Friday, July 28, 2006

Meet The Dealer

Big Rich is block tested and hood approved. This is a pretty good looking video and I think I accidentally drove through the shoot a while back. 40 Water is co-signing for this dude, I guess San Quinn wasn't enough, whatever works.

Big Rich, a rising star rapper/producer from San Francisco’s Fillmore district, is set to record his first solo album to be released by KOCH Records in conjunction with Rich’s imprint label 3 Story Muzik and Street Cred Music Group.

A video was just filmed in the Bay Area for the first single, “That’s the Business,” and will be serviced to radio and video outlets shortly.

Here it is.

Big Rich
"Thats The Business"

Wednesday, July 26, 2006

The Bishop Interviews Nate Mezmer

Below are the links to an interview conducted by Adisa Banjoko with Nate Mezmer, the man who penned the critically acclaimed masterpiece, 'Kill The Precedent'. Topics discussed include the new album 'Big Brother', the situation with Isreal and Lebanon, and the revolutionary potential in hyphy . They get hyphy but they don't go dumb. Check it.

Links in quicktime
Part 1, Part 2, Part 3

Monday, July 24, 2006

'Vans' Video Trailer

Heres the trailer for the new 'Vans' video by The Pack. I don't wear Vans, nor do I like this song, which means it will probably blow the fuck up. Word to Young Stunna, thats a fresh name for an MC.

Here's what Ninoy Brown has to say.

Saturday, July 22, 2006

The Links

Thursday, July 20, 2006

He'll Fuck Your Main Bitch While You Watch!

He aint got no 'mad skills kid', but thats how you start a muthafuckin' show. This clip is some classic material from the Bomb Hip Hop tour in San Francisco from 1994, wish I was there. Too bad theres so many hacks out here in the Bay doing it right now, because this is the guy who I'd really like to see blow (no homo). I'm sure Dre Dog really doesn't give a fuck though, he still hates you with a passion.

RIP Coughnut.

Tuesday, July 18, 2006

'18 Dummy' Video

The Federation
'18 Dummy'

Sunday, July 16, 2006

Hometown Heroes

Ive been hearing about this collabo album for a long time now and I guess it's really supposed to drop in October. Fans of the Napster favorite 'Silly Puddy' will probably get a boner when they get their hands on 'Heroes In The City Of Dope', the new full length featuring Zion I and the Grouch.

Back in the mid/late 90's when I had my backpack strapped on tight and a King Cobra 40 in my hand at all times, the Grouch was one of my favorite MC's. As I grew older and realized I had plenty of my own problems, I started becoming tired of hearing about his.

It took me a long time to really get into Zion I, but I think 'True and Livin' is one of the best albums start to finish I've heard in a long time. MC Zion holds his own with all of the featured MC's and Amp Live is one of my favorite producers out there.

I downloaded these two tracks below from their MySpace page, check 'em out.

Flow - Zion I & The Grouch
Z and G - Zion I & The Grouch

Saturday, July 15, 2006

Hot Sunny Day

Celly Cel
'Hot Sunny Day'

My polo has sweaty pit stains, the bus stinks like shit, and I'm getting drunk in the middle of the day. It's a hot sunny day, oh yeah.

Thursday, July 13, 2006

Sneak Preview

Heres a look at the new Mac Dre bobblehead that hasn't made it out yet. Macassis about to give 'em the backhand. Yeeeee!

Its Gonna Blow

Nate Mezmer respects the architechs, as he begings to build

This ones a little tribute to the pioneers, but not in that bad way. No yes yes yalls, no takin' it back to the golden age, no reppin' the 4 elements, and especially no lite jazz loops....I hate that shit.

Nate Mezmer - Hand Grenade

Monday, July 10, 2006

Meet Ise Lyfe

"We went from fighting for freedom to goin dumb for free". You gotta like that line.

I've been hearing about Ise Lyfe for a few years now, but to be honest, I really dont know much about him. I could be listening to his music as I write this and not even know it, but it seems as though that might be changing, as his name has been popping up all over the internet lately.

The Otherside of Hyphy - An Interview with Ise Lyfe
by Davey D

powered by ODEO

Lyfe As We Know It
from A line on there, “ My neighborhood’s filled with liquor stores, and I’m sick of it. So when I’m in the liquor store, I’m stealin’ s**t.” I like the blend of sociology and gangsterism…

Ise Lyfe: There’s a library in Oakland every 192 blocks, but there’s [on average] a liquor store on every corner. I need some national media vehicle to let us do an article on the other side of Hyphy. People ask me, “Ise, since your music has a certain intellectual backdrop to it, how do you feel about going dumb?” They try to pin me against Hyphy. Please! Hyphy is dope, it’s our roots and our principle. It’s a resistance of the system – everything in Hip-Hop is. Hip-Hop has always been a reaction to poverty. People spray-painted their names on subway trains in New York ‘cause nobody gave a f**k about ‘em. They put they name up so people had to pay attention to them. Hyphy comes out Oakland, California where they spend 77 million dollars on police and three million on education…where they take all the music out of the schools…where elementary schools are being shut down…where the mayor of Oakland runs for Attorney General. That’s how major the gentrification is around here. McConnors High School entered a class of 493 freshman students and graduated 41 of those students. That’s what Hyphy is. On one hand, it’s dope. On the other, it sensationalizes a death of a culture – can’t nobody front on that. A lot of it is love. But a lot of it is “thizz, thizz” – poppin’ a pill. I got students that weigh 120 pounds that’s smokin’ purple bud, poppin’ ecstasy pills, drink Robitussin, and eat hot chips – that’s they whole f**kin’ life. This [Hyphy] culture promotes it. Without callin’ no names, most of the cats you hear on the radio rappin’ that s**t, they drug free. Kids is followin’ ‘em thinking it’s cool.

Thursday, July 06, 2006

Buy This

This new mixtape by DJ Eleven is the best thing I've seen in a while. It's two discs with 67 Bay Area classics from old to new. Fire up the bbq and slap this shit in.

Peep the tracklisting and buy one.

Monday, July 03, 2006

Bubble, Toil, and Trouble

For an article in the SF Weekly, Tamara Palmer decided to check with the local hip-hop community to see if Bay Area personalities can afford the Cristal boycott and the bottle itself.

Name: B-Legit, veteran soloist who rapped about rum cocktail "Hurricane" with cousin E-40 in The Click.
Amount of Cristal purchased pre-boycott: None.
Amount of Cristal planned for future purchase: None.
Beverage of choice: Hennessy ($31.99-$125.00) and Baileys Irish Cream ($18.99).

Name: Chuy Gomez, host of the alcohol-free programs "Chuy in the Morning" on KMEL 106.1 FM and "California Music Channel" on KTSF TV 26.
Amount of Cristal purchased pre-boycott: None.
Amount of Cristal planned for future purchase: I may buy a bottle for my son's graduation, but that isn't for another four years.
Beverage of choice: An almost slushy, cold Coke ($2.79 for a six-pack).

Name: Traxamillion, producer of Keak Da Sneak's local hit "Super Hyphie" and the forthcoming Slapp Addict Compilation.
Amount of Cristal purchased pre-boycott: None — I haven't even held the bottle.
Amount of Cristal planned for future purchase: If I was at a party and they were passing it out, I'd have some, but I can go through life without tasting it and I'd be OK.
Beverage of choice: Hurricane ($7-$10 at most bars) or "Katrinas," as I like to call them.

Name: Zion, MC in Zion I, a group inspired by the Black Panther legacy as well as "Cheeba Cheeba."
Amount of Cristal purchased pre-boycott: None, but I heard it was good.
Amount of Cristal planned for future purchase: None, because I take care of my skrill [money].
Beverage of choice: Water (free) is the best, but I dig on Vitamin Water, too ($1.39).

Name: Trackademicks, buzzing street remixer and producer on Mistah F.A.B.'s Son of a Pimp album.
Amount of Cristal purchased pre-boycott: I think I bought a bottle of Cristal once ... wait — that was Crystal hot sauce for my fried chicken.
Amount of Cristal planned for future purchase: I need to buy a bottle soon to go next to my Paul Wall grill and Jacob the Jeweler timepiece.
Beverage of choice: Breezy drinks like Sparks ($5.99 for a four-pack).