Friday, December 28, 2007
There's been a million of these American Gangster remix albums recently pretty much all of which I haven't checked out but Mick Boogie's track record as far as mixtapes goes is pretty impeccable so he gets a pass.
Download the Brooklyn Soul mixtape here. Get the track listing here and check out the "Blue Magic" remix video here.
(links courtesy: Foundation Media)
King Smij - MySpace | Website
Thursday, December 27, 2007
Bhutto at a rally minutes before being assassinated.
Earlier today. Details via the NY Times here.
I wonder how the Bush administration will deal with this (not really a) curve ball (I mean who couldn't have seen this coming after what happened when she first returned to Pakistan)? It's possible that their so-called 'Ally in the War on Terror,' Pakistan's President Musharraf may have had a hand in this yet they still have an Iraq & Iran-focused foreign policy for the region when Pakistan is the country that actually has nuclear weapons and is in real danger of falling into the control of terrorist-sympathizing, Islamic radical-fundamentalists.
BTW: should I read anything into the timing of this murder/attack coming right after reports began to surface that $5 billion of the $10 billion in US military aid sent to Pakistan to help secure the border with Afghanistan and rout out the ('final') remnants of Al Qaeda and the Taliban has gone unaccounted for?
Download it here. Get the tracklisting here. This is a Fear Factor presentation.
Smallz says, "Fear Khujo Goodie, he is the future!"
Online: Khujo Goodie - MySpace
Wednesday, December 26, 2007
The best record Young Jeezy never made! I don't know if it's still the case now but this was apparently the hottest record in the A before holidays. ATL residents?
And check out the 'Behind The Scenes' action at the "Umma Do Me" video here.
Listen: Rocko - "Umma Do Me" (zshare mp3 download/stream link)
Online: MySpace | Label site
(links courtesy of the Music Man Online)
Monday, December 24, 2007
(image courtesy of my dude DJ P who is also gonna be part of a forthcoming post titled, "Some of my industry friends blog" - coming soon!)
Back after the holidays....
Oscar Peterson, R.I.P. The Christmas holidays are turning into a sad time music-wise. First it was the Godfather last year, now this. So sad.....
Sunday, December 23, 2007
It's FREE - what else do you need to know?! Click here for more info. Thanks to my dude Danny Castro from Lyricist Lounge for the heads up.
Labels: Lyricist Lounge
At the Mod Club in Toronto TONIGHT featuring Pete Rock, Cipha Sounds and Starting from Scratch! Click the flyer above for more details. This one is dedicated to NMD who unfortunately won't be able to make it but owes me a latte when we're both back in NYC!
Special bonus audio:
Kardinal Offishall feat. Pusha T & Lil' Wayne "Swag (Semtex Radio Rip)" [YSI mp3 link courtesy Semtex]
Online: Kardinal - MySpace | Kardinal - YouTube
Wednesday, December 19, 2007
Here's an advance taster from the Rainydayz Remixes project:
Radiohead “Weird Fishes (Amplive Remix)” [zshare mp3 stream/download link removed by request of the producer]
Click here for more details. BTW: Amp is my dude from way back in the day when he was in group in the A called Metufour.
Online: Amplive - MySpace
Bay Area Rappers Cares (B.A.R.C.) feat. Dem Hoodstarz, E-40, Mugzi, San Quinn, Jacka, Cellski, Keak Da Sneak, Mac and AK, Erase E, Battle Loco & Kontac. The Bay does it for the kids man, the f-ckin' kids!
and Sara Bareilles (who she?). Yes, I am in the office watching a lot of BET as you can see....
Watch the 'Making Of' video here.
Labels: The Real
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
So speaking of White House press secretaries, I missed posting this one about Ms. Perino's immediate predecessor, Scott McClellan, from a little while back:
"I had unknowingly passed along false information. And five of the highest ranking officials in the administration were involved in my doing so: Rove, Libby, the vice President, the President's chief of staff, and the President himself. [emphasis added]"That's a passage re: the C.I.A. leak investigation from McClellan's book What Happened: Inside the Bush White House and What's Wrong With Washington as quoted in Slate.
One day, we can only hope the whole sordid truth about the Valerie Plame affair, the lying about WMD to start the Iraq war and every other incident of f-ckery this White House administration has committed will be revealed. Unfortunately, it will likely be too late to impeach Bush and Cheney.
A seminal moment in modern US history. This is the White House Press Secretary we're talking about there. Holy sh-t!!!
Click here for more....
The f-ckery unravels?
"A federal judge on Tuesday ordered a hearing on whether the Bush administration violated a court order by destroying Central Intelligence Agency interrogation videos of suspected terrorists.Click here for more from the Wall Street Journal.
U.S. District Judge Henry H. Kennedy rejected calls from the Justice Department to stay out of the matter. He ordered lawyers to appear before him Friday morning.
In June 2005, Judge Kennedy ordered the administration to safeguard "all evidence and information regarding the torture, mistreatment, and abuse of detainees now at the United States Naval Base at Guantanamo Bay."
Five months later, the CIA destroyed the interrogation videos."
My cousin from the UK is booked to be on the Oxford-based online radio station OX4 Radio today at 1:30pm (EST). He's a total Brit soul boy and his musical taste is impeccable so definitely try to check it out by clicking the "Click Here to Listen Live!" button found in the top left corner here. More details also here.
DJ Darrell - MySpace | Facebook
Labels: DJ Darrell
Monday, December 17, 2007
About his new album Hi-Teknology 3, Reflection Eternal, Black Star and his top five producers ever.
Direct link here.
Prefix Online: Website | MySpace | YouTube | Facebook | Digg Prefix
This must be the reason behind Obama's recent surge, right? If only he could get some more prominent media figures to back his campaign too though. I kid, of course.
I just hope the Isley's don't sue the Obama '08 campaign if Major League Ent. didn't officially clear that sample though! Download the track here if you don't wanna fall victim to MLE's direct marketing f-ckery too:
Kidz in the Hall - “Work to Do!” [YSI mp3 link]
Kidz in the Hall - MySpace | Website
With the UK's DJ Semtex. He's kind of nice but who the f-ck is Torae?? BTW: as much as I love Cons, he is not freestyling here. Those are writtens, people....
Check out Fabolous interviewed by Semtex at the Def Jam offices here.
Check out Semtex's on-air on his BBC 1xtra radio show here.
I was a big fan of this dude (and I guess still am) but I'm kind of over it at this point. I mean: trailers, release parties and listening events - for a friggin' mixtape?? Seriously, Joey - just work on your real second album already. It's been almost five years and, outside of a few internet nerds and some really patient die-hards, most rap fans have no idea who you are at this point. I just hope he hasn't waited so long that it's too late....
Joe Budden - Mood Muzik III (For Better or Worse) [D/L links: Sendspace | MegaUpload | Rapidshare]
I wasn't as taken as everyone else seemed to be with the first Batman movie starring Christian Bale. This looks pretty good though even if Heath Ledger seems to be doing his best impersonation of Jack Nicholson playing The Joker.
(source: Nation via Nadream)
Friday, December 14, 2007
Another mixtape tied into the Boondocks TV show this time hosted by Metaphor The Great. Download it here [zip file]. Track listing here.
Hosted by Skyzoo and Little Brother. Download it here [zip file]. Get the track listing here. A second Boondocks-related mixtape in the next post....
Click the image to see the flyer full size.
Online: Website | MySpace
Thursday, December 13, 2007
And you know what, it's pretty f-cking good (I mean really good) and I'm not even that big a fan of Lupe's. If you've played the album all the way through you've probabably already checked this out:
The Lupe Fiasco Show - his new blog which he shouts out near the end of the album.
Not sure I wanna call it the album of the year yet like Rizoh though....
(Lala.com Lupe trailer via Eskay)
Labels: Lupe Fiasco
This could end up being the greatest test of the post-Napster, internet/digital music era. How many folks are gonna pay for a CD of In Rainbows after Radiohead essentially gave away the album for free two months ago?
Produced by my dude Mark Ronson who he's worked with before:
Daniel Merriweather - "Chainsaw" [window media audio stream]
I like this although it probably fits a little better on my other site sound-wise with its 60's mod, hammond beat feel. Beat digging nerd, what is that sample used in the beat?? I recognize it and may even own a copy of it somewhere but just can't put a name to it right now....
If you dug the A HipHop Odyssey mix by DJ Jaguar Skills that did the rounds a few months back, apparently Chris Read's The Diary is a must-check.
Download it here [links: MP3 | Rapidshare]
What is it with these Brits and doing these mega-mixes??
Online: MySpace | Website
From his new Trent Reznor-produced album The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust, available online now as a DRM-free download available for FREE or a $5 artist contribution at www.SaulWilliams.com:
Saul Williams - "Sunday Bloody Sunday" [MP3 | Windows Stream]
Yes, this is a U2 cover (with a Serious Intention ad-lib added in for good measure!).
Via Kicksonfire.com yet again.
The Chris Brown x Pony Up Close and Personal tour sneaker. (via Sneakerfiles.com)
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
Tuesday, December 11, 2007
I actually like this. Remember Spank Rock and Benny Blanco are Bangers and Cash. Directed by Erich Weiss.
Produced by Large Professor (has the Extra P moniker been retired now?) And seriously, how many friggin' videos has Styles P been in recently?? Apparently the track is a bonus itunes cut from the recently-released Styles P album (but is credited to AZ??) Somebody please explain WTF is going on here....
Candlelight vigil for Khiel Coppin - I pray no-one ever has to do one of these for me!
I was gonna do a post about how f-cked up the NYPD was after the Khiel Coppin murder but never found the time to get to it. Then again after the one year anniversary of the Sean Bell shooting and the murder of David Kostovski with my angle being that, as a Black male in NYC, I am and have good reason to be scared of the NYPD, but again didn't get to it. But an incident that happened to me personally last Friday night sealed the deal and prompted me to finally write this post and stop wasting my time with the usual BS about mp3's, mixtapes, new videos, sneakers, George Bush and Iraq until I got this off my chest.
So I'm about to walk the one block to my apartment from the subway after hanging out for a bit with some co-workers after our annual office holiday party. It's about 1:30am and as I come out of the station I see an NYPD van parked in the middle of the road with a bunch of cops around it and one white civilian woman. I briefly make eye contact with the woman and glance at some of the cops but keep walking without paying any of them any particular mind. As I approach the gate to my apartment complex though I notice the van has passed me by and is now right outside my building with the cops all coming out of it. "What's going on?" I wonder but just as I'm about to go to put the key in the gate to my apartment, they call out to me:
"Excuse me sir, where are you coming from?"
"From the city," I reply confused.
"From Lafayette and Canal."
Now I'm getting nervous and stuttering 'cos literally five or six HUGE cops are now surrounding me and towering over my skinny ass. I could barely remember the info I just gave them and am kicking myself cos, if they start asking me more detailed questions, I don't even know the name of the bar I've just been hanging out in for the past hour even though I even had the flyer in my back pocket (as I discovered later). I hadn't done anything wrong but I felt nervous, jumpy and guilty just having these dudes looking at me like I'm some kind of a suspect.
"Can we see some ID? There's been a crime reported in the area."
Now I'm kicking myself again 'cos I'm not even sure of what my rights are in a situation like this and whether I can refuse to give them my ID but I'm starting to resent their attitude and wondering exactly how many white dudes they've been stopping and questioning on the street during the course of their 'investigation.'
At this point one of the cops (Black by the way) is writing my info in his notepad, or at least pretending to write something down. "What are they gonna do with my information?" I wonder absent-mindedly. It's getting cold standing out there so I try to put my hands in my pockets to keep them warm 'cos I don't have any gloves on.
"Excuse sir, can you keep your hands visible? For officer safety, you understand?"
Officer safety??!!! You gotta be kidding me! Y'all are the ones killing defenseless Black men on a regular basis, not the other way around. At this point I can't even look at them I'm so disgusted at the accusatory looks and hostility they are all throwing my way. I mean, "Do I really look like the suspect they're allegedly after or even a suspect of any kind... that might have a gun?" I scream out in my mind. I get depressed considering what their answer might have been if I'd asked that out loud. They hand me back my license and are on their way. Maybe they said good night, I don't know or remember - I wanted to get inside so quick I wasn't even processing what was going on by this point - I just wanted it to be over. I was inside my apartment a good 1/2 hour before I even felt calm enough to go tell my roommate (my sister) what had happened.
In the grand scheme of things this was a small incident some might say but I was left feeling about this small: humiliated, angry and powerless. This wasn't the first time something like this has happened to me but it was the first time I really got a sense of how, if I was different kind brother, in a different part of town who looked a little different than how I usually do, things could have ended in a different, much worse way. I felt so angry at how I was being treated that I wanted to hit one of them in frustration even though I knew that that was the worst of all the bad ideas I could have had at that time. It's a short jump of barely a couple hours from being someone who's celebrating the end of a successful professional year and some great news I got last week with friends & colleagues at a holiday party to being driven into the kind of rage that could have got me killed if I hadn't played it cool. I'm a smart, educated and generally articulate dude but these guys intimidated me into not even being able to defend myself verbally and I hated them and myself for letting them do that.
The scary thing though is that stuff like this or even worse or more disrespectful, happens to people who look like me probably countless times every day without anyone taking notice. Yet everyone acts shocked when another shooting or murder that does make the headlines or the top of the news show leads to the kind of outrage in the black community you saw around the Amadou Diallo, Sean Bell and Khiel Coppin murders and wonder where it comes from. Just don't be surprised if the next time that N.W.A classic comes on, you hear me yelling FUCK (NO edits this time around) the Police! and really mean it based on my own little personal experience and not just from an academic, theoretical or faux sense of outrage. And God bless Al Sharpton. I don't give a fuck what people say about him - he may not be always right or totally sincere but he's out there calling these cops out on their f-ckery, fighting the good fight for those that can't defend themselves and giving a voice to those who aren't heard when they try to speak for themselves.
"Today makes one year, and I have yet to hear from a police officer. No one has offered me condolences. No one has said anything to myself or Mr. and Mrs. Bell." Sean Bell fiancée, Nicole Paultre-Bell. [NY1]
This week's Village Voice cover story on how the NYPD's blackly grim stop-and-frisk numbers got whitewashed.
Sunday, December 09, 2007
And you thought this guy was gonna disappear after "Pop, Lock & Drop It"? But will this go? You tell me....
Friday, December 07, 2007
Do I see Lil Boosie and Webbie in there too?
Thursday, December 06, 2007
TONIGHT here in NYC presented by Oh Word and Sit Down Stand Up and hosted by the Internets Celebrities. Click here for more details.
Now with audio clips! On stands Dec. 11 but preview it here (along with Ozone West).
Wednesday, December 05, 2007
Related: enter The Big Doe Rehab mobile contest for a chance to win a touch screen iPod courtesy of Brooklyn Bodega. Details here.
Online: Website | MySpace
Tuesday, December 04, 2007
Sh-t, Wyclef's The Carnival II is in-stores today too featuring this single (word to Wu-Tang)?!! Wow, busy week at retail for hip hop...
Some other blogs already posted this (or something similar) but what the f-ck - the stuff I've heard so far from this album sounds pretty good so far so:
Listen here. [DefSounds.com media player page]
Online: Website | MySpace
Labels: Lupe Fiasco
TMZ.com is breaking the story but I have it on good authority that this terrible news is sadly true. R.I.P. my brother....
Jive Records Statement:
It is with great sadness that Jive Records announces the passing of Chad "Pimp C" Butler, a member of the celebrated rap duo UGK (Underground Kingz). Jive Records' President and CEO Barry Weiss states: "We mourn the unexpected loss of Chad. He was truly a thoughtful and kind-hearted person. He will be remembered for his talent and profound influence as a pioneer in bringing southern rap to the forefront. He will be missed and our prayers remain with his family and Bun B. I've known Chad since he was 18, and we loved him dearly and he was a cherished member of the Jive family."
Born in Port Arthur, Texas, Butler's father was a trumpet player who played professionally with Solomon Burke. Outside of his father, the 33-year old rapper's influences varied, ranging from Bobby Bland, Jimmy McGriff, the 1960's Motown artists to Run DMC. Butler met his inseparable partner Bernard "Bun B" Freeman in high school where they formed UGK. In 1992, the duo signed to Jive Records and went on release a total of eight albums for the label. They earned their highest achievement earlier this year when their most recent album, UGK (Underground Kingz), debuted in the number one position on the album pop chart. According to the New York Times, UGK "helped inspire a generation of Southern hip-hop stars, from OutKast to Lil Wayne."
Bun B is not available for comment at this time.
Statement from UGK manager, Rick Martin via Fader.
Going up against DJ Drama, Ghostface, Styles P, Bow Wow & Omarion and Lord knows who else at reatail today is a tough one but don't sleep, Get Off The Stage is yet another great album by this Bay Area hip hop legend & icon. Don't believe me? Check it out for yourself at the Mp3.com listening party by clicking here.
Alt. listening party link: MSN Music
Labels: Too $hort
From a NY Times article by Mark Mazzetti:
"A new assessment by American intelligence agencies released Monday concludes(click here for the full article)
that Iran halted its nuclear weapons program in 2003 and that the program
remains frozen, contradicting a judgment two years ago that Tehran was working
relentlessly toward building a nuclear bomb. [emphasis added]"
So Cheney, fall back and be easy with the overheated rhetoric!
Israeli officials reject U.S. findings on Iran: surprise.
Monday, December 03, 2007
Nick hates it when I use the H-word in conjunction with sh-t he does but you know what it is....
(spotted via RealTalkNY)
About Interscope, Def Jam, Diddy, Jay-Z & Nas...
And Kelis, Jadakiss, Fat Joe & Ja Rule.
(flash media player links via St8hiphop.com)
I hopped on the bandwagon and copped a couple pairs of the low-top Chuck's a few weekends back so I gotta represent, no?
(h/t: Baby Sam)
(spotted via PickYourShoes.com)
The women's Air Max 95 Sneaker Boot: super-fly genius or fugly?