stop bitin' while i'm rhyme writin'/ or we'll be like fighting ... mike tyson.
It might not even be good, but it's still RAP
Something for everyone, but not everything for someone
Filling the cracks in the sidewalk of online rap

Friday, July 15, 2005

Karma's a bitch

Jadakiss, Royce, R.A. the Rugged Man, among countless others -- they're probably all laughing right now. From the Associated Press:
ODESSA, Mo. (AP) - A tour bus for rap star Eminem crashed and overturned after hitting two trucks on an interstate highway, police said. Eleven people were injured, including the star's DJ, bodyguard and a protg, the rapper Stat Quo.

Eminem, whose real names is Marshall Mathers III, was not on the bus, publicist Dennis Dennehy said. His Anger Management Tour was expected to go as scheduled Thursday night in Denver.

The Missouri State Highway Patrol said the bus was traveling at a high rate of speed when it ran off the road Wednesday night to avoid a collision with a semitrailer, then swerved back onto the roadway and hit the truck.


Among those injured was Eminem's DJ Alan Maman, also know as Alchemist; the 27-year-old from New York City was listed in good condition Thursday.
Maybe it's time for some "Through the Wire" type chronicles.

Full story here. And the same story herre.

How much does Jazzy Pha charge per beat?

Because whatever it is, it's too much. This one's a gimme:
T.I. featuring Nelly - Get Loose
produced by Jazzy Pha
album: Urban Legend (2004)

hey! haven't you guys ever heard ... ?
Missy Elliot featuring Da Brat - Sock it 2 Me
produced by Missy Elliot and Timbaland
album: Supa Dupa Fly (1997)

Comments: Jazzy Pha sucks.

Wednesday, July 06, 2005

Don't Phunk With the Playlist

You know when you're surfing the radio, and two different rock stations are playing Green Day or two different rap stations are playing 50 Cent or two boring stations are playing Coldplay?

Well, this morning, both VH1 and MTV were playing the Black Eyed Peas' "Don't Phunk With My Heart" video at the same time. I knew it would happen sooner or later, but since MTV only shows reruns of "Pimp My Ride" and "Real World" incarnations and VH1 only shows talking heads, the channels were in rare and momentous form.

Ina na na na

It was like seeing a shooting star!

dont phunk with my heart

Somewhere an angel just gained its wings!

Tuesday, July 05, 2005

Classic or Zzzzzz ... ?

3MGs (3 Melancholy Gypsies) - Nautilus
produced by Eligh (?)
album: Grand Caravan to the End of the World (2005)

is familiar to ... a hundred other rap songs including tracks by A Tribe Called Quest and the Ultramagnetic MCs, also notably:
Ghostface Killah - Daytona 500
produce by the RZA
album: Ironman (1996)

Comments: Sorry, 3MGs, disguising your track as an homage and naming it after the burnt out sample (Bob James - Nautilus) doesn't make it less lazy, you bums.

Another one for the Gipper ...

Missy Elliott - We Run This
produced by Rhemario "Rio Beats" Webber (who? Mike Jones! who?)
album: The Cookbook (2005)

yo, i heard this before, isn' t it ... ?
Sugarhill Gang - Apache ... Grandmaster Flash ... another million songs I'd rather not recount.

Comments: Though an infectious break, and Missy actually adds a pretty cool marching band interpretation of the track in her song, any sample that has been prominently featured in an episode of the Fresh Prince (the one where Carlton gets thrown into the wall at the Vegas dance competition, the song may be the Sugarhill Gang version) and used as a major movie theme (Snatch) should be retired. From now on, only Saleem Remi (Nas - Made You Look) can touch it. Jump on it!