Monday, November 30, 2009

Keri Hilson @ The 2009 Soul Train Awards

This performance reminded me why I used to lust after Ms. Keri. I don't care if she's got a Lick Her License or not, I'd do turrible, turrible things to her.

But in a good way.

Props to yardie a.k.a Mr. World Premiere on the vid

Sunday, November 29, 2009

The Clipse - Footsteps

The Clipse's Till The Casket Drops leaked last night and it's all I've been playing since I snatched it up. I know, I've been hard on the first group of songs that I've heard from the album, and maybe that was just due to how highly I thought of the sound and direction they went with on Hell Hath No Fury.

In comparison, Till The Casket Drops is lighter sonically as well as lyrically but don't mistake that for the Clipse falling for the crossover. Nah. In fact, I think Malice and Pusha have fully distinguished themselves from one another and I credit that to Malice seemingly finding his true voice. Not downplaying Pusha's contributions but there's an reflective spirituality to his verses throughout the album and while he's touched on similar subject matter in the past, it seems like Mal is totally comfortable rapping from this perspective which adds an optimistic new wrinkle to the group dynamic that pushes this new album past alot of other releases this year. One of my early faves is the DJ Khalil produced Footsteps. The Clipse have balanced the coke rap with some real talk and the results are still just as potent.

Till The Casket Drops in stores December 8th and it's sounding like a must cop.

Saturday, November 28, 2009

"I Know You, Dog"

More real talk from Beanie Sigel.

AllHipHop got some time with Beanie while backstage at 50 Cent's MySpace show at The Highline Ballroom here in Manhattan last week. Sig confirms that he's not actually signed to G-Unit as of yet but like the last few interviews he's done, the interesting parts of the interview are his feelings on Jay-Z.

I can't understand the heads that are frowning on Beanie's recent comments/songs about Jay-Z. I was already thinking alot of shit that Beans is saying but now someone from Hov's inner circle has finally stepped up to validate what I've seen for the longest. Jay is a shady dude. But I'll let Sig tell it.

Sounds like Beans has more then a few valid points. We're all still waiting for Jay-Z to make one.

Bonus: Here's more footage from that MySpace show where Fif and Beans performed "I Go OFF".

Monday, November 23, 2009

Slaughterhouse - Microphone

One of the best Hip-Hop songs of 2009 gets some visuals but you could play this song with a black background and I'd still get hyped lol.

John Colombo behind the lens.

Slaughterhouse in stores now

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Meet Bangs

Sudanese MC Bangs new song, Take U to The Movies has got the internet going nuts. Lord Seer & Rude Jude got to holla at Bangs on Shade45 and the record definitely got a strong response lol.

Friday, November 20, 2009

This Is The Remix

Angels (Remix) (Feat. Rick Ross)

Love Come Down (Remix) (Feat. Jim Jones, Fabolous & Red Café)

Plus, Funkmaster Flex got to dick ride interview Diddy and Dirty Money and actually asks Puff some good questions about Ma$e, Black Rob and Shyne along with his opinion on the Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel/50 Cent "beef". Peep...

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Juelz Santana feat Chris Brown - Back To The Crib (Mastered)

The first single off of Juelz's 3rd album, Born to Lose, Built to Win, produced by Polow Da Don featuring Chris Brown. That lineup just sounds like a hit. They shot the video for this one in the city last week and I think this is gonna be Juelz biggest single yet.

I know Cam said it's over, but swear I can hear a remix of this joint with Killa & Jones.

Juelz Santana feat Chris Brown - Back To The Crib (Mastered)

Here's some behind the scenes footage from the video shoot...

Behind The Scenes With Juelz Santana & Jim Jones! from the.LIFE Files on Vimeo.

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Saigon feat. Lil Fame From M.O.P. - Rusty Gunz

Off that Warning Shots 2.

Boo Boo TV playing WorldStarHipHop videos?

Curtis is crazy lol.

Real Talk With Dame Dash

Dame reflects on a number of things, including the break up of Roc-A-Fella and The Diplomats as well as his current relationships with Jay-Z, Cam and Jim Jones.

Dame seems mellowed out after that messy split with Jay. He had a few lean years but with a couple of new ventures it seems he's back on the road to getting his name back to a respectable place. Good for him.

More talk from Dame, this time touching on the gameplan behind DD172 as well as some insight into a hustler's mindset in the recession.

Via Mixtape Monster

Beyoncé feat. Lady GaGa - Video Phone (Extended Remix) (Video)

Beyonce's 8th single (you heard me right, 8th!) off of I Am...Sasha Fierce gets new life with a remix featuring Lady GaGa. I've been trying to think of something clever to say, but I've watched the video a couple of times and all I can think of is...

Beyoncé is a bad muthafucka.

Maybe I'll come back to this when I can think of something more tactful.

Or maybe not.

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

Pill - 4075: The Refill (Mixtape)

He already gave ya'll The Prescription, now Pill comes back to give the fiends another hit with The Refill.

Pill, DJ Skee & The Empire - 4075: The Refill

This tape is brought to you by DJ Skee & The Empire, and much props to them both, but me? I'm going with the No DJ version.

Update: I've been somewhat of a lukewarm supporter of Pill. With his first batch of songs, I could hear the potential but I still hadn't bought into him as a credible artist, especially when you have a talent like Freddie Gibbs in the exact same lane, putting out top notch material. But after giving this new tape a listen, it appears Pill has stepped up to the plate and delivered some of his strongest music to date. Here's a sample...

Pain In They Eyes

Bonus: Because I slept on posting this when it dropped...

Pill - Trap Goin Ham from Motion Family on Vimeo.

"...the trap keep a nigga fresher than a peppermint, white house got me a pocket full of Presidents..."

This Is The Carter....

When I first caught wind of QD3's Lil' Wayne documentary, The Carter, I was immediately intrigued, being that Wayne is about as complex and, for lack of a better word, weird as he is talented. The film debuted to rave reviews at this year's Sundance Film Festival but it also incurred the wrath of one DeWayne Carter. Wayne eventually ended up suing QD3(and losing)citing breach of contract, fraud by intentional misrepresentation, constructive fraud, and invasion of privacy. The word was the film painted Wayne in a less then favorable light, spotlighting his excessive drug use but let's be real. We all know that boy loves some syrup.

Miss Info got a hold of the first 10 minutes of the film and after seeing this little bit, I'm completely sold. This might just be up there with Tyson for my favorite documentary of the year.

Monday, November 16, 2009

The Kid Daytona - 1st Class Upgrade

"Ayo, gimme some rice pilaf in this shit!"

New heat rock from Tona and 6th. Emphasis on the Rock. This song is fire!

I think Daytona successfully shed the "hipster" label with his free album, Come Fly With Me, but even with the quality work he's already put in this year, he still manages to get slept on crazy, lost in a sea of freshman MC's with more hype and bigger machines. But for the new jacks coming out of New York, I'm putting money on Daytona in 2010. Good music can only stay off the mainstream radar but so long.

Look out for that "Contact" video featuring Kardinal Offishall off of Come Fly With Me later on in the week.

The Clipse feat. Cam’ron - Popular Demand (Popeyes) (Video)

It's almost worth sitting through Pusha and Cam's so-so 16's to get to Malice's gem filled verse. The visuals are particularly hood (Brooklyn, what up?!). I'd credit that to Rik Cordero (Little X on a budget).

The good people over at Hypebeast got to sit down with The Clipse for a interview where alot of topics get discessed, notably the brothers Play Cloths line, KAWS and some insight into past projects as well as the new album.

The Clipse - Further Down the Road to: "Til the Casket Drops" from Kellen Dengler on Vimeo.

Til The Casket Drops...December 8th.

Just A Thought: I know times are hard and Crime Pays didn't sell that many copies, but Cam looks like he's starving. I mean, literally. Look how son is going in on that snack box lol. The day Cam peels off that fitted to reveal some cornrolls is the day I officially give up on the Dips. I'm dead fucking serious too.

Ryan Leslie – Sound Decisions (Video)

Yahoo Presents "Sound Decisions" - Ryan Leslie Doc from Ryan Leslie on Vimeo.

R-Les has a new mini documentary as part of his promo for his new album, Transition. The video finds Ryan on the streets of Harlem discussing his career and mingling with the natives. For casual fans of Ryan Leslie's music, it's worth a look.

Transition in stores now, but if you were on your game, you'd already have that on your iPod lol.

Sunday, November 15, 2009

DJ Kay Slay feat. Plies Yo Gotti, Busta Rhymes, Jim Jones & Ray J - Blockstars (Video)

The video for the first single off of DJ Kay Slay's upcoming album, More Than A DJ (Sans Plies bitch ass).

Just A Thought: Am I the only one who sees that Ray J is a horrible singer? How does this nigga get work outside of reality TV?

The Hot Boyz Reunited...

...Well, not really, but this is as close as we're gonna get to a real reunion for a while.

Both Juvenile and B.G. are back on the scene with new music (Cocky & Confident & Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood, respectively). Seems like forever since we've gotten a solo set from either one of these guys and as a huge fan of the OG Cash Money movement, I'm happy to see the cats who put Cash Money on the map (Mannie Fresh included) back at it. Now if only B.G. can manage to stay out of jail before Wayne and Turk come home (which considering his latest legal drama, doesn't seem likely). Hopefully we'll get an official Hot Boyz reunion one of these days, but I'm not holding my breath. Here's some new videos from Juve & Gizzle to hold us over...

Juvenile - Gotta Get It
Cocky & Confident in stores Dec. 1st

B.G. - My Hood (featuring Gar & Mannie Fresh)
Too Hood 2 Be Hollywood in stores Dec. 8th

Freeway, Jake One & Don Cannon – The Beat Made Me Do It (Mixtape)

Philly Freezer links up with Don Cannon to bring you the prelude to his upcoming album entirely produced by Jake One, The Stimulus Package.

This tape has been in the works for a minute and if you're a Freeway fan and were disappointed by his last couple of releases (Philadelphia Freeway 2, Streetz Is Mine) this one is well worth the DL.

Freeway, Jake One & Don Cannon – The Beat Made Me Do It

The Stimulus Package
should hit retailers February 16th on Rhymesayers Entertainment and I'm gonna be checking for it.

I thought this song was supposed to be on The Beat Made Me Do It but seeing as it's not and it's been getting nuff play on the iTunes, I figured I'd throw it up for those who may have overlooked it.

Freeway - Free Moolah (Produced By Phoe Notes)

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Game Time?

Big Money (Clean) Produced By Cool & Dre

Krazy feat. Gucci Mane & Timbaland Produced By Timbaland

These songs are ancient in internet time but I had to let these ride with me for a minute before I spoke on em. My first impression? Trash. The beats for both tracks sounded amateurish considering the big name producers behind them (well, maybe not so much Cool & Dre, but definitely Timb...well, considering his recent output, not him either), and lyrically, Game sounds the same as he has since his first album. Take that how you will. Having tuned out "The" Game awhile back (right around the time he dropped L.A.X. to be exact), I knew just going off my initial reaction wouldn't be fair to these shitty songs so I chilled, even the thought of this still makes me cringe.

Funny thing is, even with an open mind, forgetting the fact that "The" Game has contradicted everything he's ever said on and off wax, I cannot tell a lie, thses songs just aren't very good. Cool & Dre serve up a decent track that actually sounds like it was intended for a West Coast artist (good for them) but Game's on cruise control lyrically and the hook is a lazy Willie D jack. Is that the best you can do Jayceon? Timbaland hooks another sucker with this weak Shock Value 2 leftover of a beat and a verse that clearly shows Game doesn't give a fuck what goes on his albums. Gucci Mane takes the hint and coasts with a hook that's a re-tread of his own single, "Wasted", and a 16 that sounds like he was nodding off in the booth.

This street/official single line up is the weakest of his career. Unless the rest of the album is produced by Dr. Dre or he and 50 have a collabo track going at Jay-Z, I don't see The R.E.D Album making it out of the red.

Is "The" Game's time up?

Cory Gunz - Gettin' Money

I've never been sure where to put Cory Gunz on that long list of up and coming MC's. The talent is apparent and it's been that way for a while now. I'd heard talk of Peter Gunz (from Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz fame) having a son that could rap but I remember seeing him spit for the first time on SMACK DVD, this little dude completely ripping Cam's "Get Em Girl" instro to shreds.

Over the years dude hasn't been the most consistent artist and he failed to capitalize on the heat he had after he stole the spotlight on the OG version of Lil' Wayne's "A Milli". Still, from time to time he'd drop a joint that would remind me of his potential. My problem with Cory Gunz is that his rapid fire style started to lose some of the cohesiveness it once had. Words were rhyming at a rapid pace, but the couplets didn't always connect. Style started to overtake substance. This joint, where Cory jacks Juvenile's song with Plies (off Juvie's new album Cocky & Confident) gave me some new hope that Cory's figured it out. He finds the balance on this one and even when he speeds up the tempo, the punchline continue to make sense.

Cory's Gangster Grillz mixtape with DJ Drama, Heir To The Throne, didn't get as much attention as he might have liked but if he can stay locked in and continue to rhyme at this level, people won't be able to overlook what he brings to the table.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Gucci Mane - My Own Worst Enemy (Video)

Well that was quick. Guess they had this ready to go. Lucky for them seeing how Gucci won't be available for any video shoots in the next 6 to 12 months. You can scroll down a few posts for the MP3 or just click here.

Just A Thought: Blame it on my natural skepticism, but Gucci going to jail for not doing his community service (again!) right before he's set to drop his most anticipated album to date? Anyone else thinking publicity stunt?

Update: Shaheem Reid over at MTV.Com spoke with Gucci Mane's legal team to get the specifics of his sentence.

Dirty Money feat. Drake - Hurt (Loving You No More)

This got leaked along with a couple of other Drake tracks from the (unofficial) Heartbreak Drake Pt. 3: The First Semester mixtape and it's another heat rock from Diddy and Dirty Money. Diddy goes back into singer mode for this one and the even though his vocals are auto-tuned beyond recognition, it works. Dawn and Kalenna lend their talents to the backing vocals and adlibs, but I wouldn't be surprised if they lent their pens to this one as well. Very grown and sexy but still with a Hip-Hop edge which has basically been Diddy's trademark from the jump. The subject matter is familiar ground for Drake who drops in for a quick sixteen (a slightly generic sixteen, you ask me).

This makes it 3 for 3 off that Last Train To Paris. He tried to tell you that they wouldn't stop and at this point, you can't help but believe him.

You can grab that Drake mixtape here...

Beanie Sigel feat. 50 Cent - I Go Off

"...You say you get it in, we don't believe you, this is 50 Cent and Beanie Sigel"

So here it is, the highly anticipated track we've been waiting all of 3 days for and it's safe to say it doesn't disappoint. Exactly what I'd expect from a pairing of Sigel and Fiddy. Fuck "aggressive", this song is downright angry...

"I have no morals
Just a whole lotta piss in a dick for you, bullets in the clip for you
This the ignorance, at least it looks that way when you witness it
Kill all witnesses
Bury the hatchet, matter fact, bury the casket
Kill niggas, bury the ratchet
Dig it back up if I have ta, I used to bump niggas and punch niggas out for the practice"

Vintage Beanie Mack. 50 chimes in on the hook, giving this verbal onslaught just enough commercial appeal to help it find it's way into the clubs. Everyone was expecting Beans to empty the clip and send some more shots at Jay but he never mentions his former friend employer. But you know Curtis never takes the high road.

“Yeah, you changed, man. You let the money change you, Jay. You used to be from Marcy nigga. Now you’s a pass the Grey Poupon ass nigga. You don’t want the shooters? I’ll take 'em. Nigga, you feed the wolves or the wolves feed off you. Eat yo’ ass alive. I live by comrade's creed. Strategy. Your move, nigga.”

Jay-Z, consider yourself officially called out.

I don't want to think too far ahead, cause certainly a Beanie Sigel album would be a priority right now (gotta strike when the iron's hot) but could a State Property reunion be that far behind it? Young Chris just signed to Interscope and an SP album would help build his buzz for a solo release. Freeway has his hand's in a couple pots right now and he's been diplomatic about the Jay-Z/Beanie Sigel situation, but he still says, "In the future, we’ll definitely do another State Property album. We just got to find a nice situation for it and we’ll make it happen." Considering his past relationship with 50, I don't think he'd be opposed to SP on G-Unit. Peedie is still locked down but his rap career was in the doldrums before he went in and I'm sure the rest of the crew is available. It's not like they're doing anything else music wise. State Property on G-Unit? 50 would sign em outta spite.

Pill ft. Freddie Gibbs - Run Up To Me

After lending an assist on Freddie Gibbs' Womb To The Tomb, Pill returns the favor and gets Gibbs on the latest leak off of Pill's upcoming mixtape, 4075: The Refill, dropping later this month. I haven't been the strongest supporter of Pill (even though I thought his first mixtape, 4180: The Prescription showed promise) but he's dropped a couple of joints in the past few weeks that definitely have me ready to reconsider. Hear Somebody Comin' is a fave of mine cause it throws Pill up against some production (courtesy of Tha Bizness) that isn't your typical "Southern" sound and dude shows he can hold his on any kinda track, a sign of a real MC. But don't take my word for it...

Run Up To Me feat Freddie Gibbs

Hear Somebody Comin'

4075: The Refill is on the way. Check for it.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Gucci Mane - My Own Worst Enemy

Gucci addresses his long standing beef with Young Jeezy and tries to add some depth to his catalog. I'm a fan and I still didn't know if Gucci could get past the superficial subject matter but he actually pulls it off. The State Vs. Radric Davis gets more intruiging with every leak. Miss Info managed to have a sitdown with Gucci to elaborate on the track...

Not that informative (if you can even make out what Gucci is saying lol). Gucci had his dancing shoes on for that question. Luckily the song basically speaks for itself.
The State Vs. Radric Davis touches down DecemBRRR! 8th.

This Just In: According to Miss Info, Gucci Mane got hit with 12 months for a probation violation (6 months with good behavior). His own worst enemy indeed.

Bonus: Waka Flocka finally gets a look for his club banger, O Let's Do It. This one is hood certified

The Clipse - Door Man (Video)

Clipse - Doorman Music Video - Til The Casket Drops Dec 8 from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.

You ever see one of those video's that takes a song you're on the borderline about and makes you like it?

This ain't one of em.

I still applaud Pusha and Mal's viral game this time around. As far as the net is concerned, everybody knows Till The Casket Drops is coming. How will it fare when it arrives? Time will tell.

Previously: The Clipse - Door Man

Dirty Money - Love Come Down (Video)

Yeah, sampling Jay-Z's voice is a tired trope in Hip-Hop (Blame Swizz Beatz) but this joint actually goes. Dawn and Kaleena have a dope sound to match their "unique" beauty. You know, that type of chick that may not be your primary target but if you caught her in the diner after the club lets out and you've exhausted all other options, she could get it. Of course Diddy is all over the record, dancing all in the video. But this time it's his album so it's to be expected.

I wouldn't mind seeing the Dirty Money girls without Puff hogging the spotlight. If Last Train To Paris is a success, those girls should get a large percent of the credit. Diddy's just reciting what his ghostwriters have cooked up for him, letting the girls do the heavy work and slapping his name on the finished product. Again, nothing new.

Previously: "It's That Dirty Money..."

Wiz Khalifa feat. Kev tha Hustler - Hello Kitty (On the Pill) (Video)

Off young Khalifa's latest mixtape, Burn After Rolling, a surprisingly dope listen. I'd liked some of his music (namely "Say Yeah" & the Flight School mixtape) but the How Fly tape with Curren$y allowed Wiz to showcase his talents and I think that little bit of exposure really grew his fanbase. The upcoming Deal Or No Deal should continue that trend.

Bonus: The first look from the aforementioned Deal or No Deal project. I play this song 7 or 8 times a day lol.

"They Gon' Miss This Plane..."

The Cool Kids - Knocked Down (Video)

From the Gone Fishin' mixtape with DJ Don Cannon. This one's hella tardy but better late then never.

Just A Thought: There goes my The Cool Kids/Pac Div beef theory all shot to shit lol. The competition may have been friendly but I still say Pac Div sent a couple of jabs Mikey and Chuck's way on that Church League Champions. Still, I'd much rather see these two camps (who's styles almost compliment one another) work together than going at each other.

We need a Pac Div/The Cool Kids collabo mixtape ASAP lol.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Kick-Ass Trailer


Trailer Park | MySpace Video

This flick is gonna be awesome!!

Lil' Boosie Sentenced To 4 Years Behind Bars

Here's the official statement via Ozone
Yesterday, November 9, 2009, Torrance Hatch, better known as the hit-making Rapper, Lil’ Boosie, was sentence to four years in the Louisiana Department of Corrections for 3rd Offense Possession of Marijuana, a felony in Louisiana. Judge Richard “Chip” Moore of the East Baton Rouge Parish Court handed down a ten year sentence today, but suspended six years, which will allow Hatch be released in as little as 16 months on parole or approximately 21 months with good behavior.

When Hatch originally entered a guilty plea in September, the Court promised Hatch a sentence of two years if Hatch abided by all conditions of bond pending sentencing. These conditions included an electronic ankle monitoring device and prior court approval to leave home for any purpose, including promotion of his Top Ten release of “SuperBad: The Return of Boosie Bad Azz.” Hatch violated this agreement and thus received a more severe sentence than originally contemplated.

Hatch AKA Lil Boosie was remanded yesterday.

Boosie, himself, has written the following statement:
“I made some very foolish choices, but I was doing the best I could to provide for my family before I went away to jail. Clearly I exercised terrible judgment and I hope to get the opportunity to prove that I can make great decisions for my family and the community in the future. Boosie may be gone but he won’t be forgotten. He recently put the finishing touches on the feature film: “Ghetto Stories: The Movie” due out early 2010 and has just wrapped shooting the DVD: “Boosie The Last Days.”

I can't condone stupidity. Plain and simple.

You never wanna see a man get locked up but it seems like the boy Boosie was living wild reckless. Hold ya head my dude.

Bonus: A parting gift of sorts...

01. Bout It, Bout It Ft. Lil Quick, Lil Jas & Hatch Boy
02. She Goes So Hard Ft. Lil Quick & Jersee Fatz
03. Be Careful Ft. Money Bag$
04. I Did You Wrong Ft. Lil Quick
05. Down Here Ft. Lil Quick, Lil Jas & Money Bag$
06. If I Could Change Ft. Lil Quick & Money Bag$
07. I Been Icy
08. My Children
09. Death Around The Corner Ft. Lil Quick & Yung Giga
10. They Scared
11. Bossman Ft. Bad Azz Ent.
12. Missin You
13. I Ain't Mad At Cha
14. Did Her Wrong
15. Until The End Of Time Ft. Money Bag$
16. Late Night Flights

Lil' Boosie - The 25th Hour

Lady Gaga - Bad Romance (Video)

Bad Romance off of Lady Gaga's 2-Disc reissue of her debut album, The Fame Monster

You gotta give it to shorty, she keeps it interesting lol.

Her music has always seemed like some campy over-the-top fluff that white girl would love but I can't front, there's definitely an edge to her music and this video finally put it all into perspective for me.

Lady Gaga is 2009's pop version of Marilyn Manson. Gaga's hybrid brand of Pop/Performance Artist reminds me of Manson circa 1998 and this video looks like a spin-off from Manson's clip for "The Dope Show". I've watched it 5 times and I still haven't the slightest clue as to what's going on.

But that thong shot is nearly worth the price of admission all by itself lol.

Papoose - Paid A Grip (Video)

So this is how you're gonna go out, huh Pap? Really? This is the kind of music you're making now? And the video is almost as generic as the song. At least you're being consistent.

C'mon Son. I know you know better then this. I can understand trying to make a record that'll get spins on the radio and in the clubs, but this ain't it. Not by a longshot.

And to think, I thought this nigga was nice at one point in time.

The Clipse - Door Man

Another slightly off target offering from The Clipse. Maybe I need to hear all the songs in their proper context, cause so far, I'm not a fan of Til the Casket Drops. Hopefully that'll change when I hear it in it's entirety. Here's the tracklist....

1. Freedom (Produced By Sean C & LV)
2. Popular Demand (Popeyes) feat. Cam’ron (Produced By The Neptunes)
3. Kinda Like a Big Deal feat. Kanye West (Produced By DJ Khalil)
4. Showing Out feat. Yo Gotti (Produced By The Neptunes)
5. I’m Good feat. Pharrell (Produced By The Neptunes)
6. There Was a Murder (Produced By DJ Khalil)
7. Door Man (Produced By The Neptunes)
8. Never Will It Stop feat. Ab-Liva (Produced By Sean C & LV)
9. All Eyes on Me feat. Keri Hilson (Produced By The Neptunes)
10. Counseling (Produced By The Neptunes)
11. Champion (Produced By The Neptunes)
12. Footsteps (Produced By DJ Khalil)
13. Life Change (Produced By The Neptunes)
14. I’m Good (Remix) feat. Rick Ross (Bonus Track)

Yeah. Meh.

Til the Casket Drops in stores December 8th but if you're anything like me (Neurotically skeptical and notoriously cheap), you'll look out for the leak and make (or won't make) a purchase based on that.

Just A Thought: I know this KAWS cat is supposed to be hot shit but that album cover is plain awful. I'm just sayin', I've seen mixtapes with better cover art. This is when trying to be hip goes wrong.

It's Official! Beanie Sigel Signs To G-Unit

So the deal to bring Beans over to the dark side is finally done. Now I know alot of people see this as a bad move for Beanie. They look at what happened to Mase, M.O.P. & Mobb Deep when they signed to the Unit and see Sigel's situation the same way. My thing is, Sigel is a better rapper then any other artist that's been signed to the label. Years of jail and hard drugs had me believing he'd fell off a few years back when The Solution dropped but dude has been dropping some ill guest verses lately (Max B. "What You Want From Me", Raekwon "Have Mercy", Freeway's "Last 2") and his "official mixtape" (???) The Broad Street Bully was pretty solid, as far as "official mixtapes" go. At one point, Sigel was the closest thing the East Coast had to an artist like Scarface, which is evident on his best effort, the classic (Yeah, I said it), The B. Coming. A return to form would result in some amazing music.

Beanie Sigel has gotten a second chance at a real Hip-Hop career with Fif and G-Unit. His talent and Fif's resources? Looks like a win, at least on paper..

We get our first taste of their new partnership this Friday when Sig drops his new song "I Go Off" featuring his new boss Curtis. I know all the 50 Cent haters/Jay-Z stans are holding their collective breath right now lol.

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Alright, Maybe Joe Budden Didn't Lose Completely...

Meet Model/Actress/Singer Somaya Reece, Joe Budden's new piece. Veddy nice. Way to rebound Joe. Here's some footage of Joe and his new "girl" cupcaking. Peep...

Yeah, this relationship looks totally genuine to me. Sure.

This chick seems way into the camera. I wonder if we'll see a SomayaTV in the near future.

Just a Thought:
Shots fired at Tila Tequila & Fabolous? Mad random. Sounds like a scream for attention, ya ask me. Budden don't want that type of attention from Fab.

50 Cent - Man's World

Bonus heat off that Before I Self Destruct. While it doesn't exactly fit in with the rest of the album (well, neither does "Baby By Me"), "Man's World" is still an above average 50 Cent track. Copping BISD is a foregone conclusion and if Fif could put together enough quality material, I'd actually buy a second 50 Cent album next year. People may not want to acknowledge it but Fif is sounding better then he has in a while. If I were him, I'd capitalize on it while I the creative juices are flowing and the ears are still listening.

You Can't Be Serious!

So it seems Jamie Foxx and Martin Lawrence have signed on to bring their mock trailer from this year's BET Awards, Skank Robbers, to the big screen. And y'all thought Madea was bad.

This is one of those films that might be better as a trailer but with two talents like Martin and Jamie attached, at the very least it should be funny.

Via Variety

Monday, November 9, 2009

Another Budden Fail

This time courtesy of Mr. Chi City. I'll let him tell it, but this is ether in it purest form.

Joey stays losing.

Update: This just in...

I repeat, Joey stays losing.

Friday, November 6, 2009

Curren$y - Life Under The Scope

One of my favorite young MC's (no "Bust A Move") drops off a new clip. Not sure what this is from (although I'm pretty sure there's no audio of this song floating around) but the song was produced by Ski Beatz (of Camp Lo/Reasonable Doubt fame) and from the looks of the video (which was recorded at Dame Dash's DD172, a building complex in lower Manhattan which houses several of Dash's ventures, including an art gallery and two studios) it seems like Spitta has aligned himself with the self proclaimed "Ultimate Hustler". If the rumors of a supergroup including Spitta, Jay Electronica and Mos Def are true, Curren$y may be taking his stoner shtick to a bigger stage.

So far, Center Edge Territory have recorded six records together but without a definite release date and considering the players involved (Still waiting on Act II, Jay), I ain't holdin my breath on this one. Remember CRS?.

Still, as far as supergroups go, this is one that I really want to see come together.

Thursday, November 5, 2009

50 Cent feat. Ne-Yo - Baby by Me (Video)

Curtis getting his "Cliff Huxtable" on in this one, but with Kelly Rowland playing "wifey" (looking especially right, I must say), why wouldn't he? lol

This is one of the few tracks on Before I Self Destruct that will get played on the radio and although it took some getting used to, this one has grown on me. First off, not a fan of Ne-Yo but even a hater such as myself can admit the guy can write. Sure I wanted to hate it, but after repeated listens (as well as hearing the inferior OG track with a different singer & a different hook), I had to admit, the shit's catchy. 50's glaringly elementary rhymes (which threw me at first) act as a brief respite from the "Shoot, Stab, Slang" songs which dominate most of the album. Thing is, as dumbed down as I think these verses are, that's exactly what's gonna make this song a hit. Will it be a big enough hit to generate some actual sales? Can't say, but Before I Self Destruct is still the album 50 Cent fans have been waiting for since Get Rich Or Die Trying but more importantly, it's the album 50 needed to make.

Bonus: Fif continues the Crime Wave with Stretch (Crime Wave Pt. 2).

Seems like he's trying to slide in Cam's lane but so far....

Pimpin' Curly > Crime Wave

I can't wait to see Before I Self Destruct: The Movie*.

* I was being sarcastic.

Before I Self Destruct hits stores November 16th.

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

French Montana & Max B - Coke Wave 2

Y'all thought the wave was over?

New music from them Coke Wave Boys. If you're a fan of Max B., this is a must cop. This might be the last bit of Biggavelli that we hear for a long while.

Hold ya head Max.

1. Coke Wave 2 Intro - The Epidemic
2. No, No, No (Hey We Love You)
3. The New Wave (Feat. Dame Grease)
4. Started From The Corner
5. My Experience Interlude
6. Lord Tryin' Tell Me
7. Ohh Waa (Do What I Gotta Do)
8. Frank White Interlude
9. Tonight
10. Porno Star
11. Crack Eastwood Interlude
12. Wave Thang (Feat. Dame Grease)
13. Not Going Home (Remix) (Feat. Lloyd Banks)
14. Coke Rats Interlude
15. Gain Greene Team (Feat. Chinx Drugz & Scarlett O'harlem
16. The Cocaine Fields Interlude
17. Tattoos On Her Ass Part 2
18. We Rollin' (Feat. Dame Grease & Mack Mustard)
19. Mo Murda
20. New York Minute (Remix) (Feat. Mase & Jadakiss) [Explic
21. Crime Wave Gang (Bonus Track)

French Montana & Max B - Coke Wave 2

Freddie Gibbs feat. Pill - Womb To The Tomb

Off that midwestgangstaboxframecadillacmuzik. Gibbs hooks up with Grind Time Rap Gang's Pill for this one and the results are authentic hood shit, not that you'd expect anything less. Gibbs has been heating it up the past few months and while I'm happy to see him getting all the love and accolades he's receiving, I can only hope that the glare from the spotlight doesn't detract from the music, as we've seen happen so many times before. Real rap is making a comeback and Gibbs is one of the spokesmen on the frontline.

The Clipse feat. Rick Ross - I’m Good (Remix)

The visuals for this remix finally arrive. Not surprisingly, Ross sounds right at home alongside Pusha & Mal (Unlike Killa Cam). I wouldn't mind seeing some more collaborations from these two acts in the future

Monday, November 2, 2009

Jay-Z feat. Alicia Keys - Empire State Of Mind

Best song on the album gets the (mostly) black & white treatment. Cinematics by Hype.

Just A Thought: The more I listen to it, the more I think Alicia Keys really carries this song. Her vocals overpower everything else on the track. Including Jay-Z.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Lil’ Wayne - No Ceilings (Mixtape)

A bootleg version of this dropped earlier this week, but I waited until the official release to throw this up, courtesy of the good folks at The Smoking Section. Mixtape Weezy is back in fighting form and No Ceilings is definitely a contender for best tape of the year. Don't sleep.

Lil’ Wayne - No Ceilings