Guilty Simpson- “Get Ritches” video
March 22, 2008, 12:19 pm
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Stones Throw just dropped the first video of Guilty’s new album.

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.”

Dilla Day
February 10, 2008, 2:03 pm
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Like I relayed in the last post, today marks the 2nd anniversary of J Dilla’s death from lupus.

If you need to know how much Dilla meant to people in the world of hip-hop production take a look at this video from the tribute party Friday night. Thanks to

Also, here is link to some pictures from the show.

For more on remembering J Dilla check J Dilla, Part 1 | Part 2 | and Part 3
Thanks to diiiizy for the scoop on that.

Happy Birthday J Dilla!
February 8, 2008, 1:36 pm
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Yesterday was the late great J Dilla’s birthday.

To celebrate Stones Throw records has released the third act of the Thank You Jay Dee podcast. Pick it up here.

Here’s a lil bio for those who don’t celebrate Dilla:

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla, or Jay Dee, was an acclaimed Hip-Hop producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground Hip-Hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. He began his career as a member of the group Slum Village, and was also a driving force in the production trio The Ummah. Yancey started his career under the name “Jay Dee” (based on his initials) but used the name “J Dilla” from 2001 on. Many critics believe J Dilla’s work to have had a major influence on his peers,[1] and that he embodied the neo soul sound, playing a defining yet understated role during the sub-genre’s rise (roughly from the mid-90s to the early 2000s). J Dilla was often dubbed “your favorite producer’s favorite producer”, and was highly regarded by mainstream artists and producers such as Common, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Just Blaze, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell Williams,and ?uestlove. [2].

Feb 10th is officially Dilla day and marks the 2 year anniversary of his passing. Maybe I’ll post a little tribute.

If you’re in the New York area and over 21 check the tribute show tonight @ Southpaw in Brooklyn:

In Living The True Gods
January 3, 2008, 11:16 am
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Stones Throw is releasing a new video compilation DVD on Feb. 12 with all the new “innovative” videos and tons of great extras.

They write on the Stones Throw Site:

For the label’s follow up, the West Coast mavericks have assembled a more advanced curriculum, In Living The True Gods – a line borrowed from Madvillain’s “Accordion,” seen for the first time on this collection.

From the surrealist Quasimoto “Bullyshit” animated video to the late J Dilla’s last appearance on film in MED’s “Push” to the neo-noir animated nightmare of Madvillain’s “Monkey Suite,” this anthology demonstrates Stones Throw’s widening, and never retiring, creative base. A series of bonus features range from an exclusive J Dilla interview from 2003 to a mini-documentary Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf, shot in session on VHS in 1992.

Music videos:
Madvillain “Monkey Suite”
Madvillain “Accordion” (previously unreleased)
Oh No ft. J.Dilla and Roc C “Move”
Quasimoto “Rappcats Pt. 3”
J Dilla “Nothing Like This”
MED “Push”
James Pants “Do a Couple of Things”
Madlib “Take It Back”
Gary Wilson “Gary’s in the Park”
Quasimoto “Bullyshit”
Aloe Blacc “Busking”
Roc C ft. Aloe Blacc “My Life”
Lootpack “Crate Diggin’” (prev. unreleased on DVD)
Baron Zen “At The Mall”
Stones Throw Singers “Rain Of Earth”

Bonus features:
• J Dilla, 2003 interview in The Netherlands – previously unseen in its full length form.
• “Move” Behind The Scenes
• Quasimoto (?) Live at Justice League Fimed in San Francisco, CA, Summer 2000
• Jaylib Live at Conga Room Filmed in Los Angeles, October 2004
• Charizma and Peanut Butter Wolf “Studio Time 92” – a newly assembled mini-doc of the group, with VHS footage circa 1992.
• The Funky 16 Corners Rehearsal, 2001

Stones Throw NYC Show
December 5, 2007, 6:07 am
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With guests Erykah Badu, CX Kidtronic (pictured above), Dam Funk, and Pete Rock did a quick shout out.

Check out some photos on Mel D Cole’s flickr account.

Stones Throw @ Abbey Pub Chicago

Some photos on the Flickr account.

Video of highlights of the show to follow soon. In the mean time check the Supreme Team live set from the Toronto show last night. Kareem Riggims on drums Madlib on melodies. Its all off the dome: