Archive for 08/01/2007 - 09/01/2007

Crack(s) In America

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Last year, I dropped "America: The Ugly", a mixtape devoted to questioning the current admistration, musically... bringing up a host of different things that contribute to our nation being divided. While I am deeply saddened by the events that transpired 6 years ago, the onus is on the Adminstration to rectify the situations that still plague our great nation: racism, war, poverty, sexism; these problems, and many more, help give the world around us a distorted view of what goes on on our soil.

(NOTE: As I'm writing this, I get messages about disgusting acts of violence and hatred like this that make me think we are so far from where we need to be...)

Hopefully, mixtapes like this (as well as other forms of art, whether visual or the written word) can help usher in a dialogue that will open the floodgates, and help get some sense into the White House.

Divshare download/stream link:


01/intro: Jello Biafra "Miscue 9/11" b/w The Cinematic Orchestra "Durian"
02/Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings "This Land Is Your Land"
03/Kanye West ft. The Game "Crack Music"
04/The Roots "False Media"
05/DJ Shadow ft. David Banner "Seein' Thangs"
06/David Banner "So Special"
07/Nas "These Are Our Heroes"
08/Nas "Black Zombie"
09/interlude: Saul Williams "Sha-Clack-Clack" b/w Autumn & Perpetuum "Unconditional"
10/Mr. Lif "Because They Made It"
11/The Perceptionists "Medical Aid"
12/Gil-Scott Heron "The Revolution Will Not Be Televised"
13/J. Rawls "Bobby Seale Bound & Gagged"
14/interlude: Mumia Abu-Jamal "What Independence?" b/w Juggaknots "Namesake (instrumental)"
15/Public Enemy "Shut 'Em Down"
16/Jay Eff Kay "Paranoid 2007"
17/Cage ft. Jello Biafra "Grand Ol' Party Crash"
18/Styles P. ft. Joell Ortiz "Poor Folk"
19/Mos Def "There Is A Way"
20/Digital Mystikz ft. Spen G "Anti-War Dub"

I want to shout out Jay Eff Kay for creating America: Suicide Notes vol. 1, and to Perpetuum for giving me permission to use "Unconditional" in this mix. Big up to Jello Biafra, David Banner and Chuck D for speaking the truth.

Take a moment and reflect on the tragic events of this day in our collective memories... fight the powers that be , and stand up for what you believe in. And for those out there deep in the struggles (both here at home and away in foreign lands) - keep your head up.

PS: Start Snitching has YouTube clips of the most recent Real Time episode, with Mos Def & Cornell West on it. Interesting comments made. Fresh has an interesting post on Hip-Hop's (nonexistent) reaction the day the towers fell.

PPPS: Check out E's poem, "Gemini's Ashes"

How "Ayo Technology" Was Born

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50: "Ayo Timbo, I need some help"

Timbaland: "Hold on, I'm making a banana smoothie"

Justin Timberlake: "Yo Fiddy, sup my nigga"

50: "Anyways, Interscope doesn't like my shitty CD, I need one of them 'My Love' joints"

Timbo: "I just cooked up this beat I jacked from a Finnish wunderkid. Danja, set up the mic"

Justin: "Why you be dissin' me, nigga?"

50: "Alright, write a hook then, bitch"

Justin: "Yay!"

The result?

Shouts to the DOA crew for guiding my comedy.

Kanye West Graduation [review]


It looks like, with every album, Kanye West is trying to add more ingredients into his stew. He went from relying solely on the "chipmunk soul" and a balance of flash and thought in his rhymes on College Dropout to sneak-attacking the game, bringing in Jon Brion, and beefing up his style of production with loads of orchestration and wild arrangements with Late Registration. It seems that he has spent Graduation chilling with A-Trak more, digging into a more electro sound, which really only mirrors what's been going on in the South, especially in the Miami, Florida area. He's also repeatedly spoken on wanting to create an album full of anthems. Has he done this? Did he alienate any fans? Was it all worth it?

Yes, no and hopefully. In terms of anthems, you only need to see throngs of high school age kids bounce when the chorus of "Stronger", his Daft Punk-jacking official single, comes on, to see how far this guy who got introduced to many by his Blueprint work has come. He has always been able to drop the "right" track, for his albums always come with loads of singles, and he does not stray from that. While "Stronger" has mass appeal, "Can't Tell Me Nothing" almost sounds like his take on some of the "get money" anthems that seem to flood the market from the Dirty. It's not just the DJ Toomp-laced instrumental, which is all brooding and depressed and proud at the same time; nor is it the Young Jeezy adlibs in the chorus. If you break down his words in the chorus, he isn't really saying anything different than what they speak about in terms of cashflow, he just attacks it from a different angle. He has the same cocksure attitude, but can come up with decent lines ("don't ever fix your lips like Collagen/to say something where you gon' end up apologin'"), showing you his wit and his attitude. "Champion" is an uplifting wake-up call for those who think they can't get it done - positive reinforcement in the form of a slick start/stop beat that hits you instantly. He also gets to showcase his introspective rhymes - we realize that he has always been a clotheshorse, even if his Pops used to tell him "if you see clothes, close ya eyelids" - more ghetto yout need to hear this track.

In terms of production, 'Ye comes hard with the synths. I read that he didn't really want to go with "Good Life", possibly because it was just too easy: how hard is it to take Michael Jackson's "P.Y.T.", beef up the drums and synthline, sprinkle in some T-Pain and boast about the finer things in life? Not hard at all, especially if you are aiming to make anthems. This is one of those summertime anthems for those who made it to the Hamptons. "Flashing Lights", aka Billy Sunday's favorite joint, had the smooth feel to it, with the bumping kicks, which cascade into a wash of key stabs. Really big sound, but the fact that he kept the tempo down on this one is a good look, making the track sound like the club it seems that Kanye found some of these "Drunk & Hot Girls" in. He's not just a synth-maven, though. "Barry Bonds", on of Kanye's "real Hip-Hop" moments, is Nottz and 'Ye cooking up something monstrous in a pretty simple beat that brings forth one of the hottest fills I've heard on a mainstream LP this year. Yes, he does drop into a synth bed, but this one is all about those hard drums (and the fact that Lil' Wayne's verse is raped by Kanye's - who would have thunk that).

This CD does contain moments that make me shake my head. For example, I do wish that "I Wonder" was shortened by 2 minutes, not so heavy on the electronics, and sans Kanye's "raps". He wasted a pretty sly piano/vocal sample with the sonics. I also can't stand listening to "Good Morning", the intro that birthed his "I'm like a fly Malcolm X, buy any jeans necessary". I mentioned "Drunk & Hot Girls" before, which is just an excuse to not have Mos Def rap on another album. I can't really see anyone other than rich, drunk frat boys getting into this joke-turned-ugly of a track. Imagine a crew of them singing this, driving their sports cars around a club. Now try to forget that image. Can't do it, right? "Homecoming" was also something that was unnecessary on my front, but his "track with Coldplay" sounds much better than Jay's.

Speaking of Jay(-Z), I can't end this review without speaking on "Big Brother". Possibly one of the most heartfelt pieces of poetry coming from the Roc camp since "Momma Loves Me", this track really gets into Kanye's psyche: his arrogance and attitude shines through, but when you look at it in the scope of him just imitating "big brother", you can see why he feels so adamant about his status: to hit Hov status, you need to be firing on all cylinders. The problem is, Kanye is not Jay. Kanye is not on Jay's level lyrically, or business-wise. Until Kanye can truly charter a ship on his own (and G.O.O.D. Music is a start), he will stay being "little brother". In hearing 'Ye lay it down in this way, you can definitely see why he seems to overcompensate on the clothes and in his boasting. He just misses the mark, it seems.

Which is the story of this album: it's almost "there", but in terms of being a classic album? Not right now, not in this era. 'Ye ditched the "Broke Phi Broke" this go 'round, but seems to have left some of the substance on the cutting room floor. People flock to 'Ye for his beats: they stay for his mind. When he masks it in too much "fresh to def" talk, it muddies our overall perception. This is one disc to party to, one to fuck to, one to keep you going during your day. Will you be passing this down to your children's children, though?

rock the dub gives Graduation a 3.5 out 5. Kanye goes for broke and brings a sonically pleasing package that screams "we did it!"... but for all that he is, the things that he's not is what holds him back from being the people's champ - but he is still the hipster's choice.

Essential Cuts: "Everything I Am", "Barry Bonds", "The Glory", "Champion", "Big Brother"

Kanye West's Graduation is available TODAY at all major retailers.

hit the links:
Official Website
MySpace page
Roc-A-Fella page

50 Cent Curtis [review]


When most artists use their real name as the title of their albums, it' s usually a literal act: the content, more times than not, is more introspective, more personal, having a "raw" feel to it. That artist is not 50 Cent. He named his latest disc Curtis to stop Cam'rom's viral campaign, to some success. The problem is, that's his only motivation: nowhere in this CD does 50 hint at a renewed sense of self. No, we're getting treated to the same Hennessey wishes and gunplay wet dreams that we've grown tired of hearing from 50, the G-Unit and roughly 90% of mainstream Rap radio. While this CD is not the weakest thing to drop in 2007 by any means, it does show that 50 might be a victim of his own past success (which he has alluded to), which has now seemed to manifest itself in the public's boredom with his new product, as well as him being stuck in a creative rut.

The album kicks off with "My Gun", which has 50 dropping so many "I'm gonna shoot you, nigga" references it's ridiculous, but the fucked up part is, in the intro of the very next song ("Man Down") 50 sing-songs an intro about people trying to pin murders on him, but it being impossible, b/c his people murder for him. So which one is it, 50? You pullin' the trigger or the strings? To keep the murder rate rising, 50 then doubles back and pulls Akon along for the ride, with "I'll Still Kill", AKA another excuse to lyrically masturbate about gunfire; not to mention that the beat, while very dope, has that Dr. Dre-lite feel to it: very minimal, kind of sparse, but then towards the end of a measure, it drops that string/piano combo ontop of the basic beat. Why have DJ Khalil mimic Dr. Dre beat-wise, then waste Dre on the chorus to "Come And Go"? The only time he gets it right is when he spits over "Curtis 187", where he is putting his grimey-past on blast, which makes sense: when you were a notty-head yout, yes, you probably popped your guns all the time. "Fully Loaded Clip" has him saying "I ain't fresh out the hood/I'm still in the hood", but what hood is this? I know Connecticut has its grimey sections, but come on 50! For as many interviews I've read and seen 50 speak about artists being believable, how can he stay writing about his past life in the present tense? If he was to stay believable, shouldn't his rhymes be about "Fully Loaded Pens", where he's making sure he has enough Bics to sign all the endorsements, or all of the rapper contracts, as opposed to lying about bagging up coke or the modern day murking of the ever-present snitch?

50's next misstep is thinking he is a sexytime loverman. "Amusement Park" sounds like an R. Kelly b-side, no matter how well he worked the circus sounds in that beat. Who picked this to be a single!? "Ayo Technology" has 50 trying too much: he's trying to hard to keep up with Justin Timberlake and Timbaland's sound, as well as trying to master a double-time flow that works for this beat, but not for 50. Instead of trying to sound intelligent or like he cares about his lyrics, he spends a few bars "rapping", then does a slowed down sing-song, but somehow gives up and lets Justin outshine him (no matter there's a 50-less version on some Pop stations). The beat is a masterpiece - my boy Rafi wants to know what video game-sampling producer's beat did Timbaland jack to bring this to the masses. The fucking noise in there is reminiscent of a boss level in an old NES game, and the instrumental is ripe to be murked by a better-qualified MC. "Follow My Lead" has a nice bop to it, and is where 50 should stay: seductive bedroom eyes over a mid-tempo piano romp, with Robin Thicke blessing the chorus; no wonder 50 got so pissed when this leaked. 50's Mary J. Blige-assisted "All Of Me" sounds like a Love & Life cutting-room floor track, and is only saved by a decent beat (could they not come up with anything better than "got me feeling like a fiend on crack"?)... which is the saving grace for the majority of this album.

I wish I knew what the tracklist looked like before 50 went back in to retool it. He spent a few months making "I Get Money", AKA the concrete anthem of Summer 2k7, and added/took off tracks, but it sounds like he made a CD that wouldn't get laughed at standing next to his previous output. He will no doubt still sell a good grip of records, and will make Dr. Dre and Interscope some good money, but at what cost? In terms of replay value, unless you are 14 years old, white, and trying to piss off your parents, I can only count 5 tracks that should even be revisited. For every "I Get Money", we then get treated to "Straight To The Bank". And why did he keep "Peep Show" on the CD? Eminem phones in a verse AND a wack beat, and he expects this to sell? "Fire" sounds disjointed, as if he told Young Buck "I'll fix you, nigga. You talk to The Game, you do the chorus with a Pussycat Doll". As Method Man would say, "torture, mufucka", which is exactly how I felt when listening to this disc.

rock the dub gives Curtis a 2.5 out of 5. Average work from an average at best MC, who can write hooks and speak about his past exploits with the best of them. Hopefully there's an instrumental version coming, b/c those beats are the saving grace.

Essential Cuts: "Man Down", "Follow My Lead", "Curtis 187"

50 Cent's Curtis is available TODAY at all major retailers.

hit the links:
Official Website
MySpace Page

Can we please have a moment of silence?

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RIP to those who lost their lives in the senseless acts of terrorism back on the 11th of September, 2001.

Nas ft. Quan "Just A Moment"

Real Talk: SMH @ Britney

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What's going on, Miss Britney? How are the kids? Good, I hope. They weren't watching mommy last night, were they? I'm kind of surprised I was...

Now, Brit, I wanted to holla at you because, you're slipping. I got no comment about you shaving your head, or slobbing down randoms in the pool, or even showing your coochie. That's you, do your thing - out of the public eye. Your shit going on in the magical gossip world is one thing. How do you remedy your situation? You knock 'em out. "Gimme More" has gotten some good press, considering, and even T-Pain said you were easy (snicker) to work with. Why do you look like you had eaten about 50 quaaludes before getting up on stage last night?

Were you tired, ma? Did you need a nap? Did you forget your steps? Was the light in your eyes? Did someone put you off? What was that God-awful arrangement there? The whole situation was muddy.

My wife saw you perform in Trenton, NJ, about 3 years ago or so. Loved your show. Where's that Brit? And what's going to happen when your LP drops in a few months - wait, is it still dropping this year? Did you just fuck up your career?

Hey Brit, did you ever hear the theory that most bad relationships are prolonged due to good sex? This is what you did: you could come with the most outlandish shit, but as long as the headgame was on point, America could give a fuck.

Shit, I wasn't even mad at your lil' tummy, or the new thickness of your legs. For many men in America, that thicker look is sexy as hell. Keep it up!

Last night, you used your teeth instead of your tongue. You complained of your jaw hurting. You then proceeded to get on top, only to get off after two pumps b/c your head hurt.

Brit, you need some help. Go get it before you flush your shit further down the toilet.

rock the dub radio: episode 004

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Growing up as a shorty in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, one thing I always loved was hearing the original track that some of my favorite artists sampled. Whether it was a break or some odd piece of a Soul cut, Hip-Hop producers seem to find gold in the dusty creates and shelves that house music of days gone. To salute the art of crate digging, or rather to acknowledge those who came before us, I present to you: original copies. This is the first of many special shows I plan on doing (wait for the beginning of BBall season...), with a running theme.

I don't care what genre it is, if I like the Hip-Hop track, I am trying to find that original.

rock the dub radio episode 004

Download the MP3 of this 2hour show, or stream/download from divshare.

Here is the tracklist:

02/"Good Times" Theme Song
03/Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon "Good Times"
04/The JB's "Pass The Peas"
05/Eric B. & Rakim "I Ain't No Joke"
06/Lyn Collions "Think (About It)"
07/Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock "It Takes Two"
08/Minnie Ripperton "Inside My Love"
09/A Tribe Called Quest "Lyrics To Go"
10/The Isley Brothers "Between The Sheets"
11/The Notorious B.I.G. "Big Poppa"
12/The Originals "Sunrise"
13/Scarface ft. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel "Guess Who's Back"
14/Norman Connors "Invitation"
15/Mos Def "Brown Sugar (Fine)"
16/Thomas Dolby "She Blinded Me With Science"
17/Mobb Deep "Got It Twisted"
18/Sade "Kiss Of Life"
19/MF Doom "Doomsday"
20/MFSB "Something For Nothing"
21/Jay-Z "What More Can I Say"
22/Rick James "Super Freak"
23/Jay-Z "Kingdom Come"
24/Parliament "Flashlight"
25/40 Glocc, Ras Kass & The Alchemist "Flashlight"
26/Willie Hutch "Tell Me Why Has Our Love Gone Cold"
27/Three 6 Mafia ft. Young Buck, 8Ball & MJG "Stay Fly"
28/Earth Wind And Fire "Can't Hide Love"
29/UGK ft. Talib Kweli & Raheem DeVaughn "Real Women"
30/Giorgio Moroder "Tears"
31/DJ Shadow "Organ Donor (Extended Overhaul)"
You like that, right? Some jams from the past, and the new spit from today.

As per usual, check out my podcast for this and other rock the dub radio archives. episode 001 is going to be a thing of the past, so go grab it quick!

Any DJs/producers/MCs with music they want me to check out, send your best quality MP3s to Anyone with a shoutout or a track they would like to hear on a future rock the dub radio show? Send your requests to


The Observation Deck (7th Sept. 2007)

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Keep your clothes on, shawty.
  • Star of High School Musical and Neutrogena spokeschick Vanessa Hudgens didn't have the nude pix she took (for her boyfriend?) in a safe place, and they ended up being leaked (NSFW: view the one that's out so far HERE). For those who think its a fake - her reps have gone to and reported that yes, it's her. Wild. I guess her Disney contract is in limbo now, and the Spanish Cheetah Girl is going to replace her. Wild.
  • Jerry Lewis used the word faggot during his annual telethon and made a raised a record total of $63.7 million. Word to the wise: use more gay slurs.
  • Britney Spears is going to be opening for the VMAs this year. Y'all call homegirl a trainwreck, I say she's gonna blow the roof off that bitch. I'm not her biggest fan (although I do think, when she's on point, she's a dime), but homegirl is fierce on the stage.
  • Curb Your Enthusiam is back this Sunday, and it's getting dope reviews. Don't tell me what happens, but I can't wait.
  • NBC and Apple got into a fight over selling their TV shows, so they are moving on to Is Amazon set to be the iTunes killer?

Alright, let me get my black ass in gear for the weekend. Oh wait, I'm working this weekend. Oh to be rich!

Whatchu Know About Jayden?

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a piece for my son:

Whatchu know about
Big eyes
Big heart
Big cries
No fear
No hate
Ready to dive
Turned off lights
Ready to smile
Loves to hug
Loves to kiss
Giggle monster
Eternal bliss
Mischevious kid
Loves to run
Loves the hip-hop
Forever having fun
1 year of craziness
Two times real sick
Stuck in tents
Thrown under lights
Little blue boy
Sleepless nights
Broken ribs
Grandparents ain’t right
Our little angel
The end result of a beautiful union
Mommy’s little man
Daddy’s great plan
Clap the hands
Stomp the feet
Kick the feet
Loves the water
Be a good boy, hug our daughters
Always laughing
Easy to smile
Our little angel
Miracle child
Blow the bubble
Loving MASH theme songs
Never do right
NEEDS to do wrong
1 year of craziness
Many more to come
Happy birthday
To our son

Happy birthday, lil' man.

Friday, September 7th 2007 playlist

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No top 5 this week - or a top 10 for that matter. Been too busy reviewing too many tunes to pick/upload favs. Assload of leaks though!

leaky faucets!


Diplo dropped a crazy mix for Pitchfork (grab it from zShare), tossing up a shitload of tracks:

01. I Like Turtles
02. Mr. Vegas: "Lean Wit It"
03. M.I.A. [ft. Bun B and Rich Boy]: "Paper Planes"
04. Schooly D: "Gucci Time"
05. Yeah Yeah Yeahs: "Rockers to Swallow"
06. Jellybean: "Sidewalk Talk"
07. Belle Stars: "Iko Iko"
08. Scala & Kolacny Brothers: "Heartbeats"
09. Diplo & Switch [ft. Elephant Man]: "East, West (Remix)"
10. Nirvana: Drain You / Huey: "Pop, Lock & Drop It"
11. Marc Houle: "Bay of Figs (Ward 21 Mix)"
12. DJ Tamiel: "Bump Like This"
13. Queen [ft. David Bowie]: "Under Pressure"
14. Eddie Money: "Take Me Home Tonight"
15. Soulja Boy: "Crank Dat Superman"
16. Bat for Lashes: "What's a Girl to Do (Break)"
17. DJ Shadow: "Organ Donor (Sandrinho Remix)"
18. Diplo & Switch [ft. Beenie Man]: "Solta Frango"
19. Mr. Vegas: "Hot Fuk (Diplo Mix)"
20. Enur [ft. Natasja]: "Calabria (2007 mix)"
21. Spoon: "Paper Tiger"
22. Circle Children: "Zulu"
23. M.I.A. [ft Akon]: "Boyz Remix (Hi Powered Boyz Get Down)"
24. Boy 8 Bit: "Suspense Is Killing Me"
25. KW Griff: "Tony's Back"
26. Diplo: "Work Is Never Over"
27. M.I.A : "Bamboo Banger"
28. Sizzla: "Bamboo Banger (Dubplate)"
29. Blaqstarr: "Supastarr"
30. Shai: "If I Ever Fall in Love Again (Dub)"
31. Orbital: "Halcyon"
32. LA Priest: "Engine (Erol Alkan Remix)"
33. Petter: "Some Polyphony"
34. Rihanna: "Umbrella (Vandalism Mix)"
35. Justice: "Phantom Pt. II (Soulwax Mix)"
36. The White Stripes: "Little Cream Soda"
37. ZZT: "Lower State of Consciousness"
38. Kia Shine: "Crispy"
39. Bart Simpson: "Bartman (So Kripsy Mix)"

Gotta love that guy.


My boy E has a video mixtape up called "He Hate She", dedicated to the flack Shaq has been getting over his recent divorce filing. Quality selection, I must say.

Arelene and the Oh Word crew have the drop on next week's releases. Get their word on the shit that you need (or don't need) to buy. They also sat down with Osama bin Laden about his forthcoming tape.

___ and Big Daddy Kane chopped it up about Kane's past. Dope interview.


If you need DNB mixes, DPD has some shit, "For Your Listening Pleasure". This week's installement features mixes from the likes of the Lifted Music Podcast, DJ Vapour, DJ Jambo, Calyx, Marcus Intalex, Noisia, Heist, Axiom and recordings from last night's Therapy Sessions, featuring Dom & Roland, Loxy, The Sect, Future Signal and SDM!


I have a giveaway going on right now to win Kia Shine's Due Season CD. Read more about it HERE.


Final thought: DJ KRUSH is the man.

Reason 1: read my review of the forthcoming 3-DVD set, History of DJ KRUSH.

Reason 2: this performance, taken from DVD 2, of KRUSH on a rooftop, going for broke:

Kia Shine Due Season CD Giveaway

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rock the dub has 3 copies of Kia Shine's Due Season CD to give away. Simple competition/giveaway:

Just send an e-mail with the subject "KIA SHINE CD GIVEAWAY" to Emails will be accepted until the 21st of September; the 3 winners will be picked, and you will be sorted with your CD.

Check out my review of this album.

Good luck!

Kia Shine on MySpace

Win a date with Layla Kayleigh

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Layla Kayleigh. Damn. I'm sorry but homegirl is a fox. And to support Good Luck Chuck, 1 lucky schmuck (out of 3 finalists) will be chosen to go out with her, and will a cool $1K. If you aren't up on her, you don't read Maxim or check out "The Feed" on G4 (among other things she does, such as The Best Damn Sports Show, Period ). She's got an ill voice, smokin' body, and based on her MySpace blog, she has a great personality to match.

Head on over to Maxim Radio for the details.

Kenya asks...

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"Did you buy your DJ NAPPY T-Shirts yet?"

Well, didja?

DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. Peedi Peedi "Brand New Funk 2k7" (video)

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Had no idea they did a video for this track!

Go cop the album.

Eddie Griffin & the "N-Word"

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My nigga E said it best: "he thought he was among friends... guess not".

Eddie Griffin is the latest performer to be booted over using the dreaded N-word:

Griffin, who has appeared in movies such as "Undercover Brother" and "Date Movie" and the TV show "Malcolm & Eddie," was performing at a Black Enterprise magazine event in the Miami suburb of Doral on Friday when he was cut off after using profanities and the N-word, said Andrew Wadium, a spokesman for the publication.
Who in the FUCK did they think they were hiring, Bryant fucking Gumbel!? Eddie isn't a fuckin' Tom, that nigga goes on the stage and speaks his mind. Did they never see his previous stand-up before hiring him?

And the fucked up part is, now this nigga's got a white stain on his black suit. His name is already being dragged through the mud by James Brown-wannabe ass niggas like Al Sharpton, now cracker barrel ass Entertainment publications will be talking Undercover Brother this, My Babies Daddies that, and who really wins? NOBODY! Stopping Eddie from using the word nigga or whatever fucking cuss word is not going to win the war. Embracing these niggas and trying to educate our kids is.

Dumb ass Tom ass niggas. Go the fuck back to your wholes - I think your process is drying out.

RIP Pavarotti

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RIP, Luciano. [EW]

History of DJ KRUSH [review]

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Of all of the mid-90s Mo' Wax producers, DJ KRUSH was the first I was truly into (DJ Shadow eclipsed him, but was not the first). I remember copping Meiso and being in awe at the mixture of deep, moody atmospherics and the unabashed love for Hip-Hop (lyrics by CL Smooth, Black Thought and others never hurt!) that sucked me in, and made me realize: Hip-Hop is bigger than the US, bigger than basic 16s and a hook, and it was something that was NOT going away. 12 years later, I was right on the money, and when I heard that there was a 3(!) DVD set giving you previously-unseen footage of one of my musical idols, I promptly fell out of my chair, running to relisten to his older CDs, like KRUSH or MiLight, trying to remember how I felt the first time.

Turns out I didn't need to... this DVD is all you need. A perfect addition to the collection of the true KRUSH fan, and a great primer for those who want to know what all of the fuss is about. Over the 3 DVDs, the first of many truths came clear: DJ KRUSH is a master of mixing. His DJ sets are more performance than selection, as I've only heard him drop a mix of his own tracks, but he will start to drop the echobox on his tracks, and then on top of all of that, grab a piece of wax and cut some slick sounds over top - nothing that overpowers the mood or track, just a perfect accent to the live mix. In watching DVD 1, A-Un, you get to peek at a previously-unreleased-on-DVD promo video done for Japan that seems to have been a project done FOR MiLight that encompassed KRUSH's travels up to that point. It included a lot of the "messages" from MiLight, and also showed KRUSH on tour and in the studio, working on the tracks. This lead to my second truth: "Kemuri" is such an anthem, no matter when/where he drops it, the crowd goes crazy. It's sucha hypnotic track, it's kind of wild when you realize the cut is 13 years old... but I put it on today, and it smokes a lot of the drivel that's out now!

Disc 2 is the real treat, though: Ko-no-Michi goes from Meiso to 2006, showing in depth footage of KRUSH all over the world: on tour, in the studio, on the streets, and on the rooftop. A performance on the rooftop in Tokyo is the true treat here: just KRUSH, lights and his setup, and you get front row seats to see him GO OFF! A few highlights: the scene where KRUSH and Shadow were working on "Duality", and the proceeding interview - you could tell the language barrier was there, but it wasn't: it was Hip-Hop; DJ KRUSH and ILL-BOSSTINO speaking on the making of "Candle Chant (A Tribute)" - ILL was on some other shit, really deep about their meeting, and KRUSH was kind of silent - just lighting a candle (and a boagie) and letting the track play; KRUSH in Jamaica with Sly & Robbie, grooving to the ill sounds... there's just so many awe-inspriring things caught on video that ended up in this documentary. The only thing I didn't like was that, sometimes, the footage got chopped. For example, in an interview with DJ Shadow, they were interspersing his words with footage, but his words would get clipped; it wasn't that big of a deal, but it happened a few other times. No harm, no foul, though, for the real gems of this disc are the performances, and KRUSH himself speaking on his journey. Disc 3, Clips, is just that: a 9-video compilation of DJ KRUSH's music videos. You can tell the progression: "Only The Strong Survive" has a really fuzzy quality to it, but with all of the quick cuts, you can tell something else was going on. It's good to get a lot of these videos in the States, because I think, before this DVD, I had no idea he MADE music videos!

It felt awesome to hear some of these fans, producers, DJs, MCs, singers... everyone on this set perfectly understood what KRUSH was about: his initial timidness around American rappers in NY; his samurai-like precision (and mood) when it comes to providing atmosphere and vibes into his tracks; his beautiful ear for sound; his warm heart, buried behind a darker past, that continues to come forth; and the sense of "how do we get to that next level", which always seems to underly everything he does. As Hip-Hop fans, DJ KRUSH fans, and just fans of great music, you will be silly to sleep on this DVD set when it drops. Grab it, then go through his catalogue and grab what you can find. KRUSH will go down in history as one of the premier producers and artists. And only then will his true genius be understood...

rock the dub gives History of DJ KRUSH a 4.6 out of 5 stars: classic footage, great performances, and a glimpse behind the mask show a truly unique human being and producer.

essential links:
DJ KRUSH's website
rock the dub: History of DJ Krush 3-DVD Set to be released!
Pre-order at CD Universe

Bring It Back, That Old Ringtone Rap

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The Real has a new video up, this time sending up the Ringtone craze... and it's hilarious:

Did you miss the recent interview your's truly did with The Real? If so, get familiar!

Shouts to E&J as per usual...

Remixng BioShock

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Any of you fans of BioShock dabble in production? I want to hear you remix the original score (grab all 12 tracks via this .zip file, provided by the good people at 2K Games). There's also been 3 "modern-day" remixes done to tracks associated with the game (by Moby and Oscar the Punk), but I reckon we don't stop there. I'd run a competition, but I'm not sure what I could give as prize. Let's just call this a friendly funk-tion between friends.

I'll accept any styles: Hip-Hop, Jungle, Dubstep, Breaks, House... if you can freak it, I'd love to hear it! Maybe I'll accumulate the best into a podcast and distro it worldwide! Maybe I can get a pull of the 2K Games' crew, see what they can do!

I'll keep you posted - show me something!

Send all finished MP3s to The higher the bitrate, the better. Make sure the MP3s are tagged PROPERLY with artist name - track title - email/AIM name. Get to poppin'!

Hangar 18 "Bakin' Soda" (video)

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Apparently this got banned from MTV due to "drug suggestions"... has MTV listened to half of the Rap they play?!!?

FOTM: THUGSTEP #5 (09/2007)

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Better late than never... this THUGSTEP thing doesn't just go for the rhymes. Here is Jamie Foxx (featuring Ludacris) tellin' you to get the regular sexual antics out of your mind - tonight, it's time to go buck. The dubstep is provided by Boxcutter, from his Oneric LP, and it's different: not the thumping, prodding basslines you normally here. More tech-y, but it still has a crazy vibe to it. Wait for the switch up of the beat when Luda gets on - IT'S MURDA! LOL nah but his raps definitely punch a bit harder with that crazy beat underneath... then the track goes back to the calmer mode when Jamie comes back. One for the sheets!

Jamie Foxx ft. Ludacris Vs. Boxcutter "Unpredictable (DJ Nappy Thugstep Mix)"

Need more THUGSTEP? Hit this link.

Shouts to DJ Tipz, DJ Cable, selector dub u and anyone else supporting THUGSTEP!

If you are making your own THUGSTEP tracks, send them to me:


PS: I told you it'd be up tonight, Ellen.

Friday, August 31st 2007 playlist

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Wanna know what's dropping on the 28th of August? Oh Word has you covered... word from Rafi is this will be a reoccurring piece over there. Holla!

Now, onto the music:

01/The Jackson 5 "Got To Be There" [this song is so beautiful; back when MJ sang about lil' girls instead of loving lil' boys.]
02/Breakage "Clarendon" [Digital Soundboy sign some dope shit.]
03/Aspect "It's Yours (Aspect & Gremlinz VIP)" [dutty!]
04/Naphta "Enter The Shamen" [Go grab Grande Illusions while the links are still up!]
05/The Commodores "Zoom" [classic Lionel Richie.]


follow the drip...


DJ Benzi did the September 2007 URB Magazine podcast; looks like a spankin' good time!:

001. M.I.A. & Donnis "Paper Planes Remix"
002. Common & Kanye West "Start The Show"
003. Nas "It Ain't Hard To Tell (DJ Day Remix)"
004. Cassidy "My Drink & My 2Step (Cousin Cole Remix)"
005. The Beatnuts "Hit Me With That Shit"
006. Lil' Wayne "Dynamic"
007. Hieroglyphics "You Never Knew"
008. The Nonce "1985"
009. De La Soul & Mos Def "Big Brother Beat"
010. Nas "Take It In Blood"
011. O.C. "What I Represent"
012. Jungle Brothers "Brain (The Roots Remix)"
013. The Pharcyde "Y"
014. Mos Def "Travelin Man Remix"
015. INI "Fakin Jax (Pete Rock Remix)"
016. Lupe Fiasco "Outty 5000"
017. Common & Lily Allen "Drivin Me Wild"
018. Kanye West "Everything I Got"
019. Wale & Daniel Merriweather "Let's Ride"
020. Tribe Called Quest "Like This Like That"
021. Re-Up Gang "Monopoly"
022. Ludacris "I Get Money"
023. Termanology & DJ Premier "So Amazing"
024. The Cool Kids "Pump Up The Volume"
025. Slum Village "Reunion"
026. Wale & Tawiah "All I Need"
027. Donnis "Party Works"
028. Nappy Roots "RJD2 Freestyle"
029. CRS "Us Placers"


Them Sound Advice boys have a new mix out, entitled Flannel Crunk. You know what it is. Tracklisting is on a pretty picture.


This week's DPD "For Your Listening Pleasure" features new sets from the likes of Phace, Krpytic Minds & Leon Switch, Glitch & SST and a special broadcast from DJ Flight with Survival stoppin' in. Champion Sounds.


Did you guys see the MP3 player that is housed inside a cassette tape? That you can actually play in a tape player?! I don't rock SD cards, but DAMN!


I wanna take it back a taste, if you don't mind, with my final thought. Pete Rock was interviewed for HipHopDX, and spoke on how you shouldn't expect more collabs with Nas. Made me remember my fav cut off Illmatic...

Nas "The World Is Yours"

Enjoy your Labor Day weekend. Get that last bit of sun in ya face before the Fall...

Starkey "Dark Nights and Street Bass" (mix)

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In anticipation for the Street Bass volume 2 mixtape, Starkey dropped a nasty mix:

Download MP3.


01 - Warren G ft. Nate Dogg "Regulate (Starkey remix)" (seclusiasis)
02 - Stumble "Wuz Up Break (sb2 version)" (seclusiasis)
03 - Zomby "Haterz" (dub)
04 - Kid Twist "Breathe" (dub)
05 - Twist & Pharrell vs T Money "Give Up That Cold Cash (Dev79 blend)" (seclusiasis)
06 - Lil Mama "No Music (Starkey refix)" (seclusiasis)
07 - M.I.A. "Boyz (Tactic remix)" (seclusiasis)
08 - Starkey "Listen In" (dub)
09 - Beanie Sigel ft. Memphis Bleek "Who Want What (Mr. Andersonic remix)" (seclusiasis)
10 - Skinny Friedman "Frozen Hands" (seclusiasis)
11 - El Carnicero "Next Kingdom ft. Warrior Queen" (slit jockey)
12 - Drop the Lime "Hear Me (Monster Mosh Dub)" (trouble & bass)
13 - J-Sweet "Slowdown" (sweet beetz)
14 - 334 Mobb "Scarecrow" (def jam)
15 - Mr. Virgo "Rotten" (white)
16 - Rossi B & Luca "I'm in Love With a Stripper remix" (heavy artillery)
17 - TRG "Bario Brio" (dub)
18 - DJ Blaqstarr & Rye Rye "Shake it to the Ground (BD1982 remix)" (seclusiasis)
19 - The Streets "Has it Come to This (Starkey bass mix)" (seclusiasis)
20 - Matty G "West Coast Rocks (Caspa remix)" (argon)
21 - DG Yola "Ain't Gon Let Up (Starkey remix)" (seclusiasis)
22 - Starkey "Swollen Glands" (dub)
23 - Starkey "Say Yes vs. Pulse X (blend)" (seclusiasis)
24 - Starkey ft. Elixir "This Time Last Night" (seclusiasis)
25 - Wiley "My Mistakes (Starkey remix)" (seclusiasis)
26 - Rustie "Lean Wit It remix" (dub)
27 - Starkey ft. Kano "Leak Riddim VIP" (slit jockey)
28 - Starkey "Corner Store ft. Xploder" (slit jockey)
29 - Starkey "Prism" (starksound)
30 - Starkey "Menace" (dub)
31 - Slim Thug ft. TI & Bun B "3 Kings (Jason Carr ghettotech remix)" (seclusiasis)
32 - Dev79 "From the Get" (slit jockey)
33 - Steve Spacek "Dollar (Starkey remix)" (seclusiasis)
34 - Gorilla Zoe "Hood successful black man (Dev79 remix)" (seclusiasis)
35 - Raekwon & El Michaels Affair "PJ's" (truth & soul)


Milk Dee "I Get Money" (video)

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Milk gettin' his Curtis on. I wonder how much he's made from cats sampling his voice...

[as seen on NahRight]

[rock the dub Interview]: The Real

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The Internets is a funny place. Cats like Tay Zonday can reach crazy acclaim (and billings on Jimmy Kimmel) for sounding like, well, Claire Huxtable's father. Or take Souljah Boy, who told 106 & Park that he not only had 10 million hits on MySpace, but the record label that signed him sent a limo TO HIS HOUSE to get the paperwork done. In any case, Les Internets can get it right, and that's where The Real comes in. The Real has stepped to the plate and offered up hilarious videos that poke fun at Hip-Hop in a creative way (e.g. their latest video, which asked UPS employees how they felt about Biggie's "don't be mad, UPS is hiring" line)and their vlog that has gotten play over at NahRight, on Miss Info's blog, and many other blogs/sites that may or may not matter (this blog included - you make the call). Brothers Jeff and Eric Rosenthal boast resumes that some post-grads would die for: Eric has studied filmmaking at Syracuse, been mentored by László Kovács on the set of Two Weeks Notice, documented artists like Missy Elliott, Juelz Santana, as well as Kanye West at both the 2005 Grammys and during his 2005 Touch The Sky tour, among other things, while his brother Jeff is a recent Boston Univ. grad who has interviewed Hip-Hop personalities ranging from Voletta Wallace to Lloyd Banks, Lil Scrappy to Field Mob, for both print mags and online publications; he has also covered politics, Pop culture and media matters for RADAR, wrote for the now-defunct (an HBO/AOL comedy website), and currently works as the in-house artist for Very Short List. Clearly these two brothers have their fingers to the pulse, and are on the brink of helping usher in some of the more creative Hip-Hop vlogging out there (plus, its cool to have a voice outside of the Internets Celebrities and Ill Doctrine!)... I got intrigued, and wanted more info... khal seeks, and he shall find:

khal: There are some out there who might not know who’s behind "The Real", can you break that down for us? From speaking with you, I know you guys are brothers, but how many others are involved in the production of your videos?

Jeff: The Real is composed of my older brother, Eric, and myself – at least on the business side of things. Working alongside us, though, we have a huge network of friends who give us both their acting chops and their quality time for our show.

Eric: Our anonymity worked toward our advantage for our first video, "Lloyd Banks' Retirement Party", because people thought that The Game made it, Cam made it, and truthfully we didn’t mind the conversation that it started.

khal: For someone to bust out the videos you do, with the hints of social commentary and satire and the like, my guess is that you have been Hip-Hop fans for a bit. How long have you been into Hip-Hop, who are some of your favorite MCs, etc.?

Jeff: My favorite MC is Soulja Boy.

Eric: We’ve both been students of hip-hop for most of our lives and, like most people, we love Biggie, Jay-Z, Ice Cube, and the like. Today, though, my favorite MC is Kanye West. Clipse and Lil’ Wayne are nasty, too.

Jeff: If not Soulja Boy, because hasn't been released yet to Sam Goody (OCTOBER!), then I would say Tag Team.

khal: How long have you been making videos? The quality is top notch for a vlog – what kind of equipment do you use?

Jeff: I’m mostly just a writer, and stay away from Final Cut Pro.

Eric: Canon XL2 and Final Cut Pro. We’ve been making movies since our early teens. I went to college for it, studied under legendary filmmakers and put in a ton of hard work along the way.

khal: Where’d the idea for "The Real", a vlog that pokes fun at Hip-Hop, come from? Were you influenced by any other blogs/vlogs out there?

Jeff: The idea behind The Real came from the fact that there is nothing like it right now. As for blogs, we read them all.

Eric: Especially the ones that link to us. We want to fill a huge void – to bring comedy to a culture that takes itself too seriously.

khal: Can you break down the process involved in making your videos, i.e. how long does it take for a concept to go from an idea to a finished project? Do the two of you bounce ideas solely off each other, or are you kind of working with a group of people?

Eric: We have the ability to put these together very quickly – within a day, for some.

Jeff: I usually come up with my ideas on a whim. Eric and I were just walking up Fifth Avenue in New York when I thought up the retirement party. And then it’s who do we know, and who can we get involved to make it work - because none of our sketches are scripted. They’re all rehearsed for a basic idea of how things'll go, and then ad-libbed. So, it comes together relatively quickly.

khal: Is there any subject that's too taboo for slaying on The Real?

Jeff: No. Anything can be made funny.

Eric: We’re trying to build on the culture, not take it down.

khal: Do you guys have any plans on expanding The Real, like doing videos on Pop stars or compiling your things into a DVD or anything?

Eric: We’re open to lots of things. And yes, the grand vision is to expand the franchise. Stay tuned, and we might have something to tell you soon.

khal: I want to do something different in this interview; let’s see how quick your mind(s) work: spout the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear these words or phrases:

a) Nas

Jeff: We talked to a homeless guy outside of a Nas listening party – he was first in line – who was trying to tell us about the free movies he gets into. He also said that the new Bond movie wasn’t so good, but that the chase scene took his breath away. He was my best friend.

Eric: Carmen.

b) Cam’ron

Jeff: "Knock knock, who’s there? Killa Cam. Killa who?"

Eric: He’s like this athlete who has all of this ability, but doesn’t care to use it, which is kind-of disappointing.

Jeff: I like his mixtape stuff over his albums.

c) “bling bling”

Jeff: Does anyone still say this? Also, when I interviewed Lloyd Banks last year – nice as can be, and very good with his answers – I almost knocked his massive ring off his hand when I shook it. And then he called me “the next Howard Stern,” presumably because I’m white.

Eric: Lil’ Wayne’s incredible. I don’t know.

d) "Greatest Rapper Alive"

Jeff: Soulja Boy. Tag Team RIP.

Eric: Kanye West.

e) "crank dat"

Jeff: I don’t know what that’s referring to.

Eric: Seriously, Jeff was doing that dance at lunch today.

f) "swag"

Jeff: I associate it with free stuff, but MTV has a different definition.

Eric: Jim Jones, who I would love to get on our show for an extended interview. He’s a fascinating personality.

g) Michael Vick

Jeff: Those dogs had it coming.

Eric: I’m putting a lot of money on the Falcons to win it all this year.

h) MP3s

Jeff: I can’t say anything without the FBI or RIAA taking interest.

Eric: I have so many great ideas for how to save the record industry, but I’m not giving them away for free.

khal: Can you give us an idea of some of the videos we should be expecting to see on The Real in the near future?

Jeff: We have this idea where we do a video and it’ll be funny. I have no idea. We have to do a video for Monday, and I don’t have any ideas yet.

Eric: Ringtones.

khal: When do you think you'll STOP making videos?

Jeff: Before people start liking them. That’ll show em.

khal: Do you think Hip-Hop vlogging will start attracting more viewers/producers?

Jeff: Absolutely. Vlogging is the big thing on the internet now. I’m surprised there aren’t more out there now.

Eric: I was going to say the same thing. Each day that passes, I'm shocked there's so few of us out there.

khal: Do you have any final words or shout outs or anything to give to the readers?

Eric: Shout out to all of our fans, and everybody with a sense of humor that's picked up on us. Shout to the bloggers who wield such immense power today. We appreciate everyone's support and interest.

Jeff: Shout to my brother, Eric. Also, big ups to Ed Lover.

Make sure you make The Real a part of your life; burn their feed and make SURE you keep up to date with their works. Shouts to Jeff and Eric for taking the time out for this Q&A. We leave you now with their latest video:

50 Cent: OnSMASH Interview in 3 Parts

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You've seen this linked all over your internets, and I acutally enjoyed seeing 50 Cent speak. I am not the biggest fan of his music, although GRODT was my shit when it first dropped (as were his mixtapes pre-Aftermath), but his interviews are always captivating.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Not every Hip-Hop site can say 50 Cent name checked them! Nice one, OnSMASH!

"U.S. Americans"

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Good thing school starts back up soon!

I did hear that homegirl was on the Today show this morning, and did a bit better.

postscript: Maps For Us - the children of America need maps.

LOST News: Jeff Fahey, others, added to cast!

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Remember The Lawnmower Man? Yes, dude is going to be on LOST. No word as to WHO he will be, but he is one of FIVE new actors added to the cast, including:

  • Jeremy Davies (dude played Charles Manson in the Helter Skelter 2004 TV movie... was also in Nell and Saving Private Ryan)
  • Lance Reddick (AKA Lt. Daniels from The Wire, Desmond Mobay on OZ, and the cop in the "'03 Bonnie & Clyde" video)
  • Ken Leung (dude who played Carter Chong in the last season of The Sopranos, he was also in Saw, OZ, X-Men: The Last Stand and Inside Man) and
  • Rebecca Mader (The Devil Wears Prada)

You know you love it. IMDB has both Mader and Reddick listed for Season 4, Episode 1, but no character info has been leaked...

Can't wait!

Deconstructing Biggie: UPS Is Hiring

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The Real has a new video up, breaking down one of Biggie's more infamous lines...

It's funny b/c I was actually listening to this track ("Flava In Ya Ear (Remix)") the other day. The part where the Asian FedEx dude breaks down the Puffy dance is classic!

Between The Real and the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES, I don't need anymore Hip-Hop vloggers.

Bonus Video:
"Hip-Hop is the Single Most Destructive Force in Society"


"Where are our priorities?"

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The boy Enigmatik is killin' it right now. His post inre: the outrage over Michael Vick vs. the lack of outrage over cases like the Jena 6 or Genarlow Wilson is on point. Go check it out and get involved.

On That Leak: Kanye West "Stronger (A-Trak Remix)"

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More info on this @ Pitchfork. Download the MP3.

Elucid's Smash N Grab

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That damn Loosie Music crew done done it again. From the camp that brought forth Spec Boogie's On My Grind tape, as well as the phenomenal Champion Hoods tape, we are now given this: Elucid's Smash N Grab. Dude went all out, and murked a batch of beats. This, however, isn't some nonsense over "I Get Money" or some other beat, nah dude went leftfield with his. I'm talking Johnny Cash, Black Lips, the Chemical Brothers, M.I.A.... you get me? And when I say murk, I mean MURK! Check out these two tracks:

That "Cut You Down" might be my favorite. I like how they looped the sample, with part of Johnny singing in it... really grimey. My absolute favorite is what Elucid did with "Army of Me" by Bjork, but I forgot to upload that before making this post. That's OK, though, because that just means you need to grab the .ZIP and peep it (big up to Rappers I Know on the host)!

Mixtapes like this make you realize that today's Hip-Hop has definitely lost it's way... cats only look for certain sounds, certain styles to flip. Gone are the days of the non-Rap influences or beats being thrown into the mix. Forward thinking music from forward thinking peoples. Sleep and die...

Jamie Foxx Presents: America's Funniest Comics Volume 3 [review]

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When you title something as lofty as "American's Funniest Comics"... please deliver. I'm not saying I'm the funniest muthafucka in the land, or even in my house (my son owns that distinction), but some of the comics put me to sleep faster than Tylenol PM. Jamie Foxx's Laffapalooza is a beautiful thing: give funny cats the shine that mainstream America doesn't. I love it, but the shit can be hit or miss - basically, you can SEE why some comics aren't hot. On this, the 3rd installment of Jamie Foxx Presents: America's Funniest Comics, we get some great highs, and some snooze-inducing lows.

The first thing that got me was how dated this DVD was. This got released recently, but Cedric The Entertainer's opening monologue referenced songs like "The Whisper Song" and whatnot, which, if you peep his act on a regular basis, he likes to stay current when talking music and such, esp. on today's music. Just struck me as odd. That rolled onto Donnell Rawlings, aka "I'm rich, bitch!" or Ashy Larry to the Chappelle Show fans, when he talked about Chappelle going to Africa. You just KNOW his current routine speaks nothing about Chappelle (although I did like the bit about him paying for everything - until Dave bounced). Dude is one of those guys who, when he is in character, he is funny as HELL! Ashy Larry? Dude on Mad Real World? The list goes on... but his comedy is just kind of bland. He relies too much on the screaming and whatnot to be as funny as he can be. Other peeps you might have heard of include Wild'n Out's Spanky Hayes, who was funny but not someone I would go pay to see. Maybe I'm just used to see him buggin' out, but his stand-up routine just seemed kind of like the ramblings of ya boy who had a bit too much herb at the party. Esau McGraw is a dude I saw on the latest season of Def Comedy Jam, and his eccentricities kill me. His whole style up on stage, from the random blazer thrown on top of the t-shirt to his mannerisms play like he is a dude who isn't too bright/kind of slow, but knows what the fuck is going on (almost like a modern-day Stepin Fetchit), but I hadn't realized I saw him before until he went through his bit about his girlfriend saying fucked up shit while he slept ("I hate you Esau! Die Death Bleed Eat Yo' Lips, Bitch!")... I saw the whole bit before, but it still killed. The last dude was the illest, though. Willie Barcena is a Mexican guy who just ran with some of the most hilarious shit, in this fucked up, chopping off the ends of his words type of speech. So raw... put it like this. My wife hates most new comedians (last dude I turned her onto was Katt Williams, who she loves); she was in the room while I watched this, and didn't laugh once. She put down her book and bugged out for his entire routine. Dude was just on point. Definite highlight of the show.

The other guys, straight up? Wack. David Arnold was ridiculous - he spoke about not working, but then had x amount of "office place" jokes. The white dude, Louie Katz? I couldn't tell you one of his jokes - just didn't hold my attention @ all. Tony Sculfield is a dude I see on Comic View all the time, and he just looks grimey, like he should be on the block with about 30 dimes bags in his pockets. Really predictable comedy, too... like I really though you STOPPED smoking weed, dog. Oh, and I think it's kind of bugged that Jamie Foxx's face is on this, but he's nowhere to be found. I don't wanna say it looks like they're trying to use his likeness to market it, but...

In any case, fans of Urban comedy should be into this. Loads of social commentary, from relationships to drug abuse to music. Some raw talent on here, some missteps, and hell - we even have Mexicans and Canadians on here! In all seriousness, though, the Laffapalooza concepts is a beautiful thing... maybe when volume 4 drops, it will have some better talent.

rock the dub gives Jamie Foxx Presents: America's Funniest Comics Volume 3 a 2.5 out of 5 stars. The funny bits are as hilarious as the unfunny bits are boring. The thing is, we got more of the latter than the former.

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