It seems Guru has a penchant for rapping over old school breaks these days. After rocking to a Black Moon "Who Got Da Props" remake on "Who Got It On Lock," Guru teams up with Lord Tariq for a track called "Knowledge" that's also eeriely familiar. Just slide one word between "Knowledge," that being THE, and you can take a sip of Rakim's juice - even the scratching leading into the chorus and the background "NOOOO" are the same. Honestly if this is Guru's new gimmick I'm not hating on it, because he's two for two in revisiting my old hip-hop favorites. As long as we're revisiting Rakim I'm hoping sooner or later he'll pull a Buckshot and rap to "I Ain't No Joke," and maybe Buckshot in turn could rap to GangStarr's "Manifest." Everybody should get in on the fun!
Artist: Evil Eye f/ Ali Vegas Title: Purgatory Label: Crown City Records
She's been labelled "the first lady of Crown City Records" but that to me just brings back memories of a Bay Area reap group from 2004, and I don't think that's what they were going for. In fact judging by her association with Ali Vegas it seems far more likely this is a duo of rappers from South Jamaica, a fact double-E reveals between verses when she says "Aiyyo Vegas! Show these motherfuckers how we do it in Queens baby." The good news for Evil Eye is that Ali Vegas is highly regarded on the mixtape scene, the bad news for her is he's not very well known outside of it. Vocally Evil Eye is a mixture of Remy Martin and Eve, which makes for a pleasant if somewhat unoriginal delivery. The role of thugged out bitch since to be pretty well filled in hip-hop these days, so it's doubtful she's going to break through in a major way, but the dramatic bombastic beat and Vegas guest appearance should get them some mixtape play.
Although the long-awaited "Loose Cannon" full-length album still doesn't have a release date, Ca$his is attempting to build up a little buzz by releasing the Rikanatti produced "Put it Up" to internet buzzmakers and mixtape DJ's. The link for this song was so dirty that it's already expired as of the time I wrote this post, but the good news is you don't need to rush out looking for it. Rik's beat would definitely appeal to a hardcore G-Unit fan,but that just means this song has the sound and feel of an unreleased 50 Cent track without the style and personality of Curtis Jackson to put it over the top. Eminem's production and a guest appearance gave the budding rapper a star-making boost on his debut EP, but without either one here "Put it Up" just makes me want to put it down and move on to the next song.
It's a bit unexpected to say the least. Arabian Prince, the rap artist perhaps best known as a spare tire in the trunk of N.W.A.'s legacy, is suddenly back in the spotlight. He's not releasing new material to get there; rather the Stones Throw Records camp are compiling together the best of his seminal rap songs from 1984-1989 for a new album titled "Innovative Life." The showcase single both parties are releasing from the album is "Let's Hit the Beach," which is a throwback single in every sense of the word. The electro-funk backdrop falls somewhere between Afrika Bambaataa and Newcleus, leaning more towards the latter, while the rap is a mixture of Melle Mel and Kurtis Blow but perhaps more simplistic than anything either spit. That's not necessarily a negative in this case as you wouldn't want a song about hanging out at the beach to be all that profound. Prince slowly and deliberately delivers lines like "Everybody goes there to lay in the sun/And if you are lucky, you can have some fun." This song is as retro-1980's as you can possibly get, so I recommend breaking out the ColecoVision and watching some old episodes of The A-Team to make the experience complete.
Thanks to our friends at www.EURWeb.com for this update. Shawntae 'Da Brat' Harris, age 34, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison today resulting from hitting and slashing a women in the face with a bottle of rum last Halloween. Da Brat will also receive 7 years probation. The incident happened at a Halloween party at Studio 72 nightclub (owned by Jermaine Dupri) last year. The rapper got into an altercation with the waitress and was said to have picked up a bottle of rum and smashed it into the woman's face. The victim was taken to the hospital with cuts to her face and above her eyes, and she is reported to have suffered permanent facial scarring.
B-Real, of Cypress Hill Preps New Album "Smoke N Mirrors" In Stores January 27th, 2009 on Duck Down Records
In a continuing effort to expand their talented roster of artists, Duck Down Records has just announced a new album deal with B-Real, of Cypress Hill for his first solo album debut, "SMOKE N MIRRORS," in stores January 27th, 2009.
"Smoke N Mirrors" features SNOOP DOGG, DAMIAN MARLEY, BUCKSHOT, SEAN PRICE and SEN DOGG, of Cypress Hill. Production includes tracks from DJ Quick, Fredwreck, Scoop Deville, and B-Real himself for Audio Hustlerz Inc.
B-Real is currently on the ROCK THE BELLS Tour with Nas, Tribe Called Quest, Method Man, Ghostface, Immortal Technique, Kidz In The Hall and more.
B-Real is the latest addition to Duck Down Records, who just recently announced a group project with KRS-ONE & Buckshot, that will be in stores in 2009, along with upcoming projects from DJ Revolution, "King Of The Decks" (September 16th) and a re-united Heltah Skeltah, comprised of Rock and Sean Price, aka Ruck, who, after ten years, are releasing their third album, "D.I.R.T." (Da Incredible Rap Team), on September 30th. Following this project is Sean Price Presents Ruste Juxx "Indestructible" in stores October 28th.
These titles come on the heels of Duck Down's recent success with 9th Wonder & Buckshot's "The Formula" Album, and Kidz In The Hall's album, "The In Crowd," who recently filmed a video for their second single "Love Hangover" featuring Estelle.
Dru Ha, co-owner of Duck Down Records believes; "Adding another living legend in B-Real to our roster is really giving Duck Down a "dream team" line up for independent Hip Hop." Buckshot and I have been strategic with our label partnerships mixing the right blend of emerging artists with proven veterans. When you add the upcoming Random Axe Project (Sean Price, Guilty Simpson and Black Milk collaboration set for a 2009 release) we're excited about our ability to continue contributing quality Hip Hop albums to the game."
According to published reports Julius Carry III, who is most known for his role as Sho' Nuff in the cult classic The Last Dragon, has passed away due to complications from pancreatic cancer. Let's remember him at his best:
There is an interesting story going around the net that Rihanna, despite having some of the biggest hits of the past half decade, only has 20G’s in the bank. Now, I have no idea if this story is true, but I can say I know this has happened to plenty of other artists in the past. Massive hits don’t necessarily equate to lined pockets. Why is this? For many it’s a result of signing bad recording contracts. Avoiding such contracts has been the reasoning behind more and more artists going indie. The problem is that while artists don’t deserve to be stripped of their earnings the record industry still has the correct model for putting out music; it just has the wrong people working within it. The model of record labels being one stop shops for everything an artist needs, from recording to touring to promotion, is exactly what every artist is looking for. The problem comes when there are too many of the wrong people in positions of power at those labels. That, in turn, makes the labels places no artist would want to be. Sadly, most record labels fall into that category in 2008 and there’s one reason behind it – Greed.