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

the shuffle. [4/14/07]_(late, incomplete)

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Being in a state of limbo is a bitch. I'm like, OK I have these clerical talents, what is it about ME that is making jobs be like "nah, nah son, we don't need dude in our establishment"? Am I speaking too much? Not enough? I don't know, I just throw on Coki's "Burnin'" and zone out when I think about the shit I should have/should not have said, the reasons why I might not be hired...

Then I think about this writing shit. I mean, I know I'm not the world's best writer OR blogger (which are two totally different things), but I think I could get gwapped off for my musings on many things. Doesn't seem to be the consensus of the rest of the free world (and some parts of the locked-down countries as well). I have been peeping your ads for writers/bloggers needed. I even made a resume suiting that, with tons 'o links. Does that suit you? Nah, not really... So again, I throw on "Burnin'" and zone. Expect a non-Dance Hall Dance Hall Dub Session coming soon-like...

Enough of my Mickey's-fueled malarky, let's get this shuffle ting a'gwarn!

01/I mentioned in my last shuffle that I'd get into some Don Imus talk, and it's only right. It was this week's biggest story without really going stale. It seemed like everyday, something new was happening. I remember first hearing about this "nappy-headed ho's" business over last weekend. I didn't give it much play until Sunday for no good reason, and when I finally saw WTF he said (I mean, really, I see now that he was trying to be funny, but dude has not one funny bone in his body), I was like WOW, he is totally not going to get fired. How naive I was... they dropped neph like a bad habit, within reason, but not after a week of me seeing Al Sharpton berate him on the Today show (with Don going back at Imus and Matt Lauer right after on MSNBC) Tuesday morning, to the Rutgers girls showing up on the Today show Wednesday (and later, on Oprah) to be like "yo, we made moves, wtf he dissing us for", and by Thursday morning, based on the list of advertisers that pulled out when he was initially given his 2 week suspension, he was finally canned. I mean, I guess I should have seen this coming, but for the right reasons: Imus was fired because of the advertising dollars lost, not because of what his comments did to the Rutgers team, which doesn't scream progress to me. It just screams conspiracy. I hate being a "conspiracy theorist", but true heads know that America's future is in the hands of like 4 old white males who run the largest conglomerates around. Now, Al Sharpton, you need to STFU - the fact that you are horning in on these media-ready issues, and not speaking out for 1) the little person and 2) for other minorities, makes your stance on "civil rights" hogwash. And Snoop, don't dig a hole: we know that Imus didn't need to make those comments, and that shit like this only helps upset people who want "gangsta rap" to die, but you don't need to comment. Ain't no one going to stop gangsta rap: you know why? Like Saul Williams said, you guys aren't a threat! Think about it: as long as you continue to coon and make money that eventually makes those 4 old white men rich, you will be safe. Start shouting "kill Dubya", though, and you can kiss your career goodbye. My final thought: did I think Imus should have been FIRED? No. I am a champion of free speech, and while I think his comments were ridiculous and in poor taste, I don't think he should have been fired for them. His "I have a comedy show" defense is the funniest thing I've heard him say, but the thing is this: it was just bad taste. The joke wasn't funny, and coming from some gray haired white man is just not a good look at all. End of story, really, but because of the greenbacks, Imus now sits on the unemployment line, not with me, for he has opportunities in America, but on the unemp line regardless. Good luck, Donny! On a few related notes, Al Sharpton is getting thrown under the bus (deservedly), and some radio DJ from the Poconos tried to capitalize by having his listeners call in and imitate Don Imus, but ended up getting fired for his stupid actions.

02/Best wishes to New Jersey Govenor Jon Corzine due to an accident that took place the same night the Rutgers girls' team got their apology at Corzine's temp. home. Dude got flack all over the NJ papers today because they found out that he didn't wear his seatbelt, but really, what's worse: getting a failure to wear seatbelt ticket or being in critical but stable condition, facing a serious tenure of recovery? Now, on to the perp: dude isn't geting charged, yet... word is he's what they call a "special needs driver"(huh?), and didn't know he was even hitting the most powerful man in NJ aside form Tony Soprano... Now, I can see why this is news, but you know what's fucked up? The last Corzine-related story was about how much he donated to the Democrats in 2006, as well as how much he gave to his ex-girlfriend. Kind of fucked up when the only news we hear is dude's more fanatical, scandalous pieces - and nothing on what he's actually done for the great state I reside in. Fucked up.

03/With real life being so crazy and hectic, it's nice to focus on the Entertainment industry, especially the politics that goes into making feature length films. There's a few news stories this week featuring some sequels and long-talked about films... let's dig in: the cast of The Mummy 3 is getting ironed out, and while Brendan Fraiser is in, Rachel Weisz, his wifey in the series, is out. Why? Who knows for certain... it could be her wealth of gigs at the moment, her recent Oscar win, the birth of her kid... but, I'd figure that movie is going to do VERY WELL in the theaters off premise alone... The Forbidden Kingdom has both Jackie Chan AND Jet Li, joining forces to tell a tale based on the old Chinese "monkey king" legend. Can't wait for this one!... the big news, however, is the announcement of the prequel to The Da Vinci Code getting finalized, and both Tom Hanks & Ron Howard signing on to be a part of it. Hanks is supposedly getting a HUGE payday for this, but no final amt. has been announced. Now, this movie should be based on Angels & Demons, a far superior read that Da Vinci Code, and both my wife and I are holding off on seeing Da Vinci Code until this prequel comes out, just like we did with the novels. Anyone who reads Da Vinci Code first is playing themselves... on one final note, I just found out that the guys who brought you The Matrix are going to be recreating the classic 1960s cartoon, Speed Racer, which will be featuring Christina Ricci (and her forehead), John Goodman and Susan Sarandon. I don't get how they were the obvious choice for this movie, but hopefully it doesn't come out like some Fast & The Furious nonsense...

04/I applaud the family of Nicole Brown Simpson for trying to purchase the book OJ Simpson wrote but never got to release on what he "thinks" might have happened to Nicole. I think their determination to not only finish him, but make sure Nicole's given the justice, is great, but I don't get how the hell the book could be up for a sherriff's sale anyways. Shouldn't shit like that be a bit more guarder, for the sake of the family he has torn apart? Even if it means that they will be compensated by however much the book sells for... something just doesn't sit right.

05/A couple notable RIPs go to the following: Kurt Vonnegut, one of the leading writers of modern times, and Roscoe Lee Browne, who fans of The Cosby Show and Different World might remember as Prof. Foster, the English teacher at Hillman College. You both are going to be sorely missed.

06/Why is Halle Berry chatting online to keep herself secret.... only to drop that "I'm really Halle Berry!" line, and get surprised when the person on the flipside of the IM is like "um, naaaaaaaaah" Basically, what good is protecting your anonymity by... letting go of your anonymity?

07/You know The Simple Life has lost it's fire when they have Nicole and Paris performing enemas on people on their upcoming season. This 10-minute sequence is not something that sounds amusing, nor anything I'd truly want to see.

08/Hip-Hop has been kind of odd this week, here's a number of interviews and the like out there: Little Brother kicked 9th Wonder's back in over creative differences and what not. Nothing has been heard, but I don't dobt his style changed so much. After a few years, the last theing they shold be surprised about is 9th's work behind the board...

...never finished, late as fark...

Video Ho's volume 1

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So, being home unemployed during Spring Break whilst teenage females live in your home, I spend a bit of time peepin' the MTV. MTV Hits, TRL, regular non-video showing MTV, BET, all of that. I don't listen to radio, but if it has a video, 9 times out of 10 I've probably seen it. Because of this, I've been noticing a few thigns that I just figured I'd point out:

  • Beyonce's last album had some gutter beats. I thought "Ring The Alarm" was the end of it, but with "Upgrade U" and "Beautiful Liar", I find myself really getting into the groove. I don't know wtf she is singing about on any of these cuts, and the actual video for "Beautiful Liar" is muddied by the too-quick cuts, as well as Shakira's "singing". I can't get into her lyrically, and the videos aren't very appealing in terms of R&B divas, but damn, get me those instrumentals!
  • Speaking of Destiny's Child, Kelly Rowland's "Like This" (ft. Eve) is a fucking sick track that could easily get played out if it gets played more than 5 times in a 5 hour period.
  • Funny 15 year old observation: while peepin' Young Jeezy ft. R. Kelly's "Go Getta", my middle daughter advised me that she thought that, when Kells was singing "go getta", he was actually singing "broke nigga". Think about it: "this is the life of a... broke nigga! AY! broke nigga! AY!" True comedy.
  • While I love The Alchemist, I was not feeling him in the "Stuck On You" video, where he bit off the same "programming the beat" shit Primo just did in the "Classic (Better Than I've Ever Been Remix)" video...
  • I love when cool videos like Rich Boy's "Boy Looka Here" make me appreciate his wack lyrics and beat chorus. I can bop to the song now and still not understand what he's saying...
  • On the flipside of that, Birdman & Lil Wayne's "You Ain't Know" is NOT helped by the faux mobster/1920s vibe the video tries to pull off.
  • And when am I supposed to believe that Fergie is really a good singer/dancer/hot body? "Glamorous" isn't proving ANY of that to me...
  • How annoying of a song/video is Avril Lavigne's "Girlfriend"? Christ, come back with something a lil' more, well, like you. Same goes to you, Hilary Duff. "With Love" was NOT the look you need right now, especially since you have all of 2 dance moves.
  • Speaking of dance moves, why do I feel like "Pop, Lock & Drop It", "2 Step", "Rock Yo Hips", and a number of other videos are, like, the same shit?
  • OK so we just got done with the previously most annoyingly catchy song, Mims' "This Is Why I'm Hot"... now, we have Lil' Mama's "Lip Gloss" to occupy our time.

So those are my video ho's for right now. If you have anything I might not have seen, of any genre, please let me know!

Friday the 13th of April, 2007 playlist

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I always wonder what Jason would listen to if he, you know, cared about music as much as mass murder. Would he be into headbangin' shit, like Metallica, which you would expect, or would he be into like Phillip Glass? Probably nothing that I am listing, I bet!

01/Noreaga "They Call Me N.O." [I am not a big NORE fan, but anytime someone jacks "My Name Is D-Nice", I'm all ears...]
02/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Peedi Crakk "Brand New Funk 2k7" [update of the classic Fresh Prince/Jazzy Jeff original. Peedi does his thing. That beat just gets me open as well...]
03/Fracture & Neptune "Ups and Downs" [I've had a lot of those... new, retro sounding tune. Reminds me of the old Virus sound forreal.]
04/Ruff Ryders ft. Snoop Dogg, Yung Wun & Scarface "World War III" [taking it back to when they were almost on the come back. This beat is BANANAS!]
05/The Others "Hear Dis Style" [some big dubstep vibes for ya.]
06/Joe Budden ft. Redman "New Jersey Drive" [Budds gets his shit off, but it's a lie: Redman is featured in samples on the chorus and a lifted verse. Dope mixtape banger though.]
07/Coki "Burnin'" [big dubstep refix of a choice dancehall cut.]
08/Saburuko & Hobzee "5th Avenue Funk" [check out Saburuko's myspace page for audio. Wonderful, uplifting vibes on this DNB cut.]
09/Prodigy ft. Big T.W.I.N. "Sold My Soul" [Havoc provides an eerie cut that might just be good for today's Friday The 13th stigma...]
10/Spor "Molehill" [Subtitles signing that nastiness! that intro is worth the price of admission.]


The leak continues! (some of these are from last week):

*Prodigy "Raining Guns And Shanks" and "Straight Murder", which features 50 Cent and is produced by The Alchemist. What's up with all the Tapdance P leaks lately?
*Termanology "I Did It" [prod. by Hi-Tek, jacking a sample that was just used not too long ago... I can't place who at this time though.]
*Crooked I "Straight To The Bank Freestyle" [Crooked I said he finna do his shit every week, dropping frees like that. Peep his "I'm Throwed" Freestyle, dissing DMX & Don Imus from this week.]
*Canibus has leaked "Poet Laureate Infinity". Check out eskay's post, with a link to the track and a link to a mixer-style website...
*Freeway ft. Sleepy Brown "Some Say Yes" [prod. by Chad West. I'm not feeling this at ALL! No wonder his LP isn't out yet?!]
*Rich Boy "Throw Some D's (Travis Barker Remix)" [apparently, this is the version of the track that plays on the promos for HBO's Entourage.]
*DIPSET: Duke Da God ft. Freekey Zekey, Juelz Santana & Jim Jones "Suga Dooga Pt. 2", and Hell Rell's "Streets Gonna Love Me".
*Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo "Make Me Better" [prod. by Timbaland. YAWN!]
*Here's a radio rip of "New York Part 2 (Murder Ya Face)", from DJ Khaled's forthcoming LP, which features Ja Rule, Jadakiss & Fat Joe... again!
*The boy Dev79 has a new refix out, JR Writer "Get 'Em (Dev79 Street Bass Refix)". Watch out for the Street Bass Anthems mixtape...


*Want some DNB? Sick producer ICR is making available a gang of his cuts from 1998 to 2002. Check this thread on DOA for the first batch; he promises to update this thread when more tracks get uploaded. A gang of direct links in there!

*I also posted up a few mixes over at the DPD; FYLP 4-13-2007 features mixes from Goldie, DJ Bailey, Bassmachine for Flatline Audio and Subsonik. Check 'em out!

*plainaudio has a new FREE release out, this time featuring 3 cuts from Alpha Omega. Check out pp023md HERE.


Is it Hip-Hop you are after? Peep out these mixtapes:

*Royce Da 5'9"'s The Bar Exam
*Nu Jerzey Devil, DJ Skee & The Game You Know What It Is Vol. 4
* provided a nice experiment: the Madvilliany album meets The Black Album. Mixed by Biz of Soul for Hire. Boh!
*One of my favorite MCs, Che Grand, has a new, limited edition mixtape out with DJ Low Key called The Fixtape. Do yourself a favor and grab it.


I finally want to give a shoutout to for getting some Hot97 love courtesy of Miss Info, for their thievery of Cam'ron's rhyme book.


That's that for this week. In honor of this day, Friday The 13th, I figured I'd drop some vids from one of my favorite groups, the Gravediggaz. Let's go!


"Dangerous Mindz"

And here are a few Gravediggaz B-sides:
"Psychosis" and "Tonite Is A Special Nite (Chaos Mass Confusion Mix)", both taken from The Hell EP, a collabo between Tricky & The Gravediggaz.
"Nowhere To Run (Portishead Mix 2)" and "The Reincarnation of Freud", from their Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide EP.

Until next time...

RIP Proof

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One year anniversary.

Posted this free between Eminem and Proof end of last year, but so what.

Be on the lookout for the Proof documentary, coming to a theater near you.

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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