Saturday, March 10, 2007

the shuffle. [3/10/07]

Kind of a hectic week. Aside from getting my eBay store in gear (I'm getting that oven up this week, mama), getting my resume out to companies all over (as well as getting a random, out-of-state opportunity to blog/do admin work for some adult entertaiment company?), and trying to get some things in order, THUGSTEP-wise, I've just been in a funk. I think it's the no-job thing, especially in the climate that the job market is in now, I feel like my time is running out, esp. with my bills never seeming to be low at all. I usually think that music will ease the pain, and maybe, when my mp3 player finally comes in, I'll be able to ease my mind a tad... but I doubt it. Once I have that "you're hired" and that "you did it" feeling surpass, I'll be good. So forgive me if I seem a bit on edge or flustered.

If any of you produce Hip-Hop, Drum & Bass, Dub, Dubstep or any other genre I get with, and want to send me track either for feedback or to plug here on rock the dub (or other places), get at me. Seriously. I am trying to get a few things going, and that is one of them. More on that in the near future, though.

In any case, let's just get to the whole reason we're here... to dice up this week's nonsense and bullshit!

01/James Brown is going to be looking like the Cryptkeeper if they keep his body in the South Carolina crypt that it was just laid in this week. Why they would choose this is anyone's guess. While I am happy that his kids fronted the money to put him in this, instead of going through lawyers to try and settle things, I can't help but think that this is going to delay many fans and well-wishers from coming to pay their respect to the Godfather of Soul. And, in the end, they are missing out on their "Graceland" payday! Get a town, dress it up in James' honor, and get paid... no time to waste.

02/Speaking of dead artists, the 10 year anniversary of Biggie's passing was this past Friday. I covered all of my thoughts, and the posts of others, in those two posts from Friday, but there were a few interviews that I missed, from XXL: BIG's daughter, T’Yanna Wallace, spoke to them in a short piece, just breaking down her thoughts on her pops, including the fact that "Warning" is her fav. cut from her father. On the flipside, Mister Cee, BIG's DJ, lets it all out about his homeboy, then and now. Also, be on the look out for The Last King of New York, a mixtape of BIG material coming from Doo Wop and Mike Nice (more info HERE). It's due to have a lot of shit you might not have heard, and is set to be an add-on to the Biggie canon. RIP to the true don.

03/Did you guys hear the story about Newt Gingrich and his affairs? Now, this is the man who lead the Republicans during Monica-gate, and this muthafucka is out there screwing around as well! What kind of ridiculousness is that? And he has the nerve to say that his situation is different because he didn't lie about it on the stand!? I mean, if you guys didn't take Clinton to take in the first place, he wouldn't have NEEDED to lie, you ignorant prick. And the fact that you are only copping to it now that you are a 2008 presidential candidate shows just how ridiculous you are. And what's the worst news they could pull out on Barack Obama? He paid his parking tickets late...

04/Keeping it political for just a mite, I wam surprised more people didn't take the FBI to task for reportedly violationg the Patriot Act when obtaining phone records. About 20% of their requests were underreported, which seems to undermine the whole reason for having an act that let's you grab all kinds of records from the American public. It's just funny, this might be the firestorm needed to get more Americans to realize how corrupt some factions of the government can be. The only thing I wonder is, who were the ones who were not reported for whatever reason? And why? $20 says these rogue FBI agents were making cake on the side for divorce proceedings and shit.

05/There were a few FUCKED UP stories involving kids this week. The first, and possibly most widespread of the stories, was the report on two kids who were videotaped smoking blunts from their 18 year old uncle. The fucked up part? Authorities said that the fucking 2 year old looked like he had done this before! I can't imagine the things my kid is picking up from just observing myself and my family, but I can be thankful it doesn't have anything to do with knowing how to inhale drugs. On the flipside, the ignorant ass mother who used her child as a weapon during an altercation with her man plead guilty this past week. I like how for a crime like that, the minimum is only 5 years. I wonder what is going to happen to the child, who ended up being seriously injured. Finally, here's a story that is so fucked up, but the dude's initial reaction makes me chuckle: last year, on the Staten Island Railway, this pervert was jerking off in front of a 14 yeard old. Peep his ridiculous response though: as he was jerking, the girl was basically like "fuck this", and got up to leave. This asshole had the nerve to be like "Wait, don't go!" Huh?! He didn't get his joint in his pants and bolt, or try to silence her. Nah, he asked if she would stay put. What a kind sex offender. The good news is he got convicted of that crime, so hopefully he will get his shit pushed in by some big bastard on his cellblock.

06/The girl Britney Spears is going bonkers, plain and simple. Word this week was that homegirl was going psychotic, writing "666" on the back of her skull (how was she doing this?), and calling herself the antichrist. Rumors also came out that she tried to hang herself the night she went Mr. Clean. The stories about her therapy diary are borderline stalker-ish (do we really need to know how she gets down with girls?), and counter-productive, but it just adds to the debate: can she bounce back from all of this drama and pain? Well, Timbaland says he wants to "take her... overseas, and work (it) out". While that sounds like he wants to smash her out, he really says he wants to work on some music with Brit when she's well, even recruiting her one-time boyfriend Justin Timberlake, who says, with Timbaland, he'd work with Britney. Awwwww...

07/This Frenchie Davis/Antonella Barba shit has got to stop. When people like Rosie O'Donnell can claim that this situation is an example of Fox being racist, and people actually take her dumb ass seriously, I fear for the future of this country. Fox was right in saying that, based on Idol's past winners, there is no racial or "weightist" (new term, Rosie?) undertones to the comp. My question is this: Frenchie has gone on record as not only questioning why Antonella was kept, but Frenchie was booted, but also that Fox might want to think of how they are going to "make up" things to her. HUH!?!! What exactly is Frenchie owed? From what I understand, things go like this: when Frenchie was 19, she did some porn shit, girl on girl whatever, she did it to support herself. Can't knock her hustle @ all, you dig? Five years later, Fox, UNDERSTANDEDLY, pulls her from the semifinals, as the knowledge of a chick who was once in porn now possibly being in a position to tarnish their competition. I think that makes sense, and whether they knew it or not, is very reasonable. And it's not like Frenchie didn't get hired to a Broadway show almost instantly. She has been doing very well for herself, mainly due to the fact that she went through that. Flash to Antonella's situation: she took a load of pics, some racier than others, and they were let go ONCE SHE GOT ONTO Idol. People question the validity of the blowjob pics (something about her ear being different in the shots), but the others aren't necessarily porn. Hell, a lot of the tamer shots were on the cover of The Trentonian over the last few weeks. Plus, Antonella had no chance (even if she thinks she could have gone farther). Frenchie could have won it. She was a bigger risk. Plain and simple. Antonella might be getting big offers to get naked, but who says she will take them? Frenchie has gone legit, been made mainstream, over this. Who is really getting over?

08/I've got a decent amount of Black Entertainment news, as Black entertainers never cease to leave the limelight... heads chuckled at Kanye West ordering his curry to be flown from the UK to the US special. While I hate this man, I cannot imagine that this is the only time a request like that is made (speaking of Kanye, check out Von Pea's FREE mixtape, jacking mad Kanye beats for a special treat.)... get ready for Mr. and Mrs. Jones, a new reality show on MTV featuring Nas(ir Jones) and his wife, Kelis. While it will def. be a treat to watch, the married MTV reality TV shows never work - Nick & Jessica, Travis Barker and his blonde ex, Carmen and Dave Navarro. Good luck, Nas!... Speaking of reality shows, Shaq has a new one on deck for ABC, dealing with the topic of weight loss. Looks like he is helping out kids deal with and get their weight off. Good for him... In the funniest shit I've heard all week, LL Cool J is looking for an endorsement from Chapstick. Do I really need to add a joke to this one?... Without Shyne by his side to bust shots into the ceiling, Diddy has to do his own dirtywork, which includes telling someone at a pre-Oscar party that he is going to "smack fire" out they ass (speaking of Diddy, Rafi @ OhWord has a detailed piece on the whole Rawkus/El-P fiasco that started with a pic of Diddy and El-P in the same shot!)... Jay-Z is having a good week, with his sale of Rocawear for a cool $204 million... You have to love it when guys like Gene Simmons comment on Hip-Hop being stale, when his group sang about rock-n-rolling all night, and then partying every day, like this is not the basis for THOUSANDS OF ROCK SONGS FROM HIS ERA!... On more interview fronts, Rizoh got a chance to speak with Phonte of Little Brother on a number of LB-related topics... I about shit my pants when rumors flew about OJ possibly being Anna Nicole Smith's baby daddy... Jim Jones' Bloods affiliation was so heavy, niggas couldn't even go to no after parties after the concert out in Rhode Island!... Michael Jackson is out there trying to keep his name in the news, this time saying that he's take all of the attacks on him in stride. What attacks? You set up the pitch, we knock it out the park...

09/And now, for the rest of the news from the week that was: ABC is going to be filming a pilot for a series featuring the cavemen seen in the Geico series of commercials. There are so many possibilities, I just hope they don't screw it up... The payola crisis took a blow this week, when the 4 major radio broadcasters were ordered to let the locals and smaller labels get some shine on the radio airwaves... Captain America got murked this week... This 24 year old had the internet going nuts when they found out that he was the man behind this Wikipedia professor who spent more time editing wikipedia entries than teaching... Rumor has it that there's a plan in the works for a Forrest Gump sequel, minus Tom Hanks. Go figure... Blues Traveller's John Popper got popped (!!!) with an aresenal of weapons and some weed. Question: WHY!!?!?... The people behind the PS3 unveiled info about their new internet community, Home, which sounds like the Second Life kind of thing, but to each their own... Hot on the trails of Apple and their iPhone, Palm is in the works on their own iPod killer. And this is like a month after I got wifey the Palm Z22!!!... the "Beltway Madam" plead not guilty to racketerring and other charges, but said she is set to reveal the 10,000+ names in her little black book to the Internet, to raise defense funds. What an ace to have up your sleeve... Poor Ohio Univ. students! 500 of them had to pony up $3K as to become a lesson for would-be P2Pers. Now, after paying the $3 grand, how does the RIAA expect these cash-strapped students to buy the albums legitimately???... Salma Hayek is not only pregnant, but engaged. Congrats to her, and good luck!... And finally, the popular 70s porno Debbie Does Dallas is being remade, and Showtime has a reality series following the production of this new film. Check your local listings...

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Final thought. I am tired.. Here's a video to tide you over, until next time...


The Herbaliser "The Missing Suitcase"

LOST, Season 3: "Enter 77" [recap]


What an odd episode. Here we have cute cats, random chess matches (Locke is such a bumbling kid, isn't he?), the death of Bea Klugh, and insight on this event that we are not sure happened: the purge. Let's get to that first...

I am of the mind that the purge went down. I know Sayid has his own ideas, and it is easy enough to dismiss that it never occurred on the basis that Mikhail lied about being in the DHARMA Initiative, but let's not forget, Inman referenced to both the purge AND "The Hostiles" back in the season 2 finale, when we got the (short) history on Desmond's time in the Swan before Flight 815 crashed... my thing is, who or what is a Hostile? I think, back in season 2, when Inman mentioned the Hostiles, our immediate assumption is that the Hostiles = the Others. I am not so sure this is the case, just based on the things we know about DHARMA and the Hanso Foundation. They both like to create experiments, and put people through different situations (see the whole setup in The Swan and The Pearl, how they were lead to believe one thing was going on, but it turned out to be something else entirely, for example), and in the Sri Lanka Video from the LOST Experience ARG from this past summer, Hanso is not shy or too proud to inject humans with a virus, trying to see if they can provide a vaccine to save them, and ultimately, humanity. Could this island have been a grand scheme experiment, where they used some combo of injections and such that went awry, turning ordinary people into "Hostiles"? Not that hard to believe, no? Plus, the fact that Mikhail keeps referring to the Hostiles, and he is down with Bea Klugh (and, by association, the Others), how could he be talking about himself? Or is it a possibility that Bea was a defactor? Endless...

We also got to see a new station, The Flame, which ended up going up in flames (cute, right?). How in the FUCK did they have the ability to keep cows and horses and shit there? Also, was the Black Horse that Kate saw some time ago from this station? The bigger question is, now that Locke blew the spot by entering "77" after Marvin Candle advised him to, can the Others even access the outside world? I don't think Locke has realized what he has done, and I think Sayid should have pimp smacked him for his idiocy.

The one bit that interested me was the fact that Mikhail was so quick to murk Ms. Klugh, seemingly at her request (see the translation of their Russian conversation HERE). If dude said there was another way to go about this than popping Bea, why was she so persistent? Why was he so willing to pop her, than get popped himself? Hopefully, Sayid will not screw up things with Mikhail, and will find his way to the Others' spot, now known as "the barracks", based on the map Sayid swiped.

To just finish up my ideas on this episode, I'll resort to what I have been using lately: bullets!

  • Sawyer losing that ping-pong match and having to not use nicknames was the funniest thing I had seen, especially in an episode where he calls Sun & Jin "Crouching Tiger" and "Hidden Dragon", calls Paolo "Zorro", and Hurley gets names like "Grimace" and "Avalanche".
  • The cat survived the explosion. I hear we are going to be seeing more of that cat...
  • I also hear that this episode is to have occurred on the 77th day on the island since the crash.
  • I hate Rousseau. I dislike the fact that they seem to bring her in during the beginning of an episode and she bounces soon after (just like when we first meet Ben - then known as fake Henry Gale).
  • Next week looks like it will be interesting. I don't know what the hell happened in that trailer, but it looked explosive. Can't wait!
Until next time... namaste.

related links:
make sure you are also checking out Sledgeweb's LOST... STUFF website, with loads of interesting clues/screencaps and other bits of info on this show.

Friday, March 09, 2007

One More Chance

I've been getting hit with a few more Biggie-related joints, so here is a list of what's been going on since I posted about BIG this morning:


We'll always love you, BIG.

We'll Always Love BIG Poppa


I can't believe it's been 10 years ago today that Christopher Wallace, the man known as the Notorious B.I.G. (AKA Biggie Smalls AKA BIG Poppa aka The Black Frank White and affectionately (and accurately) known as the Greatest of All Time) was gunned down in a still-unsolved murder in Los Angeles. I don't have enough webspace to break down how often I listen to his music, how much he is missed worldwide, and how fucked up his catalogue hasn't been as big as Pac's or others who are deemed the greatest. Canibus said it best when he said "the greatest rapper of all time died on March 9th", and here we are, 10 years later, still reminiscing. Add this post to the canon, as I plan on linking to a bunch of things going on in memory of BIG on this day:


That's all I'm seeing right now that's truly of interest, aside from telling you to go grab that Greatest Hits package, just to have all of them joints on one proper CD. Or not, most of you know all of them shits by heart anyways lol.

Just one more thing to link... The Lox's "We'll Alway Love Big Poppa", which is randomly not on Youtube properly for some odd reason. Check it out:

The L.O.X. - We'll always love big poppa

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We'll always love you, BIG.

Friday, March 9th, 2007 playlist


I had to add the massive box today b/c there's a massive amout of links coming this week... no time for small talk, let's just get it:

Drum & Bass/Jungle
01/Alix Perez ft. MC Fats "Fingerlick" [I can't get into the A-side of this new Shogun Audio 12", but this one provides the right amount of funk.]
02/Gremlinz & Illfingas "Goliath" [Canadian titans drop a heavy conga tune on Xtinction Agenda, which just doesn't quit with the ill releases.]
03/Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch "Forgotten" [the first EP from their long awaited Lost All Faith album. It was worth the wait.]
04/Chris SU & Concord Dawn "Sacrifice" [forthcoming on Critical. Big fucking bass on this one.]
05/Alpha Omega "Marksman" [new one on Soothsayer. Lovin' the aggro feel.]
06/Atlantic Connection ft. MC Deviant "Watchu Know" [Surprising B-side from AC's new 12 on his brand new label, Westbay. Don't sleep.]
07/Cartridge "Dark Shadows VIP" [good to get new Cartridge DNB. Sick and twisted, with a touch of the quirk.]
08/Chase & Status "Dumpling Riddim" [the vocal jacks Shabba Ranks' "Ting-A-Ling", but I don't mind. That bassline is so fucking cherry. I love it. New C&S on Ram.]
09/Mutt & Perpetuum "Soulick" [out on promo on Spearhead. Lush and beautiful. Two of my fav DNB producers at the moment. Big up Aaron.]

The Kitchen Sink
01/Rich Boy "Get To Poppin'" [I think I'm the only one who likes this track, but that Spanish vocal in the beat kills me. Stays on repeat.]
02/Wes Fif "Haterz Everywhere (Nappy Vs. Skream Extended Thugstep Mix)" [he had to do it, and he picked the right beat. THUGSTEP IN THE BUILDING! Check midway for a real subwoofer banger.]
03/Redman "Live Freestyle on DJ Green Lantern" [this is from Green's SIRIUS radio show, I think. Red is the nicest. Paul Wall dropping the ball cracks me up, but what do you really expect?]
04/Skream "Chest Boxing" [from the Skreamizm vol. 3 EP. Lovin' his sound right now.]
05/The Cure "Plastic Passion" [I've been playing too much Project 8. This is on the soundtrack, and has me open. I don't even listen to The Cure like that.]
06/Peedie Peedi ft. Bezel "Go Go" [don't ask where this came from. Just enjoy that trunk-rattling thump. Peedi Peedi!]
07/Lil' Jon ft. Ying Yang Twins "Get Low (Nappy Vs. J Dilla Mix)" [fucking party starting blend right here. Sleep on this if you will, this is pure mashup nastiness.]
08/Snoop Dogg ft. Akon "Boss' Life" [Busta used that sample first, but it sounds just as dope with Snoop doing his thing over it, although I do prefer the Nate Dogg version much more.]
09/Pack FM ft. Poison Pen, Copywrite, Sean Price & Bad Seed "Stomp (Remix)" [forgive the quality, this is off a Myspace download. Sick posse cut though.]

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I have a gang of various cuts that didn't make my top plays this week, so here they are:
  • Mr. X (aka Ben Sage?) "Black Spot" [couldn't get samples cleared?]
  • Dasit "Hater 2" [dissing Serch and company b/c you got booted for not writing a 16? How lame is THAT?!?!?]
  • Devin the Dude ft. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000 "What A Job" [lovely.]
  • Lupe Fiasco "Coulda Been" [I don't like this dude, but I know some of my readers do.]
  • Joe Budden "Last Real Nigga Left" [NJ stand up. Joe is the truth.]
  • Prodigy "Bang On 'Em" [cats ain't feeling this one neither, but I dig it just nicely. The rest of Return of the Mac is a bit hotter than this, but this is chill too.]
  • Also, a DNB producer/DJ by the name of Typecell has been making noise for years now, and has a load of unreleased dubplates that he is unleashing... for free. Respect.


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Speaking of DNB, I have two DNB mixes to share:

the first comes from Hungary's Munk, who has been making moves with a lot of producers, including the Tactile crew, Loxy (and other Horsemen members), Spineline and many more. Peep this March 2007 Mix chock full of plates:

01: Spinline & Munk - Anaconda - Dub
02: Misanthrop - Evacuate - Renegade Hardware
03: Noisia - Bad Dreams - Vision
04: Loxy & Munk - Devil's Advocate - Renegade Hardware
05: Mindscape, Jade & Hydro - Black Lotus - Citrus
06: Noisia - Brainstitch (Break remix) - Shogun Audio
07: Loxy, Keaton & Munk - Aura - X-Tinction Agenda
08: Tactile, Hydro & Munk - Existenz - Tactile Vinyl
09: Commix - Electric - Metalheadz
10: Skc & Safair - Free My Soul VIP - Dub
11: Concord Dawn & Chris.su - Sacrifice - Critical
12: Munk - Solemnity - Dub

You see how track 8 is due out on Tactile Vinyl? Any word on this?

Anyway, download links: HERE, and HERE (sendspace mirror).

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The 2nd is from the Renegade Hardware show on Pyro Radio, featuring Vicious Circle. If you don't like your DNB dark and hard, fall back:

1. EBK - Skatter [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
2. Vicious Circle & Universal Project - Workout [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
3. Sabre - Elite Assassin [N/A]
4. Break & Survival - Dawn [DNAUDIO]
5. Vicious Circle & EBK - Cruise Control [DSCI4]
6. Break - Come & Get It [SOUL:R]
7. Ed Rush & Optical - Medicine (Matrix Remix) [VIRUS]
8. Gridlok - Downer [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
9. Vicious Circle & Nocturnal - Welcome To Shanktown [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
10. Break - Run Off [QUARANTINE]
11. Noisia - Facade (VIP) [RAM]
12. Ancronix - Lightly Salted (EBK Remix) [SUDDEN DEF]
13. Usual Suspects - Shrapnel (Stakka & Skynet Remix) [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
14. Vicious Circle - Bleak [DNAUDIO]
15. Silent Witness & Break - Visions Of The Future [DNAUDIO]
>>> "AD BREAK"
16. Calyx & TeeBee - Make Your Choice [MOMENTUM]
17. Nocturnal - Paralyzed [RENEGADE HARDWARE ???]
18. Universal Project - Haunted Dreams [UPR]
19. EBK - 1000 Years [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
20. Break - Let It Happen [SHOGUN AUDIO]
21. Vicious Circle - No Rest For The Wicked [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
22. Vicious Circle - Amityville [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
23. Dom - Can't Punish Me (2007) [D&R PRODUCTIONS]
24. Aspect - Its Yourz (Gremlinz VIP) [N/A]
25. Calyx & TeeBee - Telepathy [MOMENTUM]
26. Vicious Circle - Cerberus [RENEGADE HARDWARE]
27. Matrix & Fierce - Climate [METRO]
28. Nocturnal - Insurgent [N/A]
29. Absolute Zero & Subphonics - The Code (Gremlinz & Castor Remix) [RENEGADE HARDWARE]

I had no idea there was a Gremlinz VIP of Aspect's "It's Yours", and I DEFINITELY didn't know about the new RMX of "The Code". Crazy. Download HERE.

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I have a Biggie post coming right after this one, with links to the Mick Boogie mixtape (big up Rizoh), so I will not be adding Biggie ANYTHING into this, but I do have two final thoughts:

One is this crazy ass skiing game, Aggressive Alpine Skiing. The game is hot, the sounds are even hotter! Hell, you can even dload the game's music in this megamix. It's kind of difficult to master, so don't click on it unless you have time to devote...

Finally, I think I'm going to have to do the same thing this dad does when trying to play uncensored Hip-Hop to his kid:



LOL too funny. "Help the police"?!!? Classic.

Wednesday, March 07, 2007

POI [3/07/2007]

Just a few points of interest I want to hit you guys with whilst I wait for my son to get home, my daughter to have her root canal, LOST to come on tonight, and me to finally land a job:

  • There are some DJ NAPPY T-Shirts floating about. $25 will get you in the official wears (in men's and women's styles) of the THUGSTEP King. I'm copping a XXL in the next week or so. Don't sleep.
  • Speaking of DJ Nappy, DJ K. Ross of the Sound Advice click has done him the honors of linking to Nappy's ill THUGSTEP refix of Wes Fif's "Haterz Everywhere" and Skream's "Stagger" (grab it HERE). I've personally bore witness to this track crushing the dance hall.
  • Speaking of Nappy's refixes, there's an ill one involving Lil Jon and J Dilla that I cannot share right now, but trust when I say, it gets shit done. Fucking beautiful.
  • DNB artist Submerged's new LP is going to be dropping on April 27th, 2007, and he posted up clips of every track on DOA. Serious sounds.
  • The latest LOST podcast is up and live. Grab it HERE. Ever since my Zen Xtra went shit on me, I haven't even wanted to listen to one. I have a new mp3 player coming in the mail though, so one shall see...
  • Dasit, AKA the first white rapper to quit from The (white) Rapper Show has a diss track out, talking shit on MC Serch, Persia, $hamrock, and other, all in his best Eminem voice. What a herb. ("Hater 2" dirty : clean - right click, 'Save As')
  • I was #8 in Tony Hawk's Project 8, but I just earned the #5 spot. To celebrate that, here's an ill snippet from Skatemore featuring Daewon Song.

That's all that's on my mind that's not my family. Keep it locked.

Monday, March 05, 2007

THUGSTEP came alive...

As I hinted at last night, I was out of town on Saturday. My boy DJ Nappy was throwing down the inaugural THUGSTEP set at The Killing Center (AKA some random, small basement in Rutgers town). All I knew for a week or two was that this was going to be a house party and that loads of people were going to be there. I figured OK, let's get it, especially since I had sadly never seen my boy throw down.

I didn't know what I was in for.

You have to understand that, while this wasn't even set to go off until 10PM, Nappy and crew (which included Cousin Nick Evelation, Definate, and this dude from Dan from 51:51) scooped me up around 7PM to be on our way up, b/c from what I understood, we had to run to grab Nick's whip, grab J Past and his mixer (which almost single-handedly fucked up the cut, more on that later) and grab some eats before all things thugsteppery, which included a special appearance from the one like Pandamonium Jones, of Caps & Jones fame. First, though, we had to traverse through NJ, blasting Hip-Hop I figured Nappy was up on, and grab some random McDonald's.

In any case, I hadn't been in a college town on a party night in a while, so I don't think I was ready for the just randomness that occurs at these shindigs. We arrived at the spot about 9PM or so to drop off Nappy's equipment and get the wonderful mixer set up. When we walk in, this lil ass dog is there barking. Dude who ran the event, who I found out goes by the moniker Machine!!!, told us to not pet the pooch b/c it bites. I see 4 cats huddled around a laptop, while watching something featuring David Bowie on the TV in what I guess was the living room. That room was about as big as my laundry room, but whatever. We go down the worst set of stairs in the world (complete with a shady first step and no lights) to enter the best place to hear grimey music in the east coast, aka their cramped basement. Two rooms, one complete with bad plumbing, a dishwasher, and 2 kegs that I hardly touched (gotta love 12 packs of Heineken). We set up, pass out some Wes Fif mixtape fliers, and then dip to get some eats from a number of the best places to eat in New Brunswick, although no one in New Brunswick can agree on which place is the best, so in a given night, you might be told that each and every eatery in that area is, in fact, THE BEST spot for tacos or wraps or whatever.

So after about 20 minutes of driving in circles, trying to find parking spots, and losing Cousin Nick and Dan a few times, we finally get some eats, pick up the Serato records that got left in J Past's whip, and get back to the party for a rousing mix of gay ass house music and garage nonsense. If you know me, 4 to the floor and crappy vocals don't really sit well with me, so with people filing in and me hearing that James Definate was upstairs, I left the best basement in New Brunswick to go lounge in the "living room", which I later found out doubled as the waiting area for the bathroom. We shot the shit for a bit, discussed Wes Fif's budding career, and I got happy b/c Nick came in with a few Heinekens for me to partake in (I can't get with keg beer, I realized). After about, oh, 45 minutes of this, we get word that Nappy is manning the decks. WHOA!

The crowd was hyped and ready to get into some heavy beats, and Nappy started his set out with a nice mix of dubstep and ill beats. The speakers weren't the best, but being as the room was so small (Definate is a big dude, and was almost on the 'tilt neck' all night due to the low ceiling), it was not a bad look at all. Loads of bass. About 10 minutes into the set, Nappy went to switch and realized that everything was backwards. I am not 100% sure, but from what he told me Sunday afternoon, all kinds of faders and gains and knobs and shit were backwards. At one point I had to borrow a pen and paper so he could make arrows on the mixer, just so he knew where everything was going. I yelled at him to "spin it fucked up", but I don't think he heard me.

Now, I like going to see cats spin in elements where the vibe is kind of raw. This was one of those nights. No real posturing or cats trying to put on airs. And they knew that Nappy was spinning these ill refixes, but I don't think they really knew the FYI on THUGSTEP like we know, so it also opened it up for the crowd to be truly amazed. And once Nappy's refix of Big Kuntry & T.I.'s "Throwback" dropped, and we heard that now-infamous "dee jay... nappy" in the intro, it was a WRAP! Bass shook the room, bodies started reacting to the beats, and one of the crunkest parties I've been to in a while commensed.

I can't even begin to break down how sick it was to not only hear these tracks I've been championing for the past few months on a good rig, with a good crowd, but the sheer volume of shit that got spun. Refixes included cats like Slim Thug, Omarion, Tes La Rok, Big Boi & the Purple Ribbon All-Stars, Wes Fif, and loads of others sat alongside tracks I had no idea people would get off on, like R.A. The Rugged Man's old school anthem, "On The Block", among others. I know most of the college kids were drunk/high and just shaking to the beat, but shit, for all of the THUGSTEP HATERS out there, I think they forget that in trying to "secure their scene", they are shutting people out who would be just as ready to bug out to GOOD MUSIC. Everyone likes to party, so why shit on some blended/mashed up refixed beats?

Oh, and J Past poked me in the eye. We were going back and forth during the "Kryptonite" mashup, and he pointed at me and poked me in the eye. I was OK, but damn. Some other highlights: homegirl rocking the fucking Nintendo Power Glove (wtf's with that?!); seeing the son of my old computer science teacher in high school, getting his on the dancefloor; me trying to pass out Wes Fif fliers to niggas on the floor, and them throwing them back on the dj booth; seeing 60 year old white dudes in Bentleys pumpin' 50 Cent down New Brunswick blocks; me rocking out and turning around to see Panda Jones standing right behind me; me actually being able to request a track and it get played like right then (gotta love being down with the selector); the fact that my "Make Dub, Not War" t-shirt arrived like 2 days after I ordered it; the random, cracked out dude who was saying he'd punch out any of these youngsters in front of one of those greatest eateries in New Brunswick; J Past telling Definate he couldn't throw away this tin plate in Qdoba, and James powering that thing in like it was nothing... I could go on.

At the end, when a DJ gets to spin an extra hour after the requested end time, you gotta realize that, no matter what the haters (who are everywhere) think, something must be right about this movement. And oh yes, it's a movement. Roll with it or get rolled over.

I want to shout out my boy, my mellow DJ Nappy; Nick Evelation for trying to get me on the stumble bumble (no I did NOT drink 10 Heinekens; maybe I had 7 or 8?); James Definate for the ride(s) - you still have that CD in your whip, dogs; J Past for the eye poke and the crunk vibes, and the almost-night destroying mixer; Machine!!! and the Visits (Tuesdays, Marita's Cantina in New Brunswick, 21+ 10pm-1am, NO COVER) crew for putting it on; the crowd for being receptive and CRUNK; and me, for single handedly getting the crowd hype. I take full credit for bringing the dub to the venue. Or maybe I am dreaming...

For more on THUGSTEP, check Nappy's MySpace page, or just keep it locked to this blog forever...

PS: I am being told that video will be crunk and runnin' tonight. Apparently they have shots of me wylin' out in the street. I don't believe it, but I will post everything I get when I get it.

Sunday, March 04, 2007

the (late) shuffle [3/03/07]

After seeing THUGSTEP come alive Saturday night/Sunday morning in New Brunswick, NJ, which included me wearing a new t-shirt from The Giant Peach, my ecko jacket getting filthy and some good times with great friends, I am not in the mood to do my normal shuffle. I have an assload of news links though, so here is the abbreviated version of my normal steeze...


I'm off to bed. A more detailed account of Saturday's debauchery to come in a fortnight...

one hundred.