Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Props to DDot for this one.

Somebody leaked some footage of Kanye and Uncle Charlie working on what sounds like a remix/sequel to Ye's ole hit "Flashing Lights". They knock out a new hook for the track before Mos Def comes waltzing on in. Check it out...



The St. Louis emigrant (relocated to Redondo Beach, CA for the time being) has a new track posted from his recent release, exFiles. Catch a pretty stellar review (if I do say so myself) of the album in Eleven magazine, check out the new song below, and download everything for free online right'chere: TUCKER BOOTH'S BANDCAMP PAGE. CLICK CLICK!!


Judgment Day" is the first official video from the upcoming Money Making Jam Boys mixtape that will be coming out real soon. The video is directed by Samuel Rogers of Visually Inklined. "Judgment Day" video is also available on iTunes. Please stay tuned for new visuals and new music coming from the Money Making Jam Boys

Monday, November 29, 2010

Compiled of documentary footage from Cudi's deluxe edition Man on the Moon II DVD.



The newest member of Roc Nation, Jay Electronica, is featured in the most recent issue of Interview Magazine. Check out the blurb below and be sure to catch more photos on the Interview site. Also check out their Jay Electronica playlist below. Peace.
What makes me different from everybody else just boils down to dissatisfaction,” exclaims rapper-producer Jay Electronica. “The bar is so low in rap—mediocrity is king! Who’s really trying to push the boundaries and move forward? Who’s really trying to come up with a new approach and make me feel wild?” The answer, of course, is Jay Electronica. Born Timothy Tredford in New Orleans, the now Brooklyn-based, 34-year-old Electronica embodies a series of compelling contradictions. On the one hand, he runs with a bold-faced crowd, collaborating with the likes of Nas and Diddy and fathering a daughter with neo-soul star Erykah Badu. On the other, he might very well be one of the most consistently striving—and innovative—artists in hip-hop today. Releasing most of his music free via the Internet, Electronica creates grittily addictive bangers, like his hit “Exhibit C,” though he’s just as apt to drop a track like “Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)”—a 15-minute musique concrete surreal symphony. “He looks like he’s an alien,” Badu intones on “Act 1 . . . ,” offering an assessment of Electronica that pretty much sums up the general feel of his music: diverse, complex, and mythically not of this world. After appearing this month as part of this year’s Q-Tip- and The Roots–curated edition of the Hennessy Artistry tour, Electronica will finish prepping his highly anticipated, first commercially released album, Act II: Patients Of Nobility (the turn), which is due in stores before the end of the year. The record was crafted during a globetrotting odyssey that saw him venture all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “People are afraid to go into an environment they are completely unfamiliar with,” he explains. “For me, my life is a journey. Nothing against Drake, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, but they’re in a certain kind of machine that doesn’t afford them the freedom to do that.” He adds: “The greats have always been the people who gave you of themselves, as opposed to just giving you a product.”









Sunday, November 28, 2010

This track dropped a long ass time ago it seems. Still, it's always worth the wait to get good visuals to a good song. Mr. Hudson plays the sad, heartbroken British guy while Kanye plays...Kanye.

Friday, November 26, 2010


You Don't Own Me by RZAWU

THIS IS A SONG TALKING ABOUT HOW PEOPLE TRY TO TELL WHAT TO DO AND WHAT TO BE… THE SONG CAN RELATE TO A RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN MAN AND WOMAN OR CITIZENS AND AUTHORITY…OR JUST ANY CONFRONTATION SUCH AS A BOUNCER AT A CLUB WITH THE GUEST LIST… PEACE, RZA
A new one from RZAWu for Wu Wednesdays.
The perfect jam for Turkey Day weekend.
Peace.
-Mike-

Time to dance off all those turkey legs and mashed 'taters and replace em with beers n shit! You guessed it, it's time for Fresh Paint II at 2720 Cherokee.

Hawthorne Headhunters and So Many Dynamos cover the live music, while some of St. Louis' best artists show off their skills live and 18andCounting provides the soundtrack.

Easily going to be the hottest event of of the year on what feels like it might be the coldest night. $5 donation appreciated on entry (but we've never been the type to turn away the poor folks). But f'real, if you can spare five bucks it'd be a great Thanksgiving deed n shit.

Find me in the crowd and win a free high-five!

See you there!
-mike-

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

The mixtape is on the way...

Props to Semtex.

Sounds like this might be a new one from Kanye and Jay-Z's collabo project, Watch the Throne.




Just for the fun of it, here's a quote from Elly Jackson on why she hates rap music. She must have said this way before Kanye approached her to work on his multiple rap projects...

“It certainly doesn’t make me feel anything special, or doesn’t make me think, or go somewhere else in my mind. I just don’t get it.

“The clothes… I just think it’s like basically naked. It has been like that since the nineties, its not just now. I just don’t think it’s good and there’s lots of girls in pop that are 17/18 and they’re half naked and it’s just ‘Why?’

“And you wonder if you weren’t half naked would you by selling any records? Which obviously is just wrong.

“You shouldn’t be selling records because you’re half naked – if you want to do that be a porn star.”

Monday, November 22, 2010

Excellent teamup.


Looks like this dropped a couple months ago, but I couldn't pass up posting it, even if it was late.

Hip-hop has become the top grossing genre of music world-wide. That's quick progress for something that never hit radio speakers until like 30 years ago. This is the perfect example of that progress.

Here's what the Narcicyst has to say about this video:
To say 'Hamdulillah' is to be grateful for what one has.

The images of the past decades have cast a veil on our identity as a people. We, as international brothers and sisters, are now witness to injustice in real time. We watch our Wars in HD.

It is time for us to claim our faces back.

This video is a global collaborative effort by 10 photographers- from London to Lebanon, Cairo To Canada, Abu Dhabi to America- to create a portrait of the New Global Citizens. They are DJs, MCs, poets, architects, teachers, doctors, parents and children. Most of all they are people.

Thank you to everyone that was involved. We are blessed to have each other.
Pretty amazing stuff. Check it out below, with lyrics below that.

(Oh, and don't miss Jay Electronica at 0:43 seconds and Brother Ali at 1:30. Peace.)



Directed by Ridwan Adhami www.ridzdesign.com

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'The Asthmatic' MIXTAPE COMING SOON!!!


Ridzdesign Presents
The Narcicyst featuring Shadia Mansour - "Hamdulillah" (Official Music Video)
Directed and Edited by Ridwan Adhami
Written by Yassin Alsalman and Shadia Mansour
Original Track produced by SandhiLL
Piano by Stefan Christoff
Additional production and arrangement by Doctor Dinar and The Narcicyst

LYRICS:
Bismillah, like the feeling when I miss Falah,
then wish to God in clouds to lift us all
Hamdulilah,
wonder if Bibi can ever see me, and
if I back to Basrah will it ever receive me,
Bismillah,
homies that have the time to talk,
Now I wish to stars that angel find Nawaf.
Hamdulillah,
I stand awed at the strength of my sister
Kiss her and thank God our mission is planned for us.
Bismillah,
mamati inti hayati,
moms the best one, hold her close to heart like my left lung
Hamdulillah,
for the truth in a being as beaming the moon queen you blessed my future to be with
Bismillah,
for the souls anguish, love,
and the moment my brothers programmed these drums,
Hamdulillah,
We put the truth to the test, proof that we're blessed students of this music at best.


Bismillah,
Before I spit this bar, way Before Militants tried to split this law
Hamdulillah,
for every living day that we spend in the rays of the Shams,
why we praise the condemned...
Bismillah,
wish I could take it back and lift the harm, make a track erase the past that we miss and gone...
Hamdulillah,
He Spoke So Right we listening wrong living raw, more than a livid song Give it all
Bismillah,
So I don't rely on an image or Man made divisions for land slave prison fraud,
Hamdulillah,
Excuse Me, If I use it loosely, forget to bow down and pray, how proud are they?
Bismillah,
hope you hear the whispers lil nas which stance should i sway when betrayed by wiswases....
forever hope this lasts and we live classic....


Bismillah,
means to will in God's name, without the ball and the chain a slave falling to claim,
Bismillah,
will forever hold inner peace, Wicked streets cripple little being rippling through the middle east
Hamdulillah,
may God bless the dead and gone, forever strong a better song, breaking bitter bonds
Hamdulillah,
for this world, in this spot to this song with these words for hip-hop say
Bismilllah,
stay humble in rhymes in eyes that hate your hunger
its like a jungle sometimes it makes you wonder

Saturday, November 20, 2010

A physical scan of the booklet to Kanye's forthcoming My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy leaked just days before the album release. (Not sure whether the actual image will contain a pixelated image like this one below. According to Kanye though, the original image - check it out here - was "banned" by WalMart and other retailers, so who knows.)

Check out the production credits way down below.

Be sure to pick up the new album on Monday.

Peace.
-mike-



Spotted at DDot...







Production Credits:

01. Dark Fantasy
(K. West, R. Diggs, E. Wilson, J. Bhasker, M. Dean, M. Jones, J. Anderson, M. Oldfield)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Ramecca Music/Universal Music-Careers Publishing (BMI)/Let The Story Begin Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (ASCAP)/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Copyright Control/Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Opio Publishing (BMI), all rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Stage Three Songs (ASCAP) 0/b/o Stage Three Music Ltd. and Oldfield Music Ltd. (PRS)
Produced by The RZA, Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978 & No ID for Rich Daily Since 71
Additional production by Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein at Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA and Platinum Sound Recording, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions & Andrew Dawson at Platinum Sound Recording, NYC
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia, Christian Mochizuki & Phil Joly
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker
Piano: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello Arrangement: Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Background Vocals: Nicki Minaj, Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Additional Vocals: Teyana Taylor and Amber Rose
Nicki Minaj appears courtesy of Young Money/Universal Motown
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records
Teyana Taylor appears courtesy of Star Trak, LLC
Contains samples of “In High Places” by Mike Oldfield, under license and courtesy of Mercury Records Limited. Written by Jon Anderson and Mike Oldfield and published by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI) and Opio Publishing (BMI). All rights administered by Warner-Tamerlane Publishing Corp. (BMI)/Stage Three Songs (ASCAP) o/b/o Stage Three Music Ltd. and Oldfield Music Ltd. (PRS). All Rights Reserved.

02. Gorgeous feat. KiD CuDi & Raekwon
(K. West, E. Wilson, M. Dean, M. Jones, C. Smith, C. Woods, S. Mescudi, G. Clark, R. McGuinn)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc.(BMI)/Let The Story Begin Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (ASCAP)/Copyright Control/Universal Music-Careers (BMI)/Elsie’s Baby Boy Publishing (ASCAP)/Gene Clark Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music (BMI)/Chrysalis One Music Publishing Group, Ltd. (IMRO). All rights on behalf of Chrysalis One Music Publishing Group Ireland administered by Chrysalis One Songs (BMI)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978, No ID for Rich Daily Since 71 & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer, Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions & Christian Mochizuki at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein & Phil Joly at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Assisted by Christian Mochizuki, Pete Bischoff & Phil Joly
Guitars, Bass, Organ: Ken Lewis
Keys, Drum Programming: Brent Kolatalo
Guitar Solo: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Background Vocals: Tony Williams
KiD CuDi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
Contains portions of the composition “You Showed Me,” written by Gene Clark and Roger McGuinn, published by Gene Clark Music (BMI) administered by Bug Music (BMI). Used by permission. Contains elements of “You Showed Me” by Roger McGuinn and Gene Clark © 1965; Copyright Renewed. Chrysalis One Music Publishing Group Ireland, Ltd. (IMRO). All rights on behalf of Chrysalis One Music Publishing Group Ireland administered by Chrysalis One Songs (BMI). All Rights Reserved. Published by Horipro Entertainment Group Inc. d/b/a Sixteen Stars Music (BMI).

03. POWER
(K. West, L. Griffin Jr., M. Dean, J. Bhasker, A. Gardner, K. Lewis, F. Bernheim, J. P. Lang, B. Bergman, R. Fripp, M. Giles, G. Lake, I. McDonald, P. Sinfield)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Vohndee’s Soul Music Pub. (ASCAP)/Papa George Music (BMI)/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Dwele Music (ASCAP)/Kenobi Songs Pub. (BMI)/Warner Chappell Music France (SACEM)/EMI Music Publishing (ASCAP) administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP)/Universal Music MGB NA LLC d/b/a Universal Music Careers (BMI)
Produced by S1 & Kanye West
Additional Production by Jeff Bhasker, Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions & Andrew Dawson
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI
Mixed by Manny Marroquin at Larrabee Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Mix Engineers: Christian Plata & Erik Madrid
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Guitar & Bass: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Additional Vocals: Dwele
Chant Vocals: Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis
Engineered by Ken Lewis & Brent Kolatalo
Handclaps performed by Ian Allen, Wilson Christopher, Uri Djemal & Chris Soper
Dwele appears courtesy of E1 Music
Contains elements from the Cold Grits recording “It’s Your Thing,” produced under license from Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company.
Contains elements of “Afromerica” (Francois Bernheim/Jean-Pierre Lang/Boris Bergman) published by Warner Chappell Music France (SACEM)/EMI Music Publishing (ASCAP). All rights administered by WB Music Corp. (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.
Contains material sampled from “21st Century Schizoid Man” performed by King Crimson Taken from the album: In The Court Of The Crimson King and composed by Fripp, McDonald, Lake, Giles & Sinfield (Universal Music Careers on behalf of E.G. Music Ltd. (BMI). Appears courtesy of DGM Ltd. on behalf of King Crimson.

04. All Of The Lights (Interlude)

05. All Of The Lights
(K. West, J. Bhasker, M. Jones, W. Trotter)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Copyright Control
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Co-Produced by Jeff Bhasker
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI & Noah Goldstein at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Rihanna’s vocals recorded by Marcos Tovar at Westlake Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at Electric Lady Studios, NYC & Westlake Sound, West Hollywood, CA
Assistant Engineers: Christian Mochizuki, Pete Bischoff & Phil Joly
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Piano: Elton John
Brass and Woodwinds: Danny Flam, Tony Gorruso & Ken Lewis
Horn Arrangement: Ken Lewis
Engineered by Brent Kolatalo
Orchestral Arranger & Conductor: Rosie Danvers
Producer: Tommy D.
Trumpets: Mike Lovatt, Simon Finch, Andy Gathercole
French Horns: Tim Anderson, Tom Rumsby, Richard Ashton
Trombone: Mark Frost, Philip Judge
Flute: Chloe Vincent
Violins: Kotono Sato, Jenny Sacha
Viola: Rachel Robson
Cello: Rosie Danvers, Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello Arrangement: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional Vocals: Rihanna, KiD CuDi, Tony Williams, The-Dream, Charlie Wilson, John Legend, Elly Jackson (La Roux), Alicia Keys, Elton John, Fergie, Ryan Leslie, Drake, Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis
KiD CuDi appears courtesy of Universal Motown Records
Charlie Wilson appears courtesy of Jive Records
John Legend appears courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Elly Jackson (La Roux) appears courtesy of Interscope Records
Alicia Keys appears courtesy of J Records
Elton John appears courtesy of Mercury Records Limited
Fergie appears courtesy of Interscope Records
Drake appears courtesy of Young Money Entertainment/Cash Money Records

06. Monster feat. JAY-Z, Rick Ross, Nicki Minaj & Bon Iver
(K. West, S. Carter, P. Reynolds, M. Dean, W. Roberts, O. Maraj, J. Vernon, J. Bhasker)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Copyright Control/Copyright Control/First-N-Gold Publishing/Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Harajuku Barbie Music (BMI)/April Base Publishing (ASCAP)/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Additional production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions & Plain Pat
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Electric Lady Studios, NYC and Glenwood Place Studios, Burbank, CA
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Piano: Jeff Bhasker
Background Vocals: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver)
Nicki Minaj appears courtesy of Young Money/Universal Motown
Bon Iver appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records

07. So Appalled feat. Swizz Beatz, JAY-Z, Pusha T, CyHi Da Prynce & The RZA
(K. West, E. Wilson, M. Dean, S. Carter, T. Thornton, C. Young, K. Dean, R. Diggs, M. Mann)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Let The Story Begin Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (ASCAP)/Copyright Control/EMI April Music, Inc./Carter Boys Music (ASCAP)/Neighborhood Pusha Publishing (BMI)/Bu Vision/Swizz Beats Publishing (SESAC)/Ramecca Music/Universal Music-Careers Publishing (BMI)/Scalehand Limited
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978 & No ID for Rich Daily Since 71
Co-Produced by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein & Pete Bischoff at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Keyboards: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions & Jeff Bhasker
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Cello Arrangement: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Contains samples of the Manfred Mann’s Earth Band recording “You Are – I Am.” Produced under license from Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Used courtesy of Creative Music Limited. Written by M. Mann, published by Scalehand Limited.

08. Devil In A New Dress feat. Rick Ross
(K. West, R. Harrell, M. Dean, W. Roberts, M. Jones, C. King, G. Goffin)
Please Gimme My Publishing|EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/One Shot Deal Muzak (SESAC)/Copyright Control/First-N-Gold Publishing/Sony/ATV Songs, LLC (BMI)/Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Bink! for One Shot Deal
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Bass, Guitar & Piano: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Contains samples of the recording “Will You Still Love Me Tomorrow” as performed by Smokey Robinson. Courtesy of Motown Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Written by C. King and G. Goffin, published by Screen Gems-EMI Music Inc. (BMI).

09. Runaway feat. Pusha T
(K. West, E. Haynie, T. Thornton, J. Bhasker, M. Dean, M. Jones, J. Branch)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Heavycrate (ASCAP)/Sony ATV/Neighborhood Pusha Publishing (BMI)/Copyright Control/Way Above Music (BMI)|Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Metrolina Pub. Co. Inc. (BMI)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Co-Produced by Emile, Jeff Bhasker & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI
Assisted by Christian Mochizuki
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at Westlake Sound Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Assistant Mix Engineer: Cary Clark
Background Vocals: Tony Williams
Additional Vocals: The-Dream
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker
Cello: Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Contains a sample of “Expo 83” performed by Backyard Heavies, used courtesy of Gusto Records. Written by J. Branch and published by Metrolina Pub. Co. Inc. (BMI)
Contains excerpts from Rick James ‘Live at Long Beach, CA’ 1981,
courtesy of Universal Music Enterprises. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

10. Hell Of A Life
(K. West, M. Caren, E. Wilson, M. Dean, S. Stewart, T. White, T. Butler, A. Iommi, J. Osbourne, W. Ward)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Mike Caren Publishing Designee/Let The Story Begin Publishing/Chrysalis Songs (ASCAP) Papa George Music (BMI)/Clears Music, Inc. (BMI)/Combine Music Corp. (BMI)/Essex Music International
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Co-Produced by Mike Caren, No ID for Rich Daily Since 71 & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions, Anthony Kilhoffer & Andrew Dawson at Electric Lady Studios, NYC & Platinum Sound Recording, NYC
Assisted by Gaylord Holomalia, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Additional drum programming: Anthony Kilhoffer
Keyboards: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Additional Vocals: Teyana Taylor & The-Dream
Teyana Taylor appears courtesy of Star Trak, LLC
Contains samples of the Mojo Men recording “She’s My Baby.” Produced under license from Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Written by Sylvester Stewart, published by Clears Music, Inc. (BMI). All Rights Reserved.
Contains samples of the Tony Joe White recording “Stud-Spider.” Produced under license from Warner Bros. Records Inc. by arrangement with Rhino Entertainment Company, a Warner Music Group Company. Written by T. White, published by Combine Music Corp. (BMI).
Contains portions of “Iron Man,” written by T. Butler, A. Iommi, J. Osbourne and W.T. Ward, published by Essex Music International.

11. Blame Game feat. John Legend
(K. West, J. Franks, K. Mitchell, M. Dean, J. Stephens, R. James)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/J. Franks Publishing|WB Music Group (ASCAP)/Copyright Control/Copyright Control/John Legend Publishing/Cherry River Music Corp. (BMI)/Chrysalis Music Ltd. (PRS) administered by Chrysalis Songs (BMI)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop since 1978 & DJ Frank E for Side 3 Entertainment
Additional Production by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Recorded by Andrew Dawson at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein, Phil Joly & Ryan Gilligan at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions, Andrew Dawson & Anthony Kilhoffer at Platinum Sound Recording, NYC
Piano & Bass: Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions
Cello played & arranged by Chris “Hitchcock” Chorney
Poem by Khloe Mitchell
Additional Vocals: Chris Rock and Salma Kenas
John Legend appears courtesy of Getting Out Our Dreams/Sony BMG Music Entertainment
Contains elements of “Avril 14” by Richard James. Published by Chrysalis Music Ltd. (PRS) administered by Chrysalis Songs (BMI). All rights reserved.

12. Lost In The World feat. Bon Iver
(K. West, J. Bhasker, M. DiBango, J. Brown, J. Vernon, G. Scott-Heron)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Way Above Music (BMI)/Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Universal Musica Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Universal Publishing SAS (SACEM)/Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)/Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI)/April Base Publishing (ASCAP)/Brouhaha Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Co-Produced by Jeff Bhasker
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Assisted by Alex Graupera, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker
Additional Drum Programming: Anthony Kilhoffer
Additional Vocals: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Charlie Wilson, Kay Fox, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, Elly Jackson (La Roux)
Tribal Drum Programming: Ken Lewis
Chant Vocals: Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis
Engineered by Brent Kolatalo
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records
Charlie Wilson appears courtesy of Jive Records
Alicia Keys appears courtesy of J Records
Elly Jackson (La Roux) appears courtesy of Interscope Records
Contains portions of “Soul Makossa,” written by M. DiBango and published by Universal Musica Inc. (ASCAP) o/b/o Universal Publishing SAS (SACEM)
Contains a sample of the recording “Think (About It)” as performed by Lyn Collins. Courtesy of Polydor Records under license from Universal Music Enterprises. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Written by James Brown, published by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI) & Dynatone Publishing Co. (BMI). All rights administered by Unichappell Music, Inc. (BMI)
Contains samples of “The Woods” performed by Bon Iver, used courtesy of Jagjaguwar, Inc. Written by Justin Vernon, published by April Base Publishing (ASCAP). All rights administered by Chrysalis Music (ASCAP). All Rights Reserved.
Contains samples of “Comment No. 1” performed by Gil Scott-Heron, used courtesy of Flying Dutchman. Written by Gil Scott-Heron, published by Brouhaha Music (ASCAP).

13. Who Will Survive In America
(K. West, J. Bhasker, G. Scott-Heron)
Please Gimme My Publishing/EMI Blackwood Music Inc. (BMI)/Way Above Music (BMI)/Sony ATV Songs LLC (BMI)/Brouhaha Music (ASCAP)
Produced by Kanye West for Very Good Beats/Hip Hop Since 1978
Co-Produced by Jeff Bhasker
Recorded by Andrew Dawson, Anthony Kilhoffer & Mike Dean for Dean’s List Productions at Avex Recording Studio, Honolulu, HI and Noah Goldstein at Electric Lady Studios, NYC
Mixed by Anthony Kilhoffer at Henson Studios, Los Angeles, CA
Assisted by Alex Graupera, Christian Mochizuki & Pete Bischoff
Keyboards: Jeff Bhasker
Additional Drum Programming: Anthony Kilhoffer
Additional Vocals: Justin Vernon (Bon Iver), Charlie Wilson, Kay Fox, Tony Williams, Alicia Keys, Elly Jackson (La Roux)
Tribal Drum Programming: Ken Lewis
Chant Vocals: Alvin Fields & Ken Lewis
Engineered by Brent Kolatalo
Justin Vernon (Bon Iver) appears courtesy of Jagjaguwar Records
Charlie Wilson appears courtesy of Jive Records
Alicia Keys appears courtesy of J Records
Elly Jackson (La Roux) appears courtesy of Interscope Records

Friday, November 19, 2010


Stalley is back with another killer. Check out the track below, followed by the details on the project.

Peace.
-mike-









"Hercules" is the first single introducing the sound of Stalley's forthcoming LP Lincoln Way Nights (Intelligent Trunk Music).

Produced by Rashad Thomas of Columbus, Ohio's the 3rd, ITM finds Stalley returning to his Ohio roots - American muscle cars and hard 808 kicks. Stalley, who was born and raised in the working class city of Massillon, says of the project, "This is Midwest music, with a New York mentality."

I don't know why but I just can't get into this dude. I kinda like this one though.

Look for Bobby's new mixtape soon.


Thursday, November 18, 2010


Kanye's new album, My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, drops Monday. One of the bonus tracks on the iTunes exclusive version is this lil diddy here called "See Me Now." This track has seen light before, but now Big Sean has added a verse. (Charlie Wilson is all over Ye's releases recently. Is he even on the album once though? We shall see...)

Check it out:



With their new video, Gangrene continues the grand tradition made strong by the Beatles and dating back probably way before that - musicians telling you to take drugs. You heard em, folks.
"Take drugs."
-Gangrene
(If you're not really into that, just watch the video. You'll get pretty much the same kicks, plus you'll be a little more freaked out.)



Oh No & Alchemist with a 3-minute nightmare/mini-horror movie for “Take Drugs” off the new album Gutter Water on Decon. We've got a bonus track version of the album available now in the Stones Throw store:

GANGRENE (THE ALCHEMIST & OH NO) - GUTTER WATER Bonus videos included with digital. 2LP green vinyl with download coupon on pre-order.

Wednesday, November 17, 2010


In anticipation for the upcoming release of Kanye's My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, a series of fan-made mashup videos have surfaced. They all borrow footage from different films or television series.

I'm loving the "Runaway" one with all the Larry David clips, primarily because I've been on a "Curb Your Enthusiasm" watching spree over the past few weeks. Check it out if you've never watched it. My personal favorite of these, however, is "Monster" with Kanye as Karloff's The Mummy, Jay-Z as Bela Lugosi's Dracula, and Nicki Minaj as the Bride of Frankenstein. Wicked awesome and pretty much perfectly synced. Check it out below.

[Also, "All of the Lights" is borderline porn, so if you're not 18 you should prolly skip it unless yo momma spies you.]

Be sure to grab My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy November 22 from Roc-A-Fella.



As Rockwell Knuckles got into his set at the Onyx CMJ showcase, fellow Force-man Black Spade took the stage for a familiar track from his latest mixtape, Build and Destroy.

Props to Luv4Art for the footage.
Peace.
-Mike-

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Props to RapBasement...







Creative Control has been making waves since it first began less than 2 years ago. One of the ripples of those waves is this mixtape: The Creative Control Mixtape from Chris Jones. (I also gotta point out the style of the mixtape cover - looks like a nice tribute to Kanye's GOOD Fridays releases. Very dope.)

Check this one out below and let me know what you think.


(Oh, and don't worry, you won't have to register with DatPiff for this one since it's sponsored.)

Peace.
-mike-

The Chalk Boyz are back with a whole slew of bangers on their debut mixtape, Chalk Dirty to Me.

Seemingly without effort, the Boyz frolic from one industry beat to the next, running amok on every semblance of arrogance you can hear in the original artists' voices, leaving muddy footprints behind them and leaving the damn door open when they exit. It's anybody's guess whether those two big ass smiles are innocent signs of excitement or devious grins directed at any artist caught with their head up their ass.

If none of this makes any sense to you, just download the mixtape and rock to it for a bit. Not many artists successfully combine humor, wit, and skill, but the Chalk Boyz seem to flout all three and then some. Chalk Dirty to Me is a necessary chill pill in today's realm of popular hip-hop.

Be sure to download Chalk Dirty to Me for free in its entirety below, and stop by ChalkBoyz.com to check out whatever else they have goin on.


"Who the fuck's house is this???"
-Mike-

Monday, November 15, 2010

Aside from maybe RZA, Raekwon is the most active member of the Wu Tang Clan in recent times. Check him out behind-the-scenes laying out his latest verse on the remix of Curren$y's "Michael Knight" from Pilot Talk II.


Apparently, Damon Albarn and the rest of the Gorillaz crew are busy recording the 4th Gorillaz disc in the midst of their world-tour in support of the 3rd one, Plastic Beach. According to Albarn, the singer, the group has recorded pretty much the entire album using his iPad. Talk about a product endorsement.

This track, "Doncamatic", was their latest single and presumably the first track to be released from the new project. However, it's hard to say that for sure since the video for it is based around Plastic Beach. Stay tuned for updates on whatever the hell that means.

In the meantime, check out the "Doncamatic" video here:

Behind-the-scenes images of this video dropped a while back (HERE), and the CDQ of the track itself a bit after that (HERE).

Now, check out the finished video project here...



Following the news that Jay Electronica is now the newest member of Jay-Z's Roc Nation label (check that out here), he's finally started dropping new music. Somewhere, Diddy is fuming.

The first track, called "Shiny Suit Theory" features Jay-Z (of course) alongside The Dream. Check it out below.










The second track, "The Announcement", features the late great John F. Kennedy. Yes, that John F. Kennedy.










Not quite sure if these are tracks from Act II, or possibly throwaways from that or other projects, or perhaps they're brand new stuff recorded around the Roc Nation signing. One thing I do know is that "The Announcement" is listed as Track 01 and "Shiny Suit Theory" is down as a Track 06. Either way, it's great to hear new stuff from this dude.

The way I see it, if anybody is going to keep him inline as far as release dates and whatnot, it's gotta be Jay-Z.

Fingers crossed.
-Mike-

________________________

"The Announcement"
Lyrics (courtesy of Semtex)


My view is aerial
Your crew inferior
My crew imperial
Mc Killers
Milk & Serial
Get it?
Forget it.
You’ll still be connecting the dots with smoking holes in your fitted
Those that got it be all at the shows throwing fits
The light from the dynasty sign froze all of the critics and nary a soul got on they frog toes ribbit

Shhh…
Was the night before the coming
Sugar plum candy coated lines for the dummies
Decoded hieroglyphics in the shrines for the mummies
We ain’t illuminati but out eye is on the money

My minds on the scripture
It’s beautiful, i see every line on the picture
So when the leaves Russel and the cock Crowes winter just know that the Black Gods mingled a bit
Then the fingers got pricked
Then the single got picked
Man I’m living out my brain I don’t dream about shit.
If I say dream, I mean Dream, Fresh not Hampton
I got a date with destiny I’m definitely not cancelling

Romancing
The Stone
The Roc
The Throne
The Elegant Celebration sent tremors through every nation
The Stars aligned like cars at grand central station

Elevation
Yours Truly,
My duty in obligation: The newly appointed ruler who moved with no observation like W.D.
Say my name on a record, W.W.III
I’ll put you niggas in a box like the WB
Here’s a footnote on the Blueprint
Whoms fucking with We?
Yeah
Bad grammar
Widescreen panorama
Paranormal activity seen in the camera

So if you want that turmoil
I’ll twitter facebook YouTube worldstar you
Rap radar nah right 2dopeboy you
Your plans is foiled
Your guns is borrowed
We living in tomorrow
A tissue for your sorrows


2010 has been the Year of Nato Caliph. He's dropped multiple videos, a couple singles, an EP and now another solid album. The new project, entitled Knowledge Cipher, continues Nato's style of smooth storytelling that he exhibits effortlessly on every track. As always, features and production are pulled from the expansive lineup of the Force and other St. Louis greats, including hooks from Bryant Stewart, verses from Corey Black and Indiana Rome, beats from DJ Crucial and Tech Supreme, and more. He even gets a few bars from underground legend Vast Aire from Cannibal Ox.

Sample a track from the Force MC's Knowledge Cipher here: Listen to "Appreciation".

You can download the full album over at iTunes or pick up a physical copy at CDBaby.

To catch up on other new stuff from Nato, including those videos and EP that I mentioned (called Reach), check HERE for an archive of material.

Peace.
-Mike-

Sunday, November 14, 2010


You won't catch me posting many tracks from Nelly, despite the fact that he's arguably the most popular name in music from St. Louis right now (which kinda sucks since he's all but fallen off the radar in the past five-or-more years). Still, this one I couldn't pass up.

The song itself, called "Go", honestly isn't that great - in fact, it didn't make it on the album proper, just the bonus tracks on the deluxe edition. The reasons it's post-worthy are 1) it features Talib Kweli, and 2) Nelly's actually rapping about something worth listening to. I'm not sure if he's changing his tone a bit to fit Kweli's style or what, but I like what he's doing.

Just ditch the pop-country riff and cheese ball hook and you might have a good track here.

Peace.
-mike-


Spotted @ RapRadar.

Saturday, November 13, 2010


The best GOOD Fridays tracks have been produced by Q-Tip and RZA, two producers that I'm fairly certain Kanye hasn't worked with much in the past. Add that to verses with Kweli and a whole metric shit-ton of other folks he needs to be getting with more often, not to mention bring together Mos Def and Lupe Fiasco on a track and Kanye seems to have finally figured out which folks need to be in the studio together beside him.

This one kills it.
Kweli skips on Q-Tip's rhythm.



DOWNLOAD "CHAIN HEAVY" HERE

Peace.
-mike-
I'm more amped about this than anything else going on in hip-hop right now.

Jay Elect represents the skill-based, knowledge-lifting aspect of the genre that has been far from the limelight in recent times. He now represents another aspect of the Roc Nation dynasty.

Hopefully this means we'll be getting updates about an album soon.

Check it out:




Friday, November 12, 2010


Stalley and crew won't be swinging through St. Louis anytime soon, but they are making a few close stops in the region. Check out the tour promo vid below, and upcoming dates below that.



Dates
Nov. 14-Pittsburgh @Shadow Lounge (with special guest tabi Bonney)
Nov. 16-Cleveland @Grog Shop Nov. 18-Chicago @Subterranean
Nov. 19-Indianapolis @Jazz Kitchen
Nov. 20-Columbus, OH @The Summit (with the 3rd)
Nov. 21-Brooklyn-Loft Party
Nov. 22-Chapel Hill @Local 506
Nov. 23-Greensboro, NC @Greene St.
Dec. 11-Atlanta @Spring4th (with special guest tabi Bonney)
Dec 16-San Francisco @TBD
Dec. 17-Sacramento @TBD
Dec. 18-Los Angeles @TBD

The newest Stoney Rock-produced track hit the net earlier this week. The track, called "STL", is a fitting tribute to the city by Corey Black, Black Spade (aka Stoney Rock), and Gotta Be Karim. Check it out below and be sure to purchase it online to support the artists.

Catch its official release on the Beatz and Lyrics 2 Go (A3C Mixtape) RV Edition.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Fuckin Lil Jon.


Spotted @ RR.

Asher drops new material with his project with Nottz, The Rawth EP.

The old punk rocker in me recognizes the sample as "Return of the Fly" by the Misfits. Check out the original after the track. See, I'm dropping these bombs on you like all the time. Stay tuned for more useless knowledge.





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The Colbert ReportMon - Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c
Cee Lo Green
www.colbertnation.com
Colbert Report Full Episodes2010 ElectionMarch to Keep Fear Alive

Catch George Bush's comments about Kanye below.

Here's what Ye had to say after his Today Show interview...
I went up there to express how I was empathetic to Bush because I labeled him a racist and years later I got labeled as a racist…. While I was trying to give the interview they started playing the “MTV” under me with audio!!!!!!! I don’t mess with Matt Lauer or the Today Show … and that’s a very nice way for me to put it! HE TRIED TO FORCE MY ANSWERS. IT WAS VERY BRUTAL AND I CAME THERE WITH ONLY POSITIVE INTENT. I feel very alone very used very tortured very forced very misunderstood very hollow very very misused. I don’t trust anyone but myself! Everyone has an agenda. I don’t do press anymore. I can’t be everything to everybody anymore. I can’t be everybody’s hero and villain savior and sinner Christian and anti Christ!

I can’t take anymore advice!!! I create, I’m creative, I have a good heart, everyone will see and understand one day. Everything sounds like noise!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EVERYTHING SOUNDS LIKE NOISE!!!!!!! I don’t trust anyone! Very judged very scrutinized very criticized! I want everyone to know I have lows all the time but I make it through them! Yo I really wonder if Matt Lauer thought that shit was cool to play the “MTV” clip while I was speaking about Bush? He played clips of Bush and asked me to look at his face while I was trying to talk to him. I wish Michael Jackson had twitter!!!!!! Maybe Mike could have explained how the media tried to set him up!!! It’s all a fucking set up!!!! . This is rock and roll life my people… you can’t stop the truth you can’t stop the music and I have to be strong or “they” win!!!! . Sometimes it’s not simple, some days it’s not easy… I just want to create. I love you guys, thanks for the support!


 

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