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

Jay-Z Chunks The Deuce


We speculated on this like 3 weeks ago, and it's been confirmed by XXL that Jay-Z is stepping down as President of Def Jam at the end of the year, although he will still remain an artist for Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam. I guess that fucks up any future talk of "oh my LP bricked b/c Jigga is on tour".


INRE my Scanz review


In my efforts to play catch-up, I just wanted to say that in reviewing Scanz' Prelude To A Legacy album, I neglected to mention that the man behind a chunk of those beats (including "Feel It", "Deep End", "Bigger Than Rap" and others) is a cat reppin' Piscataway, NJ, who goes by the name of Frank G. To be honest, I only got a promo MP3 copy, with no real liner notes or other info, but in any case, I wanted to give dude his props.

He's most recently dropped a CD reppin' his "ISH Productions" stamp. This features not only Scanz, but Channel Live, KRS-One, Yasin and others. I also heard that not only is dude working with Scanz on his NEXT album, but he's done work with a female by the name of Tara Michel, who is down with John Legend.

Basically, if you thought New Jersey Hip-Hop was only Redman, Joe Budden, Naughty By Nature and Queen Latifah, you were sadly mistaken.

The Observation Deck (Christmas Eve 2K7)

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These meds need to kick in... one love my peoples.

A Huey Freeman Christmas

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Well, hey, it is Christmas... why NOT post up The Adventures of Black Jesus!?

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

A Date With The Health Inspector

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Yes, this is a Season 1 episode of The Boondocks; Ma Dukes just got me the Season 1 DVD jump-off, and I peed myself laughing to this. This one, if you didn't pay attention the first go-round, is a parallel to the Iraq "war". Plus it features Sam Jackson AND Charlie Murphy?!?! Wild:

Part 1

Part 2

Too funny.


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Sacha Baron Cohen has retired both his Borat and Ali G characters.

"It is like saying goodbye to a loved one," Cohen told the Daily Telegraph, in what appeared to be a straight-faced interview (although one never knows with Cohen). "It is hard, and the problem with success, although it's fantastic, is that every new person who sees the Borat movie is one less person I 'get' with Borat again, so it's a kind of self-defeating form, really.
Makes sense, but I keep having a sneaky suspicion that dude is doing this so he can lay low, hit unsuspecting marks with Ali G or Borat when they aren't expecting.

Who knows. Borat was genius. Ali G Indahouse? Not so much.

Friday, Dec. 21st 2007 playlist

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Just not impressed this week. I'm on my J Dilla shit in the headphones. Everything else is fugazi. If I can be arsed, expect a Phat Kat review by the end of next week. And a review of a mixtape I got in the mail the other day, by this cat named Dula-Mite. It has a dope cover.

leaky drawers.


Check out some of these posts to tide you over: XXL has a load of clips of Christmas Rap tracks from the past and present. Some gems you might have missed are in there... Rizoh has clips of all of Skillz' Rap Ups from 2002 to 2006. Hopefully 2007 will be here soon... TSS has a seriously dope interview with RA The Rugged Man, breaking down the science behind "Uncommon Valor: A Vietnam Story", his track with Jedi Mind Tricks...


For you niggas with the DNB jones, peep out the FYLP for this week, featuring mixes from DJ Vapour, Paul Reset, Specific, and Kubiks, as well as the latest LIFTED MUSIC PODCAST!


I'm out for now, but peep out this video:

Phat Kat ft. Elzhi "Cold Steel" (prod. by J Dilla)

Metal Face Imposter?


Nah Right posted this link from The Kaos Effect, detailing a show "MF DOOM" did in the A on the 13th of December, and it mirrors countless tales of fake/imposter Dooms showing up, lip synching short sets, then making a quick dash, sometimes with the money from the door!

This one is deeper, though, because this is the first time I've seen actual video of the suspect DOOM. Check this out:

I mean, I've never seen DOOM live, but I've heard live recordings. For his kind of style on wax, his voice is one style, but live it's a different story. The environment calls for DOOM to almost shout his lines, because his recordings are a bit smoother, not the "raow-raow" of say a Busta or Onyx. Translating that live would mean he'd have to kick his voice out a bit more, and with his actual voice, it would come out a bit different. Dude looks too calm and collected in these shits. Just mad suspect - makes me feel bad that I've supported dude all these years.

The thing is, maybe it's DOOM pulling his own Andy Kaufman/Tony Clifton kind of thing? I highly doubt it, but if you break it down, it's an interesting parallel.

At the end of the day, the people getting cheated are the people DOOM is cheating out of ends and support, which will only lead to backlash and hatred. I'd say fix up, but I guess if it ain't broke, keep stealin'.

Scanz Prelude To A Legacy [review]


Here's my 2nd review of one of the Rawkus 50, and boy do I have high hopes. Dude calls his sound "new millenium boom-bap", and this album lives up to that moniker. For fans of artists like Duck Down, who appeal to both the backpackers and the gatclappers, Scanz is bridging that gap, and at all of 19, and being a beast on both the beats and the pad, the game is his...

"You Know The Deal"
This is one of those "we don't need no hook" joints, mainly because dude murks the beat for just about 3 minutes... and does really well. The beat is very interesting, with those heavy drums but a weird harp-sounding melody in there, with some piano and synth flourishes. Lovely intro to this opus.

"Don't Front"
Jazzy guitar, funky bass... this one is for the whip, no doubt. It even has that sampled scratch sound low in the cut. Scanz has that butter flow, coming with loads of punchlines and ill visuals. Tracks like this sound like the underground sound of like '96.

"Something New (ft. Yasin)"
This is one of those thick-bottomed, soulful cuts that you'd jot down and learn the lines to spit to that thick-bottomed shorty at the bar. Yasin's verse is a bit too rugged to go with Scanz' first two verses, but somehow it works.

"Choose Your Hustle (ft. Akrobatik)"
One of the best instrumentals on the entire album. There's a few piano loops in here that just sound so beautiful. Maybe I'm just a sucker for that kind of stuff, but this is just that sound. This one is dedicated to breaking down how cats should approach whatever hustle they are going on, and you realize that, while Scanz is only 19, his mind is old (whattup P). Ak comes in and does what he does best - kick dope lyrics.

"Make It Happen"
This one has a smooth, deep bass to it, with some ill organ noodling over it. Just a nice beat to get on top of and ride like a horse, and Scanz does just that.

"Like This"
I'm not the biggest fan of this one, but it still works. I swear I've heard that sample before, but I can't place it... more of that heat.

"Feel It"
Beautiful sample on this one, it has a Dilla/Ummah feel to it with the ill Rhodes-esque sound. I didn't expect this one, based on the hard boom of the previous tracks, but it is just a testament to how ill dude really is.

"Bigger Than Rap"
Another curveball - last thing I was expecting was a dubby/reggae/skankin' affair on the beat here. Dude's flow fits the beat, but the stylin' doesn't feel fresh after a few bars. I was almost expecting him to spit a Jay-Z "Hawaiin Sophie" kind of style, but nah, this was just about the syllables.

"A Dimepiece"
This is one for the ganja smokers in the house. What's ill is, during his verse, you almost can't tell if he's talking about loving caressing a blunt or caressing a broad. The beats come odd, too, like some Madlib, blunted Hip-Hop shit. Peep the switch around 2 minutes in...

"Deep End"
That sample has a blaxploitation cool to it. Nice track to vibe to. This one goes into some ill storyline, with a dude who fucks with this chick he doesn't need to be dealing with, but can't help it b/c she's so intoxicating. Listen close to this one.

"I Am Hip Hop"
This one has that Diamond D feel to it. That piano is lush, and fits in there perfect with that melancholy beat. This is true independent Hip-Hop.

"I Can Teach Ya"
I love the organs and synth melody in this one. Really brings that head-nodding feel to it. Dude gets on his rhymes as well. Perfect example of how to be a dope producer and ill MC.

For a debut album, I'm very impressed. No wonder dude is getting production work with Akrobatik, Channel Live, KRS-One, Monie Love and others. This guy has it - that vintage sound, coming from such a young dude, is explosive. If you want that real Hip-Hop, and don't want to rely solely on Primo, Extra P and the older school, check out Scanz' shit.

rock the dub gives Prelude To A Legacy a 3.75 out of 5 stars. Dude definitely is on to something, both lyrically and on the beats. With only 12 tracks, there is a bit of redundancy, and a hint of filler, but if you wonder "where's the ill, real new Hip-Hop at?", Scanz is right here.

Burn Deez: "Choose Your Hustle", "Feel It", "Make It Happen", "Deep End"

Prelude To A Legacy is available via Amazon MP3, iTunes and other digital distributors.

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Check out the video for "Don't Front":

Guilty Pleasures of 2007

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Lately, I've been watching a gang of videos. 106 & Park, VH1 Soul, whatever, I'm tuned in. I've seen a load of videos - some very dope, some just not, and I figure, why not post a few from 2007 that I couldn't escape:

Kanye West "Can't Tell Me Nothing"

I didn't get this track until the day I reviewed the CD, that morning on the bus stop. It all made perfect sense to me, the way he was basically saying what everyone else was saying, but his style and creativity is so out there, it comes out mad different. This record is so hood, and the more I think about it, the Jeezy ad-libs are the key that allows you to see the link between this and trap rap.

Playaz Circle ft. Lil' Wayne "Duffle Bag Boy"

Shorties in the beginning look right; this song is nothing if not a dope beat and an ill chorus. The verses are garbage, but I will keep this on repeat all day.

The Dream ft. Fabolous "Shawty Is A 10"

Yeah this one is not my steeze at all, but its just undeniable. The Dream is doing his thing with the pen, and tracks like this just seemed effortless. I never did know a bitch to grill in her bathing suit, but I digress...

UGK ft. OutKast "International Player's Anthem (I Choose You)"

I can (and will) scream RIP PIMP C all day, but this track isn't just about Pimp. This is 3 southern entities (Three 6 Mafia, OutKast and UGK) linking up and creating a beautiful moment in Hip-Hop. A perfect 10 hit.

Rihanna "Umbrella"

Big departure for homegirl with the odd forehead. This shit owned my May/June.

Britney Spears "Gimme More"

I don't go to clubs, I don't go out, and I am not a fan of Britney's at all, but I like the way she looks in those fishnets with the lil weight she gained. If I was drunk at the BBQ, I'd get it poppin' to this one.

DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross & Plies "I'm So Hood"

Another track where the chorus/beat match is perfect. I like the whole beginning of this video, with TDD runnin' to the whip. It was done kind of fly.

There's probably more, but I can't think right now.

Duke Nukem Forever trailer

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The game mad FPS fans have been waiting for:

And after 10 years of development, we get hit with THAT? I'm glad I didn't pay for this.

spotted on KKZ.

The Observation Deck (20th Dec. 2007)

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  • More Criminals Gone Wild hoopla: CNN interviewed both the director and some summertime teeth nigga named Alex (or J-Ryda?) on the validity of this DVD. The guy Alex/J-Ryda has a point: why would he commit a crime and put his face out there like that? And why would the cops let someone who seemingly committed crimes on tape to walk free? The director looked a bit shook at times, and why he pulled out those stacks at the end of the interview is beyond me.
  • David Chase won his case, and does not have to pay the guy who took him around the mob-spots back in 1995. Thank God. $20 says dude wanted a writing credit on the series.
  • Marvin Gaye's critically panned Here, My Dear will be getting a reissue on Jan. 15th, 2008. It will be a double disc, with the 2nd disc featuring reworked tracks from producers like Prince Paul, Easy Moe Bee, ?uestlove, Salaam Remi and others.
  • Two idiot-ass teenagers murdered a 7-year-old trying to mimic Mortal Kombat moves. How the fuck do you playfight and cause internal bleeding?
  • Lynne Spears, mama to Britney and newly-pregnant Jaime Lynn, just lost her book deal. The book was ironically her views and tips on parenting.
  • Tony Parker said he ain't cheating on Eva Longoria, and is suing X17online for $20million due to some stories they printed saying otherwise.
  • The cast of the live-action G.I. Joe flick will feature Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, among others, and Chow Yun-Fat will be featured in Dragonball Z as Master Roshi. Too ill.
  • You gotta love how the fans tried to give Isaiah Thomas the pink slip, and that night the Knicks trounce the Cavs.

Got any interesting stories? Hit me.

On That Leak: Thriller 25 2K8 Remixes


Spotted these over at The Leak Source; it looks like they ripped the clips that YN posted yesterday (and ended up taking down) and converted them to MP3. I'm not the biggest fan of the CHOICES Michael Jackson made for these updated versions, but whatever, MJ has always been about shining with those who are the hottest. I just don't fuck with, or Fergie... or Akon for that matter. Check them out:

There's also a .rar with all of these tracks HERE. I have a feeling these will be going down, early, so hit the links and take a peek if you are down with Thriller.

Saigon: Done Being A Bitch

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That's what Saigon was lookin' like last month, when he "quit" Hip-Hop. Now, eskay posted up news that SaiGiddy has actually taken that back, and is not quitting. I know you guys thought it was true, and that he was totally gone. We can't be that lucky, I guess.

Dude isn't the champion lyricist, and no matter how heartfelt and deep he can be in his rhymes, stunts like these just make him look more bitch-made.

I will now only be looking for his album for the Just Blaze beats...

[video] Sean Price LIVE at Stand Up

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Wow... Sean Price is definitley one of the illest in the underground right now. In this clip, he rips through "Jesus Price Superstar" and a personal fav from Monkey Barz, "Boom Bye Yeah". Grimey. Phenomenal. Check it:

His hypemen are mad hyper than he is, but it doesn't matter. Shouts to Rafi.

[video] *NEW* LOST Season 4 trailer

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I posted the 30 second trailer last week; here's the full 1 minute 47 second one:

I cannot wait. I just love how it gives away nothing, while probably giving away a lot.

[video] NYOIL "You're A Queen" LIVE


Another Stand Up gem. NYOIL delivers a passionate version of his pro-female track "You're A Queen". Get more insight on NYOIL via Oh Word. Do not sleep on this one:

Pointed intensity is the shit.

The Observation Deck (18th Dec. 2007)

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  • Debra LaFave, AKA the fly-ass substitute hotbody substitute teacher who got arrested 3 years back for fucking a 14 year old boy (I WISH I had a sub like that!), just got thrown back in jail on a parole violation. Word is she was conversating with a 17 year old (female) employee. What kind of violation is THAT? They are pissed that the 17 year old's name got released to the public, and the convos were both professional and harmless. Maybe some C.O.'s figured they could get a bit of Debra's ass...
  • What's really good with Michael Jackson's face?
  • Word is that the mullet-rockin' Denise of Survivor: China bent the truth a bit; during the show, she said she was a lunch lady and on the reunion show, she said she got fired as a lunch lady and was made a custodian, b/c of the kids backing up the lines due to her celebrity. The school is saying that homegirl was made a full-time custodian (a promotion she asked for) BEFORE she left, and returned to the same position. What's at stake? Try 100K Mark Burnett fronted to her due to her sob-story LIVE on CBS this past Sunday.
  • Anchorwomen are more hardbody than rap chicks: Alycia Lane, the Philly anchorwoman for CBS who sent Rich Eisen bikini shots earlier this year, called a cop a dyke bitch, punched her and has now been arrested. What's more realer than that?
  • New Jersey has banned the death penalty, and commuted 8 death row inmate to life sentences; that list includes the faggot who's case was the straw that created "Megan's Law". I'm torn - while I think its wack that we've got this death penalty, but don't use it... the fuckers who got life in prison need to be hanged.
  • This indie movie about The Juice Crew should be interesting: David Banner as Biz Markie? Evan Ross as MC Shan!?!? I want to see it, but I can't help be smirk over some of those choices...

Let me get some work done.

[video] Channel Live "Hip Hop Nation"

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More Stand Up live footage. Here, Channel Live's Hakim runs through "Hip Hop Nation". More info on this HERE and HERE:

[video] M.I.A. "Paper Planes" (uncut)

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Posting this because I believe it's fucked that they keep ganking the gunshot noises in M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" video. Rock on homegirl:

Lupe Fiasco The Cool [review]


Given my review of Lupe Fiasco's debut album, it might not even make sense, me attempting to review this, but I always feel I should give artists a second chance. And hell, most new-school Hip-Hop heads love his shit, right?

"Baba Says Cool For Thought"
Yeah I'm not really into the spoken word intros, especially ones as predictable as this one.

"Free Chilly (ft. Sarah Green & Gemstones)"
A short tribute to one of his homies locked down, I believe. I can respect that.

"Go Go Gadget Flow"
The LAST thing this LP needed was a wack double-time rap over a weak beat. The drums in this sound better in Timbaland productions, and those strings lull you to sleep...

"The Coolest"
Damn this one just plods along as well. I guess this is the introduction to the two pieces of this "concept" album's puzzle, Streets & Game. The fact that the whole plot is known before this drops, as it is everyday, just leaves tracks that extend the narrative as a paint-by-numbers snoozefest.

"Superstar (ft. Matthew Santos)"
I can't get into this at all. From the whiteboy chorus to the simplistic melody. I actually leave the room when this video comes on. Just not something I can even fuck with on a "listen to this right quick" level.

"Paris, Tokyo"
Lupe gets his Q-Tip... oh wait, scratch that. This beat sounds mad Midnight Marauders-ish... forget it. This beat knocks, and Lupe raps about his chick and travelling. I'd like this to be a single so I could get the instrumental. Dope beat, and that "wherever I go/she goes" is sly.

"Hi-Definition (ft. Snoop Dogg & Pooh Bear)"
What a waste of a Snoop cameo. The low-end on this one knocks but its just a mash of electro bullshit and trunk rattlin' fuzzy bullshit. Just not what's hot at all.

"Gold Watch"
I love this beat off the rip. The whole female vox in that shit, all start-stop, that's what's on. I even chuckle at Fiasco's lines about Street Fighter II and such, but for the materialism/hypebeast posturing of the rhymes, the chorus makes me wish he played up the whole "fly nigga with a fancy/average chick" angle he hints at.

"Hip-Hop Saved My Life (ft. Nikki Jean)"
This sounds like the biography of Soulja Boy or some other MySpace rapper who got put on in 2007. The odd bit is that, while Lupe disses Tribe and other backpackin' niggas, he spits just like them, not just sonically, but in his intricate lyrics. Why diss niggas whose style you revamp?

"Intruder Alert (ft. Sarah Green)"
Yawn. Very downtempo beat with a sleepy piano loop. You'd think, for someone who is being championed as the nigga with the double entendres and dope, forward-thinking flows, that he'd be able to craft a story that wasn't so damn easy to see miles away.

"Streets On Fire"
Hah. I love the straight-forward amen in this one. Best part of an otherwise blah track. I can understand wanting to not sound like any other nigga, but does that mean you shouldn't sound dope? I could see some wild video for this getting overlooked and underplayed very soon.

"Little Weapon (ft. Bishop G & Nikki Jean)"
Lil' niggas got gats. Lupe raps as a lil' nigga with a gat. The beat sounds like Nick Cannon from Drumline. Next.

"Gotta Eat"
Hearing Lupe say "if I see this nigga, I'm gonna kill him" just sounds so fake. He should have gotten someone else to say shit like that. He sounds like someone's "enlightened" brother talking that 5 percent shit. Only a lil' too aggressively.

"Dumb It Down (ft. Gemstones & Graham Burris)"
Yes I like the rhymes on this one. A definite rewind on this one, just for the rhymes. Lupe almost gets his Jay-Z on, which is funny. For Jay, this would be a sub-par track, but for Lupe, it's the damn highlight of the disc.

"Hello/Goodbye (Uncool) (ft. UNKLE)"
If this were any other Hip-Hop blog, I'd make some comment about this being "that Rock shit". Nah, UNKLE is dope, this track is just fucking wack.

"The Die (ft. Gemstones)"
The death... of The Cool. Given the scatterbrained feel of this "narrative", I had no idea the Cool was alive, or kicking. Another double-time flow. I hate him singing. I hate him flowing with the 80s synth. Hearing someone spit "any nigga" on that 'double time' shit is funny sounding though. Jay did this better back in the day, though.

"Put You On Game"
Blah. Dude rappin' as bad shit. Come on, I can't even listen to this, it's like a bad after-school special.

"Fighters (ft. Matthew Santos)"
It sounds like someone is eating Pringles to the beat. Matt Santos, get the fuck out of my earpiece. The beat putters on like a heartbeat, and I wish it would just flatline...

"Go Baby (ft. Gemstomes)"
...but it doesn't. Dude tries to get his Gnarls Barkley on, but doesn't realize you need a good producer to pull off something that creative. This chorus sounds like a Gi Phi Gi chant.

Go ahead, call me a hater, but I don't believe the hype. You call him the future, I call him a relick of the worst parts of the Native Tongues era. All thought, no real funk. Very good concepts, wack ways of delivering them. Nice influential sounds (he must have a dope CD collection), but no real idea in how to bridge those futuristic sounds with a thumpin' backbeat. A narrative that would have fit better in the hands of someone like Prince Paul. I mean, "The Cool" was one of the better tracks off of Food & Liquor; why take that and abandon it for the majority of the disc? Out of 18 cuts, barely half of them keep the story going. And the ones that do might as well have been spoken-word interludes to keep us involved.

I have no reason to hate on Lupe; hearing "Gold Watch" or "Dumb It Down", I know the nigga can make hot tracks. Sadly, like I felt with his debut, he seems to drop the ball and fall onto tired ways of telling his tale. I've heard all of this before, and no matter how effortless his rhymes come to him, all of that talent does not equal a stellar disc. This is barely a repeat play for me, and aside from 3 or 4 cuts, the rest of this exits the MP3 player, early.

rock the dub gives The Cool 2 stars out of 5. For all of his accolades and "cool", this one putters on top of the backs of his fans. Without them, you'd be asking "Lupe who?"

Burn Deez: "Gold Watch", "Dumb It Down", "Paris, Tokyo"

The Cool is in stores December 18th.

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rock the dub radio: episode 011

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EZ. This show was simple: first hour was going to feature some Ghostface, with the 2nd half being a Pimp C tribute. I'm not the largest UGK fan, but in his death, I've discovered some favs (big up Enigmatik on that). Check it out, there's some keepers in here:

rock the dub radio: episode 011

(direct MP3 download)

02/Ghostface Killah ft. Raekwon & Cappadonna "Daytona 500"
03/Ghostface Killah ft. Beanie Sigel & Styles P "Toney Sigel (AKA Barrel Brothers)"
04/Saigon ft. Swizz Beatz & Jay-Z "C'mon Baby (Remix)"
05/The ARE & Dem Damb Jacksons ft. Roc C "When You're Down"
06/Oh No ft. Wildchild "WTF"
07/AvE "Blue Magic Freestyle"
08/Joell Ortiz ft. Novel "Duffle Bag Boy (Remix)"
09/Raymond Scott interlude
10/J Dilla "Lightworks"
11/Busta Rhymes "Step Up"
12/Jay Electronica "A Prayer for Michael Vick & T.I. (We Love You Family)"
13/Mickey Factz "I'm Sean (50 Shots More)"
14/Quest M.C.O.D.Y. "Fade Back"
15/Barak Yalad "Lion"
16/Ghostface Killah "Wise (In The Rain)"
17/Menace interlude
18/Ghostface Killah ft. Method Man & Masta Killa "Killa Lipstick"
19/Ghostface Killah "The Struggle"
20/Pimp C interview pt. 1
21/Pimp C ft. P.O.P & Lil' Keke Vs. ANS "Knockin' Doorz Down (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
22/UGK ft. T.I. "Hit The Block"
23/T.I. ft. UGK "Front Back"
24/UGK "Murder"
25/Pimp C interview pt. 2
26/UGK ft. Rick Ross "Cocaine"
27/UGK "It's Supposed To Bubble"
28/UGK "Ridin' Dirty"
29/UGK ft. Scarface "Still Ridin' Dirty"
30/Pimp C interview pt. 3
31/UGK ft. Slim Thug, Vicious & Middle Fingaz "Take Tha Hood Back"
32/Jay-Z ft. UGK "Big Pimpin'"
33/Pimp C ft. Suga & Mannie Fresh "Cheat On Yo Man"
34/UGK "Pregnant Pussy"
35/UGK ft. OutKast "International Players Anthem (I Choose You)"
Enjoy this one. The last RTDRadio of the year is coming. I'm going to try and feature 2007-exclusive cuts.

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The Wire Prequels

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It's kind of nice being home on the weekends. I was poppin' through my HBO On Demand yesterday afternoon and discovered these gems. They are lil' scenes from the pasts of some of your favorite characters from The Wire, letting you know that they have been the way they are for a long time. For the true fan, these will bring a smile to your face:

"1962: Young Proposition Joe"

Homeboy has been making deals for the LONGEST!

"1985: Young Omar"

True street code.

"2000: Bunk & McNulty"


The final season premieres on the 6th of Jan., 2008 at 9PM.

Mixtape Sunday: Vietnam Vol. 1

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From the crew that brought you Mickey Factz and "The Supra Song", here's a dope new mixtape from GFCnewyork and Steve-O: Vietnam Vol. 1. Download it while you peep the tracklist:

1. The Supra Song- GFC All Stars
2. Creator- Santogold
3. Face The Gun- Kenna
4. Mars- Kelis
5. Pop The Glock- Uffie
6. Talk Yo Ish- Mickey Factz
7. Go Baby- Lupe Fiasco
8. Day 'N' Nite- Kid Cudi
9. Bermuda Love Triangle- Addiquit
10. Gold And A Pager- The Cool Kids
11. Nike Boots- Wale
12. Hero- Thelonious Kapps
13. I Aint Something- *CurT@!n$*
14. Everybody Is A Star- N*E*R*D
15. The Jimmy Choo's- Chester French
16. What It Look Like- Spankrock
17. Thrilla- Villains

On That Leak: "On Sum Chrome"

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Three 6 Mafia ft. UGK "On Sum Chrome": I just got the blast on this one. Looks like this is the last track Pimp C laid vocals on before his untimely death. Got that nice vibe to it, really hard cut. I also like how Bun B managed to write a rap using the term "tomfoolery". Bump this HARD for Pimp C.

You guys should do yourselves a favor and peep this UGK tribute video.

Shouts to FUTURE STAR for this one.

LOST Season 4 Trailer

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Don't ask me what the hell this is about. Everything flashed by so quickly. Popwatch has their own thoughts, though.

I saw on G4's The Feed that Season 4 of LOST was to premier on Jan. 31st, 2008, in the time slot formerly occupied by Grey's Anatomy. Holla.

Whopper Freakout

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I took Friday off, and in the last two days, I've seen this commercial about 4080 times. This is such a good idea, in terms of the sheer ease it took for people to show their love/appreciation for the Whopper. Shit, I want one right now.

I should be getting paid to post this - or at least getting a Whopper.

Friday, Dec. 14th 2007 playlist

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icy weather don't stop the leaks...


Did you guys miss Stones Throw Podcast #27? Peanut Butter Wolf dropped the Badd Santa's After Party mix, and it's lover-ly.

Did you guys miss Dub Floyd & Wally Sparks' Hip-Hop Dock-Trine 2 mixtape? This official mixtape for The Boondocks is 2 discs long and chock full of choice Hip-Hop. Do yourself a favor and grab it, early!


DJ Cable out of the UK sent me a mix he entered into a CK-One competition (he placed 3rd), and it'd got a dope tracklisting, including the fucking Fun Lovin' Criminals AND Arctic Monkeys? Grab this NOW, and peep the tracklisting:

01. Lil' Kim Intro
02. DJ Cable - Ya'll Know Me (Interlude)
03. MIMS Vs. Collie Buddz - This Is Why I Come Around (DJ Cable Blend)
04. Timbaland Vs. Dizzee Rascal - The Old Skool Way I Are (DJ Cable Blend)
05. Sexy Back Routine
06. 45 King - The 900 Number
07. Fun Lovin' Criminals - Scooby Snacks
08. Gnarles Barkley - Crazy
09. Fabolous - Young'n (Holla Back)
10. Arctic Monkeys - I Bet You Look Good On The Dancefloor
11. Beenie Man - Hmm Hmm

Dope shit.


Peep out this mix Paul Devro did for MAD DECENT and is in the current FADER 50 issue:

Kid Cuti - Day & Night (Jokers of The Scene Remix) {Fool's Gold}
KW Griff - Phil Collins
Remi Nicole - Rock 'N' Roll (Lee Mortimer Remix)
Roundtable Knights - Freaks of Desire {Arcade Mode}
Nifty - Nifty {Atlantic Jaxx}
Jackie Chain - Blinded By The Light {Paper Route Records}
Diplo - I'm So Hood Dubplate
MC Creu - Danca Do Creu
MC Nemen - Come Queto
Katalina - DJ Girl
DJ Sega - Bodies Hit The Floor {Hollertronix}
Blaqstarr - My Smacked Bitch {Hollertronix}
DJ Sega - Dig {Hollertronix}
Trip - Who's That (Jack Beats Remix) {Ahead of The Game}
Kissy Sell Out - Harriet (Kissy's Special Annie Mac Edit feat. Bolt
Action Five)
Pomomofo - Back at the Club (Boy 8-Bits Emotional Hardcore Remix)
Alan Braxe & Fred Falke - Defender {Vulture}
Crookers - Purple Lens Game
Odyssey - Who {WWA}

Block rockin' beats.


I also got passed this mixtape: Dub MD Presents FARO "Clean Up Season". I haven't heard of either of them, but the e-mail says this is "UK rap with a difference", which is mad intriguing. Check the tracklist:

01. Intro
02. Main Event
03. My 1st Whip
04. Pay Day
05. Alrite Wiv U (feat. Elva)
06. Hood Shit (feat. Juelz Santana & Lil Wayne)
07. E5 2 M16
08. Motivation
09. Time Machine (feat. Dels & English)
10. Sweet Nothings (Skit)
11. More To See (feat. Kid British)
12. No Stoppin
13. With No One (Skit)
14. Real Talk
15. We Got Next? (feat. Panama)
16. Phone Call (Skit)
17. Everywhere I Go (feat. G)
18. The Ends Report
19. What I See (feat. Delta Force, Brux & Angel)
20. Interlude
21. The One For Me (feat. Joe Gee)
22. Brux De Ville
23. Everyday Fresh (feat. G & Lefty)
24. Stage Show (feat. Sizzla)
25. Pure Love
26. Outro

Let me know what you think.


Peep this week's FYLP over at DPD for the latest DNB mixes from Sistem, Serum, NC-17 and the Bachelors of Science.


Finally, Tanya Morgan's Von Pea hooked up his own American Gangster remix project entitled American Angster. Grab it and enjoy!


This week's final thought is a video from the Oh Word/Sit Down Stand Up show STAND UP (peep the vids from Donny Goines and Hired Gun I posted yesterday). Gotta love crowd participation:

Cause "On The Run"

Have a good weekend. Northeastern US, get your flannel bedsheets out.

2Pac The Best Of 2Pac [review]

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2Pac "Best Of" compilations nowadays are a weird thing. With the crazy strings of unauthorized bootleg releases, as well as the sheer volume of NEW material that gets released every couple of years, this has to be one of the worst tasks to embark on. But, 'Pac's legend lives on, and this double CD tries to explore the duality of Pac's short stay on this planet: the Thug and the Life.

This disc starts out right, with a gangsta party. Snoop Dogg drops in for "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted", dropping that proper G-Funk. The funny thing about tracks like this is just the fact that the whole concept was in the chorus, but the actual lyrics would go everywhere. Pac would go from shouting out Snoop to just going off on people trying to hold him down. Nice intro to his THUG side. We also touch on the original "California Love", which is one of the biggest tracks in the Death Row days of Pac's life. Another funked out ride, Dr. Dre and Pac show appreciation to Cali as well as giving Roger Troutman (RIP) his spot in the limelight once again. Pac's verse on this is one of my personal favs, he just attacks the track with a smooth fury. "So Many Tears" is vintage Pac, but seems weird. It's almost a compassionate kind of thug on this one, acknowledging his past, but still unafraid to shed a few tears for his homies. "I Ain't Mad At Cha" is on the same level, but jacks the melody Blackstreet did, which was cool for the time but doesn't seem to age that well 10, 11 years after the fact. I am so glad that "Hail Mary" was included: this was the anthem off of the Makaveli CD, aiming his darts at noone and everyone, over a thick-bottomed beat. "How Do U Want It" is the joint you put on during a party full of liquored up females and niggas, everyone trying to get their swerve on. I'm not quite sure why a remix of "Dear Mama" is included on this THUG disc, or why Anthony Hamilton is on it, but my Contemporary Soul moms would love this smoothed out acoustic guitar jawn. I have to give it up, though: the old Pac, first album Pac, was my shit, so the inclusion of "Trapped" is such a blessing. This is that concious Pac, the one who understood the bullshit and was showing his Panther roots. I just wish this THUG disc was a bit more thugged out.

The LIFE disc starts out with a track entitled "Definition Of A Thug Nigga", which just seems super out of place. When something is so regimented, one disc being THUG and another being LIFE, you'd figure the lines were drawn pretty sharply. Trick Daddy shows up for the underwhelming "Still Ballin'" remix. I'm just not impressed by the beat on this one at all. "Never Call You Bitch Again" (with Tyrese) means well, but seems like a reason to include an acoustic guitar-driven beat to the disc. They should have stuck with "Thugz Mansion" and just kept the beauty and originality of that singular. This one does what Master P wished he did with "Is There A Heaven For A Gangsta". "Dopefiend's Diner" is boring and not even interesting enough to have been included on this disc. Again, that classic Pac sound is the shining moment, with "Brenda's Got A Baby" sounding more prominent today than it did 15 or so years ago, as does the uplifting funk of "Keep Ya Head Up". "When I Get Free" is the voice of that disgruntled nigga who is not rehabilitated, trying to get back into society to get back on top. One of the sleepers of this set. That "Until The End Of Time" remix is predictable and not really necessary - the original does the job.

At the end of the day, neither of these discs are perfect. They definitely paint great pictures of Pac's life, and the duality of his character, but the lines seem blurred, leading to cuts you'd assume were more THUG being on the LIFE disc, and vice versa. At the end of the day, though, 2Pac is a thug poet, a lost griot, and one of the dopest entities the Hip-Hop game had the pleasure to be blessed with. His voice is more necessary than ever nowadays, and the bright spots on these discs showcase this.

The Best Of 2Pac Part 1: THUG - B-
The Best Of 2Pac Part 2: LIFE - B+

Burn Deez: "Trapped", "Thugz Mansion", "Breanda's Got A Baby", "Definition Of A Thug Nigga", "Hail Mary", "So Many Tears"

2Pac's The Best of 2Pac (discs 1 and 2) are available NOW!

related links:

Donny Goines @ Stand Up (video)

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Donny Goines performing "Never Let My Talent Die" LIVE at Stand Up. This is a tribute to the song's producer, and good friend of Donny Goines, Disco D. Check it:

RIP Disco D. Interestingly on point comment from the Oh Word post on this vid:

Quick aside… Have you ever noticed the phrase “that’s hip-hop”, similarly to “it is what it is”, is basically another way to say “man, this totally sucks”?
Truer words have never been spoken.

The Observation Deck (13th Dec. 2007)

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That's enough news for you injuns to digest for right now. Catch me on the flip.

Hired Gun @ Stand Up (video)

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Over at Oh Word, Rafi posted this video of Hired Gun performing "Rappers Are In Danger". More videos of the STAND UP event are to be coming over the next week.

Lovin' this. Can't wait for the rest of the vids to be made available.

PS: Big up HG for rockin' a Jason Kidd jersey.

Too Hood To Be True?

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Rizoh posted this video over at TRU, as now the situation surrounding the Criminals Gone Wild DVD is now coming to a head, and the validity of the whole damn thing is in question! The one nigga who robbed and shot/shot at numerous heads in this documentary (mockumentary?) is now saying that everything was staged:

Donny Goines commented on this, and says that he believes the whole damn thing is fake, just based on the reactions alone, which I can definitely see: there's one scene where dude walks into this guy he is cool with's apartment, with a fucking cameraman, and dude is like yeah sure come on in... they end up sticking them up, and find a nice chunk of weed. Now come on. If I'm even THINKING about weed, I'm not letting some nigga I don't know, who has a camera, all up in the spot like it's peace.

Stranger things have happened, but it's kind of insulting that this nigga is making dumb loot (1000s of DVDs sold, at roughly $27 a pop?), and the shit ain't even real. There's more hood DVDs like this out there anyways...

Shouts to Enigmatik for picking the iller title for this post.

On That Leak: "Imagine That"


Joulz Il "Imagine That" (prod. by Entity Starr): my dude Joulz is still unsigned, and he is every BIT of a problem. Ill lyrics, wicked flow, hot hot beats from the one like Entity. Dallas, Texas has a beast on their hands, and is making moves right now. Hop up on this one and get involved, for serious.

Hit up his MySpace page for more info and audio.

Dub Floyd & Wally Sparks present: Hip-Hop Dock-Trine Two

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Another exclusive! This is the newest/latest OFFICIAL mixtape of The Boondocks. Two discs of that FIRE! Check it out:

Hip-Hop Dock-Trine 2: The Official Boondocks Mixtape
Disc 1ne (Hall of Justus Edition) (download)
Hosted by Little Brother & Skyzoo

Hip-Hop Dock-Trine 2: The Official Boondocks Mixtape
Disc 2wo (Thugnificent Edition) (download)
Hosted by Metaphor the Great

The full tracklistings are up at illRoots, and feature a laundry-list of dope Hip-Hop acts, such as Chaundon, Asheru, David Banner, L.E.G.A.C.Y., Dres, Cormega, Amanda Diva, Tanya Morgan, Barak Yalad, NYOIL and a whole host of others. Just a beautiful set of discs. Grab this, watch the shows, and appreciate the whole art of creative Black artists.

RIP Ike Turner

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I'm no fan of woman beaters, or coke heads, but I will send condolences to the family of Ike Turner, who passed away at the age of 76. He is a true ying and yang in Rock & Roll (word to "Rocket 88", boo to spousal abuse), and a Rock & Roll HOFer. Rest in peace, dog.

"Ike Turner was the King of the Woman Beaters, until OJ took his title..." -Chris Rock

Feds Takin' Pictures

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I first caught wind of this via illRoots: Criminals Gone Wild, a DVD that had you riding shotgun with real thugs while they robbed, shot at, and engaged in other nefarious conduct. I was alarmed, and intrigued (I'll admit it), even asked the filmmakers for a promo copy for review (I was turned down, told to buy the jammy when it came out, which I never did). In all of my conversations about this, one question remained: aren't the cameramen essentially accomplices? Well, based on this news piece, it looks like the NYPD has gotten invovled, due to victims who found out about the DVD and were trying to contact the filmmakers with more info on the suspects.

What's even odder is the original trailer was banned from YouTube (due to the excessive violence, I guess?), but the feds weren't tipped off then. We wanna protect the bigwig RIAA/MPAA industries when it comes to copyright, but when human lives are at stake, we are on some "sweep it under the rug" shit? I'm callin' foul on the whole lot of you.

BONUS: Shouts to WSHH for streaming the entire DVD.

Seinfeld Gets Pissed


You gotta love it. Jerry Seinfeld was on Larry King, and King seemed kind of confused. He didn't know if Seinfeld got canceled or if Jerry left the show. Jerry is noticeably pissed, but holds it down:

I'm not the biggest Seinfeld fan, but I like how he didn't fly off the handle.

On That Leak: "Work To Do (Obama '08)"

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Shouts out to Kidz In The Hall. Not only have they recently linked up with Duck Down, they've produced an anthem in support of Barack Obama's Presidential campaign.

Kidz In The Hall "Work To Do (Obama '08)" (zShare dload/stream link)

Here's some wise words from Naledge, AKA 1/2 of KITH:

Having followed Obama’s political career from its early stages, Kidz In The Hall’s MC Naledge is very excited to be a part of the movement for change. “From Chicago’s Southside, to The University of Pennsylvania, Kidz In The Hall has always promoted positive change in American communities through social action. The message at the forefront of this soulful anthem is that no one should settle for less than success, because each one of us has the ability to change this world for the better. “Work To Do” is not necessarily a song that was meant as a “campaign song,” but more so a philosophy on how to approach life in general. I think much of what is wrong in my community is that hope has been lost by many of my peers. What many fail to realize is that one person can control his or her own destiny, it just requires due diligence and the ability to fight adversity. I happen to think that Barack Obama embodies everything that is promising for the future of our nation and represents the hope I sought to speak on in the song. Being from Chicago, I have seen his rise to prominence first hand and I can honestly say that I believe he is the best option for our next president.”
Word life. They've also shot an official video for this anthem. Check it out:

There's also some making-of footage HERE, if you are down to see the behind the scene work. Shouts out to KITH for this; I was just thinking the other day, in less than a year we will be voting the next President of the US into office, and with the right push, we can get Obama in there. Let's do it, people!

Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams [review]

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I was so devoted to the Wu. I remember, like 1994-1997, I was a devoted student of the Wu-Tang teachings, as were many of my peers. I bought (!!) and studied their output, and a lot of my pre-adult years were spent finding myself in a RZA beat. Now, in 2007, they've come back, formed like a discombobulated Voltron, and delivered 8 Diagrams. Many of my peers of today have said their peace... now here's mine:

This starts out with something I haven't heard in a while: kung fu samples. I'm not too keen on the singing, though. It's not bad, just kind of out of place. Method Man def. sounds like he's back on his grind, even if he is dropping Timbaland/Timberlake lines. This beat has a few things going on - that drone on the under is dope as hell.

"Take It Back"
Best track on the album, that's my word. It's also pretty frustrating, considering that it's track 2. The chorus is ass, but it definitely explains the track: they took it back, forreal. I love the cuts in this one, even if it doesn't sound live. Oh shit, Easy Mo Bee co-produced this. No wonder. And is it just me, or does Raekwon use this flow every other track?

"Get Them Out Ya Way Pa"
It's kind of awful that the best thing about a track is the chorus. This track is straight weird, with the odd bassline going on in there. Masta Killa's verse fits perfectly: both his verse and the track are undeniably Hip-Hop, but on that offbeat, off-kilter shit.

"Rushing Elephants"
I love the title, but I do not like the beat. RZA's verse is wack, he keeps repeating the same words, and the ones he does not repeat, are so predictable I feel like I'M the one smoking the honey dipped blunts (and sippin' on cranbewwy fwoot jooce). As a matter of fact, GZA's verse was sub-par as well.

"Unpredictable (ft. Dexter Wiggles)"
WTF is a Dexter Wiggle? Deck always sounds hungry when he gets his rhymes on. This one has an interesting string work on this, but that guitar feedback shit is just not working for me. I also don't know what the hell is going on. Is the track supposed to mirror the title? If so, that's mad predictable. That hard guitar shit has no business on this track, it's like forced leftfieldism.

"The Heart Gently Weeps (ft. Erykah Badu, Dhani Harrison & John Frusciante)"
This is the track that sampled the Beatles, only not really. I had this on on the busride home and fell asleep. All three verses are dope, but I'm not really into this at all. That muted guitar reminds me of Carlos Santana for some odd reason, which is not something I want on my Wu-Tang plate. This sounds like it's trying to appeal to the Adult Contemporary crowd, which again, is just not necessary. What Wu fan is trying to hear this?

OK so ODB smoked crack, and he died. To replace him, they bring in George Clinton. And it sucks. His contribution would sound nice on a P-Funk record. The beat isn't that bad, though. Not an all-out banger, but I like that looped vocal in the beat. For a 4 minute, 16 second track, this shit feels like its 9 minutes long.

"Gun Will Go (ft. Sunny Valentine)"
This definitely has potential. The guitar sounds like a Portishead loop. As a matter of fact, the whole thing sounds like a Portishead track. That chorus sucks. A lot. The track is called "Gun Will Go", but dude keeps saying "gunna go gunna go!". Mef comes correct as well.

I had high hopes based on the kung fu flick sample in the beginning. I thought I was going to be transported to 1993. Nope, I get some Bobby Digital sounding bullshit. RZA, verses like these sounded out of place on Gravediggaz albums - what makes you think we need THIS!?!?

"Stick Me For My Riches"
God awful track, which Mathematics co-produced. Damn near the first minute and a half is singing? Next!

"Starter (ft. Sunny Valentine & Tashmahogany)"
I love the loop in this, that odd horn thing. This beat is one of the better jawns, really heady RZA head-stash flavors. I hate the chorus, though. First time I've heard GZA go at some sex rhymes in the longest.

The strangest beat out of the bunch... that random loop sounds familiar as hell. I swear its a Portishead loop... but its from Nancy Sinatra's "Bang Bang" (I guess that Kill Bill shit is good for more than a quick buck). Raekwon sounds dope over the beat, but it's Masta Killa who sounds the most at-home. I'd love to hear him do a spoken word LP over the RZA's most off-center tracks.

"Weak Spot"
I hate when RZA jacks those common drumbeats and tries to be all innovative on top. This is boring and lazy. GZA comes fluid on this one, I love it.

"Life Changes"
The Dirt McGirt tribute track, sans Ghostface. I hate that he isn't included. I wished something like this would have dropped around the time he died, and not years later. I also do not like how they pushed this release a month after it was supposed to. Such a bad omen. And why does the Genius wonder what ODB would say on a track that speaks on his passing?

"Tar Pit"
U-God sounds weak on his verse, like his style is being 2 steps behind the beat, like that's hot (and wtf is "dopium"?). This track would have sounded iller with lighter, sampled drums. That hard drum doesn't work for the sweet sounds in here.

"16th Chamber (ODB Special)"
I love how this bonus track is two recycled verses (one from Meth, one from ODB) over a vintage beat. Fun, but I don't see the point.

Which is how I feel about the majority of this album. What the hell is the point? There's no running theme, no common thread to link these tracks together. All members seem to be spitting about nothing in particular, whether its hard or OK. The best tracks on this album wouldn't even make a dope EP. I love the new-found vigor in the rhymes of Meth and Deck, and Masta Killa shines over a ton of the weirdest, most out-there productions on this set, but as a whole, this CD is one hot ghetto mess. With Birkenstocks on.

rock the dub gives 8 Diagrams a 2.75 out of 5. It pains me to say it, but this could have been left on the wayside. I won't say Rae and Ghost were right, but the production leaves a lot to be desired. And for as abrasive and in-your-face as some of the rhymes are, you'd think the sonics would match them. Maybe next go 'round?

Burn Deez: "Take It Back", "Life Changes", "Windmill", "Starter"

Wu-Tang Clan's 8 Diagrams is in stores December 11th, 2007. Hit up the Wu-Tang Mega Store to purchase this CD, as well as other Wu-related music and merch.

related links:
Wu-Tang Clan on MySpace
Wu-Tang Corp.