Monday, June 29, 2009

Road to Release Day: Eternia & MoSS: "AT LAST" Episode 4

Episode #4 features Eternia receiving an Encore @ the legendary Lyricist Lounge show in NYC, while performing unreleased tracks from the new album “AT LAST” for the first time. Jeru the Damaja hosts the event and speaks on Eternia’s skills, and Eternia leaves a fan from NJ at a loss for words. Over the next 6 months, Eternia will release steady video & audio leaks leading up to the release of Eternia & MoSS's debut album, "AT LAST". Follow them as they shop for a record deal, promote the album, and countdown to the release date. And you just never know what special guests may pop up... stay tuned!

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Check Episode Two
Check Episode Three

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Music Monday - Anthony Hamilton "Her Heart"

I think Anthony Hamilton is one of the most underrated singers out. I dig dude and some folks seem to forget that he has a lot of great music out there. I pretty much own every Anthony Hamilton release, including some of his live music. I decided to slow it down just a bit with this Music Monday. I like the chill vibe that Her Heart provides and had to throw it out there. Happy Monday and enjoy!

TELL 'EM WHY YOU MAD: Tha Lady Blogga on Black Embarrassment Television

I am not a watcher of BET for various reasons. But due to the untimely passing of Michael Jackson, the BET Awards were supposed to be a celebration of Michael Jackson. So I decided to put those reasons to the left and watch in his honor.


Let me start with the Red Carpet Pre-Show. During the Red Carpet Show, it was just a debauchery of performances for the no talent artists we rip-apart daily. Let’s start with the grammar and overall hosting presentation of Rocsi a.k.a. Wrecksi, Terrance and Toccara. I think that if you are going to host a show, there should be mandatory protocol that needs to be followed. First of all, you need to speak proper English. Tocarra was a total embarrassment when speaking to the guests on the red carpet. So was Terrance. He referred to Illinois as “Illinoise” and did it with such confidence. Wrecksi was her usual ghetto self and she was “shouting out” and “hollering” at people every chance she got. All of which would be acceptable if they were on the set of 106 and Park (aka 106 & Playground). But as the nation was tuning in, CNN was covering and just the fact that it was supposed to be an awards show, these red carpet hosts should have stepped their game up.

The red carpet performances were like one big amateur night at the Apollo. Actually, I would have appreciated the talent of the folks at the Apollo much better. On the Red Carpet stage were the talentless acts Pleasure P, Jeremih, Beyonce clone Latoya Locket, New Boys (Whoop?), Day 26 (Whaaaaat?) and another group of instructional dance singers/rappers that I don’t even remember. Once Day 26 won the “Best Group” award over “The Roots”, my capacity for remembering any of this nonsense was out the window.

The show was supposed to be a tribute to Michael Jackson (at least that’s the hype BET went into it with). Jamie Foxx was on his usual BS. He cracked his usual jokes and changes into a new Michael Jackson outfit between acts. I can’t say that I liked it but given the situation, people needed to laugh. While listening to some people sing his MJ songs, I only hoped that he would walk out on the stage and tear it up. But he wasn’t going to. It was awful. Listening to their performances only saddened me and made me miss him more. I know they only had three days to prepare but they could’ve done a better job. I mean, I didn’t expect anything more. This is BET for goodness sake.

The whole beginning of the show was about Michael Jackson. The opening act was all about New Edition. While they had all the Jackson 5 dance moves down, their singing was washed up completely. Bobby Brown even played the role as Tito, he gained like an extra 150lbs and looked awful on stage. He went as far as to do the lip licking thing in the camera… TACKY!! Ne-Yo (who came to the show with an extra from “Candy Girls” and claimed her as his girlfriend…*side eye*) came out and sang “Lady in My Life” and THANK GOD!!! Finally some quality sound. Ciara sang “Heal the World”. And she really shouldn’t have. She did the song no justice. I can’t understand why they didn’t let these artists stay within their range and sing up-tempo songs. The ballads they tried to accomplish were just… Uggghhh.

As the show progressed, we forgot about Michael and had to endure other stuff. I guess because this was such a closely watched event, Jay-Z felt it necessary to make an appearance singing “Death of Auto-Tune”. I am almost positive he wouldn’t have bothered otherwise. While the song is beginning to strike me as lame, his stage performance was not the usual. He finally got a haircut and he was actually unusually energetic. I’ve seen Jay in concert a few times so I am used to his usual dead stick performance.

I mean, I wasn’t surprised at the sloppiness and unprofessional put together show. I especially loved the bad timing of the censor button pusher, who censored the “bad word” after it was already said… And I think he just gave up after awhile because Eddie LeVert managed to say “shit” with no problem. Speaking of LeVert, it was great to hear the O’Jay’s. Real music sounds good and I hope the new breed of whiners and crooners had their notepads out.

There were many things just wrong with this awards show. I could have listed many other singers to have put together meaningful tributes to Michael. I am annoyed that Chris Brown was not a part of the show. Rumor has it that he was not included because of his recent rift with Rihanna. Well there were plenty of alleged woman beaters on the stage last night so that can’t be the reason. Aaron Hall, Bobby Brown, Don Cornelius… And these are all respectable men??

Let’s not forget the ridiculous run of the advertisements for the “Frankie and Neffe” and “Tiny and Toya” shows that made me want to vomit. Who is going to watch that garbage?! Who cares about washed up celebrity relatives? I know I don’t.

The BET Awards show just confirmed what I already knew. That channel needs to be canceled from my cable package immediately. I thought they would have stepped up and actually made themselves look good. Instead, it was a mockery of our culture and music and I am thoroughly embarrassed. I have never known Michael Jackson to be a “friend” to BET. I guess because he’s black and they are a black network, it only seemed right. If Michael Jackson were alive, guaranteed, he would not have been watching that bullshit last night.

Sunday, June 28, 2009

The Old Prince Comes to the US ...

Yep! The Old Prince will be released in the States on June 30. We've been posting a lot of Shad over the last few months leading up to this release. We'll be surely posting more after the release. I dig dude a lot. Check the vid! Enjoy.

Check out more from Shad:
Shad "Rock to It"
The Old Prince Hits the States
What I'm Watching Right Now ... Shad
A Second Listen ... Shad

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"You deserve better" DJ Mr President Talks Hip-Hop

Check the interview with DJ Mr President as he talks about the release of his upcoming project (due out mid July). Dude talks about his frustration with mainstream music. We definitely share a bunch of his opinions on the state of hip-hop. He says you won't recognize most of the artists on his mixtape but they are lyricists that must be heard. Check the interview.


Check It ... Derill Pounds

It’s unique.

That’s the only real way to explain his sound. To stick it in a particular genre would be a grave injustice but if I were forced, I’d leaned toward calling it alternative hip-hop.

No cookie cutter music here. Derill Pounds, the 27-year-old emcee out of Oshkosh, Wisconsin (yes, home of Oshkosh B’Gosh) has been experimenting with music for a while. There’s passion in his music and his sound and lyrics are driven by keeping it real. Yeah, dude definitely keeps it real!

We reached out to dude at least a month back for this Q&A. We’re finally posting it now. Check it out.

How would you describe your sound/music?
Just being myself. I know its cliché but its true. It’s really just about being influenced by so many things in my life kinda shit. I’m gritty. I’m smooth. I freak you out. I’m not the way you like hip-hop. I make you think. I wanna break your face. Take you to a new world. Let’s go to the park kinda shit.

What's your favorite part of doing your music?
Everything! It’s something I just really love to do. It takes me away. It takes me there. I enjoy playing live and meeting new people, but also being a hermit and working on it like some monster in the attic.

What the hardest part of doing your music?
Still having to work everyday! (Haha) Just supporting your self doing it. No glamour involved for the d.i.y. artists, but it teaches you a lot of good and a lot of bullshit. You gotta be humble and just have fun, but really get on your grind too, and I haven't seen the half of what it could be in other places or levels of whatever mainstream medias mingle in.

Who do you work with on you music?
A handful of people. Bufus Wood has been my primary partner in crime making the vast majority of my beats and also one time and soon once again band mate for the "apple bomb fruit flys". It’s just too many to name – so many good peoples and inspirations. Really fortunate that I've gotten to do the things I have with the people I have. Not much of a name dropper.

Who are your musical influences?
Once again, too many to name! Just a couple would be Kool Keith, Steve Miller Band, Tribe, De La, Operation Ivy, Da King & I, Slug, Heiro, and maaaaaaaaaaaaaaaannnnnnnnnyyyyyy more...

Where do you want to see the music go?
Lots of places. I really enjoyed being on the road touring, but would also like to do it more and on the coasts. I just wanna have fun with it and enjoy something I feel like I really need to do. Get to some new heads and have them enjoy it too.

What's upcoming? What projects are in the works?
Releasing my new album "emotional rollercoaster rescue" and trying to push that and some new audiences, friends, and fans. Help my brother Adrian out more with his up and coming "Anti-Famous Ent." Working on some new things with Bufus Wood and J.B. ill. Just see where it takes me and enjoy myself doing it. I’m having fun. I have something to say and I don’t really feel like going away... big ups Mad Bloggers!

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I Don't Care

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Saturday, June 27, 2009

J. Period + Black Thought "Brooklyn Go Hard"

We posted the full video but Black Thought really goes in on Brooklyn Go Hard, so we just posted that part of the clip. J. Period pretty much did a live mixtape during his set and Black Thought ripped it!

J.Period & Black Thought "Brooklyn Go Hard" (Live @ Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2009) from J.Period on Vimeo.

Check out our other post on Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival for the full Black Thought performance

The State of Hip-Hop According to Charles Hamilton

"It's got to the point that an inspirational song is turn my swag on..." - Charles Hamilton

Yeah, you already know how I feel about Charles Hamilton. I think the dude is mostly reckless with his words and says things to just get a rise out of people. Even in this video, he's a bit scattered in some places but for the most part, I think Charles Hamilton says some real stuff in this video.Check it out.

Friday, June 26, 2009

Tha Lady Blogga Remembers MJ ...

Waking up this morning felt weird. I was hoping that’s the news wasn’t true. But it was. Michael Jackson was really dead…

I was trying to figure out what to say. How to address this in a blog but the words couldn’t come. Even though I did not know him personally, it saddened me to tears. Michael was one of those people who were supposed to be immortal. He would be around making music forever. So this is almost surreal.

I remember being a little girl and having the craziest crush on Michael. My wall plastered with posters. I had all kinds of Michael Jackson paraphernalia. Being that my dad was a DJ, I was lucky enough to have his music on vinyl. And my dad had two copies of everything so I would sometimes get in trouble for taking his second record. If I wasn’t dancing in the living room, I was sitting and staring at the album cover and imagining…

Michael’s music was incredible. From a little boy, he sang from the heart; always genuine, always original. Many of the artists out today wanted to be him, at some point. A lot of people sampled his songs and modeled his style but nobody could do it like him. And nobody ever will.

The radio never sounded better. It is unfortunate that it took the death of an icon for us to hear quality music on the radio. I sincerely hope that artists sit back and take a good look at their music. They need to take a good look at the fact that their work ethic sucks, their level of creativity is nil and their focus on what good music is needs to be examined. Some people need a serious adjustment on the garbage they create and step their game up.

It is a shame that Michael died in the public eye, which is what he hated the most about show business. Instead of people paying homage to his great artistic works, the news and other media are trying to still, break him down. I hope that he can finally rest in peace. I know heaven is rockin’ right now!! Most of our greats are up there … R.I.P. Michael Jackson

J Period's Tribute To Michael Jackson

Shout out to J. Period and the folks over at for this Tribute To Michael Jackson. The world lost an incredibly amazing legend but his music will forever live on.

Download J Period's "Man Or The Music" A Tribute To Michael Jackson.

Workin Day & Night (Demo Version)
Workin Day & Night
P.Y.T. (Re-Edit)
Wanna be Startin Somethin
Mama Say/Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (Interlude)
Don't Stop Til You Get Enough (Demo Version)
Let's Dance (Shake Your Body Down to the Ground)
Dancing Machine
Billy Jean (Demo Version)
Can You Feel It?
Off the Wall
Rock With You
Say Say Say
Smooth Criminal
In the Closet
Remember the Time
I Wanna Be Where You Are
It's Great to be Here (Remix)
Can't Help It
Ah One Two
Heartbreak Hotel
I'll Be There
Right Here Interlude
Human Nature
It's Your Thing
Rockin Robin
I Want You Back
Bonus: Man in the Mirror
Bonus: Stranger in Moscow
Bonus: Lady in My Life

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Thursday, June 25, 2009

Real Talk: Remembering The King of Pop

Real talk for just a moment. Let's celebrate life.

Let the allegations and the Jacko talk fall back and let us appreciate the artist. Just for a real moment don't focus on the mostly gossip and rumor based nonsense of Michael Jackson's life and let's talk about and remember an INCREDIBLE artist with an extraordinary gift.

His music entertained us. His rise moved us. He was the King of Pop. This one man, his dance moves, his videos and his musical catalogue have impacted many different generations. There are those that grew up with Motown's Jackson 5 and then those that knew the amazing solo career of Michael Jackson.

The Internet and television - basically every media source have been on fire and have almost come to a halt over Michael Jackson. I grew up during a time that a Michael Jackson video world premier was a huge event. They covered his video like an Obama news conference on every major network. It was huge. You sat in your living room around a television and waited for the King of Pop's newest offering to the world to premier during prime time.

He was huge. He was the King of mini-series type music videos. I think most people can remember where they were when they saw Thriller for the first time. I'll bet that those same people are still a little afraid of the video to this day. How many of us have pulled a line from Billy Jean? You remembered how crazy the Remember The Time video was with Eddie Murphy and Magic Johnson. Who has world renowned movie directors directing their music videos? Yeah, Michael Jackson.

His collaborations go on and on and on. His career stretches decades. What were you doing when you were 10 years old?

He provided REAL dance moves. Remember the moonwalk? Remember that move he pulled in the Smooth Criminal video? I bet there are folks digging in their closet for their thriller jacket and searching for their single glove right now! Folks might be buying out stores for high-water pants, white socks and dress shoes right now. Be real.

Michael Jackson was and is an icon. Regardless of what has happened to the man in recent years in his personal life, his music is legendary and every rapper and singer deep down (and some on the surface) want to be him in some regards.

Let us appreciate the music that he gave to the world. Let us remember the King of Pop and his ability to make grown people cry and men and women alike faint while he performed.

The man was legendary and should be respected and appreciated. If you have MJ jokes or nonsense, save it. He dealt with enough of it in life, do we need to disrespect him in death? Let's celebrate and be positive. This goes for major networks and individuals.

Like my man O said, every radio station everywhere should be playing nothing but Michael Jackson for the whole weekend. He deserves that much.

It's just real talk.

A few words from "O":
It was an incredibly sad day in this world the day they announced Michael Jackson's passing. I can't believe how affected I get when I hear his music now. Having to fight the lump in my throat knowing he is forever gone from us and this world. I feel at least blessed to have grown up during the great part of his career. So many classics that will forever be remembered. I may have been younger but I still knew and felt his music to be greater than anyone can or will ever create. It's hard for me to talk about it now considering how powerful his music is and knowing he's no longer here to create more of that magic. Through out his ups and downs, he has given the world more than anyone I can even imagine. Michael did so much through his music. I hope God has open his gates in heaven for him and is waiting with open arms. He can suffer no longer. May his legend live on eternally through us and through his music.

Man in The Mirror

I Want You Back

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Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Check It Out ... Prophetic "Golden Helmet"

I don't know what it is about Wisconsin but we seem to have some connection with the State. We've posted a lot of artist from Wisconsin on the site over the last few months. Check out the new video from Prophetic, "Golden Helmet", directed by Darren Cole. Darren Cole is a dope director and Prophetic does his thing on this track! Check it out.

Alpha Sessions~Prophetic from Darren Cole on Vimeo.

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Blitz @ Highline Ballroom

Check out the live performance from Blitz the Ambassador performing with The Mighty Embassy Ensemble. STEREOTYPE in stores August 4th. Caught dude a few months back. Thought he was dope then. He's still dope now too! Check it out!

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Check It ... Liv L'Raynge

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Tuesday, June 23, 2009

Music Monday (After the Fact) - Wale

I was initially going to post Wale up yesterday as our Music Monday feature but got a little caught up in some other things. So, I'm posting it today and calling it the Music Monday joint (just pretend it's Monday again in your mind). Really, it doesn't matter because every day on the blog is like Music Monday in some regard, because we're always pushing music.

While traveling most of Sunday I found myself finally listening to Wale's Back to the Feature. It's dope. Dude doesn't have to give out free music and he did and it's quality. I picked Hot Shyt to share and threw Sweatin Out Weaves in as kind of a bonus. There are a lot of joints on this mixtape, but I just wanted to throw these two out. Enjoy and happy Monday (or Tuesday)

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Hot Shyt featuring Peedi Peedi, Black Thought, Tu Phace & Young Chris (produced Ritz)

Sweatin Out Weaves featuring UCB

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Monday, June 22, 2009

What I Downloaded For Free... Technology by ¡MAYDAY!

I gotta thank MySpace for the music I find on there. I've seen this group perform at Toad's Place once before and that's all it took. I became a fan. This group puts out good music and this time it's no different. Except the sound. Less hip hop, still great. They're giving away this album for free. Check it out!

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Road to Release Day: Eternia & MoSS: "AT LAST" Episode 3

You already know what it is ... another episode of Road to Release. As we've said twice before, over the next 6 months, Eternia will release steady video and audio leaks leading up to the release of Eternia & MoSS's debut album, "AT LAST". We'll be following the journey. This is the third video.

This video contains footage of Eternia rocking at the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival After Party at Southpaw. It also includes video footage of Pharoahe Monch, Milk Dee, Steele & Boogie Blind showing support to Eternia & MoSS.

Shout to DJ SAV*ONE and for the link and email!

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Check Episode Two

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"Brooklyn we go hard..." Black Thought at Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival

I've seen The Roots perform almost a dozen times! The band is crazy and Black Thought really goes in! On Saturday, it was just Black Thought who hit the stage with a surprise visit at the main event for the Fifth Annual Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival. Thought ripped it for almost 8 minutes! Both O and I are big fans of Black Thought and definitely enjoyed his performance! We'll be posting more from the Hip Hop Festival over the next day or so. So many great emcees performed! While it rained on and off on Saturday, it was great to be at the show enjoying some GREAT hip hop!

Peace to for posting the video on YouTube.

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What I'm Listening To...Diane Birch

Something I bumped into online, ended up doing a quick search on youtube and found this. Singer/Songwriter Diane Birch, born in Michigan, does a very soulful job on this song. Check it out for yourself...

For more info, visit her on her MySpace: Diane Birch

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Sunday, June 21, 2009

What I'm Listening to Right Now ... "Crashing Down"

I was on the road most of the day doing the voyage from downstate NY to upstate. I had to listen to this song more than 30 times. During a stop over in Albany, I pulled out the laptop and jumped on the Internet to post it. It had to be shared. We often talk about being in pursuit of realness on the blog ... this Crashing Down track is an example of pure REALNESS! Check out the joint from Marco Polo and Torae! I want you to listen very closely to the lyrics on this track. As a matter of fact, after you're done checking out this joint purchase Double Barrel immediately. Support real hip-hop!

Saturday, June 20, 2009

What I'm Listening to ... Ryan Leslie - "Something That I Like featuring Pusha T"

Definitely a Ryan Leslie fan. Dude is cool and really talented. Caught this track, Something That I Like, over at Check it out.

What tha Lady Blogga is Listening to ...

Being a resident of the 6th Borough (Far Rockaway, NY), I take pride in the artists that come from this concrete jungle and make it big. With the anniversary of the death of a personal friend and artist, Stack Bundles on 6/11, I thought it only appropriate to let you guys in on The 6th Borough’s next big thing.

@GSwagger is a multi-talented artist out of Far Rockaway. He was busy this weekend shooting the video for his next single “Lifestyle”. He is the C.E.O. of Fam Click Entertainment, a member of RockStar Society and a model for their clothing line. When he is not bustin’ down the stage at a show, he is doing internet radio shows or in the studio makin’ it happen. He was just in the studio last week on a collabo with @jasminesolano, a female rapper/DJ out of Brooklyn.

While we are inundated with “Swagger” on tracks, this artist definitely has what it takes to don the name, G Swagg. Growing up in the 40’s Housing Projects, he was faced with a lot of life’s harsh realities which gave him a foundation for writing. He is lyrically versatile and can put it on a track with no problem. His songs are featured on two mixtapes “Fly or Die” and “The Groundwork” with a third on deck, due out this summer.

Swagg has a large fan base in the States and Overseas. His songs are spun deep in the clubs of NYC and played on a lot of different internet radio shows including, and At shows, it is guaranteed that once he steps on the stage, the energy in the venue is crazy. In this day and age where we are constantly questioning the state of hip-hop, it is good to hear music sans the usual candy-ass lyrics. He is always on his grind and always aims to please his fans. He recently did an interview for a radio show on and during a freestyle session, he showed his range proficiently. I was definitely impressed. As soon as I get the link to the audio, I will share. Until then, take a listen…

Friday, June 19, 2009

What I'm Listening To...Diamond District - In The Ruff

I've had this album on repeat and actually still do. I really do hope you so called music lovers, especially hip hop lovers got this in your system. Every time I hear Oddisee's music more and more, I admire and get addicted more and more. That's definitely my kind of music. In this album, he's recruited X.O. and Y.U. to hold the fort down as well. I can't get sick of the album. It's so ill. So I decided to post two of my favorite tracks on here just in case some of you who don't have the album DIAMOND DISTRICT - IN THE RUFF, you can hear for yourself what you might be missing. Check it out.

Diamond District - In The Ruff

Diamond District - Make It Clear

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Thursday, June 18, 2009

Jamie Foxx & Drake - Digital Girl (Remix) on the Conan O'Brian Show

Here's Jamie Foxx and Drake performing Digital Girl on the new Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien.

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Drake @ Toad's Place in New Haven, CT

Just wanted to hit you up with some pictures and videos from his performance at Toad's Place in New Haven, CT a little while back. Place was packed to the walls, granted with youngn's but what can you do. Amazing for a dude with a mixtape album. Sold the spot out. Fits about 800 people. He did his thing. Nothing I was in awe about. In my opinion, he's less of a performer than an artist. Either way, check it out....

(I apologize for the sound.)

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Wednesday, June 17, 2009

@OCSupreme Presents...The Lights Off LP

Ok, so I've been trying to get this project I've assigned to myself done for months now. It's basically just putting together about 3 cds full of official slow jams. Music that you can get your grown man or woman on. Finally got the 1st of 3 done and if I say so myself, it's pretty dope. I don't think I can skip one single track. But this is subjective, so in my opinion it's a great mix cd. I was able to fit 19 songs on there. What CDs you know come out now with that many? Who knows?! Either way, here it is and I hope you enjoy. Only reason I'm posting it is because Q asked me too so I suggest you thank him. Check it out and stay tuned for Vol. 2 and 3.

Here's the tracklist:

1. Public Announcement - All Work, No Play
2. H-Town - Full Time
3. Jon B. - Inside
4. Robin Thicke - Teach U A Lesson
5. Alicia Keys - Feeling U, Feeling Me
6. Jamie Foxx - Weekend Lover
7. D'Angelo - Untitled (How Does It Feel)
8. Jodeci - U & I
9. Raheem DeVaughn - Ask Yourself
10. Marques Houston - Always & Forever
11. R. Kelly - It Seems Like You're Ready
12. Jaheim - Ghetto Love
13. Dwele - Weekend Lover
14. Drake - Bria's Interlude (feat. Omarion)
15. Brian McKnight - Your Love is Ooh
16. Donell Jones - Natural Thang
17. 112 - Sexy You
18. Tank - My Body
19. Usher - Can U Handle It?

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Digitally Detached: "Oh, let me Tweet that"

Cell phones, computers and all kinds of networking sites are taking over the world; Pinky & the Brain style. In a world where communication is key, technology has changed the way we conver se. The traditional phone call and message has forever been replaced by text, instant messaging, Tweeting, Facebooking, videomessages, g-chat, Blackberry Messaging, etc. etc. It is actually becoming a necessary part of life. And if you don’t have it then you are not in the loop.

Nowadays it is very common for people to have all kinds of conversations via text, messaging network or networking site. People do it naturally but when you think about it, it’s all really weird. People say funny things like “Why do you sound like that?” “Why do you have an attitude?” (while reading a text.) How can I sound a certain way if you are just reading words? Preliminary interviews for jobs are being conducted via email. I find that weird because what kind of first impression can you draw from that? Well let’s not forget the fact that people are judged by their email/profile names. And I must tell you, I have heard some pretty stupid ones… I guess it’s true; the screename/email address gives you a good idea as to what type of person you are dealing with. Would you hire DOUBT IT!!! People are declaring their love and proposing via text and Facebook. A friend of mine proposed to his girlfriend on Facebook, it was his status question. And let’s not ignore the fact that with the whole Iran issue going on, Twitter and texting is becoming the number one news source for telling the world what’s going on.

I don’t know about you but I find it mega annoying when I text someone and they don’t text me back. Because then it becomes a question of many things… “Is that person ignoring me?” “Did they even get my text?””What is he/she doing?” Not answering a text, sends a million mixed messages and guaranteed it is going to spark an argument. Not just any argument but an argument… via text. I am not even going to lie, I am guilty of arguing via text…LOL I have blackberry in hand, face scowled, rolling my eyes and feverishly texting the person (usually my other half). That has to be the stupidest thing because all you have to do to end the argument is simply…. Not answer.

So you just go on a date… And you text the person and say “I had a great time…” and the person doesn’t answer. There could be a number of reasons why he/she doesn’t answer. But none of that matters because what are you going to think?? You are going to think that the person is not interested. And even though you might want to call, because the person didn’t initially answer the text, you will already feel rejected and you won’t call… Hence possibly ruining the next best thing.

How many of us are guilty of “lying” via text?? You can tell anybody anything via a text message. I have seen friends lie to their spouses or significant others because they are someplace where they are not supposed to be. Cheaters love text messaging because while they are sitting in front of their side piece, they are telling their significant other some BS story. Or one better, what about the missed call? Five minutes later, they will text you to validate why they missed the call. And people buy it… But my response to that is, well if you could text me then you could have answered the phone idiot. DUH!! Have I ever done that? I won’t lie, I have. I’m someplace chillin’… First the missed phone call, then the explanatory lie text.

And those networking sites are just as annoying. I mean I love Facebook for the fact that I have crossed paths with people I probably never would have otherwise. But you have no control over what people say on those things and everything you say is pretty much documented. People have gotten fired over MySpace profiles and Facebook statuses. Pedophiles have taken to these sites to find victims. People have broken up over Tweets (Jenn Aniston and Jon Mayer), and celebrities have been impostered on AIM and Twitter. We have tons of problems and complaints with these mechanisms but clearly, what would we do without them?? Use of these communication and networking sites seem to be completely out of control people. Control yourselves!!!

Now I’m sorry, I gotta go. I have Tweets to check and return.

Craigslist: Lil Wayne Wanted

I came across the following ad on Craigslist via Twitter. After a few hours it was flagged for removal. I fortunately had a screen shot, because just posting the text by itself I knew no one would be believe me. Read below, it's HILARIOUS! Anyone out there looking for a career in acting, this could be for you. . Enjoy. Haha.

Lil Wayne wanted (DC-MD-VA)

My son is turning 16 and really wanted Lil Wayne to perform for his birthday gala. Unfortunately his schedule will not permit him to make it. I need a Lil Wayne impersonator desperately.

Here is the kicker my son is blind so you do not need to look like the rapper just sound like him. I understand he grunts and mumbles a lot. I don’t care if you are 67 and Jewish if you can sing the songs you’re hired. Money is not an issue. Name your price. Interested individuals please let me know your rap experience, video of you performing as Lil Wayne would be better. If that is not feasible we can arrange for a live audition.

Serious inquiries only, this is very important to my family. Young Money Baby!

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

Tuesday Music Release: SoulStice & SBe "Beyond Borders"

Caught the advance copy of Beyond Borders from SoulStice & SBe yesterday from their people and I can tell you that you want to get this joint ASAP! The beats knock. The lyrics are on point. And there are a lot of features, including G.L.C., Oddisee, Kev Brown, Supastition, Eternia and more -- who all compliment the project well!

In the press release, SoulStice explains “the project is a collaboration between myself and Belgian beatmaker, SBe, who provides all of the instrumental music for the album. As far as the vocals, the songs are collaborations between myself and many of my favorite artists from around the world. We've got artists from the US, UK, Germany, Ireland, Netherlands, Belgium, Africa, and Canada."

This is dope music! Get it and support it! Album available on iTunes

No Place Like it feat Eternia, Richie Filth and Stef

Unfold Feat. Oddisee

Melissa Czarnik Live on 91.7 WMSE-FM

We've said it before but Melissa Czarnik is one of our favorite underground female artist. Recently we included an audio link of her on-air performance on 91.7 WMSE-FM out of Milwaukee. Now she has video of the same event. You know we had to post up at least one and send you to the site for more. We really appreciate her style and we think she is a very talented emcee. Check it!

Check more video from performance on 91.7 WMSE-FM

CD available at iTunes and CD Baby

Check The Mad Bloggers Interview w/Melissa Czarnik

Monday, June 15, 2009

What I'm Listening to Right Now ... Nneka

Words really can't describe how I felt as a I went through Nneka's music! Incredible voice, talented and DOPE!! Listen to the passion in her voice. She kills it! Crazy to stumble across an artist well after she's come out. I'm happy though I did find her. The videos below are a little old but you know I had to share. If I'm just coming across Nneka, I'm sure some of you may also be hearing her for the first time and so I'm just trying to pay an amazing find forward! Enjoy it!

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Road to Release Day: Eternia & MoSS: "AT LAST" Episode 2

Over the next 6 months, eternia will release steady video & audio leaks leading up to the highly anticipated release of Eternia & MoSS's debut album, "AT LAST". This is the second video. TURN UP THE SPEAKERS AND LISTEN TO HER KILL IT!!!

Shout to DJ SAV*ONE and for the link and email!

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Road to Release Episode 1


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TELL 'EM WHY YOU MAD: Tha Lady Blogga on Monogamous Relationships ...

Can Rappers/Entertainers have monogamous relationships?

In the wake of relationships crumbling (Usher and Tameka) and multiple baby mama’s surfacing (Weezy, Nivea, Lauren, etc. etc.), E! True Hollywood Story was right on time showing their special on being a “RAPPER’S Wife”.

The show chronicled the wives of five rappers… Mos Def, Paul Wall, Uncle Luke, DMX and Big Pun. Now, I am no Genius but I would think that if you are seriously involved with or married to a “Rapper”, you would have to expect to deal with certain types of situations. Most of the men married women that were with them before they became famous. To them, those women seem to be the most genuine. They are the ones who love them for who they are, before the money and the fame. The most interesting thing is that these women deal with the everyday struggles that most women deal with. Infidelity of their husbands, domestic violence and financial trouble are just a few. One of them though, did not follow suit. Mos Def married a stripper (Hmmm…). Although he loved his wife, he was not comfortable with his position and her lifestyle. We can almost guess how that turned out.

The most successful couples in the game are the ones who embrace their family life and make it a part of their careers. They know who they are and are comfortable with their image. Most rappers get caught up with the image they are trying to sell versus the person they really are. And I think that is where the problem begins. Big Punisher (Big Pun) had a history of domestic violence. It was sad to hear his wife Liza Rios say that he was the “Punisher” for real. And that even though she lost a husband and a friend when he died, that was the best day of her life because the pain stopped. I was a PUN follower from day one. Lyrically, he brought it. Knowing now that was how he got down is disheartening.

Take Weezy for example. His latest song talks about him wanting to, “f@#k every girl in the world”. Apparently that is exactly what he is doing because he has a myriad of baby mama’s surfacing. You can’t be a family man but out in the clubs every night cavorting with chicks, models & bottles and carrying on. It is one thing to network but another to take it to the next level. Most entertainers try to keep their wives/girlfriends out of that flow of their life just for that reason. They want the female attention and that “groupie love”. If that is the way you want to live then cool, stay single. But don’t marry someone or put yourself in a serious relationship with someone and try to still do it. That is a definite FAILED behavior.

Paul Wall’s wife, Crystal Slayton said it best, “If you know I’m his wife and you’re still pushing up on him… Then you’re takin’ a chance on gettin’ your ass whipped.” I definitely co-sign that. Basically Paul and his wife seem to have a good relationship. He has no gripes about admitting he has a good wife by his side and she seems to know and trust her husband to the fullest. He is a family man, goes out and makes the money while she takes care of the children. They have a family tour bus and she and the children travel with him. She devoted herself to supporting her husband and his career and they have been makin’ it work ever since. She is a mother and devoted wife. But don’t get it twisted, she will smack a bitch.

The rap game and the sport’s world birthed the phrases for multiple women’s status in a man’s life. You have the “main chick”, “bottom bitch”, “side chick”, “groupie”, and “jump-off”. The wife is a given, she’s there too. But some men (even ones that are not celebrities) deem it necessary to have a bevy of women to choose from, one for each purpose in their lives.
I have friends who are artists and professional football players. Some are married; others in serious relationships and some are not. I have watched these behaviors play out before my eyes and it is disgusting. The men, even married ones, have no control over themselves. If a fine piece of ass walks by, she will put it out there and they will chase it. And women will give it up all to say they had him. Women are just as trifling. You could be with your husband/boyfriend at an event or a club and the women will STILL do what they can to get at your man. They don’t care about an artist’s/athletes wife or kids. And don’t let him slip up and get her pregnant, $KA-CHING$ is all she thinks about.

It takes a certain woman to be the wife of a rapper/celebrity. A woman is expected to be loyal to her husband, under all circumstances. She has to be secure, balanced, and confident in her position. She is the mother and the father, has to take care of house and family, keep her marriage in order and stay true to herself.

At the end of the day, with all the drama and bullshit, one would have to ask oneself… Is it worth it?

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Music Monday - Rhymefest "Pulls Me Backs"

On Friday I traveled across most of NY into Connecticut to visit family for a few days. Over the 12 hour voyage I found myself listening to Rhymefest's Manual among other things (SIDEBAR: if radio played half of the music I listened to over the trip, it would be a much better world). I don't need to tell you much about the Manual because hopefully you already have it! I picked Pulls Me Back as the Music Monday track plus I added Tender Thug, because it's funny as hell! Happy Monday and enjoy!

Pulls Me Back

Tender Thug

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"I Said, I'm Going to Kick his Assk (ass) ..."

No doubt, the video is funny. But the mom who taped it should be smacked for leaking it to the world on YouTube. I'm still laughing however. Hey, if you're 3-years-old and a monster comes out, what are you going to do? Enjoy.

More Music from Doodlebug of Digable Planets

We featured Doodlebug aka Cee Knowledge a week ago, but now we have another joint from him, Outta Space Funkadelic and had to share it! Cee Know of Digable Planets is stepping into the future with his new project Furistic Sci-Fi. We'll keep featuring his joints here on the blog!

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Sunday, June 14, 2009

MOS DEF proposes "The Battle in New Orleans"

So I get a message from @OneAndOnlyKema on twitter hitting me up on the info about MOS DEF talking about doing a friendly competition styled battle in New Orleans. According to this YouTube video (shout out to @Knowledgium for posting the link), he was previously recorded candidly and unknowing the video would get out, speaking on a few artists that proclaim that they're the greatest rapper alive. He spoke on one artist in particular. That artist is Jay-Z. His point is that he doesn't see much sense in calling yourself the greatest without really ever having to defend that claim. Especially when a Slick Rick who, quoting Mos Def, is still very alive and well, and Rakim as well. He doesn't like the fact that someone in his circle leaked the video but at the same time, he's not backing out.

It seems that in all honesty, he's just defending some of the pioneers that are still able to put it down on the mic. No beef. And in a friendly competition to showcase these MCs talents, they can get a chance to prove their claim. Personally, I think it's a very, very great idea and would probably do so much good for hip hop. Maybe with the state of music this game is in, some of these artists should consider it. Tell me you wouldn't watch a battle featuring Morgan State vs Grambling for the Battle of the Bands, Kid Capri vs Biz Markie for DJs, Kanye vs Swizz for the Battle of the Beats, the Battle Royal is a 5 man team which he says he'd be a captain for that consist of Black Thought, Jay Electronica, MF Doom, Nas, and Jay-Z could put his team together for a $10 million dollar pot. Why would you turn that down? can't back it up.

Regardless, I should start campaigning to get this event started. Somehow. Someway. I'm keeping my fingers crossed and marking my calendar! You ready? The BOOGIE MAN is! Haha.

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Kobe & LeBron feat Lil Dez Parody Commercial

Caught this on twitter! Hilarious. It takes the Lil Dez baby sitting commercial to another level. It was remixed by Jersey Chaser. It's funny. Enjoy.

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