Saturday, November 15, 2008

[video] Tha Dogg Pound "Ya'll Know What I'm Doing"

Featuring Turf Talk, a bunch of niggas and some thick ol' asses:

[video] The Roots Announce Retirement...

...from touring that is. I had no idea they would be the house band for Jimmy Fallon's late night show (he replaced Conan O'Brien when Conan switches to The Tonight Show in March 2009:

Via Nah Right.

[video] M-Phazes Making A Beat

Paul Wall ft. Webbie "Bizzy Body"

Paul Wall ft. Webbie "Bizzy Body": I bet you have an idea about how this track will sound. Guess what? You were right, for good or ill.

Vote Cymarshall Law

Dope artist and friend of rock the dub, Cymarshall Law, is one of the finalists in HipHopDX's Jake One/Rhymesayers contest. He flipped one of the instrumentals from Jake One's White Van Music, and is in the running to win a Jake One beat, a studio session and single deal with Rhymesayers! Check out his joint, "Ghosts of Hip Hop: Past, Present and Future", and if you feel it, Vote Cymarshall Law.

I'm still taking in entries for the Hip Hop In The Soul CD Giveaway - get your info in, early!

Big up to Aubrey.

EDIT Here's some footage from the Hip Hop In The Soul album release party:

[video] D. Dot x Rock Me TV

This is a pretty wild video for those who were into Bad Boy and the whole mid-90's Hip-Hop flavor. D. Dot speaks on managing Kanye West, the creation of The Mad Rapper, including the "How To Rob" record, and some memories on touring with B.I.G.:

[video] Deborah Cox "Beautiful U R"

[video] Big Daddy Kane LIVE (11/14/2008)

Shouts to Miss Info for upping this compilation video of Big Daddy Kane's 20th Anniversary performance at BB Kings' last night:

related Juan Epstein x Big Daddy Kane

Jim Jones x Broadway

How Capo got a Broadway show is far beyond me, but get your hustle on, nigga:

Shouts to Miss Info.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Juan Epstein x Big Daddy Kane

In NY tonight, Big Daddy Kane will be celebrating the 20th anniversary of the release of Long Live The Kane, his debut album. The show will be star-studded, including guest DJs Mister Cee and Biz Markie, as well as Kane himself performing with Connie Price and the Keystones, the band he toured with on 2007's Scion Live Metro tour. Kane also said there's going to be a bunch of special guests.

To commemorate this, Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg have posted a new edition of Juan Epstein with BDK. I haven't listened to it yet, but I imagine it's a goldmine for those who grew up on Kane's memorable lines and classic swagger. If you aren't up on Kane, and say you are a fan of Biggie or Jay-Z, you need to fall all the way back, get some education, and then come talk to us.

Spin With Nina Sky DJ Contest

previous [video] Nina Sky Vlog #9: DJ 101

[video] Gym Class Heroes "Guilty As Charged"

Keyshia Cole A Different Me Cover

Drops December 16th; pre-order via Amazon. Via Brown Sista.

Friday, November 14th 2008 playlist

That's about right.





With the ills life brings, and the aroma off this co-worker on the busride in had my thinking about weed this morning. I wanna get lifted.

Keith Murray "Get Lifted"

Do the damn thing this weekend.

Obama x Fela Kuti

Okayplayer caught up with Dwayne Rogers, the artist/photographer behind this Barack Obama/Fela Kuti mash-up image, which you can cop on a plethora of t-shirts (10% of those proceeds go to progressive political causes). Holla.

[video] Kanye West LIVE In The UK

Here's a 12 minute clip of Kanye West freestyling and just plain speaking:

Bonus Beats Here's some G.O.O.D. Music Showcase footage, from Eskay by way of Semtex TV:

Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 5

Here's the 5th and final installment of Respect The Architect for this week. Stakato put his foot in this one, some serious edit bizness here. Da Brat's subtle singing and "word ups" from her coolest single ever get a funky, up-tempo re-rub. Fans of that real Funk should know what time it is with The Meters, and that Slits track is that naughty old school zaniness. Enjoy.


Da Brat - Give It To You
Joi - Lick
Peaches - Shake Yer Tits
Salsoul Orchestra and Charro - Coochi Coochi
The Meters - Just Kissed My Baby
The Slits - I Know What Boys Like

previous Volume 1 \ Volume 2 \ Volume 3 \ Volume 4

A. Pinks "The Juice"

A. Pinks "The Juice": Here's Week 14 of his Will Rap 4 Food series. Coming soon will be the illRoots/Jumpstreet Will Rap 4 Food Mixtape, which should be a treat. "The Juice" is a joint that Pinks never officially put out, but was found to be someone's favorite joint of his. Power of the internets.

Both Nice "AM Set" (Week 4)

Both Nice "AM Set": So says 6th "Keeping with the late late night/early morning theme, we got the "AM Set." Features smooth vocals from Andras."

previous Week 1 \ Week 2 \ Week 3

El Da Sensei "Got Fire"

El Da Sensei ft. Doujah Raze "Got Fire" (prod. by The Returners): Here's an album cut from El's forthcoming album, Global Takeover (Asfalt/Coalmine), which drops on November 18th. The Returners (aka Little & DJ Chwial) produce this exclusively, so expect some bangers throughout the project. The bonus cut isn't an album track, btw.

Shouts to Matt @ Coalmine!

Bonus Beats El Da Sensei ft. Skyzoo & King Magnetic "Do You" (prod. by The Returners)

The Equation Y=MC+P

Here's a free LP entitled Y=MC+P from a duo that goes by the name The Equation. All of the rhymes are done by UllNevaNo, with beats from Knowledge. You can definitely hear some potential in these tracks, and I can't be mad at someone who is keeping that real Hip-Hop alive. The second half, for some reason, got me open more than the first half... some really Soulful vibes in the beats, and UllNevaNo pulls no punches.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

[video] Beyonce On Oprah

The Interview:

Performing "If I Were A Boy"

[video] Erick Sermon - Tim Westwood Freestyle

[video] Colin Munroe Is The Unsung Hero Trailer

Colin Munroe's Colin Munroe Is The Unsung Hero mixtape will drop on December 1st, featuring appearances by Wale, Mickey Factz, Joell Ortiz, Blaqstarr and Skyzoo. It will feature some special things, including "a revox of Bob Dylan’s “Who Killed Davey Moore” to a remake of Q-Tip’s J-Dilla-produced “Fever”" Should be a treat:

OnSMASH and will be dropping the tape on Dec. 1st, so keep your eyes peeled.

[video] Dear John Witherspoon: "Steroids"

Che Grand x Amanda Diva x Blitz @ Knitting Factory (Nov. 19th, 2008)

This is going to be a fresh show. If I left the house, I'd be in there!

Shouts to Alex at Move Forward Music.

SoulStice "Crash The Party"

SoulStice "Crash The Party" (prod. by DJ Denox): Denox hit me with the "Crash The Party" single that's dropping from SoulStice very soon. It's some interesting music... here, I'll let Denox explain what the deal is with "Crash The Party":

Me and SoulStice have this track we’ll release next Monday, it’s called Crash The Party. We did something that has never been done before and tried to push the limits of hip-hop & bring it to another level: we did 3 remixes of our track in 3 different languages… one in English, one in Spanish and one in Korean!

This version is mastered; once the full single is set to drop, I got you. FYI, the "Spanish Remix" features Boogat, while the "Korean Remix" features Joe Brown. Shouts to Denox for lacing me!

Bonus Beats SoulStice ft. Chaundon "Crash The Party (American Remix)"

Whitney Houston Undefeated Cover?

Whomever OK'd this needs to be shot. For a comeback, this is the worst look I've seen in a while. Fall back, Clive Davis. Via YBF.

EDIT Thanks to an anonymous commenter, and a bit of investigating based on that tip, it looks like this cover if a fake. Whitney's head has apparently been put on Naomi Campbell's body.

Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 4

This fourth edition of Stakato's Respect The Architect series flips edits of a more Rock-ish design. That Joe Cuba edit kills me, I remember hearing that track in Crooklyn but not knowing what it is. That "Money" mashup is choice as well...



Barrett Strong - Money
Doobie Brothers - Listen To The Music
Joe Baatan - So Fine
Joe Cuba - Es Pito
Smashing Pumpkins - Killer In Me
Tragically Hip - Wheat Kings

previous Volume 1 \ Volume 2 \ Volume 3

Fokis "Get Used To Me"

Fokis ft. Danny Boy Money, E Cashe$ and Pabey "Get Used To Me" (prod. by B-Eezy): I dropped "Get Loose" like two weeks ago, and now have "Get Used To Me", another cut from Fokis' forthcoming A Walk Through MySpace project. If you're in the NY area, Fokis will be having a pre-album release party, with performances from himself, Donny Goines, Ques and many more! Hit the flier above for more details...

BGDB x RTD: Unifished Business Soundclash

Lady Saw, Serani, Mavado, Vybz Kartel & Assassin "Unfinished Business (BGDB Soundclash)": I got the idea for this one from listening to Cipha Sounds & Rosenberg in the morning on Hot 97. Ciph is a Dance Hall head, and they play a blend of Serani's "No Games" and Mavado's "So Special" that got me open. I found more cats over that riddim and figured to rock another mega mix. Shouts to Enigmatik.

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

[video] The Herbaliser LIVE In France

Britney Spears "Kill The Lights"

Britney Spears "Kill The Lights": Looks like another Circus track has leaked. This is set to drop in, what, two weeks? Sounds like it might be a return to form for homegirl! I'm predicting a few million sold.

previous Britney Spears Circus Cover+Tracklist

Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 3

The boy Stakato kicks it into anthem mode right now. Don't believe me? Throw on his edit of Bizzarre Inc's "Playing With Knives" and tell me that won't burn the party down. Elsewhere, some nice kicks punch up a classic Changing Faces jam, and we revisit some really vintage material. This one enduces sweat pon the dancefloor:



Bizzare Inc - Playing With Knives
Changing Faces - G.H.E.T.T.O.U.T.
DJ Red Alert and Mike Slammer - In Effect
Everything But The Girl - Missing
Fast Eddie - Acid Thunder
Moloko - Forever More

previous Volume 1 \ Volume 2

[video] Ill Bill "My Uncle"

[video] Holliewood "No Sleep 'Til Brooklyn 2008" Trailer

I hit you guys with Holliewood's "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin' It" back in May, and just got word on the trailer for his video, which will be premiering on Nov. 16th (to be followed by a BET run):

[video] Now On "Unwind" Trailer

And I thought those beautiful covers were hot... peep the trailer to the "Unwind" video:

"Unwind" is taken from Now On's Tomorrow Already LP, which dropped Sept. 30th. Big up to Stephanie @ A-Side for the heads up.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy "Amazing"

Kanye West ft. Young Jeezy "Amazing": Those BoBO niggas are definitely true to their word. Even if the conference call was a bit of a tease, they did say "Amazing" would be leaking in 15 minutes. Taken from 808's & Heartbreak, which is set to drop Nov. 24th?

Bonus Beats Ruby Hornet has transcribed 'Ye's nutty conference call comments.

Bonus Beats 2DB has posted two more Yeezy tracks up.

Bonus Beats Here's audio from Kanye's rant on the BoBO Conference call.

[video] PackFM "The Nigga Pass"

[video] Up Trailer

[video] 88 Keys "True Feelings"

I was checking out 88 Keys' album this morning. I have been procrastinating on a drop I'm gonna do for Flawless Hustle about when I first discovered 88 Keys damn near 10 years ago. I am not gonna say The Death Of Adam is wack, but I think I need to give it a serious listen. In any case, 2DB threw up this video that Okayplayer premiered:

RTD's Hip Hop In The Soul Giveaway

I told you guys I was holding a competition to win a copy of Hip Hop In The Soul, Cymarshall Law's new album with Mr. Joeker. Entry is simple: answer this question:

What duo produced Everliven Sound's (Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam) "Freedom" album?

Just send me the answer to with the subject HIP HOP IN THE SOUL GIVEAWAY; have this e-mail in to me by Nov. 18th, 2008. I will select the 3 winners at random, and your CD will be on its way! Simple, right? Shouts to Aubrey for the hookup.

previous Cymarshall Law & Mr. JoeKer "Truth"

[video] Evidence & The Alchemist "So Fresh (Step Brothers)"

Kanye West Conference Call Live-Blog

The homey Enigmatik usually covers the BoBO Conference Calls, but since he will be out, I'll step in and keep you guys abreast to what Kanye West is talkin' 'bout...

1:38PM: While I appreciate them being thankful for my patience, you'd think a Hip-Hop Conference Call would have some gutter hold music.

1:39PM: Did you guys peep this article on MTV? When shall BP3 drop? I'm guessing summer 2K9.

1:44PM: Finally, we're live.

1:51PM: Whoa, how come when someone says "introduce yourself", a nigga has to go into a nutty 16. Then he says, you already know, but I don't know who it is.

1:52PM: Oh, it was punk-ass Ace Hood and DJ Khaled. I'm tired of that sandnigga.

1:53PM: If Gutta's album (which drops Nov. 18th) is a classic, I will drink coffee for an entire week.

1:55PM: The last thing I need is Ace Hood's contact info.

1:58PM: It's odd to hear Khaled not yelling. I almost don't recognize his voice.

2:02PM: Hey Ace, word to the wise: if Khaled is your mouthpiece, let him answer the Q's. You sound dumb with that "um to be honest, I don't even be knowing..."

2:04PM: Kanye in 2 seconds.

2:06PM: 2 minutes later; 'Ye is "playing his joint" to some cats out in the UK. Hearing him speak is kind of like speaking to drunk bums. You want to laugh, but then you realize he is really saying some shit.

2:07PM: Yo, he just said making music was a lot better than suicide. Christ, its that real, 'Ye?!

2:09PM: Props to the "nigga perspective" comment. Thing is, no matter how Pop they become, I really don't think that 50 would rhyme on these tracks, Yeezy.

2:11PM: Kanye's album is getting pushed up; they said the 24th (a Monday)? 'Ye said it's b/c they want those Thanksgiving sales, which ain't a bad look. Drop it on Nigga Friday. Also, BoBO will be leaking "Amazing" today. And now Jay dropping in February?

2:13PM: Who else makes music saying "What Would Jeezy Do"?

Alright, so another BoBO Conference Call is a wrap; 'Ye is dropping earlier than expected, Jay is dropping in Feb. 2009. Ace Hood is flopping dropping next week, and "Amazing" will be leaked on this blog in the next half hour or so. Holla.

[video] Pugz Atomz "Memorial"

Featuring Dave Ghetto & Deuce Eclipse, and definitely a hype 8 bit animation:

[video] Richard Raw "Yes, Yes, Y'All" LIVE

Bonus Beats Richard Raw "Yes, Yes, Y'All"

Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 2

This pack is way more Hip-Hop-centric than Vol. 1. The Dr. Dre edit flips "Deep Cover" into some nasty Club-style bizness, and the other edits accentuate the instrumental a lot. Nice things you can bounce off the originals...



Biz Markie - Make The Music With Your Mouth
Buckshot Lefonque - Black Monday
Dr Dre and Snoop - RATTATTATTAT
Fearless Four - Rockin It
Jedi Mind Tricks - Rise Of The Machines
LL Cool J - Rampage

previous Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 1

[video] 6th Sense x Apple Juice Kid

Bonus Beats Ron Browz & Busta Rhymes "Pop Champagne (Apple Juice Kid's Kenya Mix)" [via KNOWxONE]

Omar Rodriguez Lopez "Private Fortunes"

Omar Rodriguez Lopez "Private Fortunes": This cut is taken from Omar's Old Money. Yes, this is dude from The Mars Volta. Yes this is out on Stones Throw. Well, its available digitally - CD & vinyl will be dropping in Jan. 2009.

Monday, November 10, 2008

Pendulum "The Other Side (VIP Mix)"

Pendulum "The Other Side (VIP Mix)": The good folks over at Cornerstone Promotion have unearthed the VIP Mix of "The Other Side" to promote Pendulum's performance TONIGHT on Last Call With Carson Daly (Note: the website and other outlets say Panic at The Disco is booked for tonight, but I got assured it will be Pendulum). DVR that shit, or not.

EDIT No need for DVR; here's the video from their Last Call With Carson Daly performance:

D Julien "Treat Me Different"

D Julien "Treat Me Different" (prod. by Curious Beat): D speaks on how he's being treated different. Gotta love when a track does exactly what it says on the tin. That beat from Curious Beat is fucking ill, too.

The homey was also nice enough to pass along a video of him spitting over some beats from Buzz:

Bonus Beats Buzz "Like I Never Left"

DJ King Assassin ft. Wordsmith "How Ya Like Me Now"

DJ King Assassin ft. Wordsmith "How Ya Like Me Now" (prod. by Chuck Classik): This is one of those classic Hip-Hop cuts. For those who grew up on the breakbeats, turntables and shit like Video Music Box, it's yours.

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #39 (Slow Jams Edition #2!)

DJ Cable drops a special mini mix for all you lovers out there. You know you want these slow jams...



01. Ginuwine - In Those Jeans
02. Aaliyah - One In A Million
03. Jagged Edge Feat. Jermaine Dupri - Slow Motion (So So Def Remix)
04. Missy Elliott Feat. Aaliyah - Best Friend
05. Jodeci - Freek'N You
06. The Dream - Falsetto
07. Musiq Soulchild - Previous Cats
08. Bobby Valentino - Lights Down Low

Go get yours.

[video] Jadakiss "Who Run This"

The Further Adventures Of Von Pea

Cotdamn. These Lessondary niggas just keep it pushing! We've gotten mixtapes from Elucid, Che Grand and Spec Boogie, now the long-awaited Von Pea mixtape is finally here (remember I hit you with the sampler?), featuring those cats, along with Tanya Morgan bredren Donwill, Median and others. Every cut is over a Madlib track from The Further Adventures Of Lord Quas. Plus, the nigga has a cape on! How can you deny that!?



01 introduction
02 players!
03 web 2009
04 all day hell (f/ Donwill)
05 so supreme
06 the bubble (f/ Che Grand)
07 peagreenery
08 main jawn
09 starstruck / WHAT?
10 options (the great escape)
11 love (f/ Median & Elucid)
12 one man circus (co-starring Ilyas)

Shouts to Elucid, who tried sending me this the other day but I was at work on Meebo. My bad, fam.

Chamillionaire "Swagger Like Us"

Chamillionaire "Swagger Like Us": This beat doesn't get old to me at all. Chamillitary Mayne goes OFF! Mixtape Messiah 5 coming soon.

Via 2DB.

Articulate "Rising To The Top"

Articulate "Rising To The Top": The homey Artic goes for broke over Saigon's Just Blaze-produced "Believe It". Be on the lookout for The Warmup. Keep it locked.

[video] Roc-A-Fella Freestyle, Pt. 2: "R.O.C. Freestyle"

Props, Ciph.

previous [video] Roc-A-Fella Freestyle, Pt. 1: "Who Shot Ya?"

[video] Talib Kweli Freestyle

Shouts to DJ Enuff for this.

[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #9

Adrienne Bailon... In The Nude?

I'm assuming you guys have heard about 3LW/Cheetah Girl Adrienne Bailon's nude pics leaking on the internet. Well, semi-nude. While she has a bra on, she does do a few ass shots. Egotastic has the pics. My thing is this: one, you'd think these Disney-affiliated chicks would learn from the past chick's mistakes (although, Vanessa did end up in HSM3, so this might be calculated). 2, what's really good with just taking off her panties? Does she fuck with her bra on, ala Kim Kardashian (maybe Adrienne's boyfriend, Robert Kardashian, saw the porno Kim made and got hooked)? 3rd, yo, she's fly. I'm more of a fan of thick-ass Sabrina, but Adrienne is no slouch at all.

EDIT Looks like homegirl is tryna sue the cats who stole the laptop and leaked the photos. She's also sorry for the photos leaking and fans being upset, although I imagine she's got a shitload of new fans b/c of that ass!

[video] Vicksburg Kid at CTA Radio WHPK

[video] Bow Wow's First "Sex" Scene

(NSFW) Shit like this is why I am glad I don't have HBO anymore:

I mean, I understand a nigga wants to look more grown, but seriously?

Stakato Respect The Architect Volume 1

The homey Stakato hit me with 5 .rars full of tunes. They are strictly DJ-friendly edits (added drums, extended intros, cutting out "unnecessary" bits), complete with BPM tags, of tracks that set ANY good party off. Since he hit me with 5 packs, I'm dropping one a day. This first one features an edit of Foxy's "Mademoiselle"; the cool this about this is that MF DOOM sampled this for "Mic Line" from the first Monsta Island Czars album, but I had no ID on the original... until yesterday.



Cerrone - Super Nature
Fatback Band - Goin To See My Baby
Foxy - Mademoiselle
Patrice Rushen - You Remind Me
Secret Weapon - Must Be The Music
Taana Gardner - Heartbeat

So choice. Watch out for Round 2 tomorrow.

Epidemik Nature Of The Beast Mixtape

Epidemik represents the DMV, Peter Rosenberg hosts this mixtape, and it's fire. I actually downloaded this over the weekend, before I got the e-mail blast, and was enjoying dude's raw barbs. Grab this and knock it, LOUD!

Shouts to T.E.F.L.O.N. for passing this.

Hip Hop In The Soul LP Release Party!

Cymarshall Law and others will be touching down at The Knitting Factory for the album release party for Hip Hop In The Soul on November 14th. If you're in the NY area, make sure you get down to this! Only a $10 cover; doors open at 9PM/show starts at 10PM.

Cymarshall fans, I will be posting a giveaway, where winners will receive the CD version of Hip Hop In The Soul, which is available in stores on November 18th (its on iTunes right now, though)! Keep it locked. Shouts to Aubrey.

Sunday, November 09, 2008

[video] Buckshot "Buck 'Em Down" LIVE

Here's a clip from last night's Black Moon/Smif-N-Wessun show. Buckshot does the damn thing, with a live band:

Shouts to swift.

Bonus Beats Smif-N-Wessun rippin' over "Deep Cover". That look on Buckshot's face is priceless:

Master 3 "My President Is Black"

Master 3 "My President Is Black": Here's Master 3's tribute to Obama's historic win. He used some elements of Jeezy's anthem, but dug deeper into what this win truly means. smokeYYY did the cover, and I've just uploaded the lyrics. All power to the people.

Nina Sky "On Some Bullshit"

Nina Sky "On Some Bullshit": Wow. I've been crushing on these two in the last few days. This has that fresh Bmore feel to it, but they are going gully on those lyrics! Sounds like what Danity Kane was trying to do. Can't wait to hear the album!

Swiped from h.e.r..

Damn, Roy

You went out like that, fam? You let Calzaghe whup on you after he beat Hopkins earlier this year? Wild. And he's talking retirement?!? What a way to go out, props to him.