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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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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:

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Tracklist:

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

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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:

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Tracklist:

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!

www.afrofreque.com
www.myspace.com/afrofreque
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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)

Tracklist:

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)

Tracklist:

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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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:

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Tracklist:

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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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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Bears

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.

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Tracklist:

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)"

Enjoy!
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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


Akon


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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[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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Rims: More Than Flossin'?

Watching that new show on A&E entitled Parking Wars, I noticed something: I think niggas with the big rims on their whips are for more than just looking good.

Case in point: this one nigga had like $397 in tickets, and they were coming with the boot. Now, he had one of those white Expeditions, and his rims were ill - at least twinkies, if not larger. Thing is, I don't know if this is just Philly or what, but they couldn't fit the boot on the wheel, for the actually boot was too small. Usually, if you have stock tires, that boot covers your entire wheel. This boot looked like a pimple on that rim. So, they called the tow guy, but lucky for this smart nigga, he was in the area and paid the ticket via phone to avoid having his shit towed.

Now I ask you: niggas have stash spots, cameras in the back license plate, tinted windows, air fresheners and all kinds of other shit. How off is it to think that, maybe, someone decided to construct these hella large rims to avoid the boot?

Stranger shit has happened. And Philly driving commission I am not trying to give anyone ideas. But, it makes sense, right?
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The Wire, Season 5: "Not for Attribution" [recap]

First and foremost, RIP Butchie. You were true to Omar until the very end, and they didn't have to do you like that. I felt for you when you got shot in the legs, and then that final cap bust, I almost shed a tear. Omar definitely shed some tears, as we saw. Kind of crazy, Omar became the legend in another city, but was the smiling giver instead of the cold taker. Nice flip, but based on the previews for next week, the doo rag still fits, and his trigger finger still works (did you see him grab Slim Charles at gunpoint? wild)... Chris & Snoop did that work for Marlo, and while Snoop questioned it for a bit, her blind acceptance is kind of disturbing.

What is more ignorant than disturbing is Marlo's thinking that he could just romp with The Greek like it's nothing. I loved him getting punked, being made to "clean" his money. And the spot at the end, when he went to check his offshore account (that teller was a smoker, no?), he looked like he was going to straight rip through the window, as opposed to calming down and trying to compose his frustration. The deep part of all of this is that, while Prop Joe is showing Marlo his deck, he is also sealing his fate; once Marlo gets all the ins and outs from Prop Joe, what use will Prop Joe serve? I have a feeling that, no matter how legit he is trying to make himself look, his beef with Omar will be his downfall. You can't play both roles, we already saw that with Stringer and Avon. I don't see any amount of money in any non-US bank being enough to pay for the bloodshed that's going to come once Omar rains down on the Stanfield org.

Speaking of the org, did you peep out Michael and Dukie out at Six Flags, macking it to some "that's so cool!" breezies? And that snitch nigga Monk who stepped to Michael with that "Chris already knows" bullshit, I wanted Michael to hit him. Michael knows that the murder game isn't him 100%, but where does he have to go? To his fiend-out momma? To school? Nah. He will just have to dig in deep and keep it moving, I'd guess. It's a hard knock life, but I'm not sure if Michael is ready to leave it...

One person who might HAVE to leave is McNulty, who took his "create-a-serial killer" fiasco to new heights, by not only copping red ribbon to match one he found on an open case, but affixing it to his corpse AND writing it into other cases! It took him a bit of noodling, and a lot of hate from Bunk that got ignored, but he got his vagrant killer into the papers. No one truly gave a fuck... until Freamon got word of it. I had to laugh when he started considering how to make it work ("sensationalize" is the perfect idea), but it's a bit dark, no? And the whole "we have to kill again" shit, and their scene in the previews? Too heavy. I feel for Bunk, b/c he is not trying to rat out his boy, but he is firm in knowing he can't fucking be a part of it. I did find it odd that Bunk kept with the "at __:__ in the morning?!?" when he saw Jimmy drinking (and props for McNulty fucking that chick on the carhood, then holding up his badge. Priceless)... too sad. In the end, I think it's just kind of telling that "ghetto murders" cannot get the play that blonde, missing cheerleaders in Aruba get. And you may think "damn, this is off the mark!", but The Wire has trekked on this turf before. Remember Hamsterdam?

I feel bad for Alma, who is doing great newspaper work and keeps getting slighted. She got her story on the triple homicide chopped then thrown under the fold, and her story on McNulty's serial killer is hardly great work, considering the situation. She was up all early, ready to grab that paper. Humph. At least she's doing it the right way, as opposed to Templeton, who is content to conjure up stories and quotes to appease the suits who he thinks will allow him to progress to a larger paper. With the recent shakeup and letting go of many employees, it might be a good idea, a win-win, but I think he's in for a rude awakening.

I dug how the McNulty killer arc mirrors Alma's story getting cut: those who died were living in the wrong zip code (triple homicide/20+ vacant murders) - and how odd is it that both of these are tied directly to Marlo!!!??!?

Aside from all of that drama, the leaking of the possible shakeup of Police Commish has Burrell wylin' out. Daniels is shook b/c he thinks Burrell is liable to bury him with the dirt in his past (I hope this comes out - we've been teased with this shit since Season 1!); it's Burrell's fault, for all the stat-juking over the years, regardless of whether the money is there, the overall crime rate is still too stagnant.

Clay Davis (and crew - shouts to Ashy Larry!) is on thin ice, as the grand jury case is underway. Expect him to give an impassioned speech in episode 4.

Expect Omar to come out with a bang!

Who was it that Marlo was telling to close their eyes and breathe easy? Omar? Prop Joe? Michael? Oh lawd, I hope it's not Michael!

In any case, another dope episode. HBO On Demand niggas, we can peep episode 4 all week!

related links:
HBO.com synopsis on "Not for Attribution"
TV Squad review
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MLK Vs. J Dilla

Last night, I decided to throw some beats from J Dilla underneath one of the most famous speeches ever, Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, in honor of MLK Day today. I think it came out kind of nice, it's nice to tap your feet while dreaming of a revolution. Here are the download links:



Here is the speech, sans Dilla beats.

Here is the full video of the "I Have A Dream" speech:


Bonus Beats: Check out Barack Obama speaking at Ebenezer Baptist on the 20th of January:


You might want to also head on over to ill doctrine and check out Jay Smooth's 10 OTHER Things Martin Luther King Said post.
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Starkey - Live at Unit One, Dallas (Dec. 2007)

Nice mix of dubstep, Hip-Hop and other dancefloor lovin' shit from the one like Starkey:

MP3

Tracklist:

01 - The Dream “Falsetto”
02 - Lil Mama “No Music (Starkey refix)”
03 - Drums of Death “Breathe”
04 - Dirty Sonix & Kat Heat ft M.J. Zilla “Victoria’s Secret”
05 - Curses! “This is the Way (Drop the Lime remix)”
06 - Starkey “Ghettoblaster”
07 - Starkey “Listen In”
08 - L-Vis1990 “Apple Bass”
09 - Rusko “Cockney Thug (Drums of Death Baltimore Thug remix)”
10 - Durrty Goodz “Axiom”
11 - Ssion “Clown (MOVES!!! remix)”
12 - Cheeksta “Baby (TS7 remix)”
13 - Wideboys “What Your Thinking ft. Sarah Saville (Up Norf Dutty mix)”
14 - Ghislain Poirier “Blazin ft Face T (Starkey remix)”
15 - MOVES!!! “Playaz”
16 - R. Kelly “Real Talk (MOVES!!! refix)”
17 - Coki “Spongebob”
18 - Wonder “What”
19 - Low Deep “Jedi”
20 - Rustie “Diwali Boom”
21 - Pop It Off Boyz “Crank Dat Batman (Starkey Adam West mix)”
22 - Dev79 “In Ya Face”
23 - Starkey “Swollen Glands”
24 - Playaz Circle “Betta Knock ft Ludacris”
25 - Skream “Chest Boxing”
26 - Starkey “Dementia”
27 - The Prodigy “Voodoo People (Wonder remix)”
28 - Mundo “Big Up”
29 - Annie “Maybe”
30 - Virgo “Get the Fuck Up (remix)”
31 - True Tiger “Bareface What”
32 - DPM “Slow VIP”
33 - J-Sweet “Kerb”
34 - Emalkay “The Rogue”
35 - Starkey “Say Yes vs Pulse X”
36 - Simian Mobile Disco “Hustler (Roll Deep remix)”
37 - Seventeen Evergreen “Ensoniq (Vi-Polar Men refix)”
38 - Rich Boy “Throw Some D’s (Starkey remix)”
39 - Wiley “My Mistakes (Starkey remix)”
40 - Wonder ft Kano “What Have You Done”
41 - Wonder ft Kano “What Have You Done (Radioclit remix)”
42 - Lowest Layer “Where You Been”
43 - Vex’d “Louder”

Enjoy.
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untitled


sometimes you need to forget
drink a 40, let the warm set you in a place of
tranquility
leave the world behind for a minute
see
life's walls encompass all of our all
and when we all need some time to unwind we just fall
we can't go forward or backward just fall down the hole
i wish to control these emotions that fold
and unfold and compose
my prose never flows
but my po-e-try's runnin'
straight laps around those
yet when i'm done it's just more of the dol-
drums behold
open up and take hold
of life's trouble's and souls
and scores of whores who suck dry and run away
take the money and fly
then come back the next day
my hair shows some gray
they laugh while i worry
i need to finish everything so i move in a hurry
a flurry of requests but none of mine get half-met
i try to invest but just mope around in jest
the best men have done what this one man cannot do
that's live with no crutches and obey noone's rule
i spend my time dissecting lines of time
basslines and punchlines and buslines and bustimes
and bylines and guidelines and sunshines never seen
i know when it rises and falls but that space inbetween
i'm not seen, nor am i heard
i can be read but what's a word but an extension of a feeling
a thought with no meaning
a scent you can't smell
a taste never felt
will my words ever be felt
will my words ever be felt
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On That Leak: "Remind Me"

O-Solo "Remind Me": O-Solo is that nigga. His flow is sick, well his FLOWS, and you probably saw him murk Nems on at the Fight Klub. He later on got signed to TVT Records, and I just got passed this track, "Remind Me", which uses the same track from that Geico commercial. He murders that shit, effortlessly. New Jerz STAND UP!

Bonus Beats: Interview & Freestyles from H.E.A.T. DVD.:


related links:
www.o-solo.com
www.myspace.com/osolo
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Save 1520

Pic jacked from Nah Right

If you've been keeping abreast to recent Hip-Hop news, you should know about the efforts to purchase 1520 Sedgewick Avenue, which is known as the place where Hip-Hop was born. DJ Kool Herc, who I think is not trying to wait for wealthy rappers to ante up some ends, has started up Save 1520, which is a charity that anyone can donate too. AHH reports that there is also a clothing line that will be available, kind of in the same vein as the Sedgewick & Cedar wears, I assume:

One hundred percent of net proceeds from the sale of Save 1520 clothing will go toward helping the 1520 Sedgwick Tenant Association obtain governmental and philanthropic assistance to purchase the building, in addition to preserving the project and maintain affordable housing.

"This is Hip-Hop's original house and home to the people, " said the Hip-Hop legend, who plans to appeal to major artists to make philanthropic donations to assist the tenants n purchasing the building. "We need to save it."

If you love Hip-Hop, I'd image you'd want to spend some cash on something like this. It would be a damn shame if this piece of our history was lost.

Here's a message from the people who live at 1520 Sedgewick Ave.:


Please help, I know I will.
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The Pacemaker

No, this doesn't have anything to do with your heart. This is the Pacemaker Portable DJ system. It fits in the palm of your hand, allows you, with the help of an LCD screen, to mix back and forth between deck "A" and deck "B", and holds 120GB of music (MP3s, FLAC, WAV & AAC formats are all supported). You can connect both speakers and headphones to playback your mixes, and this also has a USB 2.0 jack for hooking up to your PC.

The price? $700. Early Christmas gift?

pacemaker.net, via Rolling Stone.
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