Saturday, May 16, 2009

rock the dub radio: episode 031

No excuses. Well, a shitload of excuses, mainly lack of time or energy to knock a new episode of rock the dub radio out. Haven't had a new one since December of '08, and that was my fault. This episode was supposed to be two things: one, it was to highlight my favorite tracks of 2008, and it was to serve as an ode to a fallen soldier, Snoop. I got the first hour done a while ago, and it did both things... but I never sat down to finish hour two. Hour two is just a dumb out, with me throwin' in some joints from the last few weeks that have gotten 'nuff play on my way back and forth to work. And it concludes the Snoop saga. Your thoughts...



02/Duo Live ft. Billionz, Joell Ortiz, Red Cafe, Uncle Murda & M.O.P. "Shootin'"
03/Joe Budden ft. Joell Ortiz, Nino Bless, Crooked I & Royce Da 5'9 "Slaughterhouse"
04/Slaughterhouse "Onslaught"
05/Yankee Pride Interlude
06/Elzhi ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Motown 25"
07/Akrobatik ft. Talib Kweli "Put Ya Stamp On It"
08/Big Boi ft. Raekwon & Andre3000 "Royal Flush"
09/The Roots "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)"
10/Drive-By Interlude
11/DJ Babu ft. MF Doom & Sean Price "The Unexpected"
12/Heltah Skeltah "The Art Of Disrespekinazation"
13/Billy Danze ft. Busta Rhymes "Undescribable"
14/Wal-mart Interlude
15/Guilty Simpson "The Real Me"
16/B Young "Alarm Sound"
17/The Set-Up Interlude
18/Commercial Break
19/MoodSwingaz ft. Ace Lover "Primetime"
20/L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Crouching Writer"
21/L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Happy"
22/Icadon "Earth Quake"
23/Drake ft. Tanya Morgan "Right To Left"
24/Tanya Morgan "Just Not True"
25/Brokn.Englsh ft. Skyzoo "Clarity"
26/Clipse ft. Kanye West "Kinda Like A Big Deal"
27/Fat Joe "Hey Joe"
28/GDP "Succomb"
29/Cam'ron "I Hate My Job"
30/BK Cyph "Ode To Panamanian Cricket"
31/Tech Supreme & Tef Poe "Do It For You"
32/Willie Joe & Bobby Ray "Lil' Rascals"
33/How My Hair Look? Interlude
34/Tony D "Adam's Nightmare"

Not sure when the next official episode of rock the dub radio will drop, but I had to get this one off my chest. I apologize to anyone who faithfully looked for these every other Sunday... I had heads asking me about the podcast, and I felt like a douche because I just couldn't finish this one for whatever reason.

Let me know if you're feeling it!

Drake Ain't Signed?

BDS says otherwise... shouts to K. Scully for the heads up.

Hive Implantation

A while ago, I tried (and failed) to record some old cassettes to my PC. One of them was this tape; Hive's Implantation was a mixtape I copped at State Of The Art Records on South Street in Philly like 10 years ago, and I've been trying to find a digital copy for the last few years. Today, I finally grabbed one, and I still love this thing. Its that pure dark techstep vibe, with some serious classics thrown in - from both staples in the scene (Tech Itch, Jonny L, Ed Rush & Optical, etc.) and some lesser known tracks - oddly enough, its the cuts like "Sweeper" and "Soundstorm" that stuck out more than the bigger bits. Take a trip back with me as we try to find the mark of the beast on the back of our necks, try to rip out the tracking devices and thoroughly get mashed out by this cavalcade of beats.



Side A

Absolute Zero & Subphonics "The Code"
Dylan "The Spine"
Jonny L "Wish U Had Something Remix"
One Drop "Sweeper"
Grasscutter & Extra Breaks "Ridiculous Bass"
Dillinja "Fluid"
Panacea "Chrome 13"
3D & Snuggles "Defender (Problem Child Remix)"

Side B

Dylan "Witchcraft Remix"
Future Forces "Cold Fusion"
R.A.W. & E-Sassin "Soundstorm"
Technical Itch "Protection"
Pure Instinct "Glitch"
Ed Rush & Optical "Satellites"
The Chemical Pilot "Classical Fruit (Future Forces Mix)"
D'Cruze "Holocaust"
Genotype "E.T."

What else kills me is that this is apparently a rare release; the info on says that only 50 copies were released? I had no idea, although only one copy of the tape was in the shop when I plunked down my ends. Good buy.

[video] GDP "No Gods"

Wordsmith ft. Articulate & Black Knight "The New Street Kings"

Wordsmith ft. Articulate & Black Knight "The New Street Kings" (prod. by Strada): Did you peep A Crack In The Bridge? If so, you know the fire contained within this one. If not, use this as a primer. Two of the RTD All-Stars unit on this banger. Enjoy it.

Ganja Kru "Gone Are The Days (Frontline Mix)"

Ganja Kru "Gone Are The Days (Frontline Mix)": Some more Saturday Drum & Bass pressure for you. This is one of my all-time favorite tracks. I remember hearing DJ Starchild drop this on WPRB one Sunday night, and I was in heaven. I got so involved in the jazzy intro, that when it gets muddy (I believe Pascal is on the remix here), with those dirty amens, wow. Insta-rewind. Why tracks don't have this much soul and fire in them these days is beyond me.

Caspa ft. Dynamite MC "The Takeover"

Caspa ft. Dynamite MC "The Takeover": Taken from Caspa's Everybody's Talking, Nobody's Listening album, one of the illest of out the UK, Dynamite MC, goes in over some 808's & Dubstep provided by Caspa. Watch how they Screw it at the end. I love hearing MCs who know what the fuck they're doing go for theirs over some lower BPMs (whattup Elucid?!!?)...

While I'm in this zone, check out the commercial for the DJ Nappy x RTD mixtape, Did I Do That, which will drop on May 22nd come hell or highwater.

EDIT Gotta love how The Fader "premiered" this, five months after this post.

Tef Poe Glory 2 God Mixtape

Tef Poe cracks me up with his lines - he has similies for days! I got this tape around the end of 2008, and didn't realize I was OK to post it. Blame it on the alcohol. ANYWAYS, reintroduce yourself to Tef before that Polo Shirts & Nike Hi-Tops mixtape drops! This features heat from Rockwell Knucklez, Wafeek and Tech Supreme, among others. ENJOY!

DOWNLOAD Tef Poe Glory 2 God Mixtape

[video] Eminem On Jonathan Ross

Part 1

Part 2

"We Made You" LIVE

[video] Eminem On Jimmy Kimmel

Did you need those Relapse bonus cuts? Mr. X has 'em for you.

1NF0 "Yes You Can"

1NF0 "Yes You Can": Here's some of that real Hip-Hop from Australia linking up on this mixtape, Information Jakeknowledgy. Jacob Giles & Nick Knowledge drop science on that ass all over this tape, for the true school. Hell, Masta Ace even gets down on a track! Hit up and get videos, links and download or stream the mixtape!

Coldplay Left Right Left Right Left

I don't fuck with Coldplay, but I imagine some of you do. This CD is being given away free on their site, as well as at their concerts, and now you can grab it OnSMASH (ain't they so nice?)...



01. Glass Of Water
02. 42
03. Clocks
04. Strawberry Swing
05. The Hardest Part — Postcards From
06. Viva La Vida
07. Death Will Never Conquer
08. Fix You
09. Death And All His Friends

Enjoy? I bet Jay-Z did!

M.anifest ft. Mujah Messiah "Rebel"

M.anifest ft. Mujah Messiah "Rebel" (prod. by Budo): I love how I hadn't heard ish from M.anifest in a bit, and he suddenly hits the inbox with a new cut off his Coming To America EP featuring the homey Muja. Fire.

MP3 jacked from 2DBz.

Friday, May 15, 2009

May 15th, 2009 playlist

Sorry for the lateness. I had work.


DOWNLOAD RTD_PLAYLIST_(5-7-2009-5-14-2009) ~791MB


This isn't a Hip-Hop video, but I neglected posting it, and it cracked me the fuck up this week:

Enjoy your night, I'm off to go drink. Holla!

[video] Method Man & Redman x Emilio Sparks

[video] D-Block ft. S.I. "Get That Paper"

[video] Ocean's 7 ft. Bow Wow "So Much Swagg"

Foundation Friday - Part 5

Excess Bangers 26: Vs.Skins

It's been about a week since I posted those (alleged) Rihanna naked flicks (a post which stays on Page 1 of a "rihanna naked" Google search), and we are still seeing a bare skin Rih Rih all over, included in the latest Excess Banger tape.



01. Method Man & Redman ft. Keith Murray- Errbody Scream
02. Busta Rhymes - Give Em What They Askin For
03. Kay Slay Ft Sheek Louch, Papoose, Busta Rhymes, Young Chris, & Raekwon - Power Cyphe
04. Gucci Mane Willie The Kid & Lonnie Mac - Smoke.
05. J Dilla - 24kt Rap f. Havoc & Raekwon
06. Method Man & Redman ft. Melanie Rutherford - A Lil Bit
07. Mos Def - Casa Bey
08. Freeway - Crack Rap
09. Raekwon - Cocaine Blunts
10. Jay Rock - Thank The Lord
11. Nipsey hussle - Good For Me
12. Red Cafe ft Razah - Take Off Your Clothes
13. DJ Drama ft. Nas, Willie The Kid, Scarface & Marsha Ambrosius- Yacht Music
14. Papoose - Foolish
15. Freeway ft. Sheek - Keep Yo Hands Up
16. Raekwon - The General(no DJ)
17. Julian Marley Ft Damian Marley-Violence In The Streets
18. Jay Rock - How To Rob 09

Shouts to Highbrid Nation for another one!

Brokn.Englsh "Cherry Popper"

Brokn.Englsh "Cherry Popper" (prod. by Def Dom): This track makes me feel like I live in the movie Crooklyn. This is the first single from BE's forthcoming Drawing Board album, which I'm itching to hear. Shouts to BE for being selected to perform at this year's Show & Prove, but need your help: on May 21st, come out to Public Assembly. When they perform this song that they've give to you for free, help 'em out with some crowd participation during the hook. If (when?) BE wins, they will be able to perform at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival.

I need to organize a Trenton Hip-Hop Festival. Anyways, BE all day.

Illa Ghee "Jacuzzi"

Illa Ghee "Jacuzzi": Shouts to Mickey Knox for hitting me with this cut from Ghee, which is both smooth and gutter. It's the sample - you can't help but mellow out with that CLASSIC symphony underneath, and they flipped it wonderfully.

PreZZure ft. Niles "Go In"

PreZZure ft. Niles "Go In": Here's the 2nd single from PreZZure's CanYaFeeliT???. Its fresh. I'm actually loving the fuzzy UFO flex in this beat as much as I love P's drive when it goes to pushing this new project. Dude is truly "going in"!

Boom Shottas Part 5

Enigmatik, my Houston homey, put together his latest Dance Hall mix, and its a scorcher. He threw a bunch of fly cuts, as well a host of fresh material - I wasn't aware of Aidonia until last night when I put together that "Advocate Riddim" soundclash (expect that to drop next week, I think), but dude has some heat in his rhymes!



BGDB Intro
No Tracing - Busy Signal
Blame It On The Weed - Wayne Marshall
Day And Nite - Aidonia
So Blessed (Remix) - Mavado f/Busta Rhymes
Hold The Line - Major Lazer f/Santigold
Click Mi Finger - Erup
Herb Tree - Collie Buddz
Easy - Einstein
Nah Ansa - Busy Signal
So Fine - Sean Paul
Jiggle - Beenie Man f/Busta Rhymes
Every Girl - T.O.K.
The Ansa - Busy Signal
Talk If Yuh Talking - Cherine Anderson
Rich Dis Year - Charly Black
Need Some Money - Bugle
BGDB Advocate Megamix - Mavado, Elephant Man, Aidonia & Busy Signal
Pon Di Gaza - Vybz Kartel
Walk Wit Dem Casket - Flexx & Mavado
Gangsta Nuh Bleach - Busy Signal
Dem A Talk - Mavado
Supem Ago Happen - Vybz Kartel
Streets Is Gettin' Hot - Beenie Man
Bizness Need Wi - Twin of Twins
I Had A Dream - Leftside (a.k.a. Mr. Evil)
Stay Like Bees - Assassin
Who God Bless - Vybz Kartel f/Spice
BGDB Outro

Enjoy that!

Dark Night Of The Soul

How Danger Mouse keeps finding himself in these situations is either horrible karma or some twisted luck. His latest project, Dark Night Of The Soul features Iggy Pop and fucking David Lynch. EMI, however, won't put it out due to contractual disputes. What does Danger Mouse do? Release the album as a blank CD-R. I wonder what you should burn on it...

[video] Melle Mel Speaks On Joe Budden

This shit is getting ugly!:

[video] Young Dro ft. Young LA "Take Off"

[video] DJ Quik & Kurupt "9 Times Out Of 10"

[video] Vanessa Williams "Just Friends"

DJ Concept & Shuko Ecko Unlimited Vol. 2

Props to DJ Concept for hitting me with his latest; this time, he links with Shuko and Ecko Unlimited for the fresh mixtape, hosted by none other than Rapper Big Pooh!



1. Rock For Yall / Supastition f. J-Scienide
2. Change / Daniel Merriweather f. Wale
3. Perfectionist / Asher Roth f. Beanie Sigel & Rock City
4. Guter Mensch / ZWolf
5. There Can Only Be One / The Legendary KO, D.Rose, Synatto Watts, Snap, The Niyat & Kay
6. Image Is Nothing / Chaundon
7. Goodnight Goodnight / Inverse
8. Piano Lessons / Colin Munroe f. Joell Ortiz
9. The Jimmy Choos (El-P Remix) / Chester French
10. Smile / Alchemist f. Maxwell & Twista
11. Step It Up / Rapper Big Pooh
12. Might Not Be / Ayah f. Chaundon
13. Dreams / Black Milk
14. Data (Bestrack Remix) / Rapture
15. She Loves Everybody (Clinton Sparks & DJ Snake Remix) / Chester French
16. Whoaa / Casper Vs Bestrack
17. 16 Bars / Nico Suave vs White Stripes
18. 100 Yard Dash Remix / Raphael Saadiq f. Nico Suave
19. Forces Of Nature / Karriem Riggins f. Common
20. 3 Ladies / Kam Moye
21. Love By You / Thad Reid
22. Goodnight & Good Luck / Reks
23. As I Em / Asher Roth f. Chester French
24. Every Girl / Young Money


M-Dot M.oney D.oesn't O.wn T.hought Mixtape

I've been talking about this one for a bit, and now EMS has finally allowed me to drop it! The DJ TKO-mixed tape from M-Dot is the primer for his M.usically D.riven O.ver T.ime album that you need to look out for. Loads of features on this one, including rhymes from Termanology, Singapore Kane, Agallah and others, with beats by D-Sharp, Domingo, Kenshin and many more! Let this be the soundtrack to your weekend!

DOWNLOAD M-Dot M.oney D.oesn't O.wn T.hought Mixtape (mirror)

Thursday, May 14, 2009

EMS x RTD: ThrowBack Thursday 003

Here's the latest EMS/RTD Throwback. Some classic M-Dot material:

Here is the latest in the EMSxRTD "Throwback Thursday" series. Mayhem's Early May Mixtape Hosted by DJ TKO (of Coast2CoastDJs) This is a collection of some of Mayhem's older and unreleased Material but hey it's NEW to ya'll cause you haven't heard it.It features EMS of course (M-Dot, Revalation), and also Praverb and Kritikal. Production from Teddy Roxpin, Kenshin, Tha Silent Partner and EMS Productions own Kore. If you like the feel of this then get ready for the next tape by Mayhem dropping this Summer called A Beautiful Mind.

DOWNLOAD Mayhem Early May Mixtape

Watch out for the forthcoming M-Dot mixtape, which drops TOMORROW!

fLako ft. Versis "Yeah Yeah Yeah"

fLako ft. Versis "Yeah Yeah Yeah": Cali's Versis takes this mellow groove from fLako to another zone with his lines. Versis had this to say about his reasoning for doing what he does: "I’m in this to make people remember the times when the MC was insatiable when it came to nourishment … staying hungry is the key to me! I’m not a songwriting robot, I write when I feel moved. Writing for the sake of it doesn’t cut-it for me. I started off as just a fan. Slowly, I started noticing I had a way with words. Those words turned to lines, lines to rhymes, rhymes to songs."


[video] Method Man & Redman On Toca Tuesdays

R.O.E. "Long Shot"

R.O.E. "Long Shot": My boy Rising Over Envy grabbed Colin Munroe's "Piano Lessons" and made it his own, testifying about his own trials and tribs in regards to his own career. I believe in dude, as does Andrew FSD, and I think you should pick this one up and relate.

J Dilla ft. Havoc & Raekwon "24K Rap"

J Dilla ft. Havoc & Raekwon "24K Rap": Another day, another Jay Stay Paid leak. Who asked Havoc to be on this shit? I recommend you check the Beat Junkies Sampler Mix that I posted yesterday.

Via Nah Right.

Elucid The Progress Mixtape

Wow. I hate that I've known Elucid for the better part of 2 or 3 years, but there is still some of his catalogue that I've never heard. I let him know that I hadn't heard his Progress mixtape, which was made during early 2003 and 2005, and released before Smash N Grab, and he finally laced me with the .zip, and now its on YOU! While his potent poetry and flawless flow are still in tact, the beat selection was a bit "safer": he murders Slim Thug's "Life A Boss", rediscovered Beanie Sigel's "Purple Rain" and coasted over a host of original production from niggas like Imported Goodz. I've always appreciated his leftfield flex over modern Hip-Hop, but its been his post-Smash N Grab material, where he's dabbled in dubstep, punky-electro and other BPMs that I really understood where he was. His G is truly too futuristic for some niggas...

DOWNLOAD Elucid The Progress Mixtape

And this is where I go into what we call the "real talk" portion of our seminar. See, this cat Young H of Go In Radio did a dope tribute to Lessondary (download this trip back HERE), where he included the title track of this mixtape, and not much else from Elucid. That seemed odd, and when he got into his own commentary towards the end, dropping what I guess he thought was constructive criticism? Check out the clip HERE. Now, fam, I understand that tracks like "Laser Days" and the other sounds Elucid dropped on the aforementioned Smash N Grab and his phenomenal Police & Thieves mixtape - I get that. But the fact that you pulled out the word "hipster" to describe it comes off as ignorant. Not ignorant like Soulja Boy, but ignorant in the literal sense of the word, i.e. you don't know what the fuck you're talking about. It's that mentality that helps crush proper independent Hip-Hop from the inside. Cats will forever talk about "keepin' the music pure" or whatever, but their reference points are The Native Tongues. Hip-Hop was born and dropping tracks like "Planet Rock", which is still a staple... and also helped birth genres like Electro! Now the dubstep used in "Laser Days" is closer to "Planet Rock" than most of the Hip-Hop I imagine you champion out there; this thing we know as Hip-Hop is just as much "Can I Kick It?" as it is "Walk This Way". Timbaland's BPM excursions and Kanye West's 808's & Heartbreak are just as Hip-Hop as any Preemo beat Nas raps on. Just because its not YOUR view of Hip-Hop, why the fuck would you discredit Elucid's vision for his particular form of Hip-Hop? He's not saying his shit isn't Hip-Hop, so why are you? It's the ying and the yang - just because its not a dusty Madlib sample doesn't mean its any less Hip-Hop, and it for damn sure wasn't created to symbolize some hipster movement - it was a creative evolution from the tunes like "Progress" that you love! There'd be no Elucid now without Elucid then.

And for many of us out there, Elucid now is putting the proper lyrical slant on varying styles of music out there and - God willing - this vision will manifest itself. Shouts on your tribute, but fall back on the ignorant statements, homey.

FuseBox Radio (Week of May 13th, 2009)

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This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of May 13, 2009 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary.

This week's commentary focused on the absurd bill that Rep. John Conyers (Democrat - Michagan) is trying to pass through the U.S. Congress called HR848, that if it passes, will have various NEW music costs are passed on to all sorts of FM radio station owners, with the high possibility that great deal of Black-owned Radio Stations (and just regular radio station period) to shut down due to various economic issues.

We talked about the potential impact this could have culturally in the U.S. for not just the Black Community, but for the music community at large from music artists, to listeners and others.

We also had a great interview with independent Hip-Hop MC, producer, graphic artist & activist Ravage the MeccaGodzilla (

We covered everything from Ravage's influences, being one of the founders of G.A.ME (the Grassroots Artists MovEment) in NYC, his history with the music industry from being a member of the supercollective Monsta Island Czars (MF Doom, MF Grimm, etc.) and beyond, Ravage's vision of the growth of Hip-Hop & where it needs to go, his latest album project (the "Erroars" production LP) & upcoming music situation, the international scene and more!

We do have a new Black Agenda Report segment but no new Direct EFX segment this week.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for Week of May 13, 2009 (in no particular order)

Pharcyde/The Rubbers Song/Red Hot Organization
Brisco feat. Busta Rhymes & Flo Rida/You Know What I'm Talking About/Poe Boy
The Jacka/Feat. Andre Nickantina/Glamourous Lifestyle/SMC &
E The Hip-Hop & R&B Rockstar/U Like Me/FaceMen Kartel & PhatCats Ent
LMFAO/Yes/Universal Motown
MC Lyte feat. Charles Hamilton/Loading/White Label
Reflection Eternal/Back Again/Blacksmith Records
Ravage the MeccaGodzilla/Metsu Anasatsuken09/
Jadakiss feat. OJ the Juiceman & Swizz Beats/Who's Real/D-Block & Def Jam
Mistah F.A.B./No 420/Thizz Ent.
Katia Cadet aka Babykat/Get It Started/Sequence Records
Ravage the MeccaGodzilla/Tracks from the "Erroars" LP (Follow, UrFuked, Monsta Eyez, Asian Sensation, Lunch Room 1996, Mystery of Mina, Untitled, Erroar Echo, Magma, Awokenbeethoven, G.O.D.2, Prophecy Pleaze, Stopit 2004, Halozzz, Mic Avengers, Nihon Fast, 8 Bit, Genesis)/
Bishop Lamont/Friends/Aftermath
Jazmine Sullivan/Dream Big/J Records
Wordsmith & Chubb Rock/Old 2 The New/Wordwise Publishing
Thad Reid/Do My Thang/
Nikki Lynette/Oooh Mommy/ White Label
The Clipse feat. Kanye West/Kinda A Big Deal/Columbia
KRS-One & Buckshot/Robot/Duckdown
Serius Jones/Ain't It True/White Label (

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Classics and more Independent Music Finds
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T.I. ft. Mary J Blige "Don't Forget"

T.I. ft. Mary J Blige "Don't Forget": The NMC liberated this last night, with tags, but the homey Buck Marley just threw the untagged version up. Shouts to him. The Tipster is set to go to the clink for his one year vacay soon, right?

Looks like he has his snitch nigga hunting gear on in that pic...

Stream The Midnight Madness Remix EP

The homey Matt at Coalmine sent over this press release, check it out; streams of the entire EP underneath it:

I just wanna give yall a brief run down of the history behind this remix. Basically, my entire idea behind doing this record from jump was based off the cult 80s movie "Midnight Madness". As a kid, this was one of my favorite movies. I thought the concept was just ill- it revolved around an all night scavenger hunt coined "The Great All-Nighter" spearheaded by this zany ass dude named Leon. This movie also features a young Michael J. Fox making his big screen debut. The game demands that its participants must gather odd objects and decipher riddles to figure out where the finish line is. The first group there, wins. However, the competitors, who consist of geeks, jocks and snobs, just might kill each other before they find a single clue. I always thought it would be ill to make a hip-hop parody based off this movie. I reached out to Heltah Skeltah and explained to them what I was looking for which was basically a real street interpretation of the movie's synopsis from the vantage point of Ruck & Rock.

Although I was very pleased with the original version as featured on The Foundation, I thought it would be dope to drop an EP of remixes that showcase the beat making skill of many up-coming producer's while also delivering their own interpretation of the theme of the record. I first reached out to the homey M-Phazes about this project and my goal here was to expand on the original version by rendering a remix that used elements from the movie. I sent Phazes the movie's theme song and there was this really ominous sound in the very beginning- it didn't even occur to me to sample that (hence why I'm not a producer), but Phazes used that sound as the center piece to his remix. He stamped his signature drums and bassline around the sample and came up with something really dope. From the rhymes to the beat, this remix is a modern day hip-hop parody to one of my favorite child-hood movies.

To make the cipher complete, I had the homey OK Pants hook up the artwork based off of the original movie poster from 1980. I was always a fan of 12" and album covers that were a spin off an earlier body of work of a different genre, ie: Redman's Dare Iz A Darkside & Funkadelic's Maggot Brains or Young Black Teenager's self titled debut & The Beatles Meet The Beatles (debut album). Artwork has always been an integral part of hip-hop culture and similar to how producers have resorted to using samples to provide the framework for a song, artists have drawn inspiration from the works of earlier and different genres to provide the foundation for album art. Hip-hop by and large is an amalgamation of varying cultures and in this digital age much of the culture's essence falls by the wayside. Although it's unfortunate, it's still possible to carry on tradition and maintain the standards of yesteryear...The Midnight Madness Remix EP is my attempt to do just that.

The Midnight Madness Remix EP

Method Man Speaks On Joe Budden

If you've been following Joe Budden on twitter, you'd know that he has gone in on Method Man and what he sees as a lack of lyrical skills from dude, and suggesting that they should battle (something I'd LOVE to see). On the eve of Blackout 2 (which has already leaked, and is FIRE), Tical spoke on the entire situation with DJ Enuff on A-List Radio, and Killer Beez threw out some links to the audio...

What say you? I wanna see these two go at it, just because.

EDIT Not only did Joe Budden speak with Ed Lover on Power 105.1 this morning (Part 1 / Part 2), but Meth has already called in and responded, too! Shouts to Alex again!

EDIT Z just sent over this interview with Meth & Red. Enjoy it.

Tef Poe & Tech Supreme "I Do It 4 You"

Tef Poe & Tech Supreme "I Do It 4 You": This month, RTD links up with Tef Poe and Tech Supreme for the Polo Shirts & Nike Hi-Tops mixtape. Been wanting to put out more ish from my homies out in St. Louis, and I've been blessed with this opportunity. Fans of Champion Sound should be well familiar with where that instrumental came from. Keep it locked for more info on this one!