Wednesday, January 31, 2007
Rich Boy has a track that could make a run for single of 2007 even though it dropped way back last year. "Throw Some D's" just seems to get bigger and bigger even though it's been out for months now and on top of that his album, which drops in March on Interscope records, sounds kind of crazy based on what I heard at his listening party last night here in the city. Check the remix of the single and another Polow-produced track from the album that's bananas!:
"Throw Some D's (remix)" feat. Lil Flip, Andre 3000, Jim Jones, Murphy Lee & Game (mp3)
"Boy Looka Here" (mp3)
On the net: MySpace | BUY music by Rich Boy | XXL.com on new super-producer and Rich Boy mentor Polow Da Don
You already know what it is! You've seen the "I'm Shinin'" video, now go behind the scenes with The Pack at the shoot.
I know... I've been going extra hard with the YouTube links but I'm about to get back on some mp3 and news ish real soon.
Related Bay Area ish:
Watch the new Mistah F.A.B. video here.
Peep Oh Word's Mistah F.A.B. 101 post here.
Listen to Clyde Carson's "2 Step" here.
And finally, meet Fresno's Diego Redd.
Video via Stash magazine.
Bonus: Stash's Top 15 "Ghost Ride the whip" videos from all over the world.
Stoopid busy so not much time to post. Enjoy these hyphy-related videos in the meanwhile....
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
From "Grill 'Em" to "Get 'Em." Gotta give my dude Joey credit for this new joint from underrated Dipset affiliate J.R. Writer. He sent me this track 2 weeks ago and I thought it was something old that I had just missed. Little did I know it was actually a brand new Dipset heatrock that is only now starting to blow up on the streets. Check it and let me know what y'all think:
J.R. Writer "Get 'Em" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
On the net: MySpace | BUY music by J.R. Writer
Monday, January 29, 2007
The term hipster has apprently become a dirty word according to least one of my good blog-based buddies but now here come the blipsters?! Read on to learn more from yesterday's Style section in the New York Times:
"WHEN Douglas Martin first saw the video for Nirvana’s “Smells Like Teen Spirit” as a teenager in High Point, N.C., “it blew my mind,” he said. Like many young people who soothe their angst with the balm of alternative rock, Mr. Martin was happy to discover music he enjoyed and a subculture where he belonged.Holla at your Pack, Gym Class Heroes and TV on the Radio! I don't know if this is a real movement (or slang term even) but in honor of it, let me release my "inner blipster" and present a track from yet another album overlooked last year, Fosbury by Tahiti 80 (and click here to read more from the Times' blipster primer, "Truly Indie Fans"):
Except, as it turned out, he didn’t really belong, because he is black.
The Internet has made it easier for black fans to find one another, some are adopting rock clothing styles, and a handful of bands with black members have growing followings in colleges and on the alternative or indie radio station circuit. It is not the first time there has been a black presence in modern rock. But some fans and musicians say they feel that a multiethnic rock scene is gathering momentum.
There is even a new word for black fans of indie rock: “blipster,” which was added to UrbanDictionary .com last summer, defined as “a person who is black and also can be stereotyped by appearance, musical taste, and/or social scene as a hipster.”"
Tahiti 80 "Here Comes" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download] - many of you know I was a big fan of the funky 70's-inspired pop-rock album by Phoenix from a couple years ago and this album is coming from a similar place as that which is no surprise since they are also from France. (BUY Fosbury here)
Bonus (bl/h)ipster content:
"Oldies" but goodies....
Cassius feat. Ghostface Killah "Thrilla (Streets remix)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
Pase Rock "Freestyle (Bloc Party freestyle)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
On the net: MySpace - Tahiti 80 | MySpace - Cassius | MySpace - Ghostface | MySpace - The Streets | MySpace - Pase Rock
Sunday, January 28, 2007
I've long been a fan of former (?) Outkast affiilaite Killer Mike. Dude is truly like no other in this rap game since 2pac passed and Cube went Hollywood - he's like Young Jeezy-meets-Talib Kweli dropping knowledge and dope boy rhymes in his records. He recently released the 2-CD I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind album on his own indie Grind Time Official record label but it should be getting more attention. Why are this album and Mike not being championed by more so-called hip hop blogs? People, get on your grind and check out this artist and album NOW:
Killer Mike - "One More Gram (feat Chemiere)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download] - this is a crazy remake of BIG's classic "One More Chance."
Bonus audio: "That's Life" - been around for a minute but now also officially available on the I Pledge Allegiance... album.
On the net: MySpace | BUY Killer Mike's I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind
H/t: my dude Sledge who put me up on this. He picked this CD up immediately after reading an interview with Mike in the current issue of Ozone. Mike's always kind of been know for giving better interview than music but with I Pledge Allegiance... , it looks like he's finally addressed that problem.
You gotta love Kanyeezy - this remix of the Rich Boy hit 'Throw Some D's" is genius and hilarious. It's already made the rounds on the interwebs but this time out you get a TOTALLY VOICEOVER CLEAR, non-radio rip version. Not a Gomez Brother in sight (but it is a radio edit) so go in and live, people.
Kanye West "Throw Some D's (clean edit remix)" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
Kanye West "Addiction (Terry Hunter & Kenny Dope House remix)" [MP3] - this could have been a train wreck but is actually really masterfully done which is usually the case when Masters at Work (Kenny Dope & Louis Vega) are involved. (link via The In Crowd)
I'm sure y'all already peeped this but just in case... Kanye West - "I Still Love H.E.R. (No Teriyaki Boyz version)" (mp3 via Spine and here's the video if you really want to hear Nigo's weed carriers rapping very generically and very badly in Japanese)
Online: MySpace | BUY music by Kanye West
Aloe Blacc is the future of soul music?
Here some mp3 links to some soul music from last year that I overlooked and y'all need to get up on (if you aren't already) which just got posted on The In Crowd:
On the net:
Click here to read more.
A free copy of the Stimulation EP by Duplaix featuring "I See the Sun" to a random winner who can name any of his previous full length (i.e. album) releases. Entries to the email address at the top left, subject line: "Duplaix contest." A winner will be selected at random. Contest closes tomorrow (Monday night, 1/29/07) at 11:59:59 EST. Please remember to include your mailing address in your email.
MP3: "Gente Ordinaria" [YSI | zshare stream/download] - check this track out, it's a really nice Spanish language remake of John Legend's modern soul standard, "Ordinary People." As I just noted in the comments to this post, this album is a must-check out. Click the link below to my review at The In Crowd to learn more....
On the net:
Click here to read more.
Bonus soul reading:
Del on all things 4 Hero.
Bonus unsigned artist heads up:
Jason Derulo "High" - also check his MySpace for the very Pharrell-esque track "She's the Kinda Girl." This kid is still trying to find and hone his sound but he's got some potential. Agree?
Saturday, January 27, 2007
Like young Juelz says: this is BONKERS to me but it's already (predictably) being dismissed. It boggles my mind that there are still cats out there that front on his and Wayne's MC skills but then will rave about flavorless cats like LB's Phonte and Lupe Fiasco or still proclaim Jay as the B.R.A.T. (Best Rapper Alive Today) even after he dropped that half-assed disappointment of an album, Kingdom Come.
Lil Wayne & Juelz Santana "Black Republicans (freestyle)" [ MP3: YSI | Zshare stream/download]
Zshare link jacked from Rizoh but props to JJ for the initial heads up on this track!
Gonna keep it quick and dirty this year because I ain't got the time or energy to get into a deep analysis of the year in music. Besides there's plenty of other people doing that. Here's what I was f-cking with in 2006 - as you can see I was in a bubblegum frame of mind for the most part as far as singles went ('cos it's YBI, mang):
1. T.I. "What You Know"
2. King Reign feat. Saukrates "Guilty Party"
3. Mistah F.A.B. "Super Sic Wid It"
4. Fergie "London Bridge"
5. Jim Jones "We Fly High"
6. Lil Scrappy "Money in the Bank"
7. Mstrkrft "She's Good for Business"
8. Nelly Furtado feat. Timbaland "Promiscuous"
9. Cassie "Me & U"
10. Dj Webstar feat. Young B and AG, the Voice of Harlem "Chicken Noodle Soup"
Gnarls Barkley "Crazy," The Game "It's Okay (One Blood)," Busta Rhymes "Touch It," The Pack "Vans," Consequence "Callin' Me," Rhymefest "Dynomite (Going Postal)" (*), Rick Ross "Hustlin'," Yung Joc "It's Goin' Down," Faith Evans "Stay Home," Cheri Dennis "I Love You," Sean Paul & Keyshia Cole "(When You Gonna) Give It Up To Me," Lil Jon feat. E-40 & Sean Paul "Snap Yo Fingers" and a million other songs I've raved about over the year on this site cos in 2007, are we really still limited to what record labels deem a "single" to be pushed at radio and video when there's so many mp3 and mixtape leaks, freestyles, bootleg remixes and exclusives out there for music fans to enjoy?
* Props to Joey for reminding me about that incredible Just Blaze-powered Rhymefest single and the political hip hop single of the year, "Impeach the President" by DJ Green Lantern with Saigon, dead prez, and Immortal Technique.
Picks to click in 2007:
I don't know about any other artists but I'll say it again: LIL MAMA is the truth and will end up becoming a big star if there's any justice in this world! How can I describe this chick and accurately capture the potential she has: Gwen Stefani if she was born in East New York Brooklyn, all of TLC rolled into one girl, a baby Missy Elliot with real MC skills or the new Real Roxanne for the post-Life After Death era? I'm not sure any of those is completely correct but somewhere within all those attempts is probably the truth. For those skeptical after peeping the tracks on her MySpace page or reading my hyperbolic prose here, wait til you hear the joint "Shake It" she did with Swizz Beats or the joints I heard her working on with Green Lantern. The new voice of the young people is here? Believe it.
2005 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles
2004 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles
2003 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles
Friday, January 26, 2007
Image courtesy Fader
Too lazy to get my own right about now so let me just swagger-jack some mp3's from some other sites:
Raekwon "My Corner" [MP3 | zshare stream/download] - I swear this is almost good enough that it could have been on Supreme Clientele. This is some vintage classic, souled-out Wu ish. (mp3 via Spine, be kind: right click and save or preview/stream the track courtesy of the zshare link from Eskay)
And via the Tin Man:
T-Pain feat. Yung Joc "Buy You A Drink - trust me though, this ain't the correct version (or official confirmed song title) but this is a f-cking monster. The T-Pain movement will not be denied. Look for him in new videos by Bow Wow and Birdman/Weezy real soon too.
Young Buck "Get Buck" - best member of G-Unit. Yeah I said it! (Actually I think most people actually agree with that statement anyway....)
Meanwhile getting gear 'n' gadget-orientated:
Bun B's stylin' on you, son!
Clipse x Capitol 1524 x New Era
Sneak preview: Kanye West’s new apartment
YBI in Liberty City, Miami for MLK Jr. weekend. (I know - mad late....)
Nike Transformer Sneakers - WTF?
And via The In Crowd:
Crazy hot book? All Gone - The Finest of Street Culture 2006.
While finally: the Soul-Sides.com Guide to Turntables For Digitizing Vinyl - on a related note, do you know that I got the Serato software like 6 months ago and I still ain't install that b-tch yet?!
Thursday, January 25, 2007
New track from Mr. Hyphy Juice now signed to the major label Capitol Records. The Yay is on the rise? Well to be honest, this joint is a little heavy on the Aftermath/G-Unit vibes for an MC out of (or just based in?) the Bay but I won't front, it's still f-cking hot. Right now though, him and Ya Boy do 50 cent better than Fitty does himself (pause). Between this and that Diego Redd track I just posted, is this evidence of an alternate new sound to hyphy emerging out tha Bay?
Clyde Carson "2 Step" (prod. by Dr. Dre which probably explains my observations above)[MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
On the net: MySpace
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
I don't know nathan about this cat but I'm not mad at this joint:
Diego Redd "Turnt Out" [MP3 | zshare stream/download | stream on itunes or windows media player] - apparently Kanye's f-cking with this kid as are west coast mixtape DJ's Warrior and Strong.
More online: Website | Myspace
(h/t: the Music Man)
Well Daniel Radcliffe technically of course but peep this clip from next week's episode of Ricky Gervais' post-Office show Extras. I don't watch much TV so I can't say for sure but, based on this clip and last week's episode featuring David Bowie, this has gotta be one of the funniest shows on TV right now. If this level of quality keeps up, Extras might be f-cking with The Office for classic status. Some of the jokes may bypass those of you who aren't either serious Anglophiles or actually British but f-cks with this anyway.
On the interwebs: website
Tea Bag Boyz featuring DJ Self of Da Union, Sha, Keino, Fame Fortune, DJ Will of Da Union, DJ Johnny Han$um of Da Union & Suga J "Tea Bag - Pure Ignorance" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream download | MySpace - DJ Will] - hip hop especially concocted for the post-"Chicken Noodle Soup" era. if you don't like this, you ain't got a sense of humor. Props to Da Union for making me laugh all day with this one....
All my fellow Caribbean people, pour out a little liquor:
"Carlos Lezama, who transformed the West Indian American Day Carnival from a five-block affair into one of the city's biggest events, died yesterday. He was 83.
Lezama, a retired machinist for the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, died at Kings County Hospital after a brief illness.
"Throughout our lives, my siblings, as well as my mother, have been privileged to share my father with the millions who are part of the carnival family," said Lezama's daughter, Yolanda Lezama-Clark.
"I am grateful that he has left an impressive legacy of which we all as Caribbean people can be proud," added Lezama-Clark, president of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association."
Click here for the full article.
Gothamist has more here.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Timz online: website | MySpace
BTW, Timz: sorry about the Chargers, fam :(
(Hat tip: my dude Vince G)
Click above for the Ciara "Promise (One In A Million Remix)" video spotted via Loving the Black Light. (thanks to my man, BR)
And on the flip tip:
Aaliyah - "One In A Million (Promise Remix)"
On the web: Ciara - MySpace | Aaliyah - MySpace
BUY: Ciara: The Evolution | Aaliyah One in a Million
Aaliyah - R.I.P. forever.
I know a lot of you feel like I do these news posts almost out of pathological hatred for Bush and what he stands for but.... well that's probably true actually. But just when I thought I was gonna be able to write a post about Iraq finally turning a corner for the better came this:
"A suicide bomber crashed his car into a central Baghdad market crowded with Shiites just seconds after another car bomb tore through the stalls where vendors were hawking DVDs and used clothing, leaving 88 dead Monday in the bloodiest attack in two months.
The bombings, along with a double bombing that killed 12 people in the town of Khalis, battered Shiites during one of their holiest festivals. The attacks were the latest in a renewed campaign of insurgent violence in advance of a U.S.-Iraqi security operation.
In all, 137 people were killed or found dead across Iraq, including a teacher who was gunned down as she was on her way to work at a girls' school in a mainly Sunni area of Baghdad. The toll also included the bullet-riddled bodies of at least 30 people, apparent victims of death squads largely run by Shiite militias."
(Link: ABC News International)Meanwhile on the domestic front, is Bush's latest announcement a dodge to steer focus away from Iraq or a genuinely a good thing? I guess we'll find out tomorrow (or more accurately in the months following tomorrow).
Monday, January 22, 2007
This track has been out for a minute but it's a banger so I gotta represent for these f-cking legends. 8 Ball & MJG should be getting as much buzz as Bun B and Pimp C cos they're the Memphis version of UGK. Ridin' High the new album is in stores Feb 13.
8 Ball & MJG "Relax and Take Notes" [win | real]
Check out "Armed Robbery" from their classic early album Comin' Out Hard:
MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download | MySpace | BUY the album Comin' Out Hard
Tum Tum "Caprice Muzik" (video) - next to blow out the South? That dance they're doing (like a wack version of 1/4 of the Electric Slide?) is so simple even I can do it!
Plies feat. T.I. “In Love With My Money” - why are more people not f-cking with this kid Plies yet?? Maybe he needs a Gangsta Grillz mixtape. Speaking of which...
Check yours truly quoted in the muh'f-ckin' NY TImes on this whole DJ Drama mixtape madness. Blowin' up, kid!
Lil Mama "Lip Gloss" mania begins?
Famous Stars and Straps x So So Def New Era fitted.
Check my review of the Microsoft Zune mp3 player at The In Crowd here.
Watch Team Ice Cream Vol. 1 video featuring Pharrell Williams, Terry Kennedy and a bunch of other sick skaters that real skate cats prolly know more about than frontin'-ass me here.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
After that last post featuring the Cons-to-the-quence video, here's more real b-boy hip hop ish from the Bad Boy records vet with a nice sampled vocal hook from Nas' "Where Are They Now?" (from Hip Hop is Dead natch):
Craig Mack "I Heard" [MP3 | zshare stream/download] - mp3 link courtesy Spine magazine. Be kind and respect their bandwidth by right clicking and saving the file directly (or previewing the track by clicking the zshare link instead).
More: website | MySpace | BUY music by Craig Mack here.
Thanks to Dubya, be prepared to see a LOT more of these kind of photos....
Somebody PLEASE stop this madness:
"Four U.S. soldiers and a Marine were killed during combat in Anbar province, the Sunni insurgent stronghold west of Baghdad, the military reported Sunday. The five newly reported deaths on Saturday raised that day's toll among American forces to at least 24, the third deadliest single day for U.S. troops since the war began in March 2003 [emphasis added].
The military gave no details on the Anbar fighting and said the identities of the dead were being withheld until family could be notified.
Before the latest deaths were announced, Saturday's carnage had included 12 soldiers killed in a Blackhawk helicopter crash northeast of Baghdad, five killed in a militant attack in Karbala and two others slain in roadside bombings."
Video footage (taken by cell phone yet again) of Saddam Hussein, post-execution en route to his family burial ground, lying in an ambulance in al-Kazimiyah, cursed by onlookers - WTF? (windows video via the SITE Institute; there's probably a YouTube link up too no doubt)
The second Iraq hangings also went awry.
Amy Winehouse image courtesy Dork Magazine
Get ready for a few of these kind of posts. Music that I overlooked in '06:
- Soulwax - "NY Lipps" MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download - "Funky Town" given a quick spit n polish. Kind of hard to go wrong with that, no?
- Tiga - "Louder than a Bomb" MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download - the Public Enemy track given a radical electro-synth/hip house overhaul to better-than-you-would-expect effect.
- Mstrkrft - "She's Good for Business" MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download - this is one of my favorite songs of last year. New readers probably don't know that I used to f-ck with this kind of music a lot. I'm still down to cover it now but others are more on top of it than me and do it better, frankly. (mp3's and more info on these groups and their albums via The In Crowd)
I'm also planning to do a wrap-up of my favorite joints from last year some time soon but probably nowhere near as comprehensive as I've done them in the past 'cos real talk: I don't think anyone really gives a f-ck about reading them anyway.
Now here's some more stuff (most of which) you probably don't need in your life:
First via HipandPop.com:
- New Amerie snippets!!!
- Actually pretty good unreleased Britney Spears tracks.
The Pack online air hockey game.
Two Hungarian police officers doing the "Kid-N-Play Kickstep" (via Idolator)
Ridiculously thorough wrap-up of the best links from the past week at Oh Word. This cat makes my life a whole lot easier.
A brief history of streetwear.
Reviews of the Amy Winehouse shows in NYC that I was fronted on for comp tickets here and here. (related: MP3's of "Rehab", "You Know I'm No Good (feat. Ghostface)", the Hot Chip remix of "Rehab" and MORE here.)
While finally on a more somber note: Alice Coltrane - R.I.P. For info on her Elevation (rememberance) Service, click here.
Saturday, January 20, 2007
Props to my peoples at Room Serivce for sending me this DVD. If you have any interest in hip hop production, you need to watch this documentary produced by Wu-Tang DJ Mathematics in conjunction with underground hip hop label Nature Sounds. It features pretty much EVERYONE! Well let me qualify that, it features everyone from the East Coast plus David Banner and Alchemist who's from LA but has lived in NYC forever.
It would have also been nice to hear from Dr. Dre (of course!), DJ Quik, Warren G, Cold 187um, Arabian Prince, Yella, E-Swift, Battlecat, QDIII, EA Ski, Shock G, Ant Banks and Bosko from the West coast and Lil Jon, N.O. Joe, Mannie Fresh, Jazze Pha, Dungeon Family, the Medecine Men, Crazy C and other cats out of the South as well as some of new turks like Scott Storch, Timbaland and Neptunes but the focus seemed to be on prodcuers who do traditional chopped beats n samples style hip hop.
A more in-depth look at various producers' beat-making & production techniques and the studio process would have made this better too but this is still worth watching and maybe they'll get into that in future releases.
Here's more from the press release for Beat Kings:
"Never before has there been such a comprehensive documentary about the art of beat making. DJ Mathematics (of the Wu-Tang Clan) reveals the science behind the origins of hip-hop music with the genre’s greatest producers in the all new DVD, BEAT KINGS: The History of Hip-Hop (Nature Sounds) available on January 23rd, 2007.
Beat Kings is a 66 minute film that gives the viewer an exclusive look into the architects behind the rhyme. Hear it first hand from the musical legends that shine light on Hip Hop’s brightest stars like Jay- Z, Biggie, and Nas. Beat Kings brings the public into the producers private studios as they reveal the secrets behind making hit records. Mathematics interviews stars like Kanye West, Just Blaze, Havoc (Mobb Deep), Trackmasters, Swizz Beatz, RZA, DJ Premier, Pete Rock, Marley Marl, Alchemist, David Banner, Easy Moe Bee, Prince Paul, and more as Beat Kings chronicles the history of beat making from its early beginnings into the 21st century.
Producers provide information on the equipment they use, how they learned how to use it, and how they developed their style. Veterans will take a look at this milestone DVD as a breath of fresh air, while newcomers will be able to learn the ropes from the legends themselves. Viewers will also have the privilege to hear the producers’ opinions on the current state of Hip Hop music, where hip-hop came from, and where it is going. Respect the Architects, respect the Beat Kings."
The Beat Kings DVD will in stores Jan 23.
On the net: MySpace - The Beat Kings MySpace - Mathematics MySpace - Nature Sounds Buy the Beat Kings DVD
An MP3 podcast/mixtape from DJ Statik Selektah mixing up tracks from all artists featured on the DVD, as well as the original songs that they sampled. (Alternate link: Sendspace)
I don't even know where you can cop this joint officially - maybe on her new Best Of retrospective or some weirdo Japanese import?? I really can't say but Nas is ridick on this and I was even a little nostalgic for the days when DMX was the hottest cat (dog?) in the streets listening to this. Enjoy....
Mary J. Blige feat. DMX & Nas "Sincerity" [MP3: YSI | Zshare stream/download]
"I coulda made my double-LP, just by samplin' different parts of 'Nautilus'..." - Nas' homage in "Carry on Tradition" (from Hip Hop is Dead) to the the breakbeat classic by 70's jazz-funk artist Bob James used in "Sincerity." (MP3's via Jefito Blog and Juno Records)
On the net:
MySpace - Mary J Blige | MySpace - Nas | MySpace - DMX | MySpace - Bob James
Mary - Reflections - A Retrospective
Nas - Hip Hop is Dead
DMX - Year of the Dog...Again
Bob James - One
A sweet rockers style ode to herb, this one's been getting jammed for a good few weeks in NYC on Hot 97. Not sure if it's getting any love anywhere else though(?). Between this cat, Robin Thicke and Justin Timberlake, are white people taking over soul music? Either way props to my man Dino Delvaille for discovering this one and blowing it up.
Collie Buddz "Come Around" (prod. Crown N Kah-So-Real) [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
On the interwebs: MySpace
Related: listen to Stephen Marley "Traffic Jam" here.
Friday, January 19, 2007
I dunno about this one. The production is anthemic, arena-ready hip hop courtesy Just Blaze that would probably sound a LOT crazier with Hov (on his best day) over it but here sounds a little is standard-issue and rote with my man Bleek instead. I think my opinion on Hov's boy from way back in the day still goes today but check it out and decide for yourself:
Memphis Bleek "Grip" (prod. Just Blaze) [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
More: MySpace | Buy albums by Memphis Bleek here
I hate to be a pessimist but...
"The President's troop build-up -- already taking political fire from both Democrats and Republicans -- came under withering attack on Thursday from a panel of retired generals on Capitol Hill, CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports.
"The proposed solution is to send more troops and it won't work. The addition of 21,000 troops is too little and too late," former Marine Gen. Joseph Hoar said.
Hoar once commanded all American forces in the Middle East and has nothing good to say about the war.
"This administration's handling of the war has been characterized by deceit, mismanagement and a shocking failure to understand the social and political forces that influence events in the Middle East," Hoar said.
Retired Gen. Barry McCaffrey, who commanded a division in the first Gulf War and was consulted by the president in drawing up the new Iraq strategy said, "They're going to try to muscle this thing out in the next 24 months with an urban counterinsurgency plan that I personally believe, with all due respect, is a fool's errand.""
Click here to read more from "Retired Generals Slam Bush's Iraq Plan."
Thursday, January 18, 2007
And they say Wayne ain't real hip hop but he's the one sampling "Planet Rock" and Original Concept's "Pump that Bass." C'mon....
Lil Wayne "Pump that Bass" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
More: MySpace - Lil Wayne | MySpace - Birdman & Lil Wayne
Related: check out brand new Fabolous w. Lil Wayne "Diamonds On My Chain" here - Fab snappin' and leanin'?! I ain't mad.
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Image courtesy deviantART Shop
You know I've never had any doubt that Bush somehow managed to Jedi Mind trick everyone into thinking he was strong on homeland security for the past six years when he's pretty much been clueless and incompetetnt the entire time. But if you needed any further proof that terrorists could probably strike again right here in the US at will, here's some sobering info from Fox News of all places:
"More than four-hundred uniforms and identification cards issued to security screeners have been reported lost or stolen from a National-Capital area airport.
The disappearances have been reported at Baltimore-Washington International Thurgood Marshall Airport since November of 2001.
The Washington Times reports that losses at B-W-I were second only to losses reported at Los Angeles International Airport during the same five year period.
According to Transportation Security Administration records, 128 uniforms and 31 identity badges disappeared during the 12 month period ending September 30th, 2003.
The federal agency reports that 97 uniforms and 35 I-D cards were reported lost or stolen from Ronald Reagan Washington National during the five year period while only seven uniforms were reported missing from Dulles International."
Bootleg YouTube: click the image above for a link to the Fox 5 Atlanta's video news story on the Fed bust of ATL DJ Crew the Aphilliates. (update: real YouTube link here)
1. I'm pretty sure some hata ass rival DJ crew or label with a DJ Drama rival blew the whistle on them.
2. I can't believe Don Cannon's real name is actually Don Cannon! How hip hop is that??!!!!
3. I can't believe DJ Drama's real name is actually Tyree. I guess he's blacker than everyone thought after all!
More seriously though, this is hella f-cked up. I'm curious too: what are the Feds and the RIAA gonna say when when the Aphilliates pull out check stubs from major labels who actually paid them to make half of those "counterfeit" tapes?!
More thoughts from around the internets:
Boing Boing (good round-up of links on this story there)
Fresh - not to get all circular here 'cos he links back to this very post, but Fresh at 33jones.com has a nice little op-ed worth reading on the irony of the RIAA leading this bust given the industry's silent complicity (hinted at above) in the Aphilliates mixtape success.
Sign the "Free Drama and Cannon" petition and check the brand new "Bump the RIAA" MySpace page. (via Fifty One Fifty One)
Buy DJ Drama/Gangsta Grillz mixtapes at Amazon.com here and itunes here (!). Is the RIAA gonna raid and shut them both down too I wonder....
From a New York Times article titled "Iraqi Death Toll Exceeded 34,000 in '06, U.N. Says":
"The United Nation reported Tuesday that more than 34,000 Iraqis were killed in violence last year, a figure that represents the first comprehensive annual count of civilian deaths and a vivid measure of the failure of the Iraqi government and American military to provide security.Click here for more.
The United Nations report said an average of 94 Iraqis died every day in 2006, with about half the deaths occurring in the capital. A majority died from gunshot wounds, in execution-style killings that are a common method for death squads, both Sunni and Shiite. The report registered the most lethal month as October, with deaths declining slightly in November and December.
An Iraqi government spokesman called the count exaggerated, and said that it had been obtained using “incorrect sources.” Though the government closely tracks deaths through the Interior and Health Ministries, he said it did not have a system in place for compiling a comprehensive figure.
Despite the criticism from the Iraqi government, the United Nations said it used only official sources, most of which relied on counts of death certificates. A vast majority of Iraqi deaths are registered, at least to local authorities, so that Iraqis can prove inheritance and receive government compensation. Some deaths still go unreported, however, and the United Nations tally may in fact be lower than the true number of deaths nationwide [emphais added]."
Bush defiant after Baghdad blasts.
Meanhwile, the Afghanistan mission is running short of people and equipment.
Monday, January 15, 2007
Some music and video to commemorate this day by:
James Brown "Please Please Please" (his greatest ever live performance?):
James Brown “Say It Loud - I’m Black and I’m Proud” (and other great JB mp3's)
James Brown & Afrika Bambaataa "Unity" (video)
Sunday, January 14, 2007
You think the mild weather we've been having in New York is the only by-product of global warming? I got put up on this story by my dude Dave who said this was a MAJOR news story in Europe while he was there for the holidays. Maybe it was here too and I just missed it? If you're like me though, read on to learn more about how a "Huge ice shelf [broke] free in Canada's far north" from Reuters:
"A chunk of ice bigger than the area of Manhattan [emphasis added] broke from an ice shelf in Canada's far north and could wreak havoc if it starts to float westward toward oil-drilling regions and shipping lanes next summer, a researcher said on Friday.Click here to read more.
Global warming could be one cause of the break of the Ayles Ice Shelf at Ellesmere Island, which occurred in the summer of 2005 but was only detected recently by satellite photos, said Luke Copland, assistant professor at the University of Ottawa's geography department.
It was the largest such break in nearly three decades, casting an ice floe with an area of 66 square km (25 square miles) adrift in the Arctic Ocean, said Copland, who specializes in the study of glaciers and ice masses. Manhattan has an area of 61 square km (24 square miles)."
The break went undetected when it happened due primarily to the remoteness of the northern coast of Ellesmere island, which is only about 800 km (500 miles) from the North Pole."
Check out a nice cover of the Roy Ayers' cookout classic "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" by the OG UK pioneers of jazz-funk, Britfunk and acid jazz, Incognito from their new album Bees + Things + Flowers which just dropped right after Christmas. This is HIGHLY recommended if you f-cks with all things mellow, soulful and jazzy along the lines of Nuyorican Soul, 4 Hero, Erykah Badu or Zero 7 (I know: I'm a sad bastard still stuck in the late 90's/early 2000's - sue me...).
Incognito - "Everybody Loves the Sunshine" [MP3: YSI | zhsare stream/download | official stream]
Online: MySpace | More audio streams: "Crave" | "Deep Waters" | "Everyday" | Bluey's podcast on the new album | Buy Bees + Things + Flowers
(Related: Feb 27 marks the return of 4 Hero.)
Image courtesy Bartcop
From "Bush stands by Iraq invasion" in today's LA Times:
"The United States was right to invade Iraq, but choices made after the initial invasion have eroded security in the country, President Bush said in a television interview to be broadcast today.
"I think history is going to look back and see a lot of ways we could have done things better," Bush said in the interview, which will be aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" program.
Questioned about the current instability in Iraq, Bush said, "Well, no question decisions have made things unstable."
But he maintained that invading Iraq in 2003 was the right thing to do.
"My decision to remove Saddam Hussein was the correct decision, in my judgment," he said. "We didn't find the weapons we thought we would find, or the weapons everybody thought he had. But he was a significant source of instability."
"Iraqi people owe the American people a huge debt of gratitude," he said."
Click here to read more.
Online: more details about Bush's 60 Minutes interview TONIGHT at 8pm EST here.
Note: the updated links from Think Progress on the troop
Saturday, January 13, 2007
Jack Abramaoff & President George W. Bush: "The President does not know him, nor does the President recall ever meeting him. " -- Scott McClellan
(Photo source: CREW)
Not to go all nut job conspiracy theorist on y'all but when should I start becoming genuinely fearful?
From an article titled "Feds push for Internet records" by John Reinan of the Minneapolis Star Tribune:
"The federal government wants your Internet provider to keep track of every website you visit.
For more than a year, the U.S. Justice Department has been in discussions with Internet companies and privacy rights advocates, trying to come up with a plan that would make it easier for investigators to check records of Web traffic.
The idea is to help law enforcement track down child pornographers. But some see it as another step toward total surveillance of citizens, joining warrantless wiretapping, secret scrutiny of library records and unfettered access to e-mail as another power that could be abused."
Click here for more.
Previously on the Kitchen:
The NSA: Needlessly Spying on Americans?
Bush goes postal.
"The White House quietly signs an agreement declaring records identifying White House visitors are no longer open to the public."