Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mmmmm…Beef.

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So, normally I’d rather choke on my tongue than talk about these two fuckos, but who doesn’t enjoy good beef?  Personally I like a good New York – filet if I can afford it – but today we’ve got sirloin takin’ on a big ol’ chuck roast.  Who comes out on top????

Curtis Jackson                     vs                 William Roberts

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(P.S. – I know da Boss’ pic is blurry, but does it really matter here?)

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Even after all that, I still wasn’t sure who I thought would win this one.  Luckily, the roided one himself chimed in to remind me of one very important thing: he is fucking crazy!

Not only is a couple pennies short of sane (like 50 of ‘em), but let us not forget that he drinks a shitload of Vitamin Water!  Plus I fucking hate that no-talent ass-clown of a corrections officer. 

So, my pick for winner is… (drumroll) The Good Captain:

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Fiddy or Da Boss…who you got?

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Friday, January 30, 2009

Just need to pine for a minute...

You loved it when I pushed your buttons
or ran my fingers in small circles over your dial.
You used to light up when we connected
and I filled you up.
Your light shone bright 
in the dark of night.
I never wanted to leave you
but I turned turned around
and you were gone.


This is an ode to my lost iPod.









P.S. I hope the person that cleaned the Comm(i)air commuter flight from Cincinnati to Washington DC enjoys the 7514 songs as much as I did.

The Mothership...


It's a big morning for the inbox.  The homies Scripts 'N Screwz came through with a new joint, The Mothership, off their new album Sound Cinema droppin March 6th.  This will be a FREE album and you can get it here then.  We dropped their previous album when it dropped. So check it out and catch up with them here. I did get to listen to this joint and like the way they're headed. Lyrically clean and, true to themselves, experimental.


Fresh from the inbox: Step Brothers Mixtape

Fresh from the inbox this morning, haven't even had a chance to listen. Give it a listen and lemme know how it is...Peace.

1) Stepbrothers Intro ft HD and Top Gunna
2) Evidence ft The Alchemist-The Far Left
3) Jay-Z ft Lupe Fiasco-Enemies of Mankind *Exclusive HD blend*
4) Gorilla Zoe ft Lil Wayne-Lost remix
5) Max B ft French Montana-Waitin On Us 
6) UNI ft Black Milk-Castle Vee Reup
7) Drake ft Lil Wayne and Santogold-Unstoppable *HD Version*
8) Royce da 5'9 ft Phonte and Stat Quo-Homage to DJ Premier
9) Busta Rhymes ft Uncle Murda and Red Cafe-Please Gimme My Ammo
10)Lil Wayne ft Juelz Santana-Rap Cemetery
11)JR Writer ft Fred Money and Charlie Clips-Writer Money Clips
12)Lil Wayne ft Gudda Gudda-New Orleans Maniac *HD Version*
13)Royce da 5'9 and Busta Rhymes freestyle
14)Raekwon ft Ghostface Killah-Criminology 2009
15)Lil Wayne ft Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda, and Mack Maine-Every Girl *HD Version*
16)Young Jeezy ft Jay-Z-My President Is Black remix
17)Lil Wayne ft Jae Millz-Thank You
18)Evidence ft The Alchemist-So Fresh and STEPBROTHERS OUTRO by HD
19)BONUS CUT EXCLUSIVE TRACK!!! 



Wednesday, January 28, 2009

The Moxy...

Yeah, yeah I realize it's not what most of you are feelin...but I'm diggin this song right now. Trying to find more.... This video is from Bam Margera: Where the Fuck is Santa?


Here is the original video which, apparently was directed by...dun dun dunnnnn...Bam Margera. Doesn't hurt that the singer is sexy.


I'm winded already...

New video from Raphael Saadiq for his latest singe, 100 Yard Dash,  his off his The Way I See It album. Thanks to Hyph for the hookup, and OS for the video. I have to agree with Hyph on this one, possibly one of the most slept on albums of the year.  For all you Seattle people, Raphael Saadiq will be at The Showbox at the Market on March 5th...tickets on sale Saturday January 31st. I'm not gonna miss it, you probably shouldn't either! Peace.


It's Go Time...

Some new heat from the young dude Grynch...It's Go Time. Another dude from the 206 that I hope drops another album soon!


Praise tha Laaaaawd!!!!

Just want you all to know (mostly I mean you B), that the new release of IE8 is out!  “Why would anyone care about that” you ask? Because it finally plays nicely with zSHARE again!  Can I getta “Amen” from the congregation?!?! 

Amen!

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Another new joint...

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Another new joint from them badbrothaaas, Dyme Def. This one proDymeduced by the one and only Brainstorm. Man I hope these dudes got enough left in the tank for the EP and album!

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Comin out party for sure...


So if you watched the Inauguration on TV then there isn't a lot more that I can tell you. Yes there was a shit load of people there. Yes, it was cold as fuck...and yes, it was great to witness history first hand. The one thing that you might not know, due to a 10 second TV delay, was that everyone not named Carter, Clinton, or Obama got the shit booed out of them by 2.5 million people.
Anyway, on to bigger and better things...maybe not bigger and better, but definitely warmer and much more fun. If you read this then you already know what the media thought of the Wale show at Bohemian Caverns that night. Lemme just tell you, it was like settin up a boom box in the garage and kickin it with some of your closest and dirtiest homies. If there was a sad part in this show it was that there weren't more people on hand to witness. Honestly, this was probably one of the best shows that I have seen in the past 12 months...and MAYBE 150 people were there to see. So rather than waste any more time talkin bout it...I'mma show y'all what went down! Peep the new joints Chillin and Pretty Girls and a couple other joints. I'm going to apologize in advance for the sideways video...the Crown was flowin deep that night. Enjoy.


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"Ugly girls be quiet, quiet...pretty girls clap like this"


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Then, to top it all off, the homeboy Oddisee came through to spit a few bars too. Again lemme apologize for the video, by this time I was about a bottle and a half deep and STILL standing...NOW who's the soldier Kellen Winslow Jr.?


So if you didn't know by now, or were a non-believer...it's time to wake the fuck up cause Wale has definitely arrived. Man, this shit is going to be incredible and I can't wait for this to drop. Peace.

Tuesday, January 27, 2009

I'd be scared if he was Prom King...

So here it is...the first single from Lil Wayne's new "rock" album (The Carter 29?). Performed live tonight in San Diego (aka A Whales Vagina) and streamed through the AT&T facebook. Wow, not sure what was going through this guys mind when he decided to do this one. I am sure that there are some out there that are going to love this shit! Not this guy, fa real. Peace. 



Oh and be on the lookout for my thoughts on the Wale show...comin right up!

Monday, January 26, 2009

Feelin' "Sick"...

Hola amigos!  Just got this in the inbox and felt inclined to share.  Group is called Lidget Green Position and they're from the UK - Bradford to be exact.  But for their first single, Dean Bentley and Shaya teamed up with the Juice Crew's own Craig G.  Solid - borderline spectacular - beat, quality lyrics, and a theme of the American... ummm, Worldwide dream of making a living doing what you love, I can dig "Sick Day".  Peep:

Apparently the debut is in progress; more info at theirSpace

 

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

B.o.B. - Lonely People

New video from B.o.B. for Lonely People...why do we have to live in such an uptight country that we have to blur out the gratuitious tittie shots!!! Dammit!

AYCE Presents: 20 questions with… Jon Hope!

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Ladies and gentlemen, let me be the first to welcome you to the newest feature here at All You Can Eat: “20 questions with…” More than just “what’s your name… where you from,” we hope to help you get to know hip-hop’s best and brightest; find out why they do what they do in this art form we all know and love.

Our first victim interviewee hails from the great… North East? Yep, I can’t lie, I was late to the Jon Hope bandwagon, but not because he’s the first rapper I’ve ever heard of from Providence (let alone Rhode Island). Not because he hasn’t been putting in work for almost five solid years now. And not because he chose to turn down major label offers to start his own thing. Nope, no excuses, I was just sleepin’ (what can I say, with a buffet the size of hip-hop, sometimes you gotta rest in between helpings!). Anyway, I’m awake now... wide awake!

After sampling the Statik Selektah-hosted Audacity Mixtape, I was hungry for more. Lyrically strong, with a positive approach and an appreciation for those who came before him, Hope is squarely in charge of his bright future – literally! But don’t take our word for it, you can draw your own conclusions after Jon Hope answers 20 questions…

1. Let’s take it back to the beginning and talk about the Arbor Glenn Apartments in Providence: How did growing up there shape you as a man and an artist?

Jon Hope: Arbor Glen is the cornerstone to everything that is Jon Hope. It’s the place that I developed as a man and where I became fully absorbed by hip hop. It was there that I used to battle and with my boys and go over to my man D-Swift’s house and we’d argue about the Common/Ice Cube beef. It was just a beautiful period in my life where I had no worries and me and my crew would dream about being in bigger places. I don’t live there anymore but I’m rooted there as well as Providence as a whole.

2. You said in a previous interview that you were a baller. I looked you up, MVP in the state title game your senior year of high school, right? That said, what made you pick hip-hop over hoops?

JH: You really did your research my man!! I was actually pretty good in basketball it’s just that Hip Hop was always there lingering in the background. As I got older, more so in college, it became more evident that Hip Hop was something I wanted to be active in.

3. Why do you call yourself the “Project English Teacher?”

Jhope-01 JH: That moniker stems from me injecting positivity in my music. I’m not a tree hugger or anything like that (laughs) but my music has a level of optimism in it. I feel like I can communicate with the streets and reach people in a certain way that your average rapper can’t without being boxed in the tree hugger/incense category. It’s really the way the message is being presented.

4. Nobody wants to be pigeon-holed into a certain category of hip-hop, but how would you describe the music you make?

JH: I would say that my music has a high level of optimism as far as content is concerned. With songs like “Breathin” and “Better”, the titles alone convey positivity. The overall theme is upliftment. As far as creativity, as a new artist, I think I’m in a neighborhood of few that use virtually no samples and more live instrumentation. My project Somekind of Wonderful has only one song in which there is a sample. So my music is extremely organic from the bottom up.

5. Your lyrics are largely positive - I mean you are the only rapper to oppose a frown, right? - but seriously, how to you compete in a market where sex and bling sell?

JH: For one, I am not trying to compete. If you notice I don’t inundate the internet with weekly/minute freestyle series. I Hope3_Shhhh really believe in quality over quantity. Another thing that sets me apart is that with positivity brings range. I think my music has a lot more range than artists who do the bling/sex shit. I’ve done S.O.B.’s and Blender Theater all the way to your Starbucks and all white colleges. That is without compromising my music too. I felt ‘Better’ was a track that didn’t call for swearing or the N-word, however, there are records that I have that call for that. So I mean, I just do what really in my heart as opposed to money. My music is truly a labor of love and that’s what allows me to progress to certain heights.

6. On the Audacity Mixtape you said that someone in the game wanted to turn you into a “New York” rapper – changing your hometown for marketing purposes - but you weren’t having it. Why is it so important to you to rep Rhode Island?

JH: Simply because there is no reference for Hip Hop in RI. Up until a few years ago, there weren’t any artists that actually broke through the RI area and made noise. We still haven’t had an artist sign a major label record deal and if I had that opportunity to do so, it would be by my own merit; not because I’m from Brooklyn. This is where I’m from and what embodies a good portion of my music. For me to change that would be corny. I wouldn’t be able to come back home.

7. Instead of going the major label route, you decided to create your own: Essence Music Group. So not only are you trying to get yourself out there as Jon Hope the artist, you’re also trying to run a business as Harrison Grigsby the CEO. How has the experience been so far, and when’s the last time you slept man?

JH: I mean I try to not glorify the whole “I’m an artist and CEO thing” because it’s cliché. I’d rather have people focus on the art and the people behind it. Being an independent artist requires a certain level of patience and determination. I honestly think it’s more fruitful when you receive certain awards. So far, it’s been a great experience.

8. What’s the best part about being an independent artist? Worst?

Hope2JH: The best part is the creative freedom. I also embrace the notion of knowing that everything that success and failure rests on my shoulders. The worst part obviously, is not having the financial resources to do what you envision right away. Sometimes you have to take the road less traveled.

9. You’ve worked with some pretty big names early in your young career, and you’ve opened for some well-known headliners too. Who has impressed you most along the way? Any words of wisdom someone passed on to you that really hit home?

JH: Yes, God has blessed me to share the stage with some heavyhitters. Honestly, as far as artists are concerned, I had a great time with some of the new comers as opposed to the established cats. What I’ve learned the most is that it’s not all what it’s cracked up to be. This shit is really smoke and mirrors.

10. You’ve mentioned Nas several times in your lyrics, and of course killed a couple of his older beats on the mixtape (“The Monster” is some good work!). Besides the obvious of him being one of the greatest rappers ever, how is Nas a big musical influence for you?Hope5_SetListwithNas

JH: Nas creatively is the standard for me. The way he writes  is truly phenomenal. It’s extremely evident that his music has direct influence on me. I look at his career as my ideal career. As much as a huge megastar he is, it’s based on his music not video blogs, scandals, etc. He lets the music speak for himself. That’s one thing that I take the most. I’m really an introvert and I don’t run a blog or have this real ill huge backstory (shot 9 times, not related to famous musician, etc). I’ve managed to get to this point based on my music and self expression. Of course you have market yourself to a certain extent but not to the point where my character over powers my music.

11. As you move forward in your career, who would you like most to collab with?

JH: As far as artists, I’d like to work with B.o.B. and Scarface. Producers would be Erick Sermon, Just Blaze, and Primo.

12. Video-wise, I’m really impressed with what you’ve put out, especially considering the lack of major-label financial backing. How much do you get involved with the production of your videos?

Hope8_VideoShootJH: I’m extremely hands on. Shout out to Sway and Phil and Jesse. They really deserve a great amount of credit because they bring my ideas and vision to fruition.

13. “Give Us Free” and “Good Morning” (original AYCE review)were both very stylized and strongly graphic-driven, where “Blue Devils” and “Breathin” were visually powerful in different ways, and much more directed. How have you been able to put out such high-quality videos without mortgaging your - and your children’s - future?

JH: (Laughing) Well it all depends on what the song calls for and what I want to highlight. Certain records are lyric driven and just really performance (like “Good Morning” and “Give Us free”). Whereas others I’m trying to really visualize the message in the song. So it really depends.

14. Which video has been your favorite thus far?

JH: Honestly, I like “Good Morning” because of its rawness however I can’t deny the impact that “Breathin” has had. It’s on MTV as we speak.

15. When it comes to spreading the Jon Hope “gospel,” you have to deal with a lot of people and outlets. Used to be artists could just focus on radio, TV and magazines – like your  recent appearance in XXL. Today it’s all about viral promotion though. How do you take advantage of this form of marketing?

JH: Well the internet is where everything is at right now. I am forever grateful to the internet and the blogs. However, let’s not totally disregard real life. There is still nothing like Hope6_XXLMagPicappearing in high profile magazine, or seeing your face on tv and hearing your record on the radio. There’s a certain validation with that due to the fact that those outlets are filtered. There still is a prestige that comes with winning a Grammy. There isn’t anything called the “online Grammys” you know? I commend artists like Mickey Factz who are able to translate that internet success into things such as endorsement deals and create lucrative opportunities.

16. I mean, there are tons of us cats out there giving our opinions, both good and bad. There are also tons of people who read those opinions, and some form their own from those posts. What’s your opinion of the blogosphere?

JH: I think the blog is the new DJ and mouthpiece. It’s a two fold situation. You just have to pick and choose what you like as far as wit and opinion and bias.

17. Enough about that, let’s get back to you: You dropped the latest single - “Better” - on inauguration day. Why? And how’d you spend the rest of that historic day?

JH: With the content of the song and the dynamic of that particular day, I felt it was all relative to release it. As a people, we have reached a point where we want better (economy, communities, and leadership). That song is impactful on so many levels and I think it has the ability to help with the healing process of all the turmoil that we’re living in. As far as the day is concerned, it really was an indescribable feeling. Truly Somekind of Wonderful !!!!

18. Whatever happened to Café Society? I’ve seen interviews over 2-years-old saying it was coming, and you even mentioned it as recently as at the end of Audacity, but it still hasn’t dropped. Are you trying to keep us waiting like Dre, or is Somekind of Wonderful the new name? If so, why the change?

JH: Café Society was initially the first official release but I’ve since changed artistically. Somekind of Wonderful came about from a conversation I was having about what real hip hop is? In this “Hip Hop is Dead” that we’re in, I wanted to do something conceptually that I felt would offset that whole notion. Me being a minority in the game, I feel there are rap racists and people who show prejudice to different forms of this music. I’m just addressing the situation.

Jhope-02 19. What else should we keep an eye out for in the coming year from Jon Hope and the Essence Media Group? (tours, other EMG artist releases, clothing line (lol), etc.)

JH: This is truly the tip of the iceberg. We have everything to offer from production to artists with EMG. My friend/artist Mista Mista will be releasing his project ‘No Greater Love’ and LJC pretty much oversees a lot of the projects that will be released. At this point it’s really about brand awareness, we will be getting on the road building the fanbase via tours. Everything will spawn off the terrorist bomb that is called ‘Somekind of Wonderful’

20. The twentieth and final question (whew!), when will you know you’ve made it, or do you feel that you already have?

JH: My measure of success is when I tour the world. I really want to do a world tour. Once I’ve done that, I’ve reached the mountain top.

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Jon Hope, for me and the rest of the AYCE-3, thanks so much for rollin’ with us. We look forward to watching you blow up in ’09, and the years to come!

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Cheers...

Sorry, I'm a little late on this one...can you blame me though!!! Here's a new heater from Dyme Def...

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Dyme Def - Cheers (Produced by BeanOne)


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An Evening with Jay-Z

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Over the next few days I will post up pictures and videos from my trip to DC for the Inauguration...the trip was amazing as you will see. Most of it was unbelievable actually... So here is the whole story. We were on our way to see Jay when our taxi driver tried to make a blind u-turn and ended up like this....

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Yep, the mothafucka got into a wreck...luckily no injuries but the full EMS response...

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That wreck lead to us meeting a guy, Chad, from the Seattle area who was in town for the Inauguration. Chad had so pretty influential partners who were throwing a pre Jay-Z VIP party and got us invited. Sway from MTV News was there, ex Mayor Marion Barry Jr was there, and of course Jay was there. Free booze, champagne, and snacks...

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The show was incredible...Mary J, Young Jeezy, Memphis Bleek, and Beyonce were all there and performed. Jason Campbell, Redskins QB, and Bun B were in the audience...it was nuts! Thanks again to Chad and the IUPAT crew for having us at the party! Stay tuned for the next installment, and remember there are more pictures at the AYCE Flickr page. Peace.

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