The greatest rapper of all time died 11 years ago today. OnSMASH has produced a sick tribute in video form, showcasing some of Biggie's greatest music videos, live performances, freestyles and interviews. Check it out... OnSMASH Presents: A Notorious B.I.G. Tribute.
Freestyle (circa 1989)
"Unbelievable" (circa 1994)
Archive for 02/01/2008 - 03/01/2008
The greatest rapper of all time died 11 years ago today. OnSMASH has produced a sick tribute in video form, showcasing some of Biggie's greatest music videos, live performances, freestyles and interviews. Check it out... OnSMASH Presents: A Notorious B.I.G. Tribute.
March 9th is always a hard time for me. I actually watched Bigger Than Life this morning, then took a nap. I just couldn't do nothing, reminiscing on the Black Frank White. During my formative middle school years, the music of The Notorious B.I.G. was deep in my life. No one was iller in the northeast (and soon to be the world), and anytime a new remix came out, I knew it word for word (I still remember Philly DJs cutting up the 'Hip-Hop Remix' of "One More Chance" during the summer weekend mixes). Such a big part of my love for Hip-Hop came from Biggie, from the hilarity to the rugged, cut-throat anthems to his just overall skill and talent on the mic. He taught most of the niggas doing it now how to do it, and did it from the grave. My only regret, aside from his killer still not being found, is that he only had a limited body of work for us to celebrate.
And that's what this episode of rock the dub radio is out. I was going to only do an hour, but I had a 22 of Beck's and some free time, so I dedicated both hours to my favorite rapper. Check it out:
01/The Notorious B.I.G. "The Wickedest (Freestyle)"
02/The Notorious B.I.G. "Warning"
03/The Notorious B.I.G. "Who Shot Ya"
04/The Notorious B.I.G. "One More Chance (Hip-Hop Remix)"
05/The Notorious B.I.G. "I Got A Story To Tell"
06/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. 112 "Sky's The Limit"
07/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. The Lox "Will See"
08/Busta Rhymes "Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See"
09/The Notorious B.I.G. "Joe Clark Interview" b/w "Wake Up Show Interview/Freestyle"
10/Jay-Z ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Brooklyn's Finest"
11/Jay-Z ft. Faith Evans & The Notorious B.I.G. "A Dream"
12/The Notorious B.I.G. "Party & Bullshit"
13/Crustified Dibbs (aka R.A. The Rugged Man) & The Notorious B.I.G. "Cunt Renaissance"
14/The Notorious B.I.G. "Just Playing (Dreams)"
15/The Notorious B.I.G. "Big Poppa"
16/The Notorious B.I.G. "Me & My Bitch (Live)"
17/Beanie Sigel "I'm In"
18/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Method Man "The What"
19/The Notorious B.I.G. "Ten Crack Commandments"
20/The Notorious B.I.G. "Kick In The Door"
21/The Notorious B.I.G. "Unbelievable"
22/Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Player's Anthem"
23/Junior M.A.F.I.A. ft. The Notorious B.I.G. "Get Money"
24/The Notorious B.I.G. ft. Bone Thugs-N-Harmony "Notorious Thugs" [Biggie's verse]
25/The Notorious B.I.G. "Ready To Die"
26/The Notorious B.I.G. "Everyday Struggle"
27/The Notorious B.I.G. "Long Kiss Goodnight"
28/The Notorious B.I.G. "Suicidal Thoughts"
29/"You Remember That One Day Summer Past" [interlude]
30/Blake Leyh "The Fall"
RIP, Biggie. Shouts to the Wallace family: keep the faith.
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EDIT I'm throwing this one up for those who never heard it. RIP Big Poppa. I meant to do another one of these but my week/weekend was shot. Hopefully I can get back on track soon; have part 1 of RTD Radio 031 in the can. Enjoy.
Spotted some snippets off of Bun B's forthcoming II Trill album. Let me know what you think:
Don't know if you guys are aware, but Layla Kayleigh gets that dough - she does work for G4, the World Poker Tour, the Movie Mob, that America's Best Dance Crew show and a host of other gigs. I just caught some outtakes of her spots for the WPT, and felt like posting them b/c I think she's fly and she is a hustla:
The Odd Couple hasn't even hit stores yet, and news is already out that Danger Mouse will be producing Beck's next album. This jawn is in pre-production stages, with no album title/track titles/release date, but I think if this was happening in 2004, I'd be excited. 2008? Not so much...
Yeah, yeah it's March already. Just peep the ill cuts on this one:
01. Lupe Fiasco Feat. Snoop Dogg - Hi Definition
02. Rampage - Pump It Up
03. Bump J Feat. Peedi Crakk & Gillie Da Kid - Pretty Girls In the VIP
04. Kidz In The Hall - Drivin Down The Block
05. The Cool Kids - Action Figures
06. Snoop Dogg Feat. Too Short - Life Of Da Party
07. Ryan Leslie Feat. MIMS - Diamond Girl Remix
08. Rakim - It's Nothing
09. Dem Franchise Boys - Make U Mad
10. Bun B Feat. Sean Kingston - That's Gangsta
11. Shawty Lo - Dunn Dunn
12. Shawty Lo Feat. Ludacris, Young Jeezy & Plies - They Know Remix
13. Kardinal Offishall Feat. Akon - Dey Know Freestyle
14. Flo-Rida Feat. Lil' Wayne - American Superstar
- Jay-Z ft. Mary J. Blige & Swizz Beats "You're Welcome"
- 50 Cent, Chingy, Bizzy Bone, Bobby Valentino, Maino, Chris Notez & "Hav Boy" Monte "Can I Speak To Biggie"
- The Roots ft. Dice Raw, Peedi Crakk & DJ Jazzy Jeff "Get Busy"
- Snoop Dogg "One Chance (Make It Good)" (prod. by Frequency)
- Fat Joe "That White" (prod. by DJ Premier)
- Q-Tip "Midnight 2008" (prod. by Cool & Dre)
- Ice Cube ft. Scarface & Nas "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It (Remix)"
- Sheek Louch ft. Styles P, Jadakiss, Jim Jones & Hell Rell "D-Block/Dipset"
- G-Unit "Rider Pt. 2"
- Bun B ft. Sugar Tongue Slim "The South"
- Billy Danze "Savages"
- The Dream ft. Young Jeezy "I Luv Your Girl (Remix)"
- Rick Ross ft. Lil' Wayne, Fabolous, Red Cafe & T-Pain "Boss (Remix)"
- Juelz Santana & Lil' Wayne "Do My Thing"
- Mavado ft. Jay-Z "Never Stop Me"
- Mr. Raja ft. T.I. "Hatin' On Me"
- R. Kelly "I'm A Beast"
- Lyfe Jennings "Midnight Train"
- Hunt ft. Jim Jones & Jadakiss "Fastlane"
- Grafh ft. Sheek Louch "Rampage"
- stic.man ft. Khujo Goodie "Do It Big"
- Naledge & Mickey Factz "Naledge vs. Factz"
- Dizzee Rascal ft. UGK "Where Da G's (El-P Remix)"
- Rock "Attempted Murder"
- Hot Rod "I Like My Hoes Ghetto"
- Praverb ft. Arsun Fist "Urban Legends" (prod. by Teddy Roxpin)
- Nappy Roots "Who Got It Where's It At"
- Kidz In The Hall ft. DJ G.I. Joe "The Black Out"
- Idle Warship ft. MC Chris "Screamin'" (prod. by Zeferiah)
- Izza Kizza ft. Missy Elliott "Walk The Dawg"
- Sha Stimuli "Tight Ones" (prod. by Crada Beats)
- DL Incognito ft. Theology "Atmosphere"
- Suga Free ft. AMG & DJ Quik "Inside Out"
- Erykah Badu "Honey (J. Slikk Remix)"
- Muja Messiah "True Lies"
- A+R "Explode"
- Ali Vegas ft. Termanology "The Future" (prod. by Statik Selektah)
- J.R. Writer "Umma Do Me"
- Diplo ft. Deize Tigrona "Bandida"
- UNKLE "Restless (Fake Blood Remix)"
- Fam-Lay Vs. DJ Absurd "Da Beeper Record (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
- Red Yellow Green "Apple Seeds (Ninjasonik Remix)"
Have you been picking up what I've been putting down? If not, here's your late pass:
- DJ Trackstar's Boogie Bang 12 mixtape, hosted by NYOil
- DJ Cable - Weekly Mini Mix #6
- Del The Funky Megamix
- Autechre - Mary Anne Hobbs Session (2/27/2008)
- DJ Drama & B.G.'s Hood Generals
- Leaks of Fat Joe's Elephant In The Room
- Bishop Lamont Nigger Noize (Untagged Version)
- Squincy Jones' Nintendub Mixtape
- Sin's The Warning Shot Mixtape
Put those in your ganja pipe and toke it.
We all know what March 9th means to the Hip-Hop community at large. We lost one of the greats, The Notorious B.I.G. on that date to senseless violence. Here are a few of my favorite Biggie videos, in rememberance of the don:
"Sky's The Limit" (ft. 112)
"One More Chance (Stay With Me Mix)"
BIG's last interview/freestyle, on The Wake Up Show:
One love. Check me back Sunday.
They really are going in on these videos; this featured Dice Raw, Peedi Crakk & DJ Jazzy Jeff and directed by Rik Cordero:
What's up with ?uestlove's demeanor? Wild. Good to see Dice (riggity) Raw back in effect. And big up to Enigmatik for reminding me this premiered today.
[video] The Roots "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)"
So recently, Dru Hill got back together. They were on a Baltimore radio station to announce their reunited status. Then, that nigga Woody got a text message from God, who told him to be a servant for the Lord. He didn't let his homies know until they were on air... Sisqo got his thong is a bunch:
R&B = serious bidness. Via YBF.
Watch these hipster favs take us back to '88:
My boy Sin, who represents North Carolina, just hit me with his long-awaited mixtape, The Warning Shot. You can stream and download this over at datpiff, and peep his steeze. He reminds me of guys like M.O.P. or Freddie Foxxx - no, he ain't screamin' FIYAAAAA or challenging the industry to knuckle down, but that same attitude runs rampant through his tracks. Real nigga raps with that classic mixtape feel. Don't sleep on dude.
- That rapper Gravy is going to be playing Biggie. Now, Gravy is definitely a fat-ass nigga, but he also got shot in the ass outside of Hot 97 studios. Bad look. Plus, can this nigga even act? Being able to rap shouldn't be the pre-req.
- Angela Bassett has been cast as Voletta Wallace. I have no jokes, for Angela is the truth in roles like this. I just wonder if she can nail that accent...
- Nigga who played Antwone Fisher is going to be Diddy. Why do I see Diddy grinning from ear to ear with this news?
- And finally, 8 Mile's Papa Doc has been cast as 2Pac. That makes that whole "4 Pac, 3 Pac..." shit from 8 Mile come full circle, eh?
I don't have high hopes for this project, I'll be honest. I am just not seeing the casting of Gravy at all, but who knows. It's mad early to tell.
This cat Squincy Jones hit me out of nowhere with his Nintendub mixtape; this thing mashes up Dubstep, Hip-Hop, video game samples and a host of other shit into a very cohesive set. Like 40 minutes of blipped-out crunk. Highly recommended:
Mario Ds Screwed Intro
Rogue State - Lions Paw (Metroid - Kraid's Hide Edit)
Babylon System - Dancing Shoes (Draped Out Edit)
Walsh & Kromestarr - Panik Room (3 Kings Edit)
Marlow - Road Kill (Goonies Edit)
Benga - Zombie Jig (Wizards & Warriors Kryptonite Edit)
Rusko - Hornz Cru (Diet Kryptonite Edit)
Loefah - Disko Rekah (Goonies Pop Trunk Edit)
Unsolved Mysteries Theme
Chimpo - Lockoff (Freaky Girl Edit)
Nastee Boi - Bangorz (Knuck if you Buck Edit)
Mike Lennon - When Science Fails (Hektagon Remix) (Shorty Swing Edit)
Babylon System - Loaded
Dj Unk - Beatn Down Yo Block
Woogie - End Dub
Rustie - Response
DZ - Just Rolling
Rustie - Jagz The Smack (Zelda Edit)
Gerard McMann - Cry Little Sister
Kode 9 - 9 Samurai
Kode 9 - 9 Samurai (Quarta 330 Remix)
Praverb ft. Arsun Fist "Urban Legends" (prod. by Teddy Roxpin): Just ill. Super smooth beat with some intelligent lyrics over top. Praverb's first verse is a thing of beauty. The non-Arsun version of this will be on the rock the dub compilation. You already know...
The Guardian is reporting that Evander Holyfield has been in talks with Mike Tyson's people for a possible third match. You guys remember the 2nd fight, right? Here's a reminder.
Now, if this had happened, say, in 1998, or even 1999 - I'd be on edge. They would have been in good fighting shape. It's now a decade plus after this fight, and both have hit the downward spiral - who truly wants to see them fight now?
I won't lie, I'll watch it - but I doubt I'd pay for it.
- "Preacher On A Sunday Morning" (ft. Pooh Bear, prod. by Scott Storch)
- "Cocababy" (ft. Jackie Rubio, prod. by Danja)
- "Get It For Life" (ft. Pooh Bear, prod. by DJ Khaled)
- "You Ain't Sayin' Nothing" (ft. Plies & Dre)
- "Drop" (ft. Swizz Beats & Jackie Rubio)
Joey Crack's DJ Premier-produced "Thank God For That White" also leaked earlier this week, and is a certified banger. XXL gave this album an L - sounds like Crack is stuck on, well, that crack, but has shining moments. I still got love for the nigga.
[video] "I Give The Beats"
01) Stay Strapped
02) Watch Ya Step Intro
03) I Wish A Nigga Would
04) TIP Speaks
05) Kings On Tha Set Featuring TIP
06) Whip A Bitch
07) Ode To The Hot Boyz
08) BG Speaks On Hot Boyz
09) We Right Here
10) BG & DJ Drama Speak
11) DJ Drama - Gotta Get That
12) BG Spekas On Soulja Slim
13) Raised Uptown Feat Hot & Geto
14) For A Minute Ft. TIP
15) La The Darkman & Willie The Kid - Hand On My Glock
16) Sucka For Nuthin
17) BG Speaks On Career
18) Slippin Ft. Gar
19) I Came Up From The Bottom
20) They Kno Feat Choppa City Boyz
21) Hustle Feat Young Jeezy & Maino
22) Check My Resume
23) Im Back Ft. Gar
24) I See U Ridin
25) Street Nigga
26) Champion Ft. Bone Thugz In Harmony
27) Bonus - Ima Die Bout Mine Ft. Soulja Slim
1. II Trill (prod. by Clinton Sparks)
2. That’s Gangsta feat. Sean Kingston (prod. by J.R. Rotem)
3. Damn I’m Cold feat Lil Wayne (prod by Chops)
4. You’re Everything (ft. Rick Ross, David Banner, 8 Ball & MJG) (Prod. by Mr. Lee)
5. Swang on Em feat Lupe (prod by Enigma)
6. I Luv That (Produced by Scott Storch)
7. My Block (prod by Jazze Pha)
8. Get Cha Issue (Produced by Bigg Tyme & Qwest)
9. Good II Me feat. Mya (prod by Bigg Tyme, co-produced by Intl Red, & Bun B)
10. Pop It 4 Pimp feat Phatz & Webbie (prod by Mouse)
11. Underground Thang feat Chamillionaire & Pimp C (prod by Cory MO)
12. If I Die 2Nite feat. Lyfe Jennings & Young Buck (Produced by J-Rock)
13. Another Soldier feat. Mddl Fngz (prod. by DJ Khalil)
14. If It Was Up II Me feat. Junior Reid (produced by Blackout Movement)
15. Angel in the Sky (Produced by Cozmo)
16. Keep It 100 (produced by Chops)
11. My Paper (prod by Bigg Tyme)
While neither are making definite comments on this set, Riz says that II Trill > Trill, while Eskay feels there are some very strong cuts on this set. Loads of features on here, and I am interested to hear what Bun does to DJ Khalil tracks, or how he and Junior Reid sound together. April 29th is still the release date, no?
Here's a new mix from the minimal IDM duo Autechre from a recent Mary Anne Hobbs session; the filename says 2007, but apparently it's wrong. Loads of minimal techno, Hip-Hop and tons of other goodies:
MP3 [mirror via ACID TED; don't expect that mirror to be up for any super length of time]
1 Eon Fear - The Mind Killer (Altered mix)
2 Keith Leblanc - Here's Looking At You
3 Eric B & Rakim - Chinese Arithmetic
4 The Hypnotist - Pioneers of the Warped Groove
5 The Party Boy aka BamBam - The Twilight zone
6 The Formula - Exploded (Original mix)
7 Davy DMX - One For The Treble
8 Autechre - Drane
9 The B-Boys - 2 3 break
10 The B-Boys - Girls (instrumental)
11 2 Live Crew - Throw The D (Original 12" Dub Instrumental)
12 Break The Limits - E-yeah
13 Eric B & Rakim - Lyrics Of Fury
14 Autechre - Piezo
15 Defcon 1 - Altitude (Remix)
16 Eric B & Rakim - Extended beat
17 Adamski - Tekno Krisna
18 Robert Hood - Internal empire
19 Deasy - Bombay systems
20 Rhythm Device - Acid Rock
21 Tangerine Dream - Supernatural Accomplice ("The Keep" Motion Picture Soundtrack)
22 Broken Glass - Style of the street
23 Xon - Dissonance
24 Bernard Herrmann Main Theme ("Taxi Driver" Motion Picture Soundtrack)
25 Hi-tek & Talib Kweli - Love Speakeasy
26 Minimal Man - Outside The Window (Ian's remix)
27 3D - Giddy Up
28 Mantronix - Listen To The Bass Of Get Stupid Fresh Part II
29 Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
30 Earth People - Dance (Club mix)
31 Phuture Pfantasy Club - Spank Spank
32 Psycho Tribes - Pure Ideas
33 Polygon Window - UT1-dot
34 Reese & Santonio - Grab The Beat
How about this whole set is 27 minutes. Yup.
Rizoh posted up the tracklist The Odd Couple earlier today, and while I've only heard two of the tracks, maybe someone else has more info on these:
03/No Time Soon
05/Who’s Gonna Save My Soul
07/Would Be Killer
12/A Little Better
Riz also says that the release date is now April 8th, 2008, not the 15th.
[video] Gnarls Barkley "Run"
[video] Gnarls Barkley "Who's Gonna Save My Soul?"
khal: First off, you’ve been doing your thing on the low, and 2007 seemed like the year where many heads got an idea of who you were, and what you were trying to do. Can you give those who might not know who you are a brief rundown of where you’re from, who you’re reppin’, and how you got to where you are right now?
Donny Goines: I'll give you the short version. I'm from New York City and that's what Im repping (although I've lived in Philly for years on and off). 2007 was the year that I really came into my own, mainly because I started to discover myself as an artist and the public did as well. I started alone in the beginning of 2006 but since have branched out and worked with many others. Now, I have a good team in place and along with them I hustle hard to get things poppin'. Last year I was just getting warmed up, this year - it's a problem.
khal: Now, you’ve say spent your time between Philly, the Bronx and Harlem. That’s a good chunk of the cold world of the Northeast. How has your time in each city helped mold the man you are today?
Donny Goines: Well, Philly was cool, and besides Philly I've also lived in North Carolina for two years and Illinois for a year and a half, but I'm a New Yorker by blood. Growing up in the Bronx, I learned all the typical street shit. Drugs, robbery, fighting, so on and so forth. While in the Bronx I would travel summers back and forth to Philly. I learned a lot of shit out there as well. I smoked my first blunt there. Learned alot about women, the importance of employment, etc., and by the time I got to Harlem, I was a mess (haha). It took years for me to calm down and reach the state I'm in now, but the one thing I picked up in Harlem, I could say, was the swagger. I was always fly but Harlem just got a different vibe to it (or should I say had) and that helped to complete the cypher so to speak.
khal: Without dwelling to deep into your past, you’ve grown up experiencing some real life issues, i.e. drug abuse and incarcerated family members right in your household, yet you’ve seemed to not have that side of life overshadow your lyrics. Was that a conscious effort (keeping your rhymes truthful and positive)?
Donny Goines: Yes, mainly for two reasons: one is I hate to talk about things I can't do anything about. All it does is bring negative energy towards you, and I don't really want that. The second reason is because there is a time and place for everything and I don't have the proper platform to convey my messages right now to the full effect. The first official album I will speak on several topics in depth and really let the skeletons out of the closet.
khal: What inspires you, both within and outside of the Hip-Hop game?
Donny Goines: The people. Overall I think the people out there inspire me. Money is cool, so is fame but those things really don't appeal to my that much. When someone tells me that my music helps to inspire them, or that it helps to get them through certain situations, that's priceless to me. I've always had material things, cars, jewelry, money, etc. but nothing really would make me happy except this. So, at the end of the day, that's what inspires me to continue on.
khal: One thing you expressed through a recent performance at the Stand Up! showcase was your friendship with Disco D. How close were the 2 of you? Do you have any tracks that you were working on with him that will be seeing the light of day?
Donny Goines: Well, me and him were close in a lot of ways. For one, I was his personal assistant (many people don't know that) and that's how we ended up becoming friends through that relationship. I practically lived at his house for months in late '06 and we really just clicked. You know how you meet certain people in life and ya'll just automatically hit it off? That's how it was with me and him. He was a real good person and he believed in me and my music and I will never forget that. In the future you can expect to hear some things in regards to him, me and music. Count on it.
khal: If you do a search for your name on Google, you’d find a hell of a lot of sites picking up on your name, whether it’s an MP3 or an interview. How has the Internet helped push your career, and broaden the scope of potential listeners? Do you think you’d be where you are today without such a large Internet following?
Donny Goines: I owe the Internet EVERYTHING. If it wasn't for the websites, podcasts and blogs such as yours, I wouldn't be nowhere near where I'm at today. Many people underestimate the power of the Internet but you have to be smart. Today, humans are a species of convenience. We don't have to hunt for food, there are supermarkets. We don't have to build shelters, constructions companies do and we DAMN sure don't have to search for music. All you have to do is turn on the computer and the world is at your fingertips. I hope other aspiring artists out there really utilize the power of net. I'm grateful for all the love and support that I get from everyone.
khal: You’re also blogging for Baller Status, right? Do you try to do anything different in your blogging than you do with your rhymes?
Donny Goines: Not really, to me writing is writing. Blame my efficiency on schooling lol (I was always a nerd and very book smart) but I look at that as any other writing. You need a concept, and a beginning middle and end and its has to capture your attention. The only thing I don't have is a hook (lol).
khal: Now, you’ve dropped two albums already: The Prologue and About The Author, and I read on your MySpace blog that Dame Grease is going to executive producing your forthcoming official album. How did that connection come about? And how do you think this project will differ from the previous two albums?
Donny Goines: Well, long story short: Grease has been following my progress over the past year and decided to step in and help take me to the next level. He sees the potential and is investing alot in me so we are just going to work. This project won't come out on anything less then a major distributor or record label and it's going to be a problem!!!! I've already got a couple in now and I'll just say this about it: you labels are gonna have to cut some large checks lol.
khal: Where do you see your career going in 2008? Do you have any goals set for this year?
Donny Goines: Plenty, but my main goal is to complete my album, find the right situation and drop it before the year's out. That's my main focus as of right now.
khal: If you weren’t creating music, what do you think you’d be doing with your life right now?
Donny Goines: Drinking every night, working a bullshit 9 to 5 and just going through the motions. That's what I did for the past 10 years of my life before rap. Yeah, I went to the Navy and I went to College, had careers etc., but ask anyone who was around me, I never took any of the shit seriously. My heart just wasn't into those things. It's into music. So I would be just like many others out there, drinking and getting high, just passing time. Getting into bullshit.
khal: Are you going to be going on tour in the near future, or do you have any shows lined up for people to check you out at?
Donny Goines: I'm any and everywhere. My mixtape release party is coming up on the 24th and Negril Village. I just performed the other night with Grease and his team on Saturday in Harlem, there's no telling where I might pop up at. Just keep ya ears to the street and hit up my myspace.
khal: Do you have any shout-outs or final thoughts before we wrap this up?
Donny Goines: Thanks for the love. Make sure to hit up my myspace page (myspace.com/donnygoines) and download that new mixtape Off The Books, hosted by DJ Bedtyme 357. It's free and got nothing but rhymes and beats on it. Look out for my album dropping sometime this year, executive produced by Dame Grease and help spread the word. Thanks for allowing your readers to hear what I have to say, khal. Much love.
[video] Donny Goines, Hired Gun & Cause: Da Cypher
On That Leak: Donny Goines "Alarm Clock"
On That Leak: Donny Goines & Mickey Factz
For more info on Donny Goines, hit the following sites:
Bonus Beats: "Do It For Hip-Hop"
Word came today that the Weinstein Company has optioned the rights to the long-awaited Bob Marley biopic that Rita Marley will be executive producing. Word is that she wants Lauryn Hill to portray her in this, but there's no confirmation on that. Look for the flick to drop sometime in 2009.
Now, years back, I remember reading (and posting about) rumors that Jamie Foxx was being tapped to play Bob. Reports now say that Bob's grandson, Stefan, might be playing Bob. Who knows.
Why is a female like this trying to be Flavor Flav's chick? The above hottie is Bunz, who is currently in the running to be Flav's shorty on Flavor of Love 3. She represents Houston right now, has 2 kids and a fattie (peep her MySpace if you don't believe me). Now, she already has two boys, and Flav has something like 35 kids. He can't be making SERIOUS bank to support all of that - what do you think he is going to do for you?
I was just flipping through the channels last night and saw shorty on there, and was just surprised that she was up there. She seems kind of hood, but more down to earth (although they were saying she was fake?), and I just don't see fame being that elusive that you have to attatch yourself to a nigga like Flav. Especially with a backyard like that. And she already does promo work!
There has to be a better way... right?
So I finally caught Rocko's "Umma Do Me" video last night. Talk about remedial English. And this is the nigga who basically said that rap is all about swagger, and making words rhyme. Listening to his "rhymes", this nigger wasn't kidding. Peep these hot bars:
I swag it out, uh felt my swag.
The shoes match the hat, the hat match my bag.
Say what? Is he rejoicing about the ability to match his shoes, hat and purse? What is this, Sex In The City?!?!
Step ya rap game all the way up or step the fuck off, duke.
Enigmatik hit me with this link from Zela's HipHopDX blog. It contains a video not unlike the Jay-Z swagger jacker MP3 that floated around your interweb a few years back, kind of like the XXL "borrower/lender" pieces every month. Are we really shocked that Lil' Wayne has jacked so many lines?:
It is kind of wild that he is lifting whole verses...
You gotta love how I came home to see if the series finale of The Wire was up on HBO On Demand, and I found this:
Shouts to Clay Davis. I guess it's due to the amt. of leakage of this season on-line. Makes sense - but... sheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeit! I need my fix. Now I actually have to watch TV Sunday night!
Shouts to the Boom for posting this.
The Wire, Season 5: "Late Editions" [recap]
This is K. Tana's track, ft. Nems, Iron Solomon and Jessie Jamez. It is entitled "Rat Poison". I am only posting this b/c this is the first time I've actually heard Nems & Solomon on a track, and not battling rappers:
The internets is the only place you can see gully rappers spit while holding boagies. What is this, the Rat Pack? And why does that one nigga's unibrow look worse than Al B Sure!'s?!?!
First off, RIP Snoop. You went out like a true G, calm and collected. That "how my hair look" line was just smooth... I love how they did that. I also loved the noise she made to get Michael's attention when he was on the block: it was like a frog coming in with that prolonged "eh-yooooooooo" shit. So true to the hood - I hear niggas with that shit every now and again.
Speaking of Michael, I thought that whole shit was great, although it was ultimately very sad. I can understand why Marlo & Chris wanted him to get got - they had no choice, and they had more trust in Snoop than Michael. You would just think Snoop would have set it up a bit better. Telling Michael not to bring his ratchet was too easy to pick up on, and almost insulting for a smart nigga like him to not see 4 steps ahead. He got the drop on her, and she had to applaud him. It's just wild that now he has to shuffle his fam and be on the lam. Bug looked SO SHOOK during that scene, it was a touching goodbye, and you got to see how deep Dukie and Bug truly got to be. Plus, having an auntie and a box of cash didn't hurt at all. Dukie - damn. Why do I see the prerequisite montage dealing with him sucking dick or shooting heron? I mean, he was going to live at the stables. TV Squad thinks that Michael was being cold as sort of a distancing mechanism, which I think might be partially true, but I also think that Michael was upset over Dukie's choice of where to be dropped off. Dukie came from that life, and was too smart to end up on that shit. The other thing that I thought was touching was the bit about the "piss balloons": I don't think Michael was trying to be cold, but think about it - Michael has seen a lot. A hell of a lot has happened in his life, and an afternoon of piss balloons and ice cream wasn't top on his good memories list. Michael is stone cold - he's a fucking man right now. Dukie is stil stuck in that kid zone, and that's what always separated them. It's a sad seeming end to their story, but I have a feeling Michael will come to play in the finale.
Oh, and big up to Bunny Colvin for rearing Namond into a debate speaker, although I wish we had seen a bit more of him. Nice touch, though.
Gus = a beast, as my boy Darryl would say. He is so close from sinking Scott, and the scene in the vet hospital where Gus was gathering the info, that's the nail in the coffin. He did so much fact-finding on the sly this week, and each time ended up with Scott being a liar. Do you truly see Scott going down the dumps, though? Those suits love that punk something fierce - I'm not sure how much dope Gus could put on the table to have Scott canned...
Now, onto the detail. I loved seeing them get the big bust. I literally felt happy. I bet Sydnor was happy to be in a detail that actually did something. Those glances Lester shared with Marlo spoke volumes, although it wasn't until the affidavit came out that they really got what was going on. The deep part is, Michael was gonna die over the whole "source" lie, which is going to be hard to crack. The dope was on the table, the bad guys were in the clink, and now... well, now Kima is telling what she knows. I understand why she had to do it, but I don't think it's right at all. I mean, the deep part is that cats were out there researching and working this serial killer case, but other cases got work, too - INCLUDING THE STANFIELD ORGANIZATION BUSTS! Morally, she's right, but it just sucks that she will be the one to bring this down.
Did you see McNulty sulking? Some thing it was the guilt... I think it's the spotlight. At the end of the day, without knowledge of what he did to get that wire going, Lester still looks like the superhero. McNulty needs that light shining on him, to let him know he still matters - that's why he goes out and fucks these bimbos, for the adulation, not the stats. He will get the publicity, alright, but on some Bunny Colvin, bowing out gracefully shit. I don't think he will go to jail, but based on the coming attractions, it looks like the higher ups know (including the mayor), and they are hellbent on making sure this stays under wraps. We don't need another Hamsterdam, do we?
It was nice to see that bust go down at the same time Rawls & Daniels are being told to bring down the stats. So funny.
What also had be cracking up was when Snoop and that kid were in Levy's office, telling him to cop to that plea b/c he was on crutches. It's kind of funny when you think about it - drug dealers don't have rest periods, they have 3 year bids. Ill idea.
What's not ill is how Herc is playing both sides of the fence, trying to figure out if there's a wire, when he's the fucker that started it up. I assume he's trying to keep his current job and cover his ass, but what if Carver told him "yeah, it was your number that helped us get Marlo"? He'd be gleaming...
Speaking of Marlo, how wild was that fire in his eyes?!? He needed to know who's name was being spoke in that hood! Almost like he could careless about the years, just keep my name clean. Keep me feared. At the end, that's all he's got. All anyone's got. Look at Omar - once that superman cape was taken off and he was reduced to a hobbler, a lil' hopper threw one in his dome. It's that simple.
It was good to see Bubbles, I mean Reginald, shining up there. He's the character I've loved the most, and seeing him clean and doing well for himself, especially after his journey, it's touching, and one of the lone bright lights within this series.
Oh, what was good with Freamon referencing Shardene when he was drunk, talking about she better be up? Are they fucking, or was he just joking, bringing back the old times? I'm checking Wikipedia now, and not only are they saying that Freamon has been wearing a wedding band (I think I saw that), they said that him and Shardene were sharing an apartment!? Wow...
Oh and LOL @ Freamon getting all that info from Clay Davis. Spillin' the beans. I love it. And another LOL goes to the drunk working the evidence room. Another great slide of an old face in there.
I don't even want to comment on how next week will tie things up, but with a 93 minute finale, they have a nice window of time to end things right. Not "great" or "like I want it to be", but I have no doubt in my mind that in one of the best seasons of one of the best shows on TV, ever, they will do what needs to be done.
Check back here next week. Peep the HBO summary while you're at it.
EDIT - Here's the preview for the series finale
Looks like Trent Reznor is experimenting with the free download/paid download/CD thing again. NiggyTardust was a decent experiment, but this new, 36 track instrumental collection goes one step further. Ghosts I-IV is the new Nine Inch Nails project that's available for download for free or $5; you can also pre-order the CD/DVD/Blu-ray packages from the nin website as well, for $10 (2xCD set), $75 (2xCD, 1xData DVD, 1xBlu-ray disc) or $300 (everything in the $75 package, plus 4xVinyl package and more, limited to 2500 copies). The $10 2xCD is being shipped on April 1st, 2008, while the $75 and $300 packages are being shipped on May 1st, 2008.
Head on over to the site for more details. Do you think more artists should go this route? Makes things easier/less cumbersome IMHO.
Bonus Beats: sign up for the 40-page .pdf file that accompanies this release.
?uestlove wanted to leak this track, and was granted permission to do so. He was even nice enough to shoot a clip for it, starring himself; really moody cut:
Another new mini-mix from the one like DJ Cable. This mix is more UK-centric, with some Grime and other vibes thrown in there. Don't even ask, just download and funk-out:
01. A1 Bassline Feat. Safi - My Baby
02. Delinquent Feat. Kat - My Destiny
03. Skepta Feat. Wiley, Jme, Jammer, Footsie, Bossman, Bearman, Trim & MC Creed - Duppy
04. DJ Q Feat. MC Bones - You Wot
05. Lethal Bizzle - Pow!
06. Skepta Feat. Jammer - I Spy
07. Wiley - Bow E3
08. Wiley - Wearing My Rolex
Bonus Beats: Yazoo "Don't Go (DJ Cable's B'More Refix)" - Cable has more refixes like this coming as well.
DJ Trackstar is BACK with an all-new edition of his Boogie Bang mixtape series. This edition, volume 12, is hosted by NYOil, and features a boatload of new music from artists like Skillz, Erykah Badu, AZ, The LOX, Fred Knuxx, Pete Rock and many others. Do NOT sleep!
Back with that raw for you. Due to some MyBook issues, I was unable to drop a leak last month, but this cut should make up for it. A minute ago, Fam-Lay dropped "Da Beeper Record", just switchin' up flows and speakin' on how he sticks to his beeper to help usher in major paper (many of you might have noticed a piece of the hook being recycled in this cut). The one like DJ Nappy takes this frantic vocal and places it over a hypnotic, heavy bass thump from the one like DJ Absurd, which takes a sort of celebratory track and puts it into a different zone. Proper dark alley braggadocio in the mirror feel on this one. Just intense.
Fam-Lay Vs. DJ Absurd "Da Beeper Record (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
Any DJs looking for more THUGSTEP, hit me up: firstname.lastname@example.org.
If you're a fan of culture-jamming and cut-up art, and this DVD is right up your alley. For 27+ years, Negativland has been commenting on the media, consumerism, and other points with twisted audio-collage pieces, and more full-on songs. I just got sent their Our Favorite Things DVD, which is a collection of 18 collaborations made to Negativland creations from 18 different video artists. You are getting Ariel talking about suing you for jacking audio to an extended commentary on the lengths Pepsi and Coke go to advertise their cola to the masses. The pieces range from full on CGI epics to more crude video trickery, with loads of mashing from old black & white movies, TV broadcasts and more original ish. Highly recommended for fans of crews like Coldcut.
A full review will be coming when I get more time to dissect this epic.
Get more info on the documentary on this art project here. I was doing temp work for Sculpture Magazine when this was just going on - I remember thinking this was odd. Not sure if I want to see this documentary. Everyone was big on Christo, but I just don't see it:
Snoop Dogg "Cool" (prod. by Teddy Riley): Per DJ Benzi, this is a cut off of Snoop's forthcoming Ego Trippin', and is an interpolation of Morris Day & The Time's "Cool". Has that Prince vibe to it, a lil' more low-key than "Sensual Seduction", but has that 80's cool. Yes, that's Snoop singing. Yay or nay?
MTV also spoke to Snoop about this track.