Friday, January 16, 2009

on a different note...

Gorillaz - Stylo/Binge (Demo)

Young Buck, Jim Jones, Radio Raheem, Jamie Foxx, CurTa@!n$, Nickelus F, Jay-Z, U-N-I, Twista, Obie Trice, Biggie, Curren$y, Busta Rhymes, Cory Gunz

Young Buck - Murda Call
(its what you would expect).
(it's that jim swag).
(interesting mix surprised to see luda on a track like this).
(its what you would expect).
(a little battle rap from curtains, but i would suggest him to leave it alone... that is most def not to say that he doesn't go in on this track).
(this track reminds me of like a way refined grown up charles hamilton, nick is nice).
(some unreleased heat from jay-z, young and hungry so cleaaaan!).
(i got way too excited for this track i think cause its just kinda aight to me).
(swimming pool rules dive or get dove on...).
(better then i thought it would be, an official slow jam from twista).
(i guess this track was meant for 50 but obie grabbed it when he bounced from the label, good for him).
(i won't even speak on these tracks if you have any doubts your a dummy).
(curren$y the fire spitta doing exactly that spitting heat).
(a halfway decent track from busta, which are hard to come by now-a-days and he still gets out-shined by the other artists).
(cory gunz kills shit on this remix).

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

01/14/09 BTN # 22

Fabolous - Where I’m From (feat. The Game) (Produced by Just Blaze)
(this is a certified banger! two of the nicest cats in the mainstream, so smooth...  "me and fab just blaze when we hop on tracks").

some brand new flavor for your ear...

Lil Wayne - Louisanimal (feat. Lil Boosie) (Produced by Mouse)
(the track that might bring about one of the more entertaining battles in a while 50weezy f.).
(this is that vintage rza shit, that shit that is so smooth and so grimy at the same time).
(new single of the upcoming album "the ecstatic"...  soul clap!).
(jim jones has no idea how to rap.  i can dig this song cause i am a big ryan leslie fan and i like the swag jim brings to his songs, but jim your really not a rapper my dude, ghostwriters only work if you can work the flow / make us believe your skilled enough to write it yourself, but you did not do either, but i feel like your aware and don't really care which just accentuates your swag).
(this is not the same busta rhymes that was a member of the leaders of the new school, and if you ask me it is for the much much much worse, much much much worse.  when did busta rhymes become a boss / hustler?  and i already kicked t-pain out of the genre so you know how i feel about his corny music...  like it's not worth my time, just like this song).
(mickey factz doing what he does best, going in on banging techno beats, GFC).
(whose mouth needs shutting as far as 50 is concerned? weezy f perhaps?  i hope so, i would love to see these cats get at each other... on wax of course).  
(q goessss in).
(forgive the name, and the countless references within the song, but it has a lot of truth to it however blunt it may be).
(this is some realllll rap, i should save this shit for a btn but i wanted to get it out for you guys...  saigon is the fucking truth;
"If anybody knows about the Trans-Atlantic slave trade, that’s pretty much how Africans got to America. When they brought us on those ships that’s what it was called and it’s ironic that I ended up on Atlantic Records because they didn’t’ want to help me to help my people. I used to try to go up to the Black employees and try to make my case to them. They’d tell me they basically needed sex songs and I’d tell them, “Dog, you got a daughter! Do you really want a song about me laying pipe? You want a song with me giving a bitch the business? How would you feel if your daughter was singing along?” The sad thing is they’d look at me with a jackass face." Saigon).
(good to see rhymesfest back in the building).
(maino is a real character, i am starting to come around.  the last few records i have heard maino on recently have been real official hip-hop, keep up the good work).
(shouts to stat for killing the remix).
(this beat gets beaten up).
(fuck what your on if you aint on this).
(they are one of the nicest if not thee upcoming hip hop group out).
(one of my favorite hamilton tracks to date, the beat is hooked up and hamilton manages to stay on topic... or as close to it as ever).
(yes yes yes, all praise to the lord of the breaks...).
(she kinda kills it, doubt she wrote it though).
(props all around well done gentlemen).
(some unreleased heat from the game).
(dope remix beat and k kill shit for def).
(just in case you were not convinced).
(this shit is dope... really dope).
(roll that weed up then...)
(this is nuts).

Monday, January 12, 2009

R.I.P Adolph "Chris" Grimes

Now this is some real bullshit, some reaaaal bullshit!  Here I write a long entry about how we should all keep level heads and try to use new methods, to put an end to violence that has become old and routine.  The details have not been released, but I am outraged, what allowed me to keep a level head when I heard about Oscar Grant, was the fact that it was not something that happened in a back alley, it was in public, open for everyone to see I have hopes, because that is the case that Officer Mehrsle will be brought to justice (hopes that are thinning as each day passes and he is not charged), but at least there could be no trickery about what happened (even though this "I thought my strap was a stun gun," is a clever attempt).  The officers involved and particularly Officer Mehrsle cannot claim his innocence (whether or not they are able to use there positions as officers to evade punishment), the question of whether or not they were innocent in there actions, can never be answered by anything but a NO!  Oscar Grant, was murdered without justification, police brutality exists, racism exists, profiling exists, and fear exists between the police and young America, no one can refute those as truths after the tragic events of January 1st.  So what I mean to say, is I could see how the young, ethnic, and impoverished of America could use it as a means of showing the rest of the world exactly what they are faced with.  The protections they don't receive and liberties they do not have.  It could be used as a means to change.  Power is placed in the hands of the communities, and they are given voices to present the problems and fear they live with everyday and some solutions as to how to move forward and save innocent lives.  You are forced to face the fact that you are a contributor to the problem.  However, now are focus has been cleverly switched (I do not want to go completely conspiracy theory on all of you but I do think it may very well be a part of the plan).  Deflect our attentions for long enough, change the face of the Oscar Grant tragedy from a completely innocent man to a man whom might not be innocent, from an unarmed man, to an armed man (granted he was licensed), from someone whom it is on tape that he was being cooperative, to someone whom can be made to seem the exact opposite (though I am going to give myself to the conspiracy and say he was not).  You now have a situation with variable you can control.  Picture this, you have a completely innocent man murdered in public by a Police Official.  You have all of this terrible publicity on your hands and all of these people asking questions, questions that because of to the extent of his innocence and the way in which the event unfolded you have to answer.  You have to look internally because no one else is to blame, you can say that it is the result of a much larger problem, but you are forced to at the very least admit that it is a problem that is contributed to by both sides.  You have forfeited the moral high ground, and now you have to, one; make it clear that you are making changes to policies and to personnel (which can be time consuming and expensive), or two; get it back, or at least get some of it back, option three is; differ attention for long enough to make everyone forget, because we forget a lot.  Now, it is your job to find a way to flip the script, you are faced with how to make this big tip of the scale in poor America's favor not so big, and you are told to use options two and three.  How do you regain the moral high ground or some of it, and how do you divert America's attention away from such a tragic and publicized event? Well what you do, is you find a man, preferably someone ethnic, and preferably poor, if he can't be ethnic then he has to be poor and if he can't be poor then he has to be ethnic, whom you know will be carrying a weapon because he is licensed to do (licenses you have access to), you isolate him from his friends, and make sure there is no chance of anyone seeing you, best case when he is returning from a party so he is preferably intoxicated and not at his best, you get a group of officers looking to move up in the ranks whom will swear it happened exactly like you tell them to say it happened, and you tell them to wait in the dark, fire a few shots so he is sure to shoot back so you have rounds coming in the opposite direction, (maybe he doesn't shoot back but that's not so important, because after all he shot first and we can make the ballistics tell our story), the only thing that is important is that he turns around for long enough to put a few shots into his front-side, then a few in his back as per protocol to make it look by the books.  You might throw some drugs on his person or maybe you decide thats too cliche but anything after the above steps to slander the dead male is a bonus, in reverse anything that can be done to defend his character is best left kept secret, let people find out on there own.  What happens next?  You make sure that every officer who gets interviewed states loud and clear that what those men did is exactly what they were trained to do, and then you let the media and lemming America do the rest.  Do not do the rest America!  Do not be fooled, do not let the addition of yet another tragic event stop you from demanding that changes be made within the task force to their personnel and to policy.  Make sure they are held accountable for the corrupt ways in which they operate and attempt to at first do so using legal means, because that is the only way that change will really occur.  I know in my last blog on the topic I said it was a war we cannot win and therefore should not fight because it is only at our expense or at the expense of the innocent.  While I think it is important to promote and preach change through legal channels, our hand is forced.  If you allow this recent tragedy of the innocent slaying of Adolph "Chris" Grimes to distract you from the problems you have to face internally.  Well, then I am prepared to put a target on my back, a message to any police officer whom abuses his authority at the expense of the innocent, to tell you that I am not innocent, and that I will not be cooperative, to say that I will fight, and I will fight until my last breath or until yours, because you are as guilty as I am, and you bleed just like me.

01/12/09 BTN #21

Mos Def - Brooklyn Go Hard (rmx) Live
(by far my favorite rmx of this joint so far, the shouts to albany help, but the kicker is that MOSDEF IS TOP 5 DEAD OR ALIVE NO QUESTIONS ASKED!).

Maino - Letter To Pac
(maino goes in on jada's "letter to big," and whether or not it would have fit better if someone from the west sent this letter, maino goes the fuck in!).
(skateboard p and weezy f go back and fourth and make it look oh so easyyy).
(skyzoo dropping some more heat... fire!).
(i was hoping that young and jada would bring out the best in busta, and to be honest this is one of the first busta songs i have liked his flow on in a while, maybe it's just because it's not such a corny beat (close). this song is dope).
(please do not sleep!  when anyone tells me hip-hop is dead or hip-hop is wack now-a-days, i just toss em a blu mix, and tell em to not be so stupid!).
(this song is crazzzzzzy, hard to wrap your head around crazy...)
(r&b is deader then hip-hop right now, like flat line status, but dream does his thing and i really appreciate it.  if your thinking like, "well what are you talking about there are a lot of r&b singers out right now?" your stupid, the word that comes to mind for you and for those artists is... CORN!  i hate all that corny r&b almost as much as i hate artists who overuse vocoders).
(these are two of my favorite upcoming artists emerging onto the mainstream, yc has already been around the block a few times, hopefully this time around he chooses the right artists to work with (no disrespect to the gunnaz), but wale is a good start).
(straight jack of jay-z's "ignorant shit".  come on now 50... i hope 50 and wayne do go after each other, 50 may be one of the only artists out who might be able to humble wayne... can anyone say publicity stunt?).