Saturday, November 10, 2007

Hoodoo Love

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 09, 2007

Friday, November 19th 2007 playlist

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


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

MTV piece, featuring Nas' Nigger:

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

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...

Thursday, November 08, 2007

Gorillaz D-Sides: cover/tracklist/info

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)

Wednesday, November 07, 2007

The Wire, Season 5 PREVIEW

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.

Tuesday, November 06, 2007

The Kid With 8 Limbs

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

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!

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?

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]

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.

Monday, November 05, 2007

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

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

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.