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VIDEO: Nas “Nasty” + Common “Ghetto Dreams” f/ Nas

Nas is still nice. Common is still nice. That said, the plan is for these two MCs to drop a collaborative album called Nas.Com (or Nas (Dot) Com?).

Above, Nas’ video for the Salaam Remi produced “Nasty” from his forthcoming album titled Life Is Good. Below, Common’s video for the No I.D. produced “Ghetto Dreams” from his forthcoming album The Dreamer, The Believer, due out November 22.

October 11, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: Wu-Tang Clan x Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… x Red Bull Music Academy

The Red Bull Music Academy hit me up and asked me if I wanted to host a panel with the Wu-Tang Clan discussing their seminal debut Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). The answer to that question was obvious and this Wednesday (9/28), I made the trip to Shaolin Land to moderate a lecture was part of RBMA’s Five Out of Five Tour that features artist from each NYC borough, performing and discussing their classic albums, hence Wu-Tang Clan and Staten Island.

There was some minor drama with some Wu members being unaware of the panel (the group performed at the venue, Eve Lounge in Staten Island, that night), which led to the discussion’s focus shifting to Only Built 4 Cuban Linx… since all the members on hand—Raekwon, Ghostface Killah, Masta Killa  and also Cappadonna—participated in creating the masterful album. The conversation was lively and many jewels were dropped.

Red Bull will be posting the lecture in its entirety but AllHipHop was on hand and already has a bunch of videos from the event up. Some choice moments include Wu-Tang revealing they too watch soap operas and Raekwon speaking on playing A&R for Nas as well as the creation of “Incarcerated Scarfaces” (above). There was also a portion where Ghostface recounted hitting a “grandfather deer” in New Jersey while listening to Cuban Linx for the first time that was hilarious, but isn’t up yet. God bless that deer.

BLATANT SELF-PROMOTION: A lot of this info and much more can be found in my book, The Wu-Tang Clan & RZA: A Trip Through Hip Hop’s 36 Chambers. Shout out to Allah Mathematics who was also on stage.

Ghostface Killah on “All My Children” and His Favorite Wu Album

Raekwon and Ghostface on the Importance of RZA

Raekwon on Nas and “Verbal Intercourse”

September 30, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , , | 2 Comments

DOWNLOAD: Maffew Ragazino ‘Rhyme Pays’ Album

“My free download is better than anything ya drop.”—Maffew Ragazino (“Blaxploitation”)

Brownsville’s own Maffew Ragazino drops his debut album, Rhyme Pays, for the free free. No excuse to take a gander at his talents. Video for lead single “Black Sheep” below.

DOWNLOAD: Maffew Ragazino Rhyme Pays 

September 21, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Dru Ha Marathon Training with Sean Price & Dallas Penn

“Colonel Abrams called, he wants his disco shirt back.”—Sean Price

“Just think about running to the corner store, maybe like 4 or 5,000 times.”—Dallas Penn

Dru Ha aka The Big Cheese (co-CEO & co-Founder of Duck Down Records) is prepping to run the NYC Marathon for a great cause (Alzheimer’s research). In the clip above his usual trainer (Mark Jenkins) has been replaced by official Brooklyn delegates, and Lo Lifestyle advocates, Sean Price and Dallas Penn. Needless to say, comedy ensues.

September 15, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, News | , , , , | 1 Comment

‘Hear. I am.’ x Bonsu Thompson + Low Key

A couple of the homies—Low Key of YouHeardThatNew (below) and Bonsu Thompson, writer extraordinaire and former EIC of The Source Magazine (above)—get spotlighted by Sennheiser USA Headphones as part of their ‘Hear. I. Am.’ campaign. Still rocking with my Beats By Dre’s, though. Thoughtful and enlightening commentary from both these brothers that you shouldn’t hate, but congratulate.

September 15, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , | 1 Comment

Wiz Khalifa x New York Times Style Magazine

Flipping through the New York Times Style Magazine this morning and who do I see in a fashion spread? Wiz Khalifa and his ‘band.’ The Pittsburgh rapper and his Taylor Gang crew gets dipped out in Alexander Wang and Vans in a spread titled ‘Really Big Bands’ that also includes Florence and the Machine, Gogol Bordella and Deerhunter, amongst others. Almost shockingly, and despite rumors that they got hitched, Amber Rose didn’t manage to make it into the photo. No shots.

Below, video for “Yoko” by Berner featuring a rapping Chris Brown, Wiz Khalifa and Big K.R.I.T. King Remembered In Time on the beat.

RELATED:

Wiz Khalifa Already ‘Working On’ Rolling Papers Follow-Up [MTV News]

September 10, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | 4 Comments

VIDEO: Malice x ‘Pray’ Vignette

When’s the last time you got tested, for anything? With the audio book of Wretched, Pitiful, Poor, Blind & Naked set to drop in October, Malice releases “Pray,” the first of a new series of vignettes. Gotta respect a brother with a message. Waiting on that Long Live the Cane (Re-Up Gang), which he speak on briefly in the Fuse TV vid below. [H/T Mikey Fresh via MissInfo.tv]

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September 7, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation’

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’86 was a dope year, figuratively and literally. VH1 Rock Docs is presenting ‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation‘ (trailer above). The hour long documentary is narrated and executive produced by Ice-T (aka Scotty Appleton from crack era movie du jour New Jack City) and features commentary from artists like B-Real, Raekwon, RZA and Snoop Dogg. Looks like the film will be covering the relationship between rap and crack cocaine, as well as notorious (now former) drug dealers like Azie Faison and Freeway Ricky Ross.

A lot of your favorite MCs (BIG, Jay-Z, Nas, etc.) have rapped extensively about the crack era, glamorizing it in the process no matter how clearly their rhymes reiterate that ish was NOT sweet on the ghetto streets. I’ve personally seen friend’s parents ruins their lives thanks to that crack pipe and it made walking the cracked South Bronx pavement a daily adventure. So while the fresh gear, music and good times were great, to hell with the dope fiends, murders for chump change and all around f*ckery. And yeah, blame the CIA.

‘Planet Rock: The Story of Hip Hop and the Crack Generation’ airs Sunday, September 18 at 10 PM EST. [H/T The Juice]

RELATED: 

The Source July 1994 issue featuring Eazy-E (includes Part 1 of epic “10th Summer of Crack” story) [THIMK]

August 30, 2011 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , , | Leave a comment

VIDEO: Big K.R.I.T. “Vent” + Need To Know Interview

New video from Big K.R.I.T. for “Vent,” off his Return of 4Eva mixtape. I interviewed Big K.R.I.T. for AOL Blackvoices’ Huffington Post Blackvoices’ now defunct TheBVX.com last May for a column called “Need To Know.” At the time he wasn’t signed to Def Jam and his K.R.I.T. Was Here mixtape was getting repeated burn, and still is. Couldn’t find the original story online, so I reposted it here.

K.R.I.T.’s proper debut, Live From The Underground, is due in stores September 27.

Who: Big K.R.I.T. (meaning King Remembered In Time) is a self-sufficient, 23-year-old rapper and producer representing Meridien, Mississippi as home.

Credentials: K.R.I.T. spent years honing his skills on the mic and — since he couldn’t afford to pay producers — the beats (starting with his Playstation’s MTV Music Generator video game, no less). But K.R.I.T. let the rap world know David Banner wasn’t the only show in his state after he aligned his own Multi label with the Cinematic Music Group and the Dame Dash-affiliated online content label Creative Control — they handle the visuals, shown below — to release “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here.”

Why: K.R.I.T.’s mastery of matching soul drenched production (all his own) to his thoughtfully rendered Southern fried rhyme parables makes him one of hip-hop’s most promising new artists, regardless of region. “K.R.I.T. Wuz Here” isn’t just a glorified mixtape but a full blown album with assistance from Smoke DZA, Curren$y, Wiz Khalifa and Devin the Dude. And we dare say, one of the better releases of 2010. Meetings with major labels are being held, but all K.R.I.T. will divulge is, “2010 is going to be a great year.”

Musical Recipe: The double duty talents, rhyming and producing, of the late Pimp C with the fiery delivery of 8Ball & MJG.

Sample Selections:

“Hometown Hero”

“Children of the World”

“KING”

Download:K.R.I.T. Wuz Here
Quotable: “The first time out the gate I want people to understand that I’m human. I have different days. Some days I don’t feel like dealing with the bullshit. Some days it’s just about money. Some days [are] spiritual. You go through so many emotions throughout life; I wanted my album to be just the same. Nineteen records of different emotions, depending on how you felt that day and what you’re going through. I just wanted to put the music out there and let people know that I’m the type of artist you can relate to and I go through the same stuff you go through. The glamor and the glitz of the industry, that’s for television. When you riding in the car, all you hear is my voice and this music, that’s it. I want people to vibe out to my words and hopefully take something from what I said that might inspire [them].”


August 26, 2011 Posted by | Hip-Hop | , , , | 1 Comment

VIDEO: GZA “Liquid Swords” x Wavves x Fuel TV

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This seems totally random, but is nevertheless dope. GZA/Genius performs “Liquid Swords” with musical accompaniment from the Wavves on Fuel TV’s ‘The Daily Habit.’ OG video below. [Spotted at Pitchfork]

August 26, 2011 Posted by | Freshness, Hip-Hop, Music, News | , , , , , | Leave a comment