Amanda Diva lets loose on Nas & Kelis' Grammy night wears:
Part 2 coming...
Archive for 01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008
Sixteen Candles was on last night. I realized I never watched the whole thing from front to back - and I'm not sure if that' s a good thing or a bad thing.
In any case, my boy DJ Cable, in celebration of Thriller 25, went in with a strictly-80's mix for you heads out there. This runs the gamut, from Michael Jackson to Paul Simon, so take a peek:
01. Morris Day & The Time - Jungle Love
02. Prince - 1999
03. Michael Jackson - Billie Jean
04. The Whispers - And The Beat goes On
05. Whitney Houston - How Will I Know
06. Afrika Bambaata & The Soul Sonic Force - Looking For The Perfect Beat
07. Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock - It Takes Two
08. Vanilla Ice - Ice Ice Baby
09. Harold Faltermeyer - Axel F
10. S Express - Theme from S Express
11. Jermaine Stewart - We Don't Have To Take Our Clothes Off
12. Cameo - Word up
13. Michael Jackson - Wanna Be Starting Something
14. Paul Simon - You Can Call Me Al
Get your neon on. And I'll keep you posted on the blends that Cable signed to AV8 Records.
- Rafi hit me with this link to a beatboxing dog that you can control. Don't open if you are at work - you will not a damn thing done!
- Enigmatik linked up to some "Obama Is My Homeboy" wears.
- Reggaeton is probably the gullyest genre out there, at least when it comes to performing while being legitimately bloody like Pitbull did.
Bonus Video: Learn how to strip!
Picture proof that bad press is still press: YBF has pics from Tank's recent arrest in New Orleans. Apparently he was tasered and says he was brutalized, but yo, if I felt I was getting beat down by the cops enough to file charges, why in the FUCK would I be smiling and posing in the pictures? You smellin' that salmon?
Looks like there was a reason Pitbull got 0 promotion: TVT Records was in the ruins, which explains their recent Chapter 11 filing. President's Day turned into Firing Day as a load of employees got the can today. I actually remember getting into them via more Electronica/IDM cats (I might still have a sampler cassette with Autechre's "Eutow" on it), and groups like Nine Inch Nails, KMFDM, Revolting Cocks, Emergency Broadcast System, Coil, Underworld and plenty of others used to drop tunes on TVT before it got known for being the label that Lil' Jon made crunk.
Is this a warning sign to other smaller labels to prepare for the worst?
Pharcyde Vs. Nas "Passin' Me By (Dave Wrangler Refix)": Just got passed this one, and I actually like this one better than the previous blend I heard from Wrangler. Pharcyde's essential cut, "Passin' Me By", gets dropped over the instrumental for Nas' "If I Ruled The World". Nice blend of old school sensibility and old school beats.
Start at the ending: how hilariously choice was Kima's "Goodnight Moon" rendition? If I had windows that looked out on the block, I'd do the same thing with my son. I thought that was a nice touch to a powerful episode - as well as the scenes where Kima was trying to assemble furniture, which just harkened back to the beginning of the show with McNulty's drunken bunkbed debacles. Very nice touches.
Didn't I tell you that Bond was going to fuck the dog with that case? He went up there half-assed and Clay Davis was able to play the martyr and win over the predominately-Black jury. That shit was over from jump for Bond, and Davis' performance have essentially put the nail in any political dreams Bond may have had...
I loved the whole initial sequence, with McNulty putting on that accent and calling Templeton. I liked how Scott's fear was two-fold: while he was obviously shook over talking to a fucking serial killer, he was also generally shocked that this story he fluffs up in his copy was somehow "real". He was shitting himself - and don't think Gus didn't catch McNulty's "I guess this is working out great for the both of you" comment to Scott. Pure gold. You just wish that, at this point in the season, that Gus would just call Scott on the inaccuracies of his prose. Hopefully this comes soon...
RIP Savino. Omar was stone cold with that one. It seemed like he was 2 shakes from letting that nigga breathe, but again, going back to Season 1, the payoff was that quick murk, letting out some of that deep-seeded aggression and hurt from the Brandon slaying. He is just ruthless, and it looks like this showdown between Omar and Marlo is going to come to a head, quick.
Omar had a brief encounter with Michael (you think he recognized him from the apartment shootout?), letting him know the usual "Marlo is a bitch" situation, but Michael had bigger fish to fry: he had his first true trip downtown. Bunk brought Michael in for questioning in reference to the murder of his stepdad, and while he showed some wavering, he ended up keeping his cool and giving him the "fuck you" comment. Go 'head.
Wasn't that scene with the parallels to McNulty doling out work and Gus doling out orders so dope?
I also love how McNulty is now playing Robin Hood, and giving out his now over-abundance of OT, cars, etc. to help his fellow officers do real police work. In a way, his bullshit and manipulation has worked out for what they had been calling for since episode 1 of this season, although it was hard to see Kima going out and actually working this bogus case and having to hear the stories from the deceased's family. That's just wrong.
What's really good with the picture messages they are getting from the wire tap? I mean, this is a whole new dimension, and just doesn't really fit into what the Stanfield organization has been doing. Probably an interesting twist into what the times mean, though, ala the coded pager sequences from Season 1.
And at the end of the day, who gets the biggest applause? Carcetti. The mayor who hardly knows what the hell is going on in his city, gets the major props due to his now-pointed target at combating homelessness.
Next week is going to be episode 8, and should be a doozy.
I'm going to leave you with this bad quality (i.e. camera taping the TV) video of Dukie checking the want ads that turns into a strip tease:
This premiered today on MTV2 and MTV2.com:
Looks like some t-shirts (which I don't believe look like the one above) bearing Soulja Boy's "Superman That Hoe" phrase are getting banned from a university:
A controversy has arisen on the University of Michigan campus over the sale of t-shirt’s bearing a portion of the chorus from Soulja Boy’s smash single “Crank Dat.” According to the school’s newspaper, the Michigan Daily, the university’s Sexual Assault Prevention Awareness Center and a campus feminist group called the F-word, have called the shirts demeaning to women. The shirts, which were created by residents of the school’s South Quad in December, feature a Superman style ‘S’ with the words South Quad on the front, and the phrase “Superman that hoe..” on the back. While Soulja Boy has denied it, rumors have circulated for some time implying that the phrase is slang for an involuntary sexual act that involves a man ejaculating on a woman’s back.
How this nigga is denying the meaning is beyond me. It's almost as bad as Fergie's "London Bridge". Shit, this is worse than "Can't Ban Da Snowman"! In all seriousness, though - while I hate the banning of anything like clothes, music and whatever, this shit is a bit ridiculous, esp. since this F-making motherfucker won't own up to it.
Big up The Rub:
1996 is up!
I was truly psyched about doing 1996 because that was a very special year for me and it had a lot of impact. I had just moved back to Philly from New York (proving, at least for the time being, that nobody moves away from New York - they just "fail.") I was back in my hometown with no prospects and really nothing going for me. Over the past 18 months I had been living in New York and had been working in Eightball Records, fully involved in the downtown hip-hop scene. 1995 was such a good year for hip-hop (especially the New York-centric type) and I was at the epicenter of it all. Now I didn't really know what to do with myself. I had resumed classes at Temple and then got a job at Armand's records.
Before I knew it was at the middle of it again and, for the first time in a while, independent records really started to make a lot of noise. Being a buyer at Armand's definitely helped with that, and I got the chance to get my hands on pretty much all this new shit that nobody had heard of. I started to deal with Peanut Butter Wolf (he was still just a buyer at TRC Distribution in California) so I would get all this crazy California myspace shit. Then, I re-linked up with my man Jared and started to help him with his record label, Illadelph Records. I went from being a "soundboard" for ideas for him to a semi A&R status to one of the in-house producers and a member of the Militant Mind State very shortly.
I also started to DJ again in Philly. The last residency I had was with King Britt and Dozia at Back To Basics but I left that behind. But I started again with a Monday night at Cafe Limbo playing all sorts of myspace shit as well as funk and whatnot. Before I knew it, I got a call about a new club opening up, The Palmer, and they wanted me to spin there. I went from 1 night a week 2 5 within a couple months.
So yeah, 1996 was a year or rebirth for me. It was also a very good year in music. This mix was a labor of love but it was particularly hard for me to do, in particular because there was so much great stuff that came out that year that I wanted to put on. It was so hard to pick and choose what to use from "Stakes is High," "Reasonable Doubt," "All Eyes On Me," "ATLiens," "The Coming," "Beats, Rhymes & Life," "Endtroducing," "Riding Dirty" - the list goes on and on. And that's not even including the myspace shit. So I hope I did this year justice.
Also, 1996 was the year that Dilla REALLY made an impact on me. It was '96 that I said to myself "This motherfucker right here is the REAL DEAL."
Anyways, with that, I present 1996. I hope you enjoy listening to it as much as I enjoyed making it!
Chubb Rock & Biz Markie "No Rubber, No Backstage Pass"
MC Eiht "You Can't See Me" (DJ Spinna Remix)
Mac Mall "Get Right"
Royal Flush "Worldwide"
Shyheim "Shaolin Style" feat. Squig
UGK "You Don't Know Me"
Jay-Z "Cashmere Thoughts"
Lil' Kim "Queen Bitch"
Company Flow "8 Steps To Perfection"
Nonchalant "5 O'Clock"
Bushwackas "Caught Up In The Game"
Dutchmin "Get Your Swerve On"
Jungle Brothers "How You Want It (We Got It)" (Native Tongues Remix)
Busta Rhymes "Everything Remains Raw"
Adagio "The Obvious Joint"
Capone -N- Noreaga "LA, LA" (Kuwait Mix feat. Mobb Deep & Tragedy Khadafi)
Sadat X "Stages & Lights"
The Arsonists "The Session"
Royal Flush "Rotten Apple"
Ini "Fakin' Jax"
J-Live "Braggin Writes" (DJ Spinna Remix)
Redman "Pick It Up"
Too Short "Buy You Some" feat. Erick Sermon
Absent Minded "Childs Play" (Left Stranded Mix)
Biz Markie "Studda Step"
Natural Resource "Negro League Baseball"
A-Plus "All I See"
Artifacts "The Ultimate"
Jay-Z "Friend Or Foe"
East Flatbush Project "Tried By 12"
Al Tariq "Peace Akki"
Scarface & Facemob "Skrilla"
Concrete Mob "Boiling Point"
Dr. Octagon "Bear Witness"
Constant Deviants "Competition Catch Speed Knots"
Jeru The Damaja "Ya' Playing Yaself"
Nas "Street Dreams"
2Pac "Toss It Up" feat. Danny Boy, Aaron Hall & KC & Jojo
Lost Boyz "Renee" (Mr. Sex L.B. Fam Version"
Large Professor "Ijustwannachill"
De La Soul "Stakes Is High"
Dark Sun Riders "Dark Sun Riders" (Ultra Jazz Remix)
Young Zee "Juice" feat. Rah Digga
Mobb Deep "Hell On Earth (Front Lines)"
Just Ro "Confusion" feat. Common
The Roots "What They Do"
Da Fat Cat Clique "Live From Fox Valley"
Keith Murray "The Rhyme" (Jay Dee Remix)
Busta Rhymes "Woo Hah!! Got You All In Check" feat, Rampage The Last Boyscout
De La Soul "Big Brother Beat"
Money Boss Players "Games"
Real Live "Day You Die"
LL Cool J "Summer Love"
Big Noyd "Usual Suspects" (Stretch Armstrong Remix)
Nine "Lyin' King"
Kool G Rap "Fast Life" feat. Nas (Norfside Remix)
Redman "Rock The Spot"
Heltah Skeltah "Lehflaur Leflah Eshkshoka"
Bounty Killer "Change Like The Weather" feat. Busta Rhymes & Junior Reid
Jigmasters "Beyond Real"
Da Bush Babees "The Love Song" feat. Mos Def
Outkast "2 Dope Boyz (In A Cadillac)
The Almighty RSO (One In The Champer (The RSO Saga Pt. 2)
Spice 1 "Why You Wanna Funk?" feat. E-40 & The Click
Westside Connection "Bow Dow"
2Pac "Picture Me Rollin'" feat. Syke & C Bo
The Pharcyde "Runnin'" (Jay Dee Remix)
A Tribe Called Quest "1nce Again"
Masters At Work "Get Up"
Lost Boyz "Get Up" (Remix)
Foxy Brown "Get You Home"
Greg Nyce "Set It Off"
Mac The Maniac "What Goes Up" (Remix feat. Chubb Rock & King Just)
Lil' Kim "Big Momma Thing" feat. Jay-Z
DJ Krush "Meiso" feat. The Roots
A Tribe Called Quest "Get A Hold"
Ghostface Killah "Daytona 500"
Ghostface Killah "Iron Maiden"
DJ Shadow "The Number Song" (Cut Chemist Remix)
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "Crossroads"
Crucial Conflict "Hay"
Do Or Die "Po Pimp" feat. Twista
UGK "One Day"
Eightball & MJG "Listen To Me Now"
Coolio "Gangsa's Paradise"
B-Legit "Ghetto Smile"
Akinyele "Put It In My Mouth"
Goodie Mob "Cell Therapy" feat. Outkast
G. Dep "Head Over Wheels"
Camp Lo "Luchini (This Is It)"
2Pac "Hail Mary"
Webbie ft. Diamond "Independent (Remix)" [dirty / clean]: Webbie's odd ode to independent hoodrats gets the remix treatment with bars from a former Crime Mob hoodrat. Gotta love corporate Rap!
Webbie's Savage Life 2 drops on Feb. 26th.
Well, not the entire album, but 5 tracks from Janet Jackson's forthcoming Discipline have hit the internets. I haven't peeped any of these, but let me know what you think:
There's times when I realize that the current face of Hip-Hop warrants applause for keeping young Blacks employed. Plus, being the nigga I am, I saw Hip-Hop grow in the mainstream arena, into the massive money maker that it still is, today. There is a darkside of this current mutation of the Hip-Hop nation, and it's perfectly exemplified by "ya girl, Lil' J":
Yo, is she stuffy? Who is she hollerin' at? Why she with the drawn out "ni-ca!"? And why does she look like an orangutan with Down syndrome?
I mean, is this her playin' a joke, or does she seriously think she is "gangsta"? I don't doubt that she represents the dirty, but there's a few things about White chicks who grow up with and around niggas:
- most of them don't have to front. These bitches are hard and thoro, and their hood comes out naturally (like niggas), and not on some put-upon mess.
- They don't use the word "nigga" or "nigger" or "nig", usually. Some sets and hoods will permit that shit, given how close/cool a bitch is, but even then, that's only around a select few. A white bitch who is down and has some liberty throwing the word nigga around will not do that shit in a public place or around niggas they don't know.
I LOL everytime I hear her say "if you wanna bump, let's go". Please.
Here's the intro of a new interview with Portishead in The Observer:
This is how the new Portishead album starts. A friendly voice says something vaguely introductory in Brazilian-Portuguese. There's a bit of subdued chatter in the background, and the reassuring plink of a distant piano, as if you're arriving at a half-empty Latin nightclub. Then a huge pummelling beat comes in (Geoff Barrow insists that he was 'massively unhappy' with this rhythm for many long months, but it sounds pretty unstoppable now). Sawing strings summon up a demonic echoing cowbell, before this in turn gives way to ominous slashes of spaghetti western guitar - the sort of thing you'd expect to hear just before a hired gun played by Lee Van Cleef accidentally shoots an innocent child.
I need this album.
Is that a sample? That shit sounds crazy familiar...
Shouts to WSHH for posting these up:
The Pimp Chronicles, Pt. 1: This is the special that truly introduced the nigga Katt Williams to the mainstream. Hilarious social commentary, and his own quirky anecdotes. So many one-liners in this one. Check it:
American Hustle: The Movie: I haven't watched all of this (I stopped right before Katt goes on), but its like half road trip comedy, half straight stand up, and there's some funny shit in this one:
don't let dem leaks pass you by...
- Kanye West "Hey Mama (Grammy Version)" (spotted over at Nah Right; 2DB also has a non-DJ version)
- Q-Tip "Fever" (prod. by J Dilla)
- Snoop Dogg ft. Too Short & Mistah FAB "Life Of Da Party"
- Lloyd ft. Ludacris "How We Do It In The A"
- Sheek Louch "Good Love"
- Mariah Carey "Touch My Body"
- Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #46 (Hit 'Em Up Freestyle)"
- Fred Knuxx ft. Crooked I "Freedom: Part 2"
- Skyzoo, Copywrite & Pace Won "Inside Out" (prod. by Tone Spliff)
- Teyana Taylor "Google Me"
- Young Chris ft. Neef "Crackhouse Freestyle"
- Daz Dillinger ft. Krayzie Bone "Meal Ticket"
- Bobby Valentino ft. Hood Fella "No More Party"
- Joell Ortiz ft. Novel "Here, The Next" (prod. by Statik Selektah)
- Termanology & Ghetto ft. Big Noyd "Kilo Rap" (prod. by MoSS)
- A couple more Blu leaks, by way of 2DB: "MyBoyBlu" & "CityOfLos(t)Angel(e)s" (ft. Co$$) [There's even more Blu around!]
- Nicki Minaj ft. Lil' Wayne "High As A Kite"
- Sean Paul ft. Busy Signal & Busta Rhymes "Gun Dem Bark (Remix)"
- Really Doe ft. Jennifer Hudson "Magnetic Power"
- Shareefa ft. Jadakiss "I Need A Boss Pt. 2"
- Gorilla Zoe "Pole"
- Mobstyle "The 80's" (prod. by LG)
- Flo-Rida ft. T-Pain & Grafh "Low (Remix)"
- Ray J ft. Yung Berg & Grafh "Sexy Can I (Remix)"
- Ya Boy "100 Bars Of Death"
- Bump J, Peedi Crack & Gillie Da Kid "Pretty Girls In The VIP"
- Diego ft. Rick Ross "Put 'Em On The Line"
- French ft. Lil' Wayne "We Made It"
- Mazaradi Fox ft. Ky-Mani Marley "Rump Wit Me"
- Mark Ronson ft. Phantom Planet & Blaq Poet "Just (DJ Premier Remix)"
- South Rakkas Crew "Mad Again (Diplo Edit)"
- Ananda Project "Where The Music Takes You (Pasta Boys Dub)":
- Wu-Tang Clan "The Jump Off (Bird Peterson Remix)"
- Primus "My Name Is Mud (Eskmo Remix)"
- The Mamas & The Papas ft. 2Pac "California Dreaming (Manny Faces Remix)" [non-Pac version]
Here's just a few links to mixtapes and other jawns I posted this week:
History of Hip-Hop Vols. 16 & 17
DJ Cable - Weekly Mini Mix #3
DJ Drama & Fabolous There Is No Competition
You been sleepin'?
You should also check out my Valentine's Day 2K8 post, which features mixes and compilations from Oh Word, DJ Tipz and Peanut Butter Wolf!
I also leaked three tracks from the Invisible Superstars Vol.001 compilation. If you like that leftfield Hip-Hop, you should not miss this album!
In honor of this weekend of basketball debauchery, here's one of my favorite basketball/Hip-Hop videos:
Kurtis Blow "Basketball"
Enjoy your weekend, fam!
Shouts to Bernard at Amoeba Music for hitting me with this Talib Kweli live performance and interview piece from August 2007:
Check out this gallery for some hot pictures from this event as well.
For all of you California heads, get your booty down to Amoeba Music on Record Store Day.
I'd have to say Hip-Hop is in a sad state when one's threat is picking up the pad and pen:
Said Young Dro, “…He’s writing [rhymes on paper] now, so y’all in trouble.”
Nigga, is you serious? If T.I. is supposed to frighten me with his writtens, I hope they are miles above his recent fodder, which I can only assume was done the Jay-Z way.
I'm just... SMH at the Rap game right now! In any case, Tip has made something like 50 tracks for his Back In Gear LP, which won't see the light of day (I'm assuming) until this whole house arrest/gun possession charges thing blows over. You know, that lil' thing...
The Mamas & The Papas ft. 2Pac "California Dreaming (Manny Faces Remix)" [MP3]
Yeah, I was a tad skeptical as well, but on a Friday morning where I'm both sleepy and in a good mood, I was damn near standing in my cubile, rockin' to the mixture of "California Dreaming" sleepy-time classic Rock sounds mixed with the old school breaks assault, and the 'Pac verse added on to boot! Just pure flames!
There's also a non-Pac version, which you can grab HERE.
Manny Faces, you are the dude.
Worn Undies with my personal scent - Only $24.95!
I've lost count of all the emails saying 'I would pay any amount of money for the g-string right off your butt'. Well, here's your chance. I will wear each pair of panties long enough to transfer my 'natural' scent, but these are limited, not mass-produced. So order them now. I might not be offering that many of them!
I wish I was making this up. I mean, what if that "natural scent" involves dookie crumbs and period blood? Are you nasty niggas really trying to pay 25 bones for some skidmark-filled, spotty drawls?
KRS-One is working on a new "stop the violence" track with something like 50+ Hip-Hop MCs. Now, being that he is Hip-Hop, and that he has done tracks with acts both big and small, who do you think will be included on this track? Niggas like 50 Cent, The Game, Cassidy, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and others...
You know what it is: another Valentine's Day, another lonely night for a lot of you guys. I'm married, so my bed will stay warm for a while. I also love music, though, and I was planning on rockin' a V-Day Mix, but didn't get the free time to do it - but I see a lot of others got the same idea, so here's a round-up of the fly Valentine's Day mixes, tracks and videos I've come across:
My boys over at Oh Word have a 31-track opus of Hip-Hop Love that I really can't even compete with. This should be required listening in school's around the world.
Dude put "Nothing Even Matters" on this! That's my jawn...
Looks like Peanut Butter Wolf has re-upped his Valentine's Day Mix. Essential listening.
Ryan Leslie "Valentine"
That's all I'm seeing so far. Got anything else? Hit me on the love phone...
I got this in the mail the other day. It's wild because, while I don't play much vinyl anymore, I love the medium, and the above cover art is instantly drawing you in (plus, colored vinyl is always nice!); in any case, Invisible Superstars Vol.001 is an interesting project compiled by the one like Controller 7 (you anticon fans might recognize his name behind beats from Sole, Deep Puddle Dynamics and others). It dropped in Nov. 2007, but for some reason, you guys who scream for experimental beats and sounds in a Hip-Hop texture seem to like to sleep on projects that directly cater to this!
The tracklisting has some interesting names on it: PNS (of Molemen Inc., who's done tracks for Slug and MF Doom), Scott Matelic (worked with Sage Francis & Adeem), Thomas Dimuzio (who has done work with Negativland), Meatsock and a plethora of other artists who are both known and those who have been discovered (and loved) via the Internet. This compilation is great, as it explores not only what you can do musically in a Hip-Hop context, but how it is done, and is a treat for both DJs as well as the passing listener.
I know, I know - some of you need to try before you buy, and The Secret Life of Sound has made 3 cuts available, for FREE, to you naysayers:
- Corsic "Romoxy" (loads of interesting loops and sounds)
- Scott Matelic "Thoughtless" (dig that jazzy vocal!)
- Controller 7 "Consumer" (subversive funk for the sewer-lovin' b-boy)
You can stream the entire LP through this e-card, and I would highly recommend you do so, then go cop this epic journey.
Bonus Beats: Check out this interview with Controller 7 from April of 2007. He sits down with TSLOS head R-Rock and chops it up about samplers, turntables and production in general:
Shouts to Fanatic Promotion for the info!
EW's Doc Jensen has some word games with hidden clues to things you will see in tonight's new episode, "The Economist". He also says that, due to the ending of the writer's strike, the producers are trying to knock out 5 more episodes for Season 4! That will mean that instead of the 8 completed episodes, we will have a total of 13 - that's still 3 shy from the 16 we were promised, but it looks like the subsequent seasons will feature additional episodes to work out those kinks. On the downside for you groaners, it looks like we will be treated to a six-week layoff between airings. Oh, and with Grey's Anatomy coming back on May 1st, LOST will be coming on at 10PM, where it will stay for the rest of Season 4.
I finally watched the first two episodes of SE4, and I am loving it so far. I am not sure if I'm even going to attempt a recap of them, just given the time period since they've aired, but we shall see. Maybe inspiration will hit me? I will say that the whole concept of the freighter four (lol) coming for Ben is just mind boggling, but I have a feeling that everything isn't as cut and dry...
We're making some head-way since I announced the project. I've got 13 tracks locked in, and I am looking for more! I already have locked submissions from artists like Amanda Diva, Che Grand, Genesis Elijah, Wordsmith, Fanu, a remix from Benja Styles, as well as some new/unsigned artists like Cyrano, R.O.E., Burt Fox (with El Jabba) and a host of others. There should be a nice cover graphic, as well as a mixtape to accompany this release.
It's going to be a FREE digital download, and will concentrate on Hip-Hop right now. I am in the planning stages of culling tracks for other compilations (multi-genre, Dubstep, Drum & Bass, etc.), and I want to make this a regular feature to expose artists I converse with, as well as those who I feel need to get some shine.
If you are looking to get down with this or any projects, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org. Submit tracks or MySpace links to me, and we can build.
No set date on this release, but I am shooting for summertime 2008 at the latest!
This Just In: The boy Elucid just sent me over some hot hot heat. Trust, it's sick. I hope you guys are ready...
Mariah Carey "Touch My Body": This track comes from Mariah's forthcoming album, E=MC², which is a follow-up to the beautiful, 10 million selling, Grammy winning Emancipation Of Mimi album. This, her 11th studio album, is set to drop on April 15th, 2008, which is 2 years and a few days shy of the release of Emancipation Of Mimi. This particular track was written and procued by Mariah Carey, C. "Tricky" Stewart and The Dream (Tricky & The Dream were the geniuses behind Rihanna's "Umbrella", so you already know), and this just hit radio on Feb. 12th. The forthcoming video for this is being directed by Brett Ratner, with more info on this hitting the web/media in coming weeks.
E=MC² is set to feature production from Jermaine Dupri, DJ Toomp, Stargate, will.i.am, Brian Michael Cox, Danjahandz and James Poyser, and will be executive produced by Carey & L.A. Reid.
MP3 spotted over at Xclusives Zone.
I remember reading that Michael K. Williams was going to be doing a rap album as Omar; here's him freestyling on Rap City as Omar:
Omar never cursed on the show; why cuss as him when rhyming? Or is it more of an "inspired by" kind of thing?
Bonus Beats: HipHopDX interviewed Williams recently.
Fred Knuxx ft. Crooked I "Freedom: Part 2" (prod. by Xplosive): Knuxx is getting props for his grind, including being named one of the MCs to look out for by Vibe magazine. Check out this track from his forthcoming Delfornia project; this features Mr. Hip-Hop Weekly and is perfect for Black History Month.
Who let this video ho on the mic? Why is Weezy's cameo some fuzzy 'in the booth' shit? SMH:
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.
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. will.i.am'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
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.
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.
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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.
TV Squad.com review
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.