Saturday, January 03, 2009

[video] Kaboose ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Goin' Outta Control"

[video] House Of Repz "U Gotta Love Us"

Vote Division East

I'm a sucker for supporting NJ in anything I'm diggin;' the homies at Division East are currently battling in the Focus Skateboard Mag Face-Off Friday competition:

If you're digging that video, hit the link and vote for DivEast.

Black Jesus Is The Cure

Excess Bangers 7: Internet Killed The Video Star

Them Highbrid Nation cats are at it again with some of the newest latest cuts out there.



1. DJ Khaled Feat. T-Pain, Jay-Z & Kanye West - Go Hard (Remix)
2. Eminem - Crack A Bottle
3. Lloyd Banks - New P****
4. Jadakiss Feat. Faith Evans - Letter To Big
5. Three 6 Mafia Feat. Project Pat - Damn
6. Josh Xantus Feat. Busta Rhymes, Red Cafe & Jadakiss - Let's Ride
7. Ne-Yo - Can I Keep You Company
8. Stat Quo - Deliver Me
9. Freeway Feat. James Blunt - When I Die
10. G. Dep - Hold On
11. Termanology Feat. Sheek Louch, Joell Ortiz, Bun B, Saigon & Freeway - Say It
12. Freeway - I Wanna Be Free
13. Reks - System
14. Lloyd Banks - My Brother's Keeper
15. MC Lyte - Brooklyn
16. Print Feat. Mickey Factz - Super Friends
17. Freeway - Dont Tell Me Its Over
18. Skillz - 2008 Rap Up

Roll something and blast this, loud.

The Rub x 2008

This is a tad late, but I just got put onto this via TSS:

Happy New Year everyone! 08 was great but we're gonna make 09 fine, and thanks for all of your support!

- To commemorate this year, and to get in the mood for New Year's Eve 2008, we put together a "Best Of 2008" mix for download. It's 2+ hours of our favorite jams of the year.



Q-Tip - Gettin Up
Erykah Badu - Soldier
The Roots ft Wale & Chrisette Michelle - Rising Up
B.o.B. - I'll Be In the Sky
Jadakiss ft Ne-Yo - By My Side
Lloyd ft Lil Wayne - Girls Around The World (DJ Ayres Blend)
Big Boi ft Raekwon & Andre 3000 - Royal Flush
Rick Ross ft T-Pain - The Boss
T-Pain - Can't Believe It (Benja Style Blend)
Movado - Am So Special
Serani - Play It Straight
Mavado - Money Changer + Get Money Remix
Lil Wayne ft T-Pain - Got Money (DJ Ayres Blend)
Stephen & Damion Marley - The Mission
Santogold - Creator
Ludacris ft T.I. - Wish You Would
Bun B ft Lil Wayne - Damn I'm Cold
Young Jeezy - My President
Big Tuck ft Trae & Slim Thug - Not A Stain On Me (Houston remix)
John Legend & Andre 3000 - Green Light
Tittsworth ft Pitbull & Nina Skye - Here He Comes (DJ Day remix)
Busta Rhymes - Don't Touch Me
Robin Thicke - Magic
Estelle - Wait A Minute (Just A Touch)
Q-Tip - Move
J-Boogie ft Zumbi of Zion I & Rithma - For Your Love
Raphael Saadiq - Never Give You Up
Marvin Gaye - What's Going On (DJ Day Alternative Mix)



Shawty Redd & Big Gipp - Drifter
Kanye West & Mr Hudson - Paranoid
Estelle - No Substitute Love (Treasure Fingers Remix)
Common & Pharrell - Universal Mind Control
Fully Fitted - 100 Million
Pase Rock - Get Money Kids (OG + Nacho Lovers Remix)
Treasure Fingers - Cross The Dancefloor (Laidback Luke remix)
A-Trak & Laidback Luke - Shake It Down
Blaqstarr - Get Your Handz Up (Nadastrom Remix)
Crookers - Big Money Comin
Fake Blood - Blood Splashing (Fake Blood Theme)
Boy 8-Bit - The Cricket Scores
Studio Apartment - I'm in Love (Rasmus Faber Epic Remix)
Osunlade ft Divine Essence - My Reflection (DJ Gregory Remix)
Surkin - White Knight 2
Nacho Lovers - Acid Life (DJ Eli Remix)
Juan Maclean - Happy House (Lee Douglas Remix)
Hercules & Love Affair - Blind (Frankie Knuckles Remix)
MGMT - Kids
Santogold - You'll Find A Way
Think Almost Twice - Chikiba
N.E.R.D. - You Know What

That about does it, no? Shouts to Cosmo Baker & The Rub.

Friday, January 02, 2009

The Admiral Deeper Than You Think

Praverb hit me with this instrumental album from The Admiral (aka 1/2 of Cold Legistics); here's Ad's words on how this came together: "The whole project was inspired by Madlib's Shades of Blue, I bought it on vinyl a few months ago and listened to "Montara" on it and it sparked the light. J-Dilla's production also provided inspiration for the project".



1. Dream
2. Sample Interlude
3. New Phenomenon
4. The Fourth Letter
5. The Dap Dip (Skit)
6. Soft Walking
7. Didn't Want To
8. Fox News
9. All I Ever Wanted
10. 2 Minute Break
11. What's Going On
12. Protect Your Investments
13. Watered Down
14. Deja Vu
15. Love
16. Traffic Interlude
17. Lost at Sea
18. Coming Home
19. Peace
20. I'm Gone

Leave a comment with your thoughts. Props to P-Viz for this one.

[video] A. Pinks "Spit Ya Game"

This is taken from BET's The Deal:

[video] T-Pain ft. Chris Brown "Freeze"

Skream vs. Mike Jones & Slim Thug

Skream vs. Mike Jones & Slim Thug "Still Tippin' (championsoundshow THUGSTEP Refix)": There are two things that I love reading - that my blog is being read worldwide, and that cats have been influenced by stuff I post and working their own funk into it. This cat Duczi from championsoundshow in Poland sent over this fresh Thugstep take on Skream's "Hitch" and Mike Jones' massive hit, "Still Tippin'". I could see cats sippin' on 3, 4 cups of lean and rockin' to this. Refixes like this here = the true definition of rockin' the dub. Good show, fam!

January 2nd, 2009 playlist

Happy new year... here's a grip of leaks from the past week, as per usual.




This week's BoomBoxxMixtape pick is something I was vibing too during that VH1 documentary on NWA, which I just watched over the holidays; I forgot how much I loved this track when it first came out:

Eazy E "We Want Eazy"

Enjoy your weekend. 2009 is on us, leanin'; get busy before you get bodied.

[video] Matisyahu, C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz "Childhood" LIVE In NYC

Bonus Beats C-Rayz Walz, Matisyahu & Kosha Dillz "Childhood"
related [rock the dub Interview]: Kosha Dillz

[video] Robbie Madison's New Year's Bike Jump

This shit is wild:

This video didn't have one of his homies saying "Robbie Madison, you are the fucking man!", which ESPN couldn't bleep out on live TV.

Ilyas ft. Donwill & Von Pea "Real Hip Hop Don't Die"

Ilyas ft. Donwill & Von Pea "Real Hip Hop Don't Die": Here's the first single from Ilyas' The Prelude, an album that he has set to drop later this month. It's a solo project from him, but includes from Von Pea, Sal Dali, Ill Poetic, Mysterious, Klimatic, and SlimKat. This cut features i-El linking up with his Tanya Morgan fam, and this shit knocks! No standing on the wall when this one drops!

Keep it locked to RTD for more info on The Prelude; props to Elucid for the assist.

Idle Warship "Try It On (howwedoitoverhere)"

Idle Warship "Try It On (howwedoitoverhere)": Talib Kweli, Res & Graph Nobel keep this Idle Warship thing moving, going in over "How We Do It Over Here", which you probably didn't hear on Busta's The Big Bang album, because a lot of you slept on it. The Year Of The Blacksmith is definitely upon us; if you guys live out in LA, Idle Warship will be touching down for their first official LA show on January 16th at The Roxy on Sunset.

Shouts to Tunji for blasting this; speaking of Tunji, the new Inverse EP is set to drop on Monday, so keep your eyes peeled for that one.


It looks like Freedom Entertainment (which is ran by Cymarshall Law, Skit Slam and The Beatnickz) are kicking off 2009 right with a mixtape entitled The TWOTHOUSANDANDMINE Mix CD, which will be mixed by DJ G.I. Joe. This tape will feature joints from Cy, Skit Slam, Pacewon, Supastition, El Da Sensei and Swedish Jazz singer Mary Lou. The homey Aubrey hit me with a few of the joints from this release; check them out:

I don't have word on when this drops, but once I get more info, I got you. Looks like Coast 2 Coast is in on this one too? Righteous!

Thursday, January 01, 2009

Lil Fats Young Hustle Vol. 2

Shouts to Coast 2 Coast Mixtapes for the heads up; you can listen to the mixtape in its entirety here, and download via zShare.

J. Slikk The New Year's Gift Basket

I was taking a nap and awoke to a gChat message from J. Slikk that looked exactly like this:

read my blog for the details!

Me being the curious nigga that I am, I hits up his MySpace blog and read the following:

For the first time in over 6 years, i did absolutely NOTHING on new years but watch Talledega Nights (SHAKE N BAKE lmao) for the 3rd time and a South Park marathon. I didn't even feel like counting down lol. It just got old for a year.

SO with my free time last night into the wee morning hours I cooked up 4 CD's worth of music for you!

GET EVERYTHING HERE..but read the description below!

1. An ep from Cy Yung made up mostly of joints from the earlier days of our collaborative efforts (circa 2005-07) in spirit of the big album coming!

2. An ep from R.O.E. again made up mostly of joints from the earlier days of our collaborative efforts (circa 2006-07) in spirit of the big album getting ready to get kicked off in the next few months!

3. An ep of some of my various Non-Hip hop (R&B, Soul etc.) collaborations ranging again from 2005-2008!


4. A BRAND NEW BEAT TAPE!!!!!!!!!! Although only loops, they're all long enough for anybody to get the point.

so there it is. 4 CD's for you to burn. 43 songs for your listening pleasure. and all 4 you on this new years day to kick your new year off!

things are only going to get better from here on all ends. For me AND you! Let's go out and get it for 09 and leave all the bullshit behind the best we can. It all starts today!

Dogs... a 12 track beat tape, EPs featuring classic material from Cy Yung and ROE, and a fresh compilation of R&B-flavored Slikk loveliness. You cannot go wrong with this one! BPA, what?!!?

Cy Yung ft. Hanan "Special"

Cy Yung ft. Hanan "Special" (prod. by Centric): Here's a special treat; I'd been telling you about Cy Yung & Centric's forthcoming album, Back 2 Lyfe; here's the first single to that monster. BPA is putting some serious wheels in motion... consider the door being opened!


Birdman & Lil' Wayne vs. Luke Envoy "Stuntin' Like My Daddy (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": This particular refix is one of the best THUGSTEP jawns DJ Nappy did, and it's also one of the most hated by the "proper" Dubstep community; I believe Luke Envoy himself wasn't feeling this one. In my eyes, this is an anthem, for those who are trying to get those ends, trying to floss their wears, and just rock the dub with a styrofoam cup. Stunt on, fam.

Ill Poetic "Souled Out"

Ill Poetic ft. Reef The Lost Cauze & Eternia "Souled Out": Props to Ill Poetic for sending out this joint; this trio recorded this while on tour in Europe last year. They merk this massive beat, best believe.

Remembering Pun

Listening to the most recent Juan Epstein made me think about Big Pun and old school Noreaga. I grabbed some shit last night, but hit YouTube, searching for some clips. Just creep with me as we rock these. I don't wanna say we need a new Pun, but where the suave, gangsta-ass Puerto Rocks at?

Big Pun & Fat Joe "Twinz" (Live)

Big Pun ft. Donnell Jones "It's So Hard"

Big Pun ft. Tony Sunshine "100%"

Noreaga ft. Nature, Big Pun, Cam'ron, Styles & Jadakiss "Banned From TV"

What's your favorite Pun shit?

DALLASPENN.COM Economic Bailout Program

[video] Strong Arm Steady "Night After Night (Stripper Pole)"

Inta 2009

2009 is our year. 2008 is gone, and hopefully we grow into a better people and a better nation. I'm thankful for my wife and kids, my family, and for everyone who is down for the cause, from peers to readers. Mad love to you and yours in this new year. This shot of Absolut is yours.

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Botchmania 64

Mick Boogie x Terry Urban - Cornerstone Mixtape #112

Here's a best of 2008 mixtape from the homey Mick Boogie and Terry Urban.



Intro (6th Sense)
So Fly (Slim f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
Announcement (Common f Biggie - Mick Boogie Mix)
I Luv Your Girl (Dream f Jay-Z MB/TU Mix)
Paper Planes (MIA - Terry Urban Mix)
Swagger Like Us (Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Transition)
Jockin My Wonderwalls (Jay-Z & Oasis)
Diamond Girl (Ryan Leslie f Kanye West - Mick Boogie Mix)
Paris Tokyo (Lupe Fiasco f CL Smooth - Mick Boogie Mix)
Girls Around (Lloyd f Rakim - MB/TU Mix)
Drivin Down The Block (Kidz In The Hall f/ El-P)
Gettin Up (Q-Tip)
Milli (Lil Wayne - Wonder/Excel Mix)
Love Lockdown (Kanye West f LMFAO)
Falsetto (Dream - Terry Urban Mix)
Day N Night (Kid Cudi f Jay-Z - Terry Urban Mix)
Lollirock (Lil Wayne & Kanye West - Kickdrums Remix)
Dangerous (Kardinal f Akon)
The Boss (Rick Ross f Lil Wayne - Mick Boogie Mix)
Out Here Grindin (Khaled)
My President (Young Jeezy f Nas)
Black President (Nas f Young Jeezy)
American Boy (Estelle f Jay-Z and NERD - Terry Urban Mix)
Everyone Knows (NERD - Sammy Bananas Remix)
Dont Touch Me Remix (Busta Rhymes f Nas)
Magic (Robin Thicke f Jay-Z - Mick Boogie Mix)
The Light 08 (Common)
How We Rock (Termanology f Bun B)
Rising Down (The Roots f Mos Def & Styles)
Viagra (88 Keys and Kanye West)
Midnight 08 (Q-Tip)
Go All Out (9th Wonder and Buckshot)

I'd say this is pretty much all that needs to be said. Via ThePressPlayShow.

Wordsmith The 2008 Resolution & Re-Cap Mixtape

Wordsmith is like the epitome of gridning. Dude is consistently out there, making moves, putting out that good music, and getting loads of love. For his latest mixtape with HipHopDX, he goes in on a host of cuts he released throughout the year. If this is your first time getting into Words, get ready to have a perfect mix of thought and funk thrown at you, all expertly mixed by DJ Dublee.



01 The First 6 Months (prod. Capish)
02 Not A Second to Waste (prod. Street Level)
03 Senor Wordsmith (prod. Strada)
04 Hip Hop’s Cold Shoulder f. Black Knight & Excetera (of The Camp) (prod. Strada)
05 The Mic Breaker f. Kontact & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
06 Judged in Da Cipha f. RhymeZwell & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
07 Game, Set, Point f. Skyzoo, UnLearn, Donny Goines & RAtheMC (prod. Street Level)
08 Levitation f. D-Dub, Kontact & Black Knight (prod. Professa)
09 The Ghost In My Dreams (prod. Guilty J)
10 That Feel Good Flow 2: The Goodness (prod. Rednaz Beats)
11 Peaceful Journey: Blue Waters f. Kimia Collins (prod. Strada)
12 Wordz for Remediez (rmx) 2004 (prod. Wigged Wax) [BONUS]

Via HipHopDX.

Skillz "Rap-Up 2008"

Skillz "Rap-Up 2008": You already know what the deal is with this one. Skillz will always be one of my favorite MCs, and I love that he is keeping this series going!

Via Mr. X.

EDIT Rizoh has uploaded all of Skillz' Rap-Ups, from 2002 through now.

K-Murdock The Producer's Showcase EP

Here's a free EP of cuts from Panacea's K-Murdock, brought to you by Funkadelic Freestyles & Start.Of.The.Line. jben.ok got the OK to post these cuts for free, and he's blessed us with this teaser to the forthcoming Panacea remix album (The Re-Route), which drops on Jan. 20th.



1. Nicolay & Kay - As The Wheel Turns (K-Murdock Remix feat. Raw Poetic)
2. 51 Band - Spiritbomb (feat. Raw Poetic) [Prod. by K-Murdock]
3. Jay-Z - Say Hello (K-Murdock Streets of Rage Remix)
4. Random - The Beatdown [Prod. by K-Murdock]
5. Braille - Playing My Role [Prod. by K-Murdock and Cuts by Damu]
6. Ebony Bed - Skyscraper [Prod. by K-Murdock]

Don't even try to sleep on this!

Entity Starr Production Sampler 4Q

Entity Starr is one producer you should not be sleeping on, and one that I hope gets more shine in 2009. She uploaded a sampler on the 19th, and I forgot to post it. Here it is.

[video] Statik Selektah "Get Out The Way"

Featuring Bun B & Cory Mo:

DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #52

The homey DJ Cable has done it; he's flipped a mix for every week of 2008, in varying styles, and has done it well. I have to say, my nudging him to do a DnB mix is how this one came about. He drops some of the years best (including the mighty "Tear You Down"), and does it in fine quality.



01. Auld Lang Syne Intro....
02. DJ Hazard - Machete
03. Original Sin - D For Danger
04. Matrix & Futurebound Feat. Cat Knight - Reflection
05. Total Science - Stone Love
06. Brookes Brothers - Tear You Down
07. Agent Alvin Feat. Fiasco - Don't Look Back
08. High Contrast - Magic
09. Lenzman - String City
10. Nu: Tone Feat. Natalie Williams - System (Matrix & Futurebound Remix)
11. Brookes Brothers Vs. Futurebound - Dawn Treader
12. Chase & Status - Take Me Away

All you need, really. Big up again to the one like Cable; 2009 will be even more fresh, I'm sure!

rock the dub presents DJ Mayday

Due to some unforeseen circumstances, I ended up a) becoming the Editor over at Dogs On Acid, and b) needed an Assistant Editor. My boy Jeryl put me on to this magnificent writer straight out of Canada by the name of Cara. She hooks up the ill feature work, as well as reviews, but I then found out that homegirl is a DJ by the name of Mayday. She flips all styles, and one of them happens to be Drum & Bass. Over the last few months, Cara and I have become fast friends, helping each other out, trading music and the like. She hit me off with this quick mix of her favorite picks for 2008, focusing on the DnB side of things, and she's hooked up some top selections!

DOWNLOAD (mirror)


[01] Top Cat - The Sweetest Thing (Benny Page and Marcus Visionary Mix)
[02] Chase and Status - Music Club
[03] Dope Ammo and Shortston - Better Believe (Muffler Remix)
[04] Clipz - Loud and Dirty feat Shiv
[05] Cause for Concern - Never Acid Again (*Mayday's Pick for Tune of the Year*)
[06] Break - Is This What You Want?
[07] Shimon and Sparfunk - The Smoker
[08] Fortress - Captivity
[09] Noisia - Stigma
[10] Dieselboy, Evol Intent and Ewun - Midnight Express

Once again, thanks to DJ Mayday for this nice and tidy mix; massive respect to Uriela for the cover art; cap off your New Year's Eve funkery with this one!

[video] Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

previous Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

[video] ATV#7: Edo G

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

Digiwaxx Presents "Go Hard Or Go Home" Cypher

This went down on December 18th, and featured spitters like A.Pinks, Emilio Rojas, Che Grand, Donny Goines, Gata, David Rush, Goods and Murda Mook:

Part 1

Part 2

Part 3

Most Official I'm Your Guy EP

Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma"

Mikkey Halsted ft. Kaye Fox "Karma" (prod. by No I.D.): Shouts to Andrew FSD for hooking up this latest leak from Halsted's forthcoming Chicago: The Photo Album debut. Word is a video for this cut will be dropping sometime this week. Shouts to FSD for consistently dropping that Chicago heat, whether its fresh exclusives like this or vaulted gems that no one else is putting out there.

rock the dub presents Just Jeryl

My "Best of" 2008 series would hardly be complete without some Drum & Bass. One of the cats who I consider as a mentor is the one like Jeryl. He's helped me get my foot into the DnB journalism (hey, stop snickering!) door, and is probably one of THEE voices in terms of what's hot or not, whether you like it or not. So, asking him to hit me with a mix of his favorite cuts of 2008 is no nonsense - I know the quality is there. Now, instead of me blabbing on about him and this mix, let me just hit you with his words about each track...

01. Bjork - All Is Full of Love (Chris.SU Remix)

This isn't out yet, but it got sent to me in 2008 and it's literally one of the most beautiful tracks I've heard in a long time. Hungary's finest export since, um, whatever else the hell Hungary exports, slides in a smoothed out reese bass and subtle trance elements with Bjork's inimitable vocal stylings floating over the top. Stunning.

02. Break - Destiny Comes Ringing

Easily one of my favourite producers of the year, Break knows how to throw down proper dance floor destroying drum & bass that never delves into cheese. This piece on Commercial Suicide was a cornerstone of my sets from the moment I got my hands on a TP.

03. Chase & Status - Streetlife

These boys know a thing or two about diversity and this track from their debut album 'More Than Alot' is without doubt one of my favourites. Simple but highly effective, the bassline is deadly deep!

04. Alix Perez - Stray

I've loved Alix' tunes for a long time but something about 'Stray' grabbed me more than usual for some reason. Maybe it's the pure simplicity, the effortless class that seems to drizzle itself over the edges of this track. Who knows, or cares? Beautiful music.

05. Spectrasoul - Alibi

My boys Spectrasoul have been on fire for a good while now. 'Alibi' is easily their best tune in my opinion though, it's just got absolutely everything you could want, a touch of soul, nice production and some filthy bass. This one dropped on Kasra's Critical Music label earlier this year.

06. Brookes Brothers - Tear You Down

Oh lord! Easily the biggest drum & bass track of the year, played by everyone and their mother including daytime playlisting on Radio 1, this track is a fat slab of unashamed dancefloor goodness. Brimming with hefty beats and bass all topped with a slight sprinkling of cheese which is enough to get your mum bopping along to it while not turning your stomach in disgust.

07. Telemetrik & Black Sun Empire - Magnet

I nearly pissed my pants when I first heard this beauty. Released on Telemetrik's debut album 'My Lightyear', this one is absolutely disgusting and features more twists and turns than a labyrinth designed by Escher.

08. Break - Is This What You Want?

I wanted to add a track from Break's rather awesome album and this one instantly stood up and begged to be included. The bass on this one when it drops is just stupid, so incredibly heavy it's not even funny.

09. Unknown - Greater Love

I heard this track on one of Kasra's studio mixes ages and ages ago but it finally came out on a sneaky white label this year and it practically made me moist with excitement. Such a great little bootleg, now, if someone could just remind me what the original is, it's been doing my head in for weeks!

10. Roni Size & DJ Die - Music Box (Sigma Remix)

Without doubt one of the finest updates of a track I've heard in a long time. When I first heard "Music Box remix..." and "Sigma" in the same sentence I was a little concerned as I'd only heard quite in your face dancefloor tracks from them, which is fine, but not what you want in a remix of a jungle classic. Thankfully they completely respected the original and worked out a tidy little rework that supposedly closes the book on the Full Cycle release schedule for good.

11. D.Kay - Wax'd (Remix)

My favourite Austrian steps up with a massive rework of 'Wax'd' for the Metalheadz Platinum Series album, and it doesn't disappoint. So many good tracks on that LP but this one overshadows them all for pure amen and LFO bassline fun. Dutty like Ken (that one's for you, XO).

12. Zero T ft. Steo - Walk Away

Literally made sex mess in my pants when I first heard it. The sampler to Zero T's incredibly Irish debut album 'Cheap Shots' released on CIA earlier this year, this one is all about that incredible vocal and warm, warm bass notes. Slick liquid business.


I only made this mix 12 tracks long for a few reasons, firstly because I'm marginally lazy, secondly because I thought it was rather neat that it represented a different track for each month of the year, but thirdly because there were so many other great tunes I just couldn't fit in for one reason or another, either they just didn't mix in key or the vibes were too different etc. So to finish things up I want to shout out to Apex and the Lifted Music crew, definitely wanted to slip something from them in, and Blame for 'Stay Forever', I didn't even include any of my Westbay releases so a big shout to Nathan and all the family. Can't wait to hear my favourite tunes of 2009!

DOWNLOAD Just Jeryl's DnB Best of 2008 Mini Mix (mirror)

Those of you who don't know how to keep up with Jeryl, I'd suggest becoming a fan of him, and of the Westbay Music Group, which he runs with Atlantic Connection. If you want to learn more about Jeryl , check out this "anti-interview" a lot of us did with him earlier this year. Once again, my homegirl Uri did the awesome cover art; hit up her new blog to see more of her sick designs, and get info on how to request her services. Enjoy!

[video] Eli Porter "Oh My God"

These never get old to me. I love their dancing in the second half.

[video] Black ELement x Outasight x Wildabeast

Here's a freestyle cypher from 6th Sense's "6th Sense & Friends show" at the Knitting Factory:

Bonus Beats Outasight "When I Heard The Beat Knock" (prod. by 6th Sense) LIVE

Monday, December 29, 2008

Joe Budden vs. Ransom: Wargames 3

I am 100% co-signing what Jay Smooth says in here; I knew someone had to break it all down, and that's why I didn't have to comment on this shit.

[video] Obama On 60 Minutes (12/29/2008)

"Road To The White House":

[video] "Nas Killed Hip-Hop"

Soulja Boy, you are one ignant nigga; if you truly think the term "Hip-Hop Is Dead" came from Nas, you whylin':

"the shit is hilarious to see a remedial mind at work" - Enigmatik

Big S.I.N. "Arab Money Freestyle"

Big S.I.N. "Arab Money Freestyle": My homey S.I.N. goes in over that "Arab Money". He stupid for that "you could give me welfare money, I'll be good". Mind Of A Mad Man is set to drop Jan. 200Shine. He's doing big things (movies included); keep it locked for a forthcoming RTD interview with the god.

Bonus Beats Brandy ft. Big S.I.N. "Right Here (Remix)"

Jadakiss "Letter To B.I.G."

Jadakiss ft. Faith Evans "Letter To B.I.G." (prod. by Needlz) [clean / dirty]: Shake liberated the Dirty/CDQ version of Jada's kite to Christopher Wallace. This is some real talk shit; I almost feel like I shouldn't be hearing it. From the forthcoming Notorious soundtrack.

EDIT Clockwork Music blasted the clean and dirty versions in this thread. Holla!

Bonus Beats The Notorious B.I.G. "Microphone Murderer (radio rip)" [via Nah Right]

[rock the dub Interview]: Kosha Dillz

I get a lot of interview requests, and have been slacking on getting them done/posted. Here is one I have had finished for about a month, and just haven't gotten to. If you've not heard Freestyle vs Written from C-Rayz Walz & Kosha Dillz, you're missing out on some ill Hip-Hop. Kosha grew up in NJ, is doing his thing in Cali, and is getting some crazy press. Get on this bandwagon early, for the train will be flying out of here ASAP...

khal: First off, how did you get started out within Hip-Hop? Were you always trying to be an MC, or was it something you just fell into?

Kosha Dillz: I’d say in high school, from the parties. The freestyle session. People reciting Wu-Tang lyrics. I was never tryin’ to be an MC, I was tryin’ to be in a band. I did want the attention of a band or a guy in front of a crowd. I got that a lot as I wrestled in high school. One-on-one competition in front of lots of people. With rapping, I found myself in battles a lot.

khal: I know you're reppin' Beverly Hills, but I just found out that you are Jersey born and went to Rutgers. What was it about Rutgers U that drew you in? What are your thoughts on the NJ Hip-Hop scene?

Kosha Dillz: Ha I’m actually rapping in Beverly Hills. I’m going to the studio right now. I’m posted up in Koreatown, Los Angeles on a couch. I’m in the studio all day recording the Beverly Dillz album with Belief while promoting Freestyle vs Written, the album I have with C-Rayz Walz. Rutgers U drew me in from its education prestige, wrestling program, and proximity to home of Edison, NJ. The NJ Hip-Hop scene is very spread out. You can do a show in New Brunswick, North NJ, South NJ: I would not know about it. Princeton. NJ is quite big. It just has not filtered; the only scene to be North NJ and New Brunswick. Pace Won. Yak Ballz is here. Mr. Green. Cymarshall Law. Silent Knight. These guys are getting super amounts of burn locally in NY and globally. 8thW1 as well, but I know lots of us migrate to NYC for the show.

khal: I know many heads have just been introduced to you via the Freestyle vs Written disc, but how long have you been releasing music?

Kosha Dillz: This is my first release. I know how to make music. What worked with ourselves and Modular Moods was that we came together to present it.

khal: Let's get into the FvW CD; how did you first meet C-Rayz, and how did that meeting spark you guys doing a full project together?

Kosha Dillz: Ive known C-Rayz for a long time I met him 9 years ago and bought a cd off of him (The Prelude). He saw me drunk many times on stage making a fool of myself. He saw me get booed. I saw him perform many a few times in NYC. I started booking shows for him and getting on like that. I continued to get better, and when I kept getting better I approached him at a sort of time where myself and Kentron Da Mastodon thought we needed to make a move. The good thing is, we approached him and asked him to do something he never did before. If anyone knows him, they know he is the type of guy not to turn down a challenge, although I feel like he excels best in freestyle, especially after seeing him do it all over the USA.

khal: Now the title is a pretty obvious nod to how you guys worked, i.e. Walz freestyled all of his rhymes, while you wrote yours, and I read this came about due to his situation at the time, needing to get the project done. How did the recording actually work – did you have your parts done, with Walz filling in the gaps, or vice versa?

Kosha Dillz: We had like 3 sessions. One day it was an EP we did 6 songs in like 7 hours. The next time we went to Belief's and he did 4 more songs in 4 hours. Our last session was a mixing session and we ended up freestyling two songs on the spot. I had a vision for this project and wanted to make a custom collabo project to introduce a new vision that can bring me out and bring him out, and Kentron as well. It benefited everyone, including the engineer. As someone who has been very impulsive, I felt this could equally benefit us all with its cultural diversity and conceptual format.

khal: How does it feel to be getting feedback from magazines like Spin and URB? Were you expecting this project to get that kind of shine?

Kosha Dillz: It feels great. We worked very hard to get this project and I must thank the help of Diwon and Y love, my label mates form Modular Moods/Shemspeed. They really pushed for us all as a team to get out in to the mainstream. We are the only rappers in that section, besides the obvious Charles Hamilton and B.o.B.. That was from the grind though.

khal: Any plans for a future project with Walz?

Kosha Dillz: No plans, but we both are not people who have been known to make plans.

khal: Now, your name is definitely a play on your Jewish heritage. Do you feel like you're pigeonholed as being a "Jewish rapper" as opposed to just being a rapper?

Kosha Dillz: No. I'd rather be that though. I think that makes me who I am. And if I am good enough to be in magazines and tour the world with my music, and places like rock the dub interview me, than I am not pigeonholed! I am on lots of Jewish press and more so mainstream press. Lots of my friends are like "the Jewish rapper." Only non-jews say that though... haha. Jewish people don't; funny right?

khal: Who are some of your favorite MCs and producers going down right now?

Kosha Dillz: Belief, Bishop Lamont, Black Milk (3 b's hahah), U-N-I and my homies; basically Yak Ballz, Flex Mathews out of DC and this kid Roebus One who I'm bringing up. Yak's new album is gonna be sick; Murs of course, Aesop Rock and Grayskul. And Shi 360 of Israel. These are people I have performed with and they are truly the stage energy I'd like to bring to the table.

khal: What's next up for Kosha Dillz? Word has it you're working on a sample-free project with Belief?

Kosha Dillz: Yeah, Beverly Dillz. Strictly for the movies. Its very musical and it will for sure shock many people with the stuff I'm doing. I like being shocking. Finally I have been getting to do it in a good way. Shocking like "hey I'm Beverly Dillz!", not shocking like 4 years ago, "hey mom I'm in jail... again... and again... and again..."

khal: Where would you like to see your music career be in the next, say, 5 years?

Kosha Dillz: I'll have broke the mainstream, for sure. Be on top of the world and continue to better myself on every album that is presented to the public. Count Bass D told me to just make the music and make all of the people come to you. I like that mentality.

khal: Do you have any final thoughts or shout outs before we wrap this up?

Kosha Dillz: Freestyle vs Written is an incredible album. Please buy it at the links below here. rock the dub will put them here and click away, what do you say, hey! Oy vey! Shalom yo... now it's off of this person's Mac and to Belief's studio.

linkage \ \ \ www.myspace/com/freestylevswritten \

Make sure you cop Freestyle vs Written from the following outlets:
Amazon \ UGHH \

Eslam Jawaad ft. De La Soul "Rewind DJ"

Eslam Jawaad ft. De La Soul "Rewind DJ": Here's a leak from Eslam Jawaad's The Mammoth Tusk album, which is set to feature production from The RZA, Focus and Damon Albarn... talk about diverse! Don't sleep on this track...

[video] Mazzi - Walking Blog #16

Trackstar the DJ x RTD 1993 x 2008

I'd have to go through my Gmail, but I'm honestly not sure of where I first got introduced to Trackstar. I think he hit me up on the random about some Hip-Hop, but it doesn't matter, we're cool now. And I've covered an ish-load of his mixes over the last year or so (and I am normally one of the first); dude has a great grasp of great Hip-Hop, whether it's that current fire or that classic flavor. Track has also introduced me to some of St. Louis' finest, including heads like Wafeek, Tech Supreme and Tef Poe, just to name a few. He is a hard-worker, too - both myself and Track share a love of ideas... whether they pan out is another story, but the journey from idea to completion is the best part, no?

This compilation here is all Track's idea. I hit him up about the "Best of 2008" series, just saying "hey, throw in your favorite 2008 tracks", but he flipped the idea: he realized that so many artists from 1993 dropped dope tracks and/or albums in 2008, and decided to explore this in depth. I loved the idea, and when I got the final mix, I was estatic. Superb selection that really shows homeboy's ear for the essense of this thing of ours. I present to you 1993 x 2008...

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(front cover / back cover)


01 Q-Tip "Move"
02 A Tribe Called Quest "Oh My God"
03 Oddisee ft. Buckshot "Where I Be At"
04 Black Moon "I Got Cha Open"
05 Ice Cube "Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It"
06 Ice Cube "Check Yo Self (remix)"
07 Common "Gladiator"
08 Common Sense "Soul By the Pound (remix)"
09 Pete Rock "Don't Be Mad"
10 Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth "Lots of Lovin'"
11 Method Man & Redman "Broken Language 2008"
12 Wu-Tang Clan "M.E.T.H.O.D. Man"
13 Redman ft. Oh No "Lay You Out"
14 Redman "Tonite's Da Nite"
15 Scarface "High Powered"
16 Scarface "I'm Black"
17 The Alchemist ft. Snoop Dogg, Jadakiss & Pusha T "Lose Your Life"
18 Snoop Doggy Dogg "Gz and Hustlers"
19 Saigon ft. Lil' Fame "World War IV"
20 M.O.P. "How About Some Hardcore"

Once again, massive props to Uri for the sick covers. And once again, 'nuff respect due to Trackstar for this work, and his other sick mixes. The Lou is in the building!

Pugs Atoms ft. Wes Restless "Sunset"

Pugs Atoms ft. Wes Restless "Sunset" (prod. by Grant Parks): This is off a forthcoming compilation produced solely by Grant Parks entitled Thou Shall Not Hate - A Change Has Come - Part 3; this is the first of four free weekly downloads from this compilation, which will be released in its entirety on January 20th, 2009. Keep an eye out for Coalmine and Grant Parks' sites, as they will be the main spots to peep on that date. Chicago looks like its ready to rock in 2009!

related KRS One ft. Twista, Syleena Johnson, Phil G, Crucial Conflict, Kenny Bogus, Straw & Pugs Atomz "Self Destruction 2009" (prod. by Grant Parks)

[video] One Day Trailer

Taken from the press release: Premiering at the Galaxy Theatre in Raleigh N.C., Becauseus Films in association with M.E.C.C.A. Records presents "One Day". This biopic chronicles a day in the life of the emerging N.C. rap group. The film includes exclusive live performance footage and studio sessions with some of the industries most notable figures like Skyzoo and 9th Wonder. This film will give fans to get an inside look on this groups grind to the top and the blood sweat and tears that went into their debut album "The High Life" set to drop in the 1st quarter of '09.

Juan Epstein x N.O.R.E.

I love how, on days where I think life is about to be CRAZY, shit like this comes up. Thank God for Juan Epstein. Fucking Juan Epstein and N.O.R.E.!?!? You already know what it is.

Sunday, December 28, 2008

RiotControl Fourteen

Here's a note about the latest edition of the RiotControl NYC podcast:


During our holiday vacation to the beautiful beaches of Brooklyn, NY, we put our daiquiris down just long enough to bring RiotControl 14 to you in all of its tropical glory. We think this is the perfect theme music to accompany pool basketball, limbo competitions, shuffleboard, and sunset drinks under a bar made of palm branches. Just insert RC 14 and go.

Actually RC 14 has very little in common with the islands except for shared high temperatures (did we really just write that?). That must be our minds wandering amidst the frigidness of NYC right now. Actually, this is a great new episode that we’re very excited about and it's now available for your listening pleasure.



RiotControl Theme - Burt Fox
Lightworks RMX - Flying Lotus
Oops RMX - Hudson Mohawke
Untitled - Burt Fox
Poison Dart - The Bug and Warrior Queen
Gully Brook Lane - Joker
Cruisin - Short Dawg
Boyz N Da Hood - Eazy E
Everlasting Bass - Rodney O
It's Funky Enough - The D.O.C.
Salota - The Very Best (ft. BLK JKS)
Misdemeanor INSTR - Foster Sylvers (Mr K RMX)
Return To The Planet Of The Bass - Maggotron
Get Busy - Wink D f Candy Fresh
Red Alert - DJ Laz
Rap Da Felicidade - Cidinho and Doca
Township Funk - DJ Mujava
Run - Simian Mobile Disco (White Label)
Something - Lord Skywave
Bodium - Mikkel Metal
Estrangé - Shed
Death (Crystal Castles RMX) - White Lies
Police In Helicopter Dub - John Holt

Straight to the MP3 player. Shouts to the RiotControl fam.

Excess Bangers 6: Untitled

Highbrid Nation done done it again with the latest edition of their Excess Bangers series...



1. Busta Rhymes Feat. Ron Browz, Juelz Santana, Jim Jones & Jadakiss - Arab Money (Part 3)
2. Fat Joe Feat. Ron Browz & Lil Wayne - Winding On Me
3. 50 Cent Feat. Ciara - Slow Down (Remix)
4. Mims Feat. The Notorious B.I.G. - Bread N Butter
5. Freeway - Diesel
6. Stat Quo - In California
7. Keri Hilson Feat. Busta Rhymes - Turnin Me On (Remix)
8. Ron Browz Feat. N.O.R.E. - Jumping Out The Window (Remix)
9. Swizz Beats Feat. Fat Man Scoop - Get Loose
10. Joell Ortiz Feat. Joe Budden - Move On
11. Jim Jones - Scarz
12. Termanology Feat. Big Pooh, Chaundon & Joe Scudda - Pay Jay
13. Termanology - Circulate
14. Young Chris - Status Of The Game
15. Curren$y Feat. Mistah FAB - Life’s A Bitch
16. Mims Feat. Letoya Tuckett - Love Rollercoaster
17. Freeway - Long Money
18. Freeway feat. Hesikiya - As I Ever Been
19. Freeway Feat. Neesh - For The Better
20. Royce Da 5′ 9” - Part Of Me
21. Jay Electronica - Swagger Jackson’s Revenge

I laugh everytime I hear Ron Browz say "ether boooooy", b/c with the tear he's on right now, no one is even realizing that he produced "Ether"!