This shit is wild:
I think Iron Solomon got him on this one...
Archive for 09/01/2007 - 10/01/2007
Rafi & Dallas got the ill video of Busta, Common, Lupe and the Imperial Skateboard P doing a tribute to A Tribe Called Quest's "Scenario" from tonight's Hip-Hop Honors show. Ch-check it:
The iCs are so gully, they got strong-armed when said camera was seen... CHEA!
You already know.
This edition of the rock the dub radio podcast features a host of new-ish tracks, as well as some personal favorites. There's new spit from Scarface, the Wu-Tang Clan, 9th Wonder (with Little Brother), Smif-N-Wessun (with Joell Ortiz) and a host of others; I threw in some Common, Kanye, Mobb Deep, Shyne, Sporty Thievez... endless. Some unreleased heat from the likes of Affiliate, Mickey Factz, Jacewon and others. Big up to Cole Cash, dude is on fire. Oh and make sure you peep that "Al Sharpton Is A Ho" cut - too true!
rock the dub radio: episode 006
(Direct MP3 download [~108MB])
01/introShouts to Chad @ WGHH Radio all day. Any MCs/producers/DJs who want to send me some tracks, email me at email@example.com. One love.
03/Statik Selektah ft. Termanology, Talib Kweli & Consequence "Express Yourself '08"
04/9th Wonder ft. Little Brother "No Time To Chill"
05/Busta Rhymes ft. Akon & Shabba Ranks "Clear The Air"
06/Wu-Tang Clan "Watch Your Mouth"
07/Smif-N-Wesson ft. Joell Ortiz "Stomp"
08/Big Shug ft. Royce Da 5'9, Termanology & Singapore Kan "Play It (Remix)"
09/Affiliate "Left, Right"
10/interlude: Col. Jessup vs. Cole Cash
11/Kanye West ft. Common "My Way Home"
12/Shyne "More Or Less"
13/Mobb Deep "Capital P, Capital H"
14/Big Pooh ft. Joe Scudda & Median "Scars"
15/No I.D. "Fate Or Destiny"
16/Common "1,2 Many"
17/Elemental Emcee ft. Chief Rocker Busy Bee "Al Sharpton Is A Ho"
18/Jacewon "So Far To Go (Part III)"
19/Mickey Factz "Talk Yo Ish"
20/Elucid vs. Bjork "Army Of Me"
21/Big Kuntry ft. Leland Austin "Goin' Hem"
22/Slim Thug ft. Jay-Z "I Ain't Heard Of That/Change Clothes"
23/Clipse "Momma I'm So Sorry"
24/Sporty Thievez "Cheapskate"
25/Kia Shine ft. MJG & 8Ball "Bluff City Classic"
26/50 Cent "Curtis 187"
27/50 Cent "What Do You Got"
28/50 Cent "I Don't Need You"
29/Ghostface Killah ft. Sheek Louch "Blue Armor"
30/Nas "No Idea's Original"
31/Blitz the Ambassador "Hands of Time"
You guys heard the recently leaked "Surviving The Times" track from Nas, right? It's off his forthcoming Greatest Hits package, and my boy Wordsmith hit me with this link, discussing the similarities between a track of his entitled "As The Art Fades Away" and the Nas track (hear Words' track on his MySpace page). Check some excerpts of Wordsmith's piece about the similarities between the two:
I wrote my track “As the Art Fades Away” in 2006, as an unofficial version that I actually recently re-recorded for my debut album “The Next Level Experience” on Saturday, October 6th until I heard about this. My in house producer Strada made this beat a year ago and I am here to just state the facts and not attack Nas, so I just ask that everyone judges this fairly. No producer is going start a track the exact same way and no producer is going use the same sounds, loops, rhythems, etc. to create a track. My version starts off with a sample of my own voice saying “The pop rap charts make the art fade away” followed by “That’s the whole tragic point my friend.” Now, whoever produced Nas’s version, and I heard its Chris Webber, which sounds rather odd to me, would not start there track off with the same sample unless they heard it somewhere else first. To me they strung the sample out from there, so it would sound different, but the piano, horn, and baseline are exactly the same way my producer laid his.
So Words is saying Chris Webber (will Nas ever learn?) might have cribbed how Words' track started ouw, samples and all? Chris needs to be training, not producing (jacking?) beats for Escobar...
Two, my producer used “What Would I do” as the hook part of my song and I Chose to fill it in by saying Imagine if certain rappers never did what they did, how would the game be. Nas’s version uses the same concept, but the producer uses a different section of the song where its says,”What Would I do,” from the Wiz and just looped the hook. I have never officially released this track and it can only be heard on my myspace page.Reminds me of the whole Apex Productions/"I Get Money" MySpace cribbing...
Finally, please don't look at this as I am complaining because I am not, I just felt the need to speak on it because so many great people have come to my defense, so I would like to thank everyone out there for that and I even would like to think any haters as well because we all have a job to do. So what I have done is post links to both tracks below, please check them out and leave your comments.
What do you think? The Nas track; the Wordsmith track. Did they jack Wordsmith?
That top five is all I have been keeping on repeat in the MP3 player this week. Varying styles, but seriously beautiful music.
01/A-Sides "Memory Lane" [damn, A-Sides sure knows how to pick those samples!]
02/Chaka Khan ft. Mary J. Blige "Disrespectful" [best track on Chaka's latest CD.]
03/Opus III Vs. Demonic 1 "Fine Day (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP refix)" [My nigga done done it again!]
04/Hell Rell ft. Young Dro "You Know What It Is" [Rell spits hot garbage on this, Dro does the damn thing, but that beat is what this is all about.]
05/Mala "Alicia" [One of the DMZ boys revamps an Alicia Keys interlude into a sexy Dubstep romp.]
the leak fantastic:
- Wu-Tang Clan "The Heart Gently Weeps" [shouts to Sach O @ Oh Word for the exclusive; RZA also chopped it up with All Hip-Hop about 8 Diagrams.]
- Beanie Sigel "What They Gonna Say To Me"
- Eminem "Untitled" [ripped from a Whoo Kid show - whattup eskay!?]
- 50 Cent "So Seriousss"
- Nas "Surviving The Times"
- Wyclef ft. Paul Simon "Fast Car"
- Alicia Keys ft. Q Da Kid "No One (Remix)"
- DJ Spinna ft. Phonte "Dillagence" [Peep eskay's post on this; some dope links in there]
- Boyz N Da Hood ft. Rick Ross "Paper"
- Young Buck "Class In Session" (Dissing Fat Joe, DJ Khaled & Lil' Wayne)
- Lloyd Banks "Death Wish" (Dissing Fat Joe & The LOX)
- Little Brother ft. Carlitta Durand "The Time Of Your Life"
- Donny Goines "Dot Com Freestyle"
- Notch "Bun Out Bad Mind (Benja Styles 'I'm So Hood' Remix)"
- Bangers & Cash "Bitch"
- JR Writer "Where You At"
- Hell Rell ft. Lil' Fame & Styles P "The Hardest Out (Remix)"
- LL Cool J "New York Gangstas" (NOTE: this is a HHG rip.)
- DJ Khaled ft. Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Busta Rhymes, Big Boi, Lil' Wayne, Fat Joe, Rick Ross & Baby "I’m So Hood (Remix)"
- DJ Envy & Red Cafe ft. Sheek Louch & Kool G Rap "Buck Buck"
- Pete Rock "‘Till I Retire"
- Butta Verses ft. CL Smooth "War Of The Roses"
- Jim Jones & Max B "We Roll" (prod. by Pete Rock) [did you hear about Jim's new venture with Rick Rubin over at Sony? Miss Info has the, um, info.]
- Battles ft. Joell Ortiz "Leyendecker (DJ EMZ W.231 Remix)"
- Project Pat ft. Three 6 Mafia "Dont Call Me No More"
- N.O.R.E. "Call To Heaven (Phone Call to Pun)"
- Yung Joc, Lil' Wayne, Bump J, & Jim Jones "See It For Yourself (New Version)"
- Crooked I "Hip Hop Weekly #27 (Kill Us All Freestyle)"
- Fagget Fairys "Uzela"
- DJ Illo has a "Doubletime Bounce" Remix of 50 Cent's "Ayo Technology" floatin' about.
I recently got an e-mail inre: this UK DMC turntablist champion, JFB. He's representing Brighton, UK, and dropped two mixes for the massive: here's a Drum & Bass Mix for August 2007, and a here's one that's a "DJ Battle Jam" CD mix. Hit up dude's MySpace for more info.
DJ Trackstar's Boogie Bang 9.5 (The Interlude) is available for you guys; this is to tide you over 'til that Boogie Bang X drops:
Kanye West/Lil Wayne-Barry Bonds
Crooked I-Uh Oh Freestyle
UGK/TI-Hit the Block
Big Will-TV (prod. Mr. Skip-A-Beat)
Lupe Fiasco/Gemini-We On
Playaz Circle/Lil Wayne-Duffle Bag Boy
David Banner-So Special
Chamillionaire/Slick Rick-Hip Hop Police
Joell Ortiz-Caught Up
Tef Poe-144 Bars (prod. Dro)
Styles P-Stop Skeemin
Crooked I-New West Anthem
Joell Ortiz/Ras Kass/Stimuli/Grafh-125 pt 3
Vandalyzm/Royce 5'9/Naledge-The Last Time (prod. 9th Wonder)
Talib Kweli/Justin Timberlake-The Nature
Kanye West/Dwele-Flashing Lights
Kanye West/Mos Def-Good Night
Common-Break My Heart
Screwz N Scripts-Way Back When (prod. Troublestylez)
Little Brother-Good Clothes
There's a couple of Whoo Kid-helmed mixtapes about: both G-Unit Radio 25 (Hosted by Chris Rock) with 50 Cent and The Cons Vol. 5 (Refuse To Die) with Consequence are floating about...
Benja Styles, DJ Envy & JDS have a new mixtape out there entitled Philly Love (The Spotlight Is On); grab it, then check the tracklist:
1. DJ ENVY INTRO
2. JAKK FROST ft. STARR MINA "PHILLY PHAT BOSS"
3. GILLIE DA KID "GET DOWN ON THE GROUND"
4. E NESS "NEVA GON GIVE UP"
5. YOUNG CHRIS ft. REVENUE RICH "STUNTIN"
6. PEEDI CRAKK "CRAZY"
7. CASSIDY ft. A.R. "DEALER"
8. GILLIE DA KID ft. BUMP "BIRDS FLY HIGH"
9. FREEWAY "CATCH ME IF YOU CAN"
10.FREEWAY "BEEN THERE DONE THAT"
11.E NESS "U RIGHT GO AHEAD"
12.BEANIE SIGEL & FREEWAY "CAN'T TELL ME NOTHING" (REMIX)
14.JAY-Z & BEANIE SIGEL "WHAT WE DO" (BENJA STYLES REMIX)
15.PEEDI CRAKK "IT'S LIKE THAT"
16.DJ ENVY INTERLUDE
17.E NESS "187 REDRUM"
18.EVE "TAMBOURINE" (BENJA STYLES REMIX)
19.JAKK FROST "THROW IT UP"
20.CASSIDY "IT'S ALL GOOD"
21.YOUNG CHRIS "GUNSHOT"
22.BEANIE SIGEL "WHAT THEY GONNA SAY TO ME"
23.BAHAMADIA "UKNOWHOWWEDOIT"(BENJA STYLES FLASHING LIGHTS REMIX)
24.DJ ENVY INTERLUDE
25.FRECK BILLIONAIRE "HARDCORE"
26.E NESS "U AIN'T HANGIN WIT ME"
27.FUNKMASTER FLEX INTERLUDE
28.PEEDI CRAKK "COME AND GET ME"
29.YOUNG CHRIS "I RUN THE BLOCK"
30.DJ ENVY INTERLUDE
31.DA YOUNGSTAS "HIP HOP RIDE" (BENJA STYLES REMIX 2007)
32.BEANIE SIGEL ft R KELLY "ALL THE ABOVE"
33.LADY B INTERLUDE
34.OMILIO SPARKS "DJ TURN IT UP" REMIX (PRODUCED BY BENJA STYLES & YOUNG CAB)
35.DJ ENVY OUTRO
36.RAMBO(NAMM BRIGADE) "DO THE PIGGY" (BONUS TRACK)
Cotdamn. I like how Benja revamped "Hip Hop Ride" though.
This week's DNB fix over at the DPD: FYLP (oct. 5th 2007 edition) features nastiness from the likes of Wicked Sway, DJ Hayze, State of Mind B2B Trei, the last BBC 1xtra show from DJ Flight, as well as Chris Goss & Tomahawk stepping in for DJ Hype on Kiss 100, with a special Cyantific guest mix to boot!
We're gonna take it back a bit with this video selection:
East Flatbush Project "Tried By 12"
Enjoy this Indian Summer. Until next time...
There's a special episode of Sesame Street where Elmo is talking to a character who has a father returning from war (damn, they let ANYONE into the Army these days). It won't be shown on TV for some reason, but they will be dropping copies to over 400,000 families with parents who are off fighting Dubya's battles:
I always thought it was odd that Elmo was voiced by a Black dude.
YN got the SUPER EXCLUSIVE Jay-Z American Gangster info. I am so psyched for this. Included in this post:
- Puffy & the Hitmen reunited like the Wu and are possibly contributing FOUR cuts?
- Expect this project to be "the lyrical side of Reasonable Doubt meets the musical majesty of Blueprint"
- Pharrell only does two cuts, and they are the only commercial smashes.
- No I.D. brought a track, as does Jermaine Dupri. With Bilal. Wow.
- As of right now, Beans is the only cat YN heard featured, on a revamped version of "Ignorant Shit".
- There's still unfinished material out there: DJ Toomp produced a cut, and there's something with a Marvin Gaye sample that's still being worked out.
Needless to say, I am super pumped for this release. I love me some Hov when he's on his grisly. This sounds like a dope ass collection.
Yo, OK I'm a fan of Donald Faison's. I rememeber dude being in Sugar Hill and Clueless when he was younger, and was a big fan. I also love Jamie-Lynn Sigler (my Sopranos appreciation is well-documented). And fucking Paul Mooney is the truth. One of the best Black comedians and writers ever, no bullshit. I wasn't expecting a movie with all 3 of them in it, especially entitled Homie Spumoni. Check the plot:
Meet Renato: a pasta-loving, Dean Martin-worshipping Italian-American living la dolce vita and working at his papa's Little Italy deli. Until his African-American birth parents show up, claiming he's their long-lost son Leroy. Now that he's suddenly black, "Leroy" tries his best to shoot hoops and dig hip-hop, but all he really wants is for everyone to just get along!
Say what? We beef on Hip-Hop music, Michael Vick, Don Imus, saggy pants and the like, but we let ignorant bullshit like this through? I don't give a frigid fuck if this never made it to the theaters... why would someone like Whoopi Goldberg sign on to be in some heaping bullshit like this?
I'm half-tempted to buy this and review it. I want to see how low my people's culture can go.
You can diss on Homeboys In Outer Space and whatever other nonsense you want to; Homie Spumoni, dog? SMH...
I can't get this chorus out of my head. Sorry.
Plus, homegirl that turns off the alarm in the beginning has a fatty!
- The Atlanta Falcons are trying to get a refund on the $22 Million bonus they gave Michael Vick because, get this, if they knew he was invovled in illegal dogfighting, they wouldn't have signed him. Huh? Oh wait, do you hear that sound? It's the bullshit alarm going off...
- Beanie Sigel is auditioning to play Biggie? Beans is a big dude but he gonna need a fat suit, right? At least we'd have a real rhymer... let's just hope the filmmakers never saw State Property!
- E has a couple of stores detailing the beatings/brutalizing/murderous actions some Americans take towards others. Senseless...
- If you haven't gotten a colonoscopy yet, good news: they might make x-ray colonoscopies a thing of the near future.
- HoodHype.com Episode #53 features an interview with old school legend Milk Dee. Don't sleep.
- OhWord be hatin' on New Jack Swing, and I do, too!
- You gotta love how the Wu became the first cats to clear a Beatles sample... then they weren't. The Beatles were still kind enough to gank them for crazy loot as if it WERE a full fledged sample, though.
- The ethics case against Herman Thomas (AKA the court judge who used to spank niggas) was dropped.
- Apple swears it's not making your iPhone an expensive brick to exact revenge, but I guess you can't stop the determination of hackers.
I'm tired. Someone else man the post, I'm hitting the snooze...
Talk about ignorance. I mean, it's bad enough that 50 Cent took an innocent old school rhyme and has made it this nonsensical anthem and a seminal cock-rub whenever he throws fake "50" dollar bills in the air during his shows. Now some jack-offs have mass produced these wristbands carrying the slogan?
I feel bad for Milk Dee. Is he going to see any monies off the proceeds? I hope this is feeding someone's babies or putting loot into the pockets of some Black college students. We all know that's a pipedream...
(shouts to Rafi for the initial link)
Those damn Internets Celebrities; you can't just have one amazing video like "Cereal Is Dope" (make sure you digg it); you gotta hit us with the OUTTAKES?!!? Check out this reel clips that didn't make the cut:
Get some info regarding these HERE. Rafi drops the ill post there; Dallas drops some more insightful info, and we also get TWO Lucky Charms-related clips HERE. INTERNETS CELEBRITIES FTW!
Over at weapons of mass distraction, there's a supposed tracklist to Jay-Z's forthcoming American Gangster from iTunes that looks mad suspicious:
1. AmenOK I first assume that the "I Get Money (Remix)" is that Forbes 123 joint with 50 Cent and Diddy; if Jay wasn't trying to go radio with this, why would this be included? If you peep the original post @ wmdeez, there's other rumored tracks that are missing, like "No Hook", which was a big part of the NY Times article, as well as cuts featuring both Kanye West AND Nas. I don't see ANY of this making any sense. Not to mention that Just Blaze recently posted about the 40/40 impromptu session Hov and Blaze did on stage (with free drinks!), mentioning a cut entited "Roc Boys".
2. Blue Magic
4. Alright, Alright
5. You Don’t Know
6. And The Winner Is
7. American Gangster (Featuring T.I.)
9. Ignorant Shit
10. The Demise
11. I Get Money (Remix)
Basically, iTunes, I think you need to hold off on this until eskay posts something. I don't believe nathan until then.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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
(as seen on Nah Right)
Peep the tracklist:
1. Less Than An Hour (with Cee-Lo)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!
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)
10. One Mic
11. Got UR Self A…
12. Made You Look
13. Oochie Wally
14. Bridging The Gap (with Olu Dara)
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?
- 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?!?
Is there anything else I'm missing? Let me know!
- J Dilla ft. Talib Kweli & Q-Tip "Lightworking"
- Jay Eletronica "Dimethyltriptamine" (prod. By J Dilla)
- Kanye West ft. Beanie Sigel & Freeway "Can't Tell Me Nothin' (Roc-A-Fella Remix)"
- Swizz Beatz "Money In The Bank (DJ Cable "Ms. New Booty" Blend)"
- Wayne Wonder ft. Trina "For My Love"
- Lupe Fiasco ft. Verbal & Sarah Green "Can You Let Me Know" [eskay posted some interview links with Lupe airing out cats who linked up with 50 Cent. Interesting...]
- Large Professor "Beatz Vol. 2 Sampler"
- Kenna ft. Nas "The Deafest 1's"
- A few from Crooked I: "Hip Hop Weekly #26 (One Mic freestyle)" and "Say Dr. Dre (This Is Compton)" (prod. by Dr. Dre)
- T.I. ft. Big Kuntry, Alfamega, Mac Boney, & JR "Big Shit Poppin' (Grand Hustle Remix)"
- Steel Screw?
- The Game "Early Morning Moves"
- Joell Ortiz ft. Novel "Have A Lil' Fun"
- Mac Lethal "Pound That Beer"
- Special Teamz ft. Ill Bill "Dirty Money"
- A few tracks from DTP's Serius Jones: "These Streets" (ft. Shareefa) and "Get It How U Live"
- Smif-N-Wessun "Gotta Say It"
- Mark Ronson ft. Amy Winehouse "Valerie (Count Of Monte Cristal & Sinden Remix)"
- Justin Timberlake ft. Beyonce "Until The End Of Time (Remix)"
- Robyn "Since U Been Gone (Kelly Clarkson Cover)"
- XVII ft. Pimp C "True Story"
- Emperor Chi ft. Saigon & Joell Ortiz "Spartans"
- Trina "Single Again"
- Ken "Ta Det Lugnt" (prod. by Tommy Tee)
- A few cuts from Rick Ross' Rise To Power: "Prove Me Wrong" (ft. Devin The Dude) and "B.L.O.W." (ft. Clipse, prod. by Sa-Ra's Om'Mas)
- Nappy Roots "Keep It Real"
- Kevin Lyttle "Welcome To Carnival" (overtop the "Drum 'N' Bass" riddim)
- Sound Advice "Smashing Grillz Tonight"
- Three 6 Mafia "In The Ghetto" (all about the Elvis sample)
- Lil' Wayne "Beat It Up" (prod. by Timabaland)
- Timbaland "The Way I Are (T-Wreks Remix)" (check out T-Wrek's "Mixin' It Up" set for Discobelle)
- Obie Trice "Black Moon"
- Papoose, Remy Ma & D.O.E. "I Get Gully"
- Grab David Banner's new mixtape, Spare Clips: The Mixtape, which features artists like Snoop Dogg, Akon, Lil' Wayne, Bun B, Lil' Jon, T.I., Rick Ross, Busta Rhymes, Pimp C, E-40, Lil' Boosie, Marcus, 8Ball and Yola!
- Check out this LIVE mix from Prefuse73 @ Club Air in Tokyo, Japan
- DJ Deval "Jah Creationz (Bachelors of Science Remix)"
- The ARE ft. Dem Damb Jacksons (with Oh No & Kay)
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.
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.
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.
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:
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!
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:
More info on this series HERE. Shouts to E for the link, as per usual.
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.
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.
- Mike Tyson likes to smoke coke in Marlboro cigarettes.
- Various artists don't mind R. Kelly peeing on girls, as long as his music is still dope.
- LL Cool J drops a subliminal at Jay-Z... Rizoh knows what time it is, while YN breaks down the back and forth between the two.
- Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad was brought to Columbia Univ. to speak, or so he could get laughed at.
- Unlocking your iPhone + installing Apple software updates = murking your iPhone.
Sick, sad world, folks.
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.
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/introShouts to Cole Cash & Claude601 for hitting me with beats. Any of you aspiring DJs/producers/MCs with heat, send your best-quality MP3s to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
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"
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.
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!
- NYOIL "Free The Jena 6"
- Jay-Z "Blue Magic" [allister's radio rip / best non-DJ rip out there (shouts to Eskay; Miss Info has more, um, info on the American Gangster album)]
- 50 Cent ft. Diddy & Jay-Z "I Get Money (Forbes 123 Remix)" [clean / dirty / ugly jpeg] (Pete Rosenburg chopped it up with 50, and dropped some dope questions!)
- Donny Goines "Encore Freestyle"
- The Alchemist ft. Prodigy & Nina Sky "Key To The City" [I love when these artists get together]
- Pugs Atomz ft. Hall of Fame "Black Boy" (prod. by Hi-Tek)
- Freeway "Flashing Lights Freestyle"
- Twista "Well It's Time" (prod. by Kanye West)
- Kanye West ft. Trick Daddy "I Can't Say No"
- Will.I.Am ft. Busta Rhymes "I Got It From My Mama (Remix)"
- Baby ft. DJ Khaled, Dre, Rick Ross, Lil' Wayne & Young Jeezy "Hundred Million Dollars"
- Raekwon "Cocaine World"
- Dream ft. Trey Songz "Shawty Is A Ten (Remix)"
- A few new Hell Rell bangers: "Show It Off" & "Razah's Ladder"
- Project Pat "Rubberband Me"
- Flo Rida ft. T-Pain "Low"
- Chris Brown ft. T-Pain & Papoose "Kiss Kiss (Remix)"
- Kokane ft. Devin The Dude "Black Eyed Peas"
- Gucci Mane "Pillz (Proper Villains Remix)"
- Bow Wow & Omarion "Designated Driver" (prod. by Jim Jonsin)
- Kafani ft. Fabolous & Keak Da Sneak "Fast (Like A Nascar) (Remix)"
- Wale "Nike Boots" (prod. by Osinachi)
- Styles P ft. Swizz Beatz "Blow My Mind"
- JoJo Pellegrino "5 Corners"
- Grab that new Playaz Circle mixtape, The Duffle Bag Boy Mixtape, featuring MCs like Lil' Wayne, Raekwon, 8Ball & MJG, Rick Ross and others!
- Keyshia Cole ft. Raheem DeVaughn "Let It Go (Remix)"
- Stretch Armstrong uploaded a few choice demos: Souls of Mischief "Step To My Girl ", O.C. "Step Into The O-Zone" and Poetical Prophets (AKA mad young Mobb Deep) "Flavor For The Non-Believes"
- DK AKA Donkey Kong "Yuah"
- Crooked I "Hip Hop Weekly #25 (Imagine freestyle)"
- Ransom "Duffle Bag Boy"
- Illa Ghee ft. Prodigy "Walk With A Shotgun"
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.