Wednesday, April 30, 2008
So, before the internet gets caught on any sort of hoopla over this nigga, I'd like to point out something. His real name is Aubrey and he's on Degrassi, which I think is like Gilmore Girls? Now I've never seen the show, but I hear they have a strong fanbase or something like that. Either way, I feel like it's the equivalent of an actor from Dawson's Creek tryna have a rap career. And as far as that, I'm not sure how this whole Raf Simons look is gonna work for the youngbol. Either way, he's aligning himself with internet/blipster rappers (I guess Fiddy and Rick Ross wouldn't welcome him into their cliques), which is a smart move. People of that ilk are a little less reticent about accepting soft-looking niggas like this guy. Good luck, he might be working with Wale in the near future, so be on the lookout.
And to conclude, before any of you pansies start bleeding, I haven't listened to the guy's mixtape yet. So for all I know, this kid could be the truth. I've listened to a couple of his tracks, and he does seem to be decent, but since he reminds me of the rapper version of Ryan Leslie and has a mixtape cover reminiscent of Gwen McRae-era album covers, I felt the need to hate. It's all in jest. Have yourselves a chilled coffee and click the album cover to download the mixtape.
Ryan Leslie tries to get us to respect him. Good work, ur still a bama tho. $20 says Weezy will be collaborating with Ryan Leslie in the very near future. Perhaps to make this exact song in the studio.
Sidenote: Why is DJ Green Lantern single-handedly holding down hip-hop right now?
Adele - That's It, I Quit, I'm Movin' On
The Roots ft. Wale and Chrisette Michele - Rising Up (Live on Letterman)
Fam-Lay - War Music
Jamie Lidell - Multiply
Adele is still the ish, that Letterman performance was immediately mp3-worthy, afrobeat is the new snap music (word to Fela), and soul is soul no matter how much melanin you have (or don't have).
Tuesday, April 29, 2008
So umm, sometime between us being ordinary folks that act like we're extraordinary, Don't Sleep DC listed our blog (yes, the one you're reading right now) as one of DMV's finest. (DMV = DC, Maryland, and Virginia). Don't believe me? Go 'head, check em out. We're listed on the right side under "DMV's Finest" at the top of their list.
To the person or team of persons over there, thanks. We do what we can, mostly via surreptitious methods of internet perusal which could actually be accomplished by any of our readers, but I'm sure most of you have better things to do with your time than steal things from other websites. (But then again, you read our blog, so who knows.)
But enough of the feigned humility and self-deprecating humor. We 'preciate the shout out most much and will shoot one right back to yall. And to think, this all started with some untitled, frustration-filled rant.
PS. Thanks to those who have submitted posts to email@example.com for The Conscientious Observer. We're in the process of reviewing them right now so don't get your panties in a bunch.
In the words of David Letterman, "Wow." For those of you who don't appreciate go-go, I don't know what to tell you. (For the purists, yes, I know this is go-go inspired, but still...) The Roots + Wale and Chrisette KILT IT last night on Letterman. This performance pretty much convinced me to drop and give up $50 for The Roots Picnic in June, word to Mike Jones. Who's coming with me?
Monday, April 28, 2008
1) I've been conditionally accepted to an MBA program (cross ur fingers)
2) I've finally done updates for david-kenneth.net
3) Secured management for The Paxtons and chris&dave
4) And last but not least... took first place in my Yahoo! Sports fantasy bball league!!!
Everybody's got their something right?
Anthony David, Asheru, Cool Kids, DJ Drama, DJ Fuze, DJ YZO, Goapele, Janelle Monae, Mastamind DJ, Novel, Southeast Slim, Wale & Zion I
Apr 12, 2008 Boulder, CO University of Colorado at Boulder
Apr 13, 2008 Boston, MA Northeastern University
Apr 15, 2008 Boulder, CO University of Colorado at Boulder
Apr 24, 2008 Berkeley, CA University of California Berkeley
Apr 25, 2008 Atlanta, GA Emory University
Apr 27, 2008 St. Paul, MN William Mitchell College of Law
Apr 28, 2008 Minneapolis, MN University of Minnesota Law School
Apr 28, 2008 Washington D.C. Georgetown University
May 21, 2008 Chicago, IL University of Chicago
May 29, 2008 Los Angeles, CA University of California Los Angeles
If you're in the DMV tonight, make sure to check this out...
Sunday, April 27, 2008
Friday, April 25, 2008
And while you're downloading, enjoy the video for the opening track.
Tix On-Sale Saturday May 17 at 10AM
Sat July 19th – Chicago, IL
Sun July 20th – Toronto, ON
Sat July 26th – Boston, MA
Sun July 27th – New York, NY
Sat August 2nd – Miami, FL
Sun August 3rd – Philadelphia, PA
Sat August 9th – Los Angeles, CA
Sat August 16th – San Francisco, CA
Sat August 23rd – Denver, CO
Sat August 30th – Vancouver, BC
Note: I never took up breakdancing... always figured I was too big, and a tad uncoordinated.
First off, this is a You Hype! Sike Nah... exclusive out of the Paxtons camp. You will not find this anywhere else on the internet unless I put it there. Two cold brothers from the Chi spit red, white, and blue all over the Estelle track.
Trust me, you want this. And it's only the beginning...
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Over the past year and a half, You Hype! Sike Nah... has grown immeasurably. While we're in the midst of some major upgrades and transitions, a number of our regular readers have informed us of their own interests in joining the team. While I still feel selfishly possessive of this ethereal mass of megabytes, I don't doubt that you all have just as much nothingness to say as do Dave and I.
For such reasons, we are announcing a third member of the You Hype! Sike Nah... team: You.
No, this is not as dumb as Time Magazine's person of the year and yes, this is just as dumb as Time Magazine's person of the year. The third member of the team will be known exclusively as "The Conscientious Observer." We will open our blog up to those who feel inclined to contribute anything of importance to them: random musings, new music, poetry, political diatribes, etc. Those interested in contributing should send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. We will pick those items we find interesting and post them quasi-anonymously as "The Conscientious Observer". It should be understood that we will serve as editors, so changes may be made to any contributing post. We will also go ahead and say that we prolly won't respond to your emails. If we like what you send, we'll post it. If we don't, we won't. This is by no means because we think we're better than you, it's more so because we're busy people and responding to emails takes time we'd rather spend actually being better than you. (see below)
So to conclude: wanna be a part of the blog? Send an email to email@example.com with a post. We've already got a couple ready to roll so look out for those in the next week or so. Until then, hush that fuss.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
Thursday, April 17, 2008
For the Go-Go illiterate, this samples the classic BYB joint "Thug Passion" and that last "Unibomber" line alludes to another BYB classic:
Backyard Band - Thug Passion
Backyard Band - Unibomber
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Is it me, or is this the most hyped Roots album ever? Maybe it's jus cuz I live in Philly and spend too much time on the 7 internets.
Oh, this is a shot from the new Roots video for their single "Rising Up" featuring Wale and Chrisette Michele. More aqui.
Playaz Circle ft. Phonte - Paper Chaser.
Prolly one of my top favorite songs of the year. Yes. Prolly one of my top favorite songs of the year. Had to say it twice. It definitely looks like they cut their video budget tho. No more "Duffle Bag Boy" money?
Every time I look at this pic I think, "they neva shoulda gave you niggas money!"
Golden shower jokes aside, this is a really disturbing image. Perhaps bleach blonde hair on black men never made you uncomfortable in the past (a la Sisqo, B-More stand up!), but this ol' Helga lookin-ass-nigga simply makes me fear for the progress of our people and my unborn daughter that may someday walk the halls of Kenwood Academy. I guess the more exposure to the world and creative outlets we receive, the more eccentric we may become until we completely lose our ability to put the "b" in suBtle. Which brings me to this...
I know what you're thinking... "Kelz could have really benefited from one of those", but I was actually pondering, "I pray this wasn't one of those 'last page of xxl magazine' joints". It isnt. In fact black folks don't have a damn thing to do with it. According to designergasmasks.com (yes, they have a website) its art for art's sake...
"We are in a state of perpetual war – with ourselves and with the eco-system that sustains us. Perpetual war breeds perpetual fear. In the present context, this fear stems from our extreme desire for authenticity and manifests itself in our collectively insatiable culture of consumption.
Deep down, we are afraid we may never be satisfied. An expanding archive of branded myths and icons feeds this fear. Designer Gas Masks is an attempt to visualize this state of mind. Because it is only by first acknowledging and then challenging fear that we will all be able to breathe a little easier."
Further evidence that I should have no problem making my first million by 35. Good night.
Monday, April 14, 2008
DC: Baileys Presents Estelle
@ Zanzibar (DC)
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
700 Water St SW
On the Waterfront
Washington, DC 20024
---> Check for HU alum Brandon Hines opening for Estelle on all of the American Boy tour dates
DC - LACED: Re-Fresh
@ Cue Bar
Live graffiti-art installations by JAZIROCK and BLISTER & Streetwear features include Dopeville, Clockwise Clothing and Fresh Produce Threads.
Thursday, April 17, 2008
7:00 PM - 2:00 AM
1115 U Street NW
Washington, DC 20009
DC: Nicolay & Kay with Muhsinah and Panacea
@ Black Cat
Friday, April 18, 2008
9:00 PM - 1:00 AM
1811 14th St NW
Washington , DC 20009
DC: Spring Kick-Off Concert w/ Common & DJ Clue
@ Georgetown University McDonough Gymnasium
Staturday, April 19, 2008
Cover: $5 to students, $20 for the outside
Georgetown University McDonough Gymnasium
Purchase Tickets Online
DC: DJ ?uestlove
Sunday, April 20, 2008
10:00 PM - 2:00 AM
cover: TBD 15 adv
2001 11th Street NW
above Bohemian Caverns
Washington, DC 20001
Sunday, April 13, 2008
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
Which brings us to Wale, the D.C.-born go-go-fueled rapper who in recent weeks dropped some puck into his latest track, "Back in the Go Go" like so:
Yeah - Still high two stepping it; Do it for the capital, Wale Ovechkin
Wale Ovechkin? What in the name of Pollin is that all about?
"It's a double meaning: capital is money and the Capital is Washington D.C.," Wale said during a brief telephone conversation this afternoon. "I mean, I mentioned Olaf Kolzig before, but the song never made it out....It was kind of like the same thing: 'Olaf Kolzig, my goal is capital.'...A lot of rappers mention sports a lot, but it's mostly basketball. Mines are a little bit more obscure. I guess my brain works a little differently, I don't know. I don't hear too many of those [hockey references]. It is what it is. It's just part of rap, just staying relevant with things that are going on."
So he's a Caps fan?
"Never even been to a Capitals game; watch 'em on TV every once in a while," Wale said. "I'd root for them when I watch because it's D.C. I root for every local team, definitely root for them. And it doesn't hurt that we have the best player in hockey, it don't hurt."
I don't know whether Stephen Malkmus has previously praised D.C. athletes, but Wale has, of course, made liberal use of D.C. sports references throughout his career, from Freddy Adu to John Gilchrist ("Home of the Terrapins, beware of the Gilchrist"), from Sean Taylor to Clinton Portis to a Redskins rap penned for Comcast SportsNet, from Gilbert Arenas to the Hoyas. ("The home of Marvin Gaye; That's all I gotta say; Yeah, Iverson was cool; but I supported Victor Page.")
"I just write," he said, when asked how he decides which local athletes to mix into his verse. "It's not like you say, 'I'm gonna mention four players [now],' you know what I mean? It's just whatever I'm thinking about at the time. You're just writing a song, and whatever comes out, you don't really plan it."
His checklist now includes players from the Caps, the Wizards, the Redskins, D.C. United, Maryland and Georgetown, but no Nats. Does this cultural moment not extend to Half Street?
"I wear a Washington Nationals hat every day," Wale offered. "I'm wearing one right now, actually."
I dunno, Lupe showed love to lupethefiasco.blogspot.com on Go Baby, maybe we'll get an obscure reference somewhere in there. In the meanwhile... how did I miss this tee!?!?
I feel like nary a single one of the 50 bammas that bumrushed me to goodbully ever waited for six wings with mambo sauce at Lenny's Carryout on MD-202 & 75th at 2am while perusing the latest selection of black-on-black Nike Boots & North Faces out of DeMarcus' trunk. Pardon the hate.
Anywho, thanks to 4 brews and 2 shots of cuervo (at a NoVA happy hour before the party), coupled with another 2 shots of cuervo and a grand marnier at Chloe, all on an empty stomach... ya boy didnt make it past 12. According to my Co-Worker Supreme Team + Marquita, the hipsters disavowed my blackout at the bar and I was shortly thereafter expelled forceably by two asian boys in matching kate moss tees and skinny wesc denims. Or at least thats how I fantasized it.
Thanks to the seven internets and brightestyoungthings.com... we got pics!!!
In honor of her June '08 King Magazine cover, and timely return to the limelight with four feature films scheduled to drop this year, I would like to hype the one and only Stacey Dash. As the first woman I ever contemplated selling my mother into indentured servitude over, and currently the baddest 42 year old woman in existence, youngin could get it. Everything. The following is a brief video tribute to Dame's cousin, save for the barely-seen, bare-all cinemax classic after which this post is named. Schweet.
Marques Houston Favorite Girl
Carl Thomas Emotional
Kanye West All Falls Down
Thats kinda how I feel about that damn "Touch My Body" single. But alas, Emancipation was undeniably dope so I'm giving her the benefit of the doubt on E=MC2. Tell me how it do, I haven't given it a itunes playlist yet but its coming.
Wednesday, April 09, 2008
"The Post is reporting that an off-duty Metropolitan Police officer shot a man who was attempting to rob him at a gas station in Northeast early this morning.
A police spokesperson told the paper the shooting took place at around 12:30 a.m. at 905 Brentwood Rd. NE, though it seems like the gas station in question actually has to be the Lowest Price Gas Station at 925 Brentwood Rd. NE, as no gas station appears to be listed at the 905 address. The robbery suspect is in critical condition.
UPDATE: WJLA is reporting that the suspect has died. They also say that the suspect's gun was recovered, and that police believe he also tried to rob the gas station. Images captured by the news station confirm that it was indeed the Lowest Price Gas Station at 925 Brentwood Rd. NE."
My issue is this... the jake was in uniform. What grade of "cooked cocaine" makes you rob a uniformed cop? Second question, do y'all really believe the robbery attempt at all? Movies have taught me that a police report is trustworthy as the dead perp it implicates. Thank god for NoVA!
Tuesday, April 08, 2008
Sunday, April 06, 2008
Saturday, April 05, 2008
Wale - Quarter Tank Blues
MTV just posted this video on their mtvU site for "up and coming artists." But, if u been up on ur ish, u know he was spittin this back on a youtube vid with him and his former boss Kenny Burns 2 years ago:
Fast-forward to the last minute for said rap.
Friday, April 04, 2008
From MTV News:
After years of lurid tabloid headlines, nobody expected their divorce to end cleanly, but the breakup of Bobby Brown and Whitney Houston took an unexpected turn on Thursday (April 3) when Brown revealed that his upcoming autobiography will contain claims that Houston introduced him to hard drugs.
"I never used cocaine until after I met Whitney. Before then, I had experimented with other drugs, but marijuana was my drug of choice," Brown reportedly writes in "Bobby Brown: The Truth, the Whole Truth and Nothing But," which is due out next month, according to the New York Post. "At one point in my life, I used drugs uncontrollably. I was using everything I could get my hands on, from cocaine to heroin, weed and cooked cocaine."
"Cooked cocaine"? Isn't that a euphemism for crack? Goes to show you, it's always those sweet, innocent looking girls that be on that other stuff.
Thursday, April 03, 2008
1. Cuts & Sew intro
2. Will.i.am / PItbull / Gucci Mane -Funky For me (JayCeeOh RMX)
3. All Crew Interldue
4. Lil Wayne/ Wax Tailor - Que Sera (JayCeeOh RMX)
5. Method Man / Ashanti / Snoop Dogg - Hands In The Air (JayCeeOh RMX)
6. Mary J Blige/ Timbaland - Disrespectful (JayCeeOh RMX)
7. Looking Out My Window Interlude
8. Bob Marley - Could You Be Loved (JayCeeOh RMX)
9. Nas / Ludacris / Lily Allen/ Pitbull - Virgo (JayCeeOh RMX)
10. The Spinners / Timbaland - l'll Be Around (JayCeeOh RMX)
11. James Brown / Havoc - Soul Power (JayCeeOh RMX)
12. Al Green - Gets Hyphy
13. Sammy Davis Jr.'s Order (DJ ON&ON)
14. Got to get Some Interlude
15. Elephant Man / Pitbul / Kanye West - Touch The Sky (JayCeeOh RMX)
16. Apache Scratch Interlude
17. Keysha Cole/ Snoop Dogg / Apache - Changed My Mind (JayCeeOh RMX)
18. Janet Jackson / Chris Brown - Perfect Control (JayCeeOh & Sab RMX)
19. Carlos Santana - Life Is Just A Passing Parade (JayCeeOh RMX)
20. My Guitar (JayCeeOh RMX) 20 The Doors / Eric B & Rakim - Riders On The Storm (JayCeeOh RMX)
21. Jay Z / Lil Wayne / Red Hot Chili Peppers - Hello Brooklyn (JayCeeOh RMX)
22. Total - Trippin (JayCeeOh RMX)
23. Sister Nancy / Notorious B.I.G - Bam Bam (JayCeeOh RMX)
24. For The Love Of Money Interlude
25. Marvin Gaye / Heard It Through The Grapevine (D-Boyz Remix)
26. 18 & Over Interlude
27. Chicago - Street Player (JayCeeOh RMX)
28. T.I. / Kanye West- Time to Begin (JayCeeOh RMX)
29. DJ Premier / Jackson 5 - One More Chance (JayCeeOh RMX)
30. Faith Evans / Janet Jackson - As long as Its Funky (JayCeeOh RMX)
31. Stevie Wonder / Donell Jones - Superstition (JayCeeOh RMX)
For some reason I'm a real female for mashup mixtapes. Maybe its about time for another installation of that Pure White.
In the spirit... peep LRG's new jacket honoring slain 'Skins player Sean Taylor.
And while I'm at it... get familiar
And if you dont know... catch up niggas!
It's worth the download. Trust me.