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  • Favorite Albums of 2008

    Dic 1 2008, 22:26

    These are my favorite albums of 08.. in no particular order..


    The Mars Volta
    The Bedlam in Goliath
    I really dig this album.. the new drummer Thomas Pridgen is more than impressive.. he conducts beats w/n beats and beats w/n melodies.. it's unreal.. def a great add to the band... but the thing that always impresses me is how evolved their live performances are.. i could hear hints of Carlos Santana, King Crimson, to Phil Collins, to even Curtis Mayfield.. pretty dope shit.. plus their live shows can last around 2.5hrs to 3 hrs..


    Erykah Badu
    New Amerykah Part One (4th World War)
    She took this album places i thought weren't possible.. i really like the fact that Sa-Ra Creative Partners worked very closely with her on the album... really dig the sound and the message.. PLUS Omar Rodriguez-Lopez of The Mars Volta is featured on a track.. this album was def on heavy rotation..

    Game Rebellion
    Searching for Rick Rubin
    This mixtape i think is really underated.. I enjoy watching these guys live and it translates pretty well on wax as well.. Netic is a pretty dope emcee and you can tell he really respects the craft.. this mixtape draws from songs that legendary hip-hop producer and Co-Founder of Def-Jam Records Rick Rubin had something to do with.. (by the way.. he produced The Mars Volta's 1st Album De-Loused in the Comatorium ;) and features folks like Jean Grae, Martin Luther, Zion I among others... definitely something that folks that are only hip-hop heads may be able to get into..


    Gnarls Barkley
    The Odd Couple
    I've seen many reviews of folks hating on this album.. but i enjoyed this album more than I enjoyed St. Elsewhere. It's a bit melancholy.. but that's what i'd expect from a group that's been on top in the world of Pop for like 2 years.. i love the progression and can't wait to hear more from this duo


    Guilty Simpson
    Ode To The Ghetto
    I wasn't impressed the first time I heard Guilty.. I saw him for the first time the day after new years at a Madlib show in NYC.. He was the best performer that night HANDS DOWN... and I've been following him ever since.. Ode To The Ghetto is a more than solid release and I'm beginning to understand why J.Dilla held Guilty in such high regard..


    Santogold
    Santogold
    She came on the scene and blew motherfuckers away... it's like damn.. last year i was hyped about M.I.A. and Santogold goes and puts out an album that's waaaay doper than Kala.. and a dub mixtape wit Diplo that keeps folks dancing.. I'm excited by the fact that she fucks wit Bad Brains and she did a cover of Right Brigrade on the Top Ranking mixtape


    J*DaVeY
    The Beauty in Distortion/ Land of The Lost
    I actually found these folks on ?uestlove's myspace page.. and I'm glad I did... I saw them live and I was immediately in love with Jack Davey.. the stage presence is fucking amazing and drawing.. sexy people and sexy sounds


    Mainframe & Blu
    Johnson & Jonson
    i dig the ole school beats.. and i can't seem to get bored hearing Blu flo.. all around solid album.. not a single track that i skip over


    Flying Lotus
    L.A. EP 2x3
    reminded me of the first time i heard madlib instrumentals... can really feel the excitement he breaths through his music.. plus his sound is larger than life.. definitely made to really play loud. it's super crisps, super clear, with great depth



    Evidence
    The Layover EP
    pretty much a banger all around.. like the fact that he and The Alchemist are coming out with an album together... really impressed by Fashawn.. def want to hear more from him.. I'm sure I wont be disappointed by Cats and Dogs when it drops next year..
  • just got cpu back.. yaaay

    Apr 26 2008, 6:55

    these are the artist i've been listening to while i was away

    Game Rebellion
    The Mars Volta
    Remy Ma
    Erykah Badu
    Gnarls Barkley
    Joe Budden
    Joel Ortitz
    Prodigy of Mobb Deep
    Guilty Simpson
    LMNO
    Kev Brown
    Pete Rock
    Evidence
    OMG Michelle
    Jean Grae
    Cadence Weapon
    The Eternals
    Wu Tang


    ... and the list goes on.. most of which have had new albums that have come out recently..

    .. i'll try to update as much as i can..

    is that last.fm cheating if i update for a couple of months while i was away..

    i dont really kno.. last.fm etiquette..

    lol

    :/
  • Favorite Albums of 2007

    Dic 28 2007, 2:16

    This is my list of favorite albums of 2007 in no particular order.. feel free to comment and share yours..


    Evidence The Weatherman LP
    prolly the most solid hip-hop album of the year..


    Wu Tang 8 Diagrams
    Wu is back!!


    The Eternals Heavy International
    it took me a while to digest the music.. but once i did.. it's a great treat..


    Saul Williams The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of Niggy Tardust
    the hook of the year.. "when i say nigga, you say nothing!" and a ill ass cover of U2's bloody sunday


    EL P I'll Sleep When Your Dead
    this album is an adventure... dark.. groggy.. nyc industrial shit..


    Omar Rodriguez-Lopez Se Dice Bisonte, No Bufalo
    this album is waay better than amputecture.. omar is really finding his sound..


    M.I.A. KALA
    really grimmy international beats.. revolutionary-party music that inspires the developing world.. she may be the artist of the year =)


    Prodigy of Mobb Deep Return of the Mac
    alchemist and prodigy.. that gutta shit.. what more can you ask for?


    Madlib Beat Konducta in India
    this album is a journey..


    Saigon The Moral of the Story
    sai is ready.. real solid mix-tape


    Radiohead In Rainbows
    very creative marketing strategy.. i hope other folks follow.. like saul williams did..
  • missed shows.. aaaaahhh!!!

    Ott 21 2007, 15:46

    This past weekend, I had plans on going to the M.I.A. show as well as the Little Brother, Evidence, and Brother Ali show at the Highline Ballroom.

    So here's what happens..

    My partner buys tickets for M.I.A. before hand and we are in line about to go in... The thing is that we don't have a barcode on our tickets so we have to go to will call...

    the will call dude informs us that we have tickets for the wrong night.. he's like "yo, your tickets are for thursday"... we where like "... fuck!!"

    so yeah.. that's wack..

    and so saturday was the night that i would redeem myself and see LB...

    i get there at like 8:30 and the guy at the door is like... "u got tickets?" i'm like "nah"..

    he was like "well this show is sold out".. so i just left wit my head down..

    lol

    so after that i went to barcade in brooklyn since i was close to the L train (it's like a bar/ arcade... kinda trendy.. but it's beer and video games.. u can't really loose)

    but yeah.. i juss wanted to inform yall about my fucked up weekend.. in terms of missin shows that i was really anticipating..

    but yeah..

    shit happens

    :/
  • NATIONAL STUDENT WALK-OUT (about Jena 6): MONDAY, OCTOBER 1

    Set 28 2007, 13:50

    We All Live in Jena
    National Call to Action
    Monday, October 1st, 2007 at Noon, Central Time.

    Artist/ Activist Mos Def along with M-1, Talib Kweli, Common, the
    Malcolm X Grassroots Movement, Sankofa Community Empowerment, Change
    the Game, the National Hip Hop Political Convention, and student
    leaders from 50 campuses call for a National Student Walk-Out to rally
    and show support for the Jena 6, who are being denied their human
    rights by the Louisiana criminal justice system.

    Demands
    Judge J.P. Mauffray and District Attorney Reed Walters have engaged in
    a string of egregious actions, the most recent of which was the denial
    of bail for Bell on Friday. We call for:

    1. All charges against the Jena 6 be dropped
    2. The immediate release of Mychal Bell
    3. The United States Department of Justice to convene an immediate
    inquiry into the circumstances surrounding the arrests and
    prosecutions of the Jena 6;
    4. Judge Mauffray to be recused from presiding over Bell 's juvenile
    court hearings or other proceedings;
    5. The Louisiana Office of Disciplinary Counsel to investigate Reed
    Walters for unethical and possibly illegal conduct;
    6. The Louisiana Judiciary Commission investigate Judge Mauffray for
    unethical conduct; and
    The Jena School District superintendent to be removed from office.

    Join the Movement!

    For more info, contact: info@mxgm.org
    To add your school to the list, email: assata@pitt.edu or spjlewis@hotmail.com
  • Saigon V. Prodigy of Mobb Deep

    Set 22 2007, 19:17

    Last Thursday September 20th, Saigon and Prodigy of Mobb Deep got into an altercation at Havoc's album release party at S.O.B's in NYC.

    Word on the street is that there was bad blood between Sia and Prodigy due to the fact that Saigon is friends wit Tru Life who robbed them a couple years back..

    I heard Prodigy got rocked twice... and Saigon ran out of the club wit 30 Mobb Deep niggas after him...


    Mobb Deep's Version of What Happened


    Saigon's Version of What Happened


    But yeah.. i respect both they music but i think it's quite tragic..

    Guess they livin what they rap about..
  • eclectic music score..

    Ago 21 2007, 5:12

    Take your top 20 artists. For each of these artists, collect the top 5 similar artists. The resulting number of unique artists is your eclectic score. If the score is small (extreme = 5) your musical preferences are very limited, and if it is large (larger than 80, extreme = 100), then you have an eclectic musical preference. You can compute your own score at http://anthony.liekens.net/pub/scripts/last.fm/eclectic.php

    My eclectic score is currently

    79/100



    The 79 related artists for my profile are !!!, 2Pac, A Perfect Circle, Aesop Rock, Aretha Franklin, At the Drive-In, Ataxia, Atmosphere, Big Noyd, Billie Holiday, Bob Marley, Cage, Cannibal Ox, Capone-N-Noreaga, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Coheed and Cambria, Common (2), Company Flow, Cormega, CunninLynguists, D'Angelo, DangerDoom, De La Soul, Dinah Washington, Dudley Perkins, Ella Fitzgerald, Floetry, GZA/Genius, Gang Starr (2), Ghostface (2), Guilty Simpson, Immortal Technique, Infamous Mobb, Jackie Mittoo, Jay Dee, Jay-Z, Jaylib (3), Jill Scott, Jimmy Cliff, John Frusciante and Josh Klinghoffer, King Geedorah, Little Brother (2), Lootpack (2), MED, MF DOOM, Madlib, Madvillain (3), Masta Ace, Matisyahu, Method Man (2), Miles Davis, Mobb Deep (2), Mos Def (2), Mr. Lif (2), Murs, Musiq, Nas (3), Notorious B.I.G. (3), Oh No, Peter Tosh, Quasimoto (2), Radiohead (2), Red Hot Chili Peppers, Sarah Vaughan, Sonny Rollins, Stereolab, Talib Kweli (2), The Game (2), The Roots, The Wailers, The White Stripes, Thelonious Monk, Tony Toni Toné, Tortoise, Trans Am, Viktor Vaughn, Wu-Tang Clan, dredg
  • el-p i'll sleep when you're dead review

    Ago 7 2007, 22:12



    el-p "i'll sleep when you're dead"
    Rating: 8.7 out of 10

    stand out tracks
    1. Habeas Corpses (Draconian Love)
    2. Poisenville Kids No Wins
    3. Run The Numbers


    So yeah.. this goes out to folks that like to be challenged by music...

    el-producto's new highly anticipated lp "i'll sleep when you're dead" came out on March 20th.. and i've been playin it everyday for 9 days straight.. when you notice the musical guest ranging from peeps in his def-jux camp like aesop rock and cage, to having guest appearances from the mars volta, trent reznor (of Nine Inch Nails) and cat power.. it's clear that el-p is definately dreaming about what hip-hop can truly be..

    This album is not an easy listen.. anyone listenin to el-p expects that... The least accessible doesn't necessarrily mean better... in this case.. el-p's complex-layered flow makes for an eventful and refreshing listen past the first spins. I'm still hearing things that I didn't pick up before..

    The music feels kind of groggy like we are in a hyper-industrialized-futuristic landscape that is in total interaction with outerspace and beyond but is haunting as if we are in the last days.

    The album is fully complete. The music ends where it begins and it only feels right to play it over and over. (remnisiciant of the mars volta's album frances the mute).. Even some of the choruses are used as textured refrains throughout the album quite seemlessly. "this is the sound of what you dont know killing you".. is seen in the first track "Tasmanian Pain Coaster' as the chorus... but is used as a somewhat muffled reminder in the last track 'Poisenville Kids No Wins.'

    The song 'Drive' makes me think of New York City youth. Muhammad, Gabe and friends. The city makes you grow up fast. The humor is gritty with live colors. NYC in the now. It makes me think of scuffed-up jordans and dunks and dirty fitteds. Hip-hop punks that grew up breathing the New York City dirty-dusty-smogg weaving through traffic on their skateboards with aerosol cans and markers in their backpacks... taking pictures of the metropolis through the lense of a fox... constantly clever.. Definately a summer banger..

    'Dear Sirs' is a sick track. If the Clipse wanted to sound like Miami Vice, they shouldv'e taken tips from el-producto. The guitar rifs are straight 80's cocaine tough. The beat reminds me of a fighting game called Streets of Rage II that was on Sega Genesis. El-p's flow forms in the same fighting fashion as he rants about the "least likely thing that will ever fucking happen! EVER!" things like "rent is paid by bread literally... and food stamps can be planted and childhoods cant be damaged.. and the desert comes to brooklyn and the president goes to school." shit like that.. ultra-gutter-future-fresh

    the song 'No Kings'... makes me think about how the Bronx created it... and Brooklyn perfected it... Boom BOOM BAP!

    'Poisenville Kids No Wins' made me think of the Gulf Region and Katrina... but it's about not letting your friends die or drown in drugs and dispair..

    ..same difference...

    this album is progressive and pushing the boundaries of what we can create.. conceptually which expands beyond the realm of music.. into our modes of think and how we act.. or should act

    .. it sometimes comes across as a little self-righteous and pretentious... but then he gives the listener honesty and humility.. a creation that is imperfect yet perfectly human..

    it's definately worth a copping... or copying.. however you get it.. i dont even think el realizes what he has created..

    ...which is a good thing...

    definately one of the best albums out in 2007

    ~brandon

    El-P

    Definitive Jux

    The Mars Volta

    Cat Power

    TV on the Radio

    The Weathermen

    Tame-One

    Nine Inch Nails

    Cage

    Murs

    SLuG

    Trent Reznor

    Omar Rodriguez

    Cedric Bixler