Friday, July 31, 2009
Thursday, July 30, 2009
Been searchin’ for inspiration lately, think I found it:
Big ups to Donny Goines for pointing it out, and bigger ups to Joell Ortiz for putting it down.
“How can hip hop be dead when she’s a spirit?”
Monday, July 27, 2009
Friday, July 24, 2009
Wednesday, July 22, 2009
It was supposed to be Take It Back Tuesday yesterday. Catch invented it and I made a commitment to help him keep it going. Then I bailed last night due to extenuating circumstances. So here we go, time to take ya’ll bitches back to a simpler time.
“Yes, I have a 4 O’Clock appointment and I’m here for my shot,” says Mr. White. No, not Mr. White from Reservoir Dogs. Mr. White from Ice Cube’s epic album: Lethal Injection. As I type I am listening to Cube tell me all about a world that I never knew. When this album was released, I must have been a Junior in high school. Pretty sure I jacked that shit from the local Hasting’s store (sorry Cube!). Yup, I know I did. Same thing as when The Predator came out. Damn, things have changed. You don’t even need balls to steal anymore, you can just do it on the internet. Nothing like trying to act calm with a couple tapes shoved down your pants and a security guard staring at you. Sometimes I think the world is passing me by. Bop Gun with George Clinton has to be one of the greatest collaborations of all time. You Know How We Do It is one of my all-time favorites for just rollin’ down the street. This album means a lot to me. . . if you forgot about it, take a trip down memory lane. If you don’t know, shame on your ass!
Sunday, July 19, 2009
Yo, this one right here is a heater for sure. The homey Rev sent it through last week, but I been too busy to get it up. Se7en, Dre Robinson, and M-Dot go in on this one...G'D Up.
Friday, July 17, 2009
True story, in high school I wanted to play church league hoops with all my buddies but there was a catch...I had to go to church twice a month. Now for most of you that might not seem too bad, or it may be a regular occurrence but for me it was a nightmare. I survived it and it looks like the dudes Like, Mibbs, and BeYoung...otherwise known as Pac Div, did too. The trio released their Church League Champions mixtape today as a prelude to their album, Grown Kid Syndrome, set to drop in late 2009. People, this is free music for the masses...and quality free music at that. Run, don't walk, to the above link or the one below to download your copy. Peace.
Saturday, July 11, 2009
Time for all y’all to stop being all shy like Ally Sheedy, and get up on some Donny Goines (no Anthony Michael Hall). There was about a week-long period where I couldn’t take The Breakfast Club off repeat – seriously, it’s filthy from the first bell to the end of detention (download it here, before Principal Vernon gets back). Anyway, here’s the latest video from the Donn and Co., and it’s pretty tight. Goes to show that you don’t need a milli to make a nice video; just a good director and editor…and three FINE-ASS girls!!! (Although I’m still wondering why that one girl got them boxing gloves – sorry Benny, can’t help it. And while I’m at it, a couple of extra dollars on color-correction woulda really made this shit pop, IMHO). Regardless, me like “She Likes”. Peep:
Wednesday, July 8, 2009
Tuesday, July 7, 2009
Just stumbled onto The Revival EP over at 2DopeBoyz. Didn’t even know it was coming. Royce has been busy since he got back on the streets. Rumors of working with Eminem, Street Hop album coming out September 22, possibility an album with his other group Slaughterhouse. There’s a little chatter out there on the web about whether the shit is free (legally) or not, but I think the fact that it’s for sale on Itunes and Amazon should answer that. Go to Itunes and cough up 4 bucks for homeboy. Ya probably woulda spent it on a cheeseburger that your fat ass doesn’t need anyway! Check out The Revival EP. Peace!
Monday, July 6, 2009
These cats just popped up on my radar a couple weeks ago. They are all about honoring the Old School and supporting progressive Hip Hop artists. A while back I was just drivin’ and enjoying the peace and quiet of me and my Ipod when I decided to hit up BackSpin on the SiriusXM. Enter SubSoniq. I liked what they had to say, which is rare ('cuz as you all know, I am an angry motherfucker at times). They had Afrika Bambaataa on there spittin’ knowledge like he does. I love how that guy pronounces his words. Following is a Twitter conversation between @Catch91 and me, @BrainSlice:
BrainSliceOh shit now we got some La Coka Nostra! Lovin Backspin more every day.
The boys caught up with some of the great artists of our time at the most recent Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Check it out:
What up fam?? Just like Benny, I found this email while slummin in the Spam box (where I can learn how to work from home and double my income, enlarge my manhood, order some valium, and find dirty girls who want to chat with me - all in ONE place!). Anyway, y’all remember this joint?
Loved this cut when I first heard it! Well, Choclair is back! Actually, he’s been putting out music this whole time – just hasn’t got the attention that the debut, Ice Cold, did. His new track might help fix that shit.
Produced by DJ Bless, “The Essence” is basically Choclair’s commentary on the state of the game, spit in that familiar Toronto flow that helped him and folks like Saukrates and Kardinal put the T-Dot on the map. Definitely a tight track, and worth the click! Peep:
*Click the pic to download “The Essence”
Saturday, July 4, 2009
While most of y'all were sleepin Atmosphere released a free EP that I found over at the AYCEbook called...Leak At Will. You can go to Fifth Element (or here), register, add it to your cart and then check your email for a download...or you can just click the link below. Your choice. Should be a nice little "hello" to Independence Day 2009. Have a great weekend y'all.
Friday, July 3, 2009
It's finally here people, and were half a day late! Been waitin on this one for some time, cause Ramz decided to sit on this one until the actual date that it was sposed to drop. Geezus, strong work Frank...I know it was killin you as well. Below is the link and what Frank Ramz himself has to say about the album. Also, pop over to his spot and show some love.
Thursday, July 2, 2009
of "DubMD and Illife Presents: Blaps, Rhymes, and Life Vol. 3" came through the inbox today and looks to, once again, be a nice listen. This time featuring Young Buck, Skyzoo, Termanology, Masta Ace, and Torae. Download and enjoy! Oh, and incase you missed it...you can get volumes 1 and 2 here.
Wednesday, July 1, 2009
Is the world passing me by? Am I becoming an angry old man? There is a little anger in me . . . I can’t deny it (props to Benny B for pointing it out). I have been attempting lately to take a lot of things back, but today I wanna take you ALL back. Back in time, and this has nothin’ to do with Wale’s mixtape. Lately I have been a little nostalgic, reflecting on some old school shit. My pops was my American History teacher in middle school, and he always used to say: “Those who don’t remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” Also you can’t forget the great Bob Marley - “In this great future, you can’t forget your past.” Does that mean there will be another Vanilla Ice? What about Snow? I distinctly remember him performing “Informer” on the Arsenio Hall Show back in the day. He was wearing those Nike Air Charles Barkley sneaks that I would’ve killed for.
That is some weird shit. So let’s have a muthafuckin’ moment of silence and remember some of the bad, and the good. One of my boys from back in the day just emailed me this little joint that had been erased from my memory for a while. Thank you to Lower for takin’ me back. Black Sheep.
While I’m on the subject I gotta say that Backspin on XM/Sirius satellite radio has been hittin’ the spot lately. Two of the great pioneers: Grandmaster Flash and Afrika Bambaataa have been hosting on there, in addition to a nice little show called subsoniq. They are full of hope and optimism for Hip Hop. Sometimes it’s good to be reminded that there are artists out there that respect the pioneers, and plan to honor them by taking it to the next level. Peace.