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

SMACK DVD Battle: Iron Solomon Vs. Math

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This shit is wild:

Part 1:


Part 2:


Part 3:


I think Iron Solomon got him on this one...

Internets Celebrities: "Scenario" Tribute

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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!

The RZA speaks on the Beatles

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RZA should be a motivational speaker.



I also love how he answers the phone like "PEACE!"

Full interview coming next month on KOTORIMAG.COM.

Nah Right: American Gangster news

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Eskay got to listen in to what sounds like the fucking LP of the year. I envy Eskay. Check out his write up.

The Amazing Technicolor Busta Rhymes

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This was passed to me by Wes from SitDownStandUp.com, and was taken at the Boost Mobile Rock Corps show on the 6th of October at Radio City Music Hall. He posted a few choice shots here, and you can view all of these pics on Flickr.

rock the dub radio: episode 006

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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])

Tracklist:

01/intro
02/Scarface "Never"
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"
Shouts to Chad @ WGHH Radio all day. Any MCs/producers/DJs who want to send me some tracks, email me at khaldub@gmail.com. One love.

When White Girls Go Crunk

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"let me see what you got"...

Did Nas jack a Wordsmith track?

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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?

DJ Sara & DJ Ryusei Freestyle Session

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This is the latest I've seen on their YouTube channel. I think the first DJ is their dad or whomever is teachin' these prodigies how to cut:



Intense.

Friday, October 5th 2007 playlist

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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:

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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.

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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
Cormega/Dwele-Sleep Well
Common-Break My Heart
Chaundon/Keisha Shontelle-Sunday
Screwz N Scripts-Way Back When (prod. Troublestylez)
Kanye West-Champion
Little Brother-Good Clothes

Flames.

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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...

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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)
13.CASSIDY "BULLET"
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.

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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!

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We're gonna take it back a bit with this video selection:

East Flatbush Project "Tried By 12"


CLASSIC.

Enjoy this Indian Summer. Until next time...

Elmo Helps Lil' Dunns Cope with the War

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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.

Aftermath Studio Session Pt. 1

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With Busta Rhymes dropping jewels on the costs of music (studio budgets, ringtone prices, etc.) (spotted on Spine Magazine):



Seeing Bus in the studio cracks me up. Remember him and Timbaland from MTV Diary? Never gets old.

Hell Rell For The Hell Of It [review]

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Wow OK that cover scares the shit out of me. Well, no, it's just fucking ignorant. But then again, this is Ruger Rell we're speakin' of. Dipset all day? I'd sure hope not...

"Intro"
He keeps saying he doesn't do this for the money or the fame, but then talks about wanting to buy a yacht and all this other bullshit. Nigga, please, you're in this trying to get paid. That's why you're on Koch - it's them illusions, nigga.

"Do It For The Hustlers"
OK this beat is boring. He sounds too much like Killa Cam on this one, which isn't exactly a good thing. And I'm already starting to not believe him. At all.

"Paperboy"
This beat sounds like my son made it. He can't speak yet. I hear that lil Milk Dee in the beat. If Rell and JR Writer are the future of Dipset, I see Dipset ending... tomorrow. And what was up with that apple juice/pee pee line? Too much of that gurple?

"Deep In Love"
I hate when these dudes try to act so hard, then talking about loving their niggas. This beat would have been cool 5 years ago. Wake me when it's over.

"You Can Count On Me"
Straight G shit? "Fuck with me"? How many "I sell drugs b/c my block is fucked up" tracks do I need to hear? Even worse, dude doesn't sound emotional at all. Next.

"Streets Gonna Love Me"
A lot of "me" talk on this disc, no? I do like that beat though - nice use of the vocal sample, but the chorus is very predictable. And who the fuck is truly trying to "die" for the streets?

"Life In The Ghetto"
I'm a sucker for piano melodies. I like this track, surprisingly. The 2nd verse really gets deep into the real grimey side of the hood. A lil too much bullshit about himself when he should be sticking to the topic, but dude rides the beat well. That "get ready for dick and some balls" line sounds odd.

"Hardest Out" (ft. Styles P)
Ghost just trying to get a check off this one. He completely murked Rell on this one. Doesn't even sound like he was in the studio during his rhymes. And who said Rell was one of the hardest rappers out?

"You Know What It Is" (ft. Young Dro)
I never thought I'd be saying this: Young Dro murks Rell on this one! I like how they actually split up the 3rd verse. This beat is bananas though - I could listen to this all day.

"Show Off"
Worst beat on the disc so far. Synth-heavy bullshit. Whomever makes beats like this needs to be shot.

"I'm The Shit" (ft. Cam'ron)
"I'm the shit man/you see these flies flyin' 'round me?" Huh? This beat is vintage Dipset, though: that hi-hat heavy, epic sounding sample shit. Crazy boom-bap. I really like Rell's first verse; the whole Range Rover/Phantom shit at the end makes me smile. Is Cam talking about his IBS on his verse?

"Respect Me" (ft. JR Writer)
I get tired of niggas talkin' about money like they truly blow their noses with dollar bills, be forreal. JR kind of sounds like Papoose, for good or ill.

"I Shall Proceed (Rep The Set)"
Yawn. Why bastardize a Roots chorus? He freaks some old school sounds in the beat though; I'm on the fence with this one.

"Always Wanted To Be A Gangsta"
*Sigh* Another waste of time.

"Where You From" (ft. Juelz Santana)
This beat is kind of wild. I like the bounce to it, and it switches up nicely, too. "This Rap Ramadan/what you niggas go hungry". ROFL! How is Santana only doing the chorus?!?

"I Ain't Playin' Wit 'Em"
Um... OK!? I'm glad this is over.

What a waste of time. I don't have much good to say about this CD. The cover is the best part, and it sucks. I mean I couldn't have expected much, right?

rock the dub gives Hell Rell's For The Hell Of It 2 out of 5 stars. Nonsense beats, nonsense rhymes; Dipset no way.

hit the links:
Hell Rell on MySpace

XXL: Exclusive American Gangster LP info

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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.

Homie Spumoni!?!?

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Spotted @ Crunk & Disorderly (big up E)


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...

Peanut Butter Wolf's 2K8 B-Ball Zombie War

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Big up Lord Wigflip.



Hit the Stones Throw website for more info.

Playaz Circle ft. Lil' Wayne "Duffle Bag Boy" (video)

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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 Observation Deck (4th Oct. 2007)

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They act as if this nigga never played ball...


  • 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...

Termanology "So Amazing" (video)

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Termanology is one of the nicest unsigned right now...



Produced by DJ Premier (as if you ain't already know).

BONUS: "So Amazing" (radio edit)

Away Team "Greedy" (video)

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Diggin' the track. The video? Kind of nice to see shit broken down to the bare elements...



Training Day is in stores October 30th.

I Get Money... the wristband?!?!

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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...

SMH.

(shouts to Rafi for the initial link)

Separated At Birth?

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Amy Winehouse & Mick Jagger ...wow. (Pic from Rolling Stone)

"Cereal Is Dope" Outtakes

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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!

Possible American Gangster tracklist?

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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. Amen
2. Blue Magic
3. Untitled
4. Alright, Alright
5. You Don’t Know
6. And The Winner Is
7. American Gangster (Featuring T.I.)
8. Welcome
9. Ignorant Shit
10. The Demise
11. I Get Money (Remix)
OK 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".

Basically, iTunes, I think you need to hold off on this until eskay posts something. I don't believe nathan until then.

Amanday All Day (webisode 3)

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Diva on the VMA's. Pt. 1:

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.