Before I begin let me say two things: first, I think DJing takes an immense amount of dexterity, reflex and an intangible sense of creating natural, yet unique, segues between records. Second, I think Just Blaze is an amazing producer and an amazing DJ. In fact, with regards to the second point, Blaze’s collision of buzzing synths and manipulated soul samples were the primary reason for scoping Just Blaze’s DJ set at Oakland’s New Parrish. His time spent as Roc-A-Fella’s unofficial in-house producer paved the way for other superstar producers, like Kanye West and Pharrell, whose soundscapes would often intercept the spotlight from their lyrical counterparts. Just Blaze is an awesome producer. Bangers like Jay-Z’s “Girls, Girls, Girls” and Dipset’s brilliantly subversive “Built This City” were often the panache highlights on albums. The boasts of seemingly infinite wealth from the rappers on Roc-A-Fella’s roster, needed to be housed in belletristic and ornamental beats. Just Blaze was the master architect behind these structures.
Also feeding the enigma I was paying to see was the fact that Blaze used to wear a diamond-encrusted Playstation controller. He also took the nickname Megatron (the Decepticons’ nefarious leader) long before the Detroit Lions star wideout. Finally, JB often gloated about his massive sneaker-collections’ balance between quality and quantity.
Along with being aesthetically pleasing, Just Blaze producing a track was essentially integrating a “brand” into the song. Blaze’s ethos is one that philosophically suggests that you can spend Friday night playing Street Fighter, watching ‘80s-babies cartoons and sucking down junk food. Then, come Saturday, you can rub elbows with exotic-models, ethnicities elusive, while wearing colorful sneakers (because loafers are for squares). Of course this brand is suggesting a lifestyle which is essentially bullshit and unobtainable but it’s fun to hypothesize, and, frankly, that’s always been the beauty of rap music (or hair metal for that matter). These hypothetical ideas were really what I wanted to be conveyed through Blaze’s 1s & 2s: Transforming robots, video games, fast-paced, aggressive, geeky rap music.
Cam’ron is one of rap music’s true enigmas; he’s spewed scorching nihilism that has pissed in the face of women, Chinese people, women, gays and more women. And, while it’s easy to get distracted by lines like “put your meat on my shishkabob” and his eccentric pink and purple wardrobes, the guy’s actually a dope rapper (he was originally Notorious B.IG.’s protoge). Every Cam’ron album is chalked full of one-liners that will most likely disgust you but simultaneously show Killa Cam’s prowess.
Because he has a knack for elusively slipping out of sight for extended periods of time, any tracks that surface are drooled upon. The Fader recently came upon several new songs from his forthcoming Gangsta Grillz project. Scope them here. He also introduces several of his Harlem chronies Byrd Lady and Vado.
Below is my favorite Cam’ron song. The beat has always intrigued me. Is that a hyena laugh in the background?
Discobelle is one of the dopest blogs around and despite being an electro-based site, were one of the first blogs to feature Wiz Khalifa (if you’re often on our blog, you may have heard of him). They offer a mad free MPfrees so peep them.
I actually got a chance to sit down with the Discobelle DJs on their first U.S. tour and first trip to L.A. to discuss Lil Wayne, Dipset and Swedish pop music. Below is a preview, peep the link to see the full story:
Germany steered electronic music into an esoteric and barely human dimension. Subsequently, the French polished it to a sparkle and made the genre an audio delicacy. Somewhere in-between Germany’s android-controlled starship and the suave French boutiques, the Swedes have splattered the genre with their own distinct frosty cool dance-floor mayhem. MetroWize caught up with the duo for an interview after their dancefloor success at Scion House Party at the Roxy in Los Angeles. Sverige’s Kristian Anshelm and Martin Andersson, collectively called the Discobelle DJs and two of the minds behind the influential blog Discobelle.net, sat down with us to discuss their new mix Scion CD Sampler V. 24, Swedish pop music, Lil Wayne and quasi-existentially, why they aren’t actually DJs. Read the full story here.
Somebody get this guy some Social Networking Prophylactics
Jim Jones is in some trouble with the law, again. This time for something somewhat admirable, apparently he whooped up on Ne-Yo’s manager back in December, so it’s an assault charge. If I were his lawyer I would argue some mitigating circumstances, you know, maybe a utilitarian argument about how Ne-Yo’s manager at the bottom of the ocean may be a good beginning. Course if I were the Dipset Capo’s lawyer, I’d also tell him stop twittering in court, especially about having weed and being stoned whilst in court. For those of you with bad eyes, the twit quotes include, ”I’m late 4 court wit marajuana eyes” and “sittin in court wit a pocket full of weed.” Come on Jim, that’s some 40 Cal nonsense, you’re a Capo! For those of you who want to add yourself to the masses that are following yours truly, hit that foo up on Twitter, @
Jimmy also just dropped Pray IV Reign … his latest contribution to the Dipset catalog. Peep the upcoming review on the Zebreezy..
MP-freeeeeee: Jim Jones – How to be a Boss
New Dream ft Fabolous, Juelz Santana, Rick Ross & Ludacris “Rockin that Thang Remix”
The Dream ft. Mariah Carey – My Love (Official Video)
Follow The Dream
Catch him live in Hollywood this Thursday, FREE MySpace Release Show @ AREA Night Club (LA)
1643 La Cienega, Hollywood, California 90023 ( First 300 are free!) LionStarr not guaranteed to make appearance.
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Pure fire from a retired Dipset general
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.
To be a dork for a second, in literature the method of “deconstruction” is to take something which already exists and then re-examine it’s value to change it’s meaning. Rap music often does this, whether it knows it or not, when they use samples. The videos below.
The Diplomats changed Jefferson Starship’s “We Built This City on Rock and Roll” to be a championing of Roc-A-Fella Records.
B.O.B. does a superior job with deconstruction with “Use Your Love” because I feel like when the original singer hears what B.o.B. did to his song he’ll be flabbergasted and maybe he’ll even chuckle and think to himself, “wow I didn’t even realize that hook sounded mad sleazy!” Maybe he’ll even have an epiphany and realize that although that was supposed to be a love song, maybe all I really wanted was one night of passion?