Friday, June 29, 2007

200 Murders? Let me get that iPhone



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)

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



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

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

Just kidding.

Sort of.

Thursday, June 28, 2007

Quick Benoit tragedy news

Here's the newest latest:

One reality show I WILL be watching

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

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...

Wednesday, June 27, 2007

REAL TALK: Saigon, slow down!

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



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.

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

TMZ details on Benoit deaths

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.

RIP Chris Benoit



I was just getting my son to sleep last night, and turned on Monday Night Raw to see the next saga in the "Mr. McMahon limo explosion", and my jaw dropped when I saw the "In Memory Of Chris Benoit" graphic on my TV screen. Being a Wrestling fan since I was in Spiderman underoos, I was immediately skeptical, as I had not heard anything on this during the day. Seeing that empty arena, with Vince McMahon in the middle of that ring, on the verge of tears, I knew it was too good to be true. I asked wifey to hit up armbar, which sure enough had links to Bill Apter's initial reporting, something about Chris, his wife Nancy (aka Woman) and their son Daniel coughing up blood, but nothing new came out of it. As of right now, the police are saying it's an apparent double homicide/suicide deal. From what I gather, dude killed Nancy and Daniel, then offed himself the next night... WHY!??! Who knows... I guess they were going through something serious. He was set to win that ECW strap, though, at Vengeance, you just know it!

In any case, I wanted to just shout my appreciation for Benoit as a wrestler. I mean, he got his licks in, and was just a pure technical wrestler. Anytime I saw him wrestle, whether it was against Kevin Sullivan in a bathroom, or against 2 Cold Scorpio at Superbrawl III (which I oddly enough just watched a week or so ago on WWE 24/7 On Demand), or in the plethora of matches they highlighted on Raw last night, dude was just awesome. I imagine he had his own demons, especially with the whole Woman/Kevin Sullivan love triangle that went from the script to real life, but what made that turn into murder/suicide? Only time will tell - I'll update with more news when I get it.

It's just crazy. I've been watching a lot of old ECW on WWE 24/7 as well, and seeing Woman with that singapore cane alongside Sandman. I actually used to crush on her when I was a shorty - infatuated might be the word. I don't even know what to say...

Check out some YouTube finds of some of Chris' work:

Chris Benoit vs. Steve Austin


Chris Benoit vs. The Great Gama (his first singles title win)


Chris Benoit vs. Sabu

(infamous match where Sabu broke his neck - basically the invention of "The Canadian Crippler")

Chris Benoit vs. Eddie Guerrero (WCW 1997)


Classic. For more info on Chris Benoit, point your mouse at the following links:

WWE's official press release regarding the deaths of the Benoit family
WWE's Chris Benoit career retrospective
Wikipedia: Chris Benoit
Hard Knocks: The Chris Benoit Story DVD at Amazon
SLAM! Sports page on Chris Benoit

And again, I'll be bringing updates on this story as I get them. RIP.

Monday, June 25, 2007

"Bad review? I sue!"

Over @ T.R.U., Riz threw up this link, which calls into question the idea of suing for bad reviews, and the training that goes on between musicians in comparison to the training/credentials critics need. All of this is good, but it made me think of one thing:

If musicians could sue for every bad review I ever gave them, I would be put into the super-poor house by artists like Lupe Fiasco, Shop Boyz, Gwen Stefani, Pharrell and many other artists... and that's just on this blog! This hasn't even scratched the surface of the DNB scene - but then again, them niggas ain't got no monies anyway.

I do have a problem with critics who aren't qualified - like country music critics writing a piece on Hip-Hop; but those who have knowledge about the field (whether it's as a long fan or someone who is in the industry), and they are giving an unbiased opinion (payola is a no-go), why diss on them for dissing on you? Especially MCs, who will spit and claw and cry over free speech - until it says something about them not hitting right, or whatever the case may be. Keep it real - grown folks accept criticism. That's how it works. Deal with it or don't read it.