So, I had to turn down a job today. It's not that the pay wasn't right, or that the company didn't want me, but I'm just in a situation where I need to a) look out for my best interests and b) look out for my family. I am not in the business of getting put on through a temp. agency for a 2month gig that MAY turn long-term. I'd rather stick unemployment out until I find something that's perm and comfortable.
The main reason, though, is my lack of whippage (and, well, lack of Ls). I'd literally be gone from my house for 12hours - leaving at 7AM on the nose to catch 2 buses, to do it all again and be back home after 7PM that night. I have grinded it out on that route before, but I also didn't have a lil seed that can't fend for himself. The temp. agency got pissed when I let them know I couldn't take the position, but really, would you rather me dip 2 weeks into the position for the exact same reason? The fucked up part is, if I took an earlier set of hours, I'd be bouncing out the house earlier, which doesn't help anyone.
So, I'm still on my grizzly. My dream is to get a Work From Home gig, but none of these "legit" spots are really legit. Or geared for someone like me. I find many "MommyJobs" sites, shit set up for stay at home moms, but what about pops? Where the FUCK do the stay at home fathers work? Are they all well off enough that they don't need that paper? I know, blogging isn't really an answer, there's no money in blogs like mine, but shit, I can write! And eBay hustling is cool, but I don't have hot inventory - I'm more like doing an eGarage Sale.
Back to the drawing board... fucking frustrating, really. In the end, I don't think I'm cut out for the corporate sector. I mean, I'm always looked at as that nigga, the one who can present himself well but is marked for one reason for another. I used to think that it was just me looking at life that way, but those stares aren't a joke. It's hard trying to do right out here. And I'm not even a street dude like that! I just try to live a clean life and support my family. I feel as though I have marketable skills, I just don't know how to present them and turn those gifts into chips.
If anyone can help me, please shoot me a comment or e-mail. 1.
Archive for 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007
So, I had to turn down a job today. It's not that the pay wasn't right, or that the company didn't want me, but I'm just in a situation where I need to a) look out for my best interests and b) look out for my family. I am not in the business of getting put on through a temp. agency for a 2month gig that MAY turn long-term. I'd rather stick unemployment out until I find something that's perm and comfortable.
Dogs, I'm going to keep this short, because I know you are busy picking up your face after looking like a fool on national TV.
How in the FUCK are you going to try and spit that "I ain't snitchin'" nonsense on last night's episode of The (white) Rapper Show? You definitely DO NOT GET IT. I mean, I can see if the reason you guys didn't win was because John Brown was spending too much time selling ganja to some teens out the back of Tha White House. You guys lost because they stepped all over your ego, and forced you to be involved in a bullshit video for an even bigger piece of shit track. Face facts. You guys get this snitchin' shit a lil twisted, no? The whole "Stop Snitchin'" campaign is ignorant to begin with, but in the streets, that's the code. Real niggas doing real fucking things, not some bullshit, televised competition shit. Serch was 100% on the NOSE when he said that you guys are on fucking CAMERA! My God did you forget that shit? You are followed 24/7, cameras all in ya grill piece, that's how we knew you and fake titty Misfit weren't getting freaky, you fake tooth fool.
Sullee, don't try to ally yourself on some street shit when niggas in the street could give a shit about you and your skills. Dude told you in the barbershop, you need more fire. Your writing, that shit is on point. I especially felt your shit about alcohol and your battles with it. Definitely talented, I can't front. The fact of the matter is, you front on yourself when you didn't come prepared. You front on yourself when you put your ego before your talent. And you fronted on yourself when you kicked those shoes off, you lil ho.
Fuck that cupcake nonsense. "I'm not snitchin'". Nah, pussy, you bitchin'. Go grab a maxi and clean up the mess. Good riddance.
[ed. note: this is news from the week of Jan. 28th, 2007 to Feb 3rd, 2007. We at rock the dub apologize for this being late - nigga had niggas over, and got a bit lazy!]
What it do, crew? I just want to first shout out Mike from Keepin' It Right Radio for hooking me up with this Pharrell blends mixtape from DJ Jus Ske. My Mind Playin' Tricks On Me mashes up loads of beats over the acapellas of Pharrell's In My Mind monstrosity. I mean the first track alone drops "Broken Language", "Deep Cover" and other gems from yesteryear under Skateboard P's "Show You How To Hustle", which is just astonishing. Makes his ridiculous pipe dream raps sound somewhat interesting... also, if you get a chance, peep out Jus Ske's Google-esque website: how dude got his shit working that nicely and that much of a replica of Google's webpage astonishes me - just do some digging, and see how he jacks CNN, Google Images, eBay, and other popular websites. Keep your ears peeled on this Jus Ske cat - looks like he might be doing big things this year!
And if you guys are looking for the special 2 hour(!!) Disco D tribute from DJ Ayers and Nick Catchdubs, grab that set HERE (shouts to The Fader, Ayers & Catchdubs for hooking this up).
Anyways, let's just keep it light and get this thing going, shall we?
01/Jay-Z, you keep hustlin', baby. I like how he went from hawking everything from whips to clothes to jewels in his raps, but is now getting his own hue, his own deal with Budweiser Select, and other ventures. The latest company to link up with Hov is Coca-Cola, who is trying to get their Cherry Coke line back into the stores, and figure Jigga might be the one to put the right spin the franchise. Niggas who are allergic to cherries are even going to be flocking to drink this stuff. Now I know what you real Hip-Hop heads are saying: "SELLOUT!" Yo, you have to reinvent your thinking, people. These days, rap music sales make NO MONEY! I applaud these guys trying to get their paper right quick, whether they hustle their own wares or link up with big conglomerates. This is the future, and the next phase of pimpin' the industry, and who better to charter that yacht than the man who showed you street cats how to really floss like the big dogs? In other Jay news, TMZ.com reported that the Nets accepted $400 Million from some UK company for the rights to rename the Brooklyn Nets' center the Barclays Center, but word quickly came out that the Barclays also caked off on the backs of slaves back in the 18th century, as well as shady dealings back in the 1980s with South Africa. Now, bygones should be bygones, but come on - how many players on the Nets are Black? It's not a good look, especially given the Cristal-fiasco from late last year. Will the Nets give that loot back? I highly doubt it, at least not yet. It's Black History Month, so we might see more "Black History" commercials on the YES Network, but $400 Mil is a gang of loot. In the final bit of Hova-related news, it looks like Jiggaman and Beyonce will be releasing their next singles, "Hollywod" and "Upgrade U" (respectively), simultaneously, even filming videos for the singles at the same time. That's going to be a hot concept -- it would just help if both tracks were hot, and not some of their most boring output in years. Maybe we will get a "Kingdom Come" video from Jay some day, complete with him in Superman garb? A nig can dream, can't he?
02/Now, I'm probably late as fuck on this, but did you guys hear about this Paris Exposed website? From what I understand, the people behind the site bought the contents of a storage unit Paris Hilton didn't keep up the payments with. Simple enough, but this idiot, who can't stay out of the limelight, have everything from videos (which include her not only bathing and having sex, but snorting crazy amounts of coke off some random dude's chest) to secret diaries, IDs, and a host of other affects that she absent-mindedly left to be sold off. Now, this site has apparently only been up for a few weeks, and Paris is suing the owners of the site for using her image to get paid: they are charging like $40 for membership to the website, which lets you view EVERYTHING! My thing is, OK Paris, you are suing, I understand that, but it's YOUR FAULT that they got a handle on all of this shit in the first place. And with her making these ridiculous comments while being coked out, you really did that to yourself, right? If you knew this shit was in a unit that you were paying on, and you are so upset that the world now knows even MORE than we'd like to know about your scandalous ass, why even create the shit to begin with?
03/The funniest thing to happen in any Black History Month happened on the first day, courtesy of 2008 Presidential hopeful Senator Joe Biden. He made some retardo comments about my man Barack Obama being "clean", as well as being a "mainstream African-American", as well as pulling a Chris Rock, saying Obama was "articulate" ("he speaks so well! He's so well spoken!"). He tried cleaning up, saying he meant that Barack was "crisp" and "sharp as a tack", but really, we already know that Obama is a fucking senator. This nigga been on TV so much the last couple of years, pressed and impressing anyone who hears him speak. We don't need you, Mr. Jolly White Candidate, to let us know that the nigga knows how to speak and wash. He didn't just come out of a coma, he's on the fast track to become a US President. Reading that linked article, I see that Biden also made some comment like "'you cannot go to a 7-Eleven or a Dunkin' Donuts unless you have a slight Indian accent", which may or may not be true, but still, coming from someone in his position, it makes me realize how inexperienced and truly unverse these white politicians are with the changing racial makeup of the United States. Hopefully he raises no ends and has to back out super early.
04/This is a sad story, and a real fucked up way for people in authority to act: there was a woman who told police she was raped, and ended up being arrested on an old warrant. Crazy right? It gets deeper: the po-po then refused to give her the morning-after pill because of their religious convictions. Now, what part of this even makes sense? First off, isn't the situation supposed to go like this: woman comes to cops saying she is raped, and is checked into a hospital so a rape kit, counseling and other shit get done? I didn't think you'd report a crime, they'd run YOUR background, then arrest you. Living in Trenton, I've heard stories of gangbangers pull pieces in stores, get shot, and go to the hospital to heal their wounds, THEN GET SENT TO JAIL! They might be under custody in the hospital, but they are still in the hospital! It just boggles my mind that the men and women that many consider to be the only line of defense in a cruel and harsh world are not doing their job when they need to be. And they wonder why niggas think 911 is a joke...
05/I wanna take some time out to laugh at the advertising sectors over at [adult swim] and Cartoon Network for hanging those fake bombs up in Boston: LMFAO! I mean, you can't think of anything better than hanging these bootleg Lite-Brites under bridges in high-traffic areas? All I can say is, Cartoon Network is owned by Turner Broadcasting, so you KNOW there will be some firings over the money they will have to kick out to make Boston happy. Bad, dumb move. Should have thrown up random light-brite JPEGs on official websites of many different places.
06/Andy Reid, the head coach of Philly's Eagles, is one master craftsman. He not only kept their name in the spotlight by jacking Donovan McNabb's talk time (which I whole-heartedly agree with: if you can't play, you shouldn't be given a mic), but he sent both of his sons out there to commit crimes during Super Bowl week, just to keep the team's name in lights! What troopers. His son Britt not only pulled out a weapon while in an altercation with another motorist, but he had smack on him! The AP reported that he had "police recovered a shotgun, ammunition, a container holding eight clear baggies with white residue, a container with white powder, four small white pills, and a pharmacy bottle holding a green leafy substance"; was them losing in the playoffs that hard on Britt? On the flipside, Garrett seriously injured a driver he got into a collision with, but was not charged. How the FUCK does that happen? If I went outside right now, pimp slapped some old guy to the point where he had to go to the hospital, how would I not get locked up or at least catch a charge? Being white and a coach's son in America has its privileges!
07/When I was a shorty, stories like this were the fodder for issues of Penthouse Letters, but it seems like in 2007, this shit is the stuff of everyday occurances. This mom out of California got busted for a party she put on for some teens after 2 of the kids got into a car wreck (the article says something like 12 heads were packed into a 4Runner, which is strange in and of itself). Word is homegirl got the kids drunk, and even gave up the poonani to two of the partygoers. First, it's fine ass substitute teachers giving kids what they all secretly want, now "Stacy's Mom" get kids boozed up and tore down. And her hubby is (was?) a police officer! She actually kicked the kids out because he was on his way home from work. Impressive.
08/Now, I tell people about how I've grown up, and they know that while I lived in Trenton, NJ, my life wasn't thuggish ruggish. I grew up around some of that drama, but it didn't seep into my life. Now, living outside of the capitol city, the gangs and drama ended up moving onto my street. I was awoken this past Thursday to what I later found out were a crew of sherriff's officers and SWAT/TASK force dudes ramming into a house across the street of mine, which in turn ended up being a small part of a big Bloods ring that got busted that morning. They called it "Operation Dawg Pound", because these guys called each other 'dawg' and had dog paws tatoo'd on their person. OK, well Randy Jackson calls EVERYONE 'dawg', so we should expand this case outside the NJ area, no? In all seriousness, though, things like that can lead to problems. I don't doubt the intelligence of my fine Trenton police force, but hell, I call my boy Russell "dogs". I say that shit in the wrong vacinity, and I am liable to get hog-tied. Hopefully this stops the flow of drugs, even for a little bit... but then again, Diane Sawyer said Camden has something like 33 arrests a day for drugs. A day? She said it...
09/A funny story related to this one involves this old guy who got into a gun battle with 5-0 and lost his life. This 80 year old man was apparently invovled in a drug bust, and when the cops approached him and asked him to drop his piece, he said "no". Ornery old fool that he was, he gets shot twice in an effort to "subdue" him, which I can justify: I've seen some of those old buggers, when encited, start thrashing and become really hard to handle. Two shots is surprisingly low. In any case, they are beefing with the city for questions on if they responded appropriately. OK, maybe they didn't inform him OFF THE RIP that they were undercover narcos. My thing is, what the fuck difference does it make if they had to hide behind trees to avoid his gunfire!?
10/You know, nuns might be cellibate, but they understand the pains some people might have when they can't have sex. In the UK, the nuns paid for a 22 year old guy with muscular dystrophy to get some action from a prostitute, mainly because, in his condition, he couldn't get the kind of intimate relationship he had wanted. The fucked up part to that touching story? He ends up getting the sex from a well-meaning nightwalker, and ends up having an unfufilling time. No shit, dogs, you have muscular dystrophy. You know what they say, though: be careful what you pray for...
11/To deviate from the pains of the world, let's give you lot a round-up of the world of Hip-Hop: Little Brother is now a duo, with the recent departure of 9th Wonder from the group. I can understand them having a conflict, but it comes with a price: while 9th's beats are stale (he's done so much work over the last 4, 5 years that has been "same-y"), most people got into them BECAUSE OF his beats. I mean, Phonte might be able to rap and sing, but the only reason I didn't sleep on Pooh's Sleepers was because of 9th's production. At the end of the day, I have one question: will outside producers coming in really make people still grab copies of Photiggalo and Pooh's raps? Time will tell. Also, there hasn't been much word in terms of what goes on with the Justus League... is 9th still a part of this?... pimpin' Katt Williams spoke to All Hip-Hop about his forthcoming LP on Dipset Records, which I have been waiting for ever since I heard him diss Young Gunz with The Game. He's surprisingly skilled on the mic, which will hopefully drive sales of his album. Plus, he has crazy appeal outside the regular nigga outlets, so that's always a plus... Timbaland is speaking about his upcoming LP, Shock Value, saying that it's "sequenced like a movie", as if this has not been done before in Hip-Hop... Finally, niggas like Fabolous need not speak candidly about shootings outside of their rhymes. Fab spoke this week about his feelings after that shooting a few months back, he pulled this gem out of his ass: "Even when I got my truck back [after the shooting], I looked at [one of the shots] in the windshield — it was high enough to be a head shot. I looked at that as being more dangerous than the leg thing." You think? I mean, inside my head, I have the fucking computer that controls my being. My leg? There are a few veins that might be irreplaceable if damaged. Think about that for a sec, Fab. In any case, Fabolous has a new LP coming this year that he hopes will reestablish his reign as that go to nigga for pop-rap. Good luck on that one, you non-spelling bastard.
12/Here's a potpourri of news bits that interested me, but not enough to warrant a full write up on them: RIP Barbaro... did you know that Verizon got presented the iPhone deal two years ago, but turned it down? Speaking of the iPhone, Apple and Cisco are going to duke it out over the "iPhone" name after Valentine's Day. Big up the St. Valentine's Day Massacre, pt. 2... novelist Sidney Sheldon passed away at 89. I had no idea he created both I Dream of Jeannie AND The Patty Duke Show!... Finally, did you know that Mike Tyson has gone into rehab? My thing about this is, he hooked up with the same posh spot that Lindsay Lohan is currently in. Who is fronting the bill for this lay-up? Fucking coke does your brain in, Mike; good luck.
Alright, that's all I have for the week that was. Hope you all enjoyed, and I'll just leave you with this, the Iron Mike that was:
And for a few of you "Mike Tyson's Punch Out!" fans, here is some humor: see someone beat "Punch Out!" in 17min 51secs, then watch a LIVE version of "Punch Out!"... LOL!
Until next time...
With the Colts winning, I can happily say I want them to win. Even if Kanye & Common wrote a pretty hot track showing their Southside Love for the Bears. Decent game, that rain is fucking up some of the plays. I love close football games though, those shits really get your blood pumping.
For those wondering, the shuffle is late, I know. Nappy and Cousin Nick came by last night and we had a few beers and a load of laughs. I am going to work on it tomorrow, though, so expect it by tomorrow night.
That is all. Get ready for Prince!
Since Nas gave the MCs some, I figured, why not give the producers and DJs some? So for this week's FINAL THOUGHT, here are some vids of how the Hip-Hop DJs and producers get down:
Pete Rock on the MPC2000XL:
MC Shan & Marley Marl "Marley Scratch":
Cash Money, one of the ILLEST DJs from any era, from the 1988 DMC Finals:
Finally, Jam Master Jay (RIP) (with a lil help from Mista Sinista) teaching some Pseudo.com chick how to scratch:
IIGHT, that's all for now, folks. More lessons in the near future...
Another year, another Black History Month.
Since this is my first year blogging the shortest month of the year, I figured I'd try to both educate, as well as point out some odd things about the legacy some of our Black Legends have left...
Take Jean-Michel Basquiat, for example: while he should be known for his forrays into neo-expressionism, and just the sheer fact that he went from a cat living in the gutter to hob-knobbing with art heads worldwide, he's randomly name-checked in a Jay-Z freestyle from Thanksgiving-time, and given possibly the UGLIEST Reebok shoe to ever hit the planet.
That shit bothers me. I wish we could do things like Nas does, and resurrect the idols we thought were dead and bring them back to the masses (see the following remixes of his track "Where Are They Now": 80s RMX, 90s RMX, West Coast RMX). Maybe it's my job to do that... we'll see how this goes this month.
I can't get into how grandiose and ridiculous some of these contestants are getting in their auditions. I found myself trying to understand why some random cat named "Eccentric" is making panther noises, taking off his stuff and throwing it around, and doing some weird, high pitched fast sounding singing then saying "eccentric!", like that matters.
I don't get why 21 people went through and we actually saw 3 people compete.
Why keep pushing that over-the-top nonsense? It couldn't have been this bad in terms of people trying to throw gimmicks out there in the auditions... or trying to prove points.
I'm almost ready to give up trying to recap this show, for the simple fact that there's a lack of quality singers to critique. Even if that 17 yr old chick from the Birmingham episode was fire.
The two stories that did intrigue me were the "blonde bombshell" hottie who's daddy done shot himself in the neck and is now paralyzed. Hearing her say "daddy" cracked me up. That 64 yr old dude who sang for his dead wife was touching, too. And he wasn't half bad.
Thank God these auditions are almost over.
I'm always on the hunt for new, refreshing and exciting music, and I love the fact that I haven't had to leave the comfort of my state to do it... DJ Nappy has the thugstep thing on lock, and has also helped usher in the Wired Weird era... he has now introduced me to one of the nicest producers I've heard in a while, NJ's own J. Past, through a mixtape he has compiled entitled Introducing Dr. Donald Blake (which can be downloaded for free HERE). He's a younger cat, not even legal drinking age yet, but his production is on point. This collection, from what I understand, is his first forray into giving the public free mixtape loveliness, and boy is it an interesting bag.
First off, you guys might be wondering, "what in the hell is a Donald Blake, and why is Thor on the cover of his mixtape?" Well, wonder no more: the extension is more than that, though. In the vein of artists like Kool Keith, MF Doom, Madlib and others who are known to shapeshift to fit other personalities, J has crafted Donnie Blake to represent another side of his evolving musical personas, and the story told in this mix helps build the mystique. With nicely chosen samples from old school Thor tales on wax, the mixtape is ushered along nicely. And that selection...
When you peep the tracklist, you might be inclined to peg J with crews like Caps & Jones or Sound Advice, units that are known for mashing up all genres in all shapes and sizes into one interesting mix. You actually wouldn't be far from the truth, in that respect, but the feeling behind Donald Blake is a bit more Hip-Hop than some of their efforts. He still manages to throw Jay-Z over "Rock Me Amadeus", but this collection sees the world through gazelles, not aviators. Plus, the tracks truly play off of the interludes: there's one section where Don Blake visits his lady in the hospital, and the interlude is talking about him trying to figure out what was going on in his absence, and then it delves into tracks dealing with struggle and such. My personal favorite, however, is where J. Past gets to flex his beautiful production chops on "Deadly Combination Remix", where he flips 3 of his illest beats under the 2Pac/Big L/Biggie collabo of "Deadly Combination". Wonderful stuff.
In speaking to J about this compilation, he just wants to be heard. His motivation? Well, he is just vibing off the music that he enjoys. This is his first forray into creating projects of this nature, and he just hopes to get enough heads out there feeling his work to create a new one. It's good to have cats who are purely just looking for people to listen, react, then build, as opposed to trying to "get on", making tracks or mixes to get gigs or radio shows or whatever the fuck. I mean, if that happens, so be it, but don't let that be what makes you create. It has to be deeper than that, and its really surprising to have someone understand that early on, and continue to better themselves...
At the end of the day, we are given an interesting blend of tracks, interwoven in a solid narrative, all of which paints a portrait of an up and coming producer that definitely needs to be heard. If you sleep on this, you're missing out. Remember who told you first...
if you are looking for more DJ J. Past info, check the following links:
J Past's MySpace Page
Donnie Blake's MySpace Page
Well, back in September of 2006, I started up the dubplate digest, my blog dedicated soley to "upfront DNB news". My ideas behind DPD was to try and fill a void that is obviously in the DNB realm: a spot where true, constantly updated DNB news can be found. Has it been a success? Compared to the numbers, not really: with averages of under 30 hits a day, its not really having the success I imagined then. Do I think it should be doing better? Mos def... I also know that Rome was not built in a day.
In any case, I want to highlight some of the gems and jewels, the big things that have been going down over at the DPD:
- The FIRST spot to give you exclusive news on Perpetuum's forthcoming album...
- My "For Your Listening Pleasure" series, which highlights the best and brightest mixes from some of the nicest DJs in the scene...
- My "Free DNB MP3" series, letting you know some of the FREE, 320KBPS MP3 gems that the illest producers have given away...
That's just some of the gems we are giving to the masses over at the DPD. I want to start bringing you exclusive articles with some of the hottest producers, DJs and label heads in the scene... I am just trying to figure out the best way to package it. More info on that when it develops.
So, check me out. For you RSS heads, our feed is LIVE. Even if my counter only shows another 10 hits per day, hopefully more heads will start to see the shine we are giving to the DNB community. And if you have any news bits/mixes/free DNB MP3 links or whatever, let me know!
Stones Throw currently has uploaded the Chrome Children 2 album to their website for FREE... for a month, if memory serves me correctly. Grab the .zip now and eat it up.
Tracks include artists like Madlib, Oh No, MED, Roc C, J.Rocc and others. Get it while it's free.
Don't ask for a review, I haven't even unzipped the beast, but if you are a fan of Stones Throw, I highly doubt you being disappointed... just kind of surprised there's no Dilla on here.
-92Q Jamz "Konan" Presents Wordsmith "The Next Level Series" Volume 1 Mixed by DJ Vega (2007)
-The Nu Revolution Camp Presents Wordsmith "The 2006 Mixshow Wrap-Up" (January 16th, 2007)
-Wordsmith Presents RhymeZwell "Cave Sessions" EP (February 13th, 2007)
-Wordsmith Presents Professa "The Last Chariot" Instrumental CD (February 27th, 2007)
-All-Biz "The Underground Explosion" Mix Album (March 13th, 2007)
-Wordsmith "The Soundscape Project" Mix Album (June 5th, 2007)
-Rhymezwell "Unititled" Mix Album (July 3rd, 2007)
-Chubb Rock & Wordsmith "The Generation Gap" (2007)
Just wanted to let you DJ Nappy/THUGSTEP lovers out there that big Napp has put out another .rar, featuring 20 tracks, the majority of which have extended intros/outros for DJ play. Check out this post on his MySpace Blog:
if you got the original pack you might wanna snag this one as well a couple extra tracks were thrown in. these all have extended intros/outros for dj play.
click EDIT: sendspace link
allstar cashville prince - tear it up f. yo gotti (nappy vs el rakkas extended dubstep mix)
b dub - do whatcha do f. bun b (nappy vs. boxcutter extended dubstep mix)
big cas - check my feet (nappy vs. hijak extended dubstep mix)
big kuntry king - throwback f. ti (nappy vs. reform extended dubstep mix)
boo - miss me with that rap shit f. young jeezy (nappy vs trg extended dubstep mix)
cherish - do it to it f. sean paul (nappy vs slaughter mob extended dubstep mix)
khalifah - light a fire f. bun b (nappy vs ekaj extended dubstep mix)
lil jon - act a fool (nappy vs coki mix) f. three 6 mafia
lil scrappy - be real (nappy vs. quarta330 extended dubstep mix)
lil wayne - go dj (nappy vs benga dubstep mix)
omarion - ice box (nappy vs. tes la rok dubstep mix)
richboy - throw some d's (nappy vs benga extended dubstep mix)
slim thug - like a boss (nappy vs. vexd extended dubstep mix)
smitty - lil haiti (nappy vs. burial dubstep extended mix)
trillville - neva eva remix f. twista (nappy vs. pinch extended dubstep mix)
unk - 2 step (nappy vs. genetic krew extended dubstep mix)
young dro - shoulder lean (nappy vs. deadly habit extended dubstep mix)
young jeezy - take it to the floor f. bonecrusher (nappy vs tes la rok extended dubstep mix)
young joc - going down (nappy vs juju extended mix)
and if it doesnt say 'extended' the acapella and dubstep track end at the
I'm going to be re-uploading the .rar to sendspace, and will be linking it here. Might up it to a few spots as well, just to ease up the use of the direct linkage. And peep that "Ice Box" thugstep mashup... fucking SERIOUS!
Hell, I need to tear myself away from this skateboard stuff for just a bit. Wifey bought me Tony Hawk Project 8 a few weeks ago, and in between bouts of The Da Vinci Code for PS2 and job hunting, I've been getting my skate on. Virtually, of course. I wanna shout out my boy SBK for putting me on to the skate scene - I think I'm gonna be getting into more of these vids in the near future. Right now, I've been checking out almost's "Cheese and Crackers", which shows some INSANE tricks from Chris Haslam and Daewon Song. Beautiful stuff. If you guys are into that kind of stuff, let me know some other boarders I should be on the lookout for...
I also just made up some of my own slang - I am going to start calling bad white wine "white weasel". I just had to pour out a full bottle - the shit looked like pee in the glass, and tasted like ass. Ugh.
Shuffle time, let's go!
01/With the Super Bowl popping off in about a week, there have been a few interesting news stories regarding, surprisingly, pregnancy and "Da' Bears". The first is about this wife who is a real trooper, for lack of a better term. She opted for an early inducement on a Friday so her husband could go to the Saints-Bears playoff game last Sunday. I love my wife, and I saw what she had to go through with her inducement of my son - I am already in debt to her for the rest of my life. If she actually chose to induce so I could then leave her side and go to a fucking football game? She deserves a HEAP of medals... especially since the Bears are probably getting WAXED next week. The 2nd involves a mother-to-be who is a Bears fan and wants to get to the big game. She isn't trying to whore herself out, or do something ridiculous like swallow a box of nails to go to the game, no: she wants to get some tickets in exchange for painted on ads on her belly. Now, this might sound interesting at first, but what if this chick doesn't get on TV during the big game? I mean, an event like the Super Bowl is strict in terms of TV time, what with the millions of dollars spent on each new commercial... you have to have a tight window of time so your sponsors can get it cracking. She might end up on her local station, but we'll see about her making that big game. Good luck to her, and good luck to 'Da Bears'. I still want Peyton Manning and those Colts to win it, but any championship game where both coaches are Black is a win in the history books for a guy like me.
02/While most of you guys are worrying about getting murked in gunfire, the government is hard at work making a ray gun that makes a bitch feel like he's on fire. They call the shit a "non-lethal" weapon, b/c it shouldn't make you die, but who knows. I mean, fuck a taser, if I see a beam of light and it makes me feel like my arm is about to char and bake, yeah I'm dropping my piece. Now, the thing that bothers me is the comments about "oh, we should be using this in Iraq or Afghanistan". No, no. That's convoluted thinking. In the Middle East and other spots, they will chop off your hand for stealing. We already hung Saddam for his sadistic ways, shouldn't we be a bit more biting in our treatment to the guys who had a hand in dropping the towers? "You drop planes into our towers, we shoot you with a beam that makes you drop you gun" doesn't sound like "winning a war" to me. Then again, look at the admin we are under right now...
03/Speaking of gats and war, this Bloods member had me spitting out my morning cup of water this week. His lawyers tried to interpolate the famous "battered woman syndrome" defense, which helps women who have murdered someone who had been assaulting/abusing/etc them. My man's lawyers tried to come up with the "battered gangster syndrome" defense, which sounds like the most ridiculous pile of legal bullshit this side of the Trenton Makes. The thing that cracks me up is, niggas SWEAR they are hard, and will pistol whip and buck their guns any which way they can, but when they get put in the bing, and the clock is on them, and they see their ridiculous actions spell MAD YEARS for them in the pen, all of the sudden they were shook b/c a nigga was going to beat them up if they didn't throw a malatov cocktail? Nigga, get a life. Or get a pussy. If you are in a situation where you knowingly choose to roll with a gang, cool, do you, but when you get caught, be a fucking man, own up to your shit, and if you want to live in the prison, don't snitch. Other than that, don't pull that ho bullshit, "oh he was going to cut my face up again!" You sound like a herb, and you need to leave that alone.
04/Here's one reason why I'll never set foot in Texas: the white students at Tarleton State decided to put on a "MLK party", mocking Black stereotypes, including drinking 40s, performaning "step shows", and wearing afro wigs and fake gold teeth. I mean, OK, you want to mock Black people, do you. I can mock White people on the regular. I think what gets under my collar is the fact that you associate that stuff with MLK, as if any of that has a damn thing to do with MLK. If I was to have a "JFK Party" where we all wore Brookes Brothers suits and snorted coke off of the breasts of blonde white freaks in mini skirts, I'd be Saddam'd already (or worse, Saddam's half-brother'd)l I wonder what will happen to these kids, though.
05/Speaking of Texas... one of the first openly gay rappers, Deadlee, has his "Homo Hip-Hop Tour" rolling through a load of dates in Texas in the '07. You have to respect a guy who is that open in this homophobic genre, esp. when he bills his style of Hip-Hop as "Gayngsta" or "Homohop". He's even beefing with MCs, like 50 Cent, who he tells to "suck on his gun", and calls Eminem out for his lyrics on "Criminal", saying that he "knew all of the subcultures" and says "he might be a fag". I love when someone tries to make a name for themselves off the backs of others... I mean, that's how 50 got on, no? He got signed off his skills, but niggas remember him for his Ja Rule beef. The thing is, aside from the gay/lesbian community, Deadlee is going to have to step it up and come correct. At the end of the day, Hip-Hop will live or die off of skills, and if his image and M.O. is just being gay and calling people out, that shit will die a quick death. If he has mic skills to back that up -- who knows, maybe he will hit the big leagues.
06/Speaking of Hip-Hop and Black Entertainment, I have a bunch of quick shots to buck at you guys, get ready: when he's not getting into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Grandmaster Melle Mel is pursuing a career in the WWE. Now, he might have some muscle to him, and he went to wrestling school, this a wrestler does not make. Dude is what, 45? Slow down, get your paper, and just cool out man... The hearing for DJ Drama and Don Cannon was postponed this week. How these guys are being brought up on racketeering charges is beyond me; how you can be considered to be blackmailing someone who you are ultimately helping not only get cred in the street (which is the most important place for a current Hip-Hop artist to be), but also helping make money, is beyond me... For you fans of the Wu-Tang Clan, their first LP since 2001's Iron Flag, 8th Diagram, is scheduled to drop this summer on SRC, a label that is headed up by the same cat who was the head of Loud Records back when the Wu was originally singed to their group deal. This album is said to include a tribute to ODB, as well as a live performance from the ol Dirt Dog. Hopefully all of these cats will be on their pen game when this one drops... your favorite NOLA sex offender Mystikal was released from prison, sort of; it looks like niggas thought him serving the length of his tax evasion charges meant he'd be getting out, and they forgot about the whole ordeal with the forced oral sex on tape. And to think, I downloaded "Danger" for nothing... everyone's favorite G-Unit MC, Young Buck, was arrested this week on old driver's license charges. I guess he had to get in the news again before Buck The World drops... depending on how you see it, Diddy is either milking BIG for all he is worth or kicking a dead horse: Rizoh @ TRU let it be known that Bad Boy is set to drop a "Greatest Hits" package of BIG's songs, which I could personally make for you for $5 (sans hi-quality cover). Why we need a "Greatest Hits" package when BIG hardly had enough material to warrant a true, retail GH CD is beyond me. I could see if Diddy just opened the vaults and put all of BIG's shit out on a 3 or 4 disc set; I'd gladly lay down loot for hi-quality versions of all of the Biggie joints Bad Boy ever created, but we won't get that, no. We get "Nasty Girl" and tracks we've already grown to love and grow old with. Fix up, Puff... RIP Disco D, who produced Trick Daddy's "I Pop", which was great news to me...
07/Here is one reason why I don't go to the movies anymore: the trailer for the upcoming Ghost Rider film. Forget the fact that I used to read the comic when I was a shorty (I came from the Daniel Ketch era of GR), or the fact that I am a sucker for comic movies, but this movie doesn't even seem appealing. I thought Nicholas Cage was a good look for the role, but then I saw him act, and his delivery is all wrong for the tone of the series. And Eva Mendes? She has a dope body, but something about her face just irks me... I think it's her nose. In any case, we need less of this.
08/In a move that I applaud and wish had been going on back in the Mike Tyson glory days, HBO is set to debut a "tie-in" reality series that will lead up to the much-anticipated battle between Oscar De La Hoya and Floyd Mayweather, Jr., which takes place this May. De La Hoya/Mayweather 24/7 is set to premiere on April the 15th, and looks like it will be a 4 part series. I doubt there will be much "grit" and realness in the series, as each has an image to uphold, but imagine if this takes off - who WOULDN'T want to see some of these characters in their daily lives? And imagine the stories the cam would tell if they could have followed Tyson in his prime... I shudder at the thought.
09/Finally, I want to send a huge RIP to the man like Bam Bam Bigelow; he was orignally from Asbury Park, NJ, and while he reached star status in WWE, ECW and in Japan wrestling organization, his depression and drug abuse has been well documented. Jim Ross blogged about him, and drops knowledge on the man. I mean, anyone who can top 400 pounds and still come from the top rope nightly is a force to be reckoned with. Many remember his WWF days, where he went from an unknown mastadon to a highly successful and larger-than-life figure (his face in video games and that bald head didn't hurt either); it's just a shame to see the wrestling world lose another hero. You are missed, Bam Bam.
That's the way the cookie crumbles, folks. Not the most exciting week of news, but we deal with the hand we are dealt. Hope you enjoyed, and check back for the next installment. I will leave you with this video, the new single from Stephen Marley ft. Damien Marley, a track entitled "The Traffic Jam" which my wife HATES. That beatbox is dope IMO. Check it out:
Dom found this video mashup of his track "Imagination" and the movie Tron:
Slick Rick "Hey Young World" (was on VH1 Soul yesterday...)
peep Arsenio Hall diggin' into Vanilla Ice's ass back in the day:
RIP Bam Bam Bigelow: here is Rob Van Dam vs. Bam Bam Bigelow on classic ECW: