Love. This commercial.
As for Paul Rodriguez’s latest kicks, eh.
This iPod Boombox courtesy of Lasonic definitely brings back memories. The contraption lets you plug in just about any iPod and is available at Honeyee (which is in Japanese, so good luck with that.) It sports a built-in FM tuner and the 12 Watt speakers delivers respectable sound but the ol’ skool ghetto blasters of the day delivered way more power. Still, not bad for about $170.
Growing up in The Bronx in the 80’s meant that hearing a ghetto blaster at all times of the day and night was a way of life. Great for me and my fast developing devotion to the sounds of BDP and PE. Not so much for the older heads requesting that infernal racket be lowered.
The question no one asks, though: How much did Duracell/Energizer/etc. make off of selling all those D batteries? Word to Radio Raheem.
While in college I snatched the old JVC my dad managed to keep in working condition. Like most radios of that time it featured a phono input which allowed me to plug in my mixer and get my skills up on the turntables. Still can’t believe I forgot to take it with me when I graduated and returned to NYC. [Spotted at Hypebeast]
The song that got dude noticed when it was on a Kanye West mixtape TWO years ago (though, there is an additional verse and the mix has been tweaked a bit since then.) Also, that’s a lot of BAPE. [Spotted at The Smoking Section]
So that kid Cory Gunz can rhyme with the best of them, as seen in the clip above. However, what grabbed my attention was in the interview portion (below) where Peter Gunz’s progeny said he intended to drop a mixtape using nothing but the late, great Big Pun’s beats.
Normally such intentions are cause enough to gorilla slap a precocious rapper—especially those that need to put the mic down and get a damn job. Luckily Cory is talented enough to do those tracks some justice. The XXL Freshmen Class alum also knew Pun (pic on the left, the shortie in the center), which is an added bonus in his favor.
Cory also speaks on his God-Daddy Shaq O’Neal and that fateful “Kobe, how does my ass taste?” incident/freestyle/hilarity. To think, this Bronx repper doesn’t even have a deal right now.
Cory Gunz XXL Freestyle [via The Smoking Section]
Cory Gunz Mixtape Daily Interview [via Rap Radar]
Why haven’t you downloaded Church League Champions yet? For real, your snoozing means you’re losing.
Anyway, Pac Div dropped by BET’s The Deal about a month ago. It went down at Malibu’s Canvas and in the clip above they drop some freestyles. Actually, with Church League Champions out there it’s clear that BeYoung and Like drop their verses from “We The Champs.” Gimme a minute and I’ll place the start of Mibbs’ verse (the end of it is also from “We The Champs”). Definitely worth checking, though.
Their interview on the show where they discuss how they met, how they got signed and what to expect on their proper debut, Grown Kids Syndrome, is below.
I’m not mad at the above Tide Coldwater commercial which uses the music from one of my personal fav Hip-Hop tracks; Digable Planets’ “Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat).”
The trio of Butterfly, Mecca the Ladybug and Doodlebug get their due nowadays, but I distinctly remember them getting called ATCQ hacks because of their heavy use of Jazz samples. People also got a little flustered when “Rebirth of Slick” won a 1993 Grammy Award for Best Performance by a Duo or Group in the Rap category. All good save for the fact that they beat out fellow nominees including Dr. Dre’s “Nuthin But a G Thang” and Naughty By Nature’s “Hip Hop Hooray.”
Both of Digable’s albums, Reachin’ (A New Refutation of Time and Space) and Blowout Comb are excellent 90’s Hip-Hop gems. Every year or so since their initial break up around ’95 there’s talk of a reunion (they did tour in ’05). And to their credit, each member has dropped solo projects, though none has reached the acclaim of their previous group work.
“Rebirth of Slick (Cool Like Dat)”
“9th Wonder (Blackitolism)”
These Pac Div cats—Like, Mibbs, BeYoung—are sharp. No gimmicks, just beats and rhymes. Nothing else is necessary.
Here is the link to their Church League Champions mixtape. Pac Div’s proper album, Grown Kid Syndrome, is due in the Fall/Winter. Let’s not mess this up Universal Motown. [via Pac Div presents Church League Champions]
Church League Champions
01. Dick Vitale
02. We The Champs (Duke v. Carolina)
03. Pac Div
05. For You
06. No No
09. Underdogs (interlude)
10 Shut Up
11. Young Black Male
Would have been nice if Nas made that album with Premier like he promised in the above mag. About a year ago I was at some random event where Premier was in attendance and I asked Guru’s “associate” what happened with said album. I’ll keep it off the record as promised, but he was none too happy. Well, Nas has other issues to deal with.
Moving on; Nas’ demo from ’91. I repeat, Nasty Nas’ demo from ’91! The songs are raw, but still of a higher caliber than most of the drivel you’ll find on shelves iTunes and bootleg sites today. [Spotted at Kanye's Blog via Blind I For The Kids]
Nasty Nas Demo (RapidShare link)
Let me up something I had in the files; a Nas freestyle from the Stretch Armstrong & Bobbito Show circa 1990-fresh.
Below, that white guy who used to drop the N bombs’ “Back to Grill” video.