Monday, June 30, 2008
The background for those not knowing: Does the Glastonbury Fest Still Rock? [Time]
More music (sampling "One More Time" again) poppin' in Dallas last week:
Daft Punk are truly the Kraftwerk of the modern hip hop era, no? (Direct link here.
It's the Real is real hit 'n miss with their weekly hip hop comedy clips but this week's (above) is pretty funny. Peep the Teairra Mari section, LOL....
Direct link here.
Bun B NOT at the BET Awards last week!
New single produced by Mr. Lee (the old Chi-town hip-house producer??) from Trill II (?) on Rap-A-Lot/Asylum records:
Bun B feat. Rick Ross, Jodeci, David Banner and 8-Ball & MJG - "You're Everything" [zshare stream/download mp3 link courtesy Rap Star Promo]
MySpace - Bun B | MySpace - Rap Star Promo
Sunday, June 29, 2008
Spotted via the Village Voice I was reading on the train earlier today. File under 'Humorous' (I think? You never know though...).
www.tsfworld.net | MySpace - The Hammer Crew
Friday, June 27, 2008
Ongoing through July 3. Click here for more details.
Labels: Keith Haring
Featuring KRS-1, DJ Premier and Buckshot for those who still wish it was 1994 (or '88). Well to be fair like I just said, my dude Mickey Factz is gonna be there too and he's pretty much 2008 going on year 3000....
For more info:
Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival
More street video heat from Smij: Smij YouTube Channel
From Dallas yet again:
Damm D - "Love Me" [stream/download links via imeeem]
I do believe that's a Pimp C sample from the Gucci Mane album I've been talking about on the hook? C'mon, stop frontin'....
MySpace - Damm D
Thursday, June 26, 2008
The best leak Mickey has done in a while although I love how he disavows being a hipster rapper in interviews then shouts out every hipster rapper out right now in this track:
Mickey Factz - "Incredible" [sharebee D/L link]
Remember that Mickey is also peforming at the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival on July 12.
Mickey Factz - MySpace | Imeem
Heard while in Dallas this past weekend:
Big Tuck feat. Fat-B - "Not a Stain on Me" [YSI mp3 D/L link]
Kind of reminds me of the end of the Beastie Boys's "Posse In Effect" (?) with those crowd chants in the background....
Big Tuck - MySpace
Labels: Big Tuck
Presented by Giant Step. Click here for more details and RSVP info.
Sidebar: does this e-flyer remind you of how back in the day Motown used to put white people on the covers of their albums so they wouldn't offend the racist tendencies of retailers and consumers in the South?
Shot on my digicam so not the best quality, sound or video-wise. Trust me, the real thing is gonna look crazy though.
More: Part II | Part III
Homeboy just spun at a post-BET Awards party for T-Pain at a ridiculous Hollywood Hills mansion apparently also used for the finale of the MTV show, 'The Hills' (and supposedly owned by a 28 year old dude - I hate the guy and I've never even met him!) although truth be told, the party only got really crunk when T-Pain got on the 1's and 2's and started spinning himself. Real talk, Pain is no joke on the set!
Online: Mansion | DJ Vice - MySpace | Website
Labels: DJ Vice
Friday, June 20, 2008
Soundtrack to the movie about summer in NYC during the 'greatest ever year in hip hop.' This should appeal to those who still think Lil Wayne is [the] wack[ness]. D-Nice Wackness promo mixtape coming soon too!
On the Sundance Channel Presents: Live From Abbey Road.
Mary J Blige interview clip.
Episode 1 video montage featuring Mary J Blige, Dashboard Confessional, and James Blunt.
Labels: Mary J. Blige
But why no T-Pain widget, WTF?
As you can see I've been too busy to post. I'm off to Dallas for the weekend and then off to this next week. All I really wanna do is sleep though....
Tuesday, June 17, 2008
So perfect for this weather! (spotted and also available for download via D-Nice.com)
In the Heights - I told y'all already: F-CK with it!
"Hundreds of Taliban fighters have swarmed into a strategically important district just outside Kandahar, the biggest city in southern Afghanistan, apparently in a push for control just days after 400 Taliban members escaped in a spectacular breakout from the Kandahar prison, officials said." [Click here for more from the NYT]
"His lifelong dream of becoming a soldier had, in the end, come to this for Isaac Stevens: 28, penniless, in a wheelchair, fending off the sexual advances of another man in a homeless shelter." [Click here for more from amNY.com]
Army suicides up 20 percent in 2007, report says. [CNN.com]
More on this tragedy:
"Suicides in Iraq; It's Worse Than You Thought." [American Chronicle]
CBS News' report on the rising number of Army suicides. [YouTube video]
Meanwhile Bush and McCain opposed the expanded GI Bill but it's the Democrats who hate the troops??
Monday, June 16, 2008
An MC freestyling over a Carter III beat that's NOT "A Milli"?? I can respect that!
Rukus - "Let The Beat Build (freestyle)" [YSI mp3 D/L link]
I've actually posted about this kid before.
Rukus: Website | MySpace
For those of you who think hip hop peaked creatively in '88!
P. Brothers - The Gas LP (Album Preview) [YSI mp3 D/L link]
Meanwhile, I'll be over here listening to Gucci Mane.
P. Brothers - Heavy Bronx | P. Bros. - MySpace
Labels: P. Brothers
Sunday, June 15, 2008
A DJ Semtex exclusive:
Kid Cudi - "London Girls (Freestyle)" [YSI mp3 D/L link]
Shout to my favorite London girls, Chanty F. and Emily T. at the Dairy.
Friday, June 13, 2008
Lil Wayne feat. Jay-Z & Chris Brown - "A Milli (Hot 97 Remix)" [YSI mp3 link]
This is not on official remix obviously, just some Frankenstein Pro Tools sh-t of some of the freestyles out there. Probably the Beat of the Year already at this point though, right? Is the producer right though in saying that Wayne could have done the beat more justice? And do you think Wayne cares either way? He is officially the biggest rapper on the planet now. Enjoy it (now re-upped, one time only)!
Bonus: David Banner feat. Lil Wayne & Busta Rhymes "La La La Remix (Final Rough Mix)" [YSI mp3 link] - this sh-t is banoodles! "Started out hustling... ended up ballin'... N-gga, I'm the sh-t, get the f-ck up out my toilet!" LOL....
[h/t: Baby Sam]
Download it here. [MediaFire D/L link via Get Right Music]
Been out for a few days so most of y'all probably copped already. Honestly I kind of got bored halfway through listening to this and turned on Tha Carter III again (or something). Anyway, I think N.W.A did it better with just one song on "N-ggaz 4 Life."
Wasn't homeboy part of the post-post-50 wave of East Coast MC after Maino, Red Cafe, Grafh, Jae Millz and a bunch of other dudes who are basically irrelevant now?
Download it here. [Sendspace D/L link]
Bonus: Sha Stimuli Freestyling on POW! Radio. [YouTube video]
MySpace - Sha Stimuli | Victorious Entertainment
McCain Rips Supreme Court Decision on Guantanamo - calls it, it “one of the worst decisions in the history of this country.”
He was a regular part of my Sunday morning TV viewing (which probably gives you a good idea of how f-cking old I am!) and it was always great watching him dismantle many a smug politicians' talking points and BS. Not to speak ill of the dead though but will we now never know what his real role was in the Plamegate affair?
Thursday, June 12, 2008
Of course that nut job Michelle Malkin is in on it.
(via Salon courtesy my dude Pricelicious)
Wednesday, June 11, 2008
Sampling Portishead supposedly (not 100% sure, didn't actually have time to play this):
Mickey Factz - "Machine Gun" [sharebee D/L link]
Mickey Factz - MySpace
Labels: Mickey Factz
Opio - "Some Superfly Sh!t" | "Stop The Press" [direct mp3 links, right click and save as]
Watch the "Some Superfly Sh!t" video here.
Watch a video of Kanye, John Mayer & Just Blaze giving props to Souls of Mischief here.
MySpace - Opio | Hiero - MySpace | Hiero website
Boxie feat. Juelz Santana - "Let Me Show You" [direct mp3 link courtesy Polo Ground Music]
Mostly hot cos of The Jacksons sample, truthfully.
Boxie - MySpace
[Thanks Int'l XL]
Hosted by Akon. Download it here. [Sendsapce D/L link via iamnot4sale.com]
Missed from before:
Download Link for the entire 'A Tribe Called Fresh' mixtape featuring C.N.N., Estelle, Kardinal Offishall, Nina Sky, Joel Ortiz, J-Dilla, Talib Kweli and more here. [Sendsapce D/L link]
Watch the video for "Lyrics 2 Go" featuring Kardinal Offishall and Joel Ortiz here. [YouTube link]
Of Michigan's Athletic Mic League crew. The video is for the track, "Beat the Speakers Up."
Buff1 - "Classic Rap" [direct mp3 link, Right Click and Save As]
From the There’s Only One album dropping August 12th on A-Side Worldwide / Fat Beats records.
Tuesday, June 10, 2008
Who apparently recently declared that, "The DJ is Dead!" This video is worth watching for his hip hop chess set and for the following lines, "[Jermaine], you a BDS A&R. You've turned an icon [Janet] into a Bus It Baby?! Change your name to Jerlaine Dupri and your label to Slow, Slow Death!" He also goes in on the internet and blogs. I guess, don't tell him about these guys! LOL....
For his new book, The Adventures of Grandmaster Flash: My Life, My Beats that comes out today. Click here for event details. More on Flash at the NY Daily News here.
Labels: DJ Grandmaster Flash
Reminds me that I've gotta go cop new Chucks for summer cos I wore out the ones I got a few months back!
Pharrell, Santogold & Julian Casablancas - "My Drive Thru" [free mp3 link at Converse.com, although I'm sure someone will 'liberate' it soon]
BTW: I'm diggin' the new N*E*R*D album, its much better than the last one.
Spotted via Examiner.com
- "The Iraq war: Did Bush lie? YES: Flawed information and falsehoods carried the day." [Atlanta Journal Constitution]
- "President Bush “convinces himself to believe what suits his needs at the moment,” and has engaged in “self-deception” to justify his political ends, Scott McClellan, the former White House press secretary, writes in a critical new memoir about his years in the West Wing." [New York Times]
Monday, June 09, 2008
Last quick one before I bounce from work (still no internet access at home but I'm sleeping GREAT and making it to the gym every day!)
Download it here. [Sendspace D/L link via Charles' blog]
I'm kind of diggin' this:
Billy Danze (of M.O.P.) - “Savages” [Listen: MediaFire mp3 D/L link via East Coast Digital radio | MP3 via Spine]
Previously on The Kitchen:
Billy Danze - "Gangsta"
I've been meaning to post something from Gucci Mane's Back to the Traphouse album for a minute now cos even though it came out at the end of last year, I think it's one of the most slept-on hip hop albums of the past year. As a matter of fact, until The Cool Kids and Wayne joints leaked/came out, it was pretty much the only hip hop album I was listening to regularly (sorry, Roots!). If you dig Jeezy's trap hop lyricism and TI's southern swaggerific flow, then Gucci is definitely for you but for those of you who missed it, here's a joint from it to check out:
Gucci Mane feat. Trey Songz - "Drink it Straight" [YSI mp3 D/L link]
And for those of you already knowing, download the entire, brand new Gucci Mane & Yo Gotti: G-Sh!t mixtape here, here or here. [D/L links via GetRightMusic]
How I'm feeling right now:
The Specials - "Too Hot (Live?)" [direct mp3 via KOHit.net, Right Click and Save As please]
From one of my top 10 favorite albums of all-time.
Labels: The Specials
Saturday, June 07, 2008
S'funny, I got a copy of the brand new Verve Remixed 4 album in the mail this week which I checked out and thought was great! Then I saw a listing in the amNewYork free paper for the Crest Hardware Art Show opening in Williamsburg today and noticed that the cover art from the album is one of the featured pieces in the show. Coincidence? I think not. Get out and enjoy some of this great sun we're having this weekend by going to see the show. And if not check out some of Verve Remixed 4 here:
- James Brown - "There Was A Time (Kenny Dope Remix)" [YSI mp3 link]
- Marlena Shaw - "California Soul (Diplo / Mad Decent Remix)" [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Google Search]
Check out the Dockers commercial using Marlena Shaw's "California Soul" here.
BUY Verve Remixed 4 here | Crest Hardware Art Show
Friday, June 06, 2008
I'm trying to minimize the amount of stuff I recycle from other blogs like Eskay who I jack from frequently, but this song (produced by Polow Da Don)is f-ckin' great and a must-post:
Nas - "Hero" [listen: zshare stream/download mp3 link | MP3]
(zshare link via Nah Right | direct mp3 link via XXL.com, right click & save as, please!)
If you're not talking/posting about this, you're not a real hip hop blog. You must learn, young'uns!
Me personally, I think I might be trying to catch the secret MySpace show by Janelle Monáe that day instead.
BTW though: who's Heavy that's apparently gonna be busy this weekend?
Cold Heat is Jak D[anielz] & Jay W.
Download: "Tribute to DJ Premier" [YSI mp3 link]
Cold Heat - MySpace
Thursday, June 05, 2008
I know I been slacking on posting these since I introduced this cat to the world but trust me, he's fine. In celebration of the fact that he's performing at Knitting Factory tomorrow night with The Cool Kids, here's the latest joints in his Weekly Leak series:
- The Leak #23: "Rockin N Rolling" Produced by Precize [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
- The Leak #24: "The 6 Letter Word" Produced By Jet Audio [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
And in case you missed the older ones I didn't post:
- The Leak #22: "Naturally" Feat Jade [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
- The Leak #19: "Jumanji" Feat Nakim, Nymesis, Charlie Clips, Smoke Dza & Curtains [Sharebee mp3 D/L link]
- The Leak #18: "Overdose On Life" Feat Drake & Travis From Gym Class Heroes. Produced by Omen. [Sharebee mp3 D/L link]
Labels: Mickey Factz
Sent to me earlier today:
Vic Damone feat. Rick Ross - "Go Hard" [YSI mp3 link]
Don't know much about this dude but there's an interview with him here (although can't 100% say for sure that this is actually the same Vic D!).
The next "Chicken Noodle Soup"? Allegedly the hottest record in Philly:
DJ Diamond Kuts feat. Dwizz & Pumpkin -"Salt, Peppa, Ketchup & Hot Sauce (Remix)" [YSI mp3 link]
From DJ Diamond Kuts' forthcoming HerStory In The Making album.
This is a GREAT-looking video and the "Paid in Full" jack on the beat and by Wayne in his verse is appreciated too. Best R&B clip out besides the latest Ne-Yo one.
(Spotted via Rizoh)
Wednesday, June 04, 2008
Lil Mama - "A Milli (Freestyle)" [YSI mp3 link]
Proving once again that she's a real spitter and not just a novelty or kiddie rapper.
Labels: Lil Mama
Blog and hipster hype be damned - The Bake Sale is actually really legit good! If I have one major criticism it's that the album (or is it EP?) is a bit samey sounding after a while although it makes for a quick listen over its barely 30-plus minutes & 10 tracks and I've been playing it repeatedly over the past few days which is something I haven't done with too many albums recently. If you miss that minimalist 808, drums 'n synth effect sound a la Mantronix or early Rick Rubin Def Jam productions then this record is for you 'cos The Cool Kids is bringin' '88 back.
Listen: The Cool Kids - "What Up Man" [audio streams: windows | quicktime | real]
- Bol on 'hipster rap' on XXL.com. [h/t: Sledge]
- Oh Word on The Cool Kids. Folks over there seem to be getting real aggie about these kids. It ain't that deep, people!
The Cool Kids - Website | MySpace
Labels: The Cool Kids
But now the real work begins....
Monday, June 02, 2008
The most polarizing MC in the game takes it back to the Stretch N Bob era with a Swizz-produced Electric Prunes/David Axelrod beat jack.
Lil Wayne - "Dr. Carter" (prod. by Swizz Beats) [YSI mp3 link]
Who says this kid can't do 'real' hip hop?? BTW: I really like The Carter III, haters be damned although he was pretty horrific at Summer Jam. Album in stores next week (I think?).
N/h on this post but I saw this show last week with my mom who was in town and it was incredible. This TV spot doesn't really do it justice and I'm no expert but I have to say this was the best Broadway show I've ever seen and totally deserving of being the most nominated production at this year's Tony Awards. I think it would make an amazing movie a la Chicago too if done right.
There's a heavy hip hop element to the show (i.e. there's rapping, which is actually pretty decent, as well as singing) so for heads who would never f-ck with this kind of thing, I'm telling you, put your prejudices aside and check it out. This may sell the show short and be a lazy reference because of the heavy Latin element in both, but this is really like West Side Story for the hip hop era. As I was watching it, it made me think of all the great cinematic, A-list hip hop artists like Nas, Dre, Jay-Z etc. who would probably be inspired to do amazing things with this artform if they saw this musical.
Had a great weekend too: I saw your boy Usain 'Lightning' Bolt CRUSH the 100m world record under less-than-optimal conditions on Saturday night at the Reebok Grand Prix track meet and then made it to Summer Jam last night as well. I'll get into that once I find some good video links to base a post around though....