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Posted in Uncategorized on July 28, 2014 by JB

here’s some music…

oh you wanted hip hop? …

Alright.

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on May 12, 2011 by JB

Alright. Alright. Alright. Alright. Alright. Alright. I’ve been sleeping on the Weeknd. But it’s all right, because I’ve finally been educated. This music is too, too, TOO DOPE. Whoever the Weeknd is (heard he’s from Canada), he knows what the hell he’s doing. It’s definitely got its own style, and it’s own vibe, but if I had to compare it to someone contemporary, I’d say it’s got some similarities to The-Dream. This is some silky smooth, velvety, gooey, sugary, drunk, naked stuff. Ain’t no girl in the world who wouldn’t vibe to this. Perfect soundtrack playas, everyone needs to get a copy.

I’d heard of the Weeknd before. Listened to a song or two, and thought it was pretty tight, but didn’t really give it a second thought. Then I checked out this unofficial (but officially hot as hell) music video today, and I realized how sick this music is. Like I said, the guy’s got a great voice, The-Dream-esque. But the production is always on point too. There’s this understated, minimal thing going on with lots of the beats. Simple, bare, echoed. Haunting and sexy. Reverb that’ll drive your girl up a wall. It’s really good.

Sometimes there’s this 80s thing going on with the beats too. Damn, probably my favorite R&B EP I’ve heard in a LONG TIME. The-Dream’s got some songs, but every song on this thing is killer. And I’d listen to this over Trey Songz, any day, every day. Lots of R&B these days is just SEX. And hey, that’s not necessarily a bad thing, but it can get old fast. This is more than just sex. Watch that video again (you were going to later anyway). This is DESIRE. This is blood-red, passionate, biting, scratching grooves. Sometimes, great music can go deep by stripping stuff back, and going simple. That’s what the Weeknd does. This is hot, sweaty, wet stuff.

Alright, I know how late I am on this. But whatever, get the FREE EP here. You won’t be disappointed. And neither will your girl.

Feels like I never left

Posted in Hip Hop, Uncategorized with tags , , , on March 2, 2010 by JB

That’s a lie. I’ve been gone for awhile. And it feels weird coming back.

Don’t really have an excuse. Was in China. With garbage internet and lots of blocked sites, I just took a 2 month break. And then when I got back… well I went on hiatus I guess. Not sure how often I’m going to start posting right away. I’ve already replaced my blogging time with other pointless pursuits, so I’m going to have to shuffle around my daily routine. But we’ll see, I’ll get back to posting regularly soon enough.

Anyways, sorry to any one who was reading this. Wasn’t right to just stop posting without any notice, but hey, that’s how the internet works. There’s no way anyone kept checking back after the weeks and months of nothing new. Hopefully I’ll be able to get back some old followers and find some new ones. Anyways, here’s some sweet gems I found on 2DB last week.

Superfast Jellyfish– Gorillaz feat. Gruff Rhys & De La Soul

I know some people don’t like this song, but I don’t know, I think it’s great. There’s a MF Doom vibe going on, and that bass line is killer. The beat and chorus definitely have that crazy Gorillaz sound. Not to mention the great song title.

Stylo– Gorillaz feat. Mos Def & Bobby Womack

This song has been leaked for even longer. I don’t like it quite as much as the other song (maybe because of my MF Doom/J Dilla background), but it’s still pretty cool. Kinda like switching the channel from an old kids cartoon to an 80s music video. A completely different sound compared to Superfast Jellyfish. The one similarity is that bangin’ bass.

I take it back, this song is just as good. That 80s techno groove + Bobby Womack vintage soul + Mos Def. You can’t go wrong. By the way, check out the cool music video. Something tells me this album is going to be sweet. Be on the lookout on March 9th for Plastic Beach.

Twenty Two– Wakey! Wakey! feat. Theo Martins

Another song that isn’t quite Hip Hop, but even so, I just like this song. Cleo Martins does a nice job, and in my mind the collab completely pulls off the hip hop/indie pop fusion. It’s still basically an indie pop song with some hip hop flavor, but it works. Checked out the Wakey! Wakey! album, and no other song on the album really compares to this (though Square Peg Round Hole is pretty cool). Dope song all around.

We’ll see when I get around to posting again. Hopefully not too long.

Hong Kong

Posted in Hip Hop, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , on October 6, 2009 by JB

Hong Kong

Well, I’ve been hanging out in Hong Kong for about two weeks. It’s been pretty sweet. Lots of good food. Saw Chinese opera, which is really weird. Marched in a Human Rights Parade. Went to a Mid-Autumn Festival Carnival. Saw a big Buddha. And of course, I went to an Asian karaoke joint. Haha.

Classes have actually been pretty good too. Really interesting and not too much work if you know what I mean.  I might post some pictures eventually, but I’m warning you, I’m a pretty bad photographer. I’m not some wildlife photographing bird watcher person. Most of the time I forget to bring my camera places, so this girl in our group takes all the pictures. Maybe I can ask her to send me some.

I told you it was big.

I told you it was big.

Well, anyways, because I’ve been busy doing HK stuff, I haven’t posted in awhile. I’ve been waiting til I found something really worth posting, and in the last week a couple things caught my eye. First is this sweet song from Ghettosocks. I never heard of Ghettosocks before, but apparently he’s a dope mc outta Canada. He’s got a new album, Treat of the Day, that’ll soon be on itunes. If it sounds like this, it’s definitely something worth buying. I also saw the video (produced by Pardis Parker), which I think is equally dope. A friend of mine said it was corny, but whatever, this is classic hip hop through and through.

Just a good song. I love story-telling rap. I think the death of story-telling rap is a big part of the decline of mainstream Hip Hop. There just ain’t stories anymore. That’s a generalization, but it’s basically right. Stories don’t have as many clever (or not clever) one-liners, and sometimes the songs just aren’t as easy to dance to. Maybe that’s why those songs don’t get play anymore. For whatever reason, you don’t hear lyricism and creativity like this on the radio, and I think that sucks. Here’s the song (courtesy of 2DB).

Don’t Turn Around– Ghettosocks feat. Edgar Allen Floe

Radio Do Canibal

Here’s the other awesome project I’ve heard about in the last couple weeks. The album, Radio Do Canibal, just came out today, or yesterday (this Hong Kong time is tricky). It’s a concept album with all production based on Brazilian music, which is dope. Everything I’ve heard has been awesome, so I gotta feeling this is gonna be a real solid album. I’ve also heard from others that this album is very good, so you should definitely check it out. A video from the creator himself BK-One explaining the project…

One of the tracks I caught on the world wide web a couple days ago. (I read this thing that said “world wide web” is an outdated term and shouldn’t be used anymore. Screw that.)

Philly Boy– BK-One & Benzilla feat. Black Thought

And take a look at this song. Phonte, Brother Ali, the Grouch, Black Thought. You can tell that this cd has an incredible line-up of emcees. One more reason to check it out.

Oh, and it’d be wrong to end this post without mentioning the coolest Brazilian song of all time:

Dang I can’t find a video of the best version. Just audio will have to do.

The Girl From Ipanema

And now…

Posted in Hip Hop, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , on September 16, 2009 by JB

… the end is near, and so I face the final curtain. This is my final week of summer. The last few days before I go to China. I promised myself I’d try to learn some Chinese this summer, and I did absolutely nothing. It’s pretty terrible. Someone told me that Hong Kong will be alright, and even Shanghai should have a fair amount of English speakers. But it still sucks. I should’ve learned some Chinese. Damn it. Too late to worry about it now. I think I’m going to buy a phrasebook or something tomorrow. Also, I may not make another post for awhile. I’m probably going to have to settle in and get everything figured out in China, so that my delay my posting. I’ll also probably want to spend sometime away from the computer and around China. We’ll see.

Cyanide and Happiness

I knew some guys on probation. Luckily, I’ve never been stabbed by any of them.

Abstruse Goose

This is an awesome comic. Funny, true, and also kind of sad. We’re all dumb cows off to slaughter to be ground up and eaten by someone bigger and stronger than us. Kinda sucks.

SMBC

Haha. Just like the last comic. Funny, true, and seriously depressing.

Rubes

I wish I was that lucky. If I was a dwarf I’d probably be Dopey. Or maybe Cokey, their crackhead cousin. Remember to click the pics for more comics.

Here’s a cool music video I saw. It’s the DJ Jazzy Jeff Remix of Peter, Bjorn, and John’sStay This Way.” The verses were provided by Big Pooh, Chaundon, and Phil Nash. The minimalist animated video was made by Myk Dawg. This song is pretty sweet. I’m not a big PB&J guy, but this got turned into something cool.

First I got some tracks from Ghostface’s upcoming album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry. I’ve really been feeling all these leaks, and I think this album is going to be awesome. It’s coming out in two weeks, and I’d cop it… if I wasn’t in China. Maybe itunes, but I hate not getting a physical cd in my hands.

Ghostdini

First is “Let’s Stop Playing” with John Legend. Legend’s one of my favorite soul singers, and he shines on this song. Meanwhile Ghostface waxes poetic to a lady that he’s interested in. Really great song.

Let’s Stop Playing– Ghostface Killah feat. John Legend

This song is a bit less smooth and romantic. Ghostface brings the energy and proves (once again) that he does more than just talk to girls. The beat in this song is especially sick. The keys and horns samples are outta this world.

Guest House– Ghostface Killah feat. Fabolous and Shareefa

And here’s two new songs I caught on 2DB. The first is an unreleased track that didn’t make it on Kid CuDi’s album, which I just bought today. The album’s good. I really like it. It’s not exactly hip-hop, since he only really raps on 3-4 songs, but it’s good music. It gets a little emo sometimes, but it sounds dope. This track is pretty good as well.

I Hear Them Calling– Kid CuDi (prod. by  Eminem)

And this is a new Alicia Keys track. Alicia Keys is one of my favorite artists. I saw her in concernt once… and I kinda fell in love. She’s amazingly talented and makes beautiful music. Not to mention she’s pretty beautiful herself. Well anyways, this song is great. Not my favorite Alicia Keys track or anything, but I’m sure it’ll grow on me.

Doesn’t Mean Anything– Alicia Keys

I wish time would slow down…

Posted in comic, Hip Hop, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , , , , , on September 8, 2009 by JB

Not much to report on my side. Did a little homework, but not nearly as much as I need to. I hope these last two weeks drag out because I got lots of work to do and I’m dreading the start of classes and more work. On the other hand, I can’t wait to go to China. We’ll see how it goes. Some great comics from the past week…

Rubes

Reminds me of a few kites I know.

Secret Asian Man (off of DCR)

Haha, that’s completely true. It sucks how Asians and Latinos can never get leading roles. I understand they aren’t a majority of the population, so I wouldn’t expect them to get a lot of the roles. But still, there’s gotta be more than just kung fu roles available.

F-Minus

I feel the same way dude. I feel the same way.

Mike Luckovich (off of DCR)

I can’t believe Disney bought Marvel for $4 billion. That’s crazy. As long as Mickey doesn’t screw up the comics and the characters I don’t mind too much. It kinda sucks that Marvel is now part of an even bigger media conglomerate, but if we can get some cool new movies outta this deal, I don’t mind.

I heard about this video today, and I had to check it out. If you just watch it as a parody of old-school rap, it’s pretty funny. Rashard in particular kills his part. I wish Durant would have stole the show because he’s one of my favorite players, but he couldn’t match Lewis’s swag. That doesn’t matter much though because Durant is (or will be) a better player than Rashard Lewis.

Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images. Credit where credit is due.

Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images. Credit where credit is due.

Damn, I can’t wait til the start of the NBA season. Right now I’m more excited about football, but once the football season winds down, the NBA will be my life. After the Bulls, the OKC Thunder are one of my favorite teams. It’s mostly because I’m a huge Kevin Durant fan (since his dominating days at Texas). But it’s also because that team is super young and super talented. They could really be something in a couple years, so it’s cool to just watch the beginnings of a new powerhouse. Durant improved incredibly from his first to second season. It seems unlikely he’ll be able to improve by as much as he did again, but as long as the team overall improves it won’t really matter. With his ability and stat line, he could make the All-Star team if OKC can stay above .500. We’ll see if they can in a few months.

Here’s a real smooth song I heard on Flawless Hustle.  It’s off of Ghostface Killah’s upcoming album Ghostdini: The Wizard of Poetry. Raekwon has set the bar really high for new Wu releases with OB4CL2, so I wonder how Ghostface will respond. This song uses a pretty obvious sample, but it works. It’s weird, because in my mind the original song is both cool and lame. Add Ghostface and some delicate rhymes, and you got a dope song. The sample in the verses can be a little distracting, but overall this is nice.

Cruisin’ – Ghostface Killah

Just wasting time and caught myself watching this again on Freddie Joachim’s blog. Song isn’t new in anyway, and neither is the video, but it’s dope, so I’m going to re-up it anyway. TabOne, Charlie Smarts, and Rapsody all totally flow with the vibe, and the beat and video perfectly fit together. Kooley High is too high.

So Many CDs…

Posted in Hip Hop, Uncategorized, Videos with tags , , , , , on September 6, 2009 by JB

Still pretty busy, and I can feel summer coming to a close. It’s a drag. Anyways, this is a crazy video I watched on FOD.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

That video is messed up. It’s got some weird parts, and overall it’s pretty funny. Zachary Quinto’s the man. He’s awesome as Sylar in Heroes, and he was pretty cool in Star Trek too. Speaking of Heroes, I can’t wait for the next season. The last couple seasons have been pretty bad. The stories have gotten kinda convulted and stupid, but I’m hoping it will get better. It was starting to improve a little after the end of last season and maybe it can build on that momentum. I love fall TV, or more specifically, I love Heroes, It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia, and football.

Should I buy this?

Should I buy this?

The next few weeks are also amazing for Hip-Hop. This week The Blueprint 3 and OB4CL2 come out. The So Far Gone EP and Man On The Moon: The End of Day come out next week. Mayer Hawthorne’s A Strange Arrangement also comes out on Tuesday, and I’m definitely getting that. That’s five cds in two weeks. Definitely can’t afford to spend that much money on music. I know for sure that I’m going to buy KiD CuDi and Mayer Hawthorne’s albums. I gotta figure out how many more I can buy.

Or maybe this?

Or maybe this?

Here’s a track off of Raekwon’s OB4CL2 that I caught off of 2DB. This song will be on the European release of the album. And like all of the other songs I’ve heard so far, it’s dope. I’ve heard at least 7 or 8 of the tracks, and they are all fire. I’ve heard about the same amount of tracks from Blueprint 3, and they’ve been good, but not as good. Regardless, I want to get both cds. I’m not sure which one I’ll get tomorrow.

Walk Wit Me– Raekwon

Before today, I wasn’t sure what I was going to buy next week either, but I’ve figured it out now. I’m going to definitely buy KiD CuDi’s Man on the Moon, and I’m going to skip Drake’s So Far Gone EP. I was thinking about getting Drake’s cd, but I realized I already had most of the songs. As for KiD CuDi, I’ve loved some of his music, but I was still unsure if I wanted the cd. I had no idea what a full-length album would sound like. Today I heard a lot of the new tracks, and now I’m sure. This album is going to be very good, and I’m going to cop it Sept. 15th.

Man On The Moon: The End of Day

I got this first track off of 2DB. It’s pretty cool.

Soundtrack 2 My Life– KiD CuDi

I found this second song on illroots. It’s supposedly going to be CuDi’s third single. Also very dope.

Pursuit of Happiness– KiD CuDi

This third song is a radio rip of a really awesome song called “Enter Galactic” (courtesy of 2DB). CuDi premiered the song during his interview with DJ Semtex. Can’t wait til I can get a CDQ version of this. Hopefully I won’t have to wait until next Tuesday.

Enter Galactic (Radio Rip)- KiD CuDi