Sunday, August 31, 2008

De La Soul - Stakes Is High

1996's Stakes Is High was the first album not produced by Prince Paul, with overall production credits given solely to the trio, and again, was met with mixed results and poor sales.
The title track and first single, produced by Jay Dee, was not a hit, but second single Itsoweezee (HOT), with only Dave on vocals, did fare better due to its creative music video. The album spawned a third single 4 More featuring Zhane which failed to chart. The album did provide a launching pad for future star rapper and actor Mos Def, who appeared on the track "Big Brother Beat." The album also featured collaborations with Common (Sense), Truth Enola, and the Jazzyfatnastees.

1. Intro
2. Supa Emcees
3. The Bizness Featuring Common
4. Wonce Again Long Island
5. Dinninit
6. Brakes
7. Dog Eat Dog
8. Baby Baby Baby Baby Ooh Baby
9. Long Island Degrees
10. Betta Listen
11. Itzsoweezee (HOT)
12. 4 More
13. Big Brother Beat
14. Down Syndrome
15. Pony Ride
16. Stakes Is High
17. Sunshine

Rating 9/10

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De La Soul - Stakes Is High

De La Soul - Itsoweezee(hot)

Thursday, August 28, 2008

Dead Prez at the Democratic National Convention

Dead Prez speaks from a rally at the democratic national convention about their views on voting, Obama, the state of hip hop today, and the war in Iraq.

Dead Prez on Obama, the war, voting, and hip hop

Dead Prez educates a crowd on the steps of Colorado's State Capitol stairs during a rally before an anti-war protest in Denver. They then perform their hit song "Hip Hop".

Helicopters buzz the air. Peace activists, anarchists, revolutionaries all enjoy the show.

Dead Prez Protest

Dead Prez - Hip Hop

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Friday, August 22, 2008

Portishead - Roseland NYC Live (1997)

Roseland NYC Live is a live album by Portishead with the New York Philharmonic Orchestra. It was released in 1998 by Go! Discs/London.

Performing with a 35-piece orchestra, Portishead runs through selections from its two albums, favoring its second slightly. On the surface, it doesn't seem like the orchestra would add much to the performances, especially since the arrangements remain similar, but its presence makes the music tense, dramatic, and breathtaking.

1. Humming (06:37)
2. Cowboys (05:02)
3. All Mine (04:03)
4. Mysterons (05:45)
5. Only You (05:22)
6. Half Day Closing (04:14)
7. Over (04:13)
8. Glory Box (05:38)
9. Sour Times (05:20)
10. Roads (05:52)
11. Strangers (05:20)

Rating 7.5/10

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Portishead - Mysterons (Roseland Live NYC)

Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown

Classic from Ultramagnetic MC's

Besides being an undeniable hip-hop classic, the first album by the cult crew Ultramagnetic MC's introduced to the world the larger-than-life, one-of-a-kind personality of Kool Keith. That alone would make this some sort of landmark recording, but it also happens to be one of the finest rap albums from the mid- to late-'80s "new school" in hip-hop that numbered among its contributors Run-D.M.C., Public Enemy, and Boogie Down Productions. Critical Beatdown maintains all its sharpness and every ounce of its power, and it has not aged one second since 1988.

1. Watch Me Now
2. Ease Back
3. Ego Trippin'
4. Moe Luv's Theme
5. Kool Keith Housing Things
6. Travelling At The Speed Of Thought
7. Feelin' It
8. One Minute Less
9. Ain't It Good To You
10. Funky
11. Give The Drummer Some
12. Break North
13. Critical Beatdown
14. When I Burn
15. Ced-Gee

Rating 8.5/10

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Ultramagnetic MC's - Traveling At The Speed Of Thought

Saturday, August 16, 2008

Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves

A Prince Among Thieves is the second studio album by Hip Hop artist and producer Prince Paul. It is considered an apex in the hip hop world, and was one of the most acclaimed concept albums of its time. The concept follows the story of an aspiring young MC named Tariq, played by rapper Breezly Brewin, who needs to collect money to record a demo tape before a meeting with Wu-Tang Clan leader RZA.

The album features cameos by Kool Keith, Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock, Biz Markie, De La Soul, Everlast, Sadat X, Xzibit, Kid Creole, Special Ed, Chris Rock, RZA and Buckshot.

1. Tariq's Delimma (Intro)
2. Pain - (featuring Sha/Breeze)
3. How It All Started
4. Steady Slobbin' - (featuring Breeze)
5. Just Another Day
6. What U Got (The Demo) - (featuring Breeze)
7. Hustles On, The
8. MC Hustler - (featuring Horror City)
9. The Call
10. Other Line, The - (featuring Breeze/Heroine)
11. Crazy Lou's Hideout
12. Weapon World - (featuring Kool Keith)
13. My Big Chance
14. War Party - (featuring Horror City)
15. Count Macula
16. Macula's Theory - (featuring Big Daddy Kane)
17. Mr. Large - (featuring Chubb Rock/Biz Markie)
18. Can You Handle It
19. Put The Next Man On feat Sha/Breeze/Superstar)
20. I Was In
21. My First Day - (featuring Chris Rock)
22. More Than U Know - (featuring De La Soul)
23. Room 69 - (featuring Sweet Dee)
24. Mood For Love - (featuring Newkirk)
25. The Bust
26. Men In Blue - (featuring Everlast)
27. Central Booking
28. Handle Your Time feat Sadat X/Xzibit/Kid Creole
29. The Rev
30. Sermon
31. Showdown
32. You Got Shot - (featuring Breeze/Sha)
33. Every Beginning Must Have An Ending
34. New Joint (DJ's Delite)
35. Prince Among Thieves, A - (featuring Sha)

Rating 9/10

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Prince Paul - A Prince Among Thieves

Radiodread - Easy Star All-Stars

Radiodread is a 2006 album by the Easy Star All-Stars, a collaboration of reggae and ska artists. Radiodread is a complete, song by song makeover of Radiohead's OK Computer into reggae, ska, and dub.

Michael Goldwasser, who produced and arranged Radiodread:

"OK Computer has elements that are perfect [for reggae] -- strong melodies, intense dynamics and trippy soundscapes. On the other hand, it has complex time signatures, lots of chord changes and things that typically aren't found in reggae. However, the more we looked at it, the more we realized that this was an album we had to do. Radiohead has given their blessing to the tracks they've heard so far, and we are excited for them to hear the complete album."

No samples from OK Computer or any other music were used in making Radiodread. You don't even have to of heard Ok Computer to enjoy this, but if you have and are a Radiohead fan then this will blow you away!

1. "Airbag" (featuring Horace Andy)
2. "Paranoid Android" (featuring Kirsty Rock)
3. "Subterranean Homesick Alien" (featuring Junior Jazz)
4. "Exit Music (For a Film)" (featuring Sugar Minott)
5. "Let Down" (featuring Toots & the Maytals)
6. "Karma Police" (featuring Citizen Cope)
7. "Fitter Happier" (featuring Menny More)
8. "Electioneering" (featuring Morgan Heritage)
9. "Climbing Up the Walls" (featuring Tamar-kali)
10. "No Surprises" (featuring The Meditations)
11. "Lucky" (featuring Frankie Paul)
12. "The Tourist" (featuring Israel Vibration)
13. "Exit Music (For A Dub)"

Rating 8/10

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Easy Star All-Stars - Radiodread - Climbing up the Walls

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Radiohead, U.N.K.L.E. & DJ Shadow - Rabbit In Your Headlight

"Rabbit in Your Headlights" is a song by British electronic duo Unkle, featuring Radiohead's Thom Yorke on guest vocals. It is the first single from the duo's 1998 album Psyence Fiction.
You have to watch the video.

1. "Rabbit in Your Headlights" – 6:18
2. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (Instrumental)" – 6:00
3. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (Underdog Mix)" – 4:46
4. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (Underdog Instrumental)" – 4:31
5. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (3D Mix - Reverse Light)" – 7:32
6. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (3D Mix - Reverse Light Instrumental)" – 7:32
7. "Rabbit in Your Headlights (Suburban Hell Remix)" – 6:07

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Unkle - Rabbit in your Headlights

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Scratch (Film)

Scratch (2001) is a documentary film, directed by Doug Pray, that examines cultural and historical perspectives on the birth and evolution of hip-hop disc jockeys (DJs), scratching and turntablism and includes interviews with some of hip-hop's most famous and respected DJs.

Interviewees include: Grand Wizard Theodore (the inventor of the scratch), Grand Mixer Q-bert (Title given by Grand Mixer DXT to Q Bert in the movie), Grand Mixer DXT, Z-Trip, Mix Master Mike, Rob Swift, DJ Premier, Afrika Bambaataa, Jazzy Jay, Cut Chemist, NuMark, DJ Craze, DJ Shadow, DJ Babu and DJ Krush. Madlib and Peanut Butter Wolf also make uncredited appearances at a scratching jam session.

Scratch Documentary (88 mins)

Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

"C.R.E.A.M.", an acronym for Cash Rules Everything Around Me, is the second single from Wu-Tang Clan's highly praised debut album Enter the Wu-Tang (36 Chambers). It boasts classic production from RZA propelling the song to street-anthem status with a sample from "As Long As I've Got You" by The Charmels.

01. C.R.E.A.M. (Radio Edit)
02. C.R.E.A.M. (Album Version)
03. C.R.E.A.M. (A Capella)
04. C.R.E.A.M. (Instrumental)
05. Da Mystery of Chessboxin' (Radio Edit)
06. Da Mystery of Chessboxin' (Album Version)
07. Da Mystery of Chessboxin' (A Capella)
08. Da Mystery of Chessboxin' (Instrumental)

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Wu-Tang Clan - C.R.E.A.M.

Wu-Tang Clan - Da Mystery Of Chessboxin'

Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Rare Tracks

A Collection of essential remixes and B-Sides!

1. Searching [Remix]
2. Take You There [Remix]
3. Lots of Lovin [Remix]
4. I Got a Love [Remix]
5. It's Not a Game [Unavailable on LP-Vocal]
6. Mecca and the Soul Brother [Wig Out Mix]
7. Creator [EP Mix - Vocal]
8. Straighten It Out [Vocal Remix]
9. They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.) [Vibes Mix]
10. Get on the Mic

Rating 7/10

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Pete Rock & C.L. Smooth - Lots of Lovin (Remix)

Monday, August 4, 2008

Common - Can I Borrow a Dollar?

Can I Borrow A Dollar? shows Common's earlier style of rapping; namely a sing-songy and inflection-heavy vocal delivery, as well as lyrics packed with wordplay and popular culture allusions. The album's production, utilizing samples, keyboards, and drum breaks prominently, tends to be minimalistic, jazzy and laid back. The Source called the production top notch. Although receiving a lukewarm reception, Stanton Swihart of Allmusic considers it to have put Chicago hip hop on the map and to be an underrated debut album.

1. a penny for my thought's
2. charm's alarm
3. take it ez
4. heidi hoe
5. breaker 1/9
6. two scoop's of raisin's
7. no defence
8. blow's to the temple
9. just in the nick of rhyme
10. trick's up my sleeve
11. puppy chow
12. soul by the pound
13. pitchin pennie's

Rating 7.5/10

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Common - Take It Ez (1992)