Friday, September 07, 2007

The Observation Deck (7th Sept. 2007)

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?

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

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

leaky faucets!


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

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

Gotta love that guy.


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

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

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


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


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


Final thought: DJ KRUSH is the man.

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

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

Kia Shine Due Season CD Giveaway

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

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

Check out my review of this album.

Good luck!

Kia Shine on MySpace

Win a date with Layla Kayleigh

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

Head on over to Maxim Radio for the details.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Kenya asks...

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

Well, didja?

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

Had no idea they did a video for this track!

Go cop the album.

Eddie Griffin & the "N-Word"

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

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

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

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

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

RIP Pavarotti

RIP, Luciano. [EW]

History of DJ KRUSH [review]

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

Bring It Back, That Old Ringtone Rap

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

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

Shouts to E&J as per usual...

Remixng BioShock

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

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

I'll keep you posted - show me something!

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

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

Hangar 18 "Bakin' Soda" (video)

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