Friday, November 7, 2008

Bump This Now #1 - 11/7/08

I guess blogs get popular based on certain segments, or things they do daily, something to make people check in everyday, that most of the time is more simple then the long drawn out posts.  A "word of day" kind of thing.  I know most sites do a joint of the day, or something along those lines, and well I am afraid I do not have anything so much more original.  I pledge to give you a joint of the day worthy of the title.  There you have it until I come up with something more clever to give you daily, I will provide music.  I'll call it "Bump This Now!"  Hopefully you will do exactly that.


for whom the bell tolls - evidence (ft. phonte, blu, and
dont sleep, BUMP THIS NOW!

for those of you who care ill also give some honorable mentions;
get up - 50 cent ("get rich or die trying" status)
computer love - ghostface ("fishscale" official)
life in marvelous times - mosdef (i almost want to give this one its own 
day mosdef does not fucking stop he continues to invent and put crazy 
music out, fakers take notes)

Exile, Factz, Capadonna, Gnarles Barkley, Kanye, Zion I

Shhhhh, don't talk just watch and listen, Exile fans stand up!
I do want to say one thing about the Zion I track though.  If 95% of the rappers out right now tried to make a song like Juicy Juice (and millions have), and do it respectably, without being well, an embarrassment to their hip-hop counterparts they would come up short to say the very least.  I could not listen to a whole album of Juice but for one or two tracks Zion I makes it bump.  I forgot to mention that this is not just another beat from the bay also.  Shit is crazy.  Cheers.


Styles, Deadeye, Young Chris, Jay Electronica,

Styles P - Fly Like An Eagle (Feat. Snyp Life)

Deadeye, Termanology, and Zoo killllllll it on Girl Interupted, it is one of those near flawless tracks, if your still sleeping on Skyzoo you are a lame, plain and simple.  Termanology is slowly gaining my confidence in his consistency to deliver solid lyricism.  And Deadeye, well the track does the talking.  And it speaks volumes.

Young Chris?  Yessir.  This freestyle is off of his 30 verses in 30 days campaign.  Nah, he was not running for public office, just trying to promote his new album.  I am really torn on Young, part of me has trouble seeing where Jay ends and Chris begins, but the other part of me doesn't give a fuck, Jay-Z is the best ever and its about time he raised someone who can continue his dynasty.  It seems like Young Chris is okay with being Jay-Z Jr. for now, and who wouldn't be?   Being guided, and having the benefit of advice from best ever is nothing to be ashamed of.  Oh yeah, and if you think the kid can't rap, don't be dumb.

I wont leave Styles or Electronica out, they bump as usaul.  Not my favorite joints by either of them but solid hip-hop for sure. 

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Black Milk - Tronic - KiLls It aGain and iT SOunds SO Easy





Do not question Black Milk. Few producers can contest with his skills, he kills shit so routinely "The Set Up," was one of the best collaboration albums of
08 and now Black puts in for one of the best solo albums of 08. Look for "The Preface" and "Random Axe" if you like what you hear you will not be disappointed.
Overdose is probably my favorite track of the album but Long Story Short competes and they are all literally such crack. Thanks Black



NeW - Common, 88 Keys, Evidence (tape), and Jada

Common - Changes

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Scooter Smiff? Seriously hip-hop?

I had no idea who Scooter Smiff was until 5 minutes ago, and well, my faith in hip-hop is drawn to question.  Do not get me wrong, I salute Scooter, or probably Mr. Smiff to me, for making money and capitalizing on an industry gone obviously soft.  To be more frank, and sorry Mr. Smiff I am sure, well not sure but I can give you the benefit of the doubt that you are one talented 13 year old, but in all honesty, the people who I salute are your marketing squad, your manager mostly for seizing an opportunity and capitalizing on a hole that had been left in commercial hip-hop since Chris Brown, and Bow Wow, and the likes are now old enough to have left a void in the 8-14 yr old demographic.  Who am I mad at then?  Fuck CB and fuck CBE for signing such a gimmick it's not cute you pussy/pussies.  His parents?  Excuse me if they are not around but whoever raised this kid could have taught him a little more of a love for music and a lot less of a greed for money.  For you fucking fake, superman-ing,  bitch ass fans out there who are supporting gimicks like this, and who are shaking there heads at there monitors saying "don't hate," I do not hate Scooter Smiff, I hate you fuckers!  You are all embarrassments, stop allowing every art form to be capitalized on by capitalism.  No, that does not mean you can't rap about or like rap about cars and such, but this kid cannot even drive yet!  Name dropping brands and speaking on how much money you have, or cars you drive really only impresses me based on two things wordplay and work ethic, it is not the whips its the wit and the will, and while I am sure you are very educated Scooter, excuse me Mr. Smiff you are not doing anything that has not already been done, and not to hurt any feelings, but the things that are being done, the people who are doing, you most certainly cannot compete at 13.  Hip-hop please!  If your out there, if you have any dignity left stop with all the gimmicks, good music is all we want! 

Uninspired beat, uninspired hook, uninspired raps = uninspired song. Here is some advice Scooter, I can call you Scooter now cant I? Okay sorry Mr. 
Smiff here is some advice; wait, Lil Wayne made money when he was 13 
sure, but he did not make music until a few more recently. Make the music whats important not the money.


M.I.A & Blaqstar - S.U.S (save your soul)

this is a pretty official joint from M.I.A.  She comes pretty damn hard, so does blaqstar, and so does the beat.  Sample from the "Wire," theme song "Down in the Hole" by Tom Waits helps to make it blast, a little loopy but I can dig it... pun intended you bastards
We will def try to represent the under and above grounds, but Dizzie G said it best "if it sounds good it is good."  So while I cannot pledge my alegiance to one movement, I can pledge it to music, and...

Every good woman needs a thug;

not the biggest Neyo fan but Jadakiss is back and more murderous then ever, killing tracks left and right one of the hardest rappers of all time might succeed in commercializing his thug this time around, keeping it def hood but shaking off some of the grime - "The Last Kiss" aka "Kiss My Ass" to drop in december.

RoC-A-feLLA goes in 2001 pt. 1

found this on I know we have been kicking it off political but I had to post this, classic ROC radio session...  part 2 after the drop.

NaS & Green Lantern - ELeCtiON NigHT / Q-Tip & Obama - FoR PreSiDENt

Nas - Election Night (Produced By DJ Green Lantern)


ShalL wE CONtiNue? - Obama won, now what? - YoUth StaND uP!

It has been moving watching the election over the past months.  The youth along with popular culture (in many different manifestations) managed to do some good for once, and Obama was able to captivate the youth (the under 40 demographic) early and often enough to win the election.  How did Obama do what Kerry failed to do in 2004?  The issues are not so much different, Kerry was campaigning much like Obama for change, we were at war much like we are now,  we were amidst an oil crisis, sales and economic stability were already beginning to decline in practically all major sectors, the green revolution was new and the environment was already pretty warm, what was so different about this election?  Why did Obama not only win the election, but win by a such a large margin?  The simple answer is, Obama managed to captivate young audiences by attempting to make history, that it was not really the issues but the man.  While I applaud Obama, support Obama, and am very excited to see how Obama executes as our President.  I wonder, if it was not so historically significant, if it was not a black man, if it was some other youthful politician with a pension for speaking to the youth, would the outcome have been different?  If it was two boring politicians, campaigning the same boring campaign would we have payed attention?  I imagine that most would say of course not, of course  it would be different, that is the whole point, that is why Obama is so amazing, because he was able to captivate the youth, because he was not just another boring politician, that of course it affected the outcome, how could it be any other way.  Those same people would most likely admit to the fact that a good deal of political calculation was included as well, that Obama was not just in the right place and the right time, but in a sense created the right place and time, or that perhaps the right time and place were created for Obama.  Most must be thinking, yeah?  That is politics?  And the answer is, it is politics.  I understand, I should be happy my side won, I am not happy, what I am is worried.  I am worried that for all the change, and all the making history, that for all the hoopla that Obama's celebrity is all that kept the youth involved.  I am worried, that after Obama is inaugurated, and the dust settles, when "yes we can" returns to its cliched resting place, and Obama shirts become few and far between; will the youth become un-interested?  Will we return to our compliant ways?  Will we have made enough of a change?  The youth across the country is patting themselves on the back today, and it is well deserved.  Today we can pat ourselves on the back, but tomorrow we must continue to execute and promote change.  It is not up to Obama now, our jobs are not done, I have heard to many people already saying, "well now we just have to wait and see."  Waiting is not an option, waiting is what allowed for four more years of Bush, we have waited eight long years now, we have to act.  The youth has to stay involved, we have to help Obama make change, pick issues instead of incumbents and campaign those issues the same was we campaigned for Obama, it felt good to make a difference didn't it youth?  You felt invigorated to know that you were making a difference.  If this election is in fact proof that democracy is still alive, if it is proof that we can make a difference, that the masses still have the ability in America to dictate change, then we must continue to use our abilities, we are responsible now more then ever to remain active, to rally, to discuss, to exchange ideas, read, write, promote change, speak, go out and create, it is possible, we can no longer say we do not have the capacity to make a difference, do not let this capacity to make a change go to waste.  No longer can we blame our woes on systematic failures, the system worked, and why did it work?  Participation, "yes we can."  Shall we continue?



bIG uPs ObaMA!

Monday, November 3, 2008

whAt WOuLd YOU dO iF yOu wERE eleCTed?


Call 2 Arms

We ask of you only what we ask of ourselves.  Not to ignore, not to remain oblivious, not to turn a cheek, we ask you to no longer ignore the urge to listen, even if that urge to listen, can be the most unpleasant urge of all.  We do not ask for action, while we encourage it, we at Cheers 2 Crime merely ask that you acknowledge the want, for knowledge.  We at C2C believe it is knowledge the world survives on, and knowledge that will save this world.  It is a recent disease, a plague that has spread to the youth of America and the rest of the world that has masked the pursuit of knowledge.  The days of philosophy are dead, instead of independent thought, instead of an independent thirst for truth, and the freedoms those truths provide, we hurry to flush away our souls with mindless work, with zombie like ethic, as we kill ourselves for As, for promotions, for more money, more money and then some, we at C2C ask what have you learned?  And how will what you learned help to save yourself? And if you cannot even save yourself, how do you expect to save the world?  Because the end is very near.

We have entered a Dark Age of activism.  With that we have allowed for a chronic illness called apathy.  Apathy is nothing to be ignored and yet we allow ourselves to fall into the path of apathy so easily.  With that we allow ourselves to be controlled.  Apathy is nothing to be sought after, it is not a clean conscience, it is an illness of conditioning, it is not a freeness of mind, it is an acceptance of the inhumane, undemocratic, of the racist, it is an acceptance of bigotry, a blind eye batted at genocide, it is killing an innocent man, it is letting a guilty man go free, and it is so much more.  Had the protestors of the past been apathetic then our world would have come to an end much sooner then the ever-looming doomsday that we have perpetuated.  Be it, nuclear, economic, or environmental, we have seen the best of days, and we have long since gone past them.  But who cares?

We have seen the working class go from rags to riches and then back to rags.  I have seen the government trample on the same people that founded this country in an interest in religious, economic, and social freedom.  We at C2C are strong believers in the working classes ability to change the future.  To take this trend of elitist, money mongering history that we have allowed to go on for far to long, and to look to a better future, we at C2C hold on to hope.  We at C2C have watched as the upper class grows smaller, the middle class grows smaller, and the lower class increases exponentially.  We have seen with our own eyes the same pursuit of the American dream that so many men and women have come to search for here in the United States laughed at.  The foundation of our Country, in the Constitution looked at as merely a vessel to take power away from the people.  Had we at C2C not been such advent believers in the Constitution, had we been anarchists, or had we been nihilists we would have given up the fight along time ago.   But we will not, we are as patriotic as the next man, we hold fast in the American ideals, and we consider ourselves the most patriotic.  However, we at C2C acknowledge that a change must come not only a regime change, but a change in the morals and ambitions of our American society, we have come so far in preaching the rights of everyman, in preaching social justice to fall back in our ways and ignore the social in justices that occur daily.  Will we allow for the freedoms that were fought so hard for, to be taken away from us, because we are no longer willing to fight for them, and even worse oblivious to the fact that they are being taken away.

We at C2C are attempting to start a movement; to start a dialect, a discourse, to begin a long and hard conversation that will lead to our goal, to amass the masses and to ultimately restore honor