Saturday, April 12, 2008

[video] Lil' Wayne @ Spring Bling '08

WSHH has a ton of videos of Lil' Wayne performing live at BET's Spring Bling '08:

"So Soft"

Two things: 1) isn't this song called "Leather So Soft", and 2) Rizoh thinks Weezy needs a special gift for his guitar work.

"Prostitute"


"Lollipop"


"Pop Bottles"


"Go DJ"


Word is, after this performance, Weezy drowned in a tub of that drank.

Bonus Beats: Lil' Wayne "Lisa Marie" (via Nah Right)

R Kelly Is The New 50 Cent

Remember when 50 Cent used to diss on Ja Rule, then he became Ja Rule? Looks like R Kelly is switchin' his hate for Sisqo into becoming Sisqo.

Props to Enigmatik for the link.

[video] Previously on LOST

From Miss Info, via Popwatch:



Too funny.

[video] NoCanDo vs. Dizaster

NoCanDo rips this no one:

Part 1


Part 2


Props to Aaron on this one.

[video] Eli Porter vs. Envy

Yo, talk about the comedy for the morning. Shouts to J. Slikk for the link. This nigga Envy goes first, he's sub-par with his, but Eli Porter "from the class of 2005"... wow. Not only does this nigga look like he was in Freaks, but he really just keeps fucking up. I like his "running from the cat" line:



ROFL @ that "gay parade" bit. Word up, Eli Porter for VP of the world. Rosie O'Donnell at a bisexual bridal shower? If he didn't keep fucking up, he would have won, hands down.

EDIT: Eli Porter Fan Club on Facebook.

Roni Size/Reprazent New Forms² [review]

It's odd that it's rainy here when I sit down to review this album; it was a rainy weeknight when I bought two important albums in my collection: Reprazent's New Forms (the US, 2xCD version) and V Classic, Vol. 1. I was already into DnB, but aside from Goldie's Timeless album, and a string of compilations from Liquid Sky Records (and tapes I made from the various Jungle shows on WPRB), I hadn't found something to truly latch onto. Roni Size and New Forms was it. The jazz, the lyrics - this opus was a very different approach to the Drum & Bass I was used to. We had real song structure, live instrumentation, and an aesthetic that screamed "we do what we feel works". It went on to be highly lauded, and is one of the greatest albums in DnB history. Now, 10 years later, Size has gone back in and re-edited the original 13 tracks, giving them a 2008 polish, but does it work?

"Railings (2008 re-edit)"
Not bad so far - you can hear the fatter break on this one, with a few synth notes being played under Dynamite's rhymes. The tempo feels a bit slower than I remember the original to be, but that doesn't deter from the cut at all.

"Brown Paper Bag (2008 re-edit)"
You remember this one, right? The video is epic. Again, this one has a crispier feel to it, with some harder drums added underneath. The subtle differences (the random bleeps thrown in, echoes thrown on Dynamite MC's rhymes, etc.) seem unnecessary, this track is vivid enough for those tweaks, but again, I'm with it so far.

"New Forms (2008 re-edit)"
This is where things get kind of confusing. I fucking KNOW this one is slower than the original, and it comes off feeling awkward. It's damn near Breaks-esque, with Bahamadia's rhymes coming across too slow over the track. Wrong move, this one worked so much more when her vocals attacked that faster beat. Side note: did you know that she didn't record her rhymes with Roni? She actually got the info from Size, did her vocals, but when the tape came to Roni, she mispronounced his name... Sykes instead of Size. I forget where I read that, always made me laugh though.

"Let's Get It On (2008 re-edit)"
And then what does Roni do? He takes my FAVORITE cut from the album, and turns it into an interlude. This whole thing about this track is the calm before that frantic storm when the beat drops. But we miss that. Guess he had to make room for something better?

"Trust Me (2008 re-edit)"
Anthem status. This one has been mashing down raves for a long-ass time. It was a staple in '97, and I remember like 4, 5 years ago, it re-emerged, for good reason. Simple melody that murks the crowd. This one is kept relatively unscathed, which is nice.

"Digital (2008 re-edit)"
I was never that big on this cut, but it actually works very well with the new coat of paint on it. Hasn't aged badly at all.

"Matter Of Fact (2008 re-edit)"
This is a classic, and I'm glad he hasn't toyed with this one either. When you want to talk about one of the things that drew me into DnB, it was the manipulation of the breakbeat. This one sounds like Max Roach or someone doing an extended solo, and those classic V/Full Cycle atmosphere sounds always got me. Special sleeper cut.

"Heroes (2008 re-edit)"
When I listen to this re-edit, I keep thinking about DJ Die's "Drop Bear". I really don't remember how the original one sounded, but this cut could get released today and still mash down the liquid crowd.

"Share The Fall (2008 re-edit)"
Another epic cut, "Share The Fall" is all about that big vocal. Roni really just threw a new sheen on a ton of these cuts, which definitely sounds better than what many fans thought this would sound like. I think people were expecting Roni to retwerk these in his newer style, but he definitely stayed true to the originals, for more or less.

"Heart To Heart"
The first of the new cuts is my favorite new cut. This is pure downtempo, jazzy mood music. That sample is pure genius. Loads of emotion gets built into this one, as well... once that sample hits, its orgasmic. Trust we.

"Less Is More"
Unfortunately, more is what this cut needs. Another trip in a Break-y territory, instrumental cut is funky, yes, but doesn't seem to fit into the vibe of what's been established so far. Too funk/electro for this set, in my opinion.

"Down (2008 re-edit)"
Back to the nasty, vocal-driven cuts. I love when this one gets funky. So raw, rugged and refreshing.

"Hi Potent (2008 re-edit)"
This is one I forgot about. I remember the double bass in this, harkening to "Brown Paper Bag" a bit, but that vintage V bassdrop in this was something I guess I forgot about. Big big tune.

"Don't Hold Back"
The new single. Roni trying to recreate today's Hip-Hop production, I guess? Dynamite does his thing on the mic, but this just doesn't even fit into the scope of what this album was about, at all. Disappointing choice.

"Beatbox (2008 re-edit)"
When I made my corny mixtapes, I used to use this as an interlude. I love how they totally re-created a DnB track vocally. So impressive.

"Encore"
This is cool, definitely sounds dope, although I think it would be cooler in concert than it is on CD.

"Destination (2008 re-edit)"
I love that sax sample. It's so simple, but so damn effective. True jazz right there. And he didn't muddy this one up that much. I always loved this being the final cut.

All in all, while I am not totally disappointed in how Roni handled this project, I think it wasn't necessary. For the most part, the re-edits aren't that diverse or special to truly necessitate a release. And I get it, this is a landmark album in Drum & Bass history, but why not do like true landmark albums do, especially in the Jazz world: why not release a deluxe edition, say a 3 disc thing. Make it where the full original release is spanned over the first two discs, and the third can be a mixture of remixes/B-sides/alternate takes - hell, even throw the newer tracks on there, if need be. Don't go in, throw some new clothes on these older tracks and expect the masses to gobble it up. In reality, what this disc does is make me want to listen to the original more (which I COULD if I hadn't loaned it to this chick I used to cop weed off of). Maybe I should buy that instead of this...

rock the dub gives New Forms² 3 out of 5 stars. While it is a treat to hear these classic cuts polished with a new shine, this should have been called New Forms Revisited. Note to Roni: those new tracks are NOT enough to make someone cop this.

Burn Deez: "Heart To Heart", "Destination (2008 re-edit)", "Trust Me (2008 re-edit)", "Hi Potent (2008 re-edit)"

New Forms² is available NOW via Play. For more info on Roni Size and Reprazent, check out the Full Cycle Records website.

Bonus Beats: "Don't Hold Back", LIVE in Milan (Feb. 2008)


Excerpts from their gig at The Scala (London):

Friday, April 11, 2008

[video] G-Unit In Hawaii

50, Banks and Yayo with Whoo Kid in a state I need to visit, Part 1:



They stay fuckin' with Whoo Kid.

[video] Out Of Character with Corey Parker Robinson

Check out The Wire's "Detective Leander Sydnor" out of character:



related:
[video] Out Of Character with Reg E. Cathey
[video] Out Of Character with Tristan Wilds
[video] Out Of Character with Andre Royo

[video] Out Of Character with Reg E. Cathey

Check out The Wire's "Norman Wilson" out of character:



related:
[video] Out Of Character with Tristan Wilds
[video] Out Of Character with Andre Royo

Digital Undaground Vol. 1

Props to Wanja (of the I Still Love H.E.R. Show) for hittin' me with this mixtape, Digital Undaground Vol. 1, which she hosts and is mixed by DJ Chuck. This set features cuts from a lot of hype artists that are below the radar, including CyMarshall Law, Pace Won & Mr. Green, Pastlife Pretense, Tiron, Crew54, Drupy and many more! We here at rock the dub always love projects involving cats who deserve shine, and give this mixtape two thumbs up! Nice for your spring time excursions.


Hopefully there's a volume 2!

www.myspace.com/digitalundagroundmixtape

Crooked I Hip-Hop Weekly Mixtape Vol. 3

New Crooked I mixtape with September 7th; download this banger, early!

Via The Rap Up.

[video] Hezeleo "So Sensitive"

Check out this video from the soundtrack to the forthcoming Pimp C Tribute DVD entitled Trill Don't Die from Lyme Lyte Entertainment. Hezeleo takes you sensitive-ass niggas to task on this cut:



UGK Records stand up!

Bonus Beats: Hezeleo "So Sensitive" / Hezeleo "Don't Touch Me Freestyle"

Mariah Carey E=MC² Bonus Tracks

Mariah Carey's E=MC² drops on April 15th, and oddly enough, two bonus cuts have hit the 'Net today:

If this album duds out, I'll be super surprised. Spotted both leaks over at dajaz1.com.

[video] Ying Yang Twins "Drop"

New single from the Ying Yang Twins; I'm still mad about that Beastie Boys sample, but this is gonna murk the clubs:



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

[video] Blood Raw EPK

How long has CTE affiliate Blood Raw been "Mr. Florida", and does that make Flo Rida mad? Check out Raw's EPK:

[video] Out Of Character with Tristan Wilds

Check out The Wire's "Michael" out of character:



previous: [video] Out Of Character with Andre Royo

DJ L Gee & Crack Distributors Tha Pyrex Way, Part 1

Loads of new bangers from Crack Distrbutors, hosted by DJ L Gee. If you are lookin' for the fire that's burning up the blocks, here it is!

DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

1. Cant Ya Tell - Red Café, Hot Rod, Trazz, Murphy Lee & Jay Rock (DJ Noodles)
2. Lets Pray – Juelz Santana & Lil Wayne
3. Hip Hop Cant Save Me – Young Buck
4. Freestyle - Chance
5. Oceans Seven – State Property
6. Hunt em Down – T.I.
7. Fast Car Remix – Wyclef Feat. Lupe Fiasco
8. Fresh Out The Gate – 151 Feva Gang
9. Am I In The Right Game – Styles P
10. Who Hotter Than Me - Plies
11. Fresh – Reed Dollaz
12. Lollipop Freestyle – Chance
13. Head Noddin – Ludacris feat Block Xchange (DJ Pharris)
14. Big Baller – Mack 10 ft Glasses Malone & Red Cafe
15. Splurge – 151 Feva Gang
16. Live In Effect – State Property
17. Stack Money - Juelz Santana feat Jim Jones & Rabbi
18. Stay Together – Ludacris
19. Stuntin is a Habit – David Banner feat Chris Brown & Chance
20. Big Wheels - Ransom
21. Gangsta – Juice feat Bun B
22. I Got Money – Young Buck
23. Fresh Out – Brisco
24. Heart Weeps Gently – AC
25. Hot Commodity – Trina feat Rick Ross

Blazin'.

Doc Jensen On The Set of LOST

There's a new article over at EW.com, with Doc Jensen dishing some teasers/secrets/spoilers from the set of LOST, which returns on April 24th. Be warned: if you want to know NOTHING (not even brief touches of what's going on), don't read it. There's hints at story points, and info on how the finale will shape the rest of the show...

Friday, April 11th 2008 playlist

My G is so futuristic, I decided to shun the old school boom boxes/ghettoblasters for this, the Nu Blaster. A lot of shit is leaking, btw - this spring/summer might be an interesting time...

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leaks of tha week!

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Come and get'cha late pass!:

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Speaking to the boy Elucid earlier, who hit me with this funny ass link, made us realize how ill Busta Rhymes was, and, with his "Don't Touch Me" cut out there blazin' the airwaves, how our faith is possibly restored. In regular playlist tradition, peep this video, one of Busta's oddest and illest of all time:

Busta Rhymes "Gimme Some More"


Have a good weekend!

SDSU Interviews The RZA

Props to Wes on his recent interview with The RZA on his forthcoming Digi Snacks album under the legendary Bobby Digital guise. Sounds like a wild project!

related: Wu-Tang in NYC, circa 1992 (via BGDB)

A New Low Has Been Reached

Check out this guy. This is the face of a man who gets into fights over which gang his four year old should join. This asshole stormed into his girlfriend's place of employment and threatened to kill her... because she is a Crip and he is a "Westside Baller", and they are trying to figure out how to rear their son best.

You can't make this shit up. I love how ignorant ass gang bangers think that proper upbringing involves gang ties. Then again, the kid is 4, and pops is 19, so we're in a situation where ignorant-ass babies are potentially rearing more ignorant-ass babies. Talk about the circle of life!

The end cap is, this cat is now in jail - does that mean the kid is now a Crip? And what is a Westside Baller, anyways?

Shouts to my wifey for the link.

Tyga No Introduction - The Series: April 10th

illRoots posted this new mixtape from Decaydance/Young Money Ent. artist Tyga, that was compiled by DJ Nice & PDA. You might have heard dude's recent single, "Coconut Juice", which features his cousin, Travis McCoy of the Gym Class Heroes on it (Tyga was also on that "This Ain't A Scene, It's An Arms Race" remix from last year). Props on this one. More info on Tyga HERE.

DOWNLOAD [mediafire \ zshare]

Tracklist:

1. Supafly
2. Exquisite feat. Lil Wayne & Gata
3. Google Me Remix w/ Teyanna Taylor
4. Summer Girl feat. K-dot, Gata & Q
5. Know Ya Self Out Freestyle
6. Get With This
7. X-mas story
8. Dey Know Freestyle
9. Rotten Mind
10. Photo
11. Bless You
12. Tyga's world
13. Pain

EDIT: Just got some more info on this mixtape; this is actually the first in a two-part series. This dropped on April 10th, and the 2nd tape drops on May 10th, leading up to Tyga's No Introduction debut album which drops on, you guessed it, June 10th. Dude is currently on a school tour with the Gym Class Heroes & Kidz In The Hall, and actually hits my area on Saturday:

April, 11 2008 08:00 PM - University of Pennsylvania (Philadelphia, PA)
April, 12 2008 08:00 PM - Rider University (Lawrenceville, NJ)
April, 13 2008 08:00 PM - Washington College (Chestertown, MD)
April, 16 2008 08:00 PM - University of Missouri-St. Louis (St. Louis, MO)
April, 17 2008 08:00 PM - Wayne State University (Detroit, MI)
April, 18 2008 08:00 PM - Ohio Wesleyan University (Delaware, OH)
April, 19 2008 08:00 PM - Lock Haven University (Lock Haven, PA)
April, 20 2008 08:00 PM - Millersville University (Millersville, PA)
April, 24 2008 06:00 PM - George Mason University (Fairfax, VA)
April, 24 2008 08:00 PM - Wootton High School (Rockville, MD)
April, 25 2008 08:00 PM - Niagara University (Buffalo, NY)
April, 26 2008 06:00 PM - University of Hartford (Hartford, CT)
May, 1 2008 08:00 PM - Fitchburg State College (Fitchburg, MA)
May, 2 2008 08:00 PM - Cornell University (Ithaca, NY)
May, 3 2008 08:00 PM - Manhattan College (Riverdale, NY)


Damn, that's some serious grinding! Props to Think Tank's Scully for the additional info.

www.tygaworld.com

Thursday, April 10, 2008

[video] The Dino 5 Intro

Does this mean there is going to be a DVD telling the story on the album?:



previous: The Dino 5 "What About 10"

[video] The Making Of "Big Dreams"

Peep this video of The Game creating "Big Dreams" with Cool & Dre:



Via Nah Right.

Trick Trick "Fuck The Police"

Trick Trick "Fuck The Police" (prod. by DJ Denox): Detroit in the house. Fuck the cops, forreal. Really angry, with a knocker of a beat from Canada's Denox. It's all about that third verse, real talk. Make sure you leave a comment about this banger over at HipHopDX.

[video] Presto "Conquer Mentally / On"

From the from Presto's forthcoming State Of The Art album (Concrete Grooves/Fat Beats), which drops on June 17th. "Conquer Mentally" has a sick beat, and features Sadat X & Large Professor, while "On" features LOWD:



"Conquer Mentally" is the truth. LP review coming soon.

Shouts to Francesca!

The Cool Kids "Oscar"

The Cool Kids "Oscar": New Cool Kids cut from their forthcoming That's Stupid!: The Mixtape, as well as the Benzi X Mick Boogie Re-Motivation mixtape, which the Cool Kids are hosting (and I assume is the sequel to this mixtape).

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 11

She's baaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaack!

Part 1:


Part 2:


Her Yo! MTV Raps tribute is classic.

Bonus Beats: Amanda Diva "Windows Over Harlem" (which was previously heard on rock the dub radio)

Ponderer P

I have to give it up to Prodigy for his 2nd post over at Vibe.com from inside the belly of the beast. He kicks some knowledge on books he's reading, his routine, and some deep Black image problems within Disney movies, TV and in general. It's deep, even though he makes some odd comment son Mother Goose & Snow White. P still that nigga, regardless of the points of his legacy that I don't agree with. Dude, hold your head. Matter of fact, for all the niggas locked down, especially my niggas, keep it thoro in there. We got you on the outside.

Via Nah Right.

AC ft. Trife Da God "Trapped On The Island"

AC ft. Trife Da God "Trapped On The Island" (prod. by Mental Instruments) [dirty / clean]: This cat AC has been on his grind as of late! Peep this new one that just got thrown into my inbox; the Steven Tapia-directed video is coming soon.

Tha Carter III Pushed Back Again?

Cover pic jacked from Nah Right.

So HipHopDX has reported that it looks like Lil' Wayne's Tha Carter III, which was slated to drop in May, is now set to be released in June? What's really good with that? I assumed, based on the hits my site got from posting the video for "Lollipop", that Weezy had the public ablaze... why keep pushing the shit back? I swear this album is going to be underwhelming. Dude will have some heat on there, but I don't think this will be Weezy's Reasonable Doubt, or even his Doggfather. Something just tells me that Wayne is incapable of making a classic album, something to truly put his name up there with the all-time greats. Prove me wrong, Weezy.

[video] Tanya Morgan LIVE @ Western Front

Check out Tanya Morgan reppin' at The Western Front (Cambridge, MA) on the 3rd of April:



"And You Say" is that shit. Via Von Pea's blog, which you should keep bookmarked for more info on TM, including massive tour recaps and shit.

[video] Che Grand "The Stew Fuzz Theme"

Spotted over at 2DB, as well as ZFTP. We need that album, Che!

With Chains Like This...

...how can niggas seriously question the way outsiders view us? Via C+D.

[video] Joell Ortiz Live @ S.O.B.'s

Peep some footage of Joell Ortiz from his recent show at S.O.B.'s:

[video] Miss Rap Supreme Trailer

Via The Rap Up (with a YouTube link via YN himself); this is different than the trailer I posted last month:



I already have my DVR set.

Wordsmith "Word's Signing Day" Freestyle

Wordsmith ft. Kontact & Black Knight "Word's Signing Day Freestyle": I had this in the inbox for a minute, threw it on last night and remembered how ill it is. Wordsmith and his Nu Revolution soldiers doing the damn thing over Pete Rock's excellent "We Roll" instrumental. This is forthcoming on Dub MD's Hip-Hop Renautus mixtape, which should be dropping very soon.

P.S.: Wordsmith has an epic cut on the forthcoming rock the dub compilation as well. I told you it's gonna be a problem!

Wednesday, April 09, 2008

[video] Teen Girl Beat, Uncut

Well, at least 3 minutes of it. You've had to have heard about this story, it's all over the news. I've seen worse beatings, but it sounds like they keep saying something to one of the girl's mothers, who must be at the house. That's kind of wild. I mean, put the shoe on the other foot. NOTE: This can be kind of disturbing, so if you do not like seeing someone beat up, don't watch:

[video] Living Legends LIVE @ Amoeba

Always Hustle has some exclusive footage of the in-store the Living Legends & The Grouch had yesterday:



Amoeba will be sorting more video, from what I'm told.

[video] Mickey Factz Spin Magazine Photoshoot

I didn't know dude was getting looks like this! Maybe I should pick up a music rag other than XXL every now and again:



Bonus Beats: Mickey Factz ft. Curtis Santiago "Automatic"

Muja Messiah "Gangsta Shit"

Muja Messiah "Gangsta Shit" (prod. by Mr. Khalyl): Check out Muja's tribute to the "Humpty Dance" that was on the MPLS Massacre Vol. 1 mixtape that I know you guys haven't slept on. If you are in the Minneapolis area, Muja will be opening for KRS-One on April 11th. Not to be missed!

related: [video] Muja Messiah ft. Manifest "Paper Planes"

Smog Presents Smokescreen EP

Just spotted this over at Media Contender; looks like Los Angeles label Smog has offered up 96kbps MP3s of their debut 12" (which is in stores NOW) for grabs. This is strictly for the Dubstep heads, so all others fall back...

"Smokescreen EP" [SMOG001]
A) 12th Planet "Smokescreen"
AA) DJ Evol "Sickness"

DJ Knifedreams has also concocted a rough set entitled Smog Check (Vol. 1), check it out:



MP3

Tracklist:

01 - KID LOGIC - CALISTEP
02 - MATTY G - WEST COAST ROCKS
03 - EMU & PWN - AIR RAID
04 - BABYLON SYSTEM - LOADED
05 - DLX - 8BIT BY A VAMPIRE
06 - CYRUS - PRESS BUTTON
07 - HOODZ - LONG ROAD
08 - MATTY G - 808 BASS
09 - DLX - WAN DEAD
10 - INFILTRATA - UNTITLED
11 - SUBCODE - DYNAMITE
12 - DJUNYA - ITES
13 - MATTY G - ONE STEP
14 - HOODZ - GIMME THE MONEY
15 - ROOMMATE - GIMME GANJA
16 - JUJU - PUNKS REMIX
17 - INFILTRATA - PSYCHOKINETIC
18 - DJUNYA - SUBSOL
19 - CYRUS - REDRUM

Ouch. Also be on the look out for the Emu & Pawn produced EP for Smog Digital, featuring "Bumbaclot Star" and "Periscope Dub". Too cold.

Decay The Unlikely Villian Mixtape

Props to Panik for sorting me out with Decay's new mixtape, Unlikely Villain, which features Decay (alongside Selfish, Tone Liv and DJ Monky) catching wreck over select MF Doom instrumentals. It's funny, I was actually going through some backups last night and rediscovered the King Geedorah CD. Peep game:

DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

01. It Begins
02. Anti Hero
03. No Joes Alive
04. Commercial 1
05. Liquor
06. Faster Lane
07. Bullet Proof Bros.
08. Self Centered (Interlude)
09. Will Line
10. Commercial 2
11. Wild Lavendar
12. He Came From
13. Bent Halo
14. Super Fiends
15. Reign Blood
16. Rap Bitches
17. Beef Wrap
18. Lousy Bum (Interlude)
19. Commercial 3
20. Green Llama Backs
21. Voices pt. 1.5
22. The End

Do not even attempt to doze on this one. Word from Molemen HQ is that this is the prelude to Decay's forthcoming album, The Unlikely Hero, which drops on Molemen Records this July.

[video] Slap-A-Bitch Contest

OK, so this strip club in the ATL (24K) holds a "Slap-A-Bitch" contest on Monday nights. Kind of like the Hot 97 Smackfests; only these ho's wear headgear. Why? Who knows:



Pure ignorance. NOTE: Some semi-NSFW skrippin' at the end of this video.

[video] Sean Garrett ft. Ludacris "Grippin' On My Bed"

For some reason, the audio on this video is dumb loud on my PC speakers. In any case, here's some R&B to grind on ya girl to:



Bonus Beats: Sean Garrett ft. Ludacris "Grippin' On My Bed"

Redbelt Trailer

New flick with Tim Allen and Joe Mantegna about some cat who teaches people how to MMA fight:



Official website. In theaters in NY and LA on May 2nd; wide release on May 9th.

Tomorrow's Not Enough LP Sampler

This is for you Drum & Bass heads: Atlantic Connection has leaked a sampler to his forthcoming album, Tomorrow's Not Enough (in stores May 26th), and it's a banger! Grab that thing, early:

DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

1. TOUCH THIS Ft. KEMST
2. HEAT OF THE GROOVE Ft. MENTAL SHARP & POUYA
3. ROCKSTEADY (LA RIOTS REMIX)
4. YOUR FUTURE (WAKE UP) Ft. POUYA*
5. DESTINY CALLS Ft. RANDOM MOVEMENT*

NOTE: The * cuts will be available exclusively at the Westbay iThink Store. More info over at the dubplate digest.

Warning Shot Wednesday: "Black Cat Orgy"

Elucid "Black Cat Orgy": Elucid's on point with this, the 2nd of his "Warning Shot Wednesday" series. This kind of reminds me of old school Hip-Hop, where I hear an MC rip over something I had never heard of, then go back and check that artist. I'm not up on Ladytron, but Elucid adds his smooth intensity to their cut "Black Cat". Everything about this screams "impending doom", and with what I know, dude def. has a firestorm of shit in the pipeline. Be there before the bomb goes off.

previous: Warning Shot Wednesday: "We Carry On"

The Dino 5 "What About 10"

The Dino 5 "What About 10" [mirror]: This is taken from Prince Paul's Baby Loves Hip-Hop album that I spoke on a few months back. Props to Ivan for posting a few more cuts as well. The album has been available since April 1st, so go grab it, for you kids (and maybe for yourself, too!

babyloveshiphop.com

Tuesday, April 08, 2008

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

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"

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



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

[video] XLR8R TV: Bun B at SXSW

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

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

www.stonesthrow.com/news/hellainternational

The Rap Up Turned 3

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

M.O.P.'s Billy Danze sat down with UGHH.com'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

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



Talk about remedial...

[video] Kelly Rowland "Comeback"

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"

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



No words.

On That Leak: Loot "Fresh"

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

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

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

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:

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Tracklist:

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)

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 Amoeba.com, 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

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

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Tracklist:

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!"

Monday, April 07, 2008

Truth Universal ft. stic.man "What It's Bout"

Truth Universal ft. stic.man "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"

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

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

[video] Spec Boogie "Superfly Freestyle"

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"

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

[video] Cherish ft. Yung Joc "Killa"

From the Step Up 2 Soundtrack:



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

Official Retraction

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

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"

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"

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!"