GOSSIP A dentist commuting into work this past Thursday on the 307 bus of Enfield/Barnet told our source that his American cousin recently treated Eminem protégé 50 Cent, who complained of having too many teeth. In total the dentist had to move fourteen before 50 could start talking properly and stop looking like a horse.
BOOKWORM Patrick Neate recently wrote an article in London's Evening Standard newspaper about the origins of hiphop and how big it now is. Published by Bloomsbury this week comes 'Where You're At; Notes From The Frontline Of A HipHop Planet'.
GIGS TO GO ICE T @ EDINBURGH,
SEAN PAUL @ OCEAN, LONDON,
JAMES BROWN @ LONDON,
BARRY WHITE @ IRELAND.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH: "If you gonna ball, play the game how it should be played, can you dribble a grenade?" – Dead Prez 'Walk Like A Warrior'
ONLINE SPOTS: Okayplayer.com A site for the fans of The Roots, Kweli, Common, Dilated Peoples and more. Brainraps.com It's all about Science. Rapreviews.com Will you, wont you buy it? Altrap.com Great Interviews! British HipHop.co.uk A huge database of UK artists!
TUNES TO CHECK
Walk Like A Warrior- Dead Prez
Run Up On You- 213
Flip Flop Rock- Outkast & Jay Z
Robot- SA Smash
Witness The Pitness- MC Pitman
TOP JUNE TUNES
Where's Da Love- Black Eyed Peas, Rap Music- Pacewon, Street Banger- Pras ft. Sheek, Uh Huh- Method Man.
DEAD PREZ Following their recent split with Sony Music, M1 and Stic Man have contacted the owner of Deadprez.net who says an official site will be up soon.
MOS DEF acts in the new Paramount Pictures movie 'The Italian Job' a remake of the now classic film. UK heads eger to see or hear the rapper/singer/actor/rocker can catch him in the UK later this year in the stage production Top Dogg.
WRITING ON THE WALL This month's graffiti piece is from London and can be found on Phatmedia.co.uk
GANG STARR It's finally dropping, so buy it. The first single featuring Jada Kiss is out now and has a great video to support it.
IT'S LUDACRIS Several times of late, the rapper Ludacris has made the news with his lyrics which people seem to be opposing as if he was Eminem or something. First Pepsi and now the general public of an American neighbourhood. Isn't it about time that people be used to less dignified use of language in Urban music. It's a tired issue that no young person gives a damm about.
Hits, Rarities And Remixes- A Tribe Called Quest
I Ain't Mad No More- Skillz
The Ownerz- Gangstarr
KRStyle- KRS One
Other June Releases
Inner Vision- Pharoahe Monch
First Love- Queen Latifah
Everything Is A Story- Rah Digga
Elephunk- Black Eyed Peas
July 8th- 'Lover Hater/Speaker Box' (double album) by Outkast
July 15th- 'Gemini' TQ (Okay, he isn't hiphop but he's cool)
July 22nd- 'Rip The Jacker' from Canibus and Stoupe
'Mutant Mindframe' by Big Gipp of Outkast's Dungeon Family
'Ruminations' by KRS One is released on the 1st of July and is available for pre order at Amazon. The books bound to drop hella science about the music and culture which he's contributed a great deal to.
GIGS TO GO
Dan Greenpeace @ Fabric, London
Masta Ace @ Manchester
Blackalicious @ Swindon
Mobb Deep @ Newcastle
TUNES TO CHECK (Old And New)
Tech N9ne 'It's Alive'- A great up beat track showcasing incredible vocal skills and quality production
Snoop Dogg 'Outro'- This is the final track from Snoop's first full mix tape, featuring vocals by the late Marvin Gaye. By the way, the whole mix tape is better than all the recent full albums.
Braintax And Friends 'Arrest The President'- Music to my ears, UK artists staying focused and conscious.
TOP JULY TUNES
'The Flyest' by Nas and Pharrel, 'Whup Whup' by Big Gipp, 'How I Could Just Kill A Man' by Young Zee, 'Any Type Of Way' by Big Daddy Kane.
Royce Da 5'9 'Heartbeat'- I really regret that he didn't blow up to the extent he should have. This Kayne West track show's just how decent this artist is.
QUOTE OF THE MONTH:
You know the deal, each month we drop some words from a dope verse. This time we're rewinding to a much slept on LP, 'Masquerade' by Wyclef Jean. Don't write him off just because you can't deal with how much talent he has:
"What's this I hear, y'all wanna take my spot? You got a better chance putting a gorilla in a headlock I'm too focused, I can see through your lens You ain't a G, just a wanna be, Kingpin said… "The next time, y'all wanna pay for protection I suggest that you hit up the Haitian Sicilians"
DEAD PREZ According to Roots drummer Questlove on the okayplayer message boards, DP are about to sign to a major label, it's going to be very high profile, controversial and it's happening very soon!
TONY BENN is to release a hip-hop album too. The 78 year old former member of parliament has been in the studio with producer Charles Bailey and is concentrating on encouraging young people to vote.
ZION I release their second CD and DVD titled Deep Water Slang Vo. 2 this year, featuring Aceyalone, Deuce Eclypse and D.U.S.T. They plan to tour Europe very soon
DMX The man/dog's final album previously slated as being called 'It's Not A Game' is now to be called 'Grand Champ'. The rapper/actor who's recently featured in the films 'Cradle To The Grave' (Great!) and 'Romeo Must Die (Not as great) drops the album this September on Def Jam