The Wire: Felicia 'Snoop' Pearson Interview

I was a late watcher of The Wire. As my pen name (Holden Caulfield) suggests my unnumbered retorts open with the sincere: “Eff that!!!”. The more ubiquitous the sell (claim) the more driven my rejection, thusly I wasn’t initially sold.
My man 2 Liter kept telling me about Omar Little, played by Michael Kenneth Williams, a homosexual stick-up-kid so thorough he once primped satin PJs in the street whistling his leitmotif as a forewarning. My attraction to the show was not me drawn to Omar’s sexual prejudices; conversely, I found his character dynamic and thought then that if one character was so compellingly humanized then what would a series worth of characters offer. My answer came in form of me watching the series as I am a dedicated fan of the show. I now get advance seasons and am slated to have the entire season five by New Years.


In other unrelated news:

Rolling Stone : The Prophet of Climate Change: James Lovelock, one of the most eminent scientists of our time says that global warming is irreversible — and that more than 6 billion people will perish by the end of the century written by Jeff Goodell and posted: Oct 17, 2007 2:20 PM:
RS I Playahata


Sensual Seduction

The 2000's are the new 1980's.

Needed Calming

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Needed this video: A Piece of the Action, ending credits, to calm me through laughter as it helped me keep my hands to myself while at the plantation this morning as I really wanted to share my pugnacious bellicosity. Effing supervisors…

+Video: First spotted at 4 Brothers Beat

Pearls Before Swine

Jay-Z: Like an Easter Egg Hunt

Jay-Z’s coded references meet double-entendres in a gray area such that they vacillate in qualifying as such. Yet he talks a length with MTV: Nov 27 2007 3:14 PM EST in an article by Jayson Rodriguez and titled: Jay-Z, Behind The Rhymes: Hidden Britney Spears Reference Is Just One Trick Of Hov's Trade - in part two of our four-part series, Jay talks about his love for lyrics that reveal their meaning over time, 'like an Easter egg hunt' in the aforementioned regard. He ends his interview as follows:

"My voice, is less than 10. Let's just say that. I never thought I had a great pitch. ... What I do is overcompensate with words and flow."





Mick Boogie + Busta Rhymes + J Dilla
Collector’s Edition

via Mick Boogie's November 21st, 2007 post: Mick + Busta + Dilla = 11/27/07:

“The homie
Busta Rhymes called me the other day following up on an idea I gave him months and months ago. So long ago that I actually forgot about it. He called me with four very specific words: “Check your inbox, son!” When I opened it, I found song after song of unreleased craziness from Busta and the late, legendary J Dilla. So after a week of figuring out our strategy, it’s done. Mick Boogie + Busta + Dilla = Dillagence. The album of the year…and it’s not even an album!”

+AHH: Busta Rhymes, Mick Boogie Team For J. Dilla Tribute 'Dillagence'

RZA Proffers his Version of Conflict with Raekwon

courtesy of Westwood TV.
via Nah Right.

+Proffer: M-W
+MTV: Wu-Tang Clan's RZA Insists Infighting 'Evaporates' When Crew Is Together
+Village Voice: 8 Diagrams: RZA's Drug-Rap Masterwork


American Gangster: Samples

Jay-Z: American Gangster: Samples
From ? (?,?)

The redundancy deity will revel in this act, a precious humble duplicity, as Shake of 2DopeBoyz posted the following first on November 15th:


01 Hank Marvin: New Earth (Pray)
02 Marvin Gaye: Soon I'll Be Loving You Again (American Dreamin)
03 Beastie Boys: Hello Brooklyn (Hello Brooklyn 2.0)
04 Barry White: Love Seranade (No Hook)
05 The Menahan Street Band: Make the Road By Walkin (Roc Boys)
06 Rudy Love & The Family: Does Your Mama Know (Sweet)
07 Little Beaver: Get Into The Party Life (Party Life)
08 The Isley Brothers: Between The Sheets (Ignorant Shit)
09 Tom Brock: The Love We Share Is The Greatest Of Them All (say hello)
10 Larry Ellis & The Black Hammer: Funky Thing, Pt.1 (Success)
11 The Dramatics: Fell For You (Fallin)
12 En Vogue: Hold On (Blue Magic)
13 Curtis Mayfield: Short Eyes (American Gangster)

+ Shake of 2DopeBoyz also posted: Kayne West: Graduation Sample : HipHopDX l 2DopeBoyz
+Carrot eyes:
2DopeBoyz post discovered by 2 Liter

SP-1200 Vapors

See the Village Voice for: The Dirty Heartbeat of the Golden Age article written by Ben Detrick on November 13th, 2007 4:44 PM; where Detrick interviews: The Cast:Hank Shocklee Part of the Bomb Squad and producer for Public Enemy, Ice Cube, and Slick Rick

  • Lord Finesse Producer for the Notorious B.I.G., Dr. Dre, and Big L
  • Pete Rock Recording artist with CL Smooth and producer for Heavy D, Nas, Das EFX, and House of Pain and
  • Ski Producer for Jay-Z, Camp Lo, and Sporty Thievz.

In the summer of 1987, E-mu Systems released the SP-1200, a drum machine and sampler designed for dance-music producers. An update of a previous model known as the SP-12, the souped-up edition allowed for the recording and manipulation of a 10.07-second sample with gritty 12-bit sound quality—now you could craft a complete instrumental on one portable machine.
Just as the Stradivarius or the Fender Stratocaster were standard-bearers by which other instruments were judged, the SP-1200 quickly became the tool of choice for East Coast beat-makers during rap's so-called "Golden Age," a period during the late '80s and early '90s, when sampling laws were still being meted out in courtrooms.

In other news courtesy of AHH:
Juice Crew Story Coming To Theaters In 'The Vapors' as reported by Mike Winslow on Sunday, November 18, 2007 12:24 PM:
The story of legendary Hip-Hop collective The Juice Crew is coming to the big screen in a new movie titled The Vapors.
The Vapors will be directed by Furqaan Clover, who also recently shot Queen of Media, which tells the story of radio personality Wendy Williams.
The character driven story is inspired by the true life events of DJ Marley Marl, Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane and Roxanne Shante and chronicles the group’s rise to fame during Hip-Hop’s golden age.
The legendary collective was headed up by Marley Marl and featured legendary rappers like MC Shan, Big Daddy, Kane, Craig G., Biz Markie, Kool G. Rap and DJ Polo, Roxanne Shante, Masta Ace, TJ Swan, Cool V and Tragedy.
Juice crew members Roxanne Shante and Biz Markie released seminal records on the Philadelphia-based Hip-Hop label Pop Art in 1984, before entering into rap history when Juice Crew member MC Shan released the classic single "The Bridge" in 1986.
The single sparked "The Bridge Wars" between MC Shan and the Juice crew and Bronx rapper KRS-One and his Boogie Down Productions, one of the most legendary feuds in Hip-Hop history.
The Vapors is scheduled to start filming in January of 2008.

The AllHipHop Top 20 Dopest Verses Ever!


Bad Santa

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Found in the Brain

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Willie Hutch: Since I Found You Everything's Alright
From: Ode To My Lady (Motown, 1975)


Per NewScientist Source of ‘Optimism’ Found in the Brain as reported by Roxanne Khamsi on October 24, 2007 - 18:00:
Two regions of the brain linked to optimism have been discovered by researchers. The identification of the sites that signal positive thinking could shed light on the causes of depression, they say.

Per NYT: In Hollywood Hives, the Males Rule written by Natalie Angier:
In Hollywood’s animated family fare about animals, the overwhelming majority of characters are male, despite nature’s preferred sex ratio of roughly 50-50.


PE No. 1: Cam'set

To my sister's abhorrence: Harlem's Public Enemy #1 misogynist... Cam'set!!!

+Cam'ron: MySpace

Big Doe Rehab

Ghostface (Killah): The Big Doe Rehab (cover)
Island/ Def Jam, Dec. 4, 2007): ASIN: B000XK7P6Y

The Wu-Tang Clan's most recognizable personalities returns with his 7th solo album.
Ghostface has maintained visibility in the marketplace by touring the country on his own headlining tour, the Wu-Tang Reunion Tour, and many music festivals. He continues that visibility with the Adult Swim College Tour in October and The Hip Hop Live Tour featuring Rakim in November. Though touring, Ghostface has made time to give his fans another dose of the raw hyperbolic lyricism.
This December, The Big Doe Rehab is sure to have fans and "smart-dumb-ni&&ers" satisfied with their next fix of Ghostface.

+Book: The World According to Pretty Toney (MTV Press, Nov. 1, 2007): Amazon l Dusty Groove
+Top 20 Verses: Ghostface Killah Ft. Cappadonna: Winter Warz: AHH
+The Ghostface Killah: Doll


Drinks on the House

AHH: Rapper Jay-Z Takes On Elvis For Most #1 Albums, published Tuesday, November 6, 2007: 9:44 AM by Houston Williams:
If all goes Jay-Z's way, the rap mogul will tie rock legend Elvis for the most number one albums in history, a feat that depends on the success of the rapper's American Gangster album.
If Jay-Z's American Gangster sells well, only The Beatles would have offered the music world more number one albums, with an incredible 19.

In related news, Jay-Z announced that the American Gangster album will not be available on iTunes.
"As movies are not sold scene by scene, this collection will not be sold as individual singles," Jay-Z said, noting that the album could be purchased online at Rocafella, Amazon and Rhapsody.

In addition to debuting a video for "Roc Boys" this week, Jay-Z will be featured on VH1's Storytellers series, which airs on November 8.


No Standing

Jay-Z: American Gangster (entire album)
From: American Gangster (Roc-A-Fella, Nov. 6, 2007)

Read: It Is What It Is by Elliott Wilson (YN) from his On and On: The Jigga Opinion relative S Dot’s take on:

  • First week album sales predictions
  • Curtis, Marshall and Andre
  • The best MC’s today (present company excluded)
  • Ann Jones’ baby boy
  • Foxy Brown
  • The rocks thrown at his Presidential throne
  • Failing to acquire the rights to rename the NJ Nets arena
  • The real Frank Lucas.

Also note It Is What It Is by Elliott Wilson (YN) from his The Making Of…: “Roc Boys” produced by: Sean “Puffy” Combs and The Hitmen (LV, Sean C, D-Dot, and Mario Winans) and the Uncontrollable Hustler’s Ambition entry.

+Rolling Stone: Jay-Z Returns to His Roots For “American Gangster” - Inspired New Album


Stray Bullets

Talib Kweli interviews Madlib on BET's Rap City, which aired this past Monday.


Stones Throw Video Podcast 25
Stray Bullets

Detroit's Guilty Simpson conjoins with the World Famous Beat Junkies: Rhettmatic.
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+DJ Rhettmatic: FatBeats l MySpace l Stylus
+Guilty Simpson: Discogs l MySpace l Stones Throw
+Talib Kweli: MySpace l Official Site l OkayPlayer l Rolling Stone l VH1


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