Archive for 01/01/2009 - 02/01/2009

Villainous Volume Radio, Episode 4

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Deal and the crew drop some science in this post Valentine's Day/Grey Goose-enabled episode. You can hear my ghetto drop in here, as well as the mighty "Flawed". Great work.

DOWNLOAD Villainous Volume Radio 4 [via PIMB]

[video] Kanye West "Welcome To Heartbreak"

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Featuring Mr. Don't Tase Me Bro Kid Cudi:

Family Guy vs. Christian Bale

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The-Dream Love vs. Money Cover+Tracklist

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March 10th is the date for The-Dream's sophmore album; here's the tracklist (as well as a gang of the previously-leaked tracks), so you ladies can start salivating early:

1. Money Intro
2. Rockin’ That Sh**
3. Walkin’ On The Moon featuring Kanye West
4. My Love featuring Mariah Carey
5. Put It Down
6. Sweat It Out
7. Take U Home 2 My Mama
8. Love vs. Money
9. Love vs. Money: Part 2
10. Fancy
11. Right Side Of My Brain
12. Mr. Yeah
13. Kelly’s 12 Play
14. Let Me See The Booty featuring Lil Jon

Radio Killa/Def Jam... you should already know that.

EDIT Updated tracklist via Splash.

Dawn Robinson "Man Enough"

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Dawn Robinson "Man Enough": Arguably the flyest chick out of En Vogue, Dawn is set to drop a solo album on that ass really soon. Looks like she is set to drop this album on The Movemakers Group, aka a label that she's co-CEO of with Dre Allen. Also getting wind that an En Vogue reunion is poppin' off?

Bonus Beats Dre Allen "Girlfriend Material"

[video] B.o.B. "Generation Lost"

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Joe Budden "Blood On The Wall"

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Joe Budden "Blood On The Wall" (prod by MoSS): Here's the full version of Jump Off's diss on Cell Block P, forthcoming on Padded Room. Did this leak? If so, who got me?

Props to eskay.

Bonus Beats Joe Budden "Get It In Freestyle"

Solomon Childs "What You Used To Be"


Solomon Childs "What You Used To Be" (prod. by Chris Styles): You better nail down the furniture when this one drops. This is the street single from Childs' forthcoming album, which is currently untitled and set to drop on May 5th via Wu Music Group. Kay Slay is currently dropping this one on his radio show, and now RZA, Divine & Solomon Childs have allowed us all to partake. Blast this one, early!

Bonus Beats Beyonce ft. Solomon Childs "Halo (Remix)"

Shonie The A&R's Cheat Sheet: R&B Edition Vol. 1

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Slip-N-Slide's new RnB songtress, Shonie, has finished a new mixtape for you guys. I hate saying it, but in this day of "perfect" vocals, homegirl can blow without the use of Auto-Tune and other effects, and with that Slip-N-Slide stamp, you should know what to expect. Download this, and then tell a friend. That record with Fabolous is kind of fire-y, so don't hesitate!

Shouts to Mary @ BlackRadioIsBlack for this one!

Dub MD & Spectacula Unexclusively Exclusive

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Dub MD's latest project showcases Queens MC Spectacula, dropping some Unexclusively Exclusive cuts pon ya 'ead, helping promote Spectac's forthcoming Every Second Counts, his studio LP that's set to drop sometime in 2009. Word is you can expect a mixtape a month until summer hits, with this being tape one of his Quality In Quantity series.



01.) Intro (Produced By Kon and Amir)
02.) Shine (Produced By The Alchemist)
03.) Pressure (Produced By Pete Rock)
04.) Your Welcome (Produced By 9th Wonder)
05.) Let Go (Produced By Madlib)
06.) Full Time Job (Produced By Pete Rock)
07.) Just Venting (Produced By Khyrsis)
08.) For The Websites (Produced By Black Milk)
09.) What's Next? (Interlude)
10.) Going Out Of Style (Produced By Pete Rock)
11.) The Forefront (Produced By Bronze Nazareth)
12.) Wasted Potential (Produced By DJ Premier)
13.) Snakes In The Grass (Produced By Khyrsis)
14.) For The Hell Of It (Produced By Easy Mo Bee)
15.) Gravity (feat. Gorillaz) (Produced By Gorillaz)
16.) Unexclusively Exclusive (Outro)

Watch out for Dub & Nametag's Classic Cadence Vol. 2 compilation!

Mista Raja ft. Sheek Louch & Bully "We Don't Play That"

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Mista Raja ft. Sheek Louch & Bully "We Don't Play That" [clean \ dirty]: I always check for new D-Block, word to my nigga Russell. Why the Silverback goes in first is beyond me, but this is a nice track to blast out of your whip on an early-night patrol for whatever it is you niggas patrol for (weed, females, etc.); if you guys aren't up on Raja, he's the one who produced "Hi Hater". This cut is taken from The Ghost In The Machine (I'm hoping Styles P is on this project).

Bonus Beats Mista Raja ft. Sheek Louch & Bully "We Don't Play That (instrumental)"

Excess Bangers 13: Gene Splice Season!!!

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Highbrid Nation just don't stop! They have a knack for picking the week's best and giving it to you in a hot package...



01.Camron - I Hate My Job
02.Jadakiss Feat. Barrington Levy - Hard Times
03.Cory Gunz-Put Da Gun 2 Ya
04.Raekwon ft. Maino - Realer
05.Lil Scrappy & G'$ Up - Gettin' Money
06.Remi feat. OJ Da Juiceman - VVS
07.Wale feat. Young Chris & Tre (of UCB) - Night Life
08.615 feat. Young Buck - I'm On It
09.Xzibit - LAX (Original Version)
10.M.O.P. - Blow The Horns
11.Rhymefest - Exodus 5.1
12.Case Ft. Bun-B - I Cant (Remix)
13.J.Period ft. Consequence & KiD CuDi - Buggin Out 2009 (Tribute Remix)
14.Fabo(of D4L) - It Got Me
15.Tek of (Smif-N-Wessun) - This One For Bucktown
16.Collie Buddz - Herb Tree
17.Boaz ft. Sean Price - Comin For My Bank

Keep it up, fam!

[video] Aubrey O'Day On Chelsea Lately

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related Aubrey O'Day In Playboy

[video] T.I. ft. Justin Timberlake "Dead & Gone"

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[video] Plastician LIVE Invasion at Matter (Feb 6th 2009)

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Featuring MCs Jammer, Dizzee Rascal, Skepta, D Double E & Footsie on the mic. Shouts to DJ Cable for the heads up.

The Metermaids "Nightlife (ancient times remix)"

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The Metermaids "Nightlife (ancient times remix)": Here's my boy badmammal remixing a cut from The Metermaids under his ancient times alias. Some jazzy vibes in this one, I love how the cymbals ride throughout the beat. Dude needs to stay on that Hip-Hop!

Hellz Yea! "Talk My Slang"

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Hellz Yea! "Talk My Slang": Here's some fire from the BK borough. If you are up on the flame, you heard this one on Winter Storm Warning Vol. 2, if not - get your weight up. Homeboy does his thing on the mic as well as on the boards, and hopefully he keeps me posted on his future works!

Bonus Beats Hellz Yea! "That Music"

DJ Paul "Just Like That"

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DJ Paul "Just Like That" [clean \ dirty]: Three 6 Mafia's DJ Paul (aka K.O.M. - the King of Memphis) is preppin' his solo album... were people really trying to get a solo LP from Paul? I won't front, I have been known to wild out to their tear da club up anthems, but really, what is dude saying on the mic? I guess it doesn't matter - follow homey via YouTube.

Sean Price, CyMarshall Law & Sha Stimuli "Street Life"

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Sean Price, Cymarshall Law & Sha Stimuli "Street Life" (prod. by Cook Classics): I dropped some video on this track last month; looks like The New Classics drops on February 25th.

Via Nah Right.

Joell Ortiz "Bout My Money"

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Joell Ortiz "Bout My Money" (prod. by Needlz): These Slaughterhouse niggas keep it gutter, always. This is from Free Agent, which is set to drop this summer.

Shouts to OnSMASH.

PreZZure ft. Miss Murder "The Matrix"

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PreZZure ft. Miss Murder "The Matrix":First off, this is the first time Hellviz PreZZlee hit me up, and I'm glad this is the first track of his I've featured. The beat has some ill, leftfield ominous flavor to it, which is accented by that chorus. PreZZure keeps that up with his slick flows; peep how he kicks off the 2nd verse - betta rewind that! This cut is off his "next next" project, The R Train Project... I know I'm intrigued.

Watch out for The Twitter Project, which will be dropping on 2.22.2009 - keep it locked!

[video] Behind The Scenes: Joe Budden "In My Sleep"

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Bonus Beats Joe Budden "In My Sleep" [via 2DBz]

[video] Blaq Poet "Ain't Nuttin' Changed"

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[video] Lady Gaga "LoveGame"

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Sean Wyze "Step Back"

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Sean Wyze "Step Back" (prod. by Jansport J): Seeing as my real name is Khris, when Kriss Kross blew up back in the day with "Jump", all of the kids in school used to clown me. Imagine how I felt when I saw the following in my inbox:

"So during a recording session for the upcoming compilation album Curly Tops and Nautica Jackets, Poly, L4, DNez and myself were reminiscin on old 90's joints. Dnez brought up the old Kriss Kross joint "Jump", and how somebody should flip that. I was hyped to do it. Low and behold, Nipsey Hussle's record comes out (which is DOPE) with the same sample. However, I still went in and flipped it 'Sport style. This is a track off of the homie Sean Wyze's upcoming album Chix N Snares"

I gotta say, this came out ill. Shouts to J for sending this to me.

MC Hammer "I Go"

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MC Hammer "I Go" (prod. by Lil' Jon): That's definitely not a typo. Hammer is back, and is going hyphy. Makes sense - that's his area, I just didn't know he liked to go dumb. Someone needs to let me know who the second cat on this record is... not that I think he's amazing, I just don't see his name anywhere.

Pendulum "Showdown (Clipz Remix)"

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Pendulum "Showdown (Clipz Remix)": That pic makes more sense after seeing the video.

The Terrorist "The Chopper (Ray Keith Dirty Chopper Remix)"

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The Terrorist "The Chopper (Ray Keith Dirty Chopper Remix)": Although I never liked to say I rock one form of music over another, I'd be lying if I neglected the fact that Hip-Hop plays a dominant role. About 9 years ago, I had essentially given up on a lot of Hip-Hop, and DnB took over for a while (as cats who followed me on AOL could attest). When I think of tracks that really moved me, this is one of them. Furious Amens atop a simple bass, the original was a staple in what I ended up rockin' Drum & Bass wise for a while. Keith didn't stray too far from the original with this one, but he added some tight elements and switch-ups, making this a special VIP-esque banger. True definition of a roller.

[video] Royce Da 5'9 "Part Of Me"

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Botchmania 67

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Do The Ringa Roses Skank

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DJ Cable comes through again with some more remedial line dancing:

[video] Behind The Scenes: 8thW1 "Drunken Saturday"

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Take It Personal #7

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Lucky #7 marks the "love & basketball" edition of the Take It Personal podcast. I'd go into all of the topics covered, but that picutre up top = what the convo goes back to. Enjoy!

DOWNLOAD sharebee / mediafire / zshare

Nato Caliph Power EP


Shouts to Nato Caliph for hitting me with his latest 5-track EP, Power, which has been entirely produced by Kenautis Smith. As you can tell by the artwork, the style is reminiscent of a scene from Dead Presidents, which is right up my alley. Lush soundscapes, real fucking talk lyrically? St. Louis done done it again!

The Real DJs

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Sundays on the 'Net seem to be connection days. I got a hit from the homey Mr. Holman on twitter, and after a few DMs, found out that he represents The Real DJs, along with Real PR. They handle weekly blasts to a solid group of DJs throughout the country, featuring the freshest songs and beats (making a DJs digging job a LOT easier), and also offer discounts on features, web design, street promo, mixing, mastering, duplication/replication, DJ services, filming, editing and a host of other services. Essentially, Real PR is a one-stop shop for you DJs who are trying to make a name for yourselves. I just got hit off with this week's blast, and I can attest - they are on their ish with the newness. Holman is a real dude, so make sure you subscribe to their Google Group if you're interested. Get in on it, and tell a friend!

[video] LIVE At The Khyber (2/13/2009)

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Heltah Skeltah

Cymarshall Law

The Silent Law (aka Silent Knight & Cymarshall Law)

Silent Law FINALE

Silent Knight

Illogic "Let's Go"

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Illogic "Let's Go" (prod. by Ill Poetic): Illogic's Diabolical Fun drops on March 24th on Weightless, and I was lucky enough to get this hype cut produced by Ill P. Seriously, this one bangs straight out the gate. I love that breakdown in it, too. I can only imagine how the entire LP will be sounding!

Shouts to Hadijah @ Tygereye for this one!

Donny Goines "Where Amazing Happens"

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Donny Goines "Where Amazing Happens" (prod. by 6th Sense): Here's a quick track that Goines and 6th kicked up for the All-Star Weekend. Go Devin Harris! And I think I still got Dwight Howard for the Dunk Contest...

related [rock the dub Interview]: 6th Sense

[video] Marsha Ambrosius "Valentine's Day Song"

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Bonus Beats Marsha Ambrosius Yours Truly (untagged)

[video] MIMS "Move (If You Wanna)"

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Cymarshall Law ft. Mary Lou "Luve Story"

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Cymarshall Law ft. Mary Lou "Luve Story" (prod. by Mr. Joeker): The Valentine's Day leaks continue! Here's a new cut from the homey Cy, via MAC Media.

Pish Posh Indoor Storm

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I don't normally like to rip and upload full CDs to the 'Net. Some shit, though? I feel like if I don't do it, who will? And really, some releases need to be unearthed to the masses.

Pish Posh, aka DJ Wally, is someone I like to consider an influence in my life. Even though I've not dealt with him too in depth, I did interview him last year, and have been a fan of his ever since I copped Genetic Flaw back in high school. When he started to move more in-depth with the Drum & Bass/Jungle side of his production, it was essentially seeing pure American DnB coming together. For the longest, any DnB played stateside was from the UK (essentially how it must've been in the UK when Hip-Hop was born). Wally was at the forefront of that brutal NYC flavored DnB, and I got to chart its progress with each release. First came Up Jumps Tha Boogie, which was released on Rawkus' Raw.kuts imprint (which both Wally and DJ Seen were super-instrumental in bringing to life). The sound on this one was more of the "Jump Up" sound that had the heavy Hip-Hop flair to it, which was definitely sick for that time (it also contained the massive "Corrupt Cops", which has since been remixed by Evol Intent, and was heavily instrumental in solidifying Evol Intent's G).

Now, I bring all of that up to speak on Indoor Storm, which I believe was the last release of any kind on Raw.kuts. This comes 3 years after Up Jumps, and in that time, not only has the geographical reach of DnB production opened up, but the sound had gone through so many permutations, sub-genres seemingly popped up every few months. While artists like Hive, UFO!, JuJu and others were flying the flag for Drum & Bass in America (among a host of others), Pish Posh, DJ Seen and Chris Thomas were still my favorites, joining up to become the Burner Brothers. This CD was essentially Pish Posh's call to arms, his defining DnB statement, and a supreme showcase of that hard-hitting, New York City bred Drum & Bass pressure. You got a taste of their flex with "The Offlanders", as well as the third edition of Seen & Wally's "Monsta" series. This CD has that dancefloor bounce, the hazy, dark textures of the post-Techstep era, and carries that pulsating swagger about it that kept many a club rockin' when either of these 3 touched down. Plus, MC Posi-D's MC hosting duties add just the right touch of the "live" feel to this disc - he does what good DnB MCs do: he chats when needed, and keeps it quiet as well.

Recommends "The Offlanders", "HP 52", "The Monsta, v.03" & "Cosmos"

I say all of this for two reasons: back around Valentine's Day 2001, this CD dropped, and I was going through some shit. I literally hopped on a train from Trenton to Philly and plunked down $16 for this disc, came home, hit the peace pipe a taste and got to escape the duldrums of life for an hour... the other reason is, the Burner Brothers have some ish coming out on Subsonik Sound like next month, and I'm trying to get into that mindframe to knock out some writtens for them. They have even more than that dropping, but we'll keep that on the low until the time is right.

DOWNLOAD Pish Posh Indoor Storm

Bonus Beats Reflection Eternal "Fortified Live (Pish Posh Remix)"

R.O.E. Hip Hop Love Songs

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Here's a quick EP from the homey R.O.E., collecting a host of, well, Hip-Hop love songs, or tracks that just deal with females. Some really heartfelt cuts on this one; "So Brand New" is a favorite, as is that live rendition of "Sweet Love". Not only is this pure Hip-Hop, its good music you could play for your momma. Or your sweetie. Enjoy.

Señor Kaos "Check Your Mind"

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Señor Kaos "Check Your Mind": The boy Kaos has this billed as the official Anti-Valentine's Day song; I know not everyone has a tasty to snuggle up with on V-Day. So sorry. Bump this one LOUD into your shot glass.

DJ Woogie x Cookin Soul x 90's & My Heart's Broken

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Happy Valentine's Day from DJ Woogie, Cookin' Soul and! You've seen the trailer, now you can grab it. Take a trip back down memory lane with these classic 90's bangers, now with 100% more 50 Cent!

J Dilla "One Won't Do"

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J Dilla "One Won't Do": One won't do it, two is not enough for me, no.

Bonus Beats J Dilla "Two Can Win"

[video] Full Crate ft. Mar "She Was Fly"

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Bonus Beats Full Crate ft. Mar "She Was Fly"

Che Grand ft. Colin Munroe "Too Much Too Soon"

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Che Grand ft. Colin Munroe "Too Much Too Soon":Wow, I'm never expecting when Che just randomly leaks shit. He dropped this for Valentine's Day, and it has a great story within.

PS this IS off of Everything Good's Ugly.

Mistabishi "Printer Jam"

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Mistabishi "Printer Jam": Creativity - that's what I like in my Drum & Bass. Taken from his album Drop (which is in stores Feb. 23rd), this track plays off its title in two ways: its the sounds of a printer jamming turned into a jam featuring printer sounds. No, the whole LP doesn't sound like this, but its good to see a cat who I only knew as a poster on Dogs On Acid elevating his craft to put out an LP with an imprint like Hospital.

[video] Lil' Mama ft. Fanny Pack "Truly In Love"

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Bonus Beats Lil' Mama ft. Fanny Pack "Truly In Love"

[video] NothergroundTV: Donuts Are Forever 3

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Robert Logan "Accurate Spit Boy"

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Robert Logan "Accurate Spit Boy": Here's some of that glitch-y eletronic funk for your Friday night debauchery. This is the title track from Logan's Accurate Spit Boy EP; he also has an album (Inscape) coming, I believe the date's in April.

Listening to this reminds me that I need more IDM in my life. Big up to Beccy for these!

Bonus Beats Robert Logan "Pigs"

[video] Speech Debelle "The Key"

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Bonus Beats Speech Debelle "The Key"

DJ Whutevva Presents New Joints For Dummies

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I'd give you some long drawn out intro on this, but you seriously just need to read the title of the tape, then download it. It's Gallic Wars, bitch!

Soulja Boy ft. Lil' Wayne, Jim Jones, Maino & Jadakiss "Turn My Swag On (Remix)"

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Soulja Boy ft. Lil' Wayne, Jim Jones, Maino & Jadakiss "Turn My Swag On (Remix)": I saw a shitload of freestyles and "remixes" going around, but this is the official street remix of this latest Soulja Boy cut. I saw someone wonder why Soulja Boy don't just stay on that production shit - people always seem to hop on his beats. Well, that, and his "new verse" could've been left off of this one. Sorry.

LMFAO at Enigmatik's "don't get used to this". I know this pains him.

Friday The 13th Playlist (Feb. 2009)

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I am ALL ABOUT this long weekend. Peep what I'll be blastin'...




I'm not the biggest Cypress Hill fan, but I always dug this track...

Cypress Hill ft. Barron Ricks "Tequila Sunrise"

Enjoy the long weekend... I know I will!

[video] Chrome Angels Trailer

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[video] Maino "Predictions" Update Pt. 1

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Do you guys remember Maino's "2009 Predictions" track? A few have come through... also looks like homey is getting his viral video on. Shouts to him:

previous Juan Epstein x Maino

[video] Trey Songz "Takes Time To Love"

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Aubrey O'Day In Playboy

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Aubrey O'Day's Playboy spread has hit the 'Net, and I'm not sure if these flicks are FTW or FTL. While she has a nice body, the looks on her face creep me out for no good reason. I also get creeped out, I got a feeling she has something.

Shouts to Shake for posting these, along with a nice .zip file of all the pics, in case these get yanked, early.

EDIT Complex asks "Which Aubrey Shoot Was Hotter?"

Jay Dee "Coastin'"

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Jay Dee "Coastin'": Some shit just ain't fair.

Dubplate Digest Vol. 1: Q-BiK

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I'd been wanting to do a DnB series over on my Drum & Bass blog (dubplate digest), but couldn't get anyone to commit. I happened into this shit-hot mix from Q-BiK, it had nowhere to go, so the birth of this series is upon us. Now, this mix is primed and ready for the DnB party - shit will sound like a party if you set the mood right...



Q-BiK - My House
Lazee - Matrix and Futurebound Remix
Xample and Lomax - Contra
SoM - Flawless - Sigma Rmx
Shy Fx - Bambaata Break Rmx
NuSense - Back At It
Dose and Menace - Pick Up
Brookes Bros - Lost Track
Sinichi Osawa - Star Guitar - Brookes Bros Rmx
Culture Shock - Kronix
ShockOne - Polygon
::Drumsound and SBS - Can You Feel It::
Commix - Satellite Type 2
DC Breaks - Hysteria
Q-BiK & Seeka - Let The Music
Brookes Bros - Someone
DC Breaks - Circus
Brookes Bros - Tear You Down

45 minutes of funk; hit up the OG post for details on Q-BiK, including where you can hear him LIVE today and tomorrow!

[video] G-Unit "I'll Be The Shooter"

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[video] ?uestlove's Entrance at NoiseMakers with Peter Rosenberg

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PMD also posted the first "bootleg" footage from this event - more to come! Shouts to the Soul Rebel for this one, though.

[video] Pimpin' Curly, Episode 2

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related [video] Pimpin' Curly

[video] Black Milk ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Losing Out"

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[video] Termanology "Circulate (100 Bars)"

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[video] DJ Woogie x 50 Cent x Cookin' Soul 90s & My Heart's Broken Trailer

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"90´s & My Heart´s Broken" mixes 50 Cent gangsta raps with samples, breaks and songs that made our days and nights back then: TLC, Total, BlackStreet, Mary J Blige, Boyz II Men, Ginuwine, Zhane, Bell Biv Devoe, Mark Morrison just to name a few.

This tape is set to drop on on Valentine's Day. Props to Cookin' Soul for the heads up.

Coast 2 Coast Mixtape Vol. 67 (Hosted By Cymarshall Law)

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The homey Cymarshall Law has been on a roll over the last couple of months, and looks like he is continuing on, this time hosting the latest Coast 2 Coast Mixtape. Enjoy this one!

[rock the dub Interview]: 6th Sense


Being in the position I'm in, I get to build with some talented individuals. While I've only spoken to 6th Sense a few times, I've followed his path for the last year or so, from his "Ignite The People Like Obama" to his slew of projects with Mick Boogie, his Notherground compadres and other, outside production/feature work. Dude is a talented artist, whether its on the mic or on the boards, and I'm privileged to bring you guys a peek into his head, how he got into the Hip-Hop scene and some forthcoming news to pique your interest...

khal: Let’s start from the beginning: how did you first get into Hip-Hop? What was that first track/tracks that had you open?

6th Sense: I got into Hip-Hop around the age of 9 or 10. My uncle's ex wife used to work at Elektra Records and she would send me promos all the time. There was a Beavis & Butthead compilation that had a horrible Run-DMC song on it called "Bounce", but I thought it was the most amazing shit ever. My first rhyme I ever wrote was a straight jack from DMC's verse on there. I grew up in Throggs Neck in the Bronx, and I used to play basketball in Castle Hill. I remember one day I didn't have a ride to the game, so my teammates from Soundview came all the way to Throggs Neck to pick me up. I remember being in the back seat hearing "cash rules everything around me/CREAM get the money, dolla dolla bill ya'll", and just being completely blown away. I think I had a double double that game.

Around that age, I then started going to a school called Manhattan Country School. It was a really small school, in fact Kelis went there. But the founders of the school were close with Dr. King's movement and all of the doctrines of the school were based on King's philosophies, including the multicultural makeup of the student body. I got exposed to Hip-Hop completely while going to school there. We would always listen to Biggie, Outkast, Nas and Jay-Z.

I also went to day camp in the summer at Bronx House, and we used to always be on the bus taking trips places and I had a boombox and would always be making mixtapes. Bad Boy was huge at the time, the whole New York scene was incredible. We would just play Hip-Hop all the time. I was always buying mixtapes from various spots.

khal: Everyone who first discovers Hip-Hop seems to try and get their hands dirty in many of the facets of the scene. Were you always rapping and producing, or did you dabble in graf/DJing/breaking as well?

6th Sense: Well, I did actually DJ for a while. I had traded in my video games at FuncoLand and saved up money and bought some direct-drive Gemini's. I would DJ some parties - this was back in like middle school, early high school, before I started really rapping. I used to buy records all the time, buying 12"s was the shit. Fat Beats, Rock N Soul; there was this one spot near Metropolitan Circle in the Bronx that was incredible. I know I got some of those records still lying around, I think I've given a lot away to the DJs that spun for me over the years.

khal: I imagine you are trained in more than the art of sampling and beat machines – did you have any formal musical instrument training? If so, is that something that you take into your productions today?

6th Sense: I don't rely too heavily on sampling. If I do sample, I'm sampling in a different fashion then most producers. My uncle is a drummer, so growing up I always had a toy drum set to bang out on, and I would always go to my uncle's house to jam with him. My pops was a keys player and a songwriter in the 70s, and my mom grew up playing classical piano, so growing up, I had some piano lessons here and there. But in the last two-three years since I really started getting serious into producing again, I've been able to combine all my musical training and studying into my music.

khal: When did you realize that you were doing more than just playing around with sounds, and actually making tracks that would have more of a mass appeal?

6th Sense: Ya know, I don't really think about it too much. I can remember maybe a year and a half ago we did a show, it was me, Wildabeast and Jelani, that's all the fam right there. There wasn't too many people really, maybe there were 30 people, if that. And when the show got to the end, it hit me that every beat we rocked that night was mine, and it sounded good. I told Will and Jelani that after the show and they smiled.

khal: How did Notherground get started? How large is that collective?

6th Sense: Notherground got started because it described the sound, the lane. Wildabeast said we're not underground, we're on another ground. And I agreed with him. At the same token, Notherground is JUST getting started. The Notherground collective is very large, and it's only going to get larger.

khal: It’d be an understatement to say that your name has gotten large over the last few years; you’ve been affiliated with some big projects, for companies like Nike and VH1, as well as having your name drop on the cream of the crop of the ‘Net’s Hip-Hop community, as well as offline. What would you say is the reason for this: your grind or the quality of the music?

6th Sense: I'll say both. Don't get it twisted though, things don't happen just ‘cause I grind. The quality of music is there, and because I grind, it all happens. I try to not to put a lot of weight into it though, I'm always pleased, never satisfied. When you say Nike & VH1, I say Mick Boogie.

khal: What would you say have been some of your favorite projects from the last year or so?

6th Sense: I hear from a lot of people that the first mixtape I did with Mick Boogie, Go For It, is a classic. I like that mixtape, the overall "put-togetherness" of it is ill. I even got Peter Rosenberg "interviewing" me throughout it. Jelani's free album he dropped (Wait, You Can Rap?!?!) is one of my favorites. I put a lot of blood, sweat, and tears into that album; that album is dope. All the work I did on Mick Boogie's The Honor Roll, I enjoyed. I got about 7 more projects lined up for 2009 so far. It's going to be a crazy year.

khal: Speaking of these projects – how do you work on them? Is it a situation where you have beats that fit into the DJ/organizer’s vision, or do you custom-make music for these projects?

6th Sense: Depends, I'd be inclined to say it's moreso the latter. Mick Boogie comes with the vision, although we do bounce tons of ideas back and forth. I think that's why we work well together.

khal: Recently, your It’s A 6th Sense Beat Yo! mixtape dropped, featuring a slew of your instrumental tracks. Why did you choose to put out an instrumental project as opposed to getting MCs to rap on your tracks?

6th Sense: Well, all of these instrumentals already did have MCs rapping on them, including myself. I just wanted to drop it so people can see I've been putting in work on the boards and that they can expect a whole lot more in the present and future. Not knocking any producers out there that get MCs to rap on their tracks and then put out a project, because I think that's dope as hell.

khal: Do you have any plans to get a major deal?

6th Sense: Next question.

khal: What’s in store for you in the next couple of months?

6th Sense: 6th Sense & Wildabeast are... Both Nice the album. Beats, beats, beats. Outasight's "From Here To Eternity." The Kid Daytona's "Come Fly With Me", "Daytona 500," "The Flor De Cana Sessions." I'm mixing Jet Audio's "Stand Alone Complex." More music with Mick Boogie. Talib said he was workin’ on some Idle Warship stuff to my beats. Working with a LOT of dope artists, I can't wait. Production for pop UK artists. A handful of guest verse collabos. The SXSW festival. I got some big things ‘bout to happen for real, can't let the cat out the bag yet though.

khal: Are there any artists out there who you would like to get in the studio with?

6th Sense: Yeah a ton. But there's also a lot of producers I want to get in the studio with. That statement'll make more sense soon enough.

khal: I personally know you’re into sports; do you think your Celtics will grab that championship ring again this year?

6th Sense: I have no idea. I'll say two things. One, it's going to be hard for anyone else to get the ring this year if a man named Kevin Garnett is playing on the court. Two, I am so happy that I have the presence of mind on a weekday night to go, "oh the Knicks are playing, lemme turn the game on". D'Antoni got NY excited again, and while they're not exceptionally winning, they're at least very exciting to watch. They're gel-ing, and soon enough they'll hopefully be a contender in the East.

khal: Do you have any live performances lined up?

6th Sense: I'll be controlling the music for Outasight's performance at the Blender Theater on Feb 16th. I believe Fresh Daily and Oddisee are also performing. I just got word that we're trying to set up a "It's A 6th Sense Beat Yo!!" party out in LA for the end of the month. I'll also be at SXSW DJing for Outasight, and performing with Mike Maven. I also have some summer tour plans, but I can't say anything as of yet.

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

6th Sense: I'm not trying to be somebody. I'm trying to do something. It's a 6th Sense beat yo!! Peace out!! Goodnight!!

I'd like to thank 6th Sense for taking the time out to rap with me. Make sure you check him out on MySpace, and keep it locked to the Notherground blog.