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Brother Ali brings the truth to Paid Dues 2009

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I spotted this one over at Okayplayer today, and was quite pleased. This is a video of Brother Ali performing a few of his tracks at this year’s Paid Dues festival (“Bitchslap”, “Room With A View” & “Take Me Home”). As I’ve said before, Brother Ali puts on a damn good show and this video definitely proves it. I just wish that I could have been there to see not only Brother Ali, but the rest of the artists that represented for Hip-Hop at Paid Dues this year. For all of you that got to go to this, I am truly jealous. At the same time I am very happy for you, because you saw some great stuff.

Make sure you go out and grab Brother Ali’s newest effort The Truth is Here EP. The EP is good on so many levels and if you keep passing it over you will end up regretting it in the end.


Mos Def gets “Ecstatic” about his new album

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Tim Althaus

mos-def-the-ecstatic2I was over at Okayplayer the other day and this news article definitely caught my eye. I’ve been looking forward to a new Mos Def album since his last one. I sadly wasn’t a huge fan of Tru3 Magic but I know that Mos has it in him to make another classic. They were saying that the date that is tentative for the release is June 9th (not official), but I’m not going to count on it. Make sure you check out the video below which has Mos spitting a pretty dope acapella.

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Video: Exile – Funky Worm Chop

Posted in Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, February 4, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here again is DJ Exile on the MPC, this time he is chopping up the song “Funky Worm” by The Ohio Players. This video is just one more (in a long line) of testaments to how sick Exile really is on the MPC.

Spotted at OKP

Video: Black Milk talks Just Blaze & being independent

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Black Milk seems to be one of those guys that people don’t stop talking about. After a year like he had last year, he’s bound to make constant headlines this year with every move he makes. In this video for Out Da Box TV, Black talks about why he is doing his thing on the independent route and also about the advice that he received from Just Blaze. Whatever this guy does lately seems to turn to gold. I hope to hear a lot more from Black Milk in the future and you know if there are you will find them here.

Spotted at OKP

Blacksmith TV Episode 3 – “Rocking The Bells Pt. 1”

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Thursday, January 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Shouts to Okayplayer for having this video up. The footage on this episode of Blacksmith TV was taken at last year’s Rock the Bells Festival when Kweli was getting ready for his set. It’s amazing to me that they only gave such a great mind twenty minutes to preach. I know there are a lot of artists at Rock the Bells, but Kweli is one of the greatest emcees of his time. It’ s also very funny that Kwe rides his bike around NYC like it isn’t a thing. I love at the end of the video how the guy won’t let Kweli in to do his own show and Kweli has to tell him what’s up. Watch out for the rest of the episodes of Blacksmith TV coming soon.

Skillz: The 2008 Rap-Up

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , on Wednesday, January 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus


It’s the beginning of a new year and that means that the boy Skillz has his 2008 Rap up. If any of you have ever heard the year in Rap Up by Skillz, you know that shit is usually hilarious. This guy is a monster on the mic and never disappoints when he is rhyming. Skillz also plans on making a video for the Rap Up so you know you better stay tuned for that because you know I will have that up when it’s out.

Download: 2008 Rap Up

Video: Skillz on KarmaloopTV pt.2

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Wednesday, December 10, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Here is the second part of the video interview on KarmaloopTV that Skillz did. In this part of the video he talks about how he deals with the online haters.

The Roots’ tourbus crashes in Europe, Everyone is ok!

Posted in Music News with tags , , on Friday, November 21, 2008 by Tim Althaus


According to Okayplayer the Roots’ tour bus crashed last night in Paris. Thankfully everyone that was on the bus was ok. The thing about the situation is that the Roots’ European tour bus is a double decker bus and could have done some really serious damage. I’m glad to hear these guys are all okay, they are definitely innovators and legends, they need to stay around for a long time.

I don’t really need to say much more than that. You can read ?uestlove’s blog and recall of the situation here.

Dilated Peoples: Last is First (Produced by Alchemist)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Wednesday, October 15, 2008 by Tim Althaus

I logged onto my computer yesterday after work and was delighted when I looked on my Okayplayer rss feed for Firefox. It turns out that Dilated Peoples just released a new single from Decon’s Fresh Rhymes & Videotape Vol. 1 EP/DVD (Which dropped Yesterday). The one thing that I was super pumped about is that (of course) it was produced by Alchemist. When Alchemist and Dilated get together you can count on a four alarm fire because you know it’s going to be a hot track. This next year is going to be one of the busiest years ever for the Dilated Peoples crew. Dj Babu’s new album (Duck Season Vol. 3) Drops on October 28th, Evidence has the Layover EP dropping Nov 25th (as well as The Layover Mixtape and a collaboration with Alchemist entitled Step Brothers), a Purple Tape Instrumental album (He’s already released Red and Yello) and Rakaa’s Crown of Thorns was rumored to still be dropping sometime this year. All of the aforementioned information is on top of  a new Dilated Peoples album as well as Evidence’s second solo album Cats & Dogs dropping next year. Even if these were the only releases for the next year in Hip-Hop I would still say it’s going to be one hell of a fucking year. Please go grab the 6 track EP/ T-Shirt combo from Decon here and cop all the Dilated material that is coming out this year.

Last is First (Produced By Alchemist)

P.S. Sorry Okayplayer, I had to steal the picture I love seeing Rakaa reppin’ the Dilla shirt.