Who Dat (No Saints)

April 27, 2010

J.Cole: “Who Dat”

Newest track from one of the youngest in charge.  J.Cole has a nice flow and appears to actually like to make good (hip-hop) music.  Not mad at this at all…

More MC’s in the same vein as Fashawn, J.Cole, and (even) Drake is a good thing.  Do I sense a resurgence?

Via. NR.

Letter to GURU

April 21, 2010

From Gang Starr co-founder DJ Premier:

IT WAS A SAD DAY FOR ME TO GET CONFIRMATION ON THE DEATH OF A MAN WHO I WILL CONTINUE TO CALL MY BROTHER, KEITH ELAM, BETTER KNOWN AS GURU OF THE LEGENDARY GANG STARR.

FROM 1988-2004, WE EXPERIENCED SO MUCH SUCCESS TOGETHER THAT WE WERE ABLE TO EXPAND OUR BUSINESSES INDEPENDENTLY AND GIVE EACH OTHER WHAT GURU CALLED “CREATIVE SPACE”, BEFORE PLANNING TO REUNITE FOR OUR 7TH LP WHEN THE TIME WAS RIGHT. TRAGICALLY, WE WILL NEVER REACH THAT DAY.

I’VE BEEN ASKED TO COMMENT ON A LETTER SPEAKING ILL OF ME WHICH WAS SUPPOSEDLY WRITTEN BY GURU IN HIS DYING DAYS. ALL I WILL SAY ABOUT IT IS THAT OUR TIME TOGETHER WAS BEAUTIFUL, WE BUILT A HIP HOP LEGACY TOGETHER, AND NO ONE CAN RE-WRITE HISTORY OR TAKE AWAY MY LOVE FOR HIM. ONE THING I WOULD NEVER DO IS PLAY AROUND WITH THE TRUTH ABOUT HIS LIFE.

I WILL CELEBRATE GURU’S LIFE… I WILL HONOR HIS MEMORY… I WILL GRIEVE WITH THE ELAM FAMILY OVER HIS UNTIMELY DEATH… I WILL REMEMBER THE GANG STARR FOUNDATION AND ALL OF THE ORIGINAL MEMBERS OF GANG STARR WHO CAME BEFORE ME – WE ALL KNOW EACH OTHER… MOSTLY, I WILL CHERISH EVERYTHING WE CREATED TOGETHER AS GANG STARR, FOREVER. I’M GONNA MISS HEARING HIS SIGNATURE MONOTONE VOICE WHEN HE WALKS IN THE ROOM, BUT THE SONGS WILL ALWAYS BRING IT BACK TO ME….HIS RHYME FLOWS WERE INSANE, AND I WILL NEVER REMOVE HIM FROM MY HEART AND SOUL…….REST IN PEACE TO THE MAN WHO FELT “SATISFACTION FROM THE STREET CROWD REACTION” … I LOVE YOU GOO…….DJ PREMIER

This just sucks…One of the greatest to ever do it passed away earlier today, after months of being in a coma.  It had been discovered later that he was suffering from cancer, which was the catalyst for his recent health issues.

Hip-hop just lost one of it’s brightest stars, responsible for countless classics as the famous Gang Starr lyricist.  I owe much of my love for rap music to the countless songs made by Guru & Premier,  so naturally this one hits home pretty hard.

Thank you GURU for all the classic material, and for helping push hip-hop into the stratosphere.  You will be missed by us all.

Dilla Joints

April 9, 2010

The Roots: Dilla Joints (mixtape)

The Roots recently dropped their official ode to James Yancey, with a new mixtape entitled Dilla Joints.  As you can guess, the whole thing is their own interpretation of his work, complete with efforts from the entire band.  Most tracks are a little more obscure, which makes this really sound like the authentic tribute they intended to make…Plus, we all know how deep ?uestlove’s Dilla crates are (unreleased too), so such a project makes all the sense in the world.

Download now!  Props 2DB’s.

After taking a quick trip to Manhattan last week, I finally made it to the infamous Frank 151 Chop Shop near Canal Street for a shave that I needed pretty badly.  I’ve never sat in the barber chair for a straight shave, but figured I had to do it while in New York.

Not only are the barbers mad cool, but the place is legit, and they have a dope playlist going at all times (KRS-One & The Chakachas for instance).  I came out of the shop feeling pretty fresh, had some good vinyl talk with the barbers, and grabbed a fitted “F” logo hat on my way out.

As I emphasized to the owner, a place like that would make a killing in San Francisco, and he confirmed that one might be in the works…Here’s hoping this happens, because I’ll be coming in for a clean-up on the regular.

Shout out to B & Mike for holding it down too..

Best of Times

March 29, 2010

First track off the incredible In Search of Stoney Jackson, from LA super-group Strong Arm Steady (entirely produced by Madlib).  This is my personal favorite off their recent release, featuring soulful loops and Phonte killing it on the hook.

Copped on wax a while back and suggest you do the same!

Flawless Crowns

March 17, 2010

Raekwon: “Flawless Crowns”

Unreleased Rae joint that was from the OB4CL2 sessions..Not exactly why this wasn’t included, as the the sound is exactly on par with the gutter that is his latest effort (in a very good way).

Also, if you’re feeling this enough to drop around $30 for the limited purple 45″ head over to BoundlessNY to cop.

Really feeling all this purple vinyl love..

Shout to NR.

According to to DJ Premier, Guru’s surgery was a success, which is one step closer to full recovery.  Unfortunately he’s still in a coma, but hopefully this will help speed up the recovery time.

I can’t even stress how important this man has been to my hip-hop upbringing, let alone the entire genre in general.  So many classics it’s hard to ignore this man’s level of rap godliness…To this day, “Just to Get a Rep” remains a top-5 12″ for me, and I make a point of keeping it in the play bin on the regular.

Wishing you and yours the best Guru.  Get better soon!

Purple Vinyl Sons

March 1, 2010

I was in LA over the weekend and stumbled across one of my doper new finds in a long time.  I had heard  that Raekwon was contemplating dropping OB4CL2 on wax, but nothing seemed solidified since the rumors first popped up.  After stopping through Turntable Lab in Hollywood, not only did I spot the official LP treatment, but also noticed that the first batch would be on exclusive purple vinyl.  WHAT?!  Now, not only is the classic follow-up getting proper treatment, but also a nice shout-out to Wu-supporters from back in the day.

Not sure if there are a ton of these left, so don’t sleep if you happen to find one.  That “House of Flying Daggers” sounds real dope over purple vinyl too…

Previously: Album Review

Guru in a Coma

March 1, 2010

Man….Apparently, over the weekend the legendary Guru (of Gang Starr fame) fell into a coma due to complications stemming from a heart attack.  According to his former partner DJ Premier, Guru will undergo surgery tomorrow afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to Guru and his family during these difficult times, and here’s to a full recovery soon.