Archive for March, 2004
Yes, another Madlib MF DOOM update. Their album “Madvilliany” has dropped and it’s hotter then her. If you haven’t already peeped the video for their song “All Caps” its here.
Stamina is ripping up the finals over at EmceeForums.com. Check out Stamina as he battles four other cats.
Um, 50 Cent has decided to start his album all over again because it didn’t meet his personal standards. Guess he won’t be able to reach the July deadline. It looks like this one is going to get pushed back until Christmas. He acts like if its wack it won’t go multi-platinum. He acts like that isn’t all he cares about.
Beyonce’s little sister Solange (age 17) has tied the knot with her beau. No not R. Kelly but her boyfriend Daniel Smith a college football player. Solange said in a statement, “I am excited about this new phase in my life. I am very happy and feel truly blessed to have the unconditional love and support of my parents and my entire family.”
Common and Pharoahe Monch got signed to Rocafella Records under Kanye’s label. I’m actually happy for them. Who knew?
“If lyrics sold then truth be told/I’d probably be/just as rich and famous as Jay-Z/truthfully I wanna rhyme like Common Sense/next best thing I do a record with Common Sense.” –Talib Kweli on a song with Common
During an Outkast concert, Big Boi’s genitals were mistakenly displayed to the audience. He explains, “Once I was on stage and my zipper was open — I think my schlong was hanging out for at least three songs.” I guess he was hanging out with the right crowd. Shrug.
Tony Touch’s “The Piece Maker 2″ has been creating crazy buzz. I can’t front, it got some banging songs on there. Wu-tang came hard on this. Just as hard as on Soul Survivor 2.
What did 50 Cent say to his mother after receiving a sweater for Christmas?…..”Gee, you knit?”
March 23rd, 2004
OKAY. We remember 9th Wonder doing that mediocre remix of God’s Son last year. Then he sparked this year’s remix trend with the “Black is Back” remix of Jay-Z’s Black Album. That was followed by a few other remixes of the Black Album. So the other day I turn on MTV and they got the “Grey Album” kid up on there. Now there’s more remixes of an album we should have already forgot about. So as curious as I am, I went on a hunt to listen to as many of them as I could to see what the hype was about and make my own judgement. I couldn’t believe there was even a 640MB Jay-Z Construction Set filled with everything you need in order to make your own remix album.
Now, let me get into slight detail with each album. Every one of the remix albums that was just a blend album was just stupid and wack (why do it?). I must admit, The Grey Album, by Danger Mouse, was an ingenious idea but it seriously lacked in production and quality. The equalization was poor. The Brown Album just sounded like any other release from Kev Brown except this time Jigga was rhyming on his beats. It really didn’t work. Maybe for some other emcee it would’ve worked. After hearing 9th Wonder’s remix album I see why he got only one beat on the album. His second remix of Threat (third in total) was the best on his remix album but please someone give him drum samples. “Stop using the same kick and snare on every beat you ever make.” Kno’s “White Album” had some excellent moments but fell short on most songs. Kno did do one hell of a “Change Clothes” remix. The only remix of that song worth listening to…correct key and all. Now, each remix album had their own way of getting around the obstacle of “key”. Some tried to mask the singing tracks using certain lazy methods. Some just didn’t attempt or were ignorant to the concept. Danger Mouse dropped the melody and let the drums play when singing came on thus adapting to the obstacle. There were no successful remixes of any songs that had prominent singing (except Kno’s). The two remix albums I didn’t hear but wanted to were the Illmind remix album and the Cheap Cologne remix album. Apparently Cheap Cologne used beats made entirely from Metallica’s “Black Album”. Kardinal Offishall also did a his own dancehall/reggae remix of the Black Album. I don’t know what he was thinking. So overall I would have to say some remix albums had their moments but they all lacked in too many places. Kno’s was actually the most creative and probably your best bet. On “Lucifer” he did something worth checking that I won’t spoil. At one point I was going to make my own remix album but the hunt for the acapellas turned up with low quality rips and I don’t want to bug anyone to rip the LP for me. I did make a “Best of the Remix Albums” but like most i’ve seriously heard enough Jay-Z for any hip-hop fan. Thank you.
I feel like i’m filling in for “Brotha Afron“…hahaha
If you haven’t caught the Kanye video “This Way” featuring Dilated Peoples check it. Kanye also performed alongside Common on the Dave Chapelle show. The song is hot like Halle Berry in a catwoman suit. If you didn’t already know, Kanye is also doing Com’s entire new album.
Puffy is once again making money off of Biggie by releasing an album on BIG’s death anniversay. Puffy claims it’s to celebrate Bad Boys 10th anniversary. So why drop on March 9th? That’s almost as immoral as dropping a movie about Jesus on Ash Wednesday. What’s up with these promotion schemes?
March 10th, 2004
Rapper Ms. Dynamite has opened up a hip-hop school in her name called “Diddymite”. Although the title contains the name “Diddy” there is no relation to the annoying Bad Boy. The school is situated in South London and its goal is to give talented teens the oppourtunity to get behind the mic. I don’t know if this is good for the music but I can name many names that would benefit from classes.
With Rawkus officially dying, 2004 is becoming the year where labels are just closing down. For the past three years CD sales have drastically gone down but DVD sales have tripled. Labels are beginning to take more interest in DVD’s. Music DVD’s alone account for 11 percent of all DVD sales. With that said, Arista records is shuting down and Time Warner Music has layed off twenty percent of their staff. This is leaving artists scrambling to find a safe home. This may afterall be a great year for hip-hop.
But then again Drag-on has just dropped two videos which means an album is coming. 9th Wonder has been chosen to produce the entire new Memphis Bleek album. Kanye West has started up his own record label (Why? That’s third level label). 50′s album is gonna drop his next album on Independence Day (Why?).
And anyone I see with a “Free Tony Yayo” shirt is getting smacked. How is Yayo gonna violate parole the day after he gets released for passport fraud?
For such a garbage song, Kanye really did his thing on that video for “Falls Down”. Feeling the multiple cameos. And Jay-Z just shot a black and white video for “99 Problems” here in Brooklyn.
The reason why I haven’t put up new beats in a while is because too many people on Soundclick are stealing them. I’m going to find another way of letting people hear them.
Now that John Kerry is in the lead with delegates lets concentrate on the greater evil. Bush. At least vote this time.
March 2nd, 2004