Archive for 09/01/2007 - 10/01/2007

Chaka Khan Funk This review

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I don't think I can pull off a full piece on this Chaka Khan disc, so I figured why not drop a track-by-track review on this. First time for any of my rock the dub reviews, so let's see how it goes:

"Back In The Day"
It must suck being an established artist trying to stay relevant. Chaka has done so much, it's hard to not compare her new output with her classic work. This track is not where she needs to go: the writing is weird, her voice is being filtered odd, and aside from the bass guitar, this is an odd intro to start out with.

"Foolish Fool"
Stupid track title, even more mindless lyrics. This sounds like a jam that ended up being recorded and kept on in a purple haze.

"One For All Time"
This one is a little better, the chorus is dope, but it's not something I'd love to listen to again and again. Kind of sounds like something I've heard before and didn't like.

"Angel"
The first slow jam, and it's alright. The lyrics are kind of out there, and sound like a drunken Teena Marie, but Chaka makes it work.

"Will You Love Me"
This CD is 0 for 5 right now in terms of keepers; this Neo-Soul sound is not hittin for Chaka. Her voice sounds much better, but the instrumental is too far out.

"Castles Made Of Sand"
Ugh. The first line is on some spoken word malarky; the backwards guitar reminds me of the guitar solo in D'Angelo's "The Root", but this is just a mess.

"Disrespectful" (ft. Mary J. Blige)
OK this is the best track on it. Not a good look that the heater comes in at track 7 of a 13-track disc. The beat reminds me of Amerie's "1 Thing", but Chaka and MJB freak this one just right. Keep this one.

"Sign 'O' The Times"
Appreciating this track only makes sense if you are a Prince fan. If you've never heard the original, you will be lost. This remake is not good @ all - something is just off. The arrangement sounds like Prince's original, only it's not, so it comes off kind of pointless.

"Pack'd My Bags/You Got The Love (ft. Tony Maiden)"
Who or what is a Tony Maiden? I have no idea. This track sounds like it could be dope live - they could extend that "pack'd my bags" mantra and really freak it vocally. I'd actually rather hear this cut done live than on a CD.

"Ladies Man"
Promising track that sounds a bit too modern for my Chaka taste. Some of the metaphors are silly, but what can you do. Nice, slower vibes here.

"You Belong To Me (ft. Michael McDonald)"
Why did they need to throw the vocoder on here? And did Michael McDonald HAVE to hop up on this? It sounds like Barry Gibb and the Bee Gees produced this, with a fake Stevie Wonder harmonica solo. Wow.

"Hail To The Wrong"
Another attempt at a more modern-sound that just goes nowhere. Those handclaps and the constant percussion hit (what is the stick hitting, an empty bottle or something?) just annoy the daylights out of me. I do like Chaka's non-screaming voice, though.

"Super Life"
Not really feeling this one either. Sounds like its trying too hard to sound like vintage Rufus. Those wah-wah guitars are dope, but the entire package is bland.

Which is the main thing about this CD: Chaka tries hard. Her voice is the saving grace: she has such control, she can make her voice do backflips at will - but the selection of tracks on here is ridiculous. Loads of half-hearted attempts at wooing the Adult Contemporary crowd, who'd just rather hear her belt out some classics. Maybe this disc was made with a "tour of the hits" in mind, ala her pal Prince. Go Chaka, let me hear "Sweet Thing".

Essential Cuts: "Disrespectful", "Pack'd My Bags/You Got The Love"

rock the dub gives Chaka Khan's Funk This album a 2.5 out of 5 stars. While Chaka still has "it", her selection of songs is sub-par; Chaka can still blow, but needs an overhaul in terms of songs that really mean something.

hit the links:
Funk This on Amazon
Chaka Khan on MySpace
Listen to the entire LP on Download.com

FOTM: THUGSTEP #6 (10/2007)

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A lil' different styles. No Rap this month, but this shit still has an ill feel to it. Nappy threw Kirsty Hawkshaw's lovely vocal on "It's A Fine Day" (which was a cover of the Jane & Barton tune from 1983 of the same name) with a brutal Demonic 1 track (which is available for FREE on his "DIE!" EP through SWAEG Records - grab this and more HERE), giving her beautiful voice some bombarding bass and beats. It's a great contrast, and almost turns the sing-songy chorus into a sarcastic romp. Imagine a schoolgirl skipping through war-torn Iraq, bouncing on her way to school, singing a song as rockets and WMDs are going off along each side of her.

Rough in this jungle.

For previous THUGSTEP leaks, hit the link. Check out DJ Nappy on MySpace. And get involved, pigeons.

Nas: Greatest Hits?

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(as seen on Nah Right)

Peep the tracklist:

1. Less Than An Hour (with Cee-Lo)
2. Untitled New Track
3. It Ain’t Hard To Tell
4. NY State Of Mind
5. One Love
6. If I Ruled The World (with Lauryn Hill)
7. Street Dreams (with R. Kelly)
8. Hate Me Now (with Puff Daddy)
9. Ether
10. One Mic
11. Got UR Self A…
12. Made You Look
13. Oochie Wally
14. Bridging The Gap (with Olu Dara)
OK what is this? "Oochie Wally" is one of your greatest hits? Why not "I Can" or "The World Is Yours"? Nas, you've had so many defining statements... why go out with the nonsense listed here? And the funny thing is? I bet this is the final. I'm surprised he isn't going by just the dope singles, for "Thief's Theme" should have made the cut (I'd even seckle for "Hip Hop Is Dead"). "Bridging The Gap"? I know you love your Dad but DAMN! The sequence is off, too! That track with Cee-Lo is from Rush Hour 3; why put that and another new cut at the very beginning? At the very least go in chronological order!

I guess it doesn't matter, though; with this dropping on November 6th, coming up against Jay and his American Gangster CD, it won't even matter. This is just fufilling the obligations of the former contract, no?

Kanye West on SNL

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How come no one let me know that 'Ye was going to be on SNL!? I haven't watched the show in a while, but this shit is funny:



"I deserved that Kid's Choice Award..."

Peep this and his performances on Nah Right. Oh, and did you know Kan had a blog?

Soul Plane 2

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LMFAO



The Boondocks, Season 2: October 8th @ 11:30PM EST.

[adult swim] The Boondocks

The Observation Deck (28th Sept. 2007)

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Fuck you, Rod Thorn.

  • This just in: my New Jersey Nets are no longer contenders! Rod Thorn, you sniveling prick - do not come out of your face talking about "oh, most people don't think the Nets are favorites this year". In an offseason where the Celtics picked up niggas like Kevin fucking Garnett, you are going to come with that? You've made no significant moves in a heartbeat (and no, Vince Carter is NOT a significant move), due mainly to your team moving to Brooklyn in the distant future, or so it seems. Jason Kidd has no help, Richard Jefferson has no balls, and Jason Collins needs some lotion on his lips. And you, Mr. Thorn, need a wakeup call.
  • Afrika Bambaattaa and the Beastie Boys have been nominated for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. How sick is THAT!
  • The trial for Angel Hernandez, the accused muderer of Jeri Lynn Dotson, is about to end soon, and it is making me realize how retarded this "stop snitching" bullshit is in the hood. Jeri Lynn got killed b/c she was a witness to some Latin Kings roughing up an associate who they later left for dead in a dumpster. They were shook that she would snitch on them. Fast forward - they all get caught, and are all sitting in jail. What happens? They turn state's evidence! I read in the paper yesterday, and x amount of Kings are squealing on the witness stand! I commend them, but why did 'Nena' have to die, when you guys were as big of a snitch as you thought she would be?!?
  • The boxing world needed a pick-me-up after Oscar de la Hoya posed in a fishnet-bodysuit, so they stripped Oleg Maskaev of the belt he's held for 10 months... and didn't defend.

Is there anything else I'm missing? Let me know!

Friday, September 28th 2007 playlist

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Don't even ask me about a top 5. Bad week. rock the dub radio #6 coming soon; I started #7 last night, nice old school feel to it. But that's not now: peep that Lauren London:

leak central:

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Not much else going on. For you DNB heads, check out this week's FYLP for live mixes/sets from the likes of TC, DJ Presha, FRISKe, Bachelors of Science, Joga, ASC, CPF, Danny Byrd & Atlantic Connection.

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That's it folks. Sorry to be short... got shit on my mind and need to unleash these. For a laugh, I leave you with this:



Enjoy your weekend, peeps.

Pete Rosenberg interviews Royce 5'9, M.O.P. & Jeru The Damaja

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LOL @ Spine Magazine: "Who's Lil' Fame's dentist? An ironmonger?"

In any case:



Also check out some of Pete's other interviews: Method Man, RZA, Ghostface... hell, hit up his YouTube channel!

J Hood: Supreme Bullshitter

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Check out J Hood trying to act like he's something:



Come on, nigga. Just stop it. We already know Sheek is your social worker, why you gonna act like you're big business now?

SMH...

The Illest Rap Name Ever?

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In reading this interview with Tragedy Khadafi up on XXL, I had a wild realization: while his new name is very militant and shit, he gave up on such an ill name: Intelligent Hoodlum. I mean, not only did it work with the music he put out back then (“Arrest The President” is still a beast), it just had a dope FEEL to it.

This is something that seems to be missed these days in Hip-Hop: names that both mean something and sound cool when said. Take Cannibal Ox: the name just SOUNDS ill, and blends well with what Can-O is all about: tough talk with an abstract aura around it. It seems like not too many Rap groups can think of names that ill, nor do they seem to put any effort into it: it went from calling oneself ‘Del tha Funky Homosapien’ to maintain an identity to everyone being “Young”.

In conversing with resident iC Rafi, we kicked around a few other dope additions to the “Illest Rap Name Ever” list, which included names like the Wu-Tang Clan, Special Ed, Juggaknots, and others. Oddly enough, most of these artists were either considered “mainstream” or “underground”, which then made me wonder: which new school artists are coming with hot names? Both above and below this imaginary “ground” that really just separates those who sell records and those who do a shitload of touring due to lack of records sold, the names of many newer cats are kind of wack: Mr. Lif? Saigon? Nelly? What kind of horseshit is this?!

Rafi brought up cats like Devin the Dude and Murda Mook, who definitely have some of the more interesting names I’ve heard. But for every Devin the Dude, there’s too many Shop Boyz, Kia Shines, and the like polluting Rap radio. Common used to have one of the nicest names out there (Common Sense), but got sued b/c his moniker got to be too common (go figure); “Will.I.Am” only sounds good if you are wearing "mink boots in the summertime", and given the amount of records sold, do you think “Rich Boy” is contemplating a name change? And please, do not get me started on the odd obsession with placing “Lil’” and “Young” in front of your name: it’s kind of interesting to sit back and think about how masculine many MCs try to be… all the while wearing tons of diamonds, wearing pink and calling some other dude “Daddy”, but I’m getting ahead of myself…

I ask you, the readers, what names would you add to the “Illest Rap Names Ever” list? Old or new, crew names are also acceptable.

MF DOOM: "What up? I'm dead"

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taken from the Stones Throw newsletter:

DOOM RESPONDS TO RUMORS
Every day for the past month we've been hit up by people wanting explanations, statements, clarifications, and declarations about MF DOOM. Is he lip synching? (No. Listen to the videos on Youtube.) Is he an impostor? (No, but he did lose some pounds.) Is he in the hospital? (No, he's in his studio ... or if not there, you can find him in the pub with the grub stain.)

Reached earlier this morning at his home in Georgia, an alive and well MF DOOM issued this statement: "What up? I'm dead."

DOOM was in Los Angeles recently and recorded a few verses at The Bomb Shelter studio, where Madvillain, Quasimoto, YNQ, and Madlib classics have been made. Among the new joints recorded was one with him and Guilty Simpson over J Dilla's "Mash" and another over Dilla's "Lightworks". "Mash's Revenge" will be released on the album "B-Ball Zombie War" on October 2. Take a listen:
+ www.myspace.com/mfdoom
So it looks like the Metal Face Terrorist is NOT dead (although this doesn't touch on a possible heart attack/hospital stay as hinted to on GRANDGOOD). And him rippin' over "Lightworks"!? I'm intrigued...

Sheek Louch: Savoir of Abused Youth

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Shouts to eskay for keeping the hood shit out in the open. It looks like this J-Hood/LOX shit is FAR from over. I posted the video of J-Hood dragging his chain last week, and now Sheek has a new interview with XXL, this time putting it out there. Hood is acting really dumb, especially if the LOX are mad willing to let him go (they know what it's like to be stuck in those situations).

This line caught my eye:

Yo, Hood, when your stepfather was touching on your body, fam, I went and ran in your house and got ’em. Me and my goons ran in and got your step-pops for you. And a list of other things, but I just want to throw that one out there to sting him a little bit. That was me. Remember, Hood? That’s big homie.

See, that's the wrong nigga you wanna try and publicly beef with. If a nigga like Sheek has THAT kind of info on you, why you really going to want to take it there? He did a good thing for you, and you shit on him and the squad? For what? Sheek also says that both 50 Cent AND Sha Money XL said they ain't signing Hood, that Hood having to see the LOX is bigger than the publicity stunt. I been said homey was a pawn. Now there's the proof. I mean, aside from guys like Funkmaster Flex and Cosmic Kev (among many other DJs) not playing your shit, the hood looks at you like a little boy - he has no juice in the hood now.

On the album front, it looks like the LOX are working with Def Jam to try and get them signed? Wild... until I heard the producers they are working with: Timbaland, Pharrell, Rockwilder, will.i.am. WHAT THE FUCK!?!? He also speaks on his Silverback Gorilla album, which will features cats like Avant, Styles P, Jadakiss, Fat Joe, UNK and a track called "Dipset D-Block" with Jim Jones, Hell Rell & Jadakiss. I can't wait for that one!

Amanday All Day (webisode 2)

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Amanda Diva riffs a taste on experiencing the industry on both sides of the mic. We also get to peek around her room a mite. Shouts to her, she's doing it.

Excerpt from BET's Hip-Hop vs. America

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T.I., Al Sharpton, Nelly, Diane Weathers (former Essence EIC), and others speak on many different topics involving Hip-Hop and its influence in the city. Some interesting points - T.I. looks like he wants to bug out though:



Too funny.

More info on this series HERE. Shouts to E for the link, as per usual.

Biggie Case Fucked The Fuck Up

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Why?

A prison inmate who had implicated a former Los Angeles Police Department officer in the shooting death of rap star Biggie Smalls has renounced his story, tying a new knot in the tangle of intrigue that surrounds the still-unsolved killing.

Waymond Anderson, who was briefly a top-selling R&B artist and is serving a life term for murder, said in a recent deposition that he lied about LAPD involvement in the Smalls slaying as part of a "scam" concocted by two other convicts to squeeze a large monetary settlement out of the city.

Goddamnit. Why do they keep fucking the dog on this one? Will there EVER be justice in the death of Biggie Smalls? Or 2Pac for that matter?


I received my copy of the new Biggie DVD; review forthcoming.

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.

-khal

Amanday All Day (webisode 1)

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THIS IS THE INTRO!



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

WOT U KNOW 'BOUT CRIBS?

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



Straight out of the UK. Shouts to LIFE4LAND.

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

www.myspace.com/smokemybeef

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)

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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

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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:

01/intro
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 khaldub@gmail.com. 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 iNTERNETSCELEBRITIES.com... CHEA!

New LOST podcast (21st Sept. 2007)

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MP3

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 ABC.com. Not really an informative podcast, but it's cool as hell that they did that.

Namaste.

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!]

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leaks, leaks and more leaks!

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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.
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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!

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

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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!


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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.

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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 SugarDVD.com 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 SugarDVD.com 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.

Tracklist:

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.

D-BLOCK!

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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www.vote756.com

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

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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?

Fishkinis.



*sigh*

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.]

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who turned on the faucet?

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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"
10:18
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"
16:45
17:35
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"


Ouch.

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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

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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.

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2Pac was murdered 11 years ago yesterday; XXLMag.com 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.

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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.
RIP.

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: