How the mighty have fallen

Does anyone else wonder how DMX went from TOP 5 rapper to another law breaking, possibly strung out, and just another nigga. No offense, but I’m sure T will agree. Now he really ain’t shit. Plus he just lost out on major cash by plain and simple missing a court date. The rise and fall of a rapper is worse than the stock market. I hope he had enough in his savings to not have to sell his soul and do reality TV. Wait a second . . .

**note the jail pose in the pic

Woman’s Life is Love and a Man’s Love is Life

Why does everyone want love? I feel it is over-rated. I’d rather be able to put up with someone or just stand them for an extended period. That’s all I want. I could marry that person. You can love someone but get a divorce 2 months later. I think it’s more about friendship and tolerance than so-called “love”. Now don’t get it twisted love is nice, and they make GREAT love songs, but it just gets blown outta proportion. It’s not the cure-all and won’t make you happy always. Love only makes things worse and gets in the way, unless you’re me of course. Learn to be detached a bit, be for yourself before someone. It makes it easier on you. And now I leave you with a song that Phonte kills and his verse has something along to the lines of what I’m talking about.

Little Brother – Breakin My Heart

the legend continues

The Roots crew leaked a song off the forthcoming Rising Down, entitled 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction). It fits right in with Game Theory. I’m digging the “darker” side of The Roots and if this is how there new album is gonna sound I say bring it on. Black Thought gets down as usual. Rising Down!!

The Roots – 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)

**courtesy of 2BDZ via OKP

New Workout Plan

Its combine time! I have no idea why people aren’t working out, that s the reason for the combine. FAGS! It makes me upset to turn on the TV and Darren McFadden refuses to bench press when everyone else is. WTF, Why would you accept the invitation to workout then go there and not workout. SHENANIGANS!!! But so far the TE from Purdue (his name slips my mind) is a workout wonder. Hopefully someone else will steal the show too.

My life, my love

Looking at my cd collection, I feel that I must make a list of my favorites. This is not an all-time favorite list, cuz over the years my cd collection has been stolen 2 or 3 times. This is just a list of ten I know I have, and love. Now in no particular order:

1. Jay-Z The Blueprint: I have banged this cd hard (pause) since 9/11. I feel (besides Reasonable Doubt) this is Jay at his best. His beat selection was great, his flow is great on every track and the bonus tracks are good. Unlike many, I feel his verses on Renegade surpass that of eminem’s.

2. Lupe Fiasco Food & Liquor: The leak was better. That being said, Lupe killed this cd. His concept tracks are great. His beat selection is a bit iffy, but you get the point with why he chooses the track. His flow is like the new school version of the old school Nas.

3. Wu-Tang 36 Chambers: This is Wu-Tang at their most gritty and finest. They all kill every track. And Rza’s beats have never been more on point than here. And integrating the Shaolin movies quotes was a great idea.

4. Cody ChesnuTT The Headphone Masterpiece: This cd is pure GENIUS!! This great 2 disc cd has tracks meshing all genres and does so well. With songs ranging from 30 seconds to 5 minutes it’s a mixed bag of fun, love, conceit and more. If you haven’t heard this cd you’re missing out

5. Kanye West College Dropout (remastered): I must note that this is the remastered version. And it is much more crisp (not that the average listener would notice). The drums on spaceship hit much harder and Never Let Me Down is waaayyy cleaner. Kanye’s freshman effort has been called a classic by many and I will agree. All the production from song to song is different and his flow is so raw. Who knew the first nigga wit a Benz and a backpack could be so fresh.

6. Dr. Dre 2001: This was the shit from the first time I heard it. Dre’s (and others) production was ridiculous. They killed, like, the whole cd. It brings out the best raps from even mediocre artists. Hittman serves this cd as the premiere guest. Lawsuits and accusations aside, this cd is a CLASSIC.

7. Little Brother The Listening: The then trio of Phonte, Big Pooh, and 9th Wonder couldn’t have had a better debut. An under the radar classic, they bring it. Phonte shows his sharp lyrical prowess and leaves some room to grow. Pooh is no slouch and has since honed his skill on the mic. 9th shows off his production versatility and starts what has become to be known as “The Snare”. This cd showcases all of the skills of Little Brother and is about as good as a debut album you can make.

8. J Dilla Donuts: The ULTIMATE beat cd. He made this all from a hospital bed, and you would never know. He takes production to another level with this cd. Although he passed 3 days after the release, this would cement his place as the best Hip-Hop producer ever! The creativity is crazy on each track.

9. Common Be: Be is Common’s finding forever. This may be his best record to date (depending who you ask). He flow is a non stop freight train, it comes hard every time. And with Kanye West on the boards you can’t lose. But Dilla came through on my two favorites on the cd. Its Your World was killer song from a lyrical and production stand point. I wish he followed through with the video for every song, but at least we got that great vid for Testify (with Wood Harris, the most under-rated actor ever)

10. Mos Def The New Danger: Talk about slept and hated on. A lot of people shitted on the cd because of the rock/soul/jazz/funk/hip-hop fusion, rather than a pure Hip-hop banger (a la Black on Both Sides). But this joint is fresh. Only his 2nd solo LP, it is great. He shows the definition of versatility and gives us a hit from front to back. My favs are Modern marvel, the boogie man song, and The Rape Over. He raps and sings throughout the cd and it’s a doozy.

**** that pic is before I put my cd’s in order…they were just scattered everywhere.

Sample vs Original production

I feel that there is nothing wrong with sample heavy production. Some say real producers don’t sample; I say that’s BS. The same way producers sample and make a wack track is the same way producers make an original track that sucks balls. It’s about creativity. You can use a played out 808 but make it hot. And you can flip samples that have been used a million times and still make it hot (Just Blaze on “kingdom come” anyone!?). When Kanye and Just were use the chipmunk soul samples it was hot. Shit even the heatmakerz were. But when every nigga wit a computer was speeding up a loop it got wack. So they found something new. Original production gets stale too. Look at Timbo’s catalog. This dude was churning out beats that sounded the same for years. Kinda like Stargate( I see u T). It just has to stay creative. That is why people consider Dilla the holy grail of standards. He looped shit that was half a second long over a 10 sec loop and cut in some random shit. And it was crisp. Not all cluttered. He knew what could fit where and how. CREATIVITY!! That’s what it’s about. You can have any equipment of just use your pc/mac, just make that shit hot.

**shout to the Neptune’s for the spacey shit, for a minute they ran shit and it was beautiful.