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

DTP on the Remix

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Just got flown over two remixes of some popular-ass songs by two DTP affiliates:

50 Cent ft. Ludacris "I Get Money (Remix)"

J. Holiday ft. Chingy "Bed (Remix)"

Is there going to be a DTP Family Mixtape before the next compilation drops? I'd like to hear it...

KRS-One signed to Duck Down!

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via XXL:

Black Moon front man, Buckshot, has announced that Duck Down Records has signed the legendary KRS-One. “Yeah, we just signed KRS-One to Duck Down,” Buckshot told “He’s on my label now. We’re going hard, as far as production wise.”
I'm loving this! Well, I'm really just hoping that KRS and Da Beatminerz can do a collabo LP ala 9th Wonder & Buckshot... it can happen!

Michael Vick: dividing the community

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I tried to stay quiet about the Michael Vick case. I am not for dog fighting in any form. If the dogs are gonna fight, that's one thing, but to breed them into monsters, then murder them for not performing to YOUR standards is just disturbing.

Having said that, this nigga is going to plead guilty and is looking at anywhere from 12 to 18 months in the bing, a possible NFL suspension/expulsion, and a name that will be tarnished forever. And yet some niggas think that the decision is racist:

Fans at Playmakers Barber Shop in Midtown said they still support Vick, because they feel he is innocent, and that he is a victim of a racist judicial system.

"It's bad. I don't condone it at all, but the punishment is too severe, (they’re ruining) a man's career," said barber Dontrell Mapp.

Say what? If anyone ruined Michael Vick's career, Michael Vick did. When he drowned that dog, or funded the kennel (Bad Newz Kennelz, eh? Kind of ironic choice of a name now isn't it?)... whatever his involvement was, he knew there were consequences. And if he didn't, he's a fool. And anyone who thinks the punishment doesn't fit the crime, I suggest they have someone take a pet of theirs, do everything that most dog fighters do (from doping to electrocution) and then try and put a better deal together. How many dogs has Vick killed, either direct or indirect?

In any case, don't turn it into something it's not. He stood up and is going to take a fall (even though it seems like he's trying to get a good deal before the gambling aspect of his case came to light), praise him for admitting guilt. Don't turn this into a black/white thing.

BioShock lust

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Not too many games actually make me wish I bought a different system than the one I own (I've had my PS2 for a good 4 years now)... not even Halo 2. BioShock is just making me want to own an Xbox360 for no good reason.

It's my own fault, though. I read EGM, so I have a decent grasp on the latest games coming for all of the systems, even if I don't own them. I read about BioShock a month or two ago and was blown away at everything going on in this game: an intellectual shooter/RPG/gory horror suspense thriller, UNDERWATER!?!? With a quirky retro feel to the details and era of the story? I'm so in...

Or I would be, anyways. And before you say it, yes I know it's coming out on PC (the demo is available HERE), but my Dell is not equipped for more than word processing, blogging and archiving music. It could be, but I don't have the scrilla to get it where I need to get it. I got kids, nigga.

So what am I left with? A desire to partake in an epic battle that I have no possible way of ever playing. I'm going to be a 40 year old man playing this game for the first time, I think. Which isn't bothering me, I just haven't felt this way for a game in a while. It's not like I'd have time to play it - I got kids, nigga.

For you Xbox360 fans, though, the game hits the shelves TODAY. G4 has the ill walkthrough/preview HERE, but if you get G4 from your cable provider, you should wait for tomorrow's X-Play for a full rundown. IGN gave BioShock a 9.7 out of 10, and GameSpot gave it a 9.0. Sounds like a keeper to me. Anyone wanna get me a 360 for my birthday?

Dwizz Party Music EP (preview)

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Shouts to Dwizz, South Philly and Flamin' Hotz for this EP. Any release that gives you instructions on how to Wu-Tang is a keeper. Proper dancefloor madness. Peep the audio:

Side A
A1. "Salt Pepper Ketchup & Hot Sauce"
A2. "Toot That"
A3. "Feeling So Horny"
Side B
B1. "Let's Go Girl"
B2. "I'm Hot"
B3. "Goodtimes"

For more info on Dwizz, peep his MySpace page. If you want to cop this EP, grab it direct from Flamin' Hotz (or one of these retailers: Turntable Lab or Rubadub).

Kanye West on Tim Westwood

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I'm getting kind of excited for Graduation. Like eskay said, Curtis lost. Check out Kanye premiering "Big Brother" (deep cut) and "Champion":


Little Turntables

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DJ Mark the 45 King gettin' it going:

Skream "Sub Island" b/w "Pass The Red Stripe" [review]

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Skream is one dubstep prodigy who seems to create some heavy tunes out of thin air. Take “Sub Island” for instance: dude wastes no time getting right to the meat of the matter. After about half a minute of dubbed out sounds, he drops into a dub workout too slick to be missed. The sub work is serious: I’d suggest getting a tough pair of bins, or some really dope headphones to truly get where these low ends are going. Plus, there’s no mess or fuss about the rest of the tune: aside from the rumble, Skream just adds in some echoed sounds and a crisp drumbeat to the mix. Wait for the second drop; dude goes even DEEPER with that bass! “Pass The Red Stripe” brings a little more variation into the mix, getting into more of a melodic dubwise zone. This time a waist-winding bass is made beautiful with touches of horns, some high synth notes, and a softer, thumping beat. Almost transcending what you might consider “dubstep” to be, bringing a bit more of the soul and depth that classic Dub sounds provide. Score another one for the wonderkid!

For more information on Skream, check out his MySpace page. This single is available NOW on Soul Jazz Records.

Chester P "Oh No" b/w "Chessmonster" [review]


This is a slick 12” from the UK Hip-Hop scene, from the Task Force’s Chester P. I hate saying that, because Hip-Hop is one of the most universal genres under the sun, with dope shit coming from Hollis, Queens to Zimbabwe. The thing is, if an American MC dropped a single entitled “Oh No (He Loves A Ho)”, the post-Imus ethics invasion would have a field day! At least this track tries to provide some comedy and storytelling to the mix, and not just putting down the female for 3 minutes. On the first verse, Chester P tries to convince his boy that he should be careful around the chick he’s falling head over heels for, but it doesn’t matter – “she loves his dough”, and puts it on him to the point where dude falls head over heels. You gotta love the swing in this beat (produced by DJ Louis Slipperz), and the fact that Chester (and his brother, Farma G) can touch on so many topics with such a rapid fire flow. “Chessmonster” marries some solemn guitar strums with a stream of consciousness flow, almost sounding like a real MC mantra that Chester P blazes to make sure he is centered. Dude is really ill with the flow, and knows how to string a line or 50 together. If I tried placing all of the quottables in this review, I'd basically be typing out all of the lyrics! Watch out for his forthcoming LP, From The Ashes, which should be available in October, and get familiar with how LDN do!

For audio and more info on this release and forthcoming Chester P output, check out his MySpace page.

This is the first of (hopefully) many reviews for 12"/CD singles on rock the dub. Any artists or press agencies looking to get their materials covered on rock the dub, please get at me.

Friday, August 17th 2007 playlist

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01/Distance "Weigh Down" [very touching Dubstep cut. i slept on this when My Demons came out...]
02/Brooklyn "Someone" [Dispatch Vs Horizons 001. 'Nuff said.]
03/Skream "Sub Island" [Soul Jazz knows how to pick 'em. HEAVY subs on this one.]
04/Kanye West ft. Lil' Wayne "Barry Bonds" [really feelin' this one; check out Mista Jam's breakdown of the Graduation listening party.]
05/Tanya Morgan ft. Che Grand "And You Say" [all about that sample. More from TM coming on rock the dub radio soon!]




Starkey has been making some heat as of late, and I recently saw this mix up on low-bee. Holla at the remixes and filthy cuts of this LIVE set from Do It! vs 7 Year Glitch (21st July 2007):

01 - Warren G ft Nate Dogg "Regulate (Starkey remix)"
02 - M.I.A. "Boyz (Tactic remix)"
03 - Daft Punk "The Prime Time of Your Life (Para One remix - Konstruction Edit)"
04 - Clipse "Wamp Wamp (Starkey remix)"
05 - Bart B More "So It Goes"
06 - Ciara "Promise (MOVES!!! remix)"
07 - Lil Mama "No Music (Starkey refix)"
08 - Drop the Lime "Come to Life"
09 - Krames "T to the A"
10 - TNT "Gameshow Riddim"
11 - Drop the Lime "Gats"
12 - DJ Excel "My Baltimore Angel"
13 - Roxy "Breakbeat Science"
14 - Rustie "Diwali Boom"
15 - True Tiger "Bareface What"
16 - Starkey "Say Yes / Pulse X blend"
17 - Starkey "Kick It"
18 - Starkey "Bounce"
19 - Starkey ft Kano "Leak Riddim VIP"
20 - Starkey "Swollen Glands"
21 - Mundo "Big Up"
22 - Wiley "My Mistakes (Starkey remix)"
23 - Radioclit "On Everything ft David Banner & Twista"
24 - The Prodigy "Voodoo People (Wonder remix)"
25 - Lupe Fiasco "Kick Push (Starkey remix)"



RiotControl has a new podcast up. Episode 8 has Burt Fox going for broke, with a mix that features Aaliyah, Jay-Z, DJ Shadow, Burial, Diplo, David Axelrod and a host of other heads. Check the tracklisting:

Is It Because I'm Black? - Syl Johnson
Street Of Tears - Black Heat
One In a Million - Aaliyah
Into The Sun - Diplo
Japan - Plastician
5:55 - Charlotte Gainesbourg (Metronomy RMX)
What a Job - Devin The Dude f. Andre 3000
A Little While Longer - Tyrone Ashley (Extremely Layered People RMX)
Loren's Dance - Idris Muhammed
Midnight in a Perfect World - DJ Shadow
Human Abstract - David Axelrod
Dead Presidents II - Jay-Z
Original Heads - Black Moon and the Beatminers (Instrumental)
Myself When Young - Dorothy Ashby
Can't Play a Part Of Me - Alzo
Crackle Blues - Blackdown (Burial RMX)
I Only Have Eyes For You - The Flamingos (Outro)

Don't sleep! And make sure you subscribe to their podcast.


Did you guys miss the 2nd installment of my radio show, rock the dub radio (big up Chad and WGHH)? Fear not, you can grab it via my podcast. This episode featured various snippets from The Boondocks, a half hour dedicated to J. Dilla, and new spit from artists like SIN, Joulz Il, Tha S Ence and Jay Eff Kay. Check out the tracklisting:

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

Download HERE (divshare mirror). Enjoy!


Need some new DNB? This week's "For Your Listening Pleasure" features new mixes from Paul Reset, DJ Haze, DJ Hobzee and Alix Perez. Flames.


DJ Prancehall has a dope Grime/Rap mixtape up; entitled Anger Is A Gift, he has a load of exclusives/specials tucked into this (full description HERE). Tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Virgo feat. B-Live & Flirta D - The Clack Riddim (Prancehall Special)
03. Tempa T - Tempz
04. Terror Danjah - Zumpti Huntah
05. Jammer - Toxic Freestyle
06. Yung Joc - Do Ya Bad
07. Brains - PDB
08. Scratchy, Skepta & Breeze - Vice Freestyle
09. Jitset feat. Jammer - Mary Jane Remix
10. Brains feat. Slinga, 2-Pac & Biggie - Thug Love
11. Matt Shadetek - Bump Bump
12. Lewi White feat. Busy Signal & Mavado - Vice Freestyle
13. Brains - Neva Eva
14. Big Kuntry feat. Yung Joc & T.I. - Yeah (Remix)
15. Mavado - Wah Dem A Do (Dexplicit Remix)
16. Rossi B & Luca feat. Scorcher - Not No Talker
17. Tinchy Stryder feat. Fuda Guy - Sick Ina Head
18. Matt Shadetek feat. Skepta - Reign
19. Jammer feat. Delishus - Vice Freestyle
20. DVA feat. Badness - Prancehall Dub
21. Ruff Sqwad - Untitled
22. Jammer feat. Ce'Cile - Prancehall Dub
23. Syer B - Badboy (Prancehall Special)
24. Slix - Down and Out
25. Statik feat. Faction G - Lily Allen Remix
26. Ce'Cile - Tell Me What You Love (Cheerful Riddim)
27. Ears feat. Flamin - Fergalicious Freestyle
28. Brains feat. Knuckles - Damn (Remix)
29. Riko - Prancehall Dub
30. Statik feat. Tempa T, Kraze & Esco - Bad Guys
31. Statik feat. Cham - Prancehall Story
32. Outro
Fish Go Deep - The Cure & The Cause (Jitset's 'The Chop & The Screw' Remix)

Get on it!


Should we really be surprised that Papoose doesn't know who El-P is? Shouts to Know Good for putting up the audio of that Whoo Kid interview with Pap:

Part 1

Part 2

I don't really get Know Good's confusion though. Why, yes, both Pap and P come from "the underground", their underground is different. If Pap had been in the game back in the mid 90s, they'd both be roaming the same circles... time's have changed. El-P and Def Jux (and other artists of that ilk) have formed a niche outside of that circle, while Pap is more of the street underground, which is different than the overall undergorund. Think about it: would you class Akrobatik and Papoose as the same kind of dude? Both aren't mainstream... think about it.


OK, final thought time. Gotta give it up to the Bachelors of Science, who turned a Bill Withers line into a sick DNB cut, which will be coming on their Science Fiction album. This is the video for "Anytime She Goes Away". DNB needs more videos like this, and period:

Until next time, enjoy your weekend!

mad love for rock the dub

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Kind of wild this week... my blog got love from The Rap Up, Oh Word AND Nah Right! That's not normal...

Maybe some shine is finally coming my way? Or maybe I'm just hitting a lucky streak... in any case, maybe I should play the numbers this week... I mean, three of what I consider to be of the best Hip-Hop blogs on the 'Net shout me out in the same week? Maybe I am doing something right...

In any case, shouts out to Rafi, Rizoh and Eskay for the shine. Truly appreciated.

Happy 25th, CD

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The compact disc turns 25 today. Why don't you celebrate by buying one? Try Sean Price's Master P, or the new Wise Intelligent.

Or, just buy a bunch of MP3s and burn them onto a blank disc. Yeah. Do that instead.

MTV's Celebrity Rap Superstar

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So MTV has a new reality show entitled Celebrity Rap Superstar... hmm. Apparently, celebs will be able to pair up with the "superstar MC mentor" of their choice (which include Paul Wall, Warren G and fucking Tone Loc... what, no Coolio!??!) and get taught to rap. Here's the kicker: I guess after they write their raps, they are going to battle each other... LIVE!


Rolling Stone likened it to a Hip-Hop Dancing With The Stars, but I just call it something that should be on VH1. We'll see how this turns out.

Oh, Perez Hilton is going to be on it. Fun. August 30th, 10PM. I might DVR the first episode... Peep the promo:


R. Kelly on writing Trapped In The Closet

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Still, he did offer some tantalizing hints as to the hidden workings of his creative process. "If I don't rhyme, I can't tell the story. So it's crazy, if you understand what I'm saying. Like 'Bridget' and 'midget'? I came up with that at Panera Bread — real talk. And I had spent a whole week on trying to figure out how the hell — I mean, I got 'midget,' but how can I continue telling the story? But once I came up with, he had a girl named Bridget, I was able to continue on with my story. And that's how 'Trapped in the Closet' goes."
Wow... read more about the amazing writing talents of pedophile Robert Kelly over @ Popwatch.

RIP Max Roach

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Totally unexpected. One of the true dons of drumming, period. [CNN]

You say you don't know who Max Roach is? Get your weight up...

Who Says Hip Hop Is Dead? (video)

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Shouts to the QN5 crew for posting this, the intro to their 2007 QN5 Megashow:

You can even download it HERE. Want more QN5? Hit up their YouTube page.

History of DJ Krush 3-DVD Set to be released!

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Just got word that DJ Krush, one of the illest producers I've ever heard, is dropping a whopping 3-DVD box set (History Of DJ Krush / Suimou Tsunenimasu), which will feature all of his music videos to date, as well as TWO documentaries! This will be hitting stores on September 18th.

Some of the highlights:
  • A DJ set performed on a specially-constructed rooftop stage in Tokyo (from Nov. 2006, filmed exclusively for this set)
  • A documentary that follows DJ Krush during the release party for his first album, his 1996 summer tour in Europe and the recording of MiLight (one of my fav. Krush LPs of all time)
  • Another documentary that traces Krush's path, from Meiso through his 2006 world tour. It features Krush's first long interview. Looks like this one features everyone from DJ Shadow to CL Smooth, Black Thought to Zap Mama, Mr. Lif to Sly & Robbie.
  • Much, much more!

DJ Krush will also be going on an American tour during the month of October. Catch him at any one of these shows:

Thu Oct 4 - New York - Highline Ballroom
Fri Oct 5 - Montreal - Le National
Sat Oct 6 - Washington, DC - 9:30 Club
Mon Oct 8 - Toronto - Mod Club
Tue Oct 9 - Cleveland Heights - the Grog Shop
Thu Oct 11 - Minneapolis - Foundation
Fri Oct 12 - Chicago - Smart Bar
Sat Oct 13 - Atlanta - The Loft
Tue Oct 16 - Orlando - The Social
Wed Oct 17 - St. Petersburg - The Bishop
Fri Oct 19 - Dallas - Minc Lounge
Sat Oct 20 - Denver - Bluebird Theatre
Mon Oct 22 - Portland - Holocene
Wed Oct 24 - Vancouver - Commodore Ballroom
Thu Oct 25 - Seattle - Neumos
Fri Oct 26 - San Francisco - Mighty
Sun Oct 28 - Pomona - Glass House
Tue Oct 30 - San Diego - House of Blues
Wed Oct 31 - Hollywood - Knitting Factory
You psyhed yet? You should be! For more info on DJ Krush, check out his official website.

Rush Hour 3 [review]

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Anyone else have a movie-hungry teenage daughter in their house? I do, and every time the flavor of the month movie comes out (Spider-Man 3, Fantastic Four 2, etc.), I am bombarded with exclamations of “we HAVE to go see this!”, “I soooo wish I could see that!” or “Pops, I will kill you if you don’t take me to the AMC to check this over-hyped, underwritten monstrosity of cinematic affairs”… but I digress. While I wish we could attend the cinema more often, shit just don’t happen like that.

Then Rush Hour 3 came...

This is one movie series my family has bonded on. Countless dinners have been spent with us, in front of the TV, cracking up at James Carter doing his best MJ impersonation in Rush Hour 2. Or seeing Inspector Lee do his thing against many a Chinese gangster. The chemistry was there, the stories were actually interesting, by action-flick standards, and it was just a perfect blend of comedy, fast-paced action and an overall well-done pair of flicks.

Then Rush Hour 3 came…

Now, I was actually souped to see this flick. I hadn’t been out to see a movie since, God, I guess it was Night At The Museum, which I enjoyed. I was due for more grown-up fodder, no? OK so the nachos are being eaten, the subwoofer was way too loud, and I am ready for… James Carter, the singing traffic cop!?! Wait – how did he go from a detective who was investigating a C4 ring that ended up stumbling on an international cash and hostage situation, to fucking up so bad that he was directing traffic with his prick? And did Chris Tucker not feel it was right to drop a few pounds for this role? Jackie Chan never ages, however… he scales walls, dodges cars (in traffic!), and has a mean fist game. Sadly, this was the way the entire movie went… Jackie Chan was always on point, Chris Tucker was always a bit “too”: “too” funny, “too” overdramatic, and “too” loud. And the chemistry? “Too” missing…

Not to say the movie was devoid of funny moments: the scene where they interrogated the gangster with the nun was hilarious, although it dragged on too long. Carter’s “Yu/Mi” bit was hilarious. The scene at the cabaret where Lee and Carter sing a song I instantly forgot leaving the theater was classic, too. And the action – good God! There were some scenes in there that were just shot very well (like the motorcyclist gangster who drove in the air into a van, then crashed through the windshield, or the fight on the Eiffel Tower), and made up (somewhat) for the karaoke Carter (we know he sings, but there were about three scenes too many of him breaking out into song). And since when did Carter go from being bull-headed and cocksure to so alone that he has to learn Chinese to keep up with his best-friend? Lee made something for himself, while Carter seems to have been too caught up in their friendship.

Now, I don’t want to say that the story in RH3 was lacking, but any potential it had seemed to be clouded over by the bells & whistles of the shells of the Carter/Lee characters. Too many side-tracked laughs; for instance, why did we need to see them fight a large Chinese fighter? It served no further purpose towards the story or plot development. I guess, once everyone was a go for RH3, they figured they could build a story around recycled jokes and things that didn’t escalate the other movies (how many “I can’t understand your Chinese” jokes are needed?)… it felt like, when all else fails, let’s fall back on corny jokes.

Aside from all of that, I actually had a decent time. The action held my interest, and the bits that were funny were very funny. Then came the ending… or lack there of. It felt like, either the producers wanted to make the movie last a certain amount of time, or they forgot to fully complete each characters trek. One character asked if we wanted to know a secret, but got got. The one female who was the focal point for the 2nd half of the movie just gets whisked away. We get one character from RH1 who makes a return, but is sent down an elevator to call the cops, and is never seen/heard of again. And Carter and Lee dance down the road, seemingly taking it straight to the bank. The wool wasn’t pulled over our eyes, though: I smell a Rush Hour 4. If there isn’t another one, this will have to go down in history was one of the worst end pieces to a trilogy in a long time.

rock the dub gives Rush Hour 3 2.8 stars out of 5. The action was all that, some of the jokes were on point, but the rest of the movie flopped like a dead fish.

I am running a Rush Hour 3 giveaway, though! Win some t-shirts, hats, and tatoos! Check it out.

September 7th & Crooked I Hip-Hop Weekly mixtape

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Download HERE. Shouts to DubCNN. If you want to find the single freestyles, hit this link. Dude wrote all of these with no pen, no pad. Pretty hot, too!


01) N.W.A. (New West Anthem)
02) Straight 2 The Bank
03) I'm Throwed
04) Vibe Wit A Bo$$
05) Take You There
06) 2nd Coming
07) Tuck Ya Ice
08) Umbrella
09) We Takin' Over
10) Get It Shawty
11) Amusement Park
12) Crusin'
13) Just The King
14) You Make Me Better
15) Deep Cover
16) You Know My Steez
17) Boy Looka Here (Horseshoe Gang)
18) Go Getta Remix
19) Big Shit Poppin'
20) International Players
21) Pop Lock & Drop It
22) Can't Tell Me Nothing
23) My Bitch
24) Oh My God
25) Uh Oh
26) Died In Your Arms
27) Real Muthaphukkin' G'z
Don't sleep!

Video Ho's volume 3

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I'm sorry, but this new Keyshia Cole joint is my shit. Peep "Let It Go", ft. Missy and Lil' Kim (for no good reason):


Timbaland ft. Keri Hilson & D.O.E. "The Way I Are":

What the fuck does this video have to do with the song, which is about a broke nigga who's girl is still feelin' him? What broke nigga hangs out with dimepieces in a sewer with a suit on, next to kids kickin' soccer balls in suits? And WTF is D.O.E. all about?

T.I. ft. Wyclef "You Know What It Is"

Why do we need the obvious Belly references? Why not rollerskate through Haiti?

50 Cent "I Get Money"

This video made me hate this song... the nonsense witht he bright letters in the letterbox ("I'm stanky rich"?), just the whole project is a wash.

*Sigh* can't win 'em all, huh?

[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 (, 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.


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"



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"


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.


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".


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


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.


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



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


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

[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 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 (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

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.