Saturday, April 11, 2009

Lil' Mama ft. Count Justice "Shake"

Lil' Mama ft. Count Justice "Shake": Here's the latest joint I've heard from whatever album Lil' Mama has coming, and sounds much better than the "Diva" joint that leaked around Super Bowl time. The instrumental > the rest of the track (especially that hook), but I would bet that if Lil' Mama shot a dope video for this, it'd be a nice sleeper hit.

Shouts to Digiwaxx.

Jo Well "Welcome To The Jungle"

Jo Well "Welcome To The Jungle" (prod. by Jansport J): Jo has been throwing loads of product out, and you should already know Jansport J's resume from peepin' RTD. They are from the same hood in Cali, and linked up for a guitar-driven fly one. More to come from these two? Let's hope so...

Icadon "The Drohibition"

Icadon "The Drohibition" (prod. by Rockwilder): Icadon's definitely getting it in on his High Times blog; the Drohibition begins! This is also the first single from Ic's forthcoming Mr. Digital DOUBLE album, which drops on June 12th. Hit up homey's blog for more details on this, as well as that Pump Pirates mixtape.

DJ Cable's BBC Asian Network Guest Mix

On DJ Kayper's "Mixtape Challenge" (which can be found on the BBC Asian network), DJs are challeneged to fit 3-4 Desi tracks into a 15 minute set. My boy DJ Cable took the challenge, and it came out kind of hot!



01. Interview/Intro
02. Sukshinda - Shinda Wanga
03. Snoop Doog - Drop It Like It's Hot (Instrumental)
04. AC/DC - Back In Black
05. DJ H & Rags - Char Panj
06. Mavado - So Special/Unfinished Business Riddim (Instrumental)
07. Dil Se - Chaiyya Chaiyya
08. J-Kwon Tipsy (Instrumental)
09. Queen - We Will Rock You
10. DJ Starski & DJ AD - Right Thurr 2009
11. DJ Vix - Ah Chak Bottel Daru Di
12. DJ Class Feat. Lil Jon - I'm The Ish (Bonus Beats)
13. K.I.G. Family - Head, Shoulders, Knees & Toes
14. Dizzee Rascal - Stand Up Tall
15. DJ Zinc - 138 Trek (Bonus Beats)
16. Jammin' - Go DJ
17. Skepta - Duppy
18. Benga - 26 Basslines
19. Shreya Ghosal - Silsila Ye Chahat Ka
20. Chase & Status - Eastern Jam

Grab this while you can!

[video] Quest MCODY "Dreamin' (Big Proof Tribute)"

Here's Quest MCODY's tribute to another fallen Detroit soldier, who passed away three years ago today:

Friday, April 10, 2009

Why, Cassie, Why?

Yeah, I'm not sure why Cassie cut her hair, either. Oh well, she definitely dares to be different...

Big Kuntry King ft. Young Dro & T.I. "I Do"

Big Kuntry King ft. Young Dro & T.I. "I Do" (prod. by Nard & B) [clean \ dirty]: Them P$C niggas link up for a twinkly-piano gutter romp. I feel like they're trying to force Big Kuntry on us, when he should really just be some nigga's bodyguard.

Day26 ft. Jermaine Dupri "Need That"

Day26 ft. Jermaine Dupri "Need That": I wonder if going B'more was something Que's bitchass wanted. This really isn't THAT bad, but it's not bringing Bmore flavor to the mainstream anytime soon.

Shouts to the low-bee crew for this one!

related [video] More Day26 BitchAssNess!?!?

Excess Bangers 21: Book 777

The homies at Highbrid Nation cook up another banger, featuring their favorites from the week that was.



01. Rick Ross ft Kanye West, Lil’ Wayne & T-Pain - Maybach Music 2
02. Asher Roth Ft. Cee-Lo - Be By Myself
03. Method Man & Redman - Mrs.International
04. N.O.R.E. Feat. Nina Sky - Shoulders Move
05. Slim Thug - Gotta Get It
06. Fat Joe ft. Benisour - Cup Cakes
07. Nipsey Hussle Ft. Slauson Boyz - Roll The Windows Up
08. Uncle Murda ft. Bun B & Busta Rhymes - Gotta Have It
09. Trick Daddy Ft. BadGuy & Desloc - What Dey Do
10. Crooked I - Jackin For Beats
11. Joell Ortiz ft. Novel - Stand Up
12. Young Buck - Cant Catch Me
13. Memphis Bleek - Im For My Family
14. Uncle Murda - Make A Movie
15. Yung Joc - P.O.V. ft. LeToya
16. Memphis Bleek - Lil’ Youngin’
17. Rhymefest ft Haffa - Prove Myself
18. Bishop Lamont - Friends
19. South Park - Gay Fish (Long-Explicit Version)

Enjoy that!

The Paxtons "Brooklyn (Go Hard)"

The Paxtons "Brooklyn (Go Hard)": The Paxtons go in over the latest Jay-Z cut in celebration of Cee's 25th birthday (Happy Birthday, Cee!); enjoy this special treat alongside your Peeps, Cadbury eggs and whatever the fuck else you eat during Easter.

Good Friday 2009 playlist

Going to be a busy weekend, but I did good this morning at work and KNOCKED THAT WORK OUT THE PARK! Got my afternoon open. I really should talk a half-hour lunch, but I'll grin and bear it.




MissInfo posted up this footage of Raekwon and Bobby Brown performing together in LA:

Enjoy the Easter weekend!

Mike Maven "Sugar"

Mike Maven "Sugar": Here's a nice exclusive from the homey Mike Maven. This is a nice lil' tune... he described it to me as "Little Red Corvette meets Dirty Diana meets Kanye West", which I can see. Dude has that Soul in him, but the electronic and Hip-Hop influences are right there in his voice, right there in the beat. Some nice music to put on while you and your girl are having a great dinner... or are getting your foreplay on. Grown-up business here.

Did I say this was an exclusive?

Raekwon ft. Busta Rhymes "Death Wish"

Raekwon ft. Busta Rhymes "Death Wish": Here's some gutter rap for your Good Friday festivities. Shouts to Alex at Killer Beez for this one; he also mentioned via e-mail that The RZA was helming a new Wu-Tang album? Hopefully its more The W and 8 Diagrams.

[video] More Day26 BitchAssNess!?!?

I need to finish watching this episode... SMH at the whole debacle:

Jamie Foxx ft. Icadon "Blame It (AA Remix)"

Jamie Foxx ft. T-Pain, Juelz Santana, Icadon, Young Jeezy, Busta Rhymes, Lil' Wayne & Yung Joc "Blame It (AA Remix)": I fuck with this track heavy, so its good to hear Icadon lend a verse to this one. Celebrate Good Friday with a bottle of liquor and some of your favorite white girls...

D. Julien "Horizon"

D. Julien "Horizon" (prod. by King I Divine): Here's another joint from D.Ju, who is steady rollin' the acclaim from The Experiment into his forthcoming project, which should be dropping early June. Nice track to get you hype in the early morning... well, with a bit of coffee. Why am I even AT work today!?!?

Keelay & Zaire ft. Slo Mo "Growin' Up"

Keelay & Zaire ft. Slo Mo "Growin' Up": Peep this unreleased K&Z joint from the Riding High sessions; word is, when things with Riding High were slow, they would bang out cuts with Slo Mo, which, in terms of volume, is something like 3-4 albums deep with of joints. Hopefully the majority of them sound like this, or better!

David RUSH "Twitter @ Me"

David RUSH "Twitter @ Me": Here's the third twitter anthem I've gotten in the last few months. The odd thing about this is a) dude speaks about more than just twitter, and b) I don't know if this cat truly has twitter, as all I got was a MySpace page! I guess you can't win 'em all?

Anyways, RUSH is signed to Pitbull's Mr. 305 imprint, represents Jersey and has a single out ("Shooting Star") featuring both Kevin Rudolf AND Pitbull. Plus he has a mixtape (Moon Muzik) coming out later this month. Keep it locked!

related Icadon "Turn My Twitter On" \ Soulbrotha "Twitter Song"

[video] Q-Tip "Gettin' Up (5 Minutes of Manic Mix)"

My homey Manic (of "Killers Theme '08" fame) hit me with this ill video for his flip of Q-Tip's "Gettin' Up"; play spot the sample, see how it runs:

Bonus Beats Q-Tip "Gettin' Up (5 Minutes of Manic Mix)"

Thursday, April 09, 2009

Club Crush (Feb. 8th, 1990)

Yeah, I'm still on it.

Today on Normal Bias, laze posted up a sick episode of Club Crush, the WPRB radio show that Tony D was on for a bit. Classic Hip-Hop on this episode, don't even front.

Shouts to Fat Lace for throwing me some love the other day; they've got a few LP links, so if you're still sleepin' on Tony's prowess, I highly recommend checkin' 'em out!

N.O.R.E. ft. Nina Sky "Shoulders Move"

N.O.R.E. ft. Nina Sky "Shoulders Move" [clean \ dirty]: Oh wow. This is some shit the DJ drops then WHEEEEEEEELS right back. This for them niggas who can't really dance, but have a MEEEEEEAN two-step. First single off NORE's S.O.R.E.; big up on the birth of your child, too, Nore!

Via 57th Ave.

DJ Concept Music Is Life, Part 2

Dope DJ + dope tracks = quality.



Torae & Marco Polo - But Wait
The New Royales f. Self Scientific - Everywhere I Go
Step Brothers - It’s Coming Down
Blue & Exile - Blu Colla Workers
Nut-Rageous - Crusin’ In NYC
B-Real f. Sick Jacken - Psycho Realm Revolution
Johnson & Johnson - Wow!
Black Milk - Mo Power
Tools f. Termanology - Can’t Tell Me Nothing
Deams f. Big Daddy Kane - State Your Game
Strong Arm Steady f. Planet Asia & Chace Infinite - Black History
JR&PH7 f. Black Milk & Guilty Simpson - Top Rank
Black & Brown Project - Together As One
Skyzoo - Appreciation
MF Doom - That’s That
Blu vs Exile - LoveLine(s),DedicatedToLastFe’vrier
Eminem - We Made You

Even if I hate that last track...

[video] PreZZure "Commercial 1" LIVE @ Sapphire

[video] NothergroundTV: March '09 Pt. 2 / April '09 Pt. 1 Recap

[video] Tyson

Here's the full, 90-minute documentary:

EDIT Download this NOW!

[video] Method Man & Redman ft. Saukrates "A-Yo"

[video] Nina Sky On KarmaloopTV

BGDB x Paul Wall

I threw my interview with Paul Wall up on Boo Goo Do Boom like 20 minutes ago. Dude cracks me up; I remember trying to be objective when listening to The People's Champ, and just saying "fuck it", I dig his music without trying to (over-)analyze it. He also speaks on hsi forthcoming album, Fast Life, and the Houston Rap scene.

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

[video] Tony D, In His Own Words

Dope interview, via The Meaning Of Dope. Noz has posted some classic Blvd Mosse cuts on Cocaine Blunts (shout out to Plexx).

Bonus Beats Here's a video I spotted over on Normal Bias today:

MoodSwingaz "The Blessin'"

MoodSwingaz "The Blessin'": This cut is known through underground Hip-Hop circles, for good reason. Crews like this are hard to come by - they have dope flows and ill lines, but also known how to flip offbeat sample choices in their tracks, making it work VERY well. I like to think that these cats are what Cannibal Ox would've been if they weren't so abstract, lyrically, and had some real Timberland boot-wearing niggas on the boards for The Cold Vein instead of El-P. I miss shit like this, and CRU. If anyone can hook me up with a copy of Circa 2000, I'd be forever greatful.

NJ, what?!?

Bonus Beats MoodSwingaz "No Simulator"

[video] EnVogue Reunites!

[video] Bangladesh "Close Up"

Scanz Presents The Basement Chronicle

I dropped "Refined Soul" on that ass last week, and now here's the full project. Scanz is another Jersey representer, making that quality Hip-Hop. Loads of ill features and fire beats on this one, so don't miss out! Big up to Sherm for this one!

DOWNLOAD Scanz Presents The Baement Chronicle

Rick Ross ft. Foxy Brown "Murda Mami"

Rick Ross ft. Foxy Brown "Murda Mami": Is Officer Ricky still smashin' Fox Boogie? Is she Lil' Kim to his Biggie? Anyways, here's a leak from Deeper Than Rap. Shouts to D D.

Hellz Yea! "Go DJ"

Hellz Yea! "Go DJ": This isn't over the Lil' Wayne joint, which is a good thing. Hellz does pay tribute to the DJs out there, who I still consider thee cats you need to fuck with to know what's rockin' or not (although us bloggers are giving them a run for their money). Support your local turntablists in the club or pon the mixtape.

Soulbrotha "Ezek323"

Soulbrotha "Ezek323": It's always good to hear my homey SB throwing out some new tunes for the people, especially when its over some fire Mobb Deep instrumental madness. Sleep is definitely the cousin of death, so snooze if you want.

The Problemaddicts The Guestlist Preview

Click the pic for a couple of leaks from The Guestlist, the new project from The Problemaddicts, which is out NOW on iTunes:

  • "What You Need" (ft. El Da Sensei & Blacastan)
  • "It's A Khrysis" (ft. Blacastan, Krumb Snatcha & Lex Boogie) (prod. by Khrysis)

This is mixed by DJ Theory, and its ill, so check it out. Other cuts on this feature heads like J Dilla, Evidence, Copywrite, dead prez, Statik Selektah and others!

[video] Easy Star Lonely Hearts Dub Band EPK

Queen Latifah "Jersey"

Queen Latifah "Jersey": Yes, my NJ love is still going strong. With Tony D's passing, I've been on some very pro-New Jerz shit (Noz sees it); I can't help it. Whenever my hometown, Trenton, or my state was shouted out in tracks, I always got open. In speaking to my boy Kris Kay, I realized us NJ niggas are just like that. The whole nation shits on Jersey something heavy, so we have that tough skin/"see, we CAN pop shit" thing in us. He was mentioning that, on Naughty By Nature's "Craziest", he would wyle out when his city got shouted out. Made me think of the New Jersey Drive OST, which was a huge part of my mid-'90s Hip-Hop love. Not just for "Can't You See", or that Ill Al Skratch joint, but for shit like hearing the Queen namecheck Bordentown (still random as shit to me to this day). Classic compilation. Here's a few of Hip-Hop's nicest, from NJ, and on that soundtrack. We run New Jerz.

Bonus Beats Redman "Where Am I"

Tuesday, April 07, 2009

Suave The Ape Planet Of The Apes

Suave The Ape and Naive Native Designs bring forth the next chapter in Suave's Hip-Hop saga. Planet of the Apes rings true to the movie its based on, but throws Cornelius and Dr. Zaius into a Hip-Hop mindstate. Suave's put a lot of time into this, and that quality shows throughout. RTD stamps this one, and thinks you guys need to align with the apes... its face-ripping season, you know!

DOWNLOAD Suave The Ape x Naive Native Designs Planet of the Apes

[rock the dub Interview]: Bobbie Fine

Life's funny in certain ways. I was born and raised in Trenton, NJ, and while I knew we had a dope Hip-Hop scene, I had neither the age nor the funds to really explore it. I ended up finding out about how rich my hometown (and surrounding area) was with talent, especially at a job I had a few years back. I became tight with a cat who knew YZ, Young Star and all those heads, a cat who put me onto #9 and a slew of other sick MCs who got overlooked. One of the heads he put me onto was Bobbie Fine, and I actually wanted to interview him years back, but for one reason or another it never happened. With the tragic death of Trenton Hip-Hop legend, Tony D, I made good on that wish to interview B-Fine, and now provide you with this look into Trenton Hip-Hop past, and where Bobby Fine is going...

khal: First off, can you state your name and affiliations for the heads who might not be aware of who you are?

Bobbie Fine: These days, I go by Bobbie Fine (aka B-Fine for my crate diggers and 90’s Hip-Hop heads), but it’s all the same. YZ gave me the name B-Fine in like ‘84 or ‘85. I was like “isn’t dude from Full Force named B-Fine?” and he was like “I don’t know, but he ain’t you, the ladies love you”. So there it is LOL.

khal: Thanks. Now, you’ve been involved in the Hip-Hop scene since the age of 15. I imagine you grew up listening to the music, but when did you first realize that you could write and spit with your peers?

Bobbie Fine: Before we did YZ’s first album (Sons of the Father), I was the emcee dude in my area of Jersey. Me and Z’s brother Young Star, we’re the ESD Posse from grammar school. We used to battle any and everyone we could. I was the more vocal, big mouth of us & Star was the cat that would punch you in the mouth after the battle if there was a problem. I’d really been writing rhymes and freestyling since 4th or 5th grade, when I first heard “The Breaks” by Kurtis Blow. So I always knew I was an emcee.

khal: Speaking of peers, who would you say were your peers in the game?

Bobbie Fine: Central Jersey was dope in the 80’s, especially Trenton. There was a cat named MC Force who I really looked up to, and Almighty was a beast to me back then. Of course, YZ, and when he was in Too Def with G-Rock, PRT, Blvd Mosse, MOB, Tony D (RIP) and Too Kool Posse were all cats that I admire. Even some heads around my way like Saladeen (my OG big homie from AC), Lester Brown, Mark Swain and even my younger brother Chill aka #9 (RIP) and his crew at the time are all that made me love Hp-Hp and want to be a part of it.

khal: You rolled with the central New Jersey crew heavy when you were first getting put on. What do you think about that geographical area made Trenton and the surrounding area different than the scenes in Philly or NY? Do you think you’d be a different MC if you grew up somewhere else?

Bobbie Fine: What made Central Jersey so dope was that you’ve got both Philly & New York’s energy, with just the right amount of originality back then. We respected Philly & NY and loved their sounds, but only borrowed just enough to sprinkle onto our own sound and style. I’d be a completely different emcee, recording artist producer & performer if I grew up anywhere else. True school of hard knocks stomping gounds.

khal: I’d be remiss if I didn’t speak to you about the recent passing of Tony D. He’s known as a legend in the Trenton Hip-Hop scene, and his status is certified. I’ve seen you speak on him as both your producer and your mentor. How did you first meet Tony?

Bobbie Fine: YZ was originally a dancer. He and G-Rock used to go to NY and dance at the club, and they were sick with it. His brother and I were the rap cats, so when Z and Tony met and started conceptualizing him recording music, Z used to always talk him up, so I couldn’t wait to meet him. One day, he finally took us over to meet Tone, and I remember walking down this long hallway, to where his bedroom was in his Mom’s house out in Ewing, and there was a long brown table with his drum machine on it. I remember he played me this beat and I spit something, and he was like “we gotta get him in the studio, too”. I was amped and I couldn’t believe someone doing music for real finally validated what I’d already known. He gave me a couple of beats to write to, and the first song we recorded was called “I’m The Principal”. It was one of those songs that was just Hip-Hop, raw. I wish I had a copy of it, but the sound is imprinted in my brain. I was like 14, young and dumb, and from that moment Tony made me realize that I could actually do something with myself as an artist.

khal: I know your crew, Blaque Spurm, worked with Tony, and you put some work in on the Crusaders For Real Hip-Hop project. How much work did you put in with Tony D? Do you have any tracks that never saw the light of day, or beat tapes of his that never got used?

Bobbie Fine: Well, during and after YZ’s first album, I put in work as Z’s hype man, wrote and co-wrote a couple of joints, so I was heavily involved in the album, which tightened my bond with Tone. When he and Z started falling out, I was in the middle of it on stand by, waiting for my day to come. Tone and I started to record joints for my 1st group conception, The Funk Family, which we were first approached by Dante Ross when he was at Elektra, but we ended up at a new label distributed by Interscope called Poetic Groove. We recorded an entire album and released 2 singles (“Think B4 U Step” b/w “Disperse” and “Anyway”, produced by the Baka Boyz) towards the end of our stay on PG. I was featured on most of the projects Tone put together back then, and we were as thick as thieves. I didn’t make a move without talking to him, and he was involved in my deal with Blaque Spurm and American Recordings via a mutual homie, Dan Charnas, who was an A&R at the time. I made some alliances in Houston from my days of touring with YZ, so the BS album was half Tone and half some new production friends of mine. I was hesitant at first, bringing in different producers, and thought Tone would think I didn’t want his sound anymore, but he loved the direction I was going in and welcomed it. We recorded the album and dropped a couple of singles, but ultimately were unhappy with the way Rick Rubin was dealing with his Hip-Hop acts at the time, so we got a release. Tone and I have so much material and I’m grateful that I got so many chances to work with him and be creative. He taught me more than I would have ever learned on my own, and made me, in so many ways, the person I am today.

khal: When was the last time you saw Tony? When did you last speak with him?

Bobbie Fine: Tone lost a lot of weight after getting out of prison, so the last time I saw him was before he went in. We’ll talk every couple months, just to check in and see how each others families are and if we still have love for the music. We talked last year about releasing all of the old tunes online and even putting out some singles. He hit me up on Facebook a couple of weeks ago and said he would hit on the weekend. Last week I had a show here in Houston, and performed this joint called “My 1st Love” which is a dedication to Hip-Hop over a Tony D beat. The next day, Tone was heavy on my heart, but I didn’t call him. My homie Dre, who was close with Tone, called me that evening and when I heard his voice, I knew it was about Tone.

khal: What are some of the tools or gems that you learned from Tony?

Bobbie Fine: The biggest lesson I’ve learned from Tone is not to compromise yourself or your music for anything or anyone. Tone did what he did because he didn’t care what anyone else thought about him as an artist. Watching him over the years tap the drum pads and make so many dope instrumentals made me want to start making beats of my own. When he told me I was a dope producer is when I started calling myself one. Before that I was just a beat maker.

khal: OK, so getting back to you, you spent a lot of time dropping cameos on a host of projects, from the Fu-Schnickens to the State of Emergency project. What would you say was your favorite guest feature and why?

Bobbie Fine: My very first cameo was on a remix with YZ called “In The Party”; this was also my introduction as the next cat from the camp to pop, so that was big. The fact that Z wanted me on the joint and that it was, I believe, a B-side on one of his singles was a really big deal.

khal: In your travels, you took a liking to Houston, Texas, and ended up staying out there. What was it about Houston that drew you to the city?

Bobbie Fine: It’s a city, but it’s really a big ass suburb and I like that. I love the gritty NY and the hectic LA, but HTX is just laid back and has a calm about that I needed, coming from Jersey. Artists like Royal Flush (aka Uckfe Ouye), Bun and UGK, Ghetto Boyz, Devin and the Odd Squad and so many other really talented underground cats let me know immediately that Hip-Hop was definitely alive in the South.

khal: Not knocking Houston MCs at all, but there are obvious differences to the way their MCs rhyme and how it’s done in the East. Did you ever find it difficult to get respect in the Hip-Hop circles down there?

Bobbie Fine: Absolutely not. I’ve always maintained a really good balance of being able to run with the coming down, grippin’ grain rapper folk as well as the backpack Hip-Hop heads in the city. I respect both hustles, and I am versatile, so I can hang with the best of both worlds.

khal: What’s going on with you today - do you have any albums on the way? What’s Ambidextrous Music all about?

Bobbie Fine: We produce music for networks. That’s our bread and butter. Fox Sports Net is our biggest client, but this year we plan on stepping up our game and pursuing some other major networks. We release projects every couple of years, just for the love of staying creative and letting folk know we’re still relevant. I’m working on a project with a partner of mine from Portland named KP (formerly of the group Pros & Cons). We have a group called Good Biz, and we’re putting the finishing touches on the album this month. I have another solo album up my sleeve that I want to release after the GB smoke clears, so we’re still at it. Future plans are a studio in Portland that’s being built right now, and possibly some touring this summer with the release of the GB album. We’re also starting a management company, so you’ll be hearing some new artists we’re working with really soon. Oh and we just did a deal with YZ to release all of the old material online. The release date is April 28th, so you’ll be able to log on to any music site and get The Funk Family, Blaque Spurm, my solo albums, #9 album and a bunch more.

khal: Do you tour regularly?

Bobbie Fine: I gig every once and a while, nothing consistent, but my dream is to go on a world tour before I hang it up. Working on that.

khal: Do you keep in contact with heads like YZ and the rest of your fam from the golden era?

Bobbie Fine: Z’s my brother from another mother. I talk to him all the time and still play a small part in what he’s doing. We give each other advice, and he’s a mentor of mine. I run into just about everyone online, and I keep in touch with a lot of the cats that I still look up to and admire.

khal: What would you like Bobbie Fine’s legacy to be?

Bobbie Fine: That I made good music, stayed true to myself and didn’t take the bait. I can make money anywhere, but I can’t change what I put out there for ears to listen to, so at the end of the day my kids respect that man I am and I can look in the mirror and know I didn’t just rap.

khal: Do you have any final thoughts or shoutouts to kick before we wrap this up?

Bobbie Fine: Without my big brother Pum, I couldn’t have lasted this long, so thank you for being my support system. To my wife, thanks for understanding that I was in love with Hip-Hop first, but it doesn’t mean I don’t love you and the kids, and to Tony Depula & Borne “#9” Humbert, keep smiling down on me and continue to show me the way through this journey in music. Both of you have contributed to who I am and what I represent. RIP. Oh and haters… choke on a fat one. LOL! Audi!!!
For more information on Bobbie Fine and his current works, hit the following sites:

Normal Bias also has a Tony D Tribute post up that Bobbie Fine did, with 2 fresh tracks.

EDIT Noz posted this interview on Cocaine Blunts, and included links to more B-Fine albums (namely the Blaque Spurm output). Props to him!

The Final KING Cover

My nigga Nappy just sent me a kite, asking if it was true that KING is shutting down. Here's the final cover (well, 1 of 2), featuring Joe Budden's girl, Tahiry. Dayum.

Via Nah Right.

[video] John Forte "Style Free"

[video] PreZZure Presents "CanYaFeeliT???" Commercial #4

Bonus Beats PreZZure Presents "CanYaFeeliT???" Commercial #4

Meagan Good "Starstruck"

Meagan Good "Starstruck": I don't even know what this track sounds like, but I'm riding with Meagan on this one. Go 'head and put out that album, girl.

MP3 via broken cool, pic via The YBF.

Dame Grease ft. N.O.R.E. "OG Kush"

Dame Grease ft. N.O.R.E. "OG Kush": 4/20 is right around the corner, and it looks like Nore stays celebrating. Shouts to the fam over at 57th Ave for this one!

[video] Nina Sky "On Some Bullshit"

Wordsmith & I.N.C The Poet "On The Rocks"

Wordsmith & I.N.C The Poet "On The Rocks": Here's another leak from the forthcoming Baltimore Martini album from cross-Atlantic collaborators Wordsmith and I.N.C; I've heard the disc, and its phenomenal. RTD stamp on this one, all day.

[video] Jazmine Sullivan "Dream Big"

Lady Gaga ft. Icadon "Poker Face (Remix)"

Lady Gaga ft. Icadon "Poker Face (Remix)": Thank you, Ic, for giving me a reason to use one of those pics. If you're feelin' this, check out Icadon's remix to "Streets Is Gettin' Hot", and go cop Robot-ic NOW! Interviews Day26

Shouts to Z and the heads over at for getting Que to speak on his BitchAssNess. We'll see what happens this week...

Fes Taylor "Broken Wings"

Fes Taylor "Broken Wings" (prod. by Battery Jackson): This cut is taken from Fes' album, Inspectah Deck Presents Fes Taylor: Flight 10304 (T-2 Fly), which is in stores today. Go support that Wu dynasty.

Articulate & Pendragon "Short & Sweet"

Articulate & Pendragon "Short & Sweet" (prod. by NasTAY TraXXX): Two of Bmore's lyrical juggernauts go for broke on this one. If you like this lil' taste they give you, keep it locked for more material from both!

Tony D "Do The Whino"

Low Key, LA Law & Tony D "Do The Whino": Laze posted this MP3 that Tone hit him with a while ago. It's a freestyle thing from '93, and features the ill beatbox.

Also wanted to let you guys know that I'm working on a few Tony D-related interviews; keep it locked for more info ont hose.

Via Normal Bias.

[video] Eminem "We Made You"

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Mr. Lif I Heard It Today Cover+Tracklist

Mr. Lif's always been one of my favorite MCs, for the simple fact that he has a dope balance of politics and raw skills throughout his body of work. Amazon is saying that his forthcoming album, I Heard It Today, is set to drop April 21st, but I'm hearing other dates. In any case, it's coming... check out the tracklist for this magnum opus (along with some liner notes from Lif himself).

1. ‘Welcome to the World’ (prod by Batsauce) - This song was inspired by all the emotions I felt when it was formally announced that the U.S. economy collapsed. This song is meant to capture the fear, paranoia, and angst so many of us felt as our financial futures became completely up for grabs.
2. ‘What About Us?’ (prod by Batsauce) was written as a response to the passing of the initial 700 billion dollar "Bailout" bill.
3. ‘Breathe’ ft Bahamadia (prod by Batsauce) presented a great opportunity to work with a legend. I was amped when Bahamadia agreed to be a part of this song. Our focus on this song was to capture the all too familiar sentiments of daily stress we all feel.
4. ‘Collapse the Walls’ (prod by Edan co produced by Cut Chemist) was born from one of many great conversations I've had with Edan. While discussing the ills of society, we came to the conclusion that the goal really is to transcend all the stresses of our society in search of a healthier way of life. This song is an attempt to achieve freedom and peace of mind through the power of the imagination.
5. ‘Folklore’ ft Dumbtron and Vinnie Paz (prod by Batsauce) expand on the notions of redefining reality touched upon in "Collapse the Walls". The goal for each MC was to be as vivid as possible with no regard to any boundaries. The "walls" are officially collapsed as all four of us display the power of imagination through free form verses.
6. ‘Police Brutality’ (scene) (prod by Ray Fernandes (skit) co produced by Decaye) - This comes off as a mistaken identity incident. However, the cops are actually beating me because I have been sighted as a threat for spreading the radical ideals expressed in ‘Collapse the Walls’ and ‘Folklore’.
7. ‘Gun Fight’ ft Metro (prod by J-Zone) - Metro and I explore a range of issues pertaining to police brutality and imprisonment.
8. ‘PNN’ (prod by Paten Locke aka Therapy co produced by Nik Jhatakia) - My boy Cas calls me from jail and I immediately rally resources to regain his freedom.
9. ‘Hatred’ (prod by Mr. Lif) deals with the issue of self hatred in the Black community, and rallies people of colour toward the immeasurable power that can be unlocked through self esteem.
10. ‘Homecoming’ (scene) (prod by Mr. Lif) - Cas finally gets out of jail, so we threw a welcome home party for him.
11. ‘Head High’ (prod by Paten Locke aka Therapy) was written during the initial conflict between Barack Obama and Jeremiah Wright. It was depressing to see the same "crabs in a barrel" mentality that far too many of us act out in the Black community being acted out on the world stage against Obama. The situation lead me to pack a bowl, sit back, and think about the world.
12. ‘I Heard It Today’ (prod by Willie Evans Jr.) - The "housing crisis" is proof or the harsh reality that nothing is sacred. The American government allowed big business to gamble with people's ability to shelter themselves. I wrote this song to represent the voices of those adversely affected.
13. ‘The Sun’ (prod by Headnodic) is a song meant to provide inspiration and hope for people who lost their homes and for all of us struggling through these difficult times.
14. ‘Dawn’ (prod by Willie Evans Jr.) - A reminder to live life to the fullest.

I love that he has a running narrative throughout, kind of like I, Phantom. Grab this when it drops!

Monday, April 06, 2009

RIP Tony D

I didn't want to have to make this post. Last night, I had speculated that the legendary Tony D was the Anthony Depula that some were saying had passed away, but my purchase of today's Trentonian confirmed it. Tony D, one of Trenton Hip-Hop's finest examples of quality music, died yesterday in a one-car accident in Trenton. He was only 42 years old.

I know many of you only focus on that "new" shit, and I admit, most of the music posted here is of that new-new variety, but I also pride myself in giving respect where its due, and Tony D is one of those who deserves every ounce of respect heeped upon him, from producing what's definitely Trenton's finest Hip-Hop moment, "Rock Dis Funky Joint", but a host of other joints for various artists, as well as being jacked by artists like Naughty By Nature and Heavy D. He is a true Trenton legend, and will be sorely missed.

Here are some tributes and thoughts from a bunch of my peers:

RIP Tony D.

PS How ironic that one of Trenton Hip-Hop's legends passed away the same day that Run DMC was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame...

PS All Hip-Hop picked up on the story, too. As have SOHH. And HipHopDX.

PS Just Blaze sounds off.

EDIT Here's the cover of today's Trentonian:

You can read the full article HERE. I also noticed that his wife commented over at Hip Hop Battlefield. I feel the worst for his family - he left a loving wife, a 3 year old and a 15 month old. Those are the ones who lost the most.

I also forgot to mention that Press Rewind If I Haven't... has posted a scan of the original Source article by Matty C about the Naughty/Tony D beat jack situation. THAT'S some classic shit!

I've got some plans, I want to try and do some sort of tribute compilation of my favorite tracks D was associated with (either on the boards or on the mic)... we'll see how it goes.

EDIT laze over at Normal Bias has posted some of Tony D's illest Thursday Night Live clips, from his "Best of WPRB" post. Four minutes of Tone going for broke LIVE in studio!?!?

EDIT Press Rewind If I Haven't... has also posted an ad for Droppin' Funky Verses.

EDIT I highly recommend you checking out this piece by Dan Charnas about his experiences with Tony D.

EDIT I see MC Serch has briefly blogged about Tony D. There's no love lost at all, but he kept it clean and said his piece. Respectable.

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Rhymefest The Manual Mixtape

Shouts to Andrew at FSD for dropping that new mixtape from Rhymefest, The Manual, which features a slew of Scram Jones-produced material. My shit "RNQ" (prod. by DJ Premier) is on there, too. Don't Sleep!

DOWNLOAD Rhymefest The Manual

DJ Concept & Lefty Present Gangland 3 (The Young Misguided)

Here's a fresh mixtape from DJ Concept and Lefty. Concept speaks on the tape:

I linked back up with my man Lefty (1 half of the bay area hip-hop group, the Bash Bros) to bring you the latest installment of his Gangland street album series. Volume 3, The Young Misguided, is a fresh, original take on hip-hop. With so much repetitive music nowadays, it’s good to hear someone taking risks and doing some different shit. Bay Area stand up!!



1. The Young Misguided
2. Blast Off
3. El Fin (feat. Bash Bros.)
4. D.V.B. (Destination vocal booth)
5. 1 World
** Reef the Lost Cauze stops by*
6. Heavy (feat. Bash Bros.)
7. New Ears, New Eyes (feat. Tab One of Kooley High)
8. Plastic World 2080
9. S.t.r.u.g.g.l.e.
** J. Rawls stops by*
10. Love (In My Head)
11. Comin Through Again
** DJ Concept speaks on it*
12. Marination Recess (W.T.F.)
13. Definition
** Red Cloud reps for the West Coast*
14. Supahero

Don't sleep!