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Archive for 01/01/2008 - 02/01/2008
New Chocolate Boy Wonder from his recently released NY's Finest CD; SitDownStandUp has a contest runnin':
The Autumns "Killer In Drag (Evol Intent Remix)": Those 3 ATL producers are the truth; I just reviewed their Era of Diversion CD for DOA. They are DnB masters, but if you've heard of groups like Treasure Fingers or Ludachrist, you know of their work as well. This remix of The Autumns is on some glitch-y, poppy Autechre shit, with vocals. Highly recommended.
Here's the original: MP3.
AHH has the scoop, from their recent interview with Bun B:
AllHipHop.com: What you up to these days, I heard about a new album and stuff like that, can you speak on that?
Bun-B: Yeah, well the new album was pretty much done, y’know at the time of Pimp’s passing. We had the single ready to go. We had three songs to pick from to be the single, trying to pick one and then go ahead and get it pressed up. And we was gon’ try to move on the top of the year but of course all things considered — we had to really pump the brakes on everything. I had to really reanalyze everything, to figure out exactly how we was going to move forward.
I can't wait. I felt the last album - no telling how dope this project will be.
Colin Munroe ft. S.A.S. "Flashing Lights (Remix)": Big up to the Eurogang for sending this over to me. Nice to hear some international spins put on this heavily-rinsed beat. For those who know, S.A.S. represent Dipset over in the UK, and formed Eurogang a few years ago.
For as sexy and risque as she comes off, Tila Tequila needs to hang up her music dreams:
What a waste. I'm gonna say slightly NSFW, unless your boss is cool with big-breasted chicks in tight leather, fishnets and corsets riding the pole...
P.S.: I just found out this chick is like 2 weeks younger than I am. Odd. Well, actually, that would make her a Scorpio, so her personality makes so much sense now.
The Camp ft. Slaine "Little Story": Storytelling in Hip-Hop is so necessary. I brought you "Gentlemen Needs" earlier this month, and here's another leak from The Camp's forthcoming The Campaign (available April 1st, 2008). "Little Story" features La Coka Nostra & Special Teamz' Slaine, and has a nice vibe to it. The beat is a bit darker, but it's a thumper. Enjoy.
Shouts to Matt, as per usual.
Just a lil post, brought on by Wes' post about the origins of Erykah Badu's "Telephone".
That shit is real. My grandfather had the same thing going on right before he died...
He was going through it with his prostate cancer, and was relegated to a hospital bed in our house for the last few weeks of his life. It was late May, and my senior year of high school, and I remember it was very warm this one Saturday. And he was up. Now, I had seen him unable to get out of bed b/c of the pain he was in, pissing on himself and what not, but this day he was up, sitting in a chair in his room. And he was talking.
My room was the attic, but the door to my room was right next to his room, so as I'd leave I'd check on him, and I peek in and see him talking and smiling. I step in and he's actually by himself, but mentally he was having a party. All of his friends were there, having a good old time. I sat with him for a bit - there was a basketball game on - and we just talked and joked.
He died a few days after this, but it's wild that he had what I call a going-away party right there.
And now that's two family members in my life who's deaths can be somehow linked to J Dilla. My uncle passed right around the time Dilla did, and now Pop-Pop.
Rest in power.
Jesse McCartney's new single, "Leavin'" (.wma / .rm), is out, and is produced by The-Dream and C. Tricky Stewart, AKA the niggas behind Rihanna's "Umbrella". I always hate things like this; dude, you weren't on this steeze back when your Pop crap was out a few years back. Now you are some proto-Timberlake, coastin' over the flavor of the month? GTFO, dog.
The deep part is, there's probably some truly gifted artist who could have murked this so much better than this paper thin punk, but with McCartney on Hollywood Records (read: Disney), the paper talks. Can't blame Dream & Tricky - the name of the game is dollas, and them niggas go for the publishing before the upfront payments, at least that's what Dream has said in the past. Good for them, but, IMO, bad for the scene. This cat not only had Dream & Tricky, but he is also calling on The Clutch (Omarion, Ciara), J.R. Rotem (Britney Spears, Sean Kingston), Sean Garrett (Usher, Mary J. Blige) and others. Pop/Urban? Fuck you, dog. We see your attempted permeations, and we don't like it.
Buraka Som Sistema, "Yah"
Zulu Naja, "Ndiya Ndiya"
BLK JKS, "UmZabalazo"
Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit, "Chilombo"
Bleksom, "Do It"
Buk Bak & Jay Q, "U For Know"
The Don Issacs Ezekiel Combination, "Amalinja"
Tartit, "Achachore I Chachore Akale"
BLK JKS, "Lakeside"
Group Doueh, "Sabah Lala"
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I hardly watch new films, so the Oscars really don't appeal to me. I was kind of taken aback, however, in reading that Whoopi Goldberg was not included in the "Oscars hosts" montage they produced during Sunday's telecast. Now, I'm not as big a Whoopi fan as the YBF, but I do appreciate what she's done in the industry, and her hosting something like four times is too important to not have been included. She's achieved crazy heights within her career, in both comedy and drama, as well as with her hosting duties, and it's a damn shame that she wasn't included. I'm riding for you, Whoopi.
DJ Trax is one of the smoother Drum & Bass producers out there right now. He's been doing his thing for a bit, and I believe he has some album projects going on. In any case, the last thing(s) I expected from him was a free track ("Pure Trouble") and a Hip-Hop Mix from his website, www.djtrax.org. But he gave 'em up. Check out "Thought Provoking Beats":
0:00 Company Flow `Eight Steps To Perfection`
4:25 Illogic `Blaow`
8:33 Pharoahe Monch `What Is It`
11:03 DJ Vadim `Viagra` feat El-p,BMS + Primecuts
13:40 RZA `Raise Your Swords`
17:00 Hieroglyphics `One Life One Love`
20:40 Non Profits `Disasters`
22:52 Saukrates `Father Time`
25:54 7L + Esoteric `Operating Correctly` feat Mr Lif
29:35 Deltron 3030 `Virus`
31:06 DJ Spinna feat Phonte `Intergalatic Soul`
34:01 Jeru The Damaja `True Skills`
37:50 Eligh `Thought Process`
41:34 J-Live `Audio Visual`
45:31 A Tribe Called Quest `Like It Like That`
It's been a minute since I've thrown some J Past trickery on here (go grab that Donald Blake), so it's only fitting that I give you lot his NEW mix, "Interplanetary Funkmanship" - a twisted journey mashing up Rap, House and all forms of funky beats into a nice 30 minute, 17 track stew. Get out your power gloves, turn up your subs and jam on to this crafty mix:
8 Ball & MJG - Purple Stuff
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)
Adult - Hand to Phone
Da Falla - Popozuda Rock 'n Roll
DJ Smurf - Ride On Out Bounce With It
Count Of Monte Cristal - Ghetto Bitches
Simian Mobile Disco - Love
Armand Van Helden feat. Kudu - Playing House
Midnight Juggernauts - Devil Within (Presets remix)
Miss Kittin and the Hacker - Life On MTV
Vitalic - Poney, Pt. 1
Daft Punk - Technologic
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
Joy Zipper - Dosed And Became Invisible & Drugs (Simian Remix)
The Pack - Candy
Christopher & Raphael Just feat. Fox N' Wolf - Popper
Stingee - Take Dem Panties Off
DJ Eleven with the ill 1997 recap:
1. The Notorious BIG – Ten Crack Commandments
2. Jay-Z – Face Off feat. Sauce Money
3. Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph feat.CappaDonna
4. CNN – Capone Bone
5. Reflection Eternal – Fortified Live
6. Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
7. M.F. Doom – Dead Bent
8. Master P – Make Em Say Uhh
9. CNN – Closer (Sam Sneed Remix)
10. Laster – Off Balance feat. EDO.G.
11. Natural Elements – Bust Mine
12. Krumb Snatcha – Gettin Closer To God
13. Jay-Z – Imaginary Player
14. Rasco – The Unassisted
15. Royal Flush – Iced Down Medallions
16. DITC – Day One
17. The Beatnuts – Do You Believe?
18. CNN – Calm Down feat. Nas
19. Common – Hungry
20. No I.D. – State To State feat. Common
21. Mobb Deep – Hoodlum feat. Rakim & Big Noyd
22. Outkast – In Due Time feat. Cee Lo
23. Mos Def – Universal Magnetic
24. Wu Tang Clan – The M.G.M
25. EPMD – Never Seen Before
26. Rakim – Guess Who’s Back
27. Mase – 24 Hours To Live feat. The LOX & DMX
28. LL Cool J – 4,3,2,1 feat. Redman, Method Man, Canibus, DMX
29. The Beatnuts – Off The Books feat. Big Pun
30. Tha Alkaholiks – Hip Hop Drunkies feat. Ol Dirty
31. D.J. Pooh – Whoop! Whoop! feat. Kam
32. Master P – Ghetto D
33. KRS-One – Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight)
34. KRS-One – Step into a World (Bad Boy Remix) feat. Puffy
35. Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
36. Cocoa Brovaz – Won on Won
37. Redman – Pick It Up (Remix)
38. Common – Reminding Me (Of Sef)
39. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz – Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)
40. The Alkaholiks – All Night
41. Wu-Tang Clan – It’s Yourz
42. Camp Lo – Black Nostaljack
43. Jay-Z – Rap Game/Crack Game
44. EPMD – Richter Scale
45. Mr Complex – Visualize
46. Street Smartz – Metal Thangz feat. O.C., Pharoahe Monch, FT
47. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix)
48. No I.D. – Sky’s The Limit
49. Rakim – It’s Been A Long Time
50. The Notorious BIG – Kick In The Door
51. Puff Daddy & The Family – It’s All About The Benjamins feat. The Notorious BIG 52. The Firm – Phone Tap feat. Dr. Dre
53. Rampage – Things We Be Doing For Money Pt. 2 feat. Busta Rhymes
54. The Notorious BIG – The World Is Filled feat. Too Short & Puff Daddy
55. Street Smartz – Problemz
56. M.F. Doom – Hey!
57. The Notorious BIG – You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
58. Scarface – Smile feat. 2Pac
Such a solid mixture of cuts.
Big up Fox New York:
After it happened, I had no idea what was being said for the next 5 minutes. It wasn't until later viewings that I noticed that McNulty & Kima went to the FBI to discuss the outline of the killer. I couldn't even process what the fuck just went down. And in that instant, The Wire both murked off one of the most compelling characters on TV, and further established that they aren't fucking around, and never have been. We assumed it'd be a gun fight, not Lil' "UP MY ASS, GUMP" Kenard holding the pistol that offed Mr. Omar Little. This is more fitting, though. I had various heads who, like me, saw this episode last Monday, and just rewatch Omar walking into the store to pick up his "newpotes". His limp was gone. Weird, right? Take it a step further - TV Squad hit the nail right on the head: Omar was getting cocky, trying to get Marlo out there. That's not him. He either moved in the cloak of the night or had a plan hatched to do his work. He was out, bum leg and all, waging a one man army against Stanfield? In the daylight? Kenard saw him all fucked up and didn't buy the hype - and offed dude. You have so many youngbucks these days who don't have respect for their elders, and this is a proper metaphor for that whole way of thinking in the hood. Do the knowledge...
Omar Vs. Mouzone:
Bunk & Omar meet:
Bunk Vs. Omar:
And Ralph Nader is the man who will pull the trigger. He's just thrown his hat into the 2008 race, and with Obama's momentum over the last few months, I feel that if he does get the DNC backing, it will still be for nothing. It will be a "look, a nigga could be a legit candidate", but ultimately will lose - not because he couldn't handle John McCain, but because Ralph fucking Nader murked so many Obama fans, and made them join his party.
Our country is not a three-party country, and I don't see many Republicans who follow McCain all of the sudden backing Nader - but many Democrats and Independents are quicker to follow someone like Nader. Just ask Al Gore.
The more I think about it, the more I think Nader is getting Republican Party dollars to cast doubt and votes from Obama. I really do. Conspiracy theories be damned.
Obama still have my vote, though...
Yes, after the whole MyBook fiasco, I got everything sorted out, and episode 15 is here! Knocked this one out over Friday and Saturday, and I like how it came out. Nice selection, with some exclusives from forthcoming things thrown in for good measure. Kind of took a more "underground" turn, but that's always good, right? Check me out:
rock the dub radio: episode 015
(direct MP3 download link)
01/The Menehan Street Band "Make The Road By Walking"
02/Jay-Z "Roc Boys (Mike Love's Nigerian Gangster Remix)"
03/Camp Lo "Lumdi"
04/The Roots "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)"
05/Akrobatik ft. Talib Kweli "Put Ya Stamp On It"
06/Skillz ft. Pimp C "Get Off The Boo Boo"
07/Illa Ghee "Bitch Ass Nigga"
08/Cyrano aka Cy Yung & Bully Sainte "C.R.E.A.M. (BPA Remix)"
09/Wu-Tang Clan "Diesel"
10/Pete Rock ft. Jim Jones & Max B "We Roll"
11/Nicolay & Kay "As The Wheel Turns"
13/R.O.E. "Can't Help Myself"
14/Controller 7 "Consumer"
15/The Fixxers ft. Rich Boy "So Good"
16/Rich Boy ft. John Legend, Lil' Wayne & Nas "Ghetto Rich (Remix)"
17/Freddie Foxxx "Dream Catcher"
18/Billy Danze "God Bless & Good Night"
19/Copywrite "Ten Times"
20/Evol Intent ft. Cypher Linguistics "Death, Lies & Videotape"
21/Jean Grae "#8"
22/Verb T & The Last Skeptik ft. Edo G "No More"
23/Amanda Diva "Windows Over Harlem"
24/Idle Warship "Industry Diary"
25/Jay The Bossfather ft. Grandmaster Caz "Sedgewick & Cedar"
26/S.O.U.L. Purpose ft. Immortal Technique "The Other White Meat"
27/Busta Rhymes "Code Of The Streets"
28/Substansial ft. Fresh Daily "That Damn Good (Remix)"
29/Elemental Emcee "John McCain Diss"
30/M.O.P. "Got To Go"
31/KRS-One "Criminal Minded '08"
32/Starski ft. The Cool Kids "Stunnas On"
33/Naledge "Dey Know Freestyle"
34/Edo G, Akrobatik, Backdraft & JvDarapsinga "Blastmass"
35/Saigon ft. Grand Puba "Who Can Get Busy"
Shouts to all who've sent me tracks recently. I'm still accepting Hip-Hop for the rock the dub compilation, so if you are an MC/DJ/producer/label head who would like their music considered for a dope FREE DIGITAL HIP-HOP COMPILATION I am putting together, hit me up at email@example.com. (NOTE: if you make music other than Hip-Hop, still submit - I have plans for other compilations in the future!)
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On Feb 21st Subsoniq and the Red Bull Music Academy will hold "Dilla Day" at the XM Performance Theatre in D.C. This will feature a live band (The Players and Friends) peforming classic Dilla tracks, along with special guests Maureen Yancey (Dilla's mom), Pete Rock & Talib Kweli.
More info at ProgHipHop.com.
While I was never personally a fan of this series, I know a lot of you grew up on this series. Check out the new trailer; this one hits worldwide release on May 22nd, 2008:
Nas "What It Is" (original / DJ Khalil version): Shouts to Che Sing for posting this up (peep that post for a dope Khalil video as well). This is supposed to be some cuts off of Nigger. Well, one cut. That original version is ass - fake "epic" melodramatic malarky. The more I listen to the DJ Khalil version, I actually get excited - that grit, the dirtyness of the beat is so essential for Nas right now. Makes his verse pop so much harder than the original's bullshit corny beat. (Shouts to E for the link)
Elemental Emcee "John McCain Diss Rap" (mirror): Over M.O.P.'s "Ante Up", ATL underground Hip-Hop artist Elemental Emcee rips into McCain's past and gives a convincing argument for not voting for that old man. Here are the lyrics.
Bonus Beats: Enigmatik hit me with this prank call McCain made...
RIP Teo Macero, who passed this past Tuesday. This is the guy who produced AND Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way; if not for Teo's mastery in the art of cut-up, those records wouldn't have sounded so cohesive... and shit like that helped begat Dub, which helped begat Hip-Hop and other forms of music. This man is a pioneer. Respect him.
We got hit with a few inches of snow yesterday - that meant it was time to shovel and stay home, toasty warm. Thing is, my 18-month son has never been out in the snow before. So prepared we got for our snow expedition...
You gotta love how boots we bought at the beginning of the season aren't even fitting anymore...
Yeah, he caught the full snow-suit on his pants. Peep my Starbury boots.
I think it was the wetness on his hands going up in his jacket - he was not feelin' it at ALL!
Seriously. We had only been out there for a few minutes...
1 more hit is the story of J Swift's attempt to rise from his various addictions, and has a critique on the disgusting side of creating "Reality TV". I first heard of this flick damn near two years ago... and I am wondering: WHERE IS IT!? Being a fan of Pharcyde, Hip-Hop production, escaping drug abuse and documentaries, this shit is right up my alley. I fear that this story will not get told if it sits around too long. I went to the 1 more hit website and e-mailed them, asking where the movie is at... hopefully I'll get an answer.
And where is Negro Knievel? Shit, not only did he do early Pharcyde work, but he's remixed both Prince AND Massive Attack,
Peep the trailer:
Hold ya head, J.
- KRS-One "Criminal Minded '08" (prod. by DJ Premier)
- Rakim "It's Nothing" (
prod. by Just Blaze)
- The Roots "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)" (big up 2DB on this one)
- Pete Rock ft. Redman "Best Believe"
- Alicia Keys ft. Ludacris "Like You'll Never See Me Again (Remix)"
- Joe Buddens "4 Walls"
- Crooked I "Hip-Hop Weekly #47 (Love Me No More Freestyle)" (make sure you also grab Crooked I's new mixtape, St. Valentine's Bossacre, and bump it loud)
- Trina ft. Paul Wall "U Ain't Ready"
- Saigon ft. Grand Puba "Who Can Get Busy"
- Webbie ft. Diamond "Independent (Remix)"
- Lyfe Jennings ft. Lil' Wayne & T.I. "Brand New"
- Lil' Wayne ft. Wacko & Magnolia "You Can Tell"
- Spice 1 "Carried By Six"
- Trick Daddy "Roc Boys Freestyle"
- Edo G, Akrobatik, Backdraft & JvdDrapsinga "Blastmass" (prod. by WMS the Sultan)
- Devin The Dude "Making It Hard"
- Camp Lo "Lumdi"
- Smoothe Da Hustler "Violenttimes Day"
- Dem Franchize Boyz "Make U Mad"
- Khia "Be Your Lady"
- Naledge "Dey Know Freestyle"
- Butch Cassidy ft. Snoop Dogg "All I See"
- Torae "Crash" (prod. by Khrysis)
- Skyzoo "The Necessary Evils" (prod. by Needlz)
- Mickey Factz "Talk Yo Ish (Machine Drum Remix)"
- Illa Ghee "Bitch Ass Nigga"
- Element "Black History Month"
- Termanology ft. Ghetto "Who's The Nicest"
- HERO "Be Aware"
- Starski ft. The Cool Kids "Stunnas On"
- Keyshia Cole "Shoulda Let You Go (Eli's Put Echo On Everything Remix)"
- Supertramp "Goodbye Stranger (Sound Advice Re-Edit)"
I've been on my grisly with the leaked albums/mixtapes this last week:
- Cheri Dennis' In And Out Of Love
- Pete Rock's NY's Finest
- NYOil Vs. 9th Wonder - 9 Wonders EP
- Kidz In The Hall's Geniuses Need Love Too
- Young Dro's I Am Legend
- History of Hip-Hop Vol. 18: 1996
That's all ya boy got for the week - check out this in studio video of DJ MK of the UK, rockin' on Kiss FM with Percee P & Guilty Simpson from the 21st of Feb.:
Enjoy your weekend, fam.
Remember when word got out that Disney had to digitally reduce Lindsay Lohan's titties for Herbie: Fully Loaded, because moms though Lohan looked like a tramp? Are they planning to do the same thing for College Road Trip, the new flick that stars Raven-Symone & Martin Lawrence?
I mean, Raven grew up to be a DIME, thick body and all. Does Disney not think that Raven can look raunchy, or are they just under the guise that black women cannot be as sexy as white tramps? Is the curvy body somehow "safe" to Disney producers? Am I being paranoid because sistas aren't being objectified when they shouldn't be like white actresses are?
And just to keep it funky: Lindsay, I've seen your titties: they ain't all that. As a matter of fact, the good number of those nude shots looks hideous. But I digress - it's not like I enjoy either of the flicks, but in seeing the commericals for the College Road Trip, I had to ask...
New episode tonight, which means new words from EW's Doc Jensen. Looks like Damon Lindelof & Carlton Cuse spoke with Doc and gave him some scoops regarding the Oceanic 6, what will be told during this season, and more (of course).
Element "Black History Month": Great anthem for this great month. Lovin' that wail in the beat. Element represents Custom Made. Check them out as well; HipHopDX also just threw up Element's new mixtape, Street Cinema 5: Great Expectations. Don't sleep.
Part 1 of this interview with, well, a nigger, from Nigger: The Movie. I would assume this would be some comedy shit, just given the title, but if this is going to be something we are trying to take serious, why would you bill this nigga as "NIGGER"?
That Criminals Gone Wild nigger is a nut.
BHM2K8: Nigger: The Movie
While rock the dub is primarily a Hip-Hop blog, I have been rockin' to Drum & Bass and Jungle since 1995, and I do writing for sites like Dogs On Acid, as well as one-sheets, bios and other bits for a plethora of artists, from Perpetuum to Sol.ID. In any case, one thing I love about DnB (and music in general) is finding ill music from new producers. AK1200, who has been within the DnB scene since it's inception in the United States, is a world-renowned DJ and producer who has compiled a sick mix CD (Weapons Of Tomorrow) featuring producers drawn straight from the message boards over at DOA. This 20-track opus is chock full of intense beats and bass, and if you buy ANY DnB CD, this should be it, for it goes to show that a) you will support the new artists, and b) DnB is still a viable product.
Thing is, you now have a chance to own this jammy - for free! Moist Music has given rock the dub 4 copies of this bad boy to give away. Simple entry: shoot me an e-mail with the subject header "RTD AK1200 CD GIVEAWAY" by Feb. 29th 2008. I'll alert winners via e-mail on how to proceed next.
Do not sleep!
Shouts to Victor for the CDs.
Common, Brother Common, you're one of my favorite lyricists, period. Back in the late 90s, you were that nigga for me, especially when "1,2 Many..." came out - that was my theme song during my late high school years! I would get hungry for your music, and dissect your lines on busstops and during long walks through the city.
Now, while I loved your output with No I.D. and Dilla, you slacked off for a bit, and I felt you'd find your new swagger with Kanye. And you did. And, aside from the bangers on BE, I wasn't impressed. Some cats might wild on you for the twists and turns you took on albums like Electric Circus, but I respect that whole Solquarians era, and I would take something like that before I'd sit through another Finding Forever. Now you are telling MTV that your new album is set to drop in November? Why? Don't you have some R&B videos to cameo in? Or more superheroes to portray? What's good with that?
Dog, just don't taint your legacy with this snooze-core Soul-Rap. I just can't stand the sappy love odes: when you need to be making more of "The Corner", you are trying to "Go!"... I mean, hell, you slept on the instrumental for "Everything I Am" - that should tell you something, nigga! Maybe you should ease up a bit, get the Q-Tip project done before dropping another solo.
You want to call your new jawn The Believer. Make me a believer and keep it thoro.
They shoulda came with this for Valentine's Day!
02 Dreamin’ (Baby I’m the Shit)
03 What Up Wit Me (If It Isn’t Love)
04 Do What Grown Folks Do
05 Littlest Things f. Lily Allen
06 Sweet 16 (All My Ladies)
07 Mi Amor f. Kes
08 Make It Last
09 Drivin’ Down the Block
10 Blackout (Snippet)
11 Work to Do (Obama08)
illRoots via 2DB.
The other day I brought you the "Independent" Remix with Diamond; now it looks like a gang of cuts from Webbie's forthcoming Savage Life 2 have hit the internets. Check 'em out (note - these are clean versions):
- "I Know" (ft. Young Dro)
- "Fly As An Eagle" (ft. Foxx & Pimp C)
- "Doe Doe" (ft. Bun B & Lil' Phat)
- "A Miracle" (ft. Birdman & Rick Ross)
Out of the 16 cuts shown on Amazon.com, it looks like 8 of them have featured artists. That's never a good look, but with his Pimp C affiliation and the heat garnered from "Independent", dude might do alright.
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: