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Fanu + Bill Laswell = Lodge

When you have a project from producers like Bill Laswell and Fanu, it's essentially buy on sight. Thing about this new album, entitled Lodge, is that it's only been released in Japan so far. From the clips below, it sounds like a twisted journey into the worls of both Jazz and Jungle, with some stops along the way. Reminds me of the INAMORATA CD from late last year, but a lot better. Some of my immediate favs are "Hollow Grounds", "Bloodline" and "The Incal". Check out the tracklist, with clips:

  1. "Orh"
  2. "Bloodline"
  3. "Transgenesis"
  4. "Hollow Grounds"
  5. "Fourth Voice"
  6. "Transfer Code"
  7. "The Incal"
  8. "Shroud"

The line-up on this album goes as follows:

Fanu - breaks, loops, and dark fun.
Nils Petter Molvaer - trumpet, wino.
Graham Haynes - trumpet, dope.
Bernie Worrell (P-Funk): keyboards, bach.
Bill Laswell: fender bass, psychosis.

You can cop this now via Columbia Japan. US release date: March 11th (European release date is March 28th), so hold tight.

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[video] Two More Super Bowl 2K8 Ads

Last night I posted the Justin Timberlake/Pepsi Stuff commerical that will air on Sunday, I am kind of surprised these jammies are online, but they come straight from CBS' YouTube channel, so who knows:

I'll post more if I see more.

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[video] Tom Brady Is A Fool

You guys must have heard the media day hullabaloo about Tom Brady receiving a marriage proposal from this chick in a wedding dress? That smoker turned out to be TV Azteva's Ines Gomez-Mont. Here's a Star-Ledger video with more footage of her, as opposed to Brady's mug:

You mean to tell me this cheating QB was willing to turn down a fly chick like Ines to stay with no-ass having Gisele B√ľndchen?
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MC Cliff Huxtable

Bill Cosby has been an oldhead who hates on the current stereotypical image of today's Black youth for a few years now. He downtalks niggas, says they cannot read and just use foul language and all of this other malarky. Niggas, in turn, hated on his oldhead status and his dark sunglasses. Now word from AHH is that this nigga is trying to do a Hip-Hop album?

Bill Cosby - a staunch critic of some rap music - is set to release a Hip-Hop album called State of Emergency, which will be a sanitized, issue-oriented CD.

Sources told AllHipHop.com that the actor, comedian and philanthropist will address issues like proper parenting, teen pregnancy, drug abuse, Black-on-Black crime and the dropout rate in America's high schools.

Does he really think doing something like this will touch the youth where his rants did not? Part of the reason he couldn't get to those kids is because of the fact that he is an oldhead. Until the young niggas get that positive image from someone they can respect, a peer, they will continue to snap their fingas and do the step. "The Coz" could put out 50 albums - niggas don't wanna hear it, dunny.

Shouts to E for the link.
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Freddy Kruger w/o Robert Englund?

When I was a shorty, all of the Friday The 13th and Halloween movies were cool, but my Aunt Zina put me onto those Nightmare On Elm Street flicks, which are to this day my favorite teen slasher movies. I first say Part 3, where Freddy had syringes on his fingers instead of knives, and killed the one bitch by slamming her dome into a TV. Classic murkage. In any case, it looks like Freddy is BACK, but possibly sans Robert Englund, the dude behind the make-up. That's an epic fail if I've ever heard of any. I would imagine he might be creeky and getting up there in age, but that's what the fuck CGI is for. I can't imagine how they are going to revamp this series but keep out the singular element to it: Freddy's twisted sense of humor. Sure, some of the one-liners were corny, but that was part of the fun.

What do you guys think? Is it worth it to revisit this series with awhole new Freddy?
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Boogie Bang 11

New mixtape from DJ Trackstar, hosted by DJ Drama, Willie The Kid AND LA The Darkman! That new fire from cats like Lupe Fiasco, Freeway, Vandalyzm, AZ, NYOil and others! Download now!

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LOST Season 4 "Cheat Sheet"

With today off, I'm doing a few things: running errands, getting wifey lunch, sorting through submissions that I've already gotten for the forthcoming rock the dub compilation (lookin' good, so far) but I am now looking like Locke in that pic up above: right at the PC, getting ready for tomorrow night's premiere episode of Season 4 of LOST. EW's Doc Jensen has compiled a "cheat sheet", giving you some things you should remember before you invest the time with this episode. No teasers at all, well not really, just some facts and things to get you back into the mentality of The Island. Recommended reading...
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[video] Benga & Coki "Night"

I've been pretty slack on the dubstep posts on here (kind of why I started dubstruck); in any case, this cut from Benga & Coki was a fucking ANTHEM in dubstep circles in 2k7, and I believe there are some sick remixes coming not only from DJ Zinc but the Digital Soundboy fam as well. Shouts to Tempa. Warning: this is just a squid getting busy:

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MyBook Woes

These bastards are so dope... until they suddenly funk out on you. I had been having a few problems with this, but I cannot even access the hard drive anymore - and there's a lot of shit on this thing! Any advice on how I can try and at least salvage the files on it? I dread hitting the "format" button as it asks...
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[video] Oprah's Big Give

New primetime show on ABC coming March 2nd. Oprah gives these 10 people a wad of cash. The catch? They have to give ALL of it away. Looks like it will be star-studded and tear-inducing for the millions of women who watch this sort of thing. Check this sneak peak:

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rock the dub: the compilation?

I am always trying to showcase new, exciting artists with my blog, reviews, and other pieces I write. I am wondering if I need to take it to the next level, and actually create a compilation of Hip-Hop from cats many of you might not have heard, but need to hear. I'm not talking about money, I'm talking about exposure. A situation where tracks from (hopefully) the world over, primarily Hip-Hop, gets into the hands of people who want it. Would anyone be down? If so, hit me up via e-mail: khaldub@gmail.com. Serious inquiries only. I have no more details only because I want to see how many of you would truly be down.

Let me know what's good.
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The Observation Deck (29th Jan. 2008)

  • Britney Spears has had another metldown. You have to love how people like her manager are quick to say she has "mental issues" but no one is trying to help her get help. Too much money involved in crazy Brit.
  • Peedi Crack is a funny nigga. XXL, based on a MEDIATAKEOUT "report", has a rumor up saying that a Def Jam rep came to Philly and told the Roc-A-Fella heads in Philly that the Roc is no more, and that they are "free to leave". Roc-A-Fella dropped the entire roster? Well, the report says that "he kept one person", which I can only assume is a dig at Kanye West, but think about it: out of all the Roc niggas who put out an LP in 2007, aside from Jay, who actualyl made money? A Nigga Named West, that's who. Coming from Peedi, who ended the interview saying "you won’t hear no Peedi Crakk diss songs", I just don't believe it. Based on the way the MEDIATAKEOUT "interview" reads, it sounded like Peedi got dropped, and then he assumed that guys like Beanie Sigel & Freeway got dropped.
  • This Drew Peterson is too much: TMZ reports that its looking like neph, who didn't want to have any lie detector tests, is trying to get on FOX's Moment of Truth show, in an effort to clear his name (and get more dates).
  • Were you one of the many who fell into Qtrax's trap, saying they were offering a legal P2P site that ALL of the major labels signed up with, reporting to give out something like 25 million cuts? I'd sure hope not - the rug has been pulled, and now the majors are coming out like "yo we ain't make no deal". Maybe I should start up a fake P2P site.
  • In related news, the EU high courts have said that European ISPs are not required to give away the details of downloaders the industry wants outed, although they did leave it open for new laws to emerge in the future.
  • Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas + "hot coffee" mod + feeling upset = $35.
  • Did you watch the State of the Union address last night? Me neither; USA Today has the wrap-up.
  • Congrats to Gwen Stefani and Gavin What's-His-Name on word of their pregnancy; this will be their 2nd child.
  • A judge denied Foxy Brown's request to get an ear exam in California. I hope she heard him.
  • Did you like that movie Crash? I didn't. It's coming to Starz in a 13-episode series. I like how, with the success of HBO and Showtime into the serial-drama field, now all of these other cable channels try to get their own shows. I think Starz has a bunch of original programming on deck...

Go, Obama, Go.

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Treasure Fingers - In-Deed DJ Mix

Spotted over at the Fool's Gold blog (shouts to RCRD LBL). Treasure Fingers (AKA Evol Intent's The Enemy) has been getting some nice play via his recent ventures into more club-friendly sounds. He has a forthcoming 12" ("Cross The Dancefloor") on Fool's Gold, and has crafted a mix to kind of promo both his tracks and his DJing:



01. Kill The Noise - Hey You
02. Duke Dumont - When I Hear Music
03. Mondo - Alive (PH Electro mix)
04. Kill The Noise - Pull My Strings
05. Ocelot - This is Our Time (Treasure Fingers remix)
06. Hail Social - Heaven (Designer Drugs remix)
07. Villains - Rock It
08. Das Pop - Fool for Love (Yuksek remix)
09. Grafton Primary - I Can Cook (Miami Horror remix)
10. Soft Pink Truth - Media Friend (Rudimentary Peni cover)
11. Treasure Fingers - Come True Tonight (dub mix)
12. Lorn vs. Treasure Fingers - (you are) my dancefloor single mashup
13. Treasure Fingers - Cross the Dancefloor
14. Kanye West - Flashing Lights (Junior Sanchez remix)

If you're into that sort of thing, this is essential.
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Blend Time: Nas Vs. Souls of Mischief


Shouts to Wes for throwing this gem up yesterday; Dave Wrangler took it upon himself to blend two of the most influential cuts in classic early 90's Hip-Hop (Nas' "It Ain't Hard To Tell" and "'93 'Til Infinity" from the Souls of Mischief), blend them together, and create a beautifully vintage blend for the backpacker. It's just so in your face and obvious, yet I'm surprised I haven't heard someone rock this blend before.
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History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 15: 1993

Damn, The Rub just don't stop. DJ Ayers, 1993, oh yes. This is just... dope. Grab your stocking cap and some Cross Colours and get into this:



1. Souls of Mischief – 93 Til Infinity
2. Cypress Hill – Insane In The Brain
3. Black Moon – Who Got Da Props
4. Lords of the Underground – Chief Rocker
5. Wu-Tang Clan – Protect Ya Neck
6. M.O.P. – How About Some Hardcore
7. Beatnuts – Psycho Dwarf
8. Onyx – Slam
9. Run DMC f. Pete Rock – Down With the King
10. KRS One – Sound of the Police
11. Fat Joe – Flow Joe
12. Masta Ace, Inc – Born to Roll
13. Snoop Doggy Dogg – The Shiznit
14. MC Breed f. Tupac – I Gotta Get Mine
15. De La Soul – Breakadawn
16. A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
17. Leaders of the New School – What’s Next + Large Pro Remix
18. Nubian Crackers f. Artifacts – Do You Wanna Hear It
19. Funkmaster Flex – Six Million Ways to Die
20. KRS One – Outta Here
21. Del tha Funkee Homosapien – Catch A Bad One
22. Casual – I Didn’t Mean To
23. Ice Cube – You Know How We Do It
24. Domino – Ghetto Jam
25. The Nonce – Mix Tapes
26. Freestyle Fellowship – Inner City Boundaries
27. Boss – Deeper
28. Tupac – Keep Your Head Up
29. Redman – All Night Long
30. Tragedy aka Intelligent Hoodlum – Grand Groove
31. Wu-Tang Clan – Can It Be All So Simple
32. Jeru tha Damaja – Come Clean
33. Big L – Devil’s Son
34. Ultramagnetic MCs – Two Brothers With Checks
35. Beatnuts – Reign of the Tec
36. KRS One – Hip-Hop vs Rap
37. Tupac ft Digital Underground – I Get Around
38. Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin and Juice
39. Ice Cube ft Das EFX – Check Yo Self
40. Too Short – Don’t Fight the Intro
41. RBL Posse – Bammer Weed
42. Tha Alkaholiks – Only When I’m Drunk
43. LL Cool J – Pink Cookies in a Plastic Bag
44. Wu-Tang Clan – Method Man
45. Wu-Tang Clan – Wu-Tang Clan Ain’t Nothin to Fuck With
46. De La Soul – Ego Trippin (Part Two)
47. A Tribe Called Quest – Electric Relaxation

related links:
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 14: 1992
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 13: 1991
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 12: 1990
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The Wire, Season 5: "Transitions" [recap]

First off, RIP to Proposition Joe. Kind of crazy how last week ended with Butchie getting murked. This week, Prop Joe is sending flowers to Butchie's funeral, and the ep ends with Joe getting capped. Cold, too. Fuck Cheese, that's my word. I can understand you wanting to own a piece of the pie, but you don't have to cross your blood doing it. I can only imagine how hard Omar is going to fuck Cheese, though - was getting your hands on Hungry Man really worth it? You had to sell out your unc? Prop Joe was one of the illest characters on TV - remember how he fixed that East vs West ball game in Season 1? I also just loved how he went from an interesting recurring character to one of the more main heads as seasons came. Kind of deep, and ironic, how The Greek and Vondas were going back and forth about "trusting Joe" and picking up that insurance policy. I have a hunch that Marlo might not be as ignorant as he looks, and that he might be playing this somewhat smartly.

Who else is playing it smart? Freamon, who is showing McNulty how they have to play the serial killer angle. I thought it was odd that McNulty seemed almost reluctant to work the angles. How you gonna create a case in your spare time? In order to not get caught, you have to get deep into it. And deep he did - you saw that homeless den he crept into? And who noticed "Fifty" from the docks living down there? That was so crazy that they threw him in there! I guess he went on a super bender. Or is that another critique on the decline of the docks in our life? In any case, Freamon sees what a case like this could do for Major Crimes... but you can't go sloppy with this.

Speaking of McNulty, I like how Beadie finally confronted him, but he was so drunk and off into serial killer-land, he wasn't having that convo. She needs to just leave his shit on the porch and lock the door, if not for her than for the kids, but who knows what she will do. He needs to get out of her life, though. He isn't built for a relationship.

I thought it was kind of deep, and telling, that the D.A. didn't want to go along with the "headshot" on Clay Davis. I guess that case moving up to the Feds would cheapen the acclaim this guy could use when he tries to move up the ladder in the future. And the fucked up part is, what if these other charges don't stick? You saw how quick Clay was to turning the tide around in front of the reporters - the court of public opinion is a mother. Something like an $80K in false loans? Should be a no-brainer... but cats are trying to make a name for themselves as opposed to serve the greater good...

Scott Templeton is one of those guys. This prick was more concerned with interviewing at The Post (who seemed nice but wanted someone with a bigger name) than trying to nail down the Burrell resignation. Shouts to Twigg, who got the ball rollin'.

LOL @ Burrell not even speaking to Daniels when he was explaining his case, but being willing to bitch to Nareese about his file. Why is that whole file so damn secretive? Was Daniels taking ends from a drug case he worked on, or did he just keep trap shut? And why would Ervin keep him around so long, except to keep him as his puppet? Now that his boy is moving him out, he's ready to talk? Bitch move. Another bitch move was Colicchio getting so mad at Kennard punking him that he roughs up a teacher - then gets pissed b/c Carver has to write him up. What did he expect - that he could haul off on anyone and not have to pay for it? Fuck out of here. The whole police department is hilarious. Full of monkeys.

LOL @ Marlo's "did you ever find that camera" comment to Herc.

LOL @ Michael's mom trying to get back in his life. Like he really trying to give her ends to sit around the house and fuck their life up. Yeah, right.

Where's Poot? He came back round the end of Season 4 and just left the hood?

Check out the preview for next week's episode, "React Quotes":

Why does Dukie need to shoot a gat? Who else cannot wait for Snoop and Omar to really go at it? Looks like Clay Davis is playing hardball to stay afloat, and Daniels is having that heated argument with McNulty and Freamon over their "work", which is getting more Sun play.

Things are heating up!

related links:
HBO.com summary on "Transitions"
TVSquad.com review
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INRE: SNY Invitational

Any of you New York/New Jersey/PA heads want to get to this SNY Invitational that Have You Seen Me Dunk? is holding a contest for? Last call on this: the dates of the 2-day tournament of the NY area's brightest high school basketball players are the 1st and 2nd of February. I need to get a winner ASAP, so the sooner the better.

The prize pack includes the following:

1 Pair Of NJ Net's tickets
1 Pair Of Tickets To SNY Invitational
1 Rucker prize pack (t-shirt, basketball, hat)...and more

And will not only have Lance Stephenson playing, but stars like Mister Cee, Ron Darling and a bunch of other NY-area atheletes and celebs. Hit me with an e-mail (khaldub@gmail.com), subject title "SNY INVITATIONAL" ASAP!
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On That Leak: Afrofreque "Illumination"

Afrofreque "Illumination": When people say "live Hip-Hop", you probably think of The Roots. Take that instrumentation, but add in a bit of the Reggae, some of the Afrobeat, a pinch of Electronica, and some social consciousness, and you are almost understanding what Afrofreque is all about. This track pretty much encompasses all of that into a big melting pot. I could see fans of jam bands getting off on this very easily!

Their debut album, Fresh Soul Frequencies, is available NOW for digital download, and is a great blend of feel-good music with forward-thinking sensibilities. Check out this video of them live at Red Fez in Austin, TX:

Shouts to Daysha for the look! Grab "Illumination" for free, hit up their websites and go see these cats live!

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rock the dub radio: episode 014

Still in that lab, cookin'. Episode 014 has a few changes: you'll notice that the intro is WAY shorter. I had heard words in the past (I'm lookin' at you, Rizoh and Wes), commenting on my intros. They are a bit long, yes, so I decided to do a lil something different. This intro features an instrumental from FRISKe, which has a nice punch to it. Let me know what you think.

This week also features a mix I got on a whim from dj tome, who represents Croatia. He threw a Stones Throw/J Dilla heavy mix at me with ease, and it rocks from start to end (that Danny Breaks rmx in there is a mother). I took up hour 2 and threw some new gems and a couple of old favs together. Check the technique:

rock the dub radio: episode 014

(direct MP3 download)


Part 1: dj tome
01/Wu-Tang Clan "Take It Back"
02/Roc C "Living For the City"
03/Baron Zen "BZ Theme (Danny Breaks Remix)"
04/Frank-N-Dank "Puff Puff Pass"
05/DJ Spinna ft. Phonte of Little Brother "Dillagence"
06/J-88 "The Look of Love Pt.1"
07/Slum Village "Players"
08/Raekwon "The PJs (Pete Rock Remix)"
09/The Notorious B.I.G. & Labba "Modern Day Gangstas"
10/Jay Electronica "So What You Sayin'"
11/MF Doom & Guilty Simpson "Mash's Revenge"
12/J Dilla "The $ (Madlib Remix)"
13/Percee P ft. Vinnie Paz & Guilty Simpson "Watch Your Step"
14/J Dilla "Take Notice"
15/Busta Rhymes & Mick Boogie "Step Up"
16/J Davey "Camera Gangsta"
17/Pharoahe Monch "So Good"

Part 2: khal
18/Kanye West "Barry Bonds (Instrumental)"
19/Kanye West ft. Lil' Wayne "Barry Bonds"
20/Katt Williams "Calling Out Your Name"
21/Styles P "Green Piece Of Paper"
22/Styles P "Switch My Style"
23/O-Solo "Remind Me"
24/Cam'ron "Pass Tha Dutchie"
25/FurSun "That Feelin'"
26/Visioneers ft. Pharcyde "Runnin' (Visioneers Mash)"
27/Main Source "Looking At The Front Door"
28/De La Soul "Ego Trippin' (Pt. 2)"
29/Akrobatik ft. Talib Kweli "Put Ya Stamp On It"
30/Mr. Lif "Heavy Artillery"
31/Kidz In The Hall "Drivin' Down The Block"
32/Jay Electronica "Extra Extra"
33/Percee P ft. Diamond D "Two Brothers From The Gutter (Remix)"
34/Jaylib ft. Guilty Simpson "Strapped"

Hopefully, next episode will be Dub Vs. Boom pt. 2, but we will see. Any other DJs who are trying to get heard, hit me with a mix. Specs on the mix: MP3 quality, no longer than an hour, and Hip-Hop (or Hip-Hop related) music only. Get at me: khaldub@gmail.com.

RSS / rock the dub radio page.
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Reebok Kool Aid package

This is some real nigga shit, but I bet the white boys will be all over these. Reebok is releasing its Kool Aid package on the 1st of Feb., and Sneakerfiles has an in-depth look at the kicks and shirts that were made. The sneakers even smell like the flavor represented (so the "red" sneakers really smell like "red"). Craziness.
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Put Ya Stamp On It

Akrobatik ft. Talib Kweli "Put Ya Stamp On It" (prod. by J Dilla): Beats like this make me want to murder Timbaland, will.i.am and Scott Storch. Seriously. I'd take that triple-life sentence for their murders if I could get Dilla back in the flesh, making quality Hip-Hop beats like this.

Big up to 2DB, who does it on the reg.
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Whiskey & Wine

One of my peoples, Pandamonium Jones, has a new 45 minute mix entitled Whiskey & Wine that was to be used for the Modular podcast, but alas it has not made its way there, and it's shit-hot, so he unleashed it himself. Check dis!

MP3 (zShare mirror)


Bippi Lahiri - Raat Aaye Raat Jaye
Neil Young - Computer Age
Kraftwerk - Numbers
Kraftwerk - Computer Love
2 Hyped Brothers and a Dog - Yo Big Girl, It’s Your World
Looking Glass - Brandy
Reality - Yolanda
Pest - Pat Pong (Solid Groove Remix)
GoodBooks - Leni (Crystal Castles Remix)
Ozzy Osbourne - Shot In The Dark
Captain Beefheart - Electricity
Blowfly - Sesame Street
Liquid Liquid - Optimo
MIA - Bamboo Banga
Class Action - Weekend (Larry Levan Remix)
Isley Brothers - Hope You Feel Better Love
Creedence Cleerwater Revival - Walking On The Water
Dead Boys - All This And More

Support him. He's currently on the Great American Road Trip. Hit up his site and get at him if you live in the US and are trying to hang/get mashed out with some beats.
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On That Leak: "Got Me Going"

The Guys From Making The Band "Got Me Going" (prod. by Diddy & Mario Winans): SMH @ the fact that this group was created mad long ago, and they don't have a fucking NAME yet. Also, SMH @ the fact that Puffy Puff Daddy Puff P. Diddy Diddy Sean John (or is it Diddy still?) is still affixing his name to production credits. He probably told Mario to use one preset instead of another one.

In any case, the new season of Making The Band premieres on Monday at 10PM.
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On That Leak: "Mogadishu"

HERO "Mogadishu": HERO = E-Dot (reppin' Brooklyn) & Darp Malone (reppin' Toronto). "Mogadishu" = a nice, swing-y Hip-Hop track is a chill vibe to it. This track reminds me of Wyclef (during The Score/Carnival era) with a twist of that Gnarls Barkley feel for different sounds and beats. Open your mind and check this out, and be on the lookout for their self-titled LP, which drops on Feb. 26th.

For more info, hit up the HERO MySpace page. Shouts to Matt C for this!

Bonus Beats: Here is the video for "Mogadishu":
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Friday, January 25th 2008 playlist

01/Katt Williams "Calling Out Your Name" [I can NEVER front on an ill beat!]
02/Snoop Dogg Vs. The Jets "Sensual Crush (TREW's No Charades Mix)" [I feel like it's '87 again.]
03/Top Cat "Ruffest Gun Ark (DJ Rap Remix)" [classic ragga Jungle bidness.]
04/Kanye West "Barry Bonds (Instrumental)" [Best beat of 2007.]
05/Cam'ron "Pass The Dutchie" [Just off the strength of the original.]


chock full 'o leaks!


My boy DJ Cable hit me with this 20 Minute Mini Mix of cuts that the heads in the UK seemed to have slept on. It's short, features some ill turntable tricks, and is just a nice burst of that raw:


01. Jim Jones Feat. Red Cafe - We Fly High (Remix)
02. Joe Budden - Stuntin
03. Rick Ross Feat. Dre (of Cool & Dre) - Blow
04. The Game - I'm Chillin
05. Red Cafe Feat. Fabolous, Cocoa Chanelle, Currency & Kardinal Offishall - Diddy Bop Remix



That's all I have for you guys for right now; check out this video though -

Termanology "Watch How It Go Down"

Real ghetto, lovin' the Primo appearances (among the host of other cats).

Real Hip-Hop. Enjoy your weekend!
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Rock Is Free

Rock is out of Rikers on $125K bail; here's word from his lawyers:

Rock was released from Rikers Island prison today after posting $125,000 bail. He was indicted for assault and attempted murder charges and will be arraigned on the felony indictment in Brooklyn Supreme Court within the next month. Rock vehemently denies all charges and patiently awaits his day in court.

Keep it on lock for Rock's forthcoming Shell Shock mixtape, as well as the Heltah Skeltah CD. And keep your head up, Rock.
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History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 14: 1992

DJ Eleven is BACK for The Rub with Volume 14 of their "History of Hip-Hop series. 1992 was a great year, and here's 2 hours to prove it:



1. Gang Starr – 24/7/365 Interlude
2. Redman – Time for Some Action
3. Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up
4. Brand Nubian – Punks Jump Up (Remix)
5. Das EFX – Mic Checka (Remix)
6. Gang Starr – DWYCK
7. A Tribe Called Quest – Scenario (Remix)
8. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Straighten It Out
9. Showbiz & A.G. – Hold Ya Head
10. Gang Starr – 92 Interlude
11. Gang Starr – Conspiracy
12. Nas – Halftime
13. Chi Ali – Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number
14. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – Skinz (feat. Grand Puba)
15. Brand Nubian – Steal Ya ‘Ho
16. Gang Starr – Take It Personal
17. Showbiz & A.G. – Hard to Kill
18. NWA – N——z 4 Life
19. Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics – I’m Outta Here
20. Gang Starr – I’m The Man
21. Redman – Blow Your Mind (Remix)
22. EPMD – Crossover
23. Diamond & The Psychotic Neurotics – I Went For Mine
24. N2Deep – Back to the Hotel
25. Ray Luv – Get Ya Money On
26. House Of Pain – Jump Around (Pete Rock Remix)
27. Ultramagnetic MCs – Poppa Large
28. Public Enemy – Nighttrain (Pete Rock mix)
29. Big Daddy Kane – Nuff Respect Due
30. Eric B. & Rakim – Juice (Know The Ledge)
31. Eric B. & Rakim – Don’t Sweat The Technique
32. Double XX Posse – Not Gonna Be Able To Do It
33. Grand Puba – 360° (What Goes Around) (SD50 Remix)
34. Naughty By Nature – Uptown Anthem
35. Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth – T.R.O.Y. (They Reminisce Over You)
36. MC Serch – Back To The Grill
37. Das EFX – Jussumen (Pete Rock Remix)
38. Das EFX – They Want EFX
39. Apache – Gangster Bitch
40. Arrested Development – People Everyday
41. Fu Schnickens – Ring the Alarm
42. Dr. Dre – Lil Ghetto Boy
43. Dr. Dre – Nuthin’ But A “G” Thang
44. D.J Pooh – Sex, Money & Murder
45. Too $hort – I Want To Be Free (That’s The Truth)
46. Too $hort – In The Trunk
47. Son of Bazerk – What Could Be Better Bitch
48. The Beastie Boys – So What’cha Want
49. Pharcyde – Passin Me By
50. Grand Puba – Soul Controller
51. Kool G Rap – Ill Street Blues
52. Dr. Dre – Stranded On Death Row

So many tracks that stick with me until this day. Such a great series.

related links:
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 12: 1990
History Of Hip-Hop Vol. 13: 1991
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The Observation Deck (24th Jan. 2008)

  • My nigga Barack Obama is still leading in South Carolina. I sent his people a request for an interview. No bullshit.
  • A nigga couldn't do what Drew Peterson is doing: his wife, Stacy, has been missing for a minute, and his third wife "accidentally" drown in a bathtub. What does Drew do? Goes on a radio program, holding a "Win a Date with Drew" contest. If OJ did some shit like this, the Klan would be on his ass. If the Bloods murk Drew, they wrong.
  • The Sean Bell trial is to stay in Queens. I hope those cops fry.
  • The City of Compton is looking to ban Suge Knight and the Mob Pirus from congregating on the street. How crazy is that. Ban a nigga from the street. They are NAMING NAMES, people. Strange times.
  • Homegirl who hosts ESPN's First Take has been taken off-air for some vodka-infused comments made at a roast. Apparently this chick roasted Jesus, which is a feat in and of itself.
  • WOW b2b SMH @ Uncle Murda catching a head wound in Brooklyn the other night.
  • MTV got an exclusive interview with Rockstar Games' Jeronimo Barrera about Grand Theft Auto IV, which is to hit shops on the 24th of April, 2008.
  • Billy Sunday has an open letter to Lil' Wayne, in light of his recent brush with the law. I seriously hope Weezy doesn't Heath Ledger himself.

I'm tired. I need some downtime.

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Famous ft. DJ Whoo Kid 15 Minutes of FAME (Part 1)

Famous is the kid who a few spots are saying ghostwrote for Jay-Z (I call suspect on those claims myself). In any case, he has a new mixtape out entitled 15 Minutes of FAME, Part 1, with Mr. Pow himself, DJ Whoo Kid. Download it HERE. You might also want to grab his Wannabe Rapper Mixtape, and then let me know if you think this nigga ghostwrote for Jigga...
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From Kent Rogowski's Bears project:

Bears, is a series of portraits of the most unusual sort: ordinary teddy bears that have been turned inside out and restuffed. Each animal's appearance is determined by the necessities of the manufacturing process. Simple patterns and devices never meant to be seen are now prominent physical characteristics, giving each one a distinctly quirky personality: their fasteners become eyes, their seams become scars, and their stuffing creeps out in the most unexpected places. Together these images form a topology of strange yet oddly familiar creatures. They are at once hideous yet cuddly, disturbing yet endearing, absurd yet adorable, while offering a metaphor for us all to consider. These bears, which have lived and loved and lost as much as their owners, have suffered and endured through it all. It is by virtue of revealing their inner core might we better understand our own.

More shots here; you can also cop the book.
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On That Leak: "Calling Out Your Name"

Katt Williams "Calling Out Your Name": I want to say Kid Capri produced this, but all I have is a promo copy with no real info - and I can find no substantial info online about Katt's forthcoming album, It's Pimpin' Pimpin', which drops on the 29th of Jan. (pre-orders are being taken on Katt's website). In any case, he namechecks Carpi in the intro, so that's what I'm going to go by. Katt gives you his rags to riches story over this hard-hitting banger of a beat. If you dig Katt's skills on the mic, you will love this. Dude isn't the illest on the mic but he can flow.
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Scarface Ultimate 90

Noz (Cocaine Blunts, XXL) has constructed an article for Vibe entitled Scarface Ultimate 90, which is essentially a 90-minute pause-tape tracklisting of cuts that he chose, and spoke about, for their most recent article (the one with buff Mary J. on the cover). He took it a step further, and actually MADE the damn thing! It's got some essentials, some rarities, and it's all Scarface, so you basically need to grab that shit now, record it to a 90-minute Maxell and get your 'Face on.



1. Scarface - “Last Of A Dying Breed” (Rap-a-Lot, 2000)
2. Akshun - “Scarface (Original Mix)” (Short Stop, 1989)
3. Z-Ro f/ Scarface - “These Niggaz” (Rap-a-Lot, 2004)
4. Geto Boys - “First Light Of The Day” (Rap-a-Lot, 1996)
5. Scarface - “On My Block” (Def Jam, 2002)
6. Convicts f/ Geto Boys - “1-900-Hustler” (Rap-a-Lot, 1991)
7. Geto Boys (Scarface) - “G-Code” (Rap-a-Lot, 2005)
8. Geto Boys - “Murder After Midnight” (Rap-a-Lot, 1993)
9. Scarface f/ Ice Cube & Devin - “Hand Of The Dead Body” (Rap-a-Lot, 1994)
10. Geto Boys - “Do It Like a GO” (Rap-a-Lot, 1990)
11. Scarface - “A Minute 2 Pray A Second 2 Die” (Rap-a-Lot, 1991)
12. Geto Boys - “Minds Playing Tricks on Me” (Rap-a-Lot, 1991)
13. Scarface f/ 2 Pac & Johnny P - “Smile” (Rap-a-Lot, 1997)
14. Kool G Rap & Polo f/ Scarface, Bushwick Bill & Ice Cube - “Two To The Head” (Cold Chillin’, 1992)
15. Gangstarr f/ Scarface - “Betrayal” (Noo Trybe, 1998)
16. Scarface f/ Too Short, Devin & Tela - “Fuck Faces” (Rap-a-Lot, 1998)
17. Jay-Z f/ Scarface & Beanie Sigel - “This Can’t Be Life” (Roc-A-Fella / Def Jam, 1988)
18. Akshun - “Another Head Put To Rest” (Bonus Track) (Short Stop, 1989)
19. Compton’s Most Wanted f/ Scarface - “N 2 Deep” (Bonus Track) (Epic, 1992)

Bigitup, Noz.
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Portishead THIRD News

Some Portishead news, via their website:

We're pleased to announce that we'll be releasing our album, titled THIRD. on April 14th 2008.

The album has 11 tracks and is 49 minutes 13 seconds long.

Yum. They will also be on tour in March, April and May:

Oporto Coliseum Wednesday March 26
Lisbon Coliseum Thursday March 27
Milan Alcatraz Sunday March 30
Florence Sashall Monday March 31
Munich Tonhalle Wednesday April 2
Berlin Columbiahalle Thursday April 3
Copenhagen KB Halle Friday April 4
Cologne Palladium Sunday April 6
Amsterdam HMH Monday April 7
Manchester Apollo Wednesday April 9
London Hammersmith Apollo Thursday April 10
Edinburgh Corn Exchange Saturday April 12
Wolverhampton Civic Sunday April 13
Coachella Festival Saturday April 26
Paris Zenith Monday May 5
Brussels Forest National Thursday May 8
Barcelona Primavera Sound Thursday May 29

Tickets are on sale for Oporto, Lisbon, Milan & Florence now. UK shows are on sale Friday January 25th, Amsterdam on Saturday 26th, Copenhagen on Monday 28th, Paris 31st January, Munich & Berlin on Saturday 2nd Feburary, Cologne on Saturday 9th, February Brussels tba.

Save your duckets, early!
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Blend Time: Snoop Dogg Vs. The Jets

This is a new feature on rock the dub: Blend Time. I've been a fan of blends ever since I heard DJ Ran throw Usher's "Think Of You" over ODB's "Brooklyn Zoo" instrumental. Just a big part of Hip-Hop, and I love hearing two different tracks making love to each other.

In any case, this cat TREW from the low-bee forum posted up this blend of the new Snoop Dogg jam with one of the dopest family bands of the 80s, The Jets. Seriously, those girls had silky voices. This track, "Crush On You", is one of those happy, innocent love songs that used to get much play back when buddy bands were popular. Check it out:

Snoop Dogg Vs. The Jets "Sensual Crush (TREW's No Charades Mix)"

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BET Vs. The Boondocks

According to HipHopDX (and confirmed on a recent search I did on YouTube), the episode of The Boondocks entitled "The Hunger Strike", which had Huey going on a hunger strike as a protest to BET's programming, has been BANNED. I posted a preview of this, but obviously, that shit is unavailable now. The HipHopDX article actually says two episodes have been pulled and will not air: "The Hunger Strike", which took shots at Reginald Hudlin (which is odd, considering Aaron McGruder did work on a book with Hudlin a few years ago), and the second one had Uncle Ruckus getting his own reality show.

Check out that HipHopDX article for the full story, and hit this link for the leaked content. I wonder if these episodes will ever surface? I'd hope they would show up on a Season 2 DVD set, but who knows...
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Why Ying Yang?

So it looks like Dr. Phil is going to be doing an episode on the "baggy pants" debacle going down in Dallas, and invited Al Sharpton, Dallas Deputy Pro Tem Mayor Dwaine Caraway and the fucking Ying Yang Twins. What? Are the no intelligent Hip-Hop luminaries that sag their pants? At least someone who can actually speak as opposed to chanting "skeet skeet skeet" and making odd, monkey-sounding noises? Why must we be represented to White America as a group of coons?
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Weezy Vs. The DEA

See what happens when you lames don't give Lil' Wayne the props over his recently leaked singles? He up and gets arrested in AZ for a trio of drug charges while on tour. I am assuming he had herb, tuss and a few other things, but who knows. I gather from this that The Carter III is about to drop like next month or some shit. Gotta get that good pre-release arrest on the books, make the publicity machine move right.

UPDATE: AHH reports that a K9 Unit found a gat (Weezy is registered in Florida), an ounce of Ecstasy, an ounce of coke, and almost 4 ounces of weed. Weezy got hit with the E and the coke, while some of his boys got hit with the green. Weezy likes to ski? And sip lean? This nigga gonna die, early!
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[video] Live at Sundance 2008

I didn't know musicians performed at Sundance? Then again, I never had any reason to follow/attend the festivities. Here's a few clips of performances from this year's festival:

Maroon 5


Word is there was a fight during Akon's performance, but he kept it moving. What kind of niggas fight during a fucking Akon concert? Is he really that gully?
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[video] Ghost's Plea

Spotted at Nah Right; this makes me want to go cop all of Ghostface's albums. Definitely support those cats that continue to bring you that raw each and everytime: guys like Ghost, Redman and all those true spitters need to get that love:

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When Pigs Fly

I have been listening to the whole New Jersey toll-hike nonsense on NJ 101.5 FM for the last couple of weeks (my job is windowless, and aside from Classic Rock, all I get on my desk radio is talk radio, but you could do a LOT worse). In any case, the Jersey Guys and Jim Gearhart took it upon themselves to call NJ Gov. Jim Corzine's bluff, with his statement of "pigs will fly over the Statehouse before there's a realistic level of new taxes or spending cuts that can fix this mess". They are setting up rallies, detailing the new changes and happenings in this situation daily, and hell, they are even remaking Prince classics: The Jersey Guys "When Pigs Fly" has been cracking me up on the daily. It's kind of bootleg, dude just sings over the original, but it works for something like this. More movements should do shit like that.

Keep it movin'! Fuck the toll-hikes!
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On That Leak: Metafore "I'm A Beast"

Metafore "I'm A Beast" (prod. by The Alchemist): Damn, I wasn't expecting this one. I reviewed homeboy's EP back last October; dude can rhyme, but I wasn't terribly impressed. He has that hunger on this one, though. Try it out...
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The Observation Deck (MLK Day 2008)

  • They are saying Britney Spears is 730, but she won't take the evaluation to prove it. Britney is moving slower than AC's Bronco on this. She should just take the test - if you have problems, deal with them - for your kids. If not, flash your ass then laugh at them bitches!
  • Video games like Rock Band and Guitar Hero III are driving digital download sales sky-high, posting 2.5 and 5 million song sales (respectively) since their inceptions. When will the music industry realize that things like this will help push the new music industry?
  • The contestants for this year's NBA Slam Dunk contest have been announced, and it looks like the NBA has decided to let the fans choose the winner. More info @ HYSMD.
  • XXL interviewed Rich Boy; he says to expect more cuts like "Let's Get This Paper" on his sophmore LP, Buried Alive.
  • Gotta love how Raekwon admits that he doesn't have $100K to give to the hood. He kept it all the way real with that one.
  • Some peeps hacked the RIAA's website over the weekend, adding links to The Pirate Bay and some other scripts that should make you chuckle.
  • SMH @ Dem Franchize Boys' Buddie, who is taking Nas to task for his Hip-Hop Is Dead album title (I know, Buddie-Come-Lately). Maybe when DFB puts out an album in 2012, Buddie will have some words about Nas' Nigger.
  • RIP to Usher's pops.
  • HBO is working on tech that will allow its subscribers to download movies AND TV shows. No timeline on when it will be available to ALL subscribers, but heads in Green Bay can dig on it today (I guess as a consolation prize for losing to the Giants?); the lack of specifics on how this program will work worries me: will I be downloading actual files, or is it like a Napster "I can only watch/view while on the site" kind of thing?

I need some rest.

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[video] Dubya Pardoning Himself?

Peep game on this (shouts to Elucid for the link): Dubya is trying to pass legislation that would pardon himself and his crew for any potential war crimes, dating back to September 11th. How grimey is this!? I mean, this fucker cheated his way INTO office, and now is throwing up the shield on the way out?:

While this video is old news, I guess, it's new to me, and while I can't believe this shit goes on - I am hardly surprised.
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[video] Amy Winehouse Smoking Crack

I mean, that title isn't news at all, just Google "Amy Winehouse drugs". Thing is, this is reportedly some videotaped proof of this. The Sun posted video on their site, and it's since been uploaded to YouTube:

SMH. Maybe Santa brought her rocks for Hanukkah?

Bonus Beats: "Bitch set me up!"
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Coachella 2008: Final Line-Up

via Urb:

FRIDAY, APRIL 25: Jack Johnson, The Verve, Raconteurs, The Breeders, Fatboy Slim, Tegan and Sara, Madness, The Swell Season, The National, Animal Collective, Slightly Stoopid, Mum, Sharon Jones & the Dap Kings, Stars, Battles, Aesop Rock, Midnight Juggernauts, Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Minus the Bear, Spank Rock, Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip, Diplo, Adam Freeland, Santo Gold, Jens Lekman, John Butler Trio, Vampire Weekend, Dan Deacon, Architecture in Helsinki, Sandra Collins, Busy P, Cut Copy, Black Lips, Datarock, Professor Murder, Reverend and the Makers, The Bees, Porter, Rogue Wave, Modeselektor, American Bang, Lucky I Am.

SATURDAY, APRIL 26: Portishead, Kraftwerk, Death Cab for Cutie, Cafe Tacuba, Sasha & Digweed, Rilo Kiley, Dwight Yoakam, M.I.A., Hot Chip, Cold War Kids, Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, DeVotchKa, Flogging Molly, Mark Ronson, Turbonegro, Scars on Broadway, Islands, Enter Shikari, Calvin Harris, Boyz Noize, Junkie XL, Cinematic Orchestra, Jamie T, The Teenagers, VHS or Beta, Carbon/Silicon, Erol Alkan, Yo Majesty!, Little Brother, Bonde Do Role, St. Vincent, Akron Family, MGMT, Institubes DJs (Surkin, Para One and Orgasmic), James Zabiela, Sebastian, Kavinsky, Dredg, The Bird and the Bee, Grand Ole Party, New Young Pony Club, 120 Days, Yoav, Electric Touch, Uffie.

SUNDAY, APRIL 27: Roger Waters (“Dark Side of the Moon”), Love & Rockets, My Morning Jacket, Spiritualized, Justice, Gogol Bordello, Chromeo, The Streets, Metric, Danny Tenaglia, Simian Mobile Disco, Booka Shade, Murs, Dmitri from Paris, Autolux, The Field, Linton Kwesi Johnson, Les Savy Fav, The Cool Kids, Sons & Daughters, Sia, Holy Fuck, Black Kids, Black Mountain, The Annuals, Kid Sister w/A-Trak, Man Man, Duffy, I'm from Barcelona, Manchester Orchestra, Deadmau5, The Horrors, Austin TV, Shout Out Louds, Plastiscines, Brett Dennen.

Never been to one of these, and probably never WILL be to one of these, but that April 26 line-up is serious: Portishead, Little Brother, Kraftwerk, M.I.A. AND the Cinematic Orchestra? WOW!
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