DOOM x Mos Def x Make A Wish Foundation

Posted in Uncategorized on September 29, 2009 by Yooj‽

Who says dreams don’t come true?

We can see now how YouTube can serve as a beacon of light for little boys whose only waking thoughts revolve around one day meeting their Rap superheroes… Or, in the heart of this week’s Wednesday’s Child, Dante, Rap supervillains.

Dante is a lively, smart, fun loving kid that enjoys playing the drums, playing the rhodes, playing the bass, playing the crowd, and playing himself…{||}.  These qualities, along with Dante’s submission video, were brought to the attention of DOOM, the New York-bred, under bridge-dwelling, creator of the new form of performance art that cult members fans have grown to call ‘Binge Rap’.  DOOM had a couple of minutes to spare while on his zero-city tour, so he decided to stop by and spend time with his biggest fan, little Dante.

Dante and DOOM spent the day reciting Posdnous lyrics, synchronizing their day-glo G-Shock watches, debating on who was the coolest member of Full Force, deciding on which one of the lovelies from Twerk Team they wanted to make their main squeeze, and discovering that they were both allergic to purple Jolly Ranchers.  Dante even mustered up the courage to play DOOM some cuts from his latest album, The Ecstatic. DOOM said it sounded familar.  Good times.

Lastly, right before they went to meet Puff and Jay Electronica at the mall, the two discussed possibly working together in the future.  They juggled some concepts, including creating Hip-Hop’s first 34 track, 17 minute album.  Some of the possible project titles they thought up were:

Definitely Villains

Mostly The Vile Voices

Hear No Evil, See No Evil

These two are going to be friends for a long time, I just know it.  And all this because little Dante just wanted to let his villain know how he felt… a real tearjerker if  I ever seen one.

This week’s Wednesday’s Child was brought to you by the generous folks at Pigeons & Planes

Testing Is For Lames…

Posted in Uncategorized on September 13, 2009 by Yooj‽

Gang Starr - Daily Operation Some things just sit with you.  They sit, and they linger, and they dwell, and they fester, and they take showers, and have families, and get into nasty fights with the neighbors, and re-do the kitchen, and switch bodegas,  and become reference points and benchmarks and theoretical ideals for shit that has nothing to do with what they actually are …nor were ever intended to be.

Now its ingrained in your psyche.  Its processed into your culture…and all of a sudden, you gotta respect it.

And it doesn’t take much.  No math.  No science.  You just get caught sleeping.  At one point in its seemingly meaningless existence, you allow the ash from your teetering blunt to overstay its welcome just long enough to fall on a small—yet prominent— corner of your galaxy.

Now you have to change….damn.

But just as your focus turns towards your saran-wrapped stash of wholesale conformity… it happens.  The zen moment.  That’s when you realize that, as much as you can appreciate the ease and lack of thought required to still stay relevant with the current sensibilities of society, you no longer have to compromise with aesthetics when considering practicality and function as clear priorities. Plus…after a good run…you just think shit got old.

Now anyone who understands the strength of street knowledge can and will understand the swear jar of intention that will be this blog.  By no means am I an expert on anything.  I actually think this will be as consistently inconsistent as the bottom drawer of the dresser. Think 4 parts life, 5 parts history, 6 parts influence, 2 parts inspiration, 3 1/2 parts sweet vermouth, and 1 part that water from Tuck Everlasting.  Chilled. Straight. In a tumbler.  You know…the classics.  That old guy shit.  That shit you order from the fine bartender so she consciously shows you a little more respect than the E&J’rs.  That shit that’s gonna still work either way…today, tomorrow, or next tomorrow.

…shit… I don’t know what I’m talking about…

…but when in doubt, I’m siding with the classics…all day.

Gangstarr – 24-7, 365

“Harold Williams and Sean Combs Are Great Guys.” – Diddy & Dirty Money – “Angels” – {Dir: This Mahfuckuh Hype Williams}

Posted in Uncategorized on September 2, 2009 by Yooj‽
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I am a Hype stan.  I will tell you that 10 out of 10 times.   You are going to see alot of some of the same !nughs around here because I simply don’t have time to deal with wild nonsense.  …I wish i did at times…it might be theraputic…but, alas…nope. So I stick to what i know, and I know i like this shit.

I will expound on my straightup father complex with these two within the scope of this post as steadily as need be.

I will also from henceforth be supporting anything Puff puts out in regards to this union.{……..yes hetero}

I still kept the trailer for the archives.

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“Guess Who’s The Black Trump” – Raekwon feat. Ghostface and Cappadonna – “10 Bricks” {Prod. by J. Dilla}

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2009 by Yooj‽

Rae n Ghost

I see your Drake, and raise you a ‘Donna…

Isn’t this how it’s supposed to be?  Your favorite rappers leaking {or not leaking..yeahaight} their joints tit for tat.

Is it me, or is Rae turning into the innanets rap bully all of a sudden?  First he was spotrushin’ dudes on they Ustream, now he straight hypeswiped Jay by feeding us with this madness from my favorite Wu trio.  I love it.

And say what you will about Cappa, but The Pillage still gets mucho burn round these parts.

Sidenote: I think we should hereby denote all Dilla beats to the Wu.  Let’s decide on this peacebly before Rae just strongarms them.

Only Built For Cuban Linx II in stores a couple days before Blueprint 3.  Buy it, or Raekwon will come to your crib…thru your broadband connection.

Raekwon feat. Ghostface and Cappadona – 10 Bricks {Prod. by J. Dilla}

one love to OnSmash for the Big Joker

“Sit Back And Watch The Traffic Move” – Jay-Z feat. Drake – “Off That” {Prod. by Timbaland}

Posted in Uncategorized on August 23, 2009 by Yooj‽

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I have decided to start posting more music through these here parts.  For street cred. I’ve listened to this seven times, and I am still waiting for Drake’s verse.  You mean to tell me you couldn’t have just had Bleek on this hook. Really?

Timbo has been fien’n for a Hov’over for a couple of bullets now, so it is a refreshing return to the spacepop of yore.  I gotta be honest though, and say that I haven’t really been feeling much of the literal play on “Young Hova” that Shawn Corey has been presenting lately.  It’s like BP3 is setting up to be a “Take Your Rapper To Work” album.

I must say though, especially after going to the NeverLeaveBrooklyn party a couple of nights ago and sneaking into this little treble n bass shindigahoo that was happening next door and zoning to some next shit with 3 shots of Patron Cafe and some of Mother Earth’s best in my system, that I am kind of excited at the fact that within two weeks {internets time} Myrtle Avenue will be swathed with a layer of easy listening with every ’96 Integra that passes by.

Dear Indian Summer, you know I’m gonna miss you.

Jay-Z feat. Drake – “Off That” {prod. by Timbaland}

“Hovv-Ra The Everliving” – Jay-Z Blueprint 3 Tracklisting

Posted in Uncategorized on August 18, 2009 by Yooj‽

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Wait?…. No Bleek?

The presumed final tracklist (and quite possibly rear cover artwork) appeared on Father Time’s site today. It looks like BP3 is gonna be closer to the second installment of the trilogy than the first. Features galore. Here are some of my predictions:

-“Hate” will probably be the most gregarious display of egomaniac greatness that we will hear this year….or at least since “Real As It Gets”.

-J. Cole will black.

-“Reminder” will be my favorite song. I don’t know, Jay is notorious for those late album solo moments.

-Wale and Mickey Factz will commit suicide before their albums are released.

Its pretty apparent that Jay is using this moment to align himself with the “Saved By The Bell – The New Class” “Teen Titans” “Digimon” new crop of rapsters. Kinda wild to think that Jay actually is gaining more from the features than the young guns are (no ChrisNeef-o)

I think it will benefit the old guy though. Hov gets better when he’s got something to prove. And he’s not going anywhere. I can’t wait until my son is on Blueprint 9 going bar for bar with Jay. I know Jay will still be worth a verse in 2029. He’s not the Brett Favre of this rap shit. He’s not the Rickey Henderson of this rap shit. He’s something much more than that….

When Jay gets that young rapper strength…he’s kinda like Mumm-Ra The Everliving of this rap shit.

1. What We Talkin’ About (Feat. Luke Steele of Empire of the Sun) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)

2. Thank You (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)

3. D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)” (Produced By No I.D.)

4. Run This Town (Feat. Kanye West and Rihanna) (Produced By Kanye West & No I.D.)

5. Empire State of Mind (Feat. Alicia Keys) (Produced By Al Shux)

6. Real As It Gets (Feat. Young Jeezy) (Produced By The Incredibles)

7. On To The Next One (Feat. Swizz Beatz) (Produced By Swizz Beatz)

8. Off That (Feat. Drake) (Produced By Timbaland)

9. A Star is Born (Feat. J. Cole) (Produced By Kanye West and No I.D.)

10. Venus vs. Mars (Produced By Timbaland)

11. Already Home (Feat. Kid Cudi) (Produced By Kanye West)

12. Hate (Feat. Kanye West) (Produced By Kanye West)

13. Reminder (Produced By Timbaland)

14. So Ambitious (Feat. Pharrell) (Produced By The Neptunes)

15. Young Forever (Feat. Mr Hudson) (Produced By Kanye West)

YN scores another one for the old heads.

Major Lazer – “Pon De Floor” – {Dir: Eric Wareheim}

Posted in Uncategorized on August 5, 2009 by Yooj‽

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Yeah…. I’ve been to a couple passa passa joints…. and you can take my basement-party-raised word when I say that, if you have never been to one, you cannot truly understand the double coats of brilliance in this video. I love it. *golf claps*

Skerrit Bwoy is a rockstar in this arena. Using him in this capacity is one of those “genius no-brainer”s that was still an essential decision to make if this movement is gonna get moved.  This is not even the tip of the iceberg of the caliber of output that a progressive stream of powerful and creative visuals for this subculture could generate. This shit, fortunately, is very good.  Eric Wareheim‘s stuff always touches my sensibilities………………….{||} that’s a pause.  It’s the moments like this, though, that many an artist are afraid of creating, fearing that their integrity will be compromised by the absence of reality (or in this case, a packed, SouthsideJamaicaQueens Boys & Girls Club). It works here, however, because you get to see the caricatured essence of the crossection in a very intense, yet extremely digestable way…. easy win.

Oh,…and about the music…

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I think the Major Lazer  album “Guns Don’t Kill People…Lasers Do” might end up being one of my favorite releases of the year by the time it settles.  If not for anything else, for the sole purpose that this shit makes me want to move recklessly. Move Music for real. I’ve been zoning for a second now… and it’s bittersweet to think that we are at a nook in music and culture where great shit is being built on appropriating music styles traditionally made by minorities and then selling it to white people who normally wouldn’t be caught dead listening to said type of music. But hey, what are you going to do, ya’nahmean‽ I still think the album is straightflav.

And you can’t ever really think that this dude is losin out to two white producer/dj’s. Well you can….but you wouldn’t really.

Now I’m hype. shit….  I have to hit at least like two dagger’fests before the summer dips off.  Can’t wait.