Friday, September 28, 2007

The Observation Deck (28th Sept. 2007)

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

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:


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.

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

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

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?


Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Illest Rap Name Ever?

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.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007

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

taken from the Stones Throw newsletter:

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:
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

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, 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)

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

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


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.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007

divShare hatin'

Hey divShare. I love your service.

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

But why delete non-copyrighted tracks?

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


Amanday All Day (webisode 1)


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


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

Straight out of the UK. Shouts to LIFE4LAND.

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

Sabrina murks the Cha Cha

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

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)

Sick, sad world, folks.

Monday, September 24, 2007

Jay-Z "Blue Magic" (trailer)

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

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

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

rock the dub radio: episode 005

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

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

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

Cereal Is Dope

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

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

Get more at CHEA!

New LOST podcast (21st Sept. 2007)


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