Archive for 10/01/2008 - 11/01/2008

Fokis A Walk Through Myspace Vol.1

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Dogs On Acid Skateboards

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Limited edition Dogs On Acid skateboards are available now. Hit this post for the details on how you can snag one of these jammies.

[video] Beyonce On Ellen

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Interview


"One More Time"

[video] Murs' Zune Podcast Trailer

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Subscribe to the Murs podcast channel for free on Zune and follow Murs on the road throughout the Murs for President Tour. Go to www.zune.net/mursforpresident to subscribe.




His label is really putting that promo money out there. I'd rather see shit like this from Murs rather than these cupcake ass rappers. Shouts to A. Berk for the heads up.

DJ G-Spot & Kenny Fiesta Miami Fresh 3

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I had no idea G-Spot got down like this. Shouts to Kenny Fiesta for unearthing the MP3 version of this monster mix. Tracklists like this keep the northeastern US hot in the winter months...

[video] Gorilla Zoe ft. Gucci Mane "Waddle"

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[video] Ne-Yo "Mad"

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[rock the dub Interview]: J. Slikk

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My first interview with one of my favorite producers, J. Slikk, took place in April of 2008. Now it's November, and shit's changed. My president is Black, Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg are doing morning radio for Hot 97, and J. Slikk has gone through some shit in his life. While we don't got into detail with that situation, we do speak on the forthcoming project that has been birthed from his trials and tribulations. We also get into what's good with the BPA collective, and some thoughts on Barack Obama's victory...

khal: The reason we’re speaking right now is because you have a new beat tape about to drop, right on the heels of your Separation Anxiety tape. Word is this project is under the guise “Black Sheep Moses”? Can you break down what that name means?

J. Slikk: Well, it means a lot of things. The last few months, I’ve been going through a world of things that have forced me to look at how I perceive life altogether. I’m not about to really get into what all has happened, but trust me, it’s a lot. Now, just about everything I’ve gone through centers around family, in how I see them and what I want to define as family; friends as well, for that matter. A lot has changed, and I’m still trying to figure some things out for my own advancement in life. It’s driven me to do a lot of things I didn’t know I could do. “Just trying to do something positive and productive” as I always say, as well as turn tragedy into triumph. That’s the gift in all this. As you know, where there is a gift, there often is a curse. On the curse side of things, by family and friends I have been ridiculed and basically crucified for doing something that I feel is right; something that I feel my future well being depends on. As a result. family-wise, I have been cast into a position where I’m always talked about throughout the family coast to coast, everyday, but not in a positive way. I was called a name by a certain family member in the past few weeks. When your family doesn’t acknowledge your presence, but yet still talks about you constantly when you’re not around in a negative manner, by definition what do you call the object of that obscurity? A Black Sheep. In addition, ironically, I’ve been told by people lately, by people I don’t really know, that I have the patience and strength of a saint; in the same breath, they also say I’m a person who can overcome anything and lead anyone to victory if given the chance. A co-worker of mine even went as far one day to say the same thing, but add a name to it. He said I’d lead to victory like Moses. Then went as far as to correct himself and call me Black Moses (noting that dude was obviously white). So when I was called a black sheep by my family, and called black Moses by my co-worker, I just put the two together. Now what Black Sheep Moses represents is a whole different story. Simply put, he represents me. But another side of me that seldom comes out. Moses is a product of his environment. He is a product of hate, deceit, depression and exhaustion. He is a product of a lot of things he for the moment can’t express but is willing to try through music. That’s kind of the gist of a name that’s just flat out hard to explain. Even simpler, he is my dark alter ego, if you will.

khal: I’m also told that this beat tape is going to be a bit leftfield compared to the sound many have grown to expect from you in the past. Where was your head at while making these tracks? Are they a reflection of what’s been going on in your life right now?

J. Slikk: If you listen to Separation Anxiety, you’ll hear my heart and soul put in to a bunch of beats. That’s great, and I was very proud of how the album came out, but a beat tape is all it was and ever will be. This album, which will be titled Emancipation Anxiety, will be a full experience once I’m finished, meaning it won’t be just a bunch of J. Slikk beats put together for cats to record on and whatnot. It’s going to be very stripped-down basic beats for the most part, just chopping records themselves and manipulating them to sound how I feel they should. The whole purpose of this album is to speak to people. If you listen to this album from beginning to end without skipping (although I’m not saying you can’t skip), you will hear it speak. Just listen closely to every element of every joint. There’s going to be a lot of parts of this one where I’m going directly at certain people in my life without me personally saying a word. For those who chose to listen and know what I’m going through, there’ll be parts that people may take to offense or wonder why I’d say that right at the moment. I have to put a note of caution to the fact that some of it are thought’s that I’ve had over the entire course of my trials. The harsh things, more so, that I’ve put in it in some cases still hold true, while others do not, depending on the person listening. Now don’t get me wrong, this album is not dark and depressing. I don’t do that. It’s just a lot deeper and just all out different. Since everyone I know already says I haven’t been “myself” in a long time, why not go a step further and not be “myself” via music if only for a second.

khal: You said you’ve been dealing with some heavy issues in your life. Has this darker time in your life flipped where you went with your production?

J. Slikk: Oh absolutely. I’d be lying to myself more so than others if I said it didn’t have an influence, and a tremendous one at that. The creativity in this album as previously stated is designed to talk to certain people. When they listen to it, they’ll know what part is talking to them and why. Maybe it’ll be too deep and nobody will catch what I’m doing. But at least I’m going to attempt to release some of the things that have been on my conscience for at least two or three months now in what I think is a very different and creative way. Like I said, some of it has old thoughts mixed in. For example, I may have thought to do something I may no longer feel is necessary. All of those thoughts will be expressed as well. If I don’t succeed, can’t say I didn’t try.

khal: What can people expect from Black Sheep Moses? Is this a one-shot deal, or will you revisit this side of your persona down the line?

J. Slikk: Hmmm. Well you can just expect the same quality of music that J. Slikk has been known for years now to give, just in a different way of delivering it. To kind of give you a hint of how it’s going to sound, I played some of it for my cousin from LA a week or so ago, then played it for one of my artists while they took a visit to my house last week. They both shared the opinion that it’s definitely out of character for me to do, and that it comes off a bit Madlib-ish, due to the stripped down sound of just gritty sounding sampled records chopped and compressed as an SP1200 can partially provide. Like I said, I didn’t want to load these beats with heavy procession that I can provide. I just wanted to keep the beats simple and get complex with the messages and sequencing that go into the records. That’s why I called it Emancipation Anxiety, because I’m not trying to physically free myself from things on this record, but simply release the things on my mind that I, for whatever reason, have not been able to let out. As far as it being a one-shot deal, Moses is a part of me whether I like it or not. That alternate persona has been in me since I can remember. This is the first time I’ve allowed that side of me to actually sit down and make music, if you know what I mean. It’s not normal for me to do music in this manner, therefore I can’t really determine whether or not I will make music like this again. I just might if the outcome and feedback is positive. Who knows!

khal: What’s the future of the BPA right now? I know you’ve had CPU crashes, as well as reconfigurations and additions to the squad, some of which ended up pushing back projects. What’s 2009 shaping up to look like?

J. Slikk: I’m glad you asked. We got a lot on the table actually. BPA, as a crew and more so as a family, is still alive, intact, and well. It just becomes quite the task when the 3 heads of the crew are trying to overcome personal changes, whether they’re good changes or bad. The two producers are both having to adjust, as well as one of the camp’s more visible artists. We all know that if your producers are going through things at the same time, that slows down the team overall, unfortunately. The rest of the artists, ironically, are overcoming changes of their own. Through it all, we all have music, which is why we are moving forward the best we can, based on our situations and working around them. As you know, some members are gone, some are still here, some are new to the team. We will get them all out there to you as soon as we can get a little time to develop a solid product. The albums that were coming this year will come next year plus a whole lot more that we had planned for 2009. You have my word on that.

khal: In conversation, you mentioned briefly that you have a new group coming, The Infants? What’s the story behind this? When can heads expect to hear some tracks from this new venture?

J. Slikk: Well, it’s a group that’s actually been around for a while now, just without an actual name or definition. It’s a group consisting of Roe and myself. Roe and I have done so many tracks together over the years it just seemed to make sense. A few weeks ago, I was at a show watching good friends of mine (the 80’s Babies) perform. Just sitting there, watching them and how they put their show together, plus the album is nuts; I just had an idea to put together yet another group and market it towards real Hip-Hop heads and more so towards Chicago’s real Hip-Hop heads. I haven’t really done an album that was geared towards my city’s real Hip-Hop demographic first yet. It’s always been the world first, then my city in the mix. I can’t tell you much about the project yet as it’s in the development stages, but I can tell you this: the album is just one part of the experience. We’re going to go all out, get the album pressed up and ready for distribution. Then we’re going to get a few shows together and put together an entire routine for the show. It’s going to be incredible the way we envision it. I’ll explain the name at a later date. It has a deeper meaning, just like all our names lately. The music, if all goes well, should start surfacing from the group the first two or three months of ’09. There’s already one or two concepts for songs drawn out, beats done and written. We have commitments from some decently known cats across the Chicagoland area to appear for guest verses on the album. Who? I’m not at liberty to discuss just yet. But for now, let’s just say it’s good to have talented friends!

khal: Not to toot my own horn, but my introduction of JunClassic to you opened the floodgates, which resulted in him not only becoming a BPA affiliate, but an EP emerging from this. Any word on what that project is sounding like? When can we hear that?

J. Slikk: Details are sketchy for the project, although the four (yes four) joints’ I’ve heard off the album sound great. It’s called Late Nites, Early Mournings and should be done and out by sometime in January as we hope and assume. I’ll probably leak some of the rough low quality snippets of the joints I produced so-far soon. I did one called “The Ooh Aah” featuring Cy Yung that, if I had a choice would probably be the first single right now. I love that one. Then I did one called “The Basics” that I’m also very proud of. It’s a very relaxing joint. Just like the Oscah EP before it, the production on the EP will be completely handled by Cynergy Soundz and myself, with BPA guest features wherever we can stick them. If we can’t properly place certain features, that’s alright too. Although details for the album are sketchy (as previously stated), once we put the album together and drop it, it will be up to the standard that BPA is well known for! We won’t accept anything short of a classic effort. Or else we’ll keep doing it until we get it right.

khal: What are your plans for the remainder of 2008?

J. Slikk: Hell, if I can just get my various personals together and keep them together I’ll take that for the remainder of 2008. Anything else comes second at the moment, you know?

khal: Way off-topic, but since you live in Chicago, you had to have been up all night on Nov. 4th when history was made, and President-elect Obama shocked the world. What is it like living in Chicago during this time, as well as how does it feel to be a Black man witnessing true history?

J. Slikk: Well first and foremost, I wasn’t up all night that night. I had exams and a project due in school. But living in this city, you could feel something great was happening that day. It was almost as if you knew Mr. Obama couldn’t lose the minute you woke up. I stepped out of the house that morning and it was just a beautiful sunny, warm day, very uncharacteristic of Chicago in November. I had to walk up the street and everyone I saw of color driving up the street was honking their horns, one proud fist out of the window, some screaming inaudible things out of the windows of their cars. Although inaudible, you knew what they were saying because you could feel the pride and sense of change in the air that they felt. It was just a strange morning, but in a good way. So for the rest of the day, I either stayed close to a TV or just had a live TV feed going on my laptop when I had to go take care of my dailies. It wasn’t until about a quarter to ten when the news came across that he had gotten his 270 and beyond. You know, it wasn’t ‘til an hour later when Mr. Obama took the stage down in Grant Park that all of it hit me. The speech, the atmosphere, watching it all unfold on TV was just a very emotional time for me. Why? Because of the history of the fact, for one. The change we’ve all been waiting for eight years for, and as he went through his speech, I felt selfishly as if Mr. Obama was speaking to me personally about some things about my life right now, and it felt great. I then felt like I had just enough drive to change. You know, like adding fuel to go a little further in my journey if you will. All of it was an emotional high that I’ll never forget as long as I live and I firmly believe Barack Hussein Obama will make a difference for us all physically and mentally. It was just an incredible day! Then I celebrated the next night, versus everyone doing it that same night.

khal: After all of this, I have to ask – how are you holding up? I imagine you’ve had to re-examine your circle of friends and loved ones. Lil’ inventory never hurt anyone, right?

J. Slikk: Right! And I’ve done a whole lot of inventory lately. The results were not good and I’m still cleaning house. It’s going to take a minute as things keep on surfacing and changing every week. I liken it to an 800 page novel with like five plot twists per page, and that’s just the first book in the series. That part makes it tough when you’re already really not even in control of some aspects of your own destiny as strange as that sounds. God’s got those keys and is acting through others here on earth. Its all one big final exam before the rest of my life can begin, and to this point, I didn’t study anywhere near as much as I should have and it shows. Not a lot of people ask how I feel, believe it or not. They always ask me how others are feeling or five million other questions that I never feel like answering anymore. Overall, I feel good. Not great, just good. It varies from day to day, but things could be a whole lot worse. Thanks for asking!

khal: Finally, do you have any predictions for 2009, for yourself, the world, your crew, etc.?

J. Slikk: In the past I could map out a lot of things about the future. Right now I choose not to. Why? Obviously because of what I’m going through, I try not to get too far ahead of myself. You put your eggs in one basket and drop them, then what? All I can say is this, once I can get myself together, the world isn’t ready for what I got in store for it. Whether it be what I personally bring to the table, be it life in general, profession, music, or whatever I plan on assessing, admitting, and correcting the mistakes I have made in the past and becoming the great person I know I can be and have been told I am capable of being. Although I want to give up on everything and just disappear some days, I won’t accept failure because I’ve never been a failure, nor will I let anyone around me fail. Expect greatness that everyone in the world can see and feel on all ends. That would be the only prediction I can give.

khal: Any shout outs before we wrap this up?

J. Slikk: Well, I’ll leave it at none. Some people have earned them. Most haven’t and I don’t want to distinguish between the two and explain why I didn’t shout out some. I’ll end up hurting feelings that way and I’m trying to avoid drama as much as I can ha ha. As always, khal, I thank you for your voice and your support. You’ve been a tremendous help to us all and we appreciate it!

Make sure you keep up with J. Slikk on MySpace, the BPA blog, or this site for your fix on all things Slikk. Did you know that Kanye West was inspired by a J? Have you heard Logic Marsalis' "Power Moves"? What about Cy Yung's latest mixtape? Or his "Semisweet" remix? Get familiar, fam! Shouts to J for going so in depth. Emancipation Anxiety is set to drop December 9th. Keep it locked!

[video] Evidence ft. Krondon "Solitary Confinement"

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There's a topless chick with a bunny mask on in this video:

[video] The DEY "I Need You"

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[video] Angie Martinez Interviews Jadakiss

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[video] The Fight At The "Dirty Awards"

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What the FUCK are the Dirty Awards? In any case, AHH has the scoop on the Grand Hustle and Shawty Lo camps fighting at this event, as does Gyant. Here's a few clips from the event:






Shouts to E for the link(s).

EDIT It looks like La The Darkman and Young Jeezy were fighting too?!

EDIT MTV has picked up on this as well.

Roc C "Still Here"

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Roc C "Still Here": Here's an early leak from the forthcoming LP Roc C has brewing from 2009. What cracks me up is I can always listen to a Roc C mixtape or album all the way through... I just don't do it that often. This has that heavy vibe; lovin' that loop as well. Props to the Stones Throw podcast.

[video] Behind The Scenes: Young Jeezy "My President Is Black"

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[video] A Clip From Notorious

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Those quick cuts are bugging me out. I'm also not really feelin' homegirl as Kim Faith. Man I have such low hopes for this one...

[video] E-40 "Earl"

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[video] Tubesteak Exposes Barack Obama, Pt. 2

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previous [video] Tubesteak Exposes Barack Obama, Pt. 1

J.Viewz "Smooth Criminal"

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J.Viewz "Smooth Criminal": Yes, this is definitely a smoothed out, jazz fusion cover of Michael Jackson's "Smooth Criminal". This is taken from the Besides EP, which drops in 2009. Really interesting cut here. There's also a batch of remixes floating around from the likes of Bugz In The Attic (which is the shit), ST Louder & Chris Simmonds. The lead vocalist has a unique voice, but with that sax and the jazzy vibes, this one is really fresh, and fans of the original should get open to it. Make sure to keep your eye out for more info on J. Viewz!

Shouts to Leigh @ SPECTRE for the heads up!

Bonus Beats J.Viewz "Smooth Criminal (Bugz in the Attic House Mix)"

Dub MD Presents Hip Hop Renatus

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I hipped you guys to Cyrano's "OK Corral" last week, and just got the mixtape via the homey Dub MD. Here's the press release:

Dub MD presents the brand new exclusive mixtape project entitled "Hip Hop Renatus" with some of the most slept on and underrated emcees featuring the likes of Supastition, Skyzoo, Sha Stimuli, Mr. Live, 6th Sense, Sic Osyrus, Fred Knuxx, Karneige, Access Immortal, Donny Goines, Diablo Archer, Emilio Rojas, D.V. Alias Khryst, Wordsmith and many more, doing what they do best over some of the greatest producers in the Hip Hop's "New, Rare, Classic & Unreleased" instrumentals including J Dilla, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, ?uestlove, Large Professor, Oddisee, Illmind, Marley Marl, Madlib and 9th Wonder just to list a few.

Renatus in old Latin meaning Born Again/Reborn: 44 emcees over 34 handpicked beats! Thirty four tracks of that raw, authentic, no apologises Hip Hop music for the purest, 100% EXCLUSIVE from the emcee to this project, with a classic intro by the genius that is DJ Unexpected. This new mixtape is available for exclusive FREE DOWNLOAD right here, so pass it around, throw it on your iPod or burn it to CD-R, its yours! Thanks to everyone for all the continued support!

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Tracklist:

01.) The Genesis (Intro By DJ Unexpected)
02.) 6th Sense - Hip Hop Renatus (Produced By Erick Sermon)
03.) Mr. Live feat. Earl Blaize - The Bitch That You Are (Produced By Oddisee)
04.) Sic Osyrus & Donny Goines - Why Lord? (Middle Fingers Up) (Produced By Khrysis)
05.) Karniege - The Kush (Produced By Jake One)
06.) Skyzoo - Bang This (Produced By The Alchemist)
07.) Dominique Larue - Role Play (Produced By 9th Wonder)
08.) Emilio Rojas - E To The M-I-L-I-O (Produced By J Dilla)
09.) Access Immortal - Stay Strapped (Produced By DJ Premier)
10.) Melodiq feat. Nikal Fieldz - Bottom Of The 9th (Produced By 4th Disciple)
11.) Diablo Archer feat. Myk Dyaleks (of BrokN.English) - We The New Era (Produced By Domingo)
12.) Sha Stimuli - Today We Living (Produced By Nottz)
13.) Fred Knuxx - Air 'Em Out (Produced By Hi-Tek)
14.) Laelo Hood - Extra, Extra! (Produced By DJ Khalil)
15.) Supastition - Sound Of Reform School (Produced By Black Milk)
16.) Black ELement - Feel The Hunger (Produced By DJ Scratch)
17.) Droppin' A Message (Interlude)
18.) Zero Star - On My Backpack Shit (Produced By Large Professor)
19.) Little Vic - Let The Dollar Circulate (Produced By Ayatollah)
20.) Cymarshall Law - This Is The End (Produced By Salaam Remi)
21.) Donnan Linkz - Buzz Kill (Produced By Oh No)
22.) Cy Yung aka Cyrano - OK Corral (Produced By Madlib)
23.) Tislam The Great - Once Again (Produced By Questlove)
24.) Faro - Love Me Or Hate Me (Produced By Scram Jones)
25.) Arsun F!st - I'm In Here (Produced By Marco Polo)
26.) Sense-I - Sense-I's The Name (Produced By Nicolay)
27.) Wordsmith feat. Kontact & Black Knight - Signing Day (Produced By Pete Rock)
28.) Journalist 103 - Til' The Trumpets Blow (Produced By Illmind)
29.) Clap Cognac feat. Jedi Knight - Chosen Ones (Produced By Havoc)
30.) City Scholar - The Rebirth (Produced By Evidence)
31.) Detroit Red - Hip Hop Redefined (Produced By Buckwild)
32.) D.V. Alias Khryst feat. Retsam Da Prince - It's Da Govarmynt (Produced By Marley Marl)
33.) Nametag - Champagne Bottle Flow (Produced By Ski Beatz)
34.) Panama aka Da Spanish Kid - Born Ready (Produced By RZA)
35.) Hi-Coup feat. Spectacula - My Father Told Me (Produced By M-Phazes)
36.) Preach Jacobs feat. N'telligence - Mic Check (Produced By Rockwilder)
37.) The Exodus (Outro By DJ Unexpected)

Some serious jams on this one, with a lot of MCs I regularly feature. Enjoy that.

[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #11

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Donny Goines Minutes After Midnight Cover+Tracklist

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Donny Goines' long-awaited Minutes After Midnight album (which is executive-produced by Dame Grease) on Amaglam on December 16th. Here's the tracklist:

1) Intro Prod. by Dub Z (1:52)
2) The Triumph Prod. by M Phazes (3:14)
3) Ghetto U.S.A Prod. by Beatnik & K Salaam Ft. Tess (3:13)
4) What I Am Prod. By Apple Juice Kid (3:45)
5) What Happened Prod. By Dub Z (3:22)
6) Ricky's Story Prod. By Statik Selektah (2:55)
7) I am Moving Prod. by Dame Grease (4:15)
8) MLK Prod. By Dame Grease Ft. Tess (3:34)
9) Can't Fit in My Shoes Prod. By DJ Snips (2:43)
10) Can you Hear Me Prod. By Dub Z Ft. Tess (3:52)
11) The Look Prod. By Dame Grease (2:24)
12) As the World Turns Prod. by Dub Z (3:46)
13) Heaven is With You Prod. by DJ Static (4:27)

Here's the video for "I Am Moving", which was recently featured on mtvU:

DJ Ayers "We Run This"

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Just spotted this new mix from DJ Ayers over on low-bee; tracklist is fresh, trust we.

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Tracklist:

Kanye West - Heartless
T.I. - I'm Illy
Lil Scrappy & Lil Wayne - Stand Up
Killer Mike - Aye O
Madlib ft Guilty Simpson - Blow The Horns On 'Em
Young Jeezy - Circulate
Q-Tip - Won't Trade
Murs - Can It Be
Maino - However Do You Want It
Nadastrom - Pussy Loop
Tittsworth f. Nina Skye & Pitbull - Here He Comes (DJ Day Remix)
Big Daddy Kane - Raw 91
Trevor Loveys & Affie Yusef - Fakerz
Bingo Players - Get Up (Diplo Remix)
DJ Mujava - Township Funk (DJ Rob 3 remix)
DJ Ayres & Nadastrom - Fired Up
Underworld - Ring Road (Fake Blood remix)
Morgan Geist - Detroit (Carl Craig remix)
D. Ramirez and Dirty South - Shield
Runaway - Brooklyn Club Jam (LSB remix)
Glitch - Stringles
Jokers of the Scene - Acidrod
E-40 & Neyo - Competition (+ the greatest drop of all time)
Josh Xantus ft Jadakiss - Lets Ride
The Lox - It's Like That
Jadakiss ft Jay-Z - Who Run This
Devin the Dude - Thinkin Bout U

Told you.

Illogic One Bar Left EP

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I dropped the title track to this EP last week, and just got the full EP in my inbox. Enjoy this one.

[video] Busta Rhymes "I Got Bass"

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[video] 50 Cent On Shade45

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This is like an hour long;

[video] Roc-A-Fella Freestyle, Pt. 4: "Y'all Don't Wanna"

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previous [video] Roc-A-Fella Freestyle, Pt. 3: "I Shot Ya!"

[video] Obama's Economic Team

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Here's his 11+ minute speech today, rollin' out the squad he thinks will slam dunk our economic problems:



It's OK, though, looks like, with the economy hitting niggas hard, prostitution is surging!:

[video] Jake One ft. Freeway & Brother Ali "The Truth"

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Elucid "June To June"

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Elucid "June To June" (prod. by Tobacco): I've been waiting for some new Elucid heat since Police & Thieves dropped, and he just laced me with this fuzzbox banger today. You gotta love the appropriated GZA line for the hook. This one is on some revolutionary warfare pon di radio type shit.

Bonus Beats Elucid "Feed The Machine"

[video] Muja Messiah "Tha Maddness"

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RTD Exclusive: MC Ren Speaks

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MC Ren speaks with Jonathan Hay & Chad Kiser about that classic NWA material:



previous RTD Exclusive: Ice T Speaks

Crack Music: The Music Of Kanye West

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So, I'm not a fan of 808s & Heartbreak. When I got into Kanye West tracks (i.e. when Beanie Sigel's "The Truth" dropped), I was into 'Ye's soulful production. In seeing him on Def Poetry Jam, I loved the mixture of quirky humor and social commentary in his rhymes. I'm not into him being all Auto-Tune'd out, singing over sparse 808 riddims. I don't get into it, I don't co-sign it, and while he probably will break a milli, I could careless. I need my old Kanye music. That crack music.

I had made this initial mix not even as a mix, but as a CD for my mom's boyfriend. He asked me one day what the hype was about Kanye West. I tried explaining Kanye's duality, from the flossy, nigga rich rhymes to his more concious joints, speaking to the soul of man. I am better with the written word than I am speaking, but I think I am even better making CDs to show a nigga what I mean. That all gave way to a mix (1 of 2) of what I consider to be a pretty ill testament to who Kanye West is. This first mix is strictly Kanye West tracks, meaning he's either been the main rapper, main producer, or both. This mix features what I consider to be his best album cuts, alongside some alternate versions, and even a sneaky unreleased jam that plays into the flow of the mix as a whole. Peep game...

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Tracklist:


01/"All Falls Down (unreleased version)"
02/"Champion"
03/"Can't Tell Me Nothing"
04/"Everything I Am"
05/"Through The Wire"
06/"Jesus Walks"
07/"Never Let Me Down" (ft. Jay-Z & J. Ivy)
08/"We Major" (ft. Nas & Really Doe)
09/interlude: Barry Bonds Is Gangsta
10/"Crack Music" (ft. The Game)
11/"Two Words" (ft. Mos Def, Freeway & The Harlem Boys Choir)
12/"Roses"
13/"Hey Mama (Grammy Remix) (Studio Version)"
14/"Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)" (ft. Jay-Z)
15/"Big Brother"
16/"The Glory"
17/"Wow"
18/"Last Call"

I'm not sure when I'll drop part 2, maybe this week, maybe next. I'll keep you posted.

2008 American Music Awards Performances

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I didn't watch the show, I can't do that to myself. I saw Chris Brown and Rihanna won big, as did Kanye West (even if he continued to suck Lil' Wayne's dick). In any case, here are some of the performances from last night's show:

Beyonce "Single Ladies"


Rihanna "Rehab"


Kanye West "Heartless"


EDIT YBF has shots and other points of info on the show and the red carpet.

Brown Bag All-Stars "Dinner's Ready"

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Brown Bag All-Stars "Dinner's Ready" (prod. by J57 & DJ Goo): Here's another fire joint from the BBAS mixtape, which can be picked up at Fat Beats NY right now! Pretty soon, the tape will be available from fatbeats.com, so keep an eye out for that.

[video] Pam Anderson Nude For Hefner

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Apparently this is taken from a recent episode of Girls Next Door:

Prinz On The Po Politickin Show

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Here's an MP3 of Prinz' interview on Po Politickin'. He speaks on the future of Blackhand, his forthcoming mixtapes, 50 Cent, Nas, Styles P, Gallic Wars and other topics. Enjoy.

L.E.G.A.C.Y. "No Regrets Part 2"

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L.E.G.A.C.Y. ft. Lunatic Messiah, Spec Boogie & Dynas "No Regrets Part 2" (prod. by K. Hill): Shouts to Leg for doing as he said he would, and hooking me up with that leakage from his forthcoming NC Chainsaw Massacre mixtape, which will be hosted by DJ Flash and dropping in December. This is the first leak from it, and it features some ill MCs, including Lessondary crew member Spec Boogie. Sick banger for the Sunday night massive. S.I.N. Music, bitches.

[video] Behind The Scenes: Jamie Foxx & T.I.

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Kanye Shouts Out J. Slikk...

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...indirectly. J. Slikk got word that Kanye West was giving an interview, speaking on "Love Lockdown" and why he changed the vocal. It was not that 'Ye listened to the bloggers who said he was doing it wrong... it was because of "Love Lockdown Part 2", where Slikk flipped that style to a T. Listen to the interview (with Slikk's version tacked on at the end), and notice Kanye talking about "Scooby Dooby Doo" and shit, i.e. direct shit from the Slikk version.

RTD + BPA, truly hittin' you guys with the real...

Aeon Got Beats Vol. 1

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One of my favorite producers right now is Philly's Aeon. I've grown to love his work through productions for Tanya Morgan, Elucid, Che Grand, Spec Boogie and others, as well as his wild remix work. He hit my inbox with a 19-track, 45 minute free beat tape, Aeon Got Beats Vol. 1, and you guys need to grab this one. Early!

[video] Che Grand "City On Fire" LIVE

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Here's Che Grand and The Grand Union performing "City On Fire" from the Knitting Factory show on Nov. 19th:

[video] Black Jesus: Ridin' Sweet

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[video] Kanye West "Street Lights" (Unofficial)

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Dallas' video makes me actually dig the track.

Two Illa J Videos

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"We Here"


"R U Listenin'?" (ft. Guilty Simpson)


Yancey Boys is in stores now.

Mike Classic When It's Playoff Mode Mixtape

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Queens, NY's Mike Classic hit me with this mixtape, When It's Playoff Mode, around Halloween, and I finally got a chance to peruse through it, and you know what? Dude got some flavor to him. He really attacks the mic, and does it with some ill rhymes. The beats on this one will knock in your whips as well (loads of original production, too). Grab this one and bang out.

Both Nice "What Kinda" (Week 5)

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Both Nice "What Kinda": 6th says it best... "This week gets a little darker. We're setting a mood with this one. Features some nice guitar work by Joey Angerone (he directed the EPK). Enjoy your weekend."

previous Both Nice "AM Set" (Week 4)

Infamous "Lyrical Exercise 2008"

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Infamous "Lyrical Exercise 2008": Chicago has a crew called the Black Table Committee. Infamous is an MC out of that stable. Here he is rippin' over Jay-Z's "Lyrical Exercise. Pump or dump?

Joe Budden ft. The Game "The Future"

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Joe Budden ft. The Game "The Future": I decided to stop playing Fight Night 3 for this? Lyrically, Joey and Jayceon do their thing, but this beat has to go, I'm sorry. I'm really not feelin' that shit. I can only hope there's a nasty remix of this brewing... first single off of Padded Room, eh? Christ, talk about disappointment...

Pic & MP3 via Nah Right.

EDIT Here's the Dirty/CDQ MP3, again via Nah Right.

[video] Keelay & Zaire "The Times"

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J-Zone x Vapors Magazine

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Zone speaks on tight, saggin' jeans, his latest album and other bits of info.

Friday, November 21st 2008 playlist

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Yo, it's cold.

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GET'CHA LATE PASS!


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I'm gonna call this last segment the BoomBoxxMixtape segment, b/c these BBM niggas are putting up some SHIT. Subscribe to their YouTube channel and reminisce. Don't believe me?

Show & AG "Next Level (Nyte Time Mix)"

Botchmania 58

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DJ Zinc - Nov. 2008 House Mix

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Those that know me should know that House really isn't my thing, but I can't deny a good DJ Zinc mix, especially since he doesn't drop too many of these out there. Here's a fresh selection of his...

DOWNLOAD (mirror)

Tracklist:

ac slater - jack got jacked original/jack beats remix
b8b - wolfen
busy p - crookers rmx
zinc n spoon - ghost train orig/lee moretimer rmx
zinc ft nolay - killa sound
foamo - everything cool
mujava - b8b + sinden remixes
zinc ft foreign beggars - move
b8b - sirens
tc - money - jb re-edit
herve + jesse rose - take it to the club

Get your party started right.

[video] C-N-N "Argument"

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Logic Marsalis "Power Moves"

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Logic Marsalis "Power Moves" (prod. by J. Slikk): Never heard of Logic before peeping this one, but he goes for his over this organ-stabbing J. Slikk banger. You already know. RTD x J Slikk Interview 2 coming on Tuesday.

Bonus Beats J. Slikk "One Hittah Quittah"

[video] The Wrestler Trailer

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[video] Keri Hilson ft. Lil' Wayne "Turnin' Me On"

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[video] Slim "Good Lovin'"

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Featuring Ryan Leslie & Fabolous:

[video] Negrology: Negro Hair (PERMS)

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[video] NTV: A Minute In The Lab #8

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[video] Prodigy "Sleep When I'm Dead"

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Duo Live "Shootin'"

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Duo Live ft. Billionz, Joell Ortiz, Red Cafe, Uncle Murder & M.O.P. "Shootin'" (prod. by Sid V): Whoa. Lookin' at that lineup, I think I was expecting one kind of track. Lyrically, I got it (tough tales of stray shots in the garrison), but that beat? Those roots-y vibes in there got me open, instantly. Nice cut, different flex over here.

Shouts to the Foundation Media fam.

DJ Concept Jimi Hendrix: A Tribute To Experience

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RIP Mitch Mitchell.

DOWNLOAD

Tracklist:

An Introduction
Star Spangled Banner
Stone Free
Gypsy Eyes
Nit N Run // prod by: J-Zone
Purple Haze
Castles Made Of Sand
Spanish Castle Music
A House Burning Down
Interlude One
Foxy Lady
Midnight Dirt f. Jay-Z
Midnight
Pimp Palace Magic // prod by: J-Zone
Lover Man (Live)
Today's Encore f. Jay-Z
I Don't Live Today
Interlude Two
All Along The Watchtower
Izabella
The Wind Crys Mary
Crazy Mary prod // by: J-Zone
Bold As Love
Fire (Live)

Shouts to Concept.

[video] The Obamas On 60 Minutes

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Here's the full episode (41+ minutes) with both Barack & Michelle. Enjoy:

[video] Tubesteak Exposes Barack Obama, Pt. 1

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[video] Black Devil Doll Trailer

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Wow. Yo shouts to Donwill for putting a nigga on to this. When I used to have The Movie Channel, I used to live for that B-movie zaniness just like this. I have neither the time nor privacy to indulge in such ignorant masterpieces like Black Devil Doll, but I wish I did. Oh, this is kinda NSFW:

Richard Raw "Microphone Fiend"

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Richard Raw "Microphone Fiend": The homey Ricky Raw goes for broke over a classic. 'Nuff said.

[video] John Mayer's Gully Bodyguard

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Aren't John Mayer and Kanye West friends? 'Ye needs to get at John for nigga security guards like this:

[video] Fokis A Walk Through MySpace Vol. 1 EPK

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247HH x E-40 The Best That Ever Did It Mixtape

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Shouts to the 247HH.com fam for passing this new tape to me. They got DJ Wicked Prince and E-40 to link up and drop a serious primer to 40's forthcoming LP, The Ball Street Journal, which drops on Nov. 24th. A grip of exclusive remixes and blends, as well as some fresh new cuts ("The Recipe" is a beast) litter this tape, and might just be that tape to get you going. Download this monster right now.

Illogic "One Bar Left"

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Illogic "One Bar Left" (prod. by Ill Poetic): Here's a preview of Illogic's One Bar Left EP, which will be coming out for free from the good folks at Weightless on November 25th (you can also cop the EP, and that pack will include instrumentals). I believe Ill Poetic will be handling the beats for that, as well as Illogic's Diabolical Fun album, which is set to drop in the Spring of 2009.

[video] Nas On Semtex TV

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[video] Big Boi On Chelsea Lately

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[video] Snoop Dogg x Martha Stewart

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DivaSpeakTV: Episode 34

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