Thursday, January 31, 2008
Video produced by the American Friends Service Committee (AFSC) showing the cost of waging one day of the Iraq War. Click here for more info.
Wednesday, January 30, 2008
And as soon as I see a link to his performance on Jay Leno last night, I'll post that here too.
Labels: Raheem DeVaughn
I agree with Idolator - it's been way too long waiting for this chick's album to drop. The song in this trailer ("Gotta Work") first leaked almost a year ago!
At least according to Time. I know folks who read this site think I'm riding for Obama, even though I haven't officially endorsed anyone, but I actually probably have more in common with the more progressive Edwards philosophy-wise so I'm sorry to see his voice will no longer be part of the campaign dialogue.
With a full band. Apologies for the super-ass video quality but look who this clip was shot for (click the video and you'll know who 'cos it's impossible to miss it!)....
Hood Vision Films - YouTube | Website
But that dance he's doing in the video is called the "Buckwheat"??! Wow.... :/
YV feat Polow Da Don "I Gotta Dollar" [sendspace mp3 link]
(h/t: my dude TJ)
TJs DJs - Website | MySpace | YouTube | Facebook
Tuesday, January 29, 2008
Gnarls Barkley - "Run" [direct mp3 link - Right Click and Save As please | Audio streams: Real | Win | Buy @ iTunes]
Official first single from the forthcoming new album, The Odd Couple.
Labels: Gnarls Barkley
Monday, January 28, 2008
For my Bay Area folkers....
Online: Stash magazine
You've already heard the track but I had to post this 'cos Shyheim looks older than me! WTF happened to this kid??!
Hillary Clinton: "I was fighting against those ideas when you were representing your contributor, Rezko, in his slum landlord business in Chicago...."
Bill & Hillary Clinton with Tony Rezko
Wow - pot.calling.kettle.black?
More: NBC confronts Hillary with 'slum lord' photo.
After getting whupped in SC by Barack this weekend, the Clintons try to play the race card.
Very cool although the mid-section cut-away is pretty much a direct bite of "Hey Ya", no?
(spotted via Spine)
Labels: Erykah Badu
Saturday, January 26, 2008
I know I've been sleeping HEAVILY on posting anything about the ongoing situation in Kenya. These videos from NTV Kenya should help alleviate matters a bit.
NTV Kenya - YouTube Channel | Website
(spotted via On 221)
Related: is Barack Obama being outmaneuvered on the campaign trail by Team Clinton? (Time)
(h/t: Alex at Killer Beez Promo)
Friday, January 25, 2008
From an AP article:
"The Hershey Co. is halting production of Ice Breakers Pacs in response to criticism that the mints look too much like illegal street drugs, the company's president and chief executive officer said Thursday.
Ice Breakers Pacs, which first hit store shelves in November, are nickel-sized dissolvable pouches with a powdered sweetener inside. The pouches come in blue or orange and bear the Ice Breakers logo.
Members of Philadelphia's police narcotics squad said the mints closely resemble tiny heat-sealed bags used to sell powdered street drugs. They charged that the consequences could be serious if, for example, a child familiar with the mints found a package of cocaine."
Click here for more.
Ice Breakers Pacs - website
For those who even give a f*ck, if my singles list got you mad, I don't even wanna imagine what you'll think of my album list. I won't get into a lengthy dissertation with my thoughts about the year in albums because really, who cares? But I will say this: I think 2007 was a GREAT year for hip hop albums and albums in general. Haters may disagree but f*ck 'em, they just weren't listening and to be honest, it wasn't that hard to find good albums in hip hop no matter what your tastes. To wit (in alphabetical order though 'cos, even though I had most of my picks in rough order of how much I liked them, I really couldn't decide on a most favorite album to top the list):
- Common - Finding Forever
- Consequence - Don't Quit Your Day Job
- Interpol - Our Love to Admire
- Jay-Z - American Gangster
- Kenna - Make Sure They See My Face
- Alicia Keys - As I Am
- Talib Kweli - Eardrum
- LCD Soundsystem - Sound of Silver
- Lupe Fiasco - Lupe Fiasco's The Cool
- Plies - The Real Testament
- Radiohead - In Rainbows
- Sa-Ra - The Hollywood Recordings
- Turf Talk - West Coast Vaccine
- Kanye West - Graduation
- Amy Winehouse - Back to Black
Honorable Mentions: Playaz Circle, Soulja Boy, Ticklah, Hurricane Chris and, Rich Boy.
Biggest disappointment: Cassidy - B.A.R.S. - this was a tough one for me: I LOVED his last album but this actually thoughtful and deeply personal album was pretty much a total miss for me.
Sorry I missed the Ghostface, Scarface, Beanie Sigel and Freeway albums cos there's a strong chance that at least some of those albums would have probably been on this list too if I'd heard them.
Previously on The Kitchen:
2007 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles here.
2006 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Albums here.
Labels: YEAR END WRAP-UP: Albums
S'funny. I was looking at my favorite singles of 2006 list and got confused when I saw T.I.'s "What You Know" at #1. I thought I must have missed a year of doing this or something because it felt like that song had come out years ago now! Well I checked my King album and lo and behold, that was only a year ago after all. How time flies, huh? Anyway, like we always do around this time in these parts, not necessarily the best, best-selling or most-acclaimed songs, just a list my favorite singles from the past year:
- Seal - "Amazing"
- UGK feat. Outkast - "International Player's Anthem (I Chooose You)"
- Rihanna - "Umbrella"
- Kenna - "Say Goodbye to Love"
- Lil Mama - "Lip Gloss"
- Nu World Hustle - "Fresh"
- Crime Mob - "Rock Yo Hips" [I also really liked that "Circles" single too!]
- Mark Ronson feat. Daniel Merriweather - "Stop Me"
- Keyshia Cole feat. Missy Elliott & Lil' Kim - "Let It Go"
- DJ Khaled - "We Takin' Over"
- Camp Lo - "Black Hollywood"
- Kia Shine - "So Krispy"
- Fantasia feat. Big Boi -"Hood Boy"
- Tum Tum - "Caprice Muzik"
- Collie Budz - "Come Around"
- Plies feat. T.I. "In Love with my $" [I know "Shawty" was really the 'record' and I liked that too but I just really dug this buzz 'street single' a LOT - why wasn't this on the album??]
- Stephen Marley feat. Damien Jr. Gong Marley - "Traffic Jam"
Click here for the 2006 YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles post (links to the 2003-2005 lists there too).
Labels: YEAR END WRAP-UP: Singles
Thursday, January 24, 2008
Dude makes tracks like #1 POP hit "Low" by Flo-Rida in his sleep. Here's a couple more that'll probably pop off this year:
Rick Ross feat. T-Pain - "The Boss"
2 Pistols feat. T-Pain - "She Got It"
Who the f-ck is 2 Pistols though??
[both links zshare stream/download links]
Wednesday, January 23, 2008
Download it and get more details here. I know this is not breaking news but I just so happened to play this album last weekend and it still kind of holds up to me after all these years and then saw that post at Hip Hop Is Read earlier today.
Labels: Mos Def
Yet another remix (more like a remake/reinterpretation in this case) of Kanye's current single, "Flashing Lights" complete with the above video. This kid is pretty soulful sounding though - could this fellow Canuck be the next Adam Levine... maybe?
Now get a free download of the track, officially titled "I Want Those Flashing Lights", here courtesy Meg at Frontside Promotions. [zshare stream/download link]
(h/t: Perez via Nadreams)
Tuesday, January 22, 2008
Related: Did Hillary steal the Nevada caucus? Is there any credence to this rumor??
(h/t: Baby Sam)
From today's Washington Post:
"President Bush's White House early on scrapped a custom archiving system that the Clinton administration had adopted under a federal court order. From 2001 to 2003, the Bush White House also recorded over computer backup tapes that provided a last line of defense for preserving e-mails, even though a similar practice landed the Clinton administration in legal trouble.
As a result, several years' worth of electronic communication may have been lost, potentially including e-mails documenting administration actions in the run-up to the Iraq war.
White House officials said last week that they have "no reason to believe" that any e-mails were deliberately destroyed or are missing."
Yeah right! Click here for more.
"Global stocks plunge on US recession fears: Investors have cast doubt on the strength of a $140bn proposal by George W Bush aimed at stopping a US downturn." (The Times of London)
Sunday, January 20, 2008
Or does he?
Either way, this is truly embarrassing with the MLK Jr. holiday just around the corner. I'm not saying you have to ride for Obama just 'cos he's black but do you have to show your ass for massa by knocking down the brother like that - especially after Clinton's recent bullsh*t-ass comments?
Davey D: Why Bob Johnson is an Asshole & a Hypocrite.
Bob Johnson Bashes Barack Obama! An Example Of Black On Black Crime At It's Finest! [ScurvOriginalz.com]
Is this sampling
Akai MPC5000 - website
Click here to read it. For more Mickey from The Kitchen, click the 'Mickey Factz' label below.
Labels: Mickey Factz
With Luv Bug Starski at Studio B on 259 Banker St. (click here to see a map of the venue location). It's way too cold for me to go out for this plus c'mon: I gotta watch the Giants tonight! Click here for more details if seeing legendary hip hop icons perform is more important to you than seeing if Eli & crew can keep the streak going though!
Friday, January 18, 2008
Don't be shocked if homeboy comes in top 5 next week and has the whole music industry going, "Raheem, who??"
Sorry it's been a bit slow around these parts: been busy at work plus not that much inspiring me to post right now. I will say this though: all those bloggers who were talking up the Turf Talk album a few months back were right - that sh-t is friggin' GREAT. Not that I thought 2007 was a bad year for hip hop albums personally like the perennially, grumpy haters that are always complaining but the West Coast Vaccine album reminded me yet again that there was a time when hip hop albums could be repeat listens and great from top to bottom.
Raheem DeVaughn - Website | MySpace | BUY Love Behind the Melody here
Turf Talk - Website | MySpace | BUY the West Coast Vaccine album here
Wednesday, January 16, 2008
Live at Tillman's with my dude Selwyn Hinds DJ-ing and singer Maya Acuzena with the Chico Mann band. If you haven't read former Source magazine editor Selwyn's book, Gunshots in my Cook-Up which I sheepishly have to admit I have owned since it was published in 2002 but am only just reading myself right now, do so immediately.
Online: BUY Gunshots in my Cook-Up at Amazon.com here.
Featuring Slick Rick, Chubb Rock, Nice & Smooth and Lisa Lisa performing live. What more do I need to say?
Click here for more info: www.bbkingblues.com | Freedom Party
From today's amNY newspaper:
"Residents of 1520 Sedgwick Ave., the place where in the mid-1970s a young D.J. later known as Kool Herc started spinning records at parties in the basement recreation room, are announcing today their plan to buy the building -- for only a few thousands dollars per apartment -- from private interests, and keep it affordable.Click here for the full article. More at Eskay's.
1520 Sedgwick is credited as the birthplace of hip hop. "It's like Graceland or the Grand Ole Opry, it's the birthplace, where it all started from," Herc said. "It's a piece of the American dream and we just want to preserve it.""
Save 1520 Sedgewick - website | MySpace
Labels: DJ Kool Herc
Monday, January 14, 2008
From the NY Times:
"Entertainers including the singer Mary J. Blige and the rapper 50 Cent are among thousands of people whose names are turning up in an investigation into obtaining steroids or human growth hormones, an Albany newspaper reported on Sunday.
The Times Union reported that the investigation, being conducted by the Albany County district attorney, P. David Soares, also found evidence that in addition to Ms. Blige and 50 Cent, other possible recipients included two other musicians, Wyclef Jean and Timbaland, and Tyler Perry...."
But no Busta?!!
Sunday, January 13, 2008
Produced by DJ Rack$ (who he??). Download it here. [rar link, requires winrar software via Punch Your Mother]
Friday, January 11, 2008
Stream this excellent mixtape via the DatPiff.com media player below:
(h/t: Femi Fem who says, "[This is] unreleased Q-Tip - many of these songs are off the shelved Open album.")
Check out these mp3's from the album (remember to Right Click and Save As):
"We Roll (feat. Jim Jones & Max B)" | "Till I Retire" | "914 (feat. Sheek Louch)"
NY's Finest, featuring appearances by Raekwon, Masta Killa, Papoose, Little Brother and Redman, available via Nature Sounds on February 26.
(spotted via Honey Soul)
Check out the DJ Osk Pete's, Rhymes and Life (The Pete Rock Story) (sic) mixtape here at Rapmullet.com.
Image courtesy HuffPo
At least based on these three articles from yesterday's NY Times:
W.H.O. Says Iraq Civilian Death Toll Higher Than Cited.
9 U.S. Soldiers Killed in Sunni Stronghold.
2005 Use of Gas by Blackwater Leaves Questions.
Meanwhile in Afghanistan...
US to send 3,000 more marines to Afghanistan.
Thursday, January 10, 2008
I posted the trailer for this a while back. This is the official video though. Like my man said, this ain't like the greatest hip hop song in the world or anything but I just like the energy and the movement all these youth-oriented hip hop dance songs represent.
Somehow I doubt this is official but who knows? A lot of major cats are feeling Raheem nowadays so anything's possible....
Kanye West feat. Raheem DeVaughn - "Flashing Lights (remix)" [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
And BTW: Love Behind the Melody in stores 1.15.08
Online: Website | MySpace
Wednesday, January 09, 2008
If dude, despite last night's results (which shouldn't be such a shock given the general dynamic of the campaign, the surprise results in Iowa last week notwithstanding), prevails to become the real first Black president, he's gonna need hella security!
Tuesday, January 08, 2008
Sent to me earlier this week....
Connie- "Funky Lil Beat"
Noel- "Silent Morning"
Aleem- "Release Yourself"
D-Train - "You're The One For Me"
Vanity 6- "Nasty Girl"
Stevie B - "Spring Love (Background Break)"
Midnight Star - "Freak-A-Zoid"
Trinere - "There Playing Our Song"
Download the mix here. [zshare mp3 stream/download link]
I used to love this stuff in high school when it was called Latin Hip Hop (or more dispargingly, 'Gino Music' by some). Hence my interest in going to see Debbie Deb last weekend.
DJ King Assassin: MySpace | Blog
Monday, January 07, 2008
Download the Rhymefest Man In The Mirror (Michael Jackson Dedication Mixtape) hosted by Mark Ronson here. [zip file D/L link via the Rhymefest online store)
Thanks for the heads up to my dude Big Ced.
Friday, January 04, 2008
You don't know how tempted I am to go to this but I have dinner plans that night...
BTW, unrelated but Obama, respek!
Thursday, January 03, 2008
It's The Gray Album all over again! From a press release serviced by Robbie of 1776:
"Fresh on the heels of a story in The New York Times, Cali producer and In Rainbows remixer Amplive has received a cease & desist letter from Radiohead's publisher Warner/Chappell, demanding that the Bay Area DJ put a halt to his Rainydayz Remixes project, an 8-track remix album of re-envisioned In Rainbows songs featuring guest spots from the legendary Too Short, MC Zumbi of Zion I, Del the Funky Homosapien of Gorillaz, Chali2na of Jurrasic 5, and a host of others. What this means for the future of the project is currently unclear, but the originally proposed release date of January 10th has now been postponed indefinitely. As it would seem, the folks at Pitchforkmedia.com have already come out in support of the producer, hoping in a recent news story that "all parties involved can reach some kind of agreement where art-- not profit or bureaucratic malarkey-- prevails."
Here's a link to a copy of the Warner/Chappell letter and letter response from Amplive himself (and video above):
"First and foremost I would like to thank everyone who has been digging my remixes. I put a lot of time and hard work into them and I am glad people are appreciating them. I was especially excited about the exclusive verses I was able to get from Del the Funky Homosapien, Chali2na from Jurassic 5, the soul singer Codany Holiday, and K.Flay, who were all also super excited about contributing to the project. I really feel if Radiohead's team was able to hear these remaining remixed songs, they would feel differently. So I am writing this letter to ask that if you have any post/streams/mp3s of the songs from Rainydayz Remixes that you remove them immediately. Complying with the cease and desist, these remixes can't be publicly distributed or made commercially available. Even though I was offering them for free in conjunction with the In Rainbows download and had good intentions because of my appreciation for their music, the powers that may be are not seeing it the same way. Hopefully I can find a way for Radiohead to support this FREE release made available only to those who purchased their album. For now I am cooperating with the "C & D" only because it has come from Radiohead's team and I will respect that. BUT if that changes I am happy to resume my release plans. Again, I appreciate your support in posting them, but because of the situation at this time, it is illegal. Thanks for you help." - Amp Live
This music biz has gone bonkers. And I think Amp is 100% right - I'd stake wild paper that if Thom Yorke knew about this, he'd be totally down with letting him release this project the way he was planning.
Unrelated: Nadreams, keep ya head up - I still love you and you'll always be with me in my heart even if you're not here in NYC any more.
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Online: Hip Hop is Not Dead
Wednesday, January 02, 2008
One of my favorite groups when I'm not playing hip hop. From the Morning Child EP available (only?) online via Milan Records:
4Hero - "Morning Child" [direct mp3 link, right click and Save As]
Online: 4 Hero - MySpace | Milan Records
Labels: 4 Hero
I know this has been out for a minute but I got confused about how long ago that was and who actually did this song 'cos isn't there a version of this song done by Jeezy too that might have been on a Gangsta Grillz mixtape or something? LMAO also though at all the cats who dissed homeboy as not being 'real hip hop' when he was part of D4L blowing up with "Laffy Taffy."
This looks like a hot one but I just got back into town and need a second to get my sh-t together so probably won't make it personally. Click here for more details if interested. Happy New Year to everyone though!