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

Guru's Jazzmatazz The Timebomb (Back To The Future)


New mixtape from Guru.



01 Intro (Don Gurizzy)
02 Knowledge ft. Lord Tariq
03 7 Grand Ya'll ft. Solar
04 For Ya Mind ft. Zion I
05 Peace! ft. K-Born, Highpower & Solar
06 State of Clarity ft. Common (Solar Remix)
07 Who Got It On Lock ft. Doo Wop
08 B-Boy Kamikaze ft. Tony Touch & Doo Wop (Diaz Brothers)
09 Too Slice ft. Yungun
10 So What It Do Now ft. Aceyalone
11 We Got That ft. Nature & Solar
12 Jazzy Wayz (7 Grand Exclusive)
13 Stand Up (Some Things'll Never Change) (Reggae Mix) ft. Damian Marley
14 Hot Like That ft. Medinah
15 No Need for Stress
16 Back to the Future ft. Caron Wheeler & C.Knowledge (Digable)
17 Assasino ft. Young Pablo
18 The Game Needs Me ft. Blue Scholars & Common Market
19 Feed the Hungry (Solar Remix)
20 Can't Stop the Movement (7 Grand) ft. Ms. Camille

SDSU via 2DB.

[video] Gorilla Zoe "Tryna Make A Jug"

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I'm actually feelin' this one. Gorilla Zoe got this one off.

[video] Apple's Macbook Air

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I know you tech-y Apple fanboys are drooling over this one; that multi-touch mouse pad is kind of hot, check out how easy it is to flip that picture! At the end, you get to see how truly thin this beast is:

Shouts to engadget.

The Observation Deck (14th Jan. 2008)

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  • Wu-Tang News: U-God is suing Wu Music for $170K, ranging in monies owed for tours, albums and other things since March 2007. On the flip, Wes has video of GZA's Knitting Factory show from December 2007. Dope shit, including a fly ODB tribute.
  • At Macworld, Apple has unveiled the Macbook Air, aka a thin noebook, and the ability to rent movies via iTunes, which I guess they hope will drive the sales of Apple TV up. I guess it's hard to beat the iPhone?
  • Six DC child welfare employees have been fired over negligence in a case that has now lead to this mother being brought up on charges of murder in the deaths of her 4 daughters. Can these work
  • Looks like Green Lantern & the G-Unit have patched things up; I guess that good Internet exposure Green gives niggas was too hard to miss out on!
  • You've gotta love how LeBron got ticketed for going over 100MPH on his birthday, and is just like "it's no big deal". He just knows the world is his.
  • Fuck Bob Johnson. No, really, FUCK YOU BOB JOHNSON!
  • Pacman Jones can't stay out of trouble? Now he's hitting women in the club? What's really good with that?
  • 2010 will see a new Smurfs movie, in CGI no less.
  • Fake Shore Drive has a dope interview with Rhymefest, speaking on his Man In The Mirror mixtape, as well as info on El Che and the 2008 Presidential Elections.

Not much going on, but so much is going on.

Better Not Be My Kid

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This Australian kid is wild; had a party with his parents out of town, something like 500 kids showed up and started terrorizing the neighborhood. He gets his TV interview, and is just as cocky and arrogant as can be.

I would kick my son's ass!

Dula-Mite The Certified King Of Las Vegas, Vol. 1 [review]


I gotta say, first and foremost, that cover is hilarious. Nothing says quality like Omarion and Bow Wow looking like drag queens. I also wished that Dula-Mite went at these two a bit more, but I can't front - he does well just doing him. The thing was, coming into this mixtape, I had no idea that Las Vegas was doing Hip-Hop like this, and I was impressed by what I heard. I'm not gonna say this is the best shit you heard in your life, or the best shit you heard this year, but if you are looking to get amped on the way to a club, or if you are lounging with your crew doing whatever it is you do, this is the disc you should throw on.

I'm guessing Las Vegas is more of a melting pot in terms of sounds, or maybe that's just Dula. One would think that, due to their proximity to California, they'd wear that on their sleeve. Not so; rhymes wise, these cats sound a lot more East Coast, and the beats range from club-ready Southern jawns to a bit of the sampling/looping that you'd hear coming from the Northeast, which is refreshing. What wasn't as fresh, however, were some of the guest appearances. Guys like P.L. and Oun-P don't really add much to the themes Dula establishes on tracks. It's almost as if Dula was like "OK, y'all, we're gonna rhyme about pimpin'", and they stick to the topic, while not infusing something of themselves into the tracks. I almost prefer hearing Dula by himself, b/c he has that mixture of confidence, braggadociousness, but he can also flip the script and take things a bit deeper.

Take a track like "Sex Addict". You hear many MCs dropping cuts about how many chicks they sleep with, how many freaks are on their tip, and all of the regular dicktalk that's so prevelant. Not too often do MCs get their Eric Benet on, and truly break down and admit that "yeah, I cheated, and it's aggravating me". It's almost as if we're deep inside the mind of a guy who got caught on Cheaters at the moment the camera flashes on - that instant guilt, nagging and digging deep. That's the nerve this one touches. Dula and Ques (who drops the best guest verses on this mixtape) do the same on "Want It Back (The Revolution)", which boasts a nice loop of Marvin Gaye's "I Want You". You get the social commentary, but its not too overbearing, keeping the feel light but deep, with poignant Malcolm X samples to boot.

I am torn on this mixtape, though. I loved "Raindrops", which revisits Eddie Kane (Five Heartbeats, anyone?), and has the most direct disses at the Face Off boys (we're also treated to interludes featuring hilarious samples from Coming To America, Eddie Murphy's "Ice Cream Man" piece, and others); "In The Kitchen" isn't bad, either, but seems to borrow too heavily from the "trap" rappers out of the A (that beat knocks, though). "Clap Ya Hands" benefits from Dula's smooth flow and a dope guitar lick. I hate kicking a dead horse, but Dula shines best alone. I don't want to diss his crew or the cats he asked to spit on the disc, but he obviously outshines them; I got more into the disc towards the end, where Dula goes for broke over a punched-up version of Rich Boy's "Get To Poppin'", or him digging out the instrumental for De La Soul's "Much More" for "Amazing" - which is the best example of Dula hitting that freestyle, battle rap flavor. This mixtape is deep, like 27 tracks (excluding the preview), but for the most part, each track is a fully-fleshed out song, so hearing Dula just spit was refreshing.

The only other fault of this mixtape is more personal: I didn't like the "DJ" who flipped this. The "rewinds" on a few cuts (especially on "Booty-Doo") aren't synched up right - I believe it's the third pull on "Booty-Doo" where there's a bit of silence. It's minor, but it cuts from the "live" feel you build up. The sequencing is otherwise fine, although thematically, there is a bit of repetion, but it feels like that might also have to do with the unimaginative filler some of these MCs put into their bars.

In terms of the scene today, there's so many mixtapes, leaked tracks, and albums that it's hard to decipher the dope from the "ehhh". Dula-Mite definitely shows that he has what it takes to keep his regional fame buzzing, and with the right push, build that into a more national thing. I'd personally like to hear him trim the fat, keep going deeper into familiar territory, and stay true to himself. I don't see him out there ready to murk the whole Fight Klub circuit, but dude obviously has talent and I could see any one of the stellar tracks on this, with the right backing, blowing up like anything else on the charts currently.

rock the dub gives The Certified King of Las Vegas, Vol. 1 a 3.25 out of 5. There are a load of dope ideas on here, and Dula-Mite is a solid talent. The tightness of some of the featured rhymers is questionable, but Dula is the main attraction, and holds his own with the best of them.

Burn Deez: "Clap Ya Hands", "Sex Addict", "Amazing"

You can stream AND download this mixtape via

related links:
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[video] Big Noyd "Things Done Changed"

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Big Noyd's LP, Illustrious, is out on the 22nd of Jan.; check out the MP3 of "Things Done Changed" (prod. by Fizzy Womack) HERE.

Bonus Beats: Big Noyd "The Money" (prod. by Street Radio)

Making The Band 4 Trailer

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Premieres Jan. 28th; Diddy is calling this a "Battle Of The Sexes", with all of his made bands competing to complete their albums. Expect a lot of sex and debauchery:

History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 13: 1991


Last week, Cosmo Baker brought you Vol. 12: 1990; this week, DJ Eleven steps up and takes us through 2 hours of 1991's finest. That last track was a big one for me back then.

MP3 / stream


1. NWA – Alwayz Into Somethin’
2. Cypress Hill – Latin Lingo
3. Black Sheep – Butt In The Meantime
4. De La Soul – Afro Connections At A Hi 5 (In The Eyes Of The Hoodlum)
5. Ice Cube – A Bird In The Hand
6. Compton’s Most Wanted – Growin’ Up In The Hood
7. Public Enemy – Shut Em Down (Pete Rock Remix)
8. Ed OG – Gotta Have It
9. The Geto Boys – Mind Playing Tricks on Me
10. Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Pissin’ On Your Steps
11. A Tribe Called Quest – Check The Rhime
12. Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince – Summertime
13. Ice Cube – Steady Mobbin’
14. Gang Starr – Step In The Arena
15. MC Lyte – Poor Georgie
16. Nice & Smooth – Hip Hop Junkies (Spanish Fly Mix)
17. K.M.D. – Nitty Gritty (Dog Spelled Bkwds mix) (feat. Busta Rhymes & Brand Nubian)
18. Black Sheep – The Choice Is Yours (Revisited)
19. Del Tha Funky Homosapien – Mistadobalina
20. Tim Dog – Fuck Compton
21. DJ Quik – Born And Raised In Compton
22. Main Source – Live At The Barbecue
23. Digital Underground – Same Song (feat. 2Pac)
24. MC Breed – Ain’t No Future in Yo Frontin’
25. AMG – Bitch Betta Have My Money
26. AMG – Jiggable Pie
27. Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
28. DJ Quik – Tonight
29. Del Tha Funky Homosapien – The Wacky World of Rapid Transit
30. Ice Cube – Doing Dumb Shit
31. Scarface – Born Killer
32. A Tribe Called Quest – What?
33. Raw Fusion – Throw Your Hands In The Air
34. De La Soul – Ring Ring Ring (Ha Ha Hey)
35. Leaders Of The New School – Sobb Story
36. Cypress Hill – The Phuncky Feel One
37. DJ Quik – Sweet Black Pussy
38. A Tribe Called Quest – Buggin’ Out
39. Naughty By Nature – O.P.P
40. Poor Righteous Teachers – Shakila
41. Poor Righteous Teachers – Easy Star
42. De La Soul – Bitties In The BK Lounge
43. Gang Starr – Credit Is Due
44. Scarface – The Pimp
45. Black Sheep – La Menage feat. Q – Tip
46. De La Soul – Millie Pulled A Pistol On Santa
47. Scarface – A Minute to Pray and a Second to Die

Those were the MFin' days! Podcast.

We Shoulda Known

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We should have known. With Mary's new album, titled Growing Pains, I think she's been dropping hints of recent steroid abuse that's come up in on-going investigations. You don't believe me? Just check out the track titles:

  • "Work That": that's her self-motivational, "500 more reps" track.
  • "Growing Pains": getting buff so quickly hurts, y'all!
  • "Just Fine": this is the denial record. She knows her hair is falling out, and the acne is coming, but yo, she's just fine.
  • "Feel Like A Woman": this joint is for the days when she starts to lose her curves, with the new muscle forming. She may look ultra-buff, but on the inside, the heart of a woman still beats.
  • "Stay Down": this is her personal plea to the 'roids-induced acne.
  • "Hurt Again": the morning after a long-night lifting session. My biceps hurt like my heart, y'all!
  • "Fade Away": 'roid-induced delusions make it seem as though the whiteheads faded away; back-ne is a bitch.
  • "Work In Progress (Growing Pains)": Mary singing in the mirror. While she might have gained 50 lbs. of solid muscle, she still sees herself as imperfect. No pain, no gain, right?
  • "Talk To Me": she has such control over her 'roid-induced physique, it's as if her abs can talk to her. They are saying "my life's just fine!"

I could go on, but I've already secured my entrance into hell with this one. Love you, Mary!

Dirtystep Mixtape, Vol. 2

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While my boy DJ Nappy was crafting his THUGSTEP blends, we assumed he was the only cat really on it like that. NYC DJs Nebulla & Dore were working on their own brand of Dubstep crossed with Rap, which they dubbed "DIRTYSTEP", and figured they were the only ones on it like that. Looks like today (14th Jan. 2008), they have released the 2nd volume of their Dirtystep Mixtape (free MP3 download HERE; grab the unmixed tracks as well). Loads of remixes of popular rap cuts with Nebulla & Dore's own original production underneath.

In celebration of this mixtape, the Dirtysteppers are throwing a release party TONIGHT at Konkrete Jungle. Here's the details:

Nebulla & DJ Dore are Proud to Present:
The Dirtystep Mixtape Vol 2 (Release Party)

11:00 PM - Konkrete Jungle (The Pymarid)
101 Avenue A @ 6th Street
New York, New York

Nebulla & DJ Dore (, Code Of Arms NYC)
Temper D (Renegade Hardware, Offkey, Temper D Productions)
Human? (Survival, Konkrete Jungle)
Conscious Pilot (PMF, PA)
Guerilla (PMF, PA)

Doors @10
18+with ID
5$ Reduced Admission @
Looks like a nasty dubstep/jungle night. Don't sleep!

Erykah's Backyard


My boy Rafi hit me up asking if I saw this video; I hadn't, and inquired if it was worth it (something about Badu singing "Happy Birthday" to Raekwon wasn't appealing right then and there). His reason for asking me was the subject of Erykah's bubble. When I saw said bubble, I was kind of taken aback. She actually HAS one! I know motherhood can put on the pounds, and I love it. That's a beautiful thing... but Erykah was so rail thing, even when she was with child back in the day.

She also hasn't dropped an album in a minute, so maybe that good, at-home-no-tour-schedule cooking did her (bubble) right!

Check out this video, also provided by Rafi, for further proof of Erykah's boombastic backyard:


Shouts to Rafi for providing the tools for this post, and for the insight into Erykah's booty growth.

The Wire, Season 5: "Unconfirmed Reports" [recap]

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Straight up and down: I didn't see any of this McNulty-retwerking-crime-scenes shit coming at ALL! I mean, I figured the whole convo about that guy in the morgue would have some kind of meaning, but McNulty, who is delving deeper into the drink, to start reconstructing these natural deaths into twisted homicides was just mad unexpected. And adds a layer to Jimmy that was never seen before. We've seen him pout and kick desks, undermine authority with a wink and a smirk, but him doing a 180 and trying to, I don't even know... is he crafting some kind of absurdist art gallery in response to the dwindling finances of the police department? Voicing his frustration over the lack of concern for the 20+ bodies pulled from the vacant buildings? Or is he just trying to amuse himself and solve crimes sober that he creates while drunk? Who knows... but I am with Bunk on this one. And based on the previews of next week's episode, it looks like Bunk and McNulty might be falling out over this.

Seeing Avon Barksdale brought a smile to my face. It looks like Marlo and his crew are trying to parlay with The Greek directly, instead of going through Prop. Joe, which is a good idea, but it cost Marlo "100 large" upfront just to get a sit-down with Sergei, who was not receptive to Marlo at all, but looks like he might be warming to him. Marlo's power struggle is only starting to come to a head, what, now that he realized that Major Crimes isn't on their ass anymore.

Chris and Snoop are already cracking heads, and were sent to straight merk some shittalking associates. Michael was in on the hit, and showed his green nature by questioning everything (he must realize - no matter what he knew as being real and reasonable, that drug game is a different beast - there are no rules anymore). I half-thought he was going to pop off on that lil' kid who ran out the back of the house, but you know he saw his own brother Bug in that kid. How his reluctance to complete the job will play out in later episodes remains to be seen - we don't know if Chris and/or Snoop even know about the lil' dunn that got away...

The other burgeoning story involves the Baltimore Sun, who has a conflict between Gus and the white man in charge, Whiting. Whiting is a fan of Scott Templeton's, to the point where he's pushing him to get more coverage. While Scott spoke briefly about wanting to get to a larger paper in the premiere, you can see how "new" he is, trolling around the Orioles opener, trying to obtain statements and, ultimately, coming up with crap. What does he do? He writes a story, which Gus immediately suspects, but Whiting doesn't have Gus' eye, and pushes it through. Stories like Scott's (poor black kid in a wheelchair can't get into the game) sell papers, and would be ill if there's correlating info to back up this kid's existence. My assumption is that the story was fugazi, and I also think it will propel Scott out the door into his wish. Will that be what he truly wants when he gets there, though? Ah, the rub...

A couple of other points: Freamon telling Sydnor how much of a "career case" the Clay Davis debacle is, while still staking out Marlo's crew; Freamon and McNulty fucking with the FBI dude in the parking lot; Avon throwing up the Dub; every scene Bubbles was in this week was wild, esp. with his talk of the "dope fiend lean" - homeboy is a great actor, and he is playing the SHIT out of that role.

Oh and that whole "west coast drive-by" gone awry had me ROLLIN'. That cat really though they were gonna Boyz-N-The-Hood it, but he forgot that you gotta have AIM!

The forthcoming episode looks like it will be the one to watch: hell starts breaking loose. I love it.

What did you guys think?

related links: summary of "Unconfirmed Reports"
TV Squad review

rock the dub radio: episode 013

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First rock the dub radio sans WGHH Radio (where you at Chad? Get at me!), and I'm still in the lab, cookin' up some marvelous Hip-Hop stew. Lil' bit of the old, a bunch of the current and some of that leaked new-new for you trainspotters out there. Check the technique:

rock the dub radio: episode 013

(direct MP3 download)

02/Redman "The Saga Continues"
03/Dr. Dre ft. Lady of Rage, Kurupt & RBX "Lyrical Gangbang"
04/Kool G Rap & DJ Polo "Poison"
05/Mad Lion ft. KRS-One "Double Trouble (Third World Remix)"
06/Mr. Lif "The Nothing"
07/Big L "Ebonics"
08/Ghostface Killah "Wise (Remix)"
09/The Game ft. Obie Trice "Growing Up In The Hood"
10/Edo G & Da Bulldogs "Acting"
11/Jean Grae "Love Thirst"
12/Big Shug "Murdapan"
13/Sadat X "90 Days"
14/Junclassic "2 Much Ain't Enuff"
15/N.W.A. "Boyz-N-The-Hood"
16/J Dilla "Workinonit"
17/Biggie Smalls "Party & Bullshit"
18/Gang Starr ft. Nice'N'Smooth "DWYCK (Horny Mix)"
19/D.I.T.C. "Day One"
20/Copywrite "Fucksoundcheck"
21/Reef The Lost Cauze ft. Sean Price "Fair Ones"
22/Percee P "The Hand That Leads You (Remix)"
23/Super Barrio Bros. "Next Level"
24/Juganot ft. Swizz Beatz, Busta Rhymes, Fat Joe & Reek Da Villian "En Why Ceequal"
25/Big Noyd "Things Done Changed"
26/Busta Rhymes "Takin' What's Mine"
27/Diablo "Jail Flick"
28/Gucci Mane ft. Pimp C, Rich Boy & Blaze 1 "I Know Why"
29/Twista "For One Night"
30/Lost Boyz ft. Canibus & Redman "Beast From The East"
31/Termanology "The Music Industry"
32/Jedi Mind Tricks ft. R.A. The Rugged Man "Uncommon Valor (A Vietnam Story)"
You likes 'em, right?

Any MCs or producers wanting to get their tracks played on rock the dub radio, please send your best quality MP3s to I am also looking for 1 hour long sets from DJs who want to get down. Hit me at that same address so we can get some real deal talk going on. Exposure is a must!

RSS / URL / e-mail.

Kill The Noise Turn Off, Tune In (Vol. 1)

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Kill The Noise (aka Ewun, DnB producer out of Rochester, NY) has dropped a new mix, full of dancefloor-funkery by the likes of Chromeo, MSTRKRFT, L.A. Riots, Ludachrist, Justice and others. Fans of the tracks blogs like Discobelle leaks should take note:



01. TURN OFF / TUNE IN Intro
02. Kill The Noise - Building Blocks
03. Kill The Noise - Kill Kill Kill
04. Boys Noize - My Head (Para One Remix) *Licky Herve Mega Mix*
05. Kanye West Feat. Daft Punk - Stronger (A-Trak Remix)
06. Foamo - Moving It Over Here
07. Villians - Rock It
08. MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
09. Boys Noize - Lava Lava
10. Ocelot - Lo Sforzo (Kill The Noise *Stress Test RMX*)
11. Justice - Stress
12. Goose - Bring It On (Teenage Bad Girl RMX)
13. Amand Van Helden - I Want Your Soul
14. Chromeo - Tenderoni
15. Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor
16. Blaqstarr- Shake It To The Ground (Claude Von Stroke RMX)
17. Kill The Noise - Let's Ride
18. Le Castle Vania - Trouble In Daylight (LA Riots Remix)
19. Spank Rock - Bump (Switch Remix)
20. Armand Van Helden - NYC Beat (MSTRKRFT Remix)
21. Kill The Noise - Hey You
22. Le Castle Vania - Tigertron (Kill The Noise Remix)
23. Kill The Noise - Pull My Strings
24. Daft Punk - The Prime Time of Your Life (Para One Remix)
25. Ludachrist - Se-bast-I-Am (SebastiAn - Ross Ross Ross / Timbaland - The Way I Are Edit)
26. Thieves Like Us - Drugs In My Body (Kill The Noise Remix)
27. Boys Noize - Let’s Buy Happiness
28. Daft Punk - Robot Rock (Maximum Overdrive Remix)
Don't even try to play wallflower on this one.

Hip-Hop's On 'Roids?


Damn, 50. I always assumed you were on steroids or HGH, just based on how you look now (above) as opposed to how you looked then. Ditto that, Timbaland. Now, All Hip-Hop reports that celebrities have jumped on the 'roid train, including Fif, Timbaland, Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige and others, I'd assume. The report states that these entertainers

are among numerous people who may have used or received prescribed shipments of steroids and injectable human growth hormone (HGH) in recent years.

Christ. Now just so you know, these stars are not being brought up on criminal charges, for no laws seem to have been violated, but for everyone who wants to shit on Barry Bonds, WWE wrestlers and Marion Jones, is it OK for guys like 50 to dope up? The price of success must be steep, but don't kid me like you are getting buff by being in the gym or drinking your own vitamin water, nigga.


Dry Your Eyes, T.O.

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Check out Terrell Owens choking back a few during the post-game interview after the Cowboys loss to the Giants yesterday.

Nigga should've just let the song cry.

[preview]: LOST, Season 4: "The Beginning Of The End"

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Shouts out to DOA poster KD, who hit me with info on this promo of the premiere episode of Season 4, entitled "The Beginning Of The End". SPOILER ALERT FOR THOSE WHO WANT TO KNOW NOTHING PRIOR TO THE 31ST OF JAN.: This is about 1 minute, 20 seconds long, and finds Hurley finding out that the survivors did make contact, and would be getting off the island:

Interesting ish, and hardly an idea of what we are to expect, but then again, if you're watching LOST, you should be accustomed to that!

"We laptop niggas...

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...thugs on the computer!"

I had a mix over the weekend, threw a THUGSTEP/Hip-Hop/Dubstep thing going on. Been rockin' to some pretty thugged-out dubstep as of late. Check out these two cuts to get what I mean:

  • Parson "Throw Some D's": this one heavily samples Rich Boy's breakout cut, but gives it a tougher swagger. Random lyrics get spliced in, and the first bit of Polow's beat gets bounced in as well, but this one is all about that lurching, menacing monster of a bassline.
  • DZ "Slums Dub": that "ghetto of the mind" sample is the truth, really takes this cut into different territory. DZ also throws in a tight amen, and the bass goes through a few switch-ups befoe the track ends. Do not sleep.

Loads of dubstep gets dropped, but not all of it is dope. These are two newer heads who are truly makin' it happen.

"It was a Wesley Snipes movement on a Sunday in Bermuda..."

Saturday Cinema: Gladiator Days: Anatomy of a Prison Murder


This is one of those HBO documentaries. This features the story of Troy Kell, a white cat who, with a fellow inmate, murdered Lonnie Blackmon (a black man) in cold blood. Like 60+ stabs. This shit is disturbing as hell, and is a real-ass look at prison life and philosophy. I got love for my niggas locked down, and shit like this is part of the reason I say a prayer for my homies in the bing.

Not Safe For Work, or those who are weak of stomach. Disturbing, brutal violence. You have been warned:

Lord Sear Vs. Snoop Dogg

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Lord Sear is that nigga. Here he does his thing atop Snoop Dogg's "Sensual Seduction". Just think of the possibilities, and you should have a pretty good idea of what this is about.

Make sure you check out The Drunk Mix every Friday night, 10PM-12AM, on Shade45.

The Teacha: Roc Raida

No Comments » had Roc Raida breaking down his turntable wizardry at LAB in Shanghai last year. Peep out these videos with the man showing you how it's done:

Beat Juggling:

Body Tricks:

(this features that nasty "NINJA OF RAP" routine)

Here's a DMC Scratch Routine of Raida's:

Too ill. Uptown keeping it thoro.

DJ Craze In The Lab

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This is an extra from this LIVE DVD Craze put out like 5 years ago (nice Hip-Hop/DnB mix on that one BTW);

That "let's dance!" routine is the shit! Make sure you peep that forthcoming FABRICLIVE CD Craze is doing...

KRS-One @ The 40/40

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Peep KRS-One and DJ Kid Capri, as well as DJ Shay, at the opening of the 40/40 Club (I assume it's the Las Vegas opening):

Peep KIIIIIIIIIIID with the Serato.

HYSMD: SNY Invitational Contest

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For those of you who live in the New York area, love high school basketball, and are in the are on the 1st and 2nd of Feb., head on over to HYSMD for this SNY Invitational contest we are running. Get more info on the SNY Invitational, which will feature that new nigga, Lance Stephenson.

The Observation Deck (11th Jan. 2008)

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Keep it greasey. Shouts to E over in Las Vegas - keep it righteous, my nigga. One. T-Shirt Contest!

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For those who may not know, rock the dub is affiliated with a few sites. One of them is my boy Grayfox's DnBTV, which brings you not only brings quality net radio DnB shows (from guys like the HEAVYBAG crew and Dylan's Freakshow Radio), DnB music videos, as well as video interviews and recordings from DnB club nights.

I say all of this because Grayfox gave rock the dub THREE XL DnBTV tee-shirts to giveaway. To enter this contest, send me an email with the subject header 'DNBTV T-SHIRT CONTEST'. I will choose the winners and alert them via e-mail.

It's that simple. Support DnBTV. And keep it locked!

Friday, January 11th 2008 playlist

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Lot of new artist leaks this week. I guess the labels are unleashing that new blood? Some hits, some misses, and all ish you should have seen while trolling your RSS/XML feeds...



No real mixtapes, check yesterday's posts for that kind of stuff.

I have been on this Guilty Simpson kick as of late, peep out this video:

Black Milk ft. Guilty Simpson "Sound The Alarm":

Enjoy your weekend, peeps. And keep it locked... not just on Fridays! =)

DJ Benzi x Mick Boogie x Fatman Scoop = Motivation

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This is one mix that's strictly about tearing the club up. DJ Benzi and Mick Boogie were all over the place in 2007, and seeing the two of them collab on a project like this is extraordinary, especially with the legendary Fatman Scoop hosting this bad boy. 48 tracks of pure mayhem:

MP3 (back cover)


001. Fatman Scoop "Introduction"
002. Kid Sister "Pro Nails (Benzi Refix)"
003. K7 "Come Baby Come (Sammy Bananas Remix)"
004. Donnis "Party Works"
005. Wale "Chicago Falcon (Eli Remix)"
006. Lil Wayne & Currensy "Miami Vice"
007. Chris Brown & Will.I.Am "Picture Perfect"
008. Kanye West "Flashing Lights (Mano's Crispy Remix)"
009. Snoop Dogg "Sexual Eruption"
010. Ludacris "Get Out The Way Bitch (Neoteric Remix)"
011. Fergie & LMFAO "Clumsy Remix"
012. Haze "Keep It Bouncin"
013. Michael Jackson "Thriller (Bird Pete Remix)"
014. Camp Lo "Luchini (Skipmode Mix)"
015. Will.I.Am & Jay-Z "From Her Mama (Mick Boogie Remix)"
016. Uffie "Pop The Glock"
017. Estelle & Biggie Smalls "Wait A Minute (Mick Boogie Remix)"
018. Estelle "Wait A Minute (Sinden Remix)"
019. Pitbull "Go Girl (Dave Nada Remix)"
020. Green Velvet & Kid Sister "Shake & Pop Remix"
021. Chromeo "Bonified Lovin"
022. INOJ "Love You Down Remix"
023. The Dream "Shawty Is the Shit (Mano Remix)"
024. Toto & Biggie Smalls "Africa Remix"
025. Mark Morrison "Return Of The Mack (Benzi & Silk Refix)"
026. Annie Lennox "No More Paper Planes (B.Cause Remix)"
027. Jay-Z "Excuse Hatless Men (Terry Urban Remix)"
028. Suzanne Vega "Tom�s A Virgo"
029. Architecture In Helsinki "Heart It Races (A-Trak Remix)"
030. Daft Punk & Eddy Grant "Mr. Foot Long (Terry Urban Remix)"
031. Fatman Scoop "Mick Boogie Does It Interlude"
032. Enur & Ghostface "Calabria (Mick Boogie Remix)"
033. Purple Crush "Shopping On The Dance Floor (Krames Remix)"
034. Ida Corr & Mikey Rocks "Let Me Think About It (Curtified Remix)"
035. Fly Union "Scenario 2008 (Bobby LaBeat & Mick Boogie Mix)"
036. LMFAO "Yes"
037. Kid Cudi "Day N Nite (Jokers On The Scene Remix)"
038. The Klaxtons "As Above, So Below (Justice Remix)"
039. Fatman Scoop "Benzi's In The Building Interlude"
040. Wiz Khalifa "Say Yeah"
041. Chris Brown, T-Pain, & Wale "Kiss Kiss (Eli Remix)"
042. Twista & R-Kelly "So Sexy (Chromeo Remix)"
043. Something For The People "My Love Is Shhh (Sega Remix)"
044. Prince Mr. 773 "Kool Aid"
045. David Banner & Lil Flip "Like A Pimp (Nephets Remix)"
046. Yung Joc & Gorilla Zoe "Bottle Poppin (Benzi Refix)"
047. T2 "Heartbroken"
048. Fatman Scoop "Outro"
Perfect for the weekend.

Elsewhere "Best of 2007" Mix

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Click image for full tracklist.

The Sound Advice crew uploaded this mix from their boy Elsewhere, who blends his favorite tracks from 2007. Everything from M.I.A. to "Hello Brooklyn 2.0", with Amy Winehouse, Kia Shine and Radiohead thrown in for good measure. Download HERE.

DJ Craze: FABRICLIVE.38 tracklisting

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This one is aimed right at the floor. Loads of partytime jams from Miami's turntablist DJ Craze. I was expecting a more DnB or Hip-Hop oriented affair, but check out the tracklist:

01. Craze – Intro Ft. Armanni Reign - Craze
02. N.O.R.E. – Set It Off Ft. Swizz Beatz and J. Ru$$ - Babygrande
03. Cool Kids – I Rock – Chocolate Industries
04. Cool Kids – Black Mags – Chocolate Industries
05. Bangers and Cash – Loose – Downtown
06. Tuff Crew – My Part Of Town - Warlock
07. Jan Hammer – Miami Vice Theme - Universal
08. Miami Jam Crew – Pretty Girls – Midtown
**. DJ Blaqstarr – Shake It To The Ground Ft. Rye Rye (Acapella) – Mad Decent
09. Lushus – Ho Fo Sho - Craze
10. The Beat Club – Security - Warners
11. Chromeo – Bonafied Lovin’ (Eli Escobar Remix Ft. Pase Rock) – Back Yard
12. Treasure Fingers – Cross The Dancefloor – Treasure Fingers
13. DJ Blaqstarr – Supastarr – Mad Decent
14. Coldcut – True Skool Ft. Roots Manuva (Switch Remix) – Ninja Tune
15. Earth, Wind and Fire – Brazilian Rhyme - Sony
16. Armand Van Helden – I Want Your Soul – Ministry Of Sound
17. Debbie Deb – When I Hear Music – Pandisc
18. Magic Mike – Magic Mike Cutz The Record – Cheetah
19. Quadrant Six – Body Mechanic - Atlantic
20. DJ Laz – Red Alert – Pandisc
21. Fresh Celeste and M4 Sers – Give It All To Me – JR Records
22. Bangers And Cash – Shake That - Downtown
23. The Pase Rock – Lindsay Lohan’s Revenge (Klever Remix) – Fully Fitted
24. Kazey & Bulldog – Big Truck – Dress-2-Sweat
25. The Chemical Brothers – Get Yourself High (Switches Rely On Rub) – EMI
26. Kid Sister – Pro Nails Remix feat. Kanye West – Fools Gold
27. DJ Assault – Pushin’ (Deekline, Wizard & Freq Nasty Mix) - Rat
Wild, right? More info HERE. US release date: March 11, 2008.

[video] "The Hunger Strike" (preview)


Yesterday, Rizoh posted this video. It includes clips from an unaired episode of The Boondocks apparently titled "The Hunger Strike". Looks like its marking ont BET as well as some Al Sharpton-type of preacher/media hog:

ROFL @ Wal-Mart employees taking up a collection for ANYBODY. Anyone have word on if/when this episode will come to light?

[video] Mayor's Delight

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Philadelphia's new mayor, Michael Nutter, recently picked up the mic at his Inaugural Ball and rapped along to "Rapper's Delight". Word is he was a DJ back in the day. Peep ?uestlove on the decks:

I hope he can communicate with today's niggas to lower their murder rate.

Use The Force: Soul Caliber IV

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Word from 1UP is that Soul Calibur IV will feature two Star Wars characters as playable warriors: Darth Vader (for the PS3 version) and Yoda (for the Xbox 360). They did it on some racialist shit (PS3 is black, Xbox 360 is green), but both look stunning:

I own neither system, but I would cop the PS3 to be Darth.

In totally unrelated news, for any of you old school console heads who still own NES, Super NES, Sega Genesis or Sega Master System carts, there are new, non-generic console clones that will allow you to play those games. That's right, you don't have to spend loot on eBay copping an almost-dead NES or Genesis to play your spittle-ridden games. [LINK]

Droppin' Science

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Fans of classic Hip-Hop samples know that the Blue Note jazz label is ripe with source material for some of your favorite jams. Blue Note knows this, and in continuing with their homage to the Hip-Hop (and other) acts that have sampled them, they are dropping a pretty dope compilation on the 12th of February entitled Droppin' Science, which features a host of cuts from the late '60s through the mid-'70s that have been sampled and used by artists like Dr. Dre, the Beastie Boys, A Tribe Called Quest, Kool G Rap, Madonna, J Dilla, Main Source, Jill Scott and Brian Austin Green(?!?), among others. Check out the tracklist:

1. Lou Donaldson “It’s Your Thing” – Originally on the album Hot Dog (Blue Note, 1969).
Brand Nubian “Punks Jump Up To Get Beat Down” (Elektra)
De La Soul “Bitties In The BK Lounge” (Tommy Boy)
Lox “Get This $” (Bad Boy/Arista)
Real Live “Day You Die” (Pirate/Big Beat)
Madonna “I’d Rather Be Your Lover” (Warner Bros.)

2. Ronnie Foster “Mystic Brew” – Originally on the album Two Headed Freap (Blue Note, 1972).
A Tribe Called Quest “Electric Relaxation” (Jive)
Rell “Real Love” (Roc-A-Fella/Def Jam)
E.T.A. “Ayia Napa” (Flex)

3. Donald Byrd “Think Twice” – Originally on the album Stepping into Tomorrow (Blue Note, 1974).
A Tribe Called Quest “Footprints” (Jive)
Main Source “Lookin At The Front Door” (Wild Pitch)
De La Soul “Simply Havin” (Tommy Boy)
DJ Krush “Big City Lover” (Instinct)
J Dilla “Think Twice” (BBE)

4. David Axelrod/David McCullum “The Edge” – Originally on the album Music: A Bit More of Me (Capitol, 1968).
Dr. Dre “The Next Episode” (Aftermath/Interscope)

5. Jack McDuff “Oblighetto” – Originally on the album Moon Rappin’ (Blue Note, 1969).
A Tribe Called Quest “Scenario” (Jive)
J Dilla “Oblighetto Remix” (Blue Note)

6. Joe Williams “Get Out Of My Life Woman” – Originally on the album Presenting Joe Williams and the Thad Jones/Mel Lewis Jazz Orchestra (Solid State, 1966).
Kool G Rap “Ill Street Blues” (Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros.)
Biz Markie “Funk Is Back” (Cold Chillin’/Warner Bros.)
Cadillac Tah “You Loose” (Def Jam)
Jill Scott “Brotha” (Hidden Beach)

7. Grant Green “Down Here On The Ground” – Originally on the album Alive! (Blue Note, 1970).
A Tribe Called Quest “Vibes & Stuff” (Jive)
Madonna “Forbidden Love” (Boy Toy/Warner Bros.)

8. Lonnie Smith “Spinnin Wheel” – Originally on the album Drives (Blue Note, 1970).
A Tribe Called Quest “Can I Kick It” (Jive)
Pete Rock And C.L. Smooth “Act Like You Know” (Elektra)
Brian Austin Green “Didn’t Have A Clue” (Yam Yum Entertainment)

9. Jeremy Steig “Howling For Judy” – Originally on the album Legwork (Solid
State, 1970).
Beastie Boys “Get It Together” (Capitol)

10. Lou Donaldson “Who’s Makin Love (To Your Old Lady)” Originally on the album Hot Dog (Blue Note, 1969).
Biggie Smalls “One More Chance” Remix. (Bad Boy)
Marley Marl & Craig G “Droppin Science” (Cold Chillin”/Warner Bros)
Mary J. Blige “Everyday It Rains” (Def Jams)

BONUS TRACKS (Digital album and LP version)

11. Ronnie Laws “Tidal Wave” Originally on the album Pressure Sensitive (Blue
Note, 1975).
Black Moon “Who Got The Props” (Nervous)
Jackson 5 “I Want You Back (Remix)” (Motown)

12. Monk Higgins “Little Green Apples” – Originally on the album Extra Soul Perception (Solid State, 1969).
Gangstarr “Code Of The Streets” (Chrysalis/EMI)

13. Donald Byrd “Wind Parade” – Originally on the album Places and Spaces (Blue Note, 1975).
Black Moon “Buck Em Down” (Nervous)
2 Pac “Definition of A Thug Nigga” (Columbia Pictures/Sony) and (Amaru/Interscope/Jive)
2 Pac “Late Night” (Interscope)
Organized Confusion “Stray Bullet” (Hollywood)
That's a 10-track CD, 13-track digital and vinyl release. This is seen by the VP of Blue Note as the "cream of the crop" of tracks that have been used from the Blue Note catalogue (these were selected from over 25 songs), and is a must for any crate digger, producer, or just a fan of the "golden age" of Hip-Hop. Essential music history, folks. Don't sleep.

The Observation Deck (9th Jan. 2008)

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  • One of the two NJ prison escapees was caught just six blocks from the jail. Jose Espinosa must have been some kind of fool. In an even odder turn of events, Al Sharpton went to Mexico City to try and get the nigga escapee, Otis Blunt, to come home. So the Spanish dude stays in Elizabeth, while the black guy runs for Mexico? What's next, a female president? (I keed, I keed)
  • No matter how "cool" you are with black people, the last joke you need to be making, especially on a televised program on something like The Golf Channel, is about how someone should "lynch" Tiger Woods. I doubt homegirl getting reprimanded, but come on, take her off the commentary for a bit.
  • A real-life Weekend At Bernie's went down in Hell's Kitchen, where two unemployed schmoes tried to cash the check of their dead homeboy... who they had propped up in the whip outside. They were outted while attempting to pull his flopping corpse out of the car. Sounds like a dopefiend dream.
  • The last thing I figured video games woul need is something like Guitar Hero Air Rocker. A video game made out of air guitar bullshit? Let me get down with Turntable Hero first.
  • Sounds like the Spears clan and Dr. Phil won't be sending each other Christmas cards: Britney's moms is tired of Dr. Phil not only continuously bringing up Brit in the media, but trying to create a special on the family, which he ultimately canned. While I don't know his intent, I do think its suspect that his name has become synonymous with Britney's latest troubles.
  • The New York Times' Freakonomics blog wanted to know what "Real Thugs" thought of The Wire. They put an $8K bet on Marlo getting popped, and think Bunk is on the take. Interesting...
  • Lil' Wayne writing for Dr. Dre? Why am I not impressed? Peep more info on this, as well as on The Carter III via this interview Weezy conducted with MTV.
  • Comcast is allowing the FCC to probe their web traffic, based on accussations that the ISP block ish like BitTorrent. Shut 'em down, FCC.

If it ain't one thing...

Pimp C: Last FADER Interview

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This interview was commissioned for FADER 40, but never printed. Check his thoughts on MP3s in a CD world:

You know what the problem is, man? It’s not that stuff undermining CD sales, it’s that most of the CDs are shitty. Bootlegging is a problem, it’s a problem for all of us but if you got a good product people still gonna go to the store and buy it. If somebody told me right now I could turn on my laptop and go get the new 8Ball & MJG album, I’m fit to go on there and get that ‘cause I’m a fan of and I want to hear it now. But guess what? If it’s shitty I just might not go buy it. What’s happening now is people are reviewing these albums a week before they really come out an if its not what its supposed to be, folks aint buying em.

Gotta love the man for speaking the truth. Rest In Peace.

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!