Archive for 11/01/2008 - 12/01/2008

[video] EPMD "Listen Up"

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I'm honestly not feeling the new cuts from the album:

Both Nah Right & 2dopeboyz have some leaks from their forthcoming LP.

[video] Wale "Nike Boots"

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[video] Nina Sky Vlog #12: The Source Dimepiece Shoot

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Damn right:

[video] Brandy "Long Distance"

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DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #43

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DJ Cable takes it to the club for some of the illest R&B jams of late...



01. T-Pain Feat. Kardinal Offishall & Lil Wayne - Can't Believe It (Remix)
02. Lil Wayne Feat. Bobby Valentino - Mrs. Officer
03. Timbaland Feat. T-Pain & Missy Elliott - Talk That Shit
04. Ray J Feat. Yung Berg - Sexy Can I
05. Ne-Yo - Miss Independent
06. Erykah Badu - Honey

Holla! Here's a list of Cable's UK schedule for this week:

Wednesday 3rd Dec: Po Na Na (Norwich)
Thursday 4th Dec: Oceana (Southampton)
Friday 5th Dec: Qube (Colchester)
Saturday 6th Dec: Liquid (Colchester)
Sunday 7th Dec: The Gallery (York)

Catch the selekta doing his thing!

[video] Che Grand & Spec Boogie - Crack Distributors Radio Freestyle

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[video] Dallas Penn x Kanye West "Love Lockdown"

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EDIT Here's a video of Dallas at Interesting New York:

Shout to the homey DP for always shouting me out. I ain't shit, but I support my niggas.

[video] Joell Ortiz "Modern Day Slavery"

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Featuring Immortal Technique:

[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #12

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Foals ft. Theo "Electric Boom"

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Foals ft. Theo "Electric Boom" (prod. by Santo Angelo): This is the latest track from Theo's Channel Surfin' series. Really noisey, true rock the dub style. I don't think you guys are ready. Theo also told me he has a track on stash that I want to hear. Damn I hate waiting for good music...

Wordsmith "Senor Wordsmith"

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Wordsmith "Senor Wordsmith" (prod. by Strada): Here's the first leak from Wordsmith's HipHopDX Presents: The Resolution & Re-Cap Mixtape, which is set to drop sometime this week. Cat stays workin', and his grind has to be paying off!

MP3 via 2dopeboyz.

[video] Leona Lewis "Run"

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[video] Yes Man Trailer

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rock the dub radio: episode 029

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This mix came about mad piecemeal. Two weeks ago, I had the mix from tracks 6-24 done. I then finished the tail-end and added an intro this past Black Friday, with a 40 of OE and no direction. I don't think anyone cares, but I think it came out kind of ill. I threw a few comedic interludes in there for no good reason. I think I'm gonna do a special show with no rapping but mad beats. Soon come. Probably sometime in Jan. 2009...

rock the dub radio: episode 029
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01/Medeski, Martin & Wood "Start-Stop"
02/Ludacris ft. Common & Spike Lee "Do The Right Thang"
03/M.O.P. "What The Fuck"
04/Trae ft. Lil' Keke "Screw Done Already Warned Me"
05/Busta Rhymes ft. Cassidy & Papoose "Psycho"
06/interlude: Time Passes In The Friendly Skies
07/Junclassic "The Basics" (snippet)
08/Junclassic "The Ooh Ahh" (snippet)
09/Cymarshall Law & Mr. Joeker "Love, Sex Or What"
10/interlude: Give Kobe Some
11/Che Grand "Chateau Gold"
12/Duo Live ft. Billionz, Joell Ortiz, Red Cafe, Uncle Murda & M.O.P. "Shootin'"
13/Common "Be (original version)"
14/Ludacris "MVP"
15/PA "Rhythmicism Blvd"
16/Muja Messiah ft. Black Thought "Give It Up"
17/Trae ft. Bun B & Lil' Keke "Grey Cassette"
18/E-40 ft. Gucci Mane & Bun B "The Recipe"
19/EPMD ft. Raekwon "Puttin' Work In"
20/interlude: Back Against The Door Deal
21/Small Eyez ft. Antonio Dye "Soul Incredible"
22/Soulstice ft. Boogat, Chaundon & Joe Brown "Crash The Party"
23/Marley Marl ft. Masta Ace, Craig G, Kool G Rap & Big Daddy Kane "The Symphony Vol. 1"
24/interlude: "Gangbusters"
25/B.o.B. ft. T.I. "I'm Dat Nigga"
26/Big Pokey ft. Slim Thug & Trae "Boss Hogg On Candy (Remix)"
27/The Alchemist ft. Mack Maine "My Money Is My Bitch"
28/Self Scientific ft. The Game & Talib Kweli "Everywhere I Go"
29/Raekwon ft. Ghostface Killah & Nas "Verbal Intercourse"
30/Royce Da 5'9. Elzhi & Guilty Simpson "Verbal Intercourse (Detroit Remix)"
31/Elucid "June To June"
32/Ludacris ft. Nas & Jay-Z "I Do It For Hip-Hop"

Don't ask why I threw some of these tracks in here. My flavors go haywire when that Olde English is in me.


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Big Kuntry King ft. T.I. vs. Reform "Throwback (DJ Nappy Extended THUGSTEP Refix)": This was initially leaked on the THUGSTEP Extensions pack, but after the recent Dirty Awards fiasco, I had to flip something for the Grand Hustle fam. Are you slangin' Joe Montana? What about that Hershel Walker? If you on that grind, I think you should be. This Reform beat is bananas... I've seen heads get entranced by that bass. Dope vibes for a dope track.

DJ Nappy is on twitter, too. Keep up, slowpokes!

Jay-Z ft. Santogold "Brooklyn (Go Hard)"

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Jay-Z ft. Santogold "Brooklyn (Go Hard)" (prod. by Kanye West): Eskay says this is set to drop on the Notorious soundtrack. This isn't horrendous by any means, but I think one of two things:

  1. when Kanye isn't musing on unlocked-down love, he's flipping hipster chick vocals over marching drums (and going to the well twice in this vein isn't really a great look), and
  2. Jay-Z needs to not feed into that fake patois shit. I know this is supposed to be on the Biggie movie soundtrack, but damn...

All in all, Jigga actually saves this one. If this was Max B over the same instrumental? CD gets thrown out the window.

PS hey Jay, why don't you go hard (pause) for the Nets and sign Lebron when he's a free agent!?!?!?

Flyling Lotus - Essential Mix (Nov 29th 2008)

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California's Flying Lotus comes with a serious selection, taking through influences and sounds of many styles...



1. Alice Coltrane - Galaxy In Turiya
2. Charlie Hayden and Egberto Gisomonti and Gonjasufi - Testament
3. Flying Lotus - Massage Situation (Stripped)
4. Dimlite - Sun Sized Twinkles
5. Flying Lotus feat Dolly - Robertaflack
6. Flying Lotus - Robertaflack (Mike Slott Reflunk)
7. Ahu - I Know All The Bitches (Bullion mix)
8. Heralds Of Change - Amuse
9. Carlos Y Gaby - Happy Summer Solstice
10. Pudge - Yung Infamous
11. Dorothy Ashby - Myself When Young
12. Nosaj Thing - Bach
13. LL - Turf Day
14. Flying Lotus - Infinitum (Dimlite mix)
15. Clark - Springtime Epigram
16. Burial - Shutta
17. Blank Blue - Blank Blue (Flying Lotus mix)
18. Daedelus - Im String Struck
19. MHE - ?
20. Daedelus and Madvillain - Experience/Accordion (Flying Lotus live mix)
21. Hudson Mohawke - Zoo0000oom
22. Rustie - Black Block (remix)
23. Teebs and Jackhigh - Idea 1 (Clutch)
24. Matthewdavid - Tallahassee Tapes
25. Martyn and Flying Lotus - Vancouver/Pet Monster Shotglass
26. Fulgeance - Chico (Dorian Concept mix)
27. Joker - Solid State
28. Rusko - Moanerz
29. Daddy Kev - Invite8
30. Ras G - Star Messenger
31. Madlib - Unreleased Gem
32. SAMIYAM - Cheesecake Backslap
33. Knowledge - Dawn
34. Flyamsam - Princess Toadstool
35. Sa-Ra - Hollywood
36. Muhsinah and Flying Lotus - With Me/Melt
37. Flying Lotus - Dissecto
38. Flying Lotus - Breathe
39. Mike Slott - Home
40. Flying Lotus - Sangria Spin Cycles (ambient mix)
41. Danny Breaks - Cosmic Dust
42. Flying Lotus - Beginners Falafel (Free The Robots mix)
43. SAMIYAM - Falafel Cannon
44. Flying Lotus - Beginners Falafel
45. Slum Village - Players (instrumental mix)
46. Flying Lotus - Cackle
47. Flying Lotus - Raise It Up
48. Osborne - Definition Of A Breakdown
49. Baron Zen - Burn Rubber (Dam-Funk mix)
50. Mono/Poly - Needsdeodorantbitch
51. Chocolate Star and Nelly Furtado - Stay With Me/Promiscuous
52. Gonjasufi - Suzie Q
53. Kiing Midas - Lost (Flying Lotus live mix)
54. Rusko and Flying Lotus - Terminal3 / Tea Leaf (Dancers live mix)
55. Daedelus - Hours Minutes Seconds (beat invitational version)
56. Kode9 and Flying Lotus - Kryon
57. Zomby - Spliff Dub (Rustie mix)
58. Busta Rhymes - What Up
59. SAMIYAM - Crystal Lake
60. Weather Report - River People
61. SAMIYAM - Flintstone Car
62. Flying Lotus - Backpack Caviar
63. Radiohead - Reckoner (Flying Lotus mix)
64. Bjork - All Is Full Of Love
65. Broadcast - Winter Now
66. Portishead - Elysium
67. Linda Perhacks - Hey Now Who Really Cares
68. Flying Lotus - Infinitum (Exile mix)
69. Flying Lotus - Live Set Practice Run


DJ Nappy - Thugstep Mix (Part 1 of 2)

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I posted this back in March of 2007, but I've been down and needed a pick me up. Maybe when Nappy touches back down, he will drop part 2. Or maybe I need to do part 2. Who knows. Here's a solid link...

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Disc Jockey Nappy-Thugstep Mix (pt 1of 2) by djnappy


01. young jeezy - take it to the floor f. bonecrusher (nappy vs tes la rok dubstep mix)
02. big kuntry king - throwback f. ti (nappy vs. reform dubstep mix)
03. slim thug - like a boss (nappy vs vex'd dubstep mix)
04. slim thug - diamonds (remix) f. young jeezy, sick pulla, killa (nappy vs emelkay dubstep mix)
05. jase - go hard
06. boss-n-over - self made f. bun b (nappy vs skream dubstep mix)
07. lil wayne - go dj (nappy vs benga dubstep mix)
08. big cas - check my feet (nappy vs. hijak extended dubstep mix)
09. allstar cashville prince f. yo gotti - tear it up (nappy vs el rakkas dubstep mix)
10. brisco - opa-locka (feat. rick ross)
11. 8ball - anotha level
12. riskay - dope girl (nappy vs. reform dubstep mix)
13. the game - dreams (nappy vs paradigmx dubstep mix)
14. 2vm - placita
15. the twilight singers - love

New refix coming Monday...

Redman ft. Oh No "Lay You Out"

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Redman ft. Oh No "Lay You Out" (prod. by Oh No): It looks like, to celebrate the HD remastering of Street Fighter II for the Xbox & Playstation networks, there's been a Street Fighter Underground Remix mixtape put together. Damn. These joints apparently sample the game extensively, and if the other joints sound like this heatrock, I need that in my life, early!

Via Metal Lungies by way of Oh No's blog. EDIT More cuts over at GRANDGOOD.

[video] Portishead "Magic Doors"

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MTV & Gallic Wars Presents Luis Vuitton & Prada

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Here's a fresh new mixtape from MTV and Gallic Wars. It's hosted by Nick Brown, one of the cats from Real World Hollywood, and features new heat from cats like Joe Budden, Jay-Z, Murda Mook with Cassidy, Prinz, The G-Unit and others!

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1. (Intro) - Nick Brown
2. Womanizer Remix - Britney Spears ft Sacario
3. Live Your Life - Trey Songz
4. However Do You Want It - Maino
5. What Money Sound Like - Archie Eversole
6. On a Mission - Q da Kid
7. Expect The Unexpected - Murda Mook & Cassidy
8. Interlude Part I - Nick Brown
9. Every Weekend - F.A.T
10. It Hurts So Bad - Alima Amaris
11. Smoke In Ya Face - Rico Paysos
12. The Future - Joe Budden ft The Game
13. Chicken & Waffles - Nirvana Savoury
14. Keep My Name Out Your Mouth - Boro (Prod. by Andrew U The Perfectionist)
15. Take Off Your Clothes - Alima Amaris
16. Interlude Part II - Nick Brown
17. Get Up - 50 Cent
18. Dream On - Lloyd Banks
19. Gun Talk - Prinz the Pistoleer
20. Money - Dynasty
21. Swagga Like Us Freestyle - Dylan Dilinjah
22. I'm Nice Pt 2 - Royce 5'9
23. Actors - Sha Stimuli
24. History - Jay-Z
25. Still Murder - Newz ft Ja Rule & Young Life
26. Hood Vision - Ransom ft Sleezo Bang
27. Shooters For Hire - Tony Yayo & Uncle Murda
28. Sidetracked - Joe Budden
29. (Outro) - Nick Brown

PS: There are some BANGIN' pics of Symmone included with this mixtape. They might be worth the download on their own!

The Black Table Committee "A Taste Of Chicago"

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The Black Table Committee "A Taste Of Chicago" (prod. by Infamous): Chicago Emcees Infamous behind the song lyrical exercise 08 and The Jeanyus formed The Black Table Committee and drop another joint entitled "A Taste Of Chicago" which is the title track for their mixtape.

Articulate "Out The Door"

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Articulate "Out The Door" The homey Artic goes for his over the "Chopped N Skrewed" beat. I need that Warmup, homey! You should also check out The Carter Cartel's interview with Articulate, nahmean?

Bonus Beats Articulate "Out The Window"

CL Smooth LIVE At Drom (Dec. 2nd 2008)

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$10 Advance/$15 Day Of Show. Should be ill. Shouts to Alex @ MFM.

Both Nice "Aight Bet" (Week 6)

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Both Nice "Aight Bet": 6th's words: For the beat geeks out there, I made this beat in "slip" mode. Every track in the beat was played live to no click track. "For real?" Yeah, for real. "Aight, bet."

(Photo credit: Dorothy Hong)

previous Both Nice "What Kinda" (Week 5)

Black Friday 2008 playlist

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That's a special message for you niggas out there getting stomped on at Wal-mart for the latest iPod, although I'm at work here, waiting for lunch B2B waiting for my shift to end. You know how it is. Here's a shitload of music; I just want to say: I'm thankful for all of the blogs and sites that leak fresh music on the regular, including the NMC, illRoots, BGDB and all of the other cats who I'm not rememebring right now. You niggas keep my jones for new music up to date. And shouts to all of the artists/producers/DJs who hit me with new music on the regular. Your contributions help keep this site rockin'.





This week's BoomBoxxMixtape video is a joint I a) had no idea was made and b) is one of my favorite videos now:

Ghostface Killah "Mighty Healthy"

Jesus christ. Was this played on Rap City and shit? How did this get past me?! Enjoy your weekend - don't OD on that turkey! And for fun, peep where the news was this time last year, as well as my playlists from 2007 and 2006 (and don't ask me about dead links from a year+). Gotta love the progression, no? Thankful to you readers for keeping RTD growing.

Jay Smooth: Getting Back To Work, Part 1

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[video] Britney Spears Rolling Stone Covershoot

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Rollng Stone interns must salivate at the mouth when they see shit like BRITNEY SPEARS COVERSHOOT on their "to-do" lists... well, I would anyways:

Cappadonna "Somebody's Got To Go"

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Cappadonna ft. Ghetto Philharmonic "Somebody's Got To Go" (prod. by G-Clef da Mad Composa): Cappadonna steps out of the cab to a) take a pic with some Slick Rick-esque dookie ropes and b) put out a new album, Slang Prostitution, on Koch/Chambermusick in Jan. 2009. I love that horn loop in this. I'm hoping he comes harder on the mic than this one, but I can ride to this.

Bonus Beats Timbo King ft. Planet Asia "Robin Hood Theory" (prod. by Endemic)

Botchmania 60

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Tote King "Todo Lo Do Quiero"

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Tote King "Todo Lo Do Quiero" (prod. by Cookin' Soul): Yes, this track's is definitely all in Spanish, but be honest... can you deny some fire CS production? Didn't think so. This is one of the many tracks CS produced for Tote King's T.O.T.E. album, so if you dig this, you might wanna cop it.

[video] Serius Jones "I Smell A Rat"

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[video] Skillz "For Real"

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[video] Barack Obama x Barbara Walters

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Here's Barbara Walters' Barack Obama Special (in 5 parts):

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Part 4

Part 5

Shouts to lester94111 for ripping this.

EDIT WSHH has posted the full 38 minute segment in one video:

[video] Jamie Foxx ft. T.I. "Just Like Me"

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[video] Beyonce On Tyra Banks

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Here's the full 23 minute interview:

Nike x Clark Kent: Black Friday Air Force 1

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Nike and DJ Clark Kent hooked up for the Black Friday Air Force 1, which touched down at 4AM EST this morning. These jawns have black pony hair all over. Hit up Sneakerfiles for the first look.

[video] The Sopranos: Fake Ending

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Here's a sample from The Sopranos Complete Series DVD set, speaking on a fake ending:

[video] Black Jesus: Steve Jobs

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Brooke Valentine ft. Jamie Foxx "T-Shirt & Panties"

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Brooke Valentine ft. Jamie Foxx "T-Shirt & Panties": Damn, I remember when the original Adina Howard joint came out (which Jamie was also featured on). I was a fucking fiend for terrestrial radio. Power 99 used to rinse the fuck out of this joint. I was such a Hip-Hop fiend back then, but this one would have me open. That's still the best look for a female: cute pair of panties, t-shirt, nothing else. Damn.

Shouts to WIL for this one.

Jean Grae "Mean Jean (B Day Edition)"

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Jean Grae "Mean Jean (B Day Edition)" (prod. by Fatin): Not too many artists give out gifts on their borndays (well, aside from Von Pea and 'em). The homey Tunji, who blasted this joint out, says that Jean will be touching down at the Highline Ballroom with Mr. Len and Derrin Maxwell. Should be a fresh show!

Junclassic "Dope Song"

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Junclassic "Dope Song" (prod. by J-Zone): So what you guys need to do tomorrow is the following: take you some of that high power boom, take an L or two to the face, THEN get your turkey on. Use this joint (no pun intended) and other joints like it to play the soundtrack to your L pulling.

Bonus Beats Junclassic "Dope Song (DJ Husky Remix)"

[video] Busta Rhymes & Diddy vs T-Pain & Akon "Battle Of The Verse"

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[video] Josh X-an-tus ft. Jakdakiss "Let's Ride"

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Armyfatique "The Pursuit"

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Click the banner for the zshare link; here's the press release info I received:

Armyfatique, the Dutch production duo consisting of Lostsun & DJ Krylon get set to unveil their debut compilation album titled The Initiation on January 8th digitally through Coalmine Records. The Initiation includes 16 tracks all produced by Armyfatique and includes features from C-Rayz Walz, Vordul Mega, Q-Unique, Mr. Metaphor, Trife da God, Maylay Sparks, Bekay and more!!

Should be firey. Shouts to Matt @ Coalmine for the info!

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #42

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The homey DJ Cable is rockin' some Bmore/Electro flavors for the impending holiday weekend. Twerk it out...



01. M.I.A. - XR2
02. Round Table Knights - Freak From Desire
03. Kazey & Bulldog - Sweet Harmony
04. Kazey & Bulldog - Big Truck
05. KW Griff & Booman - Pick Em up (Exotic Dancer Mix)
06. The Count & Sinden Feat. Rye Rye - Hardcore Girls
07. DJ Scottie B - Find A Way


[video] T-Baby In-Studio

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Peep T-Baby performing "It's So Cold In The D" acapulco; you gotta respect her belief in this remedial niggadom:

Via TSS.

previous [video] T-Baby "It's So Cold In The D"

Rukus "Kill A Man"

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Rukus "Kill A Man": Back in August, I posted Manic's "Killers Theme 2008", which got some good responses from the heads out there. I sent the instrumental out to some of my favorite MCs, hoping I could spark something with them. The only cats I knew who bit were Nov Ganon and Rukus. Last night, Rukus hit me with his take on that riddim, but flipped the idea - instead of rapping about the usual gunplay/murda talk, he ponders... what would it take for someone to kill a man? He goes in for like 3 minutes or so, then lets the beat ride out. Get hype to this.

I'm still waiting for Ganon's version, will hit you when I have it!

Bonus Beats Rukus vs Manic "Kill A Man (rock the dub VIP)"

B.o.B. ft. T.I. "I'm Dat Nigga"

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B.o.B. ft. T.I. "I'm Dat Nigga": Here's the dirty/CDQ of a cut from the Who The Fuck Is B.o.B. mixtape that I admittedly slept on. I got hooked onto this cut from that Curtis Mayfield sample, but lyrically, these two go in. While I don't think B.o.B. sounds like Andre3000, I'd love to hear the two of them over a beat like this, rockin' together. Can someone make that happen?

Via Meka.

DivaSpeakTV: Episode 35

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[video] Kanye West On Conan O'Brien

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He is really wearing that red heart on his blazer, eh?



[video] Fokis ft. P Nameck "Get Loose" / "Inbox"

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previous Fokis A Walk Through Myspace Vol.1

[video] Star Trek XI Trailer #2

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This one is called "Spock Revised":

Rosenberg & Kanye West Talk DJ Premier

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[video] Mileena Hayes "Apple Bottom" Photoshoot

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[video] Jay-Z On The Angie Martinez Show

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I'm fucking PISSED I missed this on Monday night. Any word of if/when this will rerun? In any case, here's one of my all-time favorite Hip-Hop personalities interviewing one of the illest MCs to ever do it:

Is It Really This Serious?

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I guess George Bush likes some Black people. Imagine my confusion as to why THIS was the cover of my local paper. I don't really remember them making this big of a deal when John Forte was arrested and sent to prison for his role in a $1.4M liquid coke bust, and considering that the story right next to it had more meat in regards to local news (a dismissed drug czar was allowed back into our area, this time of the federal dime), I don't see why this took presidence. To sell papers, I'm sure, but the fucked up thing is, the article then references Forte's work with Carly Simon, as if that was a) a hit and b) Simon really gives a fuck about speaking on John's situation now.

Look, I am all for cats getting commuted, and I was a fan of John's back when I first heard him on The Score. But what's next? Is it really this big of a deal? When was the last time you listened to I, John? Just keep shit in perspective, people...

[video] Scanz and Sherm Preview New Track

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Peep Scanz dropping a beautiful cut for the homey Sherm:

That shit!?! Sounds like some epic shit to me. I actually really want that track. Not even to share, just to blast on my own.

Anyways, be on the lookout for Scanz' Scanz Presents: The Basement Chronicles album, which is set to drop in December; it will be featuring heads like Mr. Lif, Akrobatik, KRS-One, Chaundon and more! Keep it locked, and props to Sherm for the exclusive!

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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"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 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


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!