December 2008


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file under: things I learned from twitter (thanks cvillemeur)


BIG SEAN & MR HUDSON LIVE IN LONDON – BlogRapnews

ALot of the folks in London were buzzing about this Mr. Hudson while I was out there….they said that he contributed alot, behind the scenes, to Kanye’s Heartbreak album and new stylee (note dandy-ish suit)….

in-ter-esting.

(thanks to Dici from Rapnews. This footage is from the same GOOD music afterparty where Nas and more joined Kanye etc….but according to Dici this Sean/Hudson song will be on both artists albums. There seems to be a growing backlog in that crew. Kudi, Cons, and Mr. Hudson seem likely releases)

Choke dug up an goodie.

Flex knows the Tunnels was my bungee jumping equivalent, lol. If I had a scanner, I’d find the old backdrop pics and share ; )

And where is that old Vibe Magazine feature…..hmm

PS: Oh s–t, Jay-Z and Dame Dash at the Palladium nightclub too? After the jump….

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This must have been before her Croatian concert and its unfortunate Rihanna rendition.

She talks about a new song that will detail her stay in prison. She also says that she read DaVinci Code in jail and that it was a bad spar [sic] in prison…..and that jail has Karaoke Fridays.

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Yesterday, the homie DJ Scratch sent me a shocking statement about the recent sales of his former partners EPMD. It came with his signature and nothing more. But after setting EPMD fans (self included) atwitter….Scratch wants to clarify that he didn’t actually write that letter himself. And doesn’t wholly co-sign the harsh sentiments either. (Phew, because I hope one day these guys will work out their differences and get back together…., if Erick and Parrish can do it, then anyone can.)

“I didn’t make or write that statement about EPMD’s record sales. A fan on myspace wrote that statement and sent it to me. I was shocked about what he wrote so I copied and pasted it and sent it to my friend Miss Info and a few other friends to show them how some people are still angry about our split. It was my fault to not explain in the email “yo, look what someone wrote to me”. It’s hard express emotion via text. So I apologize for the miscommunication to Miss Info, EPMD & the fans.

But since I have the floor I will make a statement..

If I was involved with the new EPMD album the result of the record sales would’ve been the same. I listened to the album. It’s better than the last two we’ve dropped.

I would be crazy to think that people wouldn’t buy EPMD’s album because I left the group. I only produced one track per album (except Business As Usual where I produced four tracks). So that wouldn’t make any sense.

Our split was very public, I only did two interviews about our split (allhiphop.com and nodfactor.com). Anything else are not my words or opinions. We both have fans as a group and fans individually. I reached out to them when I saw the result of the sales to ask if there’s anything I can do to help. Even though we have our problems, I don’t want to see them fail, as I expressed in a earlier myspage blog.

Usually when a artist drops an album after a long hiatus (Hip Hop, R&B).. The record sales will not be as huge as when you first came out.

The main reason for that is the times have changed, the era has changed. The attention span of the younger fans are shorter. So you have to consistantly put out material to stay current.

The advantage that EPMD and other Legends like LL Cool J, Wu-Tang, Rakim ect is that when you have CLASSICS.. you can tour forever!!! So the poor record sales are not a factor in making money. “Hit records last six months, but classics last forever”.

Our core fans are in their late 30’s.. early 40’s. So all we ask is to support our Legends and go out and buy the new EPMD, Wu-Tang, LL, Diamond D, Q Tip, Busta, DJ Quik, Pete Rock and Large Professor albums. Because at the end of the day.. The fans make us or break us.

No matter what, you can’t take away our classic EPMD records, the groundbreaking scratches on the hooks and the ill DJ routines at our shows. So regardless I’m DJ Scratch of EPMD for day one to day done.”

lego-sculpture

(nathan sawaya work spotted at Geekologie)

Well, probably no one, but friend Jay Electronica is campaigning for a greater appreciation of the vast contributions MJ has made to our lives with his.

When he first sent this over, I thought Swagger Jackson was Action’s hep nephew from Harlem. But if you read the lyrics, it far less macho than the name suggests.

Jay Electronica “Swagger Jackson’s Revenge”

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Dharma Dharma Ben, y’all.

Seriously, this teaser for the season 5 opener on Jan. 21st is so chock full of confounding images that my pea-sized brain can’t wrap itself around all of them.

I see a newborn baby (is that Sun and Jin’s baby?), someone being thrown off a balcony, Kate in her criminal court pant suit being locked in a room, (what in the world is that swinging thing shown right after Kate says “open this door”??), a hooded figure writing formulas on a chalkboard and drifting towards a computer, what in the world does Sawyer say to Daniel? “something something blew up on your damn boat”?, and worst but not least…there’s more backwards audio, which some LOST-stans think is Locke saying “am I? when?”***.

I need to lay down.

***via NYMag, via my fellow Lostie Eskay.

tru life jay-z

Jesse Gissen at XXLmag.com sent over this story they posted…which is fascinating from a psychoanalytical standpoint….lots of issues being worked out here via these quotes:

“I was Roc-A-Fella all day first off, let’s get that clear,” the L.E.S. rapper told XXL. “I signed to Roc La Familia but I was always Roc-A-Fella. I was just Latin, but when that folded it was easy, they just moved me over to Roc-A-Fella. I’m a smart business man so when I found out Jay-Z was gonna leave – cause I got the heads up, cause that’s my big homie – I didn’t wanna stay there either at Def Jam.”

“As far as Def Jam is concerned, I didn’t wanna be in an upside down situation,” Tru continued. “I had seven deals on the table before I took that deal and I only took it because of Jay-Z. So I felt like if he’s leaving, I wanna leave too…It was also in my contract that if they didn’t put out my album, they had to give me $300,000. So being the smart businessman that I am I took that $300K, they did it under the radar so nobody really knew, but I been was off of Def Jam for a while. We did it before Jay-Z actually left. I left Def Jam, but I’m still with Roc-A-Fella, I’m still with Jay-Z. Me and Jay was just out in Vegas balling out, spending stacks. You can ask Jay.”

Ahh, I see…..so how did that make you feel?

as I mentioned previously…..

(Elliott Wilson told me about this while we were watching the show…..I’ll keep waiting for my dream Roots/Dipset collabo : )

Last night was a gooodie at BB Kings with The Roots onstage plus everyone…well, everyone except for a certain scruffy braided-hair guy who had planned a surprise with The Roots to “ball” out, “pop champagne,” and puff a lil’ “day n night,” with all the cool kids onstage. According to him, one excitable security guard messed that one up for the crowd. I’m sure security has a different take on the issue, lol…
But still, it was a great show.
Much love to FWMJ (who is security-guard-proof), Gigi, DJ Ness, DJ Kunal, Amanda Diva the host-tess, Tanya Morgan the openers…..and of course, my right hand Mike Fresh who was in the crowd handling b.i. first and best.

Oh and I loved how Questlove was actually checking his twitters during the show. Amazing : )

UPDATE: here’s a video clip from John Brown (yes, that one) of the aforementioned Jim Jones security squabble….

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