Archive for 03/01/2008 - 04/01/2008

[video] Gorilla Zoe ft. Yung Joc "Juice Box"

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Did you know Gorilla Zoe's album is in stores now? Me neither:

Stacey Dash's King Mag Cover


Goddamn. I didn't know her backyard was bangin' like THAT! Via Nah Right on Ning.

[video] Panama "Can't Tell Me Nothing Freestyle"

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The boy Panama going in over Kanye's beat; really artistic on the video:

On That Leak: Panama "Mr. International"
[rock the dub Interview]: Panama

[video] XLR8R TV: Bun B at SXSW

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XLR8R with Bun B at this year's SXSW; make sure you pick up the latest edition XLR8R, as Bun is the cover subject. You can also download a hi-res version of this episode, as well as subscribe to future video podcasts:

Madlib Live at Hella International

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Stones Throw Podcast #31 features a quick set from Madlib:

This short DJ set from Madlib includes bits of new material including Beat Konducta #5 and his unreleased Madvillain remixes, spinning live at Hella International, Stones Throw's yearly event at Miami's Winter Music Conference. Special thanks to host Aloe Blacc and to Hella International's presenter VTech Phones for allowing us to make this a free event.

MP3 / RSS / iTunes

The Rap Up Turned 3

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In this densely populated community that is the Hip-Hop Blogosphere, it's great to see my peers transcend the title of "just another blog" and truly become a source in this thing. Rizoh and The Rap Up are more than just a blog. Dude's a talented writer, with loads of insight and fresh news that we all then jack and post like we have those connects. Dude does it with humor, does it for the people, and today, on the third anniversay of TRU becoming a blog, rock the dub salutes you. Make a wish, Riz!

[video] Billy Danze On KarmaloopTV

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M.O.P.'s Billy Danze sat down with's Van Stylez for a pretty ill interview:

Part 1

Part 2

Damn. Jim Beam skraight from the bottle? I love it!

[video] Shawty LO Rap City Freestyle

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I love how his freestyles is built off the hook of his single...

Talk about remedial...

[video] Kelly Rowland "Comeback"

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Christ, when did Kelly Rowland turn into the freak? Oh, and no bullshit, if you are prone to having seizures, you might wanna avoid this one:

[video] Nelly ft. Fergie "Party People"

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I leaked this a minute ago, and now the video surfaces:

No words.

On That Leak: Loot "Fresh"

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Loot "Fresh": Nice mixture of new school swagger and old school feel in the beat. One to watch, forreal...

Speaking of watching, peep the "Fresh" video:

E=MC² Official Tracklist

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I heard this leaked - anyone peep it yet? What do you think? Here's the official tracklist:

1. Migrate feat. T-Pain
2. Touch My Body
3. Cruise Control feat. Damian Marley
4. I Stay In Love
5. Side Effects feat. Young Jeezy
6. I'm That Chick
7. Love Story
8. I'll Be Lovin' U Long Time
9. Last Kiss
10. Thanx 4 Nothin'
11. O.O.C.
12. For The Record
13. Bye Bye
13. I Wish You Well

Interested to hear this: I really liked her last album (props to Boo for putting me onto it!), and I will more than likely be reviewing it at some point, so hold tight!

[video] Interview with LOST's Malcolm David Kelley

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Malcolm David Kelley, aka Walt from ABC's LOST, sat down with TV Guide, speaking on his role and career:

Crazy to see him with the lil natural and grown man voice. He got in right when puberty was about to strike! I wonder how he gets worked in...

RiotControl Eleven

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Looks like Burt Fox & Sonny Noir are BACK for another edition of RiotControl NYC. Been about 3 months since the last edition, but with a tracklist and vibe like this, it's very necessary:



RC Theme – Burt Fox
Chill Out – Tenor Saw and Top Cat
Last War – Zap Pow
War Remix – Matty G
Shove It (Switch Remix) - Santogold
I’m On The Rock – Mavado
I’m On The Rock – Jay Z Version
It’s Yours – Loefah
Spliff Dub (Rustie Remix) - Zomby
Underground Dub – Upsetters
Expreso De Media Noche – Giorgio Moroder
Phantom of the Synths – J Dilla
Man Machine – Kraftwerk
Ageispolis – Aphex Twin
Deepchord presents Echospace – Empyrean
Thomas Fehlmann – Atlas 2
Etched Headplate – Burial
Seven Dubs Four – Downpressor

You gonna deny that?!

P.S.: Oh, and Burt Fox has contributed a fuckin' BANGER for the forthcoming rock the dub compilation. You've been warned!

Living Legends & The Grouch - LIVE In Store (April 8th, 2008)

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If you guys don't know who the Living Legends or The Grouch are, you are living under a rock and have not done your proper Hip-Hop history, especially of lyricists who murder the Left Coast. In any case, both the Living Legends and The Grouch will be performing live at an In-Store at Amoeba Music Hollywood TODAY (April 8th) at 7PM PST (that's 10PM EST for you East Coasters), and it will also be streamed LIVE on, so you have no excuse!

Hopefully video of this will be made available to the masses. If so, I'll sort what I can!

previous: [video] Talib Kweli at Amoeba

Props to Bernard & Josh for the heads up!

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #11

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DJ Cable is on his Jedi master shit right now. Peep his latest mini mix:



01. Lil' Flip - Game Over
02. Lil Jon Feat. Ludacris, Too Short, Big Kap & Chyna Whyte - Bia Bia
03. Lil Wayne - Go DJ
04. Cam'ron Feat. Juelz Santana - Oh Boy
05. Kardinal Offishall - BaKardi Slang
06. Rich Boy Feat. Polow Da Don - Throw some D's
07. Ghostface Killah Feat. Redman & Ludacris - Future Thugs

Nice throwback jawns thrown in there. "BIA BIAAAAAAAA!"

Truth Universal ft. "What It's Bout"

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Truth Universal ft. "What It's Bout" (prod. by Bass Heavy): You gotta love that revolution music that you can bump alongside the other ignorant, non-thinking shit. This Truth Universal album looks to be monstrous.

related: On That Leak: "Black Culture"

Shouts to Matt for this one!

Foul Mouth Jerk "Culture Of Life"

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Foul Mouth Jerk "Culture Of Life": Damn, dude takes our country to task over fighting in war over a very interesting sample. Sit down with this one for a minute.

Bonus Beats: Foul Mouth Jerk ft. MURS & G. Cutty "The Hard Part (Remix)"

related: Foul Mouth Jerk ft. Masta Ace "Small Town USA"

Big up to Matt for the tracks!

[video] The Duck Down Experience

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Check out the BCC, Kidz In The Hall and Slaine at the Knitting Factory in NYC, as well as a special contest from

[video] Spec Boogie "Superfly Freestyle"

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Lovin' how they flipped the track (and the movie!) for this freestyle, which serves as both the intro to Spec Boogie's forthcoming mixtape and this week's Loose Warning Shot:

[video] The Making of "Hip-Hop Weekly #52"

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Peep the making of Crooked I's "Hip-Hop Weekly #52":

[video] Cherish ft. Yung Joc "Killa"

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From the Step Up 2 Soundtrack:

Bonus Beats: Cherish ft. Jermaine Dupri & Kid Slim "Killa (Remix)"

Official Retraction

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XXL has just reported that the L.A. Times has officially retracted their recent story on the 2Pac Quad Shooting in 1994. If only Chuck Philips (and many others) were so quick to find the murderers of Biggie and Pac...

related: Fuck Chuck Philips

[video] The Cool Kids "Black Mags (Remix)" LIVE

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Here is video of The Cool Kids performing their "Black Mags (Remix)" with Werdplay live at S.O.B.'s last night:

Via Nah Right.

[video] Young Buck "Lose My Mind"


Some odd crunked up shit from Young Buck's forthcoming DVD documentary, A Billion Bucks:

[video] Joulz Il: The Making of "My Dreams"

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More from one of Dallas, Texas' finest MCs in the studio, working on a cut entitled "My Dreams":

Enitity Starr on the beats.

Bonus Beats:

"MySpace and your naked a**"

[video] Usher ft. Young Jeezy "Love In This Club"

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New Usher video, featuring Young Jeezy. Props to DubCNN for world premiering this on YouTube; I believe BET is also playing this every hour on the hour today. I already know this one is going to be blastin' through the speakers everywhere. My stepdaughter had her prom on Friday and was pissed the DJ didn't play it:

Jeezy's rhymes are so cookie-cutter lo.

Common: Finding Summer


HipHopDX recently sat down with Common, mainly discussing his current and upcoming movie roles, but he also divulged some info on his forthcoming "summer" album, Invincible Summer:

DX: You working on the next album after Finding Forever?
C: Yeah, the new album is called Invincible Summer. It will be out in the later part of June. The music sounds new. It’s really developing. I’m really happy about it. It feels good. It’s not really heavy. The Neptunes are producing a lot of it. Also a producer named Mr. DJ [is on the project]. He did a lot of work with OutKast. He did “Bombs Over Baghdad” and “Ms. Jackson.” These cats are really giving me some new, fresh sounds. I’m taking it somewhere vocally that I haven’t been before. I’m enthused. I’m really excited. I think it’ll be a great summer album. I wanna make people smile and enjoy life. As much as I wanna make them think, it’s important that they smile, too.

DX: So, there will be a couple of club tracks in there?
C: When I went on the Kanye West Glow in the Dark Tour in Europe, I was overseas and just saw people partying overseas. Seeing the music that they were partying to was just a good feeling. I was like, “Wait, none of my songs are being played over here!” What am I missing in my music repertoire? You never stray away from [positive] music. You always need music that’s uplifting and conscious, but you also sometimes wanna relax and party. At a party, you might not wanna hear those things at that time.

DX: Common, why didn’t you mention Kanye’s name as a producer for this new CD?
C: With Kanye, point blank, I’m on G.O.O.D. Music. We’re always going to collaborate. If he’s not producing it, he’s gonna executive produce it and say, “Yo, Rash, we need to do these things with it.” He’ll always be a part of it, but right now he’s focusing on getting his tour together, this Glow in the Dark Tour. I always go with the flow of things. This is what I’m doing for this album. On the next album, Kanye and I will be working on it with some other new artists. But I think this will give it something fresh and it’ll give it more spice when Kanye and I get back together. Who knows? He may do something for this album, too, because I’m not finished.

How you feelin' about this? I'm kind of not sure if I'm ready for an album full of Common/Pharrell tracks, nor was I a huge fan of "Bombs Over Baghdad", but I'm interested to hear a good Hip-Hop album "for the summer!"

rock the dub radio: episode 018

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If there's one thing I could have, aside from good health and mad loot, is a couple of rooms of milk crates full of vinyl. I miss going digging, and if I had 1) the disposable income and 2) a DJ setup, I'd go every once in a while. Having a music blog is definitely a good way to obtain music from time to time, but I definitely miss the smell of old vinyl, the joy of finding that cut in the countless stacks of music in your mom & pop. Gone are the endless hours spent at Princeton Record Exchange, in comes the 10s of minutes spent finding the same gems in an expert Google search. In any case, this episode represents a pretty accurate depiction of my Hip-Hop listening: you get the ignorant (Lil' Wayne's "A Milli" - note: if anyone has a full, no DJ copy of the version with Cory Gunz, get at me) to the undiscovered (Praverb's "Original", Elucid's "We Carry On") to the, in my humble opinion, classic (Redman's "Rockafella (Remix)", them's "Crayon sharpener"), among many other gems. Technically, this isn't my best show, but I was surprised at everything I threw in this bitch. Enough with the words, though - ch-check it out:

rock the dub radio: episode 018

(direct MP3 download)


01/Redman "Rockafella (Remix)"
02/Method Man & Redman "Cheka"
03/Method Man & Redman "Broken Language 2008"
04/Sheek Louch "Gettin' Funky 2008"
05/S.O.U.L. Purpose ft. C-Rayz Walz & Pace "Rampage"
06/The Re-Up Gang "20K Money Making Brothers On The Corner"
07/Lil' Wayne "A Milli"
08/Jay-Z "Ain't I"
09/Lupe Fiasco "Gold Watch"
10/Fabolous "Here's Another Hit"
11/AvE ft. Esso "The Future"
12/Tech Supreme ft. Aunjel "Famous Flavor"
13/9th Wonder ft. Big Remo & Novej "Reminisce"
14/Dabrye ft. Jay Dee & Phat Kat "Game Over (Flying Lotus Remix)"
15/Guilty Simpson "Footwork (Size 12 Version)"
16/Kali "Wendy"
17/Benefit "Warp To World 6-9"
18/Statik Selektah ft. Big Shug "Punch Out"
19/Vast Aire ft. Vordul Mega "Mecca And The Ox"
20/Black Grass ft. J-Live "Set It Straight"
21/J-Live "Be No Slave"
22/interlude: Brooklyn Slumlordz vs Chris Rock
23/Freeway "When They Remember"
24/State Property "Live In Effect"
25/Busta Rhymes "Don't Touch Me (Throw Water On 'Em)"
26/Wildhead Portibeast ft. 6th Sense "Machine Gun"
27/Elucid "We Carry On"
28/Praverb "Original"
29/Company Flow "Blind"
30/Deep Puddle Dynamics "I Am Hip-Hop"
31/them "Crayon sharpener"
32/The Large Professor "Ijustwannachill"
33/Group Home "Supa Dupa Star (June 1994 Demo Version)"
34/Keith Murray "The Rhyme (Jay Dee Remix)"
35/Busta Rhymes ft. Q-Tip "Ill Vibe (Jay Dee Remix)"

rock the dub radio: URL / RSS / e-mail

J-Live "Be No Slave"

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J-Live "Be No Slave": Damn, I had no idea J had a new album coming. Looks like Then What Happened is set to drop on May 25th. This track is sick. Via Boo Goo Doo Boom.

It's Official!?!?!

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Word from AHH (and the Daily News, the L.A. Times and a host of other sites) is that Jay-Z and Beyonce made it official on April 4th. Until I see a detailed spread, I'll be a bit skeptical (as is TMZ), especially with the constant rumors of nuptials provided by such noteworthy sites as MEDIATAKEOUT and others. It's a good look if they are - congrats to the newlyweds!

2008 Black Weblog Awards Theme

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This post is a month old, but it looks ike the theme of the 2008 Black Weblog Awards has been set. August 1st is the starting date. Which Black Blogs do you follow? Who do you think will win this year?

Here's 2007's Winners; and the main website, which you should check out for future info.


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Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr. was murdered 40 years ago today. Keep the dream alive.

related: MLK Vs. J Dilla

[video] Talib Kweli & Strong Arm Steady - Rap City Freestyle

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Love seeing these cats in the booth:

Via Nah Right by way of OnSMASH.

On That Leak: Sav Killz "Fresh Gutta"

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Sav Killz ft. Ali Vegas "Fresh Gutta" (prod. by Keelay): Peep this teaser from Brooklynite and Wu-Tang affiliate Sav Killz' forthcoming Success Is Inevitable mixtape, which will be hosted by DJ J Ronin. This beat sneaks up on you, be warned!

Bonus Beats: Willie Tha Kid "Splendid!"

Shouts to Alex for these!

Friday, April 4th 2008 playlist

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I told Enigmatik that this week was gonna be wild with the leaks. He questioned me at first, but by like Wednesday afternoon he was all "you was right". I'm the oracle of that shit, yo. I seen it.


leaks o' da week!


We're giving late passes for all of you late asses:

*phew* Did you get all of that?


OK, so I don't have MTV Jams anymore, but I've loved how MTV Hits has been playing blocks of classic Hip-Hop videos and performances, in celebration of Yo! MTV Raps. I think they need to bring it back. In any case, I watched this performance last night, and it just struck me as being what I truly miss in today's Rap scene...

Public Enemy "Don't Believe The Hype" (LIVE on MTV):

Classic, even if I don't get the Knicks/Pirates combo Chuck D had on. Regardless, sift through those cuts, enjoy them, and enjoy your weekend!

DJ Heat & Blu (So)ul Amazing

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New "mixtape" from DJ Heat, featuring loads of Blu cuts. I ain't mad at 2DB for taking dude to task a bit, but if you are looking for a primer on Blu, check this tape out:



01 Blu - Piece
02 Blu - Git It Now f. Move.Meant & Trek Life
03 Blu - City of Los(t) Ang(e)les f. Co$$
04 Sene - Dope 4 Gold f. Blu
05 Blu - Spanish Winter
06 Blu - My Boy Blu
07 It’s Ok (Part One) f. Myth & Definite
08 Blu - Local Legend (prod. Flying Lotus)
09 Blu - Respect
10 J Dilla - Sun In My Face f. Blu & Jontel
11 Mumbles - Never Ending f. Flora Purim & Blu
12 Blu - Top 5 N Luv (Taking a Little Break)
13 Talib Kweli - Hostile Gospel (rmx) f. Joell Ortiz & Blu
14 Blu - Bad News Barnes
15 Blu & Sene are… A Day Late A Dollar Short - Stoopid (prod. Blu)
16 Blu - Mars (rmx)
17 Blu - Fly (Song of Liberation) (prod. Exile)
18 Blu - Maintain f. Donel Smokes, Co$$ & Jontel (prod. Exile)


Khia Reviews Still Da Baddest

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One would hope that all rap beefs would involve shit like this: Khia went to Target on April 1st and copped Trina's Still Da Baddest, and reviewed it on her MySpace blog. Here's an excerpt:



I wonder if Khia will review CDs for my blog?

previous: On That Leak: Khia "Be Your Lady"

[video] Give The Drummer Some

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DJ Q-Bert rockin' out crazy patterns on his signature deck:

[video] John Brown vs. The Game

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So if you guys don't check out WSHH, you might not have seen the following interview The Game did with Mass Appeal, where he spoke on how wack he felt John Brown and others were:

Now John Brown has a new video out, dissing dude. Negative points for bringing out the Change Of Heart footage, but what can you do:

[video] Fat Joe ft. K.A.R. "300 Brolic (War) (Remix)"

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Bonus points for the winos/crackheads in the intro:

[video] eMC TV

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Is this the first edition of eMC TV? Who knows; they break down their album, The Show:

[video] Illa Ghee "Bullet & A Bracelet"

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Illa Ghee is no longer with Mobb Deep... I guess I didn't pay attention, I never knew he was down with them like that. He's not that nigga:

[video] Peter Rosenberg & ?uestlove

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While in Florida on his way to Wrestlemania XXIV, Peter Rosenberg bumped into ?uestlove at the airport; peep their conversation:

The Finale

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Crooked I "The Last Hip-Hop Weekly (Fallen Soldiers Freestyle)" [mirror]: You knew it had to end, right? 52 weeks, 52 freestyles. Dude has more than proved that he is a problem. Peep this finale and rejoice in the free shit that dope MCs do for the public. Via 2DB, who also threw up the preceeding 51 weeks.

Here are some Crooked I links:

DJ Cable's Monthly Mixtape - March '08

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DJ Cable drops his March mix a tad late, but it's chock full of bangers!:



01. Fat Joe – That White
02. Hot Rod Feat. 50 Cent – Chase Da Cat
03. Outkast Feat. Raekwon – Royal Flush
04. Dogg Pound Gang – Cheat
05. Snoop Dogg Feat. Pharrell – Sets Up
06. B.O.B Feat. Amy Winehouse – Grip Your Body
07. Jay-Z Feat. Timbaland – Ain't I
08. The Game Feat. Ya Boy – Big Dreams (Remix)
09. Tyga Feat. Lil Wayne & Gata – Exquisite
10. Ray Cash – Itz Me (Whop It Out)
11. Lil Wayne – Lollipop
12. Lil Wayne Feat. Corey Gunz – Millie (Remix)
13. Juganot – I Don't Give A What
14. Dizzee Rascal Feat. UGK – Where Da G's (El-P Remix)
15. Baby D Feat. Gucci Mane & Shawty Lo – In The Freezer
16. Busta Rhymes – Lights Camera Action

Cable is also be getting 1000 copies of this pressed up, so get at him if you're trying to snag a copy!

On That Leak: I-Self Devine "Where's The Joy"

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I-Self Devine "Where's The Joy" (prod. by Medium Zach): If you're smart, you heard this on MPLS Massacre Vol. 1; I-Self's forthcoming album, I-Self Is... The Sound of Low Class America, features production from Jake One, Vitamin D, Medium Zach, BeanOne and King Karnov, and is due out in the near future on Rhymesayers. Shouts to Jon Jon, as per usual.

[video] The Principle of Connectedness

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Aside from the iNTERNETS CELEBRITIES, the only other vlogger I can get into is Jay Smooth. He just has a way of connecting the art of the written/spoken word with the idea of creating a compelling video image that not too many vloggers or writers truly can master. His piece from yesterday that you can catch over at, is very interesting - and while not "Hip-Hop" persay, is a mantra that more people should think about:

On That Leak: Panama "Mr. International"

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Panama "Mr. International" (prod. by D.I.R.): Hopefully you didn't miss my interview with Panama. Dude is doing the damn thing, especially over heaters like this. Bump this one in your whips, throw it on your mixtapes, and keep dude's name in the streets.

[video] SDSU Interview: Mickey Factz

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Mickey Factz sat down with Sit Down Stand Up to discuss upcoming shows, his influences, and other bits, and even blessed SDSU with a freestyle:

Big up to Wes for all of his hard work.

ATLiens Resurrection

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New mixtape from DJ Food Stamp that exclusively uses instrumentals from Common's Resurrection and Outkast's ATLiens and blends a host of MCs over them. Check it out:



01 DJ Food Stamp - ATLiens Resurrection
02 Busta Rhymes - Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See (ATLiens Blend)
03 Ying Yang Twins - Salt Shaker (ATLiens Blend)
04 Tha Alkaholiks f. ODB - Hip Hop Drunkies (Communism Blend)
05 Jurassic 5 - Unified Rebellion (Maintaining Blend)
06 Pharcyde - Runnin (Mainstream Blend)
07 Redman - Can’t Wait (Wailin’ Blend)
08 Mos Def - Mathematics (Watermelon Blend)
09 Nas f. Olu Dara - Bridging The Gap (Two Dope Boyz Blend)
10 MF DOOM - Vomit (Two Dope Boyz Blend)
11 The Fugees - Fu-Gee-La (I Used To Love H.E.R. Blend)
12 Cee-Lo f. Timbaland - Ill Be (Ova Da Wudz Blend)
13 M.O.P. - Pounds Up (Millennium Blend)
14 Beatnuts - Props Over Here (This Is Me Blend)
15 Nas - It Ain’t Hard To Tell (Jazzy Belle Blend)
16 East Flatbush Project - Tried By 12 (Orange Pineapple Juice Blend)
17 Common - Chi City (13th Floor/Growing Old Blend)
18 Afu-Ra - Whirlwind Thru Cities (Nuthin’ To Do Blend)
19 Pharcyde - Passin Me By (Chapter 13 Blend)
20 Jungle Brothers - How Ya Want It We Got It (Elevators DNP 86 Remix Blend)
21 Camp Lo - Luchini (Babylon Blend)
22 Outkast - So Fresh, So Clean (Sum Shit I Wrote Blend)

Via 2DB.

[video] Jay-Z: "Fuck Bush!"

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Jay-Z showing his support for Barack Obama during a concert performance, with some annoying ass chick saying "YEAAAAAAAAAAAAAH!" too often:

[video] Do "The Wam"

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So Lil' Wayne has a dance called The Wam, which looks like something a crackhead would do, trying to proposition a bitch for some sex:

I mean, is this what it has come to?

Bonus Beats: Lil' Wayne ft. Gorilla Zoe "Lollipop (Remix)" (via Xclusives Zone)

[video] 12 Year Old Strippin'?

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Here's a 6+ minute exceprt from a recent O'Reilly Factor about a 12 year old who was caught skrippin':

Damn shame. And how the club could still keep its license is beyond me...

[video] I-20 "Flicking Ashes"

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I love how we are making two minute videos. I feel like I just bought a promo reel:

I do like the grid-work in the visual, though.

The Observation Deck (3rd April 2008)

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In rock the dub news, the compilation is coming along well. Still waiting on submissions from a few good people, and I'm getting heat in from a number of folks you guys may or may not be down with. Shouts to L.E.G.A.C.Y. for the burner the other day! Also, I'm working on another special mix with a good friend/blogging peer that should surface in the coming weeks - more on that when it gets closer. Other than that, the kid is just doing him. More reviews, more leaks, more videos - just more coming at you, everyday. Beating you in the head, you smell me?

You Are Important!

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In high school, I always seemed to roll with people who had great talent. It still boggles the mind that people I went to high school with have gone on to continue in their Art, and create captivating pieces. One of those such people is Stephanie Cinelli. She has the gift of the eye, which helps in the staging and storytelling that goes on within her photography. One such piece, You Are Important, is available for purchase through 20x200. Imagine trying to tell the story of a family going through separation and divorce... without words. The art of making an image sing/scream/curse/sob is just one of the many gifts Steph has, and the above piece is no exception. More from the artist:

Beneath the carefully composed tableaux of these photographs underlies the common thread of unsettled individuals and broken lives. This body of work attempts to grasp the subtleties of the changing landscape of a household divided and the everyday struggle of a family enduring separation and divorce. These fragmented lives are described through their belongings, strewn about, laid to collect dust, now forgotten. Their surroundings, once vestiges of safety and sanctuary, now lost. Lacking a voice to narrate their history, the environment is left to tell the story for the family.

Very interesting stuff. For more information on Stephanie Cinelli, hit up her website, or this interview over at Jen Bekman's blog.

Trackstar the DJ presents Boogie Bang 13

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Goddamn - Trackstar just dropped Still Dreamin', and Boogie Bang 12 is only a month old, but he already has Boogie Bang 13 up and ready, with Chaundon & Vandalyzm of the Justus League handling hosting duties. New music from The Roots, Scarface, Vandalyzm, NYOil, AZ, Wafeek, John Hill and others make this set a must-grab:

DOWNLOAD (link updated April 4th, 2008)


1. Big Boi/Andre/Raekwon-Royal Flush
2. Jay-Z-Maybach Music
3. The Roots/Mos Def/Styles P-Rising Down (Hum Drum)
4. Method Man/Redman-Broken Language 2008
5. Joell Ortiz-Free Agent 90s Freestyle
6. Vandalyzm/Big Pooh-Hands High (prod. Vandalyzm)
7. Crooked I-Back Down (Hip Hop Weekly #50)
8. Tef Poe-The Perfect Rhyme (snippet) (prod. Dro)
9. NYOil-F***cking Dumb***
10. Chaundon-Can I Live
11. Joell Ortiz/Novel-Fighters Remix
12. Lupe Fiasco/Young Jeezy/TI-Superstar Remix
13. AZ-No Superstar
14. The Roots/Dice Raw/Peedi Peedi-Get Busy
15. Vandalyzm-Get Dough (prod. Flying Lotus)
16. Scarface/Nas-Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It Remix
17. Talib Kweli/Nina Sky/Joell Ortiz/Blu-Hostile Gospel Remix
18. Black Spade/Tef Poe-Good Crazy (prod. Stoney Rock)
19. Chaundon/Darien Brockington-Don't Take it Personal
20. Fowlstyle-Retrospect
21. Gotta Be Karim/Family Affair-We Here (prod. Stoney Rock)
22. Vandalyzm/D Hendrix-Frontin (prod. Vandalyzm)
23. NYOil-The Difference
24. Wafeek-Cocaine Flow
25. Chaundon/Darien Brockington/Percy Miracles-Understanding
26. John Hill-37th Chamber (prod. Tom Inglish)

Don't sleep.

On That Leak: Kashmere "Do The Numbers"

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Kashmere "Do The Numbers" (prod. by LG & Jehst): More UK Hip-Hop for the people (shouts to Corin for these). Kashmere's sophmore LP, Raiders of The Lost Archives, will be released on Jehst's Ynr Productions imprint on April 28th. This track has a nice, uptempo vibe to it, with a Nice-N-Smooth sample that took me all the way back to like 5th grade.

[video] Tila Tequila "Paralyze"

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Another new video from Tila Tequila:

Just like with "Stripper Friends", I'll jut say NSFW b/c of her ginormous breasts and seductive teasing. I don't think Pop is working for her. Wasn't she doing Punk or Metal or some shit? She might need to keep with that, leave the slinky Pop shit to someone more qualified.

[video] Ying Yang Twins "Drop" (Making Of)

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Go behind the scenes of the new ignorant banger from the Ying Yang Twins:

I'm mad that they used that Beastie Boys sample in there.

Vast Aire ft. Vordul Mega "Mecca And The Ox"

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Vast Aire ft. Vordul Mega "Mecca And The Ox" (prod. by Pete Rock): From Vast's forthcoming Deuces Wild album. Produced by Pete Rock. Need I say more?!

Via Nah Right; more info over at The Rap Up.

Katt Williams Hits Trenton

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There's not too many comedians that genuinely crack me up. Chris Rock is one, and I can't think of many others that are still performing today. The first time I saw Katt Williams on Comicview, then seeing his subsequent appearances on Wild'n Out and his Pimp Chronicles Part 1 special, I just can't stop from laughing. Even thinking of his VOICE kills me. Dude is just talented.

My wife just hit me on the work phone like "got to Sovereign Bank Arena's website and look at May 4th" - and low and behold, I see Katt's "It's Pimpin' Pimpin'" Tour is making a stop in my hometown, Trenton, NJ, on May 4th. Tickets are kind of pricey ($45, $50 & $55), well for me anyways, but wifey and I will be in the house. Tix go on sale April 5th.

The last time I went to see comedians in Trenton was damn near 5 years ago - we went to see D.L. Hughley, Sommore (Trenton, stand up!) and Chris Thomas at the Arena, and had a ball. Ya dig, yeah!

Warning Shot Wednesday: "We Carry On"

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Elucid "We Carry On": First off, I've been waiting for this moment for a minute. Elucid and I build a lot, although I was a fan of his long before we ever met, from his work with the Loosie Music crew, as well as the awesome Smash N Grab mixtape (he was also one of the featured artists on the Tanya Morgan Is A Rap Group mixtape). He's got a new grind going, including his forthcoming album, and a featured track on my forthcoming rock the dub compilation. Alas, it's time to get reacquainted: that's where Warning Shot Wednesdays comes in.

This week finds him sticking to the Smash N Grab ethos of ripping over some unconventional tracks. Here, he is catching wreck over some soon-to-be-released Portishead cut, and its downright breathtaking. Pay attention and stay awake - we gonna be here for a while!

5th Flow Quarter To A Half Mixtape

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Shouts to Houston's JClay (1/3 of 5th Flow) for hitting me with their new mixtape, Quater To A Half. They represent (and own) Pink Slip Records, and bring that fire from the Dirty straight to your chest. They've sold 100K mixtapes worldwide, have been featured on 20+ mixtapes in the past two months, and have opened for cats like the Ying Yang Twins, Pimp C (RIP), Trina & Lil' Jon, and have gotten airplay in Chicago, L.A., North Carolina and Toronto. From the sounds of their tracks, I bet their live shows are off the chain!

Bonus Beats: Check out this live performance of "They Callin' My Name":

On That Leak: Dr Syntax "Dickhead Dub"

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Dr Syntax "Dickhead Dub": Gotta love how they flipped the Kate Nash sample with this one. I also like hearing UK MCs catch wreck. Foreign Beggars-affiliated Syntax is humorous, and seems to just not give a fuck, which is something I definitely appreciate. Oh and look out for the DJ Clue parody. As the English would say, it's spot on. Syntax has gotten props on Radio 1, as well as on Dusty Crates Radio.

"Dickhead Dub" is going to be released on Beer & Rap / Dented Records on June 4th as a digital download + limited edition doulbe-gatefold vinyl single, as well as on Betamax cassette.

[rock the dub Interview]: Panama

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I love when you find out that an artist you are speaking with is someone you have definitely seen before, but have no idea where. I had that happen to me at the end of 2007, when Panama hit me up. He had sent me some of his tracks earlier in 2007, but it wasn't until late 2007 that we spoke on doing this interview. Funny thing is, I was watching season 4 of The Wire, and had just watched the episode where Bubbles gets beat up and robbed, and finally two and two got put together: Panama was dude fucking Bubbles up! Come to find out, dude is a lot more than a hood who whups on smackheads - he is both an up and coming MC, as well as a man trying to get a fashion line and label going. I am kicking myself for not getting this up during the final season of The Wire, but things just happen that way. In any case, peep game:

khal: First off, can you tell the people a bit about yourself? Where are you from? How did you get involved in rhyming, acting, clothing design? Who are you affiliated with?

Panama: My name is Panama aka Da Spanish Kid, Mr. “North Dat Crusie wit Da Souf” (out now), Mr. “Come see more u need more when u step foot in B’more”, I just happen to be that dude according to the public lol. I was born in NYC and partially rasied in the Bronx & Baltimore, but if cats want me to get technical I’m originally from Panama, the real jungle. I’m from where kids will pop you for a peak of the fridge or simply a dollar, it gets that ugly. I got involved in rhyming when my cousins told me I was nice at it at an early age, like 15 or 16; it’s more like a hobby not something I wanted to do on some real shit!! If people don’t know, I am an actor first before a rapper; this is the craft I will do for free because it’s my passion. The clothing line came from a good friend of mine: he started it up and I wanted in - I figured he had something hot and I wanted to help to see him prosper, and to keep it real with my fans… I wanted to get some free shit at first!! Now that I’m part owner, I am so happy I made that decision early.

khal: What is it about you that’s different than other entrepreneurs in the game?

Panama: The difference between me and other entrepreneurs in the game (is that) I have loyalty, respect and I am a true grinder - I really does this 24/7… I’m here to build relationships and start a movement. Sometimes, I think people get caught up in a lot of bullshit. I move with intelligence and caution. I can’t lie and say I don’t want to benefit from my craft or ideas that I put out, but I’m not trying to get over on people (that) I want to bring along on my journey.

khal: For those who have never heard your style before, could you describe it in 3 words?

Panama: You know, it’s quite funny that you ask that question, because I don’t feel I have a style, but let me take a stab at it. I consider myself a true artist and a natural born entertainer, but here are my three words that may describe my style: poetic, pure and fresh.

khal: I also hear you are a co-CEO of YE Records. What is YE all about? How many artists are up under your label?

Panama: Yes indeed I am co-CEO of YE Records. YE is the foundation of my whole movement, it stands for Young Execs, where every man is a boss and you take orders. I run the label with my man Shawn Smith, Jr. and my cousin J’mar White. I don’t consider myself having people under me because everyone on this label is practically family, the label has 4 rappers including myself Barba, Dungin and MJ!!! At this current moment, I am YE records.

khal: Do you have any album projects coming from either yourself or other artists in the near future?

Panama: You already know that I’m grindin’. With that being said, I have a few projects coming out early 08!!! I have a tape with DJ Black Jesus from Dallas, TX entitled Street Money; to follow up that classic tape my producer/brother BlackJab teamed up with DJ Stacks and DJ Cause to drop another tape. To top all that, BlackJab and I are working on an official mix album entitled, RING SIDE SEATS: THE WEIGH IN that will have features from Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Vic Damone, Q Da Kid, Sparkdawg, Yungtexxus, etc. Not to mention I might squeeze another tape out before the official the mix album with DJ Ghost entitled Field Trip, so look out for that!!

khal: You spent your life growing up in two different spots on the East Coast: the Bronx and Baltimore. How did your time spent in both spots help shape the kind of guy you are, not only as an artist but as an overall person?

Panama: It shaped me up crazy: both cities are totally different, not so much the cities but the people around me. Being from New York, it made me a big competitor and a tremendous grinder, but when I came down to B’more I was able to become a man. This city is where I fought most and built relationships with some of the coolest cats you will ever meet, which today is known as YE and Bottom Line!!! I have a balance, but honestly speaking, it wasn’t these spots that molded the kid, it was my country Panama, the realest of the real, where I seen and lived in true poverty and real ghettos. Today, I stand as a young man that don’t take life for granted and knows that there is no time to waste.

khal: Speaking of Baltimore, I think its crazy that I’ve seen your work without even knowing who you are: you were dude beating Bubbles’ ass during Season 4 of The Wire! How did you get involved with such a great show?

Panama: Well, I’m an actor at heart so don’t be surprise when u see the kid in mad films and commercials because this is what I do for real. I am a college graduate with a BA. I have a manager (Linda Townsend) and she linked up with Pat Moran, who was casting the critically acclaimed series. My manager set up an audition for the kid and I went in and did what I had to do to land the part; truth be told, I was only promised one episode, but after the directors saw my performance, they continued to write my ass in the script and I became known to be the dude that was beating up Bubbles, big shouts to BUBS!!!

khal: Do you have any further acting gigs that you can talk about?

Panama: I stay auditioning for acting gigs, what I can tell you is that I’m up for a role in a new movie with Russell Crowe entitled State Of Play…other than that, I’m goin’ hard with my music and my clothing line.

khal: What are the similarities between acting and being a rap artist? If you could only do one, which would you choose, and why?

Panama: Both crafts are very much alike: you are allowed to express yourself in many different ways. Look at this way: most rap artists have a character that they create for themselves in order to sell or feel comfortable in. It’s quite hard to find a real rap artist that is truly themselves. In both crafts you need to make the characters believable in order to be respected by those who watch or by those you are entertaining. If I could only do one, I will act; this a craft I went to school for and craft that I will do for free… true passion when I display this amazing talent God has given me.

khal: Tell the people a bit about your fashion line, Bmore Creative.

Panama: Bmore Creatives’ success is a result of hand quality art inspired by spontaneous ideas that come from emotions and personal moods. The customer is presented with the opportunity to wear affordable clothing while having a fly and fresh look of color schemes, quotes, and limited edition pieces that are created with a stroke of a brush. Artists such as Juelz Santana, Method Man and Lupe Fiasco “dare to be different”, following the motto of Bmore Creative, while displaying their own lyrical art. Bmore Creative specializes in quality art, not quantity; the clothing line can be found in Baltimore, MD and will soon extend its appeal to the world. Bmore Creative clothing is universal, with a marketing and advertising concept to unite both urban and suburban America.

khal: How far are you trying to take your music career? Do you want to be someone who’s well respected in the Rap Game, or someone who is getting that cheddar?

Panama: I’m tryna take my music career as far as it can go. There is no limits to what I can do and what I can accomplish. I plan to have a lengthy career in the music industry. I am a complete artist and I’m real to what I do and what I say out of my mouth. I have a passion for this: this is not a quick scheme for me to get money, even though I do want to benefit from my talent, I do music because I love music, I act because I love acting and I entertain because I enjoy people. I want to be respected in the game and become a household name, point blank. I figure if I’m a household name and I’m well respected there is no question that the kid is getting paid.

khal: Where do you see yourself and your projects going in the next, say, 5 years?

Panama: I’m gonna keep this one short and sweet, on top of the game and nothin’ but classic material…I am poetic P and you got to respect poetry!!! It’s nothin’ like hearing a fresh sound and real shit…how can you deny that…if you do, you hating and that’s always good right? Lol…you don’t have to answer that!!!

khal: What can we expect from you in the immediate future?

Panama: Just expect more music and hot tapes from the kid and me signing to one of these labels that been calling me for the past few months!!! Also, expect my personal websites and if any of my fans have names for me, message me through MySpace and I will check it out… if I decide to use your name, I will send you an autographed box set of The Wire!!!

khal: Do you have any final words or shouts you’d like to kick to the people?

Panama: First and Foremost I will like to thank my fans, it’s a beautiful thing when you know you have fans and all that. Anyway all my fans and supporters can check the kid out on YouTube for my footage!!! For all my new listeners and fans come and check out my MySpace page and my clothing line. I will also like to thank a few sites that hold me down all diddy day, (Teks), Raptalk (Dub MD), HipHopRuckus (Corey, BadNews), Talk Dat Ish (Tionna Smalls), (Stun), (Adept, Owl), HHPulse, Rago Magazine, (S.J. American way) etc.; I will like to thank you for taking interest in the kid, I really do appreciate everything. I do this music thing for y’all; I love what I do and I’m gonna do it ‘til I can’t anymore. I will like to thank my label , my partner Andre Williams, my camera man Alex P, my engineer Antonio Corcella and my dude Awthentik (Capitol Music); I want to send a big shout to my super producer BlackJab. Much respect to every artist I deal with like my dude Rated R (ESR), Lo Smooth, Sha Stimuli, Skyzoo, Q Da Kid, Agonee and my two cousins Sparkdawg and Yungtexxus… live well, love life and laugh often…other than that lets get it!! By the way if you are ever in B’more to party come party with my promotion team Jetset Mafia and Goodlife Productions… we have the city on lock down – it’s not a game!!!

related links:
Panama on MySpace
Bmore Creative
Xclusives Zone feature

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