Tuesday, July 31, 2007

MTV's Hottest MC's in the Game

Last week the hip hop brain trust of MTV compiled what they believed to be the Hottest MC's in the Game right now. This wasn't the list of Greatest MC's of All Time but who's hot NOW.

10. Jim Jones
9. Common
8. 50 Cent
7. Jay-Z
6. Young Jeezy
5. Kanye West
4. Andre 3000
3. Game
2. T.I.
1. Lil Wayne

I'm glad MTV did this, simply because it backs up the argument I've had for some time about Lil Wayne vs. Jay-Z. Yes, Jay-Z is one of the greatest of all time, but when you talk about who is killin the game right now, the choice is clear. It's like when Mike Jordan was playing with the Wizards his last few years in the league. Yes, Jordan is the greatest but at that point in his career if you had to choose one man on your squad, you would have chose someone like Kobe rather than the aging Jordan. Sunday the roundtable discussion deciding the list was aired and above is the debate between Weezy and T.I. for the #1 spot. I'm confused with the selection of The Game at #3 and look at The South holding three of the top four spots.

"Dream Merchant 2" Cover and Tracklisting

I know Little Brother and 9th Wonder aren't on the best of terms, but I'm glad to see that they are man enough to still make good music together. 9th's album should be interesting just because he's called on a wide variety of lyricists... from Sean Price to Memph Bleek to Saigon.

1. Mr. Dream Merchant Intro
2. Shots - Big Dho & Sean Price
3. Merchant Of Dreams - The EMBASSY, Skyzoo & Torae
4. Brooklyn In My Mind - Mos Def, Jean Grae & Memphis Bleek
5. Sunday - Keisha Shontelle & Chaundon
6. Baking Soda - Big Treal
7. Reminisce (Take Time) - Big Remo & The Great Novej of the A.L.L.I.E.S.
8. No Time To Chill - Little Brother
9. It Aint Over - Jozee Mo & Tyler Woods
10. The Last Time - Royce the 5′9, Naledge & Vandalyzm of the MIDWEST WRECKIN’ CREW- The D, The Chi & The Lou
11. Saved - Saigon & Joe Scudda
12. Milky Lowa - Camp Lo
13. Backlash - Sean Boog & Buckshot
14. Thank You - D.O.X & O-Dash
15. Let It Bang - Ness & Skyzoo
16. What Makes A Man - Rapper Big Pooh & Buddy Klein

Wednesday, July 25, 2007

"Getback" Cover and Tracklisting

Check out who's featured on #3...

1. Sirens feat. Carlitta Durand
2. Can’t Win For Losing
3. Breakin My Heart feat. Lil Wayne
4. Good Clothes
5. After The Party feat. Carlitta Durand
6. ExtraHard
7. Step It Up feat. Dion
8. Two Step Blues feat. Darien Brockington
9. That Ain’t Love feat. Jozeemo
10. Dreams
11. When Everything Is New

Getback in stores September 25th.

Friday, July 13, 2007

DC Shit: 100 Miles & Running - Wale w/ Nick Catchdubs



Thursday, July 12, 2007

Bushonomics - Cornel West feat. Talib Kweli

Dr. Cornel West will be releasing his album Never Forget: A Journey of Revelations on August 14th, and the tracklist is rediculous with verses coming from Andre 3000, Killer Mike, Black Thought, KRS-One, Malik Yosef, Prince and more. I've never heard Dr. West on a hip-hop track, but I like this joint he did with Talib. As he told Billboard.com, "This is an attempt to go back to hip-hop’s prophetic roots, which are about truth-telling, exposing lies and having fun. It’s what I call a danceable education or a singing paideia, the Greek word for deep education."

Bushonomics - Dr. Cornel West feat. Talib Kweli

He's got some impressive names featured on his album but I'm a little disappointed he didn't get Lupe "Cornel Westside, Chi-Town Guevara" Fiasco, who Dr. West actually is a big fan of. "I’ve never met Lupe Fiasco, but I like that brother. Oh, lord, he’s a free, young brother who honestly speaks his mind. That brother hits American terrorism, the American empire and still talks about his skateboard. I love that kind of freedom because, in the end, we’ve all go to be ourselves and that takes courage."

For more, check out Dr. West's June 27th interview on NPR.

Friday, July 06, 2007

Funkmaster Flex's Fourth of July 90's Mix

Didn't actually hear this live, but listened to ALL FIVE HOURS when I got back to Brooklyn this morning. Had a good time in Hampton and Virginia Beach with my boys Yusuf and AK, but now it's back to New York flava. Funk Flex goes BANANAS with this mix and you can literally just press play and let it serve as the soundtrack of ya weekend. Hot 90's hip-hop with classic hit after hit and solid spinnin by Flex himself. This is why I love NYC radio, most notably Hot 97, and why I never turn on the radio back in Durham. 102 Jamz and K97.5 need to take note...

Hot 97's 2007 Fourth of July 90's Mix - Funkmaster Flex
Part 1, feat. Cipha Sounds & Mister Cee
Part 2, feat. Cipha Sounds & Mister Cee
Part 3, feat. Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg
Part 4, feat. Cipha Sounds & Peter Rosenberg

Props to Rosenberg