Saturday, September 01, 2007

FOTM: THUGSTEP #5 (09/2007)

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 31, 2007

Friday, August 31st 2007 playlist

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...

Thursday, August 30, 2007

Starkey "Dark Nights and Street Bass" (mix)

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)


Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Milk Dee "I Get Money" (video)

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

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:

Tuesday, August 28, 2007

50 Cent: OnSMASH Interview in 3 Parts

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"


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!

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

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?"

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.

Monday, August 27, 2007

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

More info on this @ Pitchfork. Download the MP3.

Elucid's Smash N Grab

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]

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.

Hit the Links:
Order this NOW from Urban Film Club

rock the dub radio: episode 003

EZ all RTD Radio fans - those who are new, welcome to the party.

I am actually happy with this show, the 3rd of my rock the dub radio broadcasts on WGHH Radio (Bi-weekly Thursdays, 10PM-12AM; I think I also have the Saturday 10PM-12AM slot, too!). All Hip-Hop, all the time. This episode was fun to make, for I wanted to throw in some classic material in there ("Top Billin'", "Rock Dis Funky Joint" [TRENTON STANDUP!], "Criminal Minded", etc.), some new spit ("The Moment Before Crazy", "Watch Yo Step", etc.) and some other shit you might not be up on, like "Super Lyrical" or Cru's "Pronto". This session plays like a mirror to what I was rockin' on my mp3 player back and forth to work a few weeks ago. I also wanted to get that Disco D-produced "Ski Mask Way" (aka the best thing on The Massacre) on there, just because.

You will also notice that this is the first episode to premiere the "rock the dub radio" intro on it, plus a number of sounds and what not I have been trying to cultivate to make the show feel different and fun. Even threw my customized "rewind" sound in there. That's just to make me feel good, but I think it came off well.

Let's cut the chatter, though... onto the show!

02/Nas "You Know My Style"
03/Audio Two "Top Billin'"
04/Chill Rob G "Ride The Rhythm"
05/Poor Righteous Teachers "Rock Dis Funky Joint"
06/Wise Intelligent "Mr. Rocket Launcher"
07/Sadat X "The Post"
08/Fat Joe "Flow Joe"
09/Bahamadia "Uknowhowwedu"
10/Canibus "Get Retarded"
11/Boogie Down Productions "Criminal Minded"
12/interlude: Chris Rock "Rap Standup"
13/KRS-One & Marley Marl "Kill A Rapper"
14/Mos Def "Crime & Medicine"
15/Sharkey & C-Rayz Walz ft. Vast Aire "The Moment Before Crazy"
16/Cannibal Ox "Handle That"
17/50 Cent "Ski Mask Way"
18/Big Punisher ft. Black Thought "Super Lyrical"
19/Rhymefest "Angry Black Man On An Elevator"
20/Ras Kass ft. Name Brand "Get It In"
21/Common ft. Scarface & Mos Def "The Corner (Remix)"
22/9th Wonder ft. Royce Da 5'9", Naledge & Vandalyzm "The Last Time"
23/Percee P ft. Guilty Simpson & Vinnie Paz "Watch Yo' Step"
24/Oh No "Action (Rap Version)"
25/Oh No "My Way"
26/Tonedeff ft. Extended Famm "Ugly Woman"
27/Prince Paul "Dimepieces"
28/Peter Bjorn & John ft. Spec Boogie "Amsterdam (Loosie Remix)"
29/Cru "Pronto"
30/El-P "The Overly Dramatic Truth (Drum & Vocal Mix)"
31/C-Rayz Walz "Original Copies"
You can download the show from podOmatic or stream/download via divshare.

Got comments? Speakonit. You should also make my feed a part of your life.

Episode 004 is a special treat, and a first in many shows like it to come. You've been warned.

Spread the word! rock the dub radio!

Kia Shine Due Season [review]

I guess I can't be mad; on Due Season's intro, Memphis' "Kinfolk" Kia Shine asks if he should talk about his grind or his clothes... ultimately deciding to talk about both, which he does throughout the entire major label debut of his. I have no problem with either, shit, do what makes you paper (and in listening to the 2nd verse of "Pre Season", it sounds like dude had a serious bubble on the underground). It's just that, you'd think an artist would truly try and expand, maybe break up his topics or bring some different angles into the game. 2007, however, is all about "swag"...

You've heard his big single, "Krispy", all over, with it's "Paul Revere"-hat tip. The sounds on this track introduce the majority of the production on the album (handled by his Rap Hustlaz crew, save for 3 or 4 of the cuts): 808 drum sounds, trunk-rattlin' bass and little else. I guess when all you make is "Swag Music", you don't really need to diversify your sample banks. The next single, "W.O.W.", follows this one, and is pretty much a rehash of what he's said in tracks 1 and 2: Rap is my grind, and you have to respect my shine. I didn't know dudes got so infatuated with, well, themselves. Dipset's Jim Jones steps up to go back and forth with Kinfolk, letting you know that, yes, they "can't take a day off" if they "want the pay off" - BALLIN'! I'm sorry, but *yawn*. Elsewhere on the album, Kia does try to switch it up: he drops a track entitled "She's Serious", which features Wifey (his wife), but he still ends up talking about what jeans are on her ass, what shoes are on her feet, and how she ain't gonna deal with you if your bank account ain't right. Haven't we been down this road? "Holla At Ya Kin Folk" is a nice diversion, though, where he actually breaks down how down his lady is - she stood by him through the thick and thin, she even had to wear the same clothes and shoes (!) while he pursued his dream. Nice touch, but coming at the home stretch, it's a bit late.

This disc isn't all bad, though. For those who just want a CD to stunt to in their candy-colored whips, this disc doesn't miss. The production is a constant throughout the LP, with woofer-battering bass and hi-hat laced beats ready to give your system a real test. "Bluff City Classic" ganks a fabulous Teddy Pendergrass sample (which will sound familiar to 8Ball & MJG fans, who also guest on the cut) and turns it into pure pimpin', pimpin'. "Tech Game" is an exploration into how you can make serious gwap in Rap using MySpace, e-mail and the ringtone grind - dude is a business, man! "Touch" sounds like a recipe for date rape, but should be a strip club masterpiece. And, even though he almost begs you to hate it, you have to respect dude's grind. He is uncompromising, hustle-oriented, and his personality is very engaging. If only his subject matter was as interesting.

For those of you who just want music to stunt to, grab this album, early. In my opinion, it's one of those CDs you pop on to go to the club in, but won't get much burn come December. For all of his grind, Kia is too much swag, not enough substance for a consumer like myself. We don't need a tracklisting that has the following titles in succession: "Swag Music" followed by "Respect My Fresh", or "Stunna Frames" right in front of "Face Card", especially when your skills on the mic aren't as fresh or exclusive as the BAPEs on your feet. Maybe he just needs to hire a good ghostwriter, they can make his rhymes look as "krispy" as his Evisu jeans.


rock the dub gives Kia Shine's Due Season a 2.6 out of 5. For what it is, it's a decent effort. For what it lacks, it's a damn shame - you get the feeling dude is holding a lot back to stay fresh. Hopefully he will get a sophmore album to get deeper into his real life, outside of the facade.

Burn These: "Krispy", "Bluff City Classic", "Tech Game"

For more about Kia Shine, hit the links:
Kia Shine on MySpace
Due Season on Artist Direct
R U Krispy??