Friday, December 31, 2010

Sean Price Reviews Black Swan

Thursday, December 30, 2010

Moe Green Sits Down With Bosse Media

Earlier this year I posted the Vallejo, Ca emcee's mixtape, Rocky Maivia: Non Title Match. Get to know him a little better.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Ralphy Boy - Hear Me, Feel Me Mixtape

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Stalley - Hercules (Audio & Music Video)

Friday, December 24, 2010

Nas & Cookin' Soul - The Lost Tapes 1.5 Mixtape


Music Reviews In A Minute: Nicki Minaj - Pink Friday [Deluxe Edition]

Nicki Minaj reminds me a lot of Eminem, whether it's the different voices and inflections that she utilizes, the energy or the funny punchlines.  Sadly, she's a little too much like Eminem with her first project.  Pink Friday is an incredibily ordinary album from an extraordinary talent.  Nicki's debut suffers from trying too hard to be pop.  She's built enough of a buzz before the album ever dropped so to try so hard for mainstream success is a bit of a mystery as well as crippled the album.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Free Calling In Gmail Extended Through 2011

Earlier this year Google rolled out the ability to make phone calls in Gmail. To help get the ball rolling they made domestic and calls to Canada free for the rest of 2010.  They've now decided to extend it to through all of 2011.

If you are interested in giving it a try or learning more about it, check out:

Info courtesy of The Official Gmail Blog.

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Sunday, December 19, 2010

Another Evening With 8thlight (Elzhi Edition)

I got to see a master at work last night.  Elzhi is in that rarefied space occupied by technically brilliant artists like Eminem or Black Thought of The Roots.  These are men who have worked on their craft like few seem to.

I hope you enjoyed some of the footage. I damn sure enjoyed taking it.

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Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Rapsody - Return Of The B-Girl Mixtape

01. Intro [Prod. by 9th Wonder]
02. 1983 [Prod. by Kash]
03. Win [Prod. by Amp] (Featuring Rah Digga)
04. I'm Ready [Prod. by DJ Premier] (Featuring Heather Victoria)
05. Blankin’ Out [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Mac Miller)
06. Cherry On Top [Prod. by 9th Wonder]
07. Little Things [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Phil Ade)
08. Return of the B-Girl (Mara Jade) [Prod. by Khrysis]
09. Love Tonight [Prod. by Eric G] (Featuring Sundown of Actual Proof)
10. U Sparklin' [Prod. by 9th Wonder]
11. Make It After All [Prod. by 9th Wonder]
12. U Make Me Say [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Heather Victoria)
13. Hoop Dreams To Rap Dreams [Prod. by E. Jones] (Featuring King Mez & Skyzoo)
14. No More Trouble [Prod. by 9th Wonder](Featuring Enigma, HaLo & Sean Boog)
15. Cipher Kid [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Big Remo)
16. Angel [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Laws)
17. Young Black With A Gift [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Big Daddy Kane)
18. Little Things (Remix) [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Thee Tom Hardy & Heather Victoria)
19. Honda Accord (Remix) [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring Skyzoo & Thee Tom Hardy)
20. My Melo My Man (Melo Anthony) [Prod. by 9th Wonder] (Featuring TP)

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Beats, Rhymes & Life: The Story Of A Tribe Called Quest (Movie Trailer)

Beats, Rhymes and Life: The Story of A Tribe Called Quest is a documentary film directed by Michael Rapaport about one of music’s most influential and groundbreaking pioneers in hip hop.  The story is told by the members themselves as they reunite after two years during the 2008 Rock the Bells tour to deliver sold out performances.  On the tour they re-discover that their own personal differences may overpower their love for the group, countless, hard-core fans, and its ability to survive the pressures of fame, the record industry, and simply pursuing other interests in life.  Rapaport, himself a hard core Tribe fan from the first album, panics when Q-Tip tells him “this could be the last show” after mounting tension erupted at the event in San Francisco.  Thus, begins a journey to go back and appreciate the huge contributions made by Tribe to the “whole structure of hip hop” as stated by Amir from The Roots, one of the many artists in the film influenced by Tribe’s unique sampling and layering of obscure jazz loops mixed with hip hop beats, as well as their playful but clever lyrics.  Chronicles told of songs like “Scenario” and “Check The Rhime” paint a vivid picture of what it was like coming up in Queens as young folks living and breathing hip hop in the early nineties.

A New York native, Rapaport’s lifelong, genuine love for hip hop helps achieve intimate, all access interviews and cinema verite style filmmaking over the course of the 8 months of filming.  Rarely heard stories told by New York’s legendary DJ Red Alert, Native Tongues members like Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul bring an intimacy to the days when young artists discovered the freedom of artistic intelligence, being who they wanted to be and refusing the box of gangster rap and negative stereotypes.  Other voices in the film include the Beastie Boys, Kanye West and Pharrell.  Serendipitously, Rapaport’s film brings forth a conversation for members of the group to deal with the trials and tribulations they have faced over the years.  As Q-Tip receives critical acclaim for his latest album, Phife is recovering from a kidney transplant and coaching youth basketball, Ali Shaheed is producing hit records and dj’ing across the country, and Jarobi plans to open a restaurant in Atlanta.  The idea of getting back together and going on tour reminds everyone why Rock the Bells was an exception—only it’s the fans who are left thirsty for more.  And this is nowhere more evident than in Rapaport himself whose die-hard love and respect for Tribe Called Quest is revealed in every part of this journey.


iFanboy - 2010 Holiday Gift Guide

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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mick Boogie - 93 'Til Infinity (A Tribute To NBA Jam) Mixtape

01. Mick Boogie - Intro
02. Das Efx - Mic Checka [Remix]
03. Souls Of Mischief - 93 Til Infinity [Remix]
04. Grand Puba - Check It Out [SD50 Remix]
05. A Tribe Called Quest - Electric Relaxation [Remix]
06. LL Cool J - Pink Cookies In A Plastic Bag [Remix]
07. Gang Starr - Code Of The Streets [Kenny Dope Remix]
08. Naughty By Nature - Hip-Hop Hooray [Pete Rock Remix]
09. De La Soul - Breakadawn [De La Soul Remix]
10. Fugees - Nappy Heads [Remix]
11. Erick Sermon - Stay Real [Remix]
12. De La Soul: Ego Trippin’ [Gumbo Remix]
13. Nice & Smooth - How To Flow [Remix]
14. Gang Starr - DWYCK [Horny Mix] (Featuring Nice & Smooth)
15. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - T.R.O.Y. [Vibes Remix]
16. Fu-Schnickens - What’s Up Doc? [K-Cut Remix] (Featuring Shaq)
17. Original Flavor - Can I Get Open? [Remix] (Featuring Jay-Z)
18. Pete Rock & CL Smooth - The Creator [Remix]
19. Snoop Dogg - Doggy Dogg World [Perfecto Remix]
20. Das Efx - Real Hip-Hop [Pete Rock Remix]
21. Show & AG -Next Level [DJ Premier’s Nyte Time Remix]
22. Wu-Tang Clan - Can It Be All So Simple? [Remix]
23. Nas - The World Is Yours [Q-Tip Remix]
24. A Tribe Called Quest - The Jam [Grown Man Remix]
25. Black Moon - I Gotcha Open [Remix]
26. Keith Murray - Get Lifted [Erick Sermon Remix]
27. Pharcyde - Passin’' Me By [Fly As A Pie Remix]

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Black Dynamite Coming To Adult Swim & Comic Book Stores

Fans of the film will feel right at home with the comic, states Ape Entertainment founder and co-publisher Brent E. Erwin.  It has all of the elements that made the movie a cultural phenomenon, and Black Dynamite himself is still as much of a bad dude on the page as he is on the screen.

Directed by Scott Sanders, the film premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in 2009 and stars Michael Jai White as Black Dynamite, a gun-toting, nunchuck-wielding, ladies man willing to fight all the way from the blood-soaked city streets to the hallowed halls of the Honky House.

Although written for film, Black Dynamite was always meant to move beyond the camera, continues Sanders.  As a medium, comic books seemed like such a logical step in Black Dynamite's development as a character, and what better way to start than having him bring down the infamous Slave Island.

Black Dynamite: Slave Island is based on a story by Michael Jai White, Byron Minns and Scott Sanders. Written by Brian Ash with pencils by Jun Lofamia, the 48-page one-shot is due in stores in early 2011.
Comic news courtesy of Ape Entertainment.

Also, here are some pics from the forthcoming Adult Swim series. I can't wait!!!!

Ifanboy @ New York Comic Con

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Sean Price Live In Los Angeles (11/18/10) & San Francisco (11/20/10)

Authors@Google: Alice Walker

In October, 2010, Alice Walker joined Googlers in Mountain View for a day of conversation and readings from her latest book of poetry, Hard Times Require Furious Dancing.
"[This] collection of new poems is written especially for the times we're living through. Alice Walker is known throughout the world as not only a great writer but an activist and a woman who shares the inner turmoil and outer struggles of her life. Readers admire her ability to bare her heart and soul, but to also speak out about the world as she sees it, often becoming a catalyst for change.

As the title [Hard Times Require Furious Dancing] suggests, these poems were written during struggles and sadness and deal with the loss of siblings, the loss of a beloved dog, the estrangement in families, violence and struggles on the world stage, and the simple joy of life itself. The words dance, they sing, they heal our hearts and touch our souls."
Check out Alice Walker's Blog & Alice Walker On Youtube.

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Saturday, October 23, 2010

Music Reviews In A Minute: Skyzoo & !llmind - Live From The Tape Deck

On Friday, 8thlight and I gave you another review from our retro album review series of Music Reviews In A Minute with Nas' Illmatic; but today, we are flipping the script to bring you a review of a current album release. In continuation of our current album review series, this time, we chose to review Skyzoo & !llmind's Live From The Tape Deck. I was particularly looking forward to reviewing this album with 8thlight because, initially, when I heard that these two artists were in preparation of completing an album together, I was eager to hear how it would sound in the longrun. I'm sure 8thlight will agree. Nevertheless, on to the review.

LRG Takes Us Backstage With 9th Wonder

Lifted Research Group gives us a peek at the All 3 Coasts Hip-Hop Festival (A3C) and while there sits down with one of my all time favorite producers, 9th Wonder.



Friday, October 22, 2010

Music Reviews In A Minute: Retro Review : Nas - Illmatic

Dayrell and I are back again with another, Music Review In A Minute.  This time we are doing another one of our retro reviews.  Earlier we took a look at (MF) DOOM's Born Like This.  This time we decided to go a little further back into the archives and rate Nas' magnum opus, Illmatic.

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

J.Period & Black Thought Present The Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)

Truelements + Lyrics to Go present the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP — a first-of-its-kind J.Period mixtape RECORDED LIVE ONSTAGE at Toronto’s premiere hip hop festival, The Manifesto, Sept. 26, 2010. Starring legendary MC Black Thought (The Roots), the “J.Period Live Mixtape (Illadelph Edition)” EP features a 30-minute barrage of LIVE J.Period remixes with Black Thought ripping rhymes over new and classic hip hop hits, Roots fan favorites, plus a finale segment where Thought pays tribute to his favorite MCs by impersonating them (see: The Roots’ “Boom”).

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

J.Period & ?uestlove Bury The Hatchet

In the wake of "The Last Laugh (J.Period Didn't Do It! Remix)," a hilarious new track by Skillz about a wager with Questlove gone awry, J.Period visits the Jimmy Fallon set with a peace offering for the legendary Roots drummer, in hopes of smoothing things over...

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Music Reviews In A Minute: Retro Review : DOOM - Born Like This

This time we have our first retro review.  During these reviews we will be taking a look at great albums from the recent and not so recent past to help establish that baseline that we talked about in our original Music Review In A Minute.  Think of it as a way to measure newer releases against albums that are widely considered great or classics.  Hell, maybe they are just considered classics by us.  First up is DOOM's Born Like This:

Thursday, September 23, 2010

Music Reviews In A Minute: The Roots - How I Got Over

This week, 8thlight introduced Music Reviews In A Minute as our new feature to the blog and now we are back with another installment. This time, we are reviewing The RootsHow I Got Over.

Again, to keep you familiar with the process, we rated each song on the album on a scale of one to five stars to come up with the final score (as we will do with all other album reviews from here on out, for both current and classic albums). Furthermore - in fairness, album intros, outros, interludes, and skits are not included in the ratings.

The set of red stars are my ratings and the set of black stars are 8thlight’s.

Monday, September 20, 2010

Music Reviews In A Minute: Black Milk - Album Of The Year

I have been kicking around the idea of reviewing music on this site for a while now.  I just was looking for another way to do it than your typical write up with flowery language or overuse of street slang.  I also wanted to do reviews in a way that would be more than just me telling you what I love, but to also give you my perspective along with that of another.  I have certain artists that I love and may give a very bias opinion on, but I want to hopefully counteract that with alternative point of view or at the very least, another point of view.  A Cali girl and a PA guy should be varied enough in points of view, right?

The plan is to review current as well as classic albums in a quick and concise fashion.  I look at the classic albums as a baseline for our tastes in a matter of speaking.  We will be getting to the classic albums soon enough, but first up Dayrell and I will be reviewing Black Milk's Album Of The Year.

Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Canz - Life After Graduation Mixtape

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The Canz give you a brief track by track breakdown of their mixtape in this blog entry.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Limited Edition God of War: Ghost Of Sparta PSP

Sony's Playstation Blog recently announced that the latest portable iteration of God Of War will drop on November 2nd and will come with a pretty sweet bundle.

RaTheMC - Heart Of A Champion Mixtape