Archive for 12/01/2006 - 01/01/2007

AI Tidbits (Jan. 23rd, 2007)

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Just a few things to ponder while waiting for the premiere of American Idol week 2 tonight:

-Thomas Daniels, one of the best singers from last week's premiere, alredy has his criminal record being exposed to the US. It looks like in 2004, dude had a DUI from Oregon. The funny thing is, not only did he pay the $680 fine, but he also completed his meetings and counselor stuff - and this was supposed to be wiped from his record. He chalked this up to being "young and dumb", as he told TMZ.com, but he apparently didn't learn for he had another conviction in Dec. 2005. He got arrested again, and didn't appear for his courtdate for some odd reason. They asked him if he told Fox about his record, and he gave a no comment, which might lead one to believe that he won't be seen that much longer, which is a crying shame, b/c after reportedly three tries, he killed his audition. Good luck to T. Daniels.

-There have been a lot of idiotic reports saying that this season seems to be harsher than most. The Idol crew came out and said "get your ears cleaned!" Randy and others let it be known that these contestants are told to be aware of the possibility of tough criticism. I think the fact that comments like calling that bush baby a bush baby come from frustration of the situation. In any case, lighten up - you guys wouldn't be watching if you weren't waiting for that heat. Grow up or change the channel.

8PM tonight!

DJ Nappy presents: Thugstep (refixes package 1)

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If you've been a frequent reader of rock the dub, you'd know that I've been linking to the hip-hop/dubstep mashups that my boy DJ Nappy has been creating over the last couple of months. And I must say, these have been causing a bit of a stir around the dubstep crews, with producers in the scene getting turned on to the interesting mash of sub-loving dubstep grooves and, for lack of a better phrase, crunked out rhymes. I know guys on the dubstepforum are upset over the lack of "intelligent lyrics"... this isn't about putting the most intricate lyrics over the deep bass. This is about feeling, which is the heart of dubstep. Fans of dubstep know that it's not like DNB, where many heads are praising production qualities and "what you used" to make your sounds; dubstep is all about the way the bass flows, and getting the crowd into the pocket with heavy grooves. And, from what I understand, the crunk-tastic MCs flow much better over the beats.

In any case, Nappy has created the "thugstep refixes package 1"*, a .rar full of FREE, full versions of his rap/dubstep mashups, in 320kbps glory. Top selectors, dubstep DJs looking for some interesting, different sounds to throw into their sets, I say grab these PRONTO and peep the steelo. Here is the list of tracks included in the rar (I marked my favs with asterisks):

allstar cashville prince f. yo gotti - tear it up (nappy vs el rakkas dubstep mix)
b dub - do whatcha do f. bun b (nappy vs. boxcutter dubstep mix)
*big kuntry king - throwback f. t.i. (nappy vs. reform dubstep mix)
*cherish - do it to it f. sean paul (nappy vs slaughter mob dubstep mix)
*lil jon - act a fool (nappy vs. coki remix) f. three 6 mafia
lil scrappy - be real (nappy vs. quarta330 dubstep mix)
*richboy - throw some d's (nappy vs benga dubstep mix)
slim thug - like a boss (nappy vs. vexd dubstep mix)
twista - neva eva remix f. twista (nappy vs. pinch dubstep mix)
unk - 2 step (nappy vs. genetic krew dubstep mix)
young jeezy - take it to the floor f. bonecrusher (nappy vs tes la rok dubstep mix)
*young dro - shoulder lean (nappy vs deadly habit dubstep mix)

That doesn't mean I dislike the others, but those carrying the * are some of my favs Nappy has done... there's plenty more, though. You know you want to peep it. As Nappy said, feedback is unimportant. And, as per usual, these are all brought to you by the number khal.

Seriously. If it wasn't for me telling Nappy to get onto this dub thing, I don't think the "Act A Fool" Mashup would have been created. It's all my fault. I love the monster I helped create.

More to come in the not too distant future. All I will say is, if you dig these, keep your ears/eyes peeled to Nappy's MySpace page, as well as to this blog.

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*EDIT: here's a sendspace link for you guys. That download got some SERIOUS numbers, so it was properly rinsed and this will be up until another proper link is available. If any of you guys are down for hosting this, let me know.

fate or destiny...

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Right now, I'm listening to a CD I forgot about... it's a decade old this year, by producer No ID, famous for his work on Common's older LPs. The track: "Fate Or Destiny" (maybe I'll up it later this week)...

It just has me thinking on something my wife was asking me earlier tonight: she wanted to know my feelings on fatherhood. I mean, for those who don't know, I've been a father for the last 4+ years, what with my two teenage daughters (17 next month and 16 in July...), but with lil' man, I'm actually seeing this lil' human being grow up - discover new flavors (he's back and forth with the candy cane), learning how to laugh and giggle, and all the other little things that shape his ever-evolving personality. The thing is, it's hitting me, but I might not be showing it - mainly because it's so natural.

Whether it be fate or destiny, I'm here, taking things on like a champ if I do say so myself. The shoes feel worn, and comfy. I'm walking in these footsteps that seem foreign but I'm treading like a dog in the ocean. And surviving... I may be terrible at finding a new job, I might not get the stuff going on my blog the way I like, hell, I might not be the best person I can be at times, but I know what the time is with my son. And no matter how big he smiles at moms when she comes in after a long day at work, he knows what time it is with pops...

fate or destiny, I have no clue, but I like what this is doing to me.

the shuffle. [1/20/07]

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I interrupt this shuffle for the following PSA: when I'm not spending time trying to get this blog post going, I'm having to deal with idiots bugging about labels who give away their releases for free on the 'Net. Think about how retarded of a topic that is. For everyone who is constantly badgering the music industry for free tunes, you go on and diss the people who make it a point to give EVERYTHING away? And that just shits on people like exegene and plainaudio, who are putting out quality beats, free of charge. This is a note to idiots who like to talk shit about free shit: grow the fuck up.

In any case, some crazy things have happened this week, no? From Obama to DJ Drama... wildness all over the place. Before I go into that madness, I want to give my wife a special birthday shoutout: I love you, and I am so glad I am with you. I know you aren't big on celebrating birthdays, so we will keep it chill. Much love. And I also want to big up the heads who've voted for me in this "Help me blog for 1 year" comp going on: you can still vote, btw. Special shouts to DOA and the other forums who've helped keep me at #1. Finally, I want to let those out there who were asking about my interview on Friday: it was kind of quick, but I think it went well. What they were asking me to do is not out of the realm of skills I have. I should hear something by Friday... wish me luck!

Let's do like MC Serch and handle this shuffle thing...

01/While most of us were celebrating the birthday of MLK, Newsweek helped us remember the atrocity that was OJ Simpson's "fictional" book about the murder of Nicole Brown and Ron Goldman. He tried putting off on a ghostwriter who depicted a "hypothetical" spin on the murders, but dog, no one believes you. And finally, the judges did what they should have done more than a decade ago, and ordering that shiftless negro stop spending so extravagantly. You'd think they would have done this a while ago, but I guess the fact that celebrity books can make CAKE, they figured now was a good a time as any to get that nigga on a leash. I for one applaud them on that, but the thing is, how is he still caking off like that? I heard he was living off the NFL pensions and whatever chump change he made with appearances and autographs, but National Enquirer always runs picks of him on golf courses, with fat cigars, and headlines like "OJ Sniffs Up All Of Peru", or something to that effect.

02/The RIAA is on a roll this week, trying to stamp out "piracy" and other illegals in reference to the declining CD sales reported a few weeks ago. The biggest news was the raid over at the Aphilliates HQ, which resulted in the arrests of DJ Drama and Don Cannon, and including seizures of thousands of CDs, whips, and other unmentionables (no drugs or anything illegal reported, yet...): it's just hilarious how they went about things. They started calling the mixtapes Drama and co. produce "pirated discs", and turned their whole operation into something that they figure is designed to undercut the retail sales - when most of the mixtapes they do shed light on the very albums the RIAA is worried about! From being hosted by the top MCs, to dropping release dates and bigging up the radio singles, its more of a marketing tool these days than anything, especially when you consider the sheer amount of artists getting signed off that mixtape/underground hustle: 50 Cent, Sam Scarfo, Saigon, Papoose, and most recently, Serius Jones... the list does go on though. Both Drama & Cannon were released the next day, but the damage has already been done, but the questions still remain: is the RIAA trying to shut down Hip-Hop? Were they set up? And most importantly: is this the end of the raids? On a different note, XM Radio has been hit with a lawsuit over their XM+MP3 service, which lets subscribers store libraries of tunes in mp3 format. The record labels think that this service will eliminate the need for users to purchase songs, but really, that's like saying the invention of recording to cassette tape resulted in the decline of album purchases. A drought is a drought, and at the end of the day, when you have an industry that is built on popular singles, and artists end up making hot SONGS instead of concentrating on worthwhile albums, you get the situation we are in now: iTunes making a killing on $0.99 singles, and people downloading everything under the sun, b/c at the end of the day, the album isn't worth the CD it's burnt on.

03/The Democratic Party has received the much-needed "power candidates" they needed back in 2004: both Barack Obama AND Hillary Clinton threw their hats into the 2008 Presidential campaign this week. Hillary came in hard, with her "I'm in it to win it" speech, while Obama snuck in, starting out by gathering up an 'exploratory committee', which basically means neph set up a crew to start soliciting funds for his campaign. I'm personally torn between the two: while I have the uptmost respect for Hillary and the Clinton Clan, the thought of the first Black president does sound crazy monumentus to a Black man like me. To be fair, though, I don't see him winning before a white woman. White women and Black people are some of the most oppressed, looked-over human beings in the US, so at the end of the day, I will be happy for both: I think my vote won't be decided until I have to hit the button. It's still a long way off, for primaries haven't even popped off yet, but I can't wait to see how they start to crush each other.

04/You ever hear about those shock jocks who tend to go to far to get ratings, like they will somehow become the next Howard Stern? Well, some of those idiots ended up killing a mom trying to compete for a Wii for her kids. The "contest" was to see who could drink the most water without going to the bathroom, and during the "contest", a nurse called to let them know that ingesting that much water causes you to die from water intoxication. You know these assholes had the nerve to bring up the signed release forms, and made some ridiculous comments about not caring and shit. I remember seeing the Dateline NBC episode where they talked about this kid dying from water intoxication during a frat hazing nightmare gone wrong, so that shit is real. Well, the family is officially suing the radio station, and I hope they rape those bastards for as much as they can get. It's disgusting that these guys try to take quality, funny morning radio and turn it into a tragic situation. A little fucking Google search would have saved these idiots their job, and their radio station a lawsuit. I guess this is what happens when you hire monkeys to play a gorilla's game.

05/There was a discussion on the DOA boards about this fiasco involving Timbaland possibly ripping this guy's track. The Timbaland song in question is Nelly Furtado's "Do It", which is said to have ripped of this track entitled "Acid Jazzed Evening", which was entered into a Finnish competition in 2000. The thing about this situation is that, aside from the people who say that dude used a preset on his synth anyways (which kind of defeats his entire argument), is the fact that the track was never released commercially, which begs me to question: does sampling a free track mean you have to pay royalties to the original producer? I would assume this is not any different than jacking something from a free beat CD or something? I mean, let's say I am on a major label and I jacked your track and made it my own, and was like "OK let me pay this person", but you didn't sign it, how would my label go about giving you the loot? At the end of the day, dude might have a case, but Timbaland's parent company might reverse lawsuit dude (kind of like the situation Ras Kass is in), so it would be pointless to sue. There's a YTMND site dedicated to this which tells the story better than I ever can, but the fact of the matter is, intellectual property aside, the shit is free. And by shit, I mean piece of crap, disposable music, whether it's a Commodore64 mod or a Nelly Furtado track. Get over yourselves.

06/In an interesting, Nell-like story, this Cambodian lady, who was perceived to have been eaten by animals (per fellow villagers), is having a hard time adjusting to "normal" human life after being rescued from her life living in the jungle as an animal would. I mean, she was out there for 18 years - she can hardly say words, and cries a lot. She is out of her element; ask some teenagers of today to go through a week without cell phone, MySpace, TV or video games. Some of those kids will lose their shit at the sounds of silence. Sad as it might be, this is one of those situations where you either have to break those 18 years of jungle life out of her, or return her. I wouldn't want her going through unfamiliar situations if she was rejecting them. And she is rejecting them. Hopefully, we will hear more about this crazy situation...

07/Frank Hargrove, a legislator out of Virginia, got on a lot of niggas' nerves this week, when he essentially told them to "get over slavery". It might be uncharacteristic of me, but I think he might be on to something. From reading that article, most of those crybabies are the same niggas who truly think they deserve reparations for the pain our ancestors have gone through. While I am disgusted with the actions taken against my people in the past, and the ridiculous situations we have to deal with on a day-to-day basis, I cannot continue to keep falling back on the idea that I should be getting paid for their suffering. If it were an immediate uncle or grandmother, that's one thing... I couldn't tell you the names of my slave ancestors, and I wouldn't want to. It's like people want no segregation, but want to cash in on shit when it counts. Now, the legislator might have made those comments in the wrong setting, in the wrong context, but fuck it, he has a point. If you want to deal with race, you can't scream outrage anytime someone says something that might be seen as offensive, when it really is just making a point. And a damn good one.

08/Immensely popular celeb gossip website, TMZ.com, is going to have a TV show on Fox, bringing it's brand of up-to-the-minute "news" to the masses. Why they decided on THIS website is a no-brainer: if you want that scandalous celeb video, you plug right into TMZ and you're in there with the newest latest. My thing is, this site is pretty much a glorified blog, so I want to know which blog is the next blog to get their own show. Could you imagine a rock the dub TV show, on like MTV2 or some shit? Interviews, reviews, crazy video: someone needs to make it happen!

09/Shouts go out to The Fader Mag for letting the world know that DJ Stretch Armstrong, the man on the wheels of steel for the classic "Stretch & Bob" Hip-Hop Radio show that had so many household names on before they got put on that it's hard to make a concise list, has his own blog, and is linking to his old shows. Any Hip-Hop enthusiast should run over there, for he is posting up classic material, like the battle between Busy Bee & Kool Moe Dee back in 1982, (Rev) Run on WBLS back in 1987, as well as a 1994 show featuring Mobb Deep AND Roc Raida. True heads know what time it is. Check it out, and if you have tapes, Stretch needs them: hit him with an e-mail.

10/Parents of America, if you have a teen in your house, you have someone on MySpace. And while it's hard to police everything your youngster does, MySpace is working on trying to get a notification system in place to make parents aware of certain aspects that seem to rely on a) age and b) where your kid logs in from, which seems kind of silly. The Washington Post reported that this software should be able to tell if a 14 year old is trying to masquerade as an 18 year old, but it does not specify HOW this would be ascertained, which bothers me, because this would have to mean that MySpace would have to obtain a certain amount of info on you and/or your kid to know what their real age/info is, no? They also said it will be able to make sure a kid can't make drastic changes to their profile, or maintain a few profiles (one to show mom & pop that you're good, another to show just to friends), which in both instances, a notification would be sent to the parent, but, to quote the article, "the tool won't work if a profile is accessed entirely away from home". What good is it then? Teens spend the night at each others' houses... why limit the possibilities of this software? Is this going to be an external program, or something built within the MySpace website? It's hard enough trying to police my kid's use of the Internet - don't make it harder for me to get a handle of their goings-on.

11/I know I've received phishing e-mails, trying to fake me out and make me enter my sensitive info into a fake website for their own twisted dealings, but never in my days did I think that some cat who has been scamming AOLers for years is now on the verge of getting 101 years in the slammer over his scheme. His operation was kind of basic and pretty old school, but it worked, with him scamming thousands of heads with his setup. Now, this is fraud, right? How do they end up with a possible punishment of 101 years? Cats are getting less time for murder. I can see the severity of his crime, but does the punishment fit that?

12/Before I wrap this shuffle up, I do have a few various things to let you guys know about, all of this happening in Black American Entertainment: if you've heard Prodigy of Mobb Deep rhyming lately, while he says some weird shit, his flow is back to where it was on that HNIC LP. Well, he has two albums of material he is trying to get out soon. One will be a follow-up to the HNIC album, while the 2nd will serve as a prelude to HNIC2, entitled Return of the Mac, which features "Mac 10 Handle", a fucking DIME of a track. The best part? He's realigned with The Alchemist, so you KNOW it's going to be sick... trying to find James Brown's body is like playing Where's Waldo, apparently: they moved his body somewhere, and his attorney ain't telling. Not only is that bad, but they still don't know where his remains will be laid to rest. This ABC News article mentioned that his family is in the talks with the people who set up Graceland, which, if they did this for James, will turn out to be the biggest infestation of niggas and ignorance since the Source Awards. Now, I would hope they'd just do something tasteful, but this extravaganza is not over by a longshot... rapper Sean Price dropped a pretty sick interview for Format, where he let's it be known that Nas is pretty much crazy for saying "hip-hop is dead"; well, crazy or he just ain't picked up Monkey Barz. New Sean Price LP dropping very soon, I suggest you check it out btw... And finally, Isaiah Washington, the black dude from Grey's Anatomy, came out his face at the Golden Globes and said "I didn't call dude a faggot", talking about the alleged blow-up on set with Patrick Dempsey that turned out to involve TR Knight, who apparently wasn't out until that situation. Well, TR went on Ellen and said, yeah, he def. called me a faggot. Which prompted Isaiah to go on to say that he was sorry for saying the word "faggot" that night at the Globes. Dude, did you call him a fag on set? With all of this Michael Richards/Mel Gibson nonsense, we don't need you to be the dumb nigga to make us look even more ridiculous. Stand up, be a man, and face the music. I highly doubt you'll be blackballed from Hollywood - they just won't tell you anything important.

So, that's my shuffle, and I'm sticking to it.

PS: I wanna shout out Inaya, who put me on to this "Do The Heizman" craze that's currently bubblin' on a below-the-radar steeze. Da Heizman Boiz seem to be the ones behind this, and there's even an instructional video for the dance:




Crazy. Catch you lot next week.

Friday, Jan. 19th 2007 playlist

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Word. Got a job interview later on today; wish me luck. Check these beats, buy them if you got a buck (or dload if I got a link).

Hip-Hop/Rap:

01/J Dilla "Wild" [from the forthcoming reissue of Ruff Draft dropped on Stones Throw soon. All about the lil boy in the chorus with his "come on feel the noise" shit.]
02/Kool G Rap "What's More Realer Than That" [what's more ignorant than that title? New G Rap LP dropping soon...]
03/Raekwon ft. Mathematics "Trees" [taken from Natural Selection 2.0, Rae namechecking mad weed references in this one. Where is his album? (shouts to eskay on the link)]
04/Trae ft. Styles P "Smile" [lovely track. Shouts to Rizoh on the link -- very deep, somber tracks. I slept on Trae's lp and now I need to give it a once over...]
05/KRS-One "Nas Tribute" [like everyone asked, what does he mean by beef between Nas & Jada... who knows. Marley Marl produced, sick track.]
06/MC Serch "Handle It" [shouts to Serch, he's always been the man. From his forthcoming "lost" album, this track is bananas. Conscious, but it also has that head snapping beat. Can him and Doom possibly link up and recreate some of the old school days?]
07/Swizz Beatz "It's Me Bitches" [Swizzy sounds like fucking Fatman Scoop or DJ Kool on this one... don't know if that's good or bad, but that beat is ready to have some shorties breaking their backs in the club.]

Drum & Bass/Jungle:

01/KJ Sawka "Sapphire" [if you're not up on KJ, check out this post from earlier this week... BANANAS!]
02/Dylan & Skitty "Disguised As An Angle of Light" [from Dylan's new label, Bastard Child, this one is a dark dub damager. I swear, with tracks like this and "Preacherman" from last year, I think Dylan wants to drop a Deadly Dub album lol. Peep the rewind sounds from Dylan's "Junglism" days...]
03/Electrosoul System "Purple Sky (Lomax Remix)" [first of 2 Lomax remixes featured this week. Loving that bass in this one... danceable, but deep, kind of like when those Cambridge boys drop the darker styles.]
04/Autumn "It's Always About The Girl (Lomax Remix)" [Lomax took my fav track by the Autumn crew and made it smooth. Not that the original was a slouch, but this one is a nice revamp for a new year.]
05/Dub Alley "Sheltered Gangsta" [sometimes, I just need some mindless DnB to tide me over...]
06/The Funktastics "Angel Story" [not sure who the Funktastics are, but I've been rocking this Shogun LTD 12" all week. Both sides.]
07/Phace "Crevice" [Psycho is out on promo, IF YOU CAN FIND IT, and it is fucking SICK. this is my fav so far - I'm sure I'll have a new fav next week. Review coming soon - where, who knows...]

Now, some videos:

DJ Marky going buckwild with the tablism over DNB:


DJ FU going wild for 16mins:


Finally, Big L's "MVP" video, just for old time sakes:


Aiight, then! One love, catch you guys on the flip...

DnBTV love

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I just want to shout out Grayfox and the good folks over at DrumnBassTV.com for adding me to their frontpage. I know they are fans of my interviews with DnB luminaries, and Gray decided to show me some love. That's what it is.


If you aren't up on DnBTV.com btw, you are missing out. Aside from DNBA's videos, DnBTV.com is your one-stop shop for DnB-related videos, whether it be DJ Sets from the likes of DJ Marky, Infiltrata, Hive and others, video interviews, or DnB music videos. They also have links to many live sets from many sick DJs, as well as DnBTV Radio and a host of other bits. It's truly a site for those who want to get more in-depth with their favorite DnB artists.


So, we here at rock the dub want to give massive respect to DnBTV for their highlighting of us, and all of their hard work. Keep it comin'!

American Idol 6, week 1B [recap]

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Well, they kept the "wrong door" hilarity, and there was a LOAD of scariness on there. Seattle really was one of the worst cities they have visited in all six seasons: what was that last total, 13 people getting the yellow ticket? What a damn shame... although I do think that some of the choices to go to Hollywood needed to go home, like the fake Justin Timberlake dude with the corny beatboxing. He is going to annoy the piss out of me. The Indian brother and sister combo were surprisingly nice, although the brother outshone his sister - for now. Her voice is ill, too, she just needs to get over her nerves.

That skank "The Hottness": wow. She would have been cute, if she actually looked like Mariah instead of trying to fake the funk like she could sing like Mariah. And she broke into that corny "what do you know about music" nonsense... check Simon's track record, check Randy's track record. They wouldn't be judges if they were just some fly by nighters!

The majority of these singers were a load of trashcans. That chick "Darwin" was just horrendous, and her mother should be shot for telling her she could sing. I felt bad for the lady who's husband said she shouldn't go out and audition - I can understand fufilling a dream, but $20 says she caught hella laughter when she got home. Zitzmann - all I have to say is dude has the craziest eyes I've ever seen. He does get 20 points for knowing all the words of "Unchained Melody", but that's about it.

Gotta say I loved that "Don't Cha" montage - I wonder how they actually got that filmed, like if they told all of those guys to sing that or what. And Simon wins week 1B's funniest comment, when he called dude a "bush baby". I would have said an elf, but you know how that goes.

Hopefully next week's shows will have more pure singers, and a lot less of the humdingers.

Lucy Diamonds: Video Casting Call!

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Lucy Diamonds has just put word out via her MySpace page that there is a video of her's that is in the pre-production stages. Shooting will be in Los Angeles, CA, in Feb. or March, and she is looking for people exclusively from MySpace to come out and appear in it! Now, you might be asking, "well, why would I want to be in some bootleg video?" Well, let it be known that the director behind this project is none other than Lee Davis, a protege of the one like Spike Lee, who directed stars like Michelle Rodriguez, Danny Glover, Pam Grier and others in 3 AM. Spike's production company is handling this as well, so it is not going to be a game. Check out the treatment behind this:


This video will be filmed in Los Angeles, CA in February/March. The video is for
the upcoming first "official" singles titled, "Soul Searching" & "Blood Diamonds (Invulnerable Heart)." Davis & Diamonds' camp have been working on deciding on the unique concept and are merging both videos into one extended story line.
The video is set in a dark, not too distant future; the animated video is inspired by films like Blade Runner and AKIRA. Davis adds, "We are not too far away from the world depicted in this video...ideals like democracy, and freedom are constantly being challenged, and re-defined. People are lost, searching for answers. One person's actions, one person's voice can mean so much.

Sounds ill, no? So, if you are interested, hit up Lucy at her MySpace page, or e-mail Jonathan Hay to be put on.

Happy Birthday, Ali.

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The true G.O.A.T.!

Free DJ Drama & Don Cannon

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(click here for link to video about the recent shutdown and arrest of DJs Drama & Don Cannon)

You gotta love how the RIAA feels the need to raid the Aphilliates' HQ, but then turns around and makes money off of cats who used to run the same type of operation. I mean, mixtapes are a hustle, but they also help introduce TONS of talent to the masses. And then they wonder why niggas still continue to steal music? What a fucked up business sense... Free Drama & Cannon!

American Idol 6, week 1A [recap]

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Gotta say, there was a load of rubbish coming from those singers mouths. I'm not the BIGGEST American Idol fan in the land, but I caught the bug and I love watching people get humiliated on TV.


I was back and forth between my son and that show last night, but I was pleasantly surprised that my favorite singer so far was the crack baby who sang Jennifer Holiday. I first saw and and thought "God, no!", because her grill was jacked (which I blame on bad, crack-addled parenting), but she has that Mary J. Blige/Keyshia Cole vibe about her voice, full of emotion and pain.

I also loved hearing that Army chick sing too. Forgive me for not having their names, but I haven't sat through my DVR recording yet. Too much going on.

The one thing I CANNOT stand are the guys who play themselves on TV, then act like Simon, Randy and Paula are insane. Like that 19 y/o cat from Gary, Indiana, the one who actually LEFT THE ROOM and came back in. I won't go into detail on how I feel about him as a person, but when you come out talking about comparing your voice to Mariah Carey, and you're a dude, you need to come correct. And he didn't. I can see if you are pissed about Paula, b/c she hasn't put out an album in years, but she was never known to be the BEST singer, she started as a dancer, and road her wave. Simon picks talent, he's proven that, so 9 times out of 10, if he says you are shoddy, deal with it. And you gonna diss on Randy, but Randy has worked with Mariah, as well as countless other artists, so its not like he can't smell talent. Be forreal.

In any case, I do plan on blogging more about American Idol, at least up to the true competition, on some "Monday Morning Quarterback" style of flowing - doing lil recap/hashings of the previous nights comp. Once they get into the different weeks and such, I lose interest, but who knows, I've never blogged about a show quite like this. Right now, it will be kind of loose and free, but it will get more serious as the pool dwindles down. We'll see.
and PS: do you think they purposely locked the left door, just so those loser would push on it in error while trying to stomp out and make mean for the cameras? I almost spit up my juice everytime I heard Simon say "wrong door".

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Happy Birthday, Aaliyah.

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You are sorely missed. True talent.

Oh Word & Dallas Penn present: Bodega

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Gotta love that hilarious social commentary. Check out the video, provided by Metacafe:



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LOST: the end coming soon?

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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.

MLK Day, 2k7

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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.

the shuffle. [1/13/07]

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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.

Friday, Jan. 12th 2007 playlist

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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.

I thought I had it all wrong

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I figured my job hunting skills were somehow lacking. I've been on the hunt for the better part of 2+ months, and still have yet to have a solid lead.

To reinvigorate myself, my wife and I decided to have my 4 month old start going back to his grandmother's during the AM, so I can concentrate and get my grind on. I have an interview tomorrow that I am kind of iffy on, and I went to a job fair today. At Rider University, no less.

Now, the first thing that threw me off was not the facility or the people running this thing, but the people attending. I took the NJ Transit 606 line, which had me riding for 40 minutes on a nice and toasty bus. When I hit the button for Rider, I saw like 6 or so heads stand up with me. I'm like, OK the two older heads (man and woman) are probably going to this fair as well, but I'm guessing the dude in the fatigues with the dreads and the guy with the basketball jersey were going to class or something. Yeah, no, they were attending this function as well! Now, I don't own a three-piece suit, but I had my nice white shirt, khaki pants and a smooth tie to boot. Even got props from this Army nigga who was surprised that the other coons came so underdressed.

In any case, anytime your local pop radio station is running a "win a prize pack" booth at a job fair, something might be off. I took the first seminar, which started before the official gotime of this fair. It was on "Job Searching via the Internet". What did I learn? That not only is Monster.com a dope resource, but you can put your resume on it, and have search agents email you new jobs! I mean, no disrespect to those who aren't versed in Internet job searching, but I've been doing this for the better part of 5 years now. I got that down pat.


So after this bit finishes, I went into the main room and looked around. The one thing about this fair that I thought was odd is that they seemed to be giving away more free shit (more on that later) than giving away jobs. Most of them would take your resume, but not discuss new job leads. I got a lot of "check the website" remarks, which seemed to be the phrase of the day. I know that job applications and such have gone online, but what's the point of you setting up a table at a job fair to tell me about this?

At the end of my time (about 2 hours into this thing), I cut out. I got some good leads, will be getting some calls back, and figured I might as well go catch the bus at a reasonable hour. I happen upon this 19 y/o kid with rolled up Marlboro Menthol Lights (he packed and rolled up the ends before placing them in this ratty Winston container, a job that takes too much effort), going through a bag of schwag from this event: this punk grabbed everything from Walgreen's-logo playing cards, a pen/flashlight set from AAA Financial (which he got for filling out a credit card app), a faux-leather money pouch, 2 circular mint tins (with mints) and a host of other nonsensical items. He got no leads, no cards from prospective employers, I don't think he even spoke to a single person about a job. I mean, let him play his own game, but it's a slap in the face to guys like me, who are trying to feed his family and find a quality job, and you have kids like him, milking the system, flashing his fucking Family First card to these toothless assholes who cracked up at every ridiculous piece of bullshit this kid pulled out of his Weidel Realtors bag.

To say the least, I am tired of ignorant people clouding up the job circuit. I saw an article yesterday about employers hiring more people in Dec. 2006. I wonder where they are...

The Main Event.

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Shouts to NahRight for this one. I'm diggin' this deHop shit: fresh MCs, fresh producers, making fresh Hip-Hop LIVE. Damn shame nothing like this goes down on the reg in the US. Someone needs to hook this up.

NewTV [1/08/07]

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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.

Manny Faces presents The Soul of a Man

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If you are into Soul & R&B, you need this mixtape in your life. Especially because this jawn is FREE!

This cat goes by the name of Manny Faces, and I had been hearing his name around the 'Net for his remixes. If you peep his MySpace page, check that Cassie rmx he did - fire. This mixtape is pretty simple. To put it in it's simplest form, this is the mixtape you need for those Teddy Pendergrass/Luther Vandross slow jams. Manny lets the tracks breathe - no nonsensical shouting or website URLs thrown over the tracks, just two of R&B's finest letting you know what you need to do with your shortie in the bedroom. Peep the tracklisting:
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

You're getting live bits, interviews, and a load of classic R&B (Luther's "Here And Now" is a big one, and my daughter loves her some "Close The Door" and "Turn Off The Lights"). And as an added bonus, you get some extra mp3s, which include the aforementioned Cassie "Me & You" rmx Manny did, a "New York Shit" rmx (mashed up with some Frank Sinatra), the Lupe Fiasco "Daydreamin'" rmx that I believe I initially heard his name from, and a super dope Mary J Blige "Be Without You" blend, some classic sounds in that one. Some real lover-man shit.

In closing, just grab this one. Manny is doing it big, and mixtapes/remixes like this show it. Keep pushin', boss!


related links:
Manny Faces' offical website

the shuffle. [1/06/06]

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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.

Sincerely,
khal

shuffle delay

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not a good way to start out 2k7, but being that I am the #1 Dad, I haven't finished it as of yet. It will be up by this time Monday night... holla.

Friday, Jan. 5th 2007 playlist

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The first playlist of 2007... you gotta love it. New music seems to come flying out of the woodworks come the beginning of every year. Is it that labels like dropping goody goodness to start the year off fresh? Who knows, but it seems as though some of my anthems drop at the beginning of each year... in any case, get familiar with these artists:

01/Fracture & Neptune "Wrong Think" [great way for Bassbin to start out 2007. Some Ed+Op stylings on this one, best shit I've heard in a while!]
02/Ewun "Screw Up" [gotta love Biggie samples mashed up. This EP is stellar, big up to the Lifted Music crew.]
03/Fanu "Garmonbozia" [this track twists on you... goes from subtle and light to fucking HEAVY! Lightless is going to do some big things if it keeps it up!]
04/Amit & Klute "Kunt Kicker" [great title from a great track from 2 great producers... dubby masterpiece.]
05/Man Vs. Grizzly "Broccoli" [bigup the TrackDonalds crew... more info on that label here.]
06/Talib Kweli & Madlib "Over The Counter" [more info on this FREE album here.]
07/Hell Razah, Talib Kweli & Viktor Vaughn "Project Jazz" [slick classic sounding beats with some nice rhymes... Doom really shines at the end.]
08/Sean Price ft. Rock "P Body" [Sean P is the brokest rapper you know, but he's also the best out there right now.]
09/The RZA ft. Q-Tip & Free Murder "Jus A Lil Dude (Who's That?)" [I watched a bit of the Afro Samurai show last night... dope shit, seriously. This track grows on you...]
10/Lord Finesse ft. Grand Puba "Real Talk" [nice to see two vets still be able to get down on a track. One of the nicest collabos I've heard in a bit.]

You like that, right?
Want a video? Peep this week's pick:

Photek "Ni-Ten-Ichi-Ryu"


Classic DNB. Gotta know where you been...

Until next time.

[rock the dub Interview]: Knick

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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...


khal: EZ Knick. These days, Evol Intent is seen as one of the groups to watch, making any release you are featured on “buy on sight”. There must have been days when you guys weren’t getting as much shine, however. Do you ever sit back and think on how quickly you guys have gotten cred, and is there anything you’d like to change about that progression?

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.

khal: For a moment, take us back to where this all started. How did you go from some dude who digs music to fucking around with your own beats to now co-heading a label and getting your tracks signed to some of the premier labels in our scene?

Knick: Well, I was always more than just “some dude that just digs music.” ;) I picked up a guitar when I was about ten years old and taught myself how to play. Also, before Drum and Bass, I played in numerous bands that were mostly on the punk side of the musical spectrum. I played drums in high school as well and I’ve been playing them on and off ever since, after a brief hiatus when I started DJ’ing. As far as Drum and Bass production and DJ’ing in general, I started both because I moved to a new city where I didn’t know anybody. I found myself starving for some sort of creative outlet and as cliché as it sounds, I went to a rave and heard some Drum and Bass. It matched the intensity level of the punk and hardcore stuff I was into before that, so it felt natural. I didn’t have to push it and things just sort of clicked together really easily for me.

khal: To satisfy the beast, I want to get through some of this Evol Intent info that has been surfacing. I know over at Lifted Music, you dropped info on a new EP from the one like Ewun. Can you shed any more light on this one – how soon we might be able to hear tracks from this, what we should expect from it, and why you guys chose to give the first EP on EI to Ewun?

Knick: Well, honestly Jake has become one of my best friends over the last few years and he’s a great friend to Evol Intent in general. If drum and bass were to end tomorrow, we would all still be great friends, and that alone gives me a lot of faith in him as a person and how I know his personality is as an artist. Jake puts so much of himself into his tunes and honestly, it keeps us inspired. We love working with him in any capacity so when it came time for him to do an EP, we offered to release it and give him complete artistic control over every aspect of the release. I can definitely tell you that he will show his diversity with this release, and you can expect some seriously forward thinking ideas. Not just with the music, but with the artwork and possibly video and visual aspects to coincide with the release. And on a slightly related note… shit, I don’t even feel comfortable bringing this up right now, but I feel like it should be addressed. Over the last few years, a lot of people have pigeon holed Jake as being an Evol Intent clone or something, and this could not be any further from the truth. Jake's style is in a league of its own. I think people just tend to draw comparisons because we were the first ones to really start working with him, and we took him in and treated him as our equal, instead of trying to mold an artist like so many labels do these days. What we saw in Jake was a true artist who had the potential to do some great things musically, and we wanted to be a part of that, just as much as he wanted to be a part of what we were doing. My point of saying all of this is not to big him up, but to shed some light on where he is as an artist and what he means to our label. Stop with the comparisons!

khal: As stated in that post, the Evol Intent long player is also on the list of “things to do in 2007”. How is that collection shaping up? We spoke of some special non-DnB collabos that you have on there, are you able to speak to the masses about this or what? Give us more info!

Knick: YES! Our first LP is almost complete. We’re just tying up the loose ends and making sure everything is in its right place. You can expect an eight-song vinyl pack with a CD to go along with it. The vinyl will mainly be Drum and Bass, with 2 remixes, 2 collaborations and four original tracks. We’re aiming to make every song stand out in its own way, so hopefully we’ve been successful with it so far. There are some straight forward rollers, some glitched out amen madness, dirty tech step beats and some vocal tunes as well. For the CD version, we’re aiming to flex our boundaries a little bit by delving in to some new genres. So far we’re mostly interested in integrating some live instruments into the mix as well as doing some IDM, breakbeat and downtempo songs. If you can’t tell, we’re starting to move towards seeking cross-over potential. Which should be a good thing.

khal: You guys have also been featured on one of the most anticipated EPs of 2006, the #1 release on Lifted Music. I’ve spoke to quite a few people who have given “Glock Party” nothing but praise. Do you feel as though this track is any more special than your others? Do you have anything dropping for Lifted in the future that you can speak on?

Knick: I love :Glock Party". It’s stripped down, danceable and fun, but still retains that dark and gritty vibe that keeps me drawn to Drum and Bass. Honestly, I’m really proud of that tune and I couldn’t be happier that it was part of the first Lifted release. I really believe in Lifted. We’re all great friends and we all share the same vision. We will most definitely be doing more music for Lifted, but there’s nothing concrete yet. Everyone in the crew understands that we have to finish our LP and tour to support it before we can start any other projects, but now that all of that is shaping up, it shouldn’t be too long before we’re back at it.

khal: Many may not know, but Mayhem and yourself have a side project going on, as described on your MySpace page as a “Breakbeat / Crunk / Experimental” outfit that goes by the name Hostage. You have some things going on with that collabo, no? Please let the people know what is going on with that project and where you plan on taking it in the future.

Knick: I started dabbling in breaks a few years ago. I did a few tunes here and there and I had a few solo releases drop, but nothing too serious. Then I started going under the name Hostage and had a release come out that apparently got some attention. I’ll be honest, I don’t really listen to breaks at all and I felt like it would be a shame to let any potential for a decent project to go to waste. So rather than beat myself up over it I figured that I would ask someone else to join Hostage and turn it into a collaborative effort. The first person I could even think of was Anthony. We’re great friends and I really enjoy working with him (see “Broken Sword” and “Assimilation”). He’s such a talented producer and I know he likes to vibe off other people in the studio, so when we got together to do some breaks, we clicked really well. The tunes came easily and now we’ve got a nice little arsenal of songs building up. We have plans to launch our own label to push our own music in the near future and we’ve also developed a live show. We’ve only played 1 gig so far, but it went great. Ableton live, a mixing desk, a CDJ and some extra gear for fun. If anything, the project is a great opportunity for us to try something different.

khal: You also have a project with Ewun dubbed “Minus Music”, right? What’s the motivation behind that, and do you have any serious plans for that outfit?

Knick: We have some very serious plans for this actually. I’m really excited about Minus Music. First of all, It is really nice to work one on one with Jake because as I stated before, we just click well musically. At first we wanted to just make downtempo beats with a weird twisted edge, but it has already evolved into something so much bigger than that. Right now, we’ve got about 8 songs in their final stages and I am in love with all of them. We have some songs that are slow and moody, but then some that are a bit more upbeat. I’ve been putting my guitar to use a lot with this stuff, and we have been creating a lot of our own samples by recording strange noises in our studios. Also, lately I have been picking up some random and exotic instruments which has been a lot of fun. My studio space right now is littered with guitars, dulcimers, pianos, thumb pianos, finger-board synthesizers, strange hammer driven stringed devices and I could keep going. These are the tools that we’re using right now and we’re really creating some exciting music I think. And you can all expect to hear my singing voice finally. I know you’ve all been waiting patiently. :P

khal: We spoke a few months back about the DnB scene as it is right now, with a load of producers coming out the woodworks who are just fans of the music; cats who draw their inspiration from other DnB artists, as opposed to old schoolers, who created jungle based on their love of other musical genres. Do you think DnB will ever shift out of this whole of regurgitation, and if it does not, do you see DnB declining because of it?

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?

khal: Now, even though some might see DnB on a sharp decline, we both know there are some hot releases always coming out, or about to come out. Since 2006 just ended not too long ago, what were some of your favorite releases of 2006? Who do you see becoming bigger names in 2007?

Knick: My favorite tunes this year were by people like Spor, Ewun, Unknown Error, Noisia, Mayhem and people making sounds similar to these guys. Mayhem has already made a mark on the scene with his solo work and his collaborations with Noisia, but I think he’s really going to break out in 2007. He deserves it too. He works harder at this Drum and Bass thing than anyone I know. I’d also watch out for Infiltrata, Demo, Gein, Audio and this new guy Spektrum, he’s making some really sick beats.

khal: Now, seeing as though I have the right member of EI in an interview, I have to ask you about LOST, the show that has probably encompassed your psyche like it has mine since it first premiered. Many fans have their own ideas about what the hell is going on that island, and I’m interested in knowing what exactly do you think is going on there?

Knick: It’s hard for me to decide on a theory honestly. While the show has been on hiatus, I kind of let go of the obsession, but I’m sure it will return in February when the show comes back on the air. If anything, I think the show mainly is touching on the contrast of light and dark, you know, good and evil….. and a bit of fate thrown in for good measure. The show really is captivating though. The writing staff are so great at throwing curveballs at you or throwing a wrench in your theories. It keeps me hooked, that’s for sure.

khal: Aside from music and LOST, how do you unwind?

Knick: Music is the only thing I have found that truly relaxes me and calms me down these days. I tend to listen to an obscene amount of Radiohead, and lately the Thom Yorke solo record (AMAZING.) I also play my X Box 360 a good bit when I have nothing else to do. Friends are always a good remedy for me. I take pride in knowing I have such a great group of friends that have been there for me non stop the last few years. I tend to hang out with my buddies a lot.

khal: I know it’s hard to think about what’s going to go on after these next releases and projects finally come to fruition, but what do you have planned for the rest of 2007? Should we not even consider hearing product from you, or do you have any concrete ideas of where you will be by the end of ’07?

Knick: Well, if you mean me personally, then I can say that you can expect to hear me making a lot of noise about this Minus Music project with Ewun. But on top of that, Aj (The Enemy) and I started up a band. We’re still looking for a singer, but the music is great. It’s hard to describe, but I’d say it’s a bit of a cross between Cursive, Fugazi and maybe even a little Radiohead (sorry Aj!). Anyhow, the plan is to get a singer and record our first EP, so you can expect to see something come of that soon, hopefully. We’ve been going by the name “Jes Jou” pronounced “yes you.” As far as Evol Intent is concerned, we’re just taking it one project at a time. We’re going to continue to push the label as hard as possible as well as hopefully starting work on a full cross over album to follow up the one we’re working on now.

khal: I’d like to say thanks for the opportunity, and if you have any shout outs, or any plugs, please drop them now!

Knick: I want to thank you for doing the interview. It’s always a pleasure shooting the shit with you, khal. Also, If anything I’d just like to say thanks to all of my friends and family… my Evol Intent homies, Ewun, Mayhem, Dieselboy, Spor, Chris Renegade and the rest of the Lifted camp, 404audio, DOA and all the myspacers.. holla at me.

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