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, June 30, 2006

I've been busy ...

Pharaoh Monch - Let's Go

Sorry about the lack of posting. I'm getting ready to move. I haven't even had time to check if this has been posted by Spine or Nah Right. Oh well. Enjoy a new Pharaoh Monch track that's not bad. Let's hope this new place I go to will have ample Internet access.

Tuesday, June 27, 2006

Tell me when to--NO!

E-40 and friends - Tell Me When to Go remix

Nation of Thizzlam got a new (ugh) "Tell Me When to Go" remix. It's got like, half of the Bay on the track, though.
It's the Bay Area All-Stars version, which is the only one anyone ever really wanted to hear. Check the lineup:

E-40 (of course)
Turf Talk
Richie Rich
Clyde Carson
Dem Hoodstarz
The Federation
San Quinn
Messy Marv
Big Rich
J. Diggs
Mistah FAB
Too Short
Droop-E also tinkers with the beat a little. It's like 7 minutes long so I can't really sit through the whole thing. I don't think $hort Dog actually gets a verse on this, he just kinda talks. It's also worth mentioning they cut Keak da Sneak out of this version too. Sad face.

I have some distance to cover ...

So forgive me if I look (sound) redundant to the rest of the Internets today.

Jurassic 5 - In the House Apparently Jazzy Pha is writing J5's choruses now. A cheesy b-side to the Dave Matthew's collaboration. Meh. They miss Cut Chemist.
The Federation - I Only Wear My White Tees Once (Remix) "18 Dummy" finally got an official release, and this is the b-side. It's got, like, rappers from LA on it. Do I hear an Alkaholik?
Nas - Where Ya'll At You've probably already heard this, but just in case you haven't, here it is. New Nas. Not so impressive. Beats could be better, and the chorus is weak rehash of his past lines.
DJ Shadow feat. Q-Tip, Lateef the Truth Speaker - Enuff It's a shitty bitrate, but it's worth checking out. Bol's boy has a review of the upcoming album.
Rhymefest - My Beat Rhymefest is mad that he has to pay for beats. And calls out names. Ooooh. What a baby. This is sorta gimmicky in that Skillz "Ghostwriter" way.
Pimp C feat. Mike Jones, Bun B - Pourin' Up Honestly, I don't know why I'm sharing this with you.
Chamillionaire feat. DJ Quik, the Game - Ridin' (West Coast remix) Just like the Federation track, this tries to establish a Los Angeles audience by sticking West Coast rappers on an existing hit. Whatever. This chorus is stupid-catchy though, in an embarrassing caught-singing-on-the-bus way.
Ludacris - War with God This is a T.I. Diss. Apparently. Kinda zzzzz. I wish Luda would start making good records again, is all.
T.I. vs. Jimi - What You Joe The Riddim Method comes with the smarts. Now I just need a Lil Flip related song to complete the Dirty South Pentagram and open up the gates of hip hop hell.

Monday, June 26, 2006

I'm baaaaaaaack ...

The Brewers are actually a pretty good team this year, uh, all things considered. Bill Hall is on my fantasy team. Look for an update sometime tonight, chock full 'o bad music.

Tuesday, June 20, 2006

Rapinjustice goes to Hawaii ...

I'll be on vacation this week, and will post remotely. And by "post remotely," I mean "not post at all."

Check the blogroll for awesome muzak.

Monday, June 19, 2006

The Dogg Pound

Sunday, June 18, 2006

Not enough fake-Primo for you?

AZ - The Format

Well, then here's some real Primo. The track is OK, it's just that AZ doesn't fluctuate his voice up and down wildly and do that melisma thing. I just can't listen to Primo now without it.

Left, left, left, right, left

Boot Camp Clik - Yeah

Is this a Premier beat? Are people still trying to bite his style? I guess maybe producers catering to people who still check for the Duck Down camp. This could have been huge in 1996.

Saturday, June 17, 2006

Uh, sometimes rap is weird?

Putting the "rock" in Aesop Rock

Rasco feat. Aesop Rock - Worlds Collide

So, right off the bat, this collaboration is already a little bizarre. Haven't heard from either of these cats in a minute, and I wasn't super eager to check for either of them at this time, but I did. And uh, I guess they rap over a sped up Evanescence sample. Rock and rap, come together again to make a strange concoction.

Thursday, June 15, 2006

Hi, everybody!

Your son is a very sick boy. Just look at these x-rays. You see that dark spot there? Whiplash. And this smudge here that looks like my fingerprint ... no, that's trauma!

Dr. Octagon - Aliens OK I already posted this before, but it had all these promo voiceovers on it. Now it's clean. Plus, the rest of "The Return of Dr. Octagon" isn't that good.
The AB's - Boombox These guys, formerly named Asamov, put out an aiight album a few months ago. Nobody heard it, but it wasn't bad. Now they changed their name, which sinks them into deeper obscurity. They hang out with the likes of Mr. Lif and 9th Wonder, pending that "hang out" means "probably paid them to collaborate with."
Braille - Sonset I really feel weird listening to Christian rap, probably in the same way most people feel weird listening to Christian rock, but it just feels weirder. The worst part is, most of the time you probably can't tell if it's Christian or just some nerdy white dude with dreads rapping. And sometimes they get dope beats. Like this song, produced by Count Bass D. I remember Jay Seagraves of Hip Hop Infinity used to stick these dudes in Braille (is the MC like manCHILD or some shit?) on his top 50 MCs of the year list. It made me half interested and half stupider reading that shit.

Wednesday, June 14, 2006

Sometimes rap is weird ...

One fine, young cannibal ...

Fine Young Cannibals - Good Thing (Prince Paul remix)
Wolfmother - Woman (Avalanches remix)

Yes, it's those Fine Young Cannibals. "She drives me crazy / Woo hoo." Those guys. And that's De La Soul Prince Paul, not some house DJ who happened to have the same name. The Wolfmother remix is by the same people who brought you "Since You Left Me," which is a sublime album, and countless other remixes worth your money (or time downloading). This one isn't as good as some of the other ones I've heard by them, but it's still weird. Wolfmother seems to be touted as the next Led Zeppelin, and the original mix of "Woman" is played on rock radio here.

Either way, I would rather be listening to these songs than Dem Franchize Boyz and Korn collaborations.

#1 Stunna!

The Federation feat. E-40 - I Wear My Stunna Shades
Corey Hart - Sunglasses at Night

Did the Federation's "18 Dummy" make it anywhere other than the small spark in the Bay? RIP, "Hyphy." Anyway, now that everyone's over "Ghostridin' the whip," what's next? I guess stunna shades, which are just regular sunglasses (but, uh, crazy and ... big!). This Federation and E-40 track samples and interpolates the Corey Hart 80's hit. Nation of Thizzlam got another track that uses the song too, so pop on over thurr.

Big ass sunglasses, got 'em from Dave and Buster's ...

Showin' Spine ...

Monday, June 12, 2006

Fuckin' sick of seeing that nasty, bloated face on my front page ...

Ultramagnetic MCs - Is it Them

I was also sick of seeing that Dem Franchize Boyz rock song on the front. God. This new Ultramagnetic MCs jawn (!) isn't as bad as you might think it would be.

Mad Korny *sigh*

Jonathan Davis, of Korn

Dem Franchize Boyz vs. Korn - Coming Undone Wit It

De La Soul and Teenage Fanclub - Fallin'

Quote from the Virgin Records press release:
Two of the year's biggest multi-format hit songs are about to morph into something newer, bigger and even more out of control, as two Virgin labelmates, the definitive trend-setting, Grammy-winning modern rock icons KORN, and the definitive kings of Southern "snap" hip-hop, DEM FRANCHIZE BOYZ, mash up their current singles in a mid-week studio session.

The bands are to meet on Wednesday, April 12, in Los Angeles, to create a new mash-up version of the No. 1 Urban and Top 10 pop DFB single "Lean Wit It, Rock Wit It," with "Coming Undone," the second single from Korn's platinum-plus Virgin Records debut, "SEE YOU ON THE OTHER SIDE."
Ugh. I've never heard the Korn song, but I have heard the song I posted. This is going to be (already is?) a dismal failure. I remember when Korn teamed up with Lil Jon or whatever, and that shit was wack too. In fact, 90% of all rap-rock supergroup combos (or in this case, a rap-rap-rock combo?) suck. Jay-Z and Linkin Park? No. Run DMC and Aerosmith? Corny as fuck. In fact, not only do the collaborations mostly eat ass on their own, the movement has helped paved the way for the worst possible rap-and-rock-influenced groups in history. We didn't get 10 Becks, we got 20 Limp Bizkits/Biohazards/Kid Rocks.

The only dope one was when Public Enemy and Anthrax did "Bring the Noize." And the De La Soul song from the "Judgment Night" soundtrack. And that one song on the Handsome Boy Modeling School with dude from the Mars Volta (speaking of which). I'm sure I'm forgetting some, but my brain is still recovering from the Korn-Franchize audio abortion.

Fun Fact:

Government name: Jonathan Davis

Sunday, June 11, 2006

Trainwreck: the worst of the best the best of the worst

Beanie Siegel - Why Wouldn't I Stop in Philly, order cheesesteaks and eat beans fast.
Rhymefest - Stick Uh, whatever. Is this album out yet? Have fun with Mark Ronson, man.
Lord Jamar feat. RZA - Deep Space What's up with producers choosing weird ass rappers to produce for? The No. 3 guy from Brand Nubian? Seriously? It's always the rapper coming out to get the unheralded producers, Jay-Z with Kanye, Ghostface with Doom. Meanwhile, DJ Premier continues to give tracks to the likes of Big Shug and Pitch Black.
Three 6 Mafia feat. DMX, Project Pat, Lil Flip - Poppin My Collar (Cracktracks remix) No comment.

Friday, June 09, 2006

This is a test (press) / white label test (press)

Desmond Dekker - 007 Shanty Town

I just wanted to check if zshare was up and working again. It is. So here's the song I upped. A rocksteady classic.

If nuts on a chest are chestnuts, what are nuts on a chin?

Ever wonder what the product would be if you got acclaimed French filmmaker Michel Gondry (Dave Chappelle's Block Party, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind) to direct a screensaver accompanied by a homeless man on a guitar? Wonder no more. The video for Cody ChesnuTT's King of the Game.

Thursday, June 08, 2006

Dude, you're getting a Nell

The band-aid is to help heal my wounded career...

Nelly Furtado - Do It
Nelly Furtado - Wait For You
Nelly Furtado - All Good Things (Come to an End)

The singles were all pretty good, and here's some more offa Nelly Furtado's upcoming album. Pretty sure all the ones I picked were produced by Timbaland. "Wait For You" is a nutso beat. She tries to rap on "Do It" (ugh). And "All Good Things" is in the same vein as those subtle Timbaland guitar-folk productions with Bubba Sparxxx, which I particularly enjoyed. It gets better with each listen. Trust me.

Ain't No Other Artist ...

It's just me ...

Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man (Instrumental)
I get it, you want to remix the track. You want to enjoy it without Aguilera crooning up and down with her wild voice. Or you didn't even listen to it on principle the first time because Xtina was on it. Whatever your reason, I got you, man.
Teriyaki Boyz - Tokyo Drift I think this is some Neptunes stuff. I find it annoying, but maybe someone will enjoy this. From the "The Fast and the Furious 3" soundtrack. I swear they pay for beats with A Bathing Ape clothes.
Mayday feat. Cee-lo, DJ Craze - Groundhog Day I don't know who this Mayday cat is, but he keeps OK company. Cee-lo is fresh off his buzzy Gnarls Barkley and throws down the hook here. It's amazing to see DJ Craze, three time DMC DJ champion, actually working. The beat and chorus are pretty fresh, but the raps could use work.

Backpack love* ...

Kashmere Stage Band - Ain't No Sunshine (J-Rocc remix) The Beat Junkie spruces up the Stage Band cut, if I need to say anything else, you don't want to hear this anyway
Soul Scientific - Lazy Afternoon
Who are these people again? It's a pretty chill instrumental joint.
Pete Rock - Revenge (Muroxanne remix) The King of Digging remixes the Pete Rock track. Drops a pretty dope break.
Dr. Rubberfunk - Riding with the Ratman Who is this guy? I have no idea. But his name makes me think of Germans. Either way, it's more instrumental-funk-ish stuff. And it's got that thing I love--the rhythmic dropping of vocal dialogue to make it sound like someone is singing.

*had to switch to sendspace to host the files because zshare was giving me problems

Wednesday, June 07, 2006

Introducing Gwen Ste-faux-ni ...

No, not that one ...

Paris Hilton - Stars are Blind

One part random dancehall riddim, one part corny smoky voice and all studio magic. Can't wait for the Fat Joe, Jadakiss and Scott Storch ones.

Tuesday, June 06, 2006

Haterade ...

Jurassic 5 feat. Dave Matthews Band - Work it Out

OK, so this one is too easy. The past few days, on bbs and other blogs, I've seen links to the Jurassic 5 MySpace page, which features this track. The comments board is pretty hilarious, filled with mostly backpack sycophants eager to declare praise that nobody will ever see. But elsewhere on the 'net, the track has been almost universally bashed. This is because nobody likes J5 in 2006 and DMB has been associated with the striped shirt and sandals crowd.

Even at their best, nowadays Jurassic 5 is a guilty pleasure, with their corny sing-songy choruses, tepid raps and embarrassing fanbase. Add Dave Matthews on top (I hate Dave Matthews) and this song becomes a hater's paradise. However, this song isn't that bad. Sure, it has the boring, overtly positive, in-your-face message, a snore-worthy beat and a wanky guitar, but I wouldn't say I hate it more than, say, that Brooke Hogan and Paw Wa' song. And the best part of this is that nobody will have to probably hear this after a few months goes by (I'm pretty sure alternative radio, which would cater to J5 fans, hates DMB more than us).

This is the first time I've noticed Cut Chemist jumped ship from Jurassic 5. I remember reading an interview with him after he said he finished "Thin Line" with Mya or Nelly Furtado or whomever, and he said something along the lines of "Wow, we cut our first R&B song--I mean, it's great that we're doing new things, but wow." And that's when I knew it was basically over.

Sunday, June 04, 2006

A funny thing happened to me on the way to the Internet ...

(Where's that picture of the soccer team with the homemade Wu-Tang shirts when you need it?)

I was over at We eat so many shrimp, and saw that Serg posted up some El Michels Affair songs where they cover Wu-Tang beats. "C.R.E.A.M." and Raek's "Glaciers of Ice," in particular.

I remember hearing a special with Wu-Tang (well, a good percentage of the group) on XM Satellite Radio backed by the band. Being a sucker for live bands playing sampled music, I had to cop it. I don't know if this has already made the rounds on the Internet, but here's the whole show. It's pretty dope. Raekwon, GZA, Inspectah Deck and U-God performed the following songs in October of 2005.

Protect Ya Neck
Bring Da Ruckus
Duel Of The Iron Mic
Uzi (Pinky Ring)
Dat's Gangsta
Glaciers Of Ice
Da Mystery Of Chessboxin
It's Yourz
Criminology/Illusory Protection (remix)
Ice Cream
Shimmy Shimmy Ya
Shame On A Nigga

Here it is, all 53 minutes: Wu-Tang on XM Radio

It's just one thing ...

Disclaimer: OK, so remember that I don't even like half the music I post here, but I feel some of it may be noteworthy or reflect some sort of cultural dynamic or phenomena. Also, I like rap music and talking shit.

That said, here is a new track, produced by DJ Premier.

Christina Aguilera - Ain't No Other Man

According to MTV, her new album is *ahem* good and has a track with Nas on it. And this is the first single offa it. Look out for the remix featuring Big Boi.

Saturday, June 03, 2006

Do hipster toddlers exist? (and other stories)

Here's the trailer for a new kids' show called "Yo Gabba Gabba." I have no idea if that is a Ramones reference. It looks sorta dope, but I'm not sure if kids will appreciate the pop cultural (in)significance of the Aquabats, ghetto blasters, Pitfall and Biz Markie. Is this perhaps inspired by Japanese kids' show Kure Kure Takora? The host, a one DJ Lance Rock, looks cool enough and the music is nuts. (Link to Yo Gabba Gabba)

Young Joc's "It's Goin' Down" is the No. 1 rap/hip hop single on the Billboard charts. God help us.

A cover of the Gnarls Barkley smash "Crazy" by Nelly Furtado. Eh.

OK, so I guess it's supposed to be free ...

Here's the whole Danger Doom EP, "Occult Hymn." It's a legal download too. Straight from the Adult Swim site. Just beware, it's something like seven tracks with two skits and three remixes. It'll probably seems like deja vu to a lot of you.

Friday, June 02, 2006

Sometimes there's a rap dryspell ...

Welcome to the Reggae Oasis ... wanker

Bunny Rugs - Be Thankful
The Heptones - Richard Khoury
Simon and Garfunkel - Richard Cory

... Especially after the last month of prolific hip hop releases to hit the Internet. Because of the rap drought, the monotony of the musical desert will be broken up with the first installment of the Reggae Oasis. So here are a couple jernts for you. A cover of William DeVaughn's "Be Thankful." You know, that "Diamond in the back / sunroof top ..." And a cover of a dope ass Simon and Garfunkel song, "Richard Cory." The original song (which is actually a poem by Edwin Robinson) ends with Richard Cory killing himself, but for some reason these dudes wanted to leave that morbid, ironic detail out.

RIP Desmond Dekker. Maybe a future mp3 post is in order.

Thursday, June 01, 2006

Quick, somebody flip this into a beat ...

Luciano Michelini - Frolic

Just for kicks, the theme song to "Curb Your Enthusiasm." Someone could spit over that, like Ghostface. The Clipse could make it into a drug song, "Curb Your .. uh, addiction." Whatever. Big Pun was on a song with the "Night Court" theme, so this can't be THAT spacey of an idea.

What, no songs about "Saved by the Bell"?

Danger Doom - Space Hos (Madlib remix)
Danger Doom - Perfect Hair 2

So you've heard Korn Dogs, and here are a couple more tracks from the new Danger Doom EP. The songs are sorta whatever, "Korn Dogs" is better. I think the folks over at Williams St. are using these tracks as promotional pieces for the new wave of Adult Swim cartoons rather than artistic expression. Either that or they're trying to make a quick buck offa some studio outtakes.