Friday, October 26, 2007

Weezy Got Tha Leak

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!


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


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!

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


this week's finest:

got leaks?

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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.

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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.

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Random week? Yes. Random video? CHOICE!

Enur ft. Nastasia "Calabria 2007"



Yum. Enjoy your weekend!

Thursday, October 25, 2007

Saul Williams' NiggyTardust info/player



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
03/Tr(n)igger
04/Sunday Bloody Sunday
05/Break
06/NiggyTardust
07/DNA
08/WTF!
09/Scared Money
10/Raw
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 niggytardust.com; 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)

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.

Wednesday, October 24, 2007

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

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..."

I'm sorry, but ROFL.

Buy this and other tees @ PalmerCash.com; 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


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?


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.

Tuesday, October 23, 2007

Jay-Z American Gangster: Preview It!

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 XXLmag.com.

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

AvE "Stand & Deliver" (video)

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)

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

Monday, October 22, 2007

Metafore Word To Me EP [review]


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.

hit the links:

NYG'z Welcome To G-Dom [review]


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.

"Strength"
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.

hit the links:

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

The Album is out tomorrow.

Save 2nd Base!

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)


Wu-Bangin'


This was going to be a post dedicated to this AWESOME mix from floodwatchmusic.com: 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

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

Direct MP3 download via podOmatic

Tracklist:

01/intro
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.

rock the dub radio podcast / RSS feed / khaldub@gmail.com

episode 008: B-Ball lust!

Sunday, October 21, 2007

Joulz Il "Throwaway"

My nigga Joulz Il murks this in less than a minute...



Peep my interview with Joulz, then peep his MySpace page.

You've been warned...