Saturday, May 17, 2008

[video] Ludacrhist Live

EDIT: Here's a load more videos of Ludachrist live...

Do Bloggers Get Sponsored?

I like clothes. I'm no fashion plate, but ill clothes (especially dope t-shirts) always make me excited. I have like 3 t-shirt drawers: one for the ones my son can spit up and puke on (I'm smart like that), one's that I don't mind going to the grocery store with, and one drawer with my tees that I treat better than my suit(s). I have just always been like that.

Another thing I have been is a loud spokesperson for things I love and appreciate. If you peep my blog on any regular basis, you see - I ride for the shit I love.

Now, those in the skateboarding scene know, the thing to get is a sponsorship. It shows that you aren't just some regular cat. Some company, whether it's clothes or boards or whatever, feels that you can be a representative of their brand.

Shouldn't bloggers get the same treatment? Most bloggers have their own voice, but aside from cats like Eskay getting linked up with the Complex fam, or TSS and Rizoh being down with Rawkus, I don't really see much like that in the blogosphere, esp. the Hip-Hop blogs.

So, what say you clothing companies? Do you want me, a guy who appreciates style, to be your online face?

There Can Only Be One

Want. Via Wooohah!.

Wordsmith "The Missing Element"

Wordsmith "The Missing Element" (prod. by Denox): More cuts from Words' forthcoming mixtape. Review coming soon!

[video] t.A.T.u. "White Robe" (Uncensored)

These Russian chicks get naked in their new video. If you are not up on this duo, who seems to revel in controversy, hit up Wikipedia. The original video premiered back in Nov 2007; here is the uncensored, NSFW version:

Holliewood "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin' It"

Holliewood "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin' It": Here's an '08 anthem for you Brooklynites... if you want it, that is. There's also a "promo video" that was sent with this. It looks like a mini movie or some shit, check it out. From the e-mail I received:

KRS-One & Slick Rick were channeled to create a massive fusion reliving the essence of Hip-Hop.

Holliewood is a emcee born & raised in Brooklyn, N.Y with a mission to bring back what Hip-Hop once was "I remember coming up when music was music, where live rap battles were taking place on every corner & it was all for the love of music, where you could catch a b-boy breaking on a cardboard box while trying not to scuff the shell tops lol" Holliewood, often referred to as H.Wood is set to take the music world by storm. His debut single "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin It" is just the beginning, with a vast sound & a unique approach to this rapidly declining music world, Holliewood is bound to birth new life to the industry.

so here it is... fresh from the masters, undoubtedly "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin It"

EDIT: The more I listen to this, dude def. sounds (or tries to sound like) Slick Rick. I'm not saying that's a good thing, though.

[video] Black Moon LIVE

From Dec 2007, via GRANDGOOD:

Buckshot "I Ain't No Joke"

"I Got Cha Opin"

"How Many MC's"

"Who Got It The Props"

[video] The Game on 106 & Park

[video] Coldplay "Violet Hill"

Kanyeezy and Hova's favorite 'rock' band has a new video from their forthcoming album:

Friday, May 16, 2008

[video] The Game ft. Keyshia Cole "Game's Pain"

[video] Dame Grease ft. Max B "Connecticut Kush"

[video] Brokn.Englsh "TCBY"

My new anthem:; New Jeru stand up!

"This War Is Not About You...Shut The Hell Up!"

Props to Johnny Haze for the heads up on this:

Treasure Fingers & Kill the Noise School’s Out for Forever



01. schools out forever skit

treasure fingers mix
02. louis la roche - on the floor
03. only freak - can’t get away (solid groove remix)
04. panther DLX - slave in slave out
05. romanthony - curious (treasure fingers remix)
06. pierre de la touche - dance all night
07. cut copy - lights & music (moulinex remix)
08. fake shark real zombie - designer drugs (designer drugs)
09. para one - piste bleue (rrrump edit)
10. michael gray - borderline (treasure fingers edit)
11. o’bryan - im freaky (romeo erotic / treasure fingers reflip)
12. midnight star - midus touch (treasure fingers edit)
13. intermission

kill the noise mix
14. chromeo - call me up (kill the noise remix)
15. mr. oizo - flat beat (computer club’s fat eric remix)
16. sinden & count of monte cristal - beeper (fake blood remix)
17. estelle feat. kanye west - american boy (kill the noise remix)
18. moston & malente - fucked up (stupid fresh mix)
19. american dream team - the american dream
20. kill the noise - kill kill kill
21. siriusmo - all the girls (tomboy remix)
22. elektrons feat pete simpson & soup - get up (herve gets down remix)
23. boys noize - oh! (a-trak remix)
24. cryptonites - i can’t give you up (kill the noise remix)

On That Leak: Hustle Simmons "The Rundown"

Hustle Simmons ft. 84 & Fel Sweetenberg "The Rundown": My nigga Tha S Ence, who is 1/2 of Hustle Simmons, hit me with this cut last night. And then I secured it for the compilation. See how quick that works? Their album hits iTunes on June 24th, so make sure you cop it when they drop it. This flier has release dates and info on all 3 of the aforementioned acts, so please do not sleep.

[video] "Learn How To Jig"

Now, my assumption is these lil' niggas don't know what a "jiggaboo" is, but the title of this instructional video cracks me up:

Bonus Beats: Lil' Josh & Ernest "Jigga Juice"

Mic Terror "Lesson C"

Mic Terror "Lesson C": This is a response record to Mazzi's "Lesson A" and "Lesson B" diss track/experiments from from a few weeks ago. Andrew FSD sent this over, and advised that a video is set to drop later on today. When he posts it, I'll update this post with it. For right now, check out these photos and this interview he posted earlier this week.

What do you guys think? I'm personally not feeling it for a few reasons: 1) that "Lean Back (remix)" instrumental is super played, 2) dude went the other way - while Mazzi actually had some reasoning behind "Lesson A", this is just kind of like more personal attacking. I'm not that up on Mic Terror, I admit, but my expectations must have been something else...

Friday, May 16th 2008 playlist

You gotta love when you make some unexpected moves, only to be pushed back a few steps. Oh well. In any case, I've been getting some super fire for the compilation. It's a good chunk of the way done, just waiting on a few things. Some good leaks this week, too (I can't get enough of the new Bun B and Herbaliser albums). Check out what I have been accumulating...



Come grab ya late pass, folk:

What more could you ask for?


I've been on an Herbaliser kick since hearing their new album, and wanted to hit you with one of my favorite videos of theirs. Big up to the cut-up music:

The Herbaliser "Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks"

Have a safe weekend, fam.

[video] Redman ft. Saukrates & Icadon "Get 'Em"

I love this beat. Red Gone Wild is that shit.

The Producer: The Best of Manny Faces

Did you guys sleep on that Mamas & The Papas/2Pac blend I posted a few months back? What about the "Auld Lang Syne" remix? What about The Soul Of A Man mixtape? The producer of all of those, Manny Faces, has, over the last 2 years and 2 million(!) downloads, been flipping his favorite acapellas into dope remixes for the people. He's compiled a bit of his best into this mixtape, and threw it out there... for free. Check it out:

DOWNLOAD (mirror)


1. Intro
2. Mary J Blige - Be Without You (Manny Faces Remix)
3. Cassie - Me & You (Manny Faces Remix)
4. Twista ft Kanye West - Overnight Celebrity (Manny Faces Remix)
5. Akon ft Nas - Locked Up (Manny Faces Remix)
6. 50 Cent - Candy Shop (Manny Faces Remix)
6. Lupe Fiasco ft Jill Scott - Daydreamin’ (Manny Faces Remix)
8. Nas ft Olu Dara - Bridging the Gap (Manny Faces Remix)
9. Jay-Z - 99 Problems (Manny Faces Remix)
10. Busta Rhymes ft Frank Sinatra - New York Sh*t (Manny Faces Remix)
11. Keysha Cole ft Missy Elliot & Lil’ Kim - Let It Go (Manny Faces Remix)
12. Ciara - 1, 2 Step (Manny Faces Remix)
13. T-Pain ft Akon - Bartender (Manny Faces Remix)
14. Usher ft Ludacris & Lil Jon - Yeah (Manny Faces Remix)
15. Timbaland ft Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are (Manny Faces Remix)
16. The Mamas and The Papas ft Tupac - California Dreamin’ (Manny Faces Remix)
17. Outro + Not So Hidden Manny Faces Freestyle (Manny Faces Remix)

Don't sleep - some slick jams up in here.

Thursday, May 15, 2008

[video] Lloyd ft. Ludacris "This Is How We Do It"

[video] Sue Simmons Drops The F Bomb

I wanna know what the fuck they were doing? She sounded amped when she said it.

Gotta love New York anchorpeople. Word is she was saying it to the anchorman seated next to her, but who knows what dude was doing. In any case, it looks like WNBC respects her gully, too.

On That Leak: Vast Aire "The Crush"

Vast Aire "The Crush" (prod. by Melodius Monk): This was a track from the Deuces Wild sessions that ended up not making it on the LP. Props to Matt for this one.

Deuces Wild will be available on June 24th.

sin ft. BB King "The Thrill Is Gone"

sin ft. BB King "The Thrill Is Gone": This is one of the first cats I interviewed, back when The Flow Mag was still going on. I'm gonna re-interview him at some point. Anyways, he flips a classic Blues cut into his own thing on this one - and rocks the whole track without cursing. This is going to be dropping on a forthcoming North Carolina to Germany -- more info on that when I get it.

sin, you a goddamn bully on this one! OH, and yes, dude is on the forthcoming rock the dub compilation. You already know!

[video] The Love Guru

New Mike Myers flick, in theaters June 20th:

[video] Cymarshall Law & Mr Joeker "I'm An MC"

related: [rock theh dub Interview]: Cymarshall Law

Ther Herbaliser ft. Jean Grae "Street Karma"

The Herbaliser ft. Jean Grae "Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale)": 1) Is Jean Grae officially retired? 2) How come The Herbaliser's forthcoming album, Same As It Never Was, is listed as being released on !K7, as opposed to Ninja Tune? I guess it's good to know that Ninja Tune has still linked to it on their site - anyone got any info on this? The only thing that's said on their MySpace page is the following: "We’re very happy to announce that promos for our new record have been sent out and it’s due to be released on the 26th May. After 13 great years with Ninjatune, we feel that now is a good time to try something new so it will be released on !k7 Records"... I guess that's all that's needed to be said?

In any case, the collaborations Jean and The Herbz create always get me going. I always wondered why she never did more EP/album projects with them. Whatever that's all about, it's probably moot, but we do have this track to tide us over.

Watch out for Same As It Never Was - they have this vocalist, Jessica Darling, who is doing some great vocal work for them. Tracks have that Sharon Jones/Dap-Kings/Joss Stone/Amy Winehouse/Big Band feel to them. Funny enough, as much as they are trying to do something a bit different, this is not a crazy departure - the cinematic jams are on here, and while the project is a tad "less Hip-Hop" than their other releases, this is by no means "HERBALISER GONE MAINSTREAM"... just great music. I need to cop this when it drops, and add Take London to the list of albums I never bought for no good reason.

Presto State Of The Art [review]

I love when producers I had never heard of, like Presto, blow me out of the water with something amazing they've created. I love it even more when I get their album in the mail, and it's even slicker than I imagined it would be. Track-fi-track, maayne...

Nice, quick jazzy intro. Sounds like something that would play on the menu screen from a DVD documentary about DJ Premier.

"Conquer Mentally" (ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor)
Wow. Talk about... wow. That jazz sample is perfect, especially on that cold ass beat. Sadat's verse is my favorite of this one, with him laying out his thoughts on his legacy and space in the game. Both O.C. and Extra P flex their skills as well. Beats like this, from the cuts to the overall melancholy funk this track emotes... wow, I don't know whether to cry or light a cigarette.

"Street Sport" (ft. Ark)
I remember hearing MF Doom use this sample years ago. Just a nice mixture of such a cool, relaxing melody and Ark's mellow fury.

"Pour Another Glass" (ft. Blu)
Another jazzy affair here. Perfect combination on here. I could see this one going off well at a grown ass club, kind of like the spot in D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" video.

"On" (ft. LOWD)
This track is dope, has a nice, dusty break underneath not much else. I'm not that big a fan of LOWD on the track, but I don't dislike him at all. I do not like his hook, though.

"The Pressure" (ft. Raashan Ahmad)
The keys on this sound like Lupe Fiasco's "Paris, Tokyo", but are closer to ATCQ than Lupe could ever be. Raashan sounds like how niggas rhymed back in '95.

"Higher" (ft. Mhax Montes)
I love that dude doesn't go for the big drums on that loop. So many producers would just go to the basic drums, all big and crisp. Nah, Presto keeps it simple, and just let's that soul flow. The fill might make you think it's gonna drop, but the beauty is in that lil' sample!

"Altered States" (ft. Wayward Saints)
Damn. Summer cookout anthem here. That airy keyboard, the flexing on the guitar. "Cool" doesn't even begin to describe it. A crime would be someone rapping to this track. Excellent.

"Mass Quality" (ft. J Theory)
Wow, dude must have a batch of tight beats sitting at his crib. I'm not up on J Theory, but he kicks some dope rhymes over this one. This has a New York feel to it. I love how the beat flips randomly in this one.

"What's What" (ft. Fatlip & Kim Hill)
There's Fatlip! There's some interesting sounds going on in this beat - has a nice, bouncy feel to it. 'Lip does his thing on this, but it's not necessarily his best rhyme. I never really bought him chattin' up chicks - especially after "Passin' Me By".

"Feel Me" (ft. T Weaponz)
Probably one of my least-favorite beats on here. The strings on this don't really go anywhere.

"Part Of Greatness" (ft. CL Smooth)
CL always comes correct over cuts like this. Neck-snappin' vibe on this one, with Smooth caressing the track so slyly. The piano twinkling in this sets it off.

"Let It Circulate" (ft. Dhurti Whoutr)
Another beautiful piano sample. That Nas on the hook works well, too. I'm not sold on dude on the mic, but again, he isn't murdering the track.

"Plain Jane" (ft. Kim Hill)
This beat sounds almost too-hard for this lovely voice... the contrast doesn't mesh for me here. I think she could have coasted over some of those more lush tracks Presto has created.

"Go" (ft. Trek Life)
Some dope inspirational rhymes for the Black youth of today.

"Still Here" (ft. IN-Q)
I love this instrumental. Those stabs sound like fat raindrops on a warm summer afternoon.

Damn. Dude takes it out like a heavy, blunted DJ Krush number on this one. This shit has the ill lurch to it.

"Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)" (ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor)
Extra P spreads his quality production to arguably the best cut on here. It's not better than the original, but has a nice, gritty feel to it, with that sleazy guitar and those horns. Nice take on this banger.

I used to buy albums just like this in the late '90s! I am so not mad at this. I feel like I did back when I was a teen, taping underground Hip-Hop from college radio, then hitting up mom & pop spots, digging for both the new releases and the sources they would sift through, looking for the perfect beat. Presto has the jazz, the boom-clack, the ear... dude is a producer that more of you MCs need to be giving your checks to.

rock the dub gives State Of The Art 4 out of 5 stars. Most of today's talent bubbles under the radar. Fortunately, with the cameos Presto has pulled, and the obvious talent dude has, he should be making it onto more projects than his own. Let's hope someone is listening to this.

Burn Deez: "Conquer Mentally", "Altered States", "Pour Another Glass", "Still Here"

State Of The Art is in stores June 17th. You can pre-order this album (which comes with a 2nd disc with the "Conquer Mentally"/"On" video on it) on Amazon.

N.E.R.D. Seeing Sounds Cover+Tracklist

Via 2DB:


1. Intro
2. Everyone Nose
3. Spaz
4. Time For Some Action
5. Kill Joy
6. Anti Matter
7. Happy
8. Sooner or Later
9. Windows
10. Yeah You
11. You Know What
12. I Can’t Get It Out My Head
13. Someday I’ll Laugh About It
14. Laser Gun Carrying
15. Love Bomb

The LP is scheduled to drop on June 10th. That's two weeks... leak soon? "Spazz" has already leaked (it's the hybrid Hip-Hop/Jungle cut in those Zune commercials), as has the remix to "Everyone Nose", ft. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pusha T, so I would imagine, if that June 10th date sticks, we should be seeing this one shortly...

Still Doin' Bad Things

Remember when I brought you this video? Andrew FSD just hit me with a link to a new part of the story: Latarian is still doing bad things - this time, he beat on his grandmother in a Walmart for not getting him some chicken wings:

I figured something was up. Now the kid is going for a mental eval. I can only imagine what kind of early childhood he had to a) be now living with his grandma and b) keep wylin' like he does. Maybe he is bi-polar? Whatever he is, this is the gulliest 7 yr old alive.

[video] Soulja Girl vs. Ludachrist

related: [video] "Soulja Girl" Is Bi-Polar? \ [video] Hoodrats Gone Wild

[video] Stack Bundles The Rockstar Trailer

Peep this trailer to a forthcoming documentary on Stack Bundles (RIP):

Bonus Beats: Stack Bundles "Breaking Up" \ Stack Bundles "Lost In The Rock" [via 2DB]

[video] EverLiven Sound ft. Mary Lou "So Cruel"

Muja Messiah ft. Slug "O'Silly Me"

Muja Messiah ft. Slug & HAP "O'Silly Me": Here's the radio edit version of this cut that you should have heard on the MPLS Massacre mixtape. You can't front on a bangin' beat and fire lyrics, period. For those lookin' to catch Muja live, he's co-headlining the Fifth Element Stage at Soundset 08 in Minneapolis. His album Thee Adventures Of A B-Boy D-Boy will be coming out on Black Corners on July 29th.

Bonus Beats: Most Official ft. Muja Messiah "Do The Math (Remix)"

Wordsmith "Quest For My Existence"

Wordsmith "Quest For My Existence" (prod. by Professa): Off of his forthcoming HipHopDX/DJ Denox asssited The Mid-Year Review Mixtape, Wordsmith hit me with this introspective banger earlier today. The production on this one is a bit different, mixing some more electronic-sounding beats with some violins and such. Words goes deep within on the lyrics on this one, and should not be missed.

Skillz Design Of A Decade v.1 (The 90s)

New mixtape from Skillz, with DJ J Period & Don Cannon (via Shake & Eskay, by way of Skillz' OKP blog):

Now I don’t do that many mixtapes, I think I may have like 5 or 6 to my credit. Maybe because I just dont really get inspired to spit over whats hot right now and leak it to the world. I feel like doing something special when I do something, something that will stand out from what else is being done at the moment. Picture me rapping over Lollipop right now?? LOL, aint happening homie! So I came up with this idea to do a mixtape series on decades of music. I had to start with the 90’s cuz that music influenced me the most. And when I started pulling songs it was a zillion, I couldn’t decide on which ones that I wanted to do. So these songs are me paying respect to the cats who inspired me. I still get in the car and pick a week where I just listen to one artist all week whenever Im in the car so I can remember how I felt when I first heard those songs. Like last week I listened to Eric B & Rakim all week long, every song, every album. It helps to inspire me ya know? I can’t get inspired by what I hear on the radio. I titled the songs by their initials so you wont know what I did over until to hear the actual song, so check it out, ride with it (it plays perfect in a ipod) vibe to it and hopefully I can make you feel the way I felt while making it. Shout to Cannon & J. Period for making it with me…look out for future volumes cuz I can do these joints all day long!! LOL! Make a playlist and rock out to…

DOWNLOAD [mirror]


1. Million Dollar Backpack (Intro)
2. Where I Been
3. Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know feat. Freeway
4. So Far So good feat. Common and Talib Kweli
5. Sick
6. (For Real) He Don’t Own Me
7. My Phone
8. Yeah Ya Know It
9. Hold Tight feat. The Roots
10. Crazy World
11. I’m Gon Make It
12. Be Alright
13. Hip Hop Died
14. Preaching To The Choir

Do the right thing and grab this, early.

Foul Mouth Jerk Streetlight Music [review]

While I love new Hip-Hop, I am an Old School head at heart. When I heard Foul Mouth Jerk's new joint was called Streetlight Music, I was instantly intrigued, hoping that dude really keeps it park jam and fly on this album...

"Streetlight Music"
Has all the pre-req sounds, even throws in that KRS-One "power from the streetlight made the place DARK" sample in there. Nice intro cut.

"The Jerk's Theme"
Hot use of an Eddie Murphy sample. One thing that cracks me up about MCs that brag on the weed they smoke is lines like "chain-smoking $20 sacks"... is that possible? Definitely some "pothead comments" in there.

"NJ Transit" (ft. El Da Sensei)
How can I hate on a track that's a tribute to my homestate. El and FMJ definitely encapsulate New Jeru in this one, especially the Hip-Hop side of NJ. Club Sensations ftw. Even though FMJ now reps North Carolina, you can tell by his dirty steez that dude is NJ bred, through and through.

"Small Town USA" (ft. Masta Ace)
Gotta love when cats show love to the smaller cities in the US that still hold it down when Hip-Hop acts come to perform for them. Sad thing is, I hardly ever see these niggas come to my area. It's always Princeton, Camden, Newark. Trenton, NJ has one of the best arenas in the country, yet I've seen more comedians there than Hip-Hop acts. This is an ill tribute, though.

"Surrounded By Criminals"
OK, who let the stop snitchin' track in the door? Very unexpected, but I guess "streetlight" is more than just block parties and stolen electricity? Regardless, this seems out of place... And yes, they do drop the Biggie sample in here.

"One Room Shack"
I love that loop in this. So damn funky - if they just took that 2-bar loop and made that the beat, shit would have been ON! I remember this one cat I used to work with had a one room shack - well, it was technically a two-room shack, but the 2nd room only had a light and a mic in it. I drank Natty Lights and smoked some fluffy weed up in that spot. Also the first spot I watched Fight Club in, but yeah. You didn't necessarily want to be chillin' over there.

"Neighborhood Drug Dealer"
I mean, I know niggas who dealt drugs back in the day, and I have no beef with them, but trying to play these niggas like they are the working everyman like any other hardworking individual misses the mark completely. And yes, they drop the KRS sample in here.

"Day One" (ft. Grandmaster Caz & TopRamen)
As much as I love the old school, and really wanted to be into this, the beat just kind of plods on. Hearing Caz on a track is always welcome, though - dude hasn't lost a step.

"The Decider"
The only interlude on here is a bunch of "Bushisms" that never gets old.

"Culture Of Life (Jesus Doesn't Give A Shit)"
This track epitomizes "real talk". Dude goes in on our government and everything that we are fucking up today. I like the line about our country being headed by CEOs, giving new meaning to "the executive branch". I have a cousin going to Iraq next month... its such a wild feeling. I hate so much about our government, but they are the ones sending one of my own off to fight in this war. My cousin is a man, and makes his own decisions... I just want him to come back in one piece.

"Played Out"
Dude spends a whole song breaking down shit he liked in the early 90's, with the punchline being that he is played out by today's standards.

"Lost In The Sauce" (ft. Breez Evahflowin')
Sick beat, and these two just attack it. Peep Breez on the 2nd verse, with his seemingly endless comic book references.

"Mr. Green" (ft. Hardy Cooper)
This one is for you ganjalists. I like the Clue reference in the chorus. This one is to be played when you are blowing trees out of a phat water pipe in a college dorm on a lazy afternoon.

"Take The Money & Run" (ft. Tao Principle)
The best thing about this track is the Cutty Ranks sample in the intro.

"The Hard Part (Remix)" (ft. MURS & Gus McGuillicutty)
Solid track, but honestly, there's not much to grab on to here, even though all MCs provide solid verses.

"Monopoly (Remix)"
Surprising track here. A remix where the beat is pretty much taken out. The storyline is accented by soundbites and some cat playing the role of the dude FMJ is speaking. Kind of a like a Hip-Hop radio serial program. I dug this one.

See, there's kind of a ying and a yang with FMJ. While I love his old school aesthetic, and dude is definitely a talented cat on the mic, his virtues can also be seen as his faults. While he is definitely a dope old school head, a lot of the themes and thoughts he brings out have been done time and again. And while he is a nice lyricist, he has some spotty lines in here (e.g. he makes a comment about stackin' "more dead presidents than Mt. Rushmore"; Mt. Rushmore has 4 dead presidents on it, so anyone with a $5 bill in their pocket fits that bill, although that's not what he was trying to get across). I do love that he has the ability to stay on topic for an entire song, but if the topic is played, what good is it?

rock the dub gives Streetlight Music a 3.5 out of 5 stars. FMJ is talented, and when he comes with interesting and off-the-mark topics, he shines. It's when he falls back on unnecessary or, in his words, played out themes where he falters.

Burn Deez: "Culture Of Life", "Small Town USA", "Monopoly (Remix)", "Lost In The Sauce"

Streetlight Music is available NOW! Hit up FMJ's MySpace page for more details on him and how to cop it.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 16

badmammal carrying a deranged gospel choir [review]

lord knows i miss good idm. badmammal, aka chris matule, is a cat i had only known as doing drum & bass (his track "rickshaw" on this ohm vs. offshore 12" is epic). he hit me out of the blue one day, with a gutter idm/hip-hop hybrid that will see the light of day in the future on rock the dub, and then sent me this cd. carrying a deranged gospel choir is dope, plain and simple. oh, and since he wrote nothing in capital letters on the cd packaging, i am choosing to refrain from hitting the shift key to capitalize any letters in this track-by-track review.

a lot of idm cds usually come off with some subtle track that builds to a fever-pitch. "commando" isn't a normal idm cd intro. a cavalcade of guitars, stuttering drums, piano twinkles and loads of other sounds bring on a frolicking, summer day in a dark park kind of vibe. it's almost, dare i say, happy.

"french conversation"
ok, what gives? where is the "techno-nerd trapped in the box" vibes of so many other idm releases? here i get found vocal snippets of someone introducing me to a french convo, and all of the sudden some glitched-out jungle breaks and heavy subs come floating in. the percussive elements in this one bring on a slick groove.

"gonna move"

that guitar in the beginning sounds like the intro to some eye-liner rock song about revenge. but, in typical badmammal flavor, dude brings in the fuzz. damn, the melodies in this one are what intrigues me the most. dude is almost on some aphex twin shit, really working some hypnotic, ear-catching melodies into his otherwise 'out-there' cuts.

"broken amp"
deep drop on that bass when it comes in. i love the horn in this one! very bouncy track, while still maintaining some somber washes in it. one of my favorites on this. downright jazzy in some spots, too.

"beach song"
this is the first song i could truly hear vocals over. some jarvis cocker, tongue-in-cheek ditty about fat people on a beach or some shit. i also see some guitar chick with 80's hair (remember wendy & lisa, who used to play with prince? i don't remember which one played the guitar, but her) playing that riff.


this is that trapped in a box idm vibe i used to get off of autechre tracks. cuts like this are perfect for playing claustrophobic or outer-space levels in games like doom. another fav. i dare someone to make a dubstep rmx of this.

do you think dude purposefully made this track 3 minutes and 33 seconds long? doesn't matter. i love the drums in this one. the snare roll gets me every time. i also dig the start-stop throughout this sneaky trip.

"big hills"
this one has garage band written all over it. not in terms of it being crap, it's far from it, but it reminds me of sitting on speakers at my cousin's next door neighbor's house, while his band would be working on their demos and shit. this is like "that jam". really heavy, road trip scenery soundtrack music.

"song s"
this is one of the tracks that was written in austria. i know fuck all about austria, but more people should go there and write dark, drum-drenched ditties like this. that kick is like a heartbeat... on weed!

heavy electro jam. this is like electro-dub, and i love it. dude has a real feel for space within his songs.

"aging digital hero"
that instrument in the beginning transports you to the dojo of a mighty, gray-haired sensei. this is one of those jams that is a sparring match with your master, making sure you still have it...

...and with the way this cd rolls out, badmammal better not lose it. this is an interesting trek through a genre that many might not be checking for anymore. i know i wasn't. now i have to go hunting for more stellar idm like this... or just go buy more badmammal release.

rock the dub gives carrying a deranged gospel choir 4.5 out of 5 stars. it's that damn good. loads of feeling within this release, and it's not just a boy and his pc - real live instruments are played, adding to the digital soul that badmammal has produced.

burn deez: "broken amp", "song s", "skydive", "orange"

carrying a deranged gospel choir is available now for $10 from the goodluck/badluck online store, as well as on cd baby. it's also available on itunes.
goodluck/badluck podcast

[video] Birdman ft. Lil' Wayne "I Run This (Remix)"

Raekwon ft. Ghostface "Necro"

Raekwon ft. Ghostface "Necro" [clean / dirty]: Wow. Word from Shake is that this is going to be dropping on OB4CL2. Wherever it ends up, it's a fucking slick track. Drenched in that classic RAGU, I am so happy that this ended up in my inbox. Large up to Alex.

[video] "Soulja Girl" Is Bi-Polar?

related: [video] Hoodrats Gone Wild

[video] Usher Interview On Radio 1

The mighty Tim Westwood sits down with Usher:

[video] Dynamie MC "What!!!"

One of my favorite MCs out of the UK, Dynamite MC apparently has a new project on the horizon?!:

[video] Spec Boogie "Machine Gun Remix"

Spec Boogie has flipped Portishead's "Machine Gun" on this one; this is from his Dollar Sign Language mixtape, which I heard a rough cut of today actually. Fire forreal:

The Icon: Madonna Tribute Mash-Up w/ Nina B

Nina B has completed a tribute mash-up mixtape in honor of Madonna. Intersting mix, especially for those who grew up on Madonna tracks. Check it out:



1) Intro
2) Candy Shop
3) Material Girl
4) Into The Groove
5) New York
6) Come Together
7) Rap Star
8) Dress You Up
9) Lucky Star
10) Hollywood
11) Frozen
12) Hey You
13) Bad Girl
14) Outro
15) Bonus: 4 Minutes

Let me know what you think.

[video] RJD2 KarmaloopTV Interview

Part 1

Part 2

[video] N.E.R.D. "Everyone Nose"

Skraight jacked from Rizoh.

On That Leak: Bun B "You're Everything"

Bun B ft. Rick Ross, David Banner, 8Ball & MJG "You're Everything": II Trill has leaked, and I'm digging it. This is my immediate favorite. I don't know if it's the smooth feel of this one or the Jodeci (?) sample in the chorus, but I'm rewinding this one back all day.

[video] Skyzoo "The Necessary Evils"

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

[video] Kim Kardashian Cellulite Removal

Ayo, whomever thinks she needs to remove some cellulite is a herb:


[video] G-Unit on 106 & Park

[video] Mariah Carey on Ellen

She speaks about her Nick Cannon marriage and whatnot:

[video] Nas Interviews

Yesterday, I posted up an interview Nas had with DJ Clue (clue, clue, clue), and then OnSMASH pops up with two more. Check 'em:

Exclusive OnSMASH Interview, Part 1

Nas and Green Lantern, Part 1

[video] Question? "Dance Like A White Boy"

I hit you guys up with his Xanax mixtape the other day:

You whiteboys know that's how you get down.

I also got word today that Question? is pulling a Crooked I and plans on releasing 90 freestyles over 90 '90's era instrumentals in 90 days. The first is "Tha Shiznit". Keep it locked to his blog and his MySpace for more of the "90 Daze" series.

[video] Maroon 5 ft. Rihanna "If I Never See Your Face Again"

[video] Vanessa Carlton Performance Reel

Peep this EPK from INC Records artist Vanessa Carlton. I don't normally vibe off chicks like her, but seeing her on MTV Cribs flipped the script. Wifey loves her shit, too. Nice signing, Irv:

Her last album dropped kind of quiet...

Vintage Lincoln With Mink Squirrel Seats

Idle Warship ft. Chester French "Fall Back"

Idle Warship ft. Chester French "Fall Back": We'll see if she follows this advice after today's primary. Democratic Party should have been done already. Such a bad look for whomever gets the nod. November is like, right there.

Ready Fire Am This Changes Nothing Album Info

For fans of acts like Nine Inch Nails and Depeche Mode, this group Ready Fire Aim (aka Sage Rader and Stakka) should be right up your alley. Think melancholy lyrics set to twisted, industrial-esque sounds with a better sheen and polish. The reason I am initially drawn to this is because of Stakka's DnB history, having done loads of forward-thinking neuro DnB cuts with Skynet under various names and on various labels (their album Clockwork is a classic), as well as his recent album Deep with DJ DB under the moniker Ror-Shak. With Sage's background as a poet, author, actor, political commentator and other fields lending some heavy lyrics to the mix, this is something you fans of the aforementioned styles of Rock shouldn't miss. Peep out the tracklist:

1. “End Of Over”
2. “Wannabe Your”
3. “Beautiful Thing”
4. “Welcome Home”
5. “So Fine”
6. “As If It Were That Easy”
7. “I Would For You”
8. “Laff It Up”
9. “Happy Love Song”
10. “Shouldn't Oughta”
11. “Better You Than Me”
12. “Lush But Dark”

In listening to the album, it varies in styles: for every dark track like "End Of Over", you get a boppin' 80's synth cut like "Beautiful Thing". It's all over, touching on IDM, a bit of the New Order-sounding club tracks, and each track is thick with rich emotion from Sage on the vocals.

As a bonus treat, check out this Plus Move remix of "So Fine", via RCD LBL.

This Changes Nothing is in stores on May 27th on Expansion Team Records.

Genji Siraisi Surviving Freedom Album Info

Groove Collective's composer, producer, programmer, performer and one of the founding members, Genji Siraisi, has a new project dropping next week entitled Surviving Freedom (Uncensored Remixes & Naughty Bits), which is an extended remix EP of his 2007 album, Censorsh!t: Pt.1 Bad Monkey. Fans of Groove Collective take note: this is a hard left to what he was doing with them. Loads of heavy IDM tapestries are woven on here, as we are treated to some glitch-hop, downtempo, ambient and minimal tracks from both Siraisi and an assortment of producers. Check out the tracklist:

1. “Ring Free Baby (Balun "Next Summer" Re-Interpretation)”
2. “TransfiguRingFreeWish (Pushtobreak Remash)”
3. “Wishing In Solitude (no luck club Mix)”
4. “Life As A Bird”
5. “Four Letter Scan (Q-Burns Abstract Message Remix)”
6. “I Used To”
7. “Surviving Freedom (Alex Moulton Mix)”
8. “Surviving Freedom”
Tracks 9-12: bonus four-part exclusive DJ Set recorded under Siraisi’s Pushtobreak moniker

I've been out of the IDM loop for a minute, but cats like Q-Burns Abstract Message are very familiar to me, and his flip of "Four Letter Scan" is a nice, mid-tempo funky house vibe. The no luck club remix on this is an interesting, jazzy track with some crazy drum work. Not crazy like "glitching all over the woofers" crazy, just some dirtier, snappier vibes than what you'd imagine. The whole disc has something for everyone who digs the leftfield Electronic vibes, but the real treat is the exclusive live set that Siraisi does under his Pushtobreak guise. Dude is all over the place, sonically, but everything is tied together by some wild digital string.

Fans who love hearing that quirky, experimental shit, I say grab this up when it is released digitally on May 20th on Expansion Team Records.