Friday, August 31, 2007
Forget all the other hits he's had this year for himself and others, just between this track and the Kanye "Good Life" collab from the past week we have to ask: when will T-Pain stop killin' em? Runnin' the game 'til 2008 and beyond, unquestionably....
(video spotted via Real Talk NY)
BTW: is all of Spoon's music this (indie rock) funky? I may have to check it out if yes....
Spoon - MySpace | Website
The Keepon robot explained.
(mp3 at top via Spine so, you know the drill: Right Click and Save As - thanks also Eskay as usual)
Thursday, August 30, 2007
So speaking of Ricky Ross, check out these tracks from Rise To Power, an album recorded for Tony Draper's Suave House Records before The Bawss (stupidest nickname spelling ever!) ended up on Slip N Slide Records and then signed to Def Jam. This album supposedly contains exclusive tracks and guest appearances by Scarface, The Clipse, Devin Tha Dude, Big Duke of Boyz N The Hood and my dude Noah. The first single will be "Street Love" featuring Next although inexplicably I wasn't given a stream of that track - WTF? Check out these two tracks though and tell me what you think:
- "B.L.O.W." feat. Clipse & Om'mas
- "Get That Bread" feat. Big Duke of Boyz N The Hood
The Rise To Power album will be in-stores 9/18.
MySpace - Suave House
I was talking about this kid three years ago when he had a track DJ Enuff was bangin' called "Where Do We Go From Here." Then it disappeared and came back a copuple years later in a remixed version featuring Rihanna (and I think there was a version with Ricky Ross spitting on it too - WTF??) but still ended up going nowhere. Now it looks like homeboy's jetted from hir original label Virgin Records and somehow ended up on Def Jam. Did LA (or Hov or JD) make the right decision bringing this dude on the team (or should they have just stuck with current R&B Best New Rookie The Dream)? Let me know:
Razah - "Rain" (zshare stream/download)
Online: Razah - MySpace
Don't get the cartoon? Click on it for more details.
From an AP article by Matthew Lee and Robert Burns titled, "Little Progress Seen on Iraq Goals":
"Congressional auditors have determined that the Iraqi government has failed to meet the vast majority of political and military goals laid out by lawmakers to assess President Bush's Iraq war strategy, The Associated Press has learned.Click here for the full story.
The Government Accountability Office, or GAO, will report that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks to measure the surge of U.S. troops to Iraq are unfulfilled ahead of a Sept. 15 deadline for Bush to give a detailed accounting of the situation eight months after he announced the policy, according to three officials familiar with the matter."
Spinning in response, Team Bush asks to be measured by the soft bigotry of low expectations!
Americablog: Maliki says US troop escalation has not reduced violence in Iraq.
Bonus audio (windows audio streams):
"Play Cards Right (clean)"
"Hell Ya (clean)"
Sneek - MySpace | YouTube
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
And from an AP article by Mary Foster titled, "New Orleans Marks Katrina Anniversary":
"Prayers, protests and a lingering disgust with the government's response to Hurricane Katrina marked the disaster's second anniversary Wednesday, with a presidential visit doing little to mollify those still displaced by the storm.
Clarence Russ, 64, took a dim view of politicians' promises as he tried to put the finishing touches on his repaired home in the city's devastated Lower 9th Ward.
"There was supposed to be all this money, but where'd it go? None of us got any," said Russ, whose house was the only restored home on an otherwise desolate block.
Not far away, President Bush visited a school. "We're still paying attention. We understand," he said before heading to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, also devastated by Katrina.
But Gina Martin, who is still living in Houston after Katrina destroyed her New Orleans home, was unconvinced. "Bush was down here again making more promises he isn't going to keep. The government has failed all of us. It's got to stop," she said."
Click here for the full story.
Americablog: Katrina, two years later
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
Board Bangers - "Cause The Beat's Hot" (MP3 via Crown Dozen, Right Click and Save As)
Online: Website | MySpace
Like Khaled says, listenn to 'Ye's love letter to his hometown of Chicago:
Kanye West feat. Chris Martin (of Coldplay) - "Homecoming" (zshare stream/download mp3 link)
Apparently this might not be the final version on the Graduation album according to the dude at Sit Down Stand Up where I jacked this audio link from? Also, what is that he's sampling - sounds like Elton John or Billy Joel or something??
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY MUSIC by Kanye
Monday, August 27, 2007
Has-been rocker Nugent represents the, thankfully, rapidly-declining loony wing of the Right wing. Doesn't he know he's on the losing team? (spotted via Rolling Stone)
Why did Gonzales resign?
Fired attorney: Rove, Gonzales resignations 'absolutely linked'.
Young 'uns get your sample game tight with King Smij's new Bridging the Gap Pt. 3: Pay Homage mixtape hosted by Big Daddy Kane & Red Cafe.
MySpace - King Smij
MySpace - Big Daddy Kane
MySpace - Red Cafe
From the amNewYork paper today:
Click here for the full story and watch the video above for additional details.
"Lewis Greenstein owns a house that stands at the center of a wrenching controversy over the preservation of black history versus the revitalization of Downtown Brooklyn.
His home, 233 Duffield St., built in 1847, contains what he says is clear evidence that it was used to shelter and feed black slaves escaping along the legendary Underground Railroad to Canada.
But a half-million-dollar report commissioned by the city found otherwise, and now a city agency has recommended the use of eminent domain to bring down Greenstein's and other similar homes on the street to build a park and parking lot seen as the centerpiece of a major redevelopment project.
"We have strong evidence now to show this building was a feeding center for escaped slaves brought here along their route to freedom. We have shown this evidence to the city, but the city has chosen to ignore it," said Greenstein, an outspoken critic of the city's plans."
This is a little hipster-ish for my tastes but actually not that bad (although I should probably be saying: "F-ck Doom", right?):
Plastic Little feat. MF Doom - "More Tongue, Less Teeth (Nosaj Thing Remix)" (direct mp3 link - Right Click and Save As, please)
Plastic Little - MySpace | Website
Nosaj Thing - MySpace | Website
Sunday, August 26, 2007
I missed last month back home in the T.dot for Caribana, yesterday at Randall's Island 'cos I was out in Queens doin' it for the kids and today in Notting Hill, London with my UK fam', but you WILL see me on Eastern Parkway on Labor Day weekend reppin' the G at the West Indian Day Parade. Holla at your boy if you're down to hang....
"Three British soldiers were killed by a bomb dropped by U.S. aircraft supporting them in a battle against Taliban insurgents in southern Afghanistan, the British military said on Friday.
The incident on Thursday takes the number of British deaths in Afghanistan since the Taliban was toppled in 2001 to 73.
A single bomb was dropped by the aircraft.
Afghan officials have criticized foreign forces for killing dozens of civilians in the last two year with inaccurate air strikes."
Click here for more from this story.
Check the short CNN video clip on this story above and a video of the BBC World News' take on the story here.
OG hip hop blogger Jay Smooth continues to show why he's still the best in the game with his Top Ten 70's Black Movie Trailers post at his excellent new(-ish) Ill Doctrine video blog. The above is a trailer from Superfly which is actually not on his Top 10 list but absolutely worth posting too of course!
- Already posted by many others but deserving of as much hype as it can get, Jay Smooth's hilarious but pretty much on-point 'Yes, Hip-Hop is Dead (For You).'
- Also kind of blaxploitation-inspired: I was lukewarm on the novel Soul City by journalist and TV talking head, Touré when I first started it a couple years ago but warmed up to it when I went back and finished it recently during a current energetic bout of book reading (four books in under 2 months 'cos who can f-ck with reading just this blog sh*t day in, day out?? ). Think Wild Style meets Wattstax meets Alice in Wonderland meets Anansi Folk Tales and you'll kind of get a rough idea of where Touré was coming from aesthetically and creatively with this imaginative short novel. Soul City would make a great animated movie or even real life fable if someone (Spike Lee, Tim Burton, Aaron McGruder?) had the courage to try and do it.
Online: Touré | Ill Doctrine
I wonder how many of those t-shirts will end up getting made in real life though (if they haven't already)? I gotta imagine the 'Do The Dance' one already exists, no?
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Opened yesterday (8/24).
Online: Website | MySpace
Friday, August 24, 2007
Spotted via Spine
Online: YouTube - TimWestwoodTV | Tim Westwood on BBC Radio 1 | MySpace - Tim Westwood
For those who haven't already seen it: Kanye on the UK Channel 4 TV show the 'Friday Night Project' jokingly claiming he will outsell 50. [video links: OnSmash | YouTube (via Adam)]
DJ Khaled feat. T-Pain, Trick Daddy, Rick Ross, Plies & Young Jeezy - "I’m So Hood/Brown Paper Bag" (video)
I can't front: Khaled has made two of the best hip hop videos in 2007.
"A group of concerned East Harlem parents are calling on the New York Yankees and Major League Baseball to stop selling hats from a cap manufacturer that adds gang colors and symbols to some of their wares.
The hats, festooned with a crown above the "NY" or with a red or blue bandannas stitched in, are well-known short-hand signs for street gangs such as the Latin Kings, the Crips, and the Bloods, according to the Johnny Rivera, president of the Coalition to Protect Our Children, which is leading the fight."
Click here for more. (related: Fox News' take)
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Went last night expecting the same ole', same ole' - ended up seeing probably the greatest moment in modern hip hop history ever. After a full night where T-Pain, Yung Joc, Ciara and Lloyd all put on serviceable and entertaining sets T.I. came on and made people almost forget that 4-5 years ago MSG was the house that Jay-Z built.
He started with Wyclef shredding the national anthem Hendrix-style as his entrance theme before launching into "You Know What it Is" and then running through most of his past hits but it was the ending that was the truly amazing: first Jay came on to do his joint with Tip then Kanye came on and did "Can't Tell Me Nuthin'." All of a sudden 50 (who had come on earlier with Ciara then tore the house down with "I Get Money") was on stage and so was Diddy (who was on earlier with Joc) and the place errupted. Then Jay went into "Encore" and it was almost like the Fade to Black era again with everyone on stage still, the whole room throwing up the Roc-style diamonds and 50 and Kanye even exchanging pounds (!). Swizzy then came and did "Money in the Bank" and T.I. ended the night with an electrifying version of "What You Know" accompanied by Ciara and backed by Diddy, Kanye and 50 arm-in-arm (pause... but see above).
Honestly my description above doesn't even really do this justice: Miss Info is better, Shaheem at MTV probabaly better still. This is one night where I really wished I'd had my digicam though. I'm still scouring YouTube to see if anyone cauught any of this on film. Bottom line though: if you missed it, you should just go kill yourself seriously 'cos it was that amazing.
Kanye West - "Can't Tell Me Nuthin' (live at Screamfest 2007)" (link spotted via RealTalkNY)
And after last night (or even before?), has the tide turned against 50?
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
Former CIA chief, George "Slam Dunk" Tenet receiving the Medal of Freedom from President Bush in December 2004.
"A long-suppressed internal CIA report on pre-9/11 failures includes important new information about intelligence community squabbling and government fumbling in the months before the terror attacks.
An executive summary of the report, prepared by the agency’s inspector general’s office in 2005 and finally released Tuesday under orders from Congress, is unquestionably embarrassing for former agency director George Tenet and many of his top deputies. According to the report’s findings, the CIA under Tenet’s leadership repeatedly blew opportunities to disrupt the Al Qaeda network—and possibly even penetrate the 9/11 plot itself—because of “mismanagement,” a lack of strategic direction and a “systemic breakdown” within the agency’s Counter-Terrorism Center (CTC)."
Click here for more.
Update: G. Dubs on Iraq - still deluded!
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Apparently from his new Sabrina's Baby Boy mixtape, not the Curtis album (?).
50 cent - "Part Time Love" (BumSquad link to downloadable mp3)
Kanye vs. Curtis vs. Kenny: who’s gonna win??
More from the Kitchen on Killer Mike.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Spotted via Eskay (of course!)
Download the Superfriends mixtape here. (via Catchdubs)
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Eskay has audio snippets (presumably ripped from this video). Check out Trevor Nelson's BBC Radio 1Xtra radio show this weekend for more too.
Time Westwood's YouTube Channel
Trevor Nelson - Official Website (check out a supercool video take on James Brown's In the Jungle Groove album cover on his homepage there)
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
Kanye West feat. Lil Wayne "Barry Bonds" - I f-cks with this just on the strength of the title! (zshare stream/download link via YG)
Kanye West feat. Peter, Bjorn and John "Young Folks (Live)" - at the Way Out West Festival in Gothenburg, Sweden 2007. (via Eskay)
BBC 1Xtra's Mista Jam's rundown of the Graduation album (via Spine)
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY MUSIC by Kanye
Props to Bun B and Pimp C on having the #1 album in the country. Hip hop is dead? Not with back-to-back #1's on the album chart (and #1 and #2 this week - I told you Plies was gonna go too) it isn't.
The UGK: Underground Kingz album is one of the best in hip hop this year. Pure uncut UGK heat, even across the length of a double album. Check it out here if you haven't already.
Read about UGK in the New York Times last week here.
UGK - "International Players Anthem (I Choose You) (The Amps remix)" (zshare stream/download link)
UGK - website | MySpace - UGK | MySpace - UGK Records | BUY the UGK: Underground Kingz album
The Amps - MySpace
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Watch Democracy Now's take:
Bush can now LEGALLY wiretap Americans: Part 2 | Part 3 | Part 4 | Part 5 | Part 6
Online: Democracy Now - website
Monday, August 13, 2007
(E&P spotted via amNY.com)
Friday, August 10, 2007
50 is supposedly tight that this video leaked but somehow I don't believe it. This is great publicity for him at a time when he really needs it, no?
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Wednesday, August 08, 2007
Watch Barry's historic, record-setting 756th home run here.
Labels: Barry Bonds
Virus Syndicate - MySpace | Website
* While his son (and 'rapper') Lil Romeo is starting to blow up, business-wise!
Image courtesy Scratch blog
"A local DJ and radio personality whose name is familiar to hip hop fans nationwide was behind bars Monday in connection with a rape investigation.
DJ Bay Bay, whose real name is Terrance Stewart, is charged with one count each of simple rape and intimidation of a witness.
Rapper Hurricane Chris' song "A Bay Bay" is a tribute of sorts to Stewart, who spins at Kokopelli's and K103 Tha Beat."
Click here for more from The Shreveport Times.
The brothers from Brentwood, LI are back and they mean business!!!
EPMD - "Blow" [audio: MP3 snippet | zshare stream/download via Eskay]
EPMD-related MySpace sites - Def Squad | Hit Squad | PMD Hit Squad | Erick Sermon
Unique Marketing & Promotion - MySpace
(H/t: my dude DJ Excel)
Download The Hood Internet vs. The Pack mixtape here. This features four tracks from the long-awaited Pack full length album, Based Boys which is being released in collaboration with a label that's probably gonna raise a few eyebrows when the news breaks (if it hasn't already?). Check it out and let me know what you think. Official first single, "In My Car" droppping soon.
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY the Skateboards 2 Scrapers EP here (or on itunes here)
Tuesday, August 07, 2007
Brand new from one of the most underrated MC's out the South. Sean Paul of YBZ (YoungBloodZ) is now going by Sean P (not to be confused with the Sean Price Sean P of Bootcamp Click). This dude's voice is the epitome of the A!
Sean P feat. DJ Khaled - "Everywhere We Go" (mp3 via YoRaps.com, be kind and preserve YoRap's bandwidth by Right Clicking and Saving this audio file to your hard drive)
Online: Website | MySpace
Don't just watch the film (or should that be the film?), read the book Game Over by the real AZ, Azie Faison who along with Rich Porter and Alberto "Alpo" Martinez ran the Harlem drug trade in the late 80's. The Game Over book is in stores tomorrow (August 8).
Online: Game Over website | BUY Game Over here
"Pentagon admits 190,000 weapons missing in Iraq - some 190,000 assault rifles and pistols supplied by the US to Iraqi security forces in 2004 and 2005 have gone missing, according to a report issued here yesterday, and may have fallen into the possession of insurgents. [emphasis added]" (Click here for more)
Ruh-roh! Meanwhile, other things continue to go not so well in Iraq.
Sunday, August 05, 2007
Thanks to Glade at HHTV for the heads up.....
Mickey Factz - MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Spotted via Stereogum
Online: YouTube - R. Kelly TV (although they don't have the above trailer on there - WTF??) | BUY the Trapped In The Closet: Chapter 13-22 DVD on 8/21 here
Labels: R. Kelly
Naledge of Kidz in the Hall meets "nu rave" Brit rockers Klaxons on a remix of their "Golden Skans" single and it actually sounds good?? Believe it....
Naledge x Klaxons - "Golden Skans (remix)" (YSI MP3 link)
Kidz in the Hall - MySpace | Website
Klaxons - MySpace | Website
More unsigned hip hop cos I mean serioulsy, should I even bother trying to post the latest "I Get Money" freestyle or 50 cent track when others are routinely beating me to the punch?
Loaded Lux - "Work on My Block" [YSI MP3 link]
Thanks yet again to my dude, Sneek.
Loaded Lux - MySpace | Website
Sneek - MySpace | YouTube
Check out new LA rapper A-B (aka A Da Business). He's unsigned but obviously has a lot of power players in his corner as the following tracks by him show:
- “Don’t Get Me Confused” feat. Tyrese (produced by LT Hutton)
- “I Wanna Be”
- “Infrared” feat. 50 Cent (produced by Dr. Dre)
So is he up to the standards of his more famous collaborators? You be the judge....
Bush visits the Minneapolis bridge collapse site and promises a 'robust response' to rebuild the Interstate 35W bridge. As the poster of the above YouTube video notes though, "[Bush] then goes on to slam the Democrats for not passing his spending bill yet. The irony of slamming government spending just after a bridge collapsed seems to be lost on [him]..." (to say nothing of the difference here in comparison to his government's response to the Hurricane Katrina disaster). Let me just try to be optimistic though and say that maybe Bush at least learned his lesson from what will go down as one of the two biggest failures during his administration?
"A Mister Softee driver who dished up pot and cocaine along with the ice cream was busted in his truck outside a Queens school yesterday, police said." - wow! (Click here for the full story from the NY Daily News)
Saturday, August 04, 2007
Khaled, watch your back cos DJ Felli Fel is coming!
For those who don't know who the hell Felli is, he's one of leading mixshow radio DJ's in LA. I could be off in this analogy but he's about the equivalent of fellow Heavy-Hitter crew member (and founder) DJ Enuff here in NY - not quite the top dog but HUGELY influential in his market. I don't know if this is his first song as an artist and producer but this is already getting a lot of run on NYC mixshows and sounds like a hit-in-the-making to my ears, but what do I know??
Felli Fel feat. Diddy, Akon, Ludacris & Lil Jon - "Get Buck in Here" (mp3 via Vibe.com)
Friday, August 03, 2007
Alt link: HipHopGame TV
Alchemist said it: the new album Chemical Warfare coming October '07!
Sneek - MySpace | YouTube
Thursday, August 02, 2007
Featuring Beanie Sigel, Cassidy, Freeway and Peedi Peedi. Download it here. Get the tracklisting here.
Website | MySpace
But Hurricane Chris - at X-Games?? What about at least getting some skate-hoppers who fit the bill like The Pack??
More info here.
Online: ESPN X-Games 13 website.
Wednesday, August 01, 2007
I'm skeptical of how "official" this really is but if Common is really gonna be there hosting and DJ Dummy & Q-tip are DJ-ing, I guess it's real deal.
You already know this I'm sure, but the Finding Forever album dropped yesterday. I really like it but a lot of folks think it's not as good as Be. Let the debate begin....
Online: MySpace | Official Website
Hilarious! Blogger underground hip hop radio fave du jour Pete Rosenberg braves Rock the Bells 2007 - the 'whitest concert in rap history.'
More on RTB from the hip hop blogosphere:
Flying the Sky
And shout to Corey Smyth who me and G.G. saw at the Soulive show at Canal Room last night. How were they? Let's just say I left early and G.G. said, "I'd rather have kept hearing Corey's stories about working on the 'Dave Chapelle show.'" Ouch!
Rock the Bells - website
Rosenberg Radio - website
Soulive - preview the new album No Place Like Soul just released on Stax Records yesterday here.