New Roots Video- 75 Bars
February 29, 2008, 12:35 pm
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The video just dropped for the new Roots single “75 Bars”.

Check the video here:

Their new album Rising Down is coming out April 29th on Def Jam.

Pitchfork Guilty Simpson Review
February 28, 2008, 9:32 am
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I’m feelin Stones Throw‘s Guilty Simpson’s debut “Ode to the Ghetto”. Pitchfork… not so much.

They give it a 4.5 and write:
“At the risk of sounding thick, I’ll admit I needed a second to get the joke of Guilty Simpson’s name, so you can imagine what kind of endorsement it is to say that’s what passes for “clever” on Ode to the Ghetto. Just as Lupe Fiasco diverts interviews to boast about his gully Chicago upbringing, Stones Throw interrupts its wise exploration of alternative hip-hop and puts its goodwill on the line in order to release a thoroughly mediocre gangsta rap album.

Not that Ode to the Ghetto was likely to be any better in the event it was inspired by cartoons and video games instead of more traditional muses, since like his namesake, Simpson creates a document of violent crime that’s hard to take seriously even if it’s based in reality. Detroit’s reputation obviously precedes itself, and yet Motor City native Simpson robs the city of its menace by presenting it in the most generic terms possible here, rendering it as replicable as a Levittown. Dope boys have the block on lock (“Footwork”) and are more admirable than the cops trying to stop them (“Pigs”). Guns pop off and mouthy bitches won’t shut the fuck up (“She Won’t Stay at Home”). Perhaps it’s meant as some sort of commentary on the universality of ghetto hardship, but I think that’s giving Simpson far too much credit after suffering though the pointedly low ambitions of “The Real Me” and “Getting Bitches” (rhymes with “getting riches”), or hearing Sean P show him how this C-list rap shit is done (“Run”).

At the very least, Simpson finds more inspiration in popular undie rap’s leading beatsmiths; Madlib, Oh No, Black Milk, and J Dilla (oddly responsible for championing this dude) gamely give “A” efforts while Simpson ramrods everything with a bullish flow reminiscent of a blue-collar hardhead like Obie Trice. At times, he’ll wisely refrain from any sort of attempt at a hook, but the times he goes in– the off-key ramble of “Robbery”, for one– are painful. And his attempted slang-slinging on “Footwork” makes Juelz Santana’s awkward “Clockwork” sound Webster’s-bound.

If you’re feeling generous, you might call “I Must Love You” Simpson’s Mike Skinner moment; potentially penetrating in its detail, an already faltering relationship is upset by a perceived flirtation in a Red Lobster. But Simpson’s boredom with the actual argument with his girlfriend spills over to him sounding bored relating the story, at which point you want to be involved in this about as much as he did. He eventually closes it with “why you actin’ like a bitch again,” a question that really can never be answered, but it’s appropriately honest for a record that’s mostly incapable of inspiring any sort of meaningful reaction.”

Joss Stone Working With Clipse
February 25, 2008, 12:48 pm
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This colab could be good… we all know Stone loves the snow season.

Check some pictures and an article in Entertainment Weekly on the Re-Up Gang Blog.

Kool Herc Sues Jay-z Over Slavery Reparations
February 25, 2008, 12:45 pm
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This is a bizarre situation. writes:

Kool Herc is suing Jay-Z, developer Bruce Ratner and Barclay’s Bank for a cool 5 bil over slavery reparations.

Mr. Ratner, Jay-Z, and Barclay’s are all linked through the $4 billion Atlantic Yards project in Brooklyn, for which Mr. Ratner plans to build a Frank Gehry-designed basketball arena for the Nets and more than 6,000 apartments. Jay-Z, a partial owner of the Nets, has been a major supporter of the project, appearing at press conferences to tout its merits. Barclays owns the naming rights to the arena, and has been accused of having links with the slave trade—an accusation the bank denies.

In the claim, Mr. Campbell said that Mr. Ratner and Jay-Z worked “in concert” with Barclays, and “profited from the African Slave Trade and continue to profit from these gains, through a conspiracy dating back hundreds of years and continue to date to oppress Black people, enslave them, unlawfully deport them to all corners of the Earth.”

Tony Hawk Chills With Isaac Brock and Johnny Marr
February 22, 2008, 2:25 pm
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From his sk8r!@#! site ShredOrDie comes a rare and pretty chill interview with Modest Mouse‘s Isaac Brock and new ex-Smith’s member Johnny Marr.  Listen for Tree Peoples reference.

Check the whole video here.

J Rocc Blue Note Mixtape- “Dropping Science”
February 21, 2008, 2:32 pm
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“Blue Note has just released “Droppin’ Science: Greatest Samples From The Blue Note Lab” – a collection of records from their back catalog which have been sampled for tracks by Dilla, Dre, Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Pete Rock, and many others.

J Rocc has these records and many of the records that sampled them, and J Rocc cannot stop making incredible mixtapes ….”

Here’s a direct link the the MP3..its about 38 minutes: Droppin’ Science

More info on “Droppin’ Science”, more on J.Rocc:
+ Droppin’ Science player at
+ Droppin’ Science at
+ J Rocc on
+ J Rocc’s Myspace

RIP Larry Davis
February 21, 2008, 1:33 pm
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Legendary New York street figure and frequent subect of rap metaphors Larry Davis was murdered in prison yesterday. writes:

Larry Davis was stabbed to death around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at Shawangunk Correctional Facility in Ulster County, said Erik Kriss, spokesman for the New York State Department of Correctional Services.

“I don’t know what was happening at this exact moment,” Kriss said, adding that prison staff were in the yard when a fight was observed and inmates began congregating. “Things happen quickly.”

Davis was fatally stabbed with a homemade metal shank in the arms, head, back, upper thigh and chest, Kriss said.