Archive for 01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008

Kidz In The Hall The In Crowd cover

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In stores April 29, 2008.

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 5

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Looks like Amanda Diva is feelin' better, and has some ill news and views for you again:

[video] Nicki Minaj ft. Lil' Wayne "High As A Kite"

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Who let this video ho on the mic? Why is Weezy's cameo some fuzzy 'in the booth' shit? SMH:

On That Leak: Ananda Project

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Ananda Project "Where The Music Takes You (Pasta Boys Dub)": This is taken from Night Blossom, the remix companion to 2007's Fire Flower album. The remix album features this track, as well as remixes from Jay-J, Frankie Feliciano, Kevin Hedge, Joe Claussell and Idjut Boys, as well as an alternate version of "Let Me Fly", and a new cut entitled "Moment Before Dreaming". This is a 2-disc affair, as the 2nd disc is a continuous mix from Ananda Project founder Chris Brann.

I only knew of the Ananda Project from Logistics' Now More Than Ever LP, and had no idea these cats repped the ATL. If you like your house with a mix of Soul & R&B, definitely pick up Night Blossom when it drops on April 15th via King Street Sounds, and enjoy the free cut! Peep the complete tracklists:

CD1 (Fire Flower Revisited)
“Universal Love (Jay-J's Shifted Up Mix)”
“Where The Music Takes You (Pasta Boys Remix)”
“Stay As You Are (Tomo Remix)”
“Free Me (Scott Richmond & DJ Ebar Vocal Mix)”
“Moments Before Dreaming (Original)”
“Into The Sunrise (Ricanstruction Mix)”
“Stalk You (DJ Kawasaki Remix)”
“Fireworks (Blaze Roots Vocal Mix)”
“Let Love Fly (Joe Claussell Album Remix)”
“Moments Before Dreaming (Idjut Boys Rmx 1)”

CD2 (Non Stop Ananda Classics Mix)
“Into The Sunrise (Chris Brann Reprise)”
“Secret (King Britt Scuba Mix)”
“Stay As You Are (Rurals Remix)”
“Justice, Mercy (Aquanote Mix)”
“Moments Before Dreaming (Idjut Boys Dub)”
“Remember When (The Wind Destroyed Our Village)”
“Let Love Fly (Early Winter Mix)”
“Where The Music Takes You”
“Bahia (Kyoto Jazz Massive Remix)”
“Kiss Kiss Kiss (Alternative Mix)”
“Cascades Of Colour”

Lovely! Shouts to Justin for the heads up.

[video] Fishbone - 1987 Japanese TV Interview

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And you niggas think you are giving exciting interviews:

BHM2K8: "Be Better Than Your Idol"

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Lebron wants to be better than his idol, Air Jordan:

Get a better team, nigga. Your Cavs ain't getting 6 rings right now.

[video] "Sports Rap-Up Year In Review 2007"

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Akrobatik runnin' down 2007:

Michael Jackson Thriller 25 [review]

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Be it Kanye West, Justin Timberlake, Chris Brown or a plethora of other current artists, Michael Jackson's legacy lives on, and it's only fitting that his seminal album, Thriller, which is not only one of 3 album to stay in the Billboard 100 for an entire year, but it's the best selling album, ever. So, it's only right that, 25 years removed from it's release, a special 25th Anniversary Edition is unearthed. Is it worth it, though...

For the diehard MJ fan, yes. This thing is the complete package, from the immediate hits like "Billie Jean" and "Beat It" to more hidden gems like "The Lady In My Life" and "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'". Many talk nowadays about being "in the pocket", that area within a great track where your voice not only fits perfectly, but it truly becomes another instrument. That was Michael's gift back then. Frankly, I'm not sure what Michael was talkin' about on most of the album (what the hell is a "mama-say-mama-sah-ma-ma-coo-sa"), but there was that feeling, that Soul, that oomph that just, damn, it just worked. "Billie Jean" was a song about a stalker trying to say Mike fathered her kid, but without knowing that, the lyrics come off like random, schizo gibberish that you can get your groove on to. Tracks like "The Girl Is Mine" with Paul McCartney, are beautiful stories that back then end up in a playful back and forth between two buddies who are trying to one up their homey, which nowadays become fodder for the ego like "Same Girl". Smooth RnB for the jheri nation.

I could go on, about how "P.Y.T." is such a dope track that Kanye can make it a hit today, to how "The Lady In My Life" is possibly one of the most seductive tracks from one of the Pop scene's most atypical figures, ever. Or how "Thriller" is still ice-cold, with that rubberband synth funk and those accenting saxaphones - this is one crypt keepin' jam! Alas, the main reason my audience might pick this one up is for the 2008 reworks of these hits. My thing is, some of these come off as trying to mimic that old style for a new era, which isn't really what needs to be done. Michael proved with "Butterflies" that he can morph into any situation, and doesn't need to be cloaked in that "oh, I remember that" feel.'s "The Girl Is Mine 2008" tries to boom-bap the original, but falters with the synth washes and that corny bass. And where's Paul McCartney? Their whole tit-for-tat made this track - removing him for will's bullshit cooing is just insulting. The party don't stop, as will keeps it moving with his 2008 rendition of "P.Y.T.", which is just insulting and even with Michael rockin' a new rendition on his lyrics, essentially rewriting the track, that Black Eyed Peas feel of the beat just doesn't feel right. will is no MC, and he shows it, with his lazy "hotter than Maybeline" nonsense. Akon comes right in with his 2008 version of "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin'", and I am torn. While I am not feeling Akon trying to sound loverman, talkin' about hittin' it off until the early morn, but I do like how he freaked the "mama-say" stuff over that bouncy track. I am kind of missing Michael on this, but with his background, the worldly feel of this one works well. Fergie doing "Beat It 2008"? Hated it! And why was Kanye West given "Billie Jean" to remix, as opposed to doing something like a special "Good Life" with Michael ad-libbing or adding a new verse? MJ singing the chrous to "Good Life" would have been a good look, nice mixtape style thing, but we are treated to a slowed-down "Beat It" with "Stronger" drums. Sort of a waste...

The CD version of this package ends with "For All Time", a previously unreleased cut from the Thriller sessions, and seems like more of a throwaway. It's good to have mid-tempo Michael Jackson cuts to tide you over, but this one reminds me of many of MJ's later cuts. It's a nice heart-strumming number, would fit perfect in a cheesy 80's teen movie, during a montage of two secret lovers necking in the woods.

Thriller encapsulates a moment in music time, and this special edition dropping during Black History Month is a good look. MJ broke the MTV color barrier, getting massive TV play and ultimately shaping the constraints of the music video. Today's YouTube artist would be nothing without the strides Michael took back in the day. I would just hope that, instead of getting these rehashed staples in Thriller history, we could have gotten more unreleased jams, or some all-new, original music from Michael, again ala "Butterflies" or something of that flavor. Do the 5 remixes cheapen the disc? Depends on the listener, but they might also help breathe new life into this material for a newcomer who might love Akon but not know about Michael Jackson. Plus, the DVD portion includes the "Beat It" performance that Chris Brown rocked at the 2K7 VMAs, and is essential viewing for anyone trying to be a serious dancer today.

rock the dub gives Thriller 25 a 3.75 out of 5 stars. Personally, I could have done without the 2008 revisits to these hits, but vintage Michael Jackson is much better that current Soulja Boy. Where is Michael's album of new material?

Burn Deez: "The Lady In My Life", "Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' 2008", "Billie Jean"

Thriller 25 is in stores today! Grab a copy before some 50 year old with a backpack full of activator jacks you of your copy!

Bonus Beats: Thriller 25 Promo Video

[video] Pete Rosenberg Interviews Prodigy

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Get some insight on Prodigy's state of mind before getting locked down, on Mobb Deep and other things:

Bonus Beats: illRoots posted up an interview with Prodigy as well; this was done before he was going to go away last month, before that 30 day stay was granted.

History of Hip-Hop Vols. 16 & 17

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For some reason, I missed the DJ Ayers-mixed tribute to 1994, a great year for Hip-Hop both above and below the ground. Straight gems, you know the score:



1. Craig Mack f. Notorious B.I.G. & Busta Rhymes – Flava in Ya Ear (remix)
2. O.C. – Time’s Up (DJ Ayres blend)
3. Nas – N.Y. State of Mind
4. Notorious B.I.G. – Unbelievable
5. Jeru tha Damaja – D. Original
6. Gangstarr f. Jeru & Lil Dap – Speak Ya Clout
7. Artifacts – Wrong Side of Da Tracks
8. Smif N Wessun – Bucktown
9. Organized Konfusion – Stress (Pete Rock remix)
10. Crooklyn Dodgers – Crooklyn
11. Common Sense – Resurrection (DJ Ayres Blend)
12. Keith Murray – The Most Beautifullest Thing in this World
13. Notorious B.I.G. – Juicy
14. Method Man f. Mary J Blige – You’re All I Need (Remix)
15. Nas – It Ain’t Hard to Tell (+ Pete Rock Remix)
16. Group Home – Supa Star
17. Gang Starr – The ? Remains MIXDOWN
18. KRS One f. Channel Live – Mad Izm
19. Redman – Can’t Wait
20. A Tribe Called Quest f. Busta Rhymes – One Two Shit
21. The Coup – Dig It
22. Casual – Lose in the End
23. Saafir – Battle Drill
24. KMD f. MF Grimm – What A Niggy Know
25. Jeru tha Damaja – You Can’t Stop the Prophet
26. Lady of Rage – Afro Puffs
27. Notorious B.I.G. – Warning
28. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Murder Was The Case
29. Gravediggaz – Diary of a Madman
30. Ultramagnetic MCs – Raise It Up
31. A Tribe Called Quest f. No Naim – Oh My God (remix)
32. Digable Planets – 9th Wonder (Blackitolism)
33. The Fugees – Nappy Heads remix
34. Da Bush Babees – We Run Things
35. Kurious – I’m Kurious
36. Ill and Al Scratch – Where My Homies
37. Outkast f. Goodie Mobb – Git Up, Git Out
38. Odd Squad – Fa Sho
39. Scarface – I Seen A Man Die
40. Big Mike – Playa Playa
41. E-40 and the Click – Captain Save A Hoe
42. Bone Thugs N Harmony – Thuggish Ruggish Bone
43. Eightball & MJG – No Sellout
44. UGK – Front, Back and Side to Side
45. Dru Down – Ice Cream Man Warren G f. Nate Dog – Regulate
46. Black Moon – Buck Em Down remix
47. The Roots – Proceed

Please, don't hurt 'em!

What better way to showcase 1995 by truly going in!? Cosmo Baker threw like 80+ cuts in this one!:



1. Real Live “Real Live Shit”
2. Smooth Da Hustler “Broken Language” feat. Trigger The Gambler
3. Luniz “I Got 5 On It”
4. Mic Geronimo “Masta I.C.”
5. Q-Ball & Curt Cazal “My Kinda Moves”
6. J-Live “Braggin’ Writes”
7. The Nonce “Bus Stop”
8. B.U.M.S. “Elevation (Free My Mind)”
9. Smif N Wessin “Sound Bwoy Bureill”
10. The Click “Hot Ones Through The Ghetto”
11. Kool G Rap “Take “Em To War feat. MF Grimm”
12. Lord Finesse “No Gimmicks” Brainstorm Remix feat. O.C.
13. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising”
14. Mobb Deep “Temperature’s Rising” (The Abstract Remix)
15. Das EFX “Microphone Master” (DJ Spinna Remix)
16. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Players Anthem”
17. Blahzay Blahzay “Danger (When The East Is In The House)”
18. Mad Skillz “Skillz In ‘95”
19. Organized Konfusion “You Won’t Go Far” feat. O.C.
20. Ten Thieves “It Don’t Matter”
21. Black Moon “Headz Ain’t Ready” (Remix feat. Smif N Wessin)”
22. Ahmad “Come Widdie feat. Ras Kass & Saffir”
23. Jay-Z “Can’t Get Wit That”
24. The Roots “Silent Treatment” (Kelo’s Remix)
25. Ill Al Scratch “Don’t Shut Down On A Player”
26. Lost Boys “Lex Coups, Bimaz & Benz”
27. GZA “4th Chamber”
28. GZA “Liquid Swords”
29. Big L “Put It On”
30. Artifacts “Dynamite Soul (Lip Service Remix feat. Mad Skillz)”
31. KRS One “MCs Act Like They Don’t Know”
32. Group Home “Up Against The Wall (Low Budget Mix)”
33. Group Home “The Realness”
34. Roxanne Shante “Queen Pin”
35. AZ “Sugar Hill” (Remix)
36. Showbiz & A.G. “U Know Now” (Buckwild Remix)
37. Da Youngsta’z “I’ll Make You Famous”
38. Ruggedness Madd Drama “Make U Go Crazy”
39. World Renoun “Come Take A Ride”
40. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Stay With Me Remix)
41. Notorious B.I.G. “One More Chance” (Hip-Hop Remix)
42. Common “Resurrection” (Large Professor Remix)
43. Common Ressuerction” (Extra P Remix)
44. D&D All-Stars “1, 2 Pass It”
45. Shabazz The Disciple “Death Be The Penalty”
46. Raekwon The Chef “Ice Cream”
47. Method Man “I’ll Be There For You / You’re All I Need To Get By feat. Mary J. Blige” (Razor Sharp Remix)
48. Bahamadia “Uknowhowwedo”
49. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money” (Remix)
50. Junior M.A.F.I.A. “Get Money”
51. Notorious B.I.G. “Who Shot You?”
52. 2Pac “Me Against The World”
53. Young D Boyz “Keep On Poppin’ The Dope Track”
54. Broadway “Must Stay Paid”
55. Lost Boyz “Lifestyles Of The Rich And Shameless”
56. Outkast “Benz Or Beamer”
57. Da Bush Babees “Remember We” (Salaam Remi Remix)
58. GZA “Shadowboxing” feat. Method Man Redman & Method Man “How High”
59. Das EFX “Real Hip-Hop”
60. Fat Joe “Shit Is Real” (DJ Premier Remix)
61. Crooklyn Dodgers ‘95 “Return Of The Crooklyn Dodgers”
62. Big Noyd “Recognize & Realize”
63. Mobb Deep “Give Up The Goods (Just Step)”
64. Keith Murray “I Get Lifted”
65. Sadat X & Akinyele “Loud Hangover”
66. Ol Dirty Bastard “Brooklyn Zoo”
67. Mad Skillz “The Nod Factor”
68. Grand Puba “I Like It (I Wanna Be Where You Are)”
69. LL Cool J “Doin’ It”
70. Pharcyde “Runnin’
71. The Dove Shack “Summertime In The LBC”
72. The Alkaholiks “Daaam!” (Buckwild Remix)
73. Jurassic 5 “Unified Rebellion”
74. Funkmaster Flex “Nuthin’ But Flava” feat. Charlie Brown, Ol Dirty Bastard & Biz Markie
75. Lords Of The Underground “What I’m After” (Sir Charles Mix)
76. Ol Dirty Bastard “Shimmy Shimmy Ya” Rakim “Last Resort”
77. Mobb Deep “Shook Ones Pt. 2”
78. E-40 “Sideways” feat. B-Legit
79. Tha Alkaholiks “The Next Level”
80. Nine “Whucha Want?”
81. Rude Riddim Experiment “Everybody Bounce”
82. Doug E. Fresh “Where The Party At?”
83. Bone Thugs N Harmony “First of The Month”
84. TRU “Bout It, Bout It”
85. Three 6 Mafia “Tear The Club Up”

Bonus Beats: Check out this feature on the three DJs that make up The Rub as they talk about this series.

related links:
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 15: 1993
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 14: 1992
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 13: 1991
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 12: 1990

[video] Sharkula "School Fools"

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This is from Sharkula's Martin Luther King Jr. Whopper with Cheese album; I just got his The Diagnosis of Sharkula album in the mail - review coming soon!

Hip-Hop Wesley Willis FTW?

Bonus Beats: "Witness Dub Freestyle"

The Wire, Season 5: "The Dickensian Aspect" [recap]

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The Stanfield Organization is wild. How they could have canvased Omar's hideouts, all of the hospitals in B-more, and every sewer, nook & cranny in the hood, but did not hit the fucking janitor closet in the building the shootout happened is beyond me. I guess they figured Omar's "Spiderman shit" had him flying all over the city, and not limped up with a fucked up leg.

Did anyone get flashbacks of Avon, season 1, putting out bounties on "the cocksucker's head"? Does Marlo not know how that one ended? What makes him think he can change history? He can't strongarm Omar like he did Fat Face Rick, Prop Joe, Hungry Man and the rest of the Co-Op (or, well, what was left of it; looks like Marlo did away with that). Didn't you like how Slim Charles came with the "I ain't no CEO" line, then Cheese looked at him like "nigga you dumb"; Slim knows what it is - the more responsibility, the easier Marlo will be to cap your ass if you fuck up.

In any case, this show was so great but hardly for this battle, and while I did love seeing Omar get back to his roots, hobblin', blowing up SUVs full of money, this one was all about the suspense in the serial killer angle. How McNulty could fix his face to be upset with Freamon, and say some shit like "you are a supervisor's worst nightmare" is rich, based on the past 4 seasons of McNulty's drunken debauchery. He acts as if Freamon was the one who came up with the original twisted plot that seems to only want to end badly. Can it be that it was all so simple, that lil' Jimmy concocted a scheme to take funds for a fake crime spree and conduct his own surveillance on a real spree, only to have much national acclaim and next to nil funds thrown at it? You'd expect him to understand the check writing side of things a bit more swiftly. It's all about the wrong zip code: the war on drugs is dead, and unless you hit a magic patch of money, there's really no point in trying to fight it. Now, McNulty (and Freamon, and Bunk, and Sidnor) face a situation where they could be in orange jumpsuits, shackled in a cell, for falsifying records and murders! It's too late, though.

How hilariously tragic was the whole sequence of McNulty running that homeless man from B-more to VA, trying to create a kidnapping. From the looks of next week's previews, that shit comes back to bite him, hard. No quick fix in this one; no easy cribbing of dates & numbers to make up fake reports. This is real life, and I suspect real punishment coming down on our tragic hero.

I miss Gus about as much as the good folks at TV Squad do. We were told this year would focus more on the newsroom, but aside from Scott Templeton's downward spiral (upward ascension?), we've got not much. More press conferences with shots of notepad-clutching reports and less newsroom drama. I'm so tired of Scott, lying about phone calls and shit. I felt bad hating him, though, b/c he actually did his job this week, and that whole "look ma, no hands" bit was crazy real. Very well done.

That cat Bond is gonna fail. He wants all of the glory trying Clay Davis, but is going in with an unloaded pistol. He needs the fire of the shit Freamon gave him, but doesn't want this to go federal. I know you wanna be mayor, but fucking up a career case is not the way to go.

In terms of everything else, this show had some ill cameos: seeing Snitchin' Randy forced to be that hardcore nigga a year after being thrown in the group home was upsetting, but that's how he has to live now. He learned his lesson, and wants out, but won't snitch to do it. And seeing Nicky fucking Sobotka at the port opening was hilarious. Speaking of which, Carcetti's comments about the lack of media coverage at said opening was true and a nice touch, although his slimy "homelessness, eh" comment made me want to throw up. I hate that shit.

Why does Nancy Grace get to be on The Wire? I hate her.

We've officially hit the halfway mark; I think the downward slope is coming, and niggas is about to get hit - hard.

related links: summary
TV review

Deconstructing Illmatic

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I love posts like this; Dan Love has dropped an ill piece on Oh Word discussing the samples that make up Nas' debut LP, Illmatic. For the crate digger in all of us, I highly recommend this as required reading, especially in a state of Hip-Hop where the crackles of vinyl are both distant memory and forgotten history.

BHM2K8: Common = Green Lantern

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I've been so out of the loop with movie news; I had no idea that Common was up for the role of Green Lantern in the upcoming Justice League movie; well, he got it! I am glad he got it, but I don't think I've seen him really act, so I am not sure if it's the best look.

In any case, props to him. Does this mean Common and the Evil Genius will hook up for a "DC Comics Invation" mixtape when this movie is set to drop!?!?

DJ Cable - Weekly Mini Mix #3

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DJ Cable, representing the UK, is rocking these nice mini-mixes as of late. He is mainly sticking to what's ill in the clubs right now, in his own style, but this week he even threw in some current DnB to boot:



01. Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five - The Message
02. Dizzee Rascal - Fix Up, Look Sharp
03. Kanye West - Stronger
04. DJ Felli Fel Feat. Akon, Diddy, Ludacris & Lil' Jon - Get Buck In Here
05. Yung Joc - It's Goin' Down
06. The Prodigy - Voodoo People (Pendulum Remix)
07. Pendulum - Granite

Nice to see some older cuts make the mix. I'll keep you posted with future mixes in this vein!

[video] The Time Vs. Rihanna

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The Time and Rihanna performing from last night's Grammy Awards Show. The video on this is kind of choppy, but I wanted to include The Time's "Jungle Love" for those of you who aren't up on it. I actually preferred their performance to Rihanna's (she does both "Don't Stop The Music" and "Umbrella"), which included her in some get-up that had her looking like an ostrich, as my wife said:

FYI INRE: rock the dub radio, episode 015

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I got nothing for you lot today. My desktop spent the majority of the weekend recovering a fucked-up external drive. I got the most important shit off of there, but I did take a hit in terms of exclusives that I had been cultivating. One major folder in a sea of many isn't too bad, but alas, I had neither the time nor the PC to create a radio show this week, but I will definitely have something for you guys on the 25th of February. My apologies.

If you guys have ANY problems that need data recovery, I suggest kicking the $40 for Active@ UNDELETE (someone told me $2K would be the price to fully recover a HD, and I don't have that kind of luchini). It took about a day and a half to fully scan/recover the HD, and worked (pretty much) like a charm.

BHM2K8: Nigger, where are you?

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Image jacked from Nah Right.

Hey Nas, what's going on? We were supposed to get Nigger in December, but you up and pushed the release date to Black History Month, which we are in now. Including tomorrow (Feb. 12th), there's only 3 Tuesdays left, and unless you are going to drop this on Valentine's Day or Washington's Birthday, your window of opportunity is decreasing. You were just in the god-awful 100th issue of XXL (while I loved your interview, it was the only reason to cop that issue), and you revealed nothing.

With the bullshit and drama the title of your album has garnered, you'd be silly to let this slip by. It's a hot-button issue, and one that needs to be spoke on. I am fully behind you, but I just don't want to see you lollygag to the point where Nigger becomes C.P. Time or some other nonsense.

Nas, what gives? With no single or early tracklist at this point, there's little hope... anyone with info, hit the comments.

Bonus Beats: CNN interviewed Nas about his tee

Spotted over at The Rap Up.

[video] Kanye West: 2008 Grammy Awards Performance


Check out Kanye West performing "Stronger" & "Hey Mama" at this year's Grammies. Also, big up to him for his wins in the Best Rap Album, Best Rap Solo Performance, Best Rap Song & Best Rap Performance by a Duo or Group (w/ Common) (get the full list of winner here):

I haven't been a fan of Daft Punk since their first LP; that tweaking of the chorus makes me smile.

Bonus Beats: OnSMASH has also uploaded Kanye's acceptance speech; check out they try to play Kanye:

"It would be in good taste to stop the music." Do the damn thing, 'Ye.

BHM2K8: Saggin' Spelled Backwards

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I recently watched the episode of Dr. Phil where they debated the whole "baggy pants" ban going on all over. While I am not all about seeing a nigga's boxer shorts, I think expression via personal style is necessary, and to ban anyone from wearing baggy pants or tight pants or whatever is deep. The things some of these niggas say is ridiculous, though. Take the lyrics to the "Pull Your Pants Up" song. This nigga got on national TV talking about "you know what 'saggin' spelled backwards is". I mean, yeah I get it, but how are you going to be, on the one hand, trying to convey a positive message, then on the other hand pullin' some dumb "saggin = niggas" shit out your punk ass?! That's just keeping the bullshit going, not helping these niggas out.

Try again, idiot. And how you are going to try and call a cat who sags his pants an undercover fag is wild. Them niggas will totally shoot you in the head, patna. You should know, down in the D.

Rest In Peace, J Dilla


You already know, it's been 2 years since one of the illest (if not THE illest) producers ever, James Yancey (aka J Dilla, aka Jay Dee) passed away. We still mourn your loss, my nigga. Not a week goes by that I don't play SOMETHING Dilla-related, whether it's a random instrumental or something a bit more well-known. In any case, on this day, there are a few things you need to check out:

If there's more Dilla love on the interweb, please post in the comments. I will leave you wil this video of footage from the recent Donuts Are Forever 2 show, which had a load of heads out come out and support:

One love.

[video] Team Blackout In The Lab

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Run's son, JoJo, is in a crew called Team Blackout (if you watch Run's House you should know that). Randomly looking for info on the Simmonses, I found this video of the trio (as well as some other cats, including Diggy) vibin' to a new cut of theirs:

Got that bounce to it, kind of reminds me of a Bad Boy cut circa 2000.

Bonus Beats: Check out their version of "Sucker MC's":

(Grab the MP3 here; shhhh!)

BHM2K8: AYO (Nigga) Technology

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I'm guessing you guys have heard that Timbaland is going to be dropping the first "mobile-only" album ever, via Verizon. Essentially, he will be touring on this Verizon Mobile Studio Bus, and collaborating with various artists. The fruits of their labor will then be put out to V-Cast subscribers like days after their completion, and after this project is up, a compilation album will be released.

Talk about nigga technology! Such a sad state of affairs, that the physical medium is so overlooked that news of mobile-only material is coming. The thing is, the fact that these cuts are only available to Verizon users cuts out a serious chunk of listeners. And, if you use a different service, will exclusive Timbaland material really make you switch?

Having a nigga like Timbaland, who has helped shape the current sounds of R&B & Hip-Hop, is a dope thing, no doubt, but this is just ripe for bootleggin'. And what happens when one of these tracks gets leaked to radio? Niggas will want to buy this, whether it's iTunes or whatever - but you are saying "nah, nigga, you gotta wait". Sounds kind of counter-productive to me.

In any case, big up Timbaland - will Jay-Z or Skillz be on the bus at some point?

[video] Bun B & Slim Thug LIVE

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My boy Enigmatik has video footage of the recent Houston show that Bun B and company put on. The spirit of Pimp C seemed to have been alive that night. Get more over at BGDB:

Bonus Beats: Big up to E for being ranked #35 on Hip-Hop Crunch's Top 50 Hip-Hop Blogs!

Friday, February 8th 2008 playlist


week flew by kind of quick.


get'cha leaks 'ere...


That's all I got in the way of leaks, but you should get down with this video...

Opio (of Souls of Mischief) "Stop The Press"

From his forthcoming Vulture's Wisdom LP, due in stores April 2008.

Enjoy ya weekend!

BHM2K8: "The Uncle Ruckus Reality Show" [preview]

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You already know; banned episodes that weren't really banned. This shit is really takin' BET to task though:

ROFL @ "negative elevation".

On That Leak: The Knux "Cappuccino"

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The Knux "Cappuccino": This is a new track from some new signings over at Interscope. This is a bit different; it has that blend of the Hip-Hop with some of the Rock in there, kind of reminds me of a cross between Gym Class Heroes and the Cool Kids. These cats play their own instruments, are managed by Paul Rosenberg (the cat that brought the world Eminem), opened for Common on his Finding Forever tour and represent Nawlins. You can grab their album, Remind Me In 3 Days..., in the very near future.

Shouts to Matt for the heads up!

Gnarls Barkley The Odd Couple cover

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I'm not necessarily a fan of this group, but I know you internets warriors love this sort of thing, so here is the cover for this soon-to-be-critically acclaimed album.

This drops on Tax Day.

More Droppin' Science

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About a month ago, I hipped you to the Droppin' Science album that Blue Note is putting out on the 12th of February. I just got word that ?uestlove was tapped to write the liner notes (and with mixes like these, he is a natural fit). It's an interesting read... check it out!:

In hip hop’s coming-of-age during the mid to late-’80s, I slowly discovered that my father’s precious record collection was an oasis of endless trivia. Friends and I would sit by his turntable and play endless soul records only to discover, “Dayuuuuuuuum! This is where [enter hip hop producer here] got his idea for [enter artist here] for [hip hop song here]!!!!”

For those not too fortunate with a connoisseur figurehead like mine, there were other options like Lenny Roberts’s Ultimate Breaks & Beats and Paul Winley’s Super Disco Breaks, which basically gave you the Cliffs Notes on beat digging. I’m certain this upset most beat diggers pre-’85 who went as far as to wash the label off the record so that future break vultures couldn’t cheat with the old “look over the shoulder trick” that DJs still do to this day.

Combine all this with the discovery of your uncle’s James Brown 45s, and you pretty much have the soundtrack to the classic hip hop period of the late-’80s. There were some notable exceptions.

The one that makes me the proudest, of course, is my hometown champ (and the greatest, funkiest, and most precise DJ ever!), DJ Jazzy Jeff, who lived up to his name in 1986 with a ditty called “A Touch of Jazz,” a compiled cram session of ’70s funk/jazz trivia looped and scratched to perfection. It was the “DJ cut” — remember those? — on his debut album, Rock the House (along with an MC I haven’t heard from in eons? Any locale for a Will Smith? Anyone? . . . lol).

That was the first time I heard a Bluebreak used in hip hop (my favorite Mizell-penned classic “Harlem River Drive” for Bobbi Humphrey). As time progressed, I slowly started to discover the side of my pop’s record collection that I used to avoid like the plague (I mean the James/Parliament/Cameo/Ohio Players/Earth Wind & Fire smorgasborg was enough for my naive arse). Those records looked like old peoples’ records — what in the hell was a Lou Donaldson gonna teach me?

Enter Idris Muhammad, a crucial general in the Blue Note army that was key to crossing the prestigious jazz label over to the soul side of thangs. That was how I got sucked into Bluebreaks. Same jazz outlook, just a lil’ funkier, to reach the corners of the ghetto that an otherwise (still worthy) Jackie McLean or a Horace Silver couldn’t penetrate. Idris’s drums had equal influence on me just as strong as if he were playing the role of John “Jabo” Starks or Clyde Stubblefield in the James Brown band.

And pretty soon, the progressive element of hip hop entered the picture and traded their Ultimate Discos for post - Reid Miles-designed Disc(os). A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, The Jungle Brothers, Brand Nubian, KMD, Leaders of the New School, Pete Rock & CL Smooth, and even my group, all raided the closet of Blue Note’s funk period. Of course, the benefit to all was now there was a reintroduction to the kids of the parents to whom the initial Blue Note albums were aimed.

Of course, with hip hop now going through a very “curious” phase, compilations like the very one you hold in your hands are very necessary. Sure I can give you the ol’ “can’t know where you going ’less you know . . .” shtick, but at the rate where this “curious” phase feels like the pit of hell . . . then . . . perhaps a cliché might be a breath of fresh air.

— El ?uesto
(aka Ahmir ?uestlove Thompson)

Damn. Guess what, though... that's not all! J Rocc, who recently released his Thank You, Jay Dee (Act 3) mix, has done a promotional Droppin' Science Mix. Grab it here. You can also preview the entire album here; there is also a Droppin' Science/Wax Poetics contest going on. Enter!

BHM2K8: G(one)-Unit

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"Ewww, nigga you gay..." - Riley Freeman

Praise the Lord, G-Unit Clothing might be gone. Lord knows I hated those weird tank top combos like what's seen above. And LOL @ the fashion lines Gangstalicious came up in a recent Boondocks episode.

M.O.P. "Gotta Go"

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When M.O.P. left Loud to go to Roc-A-Fella, they put out this sick track entitled "Gotta Go"; it detailed the unhappiness with that situation, and their desire to leave the bullshit behind them. They linked up with the Roc and... dealt with the same bullshit. So, when they were reported to be signing a deal with 50 Cent's G-Unit Records a few years back (around the same time Mobb Deep signed), it looked like we were going to get them Brownsville ballistics back on a major. Then what happened? They put out a slept-on mixtape, a slept-on album, some Rap-Rock hybrid stuff, and well, Lil' Fame has been doing his thing on the boards. G-Unit releasing a M.O.P. record? Nah... so, I am ecstatic to learn that the Mash Out Posse is looking to leave G-Unit.

We all knew 50 didn't know how to market these niggas to the masses, and he showed it. The thing is, who can? The immediate idea would be Koch, which is boasting a pretty stable stable of ill MCs who just don't fit into the corporate Hip-Hop scheme.

Danze, Fame: good luck, my niggas. Hopefully you will find a beautiful spot and put out that FIYAAAAAAAAAAAAH!

BONUS BEATS: Billy Danze "Return Of The Marxman"

BHM2K8: Rocko Don't Get It

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Before peeping this post over at Sucker Free, I had no idea who the fuck Rocko Da Don was. With that name, one can pretty much garner all you need to know about his persona, his style, etc., which is good for marketing, right? Then, I saw this quote, again from that Sucker Free post:

“At first I was more cash motivated; just tryin’ to keep the dollars coming in. I knew I had what it takes because all that rap is [is having] swagger and just making words rhyme and tell stories and things of that nature. So, I already knew I had it what it took. I had to make up my mind if that was something I wanted to do. So, initially it was all cash motivated, but then once I really got into it, I started liking it. I started kind of digging it.”

Now, I applaud Sucker Free for taking the high road and not raking this nigga over the coals. That's not me. So pardon my French, excuse this rant, blah blah...

Nigga, get the fuck out of Hip-Hop. Seriously. Rap is nothing but having swagger, making words rhyme and telling stories? Are you fucking kidding me? Not only have you just shitted on modern day legends like Jay-Z, Eminem, Nas, the Wu-Tang Clan, Kanye West and a plethora of others, but you have shitted on the whole legacy and history of this art form. Rap and Hip-Hop is more than swag and spit, it's a way of life. It's a way out of the fuckin' ghetto/trap/grind for countless people (not just niggas, but Ricans, White cats, Asians, etc.); it's been a trendsetter in the world of fashion and in the music industry itself. It can be both "the Black CNN" as well as that music to charge you up. Ignorant ass niggas like you are the reason the White People still think of us as coons and porch monkeys, jiggaboos and niggers. Niggas like you are the problem, not the solution. Niggas like you are the reason this fucking industry is decaying: instead of really trying to provide a voice and use your celebrity (or what little you have) to help others in bad situations come to a head, you want to stick your dick in the scene, fuck it for some cash, buy some new jeans and be the fuck out. Nigga, fuck you. Get a life. Go be a runway model and show them prissy bitches how mean your swag is, fucker. Fuck you and the remedial English class you funked out of, fucker. "Umma Do Me", eh? Do us all a favor and die.

OK, now that that's out of my system, who is Rocko Da Don, anyways?

BHM2K8: They Spinnin', Nigga


This is how you niggas do it in the "A"? SMH...

[video] Wu-Tang vs. El Michels Affair

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Shouts to audibletreats for these live clips; I believe I have a bootleg recording of this performance for XM Radio:

"Bring Da Ruckus"

I first heard of El Michels Affair from their recreations of Raekwon tracks. Check out this recording of "Criminology" in NYC:

and "C.R.E.A.M."

Shit hot.

Thank You Jay Dee, Act 3

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The third and final act in J Rocc's tribute to J Dilla on Dilla's born day.

MP3 \\ subscribe \\ iTunes \\ Stones Throw Jukebox


Baby Loves Hip-Hop LP

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Prince Paul is making a Hip-Hop album for my 17 month old!:

Acclaimed producer Prince Paul is teaming up with a talented group of MC’s to for the second installment in the popular children’s series Baby Loves Music. The series was created in 2005 by Ropeadope Records founder Andy Blackman Hurwitz as a way to help parents introduce children to a wide range of musical genres. The first release in the series, Baby Loves Jazz, received the American Library Association’s award for “Notable children’s recording of the year.” Described as a “book on tape,” the new CD—called called Baby Loves Hip-Hop—will follow a group of five dinosaur friends, The Dino-5, on a musical adventure. The five rappers playing the parts are Chali Tuna of Jurassic 5 (MC T-Rex); Lady Bug Mecca of Digable Plants (Tracy Triceratops); Scratch from The Roots (TEO Pterodactyl); and Wordsworth (Billy Brontosaurus). Prince Paul will take on the role of DJ Stegosaurus. Grammy Award winning poet Ursula Rucker will narrate the CD and Chris Rock has reportedly optioned the story for a Broadway production. Baby Loves Hip-Hop is due in stores April 1.

Thank you, Paul. I always enjoyed your music but this just takes it to that next level!

[video] FADER TV: Rick Ross Interview

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Does exactly what it says on the tin:

On That Leak: The Camp

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The Camp ft. Apathy "Gentlemen Neeeds" (prod. by Apathy): Taken from their forthcoming debut album, The Campaign, has that ill shit you need. Got that ill, party-time vibe going on, but they have some nice flows. This trio (Dese, Grime Tha MC, Excetera with DJ Hevan) represent the Boston, Mass area, and are well-known for their live shows (check out their YouTube page for some live footage). They were recently signed to Commonwealth Records, and their album is being distributed by Amaglam, which has recently released material by both Kurious Jorge AND Joe Budden, so that's a great look. Peep a sample of their game with "Gentlemen Needs", which has a throwback feel to it.

Peep the tracklist for The Campaign:

1.) The Campaign (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
2.) Gentleman Needs ft/Apathy (produced by Apathy)
3.) Calm Down (produced by Confidence)
4.) So High ft. Sweetie Irie (produced by Turbz)
5.) Little Story f/ Slaine (produced by Turbz)
6.) Return Of The Boom Bap (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
7.) Walk On By (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
8.) Number 1 (produced by Turbz)
9.) Like It Or Not f/Sha Stimuli (produced by J Cardim)
10.) Cruise Control (produced by Apathy)
11.) Forgot What It Was (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
12.) Get Gone f/Q Furb (produced by E One)
13.) Grab The One f/Oak Lonetree (produced by Jaguar Skillz)
14.) Moving Up (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
15). 1 Million (produced by Apathy)
16.) Lazy As Hell (produced by Teddy Roxpin)
17.) Why (produced by Turbz)

If you check out their MySpace page, you will see links to two mixtapes: Bottoms Up (love that cover) and Make Room: The Mixtape. Check out this segment for that featured The Camp:

Make room!

Shouts to Matt for the heads up.


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Before you start bitching about Shepard Fairey being a plagarist, please, shut the fuck up.

I love this image. Obama should use this on his campaign. I'd like to see this on a t-shirt. I voted for you, Barack. You also did BIG in my hometown, so yeah. Someone make this a t-shirt.

Spotted over at FOBBDeep.

Pitbull: "Don't buy my album!"

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Pitbull, an "MC" that I never really fucked with from jump, is upset with TVT. He aired out his feelings on Big Boy's L.A. radio show, saying that TVT was not promoting him. He went further to say they were not promoting Lil' Jon (makes sense; Crunk Rock has been forthcoming for a minute) and the Ying Yang Twins (is that a bad thing?), but this nigga went a step further: he told fans not to buy his recent release, The Boatlift, but to download and burn it. He wants off TVT, and I don't blame him.

So, Mr. Pitbull, I am doing your bidding:

Pitbull - The Boatlift (rapidshare; rapidshare2; zShare;

Good luck, Pitbull!

Shouts to Trackstar for the heads up.

The Observation Deck (6th Feb. 2008)

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  • Olivia Munn is featured in the latest issue of Complex. She's not my normal cup of tea, but that cover is right.
  • RIP Tony Silver.
  • The Super Bowl posted damn near 98 million viewers this year. That's right up under the M*A*S*H* finale numbers.
  • Amy Winehouse has been questioned by police inreference to the video of her puffin' rocks. They ain't gonna arrest her, so WTF is the point?
  • While we're on the subject of crack, why does Flavor Flav need a sitcom? Seriously, why?
  • Speaking of Flav, Public Enemy is scheduled to perform It Takes A Nation Of Millions To Holds Us Back in its entirety in London. Can Flav still rock "Cold Lampin' With Flavor"? I loved that album - one of the first Hip-Hop cassettes I ever bought. Fucking bitch jacked it from me, too!
  • Niggas used to get jacked/murked for Jordans... now they are killing niggas over PSPs?
  • The Smoking Section interviewed Grandmaster Flash.
  • Want some ugly kicks, ladies? Check out Beyonce's "House of Dereon" disasters...
  • The Writers Guild is set to meet on Saturday to discuss a deal that's on the table. Hopefully this 3 month long ordeal gets sorted out. I need more episodes of LOST in production!
  • How Warner Music is posting a 1Q loss when Josh Groban was just murdering everyone sales-wise is beyond me.
  • Did you guys see the latest episode of The Boondocks? That shit was hilarious - and on point. I haven't laughed that much since, well, the Catcher Freeman episode.

The news you need to know...

[video] Jay-Z on CNBC

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"I'm not a businessman, I'm a business, MAN!":

BHM2K8: Nigger: The Movie

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From the nigger that brought you Criminals Gone Wild:

Via illRoots.

BHM2K8: The Black Lesbian


I like your style, Snoop. I mean, I figured homegirl was into females, which, if I may digress, seems to be a certain thing with Black Lesbians. I noticed that, at least in the hood, there are Black Lesbians that are fucking DIMEPIECES (aka homegirl on the left), that are done up very nice and are very lady-like. The thing is, they seem to gravitate to chicks who are like, well, Snoop: lesbians who dress like niggas. I mean, no disrespect, but some of these Black Lesbians are more hood that niggas on the block are! Timbs, doo rags, baggy jeans, the whole nine. I don't notice this as much with White Lesbians (a lot of time, the more "butch" females seem to dig/attract other butch females). Like I said, I'm not sure about the burbs or the country, but in the hoods that I live near and grew up in, that seemed to always be the case. Makes you wonder: do the butch Black Lesbians fuck like niggas, too? Like, are they throwing strap-ons and talkin' slick to these ladies, or what?

Via YBF.

Re-Up Gang We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 3: FINAL VERSION

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Looks like the version of We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 3 that I linked you to on Monday is just a webrip; Eskay has info on the FINAL version, that, even with DJ Drama on it, has better sound quality. You be the judge.

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 4

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Shouts to Amanda for keeping the show going while being sick:

BHM2K8: ?uestlove - Sample Lesson

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I love that t-shirt almost as much as I love this mix. ?uestlove is a true crate digger: only a nigga who loves samples this much would drop an entire mix of nothing samples from your favorite Hip-Hop tracks. You have probably heard this before, but it's good to have again. Check out this dynamic tracklist:

MP3 (mirror)


1. Arc Choir - "Jesus Walks" (Mapleshade) (USED IN = Kanye West - "Jesus Walks" (Roc-A-Fella))
2. Nu Birth - "You're What I'm All About" (?) (USED IN = Biggie Smalls - "Player Anthem (X-Ray))
3. The Whatnaughts - "I'll Erase Away Your Pain" (Priority) (USED IN = Kanye West - "Late" (Roc-A-Fella))
4. Main Ingredient - "Let Me Prove My Love To You" (RCA) (USED IN = Alicia Keys - "You Don't Know My Name" (J Records))
5. Silvia Striplin - "You Can't Turn Me Away" (Charly) (USED IN = Junior M.A.F.I.A. - "Get Money" (X-Ray))
6. The Temptations - "I Don't Know What It Is, But It Sure Is Funky" (Motown) (USED IN = Common - "The Corner" (Geffen))
7. Honey Cone - "Innocent Till Proven Guilty" (Fantasy) (USED IN = Common - "Testify" (Geffen))
8. DJ Rogers - "Faithful To The End" (RCA) (USED IN = Common - "Faithful" (Geffen))
9. Luchi DeJesus - "Round About Midnight" (?) (USED IN = KRS ONE - "A Friend" (Jive))
10. Dynasty - "Adventures In The World Of Music" (Solar/Sequal) (USED IN = Camp-Lo - "Luchini" (Profile))
11. Willie Mitchell - "Grovin'" (Hi) (USED IN = GZA - "Liquid Swords" (Geffen))
12. Wendy Renay – "After The Laughter Come Tears" (Stax/Altanta) (USED IN = Wu Tang Clan - "Tearz" (Loud))
13. The Charmels - "I'll Never Grow Old" (Stax/Altanta) (USED IN = Wu Tang Clan - "Cream" (RCA))
14. Dione Warwick - "You're Gonna Need Me" (Invictions) (USED IN = Usher - "Throwback" (Arista))
15. Billy Cobham - "Heather" (Wounded Bird) (USED IN = Souls of Mischief - "93 Till Infinity" (Jive))
16. Beherd Wright - "Halboglabotribin'" (BMG) (USED IN = Snoop Dogg - "Gz & Hustlaz" (Death Row))
17. Jack Bruce - "Born 2 Be Blue" (Atco) (USED IN = Smith N Wesssun - "Buck Town" (?))
18. Aretha Franklin - "Call Me" (Rhino/Atlanta) (USED IN = Slum Village - "Selfish" (Capitol))
19. Quincy Jones - "Summer In The City" (A&M) (USED IN = Pharcyde - "Passin Me By" (Delicious Vinyl))
20. Joe Simons - "Before The Nite's Over" (?) (USED IN = Outkast - "So Fresh & So Clean" (Arista))
21. Peabo Bryson - "Born 2 Love" (Unknown) (USED IN = Nas - "2nd Childhood" (Sony))
22. The Chi-Lites - "That's How Long I Love You" (Unknown) (USED IN = Jay Z - "Dec 4" (Roc-A-Fella))
23. Abdel Halim-Hefes - "Khasiaraya-Gar" (EMI Arabia) (USED IN = Jay Z - "Big Pimpin'" (Roc-A-Fella))
24. Labi Siffre - "I Got The" (Mr Bongo) (USED IN = Eminem - "My Name Is" (Aftermath)/Jay Z - "The Streets Is Watching" (Roc-A-Fella))
25. Samuel Johnson - "My Music" (Columbia) (USED IN = Jadakiss - "We're Gonna Make It" (Ruff Ryders/Interscope))
26. Milt Jackson - "Olinga" (CTI) (USED IN = Tribe Called Quest - "Award Tour" (Jive))
27. War - "Magic Mountain" (Rhino) (USED IN = De La Soul - "Potholes In My Lawn" (Tommy Boy))
28. Ahmad Jamal - "Swahililand" (20th Century) (USED IN = De La Soul - "Stakes Is High" (Tommy Boy))
29. Gap Mangione - "Diana In The Autumn Wind" (GRC) (USED IN = Slum Village - "Fall In Love" (Capitol)/Jaylib - "Official" (Stones Throw))
30. David McCallum - "The Edge" (Capitol) (USED IN = Dr Dre - "Next Episode" (Aftermath))
31. Creative Source - "I Can't See Myself Without You" (Sussex/Polydor) (USED IN = Freeway - "What We Do" (Unknown))
32. Average White Band - "Love Your Life" (Rhino) (USED IN = Tribe Called Quest - "Check The Rhyme" (Jive))
33. Funkadelic - "Let's Take It To The People" (Westbound) (USED IN = Tribe Called Quest - "Everything Is Fair" (Jive))
34. Ronnie Foster - "Mystic Brew" (Blue Note) (USED IN = Tribe Called Quest - "Electric Relaxation" (Jive))
35. The Chi-Lites - "Are You My Woman?" (Brunswick/Eugene) (USED IN = Beyonce - "Crazy In Love" (Columbia))
36. The Meters - "Oh Calcutta!" (Josie) (USED IN = Amerie - "One Thing" (Sony))
37. McCoy Tyner - "Impressions" (Milestone/OJC) (USED IN = Black Sheep - "The Choice Is Yours" (Mercury))
38. Nirvana - "Indiana" (White) (USED IN = The Roots - "Dynamite" (Geffen))

Just beautiful. This gets a BHM2K8 addition for the history of our music.

[video] Ghostface Killah "Celebrate"

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Shouts to Eskay, as per usual, for dropping this. Had no idea this was even out!

Kid Capri gets bonus points for just screaming.

[video] Diddy Wants YOU

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Peep out these videos Diddy made to encourage young America to go vote today on Super Tuesday:

"Get out and Vote!"

"You are change!"

Basically, not voting in your primaries (or ever) is an extreme form of bitchassness.

Buckshot & 9th Wonder The Formula Tracklist

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I am so pumped for this, the 2nd Buckshot/9th Wonder album. Here's the tracklist (shouts to Matt):

1.) Intro-The Formula f/ The Formula Crew
2.) Ready (Brand New Day)
3.) Be Cool f/Swan
4.) Go All Out f/Carlitta Durand
5.) No Future
6.) Hold It Down f/Talib Kweli and Tyler Woods
7.) Whassup with U f/Keisha Shontelle
8.) Only For You (Lou)
9.) Just Display
10.) Here We Go
11.) Throwing' Shade
12.) Shinin' Yall f/Arafat Yates and Big Chops of M1 Platoon
13.) Man Listen

Def cannot wait. Kind of surprised there isn't more Duck Down/Justus League affiliates on this, but Buck solo is perfect.

Dilla Wafers

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Great piece over at HipHopDX (shouts to Aliya Ewing). Here is an excerpt from the very beginning of this editorial:

Now, fully equipped with a refined (and individual) taste in music , as I look back through the years it’s eerie to realize the majority of the songs I loved were produced by the same scientist of sound. “J. Dilla changed my life” is a favorite phrase of uneducated band-wagoners who don the t-shirt because it seems to be the ‘Hip Hop’ thing to do. But ask him or her about Dilla’s body of work beyond Donuts or The Shining, and kids start drawing blanks. I can honestly say, Dilla did change my life, though I unfortunately never realized it until a few years prior to his passing when I became more immersed in Hip Hop music from a technical standpoint: drums, loops, samples, “Was that a Soft Machine sample Pete Rock used for the Jamal 'Fades em All' remix?”, I would smugly ask my boys, already knowing I was correct, “Yeah, I found that shit for $2 at The Garment District!” It was only around that time when I came to know who the creative genius was behind countless instrumentals to my favorite songs.

I couldn't have said it better myself; I feel the same way - when I look at the Hip-Hop tracks that a) stick out in my mind and b) signaled changes in my listening patterns, J Dilla is right there.

Shouts to Shake @ 2DB for the info.

Elephant Man Let's Get Physical Album Cover

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Who approved this technicolor nightmare? And did Diddy shell out big bucks for a dancehall version of the Olivia Newton-John classic?

Idolator via Newest MP3s.

[video] 50 Cent "Paper Chaser"

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From that Return Of The Body Snatchers DVD:

Super Fat Tuesday

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Another year, another Fat Tuesday. Or "Shrove Tuesday" (get to IHOP for the free pancakes, young'n). This Tuesday, however, is "Super Tuesday", where many of our nation's primaries are taking place (I will be putting in my vote for Obama after work). So, what are you finta do on Super Fat Tuesday? Get you some blueberry yumyums and drop by your local voting spot? I'd sure hope so!

Attatched is a video of 50 Cent saying something I actually agree with: America isn't ready for a Black President. To take it one step further, I'm not sure how many niggas are truly going to vote of Barack when it counts (i.e. RIGHT NOW). In any case, instead of throwing my support to Clinton, I want to see a change, and Obama is the only cat who gives me what I think the country needs, so fuck that, 50. Vote a nigga into office, anyways, it's not like you are losing any money on it!

[video] Camoflauge ft. Stretch Diesel "Grinding"

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They get it done out in Toronto:

Deadly Combination

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So the results are in, and it looks like an OD on that lean and complications from sleep apnea are what did Pimp C in. It's accidental, and a fucking shame. We lost a true champ last year, and to think something like this could have been easily avoided hurts. I pray for Pimp C's family, and all those affected by this, stay up. Weezy, put the syrup down, nigga.

[video] Missy Elliott "Ching-A-Ling"

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Here is the 2D version. There's a 3D version for no good reason - who really has 3D glasses at their disposal?

[video] "Magnetic Attraction" (extended version)

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This is the full "Pepsi Stuff" commercial featuring Justin Timberlake that you saw last night (and I showed you last week); peep this for additional JT getting thrown around footage, as well as the full Andy Samberg cameo: