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Sunday, January 31, 2010

"Rockin Play Cloths, Everydays a Catwalk..." Check This Out

Play Cloths, a clothing brand by the infamous "Best Duo Ever", Clipse, is releasing a limited edition G Shock watch this March. Be on the lookout, because they WILL sell out fast.

Check Out WellGosh for more info. #Nicce

"And the Grammy Award Goes to..."

Last night was the 2010 Annual Grammy Awards, Live from Los Angeles, California. There was a bunch of memorable performances and appearances but I got to say the best was seeing MJ's kids come up on stage to talk about their father. It was a #Classic moment that had everyone feeling emotional.

"Through all his song his message was simple: love" - Prince Jackson.

Besides that, it was a shame to see no Hip-Hop awards being presented besides the Best Rap/Sung Duo which went to none other than the Big Homey, Hovito (who won 3 awards)along with Kanye and Rihanna.

Best Rap Album
Common – Universal Mind Control
Eminem – Relapse
Flo Rida – R.O.O.T.S. (HAAA!!!)
Mos Def – The Ecstatic
Q-Tip – The Renaissance

Best Rap Solo Performance
Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
Eminem – “Beautiful”
Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death of Auto-Tune)”
Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Nite”
Mos Def – “Casa Bey”

Best Rap Song
Drake – “Best I Ever Had”
Kid Cudi – “Day ‘N’ Nite”
T.I. & Justin Timberlake – “Dead And Gone”
Jay-Z – “D.O.A. (Death Of Auto-Tune)”
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West – “Run This Town”

Best Rap Performance By a Duo or Group
Beastie Boys & Nas – “Too Many Rappers”
Eminem, Dr. Dre & 50 Cent – “Crack A Bottle”
Fabolous & Jay-Z – “Money Goes, Honey Stay”
Kid Cudi, Kanye West & Common – “Make Her Say”
Kanye West & Young Jeezy – “Amazing”

Best Urban/Alternative Performance
India.Arie & Dobet Gnahore – “Pearls”
The Foreign Exchange feat. Muhsinah – “Daykeeper”
Robert Glasper & Bilal – “All Matter”
Eric Roberson, Ben O’Neill & Michelle Thompson – “A Tale Of Two”
Tonex – “Blend”

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration
BeyoncĂ© & Kanye West – “Ego”
Keri Hilson, Kanye West & Ne-Yo – “Knock You Down”
Jay-Z, Rihanna & Kanye West – “Run This Town”
The Lonely Island & T-Pain – “I’m On A Boat”
T.I. & Justin Timberlake – “Dead And Gone”

Other notables:
Beyonce had the BEST night taking home 6 Grammys along with making history as the first woman to ever receive that total number of awards in one night. Taylor Swift received 4(SMH, WHERE WAS KANYE?)
Gaga received 2, her performance drew me in to why people love her so much. Definitely #Classic, check who she performed with:

Pink looked real sexy in her performance and the homey Jamie's Performance was nothing but LIVE!

...and he brought out Dougie Fresh (the music was way too loud to hear Dougie BeatBox though, but Oh Well)
The Best was put to last, as Drake, Wayne & Eminem performed one of '09's best songs "Forever" (Again, WHERE WAS KANYE?)..and before that Wayne performing "Drop The World" (Easily my favorite track on "Rebirth") w/ Eminem

OVERALL: If Kanye was there and the Hip-Hop/R&B Award nomination presentations, the Grammys to me, would definitely be 10x Better smh.

So Far...Mixtapes of '09

Here's a compilation of the best mixtapes this past year, no specific order:
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Lloyd Banks
-"Bullets Aint Got No Name Vol. 3"
Nipsey Hussle
-"The Champ is Here PT. 2: KISS MY ASS
Jadakiss - This was easily better than the album, which is sort of common for "Top 5 Dead or Alive" Jada. Back in '04 he suffered the same fate with the first installment of the DJ Green Lantern mixtape. Definitely waiting on the next 'tape.
-"Back to the Features"
Wale - This is when I jumped on the Wale bandwagon and figured out how #Nicce he was. Definitely a perfect mixtape for '09, where we see Wale collaborating with the everyone in the industry of newcomers and underground artists. Prod. entirely by 9th Wonder, Wale made a statement that he can def. hold his own in any given collabo.
"Boss of All Bosses"
Cam'ron & Vado ("Huuuuh" Vado) I can't front, I was never a Cam fan till I heard this mixtape, and it wasn't because of him. It was because of that dude standing right beside him, Vado. Look out for that dude in 2010.

"No Ceilings"
Lil' Weezy - This mixtape really brought me back to the Lil' Wayne bandwagon and all his classic/old material. He did his thing on this mixtape and made all the haters (including us) bite their tongues.
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"The Warm Up"
J. Cole - This kid is in my Top 5 from the newcomers and in my Top 10 overall. He is that DAMN GOOD. Look out for him this year. Mixtape is a certified #CLASSIC.

"So Far Gone"
Drake - "Dropped a mixtape that sh*t sounded like an album..." Enough said

Lets Take a Look Back...Pushin' Mounts' Best Hip-Hop/ R&B Albums of '09

Honorable Mention: "If Tomorrow Comes..." Maino

Yes, what many people overlooked. Maino really impressed me with his release, although it was long overdue after the release to the lukewarm "Hi Hater", Maino proved that he's trying to leave a footprint in this Hip-Hop game. He isn't the best lyricist, but bar for bar, the realness in his subject matter and hunger in his voice and flow is unmatched by the newcomers especially those coming out of Brooklyn. Expect his next release to be epic.
Fav. Tracks: "Here Comes Trouble" , "Hood Love (Feat. Trey Songz)"

10)"Deeper Than Rap" Rick Ross

After dropping what was his best album, Trilla, Ross came back and took it to the roots he's known for, making good mafioso music. Deeper Than Rap was a perfectly crafted body of work that assembled the best track for track album, 09 had to offer. From the infamous, "Mafia Music" (One of the best intros on an album), Ross shows that he has something to prove after dropping two mumber one albums, "But I thought about my future and the loops I could pin.
Walked out on a gig and I turned to da streets,
Kept my name low key, I ain't heard from in weeks.
I came up with a strategy to come up mathematically,
I did it for da city but now everybody mad at me.
Mothafuck em all, they sweat from my balls,
If I drop anotha album I did dat fo my dawgs.

The album's sound quality resemble a summertime-feel, with every track resembling a cool, tranquil, and mellow vibe provided by melodic beats by a superstar lineup of producers ranging from J.U.S.T.I.C.E. League, The Inkredibles, Drumma Boy, etc. Besides the album being perfect in terms of good music to play at your leisure, I could only play it from Tracks 1 to Usual Suspects w/ NaS. Why? After this collabo with NaS, I feel it lets loose from its perfect blend of beats to now "regular attempts at making the charts" type of tracks.
Fav. Track: "Mafia Music" , "Usual Suspect" (Feat. NaS)

9) "Ryan Leslie" Ryan Leslie

I wasn't open to listening to this at first but, that "Addiction" track was undeniably a hot track. After the first listen turned to 10x a day listening. Ryan isn't the best singer to keep the R&B dudes on their toes but, he can make GOOD music with his eyes close. Not only does he sing on every track but produces them as well. Its real clear that music is his passion, from tracks 1 to Gibberish, Mr. Leslie crooned one of the best R&B album the year '09 had to offer. Its just a shame his label didn't market him as well.
Fav. Tracks: "Valentine" , "How it Was Supposed to Be (Remix) (Feat. Jadakiss)"

8) "The Last Kiss" Jadakiss

"Top 5 Dead or Alive and that's just off 1 LP..." Jada is BACK!. After a 5 year hiatus, the homey Jada released his comeback album which had his fans(yours truly) in a frenzy. From dropping another classic mixtape with Green Lantern, and announcing a collabo w/ his best collaborator (besides Styles P): NaS and others (***Rae the Chef and Ghostface), Jada was out to prove something with this album. Unfortunately he did it halfway. From the monster intro "Pain & Torture" to the self-motivation anthem "Can't Stop Me", Jada had my ears bleeding from good music then it went south a little bit with the Pharrell produced tracks that felt like leftover beats, and a mediocre collabo with Jeezy (Jeezy could've came with more bars). The album was definitely the best rap album in the 1st quarter of '09 but, after having a 5 year hiatus, Jada had something to prove and kind of failed. Hopefully he realizes his weaknesses and come harder with the next album (Where's THE LOX album). Besides the misses, the album was the best DEF JAM selling album of '09 and that's an incredible mark for Hip-Hop and us Jada fans, showing that if you stay true to your roots, only the best is in your conclusions.
Fav. Tracks:

"Things I've Been Through

7) "Til The Casket Drops" Clipse

After a 4 year hiatus, the Thorton brothers were seeking to drop another another album after going through trials and tribulations with their label,conviction of their long time manager, etc. With their previous releases being considered unarguably #Classics, Malice and Pusha T backed by their new label (Columbia), seeked to prove why they are "The Best Duo Ever." From the breathtaking drums and snares on "Freedom" to the street anthem of '09 along with one of the best songs "Popular Demand", the Clipse came in to start a disturbance in this rap game. Overall, the album proved to all the haters that Malice and Pusha, are indeed the best duo ever. This album contained little coke-related raps and more conscious and mature lyrics making a solid statement that brothers are moving on with their subject matter. Although the album being a statement maker, it did not match their previous releases. This time, it seemed like the Neptune's beats should've been limited and left to DJ Khalil and Sean C & LV which was a common statement made by many. I personally feel the key Neptune tracks were everything except for "All Eyes On Me" (the worst song on the album) and "Im Good" (although being a good track for the summer, it could've been left off). I kind of felt that being that the two singles "Kinda Like A Big Deal" & "Im Good" were released too early from the album's release date, they could've also been left off because it kind of kills the anticipation when awaiting the next track to commence.

SideBar: "Champion" should've been the initial single.
Fav. Tracks: "Showin Out (Feat. Yo Gotti)" (one of the best songs on an album in '09),"Life Change (Feat. Kenna & Pharrell)"

6) "Slaughterhouse" Slaughterhouse

I still get chills playing this album, listen for yourself to understand what I mean. This group will undoubtedly go down in history as one of the most lyrically destructive rap supergroup.

5) "Ready" Trey Songz

I was skeptical of listening to the album because of the ladies' response, but I can't front, its definitely that DAMN GOOD.
Fav. Track: "Say Aah" (Feat. Fabolous) , "Invented Sex" (Feat. Drake) (yea, you could check YouTube on you're own for that one)

4) "Loso's Way" Fabolous

YESSS, this album was definitely the best Fab album in our personal opinion. Check out our post on this album.
Sidebar: "Throw it in the Bag (Remix) was the first track that had a remix better than the original. Fab and Drake are a good match on a track, expect more collabos from these two.
Fav. Track: "Lullaby"

3) "Attention Deficit" Wale

Despite the Billboard numbers,and his label screwing him over with the album shipments, the true fans went out to cop and support this album and good music as a whole. Wale definitely didn't disappoint, every track is as fresh as a brand new pair of White Ups. Lyrically, Mr. DMV proves that he is nothing like the rest, and a true star in his own lane. Nobody is touching this newcomer. I'm looking forward to the next album.
Fav. Track: "Shades" (Feat. Chrisette Michele)" , "Beautiful Bliss" (Feat. Melanie Fiona & J. Cole)

2) "Man on the Moon: The End of Day" KiD CuDi

A classic by the homey KiD CuDi, point blank, if you didn't hear it, you're missing out.
Fav. Track: "Soundtrack To My Life" , "CuDi Zone"

This was definitely a hard choice but i'll give it to Rae the Chef and Hov. this is the first time you'll ever see a 1 and 1.5 in a top ten lineup of the Best of the Bestest.


Although it wasn't Hov's best album, it definitely was that DAMN GOOD. "Death of Auto-tune is a track that's so HARD! and clearly sent a message and the internet in a frenzy when it was initially released. It wasn't a classic but better than any other album this past year besides Rae's of course. From standout tracks "Empire State of Mind" to "So Ambitious", and even Beanie Sigel's favorites "What We Talkin' Bout" & "Already Home (w/ KiD CuDi, Hov proved that age aint nothing but a number and lyrically proved to undeniably be the "Best Rapper Alive." He also had a message to his critics that want him to take it back
"People keep talkin' bout Hov take it back
I'm doin' better than before, Why would I do that?"
Fav. Track: "A Star is Born" (Feat. J. Cole), "So Ambitious" ...matter of fact the whole album, its that good.


Besides being the Man of the Year in Hip-Hop, OB4CL II was the best Hip-Hop album this past year regardless of our bias. Rae the Chef did the impossible when returning with a sequel to his already classic and a pinnacle in his catalog, Only Built 4 Cuban Linx, and succeeding it to be another classic that hands down measures up to the first.
Fav. track: "Gihad" & "Catalina"

"It's Loso In Case You Aint Know So..."

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Loso's Way is probably, and Im definitely going to make it a statement,the best Fab album of all time.
"Ghetto Fab" comes in second because Fab was at his hungriest, while "Real Talk is third and a tie with "From Nothin' to Somethin'", because he stepped up lyrically and cleared the monkey off his back after "Street Dreams" and with "From Nothin' To Somethin' he made a comeback. "Loso's Way" overall was and is his best album to date. Although it wasn't a "classic" like he kept mentioning, but it was that DAMN GOOD.
He had his "lovey dovey" female tracks but they managed to benefit the album as well due to his wordplay, beat selections, and choice of collaborators (Yes "Everyday, Everything, Everywhere" is banger). The beat selections again was another plus, from the flaring horns on "Imma Do It" to the bass knocking drums on "Salute" it had to be a crime to not bump this album in the whip during the summertime. Lyrically, Fab proved to be the next up after Hov to take over Brooklyn and this East Coast rap thing (yea i said it. He crushed every other album that releaed before him and even some after. The only flaw was the theme, which wasn't really clear when you get up to "Throw it in the Bag" but, I could take that. It wasnt a classic, but definitely the best album in his catalog.

P.S: Hit us up with some more storytelling and introspecitive sh*t on the next album Los. lol

iPod, iPhone, iTouch,...iPad???!

I was first skeptical of what this was really going to be like but, after this video I might be investing in one of these soon, very soon, when "Dr. Dre's Detox arrive" soon. Aside from it looking like a oversized iPhone, no camera, and having to pay for the 3G service through AT&T, Apple knows how to step it up a notch when it comes to technology.

For more info check out: Gizmodo.com

Wednesday, January 27, 2010

New Era

I was first skeptical of what this was really going to be like but, after this video I might be investing in one of these soon, very soon, when "Dr. Dre's Detox arrive" soon. Aside from it looking like a lifelike iPhone, Apple knows how to step it up a notch when it comes to technology.
I'm not surprised if an iTV come out soon.



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