Archive for 12/01/2007 - 01/01/2008

Miley Cyrus Pulls A MF Doom

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You would think, in a world where mothers are willing to create fake, dead soldier husbands in order to score Hannah Montana tickets, that the chick who plays Hannah Montana on stage AND in the show (Miley Cyrus) would have the audacity to perform life. Not so... word is getting out that Miley Cyrus has a body double, who is supposedly performing in her place. I guess when you make that much guap off the backs of hard-working parents and the bratty kids who they indulge, you can't be in all places all the time.

And I thought the MF Doom imposter story was bad. Check out this fan video of the supposed Miley-swap:

Go about 2:24 into the video. Did you see one Miley leave stage, under a fucking sheet, and a second come out? I mean, if she is that tired, cancel shows! Don't have some fake come out and swindle the screaming fans.

But, I guess that's how the rich stay richer. I should have invested in some Hannah Montana tix. I could have made some serious cake.

Ching Breaks It Down

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Here's some video of Chingy breaking down what Hate It Or Love It means to him, as if The Game & 50 Cent didn't already do that:


Dub MD & Rap Talk present Swaggie Piffin' Boys

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What is a "Swaggie Piffin' Boy"? Check this mixtape and find out for yourself. Hosted by Prince Ali, this new set from Dub MD and Rap Talk features a crop of new tracks, as well as some exclusive freestyles:



01. Prince Ali Intro
02. Prince Ali - What's Poppin (feat. K.L. (Screwball) & Nut Rageous)
03. Nino Bless - The Block Is Hot (feat. Kool G Rap)
04. Tragedy Khadafi - Righteous Scrolls (feat. Prince Ali)
05. Nino Bless - 4 In The Clip (feat. Styles P, Kool G Rap & Joell Ortiz)
06. Prince Ali - Superstar (Freestyle)
07. Nino Bless - Exclusive Freestyle (feat. Grafh)
08. Camron - Thanks To Me (feat. Jay Bezel & Sin)
09. Prince Ali - Swaggie Piffin'
10. Jae Millz - In The Air (feat. Littles The General & Billz)
11. Hell Rell - Know What (feat. Magnum)
12. Styles P - Hustlers Anthem (feat. Sheek Louch & Gutta)
13. Hell Rell - Mobbing Out
14. Bully (of D-Block) - Is We Popping Or What (feat. Hooch)
15. Jae Millz - Smile
16. Born Unique - Passed You By (feat. The Ranjahz)
17. Theodore Unit - The Chosen One
18. Stack Bundles - On My Corner (feat. Billz)
19. Sense I - Golan Hieghts
20. Prince Ali - Rap Author (feat. Craig G)
21. Prince Ali Outro
Some ill shit in there.

Wordsmith The Revolution Begins With a Takeover Vol.1

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Wordsmith and are at it again, this time bringing you the NEW Wordsmith mixtape, featuring DJ Furious Styles on the 1s and 2s, blending the monster together. Download it, and check the tracklist:

01 Coronation (Produced by Sketchman)
02 Hip-Hop in the Headlines f. D-Dub, Mic Brown, & A-Class (Produced by DeMo)
03 The Black Book Conspiracy pt.1 (Produced by Strada)
04 Corrupt Justice (Produced by Sketchman)
05 Grudge of a Madman (Produced by Sketchman)
06 Introduction to the Nu Revolution f. The Nu Revolution Camp (Produced by Capish)
07 Legion of the lyricists 2 Remix f. The Nu Revolution Camp (Produced by Capish)
08 Microphone Bully 6: Back to tha Block f. Black Knight (Produced by Street Level)
09 I Said No (Produced by Strada)
10 Ultimate Celebration (Produced by Lucki Handz)
11 Big Boy Romp (Produced by Strada)
12 Cobra Clutch (Produced by Strada)
13 What Should We Do With It f. RhymeZwell (Produced by One Condition)
14 The Funkbox f. Black Knight, SoL tha Analyst & RhymeZwell (Produced by Capish)
15 Groove Back f. Soulstice (Produced by Capish)
16 Mrs. Musica (Produced by Capish)
17 A California State of f Feat. All-Biz (Produced by Professa)
18 Soul of the Muzik 3 f. Snapz & SoL (Produced by Unknown)
19 Hard to Forget f. Kontact (Produced by Strada)
20 The Eternal Reign f. Kontact (Produced by Professa)

Bonus tracks:

21 Q-Tip - For the Nasty (rmx) f. Busta Rhymes & Wordsmith
22 Miami Chula (rmx) f. Rob G
More info HERE.

[video] "Do The Can't Dance"

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I am so captivated by this bullshit. Tay Zonday, you are one wild nigga.

Here's the MP3.

Peace To The God

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Pic jacked from Rizoh.

I laughed when I first saw the headline. I really wanted to. I mean, for a guy like Elliot "YN" Wilson, a nigga who built up XXL Magazine, then saw to it that The Source was exposed for what it was (a shell of its former self), all the while gaining alliances with Interscope, putting out CDs, releasing a DVD, and helping mold it's odd to think that this nigga would be gone, I mean, this nigga was unstoppable. Kind of like The Wire's Omar (minus the homothug): a man who lived by a code, stayed true to hisself, and struck fear in the hearts of many a rapper. His road to the top was bumpy, and it was all the more strange when today, with a silent shriek, it was reported that YN has been fired from XXL Magazine.

His blog? Silent. Nah, it's fucking disappeared. Silent. No word from eskay or anyone else. Vanessa Satten, who has been stepping up as of late (those who actually read the print mag over the last 6 months or so have seen her pen the opening letter), is the interim EIC, and Rizoh said that music editor Leah Rose walked out on XXL as well. Strange times.

The ideal assumption is that Harris Publications wants to see both the print mag and the website go off into a different direction. This sounds like a bad move, seeing as though the whole rise of XXL was directly due to YN's pursuit of dominance. HE achieved it, and kept it going. The XXL family has lost a firecracker.

I'm not apologizing for YN. I didn't always agree with him, nor did I always condone hsi brash personality. Thing is, he kept it all the way real, and in terms of Hip-Hop journalism, whether it was with Rap Pages or ego trip or XXL, YN has been the man towing that line: keeping it both street and right, making sure that while he paid the bills with the high-caliber pieces, the respect for quality was always there. I don't buy much of anything these days, but I never hesitated to cop XXL when I saw it. I probably still will (is this 100th issue his last official issue?)... but just like when I thumb through The Source nowadays, something will be missing.

YN, I have no doubt that you will jump right back on the horse and bring us something equally as fresh and new. And I appreciate your tenure as a writer and as a personality. I guess this is some of the shit I've always wanted to say, ever since I really started following XXL (around Fall of 2001). Keep your head up, and please don't keep us wondering about where you will pop up next.

Peace, (yellow) nigga.

The Observation Deck (7th Jan. 2008)

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  • TMZ has crazy scoops over the recent Britney Spears fiasco: it looks like Dr. Phil has taken to the airwaves to explain just why he was at Spears' hospital room the other night (he got called by Brit's mom); now it looks like people are saying that not only is homegirl severely bi-polar, but that she will not regain custody of the kids until she enters a mental facility. Shit is deep, deeper than we might know.
  • Roger Clemens is suing his former trainer for diming him out about 'roid use. Just wait until it gets proven that The Rocket was really The 'Roider.
  • Marlon Wayans has been cast as Ripchord for the new G.I. Joe movie. Wow. I guess his portrayal in Little Man was mad convincing...
  • Skype on your PSP? Definite possibilities...
  • I didn't think cannibalism was an American Nigga crime, but this cat in Texas done killed his girlfriend, and had an ear boiling AND flesh on a plate - with a fork - when the cops came in.
  • NBC might pull the plug on the Golden Globes, due to actors in support of striking writers NOT wanting to show up. More power to them.
  • In more teacher/sex shennanigans, this idoit teacher got caught sending nude pics to a student... via cellphone.
  • You gotta love how Detox is no where in sight, but Dr. Dre has a new line of $400 headphones.


History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 12: 1990


Cosmo Baker and The Rub have been putting out these slammin' "History of Hip-Hop" mixes, going year by year (hit up their podcast for more of the funk). This installment, the 12th, takes us into 1990 for a deep list of classic Hip-Hop. Make sure your fade is right, and get down to the sound:



Above The Law "Another Execution"
Ice Cube "Once Upon A Time In The Projects"
Brand Nubian "Who Can Get Busy Like This Man?"
Main Source "Just Hanging Out"
Eric B. & Rakim "Mahogany"
Compton's Most Wanted "Give It Up"
CPO "Ballad Of A Menace"
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth "Here I Come"
Omniscence "Lost In The Music"
Gang Starr "Love Sick"
Digital Underground "Freaks Of The Industry"
Lakim Shabazz "The Lost Tribe Of Shabazz"
King Tee "Played Like A Piano"
K-Solo "Fugitive"
Kool G. Rap "Streets Of New York"
Masta Ace "Me & The Biz"
The Geto Boys "Gangster Of Love"
A Tribe Called Quest "Bonita Applebum"
A Tribe Called Quest "Push It Along"
Freshco & Miz "Ain't You Freshco?"
Eric B. & Rakim "In The Ghetto"
Main Source "Just A Friendly Game Of Baseball"
Nice & Smooth "No Bones In Ice Cream"
Dooley-O "Watch My Moves"
D-Nice "Call Me D-Nice"
Boogie Down Productions "Material Love"
Special Ed "Living Like A Star"
Poor Righteous Teachers "Rock This Funky Joint"
Big Daddy Kane "YounG Gifted And Black"
Lord Finesse & DJ Mike Smooth "Funky Technician"
Third Bass "Product Of The Environment"
LL Cool J "Eat 'Em Up LL, Chill"
The Geto Boys "Scarface"
Above The Law "Murder Rap"
Low Profile "Playing For Keeps"
Ron B "Stitch By Stitch"
Main Source "Snake Eyes"
Chill Rob G. "Let Me Show You (Prince Paul Remix)"
K-Solo "Your Mom's In Our Business"
The Flavor Unit "The Flavor Unit Assassination Squad"
415 "Lavish"
Too $hort "The Ghetto"
Three Times Dope "No Words"
Special Ed "The Mission"
Main Source "Think"
Third Bass "3 Strikes 5000"
KMD "Gasface Refill"
360 Degrees "Somebody Like Me"
Gang Starr "Just To Get A Rep"
Public Enemy "911 Is A Joke"
YZ "Sons Of The Father"
Brand Nubian "Drop The Bomb"
Lord Alibaski "Crunch Time"
X-Clan "Heed The Word Of The Brother"
Kinds Of Swing "Nod Your Head To This"
Special Ed "Ready 2 Attack"
Special Ed "I'm The Magnificent (Remix)"
Gang Starr "Who's Gonna Take The Weight"
Three Times Dope "In Effect"
A Tribe Called Quest "Youthful Expression"
Brand Nubian "Ragtime"
415 "415in"
X-Clan "Days Of Outrage, Operation Snatchback"
Ice Cube "Amerikkka's Most Wanted"
Kid Frost "La Raza"
Kool G Rap & DJ Polo "Talk Like Sex"
Monie Love "It's A Shame"
A Tribe Called Quest "Pubic Enemy"
Intelligent Hoodlum "Trag Invasion"
N.W.A. "100 Miles And Running"
E.P.M.D. "I'm Mad"
E.P.M.D. "Rampage"
LL Cool J "Jingling Baby (Remixed And Still Jingling)"
Public Enemy "Welcome To The Terrordome"
Damn that's funky. And he spans both coasts. Lovely.

The Wire, Season 5: "More with Less" [recap]

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What a return to form. For a show that has gone through so many changes in terms of a central location and theme, it's good to see that Season 5, the final season, can both establish new obstacles while retaining the underlying dread and depression that it wore on its sleeve in Season 1. From Major Crimes getting the shaft to McNulty drunk dialing his lady, lying about his behavior, to Marlo Stanfield always wanting to get his piece, and being bold and outlandish about it, to the Homicide Unit still solving murders with a Coke (or in this case, a bag of Mikey D's) and a smile, The Wire has kept its fierce, pointed commentary on a city in ruin, and is continuing on its path of giving you the raw and the real from both sides of the law (or the political desk, or the newspaper page)...

I must say, the entire intro to this episode killed me. The "TRUTH TRUTH FALSE" had me confused for a second, but once I realized how they had homey hooked to a copier, and seeing how shook he was (as well as how quick he was to incriminate both himself and his quarter-pounder loving boy) had me dying. It's also an interesting parallel to the whole media/newspaper scope this season is being seen through: you have different methods and means of obtaining the truth, most of them dealing with deception, but in the end, the truth does come to the light.

Did anyone else feel bad for Carver up there, in his Sergeant gear, getting bitched out by his co-workers? Cop morale being low is a constant throughout the series, but this is showing police at a fever pitch, ready to explode due to loads of overtime and no monetary gain. It's not the top brass' fault, though - Carcetti is the man who has shifted all police funds to the schools, due to his not picking up the $50 million the govenor offered him last season. It's kind of funny how he stood on a platform to make real change and his reign is already mirroring many cash-strapped cities who have to divert funds that aren't there, and end up hampering quality work, like with the Stanfield case.

Freamon has said time and again, if they had kept the taps going, they could have had Marlo and his boys by now. Alas, shit got switched up, they are no longer using burners, and after a YEAR following these cats, they are no better up on the 20+ bodies that got pulled from the vacant buildings. It also doesn't help that Marlo and Chris seem to be not only so aware, but so eager to flash their seemingly-untouchable status in their faces (LOL @ Chris asking Daniels where the Criminal Records office was; BTW, WTF was he looking up Sergei's picture for?)...

Marlo is also showing off to the New Day Co-Op. He openly challenged both Proposition Joe and Slim Charles as to what they were going to be doing with the new territory and leadership. Slim was smart to be cautious of Marlo's intentions, and I can only imagine who will draw first blood if Marlo truly wants to horn in on those corners. Elsewhere in the Stanfield org, we got to see Michael and Dukie again; Dukie has no pull with Michael's crew, which is no surprise - Spider says Duke is "acting like a bitch", and we all can figure that Dukie truly isn't made for that life. Was Michael's delegation of Dukie to being Bug's "nanny" a good move? Dukie doesn't seem to think so - hopefully his time during the day isn't spent getting into some bullshit (drugs/crime/etc.).

I'm gonna say it right now: the Editor of the Sun, Gus Haynes, is the truth. I like the fact that he is a no-nonsense editor who wants to not only pull quality copy, but is also willing to question authority or WHOMEVER when he sees fit. The look on Nareese Campbell's face when she saw the story about Fatface Rick's club was priceless! I assume this is the story that will make/break the rest of the season, but who knows. The characters in the newsroom already bounce out, and you can kind of see where each one is going to go, but its still early to pin anything on anyone...

I do like seeing Bubbles clean, but he seems like a guy who is just not happy. Living in his sister's basement (when she's home), delivering papers... his life has gone downhill. He needs to be involved, but that involvement usually leads to heron. Hopefully he won't be a tragic hero...

McNulty's frustration is written right on his face. You KNOW he doesn't want to be back in Homicide, but until something pops off, he has to play that role.

And what's really good with Herc? Working with that crooked lawyer? I guess he wanted that guap, but did he have to get dirty? He isn't that bright, and I can only imagine how he will get bit in the ass, quick.

Did I miss anything? What did you guys think of the first episode of the new season? 1 down, 9 to go!

PS: I agree with Miss Info; that new intro song is kind of blah.

Related links:
CNN article on The Wire, Season 5 - I didn't realize how much animosity David Simon has for the real Baltimore Sun!

[video] "Dirty Girl"

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Bobby Light does the damn thing with this:

"Bobby Light gonna do you right!"

Sorry, I've been watching a shitload of Rob & Big, and would LOVE a copy of Seasons 1 & 2 on DVD.

[video] Batman: The Dark Knight Sneak Peek

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The Joker looks wild in this:

I'd go see this.

Killer Mike Ghetto Extraordinary

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Shouts out to Killer Mike and for making this available. This disc got shelved due to label issues and other drama, but now we get to enjoy a dope album from one of the South's nicer MCs. Hit this link for more info.

Download links: mediafire / sharebee


01 Get Em Shawty f. Three 6 Mafia (prod. by Three Six Mafia)
02 Gorilla Pimpin (Ghetto Extraordinary) f. 8Ball & MJG (prod. by Mello)
03 Bad Day / Worst Day (prod. by Beat Bullies)
04 Mama Said (prod. by Organized Noize)
05 Gonna Go to Ghana (prod. by Andre3000)
06 Niggaz Down South (prod. by Beat Bullies)
07 Shot Down (prod. by Organized Noize)
08 Chose Me f. SL Jones & Scar (prod. by Ron Browz)
09 My Chrome f. Big Boi (prod. by Mr. DJ of Dungeon Family)
10 Leave This Hood f. Jagged Edge
11 Aye-O (prod. by David Banner)
12 Speak Lord (prod. by Organized Noize)

Bonus Tracks:

13 Push Back f. M.O.P.
14 Bad Day / Worst Day Remix (Clean) f. Ice Cube (prod. by Beat Bullies)
Nice mixture of artists on here! M.O.P., Big Boi, Ice Cube, and others, with beats from David Banner, Andre3000 AND Organized Noize, as well as Three 6 Mafia? Damn I'm surprised this one never came out!

Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams Contest

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You've heard the album, as well as the mixtape. Now, enter the contest and WIN a dope Wu-Tang Clan 8 Diagrams t-shirt, as well as a copy of the ill 8 Diagrams mixtape, which featured album cuts, exclusives, and a gang of rarities.

I have 5 of these prize packs to give away; all you have to do is send an e-mail to with the subject "8 DIAGRAMS CONTEST". I will then pick 5 winners and alert them via e-mail.

Good luck! EDIT: CONTEST IS CLOSED. The winners have been notified. Thanks for playing, and keep your eyes peeled for future contests from rock the dub!

On That Leak: "I Don't Give A Fuck" (Bishop Lamont Diss)

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J Wells "I Don't Give A Fuck" (Bishop Lamont Diss): Looks like J Wells has some real beef with Bishop Lamont. Long story short, it was J's tracks that helped spark Aftermath's ear to wards what Bishop Lamont was doing ("It's Bishop" being one of them), and word is getting back to J that Bishop has been talkin' sideways about J, with one of the more recent accusations going down at a video shoot for Kurupt and J Wells. One would wish that it didn't have to go down like this, and hopefully any beef they have is kept to wax, but you gotta let them air out their grievances.

Shouts to Matt for this one!

Friday, January 4th 2008 playlist

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So this, the first playlist of 2008, has a boatload of MP3s, leaks and freestyles, as well as a few dope mixtapes. Check me out:


new year, mo' leaks!


Spotted this American Ironman remix project/mixtape over at Oh Word. This features the lyrics and beats from Jay-Z's American Gangster with Ghostface Killah rhymes and beats. Shouts to DJ Chong Wizard for this, it has some gems on it! And the cover is just epic. (mirror1; mirror2)


Some interviews you should check out: Cipha Sounds interviewed Eminem for his new Behind The Boards show on Sirius (Nah Right via You Heard That New...?); illRoots interviewed director of the moment Rik Cordero; and Prodigy gave a few interviews: one to Rhapsody, a 2nd with Art of Rhyme.


That's it for this week. I been on this Percee P kick for a bit, and found this old video of Percee, Fat Joe and Eminem freestyling. One for the vaults:

Looks like the chill of the end of this week will lift this weekend... thank God. Enjoy yourselves... Contest

No Comments » is running a contest right now, and rock the dub has 3 prize packs to give to you fans, primarily you aspiring MCs. All YOU have to do is send an email to, with the subject of "LOUD.COM PRIZE PACK". I will pick 3 and inform you of your winnings!

EDIT: CONTEST IS CLOSED. The winners have been notified. Thanks for playing, and keep your eyes peeled for future contests from rock the dub!

It includes the following:

An ill t-shirt(seen above), a drawstring knapsack, a towel AND a Mic!

As an added bonus, check out Most Official's " Tribute" for FREE. Shouts to Roni on the info, as well as for being so dope.

EW speaks with Jack Sheppard

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LOST's Matthew Fox recently sat down with Entertainment Weekly to discuss Season 4 of LOST (which premieres on Jan. 31st, 2008), and got into talking about what to expect this season (time travel?), as well as his thoughts on the epic Season 3 finale. I also had no idea dude was set to play Racer X in the forthcoming Speed Racer movie!

Good read, and something to get your juices going. I'm mad excited for this season.


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The news on your internets is that Apple and Jay-Z are in your bed, starting a label together. Boy Genius Report's follow-up on this story says that Jay won't run the label:

When we said Apple and Jay-Z were starting a record label, it doesn’t mean that Jay is running it. It just means they are doing it together. What we think will happen is Jay will be on as an "urban" artist, and Apple will go out and make similar deals with other rock and country artists. But Jay-Z has 2 albums left at Def Jam, right? Well, he’s going to develop and attract artists like he did at Def Jam as president. Jay has the power to get artists on the radio, get them media ops, etc. Having him on board for urban artists is the ultimate stamp of approval, and makes total sense. We see this working as a straight distribution model, with little, but some marketing support.
The bigger news outlets are picking up on this, as Eskay found:

Now, we all know that Jay-Z recently left his position with Def Jam, but the odd thing about this rumor is the whole Jay-Z taking American Gangster OFF of iTunes thing. Seems like an odd link-up, Apple and Hov, but I guess stranger things have happened?

Layla Kayleigh answers your questions!

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Layla Kayleigh, we salute you. On her MySpace blog, she asked her fans to post questions and she would answer them. Like 7 hours later, there is a 10 miunte vlog of her doing just that, speaking on her thoughts about love, family, struggle, drive, weed, bisexuality, and some other stuff. Homegirl is super humble, and that's not necessarily something you see with people you see in her type of position (being "known"). Plus, I just find it amusing that, right at the beginning, she took it back to the Donnell Jones, but had it BLARING! Cute.

Stay Up, Tragedy

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For those who don't know, Tragedy Khadafi recently started a 4-year bid. I have been a fan of his since he was the Intelligent Hoodlum, and I hate the situation he is in. If you want to send him a kite/magazine subscription/a good book, here's his address in the bing:


Do the right thing.

On That Leak: "I'm Me"

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Lil' Wayne "I'm Me" (prod. by DJ Nasty & L.V.M.) [dirty / clean]: Damn. Weezy does his thing on this monster. Word is this is the full version off the leak of The Carter III. Am I floored? Nah, but I think this one has potential. Single-worthy? Slow down...

Shouts to Enigmatik for lacing me with the pic...

The Observation Deck (2nd Jan. 2008)


  • Damn. First it was Jessica Alba, now it looks like Rosalyn Sanchez has gotten engaged. All the hotties are getting taken! You single niggas in L.A. need to step your games up.
  • Speaking of marriage, what's really good with Eddie Murphy marrying Tracy Edmonds on an island in French Polynesia? Niggas even go out to French Polynesia?
  • Sacha Baron Cohen stepped his Hollywood game all the way up, with word of him appearing in a forthcoming Steven Speilberg flick. Maybe it was Speilberg who made Cohen murk Borat?
  • The Ultimate Couch Potato contest: proof positive that America is going to hell with gas drawls on.
  • Looks like it will be some time before the unreleased James Brown material sees the light of day, based on the back and forth legal red tape regarding Brown's will. You'd think that when that much money is involved, cats would have their house in order, just in case.
  • The term "perfect storm" has made it to the top of the most-used phrases for 2007.
  • As of right now, it looks like Barack Obama is leading all Democrats coming into tomorrow's Iowa caucus. Obama vs. Huckabee might be an interesting battle...
  • The FBI is still trying to suss out what happened to Dan Cooper. This case occurred in 1971, and he is likely dead. Why try and figure this out, when Biggie's murderer is still walking free?
  • What would you do if you found a check worth $185K? Me, I'd pocket it. This kind fast-food employee returned it - and got a whopping $50 for reward. Is that the reason he works in fast food? Just saying...
  • Do we truly need a cocaine vaccine right now? And if this vaccine works, will it work for crack addicts too?

I guess 2008 is already shaping up to be more of the same wackiness, news-wise.

[video] Joell Ortiz "Ups And Downs"

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Another Three21 Media joint:

Joell Ortiz is that nigga.

Bowling With Hov

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Jay-Z and The Roots practicing "Roc Boys" in preparation for the recent Hov show in Vegas, I believe. The sound gets kind of distorted when they get into it, and the angle is mad odd (I guess that's what ? sees when he's performing), but it's dope to hear them recreate that track so fluidly:

New LOST ARG: Find815

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You LOST fans in need of a nice bit of tomfoolery should be aware that the new ARG has started!

Following in the footsteps of "The LOST Experience", we have what looks like another crazy game set up, trying to use clues and what we know of the LOST mythology to help this cat Sam find his girlfriend, who was apparently a flight attendant on Oceanic 815.

Head on over to Fly Oceanic Air to peep the hacked video message, then get ready to not do any work for the next couple of weeks! Lostpedia already has Chapter 1 mapped out for those who want to read along, including videos and diagrams of clues.

The Maxwell Group, eh? Damn I love this alternate reality!

Air Jordan 1 Low Pimp C Tribute

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"See this right here be a 1 of 1/that means, none before it, none to come..."

It looks like Jordan Brand, in hearing that Pimp C passed, hooked up a pair of Air Jordan 1 Lows exclusive for Bun B. Sneakerfiles has the scoop, and said that Bun replied that this is one pair he will never wear.

That's respect.

[video] Skillz "2007 Rap Up"

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Word to soveryfresh. It's here:

I like the use of YouTube and other pics throughout the video. He shoulda BEEN done something like this! Eskay has the two versions of this jawn up now.

Sponge Bob Square Bapes

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Spotted at Sneakerfiles. Ew.


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Stat Quo Vs. SupaSimmo "Like Dat (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"

Happy New Year. Time for your THUGSTEP fix. This month features Stat Quo, who represents the ATL as well as Shady/Aftermath, being paired with an interesting, intense headnodder from Manchester's SupaSimmo. It's got an ill vibe to it, with the Simmo track dipping an allowing Stat to rock his party chants over. Nappy linked a sick one on this, with this having the ability to get the party crunk on some diversity shit.

Outta 2K7, Inta 2K8 - still got a boatload of refixes to serve you with. Get involved!

The Observation Deck (New Year's Eve 2K7)

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Happy New Year, Sydney!

  • Looks like Britney Spears is going to have to submit to a deposition soon-ish. I feel for her, she's got the ill baby-thickness in her waist, but the thing is, she is not doing right by the kids, hear her lawyers tell it. And to add insult to the Spears-legacy, it looks like Jamie Lynn's baby daddy is a cheater. I hope she didn't get pregnant to save their relationship...
  • Speaking of crazy white female celeb drama, apparently some 6 year old girl's mom lied to win Hannah Montana tickets. She apparently told a company sponsoring an essay contest that this girl's dad died in Iraq. She chalked it up to some "we do this all the time" creative-writing bullshit, but you know her intentions.
  • How can Wal-Mart censor any/every CD they sell, but don't take the time to check the contents of an MP3 player before reselling it? Maybe they like selling porn to unsuspecting customers... then again, this is the same chain that sells iPod boxes with notes in them.
  • Brandy lucked out and won't be charged in the fatal car crash she was involved in last December. Happy New Year indeed.
  • Peep these year-end lists: Zilla Says has their ZS Awards 2007 Year End List up. Grab a cold one and get lost in that sea, for they GO IN! TSS has a dope Hip-Hop Awards post up, some funny comments in that one. DJ Premier dropped his top 20 albums of the year, as well as some honorable mentions (even though The Kush is major doo-doo), and its definitely one to check out. Rizoh has the top 27 LPs of 2007 over at About Rap.
  • If you are still using Netscape Navigator, you need to switch, as AOL has said it is no longer supporting this browser. Who used Netscape anymore? This isn't 1997.
  • Elucid hit me with this story about Jihadists living the life behind bars. And we bug out over cable TV in our prisons?
  • NahRight has the pics from the Las Vegas 40/40 opening, and I am upset to see Al Sharpton there, all up in the pictures, throwing the Roc sign. He truly is a ho!

Will 2008 be any kinder to my people? Will celebs put down the pipe and be normal?

Who am I kidding...

RiotControl Ten

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The RiotControl squad (Burt Fox, Sonny Noir) have come to end 2007 with a dope edition of the RiotControl podcast (this is #10, with Burt Fox on the decks). In their words:

To celebrate our tenth episode and the start of the new year, we selected some classic New York bangers and other assorted nonsense. Pure energy that you need to kick off 2008.
Sick. I didn't add the bolds, either. That's all them. In any case, grab the MP3, and check out this dynamic tracklist:

RC Theme - Burt Fox
Also Sprach Zarathustra - Deodato
Fresh IS The Word - Mantronix
Ugly People Be Quiet - Cash Money and Marvelous
NYC remix - Rub N Tug
Sample Slayer - Armand Van Helden
White Label Remix - Nas
Oooh Wee Instrumental - Mark Ronson
Pushin On Remix - White Label
However Do You Want Me - Burt Fox Blend
The Mexican - Bombers Boogie
Down Bronx - Man Parrish
Feel The Bass Instrumental - Sa Ra
Set It Off - Strafe
It's Like That Instrumental - Run DMC
Sexual Sportswear - Sebastien Tellier
Your Love - Jamie Principle
Clash - Logic System
Love Stoned - Justin Timberlake (Justice Remix)
Murda. Pure murda. Make sure you keep up with RiotControl via their website, their RSS feed, and hit up those archives!

On That Leak: "Auld Lang Syne Remix"

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The boy Manny Faces has been on fire this year with the remixes, just hit his site and grab an assortment of hot flips to your favorite cuts. He's flipped the New Year's classic "Auld Lang Syne" with a bit of the Hip-Hop under it. This is for all of you DJs who are going to be spinning at midnight, or you heads who will be home and want a bit of the headnod with your New Year's wishes. It's about a minute long, and does exactly what it is supposed to.

Play it and drink up!

DOWNLOAD Manny Faces "New Year's Eve Auld Lang Syne Flip Remix"

rock the dub radio, episode 12

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Did you cop your Ace of Spades yet? I didn't... I'm not a big sparkling wine man... but I do love Hip-Hop. This year has given us a lot of highs, and an enormous amount of lows, but there's a gang of tracks that fell by the wayside, or you might have just overlooked waiting for that new version of "Crank Dat" or whatever you pollute your iPods with. So I figured, why not showcase some of the tracks from 2007 that I dug but didn't get much burn? Peep this, the last rock the dub radio for 2007:

rock the dub radio 012

(direct MP3 download)


02/Three 6 Mafia ft. UGK "On Sum Chrome"
03/Trae ft. Slim Thug "Nuthin' 2 A Boss"
04/Rich Boy "Get To Poppin'"
05/DJ Drama ft. Young Jeezy, Willie The Kid, Jim Jones, Rick Ross, Young Buck & T.I. "Takin' Pictures"
06/Infamous Mobb ft. The Alchemist "Hustle Hard"
07/L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Too Far"
08/9th Wonder ft. Ness & Skyzoo "Let It Bang"
09/Edgar Allen Floe "Off And On"
10/Little Brother ft. Lil' Wayne "Breakin' My Heart"
11/DJ K.O. ft. Phonte, Wordsworth, K-Hill & Masta Ace "Ladder Of Success"
12/The Away Team ft. Sean Price "Psycho Ward"
13/Che Grand "Swing"
14/Show & A.G. "The World Is Listening"
15/Scanz ft. Akrobatik "Choose Your Hustle"
16/Donny Goines "Inspiration 2007"
17/Styles P "Da 80s"
18/interlude: Wise Intelligent "Niggaz Iz"
19/Wu-Tang Clan "Take It Back"
20/Prodigy "Return Of The Mac"
21/Jay-Z "American Gangster"
22/Jay-Z ft. Nas "Success (9th Wonder Remix)"
23/Freeway "When They Remember"
24/Beanie Sigel "I'm In"
25/NYGz "N.H.B. (Nigga, Ho, Bitch)"
26/Busta Rhymes ft. M.O.P. "Code Of The Streets"
27/Phat Kat ft. Elzhi "Cold Steel"
28/Talib Kweli ft. Styles P "Real Recognize Real"
29/Bishop Lamont & Black Milk ft. Rass Kass & Royce Da 5'9" "Go Hard"
30/KRS-One & Marley Marl "The Teacha's Back"
31/Prodigy "My World Is Empty Without You"
32/Joe Budden "Green Lantern Freestyle"
33/Styles P, Beanie Sigel, Freeway & Uncle Murda "Green Lantern Freestyle"
34/Manny Faces "Auld Lang Syne Remix"
I'm not sure where rock the dub radio is going in 2008... I am debating cutting the shows into 1 hour parts, but I haven't gotten any hate mail inre: the length of the show (but, I didn't get any love mail either). We'll see. I also need to start using this SHOUTcast jammy from the good folks at NovaShells. More on that ish when I figure out what it is I'mma gon' do. In any case, to everyone who has sent me a track or a shoutout, God bless. Enjoy your night. And please keep rockin' the dub with me.

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The Right Man For The Job

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Well, well. It looks like the "Rebel Without A Pause" is throwing his hat into the now-vacant Def Jam President position. Seeing as though Chuck D, with Public Enemy, brought Def Jam so much success and acclaim during the late 80s/early 90s, he seems like the definite candidate. As per AHH, he is wanting to run this label like a sports team:

1) Being ahead of the technology curve; preparing for a thinned out industry; and managing budget efficient acts is very noteworthy of my resume which is simple. I told these cats the online revolution was coming and they needed big adjustments. They relied on lawyers, courts, and accountants only to now look upward at Apple, etc.

2) Their cost factors didn't fit the times, I come from a world where the $50,000 investments resulted into 6 - 7 figures. Now it's a business where 7 figures are invested to make 6.

3) I would run it like sports. These artists would be busting their tails on tour and
on the stage to gain a fan. They would be coached on how to do their thing right. Braintrust will be high, and subcontracting to the right contributors will be comparable of the efficiency of these labels like Jazz and catalog departments. You cannot have people working, that haven't the slightest clue of what they are in the middle of.

4) Any criminal mindedness in artistry, and management would have sit this one out, go their own way. It's like bad apples the long run ain't got nothing to do with entertainment. You can't mix the stage and off stage parodies.

If that ain't what needs to be done, I don't know what does. I doubt his chances, in today's Industry Rap climate, but his voice is necessary. He surely has my vote.

Sum PSP Hax0r

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Representing Indiana, Sum (aka SuMoNe) is a talented producer who I've only heard for his nasty jungle beats. Then I hop on DOA and see the following post:


Sum aka SuMoNe aka Jeff has been turning out killer cuts for the past few years. Being an avid video gamer, Jeff hacked his PSP almost immediately upon purchase, installing the PSP Rhythm. Using the advanced audio engine of the PSP and PSP Rhythm, he produced an entire album that spans several sounds from straight up Jungle to Dubstep to Trip-Hop to Breakcore.

01. PSP Dubstep
02. PSP Selektah
03. Jah Jah Bizniz
04. Manchester Blues
05. Big Salad
06. PSP Ruffneck Personal VIP
07. Forward & Fiyaka
08. PSP Badman
09. PSPcore
10. GaBbEr01

Click Here to Download the Album for FREE!

So, being the drinkin' adventurous nigga I am, I grab the file and I am truly amazed that dude is really coming at me with some PSP-crafted beats. The jungle/DnB cuts like "PSP Selektah!" and "PSP Badman" are HEAVY, with loads of edits and fast-paced breakbeats. Proper jungle style shit. "PSP Dubstep" is a godsend, and there's even a bit of the Trip-Hop and Hardcore/Gabber thrown in. If you like experimental music, or just want to hear what one can do with a PSP, grab this up NOW!

Highly Recommended.

The Observation Deck (28th Dec. 2007)

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Don't crack that Dom P yet...

  • My nigga Enigmatik has posted his BGDB Best of 2007 list; this thing runs down all the Hip-Hop news you need to know, including best albums/tracks, slept-on gems and other bits.
  • Investigators are ruling out foul play in the untimely death of Pimp C.
  • A day after Mischa Barton gets arrested for suspicion DUI, Rebecca De Mornay gets popped for 2 counts of DUI? What's good with designated drivers for rich, white female celebs?
  • If you commit a sex crime involving a PC, you WILL be barred from PC use... in New Jersey. I love my state sometimes.
  • The FBI is unleashing plans to set up digital billboards that will flash the mugshots of fugitives. Elucid said it earlier, and I agree: "we're on some real Total Recall shit".
  • In a shock to no one, fat ass Rosie O'Donnell has been voted as the Most Annoying Celebrity. In other news, Fire was voted to be "hot".
  • NEWSFLASH: Playing Wii games does NOT equal proper exercise.

News never ceases to quit, right?

[video] Kimbo Slice piece on ESPN


Eskay posted these in the comments section to this post, and I'm in heaven. Kimbo Slice is that nigga, and I'm glad ESPN is profiling him:

Part 1

Part 2

Friday, December 28th 2007 playlist

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Last playlist of 2K7. Too busy last night to come up with some "best of", and that's not really my thing. So I'mma just keep it how I always do: hit you with the leaks, and hit you with the joints I been rockin' to. Even got some mixtapes for you nakkas. Holla.

01/Talib Kweli ft. Styles P "Real Recognize Real" [when these two get together, ill things happen.]
02/Ekaj "Interpol" [part of a 4-pack of FREE dubstep tunes found HERE]
03/Super Barrio Bros. "Game Over" [this CD is the shit - or am I just a sucker for Hip-Hop tracks that sample NES-era video game sounds?]
04/The Roots "The Battle (Skribbles Vs. Rahzel)" [classic turntable vs. beatbox battle. Do not listen without a Kangol bucket hat, some shelltoes and a handful of fat caps.]
05/Statik Selektah ft. Big Shug "Punch Out" [maybe I'm a sucker...]


grab ya buckets...


Little Brother's Phonte has been posting up alternate versions of their recent CD, Getback. Here's the first batch (shouts out to Enigmatik for keeping up with these):

There's like 7 more of these I believe. Hit up Little Brother's MySpace blog for more info on each of these.


Also, here's a few mixtapes you need to check out:


For my last final thought for 2007, it is only right that it's Pimp C related.

T.I. ft. UGK "Front Back"

RIP Pimp C. Have a safe, happy holiday weekend, y'all. I'll drop a few more posts before 2K7 is complete, balee dat!

2007 Rap Up

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Skillz has unearthed his dissection of 2007 in rhyme form. His "Rap Up" of 2007 (stream/dload via zShare) continues in the same form that he's established since 2002. Not sure what beat this is, but it's not one I would have figured he'd choose.

Lyrics? On point.

Here's a behind the scenes video of what I guess will be the accompanying clip to this year's Rap Up:

Will this be out by Monday, though? In any case, shouts to Skillz for keepin' this alive.

Shouts to Nah Right and You Heard That New...?.

The Observation Deck (27th Dec. 2007)

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  • Here's a couple of white female celebs and their drinking (or not drinking) news: Mischa Barton ended up getting busted for DUI (among other things), and took one of the ugliest, alien-looking mugshots as of late. On the flipside, Lindsay Lohan says she was not drinking during her current trial. Does it really matter - she was probably skiied up.
  • Imagine the shock and horror on the conservative parent's faces when their daughter popped in her Disney Channel Hits CD for Christmas and out comes Dipset's "I Love You"! Probably a shitload of cussing went on in that living room.
  • Raz B has recanted his claims that Chris Stokes sexually abused him. He went from looking like a fragile bitch to a lying ass faggot bitch. His career? Done.
  • Barron Hilton, apparently upset at how Paris has sullied the family name, is planning on giving up something like 97% of his worth ($2.3 billion) to charity, leaving Paris and others with like $5 million a piece. Now, I ask you, Paris, was all that cock-sucking, no-panties wearing, "that's hot" professing bullshit necessary? It's going to be in the courts until my son dies, but that fam is going to take that will to task in the courts.
  • MTV ponders who will fill Jay-Z's seat as President of Def Jam. I think it would likely by Jermaine Dupri, but who knows.
  • RIP Benazir Bhutto.
  • Did you guys even know that MSG had ANOTHER sexual harassment suit going on right now? Word is they just settled with an ex-Rangers cheerleader, who says they plied underage cheerleaders with alcohol and made them stuff their bras, among other nonsense.
  • 20th Century Fox films will soon be up for rental via iTunes, based on a deal that Fox & Apple recently struck. In other Web 2.0 deals, Warner is linking with Amazon MP3 to sell their catalogue. Ah to have a service that would generate those kinds of dollars.

I don't normally do Ob Desks one after the other, but a bunch of news just hit at the same time.

The Observation Deck (26th Dec. 2007)


There's seriously nothing going on today but a headache.

On That Leak: Strictly Leakage

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On this, Christmas Day 2K7, Atmosphere has made a 13-track album available for downloading: Grab Strictly Leakage and enjoy it. Peep this video:

It's festive and shit. I haven't unzipped it yet, but I know there's some of you chin-stroking Hip-Hop fans out there. You want this. Sad Clown Bad Winter 11 is out now, and When Life Gives You Lemons, Paint That Shit Gold (album title of 2008 contestant), which will be available on the 22nd of April, 2008. Chea.

EDIT: This thing plays like an ill mixtape. "YGM" has one of my favorite samples in there, while "The Things That Hate Us" gets its "Liquid Swords" on. They even rock "Road To The Riches". Definitely pick this one up. Loving this, Atmosphere! I like how they take those samples I know but flipped the original as opposed to just rhyming over a Hip-Hop instrumental. Dope shit. Happy Holidays!

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.