Archive for November, 2008

The Roots, come March 2009, will retire from touring, according to the video above (which is working sometimes and not others- my apologies). They’re going to become the house band for Jimmy Fallon’s show when he takes over NBC’s Late Night, when Conan O’Brien moves into Jay Leno’s spot.

If you haven’t seen them live, get on that. It’s definitely one of the best live shows I’ve ever seen. I’m sure the retirement won’t be in effect forever, but for a band that toured as much as The Roots, this is some news.

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It’s Friday night, kick it off the right way with Rae.

via Nah Right

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Download: Common- Be (original version produced by J Dilla)

This surfaced a few hours ago on Nah Right and caught my attention quicker than anything all week. The actual album version of this song is one of my favorite cuts from that album, and maybe my favorite intro track ever.

This new cut though, is apparently the “original version,” and was produced by J Dilla. It’s being unearthed for DJ Eves new mixtape hosted by Oddisee.

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Jay-Z recently told MTV News that he never said Blue Print 3 would drop before the end of 2008. Kanye West also told MTV that they’re taking their time on the album because of the success of “Swagger Like Us”:

“I mean, it’s phenomenal,” West told MTV Base. “We went in and we done the whole album. He wanted to do a few more joints, so he kinda pushed it back. Now we’re gonna go in and just work on some more records. So I got some more stuff to kill it with! I think [Jay pushed the album back because] ‘Swagger’ just did so incredible. We wanted to go up [and make sure] everything was on that level.”

Let’s briefly breakdown the Blue Print 3 time-line of events:

The internets started buzzin’ in August with word that The Blueprint 3 would be Hov’s next album. Things got even crazier when a release was pinned before the end of 2008, and Kanye West was being tapped to handle most of the production duties.

Shortly after that, Mr. West dropped “Love Lockdown” and announced 808’s and Heartbreak. Then the speculation inevitably came through as to how Yeezy could handle two major projects in a short time period. Rumors soon surfaced on gossip sites that Jay missed the necessary deadlines to have an album printed before the end of 08. The same sites also said Ye wasn’t turning in beats anymore either. MTV’s latest report kinda squashes all this.

The moral of the story is that you won’t see Blue Print 3 til next year. It’s not like there’s any shortage of releases in the last days of ‘08 though.

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And before I go to bed, the Notherground family and 6th Sense hit me up with this video yesterday. It’s 6th in the studio with North Carolina producer Apple Juice Kid. I can watch people make beats all day. Kinda the same way I could make beats and watch football and Entourage all day. Yeah.

And they got live drums on the track. I knew I liked these dudes for a reason. Pause.

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So there’s a bunch of new cuts floating around from 808’s and Heartbreak, which is less than 2 weeks away from release. There’s even a conference call someone recorded, for the real hardcore Ye stans.

Download: Kanye West ft Young Jeezy- So Amazing

But here’s my choice cut from the batch of leaks to hit the past few days: “So Amazing,” featuring Young Jeezy. Yep, there’s rappin’ on 808’s and Heartbreak, even though it’s not Ye. I won’t get started on the whole “ahh man, Ye isn’t rappin anymore,” because I don’t think he’s done rapping, and I’m all about letting artists do what they have to in the name of creativity.

And for the latest on the gossip front, check out People Magazine’s latest interview with Mr. West after the jump, where he explains why he’s feels like an alien.

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Nardwuar, the quirky interviewer that Pharrell loves is back at it again; this time with Common. I don’t think this one tops the Pharrell interview.

I’d also say it’s less awkward than the Jay-Z interview, but it depends on your criteria for awkward (wait til you see the Williams sisters question with Common and you’ll see what I mean).

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The new album, The Death of Adam, is out today, and Okay Player debuted this video earlier.

This is the worst time of year to be slackin’ on your hip-hop news game. Until the end of 2008, there’s some crazy stuff droppin’, so stay up. (pun intended, for the 88-Keys’ stans).

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Q-Tip Myspace Release Show: Philadelphia, PA 11/11/08

I’m mainly posting this to give myself an excuse to tell you how I’m feelin’ the new Q-Tip album The Renaissance. Yeah, the internet heads who are on their shit heard it weeks ago and people have been bloggin’ about it for a minute, but I’m just puttin’ my stamp of approval on it.

I don’t know if I didn’t expect much because I’ve been continually let down the past year or two with “return albums” by rap titans, but it did surpass my expectations. Maybe it’s because Q-Tip has been one of those rare few that have been able to keep their careers going by staying true, while also being contemporary. There’s a short list of people who did that, and to me, De La Soul did it for a reallllly long time, so Tip’s in good company.

Not that you needed me to tell you that anyway.

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Download: Damu the Fudgemunk- “Yes We Can (Election Mix)”

Our boy Damu just hit us up with this dope beat he put together, aptly titled “Yes We Can (Election Mix).” More celebration music. If you’re unfamiliar with Damu, check it out. He’s a producer from DC that’s brought that straight, raw MPC flavor back to the production game.

Hit up this page for more download options, if mp3’s don’t cut it for ya.

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