Archive for 10/01/2007 - 11/01/2007

The Kid With 8 Limbs

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Real talk. This 2 year old was fused with her twin, a twin which stopped growing. Peep out her skeleton!

Here's the scoop on this amazing story:

The iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES @ VH1's Hip-Hop Honors 2007

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VH1 Hip Hop Honors Total Fucking Access: red carpets, Michael Eric Dyson, witty commentary and guerilla reporting, all in under 10 minutes. What's more realer than the iCs?!

After the fiasco that was Viacom pulling their footage of the "Scenario" tribute from YouTube, it's good to see this glimpse from behind the scenes of this year's event come to light. I would call these guys my peers, but they are lightyears ahead of me. Shalom!

Shouts to Rafi for the link - glad it's finally complete!

Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams Mixtape!

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No mistake at all. This is the Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams mixtape; there's tons of cuts that are labeled exclusive that many Wu-fiends have heard before, but it's a good primer and lead-up to the double-dose of Wu we will be getting in December. Looks like this is mixed by DJ Allah Mathematics, so expect some tight cuts. Or something. Download it HERE (if that Loud link is down, grab it from this MEGAUPLOAD mirror), then check the tracklisting:

1) Intro feat. Method Man
2) Watch Ur Mouf (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
3) State Of Grace (Raekwon Exclusive)
4) Break That Break (Unreleased)
5) Wu Banga 101 Remix (Unreleased)
6) My Corner (Raekwon Exclusive)
7) Stick Me 4 My Riches (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
8) Thug World (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
9) Maxine Remix (Unreleased)
10) King Toast Queen (Unreleased)
11) Strawberries & Cream Remix
12) Weak Spot (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
13) Intoxicated feat Macy Gray (ODB Exclusive)
14) Crooklyn Dodgers (Ghostface Exclusive)
15) The "W" Remix (Unreleased)
16) Real Nillaz
17) Ghost Is Back
18) Don't Go Breaking My Heart ODB feat Macy Gray
19) Violent Skit
20) Life Changes (Wu-Tang Exclusive)
21) Treez (Unreleased)
22) The Abduction
23) John 3:16
24) Good
25) Da Destroyer (Raekwon Freestyle)
26) Iron God Chamber
27) 4:20
28) Wise (Unreleased)
29) Presidential M.C. (Bonus Track - The Heart Gently Weeps)
Shouts to Loud for making this happen.

8 Diagrams should be in stores December 11th. Check out the Wu on MySpace.

The Observation Deck (6th Nov. 2007)


The USD is not for me!


Will LOST suffer from Writer's Strike?

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EW has reported that both Damon Lindeloff and Carlton Cuse, pulled a Tina Fey outside of Disney's studios in California. Now I was kind of chuckling at this whole situation, because the studios are so quick to curb piracy, because pirates take food out of the working man's mouths. What do they do? They hunkered down, figured out how to keep their defenses up and stave off any profit sharing until absolutely necessary. Ayo, they need to cut the shit. Season 4 of LOST is apparently only half done (8 episodes in the can, as per the above EW report), and who knows how long we'd have to wait if this strike was still poppin' off. What's good? I mean, if you studio heads make no ends off of digital sales, then the writers won't either; if you do, cut them a percentage, and call it a day. The writers are the backbone of so much of the entertainment industry, you'd think this was a no-brainer.

We here at rock the dub wish the writer's get what they deserve, and until the strike is over, I say we loot and pillage! Burn laptops in effigy! Set paper plants on fire! Steal DVDs and leak them on the interne- err, on second thought, why don't they just hurry up so we don't have to suffer through a bunch of bullshit reality TV shows like So You Think You Want To Be A Fat Band Member?

Fix up, bigwigs.

Jay-Z American Gangster [review]

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The sounds of the 70s and 80s (aka the sounds I grew up on and cherished throughout the late 90s) will be made popular again by Jay-Z, the man who, with producers like the Neptunes, helped usher in the sounds of crack rap and the late 90s ghetto fab movement. And he does it with such finesse. There's a lot of talk, and I've seen other bloggers who've asked "what happened to the album I was hoping for?"... I ask, what did you expect? Jay said he was inspired by the life and times of American Gangster, the Hollywood flick, and with that came sounds that were from another era. Were you thinking this was Reasonable Doubt: The Sequel? This is Jay getting his grown man on, but still giving you guys that "Ignorant Shit". It's Reasonable Doubt and The Blueprint make a baby. And at times, it's amazing.

If there's one thing that stands out, it's the awesome soundscape throughout this disc. The majority of it is steeped in this classic, dusty vintage 70s wears, with tracks like "American Dreamin'", with it's Marvin Gaye-crooning, sounding like it came out on Motown back when Marvin and Stevie were finding their own way. Loads of percussion, subtle drums, nice tidy bass. "Sweet" comes on strong with its blaxploitation loop, full of heavy guitar, droning synth note and just overall lurching funk. Jay takes the soul he's been getting into on his better-received albums and goes all the way in, not losing his step but definitely losing himself in the music, becoming both an instrument and the guiding light for each cut. You get the feeling, hearing tracks like the anthemic "Roc Boys", that if some other MC was on them, it just wouldn't be "theirs". The epitome of the 70s in the 2k7 scope is the awesome funk of "American Gangster", where the ever-changing samples roll on top of each other, making it almost hard to pay attention to the raw Jay is laying out on the mirror for you. You will sniff it, but it might be a minute while you get into the groove. The 80s gets its swerve on as well, with the intial '87 mentality of "Blue Magic", the sub-heavy romp of "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" and the show-stealing story in "I Know". Again, Jay knows how to ride these beats, put the ROC stamp on them and claim them for his own. Do they all work?

90% of the time, definitely. It's not until Jay's last verse in "Hello Brooklyn 2.0" that it seems to fit into the underlying theme/inspirational tones of the disc as a whole. "Ignorant Shit" rocks that interesting touch to it, flipping both a known Isley Brothers sample as well as flipping the perception and oomph behind most "ignorant rap", but screams more "mixtape gem" than something that should be on here. Not that his Imus commentary sounds forced, but half a verse from Beans and repeating lines at the end? Not really something I was expecting. When Jay sticks to the topic, AKA the reflections of his own story and upbringing he saw when he peeped American Gangster, it fits like a glove. Jay can chart that progress, from hungry youngster to feeding up-and-coming gangster, to the jaded-millionaire stance in standout cut "Success", to the bottom-falling-out rut of "Fallin'". Dude knows how to paint a picture, but I think in terms of trying to satisfy the public and the naysayers, the path might have gotten a bit muddied along the way. The fact that Jay is knockin' on 4-0 and is still leading the pack in terms of creativity, flows, lyrics and the whole package is still amazing, and a great sight to behold.

All in all, this album deserves any accolades it will receive. Unlike T.I. Vs. T.I.P., one could understand the underlying theme on this disc. Jay hasn't lost a step, never did. He spits intricate rhymes over some of the most intriguing, freshly dusted Hip-Hop grooves this side of 1996 (dare I say it's a great thing Diddy is back!?). For those looking for that old Jay, stop: while one could say "oh, dude took it back to Reasonable Doubt", it's a different mindstate. Back then, it was the idea of Jay doing 1 album, and just giving niggas that hustler music. This time, Jay is the true artists, interjecting himself into a narrative that harkens back to his childhood, but is also the story of hustlers old and new, those who are trying to get that paper by any means necessary. It's a cautionary tale, it's great music, and it's a perfect example of modern Hip-Hop being able to be more than just empty threats and retarded imagery. Jay wears his poetic license on his crisp sleeves, but there's a lot more than veiled threats on this mannequin.

rock the dub gives Jay-Z's American Gangster a 3.5 out of 5 stars. The lyrics are there, the theme is mostly stuck to, but the missteps knock this one down from being the epic disc that it could have been.

You can purchase and preview American Gangsterat Amazon.

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Just a few quick announcements:

Sometime this week, this blog will be going down. Why? Well, I recently purchased, and plan on moving this blog to that domain. To do this, it might take 12-24 hours. I got plans and shit, so I'd imagine before the end of the week. Joy.

Also, I am working out a format/schedule, but last night I tested out a SHOUTcast show my peoples at NovaShells hooked up (they've got the ill deals on UNIX & IRCD shells, servers, shoutcast packages and all of that); we tested out the sounds, and yes, Hip-Hop and DnB @ 128kbps sounds PERFECT on it. This will be an extension of my rock the dub radio show for WGHH Radio - focusing on more ignornant Hip-Hop and loads more DnB - I'm thinking split shows. We'll see. So that is on the horizon - be on the lookout!

Any questions? Get at me.

RIP Fabulous Moolah

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It's weird; I had just been watching an old Prime Time Wrestling last night that featured the Fabulous Moolah losing the WWE Women's Championship strap to Sherri Martel - this wasl ike 1986, 1987. Then I see in the paper today that one of the most recognizable, and greatest female wrestlers of all time, has passed away, and I had no idea. RIP to the Queen Bee.

BONUS BEAT: Peep out this classic interview that Bill Apter conducted with Moolah.

rock the dub radio: episode 008

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Another Monday, another episode of rock the dub radio. This edition features a host of basketball-themed joints, ranging from Kurtis Blow to the Wu. I threw in tracks that either outright reference basketball, or do it more subtly (like Biggie's "I've Got A Story to Tell", where he sleeps with a chick going with a New York Knick, then robs dude), or just would sound hype on your favorite blacktop/court. Some interludes in there from lowpoints in NBA recent past, and all around a solid mix - I think. You decide for yourself:

divshare stream/dload link coming soon!


01/intro: the Pistons & the Pacers have so far to go...
02/Wu-Tang Clan "Soul In The Hole"
03/J-Zone "A Friendly Game of Basketball"
04/Kurtis Blow "Basketball"
05/Jay-Z "Pump It Up (Freestyle)"
06/interlude: the Knicks & the Nuggets go wild...
07/Cheech & Chong "Basketball Jones"
08/interlude: Allen Iverson & The Alchemist practice shinin'...
09/DJ Jazzy Jeff ft. J-Live "Practice"
10/Nas "Halftime"
11/Phat Kat "Game Time"
12/J Dilla ft. Talib Kweli & Q-Tip "Lightworking"
13/Ghostface ft. Kid Capri "Celebrate"
14/Mobb Deep "Survival of the Fittest"
15/The Notorious B.I.G. "I Got A Story To Tell"
16/5 Deez "Late October"
17/The ARE "Walk On"
18/Talib Kweli ft. Planet Asia & Phil Da Agony "Drugs, Basketball & Rap"
19/David Banner "B.A.N. (Free T.I.)"
20/Beanie Sigel "What They Gonna Say To Me"
21/NYG'z "Giantz Ta Thiz"
22/M.O.P. "Instigator"
23/Havoc "Get Off My Dick"
24/Statik Selektah ft. Reks & Termanology "Hardcore (So You Wanna Be)"
25/interlude: Freestyle Echoes
26/J Dilla "Flyyy"
27/MIxmaster Mike "Terrorwirst (Beneath The Under)"
28/DJ Kay Slay ft. Busta Rhymes, Shaq Diesel, Remy Ma & Papoose "Can't Stop The Reign (Remix)"
29/Joulz Il "In The Cut"
30/Dem Franchize Boys Vs. MRK1 "White Tees (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Mix)"
31/Joe Budden "Pump It Up (Freestyle)"
Let me know what you think. Subscribe to the feed. Shout out to Chad & all WGHH Radio fam.

Next episode: tributes to Nas and Jay-Z. Holla.

The Observation Deck (2nd Nov. 2007)

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  • Dog the Bounty Hunter calls his son's girlfriend a nigger, on a private phone call that the National Enquirer got a copy of. Everyone is crying foul/fail, as if niggas really give a fuck about Dog the Bounty Hunter; A&E was smart enough to suspend that dude, early.
  • Martina Hingis retired recently, under suspicion of cocaine abuse. The funny this is a statement she made about cocaine causing a euphoric state, and that she didn't think she'd be playing tennis in that state - but on the day she tested positive, she lost a match!
  • It's official: Don Imus is back on the radiowaves come December 3rd. You gotta love how this prick can be allowed back on the radio, but people threaten to sue Nas over calling his album Nigger. Sick, sad world. Maybe Nas should call his shit Cracker or Honky, and it would be no problem.
  • Do we really need a new Knight Rider TV-movie and/or remake?
  • The iPhone has been named "Invention Of The Year" by Time. What's so innovative about it, exactly? There's been PDAs and touch-screen tech out there...
  • Barry Bonds says that if they put an asterisk on his homerun streak-breaking ball, he will boycott any Hall of Fame induction. That's a great stance, but it's kind of jinxing himself, because I doubt Cooperstown gives a shit, and is probably more likely to just outright snub Bonds on induction.
  • You gotta love how Joe Torre chunked the deuce to the Yankees, and on the same day they got their new manager, he announced being signed to the Dodgers.

Ice cold out there.

Friday, November 2nd 2007 playlist

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got a few bits that I actually listened to/liked this week:

01/Nas ft. Bravehearts "Zone Out" [sorry, I love the beat on this one.]
02/Jay-Z ft. Nas "Success" [4 words: LET THAT BITCH BREATHE!]
03/Crime Mob ft. Lil' Scrappy Vs. Kion "Knuck If You Buck (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)" [you know what it is.]
04/Kjell "Cloud Thirty" [how does Colours Audio only have 3 releases out and own most other DnB labels out there?]
05/5 Deez "Late October" [just love the vibes on this one; the chorus, if you can call it that, always gets me going]


you skurred of the leak?


The Juggaknots' DJ Boo compiled a mixtape for Def Jux for the recent Halloween holiday entitled Halloween Candy Before Dinner. It's a bunch of new/recently released Definitive Jux cuts from El-P, Aesop Rock, Junk Science, Hangar 18 and Rob Sonic. Here's the tracklisting:

Aesop Rock, 'Citronella'
El-P, 'Smithereens'
Rob Sonic, 'Rock The Convoy'
Junk Science,'Do It Easy'
Hangar 18, 'West Wing'
Rob Sonic, 'Dead As Disco'
Junk Science, 'Hey!'
Hangar 18, 'Bakin' Soda'
Junk Science, 'Jerry McGuire'
Hangar 18, 'Thing Big'
Rob Sonic, 'Fat Man & Little Boy'
El-P, 'Flyentology'
Aesop Rock. 'None Shall Pass'



High Rankin, who normally produces DnB, has dropped a Dubstep mix for the Halloween crew and Drumz of The South. I haven't given a listen as of yet, but word is that this is "scary". Check it out:

1: High Rankin - We're all dead
2: High Rankin - Escape from the hood
3: High Rankin - Glory to the grave
4: High Rankin - Control room
5: High Rankin - Fire sale
6: High Rankin - Cop killa
7: High Rankin - Bohemian grove
8: High Rankin - What's your user (Dubstepz remix)


There's a few mixtapes out there for you heads: Ransom has dropped his Ransom Note mixtape, and I think Joe Budden is right: that whole "beef" looks kind of suspect. Lil' Wayne's new mixtape is out as well, entitled The Leak (more mirrors @ Different Kitchen). I don't think this Leak is the same as THIS Leak, but oh well.


Sammy Bananas has dropped a promo mix entitled High Top Fades, which takes it back to the '90s Hip-Hop/R&B favs that got mad dancefloors hype. Check it out:

Kid N' Play - Energy
Kwame - Ownlee Eue
Digital Underground - Kiss You Back
De La Soul - A Roller Skating Jam Named "Saturdays"
Black Sheep - Strobelite Honey
Big Daddy Kane - Warm It Up, Kane
Steady B - Nasty Girls
MC Brains - Oochie Coochie
Sagat - Funk Dat
–Commercial Break–
Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince - Summertime
Paperboy - Ditty
Del - Mistadobalina
Nice & Smooth - Funky For You
A Tribe Called Quest - Scenario (Remix)
Ini Kamoze - Here Comes The hotstepper
L.L. Cool J - Around The Way Girl
Jade - Don't Walk Away Boy
Brand Nubian - Drop The Bomb
Positive K - I Got A Man
K7 - Come Baby Come
Heavy D & The Boyz - Is It Good To You
Ahmahd - Back In The Da

Nuff' respect for dropping "Funky For You" in this one. Too essential, and slept on.


DNB fans, rejoice: this week's FYLP is chock full of upfront DNB mixing from the likes of Commix, Brookes Brothers, Sol.ID, DJ Flight, Dub Alley, and a recording of sets from Gridlok, Hive & Dieselboy. Say word.


That new G-Unit video for "Feel Good" got the big booty ho's, but like Enigmatik said, your best bet is to peep this one at home:

Have a good one!

Ice T & CoCo: Halloween 2k7

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There can't be many celebs who are having more fun than these 2...

(Image spotted @ Bossip)

rock the dub radio on TONIGHT

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Just sending the word out that the latest edition of rock the dub radio (episode 008 for those who are counting), will be premiering on WGHH Radio tonight, 10PM EST. Since the 2007-08 NBA season started the other day, I made it with a Basketball-theme. Loads of roundball-related interludes and tunes; whether it's a track dedicated to hoops or something that references hoops, it's in there. I think it came out rather nice, and if you need 2 hours of hot hot heat, we got you.
Peep WGHH Radio on Live 365, or peep the flash player via (as well as hittin' up the latest Hip-Hop news), and make sure you hit up the WGHH Radio Live Journal page.
One love.


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This is the THUGSTEP version of that Crime Mob song that incites fights at Harvard University. True Story. The infamous DJ Nappy has concocted a crazy treat right here: takin' the ready-to-rumble lyrics from the fearsome foursome of Crime Mob (featuring Lil' Scrappy) and dropping it atop the computer dub of Kion's "Yard Music". I like how the girls sound on this one, personally: that one chick does this doubletime thing that kind of gets old after a while, but when she drops in, it is timed perfectly with the track, and duly jams harder.

Get your thug on.

Crime Mob ft. Lil' Scrappy Vs. Kion "Knuck If You Buck (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"

Free for all. Share at will. Want more?

Throwin' Stones

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Just got the Stones Throw newsletter, and there's some ill shit in there:

  • The latest Stones Throw podcast is a DJ Rhettmatic mix of Guilty Simpson tracks entitled Stray Bullets. Don't sleep.
  • Peanut Butter Wolf has a Christmas-themed mix coming entitled Badd Santa, which would go great with THIS Bad Santa. If you want to send both to the rock the dub war room, email me for my mailing address.
  • Talib Kweli recently interviewed Madlib on BET's Rap City. Seriously:

Told you.

The Observation Deck (30th Oct. 2007)

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  • Those Kim Kardashian Playboy pics aren't as ill as you might think. She's a dime but these are kind of meh.
  • You gotta love how Jim Jones is REAL QUICK to throw a free album out there to coincide with American Gangster.
  • Biggie Smalls' family is saying that dude who recanted his testimony months ago was lying. This trial is the worst. RIP Christopher Wallace.
  • The Oprah Winfrey school in South Africa is being marred by a sex abuse scandal that is very disheartening, especially when you realize that Oprah was a victim of sex abuse in her younger days.
  • Don't be surprised if your favorite TV show hits the rerun trail soon - the writers of many shows finna strike come Thursday; makes sense, though - they need to retwerk their contracts to include proceeds from mobisodes, webisodes and the like.
  • Niggas at Harvard fuck shit up when "Knuck If You Buck" comes on? There are some gully spots around that area... the "black" hoods around there keep it thoro.
  • How crazy will it be for you lucky Wii owners who get to create your own levels in Super Smash Bros. Brawl?!?
  • I'm down for Barack Obama, b/c he is down for Net Neutrality.

Scratch Session @ Skratch Labo

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These kids own you:

2Pac The Best Of 2Pac 2xCD Tracklist

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Just got hit up with some info on the forthcoming 2Pac "Best Of" double disc. Looks like this will showcase the two sides of Pac. Check out the covers, and the tracklistings:

"So Many Tears"
"California Love (Original Mix)"
"How Do U Want It"
"I Ain’t Mad At Cha"
"2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted"
"Hail Mary"
"Unconditional Love"
"Resist The Temptation" (Previously Unreleased)
"Dear Mama" (featuring Anthony Hamilton)(NEW MIX!)

(NOTE: Tracklisting subject to change!)

"Definition of a Thug Nigga"
"Brenda’s Got A Baby"
"Keep Ya Head Up"
"When I Get Free"
"Until The End Of Time (RP Remix)"
"Never Call You Bitch Again"
"They Don’t Give A Fuck About Us"
"Still Ballin' (Nitty Remix)"
"Ghetto Gospel"
"Dopefiend’s Diner" (Previously Unreleased)
"Thugz Mansion (Acoustic Remix)" (New Remix)

(NOTE: Tracklisting subject to change!)
You can pre-order each disc here:
The Best of 2Pac: THUG disc : LIFE disc.

This will be in stored December 4th on Amaru / Universal.

Tom Dubois "Burn"

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The Boondocks = Best. Show. Ever.

I pissed myself the entire time I watched this, and every time afterward.

"See my chest!"

"I like your Supras"

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Download "The Supra Song".

Shouts to Supra and the GFCnewyork crew.

Big up to Laced Magazine for the link.

DJ Trackstar Boogie Bang 10 mixtape

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St. Louis' own DJ Trackstar is holdin' it down with this, the 10 edition of his Boogie Bang mixtape series, bringing you some of the illest of the ill, and a lot of the newest of the new. I like these, because Track switches it up, from cats like Lupe to Lil' Wayne, as well as dropping gems from dudes you might not even be up on. Don't sleep.

MEGAUPLOAD download link.


1. DJ Trackstar-You Ain't Up on This Scratch Intro (prod. Dro)
2. Lupe Fiasco-Dumb it Down
3. Jay-Z-Roc Boyz
4. Nas-Surviving the Times
5. Pete Rock/Jim Jones/Max B-We Roll
6. Havoc-Be There
7. Little Brother-Can't Win for Losing
8. Wu-Tang Clan/Erykah Badu-The Heart Gently Weeps
9. Scarface-Never
10. Brother Thunder-Certified MCs (prod. Tech Productions)
11. Chamillionaire-The Evening News
12. NYOil-Free the Jena 6
13. Wafeek-Say It's True
14. Noreaga/Styles P-Sour Diesel
15. Jay-Z-Blue Magic
16. Ghostface/Kid Capri-Celebrate
17. Juganot/Joell Ortiz-En Why Cee
18. Emily King/Lupe Fiasco-Walk in my Shoes
19. Little Brother/Lil Wayne-Breakin My Heart
20. Wise Intelligent-Another Chance at Life
21. Vandalyzm-Studio Gangstas
22. Tef Poe-Judgment Day (prod. PhaseOne)
23. Saigon-Untitled
24. Craig G-The Day Music Died
25. Wafeek-Dead or Alive
26. Jay-Z-I Get Money Remix
27. Swizz Beats-Top Down
28. A-Bex-Hear the Train Come
29. Lil Wayne-Gossip (Live)

Shouts to Trackstar for this one.

Weezy Got Tha Leak

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Hello Lil' Wayne. Mind if I call you Weezy? I didn't think so...

I just read your latest interview with MTV, advising that you are going to leak Tha Carter III, then you're going to release Tha Carter III in Feb. 2008. All well and good, go get your paper my dude. Your reasoning is what concerns me:

Every song that was leaked is coming out on December 18 — and we have four new songs.

So you're going to re-leak leaked tracks? I understand that you're going to be revamping the tracks, finishing them and switching a couple of words up, whatever. But why call it The Leak if these joints have already been leaked? Ghostface had a GANG of cuts leak before Fishscale (and pretty much all of his albums) came out, but the retail wasn't something different, it was just Fishscale. As a matter of fact, he must have had loads of material, for he later dropped More Fish at the end of last year. You're just putting out Tha Carter III; it just doesn't make sense to me.

It sounds like you're trying to capitalize off the leaks. But instead of dropping mixtapes, you're trying to cake off of the consumer. You're essentially asking us to buy everything we leaked, under the guise that you're going to "finish" the tracks we've already played to death. Just say that. Don't wrap up the tracks in some fancy "leak" package and think you're capitalizing no us. You will, but I digress...

The funny thing about this? Your tracks leak. You release them on CD anyways... guess what? They gonna get leaked AGAIN! And the fucked up part is, what is going to be on Tha Carter III that's dropped in Feb. 2008? Will this be a whole batch of NEW tracks?

Weezy, I'm confused.

Genarlow Wilson to be FREED!

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Thank God for the Supreme Court (sometimes). I mean dude got head as a legal teenager, from a legal teenager. WTF he was still doing in jail was beyond me.

Any ho's lined up to give him a lil' round 2?

LOST Season 3 on Blu-ray

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Looks like season 3 of LOST will be hitting Blu-ray... for $125. This is going to have a gang of features, which G4 listed nice and neatly:
  • The World of the Others, which explores the crucial role of "The Others" in Season 3 and what the world of Lost holds for these characters in the future.
  • Lost Flashbacks - Never-before-seen glimpses into the past lives of the castaways
  • Lost in a Day - Fans of Lost will have a chance to see what it really takes to create the show each season.
  • Lost on Location - A behind-the-scenes look at the making of 10 episodes from Season 3
  • The Lost Book Club - Learn about the role of literature in the story of Lost in this exploration of the books featured in the series.
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Bloopers
  • Audio Commentaries
  • Exclusive, interactive BD-Java Feature - Fans will rethink what they know about Lost and change the way they watch the show. Viewers decipher truth from conjecture through an interactive control panel unlocking the mysterious world of Lost.

G4 also reported that LOST will be shown on starting in the Fall of 2008 - no word on if it's going to be like Season 1 - now, or a repeat of current shows ala their Heroes thing, but that's good news. Layla Kayleigh + COPS + Cheaters + LOST = best channel on TV, period.

StiDownStandUp + OhWord bring you Stand Up!

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More info at SitDownStandUp & iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES. Looks like an ill night; Dec. 6th, 2007 in NYC. Hosted by Rafi & Dallas? Priceless!

I do wonder who that special surprise guest is... I won't comment on it for fear of being right. Get your ass(es) down there and find out for yourself!

Friday, October 26th 2007 playlist

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this week's finest:

got leaks?


There's a few interviews out there - some funny, some ill. Prodigy yucks it up on Kay Slay's show, trying to sound hard but failing miserably. This nigga Y-Mind disses the Wu-Tang Clan and others. Wake Your Daughter Up has interviewed Milk Dee, which is a good read.


Need a DNB fix? I have a few new DNB mixes over at the DPD, featuring selectors like Cause 4 Concern, The Sect & Mixmaster Doc. You know you love it.


Random week? Yes. Random video? CHOICE!

Enur ft. Nastasia "Calabria 2007"

Yum. Enjoy your weekend!

Saul Williams' NiggyTardust info/player

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Yes, this is a new Saul Williams album. It is apparently produced by Trent Reznor (Nine Inch Nails), and will be available for download on November 1st. Here's the tracklisting:

01/Black History Month
02/Convict Colony
04/Sunday Bloody Sunday
09/Scared Money
11/Skin of a Drum
12/No One Ever Does
13/Banged and Blown Through
14/Raised to be Lowered
15/The Ritual
More info at; looks like this is going to be one to grab! And you can either pay for it ($5), or pay nothing. Here's what you get.

No reason to miss out on this one. And hell, shell out the $5.

A-Trak cuttin' up "My Love" (video)

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Here's some video (spotted at The Fader) of A-Trak cuttin' up Justin Timberlake's "My Love"; he's on tour currently promoting his Fool's Gold label.

Dude is so ill, no wonder he was a DMC World champ at age 15.

"That's Not Hip-Hop, That's Flip Flop"

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I'm sorry, who are you? Anyone posing as the Hip-Hop Government needs to show me some credentials, especially if you are telling my people how to wear their dungarees. If I started a "Emo Government", and made placards saying shit like "Hey man, that's wack - I can see your sack!", I'd be a fucking asshole, ignorant bastard and would probably get trumped up on hate crime/obscenity laws.

Looks, baggy pants and saggy pants is a style that's been passed down from Black people in prison (no belts, loose fitting, jail-issued clothes, you do the math). How come this so-called Hip-Hop Government doesn't try to get our people to realize that we need to work on getting our kids into better situations education wise, and safety wise. You can wear baggy pants and still go to college and be a doctor. Don't diss a nigga or a chick over the style in which they wear their pants. I don't sag my jeans, but I also like to have my nuts feel comfortable. Straight leg bullshit is for work purposes, and even then, I need them to be a bit roomy just so I'm not uncomfortable at work.

If you guys want these kids to stop wearing baggy pants... is your so-called Hip-Hop Government providing stipends to provide proper-fitting clothes to them?

On a side note, peeping this so-called Hip-Hop Government's website, it looks like this is the only thing they are about. There's two banners on all pages, and of course you can cop the above shirt (I love the "GET THIS JOINT NOW" on the buy page). You can also sign up and become a member, but there's no word on what being a member entails, exactly. We don't believe you, you need more people.

XXL covered this, as did a few other spots. I'm tired, and I feel for my people's in Dallas.

"Drink Apple Juice..."

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I'm sorry, but ROFL.

Buy this and other tees @; I'm gonna buy one and see if they actually are made for Black people or if they are White Boy Tight.

Joe Budden Vs. Ransom

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WOW. Just yesterday, Ransom's "Kid Brother" was leaked, dissing Joe Budden over Kanye's "Big Brother" beat. The very next day, Joey came at him with "Heart Of The City", murkin' Ransom in proper form.

The shackles are off, and it looks like NJ's finest is set to make it hot for someone!

BONUS: The video of Kay Slay's interview with Joe is up on BGDB.

Portishead's Album 3 almost complete?

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Spotted on Idolator, via Gary Savelson, via the Portishead blog:

we went to london for a fews days to finish up. we worked in molko 9 back in ~Bristol now working on some art work and getting the live stuff together. i think one more day messing about with it and it will be done. then into the wonderful world of mastering.. [joke] also the amazing MADLIB is playing with us at ATP and im putting a footy team together for a little 6 a side comp for a laugh. cheers geoff
If you go through some of the other posts, it looks like things are (finally) coming together on this one. Might have to knock out an all-Portishead Dub Session to celebrate. Maybe once the fam and I move into the new War Room.

Jay-Z American Gangster: Preview It!

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Shouts to my nigga Enigmatik, who has the previews of American Gangster ripped into a nice .rar. There's also a widget you can post on your site/blog, check out

PS: A lil' bird also told me that American Gangster mixtape is floatin' around...

AvE "Stand & Deliver" (video)

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Shouts out to Gabo for hitting me with this new video by the nigga AvE (check my review of his scorcher of a mixtape, Stand & Deliver). This video is for the title track to that mixtape. Video is real street, and even features S&S. Check it out:

AVE-Stand and Deliver

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The future is here...

Amanday All Day (webisode 6)

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Looks like ya girl is STILL doin' dishes LOL... she's riffin' on producers (and producing music in general) in this ep:

Metafore Word To Me EP [review]

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I like hearing new cats. I love hearing that hunger, and I like being able to see a career ascend. It doesn't really work when a nigga sounds like mad other niggas in the game, though. This is Metafore's problem...

Off the rip, dude sounds like a Fabolous clone. The whole "head game" line could be seen a mile away, and this beat, which has a bit of a knock, doesn't really do much for this dude's style. I guess this is dude's attempt to have a lil' non-dancing nigga dance going down, but "leanin' low" isn't really poppin', duke.

This is a really serious Fabolous jacking. The whole "necklace gleam" and that female in the chorus sounds like vintage Fab... without the skills. I won't front, Metafore definitely has the talent, and knows how to ride on a beat. Very confident sounding bars, I just don't really see originality in his style.

"Stuntin' Is A Habit"
My review copy doesn't say who's featured on this track (Barricade?), but his ridiculously lazy flow makes it look like Meta is Jay-Z and this unknown MC is Bleek. I also thought it was odd that they both kept jackin' lines from the chorus into their rhymes, as if they pulled a lil' too hard from the L and got sloppy.

"Have It Your Way"
Dude is 18 speakin' like he can really "do it aaaaaall night". He doesn't sound like he has any hair on his nuts, but he makes it seem like this is the last stop. Sounds more like a track that would make you sleep... not something you'd want to mash a chick out to. And this is the 2nd "squirrel trying to get a nut" reference in a 5 track EP!?

"Dreams (Nobody Really Cares)"
Wow, a beat on this release I actually like? That old soul loop really does what it needs to do, and Meta spits like he's supposed to. More introspective, more potent. Real. Loving this one.

I can't help it. Dude is 18, and sounds very promising. He obviously has skills on the mic, and knows how to rock varying beats. Is he ready to take the crown, or even be in constant nationwide rotation? Not in my opinion...

rock the dub gives the Word To Me EP 2.5 out of 5 stars. You can hear the talent, but it's overshadowed by tired lines and mimicry that is unnecessary for someone with such obvious talent.

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NYG'z Welcome To G-Dom [review]

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While I've always been a fan of the NYG'z, I've never really listened to what they were saying. It was always about "the beat, the beat, the beat", but when DJ Premier is on the boards, how can it be about anything else? Here is my track-by-track attempt at giving the NYG'z the respect for their mic skills with their "street-album" Welcome To G-Dom, on Primo's label Year Round.

"Itz On" (ft. Rave)
I just realized I don't know who makes up the NYG'z. I know its two niggas, but I see this is featuring some nigga named Rave, and I don't know how to tell them apart. At least M.O.P. will say their names in their rhymes. Very ill intro beat from Preem though: so simple, but he makes it sound so beautiful. Word to wanting Mayor Dinkins back, but I don't know what awards show would be giving the NYG'z 'Best Album' honors - no disrespect, I'm just saying, look at the industry.

"Ya Dayz R #'d"
Instant lovely string funk from Preem; peep how he flipped the intro strings and took it to another zone. Seems like the NYG'z don't want to speak on their streetlife, but that grit is in their spit. I wonder how ill it has to be to hear that bomb ass Premier instrumental and be like "wow this is MY TRACK". I like the bit about dude talkin' about having his casket standing "so the critics can kiss my ass". Made me smile. (OnSmash has the video HERE)

"3 Man Weave" (ft. Reef, Hustle & Mic Ock)
Who are these niggas? The piano sample in this one is slick. This guy Reef is alright, but its not anything I've not heard X amount of times from X amout of MCs. LOL @ "I feel like we dry snitchin', we telling y'all too much". These guys are funny. WTF are their names?!

"Laundry Kings" (ft. St. Laz)
HAAARD track, got the wild trunk-rattlin' bass. That piano loop can be grating at times, it seems kind of loud in the shit. I call shit like this "drive-by music", or shit you'd hear coming from some nigga's whip whilst in drive-by mode. The title refers to laundering drug money, I think. This guy St. Laz sounds like he doesn't have much to live for. I think the one nigga's name in NYG'z is Pants? I remember the "Hiney" interlude from the last Gangstarr LP, and he kept saying that. Weird.

"Sufferin'" (ft. Rave & Fizzy Wo)
Fizzy Womack! That nigga looks like an ugly midget. He spits fire, and his beats are Primo-lite. This beat is weird, that sample with the fucking jingle bell? Bananas. It's dope to hear Fizroy get introspective though. I don't know what it's like lookin' at a coffin catalog, but I can imagine.

"Get 2 Tha Point"
"Here's my button/nigga push it, we can rock all night" sounds WILD homo. Not really my favorite cut on this - that beat is mad sleepy. I like the "niggas" samples on the chorus.

"G'z & Hustlaz" (ft. Rave)
They revisit that Snoop cut of the same title from his debut album. Kind of surprised hearing Preem rock something so common and not flipping it. These cats ride the beat WELL! Outside of the streets, though, what are these cats about?

"Welcome 2 G-Dom" (ft. Rave)
Do these guys owe "Rave" something? How does someone with such a wack name get on so many cuts? Another snoozer.

"What Kinda Life" (ft. Raw)
I think it's odd that dude starts this out talkin' about "my life's the shit", when all they spit about is the trials of street life. Did he mean to say "my life's shit"? Them talking about "Arm & Hammer giving me my kickback" has already been done.

"Giantz Ta Thiz"
I remember this one! This is the way to flip shit I've heard before. The same sample for Jay-Z's "Ain't No Nigga" gets a proper rough re-rub, and the NYG'z air it out, sounding mad dated but I love it. Anyone shouting out "Dom Perignon and reefer" is NOT new school. This also has an interlude featuring 2Pac's interview on MTV from 95 or so. I love that "throwin' salami" shit.

"Bow Down" (ft. Blaq Poet & Rave)
Weird beat. Classic break with some flipped piano nonsense. I am tired of tired cliches.

"Broken Dreams" (ft. Imani Montana & Versatile)
WTF. This chick rhymin' sucks. This can't be a Preemo beat though. I mean this sounds like anyone could have done it, and better. Oh wait, another chick is on the mic? These chicks don't sound good. Where's the Lady of Rage when you need her?

"Raps 4 U" (ft. Boy Bucka & Harlem Fatz)
Minnie Ripperton samples are always welcome. I'm lovin' the "quiet storm" vibe on this one. Not too braggadocious, some nice wordplay. And who still sips Mo'?

"Bullseye" (ft. Troy Sluggs, Royal Flush, J.U.I.C.E)
I love the work on that vocal sample. Hypnotic beat, and that first verse rides it well. "Bullseye/direct hit don't miss" will now be stuck in my head all day. Shouts out to Royal Flush, btw.

"Black Buddafly" (ft. Rave & Aisha)
That "black buddaflyyyy" in the intro gets on my fucking nerves. They should have got someone else to sing that... or just left it the fuck out. I'm quick to hit fast forward b/c of that, but the pro-Black female lyrics are worth it. Deep beat, too.

This has one of those ill superhero feels to it; that 70's blaxploitation horn steeze to it. They glide on this beat so slyly, too. "It's that fiery hot shit" indeed.

I love that the NYG'z are so hood, so street and so underground. I wish they were at least 2D, though, because even Guru would switch up the lyrics over those Primo beats...

rock the dub gives Welcome To G-Dom a 3.5 out of 5 stars. If this project as a) an EP or b) more varied, it'd have scored higher. When they get it right, it's golden, though.

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Smif-N-Wessun ft. Rock & Joell Ortiz "Stomp" (video)

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The Album is out tomorrow.

Save 2nd Base!

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Does this clever (albeit poorly executed) idea offend you? The idea being that, Breast Cancer affects the female breast, which many consider to be "second base" in the world of "lemme try and fuck this chick", and if you support Breast Cancer research, you will in fact be saving the spot that still soils the shorts of many a stiff male the world over.

The thing is, Salina Central High School has banned the sale of these shirts, which is now apparently making these a hotter commodity for those who are trying to buck the system, which is kind of ironic. I'm just trying to figure out why you would ban something like this, which has a CLEAR message behind it, especially given the girls' own history with Breast Cancer (one's mother is currently suffering, the other's mother passed away because of it); it's not like it's pictures of two titties on some "come lick me" kind of shit - this has a message.
The insane ideas behind some of these schools, trying to be P.C., kills me.
If you dig the shirts, you can cop some HERE.

The Observation Deck (22nd Oct. 2007)

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This was going to be a post dedicated to this AWESOME mix from it's a dedication to RZA beats, circa 1993-1997 (any Wu Tang Clan fans from that era know, RZA laid the groundwork for some phenomenal aural treats in that span). All instrumental, all dope, and featuring many of your favorite Wu cuts. Grab it and show some love! (Shouts to Rafi for the link)

My nigga E then hit me with this post on his blog, which features video of Ghostface winning (as well as a load of Wu-related music). Actually, it's the RZA letting it be known that 8 Diagrams got pushed back to December 11th, to make way for Ghostface's Big Doe Rehab releasing on December 4th. It's good to know that you can bitch and, in the end, get your way. My only question is: aside from "Celebrate", what do we know about this album? It could be 12 tracks of polka beats. Or it could be Ghostface Vs. Really Doe Vs. Amy Winehouse? Who knows. Do the RZA or any other Wu-affilliates rock the mic or the boards?

I guess we'll have to wait another month and a half...

rock the dub radio: episode 007

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That's not a pic of me, but I wish it was... I am so into Old School Hip-Hop cuts, it can be kind of wild. With rock the dub radio, I like to make sure many styles/sounds of Hip-Hop are being featured. This week, I wanted to take a look back, and feature tracks that were seminal in my growth as a Hip-Hop head, as well as throwing in some tracks that kind of build upon that stuff. This is in no way a defining list of "Hip-Hop that bred khal", but a small snippet.

rock the dub radio: episode 007

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02/MC Serch "Handle It"
03/Eric B & Rakim "Microphone Fiend (45 King Remix)"
04/Nas ft. MC Shan, Raheem, Doctor Ice, Kangol, Kool Moe Dee, Sha Rock, Tito, Grandmaster Caz, Linque, Dana Dane, Pebblee Poo and Just Ice "Where Are They Now ('80s Remix)"
05/Nas ft. Positive K, Rob Base, Das EFX, Lords Of The Underground, Father MC, Monie Love, Redhead Kingpin, Dres, The Original Spinderella, EST and Mike G "Where Are They Now ('90s Remix)"
06/Nas ft. Breeze, Kam, King Tee, Candyman, Threat, Ice-T, Sir Mix-A-Lot, The Conscious Daughters and DJ Bobcat "Where Are They Now (West Coast Remix)"
07/Main Source "Looking At The Front Door"
08/Gang Starr "The ? Remainz"
09/Big Daddy Kane "Word To The Mother (Land)"
10/Rob Swift "Rob Gets Busy"
11/Big Daddy Kane "Rap Summary (Lean On Me)"
12/Kool G Rap & DJ Polo "Road To The Riches"
13/Brand Nubian "All For One"
14/Das EFX "Mic Checka"
15/Prodigy "Raining Guns & Shanks"
16/Hell Razah, Talib Kweli & Viktor Vaughn "Project Jazz"
17/J-Live & R.A. The Rugged Man "Give It Up"
18/The RZA ft. Q-Tip & Free Murder "Jus A Lil' Dude (Who Dat Ova There)"
19/Just Blaze, Skepta, JME & Klashnekoff "110 Sessions"
20/M.O.P. ft. Busta Rhymes "Stop Pushin' (Gangsta Boogie)"
21/Mobb Deep ft. 50 Cent "Look Out"
22/The Game "I'm Chillin'"
23/LL Cool J "Rock The Bells (Original Version)"
24/Main Source ft. Nas, Fatal & Akinyele "Live At The Barbecue"
25/Almighty & KD Ranks "Trenton Where We Live"
26/Boogie Down Productions "South Bronx"
27/Run DMC "Sucker MC's"
28/Jay-Z "In My Lifetime (Remix)"
29/Dr. Dre ft. Snoop Doggy Dogg "Nuthin' But A 'G' Thang (Club Mix)"
30/MC Lyte "Paper Thin"
Shouts to all of those artists from yesteryear, and big up to those who still keep the sound alive.

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