Archive for 07/01/2007 - 08/01/2007

The Boondocks, Season 2 SCREENSHOTS

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Carl Jones, the man who not only produces The Boondocks TV show and illustrates the comic strip, has some screen shots from Season 2 of The Boondocks (any idea when this is going to be on TV though?)!! The first shot is a character called "THUGNIFICENT", which he notes that he voiced himself:

Peep these other shots:

Oh, I can NOT wait!

Rock The Bells pics (Oh, Word?)

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This ill pic and many more are brought to you by Rafi and his beast of a camera. Check out some more of the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES at Rock The Bells, including shots of MF Doom rockin' the MF Doom SB Dunks. Holla.

Amanda Diva puts the "flo" in Floetry

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Call it Floetry 2.0? YBF has the scoop on the fallout and whatnot. It's all good, though - Amanda Diva is the truth, and she is documenting the FLOETRY REMIXED shows on her MySpace blog; peep Day 1.

rock the dub radio: episode 001 rewind


So, quietly, a fuse was lit on Saturday night. The sparker? WGHH Radio. The explosive material? Your's truly, and his new incarnation: rock the dub radio.

As bootleg as we may be (no drops? no talking? NO MIXING?!), rtd radio still shines down, giving you some of the freshest Hip-Hop in the land. This initial show was broken into 1 hour themes (loose, yes, but themes nonetheless). Hour 1 was a sort of Jay-Z tribute/themed affair. It had Jay on Hot 97 back in the Fall of '06 (right before Kingdom Come dropped), murking "Grammy Family". Featured as well were illness from the likes of NozL, Little Brother, Peedi Crakk, Joe Budden, Erick Sermon, and Busta Rhymes alongside some Jay cuts that might be a bit under the radar ("Trouble", "Regrets", "Nigga Please", etc.) for kicks. Hour 2 kicked it up a notch with a new-shit heavy selection from guys like Fabolous (w/ Pusha T), Gucci Mane (w/ Ludacris), BG (w/ Young Jeezy), and 50 Cent, and even got a twinge of Grime/Dubstep in at the end. This was all held together by a few choice Mike Tyson quottables. Classic material. We even have it streamed (download links to come soon):

And here's the tracklisting:

01/hot 97 intro
02/NozL "One Part Short"
03/Joe Budden "I'm Back"
04/Busta Rhymes ft. Swizz Beatz "Watch Ya Mouth"
05/Peedi Crakk "Get Fucked Up"
06/interlude: Jay-Z & Talib Kweli meet
07/Little Brother "Good Clothes"
08/Erick Sermon ft. Vic Damone "Give It 2 'Em"
09/Jay-Z "Where I'm From"
10/Saigon ft. Swizz Beatz "C'mon Baby"
11/Sean Price "Crazy"
12/Jay-Z "A Million And One Questions ('98 Remix)
13/Jay-Z ft. Young Chris "Nigga Please"
14/interlude: Evol Intent ft. Meatwad "Damn, That's A Big Hot Dog!"
15/Jay-Z "Regrets"
16/Jay-Z "Hot 97 Freestyle (Oct. 2006)"
17/interlude: Alec Baldwin wyles out
18/Dr. Dre ft. Snoop
Doggy Dogg, Dat Nigga Daz, Kurupt & Jewell "Bitches Ain't Shit"
19/The Game "My Bitch"
20/interlude: Mike Tyson 01
21/B.G. ft. Young Jeezy "Hustle"
22/Gucci Mane ft. Ludacris "Freaky Gurl (Remix)"
23/Session "Chea!"
24/interlude: Mike Tyson 02
25/Freeway ft. Jay-Z "Big Spender"
26/Fabolous ft. Pusha T "Jokes On You"
27/50 Cent "I Get Money"
28/interlude: Mike Tyson 03
29/David Banner "K.O."
30/Sheek Louch "Danga Zone"
31/Dizzee Rascal ft. UGK "Where's Da G's?"
32/Durrty Goodz "Axiom"
33/Team Shadetek ft. Skepta "Reign"
34/Big Kuntry King ft. T.I. Vs. Reform "Throwback (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Mix)"
002 should be premiering on the 12th of August, and it's already shaping up to be a beast. Expect to hear some J Dilla, some Sean Price... I don't want to give it all away, but it's something special. And 003 will be even better.

Got any beats? Requests? Shout outs? Hit me up:

Stay tuned for the download link - should be coming later this week.

PS: rock the dub radio 001 will be re-played on WGHH Radio Thursday at the regular rtd radio time (10PM-12AM EST). Hope you don't snooze.

AF1 Supreme '07

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Yo - canvas AF1s? These beauts dropped on Saturday in Japan.

Spotted @ Nah Right and freshness. Yum.

WGHH Radio presents: rock the dub radio

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Anyone wanna make me a logo?

Anyways, Chad and the good peeps over at WGHH Radio have gone and asked me to do some programming for them. The first rock the dub radio experiment will be dropping tonight, 10PM-12AM EST. WGHH provides progressive Hip-Hop, so I think my selection more than fits that tagline... this week's show features a kind of dedication to Jay-Z in the 1st hour, but features new shit from Little Brother, Saigon, Busta Rhymes and others. Hour 2 is the bugout, with new spit from David Banner, 50 Cent, Gucci Mane (ft. Ludacris), even some UK Grime and whatnot. It's hot.

No talk, just beats. Some quirk thrown in there, b/c hey, it's me. Any of you MCs/DJs/producers who want to get your music heard, SEND ME MP3s/CDs - only your best, high quality tracks. IF IT'S HOT, IT WILL GET BURN! Also, anyone who would like to provide me with drops, let me know. Send me files/requests/other shit:

Pick your poison: Live365 player \ Real Media \ iTunes \ Flash Player. Or you can go through the WGHH pop-up player, which seems to work fine for me.

Shouts to Chad and all the affiliates. I WILL be posted a link to the shows AFTER they air, so if you miss it - you will still be able to catch it.

For more info on WGHH Radio:
WGHH Radio on Live Journal
WGHH Radio on MySpace

Jay Eff Kay America: Suicide Notes, Vol. 1 [review]


I'm not sure how many of you peeped him out when I linked his recap of 2006, but Jay Eff Kay is the next phase for Hip-Hoppers who actually know what the fuck is going on in this fucked up country we live in, and are here to really get the revolution started. His site calls him "the Rap Travis Brickle", and based on some of the darts he's thrown on his debut album, America: Suicide Notes, Vol. 1, he's right there.

The first track that got to me was "Want Sex & Violence? (Suburbia's It)", which blows the roof off that 3 bedroom, 2 and a 1/2 bath home in the 'burbs (complete with 2 car garage), exposing the real shit that goes on in suburban towns: mass murder, sexual predators, and the like. We see this shit in the news all the time, but it seems like its not really noticed that hey, these "utopian" towns are really fucked up. This is also a perfect example of what Jay's style is like: VERY bouncy beat, something that makes the MCs hit that sped-up flow, which he masters nicely, especially given the fact that he's actually spitting full sentences coming at you. The addition of the P-Funk sounding high-pitched hypeman is a nice touch. This track drops right into "Paranoid 2007", which is another satire on the state of our country when the media let's us know that the terror alert level has turned Orange or Red. This is the delusional tale of the parents who ended up living in the house that's covered in plastic sheets and duct tape, spittin' p-noid verses into a can of tuna fish. And what dissection of America is complete without a track like "Den of Rats", which let's you know the truth about the people who have their fingers on the button, their hands in the wallets, and your lives in their grasp. Get educated.

One track that really hit me was "Fuck The World", which is the cubicle-worker's manifesto. You hate where you're at in your life? Mash those chains up, go strike out on your own, and fuck everything else. It's a "live life to the fullest" anthem for 2k7. And dude knows - he went from Ivy League and Wall Street suit and ties to an apartment in the city, putting his knowledge to a beat. "The Gift & The Curse" is no Jay-Z diss, but a portrait of the mind of a writer who can give you infinite excuses as to why his rhyme isn't done, but can't come up with a few bars when it's time to write a real rhyme... I've been there. On the comical side of things, "Skankapotamus" is a down South sounding ode to honeys with $20 booties and $.02 faces. And don't think I didn't notice that Jay-Z "I'm the rap JFK" sample in "I'm All Over It", which reminds me of what Eminem wishes he could do these days.

In a genre that's so global now it's scary when thinking about who's an emcee these days, it's kind of refreshing and ironic that I am endorsing dude as "that next dude", but he has the personality that many fans should link up with. How many 25+ Hip-Hoppers are stuck, chained behind a desk working for a faceless conglomerate, all the while letting their art suffer? Raise your hands - you're probably reading this at work, now! Let Jay Eff Kay get into your head for a bit, let you laugh and gasp at what the hell is going on in this sick, sad world, and have a great time doing it. Like Public Enemy and others before him, he is bringing the noise with a message. It might scare you, and you might pee your pants in fear and in fits of laughter, but dude makes you feel something, which is more than I can say for some of these nobodies out here...

rock the dub gives America: Suicide Notes, Vol. 1 a 4 out of 5. Fun beats + fun personality + real issues and well thought-out songs = a scary, exciting listening experience. Don't sleep.

For more info on Jay Eff Kay and his work, hit the following sites:
Jay Eff Kay on MySpace

Friday, July 27th 2007 playlist

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01/Perpetuum "Beyond The Ridge" [peep this track and more tracks FOR SALE up on Perpetuum's MySpace page.]
02/Subsurface "Omnipresence" [deep, soul music. duh.]
03/Chill Rob G "Ride The Rhythtm" [big up the old school Flavor Unit shit.]
04/Random Movement "She Don't Get It" [this new Nu Directions EP is the business...]
05/Fabolous ft. Nate Dogg "Can't Deny It (Tha S Ence Remix)" [dude is on fire right now. peep my interview with him, then check out his IMEEM page for audio. also peep out his blog and his MySpace page.]

...buggin' out on that LEAK smoke...

Keith Murray ft. Method Man & 50 Grand "What It Is"
A host of Master P leaks - Sean Price GOES IN!: "Long Fifth Goodnight" (ft. Starang Wondah), "Get It Together" (featuring and prod. by Diamond D) and "Rotten Apple (Remix)" (ft. Prodigy)
JoJo "Beautiful Girls"
Jim Jones ft. Stack Bundles & Lil' Wayne "Lookin' At The Game"
Infamous Mobb ft. The Alchemist "Go Hard" (prod. by The Alchemist)
Chris Brown ft. Joe Budden "Wall To Wall (Remix)"
Rick Ross "Trilla"
Blitz The Ambassador "Hands Of Time"
Lil' Fame "Ring Di Alarm" (prod. by Fizzy Womack)
Nicolay & Kay ft. Oh No & The Luv Bugz "Tight Eyes" [check out Enigmatik's interview with Nicolay over at Boo Goo Doo Boom.]
Keith Murray ft. Redman & Erick Sermon "U Ain't Nobody"
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #17 (Oh My God freestyle)"
Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy "Can't Tell Me Nothin' (Remix)" [props to eskay for this proper RMX, and not the version that was shared a month or so ago...]
Saigon "Homegirl"
Basutbudet ft. Mapei "Take Them Out To Eat Pt. 1 & 2" "I Got It From My Mama"
Wordsmith ft. Kontakt "Lady Love Freestyle"
Three 6 Mafia ft. The Game "Like Money"
Laurie Ann Gibson "Addictive" [so, she got BOOM-BOOM-KACK'd off Making The Band 4 and got a record deal?]
Styles P "Super Gangster" (note: radio rip)
Papoose "I Get Gully Freestyle"
Juelz Santana & Lil' Wayne "The Bad Side"


What's up with the interviews being ripped to MP3? Last week it was 50 Cent and Kanye West speakin' on release dates. Well, it's Kanye West this week, too, with DJ Semtex. The one you need to peep out is Pimp C's interview on Atlanta 107.9, though. Miss Info broke down some of the highlights, but I imagine the entire interview is just as hilarious. Eskay also posted a link to an interview on Shade45 with Calvin Klein, some dude Jay-Z namechecked in "Allure" (can't think of the line), where this dude goes at Jay pretty hard. Haven't peeped this one yet, though...

This interview isn't in MP3 format, but DOES include a load of classic Hip-Hop rips at the end: DJ Mark The 45 King Interview at You guys should also peep this interview with Dego of 4Hero - so interesting, esp. for the old school Jungle/DNB heads.


Shouts to Rizoh for letting the world know that Skyzoo has a new mixtape out there. Corner Store Classic is brought to you by both DJ Kay Slay and Mick Boogie, so you know what the deal is. More info HERE.


If you DNB heads are looking for mixes, DPD has you covered (as per usual). Not only did I cover a MASSIVE dubplate-riddled Intabeats show from Bailey, there's also a Lifted Music post with clips from many a forthcoming Lifted Music dubplate (as well as all of their podcasts through 23rd July 2007). In any case, this week's "For Your Listening Pleasure" features mixes from the following deck-wreckers: Code, Boj Lucki, Pr0gress, TC1 and DJ Vapour. How fucking varied is THAT!?


That's all I got for this week. On to a video.

OC ft. Yvette Michelle "Far From Yours"

Just been on that Jewelz vibe.

Enjoy your weekend, fam.

Mixtape, Inc. DVD [review]

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I don't know if you guys remember, but I spoke on this briefly this past May. Seeing as I am as passionate about Hip-Hop and mixtapes as many of you guys, I'm surprised more heads haven't picked up on this DVD. It's got some great material in it, even if it is a bit flawed. At the end of the day, though, Mixtape, Inc. delivers.

It started out kind of confusing - I wasn't sure what to expect, honestly. The production on the documentary, from the titles to the graphics to the music is done very well. I won't say it's a polished turd, but to be fair, some of the segments don't seem to gel. It jumped from speaking on the Berry's Music case, where a white man in Indiana ran a shop that sold crazy mixtapes and got raided as a bootlegger, which is a perfect example of how distorted the image of how outsiders view this mixtape thing. I love it, and appreciated the history of the mixtape that was given, although it did tend to run on a bit too much for me. The extended time spent with Kay Slay was very nice - it let those who might just know his "Smack Your Favorite DJ" claims and not really know how long he has been involved in Hip-Hop that dude really is a don of this. The segue into "mixtape CDs" is a nice touch, but then it kind of gets jumbled.

One thing I didn't like was, aside from some of the bonafide classics, even with the fact that guys like Kanye West and Green Lantern were interviewed, there was no real discussion in terms of the BEEF that gets spread over mixtapes. If Public Enemy was the "Black CNN" for the late 80s, mixtapes ended up being the Blackle of Hip-Hop: it is a resource that helps you connect to different styles/sounds/areas of Hip-Hop that commercial radio doesn't bring you, and is pointed to where you can escape (most of) the bullshit out there. There was no real discussion on how the streets were kept in tune to the conflicts/burgeoning stars. We got a lot of heated words about the Industry eating off the mixtape grind (50 Cent is a big example), but you'd think they'd try to keep it the same throughout - we got to hear about the kinds of joints older cats would blend on tapes, but there was next to no real insight about the CONTENT of mixtapes. The POLITICS about mixtapes was definitely in tact, however.

The only other gripe I had was the narration by director Warren Bell. While he definitely had some decent setups and transitions, his overall tone seemed kind of sleepy. I'm guessing he didn't have time/gwap to get someone "known" to narrate, but it just seemed like he lacked real enthusiasm in the story he was portraying. I think one of the guys on the cover being the narrator would have turned a decent doc on a growing trend and hot-button topic in Hip-Hop into a pretty spectacular DVD. It's also a shame (and kind of ironic) that dude was making this doc before the DJ Drama/Don Cannon raid. Maybe we need a sequel? PLUS, I don't recall there being any DVD extras? And what about the consumer - it seems that we spoke to everyone BUT the consumer, the people who actually cop mixtapes, which kind of misses the whole spectrum of the mixtape scene...

If I were to grade this DVD, it'd get a B-. All of its shortcomings do not overpower the great interviews and the overall fact that dude attempted to write a concrete history on the mixtape. Does it deliver 100%? Nope. But like any great DVD, you'll keep coming back for the heat those niggas spit!

For more info on Mixtape, Inc., check out these sites:
MIXTAPE, Inc. (official website) : official trailer
Cop this DVD at the following sites: Amazon, Exclusive Hip Hop, CD Universe,
Rizoh's writeup on Mixtape, Inc. for About Rap

Free Ron Isley...?

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E-mail I just received (whattup THINKTANK):


Join Def Jam today in helping to spread the word for the pardon of legendary American musician Ronald Isley. As a member of The Isley Brothers, Ronald Isley's career spans over 50 years, with countless accomplishments and a legacy of uniquely American music that has influenced everyone from the Beatles to Notorious B.I.G.

In an effort to protect Mr. Isley from incarceration for non-payment of taxes, we urge his fans to call, fax or email the White House immediately to help Ronald stay out of prison. The situation is especially urgent because Mr. Isley is currently scheduled to report to begin serving a 3 year sentence on August 7th of this year. In lieu of the recent charges brought against Mr. Isley, he is currently in the process of a total restitution of his financial obligations to the IRS. Mr. Isley has also offered to perform for troops at various military bases to help heal the country and show his support for their tireless efforts to protect this country. It is important to point out that Ronald Isley has no prior criminal record, and has been a law-abiding, taxpaying employer since 1956. There is also concern that due to a variety of health issues, (Mr. Isley suffered a stroke in 2004 and was diagnosed with kidney cancer in 2006) without proper care Mr. Isley's health could decline further and there is genuine concern as to whether he could survive a lengthy incarceration.

Ronald Isley & The Isley Brothers are an important part of this country's musical history and a part of the Def Jam family so let's band together to keep one of our living legends out of jail.

See the links and numbers below for ways you can show your support:

1. To contact the President of the United States:


Fax: 1-202-456-2461


2. To contact The Congressional Black Caucus:
Go to

Click on “meet reps” and find your representatives.

3. To contact your local senator or congressperson:

Click on the “take action” link and put in your zip code and you will be linked to the representatives of your area.

OK, so a nigga like Ron Isley doesn't pay his taxes, so we don't want him to go to jail. Yet we keep Mumia locked down? Why, because he's Mr. fucking Biggs?!?!

What do they think the President is going to do, and how come I don't get massmailings about Genarlow Wilson being freed? And since I won't e-mail Dubya, asking for Ronald Isley to be freed, does that mean I can no longer enjoy "Between The Sheets" or the other Isley Brother classics? I'll do a mixtape will my fav cuts, how's THAT for support?

Let's worry about getting our troops home... then we can try and free old ass Ron Isley.

[rock the dub Interview]: Messinian


There's a lot of hate when it comes to MCs these days, especially with MCs who spit over Drum & Bass. Many (in the US at least) are seen as perps, guys who put on certain accents and really try to emulate those before them, as opposed to bringing on their own flavor and inflections. I never had that problem - I grew up on the one known as Messinian. I first saw Messinian when he wasn't Messinian, at a party in Philly called "MANGO". The majority of the party was a bust, but he was rockin' hard in the crowded inner club, and I knew dude had it. I didn't realize that, a few months later, I'd be indoctrinated into the Messinian church at a monumental night in Philly Jungle lore called "Sutpen's Jungle". I truly saw how an emcee with real lyrics and real feeling could not only rock a party, but still educate (KRS called that "edutainment", no?)... all while keepin' on beat. It sounds so simple, but so many have tried and failed. Mind you, this was in 2000 - flash forward 7 years, and Messinian is part of the legendary POTD crew, he has spit for many crowds in numerous time zones and countries. He's completed an album, Vampire Hustle, that is set to drop before you know it. I finally got a chance to fling some Q's at him about this and his come-up, and he returned them Q's EARLY (whattup Phillytown?!). Let's get to it...

khal: EZ Messinian. For those out there who might not be in tune to who you are, can you give us a brief rundown of who you run with, where you’ve ran, and why you’re running?

Messinian: Shhhiiiiiiiiit…My name's Messinian--- North Phil... I run from nothin’...The trap can catch up, mayne... This boy been hustlin’... For real... I've been fortunate to be touring the world for the last 8 years rappin' at underground shows and huge sports arenas. My squad when I rock to DnB is Dieselboy, Dara and AK1200... we are collectively known as Planet of the Drums. The tour we do each and every summer is the longest running tour in Electronic Music, ever. Period. We are very blessed to pack the house every night with the wildest, most headstrong fans in the world. My Rap/Hip-Hop crew is so deep we'll be here for days. I roll with MCs, DJs, producers, and Soul singers from Philly, LA, NYC, The Yay, London, and all around the world that make my musical vision and stage show complete on the Rap tip. All I do is write rhymes, produce beats, and burn roofs like a muhfucka... I've toured Africa, Australia, South America, Asia, and Europe, all of America blah blah blah. Now you know the deal... Don’t want to sound like I'm bragging... but I'm blessed. My life's da shit.

khal: Now in terms of MCs who spit over DnB, I’ve been a fan of yours for the last 8 years, when you were rocking all over Philly as “James Dean”. How did MC James Dean become J-Messinian?

Messinian: Thanks fam. Well, you and Philly know me by my real first and middle name because we're cool like that---Philly and LA made me who I am... we're on a real name basis... and you know damn well that peeps are gonna call you James Dean once they find out that’s what your real name is. That name was made infamous by a pimp from Indiana that blendered his Porsche up. It's a long story, B, but I'll make it short as possible. I love history and I feel really connected with the Mycenaean culture...they were around about 1100-800BC. I ain’t gonna fuck up everyone's high by giving them a history lesson, but I'm the type of dude that could burn the rainforest and zone out to the History Channel for 6 hours straight. Give me Egyptian tombs, Asian Dynasties, and Greek Mythology all day, son! I know that might sound weird ‘cos I make music that moves asses in the clubs and makes people want to murk foes... but damn. I guess that's the duality of me. No one wants to go to the club, get drizzy, and fuck a broad to a song about the Mycenaean culture's advanced cuneiform. Get drunk, get crunk, and get your learn on, bitch. Seriously though... the King Hammurabi special I watched last night was ill.

khal: Now you’ve come up rough. You’ve had to deal with a lot of wild issues as a kid, be it homelessness, drugs, poverty – the constant struggle, which many MCs (signed and unsigned) have gone through, especially in the Rap tracks of today. Why do you think you veered one way, towards self-enlightenment and education of the masses, and countless others have all been captivated by the dollar?

Messinian: I'll be real with you man... I just do what comes naturally. I don't really focus on what other fools are doing to ruin the music... I just live this shit on the daily and do what I do to make it interesting to me and my fans. I love rockin’ shows and moving crowds and focusing on my pad. It’s artistic, but it’s also a party every damn night of the year touring the world with my people. And we did all this without radio or Clear Channel. But if radio wants to jump on board with my Rap shit-- I'm down. I'm anti-bullshit... not anti-money. Being anti-money is just being anti-brain... and you know every dude loves brain, mayne. I feel like every artist, every MC, every singer is just human at the end of the day. You want to know what I'm going through? I'll write it down and spit it for you. Sometimes I'm drunk and crackin’ jokes when I pick up the pen... sometimes my mind is filled with stress and pain... sometimes my dick is hard and my girl ain't home. Whatever it is-- it's just me talking to you... And since it's a personal connection I'm trying to make between my mind and the listener; I like to show ALL of me on my tracks. I have a lot of future ideas musically and I don't want to get pigeon-holed as this or that. I want to be able to collaborate with ill MCs, Pop Stars, Rockers, Symphonies, etc., and make the music I feel like making when I feel like making it. I've been through a lot of bullshit and pain, but so has everyone. Yes I went through Poverty, drugs, homelessness, the loss of family members and friends... but that's life. My life has truly gone from rags to riches and I appreciate each day I'm not in a shitty situation any more. You know what I want? I want my music to make people laugh, cry, dance, punch shit, think, fuck, and change the world. Pick one and do it.

khal: You seem to have really come into your own when you were rollin’ with the Substitution crew – I actually remember being at the first Sutpen’s Jungle (at the Electric Factory), seeing yourself and Mis-Ty going for broke over DJ Dara’s mixing. That was a big night. What is it about the Philadelphia Jungle scene that made events like that and others so moving, so raw, and just so fucking fun?

Messinian: Philly just has that vibe that inspires and encourages the raw shit. People in Philly are very real and they get down to business... when the roof is getting burned the fuck down--then there really isn't any choice in the matter, is there? Get the drinks out, call your people, and start tearin’ the fuckin’ club up... Philly is my home and Philly is the shit. Simple and plain. Thank you to Philly for making me who I am today. And thank you to Philly for all the dope poets, artists, DJs, MCs, bands whose dicks the media will be riding in the very near future.

khal: After that, you started to really branch out – and your name started popping up with the now-legendary Planet Of The Drums crew. You’ve now been all over the globe, touring with the heavy hitters of the scene. Are there any differences between a hype crowd in say LA and a hype crowd in Macedonia or Hungary?

Messinian: Nah. When it comes down to it, a great party is a great party. People love music far and wide and that's one thing that keeps the atlas bound together. A club is a club. A packed house is a packed house. If I showed you my tour footage of peeps jumping around to beats in Hungary and peeps jumping around to beats in Costa Rica, the only thing that would give the shit away is the sun tans. The world is small... Music is a beautiful thing.

khal: Seeing as though you’ve been through many of the changes the Jungle/DnB scene in terms of sound has gone through, do you have any gripes in terms of where the more popular styles of DnB have gone? I ask b/c I know you have an extensive love for the classic jungle cuts, but that sound is really rare these days…

Messinian: No gripes at all... the music keeps moving to where people want to take it. I'm not a hater in any sense. There's room for all styles in the scene. I love the whole spectrum of DnB and I know that the music has grown so universal that there is someone out there making the shit that I want to hear. When that day stops I'll drop DnB tunes on yo ass... but to all the kids that bitch... Get Logic, Pro Tools, or Cubase and make the shit happen. Negativity will get you nowhere. The scene ain’t as big as that stick up your ass... That's one to grow on.

khal: In the last few years, especially on your website, it seems as though you’ve taken satire in Rap to another level, producing both images and tracks that really call into question the songs and videos we are bombarded with on a daily basis. Where do you see this problem of glamorizing sex & violence (among other things) in Hip-Hop coming to an end? Do you think it’s too late?

Messinian: Yeah... a lot of my songs are very satirical. If you know me personally then a lot of the songs take on a whole new meaning. It's funny because there's a finer line then people would think between embracing the bullshit and calling out the bullshit....I'm not a thug that slaps hoes with a gold grill... I'm not a pretentious backpacker drinking Haterade...I'm a music lover and a Hip-Hop head....and Hip-Hop ain’t never gonna die. Sex and Violence, when spit poetically, are the shit. Some of the greatest poems/songs of all time have been about sex and violence. It's up to each of us as individuals to support the artists we fuck with. Music Lovers listen...That's the only way these artists can live and focus on making music that you want to listen to... so don’t be a pussclot... you hear something you like? Then please throw them fuckers a dollar and download it off iTunes.

khal: I heard that you have an album that’s set to hit iTunes in the coming months (Vampire Hustle, I believe). Can you speak on what that’s all about, what we can expect to hear on it (is it just Hip-Hop?), and when we can cop it?

Messinian: Vampire Hustle is gonna be out in October/November on iTunes... Shit is crazy, yo. I'm really happy with it. You def. gotta peep the preview tracks and photography for it at Then you'll see where my head is at. It’s Hip-Hop/Baltimore Club/Top 40/street shit all rolled into one. It's time to do something different that can still reach the underground and the masses and hopefully peeps can tap into the shit I've been making. The album has production by underground veterans and up-and-coming heroes from all over the globe....Rest in Peace Disco D, The Enemy from Evol Intent, Cardiff Giants from J Records, Skynet, Photek and HoChi from TEKDBZ, Jayvon, Brigade, The One, Jon Bourke... the list goes on and on. My website is getting revamped but peep that shit soon and I’ll have free download mixes of new tunes I'm working on and I’ll tell you a shitload more about it.

khal: Now, the world of Hip-Hop has lost some greats in the last couple of years, including someone who was close to you, Disco D. Most listeners might only know him as the guy who produced “Ski Mask Way”, and not realize how much work he put in both behind the boards and on the decks. Your upcoming project has some tracks he produced, right? Can you speak how you two met, and what it was like working with someone who had such talent?

Messinian: Disco D aka Dave was an underground legend. A kind hearted genius that did more for Techno and Rap music than a lot of people know. He was such a good soul and it’s a shame that being bi-polar took him away from this earth at such a young age... that was our brother. I met him through mutual friends in the music community - Jessica in Seattle, Joe in OK... the list goes on and on... He agreed to work with me because he said my name kept poppin’ up in conversations left and right and that’s the same shit that was happening to me. We set aside time and finally said "let’s do this". For peeps out there that don’t know he made his claim to fame for being a co-founder of the Ghettotech movement in Detroit... but that was the tip of the iceberg. He was so versatile with his music... he had shit lined up with Trick Daddy, Chamillionaire, Lil’ Wayne, and was doing remixes of groups like Spankrock and Shiny Toy Guns. Me and him had plans to work on a whole album together. My album has some of the last tracks that D made on this earth. I have so much love and appreciation for his family for helping with everything for the album during such difficult times. They know we were tight and have done everything to help. I felt like when I was in the studio with dude, it was just ridiculous. He’d play a beat, I’d write to it in minutes and then we'd murk that shit. Bam. Done. I wish we could’ve made more music and had more dope memories. His motto was "Hustle Harder". So D, that's what I'm gonna do. RIP homey.

khal: Nas calls himself a thug poet. Young Jeezy says he’s not a rapper, he’s a motivational speaker. What is Messinian?

Messinian: A smart assed, revolutionary, wordsmith with his dick in your girl's hand. Nah really man... I’m a rapper. I rap.

khal: You’ve been doing it for years now – do you envision a time when you will be able to put the mic down and not feel like picking it back up?

Messinian: Yes. I call that death.

khal: With the album project coming soon, and your work with TEKDBZ and POTD always going on, when do you find time to unwind? Do you have any non-music hobbies that you indulge in when you get a few quiet hours?

Messinian: Hells yeah. I love being with my loved ones and catching up on all the time I miss from them doing music, writing, drawing, painting, runnin’ the rock, playing Nintendo Wii, partying, eating at nice restaurants, tappin’ ass, and Scrabble. Scrabble's the shit.

khal: OK so it’s about time to wrap this up. Do you have any shout outs/final thoughts/etc. to share with the readers?

Messinian: Yeah... shout outs to GOD, Allah, Buddha, Jehovah or whatever you wanna call him. Just stop fighting over what his fuckin’ name is. He told me he hates that shit... he said get your balls out of your purse and stop being a bitch. Definite respect to all the kids I teach Rap music classes to that are stuck in the Detention center in North Philly. Those kids are the next batch of unfuckwittable MCs. They been through some rough shit and they are ready to kill mics and show y’all their life. These kids are a problem. Step ya game up! Love to all the fans and beat lovers worldwide... all the artists in the circle that inspire me with dope beats and wordplay and you guys for listening to what this dickhead had to say. Respect! See you on tour.

crucial links: - grab Messinian's Rhymes Against Humanity CD

Messinian videos:

Messinian Summer Tour (2006):

Video for TEKDBZ House of Blues Party:

LOST News: Michael's back!

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First Richard Alpert, now this? What happened to the Code of Silence, LOST producers?

No word on what capacity Michael is back in, or if Walt is returning as well... with all of the future-past craziness of the finale, it looks like we have a pandora's box opened.

And Michael coming back does fuel Doc Jensen's theory on Michael being the one who was in the casket Jack had to get to during the finale. Maybe we get to see Michael off-island, pre-death?

Oh I REALLY cannot wait for next year!

DOA Q&A: DJ Vapour

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My Q&A with DJ Vapour is up on DOA, front page business! Watch out for 36th Chamber Recordings.
Shouts to Vapour.

LOST News: Much 'Ado About Richard Alpert

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Is this the last of Richard Alpert we will see?

Apparently, it might be... as the actor who plays Richard Alpert, Nestor Carbonell, has landed a role on Cane, a TV show forthcoming on CBS, and it seems as though they are not letting him make appearances on ABC's hit. Why? Bad for business, probably.

When asked about Alpert's fate, Carbonell dropped this nugget: "I don't know."

Still, how are we going to figure this one out? My guess is that they killed Richard Alpert off - only way it makes sense. Eh, this IS LOST, so who knows. I just think it'd be odd if they got a new actor - even though those conspiracy theory threads would be HILARIOUS!

Hopefully, this is sorted out before next year (!!!), but we shall see... who's to say Cane is going to last?

Who's ya A&R?


9th Wonder has popped up on, and reluctantly spent most of the interview downplaying the Little Brother break-up, as well as claims of his sound getting stale. Eskay reiterated 9th's question at the end of the interview, wondering why everyone wants to read SoundScan, why everyone dwells on sales and the like. While I agree with what both of them said, the thing is, both them niggas did it. They both supported Jay-Z at one time or another. Someone who wants to work on Lil' Wayne's next project?

Who made the fans worry about platinum plaques? Hip-Hop did.

Before Jay-Z owned 7 summers or whatever, who really knew about record sales? When I was a shorty, watching Video Music Box, eating Little Debbie brownies, Gold wasn't a record sales mark, it was the color of the dookie earrings shorty had in the LL Cool J video. Platinum? I didn't even know WTF that was. The Clinton Administration came in and changed that - DMX, Ja Rule, Jay-Z, hell 'Pac would go plat from the grave! And they let us know - whether its on MTV Cribs or on interludes of their albums, we were constantly bombarded with record sales information. Guys like 50 Cent (and 'em) keep the tradition going.

Who made us lowly fans worry about diamond status? Hip-Hop did.

The fucked up part is, it's the niggas who DON'T go platinum who cry the loudest. Everyone wants to be on the radio and on TV (9th mentioned it, and I imagine that's why they went to Atlantic), but the sales figures don't matter when they don't sell. If The Minstrel Show went 2x Platinum, do you think they'd a) have split up and b) have been harping on sales? Come on.

Who made one of my favorite producers hate me? Hip-Hop did.

Now, 9th hates me. He hates me because I blog, hates me because I think his sound is getting a bit stale (although he did his thing on the Chemistry CD), hates me because I like to know if T.I. went platinum or not. Why should I not be concerned? Didn't the Bible make some statement basically saying when you are a child you deal with child shit, but when you are grown up, you put away the childish things? Why should I not be concerned with how these niggas are eating, especially when their tracks are all about being broker than most and not shining like other niggas do, and denouncing the next nigga for doing that? You're taking our power of using that product (it essentially stops being "yours" when a UPC label gets stuck on it) and utilizing it the way we want, which could be seen as an extension of record labels putting programs on CDs that do not allow us to copy them to our computers. Hip-Hop is freedom of expression, unless you aren't sticking solely to what's being said.

What is the death of Hip-Hop? Hip-Hop is...

Got Beats?

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Any of you guys feel your beats and rhymes are hot enough to get some Internet Radio play? Shoot them over to ya boy khal! I am in the process of getting a web radio show, Hip-Hop specific.

I'm looking for instrumentals, full songs, drops - whatever. Show me your skills. If I dig it, it's going on the show, end of.

Send me MP3s (the higher quality, the better) to:

Let's get it! More on the show in the near future.

The Observation Deck (24th July 2007)

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  • The iPhone has been haxored. God help us. The hot part? The peeps who hacked it said to Apple "we'll sell you a plug-in"...
  • Lindsay Lohan was busted on coke possession and DUI on a suspended license. Will she be as hardbody as Paris was in the bing?
  • And the new host of The Price is Right is... Drew Carey? What a letdown.
  • I'm with the New York Press on this one: the NJ Nets are doing NOTHING this offseason. While having Kidd, Jefferson and Carter, as well as have Lawrence Frank come back as head coach is a great start, I have a feeling they won't be doing much else in terms of acquisitions, which means what, kids? ME-DI-O-CRI-TY!
  • Nintendo is killin' the competition right now. Makes sense though: I have a PS2 I watch movies on, while my daughter stays stuck to her Game Boy Advance and her GameCube, nightly.
  • Death Row STILL has unreleased 'Pac material? How wild is that...
  • This live-blogging of the Comedy Central Roast of Flavor Flav single-handedly made me want to watch this roast (premieres in August) due to one fact - KATT WILLIAMS IS HOSTING IT!
  • Gotta love how Lil' Flip is blaming his handlers for his recent credit card fraud arrest.


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

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MP3 (stream/download)

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

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.)


"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


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.

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.
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...
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...

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...

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."


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


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.


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


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.


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!!


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


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!


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.