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

rock the dub's "RUSH HOUR 3" Giveaway

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On Friday, August 10th, 2007, New Line Cinema's Rush Hour 3 hits theaters. Now, I don't know about you guys, but I am definitely going to be there, checking out the next installment in the Lee and Carter saga. I am a big fan of the first two (the 2nd more than the first, mainly for Carter's "Don't Stop 'Til You Get Enough" karaoke), so it's a must.

In saying that, I am proud to offer you, the reader(s) of rock the dub, to win some Rush Hour 3 merch! I wish I was getting some of this for delf, but alas, I am sharing the wears with you lucky rock the dub readers. The only thing you will have to do is send me an e-mail.

That's right, send an email to khaldub@gmail.com with your address and one (1) piece of merch that is being given away, and I will pick the winners at random. This contest is going on until August 31st, 2007, so don't feel obligated to get your e-mails in FIRST.

Want to see what you can win? Check these out:

T-Shirts And Baseball caps














We also have tatoos with the ill Dragon Logo on it (pic coming).

In terms of quantity, this is how it breaks down:
3 - RUSH HOUR 3 "SILVER" tees
3 - RUSH HOUR 3 "WHITE" tees
3 - RUSH HOUR 3 baseball caps
3 - RUSH HOUR 3 tattoos

So there will be a total of 12 winners. Got that? Send me an email to khaldub@gmail.com; make sure the subject says RUSH HOUR 3 GIVEAWAY. Inside the e-mail, please include the item you'd like to win, and your mailing address. Have your e-mails in by the 31st of August; 12 winners will be picked, at random, from those e-mails.

Simple, right? Send a kite, then go see what looks like one of the funniest movies of this summer!

RUSH HOUR 3
IN THEATERS AUGUST 10TH
NEW LINE CINEMA
www.rushhourmovie.com

Trailer: .wmv : .mov

Internets Celebrities ROCKed THE BELLS

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Dallas & Rafi take it to Rock The Bells to explain good Hip-Hop, weed etiquette between the races, and the joys (and pain) of mud wrestling:



Rafi, Dallas: rock the dub salutes you.

More iC fun HERE. Chea!

LOST: Harrold Perrineau Interview on EW.com

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DJ Tipz Thugstep Mixtape Vol. II

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DJ Tipz done done it again! You loved the first Thugstep Mixtape, right? You ain't heard shit yet...

"Thugstep Mixtape, Volume II" (zShare stream/download link)

Tracklisting:

01/Lil' Wayne - Fireman (Nappy Vs. Gutterbreakz Thugstep Mix)
02/D Shep - 22's (Nappy Vs. Professor J Thugstep Mix)
03Khalifah ft. Bun B - Light A Fire (Nappy Vs. Ekaj Extended Thugstep Mix)
04/Big Boi & Purple Ribbon All Stars - Kryptonite (Nappy Vs. Juju Thugstep Mix)
05/Monsta - Cavewoman
06/Ric Jilla - Bounce Something (Nappy Vs. Demonic 1 Thugstep Mix)
07/Monsta - Aliens
08/Crime Mob - Here On Out (Nappy Vs. Emalkay Rough Thugstep Mix)
09/Boo ft. Young Jeezy - Miss Me With That Rap Shit (Nappy Vs. TRG Extended Thugstep Mix)
10/Jody Breeze - Rookie Of The Year (Nappy Vs. Bowzer Thugstep Mix)
11/Trillville ft. Twista - Neva Eva Remix (Nappy Vs. Pinch Extended Thugstep Mix)
12/Bravehearts ft. Lil' Jon & Nas - Quick To Back Down (Nappy Vs. Emalkay Thugstep Mix)
13/Fabolous ft. Young Jeezy - Do The Damn Thing (Nappy Vs. Radioactive Man/Narcossit Thugstep Mix)
I've said it before, and I'll say it again - Tipz gets it. He spins the tracks with such a ferociousness, with precise cuts and a keen sense of timing. Dude has a great ear, and has the skills to match. He even dropped a few choice cuts from Monsta's FREE DUBSTEP ALBUM. Props to Tipz, keep an ear peeled for homeboy.

For you DJs out there, if you want some of these THUGSTEP refixes by DJ Nappy, just shoot me an e-mail: khaldub@gmail.com. I'll lace you proper. And any DJs playing THUGSTEP and have mixes online, let me know - much shine will be given.

Enjoy!

Poppin' Off At The Mouth

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How The Fader can be into such nonsense is beyond me...

LOST: Latest Podcast/"Orchid" orientation film

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Did you LOST fans miss my post from this past Friday, alerting you to the new podcast up? If so, I suggest you take 52 minutes out of your day and give this a listen. They take questions from a room full of fans, giving insight on the way the next 3 seasons will be structured (with some word towards the flash forwards), words about Michael's return, and some funny moments. They also made mention towards the end about an event that would be happening... which turned out to be a new orientation film! This time, it was about Station 6, AKA "The Orchid" (Lostpedia has all the info HERE). Check out this vid:



I also found the trailer for the much-hyped LOST video game:


I definitely think it's odd to have a linear game based on the show, but it looks interesting... who knows.

In any case, what do YOU guys think is going to happen this coming season (Feb. 2008 can't get here soon enough)???

The Boondocks, Season 2 Trailer

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Shouts to NahRight for posting this:



THUGNIFICENT F GRANDAD!?!?! Riley in the NBA? More "A Pimp Named Slickback"? "There's Powerful Niggerdry here"? Theme songs being remixed!?!?!

Plus, the animation looks dope. I'm just all around impressed. So worth the wait.

Now I need to go cop a new Boondocks t-shirt.

Friday, August 3rd 2007 playlist

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01/Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz ft. Vast Aire "The Moment Before Crazy" [Beat? Bananas. Rhymes? Stupendous. Track of the year contender...]
02/Jody Breeze Vs. bowzer "Rookie Of The Year (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Mix)" [too crunchy. that bassline is the truth.]
03/Hive & The Upbeats "Nothing Scared" [dutty DNB Beats.]
04/Sadat X "The Post" [see MCs, it's very easy to make up Hip-Hop tracks... just pick up the Post and rap about it.]
05/Paradigm X "Ode To James Brown" [fun, 'ardcore-flavored JB refix - everything is JB except the sub!]

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LEAK time...

Fall Out Boy ft. Kanye West, Travis from Gym Class Heroes, Tyga, Lupe Fiasco, Paul Wall, Skin Head Rob & Lil' Wayne "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race (Remix)"
N.O.R.E. ft. Swizz Beatz & J.Russ "Set It Off" (prod. by Swizz Beatz)
A few Keith Murray tracks from his Rap-Murr-Phobia (The Fear Of Real Hip-Hop) LP: "Da Fery" and "Don't F Wit Me" (ft. Kell Vicious)
Chamillionaire "Evening News"
Plies ft. Akon "Hypnotized"
Cassidy "Amusement Park Freestyle"
Dr. Octagon "Trees (Spankrock Remix)"
Two tracks from the Coughee Brothaz, ft. Devin the Dude (whattup noz?!): "On The Road" and "Don't Get Me Wrong"
Copywrite ft. King Dom "Backstage Pass" (prod. by Jake One)
Median "How Big Is Your World" (prod. by 9th Wonder)
Cassie "Is It You?"
Petter "Hip Hop Musik"
UGK ft. Talib Kweli & Raheem Devaughn "Real Women"
Lil' Wayne "Outstanding" (prod. by Dr. Dre... or not?)
Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #18 (Uh-Oh freestyle)" (check out the interview with Crooked I at XXL)
Huey "Pop, Lock & Drop It (Dev79 StreetBass Refix)"
Shawty Lo "They Know AKA L.O."
2Pac "I Get Money Freestyle"
Nitti ft. Scrilla Midnight "Papah Boy"
Omillio Sparks "DJ Turn It Up"
Common got interviewed recently by the one like DJ Semtex.

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Mixtape game is kind of slick right now:

01/The boy Median has a mixtape out, Relief In The Making, which is mixed by DJ Low Key and hosted by 9th Wonder. More info HERE.
02/Trae also has a mixtape available. Hit this link to enter your email and get a dload link.
03/Benja Styles, DJ Drama and JDS have a new mixtape out, Welcome To The City of Realadelphia. Peep the tracklisting:

1. DJ DRAMA INTRO
2. BEANIE SIGEL, PEEDI, TWISTA "GOTTA HAVE IT" BENJA STYLES REMIX
3. JAKK FROST "MAKIN MOVES"
4. PEEDI PEEDI FT TWISTA "HEY HO"
5. FREEWAY "WE WANT FREEWAY"
6. CASSIDY "MR ME TOO" FREESTYLE
7. PEEDI PEEDI "LIFE GOES ON"
8..CASSIDY "GET RETARDED"
9. DJ DRAMA INTERLUDE
10. PEEDI PEEDI "GROUPIES"
11. E NESS & YOUNG CHRIS "CREAM" FREESTYLE
12. JAKK FROST "I GOT MY MONEY RIGHT"
13. JAKK FROST PHONE CALL
14. GILLIE DA KID "MAKE IT DO WHAT IT DO"
15. DJ DRAMA INTERLUDE
16. FREEWAY FT JAY-Z "BIG SPENDER"
17. BEANIE SIGEL "CREEP LOW"
18. CASSIDY "MY DRINK & MY 2 STEP" BENJA STYLES REMIX
19. FREEWAY "BDK(LEAN ON ME)" FREESTYLE
20. FREEWAY FT PEEDI "FLIPSIDE" BENJA STYLES REMIX
21. DJ DRAMA INTERLUDE
22. YOUNG CHRIS "SURVIVAL OF THE FITTEST" FREESTYLE
23. PEEDI PEEDI "CASH RULES EVERYTHING"
24. BEANIE SIGEL, OBB, PEEDI "WHEN U HEAR THAT" BENJA STYLES REMIX
25. DJ DRAMA INTERLUDE
26. CASSIDY "I GET MONEY" FREESTYLE
27. FRECK BILLIONAIRE "PEANUT BUTTER"
BENJA STYLES UNSIGNED ALLSTAR SQUAD
28. TAJMAHAL "POPULAR"
29. BLACK DENERIO "SUPERMAN"
30. RYAN BANKS FT PEEDI "MOVE OVER"
31. NEESH FT YOUNG CHRIS "WHERE I'M FROM"
BONUS TRACK
32. GORILLA ZOE "HOOD FIGGA" BENJA STYLES REMIX


OUCH!

04/Caps and Jones made a mix for In-DEED on XM Radio. Proper summertime fun. Check the tracklisting:

Electric Light Orchestra: Livin Thing
Steve Miller Band: Serenade
Rosanne Cash: Seven Year Ache
The Strokes: You Only Live Once
The Police: When The World Is Running Down, You Make The Best Of What's Still Around
Fleetwood Mac: Little Lies
Phil Collins: Easy Lover
Blue Oyster Cult: Burnin' For You
The Kinks: Motherless Child Of Motherhood
Split Enz: Six Months In A Leaky Boat
The Beach Boys: Surf's Up


Not what you'd expect, but damnit give it a twirl or 3.

05/claw stopped making Dubstep for a bit, and decided to drop a Dirty South/Dubstep mix entitled Souf, which is sadly devoid of THUGSTEP (we're working on that though). The jammy is on fire though, peep the tracklist:

1. Lil Flip - skit #2 'purple drank'
2. Dj Screw - Sailin da south
3. Babylon System - Fully loaded
4. Claw - Texas trunk
5. Bone Thugs N Harmony feat. Tupac - Thug love
6. High Rankin - Glory to the grave
7. Ekaj - Untitled
8. Dj Dmd - 25 lighters
9. Babylon System - Dancin shoes
10. Uncle Sam - Around the world girls (Tes la rock remix)
11. Paul Wall - Sittin sideways (XI dubstep remix)
12. Lil Flip - I can do dat
13. High Rankin - Control room
14. Wascal - Daily grind VIP
15. Press & Lukki - Contamination dub
16. Kush republiq - Lennys dub remix
17. Lil Flip - Da freestyle king
18. ABZ - Venture
19. Kush republiq - Anxious in St Pancras
20. Dj Screw - Cloverland
21. Claw - Antisocial
22. Monsta - Faceoff


Dutty.

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Need some DNB in your life? The DPD has it on lock: this week's "For Your Listening Pleasure" features hot hot heat from the likes of the Future Engineers, Kano, ESB and Submorphics. Get prepared...

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Jill Scott's label has offered up a downloadable sampler of her forthcoming album, The Real Thing (September 25th), for FREE. You just have to be a member of her "Family Reunion" fan club, which is also FREE. 17 mins of exclusive new Jill Scott? Count me in! (Get all details HERE)
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Some interesting music news this week...

01/Who knew that Michael Caine was not only into "Chill-Out" music, but that he was compiling a CD of it?!
02/Why would ANYONE turn down ?uestlove's request to DJ a gig - FOR FREE!?!?
03/Days of the Leak, an article on pre-release music culture in Spin.
04/Enigmatik has been going in, throwing up Wu-Tang related posts all week. Even linked this slick Raekwon interview with HipHopDX - No OB4CL2 this year?!
05/Yellow Nigga says no Detox from Dr. Dre until at least 2008... I agree with his "release it now or we'll forget about it" stance.
06/XXL also interviewed Skillz. He needs to get a serious break.
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I can't even begin to express how wrong this Disco D article in The Village Voice is, for I was not that close nor do I have close ties to D, but it's absurd to think that THAT is how they'd like to go about it.

In rememberance and tribute, here's D's Hustle Harder trailer:

LOST Podcast: Damon & Carlton at Comic Con 2007!

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I haven't heard this one yet, but my trusty FeedBlitz burn sent me the e-mail today!:

The Official LOST Podcast (August 2nd 2007) (MP3 download)

Executive Producers Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse preview season 4 and take
fan questions at Comic Con 2007! Go to ABC.com to see more.

Let me know what's up!

rock the dub radio podcast

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Just wanted to let you guys know that my contribution to WGHH Radio, rock the dub radio, now has a podcast via podOmatic. Here are the specs:

podcast URL: http://rockthedub.podomatic.com/
podcast RSS feed: http://rockthedub.podomatic.com/rss2.xml

Each show will be available there for both streaming AND downloading. episode 01 is up there now (divshare mirror). I will be including full tracklistings and offering the MP3 of each show there. I will also be backing up my shows to divshare, to help the bandwidth (podOmatic only offers so much for free per month).

Let me know what you think...

Random Aaron McGruder sighting!

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As seen on YBF:



Maybe The Boondocks' production is wrapped up? I hope so... look at him, posing with Meagan Good, who had the tight booty dress on that night...

We need some info, Aaron!

DJ Food The History of the Cut-Up

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I have been waiting for this dynamic mix to be re-uploaded. Read the following write-up, then download EARLY! I will be doing the same, then making mirrors (whattup sharebee!?):

'Everything Has To End...'

"On January 18th 2004, Strictly Kev premiered the original 'Raiding The 20th Century' on XFM's 'The Remix' show in London. It was a 40 minute attempt to catalogue the history of cut up music - be it avant garde tape manipulation, turntable megamixes or bastard pop mash ups. It rapidly spread throughout the web and managed to cause a full scale server crash on boomselection.info when they hosted it due to the volume of net traffic.

Shortly afterwards he read Paul Morley's recently published book 'Words & Music' and was amazed that certain chapters mirrored parts of his mix. Apart from the fact that the title, 'Raiding the 20th Century' was coined by Morley 20 years before for a future Art of Noise project, he also featured Alvin Lucier, who - purely by chance - was sampled on the opening track of the mix.

Kev decided to expand his idea to make the defnitive document on cut up music including many other parts, omitted by the constraints of the original radio session. After months of further research he tracked Morley down and they recorded passages from 'Words & Music' specially for this mix in an attempt tomarry the two and finish something that neither of them actually started. A year to the day of the original airing, the newly expanded version is ready."
I slept on this when it first came about, but I was super intrigued. Then, the dload link(s) died! Well, not anymore:

DJ Food "Raiding the 20th Century - Words & Music Expansion" (starring Paul Morley and a cast of thousands) [70MB] (megaupload mirror) (more mirrors to come!)

Here's the tracklisting:

Pt 1 - Time Machine

20th Century Fox theme intro
Negativland - Downloading (Seeland)
MCSleazy / Franzie Boys - Triple Take (Half Inch Recordings 12")
DJ BC - Surebladi (mp3)
Danger Mouse - Encore (CD)
Wayne Butane - Elderly (Sucks Bigtime)
Big City Orchestra - Bulldog (The Beatlerape)
Jay-Z - Encore (accapella) (Roc A Fella)
The Beatles - Glass Onion (2 versions) (Apple LP)
Avril Plays The Beatles (mp3)
Loo and Placido - Safari Love (mp3)
Jrb - Busta vs Steptoe & Son (mp3)
Loo & Placido - Kids Will Rock You (mp3)
Braces Tower - Special Child (mp3)
Exactshit - Crazy (CDR)
Cropstar - Crazy Prado (mp3)
Tacteel vs Britney - Overprotected (CD-R)
Will Smith vs Mr Trick - Nod Ya Head (Boot Camp 7")
Osymyso - Intro inspection (Radar 12")
fLeXuS - It Ain't Nothin' (CD-R)
unknown - Spandau Fillet (mp3)
Go Home Productions - Turn Out The Light Slave And Give Me Some Rhythm (mp3)
Go Home Productions - Work It Out With A Foxy Lady (mp3)
Beyonce - Crazy In Love (poj mix) (mp3)
Skkatter - Diddy (mp3)
Wobbly - Yo Yo Yo Yoyo, Hey... (Wild Why)
Frenchbloke & Son - Sound of da S Club (CD-R)
Lemon Jelly - Soft Rock (LJ 7")
dsico - Bille Jean Dancehall Edit (mp3)
People Like Us - Nobody Does (ubuweb mp3)
2 Many Djs - Smells Like Booty (mp3)
fLeXuS - White Love (CD - R)
Evil Twin - The Lady & The Lake (CD-R)
Justin Timberlake - Like I Love U (Ochre remix) (mp3)
Osymyso - Intro Expansion Pt 2 (mp3)
Go Home Productions. - Ray Of Gob (Half Inch Recordings 12")
Madonna - WTF? (mp3)
Player - Angel of Theft (Blood 12")
Osymyso - Wegoddim (mp3)
Flashbulb - Mama Said Knock You Out (mp3)

Pt 2 - The
Time Before Time

Alvin Lucier - I Am Sitting In A Room (Lovely Music Ltd CD)
Pierre Schaeffer - Etude aux Chemins De Fer (EMF Media CD)
Pierre Henry - Souffle 1 (Phillips / 21st Century Prospective Siecle LP)
PM - 1954 - Varese - Deserts (Columbia LP)
John Cage - Imaginary Landscape No.1 (Hungeroton CD)
William Burroughs - Origin and Theory of the Tape Cut-Ups (Sub Rosa CD)
Coldcut (Let Us Play LP outro) (Ninja Tune LP)
James Tenney - Collage no.1 (Blue Suede) (New World Records CD)
Marshall McLuhan - The Medium Is The Massage (Columbia LP)
Steve Reich - It's Gonna Rain (Odyssey/Music of Our Time LP)
The Monkees - Head Opening Ceremony (Rhino LP)
Frank Zappa - Lumpy Gravy (Verve LP)
John Rydgren - Christmas Montage (Silhouette Segments LP)
Holger Czukay & Rolf Dammers - Boat - Woman - Song (Spoon LP)
Radiophonic Workshop - Major Bloodnock's Stomach (BBC Records LP)
The Beatles - Revolution No.9 (Capitol LP)
Radiophonic Workshop - Talk Out (BBC Records LP)
Kenny Everett Musical Works - (acetate / mp3)

Pt 3 - Say Kids, What Time Is it?

Grandwizard Theodore & Kevie Kev Rockwell - Military Cut - Scratch Mix (Animal Records LP)
Grandwizard Theodore Speaks (Hip Hop Slam CD)
Grandmaster Flash in Fab 5 Freddy's kitchen from Wildstyle (DVD rip)
Monica Lynch interviews Grandmaster Flash for WFMU (mp3)
(Orig.) Big Apple Productions Vol. 2 - Genius At Work (J & T Records 12")
The Art of Noise - Close (To The Edit) (ZTT 12")
Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five - Adventures On The Wheels of Steel (Sugarhill 12")
Cold Crush Brothers vs The Fantastic 5MCs (Music of Life LP)
Malcolm McLaren - Buffalo Gals - (Charisma 12")
Double D & Steinski - Lesson 2 (The James Brown Mix) (Disconet 12")
Double D & Steinski - The Payoff Mix (aka Lesson 1) (Disconet 12")
Big Apple Productions - Genius At Work Vol. 2 (J & T Records 12")
Mr. K (aka Danny Krivit) - Rock The House (T.D. Records Inc. 12")
Double D & Steinski - Lesson 3 (The History of Hip Hop) (Tommy Boy 12")
Buchannan & Goodman - Flying Saucer Pt.1 (Cash Records LP)
Bomb The Bass - Beat Dis (Mister-Ron/Rhythm King 12")
Steinski & Mass Media - The Motorcade Sped On (NME 7")
Steinski radio interview with Jon Nelson from Some Assembly Required (mp3)
Coldcut - Say Kids, What Time Is It? (White Label 12")
Coldcut - Beats & Pieces (Ahead Of Our Time 12")
Eric B & Rakim - Paid In Full (Coldcut Seven Minutes of Madness mix) (4th & Broadway 12")
M/A/R/R/S - Pump Up The Volume (4AD 12")
Eric B & Rakim - Micheal Jackson Got Soul (mp3)
Think Tank - Hack One (The Internet Worm mix) (Hakattack Records 12")
Big Apple Productions - Genius At Work Vol. 2 (J & T Records 12")
3D - Tommy Boy megamix (Tommy Boy LP)
Axel F - The Latin Rascals (Streetheat 12")
Arthur Baker - Breaker's Revenge (Atlantic 12")
Kurtis Blow - America (Dub Mix) (Mercury LP)
Cindy Mizelle - This Could Be The Night (Atlantic LP)
Rochelle - My Magic Man (Machine Gun Dub) (Warner Bros 12")
Word of Mouth & DJ Cheese - King Kut (Bonus Beats) (Beauty & The Beat 12")
T La Rock - This Beat Kicks (Fresh Records LP)
Tricky Tee - Leave It To The Drums (Dub) (Sleeping Bag 12")
Mantronix - Bassline (Stretched) (10 Records 12")
Mantronix - Mega-Mix (from The Album) (10 Records LP)
Mantronix - Scream (Primal Scream Dub) (10 Records 12")
Mantronix - Mega-Mix (from Music Madness) (10 Records LP)
T La Rock - Bass Machine (Club Version) (10 Records 12")
T La Rock - Breakin Bells (Omar Santana Edit) (10 Records 12")
Skyywalker's Bass Waves Mega Mixes - Mega Mix 1 (Luke Skyywalker 12")
Matt Black & the Coldcut Crew - The Music Maker (Ahead of Our Time 12")
James Brown - The Payback mix (Coldcut meets the Godfather) (Urban 12")
Mantronix - King of the Beats (Sleeping Bag 12")
Pete Smith & DJ Cesare - Beat Bytes (white label 12")
Dr Funnkenstein & DJ Cash Money - Scratchin' to the Funk Pt.1 (Sound Makers Records 12")
Grandmixer D.ST - American Mega-Mix (CBS 12")
James Brown - Payback (The Final Mixdown)
(Norman Cook & DJ Streets Ahead) (Urban 12")
Jazzy Jeff & Fresh Prince - He's the DJ, I'm the Rapper (Jive LP)
DJ Shadow - Lesson 4 (Hollywood Basic 12" Promo)
Hiroshi & Kudo feat. DJ Milo - Return of The Original Artform (Major Force 12")
Derek & Clive - Records (DK re-edit) (Virgin LP/mp3)
De La Soul - Cool Breeze on the Rocks (Tommy Boy LP)
Zeb Rockski & Steiber Twins - The Revenge (B Boys Revenge '97) (Mzee 12")
Bronx Dogs - Tribute To Jazzy Jay (Death Mix) (Kontranand 12")
DJ Format - English Lesson (Bomb Hip Hop Records 12")
Dynamix 2 - Just Give the DJ A Break (Dynamix 12")
Beat Junkies - Scratch Monopoly Pt II (Bomb Hip Hop Records LP)
Mr Dibbs - B Boys Revenge (Turntable Scientifics cassette)
DJ Craze - 1st ITF chamionship set (cassette)
Invisibl Skratch Piklz - Vs Da Klamz Uv Deth (Asphodel 12")
The Herbaliser - Wall Crawling Flying Insect Breaks (Ninja Tune 12")
Cut Chemist - Lesson 6 (The Lecture) (Pickininny 12" EP)

Pt 4 - Pressed For Time

Cassetteboy - Fly Me To New York (Barrys Bootlegs CD)
Jive Bunny & The Mastermixers - Swing The Mood (Music Factory12")
Stars On 45 - Stars On 45 (? 12")
The Jams - All You Need Is Love (KLF Communications 12")
Age Of Chance - Kisspower (unreleased mix) (FON 12")
Negativeland - The Perfect Cut (Good As Gold) (SST LP)
Christian Marclay - Pandora's Box (Organik/RecRec LP)
Jon Oswald - Way (Plunderphonics CD)
Evolution Control Committee - Rebel Without A Pause (The Whipped Cream mix) (Pickled Egg 7")
Jon Oswald - Brown (plunderphonics CD)
Tape Beatles - Concern About (Staalplaat CD)
Jon Oswald - dab (Plunderphonics CD)
Tape Beatles - Short History of the Tape Beatles (Staalplaat CD)
The KLF - Rock Radio Into The Nineties and Beyond (KLF Communications LP)
People Like Us - Sound Escape (Solielmoon Recordings 12")
Negativeland - The Letter U & The Numeral 2 (acapella mix) (Seeland 12")
Emergency Broadcast Network - Behaviour Modification / We Will Rock You (TVT Records CDS)
Black Helicopters - Hammered Gods (Leaf 12")
People Like Us - Sound Escape (Solielmoon Recordings 12")
Tape Beatles - Thus (Staalplaat CD)
Forest J. Ackerman - Music For Robots (Science Fiction Records LP)

Pt 5 - Time's Up

Osymyso - Intro Inspection (Radar 12")
The Freelance Hellraiser - A Stroke of Genius (white label 7")
Girls On Top - We Don't Give A Damn About Our Friends (Black Melody 7")
Kurtis Rush - George Gets His Freak On (white label 12")
Copywrong - Too Much Freakin' (mp3)
Girls On Top - Being Scrubbed (Black Melody 7")
2 Many DJs - Dreadlock Woman (white label 12")
Osymyso - Pat n Peg (3 Sevens 12")
The Freelance Hellraiser - Got My Lovely Money (CD-R)
The Freelance Hellraiser - Step On Man (CD-R)
Osymyso - Intro Inspection (Radar 12")
Osymyso - John's Not Mad (mp3)
Picasio - Do You Really Like It? (Barrys Bootlegs 7")
The Freelance Hairdresser - Marshall's Been Snookered (mp3)
Mky - I've Created A Monster (mp3)
B.R.K. - JackoNim (mp3)
Mr On - Breathe, Don't Stop (white label 12")
The Freelance Hellraiser - Can You Lick Shots? (CD-R)
Skkatter - Madonna Is A Filthy Slut (V/Vm Test Records LP)
Mcsleazy - Don't Call Me Song 2 (mp3)
Wayne Butane - Elderly (Wild Why)
Girls On Top - I Wanna Dance With Numbers (Black Melody 7")
Kylie - Can't Get You Out Of My Head (Soulwax Electrosoul mix) (PIAS CD)
Kylie Minogue - Can't Get You Out Of Blue Monday Live @ the Brits 2002 (mp3)
20th Century Fox theme outro


God...damn! I love the selection, from choice album cuts to random booties to just straight up ripped DVD audio. If you are a fan of cut-up music, you need this in your life.

Get in tune... get involved... then get to work!

Freddy Kruger SB Dunk Low

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I'm so not the sneaker man (no ends to keep w/ the trends), but the Nike SB Dunk phenom kills me. These are from the "Horror Pack", and should drop in November (why not drop on Oct 31st?)...

Spotted on NahRight (as per usual) via Hypebeast.

Tired of "swagger"

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For those of you who got pissed @ MTV's Top 10 MCs in the Game list, you can blame it on "swagger".

This is a term that's come to prominence in the last few years, and the Urban Dictionary basically describes it as someone's style - whether it's their dress, walk, talk, whatever. I can see why people would be so big on it these days - Hip-Hop, and music in general, is very much style over substance, the look before the content. Why do you think guys like Jim Jones can stay prominent in the streets: he wears his style on his sleeve, no matter how ridiculous skull belts look on Harlemites. Lil' Wayne has tatoos in between his eyebrows, and his adlibs sound like someone stuck him in an oxygen-deprived vacuum, then kicked him in the nuts. I love what they do (at times), but this is my thing:

How can you base a Top 10 MCs list on their style, or swagger? Style might bring the people in, but 10 years from now, do you think people will remember Jim Jones for anything other than chants of "Ballin'!" (shit, that's not even THE NAME OF THE SONG!) And even then, who knows the lyrics? T.I. is a hustler, but they rate him on his swagger.

The funniest thing about all of this is when I first heard the word, it was when Cam'ron called Jay-Z a swagger-jacker - then berated dude for wearing sandles and socks. What? You diss him, saying he stole someone's style, then you diss him FOR his style? Cam, you stole your pink-wearing swagger from millions of teen girls! Be forreal.

At the end of the day, I am tired of journalists finding new terms ("swagger") or other trends and acting like it is something entirely new. Who's swagger was iller - Slick Rick's or Weezy's? Biggie's or Jeezy's? And the fucked up part is, once Pac and BIG died, everyone bit off of them! Shit, niggas like Tip and Wayne and Ja Rule and a slew of others are just popular versions of other people's style, anyways. Be forreal...

Basically, I think this quote from Enigmatik says it best: "fuck your swagger".

Tay Zonday feels like a "Motherless Child"

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Ghostface needs to do a 2007 Remix of "Motherless Child" and feature Tay on that shit.

Tay could make a career doing remakes of old Negro spirituals...

PS: Peep homey's smile at the end? Priceless! (shouts to Enigmatik again for the find.)

Tay Zonday for Vice President

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So the other day I'm minding my own business, checking my e-mail, when the one like Enigmatik hits me up with this link, which features an interview with Tay Zonday, who seems to have gone buck wild on YouTube with his music. I mean, I know I might be late on this, but WHAT!?!?

I look at him like - is dude serious? He's my age, but somehow his wires got crossed. To me, he looks like a mixture between old Michael Jackson and new Michael Jackson. His voice is deep, and while it might not be faked, there's no denying how odd his tone is. And then I bring you "Chocolate Rain":




WOW! Check a sample of the lyrics:

Chocolate Rain
Some stay dry and others feel the pain
Chocolate Rain
A baby born will die before the sin

Chocolate Rain
The school books say it can't be here again
Chocolate Rain
The prisons make you wonder where it went

Chocolate Rain
Build a tent and say the world is dry
Chocolate Rain
Zoom the camera out and see the lie

Chocolate Rain
Forecast to be falling yesterday
Chocolate Rain
Only in the past is what they say

Chocolate Rain
Raised your neighborhood insurance rates
Chocolate Rain
Makes us happy 'livin in a gate

Chocolate Rain
Made me cross the street the other day
Chocolate Rain
Made you turn your head the other way

(Chorus)
Chocolate Rain
History quickly crashing through your veins
Chocolate Rain
Using you to fall back down again
[Repeat]

Some heavy shit from dude... I think? I'm kind of confused... In any case, I guess you can't knock his hustle - he has a TON of shit up there, and is getting his press. And this is what Barack Obama needs.

Obama is already getting his feet wet with the 'Net, as most politicians do, but he needs something, a zing - maybe some CHOCOLATE RAIN!?!!? Plus, Zonday already seems to know about the state of the world, and is knowledgeable enough to write captivating music about what's going on in the community. He is the perfect yang to Obama's ying.

Thing is, we'd have to make sure Obama NEVER got murked - do you honestly think Tay would make a great President? Wait, scratch that, he'd run circles around Dubya...

KG is now a Celtic!?!?

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WOW! This is a problem. Kevin Garnett finally got what he has wanted... And a fucking 7-for-1 deal? How insane is that?

I guess us Nets fans have a situation on our hands, with the Bulls and now the Celtics in serious contention... maybe Paul Pierce will break his leg? In any case, the Celts are officially on the hunt now...

More opinions at the Dime Smack. Charley Rosen thinks the 'Wolves might be better off, anyways.

NBA Rookie Feets

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I guess getting your foot in the NBA door means you up your sneaker game swiftly.

FOTM: THUGSTEP #4 (08/2007)

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"looking like they mad at a pimp/acting bad like they know they wasn't fans off the rip"

What's going on good people? Big up to all the THUGSTEP supporters - I see the almost 900 downloads on the "40 Oz." refix... wanna shout out DJ Tipz especially. He came through, on his own mind you, and blazed a TOUGH THUGSTEP Mixtape (I hope you didn't sleep - Discobelle didn't!). Dude has another THUGSTEP mix forthcoming... watch this space.

In any case, this is a heatrock for the summertime. DJ Nappy done done it again - took Jody Breeze's "Rookie Of The Year" and laced it atop of bowzer's "Sudden Death". The intro is something slick - Jody lettin' you know how many can hate on the young grinder on the come up. He puts in his work and gets sideways smirks from all angles. Once that grimey bassline comes in - WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! Watch out. (If Jody sounds familiar, you might have heard him with his Boyz N Da Hood crew. Georgia, whattup!?!?)

As per usual, grab it HERE:


Show some love and spread the word, folk. Holla!

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

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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: khaldub@gmail.com.

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: khaldub@gmail.com.

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:

www.wghhradio.com
WGHH Radio on Live Journal
WGHH Radio on MySpace

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

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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
http://www.johneffkennedy.com/

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"
will.i.am "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"


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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 unkut.com. You guys should also peep this interview with Dego of 4Hero - so interesting, esp. for the old school Jungle/DNB heads.

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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.

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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!?

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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):

LEND YOUR SUPPORT TO AN EXECUTIVE PRESIDENTIAL PARDON FOR THE LEGENDARY RON ISLEY AKA MR. BIGGS.


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:

Call:
1-202-456-1414

Fax: 1-202-456-2461

Email:
president@whitehouse.gov

2. To contact The Congressional Black Caucus:
Go to
www.congressionalblackcaucus.net

Click on “meet reps” and find your representatives.

3. To contact your local senator or congressperson:
http://www.congress.org/

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

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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 www.myspace.com/messinian. 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.

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crucial links:
http://www.messinian.com/
www.myspace.com/messinian
http://www.planetofthedrums.com/
cdbaby.com/cd/messinian - grab Messinian's Rhymes Against Humanity CD

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