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I really do miss the early 90’s. As far as rap music goes, that was when, in my opinion, when rap music was at its high, at least for the West Coast, and if you know me, you know that I love West Coast music. While the lyrics aren’t that great, and are often misogynistic and glorify violence, the music side of the songs is above anything else put out by any other coast then, and since. I recenlty started listening to The Very Best of Death Row and it made me wish beats were like they were then. This is one of the BEST compilations ever put together, just look at this track listing:

    2pac – Against All Odds
    2pac – California Love (Remix)
    Snoop Doggy Dogg – Gin And Juice
    Dr. Dre – Nuthin’ But A G Thang
    2pac – Ambitionz Az A Ridah
    Snoop Doggy Dogg – Who Am I (What’s My Name )
    Tha Dogg Pound – Let’s Play House
    Warren G – Regulate
    Snoop Doggy Dogg – Ain’t No Fun (If The Homies Can’t Have None)
    Tha Dogg Pound – New York, New York
    Dr. Dre – Let Me Ride
    Tha Dogg Pound – What Would You Do
    Lady Of Rage – Afro Puffs
    Petey Pablo And Kurupt – Off Tha Chain

How could you not like this album? These are some of the best tracks ever released by artists that were at the top of their game.

Adam Dorn (son of fabled jazz producer Joel Dorn) is dj mocean worker (aka mowo). His tight mixes and eclectic influences keep his music one step above. Not to mention, he has funny videos. Take a look at the video for his mix for Chick a Boom Boom Boom here: Chick A Boom Boom Boom

Podcasting
WHAT IS PODCASTING?

For those who aren’t familiar with the term, Podcasting is the syndication of audio files using RSS. Podcasting works the same as a standard RSS feed reader or news aggregator, the only difference is that the feed you subscribe to contains an audio file in it.

Instead of reading content in your RSS feed reader or aggregator, you can listen to the contents of your feed using a reader or aggregator that supports podcasting, or you can listen to them on an iPod or similar device. While podcasting was named for the iPod, you do not have to have an iPod to listen to a podcast. Podcasts can be displayed on websites with clickable links to audio files and many of the standard RSS readers, like Doppler have begun supporting audio enclosures. For Mac users, iPodderX is the definitive client.

That being said, QN5, home of tonedeff, CunninLynguists, and others, have launched the first ever Hip Hop label podcast. Check out their first show here: WQN5. Just copy that link into your RSS aggregator and enjoy.

If you don’t want to podcast, you can simply dl the 1st show mp3 here: WQN5 First Show

Found this great article on a message board, so I thought I would post it. It really does get the point across about the direction hip hop has gone and where it is going. A good read, even if you aren’t that much into hip hop.

Who The Hell Am I?
Tuesday – January 18, 2005
Andreas Hale
It’s all Hip Hop’s fault…

The week of November 14, 2004 through the 21st was a bad week for us black folks. First at the Vibe Awards a bunch of fools jump up and start throwing down for reasons unknown. In the aftermath one man is stabbed and the person fingered for the stabbing is none other than Young Buck. A few days earlier the AMA’s went off with out a hitch. No word of Elton John pimp slapping Billy Joel while the members of Coldplay pounced on Good Charlotte. But at the Vibe awards it was different. There’s one black eye.