Saturday, February 09, 2008

[video] Team Blackout In The Lab

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

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

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 08, 2008

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]

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"

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

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.

Thursday, February 07, 2008

More Droppin' Science

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

"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"

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

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...

Wednesday, February 06, 2008

[video] Wu-Tang vs. El Michels Affair

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

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

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

Does exactly what it says on the tin:

On That Leak: The Camp

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.


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!"

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)

  • 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

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

BHM2K8: Nigger: The Movie

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

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

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

Tuesday, February 05, 2008

BHM2K8: ?uestlove - Sample Lesson

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"

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

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

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

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

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"

From that Return Of The Body Snatchers DVD:

Super Fat Tuesday

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!

Monday, February 04, 2008

[video] Camoflauge ft. Stretch Diesel "Grinding"

They get it done out in Toronto:

Deadly Combination

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"

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)

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:

"The Story of Gangstalicious, Part 2"

Full video. The saga continues...

BONUS BEATS: Gangstalicious "Homies Over Hoes" (spotted over at illRoots)

BHM2K8: Pugs Atomz "The Dog Wood Tree"

Directed & shot by Pugs Atomz.

Deep story:

Song for a man about to be lynched, the things that go through your mind if you were that man...this song is dedicated to the memory of George Hughes. MAY 9TH 1930, SHERMAN. BLACK FARMHAND GEORGE HUGHES IS ON TRIAL FOR THE RAPE OF A WHITE WOMAN. TENSION EXPLODES AS AN ANGRY MOB STORMS THE COURTHOUSE AT NOON.

Shouts to Pugs for doing this.

BHM2K8: "No Comment"

OK, so now HipHopDX is reporting that Cartoon Network is denying any requests to have those 2 episodes of The Boondocks banned from being aired on [adult swim]. Kind of odd, I mean the facts are right there on the table: Hudlin is a head honcho at BET, and a producer of The Boondocks, and there are episodes dragging him in the mud. I have a hard time buying that NO ONE said NOTHING about this, but that's the story they finna run with, eh? HHDX did mention that those 2 episodes will more than likely come out on the Season 2 DVD, so I know what I'll be buying once it drops!

[video] Che Grand "Swing" x "Crash"

Spotted at 2DB:

The Wire, Season 5: "React Quotes" [recap]

OK, where the hell did Omar go? Is he Spider-Man or some shit now? I mean, he stepped into that gun battle totally outwitted (his plan was seriously just to storm in, knowing that armed heads were in there), got his boy murked, and ended up jumping out the window?!? And then went totally missing? I laughed, but damn, where the hell did Omar go?

What's good with Vondas giving Marlo a cellie? I want to know what super-technical hackery those Greeks have that will not make their drug dealing so painfully obvious? Whatever it is, when Freamon tried to tap it, he got some kind of fucked up message (shouts to Herc on the help-out). And he just thought it was that simple. While I am not convinced of Marlo's leadership or intelligence, that nigga is crafty and knows his way around a few things. Very intriguing character...

I am still amazed with McNulty's serial killer. I mean, dude is making up murders, and all of the sudden, Templeton is plodding him for info, trying to further sensationalize the situation, just so he can look good to bigger papers that want those grandiose stories. It's such a crazy paradox, I can only assume that shit is going to get too hectic for McNulty and he is going to have to bite the bullet and admit what the fuck he's doing. This shit with Templeton is only going to get worse before it wins prizes.

The thing is, McNulty will get too deep. He thought he was going to get bells and whistles, but with Daniles tightening the reigns (due to Carcetti's trap-shut wallet), all he got was Kima, who is busy working multiple homicides dolo. It will be too late before Jimmy cools off, kind of like with his situation with Beadie. Homegirl came to his job on some "yo is he cheatin' on me" shit, and Bunk had to stand firm and be like "yo he's working a big case". McNulty's (fly) ex-wife knows he is doing Beadie dirty, but Jimmy's head is in fantasy land. You can only hope that she just decides to quit Jimmy before it's too late...

It's so awful, but anytime Kennard gets fucked up, I laugh. I busted a gut when Michael beat his ass for jacking Namond's package. This week, when Dukie smacked the shit out of Kennard, I died... until Spider rushed him. Dukie needs to realize that street shit ain't in him. He talkin' about carrying, but is scared to shoot. Damn shame, because he has no choice - either accept your hand and learn to play your lane, or go off the deep-end and get his freeze on. The convo with Cutty was so deep, with Dukie asking how the hell one gets out of B-more (or the ghetto) into the rest of the world. Cutty, a man who saw the crime side but is now trying to do right, can't answer - he's still here.

Everyone with me: "sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit". Clay Davis is that nigga. He's out there without a boat, a paddle, or a check. He just has his balls and his gift for gab, and he is using both to try and turn the tides on this grand jury trial. Nerese shut him down, though, letting him know the bennies of keeping trap shut. Kind of wild, to live so high on the hog only to be shut down for the good of the party.

This show gets deeper and deeper as the series winds down. We're at what, 5 episodes left? We've been told that loose ends will be tied. I sure hope so. I can't wait for next week!

related links: "React Quotes" summary

[video] Frozen Grand Central

Shouts to Elucid for this one. Too funny:

[video] DJs Sara & Ryusei (Feb 4, 2008)

Sara & Ryusei are some kid ninjas on the decks:

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

Those Re-Up Gang niggas keep the series movin' with We Got It 4 Cheap, Vol. 3 (zShare; sharebee via NahRight). Highly recommended Hip-Hop. Tracklisting HERE. Hit up TSS fo' mo' links.

G-Unit Return of the Body Snatchers

It's been discussed all over the internets, and now it's here. The G-Unit (sans Young Buck) come quick with a new mixtape, Return of the Body Snatchers (zShare; sharebee via NahRight). I haven't given this a twirl at all, but let a nigga know what you think about Curtis and Co.'s new tape. Tracklisting HERE.

PS: ROFL @ 50 making Paris Hilton cry...

BHM2K8: Alicia's Backyard

I am not sure if Alicia Keys has been eating more KFC Hot Wings, or if the cut on those pants hit her body just right, but what was good with her accentuated hips and backyard during the 2008 Super Bowl pre-game concert? The pants are hideous, but if you check out the video below, you will definitely be treated to some wild hip-swinging action:

I know E loved that!

Sunday, February 03, 2008

BHM2K8: Gap Teeth Havin'

Congrats on the win, nigga. You are lucky you DID come back.

[video] Ludacris ft. Rick Ross & Bun B "Down In The Dirty"

Saw this on MTV2 earlier today. Beat by Clinton Sparks, which is just amazing. I'm really into this shit:

"I'm yellow wit that purp like I came from the Lakers" - Ludacris

On That Leak: Donny Goines & Mickey Factz

Donny Goines ft. Mickey Factz "Success Freestyle": The best beat on American Gangster gets the ill retwerk from D. Goines & M. Factz. Murder, period.

[video] Brock Lesnar vs. Frank Mir

Brock Lesnar, former WWE star, making his UFC debut against Frank Mir. Kind of surprised his thick-neck ass tapped out - in 90 seconds, no less:

Shouts to Mir for coming out to "Hate Me Now". I always hated Lesnar as a WWE star anyways.

Go Giants

I'm not really riding for the Giants, but the last thing I want to see is Boston win EVERY sport's title in 2008.

Red Cafe "Paper Touching (NY Edition)"

Bonus Beats: