Archive for 06/01/2008 - 07/01/2008
The self-proclaimed hip-hop supergroup is comprised of Lateef the Truth Speaker (Quannum Projects), Headnodic (Crown City Rockers), and Gift of Gab (Blackalicious), and they will release their first album on Def Jux this October, entitled Droppin' Science Fiction. In addition to MF Doom, guests include DJ Shadow, Mr. Lif, and Damian "JR Gong" Marley, among others.
Bonus Beats: The Mighty Underdogs "Anthem" [mirror]
Via Nah Right.
Termanology ft. Bun B "How We Rock" (prod. by DJ Premier): Tracks like these are the stuff of dreams for Hip-Hop heads on the 'Net. Termanology's Politics As Usual drops on September 30th via S.T Records/Nature Sounds, with production from Primo, Pete Rock, The Alchemist, Hi-Tek, Havoc, Nottz, Buckwild, Large Professor & Easy Mo Bee. More word on this when I get it!
Shouts to Matt for this one, as per usual!
How many stories like the death of "Scooter" Pikes, or the recent hospitalization of Mace Hutchinson, both involving excessive use of a taser, do we need to hear before we question the authorities? I can understand the use of a taser to subdue an unruly citizen, I get that, and prefer it over more lethal weaponry. My thing is, after two, maybe 3 shots with the taser (depending on height & weight), when does a cop just say "OK, let's try something else"? When does it step over the line of trying to get a situation under control and become police brutality?
9 times surely seems like it was over the limit, and that killed Pikes. 19 times is far too many, and luckily Hutchinson is alive, albeit suffering from a laundry list of ailments, including a serious fall that the tasering delayed.
If I went out and had a dispute with 5-0, and I felt threatened, legally had a taser on me and shot the cop with it, could I get off on a light rap? I highly doubt it. I seriously feel as its us against them. My thing is, my hood isn't nearly as bad as other spots in my area, and yet I get double looks from cops when I don't fit any kind of description. Shit like that makes a nigga feel like, while my taxes go to pay their checks, they could give fuck-all about me.
And then they wonder why people in the US can't trust them. Look at the timeless issues people in general (not just based on color/sexuality) have had against the authorities. And there are good cops out there, but it feels like the cats who are whupping upside your head or repeatedly electrocuting you are outnumbering the cats who help old ladies cross the street, walk the city beat and truly give a damn about our communities.
Hopefully we can see an end to these excessive forms of police brutality.
I had a busy weekend and din't think I'd get a chance to do this, then suddenly around 11PM Friday night, I got hit with some inspiration. I wonder why cats are doing remixes of M.I.A.'s "Paper Planes" NOW!? In any case, loads of freestyles that I dug dropped in the last few weeks, so I included my favorites, alongside from fresh flavors from the likes of the GZA, Spec Boogie, Elucid, Nov Ganon, A.R.M., Amanda Diva, Big Boi, Rhymefest and others, including the full version of Joe Budden's "Who". Check it!
rock the dub radio: episode 025
(MP3 / beatplexity mirror)
01/M.I.A. ft. Freeway "Paper Planes (Remix)"
02/Esso "Paper Planes"
03/Butta Verses "Officer Ross"
04/Redman "I Run My Block Freestyle"
05/Theo "Grammy Family Freestyle"
06/Joe Budden "Addiction Freestyle"
07/Rukus "Addiction Freestyle"
08/MF Doom "Sniper Elite"
09/Ghostface Killah "Murder Goons"
12/Amanda Diva "Night Flights"
13/Big Boi ft. Mary J. Blige "Sumthins Gotta Give"
14/J Dilla "Oxtopus Boom Boom"
15/J Dilla ft. Nottz & Boogieman "Fight Club"
16/Nov Ganon "Get Loose"
17/Andre 3000 x Che Grand "Airtight Ninja"
18/Elucid "Mannequin (Dead Fresh)"
19/Spec Boogie "S.B."
20/Spec Boogie & Elucid On Crack Distributors Radio
21/Vordul Mega ft. Vast Aire "AK47"
22/NoCanDo "Black Captain America"
23/Mos Def "Twilight Speedball (Live)"
24/Skillz ft. Truck North "Yeah Ya Know It"
24/Rashid Hadee "Get Mine"
25/Rhymefest "Real Nigga Quotes"
26/Cy Yung "Stand & Da Liver"
27/Cormega ft. DJ Red Alert, PMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane "Fresh"
28/Nas x Styles P "Hope I'm Black"
29/The Game ft. Lil' Wayne "My Life (Alternate Version)"
30/Joe Budden "Who (Full Version)"
rock the dub radio: URL/RSS/iTunes.
Just like last year, Dr. Marvin Candle (or shall I say Pierre Chang) is back in another LOST teaser video; last year's vid was pretty wild, and ended up tying into the season very well, so I imagine this one will do the same:
Lostpedia has the complete rundown. You guys up for another ARG? Doc Arzt also has the full LOST panel, and EW has provided a bit of scoop, too.
Ludacris has had cuts leaking from this for the last few weeks, and it's finally here. Many heads are already jumping up and down over this one. You be the judge...
01. And Starring…
02. Still Spittin’
03. DTP Magic (Feat. Willy Northpole)
04. Get Up Get Out (Feat. Block Xchange)
05. So Thoro
06. The Vocalizer
07. Bigg Ass House
08. 2 Kings (Feat. I-20)
09. Politics As Usual
10. Look What I Got (Feat. Playaz Circle)
11. Pinky Shinin’ (Feat. Small World)
12. Sho’Nuff Revisited (Feat. Lil Fate)
13. Ordinary Negroes
14. Busta Rhymes - Throw It Up (Feat. Lil Wayne & Ludacris)
15. LA The DarkMan - Coogi Down (Feat. Willie The Kid)
16. I’m A Dog (Feat. Playaz Circle)
17. Smokin Big Kill (Feat. Shawnna)
18. Stay Together
19. We Ain’t Worried Bout You
20. Roll The Credits
21. Been Puttin On / Secret Song
Spotted over at BGDB, via OnSMASH.
Tricky "Council Estate (Drums of Death Remix)": I brought you the original in video form back in May, the South Rakkas Remix back in June, and now I bring you this glitchy, hyper mix from Drums of Death. Tracks like this will throw the dancefloor into a frenzy, especially with how the track flips around the 3:45 mark.
The single for "Knowle West Boy" drops in North America on August 5th, and will feature the aforementioned South Rakkas & Drums of Death mixes alongside a mix from Toddla T. Shouts to KCG for the links, and the info!
Bonus Beats: Tricky "Past Mistake"
Elucid told me they were on Crack Distributors a week or so ago, and I figured it'd be online. Looks like eskay got the drop on it:
Spec Boogie & Elucid Freestyle
Spec Boogie Interview
Taken from the Video Music Box 25th Anniversary Concert (7/18/08):
Lynn Whitfield's daughter, Grace Gibson, wrote this interesting piece after watching CNN's Black In America special:
Although I found this segment of “Black in America” to be highly informative for the general public, I was disappointed that the interviews in the section on what it is like to be biracial in America seemed to focus only on the more negative aspects. With the eyes of the world now on Barack Obama, I had hoped for a more balanced discussion on what a positive symbol a mixed race person can project.
Obama’s candidacy embodies change and hope for so many in this country of all generations, genders, races and cultures. His message of bringing us all together as Americans is enhanced by his mixed heritage. The biracial person personifies the breaking down of racial barriers that so many fought and died for in the civil rights movement. It is what Dr. Martin Luther King stood for and what his legacy of equality imparts to us today. So one should feel nothing but pride to be mixed in America.
If parents of biracial children are too concerned about what race their children identify and associate with, the only outcome will be confusion. They should rear their children to have enough self-esteem and self-confidence to be their own persons — encouraging them to be strong children who can grow up to be strong biracial adults.
There should be no need for them to say “I am black” or “I am white” because they are neither, yet they are both. Trying to force a choice is often done just to accommodate the people around them. Why should it be so difficult to understand that a person can be and take pride in two races, ethnically and culturally? Those who cannot accept this are perpetuating the kind of ignorance that would only resegregate society by taking away a positive symbol of integration, the mixed child, and restricting him or her to an either-or status.
In a world where a biracial man may well become the next President of the United States, all that a parent should be trying to instill in a child is pride in his or her race or races.
I am proud to be a child born to two loving, talented, creative people – a mother and father who happened to be of African-American and English descent, respectively. I do not feel confused at all nor do I have an identity crisis. I do not feel lost in society nor rejected by any race because I am all races in one.
I am the melting pot, and in our global society, soon all the children of the world will be a mixture of races as well. So why should we try to pick and choose what we want and don’t want our children to be? Why can’t we just accept our common humanity and try to refocus our energies on more pressing matters such as Hurricane Dolly in Texas, infected children in flooded Burmese streets, earthquake victims in China, AIDS patients in Sub-Saharan Africa or those here in Washington, D.C.?
As the world confronts these and other serious challenges to survival, why add more complications by trying to reduce a living symbol of racial harmony to a checked-box identity?
Really well thought out, I think. Definitely something to think about, with Obama on the cusp of becoming our fearless leader.
Rest in power goes out to Randy Pausch, the professor who's battle with pancreatic cancer was the inspiration for his "Last Lecture", which ended up taking the 'Net, and the world, by storm with its powerful message, even ending with him putting out a book. Truly a testament to positive thinking in today's negative world, dude had the right attitude.
Prof. Pausch died today at the age of 47. My condolences go out to his wife and children.
Carnegie Mellon has the entire hour plus lecture up on YouTube:
- The Game ft. Lil' Wayne "My Life" [No DJ/Extended version \ No DJ/Album version] [via 2DB]
- GZA "Paper Plate" (50 Cent Diss) [Bonus Beats: GZA "Alphabets"]
- Raekwon "Blood Missiles"
- Clipse Presents Re-Up Gang "Money" [Bonus Beats: Clipse Presents Re-Up Gang "
Money (alternate version)"]
- Ice Cube ft. The Game & WC "Get Used To It"
- Redman "I Run My Block Freestyle"
- Swizz Beats "That Oprah Freestyle"
- Lil' Kim "Lookin' Boy Freestyle"
- Ludacris "Put On Freestyle"
- Jadakiss "Freestyle"
- DMX "Soldier" [Bonus Beats: DMX "Already"]
- Cassidy "Circumstances" (No DJ)
- Max B "Cake"
- Ja Rule ft. Robin Thicke "Pushin' It"
- Joe Budden "Who (Part 3)" [Bonus Beats: Joe Budden "Who" (Full)]
- Lil' Wayne "Real Rap" (No DJ)
- Cormega ft. DJ Red Alert, PMD, Grand Puba, KRS-One & Big Daddy Kane "Fresh"
- Freeway "Freedom Of Speech" [Bonus Beats: Freeway "A 2 B" (prod. by Best Kept Secret) & Freeway "LL Freestyle"]
- Young Chris ft. Wale "Larger"
- Crooked I "Freak (NC-17)"
- Hurricane Chris ft. Lil' Wayne & Nicole Wray "Get Money (Remix)"
- Lupe Fiasco "The Commercial" (prod. by Soundtrakk)
- Usher "One Hand"
- Ne-Yo "Miss Independent"
- Akon "Right Now (Na Na Na)"
- Chris Brown "Electric Guitar"
- Nina Sky ft. Rick Ross "Curtain Call"
- Ciara ft. Ludacris "High Price"
- Cassie ft. Young Dro "2 The Morning"
- Angela Simmons "Center of Attention"
- Oscah "Lose You 2 Love You" (prod. by J. Slikk)
- PCD ft. Diddy, Fatman Scoop & Lil' Wayne "When I Grow Up (Darkchild Remix)" [PCD ft. Eve "When I Grow Up (Remix)"]
- Lloyd "Party All Over Your Body" (prod. by Polow Da Don) [Bonus Beats: Lloyd ft. Plies "Year Of The Lover (Remix)"]
- Beyonce ft. AZ "New Shoes (Remix)" [Bonus Beats: AZ "The Tecks On Deck"]
- Santogold ft. M.I.A. "Get It Up" (prod. by Radioclit) [Bonus Beats: M.I.A. ft. Freeway "Paper Planes (Remix)"]
- Joell Ortiz "Memories" (prod. by Salaam Remi)
- Rhymefest "Real Nigga Quotes" (prod. by DJ Premier) [Bonus Beats: Rhymefest "Bring It Back" (prod. by DJ Jazzy Jeff)]
- Madvillain "Monkey Suit" [Bonus Beats: Madvillian "Never Go Pop"] [via 2DB]
- Strong Arm Steady "Can't Let It Go" (prod. by DJ Khalil)
- Royce Da 5'9 "It's The New!!"
- Amanda Diva "Night Flights"
- Skillz ft. Black Thought "Hold Tight" (prod. by ?uestlove & James Poyser)
- Reks ft. Termanology & Consequence "Premonition"
- Vordul Mega ft. Vast Aire "AK47"
- Naledge "What's Going On"
- Rashid Hadee "Get Mine" (prod. by J. Slikk)
- Elucid "Mannequin (Dead Fresh)" (prod. by Hudson Mowhawke)
- Spec Boogie "S.B."
- S.O.U.L. Purpose "Stop Playin'"
- Asher Roth "Throw The Water On 'Em Freestyle"
- Theo "Grammy Family Freestyle"
- Rukus "Addiction Freestyle"
- Butta Verses "Officer Ross (Biggest Fraud Freestyle)"
- Sugar Tongue Slim "Demand More Freestyle #2"
- Esso "Paper Planes"
- A.R.M. "Uprisin'" [Bonus Beats: A.R.M. "Delilah"]
- Nov Ganon "Get Loose"
- Muja Messiah "At All Cost (My Economics)" (prod. by Che Vicious)
- Wiz Khalifa "Make It Hot"
- Add-2 "Black Amerikkka" (prod. by Slot-A)
- 870 ft. Young Buck & C-Side "Money"
- BK Cyph ft. Shakespeare "Getcha Money" (prod. by RL)
- Dub "Birthday Boy" (prod. by Battle Roy) [Bonus Beats: Dub "Put It On A Show"]
- One Day As A Lion "If You Fear Dying"
- Neon Hitch "My Book"
- RZA "Afro Samurai Resurrection Promo Audio"
- Solomon Childs ft. RZA & Mark Ronson "You Do It Yourself"
- Friske & Perpetuum "Step Up"
- Chromeo "Tenderoni (MSTRKRFT Remix)" [Bonus Beats: Chromeo "Needy Girl (Lifelike Edit)"]
HERE'S SOME ISH YOU PROBABLY MISSED...
- K-Salaam & Beatnick Whose World Is This? Sampler
- 6th Sense Just Do It: A Mixtape Ode To Nike
- Mary Anne Hobbs & Dub Police - Radio One (5/21/08)
- Murs & 9th Wonder Sweet Lord
- DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #26
- Cynergy Soundz & J Slikk Present Foreign Currency
With Madvillainy 2 info announced this week, I've been on some DOOM shit...
MF Doom "Dead Bent"
In any case, enjoy your beautiful weekend. Kali, enjoy your birthday, ma!
You guys hear Gov. Schwarzenegger's plan to cut the salaries of California state workers to minumum wage?! How insane is that! Dude is taking that Terminator shit seriously, eh? I mean, don't shit on the cats who work for the state because you and your suit-and-tie butt buddies couldn't get a proper budget on the table by July 1st.
Reminds me of a story I was reading today about my home state's plan to save $180,000 by, get this, eliminating the use of paper calendars within the state offices. Granted, yes, they say "oh, there are so many online calendars one can use", but there has to be a host of cuts that could save a boatload of funds that the state ends up blowing yearly. We're in a serious pickle, debt-wise, and we end up doing nickel & dime savings? What's $180G's savings when we are in a much deeper hole? That's like throwing a Lifesavers candy to a drowning man.
And the people are always to blame. We need to flip the systems within our country, do some massive belt-tightening, and reorganize. Not cut the funds of people who are working for you, or cutting out things that people need.
"Theo x U-N-I"
"RI Sound Session 2008"
Theo will be on Crack Distributors Radio on 7/30/08, and performing with U-N-I for the RE-UP Gang Album Release Event @ The Highline Ballroom on August 12th. The Birth is set to drop on 08/08/08 as well. To keep up with all things Theo, make sure you peep his MySpace.
Fat Beats will be putting out Bumpy Knuckles' 14-year overdue Crazy Like A Foxxx 2CD-opus on July 29th. This thing has been sitting on the MCA shelves since '93, literally. Most of this is previously unheard, and not necessarily for the public's consumption, but fans of Freddie Foxxx are going to be flippin' over a lot of the tracks on this album.
DISC 1: JAILHOUSE VERSION
1. Can't Break Away
2. Crazy Like a Foxxx (Ultramagnetic dis)
4. So Tough (video mix)
5. Daddy Boot Knock
6. Project Mice
7. Jailhouse Rock
8. Killa (feat. 2Pac)
9. Meet Some Skins
11. Shotty in the Back
13. Funk in yo Brain
14. Step (feat. Chuck D of Public Enemy)
15. Do What You Gotta Do
16. Pressure on the Brain
17. Rev Glock (skit)
18. Rev Glock
19. Crazy Like a Foxxx (alternate mix)
DISC 2: DITC VERSION
1993 Demo Version Produced by Showbiz, Lord Finesse, & Buckwild
2. Call of the Wild
3. Can't Break Away
4. Click Click
5. 8 Bars to Catch a Body
6. Project Mice
7. Rev. Glock
8. Crazy Like a Foxxx
9. Man Destroys Man
10. Pressure on the Brain
11. Who is the Middle Man
12. Cook a Niggaz Ass (feat. Kool G Rap)
Don't think this will be hot? Check out this preview of the album, and get back to that sick Hip-Hop that's all but lost today. Shouts to Michelle for the info.
When I read Chris Rock's interview with Rolling Stone earlier this year (I believe), I had a feeling he was going to be doing a new special before the election; now I get word that Kill The Messenger, his forthcoming 90 minute stand-up special, will be premiering on HBO on September 27th. I cannot wait. Expect a shitload of election drama, with some Jesse Jackson and Don Imus thrown in to boot, I'd imagine.
Props to Tenny for the heads up.
Sugar Tongue Slim "Demand More Freestyle #2": This week, STS flips Pacific Division's "Fat Boys", breakin' down his style game. Gotta love how this is essentially the flipside to the post I did previously, but hey that's how it goes sometimes.
related: Sugar Tongue Slim - Demand More #1
Elucid "Mannequin (Dead Fresh)": Homey took it to the left this week. And damn is it fly, even though its a pointed take on cats who spend their ends to look like those adult-sized dolls you see in store windows. I actually end up laughing at cats who rock exclusive ugly-wear, while I go to Walmart and grab up some cargo shorts and keep it moving.
Did you miss my interview with Elucid?
You gotta know where you came from to know where the fuck you're going. This release (Foreign Currency), which has been upped for you for free, can be seen as the beginning of the BPA clique. Cynergy Soundz & J. Slikk split production on this, and it features hot bars from the likes of Cy Yung (his first collabo with Slikk, "Heaven 2 Me", is on here), Asylum 7, The Life and a host of others, as well as interludes, instrumentals and a whole host of Soulful Hip-Hop. Period. Mind you, this is three years old, so if you keep it locked to the new BPA material, you can definitely chart the growth, ya dig?
Foreign Currency 2 will be out, hopefully by this time next year. I'll keep you posted.
My homey Soulbrotha will be performing LIVE at this event on Friday in Houston. Here are the details:
Time and Place Date: Friday, July 25, 2008
Time: 7:00pm - 11:00pm
Location: Holiday Inn Hotel
Street: 11160 Southwest Freeway
City/Town: Houston, TX
For questions and other info call: 281.300.8865
Also have some things in the works with SB... I'll keep you posted!
01. M.O.P. Feat. Busta Rhymes, Tephlon & Remy Ma - Ante Up (Remix)
02. M.O.P. - Ante Up (Tittsworth Remix)
03. Ludacris - Move Bitch (DJ Neoteric Remix)
04. Just Blaze - Friday Night (Titts Bonus Beats)
05. Justice - D.A.N.C.E. (Tittsworth Remix)
06. Daft Punk - Technologic
07. Outkast Feat. Sleepy Brown - The Way You Move
08. Chromeo - Opening Up
Get your workout on to this.
The wait is finally over. Grab this for free, then cop Murs For President on September 30th.
Rashid Hadee "Get Mine" (prod. by J. Slikk): Yesterday I brought you an R&B number from Oscah that Slikk produced, now here's a slick collabo from Chi-town MC Rashid Hadee and J. Slikk, from Slikk's forthcoming compilation Flavor Spectrum, which will be out for free.99 this Fall (sampler should be dropping in two weeks or so, followed by a host of other things). Nice classic vibe here in the beat, and Rashid wastes no time speaking on that paper chase focus he has. Ill meeting of the minds, don't try to snooze.
A.R.M. "Uprisin'": Meka dropped "Delilah" yesterday, and I got hit with that cut and this track in my inbox today. I love hearing MCs from other regions, especially the motherland, catchin' wreck. Make sure you keep up with both Krukid & M.anifest, as well as Budo on the boards, as they are a force to be reckoned with!
Spec Boogie "S.B.": You already know; Spec's Warning Shot for today comes in the form of homeboy coasting over this flute-laced banger. You gotta love how he takes something simple, like shortening his name to S.B., and flips it into a whole rhyme... just listen to it.
This Marco Polo-produced banger is from One Dae's Daes & Times album, which features appearances from Sean Price, Evidence and C-Rayz Walz, as well as beats from Domingo, M-Phazes, Ayatollah & Marco Polo:
One Dae also has his The ScrapBook mixtape (which is hosted by Sean Price) available for purchase from his MySpace page; for those who want a preview, here are two free tracks from the mixtape, which features Coalmine's DJ Dutchmaster and Bekay.
Shouts to KONCEPT for the heads up!
Oscah "Lose You 2 Love You" (prod. by J. Slikk): This is the first single from Oscah's 1st EP with BPA, Reinventing The Soulstar, which is produced by J. Slikk & Cynergy Soundz. Beautiful Soul vibes on this one, don't even sleep. This EP is out in November IN STORES (well, in Best Buy & FYE so far), and this track willbe hitting major radio markets, so if you see this on your playlist, call in and request!
I have something special for you fans of the Montreal/NY duo Chromeo out in the UK. Word is that San Miguel Hidden Depths is throwing a series of five one-off music and media events in London and Manchester, UK, and Chromeo will be doing a lil' something special...
On August 21st, 2008, Chromeo and some of their friends and inspirations will be taking over The End / AKA for an evening of electro-funky vibes and freaktastic dance grooves. The final line-up of this event will not be revealed until the night of the event, but if you're a fan of Chromeo, you might want to get in on this. And I can help make that happen...
I have two pairs of tickets available to two lucky readers. Entry is simple: send me an email to email@example.com with the subject CHROMEO AUGUST 21ST by August 14th. That's it. I will alert the winners via e-mail, so good luck!
This event will be frmo 8PM until "late", and the ONLY other way to get tickets is to register at San Miguel's site.
And to entice you even further, peep a few exclusive MP3s I got sent from Clare (big up for the info, ma):
Plastician & Skepta - ‘Intensive Snare’ from Steppa’s Delight Compilation
Starkey – ‘Gutter Music’ (Dubplate)
Flying Lotus featuring Gonja Sufi – ‘Testament’ from the LP ‘Los Angeles’ (Warp)
2652 – ‘Enforcers’ from the LP ‘Ariel’ (Tectonic)
The Bug feat. Ricky Rankin – ‘Murder We’ from the LP ‘London Zoo’ (Ninja)
Skream – Filth (Dubplate)
Dub Police live session feat:
Caspa,The Others, Unitz, Orien and MC Rod Azlan
Lennie Di Ice- 'We Are I.E.' Caspa & Rustie Remix (Dubplate)
Caspa - 'Low Blow' (Dubplate)
Caspa - 'Louder VIP' (Dubplate)
Caspa - 'Marmite' (Dubplate)
Caspa - 'My Pet Monster' (Dubplate)
TC - 'Where's My Money' (Caspa Remix) (DSR)
Rusko - 'Cockney Thug' (Caspa Remix) (Sub Soldiers)
Caspa & Rusko - ' Power Shower' (Dubplate)
The Others - 'Africa VIP' (Dub Police)
Subscape - 'Tomahawk' (Dub Police)
The Others - ' Superskank' (Dubplate)
The Others - ' Bazooka' (Dubplate)
The Others - 'Robofunk' (Dubplate)
The Others - 'Champagne Cocktails' (Dub Police)
The Others - 'Kind of Blue' (Dub Police)
Unitz - Bass Layers (Dubplate)
Unitz - Scary Mary (Dubplate)
Unitz - The Drop (Dub Police)
Unitz - Wait A Minute (Dubplate)
Unitz - New Years Sub (Dubplate)
Unitz - Juggler (Dubplate)
Unitz - Light Ina Distance (Dubplate)
Orien - Unsettled Graves (Dubplate)
Orien - 'Look At My Eyes' (Dub Police)
Orien - 'Nickers' (Dubplate)
Orien - 'Witch Doctor' (Dubplate)
Orien - 'Doomed Soul' (Dubplate)
Orien - 'The Demented' (Dubplate)
Orien - 'Early Morning Sunrise' (Dub Police)
Ital Tek – ‘Bloodline’ from the LP ‘Cyclical’ (Planet Mu)
Silent Witness & Break – ‘Dog Soldier’ from the compilation ‘Hard Times’ (DNAudio)
LD - ‘Green Ranger’ (2nd Drop)
Tor - ‘Black Girls’ (Pinch Of Salt)
Jakes – ‘Light Beamz’ (Dubplate)
Unknown ‘Only Human’ (Dubplate)
Sub Swara - 'In'shala' (Dubplate)
Sukh Knight & Ges-e – ‘Vengeance’ (Nasha Dubplate)
For all of you Madvillain fans, looks like a reissue of the Madvillainy album is coming. It will only be available through the newly-born Stones Throw Store, with pre-orders going on until August 15th. Ship date is a month later on Sept. 15th. This thing is a beast; peep the contents:
CD Madvillainy “2” The Madlib Remix. 25 tracks. Read more below.
7-INCH “One Beer (Drunk Version)” Madlib's original 2004 version, lost until recently on the floor of his Bomb Shelter studio. If you saw the studio you'd understand.
CASSETTE The Madvillainy Demo Tape. 12 tracks, 36 minutes. This is the first and only official release of the infamous Madvillain demo that “leaked into cyberspace,” while the album was still in progress, as DOOM alludes to in the lyrics of “Rhinestone Cowboy.”
T-SHIRT Nominated. Best Rolled L's. Madvillain shirt.
COMIC BOOK Meanwhile... the continuation of the All Caps video, included with the CD.
THE BOX 12x13x3 inches. Wrapped in a silver like a mask.
Seriously. The price? $124.99. More info here; pre-order here.
Madlib also has his addition to BBE's Beat Generation series dropping in September. More info here.
Dub "Birthday Boy" (prod. by Battle Roy): Representing NY, Dub is coming with a money-making anthem that you fresh-to-death heads can get with. This is from his Family, Money, Music: The Mixtape release. Word is the remix of this monster will be featuring Cory Gunz & Young B, among others, so be on the lookout for dude!
Bonus Beats: Dub "Put It On A Show"
Neon Hitch "My Book": Wow. Shouts to Mike for sending this one over. This chick's real name is Neon Hitch. She was born a family of gypsies out in the UK, and today is the flatmate of Amy Winehouse. Before you start on some wild jokes, peep the track. This has a nice electro-Pop feel to it... fans of Nelly Furtado should get into this, early. I don't think this will be the last you will hear from homegirl...
I am a fan of t-shirts. I am forever on the hunt for the right shirt. Just has to be the right fit, right message, all of that. Randomly, I was actually on WearYourCity.com, checking out the plethora of designs that you could flip with your own name/city/state/area code, which is always something I love. It's hard to find dope looking shirts that big up NJ, and judging by the site, I imagine other spots get into that as well. So imagine my surprise when one of the owners, Greg Berry, hit me up a week or so ago about what he's working on. In speaking to him, I found that he shares a lot of my own ideas, and has a dope plan of action for his brand. Peep our discussion...
khal: First, tell the people a little bit about yourself and what you do over at WearYourCity.com.
Greg: WearYourCity.com is a website run by a company owned by myself & my business partner Daniel Taylor. We are both young entrepreneurs who have been involved with numerous other businesses and are now coming together on this one project to show the world our idea, which is to allow everyone, no matter where they are from, to find hot apparel with THEIR city on it. Me being from CT and Daniel being from South Central L.A. we come from different walks of life but had one thing in common, we love our cities!!
khal: How did you first get involved in making this kind of particular apparel?
Greg: Growing up an hour and change outside of both Boston & NY, the “I Love NY” or “I Love Boston” shirts were plentiful, but I always wanted an “I Love CT” or “I Love Waterbury” shirt, but who on earth would sell that? So then I was looking to send a Waterbury shirt to a buddy of mine who was in the service, but couldn’t find one anywhere. I searched CafePress, but nobody thought to put a Waterbury shirt up there - they had more NY & LA shirts then you can imagine, but what about us? I thought to myself, there must be other people out there that want to rep their cities but do not have the proper means to go about it. The rest is history.
khal: I imagine your work went from a hobby to a full fledged business, right? How soon was it that you realized you had really started something major?
Greg: I have been making custom hometown shirts for a couple years now, selling them around the neighborhood and a couple online, but I was in college and was running another business so I really didn’t give this idea the attention it deserved. One day I was contemplating selling the business & website but I figured I should reach out to this guy whose blog about creative marketing I read faithfully. I knew alls that I needed was another person to run the business with me in order to get me fully charged and put this idea on the map – where it belongs. Anyways, I reached out to Daniel, he saw the potential in the site and eventually we became partners. Within a relatively short time our business has really improved and now the site is worldwide and growing by the minute. We have been featured on HipHopDX.com’s homepage for a week, during the week of June 25, 2008. We have various rappers who wear our shirts and support our movement, and now we have other influential individuals supporting us, such as yourself! Thanks khal.
khal: Ain’t no thang, homey. Now, how often does WearYourCity.com get new designs in?
Greg: We try to keep the designs as fresh as possible. There is no set timeline in place, but we usually add at least one new design each week. So, keep checking the site because that shirt you are dying to grab will most likely be coming out soon!!
khal: Are there any towns that you get requests for that you just say “where the HELL is that”?
Greg: That is funny that you ask that. Being that our business has no borders, we see many international orders coming in. Who would think that a cat from Baghdad would know what the Fresh Prince is? How about a guy from Senegal grabbing 20 street sign shirts? How about New Zealand, they rock Hip-Hop shirts? See, this is why we call it a movement – because hopefully when it is all said and done, we will connect people from all over the world and show them our cultures and be exposed to theirs and make a difference in peoples lives. I find it very interesting just talking to Daniel, who is from LA. They live, talk, walk and do most everything different then we do up here in CT – which I find interesting to learn about. We want to connect people from all over and enable them to learn about all other cities without the need to portray their culture in a false light. If you are in the streets of Harlem, talk about it, if you live in a 20 bedroom mansion in Michigan, we find that just as interesting. Soon our MySpace (www.myspace.com/wearyourcity) and our blog (www.wearyourcity.com/blog) will be a community that allows people from all over to connect and talk about their cities and learn about others.
khal: Is your operation solely based on orders from your site? Will you ever be branching out into bigger things, like setting up spots in stores, or having your own store?
Greg: We are in the process of opening up a revolutionary wholesale site that caters to shops and stores all over the world. Why is it revolutionary? Well, because what we are putting in place has not been done before. We have a fan base all over the world and people really feel us. Now how can we get everyone involved, make everyone a boss, let everyone hustle? We have come up with a way to let anyone from anywhere become a partner with us and sell our shirts to local stores, events, groups, etc. for a commissioned profit. The process we came up with will not cut these affiliates out and let the store owners come to the connect directly, but they will only be able to enter our store with an affiliate’s PIN number, given by us and this way it will assure that the affiliate makes a commission on all residual sales from that store owner. Frankly, if that affiliate didn’t hustle and get that store owner – neither of us would have made any money!!
khal: The one thing I just got hip to was your involvement in MTV’s Staying Alive campaign, which focuses on AIDS/HIV education. What is your exact involvement with this campaign, and how did you get involved with MTV on this? Why did you pick this campaign over others out there? Will WearYourCity be getting involved in charities in the future?
Greg: Since the inception of our partnership and since our business has really been active, we have been giving back. Whether it be giving $100 to some kids in L.A. to buy some clothes or supporting an up and coming artist, we have always tried to give back as much as we could. Now we finally decided to get off the sidelines and get involved and also lead by example. Getting involved with the MTV Staying Alive campaign was decided on the factors of: we needed a cause that everyone can relate to, we needed something that our sponsors and media outlets would like to get involved with and we generally just needed somewhere to start. After this event is over we will be moving on to more specific events and campaigns and really start getting our customers involved. The event with Staying Alive is the beginning of our ongoing “Give The Shirt Off Our Back” charity events. To kick it off and let everyone know that we are serious and to show people that its not hard to give back, we are donating 100% of after expense profits to this charity. Our goal is $25,000 and we are striving to reach that, but any amount contributed is going to help!
khal: Seeing as this is an election year, you guys unveiling any Obama/McCain tees to the public?
Greg: Now that you mention it, we might have to!! We have been deciding if we want to release some exclusive political shirts and we came up with the conclusion: of course! People love their cities the most beyond family & friends but politics comes in a close 4th so what better way to represent for your candidate and your city at the same time?? You guessed it . . . we will be releasing our exclusive political shirts very soon. [NOTE: designs with Barack & McCain are available NOW!]
khal: Seeing as you guys are getting some good buzz going worldwide, I have to ask: did you ever, truly, imagine that your company would get this big?
Greg: Daniel & I are both big thinkers – we both believe in the power of the mind and the ability to “think it and it will happen,” so the success and growth of the business really hasn’t shocked us. It is pretty cool how well receptive everyone has been, but as I say when you have two minds tackling one common goal the question turns from how to when!
khal: What does the future hold for WearYourCity?
Greg: The future of WearYourCity.com is endless. We are going to be giving the people what they want for years to come. We currently have a WearYourCity rap song out which can be heard on our media page and we are talking with a couple more people about some more songs and also we are going to be in stores across the world soon. The possibilities are endless!
khal: Do you have any shoutouts or final thoughts?
Greg: Come visit us and see what all this talk is about. . . www.WearYourCity.com! I just want to shout out all of our customers and supporters and also the people that help us out to get to where we need to be! Thank you all!
“It don’t matter where you at, if your cities on the map – you better rep your town - put your city on your back” – Mickey Knoxx
For more information on WearYourCity.com, make sure you check out their website, as well as their MySpace page!