Friday, April 27, 2007

Friday, April 27th 2007 playlist




No real big write-up before links this week. I've been on the grind. This is the soundtrack to my grind:

01/Freeway, Peedi Crakk, Memphis Bleek & M.O.P "Same Ol' G" [that new State Property CD is kind of hot. This one is badass.]
02/Bachelors of Science & Saburuko "Dreams Come True" [sampler to the forthcoming Bachelors of Science LP for Horizons Music. Def. save up for this one... LUSH DNB!]
03/Joell Ortiz ft. Jadakiss & Saigon "Hip Hop (Remix)" [Joell slowly becoming one of my favs. This is a really slick track, blast it.]
04/Hobzee "Cubism" [don't sleep on dude. His new beats are impressive!]
05/Jay-Z "30 Something" [one of the better cuts off of Kingdom Come. I wish I was as rich/cool as Jay when I get that age...]
06/UTP & Lil' Wayne "Do Whatcha Wanna Do" [this beat is bananas. Get your dance on!]
07/bowzer "Disconnect Me" [some smooth dubstep vibes for ya. those bleeps sound like phone tones, kind of...]
08/Notion "It Always Was" [seriously dope new cats. This one is on an EP forthcoming on Progress LTD. Peep their MySpace page for audio. Loving the delayed bassdrop on this. So refreshing...]
09/Jacewon "Shelly (Remix)" [Keep an eye out on dude. He has an LP coming soon, Evolution, and is poised to turn heads with his tracks. Check his MySpace for more info/updates...]
10/NORE ft. Jadakiss & Kurupt "Throw 'Em Under The Bus" [am I the only one who is excited to see NORE and Kurupt do a cut together, after all of that "New York, New York"/"LA, LA" shit from years ago?]

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Leak It!:

>Keith Murray ft. Tyrese "Nobody Do It Better"
>Beanie Sigel, Peedi Crakk, Young Chris & Juvenile "Killin' That"
>Joell Ortiz "Block Royal" and "BQE", which features Lord Black & Alex Santiago, and is produced by The Alchemist
>DJ Unk ft. T-Pain, Jim Jones & E-40 "2 Step (Remix)"
>Chemical Brothers "Do It Again"
>Rob G ft. Fat Pat, Lil Keke, & A3 "Road to Success"
>Illa Ghee "NY Nightlife"

Endless.

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Here's a few links to more than one mp3:

*Better Than Butt Sex posted up 5 essential ODB tracks: they are all tracks that he covered.
*For some random reason, ?uestlove has been remixing cuts off of Pharrell's In My Mind. "Pharrell and the Yessirs" have reworked "Raspy Shit", "Number One" & "How Does It Feel". I don't know if I'm really feelin' these...
*Were you guys looking for that Lil' Wayne Drought 3 mixtape?
*I wanna shout out Benja Styles; I kept forgetting to hotlink his We Takin' Over (The Philly/Miami Connection) mixtape, which was made in conjunction with DJ Khaled & JDS. Some ill joints on here, featuring cats like E. Ness (from Making Da Band fame), The State Property fam... fuck it, peep the tracklisting:

1.DJ KHALED INTRO
2.PEEDI PEEDI & GILLIE DA KID "IT'S ME SNITCHES"(BENJA STYLES REFIX)
3.E NESS "READY" FREESTYLE
4.JAKK FROST "WELCOME TO PHILLY"
5.E NESS & YOUNG CHRIS "INCARCERATED SCARFACES" FREESTYLE
6.BIGGIE, E NESS, BLACK ROB, AASIM "LIVE AT THE BBQ 2007"
7.FREEWAY "ROC THE MIC"(BENJA STYLES REMIX 2007)
8.DJ JAZZY JEFF FT PEEDI PEEDI "BRAND NEW FUNK 2007"
9.BEANIE SIGEL "RETURN OF THE BAD GUY"
10.YOUNG GUNZ "SET IF OFF"(BENJA STYLES REMIX 2007)
11.MIKE JONES "MR JONES"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
12.RICH BOY "BOY LOOKA HERE"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
13.JAKK FROST FT STAR MINA "GANGSTA LUV"
14.JAKK FROST & FREEWAY "HOW MANY MC'S" FREESTYLE
15.PEEDI PEEDI "WE GOT THAT"
16.DJ KHALED FT T.I.,FAT JOE,RICK ROSS, MR VEGAS, BABY, LIL WAYNE "WE TAKIN OVER"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
17.PEEDI PEEDI "READ MY LIPS"(PRODUCED BY BENJA STYLES & J. DUCKETTS)
18.JAKK FROST "CLONES" FREESTYLE
19.STACKS FT LIL WAYNE "MONEY OVA HERE"
20.YOUNG BUCK "GET BUCK"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
21.COLLIE BUDDZ "COME AROUND"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
22.CASSIDY,BEANIE SIGEL, FABOLOUS "YOU ALREADY KNOW"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)
23.YOUNG BUCK & 50 CENT "HOLD ON"
24.GILLIE DA KID "NUMBER 1"
25.DJ KHALED TALKS ABOUT HIS NEW ALBUM
26.PEEDI PEEDI "CALLIN ME" FREESTYLE
27.E NESS "DON'T GET ME STARTED"
28.OMILIO SPARKS "HATERS, LOVERS"
29.AMERIE FT PEEDI PEEDI "TAKE CONTROL"(BENJA STYLES REMIX)

Holla. That "Roc The Mic (Benja Styles 2007 RMX)" is BANANAS!

*Wu-Tang Corp. has linked 200+ mp3s of unreleased/rare Wu cuts. Go have fun...
*The Ninjasonik crew (aka Sound Advice's dj k.ross and reverend mcfly) has a new mix out, showcasing original cuts and a bunch of slammin' shit:

1 ninjasonik - holla for a dolla
3 klaxons vs unk - teenwolf blend
4 jamiroquai - canned heat
5 new young pony club-get lucky
6 ninjasonik vs archie bell & the drells - tighten up
7 ninjasonik - tight pants
8 matt and kim - yea yeah (vyle remix)
9 dillinger-cokane
10 bunji garlin - clear di way
11 duchess says - black flag (juan maclean remix)
12 ninjasonik - the obvious jj fad ripoff
13 the english beat - too nice to talk to
14 peter bjorn & john - young folks (sound advice remix)
15 gigi d'agostino - i'll fly with you
16 kenna - freetime
17 federation - what if i had a gun (dj b.cause deep disco edit)
18 talking heads - life during wartime
19 ninjasonik - internet bitch
20 sound advice - bmore eyed girl
21 teenwolf - floating on
22 purple crush- never ending story club edit
23 ninjasonik - tight pants (mr. andersonic edit)


Get your crunk on.

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It's cold and rainy, and I have this cut stuck in my head:

Lil Keke ft. Paul Wall & Bun B "Chunk Up The Deuce"


Enjoy your weekend.

Monday, April 23, 2007

The Sopranos, Season 6B: "Remember When" [recap]



I don't know if it was the OE in me or just the sentimentalities running through this episode, but I'm going on record, saying that this was one of my favorite episodes in Sopranos history. You can go on and on about how it's changed, or you can be one of those jerks who is only looking for the violence, so when someone doesn't get killed or isn't shot at, you think the show is going down hill.

This is poetry.


Don't get me started on the many "buddy" relationships we touched on, from Tony/Paulie to Corrado/Carter to Johnny/Corrado... or the fact that Paulie denied telling Johnny Sack about Ralphie's comments regarding Ginny 3 times (LOST ain't the only show with Biblical references...). Just take a look at all of the references to past times, not just the "remember when" premise of the show, which was genius, given the way everyone was reminiscing. The whole Ralphie/Johnny Sack fued got thrown in here, as did Big Pussy getting capped. The Sopranos is wearing its sadness on its sleeve, letting you know that, in ending, they will still remember the hits.

Touch on a few of the other recurring themes, like the search for that father figure. We see the obvious one in Tony's friendship with Paulie, who is 20+ years his senior, but dig deeper: remember Carter getting so furious about his pops pissing on his 96? Now, he has Corrado, who might be a bad influence, but it was an influence that helped him crack his shell.

This show is just too deep, and beautifully done episodes like this one just reinforce the fact that this show is one of the greatest in TV history.

This episode just had too many classic moments:

  • Corrado whoopin' the Professor's ass
  • The whole flowers/vase joke @ Corrado's card game
  • Tony glancing over the ax and the knife, wondering if he should murk Paulie
  • Carter throwing the paper at the guys singing, which harks back to Meadow throwing the bread at Corrado when he was singing in the finale of Season 3
  • The blonde asking Tony if Paulie was his father
  • Doc Santoro's eye getting shot out. That Phil is a cold bastard.
  • The Feds getting (false) wind that Jackie Aprile was the one who killed the bookie. LOL such a shame, the Aprile family always gets the short end...
  • Corrado's Dick Cheney letter. That was just a stroke of genius.
I just want to touch on two more things.
  1. I had no idea Phil Leotardo was poised to be such a big problem/character on the show. He went from just getting out of the slammer to stamping out all comp. That New York family has been in shambles ever since Johnny Sack set foot in Jersey, and while I think Phil feels he is too old to truly lead, he doesn't like giving up the power. And he is poised to keep murdering...
  2. Paulie Walnuts' life is the family. While T might have wanted to off him on that boat, he knew that Paulie gets it done when it comes to family business. He might have wavered for a bit, but for all of his neurosis-like behavior (who has 4 pairs of the same white shoes in their closet?!), when you need a situation handled, or some muscle thrown around, you holler at him. I still think he'd kill himself before flipping to the feds. It's just sad to see that his life is nothing outside of the mob.
I can't even go on... if you are sleeping on these episodes, just keep sleeping. You don't get it.


related links:
HBO.com episode guide for "Remember When"

Sunday, April 22, 2007

LOST, Season 3: "Catch-22" [recap]



You can't front on solid episodes. This one, with its Desmond backstory and "visions" might not have been everyone's cup of tea (both myself and my wife were kind of "meh" about this one in the end), but it does serve a purpose, especially if the previews of next week's episode are true...
First off, aside from LostPedia, was I the only one to notice that the Monk Desmond was dealing with all-episode, in a flash, had that Ms. Hawking lady from the LAST Desmond-flashback episode in a picture on his desk? I noticed immediately, and was kind of intrigued... I mean from the monk's dialogue with Desmond, you knew there HAD to have been some ulterior motive going on. Was it just coincidence, or was the monk truly a servant for a greater cause?

Speaking of Desmond... what a Catch-22 for his ass! He keeps saving Charlie for GOD KNOWS WHAT REASON, I mean, why does he ONLY have visions where Charlie dies? And how long is he going to let this go on? I mean, if the order of life says someone has to die, let them die... you can only escape death so many times. I'd like to think that you'd only try and save someone you have no connection with for so long... especially if they might be standing in the way of your true love...

LostPedia says that the girl at the end of this ep who uttered Desmond's name is "Naomi", and it seems like she is going to play a vital role in the last arc of eps for this season. Remember, at the end of last season, there were 2 guys who got word of the anomoly when Desmond hit the failsafe: I think she is connected to them, and in turn, connected to Penny Widmore. Desmond said, essentially, with that much money, you can find ANYONE, ANYWHERE. I think "Naomi" was looking for Desmond, and was planning on bringing him to Penny... or something else.

Dig the biblical references throughout this episode to. The aforementioned Abraham/Issac connection; the names Ruth and Naomi; the fucking Moriah Vineyards wines (which is limited to 108 cases a year?!?!); the fact that dude was at a monastery... this whole faith/religion play is deep, and has to mean something. I feel like I'm in Bible study every now and again, watching LOST.

Now, back at the main camp, its crazy to see how Kate is reacting to seeing Jack & Juliet being together. I mean, I could see her being upset, but did she have to slip into Sawyer's spot, cry, and give him the time, just to prove something to Jack? Sawyer's demeanor is cool, though: he knows that he truly cares for Kate, but has to mask it as lust to not show his emotions. His "mixtape" comments were classic, though, but I guess you have to be a child of the cassette era to truly understand.

And why was Jin so happy about going camping? Like, he generally just wanted to sit by a campfire and tell scary stories in his native tongue (which lead to a funny moment this week)...

Next week looks like the wheels will be set in motion, with Naomi's character being explored, as well as the Sun angle. We know the island is not nice to pregnant women, so her dilemma is realer than Evander Holyfield. "D.O.C.", aka 'Date of Conception", is next week's episode (get the scoop HERE with the official LOST podcast for 4/20/07), and looks like it will deliver SOMETHING to us.

Where do you guys think this season is going to end up? We're like 4 eps away from the finale... I know John Locke is going to be back by season's end, and I want to know more about how Ben is holding up. I'm such a fan, I can't help it!

Until next time... namaste.

Earth Day 2k7

Happy Earth Day.

Go turn off your TV. Turn off the shit you aren't using.

And go turn on your loved on. Or turn yourself on.

And just be aware...

The Sopranos, Season 6B "Stage 5" [recap]


My life has been crazy CPT lately, so this is very late. I apologize. And will be brief:
  • RIP Johnny Sack.
  • Daniel Baldwin is the coolest Baldwin, that's cemented in history.
  • Contrary to popular belief, if Phil Leotardo was to go after Christopher, I don't think Tony would just let him murk Chrissy.
  • Phil's speech to the children at the end was the single funniest thing on this show not uttered by Uncle Junior.
  • So now Meadow and Finn aren't even together? Thank God.
  • I don't like how Carm nudged Tony into thinking that Cleaver was written to discredit him or make him look like shit... although it kind of did, a lil' bit.
  • All in all, one of the best episodes in show history: it was a great blend of humor, gritty life, Geraldo Rivera cameos, and just what we have learned to love about this show. Fucked up, I don't want to see it go.
Check a detailed summary HERE.

"How was Florida"
"Hot and sticky. Like my balls."

PS: "Evidently Chickentown" by John Cooper Clarke. That was the end music. Perfection.