Saturday, December 01, 2007

FOTM: THUGSTEP #8


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 30, 2007

Friday, November 30th 2007 playlist

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...]

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Let the waters run...

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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

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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.

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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

Nasty.

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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!

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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!

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Remixing NiggyTardust

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...):

http://www.sendspace.com/file/xo6ru8
http://www.sendspace.com/file/lmfe5v

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)

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

My nigga Enigmatik hipped me to this recent Nas interview over at MTV.com, 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) will.i.am 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

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

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

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)

Spotted at GRANDGOOD:



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

Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Video Wars: Prince Vs. Snoop Dogg

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)


Crazy news out there, no?

Mick Boogie presents Dillagence

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

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.

Tuesday, November 27, 2007

A Def Soul Christmas

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.

Grades:
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


THE CHURCH OF LUDACHRIST

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

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!

Monday, November 26, 2007

RiotControl Nine

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)


  • 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

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