For News on Reasonable Doubt 2 Check www.DigitalStreets.netI moved to my new server at www.DigitalStreets.net about a month ago. If you have not yet followed me there dooo it. I noticed I am missing some of you. Sorry for the disconnect, I will make it up to you with my new and improved blog.Digital Streets is once again posting daily and has added streaming audio, a new layout, and a podcast. We are also hosting events in New York and Washington DC. Please check out the new and improved blog and the new podcast for your listening pleasures.
I apologize for the low volume of postings the past few days, I have been traveling. There will be nothing for today but I will surely catch up with you tomorrow. Thanks for understanding….
Schoolyard Jailyard workout. This is what Prodigy needs to be doing if he stands a chance…
This shit is crazy. My out of shape ass can’t even do a few dips or a chin up without sucking wind… We need to get these cats out of Jail and in Beijing this summer.
I can’t write this much better so I will simply repost it. Thank God they aren’t letting it go. Fuck the Police…
U.S. District Court Judge Florence-Marie Cooper ruled Monday that Detectives Stanley Nalywaiko, Stewart Maislin and Steven Katz could all be added as defendants in the wrongful-death civil suit filed by the family of Christopher “Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace. The current suit was filed in April of 2007 after a similar suit ended in a mistrial in 2005. In her 2005 ruling (available HERE), Judge Cooper noted that the officers were partially to blame for the suit ending in a mistrial due to a lack of evidence.
“In their capacity as supervisors in the Risk Management Group, [Nalywaiko, Katz and Maislin] failed to supervise or directly participated in the concealment of evidence in this case,” Judge Cooper stated in her ruling. The ruling comes after former Death Row Records Executive Marion “Suge” Knight was added as a defendant on Nov. 19.
The 2005 mistrial marked a turn in the case, which had previously turned up very few leads, despite an 18-month F.B.I. investigation. While very little progress has been made in the case since Wallace was killed in 1997, the family’s attorney, Perry R. Sanders Jr. remained optimistic.
“Judge Cooper’s ruling today gives the family a chance to prove to the world that police were involved in the murder–and that high officials have covered up for those officers,” said Sanders via a written statement. While Judge Cooper’s 11-page ruling also gave the family the option to add other defendants and file separate suits against them, it was primarily made to hold the L.A.P.D. responsible as a collective for “facilitating crime and then covering it up.”
Murs is one of the greatest of the unknown. He is definitely known amongst the true Hip Hop heads and people on the left coast. Murs 3:16 9th Addition (as in 9th Wonder) and Felt 2 are two of my favorite underground albums of all time. I caught him on stage with Slug (of Atmosphere) performing as the group Felt this summer during the Rock the Bells Tour. He was great live as well. He is the full package. Please recognize…
Many of the songs have leaked off this album already.
Here are a few joints that have not leaked and are straight FIRE… I will have a full review a bit later (too much to do right now… too many leaks)<—— GOOD PROBLEM TO HAVE
DJ Drama ft. Lil Wayne, Wilie The Kid, Freeway, T.I.) – Cannon Remix (WEEZY VERSE = FIRE)
Outkast ft. Marsha Ambrosius – Da Art of Storytellin’ (possibly best verse of the year by Andre – Previously posted)
enjoy… more of everything coming later today…
Nas’ controversial album Nigger is now dropping during Black History Month. I wonder what genius marketing mind came up with that plot. Many black community leaders like the Rev. Al Sharpton have already been outspoken against the album title. I cannot imagine the backlash there will be now. We all know any publicity is good publicity.
According to MTV he was supposed to drop the album next month but he is still working out his track listing and the album will be expected in February. A snippet of a song called What It Is was leaked over the net last week but Nas said the song is a fake and he “never rhymed to that beat.” Apparently someone got a hold of his vocals and had some fun with them. We can expect the first single from Nas in January. MTV also said Atlanta’s DJ Toomp (T.I., Ludacris) and longtime Nas collaborator Salaam Remi have already contributed tracks, in addition to a slew of new producers. Diddy and his new Hitmen are also scheduled to come on board before production closes in the next week or so.
LL Cool J spoke with MTV today about his new album Exit 13:
“It’s an incredible feeling” said Cool J, who proclaims this is the best album he’s done in almost a decade. “And you know what? I have to give 50 props for that. If a guy calls you on the phone and says, ‘You know what? Your last record was kinda slow and this was a little weak.’ It was like, ‘Yo, I just thought the record was slow, man, don’t mess my LL up.’ It’s great. One of the most important things in making records, you can’t think you know everything in music. I’m humble. I’m confident, but I’m humble.
“I don’t mind having a conversation with a guy who seems to have his finger on the pulse and having a conversation with him and talking with him and seeing if he can push me a little bit and get my mojo back,” he added. “I didn’t feel I fell off, but I felt I was a little bit out of touch with the things I should be thinking about. I needed to get a little more focused and close to my people and closer to the street.
“It’s more honest,” he continued. “We haven’t worked together for months now, but  helped me set the fun. I got loose, I’ve been really just in the lab, but he helped me set the tone. I had fun getting loose again. It was competitive, ’cause we made records together, records that may or may not make the album. All types of hidden records. He pushed me. Now my vertical is back and I can dunk on all of them. I’mma dunk on them so crazy.”
I know this is primarily a Hip Hop Blog but anything Michael Jackson is involved in is definitely blogworthy (is it too late to Trade Mark that word?), especially when he hasn’t been on tour in over a decade. This is what Jermaine had to say:
“Michael will be involved,” the singer and guitarist confirmed. “We feel we have to do it one more time. We owe that to the fans and to the public.”
“There’s been so much going on, getting over all the hurdles that we all were faced with during Michael’s trial,” Jermaine said. “But we are stronger than ever.”
Jermaine said the band was “in the studio at the moment.”
Wait, in the studio means they are recording another album? Wow. I got turned off by Michael Jackson over the past 10 years but Off The Wall and his Greatest Hits are still in my heavy rotation. I am excited mainly out of curiosity. What in the hell will a Jackson 5 album with a bunch of 40 and 50 year old washed up dudes sound like? Even better, what are they going to look like on stage? This is either going to be really great or really bad, nothing in between. Stay tuned….
This 20 second trailer is hilarious. God Bless Snoop for being Snoop. We need him in Hip Hop. The Show comes out December 9th on E!
MORE INFO HERE After hearing this interview and hearing the album again I’m starting to agree with Rza… It definitely isn’t no “McDonalds Burger”.. lol. The lyrics are strong but I just miss that old sound. I should have gotten over it by now, its only been gone for like… TEN years…Peep the Rza quotables below. “WU TANG.. WILL SURVIVE…” Read the rest of this entry »
It’s not even fair anymore…..
Here is another joint off Beanie Sigel’s forthcoming LP The Solution.
MORE INFO HERE Ok, I’ll admit I was one of the many skeptics of Wu Tang’s 8 Diagrams based on what I have heard leaking on the internet. Songs like Take It Back, Rushing Elephants, Unpredictable, and Watch Your Mouth were nothing more than underwhelming and My Heart Gently Weeps was more of a movie soundtrack song than a leading Wu Tang Clan single.However, after giving the album a listen from cover to cover I was much more pleased. All I was looking for was a few bangers to bump in my car and a better sonic experience than Iron Flag, and I got it. Thank God. Perhaps the bickering between the group members has saved the album from being BAD to being NOT SO BAD W/ SOME JOINTS. I was immediately drawn to Gun Will Go, Campfire, Windmill, and Stick Me For My Riches.The lyrics are consistently Wu throughout the album and the beats are consistently Rza throughout the album (the new Rza NOT grimey 36 Chambers Rza). But overall half of the albums tracks were barely good enough for a mixtape and the rest were good enough to be second tier songs on a great album. True Wu heads will like the album but non Wu heads will not support it like their second LP Forever. All in all Wu has fallen short of their potential but still managed to provide their fans with more joints for the catalog.Wanna see for yourself, well I gotchu: Wu Tang Clan – 8 DiagramsBonus: Rza speaks on Wu beef and album again (video)
Okay I have a few bones to pick.
First off, fuck everyone for not buying Freeway’s Free At Last. I hear it is expected to move ONLY 35,000 copies this week. Free At Last is one of the best hip hop albums of the year. It is definitely better than 50 Cent’s album, and it sells as much as Hurricane Chris? WTF people? It’s a shame that most ignorant hip hop fans (which is most) will not buy an album if it didn’t move units its first week which is absolutely ridiculous. That means Freeway is pretty much assed out. This makes me agree with Saigon when he says that the music industry just isn’t worth it. Even Tony Yayo in his great wisdom figured it out. Good music falls on deaf ears while we complain about how wack Hip Hop is. If we supported good artists then maybe the industry wouldn’t be so wack. Maybe Freeway will do numbers internationally.
sorry Free.. I’m trying…
Talib and Common too… sorry guys.
Jay, if you wouldn’t have made your boss happy (yes even he has a boss) and not taken your album off Itunes then you may have kept your numbers up. a good percentage of record sales are digital these days. His numbers are nothing to sneeze at, but he is the God MC and should do better.
Speaking of King Hov, I am very very disappointed in the MSN broadcast of his concert at the Hammerstein Ballroom in NYC. First off they cut the best part of the show out! Lil Wayne and Jay-Z were on stage TOGETHER performing and Weezy even called Jay “the best rapper alive” in front of Jay’s beloved hometown crowd which is usually the moniker he uses for himself.
Then, they DID NOT edit out Jadakiss’ embarrassing introduction to Rocafella when Jadakiss attempted to do an impromptu performance and Green Lantern didn’t have any of Jada’s songs to play. All in all the concert looked like shit online and it was great live. I know because I was there.
Go learns yourself something people, and keep on The Digital Streets if you give a shit about music….
Okay I’m done… Sorry for the foul language Mom.