Friday, July 31, 2009
Click here to read about how labels are trying to cash in on the west coast jerkin' dance craze. I can't believe, Warner Bros. signed four groups in this scene. I actually like jerk music but isn't that like signing four 'snap music' acts or something?? WTF??!?! I'm having visions of hyphy!
Jerk music featured at The Kitchen previously:
New Boyz here and here.
Keke Palmer - "Super Jerkin'"
Labels: Audio Push
The video above offers more details on the story of Paul Stanley, a Tennessee State Senator, who was having an affair with his 22-year old intern! Here's the backgrounder:
"A Tennessee lawmaker resigned from the state Senate on Tuesday after his extramarital affair with a 22-year-old intern was revealed by an investigation into an extortion case.
"Due to recent events, I have decided to focus my full attention on my family and resign my Senate seat effective August 10," Republican Sen. Paul Stanley wrote in his resignation letter.
Stanley's legislative proposals were largely focused on pro-business issues, but he also sponsored failed measures to ban gay couples from adopting children. He also spoke out against funding for Planned Parenthood because he said unmarried people should not have sex.
"Whatever I stood for and advocated, I still believe to be true," he said during an interview Tuesday with Memphis radio station WREC-AM. "And just because I fell far short of what God's standard was for me and my wife, doesn't mean that that standard is reduced in the least bit."" [click here for the full article at Huff Post]
A remix project for Lily Allen's latest album, It's Not Me, It's You, by LA-producer Doctor Rosen Rosen . Peep the album M.O. here:
"I saw Lily Allen for the first time in 2006 while on tour in Iceland. We didn't actually meet face to face and I didn't even catch her name; my introduction was seeing her video for "Smile" in a crappy hotel room. A few days later I was strolling around a gigantic Virgin Record store in London, when I saw a poster of her and the name... Lily Allen. I snagged her debut record and went home to New York a fan.
Fast forward to 3 years later: Lily Allen is a bonefied pop-star and is releasing her second album It's Not Me, It's You. I reach out to her US record label to see if they were commissioning any remixes... no dice. Lily was, however, releasing all of the parts to all of the songs on the album so anyone could remix them. Brilliant. I knew I had to remix the whole album.
One thing I really like about Lily Allen is her knack for pairing bouncy music with not-so-bouncy lyrics. My goal in remixing her entire record was to see what would happen if I placed Lily's voice and lyrics into new musical landscapes that were a complete departure from the original recordings. As most of the original album It's Not Me, It's You is upbeat (thanks to Greg Kurstin's awesome production) my remixed version It's Not Me, It's Doctor Rosen Rosen takes on a darker/dreamier tone. I mixed a lot of organic sounds (pianos, strings, glockenspiel, horns) with dreamy synths, deep basses, and big drums to create a totally new record. I produced, composed, and mixed all of the music you hear. The only original parts I used were Lily's vocal tracks.
I really enjoyed making this and I hope you enjoy listening.
Best, Doctor Rosen Rosen."
Download or stream the It's Not Me, It's Doctor Rosen Rosen remix album here.
"Flava in Ya Ear" redone for the new-millenium underground era. I actually dig this even though it's f-cking with a 90's classic. Who the hell is Mr. Mecca though?? Cameos by Emilio Rojas, Esso, Iron Solomon, Poison Pen, Donny Goines, Nina B, Pack FM, Grafh and Sic Osyrus. Shout to Sarah Jay too!
I'm gonna do a Serato wrap-up of all the underground stuff I've gotten recently. Stay tuned!
New young swag out of the A! Kinda fiya to my ears. Check out the singles:
Rich Kid$ – "My Patna Dem" feat Young Dro | "Wassup" [yousendit mp3 download links]
And if you dig, download the whole Money Swag mixtape Here!
Rich Kid$ - twitter
I'm mostly posting on this new UK cat 'cos his track, "Dirty Sexy Money" samples Justice's "Genesis" - CRAZY! He's like a college-age Chris Brown, vocally but his other track, "Superwoman" is kind of typical, generic R&B balladry. Could he win in the US though? I've long since given up trying to predict that sh-t! Check it and decide for yourself:
Nathan - "Dirty, Sexy, Money" [mp3 download links: limelinx stream | yousendit]
Nathan - "Superwoman" [zshare]
Nathan - myspace | twitter
Actually premiered last week on mtvU but perfect given today's weather! Double points for the Roy Ayers inspiration in the video!
Em GOES IN but does anyone else feel like he lost simply by even responding to the "Obsessed" record? And does anyone really believe this stuff? Have to admit he does seem to have a lot of details although is that really audio of Mariah at the end??
Eminem feat. Mariah Carey - "Warning" [zshare mp3 download/stream link]
BTW: all those engaged in the Treach vs. Redman debate I saw on Twitter the other day, listen to this record. This is yet another record showing how masssively influenced Em' has been by Treach's flow. Treach has consisently been underrated as an MC because Naughty was always best known for their big, pop crossover records but that's a conversation for another post....
[mp3 via Rap Star Promo]
I bet you rap nerds are MAD right now that one of your favorite producers is working with one of your most-hated bêtes noires!
Lil Wayne - "Million Dollar Baby" (prod. by Just Blaze) [yousendit mp3 link]
Just Blaze's Megatron Don blog
This dropped a couple weeks ago but cats are sleeping on this dude so I'm posting it now anyway. His last mixtape was amazing and word is Hov's Blueprint rhyme flow was pretty much jacked wholesale from this kid when he was part of the Rocafella stable as a member of the duo, the Young Gunz. I didn't listen to this whole thing but what I've heard of it so far was pretty hot!
Download it here. [megaupload link via Chris' ning site]
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Club remix of this hip hop banger from last (?) year for you hipster DJ's who play electro, house, Bmore etc.:
Swizz Beats - "It's Me, B-tches (Dirty Beats remix)" [yousendit mp3 download link]
[via discodust / antidomingo.tv]
Dirty Beats - MySpace
This is from the 100 Proof (The Hangover) album dropping in October 2009:
Statik Selektah feat. Lil Fame (M.O.P.), Saigon & Sean Price - "Critically Acclaimed" [mp3 download links: yousendit | sendspace via Clockwork music]
Statik Seletah - website
Labels: Statik Selektah
New music by the Cons from the Inside A Change soundtrack by Three/21 media and the Kickdrums:
Consequence Feat Band Camp - "Closer" [mp3 download links: yousendit | zshare via Steve O]
Soundtrack also features brand new music by Joell Ortiz, Skillz, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Wale, Saigon, Royce Da 5'9", The Kickdrums, Statik Selektah, Illmind and more.
I think this hipster club-rap joint has been kicking around for a little while now but it's so much fun for summertime and was just sent to me that I had to post it anyway. Serious rap nerds, keep it moving, this ain't for you:
Dominique Young Unique - "Music Time" [mp3 download links: mediafire | yousendit]
Rye Rye and Kid Sister, watch out??
By French folk singer, Rodeo. Not that great to be honest, but not horrible either and I'm a sucker for these covers of rap songs by non-hip hop artists.
Rodeo - "Amazing feat. Olympic" (Kanye West cover) [yousendit mp3 download link]
Rodeo - MySpace
Wu-Tang Lego: "Chessboxin'" shot-for-shot.
Wu-Tang Lego: Raw Interlude
Wu-Tang Lego: Killer Tape (skit)
[first video via Miss Info]
Wednesday, July 29, 2009
Canadian sh-t! This is the first street single off his upcoming album, Can't Sleep The Clown Will Eat Me featuring Nate Dogg, Belly, Classified, and Bishop Brigante:
Syndicate - "Roll The Dice" [zshare mp3 links: radio | album | instrumental]
Watch the video here. Download it here.
Syndicate - website | myspace | twitter
CNN video: A Boston Police Officer Suspended for Calling Henry Louis Gates a "Jungle Monkey" in E-mail
BTW: I guess I owe Lucia Whalen an apology for assuming without all the facts that she was a racist.
Watch Part II here.
Elected Republican birthers??!?! As Fireddoglake says, "What's wrong in America that we get people elected to national offices that believe this kind of cuckoo conspiracy stuff?"
Interviews by Mike Stark.
With Theophilus London at Webster Hall.
Click Here to Purchase Advance Tickets. $1 admission and $1 drinks B4 midnight for Webster Hall Dollar Daze! Click here to download your dollar.
Download a promo mix of club music and electro by A-trak here. [sendspace mp3 downlaod link]
Featuring Hopeton Lewis, Judy Mowatt, Ken Boothe, Leroy Sibbles, Marci Griffiths, U-Roy, The Tamlins and more.
This movie just opened in the Tdot, not sure if it playing in NYC. The premise, that the "remaining great singers and musicians of Jamaica's Golden Age of music, Rocksteady, come together after 40 years to record an album of their greatest hits, to perform together again at a reunion concert in Kingston, and to tell their story", is kind of like a reggae version of The Buena Vista Social Club.
As outlined at Talking Points Memo. But nutjob Glenn Beck calls President Obama a racist (video above via Huff Post)!
Tuesday, July 28, 2009
With Mark Ronson & DJ Spinna on the anniversary of what would have been Michael Jackson's 51st birthday. More details:
“Michael Jackson was a huge influence on my music and was an inspiration to me and so many others. I want to bring people together to celebrate the man, his music and his legacy that will undoubtedly live on forever!” states Q-Tip.
The event will honor the King of Pop and celebrate his influence on generations of artists and fans across the globe. Attendees will dance the night away to never-before-heard remixes of Michael Jackson’s hits, as well as rare video footage from the Motown and Sony vaults.
Click here for more and ticket details. I might have to head back to NYC for this one!
Monday, July 27, 2009
Presented by my dude and former Bad Boy Hitmen and Ummah (Tribe Called Quest/Dilla production crew) affiliate as well as current Erykah Badu band music director, Rashad Smith.
Labels: Rashad Smith
|The Daily Show With Jon Stewart||Mon - Thurs 11p / 10c|
|The Born Identity|
[Canadian viewer link]
Lou Dobbs can eat a dick too. I mean, get a clue, people - you're just embarrassing yourselves. Seriously, even Ann Coulter says you're wrong!
[via Huff Post]
This is great but how do you do this in a church when you know you gonna be cursing?? Dude is FLAGRANT!!!
Here's Vol. 1 of his Redux cover series though - Cru's "Just Another Case" on acoustic guitar, which is also cool:
Also, check out dude's new album Cassette City featuring Camp Lo, Elzhi, Ariel Pink (who), and Greg Saunier of Deerhoof which is out now on Rapster.
Lushlife - MySapce
Talking about the forthcoming Blueprint 3 and possibly working with UK producers, Chase and Status on the album.
Tim Westwood's Jay-Z interview. [via PSD]
Naughty are my DUDES but I dunno about this one as a comeback look - sounds like them trying to do a Dirty South/Timbaland-type joint (or something??):
Naughty By Nature - “Get To Know Me Better (Radio Edit)” [yousendit mp3 download link]
Y'all thoughts? [mp3 via IXL]
Labels: Naughty By Nature
Why are hipster videos so much more interesting to look at than 99% of hip hop videos?
N.A.S.A. - "Whachadoin? (Villains Remix)"
Sunday, July 26, 2009
Some joints just leaked, some from (pretty) recently. A lot of good stuff though all around, check it....
Usher feat. Pharrell - "Certfiied" [yousendit mp3 download link]
The Carol City Cartel feat. Rick Ross and Baby - "Go" [yousendit]
Teairra Mari feat. Kanye West & Ma$e - "Diamonds" [zshare links: original | radio]
Chrisette Michele feat Wale - "Fragile" [yousendit via BOBO]
Red Cafe feat Pete Rock - "Heart & Soul" [yousendit via Hottest in the Hood]
Bun B feat. Talib Kweli & Colin Munroe - "Don't Die" (prod. by Beatnick & K-Salaam) [yousendit]
Bobby Creekwater - “Hello World” [zshare via Steve O]
Labels: Week End Serato Wrap-Up
All the links I posted honoring Michael Jackson: the real GOAT....
Michael Jackson Tribute Press Articles.
Michael Jackson Remix & Cover Links.
Michael Jackson Tribute Mixes.
More Michael Jackson Tribute Mix Links.
R&B and Hip Hop Artists who've sampled Michael Jackson.
Video of Michael Jackson, James Brown and Prince Live on stage together.
Video of The Jackson 5 performing "I Want You Back" Live on Soul Train.
Download the Michael Jackson | The Foundation mixtape here.
Erykah Badu x The Roots Michael Jackson Tribute.
Video of Dwele creating his Michael Jackson Tribute.
Video of Melanie Fiona covering Michael Jackson's "I Can't Help It" in Toronto.
Video from The Jackson 5 Show.
Video of Cicely Tyson at the Jackson Memorial on Miles Davis & "Human Nature."
Video of Al Sharpton vs. Bill O'Reilly and Rep. Peter King defending Michael Jackson's legacy.
Michael Jackson & Ne-Yo - "Because of You Do You Remember (DJ Excel & DJ JD Remix)"
Labels: Michael Jackson
Saturday, July 25, 2009
What can I say about this whole incident? Sh-t is f-cked up all around, views on it seem pretty much split down racial lines and even President Obama, after speaking out it right at the end of his healthcare press conference earlier in the week, was evidently told to watch his mouth.
Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr.'s interview with the Black political website, The Root.
Friday, July 24, 2009
[via Brand Week]
Check out this behind-the-scenes look at the filming of the commercial including an interview with Mary that was sent to me after I posted the spot.
Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rihanna - "Run This Town" [yousendit mp3 download: link 1 | link 2]
So are you more or less excited for Blueprint 3 after hearing this??
[image and mp3 via Rap Radar]
Thursday, July 23, 2009
Recorded live at the DEVIL’S PIE Maxwell Tribute in Los Angeles on June 17. Download DJ un.d.fine's Devil's Pie Maxwell Tribute Live Mix here. [divshare]
BTW: cop that new Maxwell album, it's kinda fiya!!!
Devil's Pie | DJ un.d.fine
[h/t: DJ Phatrick]
Officially via GucciManeOnline.com although I'm sure if you look around, you can find it for download without registration.
Gucci Mane - Twitter | Website
DJ Drama - Twitter | Website
From the new Suite 903 website:
DJ Spinna feat. Sahdeeq & Erik Rico - "Melody" [direct mp3 link, right click and save as]
Suite 903 | DJ Spinna - MySpace
Labels: DJ Spinna
Does Lyte still got it? I was always more of a Latfiah fan but I can understand anyone who thinks Lyte is the best female MC of all time. Her voice is so Brooklyn!
MC Lyte - "Rockin with the Best" [mp3 zshare download links: radio | original]
MC Lyte - MySpace | Youtube
[mp3 links courtesy Future Star Music Group]
Labels: MC Lyte
Apparently this is gonna be the only way to deal with these crazies by showing how baseless and looney their charges really are.....
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
And the lessons for international relations and the American Primacy Debate. Hilarious but interesting stuff although I think author, Marc Lynch underestimates Game's profile in the er... rap game. Read it here.
Follow-up in Foreign Policy here and more at NPR here.
Regular readers have probably noticed the frequency of my output on this blog has dropped a fair amount in the past few weeks. The reasons for this are several, (most of them federal... I keed!) but it mostly boils down to the the fact that I recently moved back to the T.dot from NYC after a LONG-ASS time and am taking a time-out to clean house, take stock & reassess what's next in my life. If all goes to plan, things could take some interesting turns over the next year or two but I'll get into that as they (hopefully) manifest. Be clear though: the plan is that posting will continue but probably not on as quite a frequent basis as in the past and with more of a throwback angle to it (but there will still be new stuff too!). In the meantime, not that avid readers really need it but, in case you need suggestions on where to go for a more regular fix of the fly sh-t, hip hop-related or otherwise, besides the obvious, usual suspects, may I suggest:
Please Don't Stare
Hold the Throne
Combat Jack's Daily Mathematics
Aqua Boogie's Slang Rap Democracy
Traps N Trunks
Mick Boogie & Terry Urban's The Press Play Show
And 'cos I'm back home in Toronto, let me not forget:
Del F. Cowie's Vibes and Stuff
The new City on my Back blog from the Flow 93.5 OTA crew and
1 love T.O.
Shout to Rizoh, Trent, Stone, Ye and 50 too! I know I'm missing tons of others but honestly I'm not running down my whole blogroll now even though I ain't updated it in like over 3 years and I promised to get it done by end of July (yeah, right!).
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Let him know about who really built America, Rachel!!!! Ah, those crazy 'white folks'.....
About Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath! Watch the trailer here.
Trouble the Water - Website | Facebook
Monday, July 20, 2009
Its getting mixed reviews online so far but this is much better than I would have imagined. Check it:
Beastie Boys feat. Nas - "Too Many Rappers" [yousendit mp3 download link]
Its from the forthcoming album, Hot Sauce Committee Pt. 1 which was due in September but which, along with their tour, has been pushed back due to a recently-discovered cancer group member, Adam Yauch is going in to get surgery on very soon. Get well soon, MCA!
[h/t: Nah Right, Rock the Dub, Grand Panda]
Sunday, July 19, 2009
The manifesto! If you don't know, now you know....
Click the image above for a larger jpeg version or here for a pdf version. They actually made posters of this but I stupidly never grabbed one when I had the chance - FAIL!
[Apologies to Bam for correcting his misspelling of 'Beggining' in the post title above - wasn't sure if I should or not??]
Labels: Afrika Bambaataa
From the forthcoming mixtape, From Now On:
Havoc - "Always Have A Choice" radio edit / original | "Going OT" | "Smells Like Nine/Five" (prod. by Ty Fyffe) [mediafire mp3 download links]
[via Clockwork Music]
Saturday, July 18, 2009
Alan Keyes is embarrassment. Alan, Orly, please read: FactCheck.org: The truth about Obama's birth certificate.
Obama 'Birther' Movement 101.
"America was basically built by white folks...." Er... what??!?!! Really??
And yet, according to Buchanan, Sonia Sotomayor is the racist??!?!! GTFOH
Thank you, Rachel.
The Young Turks: Pat Buchanan Can't Hide His Racism Anymore.
Friday, July 17, 2009
The R, argubaly the greatest MC of all time, is finally back!!! This is the first single from his forthcoming album, The Seventh Seal. Stream it here:
Rakim - "Holy Are You"
Wonder if anyone will care about this in the Swag Surfin era though??!
Wondering what they sampled for that beat? Click my dude, Dom Corlenone's site here for details.
Download it here.
Pac Division - main website | Church League Champs website
This is Ghostface's boy who used to go by the name Trife Da God, right? Here's some music from the fortcoming album, Better Late Than Never that
Trife Diesel feat. Freeway & Termanology - "Project Leader" [zshare stream/download mp3 link]
Trife Diesel feat. Ghostface - "Respectfully (Radio Edit)" [mediafire]
Trife feat. B.o.B. & Inspectah Deck - "Speed of Life" [mediafire]
Also, download the Trife Diesel mixtape, The Project Pope. [sendspace]
Trife - Twitter | MySpace
BTW: Ghost has a new graphic novel called Cell Block-Z. If you'd followed me on Twitter, you would have known about it a week ago!
From THE MONEY SHOT album dropping August 4th. Directed & edited by the grand imperial Kevin Chung. Track produced by DJ Static. Download it here:
Posion Pen - "BK's Fat Boy" [mp3 download links: Original | Clean]
I had to do this one for Brooklyn! Missing ya....
Poison Pen - MySpace | YouTube | Twitter
Labels: Poison Pen
From Snack Pack V3 (final edition):
Donnis - "Heartbeat (Don't Stop)" (prod. by T-Mo) | "Clermont Lounge" [zshare download/stream links]
Surprised no-one has mentioned that this "Clermont Lounge" record is Donnis' take on a record from Big Boi's way-underrated Purple Ribbon All-Stars compilation from a few years ago.
Follow Donnis on twitter at @Donnis
Thursday, July 16, 2009
Another promo sampler from excellent-but-defunct (?) UK hip hop magazine, Big Daddy including tracks featuring The Dap Kings, Percee P and the P. Brothers. Get the full track listing here. [Discogs]
Download it here: mediafire.
Unfortunately for the guy at the end, apparently he was wrong. Dave did not have his own PA set-up and was totally not prepared for the crazy turnout he got for this impromptu concert he set up in Portland, OR. More clips here (BAD sound quality though).
Some of this happened before my arrival in NYC but if you lived there in the late 80's/early 90's, you should be more than familiar with the 'Lo movement. By time I got there, it had expanded beyond Brooklyn (cf. Grand Puba and the uptown hip hop group, Zhigge) and the range of acceptable brands (Girbaud, Hilfiger etc.). Shout to my dudes Anthony Marshall and Danny Castro of Lyricist Lounge fame featured in the article and read Dallas Penn's blog as he actually lived this life back then and chronicles it extensively there.
Download the entire article as a PDF file here. [mediafire]
Toss It Up - Zhigge
Rakin in the Dough - Zhigge
360 (What Goes Around) (2006 Remastered LP Version) - Grand Puba
"Lo, Lo, well how low can you go?..."
Boostin' Kev - "That Be Boostin'" [via Real Hip Hop Beholders]
Of course, can't forget Thirstin Howl III who still carries the 'Lo-Life torch.....