Archive for June, 2009


Name That Sample #7: MJ Edition

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[Edit] Congrats to Ron for the correct answer! The MJ song is “With A Child’s Heart” off the album Music & Me, sampled by Big Punisher’s “You Ain’t A Killer” produced by Young Lord.

I think it’s only right we partake in paying tribute to Michael Jackson by including one of his songs for this version of Name That Sample.

See if you can name the original MJ song and album in addition to the hip-hop song that sampled it.

Good luck!

Name That Sample #7


The Official ReviewSTACKS Mixtape


The good homie and Word Press guru Andrew informed me today that ReviewSTACKS has been hard at work trying to drop their official mixtape, and here it is!

I haven’t checked the whole thing yet, but that D. Julien track is NICE. Here’s the description:

…We present the ReviewSTACKS Official Mixtape: a 9 track EP featuring: Submit, J. Nolan, Mac Tha Knife, DK aka Wayne Watts, Random, A.K.A., D. Julien, 810, E.A.R.T.H. Crew, GodChaserz, San Diego-based rapper SomeOne, and featuring production from Kid Konnect and RoTone of E.A.R.T.H. Crew. Get those headphones on and enjoy.

Peep the download link below, be sure to tell Andrew and Co what you think. Enjoy!

Download The Official ReviewSTACKS Mixtape


Vintage Wu-Tang Freestyle


With Wu-Tang Clan’s Chamber Music dropping todaywhich RZA notes is “not a Wu-Tang Clan album – but it’s pretty close,” I dug up this vintage Wu freestyle from ’93 on Stanford, CA radio station KZSU.

Though only Method Man, Ghostface and Masta Killa hop on the mic, it’s a lesson in what constitutes a true cypher – not a BlackBerry-assisted pre-written “freestyle” that we see too often today. This is right around the time of “Protect Ya Neck” and Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers), so you already know the caliber of rhymes to expect.

Download the freestyle below to show the children what real hip-hop is and pick up your copy of Chamber Music here, Enjoy!

Wu-Tang Clan – KZSU ’93 Freestyle


Keelay & Zaire EPK Video

Spotted this in the inbox courtesy of the good homie Keelay, one half of production duo Keelay & Zaire whos album Ridin’ High remains one of the year’s best. Here’s the description of the EPK video, provided by Audible Treats:

There’s no question you’ve heard the music. Now, find out more about the producers behind the music as Keelay & Zaire, the bi-coastal production duo, give the world a closer, more personal look in their new EPK. Live performances, press clippings, and studio footage abound as highlights of the two producers quickly bring viewers up to date on how they met and the story behind their music, including the concept and inspiration behind their latest release, the critically acclaimed Ridin High. These are two young producers very aware of their music, and with the depth and foresight displayed in this new EPK, it becomes clear Keelay & Zaire are two names you’ll be hearing about for a long time. Ridin High is available now via MYX Music Label.

I got my copy of Ridin’ High, do you? Scoop it at Amazon here.


Royal Court & Sound Table 6/29/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

Fathers of Rap Volume 3: Michael Jackson (In Case You Are Sleepin’) [via HHIR]

7 Best and 7 Worst Moments from the BET Awards [via TRU]

Big Boi Pimp Slaps NYC [via Dallas Penn]

Lady Gaga’s Maxim Spread [via The Amajanese Blog]

Miss Armour

[Miss Armour reppin’ Union, NJ]

Sound Table:

Clipse ft. Keri Hilson & Pharrell – Eyes On Me (CDQ) [via Splash]

DJ Premier’s Michael Jackson Tribute Mix [via HypeBeast]

Lupe Fiasco – Ladies & Gentleman (Snippet)

Lupe Fiasco – 2 Ways (Snippet) [both Lupe snippets via LupE.N.D. Blog]

Styles P – The Ghost Sessions (Mixtape) [via Steady Bloggin]


Review: Sneaker Pimps NYC Recap

Sneaker PIMPS

[Edit: Found some videos of the performances at 2DB via Miss Info, Jadakiss’ is above]

Friday night brought sneaker heads, video gamers, skaters, hip-hoppers, and skinny-jeaners of all sorts together for Sneaker Pimps NYC, a sneaker showcase and concert at Terminal 5 in Manhattan sponsored by Verizon and XBox.


I showed up unfashionably early, made my way to the way top because the main area wasn’t open yet. The lady friend and I checked out some sweet kicks, like the homie rocking the SB Blazer “Kiss”, then spotted the empanadas at the bar.

A heads up to anyone headed to Terminal 5, the chicken empanadas are ON FIRE. Even taking medication for these head-aches I’ve been suffering from lately, I had to scoop a Heinekin before the festivities to quench the California forest fire-esque burning in my throat.


Doors opened finally, we headed right in and proceeded to post up somewhere where shorty could see. I wanted to go to the first floor but she insisted on the 2nd so her petitite self could see. Dah well, as she wished.


In typical hip-hop fashion, doors open at 8 but the real concert didn’t start til closer to 11. Being only a semi-sneaker head, I spent my time critiquing the opening acts and checking out the various booths. That MJ drawing got much better throughout the night, wish I got a before and after shot but I didn’t stay ’til the end.


The first act was some duo from Seattle that I don’t feel like Googling with one member rocking skinny jeans, a blazer and a yellow scarf. Oh, and the music was lame too.

Don't Sleep On The Ladies

I dipped off to check out some of the booths. The Female Sneaker Fiends definitely held it down on the 2nd floor, as did the bartender for hooking me up with a couple more Heinekins.

DJ Clark Kent

In between sets, big-time sneaker head DJ Clark Kent held down the 1’s and 2’s. He rocked a fire Biggie/Brooklyn set then the obligatory Michael Jackson mix, though he didn’t play “Billie Jean” it was still a quality tribute.

Ferris Bueller

Really, the only opening act worth noting was Ferris Bueller from Texas since his set was the only one that wasn’t garbled nonsense about “going to clubs and doing drugs” or other generic shit. One group signed to Duck Down records brought out Buckshot, I didn’t get any pics but I recorded some video that’s not cooperating with me right now.

I hadn’t heard much about Ferris Bueller before the show, but his set was crisp and quite entertaining, what a relief.



After what must have been the longest game of rock-paper-scissors ever to decide who would open the billed acts, DC’s own Wale took the stage. He looked energized performing “Back In The Go-Go,” crowd-pleaser “Nike Boots” and single “Chillin.” He then almost got into it with a heckler before tossing a pair of squeaky-clean sneakers to the crowd. This was my first time seeing him live, and I’m impressed. He’s got star qualities – charisma and the ability to connect with the crowd – I hope he makes it big, at least semi-big [II].

Cool Kids

Next up was Chicago/Detroit duo The Cool Kids, Chuck Inglish & Mickey Rocks. The highlights for me were a blend of “88” over the instrumental from Slick Rick’s “Children’s Story” and a thumping rendition of “Champions.” They ended with a lackluster “Pennies,” so I’d say overall it was decent. Nothing more, nothing less.


Glancing at my watch Blackberry, I knew I could only catch one more act now that the undercards were done. Blame it on me taking the train in to the City or hip-hop taking its sweet time. I choose the latter.

Yonkers veteran and D-Block representer Jadakiss ran through his deep catalog, smashing oldies like “Knock Yourself Out,” “We Gon’ Make It” and “Welcome To D-Block” from his earlier days then new jams “Can’t Stop Me” and crowd favorite “Who’s Real.” ‘Kiss is one of the more overlooked rappers of the past decade, so it was great reminiscing on his thorough career.


Unfortunately, I had to skip out right before heavyweights Clipse and Big Boi to catch the last train to Jersey, planning FAIL. The homie JFK informed me Clipse did a short 3-song set and Big Boi killed it. Figures I’d miss out, however I got back to the Garden State safely.

If I can get the videos I shot uploaded, I’ll post separately. Until next time.. Peace!


Fathers of Rap: Michael Jackson


Since I’m still in a daze from Michael Jackson’s passing yesterday, I’m glad that the homie Ivan from Hip Hop Is Read put together two tribute compilations celebrating the hip-hop music that would never have been possible without the King of Pop.

The first mix is songs sampling MJ’s early career with the Jackson 5 while the second is his more recent work.  I was unaware Luda’s “One More Drink” or Kanye & T-Pain’s “Good Life” sampled MJ, I guess you really do learn something new everyday.

Big thanks to Ivan for doing his part in preserving the legacy of the late, great musical and cultural icon. Check the track list and download link below. Play these and remember – legends never truly die.

MJ 2

HHIR Presents Fathers of Rap Volume 3: Michael Jackson – A Collection of Hip-Hop Tracks Inspired By The Legend

Track List:

Track List
Track List 2


R.I.P. King of Pop

So I was planning on doing a track-by-track review of Wu-Tang’s Chamber Music that leaked today, but the news about Michael Jackson’s death sideswiped me.

At this point I’m still in shock that the King of Pop died, so I will leave you with my favorite MJ jam “Billie Jean” while I let it sink in. Maybe I’ll prepare some better, more profound words. Or maybe I’ll just play Thriller on repeat all night whille searching for some.


Event Reminders: This Weekend – Sneaker Pimps NYC, Beyonce, & Babyface

Friday, June 24th:

Sneaker Pimps NYC

Sneaker Pimps NYC featuring Big Boi, Clipse, Jadakiss, Cool Kids & WaleTerminal 5 [Buy Tickets]


Beyonce – Wachovia, Center – Philadelphia, PA – [Buy Tickets

Sat, June 25th:


Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds – B.B. King Blues Club & Grill – NYC – [Buy Tickets]


Melanie Fiona x ?uestlove Mixtape & The Roots’ New Single

As avid readers will know, I am borderline obsessed with Toronto songstress Melanie Fiona. So it’s natural that I was ecstatic when I first heard she would be collaborating with Roots dummer and music icon Ahmir “?uestlove” Thompson for an upcoming mixtape.

We now have footage from the two jamming for this Friday’s mixtape release to promote Miss Fiona’s debut album The Bridge, dropping August 18th. Above is a clip from the studio sesh of my favorite Fiona jam “Ay Yo” and after the jump is the live jam remix to her sweet single “Give It To Me Right.”


In other Roots news, the band is set to debut its new single “How I Got Over” tonight during their duties as house band for Late Night with Jimmy Fallon. According to, the song follows in the same vein as their previous political releases, such as “Don’t Feel Right” and “Rising Down.”

Late Night airs weekdays at 12:35 Eastern time. I advise all my fellow Roots fans to tune in to get a taste of the new album How I Got Over, expected October 20th.

I’ll take this as an opportunity to drop a dope collection that came out in 2000, The Roots –  The Instrumental Album (Limited Edition), a must-have for any collection. Check out the track list and download link after the jump.

Thanks to Okayplayer and Mr. Adoso for the scoops. Check the jump for the live remix to “Give It To Me Right,” plus The Roots’ instrumental album. Enjoy!

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