Archive for 03/01/2007 - 04/01/2007

the shuffle. [4/7/07] (late)

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Hold tight. I'm trying to contain myself while rinsing this 5L of Heineken (thanks, baby!) and rocking to Fanu's new mix...

it was at this point that my son was crying loud, and my wife was trying to get some sleep, so my dreams of completing the shuffle for the 7th of April, 2007 ON the 7th of April, 2007, were destroyed. Not like I was upset, that's just how it goes... so here is a list of what I WAS going to post about, with a lil comment or 3 by them:

01/Don Imus, the most boring radio host of all-time, calling the Rutgers Univ. Women's BBall team "jiggaboos" and "nappy-headed ho's". He meant it as a joke. Not many laughed. More on this later this week...

02/DNB wondergroup Pendulum have signed a deal to distro their new label, "Earstorm", through Warner/Atlantic/Chrysalis, marking the first time a dope DNB crew has signed to a major in... a while. Good luck to them!

03/Melanie "Scary Spice" B. of the Spice Girls delivered Eddie Murphy's lovechild.

04/People really think this Indian call center/Sanjaya shit is true, eh?

05/You know the RIAA is sue-happy when they start going after sites that are posting up deliberately leaked tracks. Nine Inch Nails: next time, alert these idiots!

06/Young Jeezy and his USDA crew want to recruit an all White girl street team, referencing (sort of) their coke-influenced "White Girl" single. Persia of The (white) Rapper Show fame was not happy.

07/You cannot lose your license for driving Zamboni's drunk.

08/Keith Richards said he snorted his father's ashes mixed with coke. Then he denied it. Disney doesn't care, for he is apparently too unpredictable to promote the forthcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie.

09/Afterparties for Nickelodeon's Kid's Choice Awards are GANGSTA!

10/PETA has beef with "MC" Karl Rove.

11/Anyone wanna buy "KITT"?

12/Spike Lee is going to revisit the victims of Hurricane Katrina with a new, extended edition of his When The Levees Broke doc for HBO, that will cover more of the Gulf region.

13/RIP to the director of one of the greatest Christmas movies of all time, A Christmas Story.

14/While one soldier gets saved by his iPod, the first round of iPod virii are hitting the masses.

15/Jay-Z said the kid is not his son.

16/Rev. Run and Kid Rock are working on a collabo CD.

17/NYC's mayor is hot over how the city is being depicted in the trailer for the new Grand Theft Auto game. Big deal, go listen to a 50 Cent CD to find out how NYC is being depicted...

18/Speaking of 50, it looks like Young Buck is going to be out of the G-Unit (maybe the problem isn't the rappers, but 50 and his business model)... G-Unit gonna be a non-entity in 5 years.

That's it for now, folks. Sorry for the delay. Hope you find some interesting stories though! Def. more on Don Imus in the coming days.

Until next time...

The Sopranos, Season 6B: "Soprano Home Movies" [recap]

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WOW. What a way to reintroduce a show on it's last 9 lives. We get to peer into a birthday party that kind of goes wacko, and we see a parallel: the Soprano family home movie of yesteryear, and the craziness of the Soprano family today...

First things first: Bobby, no matter how much of a man you are for standing up to Tony, you played the situation wrong. OK, you have to defend your wife, but this is in a situation where the playing field is level. Tony is not only your boss, but he is your wife's brother. Extenuating circumstances much? I just don't see how Bacala flew off the handle like that, even if he was liquored up. You should know, being in that kind of family, that these situations are bound to come up. Deal with it, curse him behind his back, but don't suckerpunch and then proceed to fuck him up. Wasn't the big stink about the Tony vs. Ralphie situation that Tony hit Ralphie, who was a made guy? Why would Bobby not think that the same could happen to him? Then again, Tony had him plug that foreign guy, so I guess Carm was wrong about T being vindictive...

Speaking of Carm, shouts to her servicing her husband on his birthday. Well played, homegirl. And couldn't you just feel the brewing tension between Janice and Carm? I know they both wanted to slap each other, but that can't even be done. And on to Janice: get your head out of your ass. The whole live-in nanny thing is kind of nuts. Is Nica really that much of a pain? And why constantly badger her? You just know that Janice needs that drama to keep all eyes on her... hopefully her kid doesn't grow up with that. Good to see lil Nica already saying "NO!" to Janice.

I also like how Christopher called with the belated bday love to T, and T totally hung up the phone. He spoke on there being a possible shift in his thoughts, which had been brewing ever since T had Christopher pop that dude who he THOUGHT killed his pops. The thing is, with Christopher out of the pic as T's insulation, who is there to step up? T has no real family to trust in the mob now: Silvio is out, he's not trustworthy. Paulie? Hell no. Bacala would be hella reluctant, you remember how he acted when Uncle June would ask him to do some menial task. AJ? LOL...

AJ, AJ. He is getting his latin rocks off, but at what cost? You just know that Tony and Carm are looking down on him. He's getting that good loving, playing daddy to that big head kid, and still screwing up. "Gotta remember to clean the sheets..."? 'Nuff said.

What else, what else... not much. I need to rewatch this one. Oh and @Deadly Habit: the kid who picked up the gat Tony dropped at Johnny Sack's was NOT a young AJ. It was just some random idiot. LOL.

Next week: the Phil Leotardo plot thickens. Keep it locked...

related links:
MSN TV's Sopranos Spectacular's recap of "Soprano Home Movies"

MySpace hate.

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I can't post bulletins on my MySpace page, for anytime I throw an HTML link to something on this blog, I get a message saying that my MySpace page has been phished. What's really good with that? That cuts out on a big chunk of heads who peep my blog... which cuts down on my hits. They hating on the kid or what?

LOST, Season 3: "Left Behind" [recap]

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Deep episode. Sort of. I mean, OK we don't know a boatload of new island lore, but "Left Behind" did drop a few interesting character points:

*Juliet can FIGHT! Not too many people can take Kate down as quickly as she did when Kate tried to smack her with the stick (pool cue?).
*Kate really does love Jack, but my wife made a good point: as long as Sawyer (and Juliet, for that matter) are in the picture, they can never be together. Kate is torn, and while she knows *Jack is the dude for her, she wants that badboy style in her life. Normal.
*Sawyer, while he knows he is a prick and a con artist and an overall asshole, he knows what he needs to survive.
*Hurley, although he could never hold the title, has essentially been the defacto leader. Think about it.

Next on the list: the flashbacks are being handled really well. I could go on about the correlations between this episode and "The Long Con" (Sawyer's cross with Kate's mom VS. Cassidy's crosses with Kate AND Kate's mom in this one, etc.)... I just like the way its going down. Very sneaky like. And what is Kate still tempting fate for? Once I heard that my mom's didn't want to see me after I did something I figured would be the best for her, I'd be LONG GONE! I guess this is what eats her up, though, and she probably feels a certain amount of guilt over what she's done (not just to the father).

This monster business is crazy, too. The barrier was to protect the Others from the monster, even if Juliet first tried to front about what the barrier was for. I don't believe her at all when she says that they don't know what the monster is though: just like many other "Other" lies, I imagine that this is a failed experiment gone awry by either DHARMA or the Hanso Foundation (OR something they were experimenting with on the island). It backfired, and now they have this monster (which split into 3s - did you see it?) roaming the island, seemingly taking snapshots of Juliet (did you see THAT?!)... I think we are far from knowing everything, but we have someone who knows a good chunk - and I want answers!

One more thing I wanted to touch on: is Juliet really "left behind"? Remember, we knew Ben by a different name, initially, so he could infiltrate - why am I to believe that Juliet really has been left, or isn't just part of some elaborate scheme to set the castaways up for a further, deeper con (ah, the flashbacks MIGHT hold a key to wtf is going on)? She just has lied about so much, its hard to believe that a) Jack believes her from the rip and b) she is going to survive. Watching those previews of this week's episode have Sayid back in his torturer role, with that chilling line about him possibly killing her if she doesn't give up the goods... the April 5th, 2007 Official LOST podcast revealed, among other things, that this week's episode ("One of Us") is a Juliet flashback - and we might possibly learn about how she arrived on the island.

So what do you guys think is going to happen soon? Anything you want to discuss, leave a comment or get at me ( - if something sounds interesting, I'll bring it up in a post!

Until next time... namaste.

Friday, April 6th 2007 playlist

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What a wild week. I went on my grind, and got a few interviews. Hopefully one in particular pans out. In any case, another varied week, plus an ASSLOAD of leakage for you leak-fiends. Peep game:

01/Mala "Changes" [dubstep anthem? Possibly...]
02/Mims ft. Junior Reid & Cham "This Is Why I'm Hot (Remix)" [tracks like this make up for shitty LPs. even if it's the only hot joint on this album...]
03/Kryptic Minds & Leon Switch "Roads Less Travelled" [simply beautiful DNB.]
04/UGK ft. Outkast "International Player's Anthem" [that beat is so dope. Outkast does their thing, but not much better than the version with Three 6 Mafia.]
05/KRS-One & Marley Marl "Kill A Rapper" [jacked Chris Rock's routine, but a dope track nonetheless.]
06/Electrosoul System "The Vision" [always nice to see some techy-liquid vibes out there. Nice signing for Teebee...]
07/Grit Boys ft. Paul Wall VS. Virgo "Drank In Your System (DJ Nappy Thugstep Mix)" [had to do it.]
08/Mutt "Let's Get Away" [gotta love free, soulful DNB.]
09/Tes La Rok "Hypnotise" [gotta love free, emotional dubstep.]
10/Apex ft. Ayah "Space Between" [the producing half of Unknown Error going all liquid on us. Expect more bangers from this cat in the near future...]


Leak-fiends, unite!:

Twista, Speedknot Mobstaz & R. Kelly "This Is Why I'm Hot (Remix)" [this is why I'm cold?]
50 Cent "Straight To The Bank" [boy is doing it on the diss level.]
The Game "Body Bags" [back on the G-Unit like it was never off...]
Eve "Tambourine" [Swizz Beatz on the club banger.]
Royce Da 5'9" "Hit 'Em" [when is the Preemo/Royce LP coming?]
Big T.W.I.N. ft. Prodigy "In The Smash" [I dunno what's going on here...]
ANS "Tipped" [nice dubstep for those who know.]
Black Milk ft. Royce Da 5'9" & Guilty Simpson "Sound The Alarm (Remix)" [loving this beat!]
Lil' Troy "Still A Bitch In My Book" [LOL]
The Game "Vida AKA They Love It" [Game dissin' Vida. What good is gonna come out of it!?]


If you are looking for mixes from talent like Utah Jazz, Notion, Fanu & Perpetuum & friends, check out this week's FYLP over at DPD.


Here's a few mixtapes for you: TEKDBZ's "HEAT, Vol. 2" and "The EPiphany" are available for dload NOW. Also, Big Mike & Poobs crafted a new mixtape from Styles P (download HERE).


And here are a few random bits: 50 Cent speaking on what sounds like a crew-less future to G-Unit ($20 says they are disbanded and either replace with new cats or 50 will just spit it himself... there is also a John Brown SoundBoard for those who are a bit TOO into The white Rapper Show. Enjoy it though!


That's it for this week. Check out this freestyle of Black Ice's on BET's Rap City:

Until next time...

LOST, Season 3: "Left Behind" [precap]

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This one is quick, for there isn't much info about... just a few links:

Kate flashback this week BTW.

Until next time...


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It's that time again for the TEKDBZ Crew to show you cats what time it is on the fire mixtapes. Check out the press release for these slammin' mixtapes:

You’ve been patiently waiting for the next TEKDBZ explosion, and the time has come to feel the HEAT! These two mixtapes will not only showcase the versatility of the TEKDBZ sound and affiliates, but it will be another example of how forward-thinking this crew truly is.

When Hochi and Infiltrata first brought HEAT, VOL.1 to the masses, it was something many heads did not understand. While it was a straight-up DNB mixtape, it was wearing Chuck Taylors: the focus was showcasing a serious selection of Drum & Bass bangers, but in a Hip-Hop state of mind, from the intros to the drops to the overall feel of the tape. HEAT, VOL. 2 brings Hochi alongside The One, going from “The UK to the Bay” with their selection. Hochi steps up first, crafting a seamless blend of rough DNB beats, Hip-Hop blends, all creating an intense, speaker-bangin’ time. Exclusive drops from some of Hip-Hop’s biggest stars, rhymes from MCs like Messinian, Dre (winner of BBC 1Xtra’s XtraBass Awards 2007 Breakthrough MC award), Mental Sharp and more, and the hilarious interludes will further establish the hybrid style that TEKDBZ is slowly bringing forth. The One steps up for the 2nd half of HEAT, VOL. 2, bringing a choice crate of Grime tracks to the platform, playing yang to Hochi’s ying. You haven’t heard many mixtapes like this, especially coming from a brand that was initially seen as a DNB label. Get prepared.

On the 2nd mixtape, Armanni and Sharpness bring you EPIPHANY, a mixtape that truly let’s you know how hot of a pairing these two MCs are. For those of you who only know these two from their DNB output (URB’s 2006 DNB Single of the year "Fahrenheit 215”, “Hit ‘Em Hard”, etc.), you don’t know the half of this: straight up Hip-Hop flavor, from the story within the interludes to the choice of instrumentals (“Grammy Family”, “Make It Rain”, “Kick, Push”, etc.) to the plethora of styles these two possess. MCs who are more soldiers than rhymers, with a message and a knack for grabbin’ your ears and keeping you occupied. There’s always a load of people asking for some dope Hip-Hop to check out: look no further.

So, what have we learned from these two mixtapes? TEKDBZ is the future? There’s more to DNB than internet forums of One Nation dance floors? Hip-Hop can both make you dance and make you think? I think it’s safe to say that, with these two mixes as proof, all of the above would be the correct answer. Keep it locked to for more news, more music, more tour dates… just MORE! 2k7 is OURS!

I think that pretty much sums it all up.

Download both of these for FREE:
"TEKDBZ PRESENTS: HEAT Vol. 2" (mixed by Hochi & The One) (DNB/Grime) (cover HERE)
"TEKDBZ AND GASM Present: MENTAL SHARP - The EPiphany" (Hip-Hop) (cover HERE)

I also started a thread over at DOA discussing the interlude on "HEAT Vol. 2" that plays a clip of Marcus Intalex diggin' at Photek, talking about a track sounding like Photek "when he was good", and the TEKDBZ throwing a sly barb at him over an Infiltrata remix of "Mr. Me Too" inna DNB meltdown. What's to come of BEEF in DNB?

Big up to Hochi and the entire TEKDBZ crew - each and every. And from what I hear, there's more fire to come!

the shuffle. [3/31/07]


OK so, before I bring you guys your regularly scheduled edition of the shuffle, I have to get a bit nostalgic: today marks one year of rock the dub being alive in the blog world. I know that's not a big feat to most, but hell, it's big for me. It started out as being a hub for my writings and branched out, into Interviews, scathing Reviews, a spot for me to bust out recaps of my favorite shows, hell, even a place for my imagined mixtapes (or Dub Sessions as I affectionately call them) to be seen by the masses. I've helped usher in THUGSTEP, and introduced the world to many new artists and tracks. And I ain't stopping. I ain't stopping my weekly Friday playlists (peep the first one!), I damn sure ain't stopping my shuffles (peep the first one! it sucked!)... I will keep it moving. Why? At the end of the day, I know there might only be a handful of you guys reading, but I know someone is. And if you are going to be getting the info anyways, why not let it be from me?

It's funny, I started these Saturday shuffles b/c I was not on the PC enough to post up news first, so I figured "why not amass all the news I dig, and give it in one big pill?"... seems to be working, from the positive notes I continue to receive about my work. So I thank all of you who take the time out of your schedules to check me out. And I hope you continue to use rock the dub as a source for news, whether it's important, impotent, or just down right ignant.
Speaking of which, let's get on with the week that was...

01/While I normally don't get too religious/political, both on my blog and in my everyday life, I had to comment on a few things Dubya has going on that are kind of wild. First off, he gave a (long overdue) apology to people living and dealing with the atrocities over at Walter Reed, one of the leading Army medical centers. Word has it that they had mold and rats up in that place, which, no matter how great the staff and their work is, is just not healthy, especially if it was in the spots where the most severely injured cats were laid up in. Ever heard of staff infections? The shit guys catch whilst in the hospital?! These cats are risking life, losing limbs, and just overall dealing with the shittiest conditions over in Iraq-land, and our leading hospital is on that nonsense, for no good reason. Fix up. Secondly, and this is something I just got handed to me in the rock the dub War Room, the US is prepared to bomb first on Iran from 4AM to 4PM on Good Friday. Say whaaaa? This news is coming from some random Russian sources, so who knows if it is 100% valid (I only say that because, until I hear Charles Gibson say it, it just ain't news), but is it really that hard to visualize? Our men, out in the Gulf, locked and loaded to stomp on Iranian soldiers... families... babies... and we still haven't finished taking a dumb in Iraqia. I just don't get it. We might need to fall back and let those niggas sort their own shit out, while we take care of the shit going on over here - like Katrinaland, and just helping us poor people get up.

02/Speaking of goings-on in Iran, I have never agreed with Bill O'Reilly in my short time on this earth, but when he says that Rosie O'Donnell is both nutty and needs to be fired, I say "Go Bill!" His main beef is her comments saying that shit like the recent kidnappings of British soldiers is a plot between Britain and the US to further our country's thirst for Iranian blood, and I think she needs to stfu with shit like that. There's already enough bloodshed, we don't need you spreading half truths on TV and on your blog. I mean, when did Rosie become so bitter and, well, un-funny? She wasn't the best comedian, but she was always laughing. Now I always hear about her badmouthing so-and-so, or giving some heated, serious diatribe about someone being called gay or her convoluted thoughts international affairs. We don't need you spreading lies or falsehoods, Ro. Keep fighting the good fight, and dive into a muff or 3. It will do you right, girl.

03/This week, I had the opportunity of hearing one of the oddest ideas ever to hit the restaurant business: the Girls Gone Wild (you've been up at 3AM and seen these retarded commercials, right?) founder is planning on opening a string of restaurants soon, primarily in vacation/Spring Break hotspots (SHOCKER!). The catch: no titties, no sex. It's essentially going to be Hooters, but not really. Or, "sexy without being sexual". Why doesn't he make is exploitative videos in the same vein? And how exactly is he going to link the two? When I hear "Girls Gone Wild", I think of drunken college chicks taking their clothes off in RVs. And club shots of breats and butts being flashed. Is that something I really want to associate with eating?

04/There are some stories that make you go "hmmmmmm...", some that make you go "awwwwww...", and others that just make you feel ashamed for being a part of the human race. This story falls into the category of the latter: a man was upset that his former girlfriend was seeing someone while at school. So, she comes home on vacation, and what does he do? Instead of having a deep convo with her, or just leaving her alone, he dismembered her, then discared of her remains (allegedly) on two grills, on the balcony of his residence. While there was a foul ass odor for two days while he was griling all night (for a wedding, he told his neighbors), no one felt the need to truly confront him about this, aside from calling the cops. The thing is, they said her remains are not being found. I find it hard to believe that, in two days, he grilled her shit to pieces that could not be identified. It just doesn't seem to be possible, not on some grills. I don't think he burned her all up, and her body has to be somewhere else. Nasty bastard. OH and the kicker: dude was BLACK! This isn't your normal black people crime, but niggas said the same shit about the Beltway sniper...

05/Apple has finally stopped double charging peeps and set up its "Complete My Album" service on iTunes. This is good news, as it should help bolster sales of entire albums (although I haven't heard an album in a while that was worth its price in USD front to back), but I am trying to get my head around the fact that this service has been up for years now, is the leading legal download service out there, and yet its taken so long for this to be completed. I mean, is it hard to have created a program where if you purchase a track, when looking back over the album, or just the catalogues, if you come across the tune you bought the other day, it says something like "OWNED" or something in it? Netflix lets me know what's In Queue when I do a search and happen upon something I already listed, why couldn't iTunes get that going? Anyways, kudos to Apple for that, and a big middle finger to the artists/record labels who are still miffed @ digital downloads. If you bastards made product that wouldn't cause me to pick out the hot tracks and throw away the nonsense, maybe more $$$ would be spent on CDs. A-duh!

06/It looks like Anna Nicole Smith died the same way her son died: OD'd on a deadly combo of drugs, including shit to combat her sleeping meds, anxiety/depression meds, and her infection on her ass. It's a tough pill to swallow (no pun intended), but maybe this news might calm some of the asinine comments about her and her death. I highly doubt it, though. RIP to her fam, and hopefully her daughter grows up bright and knowing the good side of her moms.

07/Not "NEWS" news, but there are a few new trailers out for a few pop culture standouts: The Sopranos' trailer for the Final 9 is out, and it looks like it will be a mother before this season ends. Also, the trailer for Grand Theft Auto IV is out, and while it looks amazing, the lack of real content and backstory pissed a LOT of internet video game lovers off. What I gleamed from this short piece was that it takes place either in New York City or a NYC-esque city, and the dude you control is some Middle Eastern/Eastern European kind of guy, who seems to have been through a lot of violence and shit. My initial impression is that dude is a terrorist or something of that nature, but who knows. He has an accent.

08/For a bit of a breather, he is a mishmash of Black Entertainment news for ya: Lil' Wayne is hard at work on Tha Carter 3, not only getting a new management staff, but working with Kanye West on some heat (why does that make me feel all good inside?!?!)... speaking of Weezy, Mannie Fresh has said that he squashed beef with Wayne, which was not really a big beef, considering the fact that Weezy ended up losing out on Mannie's beats, and he was also given a desk job @ Def Jam, overseeing the albums of their Southern artists, which is a big look for both ends... a big LOL goes out to Suge Knight for getting evicted (karma's a bitch, no?), as well as being involved in a lawsuit over the 2Face project (aka old Pac vocals matched up with new Scarface vocals). Take that fat bastard to court!... Good luck to Styles P over at Koch. At least he should get what he's owed per album... Eddie Griffin, while promoting the new, shitty racing movie he is in, crashed a $1.5 Million Ferrari Enzo - but why do some people think it's a publicity stunt, and not a general act of dumb nigga-ness? I must admit, the crash just looked kind of staged, although rather weakly... DJ Drama spoke out about his ordeal and the state of the mixtape game. I commend him for keeping his name out there, and hey, since he and Cannon got arrested a few months ago , there's been a slew of free mixtapes out there, some pretty good, too. The record labels need to fess up and acknowledge their part in this (giving the DJs the tracks to promote, turning a blind eye to the enormous mixtape scene, signing loads of mixtape-hot artists, etc.), and start ponying up the funds to these tastemakers...

09/There's a few dope interviews out this week that you guys should check out: Young, Black & Fabulous interviewed both Kelly Rowland and Joe about various topics, including their new work... Mass Appeal sat down with Disco Fever's Sal Abbatiello, one of the early Hip-Hop staples... hell, I even posted up my interview with DJ Jus Ske (and I also have an interview Gridlok up over at DOA, with jeryl on the additional question flavor). Happy reading!

10/I am about to hit the sack in about 2.5 seconds, so let me see how quickly I can throw the remainder of these brief news points out to you guys: Taboo, aka the Black Eyed Pea that no-one knows, got popped for DUI... MTV is going to be unveiling the final season of Punk'd during a marathon on April 7th - then unleashing those 8 episodes on a weekly basis starting April 10th. I somehow don't believe this is it, but Ashton Kutcher still has a production deal with MTV no matter how this unfolds... Microsoft's Xbox 360 Elite will be featuring 120GB of space, HDMI ports and hi-definition video cables (all shit they said they weren't planning on offering to the consumer in this month's EGM) for about $480 at the end of April. And I still won't be buying one... Yahoo, trying to beat Gmail on the free-email tip, is unveiling unlimited storage for all of your email needs come May of 2007. I have barely touched my 2+GB on Gmail, and don't think I'm going to... Did you guys know that the Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Kool Keith made a track together? More info here... Finally, it's taken years for this to happen, but in the near future both Mario (of Super Mario Bros. fame) and Sonic the Hedgehog will be sharing duties in an Olympics-themed video game...

So, that's the anniversary post. Hope you guys love it.

I have a few vids to link, just because I've found some funny/crazy stuff on your internets:

South Park's "Nagger" bit:

(hopefully Viacom doesn't take this one down)

"When Getting Hyphy Goes Wrong"...


I had to post up some Kimbo Slice: Kimbo Vs. The Bouncer:

(dude is THE MAN)

Redman's "Put It Down" video:

(gotta keep it Jersey on you cats)

The true price of the Iraqi War:

Here's to one year down... many more to go. Until next time...

[rock the dub Interview]: Jus Ske

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I get passed a decent amount of music, not on the level of some of the big bloggers, but then again, I'm a different type of cat. When Mike over at Keepin' It Right shot me an e-mail with this My Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me mixtape by a dude named DJ Jus Ske, I wasn't ready. I knew, by the cover, that it'd have something to do with Pharrell's In My Mind, but the fact that this dude blended so many instrumentals, and really took his time to craft a solid mix, I was impressed. I was then given the URL to his website, and was cracking up at the design and the way he used familiar pages to introduce his stuff. I had to get some words from this guy, just to see where his head was at. He might be short and sweet with his answers, but really, DJs speak more with their hands. Use this as a tool to get familiar with one of the nicest DJs you've been sleepin' on.

khal: Alright, so as many now know, you've dropped a pretty tight mixtape full of blends with Pharrell's In My Mind acapellas, entitled My Mind's Playin' Tricks On Me. I know you've been on tour as P's DJ, but how did you come up with the idea of taking his rhymes and crafting these
intricately laced blends underneath them?

Jus Ske: Orignally we were doing a mixtape pre-album so I came up with a bunch of chops and loops and instrumentals for Pharrell to freestyle and sing over to promote the album. Through our busy schedules we never got to it and the album dropped. I later asked Pharrell for the acapellas so I could try to work them into the music from the mixtape. And then I added some more stuff and that's what it is.

khal: There's a load of beats rollin' in and out of each blend on the CD. How long did it take you to craft each track, and what made you choose the diverse selection of beats you used on the mix?

Jus Ske: Each track varied, the whole thing took me about two weeks worth of hours. And I just felt it out. For instance, the song "I Really Like You Girl" on Pharrell's album I felt was the 2006 version of Stevie Wonder's "That Girl" and I was just inspired to put the two together. The mash up didn't come out as I expected but I still felt that it was cool. And I LOVE both songs separately so I wanted to hear what they'd sounds like as one.

khal: From checking your track record, you're a seriously international DJ, having played from NY to Paris. Can you briefly take us on a tour of your DJing career: how long have you been rocking the 'tables, and how did it turn into you playing all of these major events and being so in

Jus Ske: I've been DJing for a little under ten years and I'm still really passionate about it. In the beginning, I started getting good at my craft and then through word of mouth people started hearing about Jus Ske and my song selection it started to take off. I don't really scratch much but I can rock a party. I'm also looking to take over the world (haha).

khal: What is it about DJing that keeps you coming back? I imagine you must be making a decent living, judging from where you've spun and who've you spun for – do you look at your DJing as a career or your calling?

Jus Ske: I can't live without music, I love playing it for people and getting a reaction from them.

khal: You've got a lot of events and nights all over NYC that you spin at, right? Do you go into each night with the same style or assortment of tracks? What's your favorite spot to spin at?

Jus Ske: I have certain sets I do but I like to try different things at night. And my favorite spots in NYC are Marquee, Butter and Stereo.

khal: I know you've probably run the gamut with great nights, wild nights, weird nights, and just downright awful nights. What was the WILDEST thing you've ever seen while spinning?

Jus Ske: People having sex in the club.

khal: I notice that you are affiliated with Mark Ronson's Allido Records. What exactly is your situation like with them? Are you going to be putting out your own projects or what?

Jus Ske: I am managed by them and I intend to put out my own projects very soon.

khal: What are 10 records that never leave your bin and why?

Jus Ske: 1. I Just Wanna Love U- Jay-Z Neptunes
2. Michael Jackson--"Dont Stop Til You Get Enough"/"Wanna Be Starting Something"/ Billly Jean"
3. Prince--"Kiss"/"1999"/"When Doves Cry"
4. Stevie Wonder--"Master Blaster"/"Do I Do"
5. "Sweet Home Alabama"
6. BonJovi--"Livin On A Prayer"
7. Marvin Gaye--"Got To Give It Up"
8. Guns 'N' Roses--"Sweet Child of Mine"
9. Nirvana--"Smells Like Teen Spirit"
10. ACDC--"Shook Me All Night Long"
11. Gary Glitter--"Rock & Roll Part II"
12. Madonna---"Holiday"
These songs are classics that work good in a club.

khal: Seeing as though you are one of the tastemakers in one of the biggest markets in the world, what do you think is going to be the next big thing in 2007, and why?

Jus Ske: Fusion of different genres of music. And more live music and more electro-ish. One extreme to the next, the real live acoustic stuff and on the other end of the spectrum the digital, electric sounding vibes.

khal: One thing I have to ask: how did you get the concept for your website? How long did it take to recreate all of those other, popular pages?

Jus Ske: I just wanted to be creative and I thought it was a great way of expressing my creativity. I hope I don't get sued. In essence, I feel like I am promoting all those companies while promoting myself--just works.

khal: Now that you're garnering more exposure with the mix CD, what's next for Jus Ske? Are you going to be branching out into different avenues?

Jus Ske: YES. I want to do it all.

khal: Do you have any shout outs or final words for the people out there?

Jus Ske: I wanna shout out Allido Records, Star Trak, Danucht Clothing (pronounced 'thenewshit'), OSO, ENCORE, and RE5 Energy Drinks,,, Butter Restaurant, Ty-Ku, Marquee NYC, Stereo.

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Friday, March 30th 2007 playlist

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Craziness. This week looks like it ended OK, even though I don't have a job yet. There's always something, huh!? This week's playlist is kind of varied, for there hasn't been too much Rap outside of a few mixtapes that I'm truly feeling (I wanna shout out Get Right Music for getting it right). So, let's go!

01/Monsta "Club Stomp" [over at, the Red Eye said he will be updating his audio section monthly. This is the first I saw of the site, and I hope we get more 320kbps dubstep tracks like this one. Heavy bass.]
02/The Bug ft. Flowdan "Jah War (Loefah Remix)" [Nappy was tellin' me to check this one, but I was never able to peep it until this week. New release on Ninja Tune, and it sounds proper thugsteppy lol. Big bass, runnin' rasta vocals.]
03/Survival "Resolution" [his debut on DNAudio is sick, nuff said. Survival is runnin' it.]
04/Alix Perez & Sabre "Solitary Native" [been waiting for this one to drop. Two of the new breed doing it nicely with a pretty recognizable sample. Enjoy this one on a nice spring day.]
05/Sheek Louch "We Ain't Runnin'" [Sheek going to war over a nice organ march. Thug Music for Thug Niggas.]
06/Rah Digga ft. Ghostface Killah "Intro" [Spine says that this is an intro to an LP that never came out. Rah goes in hard, showing why she earned her spot on Flipmode. Hopefully she keeps her name out there on the mic.]
07/Fat Freddy's Drop "Cay's Cray (Digital Mystikz Version)" [nice, mellow dubstep groove with that smooth vocal over top. Heaven on a dub wavelength.]
08/Cartridge "Just Let Go" [beef with the guys over at Counter Intelligence caused Cartridge to throw this dubplate out for free. Grab it before it's taken off the 'net, then grab the 12" when it drops.]
09/Mobb Deep Vs. MIMS "This Is Why I'm Shook (Cousin Cole Blend-it)" [sick blend of the classic Mobb vocal over MIMS' spooky beat. Set your mix off right with this gem!]
10/Outkast vs. Marvin Gaye "So Fresh, So Clean (DJ B.Cause's 'Let's Get It On Reprise')" [just beautiful. Sunday morning status.]


Here's a host of tracks I've accumulated over the week. Check out the leak:

El-P ft. Trent Reznor "Flyentology (Cassettes Won't Listen Remix)" [sounds exactly how you think it would]
Grafh "Yeah Right (I Don't Believe That)" [slow-bop? i don't baleee dat!]
Joell Ortiz Freestyle LIVE on DJ Green Lantern's SIRIUS Radio show (March 26th 2007) [dude goes HARD]
Peedi Crakk Freestyle LIVE on DJ Green Lantern's SIRIUS Radio show (March 26th 2007) [since when was Wu-Tang's "Triumph" considered "old school"?]
DJ Presto ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor "Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)" [nice collection of some of my fav old school MCs]
Ruffneck Souljah "Excuse Me Miss" [Australian hip-hop flex, watch the DNB tempo in there though]
Gillie Da Kid "Number 1" [rock influenced banger]
Cam'ron ft. Duke Da God "Suga Dooga" [Lil' Fame produced this... Conflict of interest much!?]
Prodigy "Summer In NYC" [peep that Pre Mac mixtape...]
Rihanna ft. Jay-Z "Umbrella" [new one from the Barbadian bombshell.]


Here's a couple of files from the boring radio files: Young Buck been doing much promos for his Buck The World album. He was on Hot97 on the 26th saying Yayo shouldn't be beatin' on kids, and spent another 40 mins. with Whoo Kid on the 26th as well.

Vida Guerra also spit an acapella freestyle dissin' The Game, and I think she needs to keep doing the photos and being a model and shit, and hang the mic up. She doesn't sound like she knows how to flow, like she just doing it b/c she has a nice ass. STEP YA RAP GAME UP, MA!


In terms of the DNB mixes, over at DPD there are a load of fresh new mixes up, featuring sets from Marcus Intalex, Calibre, Martyn, Unknown Error, Infiltrata, Ewun & Pendulum. Check out the latest "For Your Listening Pleasure" for the skinny.

I also just caught wind of a nasty mix from Jem One, who is slowly but surely making a name for himself within the scene, and represents 36th Chamber AS WELL as Rufige. His March 2007 Studio Mix is chock full of dubs. Check it out:

1..JEM ONE...................Redemption of man...rufige dub
2..DJ VAPOUR................Shut up................ dub
3. DJ VAPOUR................300.........................dub
4. THEORY....................Controvosey.............dub
5. DIGITAL.....................Dennis the menace....dub
6. SPIRIT.......................Footprints.................renegade hardware
7.THEORY......................Jah Jah.....................dub
9. RUFIGE KRU................Vanilla.....................metalheadz
10.SURVIVAL..................Resolution................DNA records
11.ASIDES......................Future Horizon.........metalheadz dub
12.JEM ONE....................Sleeping Child..........dub
13.VAPOUR/JEM ONE.......Man Flu...................CIA/deep cut dub
14.INK,LOXY,FULL CLIP....Grudge bore.............renegade hardware
15.ROUGHCUT................Trojan Horse............dub

Enjoy that.


Time for a final thought. I've run out of music to link to, so I will mellow things out with this video:

Cinematic Orchestra ft. Fontella Bass "All That You Give"

In the words of one Avon Barksdale, "take it light, but take it". Until next time...

LOST, Season 3: "Exposé" [recap]


What a beautifully done throwaway episode. And I mean that with the utmost adoration for the creative medium that is television and story telling. I like how series are given the chance to tell a story that might not progress the entire saga, but is interesting and exciting all the same (think of the "Pine Barrens" episode of The Sopranos).

Now I was under the impression that someone was going to die in this episode. That was something that boggled me, b/c that Twilight Zone (sup, Rafi!)/Hitchcock style ending, with them only being paralyzed, makes me think that we are going to see Nikki & Paulo again. In any case, its an interesting dynamic, because if the survivors actually killed these guys, that's the first time they killed one of their own, right?

This episode just had a bunch of interesting/ironic comments in it. Let me share some of my favorites:
  • Nikki's convo with Zuckerman about the whole "being a guest star" thing, and Zuckerman saying he'd bring her back.
  • Nikki saying she didn't want her and Paulo turning out to be Shannon & Boone, even though they not only were bickering, but they both (seemingly) died on the island.
  • The fact that they just stumbled on a wealth of shit, like The Pearl station, the plane that Boone fell in, and other points/situations we did not know then.

There's so much more, but I'd end up referencing the entire episode.

I do want to point out that I was kind of let down; I figured that Sun would be trying to murder Charlie and/or Sawyer, but she's smart: Jin would murk anyone who he thought was harming her, esp. now with her being preggers. She gets much respect for that. I can only wonder though, just like with the possibility of Nikki and Paulo pulling a move from "The Bride" and clawing out from their graves: is this the last we'll see of that situation?

Now on to next week: Kate & Juliet, duking it out in the rain? Are they fighting for their mutual feelings towards Jack, or what? I don't see Juliet being particularly tough/strong, but who knows. She is smart. Looks interesting, nonetheless. I can't wait to see how last week's events play this week.

That's it for now... until then, namaste.

LOST, Season 3: "Exposé" [precap]

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So yeah, last week I said I knew a bit about what was going on. I admit, I got my info from the info button on my trusty DVR box (gotta love preset recordings), and it said that Sun finally learns the secret behind the whole "kidnapping" from last season, when Sawyer conspired with Charlie to get the gats and (try) to take control. I think that's why she looks to start wylin' out. My wife also brought up an interesting thought: could she be somehow mixed in with Charlie's impending doom, as predicted by Desmond? Food for thought!

This episode is going to deal with flashbacks featuring Nikki and Paolo, and even features Billy Dee Williams, Mr. Colt 45 himself, as Mr. LaShade. Who? Who knows... also check out the familiar faces from the past that are to be showing up this week. I won't let that loose, but if you know the internets, you can find out.

The new official LOST podcast is also up, rehashing "The Man from Tallahassee", and "prehashing" "Exposé":

03.26.07 - Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse expose "The Man
From Tallahassee" and preview "Exposé" (3/28/07). Jorge Garcia and Josh Holloway talk about playing ping pong behind the scenes.

Enjoy. And check my blog for a recap in the next few days of tonight's episode.

Monday Evening Quarterback

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Wow. What a difference a day makes.

Not only did I fucking miss eskay linking the Sirius Invasion mixtape from DJ Green Lantern (which might become my fav. mixtape of this year, like Alive on Arrival was last year), but I missed out on the trailer to the last 9 episodes of Season 6 of The Sopranos:

(forgive the audio, it's off a lil')

How ill does that look? More conflict between T and Carm? Carm getting @ Chrissy for something? The feds arresting T? Carm's "you had it coming" comment? Looks intense... Can't wait. April 8th, baby!

Can't wait. Now if I could just secure a job, shit'd be ill as FUCK! LOL.

LOST, Season 3: "The Man from Tallahasse" [recap]

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Before I dig into Locke's fuck-up of the cut, AKA the jolt this season needed, I must apologize for no coverage of "Par Avion". The week I had last week was not to be tested. Never materialized. To recap, either check out the LostPedia page, or know that Jack's father did in fact father Claire. And Mikhail got got, finally.

Anyways, this might be my favorite episode of this season, so far. It's the one that truly blew open the possibilities of this island, and finally made me look at John Locke as a cool-ass mofo. I mean, not only did dude steal C4 from the Flame, he admitted to both killing Mikhail AND had his eyes set on destroying the submarine, which we are being told is the only way for the Others to get off the island (I have beef with this line Ben fed Locke, because we all know that Walt and Michael supposedly left on a boat back at the end of Season 2 -- did they truly leave!?)... and he had no qualms at all. That's bad ass. Especially after the life he's lived. I mean to have the dude you think is your pops (I have reservations about this, too) jack your kidney, then try to murk you from 8 stories up? How fucking intense is that!?

I liked the Locke/Ben back and forth, and with the whole Adam Seward/Anthony Cooper guy appearing to be in that random ass room(!!!!), bound and gagged, I think Ben is doing what he can do to recruit Locke into the fold. Speaking of the random room, what's good with this whole "really large box" that Ben was speaking of? I mean, if the island can make a paralyzed man (Locke) walk the instant he is on it, I can't doubt what else can be done, but imagining something and it just magically appearing? Something is a bit odd about this, and I am both intrigued and dreading what the meaning is behind it. Their back and forth, and the ultimate piece of their conversation (not wanting people to leave the island) has got to be one of the most interesting pieces I have seen on this show as of yet. The idea that this island, which, for all of its kookiness, is still such a mystery to seemingly everyone on it, it sure as hell ain't time to bounce...yet.

I also was perturbed by Jack's whole demeanor during this episode. I understand that he was doing it for dolo at this point, which is so out of character for him, but something fishy was going on with him, as a person. Being watched never got him so shook before, this is the man who cut Ben's vital organs and made them release his friends! Why the sudden 180? Was it something like when guys are about to be paroled, so they want to be on their best behavior before being released? I don't know, I don't see it, but there is something working underneath all of that... and on top of it, dude can play the piano!?

This episode set up what I am guessing will be the final threads of story for this season. Think about it: for all we know, there is no communication with the outside world, AND there is no way to even get off this island. They could be set to live in some random vortex, on this island full of "monsters" and Hostiles, mystery and fear. And next week's episode looks like a doosie: what's good with Sun seemingly attacking some of the people she has grown to live with? I know, but will not spill the beans on that... yet. Maybe in a prehash of next week's ep...

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the shuffle. [3/24/07]

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I like the looks of that - need to do a bit of deck re-shuffling in my life. Not my personal life, as much as my professional life. I am cool with my family and friends, but I just can't shake this feeling of worthlessness. And self-loathing helps nothing and no one, so I try to get bright and feel right, but flying never works when the forecast feels gloomy.

Shouts to Cousin Nick for going to the Extreme Challenge 75 with me. Watching random dudes bleed and tap out to armbars is a good way to waste a Friday evening. Let's do it again sometime.

I don't even know where to begin this week, so we will just dive headlong into the fray...

01/This kid Kevin Durant is bad news. I say that because, while he might be a lottery pick's dream, anyone he (or his moms) speaks with ends up having to pay. Both Michael Jordan and Danny Ainge learned that, at best, you might want to keep your contact with dude over the two-way (or the e-mail. Hell, send this nigga a postcard!)... dumb-ass Ainge was spotted sitting next to Kevin's moms during a game this past week, and ended up being fined $30K for "excessive contact", which is proper. MJ got an even odder fine though: he fucking SPOKE about this kid in an interview, didn't even say his name (I believe the quote was something like The kid who may present that is the kid in Texas), and the Bobcats had to eat a $15K fine. Now, I can see if you are sharing hot dogs with this nigga's family, but just bringing him up? It's like people who would get upset about bringing up tragic shit, even in discussion, like you aren't supposed to speak on it. Rooms getting silent when "9/11" is mentioned, things of that sort. I never got that. I'd rather bring that 900lb. gorilla to light than chat around the shit. Discussing dude costs me $15K? I guess they take that "penny for your thought" shit literally as well...

02/The crack team over at Sports Illustrated has unleashed a new, groundbreaking piece of info on the current anabolic steroids drug rings that are being investigated: wrestlers in the WWE are using steroids! This recent interview named names, from guys like Eddie Guerrero to Rey Mysterio, Edge to Kurt Angle, as well as Randy Orton, and I don't doubt that there's a list of others in the wings. I mean, for those of us who have followed wrestling for years, we know that steroid abuse/accusations are nothing new, but I just think it's funny how their crack research has turned up guys like Eddie, who died of an enlarged heart, due to use of anabolic steroids. What's next, SI gonna tell me that Leonard Bias might have been using cocaine?

03/I had to report on this piece of ignorant, nigger-ance in its own number, because I feel as though my wrath might pollute an other-wise non-threatening number on this week's list. Lil' Jon was awarded an honot unlike others in his field: the Guiness Book of World Records has called his "Crunk Ain't Dead" chain the "largest diamond pendant" in the world. What!? I mean, is this something that they seriously had to include into the record books? What is the meaning behing documenting who has the largest diamond pendant in the world? Will they be soon covering the "longest cock" category? "Thickest ass on a white girl"? How about "album to contain the most veiled references to the cocaine selling game"? Christ almighty. And the fucked up part? Now the next niggas is going to try and out-Guiness Lil' Jon. Thanks a lot, Guiness!

04/Republicans crack me up. First it was Newt, screwing around on his wife, all the while pissing on Clinton's fuck-parade. Now, Rudy Guliani AND his wife came out the woodworks letting it be known that they have both walked down the aisle three times. I can see why shit like this is news, I mean the country wants to make-believe like politicians are the moral leaders, and never had a shit that stank. The thing is, this is 2007, not 1957: we know about divorce, and know many people who have tried and failed at marriage. Why is this such a big deal? Well, the Republicans. They spend so much time shitting on Dems, calling them liberals and denouncing gay-rights issues, then come to find out, they are the ones cheating on their wives and IMing teen boys for hot political gay sex. Bible thumping on Sunday, but Lord only knows what transgressions went on the previous Saturday night. And then they wonder why I've never voted Republican...

05/The reason our pets' food killed our pets? Rat poison. In other news, new studies have made it possible for mice to see new colors. Huh? Wake me when they cure cancer...

06/Entertainment news is funny: you have a lot of people doing things that make them feel as though they are not only being innovative, but that their shit is like the 2nd coming of Jesus Cristo. Case in point: Bernie Mac is deciding to leave standup after 30 years, to focus on making shitty movies. If there's a Guess Who sequel, somebody gotta die... T.I. is working on his "dual personality" album, T.I. vs. T.I.P., but chose to work with everyone considered to be currently "hot", further making me believe that it will sound like just another T.I. record... Canibus created a new track, "Poet Laureate Infinity", where he spit 1,000 bars, but because of the way it's mixed, we only get to hear 200 bars or some shit. It's an infinite rhyme, or something. Who fucking knows, the bottom line is, I don't want to hear it... Tony Yayo got arrested for assaulting the 14 year old son of The Game's manager, Jimmy Henchmen. I guess all that jail time doesn't teach you to pick on someone your own size... oh wait, that's probably what old boy was doing... Snoop Dogg got his visa denied, and is banned from performing in the UK, stemming from both the brawl that took place last year in a British airport, but also stemming from his recent charge of smoking weed in Sweden. You'd think they would actually be listening to his lyrics before booking him/expecting him to act civilized... We also have a grip of blonde/while girl entertainer drama: Denise Richards and Pam Anderson are being sued for assault & battery by some pussy ass paparazzi who are saying their attack has left him with nightmares. You faggot-ass... Some German cat who has ties to some news orgs purchased two of Anna Nicole Smith's diaries for $500K+, only to have them be resold at a later date. It's not like there is much that is going to shock the world, but you can guarantee that her innermost thoughts about nonsense will be made public for no good reason at all... Britney Spears checked her ass out of rehab earlier this week. Good luck to her. Hopefully she can get back to her "Slave 4 U" style and get that gwap... And in some not so blonde, but very slutty scandalous shit, the sex tape between fake-hottie Kim Kardashian and Ray J has been leaked to the internets. I won't be linking the thing here, but it is on the internets and easily accesible to anyone who knows how to find things like that... Did you hear that this Tuesday's American Idol is going to run 7 minutes later than schedule, just to fuck with Dancing With The Stars' results, which are to be read at the beginning of the episode? If I was ABC, I'd jig those fuckers and read my shits like 17minutes in... I had no idea there was going to be a Justice League movie, nor did I know there was such a big discussion over what big names were going to be included (who really wants to see 120minutes of the Green Lantern?), but apparently Christian Bale is to reprise his role as Batman for one of the 3 JL flicks...

07/Here's the rest of this week's nutty news: this missing Purdue Univ. student was found two months after he was deemed missing: dude fell on a power transformer, and they only investigated that room after hearing "popping" sounds... a bio teacher in Oregon was fired over some materials that referenced the Bible, causing some in the area to consider him trying to "pollute" the kid's minds, and that he had some "agenda" going for him in his 8 days as a part-time teacher. I always thought it was odd that the separation of church and state only applies when it affects you... $205.6Million (!!!!!!!) was seized from a house in Mexico, believed to be the spoils of meth operations ran in the US. I still wonder why I never got into the drug trade... JOKE!!!... YouTube is offering it's first awards to videos in various categories... Tactics like these in the Iraq War are downright disturbing... South Carolina won dumbest state of the US by even mentioning that women getting abortions should be made to see the sonogram first. That's just twisted... John Edwards is still on track to losing his campaign for president, although him keeping in the race despite his wife's terrible battle with cancer is very commendable... Lynn Turner, who is already serving life for killing her husband in 1995, might now be made to die for killing a boyfriend with anti-freeze a few years back... Getting crushed by cement and earth and other things didn't kill Houdini: poison did, or so the people who want him exhumed believe... check out Allen Iverson's playoff kicks; then check out Bobbito's AF1's... I will never understand why this style is so trendy... and finally, shouts out to fellow blog fam at OhWord, who got some love from YouTube, who recently added "Ghetto Big Mac" to their "featured" page. Solid.

OK, so that's where we are at currently. Let's hit you lot with a final thought. Sunni Patterson's "We Made It", from this season's Def Poetry. No words, she says it all.

Deep. One.

Friday, March 23rd 2007 playlist

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Hypersound, indeed. You ever have one of those weeks of ups and downs? I think mine is stretching into two... and possibly 3. We'll see how I am feeling by the end of next week. It's rough. Shitload of links for you lot, though, esp. you guys stuck in the cold during the WMC season...

01/Redman "Freestyle Freestyle" [it's not a freestyle, but an album cut from Red Gone Wild. Red does it like none other.]
02/Ghostface Killah & Prodigy "Trials of Life" [prod. by Green Lantern for an upcoming mixtape. Talking about their growing up, trials/tribs of hood niggas. Classic.]
03/Duke Da God ft. Juelz Santana, JR Writer & Hell Rell "More Than Music" [ridin' Dipset music. I don't know if its really more than music, but this music is more than fun.]
04/Swizz Beatz ft. Lil' Wayne, R. Kelly & Jadakiss "It's Me Bitches (Remix)" [that beat is too intense. I dislike Kells and Wayne on here, but I wouldn't stand still if this came on in the club.]
05/KRS-One & Marley Marl "Hip Hop Lives (I Came Back)" [they have an album coming together? I love it.]

06/Technical Itch "Death Jazz" [my fav Tech Itch cut in a while, onon the 50th Tech Itch Recordings release, this EP is still so-so. Current Value wishes he could rock like this, though.]
07/Vicious Circle "Pandora's Box" [sick new EP on RH. Murky feel to this one, very tight track. Curse the dumbass who said they were overrated.]
08/Optiv & Gridlok "Hit The Lights" [nasty new cut on a nasty new release on Violence. For the floor, but also rips it hard in the headphones.]
09/The Fix "The Fire" [dances the fine line between smooth roller and harder edged ragga lick. Nice cut.]
10/Gremlinz "Annexed" [the revised Revelations LP is coming soon. Grab the sampler PRONTO!]


I also have a load of tracks, from Redman leaks, to Timbaland leaks, to just a heaping helping of just MUSIC:

*Jay-Z "A.S.A.P. Freestyle" [Jay blazing T.I.'s instrumental. GREEN LANTERN SHIT!]

*Joe Budden busted a dope freestyle on Green Lantern's show, then got kind of raw in the interview.

*Guru ft. Yungun "Too Slick" [not sure when this is dropping, but the old-school vibes are nice.]

*J-Ro ft. Chords "You Call That Love" [sentimental/introspective cut. or as introspective as J-Ro can get...]

*Young Buck "Money Good" [Buck too busy getting money over Lil' Jon beats to worry about beeing with Jada, Joe or Game.]

*Collie Buddz ft. Tony Yayo & Young Buck "Come Around (Remix)" [everyone is in love with the white boy reggae man. G-Unit affilliates step up on the remix tip.]

*Twista ft. Lil' Wayne & Joe Budden "Whip Game Proper (Remix)" [blast it in your Lex or your hooptie.]

*More Redman leaks! "Wutchoogoonado", ft. Melanie Rutherford(?), and "Walk In Gutta", ft. Erick Sermon, Keith Murray & Biz Markie.

*Timbaland leaks! "Come And Get Me", ft. 50 Cent & Tony Yayo, "Bounce", ft. Dr. Dre, Missy Elliot & Justin Timberlake, and "2 Man Show", ft. Elton John(?).



If you want some DNB mixes to tidy you over, check out my FYLP post over at the DPD for mixes from Specific, DJ XO, DJ Vapour and the Prestige Music Group.


Here are a few more things to bring to your attention:

+DJ Soul and Okayplayer linked up for "Assorted Donuts", a mixtape tribute to J Dilla.

+Kay Slay, Grafh and Prinz present "Gangster Music".

+preview Prodigy's Return of the Mac in its entirety before it drops on the 27th.

+The Smoking Section posted up an assload of Nas mixtapes and videos, loads of rare/unreleased gems in there. Respect to them.


Finally, here's a new video from Weird Al Yankovic, giving R. Kelly the rub with "Trapped In The Drive-Thru":

Dub Sessions, vol. 3: "Live Ammunition"

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Another year, another installment of my "Dub Sessions" mixtapes.

I think this one is a nice addition, focusing on the "live" aspect of music, for the most part.

I got inspiration by two live versions of tracks from The Roots. The first is the first cut on this mix, a dub/reggae take on their "Break You Off" from their last releases on Geffen, while the last is the awesome rendition of "You Got Me" from Dave Chappelle's Block Party concert/documentary, featuring Jill Scott and Erykah Badu. I was captivated by how they could recreate the tracks on two different levels, one just dubbing the tune out but still maintaining the Hip-Hop edge, and the 2nd going into some psychedelic/tribal affair with "You Got Me", complete with both singers going ballistic over the pulsating riddim. Awe-inspiring.

So the mix was built based on those bookends. Some reggae, some live/'alternative' Hip-Hop (for lack of a better word), and even some John Mayer. Shut up, I love that JMT version of "I Got A Woman". Peep the tracklisting:

02/The Roots "Break You Off (Dub/Sound Check At Bogart's Cincinnati, OH 2003)"
03/King Tubby "Hungering Dub"
04/Stephen Marley ft. Damian 'Jr. Gong' Marley & Buju Banton "The Traffic Jam"
05/Easy Star All-Stars ft. Citizen Cope "Karma Police"
06/Too $hort ft. Erick Sermon, Kool-Ace & MC Breed "Buy You Some"
07/Outkast "Spottieottiedopaliscious"
08/[interlude]: Jay-Z "Poem (Live)"
09/Jungle Brothers "Brain"
10/No I.D. ft. Dug Infinite & Syndicate "Fate Or Destiny"
11/James Brown "Funky Drummer"
12/Gym Class Heroes "Everyday's Forecast"
13/Alicia Keys ft. Mos Def & Common "Love It Or Leave It Alone (Live)"
14/John Mayer Trio "I Got A Woman (Live)"
15/The Roots ft. Erykah Badu & Jill Scott "You Got Me (Live)"

time: 74:54
size: 105mb

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