Saturday, May 31, 2008

Friday, May 30, 2008

This ish right here...

Umm, so I'm doing internet research to see if I can find Weezy's latest wherever the dam leaks, and I happen on an (apparently) fake version of Tha Carter 3. It has 12 songs, many tracks we all know are gonna be on the album. Then there's this song called "Hello New Orleans" ft. Jay-Z. You know I jump straight to that. I got 5:50 of this:

Lil Wayne ft. Jay-Z - Hello New Orleans

After about 90 seconds, I gave up all hope of hearing anyone, much less Jay or Weezy, say anything. I then began to wonder if the beat began to change or was I just realizing that the beat was indeed Electronic Polka-HipHop. If so, this might be the greatest genre-fusion since... 2 days before never.

Umm, chris&dave?

P.S. And you don't even wanna know what the track "Grand Opening, Grand Closing" sounded like.

The Carters

Tha Carter 3 hasn't hit any of the seven internets yet, but I'll be surprised if it doesn't leak in its entirety by Monday. Until then, enjoy the family reunion.

Pic lifted blatantly off NahRight.

Like I lost my keys

Wale hosts the DC installment of Keys 2 The City. Features all the District voices. This is a really great look. DMV stand up!

Why You Wanna Go And Do That Love, Huh?

Remember a Chicagoan I introduced you to a while back by the name of Mic Terror? I think Jeff anonymously called him a coon actually lol. But thats neither here nor there.

Apparently we've returned to the days of hater-hop a la De La's Stakes Is High, when the conscious/intellectual/neosoul underground hip hop scene reveled in 8 Mile battles and taking pot shots at Puff's shiny suits and "commercial" hip hop. I aint really clowning em cuz my backpack ass was on it too. At some point, all of those luminaries turned 30 without major label deals and either fell off (De La & Wu-Tang), found Kanye and success at 35 (Common & Talib), or started releasing better movies than albums (Mos Def). Next came the mixtape craze of '02 and suddenly the new underground, was merely unsigned replicas of mainstream artists(G-Unit & Jody Breeze). Then came new & improved Weezy, the 7 internets (myspace, youtube, itunes) and the adult contemporization of Jay-Z. The result being a new era where major labels are like casinos, the underground consists of anybody with over 10000 myspace friends and a recording setup, and the only people buying albums are those who dont have macbooks.

As the best of the internet's avant garde have become overnight sensations, and the mainstream's avant garde have become DIY icons, fossilized backpackers and irrelevant gangster rappers aint feelin it. (all the while the South is jammin on posse remixes)

In the blog-hyped WWE of hiphop, Chicago's Mic Terror and NY's (or Israel or Afghanistan or something) Mazzi are verbally (and visually) sparring over Mazzi's Lesson A which takes potshots at The Cool Kids, Jay Electronica and anyone who ever rapped in selvedge denim (10 points if its colored). Somehow this lame got Q-Tip to weigh in as well. Enjoy the saga.

Mazzi - Lesson A

Mazzi - Lesson B

Mic Terror - Previewing Lesson C to Ruby Hornet

Mic Terror - Lesson C

Mazzi - Class Dismissed

Honestly, I'm riding with Mic Terror on this joint, Chi-town support or not, the nigga killed it. After that phone call tho, I really need my man to finish it. Its bad enough that he responded to the first track in the first place but that call just aint a good way to leave things. Your thoughts?

Word to the Harding Test

Though I am a sucka for them D's from the original, the head up top is voting for version 2... Which would you rather see in retarded rotation on your favorite video outlet?



Originator '99 feat. Jaz

Like Old Folks Pissin, Guess It All Depends

Growing up in a home with a crack addicted relative, I can tell you second hand (I didnt hit the glass dick, he did) that the rock form of coke & baking soda is hands down the worst thing you can do to your career (unless you recover, smash Rocky's wife, and land a VH1 show). Musicians have been nodding on that boy (slang for heroin) for years, producing classic music, and in a number of cases (Ray Charles) recovering! But crack is a completely different beast. Just ask Whitney's vocal chords and Flavor Flav's face!!!

Anywho, when rappers begin referring to addction as being "Amy Wined-out" (see Fabolous) its clear that our favorite britsoulster of '07 is down for the count.

When you go from

to wearing adult diapers

its time to re-evaluate your addictions of choice. I discovered an 8th internet... in Germany, trying to find these pics. If you like gossip and speak das boot, I suggest you check em out. Enjoy.

Catch Me in Adams Morgan

If you're here

this weekend... you should be here as well.

need I say more?

Reggae Soul

I've had this for a minute, but I read somewhere that this is now officially a single, so, since I'm not putting this on the next installment of Real Niggas Light Candles, why not spread the love and contribute to a hype-worthy artist? And yeah, that's Missy Elliot cosigning her in the beginning and at the bridge.

I really need to stop playing and finish Vol. 3 so I can let some of these extra joints out. But here's another track from her that I won't be putting onto anything.

Jazmine Sullivan - Pressure

Respect mah authoritah.

Nothing From Nothing Leaves... Something?

Judging by the sheer volume of internet cosigners, I think it's safe to say Wale has officially arrived.

I think Pusha T said it best: Live nigga rap is back.

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Live From the 410?

Kid Sister x Snoop from The Wire = Rye Rye

If B-More Club is your thing... get familiar.

Tuesday, May 27, 2008

These Are Our Heroes

If the Philadelphian birthplace or the Deion Sanders suits didnt establish it, Kobe Bryant is officially a nigga.

Sunday, May 25, 2008

Good Answer, Keri Pt. 2

Usher's Moving Mountains is like the like only video to ever actually continue a "to be continued..." video, and probably the most expensive green screen masterpiece since this joint.

Friday, May 23, 2008

Birth of a Nation

For those who live under a rock, the powers that be "convinced" Nas to change the title of his highly-anticipated album from Nigger. It's now unnamed. I'm pretty blown by the news, for intellectual and more niggerish reasons. Nonetheless, Nas is still doing what he can to ruffle feathers. I'm excited to see exactly what he has in store(s).

Once Again

Not sure how I feel about this yet. Didn't even wanna post it cuz it's just a snippet, but oh well. It's off his upcoming album.

EDIT: I found myself whistling the song inadvertently, so I guess it's decent.

Not just yet

The mixtape drops next Friday, but here's the tracklisting. Click the link above for Wale's "The Crazy." It was ripped off Mark Ronson's radio show a few months back and he talks over the track a lot. And yeah, if you been on the blog like you shoulda been, you know that we put some of these up already.

1. “The Opening Title Sequence” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
2. “The Roots Song Wale Is On” f. Chrisette Michele (produced by ?uestlove & James Poyser)
3. “The Feature Heavy Song” f. Bun B, Pusha T and Tre from UCB (produced by Best Kept Secret)
4. “The Freestyle (Roc Boys)”
5. “The Perfect Plan” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
6. “The Kramer” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
7. “The Crazy” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
8. “The Vacation From Ourselves” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
9. “The Remake of A Remake (All I Need)” f. Tawiah (produced by Mark Ronson)
10. “The Grown Up” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
11. “The Manipulation” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
12. “The Artistic Integrity” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
13. “The Star”
14. “The Skit (Untz Untz)”
15. “The Cliche Lil Wayne Feature (It’s The Remix baby!)” (produced by Osinachi)
16. “The Bmore Club Slam” (produced by Scottie B)
17. “The Chicago Falcon Remix” f. The Budos Band (produced by Mark Ronson & Eli Escobar)
18. “The Hype” (produced by Best Kept Secret)
19. “The End Credits” (produced by Best Kept Secret)

Thursday, May 22, 2008

Google Me

New readers may not be aware of this, but my day job is teaching. The OG You Hype! Sike Nah... was less music and media and much more Middle School Blues. As a new teacher in a new city, I vented my frustrations here because I didn't have too many other friends outlets. But as time went on, teaching got better and I finally figured out how to keep a group of kids from the hood in check.

As my teacher swagger grew, its presence on the blog dwindled. I had more time to dedicate to my other interests, which, primarily, would be music. I often go back and read some of my own frustrated rants and humorous-in-retrospect accounts of life. Turns out, my former students do too.

Yesterday we took a field trip to the zoo. It was fun. For one, I love zoos. I'm a nature nerd to begin with, but I find them relaxing places to be. And as long as a kid doesn't try to stuff a penguin in his bookbag and take it home, it's a great break from the day-to-day routine.

On my way out the zoo, I ran into one of my former students. He was by far the smartest kid in my class last year, but he was an overall asshole who didn't do anything, so he was wasting his potential. "Mr. Garr!" he said and extended his hand. I shook it, prepared to chokeslam him if necessary.

Fortunately, I did not have to. He'd started going to a new school after suffering a family tragedy, but told me proudly, "I do my work now." I was happy for him, and he seemed happy. In retrospect, my overall ineptitude as a first-year teacher prevented me from really understanding the kid and helping him. I'm just glad I didn't cause irreparable damage.

As he walked with me to the exit, he let me know, "Oh, I read what you said about me in your blog." Now a more seasoned teacher, I masked my shock easily and brushed it off with "I have no idea what you're talking about." He of course, didn't buy it, but knew that was how the game had to be played. He grinned that same grin that only exaggerated his lopsided head shape.

"What is this blog thing you're talking about?" I asked.

"I googled my name," he said, still grinning.

Note to self: go back and remove all student names from the blog. These lil niggas is crafty sons of hoodrats. He's not the first student to tell me they happened upon the blog after googling their name.

"Well, I'm not sure what you're talking about, but I'm happy to hear you're doing work." We had some other small talk, gave him a couple other former-teacher accolades and went our separate way.

"Bye, Mr. Garr. It was good seeing you," as he jogged back to where his classmates were. His final words struck me in their authenticity, void of the bitter sarcasm that littered our interactions the previous year. He meant it, and to be real, the feeling was mutual.

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

When I Grow Up... Pt. 2

Latarian Milton is America's worst nightmare. Apparently stealing Granny's whip last month wasn't enough. This nigga wanted some hot wings. I'm putting a copay on a vasectomy asap.

The Questions

They come out officially on Saturday. Should I get em?

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Writings On The Wall

Though I'm a strong six years removed from my graffiti days in the Chi (DFC, whatup!?), I must say I'm still in love with the culture. For those of y'all that see graf as merely vandalism (even tho 75% of it is lol), the good folks at Concrete Alchemy have put together a lil east coast tour to educate and entertain... or "Edutain".

Most of the dates have passed, but if you're down here in the capital with yours truly, I'd suggest checking it out.

may 16 ... new york ny ... gallery show + alchemy demo [info]
may 17 ... princeton nj ... alchemy demo + panel discussion [info]
may 19 ... philadelphia pa ... gallery show + alchemy demo [info]
may 21 ... washington dc ... alchemy demo [info]
may 22 ... washington dc ... panel discussion [info] + AFTERPARTY @ LACED
may 23 ... national harbor md ... gallery show [info]

With that said, one of my favorite monthly parties is coming up and happens to be the venue for the Concrete Alchemy afterset. If you hate being turned away or taxed for wearing nikes, despise the cost of drinking in the district, and dont believe in paying covers, I should see you at LACED @ Cuebar tomorrow.

Tell em niggas why you mad, son

Betty Ford invented the Remix

As far as the internet goes, this is old by now:
N.E.R.D. ft CRS & Pusha T - Everyone Nose (Remix)

And as much as I hate on Ryan Leslie, I still like this song:
Ryan Leslie ft. Cassie and Fabolous - Addiction (Remix)

They Smile In Your Face

Cougar Music

Click the album cover to download.

Sunday, May 18, 2008

Did he just say what I think he said?

Yes, he did. I was sitting down, taking a break from cleaning the apt to watch Animal Planet, and this commercial came on. I am pretty much in disbelief and still not quite sure if this is a practical joke or not.

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

I got VP over Hillary, right?

Next to the wound, what women make best is the bandage.
~Jules Barbey d'Aurevilly

So Edwards is endorsing Obama. I think that it was a no-brainer for a lotta reasons. Edwards was always an all-around good guy, so it didn't make much sense for him to back Hillary since she's been running such a dirty campaign. The problem is, Hillary is still working hard, not so much to win the nomination, but force herself into One Observatory Circle. Her fight in West Virginia (and the upcoming ones in places like Kentucky and Puerto Rico) are meant for her to make Obama even more of "the black candidate" than she already has. If Obama closes the gap in Kentucky, it'd be a huge accomplishment. If he wins, I might think there's hope for this country after all, but right now it looks like white folk just ain't ready to elect a negro.

All of which means, after throwing so much mud on Obama, Hillary will cast herself as the only viable option for the Vice Presidency if the Dems have any chances of beating John McCain. Subsequently, Mr. Edwards will be left out in the cold. Again. Now that Hillary has successfully caricatured Obama as an elitist (imagine that, a rich, white, former first lady, present-day senator successfully gets people to think that a black man with an even blacker wife and an extra-black name is "elitist"), adding Edwards to the ticket would only allow Republicans to take that mantel as their own and ride the gibe out till November.

Edwards already faced heat during his stint in the primaries for being "elitist" because he was the multi-millionaire populist. Never mind that he grew up dirt poor and worked his way through school to get to where he is. Never mind that our current President is the poster child for nepotism. Americans are dumb and so after all the talking heads on TV play and replay the "elitist" crap, middle-America will be repeating it with emotional vigor as if they had come to this conclusion in and of themselves.

I'm all for hope and change, and I would really be happy to vote for an Obama/Edwards ticket. They can make Hillary the Postmaster General or something, but I'll be honest, I'm not sure if Americans are smart enough to vote for an Obama/Edwards ticket. Integrity says yes, but pragmatism says Obama/Clinton.

Nietzsche said women "make the highs higher and the lows more frequent."

I'd agree.

You ain't bout to murder me like everybody else

Lil Wayne - Lollipop Remix ft. Kanye West

I like it when niggas actually try to rap they ass off. (PAUSE!)

Why not?

I'm at school so the server isn't allowing me to watch this and see if it's actually post-worthy, but it's Corey Gunz and Charles Hamilton, so why not?

Tuesday, May 13, 2008


It's good. Click the album cover. Think Prince (not "the artist formerly known as" Prince--more like "Purple Rain" Prince), Electro-funk, Europe, 2008. It's good. And yeah, he's from that little island off the coast of Europe.

All About the Benjamins

Preview for N*E*R*D - Everyone Nose

Edit: Here goes the vidjo

Monday, May 12, 2008

2 Miles An Hour So Everybody Sees You

Second City bias aside, this is my jam.

Kidz In The Hall - Driving Down The Block

Through The Wire

Amidst the current controversy over the future of DC's gun laws, The Wire's Slim Charles, otherwise known as Big G in the DMV stopped by the Washingtonian to offer these insights:

Shoot or be shot—the reality on some Washington streets—has played out in Anwan Glover’s life.

“I was fascinated by guns at a young age,” says Glover. “I took my brother’s gun from him when I was 13. I just liked to fiddle around with it after school.”

One day Glover was hanging out on a street corner in DC’s Columbia Heights when he heard shots. “I found myself on the ground,” he says. It was the first of some nine occasions, by his count, on which he took a bullet. At 35, he’s been arrested multiple times for gun possession.

“If you are brought up in that atmosphere with guns and gunfire, guns get under your skin,” he says. “Some feel they need a gun for protection, some because it makes them feel like a bigger person.”

Tall and lanky, Glover is known on the streets as Big G. Fans of the HBO series The Wire know him as Slim Charles, an enforcer with a gravelly voice. He’s also played roles on NBC’s Law & Order.

Offscreen, Big G has joined Peaceaholics, a DC nonprofit dedicated to making peace on the streets. He goes into schools and housing projects to preach against gun violence. A few months ago, his younger brother was killed by gunfire.

“There are more guns on the streets than ever before,” he says. “If they lift that ban, it will be even more horrible.”

That’s Big G’s forecast if residents can get licenses to carry guns. But the current challenge to DC’s law asks that guns be legal only in the home.

“I would love to have one at home to protect my wife,” says Big G. “Then again, there might be a kid in the home who’s fascinated by guns like I was. You would have to find a way to keep them safe.

“This is a tough debate.”

In the event you thought the hood-appointed "Prince of DC" was just "rappin and tappin" or "skittin and shittin"...

Hit up the good people at Peaceoholics for more info...

Taxation Without Representation, Pt. 2

Despite living with the supressed fear of being stuck in rush hour traffic on Jeff Dawis Hwy following a re-up attack on the Pentagon... I love the D.M.V.

New Amerykah Tour w/ Erykah Badu & The Roots
Wednesday, May 14, 2008 & Thursday, May 15, 2008
7:30 PM - 12:00 AM
All Ages
cover: $51.00

Venue Information:
DAR Constitution Hall
1776 D St. NW
Washington, DC

The Do Over: A Rising Down Listening Experience... w/ DJ Questlove
Hosted by Black Thought
Thursday, May 15, 2008
9:00 PM - 2:00 AM
cover: $10.00 | Must RSVP

Venue Information:
2001 11th Street NW
above Bohemian Caverns
Washington, DC 20001

MN8 Presents: Alice Smith w/ Res
Sunday, May 18, 2008
8:00 PM - 1:00 AM
All Ages
cover: $18.00

Venue Information:
9:30 Club
815 V St. N.W.
Washington, DC

The End is Near

So, if you're not much for religion, it might be time to rethink your position. Maybe it's just because I spent much of my early childhood watching too much John Hagee on TBN, but all these very recent natural disasters have me thinking either white Jesus, black Jesus, or God and all 7 of his brothers are well on their way back. There was an earthquake in China this morning burying 900 people in rubble and killing over 100, tornado alley seems to have moved from the midwest to the rural south, a cyclone ripped through Myanmar, Jenna Bush got married, and looking out my window right now I see hundred-year old trees bending in the wind like toilet paper taped to a moving car's antenna.

Better get right or get left people.

David Kenneth's new frat song

...sike nah. Hot vidjo for a hot song.

Sam Sparro - Black and Gold

You Know You 're Hot When...

your record is played on Entourage. But you're truly on your way when your joint is getting love in national ads. Enjoy.

Bud Light (Santogold - Creator)

NFL Draft (Kenna - Daylight)

Rhapsody (Cool Kids - Black Mags)

Sunday, May 11, 2008

It does a body good

Eric Benet should be really upset right now. If I were him, I'd be quasi-suicidal. This is the definition of MILF. And to think, she just had this weak nigga's baby.

And have yall seen Eva Mendes' spread for Calvin Klein? (The pun is very much intended and the link is definitely NSFW--not safe for work.)

Hail to the Thief

Thursday, May 08, 2008

Would you hit?

When news broke that Barbara Walters suffered from a bad case of jungle fever back in the '70s, I had to do some research. Most important to me, was: how did Babs look circa 1970? She coulda been a dime a la 70's-era Farrah Fawcett or at the least, Catherine Deneuve-cute.



But nope, she looks exactly the same, just 40 years younger. 

Barbara Walters, circa 1970

Wednesday, May 07, 2008

Fear of a Black Planet Pt. 2

This nigga has officially lost his mind.

If you dont want to waste your hard drive space on Raheem's Customer Remix f/ R. Kelly, jump below...

Hello and welcome to the Chocolate Factory
Baby place your order I got everything you need
See the catch for today is meeeeee on a platter
Chef Boyar-kelz, remix, I'm the writer
Now I recommend you do the taste test baby
And if not that then you can have my buffet baby
I'll be serving you up [up], Overflowing your cup [cup]
Put that bun in yo oven until you cant get enough
Girl you'll be contagious and calling me Ronald
Serve you up drive-thru style like McDonalds
And ya-hyaaaaaaaaaaaaa, you'll be screaming ya-hyaaaaaaaaaaa
The service so good, Kelz gonna make you wanna cry-hyaaaaa

[you might not want to read the following bars considering accusations from his pending trial]

And shawty if you thirsty, I got some good-good lemonade
12Play four quarters strong, make you wanna scrape my plate

And now for a little classic insight from Aaron Macgruder

My Nigga Dubya

According to the IRS,
Starting in late April, the Treasury will begin sending economic stimulus payments to more than 130 million households. To receive a payment, taxpayers must have a valid Social Security number, $3,000 of income and file a 2007 federal tax return. IRS will take care of the rest. Eligible people will receive up to $600 ($1,200 for married couples), and parents will receive an additional $300 for each eligible child younger than 17. Millions of retirees, disabled veterans and low-wage workers who usually are exempt from filing a tax return must do so this year in order to receive a stimulus payment.

According to my nigga Dubya on April 25th,
It's obvious our economy is in a slow down, [and] this money is going to help Americans off-set the high prices we're seeing at the gas pump and the grocery store and will also give our economy a boost to help us pull out of this economic slow down.

Despite being guilty of not consulting a speech writer before going to press, I can't hate on G-Dub for stylin on us in his 11th hour. In attempt to redirect our deplorable economy and the sinking value of the dollar, the US Treasury is going to wire (we dont mint in that quantity anymore) $78 billion ($600 to 130 million eligible recipints) to the streets in the form of a tax refund. Maybe my understanding of economics is bollocks but I thought that printing $78 billion that we dont have only brings the dollar closer to the peso. Now the whole "extra money in the pocket = a spike in consumerism" jawn is a fairly legit angle; but considering that $600 can't pay a note on any of the 100,000+ foreclosures in 2007, I can't call it.

To keep it funky though, I aint even mad joe. When you broke yo mama's vase and discovered that gorilla glue in the pantry 15 minutes before she got home went ape shit, you weren't worried about what would happen once she put water in that joint. For a least three days, you were able to preserve your assskin. Thanks to G-Dub, I'm popping bottles at the club this weekend and buying speakers. Here's to bolstering the US economy!

If It Wasnt For The Bronx...

this rap shit probably never would be going on" Also, we wouldnt have had the short lived careers of Lord Tariq & Peter Gunz who were responsible for this ish right here, nigga. 10 years later, the product of Peter Gunz loins might be the most uniquely vicious underground rapper this side of pre-Styrofoam Cup Weezy (as evidenced when he renegaded Wayne here), Grafh, Lupe Fiasco, Joe Budden and early Marshall Mathers. Meet Cory Gunz.

New Jack Swing is BACK!

Everybody knows MILF does a body good...

Tuesday, May 06, 2008


I knew that posting that pic below, somebody would name-drop. To the unitiated, consider this your introduction. A Philadelphia native, a natural-born sanger, she just broke into her 20's. Click the album cover and disfruta. You won't be disappointed, trust me. And um, Jazmine, if you happen upon this blog, I'm interested. Holler at me 8-).

Monday, May 05, 2008

Where's Lindsay Lohan?

Wale and UCB at the Darfur event at Georgetown. UCB is really gettin it in.

Much Music

What yall know bout Choclair? This useta be my JAM. Back in the day, ma dukes wouldn't buy cable but for some reason, we got Canada's version of MTV, Much Music, with the bunny ears. I couldn't complain. Much Music introduced me to Toronto hip-hop, Kardinal Offishal, and Choclair among others. Their reggae game was also vicious. My lil sis even went out and bought Choclair's CD. Almost 10 years later, it still goes hard.

And yeah, I don't know what's up with that last second.

Saturday, May 03, 2008

Wait til you hear this girl's voice

When I say I've been sitting on some goods, I really mean it. This chick is the truth. I'm not giving you any other details outside of this rather flattering photo of her. She's a youngin (like 20) and she's from Philly. Make way...

What a weirdo

Jamie Lidell - Little Bit of Feel Good

Even for me, this video is weird. I'm pretty certain he does hard drugs. *shrugs* At least he makes good music.

It's been a long time coming...

Updates this weekend may be few and far between. Your boy is headed down to the Queen City to watch the lil sis walk across that stage and get her degree. Congrats lil homey!


It's Santi. What more is there to say? Click the album cover to download. Got a lotta new music on the way, working on Volume 3 of Real Niggas Light Candles, which of course means I'm holding onto some ish until after I drop that. Once again, thanks for the love, new and old readers (yall been raping that Jamie Lidell link).

Thursday, May 01, 2008

You know the economy sucks when...

...hookers won't take US dollars. International soccer star Ronaldo got caught up with some cross-dressing prostitutes back home in Brazil recently. The story goes that they were tryna extort money from him. He offered them greenbacks and they refused to accept:

She told police Ronaldo offered the prostitutes $600 to end the incident but they would not accept dollars. The manager then converted the money into reals for Ronaldo, but before he made the payment one prostitute asked for 50,000 reals ($30,000) to keep the story from the media, according to the police document.

The whole story is here.