Archive for 01/01/2007 - 02/01/2007

Job Woes, episode #98948594


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.

Real Talk: An Open Letter to Sullee


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.


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Shouts to Stones Throw for this one. Here are the links:
Shouts to J. Rocc (MySpace). RIP J Dilla (Stones Throw page).

Did you know Feburary is DILLA MONTH? (taken from Stones Throw e-mail):

+ Last night in London: Dilla tribute at Cargo
+ Feb 5: Dilla Tribute with Waajeed at LIV in Washington DC
+ Feb 10: Dilla Tribute with Beat Junkies & House Shoes in Los Angeles
+ Feb 10: Donuts Are Forever - Dilla Tribute with Pharoah Monch in Brooklyn
+ Feb 12: Dilla Tribute at Turntable Club in Baltimore
+ Feb 13: Dilla Tribute at Northern Lights in Detroit
+ Feb 14: Dilla Tribute at Sonotech in Chicago
+ and more to be announced...

+ March: "Turn It Up" T-Shirt packaged with Ruff Draft on cassette.
+ March 9: Listening party in San Diego
+ March 20: Ruff Draft 2/CD, 2/LP release date
+ March 20: "Dirty Crushin" - bonus 45 with Ruff Draft at select locations
+ March 31: Detroit listening party with House Shoes at Magic Stick

Do you still need a DILLA CHANGED MY LIFE t-shirt? While you're at it, grab some of these.

Long live a true don...

the shuffle. [2/3/07]

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[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, 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...

Superbowl Shuffle

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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!

Friday, Feb. 2nd 2007 playlist

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Another week down the hole... and what an interesting week... wow, that was crazy unbelievable eh? LOL. In any case, I have a load of music to hit you with; let's stop the nonsense and get invovled:

01/Omarion "Ice Box (Nappy Vs. Tes La Rok Dubstep Mix)" [taken from Nappy's 2nd package of THUGSTEP, this one is possibly the most beautiful mix he has done. They pianos Tes La Rok used, that bassline - it just vibes so well with not only Omarion's vocals, but the whole vibe of his lyrics. Check it out...]
02/J Past & Donnie Blake "Deadly Combination Remix" [Taken from J Past & Donnie Blake's Introducing Dr. Donald Blake album, J drops 3 of his dopest instrumentals underneath the classic 2 Pac/Big L/Biggie Smalls gem of a track, "Deadly Combination". Nice mix.]
03/Birdman & Lil' Wayne "Leather So Soft" [I can't help it; I see the video all the time, and Weezy's first verse always makes me laugh, esp. when he gets into that "my rag always red, just like when them ho's bleed"... ridic.]
04/Limewax "Dirty Human" [you gotta love Free DNB MP3s. Dylan said this is never getting a proper release, and there might be MORE Freak stuff dropping on MP3 in the future... HEAVY TUNE BTW, not for the faint of heart...]
05/Stephen Marley ft. Damian Marley & Buju Banton "The Traffic Jam" [big track. Told you guys about this last week. VH1 Soul still rinsing the video... sans Buju, for some reason. Loving that beatbox/dancehall hybrid.]
06/Die & Clipz "Work It Out (Dub)" [Die & Clipz bring back that old double bass sound for this one. Why, who knows, but they seem to link up and bring that revival sound. The flipside is the Roni Size VIP of "Number 1", which is kind of dumb if you ask me.]
07/Breakage "I N I" [long awaited 12" from Breakage on Digital Soundboy. Very heavy dub stylings on this one, with some nice snare hits. Deep vibes on this one, a step out of the normal dancefloor ready grooves, which is great for the label.]
08/Bass Clef "Eight Zero Eight" [taken from Bass Clef's 2006 CD, this one rocks loads of 808 sounds inna dubstep/grime zone, which works very well. It's actually a lil more straight up Dub, wacked out, than anything else. Don't sleep.]
09/Gridlok "Hidden Threat" [Gridlok came correct with the 2nd installment of his Break The System LP, and this is probably one of the more interesting numbers on it. It comes on as straight up fuzzbox downtempo stylings, but then delves deeper, into some grimey, amen-smashing techfunk. Honestly, I liked pt. 1 of this LP much more, but this LP does have its moments.]
10/Mr. Vegas ft. Lexus "Taxi Fare (Remix)" [that "Taxi Fare" chorus shit kills me. Dancehall MCs and singers have such a mastery of melody, its crazy. It doesn't hurt to have this Mission Impossible/Knight Rider guitar sounding thing in there. I had this on repeat yesterday morn. I hope Jitesh digs the dancehall CD I made for him...
11/Tube "Break Bop" [I don't expect a lot of you to know who Tube is, or have heard his 1997 CD Alive, but back then I was all about the Jungle Sky/Home Entertainment labels. His CD was pure jungle noodling, but had that IDM twist to get it out on HOE. This one, I rocked the shit out of this track when I was at LaSalle. There was an alley not too far from the tennis courts that we dubbed "Crack Alley" because it looked straight out of the Trenton crack dens... anyways, I was bouncing to this track and created a dance I cannot remember called the "Crack Alley Shuffle". Those were the days... Anyways, this one is a hectic number. Has a sick groove, but you gotta get into it first. Get committed lol.]
12/Joulz Il "The Urge" [this is from current unsigned hype from Dallas, TX, Joulz Il. Interview with him is DONE and coming to rock the dub NEXT WEEK. This is more of a club banger, but he has a load of other tracks for you to dissect. Shouts to 5 Starr; we teasing you for next week...]


Check out some dope mixes from guys like Redeyes, Code, Martsman, Chris INP and Kuttin Edge over at FYLP Feb 2nd 2007 at the DPD.


If you are looking for Hip-Hop mixes, check out Introducing Dr. Donald Blake from J. Past & Donnie Blake. Also make sure you grab that Chrome Children v.2 from Stones Throw. I'll have another dope mix for you next week, just haven't peeped it yet.


For some Hip-Hop beef/drama/album sale talk, check out this post from NahRight. Anytime 50 Cent is on Hot97, it's a treat, and this one might go down in the record books: not only did he discuss Koch shit with both Styles P AND Cam'ron, but then Jim Jones came in to plug everything, including an "urban 9 1/2 Weeks" he's supposedly starring in. Ew.

Finally, I want to shout out NahRight, The Rap Up AND Spine Magazine for lacing the blog world with those AWESOME remixes of Nas' "Where Are They Now"; the "80s Remix" features the following MCs: Grandmaster Caz, MC Shan, Raheem (Furious Five), Doctor Ice (UTFO), Kangol (UTFO), Kool Moe Dee, Sha Rock (Funky Four Plus One), Tito (Fearless Four), Lique (Isis of X Clan), Dana Dane, Pebblee Poo & Just Ice. The "90s Remix" features the following: Redhead Kingpin, The Original Spinderella, Rob Base, Father MC, Monie Love, Mike D (of the Jungle Brothers), EST (of 3XDope), Positive K, Das EFX, Lords of the Underground, Dres (of Black Sheep). Finally, the "West Coast Remix" features the following: Breeze, Kam, King Tee, Candyman, Threat, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot and the Conscious Daughters, with DJ Bobcat on the cut. You gotta respect that. Nas made me eat my words about "Where Are They Now", or he just read my review and did what I asked him to.


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 chick how to scratch:

IIGHT, that's all for now, folks. More lessons in the near future...

Black History Month 2007: Food for Thought

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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.

American Idol 6, week 3 [recap]

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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.

Paging Donald Blake...

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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

dubplate digest: the story so far...

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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!

Chrome Children 2

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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.

[rock the dub Interview]: SoL

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You've seen the interview with SoL Tha Analyst's parter in rhyme, Kontakt, so it's only right that we now bring you SoL's solo Q&A. The man's got a lot on his mind, and is not afraid to speak it. Let's get it...

khal: You go by the name SoL, but you have tagged onto that “Tha Analyst”, and your name is an anagram for “Slave of Logic”. Explain that to the people – how does that moniker fit you?

SoL: Yes, SoL is an anagram for “Slave of Logic” but SoL also describes how I live with the SoL of an old school 70s cat coupled with SoL being an adjective of my objective to spit respectfully with the fire of the torch lit by the Great Hip-Hop Emcees that we honor or should honor today! One thing about me is that most of the things I say have a double meaning if possible….just to make you think. “Tha Analyst” refers to how I approach life…THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD. The high school that I went to, Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, had a staff that prepared you for life and the real world while giving you a science or an engineering college level education. Critical thinking was taught as survival all the way down to the janitor. You had to be analytical in everything you did, every decision. The wisdoms learned here along with the guidance of my brother, fam, coaches, and all the ups & downs of mistakes of life formed experience to personal declaration! I indulge in connecting with people for higher wisdom. I officially became SoL tha Analyst while vibing in the studio wit Wordsmith and Kontact during the making of Forgery Complete.

khal: I see that you’ve been a student of Hip-Hop for damn near 20 years or so! What is it about Hip-Hop that draws you in, and in turn, makes you want to create your own music?

SoL: I love this question and it always makes me think about the movie Brown Sugar. This movie understands this question and so do I. I am drawn in by feeling Hip-Hop gives me when I hear it. The creativity, the fire lyrics, the artistry of people who are not afraid to tell their side of life’s story their way …MAN it just does something to ya. I am big on intelligent and clever rhyme combinations. The love of the craft and the art of being an Emcee was sparked after Wordsmith invited Kontact and I to rehearse and perform wit him down in Houston at the Toc Bar. I have always loved Music especially Hip-Hop. I have lived a wild lifetime in my short life span and this gives me a lot to speak about. Plus …there is nothing like finishing up a track that you put that hard Hip-Hop work into and receiving opinions about what you created either positive or negative.

khal: I’ve only just heard of you in the last year or so, but you’ve known Wordsmith for a while right? How did you guys meet, and how did your initial friendship turn into him taking you under his wing with this Hip-Hop?

SoL: Jyeah, I have known Word almost ten years now. I met Word at Salisbury University’s football camp my sophomore year in college. He was a new transfer from Morgan State. God formed a union that day with Word and I that was always meant to be and I think I can speak for the both of us when I say that. We have remained friends through everything since we have met and have always been there for each other if need be. My man Word called me up and told me bout a show he was gonna do down in Houston, Texas at the Toc Bar in November 06’. I was shocked that he asked me if I wouldn’t mind helping him out, backing him up on stage along with another person. He said it's gonna be a lot of hard work but it will be worth it. Learning Word’s music, rehearsing and performing the show burned a fire in me that pushed me to emcee. Well, Word shoved a little too. I had been messing around with Word every now and again on the mic but none of that prepared me for the world of the artist’s ear …no longer the listener’s ear. The Toc Bar Show spawned Wordsmith’s Statements and Stipulations tour where Kontact and I backed Word up and gained the hunger to begin what was soon to be Forgery Complete. Word allowed me to get my feet wet on the tour by letting me write a verse remixing "Hydraulic Theory" from Wordsmith’s Statements and Stipulations. This was my first attempt to be an emcee. I was willing to humble myself and learn all that Word wanted to teach. He pulled an emcee out of me that I never thought I could be. See ... I am not afraid to admit my adolescence at being an emcee. I will hope that I have a progression as the years go on to better represent Hip-Hop. I see this as a blessing because of how my career in professional football was fading. You will see what I mean when Word drops Redemption ???? ... sorry can't give the whole thing.

khal: Your mixtape album, Forgery Complete, showcases your union with MC Kontakt. What is it about the two of you that makes you fit as a unit?

SoL: I believe it’s the differences in our style, voice, pitch that makes us potent when we mesh. It’s also the chemistry we have when we create music together. You will most def see the chemistry in '07. I think our styles compliment one another. Not to mention the grind that we went through together to become emcees worthy enough to make Forgery Complete. As far as MCing goes we started at the same time and I believe that added to the chemistry.

khal: I notice on your solo track “Night After Night” that you get kind of raunchy without being too X-rated. Do you consider yourself a Casanova? What was the basis behind that track?

SoL: This track made SoL come to life. This was my first attempt at a solo track and I wanted to make it relative to both men and women as well as write the track as a single. A Casanova …nah …one step from being a porn star…MAYBE..hahaha. Nah but truthfully, I was giving an example of what to expect night after night with Tha Analyst and seeing how many nasty freaks feel the same when they have that #1-3 status on your partners all-time list….think bout it. The first verse is straight forward but the second verse has 12 positions of the Karma Sutra. I did a little research for them, too, because I wanted to explain different positions, but in a clever fashion. Word has taught me not to be afraid to make the listeners find out what you are saying if he or she doesn’t get it. Mad props to my brother Deedaman for rocking the end.

khal: It seems that every year there are a whole slew of new MCs, new crews and a lot of cluttered spaces in Hip-Hop. You are aligned with the Nu Revolution camp. What is it about your bredren that sets you apart from the rest of the Hip-Hop community? Do you think, if given the opportunity, you guys could shine like Dipset or the Roc did years ago?

SoL: I believe it’s the maturity of the camp. Money is not the motive for what we are doing, the love of music and Hip-Hop is. Hip-Hop history and homage is our foundation and professionalism is how we present our selves. Everybody works hard in the camp, knows their role and respects one another. We are not afraid to let our music speak for itself and not copy, fake it, or sell out by having people write and/or rape our stuff. I believe with the right opportunity Wordsmith could turn what he built for him and us into something very special. I see our group more like a Wu-Tang Clan. Hardworking grinding assembly of talented diverse dudes for the common cause of fun music and Hip-Hop..Hip-Hop!!

khal: What five MCs are you feeling right now, on skills alone, and why?

SoL: Ludacris- he is so ridiculous no matter what beat ..what track .. he keeps the fire and rips it. Very clever on the mic. T.I.- his lyrical ability and delivery is smooth and sick. His flow is fluid with any beat plus his character and personality on the mic sets off his style. Lil Wayne- his growth as an emcee is both respected and recognized. Funny, witty metaphors and similes, plus I like the word combos he puts together. He def spits dat heat! Nas- One of the great emcee storytellers of Hip-Hop, Nas' creative intellect is vicious. Fresh knowledge spittin', always respect for his delivery and tone at the mic. Jay-Z- One of the most lyrical cats to rock the mic. I have respect for his business savy. The verses are always heated with flow flippin' confidence and the mic voice that the streets feed on… but I miss the Reasonable Doubt Jay. His flo on that CD …..DAMN….. I'm feelin' it!

khal: What else do you get into, aside from writing and getting better at your MC skills?

SoL: Jyeah ..easy: I have 3 yr old twins, Jordan n Jada, they keep me busy, but if no music and no kids …eating, exercising, sports, relaxing, having fun, trippin' n chillin'. I am a laid back dude.

khal: Seeing as though you are at home dropping more seductive tracks like “Night After Night” as well as more underground flavored tracks like “Microphone Bully 3”, which do you prefer?

SoL: I don’t really have a preference. I allow the beat to tell me its story and then find the best way to relate SoL to it. I am not sure yet but I think I like telling stories the most.

khal: If someone were to ask you “which song or verse defines you right now”, which would it be and why?

SoL: Probably my verse for Wordsmith’s "Legion of the Lyricists". My verse explains how Kontact and I became emcees and where we are trying to go.

khal: What do you have planned for the future, whether it’s tours/mixtapes/albums/etc?

SoL: I will be grinding with the camp, performing at every show we get a chance to. As far as albums goes the camp will be dropping something each month (full list in Kontakt's interview).

khal: Do you have any shouts or final words to give the people in closing?

SoL: My first shout is to God n then ……to you, khal, for the interview. Mad luv to JoJa, Wordsmith and the Nu Revo Camp, my family, my friends, Duece and Four Quarters, BMORE, R. motions from, Mr CRF from Critical Beatdown Magazine. Unison Collective, Work, D Coy, my RRC fam,, and anyone else who aided in the belief of the music! Thank you so much. Mad luv..Peace
for more info on SoL Tha Analyst and the Nu Revolution Camp, check out the following links:

[rock the dub Interview]: Kontakt

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A year or so ago, I interviewed a cat by the name of Wordsmith. In that interview, he spoke on setting up his own label, Nu Revolution, which has since grown into a pretty stable crew of artists. Over the time between that interview and this blog starting up, Words has always hit me with info on what's been going on, and about 2 months ago he sent me links to this mixtape, Forgery Complete, a mixtape album by one of his Nu Revolution groups, Kontakt & SoL. Their blending of introspective, real life tales, club bangers and underground mic mangling sessions are something that many crews might wish to accomplish, but don't necessarily complete fully. Both of these budding MCs represent Maryland, and while their linking up produces fire, they are both interesting individuals in their own right. So, in the honor of giving everyone their own light to shine, we are going to be bringing you a group interview in two parts: one for Kontakt, the other for SoL. Here is the first installment, with the one like Kontakt...

khal: First off, in one sentence, what does Kontact bring to the Hip-Hop game that other MCs aren't currently dropping?

Kontakt: First I would just like to say thank you for the interview. I think I bring to the game a fresh, original sound. The unique thing about me, I believe, is that I am not afraid to do or try different things with my music. I started out singing so I always try to incorporate that into the music that I do. I like to find the melody in a track and use that to give the track a little more feeling.

khal: How did you get to where you are today? Where are you from, how did you get into music initially, and what keeps you motivated?

Kontakt: I started out as a young cat in a church choir. I think that is where I got my love for music. Also my Pops can sing very well. Seriously, I think that he could have been one of the Temptations or a member of Earth, Wind, and Fire. That's who he raised my listening to. As far as Hip-Hop goes I was introduced to the real essence of Hip-Hop one day outside of school with Word when we were young at a freestyle battle. Now I am still with him as a soldier of the Nu Revolution Camp.

khal: I know Wordsmith has been doing his thing for a bit now, getting his buzz in various avenues. How long have you been rolling with Words?

Kontakt: Word has been rapping for as long as I can remember and we became friends in middle school. That one day after school we were in a big crowd of people and Word asked me to beat box. Word and this Jamaican cat went back and forth freestyling over my beat. It was crazy. It is to this day wild to see how far we have come. From that one day back in school to starting this Nu Revolution movement.

khal: I saw on your MySpace page that you started out as an R&B singer, and got into MCing. How long have you been rhyming? Was it a hard transition? Were you able to apply your skills in singing to your rhyming?

Kontakt: Yeah, I started out singing and really still love too. I have been seriously MCing for over a year now. I am really still a rookie. The transition has been good. I have many excellent partners to work with. I have learned so much from Word that it is crazy. Getting to see Wordsmith the Great master his craft first hand, has been the biggest help and influence on me as an MC.

khal: Your recent mixtape, Forgery Complete, is billed with SoL. Are you two trying to come out as a duo? If so, what makes you two fit so well?

Kontakt: That is definitely what we are doing. SoL tha Analyst is my partner in crime. We have become really close and our chemistry has grown so much. Check out one of our shows and you will see what I am talking about. I believe what makes us fit is that we both have very a open mind when it comes to music. We try to think outside of the box and try to come up with sounds and concepts that are really different than what is out today. Which is basically one the goals of the Nu Revolution camp.

khal: You have a few tracks, like "U", which seem to draw heavily from your own life. In these days, it's hard to find MCs who will truly spit about their own life, or be real about themselves. What draws you to such introspective material?

Kontakt: I just try to be real. I feel that if I am real, true to what I say, and pull from my life to make my music than people will listen and be able to relate. That track "U" is pulled straight from my life. It goes through how I met my fiancée, shout out to Nancy. How I had my heart broke before and wasn't going to get seriously involved again. But, I met her and she captured my heart. I make songs like that because I know a lot of people can relate to those types of situations.

khal: Who are some of your influences? Have you tried to emulate any of the emcees who have been important in your maturation?

Kontakt: My main influence would be Wordsmith. I have had the privilege of watching him grow as an artist. So, I have taken that opportunity to study his work and come up with the best way to express my self musically. Word and other artists like Ludacris are MCs that continue to grow and it is evident that they work and study their craft. That is what I strive to do.

khal: In the last year, your crew Nu Revolution has been building pretty strongly. What do you think sets you guys apart from other crews that are prominent in the game today? Do you think Nu Revolu will be on par with super groups like Wu-Tang or the Juice Crew?

Kontakt: I definitely hope that we can make Nu Revolution as big as those names. I think we certainly have the people to do it. Nu Revolution means ---Breaking through the mold of the repetitive nature of today's Hip-Hop to bring an entirely new and exclusive sound. That's exactly what sets us apart from all of the other crews out right now.

khal: I know you guys went on tour with Words during his Statements & Stipulations tour. How do you try to make your music truly make noise during a live show? What do you bring to the stage that would make someone want to come back?

Kontakt: Man, these days dudes don't perform. We are definitely trying to bring back the performance part of a show. Not just spiting your lyrics. When you come to one of our shows we are going to make sure we entertain you. When you leave our show we want you to remember things that we did, from chorography to props. We will do what ever it takes for you to enjoy, remember, and walk away saying "that was a show."

khal: I know one thing that both you and SoL spoke of about your mix album was the fact that it contained both bangers AND more backpack-flavored bits. Do you dig one style more than the other, and if so, why?

Kontakt: Naw, I don't think we dig one style more than another, we enjoy it all. We love to do deep songs that make you think about a certain situation for example: "Call of Duty". Then the underground bangers like "We Got This". Then feel good joints like "Music". So we just try and stay well-rounded in our music. We are always trying to make something for everybody.

khal: What's going to be going on with you in 2007 and the next couple of years? Are you working on any solo projects? Any tours? What's really good?

Kontakt: We are definitely going to be doing some shows bringing Forgery Complete to the stage. So keep checking the website for upcoming dates. I have a solo EP, Sol Tha Analyst Presents Kontact "The Enigma of Love: Scriptures for an Intense Attraction" dropping (April 3rd, 2007). Also check for Kontakt & SoL Featuring Black Knight "The Variety Show" Mix Album dropping (June 19th, 2007)

Other dates for the camp:
-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)
-Kontact Presents Sol tha Analyst "Paragon of Virtue" EP ( May 15th, 2007)
-Wordsmith "The Soundscape Project" Mix Album (June 5th, 2007)
-Rhymezwell "Unititled" Mix Album (July 3rd, 2007)
-Chubb Rock & Wordsmith "The Generation Gap" (2007)
-Wordsmith Presents Black Knight "The Allure" Mix Album (August 14th, 2007)
-Wordsmith & Rhymezwell "Wordswell & Rhymesmith" EP (September 11th, 2007)
-Wordsmith "The Next Level Series" Volume 2 (December 25th, 2007)

khal: Do you have any shout outs or final thoughts that you'd like to hit the people with before we end this?

Kontakt: Special thanks to the man up a stair for give me the talent and ability to do what I do. To the whole Nu Revolution Camp, "lets keep it moving." Shout out to Wordsmith for being the great leader that he is. To my partner in crime SoL for keep me on my toes. To my family and my fiancée love you all. Kontact "Lets Go!"
for more information on Kontakt and the Nu Revolution Camp, check out the following links:

THUGSTEP Extensions

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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
same time.


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!

the shuffle. [1/27/07]

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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:

Friday, Jan. 26th 2007 playlist

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So I don't know if I got that job I interviewed for last Friday - should be hearing today about it... I hope. Job market is a cold bitch these days - seems like I'm putting my resume out everywhere, and for one reason or another, a nig can't get in. I got them BEATS, though. Peep game:


01/Perpetuum "Urban Afterglow VIP" [dubplate status, sorry. not sure when this will be out, but if/when it drops, grab it. Perp steps up the original's sultry feel with some aggresive drums, turning the sweet love-making to some sweaty, funky fuckfest fun. Holla. Get ready for his LP, btw...]
02/Styles P ft. Sheek Louch "Walk By" [nicely done track, even if Sheek only does the choruses. D BLOCK!]
03/Sean Price "King Kong" [Sean Price doesn't stop. From Jesus Price, Superstar, which should be out next week...]
04/No I.D. ft. Dug Infinite & Syndicate "Fate or Destiny" [One of my favorite underground Hip-Hop cuts of all time. If you aren't up on No ID, you should be... or you probably are. He not only produced Common's "I Used To Love H.E.R.", he did a lot of Common's early shit. Check out this wiki about him...]
05/Gym Class Heroes "Everyday's Forecast" [I only knew these cats from their video that has been getting much burn in the last couple of months, but I got intrigued and grabbed a few of their discs. Interesting stuff, at times, even if dude has a fucking Monroe. This one is really smooth. Not my usual cup of tea, but I like this track a lot.]
06/Trae ft. Lil' Boss "Bitches Ain't Shit" ["Trae da truth" kills it over that classic Dr. Dre beat. Check that 2xCD set, it's the truth.]
07/Slim Thug "Like A Boss (Nappy vs. Vex'd Dubstep Mix)" [you guys should already know about those THUGSTEP refixes I told you about earlier this week. Its funny how the original had bounce, but the dubstep brings in a new element. You can't tell me these shits ain't proper.]
08/Redman "Lost One Freestyle" [only version of this being passed around is a CLEAN one, so forgive me, but Redman murders this beat. His flow is that shit, most cats can't even get with it like they should. Where's his LP at?!!?!?]
09/Raekwon "My Corner" [I can't place the original sample in this, but I know I know it. This might be the first piece of the OB4CL2 LP... we'll see.]
10/Prodigy "Stuck On You" [nothing much to say about this one, aside from the fact that P + ALC = QUALITY. Can't wait for that Return of The Mac.]
11/Little Brother ft. Talib Kweli & Mos Def "Let It Go (Remix)" [some Mick Boogie mix CD shit from a few of the underground's most well-known niggas. That beat is slick, gotta love 9th with his sampling. Mos rocks it everytime over a tight beat, so you can't front on that. Who said Mos rhymes 2nd is crazy, though...]


You guys know Disco D passed recently, so here's a link to some of his productions. RIP...


For a final thought, I figured I'd mix things up a bit:

50 Cent "Ski Mask Way" [prod. by Disco D]:

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: