Saturday, January 12, 2008

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

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

DJVIBE.com 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

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

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

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.

Friday, January 11, 2008

The Observation Deck (11th Jan. 2008)

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

DnBTv.com T-Shirt Contest!

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


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...
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land'o'leaks:

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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! =)

Thursday, January 10, 2008

DJ Benzi x Mick Boogie x Fatman Scoop = Motivation

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)

Tracklist:
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

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

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

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

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]

Wednesday, January 09, 2008

Droppin' Science


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)


  • 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

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.

Tuesday, January 08, 2008

Miley Cyrus Pulls A MF Doom

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

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:



SMH.

Dub MD & Rap Talk present Swaggie Piffin' Boys

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:

Download

Tracklist:

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

Wordsmith and HipHopDX.com 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.

Monday, January 07, 2008

[video] "Do The Can't Dance"

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



Here's the MP3.

Peace To The God

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 xxlmag.com... 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. XXLMag.com? 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)


  • 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.

*sigh*

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:

MP3

Tracklist:

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]

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!

Sunday, January 06, 2008

[video] "Dirty Girl"

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

The Joker looks wild in this:



I'd go see this.