Friday, March 30, 2007
F-ckin' monstorous!! From the UGK: Underground Kingz album IN STORES 5/8/07 - Go cop!! Trust....
UGK feat. Outkast - "International Players Anthem" (prod. by Three Six Mafia)
Don't bite w/o credit, y'all. I'm friggin' serious....
Previously on the Kitchen: UGK - "The Game Belongs to Me" video.
Online: website | MySpace - UGK | MySpace - UGK Records | BUY the UGK: Underground Kingz album
Like Khaled says, Listennn:
Rihanna feat. Jay-Z "Umbrella" - as I said on Rizoh's site where I heard this joint: this is a smash. Essentially a pop-rock tune with hip hop drums under it - this one could be monstorous!
Timbaland feat. M.I.A. "Come Around" - bonus track from the UK version of the new Timbaland (mp3 via Spine, right click and save as | streaming zShare link via Discobelle)
Omarion feat. Usher & Fabolous "Ice Box (remix)" - am I the only one who thinks the addition of Fab makes this remix worse? (zshare link via Godisbloggen)
Attorney General Alberto Gonzales lying when he claimed he was not involved in the political firing of eight US Attorneys at a March 13 press conference:
Gonzales Approved Firings Of U.S. Attorneys.
"ABC News reports that new emails reveal that the plan for firing U.S. Attorneys originated in the White House. Both Karl Rove and Alberto Gonzales discussed the idea of firing all 93 U.S. attorneys in early January 2005." (more at Think Progress)
Guardian: "Rather than merely signing off on the firings, as Gonzales has repeatedly stated, his former chief of staff Kyle Sampson says the attorney general was in the middle of things from the beginning."
USA Today: "Three of the eight federal prosecutors ousted by the Justice Department as poor performers ranked in the top 10 for prosecutions and convictions by the nation's 93 U.S. attorneys, an analysis of court records shows."
Washington Post: "The leader of the Justice Department team that prosecuted a landmark lawsuit against tobacco companies said yesterday that [Bush loyalists in Attorney General Alberto R. Gonzales’s office] repeatedly ordered her to take steps that weakened the government’s racketeering case."
Thursday, March 29, 2007
Click the above for the video to Redman's "Put It Down", the first single from the Red Gone Wild album. I don't think that many people care about the Funk Doc in 2007 but he still makes great videos!
Redman BET "Rap City" Freestyle
Redman - Website | Website - Gillahouse | MySpace | MySpace - Funk Doc Gilla | BUY Red Gone Wild (IN STORES NOW) here
While on the Make Hip Hop Not War tour. (link via my dude Sneek of HiphopGameTV)
MySpace - Immortal Technique
MySpace - Akir
N.W.A had it right!
Two days ago:
NY1: NYPD says Drug Dealer Claims Sean Bell Shot Him In Turf War Last Summer.
Gothamist: Drug Dealer Says Sean Bell Shot Him.
Man Denies He Told Police That Sean Bell Shot Him.
Dealer: Sean Who? (via NY Daily News)
More Mickey Factz: "I'm Sean (50 Shots)" - amazing track where Mickey imagines himself as Sean Bell on the night he was killed.
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Haters get ready: May 22nd marks the date for the first release from Young Jeezy's Corporate Thugz Entertainment (CTE) label, Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer which the Snowman describes as being a "mixtape-style [album] for the streets... like Trap or Die on steroids."
Here's the first single from the album:
USDA - "White Girl" [audio streams: windows | real]
CTE | MySpace - USDA | BUY Young Jeezy Presents USDA: Cold Summer here
Tuesday, March 27, 2007
In my inbox last night:
"On April 10th, Time Out and Deaf Dumb & Blind Recordings release Madlib - The Other Side Los Angeles. The fifth installment in the Other Side series features critically acclaimed rapper/producer Madlib's personal audio tour of the City of Angels. Highlights of this genre-bending mix include the eclectic/outrageous jazz consciousness originator - Sun Ra Arkestra, 60's psychedelic blues quintet Outlaw Blues Band, legendary reggae drummer (Burning Spear) Leroy "Horsemouth" Wallace, Jamaican record label head/DJ Producer Prince Jazzbo, and Madlib's own tunes- as Beat Konducta (solo) & with collaborator Jaydee (Jaylib).
On The Other Side Los Angeles DVD, Stone's Throw label supremo Peanut Butter Wolf is your personal guide to LA's sights, sites and sounds. The DVD also features an in-depth interview with Peanut Butter Wolf on 10 years of Stone's Throw as well as videos from several Stone's Throw artists."
Click for more:
More on Madlib - The Other Side Los Angeles here.
The Other Side - Los Angeles - Accomodation trailer
The Other Side - Los Angeles - Food trailer
Madlib - MySpace | Website
BUY the Madlib - The Other Side Los Angeles CD/DVD here.
Via the Fader:
Amerie "Gotta Work" [MP3 | Stream]
So friggin' hot (the music too!)....
I know it's been out for a hot minute now (in blog time at least) but check out the Omarion/Usher "Icebox (remix)" here if you haven't already. BTW: how many R&B remixes have come out that feature guest singers (not rappers)? I'm sure there's probably been tons but off-top I can only think of this one and the also-recent Ciara "Promise" remix featuring R. Kelly. Music nerds, set me straight on this please 'cos I'm sure I must be missing some obvious ones from the past, no?
From ABC News:
"A loud explosion shook the area near the U.S. embassy in Baghdad's heavily fortified international Green Zone in central Baghdad on Monday, witnesses said.
The cause of the blast was not immediately clear, but the area is frequently attacked by mortars and rockets, which usually cause few casualties.
A rocket landed close to a building where U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon and Iraqi Prime Minister Nuri al-Maliki were holding a news conference in the Green Zone last week [see video above].
Monday's blast took place just hours after outgoing U.S. ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad told reporters that he was cautiously optimistic about the future in Iraq."
I would say he needs to be a lot more than cautious! Click here for more. Don't worry, I'm getting to this Alberto Gonzales f-ckery in a minute....
Sunday, March 25, 2007
So So Fresh: Mickey Factz (2nd from left) and his GFC crew
Further proof to me that the YBI movement out of Harlem is what's gonna "save" NYC hip hop. F-ck what ya heard: hip hop ain't dead! There are so many kids from Uptown you ain't even heard of yet doing some amazing things with hip hop right now like Mickey Factz. These tracks - from a mixtape where homeboy raps over N*E*R*D instrumentals called In Search of the N.E.R.D. - are just a teaser of what this dude is capable of. I can't wait to hear what he does over some original tracks.
"Rockstar Posers" [MP3: YSI | Zshare stream/download] - Mickey may stay fresh himself but he goes in on all the new young fashionistas trying to be fresh 2 def out there on this track!
"Breakout" [MP3: YSI | Zshare stream/download] - dude even gets political. My kind of MC!
Props to my dude Kwasi from Laced magazine for putting me up on this cat.
Website | MySpace | GFC blog | Download the In Search of the N.E.R.D. mixtape here
Shout also to my dudes Dante Ross and OG Englishman in New York (now relocated to Hawaii), Jules who I caught up with at the Vans/DQM party a couple weeks back. If you don't know who Dante is, do your homework. And for those who think DJ AM, Cassidy, Diplo, Mark Ronson and other white boys spinning hip hop nowadays is something new, Jules was the truth killin' spots like 2i's and Don Hill's back in the day. He's part of the true history of 90's-era NYC hip hop that'll probably never get written but real heads know the deal....
And for the ladies:
Kendo - sneaker boutique on Melrose for women only. (spotted while in LA last weekend)
Friday, March 23, 2007
And stay tuned cos I'm about to introduce you to Mickey Factz too....
Iraqi deputy prime minister Salam al-Zubaie
From the BBC News:
"Iraqi Deputy Prime Minister Salam Zaubai has been injured in a double bombing in Baghdad in which six people were killed, Iraqi police have said.
Police said a suicide bomber blew himself up and a car bomb exploded as Mr Zaubai was leaving a mosque close to his home in the Iraqi capital."
I'm watching CNN and they're saying that it had to be an inside job. Click here for more.
"UK says 15 soldiers detained by Iranian navy" - HOLY.SMOKES! Act of war? Everbody, pray f'real!
(link spotted via Al Gore's blog)
Further proof that notorious global warming-denier Sen. James Inhofe really is insane but we already knew that.
"A House committee released documents Monday that showed hundreds of instances in which a White House official who was previously an oil industry lobbyist edited government climate reports to play up uncertainty of a human role in global warming or play down evidence of such a role." (click here for more of the f-ckery)
Why do Cheney and co. continue to play themsleves when the scientific consensus is so friggin' clear??
Thursday, March 22, 2007
While I was there last weekend:
Shop Boyz - “Rock Star”
Hip hop, get ready to party like a rock star....
Labels: Shop Boyz
(Click mixtape image above for download link and tracklisting.)
I know it's not new but I just got a CD copy of the f-cking excellent Triple P album (featuring tracks with Dilla) by Platinum Pied Pipers finally via my LaLa connect. Here's some zshare mp3 links I found online to some of the cuts from the album (and believe me: these aren't even the hottest tracks):
MP3: "50 Ways to Leave Your Lover (feat. Rogier)" | "Stay With Me (feat. Tiombe Lockhart)"
J Dilla - "The $ (Madlib remix)" - from the "Hella International" 3/12-inch Box Set. Limited quantities of the box set to be sold online after the event. (link via Stones Throw - be kind though: right click and save as to respect their bandwidth)
MySpace - DJ Soul
MySpace - Platinum Pied Pipers
MySpace - Madlib
MySpace - Tiombe Lockhart
BUY the Triple P album here.
Wednesday, March 21, 2007
OWN TOO MANY SNEAKERS? DONATE SOME!!!
Read info on these non-profit organizations, all of which collect sneakers for needy, sometimes shoeless, kids worldwide. find the "contact us" page and write to them before mailing a box - they only accept donations certain parts of the year:
Hoops 4 Hope, view video of the Hoops 4 Hope program in Africa here.
MySpace - Bobbito
Youtube - Bobbito
Bobbito's official website
Bob, thanks for heads up and remember... I'm a size 9!
Images courtesy Bartcop
So where are we at in Iraq again? Oh yeah, I remember...
"Jobs gone and schools closed. Marriages delayed and children mourned. Markets bombed and clean water in short supply. Speaking freely now a dangerous act.
And hope lost.
Four years after the U.S.-led invasion of Iraq, Iraqis describe daily lives that have been torn apart by spiraling violence and a faltering economy. The bursts of optimism reported in a 2004 public-opinion survey taken a year after the invasion and another in 2005 before landmark legislative elections have nearly vanished."
Click here for more from USA Today's "Iraqis see hope drain away."
Related: Democracy's support sinks in Iraq. (also via USA Today)
Meanwhile we're spending "about $14.7 million per hour or $245,370 per minute" on this debacle. Think about that for a minute while you're checking to see what new mp3's have been posted here.... (h/t: Roger)
Friday, March 16, 2007
If you're really trying to f-ck with this snow TONIGHT! I mean I know it's J Dilla 'n all, but I'm just saying. Me? I'm hoping I can make it out to Dallas tomorrow and LA on Sunday.
All due respect to VCU and MIMS....
Thursday, March 15, 2007
Also, Lil Mama live TONIGHT at T-NY. Go check it...
Listen: "Lip Gloss" [windows | real | MP3 - clean Mick Boogie remix "feat." Pusha T of Clipse]
And YBI-related: my peoples The Pack live in Austin at SXSW TONIGHT and tomorrow too!
Wednesday, March 14, 2007
More music from the starting-to-buzz (?) T.dot-by-way-of-BK (hey!) producer Marco Polo from his forthcoming solo LP, Port Authority, due out on 5/15/07 via Rawkus/Soulspazm Records as well as on the soon-drop Mick Boogie mixtape Newport Authority:
Marco Polo feat. Skyzoo "Blocksh-t" [MP3: YSI | zshare stream/download]
(mp3 courtesy Movement marketing)
The Kitchen previously on Marco Polo here.
MySpace - Marco Polo | BUY music by Marco Polo
MySpace - Skyzoo
MySpace - Mick Boogie
MySpace - Rawkus Records
MySpace - Soulspazm Records
Tuesday, March 13, 2007
To be honest, I've never really gotten the mania for Devin the Dude. I remember this sometime protege of Dr. Dre being pretty terrible live on the Up in Smoke tour but knowing cats are checking for him, here's some new music from Waiting To Inhale, his forthcoming album set to hit stores next week on March 20th.
Devin The Dude feat. Lil Wayne & Bun B – "Lil' Girl Gone"
Devin The Dude – "Just Because"
And this one has already made the rounds but check out the official audio stream now:
Devin The Dude feat. Snoop Dogg & Andre 3000 – "What A Job"
Online: MySpace | BUY Waiting To Inhale
Sunday, March 11, 2007
Image courtesy Bartcop yet again
More Walter [Reed]-gate related news:
"[Friday], the American Federation of Government Employees, the largest federal workers union, blamed pressure on the Army from the White House's Office of Management and Budget for the decision to privatize its civilian workforce [at the Walter Reed Army Medical Center] and... hire IAP Worldwide Services, a contractor with connections to the Bush administration and to KBR, a Halliburton subsidiary. [emphasis added]"
Click here for more from "Privatized Walter Reed Workforce Gets Scrutiny." (spotted via Prairie Weather by way of Crooks and Liars)
Related: "U.S. oil services giant Halliburton Co. will shift its corporate headquarters from Houston to Dubai, Chief Executive Dave Lesar said Sunday. [emphasis added]" - WTF?? (spotted via WSJ)
Image courtesy Guardian
"President Bush asked Congress on Saturday for $3.2 billion to pay for 8,200 more U.S. troops needed in Afghanistan and Iraq on top of the 21,500-troop buildup he announced in January.
Bush wants Congress to fund 3,500 new U.S. troops to expand training of local police and army units in Afghanistan. The money also would pay for the estimated 3,500 existing U.S. troops he already announced would be staying longer in the region to counter an anticipated Taliban offensive in Afghanistan this spring. [emphasis added]"
From "Bush Seeks 8,200 More Troops For Wars" - click here for more.
From a couple weeks ago:
"Rushed by President Bush's decision to reinforce Baghdad with thousands more U.S. troops, two Army combat brigades are skipping their usual session at the Army's premier training range in California and instead are making final preparations at their home bases.
Some in Congress and others outside the Army are beginning to question the switch, which is not widely known. They wonder whether it means the Army is cutting corners in preparing soldiers for combat, since they are forgoing training in a desert setting that was designed specially to prepare them for the challenges of Iraq. [emphasis added]"
Click here for more from "2 Army units will forgo desert training."
"The US army is lagging behind Iraq's insurgents tactically in a war that senior officers say is the biggest challenge since Korea 50 years ago.Click here for more from the Guardian article "'Smart' rebels outstrip US."
Top American generals make shock admission as Iraq leader pleads with neighbouring countries to seal off their borders."
General Eaton: “The Republican Congress is the worst thing that’s happened to US Army and Marine Corps” - I couldn't agree more....
Saturday, March 10, 2007
I know I've done a bunch of posts recently mentioning this chick Amy Winehouse and she's already on the verge of being overexposed in the blog world (and beyond) like Lily Allen, but she actually deserves her hype. Her Back to Black album, which finally hits stores in the US next Tuesday (March 13), is gonna probably be one of the best of the year. Here's a remix by Desert Eagle of one of the singles, "Rehab," from the album:
Listen: "Rehab (Desert Eagle Mix)" [MP3 | Windows | Real | Quicktime]
Amy Winehouse: Website | MySpace | BUY Back to Black and other music by Amy Winehouse here
Desert Eagle Discs: Website | MySpace
Image via Bartcop
The latest on the Baghdad troop escalation:
"Insurgents have sought to intensify attacks during a Baghdad security crackdown and additional U.S. forces will be sent to areas outside the capital where militant groups are regrouping, the new commander of U.S. forces in Iraq said Thursday.
U.S. Gen. David Petraeus said the troop buildups outside Baghdad will focus on Diyala province northeast of Baghdad, a growing hotbed for suspected Sunni extremists fleeing the U.S.-Iraqi security operation in Baghdad.
But Petraeus stressed that military force alone is "not sufficient" to end the violence in Iraq and political talks must eventually include some militant groups now opposing the U.S.-backed government. [emphasis added]"
Click here at CBS News for more.
Pentagon struggles to find fresh troops.
18 Killed In Baghdad Suicide Bombing.
But to be fair and balanced, here's some good news from over there (finally)? Insurgent Leader Nabbed in Iraq Raid.
Friday, March 09, 2007
Had to go in correct for Big Poppa on the 10th year anniversary of his passing. Amazing links 'n stuff from all over the interwebs:
Impressive collection of B.I.G. audio and video links at Fifty One Fifty One.
Download the Mick Boogie + Biggie Unbelievable mixtape via Rizoh.
Rare mp3's via Spine.
Rare Biggie Interview and unreleased Biggie Pepsi Commercial via Nah Right.
Oh Word will always love Big Poppa.
O-Dub asks: was Biggie the best ever?
Hot 97 NYC.
The KISER - Notorious B.I.G. - Juicy Pack clothing line.
BONUS: "Want That Old Thing Back (feat. Ja Rule & Ralph Tresvant)" [audio streams: windows | real] from Biggie's Greatest Hits - worthy of the legacy?
Previously on The Kitchen: Biggie remembered - 2004 | 2005
In my inbox tonight:
"Joining the ranks of renowned artists The Crystal Method and LCD Soundsystem, MC/Producer Aesop Rock has joined forces with Nike to release an original composition in the third installment of the "Nike + Orignal Run" series, available exclusively in the Nike Sport Music store on the iTunes Store.
All Day: Nike + Original Run, a 45-minute continuous mix, was created specifically with runners in mind and reflects Aesop Rock's distinct and unique style. "I wanted to create something that evolved enough that the sound was constantly fresh and attractive, as if the runner were moving through a set of differing cities or landscapes."
Consumers can purchase Aesop Rock's All Day: Nike + Original Run at the iTunes Store for $9.99.
Completely unrelated (except that they're both from BK): Biggie R.I.P.
Thursday, March 08, 2007
Unless I'm here instead. It depends on what my homeboy Matt, who's in town for work, wants to do but when you visit the Big Apple you kinda gotta go check out some hip hop, no?
Dujeous feat. John Legend "Pro Choice"- from the Game 7 mixtape coming March 20th and the untitled album due this summer. Also check homeboy out live at SXSW next week. For more: Website | MySpace | SXSW
(mp3 by kind permission of Mojo/Dujeous)
I'm STUPID swamped at work so pardon me if the posts get a little thin over the next while (or not)....
Wednesday, March 07, 2007
In the bubble:
"Three weeks into an intensified security effort, Bush said, "It's too early to judge the success of this operation ... But even at this early hour there are some encouraging signs."" (more at MSNBC)
In the real world:
9 U.S. Soldiers Killed North of Baghdad on Monday, the "deadliest single day for U.S. troops in Iraq in nearly a month."
Two Suicide Bombings Kill 40 in Baghdad and Tikrit.
The real face of "Support our Troops" Bush: "Is Walter Reed the new Katrina? The deplorable problems at the Army's top hospital were allowed to fester for years [emphasis added], and would still be festering were it not for the Washington Post series. And now we're hearing that there are problems in VA facilities across the country...." (more from "Bush's Latest Systems Failure" in the Washington Post | more skanless Walter Reed-related news links via Think Progress here)
Scooter Libby GUILTY!
Biochemical Slang - I just wanted to say that real quick. Go check it!!
Tuesday, March 06, 2007
Lil Scrappy featuring Sean Paul & E-40 "Oh Yeah" - this is from one of those G-Unit albums that bricked horribly at retail last year but real talk, this album was kind of underrated. And here's another joint from Lil Scrappy's Bred 2 Die, Born 2 Live: "Baby Daddy"
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY Bred 2 Die Born 2 Live
BONUS: not really 'cos I know everyone's already seen this by now but here's Kanye West's (or is that Kanye's Old-Ass Cousin) "Throw Some D's (Remix)" video just in case. I like it but how does he shoot a video for a track that's: 1. not his song, 2. not an official remix and 3. not from any album (or even mixtape) that I'm aware of?
Monday, March 05, 2007
Notorious B.I.G. featuring Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Fabolous & Busta Rhymes "Runnin Your Mouth" [audio streams: windows | real] - I think I had this track or a link to it on the site months ago when it was an internet leak (with a verse from Fox Brown maybe??). Now's it's available officially on Biggie's Greatest Hits which is in stores TOMORROW. Even though this is probably a nice little collection for younger hip hop fans to get introduced to the late great B.I., why do I feel like Puff and crew are really trying to pick every last dollar off the carcas of Christopher Wallace?
Website | MySpace | Biggie Greatest Hits Site | Biggie Duets Site | BUY Biggie's Greatest Hits here
Davey D on if Hip-Hop is Really Dead. (also: Davey D was on the cusp of academic hip hop)
Criticism of rap growing within hip-hop world.
And finally: the already-infamous top 5 reasons why hip hop is dead by rapper J Zone. Pretty on-point if you ask me...
Sunday, March 04, 2007
Clip from The Come Up DVD.
Saturday, March 03, 2007
Video streams: windows | real
Semi-Related: Amy Winehouse "Love is a Losing Game" - along with the return of Stax, if this song doesn't evoke a 60's world of sleek E-type Jags, all-nighters in Soho basement clubs and Gitane cigarettes for you I don't know what to say. An amazing song from her about to be released Back to Black, an overhyped album that actually deserves its hype.
More to click:
Stax Records: Website | MySpace | BUY the Stax 50th Anniversary Celebration 2-CD Box Set here
Amy Winehouse: Website | MySpace | BUY Back to Black and other music by Amy Winehouse here
Friday, March 02, 2007
There's an mp3 of this track going around too (natch) for those connected like that....
Check Eskay, Rizoh and JJ for the videos, interviews and mp3's that preceded this.
H/t: Young Global yet again! (I should just let him take over this site 'cos he's basically been giving me half the music stuff I've been posting recently - much respect and check his site out.)
Bonus: video for the DJ Premier-produced Nike Air Force 1 25th Anniversary promo track "Classic" by Kanye West feat. Rakim, Nas & KRS-One.
Thursday, March 01, 2007
Enter the Vanilla Ice Tax Rap contest. (related: peep the Nike SB x Vanilla Ice Blazer's - coming this May, this is the second in the Fallen Heroes series pack after the Milli Vanilli joints from a few months back)
And for the record, I'm offended that (unless I missed them) I have yet to see an ad for Capitol/EMI rapper K-os' new Atlantis - Hymns for Disco album on any of the hip hop blogs I read (or on this site) but his label buys an ad on friggin' Stereogum? WTF?? And in case anyone was was wondering, yeah I've long been a supporter of this dude on the site.
On the interwebs:
Tom Breihan's blog
K-os: Website | MySpace | BUY Atlantis - Hymns for Disco here
Thanks Boing Boing again! (Original link source here)
And while we're Ruff Ryders-orientated...
New Eve "Fire" sampling White Stripes. That ish is pretty medicore to be honest though.... (zshare mp3 link via the TinMan)
Frank N Dank - "MCA (Music Cemetry of America)" (prod. by J Dilla) - caution: mad rappers at work! B-side from the 2nd single “Nice 2 Meet U” feat. Brick & Lace (prod. Saukrates) off the XTended Play Version 3.13 LP. (be kind, right click and save as | more mp3's here)
Speaking of the D (which is where Frank N Dank are from), download the Pressure mix CD from much-blogged and buzzed about Detroit MC Black Milk here (I know y'all probably got this one already, right?).
Slightly old but still essential: Palms Out Sounds' collection of samples used by Daft Punk.
Recording the Beatles: the book (via Boing Boing)
D-Wade Limited Edition Sidekick 3.