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Hip-Hop Links December 15 2009

Tuesday, December 15th, 2009

Masta Ace & EDO G have a video for their song “Little Young.” I like the gimmicky song about Rappers and little things even if it is a little corny.

Here is Skyzoo’s lead single Popularity off his new album The Salvation:

Here is a great video of Q-Tip and Busta Rhymes performing “Scenario” and “Where All My Eyes Can See” at the Knitting Factory

I was in Russia at a Trade show after party and I heard the original version of Pitbull’s Hotel Room Service play and it felt so American. It was a nice change from the bad taste in techno that Russians seem to have.

Normally however I’m not the biggest fan of club music.

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Here is the latest in Shaun Boothe’s series of unauthorized biographies. This time Sean Diddy Combs, gets the treatment:

Money Does Not Equal Culture

Tuesday, May 19th, 2009

Time Magazine has a quick interview with Busta Rhymes on their site. In the interview Busta Rhymes is asked about the criticism in his popular single “Arab Money”. Quote:

There’s a song on the album called “Arab Money” that incorporates verses from the Koran as well as statements about women and partying. Some people are really offended by the song and its video. I know you’ve stated publicly that the song isn’t meant to demean anyone. What were you trying to say there?

Busta: I think the handful of people who disagreed with this song really misunderstood what the record was about. What I’m talking about is getting money. I was really trying to point out that Arabs have one of the richest cultures in the world, not just from a monetary standpoint but also a spiritual standpoint. In the United States and North America, we’re not really identified with a particular faith. We don’t really have a culture that anyone can identify with because America is a mixture taken from everyone else’s [roots]. My thinking is that if we’re going to take from a culture, let’s take from a culture that has exemplified success for thousands of years.

Hearing Busta’s response is interesting and sounds like the way Michael Eric Dyson would explain away objectionable lyrics from a rapper. It is commendable to point out that the Arab people have an old culture which should be appreciated for spiritual and other reasons.

But this is not what Busta Rhymes mentions about Arabs in the song “Arab Money.” Sure there are references to a couple of Arab things but mostly Busta is just talking about oil money and material possessions. Busta should learn that money of itself is not culture.

However I admit I have enjoyed listening to the song when it is being played somewhere.

New Music Stuff February 26, 2009

Thursday, February 26th, 2009

Q-Tip has a new video for the song “MANWOMANBOOGIE” off of his new album The Renaissance

Buy the song from Amazon here: ManWomanBoogie
Link via Rock The Dub Video costars hiphop journalist Amanda Diva.

Rock the Dub has a link to an mp3 of a mashup of MIA’s “Paper Planes” and Notorious B.I.G.’s “Ten Crack Commandments.

K’Naan has a new video for his song ABC’s by Chubb Rock:
ABC’s is off K’Naan’s forthcoming album Troubadour
Link via Eskay

Here is the remix to Q-Tip’s Renaissance Rap with Lil’ Wayne, Busta Rhymes, and Raekwonn. Busta Rhymes ane Raekwon are enjoyable but Lil’ Wayne gets too many bars on this remix.
Link via Metal Lungies


Monday, December 10th, 2007

Dillagence is a new mixtape by Busta Rhymes and the late producer J. Dilla. Mick Boogie is the DJ with his name on the mixtape although it appears that it was probably put together by DJ Spinna.

The mixtape features Busta Rhymes et al. rapping over beats well known beats by J. Dilla. Some of the beats I recognize from having heard off of Common’s Finding Forever, Dilla’s The Shining and some of the beats I don’t recognize. It is an enjoyable mixtape if you are a fan of Jay Dee’s production but not something I am likely to pull out of my music collection too far into the future.

Dillagence is a free mixtape that can be downloaded off of the internet.