Saturday, December 29, 2007

The Right Man For The Job

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.

Friday, December 28, 2007

Sum PSP Hax0r

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:

FREE FOR DOWNLOAD!!

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.

Tracks:
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!
http://iqentertainment.net/SumPSP/Sum%20-%20PSP%20Hax0r.zip

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)

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


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...]

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grab ya buckets...

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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.

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

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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!

Thursday, December 27, 2007

2007 Rap Up

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)


  • 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.

Wednesday, December 26, 2007

The Observation Deck (26th Dec. 2007)


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

Tuesday, December 25, 2007

On That Leak: Strictly Leakage

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!

Monday, December 24, 2007

Jay-Z Chunks The Deuce

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

L'chaim!

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)


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

A Huey Freeman Christmas

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

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.

Sunday, December 23, 2007

RIP Ali G

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.