Saturday, February 28, 2009
Obama defends the budget he sent to Congress this week and the sweeping change he wants to bring to Washington. If he can pull off what he's talking about in the address above (i.e. muzzling the lobbyists and special interest), it'll be an amazing accomplishment. The sharks are already out though! [JSOnline]
Obama's budget: Taxing for fairness or class warfare? - The LA Times is unblievable!
Obama challenges lobbyists to legislative duel. [AP]
Typical family would get tax cut in Obama budget. [AP]
White House Budget Plan Leaves Little Room for Error, Economists Warn. [Fox News]
Obama Declares Plan to Cut Deficit in Half. [AP video]
Limbaugh: "He wants people in fear, angst and crisis, fearing the worst each and every day because that clears the decks for President Obama and his pals to come in with the answers which are abject failures, historically shown and demonstrated. Doesn't matter. They'll have control of it when it's all over. And that's what they want."
Biggest.bag.of.bullsh-t.ever - that quote above could apply to a certain recent ex-president with respect to his suspension of people's civil liberties in the name of fighting a certain "war on terror" too! [CNN.com]
Here we go again....
"Surveillance video released in an assault case against a King County, Wash. sheriff's deputy shows him kicking a young girl, slamming her to the jail cell floor and striking her repeatedly. The deputy has pleaded not guilty in case."
Do I have to even add anything here? It's almost an everyday thing at this point. You can read more details here though.
Best of the blogs from the past week or so:
Jay-Z feat. Santogold & Beastie Boys - "Brooklyn Go Hard (DJ Rob Dinero remix)" - re-upped by popular demand ONE TIME ONLY! [yousendit mp3 download link]
Kanye West feat. T-Pain - "Flight School" [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Miss Info/NMC]
Dream feat. Kanye West - "Walking on the Moon" [sharebee link via OnSMASH]
Mary J Blige feat. Ne-Yo - "Love" [Sendspace link via mp3waxx.com]
Chelley - "Took the Night" [download links: yousendit mp3 | alt. links here]*
I know: not much hip hop here. I'm dropping a GRIP of hip hop links over on twitter though. It's quick and easy and allows me to share way more music, videos and other stuff without killing my whole day. Follow me.
* I know I posted this before but The Hype Machine didn't pick up the file. Normally I wouldn't give a f-ck but this is gonna be a BIG record that I think people need to know about.
Straight out of Torino, Italy. Download it here. [Rapidshare zip file download link]
Superfly magazine - MySpace | Website
Labels: Superfly magazine
New music out of Oakland:
Mistah FAB & Shu 100 - "I Never Asked For This"
Clyde Carson feat. Turf Talk & Kaz Kyzah - "Feeling On"
Balance feat Ya Boy & Big Rich - "We Fresh"
The Jacka feat. Big Rich, Balance & Jimmie Reign - "Can't Go"
[all zshare stream/download mp3 link]
Also check out a video trailer here.
Traklordz - MySpace
WTF?? Skip to the 2:00 minute mark for the f-ckery. Click here for more. [ABC News]
Friday, February 27, 2009
I actually got put up on this show when I got this with my coffee a couple weeks ago at my local coffee shop, but a spot on the radio just jogged my memory about it. To my uptown heads though: is there actually a neighborhood called Harlem Heights??
"Harlem Heights" premieres on Monday (March 2) at 10pm EST. Click here for more details.
Download it here [direct mp3 link, right click and save as]. Listen to it at Test Pressing.
This is f-cking EPIC! For young uns' benefit, here's the background story: when the Wild Bunch broke up they became Soul II Soul (with Nellee Hooper joining Jazzie B's London crew and helping them produce "Back to Life" and "Keep On Movin'") and Massive Attack (formed by WB members Daddy G, 3D and maybe Milo too, though not sure about that last one).
Test Pressing has more crucial UK sounds. Check them out here.
More here from these two legends on how underrated the Dallas market has been historically and the final UGK album which I'm being told could be their best ever or at least better than their last (excellent) album.
Technically just a remix (or mashup) sampling the Beastie Boys' "No Sleep Til Brooklyn." I dig it though:
Jay-Z feat. Santogold & Beastie Boys - "Brooklyn Go Hard (DJ Rob Dinero remix)" - re-upped by popular demand ONE TIME ONLY! [yousendit mp3 download link]
DJ Rob Dinero - MySpace
Featuring Pac Div, Naledge, Drake, Kid Cudi, Charles Hamilton, U-N-I and most of the rest of your current favorite blog rappers.
This is actually one of the better mixtapes, music quality-wise, I've heard recently. This dude Blu that's all over the blogs nowadays - I never really checked his sh-t out before but he actually had one of the better tracks on the tape, mostly because he was spittin' over a track sampling "Never Had A Dream Come True" from my favorite album of all time: Jackson 5's ABC.
Download the The Jetsetters mixtape here. [via Dope Couture]
Or preview it here via imeem:
The Jetsetters Mixtape
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Asher Roth - "Song Cry (DJ Semtex Live Freestyle)" [yousendit mp3 download link]
Video: Asher Roth Loves Hip-Hop. [Nah Right]
Just tried to go see K'naan. Total bust - spot was packed and the line was down the block. Oh well....
Labels: Asher Roth
Apparently not called Piecing Together the Game, despite all evidence to the contrary on the cover, I just learned from checking out the MySpace page (yes, I 'get' the visual clues but really...). Featuring tracks with Drake, Tona, Kardinal Offishall and Saukrates all done by Canadian producer Rich Kidd who apparently is currently in a quarrell with Bussa Bus over a track he jacked allegedly from Rich.
Click here for the tracklisting. Download the mixtape here. [Megaupload download link via Del]
Rich Kidd - MySpace
Mickey Factz Logs On As Honda’s Online Spokesperson. [XXL magazine]
I'm confused - is this (above) the actual commercial??
Mickey Factz - "Sensibility" [zshare stream/download mp3 via DJ Daddy Mack]
I don't really love this song too tough but the video, directed by Marc Klasfield, is pretty good. Question for Jada though: LA > Yonkers?? LOL @ OS for their impudence on the video still.
More hipster sh-t but I f-cks with it:
Christian Rich - "Stacks" [yousendit mp3 download link]
FYI: Christian Rich alongside Theophilus London and FutureCop will be playing at Webster Hall this Friday (Feburary 27th). Props to the homie, modi at DCtoBC.com on this one! Also: watch the "Famous Girl" video teaser at the Complex blog here.
810 is an independent Baltimore MC I've been supporting since last year.
Download his new mixtape which dropped yesterday here. [zshare download link]
The Kitchen on 810 previously: here, here and here.
810 - MySpace
Featuring Pac Div, Shawn Jackson, Che Grand, Amanada Diva, Emilio Rojas and more!
Download it here. [zshare download link via Uponthingz]
Cook Classic - MySpace
Wednesday, February 25, 2009
Here's 3 tracks to preview from the free album, The Stimulus Package that Big TReaL is dropping soon:
"No More" (Produced by 9th Wonder)
"The Permenant Underclass" (sic)
"The Obama Effect"
[all links zshare stream/download mp3's]
Big TReaL - MySpace
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More music, more videos, more links, more heat....
HOLY F-CK! Talk about calling in all his Hollywood favor cards - E. Bishop ain't playing! Video features cameos by Ron Howard, Quincy Jones, Samuel L. Jackson, Forest Whitaker, Jake Gyllenhaal, Cedric The Entertainer, Morris Chesnut, Clifton Powell, Tatyana Ali, Bill Bellamy (!) and others. [h/t: Aqua Boogie]
And after they laid off 450 people last year? WTF? Read more:
Northern Trust Bank Threw Lavish Parties, Sponsored Golf Tournament After Getting Bailout Funds. [Huff Post]
Bailout Bank Blows Millions Partying in L.A. [TMZ]
Bailout recipient, Morgan Stanley offers $3 billion broker bonuses. [CNBC]
Dude has the exact same flow as Chipmunk. I know they were both on that Kid Bass "6AM" record so are they down with each other? [via A Tribe Called Next]
Why was he talking like that (or was it like Kenneth the Page from 30 Rock?) during his official Republican response to President Obama's address last night? Like we're toddlers??
Gov. Jindal's response: Panned and seared! [Politico]
Bobby Jindal Response Panned By Pundits, Republicans And Democrats Alike. [Huff Post]
Gov. Jindal Rejects $90 Million In Recovery Funding That Would Have Benefited 25,000 Louisiana Residents. [Think Progress]
The future of the GOP? Republicans better be nervous....
Blaq Poet has been in the game so long it's scary. He battled KRS-One when he was still part of BDP and was part of the legendary QB supergroup, Screwball so act like you know!
Blaq Poet - MySpace
This leaked yesterday. I wanna hate but this is actually hot:
Cam’ron - "I Used to Get it in Ohio" [direct mp3 download link, right click & save as via XXL magazine]
Cam'ron - "Cookies & Some Apple Juice (Radio Rip)" [The Smoking Section]
Enuff's been bangin' this one for a minute now. I should maintain my rep and call it one of my guilty pleasure records but f-ck it, I ain't gonna front: I love this record. Kind of a B'more club feel to it, right?
Chelley - "Took the Night" [yousendit download links: mp3 | wma]
Chelley - MySpace
I don't really know this dude like that but this was in my inbox yesterday and cancer is no joke! I know times are tough but support if you can. Click here for more details.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Performing "Stonger." Episode premieres Feb. 28. Click here for more details.
Labels: Kanye West
Download it here. [megaupload rar download link via DJ Daz One at 2DopeBoyz]
Or preview it here:
Download Mixtape | Provided by DatPiff.com
Obviously this is not gonna be a ringtone rap throwaway!
Curtains - MySpace
I covered this before but this is a new "official" video clip with behind-the-scenes footage. In it she explains why she needed such a big band - I still think she should have done more than 5 songs after spending all that money though!
Labels: Melanie Fiona
Download it here. [Megaupload download link via Traps N Trunks]
Hosted by Stat Quo. Featuring Stat, Rakim, The Game, Lil Fame (M.O.P.), The Roots and Peedi Crack. Download it here.
Versions for Holland and Denmark (!) coming soon.
Izza Kizza feat. David Banner - "Throw it Up" [mp3 audio download links: original | radio]
Track produced by Koolade (sounds like an old Timbaland track though, no?). From the Wizard of Iz mixtape mixed by Nick Catchdubs droppping next month!
Izza Kizza - MySpace
Bobby Creekwater - "Junkie" [sendspace mp3 download link]
I'd love to hear this track done live with the Dap Kings playing the music!
www.iBobbyCreek.com - coming soon....
Labels: Bobby Creekwater
I don't know much about this dude but this is one of five bonus tracks (er... what?) off of The New Classics Mixtape he is droppping tomorrow:
Diz Gibran - "Stereo" [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Up on Thingz/Vimby]
Vocally it's pretty decent but I could listen to that track on repeat all day!
Diz Gibran - Facebook
Labels: Diz Gibran
Monday, February 23, 2009
I'm at twitter.com/StellasKid.
I know I've kind of rubbished Twitter in the past but I've been seeing how useful it can be since I set up an account. I'm actually using it as a quasi-RSS feed for sites and people I check for. It's also a nice repository for links I find that I don't have time to post here.
In fact I'm posting hella stuff over there that either will never get posted or will be posted late on The Kitchen due to time or energy constraints or also because I don't wanna clutter up this site with some of the minutiae I come across that might still be worth checking out. Bottom line: follow me to get the full experience - it'll be worth it, I promise.
I'm not a hater on B.E.P. like others - I happen to think Will.i.am is an amazing producer and if I'm gonna listen to pop music, I'd rather it be these dudes than say, Ashlee Simpson or Jonas Bros. (although there's been some really good pop music over the past year: Kevin Rudolf, Katy Perry, MGMT etc.). That being said, now they got on the autotune bandwagon too and this new track, apparently the first single from their forthcomoing The E.N.D., album, is some Common UMC type sh-t (wait, didn't will.i.am produce that too?). I guess they didn't get the memo that that sh-t FLOPPED!
Black Eyed Peas - "Boom Boom Pow" [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Thisis50.com]
Or preview it here on imeem:
boom boom pow - black eyed peas
The legendary 90's mixshow on WKCR "89-Tech-9" is often called the greatest college hip hop radio show of all time and is a likely inspiration for Pete Rosenberg's Juan Epstein shenanigans with Cipha Sounds.
These dudes had everyone up at their show from pre-record deals Biggie, Wu-Tang to Busta and Pharoahe Monch so check it out here. It'll hold you down until Stretch himself gets his game tight and starts posting again at Konstant Kontact!
Last night in LA, shot by my homegirl Asya of Fusicology. The show apparently also featured Amp Fiddler, Bilal, Common, Karriem Riggins and Dwele all reppin' for Dilla! O-Dub has more here.
Labels: J. Dilla
Scheduled for release on BBE Records on March 30. Long-time UK reggae DJ, David Rodigan compiled this collection which inlcudes vintage 70's sounds from King Tubby, Gregory Isaacs and Sugar Minnot as well as more recent sounds from Luciano and Junior Kelly. Watch the EPK above as he talks about his long history playing reggae music.
One of my current guilty pleasure records:
Ray J - "Sexy Ladies" [zshare mp3 download link via urbanmusicblog.net]
Or preview it here via imeem if waiting to click a new window to stream it on zshare is one step too many for you!
Sexy Ladies - Ray J
Labels: Ray J
This Dipset affiliate is back!
It's the Real - Letters To Cam. [vimeo/site link]
Cam'ron - "Cookin' Up (with Intro)" [OnSMASH video]
Cam's viral game is incredible (videos every 2 weeks til the album drops - nice!) but I gotta make a couple comments on this "Cookin' Up" clip: I'm far from an expert on matters, drug kingpin-related but would you really set up shop in a house that nice? I was looking at them cooking up the work in that kitchen thinking, "What a waste of a nice kitchen." Nice bite of Starks' sartorial steez too. Love the Dipset cookies (possible promo item?) and wall plaque though!
Not sure if this is new or not but I'd never heard it before:
Nas - "The World" (produced by Kanye West) [yousendit mp3 download link]
[h/t: Young Global]
This is a 6-part YouTube playlist for this British documentary. There's not much hip hop content in it but if you're an Anglophile or into the history streetwear or youth culture, this may appeal.
British Style Genius - website
Now by contrast with Maino, your man Rob Kelly from Ireland uses a Rihanna metaphor in this track that I think is hip hop appropriate. Check it:
Rob Kelly feat. Reef The Lost Cauze - "Shook Crews Runnin'" (Prod. by J57 of Brown Bag AllStars) [mp3 download links: Sharebee | Yousendit]
From Kelly's upcoming St. Patrick's Day Massacre mixtape.
[h/t: DJ SAV*ONE]
Sunday, February 22, 2009
The right wing goes nuts. But Joey notes the irony.
Crooks and Liars' Profile on Racial profiling including their look at the Robbie Tolan story.
Soros wonders how things got so f-cked up?!
Rep. Kanjorski: $550 Billion Disappeared in an "Electronic Run On the Banks." [YouTube video]
Click here for more details. B+ is actually my dude from way back in the day but I ain't spoken to him in years! [via Okayplayer]
All super-rare Nas joints (supposedly).
Download it here: filedropper | Get Right direct zip file [via Get Right Music]
DJ Teddy King - MySpace
This is wild old but I just got up on homeboy over at 2DopeBoyz. Turns out he is not only from my hometown, the Tdot but actually from Sacrborough where my fam still lives! Gotta rep that no matter how old it is, especially when the sh-t is this fiya! This song is 120% hip hop (although what's with the weird dropout in the audio near the end of the song and the grainy, yellowed filter on the footage in the second half of the video which makes it really hard to watch??). If you ain't feeling this track though, I don't even know what to say.
Tona - "Dial Tone" [yousendit mp3 download link]
Also, check out his solid new track, "U Know it" with Skyzoo over at 2DopeBoyz.
Tona - MySpace
Hosted by Don Cannon from the Passport Music mixtape. [via Listen Up!]
No shots at Chris Brown....
Saturday, February 21, 2009
LOL at Ciara (and Justin) manager Johnny Wright going, "Don't tell nobody I gave this to you...." but it's on Ciara's official YouTube channel! :/ [via Vicky]
Ciara feat. Justin Timberlake - "Love and Sex and Magic"
It wasn't enough for him to just be on a banger with Shawty Lo, now he got his own banger too. Trey Songz is gonna keep grindin' 'til he makes folks believe, huh?
Trey Songz - "Brand New" [direct mp3 link, right click and save as, via Fader]
Trey Songz - Website | MySpace
Labels: Trey Songz
They say Radio is dead but I say Amen to it still 'cos it saves me having to click every f-cking link on these blogs to see if the music they've posted is any good. And believe me, you need a filter 'cos some of these dudes' taste is wild suspect - they literally will post everything which is cool if you're providing some kind of editorial context and noting the joints that ain't really hot but still post-worthy (in case fans might dig it anyway, ya dig?), but they almost never do! Anyway, mixshow radio is still kind of that filter for me, so here's another joint I got put up on from playing Hot 97 last night:
Jadakiss - "Magic City" (prod. DJ Absolut) [direct mp3 link via XXLmag.com as jacked by them from Xclusives Zone, please right click and save as]
Sh-t is dumb hot. Jada's new album might actually be worth checking out even though I think the official single is hot garbage.
Jadakiss - MySpace | Website
I really like this. This Electro-Baille Funk remix is definitely for the more open-minded of you out there but with hip hop getting open to tracks like the DJ Mad x David S. "Put Your Drinks Up" and the LMFAO remix of Kanye's "Love Lockdown" this might go too:
N.A.S.A. - "Whachadoin? (Villains Remix)" [stream/download mp3 links: zshare | Yousendit]
The Kitchen previously on N.A.S.A. here.
Villains - MySpace | N.A.S.A. - MySpace
K-os is so underrated. In fact seeing this video made me decide to go back and play all his old albums today while I clean up my apartment! Check 'em out yourself right here:
K-os - MySpace | Website
Including scoring 16 points in the first 2 minutes 50 seconds of the third quarter, almost single-handedly turning a 6-point deficit at halftime into an 8-point lead for the Cavs. [more from AP via USA Today]
Partially meaning not to Al Shaprton!
The Kitchen previously on the NY Post chimp cartoon here.
Friday, February 20, 2009
Is this new? I just heard it being played by Camilo on Hot 97 a short while ago. Sh-t is CRAZY! I thought it was Gucci at first....
Shawty Lo feat. Trey Songz & Lil Wayne - "Supplier" [zshare stream/download mp3 link via Google Search]
Shawty Lo - "Roll the Dice (radio)" sampling Coldplay's "Viva La Vida" track. Crazy too! [zshare stream/download mp3 link from Dirty Glove Bastard via Google Search]
2009: year of Shawty Lo, Gucci Mane and OJ Da Juiceman, mark my words....
Shawty Lo - MySpace