Saturday, August 23, 2008

MONSTAMASH

Last night, off a 22oz of Beck's and a shot of Absolut, I came up with this bio for producer/illustrator extraordinaire, Monsta. And I think it came out damn good. Shouts to Monsta for the fresh tracks, too... some will be surfacing in a podcast near you.

T.I. Speaks On "S.L.U."

I, like many heads last night, got a copy of "S.L.U. (Swagger Like Us)", the enormous joint from T.I.'s forthcoming Paper Trail LP that features Kanye West, Jay-Z and Lil' Wayne. I even posted the joint up... for like 5 minutes. When the cat who sends me something gets a C&D, I tend to retreat. So you won't find the post/link on rock the dub... for now.

In any case, Tip is asking who leaked the track. And I can't blame him. But I haven't heard one blogger or fan who heard it and said it was some bullshit. Quite the contrary, everyone is loving how these 4 beast this epic track. None of us even have 1/16th of the paper these niggas have (well, I don't), but this is one of those joints, like Rick Ross' "Hustlin'", that you throw on and that immediate response is required. And 9 times out of 10, the response is "holy fucking shit this track is the truth". You throw it on, and you get to poke your chest out for 5+ minutes and feel like you too have so much money, your knots can't fit in tight pants.

Maybe I'm just getting a bit too poetic about the most recent ghetto anthem.

One thing I am NOT feeling is the idea that this joint will be featured on Paper Trail and Blueprint 3. Seriously, Jay, that's your fuck up. BP3 should be your return to form, not you slackin' and putting out tracks that will be released a few months before your next event album.

Master 3 Women & Music

You gotta love how I hipped you to a slew of Master 3 material, and he hits me with his album in the inbox this morning like "give it out". Yes, this album, and the bonus disc, are FREE!

DOWNLOAD Women + Music

Tracklist:

Part 1: Women
1. Women & Music (Intro) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/174351311765fba2/
2. Tell Me (Feat. Abbey Lister) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17435193f84c8407/
3. Blow Me Away (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/1743526024c95e67/
4. There's Still Time (Feat. Bdone & Wonda) (Prod. by K2) http://www.zshare.net/audio/174353037ba23750/
5. First Time (Feat. Julie Pelligrino) (Prod. by Jedi J) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17345710244ebf00/
6. God Is You (Feat. Reuby) (Prod. by R&S) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17435317184ee224/
7. Love (T.O.Y.G.D.C.) (Feat. Julie Pelligrino & John Berry) (Prod. by Jedi J & K2) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17470159516fd6fa/

Part 2: Music

1. What Happened (Feat. Sey) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/1743558007eb6958/
2. Battle Without Honor Or Humanity (F.A.R.) (Prod. by Ishaq Fahim) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17016697798c0d00/
3. BET Killer (Prod. by K2)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/17435532b6ceb1fe/
4. 3 O'Clock News (Feat. Sey, KJ & Haze) (Prod. by Cold Legistics) http://www.zshare.net/audio/1743553457cf085b/
5. What Is Your Name? (Prod. by Ed-Nezz J) http://www.zshare.net/audio/16310986d5cb8741/
6. Ride With Me (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/170167124300f5ab/
7. It's Just Life (Feat. Dresden) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17435881baa93f5a/
8. Women & Music (Outro) (Prod. by K2) http://www.zshare.net/audio/174701224294a507/

He's also done a bonus disc, which you need as well...

-Be Here (Remix) (Suburban Eloquence) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17488817c9d372f1/
-Rock On (Extended Mix) (Prod. by Master 3) http://www.zshare.net/audio/1729987860f36dde/
-Blow Me Away (Haze Version)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/174887221ba60099/
-Hero (Feat. Nas & Keri Hilson)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/17299857f3b734d7/
-Lost! (Feat. Coldplay)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/1735345873a21c04/
-Last Name (Feat. Carrie Underwood)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/1748877912ece35d/
-What A Job (Feat. Andre 3000, Devin The Dude & Snoop Dogg) http://www.zshare.net/audio/1748882810035d58/
-Mr. Carter (The True Heir)
http://www.zshare.net/audio/1748882719009b1c/
-Y'All Should All Get Lynched (Verse) (Feat. NYOIL) (Entry for the NahRight x NYOIL Contest) http://www.zshare.net/audio/17488760c5d3c3af/

Enjoy this, and let me know what you think!

Suspect Red Bull Music

On the 21st of August, Red Bull held their "Big Tune" beat making competition out in Chicago. I got an anonymous e-mail from a head who was at the venue that night, speaking about some suspect fuckery that went down that night. I'll quote them throughout this piece. Here's the start of it:

...something wasn't right last night... there's supposed to be 12 producers in the battle... before 9pm (they) only had 10 so they went out into the crowd waiting outside to find 2 cats that had beats on em... they found two.. one, a production duo that they didn't give too much of a shit about... THEN a young energetic but shy kid (about 17) named Rob Bates... Now dont get me wrong, Bates did his thing and we were all VERY proud of the kid, but there is reason to believe he was set up to win. They sent the final 2 contestants to New York.... C-Sick and Rob Bates... Both dope... dope enough? im not too sure to be good and honest...they grab producers out the crowd to fill every year, but again this wasn't right. here's what went down... about a half hour before the show, i was standing in the green room and the coordinators of the event were sitting there talking and bullshittin like i wasn't even there. They start talking about the two producers that end up filling the last two spots.. but emphasize on Rob Bates for the duration of the conversation... that's when i heard something that im not entirely sure was meant for my ears. one coordinator said to the other AND I QUOTE "you know it sure would be a hell of a crowd pleaser if Bates came off the street and took this thing"... there was a pause, dude smiled and they started laughing... at this point thinking nothing of it, i left and went back outside... ut once we got going something was definitely wrong... 3 of the STRONGEST producers... the 3 producers that didn't sound like replicas of the other 9 were ALL eliminated within the first fifteen minutes. the first fifteen minutes dog! i started to be concerned. basically they seemingly knocked them out in order to make it a bit of an easier road for Bates to dominate a crop of producers he could easily dominate... he WASNT challenged... all his competition was the same.. they all sounded like southern replicas... C-Sick also had his moments; J-Slikk, Tall Black Guy and J-Rell woulda given them fits in the finals...

Sounds kind of wild, right? Like, you ever watch pro wrestling, where some cat is seemingly picked out of the audience and thrown into a match, only to win (ala Santino Marella's entry into the WWE)? Sounds kind of like that; the e-mail goes further, though:

the winner is judged solely on "crowd participation"... so when the three producers that shoulda competed throughout the evening were knocked out... it MAY not have been the case. the crowd was louder for all 3 of them... it was close so they had them scream again... in all 3 cases the db level for them was slightly louder but the challenger was awarded the win... and ANOTHER thing... one of the coordinators was all in the camera for his interview with him big uppin' Bates like crazy. He didn't do that with any others. its also funny how, the red bull staff was on everyone's nuts for two days... soon as you were eliminated they wouldn't even look in their direction. bates was just really there to pass out fliers for the Pac Div show next weekend... he just so happened to have a beat CD on him...

So what say you? Definitely sounds like some suspect fuckery goings on at this event to hype up the NY show...

Nov Ganon "Mr. Carter Freestyle"

Nov Ganon "Mr. Carter Freestyle": Dude wasn't trying to hit the "A Millie" beat, so he flips some fresh rhymes over this Carter III instrumental. And does it damn well.

Change We Believe In...?

So Obama's picked Joe Biden. Not really who I was thinking he'd choose, nor who I think is the right choice, but this cat is 65 - if you're dissing on McCain for being old, why pick this 65 year old dude? I guess it's to bolster the "experience" factor for the Democratic ticket.

Your thoughts?

Friday, August 22, 2008

Uncle Murda ft. Akon "Ain't No Sunshine"

Uncle Murda ft. Akon "Ain't No Sunshine" (prod. by Green Lantern): I wish they did a bit more with the Bill Withers lyric, but what can you do.

Shouts to BoBO for the heads up!

[video] Cassie "Official Girl"

Featuring Lil' Wayne:

[video] Pink "So What"

Prodigy "Stop Stressin'"

Prodigy "Stop Stressin'" (prod. by Sid Roams & Benny Needles): BGDB, who is up for BEst Hip-Hop and Best Music Blogs over at the Black Weblog Awards (vote now!), threw up an exclusive in the form of this tagged version of Prodigy "Stop Stressin'", forthcoming on that Product Of The 80's release. Damn this is fresh. Some straight classic shit.

Dub War NYC Podcast 005: Ramadanman

Ramadanman steps up for a serious 46 minute dubstep excursion. Highly recommended:

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Tracklist:

01. Dub-U - 1 Way Running [Unreleased]
02. Mount Kimbie - William [Unreleased]
03. Burial - In McDonalds [Hyperdub]
04. Reform - Bonfire [Unreleased]
05. Ramadanman - Dayrider [Unreleased]
06. Peverelist - Esperanto [Unreleased]
07. Untold - Discipline [Unreleased]
08. Headhunter - Grounded [Unreleased]
09. Pangaea - Router [Hessle Audio]
10. Naphta - Jungle Republic (Ramadanman Refix) [Unreleased]
11. Pangaea - You & I [Hessle Audio]
12. Burial - Shell of Light (Excerpt) [Hyperdub]
13. Scuba - Tense [Unreleased]
14. F - Untitled [Unreleased]
15. Kontext - Plumes (Ramadanman Refix) [Unreleased]
16. Ramadanman - Blimey (Edit) [Hessle Audio]

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[video] Tha Pumpsta "Octopus Armed"



Bonus Beats: Tha Pumpsta "Octopus Armed"

www.pumpsta.com

P.A. "The Mental"

P.A. "The Mental" (prod. by Sam Brown): Fresh, unreleased heat from Prince Ali. Toronto's own flips over a throwback beat from Sam Brown, sounding like a cool summer afternoon. Vibe to this!

Joe Budden Padded Room Cover

Wow. I love the concept, but I am not digging that Hannibal Lecter shit over his face. Well, I would if it was real, but that shit looks Photoshopped, and kind of cheapens the overall feel in my opinion. Your thoughts?

related: Joe Budden "Touch & Go"

[video] Ice Cube & WC Rap City Freestyle

[video] Terrence Howard "Sanctuary"

[video] John Legend ft. Andre3000 "Green Light"



John Legend's 3rd album, Evolver, is in stores this October.

Friday, August 22nd 2008 playlist

Had to use that pic, in light of the passing of Sho'nuff...

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leaks of tha week!

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HITS THAT YOU MIGHT'VE MISSED...



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self explanatory...



Willie Hutch's "The Glow" is the cut playing underneath; Rest in power, Sho'nuff. Enjoy your weekend, fam.

[video] Ne-Yo "Miss Independent"

Missing ELements #3

Black ELement "Loose Change" (prod. by Rami Afuni): I've been seeing more sites pick up on these, so the word getting out is dope. Here's Black EL's words about today's drop:

"Ok so I hit you with a political joint, a hip hop joint, but now its Friday and what do we do on Fridays? We party, we get down, we pick up girls... dimes if your game is tight enough get that Loose Change."

Dude is definitely doing the damn thing.

RIP Sho'nuff

Damn. So I just found out that Julius Carry III, the man who will forever live in infamy as "Sho'nuff, the Shogun of Harlem" from The Last Dragon, died earlier this week after a bout with pancreatic cancer. He was 56. And I am crushed. I grew up on that movie, and his "KISS MY CONVERSE" and other lines were cinematic gold when I was a shorty. I never was a fan of Bruce Leeroy, always wanted that red glow. Damn. I need to go buy this flick, now.

Bonus Beats: Rafi hit me with this link back in April, and I am glad I found it again. Such a timewarp. I'm truly devastated.

EDIT: I see Entity Starr posted about this, and included a pic from Taimak's MySpace blog showing love to Mr. Carry.

[video] Bomb It!

Peep this segment on LA graf:



Shouts to Enigmatik for the heads up.

A Friday "WTF?!?!"

Damn, Traci. Is life really that bad? Doesn't someone help her before she steps out in public with this shit on? Via The YBF.

Ill Bill The Hour Of Reprisal CD Sampler

(Click image to enlarge)

I hit you with the info on this album earlier this week; Michelle's flowed me the sampler, and I reckon you guys should take a gander... heavy mental.

Yo! Majesty "Break Bread"

Yo! Majesty "Break Bread": Wow. Talk about a true revolutionary anthem. Domino Records' Yo! Majesty has a new EP dropping, Kryptonite Pussy, which is heavy on the "Black CNN" commentary laced with a diverse bed of sounds and topped with that slippery Southern drawl... this is just a sonic treat for those who like to get crunk with their social issues. This cut here remind sme of M.I.A. without the UK accent, straight up. Their album, Futuristically Speaking… Never Be Afraid, is set to drop in October as well, so consider yourselves... WARNED!

Shouts to Fanatic for the heads up!

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #30

Funky House is the theme this week in DJ Cable's free mix series...

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Tracklist:

01. Ear Dis - Hey Girl
02. Crazy Cousinz Feat. Kyla - Do You Mind
03. Donaeo - Devil In A Blue Dress
04. Crazy Cousinz Feat. Calista - Bongo Jam
05. DJ NG Feat. Baby Katy & MC Versatile - Tell Me What It Is
06. Yves La Rock - Zookey (Lift Your Leg Up) (Bob Sinclair Africanism Remix)

Get your drink on to this!

Thursday, August 21, 2008

[video] Disaster Movie Clip

Yes, that's definitely Kim Kardashian and Carmen Electra wrestling:

[video] Grafh "Like Ohh"

Featuring Busta Rhymes & Prinz:

DOA Q&A: Craggz & Parallel Forces

Over at the plantation, I have a new interview up with Craggz & Parallel Forces. Pretty dope read, but then again, what else would I say? The boys speak on where they've been over the last two years, what's coming on their Product & Product Digital labels, and make two references apiece to Jack Daniels and volleyball... in any case, this is part of my writing, dropping dope interviews with Drum & Bass producers and DJs. Expect more drops of this nature in the very near future.

Mariah Carey ft. LL Cool J & Ghostface Killah "I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time (Remix)"

Mariah Carey ft. LL Cool J & Ghostface Killah "I'll Be Lovin' You Long Time (Remix)": I'm all about this... oh, and this remix is dope, too!

Shouts to Best of Both Offices!

[video] Wale & State Property In The Studio



Via BOBO.

Bonus Beats: Wale ft. Beanie Sigel, Freeway & Young Chris "Cyphr" [via Nah Right]

[video] Trillbass & Bro Safari ft. kemst "Fist Pump"

The Trillbass camp got vastspace91 to give a tutorial for his "dubstep dance" to their new smasher, "Fist Pump":

Excerpts From Faith's Autobiography


These images (click to enlarge) were spotted over on Miss Info's blog, and come from Keep The Faith, the autobio that Faith Evans has coming out. Took a while, but Faith drops her story on the whole "Faith fuckin' Pac" ordeal from years passed. She also has of "When Treach Introduced Faith To Pac" (sounds like some odd ass movie title). Anyone going to cop this?

Nov Ganon "Epiphany (Full Version)"

Nov Ganon "Epiphany (Full Version)": I hit you guys with a version of "Epiphany" on The Lighthouse Project, Disc 1; I woke up this morning with the full version in my inbox, along with this write-up Nov himself did:

"I definitely wanted to make a song that people can relate to. People are accustom to staying the same due to their surroundings. We all suffer from fear of being different from time to time, and sometimes the people you support turn there backs on you. So to all the people that's second guessing your self go out there and make your dreams come true!!!"

Truer words have never been spoken.

[video] Boss Hogg Outlawz "Keep It Playa"

Featuring Ray J:

Blu x Cymarshall Law in Philly (Sept. 13th 2008)

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

[video] Madlib WLIB AM: King of the Wigflip EPK



Via Nah Right.

[video] Alfamega "Uh Huh"

Master 3 "Ride With Me"

Master 3 "Ride With Me" (prod. by Master 3): Homeboy said "fuckin' with 3 is like something between your eyes/you can't see me but look stupid trying to". Need I say more? Homey says his album should be done this weekend, but hopefully these joints should keep you satisfied until then...

Bonus Beats: Master 3 "Battle Without Honor Or Humanity" (prod. by Ishaq Fahim) \ Master 3 "Rock On (Extended Mix)" (prod. by Master 3) \ Master 3 "Hero (Remix)"

Fokis "Do What It Do"

Fokis ft. Mistah F.A.B. & Young Dre "Do What It Do" (prod. by Focus): I missed the bus on this one originally, but I still got you, Fokis! This is from Fokis' 20/20 EP, which is entirely produced by Focus, and should be droppin' soon (among other joints Fokis has coming in the future). Keep it locked!

Sugar Tongue Slim - Demand More #8

Sugar Tongue Slim ft. 6th Sense "Shut Up & Let Me Go (Remix)": STS and 6th Sense flip the Ting Tings' "Shut Up & Let Me Go", expounding on the narrative from a dude's perspective. Fresh.

Cashis "Put It Up"

Cashis "Put It Up" [clean \ dirty]: New "buzz single" from "Shady's capo", Ca$his. Grab this and let me know your thoughts - yay or nay?

[video] Ne-Yo "Ghetto Love Story" Teaser (Long Version)



related: [video] Ne-Yo "Ghetto Love Story" Teaser

BONDFIRE (August 26th 2008)

Brokn.Englsh AND Barak Yalad in the same spot? Should be an ill night. Hit up 9th Star Media for more info!

Missing ELements #2

Black ELement "Confirmation" (prod. by 6th Sense): The 2nd edition of Black ELement's Missing ELements series features two fiery joints produced by 6th Sense...

"Ever since I first gripped the mic, people have been trying to tell me what I can or cannot do AND how I should spit over beats. Eventually, I realized 99% of these doods don't know what the fuck they are talking about! When I was Sixteen years old I met Talib Kweli and dood changed the whole direction of how I approached music with just two simple words-- "Do you." So, I'm going to do whatever I want with music. If I feel a like making a heavy metal track-- i'm going to do it. Fuck the naysayers...I don't need Confirmation!" - Black EL

Bonus Beats: Black ELement "The Itis" (prod. by 6th Sense)

related: Missing ELements #1

the DMV mixtape (August 2008)

I'm not gonna front. The only DMV I knew was the spot niggas got their Ls from. Over the last few months, though, I got hip to the D.C.-Maryland-Virginia acronym, and came to appreciate it. Now, StartOfTheLine, DC to BC and KNOWxONE have a new, DMV region specific mixtape you guys bet'ta check out...

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Tracklist:

1. wale – breakdown! (dj infamous / levi’s 501 remix)
2. blaqstarr – bang hard
3. dirty water – love your style
4. X.O. – i swear
5. G5 clive – tweeters n’ cones (feat. Arafat Yates & scoopay)
6. ra the mc – what else
7. high society – pityfulville
8. T.E.F.L.O.N. – sure thing
9. marky – moping around
10. top notch teamsters (TNT) – After The Go-Go
11. Lyriciss Flowz – The Willie Lynch Chip
12. Magnum Dollar$ - I am the streets
13. al great – make it
14. tabi bonney – kick rocks
15. benji – i just want the papers
16. bishop – down
17. nando mcflyy and mouse – under dog
18. k-beta – watch fo’
19. deron – 3 A.M.
20. cayan – get it shawty
21. the package – the drug
22. R.E.U.B. – the pain
23. d. omen & g*two - dear winter

You won't be sorry!

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

[video] D.L. Hughley At Bernie Mac's Funeral

[video] Wale x Travis Barker In The Studio

Young Jeezy ft. Nas "My President Is Black"

Young Jeezy ft. Nas "My President Is Black": Damn. Ill track. I like this more than I thought I would. Nasir sounds dope on that double-time shit he flips, and Jeezy does the damn thing. The Recession sounds like a beast!

Via 2dopeboyz.

Noreports

This shit is forreal? Spotted over at Nah Right.

Spec Boogie "Amillincredible"

Spec Boogie "Amillincredible": Does exactly what it says on the tin. I've posted not one of those "Incredible" freestyles, but Spec and Loosie are always welcome on this blog, so I had to.

[video] Get Your Underage Freak On

And I thought I had seen it all:



I think I just threw up a lil' bit.

Wayne Brady A Long Time Coming Cover+Tracklist

You gotta respect Wayne Brady. Dude is naturally funny, and he can sing? Peep out the tracklist for his forthcoming debut album A Long Time Coming (Sept. 16th on Peak), which is a 12-track R&B treat of new tracks and some classics:

1. Ordinary (Jack Kugell, Jamie Jones, Jason Pennock, Sarah Nagourney & Welford B.Walton II)
2. F.W.B. (Wayne Brady, Jamie Jones, Jack Kugell, Jason Pennock & Robert Daniels)
3. Can’t Buy Me Love (Written by: John Lennon / Paul McCartney)
4. Back In The Day (Wayne Brady, Jamie Jones & Jack Kugell)
5. Sweetest Berry (Written by: Jamey Jaz / David Ryan Harris)
6. A Change Is Gonna Come (Written by: Sam Cooke)
7. I Ain’t Movin’ (Written by: Wayne Brady, Jamie Jones. Jack Kugell. Jason Pennock)
8. Make Heaven Wait (Written by: Jack Kugell. Jamie Jones. Jason Pennock, Martin Kember & David Garcia)
9. All Naturally (Written by: Jamie Jones, Jack Kugell & Jason Pennock)
10. All I Do (Written by: Clarence Paul, Morris Broadnax and Stevie Wonder)
11. Beautiful Ugly (Written by: M. Burton, Steve Kipner, Jack Kugell, Jamie Jones, Jason Pennock & Lamont Neuble)

Don't sleep on Wayne, or he just might have to choke a bitch!

Big up to ThinkTank for the info!

[video] Q-Bert x "Good Times"

Peep this deleted scene from the forthcoming Turntable TV Deluxe:



Bonus Beats: Q-Bert x J Dilla "Yes"

[video] Shwayze on KarmaloopTV



I've been drawn in by their Buzzin' show on MTV. Don't ask. Dude's CD is in stores today.

[video] Tyga "AIM"

[video] Estelle "Pretty Please"

Ice Cube & Queen Latifah Cover The Source


DJ Jazz T ft. Freestyle "This Sound"

DJ Jazz T ft. Freestyle "This Sound": This joint, featuring Freestyle (of The Arsonists) is taken from ITF Champion DJ Jazz T's forthcoming All City Kings LP (Boot). This album features Jazz T on the cuts, and has MCs like Percee P, Tim Dog and Kashmere, as well as featured co-production from cats like J-Zone. Should be an interesting release, nahmean?

Bonus Beats: DJ Jazz T ft. Chubby Alcoholic "Back To London"

[video] Kam Moye "Black Enough?"



This is some real talk here.

related: Kam Moye Self-Centered EP

Ill Bill The Hour Of Reprisal Cover+Tracklist

"This is Ill Bill, fuck a tel-e-vision, this is cable!" That's one of the lines from Ill Bill's verse on Company Flow's "Simian D" that got me open the first time I heard it, and him. Since then, dude has done a lot, and is gearing up for the release of his sophmore LP, The Hour Of Reprisal, and features a hefty list of collaborations, from Raekwon to Bad Brains, and even comes with a DVD featuring Bill rippin' the stage at the legendary CBGB's in NY...

Tracklist:

1. Babylon feat. Howard Jones of Killswitch Engage
2. Doomsday Was Written In An Alien Bible
3. Trust Nobody
4. A Bullet Never Lies feat Vinnie Paz of Jedi Mind Tricks
5. White Nigger
6. My Uncle
7. Riya feat. HR and Darryl Jenifer of Bad Brains
8. War Is My Destiny feat. Immortal Technique and Max Cavalera of Sepultura/Soulfly
9. Society Is Brainwashed
10. This Is Who I Am
11. Too Young feat. HERO and Slaine of La Coka Nostra
12. Pain Gang feat. B-Real of Cypress Hill and Everlast of La Coka Nostra
13. U.B.S. (The Unauthorized Biography of Slayer)
14. Coka Moshiach feat. Raekwon The Chef
15. The Most Dangerous Weapon Alive
16. Soap
17. I'm A Goon
18. Only Time Will Tell feat. Necro, Tech N9ne and Everlast of La Coka Nostra

Ill Bill is also preppin' a lengthy North American tour with Sean Price (Sept 11-Nov 9th), and this album looks like its the perfect example of the zone Bill creates and provides for the Hip-Hop scene as a whole.

Monday, August 18, 2008

[video] The Black List, Vol. 1: Russell Simmons



related: [video] The Black List, Vol. 1: Steve Stoute

[video] The Black List, Vol. 1: Steve Stoute

In a film that works as a series of living portraits, prominent African Americans of various professions, disciplines and backgrounds, offer their own stories and insights on the struggles, triumphs and joys of black life in this country and manage to re-define "blacklist" for a new century in the process. Premieres Monday, August 25th @ 9pm/8C on HBO.




Looks interesting. More info HERE.

[video] Mario Super Sluggers Ad

[video] Stevie Williams x Kelly Hart

DGK Skateboarding + Big L = heaven:

DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain & Kanye West "Go Hard"

DJ Khaled ft. T-Pain & Kanye West "Go Hard": Sounds just like you'd expect it to, for good or ill.

I have to admit, though, that I love Kanye's "I'mma tell you like George Bush told me/fuck you niggas, I'm outta here"...

Shouts to BOBO for the heads up!

FRAK "Jockin' Frak"

FRAK "Jockin' Frak" (prod. by ChaChooKa): I'm not that up on FRAK, nor am I entirely certain that this is forreal, but I like hearing artists send-up shit that's not even out officially. FRAK, while not being a dope MC, definitely comes with the fire ("you're as fake as a Fox News report"). OK, maybe that's not super firey, but let's just have some fun with this.

Maybe the heads at FRAK Music will keep going with shit like this?

EDIT: I've been trying to decipher how legit this all is. In the three e-mail blasts I've received in the last hour or so, they've included this tidbit of info:


This is just the beginning of heat we will be throwing at you in weeks to come in build up anticipation for FRAK Music CEO, FRAK's debut album & FRAK Music's debut release; F-R-A-K: Infinity. The LP will be distributed by Koch Records, & have feature appearances & production from the likes of Snooze, Asher Roth, Paul Wall, ChaChooka, Dina Rae, Tony Rivera, Gorilla Zoe, Karinne Steffans, Wordsworth, KJ, Haze, Ode, Master 3, Revel X, DJ A-Trak, Mike Elizondo, Brooke Hogan, Katt Williams & notable others

I'm so skeptical, but I'm biting, because I need something to do. Let's play.
EDIT: An e-mail has been sent to Koch just for some insight as to who this artist is. More details when I get 'em.

The Pharcyde "Passin' Me By (Hot Chip Remix)"

The Pharcyde "Passin' Me By (Hot Chip Remix)": This RMXXOLOGY compilation is something else! This latest installment features Hot Chip stays true to this classic, keeping the original's understated drums, but adds elements that truly draws out the sense of loneliness from the lyrics. Truly a keeper for those who grew up on this broken heart tale.

Shouts to Michelle for this!

[video] STS x Re-Up Gang x NYC



related: Sugar Tongue Slim - Demand More #6 & #7

BGDB Interviews Heltah Skeltah

My homey Enigmatik let me know he spoke to Heltah Skeltah last week, and all he kept telling me about was "niggery ginger bread". Ruck & Rock are nuts, and ill MCs to boot. Peep E's interview to learn what the fuck a "coonquito" is, as well as info on their forthcoming projects.

Missing ELements #1

Black ELement "Ride It Out" (prod. by Rami Afuni): Black EL is dropping A Major Minority on September 18th, and created a boatload of joints for AMM. Obviously, not all of them made it, so in his Missing ELements series, he will be leaking out tracks that didn't make the cut every Monday, Wednesday and Friday (say word). Peep Black's words on this joint:

"Whenever an animal is backed into a corner or it's life is threatened, we have the instinct to fight back. The instinct is to survive and with war plaguing our nation over the last 40+'s years with pointless conflicts we as a people finally begin to seek for change. From generation to generation, though the technology of the weapons has changed the result and heartache stays the same. Families having loved ones fighting for a guy whose a million miles away, just so his son's trust fund can get a little bigger. War no matter the time, it effects us the same way until we can't take it anymore, until we ride out!"

Again, say word, and keep it locked!

[video] Portishead x Chuck D "Machine Gun" LIVE



Footage shot in Barcelona; via GRANDGOOD.

Finess "Tongue Kiss"

Finess "Tongue Kiss": Homegirl starts out spittin' about wanting to kiss on some lips. One thing that cracks me up about Finess' "you ain't never in your life had a tongue kiss like this" reminds me of something I heard on Wild'n Out, I think... "you ain't NEVA had herpes like these before!"

Via Splash.

[video] Ne-Yo "Ghetto Love Story" Teaser



Bonus Beats: Ne-Yo "Ghetto Love Story"

Jacked from 2DB, who also has stills from this ill video shoot, as well as the tracklist for The Year Of The Gentleman, which drops September 16th.

Sunday, August 17, 2008

[video] Nas on The Tavis Smiley Show