Archive for September, 2008

And why he gotta always rub in my face that he has an ASR-10?

Kanye just announced on his blog that he’s moving up the release date on his album, 808’s and Heartbreak, from December to November. Looks like Young Jeezy’s gonna be on it. I’m lookin’ forward to hearing it.

I CHANGED MY ALBUM TO NOVEMBER SOMETHING CAUSE I FINISHED THE ALBUM AND I FELT LIKE IT.. I WANT YALL TO HEAR IT AS SOON AS POSSIBLE
-Kanye

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As I’m watching Jay Smooth’s latest video blog, I’m thinking to myself that the sorry state of affairs that we call an economy is affecting everyone in one way or another. And I don’t mean that in a cliche CNN way.

The past week or so, I’ve noticed all my fellow-bloggers have been slower than usual to pour the updates on us. I’m no exception, I’m searching high and low. Who knows why it’s truly been slow, but I suspect it has something to do with A&R’s and label people being more worried about their jobs than leaking the latest T.I. and Justin Timberlake track to the internet. Or maybe the industry is freaking out because they realized they (we) weren’t even making money in good economic times.

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He’ll be my favorite artist in a few months.

Check out the latest single Atlanta’s B.o.B. just dropped on Urb, “Generation Lost.”

Download: B.o.B. - Generation Lost

Damn I wanna hear this album.

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2nd installment of the series Mazzi started last week, where he (w)raps up the week around his way in NYC. Damn, this dude runs into a lot of people. In two weeks, he’s got a lot of stories to tell.

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I saw this Wax Poetics‘ interview with Pete Rock this morning via Grandgood. In it, Pete is asked about producing Biggie’s hit “Juicy,” but never receiving production credit for it. He’s apparently been bitter about this in the past, but he looks like he’s reconciled:

You produced “Juicy” but never got credited for it—What’s the story behind that?

Biggie and Sean came to my house one day and the beat was playing on my drum machine. Biggie thought I was making it for C.L. When I told him I was just making it for myself, he immediately wanted it. I said sure, but didn’t think much of it. Then, next thing I know, I heard it playing somewhere. I’m over it now though.

Have any efforts been made to give you proper credit for it?

No, nothing’s been done, but that was back then. Life goes on. I settled and just did a remix for it. Really though, I just wish Biggie was still alive for me to work with him.

Pete also talks about how he first met Biggie, which is a real cool story that he recounted for us at UGHH over the summer; Big apparently wanted to see how beats were made, so Puffy brought him to meet with Pete Rock, and he watched Pete make the beat for “In the Flesh,” for the Main Ingredient album. He was real happy to tell that story, and the respect and admiration he had for Big is really genuine.

Pete also talks about Wu, how Heavy D really influenced and helped him, and working with a young Queens MC that was infinitely talented at a young age (Nas). Check out the full interview @ Wax Poetics.

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Set to come out January 19, 2009.

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I like how Diddy introduces his blog entries like a web alert from Weather Bug or something. He’s a human pop-up ad.

“Man, what is goin on, Bush done fucked shit up.” You’re tellin’ us Diddy. So if you want to hear Diddy’s comments on the economy and the election, check it.

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When I saw the headline earlier, I just thought to myself how huge Grand Master Flash’s induction was to the future of hip-hop and it’s official recognition by the wider music community. Even though it’s still just a nomination at this point, the Hollis Queens pioneers earned this nomination in their first year of eligibility. To give you some perspective; Bon Jovi and Stevie Ray Vaughn were eligible for the first time this year and didn’t receive nominations.

I really hope that in the spring I can write about their induction (along with Metallica’s, what a dope class that would be).

Congratulations to Rev Run, DMC, and Jam Master Jay (rest in peace).

Full AP article on the nominations can be found here.

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Good news is Universal Mind Control will be released in November, according to Common.

Common’s also going to be co-starring in the new Terminator flick AND he reveals the Justice League movie has been on hold since the writer’s strike, meaning no Common as Green Lantern for a minute.

Three part interview with Common. They talk about recording with the Neptunes, why Electric Circus was hated on, and a lot more. Any time this guy does in-depth interviews, they’re always really good, but I don’t think he gets that kind of face time often enough.  Either way, check it out (2nd and 3rd parts inside).

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Looks like things haven’t changed much; young people thinking the candidates don’t address us much (minus Obama), and KRS saying the same thing today.

via Grandgood (this is one of my favorite blogs, I swear they find some of the illest stuff)

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