Monday, August 31, 2009

Video: The Fresh Air Tour Promo

Brother Ali hits the road with Evidence, BK-One and Toki Wright in support of his upcoming album Us, which drops September 22nd. You can check out all the dates at Rhymesayers.

Video: Jay-Z Rhapsody Commercial

This is dope! Hov re-creates his album covers in sixty seconds. Blueprint 3 drops September 11th.

Video: Jay-Z September 11th Benefit Concert Press Conference

Jay-Z announces his September 11th benefit concert at MSG on September 11th, the day Blueprint 3 drops. All proceeds go to the New York Police and Fire Widows' and Children's charity.

Video: KRS-One & Buckshot - Studio Sessions w/ K'naan

Survival Skills drops September 15th.

Video: Run-DMC JMJ Way Ceremony

Video: Immortal Technique & Chino XL Break Down Latinos In Hip Hop

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Video: MySpace Interview w/ Jay-Z

Jay-Z talks about his career and putting together Reasonable Doubt. Blueprint 3 drops September 11th.

Video: Street Struck - The Big L Story Trailer

I can't wait for this one. Imagine if Big L was still alive. Crazy!

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Bulletin: Rakim - The Seventh Seal

The God! The Seventh Seal drops October 20th.

Friday, August 28, 2009

Bulletin: Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez

The previous guess about the dedication of the new Felt record was wrong. It will not be dedicated to Sarah Palin but none other than Rosie Perez. Although I like the idea of Sarah, Rosie deserves the props. Felt 3: A Tribute To Rosie Perez drops November 17th.

Video: Nardwuar Interviews Nas

This dude Nardwuar is hilarious!

Video: Raekwon - Walk With Me (Preview)

Here's a little sneak of the "Walk With Me" video. OB4CL2 drops September 8th. It's going to be doozie!

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Video: General Steele feat. Louie Skaggs - Bucktown State Of Mind

General Steele Presents Welcome To Bucktown is out now.

Video: Fresh Daily's Listening Session - Break A Leg

Fresh Daily breaks down another song off The Gorgeous Killer... and gives us the literal meaning behind the track. Fresh's album is out now so cop it!

Video: The Kid Daytona feat. Bun B - Air Born (Behind The Scenes)

The homie Kid Daytona was out in NYC yesterday shooting the video for "Air Born" feat. Bun B. This is one of my favorite joints off Come Fly With Me so I'm amped to see the finished product. Directed by Derek Pike (Three/21 Films).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Video: In The Studio w/ DJ Khalil

Khalil is one of the sickest with the beats. Here he breaks down the production/making of The Clipse's "Kinda Like A Big Deal". Look out for that Self-Scientific record.

Audio: Drake feat. Kanye West, Lil Wayne & Eminem - Forever

This goes hard. They all killed it but Eminem turned its body frame to blue fog (© Nas)! Props to 2DB. Props to NR for the artwork.

Bulletin: Who's Bad?

Who’s bad?


The MTA — for refusing to honor Michael Jackson at a Downtown Brooklyn subway station, a local politician says.

The Gloved One rocked the bustling Hoyt-Schermerhorn station in 1987 while filming his famous Martin Scorsese-directed “Bad” video there.

Since his June 25 death, City Councilwoman Letitia James has been trying to convince the agency to rename or co-name the station in Jackson’s honor, but to no avail.

James (D-Brooklyn) said Metropolitan Transportation Authority officials even told her to “beat it,” when she asked to hang a plaque at the station in honor of the late King of Pop.

But she’s not giving up. James told The Post she plans to organize a petition drive to pressure the agency into reconsidering.

“Having Michael Jackson visit and moonwalk at this station was a huge deal not only for Brooklyn, but all of New York in the ’80s,” she said. “And renaming this station in his honor would put it on the map and help ensure that people don’t forget.”

The acclaimed 16-minute Scorsese-Jackson video is more of a short film and also features a young Wesley Snipes in one of his early acting roles before he became a Hollywood star.

The MTA has no subway stations in its system named or co-named after individuals, mostly because it could confuse riders, agency sources said.

But then again, if the price is right, anything is possible.

Earlier this year, agency honchos agreed to the MTA’s first-ever naming rights deal. Developer Bruce Ratner is set to pay the MTA $200,000 a year over 20 years to add the name of his planned Barclays Center NBA arena to the Atlantic Avenue transit hub in Prospect Heights, Brooklyn.

“I guess they’ll listen for the right price,” said James.

MTA spokesman Kevin Ortiz said the agency “prohibits” plaques at stations and “is developing guidelines for station naming-rights deals” as the cash-strapped MTA seeks new revenue streams.

In the “Bad” video, Jackson plays a boy named Daryl who returns from private school to his “gangsta”-ridden neighborhood and takes friends — led by Snipes’ character — to the subway station to show he’s still “Bad.”

All of the music scenes were filmed at the station, which serves the A, C and G lines.

Straphangers at the Hoyt-Schermerhorn station last week called James’ plan a real “Thriller.”

“Michael Jackson is an icon, and renaming the station would be great because more people would realize it is where he filmed one of his greatest videos,” said Lisa DiMeglio, a Brooklyn teacher.

Video: Edd Allen x Seventies Distribution - The Level

These are all professionals, DO NOT try this at home.

Video: The GO! Experiment Trailer

This sounds very dope! I'll let FSD explain it:

A short while back I teamed up with Drew from Enstrumental and Raphael Nash from Endangered Peace to pay homage to the 1995 finale of Yo! MTV Raps, where they had a room full of elite rappers passing the mic around in a giant cypher. You may remember it: Meth, Red, MC Serch, Rakim, Erick Sermon, etc, etc were all in attendance.

Well, in 2009 we assembled a group of Chicago emcees to come together in the same room at the same time to create what we've titled 'The GO! Experiment'.

Video: Brother Ali Launches His New Site

The homie Brother Ali just launched his new website. Check it out here and support. Us drops September 22nd.

Video: Crown City Rockers In The Studio

Crown City Rockers work out one of their songs in the studio. The Day After Forever drops September 29th.

Video: TONY Interview w/ Blitz The Ambassador

I saw Blitz kill it at Prospect Park. So all of you who haven't seen him live, head on over to SOBs tonight. You won't regret it! Stereotype is out now!

Video: The Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah - House Of Cards

This is such a dope video!! Leave It All Behind is one of the records of the year and if you don't have it, do yourself a favor.

Bulletin: R.I.P. Ted Kennedy

Video: Melanie Fiona @ SOB's

Here's some footage of Melanie rocking SOBs last night. She's dope! A Live Remix Jam Session Of The Bridge is out now. Her official album The Bridge is set to be released September 22nd. Props to MADonly.

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Video: Phonte's Movie In A Minute - Inglourious Basterds

I haven't seen this film yet but Phonte seems to think it's the flick of the year. Get Back is out now!

Video: Phonte's Movie In A Minute - District 9

Phonte is back with another edition of his series Movie In A Minute. Leave It All Behind is out now!

Audio: MAGr feat. Blu - Laminated Looseleafs

On August 31st, Publix Axis and Rock The Dub will be dropping a free album from MAGr (aka Al Mighty + DistantStarr) entitled No News Is Good News. Beats provided by Hudson Mohawke, Erik L., Fel Sweetenberg and DistantStarr himself, with guest MCs like Blu, Cymarshall Law, Zilla Rocca, Fel Sweetenberg and many more. This NJ duo are a throwback to that gritty Hip-Hop sound from days gone.

"Laminated Looseleafs" is just a taste...


Video: Run-DMC Way In Queens

205th St. and Hollis will now be known as Run-DMC Way. Well-deserved!

Video: Skyzoo Presents Saving Our Grace (Ep. 1) - The Doubt

This is a new series from Skyzoo where he talks to the people and hears their stories. The Salvation drops September 29th.

Video: Khujo Talks About The Goodie Mob Reunion

This is the second commercial for the Goodie Mob reunion in Atlanta on September 19th.

Video: Fresh Daily's Listening Session - Starter Pistol feat. Homeboy Sandman

The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion is out now. Get it!

Video: Slaughterhouse On Sound Session

Slaughterhouse is in stores now.

Video: HHO Artist Of The Week - DJ Muggs

Muggs breaks down the history of Soul Assassins. Look out for Soul Assassins III. Intermission is out now.

Monday, August 24, 2009

Video: Raekwon feat. Inspectah Deck, Ghostface Killah, GZA & Method Man - House Of Flying Daggers

This is real dope! Only Built 4 Cuban Linx 2 out September 8th. Now I'm getting excited for this record.

Video: Sandpeople - Hate Aside

Here's the first video from the Sandpeople's longplayer Long Story Short, which is out now.

Video: A Day With Kid Cudi & URB

URB (one of my favorite magazines!) follows Kid Cudi around to every spot he worked at in NYC before blowing up.

Video: A Future History Lesson (Megashow Intro)

You wanted it…so here it is. This is a portion of the introduction to the QN5 MEGASHOW 2009. Written and Edited by Tonedeff with photo-chops by Kontrast. This video gives the fans an overview of how impactful their involvement in the QN5 movement is on world affairs. Enjoy!

Hilarious! Great show too!!

Download: Lagbara - Travelin' EP (Instrumentals)

Lagbara is a producer from North Carolina. He just dropped an EP via Soganic Music titled Travelin' for free. Don't sleep!


Video: The Real - Run This Town (Official Directors' Commentary)

OUCH! -> "kind of looks like a third world Roc Nation."

Video: Two Hand Band

This is something I caught on Current. A cool homage to one of the most influential pieces of equipment in Hip Hop: the MPC.

Video: Billion Beatz (Directed by Randy Morgan)

An interesting film about heartbeats and mammals. Did you know no matter the life span of a mammal, we have the same amount of heartbeats? Directed by Randy Morgan and scored by Saul Williams. I caught this on Current the other day.

Video: DJ Honda feat. Rakaa Iriscience & Money Harm - Let It Out (Teaser)

This is off DJ Honda's IV, out now.

Sunday, August 23, 2009

Saturday, August 22, 2009

Video: Fashawn & Exile - The Score (Live)

Dope song from Fashawn's debut Boy Meets World, which drops October 26th.

Friday, August 21, 2009

Video: Youth In Revolt Trailer

This looks silly but fun!

Video: 2 Turntables And A Microphone Trailer

Here's the trailer to the upcoming documentary on the life and death of Jam Master Jay. I received an advanced copy (thanks to my man JT) and I can tell you it's worth watching. It's set to be released as a bonus DVD with executive-producer 50 Cent's new album Before I Self Destruct. Why not give it a proper theatrical release?

Video: O.C. & AG Discuss The New Collaborative Album Oasis

Oasis drops October 27th.

Video: Deams - The Legacy EP Promo

This dude has a lot of co-signs behind him. Let's see on September 9th if his skills match. The EP is called The Legacy.

Video: The September Issue Trailer

This will be fascinating to watch. You hear so much about her and now we get an inside look.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Video: Invincible - Emperor's Clothes

Invincible is truly a lyrical beast and an advocate for social change. Can't beat that! Check out her dope site Emergence Travel. Some real informative and wordly information. Shapeshifters is out now.

Video: The Official CLAWmoney Reel

Nice little feature on Graffiti artist/fashion designer CLAWmoney.

Video: Jessica Kaya Does Jazz

I see talent and beauty run in the family! :) A nice, soulful voice from Eternia's sister Jessica Kaya. Apparently she's working on an album so stay tuned. Also, SAV-One hit me up with a throwback joint that was featured on E's Where I'm At - The Setup. You can cop it below.

Eternia feat. Jessica Kaya - On Blast

Audio: Swollen Members - Warrior

Swollen Members have leaked a second cut off their anticipated album Armed To The Teeth, which drops October 13th. Wow, I had no idea Mad Child was in such dire straits. Well, I'm glad he's well and back to doing some good music.

"It's been a crazy few years for not only me, but also Swollen. I was in a very bad state for the last three years; drugs and an abusive lifestyle had gotten the best of me. I was severely addicted to Oxycontin, doing just over twenty 80mg pills a day, which equals the strength of about 320 Percocet pills. I became public enemy #1 with the cops due to my association with Hell's Angels and other clubs and was under constant surveillance with wire taps, etc. There was a time when I couldn't leave my house without being confronted by the cops. At least 3 or 4 police vehicles would show up every time I left the house," says Mad Child. "And with a diet of two quarts of ice cream a night, I gained a lot of weight and slipped into a very dark place. I was basically living in my theater room for the last two years and spent over half a million dollars on pills. I wasn't paying attention to my business affairs either so I lost two million dollars over the course of my addiction. I went from living the high life with girls, money and parties to watching movies in my theatre and being a zombie with only my dogs to keep me company. What I now realize is that I put the lives of many people on hold during my addiction. There are a lot of people that count on me and I know I let them down. Thank God I have a studio in my house and an amazing group who never abandoned me. The only good thing that came out of the last three years is the album we are about to drop."

Video: Grandmaster Flash On His First Park Gig

In this second installment, Flash breaks down where he first DJ'ed in a park. Check out the first installment of this series here.

Video: J Dilla feat. Raekwon & Havoc - 24K Rap

This was shot at Alife. Very dope! J$P is out now so cop it and support one of the greatest producers. Props to OKP.

Video: The Wolfman Trailer

This looks interesting. It doesn't seem updated, just the same typical story. Benecio Del Toro stars in this one.

Video: DJ Spinna feat. Krym - New York

Sonic Smash is in stores now.

Video: Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rhianna - Run This Town

Someone pulled the trigger before its debut on (M)TV so here it is. Props to Luv_DC and Mr. World Premiere.

Download: B.o.B - Should Have Been The First Album

This is something the boyz at 2DB put together. I agree. I'll let them explain:

I’m sure it’s well known, but I’m a pretty big fan of Mr. Bobby Ray. And I think it’s safe to say that 94% of the dopeboyz/girlz that frequent the site are as well. It’s also well known that I despise Atlantic Records. So with that said, I put together a collection of (tagless) joints that have leaked since the time I very first heard dude in hopes that it can spread around the internets and hopefully wake those dinosaurs up. Word is they really like B.o.B but are trying to force him into a 360 deal. And if he doesn’t conform, they are gonna shelve him. I mean, imagine if this was actuallyhis debut album? Sheeiiiit… I vote we call/email/run-up-on Atlantic and tell them to stop fucking around.

Video: Sha Stimuli - My Soul To Keep Promo

My Soul To Keep drops October 29th.

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Video: Damn, I Wish I Was On That feat. Alchemist & Big Boi

HHO brings another installment where artists talk about projects they wish they were on.

Audio: Leonard Dstroy - Beat Sampler 2009

Leonard Dstroy is a hip-hop producer, DJ and percussionist known for his work with Kansas City’s hip-hop/jazz/art consortium Innate Sounds and the progressive-rap duo Deep Thinkers.

Check out his beat sampler below. Dope!


Video: Lupe Fiasco On Lyrics

Video: DJ Vadim feat. Pugs Atomz - Saturday

I understand the grind of a 9 to 5 and how Saturday is the savior of the week. Dope, funny video! DJ Vadim's U Can't Lurn Imaginashun is out now.

Video: DJ Premier vs. DJ Scratch

This is some of what you missed if you weren't in Red Hook, BK last night. It was dope! Props to Digiwaxx TV.

Video: giO Basicali - I Choose You

Nice vid from the Cali homie. giO's I Choose You FreEP is out now.

Video: Dude Gets Twisted On Train

88-Keys posted this on his blog and I thought it was dope so I'm passing it along. I still don't know how to solve a Rubik's Cube :(.

Video: Regina Spektor - Laughing With

I had no idea her new record was out. I'm a big fan of her quirky songness. Far is out now.

Video: HHO Artist Of The Week - Fashawn & Exile

Boy Meets World drops this fall. Can't wait for this one!

Tuesday, August 18, 2009

Video: The Herd - 2020

Australia's The Herd get political in this incredible video! The whole basis is a newspaper and its headlines. Nice song too. Their album Summerland is out now.

Video: The Kid Daytona @ The Stoop - Air Born

The Kid Daytona performed at The Stoop in Brooklyn a few weeks back. Here he is performing "Air Born" off his album Come Fly With Me, which is out now. Cop it if you want to be cool, ya bums!

Video: MySpace Blog Check w/ Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse is out now and if you don't have it...jump off a building. Or buy it for Hip Hop. Easy choice there.

Video: Big Gipp Talks About The Goodie Mob Reunion

Nice! For all of you in ATL get your tix because this one is for the ages.

Audio: Apathy feat. Phonte - True Love

Apathy is back with the first leak off his upcoming album Wanna Snuggle?. Hilarious title!


Video: Brown Bag All Stars - Undeniable (Audible Doctor Remix)

Spot the guests ya'll. The Brown Tape is out now.

Video: Termanology - I See Dead People

This is off the upcoming Time Machine (Hood Politics VI), dropping September 22nd.

Video: Fresh Daily's Listening Session - Wildlife

Fresh Daily breaks down another song from his album The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion, which drops today. Cop!

Monday, August 17, 2009

Video: Pearl Jam - Backspacer Short Film

I used to be heavy into their music early on until I lost interest but this record may convince me otherwise. This is a short film, produced by Three On The Tree, where Pearl Jam discusses the making of the new album Backspacer, which drops September 20th.

Heed Magazine Article: 2009 DMC US Finals by David Medina

Photo by Ken Fujimatsu

“This is the longest running and the most legendary DJ competition in the world so we’re happy to be a part of it, especially when you see the influence it has all over the world,” says Christie Z, the US representative and organizer for DMC.

You can check out the rest of the article I wrote for Heed Magazine here.

Video: Super Michael Bros.

Someone decided to reinvent Super Mario Bros. Funny and well done!

Audio: Despot - Look Alive (produced by Ratatat)

This is the first leak off Definitive Jux Presents IV, which drops September 1st.

In an age where people never get enough sleep, Despot and Ratatat have teamed up to bring you 'Look Alive.' A song told from the perspective of a man who just purchased TWO original Barcelona chairs for his new apartment. No problem. To complement the lyrics that are almost as rich as the rapper, Ratatat has put together a poverty stricken beat! As you may be able to assume, the beat and the lyrics have a very tense friendship. Imagine what it must feel like to be alive and to walk around looking like you are not. If you can't imagine what that must feel like, we have it on good accord that it is embarrassing.


Video: Skillz feat. Usef Dinero & DJ Jazzy Jeff - Inside A Change

Fresh off capturing the Best Film Award at the New York Latino Film Festival, Rik Cordero drops a treat of a video. Dope track too!

Audio: VohnBeatz & Mpak - Boom Baptism

11 year-old producer VohnBeatz (the son of super-producer S1) and his partner, 15 year-old Mpak, drop their first single off their album Peer Pressure. This sounds pretty tight and you can tell they were taught well. They do it better than a lot of you folks out there. Just sayin'.


Photography: 2009 DMC US Finals by Ken Fujimatsu

Here are some pics from the 2009 DMC US Finals, which I attended with my homie Ken for Heed Magazine. It was definitely a dope show! The DMC World Championships take place in London on September 11th and 12th.

Video: Subsoniq Interview w/ De La Soul

De La speaks on "DOA" and Hip Hop's current standing.

On "DOA" - "What's crazy is that we were saying that shit back then and people like Jay thought we were shitting. We were really just talking about where the game was at."

Bulletin: Felt 3 - A Tribute To Sarah Palin

WOW! Didn't see this one coming! This installment will not be dedicated to an actress...of sorts. Props to Illroots for the investigative work.

Video: A Message From DMC To Rappers

DMC breaks it down. He's one of the few consistent voices in standing up for the Hip Hop culture right now.

Audio: Swollen Members - Red Dragon

Here's the first single off Swollen Members new album Armed To The Teeth, which drops October 13th.


Video: True Hip Hop Stories - B-Real

Sunday, August 16, 2009

Saturday, August 15, 2009

Video: Tracy Morgan On Jimmy Fallon

Tracy Morgan stops by to celebrate Jimmy's 100th episode. Funny!

Audio: Felt - Protagonists

This one came from left field but we now know who the producer for Felt 3: A Tribute To... will be. In 5...4...3...2...1...Aesop Rock! Didn't see this one coming at all. Now we have to find out who the album will be dedicated to. I'm sure we'll find out soon. Here's the first single, y'all.

Friday, August 14, 2009

Video: Invincible feat. Abeer & Suhell Nafar - People Not Places (Mini-Doc)

You have to see this!! Very dope mini-doc based on Invincible's "People Not Places". Very informative and the story at the end got me. It shows the possibility of the human spirit when you open yourself up to other people's experiences. You can find some more vids on Emergence Travel. Here's the extended explanation below:

This docu-music-video is based on the song of the same name by Invincible featuring Abeer andSuhell Nafar (DAM). Invincible plays two characters in the video: a Birthright Israel tour recruiter, styled as a used car salesman; and herself, subverting the recruiter’s mission by exposing the buried Palestinian significance of each location in the tour.

Invincible exposes the process of historic and continued colonization of Palestine as being even deeper than land seizure and ethnic cleansing, but one that attempts to erase the indigenous language, culture, and memory of Palestinians.

Intertwined with the music video are interviews that expose how Zionist claims to a Jewish “birthright” to Palestine have come at the expense of the Palestinian Right of Return to their indigenous land. These interviews show how the Right of Return of Palestinians is interconnected with the resistance of occupied and displaced refugee communities globally, from Turtle Island to Puerto Rico and beyond.

Video: Jay-Z feat. Kanye West & Rhianna - Run This Town Preview

Ummm...not sure about this one. Will this be an underwhelming video? We'll see.

Video: Art Official x Big City Breakdown - Gone

I get a super late pass on this one. I slept! Art Official is a dope live Hip Hop band with fusions in jazz and other forms of music. Their album Fist Fights And Foot Races is out now.

Video: Gentlemen Broncos Trailer

Another peculiar look at life from the director of Napolean Dynamite.

Video: Fresh Daily's Listening Session - Untucked Nunchucks

Fresh Daily gives us a unique listening session and breaks down "Untucked Nunchucks". The Gorgeous Killer In Crimes Of Passion drops August 18th.

Thursday, August 13, 2009

Video: De La Soul - Potholes In My Lawn

In honor of De La's show tonight at the Nokia (which I will be missing)and the 20th anniversary of 3 Feet High & Rising I decided to post one of my favorite songs/videos (out of so many). This song is so timeless, as is most of their catalog. One of the greatest groups of all time!

Photography: Patrick Runte - Jump 'N Run

This is dope!

Hamburg-based photographer Patrick Runte recreates scenes from clasic videos games in his Jump ‘n’ Run series. Pacman, Space Invaders, Pong, and more are all composed in real life situations where Runte has set up beautiful (and accurate!) depictions of the video games. Runte offers the following explanation: “The work is inspired by Oskar Schlemmer and his idea of the ‘Triadic Ballett’ and the term ‘Streetplay’”, Runte explains. “I wanted to compile old video games, which are based on simple geometric forms and make them able to be experienced / felt by the human body.”

See more here.

Video: Legion Trailer

This looks formulaic but I'm hoping it will be entertaining.

Video: I Would Have Killed This Trailer

Chace Infinite is set to drop his mixtape I Would Have Killed This, where he rocks over beats he thinks he would've bodied. I believe him! One of the most underrated! Also, be on the lookout for a new Self Scientific project in the fall.

Video: 3 The Hard Way feat. Rakaa Iriscience - Truth (Preview)

Here's a little taste of the upcoming video from 3 The Hard Way.

Video: Did You Miss Shark Week?

Blue Scholars put together a recap of Shark Week with their track "Hi Ridim" under it. Enjoy!

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Video: Shawn Chrystopher - A City With No Seasons Listening Session

Here's a little taste of the new album from Shawn Chrystopher. Do yourself a favor and treat yourself to a dope freebie right here.

Video: Fresh Daily x Ski Beatz x Homeboy Sandman @ Sonic Smash Release Party

Fresh Daily, Ski Beatz and Homeboy Sandman get it in at DJ Spinna's Sonic Smash, which is out now, release party. Fresh Daily's Gorgeous Killer In The Crimes Of Passion drops August 18th.

Video: Slum Village - Actin' Normal

R.I.P. Baatin

Video: Soul Assassins feat. Cynic - World We're In

Intermission in stores now.

Video: DJ Semtex @ Rock The Bells Denver

This vid features interviews/performances with GZA, KRS-One, Slaughterhouse and much more.

Video: Grandmaster Flash DJing In The Bronx

This is how it should be done. Flash putting on a clinic!

Video: Joe Budden, Raekwon And American Civility

Jay Smooth weighs in on the Joe Budden/Raekwon debacle. It really is amazing to me how the people involved cannot see how petty this beef really is and how it was set off by someone's opinion on the internet. Sigh.

Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Audio: A&E (Masta Ace & EdO.G) - Little Young

Masta Ace & EdO.G get together to form A&E. The album Arts & Entertainment drops October 6th.

Video: The Crown City Rockers - The Day After Forever Trailer

Here's a little taste of what to expect from the new album, which drops September 29th.

Bulletin: Happy Birthday Hip Hop (DOB: 8/11/73)

Hip Hop has been a constant throughout my life. Sure it disappoints from time to time or it makes me shake my head but the moments of happiness when listening to classic songs or new ones that make your jaw drop is priceless, making all of the ups and downs well worth it. It will forever be family. Happy Birthday Hip Hop and thank you for being a presence in my life.

Video: Inside The Mind w/ Donny Goines

Clarion and Donny Goines have partnered up to give you an inside look to Donny's artistry. The Breakfast Club is out now.

Video: Training Day feat. Common & Christopher Mintz-Plasse

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Cinemash brings you a remake of the Denzel flick. Krondon makes a cameo too. Pretty funny!

Video: HHO Artist Of The Week - Crooked I

Crooked gets into Slaughterhouse and the beef between Rae and Joe Budden. Slaughterhouse is in stores now.

Video: XXL's I Know Rap People - Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse is in stores now! It's pretty ridiculous!

Video: B.o.B. - No Man's Land (Live from the Utah Desert)

Now this is what you call unplugged!

Video: Eternia & Moss - Meet The Band & Mental Meltdowns (Road To Release Ep. 10)

Eternia gives some props to her bandmates and she had some meltdowns. I hope this doesn't affect the At Last project. I'll let her explain:

I had two meltdowns this week.

The first happened after a "Tshirt Partnership" meeting I had, in which I just felt super overwhelmed by the sheer volume of emails, texts, phonecalls, work, task lists, pressures from the album, family, friends, finances... that I just broke down. I got so frustrated with myself, like "why can't you even provide a clear answer when someone asks 'what's wrong?' or 'how can i help?' ". So that night i started writing the "Reason List", a.k.a. the "Burden List". The words were coming so fast, my pen couldn't keep up. I stopped after 18 pages. And i wasn't even done yet.

The answer to "What's Wrong?" is it's not just ONE thing. It cannot be neatly summarized for y'all. It's deep.

The second meltdown happened after my manager met with MoSS. I won't go into details, but lets just say we're not on the same page re: how and when this album should come out. Or even on the same page re: all these blogs and video work I been bustin' my ass to do every week for y'all. And we're pretty much at a stalemate. And mutual respect and consideration has been thrown out the window. And, just the thought of 2 years of extremely hard work and emotionally draining output (on both our part) going down the drain was enough to make me bawl. I felt like I couldn't breathe. If this is what a panic attack feels like - I had it. I was gasping for air, quite literally. I felt sick to my stomach. Heartrate was outta control. The room spinning, all that.

I share with you because this is who I am and have always been, in my music and in my day-to-day life: 100% Transparent. (or as close to that as one can get). 100% Honest. 100% Direct. I of course have been criticized for that transparency, but I have always despised facades & illusions. It's probably the one aspect of the music industry that I hate the most.

So here you have the TRUTH, ladies and gentlemen: I have no idea when the album's coming out. I have no idea how long we will do these video blogs until you guys stop caring or get annoyed 'cause the album hasn't been released, or tune out. I have no idea how long I will be able to maintain my sanity and dignity while being disrespected by those I actually admire or have (had) respect for. I have no idea how long I can fight or try to convince people to care as much as I do about this project.

I do know that I am giving this all of me. So much so that my mind, body, and spirit are suffering from the extent of care and effort I am putting into this. So much so that my relationship with GOD has taken the back-burner... which is JUST WRONG. He may need to take it all away, to prove a point.

I'm at a loss. There you have it.

enjoy the video. I really only had the motivation to make it this week because it was not about me, so much as it was about my amazing players. I know I have a world of support out there, that I don't take for granted. Just wish one of y'all ran Def Jam. (HA).