• atmosphere & brother ali - live in bristol - june 22nd 2008

    23 juin 2008, 19h27m

    Sun 22 Jun – Atmosphere, Brother Ali

    Regular readers should know by now that I’m a fan of Atmosphere. They’re easily my favourite group, and my profile proves it. I’m also a fairly decent Brother Ali fan. I’ve pretty much bought anything and everything that Atmosphere have put out in the last 10 years or so and consequently got put onto Brother Ali quite a while ago too. I’ve also seen Atmosphere before (in 2002/03?) but Mr Dibbs was playing the Ant role so technically I suppose it wasn’t quite ‘Atmosphere’. Blah blah. What I’m trying to get at is: there was simply no way at all I was going to miss the ‘3 The Hard Way‘ European tour this summer. Atmosphere (with Ant) and Brother Ali doing a joint show. Wowser.

    (Kidz in the Hall)
  • top 50 quiz thing..

    5 déc. 2007, 17h07m

    my top 50 as of today..

    1 Atmosphere
    2 Wu-Tang Clan
    3 Sage Francis
    4 Aesop Rock
    5 Nas
    6 Pharoahe Monch
    7 Ras Kass
    8 Killah Priest
    9 Klashnekoff
    10 Fun Lovin' Criminals
    11 Brother Ali
    11 Rage Against the Machine
    13 The Game
    14 Kanye West
    15 El-P
    16 Jay-Z
    17 Sean Price
    18 DJ Shadow
    19 Manic Street Preachers
    20 The Roots
    21 Mos Def
    22 Method Man
    23 Chino XL
    24 Blackalicious
    25 Redman
    26 Cobra Starship
    27 Ghostface
    28 Common
    29 Immortal Technique
    30 Heltah Skeltah
    31 Mobb Deep
    32 Raekwon
    33 CunninLynguists
    34 J-Live
    35 Gang Starr
    36 Jedi Mind Tricks
    37 2Pac
    38 Talib Kweli
    39 KRS-One
    39 Grayskul
    41 Organized Konfusion
    42 Apathy
    43 GZA/Genius
    43 Non-Prophets
    45 Company Flow
    46 Cage
    46 Eminem
    48 Method Man & Redman
    49 Ol' Dirty Bastard
    50 A Tribe Called Quest

    1. How did you get into 29?
    He used to post on many many years ago about how he was the best battle mc in the world etc etc.. I thought he shouted too much. Then tonedeff was on a track on one of his albums (Peruvian Cocaine).. So I warmed to him slightly. Didn't really get into him until I was writing my dissertation and I used him as a good example of political hip-hop today.

    2. What was the first song you ever heard by 22?
    M.E.T.H.O.D. Man!

    3. How many albums by 13 do you own?
    Two. And a mixtape.

    4. What is your favorite song by 15?
    Dead Disnee or The Overly Dramatic Truth.

    5. What is your favorite song by 5?

    6. Is there a song by 6 that makes you happy?
    No Mercy. It reminds me of a simpler time in my youth :)

    7. What is your favorite song by 10?
    Southside or Passive/Aggressive.

    8. What is a good memory you have involving 30?
    I don't have any.. Odd.

    9. Is there a song by 19 that makes you happy?
    La Tristesse Durera.

    10. How many times have you seen 25 live?

    11. What is the first song you ever heard by 23?
    Riiiot. I think.

    12. What is your favorite album by 11?
    Shadows on the Sun and
    Rage Against The Machine

    13. Who is a favorite member of 1?

    14. Have you ever seen 14 live?
    Yeah, and he wasn't as egotistical as he is on tv.

    15. What is a good memory involving 27?
    Hearing Ironman for the first time.

    16. What is your favorite song by 16?
    99 Problems.

    17. What is your favorite album by 18?
    Endtroducing. Duh.

    18. What is your favorite song by 21?
    B-Boy Document (not technically BY him, but he makes it).

    19. What is the first song you ever heard by 26?
    Snakes on a Plane.

    20. What is your favorite album by 2?
    36 Chambers!

    21. What is you favorite song by 3?
    Broken Wings or Inherited Scars.

    22. What is you favorite song by 8?
    Cross My Heart.

    23. How many times have you seen 17 live?
    Never have.

    24. What is the worst song by 12?
    No number 12 :)

    25. What was the first song you ever heard by 28?
    Making A Name For Ourselves.

    26. What is you favorite album by 7?
    Soul On Ice.

    27. What is your favorite song by 24?

    28. Is there a song by 9 that makes you happy?
    Get Down.. Just because that beat is sooooo ill.

    29. What is your favorite album by 4?
    Labor Days.

    30. How many albums do you own by 20?
  • kanye west. live in bournemouth.

    26 nov. 2007, 21h17m

    Sun 25 Nov – Kanye West, Common

    Saw Kanye last night in Bournemouth on his 'Glow In The Dark' tour (shit name, nice execution (my eyes are still burning from the multitude of lights)), and lo', twas very good. If you've been watching my profile for the past week then you'll be aware of the fact that I've been listening to a lot of G.O.O.D. music lately (read: Kanye West & Common) but I was still pretty surprised at the end of a near two and a half hour set that he had so much material. Yeah, I realise he's 3 albums deep but still, that's a long time to be on stage. Impressive. Did pretty much everything off Graduation (unfortunately including the abysmal 'Homecoming' - why do people like Chris Martin?! Fucking awful), interspersed with all the 'hits' from the previous albums. Covered all bases rather nicely. Highlight for me was bringing out Common for 'Get 'Em High'. Super stuff.

    Speaking of Common, it was cool to see him too. Would've been better with some material that isn't on 'Finding Forever'. Still, nice bit of exposure for an aging veteran. His 'freestyle' was fun stuff, although I'm sure he probably said exactly the same shit at every other venue this tour.

    It's the strangest hip-hop show I've ever been to (in terms of audience members and the fact that I was sitting) but as the man himself said, it's not really like any other hip-hop show ('it's an insult to me to compare this to other hip-hop shows'). The 'Hey Mama' rendition was rather touching and kudos to him for performing so close to the event; I doubt I'd put on a show a few weeks after my mum died. But anyway, all in all, thoroughly enjoyable.

    pictures here:
  • chart - 7.jan.2007

    8 jan. 2007, 15h04m

    my chart for the past week looks something like this:

    • Mobb Deep
      'The Mobb Files' mixed by Scetch & Soundwave.. 30 tracks of (mostly) classic Mobb Deep from the last decade. i sometimes forget how much i like them and it takes a mix like this to jog the memory. essential stuff.

    • Wu-Tang Clan
      this entry isn't strictly valid, in the sense that it wasn't Wu-Tang as a group that i was listening to.. specifically, it was 'A Wu-Tang Life NYC'. various newish tracks from various members.. the inclusion of the 'Destruction Of A Guard' remix and also 'The Saints' by Killah Priest and nas is a good look.. matter of fact, the entire thing is goodness.. how can anyone not love a bit of wu-tang.

    • The Firm
      'The Album' by Nas Escobar, Foxy Brown, AZ & Nature is a bit dated but still holds enough weight to push it into my top 3 last week. foxy brown is shit. not my cup of tea. the other 3 however, and the guest spots are stellar.. 'Desperados' has to be the standout. Canibus kills it.

    • Nas
      'Hip-Hop is Dead'. apparently. i wrote a 14,000 dissertation last year about how hip-hop isn't actually dead; so i respectfully beg to differ with nas. but there you go. each to their own. it's odd, i honestly don't remember a thing about listening to this album. whether that speaks something about the album, or about me doing other stuff while listening, i dunno.. but it does mean that i have nothing to contribute. oh, except 'Black Republican' is undeniable.

    • Grayskul
      'Deadlivers' is just so very fresh. i picked it up yonks ago now but never really got past 'Prom Quiz'. silly me. it's track after track of quality.. no real standouts to me, because the whole things sits so nicely as a whole album. whatever happened to them anyway?

    a strong showing for east coast hip hop if ever i did see one. tho' technically, The Game was joint 4th with Nas & Grayskul.

    i ordinarily wouldn't mention stuff outside of the top 5 but featuring in the top 10 were Heltah Skeltah, Cecil Otter & Rage Against the Machine. only reason i feel like mentioning all of them is because it's been a particularly enjoyable week for music for me. i picked up a lot of albums over the festive season, and i'm just getting 'round to playing them.. lots of greatness.
  • busta rhymes - this means war!!

    12 oct. 2006, 14h43m

    featuring ozzy.

    very odd

    This Means War!!