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The Deal Dub, Episode 9

A bit late, but this week has been plagued with lateness. With me trying to train this new coworker, I've been slack on a lot of things. I'll find some time this weekend to take care of a load of ish I have on the pipeline. Anyways, Deal hit me with the latest episode of The Deal Dub, and I thnk you need to do like I do: grab a tall glass of iced tea, kick back, and enjoy.

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Stealth A Piece Of Cake Mixtape

Who likes to miss out on sweet treats? Stealth cooked up a dope mixtape on this one, wrapped in rich chocolate frosting and served with a tall glass of milk. Enjoy your delicacy!

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Maria Isa "Caramelo"

Maria Isa "Caramelo": Shouts to Jon Jon for continuously hitting me with that interesting leftfield fire. Maria is out in Minnesota reppin' a dope Spanish Fly Hip-Hop hybrid sound, flippin' Spanglish rhymes with sultry vocals in this one. She will be opening for Wayne Wonder & Beenie Man tomorrow (May 1st) in Minneapolis, and will be in NYC on June 13th and 14th for the Puerto Rican Day Parade Fest, and the Parade itself.

Bonus Beats Maria Isa "Street Politics"
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EMS x RTD: ThrowBack Thursday 001

EMS "What I Do This For" (prod. by SolEternity): Expiermental MindState started their EMS Productions label out of Boston, Mass; M-Dot, Mayhem and others have been getting love on RTD for a minute, and the homey Rev hit me up, saying he'd like to lace RTD readers with some unreleased heat and older mixtape joints, for free. Expect to hear cuts from M-Dot, Mayhem, Revalation, Kore and others, all who have projects dropping this summer. Sort of like an introduction, something to whet your appetite before the main course. You gonna love the Rice Krispy-beat hear (snap, crackle & pop), its just some fresh Hip-Hop shit to coast to. More coming soon!
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FuseBox Radio (Week of April 29, 2009)

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Direct mp3 Download Backup (right click and "save as"; via Blip.TV)

This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of April 29, 2009 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary.

This week's commentary focused on updates with the advent of the swine flu outbreak, more updates about the Somali pirate scenario coverage my the mainstream news media, AFRICOM (United States Africa Command) and other things here and there.

We do have a new Black Agenda Report segment but no new DirectEFX segement this week.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast here on BlackRadioIsBack.com - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for the Week of April 29, 2009 (in no particular order)

LL Cool J/Cheesy Rat Blues/Def Jam
MC Lyte feat. Charles Hamilton/Loading/White Label (http://www.OfficialMCLyte.com)
Serius Jones/Ain't It True/White Label (http://www.GetSerius.com)
Deam feat. Big Daddy Kane/State Your Game/R.A.P. Agency
Busta Rhymes feat. Spliff Star & Show Money/I'm Back/Flipmode, Violator & Universal Motown
Mr. Scruff feat. Pete Simpson/This Way/Ninja Tune
M. Beezy/It's Hard (Hard Times)/Low Key Key & Flatbroke (http://www.myspace.com/mbeezy12)
Mr. Lif/What About Us/Bloodbot Tactical Enterprises
DOOM/Absolutely/Lex Records
Method Man & Redman/A Yo/Def Jam
Big Boi/Ringtone/LaFace
Wale feat. Lady Gaga/Chillin'/Allido Records & Interscope
Nas/Legendgary/White Label
Bobby Creekwater feat. Stat Quo & Sandman/Trying To Make It/BGOV
Mistah F.A.B./Hit Me On Twitter/Thizz Ent.
Thad Reid/Do My Thang/Blue Collar Muzik (http://ThadReid.com)
Camp Lo feat. Yahzarah/Regulate/Soul Fever
Trillogy/Warning/Starr Media Group
Chester French/She Loves Everybody/Star Trak
AmDex/Change Your Style/Domination Recordings
Nikki Lynette/Oooh Mommy/NikkiLynette.com
Kool Rock-Ski of The Fat Boys feat. Jay-Z/Can We Talk/Uncle Louie Records
Rampage/I Run D's MC's/White Label (http://www.myspace.com/lieutenantrampage)
David Rush feat. Pitbull & Kevin Rudolph/Shooting Star (Party Rock RMX)/Xequitive Board Ent., Mr. 305 & Koch
Scratch feat. Musiq Soulchild/Tonite/Gold Dust & !K7

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Classics and more MySpace.com Independent Music Finds
Current FuseBox Radio Broadcast Radio & Internet Affiliates (as of this week):

UrbanNetwork.com's The Mix Internet Radio Station - UN Power Jam Radio (owned by Urban Network Magazine) OKRP.com, ReeWineMusic.com/ReeWine Radio, Progressive Blend Radio, Sprint Radio Extra/mSpot (via the Worldwide Alpha Communications Network), SouthBound.FM, DeadBeat Radio, CrackAudio.com, TheBestJams.com/The Best Jams Radio, FlyTunes.FM/FlyCast ,Planet Urban (Austrailia)/PlanetUrban.com.au, AmalgamDigital.com, BlockJams.com, ConspiracyUK.com , FONYE Radio , VI Radio , DurdeeSouthRadio.com , Beyond.FM , MyBlockRadio.net, Rutgers University Radio, WRSU 88.7 FM, Stop Beefin' Start Eatin' Radio, Ceesiety Radio, Mixshow Blast Radio, Slip-N-Slide DJs Podcast, The Best Jams, ExtravaGangsta Radio, HipHopSoulRadio.com , Digiwaxx Presents: The Blast , White Folks Get Crunk for DJs, Legion Music & Media, UnderWorldMixRadio.com, MixLaWax Radio, Trunk Hustlers Online, 907 Jamz. The6.FM, Nilo Radio, 1.FM Jamz, Blayze University Radio, Blip.TV, iBlog126.com, Miro, WSOUF.com, True Fire Radio, StreetsD.com (Streets Mos Magazine Radio), Rock The Dub, Last Word Online, Soul Pitch Hustle, BlackCoffeeChannel.com (Coming Soon), Gutta Muzik (HD) Radio (Coming Soon)

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Jibbs Round One Mixtape

Been gone most of the day, sorry for that. Training this chick at work. I return with... some remedial Rap!



1) J Walk ft Lil Boosie
2) Flex Muscle
3) Stuntin
4) Get Ya Money Up
5) $1000
6) Trunk So Heavy
7) Tru That
8) Swag So Official
9) Keep It Gangsta ft Pleasure P
10) Sorry
11) Midget
12) Hood Luv
13) Swag On Intro
14) Turn My Swag On
15) The Dedication (Ay DJ)
16) Sub 0

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RTDLTD Podcast 001: DJ Cable

I been waiting to drop this one on you guys for a minute. With each release on RTDLTD, I plan on getting a DJ to throw down a tough selection of beats to help entice you guys to cop it. For the inaugural session, DJ Cable steps up and rinses out a 23-minute Mini chock full of Drum & Bass pressure, including both sides of RTDLTD001 (which is available in quality download sites, which you can find via Google) and some forthcoming RTDLTD pressure from Mr. Dymz and Delphi Productions! Watch out for that Sinistarr tune, too - rough!



01. Noah D - Mash Down [RTDLTD001]
02. ShockOne Feat. MC Spyda - Chronic [VIPER]
03. ShockOne, Phetsta & Metrik - True Believer [VIPER]
04. Lomax - Avon Calling [RAM]
05. Mr Dymz - Our Last Day [RTDLTD Dub]
06. Random Movement & Mixmaster Doc - Rattled System [INTEGRAL]
07. Delphi Productions - Somethin' Else [RTDLTD Dub]
08. Sinistarr - My Thoughts Exactly [INSIDE]
09. Noah D & Shylok - Lion Sound [RTDLTD001]

For those looking to send tunes my way for RTDLTD, email me (khaldub@gmail.com) or drop them off via SoundCloud.
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PREVIEW: Kid Hum x RTD Offshore Drilling

I've been telling you about this project for a bit (as has Kid Hum and Fake Shore Drive). Myself and Hum have been trying to secure some ill tracks, using instrumentals from his Fossil Fuel project, and have a dope project to show for it. We got the cover art (shouts to the girl Uriela, as per usual) the other night, and figured it made sense to drop the tracklist on you as well. Check out the fruits of our labor...

1. Cy Yung "Audobon"
2. Whygee "Klonopins"
3. Prezzure "Never Say Never"
4. Sunken State "Gingivitis"
5. Brown Bag All-Stars "Dissappointment"
6. Junclassic "Angst"
7. Joulz Il "My Microphone"
8. Hellz Yea! "RTD Anthem
9. L. Chanes "Church"
10. Pugz Atomz ft. Primeridian & Awdazcate "The Ride"
11. Braille "Thinking Shoes"
12. Cy Yung "Cy De B"
13. Blueface (Sky 7th & Lou Sleefe) "50 Years"
14. Bonus Track: Junclassic "Passport"
15. Bonus Track: Sunken State "Cavities"

Mastering should be sorted out very soon. I'll keep you guys posted as to when this drops when everything is complete. Until then... salivate!

PS Watch out for the Fuel EP from Kid Hum and myself, which serves as a sampler to this main course.
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Stones Throw Podcast 45: Bang Ya Head II

Loads of exclusive MED thrown into this podcast, which is mixed by the mighty DJ Rhettmatic. Fuel for the hot Spring and Summer that's upon us; watch out for this one!



1. Intro
2. The Futuristic (RMX) - Guilty Simpson feat. MED. Produced by OhNo
3. Break It On Down - MED. Produced by Just Blaze
4. Dogg - MED feat. Polk Dogg. Produced by Madlib*
5. Not A Warning - MED feat. Polk Dogg. Produced by Madlib*
6. Shotgun RMX - PPP feat. J Dilla & MED. Produced by Waajeed
7. West Iz Back (Demo) - MED. Produced by Dj Khalil*
8. It's A New Day - DJ Babu feat MED. Produced by Dj Babu
9. Zoom - MGD (MED + Georgia Anne + Declaime). Produced by Georgia Anne
10. Do It - Rhettmatic feat. MED. Produced by DJ Rhettmatic*
11. Get Money - MED. Produced by Madlib*
12. Endure - MED feat. Rapper Big Pooh. Produced by Georgia Anne Muldrow*
13. Anytime - Dert feat. MED. Produced by Dert
14. Classic - MED feat. Talib Kweli. Produced by Madlib*
15. The Ride (RMX) - Oh No feat. MED. Produced by Dj Rhettmatic*
16. $100 Bill - MED. Produced by Madlib*
17. Outro


Shouts to the Stones Throw crew for sending this my way!
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M-Dot "Go Getter"

M-Dot "Go Getter" (prod. by Omega Red): The DJ TKO-hosted M.oney D.oesn't O.wn T.hought mixtape drops in May, and if it sounds ANYTHING like this tease, you niggas are in TROUBLE! Shouts to Rev and the whole EMS camp - keep it locked for more heat from these cats!
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[video] Scritps 'N Screwz "Brick"

Bonus Beats Scritps 'N Screwz "Brick": I've had this CD in my possession for a minute, and haven't even ripped it. No diss, I just been needing to sift through these discs. Grab that Sound Cinema mixtape from this duo. Peep the trailer for that project:

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The Kid Daytona "The Body"

The Kid Daytona "The Body" (prod. by Ill Bomb): This "Nautilus"-cribbing banger is from the forthcoming, Mick Boogie-presentation The Daytona 500, which drops on Cinco De Mayo. Peep the trailer for this one:

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Juicy J ft. Webbie & Project Pat "Ugh Ugh Ugh"

Juicy J ft. Webbie & Project Pat "Ugh Ugh Ugh" [clean \ dirty]: I might have to cop Hustle Til I Die. I gotta be real with you... when I'm knee deep in that Old English 800, ignant rap is my shit. This nigga's hook is "I long dick her like UGH! UGH! UGH!"... yes, you read that right. This the thick-bottomed skrippa soundtrack. This is the remedial rap anthem for 2009!
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[rock the dub Interview]: L.E.G.A.C.Y.

My appreciation of 9th Wonder's production back when Little Brother first came out bridged into a lot of ish, namely my love of a collection called Legsclusives, which featured the homey L.E.G.A.C.Y. merking 9th's beats. While his lyrical chops are unquestionable, it was his more heartfelt, deeper material that drew me in. He has no qualms with speaking on whatever topic that might be troubling him, and delivers it in a no holds bar shiv, making you damn near experience the situation the exact way he did! I've followed his growth through his Project Mayhem album, and have been lucky enough to speak to Leg on the regular (although our more involved convos tend to be about the squared circle, haha). His new project, Suicide Music, has been getting some mmuch-needed love, and is set to drop in a few months, and I got a chance to speak to the man about this, his live show and other points about his evolving career.

khal: I saw in an interview of yours from December of 2008, where you said that “the real guy is the new nice guy”, finishing last. In a scene where niggas stay preachin’ “keep it real”, how is it that fans have embraced these cartoon characters?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: I've come to that conclusion that to really succeed in this industry you have to "fake it" to an extent. I’ve lost out on a lot of different opportunities that could've possibly put me in bigger places or give me more exposure had I just told a few people what they wanted to hear. I've never been the “yes” man type or a follower, just because and I'm content with whoever catches on to me catches on to me, but I won't compromise who I am or pull some fraud shit, it's just not me… that fake shit is not me. I won't "sellout"...or will I? LOL

khal: It’s been something like four years since heads have heard you on a proper album. Talk to us about the changes and growth you’ve experienced since Project Mayhem dropped, and how that affects what you’re working on today.

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: A lot of artists say they don't pay attention to the critics or what people say about their work – well, I did. I read the reviews, the random fan comments, the love, the hate, whatever. I took that all into consideration while plotting my moves musically. I'm a lot more calculated because of that; it was the fuel I needed to expand and grow as an artist. Also, growth as a person in general - I mean I'm not that same person I was during the recording or release of Mayhem; “a lot has changed” is an understatement.

khal: Suicide Music is the next project. How long have you been working on this one?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: Originally my official 2nd album and the concept/direction was to be The Son of San, so I began working and plotting on that. During the process of recording new material, the song "Suicide Music” came out of that. A few people whose opinions I respect told me I should build around that song, [and] that's what I did. Other than the title track, the album was recorded between ’07 and early ’09.

khal: Is it true that Khrysis handled all of the production this time around? What is it about your working relationship that makes your rhymes fit so perfectly over his beats?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: It is true, all Khrysis on the boards with the heat, it's something severe. And I believe it's more than my words fit imperfectly on his beats, it's just something that works, but people will see. We have some cutting edge material here, pun intended.

khal: Will there be any features on this album?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: Glad you ask (LOL): the brand new single, "The Greatest", features a dope spoken word artist from NC by the name Dasan Ahanu - it's crazy!!!! There's a small but critical part done by Mela Machinko, and I have classic appearances by Phonte, Chaundon and Sean Price.

khal: When can heads expect to pick Suicide Music up?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: We've been in overdrive lately really pushing and it's looking like June 2nd will be the date; I'm excited, haven't been excited about something musically in a while,

khal: Over the last year or so, you’ve been developing the S.I.N. Music Group. How will this grow, exactly – is it just a vehicle for you to get your music out, are you going to be helping others get their art out as well?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: Sooner or later I would like it to expand into a full blown label/promotion company. For now, I do use it as a promotional vehicle mainly for me; I wish I had some innovative artists that I could help push. I've been looking for years now to no avail. But I plan on really getting back into the mix on searching/molding some artists, I plan on getting back to putting shows/parties together again, and really focus on building an empire. All of that has been and will remain on freeze until after this album happens and does what it does.

khal: We all know that the Internet is charged with having killed the music industry. What are some ways that you think the ‘Net helps the industry, or at least helps artists?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: You can reach large numbers of people all at once. I'm pretty much one of the late people when it comes to the newest ‘Net sites and trends, I used to be like "fuck that, I don't need this or that", but once I saw the networking possibilities and flocks of people getting on, I had to try to catch up. But with record stores and magazines shutting down and blog site/YouTube hits going up, the ‘Net is the main tool for artists now

khal: You dropped the NC Chainsaw Massacre earlier this year, and got some good hits and love from the blogs with that. How did that mixtape come together, and do you have any plans on doing something of that nature in the future?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: I needed something to hold people off while I put the finishing touches on the album and figured out a situation for that. I knew I was sitting on some album-worthy material and I wanted to give it away, get the buzz back. Threw the idea and songs to Flash [and] he hooked it up. I've been thinking about a sequel, may be my new thing right before I drop an album, a new NC Chainsaw Massacre.

khal: What would you say has been one of the more impactful songs in your repertoire?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: Technically, impact-wise, "I'm A Star" was my biggest song (#2 in the us on the college charts), but, impact on people in general, probably "Pain In Life" or "Broken Heart Disease". I still get hit up often by people like "Pain In Life helped me get through such and such”, or “Broken Heart Disease helped me get over the loss of ___" on a personal level. And, as an artist, somebody saying that a ‘from the heart’ song you wrote/recorded changed their lives is serious shit. I mean that's what kept me in this bullshit industry this long, those few emails and messages like that.

khal: There’s been some chatter on your live show – you definitely don’t fit into the stereotypical rapper role when it comes to live performances. What is your take on how a live show should go?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: It's always been my ideology to make somebody remember you that night. I really take the live show serious - I really like performing and trying to win over people that have no idea who the fuck I am. It's the same thought pattern I take with my music, like "I'm going to do the opposite of what everybody else does". I really try innovative shit, if I'm on the show I try to rock that show. Rappers overall put on some of the worst shows, period, and I never wanted to be in that category. I really don't get enough credit as far as being original it's like you get more attention now by being a knockoff of somebody else.

khal: How would you define success? Like, for Suicide Music: what outcome would make you react and say “this project was a success”?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: I'm not a naive or unrealistic person, so I'll say I want that respect after the smoke clears. Peers, critics, fans and everybody to say this is a classic. If for whatever reason this is my last album, I wanna go out knowing I dropped some monumental shit.

khal: Have you made any plans for your releases post-Suicide Music?

L.E.G.A.C.Y.: You mean in the afterlife? LOL

Yesterday, I leaked an unreleased gem from L.E.G.A.C.Y. ("Happy"), as I did the week prior ("Don't Have To Stay"). He's also dropped the technicolor-version of the video for "Bang", and should be flipping some more ish in the weeks leading to Suicide Music. Stay tuned to ihatelegacy.com for more (or follow him on twitter).
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Brokn.Englsh ft. Skyzoo "Clarity"

Brokn.Englsh ft. Skyzoo "Clarity" (prod. by Deal - The Villain): Wow. I love getting ill music. Deal cooked up a soulful banger from B.E., featuring the homey Skyzoo. I'm not sure where this will end up, but I know B.E., Deal and the host of those niggas are sitting on some gold. Trust.

"If you ain't aware, then how can you relate?"
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Cymarshall Law "Blackin' Out For 6 Minutes"

Cymarshall Law "Blackin' Out For 6 Minutes": Cymar acquired Joell Ortiz' "About My Money" instrumental and does exactly what i says on the tin. Keep it locked for that Cycology 4 tape! Whaddup Aubrey!?
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L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Happy"

L.E.G.A.C.Y. "Happy": Some of you "freelance PR" niggas should be happy I'm not going to go in on your lying, bullshit ass PR tactics on this blog. Your artist won't get one listen from me and my boring, last place blog. Anyways, this is some classic (unreleased) Legster fire, with Khrysis on the beat. I'll have an interview with the homey coming tomorrow. Oh yes, it's like that.
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Maxwell "Pretty Wings"

Maxwell "Pretty Wings": Damn, I've been waiting for this one. And it does not disappoint. Maxwell's "Fortunate" is my jam, well, its my wife and I's jam. Dude has a great voice, and is just cool... smooth. Really talented nigga. This keeps that train moving, almost like he didn't leave.

Blacksummer's Night is set to drop July 7th. Shouts to BGDB via YK2 Daily.
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Enig'ma "Fuck Off Part 2"

Enig'ma "Fuck Off Part 2" (prod. by J-Rell): "Fuck Off Part 1" was my first intro to Perfection Music's Enig'ma, and now he comes with part two, which is on the forthcoming Make Em Look For Me Volume 2 mixtape, which is set to drop this Thursday. That beat is nutty.
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[video] Black ELement ft. Jelani "The Resume" LIVE

Here's the homey Black ELement perform a cut entitled "The Resume" with Jelani LIVE at the Western Front earlier this month:

This is taken from Black EL's The Collage; hopefully I get some more info on this in the near future.
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Drake ft. Tanya Morgan "Right To Left"

Drake ft. Tanya Morgan "Right To Left" (prod. by Boi-1da): Do you remember Drake's Comeback Season mixtape? Me neither. I wasn't listening to anything dude was doing whenever this was made. Apparently, the heads at TM mess with dude, have been for years, and this cut was made during those recording sessions. Ah, just read the write-up over at Rappers I Know. All you truly need to know is that dope things happen when ill MCs link up over futuristicly smooth boom-bap.
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"Did I Do That?"

I love how articles are done about the Snoop Doggs and Xzibits in the world, guys who are a part of some bigger mixtape (Mr Grustle and Tha Russian Present Dubstep LA) marrying dubstep and Hip-Hop, when DJ Nappy helped usher in and pioneer that shit, the sound of Hip-Hop vocals over Dubstep, what we jokingly call THUGSTEP. Do the fucking research. You can't rewrite the history, nor can you neglect the fans and appreciators of the sound WORLDWIDE! I've gotten notes from heads across the US, as well as out in New Zealand and the UK (shouts to DJ Cable and DJ Tipz) , among other spots, that have embraced Nappy's refixes for the immediate dancefloor-mayhem that's caused when these selections are dropped. I've seen first hand what proper THUGSTEP can do to unsuspecting crowds. I dare anyone working on this mixtape to hit me up about adding DJ Nappy refixes to it. Matter of fact, if they don't add any of his refixes to it, they're corny.

And you continue to shun his work. It's OK, I understand that the first heads to do things get no props or respect. We get that. But you motherfuckers can only disregard the shit we build for so long.

Shouts to the real heads who know what time it is, and big up to the homey Elucid for bringing this to my attention.
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The Soul Of Hip-Hop Vol. 1 Cover+Tracklist

Stax has put together a compilation of tracks located in their vast catalogue, cuts that've been sampled by Hip-Hop luminaries that you fuck with. Check out that tracklist, though.

1. 24-CARAT BLACK – “Ghetto: Misfortune’s Wealth”
2. THE EMOTIONS – “Blind Alley”
3. BOOKER T. & THE MGs – “Melting Pot”
4. THE BAR-KAYS – “Humpin’”
5. THE DRAMATICS – “Get Up and Get Down”
6. ISAAC HAYES – “Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic”
7. ISAAC HAYES – “Hung Up On My Baby”
8. DAVID PORTER – “I’m Afraid the Masquerade Is Over”
9. WENDY RENE – “After the Laughter (Comes Tears)”
10. CHARMELS – “As Long As I’ve Got You”
12. RUFUS THOMAS – “Do the Funky Penguin (Part 1)”
13. LITTLE MILTON – “Packed Up and Took My Mind”
14. WILLIAM BELL - “I Forgot To Be Your Lover”

You might not know some of these by name, but you've definitely heard them. Both Biggie and GFK flipped that David Porter track. Isaac Hayes' "Hyperbolicsyllabicsesquedalymistic" was used by Public Enemy, Ice Cube and The Game, and I know a host of other cats used a lot of these. Part of why I got into Hip-Hop in the first place was because of producers flipin' samples; it was a way I got to appreciate the originals. And you should, too.

The Soul Of Hip-Hop Vol. 1 drops on April 28th.
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Nicole Scherzinger Leaves Pussycat Dolls?

That's the rumor, anyways. Seems like she prolonged the inevitable a bit too long. Thing is, she's put out singles that haven't taken off - can she really do it for dolo?

EDIT Here's some video from a Pussycat Dolls show, where Melody Thornton comments on the "featuring" title that Nicole has on some PCD releases, like the "Jai Ho!" ish:

Via YK2 Daily.
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[video] Streisand LIVE 2006

Here are some clips from Streisand Live 2006, which will be released on DVD this Tuesday (April 28th), and was shown on CBS on the 25th:

"Don't Rain On My Parade (Reprise)"

"Come Rain Or Come Shine"

"Evergreen" (with Il Divo)

"Funny Girl (Broadway Overture)"

"Funny Girl" / "The Music Makes Me Dance"


"My Shining Hour"

What can I say, my wife LOVES Barbra Streisand, and I had no idea this was on. Sue me.
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NoCanDo The Patient EP

My boy Perpetuum let me know that the homey NoCanDo has a free EP out there. If you're not up on NoCanDo, do yourself a favor and grab The Patient EP right now. Listen to it. Then smack the shit out of yourself for not knowing who he is. These beats knock, HARD! With lines like "Black music is whiter, men's pants are tighter", you KNOW dude is out there spitting that real talk. The beats are a definitely leftfield, but the whole project works if you're tired of the bullshit most of these radio stations/websites/advertisers are feeding you as the next big thing. Captivating lyrics, choice beat selection... how the FUCK is this free!!!??! Matter of fact, after you finish smacking the shit out of yourself, go thank No for this excellent treat.
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Take It Personal #13

No, the mask has nothing to do with this episode of Take It Personal, except for it being the 13th episode of the podcast. They go in over this week's malarky, from Summer Jam to Asher Roth to Public Enemy. I've got my Becks cracked, and a $0.25 bag of Nacho Twisters, so I'm ready to rock!

DOWNLOAD Take It Personal #13
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MoodSwingaz Circa 2000

So after finding the 12" of "The Blessin'" online a few weeks back, I was on a hunt for the MoodSwingaz Circa 2000 EP/CD. While I saw a host of sites that had it for sale (although no "real" outlets; I got this off alibris.com from someone who was selling it), it looks like no one had ripped it and thrown it online. I have a feeling this thing is rare for no good reason. In doing Google searches for the independent that put this out (KARMIS), I came up empty on a lot of shit; I also noticed on their MySpace page, they mentioned working on an album (Full Mood), which was set to drop in 2003 on Karmis, but I don't even think this came out!

Anyways, while you guys are stuck on the Freshman 10 and these other new niggas, I've been on some older shit. I go through these phases, and with Tony D's passing, its been hard to not go hunting for more NJ Hip-Hop. I'm just sad that it looks like these cats are on some kind of extended hiatus - their left of center samples (producer All Those Mutha Fuckin' REASONZ is fire on the beats), blunted flows and just overall HYPE music will have me in a zone all weekend.

See, my appreciation for the MoodSwingaz came from my college radio days, back when WPRB was THE SOURCE of new music of all genres for me. The Thursday night show "Vibes & Vapors" would play all of the fresh new ish, and I'd record it before I went to bed (well, I'd record the first part before bed, the 2nd side would get the 45 minute Maxell while I slept), and one Friday morning, on my way to school, the "Moodswingaz Anthem" smacked me right in my face. Boom bap on the beat, but what the hell was going on with that alternating humming shit in the beat?!?! And these cats are from Jersey City? I'm all about homegrown fire, but at that time, I wasn't really copping vinyl, and the CDs weren't available around me, so I lived that one tape for a while. It's gone, but now I'm in a position where I can find that rare shit (thanks, Internets), and this arriving in the post yesterday was a blessin'.

I could go into some "this track is dope, #3 is the shit" malarky, but really, the EP is like 40 minutes, and its all fire. If you dig what we now call "backpacker" shit from the late 90's, this will be right up your alley. Jersey, what?!?!?!

DOWNLOAD MoodSwingaz Circa: 2000

PS I also copped the "Primetime" CD Maxi single; that's the joint with the Cosby Show sample in it. It's a 4 track thing - once I get that, it will be uploaded as well!

EDIT MoodSwingaz "Primetime" (ft. Ace Lover): The "Primetime" CDM came in the mail, and I'm in heaven! The packaging says "Primetime" was set to drop on Full Mood, which bothers me. Where did it go!?!?

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60 Channels "Counter Evolution (The Angel Remix)"

60 Channels "Counter Evolution (The Angel Remix)": Here's a cut that surfaced a month or so ago, but its (sadly) new to me. Taken from the Covert Movements (Instrumentals) release, The Angel flips a seductive cut from her 60 Channels guise inna heavy dubstep meltdown. Almost makes me want to pull out some of my old dub compilations! You'd think, with a blog titled "rock the dub", I'd be rockin' dubwise tunes on the regular... tracks like this might reignite my dub love.

Watch out for some forthcoming material from the Supa Crucial movement, including a new 60 Channels EP featuring Jhelisa, and a new instrumental LP from The Angel!

Shouts to Kevin, again, for this one!
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RIP Bea Arthur

Damn, I just got the news that the realest Golden Girl, Bea Aruthr, passed away at the tender age of 86. She was the butt of many a joke, and I imagine she was PAID, from syndication of The Golden Girls and her other shows. She was definitely funny. RIP to Maude.
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DJ Spinna ft. Fresh Daily & Daniel Joseph "Summer Madness"

DJ Spinna ft. Fresh Daily & Daniel Joseph "Summer Madness": I dropped this in yesterday's playlist, but with the thermostat in the upper 80s today (feeling like its June out this bitch), I had to drop this. Go grab a 40 of that OE and lounge on your front porch while blasting this one. Watch out for Spinna's Sonic Smash LP, which drops on June 30th.

Via TSS.
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Benga vs. Mims "This Is Why I'm Crunked Up"

Benga vs. Mims "This Is Why I'm Crunked Up (Shawn Livewire THUGSTEP Edit)": Here's some THUGSTEP for all of you party people out there. My boy Livewire got inspired by the various THUGSTEP refixes that DJ Nappy has done (and I've posted), and threw up a four pack of edits he's done, featuring combos like Chase & Status/Kid Cudi and Caspa/Lil' Wayne. This one works very well, but the others are just as sick. Grab them all over on Livewire's blog.

This pains me, though, b/c I have to sort out this one external by next week. Busy weekend fi me!
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The Jake ft. Sene "We"

The Jake ft. Sene "We" (prod. by The Jake): The Jake has some fire sitting around, for varying reaosns. Peep the story behind this heatrocket...

Things Fall Apart Edition

I've been sitting on quite a bit of unreleased tracks, that just haven't been put out cause they never got a proper mix down or I was waiting for a feature that didn't come thru. At this point, I don't see any reason to just hold on to these tracks because for the most part the rhymes are dope, and the beats are pretty cool, (if i dont say so myself) and I'd like to share them with people who might be interested in hearing how a track comes together, and how eventually, some of them end up not getting finished.

"We" is a track that was supposed to be on my 1st ep that I put that featured Median (Justice League/JamLa), D.Rose (Soul Spazm), Rapsody (JamLa) etc. Sene had contacted me thru myspace and we did a couple tracks together, this being one of them. He actually wrote and recorded this track over night, and sent it back to me without the hook...he had an idea for the hook but he wanted to know what the sample was saying and if maybe we could get Rapsody to do the hook and a verse. I hit Rapsody up about it, and initially she agreed to do it,,,we were pretty excited about it, and I guess Sene was planning on putting the track on one of his Japan-only releases.

However, I ended up not hearing back from Rapsody about her vocals, and after a few weeks of waiting, Sene decided that maybe we should just turn up the vocal sample. I figured why not and went to bring up the beat on my computer,,,,and couldn't find the session :(...needless to say i'm pretty sure he was pissed, i was dissappointed and this promising track bit the dust. There's no hook, you can hear him put down the mic at the end of his first verse, and there's still a loose snare in there that didn't get fixed.

Ah well, Sene came thru on his verses...this would've been a dope "concious rap" track.

Things definitely fall apart...
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Internal Quest & Weet "I Got This '09"

Internal Quest & Weet "I Got This '09" (prod. by Craft Beatz): This is one of those cuts that you throw on early Saturday morning and get fresh to... like, you remember that scene from Season 1 of The Wire, where D was getting ready for the day? This is the soundtrack to that. Well, it should be.

Via IQ's blog.
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