Thursday, October 19, 2006


Unless you have been SLEEPING or STRUGGLING TO PAYING YOUR INTERNET BILL, you should have read parts one, two and three of Robbie of's epic interview with DJ Kenny Parker, brother and long-time collaborator of KRS-One. Seriously funking rope-a-dope, it's a great read on some classic moments in Hip-Hop kulture. Raspect.

And if you thought shit was over, Robbie hits us with another one, this time with the upcoming and image-less rapper NYOIL, who recently had his video, 'Y'all Should Get Lynched', banned by youTube. Read what he has to say, and feel some hope for today's rap music.

Monday, September 25, 2006

Certified Majestic

In the mixtape game, Neil Armstrong stands alone. With a strong emphasis on mixing, the the 5th Platoon DJ is also a master of selection, ignoring the staples of other mixtapes and instead digs into the crates of hip-hop, funk, soul and dance music. The results are dope as fuck, and beyond your average mix 'n' blend.

On his latest offering, The Certified Majestic Mixtape, Armstrong teams up with LA's own DJ Steve 1-Der to create the perfect soundtrack for parties, the road, or just sitting in your room smoking spliffs (my personal favorite). Alongside other Armstrong creations, its by far the most eclectic thing you'll find on, with cuts from the likes of Jaco Pastorius, the Native Tongues, Junior Senior, Willie DeVaughan and Led Zeppelin.

Like I Love You\It Takes Two\Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'
- Justin Timberlake\Rob Base & DJ EZ Rock\Wu-Tang Clan

And here's a slammin' three-track spread to give you an idea of the album's flow:

Kiss Me\Baby Dee - Konk\Digital Underground
Kiss Makes Me Happy - Digital Underground\Young & Co.
Strobelight Makes Me Happy - Young & Co.\Black Sheep

BONUS: The opener to the more Boom-Bap-oriented Filthy (2005) - this here's a classic in it's own right:

Who Got My Back?\New York Love - Trends Of Culture\Fat Joe, Jadakiss & Ja Rule\Nas\ Masta Ace\Indelible MC's


Tuesday, September 19, 2006

"..the jews, yes, the jews.."

Hmmm, the cause of much of the wickedness in the world? I don't know about that, but unsurprisingly, the US media stirred up such a controversy over that remark that even the hard truth soldiers Public Enemy were forced to drop Professor Griff in attempts at damage control. Its hard to make a legitimate message when one of your members is apparently just another jew-hating Muslim. But yo, Americans are so hyper-sensitive to anti-Semitism they think 'jew' is a racial slur.

Where PE really fucked up was not lettin' Griff bust a verse once in a while. Dude is fire:

360 degrees, its a cricle
a 10% baby, i birth him
correct him, then i leave him speechless
caressin his ego, then i teach him this lesson
to the so called negro, the chosen people
that is to grow up
to a freer level, of independence
well let me tell you what its all about...

Professor Griff & The LAD - Pawns In The Game

[More to come]

Friday, August 25, 2006


I'm writing mondo essays right now, so here's a heat rock to tide you over...

DJ Khaled - Holla At Me (ft. Lil' Wayne, Paul Wall, Fat Joe, Rick Ross and Pitbull)

Slammin boom bammin.

E-40 - Dumb Hyphy
The Federation - Stunna Glasses At Night (ft. E-40)

Friday, August 18, 2006

Get Mad Now

I was kickin' it at We eat so many shrimp (I got iodine pois'nin..), reading a post by SergDun, and I nodding my head the whole time: "What Happened To Rappers Hating White People?" Now I love my 'conscious', mellowed-out hip-hop as much as the next white boy, but my favorite? That ol' Red, Black and Green, white devils never built no pyramids BOOM-BAP. Some Angry Black Man shit. It put me on a mission to put together a post of the angriest rap I had. But after the initial selections, It basically came down to a bunch of Ice Cube... but hey, Cube and Chuck D are arguably the angriest men in Hip-Hop, and O'Shea's musical contribution to the game is EXTREMELY over-looked....

Ice Cube - Endangered Species (ft. Chuck D)

2Pac - Last Wordz (ft. Ice Cube & Ice-T)

Kam - Watts Riot (ft. Ice Cube) <<<

But then I thought to myself - of COURSE there's still some Angry left in mainstream music! One of the reasons I've fallen in love with the South is their embracing of old skool hip-hop: the drum machines, the energy, rocking the crowd - and of course songs like this, with NY's GRIMIEST:
Lil Jon & The East Side Boyz - Heads Off (My Nigga) (ft. M.O.P.)

BONUS ANGRY RASTAMAN CUT: Sizzla - Pump Up Her Pum Pum

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

And It Don't Stop...

Masta Killa - Iron God Chamber (ft. U-God, RZA & Method Man)
From 'Made In Brooklyn' >>> Cop that shit @ Nature Sounds

Too $hort - Keep Bouncin' (ft. Snoop Dogg & Will.I.Am*)

Keak Da Sneak - Soil Raps [prod. Jake One]

And if you like SLAMMIN' tunes, go to Palms Out Sounds and get Lil' Wayne's 'Pump That Bass' and Nump's 'I Got Grapes Remix' with E-40, The Federation and M.I.A.... while you still can.

*Hey, the dude was signed to Ruthless Records. More on that later...