford a day later, and Saddam Hussein finally got murked today. Now, while I saw loads of shit on TV today about Saddam's execution, which is totally expected, and Ford's sad procession got less than an hour and a half on local Philly stations. All I saw on James Brown this week was a hodge-podge video for "Papa's Got A Brand New Bag" on some random BET countdown, and a 3 year old VH1 special showing him making a "comeback", like he ever truly left the game. Now, my thing is, OK the fucking GODFATHER OF SOUL passed away on CHRISTMAS DAY! You'd think that'd be the biggest story of the year! Nope - Ford dies Tuesday, and the whole fucking day is dedicated to his short tenure as prez. White people can never let niggas have the spotlight too long. To make matters worse, they wouldn't even let his fake wife/real backup dancer into the home. Like this is what we need to see about our beloved Godfather. On a good note, James' biopic is now set to be directed by Spike Lee. Keep in mind, this is a project that was already underway for some time before his untimely death, but hopefully Spike will breathe some life into it. I swear I had no idea there was a flick about James forthcoming. I wonder who they are going to have play JB - if they say Jamie Foxx, I will be both pissed and alright with it. I mean, who else could actually play James? I don't see any true actors being able to handle the dancing, singing and pure mimicry of the voice like a comedian. In any case, I hope there is a big tribute concert or some newly released LIVE DVDs or something of JB.
02/This point is just on Hussein, but I have something I need to get off of my chest: OK so 9/11 went down, and our country was gung-ho on flushing Osama bin Laden out of whatever hole his ass has been hanging out in. We go to Afghanistan, and cant' find this fucker in the hills and caves. OK, so we backtrack and say "yo, Saddam has some yellow cake, and he's down with Osama" (even though we fucking funded Osama back in the day), and decide to bumrush Iraq, on the hunt for WMDs. We find... nothing. We stay there, taking over the country, all the while losing casualties on our side and murdering all kinds of people, not just insurgents. We find Saddam in a fucking foxhole, capture him, and put him on trial, which resulted in the execution of Saddam today. Now I say you, we started this over the events of Sept. 11th - do you honestly feel as though the families of the victims of 9/11 feel safer now that Saddam is deceased? And, when are our troops coming home?
03/It's funny when my site touches on other blogs... last week I mentioned a story about Perez Hilton, and this week he touches down on el shuffle again, but this time in a diff. way. There is this website, WorldOfBritney.com, that was said to have been shutting down due to Britney Spears "losing her identity and credibility within fans and industry people." Now, I first read this and was like "OK, Britney going commando really is killing her fanbase", but I then saw this post over at Perez Hilton, showing how the guy who owns that WorldOfBritney URL fucking sold the jawn a WHILE ago, and his lease is up. Not to mention that he has his chip on his shoulder over some random fan thing that Britney skipped on. The account is all on dude's site, scroll down and check it out. In any case, I just find it amusing that he goes through one site like "oh Britney, you are so slutty, I cannot back you" to now "yo I didn't have the funds, and now I cannot rewrite my wrongs". Grow a pair - I mean, a fucking Britney Spears fansite?
04/This week has been a pretty dope one for year-end free music files. Aside from the normal legging, we've got guys like Chamillionaire, you know, neph who the po-po tries to catch ridin' soiled, dropped Mixtape Messiah 2 for FREE on his own website. How chill is that... well, if you read the notes on that page, it looks like he had some beef going on getting this out, so I guess he is just saying 'fuck that' and dropping it for doink. Watch for that DVD. Rizoh also linked to a new mixtape from the guys that brought the world the Bobb Deep mashups - this one is chock full of Nas vs. Al Green blends. My personal favorite is the "Made You Look (RMX)" b/w "Love & Happiness". Just sounds so damn funky. If you do some hunting like ya boy khal did, you can find a literal goldmine of files, all for the taking... sneak attack! Speaking of Rizoh, over at About Rap, there's the 2007 Hip-Hop/Rap Albums roundup, showing 27 LPs that are set to make much noise over 2k7. I personally cannot wait for Sean Price's Jesus Price, Superstar, just off the strength of "P Body".
05/Mike Tyson, you have officially left my good graces. I could deal with your ridiculousness when I found out you were on antidepressants. When it was known that you were a fucking lonely boy trapped in a goliath body, being taken advantage of, I could understand your pain. Now, you get arrested for DUI... and possession of coke?! And then you have the nerve to add this fucking gem of a photo to the archives - were you trying to test out some new sniff in this one? Is this the real reason for your antics over the years, the white powder? Or were you genuinely nuts? I mean, you say you are an addict, but I ask how long. I want to know just so I can reevaluate why I lost $5 on your last bout with Lewis. I figured your crazy self deserved to be backed up. Not if you are on the snuff, though. Shape up, pa.
06/Scattered pieces of news... it looks like, starting Jan. 2007, downloaded tracks will be able to be counted towards the top 40 charts. By the tone of the article, I assume this is a UK-only thing, but who knows. They said during the Xmas trial run, Wham and Mariah Carey hit the top 40, mainly due to their Christmas hits. Interesting stuff; watch the Beatles hit the top of the charts once all of their catalogue is finally available for purchase digitally... Speaking of digital downloads, iTunes got slowed to a snail's pace, and at times shutting it down altogether, over the Xmas holiday, mainly due to the increased downloads from gift cards and what not. You'd think they'd have these things sorted, but hey, that's still money in the bank for Apple... Nas hit #1 this week with his new album, Hip Hop Is Dead. I wonder what Young Jeezy has to say about Nas' claims now... Jill Scott has two CDs dropping in 2007: one is a CD full of collabos entitled, fittingly, Collaborations, while the 2nd is her next album, entitled The Real Thing, which has a sampler disc accompanying the collabos thing... I want to send a get well soon to Styles P, who was involved in a lil road rage incident that left him with a fucked up leg. Damn shame dude who originally cut him off didn't get in any hot water charge-wise, but so be it. I have an aunt like that, who got so heated on time, she snotted into a tissue and threw the dutty cloth into the open window of someone who pissed her off... Michael Jordan and Juanita are divorcing... again. Looks like his cheating and not being home have taken their toll. No word on the settlement specifics, but I bet she got caked off, as well as got some good real estate...
Well, that's all for 2k6. I might be taking a few days off, blog wise, just to rest and spend some time with the family. If I don't post before the 1st of 2k7, I want to wish you all a happy, healthy New Year's Eve (here's the lyrics to that song white people like to sing when the ball drops)... 2007 will be much bigger, much brighter, and a whole lot tougher. Trust. And on that note...
Classic "Tower of Doom", 1988 Great American Bash shit.
I also found some new KIMBO SLICE FIGHTS, but the dick who put them on YouTube disabled embedding. Bitch. Peep game anyways, even though you know EXACTLY what Kimbo is gonna do to both "Afro Puff" and "Big Mac".
Any other blogs out there bringing you this much fire, week in and week out? Didn't think so... Oh and I want to send a big shout out to EVERYONE out there who is voting and keeping me in that #1 Spot over that the "Blog For A Year" competition... keep it up!
At the end of the day, you gotta know where you've been to know where you are going. I will not be going through what I loved about 2006; that's what my reviews are for. Check the side panel for links to the various bits and bobs I dug or dig dug this year. These sweets are sendspace goodies that will be available for as long as they allow them to be. I should just let the music do the talking, but...
01/James Brown "Papa Don't Take No Mess (Part 1)"... first off, RIP to James Brown. It's hard that a guy can have such a direct influence on so many genres of music, and still maintain his own singular voice. Many imitators, none duplicators, and many niggas owe their bank accounts to this man's work. He's one of the only Black men in America who did it without asking for help or assistance or giving a fuck about what anyone else thought - he converted millions. And he did it without really being the best singer. He had his own voice, but his tracks weren't about him singing. It was a full package, a single groove. The sum was definitely greater than the whole of it's parts. And we will miss him for it...
02/Mobb Deep "Survival Of The Fittest"... One of my fav Mobb tracks of all time. They signed to G-Unit this year, and although I loved their album, it failed to crack any serious numbers. Shame, shame. Probably too much Fiddy dick-riding, but Prodigy seems to be back on his grizzly, so maybe they will take it back to how they were coming up. "Until my death, my goal's to stay alive..."
03/Cassidy ft. Lil' Wayne & Fabolous "6 Minutes of Death"... this is the best shit off Cass' last album, no bullshit. I slept on the CD -- it was just a bit too much crack-rap from someone who is a hell of a lot more than a crack-rapper. My nigga Boo put me onto this one, and it stuck. Symphonies run rampant on the beat, which is mid-level kicks and loads of live-sounding snares. Weezy drops one of the most slept on verses of 2005, Fab spits his smooth one-liners and Cass just one-ups both of them for about 2 and a half minutes. Get well soon, Cassidy.
04/T.I. ft. Bun B & Rakim "Get Ya Pay"... you fucks slept on this track, this mixtape, and this blog for too long. The very first post on rock the dub was about DJ Green Lantern's Alive On Arrival mixtape, which is hands down the mixtape of 2006. If you don't believe me, then fuck you. This track is off that tape, so sorry if you are looking for a full clip - I don't have one. Anyways, Green laces this bass heavy beat with some odd Rakim vocal snippet as the chorus, and Tip goes off about being "a rebel", but music just being a way for him to escape...and UGK's finest just pimp slaps this track with another banger. Go grab that tape, quick. Stop sleeping.
05/Lil' Scrappy ft. Young Buck "Money In The Bank (Remix)"... I'll admit it -- if it wasn't for the bleeps in that minimal beat, I wouldn't give 2 shits about this track or this LP. The LP ain't half bad -- it ain't half good, but that's how it do. Scrappy doing it for BME and G-Unit, and Buck Fiddy-riding about a whip he is allowed to drive by his boss. Gay, but whatever, shorty whatcha drank!?
06/Obie Trice "Black Boy"... i heard this on the promo version of Obie's 2nd lp... I never wanted to peep the 2nd LP, for I didn't like the first. I think Obie stepped his game up a tad, he started emulating Jay and others. This track is just straight thick. That beat, I don't know who did it, but its a heavy head nodder with some dope horn work in it. Obie tries to go into some politicals, and it works, but its that beat. Maybe the 3rd time will be the charm?
07/Masta Killa ft. Ghostface Killah & Raekwon "It's What It Is"... this is one of those tracks that, when I am working, I can throw on repeat and get a shitload of things done. That repetitive loop might bore some, but this is the essence of the Wu. Beauty in monotony, and some poisonous darts from 3 of the Clan's finest. Who knows what the track is about, don't you wish more Wu-Tang joints sounded this dirty?
08/Beanie Sigel "Why Wouldn't I"... Beans was my favorite enigma of 2006. He put this out, a dope mixtape with Drama and 'em, and pretty much just gave dope ass interviews. Hopefully more of his mixtapes will surface, so we can find out what is really going on with him. He's without the best MC out there right now putting his life on the mic. Not too many sound sincere - B Sig IS sincere. And raw. And real. And in your face. And all over the map. Keep pushin', nigga.
09/Snoop Dogg ft. Dr. Dre & D'Angelo "Imagine"... best track on Snoop's new one? Yes. Don't you just love knowing that Snoop and Dre grew up, and can get introspective about live. And D'Angelo showing up on this AND a J Dilla album!? Gotta love it. Dre didn't get much props for his beats, but he did his thing this year. I won't say grab Snoop's LP, but def. check this one out.
10/Big Kuntry & T.I. "Throwback (DJ Nappy Dubstep Mix)"... this is called THE FUTURE. Dubstep and Rap united. We like to call it THUGSTEP. My boy Nappy is going ghost for a bit in a bit, so I'll be providing you guys with more of his heatrocks in due time, for due time. You'll be aware when its time to make you fucks aware. Until then, do a search on this blog for DJ NAPPY, and go dload what you can. You can't tell me that trap niggas and dubsteppers are some long lost twins. Nappy just had to play Maury...
You know how we do, though. It's not just about free shit I am providing you...
arQer and Realtime, two of Texas' finest DnB producers, dropped a 101MB .zip of 320kbps tunes... for FREE! Eight licks of funky shit, from the bouncy funk of arQer's "Atlantis Touch" to Realtime's neuro-dub exploration on "Homegrown", you are not ready. Realtime also brings in some old school vibes with "Rough Age", and on "Grasshopper Lies Heavy", arQer goes classic as well, but with a modern twist to it. Back to the future status. Why these tracks aren't signed already is anyone's guess, but that's not the point. We got them now, for cheap, too. So grab while they are able to get got, and keep an eye peeled for them.
kapsil recently dropped his sixth edition of his "unsigned" series, and while you might not recognize all of the names, you will be stunned by the tracks and the mixing. Pure funk, baby.
In terms of a final thought, I don't really have one. Keep music good, and make quality albums, or niggas will continue to steal your shit. I hate bootlegging, but why would I spend $10 on a Jay-Z album where I can honestly only say I like the first 3 cuts? No sir, not this nigga. I have been trying to champion some Nas & Primo shit, and this video is the reason why:
Is it really this hard to realize? That's all I need in 2007... someone make it happen.
I'll holla. Enjoy the licks.