Monday, April 30, 2007
The Cliks live at the Mercury Lounge tomorrow (May 1) at 9pm. Maybe they'll do the cover of Justin Timberlake's "Cry Me A River" they have on their MySpace tomorrow?
Online: Website | MySpace | Mercury Lounge website
Check out the new Bay Area band Sir Salvatore who were kind enough to send me a couple mp3 links to some of their music recently:
MP3 - "Projector" | "Public Key" (Be kind, Right Click and Save As)
I was diggin' "Projector" the most out of the two but maybe that's cos it was little bit more on the Strokes tip (are they even cool any more though??)
Online: Website | MySpace
More: USDA previously on the Kitchen here.
Online: CTE | MySpace - USDA | BUY Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer here
Sunday, April 29, 2007
Rihanna - Website | MySpace | BUY the Good Girl Gone Bad album featuring "Umbrella" here
Lil Mama - MySpace | Website
Friday, April 27, 2007
MARK RONSON PRESENTS HARD ROCK - Various Artists (mixed by DJ Doug Grayson)
1. “Black Tambourine” - BECK
2. “I Like the Way” – BODY ROCKERS
3. “Everyday I Love You Less and Less” – KAISER CHIEFS
4. “To Be Young” – RYAN ADAMS
5. “Take Your Mama” – SCISSOR SISTERS
6. “Island in the Sun” - WEEZER
7. “Dimension” - WOLFMOTHER
8. “Destination Diamonds” – DIAMOND NIGHTS
9. “Black Betty” - SPIDERBAIT
10. “Bout to Get Ugly” – MARK RONSON feat RHYMEFEST and ANTHONY HAMILTON
11. “June Gloom” – THE LIKE
12. “Tropical Moonlight” - DOMINO
13. “Wicked Game” – GIANT DRAG
14. “Lit Up” - BUCKCHERRY
Download the full mix: zSHARE link | YouSendIt link
"While Jay & Beyonce were hmm, hmm kissing, I was cooking 1000 grams in the kitchen..." - LOL. Post-Imus controversy with hip hop or not, 50 don't give fidduck! He's the same as he ever was:
50 Cent - "Fully Loaded Clip"
(zshare stream/download mp3 link via Young Global, MUCH props)
Online: Website | MySpace
Thursday, April 26, 2007
SMASH! But presented by Cover Girl?!!
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY the Good Girl Gone Bad album featuring "Umbrella" here
Image courtesy: NYT
Cos its starting to get a little crazy out there....
"[T]he anti-hip-hop fervor of the last few weeks has been extraordinary, if not quite unprecedented. Somehow Don Imus’s ill-considered characterization of the Rutgers women’s basketball team — “some nappy-headed hos” — led not only to his firing but also to a discussion of the crude language some rappers use.(click here for more from The New York Times)
Unlike previous hip-hop controversies [though], this one doesn’t have a villain, or even a villainous song.* The current state of hip-hop seems almost irrelevant to the current discussion."
"The way the protectors of the public good currently carry on about their favorite bogeyman - hip hop - you'd think popular music just reached some heady new peak of depravity in which the airwaves are awash in a non-stop bitch-ho spew.(click here for more from The Daily News)
Pardon me if all this strikes the music fan as more than a tad behind the curve. As someone who actually listens to all forms of popular music - as opposed to those who spend their hours just attacking it - I have to deliver some disappointing news:
Not only are we not submerged in some new Sodom, we're actually suffering through the most squeaky-clean phase in popular music since Pat Boone came in to shoo away all the sex and cool from the likes of Little Richard in the '50s."
Davey D: "Cheney, Rowe, Cohen, The Police - They Don’t Believe in Snitching so Why Should Hip Hop?" (click here for more)
* Other than, of all the rappers out there, MIMS and (not even a rapper) R. Kelly of course!
Wednesday, April 25, 2007
Ne-Yo feat. Kanye West "Because Of You (remix)"
(link courtesy The Music Man Online Marketing & Promotions)
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY the Because of You album here
Tuesday, April 24, 2007
Online: MTV Short Circuitz
More: Part 2 - listen to those kids (from a church group no less!), truly sad....
- Rapper Cam'ron says Snitching Hurts His Business and violates his "Code Of Ethics." LOL!
- Cam getting super-flagrant as usual.
Excerpt from Saul Williams' "Open Letter to Oprah Winfrey":
"[T]oday we are at a crossroads, because the institutions that have sold us the crosses we wear around our necks are the most overt in the denigration of women and thus humanity. That is why I write you today, Ms. Winfrey. We cannot address the root of what plagues Hip Hop without addressing the root of what plagues today's society and the world.
You see, Ms. Winfrey, at it's worse; Hip Hop is simply a reflection of the society that birthed it. Our love affair with gangsterism and the denigration of women is not rooted in Hip Hop; rather it is rooted in the very core of our personal faith and religions. The gangsters that rule Hip Hop are the same gangsters that rule our nation. 50 Cent and George Bush have the same birthday (July 6th). For a Hip Hop artist to say "I do what I wanna do/Don't care if I get caught/The DA could play this mothafukin tape in court/I'll kill you/ I ain't playin'" epitomizes the confidence and braggadocio we expect an admire from a rapper who claims to represent the lowest denominator. When a world leader with the spirit of a cowboy (the true original gangster of the West: raping, stealing land, and pillaging, as we clapped and cheered.) takes the position of doing what he wants to do, regardless of whether the UN or American public would take him to court, then we have witnessed true gangsterism and violent negligence. Yet, there is nothing more negligent than attempting to address a problem one finds on a branch by censoring the leaves.
Name calling, racist generalizations, sexist perceptions, are all rooted in something much deeper than an uncensored music. Like the rest of the world, I watched footage on AOL of you dancing mindlessly to 50 Cent on your fiftieth birthday as he proclaimed, "I got the ex/if you're into taking drugs/ I'm into having sex/ I ain't into making love" and you looked like you were having a great time. No judgment. I like that song too. Just as I do, James Brown's Sex Machine or Grand Master Flashes "White Lines". Sex, drugs, and rock and roll is how the story goes. Censorship will never solve our problems. It will only foster the sub-cultures of the underground, which inevitably inhabit the mainstream. There is nothing more mainstream than the denigration of women as projected through religious doctrine." (Click here for more.)
Someone with more time and insight than me could probably connect the dots between these two things but right now, right here it ain't gonna be me. On a related note though, I happened to catch an episode of the MTV show "Parental Control" today and I was way more offended by the content of that show than any rap record I have ever heard. But maybe that's just me?
Sunday, April 22, 2007
Bush prognosticates on Iraq yet again from his bubble: the "direction of the fight is beginning to shift" in Iraq. Yeah, right!
Video of the Iraqi pariliament building bombing:
More video of the bombing of the Iraqi parliament building in the so-called "heavily fortified and secured" Green Zone (as well as the bridge bombing that happened a few hours before) .
A week ago Saturday: Bomb Blast Near Iraq Shrine Kills 37.
Monday: At Least 13 Iraqi Soldiers Killed in Ambush Near Mosul; Sadrists to Leave Cabinet.
Wednesday: Four Bombings in Baghdad Kill at Least 183 in Bloodiest Day Since U.S. Troop Increase.
And just today: Twin suicide bombings kill 13 in Baghdad.
No wonder Bush can't find a 'War Czar.' But finally to end, another question: as the Commander-in-Chief and a self-described 'war president', doesn't that mean you're in effect the War Czar already??
More: Gangs of Iraq - "a look by PBS at how the four-year training effort [of the Iraqi military] has failed and how these coalition-trained forces have themselves been infiltrated by various sectarian militias. [emphasis added]"
Saturday, April 21, 2007
More: Who Am I? Part 2.
Shout to my dude Bomani who produced these spots.
Labels: Liquid Entertainment
Friday, April 20, 2007
From an e-blast I just received:
"Months after the RIAA raid of the Aphilliates Music Group’s office, DJ Drama finally breaks his silence in an exclusive interview with OZONE Magazine. In the May Five Year Anniversary issue of OZONE (in stores May 1st), Drama gives a detailed description of the RIAA raid, saying, “I was getting into my car and heard the sirens and the undercover Tahoe pulled up on the curb. First thing I saw…about five police [officers] jumped out. Cobra unit outfits on, M16s drawn, and they were headed directly for us."
In addition to discussing the raid, Drama talks about the future of mixtapes, his forthcoming Gangsta Grillz: The Album, and the realization that came after his arrest. “I spent 24 hours in jail, and it was a long 24 hours... But it showed the amount of support we have,” Drama said. “I got out and saw ‘Free Drama and Cannon’ campaigns... I wasn’t even in jail for a night and a movement had started. I realized that it was bigger than me. It was bigger than Cannon. What happened to us represented a bigger struggle.”"
Shout to JB!
Online: Website | MySpace
Thursday, April 19, 2007
I can't front, now that's some real hip hop - "Impeach" break 'n all!
Wednesday, April 18, 2007
It's already been discussed to death but after reading one of the daily press packs I get at work, which was basically 50% Imus & hip hop-related articles, I figured I'd link to some of the more notable articles I read...
Wall Street Journal: Hip-hop "artists" are no better than Imus.
NYC's Power 105 cracks down on hip-hop lyrics.
British PM Tony Blair blames spate of murders on black culture. Think about that for a minute.... (link via Cameron)
Imus rap takes Oprah inward.
War of words for Rev. Al & rap execs.
Time to clean house? HSAN Chairman Russell Simmons Calls For Closed Door Meeting To Discuss The Status Of Hip-Hop. I wonder if they'll have execs from Stones Throw, Rhymesayers, Fat Beats etc. there?
Meanwhile, rock CD sales are rollin' again! Hip Hop is Dead?
Previously on the Kitchen: Bigotry is Hip Hop's Fault??!
Prefix interviews current Detroit blogger & underground hip hop darling Black Milk here.
Video interview clips: part one | part two | part three
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY Black Milk's Popular Demand album here
Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Busdriver - Website | MySpace
Fort Greene and Court Street, Carroll Gardens, stand up! Changing Faces (formerly Legends) barbershop, I see you. Dave Jenkins, R.I.P.
MySpace - Marco Polo | BUY music by Marco Polo
Semi-related: Ghostface is headlining the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Now that's a good look.
Monday, April 16, 2007
Timmy Tim channels his inner Kanye on the rhyme flow tip, Hov actually sounds pretty good and JT is in the mix (yet again). If I was Tim, I would've held up delivery of the album to make sure this track made the cut but I know how that record company ish goes:
Timbaland feat. Jay-Z and Justin Timberlake "Laff At 'Em" (mp3 courtesy Spine, don't be an asshole, Right click and Save As)
BTW the Timbaland album is not bad but how many times is he gonna remake "Cry Me A River" - first "My Love," then "Icebox" and now "Apologize" feat. One Republic (who.they?)? (zshare link via google search)
Timbaland - Website | MySpace | BUY the Shock Value album here
Unrelated: what can I say about the tragedy today? Thoughts and prayers....
Saturday, April 14, 2007
T.I. 'Big Sh-t Poppin'' (produced by Mannie Fresh) - first single from forthcoming album T.I. Vs T.I.P. (out July 3rd). It's no "What You Know" but then again, what is? (mp3 courtesy Spine: right click and save as)
T.I. - Website | MySpace | BUY albums by T.I.
Mannie Fresh - MySpace
Twelve Tribes and Miss Nelch present:
"ESCAPE TO BROOKLYN"
music by LARGE PROFESSOR, OP! (Nu-ish) OBAH (Recycled Funk /Giant Step)
also a special performance by VICE LOUNGE SPUTNIK
262 Taffee Place
(bet. Dekalb and Willoughby)
Bootleg (?) remix of this John Mayer track from his actually-not-bad Continuum album:
John Mayer feat. Rukus - "Waiting on the World to Change (remix)" [MP3: Right click and Save As]
John Mayer: Website | MySpace | BUY the Continuum album here
Rukus: Website | MySpace | BUY his Homegrown CD on itunes here
Ripping over DJ Khaled's "We Takin' Over" beat. Classic Pimp C quote: "I don't freestyle no more, I'm pay style like Too $hort!" I dunno about that album street date Bun shouts out any more though!
Previously on the Kitchen:
- New UGK feat Outkast!!!
- UGK - "The Game Belongs to Me" video.
Online: website | MySpace - UGK | MySpace - UGK Records | BUY the UGK: Underground Kingz album
Friday, April 13, 2007
Reppin' the D and Brick City:
Nu-World Hustle "Fresh" - this is 120% pure hip hop. That beat is RETARDED! Props to Enuff for putting me up on this one a minute ago on his afternoon drive mixshow. That's exactly the kind of hip hop I want to listen to. They got another joint with the Capo on their MySpace that's cool too but slightly more generic sounding.
Interesting past couple of days for race-related issues in post-Sean Bell America:
The Duke Lacrosse rape case charges are dropped!
From a supposed former Imus show insider: "what the media won't tell you about Don Imus" was gonna be the featured link in my Imus-related post 'til the dude got fired yesterday. (first link via Rizoh)
Of course no matter how repugnant people's actions and words are, it's always hip hop's fault!
Maybe no matter how big and "mainstream" it becomes, people will still hate (or is it fear?) hip hop culture.
Wednesday, April 11, 2007
Peep homeboy premiering his video on BET on tomorrow's 11am rebroadcast of today's "106 & Park"
Online: Website | MySpace
Semi-related: I'd like to buy this girl a drank... f'reals!
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
More at the New York Times.
Pope Benedict XVI's Easter address: "nothing positive comes from Iraq." Note this day cos it's not every day my lapsed Catholic ass agrees with the pope or the church.
Meanwhile: the U.S. death toll in March was twice that of Iraq forces.
Monday, April 09, 2007
I haven't mentioned it on the site much (at all?) but I LOVE the "Rock Yo Hips" single by Crime Mob so here's video of these Down South YBI cats being interviewed by my dude Sneek of HiphopGameTV:
Crime Mob "Rock Yo Hips" (zshare mp3 link)
MySpace- Crime Mob
MySpace - Lil Jay (Crime Mob producer)
Saturday, April 07, 2007
The TV spot (above) for the Converse Wade 2.0's featuring rhymes by Rick Ross (the Boss) has been running for a minute but now here's the remix of the full track:
Rick Ross feat. Money Malc, Dre (from Cool & Dre) & DJ Khaled - "We All In (remix)" [audio streams: windows | quicktime | real | zshare mp3 stream/download]
Converse, this one was on me. Come correct next time around though!
MySpace - Rick Ross | Converse
Related: Coming soon (or is it already here?) Rick Ross' M.I. Yayo the movie
The "We Takin' Over" video by DJ Khaled feat. Akon, T.I, Rick Ross, Fat Joe, Baby & Lil Wayne. What is Khaled doing in the video praying in a church though? Isn't he of Palestinian muslim descent?
Download the Benja Styles/DJ Khaled/JDS We Takin' Over mixtape here.
"We Takin' Over" (zshare mp3 stream/download link)
MySpace - DJ Khaled
MySpace - Benja Styles
Friday, April 06, 2007
86,000+ hits in 3 days??! Resistance is futile and dominance of "106 & Park" is almost assured. Get on board or get the f-ck out the way....
Online: MySpace | Website | Lil Mama previously on the Kitchen here, here, here, here and here.
Thursday, April 05, 2007
The Rides magazine skyscraper Donk cab. (image courtesy: Jalopnik)
More: Rides magazine.
But my peoples are telling me that, despite what you've read, Jay-Z and Def Jam is a WRAP after his contract is up at the end of this year. S. Carter records is getting ready to blast off as soon as their distribution situation is finalized and already has artists signed. The Kitchen doesn't usually trawl in gossip but this one was way too juciy to pass up on. If this comes to pass, remember where you read it first!
Wednesday, April 04, 2007
Either way this is WAY into the realm of bad taste.
"Keith Richards admits ingesting all manner of substances in his time. But none quite as bizarre as he reveals in his latest confession: he snorted his father's ashes.
In a wide-ranging interview published today, the 63-year-old veteran of tequila breakfasts and drug marathons described how he once sampled his father's ashes mixed with cocaine. "The strangest thing I've tried to snort? My father. I snorted my father," he told NME magazine.
"He was cremated and I couldn't resist grinding him up with a little bit of blow. My dad wouldn't have cared, he didn't give a shit. It went down pretty well, and I'm still alive.""
(Click here for more)
And they complain about hip hop!
Tuesday, April 03, 2007
"Ladies and gents, TheFeed is launching a new web TV show called Freestyle 101 where top rappers pay us a visit to rhyme about the stuff you love: videogames, consoles, partying, MySpace, YouTube, love, life, da streets and so on. And it’s all coming right off the dome, with no preparation, nothing written down and no notes.
The debut episode features Houston’s finest, Devin the Dude. His latest solo joint is appropriately titled Waiting To Inhale (Rap-A-Lot), and it’s another banger from this smokin’ MC. Devin was kind enough to swing by and drop this bangin’ freestyle for you guys over a dope Messiaz beat."
Click here for more.
Interesting look at Hot 97, the fabled NYC radio station and self-proclaimed "Home of hip hop and R&B", from the point-of-view of unsigned artists who think getting their music into the hands of the mixers there is the key to blowing up. If they only knew....
MySpace - Mr. Reck
MySpace - Gutta Muzic
MySpace - Diamonds Up
Spotted via Trife Life
New rhymes spit live by Kanye West on LA's Power's 106 from his forthcoming Graduation album (spotted via Young Global)
Brand new joints via Nah Right:
- 50 Cent "Straight To The Bank"
- The Game "Body Bags"
Free Download of the Marco Polo & Mick Boogie Port Authority Mixtape.
And another mixtape freebie: download DJ SureShot's Crack Music tape here.
I didn't want to make this post too long by includng the tracklisting for Sureshot's mixtape but one of the tracks on it is "What We Do" by Freeway feat. Jay-Z & Beanie Sigel. The recent "Don't Act" by Skillz feat. Freeway reminds me of that track production-wise. Like my folks at Oh Word said recently, is it already time to get nostalgic for the chopped soul sample sound? (zshare mp3 link courtesy the Tin Man yet again)
And finally while we're on some Philly ish, I LOVE that Cassidy, Beanie Sigel, Fab joint "You Already Know" that dropped a few weeks back now.
After last Friday's UGK post, here's even more Texas hip hop:
Paul Wall feat. Jermaine Dupri "I'm Throwed" (alt. link: lo-fi MP3)
Online: MySpace | BUY the new Get Money, Stay True album by Paul Wall featuring "I'm Throwed" and IN STORES TODAY here. That's okay, Warner/Atlantic records - you can thank me here. (MP3's via XXL | zhsare link via The Tin Man, one of the best mp3 blogs in the game)
Mike Jones & Magno - "Cutting" | "We Got 'Em" - "vintage" joints from the 1st Round Draft Picks mixtape/album for sale here and proof that Mike Jones really actually can spit (at least to me)?
And finally out of Dallas...
Tum Tum feat. E-40 & Rick Ross "Caprice Muzik (remix)"
Monday, April 02, 2007
Louis Proof of the new children's fantasy novel Marvelous World - the "Black Harry Potter"?
Transformers movie trailer (I know this has been out for weeks already - but I'm not that much of a nerd!).