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On That Leak: Snoop Dogg "Cool"

Snoop Dogg "Cool" (prod. by Teddy Riley): Per DJ Benzi, this is a cut off of Snoop's forthcoming Ego Trippin', and is an interpolation of Morris Day & The Time's "Cool". Has that Prince vibe to it, a lil' more low-key than "Sensual Seduction", but has that 80's cool. Yes, that's Snoop singing. Yay or nay?

MTV also spoke to Snoop about this track.
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R.O.E. Return of the SoulStar

R.O.E. (Rising Over Envy)is a cat I just recently got into; there's actually a track of his ("Can't Help Myslef") that's been placed on the first rock the dub compilation. Dude is cut from that ilk of niggas who are not concerned with being the flashiest, the flyest or the most swag-tastic kind of nigga out there. Dude is just spittin' and respecting his craft, and having fun with it. Hit this post for more info on this mixtape.


Shouts to J. Slikk for the look out. Make sure you keep up with Backpackers Anonymous for future funk from them. And keep your eyes peeled to this site for more heat from the B.P.A. crew.
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Caged Pregnant Woman

In honor of UK Mother's Day, PETA decided to stage a protest - by caging a pregnant woman (NSFW images here). Hey, while this won't stop me from eating meat, I applaud the in-your-face attitude of this one. I mean, many animals are living in fucked up situations - remember the massive beef recall that recently went down? Shit is definitely fucked up - but how are we to know that our hamburger came from that situation?

Maybe that's PETA's point... ah well, I'm not going vegan anytime soon.
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Papoose Build Or Destroy

Is this nigga ever going to put an album out? I think he could do wonders if he focused on ONE project. In any case, here's his new mixtape, spotted over at 2DB:



01 Intro
02 Bang Bang (Produced by Sid Roams)
03 Ride Out (feat. C-Murder)
04 Pop A Wheely (Produced by Certifyd)
05 Success (Produced by JR Rotem)
06 Goin’ To Da Bank Right Now (Produced by GQ Beats)
07 Destiny (Produced by Prime Tracks)
08 Chips (Produced by Prime Tracks)
09 Real Right (feat. Thug A Cation) (Produced by J Swift)
10 Flatline (Produced by E Dubb)
11 Interlude
12 Law Library (Produced by E Dubb)
13 Cherades 2 (Produced by Buc Wild)
14 I Like It (feat. Debarge) (Produced by DJ Kay Slay)
15 Sex You Up 2008 (feat. Ray J) (Produced by DJ Kay Slay)
16 Is It Good To You (Produced by E Dubb)
17 Cancel Christmas (feat. Remy Ma) (Produced by Sha Money XL)
18 Scream (Produced by E Dubb)
19 Qutta Town (Produced by Balls)
20 Pop Off (Produced by E Dubb)
21 Nothings Changed
22 Gift And A Curse (Produced by Certifyd)
23 Comprehend (feat. Pete Rock) (Produced by Pete Rock)
24 Pop Life (Produced by DJ Kay Slay)
25 Who Shot Ya 2008

That "Who Shot Ya" beat always gets me open. And why do Kay Slay productions always end up being a dope looped played over and over? He did one, I forget the name of the mixtape, but it was a sample straight from Boyz N The Hood, with that somber sax. The name of the track was the name of the tape. Ah well, enjoy some Pap.
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Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z "Maybach Music"

Rick Ross ft. Jay-Z "Maybach Music": would you bump this if you owned a Maybach?

I like Jay's rhymes ("I'm like G Rap with better transportation/on the road to the riches..."), and I don't really know what Ricky Ross said. As per usual. From the forthcoming Trilla, which seems to leak a new cut (or 3) every other week.

Tagless version jacked from Nah Right.
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[video] Doin' Time 101: Act Like U Know

Heltah Skeltah's Rock speaking on his trip to jail. Shouts out to all my niggas locked down:

EDIT: Kind of a wild coincidence that this video drops today, what being the day that a report comes out that one in nine Black men ages 20-34 are incarcerated. Think on that shit.
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60 tracks from 60 producers, each 60 seconds long - all mastered by Macc. Available for free download tomorrow (29 February 2008). Big up Subvert Central.


01 Brent X - Sixty
02 ASC - Source 1
03 Mark Gabba - Watching Traffic
04 Western Biological - While The World Sleeps
05 Goldenchild - Milli
06 Macc - Imaginary
07 Tate - Bloom
08 Liana Eagle - Silent Waves III
09 Balan Villanueva - Fibonacci Hughes
10 Prema - Evolution
11 Social Engineer - 213
12 Ceremony - Pro-Funk
13 Paradigm X - Nepotism
14 TVG Hates TVG - Machinating
15 Shiva - Weeping Planet
16 Baxxenberg Squad - David Hasselhof's Pet Jellyfish
17 Richie Tait - We Are Done
18 Ben Kei - Bowl Thing
19 Tate - 54 Rue Dauphine
20 Jason oS - Cabin Noise
21 Jon Forsyth - The Melting North
22 Beckett - Remember the day I pulled off the Spider's legs
23 Hallifax - Stigmata
24 Rondema - Chiaroscuro
25 Cellodism X - Sparkle Motion
26 Düffah - Impasse
27 Sun Star - Raindrops
28 Cycom ft. Urbanovic - Nördliche Lichter
29 Obnoxious Monk - Faces
30 Jura - l.v.m.
31 Nathan Ball - The Devil's in the detail
32 Edotd - History
33 Fanu - Semena-Worck feat. Gigi
34 Slothrop - Smile
35 Mattrick - Howdjadoo
36 Kurtjx - Krandom
37 bobule - 60by60 Guitar Mix
38 Noisemonkey - Funkmire
39 Fada - She Comes in Colours
40 Euphony - Time and mind
41 Cycom - Advantage Becker
42 Paradigm X - Bad Chemistry
43 Repetition/Distract - Tiny Creatures
44 Genetic Sequence - Dcmprssn
45 Turkish Princess - Bedim-bem-Bedim.
46 Fanu - Salem feat. Gigi
47 bobule - 60by60 Wet Mix
48 Praveen - Numnum
49 Macc and dgoHn - Art's Got Problems
50 Jason oS - Tense Obsolete
51 JayDoubleU - Up Down
52 Oplin - 01
53 dgoHn - Jimmy
54 Jonny500 - Lights of the Forest
55 Parallel - End of the line
56 The New Law - Ghost Town Strut
57 Eunomius - Bi-State 96
58 Code - Melaholic
59 Ricky Force - Scarred
60 Euphony - Timetwister

Hit up 60x60.subvertcentral.com for more info.
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Method Man & Redman "Broken Language 2008"

Method Man & Redman "Broken Language 2008": Jacked straight from Nah Right. I don't normally post this stuff during the week, but this is one of the tracks that helped form my views on Hip-Hop in general. That instrumental is just fire, and its just a classic cut. I even like that they spit just like Smoothe and Trigga did. Highly recommended.
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RIP Static

RIP Steve "Static" Garrett. I saw this the other day over at Idolator (via All Hip-Hop), and now it looks like the Scratch blog over at XXL posted a piece on dude's recent passing to a brain aneurysm. I mean, he was part of the group Playa (remember "Cheers 2 U" and "Don't Stop The Music"?), but this nigga wrote Ginuwine's "Pony", as well as Aaliyah hits like "Are You That Somebody?" and "Rock The Boat" (among others), and is featured on the first single from Lil' Wayne's The Carter III, "Lollipop". Dude even had his own album in the works - hopefully it will come out in some form.

Rest in power.
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On That Leak: Kidz In The Hall "Sweet 16"

Kidz In The Hall "Sweet 16 (All My Ladies)": You know how KING has people spit a 16 about a topic of their choice? Well, they asked Naledge to do one - but KITH took it a step further, and actually did a whole new song based on the 16! FYI - this is taken from the Geniuses Need Love Too mixtape.

There's also a "making of" video for this, but the file is super huge, and I can't dload/upload at any decent speed - but I will in the near future.

The In Crowd is in stores on April 29th, 2008.

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BHM2K8: Pharrell - Busy Or Dirty?

We know Skateboard P does production and fashion and all of this other stuff. After seeing this post over at black soap palace, though, I have to wonder: is he not changing his clothes b/c he is so busy traveling, or is he just a dirty ghetto kid (no Stevie Williams)?
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Trenton Crime Mimics The Wire?

Trenton is the capital of New Jersey, and my hometown. It's also being hit with some shit that seems straight out of an episode of The Wire...

Over the last week, two bodies have been found: there was the body of a decomposed woman found in an abandoned home. They believe this woman was previously missing for something like 15 months. No suspects on word as to why she would have been murked, but she did have a history of drug abuse. And just the other day, some nigga got thrown out with the trash. And actually, we've also seen some fucking copper thieves running rampant in the city, which just makes me laugh. And don't even get me started about the 7-year-old who brought 70 grams of crack to school (good thing they arrested his people).

Now, one of the assemblywomen in the city is a fan of The Wire, and commented on this, which is something I had been thinking the last couple of days. The mayor shrugs it off, but is this life imitating art, or is The Wire just that tapped in that it is shedding light on stories that otherwise go unheard?
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On That Leak: "Holton Street Hop"

M Beezy ft. Dirt Dawg "Holton Street Hop": We here at rock the dub are always committed to bringing you that raw when you least expect it, so we get passed things that you might not be up on. Like this, um, dance from Tallahassee, Florida. It's called the "Holton Street Hop", and originates from this M Beezy track that's apparently a remix of some nigga named DJ Chipman's "Beam Ahh". Yeah, this is some picanniny watermelon patch nonsense, but when niggas like Soulja Boy can capitalize off of "Crank Dat", I guess everyone in the South is trying to come up with their own "dance".

There's a clip of a live performance that has this "dance" in it, but I am not sure what is so special about it:

It's funny - niggas won't admit to listening to club music, but will take this bastardized shit and call it something new. And then do some dope-fiend lean to the beat? SMH...
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Think Of One Camping Shaâbi [review]

If you are like me, you probably have no idea what the hell Moroccan shaâbi is. It's essentially a popular form of music that has roots in Berber, and is a big hit at many weddings and parties where their irresistible rhythms and youth appeal runs rampant. Think Of One represents Belgium, and in Brussels this Moroccan flavor is all over the airwaves, and has served as the basis for this amazing disc, Camping Shaâbi.

The first thing that caught my ear was "Oppressor", which is like the 4th cut on this disc, but is also the first English-language track on here. It's also one of the only Hip-Hop tracks on here, even if it's more on the lo-fi side of things. Loads of "white collar/black tie" rantings in there. Damn thieves. The other lo-fi offering is "Trap het af", which is more on the grimey Rock side, which isn't normally my stee, but I like how they did it. I actually love the integration of the shaâbi feel in these tracks. The rhythms can take a minute to get a lock on (I believe they are something like 12/8, which makes it hard to find that groove if you are ignorant to the style), but they work well with the various styles. With tracks like "Sharia orabi", which is a slower, jazzy Bossa nova mash, you still get that keen ear for detail, and a nice weaving - nothing that seems forced. There are other times where you are getting hit with electronica, dub, punk and other genres - but it still all comes back to the shaâbi. You can tell when an artist is really loving a style and paying homage, and when they are just mashing for the sake of mashing. Even the more traditional shaâbi cuts on here got me open, although I think I've only heard music like this in movie scores, it is not hard to get your feet tapping, and after a few shots of some good rum, I could see many a cat on the dancefloor, throwing up their hands to some of these riddims.

The only thing that lacks on here, for me, is the lyrics. Or rather, the fact that a lot of it is sung in other tongues. Tracks like the aformentioned "Sharia orabi" sound very seductive, but who knows what they are singing about!? I'm being told that the intro track, "J'étais Jetée", is about an old car that gets recycled as a taxi, but that's lost on me in listening to the cut. It could be anything, and it's danceable, so I don't mind, but I'd love to know what the lyrics are saying, in English. Thing is, it doesn't truly matter - you don't need to know the languages to get into the grooves, and I promise you, if you have an open mind and a feel for some heavily-percussive, extremely danceable tracks, check this disc out.

rock the dub gives Camping Shaâbi 4 out of 5 stars. Yes, I did. It's not something I'd seek out and buy, but I am very happy that I've been introduced to this album. Give it a twirl.

Burn Deez: "Oppressor", "Camping Shaâbi", "Trap het af"

Camping Shaâbi is available now via Crammed Discs; it will be released domestically on April 1st.


Bonus Beats: The Making of Camping Shaâbi
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Duck Down News

Duck Down just keeps it moving - whether it's deals with YouTube, ESPN and the History Channel, or just inking dope acts, Buckshot and Dru Ha are just doing it. Here's the new scoop:

KRS-One has officially been signed to Duck Down! It is kind of ill, b/c it seems like KRS was a huge influence on Black Moon (where you think the sample in the hook of "How Many MC's?" came from; plus, the name of the label, Duck Down?) and Duck Down - it's a natural fit. But check it - it looks like Buckshot and KRS are working on an album together! Looks like they will be conversating no the mic, speaking on a range of topics that are important to both Hip-Hop and the world in general, and is highly anticipated by this cat right here. Expect this LP later this year.

In other signing news, DJ Revolution has also inked a deal, and is prepping an album entitled King Of The Decks, and features loads of MCs already, including KRS, Sean Price, Tash, Crooked I, Bishop Lamont, Dilated Peoples, The Alchemist, Royce Da 5'9", Guilty Simpson, DJ Q-Bert, Blaq Poet, DJ Spinbad, Defari, Kidz In The Hall, Buckshot, Bumpy Knuckles and Planet Asia. Many of you, like me, got schooled to Revolution's turntable skills via the World Famous Wake Up Show, and it looks like he is going to try and bring the DJ back into Hip-Hop as an active player, and not the "pseudo-lebrities" he sees many DJs being. Expect King Of The Decks to drop in Fall 2008.

After just reading the write-up in the April '08 XXL about Dru Ha, I love getting more news like this in my inbox. Shouts to Matt for the lookout.

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BHM2K8: Dyson Vs. Cosby

Looks like Michael Eric Dyson is set to drop a Hip-Hop album to respond to Bill Cosby's State of Emergency CD:

“There’s nothing worse than a comedian that’s trying to be serious on a certain level. That could be hazardous to your career. And to your health,” Dyson, 49, told AllHipHop.com

Yo, is Dyson going at the Coz on some 50 Cent shit? I hope so - I can only imagine Dyson's end-of-the-track banter.
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[video] Bye Bye Neverland?

Looks like Michael Jackson owes something like $24 million on Neverland - and might lose it in an auction if he doesn't come up with the ends:

Have you bought Thriller 25 yet? You might want to do it soon - give Jacko some ends!
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BHM2K8: Comedian P

I'm all for niggas who started something getting their props. "'Nuff respect due" is something that means a lot to me, regardless of the situation. But, when Eskay posted this diatribe Prodigy threw up on his blog about what he and Mobb Deep started and don't get recognized for, I had to laugh...

I'm supposed to big you up for having tatoos on your body since age 12? Rapping non-rhyming words (isn't that called spoken word?), fucking bandana folding? Is this forreal? Nigga, not only do you have sickle-cell, but you are about to get sent up for a 3 1/2 year bid, and you want to argue who used the name "Prodigy" first? And to be real with you, The Prodigy was using that name since 1990, so what the fuck are you on? The use of Pro Tools, websites, and all this other shit is just garbage. Straight malarky. Niggas who have to put out a list of reasons why we should give them respect get no love from me. I loved Return Of The Mac, and I even dug Blood Money, but you look extra-bitchmade with that post, P. Fix up and get your mind right before you get locked down, forreal.
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DJ Dolores 1 Real [review]

Before I get into this, let me just say first: I am not the world's leading voice on World Music or House Music, but growing up on the sample-based sounds of Hip-Hop, my ears are a bit more varied and open to new, interesting sounds. And DJ Dolores' 1 Real is certainly that. This, his 3rd album, speaks of the city of Recife in Brazil, where bootleg CDRs that sell for "1 real" help expose the 1 real voice and gritty swagger that comes from poor nations... or, at least that's what comes from the liner notes. The actual music is at times both exciting and monotonous, and chock full of interesting choices.

First off, track 1 ("Deixa Falar", which you can hear via Download.com Music) had me thinking a dog was coming at me. Then I realized it was in the song - which is created to be sort of a "let the journalists define our music, we just make beats" - was meant to do that to you. Let the dogs bark while we have a lark, which is cool. I love the cool House-y thump with those stuttering horns and organ stabs, this track has an ill vibe to it! From there, it's sort of hit-or-miss for me. For every "Wakaru", with it's dubby vibe matched with violins and random splices of speech really works (and is a standout cut for me), but the proto-Jungle/Surf Funk of "Flying Horse" doesn't work for me at all. While I am all for experimentation and taking risks/making statements, a full CD of nothing but genre-blending, seemingly without merit, can grow taxing on the mind. There are two tracks that Dolores created for a European edition of a Wolverine tale ("Mutant Child" and "Saudade") which play perfectly as the soundtrack to Logan's dark paranoia, "Cala Cala" is also a favorite of mine, with the Afrobeat vibe and that 'cala cala' chant is so catchy, not to mention those funked-out horns breathing new life into the track. Really moving music, and while this might not be something you'd expect initially in the dancehall, this somehow would work very well.

At the end of the day, I'm kind of on the fence. While I am very into the idea of twisting many styles and creating almost a melting pot of media, angled at telling a very real story of my people (in the sense of the poor and disenfranchised), it almost becomes overkill, for me. I also wish some of the tracks were longer - 13 tracks (which includes 1 bonus track), clocking in under an hour? You almost wish tracks like "Wakaru" were given more than 3 and a half minutes to breathe, but then again, in the ghettos of the world, many things are snuffed out before their time...

I tip my hat off to DJ Dolores for creating a soundscape aimed at bridging the gaps both musically and socially. Just know what you are getting into before picking this one up.

rock the dub gives 1 Real a 3.5 out of 5 stars. While experimentation and genre-mashing is great, sometimes minimal can be better. Great for fans of World Music or those looking for something a bit unconventional for their CD changers.

Burn Deez: "Wakaru", "Cala Cala"

Get more info on 1 Real via the Crammed Discs website. You can buy it there, or via Amazon on import (domestic release date is March 25th I believe).


Bonus Beats: Check out DJ Dolores in Recife in this film by John Erbuer
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The Autumns "Killer In Drag (Evol Intent Remix)"

The Autumns "Killer In Drag (Evol Intent Remix)": Those 3 ATL producers are the truth; I just reviewed their Era of Diversion CD for DOA. They are DnB masters, but if you've heard of groups like Treasure Fingers or Ludachrist, you know of their work as well. This remix of The Autumns is on some glitch-y, poppy Autechre shit, with vocals. Highly recommended.

Here's the original: MP3.
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More UGK On The Way!?!

AHH has the scoop, from their recent interview with Bun B:

AllHipHop.com: What you up to these days, I heard about a new album and stuff like that, can you speak on that?

Bun-B: Yeah, well the new album was pretty much done, y’know at the time of Pimp’s passing. We had the single ready to go. We had three songs to pick from to be the single, trying to pick one and then go ahead and get it pressed up. And we was gon’ try to move on the top of the year but of course all things considered — we had to really pump the brakes on everything. I had to really reanalyze everything, to figure out exactly how we was going to move forward.

I can't wait. I felt the last album - no telling how dope this project will be.
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On That Leak: Colin Munroe ft. S.A.S.

Colin Munroe ft. S.A.S. "Flashing Lights (Remix)": Big up to the Eurogang for sending this over to me. Nice to hear some international spins put on this heavily-rinsed beat. For those who know, S.A.S. represent Dipset over in the UK, and formed Eurogang a few years ago.

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On That Leak: The Camp "Little Story"

The Camp ft. Slaine "Little Story": Storytelling in Hip-Hop is so necessary. I brought you "Gentlemen Needs" earlier this month, and here's another leak from The Camp's forthcoming The Campaign (available April 1st, 2008). "Little Story" features La Coka Nostra & Special Teamz' Slaine, and has a nice vibe to it. The beat is a bit darker, but it's a thumper. Enjoy.

Shouts to Matt, as per usual.
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Just a lil post, brought on by Wes' post about the origins of Erykah Badu's "Telephone".

That shit is real. My grandfather had the same thing going on right before he died...

He was going through it with his prostate cancer, and was relegated to a hospital bed in our house for the last few weeks of his life. It was late May, and my senior year of high school, and I remember it was very warm this one Saturday. And he was up. Now, I had seen him unable to get out of bed b/c of the pain he was in, pissing on himself and what not, but this day he was up, sitting in a chair in his room. And he was talking.

My room was the attic, but the door to my room was right next to his room, so as I'd leave I'd check on him, and I peek in and see him talking and smiling. I step in and he's actually by himself, but mentally he was having a party. All of his friends were there, having a good old time. I sat with him for a bit - there was a basketball game on - and we just talked and joked.

He died a few days after this, but it's wild that he had what I call a going-away party right there.

And now that's two family members in my life who's deaths can be somehow linked to J Dilla. My uncle passed right around the time Dilla did, and now Pop-Pop.

Rest in power.
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BHM2K8: Talk About Bandwagon Jumpin'

Jesse McCartney's new single, "Leavin'" (.wma / .rm), is out, and is produced by The-Dream and C. Tricky Stewart, AKA the niggas behind Rihanna's "Umbrella". I always hate things like this; dude, you weren't on this steeze back when your Pop crap was out a few years back. Now you are some proto-Timberlake, coastin' over the flavor of the month? GTFO, dog.

The deep part is, there's probably some truly gifted artist who could have murked this so much better than this paper thin punk, but with McCartney on Hollywood Records (read: Disney), the paper talks. Can't blame Dream & Tricky - the name of the game is dollas, and them niggas go for the publishing before the upfront payments, at least that's what Dream has said in the past. Good for them, but, IMO, bad for the scene. This cat not only had Dream & Tricky, but he is also calling on The Clutch (Omarion, Ciara), J.R. Rotem (Britney Spears, Sean Kingston), Sean Garrett (Usher, Mary J. Blige) and others. Pop/Urban? Fuck you, dog. We see your attempted permeations, and we don't like it.
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The FADER Issue 52 Podcast

To go along with issue 52's Africa theme, they threw together a load of joints that served as inspiration for this issue:



Buraka Som Sistema, "Yah"
Trompies, "Ngwanesu"
Zulu Naja, "Ndiya Ndiya"
BLK JKS, "UmZabalazo"
Esau Mwamwaya & Radioclit, "Chilombo"
Bleksom, "Do It"
Buk Bak & Jay Q, "U For Know"
The Don Issacs Ezekiel Combination, "Amalinja"
Tartit, "Achachore I Chachore Akale"
BLK JKS, "Lakeside"
Group Doueh, "Sabah Lala"

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BHM2K8: Whoopi Gets Snubbed?

I hardly watch new films, so the Oscars really don't appeal to me. I was kind of taken aback, however, in reading that Whoopi Goldberg was not included in the "Oscars hosts" montage they produced during Sunday's telecast. Now, I'm not as big a Whoopi fan as the YBF, but I do appreciate what she's done in the industry, and her hosting something like four times is too important to not have been included. She's achieved crazy heights within her career, in both comedy and drama, as well as with her hosting duties, and it's a damn shame that she wasn't included. I'm riding for you, Whoopi.
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DJ Trax - Thought Provoking Beats

DJ Trax is one of the smoother Drum & Bass producers out there right now. He's been doing his thing for a bit, and I believe he has some album projects going on. In any case, the last thing(s) I expected from him was a free track ("Pure Trouble") and a Hip-Hop Mix from his website, www.djtrax.org. But he gave 'em up. Check out "Thought Provoking Beats":



0:00 Company Flow `Eight Steps To Perfection`
4:25 Illogic `Blaow`
8:33 Pharoahe Monch `What Is It`
11:03 DJ Vadim `Viagra` feat El-p,BMS + Primecuts
13:40 RZA `Raise Your Swords`
17:00 Hieroglyphics `One Life One Love`
20:40 Non Profits `Disasters`
22:52 Saukrates `Father Time`
25:54 7L + Esoteric `Operating Correctly` feat Mr Lif
29:35 Deltron 3030 `Virus`
31:06 DJ Spinna feat Phonte `Intergalatic Soul`
34:01 Jeru The Damaja `True Skills`
37:50 Eligh `Thought Process`
41:34 J-Live `Audio Visual`
45:31 A Tribe Called Quest `Like It Like That`

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Duck Down Vs. Stones Throw At SXSW 2008

What a good idea. You Austin, TX Hip-Hop fans are going to get a serious treat from two of the underground's leading Hip-Hop labels, with guys like Sean Price, Guilty Simpson, Buckshot, Percee P, Kidz In The Hall and others throwing down. For FREE! I wish I could be there for this extravaganza.

March 12th, 2008 @ "The Habana Annex" (formerly known as the Fader House)

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J Past "Interplanetary Funkmanship"

It's been a minute since I've thrown some J Past trickery on here (go grab that Donald Blake), so it's only fitting that I give you lot his NEW mix, "Interplanetary Funkmanship" - a twisted journey mashing up Rap, House and all forms of funky beats into a nice 30 minute, 17 track stew. Get out your power gloves, turn up your subs and jam on to this crafty mix:



8 Ball & MJG - Purple Stuff
Klaxons - Gravity's Rainbow (Van She Remix)
Adult - Hand to Phone
Da Falla - Popozuda Rock 'n Roll
DJ Smurf - Ride On Out Bounce With It
Count Of Monte Cristal - Ghetto Bitches
Simian Mobile Disco - Love
Armand Van Helden feat. Kudu - Playing House
Midnight Juggernauts - Devil Within (Presets remix)
Miss Kittin and the Hacker - Life On MTV
Vitalic - Poney, Pt. 1
Daft Punk - Technologic
MSTRKRFT - Easy Love
Joy Zipper - Dosed And Became Invisible & Drugs (Simian Remix)
The Pack - Candy
Christopher & Raphael Just feat. Fox N' Wolf - Popper
Stingee - Take Dem Panties Off

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History of Hip-Hop Vol. 19: 1997

DJ Eleven with the ill 1997 recap:



1. The Notorious BIG – Ten Crack Commandments
2. Jay-Z – Face Off feat. Sauce Money
3. Wu-Tang Clan – Triumph feat.CappaDonna
4. CNN – Capone Bone
5. Reflection Eternal – Fortified Live
6. Gang Starr – You Know My Steez
7. M.F. Doom – Dead Bent
8. Master P – Make Em Say Uhh
9. CNN – Closer (Sam Sneed Remix)
10. Laster – Off Balance feat. EDO.G.
11. Natural Elements – Bust Mine
12. Krumb Snatcha – Gettin Closer To God
13. Jay-Z – Imaginary Player
14. Rasco – The Unassisted
15. Royal Flush – Iced Down Medallions
16. DITC – Day One
17. The Beatnuts – Do You Believe?
18. CNN – Calm Down feat. Nas
19. Common – Hungry
20. No I.D. – State To State feat. Common
21. Mobb Deep – Hoodlum feat. Rakim & Big Noyd
22. Outkast – In Due Time feat. Cee Lo
23. Mos Def – Universal Magnetic
24. Wu Tang Clan – The M.G.M
25. EPMD – Never Seen Before
26. Rakim – Guess Who’s Back
27. Mase – 24 Hours To Live feat. The LOX & DMX
28. LL Cool J – 4,3,2,1 feat. Redman, Method Man, Canibus, DMX
29. The Beatnuts – Off The Books feat. Big Pun
30. Tha Alkaholiks – Hip Hop Drunkies feat. Ol Dirty
31. D.J. Pooh – Whoop! Whoop! feat. Kam
32. Master P – Ghetto D
33. KRS-One – Step Into A World (Rapture’s Delight)
34. KRS-One – Step into a World (Bad Boy Remix) feat. Puffy
35. Busta Rhymes – Put Your Hands Where My Eyes Can See
36. Cocoa Brovaz – Won on Won
37. Redman – Pick It Up (Remix)
38. Common – Reminding Me (Of Sef)
39. Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz – Deja Vu (Uptown Baby)
40. The Alkaholiks – All Night
41. Wu-Tang Clan – It’s Yourz
42. Camp Lo – Black Nostaljack
43. Jay-Z – Rap Game/Crack Game
44. EPMD – Richter Scale
45. Mr Complex – Visualize
46. Street Smartz – Metal Thangz feat. O.C., Pharoahe Monch, FT
47. Ras Kass – Soul On Ice (Diamond D Remix)
48. No I.D. – Sky’s The Limit
49. Rakim – It’s Been A Long Time
50. The Notorious BIG – Kick In The Door
51. Puff Daddy & The Family – It’s All About The Benjamins feat. The Notorious BIG 52. The Firm – Phone Tap feat. Dr. Dre
53. Rampage – Things We Be Doing For Money Pt. 2 feat. Busta Rhymes
54. The Notorious BIG – The World Is Filled feat. Too Short & Puff Daddy
55. Street Smartz – Problemz
56. M.F. Doom – Hey!
57. The Notorious BIG – You’re Nobody (Til Somebody Kills You)
58. Scarface – Smile feat. 2Pac

Such a solid mixture of cuts.
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The Wire, Season 5: "Clarifications" [recap]

After it happened, I had no idea what was being said for the next 5 minutes. It wasn't until later viewings that I noticed that McNulty & Kima went to the FBI to discuss the outline of the killer. I couldn't even process what the fuck just went down. And in that instant, The Wire both murked off one of the most compelling characters on TV, and further established that they aren't fucking around, and never have been. We assumed it'd be a gun fight, not Lil' "UP MY ASS, GUMP" Kenard holding the pistol that offed Mr. Omar Little. This is more fitting, though. I had various heads who, like me, saw this episode last Monday, and just rewatch Omar walking into the store to pick up his "newpotes". His limp was gone. Weird, right? Take it a step further - TV Squad hit the nail right on the head: Omar was getting cocky, trying to get Marlo out there. That's not him. He either moved in the cloak of the night or had a plan hatched to do his work. He was out, bum leg and all, waging a one man army against Stanfield? In the daylight? Kenard saw him all fucked up and didn't buy the hype - and offed dude. You have so many youngbucks these days who don't have respect for their elders, and this is a proper metaphor for that whole way of thinking in the hood. Do the knowledge...
I love how Jimmy McNulty is on some Robin Hood shit, now that Carcetti has given him unlimited OT, whips and carte blanche. Shit's getting out of hand, like dude who conned the trip out of Jimmy, but it is what it is. Carver half-knows, but I think that he is really just trying to appease his men, who were aggravated early-on due to lack of OT and other gripes. Kima, on the other hand - I could def. see her snitching. She was spending time researching, dealing with upset parents and the like, only to find it's all a hoax. And she was PISSED seeing Sydnor in there. WTF can you do though?

Speaking of Sydnor, I personally was kind of insulted that the whole picture message clock thing came down to using an atlas. Aren't there like hundreds of atalses in existence? Why am I failing to believe that Marlo is using the same exact atlas as the Baltimore City Po-Po uses? I mean, it works and is a very unique system, but come on. Marlo isn't that smart, and it's just a big coincidence. At least with the beeper messages, it made sense for their situation in the projects. This is just a bit eeh for me.

Shouts to seeing Poot again. I love how they are weaving some of my favorite characters from past seasons into this. Good to see him working... although this whole Dukie thing is depressing. Now this nigga is rollin' with the junkman!? Come on, man. If you aren't cut out for shit, take your smart smelly ass back to school. Why fuck with junkman? Riding on the cart like king of the swamp people - that's no life for a 15 year old. Why do I keep thinking Dukie is gonna end up a fiend?

The Scott Templeton shit is coming to a head, and I am glad Gus is seeing it. First the war vet takes Scott to task, bringing up that he didn't have to embellish, and while Gus was kind of skeptical, I like the way he handled it. Scott is the king of those sad faces - he wasn't feeling the whole "we gonna run a correction if it holds up" thing. Then, Gus cuts dude's lead, citing an "anonymous" source in the homelessness rally piece. Good for him. I hope Scott gets shut down for good.

What was good with Chris and Snoop being so pissed off all episode, Chris especially? I mean, I understand he didn't get Omar - but he looking like he did when he rocked Michael's daddy (more on that in a bit). I loved Snoop's "youngin' on some different opinion shit" comment, but Michael was legit. Why is Marlo putting up that front? He's looking really scared out in the street, regardless of Omar being shot. Omar still jacked how many of Marlo's stashes? Just doesn't seem right.

Big up to Beadie for leaving Jimmy for a day. I don't get why he broke down and told her about the hoax, but I guess he needed to get it off his chest and sort of connect with her - but with the way he's dogged her out, it had the adverse affect. When will she leave? She has all the ammo - what if McNulty gets arrested? She's now an accessory...

What was good with Lester trying to blackmail Clay at the end of this episode? What was he trying to gain/prove? I mean, Clay knows who he is fucking with - he just knows how to get out of it. Maybe Lester is trying to buy some damage control for something?

And I could give a fuck about Carcetti - all of his campaign promises end up dying as he eyes for his next seat, making deals with everyone he can to keep costs down/hidden. Fuck him.

OK, on to next week. Did you catch the previews for next week, AKA the 2nd to last episode? I think Chris is gonna get got. Just, everything was so focused on him, and then we see scenes of Michael in a whip with a gat talkin' that "you always told me to show up early" jazz that Chris spoke of earlier in the year. Plus, Bunk got that favor from Jimmy and flipped it into a postitve DNA match for Partlow in the murder of Michael's stepdaddy. A warrant has been brought out, and it looks like one way or the other - party done!

Also looks like Marlo is gonna feel the heat. With this "fresh line", I'd imagine they hit a stash or a big buy, and all hell is gonna break loose. It has to. We're at the end.

And what is HBO going to do next? OZ? Gone. The Sopranos? Gone. I can't watch Big Love or In Treatment or any of the other drama shows they make. Just not me. How is the void going to be filled? Enlighten me...

HBO has the full summary of this episode. I suggest you read it.

RIP Omar Little... Omar's Lament:

"Let's Bang Out"

Omar Vs. Mouzone:

Bunk & Omar meet:

Bunk Vs. Omar:

Classic Heist:

Robbin' Cheese:

"Young Omar":

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BHM2K8: Obama Lost

And Ralph Nader is the man who will pull the trigger. He's just thrown his hat into the 2008 race, and with Obama's momentum over the last few months, I feel that if he does get the DNC backing, it will still be for nothing. It will be a "look, a nigga could be a legit candidate", but ultimately will lose - not because he couldn't handle John McCain, but because Ralph fucking Nader murked so many Obama fans, and made them join his party.

Our country is not a three-party country, and I don't see many Republicans who follow McCain all of the sudden backing Nader - but many Democrats and Independents are quicker to follow someone like Nader. Just ask Al Gore.

The more I think about it, the more I think Nader is getting Republican Party dollars to cast doubt and votes from Obama. I really do. Conspiracy theories be damned.

Obama still have my vote, though...
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rock the dub radio: episode 015

Yes, after the whole MyBook fiasco, I got everything sorted out, and episode 15 is here! Knocked this one out over Friday and Saturday, and I like how it came out. Nice selection, with some exclusives from forthcoming things thrown in for good measure. Kind of took a more "underground" turn, but that's always good, right? Check me out:

rock the dub radio: episode 015

(direct MP3 download link)


01/The Menehan Street Band "Make The Road By Walking"
02/Jay-Z "Roc Boys (Mike Love's Nigerian Gangster Remix)"
03/Camp Lo "Lumdi"
04/The Roots "75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)"
05/Akrobatik ft. Talib Kweli "Put Ya Stamp On It"
06/Skillz ft. Pimp C "Get Off The Boo Boo"
07/Illa Ghee "Bitch Ass Nigga"
08/Cyrano aka Cy Yung & Bully Sainte "C.R.E.A.M. (BPA Remix)"
09/Wu-Tang Clan "Diesel"
10/Pete Rock ft. Jim Jones & Max B "We Roll"
11/Nicolay & Kay "As The Wheel Turns"
12/Torae "Crash"
13/R.O.E. "Can't Help Myself"
14/Controller 7 "Consumer"
15/The Fixxers ft. Rich Boy "So Good"
16/Rich Boy ft. John Legend, Lil' Wayne & Nas "Ghetto Rich (Remix)"
17/Freddie Foxxx "Dream Catcher"
18/Billy Danze "God Bless & Good Night"
19/Copywrite "Ten Times"
20/Evol Intent ft. Cypher Linguistics "Death, Lies & Videotape"
21/Jean Grae "#8"
22/Verb T & The Last Skeptik ft. Edo G "No More"
23/Amanda Diva "Windows Over Harlem"
24/Idle Warship "Industry Diary"
25/Jay The Bossfather ft. Grandmaster Caz "Sedgewick & Cedar"
26/S.O.U.L. Purpose ft. Immortal Technique "The Other White Meat"
27/Busta Rhymes "Code Of The Streets"
28/Substansial ft. Fresh Daily "That Damn Good (Remix)"
29/Elemental Emcee "John McCain Diss"
30/M.O.P. "Got To Go"
31/KRS-One "Criminal Minded '08"
32/Starski ft. The Cool Kids "Stunnas On"
33/Naledge "Dey Know Freestyle"
34/Edo G, Akrobatik, Backdraft & JvDarapsinga "Blastmass"
35/Saigon ft. Grand Puba "Who Can Get Busy"

Shouts to all who've sent me tracks recently. I'm still accepting Hip-Hop for the rock the dub compilation, so if you are an MC/DJ/producer/label head who would like their music considered for a dope FREE DIGITAL HIP-HOP COMPILATION I am putting together, hit me up at khaldub@gmail.com. (NOTE: if you make music other than Hip-Hop, still submit - I have plans for other compilations in the future!)

rock the dub radio links: website \ RSS
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Sub Sessions: Dilla Day

Spotted over at Cocaine Blunts. The live broadcast has been uploaded:

Part 1, Part 2.

On Feb 21st Subsoniq and the Red Bull Music Academy will hold "Dilla Day" at the XM Performance Theatre in D.C. This will feature a live band (The Players and Friends) peforming classic Dilla tracks, along with special guests Maureen Yancey (Dilla's mom), Pete Rock & Talib Kweli.

More info at ProgHipHop.com.
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BHM2K8: Nigger, What It Is?

Nas "What It Is" (original / DJ Khalil version): Shouts to Che Sing for posting this up (peep that post for a dope Khalil video as well). This is supposed to be some cuts off of Nigger. Well, one cut. That original version is ass - fake "epic" melodramatic malarky. The more I listen to the DJ Khalil version, I actually get excited - that grit, the dirtyness of the beat is so essential for Nas right now. Makes his verse pop so much harder than the original's bullshit corny beat. (Shouts to E for the link)
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On That Leak: Elemental Emcee "John McCain Diss Rap"

Elemental Emcee "John McCain Diss Rap" (mirror): Over M.O.P.'s "Ante Up", ATL underground Hip-Hop artist Elemental Emcee rips into McCain's past and gives a convincing argument for not voting for that old man. Here are the lyrics.

Bonus Beats: Enigmatik hit me with this prank call McCain made...
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RIP Teo Macero

RIP Teo Macero, who passed this past Tuesday. This is the guy who produced AND Bitches Brew and In A Silent Way; if not for Teo's mastery in the art of cut-up, those records wouldn't have sounded so cohesive... and shit like that helped begat Dub, which helped begat Hip-Hop and other forms of music. This man is a pioneer. Respect him.
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BHM2K8: A Tropical People

We got hit with a few inches of snow yesterday - that meant it was time to shovel and stay home, toasty warm. Thing is, my 18-month son has never been out in the snow before. So prepared we got for our snow expedition...

You gotta love how boots we bought at the beginning of the season aren't even fitting anymore...

"Damn, what's good with this snow?"

Lil' man stepped off the curb and wasn't ready for the drop...

Yeah, he caught the full snow-suit on his pants. Peep my Starbury boots.

I think it was the wetness on his hands going up in his jacket - he was not feelin' it at ALL!

Seriously. We had only been out there for a few minutes...

"We's a tropical people, Da-Da..."
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1 more hit: Where Is It?

1 more hit is the story of J Swift's attempt to rise from his various addictions, and has a critique on the disgusting side of creating "Reality TV". I first heard of this flick damn near two years ago... and I am wondering: WHERE IS IT!? Being a fan of Pharcyde, Hip-Hop production, escaping drug abuse and documentaries, this shit is right up my alley. I fear that this story will not get told if it sits around too long. I went to the 1 more hit website and e-mailed them, asking where the movie is at... hopefully I'll get an answer.

And where is Negro Knievel? Shit, not only did he do early Pharcyde work, but he's remixed both Prince AND Massive Attack,

Peep the trailer:

Hold ya head, J.
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