Archive for 11/01/2007 - 12/01/2007

Ghostface Killah The Big Doe Rehab [review]


In recent promotions for The Big Doe Rehab, Ghostface has been seen with the goalie mask back on. I immediately took that as a sign of the God MC being back on his grisly, and I was 100% right. RZA is lucky that 8 Diagrams won't drop on the same date, for based on early reviews, The Wu woulda lost. And for good reason: Ghostface crafted one of, if not the, illest LPs of 2007. Not just on the basis of "yo these beats are dope" or "yo he has some wild rhymes on here", the shit just, end to end, is fire.

A hilarious intro sets the pace, early. Ghost encounters some dude flossin' at his table, trying to be really Big Will, and dude owes him money! Ghost promptly gets in dudes ass, and I can only assume that this is a metaphor for how Ghost feels in the current game of Rap. We are then immediately transported to a fire collaboration between Tony Starks and Beanie Sigel, going hard as hell on "Toney Siegel (AKA The Barrel Brothers)". "Yolanda's House" follows this, and is a surprisingly fluid mix of rhymes with Method Man and Raekwon. It's a hilarious tale of Ghost on the run, ending up in Mef's lady's crib, while Meth is airing her out! Just some wild stories and flows coming through here. You can forgive Ghost for sounding redundant, topic-wise, when he steps into the "I just murdered a man" story on "Walk Around", but he goes down a totally different lane, exposing the inner torment and paranoia that's birthed from an experience like that. We revisit Fishscale's "Shakey Dog" with "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita", jumping right into the robbery gone wild story, only this time we get to not only experience the Tarrantino-style story with a Robert Rodriguez-esque Mexican shootout with "!", which is a nice touch.

Most of Ghostface's lyrics are on that level, though: vivid, intricate descriptions, with smooth flows that make you smell the gun powder, duck from the gunshots, laugh at the blunt-soaked comedy, and just get enraptured in the world according to Ghost. "White Linen Affair (Toney Awards)" has Starks and Shawn Wigs taking you into a crazy awards show, with Tony serving as host and M.C. for the evening, with station breaks and such to boot. Ghost's son, Sun God, hit with a hilarious line ("if he lollygaggin'/word to momma I'm bodybaggin'"), but the rest of the Theodore Unit sounds like the Bravehearts through most of the album. "Paisley Darts" (one of 5 joints laced by LV and Sean C) sounds like an updated Enter The Wu-Tang flavor of a beat, with the wailing in the beat, the hypnotic drone, but with tighter drums. The production on the album is just lush, and a wicked combination of that hardcore grimey street flavor to the usual soulful-affairs that are now commonplace on a Ghostface longplayer. Scram Jones packs a string-driven gut punch with "Yapp City", which has loads of kicks alternating back and forth, accentuating the thunder and fury of the lyrics. One of two bonus tracks, "Killa Lipstick", has Ghostface waxing seductive sorcery over a loop of Faze O's "Riding High", weaving tales of sexy female hitmen, who seem to be the only females that Ghost is infatuated with. Method Man comes with a dope hook, and Masta Killa even steps in and murders his verse. There's seemingly nothing wrong with this disc.

And that's the beauty of Ghostface. He's rarely off when it comes to the darts, so it usually hinges on the production and the overall flow of the album. At just under 50 minutes, this album doesn't spend too much time trying to be something it's not. Ghost knows his role, and spends equal time dropping dark, edgey Rap tracks alongside more touching, heartfelt cuts in his own signature style ("I'll Die For You"). Hell, even the interludes that he doesn't rhyme or speak on (like the Ox-assisted "The Prayer") still speak volumes, and you can tell he's right there, big smile on his face, truly feeling everything.

The best thing about Ghostface's persona is that he is the epitome of real. He doesn't give a shit if you think he's weird for getting choked up about his people dying, or showing his true feelings when he takes a life, or is all about the witty scenarios, bringing comedy to situations like getting chased by the cops. It's all him, and all the marks of a true MC. He can create tornadoes where calm days laid, and make thunder appear from the palm of his hand. He will "fuck you will you die slow" and push your whole onion back, but you will know before you go that he had ample reason, and meant every inch of it. And it will sound fly as FUCK. If this isn't the best LP of 2007, let me know what is.

rock the dub gives The Big Doe Rehab a 4.75 out of 5. Ghost does everything right on this CD, wasting no time in giving you all facets of his personality, and matching the illest rhyme to the perfect beat. The only drawbacks: a lil' too much of the Theodore Unit, but even that is excusable with such quality around them.

Burn Deez: "Paisley Darts", "Shakey Dog Starring Lolita", "Tony Siegel", "Walk Around", hell, the entire CD is essential.

Ghostface's The Big Doe Rehab is in stores December 4th. Go grab that if you love Hip-Hop.

related links:
Ghostface on MySpace
Ghostface's Def Jam page
Ghostface breaking down the LP with MissInfo

On That Leak: Wordsmith "Ultimate Celebration"

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My boy Wordsmith has a new mixtape jumping off entitled The Revolution Begins With A Takeover, Vol. 1 (review forthcoming on this very site), which will be mixed by DJ Furious Styles, and is being sponsored by We here at rock the dub not only have a copy of the cover, we have the first single from the mixtape, as well as a special 10% off discount coupon ffrom Vintage Clothing Limited (that 10% is good for your ENTIRE order, and expires Jan. 12th 2008).

Wordsmith "Ultimate Celebration" (prod. by Lucki Handz)

Get that coupon:

The Observation Deck (3rd Dec. 2007)

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  • HBO's The Wire is BACK on the 6th of January, 2008. 2DB has the previews that are currently running on HBO HERE (I saw the one with Bubbles in rehab, but big up to 2DB for throwing the other ones up).
  • Don Imus came back this morning, and wanted you nappy-head ho's to know that his format is NOT going to change. More dry humor and boring conversation to be had! (NOTE: how should I feel that John McCain, his call-in guest today, ended his convo saying "Welcome back, old friend"?!)
  • Now they saying Miss Puerto Rock's belongings had no traces of pepper spray in them. Ain't that about a bitch.
  • Do you guys remember former American Idol finalist Jessica Sierra? Me neither, but apparently, upon being arrested for a drunken dispute at a bar, she not only flung racial slurs at one officer, she then turned around and offered up some sexual favors for her release. Ironically, she is the same woman who was the subject of a forthcoming VH1 show, Celebrity Rehab with Dr. Drew, but I'd imagine this show is not happening now.
  • What's good with Montel Williams telling high school reporters that he's gonna blow them up? I know he burns due to his MS, but what kind of green was he smokin' on!?
  • What's good with rumblings of a GameSpot employee getting fired over giving a low rating to a game, then not changing it? I understand you guys spend advertising dollars, but at the end of the day, a low score is just an opinion. I'd like to see how much harm that low rating does to that company's bottom line. Don't worry, I'll wait.
  • Are you a Battle Rapper? Fight Klub is looking for new talent for Season 2. Hit up their website or their YouTube channel for more info.

It never stops. Keep it locked...

rock the dub radio: episode 010

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10th episode, already? Seems like just last week I was embarking on this interesting ride. To help me celebrate my 10th episode, I present to you a mix in two parts: this is the first of the "Dub Vs Boom" sessions, with mixes from myself and my partner Enigmatik, who runs Boo Goo Doo Boom as well as blogs about Basketball with me over at "Have You Seen Me Dunk?". All I asked is that he throw some of his favorites into a mix. What he did was drop some new with a touch of some older jams as well. I went a bit further back, digging into some gems that I personally love. Check us out:

rock the dub radio: episode 010 (dub vs boom 001 - pop shots)

(direct MP3 download)


Part 1: Enigmatik
Ol' Dirty Bastard - "Pop Shots"
Wu-Tang Clan - "Life Changes"
O.C. - "M.U.G."
Little Brother - "Extra Hard"
Joell Ortiz - "125 pt. 2"
Jean Grae - "Until"
J Dilla - "Fuck The Police"
Ice Cube - "True To The Game"
Skillz f/Freeway - "You Don't Know"
DJ DMD f/Lil Keke, Fat Pat - "25 Lighters"
DJ Khaled f/Bun B, Paul Wall - "Hit 'Em Up"
DJ Drama f/Young Buck, The Outlawz - "Ridin' Down The Freeway"
G-Unit - "Feel Good"
Saigon f/Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz - "C'mon Baby (remix)"
Jay-Z f/Nas - "Success"

Part 2: khal
M.O.P. ft. ODB "Pop Shots RMX"
Freeway ft. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel "What We Do"
The Roots "Dynamite!"
EPMD "You Gots To Chill"
Busta Rhymes "So Hardcore"
MF Grimm "Break 'Em Off (Intermission)"
Wu-Tang Clan "Heaterz"
Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killa & Masta Killa "Glaciers of Ice"
Boot Camp Clik "Headz Ain't Redee"
De La Soul "Itsoweezee (Hot)"
De La Soul ft. Common "The Bizness"
R.A. The Rugged Man "Casanova (Fly Guy)"
Jay-Z "It's Like That"
J-Live "Feel Like Spittin'"
Gems, man, gems. Shouts to E for the help-out; I'll keep you posted on the next Dub Vs Boom mix-up.

As per usual, any MCs/producers/labels/etc. trying to get their artist(s) some shine, hit me up with tracks.

rock the dub radio: the podcast \ RSS \ WGHH Radio

Lupe Fiasco The Cool snippets

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I'm no fan of Lupe Fiasco, at all. But, I know many of you guys are, and spotted the snippets to Lupe's forthcoming The Cool over at 2dopeboyz (via illRoots), so here they are. I figured SOMEONE has to listen to this and tell me how it sounds, b/c I don't think I'll be checking it out, based on my dislike of "Superstar" alone.

Styles P Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) [review]

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Last year, I reviewed Styles P's Time Is Money, and while I felt it overall, I was kind of upset that there was an overabundance of rhymes that, while dope, didn't have the STING that P usually infuses into his mixtape masterpieces. Since then, P left his previous label and linked up with Koch to bring forth Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), which must be a play on his debut solo album. He's progressed since that set dropped, but does that mean he is capable of dropping an end-to-end banger?

Well, if you're a D-Block fan, the answer is an undeniable "yes". On the short intro, Styles lets you know how he feels: "I'm better than all of you muthafuckas. Point, blank, period". What does he do next, though? Drops a weird ode to herb, "Blow My Mind", which has Swizz Beatz providing a track that sounds like more of an ode to someone's moms or lady, as opposed to a track devoted to getting ready to get blowed. I can see something like this going off well in concert, with Ls and bags of burn getting thrown around crazy, but not only P's flow can save this one on wax. This is followed by the random Ray J-featured "Let's Go". I was confused as to why Ray J is a) on the mic singing and b) on a Styles P album, but anyone who can smash Kim Kardashian, then get paid for the sextape can sing my eulogy. Hi-Tek's bottom-heavy bounce sets this one off perfect. Imagine getting lit with a chick to "Blow My Mind", then getting ready to go to the club or to the summertime cookout; "Let's Go" is the soundtrack to getting dressed and riding to the spot to get live. From then on, Styles lets loose with a barrage of that raw uncut. "Alone In The Streets" has Vinny Idol doing what he does best: throwing some ill piano flourishes overtop a hard kick. Paniro spends this track letting you know that he's out in the streets all night/morning trying to "get it in", although I find it hard to believe that a 33 year old dude is truly still in the game.

The Alchemist drops two heavy tracks for Styles: "All I Know Is Pain" has a very non-ALC beat (it actually sounds like a spiced-up Eminem instrumental), but it still knocks, allowing Ghost to pour his heart out about damn near everything. The other is "Green Piece Of Paper", which is another "wow, ALC produced that?" kind of tracks, and is one of the highlights of the album. Throw it on, hear the first bar, then WHEEL IT! Akon produces and is featured on "Got My Eyes On You" which, if you didn't pay attention to the lyrics, would sound like a serious anthem in those clubs where the rainbow triangle is prominent. This track is OK, but "I'll Still Kill" hits a bit harder. I was surprised at how much I dug "Look @ Her", what with P saying he needs to do a track for the females. P nails his persona nicely: a rugged, fitted-hat-low nigga dropping science about his lady, his way ("she remind you of your first .22/she real small and got alotta bang"). I saw that not only did P have Beans on this CD, but he had Ghostface as well. I was disappointed by the instrumental for "U Ain't Ready" (hey Dame Grease, who really wants to hear some melancholy, Drumline sounding beat?), but Beanie and P go back and forth nicely. "Star Of The State" is a bit better, but again it's more for the chemistry between P and Starks. Pete Rock comes correct with the flipped Isaac Hayes sample on "Gangster, Gangster", which features both Jadakiss and Sheek Louch doing what they do best: giving you that fire rap over a dope beat. I also loved hearing the Black Thought-assisted "Cause I'm Black", which features a line I use to this day, both in jokes and in serious convo, and has a dope, 70s Black Power/revolution feel to it. And if you have any question on how dope Styles is on the m-i-c, throw on "Da 80's", which has a throwback sound to it provided by the one and only Kid Capri.

What I dislike is that, there's mad gangster, and hardly any gentleman on here. Styles P prides himself on the duality of his character: he has spent most of his career being the intelligent hoodlum, the thug poet. And with a title like Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman), you'd expect him to go hard in the 187um rhymes as well as the more conscious flows, but we don't see that at all. Kind of like how he did with Time Is Money and "I'm Black", which is disappointing. I can understand that you niggas won't buy an entire disc of pro-Black shit, nor will you cop that real deep, introspective shit, but with a guy like Styles P, who definitely has a large fanbase, it would take a cat like him, or a 'Kiss to help convert cats. Make those niggas on the block spend some time speaking on the ills of society instead of strictly speaking about which whip they are going to cop next. It's actually insulting; the title makes me immediately think that there should be some kind of balance, some kind of effect to explain the causes. But sadly, we get what P always brings us: that raw with no consequences.

In the end, you can't really blame P, though. It's damn near a documented fact that niggas don't buy shit that could be considered "smart". Tony Roberts' interludes personify the kind of niggas that are sheep, flocking to what their MC idols portray, but instead of giving them more food for thought, P just feeds them more. One of these days, our stomachs are going to bust, and who's fault will it be? I doubt MCs will take any responsibility, they were just going for the "Green Piece Of Paper"...

rock the dub gives Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) a 3.5 out of 5. For all of his intense, vivid rhymes, P fails to knock it out of the park. For all of the duality he spits in various interviews, his CD continues to fall back on the same jewels he always spits, which will no doubt satisfy hardcore D-Block-ites.

Burn Deez: "Green Piece Of Paper", "Da 80's", "Gangster, Gangster", "Cause I'm Black"

Styles P's Super Gangster (Extraordinary Gentleman) is in stores December 4th, 2007.

related links:
Styles P on MySpace
Styles P on Koch Entertainment

BONUS BEATS: "Blow My Mind" video:

Mixtape Sunday: Afroclassics & Bash Bros. present Workaholics

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Spotted this nugget over at GRANDGOOD. Some left coast Hip-Hop from Afroclassics (Scarab & Very) and Bash Bros. (Piseas & Lefty), linking up to unearth tracks featuring cats like Planet Asia, the Living Legends, Knows & Voice Watson. Grab Workaholics (which is mixed by DJ Icewater) EARLY!

Mixtape Sunday: DJ Trackstar & Vandalyzm The Megatron Majorz sampler

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My boy Trackstar hit me with this mixtape he worked on with Vandalyzm, who's recently dropped ill rhymes on projects like 9th Wonder's Dream Merchant Vol. 2, as well as other Justus League-affiliated joints. This is the sampler mixtape to his forthcoming LP, Megatron Majorz, and this sampler includes cuts from that album, classics, exclusives and shit from his NEXT album, No Plan B! Download this fly 33 minute mix, and check out the tracklist:

1) Al Green Intro
2) Hands High (produced by Vandalyzm) ON THE ALBUM!!
3) Click Clack (produced by Swiff D) EXCLUSIVE!!
4) Studio Gangstas freestyle ON THE ALBUM!!
5) Verbal Vandalyzm (produced by Vandalyzm)
6) Last Time feat Royce tha 5'9 (produced by 9th Wonder)
---Khrysis Drop
7) Game on Lock (produced by Khrysis) EXCLUSIVE!!
8) Proceed freestyle (produced by J Dilla RIP) EXCLUSIVE!!
9) Make it First freestyle (produced by J Dilla RIP) EXCLUSIVE!!
10) Ol Girl (produced by Vandalyzm) ON THE ALBUM!!!
---Notorious B.U.M. Interlude
11) Get My Shit Off (produced by J Dilla RIP)
12) Gotta be Karim- When You See Me (produced by Vandalyzm) EXCLUSIVE!!
13) Yes Sir (produced by Flying Lotus) NO PLAN B EXCLUSIVE!!
14) One Eleven freestyle (produced by J Dilla RIP) EXCLUSIVE!!
---Chaundon Drop
15) Where I'm From remix (produced by Khrysis and Vandalyzm)
16) Charity Case (produced by Vandalyzm) ON THE ALBUM!!!
17) Break Em Down (produced by Swiff D) ON THE ALBUM!!!
18) Trickin' (produced by Vandalyzm) ON THE ALBUM!!!
19) Outro (I'm Your New Stepfather)

Fire. Pure fire. I had no idea Van produced! Peep this - DO NOT SLEEP!


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Download: Riskay Vs. Reform "Dope Girl (DJ Nappy Thugstep Refix)"

(more dload links via sharebee)

Gaining recent fame for tracks like "Smell Yo Dick", Riskay is one of those Florida females who isn't afraid to drop her sexuality into her rhymes. This track, "Dope Girl", has her comparing herself to some of you fiends' most favorite narcotics. DJ Nappy took this instrumental, flipped it with a break-heavy ride from Reform, and just made the shit work. It just has a dope flow to it, with the minimal melancholy of the track, it's a nice track to imagine some bodacious female winding her waist to... No additives, no preservatives - pure uncut THUGSTEP.

Something to keep you guys hot for the winter months.

Friday, November 30th 2007 playlist

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RIP Kevin DuBrow. Here's your J Dilla tribute. RIP Evel Knievel. Here's your Kanye West tribute.

01/Barak Yalad "Lion" [this dude's LP is dope, and this track is just an example. Review coming next week.]
02/Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon & Cappadonna "Daytona 500" [you should already know.]
03/Redman "Suicide" [randomly came on the other day. lovin' that beat, Brick City stand UP!]
04/Craggz "My Detroit" [I wasn't expecting a "Hypnotize" sample in a DnB cut anytime soon.]
05/Faze O "Riding High" [classic; Ghostface brought this one back out. Smoke a fat one and just zone...]


Let the waters run...


DnB and Dubstep producer Fracture recently had a go at a mix entitled Rotten Foot and Cow Foot..., dropping an interesting mix of tunes. Here's his description:

So, i woke up this morning in a kinda dusty jeans and cowgirl kinda mood, so i did i mix. Pretty much just started and made it up as i went along. Some of my fave current tracks, all blended together on the fly with my Lexicon MPX 100 and Mackie desk... Get involved!

Peep the tracklist:

Steve Miller - Fly Like An Eagle
Jimi Hendrix - Little Miss Lover
Steppenwolf - Magic Carpet Ride
Johnny Jones & The King Casuals - Purple Haze
Sandstorm - Season Of The Witch
Steppenwolf - Jupiter's Child
James Gang - Funk 49
Steve Miller - Take The Money And Run
The Beatles - Taxman
Jimi Hendrix - Can You See Me
The Doobie Brothers - Toulouse Street
Bill Withers - Use Me
Menahan Street Band - Make The Road By Walking
Curtis Mayfield - Move On Up 12" mix
Spanky Wilson - Sunshine Of Your Love
Hebrew Rogers - Cant Buy Soul
Steve Miller - Celebration Song

Here's two download links: mirror 1 \ mirror 2


Here's an old-school Hip-Hop mix from Cosmo Baker. "...I'd Rather Marry Oprah..." drops a motherlode of classic, thought-provoking old school on that ass. Grab it:

1. Brand Nubian “Allah Hu Akbar”
2. Dark Sun Riders “Time To Build”
3. Rakim “Shades Of Black”
4. Common “Ressurection (Large Professor Remix)”
5. Yomo & Maulkie “Black Folks Watch Out”
6. Poor Righteous Teachers “Easy Star”
7. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth “Mecca And The Soul Brother”
8. X-Clan “Grand Verbalizer What Time Is It”
9. Big Daddy Kane “Word To The Mother (Land)”
10. Lakim Shabazz “No Justice No Peace”
11. Latee “This Cut’s Got Flavor”
12. Poor Righteous Teachers “Shakiyla (Jrh)”
13. Brand Nubian “Wake Up (Stimulated Dummies Remix)
14. X-Clan “Fire & Earth (100% Natural)”
15. Divine Styler feat. The Scheme Team “It’s A Black Thing”
16. Gang Starr “Step In The Arena”
17. YZ “Thinking Of A Master Plan”
18. Chill Rob G “Court Is Now In Session”
19. Eric B. & Rakim “The R”
20. Boogie Down Productions “Blackman In Effect”
21. Zhigge “Born Black”
22. Boogie Down Productions “Jack Of Spades”
23. The Stop The Violence Movement “Self Destruction”
24. KMD “Nitty Gritty feat. Brand Nubian”
25. The Jungle Brothers “Acknowledge Your Own History”
26. Public Enemy “Show ‘Em What You Got”
27. Public Enemy “Bring The Noise”
28. Hard Knocks “Thoughts Of A Negro”
29. 360 Degrees “Pelon”
30. Intelligent Hoodlum “Black And Proud”
31. Lakim Shabazz “When You See The Devil Smash Him”

Subscribe to The Rub's podcast for more sets like this.


Green Lantern & Lenny S. have a new mixtape out, dedicated to the Roc-A-Fella family. Peep out R.O.C. All-Stars: The Leak:

1. Broad Street Bully Intro - Beanie Sigel
2. This Shit Right Here - Jay-Z
3. DP3 - Jay-Z
4. Success - Jay-Z, Nas
5. C'mon Baby - Jay-Z
6. Cant Tell Me Nothing - Kanye, Beanie Sigel, Freeway
7. Live In London Interlude
8. Blue Magic - Jay-Z
9. Step Back - Freeway, Lil Wayne
10. ROC Fam Freestyle - Memphis Bleek
11. Get Ya Money Up - Memphis Bleek
12. Freestyle Session - Freeway, Beanie Sigel, Uncle Murda
13. Rocafella Billionaires - Freeway, Jay-Z
14. The Allure Of Flashy Lights - Jay-Z
15. You Ain't Ready 4 Me - Beanie Sigel, Styles P
16. Barrel Brothers - Ghostface, Styles P, Beanie Sigel
17. DJ Khaled Interlude
18. Run To The Roc - Young Chris
19. Informer - Uncle Murda, Wyclef
20. Wet Em Up - Tru Life
21. Go Low - Beanie Sigel, R.City
22. Take It To The Top - Freeway, 50 Cent
23. All The Above - Beanie Sigel feat. R Kelly
24. My Hood Is Greasy - Peedi Crakk, Swizz Beats
25. ROC Boys - Jay-Z



This week's FYLP features old AND new DnB from DJs like Electrosoul System, Haddow, Monsta, High Contrast and a dope mix from Temper D. If that's your flavor, do NOT sleep!


Michael Jackson's Thriller is turning 25... peep the video and recognize music history:

Enjoy your weekend. I hope you got that rock salt, niggas!

Remixing NiggyTardust

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Last month, I hit you with the info on the Saul Williams/Trent Reznor collaboration album, NiggyTardust. I just got word that tracks from the album are being made available for remix (ala the Nine Inch Nails remix website). Saul's site isn't that buckwild, but here's a few sendspace links that contain files for tracks (I'm guessing it's .wav files, the filesize on these are 100+MBs...):

I'd tell you producers to send your complete remix(es) to me, but the last time I tried that, I got nowhere. Enjoy these, though!

Kia Shine "W.O.W." (video)

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Did you catch that Kia Shine CD? I reviewed it, and you can peep the AVP to hear what it do. He apparently personally-funded and directed the video for his single "W.O.W.", which is always commendable; I spent the better part of the summer saying "WOW", and I don't dress fresh at all.

In any case, there's loads of multicolor "WOW"s in this clip. Check it:

This premieres next week on MTV2's Sucka Free Music Week, as well as MTV Jams, so consider this exclusive.

You A Nigger Too

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My nigga Enigmatik hipped me to this recent Nas interview over at, revealing even more details about his forthcoming LP, Nigger, which was pushed back to, get this, Black History Month.

I shit you not.

Peep some of the nuggets of knowledge Nas drops in this interview:

"I have a song called 'The Fear,' " he said. "The full title of the record is 'The Fear of the Black Man's D---.' That's some sh-- you can get comedy [from], or you can get some seriousness from it when you talk about the barbaric castrations that happened in our past — which is very serious, nothing to laugh at."
WOW. I KNEW the LP was gonna be on that shit. It's an examination, a fucking microscope into the world's view on the Nigger. But not just Black Niggers, oh no:
"It's about the attacks that have happened to blacks, whites, all ethnicities," he continued. " 'Mick' niggers, 'guinea' niggers, 'kike' niggers. I have a song called 'You a Nigger Too.' "
I can see how something like this might hurt, though. We already have White dudes walkin' around throwin' "nigga" really greasy, and while some get the pass, remember this: more Hip-Hop is bought by White teens. This could bounce 50/50: either it will make them more willing to call Black people Nigger, or it will help them understand that hey, every race is the same (although I feel the former has a better probability of occurring).

Production-wise, cats like Salaam Remi, DJ Toomp, and Stargate (?) have given Nas beats; he's also set to link up with Jermaine Dupri ("Fallin'" wasn't THAT hot, but maybe he will bring No I.D.!?!?) and Diddy's Hitmen.

As long as a) does not drop tracks, and b) this isn't some bullshit, I am fully behind Nas on this one. Still. Don't fail me, nigga.

Cherry Chocolate Rain

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It looks like Dr. Pepper called on Tay Zonday to revamp his Internet 'hit', "Chocolate Rain" for their new line of Cherry Chocolate Dr. Pepper. Wow. They flipped it, kind of Hip-Hop'd it out.

This shit is so ill, I might have to go buy a case of Dr. Pepper when I get off work.

Tay Zonday for VP.

Peep the video:

Download the MP3: Tay Zonday ft. Mista Johnson "Cherry Chocolate Rain"

Spotted at weapons of mass distraction. Shouts to nation.

Grand Theft Auto IV Official Cover Art

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Looks like a new trailer, entitled "Move up, ladies", will premiere on the GTA IV website on Dec. 6th, 2007 at 3PM EST. I'd say I can't wait for this, but without owning a PS3 or an Xbox 360, I'm in the dark on this one. Oh well.

3rd Portishead LP: March 31, 2008

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Quick Portishead news: word is that they've received a release date for their untitled 3rd album: March 31st, 2008. Hopefully this sticks, and we get to explore their musical minds further.

Nocando Vs. Franco (Scribble Jam 2007)

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Spotted at GRANDGOOD:

Heard some good news from my nigga inre: a forthcoming Nocando track. More info on that when I can drop it.

Video Wars: Prince Vs. Snoop Dogg

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This new Snoop Dogg video for "Sensual Seduction" reminds me of a lot of things: Roger & Zapp, Parliment/Funkadelic, and those bad videos you'd make at Six Flags. The one thing I get most of all, however, is the mirror-image effects in Prince's "When Doves Cry" video. Observe:

Prince "When Doves Cry"

Snoop Dogg "Sensual Seduction"

Tell me I'm wrong.

The Observation Deck (28th Nov. 2007)

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Crazy news out there, no?

Mick Boogie presents Dillagence

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Being a fan of Jay Dee's since for about as long as I've been a fan of Busta Rhymes, I've grown to appreciate the beautiful music they've created together. Gems like "Still Shinin'" and "So Hardcore" are staples of my Hip-Hop Bible. It seemed like they were trying to push each other to that next level, creatively. So, in hearing that Mick Boogie was dropping a mixtape full of unreleased Busta & Dilla collaborations, I was super amped. And now, Dillagence is available, for free (or a $10 fee, with all proceeds going to the J Dilla Foundation). Peep the tracklist:

1) Words From Ma Dukes
2) Dillagence (produced by DJ Spinna)
3) Takin What's Mine
4) Step Up
5) The Conversation (f/ Talib Kweli)
6) Code
of the Streets (f/ MOP)
7) Lightworks (f/ Q-Tip and Talib Kweli)
8) Baggage Handlers (f/ Raekwon)
9) How We Roll
10) Best That Ever Did It (f/ Rah Digga)
11) Psycho (f/ Cassidy and Papoose)
12) The Range (f/ Rah Digga)
13) Not Right Now
14) Other Side Of The Road
15) Who Tryin To Kill You
16) High
17) Dillagence Outro
You've had to have heard tracks like "Lightworks" (seen around here as "Lightworking"), "Baggage Handlers" and "Psycho", as well as the recently leaked "Step Up". Beautiful music from two beautiful artists. Pump this in ya whip for days and reflect on the mastery that tape. I do wish a track like "Modern Day Gangstas" could have been included, but I understand why it wasn't.

PS: The main Dillagence post over at illRoots has a few mirrors up as well.

Inside the Rapper's Studio: Ghostface Killah

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Miss Info has crazy exclusive knowledge on the forthcoming Big Doe Rehab album that Ghostface will be dropping next week. Here are the two Parts of Ghost going track-by-track, dissecting his latest opus:

Part 1

Part 2

She also has loads of audio clips available in that drop as well. Nice work, ma.

BONUS BEATS: eskay not only has the AVP for Big Doe Rehab up, but he also threw up "Yolanda's House", a nice track featuring both Method Man & Raekwon. I like Meth's rhymes on that one.

A Def Soul Christmas

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I'm glad that Def Soul Classics has stepped up and tried to present some new takes on classic Christmas music. Bringing in heavyweights like The Isley Brothers featuring Ron Isley (which I never get - is there a legit Isley Brothers unit that does NOT feature Ron Isley?) and Miss Patti LaBelle (with both discs being executive produced by Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis), you are definitely sure to get some quality R&B and Soul music, as well as two beautiful voices to help bring you right into that Christmas spirit. I got both of these discs, and figured I'd back-to-back them in the player, and get a proper experience with both. First up: the Isleys.

I'll Be Home For Christmas was the one disc I was kind of iffy on. I grew up listening to the Isley Brothers through my mother, and grew up on tracks like "Between The Sheets", "Caravan of Love", "Harvest for the World" and a host of other classics. I didn't think that Mr. Big could pull off some of these tracks - and I was sadly mistaken. The disc starts out with a jazzy take on "Winter Wonderland", with a pretty hip flute solo in the middle. Ron's voice is as great as ever, and you can hear his timeless adlibs creeping in, but staying true to the original's flavor. Their "Isley Christmas Medley" is a thing of beauty, and clockin' in at almost 6 minutes, the seductive guitar strumming makes you get into that zone that some of their other slower cuts bring you to (notably, the bedroom). Their take on "White Christmas" is a bit unexpected, bringing some "dreamin' dreamin' dreamin'" vocal randomly to the intro, and stepping this classic up a bit. The added treats are the two NEW compositions on this disc: "I'm In Love" isn't very Christmas-y, but sounds like the perfect track to put on when you have your engagement ring from Kay, and are proposing to that special someone underneath the Christmas tree. The true gem is "What Can I Buy?", which has Ron speaking to his lady friend, the one who has everything, trying to figure out what she wants, exactly. It's got that cool Isley feel, very modern funk style, and some nice lines ("girl I'll spend it all if I could buy you"), as well as Ernie Isley's distinctive guitar wailing. All in all, this is a tight disc: you get some updated classics, as well as some tracks that stick right to how the originals sound. Ron's voice works well with all of these, and at times you feel like they are sitting by the fireplace, crooning these songs of old to a living room full of loved ones, like in their take on "The Christmas Song". Beautiful holiday music.

I wish I could feel the same way about Patti LaBelle's Miss Patti's Christmas. All is not lost, as the "Christmas Jam" opening track has a funky feel to it. Reminds me of that episode of A Different World where they all went to Dwayne Wayne's house and the whole Wayne family was singing together. Very chill vibe. After this, the selection gets dicey. Patti's voice is in tact, but I'd like to have heard some less-Adult Urban Contemporary grooves on this disc. "It's The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year" and "What Do The Lonely Do At Christmas?" sound alright, and I bet my mom and her peoples will love them, but they sound both uninspired and unoriginal. "Holidays Mean More To Me" and "It's Going To Be A Merry Christmas" have the same exact theme (don't gimme no presents, I just need you), so hearing them back to back makes no sense to me. The remaining tracks are devoted to the Lord, which is always good to hear, but again the tracks vary. "Nativity" has that 2007 synth-happy beat, and it's so crunk I was waiting for like Young Jeezy or someone to jump out and drop a 16. "Jesus, Oh What A Wonderful Child" starts out like an Al Green track, but then drops into some Swampfox, Alabama, down home gospel feel, which is always good for the spirit. This being Miss Patti's newest Christmas album since 1990, I kind of wonder why she was chosen for this series. She's no doubt got the vocal game on lock, but Patti over new-school sounds doesn't really cut it, especially when she does a 180 with a few of these numbers.

In the end, my assumptions were way off: I figured the Isley Brothers would be trying to hold onto the youth, while Patti stuck to the tried and true and would shine right through. It was actually the Isleys who crafted some perfect blends of the new and the old, while Patti's disc seemed all over the place in terms of the style of the selections. Both artists still have "it", but whodathunk that Mr. Big and his family would outshine Miss Patti LaBelle singing about Santa and Jesus Christ?!? For what it's worth, though, for your family members or friends who grew up on the timeless music from both Patti LaBelle and the Isley Brothers, these CDs would make PERFECT stocking stuffers.

The Isley Brothers - B+
Patti LaBelle - C

Both discs are available NOW. Peep this link for more info on the tracklists.

You Betta Axe Somebody

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More than a mash-up crew, this is a religion, bitches. Here's a few MP3s:

"Se-bast-I-Am" (more info on this SebastiAn/Timbaland freakin' number HERE)

Also, you can grab Bangfest, the LUDACHRIST debut mix, for FREE (in 320kbps MP3 format) as well. Tracklist:

1. Get on my Axel 1:27
2. Polar Bears in Africa 1:08
3. Toto 2 Hot 0:33
4. East vs. West vs. Bitches 0:55
5. Suck that news, Tiger 1:16
6. Hey you! Get down on the floor 2:15
7. Take on Me 0:46
8. The Golden Era 1:29
9. Metallitroy 1:06
10. Lunchbag 0:38
11. Predators 0:49
12. The Windows of Justice 1:15
13. Ghost Busta Rhymes 1:53
14. Only the Strong Eat Cake and get Hypnotized 1:44
15. Meet me in the Grind 1:15
16. Rock me Child 0:57
17. Cult of Brutality 0:21
18. Interlude 0:44
19. Dire Straight Bitches! 2:19
20. We are your Hoes 2:13
21. No Love 1:11
22. Owner of a Lonely .44 0:50
23. Daft Effect 0:57
24. Headbanger 1:35
25. The Swarm 2:59
26. The Legend of Curtis 1:49
27. Soul on Ice 1:52
28. Detatchable Pinky 1:46
29. Splash D's 1:43
30. The Pigs are Here 1:08
31. Se-bast-i-Am 2:01
Crazy hipster dancefloor madness. Shouts to Knick and Ewun. Checkout LUDACHRIST on MySpace.

First Wedding Dance


That first dance between the newly-wed bride and groom. It's a magical moment. The spotlight is on them, and all their friends and loved ones can see them, in their glory, look into each others eyes and move ever so lightly to the music.

Or you can have a bit of fun with it, like this couple did:

Big up to my wifey for the video.

Hip-Hop Bowling

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You already know what it is when the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES and the Underground Hip-Hop Celebrities get together for a bowling session.

And to quote Dallas, Hip-Hop is definitely a lot like bowling. Check out the video:

More fun and games at Oh Word. Shouts to Rafi for the link. Cop them $9 Stand Up! tickets NOW!

RiotControl Nine

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Burt Fox & Sonny Noir are back for the latest edition of their RiotControl podcast. This edition "features new and classic electro, electronic, dance and more." Check out the tracklist:

Numbers - Kraftwerk
2-D - Skream
White Flash - Modeselektor
Destroy Them My Robots - Anthony Rother
Hustler - Simian Mobile Disco
Jagz The Smack - Rustie
Someway Through This - Black Ghosts (Skream and Plastician RMX)
Moments In Love - Art Of Noise
International Players Anthem - UGK
White Label - Diplo
Computer Love - Kraftwerk
Unite - Burial

Nice lil' mixture of Hip-Hop, Dubstep, and other pieces of noise. Download RiotControl Nine; peep RiotControl on MySpace, and make sure you burn their feed.

The Observation Deck (26th Nov. 2007)

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  • I have no idea when this Kim Kardashian/Ray J sextape shit is going to end. I got an e-mail last night from World Star Hip-Hop, boasting of an UNCUT version of the dynamic duo's famed sextape. It does boast footage you wankers might not have seen yet, and clocks in at 95 minutes. It does still boast the asinine trip footage, but yeah, homegirl is undeniably bangin', even if her looks are suspect. (BONUS: after a 2 minute Google search, I saw that Funky Cavemen has download links to this full, epic feature. Get your wank on!)
  • Speaking of rich socialites with sextapes, Paris Hilton has reportedly leaked pictures from Nicole Richie's baby shower. For shame.
  • Trent Lott's racist ass is resigning from his Senate seat. The only way I'd be happier is if he died-out, Blood-style.
  • Hulk Hogan's wife surprised him with divorce papers. How he can be surprised is anyone's guess - didn't the last season of Hogan Knows Best begin with them going to marriage counseling?
  • My boy E got the skinny on Wu reviews: not only did he review Wu-Tang Clan's forthcoming 8 Diagrams CD, but he also touched down at the Ghostface show in Houston (and a BGDB mix to boot), with some ill highlights - dude even has video of the RZA addressing Raekwon-gate..
  • WOW @ BBC Radio 1 DnB DJ/don Grooverider getting busted in Dubai on weed/porn possession charges.
  • "Press One For English": while this is cute and all, I hate to think what would happen to a major label artist who did a track like this...

How's your Cyber Monday going?

Nike All Court Sand Drift

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Is it just me, or do these Nikes look like some flava'd out Chuck Taylors?

The Observation Deck (23rd Nov. 2007)

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Did you survive Black Friday?

  • William Shatner is pissed that he is not in the forthcoming Star Trek movie, like anyone wants to see his old ass. The majority of the movie is taken from the point of view of the crew when they were younger, though, right? I guess he is just hating b/c Spock is in the joint, though. Old ass.
  • The Romantics are suing Activision for covering their song too well for Guitar Hero. Activision got permission to create a cover of "What I Like About You", but their cover was done so well that it is "virtually indistinguishable from the authentic version", which is kind of like being pissed that a kid at a piano recital played his concerto perfectly. Shit to get their old-ass name in the news, that's all.
  • Marion Jones got her track-running ass banned for two years for using the cream (or is it the clear?); I wonder what Barry Bonds' fate is...
  • This nigga needs to go back to purse-snatching school: how the FUCK are you snatching purses, and ripping fingers off of people's hands? What kind of snatcher does a drive-by snatching anyways? License plates, dumb-ass!

I need some ends...

Leon on Curb Your Enthusiasm

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I've slept on Season 6 of Curb Your Enthusiasm, but caught up with it over the last week or so. That nigga Leon is the truth. J.B. Smoove is the actor's name, you might have seen him in Pootie Tang or other joints. I found clips of his scenes on YouTube, and want to share what's been cracking me up this week:

"Get In That Ass"

"Long Balls"

"Phone Swap"

Great season,and one of the best parts was my man Leon.

Friday, November 23rd 2007 playlist

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Not much going on right now. Not feelin' work on Black Friday, got some ish to review and seemingly no time to do that, and keep a sane head sometimes. I think I just need 40 winks and a 40 (not in that order, though). Check out the leaks of the week:

follow the drip...


Did you sleep on the DJ Triple H & DJ Cable mixtape, Southern Smackdown, hosted by Lil' Keke? I hope not.


This week's FYLP features slick DNB heat from Method One, Terravita, Black Sun Empire, Jem One and ESB. I also recently posted up some FREE DNB MP3s from Atlantic Connection's WESTBAY BLOGS. Check the fire out.


Saigon's Moral Of The Story mixtape dropped (leaked?) the other day. Check out the tracklisting:

1. Come On Baby (Remix) f/Jay-Z, Swizz Beatz
2. What A Life f/Tre Williams
3. The South, The West, The East Coast
4. Saigon Meets Just Blaze
5. Get Mine And Go
6. Wake Up
7. In A Mess
8. I Know
9. Homegirl f/Al B. Sure
10. Who Can Get Busy f/Grand Puba
11. Anybody Can Get It
12. How We Get Down
13. Ryders (Da Ville To Da Stuy) f/Memphis Bleek
14. Wanna Know f/Obie Trice
15. Rap And Bullshit pt. 2
16. Reason, Season, Lifetime f/Jovan Dais
17. Just Blaze Speaks

I'm so over him, though. I really don't even like his rhymes in that "C'Mon Baby" rmx, but it still knocks. And what's good with Al B Sure! on this? Is that an album cut?


Feeling kind of grimey, so I figured I'd just end this now with a video I peeped over at Sit Down Stand Up:

Donny Goines "Do It For Hip Hop"

Save me some turkey, dogs. One.

A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

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For those who know me, they know I dig the Peanuts family. Always have, and always will. I didn't watch it yet (it's on the DVR), but I saw that A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving is on YouTube. Peep out this 1973 classic cartoon:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Word to Franklin.

Be Thankful For What You Got


I'm not the BIGGEST Thanksgiving head. I am not into the whole folklore of the White Man and the Red Man sitting down to eat corn and shit. I don't think it went down that way. Being a Family Man, though, I do get sentimental, and I do appreciate certain things. I am thankful that my family is alive and well, and not ending up in a tragic accident like the one that happened around the corner from my house yesterday, or the murder that popped off near my in-laws last weekend. I am thankful that my Nets finally won last night. Among all, I'm thankful to still be enjoying this blog. Being a writer that blogs for not much seems like a dumb thing to do, but I am having a ball, and getting to converse with some down ass people. I am thankful for my peers in this lil' thing of ours.

In any case, all of that is not why I am posting right now. I wanted to throw a "thank"-y track up for the day, and it hit me: "Be Thankful For What You Got". Perfect vibe, perfect message, just right for me and mine. But you know we have to take it a step further... so here are the original, as well as 3 different versions of this beautiful cut

Enjoy your turkey day: grab a cold one and relax with those who mean the most to you.

Marv Won vs Nems


Shouts to Perpetuum for hittin' me with this. Nems is the truth.

I like Nems. I think Marv did aaaaaaiiiiiight (that "Slick Rick shit" shit was dope), but I like Nems' flow better.

Pre-Order 8 Diagrams TODAY!

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The Wu-Tang Clan Mega Store opened today, and you can pre-order 8 Diagrams. I'd say you should grab the 8 Diagrams package, which is the limited edition CD/DVD version of 8 Diagrams, as well as the t-shirt (which you save $5 on when ordering this package). All they need to include is a 40 and a Dutch and it'd be ON!

Peep the tracklist:

1. Campfire
2. Take it Back
3. Get Them Out Ya Way Pa
4. Face the Problems
5. The Heart Gently Weeps
7. Wolves
8. Gun Will Go
9. Sunlight
10. SKIT (Robin Harris)
11. Stick Me for My Riches
12. Windmill
13. Weak Spot
14. Life Changes
15. Starter
16. You Can’t Stop Me Now
17. Watch Your Mouth
eskay threw some leaked joints from the LP up today (ripped from DJ Semtex's radio show), so check those, then pre-order this, and support one of the illest groups in Hip-Hop history.

BONUS: Enigmatik posted the latest RZA interview segment with Kotari. Holla.

Aftermath Studio Session Pt. 2

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(see Pt. 1)

rock the dub radio (test)

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Listen... please?

I'm testing out the sounds of my shoutcast, provided by NovaShells... mostly DNB tonight. Let me know how it sounds! (AIM: DOA khal)


Snippets Day!

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Today must be the day that the snippets come out to play:

Phew. Keep up, kids!

The Observation Deck (20th Nov. 2007)

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  • Jordin Sparks' debut album is out today, and people are ALREADY asking if homegirl will be "the next Carrie Underwood". Let the girl find her lane and do her numbers (my opinion? she will make loot but I doubt she will be winning awards like THAT); on an entirely different subject, I like seeing curvy, full-figured teens on that level. Great to see that not all singers have to be fucking Aly & AJ.
  • Donald Trump's Celebrity Apprentice premieres on Jan. 3rd, and will feature cats like Gene Simmons, Vincent Pastore, Omarosa, Lennox Lewis and Stephen Baldwin, among others. I'll give it a few episodes, but this is NOT the direction this show should be going in...
  • I would only consider buying an AT&T/Napster cellphone if I could use it like I used Napster... back in 2000.
  • Speaking of new tech, who's going to cop that Amazon "Kindle" for me? Did you see the prices to subscribe to newspapers and shit? I mean, $.99 for a blog? I wonder if I could get some ends off that...
  • Sports Nigga Jail News: Michael Vick surrendered a few weeks early, hoping they are gonna chop his sentence (not gonna happen), and Mike Tyson has to do one day in a spot that makes you wear pink underwear.
  • While I think it's damn cool that the Internet show "quarterlife" just got picked up to be shown on NBC, is this how its going to be? Can there NOT be any "Internet-only" shows? Or will each gem be plucked to the majors?

Lemme stop and get some work done...