Tuesday, February 28, 2006 

Pass that coke...

With all the media hype lately about Britney Spederline almost driving her child through a windshield and Jessica Simpson’s latest fling with newly proclaimed man-whore Judd Law, I thought we’d switch up the headlines today in celebration of Fat Tuesday. I mean, honestly, what’s better than some CLASSY… repeat after me… C-L-A-S-S-Y pictures of Linsday Lohan?
In case you are totally clueless as to the elegance I’m referring to, note the cute dab of blood dripping from her right nostril. Maybe I’m just way behind on the new fashion trends and bloody noses are just as stylish as the new Chanel clutches Lindsay’s been sporting, but I’m guessing that Ms. Lohan’s leakage isn’t her new statement. A little too much white devil perhaps? I could be making a huge deal of something that is as simple and common as hay fever, high blood pressure, or just a case of a much needed humidifier in her boudoir. Regardless, Ms. Blowhan’s… um I mean Lohan… Yeah… Ms. Lohan’s medical problems will, I GUARANTEE, have me talking for the next week.

 

Would someone like to donate around $500,000?



if so.. I would like to purchase this and this. Then I could probably retire from buying shoes for a little bit...or just try to father enough kids so each pair could be put to use.. ..kthxbye.

 

My New Fetish: Boxing Welts *nhjic*


Vargas..umm good luck finding Gucci eyewear that fits THAT

VS


Rahman-"For this fight loss, all I get is a welt...and 10 million dollars??"

who wins in your book?

I think ill go with Mr.Vargas it's just soooo round.

Monday, February 27, 2006 

DC Metro: Providing Quality Entertainment



So I was browsing the Washington Post aka WP (for the cyber streets) for more signs of how DC/MoCo area keeps it gully. I used to write about this quite a bit, if you don't recall check the archives. Well anyway, I came across this piece, and I've had my share of stories, and these too are pretty good ones.

I might as well tell my story, Some buddies and I were headed down to the Talib/Mos Def/Pharohe Monch show at the 9:30 club. We got on the Red Line at white flint, as soon as we got on. I noticied a guy, dressed some in timbs and baggy clothes, sitting near one of the doors on the car and was fumbling around, going through like all his pockets, looking at what looked like years old papers that were very worn. A few minutes later he caught my attention again. He took out a walie-talkie and start franticly talking it to it saying shit like "Green 43, 34" then "Blue 43 82", while looking frantically down both sides of the metro car. At first this went on for 10 minutes, I thought there was gonna be some gang or some shit he was calling in. A lot of the folks on the train (mostly your standard over 40, white, dc vistors) were starting to get worried and shook looks. Then he started to dissemble the walkie-talkie yet he still continued to yell out those same codes.. this continued for the whole ride to Gallery-Place/Chinatown, I didn't want it to end but we had to get off the train, But ever since I've always wondered if there was an exciting conclusion to this mans train journey.


out.

Tuesday, February 21, 2006 

Metallungies hollers @ Apathy


Apathy & Mike Shinoda

Apathy is a very busy man in his least favorite season, the winter but regardless he looks to get even busier. I caught up with him in the middle of hefty press day for his new album 'Eastern Philosophy'. Which he was doing on the road while nearing the end of the Fort Minor tour, which he is a part of along with the aforementioned-Fort Minor, Styles of Beyond, and Little Brother.Don't worry, he can hold his weight. When I got to talk to him, he just finished eating a 10 minute lunch. It was 4pm. As he chilled next to his partner in crime Celph-Titled, I talked to the Connecticut (see: complete opposite of Greenwich Village) rapper about everything from his new album to books. I was very hyped to speak to him after hearing some of his solo indie work, records with the Demigodz, and most recently, tracks on the Green Lantern + Fort Minor's We Major Mixtape (which by the way was one of the best in 2005, and pretty much redeemed GL's 2005 after the Shady Records fall out.).



ML: What’s up man, are you are pretty busy right now on tour with Fort Minor and promoting the album?

Apathy: Yea, I’m on tour right now with Fort Minor, and Styles of Beyond and Celph [Titled].


ML: How was it working with Fort Minor?


Apathy: It’s cool man, Mike Shinoda is the fucking man, he’s mad humble, he’s a homie, he’s a good dude, he looks out for us, its a real good experience.


ML: How did you meet up with him?

Apathy: Well, Styles of Beyond is a part of Demigodz, which is a part of our crew, and they’ve known Mike for a long time. They used to do a lot of work with Mike and shit. So Mike hit them up and wanted to sign them, and then they played Mike the shit we were all doing together, and put him on to us, and he was a fan immediately. He loved our shit, so that’s how that whole thing went down.


ML: How has the tour experience been so far?


Apathy: The tour is fucking bananas; we started out in a lot of markets that we don’t usually play. We went to Minnesota, we went to Detroit, to Chicago, to Toronto that is my first time in all those places right there. It was dope, the fans were crazy, most of the fans were Fort Minor fans, but there was a huge amount of our fans there too, it really bugged me out. A lot of people came and were like “Yo, I just came just to see you guys”, it really bugged me out; it was an amazing thing to hear, for our fans to come out for us like that.


ML: Do you have any special or crazy stories from the tour so far?


Apathy: Not really, we’ve been so busy; nothing really crazy has jumped off yet. The craziest thing is how nuts the Fort Minors fans are. They draw these pictures and shit, draw our names out and try to give us presents. It’s really nuts compared to the regular underground hip-hop crowds we’ve been used to. They are really wild, devoted crazy fans.


ML: So just the whole experience as a whole?

Apathy: Exactly, just the whole experience has been fucking berzerk.


ML: What do you think sets you apart as an MC from other MCs that are out right now?

Apathy: Well I mean there is a lot of MCs out there, I don’t know how they do their shit, but I’m a perfectionist no matter what I do. If you hear a song, you can guarantee that song has been scrutinized a billion times, or I’ve agonized over it or been crazy about it. And I think that’s the thing.


ML: Even the title of your debut album [Eastern Philosophy], I read that you came up with that in 1998….so you know its been scrutinized..

Apathy: That album, has gone through so many changes. When I first started that album, when I first came up with that title, when I first recorded the songs for it, they were completely different songs, there was not one song on there that was the same, I was just unhappy with it. And I knew what I wanted the album to sound like and it just wasn’t there. I kept recording, I kept tweeking things, [and] it still wasn’t the same thing. Then all of the sudden like about a year and a half ago, I sat down and I was like you know what? I want this album to be my ‘Reasonable Doubt’, my ‘Ready to Die’, or my ‘Illmatic’. I’m not saying its on the level of those, those can’t be topped, but what I wanted to do was I wanted to present listeners that type of vibe, that type of shit from that era. So I sat down and I listened to only the classics and I crafted it that way.


ML: What’s the most amount of time that you’ve spent to redo a single song? Is there a song that you kept changing and changing?

Apathy: Yea, definitely, I think ‘The Buck Stops Here’ was one of the longest songs. It’s this song I did about the dollar bill, and it’s gone through like 5 beat changes. There is another song too called ‘Chemical’, we changed the beat on it like 3 or 4 times. Had like 7 different people remix it, 3 of them we were definitely going to use, then we kept changing out mind at the last minute every time. ‘The Buck Stops Here’ is a song about the travels of a dollar bill, I changed that shit so many times, I changed the verses, I flipped my ideas of what I wanted to do. That song really went through it in terms of constantly being switched up.


ML: What are your favorite albums of all time that are timeless and inspiring to you? Do you have albums like that?

Apathy: Yea, defiantly ‘Illmatic’ and ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’, but ‘Illmatic’ is the perfect album to me ,that’s my favorite album of all time hands down. If I had to pick my top 10 albums, that [single] album occupies like the first 4 spaces, that’s how big of a deal that album is to me.


ML: It’s interesting that you brought up ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’, because it has [Wu-Tang Clan songstress] Blue Raspberry and you have her on your single. How did you come up with the idea to have her on the record?

Apathy: Well like I was saying before, during that time when we were recording the Eastern Philsophy album, like within the past year and half, I was only listening to classic albums. I would only listen to ‘Illmatic’, ‘Reasonable Doubt’, ‘Organized Konfusion’, ‘Stress’ and ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx’ is like one of the biggest albums of all time, that’s a huge fucking deal. What happened was I did ‘The Winter’ song, and once I did ‘The Winter’ song I really listened to it. We were originally going to do cuts on that song, but we couldn’t find any cuts that really were good, and then I’m like you know what, we’ve got so many songs on this albums with cuts for hooks, that I want to do something different. So I drove around with the song for a couple days and listened to it in my car. I started to piece together the hook in my head, and I really thought about the hook, and I wanted something real powerful. You know on ‘Glaciers Ice’ when Blue Rapsberry sings real high? It’s crazy, OH SHIT. That’s the feeling that I wanted on that song, I wanted loud, screaming, yelling hook.


ML: So you could feel the emotion?

Apathy: Exactly, so I wrote that hook out with her in mind. But in the back of my head I’m like “Yo, I’m never going to find her, I’m never going to get her”. So when I was talking to Chum about it, I’m like “Yo, how hot would that be if we got her?” and he was like “Oh my god, that would be incredible” but you know in our minds we were both like “Yea, whatever”. So I interviewed a whole bunch of singers, I interviewed and had like 6 or 7 different singers try to sing the thing , it just did not work, it wasn’t what I wanted it to be. I was damn near ready to give up, I was almost ready to be like “Whatever, we’ll just find whoever to do the song”. Then my home girl Carmalita who helps organize and run The [World Famous] Wake Up Show over in LA. She is a very good friend of mine, and I said “Yo, aren’t you friends with RZA?” and she’s like “Yeah, I’m real good friends with RZA”, and I said can you ask him if by any chance if he knows how to get a hold of Blue Raspberry? So she called up RZA, and almost immediately hit me back, and goes “Yea, here is her number” and I was like “WHAT!! Are you fucking kidding me?”. So I called up Blue immediately and Blue and I hit it off like right off the bat, and we became just real good friends.


ML: Do you have a favorite album of the moment right now?

Apathy: I mean, not for nothing but the only thing I’ve been listening to recently is my album, I don’t know if it’s cause I’m scrutinizing but I’m also a fan of my album. I know that sounds arrogant but it’s a big deal to me because my other CDs that I’ve put out, anything I’ve ever been on, I don’t listen to it, like I’m not a fan of it, I don’t love it, I like it and it’s cool but I can’t sit there and listen to it but my album I can listen to, and sit around and listen to. Basically recently the biggest thing I’ve been listening to is just mine. But I mean I’m anticipating Ghostface’s ‘Fishscales’ that’s the only thing I’m really looking forward to right now.


ML: and the new Rakewon album too?

Apathy: Oh hell yeah, ‘Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2’, hell yeah!


ML: What was your favorite part of the long process of making your debut album?

Apathy: My favorite part of it was when we were about 75% done with it. Cause at first we’re just recording here and there and songs were still up in the air, I was still trying to figure out what’s going where. You’re kind of indecisive about shit; you are just trying to feel it out. But when we got about 75-85% done with the album, I kind of like smiled, like yo, this is going to be hot; I see what we’re doing now. So I started writing a couple new songs and when I started writing those couple new songs they really fell into place. And I was like yo this is exactly the direction I wanted to go in, this is exactly I wanted to hear, this is exactly how I wanted to do it and I’m real comfortable with how its coming out right now.


ML: I was wondering how you managed the joint venture to release you album through Babygrande and Atlantic? Because it’s pretty rare that an indie label works with a major label.

Apathy: Well I told Atlantic, that this process is taking forever, and my A&R is cool, and I told him my fans need material, I need to put out material. I want to put out this Indie album, do I have your permission to do it? And he’s like yeah, definitely, 100%, keep your buzz going, keep everything going on and I’ll support you in that. Babygrande stepped to me and gave me a great offer. They said a lot of things that they wanted to do, like do the video, and they wanted to be real passionate about the marketing and just doing everything and really get behind the project. So I was like hell yeah, let’s go. From the time that we started talking and figuring out things until it actually popped off, it took like 9 months. This is the fucked up thing, everyone was in agreement, everyone was down to do it, Atlantic was like yeah defiantly we’re allowing you to do it. But it still took mad long just because you know all the red tape to process and procedure so it still took literally 9 or 10 months just to get the paperwork done for Atlantic to get all the things that they wanted, and for everybody to be happy. So going back forth between my lawyers, Atlantic’s lawyers, Babygrande’s lawyers, it was just a big mess for a long time, that was the most frustrating aspect about the whole entire shit. There was a lot times where I was just like fuck it, this isn’t even going to happen we are just going to put it out ourselves. Everything ended up working out and really poppin off.


ML: Do you have any hobbies you like to do?

Apathy: Music pretty much consumes all my time, I really don’t have any hobbies. I sit around watching movies pretty much whenever I have spare time. [Laughs] When I’m not doing music I try to not think about music as much as possible. It is so overwhelming and takes up so much of my much time. I do it all the time, I love doing it. A hobby though that I consider [that I do] is I’m an MC so when I make beats, so that is a hobby to me, that is something I love, I’m not really known as much for.


ML: Do you follow any sports teams?

Apathy: I’ve always been a Yankees fan, I noticed that within the last 5-6 years, Yankees are bandwagon, huge, everybody jumped on. But I’ve been a Yankees fan since I was a little kid, my grandfather brought me up as a Yankees fan. I used to follow football and basketball, I used to play basketball. But I just don’t have time anymore, so I really don’t follow it all, like I have no idea who won the Super Bowl, I don’t care, I spent the whole super bowl shooting my video.


ML: You said you played sports growing up, but what role did music play in your upbringing?


Apathy: Oh it was a huge thing; all my parents would do was listen to music. Whether it was funk shit, a lot of classic rock, they listened to a lot of rock, but my father listened to everything, he tried to keep it well rounded even though predominately he listened to rock the most, he listened to jazz, he listened to classical, he listened to everything, my father really listened to a lot of different shit.


ML: You said you liked movies, any particular ones that you are a big fan of?

Apathy: Yea man, I’m a real big movie fanatic so its hard to pin point, but I got a whole list. I’m a big fan of the dude Wes Anderson [who] makes ‘Rushmore’, ‘The Royal Tennebaums’, ‘The Life Aquatic’, he makes real bugged out movies. Then I like old 80s classics like ‘Red Dawn’, and ‘Commando’, one of my favorite movies of all times is Juice, Juice is a classic. I even watch weird shit like right here, I’m on tour and I got my little mini DVD player with me, but I got ‘The Ten Commandments’, that movie is incredible, I got things like ‘The Sopranos’. I’m a real big movie head, everything here and there and everything in between, ‘City of God’, ‘Napoleon Dynamite’, you know what I mean?


ML: That can be your hobby right there, collecting DVDs!

Apathy: [Laughs] Yea, slightly, I go to all the movies that come out and shit.


ML: I read in a previous interview that you’ve read about a book about communism, so it seems like you would be up to date with political things, what do you think is the state of the US government?

Apathy: Well when I was talking about reading the book about communism, before it wasn’t modern day communism. I wasn’t reading it because it had to do with communism; I was just reading it because it was my favorite author. It’s just she just happened to be writing about communism. It was this lady Ayn Rand, she writes about philosophical objectivism, and basically that’s just putting a twist on reality, and looking at things from a different perspective. It was a book called ‘We the Living’ and it took place in communist Russia back in early 1900s, and it was just a really really profound ill book. I really try not to get too involved in politics now and days because I used to be so gung-ho about it when I was younger. I used to be a part of Zulu nation, and this other crew Alien Nation and really be all about metaphysics, spirituality, religion, politics, conspiracies, new world order shit, everything, all of that, that was my life, I lived it. And the older I got, the more I realized, how much of your life you can waste sitting around worrying about that type of shit as to opposed to just living life. Life is short man, and to sit there and to waste time dwelling on what some other person is doing. I’m sure there are other people out there where it makes them happier in life to have a mindset where they want to change the world, or do something here and there, or have a cause or a purpose. And that’s good for them as individuals, but for me as an individual I personally would like to focus more on my friends and family, and my life and learning other things. There is so much to learn and to deal with in life; you just can’t do it all, so I’d rather do something else, me personally. But politics is cool and it’s interesting for other people to be involved with but I just don’t waste my time holding interest with it anymore.

ML: You’d rather try to put all that energy toward something else?


Apathy: Exactly, something more positive, cause politics is a negative and its fucking crazy.


ML: Any other books you are reading at the moment?

Apathy: Nah, I have not had a chance to read in a long time and that disappoints me, I really wish I had more time. There is a book that I always read ‘Tuesdays with Maury’, it’s a real dope book. It’s one of my favorite books, and I’ve read it twice already, and I just keep it around and just skim through it and read my highlighted notes in it I have.


ML: I know Celph-Titled was a big part of your album, but do you think there is going to be an album in the future with you guys as a duo?

Apathy: Celph and I are always going to be doing stuff, so it’s inevitable. He is standing like 2 feet from me right now. Celph and I talk together everyday on the phone so you know?


ML: What do you think the future holds for Demigodz?
Apathy: We’re trying to get Demigodz to do major label shit right now, we want to bring back the feeling of that old Wu-Tang type feel, that Wu-Tang gave to us when we were young as far as a crew hitting the mainstream and blowing up but still being grimey and still being hip hop and still being real. Everybody’s got a crew; we want a crew of individuals, not just a dude and his crew.


ML: So a family where everyone contributes?


Apathy: Exactly, all their own personalities.


ML: I wanted to go through the track listing of you album, and you tell me a sentence or two about each track, is that cool?

Apathy: Yeah, hell yeah.


ML: Eastern Philosophy.

Apathy: That’s the title track, that sets it off and sets the whole mood for the album that talks about living life on the east and just little details about it. It’s just basically the preface and the intro for the album.


ML: 1,000 grams

Apathy: That’s just some shit talk shit. Just real braggadocios ill shit.


ML: All about Crime

Apathy: All about Crime is literary about all aspects of crime, not just gangster, gangster, hustler, hustler shit, street shit. It’s about every aspect of crime even from white collar, blue collar to Martha Steward doing the crazy stock market shit. It’s everything, talking about crime from the beginning of time.


ML: 9 to 5

Apathy: 9 to 5 is about striving for something better. When I have a 9 to 5 job I feel trapped and I feel claustrophobic and crazy. It’s about me striving as a person to do something better because I really can’t work 9 to 5’s anymore and it’s just the stress and the pressure of having a 9 to 5 and just trying to do something big.


ML: Here come the gangstas

Apathy: Here come the gangstas is talking about peoples misconceptions about some of the shit that I talk about. And its about fake gangster dudes, I mean as cliché as that is, but I really talk about it. If people first hear that hook and they think oh he is talking about he is a gangster, that’s not it at all. The best line that I say in one of my verses is “You swear to god you gangster gangster/but reality will rearrange ya”.


ML: Can’t Leave Rap Alone


Apathy: Can’t Leave Rap Alone that’s a posse cut with me, Celph Titled and Ryu. That just another shit talk joint, just another posse cut battle rap joint about rapping.

ML: One of Those Days

Apathy: One of Those Days is about stress and drama with the females. Whether she is on her period, or she’s being possessive and jealous and shit. And then the 3rd verse is about a girl who is materialistic, a goldigger type chick. So it’s just the stress and drama of females.


ML: Me and My Friends

Apathy: Me and My Friends is a throwback track that’s got me, One-Two and Celph on it, and we’re all talking about a mixture of things that reminded us of the early 90s, late 80s, and also I told them both to put in where we reminisce about hip hop and reminisce about actual friends and actual events that happened to us. The names we say in there are really old memories and old friends that we have.


ML: Chemical


Apathy: I’m surprised I wrote that in one day, that song really surprised me when I finished it, and that’s one of my favorite songs on the album. That’s talking about all of the chemicals that’s our daily dependency, whether it’s through food, or through the products that we use, through the water, through the air, through everything. All of the chemicals that are introduced into our body , and how normal that is in our society, how chemical we are just because of all these things that we live with every single day.


ML: Do Raker Check

Apathy: Do Raker Check that’s just another shit talking joint, I got a Clique called Do Rakers, and Motive who is in the Demigodz as well, Mo and I are part of another clique called Do Rakers. That is just basically a shit talking joint, crazy, show off rap shit.


ML: Philosophical Gangster

Apathy: Philosophical Gangster once again was talking about being in a mind state where everybody overuses the term gangster now and days. And when Nas said on that ‘Thief’s Theme’ song, philosophical gangster, that really stood out to me. I thought that was a real ill duality, that was a ill balance, an intellectual person whose down to do whatever they got to do by any means.


ML: I Remember

Apathy: I Remember was one of the last songs we added to the album. That song right there is one of the most personal songs on the album to me. It starts off with a little skit where my mother is trying to get me to go to school or get a job or help out somehow. That was actually happening, my mother was kind of yelling at me, like you better find something to do, either get a job or finish school or do something, I don’t know what you think you are going to do living this life like this, just running around rapping doing nothing. It starts off and I talk about Connecticut, where in Connecticut I’m from. People have big misconception about Connecticut. They thing that shit is plush and nice, Connecticut is grimey, Connecticut is shitty, Connecticut is desolate, Connecticut is trash, and there’s nice spots too but. So I’m talking all about Connecticut and everything I went through and reminiscing about my hip hop experiences in my life. That’s a big introspective song right there for me.



ML: The Buck Stops Here


Apathy: The Buck Stops Here follows the path of a single dollar bill. It’s like seeing life through the eyes of a dollar bill and from person to person. Just imagine what a dollar bill sees. That’s one object that gets to be shared from person to person, all different types of lives, and crosses all different [things].



ML: The Winter


Apathy: The Winter is like the hell that winter is. I think if anything would be hell, it’s not fire and brimstone it’s fucking freezing cold, everything is dead, everything is grimy, everything is shitty. The winter is just a time that always bothers me, I say in rhymes ‘something in my soul dies every single time/ that it’s winter time”. Like I said it’s like a parallel hell with Satan freezing, the winter hurts.


ML: I know what you mean, being in Buffalo right now.

Apathy: Yea and you know this winter has been mild, this has been the nicest winter, global warming whatever [laughs], that shit hurts emotionally.


ML: Last thing I'm going to ask you is, you said gangster is an overused term, what else do you think is overused in hip hop?

Apathy: I can sit here all day long and say hustler, people talk about hustling, people wanting to be involved in that whole hustling aspect. People popping shit about how ill they are, or the violent shit, all that is just overkill. Especially all that hustler shit, everybody wants to be a hustler, everybody thinks they are hustler, whether its drug shit or hustling the business that they do. Just kill the term.

A big thank you goes out to Apathy for spending his very busy time talking to us & Matt at Movement Marketing for hooking it up!!

Eastern Philosophy comes out via Babygrande/Atlantic on March 21st.

MORE ON APATHY: (ALL IN MP3 FORMAT)

The Winter Ft. Blue Raspberry Lead Single off Eastern Philosophy

It Takes a Seven Nation Army to Hold Us Back Ft. Emilio Lopez off Where's Your Album

Bloc Party Ft. Mike Shinoda & TAK of SOB off We Major

Personal Jesus off Where's Your Album

All Night Ft. TAK of SOB & Celph Titled off We Major


Apathy's Myspace


out.

Sunday, February 19, 2006 

These boots were made for Jackin?


It seems that America's best marketed idiot is a chain jacker. Word is that Nick (you know.....the other newlywed) is suing her for spousal support, saying that she hasn't given him back his "miscellaneous jewelry." I think the real question is whether any of dem' 98 boyz will pull a Spider-Loc and snuff that girl in the club like Yuk. Whatever happens I'm sure the 98 degrees spinner will show up in the next one of Jessica's videos. She'll be rockin that shit with the "Platamapus" T-shirt, Black Gloves, and The .38 Snub. Banks Style.


Classic.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006 

Building Blocks: Isaac Hayes



Many of you may know him as the Chef from South Park but his musical genius extends far past his Chocolate Salty Balls. This man is one of the best sampled men in all of hip-hop. To name all the classic songs which sample him would create a list that could consume the page (in fact it consumes this page) instead I'll name my favorite:

Walk on By. Listen to this song!!! I really never even realized how much hip-hop history could be covered in one song until I heard this shit. Biggie sampled this, Wu-Tang sampled this, Alicia Keys, Cypress Hill, Pete Rock, and the list continues. Most importantly though its a great song all on its own.

Some of my favorite songs to sample this:
-Notorious B.I.G.: Warning (Classic shit from the best rapper of all time)
-Wu-Tang Clan ft. Isaac Hayes: I can't go to sleep (That song from The W that made you a little unhappy to be alive.)
-Compton's Most Wanted: Hood Took Me Under (Classic GTA Soundtrack jointage)

Don't just listen to music, analyze that shit!!!

Nite.

 

Let's say hello again to E-40


E-40 Mean Grillin'


The slang guru from the west coast E-40 has a new album coming out march 14th. He just dropped a video which I really dig, it features some nice up-side down shots ala Missy's video with Ciara. It also has gully dancers that dance on the hood of moving vehicles, which I should start doing ASAP. A tribute to Mac Dre at the end is a nice touch. The most suprising thing about this for me is Lil Jon did the beat but it dosen't sound like something from his catalog as its lacking his signature whistles, probably his most original and best beat I've heard in a while.. well he kinda did go AWOL in 2005 (which was hard on me, I couldn't drink my 'Crunk Juice' without tearing up). You can peep the video here or the making of the video here.

 

Sammy Sosa: "No me gusta Nationals beisbol"


A cute face in the majors since 1989 *no homo*

So it looks like Sammy Sosa won't be moving down the I-95 from the cocaine capital of the world to the go-go capital of the world (and the free world, GO USA!). He rejected the Nationals offer of a non-guaranteed contract, well it dosen't seem like anyone else is knocking, so it might be the time to open the door to retirement and step right in. If he does retire, I want him to do one thing, become a baseball announcer for ESPN Deportes, that would rule.


out.

 

Killa Cam=Protector of Children (*no homo*)

Example
With "Killa Season" coming out in April (which probably means November '09), the CEO of Diplomat Records (he signed himself, bitch) has yet another big project on his hands...a documentary on pedofilia. Let me say that again...CAM'RON not Stone Phillips or Barbara Walters or even Geraldo...is doing a documentary on pedofilia.
Example
**come to think of it, Geraldo kinda looks like a pedofile but that's neither here nor there.

  • Here's what he says in the VH1 article...


  • "These people drive 200, 300 miles just to meet a 13- or 14-year-old. It ranges
    from teachers to rabbis to construction workers. It's just disgusting.

    "We set up a similar situation where we are videotaping people thinking they're
    gonna meet little kids," he continued. "When they get there, it's gonna be me and
    [my manger] Big Joe like, 'What the hell are you doing, you damn pervert? What the
    f--- is wrong with you, coming to meet a 13-year-old boy?' We're gonna talk to
    them and not let them leave until we find out what's wrong with them."

    ...but before you think Cam'ron is gonna lose his rapper mentality and start fighting crime, the article states that there will be absolutley NO police involvement. Cuz we all know that "snitches get stitches!"
    Example

    Tuesday, February 14, 2006 

    Kurt Warner: "I'm rich [bitch] once again!"


    Brenda gives Kurt some sugar

    After being sent off to the obscurity that is pro football in the state of Arizona, Kurt has heard the cha-ching sound once more getting by a fat deal from the Cardinals. Funny that a guy can be run out of town x2 and then finally gets stable. To be honest Tom Coughlin fucked up in his first year when he benched him, I think that year he couldve led the g-g-g-g-g-g-men to the playoffs, but thats just crazy old hockey watching me.


    bold prediction: If the Cards upgrade their defense, they will make the playoffs.


    out.

    Friday, February 10, 2006 

    wow.. RIP Jay Dee aka Dilla


    thanks for the pic to DeePhunk over at OKP

    For the first time in a long time, I am at a loss for words, he never got to achieve the shine that his talent fully deserved.

    Discography
    SOHH Write Up.


    EDIT/UPDATES:
    some other links I thought I should share, and some more developments. Dilla passed away from complications that led to Lupus.

    *?Uestlove has left a very nice entry on his myspace blog about his favorite Dilla memories.

    *Myspace as a whole has been swamped with people paying their respects, as well has the okayplayer forums.
    Here the ones I've come across
    Dilla's Myspace
    Roc-C from Stonesthrow, who has a video that features Dilla (and the track was also produced by him), but even better yet he already has recorded a dedication to Jay Dee, a very worthy listen.
    T3 of Slum Village Myspace
    Elzhi of Slum Village Myspace
    Slum Village Myspace

    one of my favorite artists motor-city on deviantart who has done a lot of major work for shows like Curb, Def Poetry, The Wire is also a major fan of Jay Dee.. here are my favorite works..
    A Dilla Tribute
    An amazing piece he just modified with a personal tribute
    Another great work of Dilla diggin through vinyl records
    a 'remix' of the above work

    last but not least, there is stream thats going done by Jose3030 from OKP boards that has about 300 Jay Dee tracks in rotation, if you arent all up to his music MAKE SURE YOU LISTEN HERE


    yet another edit:

    Black Thought's touching message about Dilla.

    Wednesday, February 01, 2006 

    Metallungies hollers @ Young RJ!


    Young RJ in the flesh.


    Recently I was able to talk with a man who looks to play a big role in the new generation of beat makers, but one that has a resume looks more veteran then rookie, Young RJ. Recording with everyone from Detroit legends Slum Village to Three Six Mafia, to Proof of D12 (who he even would go on to tour worldwide with as the sound engineer). You get a sense of how Young RJ lives for his workmanship, when asked about his favorite Slum Village moment, it wasn't getting to meet some big name or partying it up, but instead he listed the time when Slum Village told him to keep working and improve his beats. He realizes that practice will get him far and that is why day in, day out, practice is what consumes him. When we caught up with Young RJ, he was out of the studio, he was on his way to get some 2-inch tapes baked (that’s analog tape restoration for you non-music lingo people), even when he has some rare time out of the studio, it’s something that is related to his craft. Don’t think Young RJ is in it for the shine or the popularity, that is clearly not the case as he noted when he was in High School, few knew about what he did after the daily homework assignments were done (which was always had to be completed before any tracks could be worked on). This was the stepping stone for Young RJ to succeed Jay Dee aka Dilla as the in-house guy for Slum Village, which if any of you have heard Dilla’s work, are quite some shoes to fill, but Young RJ has shown with his love and dedication for the music that he is definitely up to the task. But don't think this talent for making records came out of nowhere, Young RJ is blessed with a music bloodline of Grammy nominated father RJ Rice who had his own R&B/Soul group ‘R.J.’s Latest Arrival’ that lasted for more than 2 decades. Outside of his father (who actually owns the label to which Slum Village is signed on to), Young RJ enjoys quite an eclectic mix of influences and music he looks to for inspiration to put into his own work, everything from Stereo Lab to the late great Marvin Gaye. Recently he and his partner Black Milk who together form BR Gunna (which could be the next producing group to be everywhere you turn ala Trackmasters/Neptunes) put out Dirty District Vol.2, with guest spots by big names such as Jay Dee aka Dilla (When I asked about Dilla’s state of health, Young RJ said he has improved a lot, which I don’t need to tell you is awesome news), MC Breed, Slum Village and Phat Kat. The album earned a good amount of critical acclaim, but Young RJ looks to take to a whole another level by collaborating with the some of the same artists in addition to names that include the likes of Nore, 3 Six Mafia, Skillz, to follow up with Volume 3, which he expects to be out in time for the warm months of the summer & spring.


    Oh yeah what is his favorite thing to do outside of making his original sounding music? Is it sports ("I don't have time for it")? Nope, there is no other thing he’d rather do then make his music, you can see this man is completely dedicated to becoming a top beat maker in this hip-hop shit. It is clear when he sees his work, like one of the Slum Village track’s he produced in advertisement campaign for Chevy (yes, the same Chevy that makes your pimped out Tahoe), it inspires him and motivates him even more. In my complete honest opinion it is totally within his grasp, and he will be working be working with everyone in the rap game from Nas to Phat Kat like he aspires to. If you are true hip hop head be sure to check out Dirty District Vol.2 or the last 3 Slum Village albums to see how Young RJ shines.


    out..

    ps. Shout out to Matt at Movement Marketing for hooking it up!!

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