A new doc (J.Dilla : Still Shining) on the late, great J. Dilla/Jay Dee that drops on February 7, his born day. Three days shy of the fifth anniversary of his untimely passing. The beats remain. [Peeped at Eskay’s Spot]
Favorite Dilla beat today is “Fall In Love” off Slum Village’s Fantastic Vol. 2.
“F*ck this rap shit, I’ll listen to classical…”—Baatin (RIP)
Michael Jordan covers GQ Magazine‘s February 2011 issue as one of its 25 Coolest Athletes of All Time. Other names on the list include “Broadway” Joe Namath, Muhammad Ali and, of course, Walt “Clyde” Frazier.
For Air Jordan’s entry, writer Bethlehem Shoals of FreeDarko takes the greatest basketball player of all time to task for miscues (overall assholeness) that have tarnished his reputation as of late. Shoals does point out that when #23 entered the NBA and was without his epic reputation, good and bad, he truly was a game changer, literally and figuratively.
Yep, on the cover his Airness is rocking the Air Jordan 7 in its OG White/Light Silver-True Red colorway—aka “Hare Jordans” thanks to Nike’s marketing campaign that incorporated Bugs Bunny—which places the cover photo around 1992. See the commercial for the Air Jordan 7 below where Jordan is rocking the Bordeaux colorway, which happens to finally be getting the retro treatment. That’s all folks.
Above, Malice gets his Tony Hawk on in Vignette #4 of his ongoing series. Below, in Vignette #3 aka “Am I My Brother’s Keeper,” he emphatically kicks, “Just remember we Batman, we ain’t nobody’s Robin,” towardes who we can safely assume is Pusha T. Before you conspiracy theorists start crying foul, Big Bro also raps, “All I do is applaud him, all I have for him is love/I’d be the mascot if ever push came to shove.”
Pusha T Preps Mixtape, First Solo Album [HipHopDX]
Looks like The Chef’s fifth album, Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang, is out of the oven and set to drop March 8. Amazon (UK) comes through with what looks like the official track list (after the break). Here’s hoping Shallah Raekwon has improved at dropping music sans participation from RZA. Black Thought and Nas participation makes this already a win. [Peeped at 2DopeBoyz]
Raekwon – “Shaolin Vs. Wu-Tang” (Dirty) [Nah Right]
Raekwon Plans Two Albums for 2011 [HipHopDX]
Today, 1/1/11 Mike Jaggerr, drops The Eleventh Hour. The Delaware product writes and produces most the cuts with Big K.R.I.T. stopping by on “Cruise Control.” Tracklisting after the break. Shout out to the homie J-Rod.
Download: The Eleventh Hour | MediaFire
On a semi-tangent, the clip reminded me of old Tommy Boy rap act Phase ‘N Rhythm. Their joint “Swollen Pockets” used to get burn and its video (below) can be seen via the magic of YouTube.
You just have to wait until September 2011 for the Star Wars “The Complete Saga” boxed set in all its Blu-Ray splendor. But, you can already pre-order it on Amazon for 90 beans. If only George Lucas would remove Jar Jar Binks the way NewSouth Books is removing the N-word from Mark Twain’s Huckleberry Finn… [The Force is with Uncrate]
Nas and TDK teamed up to create a short film about his childhood experience. In the preview clip above, God’s Son details the not so easy task of taping different radio stations back in the day. Nas’ film is directed by Jonathan Mannion and will debut on January 19. No word about whether that story about the tech on the dresser made the cut.
And this is as good excuse as any to post the criminally underrated “Thief’s Theme.”