Read In Your Language

Happy 50th Birthday, Graffiti!

In 1967, some dude in Philly wrote his name on a wall to get a girl's attention. My how this culture has grown up since then.

Taggin Ass City

A historical look at the origins of the 1st element of hip hop in this new documentary. Culture kicks the facts.


A LEGEND amongst legends has passed away in Philadelphia. You should probably know this name if you SAY you love hip hop culture...

The Art Scene: The Fun Gallery

Street Art? New???? Our Big Brother Samo, aka Basquiate and the crew was doin that back in the day in NY, sun. Take peep into the start of a movement.

Da Buze Bruvaz: Hard Liquor

Our favorite rap group is back making that unmistakable hip hop music. Nothin but fire. see if I'm wrong...

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Damn yo...

Whoever is feeding this man's vice is PAID.

I would say it's a rumor, but when the heads attending the Narcotics Anonymous meeting at the spot call with the scoop, you gotta give it some type of credibility. I saw you on the BET Awards fiasco, you looked too geeked up to walk up the steps. But I'm glad the weed carriers & lawyers made you go in, at least they're smart enough to not want their cash cow chopped up for consumption. I'm pretty sure returning to penal system was a good sticking point (no pun intended) in the final decision.

But damn yo, give the homies who paid for tickets to the shows you don't show up to their money back. It ain't their fault you're so high as a kite that you can't recite them nursery rhymes.

Heal yo'self brethren. Good luck.

Friday, October 22, 2010

A Hip Hop Logan's Run...

If you know anything about 'Logan's Run', you lived until 30, then were killed off. If you wanted to live, you had to escape from that bubble society, into a land where none of that society's way of life exists.

Suppose we really followed the "rap stigma", and said anyone 29 and over can't rap anymore. Anyone in the game over 10 years HAD to retire to make room for the new cats. Take today's date for your decision.

Who would you listen too? Would you still even listen to rap music? Kanye would be omitted. Wayne would be omitted. T.I. would be omitted. Jay, Nas, Wu-Tang, Dre, The Roots, Tupac, BIG, Puff, Eminem, Cam'ron, Jeezy, Ross. Many names would be omitted. Who would you listen too? I have on my list...

Pac Div



Drake (the new LL, would have to)

J Cole (and the jury's still out)

Nipsey Hussle

Just like the movie, you would have to remove yourself from that society, which means you wouldn't be able to listen to any of the omitted music or have access to it. Anyone still in that society would have to conform to the recent, you wouldn't have access to the old stuff either.

Who would you listen to? Would you listen at all? Because I am scrutinizing that lineup, and it looks thin to start a generation of new rap fans.

Monday, October 18, 2010

Why Y'all Mad?

How do y'all see this as only being about Taylor Swift, while overlooking that dude was messing with Amber Rose? What about the "taboo"? What happened to the part about rappers needing to get away from the gangster stuff?

First the "portrait", now the "cover". There have been many album covers out there that are way more offensive than this. Like Kanye said, in the 70's there was more nudity than ever. Look at the Ohio Players, the 'Superfly' cover. I even have a cover on here of the Main Ingredient, where I said the album cover unfolds to show honey in her full nudity, without genitalia shots. The inside of that cover did it again.

So I have read people claiming 'Ye is riling up the masses. Well, what about Jay? Didn't he write a verse on a song called 'Free Mason'? What about 'Run This Town' & 'On To The Next One'? And as for the argument that it won't sell in stores, who cares? Hasn't dude just proven thru GOOD Friday's that the new 'net formula is the way to go (No shots to Crooked I, who paved the way)?

Bottom line, I don't see the uproar, just a lot of emotion. Public Enemy has WAY more offensive covers than that one above.

Friday, October 15, 2010

Kibblez & Bitz

If I see these within reach, it's a wrap-ola.

This was omitted from the House of Harris today:

"Pete Rock floated and CL sunk"

^ this dude be buggin'...


Jigga closes the Roc, Dame loses a lot of equity...

Hov falls back on the casino/horsetrack, Biggs gets pinched...

“Hov had to get the shallow shit up off him…”

^ k

That's a 3 in 1 sneaker...Columbia Sportswear won (yes I know the sneakers are Puma).

If BET was smart, they would kill the freestyle battles and do weekly cyphers for 106th. The same 2 audience members with the 3 "celebrity judges".

Erykah's right. 'Under Pressure'-Dre f/Jay was on target for epic failure. No wonder that went straight to commercial.

When I hear some of Timbaland or NERD's early work, that song comes to mind. It would be nice to hear a new Mantronik track. Jamiroqui too.

Do I think Tip staged that? Naw. Did he try to benefit off of the situation? Perhaps. He knew he was going back. But what's weird is the charge of being with a convicted felon. Who's that, wifey? Wow...take notes Wayne...

The upcoming CD's that Monch & Ghost are dropping will probably be the last ones I cop this year. 'Ye already told me he's rich and all so he won't need any of my support this go round.

* puts on hat with the interlocking NY on front *

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

The End Of An Era

Once I saw this happening, I knew it was over.

I hope it's not a hard pill to swallow, but the writing's BEEN on the wall. Even the leak/rumor of LA Reid being fired was a telltale sign. It's a wrap for Def Jam. I knew the big shakeup was coming ever since I heard that there's a new person in Dick Morris' plushy executive seat. Most companies will wait a good year to assess the business before they start tinkering with it. That tinkering time has come people. I've worked 2 different jobs in my lifetime to see the signs that when new management takes over, no matter how much you try to save your job, the fat lady is ready to grab the mic.

Take a glimpse of all of the artists on DJ. Most of them are in the finality of their obligations. Honestly, some of them will get released before we hear that last project. Ghostface & Jeezy have the same release date, December 14. Dropping projects this late in the year without any concrete promotion is more like a tax write off for the label. Redman's album is in limbo. Nas is still waiting. Shyne is still waiting. We'll probably never be treated to another Triple C's album on Def Jam. Newcomer Big KRIT is getting no type of promotion whatsoever. Khaled took his budget busting rants of music to Cash Money. Jay bought his way out of his commitment early. And in addition to these examples, there are rumors of artists being transferred from Def Jam to Interscope, another subsidiary of Def Jam's parent label Universal Records.

We can say all of this is speculation, but if you follow rap, you know that DJ has been doing suspect movements for years. For instance, Jadakiss should have never been allowed to release that sappy last album. Do you remember the title of Fab's last full length album? Exactly. DJ was so thirsty to coattail Raekwon's comeback that they wouldn't even allow the gods to have a little more time to make some songs with their group brethren. I bet a dollar that they spent more on cover art than studio time.

Can we blame LA Reid for all of the shortcomings? No. I don't believe his replacement will be able to bring the label back to it's heyday either. If rap's 2 new stars, Gucci Mane & Waka Flocka Flame, can only combine to do a morbid 100K plus in their opening weeks of sales (say what you want about how sales don't matter, but that is a fail for them) when they are supposed to be the future of street approved rap, with someone like Lyor Cohen as their boss (Warner Bros), I don't see a Def Jam resurrection with a new roster pushing out major units.

What I see is a lot of our favorite artists will be dropped, a lot of them, with no other label willing to invest in artists that are selling around 12-50K. Don't be surprised if you see someone like Jada signing with Tech N9ne's label. Or guys knocking on Duck Down Records' door.

But the time of Def Jam being the premier rap label has come to an end. I'm not mad, there's plenty of music they have released over the years that has molded the history of Hip Hop music. Just like Sugarhill Records. And Arista. Do I expect DJ to fold? No, just exist as a shell of their former selves, like Motown. And if anyone remembers, Motown was dead in the water before Rick James injected some life back into them (no drug pun intended).

And to left field it, Drake should have went to Motown, not Cash Money. Think about that one.

Thanks for the memories Def Jam Recordings.

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Warning: 'Lasers' Might Be Wack Juice

After reading about the current Lupe fiasco (pun intended) that's going all the way to the front door of Atlantic Records' HQ in New York in the form of a protest, I'm sitting here thinking, wow. That 'BMF' freestyle was cool, but it was nothing major. That other song that he did for that soundtrack is forgettable unless you are a fan of his and collect all of his music recordings. 'Food & Liquor' is a good album, but so is 'Madvillainy'. I listen to 'Papermill' quite often. See what I did there? That should quell the different and cult following and recent music released that mainstream ain't gonna play debate.

Game's 'R.E.D.' project got pushed back to Nevauary, but I heard a lot of music material from this guy in the last 6 months so I could hear that Game needed to go back in the lab. Wayne's rock album "mysteriously" leaked when Universal wanted it to collect dust on the shelf. In these 2 instances, I think Universal did us a favor (even though people bought 'Rebirth', I have yet to see one embrace it). Plus I'm not going to overlook the fan appreciation towards Lupe to even do this protesting thing, it's quite flattering, but somehow I wish the fans would protest at all of the labels and challenge them on the integrity of the urban music format. This would have a greater impact.

But considering the fickle nature of most music fans, Lupe's very vocal desire to get off of Atlantic, and the covert ways that promotion can be executed, this episode has epic fail written all over it. I don't know about y'all, but I got this feeling that 'Lasers' is straight toilet bowl tapioca, and Atlantic doesn't want to put money behind it. It's weird though, because usually I would be looking at the label sideways too.

Monday, October 4, 2010


Whatever you want to be in life, don't be this guy. Dude has had more losses documented than hit songs. Never in my lifetime have I seen someone happy to be a target, vic, glutton of punishment.

Someone tell this guy to stop buying chains, and hire some security. It's obvious that he doesn't see that the goons showing up at his performances aren't there because they like his music. Can someone explain to fam that he is the preferred entree on a wolf menu? Even bodegas know to secure up when they get robbed often. This guy, not so much. Either someone wake this character up out of his dream, or get this guy a Segway to ride by a cliff.

Meet the poster boy of losses taken, Young Berg.

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