Archive for July 13th, 2009


Feel Like Loso’s Back [II]


.. Call the plumbers, I just spotted a leak!

I thought Def Jam was doing a good job of keeping Fabolous’ Loso’s Way under wraps, but never underestimate the determination of bootleggers.

Here’s a fresh track that I didn’t see the other blogs posting. Pre-order Fabolous’ Loso’s Way on Amazon for the release date, July 28th. Enjoy!

Fabolous – Feel Like I’m Back


Bring Your Own Blogger BBQ


Much props due to the good homies Dallas Penn and Combat Jack for organizing the first ever Bring Your Own Blogger BBQ.

It all goes down this Saturday the 18th from 5-11 in an undisclosed Brooklyn location. Featuring beer, meat [II], DJ J.Period spinning summertime favorites and even a preview of the upcoming Slaughterhouse LP, it should be the best internet party since Al Gore invented it way back in the day.

I will most likely be in the building, hopefully with my lady friend if all goes well. If you’re interested, RSVP to and hit me up so we can build.

Stay tuned for location details, Peace!


Royal Court & Sound Table 7/13/09

Jessenia Vice

Jessenia Vice of Elizabeth, NJ

Royal Court:

Arturo Gotti, Boxer Known For Relentless Violence, Dies at 37 [via NY Times]

Jell-O Puddin’ Pop Shots: A Review of Not The Cosby Show XXX [via The Smoking Section]

Introducing: $port

Sample of the Day: Donny Goines Edition (My favorite track off Breakfast Club) [via Kevin Nottingham]

Slaughterhouse Reveals Album Cover, Release Date is August 11th [via illRoots]

WYDU Half Way Report Day One: Top 10 EPs [via Wake Your Daughter Up]


Sound Table:

Blue Note Street (Remix of Blue Note Records Songs by Japanese Producers) [via Freestyle Madness]

Fabolous ft. Lil’ Wayne – Salute [via Destination for Hip-Hop & R&B]

     Bonus: Fabolous ft. Ryan Leslie & Keri Hilson – Everything, Everyday, Everywhere

     Bonus: Fabolous ft. Ryan Leslie – The Fabolous Life

Jaydiohead Encore (Jay-Z + Radiohead Mash-Ups) [via Max Tannone & The Rap Up]


Introducing: $port


It’s easy to get away from just making dope shit because you’re trying to outdo everybody around you.

As lengendary MC Rakim affirmed “it ain’t where you from, it’s where you at.”  Boom-bap distributor and up-and-coming producer Kyle “$port” Hayes hopes to boost Ohio’s rep in the hip-hop landscape by letting everyone know about both his beginnings and current endeavors.

The gifted Toledoan is in full grind mode, churning out funky beats and soulful sound-scapes on an instrumental effort Episode 1, a blend tape inspired by Clipse, in addition to upcoming projects with Providence, Rhode Island MC Theo Martins plus a second full-length conceptual instrumental album.

I recently had the opportunity to chop it up with the stand-up guy, genuine $port about a variety of topics including his inspirational process, who he considers the 2009 version of Gang Starr, his dream collaboration, the prevailing ailment of hip-hop and what it’s like to be a rap romantic.

Dom Corleone: State your age and where you’re reppin for the people.

$port: $port.  Live from Toledo, Ohio. 24 years young.

D: Get it in Ohio!  Bad cam reference, I’ll refrain.

$: (Laughs) That’s not the first time I’ve heard it, and it probably won’t be the last.

D: I can assure you it won’t be. (Laughs) Bring me back to when you first started producing. How did you get into it?

$: Well, as cliché as it sounds, I’ve been making music all my life.  My older brother Kev always had the latest and the greatest in his music collection and I would just raid his CDs and tapes.

From that I would, like, go pick up my See-n-Say and try to mimic Premo or try and beatbox like Biz [Markie].  I was always around music, so I guess it was a natural progression for me to want to try my hand at it. But as far as “professionally,” I’ve only been at it for about 2 or 3 years.

D: Was there a specific moment where you said “this is what I wanna do?”  A “Eureka” moment, if you will.

$: I would have to say the first time I had heard Gangstarr’s Daily Operation album.  Some of the stuff DJ Premier was doing on that album was just amazing to me at the time.  I remember my brother playing that tape all the time and I would just be in awe.  Particularly at ‘Soliloquy of Chaos’.  It just sounded so… angelic to me.  And the two interludes?  Ah man!  But that was when I decided that “Yeah, I wanna do that.”

Hit the jump for the entire interview.

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