Friday, June 29, 2007
Following up from the Toe Wop, Chicken Noodle Soup and Aunt Jackie, here's a "viral street video" for a song about yet another teen party dance staple from Harlem that some people may know as "Take A Picture" (the song that is, not the dance). Peace to Artie, 2 Way, Webstar (who I think produced this) and all my other peoples uptown.
Online: MySpace | Website
Hate to kick a man when he's down but....
"The Senate killed President Bush's immigration reform bill yesterday, ending his hopes of notching a legacy-saving victory. "A lot of us worked hard to see if we couldn't find common ground. It didn't work," a somber Bush said in admitting defeat." (Click here for more)
Even though his cheap-ass promo company wanted me to run a ticket giveaway on the site but wouldn't give me a pair for myself (I'd buy 'em but am dead broke), I'm still gonna show love for Pharoahe Monch's show tonight at the Highline. Looks like it'll be a good one with Monch performing with a live band and Black Milk, Polyrhythm Addicts and The Cool Kids opening up. He looks nuts in that tour poster though.... (Click here for more details.)
Pharoahe Monch - "Body Baby" [Listen: windows | real]
Online: MySpace | Website
Also this weekend:
- Goliath store BBQ and sneaker sale.
- Afro-Punk Festival in BK.
Joka and QD of Tha Deck
And after yesterday's post about The Banggaz 314, here's even more co-ed hip hop from the Lou. It's not just about Huey out there right now, ya dig?
Tha Deck - "Swing On 'Em" (alt. link: zshare stream/download)
Labels: Tha Deck
Thursday, June 28, 2007
[alt audio link: play here]
My new favorite group? Da Banggaz 314 are like the new Crime Mob now that those guys have gone all crossover, dancefloor on us with "Rock Yo Hips." Tell me "Run Up Get Dun Up" ain't "Knuck if you Buck" for 2007. Apparently this starts fights in the Lou if you drop it in the clubs out there! Is this the return of crunk music done midwest style?
Online: MySpace | Website
Labels: Da Banggaz 314
Wednesday, June 27, 2007
Like it's 1994 all over again:
Keith Murray feat. Junior & Tyrese - "Nobody Do It Better" (mp3 via Bumsquad | alt link: zshare stream/download via Google search)
I still remember when Uncle Ralph premiered the "Most Beautifullest Thing" video on his classic Video Music Box cable video show. As Murray was on top of the Lexus spittin', he interjected to declare, "Now this is real hip hop." I swear I had NEVER heard him do anything else close to that for any other video. It was the ultimate cosign to me and you know what? Even if this track is basically a 2007 retread of that great record, Murray's still got what made Ralph speak out like that now in an era that doesn't really appreciate it any more (with a few exceptions). Enjoy this track and, not to be an old man but, remember what it is that got you excited about this hip hop ish in the first place....
Online: MySpace | UPDATE: Meh (even with the eye candy) west coast-shot video via OnSmash
Anyway this kid Chris Brown is really taking those Michael Jackson comparisons seriously if this new video for the first single from his forthcoming Exclusive album is any indication:
Labels: Chris Brown
Thanks, Rizoh for the initial heads up.
Related: Kanye West ‘Graduation’ album cover art.
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY MUSIC by Kanye
Labels: Kanye West
"If that's your man, then tag him in...."
Somehow I missed this one. Thanks to my dude Josh for the heads up.
Alt. link: YouTube
Labels: Jason Fox
Tuesday, June 26, 2007
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Links to some my grainy-ass home videos from this concert coming soon....
More from Olbermann: Cheney's exempt status argument debunked.
The Times' Maureen Dowd Op-ed - "Cheney and Cheney's Cheney, David Addington... have no shame. After claiming executive privilege to withhold the energy task force names and protect Scooter Libby, they now act outraged that Vice should be seen as part of the executive branch." (more from "A Vice President Without Borders, Bordering on Lunacy" here)
Monday, June 25, 2007
Props to Wes n crew for making the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival bigger and bigger every year. The 3rd annual go around this past Saturday was previewed in the NY Times weekend guide eblast and featured a surprise appearance by Fat Joe. Blowing up! Highlights for me were (in order) Parrish Smith (aka PMD), The El Michels Affair and Ghostface (not doing "Daytona 500" though - travesty!) but pretty much everyone else I saw including Consequence and Dres of Black Sheep aquitted themselves respectably too (slightly peeved at Sean Price for ending his set with the beat from "Mess You Made" but not actually performing it BTW also, but no biggie....). Check flicks, videos and reviews of the BHF from these cats:
Joey of Straight Bangin'.
Get ready for next year....
Labels: Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
Sunday, June 24, 2007
From an AP report spotted via The Guardian:
"The U.S. commander of a new offensive north of Baghdad, reclaiming insurgent territory day by day, said Sunday his Iraqi partners may be too weak to hold onto the gains. The Iraqi military does not even have enough ammunition, said Brig. Gen. Mick Bednarek: "They're not quite up to the job yet."
His counterpart south of Baghdad seemed to agree, saying U.S. troops are too few to garrison the districts newly rid of insurgents. "It can't be coalition (U.S.) forces. We have what we have. There's got to be more Iraqi security forces," said Maj. Gen. Rick Lynch."
Click here for more from "General: Iraq Forces 'Not Up to the Job'."
So I guess this probably be won't be going down after all then:
"The U.S. may be able to reduce combat forces in Iraq by next spring if Iraq's own security forces continue to grow and improve, a senior American commander said Friday. He denied reports the U.S. is arming Sunni insurgent groups to help in the fight against al-Qaida."Click here for more from "US may reduce forces in Iraq by spring."
More: "America's commander in Iraq says he doesn't think President Bush's troop surge will be successful enough to begin force reductions by September when the general delivers a key report to Congress." (from "Iraq pessimism: Quick surge success unlikely - General" here)
June 20: US to increase Iraq tours despite trauma warnings (or to be fair & balanced: maybe not)
June 21: 14 U.S. soldiers die in 24 hours in Iraq
June 24: 7 US Troops Killed in Roadside Bombings
Saturday, June 23, 2007
Brooklyn, we did it again? "Bang it Out" is the OFFICIAL first single from Papoose's forthcoming The Nacirema Dream album featuring Snoop Dogg and produced by Scott Storch. You'll be forgiven if you think Pap sounds like he relocated to Compton for this one but it does undeniably still bang out, no?
Online: Website | MySpace
Image courtesy Village Voice
Sorry Lil Mama hatas but had to go in one more time this week....
Here's an EXCLUSIVE courtesy of my man Starkey. This remix of my girl's homage to the uptown, teen party staple is really for the tight jean, smedium streetwear t-shirt-wearing set but it's a banger nonetheless. Enjoy:
Lil Mama - "No Music (Starkey Refix)" [YSI mp3 link]
From the "Double the Trouble (Live DJ mix)" (tracklisting here).
Starkey - MySpace | Website
Lil Mama - MySpace | Website
Thursday, June 21, 2007
The video premieres on yahoo tomorrow so look for it on OnSmash about 5 minutes after that! The Finding Forever album will be in stores July 31st.
Common - "The People" [audio: Windows | Real]
UPDATE: watch the video - Yahoo | OnSmash
Online: MySpace | Official Website
(H/t: Sledge/SkateHere.com via Hypebeast)
The Chad Muska Skytop sneakers by Supra made famous by Jay-Z in the Rihanna “Umbrella” Video.
I might have linked this before but shout to Haldan and the Palms Out crew too.
This is like the bootleg MTV Cribs. And people wonder why kids don't wanna rep this underground sh*t more. Mainstream rappers might be selling you lies or dreams of a lifestyle that's virtually unattainable but at least it looks fly! I do have that exact same Spiderman hoodie he shows near the end though (it's made by CLH by the way). And what's up with that DVD he talks about that "some dude handed him the other day" - he actually watched that (no Jim McGreevey)?!! Anyway, shout to (the other) Sean P, "the brokest rapper you know", for keeping it extra real as usual and remember: he's performing at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival this weekend.
Labels: Sean Price
Tuesday, June 19, 2007
Freestyle 101: Prodigal Sunn (of Wu-Tang Clan) here.
Alt. links: Yahoo Music | JamaicaLive.com
Super-flagrant as usual....
"E-mail records are missing for 51 of the 88 White House officials who had electronic message accounts with the Republican National Committee, the House Oversight Committee said Monday.
The Bush administration may have committed "extensive" violations of a law requiring that certain records be preserved, said the committee's Democratic chairman, adding that the panel will deepen its probe into the use of political e-mail accounts.
The committee's interim report said the number of White House officials who had RNC e-mail accounts, and the number of messages they sent and received, were more extensive than previously realized.
The administration has said that about 50 White House officials had RNC e-mail accounts during Bush's presidency. But the House committee found at least 88."
Click here for more from Time magazine's "White House E-Mail Records Gone."
Labels: GOP corruption
Saturday, June 16, 2007
So while we're on a Camp Lo kick, here's a link mixtape to the Ski Beatz Beatz, Rhymes & Samples mixtape that I think did the rounds a few months ago. I never really checked it out though until my dude DJ Raize gave me an actual physical copy yesterday. This is a nice collection of tracks from the classic Uptown Saturday Night album mixed by Raize with the original songs they sampled plus a few exclusive Ski Beatz productions including the unreleased Camp Lo track "Ticket for Two." I for one never knew that "Cooley High" sampled Janet Jackson's "Funny How Time Flies" - now that's producing cos Ski did an incredible job chopping that sample up. Anyway check it out for yourself if you haven't already copped:
Beatz, Rhymes & Samples: Ski Beatz (mixtape) - zshare download link
Online: MySpace - Ski Beatz | MySpace - DJ Raize
Friday, June 15, 2007
I know most of y'all only know this kid cos of his dance hit, "Pop, Lock & Drop It" but his album, featuring appearances by T-Pain, Lloyd, Bow Wow and Yo Gotti, is in stores NEXT WEEK (June 19) and is actually kind of hot.
Online: YouTube | Official Site | MySpace
Camp Lo "Black Hollywood" [audio: MP3 | zshare] - super hot title track from the new album coming July 24! If this is how these cats are comin' in 2007, it looks like they have not lost a step since the Uptown Saturday Night days. (mp3 courtesy Spine)
Freeway feat. Jay-Z "Big Spender" - Free (back) at last!
Kanye West feat. John Mayer "Bittersweet" - decent but kind of generic and saccharine sounding. Still looking forward to the Graduation album though! Also: Kanye "Stronger" (CDQ). Thanks, Rizoh!
Just Blaze's blog (or is this Blaze's blog now?).
The Complete Idiot’s Guide to Minnie Riperton.
And finally, R.I.P. Stack Bundles and condolences to Quell and the rest of his peoples....
"A Bay Bay" - I told you two months ago but in case you missed it then, get familiar with the Hurricane Chris/Ratchet City movement now here.
Shop Boyz "Totally Dude" - I heard these cats do this at Summer Jam and couldn't decide whether they were smart for flippin' the hook from their novelty summer smash into a potential second hit or super wack for essentially making the same song twice?
Soulja Boy "Crank Dat Soulja Boy (Supaman Dat H-e)" - next to blow out the South?
Joey hates everything related to him but I'll f-ck with "Corporate Thuggin'" by Jeezy side project USDA.
New Tum Tum/DJ Smallz mixtape here. Dude is so underrated, IMHO....
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
New York Post
New York Times
Behind the scenes at the "Girlfriend (remix)" video shoot:
More behind-the-scenes foootage here and other Lil Mama video clips at SandboxTV.
Rihanna feat. Lil Mama - "Umbrella (remix)" (mp3 download or stream)
Avril Lavigne feat. Lil Mama - "Girlfriend (Remix)" (mp3 download or stream)
BTW: sorry, Rihanna. Respect my G!
(mp3 links courtesy hitmemusic.com)
Tuesday, June 12, 2007
MP3 Bonanza! The first three singles from the forthcoming Str8 Drop mixtape by Big Treal, the first artist signed to 9th Wonder's new 9th's Wonderful World of Music record label.
"U OK" (YSI mp3 link)
"War" (YSI mp3 link)
"Comeback" (YSI mp3 link)
Cats may remember dude from his appearance on "Cross That Line" on the DJ Drama/Little Brother Separate: But Equal Mixtape. The Str8 Drop mixtape, hosted by DJ MC, drops soon and will also feature Skyzoo, Phonte (of Little Brother) and Supastition as well as production from 9th Wonder and Khrysis (The Justus League). I've had my issues with Little Brother's music in the past but even I'll f*cks with this so believe me when I say go in and enjoy!
BTW: Treal is also supposedly performing at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on 6/23 but I didn't see his name on the artist page so I don't think that's officially confirmed yet.
Online: myspace.com/bigtreal | myspace.com/str8drop2007
First video and single from the third album by original BAPE gear wearer and DJ Shadow mentor James Lavelle due July 24. War Stories features appearances by Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age), 3D (Massive Attack), Ian Astbury of The Cult (on "Burn My Shadow") as well as Lavelle making his vocal debut on an UNKLE album singing on “Hold My Hand” and dueting with Richard File on “Morning Rage.” Recommended if you're f*cking with the latest album (Version) by Mark Ronson.
Also: behind-the-scenes video for "Burn My Shadow" with commentary from James Lavelle and Ian Astbury.
Online: Website | MySpace | Streaming audio for "Burn My Shadow" here.
Monday, June 11, 2007
Just back after a ridiculous 11 hour trip from Florida (don't ask!). I'll get into that and more regular Kitchen-style posts later this week but in the meantime, let me just throw this out: I haven't been reading the Times regularly recently but I guess its influence on how I look at the world is still apparent.
So after I started seeing the trailer for Judd Apatow's latest film, Knocked Up a couple weeks ago I started thinking, "Behind the [admitted really well-executed] low-brow humor, is this dude actually a closet social conservative?!" Think about it: his first hit movie 40 Year Old Virgin is ultimately about a guy who is still a virgin way into his adult life and decides to remain so until he marries the woman he has fallen in love with despite his friends pressuring him to have sex. Now comes his follow-up film Knocked Up which tells the story of a couple trying to make a go of a relationship to raise the child they are expecting after a one-night stand. I thought I was the only one with these genius social-cultural insights until I picked up the Sunday Times yesterday:
Judd Apatow's Family Values
On Abortion, Hollywood Is No-Choice
So I guess I wasn't that original in my thinking after all, huh?
Sunday, June 10, 2007
More coming but this will hold you down 'til I get back from FL...
"U.S. Death Toll In Iraq Tops 3,500: 23 Deaths In First Six Days Of June, Almost Double That Of June 2006." (more here at CBS News)
"Dozens of gunmen swooped into a police chief's home Friday, killing his wife and two brothers and kidnapping three of his grown children. The senior officer wasn't there, but the bold attack provided a grisly example of the dangers facing Iraqi forces as they try to take over the country's security so American forces can leave." (more from the AP story "Bold Attack on Iraqi Police Chief's Home" via The Guardian here)
"An apparent rocket attack Saturday at a U.S.-run detention facility in southern Iraq killed at least six detainees and wounded 50, the military said. No American casualties were reported." (more from the AP Story "U.S.: 6 Inmates Die in Iraq Jail Attack" via The Guardian here)
"Fourteen U.S. soldiers were killed by bombs and small-arms fire in Iraq over the weekend [of June 2-3], the U.S. military said Sunday, as factional violence continued to ravage soldiers and civilians alike.." (more the CNN story " U.S. military: 14 U.S. soldiers killed over weekend" here)
Saturday, June 09, 2007
This remix has been circulating for a minute but this track, that many (mistakenly) think is a T-Pain record, looks like it could end up becoming a big summer record. Like I've said before, I think B.O.B. might go the distance as a new artist that could break through but you tell me:
Ray-L feat. B.O.B. - "My Girl Gotta Girlfriend" (mp3 - be kind: save TJ's bandwidth by right-clicking and hitting Save As, thanks)
If you're in Tally FL tomorrow (like I will be), check him out with the big homie T-Pain (& friends) at the Epiphany album release event at the Tallahassee Civic Center.
B.O.B. - Website | MySpace
Ray-L - MySpace
Friday, June 08, 2007
I've mentioned this kid before. Well now he's hooked up with MIMS hitmakers the Blackout Movement. Unsurprisingly (?) one of the first fruits of their collab relationship is "Hush," a track that essentially sounds like "This is Why I'm Hot" reimagined as an R&B song. Inspired or indicator of a distinct lack of originality & creativity at work here? Check it out for yourself and tell me what you think:
Jason Derulo - "Hush" [audio: Windows | Real | Zshare stream/download]
More: Live in Miami. (YouTube video)
Thursday, June 07, 2007
And on June 23, the official main event is a go with Ghostface, Consequence, Sean P, Dres of Black Sheep, Large Professor, Skillz and more! Check it.
Get well, Marley Marl.
Bonus: Robbie Unkut on "Marley Scratch", one of my favorite old school records.
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Throwback global warming humor from Will Ferrell
'Cos G Dubs did a seeming drastic 180 change in the direction of fighting Global Warming after signaling business as usual not even a week ago.
Or did he?
Don't worry though: if he's sincere, China has already indiicated that they are willing to take over as the official global idiots who'll sacrifce the planet to the effects of Global Warming for profits and economic growth.
Labels: Global Warming
Sh*t is looking more and more horrible in Iraq. Yup, it was a terrible Memorial Day Holiday Weekend. And it ain't really gotten much better since then:
"A car bomb attack outside a major U.S. military base in Iraq discharged a gaseous cloud that sickened dozens of people Sunday, punctuating a flurry of violence that left 16 American soldiers dead during the first three days of June."
US & Iraqi troops control only a third of Baghdad - as I've said time and time again, so much for that troop surge!
And plans for New US embassy in Baghdad turn up online. They can't even control that??!
Meanwhile in Afghanistan: the Taliban launches a new operation.
And Al Qaeda is "stronger than ever."
No surprise since terror attacks are up around the world (as they were in 2004 and 2005) - so much for the effectiveness of the War on terror in general.
Although in the interests of being fair and balanced, I guess this is good news (unless the hype is on). But why did the JFK plotters have to be (mostly) Guyanese?!
And also back home: "The National Guard isn't as strong as it should be because of the war in Iraq and American communities will suffer as a result, retired Air Force Gen. Melvyn Montano said Saturday [May 12]."
And the army now has to bribe officers to remain in ranks: "The army is offering bonuses to officers as the military is preparing for years of combat to come."
That's enough doom n gloom for now. I got more but I'll save it for another post later this week.
Monday, June 04, 2007
The "Int'l Players Anthem (I Choose You)" single from the UGK: Underground Kingz album in-stores 7-17-07!!! Great video and kind of f*ckin' monumental as far as hip hop history goes: it's UGK and Outkast. Do y'all realize how BIG that is??!!
Bonus: Special online-only (?) extended cut of the video here
Click here for more UGK on The Kitchen.
Online: website | MySpace - UGK | MySpace - UGK Records | BUY the UGK: Underground Kingz album
Sunday, June 03, 2007
Watch your back Amy, the real soul queens are coming!
Hardcore mp3 blog readers probably have all this stuff already but for the rest of y'all here's some recent music to end your weekend or start your week depending on your perspective so go in!
Lily Allen feat. Kanye West "Oh My God (Urban Legendz Remix)" (zshare stream/download link) - DJ Capone and the Urban Legendz strike again with their bootleg remix steez this time splicing Ye's verse from Brandy's "Talk About Our Love" into this Lily Allen track. Sounds like an original Ronson production though, no?
Kanye West "Stronger (radio rip)" - speaking of Ronson, here's him running his yap over an otherwise decent quality radio rip of the Daft Punk-sampling "Stronger" single from Kanyeezy. I'm betting a full CDQ mp3 will pop up by tomorrow though. And BTW: if you missed copping that Kanye Can't Tell Me Nothin' mixtape via the links Eskay and Rizoh had that went dead, try this one instead.
Jill Scott "Hate On Me" (zshare stream/download link) - welcome back, Ms. Scott!
Lauryn Hill "Lose Myself" (zshare stream/download link) - from the Surf's Up soundtrack. Lauryn, please just make an album already!
Tiffany Paige's Breakin Boundaries mix CD - I don't know nathan about this new hip hop-soul singing chick but her mixtape features production by 9th Wonder, Nicolay, Madlib, Platinum Pied Pipers, Ayatollah and MF Doom so it's got to be worth peeping one time, right?
Friday, June 01, 2007
I've talked about this kid Mickey Factz before and I'll be talking about him again in the future. Unquestionably the best unsigned MC in NYC: 120% YBI B-boy with skills, charisma and real songs talking about real things beyond just cars, guns, b*tches, jewelry and trapping etc. If anyone's gonna "bring New York back" (whatever) it's gonna be someone new young and fresh 2 def like Mickey. Check out this track sampling Fall Out Boy nicely that his GFC crew just e-blasted out (I'll be posting more music by Mickey from a demo CD they passed me a while back when I get confirmation on the track titles):
Mickey Factz feat. Nakim & Fall Out Boy - "Never Fall Out"
Online: MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Image via Hypebeast (of course)
Cos it's already jacked up from last weekend! Unfortunately, this ain't gonna help:
Details on the Reed Space NYC clearance sale here.
And bid on a pair of (supposedly very legit) Nike Air Force 1 Fukijama's from HBO's Entourage show right here. (Luckily these aren't my size and are way out of my budget!)
My dude T-Pain just killed it at SOB's last night and on MTV's "TRL" yesterday afternoon. But can he defeat the mighty Rihanna juggernaut, (former) #1 Billboard Hot 100 single "Buy U A Drank (Shawty Snappin')" 'n all, this coming Tuesday when his sophomore full length Epiphany goes up against her third (already??) album release at retail? Check out the track "Church" in the album preview player above and tell me that ain't some next level ish!
Plies feat. T-Pain - "Shawty" (video) - f*ckin' SMASH!!! I've said it before: Plies is that next n*gga!
T-Pain - Website | MySpace | BUY Epiphany in stores 6/5/07 here.
Plies - Website | MySpace