Friday, March 27, 2009

PH-1's Top 15 Favorite Female Rap Albums

A lot of ppl see me as a hip hopologist, which I hold as a compliment. But I see myself as just merely a die hard fan. But even I have slept on some albums during their great years (e.g. Lord Finesse, NWA, even Kool G. Rap). But one thing I've never slept on were raps based on region or sex. Dope music is dope music. PERIOD!!! But from day one for every 100 male rappers, there was always one female, which makes it easy to get left out of a list of great albums or hardly mentioned.

After my last Top 10 Favorite 1998 Hip hop albums, I had mixed feelings about including Lauryn Hill, only becuz it was more r&b than hip hop. But honestly, there wasn't many dope albums that year, so I included her by default. But acknowledging female rap albums period of all times, it's hard to include it. Now if it was best female album PERIOD or female R&B album or even best Female rap/hip hop single, then it's all good.

Not taking away from her as an emcee, b/c skillfully she can kill most these sistas on this list & most bruthas for that matter. But is it fair to compare a Lauryn album to an MC Lyte album? That's like comparing John Legend to Common. Either way, this is MY list of my favorite female RAP albums, so hey... don't bite my head off, b/c L.'s not on this list. LOL.

I also did this off the strength of a previous list of my top 3 albums per year in the 90's where I didn't acknowledge any female rap albums. One thing about these lists is that mine is liable to change in a minute, b/c nothing is set in stone for me. I love music period. And a lot of times, I do this to introduce ppl that yearn to hear an alternative from the stuff forced down our ears whenever we turn on a radio. It's not for me, b/c I have these albums. But if ppl have other recommendations... hey.. share them... exchange recipes so we all can enjoy the same delights.

Top 15 Favorite Femcee Albums of all Times.
no particular order

1. Salt-n-Pepa "Black's Magic" 1990
This might be a shocker to most, since this album don't get the accolades that the albums before (Hot, Cool & Vicious) or afterwards (Very Necessary) got. But one thing this album did that their previous didn't do & no album can do til this day.... release hit records even in a 4 year span. '89-90 - Expression & Independent, '91- Do U Want Me, '91-92 "Let's Talk About Sex" & "U Showed Me". And that's not including bangers that didn't get play like "Black's Magic", "I Don't Know" (w/ Kid'n Play), "Doper Than Dope" & Salt killing it solo on "Swift."

This also the album where they step up out of Hurby's choke hold (just an inch, but enough to let the world know they could write, they were no fad or just eye candy... especially since this was during their fat (oops.. I meant.. pregnancy) stage (although Salt was still fine in all-black). The only thing that hurt them with this album was the remixes that catered more to the UK, but made them appear selloutish over here. I guess the remix came as a result of re-creating songs that were 2 or 3 years old. But the original 1990 album version is a classic, although the original "Let's Talk About Sex" is no longer on it. (sucks cuz the remix omitted the 3rd verse, which was the best verse to me). Plus that album cover is phat!!!!

2. MC Lyte "Eyes On This" 1989
Although her debut is definitely a classic, this was the album that turned me into a fan. At that time, I was a fan of both Lyte & Antoinette, but more so Antoinette becuz of her sound. But Lyte killed not only her with this album, but all competition with this joint. The production was flawless, & her lyrics was amazing. Til this day, this still plays in my I-Tunes every now & then.

The main reason I loved this one more than the debut was becuz it felt more polished without losing the grit that made the debut amazing. She still had her storytelling rhymes... "Cappuchino", "Not WIth a Dealer" & my personal favorite... "Please Understand" where she spoke a lot of real relationship issues & how she dealt with them. The first verse was actually something that reign true with my older sister at the time. But the way she told it was funny as hell. But my favorite was a cut called "Rhyme Hangover".... (sampled Diana Ross' "Love Hangover") which really displayed her lyricism where she came across as a Doctor prescribe good music for those that need it. Classy. I can go on & make a whole blog about this album... LOL... so let me continue. (Just take my word for it... it's tight.)

3. Rah Digga "Dirty Harriet" 2000
The first time I fell in love with Digga was on the Lyricist Lounge joint exchanging bars with Bahamadia, "Be OK". That joint was crazy tight. ANd then later on Busta's 2nd album with Flip Mode. I was that groupie waiting on her debut to finally get released & was well worth it. She had a lot of tight tracks, but my favorite til this day that I play on repeat everytime is the "Straight Spittin' Pt. 2. Sucks her sophomore album never dropped in stores (although it wasn't as good as the first. I have the unreleased bootleg), & she's become another dope femcee from a crew to get suffocated in the overcrowded industry.

4. Foxy Brown "Ill Na Na" 1996
This was when Foxy was at her best & sexiest, even if Jigga wrote most of her shit at that time. It was a dope album. Actually my favorite cuts on the album was "Holy Matrimony" & "The Promise" that I think she did write. Although she's done later albums each with mixed views, this was the album where she set herself a part from other females, even Lil' Kim, although ppl were lumping them together. She came across more classy & sophisticated with her flow & one of the most unique, distinctive voices. This was before she got hollywood, then later hollyhood to the 3rd power.

But I still hope she come back strong, b/c dope female rappers that actually still RAP. (not sing or with a singy song flow... but RAP & tight with it.) is rare. Her unreleased "Ill NaNa 2: The Fever" is also another bootleg I got a hold of & it was actually tight. But fell into the curse of the "push back til eternity until label change & never see the light of day" that happens a lot with especially new artists & female rappers that labels don't know how to promote. Black Roses (her supposed next album) might meet the same fate as "The Fever" since it's been 4 years since it was supposed to drop & been 8 years since she's had an official album released... (Since Brooklyn Don Diva came out without her consent.)

5. Jean Grae "Jeanius" 2004
Don't act like yall didn't know. LOL. Actually I was torn btw this & her debut, Attack of the Attacking Things... & even the new "Evil Jeanius" (I recommend downloading, cuz her former label's did a "Suge Knight" on her...*) But the original Jeanius album is a masterpiece. I say "original", b/c the version that dropped this year (2008) had to be tweaked for uncleared samples. They did a decent job to try to keep the same vibe, but the original 2004 version is 9th in his element & brought out the best in Jean's flow. But it's another example of how the industry is killing the art.

6. Lil' Kim "Hardcore" - 1996
I almost put "La Bella Mafia" b/c that was a dope album. But the thing I love about this album was it's originality at the time. I just wish her remixes (Crush On You & Not Tonight) would've been on the actual albums instead of the originals (Although the original "Not Tonight" is funny as hell. Keep that...). But in comparing her & Foxy at the time, I think Foxy had a better album as a whole, but Lil' Kim had hotter singles. "Drugs", "Spend a Lil' Dough" (great storytelling), "Queen Bitch" & "MAFIA's Land" were among fav. joints. And that "No Time" video was the shit. To be honest, I liked the clean version better than the explicit one (it omitted my favorite bar... "I'll have you speaking in French... oooo la. wee wee." LMAO)

Even today, I'm still a fan. I might joke about the surgery & the clothes or whatever stunt she pulls. But IMO, she still put out good music. It's evident with her last 2 albums (The Naked Truth & La Bella Mafia), even her mixtape.... Mz. G.O.A.T. where she paid tribute to female pioneers & doing them justice while proving she can still rip the mic without her clothes following. Even Notorious K.I.M., although it gets a lot of flack, when had too many songs... 5 were fillers she coulda omitted & came with a better package. But Hardcore will always be the shit for me.

7. Mystic "Cuts for Luck & Scars for Freedom" 2001
For those never heard her album but aware of her hit single might think I'm being hypocritical acknowledging her & not Lauryn Hill. But although she does sing on her album, her rapping is more dominate... just like Mos Def. But the one thing I love about her is her emotions. She speaks from a personal standpoint which is something very few rappers do, especially women, cuz they're trying to come across as hard as the guys. There's only been a few females that show emotions in their music through wordplay. Foxy Brown & Jean Grae... off the top of my head are 2 examples... although they're both not acknowledged for it b/c their machismo takes away from their humanistic sides. She can spit with the guys, but her heart is what makes her album timeless b/c they stick out more than her boast songs. "Fatherless Child" & "A Dream" are true gems, just to name a few.

8. Bahamadia "Kollage" 1996
I was a fan prior to this album, after her first video in 94, "Total Wreck" & a year later on guru's Jazzatazz Vol. 2 "Respect the Architect", Big Kap's joint "Da Ladies" that also featured Lauryn Hill. I couldn't wait for her to drop. I even bought the "Uknowhowedu" single that had "True Honey Buns" on the B-Side. Funny thing, I liked the B-side joint better. I was totally blown away when it finally came out, b/c It was a lot better than I expected. Not only did her butter flow & clever wordplay make this album the masterpiece it was... but DJ Premier produced if not the whole album... a huge chunk of it. I don't think he did... Da Jawn which featured The Roots, but that is my favorite joint on the album. Then again, I always get jones for music when B & The Roots get together on a track. Always make me wish I was in Philly to absorb some of the soul that was being transported thru the music back then.

9. Queen Latifah "Black Reign" 1993
A lot of ppl praise Latifah's debut when acknowledging albums of all times. Honestly, when it comes to ppl rating classic hip hop albums, ppl never look beyond a female rapper's first album. BUt in my opinion, this has to be the best album she's done. ANd it came after the death of her brother, Lance, too. So she put her heart into this album. Just about every song on there could've been a hit single, but U.N.I.T.Y. was definitely needed during that era (even now).

I thought it was jacked up how she got a mediocre review from the Source (3.5) where they complained about the singing. Honestly, I think with this album it worked best compared to her previous. On her first, it was nice... but the singing didn't work at times with certain songs & often took away from her rapping. On her second, she was trying too hard to do both & a lot of times felt like she should just rap & stop trying to sing. This one, I think it worked better hand in hand. Where she stayed on point lyrically & added a singing hook as icing on the cake.. As much as I love Latifah, she is no Lauryn Hill when it comes to singing. But it does work for hooks (Just Another Day) with sometimes a ting of reggae (Weekend Love). But as far as heart, I feel her more when she raps & that's what she did with Black Reign.

10. Lady of Rage - Necessary Roughness 1997
The only thing that hurt this album was the fact that it came out at the wrong time. 1. 2Pac has just passed; 2. Everyone fell out with Suge Knight, plus he was incarcerated; 3. The east vs. west was in full effect & she stayed out of it. Folks might have a fit by me saying this, but fuck it. I always thought Rage was the illest lyricist in Death Row, but she never got her shine. She should've been the first female to go platinum, if Death Row didn't push her back & let Brat take that opportunity away. ANd that album was proof. cuz it was straight fire. This was also during a time when a new crop of females started selling records (Lil' Kim, Missy & Foxy Brown) either through sex appeal or, in Missy's case..., being animated. And if you weren't showing some sex appeal.... forget it. MC Lyte escaped the omission barely... thanks to Puff's "Cold Rock A Party," & Brat finally showing a feminine side, while YoYo, Latifah & SNP fought to stay relevant. (Luckily, Latifah still had her TV show, talk show & Hollywood later on). This was when the hard core female emcee, like the Rage's, Heather B's, Nikki D's, MC Lytes) started becoming extinct.

11. Heather B - Takin' Mine 1996

Most notably known for "The Real World", I don't think she truly got the props she deserved as an emcee. I was a fan b4 TRW, b/c she was a part of BDP & she was spitting fire back then. I still would love to get my hand on some of those tracks she was spitting while on TRW. But her first studio album definitely didn't disappoint. She was the true personification of hard core & hip hop at its grimiest, cuz every track she was on, she was ripping it harder than most men & with mad passion. So much so, you felt what she was saying when she used to spit, "If Heads Only Knew... how I feel about the rap game." b/c you was chanting it along with her & believing that shit.

12. Monie Love "Down to Earth" - 1990
She'll be known for "Monie in The Middle". But on that note, it's better to be a one-hit wonder rather than never being acknowledged at all. But the sad part is her album was actually pretty good. It was definitely for the Native Tongue heads & ppl might've been brushed off by the album cover with the colors & such. But she touched on a lot of stuff before a lot of rappers did. Not only was she the first rapper I heard spitting a fast flow, but she was the first rapper I heard period to speak on domestic violence (Just Don't Give A Damn) & women prostituting themselves (Pups Lickin' Bones.... 1st joint introducing The Beatnuts). She set a lot of trends that she'll never get credit for. But true heads know the deal.

13. Da Brat "Unrestricted" 2000
This album was Brat at her very best. She wasn't on Snoop's jock anymore, but went back to her Chicago roots with her flow while still keeping the mellow vibe. I was shocked when I heard "That's What I'm Looking For" b/c she was killing it lyrically & at the same time looking sexy as hell. It's easy to say she bit off Twista a little, but I see it as all Chi- love, & at the same time, it was the speedy rap that turned me on to her in the first place when she debuted on "Da Bomb" from Kris Kross' 2nd album. Honey stepped her game up on this album & probably came with the best material she's ever done... "We Ready", "Pink Lemonade", "Chi-Town". If this would've been her first album, I think she would be more acknowledged as a pioneer along with the Lytes & Latifahs, b/c this album deserved more praise than her first that only sold on the strength of JD. On this one, her music sold her.

14. Apani B. Fly - Story to Tell 2003
This was an album I honestly found by accident. I've always liked her off the cameos she did... (Pharoah Monch, "The Ass") but when I heard her & Jean Grae tag team on a joint call "Shut the Fuck Up (that samples another legend, MC Lyte), I started researching her & finding more treasures from her. I don't think this album was ever officially released (at least not in the U.S.)... but its definitely something worth checking out. Like Mystic, this is the only collection of work of hers. But like Jean Grae, she's done enough features on compilations & cameos that it should be a double album within itself. But 2 of my favorite joints on this album.. "Right The Wrong" reminscing on lost friendships due to time (something I can relate to) & "Picture This" talking about the hardships of the street. Whether she rapping about love "Tequila" or dropping knowledge "A Million Eyes" her word imagery overall is something that's timeless, & unfortunately is not something appreciated in this age of mother goose rhymes about tossing dollars.

15. YoYo - Black Pearl
This album was straight fire, that it still baffles me that it didn't get the props it should've. No way was this a sophomore slump when it was musically better than the first & philosophically & conceptually her best work. Homegirl Don't Play That was straight fire... ANd "So Funky" used the same sample as 2Pac's "Keep Your Head Up." (b4 Pac's came out) And her remake of Shirley Brown's "Woman to Woman" is hilarious at best. When she drop knowledge like on "Few Good Men," "A Long Way Home" & "Cleopatra", she's no joke & truly an Intelligent Black Woman that supports her man. I even liked the smooth out R&B collabo with The Good Girls (remember them?) called "Will You Be Mine."

But like Rage's debut, this album suffered from bad timing. It didn't get the props it should've got for 2 reasons... One. It was positive..... and Two. It had r&b samples & hooks that would've sold if the G-Funk era wouldn't have taking over the West Coast sound in the same year of 92. So in less than 6 months after this album was released, YoYo rushed a harder more gangsta album, "U Better Ask Somebody." which also dissed this album calling it wack. But I had to disagree. Honestly, I think this was YoYo's best album where she continued her IBWC movement from her debut with uplifting songs for women. But she also spoke on having real Black pride beyond the X-hats & dashiki's that were the trend back then. This album had everything that the first was missing & a lot more melodic & original than her later that tried to target the Boss market.. making the same mishap Lyte did with Ruffneck, (although that got Lyte her first Gold plaque, it was a far step from her earlier work.)

Honorable Mentions

The Conscious Daughters - Ear to The Streets 1993
Invincible - Shapeshifter - 2008
Antoinette - Who's The Boss? 1989
Nikki D - Daddy's Little Girl 1990
Sweet Tee - It's Tee Time - 1988
Mia X - Unladylike 1997
Missy Elliott - Under Construction - 2001


Thursday, March 19, 2009

PH-1's Top 10 Favorite Posse Cuts

What up ppl? It's been 2 years & I'm finally releasing this list. Back in 2006, was when I first got recognized on myspace as the Hip Hop Guru after doing a series of blogs acknowledging my Top 10 Favorite lists.... I had a list for my favorite male emcees, one for favorite femcees & one for rap groups. Since it seems my time on myspace is limited, I figured it was time to finally release some of the blogs I've been holding out on for the past 2 or 3 years.

I still have a list of my top 10 Posses or Crews, DJ's/Beatmakers, but for now here are my top 10 posse cuts. For the record, this list is based on rap acts consisting of 3 or more emcees on one track. So don't expect to see groups on this list (e.g. Wu Tang Clan, respectively) or collabos with less than 3 solo rappers (e.g. Redman & Method Man, respectively).


10. Leflaur Leflah Eschoshka
Fab -Five (Heltah Skeltah & Originoo Gun Clappaz)

I used to love just saying the title back in the days.... "Leflaur, Leflah Eshskoshka"!!! HAHAHA. I loved Headz Ain't Ready, but this was the joint that made me a bigger fan of the entire Boot Camp Clik.

9. Crooklyn Dodgers
Masta Ace, Buckshot & Special Ed.

Already a big fan of the movie, this joint & the Marc Dorsey single made me wanna rush & cop the soundtrack, until finding out they were the only new songs with a bunch of classic soul tracks. This joint actually introduced me to the Negro Leagues, another part of Black History that's never told. But aside from it being a salute to Brooklyn, being a 70's baby, I definitely related to this joint as well as the movie. Plus I was already a fan of Buckshot & Special Ed. This joint was what made me become a bigger fan of Masta Ace. Props to Jeru, OC & Chubb, b/c the sequel was tight... also. But gotta give it to the original.

8. I Shot Ya
LL Cool J. feat. Fat Joe, Prodigy, Keith Murray & Foxy Brown

The beauty of this song is that the hottest bar spitted was from Foxy Brown & not only was she the only female, but the only rookie. Taking nothing away from the bruthas, b/c they all killed it. LL's verse coulda been better. It was good, but not as fierce as his verse on But over all, this joint as hot.

7. Flava In Ya Ear (remix)
Craig Mack feat. Notorious B.I.G., LL Cool J., Busta Rhymes, Rampage)

I might lose cool points when I say this, but I think LL had the hottest verse on here. "Word to mama, I'll tongue kiss a piranha, electricute a barricuta, I'm hear to bring the drama." Plus, he shocked the world finally revealing his bald head after hiding his head under a hat for 10 years. That was historic to me. Biggie's verse was tight, but wasn't as hyped as it was made out to be. Even though I loved it when he said, "don't be mad, UPS is hiring." Funny shit there. To me Biggie didn't get better until later in his career.

6. Git Up Git Out
Outkast feat. Goodie Mob

The song that introduced Goodie MoBee, back when CeeLo actually rapped. Two of the best groups to come out of the South (& Atlanta period) on one track.

5. Ice Cream
Ice Cream - Raekwon featuring Method Man, Ghostface Killah & Cappadonna

I almost left this out b/c I see Wu Tang as a group rather than a posse (although they are..... but I could make a top 10 with just Wu joints alone) But I figured since this came from Raekwon's album, I'm counting it as a posse cut. Plus, I fuckin' loved this joint back then. Everytime that beat dropped, I was on my feet with my hands waving to the rhythm while reciting Method Man on the chorus.

4. Scenario
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Leaders of the New School

This is a no brainer here for me. The joint that made Busta Rhymes the superstar he is today. (Damn... 18 years ago... I'm old) Busta might be the star now, but Tip is still the man & the artist in my eyes. And those who've listened to "The Renaissance" album know what I'm talking about. Homey's music is timeless.

3. Buddy
De La Soul feat. A Tribe Called Quest, Jungle Bros., Monie Love & Queen Latifah

The Native Tongue. I'd love to see a reunion of them. The original members plus Black Sheep, Chi Ali, affiliates like Digital Underground & Common, Jay Dee (R.I.P.)

2. Symphony
Marley Marl feat. Masta Ace, Craig G., Kool G. Rap & Big Daddy Kane

Besides the Krush Groove joint in 84 or 85, this was the first posse cut that fell in love with. I had just started watching Yo MTV Rap in late 88, & this video made me an instant fan of Big Daddy Kane (this & "Ain't No Half Steppin'") Kool G. Rap was fire, too. I admit though, although I loved Masta Ace's verse, I slept on him until the late 90's. Kane & G. Rap might've been the most acknowledged, but even 21 years later, Ace is still repping for the underground.

1. Self Destruction
Boogie Down Production feat. Stetsasonic, Kool Moe Dee, MC Lyte, Just-Ice, Heavy D & The Boyz, Public Enemy, Doug E. Fresh

My favorite posse cut of all times. The song that started all the conscious posse cuts like West Coast All-Star, H.E.A.L.... but the Stop the Violence Movement is kinda what inspired me to want to be a rapper at that time to help contribute to ending Black on Black crimes. Sadly, 20 years later... it's needed twice as much since now even white kids are shooting up schools & killing themselves.

1. Don't Curse (Heavy D feat. Pete Rock & CL Smooth, Big Daddy Kane, ATCQ, Grand Puba,
2. Respiration (Mos Def, Talib Kweli & Common)
3. I Wanna Be Down (remix) MC Lyte, Queen Latifah & Yo Yo
4. Cowboys (Fugees feat. The Outsidaz & Rah Digga)
5. It's All About the Benjamins
6. Crooklyn Dodgers 2
7. We're All in the Same Gang
8. HEAL Yourself
9. The Basement (Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat. Grand Puba, INI, Heavy D)
10. Live At the Barbecue (Main Source feat. Nas & Akinelye)
11. La Familia (remix) (Nas, AZ, Foxy Brown & Cormega)

Posse cuts

Tuesday, March 17, 2009

The Real Golden Age

This is one of the new illustrations I created this past weekend. I actually wrote a piece to go with it this morning. But I'm sure this art is controversial enough without the writing to match. LOL.

The one thing I do hate about blogspot vs. myspace is that image size is limited. But I guess that's a good thing considering some folks get image happy with their pages. So it's all good.

This actually inspired me to start working on a Black History calendar for 2010. Too late for this year, plus it gives me more time to do more works to add to it.

Friday, March 13, 2009

Fashion.. Never No Mores

Is It Just Me.... But Kanye West's new Louis Vuitton looks like them wack ass -knuckle tennis shoes my mom used to buy at Family Dollar or K-Mart when we couldn't afford nicer kicks. And this shit is retail priced at $840? Are you kidding me? sigh.... Oh well, kids. Y'all gotta go through this phase just like us now adults had to. Loving it now... wearing them while others sweating you & gassing your head up. 10 years later, you're embarrassed to even claim that past. Don't worry.... We all go through it.

Here's some of my 5 Never No Mores.....

1. crazy hair cuts... from high right/low left, shag, S-Curl kit, hair color tint, bunny tail in the back.... that f..king mo-hawk that celebs like Bobby Valentino & Kanye West trying to bring back. If you're not Mr. T (the originator)... let it go. I could do an entire top 10 off bad hair styles, but that'll be a whole other blog.

2. steel-toed boots... I got hooked to them when I first joined the military & got discharged to come to find out they'd become popular in the early 90's. This was during the Jodeci (baggy denim shorts & steel toed boots phase.) & later the Boot Camp Clik (baggy jeans & steel toed boots). I ain't gonna front, I loved it back then along with the loose button down, plaid or flannel shirts & so on. But I don't think I can go back to having sore & sweaty feet again.

3. parachute pants.... thank God they didn't last long. They made too much noise while walking. But what was visually worst.....??? Hammer pants.... sigh.. . This was before the baggy jeans phase. Although I loved the comfortability & they weren't really Hammer pants, just baggy "cargo pants", sigh.. Never no more... Strictly jeans (slightly baggy,) slacks, shorts down to my knees & sweats for me. I'm just glad I didn't get caught up with those multi-colored hammer pants with the matching fanny pack that a lot of grown men at the time used to wear.... ( a la Hulk Hogan) LOL

4. Polka dots. I'm not gonna front. I actually liked them back in the days & wouldn't be mad if they came back in style.... but just more irregular sized instead of proportioned. But I wouldn't wear em though.

5. Shoes with velcro instead of shoe strings. I can't believe I ever wore shoes with the flaps you attach & detached to put them on & off. The only excuse I can think of I was too lazy to tie my shoes.

In conclusion.. young ppl. Enjoy your styles & your fashion. Just think & remember that what ever you sport today, can be used against you 10 years later down the line & we will laugh at you. LMAO.

Question: What are some fashion hell-no's do y'all remember?

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The Homecoming 2009 _ SkechoPhellah presents

I told myself in 2009 that I wanted to start back adding color to my illustrations. Being a year out of work might've had it's rough moments. But one thing it did was bring me back to why I love being an artist & why even if I didn't make a career out of it, I'd still be doing something with it.. even for mere self-gratification. I spent the last 2 days working on 2 entirely different pieces from my old archive.

This is one of the 2 illustrations.... called "The Homecoming."

I came up with the original concept back in 2002, & sketched out about 3 or 4 different versions since then. The last version was inspired by a joint by Supastition called "Worst Enemy" which re-triggered the concept back in my head. I combined the 2 previous versions & came up with this.

It's pretty much self explanatory, acknowledging how college grads are shunned upon in the streets as more gratification is towards the ex-felons, cons & thugs. In other words, how we gravitate towards the negative.

Friday, March 6, 2009

Hip Hop Heads Up Vol. 1

Hip Hop Heads Up vol. 1

What up ppl.? The Hip Hop Guru has returned. This was something I planned for 2009, before the myspace recession that I decided. Throughout the past 3 years, I've spoken about my stance & my love for music, especially hip hop. But one thing I've done rarely & wish I would've done more in the past was introduce ppl to some of the albums I'm checking & listening to.

It's been said over & over that hip hop is dead, & whatever. And I've declined that statement. And although I've given ppl a reason why it isn't, I never "showed" them why it isn't.

Well, I just happened to be fishing through youtube & after revisiting my love Apani B. Fly (the femcee on 2 joints of the duet dedication (one with MF Doom & J. Rawls & Mr. Complex), I discovered a new joint which was released on an album produced by 3 producers out of France called the Jazz Liberators. And believe me, they live up to their name.

This is probably the best combo of jazz & hip hop since the Jazzmatazz days of Guru, US3. The album is called "Clin d'oell (don't ask me what that means), but has some great instrumentals & some nice collabos from Tre & Fatlip (both originally from Pharcyde), J-Live, J.Sand, Asheru (another underground fav. of mine.), Buckshot, & some I've never heard, but I'll be looking for them in the future. Anyway, here's some samples if you wanna check it out.

Here's there page on myspace :

I Am Hip Hop (ft. Asheru)

When the Clock Ticks (ft. J. Sands)

The Process (ft. Apani B. Fly)

NOTE: ads on top is from JazzLib's myspace page, so I can't take credit for it.

Tuesday, March 3, 2009

New Black History Chronicle banner & header

click on the banner above to peep my new Black History page on blogspot.

Monday, March 2, 2009

Making History Again....

What up ppl? I reniged on a promise to self to continue reposting my Black History blogs. I felt like after 2 years of doing it on top of the demise of ppl, I felt like what's the point. Instead, I opened up a new blogspot page just for them. I haven't put all of each month on yet, but I have put the previous 3 months thus far. I see it as doing it easier this way, b/c I won't have to fish through over 350 blogs to find them since dividing them by category doesn't work anymore.

Anyway, for those interested (or care)... it's located at