Friday, October 05, 2007
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...
I always thought it was odd that Elmo was voiced by a Black dude.
Seeing Bus in the studio cracks me up. Remember him and Timbaland from MTV Diary? Never gets old.
Thursday, October 04, 2007
- 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...
Hit the Stones Throw website for more info.
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...
Produced by DJ Premier (as if you ain't already know).
BONUS: "So Amazing" (radio edit)
Training Day is in stores October 30th.
Wednesday, October 03, 2007
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)
Tuesday, October 02, 2007
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.
Monday, October 01, 2007
"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?
"I deserved that Kid's Choice Award..."
Peep this and his performances on Nah Right. Oh, and did you know Kan had a blog?