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This time, not only did he bring along the homie Kurupt but some of that new West too with Nipsey Hussle. This ish is smoothed out.
West West Y’all.
Everyone today is a Don on their coast and beloved worldwide. No introductions needed, let’s get it.
Last month when Diplo rolled through Taiwan, he had been talking about some new goodness he was working on with the Doggfather. Well, the proof is out and we gots it here.
With the help of Kid Cudi, Big Snoop brings you a brand new ode to his sticky, icky lover.
Some new ish off Luda‘s upcoming Battle of the Sexes. This is the first joint I’ve heard without a feature.
With the help of Virginia’s dynamic duo and Tiger Woods, Luda does his sexting.
HARD KNOCK LIFE
S dot Carter hasn’t really lived a Hard Knock Life for over a decade now, but hey, it’s always fun to reminisce. With some insight from the Jiggaman along with the hugely unappreciated, highly influential Mark the 45 King, some cool doc footage on one of Hip-Hop’s most recognizable songs.
And just for good measure, some new new super dope from the bay area kings.
Get live folk.
Be well world.
Everyone on today’s blog needs zero write-up, which is good, cause I’m feelin lazy. All Kings in their own right, if you’re not familiar, it’s paramount that you do.
DE LA DE LA DEEE LAAAAA
I don’t know who DJ Low-Key is and I apologize if I should, but damn if this isn’t a nice introduction for me.
Presenting some extremely hard to find De La Soul tunes that only I thought I had (I know, that’s a pretty dumb assumption), he gives you that dopeness essential for any De La fan. Charles…I’m lookin at you.
1. DJ Low Key/De La Soul Intro
2. Teenage Fanclub & De La Soul “Fallin (Remix)” – 88
3. De La Soul “La La La”
4. Joel Turner feat Dave “You”
5. Big Pooh feat. Posdnuos “Special (Remix)”
6. Eslam Jawaad feat. De La Soul “Rewind DJ”
7. Malcolm McLaren feat. De La Soul “Hey DJ”
8. De La Soul feat. Sean Paul “Shoomp”
9. De La Soul & Camp Lo “So Good”
10. De La Soul “Hold Tight” aka “Cobb Creek Demo”
11. De La Soul “Breakadawn (De La Soul Remix)”
12. Oh No feat. Posdnuos “Smile A Lil Bit”
13. J-Live feat. Posdnuos & Oddisee “The Upgrade”
14. DJ Jazzy Jeff feat. Posdnuos “Let Me Here U Clap”
15. J Period feat. De La Soul “Excursions”
16. Adam F feat. De La Soul & DV Alias Khrist “Time 4 Da True”
17. Ty feat. De La Soul “The Idea”
18. Nat & Onda feat. De La Soul “It’s A New Thing”
19. Matt & Kim feat. De La Soul “Daylight (Troublemaker Remix)”
20. Jungle Brothers “Doin Our Own Dang (Richie Fermie Mix)”
21. Queen Latifah feat. De La Soul “Mama Gave Birth To Soul Children”
22. Mint Royale feat. Posdnuos “Show Me”
23. George Clinton “Do Fries Go With That Shake”
24. Last Emperor, Masta Ace & Trugoy “Clear Day”
25. Rob-O feat. De La Soul & Pete Rock “Stay Away”
26. Truth Enola feat. De La Soul “Voicestress”
27. Bush Babees feat. De La Soul & Mos Def “The Love Song Remix”
DJ LOW KEY – DE LA EXTRAS #2 (does anyone have part 1?)
WHEN EAST MEETS WEST
Snoop and Jay together can only mean something royal.
I wouldn’t go so far as to say this is the dopest thing I’ve ever heard, but for some reason I feel like these 2 were just having a ball in studio rocking over 2010’s ‘A Millie’ and because of that, it’ feels very dope. Rappers from the classes of the mid-90’s have seemed to come at this beat with a particular fervor and for that, I love it.
You wanna rock? I do.
How am I gonna post about kings without mentioning this man?
Some behind the scenes footage of Mos in studio working on my album of 2009.
MOS DEF – THE ECSTATIC
We got a new ‘Give the Drummer Some’ on the way so stay tuned. In the meantime…get to rockin.
Be well world.
HHHTis the Season,
I don’t know what’s gotten into the internet this past week, whether it be holiday cheer, a little too much Captain Morgan‘s in its Nog, or if it’s just plain ol’ coincidence (even though long time Indy Pop Champion Spookey Ruben once said, “It’s no coincidence fun rhymes with sun.” and that makes all the sense in the world to me.) but damn! Good lookin’ homie.
Today I bring you treats from people who’ve all been frequenting this blog quite a bit this year, and as such, I don’t really have all that much more to ramble on about other than givin’ you the straight up goods. So, without further ado…
24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL
One of my Top 6 all-time musical heroes (if you read this blog enough you can at least pick out 3 others)…
…Pretty Flaco gets his collab on with mr. Luchini himself, Ski-Beatz (who was featured in the first ‘Give the Drummer Some‘) as well as another Camp Lo alumni, one half of Freebass808, Apple Juice Kid in a track that makes my face nothing but teeth. Check the homage Mos pays at the end, priceless.
MOS DEF + SEMTEX – Part 3.
This guy’s as necessary to X-Mas as he is to Hip-Hop.
Ever since 1996’s ‘Santa Claus goes straight to the Ghetto’ it just doesn’t feel right to not have some new Snoop during the holiday season. Well, thankfully, with his new album still doing the rounds, OS was kind of enough to throw this up for us lowly scavenger blogs. An iTunes exclusive, I give you some brand new Snoop bump.
WE GON GO!
And last but not least, after a disappointing showing and way too much Akon involvement on his last record, home town hero Kardinal Offishall is back with a banger givin his holiday thanks to all those before him.
Apparently he’s still riding with ‘Kon but hopefully his involvement will be strictly business from here on in. Hey, I can wish can’t I?
Bundle up folk. It’s gettin low.
We continue the Pair Up legacy today with heavy hitters from East to South, West to Midwest.
LEADERS OF THE NEW OLD SCHOOL
Snoop Dogg and Busta Rhymes have been at it for a loooong time.
And while still relevant to the culture, Doggystyle and the Coming would definitely be considered Old School to today’s youth. That being said, it really is a testament to the grind and pedigree of these two that they’ve been able to stay atop the food chain without completely losing that character we’ve all come to know and love.
Coming together once again for a remix of Snoop’s new badass banger, I Wanna Rock, Busta comes and shows some East Coast love to the West Coast Don.
And check the new vid too…
THE ‘D’ TO THE ‘A’
Royce and Cee-Lo.
Not a collab I would’ve ever thought of, but a dope one nonetheless. Royce is obviously heavy with his pen game and Cee-Lo, well, I’d go so far as to say he’s one of hip-hop’s most under appreciated lyricists and spitters ever. Not to mention versatile. I do love his singing voice plenty, but much like Andre 3000, I think their singing stuff is dope, but I really want them to get back to some good ol’ spitting, if only for just one album.
Luckily for us, Goodie Mob seems to be reunited and working together again, meanwhile we’re still waiting on that Slaughterhouse/Aftermath deal to be confirmed.
Anyway, on with the show…
THE OASIS BROTHERS
Nope I ain’t talkin Noel and Liam.
Making their 2nd appearance on Pair Up, off the upcoming The Oasis, I give you some more of that grown man ish.
I don’t need to say ish bout this.
All salute the fathers of that ‘Do your own ish’ mentality.
20 years and rising…
It’s Saturday folk. Get it in.
HHHTo the Left, to the Left,
As I previously posted on the East Coast and the excellent year they’ve been having, let us not forget about their tanned and funky counterparts over on the Left.
Now, although perhaps they haven’t had as successful a run this past little while, don’t let that fool you into thinking they’re not loaded with game changers.
Slaughterhouse representative. Dr. Dre approved. And one of the torchbearers for the New West. If you’ve never heard Crooked I spit, then you probably don’t listen to much rap.
Likened to a West Coast Pharoahe Monch, Crook’s versatile cadences and cutthroat wordplay made him an obvious candidate to join supergroup, Slaughterhouse. But even more importantly, he’s one of only a handful of west coast spitters that have managed to stay relevant even when the Hip-Hop spotlight has been buried deep in the south. Now, set to release a brand new mixtape as well as the launch of his new label, Dynasty Entertainment, Crook’s poised to keep his position and keep the West up.
Here’s a double dose for your listening pleasure:
93 ‘TIL INFINITY
When the Souls of Mischief recorded 93 ’til infinity, I doubt there was any way they could’ve anticipated that in fact this prophetic song would actually live up to it’s over ambitious claims.
Now, 16 years later, I still manage to hear this song damn near every hip-hop event I go to and can’t help but love it. And well, them, as well as the entire Hieroglyphics crew are still going strong and making music strictly for the heads. Sure their popularity has died off a bit and most kids nowadays think they’re, at best, a one-hit wonder, but at the end of the day, skills is skills and they’ve got skills like a muh’.
Prepping to release their first official group album since 2000’s Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, the Souls have enlisted the help of hip-hop innovator, 1/7 of Stetsasonic, and the man honorably known as Plug Four, Prince Paul. If you don’t know either him or Hiero, I suggest you get familiar. Now.
Off the upcoming Montezuma’s Revenge:
And as an added bonus, a brand new ode to A Tribe Called Quest from the Hiero General, Del.
And finally, what would a post about the West be without an appearance by the Doggfather.
Off his upcoming 10th studio album, Malice n Wonderland:
SNOOP DOGG – I WANNA ROCK
West West Y’all.
Enjoy the Sun.
HHHTop of your game,
As a blogger and critic it’s far too easy for me to sit here and criticize or attempt to pick apart a piece of work I’m not into. Being part of the online community, I’ve been unfairly granted the license to completely dump on another mans art just because I don’t fall in line with his plight (all bloggers, reviewers and columnists should have to take a test and earn a license to write).
In my day to day rants, I do my best to stay within a positive realm and shit on only those I’ve completely deemed worthy. However, that being said, even though I’m just a small time dude reaching a few hundred people a day, if I might effect the way even 1 person perceives another mans means of breadwinning and allow that artist to suffer the loss of that 1 sale (which, to underground artists means quite a lot!) , then you can only imagine the damage those blowhard, self aggrandizing anal warts at Pitchfork do on a daily basis.
With that said, the artists featured in today’s blog have all worked through the bad reviews and bad publicity, have all put out bad music, and yet, have found a way to milk their accolades for everything their worth, stay relevant and maintain their Superstar Status.
Who else would I start with other than the man who went through arguably the worst publicity shit storm of any artist in history and still manage to have every one of his albums go Multi-Platinum. Even before his passing, when the storm was at it’s peak, he managed to set a record for selling out his final 50 date-tour faster than anyone in history.
This cut is the title track off his first post-humous album entitled ‘This is It’. I’ll let you guys be the critics on this one.
C’mon folks, let’s be F’REAL f’real. Snoop can’t lose.
He’s put out at least a half-dozen phone-in albums. Put on a countless number of no talent, two-bit tards (obviously excluding beasts like Kurupt, Suga Free, Battlecat, etc.). Whored himself out to any product that would be willing to endorse him, and yet, the majority of us still champion him like he’s never done us wrong. I couldn’t even begin to explain it to you, and nor will I even attempt it, just know that when people talk about that ‘IT’ in celebrities, he might as well be a Stephen King creation.
Here’s that new ish from the Doggfather.
And if your favorite Snoop is still from ’93. Here’s an unreleased track from the Death Row vaults.
Okay, so the Teflon Don hasn’t stayed the test of time like our previous 2 contestants. However, when you talk about legacies in Hip-Hop, there are few if any that compare to his.
Arguably the godfather of modern day rap and cadences, you will rarely, if ever, here Rakim miss someone’s top 5. And truthfully, that might not even be because they like him that much, but simply because they feel obligated to say his name in fear that someone listening will punch out your canine’s for forgetting him. And if your legacy can do that, you’re a superstar.
Now, back after a decade long hiatus, here goes the first tune off Ra’s 3rd official solo studio album, Seventh Seal. Is it good? You tell me.
This doesn’t really have anything to do with today’s thread but I really like this song. I haven’t heard too many tunes from Theophilus, but the ones I have I’ve enjoyed quite a bit. And now as a part of what I’m assuming is a push for an upcoming record, he’s released a video to arguably my favorite tune of his.
Enjoy the day folk.
Happy Turkey Face Canada.
If you’re a regular of this blog, then chances are you’re into some raw-@$$-ness.
In previous posts the names of M.O.P. (obviously), as well as the members of the Slaughterhouse (Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I and Royce Da 5’9″) have all come up and generally under a positive light.
Well, they’re alllll back again…….and this time…….together.
Having collaborated for the upcoming Slaughterhouse album, here’s some footage of them in studio just finishing the track alongside DJ Premier and Showbiz (of D.I.T.C.) as well as the Freebie. Rawness indeed.
Also, since we’re on the topic of Slaughterhouse. Joell Ortiz, who most of you still know as the guy Dre signed to Aftermath (only to ask for his release shortly after) is preparing to release a documentary about his career thus far. This is the first I’ve really heard or seen anything from it and it looks kinda interesting or it could be the trailer covered it all, either way, here it is.
And finally, as the subject of this post is ‘Pair Up’s, as in dope collabs and what not. I was recently made privy to this info that definitely qualifies under such a topic.
Buzz Aldrin. Yes, the 2nd man on the Moon Buzz Aldrin revealed recently to the New York Times that he in fact just finished collabing with the Doggfather himself, big Snoop Dogg for Will Ferrell‘s www.funnyordie.com. When asked if he actually sang in the video, Buzz replied: “I relate. It’s not singing, it’s rapping.”
Read the full interview HERE.
That’s Monday people.
‘They say they ride for the underground, die for the underground but still makin no moneeeeeeey…..stupid’. – Dave/Dove/Trugoy
Today I give you a post that counteracts the above statement by the great Plug Two. Cats who maintain the ‘underground’ label and have established or are slowly building their pensions with verbs, nouns, hooks and cadences.
These cats are dope. From Brooklyn and Cincinnati respectfully, these cats do fun rap without having to talk about ‘Bringin’ it back’. Making their first big splash on Foreign Exchange‘s incredible debut ‘Connected’, Von Pea, Donwill and Illyas have quietly worked their way into the circuit and share a similar lane with Little Brother (circa the Listening). However, like Little Brother minus 9th…they also have issues consistantly picking dope beats. This one however is a gooder.
Sure he’s had major label support, and sure he’s been on commercially successful singles, but dammit if Kurupt doesn’t embody ‘RAW’ through and through. A rapper’s rapper, he’s been doing this for roughly 16 years and has never wavered from his position to sell records. With an amazing knack for creative and unorthodox cadences, what he lacks in content he always makes up with in flow.
Some chilled the eff out Kurupt ish.
Zev Love X. Don’t think I really need to write too much about this guy. He does his thing and people follow. Unfortunately he occasionally abuses this (google: Doomposter) but that doesn’t stop the fact that he’s plenty entertaining.
Doom’s ode to Homosexuals. Need I say more?!
It’s Friday Folk. Make a baby.
Let him talk. Dope.
When was the last time you heard 4 dope emcees spit 32’s with no hook? Dope.
Snoop ish. Dope.
Rihanna & Cassie have wholes in their chest. Dope.