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RIP Melvin Bliss x Synthetic Substitution

Melvin Bliss passed away today. The man is responsible for “Synthetic Substitution,” easily one of the greatest and most prolifically sampled records ever. The list of Hip-Hop songs that straight ganked the “Substitution” break is extensive, so I’ll include only a handful of my favorites (De La Soul, Public Enemy, Ol’ Dirty Bastard, Ghostface Killah and Ultramagnetic MCs) below.

Worth noting, the great Bernard Purdie is the drummer on the record. A preview of a documentary Earl Holder and Peripheral Enterprises put together on Mr. Bliss after the vids. Rest In Peace.

Ol’ Dirty Bastard “Cuttin’ Headz” Produced by The RZA

De La Soul “Potholes In My Lawn” Produced by De La Soul & Prince Paul

Ghostface Killah “Mighty Healthy” Produced by Allah Mathematics

Ultramagnetic MCs “Ego Trippin’” Produced by Ced Gee and likely Paul C

Public Enemy Enemy “Don’t Believe Hype” Produced by The Bomb Squad

Melvin Bliss Documentary Trailer

July 26, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , | 14 Comments

VIDEO: Ski Beatz f/ Mos Def “Cream Of The Planet”

Vodpod videos no longer available.

Ski Beatz plus the Mighty Mos Def equates to instant goodness. The song, “Cream of the Planet,” sounds as fresh—sounds like Spanish flavored horns in the mix—as it does on paper.  Creative Control on the visual. [Peeped at Nah Right]

Ski’s 24 Hour Karate School now drops September 7, allegedly.

Kind of ill how the Mos Def of 2010 aesthetically looks pretty much like the Mos Def of 1995 (Urban Thermo Dynamic “Manifest Destiny”) below.


Where Is 24 Hour Karate School? [The Smoking Section]

Where is that mic?

July 22, 2010 Posted by | Fresh Dipped, Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Cappadonna “’97 Mentality”

The Source Magazine - June 1997

Cappadonna “’97 Mentality” off that Wu-Tang Killa Bees compilation. This joint was always ill. Still is.

Produced by the RZA, ya know, the Wu-Tang Clan Abbot that Raekwon tells Vibe will not be contributing to his Shaolin vs. Wu-Tang, due in September. Sigh.

Born is 9, and God is 7. You’re welcome if you never figured that out before.

July 19, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , | 2 Comments

Blaze Magazine – The 50 Greatest MCs Ever!

Blaze Magazine (February 1999)

The late Blaze Magazine’s 50 Greatest MC’s list. Their Top 5, Dead or Alive, pre-millenium:

  1. Rakim
  2. KRS-1
  3. The Notorious B.I.G.
  4. Big Daddy Kane
  5. LL Cool J

No Eminem (it was 1999) and my personal fav, no Ghostface (pre-Supreme Clientele).

I distinctly remember feeling a ways when this issue dropped that neither Guru (RIP) nor Black Thought made the cut. And Pharaohe Monche should never be last on any MC list. The rest of the field after the vid (courtesy of Moblito’s, because I damn sure was not about to type all those names out.).

6.Kool G Rap


8.Slick Rick

9.Jay Z

10.Ice Cube

11.Grandmaster Caz

12.Chuck D


14.Melle Mel


16.Too Short

17.Kurtis Blow


19.Kool Moe Dee


21.Lauryn Hill



24.Busy Bee





29.The DOC

30.Kool Keith

31.Ice T


33.Dre (OutKast)

34.Doug E. Fresh

35.Grand Puba

36.Method Man

37.Snoop Dogg

38.Fresh Prince


40.Eazy E

41.MC Lyte

42.Busta Rhymes


44.Biz Markie

45.Ras Kass

46.Schooly D

47.Queen Latifah

48.Lord Finesse

49.MC Ren

50.Pharoahe Monch

July 16, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , , , , | 19 Comments

VIDEO: Bamboo Bros “Celebrate Life (Up In The Heights)”

“Yes we Africans mixed with Latin.”—Dave Dar

The Bamboo Bros (Superstar Dave Dar and Kurious Jorge) drop this fudge funky joint called “Celebrate Life.” Pump this while rocking a Guayabera. Very, very fresh.


Video: Kurious “Thought Of You” [Nah Right]

July 14, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , | 1 Comment

15 Years of Duck Down Records CD Packaging

This 15 Years of Duck Down Records compilation CD hit (the Enta Da Stage vinyl is vintage) the mailbox today, due in stores July 13. Not mad at the packaging, though there is no way it’s fitting in the CD rack.

Rocking for fifteen years in a fickle Hip-Hop world is no small feat. Then Duck Down has new albums due this year from Pharoahe Monch (W.A.R.: We Are Renegades), Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun (Monumental), 9th Wonder & Buckshot (The Solution), Skyzoo & ILLMIND (Live From the Tape Deck) and the group Random Axe which consists of Sean Price, Black Milk and Guilty Simpson.

That said, Duck Down Records deserves all the props they receive. Gratuitous Black Moon pun totally intended.

Catch all the Duck Down acts at BB Kings in NYC on July 13th and on tour in the fall. Tracklistfor the compilation below, and in the vid. But note, if these songs aren’t already in your collection, what kind of Hip-Hop fan are you really?


Pharoahe Monch – Shine f. Mela Machinko prod. by Diamond D [Bloggerhouse]

July 9, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

I Am NOT Hip-Hop |

Burger status.

Russell Simmons’ first Hip-Hop website venture lasted as long as the latest Internet MCs career, but its I Am Hip-Hop/I Am Not Hip-Hop ad campaign was official gristle. Rest In Peace

If you have time wade through (remarkably still up) for insight, amidst a LOT of vitriol, into the implosion of Urban websites in the early aughts. Mostly due to sites spending money like there was no tomorrow without any idea how they were actually going to turn a profit. Y’know, like the US economy.

Also, Dame Dash seems to always stay in the picture.

July 8, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News, Scans | , , , , , | 1 Comment

The Real Booty Warrior x The Boondocks

The A Date With the Booty Warrior episode of The Boondocks from a couple of weeks back isn’t one of this final season’s best [that would be “Pause”. Or what I prefer to call, “Tyler Perry, lost.”]. But, the titular character from the Booty Warrior episode, Fleece Johnson, should strike fear in the hearts of men, and their sphincters. Turns out he is based on a real inmate (see above) first seen on MSNBC’s Lock Up series.

Yet another reason, as if you really needed any, to keep your ass out of the bing, literally. They should add this vid to the Scared Straight curriculum.


Is Tyler Perry Firing His Entire Staff Over The Boondocks Episode? [Urban Daily]

Riley’s Moment Of Truth [The Smoking Section]

July 5, 2010 Posted by | News, Random, T.V. | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

DOWNLOAD: DJ Jazzy Jeff+Mick Boogie: Summertime, The Mixtape

The homie Kari Cruz sent this along the way so it has got to be official. DJ Jazzy Jeff and Mick Boogie, in conjunction with Undrcrwn, drop a mixtape for July 4th weekend, and the rest of the summer. Summertime, The Mixtape, rock it with respect.

Download: Summertime, The Mixtape | Mediafire

Tracklist—they had me when I saw Bush Babees/Mos Def and Ramsey Lewis—after the bump, and video [DJ Jazzy Jeff & The Fresh Prince “Summertime”].

Continue reading

July 3, 2010 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , , | 7 Comments