Friday, March 31, 2006

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New comedy with Slim Kid, Mighty Casey, etc...

"Six Ni**az in a Cadillac is a social commentary revolving around the use of the "N" word. A crew of freestyle rappers, led by Militant Mic and Pooky, are on a journey to make it in the world of Hip Hop. The story takes place over the course of one evening when our crew is on their way to a Battle Royale competition in which they were the runners up the previous year."

Read about this a year ago & looks like its finally finished. Seems to be a very low budget flick with ahorrible website, so expect it on DVD before the year is out. Stars former Pharcyde member Tre 'Slim Kid' Hardson, Stonesthrow's Wildchild, 2 for 5's Oktober, goofball Mighty Casey, Motive & Elvee. I spot Grandmaster Caz in some of the photos & a whole of Hasidic Jews running about. Could be cult, could be crap. Lets just hope that the personalities can carry the film.

• Six Ni**az In A Cadillac website.

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

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GNARLS BARKLEY aka DangerMouse & Cee-Lo
The album is crazy. Well from what I've heard on the 7 track promo CD anyway. The cover version of The Violent Femmes Gone Daddy Gone' is stellar. Its a very diverse set of styles & shows that the Mouse is enjoying his access to work with other kooky artists like Jemini & Doom. I've upped the track Basically & I Try because they are 2 of the more restrained tracks that i've played repeatedly. Some of the others are like Outkast's Bombs Over Baghdad & I have to be in the right mood for them. As you can see by the imagery, they seem to be having fun with appropriating cult film characters. All in all it looks to be a worthy project & i'm sure it will be a media darling once the album launches in May

Here's their website. And yes, here they are on MySpace.

• MP3: GNARLS BARKLEY - Basically.
Rappers Omar Chakaki, left, the Syrian-American lead singer of The NOMADS, and Tayeb Ibrahim, perform at the Coda lounge, Thursday, March 16, 2006, in New York. (AP)

Arab-Americans rap about Israeli "domination"
They rap about checkpoints, military "oppression" and refugee camps: "Domination from another nation; we used to be brothers like Cain; now they got us living under occupation."
by Associated Press

Their songs express longing for Jerusalem and anger at the hardships of life in the Gaza Strip and West Bank. But they grew up in Tennessee or Virginia, live in Los Angeles and perform in New York City. Far away from the their parents' homeland in the Middle East, Arab-American rappers are trying to find their own voice in the United States - expressing the frustrations of the Muslim world at a time when anti-Islamic feelings are on the rise following the Sept. 11 attacks.

Their neophyte movement is spurred on by the success that rap and hip-hop have in voicing the grievances and reflecting the lives of other minorities in the United States.

Two of the Arab-American rappers, Omar Offendum and Ragtop of Los Angeles, are on the forefront of this small but growing trend in hip-hop music. "Hip-hop has always been trying to voice resistance in the face of oppression," said Omar Offendum, the performance alias of 24-year-old Omar Chakaki. "And if you're growing up Arab, politics are very important because they affect every level of your life in many different ways."

"There's definitely a feeling of solidarity with other minorities, like African-Americans, and not just when it comes to the music," added Ragtop, 25, whose real name is Nizar Wattad. "Palestinians in Israel and the territories are also second-class citizens." Their political lyrics resonate with young Arab-Americans. During a concert last week, more than 300 fans of mainly Middle Eastern background squeezed into the Coda Club in midtown Manhattan. The gig was organized by the Network of Arab-American Professionals of New York and the bands themselves. Clapping and singing, the crowd enthusiastically applauded the hip-hop performances of Wattad and Chakaki.

The two artists rapped in English and Arabic, combining electronic samples of popular and classical Arabic music from their parents' generation with fast hip-hop drum beats."I place my palms to the east where my people seek peace, and freedom from police control, checkpoints and patrols," Wattad and Chakaki rhymed in the song "Free the P" which stands for "Free the Palestinians." "Domination from another nation; we used to be brothers like Cain; now they got us living under occupation."

Wattad, who is of Palestinian origin and heads The Philistines, and Chakaki, the Syrian-American lead singer of The NOMADS, are currently on tour and have already played in Detroit, Dearborn, Michigan, and Oberlin, Ohio. The two rappers will perform in Vancouver on Friday.

They are promoting their co-produced album which like their duet is also called "Free the P," a compilation of spoken word and hip-hop that features 24 different artists from the U.S., Canada and the Middle East. While many of their songs focus on the plight of Palestinians, Wattad and Chakaki also rap about their own experiences as Arabs, and Arab-Americans, in a post-Sept. 11 world where suspicion of Muslims runs high.

"After 9/11, I got stripped-searched on 17 flights in a row," said Wattad, offering an example of what he perceives as growing discrimination against Arabs in the United States. Despite their anger about incidents like this, the two rappers reject violence as a solution for conflicts. "We don't believe in violence on either side of the conflict," said Wattad, referring to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. "If we can help to clear up the hate, we'd even play together with an Israeli band."

While Arab immigrants in Europe and Palestinian youths in Israel and the occupied territories have been expressing their political frustrations and anger through hip-hop for many years, the Arab-American version of rap is a relatively new phenomena.

In North America, there are only a few other Arab-American rappers like the Iron Sheik from Oakland, California, or the Iraqi-Canadian band Euphrates. Wattad and Chakaki have independently been producing rap songs for more than three years and both recorded a CD. But it is only in recent months that their music has gotten much media attention and that they have established a fan community. They hope that eventually their fans will include people beyond the Arab-American community. At last week's concert at the Coda Club, they managed to recruit some new fans, though mostly still of Arab descent.

"They are very political but that is part of who we are," said Mayida Zaal, a 27-year old design student of Palestinian background who had just bought the "Free the P" CD for her cousins. "This music is like the original hip-hop from the Bronx before it was commercialized," said Zaal. "I think their music has a future."

• Check for The Nomads on MySpace.
Middle East Affairs article with some good links for Arab American/Canadian hip hop crews. Including the Free the P compilation & the amazingly refereshing Slingshot documentary.

Monday, March 27, 2006


I've been listening the Hoods 4th album all day. Its solid from start to finish & easily their best work to date. Before I write a review I wanted to up the possse track. It's a blinder. Competing with Def Wish Cast's early 90s Saga as one of our best collective emcees type a tracks. It features 12 locals including Hau, Muph, Pegz, Vents, Trials, Drapht, Mortar, Sesta, Robby Balboa, Honz, Pressure & Suffa.

From the publicity material.
Hilltop Hoods' much anticipated new album features a mix of tracks, lyrics and beats to cater to all tastes. Titled The Hard Road, it's about doing things the hard way as opposed to taking the short route to success. As a group that has been together for over a decade, this is a title that certainly rings true. There's guest production by Trials and Simplex with 1 bumper guest track which has to go down as the biggest oz posse track yet. The Hard Road is due to be released on the 1st of April.

• MP3 : HILLTOP HOODS - The Blue Blooded ft The Blue Blooded Allstars.

Sunday, March 26, 2006

UK compilation for the Scottish Socialist Party.

Some of the leading rap and hip hop artists in Britain and internationally have come together to produce a compilation CD for the Scottish Socialist Party.

Outraged at the treatment of the SSP MSPs, some of Britain’s leading rap and hip hop record labels set about appealing to their artists to donate tracks for the compilation. The response was overwhelming and the SSP is proud to announce a CD of superb material from Rodney P, Skinnyman, King Biscuit Time, Benjamin Zephaniah, Monkey Tribe, Emmanuel featuring KRS1 and many others.

All the money raised from the CD will go towards the fighting fund established to make good the £30,000 fine imposed by the parliament on the SSP MSPs and parliamentary staff for the protest.

The CD was released by Single Cell Press on February 27. SSP national convener Colin Fox said of it, “We are absolutely delighted that the rap and hip hop artists featured on this CD have given their time and world renowned talent in recognition of the injustice that was perpetrated on the SSP following our protest in the Scottish Parliament in June of 2005 over the right to peaceful protest at the G8 summit at Gleneagles.

“The SSP is enormously proud that artists of such stature should contribute to this CD and it is a testament to the vibrant rap and hip hop community of which Single Cell Press is a part of that this CD has been released under the title Fight The Power: Defend Socialism."

From Green Left Weekly, March 29, 2006.

Buy from here.
Danyboy's mighty nice website.
If you like your Flash illustration type of deal, then this French graff writer's work will knock your socks off. Feast your eyes here.
Cool art deco robot sound system.
The amazing Hiroshi Araki's King Of Audio.
French animated musical

Check out this short computer animated film from this outfit, New Deal.
Look at the website.

DJ Mekalek, "For My People" Mix

This mix has been floating around the Net. Not sure where it is from, but the Time Machine deejay/producer has the goods & the skill factor to make you want to download. More info here on MySpace.

1. "One In A Million" - Pete Rock & CL Smooth
2. "Room To Breathe" - Downtown Science
3. "Check The Method" - Lord Finesse
4. "Real Ting (KRS One Remix)" - Mad Lion
5. "My Kinda Moves" - Q Ball & Curt Cazal
6. Party record transition
7. "Brooklyn Kids" - Jemini the Gifted One
8. "Just Hangin Out (Remix)" - Main Source
9. "Sweet Therapy" - Rumpletilskinz
10. "A Penny For My Thoughts" - Common Sense
11. Party record transition #2
12. "C'mon Wit The Git Down (Buckwild Rmx.)" - Artifacts
13. "Rotten Apple" - Royal Flush
14. "Keep It Real" - Jamal
15. "Check It Out Y'all (Instr.)" - Little Shawn
15. "Proof Is In The Pudding" - Madkap
16. "Can U Dig It?" - Roughouse Survivers f/ CL Smooth
17. "Box In Hand (Lost Rmx.)" - Ghostface Killah f/ Method Man, Streetlife
18. "Regulate" - Royal Flush f/ Mic Geronimo
19. "Nuttin Ta Lose (Nuttin But Sax Mix)" - Dred Scott
20. "Saturday Nite Live (Remix)" - Masta Ace
21. "Cut That Weak Shit" - Lace Da Booms f/ Royal Flush
22. "Legion Groove" - The Legion
23. "Somethin 4 Da Youngstas" - Da Youngsta's
24. "How Nice I Am" - World Renown
25. "Roadrunner (Q-Tip Remix)" - Chi Ali
26. "Dawn To Dusk" - Powerule
27. "Understanding" - Nas

Rapidshare Download here.

Wednesday, March 22, 2006

NYC Breakers.
Because it's still bloody awesome 20 years+ later.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

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Music was produced by the English born, then Los Angeles/now Brooklyn resident The Angel.

Synopsis: For 15-year-old Trife, a boy from West London, life is a day-to-day struggle. Trapped between the worlds of his school friends, the girl he loves, and the draw of his powerful and dangerous uncle, Trife must choose between a path that he knows is right and a life of guns drugs and violence that he has come to know only too well. When a class mate's suicide leaves Trife and his crew, Mooney and Jay, with the day off school it seems as though circles of violence may have finally come to a tragic conclusion - but in a world where sex is currency, drugs are easy, and violence is a way of life, trouble can never to be too far around the corner.

Powerful, disturbing and moving. Kidulthood takes you deep into London’s unseen underbelly and delivers a gritty, hard-hitting reflection of what life is really like for 21st century teenagers.

• Film website here.
• They're even on MySpace.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Underground Robot. Music by DJ Disk.

Taken from the YouTube blurb.
This was a proof-of-concept piece that I made for a series pitch to Nickelodeon. They didn't buy it. The show would combine clay animation (the kids) with puppet animation (the robot and monsters). The kids could possibly have been live action too. Obviously in this test, only certain shots are finished, the rest is storyboards.

Illustrations: Webster Colcord
Animation: Anthony Scott and Webster Colcord
Music: DJ Disk
Voice of Girl: Pearl Wong
Armature: Lionel Orozco
Sculptor: Damon Bard

Saturday, March 18, 2006

View the The Herd's version of Redgum's 1983 classic, I Was Only 19.

The original song was an indictment towards those who looked down upon returning serviceman from the Vietnam conflict. Many who were young conscripted civilians who had no choice but to go to war merely because their Nos came up. The original writer & singer John Schumann also appears on the new version.

The fantastic emotional video is another notch in Australian hip hop's homegrown expression belt. And props to the lads at Elefant Traks for not being afraid of discussing worthy subject matter. I'm also glad they didn't dress themselves up as soldiers in the clip. A smart decision to let the video speak for itself.

Seems like there is a resurgence in the subject matter for Fred Schepisi will be shooting the film Last Man this year as well. "It's based on the true story of five soldiers from Australia's Special Air Service operating behind the lines in Vietnam. The story is told from the point of view of these men many years later as they gather for the funeral of their sergeant."

• View the video clip on the filmmakers website, Broken Yellow.
• Or download the 20MB Quicktime file from here.

and I just spotted this at the ET website...

Hermits in Malaysia!
with Hermitude

Venue: Kuala Lumpur
Price: invite only

Yes yes yall the Hermits are taking their ish to the "Lifestyles of the Rich & Malaysian" crowd at the "Discover Hennessy" party. Venue TBA, It will be an exclusive downtown KL location. First OS gig for Hermitude! Jiargh bwoy. Urthy and Ozi are traveling with them to offer a sultry sideshow... well... you know...rap and shit. This will be a good taster for the big Japanese and European tour for the lads in May.

Friday, March 17, 2006


Or download the video direct from here.

Substance Abuse at MySpace.

Monday, March 13, 2006

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DJ RIP ONE is incredible.....

I finally found it. It's only 37 minutes in total, but it's off the freaking chain. I don't even know the story behind the mix, just download it before it dissapears. It's soooooo dope.

All I can say is that RIP ONE IS the fucking man. Dude is crazy.
I love his stuff because he does up-tempo rhythm scratching, something most new school scratch deejays can't do for shit.

Why isn't he doing more stuff we ask. Why...??? Where are you Galen?????

The scratches on this are from a maniac. More scratching on the 1st part, but then it gets more hectic & uptempo on the 2nd part. Listen to his cuts... Dude is a freak....

just added.....
Yes, I do believe it is 'THE ESSENCE' tape. I don't have a tape deck & haven't heard it for years, but it has been pointed out to me that it is just under a different name for some crazy reason. It wa sfamiliar, but I just couldn't place it.

MP3: DJ RIP ONE - Bionic B-Boy 1
MP3: DJ RIP ONE - Bionic B-Boy 2
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HILLTOP HOODS interview in Sydney Morning Herald

Hip-hop crew stays true blue
March 12, 2006
A high school friendship has turned professional, Christine Sams writes.

HAVING just emerged from a recording studio, Matt Lambert (known as "Suffa" from the Hilltop Hoods) is getting reacquainted with friends and family. "I'm just getting familiar with my girlfriend again," Suffa says, laughing. "Like, for the last three weeks we've honestly been in the studio for about 80 hours a week." The long hours have been spent recording the final mixes for the Hilltop Hoods' next album, The Hard Road, which is due out early next month.

But having been crowned kings of Aussie hip-hop after the wide-ranging success of their last album, The Calling, the hip-hop threesome has experienced something new in the studio - the pressure of expectation.

"We were all [feeling it] a bit this time around," says band member Daniel Smith (whose stage name, ironically, is "Pressure"). "We never have before because we never had anyone expecting much of us. The success The Calling had was a complete shock to us. A lot of people are asking whether we can repeat it with this album, but whether we do or don't, I think we're happy with the album we've just made."

The three members of Hilltop Hoods - Suffa, Pressure and Debris (Barry Francis) - met at Blackwood High School in South Australia, at a time when most of their peers were immersed in US hip-hop. "It could be we don't play guitars because of a lack of hand-eye co-ordination," Suffa says, jokingly. "But it's mainly because everyone in our high school was into hip-hop - and I mean everyone. Our generation was the one coming through when Public Enemy was huge, Run DMC, that sort of thing, Ice T and LL Cool J."

Despite the strong, early influence of American rappers and hip-hop artists, the South Australian group slowly developed their own style, which included sticking with their Aussie accents - a movement that was already happening among some underground acts in Australia, including groups in Sydney and Melbourne.

But Suffa says there are still two distinct camps within the local hip-hop scene: those being themselves and those trying to be American. "We've still got people in the scene that are ashamed of being Australian and have to put on an American accent," he says. "It's a shame the young people are listening to them too. You can tell the difference between the two camps, mainly by the people who want commercial success versus the people that want to make music and have some credibility."

It's a good thing the members of Hilltop Hoods stuck to their guns when it came to using their local accents. These days, Aussie hip-hop is more popular than ever, with radio stations including Triple J leading the charge when it comes to regular airplay. "It is a sign of the times, that hip-hop really is the music of the youth," says Pressure, now 28. "These young people, who've been listening to it since their early teens, are getting older and turning 18 and going to shows now. They've got their own jobs and their own money and they're putting it into purchasing products made by Australian hip-hop artists, so it really is a growing factor in the music industry. The major labels know this and that's why they're starting to sign Australian hip-hop acts."

In the meantime, Hilltop Hoods will continue leading the charge with their new album, which Suffa says has turned out to be a little "darker". "We didn't mean it to happen that way - it's a bit more intense," he says. But the upbeat energy and creative passion shared by the three musicians has remained the same. "That's one of the reasons we've stayed together so long: the crew was based on the friendship between us," Pressure says. "All three of us still love doing it, we're enjoying ourselves. As long as that continues I think it'll reflect in our music."

SMH original article

Hilltop Hoods website
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MARK RONSON's new videoclip. Awesome.
Yep, its that Radiohead song, but this time I'm in favour of a cover version of a song that is less than 10 years old. For it has the Dap Kings horn section & oddly enough the lead singer of Phantom Planet. I have to give it up to the Ronson, at least he's one of the more well known dj/producers dabbling in a mix of interesting genres with good pop oriented music that still has a grasp on substance & diversity.

The videoclip is just fantastic. Incorporating graffiti & stencil art from what looks to be London & animating it over real street scenes. Sure its similiar to Blur's clip for their song Crazy Beat that utlised Banksy, but this uses a few different artists work. Many of them recognisable.

I wish radio would play this type of stuff over the bullshit they do playlist.
The single is available from 13th March on BBE/RAPSTER.

VIDEO: MARK RONSON ft. ALEX GREENWALD - Just 15MBs. Downloadable QT file.

Thursday, March 09, 2006

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MODILL - Midnight Green
EV PRODUCTIONS. 18 tracks.
Released Jan 20th 2006

What a shit hot album. Three 12" singles deep & now a full length that is on some other uniquely original tangent, yet firmly placed on the ground without any head up its arse.

Emcee Racecar used to be a member of the crew Organic Mind Unit in the '90s, but he left & joined the live live hip-hop band FreeBasic where he ultimately met up with producer DJ K-Kruz, who himself is also the drummer for the indie-funk group National Trust. Got that?

K-Kruz brings a distinctively original vision that feels like a cross pollination of a few styles. It straddles a landscape that is in-between classic NY 90s, quirky glitchy Detroit & Philly soul, except its all from Chicago. There are far too many tracks that hit instantly between the ears & that is probably because of the diversity of the beats. No time for even a thought of, 'it'll grow on you'. Nah, this shit infects you straight away. In fact I was so impressed that this 60 min album was stretched to 180 mins in one sitting. I had to press repeat another 2 times to savour & take in the entire thing before I could stand up & walk away. It was gluttony of the sonic order. I needed to hear it again straight away. It's that impressive, but not all just in the music department. Racecar> is one of the most impressive emcees I've heard for a while. He's been blessed with a voice that is pure butter that glides over all the songs with deep lyrics that will penetrate & not bounce off your skull. The debut 12" track Change Form, with the also incredible Diverse, is thankfully included & probably the icing on a most delicious scrumdiddlyumptious ckae..

Rounding out the review I must mention the 3 deejays on the album, Once-A-Month, Sapien & Spontaneous, who keep the spine straight with broad shoulders, while the few guests, like Longshot, Truth Enola & Thaione Davis (gathered from the Chicago underground scene) add just that extra dose of special flavour. Even Dave from De La Soul pulls out some spot on couplets for his verse on the exemplary Vacant Stares. I'm sure the connection with labelmate Copperpot contributed to the guest appearance of the UK's Verb T on Got it (Good).

As a consumer & fan who buys 12" singles more than albums, it is a rare treat where I get satisfied with an albums' worth of material. This collection, like the recent CunninLynguists release, A Piece of Strange & Aceyalone/RJD2's Magnificent City satisfies completely on every level. If I could have at least another 10 albums up to this standard this year, I'd be a very happy camper indeed.

K-Kruz has a remix CD available on the EV Productions website. He's also produced some tracks for Longshot & Verbal Kent, but I upped his Urban Renewal remix. Dissapointingly there doesn't seem to be a vinyl edition of the album so you'll have to seek out the 12" singles. Which add up to about 8 of the 18 tracks. At least one more 12" from the album would be nice. At least we get the instrumentals so I shouldn't really be complaining.

Modill website

MP3: MODILL - Moves ft Truth E.N.O.L.A. & Thaione Davis
MP3: MOS DEF, DIVERSE & PREFUSE 73 - Wylin Out (K-Kruz remix)

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

The NONCE - Mix Tapes videoclip

I swear You Tube is out of control. I did another random search for something I've never seen...and it was there... Wow!!!
They even had Bus Stops.

Use this site to download videos Easy as pie.
Use this if you have a MAC to convert to MPEG Works brilliantly.
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A hard to find mix from DIPLO

Here's a bonus for anyone who saw Diplo down here recently. This is his extremely hard to find original AEIOU mix. The sequel with Tripledouble is still available for purchase & I advise you to do so. It's a pretty sick mix that is dominated by impossibly unknown folk stuff. I know nothing in that genre, so it was an aweseme listen. Very recommended.

The usual stuff.
Rare funk, folk, jazz, some double copies are in effect. Just a nice rarity to have & shows the early stages in his now oblique musical tastes. It's just a solid beatdigging mix if you have no idea who this member of the Hollertronix crew is.

DIPLO - Aeiou. Part 1 39MBs. 192kbps
DIPLO - Aeiou. Part 2 61MBs. 192kbps

Monday, March 06, 2006

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Mixtape blog from Japan

Cool informative blog on Japanese mixtapes/CDs. Of course its in Japanese. Just use Babelfish translation for the html page... Of course it'll make as much sense as a fish in custard, but you'll get the idea.

Mostly homegrown ones like Ulticut-ups, Muro, Kentaro, but some US ones as well.

Mixtape Blog

Thursday, March 02, 2006

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JAY DEE updates.

Stonesthrow have upped their first podcast & it's dedicated to Jay Dee with Beat Junkie J-Rocc on the decks.

Image of Madlib & Jay Dee in Brasil. Photo by B+

An amazing article on the last days of J.Dilla's life. Pretty heavy stuff. Detroit Free Press.

?uestlove has also upped about 5 more MP3s of sets & songs with J.Dilla. Don't miss these ones. The Rootslive website.

PODCAST: J-ROCC - Thank You Jay Dee mix Link to page.
STREAMING AUDIO: J-ROCC - Thank You Jay Dee mix Realplayer.
MP3: DJs BASIC & THERAPY of Asamov - Jay Dee tribute mix 105MBs
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German language Graffiti encyclopedia reprinted
Das gro├če Graffiti-Lexikon aka The Large Graffiti Encyclopedia
438 pages.

Originally printed in 1993. 13 years later it gets a much needed reprint.
Available in March in an updated & revised edition.

Schwarzkopf & Schwarzkopf publishers

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

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At the Smithsonian, Hip-Hop Is History
Museum Launches Collection of Genre
By David Segal. Washington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, March 1, 2006

Ice and a handful of other urban legends packed a conference room full of television cameras and reporters Tuesday at a Midtown Manhattan hotel to unveil a Smithsonian initiative for Washington's National Museum of American History, "Hip-Hop Won't Stop: The Beat, the Rhymes, the Life." The goal is to gather artifacts donated by rappers, dancers, DJs and record executives and amass a definitive collection, one that captures hip-hop's 30-year journey from inner-city subculture to international phenomenon.

Museum officials predict it will take three to five years before they warehouse enough material for a full-scale exhibit, but they say some of these pieces will be on view by summer, and they're certainly off to a colorful start. At the press conference, a parade of luminaries took turns at the microphone, starting with entrepreneur Russell Simmons and ending about an hour later with a break dancer named Crazy Legs.

Bambaataa was easily the most generous of all the donors, at least so far. He handed over more than 20 items, including two custom-made jackets with the logo of rap collective Zulu Nation on the back, a Zulu warrior beaded necklace, a USA/Africa necklace, nine "Don't Stop Planet Rock" posters and a red fez with the "Proud Nuwaubian" logo.

Fab 5 Freddy, DJ from "Yo! MTV Raps," delivered what was arguably the choicest gift: a vintage boombox. It was brought in like a priceless bauble by a woman wearing white gloves. Simmons appeared to be the most stinting of the donors. He gave the museum a Phat Farm sign -- the name of the clothing company he created -- and a 1985 advertisement for the record label he co-founded, Def Jam. Not exactly the family Rodin. Maybe that's a reflection of Simmons's ambivalence about this whole project. During his remarks, he seemed worried that moving hip-hop from the streets to the national display case might actually do some harm. To the music, that is.

"My first thoughts were [darn], the party's over," he told the audience. "The idea of hip-hop is that it's from the underbelly, it's from people who've been locked out and not recognized."

Edited version of article from the Washington Post

Smithsonian website
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There have been an inumerable amount of old school hip hop collections over the years, but nothing quite like this one. Finally we get some out of super rare joints that would set you back to almost 4 figures on eBay. Look at the track listing on the Soul Jazz website for the proof. You could almost buy a new car for the same amount if you had the originals. A

Double CD & 2 lots of double vinyl. 4 records in total.

They also released a limited vinyl 12" which included T Ski Valley's Catch The Beat & The Family's Family Beat (not included on album release). I'm pretty sure this has now sold out.

The 2 tracks I upped aren't the rarest, just some favourites.

Soul Jazz website

MP3: BROTHER D & THE COLLECTIVE EFFORT - How We Gonna Make The Black Nation Rise
MP3: THE SUPER THREE - Standing On the Top
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New Issue of BLOOD WARS

72 pages. A mix of graff, street art & illustrations. There's even a mention on the graffiti clampdown in Australia.

Blood Wars website

PDF: BLOOD WARS - Issue 20 4.7MBs
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GOOD SHIT radio show from Norway

Goodshit Radio is an independent underground hip hop radio show, broadcasted every week from Oslo, Norway. Since 1998, host Don Martin have brought listeners old and fresh quality hip-hop - without playing none of the bullshit commercialized nonsense bling bling crap that now showers down on us from big business media. Our policy is that we only play good shit, hence the name.

Podcast address is here.

Good Shit website

Playlist for 27-02-2006
Fatlip - Today's your day (UTEN Chali2na)
Dooley-O - I gotcha (Prod .Dooley-O)
Jurassic 5 - Twelve (Prod.Shafiq Husayn)
Black Moon - Original crooks (Prod. The Beatminerz)
Lone Catalyst -those we miss (Prod. Lil Jon, The Game, 50 Cent & Eminem)
Declaime ft Evidence, Lootpack & Sauna - Trouble in the west (Prod. Madlib)
J Rocc - KEEPINTIME Beat (Prod. J. Rocc)
Black Moon - Getcha open (Prod. The Beatminerz)
Wu-tang ft RA The Rugged Man & - J-live - (Prod. DJ Tiesto)
Public Enemy ft Paris, Dead Prez, Kam - Cant hold us back (Prod. Paris)
Jehst - nuke proof suit (Prod. ???)
Common - Be (Prod. Kanye West)
Akinyele - The Bomb (Prod. Large Proffesor)
Visionaries - Pangaea (Prod.LIfe Rexall)
Gatas Parlament - Gataspill (Prod. Tommy Tee)
Dudley Perkins -funky dudley (Prod. Madlib)

MP3: GOOD SHIT Radio Show - 27-02-2006 36 MBs