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

Dirty Minded

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Had no idea this documentary even existed... can anyone find this on DVD?

Rest in peace, Ol' Dirty.

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

VH1 Hip Hop Honors: Total Fucking Outtakes

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Rafi has posted up a few clips that were left out of the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES' "VH1 Hip Hop Honors Total Fucking Access" video. The Consequence video is priceless, just for the point where he realizes who they are! Check 'em out:

Kool Moe Dee interview

those Moe Dee glasses are wild.


my man's swagger-jackin' Mr. Ed's teeth.

NYOIL interview


Don't forget: Stand Up!, December 6th, NY.

Hip-Hop Graph

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Too Funny. Find more HERE.

Support Asya Shein

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She's going to be walking in the 2007 Los Angeles Walk with Us to Cure Lupus Walkathon. As many of you know, J Dilla passed from complications due to Lupus back in Feb. 2006, and through the J Dilla Foundation (and other Lupus organizations), mad awareness and support has come from this sort of Internet/grassroots avenue of education.

Asya Shein hit me up, and is one of 3 members of a team that is walking on the 17th of November in L.A. during this Walkathon. All monies raised will fund research sponsored by the Alliance for Lupus Research and its efforts to prevent, treat and cure Lupus. I think anyone/everyone who has been touched by Jay Dee should donate some dollars or, if you are in the area and can make it, take the time to do some walkin'! It's for a good cause, and it's a great way to exercise, too! She hit me with some facts that kind of bugged me out:

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disease in which a person's immune system mistakenly attacks the body's own tissue.

Lupus can cause life-threatening damage to major organs such as the kidneys, lungs, heart and central nervous system.

Lupus is the leading cause of death among women with autoimmune diseases who are in their childbearing years (ages 15-45).

Women are five times more likely to die from lupus than men, and African Americans are three times more likely to die from lupus than caucasians.

Between 1979 and 1998 there was an approximate 70% increase in lupus deaths among middle-aged African American women.
How wild is that? I didn't know that more African Americans die from Lupus than Caucasians. Kind of deep. In any case, visit Asya's page and support/donate/etc., get the word out and I hope they have a great day for walking on the 17th!

One love.

Kel Spencer "The Building" (video)

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Crazy computer animations in this one. I love those long shots of dude getting into the club while rappin'. Shouts to Lou for the link:

Peep Kel Spencer on MySpace for more info.

RIP Donda West

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That's what the early reports are saying; All Hip-Hop reports that, at age 58, Dr. Donda West died suddenly, possibly due to some surgical procedure (those reports are not confirmed as of yet). It's just kind of crazy - 58 is way too young to pass! I'm not the biggest Kanye West fan, but I feel for him in these somber times. She just put out that Raising Kanye book, too!

Kanye West "Hey Mama"

I'll post more on this when more info becomes available. RIP Donda West.

Hoodoo Love

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I unfortunately wasn't able to go see this, but I think my like-minded bredren and sistren out there in the NYC area should go check this out:

In a southern tale of love, magic, jealousy and secrets, Toulou escapes from the Mssissippi Delta cotton fields to pursue her dream of singing the blues in Memphis. When she meets a rambling blues man, the notorious Ace of Spades, this dream is realized in a way she could never have imagined.

Hoodoo Love was originally produced as part of the Cherry Lane Mentor Project 2006 mentored by Lynn Nottage.

This is on a limited engagement; it started on October 16th and is running through December 9th, so head on over to the Cherry Lane Theatre page, or this NY Times article on playwright Katori Hall, as well as the Hoodoo Love EPK and get more info on this play.

Friday, November 19th 2007 playlist

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no real top 5 or anything this week; been kind of wild, working on things... got mad tracks, as well as mixtapes, that leaked this week, though. you already know...

we got leaks and leaks and leaks and leaks...


Since I dropped the remix of Saigon's "C'mon Baby", I figured I should post up the recently released "C'mon Baby" video. Cheap shit = ill shit:

Have a good weekend!

Ghostface Killah Big Doe Rehab: cover/tracklist

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01 At the Cabana Skit [performed by Ghostface Killah and Rhythm Roots Allstars]
02 Toney Sigel a.k.a the Barrel Brothers [ft. Beanie Sigel and Styles P]
03 Yolanda's House [ft. Raekwon and Method Man]
04 We Celebrate [ft. Kid Capri]
05 Walk Around
06 Yapp City [ft. Trife Da God and Sun God]
07 White Linen Affair (Toney Awards) [ft. Shawn Wigs]
08 Supa GFK
09 Rec-Room Therapy [ft. Raekwon and U-God]
10 The Prayer [performed by Ox]
11 I'll Die for You
12 Paisley Darts [ft. Raekwon, Sun God, Trife Da God, Method Man, and Cappadonna]
13 Shakey Dog Starring Lolita [ft. Raekwon]
14 ! [performed by Ghostface Killah and Rhythm Roots Allstars]
15 Killa Lipstick [ft. Method Man and Masta Killa]
16 Slow Down [ft. Chrisette Michele]
Stacked, right? I'm digging the amount of Wu niggas on there. I like how he's bringing back Shakey Dog, too... plus a track with Beans AND Styles P!?! I can't wait!

Info via Pitchfork.

The History of the Controversial Album

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MTV piece, featuring Nas' Nigger:

Capt. Sleepy takes over Trenton's Police Academy?!

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In my hometown of Trenton, NJ, there's going to be some cadets coming into the police academy, and this is the man that will be guiding them onto storied police careers:

Some wild ish right there...

Gorillaz D-Sides: cover/tracklist/info

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Following up their G-Sides compilation from a few years back, the Gorillaz are back with a new collection of unreleased treats, including B-sides, demos, remixes and other gems, entitled D-Sides, which is set to drop on the 20th of November. Murdoc has also set up a Facebook page, so head on over to there and get the lowdown. Here's the scoop on this double disc:

D-Sides, an assortment of B-sides from Gorillaz’ multi-platinum second album Demon Days, early demos and previously unreleased tracks compiled together for the first time, has been confirmed for a November 20 U.S. release on Virgin Records.

D-Sides highlights include “Hong Kong,” the lush and lovely track recorded by Gorillaz for Warchild and the surprise hit of last year’s Demon Days Live show (given an exclusive refit here with added strings), the dubbed-out collaboration with The Bees, “Bill Murray,” and the apocalyptic scum-pop of “We Are Happy Landfill.” “Stop The Dams” is another collaboration, this time with the Sugarcubes’ Einar Orn, protesting against dam building in Iceland’s wilderness. Demos “People” (which later became Demon Days single “DARE”) and “Don’t Get Lost in Heaven” give a sneak peek into the band’s creative process, while the Mandarin version of “Dirty Harry” provides an insight into how Gorillaz might sound if they’d been born east of the Yangtze instead of deep in the wilds of Essex, while D-Sides’ bonus CD of remixes includes reworkings by DFA, Junior Sanchez and Hot Chip.

A special edition of D-Sides will be available in a debossed glossy dual box, and will include two exclusive Jamie Hewlett prints, a collection of Gorillaz badges, stickers and a “Choose Pazuzu” patch. The track listing will be the same as the standard edition.

Peep out the tracklists for both discs:

2. People DARE DEMO
3. Hongkongaton DIRTY HARRY B-SIDE
4. We are Happy Landfill WEBSITE ONLY DOWNLOAD
5. Hong Kong WARCHILD
6. Highway (Under Construction) DARE B-SIDE
7. Rockit DEMO - DEMON DAYS SESSION (watch the video here)
8. Bill Murray FEEL GOOD INC. B-SIDE
10. Murdoc is God DIRTY HARRY B-SIDE
11. Spitting Out the Demons FEEL GOOD INC. B-SIDE
12. Don’t Get Lost in Heaven DEMO VERSION

Bonus disc:

1. DARE (DFA Remix)
2. Feel Good Inc (Stanton Warriors Remix)
3. Kids With Guns (Jamie T’s Turns To Monsters Mix)
4. DARE (Soulwax Remix)
5. Kids With Guns (Hot Chip Remix)
6. El Manana (Metronomy Remix)
7. DARE (Junior Sanchez Remix)
8. Dirty Harry (Schtung Chinese New Years Remix)
9. Kids With Guns (Quiet Village Remix)

I know there's some Gorillaz fans out there - keep your eyes/ears peeled for this monster!

The Observation Deck (8th Nov. 2007)

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The Wire, Season 5 PREVIEW

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Less than 2 minutes long, but damnit I can't wait!:

Fuck Prince


Now, this being rock the dub, guys like Prince don't get much play on this here blog. Not to say I'm not a fan of his, for "Erotic City", his Batman soundtrack, and Purple Rain, among much more of his music, are some of the shit that made me who I am today. I was a fan of his back when people though Michael Jackson would kick his ass in a battle (like Chris Rock said, "Prince won!")... but this is some bullshit.

Look, Prince, I can understand you wanting to control your art. I am all for that; I understood the name change, the "SLAVE" on your cheek, and I backed you. I loved the fact that you ended up reclaiming your name and really taking control of your masters. Big thing for art and artists alike. The thing is, you're dicking over three of the biggest Prince fansites there are? How you gonna fuck over people who helped make you who you are today, financially, and tell THEM TO TAKE DOWN THEIR ART!?!? Photos are one thing, but fan-generated media, praising you? That's like the James Brown estate telling you to stop playing Funk tunes, or Jimi Hendrix telling you to stop playing guitar. Why stifle someone who is so obviously enamored enough by you to take time out of their busy life to produce something to show their appreciation with you and your work?

You've made mad money in the last few years, touring off of your back catalogue. Who do you think bought those CDs/tapes/vinyl records? Who do you think buys your tickets, nigga? The fans! Don't become the industry - don't put up inane restrictions which will further fuck over the very group you need to help further your own monetary gain. That shit can (will?) bite you in the ass, and then leave you for dead.

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)"

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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.