Archive for 05/01/2008 - 06/01/2008

[video] Summer Jam 2008 Fashion

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Fly ass Miss Info took to the crowd at this year's Summer Jam, looking to see who was fresh and who was, well, frumpy:



related: [video] Hot 97 Summer Jam Snippets

Trackstar the DJ Presents John Hill 3:16

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My boy Trackstar just hit me up with this highly-anticipated mixtape he did with John Hill. It's actually a 3-part series... let Track explain it:

This mix is part of a 3-mixtape series he's doing with three different St Louis DJs called 3:16 (his son was born on 3/16, 3 16s = a song, 3 CDs with 16 songs each, the Bible verse John 3:16, cute, I know).

One version is more soulful (with DJ Reminise doing the bulk of the beats), one more for the club crowd (DJ Sno is mixing that one), and my version is more raw, uncut straight up hip hop. Beats by Basement Beats (yes, the dudes behind Nelly--they got some serious hip hop shit, I'm tellin you--NOT just club type joints...) among other dope StL up-and-comers...

Definitely interesting, especially for an MC who is at times both emotional and hilarious, honest and personal, with excellently-executed songs and style. Do not sleep on this one:

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And make sure peep both John and Track's MySpace pages for future bits from both.

[video] Making It Rain

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Peep this expanded short from their "Checkmate" video:



EDIT: I had no idea these cats made the front page of YouTube with this vid. Good work, yo! I knew this was the truth when I first saw it...

Cpas & Jones - Backyard BBQ Mix

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Yum. Via The Stencil by way of Krudblog:

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Tracklist:

rush - spirit of radio
the fixx - one thing leads to another
cyndi lauper - she-bop
flock of seagulls - space age love song
head east - never been any reason
thin lizzy - jailbreak
kansas - carry on my wayward son
black sabbath - behind the wall of sleep
joe walsh - life’s been good to me so far
blue oyster cult - godzilla
weezer - the world has turned
sonic youth - teenage riot
dinosaur jr - freak scene
blondie - hangin on the telephone
the clash - remote control
tom petty - yer so bad
the cyrkle - red rubber ball
joe walsh - in the city

Yum.

www.myspace.com/capsyjones

[video] Scanz "A Dimepiece"

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Taken from Scanz' Prelude To A Legacy; watch out for the Scanz/Four Hour Future mixtape, Basement Chronicle, which will be a FREE mixtape featuring cats like KRS-One, Channel Live, Sha Stimuli, Reef the Lost Cause and more. Props to Jared for the heads up.

[video] Charlie Baltimore Sub Zero Interview

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Bonus Beats: Charlie Baltimore "PS" (prod. by Scott Storch)

[video] Slick Rick on KarmaloopTV

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Peep this video taken the day before The Ruler was pardoned. Big up to Chelsea.

[video] Serius Jones "Do You Believe?"

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DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #19

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Cable's all over the place on this one - from some new to some old, spanning from Pop to Hip-Hop - but it definitely works. Don't even try to sleep:

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Tracklist:

01. Dizzee Rascal Feat. Calvin Harris - Dance With Me
02. N.E.R.D. - She Wants To Move
03. The Stone Roses - Fools Gold
04. Madonna Feat. Timbaland & Justin Timberlake - 4 Minutes (To Save The World)
05. Mr. Spastic - Net (Alf Alpha Club Remix)
06. Twista Feat. Pharrell - Give It Up
07. Newcleus - Jam On It

Hit up Cable's blog for the past weeks, as well as the other wealth of exclusives he has up.

[video] Weezer "Pork and Beans"

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[video] Linkin Park "Leave Out All The Rest"

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[video] Saigon "True Story (The New Begining)"

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[video] Killah Priest "Hood Nursery"

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Redman vs. J Dilla

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related: Big L vs. J Dilla

Bonus Beats: Mos Def vs. J Dilla

[video] Eli Porter - DNB Mix

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Props to Rafi for the heads up.

RIP Bo Diddley

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The originator passes. Rest in power.

rock the dub radio: episode 021

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rock the dub radio can buy beer in the US, legally. To celebrate, peep this mix, featuring a few new tracks from Tha Carter III, an interlude featuring Alexyss K. Tylor and a host of slammin' new joints from a host of ill artists - and a lil' DnB selection at the end, due to N.E.R.D.'s "Spazz":

rock the dub radio: episode 021

(direct MP3 dload : mirror)

Tracklist:

01/Busta Rhymes ft. Reek Da Villian, Spliff Star, Lil' Wayne, Nas, The Game & Big Daddy Kane "Don't Touch Me (Remix)"
02/Young Chris ft. Beanie Sigel "Rush"
03/Jim Jones "Good Shit"
04/Lil' Wayne "Dr. Carter"
05/Lil' Wayne ft. Juelz Santana & Fabolous "Nothin' On Me"
06/Cassidy ft. Fabolous & Lil' Wayne "6 Minutes Of Death"
07/Fabolous ft. Pusha T "Jokes On You"
08/Bun B ft. Bullet Proof, Chino XL & Killer Mike "Some Hoes"
09/Craig G & Marley Marl "Made The Change"
10/Reks "Say Goodnight"
11/Jadakiss "From Now 'Til Then (DJ Premier Mix)"
12/Nino Bless "Name Droppin'"
13/Elucid "E! Channel"
14/9th Wonder & Jean Grae ft. Phonte "The Time Is Now"
15/Wale ft. Skyzoo "The Hacksaw Jim Duggan"
16/Mazzi "Class Dismissed"
17/Mic Terror "Detention"
18/Mikkey Halsted "Success"
19/Nas "N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave & The Master)"
20/Binkis "Testimonial"
21/Myk Dyaleks "Sound Alikes (All Rappers)"
22/interlude: Alexyss K. Tylor vs Radius
23/Elzhi ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Motown 25"
24/Fokis "Can't You See"
25/J Dilla "Diamonds"
26/N.E.R.D. "Spazz"
27/Infiltrata ft. Mental Sharp "Kingdom Come VIP"
28/Redman "I Got A Secret"

Subscribe: RSS \ iTunes. Enjoy!

[video] Hot 97 Summer Jam Snippets

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D-Block with Red Cafe, Fat Joe & Fabolous


The Dream


Lil' Wayne & Kanye West


Lil' Wayne


T-Pain


Kanye West


Alicia Keys with Raekwon & Method Man


Anyone go to Summer Jam? Your thoughts?

[video] Miss Info's Summer Jam Update

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[video] Xzibit "Thank You"

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[video] Madonna "Give It To Me"

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Wordsmith The Mid-Year Review Mixtape

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I have been hipping you to this, and it's finally out. Wordsmith, HipHopDX & DJ Denox linked up for this massive outing. Review coming soon.

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Tracklist:

01. The Soulless Saint (Produced by Strada)
02. Grudge of a Madman Remix (Produced by Capish & Wodzu)
03. Danger Zone Feat. Black Knight (Produced by Professa)
04. Quest for My Existence (Produced by Professa)
05. The Missing Element (Produced by DJ Denox)
06. Dreamin' of Superstardom (Produced by Capish)
07. Scrapbook Vol. 1: The MC Years (Produced by DeMo)
08. Word's Signing Day Freestyle feat. Kontact & Black Knight
09. Above Average Status feat. RhymeZwell & Black Knight
10. The FunkBox Remix feat. Kontact & SoL, Black Knight & RhymeZwell (Produced by Capish)
11. Park & Ride (Produced by Strada)
12. A Psychedelic Side to Love feat. SoL tha Analyst (Produced by Street Level)
13. Diaries of Deception feat. D-Dub, Deedaman & Black Knight (Produced by Strada)

Shouts to Dub MD for the heads up.

[video] DJ Abilities @ Knitting Factory

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Eyedea and DJ Abilities take a lil' break during there show, where Ab catches wreck over the "Mr. Me Too" instrumental:



Bonus Beats: Eyedea & DJ Abilities "Exhausted Love" on the same night (May 29th 2008):

FOTM: THUGSTEP #13

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Bezel ft. David Banner & Bone Crusher "See About Ya (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": Another dirty dirty banger. Love how that melody plays underneath the rugged, riot action lyrics. Bone Crusher = perfect over some subdued dubstep.

www.myspace.com/djnappy

[video] Doo Wop's Response To Lil' Wayne

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Doo Wop GOES IN on Lil' Wayne's recent "fuck you" to mixtape DJs. The Gremlins bit is the best. Via Nah Right.

Weezy is deep. I'm guessing his reasoning for saying that is because there might be some unauthorized mixtapes out there with his name on it - but saying "fuck the bootleggin' DJs" and "fuck all mixtape DJs" is a big gap... especially with his album dropping soon.

Friday, May 30th 2008 playlist

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Another week gone. So quick, mainly due to the long weekend from before. Can you believe I have no scheduled days off in June? WTF was I thinking!?

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leaks o' da week...


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LATE PASSES! GET'CHA LATE PASSES 'ERE!


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For those who aren't up on the original...

Big L "Put It On"


Enjoy your weekend, fam.

[video] Ludachrist "Hotel Crunkifornia"

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[video] Gym Class Heroes In The Studio

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That one jam session sounds like a Roots track. GCH's new album, The Quilt, is due out in the early Fall.

[video] Skinnyman "Smoking Ban"

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No words. I like some UKHH, but dude looks like a crackhead, forreal. Shouts to E for the link.

El-P - Camu Tao Tribute Mix

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Via El-P's Blog:

MP3

a few choice verses from one of the illest motherfuckers ever to touch a mic. one medley of many to come.

-first verse is from his MHZ debut “world premier”
-second is from an s.a. smash song i produced called “the harvest”
-third verse is from the “nighthawks” concept record he did with cage where they assumed the personas of crooked cops

RIP Camu. Spotted over at GRANDGOOD.

Mic Terror "Detention"

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Mic Terror "Detention": I seriously thought this was over after "Class Dimissed", but no, here's Mic's latest diss aimed at Mazzi, going in for 6 minutes over some classic Public Enemy. What's odd is, I always look at the Cool Kids and Jay Electronica like "don't believe the hype". This rhyme is better than the other one, I'll admit. I hope this one isn't over!

Via FSD.

Wale The Mixtape About Nothing

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DOWNLOAD (mirror) or STREAM. Tracklist below:
Via 2DB.

[video] eMC "Leak It Out"

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Big L vs. J Dilla

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Via Nah Right.

Aubrey O'Day's J'Adore Cover

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I think Danity Kane's Aubrey O'Day, when not looking like a complete hoochie, can take some great pics. This pictoral is an example. I've never read J'Adore, and probably won't, but you can peep the Aubrey pics here.

[video] Kanye West "Flashing Lights" Version 1

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Not what I expected, but not bad either. Version 2 wins. Via Nah Right.

related: [video] Kanye West "Flashing Lights" \ [video] Kanye West "Flashing Lights", Version 2?

Dunkin' Donuts Jihad

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Can't make shit like this up: a recent Rachel Ray/Dunkin' Donuts ad has been pulled because the scarf Rachel is wearing around her neck is similar to a kiffiyieh. Apparently this can be seen as a symbol of terrorism, because Yasser Arafat has been photographed mad times with one on.

Are you serious? Talk about letting terrorism win. Are people truly wylin' out, like war vets who were IN Iraq, like "oh shit, Rachel Ray has a WMD"? I highly doubt it - the government hardly has time to track, follow and help out our war heroes. No, Rachel is slingin' coffee (which you'd think they would be proud of, with the price of gas), but you know how it goes. Take the pristine, cute spokeswoman and turn her into a terrorist. What's next? Mickey Mouse is a pedophile?

[video] G-Unit "Rider Pt. 2"

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[video] KRS-One, Craig G & Sadat X @ SOB's

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Peep these three dons busting straight freestyles live at SOB's:

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 18

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Amanda Diva's blog has moved to Okayplayer: blogs.okayplayer.com/amandadiva.

Busta Rhymes Blessed Cover

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I still wish dude was callling this Back On My Bullshit, but I digress. Busta's Blessed drops on July 1st. I wonder how the final tracklist will look...

Via Shake.

[rock the dub Interview]: P.A.

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P.A. (aka Prince Ali) represents Toronto, and is on the verge of blowin' up. He's already been featured on my site, from the Swaggie Piffin' Boys mixtape to a recent banger that featured none other than Kool G Rap, "Hoodfellaz". P.A. brings that raw, gritty feel of real life to his rhymes, while still trying to stay positive and appeal to the everyday cat. I got a chance to hit him with some questions about his friendship with KL (RIP), how he got started and his outlook on the game.

khal: What’s good P.A.? Tell us a lil’ bit about yourself – where you grew up, how you first got into Hip-Hop, and how that turned into you being a young rhyme scriber…

P.A.: What's good fam, I'm chillin’. Long story short, I grew up in Toronto and our family consistently moved around from place to place. Hip-Hop has always been present in my life, it wasn't like I got into it because it was cool. I was listening to Hip-Hop, literally, since I was born, since my cousins and siblings were into it heavy. When you grow up listening to Hip-Hop, you indirectly develop a flow and understanding for the art without any focused energy. As far as when I stared penning lyrics, it was a bout a few years ago, but while I always knew I could flow and write, I only started writing a few years ago.

khal: What was it like growing up in Toronto, for those who have never been? Do you ever catch flack from people who don’t believe that people in Canada might have grown up just as rough as others?

P.A.: It's not a matter of where you come from. It's a matter of THE trials one goes through as individual. Some people have good luck in life and some have it harder than others. If you come from the hardest area that won't necessarily mean your "hard", but people always think Toronto is this and that; once they visit Toronto, they realize that it's is really real out here. We got the biggest multicultural city in the world. Toronto is the only place you will see a crew that consists of: Jamicans, Indians, Latins, etc., all in the same crew. Toronto is diverse, man. You got people from all walks of life. It's just like any hood. Toronto is cool, man. I grew up here.

khal: Now, you’re 21 years old, and have already been linked to guys like Tragedy Khadafi, Kool G Rap and Screwball’s KL (RIP). How does it feel to be linked to cats that are quite possibly MCs who you grew up listening to?

P.A.: It's weird, because you were once 8-10 yrs of age and sitting in the crib, rewinding and dubbing tapes with these legends, and later in the teen years smoking and driving to get their joints but, when you actually record with them, for some reason it's not anything out of the ordinary, because you’re just an artist, making music like they are. Don't get me wrong, I give them the utmost respect and present myself as a fan always because I'm a fan of music, I'm not a fan of people. They’re just regular people and we’re all trying to put that work in and do what we love.

khal: Speaking of KL, I hear you guys were close, and you actually spoke to him the day before he passed. Was there anything in particular about the conversation that stands out for you? How did his passing affect you? Do you have any unheard material with KL that will see the light of day?

P.A.: That came about with my dude Nut Rageous & Cuban, I got on the remix of “What’s Poppin’” with them. It got a good reaction and KL was really feeling the joint, it caught some light on some mixtapes and sites like HipHopGame, HipHopDX, etc. He really respected my grind and style, and my dude Cuban gave me the co-sign, so I started building with KL. He was really starting to get heavy back into the game. He had an album in the works and it will still come out soon. We spoke the day he shot the video with NYG'z and Poet. KL made a cameo in the video. KL was a stand up dude, man; he actually was supposed to send me a joint with him and Blaq Poet on it and he told me “you got the third verse”; keep in mind we aren't that tight, but he took it upon himself to show love and do his part as an old G in the game. It was real disturbing. Music is cool, but he's got a family and anytime something like this happens it breaks your heart. Fuck music in those cases, someone just lost a family member. Much prayers to his family and friends. R.I.P. KL.

khal: Street Hop Magazine has recently called you one of the top MCs to look out for, and you’ve also gotten love from MTV (in Germany), XXL, All Hip-Hop, HipHopDX and other outlets (including spins on Sirius’ Hip Hop Nation). What’s the best accolade you’ve received so far?

P.A.: Accolades don't mean anything, but the sad thing is, that's what the game’s built on. The best accolade is when someone tells you they were vibing to your music and it touched them. You’re contributing to some type of positive vibe in the world even if it's just music.

khal: How would you describe your style?

P.A.: My style is like different moods. Sometimes you’re happy, depressed, pissed off, and whatever else. I'm never one sided.

khal: I see that you look at Hip-Hop as a form of therapy for you – where do you think you’d be without Hip-Hop?

P.A.: Hopefully still positive and maintaining, but Hip-Hop is what it is. It definitely helps you zone out for a bit. It doesn't remove your problems but it's like you always got someone to vent to.

khal: Talk to us about your recently-released mixtape, Pyrex Prophecy. Was there a set theme you guys were trying to get across? What kind of feedback have you gotten from it?

P.A.: I had the theme Pyrex Prophecy basically to show balance. Positive and Negative at the same time, but the negative in essence is positive to because it has a positive intention intended. I don't know if I lost you with that (lol), but the feedback has been great. Everyone is feeling the mixtape, and reviews are great as well. Shout out to Big Chew from Rapmullet.com who showed some love on the review. The streets are feeling the tape. It was something I put together as an appetizer.

khal: Word is you also have an album coming? Can you give the people some info on how that’s coming, what we can expect, and when can we get it?

P.A.: One thing I learned is an album has got to come together on all levels, creativity, business, and everything in between, which is one of the reasons some albums take a long time to come out, because you gotta make sure everything is right.

khal: Do you tour regularly?

P.A.: Regularly isn't the case. Part of the grind is grinding your music so that you can say you tour regularly and make money because nobody is generating any revenue with selling music right now.

khal: When do you think you’ll hang up the mic and call it a day?

P.A.: No such thing as hanging a mic up. It's not a trend or a fad. I may not be able to record at times due to life, but I constantly got rhymes in my head. It's like a natural reaction.

khal: What do you get into, outside of Hip-Hop?

P.A.: I'm just into myself man, trying to live the best way I can and provide, just like anyone else.

khal: Do you have any shoutouts/final thoughts?

P.A.: Much love to Rock The Dub and everyone contributing to the grind. Peace and Love.

Shouts to Write Just Media for setting this one up. Be sure to visit P.A.'s MySpace page, so you can stay up on all of his future goings-on. You can grab his previously released mixtape, Pyrex Prophecy, here.

P.A. "Rap Author" / "On Our Way" video:

The Fixxers Street Masterpiece Cover+Tracklist

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DJ Quik & AMG's Fixxers material has been long overdue, and we're finally getting some heat in the form of their Street Masterpiece album, which drops on Amaglam on June 17th:


01. Quik Talk
02. Masterpiece Intro
03. Do I Love Her
04. Born N Raised
05. Get Down Ft. Chingy
06. Black P*ssy
07. Get Nakkid Ft. Mausberg
08. Down Down Down
09. Pitch N On A Party
10. Tonight
11. U'Z A Gansta
12. Let's Get Down
13. Me Wanna Rip U'R Girl
14. Bombudd
15. Bombudd 2
16. Intro From Roger
17. Trouble
18. Trouble (Remix)
19. Trust No Bitch
20. Murda 1 Case
21. Just Lyke Compton
22. Hand N Hand
23. Black Mercedes
24. Well Ft. Raphael Saadiq & Mausberg
25. Fandango ft. B Real
26. Dollars N Sense
27. Quik's Groove
28. Change The Game
29. U Ain't Fresh
30. Don't Eat The P*ssy
31. I Use To Know Her
32. Can U Werk Witdat (Remix) ft. Jim Jones
33. So Good Ft. Rich Boy
34. Flip It Ft. Kay L
35. Go To Work Ft. Kay L

30+ tracks?!?! How wild is that? "So Good" is a banger though.

Lil Kim Ms. G.O.A.T. Cover+Tracklist

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Lil' Kim is back, fresh for the summer. Her street album, Ms. G.O.A.T., is set to drop on Amaglam Entertainment on June 3rd. Here's the tracklist:

01. "Hood Newz - Lil' Kim Free"
02. "Ms. G.O.A.T."
03. "Mis-Education of Lil' Kim"
04. "I Get It"
05. "Wrath Of Kim's Madness"
06. "Chillin' Tonite"
07. "Need A Bitch" feat. Nate Dogg
08. "2 Hatin' Bitches Skit"
09. "It's Kim Bitches (Get That Money)"
10. "Fuck You"
11. "Rock On Wit Yo Bad Self"
12. "Queen Bitch 101″
13. "Kim Gets Deeper"
14. "Wanna Lick Magic Stick pt. 2″ feat. 50 Cent
15. "Thang On Me" feat. Maino & Sha
16. "It Ain't My Fault" feat. Sha
17. "Kimme More" feat. Britney Spears
18. "Salute The Women of Hip-Hop (skit)"
19. "Keyshia Cole feat. Lil' Kim & Missy - Let It Go"
20. "Mr. Cee Speaks"
21. "Gucci Mane feat. Lil' Kim - Freaky Gurl (remix)"
22. "Outro"
23. "Alicia Keys feat. Lil' Kim - No One (remix)"

I really hope this one comes out dope.

Popa Wu Visions Of The 10th Chamber Pt. II Cover+Tracklist

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This is one of three street albums that Amaglam will be dropping in June. This one is for the diehard Wu heads:

Tracklist:

01. Freedom or Death ft. Popa Wu
02. S.O.D. Part 2 ft. Free Murda
03. Black Germ (still Tricknology)
04. Popa Wu righteous Chamber
05. Hallz of Justice
06. Choppen Block
07. Phone Tap – entamishun
08. Abdullah
09. Spyz in the Palace
10. Powder (Yacub's Faktory)
11. Broken Bladez ft. Dungeon Masta
12. Medachevits (OH NO)
13. Generatorz
14. Virus (like we do)
15. Love Hell or Right ft. Angela S.
16. Revenge of the 7 Archorz
17. P.E.A.C.E. ft. A Special Guest
Bonus Track: Osirius

Out on June 3rd. Shouts to Matt for the info.

[video] Qadir "Nickname"

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From the Grand Theft Auto IV soundtrack.

The Hood Internet vs. Chicago

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Mash-up mavens The Hood Internet has a new 23-track mash-up extravaganza, flipping strictly Chi-town artists. Oh, and it's free:

DOWNLOAD: full mix via zShare \ full mix via megaupload \ 192kbps split MP3s via sendspace \ 320kbps split MP3s via sendspace

STREAM: imeem

Tracklist:

01. Pro Nails Forever (Kid Sister vs Walter Meego)
02. Frog Minutes (Shawnna vs LMNOP)
03. Cakeicide (Hollywood Holt vs Prairie Cartel)
04. Juke And Pop (Mic Terror vs Green Velvet)
05. Superbowl Jesus (Kanye West + 1985 Bears vs Wilco)
06. Trenchache (Juice vs Liz Phair)
07. 80s Problems (Tha Basix vs Mahjongg)
08. When Baby Mamas Collide (Qualo vs Chin Up Chin Up)
09. Simple X-plosion (Diverse vs Andrew Bird)
10. Your Love Iz What It Iz (The Cool Kids vs Frankie Knuckles)
11. Sisters Of Chicago-Rillas (Rhymefest vs The Changes)
12. I Ain't That Bowie (Twista vs The Sea And Cake)
13. Hay Electric (Crucial Conflict vs Reds and Blue)
14. Watch My Big Feet Jump (Dude N Nem + Twista vs Office)
15. Ten-Day High (Do Or Die + Kanye West vs Tortoise)
16. Eatchyo Stigmata (Yea Big + Kid Static vs Ministry)
17. Smash That There (Yung Berg vs The Smashing Pumpkins)
18. Stages Of Standby (Psalm One vs Kleenex Girl Wonder)
19. Can You Eat Some More Heavy Fists Of Love? (Kanye West + GLC vs Bumps + Terminal 4 + Big Black)
20. I Used To Love The Blue Line (Common vs Bang! Bang!)
21. I Gotcha Trees (Lupe Fiasco vs May Or May Not)
22. What Chu Like, Old Mare? (Da Brat vs Sleep Out)
23. Kells-Tone For The Painfully In Love (R. Kelly vs Casiotone For The Painfully Alone)

Gotta love these "tribute to where we come from" mixtapes.

www.thehoodinternet.com
www.myspace.com/thehoodinternet
www.twothumbsdownrecords.com

[video] RZA "You Can't Stop Me Now"

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Via Boo Goo Doo Boom.

Warning Shot Wednesday: "E! Channel"

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Elucid "E! Channel": After a much-needed vacation, Elucid is back with his own true life tales, spinning lurid project window tales of lust and lies over Suzanne Vega's classic "Tom's Diner". Listening to this takes you into the bedroom, where you can feel the sweat and smell the sex in the air.

Stay strapped. Get reacquainted.

Damp Heat "Just Plain Folks"

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Damp Heat ft. DJ Orion & Grim Nasty "Just Plain Folks": Boom bap from the back of the bus. I love the sample-work in this one.

C0² "Scream Train"

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C0² "Scream Train": C0² = DJ Orion Garcia (aka Orangutan) and Cee Monsta, and come with the zany. The track starts out unassuming enough, but then goes to the double time on the chorus, with a host of flips in the lyrics and flows. Will they release an album? Who knows... they've been together for almost a decade, but if some of their other output sounds like this, sign me up!

Watch out for the weird call & response at the end of the track. Zany, I tell you!

Mars Black "Hot Chick"

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Mars Black "Hot Chick": This is the lead single from Mars' forthcoming album, Stay Black (Team Love). Gotta love grimey strip club anthems that have one foot in some eerie sounds and rhymes that bounce around like it was '92.

H.B. Monte ft. Jarvis "Hood Fly"

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H.B. Monte ft. Jarvis "Hood Fly": Slinky guitar flavors for the summer from BX's Havboy. If someone is going to try and impact radio, they could do way worse than this track, which sounds like it would go down well with the top dropped and a fly skimmy on your arm. By the way, Jarvis is a new signee to Ludacris' Disturbing Tha Peace camp.


Bonus Beats: H.B. Monte & Cory Gunz "South Bronx Freestyle"

Niggardly Nas?

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If I were to title a post the same way URB titled this Nas feature, the commenters would be on some bullshit. Anyways, check it out. I'm still done with this nigga.

[video] Jay-Z Live Nation Interview

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The Food Chain

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Got some early-morning independent Hip-Hop from DC for you guys. Some interesting sounds within this, from the mid-90's flyness of the GeeDubz remix of "ROY" to early-Anticon feel of "Spring Cleaning" from Teddy Faley. There's something in this for everyone, especially for those who love their Hip-Hop subversive...

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Tracklist:

01. Cubbiebear - Ink
02. Ardaplus - Gasoline Tears
03. Caverns - Turkish Bathouse Armageddon
04. Educated Consumers - Roaring Flood
05. Flex Mathews - ROY (GeeDubz Remix)
06. Mathpanda - Bazaar
07. Jade Fox - Got 'Em Like
08. Blak Lungz - Best I Can
09. Future - Sons of Man
10. Cuer - Note to Self
11. Teddy Faley - Spring Cleaning
12. Rosetta Stoned - Last Supper

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[video] Mazzi "Class Dismissed"

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"Shit is done". No doubt, Mazzi. Shouts to Young Sav for the hookup.

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Double Dee & Steinski: The Lessons

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I hope you guys weren't sleeping 2 months ago when I told you that the 2xCD retrospective on Steinski entitled What Does It All Mean?: 1983-2006 Retrospective was out today. Well, it's out, and it's the jam. To celebrate, a staple in Hip-Hop history, Hip-Hop production and sampling in general are being made available for you, for free:


Check out Steinski speaking on the origin of The Lessons:


I actually had a few of these jammin' this weekend. If you are a fan of cut-up music, Hip-Hop History, and audio art in general, you should pick this up. I highly recommend it, if not for all of these gems on one disc, but for the 2nd disc's 28-track extravoganza, "Nothing To Fear", which, in true Solid Steel flavor, takes tracks you've definitely heard before (including cuts from J-Live, Marvin Gaye & Foxy Brown), and throws in a perfect snippet of sound that ends up turning the track on its ear, without diverting you from the groove. A truly stunning back catalogue that, while not something that made Dee or Steinski millionaires, definitely made their mark on the scene and should be within the Hip-Hop Hall of Fame.

In an added treat, check out "The Lessons Live" from 2000, featuring Steinski with Cut Chemist & DJ Shadow (Part 1 \ Part 2).

What Does It All Mean? is available NOW from the Illegal Art shop for $13. Can't beat that! You can even download this sampler, and hear more tracks from other Illegal Art releases.

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[video] Yak Ballz On KarmaloopTV

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Yak Ballz is a dope staple of underground Hip-Hop; always good to hear from him. Big up to Chelsea for the link.

Still Dreamin' Vol. 2

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I put you guys up on this two weeks ago with the teaser, and now this opus is here. Trackstar the DJ continues on the smooth, throwback groove that he established with Vol. 1, and now Black Spade has accompanied him as the host on this next adventure. Not too many DJs can throw on a mix that features Method Man, DJ Krush, Latyrx, Dwele, Jay-Z, O.C., Al Green, Main Ingredient and others, and still make it fly for your lady to rock to.


DOWNLOAD Still Dreamin' Vol. 2, pour a bit of wine and snuggle up with that special someone.

Tracklist:

01. Gil Scott-Heron-Home is Where the Hatred Is
02. Mos Def-Brown Sugar (Fine)
03. Bilal/Mos Def/Common-Reminisce
04. Erykah Badu-Soldier
05. Common/Jill Scott-Funky for You
06. John Legend-Refuge (When it'd Cold Outside)
07. Coultrain-Lost in Translation
08. D'Angelo-Me and Those Dreamin Eyes of Mine
09. Dwele-Flywun
10. Tony Williams-Dreamin of Your Love
11. Donny Hathaway-Little Ghetto Boy
12. Jay-Z-Dear Summer
13. Stephen Marley/Mos Def-Hey Baby
14. Pete Rock/CL Smooth-Lots of Lovin
15. O.C.-Stronjay
16. Method Man/D'Angelo-Break Ups to Make Ups
17. Esthero-That Girl
18. A-Bex/Wafeek/Azeem-You Should Know
19. DJ Krush/Monday Michuru-Keeping the Motion
20. Latyrx-Lady Don't Tek No
21. Koffee Brown-After Party
22. Al Green-You Oughta Be With Me
23. Black Spade-She's the One (20s Love Song)
24. Main Ingredient-Prove My Love to You
25. Heavy-She Who Knows

Don't even try to sleep.

Lil' Wayne Tha Carter III Tracklist

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The first thing I'm thinking when seeing the tracklist for Tha Carter III is "damn, Weezy is callin' in a gang of favors to try and make this his firstfront to back banger"; I guess all of that guest work is paying off:

1. 3 Peat
2. Mr. Carter (Feat. Jay-Z)
3. A Milli
4. Got Money (Feat. T-Pain)
5. Comfortable (Feat. Babyface)
6. Dr. Carter
7. Phone Home
8. Tie My Hands (Feat. Robin Thicke)
9. Mrs. Officer (Feat. Bobby Valentine)
10. Let The Beat Build
11. Shoot Me Down (Feat. D. Smith)
12. Lollipop (Feat. Static Major)
13. La La (Feat Brisco, Busta Rhymes)
14. Playing With Fire (Feat. Betty Wright)
15. You Aint Got Nuthin’ on Me (Feat Fabolous & Juelz Santana)
16. Don't Get It (Misunderstood)

Side note: the name "Bangladesh" strikes me as a dope name for a producer. Via 2DB.

Mazzi "Class Dismissed"

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Mazzi "Class Dismissed": Damn, did Mazzi really pull a "Linda Tripp" on Mic Terror for that "Lesson C" shit? Over the "Barry Bonds" beat?!?! Mic Terror lost.

Via Nah Right.

Mikkey Halsted "Success"

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Mikkey Halsted "Success": Damn. It kind of sucks that an MC like Mikkey can murk a beat like this, but it will be remembered for Jigga and Nas rhymes.

He said "bitches become gangstas when Pro Tools pops up". Wow. Shouts to Andrew for hitting me with this. Check out his interview with Mikkey here.

[video] Tricky "Council Estate"

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First single off Tricky's forthcoming Knowle West Boy album.

Xzibit: Our Condolences

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The loss of a baby is one of the toughest losses you can take. Xzibit recently lost his newborn son, Xavier, due to a problem with his lungs. I almost felt that pain a month after my son was born, and it's a rough ordeal. A man is measured by situations like this, and X, you are a big man for your words in that post. Hold your head.

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #18

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Cable's on it:

DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

01. Nas - Hip Hop Is Dead
02. Daft Punk - Robot Rock
03. Joe Budden Feat. Busta Rhymes - Fire
04. DJ Khaled - We Taking Over
05. DJ Cable - MJ's Taking Over
06. Busta Rhymes Feat. Reek Da Villian, Spliff Star, Lil Wayne, Nas, The Game & Big Daddy Kane - Don't Touch Me (Remix)
07. Wale - W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E.

Wild mix, no? Nice Hip-Hop/Electro vibe throughout.

RIP Camu Tao

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Camu Tao succumbed to his two-year bout with cancer. UGHH heads know what time it was with the MHz/Weathermen crew. So blast some S.A. Smash or any of Camu's other bangers and reminisce on this day of Memorial.

[video] Serius Jones "Lafayette"

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[video] Kanye West "Flashing Lights", Version 2?

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Nick G hit me with an e-mail to this new video for "Flashing Lights"; dude says that, apparently, Kanye filmed 3 different videos for this track (remember this one?), and this is to be the 2nd version:



This is what I assumed the video would look like. Mad drunk (and hot) girls, wacky editing and the like. Any confirmation on this being legit?

EDIT: Eskay has more info on this.

[video] DJ Q-Bert & Shortkut - Guitar Center Tour

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I actually had no idea until, say, 4 minutes ago that Q-Bert has his own channel on YouTube. Check out Thud Rumble.

ghetto mini blog

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Setting up a mini blog in Blogger is retardo. So I didn't do it. But if you hit the sidebar, there's a new menu entitled "pint size dub". Those are links that I feel are very choice. Keep your eyes on it, as I will be updating it a few times a day.

[video] Making Of "We Made It"

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Myk Dyaleks "Sound Alikes (All Rappers)"

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Myk Dyaleks "Sound Alikes (All Rappers)": 1/3 of Brokn.Englsh, Myk is setting up some marvelous shit for his forthcoming album project. This is just a taster - drop this during a warm Saturday afternoon and just zone out, vibe off those "good ol' days".

Shouts to J-Dub for the heads up.

[video] Hotstylz ft. Yung Joc "Lookin' Boy"

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Wait, I had no idea this got picked up forreal; I was wondering why I heard this on 106 & Park earlier tonight:



"Lookin' Boy" sounds fucking retarded compared to "Lookin' Ass Nigga".

Fitzroy Paradise Low

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Fitzroy's Paradise Low debut album is a thing of beauty. From reflective, intellectual lyrics to a heavy assortment of leftfield beats, this is Hip-Hop for those who think outside of the box. And for a limited time, he's offering up the album for free. No bullshit. This link will allow you to download Paradise Low for free; act quick, though - the link becomes inactive on May 26th (Monday). I highly recommend it - essential cuts include deep bounce of "Badman", "The Way I Move" and "Her", but you should sample it fi yaself and get involved. Then thank the man for offering it up to you.

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Cy Yung "Mr Magic"

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First single off the Back II Lyfe project. Cy is a monster.

[video] Busta Rhymes on Radio 1

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Busta Rhymes brought the "Don't Touch Me (Remix)" to Tim Westwood:



That shit is ridiculous. Such an infectious beat, makes me fall back in love with Hip-Hop.

[video] Wale "W.A.L.E.D.A.N.C.E."

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Via KNOWxONE.

Sparkle ID's R. Kelly

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You niggas remember Sparkle right? She did that cut "Be Careful", of the lone album R. Kelly produced and wrote for her. Word is that the chick that Robert "allegedly" pissed on an fucked at a young age is one of Sparkle's relatives, and that Sparkle ID'd Robert in the videotape with her alleged niece. The Chicago Sun-Times reports that shit got hot in the courtroom today, and Sparkle ended up in a shouting match with Kelly's defense. Crazy shit.

That "Be Careful" song could be some serious foreshadowing shit, given the behind the scenes relationship Sparkle and Kells could have had.

Slick Rick Receives Pardon

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Good for Ricky D. I swear, though, when I saw the e-mail this came in, I couldn't see the whole title, and I foolishly thought Shyne was getting pardoned. Or Remy Ma. Silly khal.

EDIT: Shouts to jon jon in the comments for reminding me that NY's gov is a blind nigga. I guess niggas with eye patches and legally blind niggas gotta stick together!