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J. Cole – Lights Please (Mastered) & Full Lyrics

Warm Up

While the internets wait for Shawn Carter’s new single with Rih Rih and ‘Yeezy, we’ll have to settle for a new version of an extremely dope track from Hov’s Roc Nation signee J. Cole.

I updated my original post with the full lyrics, but it seems that North Carolina’s promising young MC liberated the mastered version of the song of the year best jam off his Warm Up mixtape, “Lights Please.”

Peep the download link below and the full-length lyrics after the jump. Song spotted at Nah Right, lyrics typed by yours truly.. Enjoy!

Download: J. Cole – Lights Please (Mastered) [Dom’s note: New Link as of 2/7/10!]

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TV Event Reminder: Kanye West Saturday on Fuse


This weekend, Fuse is airing an exclusive performance by Kanye West from the Chicago Theatre. Yeezy’s recent live show benefited his own Kanye West Foundation and Students Helping Our World (SHOW).

Since Word Press is being a pain in my ass [II] trying to embed the sneak peak video, check it out here along with some more info at Fuse’s website. If I’m around a TV, I’ll check it out but Saturday night? Doubt it. I bet I’ll have to get my DVR on.


Royal Court & Sound Table 7/20/09

Lauren Santiago 

Today’s New Jersey Beauty: Lauren Santiago

Royal Court:

Afrika Bambataa’s Essay The Beginning of Break Beat (Hip Hop) Music [via Ian at Notes From A Different Kitchen]

B.o.B. a.k.a. Bobby Ray Performs at the ESPY’s [via Rap Radar]

Jay-Z Gives Advice To The New Generation of Rappers [via RealTalk NY]

Joe Budden Freestyle & Slaughterhouse “The One” at Rock The Bells NYC [via Jessie Maguire]

Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common “Make Her Say” Video [via Marcus Troy]

Nas & Damian Marley “Only The Strong” at Rock The Bells NYC [via Mike Waxx at illRoots]

Nas & Damian Marley “Road To Zion” at RTB NYC [via Rob at Boomshots]

Rosa Acosta’s Hottest Pics [via Complex]

Slaughterhouse & Wu-Tang Beef No More [II] [via Rock The Dub]


Sound Table:

Beastie Boys ft. Nas – Too Many Rappers [via OG Hip Hop]

Chico DeBarge ft. Talib Kweli – Math [via Honey Soul]

INF – The Go Round (Instrumental CD) [via Freestyle Madness]

Pac Div – Church League Champions (Mixtape) [via 2DB]


Royal Court & Sound Table 7/14/09

Renee Kandy

Renee Kandy of Lawrenceville & Newark, NJ


Royal Court:

The Rap Up Brain Trust Half Time Report: The Best & Worst Rap Songs & Albums of 2009 (So Far)

TRU Brain Trust Determines Game’s Jay-Z “Diss” Wasn’t Worth Our Time

15 Horrible Places To Be High [via Hail Mary Jane]

Behind The Scenes of Rosa Acosta’s Photo Shoot [via Real Talk NY]

Ghostbusters Car For Sale [via Ruby Hornet]

Rakim Readies The Seventh Seal, New Single July 28th[via Grand Good]

Worst Boob Jobs Ever [via Yep Yep]

WYDU’s Mid Way Report: Top 5 Instrumental Albums [via Wake Your Daughter Up]


Sound Table:

DJ JS-1 ft. Masta Ace, OC & Pharoahe Monch – Ridiculous (Remix) [via Michelle at Audible Treats] (Buy the track here)

Elucid – However You Want prod. Von Pea [via Khal]

Nametag ft. Skyzoo – Back On My Shit (Prod. by Black Milk) [via Nah Right]

Skyzoo – “The Beautiful Decay” (Prod. by 9th Wonder) [via Gotty at TSS]

Twista ft. Kanye West – Alright prod. Kanye West & No I.D. (Bonus off Category F5, buy the album here) [via Perajok]

Usher ft. Pharrell – Certified (prod. The Neptunes) [NoDJ] [via 2DB]


Sound Table 7/1/09


J Dannielle of beautiful New Brunswick, NJ

Sound Table:

Art Don’t Sleep AM Sessions – A Love Supreme

Brown Bag Allstars – Brooklyn Queens Expressway

Consequence ft. John Legend & Kanye West – Whatever U Want

Joell Ortiz ft. Styles P – We Can Do It

Kanye West – Paranoid (LMFAO Remix)

Melanie Fiona – Ay Yo

Royce Da 5’9 – Gun Harmonizing

Ryan Leslie – You’re Not My Girl


Royal Court & Sound Table 6/24/09

Royal Court

Royal Court:

B Is For Bob: How Bob Marley Got Censored For Kids [via Complex]

The 10/10 Club of Rap: Class of ’99 vs Class of ’09 [via TRU]

Tim Burton’s Version of Alice in Wonderland [via Think Common]

Politics As Usual: Iran So Far Away [via HHIR]

Barney Frank Introduces Legislation to Decriminalize Marijuana [via Crooks & Liars by way of Ivan]

Madlib’s 30-Minute Jazz Mix on Gilles Peterson’s Show [via Way More Fresher]

Question In The Form Of An Answer: A Convo With DJ Quik & Kurupt [via Passion of the Weiss]

I Will NEVER Pay $990 For Kanye’s LV Sneakers [via Sneaker Files]



Kenlly from Bound Brook, NJ [inspired by TSS & Hurricane I, I’ll be bringing you local ladies with my Sound Table posts from now on, Enjoy!]

Sound Table:

Dead Prez ft. Bun B – Don’t Hate My Grind [via Yours Truly] (Buy Dead Prez & DJ Green Lanter’s Pulse of the People now)

De La Soul – Stakes Is High Era Rarities 1996-98 [via T.R.O.Y. Blog]

Drake – Think Good Thoughts f. Phonte & Elzhi (prod. 9th Wonder) [via Shake]

The-Dream – Hit It On The Road [via LowKey]

Emilio Rojas – A Million [via eskay] (Rojas’ new mixtape The Natural coming soon! This track won’t be on it, though)

La Coka Nostra ft. Snoop Dogg – Bang Bang [via Dre]

Raekwon ft. Noreaga & Joell Ortiz– Beauty [via thekidLEGEND]


Four MC’s Jay-Z or Kanye Should Recruit to Battle Mos’ Crew

Mos Def

Mighty Mos Def fired another round of shots today directly at Jay-Z and Kanye West, this time on Angie Martinez’s Hot 97 radio show. Check out the audio here and here for proof, shouts to RR for the links.

Now, Black Dante envisions a monumental charity event with marching bands, DJs, B-boys and a whole lot of hoopla. What I’m focused on is the featured presentation: a battle between 2 teams of 5 MC’s for universal supremacy.. Or at least a month’s work of blog discussion.

Apparently Mos has already chosen his roster of Nas, Black Thought, Jay Electronica, and MF Doom. He called out Hov or ‘Ye to recruit four capable contestants to battle live in N’awlins at year’s end.

Call him what you want, however I think Mos is on to something here. Fans and critics always complain of a lackluster rap landscape, claiming there needs to be more face-to-face battles. Well here’s how it should go down if either hip-hop heavyweight were to accept this bold challenge:

Talib Kweli

Talib Kweli

Even Hov recognized that “if skills sold, truth be told, I’d probably be/ Lyrically, Talib Kweli” on the Black Album, so Mr. Greene should be first on Mr. Carter’s or Mr. West’s list of teammates. The MCEO is the perfect candidate for several reasons – he’s a pure lyricist, has proven himself a worthy performer, and you know he’s got some hilarious dirt on Mos that none of us have heard before.

He was even clowning Mos during their reunion show in New York! If a head-to-head Black Star battle doesn’t get you amped, visit a damn doctor ’cause I don’t think you have a pulse.

Evidence: Talib Kweli ft. Jean Grae – Say Something


Beanie Sigel

The Broad Street Bully is a no-brainer to be in either Roc representer corner, having collaborated on numerous occasions with each rapper. Since Nas would be matched up against Hov or ‘Ye, and Mos with Kweli, it’d be a Philly-born battle between Beans and Black Thought as an undercard bout.

Though at different ends of the spectrum, both have relentless rhymes, powerful verses and are well-respected. The only negative is that Beans hasn’t put out much lately. Still, this one’s too close to call on paper, so it needs to go down.

Evidence: Beanie Sigel ft. Cam’ron – Wanted (On The Run)


Royce Da 5’9

I know what you’re thinking: why not Eminem? Here’s why. Em may still be crazy, but he’s rusty. Sure he just put out Relapse and sold well, big deal. He’s unprepared for battle like Hatton against Pacquiao while Royce has been murdering verses left and right for years. The only thing Em was battling during that time was his demons.

Nickle Nine is arguably at the top of his game, with his digital LP Street Hop, digital EP The Revival AND the Slaughterhouse album dropping soon. I’d even go as far as saying he’s the most consistent battle-focused spitter in the crew. Pit him against a Jay Electronica who’s even rustier than Em or an MF Doom that isn’t accustomed to war, and it’s over.

Evidence: Slaughterhouse – Fight Club



To round out Team Hov/’Ye, I chose a sleeper. I realize Phontigallo is not known for battling and he’s more about Tweeting recently than songs. Hell, I don’t even know if Hov or ‘Ye knows who he is. But if you know anything about him, you can’t deny dude is hilarious.

No offense to Big Pooh, Phonte was always the highlight of Little Brother to me. His slick lines and comedic punchlines compliment the tough-guy persona of Royce to dismantle Mos’ underground choices.

Evidence: Little Brother – Playin To Lose

How about you, who would YOU want to see battle the team Mos chose? Leave a comment with your picks.

Corleone, Hold the Throne



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