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

divShare hatin'

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Hey divShare. I love your service.

And I understand if someone requested that a file be deleted. I have no problem w/ that.

But why delete non-copyrighted tracks?

Anyone who was linking to my divShare links - bare with me while I sort this out.


Amanday All Day (webisode 1)

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Big Amanda Diva fan. Can't wait for the 2nd installment!


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This is the first pro-squatting Hip-Hop video I've seen:

Straight out of the UK. Shouts to LIFE4LAND.

MUSIC: Ed Cox & Stivs for LIFE4LAND
VOCALS: Dirty Dike, Jimmy Danger, Jam Baxter, Mr. Key & Slang Resplendant.

Sabrina murks the Cha Cha

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I'm not a fan of The Cheetah Girls or Sabrina Bryan (I leave that to my 16-year-old) - but shorty killed this routine. Taken from last night's Part 1 of the new Dancing With The Stars season.

Wow. They rode her kind of hard for her Hip-Hop moves, but she still ran it. And I am not alone in thinking that homegirl is the one to beat.

Props to E for the link.

Lupus Online Support Group

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Just got an e-mail from the Lupus Online Support Group, asking for support. Anytime I hear "lupus", I think "J Dilla". Was just working on an episode of an upcoming rock the dub radio episode, with his beats in it.

Please, support those who have this disease, and keep the memory of Dilla and others alive.

The Observation Deck (25th Sept. 2007)

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Sick, sad world, folks.

Jay-Z "Blue Magic" (trailer)


This weekend was totally devoted to Jay-Z... well, I played the SHIT out of "Blue Magic", and realized it's one of my favorite tracks of 2007. The Pharrell singing on the hook is neither bad nor great, but it's all about Jay taking it back. You can hear a hunger there, and I love how he flips the old school style, especially on the 3rd verse (reminded me of Special Ed's "I'm The Magnificent" kind of flow). Too fucking dope.

I came home Saturday night, and wouldn't you know they did a trailer... for the single!? Word is Hype Williams is working on the official video right now, but this one is just too ill. It's got people hand-to-handing the SINGLE, as if it was real product. Love how it was done. Check it out:

Lovin' it. Get more info on Jay's American Gangster CD HERE.

rock the dub radio: episode 005


I started crafting this show with a 40 of Olde English and thoughts of my peoples locked down. I didn't have any running theme here, just bringing dope Hip-Hop that you need to hear and shit that is kind of exclusive to me.

We start this episode off with a bang... Swizzy + UGK + T.I.? In the words of that great poet Ja Rule, "IT'S MURDAAAA!" We dip into a few more heavy hitters, then hit the ode to my niggas locked down section. Loads of new cuts on here from the likes of Talib Kweli (with Styles P), the Boot Camp Clik, DJ Envy & Red Cafe, Special Teamz, AvE (with Esso) Wordsmith, Tanya Morgan (with Che Grand) and others; there's also classic cuts from Schoolly D, Edo G, Raekwon and more! Check the tracklist:

02/UGK ft. T.I. "Hit The Block"
03/M.O.P. ft. Jay-Z "Put It In The Air"
04/Busta Rhymes & T.I. "Cannon"
05/Boot Camp Clik "Jail Song"
06/Ludacris ft. Beanie Sigel, Pimp C & C-Murder "Do Your Time"
07/Raekwon "Incarcerated Scarfaces"
08/Nas "One Love"
09/Beanie Sigel ft. Redman "One Shot Deal"
10/Prodigy "Keep It Thoro"
11/Mobb Deep "Get Dealt With"
12/The Alchemist "Mr. Pitiful 2008"
13/interlude: "Practice" - DJ Krush vs. Allen Iverson
14/Redman "Gilla House Check"
15/Chester P "Chessmonster"
16/AvE ft. Esso "The Future"
17/Keyshia Cole ft. Missy Elliot, T.I. & Young Dro "Let It Go (Remix)"
18/DJ Envy& Red Cafe ft. Jermaine Dupri & Fabolous "Dolla Dolla Bill"
19/Talib Kweli ft. Styles P "The Level"
20/Sheek Louch ft. Jadakiss "Survival In The City"
21/M.O.P. "Cold As Ice"
22/Special Teamz ft. Devin The Dude "Long Time Coming"
23/Edo G & Pete Rock ft. Diamond D & Jaysaun "Streets Is Calling"
24/Edo G & The Bulldogs "I Gotta Have It"
25/Schoolly D "P.S.K. (What Does It Mean?)"
26/Kanye West ft. Lil' Wayne "Barry Bonds"
27/Cassidy ft. Lil' Wayne & Fabolous "6 Minutes of Death"
28/Cole Cash "Goldfinger 2007"
29/Claude601 "Red Stars"
30/Wordsmith "The Example: Resignation"
31/Tanya Morgan ft. Che Grand "And You Say"
Shouts to Cole Cash & Claude601 for hitting me with beats. Any of you aspiring DJs/producers/MCs with heat, send your best-quality MP3s to And make sure you guys are throwing my feed into your iTunes or wherever you get your feeds sent, so you can get the dope every 2 weeks.

Cereal Is Dope

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"Look at that, his hat says 'CRACKER'!"

Rafi & Dallas = the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES. And they are all up in ya cereal isle, showing you internets lovers what time it is. Satire & shenanigans. Check it out:

Get more at CHEA!

New LOST podcast (21st Sept. 2007)

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The 3-year anniversary of the crash of Oceanic Flight 815 was on the 22nd of September, so Carlton and Damon celebrated by calling LOST viewers who submitted questions to Not really an informative podcast, but it's cool as hell that they did that.


Friday, September 21st 2007 playlist

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01/The Upbeats "Take Away Soul" [such a dope combo of sadistic bass and chilled vibes.]
02/Shyne "More Or Less" [because we never forget.]
03/50 Cent "Curtis 187" [I can't get over this one. Too dope of a track!]
04/Havoc "Get Off My Dick" [been waiting for this one for a while...]
05/Fierce & Break "Hold It Now" [gotta love grimey, simple DNB ruggedness!]


leaks, leaks and more leaks!


If you read Hip-Hop blogs (and who doesn't, these days?), you know about Noz - he has his own blog, and does work for XXL (online and in print). The link him and I have is that we both grew up in Trenton, NJ... I don't think he lives around there anymore, but I still live in the area - my mom is in North Trenton to this day! In any case, he ripped this CD he made (The World Takes: The Best of Trenton Rap, ‘86-’91), highlighting the old school Trenton Rap scene (we were more than just PRT!), with cuts from YZ, B-Nyce & DJ Cash Kev, Blvd. Mosse, Shakespeare and more! Get the full tracklisting and more info HERE.

Oh Word's Sach O has thrown up some DJ Premier productions for cats out West, and "out the Box". Dude was from Texas and made MAD coasts rock! The Oh Word review team also brings you this week's reviews of next week's albums - very insightful!


Shouts out to DJ Trackstar, who hit me with this link to a bunch of his "Boogie Bang" mixtapes... volumes 1 through 9, for free! Loads of quality tracks from artists you've heard of, as well as mad cuts from newer, more underground heads. Don't sleep - official rock the dub stamp!

Papoose already got dropped? Hear Kay Slay explain it... they seem happy, as if the "A&R hell"


This week's "For Your Listening Pleasure" features a host of sick DNB mixes from the likes of Chris.SU, Trei, Sistem, Kubik, Submerged, Kiat, DJ Phokus AND a classic recording from 2004 of DJ Flight's "Next Chapter" show with special guest Dillinja!


Dr. Dre said we ain't getting Detox until at least next year... why am I not surprised? And keeping it on producers for a moment, check out Timbaland and 'Ye working on the drums to "Stronger". I love seeing Timbaland work.


I'm sorry, but I'm a sucker for turntablists. I got the super late pass on this one, but peep DJ Sara (and DJ Ryusei) on the decks - 8 years old and 5 years old, respectively! Sara's crab scratches are ridiculous!

This video HERE gets me - just peep how happy they look before the beat drops! Check out more at the sarascratch YouTube page!

My final thought? Will my son be that ill on the decks at age 5!?

Enjoy your weekend, all.

The Jena 6 Roundup

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So loads of marches went down yesterday, in Jena, and other cities in the United States. Here's the rundown of some of the events/proceeding news stories, Jena 6-related of course:
  • Two guys were arreseted near Jena, LA, for hanging nooses from their car; the driver was 18 and got hit with a DUI charge, among others, and the 16-year-old passenger stated that his fam was the KKK. SMH...
  • Where was Obama during all of this? Jesse Jackson wasted no time in slandering Barack for his M.I.A. status.
  • AverageBro threw up a pretty telling editorial on the Jena 6 rallies: I do feel, as he does, that we need to scream "Free the Jena 6" after 9/20/07, but you know how things go these days... flavor of the month, et. al.
  • Earl Ofari Hutchinson wrote a deep piece about how our civil rights leaders let Mychael Bell down...

Sign the petition. Donate to the cause. Do something - and keep doing it.

The Observation Deck (21st Sept. 2007)

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Who is this buckwild nigga rollin' with Vanessa?
  • Vanessa Hudgens is embracing her nude-pic scandal; she's planning on doing a spread for some lucky men's mag. That's all well and good, but babygirl, you're not THAT fly. And how is Disney going to feel about this come High School Musical 3 time? They HAVE been noticeably mum on this... but then again, wasn't Lindsay Lohan in the last Herbie movie?
  • 50 Cent: Jax, the owner of has concocted a way to get his name out there, riding your coattails: he says he will cop 250K discs of Curtis, on one condition: you wear a t-shirt for 1 year. At all times. Nice one, Jax! You got your name out in the media!
  • You ever tried to download an album, only to find fucked up copies of the MP3s, all glitchy and what-not? That's the man forcing "decoys" out there. Idolator has the scoop.
  • What's really good with this Oscar de la Hoya fishnet photo fiasco? Oscar says it ain't him, but a Photoshopped thing... I dunno. I hope its not him, I hope he didn't go out like that.

Craziness out there.

Bun B reps the Jena 6

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As seen on Nah Right.

Mos Def & Bun B need to collabo on a pro-Jena 6 track.

Black Out Status

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My bust, E, but that pic is so damn poignant.

Today, September 20th, 2007, there are rallies going down in Jena, La., and hopefully other spots in the US. It is asked that supports of the Jena 6 wear black on this day. I took it a step further, and threw the blog on Black Out Status. It might make my words pop (I see you, wifey!), but this is my online support. I suggest other bloggers do the same.

Speaking of E, he has a few posts in support of the Jena 6 and this day: one's a poem entitled "African American Anthem" (by King Kobra), and the 2nd is his Black Out post of today, with some great links to Jena 6-related heads.

I'm just about done with Invisible Man; this novel seems like what we need to be reading right about now.

hit the links:

Jay-Z American Gangster LP news

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I read about YN having an exclusive piece of info to drop around 8PM last night, but didn't make it to the PC until later, and forgot to peep it. Boy, was it a doozy!

Looks like Jigga Jay-Z is working on an album inspired by his viewing of the forthcoming Harlem drug flick American Gangster, a flick which bit the creative bug in Jay, making him think of days passed and putting himself back in that zone, and making this his first "concept" album to date, which is a funny idea. While he is basing his flows on the scenes in the movie, he's lived that life, but I digress...

I do wish that the film's producers had gotten behind the idea of having Hov drop this as an official "music inspired by..." album, just because with the way Jay's status is now, it would be such a big look for Hip-Hop... having one of the premiere MCs crafting tracks based on a film that's subject matter mirrors his life? You can't write better headlines than that. Would have made this a big event.

Sometime today, a Pharrell-produced track entitled "Blue Magic" is to premiere... somewhere. I'll give you guys audio when I get it, as per usual. Until then, just deal with this "Allure"/"Flashing Lights" blend that DJ Green Lantern cooked up (shouts out to Eskay, again).

Diplo "Essential Mix" (16th September 2007)

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Diplo gets bust for BBC Radio 1, continuing their "Essential Mix" series.


Rich Boy - Throw Some D's // Interscope
Nirvana - Drain You // Geffen
Baby Huey - Pop, Lock & Drop It // White label
Marc Houle - Bay of Figs (Ward 21 Mix) // M_Nus
DJ Tamiel - Bump Like This
Queen Feat. David Bowie - Under Pressure // WEA
Hollertronix - Betty // Money Studies Records
Eddie Money - Take Me Home Tonight (Be My Baby) // CBS
Soulja Boy - Crank Dat Superman // Interscope
Bat for Lashes - What's a Girl to Do // Break
DJ Shadow - Organ Donor (Sandrinho Remix)
Diplo & Switch Feat. Beenie Man - Solta Frango
Mr. Vegas - Hot Fuk (Diplo Mix)
Enur Feat. Natasja - Calabria (2007 Mix) // Scorpio/Data
Spoon - Paper Tiger // Merge Records
Circle Children - Zulu // Strictly Rhythm
M.I.A. Feat. Akon - Boyz Remix (Hi Powered Boyz Get Down)
Boy 8 Bit - Suspense Is Killing Me // Trouble & Bass
KW Griff - Tony's Back // Money Studies
A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario (White Label Mix) // White label
Nucleus - Jam On It (Gold Rocc Mix)
Nigga Say Wut - Hey Hey Hey
BooMan - Pick ‘em Up
King Tut - Y'all Niggaz Ain’t Shit // Heavy Rock Music
KW Griff - Ain’t None Of Y’all Safe // White label
Technics - Uh
KW Griff - Respect // Quiet Records
DJ Eli - In The Jungle
2 Bad Mice - Bombscare // Moving Shadow
Armand Van Heldan - You Don’t Know Me (White Label Mix) // White label
Big City - Spanish Lesson // Spectra Records
Diplo - Work Is Never Over // Mad Decent
M.I.A - Bamboo Banger // XL Recordings
Sizzla - Bamboo Banger // Dubplate
DJ Blaqstarr - Supastarr // Mad Decent
Shai - If I Ever Fall in Love Again // Dubplate
Orbital - Halcyon // Rhino/WEA
LA Priest - Engine (Erol Alkan Remix) // Phantasy
Joakim - Drum Trax // Versatile
Chemical Brothers - Saturate // Virgin
M.A.N.D.Y. - Unknown (Tiefschwarz Mix)
TOK - Solid As A Rock // VP Records
Petter - Some Polyphony // Border Community
Rihanna - Umbrella (Vandalism Mix)
Justice - Phantom Part II (Soulwax Mix) // Ed Banger
The White Stripes - Little Cream Soda // XL Recordings
ZZT - Lower State Of Consciousness // Turbo
Kia Shine - Crispy // Chest Nut Records
Bart Simpson - Bartman (So Kripsy Mix)
Jay Dilla Feat. Guilty Simpson - Detroit To LA
Deuce Papi - Do It Again
Kanye West Feat. Young Jeezy - Can’t Tell Me Nothin’ // Def Jam
Mr. Vegas - Lean Wit It (In The Streetz)
M.I.A. Feat. Bun B & Rich Boy - Paper Planes // XL Recordings
Schoolly-D - Gucci Time // Schoolly-D Records
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Rockers to Swallow // Interscope
Jellybean - Sidewalk Talk // EMI
Belle Stars - Iko Iko // Capitol Records
Scala & Kolacny Brothers - Heartbeats // PIAS
Simian Mobile Disco - I Still Believe // Wichita Recordings
The Pack - At The Club // Zomba
South Rakkas - Hotter Then Them (Mad Decent Mix)
Hurricane Chris - A Bay Bay // J US
Mad Cobra - AA (Kenny Meez Edit) // Black Shadow
Buju Banton - Crazy Talk // Black Shadow
Beenie Man - The Crime // System Records
Lil’ Wayne Feat. Mack Maine - I Know The Future // Universal
Bugle - What The Gonna Do // Daseca

The Observation Deck (19th Sept. 2007)

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*SIGH* Time to get some work done! Keep it crispy, folks.

SMH @ Jae Hood

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I can see why Remy Ma got on stage with 50 Cent... she got a murder rap. And I know Jae Hood has his problems with D Block, but how you gonna go up on stage with 50? No fucking loyalty at all. The sad part about all of this? Hood prolly thinks he can now be down with the G-Unit. Nigga, you're officially a pawn to the game: 50 used you to dig at Jada, Styles and Sheek, and all you got to show for it is a video on YouTube.

Good job, bitch. You weren't worth the money spent to make that chain, dog.


Pete Rosenberg interviews DJ Premier, Pete Rock & 9th Wonder

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Sometimes I think I could be Rosenberg if I was Jewish and older...

Kurious Jorge A Constipated Monkey re-release

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Many of you might remember Kurious Jorge as being dude featured on "?" from MF Doom's Operation: Doomsday album. Well, it looks like his slept-on '94 LP, A Constipated Monkey, has been re-released TODAY, and his label, Amaglam, is offering the album with a special Bonus EP for FREE to the first 100 fans who buy the digital version of A Constipated Monkey.

Check out the tracklisting:

01.) Spell It Wit A J (Yes, Yes Jorge)
02.) Top Notch
03.) I’m Kurious
04.) Uptown Shit feat. The Omen & Kadi
05.) Leave Ya’ With This
06.) Fresh Out The Box
07.) Walk Like A Duck
08.) Tear Shit Up
09.) Baby Bust It feat. MF Grimm
10.) Nikole
11.) What’s The Real feat. Casual
12.) Jorge Of The Projects
13.) I’m Kurious (Pete Nice Remix) **[Re-release Bonus]**
14.) Mansion And a Yacht ft. Sadat X & Mike G **[Re-release Bonus]**

"I'm Kurious" is the joint, one of my favs from back in the day.

Now check out the Bonus EP, The Demo Out Takes (1989-1993), which helped Kurious get his deal from the rip:

15.) Jorge Of The Projects (Original Demo Version) (Produced by The SD50’s)
16.) Trueness To The Blueness (Produced by The SD50’s)
17.) Rice And Beans (Freestyle) feat. Prince Paul (Produced by Prince Paul)
18.) Fill’ Er Up (produced by Prime Minister Pete Nice of 3rd Bass)
19.) One 4 The Head feat. Kolli Weed (Produced by The SD50’s)
20.) Catch My Drift feat. Kadi (Produced by Sam Sever)
Again, the 6-track EP is only available from Amaglam's website to the first 100 heads who cop the full length download.

So WTF you waiting for? Go grab this, early!

hit the links:
Kurious on MySpace

Boot Camp Clik / Wordsmith @ Sonar (Baltimore, MD) Sept. 20th!

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Looks like my nigga Wordsmith is opening for the might Boot Camp Clik this Thursday. All you Baltimore heads lookin' for the REAL Hip-Hop should check it out.

Going down @ Sonar. If you're looking for the $15 advance tickets, send Words an e-mail.

Check out Wordsmith's MySpace page for more info.

I Tried trailer

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Bone Thugs in a movie? Yup.

I Tried is in stores Sept. 25th. Pre-order HERE.

Vote 756

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Looks like Marc Ecko bought Barry Bonds' 756 home-run ball, and wants YOU, the public, to decide what to do with it.

I won't be surprised if mad people vote for "B" (putting an asterisk on it, then sending it to Cooperstown), but really, just put it in Cooperstown untouched. If the MLB was dumb enough to think he cheated then let him break the home-run record, they should have to live with their shame.

Barry, we got your back, nigga.

Traffic's Up


So the traffic coming into rock the dub has doubled in the last week. Was it due to my reviews of the new Kanye West and 50 Cent albums? Somewhat...

The bulk of the traffic comes from this post, and is likely from pervs who are trying to peep that Vanessa Hudgens in the buff.

Should I be happy that more pre-verts are driving up my site stats? Hopefully they like Hip-Hop, and continue to stick around. But rock the dub is NOT a blog that's devoted to bringing you skin pix and celeb scandals 24/7. If something interests me, so be it, but I am not a blog that will continue to peddle smut-tacular pics to you pedos.

Thanks for stopping by, though! I love reading my daily stats and seeing a 50% increase in visits!

The Fishkini

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Cures for cancer and AIDS are not known to the public. People are dying all the time. What are scientists working on?



Friday, September 14th 2007 playlist

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01/Mickey Factz "Talk Yo Shit" [dude hit me with a few cuts - shit is fire!]
02/Brand Nubian "One Time (original version)" [this shit just hits me once it drops...]
03/Photek "Saturated Hip Hop" [Form & Function vol. 2 is the truth]
04/Starkey "Pins (Murderbot Remix)" [nice jungle-ish feel to a pretty nasty track.]
05/50 Cent "Curtis 187" [Havoc brings that old 50 out, from the hook to the content. Best track on Curtis.]


who turned on the faucet?


Speaking of "Mash's Revenge", this and more Stones Throw treats are featured on their latest podcast, Zombie Playoffs:

00:00 Intro
02:30 Supreme Team "See (Suite)"
03:30 Quasimoto "Hydrant Game (Jaylib Remix)"
04:30 J Dilla feat. Kweli & Tip "Lightworking"
06:30 Madlib "Wigflip"
09:10 Dam Funk "Sidewayz"
11:00 J Dilla feat. DOOM & Guilty "Mash's Revenge"
12:50 Guilty Simpson
13:35 Percee P feat Prince Po "Last of the Greats"
15:48 MED "Bring It Down"
18:50 Oh No "Action (Rap Version)"
20:25 Aloe Blacc "Find A Way"
21:55 Niko & DJ Babu "Now You Know"
23:05 J Rocc "Super Sound"
24:30 Bumps "Tryplmeade Gorsmatch"
25:45 James Pants "Ka$h (PB Wolf Remix)"
28:05 Arabian Prince "Professor X Saga"
29:35 Jonathan Brown "Bass Creator's Groove"
30:45 CX Kidtronix "Big Girl, Skinny Girl"



Little Brother has a sampler (mixed by DJ Flash), for their forthcoming LP, Get Back:

a. ExtraHard
b. Breakin My Heart feat. Lil Wayne
c. That Ain't Love feat. Jozeemo
d. Uncle Mike's Dedication
e. Step It Up feat. Dion
f. Sirens feat. Carlitta Durand
g. Good Clothes


This week's "For Your Listening Pleasure" features mixes from the likes of the Lifted Music Podcast (featuring TeeBee), Sol.ID, ESB, XO, Calibre, Perpetuum and Phlorid. Loads of upfront DNB tracks.


2Pac was murdered 11 years ago yesterday; got the thoughts and rememberances of many Hip-Hop stars; eskay threw up some essential Pac viewing; Rizoh posted a funny "Tupac Shakur Boulevard" bit that Chris Rock did on his HBO show; Hussein Fatal got interviewed by HipHopDX; and Hurricane Ivan (of Hip-Hop Is Read fame) dropped a dope mixtape full of Pac music, loads of remixes and blends - don't sleep! And give Pac your props.


That's about it for this week. I'm going to end this playlist with a performance of Kanye West's from 106 & Park, with him doing "Big Brother". I love that track.

Kanye West "Big Brother" (LIVE)

Enjoy your weekend!

RIP Bobby Byrd

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I guess James Brown needed his sidekick up in Heaven. [Paste Magazine]

RIP Joe Zawinul

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I just heard about Joe Zawinul's recent passing. Not only was he a part of Weather Report, he was also instrumental in the sound of Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way. His playing helped shape who I am today.

Havoc "I'm The Boss" (video)

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Loving what I'm hearing from Havoc at the moment. Also loving seeing Prodigy in the passenger seat, for once.

The Kush is in stores September 18th. You should do yourself a favor and check out the Absolut Kush podcast from Nature Sounds & DJ Absolut.

hit the links:
Havoc on MySpace

Smif-N-Wessun The Album tracklist

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Smif-N-Wessun (aka Tek & Steele) are BACK, and have a new album (entitled, well, The Album) dropping on the 23rd of October. It looks like they are keeping it simple on the beats and on the features, which is a plus for those of us who remember "Sound Bwoy Buriel" and some of their other CLASSIC material. Check out the tracklisting:
1.) See The Light (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
2.) Gotta Say it f/Chuckii Star (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
3.) Trouble (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
4.) K.I.M. 200 f/Loudmouf Choir
5.) P.N.C. For Life (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
6.) Gangsta Prayer f/Million Styles (produced by Ken Ring & Rune Rotter)
7.) Stomp Thru f/Rock and Joell Ortiz (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
8.) Who Gonna Save Us (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
9.) Still Fighting (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
10.) Yeah (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
11.) Movie (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
12.) Can’t Stop (produced by Ken Ring & Soul Theory)
13.) Can’t Feel My Face f/Loudmouf Choir (produced by Ken Ring & Tommy Tee)
14.) Still Here (produced by Ken Ring and Collen & Webb)
So aside from Rock, Joell Ortiz, and a few others, its a tight space, which I'm feeling. I remember copping Rude Awakening and loving it.

Check out the aforemention Rock & Joell Ortiz assisted "Stomp" for further proof of their re-discovered fire.

hit the links:

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: