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Double Dee and Steinski – Sugarhill Suite June 16, 2008

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Stephen Marley – Hey Baby ft Mos Def (Music on Monday…on Wednesday) March 18, 2008

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npr: “establishing a hip hop canon” November 15, 2007

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listen to “establishing a hip hop canon” (32:17)

“After three decades, hip hop is more segmented than ever, by both regional styles (East Coast, West Coast, Dirty South) and in stylistic terms (Gangsta rap, conscious hip-hop, “alternative” rap). From these many parts a canon is emerging and today we debate its meaning. Joining us is Mark Anthony Neal, associate professor of Black Popular Culture at Duke University; and Brian Coleman, author of Check the Technique.”

kanye west on 60 minutes November 14, 2007

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classic status at 55 seconds…

saul williams – the inevitable rise and liberation of niggy tardust October 30, 2007

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if you’re not up on saul williams, go do your homework – google is your friend. he’s a spoken word artist/poet, rapper, and actor who makes great music.

his new album will be released online for free a la radiohead. (available nov. 1st at http://niggytardust.com)

“You will first be asked to enter your e-mail address. This is where you will receive the download link when the album becomes available on November 1.

If you choose to pay for the record, your download will be available in the following formats:

  • 192Kbps MP3
  • 320Kbps MP3
  • FLAC lossless audio

If you choose not to pay for the record, you will receive it in 192Kbps MP3 format.

All versions include a PDF with artwork and lyrics

All files are 100% DRM free, and can be played on any device. MP3s are encoded with LAME v3.97 and love.”

$5 gets you above 192kbps.

message from saul:

“My Dearest Friends and Fans,

It is my greatest honor to present to you The Inevitable Rise and Liberation of NiggyTardust!,
my new album produced by Trent Reznor and mixed by Alan Moulder. The wall of sound that we’ve created is tagged with such graffiti that a passerby would seek out doors and ways to ENTER. Once inside a world defined by dreams come true they’d find aligned with the simplest act of sharing what we treasure. Most people aren’t aware of the world of art and commerce where exploitation strips each artist down to nigger. Each label, like apartheid, multiplies us by our divide and whips us ’til we conform to lesser figures. What falls between the cracks is a pile of records stacked to the heights of talents hidden from the sun. Yet the energy they put into popularizing smut makes a star of a shiny polished gun. The ballot or the bullet for Mohawk or the mullet is a choice between new times and dying days. And the only way to choose is to jump ship from old truths and trust dolphins as we swim through changing ways. The ways of middlemen proves to be just a passing trend. We need no priests to talk to God. No phone to call her. And when you click the link below, i think it fair that you should know that your purchase will make middlemen much poorer…

NiggyTardust!
love,

Saul”

and some words from trent reznor:

“…Saul was interested in breaking boundaries / crossing genres / defying expectations and we learned a great deal from one another in the process. When asked about the sound of the record, I’ve had to resort to “… I really don’t know HOW to describe it.” That’s a good thing more than ever these days.

A word on the way we’ve chosen to release this.
There are obvious similarities in how Radiohead just released their new record and the way we’ve chosen to. After thinking about this way too much, I feel we’ve improved upon their idea in a few profound ways that benefit you, the consumer. You obviously will be the judge of this in the end. One thing that IS very different in our situation is that Saul’s not the household name (yet!) that Radiohead is, and that means we need your support on this more than ever. If you like what you hear, spread the word.

I hope you enjoy the music,

TR”

here’s a leaked track from the new album,

saul williams – tr(n)igger:

and here’s two old favorites of mine…

saul williams – talk to strangers:

saul williams – black stacey:

jay-z – fallin’ ft. bilal October 26, 2007

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jay: bill, i just want to let you know that i respect your hustle, tell me about this facebook deal and i’ll teach you how to dress

bill: hov, chill for a minute, lemme holla at yonce right quick…where she at?

off american gangster…by far the best track…the beat is so infectious…bilal proves yet again why he’s the no-gimmicks nate dogg for hooks.

jay’s flow is just ridiculous on this too…and it’s on beat (for the most part)…hear that rappers?….please learn.

kanye west “stronger” translation October 14, 2007

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from slangcity:

found this pretty hilarious… translation of “stronger”…makes the idiocy stand out that much more…for those that don’t speak hip-hop:

original:

“Let’s get lost tonight
You could be my black Kate Moss tonight
Play secretary I’m the boss tonight
And you don’t give a fuck what they all say, right?
Awesome, the Christian in Christian Dior
Damn! They don’t make ’em like this anymore
I ask, ’cause I’m not sure
Do anybody make real shit anymore?
Bow in the presence of greatness
‘Cause right now thou hast forsaken us
You should be honored by my lateness
That I would even show up to this fake shit
So go ahead go nuts, go ape shit
‘Specially in my best stand on my Bape shit
Act like you can’t tell who made this
New gospel, homey–take six, and take this, haters”

becomes>>>

“Let’s get lost tonight.
You could be my black Kate Moss tonight.
We can play a fantasy sex game in which you’re the secretary I’m the boss tonight.
And you don’t care at all what people say, do you?
That’s great, the Christian in Christian Dior brand designer clothing.
Damn! (used for emphasis) They don’t make songs like this anymore.
I ask, because I’m not sure,
“Does anybody make good music anymore?”
You should bow to me because I’m great
because right now you have abandoned us .
You should be honored that even though I am late
I came here for your poor quality music.
So go ahead–go crazy
Especially when I am wearing my Bape brand designer clothing.
Pretend you can’t tell who made this song!
This is the new gospel, friend–take a few minutes off, and listen to this, jealous rivals!”

and the chorus becomes>>>

“I like you.

I don’t know if you have a boyfriend
Or if you have already made plans for this evening.
I don’t know if God has me in his plans for you.
I’m acting crazy–drinking alcohol has made me talkative,
But I know that God put you in front of me,
So I really don’t understand how you could pretend to me.
There’s a thousand “you”s, but there’s only one of me.
I’m going crazy–I’m excited about this moment–do you understand?

Because there is a beautiful woman wearing Louis Vuitton designer clothes tonight,
we are going to do everything that I like.
I heard they’d do anything for a Klondike ice cream bar.
Well, I’d do anything for a blond lesbian,
And she’ll do anything to get a lot of attention,
And we’ll do anything when the time’s right.
Uh! Baby, you’re making it (harder, better, faster, stronger)”