Kid Tested, Mother Approved, and 100% Sucka Free

Pharoahe' manc - AnGKshush Snippet

| Saturday, January 31, 2009
Ok folk my man is cracking out music like No Limit in there prime. Peep a snippet of a new jawn and don't forget to download Desperate Measures.


A Great way to start...

| Friday, January 30, 2009
The weekend with some Pimp C RIP

Bun B-Get Throwed

Pimp-C "Knockin doors Down" uncut

UGK - Let me see it

UGK - WoodWheel

Phone Issues RESOLVED

| Thursday, January 29, 2009

Ok people Im back up and running, you can still email me but the chirp number is not longer activated.

Phone Issues


It seems my phone has bite the dust. If anyone needs to contact me the best way until like saturday would be via email.

Lyrics Personals LLC: Personolized Greeting Cards

| Wednesday, January 28, 2009
I had to make this post out of the respect for this talented brother, I first ran across these remarkable greeting cards a little while ago. I have been a fan and supporter every since. For any type of card from birthdays, just because and a card to help you break up with someone Lyrics Personals can be of assistance to convey that message.

Lyrics Personals LLC., is a greeting card company dedicated to providing our customers with quality personalized greeting cards at incomparable prices. Our generic greeting cards target the inner city and urban market, catering to a younger, hipper audience, however still possessing the ability to speak to a more mature audience as well. What sets Lyrics Personals, LLC. apart from the rest of the greeting card industry is that our cards speak upon topics that are relevant to youth, a market ignored by the greeting card industry, as well as the lives of those in the inner city. In addition to speaking their language, our cards present an array of pictures which feature black, white, Hispanic, Asian, and interracial youth, something you rarely see on the front of greeting cards. “Lyrics” does not exploit our youth nor the hip hop community with drawings and illustrations of what we think they might wear, how they might wear it, and how they may speak. We portray the beauty found in the little things of their culture, which comes easy because it was that culture and environment that created us. Therefore, in the tradition of hip hop and its tremendous influence on our economy, not only does “Lyrics” speak the language, we also plan to use our cards to promote things such as fashion, music, entertainment, and new trends available for promotion through our greeting cards. Our cards are sold out of traditional locations as well as non traditional locations such as music stores, clothing stores, hair and nail salons, and anywhere else we feel we can effectively bring our product to our target market. For more information on how you can provide your customers with our cards, feel free to leave your information on our "Contact Us" page, or simply give us a call at (877) 245-9840.

Lyrics Personals Website
***Bio taken from the Lyrics Personal Homepage***

Junclassic: Late Nites & Early Mournings

Really dope ep by my man Junclassic, check it out.



1. I Gotcha (prod. by Cynergy)
2. The Ohh Ahh feat. Cy Yung (prod. by J Slikk)
3. Status feat Monsta X (prod. by Cynergy)
4. The Basics (prod. by J Slikk)
5. Forever (prod. by Cynergy)
6. Cruisin Thru The Southside (prod. by J Slikk)
7. Lil Bit feat Ceez (prod. by Cynergy)
8. Heard Em Say (prod. by J Slikk)
9. Sleeping Awake (prod. by Cynergy)
10. Werld (prod. by J Slikk)
11. Premeditated (prod. by Cynergy)
All tracks recorded at The Vault in St. Albans, Queens
Vocals recorded by Big Beazt and Blakasper
Mixed by J Slikk
BiggUp To My Man Alan Coogan-Prieto Killin It Wit The Artwork...

Video: Evidence Freestyle @ Fat Beats L.A.


Phonte presents "Movie In a Minute"

| Tuesday, January 27, 2009
These videos were taking from Phonte's (Justus League, Little Brother, Foreign Exchange) blog, I had to post it to let my readers peep this. If you havent heard the Foreign Exchange album or the 80's joint; check it out.

Lakeview Terrace starring Samuel L. Jackson

Gran Torino


Phonte's Blog
Phonte's Myspace Page

J-Force on the SP 1200


J-Force Myspace Page

Behind Closed Doors - Digging with Darren Paul

| Monday, January 26, 2009

Behind Closed Doors - Digging with Darren Paul from Andy Brown on Vimeo.

rabbi darkside - state of the union

This is a really fresh ep from producer Zajazza and emcee Rabbi D, check it out and support real hip hop




1.Intro produced by Soul Professa
2.Off The Man f/K Hill,Panama G.A.T. produced by Khrysis
4.That Me Shit f/Sean Boog produced by Khrysis
5.Heat Rises f/KAZE,Nervous Reck produced by Khrysis
6.I'm A Star(remix) f/Joe Scudda,Chaundon,Median produced by 9th Wonder
7.No Regrets pt 2 f/Lunatic Messiah,Spec Boogie,Dynas produced by K Hill
8.4 Cornered Room produced by Khrysis
10.The Underworld pt 2 produced by Soul Professa
12.Man Next Door produced by Dox
13.14 Grams produced by Khrysis


A Great way to start....

| Friday, January 23, 2009
The weekend. Peace everyone.

Gangstarr- Full Clip

TI - Dope Boyz

onyx feat. DMX- shut 'em down uncut


Slim Thug - I Run

Skillz (a universal beat tape)

| Thursday, January 22, 2009
For all of my new readers, I was on a beat tape that was released last year along with some really dope producers from all over the world. New to some, old to some, same great beat tape; different cover.

DOWNLOAD skillz (a universal beat tape)

01. dul - beat 11
02. jekai soulspeak - passing everything by
03. rob love - hockey mask music
04. this is tomorrow - nothing is as it seems
05. the billion dollar quartet - philosophy is learning to die
06. trishes - aeroflot 08
07. graziano - the way it iz
08. eyes of phases - steps of imperfection
09. king elam - laws flute joint
10. sta - berty
11. katrah quey - last piano beat part 4
12. dj pc - sp beat 30
13. zajazza - method number one
14. le freaque - harlem nights
15. noza - dear old budapest
16. true statiks - sun 85.5 bpm
17. madscientist - don't blaze
18. jbm - stop falling in love
19. lp2 - i think of you
20. dj ian head - rush rush
21. asthmatic astronaut - space jazz
22. akira kiteshi - albino egg

I Can See (Circle Research remix) - Jazzanova


I Can See (Circle Research remix) - Jazzanova / VIDEO from Circle Research on Vimeo

Wax Poetics Cover Story: Album Cover Art Book

| Tuesday, January 20, 2009

"Since late 2001, Wax Poetics has pioneered a new vision for music journalism, serving as the nexus between music history and record collecting, and the magazine's readership has grown exponentially, making musical anthropologists out of average music listeners. 'Cover Story' vividly explores an element of music culture that has withered with the advent of MP3s and digital downloading. Records possess a visual as well as an aural capacity for storytelling, and the record cover - eye candy for the music lover - speaks a language rooted in the environment and era of the music itself. World-renowned DJs, writers, and collectors selected the rare, unique, and inspired album covers featured on these pages; illustrated as a visual essay, 'Cover Story' exhibits the diverse art forms and design styles of the record cover, each telling its own story, graphically narrating the vibrant subculture of record collecting through the art of the sleeve. It's a must-have for record connoisseurs and art aficionados alike, and as a music, art, and pop-culture book - sized and priced for impulse purchase - 'Cover Story' easily spans multiple audiences. Soft-cover, just over 7" x 7" in size, 288 pages, 240 four-colour plates."

Afro Samurai: Resurrection - February 3, 2009


Afro Samurai (Academy Award ® nominee Samuel L. Jackson) avenged his father and found a life of peace. But the legendary master is forced back into the game by a beautiful and deadly woman from his past. The sparks of violence dropped along Afro’s bloody path now burn out of control – and nowhere are the flames of hatred more intense than in the eyes of Sio (Lucy Liu: Kill Bill). She won’t quit until Afro is schooled in the brutal lessons he dealt those who stood in his way. There’s no such thing as final vengeance. The cycle of bloodshed spinning around the Number One Headband must roll on. Featuring the voice of Mark Hamill (Star Wars) and fresh production from The RZA (Wu-Tang Clan), the saga that began in the best-selling anime DVD of 2007 continues in AFRO SAMURAI: RESURRECTION.

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Katt Williams Cartoon - "Tink Tink"

| Saturday, January 17, 2009

Behind the Mind's Eye: Pharoahe’ ManC

| Friday, January 16, 2009

A producer, lyricist, turntablist, and designer from THEE Winston-Salem, NC, Pharoahe’ ManC (Roman) stands primed and ready to represent for the Middle East. His production company, Knowledge Meets Nature (KMN) has released the first of many projects to come in 2009, starting with the “Desperate Measures” EP.

Radioactive Man Snippet

“Primarily the purpose of the project was to raise money for J Dilla’s family. I know their estate has been tied up and his mother and daughters have needed help. It just seemed simple to put out a project and donate the money to the legal problems. But I couldn’t find a way of getting permission to use his songs, and I couldn’t sell the EP in good conscious without getting the go ahead from them. It’s still in my thoughts and prayers though. I won’t forget about it til it’s resolved.”

Nevertheless, the EP is available for free download. Labeled as a ‘mini-album’, “Desperate Measures” takes five J Dilla instrumentals and transforms them into a concept album, debuting Roman’s unique style of poetic lyricism:

“and when I’m sugar free like ‘babe, you forgetting me?’
She just replies like ‘muah times infinity’…
We make love like music: a symphony of
Parts contributing…our hearts at the centerpiece”…

Also what stands out is his definitive vocal tone, an asset he explains came via an arduous process.

Buttermilk_2 snippet

“It’s weird, it took me SO long to find my voice. My favorite voice coming up in Hip Hop was Ghostface Killah’s. When I was like 13 and was writing all these songs, my voice fit the lyrics cause I sort of wrote them from a Ghostface cadence. But then after puberty hit and my voice changed, I was lost in the game.”

So for years, Roman stuck primarily to the beats, and while he kept writing, he wouldn’t step in front of the mic and spit for some years. Then he found an album that solved his problems.

“I got a copy of MF DOOM’s ‘Operation: Doomsday’ and it unlocked my voice. I was listening to DOOM and he kind of reminded me of a baritone Ghostface with his delivery. With him I found a cadence that allowed me to speak just as passionately as Ghost, but one where I didn’t have to fight with my own voice…after DOOM I was able to rap much more easily…I could finally hear myself on beats.”

Date with Destiny Snippet

He took that momentum and worked on a summer project in 2006, “Roman Noodles”. Here he borrowed beats from J Dilla, 9th Wonder, Quincy Jones, and Georgia Anne Muldrow to experiment with his delivery and word play. Now in 2009 he has reemerged with “Desperate Measures” and says that there is much more music on the way.

“I’ve never stopped writing. I have about 5 more mini-albums planned and about 20 full length projects in store. Even when I wasn’t recording because of my voice I knew that one day I would find it, and I prepared by writing as many songs as possible.”

One of the forthcoming mini-albums “5ive and 13irteen” will be available next month, appropriately on Friday the 13th. The project pairs Roman with his “DM” partner Gemini 5ive, who will take responsibility over the beats. Again, the project will consist of only 5 songs.

Listen Up! Demo Snippet

“I figure that when I get the privilege of doing music full time and can live off the music [we] make, then we’ll be more than happy to make full length albums. But right now-I’m a full time student, and a full time employee, and as painful as it is, I only can do music part time for now. Hopefully that will be changing soon though.”

And soon he and KMN may be able to make a name for themselves, yet Roman insist that you don’t confuse him with another, more prominent “Pharoahe’ M.” in Hip Hop.

“[Laughs] I am well aware of Pharoahe’ Monch and the similarity between his name and mine. All I can really say about that is before I was Pharoahe’ ManC, I was Chris Williams…so it seems like no matter what I was going to run into problems. No idea’s original I guess, but alike minds think great.”

Pharoahe' ManC Facebook
Pharoahe' ManC's myspace page
Desperate Measures EP Download

After Midnight LP


Producer Elaquent drops a free instrumental album to keep us busy over the weekend. Featuring modified and sometimes existent quantize along with layered synths and drums, fans of J Dilla and Black Milk should feel right at home with this release. After Midnight also features guest vocal appearances by Moka Only, The Connection, and more.

After Midnight
The Love
All for One ft. Mishoo the Drumkit
Daylight Savings
Tip Toes
Too Good (One for Isaac)
2AM Reflections ft. Moka Only
Peanut Butter
Take it Higher Remix ft. Tha Connection
Graffiti High
Theory in Practice ft. O-Phrap
High Score (Interlude)
12 O Clock ft. Thesaurus Rex
Stars Aligned
Sleep Walking
Higher Level ft. Es and Solar C

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A great way to start...

| Thursday, January 15, 2009
the weekend.

Milkbone - Keep It Real

Big Pun- "You Came Up" featuring Noreaga

Big Mike ft. Pimp C - Havin' Thangs

Swishahouse, Lil Keke, Paul Wall, Bun B : Chunk Up The Deuce

DJ DMD - 25 Lighters

Ghetto Mafia- Straight From The Dec

Akai Pro Introduces the Akai APC40


New Control Surface is the Most Advanced Controller for Ableton Live Software

Cumberland, R.I. (Jan. 15, 2009) – Akai Professional, the name synonymous with music production, announces the APC40 Control Surface developed specifically for Ableton Live software. The APC40 will be on display at the 2009 NAMM Show in Anaheim, Calif., January 15 – 18, 2009 at the Akai Professional booth, number 6400.

Akai Professional worked in partnership with software developer Ableton to make the APC40 the optimal Ableton Live control surface. The APC40 is designed to be a powerful, intuitive controller for electronic-music performance artists, DJs, hip-hop producers and traditional musicians using Ableton Live on stage and in the studio.

Because Akai Professional and Ableton designed the APC40 for use with the Live software, users need not map its controls for the Live software interface. Advanced Live users will appreciate that the APC40 enables them to remap every one of its controls to suit their own style.

The APC40 communicates bi-directionally with Live, enabling the controller to display information from the software on its clip matrix of 40 triggers and on LED rings surrounding each knob. The clip matrix provides performers an instant view of clip status: what is loaded, what is playing and what is being recorded.

The APC40 has two sets of eight knobs: one for Track parameters such as pans and bus sends, and the other for instrument and effect parameters. The second bank of eight knobs is dynamically re-assigned to the track selected by the user. This unique capability enables performers to control at least eight track parameters per track – a total of 72 – using the same eight knobs and the nine track-selection buttons. Channel faders, bus faders and a crossfader enable smooth control of key values.

“The APC40 enables performers to spend less time looking at a computer screen, using a mouse and keyboard,” said Adam Cohen, Director of Business Development, Akai Professional. “It is a professional-grade controller with truly unique capabilities.”

Copyright Criminals: This Is A Sampling Sport - Documentary Trailer

| Wednesday, January 14, 2009

Copyright Criminals: This Is a Sampling Sport examines the creative and commercial value of musical sampling, including the related debates over artistic expression, copyright law, and (of course) money.

This documentary traces the rise of hip-hop from the urban streets of New York to its current status as a multibillion-dollar industry. For more than thirty years, innovative hip-hop performers and producers have been re-using portions of previously recorded music in new, otherwise original compositions. When lawyers and record companies got involved, what was once referred to as a “borrowed melody” became a “copyright infringement.”

The film showcases many of hip-hop music’s founding figures like Public Enemy, De La Soul, and Digital Underground—while also featuring emerging hip-hop artists from record labels Definitive Jux, Rhymesayers, Ninja Tune, and more. It also provides an in-depth look at artists who have been sampled, such as Clyde Stubblefield (James Brown's drummer and the world's most sampled musician), as well as commentary by another highly sampled musician, funk legend George Clinton.

As artists find ever more inventive ways to insert old influences into new material, this documentary asks a critical question, on behalf of an entire creative community: Can you own a sound?

Support for Copyright Criminals provided in part by the Ford Foundation and the University of Iowa

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KATT WILLIAMS Cartoon - "Gangsta Tigers" - (Edited Version)


The Battle for J Dilla's Legacy (Vibe Mag.)

| Tuesday, January 13, 2009
I just feel the need to post this, because James Yancey aka Jay Dee played a huge role in my life. From the albums that he produced tracks on and even when he performed. I remember being in high school driving to take the SAT, Common's album Like Water for Chocolate was playing, I remember saying to myself, why am I taking this test I wanna make music. RIP J Dilla

Vibe Magazine, February 2009


There's nothing Maureen Yancey wouldn't do for her children. But as she sits in the basement studio of her only surviving son's Los Angeles home, she struggles with the one thing she hasn't done since her firstborn, James Dewitt Yancey known in hip hop circles as Jay Dee or J Dilla - three years ago of complications from lupus. She just can't. She didn't do it when the ambulance arrived at the nearby house Dilla shared with. Common, and she didn't when they failed to revive him from cardiac arrest. She couldn't even bring herself to do it when she picked out which baseball cap she'd place by his coffin.

"When he left, I had an awful void," she says calmly. "I didn't grieve like you always think you'd grieve. I always had a joy and the strength to help others to get through it. But..." her voice trails off, hands smoothing down her jeans. "I haven't cried yet."

Still, the memories came flooding back when she flew from Detroit to visit the city where her son was buried at age 32. "I rejoiced in the fact that he wasn't sick anymore," she says, "and that he'd done what he came here to do. I do believe that. His purpose on earth was to come here and give us the music that he had in his heart and soul."

The equipment that surrounds her is Dilla's, the same gear he used to create the deceptively simple, unspeakably beautiful music that solidified his reputation as one of hip hop's greatest. As Busta Rhymes put it in 2007, "He wasn't just a producer, he was the best producer."

Many of her son's friends - Common, Busta, Erykah Badu - still call regularly, and keep her son's music in rotation. Q-Tip's latest single, "Move" (Universal Motown, 2008), was built around a Dilla beat, and her other son John Yancey, a rapper known as Illa J has released the powerful new album, Yancey Boys (Delicious Vinyl, 2008), which was produced by his big brother.

Meanwhile the 60-year-old woman everybody calls Ma Dukes faces health problems of her own, and financial challenges as well. Although numerous memorials and "benefits" were held in his name, the proceeds didn't change his family's life. Dilla left two daughters - Ja'Mya, 7, and Paige, 9 - to provide for, a sizeable IRS bill, and unresolved legal issues surrounding the use of his beats. Ma Dukes says she has never received money from her son's estate and that her plans to establish a foundation in his name were quashed by the executor of his estate. Somehow, she was not reduced to tears even after Dilla's attorney informed her that she had no legal right to use her own son's name or likeness for commercial purposes. Not even to support his family.

IN HIS NATIVE DETROIT, DILLA WAS THE MAN. The soft-spoken beatmaker was a pioneer of the Motor City hip hop landscape that struggled to gain national recognition before Slim Shady put the D on the map in 1999. Though he remains anonymous to the masses, Dilla is considered a demigod by his hardcore fans. His distinctive drum sounds and grimy, organic sound palette revolutionized hip hop production, and echoes of his innovative use of samples can be heard in the work of Just Blaze and Kanye West. "He can do a Primo beat better than Premier. He can do a Dre beat better than Dre, and he can out-rock Pete Rock," says fellow Detroit producer House Shoes. "But none of them could duplicate a Dilla beat. Much respect to those three. They were pioneers. But that's the fucking truth."

Dilla grew up in the Conant Gardens section of Detroit's Eastside surrounded by music. His dad, Beverly Yancey, played piano and upright bass. "My mom and dad had a jazz a cappella group, and they'd sing in the living room for hours and hours," says Illa J, 22. "It was really laid-back and nonchalant. While that was happening, my brother would be downstairs in the basement doing his thing."

By the mid-1990s, Dilla was getting calls from some of the hottest stars of the day. He produced tracks for The Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, and Q-Tip, with whom he founded the production collective The Ummah. Yet despite these high-profile projects, Dilla shunned the limelight. His love of music eclipsed any concern for dealing with industry politics. "He wasn't antisocial," says Illa J. "He was just quiet. That comes from our dad. A lot of his personality rubbed off on my brother. It was all about the craft for him. He didn't care about all that other stuff."

When Tribe's Beats, Rhymes, and Life (Jive, 1996) was nominated for a Grammy, Tip invited Dilla to the award ceremony. "I was like, 'Yo, this is a good opportunity for you, you should just go.' He was like, 'Hell no, I ain't going. Fuck that!"' recalls Q-Tip, laughing at the memory. "I said, 'You got nominated for a fucking Grammy. You are going to go.' He said, 'I ain't got nothing to wear!' But he went. He was so mad and disgruntled and angry about that. He was much happier doing it his way. That's who he was. He didn't really want to fuck with none of that. And I don't blame him."

DILLA REALIZED SOMETHING WAS WRONG WITH HIS HEALTH IN JANUARY OF 2002. He'd just returned from Europe and thought he had a bad flu. Sick to his stomach and complaining of chills, Ma Dukes took him to the emergency room at Bon Secours hospital in suburban Grosse Pointe, Michigan. His blood platelet count should have been above 150, but it was below 10. Doctors told his mother they were surprised he was still walking around.

He tested positive for lupus, an autoimmune disease that can be fatal. To make matters worse, Detroit doctors diagnosed him with thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura, aka TTP, a rare disorder that causes blood clots to form in the body's blood vessels.

Despite his degenerating health, Dilla packed up his stuff and moved out to Los Angeles, where he lived with his friend and frequent collaborator Common. He set up a studio and got to work. But very few knew how bad life was for the soft-spoken prodigy. He poured himself into his work, doing his best to forget his health problems. Ma Dukes says there were several close calls. When she left him alone once, Dilla fell down and bumped his head. Because she refused to leave Dilla's side during his last days, she and her husband lost their house. She tried to file for bankruptcy to save the family home but didn't get back to Detroit in time to sign the necessary paperwork. "I wasn't leaving my son," she says."We lost the house. But I wasn't concerned. It didn't bother me at all."

At summer's end, 2005, Dilla found himself in a hospital bed at Cedars-Sinai in Los Angeles, the same hospital where The Notorious B.I.G. and Eazy-E died. He'd lost the ability to walk and could barely talk. His own body was killing him, and there was little to be done about it.

Sensing that death was coming, he told his mother he needed his equipment in the hospital with him. Ma Dukes asked his friends from the L.A.-based label Stones Throw Records to lug his turntables, mixer, crates of records, MPC, and computer into his room. When his hands were too swollen, Ma Dukes would massage his stiffened fingers so Dilla could work on the tracks, letting his doctors listen to the beats through his headphones.

Sometimes he'd wake Ma Dukes up in the middle of the night, asking her to help move him from his bed to a reclining chair so he could work a bit more comfortably. His only focus was finishing the album. Donuts was released on Stones Throw on February 7, 2006, his 32nd birthday. Dilla died three days later.

"It was crazy to hear all that soul," Illa J says of one haunting track called "Don't Cry." "I got to be in the right mode to listen to it. It's emotional for me. I can feel my brother talking to me through the music."

THREE DAYS AFTER DILLA DIED, HIS ELDEST DAUGHTER, PAIGE, TURNED 6. "That was a low blow," says her mother, Monica Whitlow. "To have to tell my baby that before her birthday was the worst. We didn't get to say goodbye." The 29-year-old, who knew Dilla before his career took off, still lives in Detroit. She emphasizes that their relationship was never about money. "To have him back here, breathing and living, that's worth more than money any day," she says. "But it pisses me off, everything that's going on with this estate. It's ridiculous 'cause it's been three years, and my baby has not seen anything from this estate. Nobody has granted James his final wish."

Although Dilla's will stipulates that all assets be divided among his mother, his two daughters, and his brother, the executor of the estate is his accountant Arty Erk, and as back-up, there's his attorney, Micheline Levine and then his mother. Ma Dukes says she grew so frustrated that communications broke down between her and the executor. Erk explains that payments from the estate were delayed because Dilla has an outstanding tax debt in the "healthy six figures." He says he is negotiating a payment plan with the IRS and that a petition has been filed with the probate court in order to get family allowances paid to Dilla's children.

The other major issue facing the estate is that so many people are using Dilla's beats without permission. Dilla would often create beat CDs and hand them out to friends.

"It's been difficult to police," Erk admits, adding that he's at the tail end of litigation with Busta Rhymes. "An album was released by Busta on the Internet called Dillagence without authorization," Levine explains. "And, of course, we're now unable to use those tracks and exploit those downloads. Everybody downloaded it for free." Attempts to reach out to Busta were not returned.

Ma Dukes counters that Busta paid Dilla for those tracks years ago. "He got a raw deal," she says. "Busta didn't take anything from anybody." Ma Dukes says she feels bad that her son's friend had to go through such rough treatment by his estate.

The same scenario has played out several times since Dilla's death. The estate has settled "four or five" similar cases, negotiating what they believe is fair market value for the beats. "A lot of people are coming out of the woodwork with things that he did for them," says Erk, who took out an ad in Billboard magazine in April 2008, notifying people to stop using Dilla's material. The estate also sent out cease-and-desist letters to various entertainers as well as people throwing events in Dilla's name-including his own mother, she says. "Her dream was to open a camp where kids with lupus could have normal lives," says Joy Yoon, an L.A. journalist who interviewed Ma Dukes shortly after her son's death and later offered to help her raise funds for what was to be called the J Dilla Foundation. "But then she said she was put on hold by the lawyers."

Ma Dukes insists she will go on with her plans for the foundation, establishing it in her own name. "It's been over two years, and they're talking the same crap," she says. "I don't have a Ph.D., but I know how to use a phone and talk to somebody and make arrangements. It's just not an excuse. They have no respect for the fact that I had anything to do with bringing him into this world."

Meanwhile, she has voiced concerns about Dilla's will itself, which he signed on September 8, 2005, nearly six months before his death. "I don't even know if he really knew what he was signing," she says. "I don't think he would have signed anything if he'd known it would be like this now." She has hired an attorney who is also representing her son and Paige's mother, Monica Whitlow, who says that legal action is "in the works."

"His estate is fucked up," Q-Tip says. "I know the lawyers are saying that he had certain tax issues and all that stuff. But you were getting paid to represent him when he was alive, so it shouldn't be any of that. Ma Dukes ain't getting nothing, and the kids ain't getting nothing. It's a horrible thing."

During the last year of her son's life, Maureen Yancey tested positive for lupus. She says she's not worried about dying and has accepted the fact that she and her husband must now live in a rental property in a neighborhood she describes as "a war-torn zone." What keeps her up at night is her grand children. "I just want the girls to be taken care of," she says. "That's all."

In response to a petition filed by her mother, Joyleete Hunter, Dilla's youngest daughter, Ja'Mya, has begun receiving money from the estate, and Erk says Paige should start receiving payouts sometime in early 2009. "Oh really?" says Whitlow. "That's new information for me." She has had few conversations with Erk and says that when she informed him she was working with Ma Dukes' lawyer, he warned her, "This is going to get ugly." But she remains undeterred. "I gotta speak up for my baby 'cause I been quiet too long," she says."He hasn't seen ugly. I can show him ugly."

In the meantime, Ma Dukes says please don't cry for her. "It's really rough for everybody out there. But prayers help," she says with a sigh."Pray for my strength."

DJ Shadow x Reebok: What Does Your "Sole" Look Like? - Sneaker (Limited Edition)


This Sneaker comes with the "Quannum Stone Cold Winter Volume 1 Mix CD

DJ Shadow has teamed up with Reebok and Shoe Biz to bring you this limited edition sneaker! The sneaker has the "What Does Your Soul Look Like" logo on the back, and comes in a Reebok shoe box with a slip of authenticity included.
Don't miss out on your chance to grab this very special limited item.
Included with the sneaker is the Quannum Stone Cold Winter Volume 1 Mix CD, which has tracks by some of your favorite Quannum stars. The CD is mixed by Matthew Africa.

So what does your "Sole" look like?


Freestyle 101: LMNO


Street Fighter

For all my folks bored at work, play some street fighter. Hopefully it will make your day easier.

Consequence - Job Song

I think a lot of us can relate to this song and video on so many levels.

Behind The Boards: CeZar "The Brain Child"

| Monday, January 12, 2009
CeZar (pronounced Ceasar) “The Brain”
Born Brice Howard

Named CeZar due to the common mispronunciation of his middle name Cezaire and for his internal quest to rule in production. He began his musical journey at age 7 listening to his father’s Earth Wind and Fire albums which a stack full of books and drum sticks as his first drum set. At age ten he began to play saxophone in the elementary school band and continued to play through highschool and college at NC A&T State University where he majored in music education with the principle focus on classical saxophone. During the year he also taught himself piano, trumpet, French horn, and electric bass, but his strengths have always been classical alto sax and jazz tenor sax.

Justintyme - Differences

CeZar started with arranging at age 15 by composing original mini multi-movement pieces for marching band. However, none of his original pieces were ever performed. At age 16 he took an Electronic music class where he was introduced to sequencing and production. He felt that through his production his musical ideas could be performed on a smaller scale but with a larger impact with an artist instead of band. His first album appearance on a local scalecame in 1999 with the co-produced song entitled ‘Game Over’ performed by LS of My House Entertainment. The song gained steady rotation on Greensboro College’s radio hip hop show. He went on later to produce singles ‘Move Slow’, ‘You better know’, and ‘We Ride’. CeZar’s production credits also include production for Premeum, former Bad Boy A&R turned rapper G-City, L.O.C., BB, SirPreme, Cutthroat Smitty, Mys Nita, Rashard, Evin Gibson, Nicodemus, Justin Time, Trav B to name a few.

Currently CeZar is a lead engineer and producer in a joint venture with Pure Records U.A.G Production and managing R&B artist Phillip Ballard.

Acquired the name “The Brain” for simply being the organizer and his passion to dominate in all genres of music production.

Mys Nita - Ooh

Strengths: Master of imitation. Known to take riff from a song and make it a working master piece that only mimics the original in key. Known for R&B/Soul bass grooves, catchy party tracks, high pitched old school samples, signature synth sounds, complex melodies and counter melodies with simple “pocket” drum tracks

Equipment: Fruity Loops 8, Cool Edit Pro, Roland Fantom X6, Cubase SX, Digital Performer, and live bass

Musical Influences:
Earth Wind and Fire, Mint Condition, Quincy Jones, Gap Band, Isley Brothers, Cameo, The Jacksons, Stevie Wonder, P-Diddy, Stylistics, Guy, New Edition, Usher, Destiny’s Child, Alicia Keys, Jill Scott, Amel Larrieux, Musiq Soul Child, Boyz II Men, Vivian Green, Mary J Blige, N.E.R.D. Linkin Park, Green Day, Papa Roach, Justin Timberlake, Blink 182, Maroon 5, Puddle of Mud, Creed, Vince Dicola, Bill Conti, John Williams, George F. Handel, John Philip Sousa, Charlie Parker, John Coltrane, Jay Z, Wu Tang Clan, Red Man, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eminem, G- Unit, Fabolous, Kanye West, Just Blaze, Freeway, Timberland, Rodney Jerkins (Dark Child), Chris and Neef, Maxwell, A Tribe Called quest, De La Soul, AZ, Amerie, and many others.(in no specific order)

DJ Paul's of Three Six Mafia Custom SP 1200

| Sunday, January 11, 2009

Heatroc and Priceless

| Saturday, January 10, 2009
I am glad to introduce to the readers of my blog the production team of Heatroc and Priceless. Be on the lookout for "The Real World Mixtape." Peep the bio and myspace links below, peace EOP

The production team of Heatroc and *PriCeLeSs* are creating new sound for today's Hip-hop, R&B, and Pop. Their sound of soulful samples and spacey electronic beats are ready to take on the industry.

Before they emerged as a team, Heatroc & *PriCeLeSs*, both beatmakers, were close friends who had the same personal and music interests. They agreed to do a joint venture to create an even more unique sound.

This duo's first project together will be "The Real World Mixtape" to be released in early 2009. The tracks are produced by each members as an individual producer and as a group as well. The mixtape will feature various artists from around the U.S. personally handpicked by the production team.

Priceless Myspace Page

Heatroc Myspace Page

Priceless and Heatroc Myspace Page

Statik Selektah "Get Out My Way" (feat. Bun B & Cory Mo)

| Friday, January 9, 2009

Termanology "If Heaven Was A Mile Away (Tribute To J. Dilla)" Mixtape



Sneakerfilez Presents Greedy Genius

Bun B x Greedy Genius Video

Lupe Fiasco X Greedy Genius - Paratrooper

Cool Breeze

Greedy Genius Website

A Great Way to Start...

The weekend and I am off work today. Be blessed EOP

Reef The Lost Cauze - I Wonder

Mos Def & DJ Honda - Travellin man

DJ honda& Jeru - El Presidente

Blackstar (Mos Def & Talib Kweli) - Definition

Jedi Mind Tricks/Army Of The Pharaohs-Tear it Down

Congrats to Wanya and Raheem on the Grammy Noms

Wanya - My Love

Raheem Devaugn - Woman

Original Post on Kev Brown Blogspot

Fast and Furious 4

| Thursday, January 8, 2009

Street Fighter: The Legend Of Chun Li


Kooley High - "Burn After Listening" Compilation

| Tuesday, January 6, 2009


Peep the compilations album by NC's Finest Kooley High, the Summer Session EP is available now featuring production by 9th Wonder. Support real hip hop yall

"One Day" Movie Preview from Kooley High on Vimeo.

The EP can be purchase at the follow links
Kooley High Homepage
Kooley High Amazon Link
Kooley High Myspace page







Come out and support my man 50 grand Ken-E in this beat battle being conducted at downtown Greensboro at Greene St on Jan 9th.

Peace and blessings

New MeLo-X ALBUM: Time Warped Vibes


MeLo-X Has been Gaining respect in NYC for his Remixes and Production work with various artist for years .

Since 2005 MeLo has Dropped countless Remixes and Remake projects that have been played through out NYC Clubs and have Gained attention from online Blogs and Websites.

Now MeLo-X ..puts his stamp on a Full Instrumental Album Called "Time Warped Vibes".
This Album is compiled of Beats and samples Altered and Produced entirely by MeLo-X.

Time Warped Vibes is A Classic Hip Hop Experimental, Sample Heavy, ..Instrumental Album. This Project will be seen as a Classic piece of work for years to come.


********Taken from Melo-x's Myspace blog*********

Flwrpt 2009 Mix


Really dope mixtape, check it out. I love this guys blog, its just good music.

Weldon Irvine - Time Capsule (Intro)
Sheila - David
Marcos Valle - Nao Tem Nada Nao
The Ogyatanaa Show Band - Disco Africa
Brian Auger - Beginning Again
Ronnie Foster - Happy Song
Azymuth - Avenida das Mangueiras
Dale Jacobs - Softly
Weldon Irvine - Shopping
Sonny Carson (Hallway Beef Skit)
Stefano Torossi - Fearing Much
Keni Burke - Keep On Singing
Jon Lucien - Creole Lady
Jackson 5 - I Wanna Be Where You Are
The Sylvers - Wish You Were Here
George Duke - Statement
Alain Goraguer - Ten et Tiwa
Sun Ra (Space Is The Place Skit)
Dexter Wansel - Rings of Saturn
Wee - Try Me
Azymuth - Aguia Nao Come Mosca
The Gimmicks - Roda
Human Egg - Love Like This
Wendell Harrison - Take Time Out
JD and the Evil’s Dynamite Band - Sunday Kind of Love
Jackson Conti - Nao Tem Nada Nao

Right click here to DOWNLOAD
Flwrpt Blog

Mojoknights - Rio


01. elis regina - abre alas
02. som 3 - margarida b
03. jose mauro - obnoxious
04. sergio ricardo - conversaçao de paz
05. dom um romao - ponteio
06. som imaginario - a3
07. milton banana trio - oba la vem ela
08. tamba 4 - samba blim
09. ivan lins - abre alas
10. paulo freire - vou levando meu canto
11. briamonte orchestra - rota sul
12. som ambiente - o bofe
13. os tremendoes - nome de jogo
14. antonio adolfo - nordeste
15. hareton salvanini - copacabana rock
16. waltel branco - satiricon
17. nara leao - se voce pensa
18. norma bengell - abre alas
19. dicreu graeser - saudade
20. marku ribas - cruzeiro do sol
21. wilson simonal - se dependesse de mim
22. rosinha de valença - summertime
23. jorge ben - maria domingas
24. catia de frança - estilhaçaos
25. luiz eça - baiao do sol
26. antonio adolfo - venice

Download Here
Mojoknights Myspace Page
Mojoknights Homepage

the Jonesz - Kill Mikes ( Severed Sessions LP )


This is the jawn right here.



Saturday, January 17 2009, 3:30pm - 5:30pm

Join us as we learn the art of SALSA! This session lasts approximately two hours and will leave you with a skill that you can impress your friends and families with! Classes are $10 per person! Must call to reserve space at (336) 621-3317!
Contact: (336) 621-3317

Dancer 4 Life Site

Madlib's Dilla Tribute Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6 CD to be released February 10


When Madlib followed J Dilla’s now-classic Donuts with an instrumental concept-album of his own, a series was born. “Beat Konducta,” the alias he often scribbled on the beat CDs he handed to friends and potential collaborators, left the realm of the unknown and entered the record-buying public’s conscious as Madlib’s latest nom de plume. His unedited CDs often wove quirky narratives, served as obsessive listening material to those lucky enough to hear them, and became raw working material for Madvillain, Jaylib, Ghostface, De La Soul, Talib Kweli and Erykah Badu.

The concept of the Beat Konducta series was simple: put Madlib’s raw beat tapes into album form – one by one on vinyl, with two volumes at a time appearing on sporadically released CDs.

The first two volumes of Beat Konducta, Movie Scenes, were a soundtrack to a movie that existed only in Madlib’s mind. It’s score ranged from Blaxploitation soul to African-psychedelia, from Tropicalia to moody progressive rock. The second installment took its listeners on a tour of Bollywood, circa 1975. Beat Konducta In India paid sincere tribute to musical giants largely unheard of by Western ears. And kept the funk levels up all the way.

Beat Konducta Vol. 5-6: A Tribute to... is a 42-track piece dedicated to the late J Dilla. Madlib and J. Rocc – arguably Dilla’s closest musical compatriots during his time spent in Los Angeles – lovingly remember their friend and reflect on his boundless influence. As was the case with Donuts and in keeping with the Beat Konducta’s all-embracing musical bent, this album does not settle into one groove for too long. The result is a transfixing, sometimes jarring, and always soulful homage to the man Madlib crowned “King Of The Beats.”

Madlib's homepage
Madlib's myspace page

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Eyesofphases & Ferrari 110 EP progress


Whats good erbody, the EP with Ferrari 110 is in progress the EP title and release date is to be announced but to peep pics and footage from the session please click the link below. Peace

Ferrari 110 & EOP post

Sneakerfilez by Infinity

| Sunday, January 4, 2009
This week we have something for the skateboard heads and also for those that like to keep it simple with the Nike Air Force One. First we have the Nike FC (football club) one for the ladies and one for the fellas…

The Nike FC is a great indoor soccer shoe, but now it will be known as a skateboarding shoe. In 2003 Nike SB added the Zoom FC to their line. The FC stands for Football Club.

The Nike SB Zoom FC contains a semi stuff tongue, extra padding and a Air Zoom insole. The FC is the second most popular shoe (amongst sneaker heads) of the SB line, the Nike Dunk SB is first.

Here is a nice Air Force One for the ladies, this sneaker is already on the market so go cop a pair if you like to coordinate!
12/13/2008 Air Force 1 Low Women’s
318769-101 White/Neutral Grey-Cayman

Alright fellas here you go, a nice black white and royal pair for you so that you can get your coordination on too!
12/20/2008 Air Force 1 Low
315122-011 Black/White-Old Royal

Here are some release dates for the new year of some new styles of Air Force One’s once pics become available I will put you on. Peace!

01/03/2009 Air Force 1 Low
317295-002 Black/Black-Neutral Grey
$88 77 Burnside
01/17/2009 Women’s Air Force 1 Low Pre V
350693-611 Varsity Red/White-varsity Red
01/17/2009 Air Force 1 low
315122-013 Black/White-Black
$88 77 Burnside
01/24/2009 Women’s Air Force 1 Low
315115-713 Varsity Maize/White-Varsity maize
$82 77 Burnside