October 28, 2009

THAT cipher.

Everyone's talkin bout it. and it is certainly worth the breath. SHIT!!!!!!!!!

Banana Creme Pie: Stealing Taylor's Spotlight


October 27, 2009

A Fresh BreakDown - Jay-Z : The Blueprint 3

"Hov on that new shit, niggas like how come, niggas want my old shit, buy my old album"

Anybody want to be successful in the rap game? Follow Jay-Z's career blueprint. Nobody can deny after 13 years, he's still on top of his game, and he knows how to stay relevant. When Mr. Carter dropped "D.O.A.," all people took notice. Some cried foul, people like me, rejoiced. But we also heard was Hov at least can get our attention still, but most are wondering, is he about to wear this "Blueprint" title out and possibly ruin it, or does he surge back up to the top in this young man's game?

"Oh they call me a camel, but I mastered the drought, WTF I'm an animal"

By 1st looking at the cover of BP3, with the unique cover, and the features on his tracklist, one would probably imagine this CD was gonna be different. Jay-Z opens up the CD on "What We Talkin' Bout", old man Jay gets alil' help on the hook, but with a futuristic bass backdrop and a smooth transition of words, he's gets his point across quite ell. It sounds more like a shot at nay-sayers / bloggers (aint everything aimed at bloggers these days? ) And towards the end of the track, it seemed like he could've been getting on the heads of some old / former buddies. I was thinking Peedi Crack since he did publicly diss him.

"They think I'm outta shape so I hafta jog they memory"

A common theme in this CD Jay-Z was trying to get at was "I still got it", and he did address some old grudges in this CD, most come in the form of vintage subliminal Jay, and it's some not so subliminal but alittle obvious. In the "Thank You" in his last verse, you can argue that Jimmy, Dipset, and The Game caught a few shots, as he goes in and parrallels their career with the 9/11 attacks. "Not only did they brick, they put a buildin' up as well, then ran a plan into that building, and when that building fell... " Just listen to the rest of the verse, and if you can't at least respect it, you're just hating, plain and simple.

In every since of the theme I stated Jay was trying to get at, he makes an obvious song "Reminder". He got at the critics of his career, people on the "he's washed up / old bandwagon". It also seems as if he got tired of taking the sucker-punch from Joe Budden. "As if, I'ma let you niggas style on me, as if everybody's senile on me, throw backs, I threw 'em back, remember those button ups? Young Hov, tell the ordinary Joes to Budden up... Ain't nothing changed but the year it is"

What goes hand in hand when some athelete or rapper claiming "they still got it", is them having to compete / work with the younger cats. And Jay-Z does do that al throughout the CD. Kanye wouldn't count since he's been around for a bit, but getting the likes of Kid Cudi, Drake, Jay Cole I'll dive into those songs in a minute.

In the midst of this young man's game, Jay felt he should get the help of Alicia Keys for "Empire State of Mind". Reminding people of his trend setting ways and Alicia Key's wonderful vocals, this non-single is catching on everywhere. (Especially if the Yankees are making it one of their theme songs, and it'll be performed in the World Series). And Hov isn't always so bitter at people, when him and (his 1st Roc Nation artist) Jay Cole get on a "Star is Born", he's giving alil' bit of everybody props. Of course he doesn't forget himself, but, that's all rap is about right? Self Boasting? But I'm not to sure how T.I. feels about the "T.I. litterally wanted to shoot up the charts" line, but he got his props none-the-less.

Following the "I still got it" theme, there's bound to be some slip-ups. And Jay-Z definately has those slip ups. The 1st one, the track with Drake, with "Off That. With the Timberland futuristic back-drop and Drake on the hook, it has the theme of the previous banger with Swizz Beats "On To The Next". So, with the same theme, it seems pointless as to why it's on the album, and when comparing the two, chances are you might skip this song.

Now I don't know should I be mad at Jay for putting this song on the CD, or letting Kanye's crazy ass for talking him into making the song, but the song "Haters" is made for no haters... Because most of the world hates this song. And his final song, I get it, I get the point of "Forever Young", but it reminded me of some Peter Pan type shit. I would think this song is more fit for Mariah Carey, not Jay-Z.

"You could, choose to, sit infront of your computer, posing with guns shootin' with YouTube up. Or you could come with me to the white house, get your suit up, you stuck on being hardcore I chuck the duece up... Welcome to the BluePrint... Jay-Z your tutor."

The other theme Jay slips into the CD was the "I'm successful, you should be too" theme. From the 1st song to the last, you'll hear brag about something. But these things that are bragged about, aren't what 99% of your rappers are rapping about. Nobody talks about high-fiving his own players and hitting the president up on the Black Berry, lol. But anyway, this is most apparent on the Pharrell laced "So Ambitious." And there is no point in this song where it's bad, because old school Pharell is in here, not punk-rock-Pharell.

All in all, this CD, at 1st listen, youll be confused. But the CD will grow on you, and like the million that's bought the CD, it'll keep growing on you. Although no classic, and it's a CD pop-culture loves, but your hardcore hip hoppers will jam this CD too. At most, maybe 4 songs skipped. We'll see if Hov can continue this dominance, until then, enjoy the BluePrint 3, because I am :)

PS. I know I didn't mention it, but "Venus VS Mars" is that ish yall. Peace.

October 13, 2009

Soulful Sundaes: Shabazz Palaces - Belhaven Meridian

Shabazz Palaces - "Belhaven Meridian" [OFFICIAL] from Kahlil Joseph on Vimeo.

Cool like dat.

Some Kinda What?? Feat. Fice, Blak Mic, Mook, and DJ Semaj

Tacoma's ON!

Alex James' Thorocraft

NYC based designer Alex James has crafted an ill new lineup of footwear for this upcoming year. Hypebeast front-paged him and showcased a few of the new ish. Looks stupid dope.

I need those for work.

October 12, 2009

Soulful Sundaes: The Kills - Love is a Deserter

Shiit....it is what you make it..

That's Real.

October 10, 2009

October 08, 2009

Soulful Sundaes: D. Black - Yesterday remix feat. SK, Spaceman and Fatal Lucciauno

YESTERDAY SportNLife Remix

The Biz. Here's a Vid of a live performance of the OG version. Whatup Blackchild.

Banana Creme Pie: Masta Ace and Edo G - Little Young

Understand where I'm comin from?

Amerie's 30 shoes in 30 days.

We're starting a day into her 30-day travel through 30 different pairs of footwear. I like day 2 the best so far for some obvious, and some not so obvious reasons. CHECK!

Day 1: Brian Atwood Pumps
“I made up a color for these Brian Atwood platform pumps: “caramel rose”. lol! Heading out for dinner”- Amerie

Day 2: Minnetonka Moccasins
“I’ve been wearing these moccasins for yeeearrrs, & I love them! Very comfy! I have the knee-high ones too, but these are my faves.” - Amerie

Look at those legs man..

Okay, I know it's about shoes, but this is Drop-Bomb. This is a MAN'S Site. With the exception of Tiff(Whatup LOC). Not only do I love Amerie, but the legs...if I didn't know that was her I still would have said that.

Hieroglyphics x Capcom x Live Tour

Hieroglyphics and Capcom have teamed up to bring a dope idea to the forefront. It's gonna be a mixtape/soundtrack to the ever-famed Marvel V. Capcom 2! Here's some more details from the officials:

For too long gamers have been bludgeoned by grating, repetitive game soundtracks. Capcom has answered their prayers and exceeded expectations by assembling the Marvel vs. Capcom 2 Hip Hop Mixtape. The lead video from the Mixtape- "Battle Drum"- is provided by legendary Oakland hip-hop collective Hieroglyphics. Directed by Andrew Georgopolous and Paul Trillo, the video pays tribute to Capcom's rich history in the gaming industry by evoking classic Street Fighter imagery, as the rapping protagonists take down henchmen in a variety of settings, including a junkyard and a dojo. Tajai was thrilled with the video- "it's got some live action and mimics the video game itself. It’s not just us rapping, it puts us inside the game." Tajai says that the action was so intense, in fact, that "we had to tone it down for the final cut because it was too violent. We were really fighting behind the scenes." The track was produced by Domino, and features verses by Tajai, Casual, and Pep Love. With a catchy chorus, belted out powerfully by Tajai ("Hands, feet, 'bo’s, teeth, knees. Even the words I speak cut deep."), there can be no doubt that "Battle Drum" was perfectly crafted for a fighting game like Marvel vs. Capcom 2. The song, with its infectious chorus and pugilistic verses, will be instrumental in motivating gamers to crush their opponents. The video features cameos by Hieroglyphics members Del The Funky Homosapien, A- Plus (and his son, who features at the beginning of the video), and Phesto, as well as Capcom's own John Diamonon.

Sounds crazy legit right?? Maybe they'll perform some of these cuts on tour, as Souls of Mischief are traveling the world as we speak! They'll be here in Seatown very soon. Peep the calendar for the town nearest you and get hip.

Montezuma's Revenge World Tour '09 Dates:

Wednesday, 9/30 Los Angeles, CA Troubadour
Saturday, 10/03 San Diego, CA Canes (w/Andre Nikatina)
Sunday, 10/04 Scottsdale, AZ Chasers
Monday, 10/05 Flagstaff, AZ The Green Room
Tuesday, 10/06 Albuquerque, NM LaunchPad
Thursday, 10/08 Denver, CO Marquis Theatre
Friday, 10/09 Colorado Springs, CO Black Sheep
Saturday, 10/10 CO TBA
Sunday, 10/11 Salt Lake City, UT Urban Lounge
Tuesday, 10/13 Missoula Badlander
Wednesday, 10/14 Seattle, WA Neumos
Thursday, 10/15 Bellingham TBA

Friday, 10/16 Portland, WA Berbati's Pan
Saturday, 10/17 Eugene Wow Hall (w/Swollen Members)
Sunday, 10/18 Eureka Red Fox Tavern (w/Swollen Members)
Tuesday, 10/20 San Francisco, CA Slim's (w/Ghostface)
Wednesday, 10/21 San Jose, CA Avalon
Thursday, 10/22 Brooklyn, NY Southpaw
Friday, 10/23 San Bernadino, CA Smoke Out (w/Hieroglyphics)
Saturday, 10/24 SLO Downtown Brew
Thursday, 10/29 Linz Kapu
Friday, 10/30 Helsinki Nosturi
Saturday, 10/31 Wien Szene
Tuesday, 11/03 Lyon La Marquise
Wednesday, 11/04 Leipzig Conne Island
Thursday, 11/05 Berlin Bohannn
Friday, 11/06 Jona Zak Saturday, 11/07 Wil Gare De Lion
Sunday, 11/08 Paris Batofar
Tuesday, 11/10 Amsterdam Fouronefour
Wednesday, 11/11 Copenhagen Rust (w/Prince Paul)
Thursday, 11/12 Basel Kaserne (w/Prince Paul)
Friday, 11/13 Koln Bogen2 (w/Prince Paul)
Saturday, 11/14 Bulgaria TBC (w/Prince Paul)
Sunday, 11/15 Heidelberg Karlstorbahnhof (w/Prince Paul)

Can't wait for that 93 til Infinity and Batting Practice live!!!

If you don't know about Souls of Mischief or the Hieroglyphics here's some more info for that ass. Word to Pep Love! Whatup Del!

Souls Of Mischief is an alternative hip-hop group from Oakland, CA that is also part of the hip-hop collective, Hieroglyphics. The group consists of emcees A-Plus, Opio, Phesto, and Tajai. With classic albums like 93 'til Infinity, No Man's Land, Focus, and Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution, all of which were critically acclaimed and have been certified Gold by the RIAA. The Souls Of Mischief are now gearing up to release their first album in almost 10 years, entitled Montezuma's Revenge. Produced by Domino and Prince Paul, the album will be released December 2nd via Hiero Imperium Records.

October 06, 2009


AFTER NINE LOOOOOONG YEARS!!! Guess who's comin' back home...

And Guess who should probably be worried....

But Diddy's not worried, or at least that's the public face he's putting on. This is what he said according to AllHipHop.

I looked forward to this day. The whole situation was a tragic situation. He’s a young man that has a whole life ahead of him to live to be successful and to come out here and put his foot in the game....

I don’t have anything to do with his personal business or his career, Combs told AllHipHop.com. As far as our relationship, only time will tell.
Rumors have also swirled around about him being signed to Roc Nation with Jay-Z, but Jay-Z shot those rumors down, or at least not yet anyway.