Tuesday, July 31, 2007
Ras Kass is my dude but still dissing Game = lame!
Coming soon from Freestyle 101: Papoose, G-Unit, Guru of Gang Starr and more....
Online: G4TV - Website | MySpace
Read the story and watch the video here that explains it all and then shake your head at how crazy this country really is.
Of course, even if you only knew the story of Genarlow Wilson and nothing else about the US's history of race relations, you'd already know that things are kind of twisted around these parts in that department.
Meanwhile, I gotta suffer through the indignity of watching Paris Hilton, Nicole Richie and Sally Kirkland dress up in 'Blackface' in the name of entertainment but you stupid-ass rappers still hang out with her like everything's sweet. Spike Lee and Nas were right!
Thanks Boing, Boing for the heads-up on the Jena "6" story.
Monday, July 30, 2007
There was a The Dream Merchant 1?? Slated for release on 10-09-07, this will be former Little Brother DJ/Producer 9th Wonder's solo-debut release. Here's the track listing:
1. "Mr. Dream Merchant Intro"
2. "Shots" - Big Dho & Sean Price
3. "Merchant Of Dreams" - The EMBASSY, Skyzoo & Torae
4. "Brooklyn In My Mind" - Mos Def, Jean Grae & Memphis Bleek
5. "Sunday" - Keisha Shontelle & Chaundon
6. "Baking Soda" - Big Treal
7. "Reminisce (Take Time)" - Big Remo & The Great Novej of the A.L.L.I.E.S.
8. "No Time To Chill" - Little Brother
9. "It Aint Over" - Jozee Mo & Tyler Woods
10. "The Last Time" - Royce the 5'9, Naledge & Vandalyzm of the MIDWEST WRECKIN' CREW- The D, The Chi & The Lou
11. "Saved" - Saigon & Joe Scudda
12. "Milky Lowa" - Camp Lo
13. "Backlash" - Sean Boog & Buckshot
14. "Thank You" - D.O.X & O-Dash
15. "Let It Bang" - Ness & Skyzoo
16. "What Makes A Man" - Rapper Big Pooh & Buddy Klein
I've had my issues in the past with homeboy's tracks all kind of sounding the same after a while but nonetheless this could be interesting with all the different MC's he's gonna have spitting on the album.
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Spotted via Think Progress.
Friday, July 27, 2007
Click image or download it here. (via GFCNY.com)
Online: MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Rocksteady's 30th Anniversary celebration (which has been going all week) culiminates this weekend!
Legendary and pioneering hip hop DJ Grandmaster Flash live at the Water Taxi Beach tomorrow (July 28).
Wild Style 25th Anniversary Reunion at Central Park Summerstage on Sunday (July 29) with the Chief Rocker Busy Bee, the Cold Crush Brothers, GrandMaster Caz, DJ GrandWizzard Theodore and Fab 5 Freddy.
Thursday, July 26, 2007
More on Gonzales' trainwreck appearance:
- Jon Stewart's 'Daily Show.'
- Keith Olbermann's report.
- Air America's The Young Turks
- The tequilatarian on 'Senate ping pong starring Sen Schumer and Gonzo.'
Why has this guy not been fired or done the honorable thing and resigned yet??! I mean WTF?!
An AP Analysis: Gonzales' Endurance Is Baffling.
'ZUNE - LIVE AT THE BBQ' looks like it could be a good one. About the event from the Zune site:
"We created “Zune - Live at the BBQ”, to give back to our cultural core consumer. For us, it’s about connecting with that core and giving them the opportunity to participate in the Zune mantra which is to support Art, Music and Film in the digital space. This Show is a reward to those who have come to support the digital platform. It’s also a thank you to those individuals in the city who have come to support the local and national Art, Music and Film community. We’ll do that by bringing music back to the community parks. It’s a nod to A time when this music was about community; community support and community interaction. We want to recreate that energy with the ultimate park jam experience and we want you to be there.
Featuring: Brand Nubian, Cham, Large Professor, Clipse, MIMS, Joell Ortiz and many more special guests."
Click here for more and to get tickets.
(h/t: my dude Eric Hsu)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
An examination of why the Iraq war failed. Opens this Friday (7/27).
Alt. link: YouTube
Online: Website | MySpace
T-Pain feat. Huey, Yung Joc, B.O.B., Bobby Valentino, Twista, Sammie, DJ Unk, Mike Jones & Kardinal Offishall - "Yahoo! Pepsi Smash Mic Pas (freestyle)" (official link here)
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
The Alkaholiks used to be one of my favorite groups. Shout to my dude E-Swift who's one of the most underrated producers in the game. Yall new school backpackers should respect these cats on the strength of the fact that they introduced The Loot Pack, which was Madlib's first group, on their first album 21 & Over.
Online: direct link | website
I usually hate "remember how much better hip hop was back in the day" type songs but I'm gonna give Blitz a pass for his "Hands Of Time." Damn, I wonder if he cleared all those samples though?! Shout to my dude and Blitz manager, Kwasi too.
Blitz played the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival earlier this summer and is currently on the Warped tour but for NYC heads, he will be back to play the Lyricist Lounge presents Celebrate Brooklyn show in Prospect Park with KRS-One and Ladybug Mecca on August 3 and the Black August show at Nokia Theater on August 26.
Blitz The Ambassador - "Hands Of Time" [audio: YSI MP3 link | zshare stream/download]
Online: MySpace | Website
Monday, July 23, 2007
Alt link: YouTube (no embed access, Universal Music Group - WTF??)
UPDATE: step over Farnsworth, Rihanna got the umbrella endorsement game on LOCK! (spotted via my dude, YG)
Online: MySpace | Website | BUY the Good Girl Gone Bad album featuring "Shut Up and Drive" here
Saturday, July 21, 2007
Jim Jones feat. Stack Bundles & Lil' Wayne "Lookin' At the Game" - props to Stacks (R.I.P.) for the lip gloss poppin' reference in his rhyme! [audio: Rapidshare | Zshare stream/download | HHG real player link]
(rapidshare and zshare links spotted via Urban Boxden)
Apparently from the deluxe re-release of the very underrated Hustler's P.O.M.E. album which supposedly will have 6 extra tracks.
Online: Website | MySpace
You must learn: Schoolly D - "P.S.K. - What Does It Mean/Gucci Time" (listen to it here)
[Happy birthday Nadreams, see ya at the party tonight!]
Friday, July 20, 2007
Alt. link (with no pre-roll ad!): YouTube
Wonder what Kim Porter has to say about this video?
Related: "Smirnoff Makes a Splash"
I think I want to marry this woman.
There's also a really cool 60's, Fellini-esque inspired spot for the new Beastie Boys The Mix-Up album that I saw just once during 'The Daily Show' a couple weeks ago but amazingly I haven't been able to find a link for it on YouTube! WTF - I thought they had everything?? Especially from a group that was early on the whole music-on-the-internet thing. Oh well....
And did I mention it's free?!! Do you really need any other incentives to go???
OK, here's some new music from their Black Hollywood album in stores next week (July 23):
"Soul Fever" [mp3 via Spine, be kind: Right Click and Save As]
Ski Beatz feat. Camp Lo "Ticket for 2" - [download the digital artwork for the single here]
Website | MySpace | BUY the Black Hollywood album here
I've said before I like these cats. Here's a new joint by Kidz In The Hall remaking a classic Digable Planets single - "Cool Like That"
Online: website | MySpace | BUY their School Was My Hustle album or other Kidz In The Hall mixtapes and tshirts in their online store here.
Thursday, July 19, 2007
"President Bush’s top counterterrorism advisers acknowledged Tuesday that the strategy for fighting Osama bin Laden’s leadership of Al Qaeda in Pakistan had failed...." (click here for more)
Bush Distorts Qaeda Links, Critics Assert.
Wednesday, July 18, 2007
I love this. It's got a Slum-ish vibe to it (even though dude is actually from Philly apparently) so I expect some of my peoples to dig this too:
Hezekiah feat. Bilal - "Looking Up" [YSI MP3 link]
(courtesy Matt of Movement Marketing)
Online: MySpace | Website
Lil Mama does it for the kids, man, the f-cking kids! Check her out as she gets her T-Pain on with the Autotune in the third verse of this brand new single. C'mon, this chick is a problem - Flex is already killin' this one on Hot 97. The album, Voice of the Young People coming Sept. '07.
Online: MySpace | Website
Black Milk, Skyzoo or even Joell Ortiz OK, but this dude I'm not sure I get so much why he's being buzzed about in hip hop underground circles. This new freestyle doesn't really help his cause in my mind either. Others disagree?
Termanology (prod. DJ Premier) - 'So Amazing' (mp3 courtesy Spine, be kind and Right Click and Save As)
Termanology - MySpace
Veering off the straight 'n' narrow of the standard hip hop path as we often do around these parts, here's a 30 minute mix sent to me all the way from Poland (!) by DJ MentalCut, of, in his own words, "electro, bailefunk, bmore and some random stuff." It's a little hipster and obvious sounding but impeccably mixed and solid nonetheless. Check it out and let me know what you think....
DJ MentalCut Boom Bye Yeah (DJ mix) [audio: MP3 | zshare stream/download] - get the tracklisting here.
Labels: DJ MentalCut
Tuesday, July 17, 2007
Download it here. (h/t: KMEL's DJ Box Kev yet again)
Mike Wacks | Illroots.com
Download it here. (h/t: KMEL's DJ Box Kev)
At SOB's. Kanye and Swizzy will be in the building too (and I'm hearing Common is supposed to be performing as well but my source on that is kind of suspect)! Click here for more info.
Monday, July 16, 2007
I might be late on this but I just copped this DVD, Life After Death - The Movie from my PO Box this past weekend. I have issues with some claims in this documentary (produced by Lil' Kim and Junior M.A.F.I.A. manager D-Roc and narrated by The Wire's Jamie Hector) such as '99 was the 'Golden Age' of hip hop but Biggie and Lil' Kim Stans should probably check this anyway for the 'behind-the-scenes,' 'like you were there' point of view to the story of how Big Poppa's crew fared in the 10 years following his untimely demise.
Life After Death - The Movie is probably worth it just to see footage of Karrine 'Superhead' Steffans showing her true colors and literally getting tossed in a garbage can by (I think) Lil' Cease and while, the production values are just slightly above 'Hood DVD' quality, Roc has some exclusives like footage from the surveillance tapes of the infamous Hot 97 shoot out between Kim's camp and C.N.N. who were riding with Foxy Brown at the time. He also does a good editing job showing the building tension between these two female rappers as they beefed, first on wax and then unfortunately beyond that, and also makes a pretty devastating case for why Cease and fellow M.A.F.I.A. member Banger were disloyal to him and Kim during the trial that resulted from the shooting by time he wraps up his tale.
Street trailer here.
Online: Website | MySpace
Saturday, July 14, 2007
Did 50 bite from Lil Flip with his new "I Get Money" video? As I said at Rizoh's, 50 didn't exactly invent rapping about money. "Top Billin'" is a classic sample that's an obvious target to er... flip if you're gonna do an "I'm Rich" record but he does seem to be developing a history that might make you still wonder:
- Curtis - Still Jacking for Beats
That's Bush on the CIA leak scandal. Watch above and read more:
"Despite a long history of denouncing leaks, Bush declined to express any disappointment in the people who worked for him and who were involved in disclosing the name of a CIA operative. Asked about that during a wide-ranging news conference, the president gave a dodgy answer.
"It's been a tough issue for a lot of people in the White House," he said.
He didn't even acknowledge the undisputed fact that someone working for him was the source, saying only that "perhaps somebody in the administration did disclose the name of that person."
In the beginning stages of the case, Bush said, "I want to know the truth," and pledged to fire anyone found to have leaked. As the investigation wore on, he expressed more weariness than outrage, saying only that someone who "committed a crime" would be fired and calling the case "background noise" he had to ignore.
As it turned out, several administration officials revealed Plame's identity. White House political adviser Karl Rove and Deputy Secretary of State Richard Armitage were the primary sources for a 2003 newspaper column outing Plame. Former White House press secretary Ari Fleischer also admitted telling reporters about her. Libby was the only one charged in the matter and not for leaking."
Click here for more from the AP report "Bush Dismisses CIA Leak As Old News."
Related (and, admittedly, slightly old but still newsworthy):
Britons convicted in Bush-Blair memo leak. Oh the irony....
Out now! Download it here. (via Catchdubs)
Shout to the kid Barat and good luck with the new label....
Wale - Website | MySpace
Catchdubs - Website | MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Fools Gold Records
Friday, July 13, 2007
Action speaks louder than words? George W. Bush looks defeated.
George W. Bush = deluded?
You call that progress? The outrageous white house report on Iraq.
The Return of Al Qaeda - a new National Intelligence Estimate raises concerns that the terrorist group is growing stronger.
I was lukewarm on the Strange Fruit Project's The Healing album but this track was one of the highlights from it. These dudes would be good for the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival, no?
Online: Official website | MySpace
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Don't let others' half-hearted co-signs and the mixtape remakes fool ya. I've said it before: this kid Mickey Factz is the truth. Just remember what I told you about Lil Mama and don't jump on the dilz when you see him drop a track featuring rhymes from two of the biggest rappers in the game real soon! In the meantime here's some more music from BX (and NYC)'s finest:
Mickey Factz x Royskopp - "Remind Me (the Geico Song)"
Mickey Factz x Daniel Merriweather x Mark Ronson - "Stop Me"
From GFCnewyork presents Mickey Factz Flashback Vol. 1 - Back to the Future and GFCnewyork presents Mickey Factz Heaven's Fallout coming soon!
(zshare mp3 sream/download links via the GFC blog)
Online: MySpace - Personal | MySpace - Music | GFC official website
Apologies to those who find the whole 'No Homo' thing juvenile and tired (I am not one of them) but even y'all will appreciate this laugh-your-ass-off (pause, nullus just in case) hilarious video.
UPDATE: Gus Johnson pauses Spike Lee (!)
Y'all probably seen this one already but just in case: Wu-Tang Office.
Not according to the International Association of Fire Fighters and the above video they just released yesterday. I don't really care if homeboy, who amazingly is the lead candidate, ends up becoming Republican nominee for the 2008 presidential campaign but, like with Bush's rep for being so-called 'strong on terror,' it's always irked me that Giuliani has developed a rep for being so great during 9/11. I mean what exactly did he do on 9/11 that was so amazing or outside the scope of what he was supposed to be doing as mayor?? If it hadn't been for 9/11 he would have left office with a rep for having been a divisive, bullying and authoritarian mayor. Watch the video and decide for yourself if they have a point though.
Online: Rudy Giuliani: Urban Legend | International Association of Fire Fighters
Wednesday, July 11, 2007
Monday, July 09, 2007
Yet again, thanks again Bart.
When it comes to the Bush administration, take your pick of the most appropriate description:
"President Bush directed former aides to defy congressional subpoenas on Monday, claiming executive privilege and prodding lawmakers closer to their first contempt citations against administration officials since Ronald Reagan was president.
It was the second time in as many weeks that Bush had cited executive privilege in resisting Congress' investigation into the firings of U.S. attorneys."
Click here for more.
New (?) monthly jumpoff presented by SWAGRICULTURE & FUSICOLOGY, in association with BROOKLYN BODEGA.
Directions: F and V trains to Second Ave.
Fellow cancer Cosmo Baker's birthday jump at Sway.
D-Nice spinning THE ROYAL SUITE with Goldfinger at Lotus for Coors Light® and KING® Magazine. If you didn't RSVP with Patty already though you're probably ass out for this one....
I wanted to hate on this but it was actually enjoyable! (official video here)
Related: "Critics say Live Earth Not So Green"
Online: MSN/Live Earth site
Saturday, July 07, 2007
If you claim to be a true school hip hop fan and live around the NYC area, you NEED to go see the legendary Roy Ayers-affiliated soul-jazz group RAMP who recently reformed and are doing a super-rare live performance today at Summerstage.
If you don't know who RAMP are, shame on you but here's a clue: their version of "Daylight" provided the sample for A Tribe Called Quest's "Bonita Applebum." Showtime for RAMP is around 6pm although DJ Spinna, El Michels Affair, Kevin Michael and Cinematic Orchestra also perform from 3pm on. Click here for more details.
MySpace - RAMP
A Tribe Called Quest - "Bonita Applebum" (mp3 snippet courtesy Juno Records)
Pete Rosenberg's zshare links for Funkmaster Flex's all-90's hip hop set during the July 4th all-mixshow holiday on Hot 97 here.
Friday, July 06, 2007
On stands end of July. Trust me, Pain's whip game is no joke!
T-Pain - Website | MySpace | BUY the Epiphany album here.
Dub magazine - MySpace | Website
Straight outta Lafayette, LA and destined to be be monstorous by Labor Day? The 'Cupid Shuffle' is basically a mix of the 'Walk it Out' and the Cha Cha or 'Electric Slide' and apparently even has thugs in the midwest line-dancing in the clubs. The fact that this looks about 10x more difficult to do than the 'Electric Slide' for anyone over the age of 20 might be the only roadblock to world dominance but I still say don't fight the movement....
I should have known - "Cupid Shuffle (remix)" feat. DJ Unk & Fabo (of D4L)
But this one's a semi-shocker: "Cupid Shuffle (DFA remix)" (via These Rocks Pop)
While finally, King magazine teaches you how to do the Cupid Shuffle.
Online: MySpace | Website
Thursday, July 05, 2007
Get Familiar and download it here. (via Fader)
Shout to my dude Kardi who was down here from the T.dot (by car no less even though he's now signed to Konvict) a couple days ago to do the rounds at radio premiering his new single "Graveyard Shift (feat. Akon)."
Bonus: check out the also Spike Lee-inspired "Do the Harlem Thing" t-shirts by Goliath.
Online: MySpace - Kardi | MySpace - Clinton Sparks | MySpace - Goliath
Download the The Swag Kidz' "5000" here.
Online: MySpace - Webstar | Website
Wednesday, July 04, 2007
Just in time for Independence Day, yet another reminder of just how far George W. Bush and his thoroughly despicable adminstration have led this country astray from its core values and beliefs with their lies, secrecy, incompetence and absolute corruption:
"Restoring Honor and Integrity to the White House," MY ASS!
"Libby's Sentence Not Excessive, Several Former Prosecutors Say." (source: ABC News)
How much more of this do we have to take?? Worst.president.ever....
Happy 4th of July!
Tuesday, July 03, 2007
Via Prefix (thanks, Dave)
More: Photo gallery from the show of Monch, Black Milk and Polyrhythm Addicts.
Online: Website | MySpace | BUY the Evolution album featuring "Can't Leave Em Alone" here
And more 50 cent "I Get Money" - will the fourth time be the charm for F50?? (via Eskay)
Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Eliot & Lil Kim "Let it Go" - I know... this has been around for a minute now and it's yet another jack of "Juicy Fruit" but it's starting to get some traction at radio and I LOVE it so f-ck it. (zshare mp3 link via Google Search)
And finally, video clip for Sean Kingston's "Beautiful Girls" - featuring a cameo by my girl Lil Mama (watch carefully).
Me personally, I don't really celebrate July 4th - I subscribe to the PE view of this 'holiday' although you might catch me at the BAM in BK for the Afro-Punk festival paying tribute to the Black Panthers.
Monday, July 02, 2007
(spotted via Oh Word's Around the Horn)
More recent follies:
Army Officer Says Gitmo Panels Flawed.
Judges Say U.S. Can’t Hold Man as ‘Combatant.’
Meanwhile Britain proves yet again that investigative police work can be far more effective in combating terrorism than unilaterally invading sovereign nations.
Labels: War on Terror