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Smoking Sessions With DJ Neil Armstrong

We like to take risks & embark on different adventures. Honestly though, all of this is new to us though because we don't have any formal experience & it's not like there's a Blogging For Dummies book that we can refer to.

One day, I decided "Fuck it yo...let's start doing some interviews with various people.”

Somewhat daunting to say the least but we figure it would add a little spice to what we're doing & also give you something entertaining to read.

The end result is what you're about to read now + what we hope is a series of "interviews" (we use the term loosely).

Smoking Sessions will be not-so-average rap sessions with artists & various other music entities, with us speaking to them similar to how cats would prolly sit around on the block, in a dorm room or at that one homeboy's house who's parents are dumb cool about everything and don't bother anybody. In these sessions, we'll ask some musical questions but really, we'll just be asking whatever the fuck comes to mind lol (Got questions you want to submit? Email us).

The only problem was...we don't "know" anybody.

So we turned to the cat who we know fucks with us & extended a strong olive branch from our first communication...

Smoking Sessions with DJ Neil Armstrong






TSS:
Aiight...just hit me when you're ready

DJ Neil: all right...

TSS: Here we go...

DJ Neil: Let’s do it...

TSS: We'll keep it real simple & real light

TSS: Pick one - ”The Bridge” or “The Bridge Is Over”.

DJ Neil: "The Bridge Is Over" (even though I'm from Queens)

TSS: Haha...oh no...Going against the home team? Why?

DJ Neil: I'm a Queens head...BUT - I know what the deal is (“Bronx is creatin it!”)

TSS: aiight...I’ll give you that one

TSS: What was one of your favorite albums in high school?

DJ Neil: Easy…De La Soul – Three Feet High And Rising

TSS: wow...I "borrowed" that tape for like 3 months from my barber LOL

DJ Neil: “How many times the batmobile catch a flat…” ….I would just let the tape flip over and over

TSS: Next up....your mixtapes...they bring together alot of genres. I know I was buggin when I heard Spandau Ballet on WarmFuzzy.

DJ Neil: Yes... all out king style

TSS: Given that, tell me this…guilty pleasure listening...what's one album you listen to regularly or love that folks wouldn't believe?

DJ Neil: That’s “embarrassing” you mean?

TSS: Nah not necessarily...maybe just if you told someone, they'd say "wow” or “stop playin Neil.

DJ Neil: The Smiths - Louder Than Bombs


TSS: hmm...isn't that punk?

DJ Neil: welll, the category that it fell under during my day would be the general term “new wave”…. that’s what it fell under for us...definitely not punk.

TSS: Please don't say disco lol

DJ Neil: It's very maudlin music.... Morrissey was the lead singer ... he's someone whose name you should have come across.

TSS: Word, okay, I'm with you now

DJ Neil: ...With lyrics like - "And if a double decker bus, killed the both of us... to die by your side, well, the pleasure the privileged is mine..."

TSS: Damn...so that sounds like how I view Portishead...some "it's sad but it makes me feel good" type music

DJ Neil: Haha yeah, I think The Smiths were a precursor to emo...something of that nature. The Smith's music is more like "I love you so much, that I want to capture it in death so the love never dies."...like how South Park was making fun of the goth kids

TSS: (Makes note to self to go check for some Smiths’ tunes)

TSS: haha..."Neil Armstrong Is An Emo Kid"...wait til the readers hear that headline. You're gonna get a whole new addition to your fanbase.

TSS: On a typical "day off", who/what gets the most of your time?

DJ Neil: Never have days off man.... people who have the day jobs, they tend to have this belief that doing your own thing is super great... you control your own time, but its like this - if you're not working - you're not making money. So you're always working, especially in the beginning.

DJ Neil: Here's somethin - I have a degree in chemical engineering

TSS: Damn! And you're spinnin records? That's fuckin love right there. Son, you could've been building bombs or working for NASA, making a grip.

TSS: So when you left college, did you ever hold a gig in your field of study?

DJ Neil: Yeah... I made a conscious choice, to leave stability and the norm, because I love this music shit. After I left school, I worked for an investment banking firm - CSFB - I was a technical associate...I can program in perl, php, did a lot of database stuff, and almost got hired to be a java programmer ... ended up being a high end "manager" for an internet company. When it went belly up in the bubble burst back in 2001, I said "I'm going to do this DJ thing." If back in the day, you ever went to Loud's website, I was the one who programmed that...

TSS: So do you invest now? Seems like a lot of cats who make good money in the industry, it seems like they don't have that much interest or hands on experience w/investments & portfolios. Do you?

DJ Neil: Thankfully I have had the education and the proper environment to know how to take care of my loot better then the average person in the demographic that I’m part of...I bought a crib when I was 24, because I was making good money, and I was smart enough not to waste it on frivolous things. So I had a crib, but drove around in a crappy ass car

TSS: So no ice or fancy whips for Neil?

DJ Neil: Nope, I drive a soccer mom car ;-) a Honda CRV ;-)

TSS: haha...some kid was telling me how Young Joc came to his school & performed in K-Swiss. His question to me was "how a rap star gonna be wearing K-Swiss?"...that cracked me up lol

DJ Neil: haha

TSS: I say you're a sneakerhead or at least aware of the culture...true/false?

DJ Neil: I am not a pure hardcore sneaker head... I’m not even a hardcore record collector. But I think sneaker heads would laugh at my collection and they'd get pissed, because I'll wear some shit outside. I can't say I stood outside for like 3 days to get these limited edition pink yellow puice SB's

TSS: I’m Team Anti-DS til the day I die. Rock them shits! Well what are you a hardcore collector of...besides money we'll presume.

DJ Neil: I need more money!!!

TSS: We're all collecting money as best we can so that's a given. But if I walked in your crib I’d say "damn Neil you sure got a lot of ____________"

DJ Neil: I think, I have a pretty "addictive” personality...

TSS: So we'd say you're like every red-blooded American male and that you have an extension porn collection lol? "Neil has a lot of collected junk but his main collection pieces are porn related"?

DJ Neil: I collected comics, took care of my toys... still have them... probably have a lot more records then the average cat... and kicks too... BUT, I ain't some dude who is going to be like " yo kid...

TSS: So you're online bidding on Kubricks and Kaws shit or are you get those as swag? LOL..I’m snitchin

DJ Neil: I guess I’m a student of pop culture , of music...

TSS: Sociologist of sorts...that's cool. Aiiight...keeping it movin. Song of the moment for you?

DJ Neil: hmmmm, that’s tough... ok new song - I'll do some cliché hipster shit and just say Gnarls Barkley "Crazy.”

TSS: Aww man...that's so two months ago lol….But yes, it sets it off early in the mornings.

DJ Neil: Damn, see how behind I am ;-)

TSS: Now for me, I can rap Illmatic all day "NY State Of Mind," all the verses LOL. Song guaranteed to hear you singing in the shower?


DJ Neil: Hmmmmmm.....Any Stevie Wonder jam. I'm Filipino...we like singin

TSS: HAHA...ok then…Innvervisions or Songs In The Keys Of Life? Pick one.


DJ Neil: Songs in the Key I think... I told you I’m not an insane record collector, can't remember which songs are on which...I’m just a regular record collector

TSS: SITKOL easily man...aiight, let's get a few more questions out the way

DJ Neil: ok

TSS: "French-vanilla, butter-pecan, chocolate-deluxe/Even caramel sundaes is gettin touched...” Which one for you?

DJ Neil: Butter-pecans, but I guess I end up with caramel all the time

TSS: Baskin-Robbins type dude myself...I’m tryin'em all homie

DJ Neil: I hear that

TSS: Biggest pet peeve that your friends would list first about you?

DJ Neil: oh, and no, I don't have any physical porn... just that internet stuff that ummm, just magically appears...

TSS: haha....nah nah man, pet peeves, we off porn now...some shit like “Neil leaves dirty socks on the couch" or "Neil puts his fingernail clippings all over the place"

DJ Neil: Hmmmmm...shit, usually I'm the one that’s bitchin to my crewmates

TSS: So you’re the anal retentive crew mom?

DJ Neil: Ok, I got one... I'm supposed to be fresh dipped all the time, but I got a pooch, a half pit half yellow lab...














...and I'll go out in a black hoodie with two tons of dog hair all over ...

TSS: LOL...I had to let out a chuckle for that one

DJ Neil: Wifey gets at me about that all the time

TSS: So we need to send you lint rollers man?

DJ Neil: Man... I got like five in the car... I just give up after a while

TSS: LOL...lazy ass

TSS: Aiight, let's do like 3 more quick questions...Here's a toughie

TSS: Artist you think has the most ability to blow up, but won't, for whatever reasons? Memphis Bleek don't count.

DJ Neil: Hip hop, or any genre...

TSS: Enh...hip-hop preferably

DJ Neil: So you want a current artist, or from any time period?

TSS: Hmm...whatever's clever. Current would be better but if you don't have one, we'll keep it moving.

DJ Neil: Old artist - Masta Ace...I think he never gets his due.

TSS: Ace got a semi-cult following like Cannabis lol...the people love him but the masses will never know how truly dope his work is.

DJ Neil: As for new artist...Saigon...gotta go with him. He's aligned himself with a camp that will always leave him in that certain zone, that Kay Slay, underground mc zone, a la Papoose

TSS: Aww man...I think everybody who knows is pulling for Sai but interesting call right there.


TSS: I’ll let you decide here for the next few questions, music or non-music question?

DJ Neil: Non-musical I guess

TSS: Quick draw, rapid fire answers

TSS: Lebron or Kobe?

DJ Neil: Lebron

TSS: McDonald's or Wendy's?

DJ Neil: "I like the Whopper/fuck the Big Mac..."

TSS: LOL

DJ Neil:...so Wendy’s

TSS: Ass or Tits?

DJ Neil: Ass dude...but I like boobies too

TSS: LOL

TSS: Last one....

TSS: What would you say now to the first female that broke up with you?

DJ Neil: “Dang you got old!” (That’s just cause I’ve seen her recently…she looks like a troll…)

TSS: LMAO

TSS: But aiyo hold on...what's she gonna say about you?

DJ Neil: "I don't believe you still date college girls..."

TSS: HAHA...that one took the cake

TSS: aiight, interview over homie. That’s far more than enough for me lol

DJ Neil: Alright, that was fun fellas.


As always, to reciprocate the love that DJ Neil Armstrong has shown us, we want to ask that you help "Rock The Vote With DJ Neil Armstrong". Help us show that TSS's visitors are active participants hip-hop culture.



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Stray Shots

Dudley Perkins & J.Rawls - It's the Dank and Jammy Show):

Lost Boyz - Legal Drug Money

Shadrach Kabango - When This is Over (Promo)

RA Scion and Sabzi - Common Market

Kanye_West-Late_Orchestration

SCRATCH Magazine - The 25 Greatest Remixes Of All Time

Beenie Man-Concept Of Life

Atmosphere - Happy Clown Bad Dub Eight "The Fun EP"

The Devilz Rejects (Jus Allah & Bomshot) - Necronomicon

Dead_Prez_Presents_M-1-Confidential

2Pac - A Decade Of Silence

J-Love-Unstoppable

Spice 1 & MC Eiht - Keep It Gangsta



4.30 Text File Download

4.30 Changelink Page

"Every Thug Needs A Ladddyyyyy...."







































Stray Shots

Massive Attack - Danny The Dog OST

Massive Attack - Mezzanine

4/28 Kay Slay - Hot97 Show

Rick_Ross-We_Are_The_South_2.5-(Hustlas_Muzik)-(Bootleg)-2005

John Coltrane - A Love Supreme

Joi- Star Kitty's Revenge

Anthony Hamilton - Rare Acoustics

Pretty_Ricky-Bluestars-2005

R. Kelly - Chocolate Factory

D'Angelo - Brown Sugar

Robin Thicke - Beautiful World

Agallah_The_Don_Bishop_Presents_Ikeyes-Brooklyn_Legends_Vol_1-2005

Guru - Version 7.0: The Street Scriptures

Lil' Flip - Before The Deal (All Freestyles)

DJ_Jaycee_and_Micheal_Jackson-The_Soulful_Years_(Volume_One)-(Bootleg)-2006

Kool Keith - Lost Masters 2

Erykah Badu - Live in Minneapolis


4.29 Text File Download

4.29 Changelink Page

"The Mouth Of The South"






























"Everybody wanna be the King of the South..."


Young Dro & Dj Drama - Day One

DJ_Drama_And_Yo_Gotti-I_Told_U_So-(Bootleg)-2006

DJ_And-Town Presents All Star: Cash Money Vol. 1

Allstar - Hatin Aint Healthy


Mouth Of The South Download

"Switching Gears..."

You asked for more writing.

So we're going to give you more writing in hopes of keeping up the "readability" of things & provide some alternate views on music.

Instead of it being straight Gotty™ or Retro writing though, we've been recruiting help simply because staying abreast of things & maintaining this place, it gets a little time consuming.

With that in mind, we present to you Young Boy to drop his .02 on a wide variety of things...

It's official...after loving King for two weeks then forgetting about it, I'm still blasting Separate But Equal out of my small ass dorm room. Don't get me wrong, T.I. came extra correct, but Little Brother managed to put together one of the hottest mixtapes of 2006. With cuts like "Boondock Saints" and "Hate", Phonte makes it obvious that he's ready for anyone who wants to test his lyrical ability, while Big Pooh takes his chance on "Macaroni" and "Home" to show all of us that he's not just the other dude.



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So spring has started real cool, now summer's on its way and we all have got goals we're reaching for. Most of us are going to get none of them accomplished, but whether you're trying to lose weight or get your money up, you're going to have a whole helluva lot of fun. In case you're not sure how to have fun, I've decided to share my summer survival kit to make sure everyone enjoys the sun style.


First installment of my summer survival kit...






















Everything is fun when high, and the hookah will definitely maximize that. If you haven't tried one, make this a summer goal. Great for those lazy afternoons with your dudes before you head to the beach and an eye catcher for the smoking section (ha!) of your end-all house party.

(The views reflected here do not neccessarily represent those of TSS...Gotty's™ still bumping King lol.)




Stray Shots

Bonobo - Sweetness [Limited Edition Vinyl]

Jon Kennedy - On Both Days [ep]

Jill Scott - Live in London

VA-J. Prince Presents the Realest Ni@@az Down South

E.C. Illa-Natural Born Illa

Esham-Closed Casket

Ghetto E-Ghetto Theater

Suga Free- Just Add Water

The Jerky Boys 2

The Ohio Players-Funk on Fire:The Mercury Anthology

The Ultimate O'Jays

Beastie Boys-To the 5 Boroughs

Boogie Down Productions-By Any Means Necessary

Kane & Abel-The 7 Sins

The Jackson 5-Ultimate Collection


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"Now This Higher Learning Got The Remy In Me..."


















...Whoever said illegal was the easy way out couldn't understand the mechanics
And the workings of the underworld, granted
Nine to five is how you survive, I ain't trying to survive
I'm trying to live it to the limit and love it alive
Life ills, poison my body
I used to say 'fuck mic skills,' and never prayed to God, I prayed to
Gotty™...



MF DOOM - What Happened To Zev? LP (Limited Edition) [Retail][2006]

DJ Mick Boogie & Joey Fingaz JayZ & Nas Project: God's Gift [Promo][2006]

Teena Marie_Sapphire (Retail 2006)

VA - Promo Only Mainstream Radio May 2006 [Promo][2006]

Yukmouth & Killa Klump - Im Good [Retail][2006]

Tragedy Khadafi - Blood Ballads

Lupe Fiasco - Food & Liquor

Obie_Trice_-_Second_Rounds_on_Me-2006

DJ On Point - Streets of NY Pt. 3 (2006)

VA-DJ_Drama_Presents-Welcome_To_The_ATL-(Bootleg)-2006

VA-DJ_Kay_Slay_And_Busta_Rhymes-Countdown_To_The_Big_Bang

The_Heatmakerz-The_Crack_Mixtape-2CD-Retail-2006

Swishahouse Before The Kappa 2K6

Dead Prez - Turn Off The Radio Vols. 1 & 2


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"The Weight Of This Sad Time We Must Obey..."

Speak what we feel, not what we ought to say.
The oldest hath borne the most; we that are young
Shall never see so much, nor live so long.


"King Lear" Shakespeare



At times, current generations are inured to the idea of death.

A rapper dies, everybody shouts them out in songs, bites their lines or finds some scrap vocals and creates a "new" song under the premise that they're keeping the slain's memory alive.

When common folk die, folk are quick to put'em on a R.I.P. t-shirt with some cliche saying.

But when you stop to think about it, it reminds of your own mortality.

A few years ago, I had a discussion with my mom about it all.

She wondered why I lived in a semi-paranoid state with a numerous amount of firearms, extra locks and bars on the door, always feeling pressed. She wondered, why if I had so many positive things going on around me, I still chose to live so wreckless.

I had to go ahead & breakdown to confirm for her what she already knew & had heard but of course didn't want to believe.

Momma I always been puttin in work on these aggins & who knows if or when it's gonna come back to bite me in the ass or if God's gonna forgive me.

She cried.

To tell the truth, I prolly cried that day too.

Time has passed and I don't live half as wreckless.

At the same time, I know just because I took myself out the game that the game didn't stop. The game doesn't change, just the players.

So for now, I live & enjoy each day as much as I possibly can knowing that when the time comes, I did it as best I could.

And when the time comes, if I get to the pearly gates, I think whoever's holdin the books will know that I did what I had to do, what I wanted to do & what I thought was best while I was on earth.

Yeah...we lived savagely.

We was in this world...but tried our best not to be of it.



God Bless The Dead



Playa Fly - "Nobody Needs Nobody"

"P-I-MP-OLOGY...."

I'm tellin you shit's about to change around here.

We're about to put into effect some ill shit.

But right now, that's snatchin up all our time so I been reaching out to others to help with the writing and such so you'll still have ample & entertaining reading material.

This right here...this is one of my aces, my muse, my Heidi Fleiss.

1. If you need anything *cough* quality bootleg movies*cough* get at one of us (fuckin go thru me because I like to skim off the top lol). Shorty took care of me when I was in need of Season Three of The Wire (click the link to see the screenshots...A-1 product I tell ya).

2. If you need that Brazillian booty-bang, The Slut Next Door, six big motherfuckers gettin it in type action, get at shorty...but tell her we sent you because again, we believe in gratiuity & graft.

3. "We in streeetsss/I got the weeeeddddd/I got couple ki'ssss/You wanna eat? Fuck with meeee/Uh...you don't wanna see me pissed off/Fuck'er til my dick soft/nigga this is Rick Ross..."

This track is wild like lions eating kids, full-blown AIDS status sick...I can see the Chevy-riders & spiderweb boys on all sides of the city doin' it big with this track rattling the trunk...I been ridin with the windows down, yellin all day with this shit lol.

Rick Ross - "Bitches & Bizness


So while I keep working on the next shit...with no further adieu...

I present to you, CrazyBaby's "Killa Season" Movie Review...

Don't expect a masterpiece because you'll only be let down. I enjoy my street flicks like anyone else but I dont feel as if this movie really had a purpose but it was still entertaining & funny. The movie opens up with Flea (Camron) & them shooting dice. Someone tested Flea's gangsta and he retaliated by hitting dude with a Sizzurp bottle (plenty of product placement up & thru this movie) and pissing on him while saying, "no homo no homo" repeatedly. If that wasnt said, the scene wouldve been so ubberly gay but it was hilarious.





Throughout the bad editing, visual & sound effects, they managed to have me cracking up again at Flea's grandfather's funeral. This nigga was trying to get this woman's number while another dude, who obviously has no shame, was trying to bag this old lady up. Funniest scene in the whole movie. The same dude tried to sell Flea his kidney for $12,500. Pure comedy.

Killa Season
is filled with a little bit of everything. Guns, plenty of weed, crack, heroin, crackheads, police officers, strippers, and cars. And for the ladies, a dash of thug-love in the form of Camron, in the bathroom, suddenly wrapping a scene up by plowing a hard-ass-gel-on-the-side-with-a-long-horsetail-ponytail chickenhead. Chea chea chea!!!

I have no words for the ending but don't be surprised if there's a Killa Season 2

Oh and if you're overly sensitive
, look out for the scene were two Dominican bitches squat down and shit out packs of heroin and liquidy poo. I could've done without that part. Seriously.


Strays Shots

Respect due to Mohanesburg for steady holding this shit down like a champ. Gotty™ and the TSS Crew salute you.


Smokey Robinson - 35th Anniversary Collection [Boxset]

Marvin Gaye - The Master 1961 - 1984 [Boxset]

James Brown - Star Time [Boxset]

Q: The Musical Biography of Quincy Jones [Boxset]

Nature Sounds Presensts - Natural Selection Compilation

Z-Ro - King of Da Ghetto

Scarface - My Homies 2

Timbaland and Magoo-Welcome to our World

Triple 6 Mafia - Underground Vol.1

Triple 6 Mafia - Club Memphis Underground Vol.2

T-Rock-Rock Solid/4:20

Trick Daddy-Thug Holiday

Masta Killa-No Said Date

Triple 6 Mafia-Kings of Memphis Underground Vol.3

NWA - EFIL4ZAGGIN

UNLV - Straight Out the Gutta

VA - Midwest Mobstaz Vol.1

Aceyalone & RJD2 - Magnificent City

Mia X - Mama Drama

UNLV - Mac Melph Calio

The Luniz - Lunitik Muzik

Young Jeezy - Let's Get It:Thug Motivation 101

Hitman Sammy Sam - Knuckle Up

Hitman Sammy Sam - Last Man Standing

Kanye West - Late Registration




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"All For One..."




















Sometimes I think these dudes' contribution to hip-hop has been forgotten & lacks recognition.

(Did I see Lord J on The Sopranos a few weeks ago or was I trippin?)

When it first dropped, I wasn't checkin for it because this was during the very beginnings of hip-hop's West Coast gangsta movement.

But my man Cookiehead kept tellin me to listen to it & would play the shit daily.

Once I put it in the Walkman, it would never leave and I was officially hooked.

The mix of styles here was ecletic with Grand Puba usually outshining all but perfectly offset with Sadat's deep-voiced smooth flow & Jamar's gruff sound.

Stylistically, these dudes, especially Puba, brought namedropping clothing labels to the game & pretty much cemented the hip-hop's loyalty to select brands, Hilfiger & Polo to be exact.

Before Wu, they brought 5% Godspeak to the masses in a digestable, interesting form. I remember once I began studying under the Gods & Earths this album straight became the soundtrack & daily inspirational music like church folk love gospel.

And straight up...with their pro-Blackness, these dudes made you want to pick up a fuckin book, which is a nonexistant contribution by today's artists for the most part.

Times change though...Puba seems to have bowed out gracefully, Lord Jamar has been on the small screen & behind the scenes and Sadat...well Sadat has still be wild cowboying, pulling pistols and such.

But this album is a solid classic without a doubt.

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I always love these...


VA - Promo Only Urban Club May

Disc 1
01-Trap Squad - What's Happenin' (Explicit Version)
02-T-Pain Feat R.Kelly,Pimp C,Too $hort,MJG,Twista & Paul Wall - I'm N Luv (Wit A Stripper) 2 (Tha Remix - Main)
03-Purple City Feat Sheist Bub 'The Emperor',Jim Jones & Un Kasa - Trap (Explicit Version)
04-Cherish Feat Sean Paul Of The YoungBloodZ - Do It To It (Main Radio Version)
05-B.G. Feat Webbie & VL Mike - Ain't No Bitch
06-Bone Crusher Feat Chamillionaire - Get Up On It (Main Mix)
07-Ali & Gipp Feat Chocolate Tai - Go 'Head (Dirty Version)
08-Cam'ron Feat Lil'Wayne - Touch It Or Not (Explicit Version)
09-Kelis Feat Too $hort - Bossy (Main Mix)
10-Mila J - Complete
11-Juvenile - What's Happenin' (Explicit Version)
12-Majic Massey - Devil's Advocate
13-Lil' Wayne Feat Birdman - I'm A DBoy (Album Version)
14-Do Or Die - Get That Paper (LP Version)
15-Megan Rochell Feat Fabolous - The One You Need
16-Mary J.Blige Feat Brook-Lyn - Enough Cryin' (Main Mix)
17-DJ Khaled Feat Lil'Wayne,Paul Wall,Fat Joe,Rick Ross & Pitbull - Holla At Me
18-Cheri Dennis Feat Jim Jones & Yung Joc - I Love You
19-Beenie Man - Hmm Hmm (Explicit Album Version)

Disc 2
01-Juvenile - What's Happenin' (Instrumentalz)
02-Purple City Feat Sheist Bub 'The Emperor',Jim Jones & Un Kasa - Trap (Instrumentalz)
03-Cherish Feat Sean Paul Of The YoungBloodZ - Do It To It (Acapellaz)
04-Cherish Feat Sean Paul Of The YoungBloodZ - Do It To It (Instrumentalz)
05-Cam'ron Feat Lil'Wayne - Touch It Or Not (Acapellaz)
06-Cam'ron Feat Lil'Wayne - Touch It Or Not (Instrumentalz)
07-Mila J - Complete (Acapellaz)
08-Mila J - Complete (Instrumentalz)
09-Trap Squad - What's Happenin' (Instrumentalz)
10-Majic Massey - Devil's Advocate (Instrumentalz)
11-Ali & Gipp Feat Chocolate Tai - Go 'Head (Instrumentalz)
12-Do Or Die - Get That Paper (Instrumentalz)
13-Megan Rochell Feat Fabolous - The One You Need (Instrumentalz)
14-Mary J.Blige Feat Brook-Lyn - Enough Cryin' (Acapellaz)
15-Mary J.Blige Feat Brook-Lyn - Enough Cryin' (Instrumentalz)
16-Cheri Dennis Feat Jim Jones & Yung Joc - I Love You (Instrumentalz)




Why?...

1. Because I like to point and laugh at radio like "You're just getting ready to play that? We been up on that shit!"

2. I like to hear what to expect to be inundated in the clubs & radio over the next few months.

3. I just enjoy hearing them to see which label's payola campaign is the strongest & for which artists.

Nah, seriously, I enjoy seeing the list & hearing what the industry thinks is next, which sometimes greatly differs from the rest of us.

VA - Promo Only Urban Club May 2006



An interesting read here, Blender's "50 Worst Things To Happen To Music" if for nothing more than the fact that Suge ranked so high as a villian even outside of hip-hop.

5 Reasons Why Hip-Hop's Bluto Should Be on Permanent House Arrest...


1. For fanning the East-West rivalry flames at the '95 Source Awards with the classic words "If you don't want the owner of your label (translation: Puffy) all up in your videos, come to Death Row …"

2. For stealing the shine from legitimate artists
by getting shot at Kanye's VMAs after-party in Miami. (Note - LOL @ blaming the man for gettin shot!)

3. For allegedly hanging Vanilla Ice upside down from a hotel window, causing the rapper to lose control of his bodily functions (See Big Red from 'The Five Heartbeats.')

4. For signing vulnerable rappers to Death Row for publicity and then never releasing their albums, e.g. Petey Pablo, the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes, MC Hammer, etc.

5. For causing the embarrassing melee at 2004's VIBE Awards that tarnished hip-hop's already damaged rep. Rumor has it that Suge paid a man $5,000 to punch Dr. Dre as the producer was accepting his lifetime achievement award. In turn, G-Unit's Young Buck allegedly stabbed the man with, of all things, a fork.



Blender's "50 Worst Things To Happen To Music"


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Stray Shots

O'Jays - Love Train: The Best of The O'Jays

Earth, Wind & Fire - The Eternal Dance Set

Stevie Wonder - At The Close Of A Century (4 Discs)

Lenny Kravitz - The Best Of Lenny Kravitz

Michael Jackson - Bad

Ramsey Lewis - Funky Serenity

Cutty Ranks Live In Germany (2003)

Jhelisa - A Primitive Guide To Being There

Brotha_Lynch_Hung_Presents_G-Macc-Tha_Graveyard_Shift-2006 [Retail]

WC & Madd Circle - Ain't A Damn Thang Changed

Das EFX - Dead Serious

MC Shan - The Best Of Cold Chillin'

Diamond and Psychotic Neurotics - Stunts Blunts & Hip Hop

Scarface - Mr. Scarface Is Back

Bounty Killer Live In Washington D.C.(2005)

Brand Nubian - In God We Trust

Spice 1-Life After Jive (The_Best_Of_2000_To_2005) [Retail][2006]

Nature Sounds Presents: Natural Selection (Pete Rock, Rae, Ghost, Ras Kass, etc.) [Retail][2006]



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Visual Views



Click the pic to view Gnarls Barkley's "Crazy" video...one of the more artistic videos I've seen in a long time...


I was just telling a friend the other day that I wanted something like done for my birthday. Minus that the fact that I don't have any multiplatinum hits, I think it's doable. Beyonce, Ty-Ty and friends et al. doing their interpretation of Jay's "Decemeber 4th" for his birthday....



Dally emailed me & woke me up with a mean drop that I figured was worthy of sharing....

Just a little something to occupy your Saturday.


DJ Envy - The Hit List 16 (South Edition)

DJ Green Lantern - In Da Lab

DJ Green Lantern - 5 Star General

DJ Green Lantern - Beanie Sigel Public Enemy #1

DJ Green Lantern - Best of '99

DJ Green Lantern - Best Of Vol. 1 In The Lab

DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Shady Records Mixtape

DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Part 2 Conspiracy Theory

DJ Green Lantern - Invasion Part Three (Countdown To Armageddon)

Tru Life- New New York - (Bootleg) - Hosted By DJ Kay Slay & DJ Green Lantern

DJ Green Lantern - It's Just Us And The Guns

DJ Green Lantern - Jadakiss - The Champ Is Here

DJ Green Lantern - Tape Kingz 15th Anniversary

DJ Green Lantern - Team Invasion Presents Hood Rules Apply 1

DJ Green Lantern - Team Invasion Presents Hood Rules Apply 2

DJ Green Lantern - Team Invasion Presents Hood Rules Apply 3

Team_Invasion-Hood_Rules_Apply_3.5_(The_No_Snitchin_Edition)-(Bootleg)

DJ Green Lantern - The Chosen One

DJ Green Lantern - Training Day MegaMix

DJ Green Lantern Anger Managment Tour

DJ Green Lantern dame dash - countdown to armageddon pt.2 (back to the lab)

DJ Green Lantern Mixtape - Fort Minor - We Major

Juelz Santana - Back Like Cooked Crack Vol. 1

Juelz Santana - Back Like Cooked Crack 2 (Hosted By DJ Green Lantern)

Juelz Santana - Back Like Cooked Crack 3 (Fiend Out)

DJ Green Lantern - Rap Phenomenon (BIG)

DJ Vlad, Dirty Harry & DJ Green Lantern - Rap Phenomenon II (2Pac)

Team Invasion Presents D-Block - 2 Gunz Up (The Best Of Green Lantern)

Team Invasion Presents Shady - Aftermath (The Best Of Green Lantern)

Shade 45 (Sirius Bizness)

Young Gunz - Get In Where U Fit In (Hosted By DJ Green Lantern)

Beastie Boys - New York State Of Mind

DJ Green Lantern - New Word Order (2 CDs)

Team Invasion DJ Green Lantern - Instrumentals

DJ Green Lantern - Rookie Of The Year


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"There's A Ring Of Smoke..."































"...wrapped around my finger"

One of the illest interludes of all time.

The Nuts can create magic.

The Beatnuts - "Finger Smoke" Interlude


Stray Shots

Backyard Band 3/22/06 @ Tradewinds [Retail][2006]

The Dayton Family - Back On Dayton Ave. [Retail][2006]

Robin Thicke - Beautiful World

VA-ALC_Records_Presents_The_Alchemist-The_Chemistry_Files-2006- [Retail][2006]

Mac Mall - Macuscript Vol. 2

Anthony Hamilton - Ain't Nobody Worryin [Retail][2006]

keak Da Sneak - Counting Other Peoples Money (2003)

Keak Da Sneak - Kunta Kinte

Gwen Stefani - L.A.M.B.

Ghostface - Bulletproof Wallets

AK-9ine-Ghetto_Bluez-2006 [Retail][2006]

The_Goo_Goo_Dolls-Let_Love_in-2006- [Retail][2006]

Roberta Flack- The Best Of Roberta Flack

Jerry Peters & Jerry Bulter - Melinda (Blaxploitation OST) (1972)


Tamia Discography (3 albums)

Tamia

Tamia - A Nu Day

Tamia - More



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"Lord, I'm Sorry I Didn't Pray Last Night..."

"....I was high"























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Fiend feat. David Banner - "If I Had A Choice"

I Thought Jordans & A Gold Chain Was Livin It Up...



















Retro checking in, posting in the section for our loyal readers. With warm weather approaching, here's some topics and insight for you folks trying to do it big over summer. Keep in mind that The Smoking Section in no way shape or form supports your fashion faux paus as a result of this post, but we in turn take all the credit should you become fresh to death.
























If You Don't Know This Song, You've Been Living Under A Rock Since 99.


Jewelry:
As was told to me, kings were buried w/jewels to signify their importance. With that said, everyone likes a little jewelry here and there. Keep the shit on the simpler side, and for neckwear, keep it to one piece. Grills are doable considering your company, and so are chunky ass bracelets/earrings. However, when you're on that grown man shit, opt for a nice timepiece. And not those bootleg joints either. Ice free or not, a fresh timepiece can set you apart from the rest. Multiple chains are for the stars that are well known. But you can set shit off righteous with a standard non-hollowed out jesus piece. It's ultimate hip hop status symbol. Biggie set the whole craze off, as I recall. A fat cuban link jumpoff with the iced dome.

If you're looking into customized pieces, cool. Find a jeweler that can make a good mold for you at market price, but dont make the piece so thin to where it looks like a sheet of goddamn aluminum.


Accessories:
More and more, as hip hoppers are moving up the food chain, they realize that just jewelry don't make you a man about town. Sometimes less is more, and attention to detail is essential. Sidekicks started a craze of electronic accessories as well, although they're a tad played now. Opt for a T-Mobile MDA, or a Treo 700 for a worthy equivalent.

Big Tymers - Still Fly



Headwear is gonna come in handy for them hot ass days. Fitted hats are a personal favorite of mine, but don't be afraid to dabble in a Kangol here and there, or the classic Polo khaki cap. Hell, even those vented tropic style hats are ill.

Sunglasses are in for the season, and I dont think I need to reiterate that those 5 dollar aviators ain't cuttin it. I'm sure all of you know, but look into Gucci, Marc Jacobs, Versace, Prada, D&G, Dior, and all similar brands for some flair to your wardrobe. Ray Ban aviators aren't a bad choice for you ballers on budgets like myself either. Just check the wholesaler district in your major cities for deals on these, because sellers get a HUGE discount getting shit wholesale from Safilo. Warehouse sellers in LA usually give you a good deal because of their lack of overhead and the need to have a high turnover rate for everything they got in stock.



































Jay-z - Poppin Tags


Kicks/Clothes:
As you can tell from the picture, I'm a fan of the vintage/retro stuff. But there's one universal rule to remember: there IS such thing as matching too much. Instead of wearing that oversize Rocawear polos, just get out there, go a size smaller, and wear some Ralph Lauren. A little Ralph never hurt anyone, for you teenaged readers. Respect to Thirstin Howl III and the OG Lo Lifes while I'm at it. If you plan to go with a European company for clothing (i.e. Fred Perry) just remember that it's closer to a custom fit, so go a size up from what you would regularly wear(and it's not xxxxxxxxl).

A little color is a good thing, but don't OD like my mans Killa Cam did with the pink a few years ago.

Lexicon - Nikehead

Looking for a nice white shoe? Always respect the Nike and Air Forces, but shelltoes, and Stan Smiths are affordable alternatives. Bape has had it's time in the limelight, so don't overdo it with their overpriced shoes and hoodies. I know I'll catch heat for that, but fuckit.

Cop some suede loafers while you're at it. Gotty™ has been harping on me about this, and I begrudgingly must agree that loafers are good for those "not so formal" but "not so casual" occasions. Still not convinced? Go for those chestnut/chocolate/wheat Wallabees. Damn those shoes are comfortable and pretty much go with most attire that isnt too sporty.

In the mean time, check this nice little article regarding the Lo Lifes .


Outty 5000,


Retro



Stray Shots

Rupee - thisisrupee.com

Mobb Deep - Blood Money (2006)

Husalah-Dope_Guns_And_Religion-2006

Haystak_Presents-The_South_West_Connection-2006 [Retail]

Ryan Toby - Soul of a Songwriter [EP]

Bailey-Champ_Bailey-2006

DJ Finesse - The Best of Donell Jones (2005)

Tom Skeemask-You Can't Hold Me Back

UGK-Super Tight

Tonedeff-Archetype

Fiend Presents Can I Burn?

Master P Presents West Coast Bad Boyz Vol.1

UGK-Too Hard to Swallow

Rawkus Soundbombing Vol.1

Swisha House-Final Chapter 99

Master P Presents West Coast Bad Boyz-High Fo Xmas

U-God-Golden Arms Redemption

B.G.-It's All On U Vol.1

B.G.-It's All On U Vol.2

Three 6 Mafia-Most Known Unknown

Corinne Bailey Rae - Corinne Bailey Rae



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Swan Song....





















It's comin no homo...



Rihanna - A Girl Like Me (2006) (Retail)

Christina_Milian-So_Amazin-2006 [Retail]

VA-Street_Pharmacy_T.I._And_The_PSC-From_A_Classic_To_A_Classic-(Bootleg)-2006

Kochece-My Life is Fabolous (Hosted By Fabolous)

The_Bash_Brothers_Present-Blood_Brothers_The_Game_And_Jim_Jones-2004

Slick Rick Legends vol. 2 (Mixed By J-love)

Young Life - Compton Life Mixtape [2006]

A-Mafia - Hell For A Hustler (2006)

Cody Chesnutt- The Headphone Masterpiece

Bobby Womack - The Poet (1981)

Michael McDonald- Motown Two

Omar - Sing (If You Want It) (2006)


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"It's Just Us & The Guns..."












bitch bitch bitch bitch...

rant rant rant rant rant...

whine beg complain whine beg complain...


How many albums have you downloaded?

How many times have you giggle at something dumb somebody on here said?

All I know is we bust are asses to keep this place entertaining.

...and if you want something, you have to say it...a closed mouth don't get fed.





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Stray Shots

Ice-T - O.G Orginal Gangster

Dr.Dre - The Chronic 2001

Greyboy Allstars - West Coast Boogaloo with Fred Westley

Dudley Perkins - Expressions 2012 (Produced by Madlib)

Fela Kuti - The Jazz of Fela

South Central Cartel - 'N Gatz We Truss


Al B. Sure! Discography

In Effect Mode (1988)

Private Times...And The Whole 9! (1990)

Sexy Versus (1992)



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Props to the team over at The Throwbacks

"I Fouuwwwwwwwoouunnnnddddd...."

Yeah...that song has been straight stuck in my head.































It's understood that I been fan of Keyshia since hearing her early on mixtapes.

The album...feelin it.

But once this song hit radio, I was confounded lol...

Hearing her blow on the track is eargasmic...until you reach the chorus.

That's where confusion sets in.

It's similar to sometimes when you hear someone sing in church & you don't know whether they can sing or if you're just enjoying it because they're praising the Lord lol. In the latter case, you get outside & you tell somebody jokingly, "bless her heart, the child tried & she was singin for Jesus".

Whoever cleared this chorus to be on the album, I hate and love you at the same time.

It took many many months and hundreds of repeat listens for me to come to the decision that I like, regardless of how stressed out the chorus sounds. I've accepted it.

Keyshia Cole - "Love"



"Jose Canseco just sniiitchin' because he fieennhheesssseeedhhh"















After giving this mixtape a thorough listen, I was pleasantly suprised.

Of course, "Hustlin" was well accepted off top, but "Chevy Ridin High"" didn't initally move me.

But now that I hear it in the context with the rest of his body of work it fits and I'm with it as well.

This collection is not overwhelming but instead very promising, as it's got a few standouts.

To compare his flow, I might throw him in the vein as Jeezy's charismatic voice, his own distinct lyrical ability that's accentuated with his history lending proof that he's in tune with the content he's speaking on.

Mentionables...

"Before The Limelight"
"Bitches & Bizness"
"Chevy Ridin High"
"Thug Thizzle"
"Down & Out"



Give it a listen for sure.

DJ Khaled Presents Rick Ross - The M.I. Yayo Mixtape



I fuck with Big Fame One pause & since he asked...


















...his request for this track gave me a damn good reason to use that pic. I've been dying to use it.

Respect due to the whole Boot Camp Click for making one of the best but most forgotten posse cuts of all time.




Heltah Skeltah - "Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka" mp3

All these years and I still have no fuckin idea what Leflaur Leflah Eshkoshka is but fuck it. Some things aren't just meant to be understand in this earthly realm lol.



Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc



Stray Shots...


Big_Mike-The_Rulers_Back-(Bootleg)-2006

Lloyd Banks - The Big Withdraw [Advance][2006]

VA-Dutty_Laundry-Leaders_Of_The_New_South_3_(Hosted_By_Yung_Joc)-(Bootleg)-2006

Royce da 5'9"-Independent's Day

Snoop Dogg - Rhythm & Gangsta

TRU - True

Gravediggaz - The Pick, the Sickle and the Shovel

Tommy Wright III - On the Run

2 Fast 2 Furious OST

Dead Prez - Let's Get Free

Ultramagnetic MC's - Critical Beatdown

Tragedy Khadafi - Against All Odds

Three 6 Mafia & Fiend - Da Headbussaz

Youngbloodz - Drankin' Patnaz

Z-Ro vs. the World

Mia X - Unlady Like

Murder Was the Case OST

254 Street Bosses - Texas Money

Rhymefest - Blue Collar [2006]

Canibus & Phoenix Orion - Cloak N Dagga; Def Con Zero[Retail][2005]

Da Backwudz - Wood Work [Retail][2006]

Proof - Searchin For Jerry Garcia [Retail][2005][192KBs]

VA-DJ_31_Degreez-Georgia_Bulldogs_6-(Special_Edition)-(Bootleg)-2006

Joe Budden Mood Muzik 2 (WITH NO DJ)

Ya Boy - The Future Of The Franchise

VA-Tapemasters_Inc.-Mash_Up_Gang-(Bootleg)-2006

R. Kelly - Chocolate Factory

Amel Larrieux - Morning

Bob James- 1

Minnie Riperton - Come to My Garden

The Jacksons-Destiny

Average White Band - The Best of Average White Band

The Beatles - Sgt. Peppers' Lonely Hearts Club

Dean Martin - The Very Best Of

Billie Holiday - Billie Holiday For Lovers


Erykah Badu Discography

Heartache

Baduizm

Live

Mama's Gun

Worldwide Underground



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I am not a fan of Jamie Foxx musically.

I can't help it.

Sometimes when he sings, I hear "acting" in his voice...I picture characters from In Living Color...I picture Ray...but I don't picture Jamie.

I am learning to listen to him though & my man Triple E helped tremendously by sending me this joint.

Jamie Foxx - Sessions @ AOL


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Shots From The Derringer

LoveStink (consists of Cee-Lo & JackSplash of Plantlife)- "Gangsta Boogie"

Cee-Lo & Jazze Pha - "Man Of The Hour"

Dave Ghetto & Cee-Lo - Groupie Love"

Dave Ghetto - "Hey Young World"

Fantab - "Kick Back"

Bella - "Sexxy" (feat. Jaz) (Jazze Pha Prod.)

Missez - "Hard 2 Get"

Busta Rhymes - "N.Y. Shit"

Keri Lynn Hilson - "Where Did He Go"

Mary J. Blige - "Take Me As I Am" (Sessions @ AOL)

Mobb Deep Feat. Mary J. Blige & 50 Cent - "It's Alright"

Pharrell - "Reminsce"

Mobb Deep feat. Young Buck - "Give It To Me"

Jadakiss ft. Swizz - "Thug It On Out"

Too Short ft. 50 Cent & UGk - "I'm A Pimp"

DMX - "Baby Mutha"

Young Joc - "Meet Me In The Trap (Its Goin Down)"

Cheri Dennis Ft Jim Jones & Yung Joc - "I Love U" (Remix)



Solos

"Guess Who's On Third?..."

















Pic courtesy of InquiringMind

At this point, you're either sold or perhaps maybe not.

Not our problem.

The young man is energetic and refreshing...and a webrip advance has leaked two months early.

Let the church say "aaaa-mennnn"...

Food & Liquor (Webrip Advance)

If you need to backtrack, InquiringMind is the place to go for a good read featuring the kid.

Oh yeah...Jeezy is the King Of New York...oh boy.

Dear Allah

"Tellin' me how she met Puff down at the Grammy's
He ain't tell you I was the one with no panties?
Boo, you know how many he meet with no panties?"


Please bring back
the old Mase.


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Let The Games Begin....
























Gnarls Barkley - St. Elsewhere Fresh Link


And I could be buggin, but right now, these two tracks are stuck on repeat.

Smitty - "Ghetto" feat. Scarface, Kanye, and John Legend From Smitty's "Voice of the Ghetto" street album

Ahh...it's bound to be soulful with the lineup featured on this track. Nicely placed violin, Kanye on the hook, JLegend crooning in the backdrop...Smitty & Face doing their thing.


StreetRunner - "In the Ghetto" feat. Kay Slay, Fat Joe, Jim Jones, Shaq, Cassidy, Sheek Louch
From Run The Streets Vol. 1 album on Counterflow Music Group

The lineup on this joint is serious & the beat is some 21st century Bishop from Juice, roughneck theme music.

But hey...that's me.

When sifting through all the music we recieve, when something grabs my attention as hot, I only have to hear it once to feel like it's good.



We got more shit in the pot brewing as far as commentary goes.

But for now, just grab & enjoy.



Dipset Street Series 4 Hosted by Hell Rell

UGK - Side Hustles

UGK - Ridin Dirty

UGK - Super Tight... PA Niggaz Worldwide

UGK - Banned

Angie Martinez - Animal House

Currency & MackMaine - G Series Mixtape

Timbaland & Magoo - Welcome To Our World

Slum Village - Detroit Deli

DJDe' - Got Grapes Mix

DJ Benzi - Random Reflixes

T.I. King (Bonus Disc)

Mac_Dre-Dre_Bledsoe_(Proper_Bootleg)-2006 -

VA MixtapeMobb Presents - Welcome To The Hood Vol 2- Bootleg 2006 CR

Keak_Da_Sneak-The_Farm_Boyz_Starring_Keak

The_Dragons-Rapademics_101-2006-

Sleep_Da_Danker_-_Vallejos_Top_Exec-2006-CR-

VA-DJ_Destro_Presents-Slump_In_The_Box_3-Bootleg-2CD-2006-

Dubee-Duck

D-Shot-Callin_All_Shots-2006

Husalah-Dope_Guns_And_Religion-2006

Messy_Marv_And_San_Quinn-Explosive_Mode_2-Back_In_Business-2006

The_Jacka-Jack_Of_All_Trades-2006

Mac_Dre- Uncut (2006)

Sack It Up Records Presents - The City Of No Pity

The Stackman - Fast Money

The Roots - Live @ The Roseland, NYC

The Roots - Live @ the University of Maryland 11/14/04

Pete Rock vs. DJ Premier (Mix CD)

Big Apple Rappin' (The Early Days of Hip-Hop Culture in New York City)(1979-1982)



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The Dark Side Of The Moon (Adult Content)

"Bismillah Ir Rahman Ir Rahim..."
































"In the name of God, most Gracious, most Compassionate".


"Strugglin's just a part of my day
Many obstacles have been placed in my way
I know the only reason that I make it through
Is because I never stop believing in you
Some people wonder why we here in the first place
They can't believe 'cause they ain't never seen your face
But even when you pray, the next day you gotta try
Can't wait for nobody to come down out the sky
You gotta realize that the world's a test
You can only do your best and let Him do the rest
You got your life, you got your health
So quit procrastinating and push it yourself
You gotta realize that the world's a test
You can only do your best and let Him do the rest
You got your life, you got your health
So quit procrastinating..."


Cee-Lo Goodie




It ain't all bad in either hip-hop or music as a whole.

Posta Boy (Remember we were searching for him a few months ago?) hasbeat cancer and is back at it.

Truth be told, the older I get, the more death seems more realistic.

But we still maintain knowing that it's a part of the cycle of life that we all must face. We can dwell on it, worry our lives away, and eventually succumb to it...

...Or we can rejoice and be glad for the days we've been given today.

I live by the creed that "As long as I can get out of bed, I'm going to make the best out of the goddamn day because there's plenty of folk who the paramedics came & zipped the bag on them or cats locked down who ain't seen daylight in years."

While there's been some headaches for everybody on this recently, I've been passing around this track because it speaks volumes.

Coincidently, it also popped up on a forum I visit so I took it as a sign to share it with you all.

Outkast - "In Due Time" (from the Soul Food Soundtrack)





Respect due to Cookiehead who's stuck in the hole for the next few days, hold ya head.

A strong offering of blessings and support to my surrogate fam as one of them is recovering from a traumatic car accident.

Salute!

Gotty™



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Our Requests

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc



Stray Shots...

Avant - Director

Mobb Deep - G-Unit Radio #20 (Best Of The Bizness 2)

Freeway - G-Unit Radio #19 (Rep Yo Click)

King Tee-Tha Triflin Album

Warren G-In the Mid Nite Hour

Lil Wayne-Tha Block is Hot

Soundgarden-Superunknown

Handsmome Boy Modeling School-So...How's Your Girl

Various Artists-New Jersey Drive Vol. 2

DJ Screw - Freestyles '98

Cutty Ranks Live In Germany 2003

Bounty Killer Live In Washington D.C. 2005

Tek and Steele-Smif n Wessun:Reloaded

Jay-Z-Reasonable Doubt

Phat Beach OST

DJ Envy-Purple Codeine IV

Chino XL-Poison Pen

Kingpin Skinny Pimp-Pimpin and Hustlin

Angel & Airwaves- We Dont Need To Whisper- (Advance)



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Postscript


If none of this has brightened your day, check out ace's new little getup...but don't do it at work lol.

The Dark Side Of The Moon

Irony

























Life has a way of provoking the most bizarre occurences.

Just Saturday, I was passin Nquest some tracks for his Ipod and recommended one particular song to him. Damn near forcefed it to him on some "get this one for sure" type shit.

What track?


Proof feat. Chino XL - "Our Time"

Now the title seems so gloomily ironic.

God bless the dead.

Down And Out



























We all been there before. Hard times do not discrimate against race, creed, religion, sexual preference, or geographical location. We've all been victims of it. Your boy Retro is no exception.

Rock bottom. When you dont think the shit couldn't get any worse, but it does. And how. The worries follow you into your dreams, idle moments, hell, even when you're sitting on the shitter. Makes you think that maybe they'll even follow you into the next life.

Girl problems, drug problems, family problems, legal problems, problems. Jay was wrong, it's definitely more than 99.




















Take a puff on that Newport. When that last drag fades near the filter, it's just a temporary shelter from what you've been forced to deal with. A slight reprieve, but still just a little slice of piece of mind.


Liquor helps, regardless of what people say. Stuck in your own world, for better or for worse, but still far away from the shit that bothers you. Until you pass out intoxicated and alone. By that time it's already too late. You're already past the point of no return, and past the point of being brought back to who you once were. You decide that living like this is better than dealing with it the way you should. Sometimes, you wake up and think "Damn, I'm still here," half hoping you wouldn't wake up because of the shit you gotta put up with. Is this all there is to life? Maybe.

Nas - Drunk By Myself

I can't say there's a guarantee that things get better from here. All I can do is keep on pushing back. Until I'm too tired to go on, or until I give in to the bottle and the drugs. With everyday of partying and bullshit, the light at the end of the tunnel started to fade. There's still an ounce of hope. But when that hope fades, there's nothing left to life.

Shoutout to shorty who held me down when I really needed it. I was a piece of shit when you helped me out. I still am. But you're my journal, even though we ain't talk about that shit for a while. And I don't know if you'll ever know how grateful I am, but thank you.


This post was brought to you by the good folks at The Smoking Section. Because when you think you're alone, you're not. Other people feel the same shit you do. Stay on that hustle, leave your mark, and know that we can relate.


Outty 5000,


Retro


UPDATE:



Not even a day after I posted this, Hip Hop has lost another one of its soldiers. RIP Proof, took one in the dome early Tuesday morning in the D. Our hearts are with his family and loved ones. Here's a tune to go with all that's been going on as well. Life's a bitch and I'm not sure if I love her...

Proof & Chino XL - Our Time



Retro's Mood Music Jumpoff




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Stray Shots


Da Backwudz - Wood Work

Juicy J - Chronicles of the Juiceman

Project Pat - Layin The Smackdown

Xzibit- At The Speed Of Life

Pharoah Monch - Internal Affairs

Lauren Hill - Miseducation of Lauren Hill

Kweli and Hi-Tek - Reflection Eternal

Sway n King Tech - Concrete Jungle

Little Brother - The Chittlin Circuit Mixtape

Ohio Players - Contradiction

Soul Classics - The 90's

Ike & Tina Turner - A Fool In Love


4.10.06 .txt File

"Take A Look At Me Now..."















Say what you will, but when Ja was on, he did his thing with great success.

I was never a real fan of what he did for the "rap crooner" genre but I swear nobody can honestly admit to having not actually sung along to one of his many many radio hits, either mockingly or earnestly.

H-Town's gonna hate me...and I know this is damn near blasphemy to some of you, but go back with me...

Ja Rule - "Down Ass Bitch" feat. Charli Baltimore

Thuggery aside, Goapele's , "Crushed Out" and "Fly Away" have been in absolute constant rotation all weekend...literally. So, to catch this release floating around was a cool find & seems worthy of passing along. While I can't vouch for this one yet because I haven't given it a thorough listen, I know for a fact that Change It All (2005) is worth any time spent listening so I'm expecting to find a few gems on this one.

Goapele - Even Closer (2002)


Seven reasons why Rocafella should not have broken up....

1. "For The Fam"
2. "What We Do"
3. "1-900-Hustla"
4. "Do It Again"
5. "Celebration"

6. "Flipside"

...And because we never got enough Peedi.

7. "Gotta Have It"



Salute!

Gotty˜



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Our Requests

Charli Baltimore - The Dark Half Mixtape

Slicc - Who tha Hell is Slicc


Stray Shots

Goapele - Even Closer (2002)

V-The_Revelation_Is_Now_Televised-2006

Mary_J_Blige-The_Breakthrough-2005 [Retail]

Zero 7 - The Garden

Snoop Dogg Presents tha Eastsidaz

Deep South, T-Rock & Area 51-ATL Bad Boys

DJ Battle-NC to Bucktown (Boot Camp Clik & Justus League)

Xzibit-Restless

DJ Flaco & Young Jeezy-Snowstorm Mixtape

Casual-Smash Rockwell

Proof-Searching for Jerry Garcia

MF Grimm-Scars & Memories

Gift Of Gab - 4th Dimensional Rocketships Going Up

Alexander O'Neal's Greatest Hits

VA The Best Of Both Offices Vol. 2 - Universal Vs. Atlantic (T.I. Vs. Lil Wayne)

Hell_Rell-The_Best_of_Ruger_Rell

Busta_Rhymes-Prelude_to_the_Big_Bang-EP-2006

Pastor Troy - Stay True

The Coup - Pick a Bigger Weapon [Retail][2006]

Celly_Cel-Slaps_Straps_and_Baseball_Hats-_Advance_-2006

Teedra Moses - Live @ BBC 1Xtra

M-1 (of Dead Prez) - Confidential


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