Friday, July 06, 2007

Friday, July 6th 2007 playlist

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?]

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"

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.


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.


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.


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!



Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke"

Ice Cube "Check Yo' Self"

Have a good weekend, dreamers!

Wednesday, July 04, 2007

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

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 :: 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 (!

Be safe, and Happy 4th!

Tuesday, July 03, 2007

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

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.

Sunday, July 01, 2007

FOTM: THUGSTEP #3 (07/2007)

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...