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Kaki King and Ali Shaheed Muhammad in the Studio.

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YAY! I can finally acknowledge the fact that this is actually happening!
Its even cooler because Ali and I share the same birthdate. And obviously, taste in music. Read the rest of this entry »

Please pay attention to @TheKidDaytona and Styles P BEASTING on this "Lifted" Track. PLEASE.

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Winner.

I love The Kid Daytona. If you missed my first music video appreciation post, go back and watch it now. Certified and official; Your boy just might be The Truth and The Future. Finding a way to break into my usual rotation of Dee-1, Stalley, and the usual Nas and Damian Marley love, I am absolutely ENTHRALLED with this dudes entire style right now. Straight off his new “The Interlude” LP and featuring Styles P (who just keeps getting iller), its drenched in gloriously thick,  boombappy wonderousness, lightly sprinkled with beautiful piano riffs and chords in the background, and horn section that leaves you feeling like you’re on a cloud, this is simply a wonderfully orchestrated song dedicated to the appreciation of engaging in the smoking and inhaling of herbal substances; possibly NOT for medicinal purposes.

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If that didnt convince you, then 1. Oh boy. 2. I need you… as a Tribe Called Quest fan. Please. Listen to Contemplation. He did what I’ve been wanting to do my whole life… rap over A Tribe Called Quest’s “For Moms.” OMG. 3. Listen to Learn; my new current theme song.

But then again, you could just go download the whole mixtape and do yourself some good.

Find the links, and enjoy.

First came the “A Tribe Called Quest” Documentary. Now Q-Tip doesnt approve. Let the Drama and Bullsh*t begin.

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Left to right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Jarobi White & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Imagine my excitement when I heard that the legendary ATCQ were reuniting for a couple of shows a year back. Anytime a relevant band reunites, there’s always spark of hope in the deepest part of a music nerds soul that something long-term/music will come of said reunion.  Then add-on the excitement of hearing that someone was attempting to document their reunion as well as their Overall Story and amazing contribution to Hip Hop. From there, I didn’t hear much on said Documentary until seeing a preview for it on YouTube (that you can watch below). Even though its out of sync, it gives a nice glimpse inside the project… and the overall theme of the Documentary. I was nerding out. The nerding compounded itself when I found out that Michael Rapaport had the film had to Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.

Until… (because there’s always an until/but) it came out that Q-Tip has a problem with the film. Everything about the film apparently. I mean, you do see that there is still obvious tension inside the ATCQ camp in the preview of the documentary… as would be expected. But it looks like Tip has nothing to do with the documentary at this point, and wants the same of you as well. From Tip’s Twitter and RapRadar:

I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary. The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made about the piece. The filmmaker should respect the band enough to honor our request regarding the film.

So here goes this. And I have no ideal what “this” is. I do suggest and implore Q-Tip clarify WTF is going on, so that everyone knows. For now, you can sit back, watch the Preview… and figure it out yourself.

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December 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

First came the "A Tribe Called Quest" Documentary. Now Q-Tip doesnt approve. Let the Drama and Bullsh*t begin.

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Left to right: Phife Dawg, Q-Tip, Jarobi White & Ali Shaheed Muhammad

Imagine my excitement when I heard that the legendary ATCQ were reuniting for a couple of shows a year back. Anytime a relevant band reunites, there’s always spark of hope in the deepest part of a music nerds soul that something long-term/music will come of said reunion.  Then add-on the excitement of hearing that someone was attempting to document their reunion as well as their Overall Story and amazing contribution to Hip Hop. From there, I didn’t hear much on said Documentary until seeing a preview for it on YouTube (that you can watch below). Even though its out of sync, it gives a nice glimpse inside the project… and the overall theme of the Documentary. I was nerding out. The nerding compounded itself when I found out that Michael Rapaport had the film had to Sundance and Cannes Film Festival.

Until… (because there’s always an until/but) it came out that Q-Tip has a problem with the film. Everything about the film apparently. I mean, you do see that there is still obvious tension inside the ATCQ camp in the preview of the documentary… as would be expected. But it looks like Tip has nothing to do with the documentary at this point, and wants the same of you as well. From Tip’s Twitter and RapRadar:

I am not in support of the a tribe called quest documentary. The filmmaker should respect the band to the point of honoring the few requests that’s was made about the piece. The filmmaker should respect the band enough to honor our request regarding the film.

So here goes this. And I have no ideal what “this” is. I do suggest and implore Q-Tip clarify WTF is going on, so that everyone knows. For now, you can sit back, watch the Preview… and figure it out yourself.

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December 4, 2010 at 3:31 pm

I Love You Dilla. | DillaDay on MTVJams!

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Just... act like you know.

February 7th, 1974 – February 10th, 2006.

Simply one of the greatest producers that hip hop has ever seen. Mastered and Crafted a sound that is specifically designated and attributed to him. The master of drums and bass lines in a hip hop song. King of the Boom Bap. Could give you something incredibly Hood Hip Hop… but could also make a good pop tune that Janet Jackson could rock to. His sound was legendary and unmatched before his UNTIMELY passing in 2006 from complications from a blood disease and Lupus. At the time, you knew he was sick… but not like that.  One of the best things I ever did was attend his memorial… and say goodbye in person. Thanks go to the wonderful woman who is Ma Dukes (Mrs. Maureen Yancey) who allowed us that chance… and Kristen for making me go.

Now the average music nerd (who focused on hip hop) was already aware of who he was and his contributions to music. Maybe he was always appreciated and I didn’t pay attention…. but my biggest worry at the time of his passing was that he would never really be appreciated the way he deserved. However… its been the total opposite. His legend and music has spread exponentially since then… to a level I never thought he would reach. People who don’t know much about hip hop can tell you about Dilla. New generational kids who were born in 1993 are into Dilla and The Pharcyde like they were there to really appreciate it.
I guess it doesn’t matter if he’s not physically here to see the adoration build. His music is here forever… and we know he’s watching.

So with all this in the back of my head, I convinced some higher-ups at MTVJams that they should seriously consider doing a Dilla Block for his birthday today. Nothing but Dilla Produced videos. Anything we could find and get cleared to play.  I put together a list of videos that should be played… I’m sure they added their own touch to the block to make it complete. But heres basically the rundown of the Dilla Block that’ll pop up around 6pm PST time…










….and whatever else got approved. I’ll see soon. 😀

Hope you guys enjoy.
Thanks Tuma for listening to me.

Happy Birthday Dilla.

I Love You Dilla. | DillaDay on MTVJams!

leave a comment »

Just... act like you know.

February 7th, 1974 – February 10th, 2006.

Simply one of the greatest producers that hip hop has ever seen. Mastered and Crafted a sound that is specifically designated and attributed to him. The master of drums and bass lines in a hip hop song. King of the Boom Bap. Could give you something incredibly Hood Hip Hop… but could also make a good pop tune that Janet Jackson could rock to. His sound was legendary and unmatched before his UNTIMELY passing in 2006 from complications from a blood disease and Lupus. At the time, you knew he was sick… but not like that.  One of the best things I ever did was attend his memorial… and say goodbye in person. Thanks go to the wonderful woman who is Ma Dukes (Mrs. Maureen Yancey) who allowed us that chance… and Kristen for making me go.

Now the average music nerd (who focused on hip hop) was already aware of who he was and his contributions to music. Maybe he was always appreciated and I didn’t pay attention…. but my biggest worry at the time of his passing was that he would never really be appreciated the way he deserved. However… its been the total opposite. His legend and music has spread exponentially since then… to a level I never thought he would reach. People who don’t know much about hip hop can tell you about Dilla. New generational kids who were born in 1993 are into Dilla and The Pharcyde like they were there to really appreciate it.
I guess it doesn’t matter if he’s not physically here to see the adoration build. His music is here forever… and we know he’s watching.

So with all this in the back of my head, I convinced some higher-ups at MTVJams that they should seriously consider doing a Dilla Block for his birthday today. Nothing but Dilla Produced videos. Anything we could find and get cleared to play.  I put together a list of videos that should be played… I’m sure they added their own touch to the block to make it complete. But heres basically the rundown of the Dilla Block that’ll pop up around 6pm PST time…










….and whatever else got approved. I’ll see soon. 😀

Hope you guys enjoy.
Thanks Tuma for listening to me.

Happy Birthday Dilla.