I'm really tired of blogging about Jay-Z and Beyonce and the new Chosen One (sorry Harry Potter, you're not the Chosen One anymore), and seeing them everywhere, on every blog. #firstworldproblems. Last week sometime (all the days blend together when you work on a computer all day), Jay-Z reopened his 40/40 Club in New York after it was shut down for 10 months for $10 million worth of renovations. The NY Post reported that the 40/40 Club was shut down for food violations, stemming from a broken refrigerator. Nonetheless, that is nasty. The Health Inspector gave it 69 violation points, earning it the worst grade of C, when you only need 28 points to get it. So, Jay-Z might have 99 problems, but the 40/40 Club accounts for 69 of them (you can see the violations here). TMZ later reported that the club is back in business after fixing the fridge, and their score is pending review. Lately, I've been watching shows like Restaurant Impossible on the Food Network, with that buff chef with the goofy accent whose name I obviously don't know, where they go fix failing restaurants. Some of the restaurants I've seen have horrible conditions that wouldn't pass a Health Inspection, either. In other news, because I don't feel like designating a blog post to each, Rocawear laid off 28 employees due to "economic" problems (via HiphopDX). Australian scientist Bryan Lessard named a rare horse fly after Beyonce, officially calling it Scaptia (Plinthina) beyonceae (AHH). I think that's a compliment? How many people have anything like that named after them? Last but not least, within days of her birth, Blue Ivy had a strain of weed named after her, with some California dispensaries having a strain named OG Blue Ivy (
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Simply put (I was going to say "clichely put," but I don't think "clichely" is a word), Pac Div is killing it lately. Their video for "Top Down" is great. There is nothing terribly revolutionary or groundbreaking about it, but I still love it. It goes to show that you don't need a huge budget to make a great video...said the blogger who knows nothing about music videos. Anyway, I love watching videos where I'm genuinely excited about what I'm seeing. Like "Posted" earlier in the year, "Top Down" is a slapper. A pleasantly surprising slapper to me, for that matter, since I still haven't copped The DiV yet, even though I need to. I've kind of been holding out for an iTunes giftcard, but with two singles as strong as these, I should just get it. Plus, I'm never mad at a Casey Veggies verse, nor am I mad at the inclusion of Skeme, who happens to be on tour with Dom Kennedy right now. As usual, Swiff D's production is in a class of its own. California is owning it this year. C-A allllllll day, as EV would say.
Yeah, I'm biased, whatever, but I love Evidence's new video for "You." Of course. Duh. Etc. Todd Angkasuwan is responsible for these fresh visuals, and did an excellent job of complimenting the song, which, in case you didn't know, was produced by DJ Premier. This doesn't really relate to why I enjoy the video, but the top comments at youtube cracked me up. "Most of Evidence's fans are from Poland and that's a fact!" (considering I'm half Polish, I guess it all makes sense now?) and "RESPECT FROM REAL ITALY, FUCK BERLUSCONI!!!!" That makes me want to go back to Italy...and as usual, I digress. But Real Stay tuned, because I still have three Cats & Dogs posters to give away...and that might just happen today. The countdown is on, and Cats & Dogs drops in 20 days. Don't forget to preorder it on CD or vinyl.
Azad Right's new video for "I'll Be Around" makes me nostalgic for the summer that Seattle never had this year. I can't even imagine living in a place where it was sunny every day, and where my freckles would always be around. That seems like a novelty, but also something that I could get used to. Plus, I like all the pretty colors, and just the general feel-good vibe of the song. "I'll Be Around" is the first single off Azad's debut mixtape The Time Is Right, and is produced by Jonathan Marquez, who you might remember for his production on A Piece of Mine. The Time Is Right will come when the time is right. Actually, I just wanted to type that to be clever, but it will be out sometime this month. Fun fact, I've been rocking the classic black Wayfarers all week. Even if it isn't sunny, it's still bright with the clouds.
I know this is a terrible hook (what up, English Professors), but man, I interviewed Evidence. EVIDENCE! He's one of my favorite rappers, and I'm sure that it's evident how excited I was and um...sorry about that pun. Anyhow, I caught up with him last week when he was in Seattle with Atmosphere, Blueprint, DJ Babu, and Prof for the Family Vacation Tour. The interview was super trill, the trillest of the trill in fact, and you can peep what I wrote about it for the fine folks of Members Only here. Mr. Slow Flow and I talked about a ton of stuff, including but not limited to: Fashawn and their song "Same Folks," Evidence's production and graffiti, and how they intertwine; Instagram; his album Cats & Dogs, and cats and dogs; his favorite books; "For Whom The Bell Tolls" (spoiler alert: not related to Hemingway), and how he linked up with Roc Marciano. Slug from Atmosphere makes a cameo in our interview, too! Plus, Evidence was kind enough to give me some Cats & Dogs posters to give away, so stay tuned! Basically, I just need to get my act together. Julie: Say what’s up. Evidence: Hello. J: Hi. Julie. Both: E: Hi, Mike. J: Nice to meet you, Mike. I’m not sure if you remember, but last time you were in town with Fashawn, I met you, and you were rapping to me in the parking lot after the show... E: It all comes back to me now... J: Seriously? E: Holy shit...I feel stupid... J: Why? E: Because I don’t remember. It was like a major event! I should remember. J: It’s ok! E: A lot of weed on that tour. J: Understandable. So I guess that was a good tour for you? E: It was a great tour for me. I was more excited about it ...
Evidence is one of my favorite rappers. Ever. I recently realized this last March, when I had the pleasure of catching Fashawn's first headlining tour, The Higher Learning Tour. I wonder if this track resulted from their time spent together on the road. I rather enjoy their chemistry together, as exemplified in both the song and the video, with them going back and forth and building off each other. Cats & Dogs drops on September 27th (is it September 27th yet?) and "Same Folks" is a free download you get when you preorder the album. I immediately preordered that, as Cats & Dogs is one of my most highly anticipated albums of the year. I'm more excited for it than the general public seemed to be for Watch The Throne. Get like me. Preorder Cats & Dogs here.
Today, Evidence let loose the album artwork and tracklisting for Cats & Dogs, his highly anticipated Rhymesayers debut, that is slated to drop on September 27th. As such, I've been listening to The Weatherman LP all day to celebrate. I can't even articulate how excited I am for this project. There are so many projects slated to come out, but Cats & Dogs has got to be my most eagerly anticipated album besides The-Dream's The Love, IV (Diary of a Mad Man). I mean, duh, that one's a given. I'm even more excited for Cats & Dogs than I am for Watch The Throne, and you wouldn't believe it, my dear reader, but I'm also more excited for Cats & Dogs than I am for Tha Carter IV. The single from WTT was alright, whereas the singles from C4 have been pretty hit or miss. CA....alllllll day. And that cover is sick. Tracklist after the jump The Liner Notes f. Aloe Blacc Strangers The Red Carpet f. Raekwon & Ras Kass It Wasn’t Me I Don’t Need Love You God Bless That Man Fame f. Roc Marciano & Prodigy James Hendrix (Stepbrothers) Late For The Sky f. Slug & Aesop Rock Crash Where You Come From? f. Rakaa, Lil Fame & Termanology To Be Continued… Falling Down Well Runs Dry f. Krondon The Epilogue
Just like I've gradually fallen out of love with nutella from eating too much of it, it looks as if hiphop's once loving relationship with President Obama has fallen to the wayside as well. First Diddy and Will.I.Am voiced their negative opinions on his job performance, and now Pac Div. Yeah, it's obvious Obama hasn't done with the war what he had promised. In fact, his foreign policies aren't even that different than Bush's were, that he campaigned against in 2008. Yeah, I'm also going to mention that who bombing Libya without Senatorial or Congressional authorization thing, too. Obama has also basically ignored one of his main 2008 campaign platforms, which was immigration reform. Instead, with the majority in both the Senate and Congress, he chose to pass that hot mess of a health care "reform," which was clearly his priority. In the meantime, President Obama has also flipped his stance on gay marriage to be completely opposite of Candidate Obama. Like many little shops, the only worthwhile place in Lynnwood, WA, a little pastry cafe, appropriately named Pastry Cafe, shut down. One time I went there, and wasn't sure if it was a pain au chocolat I was seeing, so I asked, and the guy told me, "No, that's a chocolate croissant." In Lynnwood, that's a chocolate croissant I guess. Maybe that's why they went under. But, I spent some time in France, so I became well acquainted with delicious pastries, and that was one delicious pastry. Remember those small shops, like Pastry Cafe, or that record shop you used to ...
I'm getting more and more excited for Kendrick Lamar's Section80. While I still can't get enough of "HiiiPOWER," this latest offering "Sex With Society" is pretty provocative as well. I'm at the office so I can't bump it that loud in case my bosses (aka my parents) hear it, but Kendrick Lamar is a name that I know and trust. Thug life. Download
I really, really like the visual treatment that "Down That Road" received. What a nice, complimentary video for one of my favorite tracks off Higher Learning 2. What else can I even say? Sam Hook kills it on the hook (yeah yeah pun intended) and Fashawn is hella cool. Read my interview with him here, but in the meantime, enjoy this video.
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