MF Doom is the prototypical polarizing artist. His subjectively complex sound leaves fans either in love with Doom or incapable of listening to an entire track. For those that appreciate the British export, you should be made aware that Gold Dust Media are preparing a DOOM B-Sides and collaborations album entitled “Unexpected Guests”, set for release in November 2009. The compilation was sequenced by Metal Fingers himself, so unlike that Lil Kim tape, this is official. Even though MF Doom just dropped his album “Born Like This” earlier this year, Doom beats the path again and this will serve to be a great education tool for cats that slept on Doom since the 80′s. Peep the promotional trailer (below) and the press release with track list (after the jump).
Juelz Santana is my kind of Dipset guy. Everyone has their personal favorites in the ‘set, and mine was Juelz. Somewhere in between his smooth but furious flow and his exceptional ability to manifest true hood swagger, I fell in love with Juelz, no homo. Dipset has been a complete and utter mess for the past few years. And with internal politics bringing down the nest, byrds have started to fly, in a bad way. In the case of Juelz, Cam’ron whom apparently was in a position to do so, sold the rights to Juelz to Def Jam, aka, Jay-Z for a cool 2 million. Juelz claims to hold no ill grudge, and proudly states “Yeah, I’m free, and ready to do me,But it’s still Dipset for life. It’s just going to be a new chapter.” His first post-Cam project which is dropping this year titled Born to Lose, Built to Win is expected to do big numbers. We’ll be reviewing that one for sure, so peep us for the review and a free download.
“I’m going to be in this one video, it’s going to be on MTV!”These words are uttered by many, yet realized by few. In this city being offered a “role” in a music video is the sum of a very simple equation; one attractive woman plus one shady dude with weak game. So I was by no means taken aback when I heard a co-worker express her upcoming appearance in a “rap video”. I was also not surprised by my blunt but internalized reaction, something along the lines of “sure honey, you and every other aspiring model this side of Fairfax.” But stereotypes are meant to be broken, and exceptions are often exciting moments. So I was pleasantly surprised to hear from this certain lady that her appearance was going to be in B.o.B’s new video “Lonely People.” Never a sucker for unverified spoken word, I was granted a sneak peek (and somewhat exclusive) at the video. Here it is….
B.o.B. is a frustrating artist to describe at this point in his career.B.o.B. was recently featured on the cover of URB magazine along with Asher Roth, Wale, and Charles Hamilton as part of a 2009 dream team for the rap game. Though these artists have reignited the indie rap scene by keeping their ties to the street sound and certified, it’s my fear that in an effort to package a “class of ‘09” we may lose perspective. Perhaps we shall ignore the intrinsic egocentricities that make an artist unique, or maybe we won’t be as critical as we subconsciously justify bad decision making. For the record I think B.o.B. is the head of this class of 2009, and his connection to Grand Hustle and Atlantic certainly puts him in an environment conducive to grooming.B.o.B keeps it viral and litters his MySpace page with free mixtapes. Definitely grace your Ipod with the following Future of Hip Hop Mixtape . B.o.B. is straight out of Decatur aka Stankonia, and I’m pulling for this kid just like I’m pulling for the young model* that linked me with this video. Ironically my concern is applicable to both aspiring stars; true talent is often lost in a sea of mediocrity. Good luck to both of you.
*remains nameless for sake of privacy, but is the prettiest girl in the video, and the only one that maintains her integrity. Big Ups …