Monday, 29 March 2010

Sure to be heavy

Nas & Damian Marley collab album - May 18th.


1. As We Enter
2. Tribal War (feat. K’Naan)
3. Strong Will Continue
4. Leaders
5. Wisdom
6. Count Your Blessings
7. Dispear
8. The Promised Land (feat. Dennis Brown)
9. In His Own Words
10. Nah Mean
11. Friends
12. My Generation (feat. Lil Wayne and Joss Stone)
13. Africa Must Wake Up (feat. K’Naan)

Friday, 26 March 2010

Wednesday, 24 March 2010

Paul White free download/news

I interviewed supremo LDN DJ Paul White yesterday. Dude is a master of soundscaping and beat-birthing. Here's a free download to celebrate his upcoming sophomore outing Paul White And The Purple Brain which drops in June through Now-Again Records, the Stones Throw sister label. S'gonna be big I tell ya, BIG.

http://nowagainrecords.com/up/AncientTreasure.mp3


Tuesday, 23 March 2010

'Little Freak' teaser

Minaj + dykey is allll good, but the recruiting-girls-for-Usher thing is kinda disgusting. Like she can only get her gay on if there's a slice of hetero-man anchor in the mix to keep things from getting TOO LESBIONIC.

Beats on this tune are dope but the whole thing would be so much better if it was Usherless.

Thursday, 18 March 2010

Wednesday, 10 March 2010

Wu Tang Rap Idol

Supporting the next gen is obvs commendable but wow. Way to commercialize an already destabilized, once-organic/authentic familybrandinstitution. Couldn't they just sponsor a talent show?

From The Black Urban Times:

"Do you think you have what it takes to become a general of the Wu Tang clan? If so, check out this contest below:

Wu Tang Management proudly announces the official launch of The Next 9 Generals of Wu Tang competition beginning on February 1st 2010. The competition will comprise of an eight city tour including, Miami, Atlanta, Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Richmond, Chicago, and Los Angeles; in search of the next 9 generals in Wu Tang! All contestants may begin early registration on February 1st 2010 online at www.wucompetition.com.

Judges include Wu Tang management CEO and founder, John "Mook" Gibbons, who was instrumental in bringing the unknown Wu Tang Clan to unprecedented acclaim in the early 90s. He used his traditional education and non traditional street education to take the Clan from obscurity to worldwide prominence.

Steph Lova, one of urban culture's most prominent voices will also be a judge for the competition. She currently graces the New York airwaves on Power 105.1 and WKYS 93.9FM. Steph Lova excels at entertaining the listening audience with her bubbly personality, great sense of humor and overall dynamic radio presence. She has recently appeared on VH1's Fabulous Life, BET's Rap City, 106 & Park and MTV2 as a host.

Steve Rifkind, founder and CEO of Loud Records, and is credited for breaking some of the biggest artists during his tenure in the entertainment industry, including Wu Tang Clan, Mobb Deep, Akon, David Banner and Big Pun. He has also launched marketing campaigns for Adidas, Chief Executive Air, T-Mobile and ScanDisk.

Lamont Jody Hawkins, better known as U-God, is an American rapper and member of the multi-platinum hip hop collective, Wu-Tang Clan. He has been with the group since its inception, and has been known for coming with strong verses on clan albums as well as other members solo albums.

The 9 finalists will receive a recording contract and the opportunity to perform on tour with the original members of Wu Tang Clan!!! Find out more about the contest by watching the clips below"

Monday, 8 March 2010

Klashnekoff Back To The Sagas preview




Right here:

http://hiphophypedog.blogspot.com/2010/03/klashnekoff-back-to-sagas-album-preview.html

Internation Women's Day

Today, I'm sparkly eyed aware of all the great, great feminists - in both my own extended circle of family, and the wider global homespace, boy, girl, past, present, still to come - who plant those little seeds of revolution in the turf each day, who cry out proudly or quietly destabilize the patriarchal dynamic with small, covert acts of notebook/sticker action. My heart beat quickens when I see/hear/listen/read/watch/take part in these small&enormous acts of fucking CHANGE and yeah, i do have my Much Finer moments, but mostly I believe we can get this thing Done.

Pertinent UK events for yr body n spirit:

http://www.wrc.org.uk/news/iwd_page.aspx#myLink

I think I feel the flush of super list coming on. Until then, link yourself silly.

www.internationalwomensday.com

http://www.feministing.com/

http://www.thefword.org.uk/

http://www.pinkstinks.co.uk/

http://www.subtextmagazine.co.uk/

http://www.reclaimthenight.org/

http://www.millionwomenrise.com/

http://refuge.org.uk/

http://remember-who-u-are.blogspot.com/

If the feminist revolution had a soundtrack, you'd be reading about it here: www.wearsthetrousers.com

Monday, 1 March 2010

RIP Lucille Clifton














Lucille Clifton passed away on the 13th of this month. If you weren't familiar with her work, start with the gems below and follow on.

Her words rattle my bones like prayer beads wrapped around strong hands.






Strange times

Alleged cellphone pictures of Trina's lady parts and some seriously suspect rashes, the unexpected but most welcome return of Rah Digga (word to my D Cups) and the legend that is Guru in a cardiac arrest induced coma.

Today's rap news is just too weird, wonderful and tragic to process.