Monday, September 7, 2009

Jigga Rhapsody Commecial!


spotted at the midnightfix

I was wrong

The Blueprint 3 slated to drop tomorrow, is actually quite good. I do think i was right to harbour skepticism. The first couple singles and leaks were not exactly the fire i was hoping for. Take "Run This Town" which is a few minutes too long for my liking. DOA the original street single wasn't exactly a full strength effort either. Jay-z might be taking some knocks for hating on the auto-tune or whatever but i don't think its scathing or personal. He just wants rappers to step up, lyric to lyric. So that was DOA, while Run This Town was an assertion that rap was a two headed monster and to be frank, Kanye kind of helt it down. Timbaland who had in the past brought Jigga some of his bigger anthems kind of regressed on this one but thats pretty much where the negativity ends. The rest of the effort is pretty nice. 7/10 and that puts it right behind American Gangster in my top 5 Jigga albums 1995 to whatever.

Jay-Z - A Star is Born ft. J. Cole

This one is about how everybody got their start somewhere, somehow, and it's a little launching pad for the Nation's first signee, J. Cole, a rapper that curiously waited for Jigga outside of his studio to hand him his demo tape a couple years ago. Every dog has his day.

Jay-Z - Empire State of Mind ft. Alicia Keys

This is that New York Anthem not quite as gritty as one would think an hommage to the rotten apple would be, but this one glorifies rather than pits itself on crime and poverty. Manhattan Alicia Keys approprietly sings the hook. " I make the yankee fitted more famous than a yankee can".

Jay-Z - On to the Next One ft. Swizz Beats

"Niggas like my old shit, buy my old albums". If i can get anything from this song, it's that Jay isn't done just yet. He links up with Swizz once again who samples Justice's D.A.N.C.E if only tacitly.

Jay-Z - Real As It Gets ft. Young Jeezy

One of those rap songs that aims to be epicly uplifting. The snowman comes nice again but it's 2009 and we expect that much. When Jigga is in the building it's no longer recession rap folks.

Monday, August 31, 2009


aka Ross Birchard

They call it Wonky, I just call it ZIP ZAP RAP


Hudson Mohawke - Rising 5

off of the upcoming (oct 13th) LP Butter

and yeah that jigga album is somewhere on the internets if you care


DJ Class (BODYMORE) + Pitbull (MIAMI)

The Baltimore Club Music Hybrid and applying it to club rap. If this doesn't blow it up I don't know what will.

Pitbull - Juice Box (produced by DJ Class)

Sunday, August 30, 2009

Twinz - 1st Round Draft Pick (1995)



g-funk raised me, who did you solid?

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Monday, August 24, 2009

We hit the mall..

..and ball all day

I'm really diving into the latest swag ball frenzy that hip hop has been pushing of late.

Rich Kids Ent. - Wassup

Polo on his body something spiffy in his ear.

Gnarlyyyy@#% :Black Boy White Boy

The real Travis Porter isn't really white but you get the concept..


Fires Reach Athens..Again

Scenes evoking images of similar events in 2007.

I hold stories linked to Greece kind of dear because of the family I've got living inside and on the skirts of the metropolis. Last years riots in Athens put things at a standstill for weeks and the wildfire coupled with constant political distress can't be easy for my cousins and uncles. The Military is now involved and they've got airtankers dropping water all over the place. The one problem is that there is little to no coordination between the military, firefighters or local government. What is most trifling is that I'd bet my last drachma that this is the work of arsonists. Arsonists that are working in tandem with a decade of drought oh would it just rainnnn.

Thursday, August 20, 2009

24k Rap


Sunday, August 16, 2009

GhostDeini The Great

Tony is working on a new R&B album supposedly working around the theme of the Wizard of don't think this latest release is anything but contractual. Just a couple touch-ups on dated tracks.

Ghostface - Run (Remix) ft. Freeway, Lil' Wayne, Rae & Jadakiss

Ghostface - Be Easy (Remix) ft. Ice Cube

Ghostface - Kilo (Remix) ft. Rae & Malice

Friday, August 14, 2009

Somethin' Somethin' Ninety Foe'

Hey look! BIG MIKE was really nice in 1994.

Guys like me have been criticized for having our head stuck in the past or wtv...

I've got scruples son.

Big Mike - Havin' Thangs

Big Mike - Smoke Em & Choke Em

Big Mike - Playa Playa

Monday, August 10, 2009

Nike '09

Mo Williams as FOG RAW

+ Kevin Durant as VELVET HOOP

+ Andre Iguodala as CHIEF BLOCKA

+ Rashard Lewis as ICE-O

+ Directed by Andreas Nilsson

and..a DJ Quik cameo !@!@!

Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Bodymore and Backk..

A couple weeks ago my friend an I embarked on a road trip of sorts in the upper crust of the east-coast. I wanted to share my experiences in scrapbook steeelo but my friend is sitting on the photographical evidence that would make our exploits all that more believable. We endured the trip on ginseng and fast food. When we grew tired of our ipod plug-ins we tuned into local urban radio and made a faultless effort to chit chat. And to be frank, i picked the right duder to pull this trip off with because we didn't clash or anything close to that. So heres to experiences that shaped our livelyhood because we could have just as easily gone to Cancun and figured that much.

Stopping in Baltimore I went to the 2nd Annual My Crew Be Unruly event at the Paradox in Baltimore where i linked up with Larrikin who had initially put me onto club music a year and a half ago. Here is a mix he put together while studying a broad this summer.


1.Build Up||Larrikin
2.Put It Down||DJ R.L.
3.Gimme A Wally||YbE
4.Bang RMX||Nadus
6.Pop Dat Kitty Kat||DJ Spaz
7.Chitty Bang||DJ EF-X
8.Handz Part 1||DJ Ray
9.Bust It Wide Open||DJ Sliim
10.Hit It To The Beat||DJ DOPEKID
11.Hype Shit||DJ MDOT
12.Turn It Up||Larrikin
13.Sets Up||King Tutt
14.Club Hair Weave||pimp1pimpc
15.Maniac Brothers RMX||Krayzie K
16.Buck Dat Nigga||DJ Ace Boogie
17.You Ugly As Shit||Dwizz
18. Seg’s GetEm||DJ Sega
19.Fuck What I Say||Samir&Emon
20. Best Friend||Lil Lucky
21. Go 3||Say-Wut
22. Gon Girl|DJ B-Eazy
24.Crazy Legs||Rod Lee
25.Bad Boys||DJ Sega
26.She Got It Booty Bounce||???
27.Let The Hornz Blow||DJ Phinesse
29. Birthday Theme||Rod Lee
30.Birthday Sex||DJ Sliink&DJ Tray
31. Birthday Song||Rod Lee
32. Monay||Larrikin
33.I Want You Back||Dre Skull
34.Let’s Do This||Rod Lee



Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Word is Dam-Funk will be releasing a 5 set LP titled TOEACHIZOWN

heres the sampler, the first of 5 being available for 6$ at the Stones Throw Website (LINK)


Monday, July 6, 2009


The 3rd album that I thoroughly enjoyed in 2009 is...

Lee Fields & The Expressions - My World

Lee fields brings it back to Cooley High and he actually was there to prove it.
After somewhat of a hiatus which we will call the 80's, Lee Fields has re-emerged. My favourite cut on this one is Ladies:the admissible ode to cat calling and girl watching, something Montreal Summers can/not humble.

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Honey Dove

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Ladies

Lee Fields & The Expressions - Do You Love Me (Like You Say You Do)


Esther Williams - Last Night Changed It All

Who's Real, Who's Not ?

Jadakiss - Who's Real (ft. Swizzie + OJ Da Juiceman)


A Lack of Solidarity..

I have learned to channel my negative energy into productivity in times of relative incoherence.

This might sound pointless and over the top but it got me through a week where I was unhappy at times for no apparent reason. :)

And somebody needs to remind me to pay that Visa bill.
I'm not getting that Countach on bad credit...

Megan Fox wants to hear I Love You and I'm not about to make her wait.
After seeing transformers the echoes of the jazz fest sound system made it seem like I was still trapped in the movie. The God of Grape and his sidekick Blueberry Blunt Paper had already exposed my vulnerabilities and I wasn't about to put up a fight against Decepticons let alone public security. Replace Tyrese Gibson with Morris Chesnutt and the movie would have peaked beyond belief, The opening sequence was worth 30 dorra$ atleast. YADDAMEAN

This month i been feeling this old time organist Charles Earland. Word to Cam at Steve's, The Hammond B3 is mean machine. If only Ray Manzarek had joined the darkside, The Doors would have had a fuller sound, but who am I to defecate on The Doors and their UNFUCKWITTABLE catalogue.
Heres some of his work.

Charles Earland - Betty's Theme (Dynamite Brothers Soundtrack 1974)

Charles Earland - I Was Made To Love Her

Charles Earland - Murilley

Like that Ethiopan Chick once said I've Got real Hootspa!
This Blog must go on..And by go on i mean Wordpress and Accolades.
Changes to Follow..

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

I might walk home alone..

Jonathan Richman is in Montreal tonight!@! at the Cabaret Juste Pour Rire

Unfortunately nobody really wants to reach with me or so i would think..

But for those interested he of modern lovers fame will be playing with Vic Chesnutt starting at 8:30..

The Modern Lovers - Girlfriend

The Modern Lovers - Dignified & Old

The Modern Lovers - Hospital

Saturday, June 20, 2009


I still don't know how i'm going to manage but this week is..

The 2009 Montreal International Reggae Festival on the 26th, 27th and 28th


Frankie Paul will headline the first night as U-Roy and Yellowman's former sparring partner Charlie Chaplin will close out what is being labelled Sound System Night. special appearance by the west island's own Danny Rebel and the KGB***


Dancehall Night is ticketed at 50 dollars but it could be one of the rare opportunities to catch the fireman Capleton in Montreal. Check for Anthony B as well...this night might entice me to grab the weekend pass.


The last night works as a tribute to rocksteady legend Alton Ellis. Sugar Minott is here, and we all know he charted well in the 80's. A personal favourite will also flatline as Sanchez will perform his signature Lovers Rock. Ky-Mani Marley will close out the weekend but one could expect a soundclash on the final night word to U-Roy...

if that isn't enough. Collie Buddz will be at Cafe Campus on the 27th as well. but thats not enough to redirect me unfortunately. My aim is true.

And this all goes down at Parc Jean Drapeau next to LARONDE

so spend your money on this and skim over Osheaga cuz we all know thats a rubbish festival.

and with Stevie Wonder and Kool & the Gang coming through the week after you'll have decisions to make. Hopefully i've put things in perspective.

Sanchez - Chronic

Rodney P ft. Ky-Mani Marley - The Nice Up

Capleton - High Grade

Thursday, June 11, 2009

Now we just gotta get Shomari to pick up the fiddle again..

Tuesday, June 9, 2009


The Matron might have found his maiden.
Time is like Motrin, the Slew is a process for non-believers
But i chose to ride pine when others took jumpers
I passed on candy apples when trophies were waiting in the wings.
And look at me now.


Lenny White - Morning Sunrise
We Will Share This Morning..very very sexy(1979)

Nosaj Thing - Coat of Arms
Nosaj Thing - Quest
his live set was bit of a grower but 2009 is the year of the OX

Dam-Funk - Nyghtryder
My Trans Am does the Watusi

The Undisputed Truth - California Soul

Psychedelic Soul that stayed indubitable until Donna Summers took over in the late 70's

Weldon Irvine - We Gettin' Down

Young, Gifted and Broke..award tour sample(1974)

Sunday, May 31, 2009

The Masquerade is Over


How long can Walt hide the truth from his family and constituants..

I smell a shitstorm..

Breaking Bad 9pm Sunday on AMC

Monday, May 25, 2009

This past weekend I was packaging living lobster in what was their final hearing before the big broil. Sometimes you wish you could buy the lot and save the day but then they poop on your finger and you just lose the adulation altogether.


Malo - Just Say Goodbye
Santana's older brother leads this latin-rock-funk-mambjfasdkjfbsdjkbfkb....Song picks up, mellows out then breaks off again!

D-LO - NO HOE REMIX ft. E-40, the Jacka, Beeda Weeda

"it's D-LO you already know though, we don't give a fuck about no hoe"

Galt MacDermot - Ripped Open By Metal Explosions

this one has been in the vault for three years mayne.

Roxy Music - The Bob (Medley)

Althea & Donna - Uptown Top Ranking
Top of the Pops in 78'
"Nuh Pop No Style, Ah Strictly Roots!"

Wednesday, May 20, 2009


Stevie Wonder will be in Montreal on the 30th of June
Opening up the Jazz Fest for free at the General Motors Spot
Next to Place Des Arts

If Manu Chao and Pat Metheny can pull numbers there, Little Stevie can do no less.

Stevie Wonder - Shoo-Be-Doo-Be-Doo-Da-Day

Stevie Wonder - Wondering

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Escorts - By the Time I get to Phoenix
Cover of the classic that has been retouched by everyone from Isaac Hayes to Nick Cave
This one being done by a band of former convicts...really convincing shit.

Shuggie Otis - Strawberry Letter 23
OG version that didn't chart but is hella better..note the tantalizing guitar solo somewhere near the middle/end.

Freddy Scott & the 4 Steps - Same Ole Beat
Kind of a Junior Walker vibe on this cut. horn section of note.

Kenny Lynch - Half the Day's Gone and We Haven't Earned a Penny

Recession Rap, it's a mans mans world......

T. Rex - Summer Deep
Marc Bolan talking mad jive.

"A coat of grapes is on my back again / I ride upon my zebra / Pterodactyl beak hat on my brow / The truth is like a stranger"


a special shoutout to my moms and your moms on this day..


Tuesday, May 5, 2009

The Budos Band

Checked them the other day... because almost anything on Daptones Records is co-signable.
Horn Section like woah and a very africanesque sound
and a huge lineup
  • Vincent Balestrino, Shekere
  • Thomas Brenneck, Electric Guitar
  • John Carbonella Jr., Congas, Drums
  • Mike Deller, Organ
  • Daniel Foder, Bass Guitar
  • Cochemea Gastellum, Tenor Sax, Flute
  • Andrew Greene, Trumpet
  • Dave Guy, Trumpet
  • Rob Lombardo, Bongo, Congas
  • Brian Profilio, Drums
  • Dame Rodriguez, Cowbell, Clave, Tambourine
  • Jared Tankel, Baritone Saxophone

    check them out here :)

    The Budos Band - Budos Rising
    The Budos Band - Aynotchesh Yererfu

    April 30
    Clusterfunk Party
    Brooklyn, NY

    May 2
    Terrace Club
    Princeton, NJ

    May 23
    Over the Top Festival
    Toronto, Ontario

    May 24
    Pepperjack Cafe
    Hamilton, Ontario

    July 28
    University at Buffalo
    Buffalo, New York

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Final week and a half of class can't wait for the footy season to commence.
Rock a fly jersey in the summertime Gawd.

CC Waterbound - Bout 2 Go Down
Curtis May-Feeled her Ass. It's that time of the year again.

Big Chief - Check (ft. Bobby Valentino & Slim Thug)

UGK - Feelin' You
My favourite cut on the new UGK album...Bun B uses the word Panache :)

War - Flying Machine
7 and half minutes of melting pot.

Eddie Kendricks - Date with the Rain
Hiding my tears in the rain...

45 King - Spread Love Remix
Remix of Take6 (1989).. Love is what we need!

Wednesday, April 29, 2009

AZ - Gimme Yours

if only the last WU album had been as heat seeking as this...

Tuesday, April 28, 2009


It's still thursday night at Zoo Bizzy
and Saturday Night Stones Throw Tour featuring..
Mayer Hawthorne
Peanut Butter Wolf
James Pants

Dam-Funk - Hood Pass Intact
Mayer Hawthorne - Maybe So, Maybe No

Wednesday, April 22, 2009


Buraka Som Sistema U.S Tour

Buraka Som Sistema - General
Buraka Som Sistema - IC19
Rusko - Cockney Thug (Buraka Som Sistema Remix)

Progressive Kuduro comes to Montreal
For all you jacks that don't know the half..kuduro is the quintessential urban music of Angola
Nothing is more gully than kuduro.
Buraka Som Sistema are from Portugal as was Paella before i discovered it was more of a Hispanic rice dish..
None the less
The soundcrew will be touring with DJ Sega and stopping in Montreal on April 30th at Zoo Bizarre near Beaubien Metro.

Monday, April 20, 2009

Colombian Expatriates Turn To Europe and Never look Back..

Elkin & Nelson - Jibaro

Elkin & Nelson - Los Invitamos

Sunday, April 19, 2009

Swizz is by no means a legible rapper...but this joint is undeniably HARD

Baby Huey & The Babysitters - Hard Times

Thursday, April 16, 2009


I haven't been posting too much in the last quarter.
Let's call this the supplemental draft...

Da Ranjahz - Insp Her Ation
Cee-Lo kills the hook on Premo Production. Da Ranjahz offer insight on how they hold it together even without a wedding ring...

Mood Swingaz - The Blessin'
Underground Hip Hop while it still had some Bravado. Infectious..

Wes Restless - Warm Me Up
A Winter Jam that still finds it's place on my weekly ipod playlist.

Mayer Hawthorne and the County - When I said Goodbye
Song about closure...or lack of disclosure. you see for yourself

Mellowman - Pyromellow
French HipHop. 1993-1994ishh...TROP SYMPAA

KMD - Gimme

Doom's new album has me revisiting that zev love shit....

The Flying Burrito Brothers - Dark End of the Street

They opened at that Stones show where the Hell's Angels shanked that bopper who was smoking dust. Kind of country-esque, and i'm not mad at that.

Darondo - Didn't I
Used to hang out with a notorious pimp on the west coast. Somebody got their shit together and released his singles in 06'. discovered watching season 1 of breaking bad hellllooooooooo..

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Who's with me on this one???

Sunday, February 22, 2009

Thursday, February 19, 2009

How they gonna explain this one Rev'Rend??

Public Enemy – A Letter to the New York Post

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Wednesday, February 11, 2009

Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Friday, January 16, 2009

Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Monday, January 12, 2009