Archive for 06/01/2007 - 07/01/2007

On That Leak: UNKLE ft. Ian Astbury "Burn My Shadow"

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No, this is NOT a diss to DJ Shadow. This is the single from the new UNKLE album, War Stories, which drops tomorrow (24th July 2007). From what I understand, the LP is a departure from the UNKLE sound you might be accustomed to hearing - but departure does not mean unaccessible or crap by any means. peep that lead single, "Burn My Shadow", featuring The Cult's Ian Astbury, for proof.

To stream the entire War Stories LP, hit up UNKLE's MySpace page or on AOL Spinner. Peep the tracklisting:

1. Intro
2. Chemistry
3. Hold My Hand
4. Restless (feat. Josh Homme)
5. Keys To The Kingdom (feat. Gavin Clark)
6. Price You Pay
7. Burn My Shadow (feat. Ian Astbury)
8. May Day (feat. The Duke Spirit)
9. Persons & Machinery (feat. Autolux)
10. Twilight (feat. 3D)
11. Morning Rage
12. Lawless
13. Broken (feat. Gavin Clark)
14. When Things Explode (feat. Ian Astbury)
Ouch. Heavy hittin'... Peep the video for "Burn My Shadow" HERE.

Enjoy. And let them know where you got your leak from...

The Observation Deck (23rd July 2007)

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  • Alicia Keys not only has an album coming this October, but she is working with John Mayer on it. For a Hip-Hop head like myself, this might seem like "um WTF you so happy for?", but I love the work the two of them have done. Can't wait.
  • I pulled out Soul On Ice last night and I am determined on reading it. I may or may not throw up a few blog posts about it. I am not very familiar with Eldridge Cleaver in depth. I know he was a Panther, and a writer, but I know not much else. Kind of excited, I need to do more reading. I have The Invisible Man sitting somewhere, and I need to crack that badboy open as well.
  • I *might* be getting an online radio show. Watch this space.
  • Bobby Lashley did NOT win the WWE Championship at the Great American Bash. I guess that means that this week is White Boy Week over @ black rasslin'... here's post 001, featuring John Cena and his "rappin'".
  • Seeing the numbers this frickin' Harry Potter book did, it makes me wish I had a story the chilluns would love so I could cake off and live fat.
  • How the FUCK do both Ja Rule and Lil' Wayne get popped for the same charges on the same night?
  • I love how everyone is pissed off at Tim Donaghy, not realizing that the whole reason we got tipped off to his cheating was due to his possible mob ties (plus, the NBA been had knew about it - LOL). $20 says dude is going to be MIA very soon - any takers?

Sick, sad world, people.

Elmer's Glue

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From Nike's "Back To School" Pack. I don't even rock Air Max sneakers like that, but I'd rock these.

(spotted at NahRight through uptowns.net)

On That Leak: Havoc "Be There"

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From his forthcoming solo LP, The Kush (September 18th):




I'm getting my feet wet with this DivShare thing. Expect more heat in the near future...

Get more Havoc info via his MySpace page.

Friday, July 20th 2007 playlist

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01/Rufige Kru's Malice In Wonderland CD. (yes, the entire CD. yes, you need to cop it PRONTO!)
02/Utah Jazz "Feeling Inside" (just beautiful.)
03/Verse & SP:MC "Lost Souls" (two of the DNB scene's best new jacks on the boards. That retrofuture funk.)
04/Ghostface Killah "One" (absolute gem. how did Superb write this??!?!?!?)
05/Cherish ft. Sean P (of YoungbloodZ) "Do It To It (DJ Nappy vs. Slaughter Mob THUGSTEP Mix)" (THUGSTEP: it ain't just traps and crack.)
06/Saigon ft. Swizz Beatz "C'mon Baby" (I need an instrumental of this.)
07/Twisted Individual "Meat Injection" (DNB's T.I. stays consistent on the low.)
08/Radar & Z-Trip "Private Parts" (one of my fav "turntablist" cuts of all time.)
09/Gein vs. Arsenic "Bitch" (best cut on the new Freak Recordings LP, hands down.)
10/Prince Paul "Dimepieces" (you gotta love Paul and his underrated Psychoanalysis album. Grab it if you doubt me.)

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"high off that LEAK smoke"

Uncle Murder "Lick The Rapper"
Killah Priest ft. Nas "Gun For Gun"
Public Enemy "Harder Than You Think"
Linkin Park "Bleed It Out"
Two cuts from The DEY: "Get The Feeling" and "Dame Un Momento" (more on The DEY HERE)
M.I.A. "Come Around (DJ Ellesoc Remix)"
Dima Bilan "Number One Fan" (prod. by Timbaland)
Cassidy "I Get Money Freestyle" (Kanye West did one, too, then speaks on Beanie's fashion comment/diss)
Termanology "So Amazing" (prod. by DJ Premier)
Common ft. Lily Allen "Drive Me Wild (Live)" : "Drive Me Wild (cd version)"; here's a few more Common cuts, courtesy of NahRight: "Play Your Cards Right" (ft. Bilal) and a CDQ (finally) of "Southside", which features Kanye.
Sean Price ft. Big Shug "Legbreakers"
Royce Da 5'9 "The Return"
Raekwon ft. Ice Water & Remy Ma "Tell Me How You Like It"
Fantasia ft. Polow Da Don & Young Jeezy "When I See You (Remix)" (prod. by Polow Da Don)
Statik Selektah ft. AZ & Cormega "No Holding Back"
MURS "Dreadlocks"
M.O.P. "Sharks" [peep this HHNLive interview with Billy Danze.]
Cormega ft. Hell Rell "Stuntin'"
Joell Ortiz ft. 50 Cent "I Get Money freestyle"
Copywrite "Waiting To Inhale" (prod. by J Dilla)
Shop Boyz ft. Lil' Wayne & Chamillionaire "Party Like A Rockstar (Remix)"
Phonte ft. Odisee "All Because She's Gone"
Here's a gang of Wordsmith freestyles: "Hail To Tha Hypeman freestyle" (ft. SoL Tha Analyst, prod. by Street Level), "BattleBars Vol. 1 Freestyle" (prod. by Street Level), "Boy Looka Here freestyle" and "Gone Too Far freestyle" (with DJ Denox)
Freekey Zekey ft. Cam’ron & Juelz Santana "Daddy’s Back" (more Dipset: Jim Jones & Max B on Hot97 with Funkmaster Flex)
Boot Camp Clik "BK All Day"
Fabolous ft. NE-YO & Euricka "Make Me Better (Remix)"
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #16 (My Bitch freestyle)"
Camp Lo "Soul Fever"
50 Cent is always fun to listen to on the radio and in interview. Eskay has zShare links to 50;s latest Hot 97 tirade, saying he isn't moving his 9/11 release date (Kanye Vs. Curtis), speaking on Hova and other gems: LINK

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Chamillionaire has unleashed his Mixtape Messiah 3 (powerd by sendspace PRO - good lookin' out, Cham!) - he's even offered it as a DVD (not sure how that works, but once I get some blanks, I'll find out). Here's the tracklisting:

1. Get Ya Burners Out
2. Money Already Made
3. Get on my level
4. Livin good
5. Its just pain
6. The call
7. Nothin but Lies
8. Ima playa fasho
9. Roy Woods Jr. Skit
10. Failures Not an Option
11. Got a lot of options
12. See it in my eyes
13. Don't hurt em hammer
14. Roy wood Jr. Skit
15. Its on
16. You a dummy
17. Chamillionaire Speaks
18. Mo Scrilla
19. The Crowd goes wild
20. Makes me Stronger
21. Chamillionaire speaks
22. Famous ft. Chamillionaire Rain


He also wants you, the fans, to tell him what you think about the mixtape, so peep game and send Cham an e-mail.

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If you know what's good for you, you will dload this dubstep/grime/hybrid/forward thinking mix that Grievious Angel entitled "Dubstep Sufferah Volume 3" (hit this post on Blackdown for the scoop on GA, including an interview and links to Dubstep Sufferahs 1 and 2):

[00:00] Narcossist: No Love (CDR)
[03:36] Caspa: Homesick (CDR)
[04:24] DQ1: Gud Money (CDR - forthcoming on Tectonic)
[05:24] Kano: Mr Me Too (Kano Mixtape)
[10:43] Side 9000: Dhun (CDR)
[13:42] Massive Music: Find My Way (Kode 9 remix) (Hyperdub)
[16:52] TimeBlind: Copy Copy (Soot)
[18:31] Roll Deep: Celebrate (Rules and Regulations CD)
[21:28] DJ JSL: Coyote Dub (CDR) / Slew Dem: Bumbaclaat Badman
[23:19] Monochrome: Mine a Kill Dem (CDR)
[26:44] Narcossist: White Lotus (CDR) / Scare Dem Crew: Take Off
[30:18] Skream: Make Me (Tempa) / Timbaland & Magoo: Get Crunk / JME: Deadout / Caspa: LFO King (CDR)
[33:36] Cloaks: Dark (Version) (CDR) / Kano & Jammer: Tapout (Jah Mek The World The Classics Mixtape)
[37:40] Komonazmuk: Fear (CDR) / Roll Deep: Babylon Burners (Rules and Regulations CD)
[40:55] Coki: Tortured (Tempa) / Ruff Sqwad: Down (Gun and Roses Mixtape)
[43:44] Cloaks: Too On Top (CDR) / Trim: But I Still (Soul Food mixtape)
[47:17] Loefah: Voodoo (666) / Lord Finesse: Check the Method (DJ Premier Scratch Mix)
[52:20] Loefah: Natural Charge (Grievous Angel Edit) (CDR)
[56:40] Loefah: Disko Rekah (Deep Medi) / Cluekid & Cotti: Sensi Dub (White)
[59:41] Cluekid & Cotti: Flashback (White) / Ruff Sqwad: When Itz On (Guns and Roses Mixtape)
[63:07] Skream: Losing Control (Grievous Angel Edit) (Tempa)/ Trim: In the Ghetto (Soul Food Volume 1 Mixtape)
[65:28] Grievous Angel: Culture Killer (CDR) / Trim: Wot Part One (Soul Food Volume 1 Mixtape) / JME: 96 Bars of JME
[70:39] TRG Vs Selector DubU: Losing Marbles (CDR)
[73:37] Kode9: Magnetic City (Hyperdub)
[78:33] ENDS


Some serious licks in there. The Dubstep/Rap hybrids have a THUGSTEP feel to them, and I emailed dude giving him props, but no word back as of yet - his blog is also down, for the time being.
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Grab some of the nicest mixes this week on DPD's FYLP for today, reppin' DJs like Serum, Paradox, XO, Xample and ESB in the mix...
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Did you miss the Pepsi DJ Battle that turned into one of the nicest jam sessions ever documented in Hip-Hop history? Yup, so did I. Miss Info didn't, though...
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This week's final thought? Black Rob's "Whoa":



You already know. Be safe!

And the winner is... Dick In A Box!

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Not yet, anyways, but it is bound to happen. I found a new respect for the Emmy crew, nominating the funniest SNL skit since Lazy Sunday for an Emmy. Never seen "Dick In A Box"? Peep game:



How can this NOT win!?!?!

BONUS VIDEO: "Lazy Sunday"!



That Andy Samberg guy is the shit. Dunno if I want to see that movie, though...

Obama will be our next President

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Oprah has his back:

"The popular talk show host, who first said she would support Sen. Barack Obama's presidential bid in September on CNN’s Larry King Live, plans to host a $2,300 per-person fundraising event for the Illinois Democrat in her Montecito, California home next September."

If that isn't all Barack Obama needs, I'm not sure what is... can Hil top this?

"I can't believe she shot me!"

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Just had to comment on this. XXL has a new story on the Remy Ma attempted-murder situation; apparently the girl who got shot, Makeda Barnes-Joseph (red heels), had this to say about the situation:
“I couldn’t believe she shot me,” Barnes-Joseph told the Daily News. “What hurts me is that when she shot me she went over and dumped the bag. She didn’t even say, “Oh, my God, I just shot her.’ That’s what hurt me so much.”
OK so first off, what made you believe Remy shot you, the fucking bullet in your gut!?!?!? I mean, I get what she is trying to say ("wow, how could mah girl shoot me?"), but the way it's worded is kind of deep. The other piece that bothers me about that news bit is not that the aforementioned bullet in her gut giving her pain, but Miss Makeda says that the fact that Remy opened her bag to try and find the $2Gs of her own money she thought Makeda stuffed in there is what hurt her. HUH!?!? I mean, if someone is so cold-hearted to gat you in the gut over some ends (paltry ends, but then again, I guess Remy ran out of her Fight Klub winnings), what do you think they are going to do, call the ambulance??

Be forreal. Or get off the pharms before the Daily News calls you.

On That Leak: Saigon "C'mon Baby"

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Taken from Just Blaze's blog.


Saigon ft. Swizz Beatz "C'mon Baby" (clean : dirty)

My initial listen went like this: hit PLAY. Exclaim "OH SHIT THAT BEAT IS DOPE!!!". Proceed to turn volume up. Realize I dunno WTF Saigon is saying with all of that ill "c'monbabyc'monbabyc'monbaby" in the instrumental, but also don't really care.

You will notice that Justin didn't provide an instrumental. The beat is something to be freaked, and upon further (read: all weekend) listening, Saigon did his thing (although I'd love to hear cats like Lil' Wayne rip this up. I could see someone really working that "c'mon baby" into their verses...), and like my man Enigmatik says, with a proper push behind this monster, we (read: true schoolers) could run this city.

Maybe Sai Giddy was listening to what I said previously? Hey, a nigga can dream, no?

DOA Q&A: D.Kay

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Forgot to mention that my interview with one of DNB's nicest producers, D.Kay, is up on DOA NOW! Go read up on it, then go listen to/buy his Individual Soul album. It's the jam!

DJ Tipz Thugstep Mixtape

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I want to first shout the one like DJ Tipz (UK) for rocking an all-THUGSTEP mixtape, without prompting by me. This mixtape has already gotten shine on Ipswich Community Radio a few weeks back (watch out for Tipz on ICRFM when they go LIVE on your UK FM Dials!), and its a bonafide party starter! Tipz is nice with his cuttin' and scratchin', and he knows how to transition well. Plus, he's a big THUGSTEP supporter, which is always welcome around these here parts.

"Thugstep Mixtape" (zShare stream/download link)

Here's the tracklisting:


01/Lil' Jon ft. Three Six Mafia "Act A Fool (DJ Nappy Vs. Coki THUGSTEP Mix)"
02/Young Dro "Shoulder Lean (DJ Nappy Vs. Deadly Habit THUGSTEP Mix)"
03/Big Cas "Check My Feet (DJ Nappy Vs. Hijack EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"
04/Birdman & Lil' Wayne "Stuntin' Like My Daddy (DJ Nappy Vs. Luke Envoy THUGSTEP Mix)"
05/Big Kuntry King ft. T.I. "Throwback (DJ Nappy Vs. Hijack EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"
06/Unk "2 Step (DJ Nappy Vs. genetic.krew EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"
07/Allstar Cashville's Prince ft. Yo Gotti "Tear It Up (DJ Nappy Vs. El Rakkas EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"
08/Richboy ft. Polow Da Don "Throw Some D's (DJ Nappy Vs. Benga EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"
09/Lil' Wayne "Go DJ (DJ Nappy Vs. Benga THUGSTEP Mix)"
10/D12 "40oz. (DJ Nappy Vs. Lukr'N'Gully THUGSTEP Mix)"
11/Young Joc "Goin' Down (DJ Nappy Vs. Juju THUGSTEP Mix)"
12/B Dub "Do Whatcha Do (DJ Nappy Vs. Boxcutter EXTENDED THUGSTEP Mix)"

One thing about Tipz, he gets it. Most dubstep producers/fanboys take things too serious. Or they dislike "crunk" rap. Or whatever you want to call it. They call them crude bootlegs, or just plain shit. The thing is, the basis and origins of mixed music is to, yes, get a party poppin'. When these DJ tools are used properly (listen to the mix!), they can set a fuckin' dancehall on FIRE! See for yourself. Almost 40 minutes of THUGSTEP trickery, mixed by DJ Tipz. All tracks (aside from the intro and the "Throw Some D's" instrumental in there) were refixed by DJ Nappy.

Keep it locked to Tipz's MySpace page for more turntable tomfoolery from him, and keep it locked here for all things THUGSTEP!

UPDATE: Do you not prefer downloading from FileFront? Hit this sharebee link for other download links: zShare, megaupload, sendspace AND rapidshare. BOH!

Friday the 13th playlist (June 2007)

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01/Hobzee & Zyon Base "Red Letter" [audio @ Zyon Base's virb page. You should also check out Hobzee's "Don't Go" at his virb page. Big tune!]
02/Mutt "Nice As Me"
03/NWA "Dopeman (Remix)"
04/El-P "EMG (Bass Clef Remix)"
05/Lil' Jon & Ying Yang Twins "Get Low (Nappy's Dilla blend)"

What a beautiful top 5...
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LEAK CENTRAL:
Mela Machinko ft. Pharoahe Monch "Name In Lights" (prod. by Con?one)
New Termanology cuts: "That Thump" ft. Ea$y Money (prod. by Buckwild) and "Revenge" ft. Ghetto (prod. by MoSS)
Erick Sermon ft. Vic Damone "Give It 2 'Em"
Soulja Boy "Crank Dat Souljaboy AKA Superman Dat Hoe"
Ice Water: "Hip-Hop Tribute"
Chamillionaire "Can't Tell Me Nothing"
Smiley The Ghetto Child "Busted", and Twin Gambino "Hood's Diary", both produced by Chaze, and both taken from the Grim Team Presents: Once Upon A Time In America - The Prequel CD (spotted at Spine Magazine)
Eve ft. Sean Paul "Give It To You"
Prodigy ft. Kool G Rap & Nature "I Thought I Told You" (prod. by Scram Jones)
Dr. Cornel West (wtf??) ft. Talib Kweli "Bushonomics"
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #15 (Can’t Tell Me Nothin freestyle)"
Snoop Dogg "It's The D.O.G."

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Peep the mixes over at DPD. This week's FYLP features Atlantic Connection, Gremlinz and DJ Friction touching down.

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Speaking of Atlantic Connection, he dropped a Hip-Hop mix as well. Peep the tracklisting:

1. 9th Wonder - Warrior Song (Nas Inst.)
2. 9th Wonder - Make Your Move (Heiroglyphics Inst.)
3. 9th Wonder - Instrumental
4. Median - How Big is Your World
5. Murs & 9th Wonder - Dark Skin White Girl
6. 9th Wonder - Instrumental
7. Common - The Light
8. Jascat - My Love
9. Spectac - When I Rock
10.Slum Village - Fall In Love (Jay Dee Remix)
11.Total Science feat. Phonte - Wasting Time


Kind of 9th Wonder crazy, but nothing wrong with that really.

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DJ Tipz has crafted a sick THUGSTEP Mixtape. Check this post for more info. Shouts to Tipz for spreading the sound!

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Stretch Armstrong continues to take you back to the old WKCR days. This segment features Black Moon and Smif-N-Wessun from 1993. Say word.

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How about the great folks at Discobelle have blessed me with a link on their blog! They threw me at the end of their "We Got Mail" post, saying they were glad I sent them a link to Bitch-Made In America! SAY WORD!!

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Peep out my contribution to the Subvert Central Podcast (SC Podcast 28). All El-P/Company Flow ish. Tracklist/info in this post.

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For all of you Stevie B/Sa-Fire fans, peep this blog, Freestyle Beats. All MP3 rips of classic, out of print Freestyle vinyl. Loads of 12" mixes!

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That's about it this week. I will leave you with this:

Gravediggaz "Nowhere To Run, Nowhere To Hide"


I hope your Friday the 13th is calm. Go watch some Jason Voorhees and stay inside.

Subvert Central Podcast 28 (by khal)

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The 28th edition of the Subvert Central podcast has recently gone up. The SC camp was primarily a spot for subverts of a DNB persuasion, but their podcasts range from jungle/DNB to punk, funk, jazz and all points in between (burn this link into your RSS feeder). I did a mix for them, this one showcasing my love for older El-P/Company Flow cuts. I originally entitled it "Burnt At Both Ends", but SC Podcast 28 is fine. Check the tracklisting:

01. Intro
02. Indellible MCs "Weight"
03. Company Flow "Linda Tripp"
04. Company Flow "Suzy Pulled a Pistol on Henry"
05. Jello Biafra interlude
06. Latyrx ft. El-P "Looking Over A City"
07. El-P "The Nang, The Front, The Bush and The Shit"
08. Indellible MCs "Fire In Which You Burn (With Intro)"
09. Jello Biafra vs. Company Flow "Shadows Drown The Media"
10. Cannibal Ox "Raspberry Fields"
11. Prefuse 73 ft. Ghostface Killah & El-P "Hideyaface (El-P Mix)"
12. Company Flow "One Night In Austin"
13. Company Flow ft. Ill Bill "Simian D AKA Feeling Ignorant"


You know you want it. Download HERE.

The Observation Deck (13th July 2007)

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Some points of interest while I await my wreckoning on this Friday the 13th:

Sick, sad world, no?

Dumped for calling customer service?

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Peep this letter (spotted at Gadgetell). How the fuck are you going to cancel people for being considered "high maintenance"? You basically said "you're too dumb to use our service". Why not take a look at your service, see if you can fix a few confusing things, and then go on from there.

The thing is, now they are saying they did this b/c people were scamming, which is a legitimate beef, I guess (even though I don't know who would be that determined to call them EVERY DAY demanding a credit). The thing is, what if you have a problem with your service, say a name change or something, and it cannot be resolved with one (or two) calls. Do you get dropped b/c of that? It's one thing to not make payments then try to obtain credits (hell, a swindle is a swindle), but what about specifics where consumers say they got cancelled over real problems, like getting charged for shit they didn't do?

Don't they record phone convos? Why not go through the records of people with legit beef(s), and try to sort it out?

In any case, I'm glad I rock Virgin Mobile...

VIdeo Ho's volume 2

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Hurricane Chris "A Bay Bay"

My son's favorite song. Well, he laughs when I "sing" the "chorus" to him.

R. Kelly ft. Usher "Same Girl"

Word to Charles In Charge.

Lil' Scrappy "Livin' In The Projects"

Videos like this are cool only when the artists still lives in the projects. And why do all of these niggas have wads of cash but stay sittin' on project stoops?

Kanye West "Stronger"

This is supposed to get me excited about a new Kanye LP? Cassie flittin' around Japan and Kanye with those odd slit shades?

The word CRUNK has been added to Webster's dictionary. In honor of that, let's post up a CRUNK ASS VIDEO!:

Lil' Jon ft. E-40 & Sean Paul "Snap Ya Fingers"

KRS-One's stepson commits suicide?

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LINK

What's really going on in the world?

In any case, RIP to Randy Hubbard Parker, and condolences go out to KRS and his family.

The Observation Deck (9th July 2007)

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  • Are the crimes committed these days more violent than years passed, or is there just an increase in reporting disturbing crimes?
  • What is it with large sunglasses on little faced people? I'm seeing the public more than I ever do, and I notice it's the girls with the small heads wearing the glasses that make them look like they have big ass eyes.
  • I know there was controversy over Dire Straits' "Money For Nothing" lyrics ("that little faggot is a mill-ion-aire!"), but did they beef with them like the beefed with Eminem?
  • How much longer do we have to wait for a commercial Hip-Hop album that matters to be released?
  • Anyone else think it's kind of fucked up that MTV champions their Super Sweet 16 show, then essentially disses the kids they highlight by making a movie mocking their attitudes?
  • Why is Sony dropping the price of a PS3 by $100 news? Real news would be me being able to afford to play video games and talk on a nice cell phone. Instead I'm rocking my OYSTR ($20) with the free BlackJack (excuse me, Race21) game it came with. HIT ME!

Friday, July 6th 2007 playlist

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01/Unk "Beat'n Down Yo Block (DJ Nappy Vs. Docwra Thugstep Mix)" [you already know]
02/Team Shadetek ft. Skepta "Reign" [gotta love that USA to UK Grime connection.]
03/Company Flow "Blind" [first Co Flow cut I ever heard, and still one of my favs]
04/Tricky "Aftermath (Looking For People Remix)" [best rmx of a Tricky song... ever.]
05/NPhect "Credo" [stomping tech-y DNB for ya bassbins.]
06/Aphex Twin "Ventolin (Wheeze Mix)" [AFX bringing the Dub-influence to noisy IDM. coming to a mixtape soon.]
07/Portishead "Strangers (bootleg dubstep version)" [found it in this Vaccine Vs. Intex Systems mix.]
08/Monsta "Clubstomp" [still jammin'. grab his entire free 18 track album HERE.]
09/Rufige Kru "Must Feel" [you NEED this Rufige Kru CD.]
10/Chubb Rock "Just The Two Of Us"[saw this video the other day, classic. WTF was the chorus about, though?]
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LEAK ADDICTS:

Session "Chea!"
Keith Murray "Hustle On"
Donwill & Von Pea "Funny Ass Hats"
Fam-Lay ft. The Clipse & Pharrell "No Time 4 Nos" (prod. by The Neptunes)
Foxy Brown ft. Grafh "We Don't Surrender"
New 50 Cent: "I Get Money" (peep the backlash, ALREADY!) and "She Wants It" (ft. Justin Timberlake, prod. by Timbaland)
Razah ft. Rihanna "Where Do We Go From Here"
DJ Felli Fel ft. Akon, Diddy, Ludacris & Lil' Jon "Get Buck In Here"
Beyonce ft. Fabolous "Get Me Bodied (Remix)"
New Andre3000: "Banana Zoo" & "Throwdown"
Dame Grease ft. Noreaga & Styles P "Sour Diesel"
New Edgar Allen Floe: "This Is Your Life" (ft. Mal Demolish, prod. by Blunt) and "Shine" (prod. by 9th Wonder)
Baby ft. Lil' Wayne "Championship Pop Bottles"
Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson, D.O.E. & Nephew "The Way I Are (Rock Remix)"
New Crooked I: "New West Anthem (N.W.A.) and "Hip-Hop Weekly #14 (Pop, Lock & Drop It Freestyle)"
Trey Songz "Last Time" (prod. by Brian Michael Cox)
Durrty Goodz "Axiom"
Nicole Scherzinger ft. T.I. "Whatever You Like"
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Need some DNB? Hit up today's FYLP for a Spor Promo Mix, Kasra's DOA Mix and the 3rd installment of the Lifted Music Podcast.

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Need some DUBSTEP? Hit up my new dubstep/dub/grime MP3 blog, dubstruck. Posts include a mix of dubstepforum dubs from the genetic.krew, Monsta's FREE 18 track album, and the Vaccine Vs. Intex Systems mix from June 2007. More to come, today even.

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Here are some other mixes I've found on the net:

*Kardinal Offishall and Clinton Sparks get their Spike Lee on. [spotted at The Fader]
**Speaking of The Fader, peep out their "Summer Music Issue" Podcast. Slick tunes.
***Funkmaster Flex went in with a choice 90s Hip-Hop selection on Hot97 this past 4th of July, for FIVE HOURS! Rosenberg has links up to 4 of the 5 hours. Dont' sleep!
****DJ Benzi has dropped his latest Get Right Radio mix, this time for the Summer. Enter the Discobelle comp at that link to win it on CD.
*****Pharrell Williams and the Yessirs Out Of My Mind
******Peep Peanut Butter Wolf's "777" Mix, which is on the spiritual tip.
*******Grab that Who's The Predator mixtape, with dopeness from Weezy and Jadakiss.
********Ricky Raw's new FREE LP, White 'N' Nerdy, is available. Dude has that FIRE!
*********If you haven't done it, check out my 4th of July special mix, Bitch-Made In America. Pick your poison and inject.

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Here are some music-news related links that I found interesting:

*My man put his album out on a NES cartridge. 1UP!
**RIP Bill Pinkney.
***You gotta love how Fox News reviews T.I.'s LP and just HAS to make some comment like Jay-Z being "long retired", as if Kingdom Come didn't drop at ALL last year...
****OhWord dissects Lupe Fiasco catching an L!

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BLAOW!

Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke"


Ice Cube "Check Yo' Self"


Have a good weekend, dreamers!

Bitch-Made In America (July 4th, 2007) Mixtape

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First off, RIP Captain America.

In any case, another year has come and gone, and so we at rock the dub (read: me) have brought you the next installment in our "History of America" series (see last year's "America: The Ugly" - shouts to double J for hosting that .rar), aka "Bitch-Made In America". This mix is another statement on many things that I and many consider wrong/fucked up/silly/stupid in our United States of America. Peep the tracklisting:

01/Intro: "Bicentinnial Nigger"
02/N.W.A. "Fuck The Police"
>>/Interlude: Richard Pryor "Just Us" b/w Rihanna "Umbrella (Instrumental)"
03/Styles P "Fuck The Police"
04/dead prez "Fuck The Police"
>>/Interlude: Chris Rock "The War" b/w The Alchemist "Stop Fronting (Instrumental)"
05/Joell Ortiz ft. Immortal Technique "Modern Day Slavery"
>>/Interlude: Mumia-Abu Jamal "The War Vs. Us All"
06/Immortal Technique ft. Mos Def "Bin Laden"
07/DJ Shadow "Broken Levee Blues"
08/Jay-Z ft. Ne-Yo "Minority Report"
09/Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "What If We All Stopped Paying Taxes?"
>>/Interlude: Jello Biafra "If Voting Changed Anything" b/w Perpetuum "Kingdom"
>>/Interlude: Chris Rock "Drugs, Donuts, Wealth" b/w UGK "International Player's Anthem" b/w 9th Wonder "Brooklyn In My Mind (Crooklyn Dodgers III)"
10/Fishbone "So Many Millions"
>>/Interlude: Fishbone "If I Were A...I'd"
11/Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke"
12/Sam Cooke "A Change Is Gonna Come"

Cheah. Download from the following spots:
sendspace :: megaupload :: sharebee :: kapsil.net mirror (shouts to double J again!)

I tried to make this thing flow as much as possible, so it gives the listener not only a bunch of dope beats & ill lines, but also gets a message across.

I need to give shout out to Aaron Perpetuum for a few things: "Kingdom", those Fishbone tracks, and the NAME of this mixtape. LOL. Always fun to build with you, dog.

Pls leave a message if you peep it - let me know what you think and such. And if you can host a mirror, pls let me know (khaldub@gmail.com)!

Be safe, and Happy 4th!

Don't Sample (article for Boo Goo Doo Boom)

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I want to shout out a fast friend, Enigmatik, for allowing me to speak on his "state of music today" post on Boo Goo Doo Boom. My article is in the middle, and one of the first comedic/sarcastic joints I've written in a bit. Def. peep out the rest of the articles, there's some dope bloggers doing all kinds of pieces out there, with links to their shit. Here is my piece, in its entirety:


Don’t Sample

sample: 3. a sound of short duration, as a musical tone or a drumbeat, digitally stored in a synthesizer for playback. 5. serving as a specimen: a sample piece of cloth.

The Man, who in most cases is white, rich, and totally disconnected with the urban culture he is writing checks for, does not want you to sample. Whether it’s a chorus from
some classic show tune or 3 seconds of an ill guitar riff, you will have to pay SOMEBODY for that sound, and it could potentially suck up your budget or delay your project’s release (I’m looking at you, Just Blaze). The thing is, no one seems to care about what this means to the quality of our grown son, Hip-Hop (that nigga stopped being a childa LONG time ago)…

The Man, again that balding white real estate mogul who is funding his 25 year old budding A&R son’s wet dream, does not want you sampling music. And if you want to sample music, you have to do it on his terms. The “MP3” is right now the most widely accepted form of music since the Compact Disc. It weighs nothing, easy to use, and is able to be played on the majority of the portable music players. Yet, there are CDs where you cannot turn music CDs you purchased (if you so chose to do so) into MP3 file format. Also, downloading promotional use-MP3 files is also strongly frowned upon, for fear that the polar ice caps will melt, and the penguins will drown… or that these bald rich moneygrubbers won’t get their investment back, whichever comes first. Some would think that these two forms of “sampling” do not intertwine… but let me show you how this thing works:

Biz Markie sampled Gilbert O’Sullivan and
caused a stir so loud that now every bedroom beat fondler fears for the life of his unborn and ends up not snipping that Led Zeppelin hi-hat. This means that more producers start to create music that they’ve actually conceived on their own (which usually involves music-making software or hardware beat machines that have either been pilfered or purchased through crack sales, which is another article), which can, at times, be of equal quality, but is usually of lesser quality. These “songs” get sent to the record label, who then puts them on a CD marked “ring tones”, and leaves it on the desk of the summer intern. This intern then listens to said CD, realizes “yo, this shit is off the meat rack” (even though this is rarely the case – usually, these toads are just so happy to have something that you don’t that they are willing to champion any nonsensical necromancer as the next H to the Izzo), and proceeds to upload that new Lil’ Jon ft. Big Maybelle RMX of “Back Dat Azz Up” to all of the contacts (read: bloggers) on his A&R boss’ les internets “contact list”. Within the day, radio stations and les internets get flooded with this new masterpiece in polyphonic ringtonability, and prompts “the bootlegger” (aka that nigga in the studio with the master copy of the entire CD) to leak the entire album, including extra-rare Japanese bonus tracks featuring Sammy Haggar and that nigga Bad Azz, to, you guessed it, les internets. The overwhelming amount of downloads and P2P sharing drives the sales of Pimp My Grits: Lil’ Jon Sings The Blues to only go 1x Platinum, thus creating such a decline in the RIAA’s yearly numbers that gas prices will have to rise another $5 just to balance the national budget. This fact is little known, but how else do you explain the millions of man minutes on les internets and on the nightly news devoted to today’s new terror: “10-year-old downloaders!

The moral of this story? The RIAA needs to let up. Hip-Hop was built on sampling, and the fact that they have clouded niggas’ minds (i.e. making them think that they will get more loot for creating the theme song to their new dance craze by opening up Fruity Loops and making, well, fruity loops, where all of the time that they are really just going to get a bigger cut of an advance they can’t pay back) into thinking they can become celebrities overnight is just ludicrous. Why do you think niggas like Crime Mob are allowed to produce? And the fact that the RIAA is willing and able to shut down sites that actually help promote their garbage is beyond me. It’s all about the backend: that’s where their wallets are, and that’s where they rape their "artists”. You’d think the emergence of services like iTunes, which help smart consumers bypass the 20+ track releases that yield 1 hot track and 1 semi-funny interlude, would mean something: we need to go back to the 1950s, where the 45 was king. Or back to the 8 track tape days, where niggas BEST to have a dope long player, or that shit gets used to hold up ya grandmama’s stool with the one broke leg.

Now before you guys load up on comments and diatribes poking holes in my scientific research, I will add this footnote: the only time they waste time on niggas who still sample is when Kanye West or some other money maker is involved. He’s one of the only cats really eating who still samples. Whether it’s Chaka Khan or Daft Punk, dude (or his ghost producers) has an ear for music, and can cook up a beat with ease. And for some reason, the fact that he can twist knobs helps alleviate the fact that dude really can’t flow – he has written a verse or 3 that have knocked, but dude is not hot with his voice.

In any case, it’s not like any of this matters. Once you read this, you
will click over to some other blog that matters and continue the hunt for “that
new”. I know I will…

Once again, shouts to Enigmatik for being chill and keep an eye peeled to his blog, it's the bidness.

FOTM: THUGSTEP #3 (07/2007)

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DJ Nappy strikes again, this time with a track that would fit perfect as an intro track to your thugged-out summer mix. This one is for the woofer-busters, and Unk's lyrics perfectly breaks down that egotistical braggadacio those who have the champion systems exude when they are ridin' down their hood. This track is the title cut to Unk's debut LP, the same one that birthed "2 Step", and he keeps the exact same flavor in his vocals on this one. The dubstep instrumental is provided by Docwra, and it gives us the PERFECT thump to back up the theme of this refix. It starts out menacing enough, with a basic boom-bap, with a hypnotic bassline which is matched by some haunting synths. Heavy tune, and something that will definitely keep those tweeters and woofers heated for the summer rides. Check out the download links, in 256kbps MP3 sound:



Looking for more THUGSTEP? Hit this link. Any of you DJs want MORE THUGSTEP? Send me an e-mail, Nappy blessed me w/ loads of refixes. One thing: if you use them, let me know you use them, so we can big you up on his MySpace page, ESPECIALLY if you use them on mixes hosted online.

Be safe, and spread the word. This is FAR from over...

200 Murders? Let me get that iPhone

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You gotta love it when the mayor of a town that currently has 200 murders on their plate (they are currently in the lead for 2006) finds time to wait in line for the iPhone. I mean you can't fault a nigga and his hobbies - he owns 3 iPods, rocks Bose headphones, and probably downloads pornos to his Blackberry during briefings. Again, every nigga has to have his hobbies. The thing that makes this nigga a punk is when he's confronted about the 200 murders Philly currently has, he downplays it like "fuck you, I'm working"... THEN LEAVES THE LINE! He spent 8 hours of his life lounging with smelly technodroids, waiting for a "flawed", buttonless contraption, then when he's confronted about his real job, he skates? Bad move, dog. Real mayors would have stood their ground, got your whip ticketed, and walked out with 3 of those new fangled doohickeys. Or at least had a government gopher wait in line with the City Hall Visa Black card. He fucked the game ALL THE WAY UP! Oh wait, that's exactly what ended up happening! Should have done that from the rip, nigga.

Benoit Tragedy News (06/29/2007)

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Another day, another dive deeper into this horrific tragedy:

  • Chris Benoit's father awaits the toxicology tests, says he did not see this side of Benoit coming
  • Bruce Hart (son of Stu Hart, brother of Bret Hart) called Benoit a "juice freak" and said he wasn't shocked by the outcome of this situation at all. He does make an interesting observation: he truly believes that steroid abuse, in combination with delusional behaviour, painkillers and failing health -- "almost all the people we started out with (who did steroids) began breaking down around 40".
  • 1Wrestling.com posted about the Wikipedia poster who said that Nancy Benoit was dead before the official word came. Based on this Wikinews page (scroll down to the "I posted the comment we are all talking about and I am here to explain that it was A HUGE COINCIDENCE and nothing more" convo), dude (possibly one of 3 college students) says it was a very slim chance and a coincidence. It sounds like dude was just being immature and ridiculous.
  • Slate asks if 'roid rage could have been the cause (Explainer stays on point).
  • Side note: Smackdown! and ECW are coming to Trenton, NJ in August. They need to fix the commercial, which shows both action shots and name checks Chris Benoit.

Anything else going on has already been covered on my blog. Question to you wrestling fans out there: will you be able to watch a Chris Benoit match now? I mean, WWE 24/7 has the "Monday Night Wars" on, showcasing old Nitro and RAW broadcasts - Benoit and Nancy are two of the primary characters in Nitro during that time. Do they stop showing that? Why or why not?

Here is the video of the infamous Nancy Grace/Bret Hart interview I spoke about yesterday:

Friday, June 29th 2007 playlist

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Word. No real top 10 day, not because I haven't been peepin' new music, but I've been into some singular shit, like rockin' some old school Tricky (I'm gonna be working on a mixtape of his - watch this space), a bunch of tracks for the 2007 July 4th rock the dub mixtape (again, watch this space), and the Chris Benoit/jungle mixtape I made which I doubt I'm gonna release. Anyways, peep the leaks and mixes and get to fixin'.

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Papoose ft. Snoop Dogg "Bang It Out" (prod. by Scott Storch)
T.I. ft. Jay-Z "Watch What You Say" (CD Quality) (also from T.I. vs. T.I.P.: "Tell 'Em I Said That", prod. by Danja)
Joe Budden "Can't Control It"
Talib Kweli, Pharoahe Monch & Big Shug "DJ Premier/Sirus Radio Freestyle"
Uncle Murder "Suicide"
Shouts to Unkut.com for this KRS-One interview, and two bonus cuts from Hip-Hop Lives: "U Thug" & "On Top Of My Game"
Coldcut "Autumn Leaves (Irresistable Force Mix Trip 2)" (old cut, classic chillout groove)
Cham "Conscience"
The Earlyman ft. Kombo "Alpha"
Nelly ft. Pimp C & Sean P "Cut It Out"
Two cuts from Wise Intelligent's The Talented Timothy Taylor: "Go With Me" & "A Genocide" (spotted @ cocaine blunts)
Sheek Louch "Danga Zone"
The Gypsies ft. Wildchild, Oh No, Dudley Perkins, Roc C & DJ Rome "Interplanetary"
Evidence & Termanology "Low IQ" (prod. by Evidence)
Two tracks from NORE's Cocaine On Steroids mixtape: "Drink Champ" (prod. by The Alchemist) and "I'ma Get Ya" ft. Kanye West
Fabolous ft. Ne-Yo & Raekwon "Make It Better (Remix)"
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #13 (International Players Anthem)"
Ashanti & Nelly "Switch"
A few cuts from the forthcoming UNKLE album: "Chemistry" and "Persons & Machinery" ft. Autolux (these and more spotted at Discobelle)
Famouz ft. UGK "Twist, Twist"
Hurricane Chris ft. Jadakiss, The Game,Lil' Boosie, Baby & E-40 "Ay Bay Bay (Remix)" Lil' Boosie ft. Jadakiss, Fat Joe, Jim Jones & Webbie "Wipe Me Down (Remix)"
Talib Kweli "Hot Thing" (prod. by will.i.am)

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eskay posted up the recent Barack Obama interview with Angie Martinez on Hot97. (MIRROR)

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Check out Scuba's N16 Mix for June of 2007. 53 minutes of serious DUBSTEP PRESSHA:

1. Spherix - Crack Kings (dub)
2. SLT Mob - No Big Deal (forthcoming Hotflush)
3. Gravious - Stomper (forthcoming Hotflush)
4. Migrant - Untitled (dub)
5. DZ - Strong on Ya (forthcoming Scuba)
6. Vaccine - Side Effects (forthcoming Hotflush)
7. Shackleton - Ndoki (dub)
8. Modular - Sedated Sheep (dub)
9. Innasekt - Cluster (dub)
10. Vaccine - Breathless (forthcoming Hotflush)
11. DZ - Slums Dub (forthcoming Scuba)
12. Si Begg - Hard Like Funk (Noodles)
13. 2562 - Channel Two (forthcoming Tectonic)
14. Shackleton - Tin Foil Sky (Skull Disco)
15. Toasty - Angel (Si Begg remix) (forthcoming Hotflush)
16. SLT Mob - Splurt (Skream dub mix) (forthcoming Halo Beats)
17. Vaccine - Anaesthetic (forthcoming Hotflush)
18. Matty G - 808 (dub)
19. TRG - Mercury Dub (dub)
20. Wolf & Cub - Conundrum (Boxcutter remix) (dub)
21. Scuba - Respirator (Soul Jazz)


OUCH!

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Grab DJ MK & A-Cyde's "No Blacks, No Irish, No Dogs" mix. Haven't heard it, but Spine Mag reps it, so give it a twirl.

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Looking for a feel good summertime mix? Cosmo Baker has you covered with his "Feeling Good" Mix:

Benny Golson “I’m Always Dancin’ To The Music”
Maze feat. Frankie Beverly “Golden Time Of Day”
Brenda Russell “In The Thick Of It”
SSO “Faded Lady”
L.T.D. “Don’t Stop Loving Me”
Toto “Waiting For Your Love”
Harvey Mason “Till You Take My Love”
Eddie Drennon & The BSS Orchestra “Do What You Gotta Do”
Patrice Rushen “Feels So Real (Won’t Let Go)”
Brass Construction “Get Up To Get Down”
Roy Ayers “Love Will Bring Us Back Together”
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway “Back Together Again”
Mtume “Love Lock”
Bernard Wright “Spinnin’”
Teena Marie “I Need Your Lovin’”
Stevie Wonder “Love Light In Flight”
Karen Silver “Nobody Else”
James Mason “Sweet Power of Your Embrace”
Donald Byrd “Love Has Come Around”
Chaka Kahn “Clouds”
Coke Escoveo “I Wouldn’t Change A Thing”
Black Ivory “Mainline”
Change “A Lover’s Holiday”
D-Train “Keep On”
Earth Wind & Fire “Runnin’” (Danny Krivit Remix)
John Paul Young “Love Is In The Air”
Norman Connor presents Aquarian Dream “Look Ahead”
The Isley Brothers “Harvest For The World”


Big up Discobelle each and every.

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Need some DNB in your life? Hit up the DPD's "FYLP" for June 29th 2007. Mixes from DJ Vapour, Matt Domino, Marcus Intalex & Calibre and arQer. Enjoy yaself.

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I already told you guys I've been on a Tricky fix. Back in 1995/1996, when I was discovering the "Bristol sound", Tricky, Portishead and Massive Attack were the pinnacle. I delved into Tricky more, mainly due to the loss of my grandmother (which I didn't realize until JUST NOW), with his blues-y depressed vibes. His first two albums were masterpieces, and I have a podcast/mixtape I'm working on. Watch this space.

In any case, here are some LIVE Tricky clips for you to consume:

"Black Steel (LIVE)"


"Ghost Town/Poems (LIVE at the White Room)"


Boh. Keep it concise. And stay righteous... until next time.

Ireland has a Nigerian mayor

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It's true. $20 says that all of the 419 e-mail scams will have IPs from Ireland.

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Quick Benoit tragedy news

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Here's the newest latest:

One reality show I WILL be watching

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Beauty In The Beast.


Damn. I mean you thought the album cover was wild, but now Ice-T is really putting their relationship all the way out there! And I think it's dope. Seeing them on different shows, and on the red carpet, you know two things: one - their sex life must be OFF THE CHAIN! And two - they really do look like they are in love.

The thing is, I know most people might think "Damn, yo, I know CoCo has a fatty, but you gonna watch a whole show with her and Ice on it?"

Yes. Contrary to popular belief, I am a big Ice-T fan - not of his music, but of the nigga who walks around named Ice-T.

Did you see him on MTV Cribs? With the snack machine in his house? Or the camera in the bedroom?

Which one of you niggas watched Rap School? He was showing how he could be PG(-13) and still rock those rich white kids into Hip-Hop shape. And they really weren't half bad.

What about The Cult Shit? None of this shit had to do with Ice as that nigga on the mic, it just vibed off the strength of his character and swagger.

And this is why I will be watching the show. It has nothing to do with CoCo's bumper.

Sort of.

In any case, they didn't release who will be showing this reality show, but come on, if it's not on VH1, where the fuck will it end up? Playboy?

BONUS VIDEO:


Ice-T "New Jack Hustler"

REAL TALK: Paris Hilton, ADD sufferer

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OK so do you remember when Paris Hilton was allowed to leave jail due to a medical condition, then was told to go back to jail? On last night's Larry King, she let the world know what he medical condition(s) were:

The tone changed when King questioned the heiress about the medical conditions - claustrophobia and ADD - that allowed her to leave jail initially. When asked if she has been cured of claustrophobia, she coyly replied, "Well, now that I'm out of there, yes," and when asked how her ADD affected her time in jail, she smiled, "I don't know, it's something I've dealt with my whole life."

Yo, you can get out of jail early for having ADD? And being claustrophobic? That's some new news! I swear to God, I thought Paris was on some "I have the clap" shit, or some "I have ebola and could infect the entire prison" shit. Nah, she was just another Ashlee Simpson: using "medical conditions" to get their way when they've fucked up. No wonder the judge ordered her back to jail so quick: he probably heard this bitch say "My ADD prevents me from being in jail" and almost smacked her. And her cries of "it's not fair", over being claustrophobic? Try being a nigga on the Row, being accussed of a murder you didn't commit, and the prosecutor won't give you the opportunity to submit your DNA to be tested. That's not fair.

I sincerely hope she turns her life around, but I have a sneaky suspicion we haven't had our fill of Paris just yet...

REAL TALK: Saigon, slow down!

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So I kept quiet with all of this bru-ha-ha over Saigon's sample clearance woes and his bitching out Just Blaze, Atlantic Records and others via his MySpace blog. For someone to be so smart and act so stupid, I thought it was a bit out of character.

Then I see this nugget of funk, found over at XXL's news section:

As Saigon prepares to release his debut solo album on Atlantic Records, The Greatest Story Never Told, The Yardfather told XXLMag.com in an exclusive interview that he wanted to reach out to David Banner after hearing the Mississippi native was going to call his upcoming album, The Greatest Story Ever Told. “I just seen a David Banner ad and it said his album is called, Greatest Story Ever Told,” Saigon told XXLMag.com. “I wanted to speak to David so we can clear that up. So if you’re reading this, please reach out to me brother. That’s my friend. We’re cool. When we see each other it’s a lot of love. [But] that’s too close for comfort for me.”
Let me repeat that last part one mo' 'gin:

“I just seen a David Banner ad and it said his album is called, Greatest Story Ever Told,” Saigon told XXLMag.com. “I wanted to speak to David so we can clear that up. So if you’re reading this, please reach out to me brother. That’s my friend. We’re cool. When we see each other it’s a lot of love. [But] that’s too close for comfort for me.”

Dog, you haven't released ONE FUCKING ALBUM, and you are ready to step to David Banner over a similar title? Not even the same one (where was KRS when Jay dropped the blue album?), but a similar sounding title? And what does he expect Banner to say? "Oh, my bad, Sai Giddy! I know you been lunching on putting this album out, and I'm 3+ deep, but let me rename mine so you can get some shine"? Give me a fucking break.

Sai, instead of trying to garner more buzz, just finish the damn album, and let your words speak for themselves.

Stupid.

WWE apologizes for Benoit tribute

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Big up to Vince McMahon and the WWE for that one. There was really nothing else to say...

It is also good to clarify that the tribute show was something that was created prior to knowing the full details of this tragic end to Nancy, Daniel and Chris Benoit. I do think its wrong to criticize them, only b/c no one really knew what the real deal was until Monday night, which was after the WWE probably knew what it really was. I wouldn't consider what Vince did a "non-apology" at all. WWE.com has taken down Benoit's tribute page, but has released a detailed timeline (then released an even more detailed timeline).

In any case, Jim Ross posted his thoughts on the tragedy involving Chris Benoit on his blog; he doesn't say a lot, but his words are always welcome.

Last night, I made a "lament" for Chris Benoit, which had a bunch of mid-to-late 90s Jungle cuts thrown under audio of Benoit moments: from the time he broke Sabu's neck in the ring to the different tributes from Raw this past Monday. I'm not sure if, in light of this tragedy, it is the right thing to do, but it helped me get over the image I have of Benoit. Might just keep it for myself, for now anyways. Not really something people would want to get into.

I'm not sure if I need to delve into "'roid rage" or any of that stuff. It is what it is. If any new pieces of info or what have you come out, I got you.

EDIT: The Atlanta-Journal Constitution has a new article up today, with fans and Fayetteville, GA, residents reacting to the tragedy, as well as sharing personal stories about The Benoit family.

TMZ details on Benoit deaths

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If this is true, this is very disturbing, and unexpected:

TMZ has learned more about the deaths of WWE wrestling superstar Chris Benoit, his wife and son -- and the information is extremely disturbing.

Several Atlanta-based law enforcement sources have told TMZ Benoit may have strangled his wife on Saturday, then smothered his son in his bed a day later.
Investigators refuse to officially comment, pending final confirmation by the
coroner on the cause and time of the deaths.

One source told TMZ that Benoit was texting friends during Sunday's WWE "Vengeance" Pay-Per-View program -- possibly watching the show with his son, who may have been alive at the time.

According to sources, Benoit then hanged himself Monday in a weight room
inside the family home.

A police investigation is ongoing.

That's just not what I was expecting. Again, this isn't the final word on this tragic situation, but if it is, what was going on in Benoit's head to make him do this? I'm at a loss for words, honestly. More on this when I get more info.

EDIT: First off, shouts to Melody for keeping people informed. In any case, PWTorch.com is reporting the possibility of Nancy's death being an accident, and Chris murdered his son to save him from a life without a mother and a father who is a murderer. Sounds like it could go either way... could be complete shullbit, but it is plausible. Here's an Atlanta-Journal Constitution article detailing all of the info made available up to this point, including the turbulent relationship Nancy & Chris had.

EDIT: Sports Illustrated has posted the AP report on this tragedy. Confirmations: Nancy was found to be strangled. Daniel was smothered and in his bedroom. Both seem to have been killed durign the weekend, while Chris hung himself in the weight room on Monday. "'Roid rage" is being looked at as the primary cause, but toxicology results won't be available for weeks, supposedly. Bret Hart has been speaking out about Benoit, being a "good guy" and other kind things - which look good, but given the situation, might not matter in terms of how people are starting to react to what Chris did. I am torn - I am upset over the loss, but my perception of Chris Benoit has done a complete 180. More info on this when I get some.

EDIT: This is it. 1Wrestling.com posted up the, um, highlights of today's press conference. TMZ.com has the video. I'm really done with this for right now.