Archive for June 12th, 2009


Blaqkout Live


 It’s Friday, you ain’t got no job, you ain’t got shit to do!

-Smokey, Friday (1995)

So once again, Word Press is being a damn pain ’cause I’m having trouble embedding Vimeo videos. I couldn’t go without at least linking you to some quality footage my Left coast homie Ben from Always Hustle shot last night.

Cali pioneers DJ Quik and Kurupt rocked the stage at San Fran’s Ruby Skye to promote their new collab album Blaqkout, which dropped this past Tuesday. Funny thing, I saw Ben Tweeting about being at the show right as I was listening to the LP. After the first listen, it’s daaaamn good.

Peep the links to performances of “Let’s Get High” (hence the Friday quote) and “9 Times Out Of 10” plus a bonus video of Dwayne Wiggens doing “Anniversary” after the jump. You’ll also get the opportunity to scoop up the album at Amazon for those that want to support their hustle.

Once again, sorry for the video embed FAIL. Enjoy!

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Expanding Horizons: Five For Friday

In this Expanding Horizons series, I’ll be bringing you five pieces of musical history from five different genres spanning my collection. My goal is to expose my readers to all types of music that you might not listen to otherwise.

Also, I get to show off how deep my e-crates are. Lord knows I like to do that any chance I get, Ha! The downloads are all .RAR files, which in layman’s terms are compressed packages of multiple files. Search here if you need a program to extract after you download. Or get in touch and I’ll help you out.

I’ll try my best to do this every Friday, so if you have any requests hit me with an e-mail.. Enjoy ya-selves!


De La Soul

De La SoulArt Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump (2000)

See Track List & Buy It Here

Lately I’ve been steadily revisiting my De La collection, going in chronological order from their 1989 masterpiece 3 Feet High & Rising all the way to this year’s collaboration with Nike “Are You In?” As Dart once told me, Posdnuos, Trugoy and Maceo comprise the most consistent hip-hop group of all time. How could I disagree? 

Their track record as far as albums is unparalleled, they drop quality material to this day AND put on an amazing live show as I learned last year at Rock The Bells NYC. As a relatively young hip-hop head, Art Official Intelligence: Mosaic Thump was the first of their catalog I was exposed to. I was more of a Wu-Tang, Biggie, DMX & Nas stan before I branched out into other realms of rap. I remember buying it at the local Coconuts (remember those? Now it’s FYE), ripping open the packaging and bumping it in my Sony Discman with them headphones that went on top of your head. You know you had them, stop frontin!

Man, those were the days. Even though the times have changed, the Soul is timeless.


Thelonious & Coltrane

Thelonious Monk & John ColtraneComplete Riverside Recordings (1957)

See Track List & Buy It Here

Two jazz virtuosos, two discs. ‘Nuff said.



Bob Marley & Stevie Wonder

Bob MarleyLive With Stevie Wonder (1975)

This is EXTREMELY rare audio of an historic performance when Marley was opening for Stevie during a tour stop in Kingston, Jamaica. The legends shared the stage briefly, for an extended version of “I Shot The Sheriff.”  What resulted was purely magical. After reading about this once-in-a-lifetime event, I hunted this down for years until somehow I finally got my hands on it. I don’t think it’s even available to buy online anywhere, so handle with care. If you’re interested, the promo poster above is available here.



India Arie

India ArieTestimony: Vol. 1, Life & Relationship (2006)

See Track List & Buy Album Here

I’ve got to admit, I don’t really listen to India Arie. Not because her music is bad, that’s FAR from the case. I’ve only heard each of the talented multi-instrumentalist/ singer’s albums one time each, mainly because of a lady friend in college. I feel like I have to be in a certain mood to listen.. Let me stop.

Vol. 1 was the most memorable for me. Even though I don’t remember specific songs, it’s the laid-back soulfulness and soft instrumentation that I remember the most. Plus, I upped this because I know females love her. Do I listen to India? Nope, but bitches beautiful women do.


Jimi Hendrix

Jimi HendrixAre You Experienced?

See Track List & Buy Album Here

Jimi was a god amongst men when he picked up a guitar, elevating the instrument into realms unknown to the average musician. Did you know he was a lefty, but he played a right-handed guitar? A part of me wishes I was born 30 years before I was just so I could have seen his flashy, trip-inducing improvisations first-hand.


That should hold you over until next time, Enjoy!


Tanya Morgan at Fat Beats NYC [Video]

Take a trip to Brooklynati and peep this video of the fellas of Tanya Morgan performing “So Damn Down” at Fat Beats NYC. Apparently there were only two mics, so Illyas and Donwill spit the rhymes while Von Pea manned the turntables, Run-DMC style!

Scoop your copy of Brooklynati here and support real hip-hop.

Thanks to Michelle from Audible Treats for the heads up. Listen to the MP3 and get more info after the jump.

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Royal Court & Sound Table 6/12/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

Metal Lungies Interviews Wale (Metal Lungies)

Royce Da 5’9 Unveils The Revival EP (Nah Right)

New Jersey Trio Brokn Englsh PreWreck Mixtape (Rock The Dub)

Prop Jay’s Jansport Weighed A Ton (TSS)

More from DP at Slaughterhouse Listening Session (Dallas Penn)

Is M.O.P. Rap’s Greatest Duo? (Unkut)


Sound Table:

Georgia Anne Muldrow – ESP

JoJo Pelligrino – Reaper

Jonas Brothers ft. Common – Don’t Charge Me For The Crime

Slim Thug (ft. A Bunch of H-Town Rappers) – Welcome To Houston

Corleone, Hold the Throne



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