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

[rock the dub Interview]: A.L.

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You already know what it is: rock the dub bringing you the newest latest of the Hip-Hop world. This interview is with A.L., "The Crown Prince", who represents Compton, CA. Don't get it twisted, though, this isn't "Nigga Wit An Attitude, Volume 2"... this is a man who is fresh to def, ready to drop knowledge as well as pop bottles. Dude is nice on the mic, so nice that he has lent his talents to a few artists who are getting their feet wet in the game... he's been bubblin' on the low for a bit, but with a few majors already biting at his work, you might be seeing him on your TV screens in due time. Come follow us on a journey...

khal: Now when I say you are born and raised in Compton, California, there’s an immediate stigma involved with that: namely, movies like Boyz-N-the Hood, Menace II Society and others, and of course artists like N.W.A., all of which showcase the more “street” side of the town. While you are definitely reppin’ for your hood, your tracks don’t necessarily highlight the plight and sadness of the city. What sets you apart from some of your Compton peers?

A.L.: Growing up in Compton your always gonna see the negative aspects around you everyday, with my music I wanted to bring the other side of Compton, CA, because I personally feel that in order to move along to a better society you have to also focus on the positive and feeling good about yourself. Compton is one of the greatest places in my eyes and there is a new generation growing up on these streets that have a mind of their own and I’m apart of that generation. Yes this is where gangster rap started, but 90% of my friends gangbang, and they listen to Chris Brown, Kanye West, and anything that is great music, so with that I knew since I don’t gangbang it still wasn’t gonna be hard for me to get them to notice talent when the saw It….I have to just make quality music that everybody could appreciate.

khal: In reading up on you, I see that you were a pretty accomplished football player, especially in your college years. Are there any skills you picked up on the field that you could apply to the Rap game?

A.L.: Definitely, the first being desire, dedication, sacrifice and also to compete to be the best at what you’re doing. Also football helped a lot with my performance skills on the stage, because if you could play in front of millions of people on TV and 78,000 people in the stands and do well you should be able to rock a large who loves your music.

khal: Now to take it back for a minute, when did you start rhyming? Do you remember the first time you heard a Rap song that made you say “I can do that”?

A.L.: That’s a crazy question because I didn’t seriously start rhyming until I was about 19. I always wanted to be a producer and song writer, but I didn’t have the funds to actually invest in quality production equipment, and like I said earlier, if I decide to do something I want to be the best at it. I wrote my first real sixteen bar verse to “Jesus Walks” by Kanye…The first song that made me want to be just a rapper was Mos Def & Talib Kweli’s Black Star album; that is the album I say that made me feel I can do this.

khal: Where does the name “The Crown Prince” come from?

A.L.: It actually came from my homeboy Richardo when I spit a 16 bar verse for him for the first time and he told me that sooner or later I am going to be the next king in Hip-Hop, but for now I am the crown prince…..

khal: I’ve heard that you’ve helped co-write tracks for artists like LeToya Luckett, Sean P (of the YoungbloodZ) and Avery Storm. How hard is it to co-write a track with someone, from their perspective? Are you giving them a skeleton and having them fill in the holes, or is it more of a collaborative affair? Also, how well does one get a gig like that?

A.L.: At the beginning it was just coming up with hooks for them, but once I played them track that I had been working on with an fellow up-and-coming R&B singer they wanted my input more and more, and that lead to co-writing a couple of tracks with them. I usually give them a skeleton and help out with whatever they need help on (ex. writing the 2nd verse, or a certain hook or bridge) because I feel sometimes it’s best to let them zone out and help create the magic that we create. The best way I would say to land either placements or gigs writing tracks is to network and be wherever they are, and once you’ve grabbed there attention make sure you have confidence in your music and the vision you want to create for yourself, because producers or people with production teams are always looking for people to bring something different that’s hot.

khal: Take us inside your writing process – what works best for you? Are you more of a storyteller or someone who can just expound on any topic?

A.L.: I would like to say I’m a little bit of both, because I always admired artists like a Biggie, Eminem, Ice Cube, Big L and Slick Rick for their story telling skills. But I feel my strong point and the thing that makes me special is that I can write about any topic at hand and actually do it very well, because people go through many different things in their everyday life, from drugs, love, religion, self-esteem issues to just feeling good about yourself, and I’ve dealt with pretty much all of those things in my life and I’m pretty sure the average person has to, that’s why I want to be able to paint pictures of many different faces through my music.

khal: One of the big things these days is the freestyle: be it written or off the dome. Do you freestyle? What do you consider a freestyle, and why? What about battlin’ – is that something you do?

A.L.: I started off freestylin’ off of the dome when I was young, but as I grew up and matured I realized 97% of rappers don’t really freestyle off the dome anyway but I still loved what they spit regardless, so I don’t really care if it’s written or off the top as long as it’s hot…I never really did the battlin’ thing because I always mainly stayed to myself with my music until I got really good and by that time I was focusing on making quality tracks... but don’t think for a second I won’t bite someone’s head off in a battle cause I’ll murder a lot of these (MCs) on the streets talking that craziness…(laughs)

khal: I gather, from the articles posted about your past shows, that you are an entertainer in spirit. You seem to be dedicated in providing quality shows, and are willing to perform whenever, wherever. That seems to be a rarity in this genre. What’s an A.L. show like? What’s your greatest show experience, as well as your worst experience?

A.L.: Wow… an A.L. show is always a great time, high energy, very deep, and will leave you feeling like you’ve got more than your moneys worth… I’ve always admired Jay-Z, Kanye West and Busta Rhymes for their performance skills and I always said that when I perform, I wanna be known among that group of artists who just draw you in song by song, lyric by lyric, and that will always be my goal. My greatest show experience so far is the first show I ever did, which I put on. There were over 500 people there in a seated ballroom type of building so naturally the majority of the people aren’t going to get up out of there seats. But once I got done with the last song and finished my set I got a standing ovation which left me with a feeling like none other. I honestly haven’t had a bad show experience yet and I hope to keep that trend going…

khal: Do you have an album that you’re currently working on? I’ve heard that track “22’s” (ft. T.I.) on your MySpace page, which is a pretty hot track. Is this the jump-off to a larger project?

A.L.: Thanks I appreciate that 110%….Yeah it’s the jump-off for a major project/album I’m currently working on….I can’t really spill the details about It but I will tell you this: I am working on making one of the best all-around Hip-Hop albums of the 21st century…..

khal: With the way the music business is, there is a lot of confusion with the rise of the digital age (MP3s, blogs, etc.). How do you see yourself fitting well on all levels – appeasing the people who live for the new tracks, as well as those who still want to go cop a great CD?

A.L.: I think I’ll be okay, because I realized that the people who still go buy CD’s and legally buy music off of the internet are the ones who still care about the artist they have interest in and can identify with. That‘s why I think artists like MIMS and The Shop Boyz don’t do as well as people think they should, because people only identify with there songs and not them… I honestly believe that’s why artists like Jay-Z, T.I., Luda, 50 Cent, The Game and Nas still sell records because people still want to know what’s going on in their lives and I will make sure they wanna hear my story as well.

khal: One necessary trait in the game today is the ability to market yourself. I see on your page that you are going to have your own Nike Dunk sneaker? What’s that all about? Is that still going on?

A.L.: Yeah I still have that going on, it’s gonna be released only in sneaker boutiques though, hopefully right around or before Christmas. I’m actually a sneaker collector myself (Air Force 1’s lows and dunks only though). I have a friend who was interning for Nike and he always played my music while at work, so one day the head of his department became a big fan and wanted to meet me and later on down the road they developed a Nike Dunk that best described me, my music and my passion for sneakers, so we’re just waiting for this record deal to go through I’m currently in negotiations with. Once we drop the single (“22’s” most likely), the shoe will fit in place right around the same time.

khal: Where do you see yourself in the next 5 years, in terms of your career? Are you making any strides to get signed?

A.L.: In 5 years I wanna be on top of music’s elite, not just Rap, but music in general. I wanna still be making classic material for myself and others. Yeah I’m actually in talks with two majors right now, and I wanna have that process done with very, very soon…..

khal: Do you have any final thoughts/shout outs/etc. for the people reading?

A.L.: Shout outs to RTD (Rock the Dub)… and every beautiful person who’s reading this... Check out the page (www.myspace.com/althecrownprince), I will be dropping soon. Also look out for me on that Lil’ Mama “Lip Gloss” Official Remix, that will be dropping very soon… and just stay tuned because I am about to shake up the world…


The Cassette Tape (2007 Remix)

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You want one, but then again you know you don't... meet the Mix Tape USB Drive.

RIP Merv Griffin

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Merv, because of you, my dinner is all about not knowing anything *except high school knowledge* for the first 30 minutes, then totally knowing every phrase under the sun for the second half hour. You rich bastard.

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rock the dub radio: episode 002

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Did you miss rock the dub radio this past Thursday? Yeah, so did I... it didn't play at it's regular time, but if you kept your ears to WGHH Radio, it did get rinsed over the weekend (I see you, Chad)! In any case, that's why I have a podcast! This week's show, the 2nd, was a treat to make. Spent a good amount of time making sure it flowed well - I hope you like it!

The first half hour features a load of J Dilla-related tracks, then just goes off after that. Peep the Boondocks-related interludes every half-hour or so. Also some unsigned hype in there (Joulz Il Duce, S.I.N., Jay Eff Kay and Tha S Ence - don't sleep!)...


download via podOmatic HERE (divshare mirror HERE)...

Check out the tracklisting for this week:

01/intro: "The Boondocks" theme
02/interlude: MLK vs. The Visioneers
03/Phat Khat "Don't Nobody Care About Us"
04/Jaylib ft. Guilty Simpson "Strapped"
05/Copywrite "Waiting To Inhale"
06/Illa J "Me And My Brother"
07/J Dilla ft. Roc C & Oh No "Pandemonium"
08/J Dilla "Wild"
09/Frank-N-Dank "MCA"
10/A.G. ft. Aloe Blacc "Hip-Hop Quotable"
11/Busta Rhymes ft. Cassidy & Papoose "Psycho"
12/interlude: A Nigga Moment
13/Big Shug ft. Big Twinn & Sean Price "Legbreakers"
14/Sean Price "Like You"
15/Evidence, Joe Scudda & The Alchemist "It's Gon' Pop"
16/AZ ft. M.O.P. "Sit 'Em Back Slow"
17/Styles P ft. Kool G Rap "Come One, Come All"
18/O.C. ft. Freddie Foxxx "M.U.G."
19/R.A. The Rugged Man ft. Masta Killa & Killah Priest "Chains"
20/interlude: Granddad vs. Stinkmeiner 01
21/Method Man "Grid Iron Rap"
22/Pete Rock ft. Styles P & Sheek Louch "914"
23/9th Wonder & Buckshot "Side Talk"
24/Talib Kweli & Madlib "Over The Counter"
25/Ice Water ft. Raekwon & Busta Rhymes "Do It Big"
26/Joulz Il Duce "The Urge"
27/S.I.N. "Fast Forward"
28/interlude: Granddad vs. Stinkmeiner 02
29/Keith Murray ft. Lil Jamal "Whatmakeaniggathinkdat"
30/Viktor Vaughn "Raedawn (Remix)"
31/J-Zone ft. Huggy Bear, Kobayashi & Trip "Candy Razors"
32/Jay Eff Kay "Want Sex & Violence? (Suburbia's It)"
33/Joell Ortiz ft. Jadakiss & Saigon "Hip Hop (Remix)"
34/Special Ed "I Got It Made"
35/Fabolous ft. Nate Dogg "Can't Deny It (Tha S Ence Remix)"
36/outro: "The Boondocks" theme
Let me know what you think! And if you really dig it, make sure you subscribe to the podcast, so you can get that hot hot heat when it touches down!

UPDATE: Rizoh of TRU just Cuban Link'd this post. Might not mean a lot to you guys, but in the world of Hip-Hop Blogs, I am very humbled right now. Shouts to him.

The Hit (trailer)

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Peep the trailer for this new flick starring Blair Underwood, Al B Sure(!) and DeRay Davis:



Now check the synopsis:

Hen has made it to the big time. Growing up in Compton and starting his own record label off of money he conned from a loan shark, he has built up a $300 million empire. But there's a problem: Like all other rap labels, despite their enormous success, a huge portion of their profits are continually siphoned off by the major distribution houses. Hen is sick of this and decides to revolutionize the business by bringing together his and other rap labels to form a confederation apart from the distribution houses — a confederation that would be self-funded and allow them to keep the profits they earn while being socially conscious within their communities.

Rap labels are notorious for not getting along with one another, but under Hen’s leadership — and the promise of seeing triple the revenues — the labels decide to give it a shot . . . except one boss, who decides to take a much more violent approach to bring his cash cows back into the fold. The story twists and turns as betrayal leaves some dead and others in the hospital. Will this fledgling venture be able to withstand infighting and constant threats by mafia and music bosses alike?


DVD available on August 28th; pre-order this badboy HERE.

Review forthcoming.

Friday, August 10th 2007 playlist

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01/C-Rayz Walz "Original Copies"
02/UGK ft. T.I. "Hit The Block"
03/Loxy & Perpetuum "Adversary"
04/Percee P ft. Guilty Simpson & Percee P "Watch Yo' Step"
05/9th Wonder ft. Royce Da 5′9, Nawledge & Vandalyzm "The Last Time"

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LEAK SQUAD UP!

EPMD "Blow"
Pimp C "Pussy Nigga Anthum (Lil' Troy Dis)"
Ne-Yo "Can We Chill"
Rihanna "Hate That I Love You"
Chris Brown ft. T-Pain "Kiss Kiss"
Lupe Fiasco LIVE at Lollapalooza (as seen on NahRight): "Superstar" & "Wake Up In Tokyo"
Milk D "I Get Money (freestyle)"
Fabolous has a few exclusive remixes of "Make Me Better", featuring both Jagged Edge and Lil' Mo.
Keith Murray "Rap City Freestyle"
Wyclef "Johnny Dead"
Here's a few tracks from Swizz Beatz' forthcoming One Man Band Man LP: "Part Of The Plan" (ft. Chris Martin) & "Take A Picture"
Mya "Sorry"
J. Holiday "Mary Jane"
Everyone is jumping on Kanye West's "Can't Tell Me Nothing" beat: Jermaine Durpi has, Styles P has, as has Ransom. Whattupwiththat?
Lil' Wayne "Work 'Em"
Dizee Rascal "KissFM Freestyle"
Ali-N-Gipp ft. Three Six Mafia "What's The Bizness"
Jermaine Dupri ft. Jagged Edge "Your's & Mine's" (prod. by Swizz Beatz)
David Banner ft. Jim Jones "Fuck You Ho's"
The Cool Kids ft. Lil' Wayne "Gettin' It"
C-Ride "Pushing"
Maroon 5 "Makes Me Wonder (Cory Bold Remix)"
Styles P "Stop Skeemin'"
Cassidy "Big Spender Freestyle"
E.Ness "Drumma Boy Freestyle"
Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana "Poppin Pt. 2"
Young Jeezy ft. USDA "Chasing It"
Grafh "Chicks In The Living Room"
Nas ft. Cee-Lo "Less Than An Hour"
Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings "100 Days, 100 Nights"
New tracks from the Boot Camp Clik's Casualties of War album (in stores August 14th): "I Need More" (prod. by 9th Wonder) and "Jail Song" (prod. by Jaywan)
Cassidy, Drag-On & Larceny "Cool Like That 2007"
A few Crooked I freestyles: "Hip-Hop Weekly #18 1/2 (Died In Your Arms Freestyle)" and "Hip-Hop Weekly #19 (Real Muthafuckin G’z Freestyle)"
Cormega ft. Dwele "Sleep Well"
Sean Kingston ft. Fabolous & Boosie "Beatiful Girl (Remix)"
50 Cent ft. Tony Yayo & Lloyd Banks "On Some Shit"



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Dope Jay-Z interview with Angie Martinez (I love her voice) on Hot97 from 3rd August 2007 floating around. It's in 4 parts (grab them all at NahRight). NOTE: Some of the MP3 files would cut to silence randomly, leaving like half of a file with dead air. The first part also skipped a lot in the beginning. In the end, Jay's (dry) humor comes out, and it's hilarious.

In other interview news, The Smoking Section (we see that Rawkus-endorsement!) chopped it up with Little Brother.

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About 6 "vintage and unheard" Joe Budden joints got leaked on NahRight the other day. I'm guessing they are way early, for the lyrics are there, but to quote eskay, "his flow and delivery were suspect at times".

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Keith Murray just dropped a mixtape, Intellectual Violence (I'm feeling that title). Preview that KM album on his MySpace page as well. LOD!

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Did you guys sleep on DJ Tipz' "Thugstep Mixtape Vol. II"? If so, get the full scoop HERE. I also hope you did not sleep on the DJ Cable's BBC 1Xtra Guest Mix I posted up yesterday. Strictly Hip-Hop, party-startin' funk.

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The Krunchtime crew got at me with a serious Dubstep workout. "Dub Krunch" is part 4 of "Ten Years of Krunchtime" specials, and is too tough. Turn up a ya woofers. Tracklisting:

01 Abucs 3
02 RSD - Love Of Jah Light - Earwax
03 L-Wiz - Girl From Codeine City - Dub Police
04 Kion - Shine
05 Round The World Girls (Tes La Rok Mix)
06 Scuba 10
07 Mala - Left Leg Out - DMZ
08 2562 - Circulate - Tectonic
09 Mala - Lean Forward - DMZ
10 Marc Ashken (Skream Mix)
11 The Black Ghosts (Plastician & Skream Mix)
12 The Others - Africa - Dub Police
13 Dutty Dubz - Back & Forth - Disfigured Dubz
14 Dutty Dubz - Structured Madness - Trackdonalds
15 Mala - Alicia Keys Boot


Beautiful.

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Want more Dubstep? Peep Kode9's Sonar Festival Mix from June. Tracklisting HERE.

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Final thought? Enjoy your weekend... I know I will. Until next time...

Tay Zonday on Jimmy Kimmel

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How about I was sleep and didn't know this was on - my wife turned on ABC last night and was like "that's your boy, right?" - then it went to commercial. WTF!?!?

Here's the performance and the interview. Awe-inspiring:



Check out the Best Week Ever segment on "Chocolate Rain". Peep the John Mayer rendition towards the end...

Obama/Zonday 2008 FTW.

Ice Water ft. Raekwon & Inspectah Deck "Animal" (video)

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Check the video HERE @ Hip-Hop Crack.

Polluted Water hits stores on August the 28th. I got a feeling this one is going to be a gem...

Icewater Corp
Icewater at CrackSpace
Babygrande

[rock the dub Interview]: YO! Darkroom

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Here at rock the dub, we're not all about music and LOST: we dig the fine arts. Thing is, most of the opportunities seem to be so distant from my people (read: progressive, broke thinkers). Well, one opportunities was literally right under my nose. Well, in my past. I have a friend I went to high school with, someone I used to build with years gone. Her name is Sherry, and her resume is sharp: studied photography on many levels, and has taught in many fine institutions as well. Her latest venture is YO! Darkroom, a "photography community" deep in the heart of Philadelphia. From taking classes to using their facilities to copping cameras and film, among other things, this is a one-stop shop for all of your photo needs, especially if you are looking to further your craft in the Photo field. We rapped a bit on what YO! is about, where YO! is going, and how you can get invovled...

khal: What’s going on? First off, YO! Darkroom is such an interesting idea, but I’m surprised that in a city like Philly, which seems to have a solid art community, doesn’t have a photo community center like YO!. Can you explain where the idea for YO! came from?

Sherry: Hey! You’re right Philly does have a pretty solid art scene. With this new venue I’m most excited to bring the same attention that a lot of painters and sculptors get in the city to photographers at YO! The idea for creating a space like YO! stemmed from a real desire for a community darkroom in the city. In addition I want to take YO! further and offer a true photo venue that includes a gallery, classroom, studio and more -- a space where people of all levels and backgrounds can meet and learn more about what’s happening in the Philly art scene and photography in general.

khal: Do you see your location in Philly as a benefit? I mean, do you think you could essentially do the same thing in a city like Pittsburgh or Wilkes-Barre and get the same response/praise/etc.?

Sherry: I do see YO! as a creative benefit to the city in that we are designed for those who, for instance, want more than what their school offers, are intimidated by or can’t afford to take a class in photography elsewhere. Our organization is not a new idea, but was uniquely designed for a Philly crowd – in particular those who need a support system and want to make a direct difference in their own and each other’s lives.

khal: Was YO! something that caught on relatively quickly? I’d imagine many of the art student/college-crowd would be very interested, but are you seeing interest from all age-groups?

Sherry: YO!’s mission and word of our existence in Center City is spreading fast in many circles. So far I have noticed a super positive response from people ranging from students to seasoned fine artists who are interested in being mentored and mentoring others. There is a lot of diversity in the people who attend our gallery shows as well and that inevitably creates a unique dialogue between people of all ages and gives people a great chance to network.

khal: I personally know you’ve been involved in photography for years now, but can you break down your credentials, accomplishments, etc. for those who might be wondering “who is she to be giving me tips on photo”?

Sherry: It’s true, I have spent some years now involved in the arts working for creative non-profits, after school programs or teaching in schools. I received my BA and MFA in fine art photography and have spent over 5 years involved with higher education, teaching classes like digital and film photography, drawing and art appreciation. In addition to myself there are a number of local Adjunct Professors and photo professionals teaching our courses. Our guest lectures and professional workshops will be run by experienced local professionals who excel in their individual fields of photography.

khal: Is the geographical makeup of YO! artists predominately Philly-based, or are you getting heads from other cities/states exhibiting their work?

Sherry: There are currently shows in the works at YO! Gallery for fine art photographers from out of state (look for NYC photographer Jennifer Warren’s color Holga Panoramics in the Spring). I am definitely not opposed to receiving artists from other communities who are interested in our mission and appreciate the work that it being shown at YO! Gallery. YO! is a community based space and therefore open to all people willing to reach out and explore what’s going on in the contemporary art scene period. I do however lean towards supporting our local up-and-comers and long time professionals doing amazing work.

khal: In reading your MySpace blog, I was intrigued by the “Redroom, Redroom” installation coming up on the 17th of August. How often do you have installations of that size, and do you have to be “internationally known” to get your shine on?

Sherry: Scott Bickmore’s “Redroom/Redroom” is an interesting concept and a challenging experiment in psychology through light and mood. This is my first time installing a show based on photography that doesn’t actually include a single photograph. When Scott approached me with his idea to take the mood of the darkroom and turn it into something a bit more dark and unexpected without being literal about it, embraced the chance to make it work in our space. What I look for when someone approaches me with a show idea is a unique presentation and a concept with some depth and experimentation involved – what I am personally drawn to really does vary. If an artist has a long resume with a ton of references and no depth to their ideas or presentation I get bored easily and want to see something new. I am also interested in having collectors come to our shows and really get turned on to all types of work that’s being done in our city.

khal: One thing I found interesting is that, if you desired, you could opt to not be a member of YO!’s, but there are benefits to obtaining a membership. Do you see a lot of people opting to attend the classes/clubs/etc. for free?

Sherry: That is true, you don’t have to become a member to take our classes, but it’s recommended. We’ve had a number of people sign on to become members of YO! early and that has really helped with the production end of things. The membership is important because it brings you closer to the community through member shows and events and ultimately saves you money each time you join a class.

khal: YO! isn’t just classes and exhibitions though. I saw on phillyskyline.com that you can purchase cameras, film, prints, frames – it’s essentially a one-stop spot for all of your photo needs. Do you think there will ever be a situation where YO! grows into something bigger than what you already have established?

Sherry: I view YO! as a business that is truly unique in the city, one that will grow and change with the needs of our members and users. If our members want hoagies, coffee or live music we’ll take those suggestions as they come – for now we offer our community an all purpose photography space to meet people, learn and work in. There’s always room to grow, especially if the population demands it.

khal: With all of this stuff going on, how big is the YO! staff?

Sherry: Right now I am the one working full time to keep YO! running, however there are over 20 people on board as teachers, darkroom monitors, volunteers, gallery sitters and marketing/PR people who are hard working and enthusiastic about our mission – and are also responsible for our success.

khal: What’s going on in the near future with YO!? Can you tell us any forthcoming artist installations, new classes, etc., that are going to be offered to the public?

Sherry: There is so much going on in the near future at YO! Soon on our website you’ll find I have arranged for local professionals to come speak about subjects like photographing your art, removing the blinders of habit, photographing in the digital age, self publishing and more. You’ll also find professional workshops on “Making a Living as a Photographer” (David Graham) and even one for “Dog Lovers on Location” (A. Celeste Hardester). I think it’s really important to reach out to many different types of creative minds and hopefully our lectures and classes will do that. As far as upcoming shows we have some excellent work going up this year and people can check out all of the updates on my blog and in the YO! Gallery section of http://www.yodarkroom.com/. (Our next show includes black + white work by local photographers Jaime Alvarez and Ryan Widger.)

khal: Now that the public has an idea of what YO! is all about, how can they get involved?

Sherry: The best way to get involved is to physically come to YO! Darkroom, meet with myself and staff members who can sign you up for events and answer your questions. Our hours cater to people who are in school and work during the day. BTW we’re open late most nights Wed-Sun until 11p by appt. Email any questions to sherry@yodarkroom.com.



LOST: Doc Jensen's BACK!

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Doc Jensen = the man. For you LOST fans not up on who he is, he reports on all things LOST, and even provides his own insight and theories into things. He is not about spoiling, but will give Damon/Carlton-approved news bits and things to look out for when he has them. The latest article of his dives head first into a few things:

  • Debunking 3 show-related rumors
  • A correlation between Jacob and The Fly
  • His thoughts on The Orchid orientation film
  • Thoughts on the whole film being some kind of hoax...

Interesting stuff, my kind of writer actually.

For more LOST-related news, keep it locked... until then, namaste!

DJ Cable BBC 1Xtra Guest Mix

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What's going on? You know, in the US, college students and office workers start their weekends on Thursdays - GET DRUNK, GET CRUNK! This mix I got from DJ Cable (the 2x DMC Vice Champ, not the DNB producer), which was featured on BBC 1Xtra a few weeks back. Strictly Hip-Hop, not a lot of flash, although dude does throw in some sick cuts and some doubles work - nothing too turntablistic, but you can hear my man has the fire. He also has an upfront selection, from Common to Lil' Mama, Saigon to MIMS, and he's not afraid to throw in some shit you might not know will get you moving. Check the tracklisting:

01/Skibadee - Tika Toc
02/Eve - Tambourine
03/Redman - Put It Down
04/Skillz Feat. Freeway - Don't Act Like You Don't Know
05/Common - The Game
06/Lil' Mama - Lip Gloss
07/MIMS Feat. Sean Kingston & Mr. Vegas - Like This Remix
08/Kardinal Offishall Feat. Akon - Graveyard Shift
09/DJ Envy & Red Cafe Feat. Fabolous - Dollar Bills
10/Chamillionaire Feat. Slick Rick - Hip Hop Police
11/Saigon - Come On Baby
12/Junior Reid Feat. Fat Joe - More Money
13/Raw LT Feat. Lil' Boosie - It Goes Both Ways
14/L.A. Feat. Akon - On My Trail
15/Lil' Boosie Feat. Foxx, Jim Jones, Webbie, Fat Joe & Jadakiss - Wipe Me Down Remix
16/LL Cool J Feat. 50 Cent, Mobb Deep, Kool G Rap & Tony Yayo - Queens
17/Mike Jones Feat. Bun B & Snoop Dogg - My 6-4
You can stream/download the mix with this zShare link. Highly recommended mix. And keep it locked... Cable said he is to be working on his own THUGSTEP mixtape. I'll keep you posted.

Shouts to Cable, shouts to DJ Tipz, shouts to the UK DJs who know what time it is.

Common's #1

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It's his first #1 on Billboard. Ever. Damn shame the album had to suck for him to go to the top of the charts.

addendum inre: Disco D

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For those of you paying attention I posted about my, shall I say disdain, for the Village Voice Disco D article in last week's "playlist" (link towards the end of that post). The writer of that article's brother, who goes by the name of Aaron M, asked why I felt the way I did (check the comments section of that post for our convo). In that convo, he posted this link to this bounce/oz post about Disco D, complete with a few MP3s. Good find... great blog.

bounce/oz - bookmark and keep checkin'

RiotControl

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I've been sleepin' on this for a month, and I apologize.

Burt Fox and the RiotControl crew offer up a podcast that specializes in, well, everything. The mix that's up right now goes from The Roots to J Dilla to Aretha Franklin to Dizzee Rascal to Public Enemy... very keen, with loads of familiar cuts and those forgotten gems you need in your life. I also like how dude takes pics of the covers of the albums/singles he spun - really nice touch, really dope dedication as well.

Check out the latest edition, "RiotControl Seven w/ Burt Fox":

The Payback - James Brown
Grown Man's Business - Mos Def
Godfather Theme - The Professionals
Glaciers of Ice - El Michel's Affair
Landmines Instr - Yes You (burt fox and breez evahflowin)
The Jungle - El Juba (con burt)
La Murga - Willie Colon
McNasty Filth - Jaylib
Apollo Kids - Ghostface
Don't Feel Right - The Roots
Soul Food - Frankie Seay and the Soul Riders
Alcohol Pt 1 - Robert Jay
The Weight - Aretha Franklin
Where Is My Mind - Pixies
Workinonit - JDilla
Whatcha Want (Soul Assasins Rmx) - Beastie Boys
Jump Off Instr - Wu Tang Clan
Bring The Noise - Public Enemy
Sirens - Dizzee Rascal
Death Mix 2 beat - Afrika Baambaata
Planet Rock - Breakout
Planet Rock - Afrika Baambaata
Hey Hey Can You Relate - Mink and 2wice

You know you wanna... hit up their MySpace page, and make sure you subscribe to their podcast feed (you should also dig into the archives... loads more to digest). I'm not sure how frequent the shows come (this one is from June 7th of this year), but hopefully this plug will make Burt knock another one out (wink, wink).

Keep it going!

756*

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Let me just preface this by saying that I'm not a big baseball fan at all. I haven't watched a game since I went to a minor league game in my hometown with my father-in-law and my mom's boyfriend...

Why do we get pissed at Barry Bonds for breaking Hammerin' Hank Aaron's home-run record over supposed steroid abuse, yet allow him to play? Michael Vick is in boiling water for fighting dogs, and the NFL is like "um, nah nigga, don't even THINK about coming to camp". The MLB is looking at Bonds like "well, we MIGHT put an asterisk next to your stats in the record books, but you also bring $$$ to the sport". Say I'm wrong. And to hear my boy Enigmatik tell it, "they excluded an entire race of people from playing even though every knows that blacks woulda murked 'em on the field"... no truer words have been spoken on this subject.

Why the double standard? Why kick his back in, but allow him to make bread for you? It's not like Barry wasn't/isn't a hall of famer based on the shit he made before he looked like a juiced up Ving Rhames... I mean, OK, he's broken the record now, right? Alex Rodriguez just hit 500 homers the other night... he's SURE to get murk whatever record Barry will retire this year with (if you think neph will be playing any more ball after this season, you're bugged). Why even go on about this, knowing that Barry's shit won't last 30+ years? It just seems like they want to get his shit done and over with quickly... but they sacrifice the stats their baseball cards and sport is built on. Having that * in the books is a bad look, but they did it to themselves...

Remember the times...

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...