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Weekend Lite: Kickin' Funky Freesteez

by Travis on March 10, 2008

Posse in effect. Did you know that Venezuela makes some excellent rum? It’s true. I wanted a beer tonight while I was working on some stuff, but didn’t have any. A friend of mine sent me a bottle of Venezuelan rum for Christmas that he picked up during a business trip (thanks Alex & Heather). Well, it’s been sitting in the cabinet waiting for a “special occasion”. I guess the special occasion was that I didn’t have any beer. I so poured myself a rum & coke. Now my boy Alex will probably read me the riot act for wasting good rum in coke, but damn it was good! So had another one. And yet one more. Three rum and cokes for the night and while I’m not anywhere close to being drunk, I have that warm happy feeling flowing through my veins. If you are ever in Venezuela, be sure to pick up a bottle of rum.

Didn’t mean to turn this into a liquor blog (although that’s not a bad idea), so I’ll jump to the music for the night. I had a couple requests and while I was digging out the CD’s, a couple more jumped in my hands that I figured I’d share while I’m at it.

My Mind On Money & My Money On My Mind

When I first started this blog, I said I would never sell out and put advertisements on WYDU. I didn’t have any desire to put links and shit on the site, I thought it would just look tacky. And honestly, I never really thought I’d be in a position that people would want to advertise on the blog. I just knew I was never going to put those damn google ads on the site. I mean, for what? A couple bucks a month? Why bother? Plus I always thought they just cluttered a site up. I guess Trav’s turning capitalist, cause I’ve been toying with the idea. I’ve been contacted in the past about advertising on the site and I just flat out said no. Lately though, it doesn’t sound like such a bad idea.

Yesterday I ran into a link with supposedly the Top 50 Hip Hop Blogs listed. I don’t know the site that posted them. They ranked the blogs by averaging the Alexa score (which I don’t know anything about either) and the Technorati ranking (which again, I know very little about and take with a grain of salt) and that is how they rank you. Whatever, I’m not in a popularity contest, so be it. What I was interested in was how many of the sites in front of me contained advertisements (WYDU was ranked 19th). Out of the 18 sites in front of me, fourteen of them had advertising on them. Of course two of them that didn’t are both sites that I respect and I respect the people that run them. One being Soul Sides and Oliver Wang, the other being Oh Word (which did have a link to a Katrina Fund, which I don’t count) and Rafi. So obviously, I’m assuming I could get away with charging people to advertise on WYDU and it’s not that of an uncommon thing with the position I have put this blog in.

I honestly know nothing about advertising on these sites. I don’t know what the going rates are, I don’t know the details, I don’t know any of that. If I did do it, it would be under my own terms and I’d prefer to keep it hip hop related. I’d love if a label wanted to put up a banner or a PR firm or something like that. I did have a company contact me last weekend about a possible advertisement placement. It was for a forum (non hip hop related) or something and I’m not sure it would be a good fit, but I told them I’d think about it. That got me wondering about things. How would people visiting the site take it? Would it bother some of you? Do you care one way or the other? I’m not going to lie, if the right company or person came a long and wanted to offer $50-$100 a month (again, I don’t know if thats a pipe dream or I’d be lowballing myself) to advertise on here, I’d probably take it, regardless of what people felt. But I do kind of care how people would take it, because I do value my royal readers. But in some ways I look at it like this: I’ve spent an ungodly amount of time making this site what it is, why shouldn’t I see some sort of finical reward for it?

So basically I’m asking two things. One, what do some of the “regulars” think? Is it cheapening the site? Please leave some feedback, one way or the other. I do value the opinions of my readers on this. And two, I’m sure some of those bigger blogs with ads read this site, can somebody give me a crash course on the blog advertisement game. And don’t tell me google ads are where it’s at, because I ain’t doin’ that shit.

New Blogs

I Hook A Beat Up

I should be shot for not mentioning this sooner, but I’m guessing if you check this blog and check the “blogosphere” much, you already know about it. I Hook A Beat Up is put on by my good man Treebeats aka What It Is aka El Douscharo aka Captain Maxi Pad aka The Peperation H Kid. If you don’t know the idea behind this blog, it is a beat battle blog, a Battle Royale for producers. A selected committee of “Beat Diggers” consisting of some well known names of Scholar from “Souled On” and Mr. Mass at Mass Communication among some others. Once a week, one of these cats choose a sample song and the producers have a week to flip it into something of their own creation, ala Dr. Frankenstein. The panel of ummm *cough* hack “celebrities” then discuss their favorite tracks and non favorite tracks. It’s made up of some familiar blogging names, Andrew from “Let’s Start Over” and “Strictly Beats” , Max from “Hip Hop Isn’t Dead”, Eric from “When They Reminisce”, Mike Dikk from “Dumpin.Net”, King E, and some other douche bag that I forget who it is, guess you’ll just have to check the site yourself if you don’t already know who it is. The judges votes coupled with the popular vote all declare a winner for the week. The winner receives, well, nothing, but the satisfaction of a job well done and of course bragging rites for the week. It’s all in good fun and their has been some pretty nice beats served up the past four weeks. Go by and leave a comment.

Hip 2 Da Game

A blog with the combination of my two favorite topics…okay, well two of my top five favorite topics, Sports and Hip Hop. Antone has a nice little blog here that talks about both. He’s been dropping some nice little newer jewels in the hip hop worlds, such as the BANGIN’ new Fat Joe track, who I usually would care less about, but over the top of one of the better Primo beats I’ve heard in a fast minute? Shit is fire.

Then there are the latest sports rumors and talk. What b-boy doesn’t like sports? You has been talkin’ NFL free agency, where Bariod might end up and other interesting topics. Plus the dude is updating daily, so added to your blog roll and drop by and check it out.

The Meaning of Dope

I just stumbled across this site in the past week, but I like the looks of it already. Some nice write ups and the such. It contains some videos, some of the latest news, and other goodies from around the world of hip hop.

The People’s Republic of Hip Hop & Soul

Another site that has “something to say” rather than just throwing up some albums and calling it good. It seems to cover mostly the newer underground acts and the such, which is
fine with me, since it seems to cover the type of newer music that I’m usually into. I’ll be checking this site on the regular

Goodies From The Inbox

Editor’s Choice

Pillowtalk Politicks – Pillow Politiks EP
1. Intro
2. Ezer Is Never Was
3. Skit
4. Taste
5. Not Preaching
6. Zen Moment
7. 5ve
8. Skit
9. Aerial Mosiac

I mentioned this group last week when I posted up my top 10 spins of the week. Truth is, the producer for this group, sent this to me back in January. I listened to it, thought it was pretty tight, then got sick and didn’t listen to much hip hop that week or so and it kind of drifted off into my subconscious. A couple weeks ago, I had my winamp player on random while I did some stuff and the track “Not Preaching” came on and I stopped what I was doing and ran over to the computer to see what track it was. I haven’t stopped playing this EP since that day. Pillowtalk Politiks, as far as I can tell is made up of MC Tigre Cole and Producer Entity. The production is on some smooth shit, which is all good with me. It’s more “music” than actual beats. Lot’s of soft keys, guitar chords and blissful melodies. It’s “beautiful” for the lack of a better word. I know hardcore heads don’t want their music described as beautiful, but the production is just amazing. The MC is more than talented enough to ride over the beats. The topics are not your typical braggin’ & boastin’, it’s that grown folks music, which might be a played out description, but this isn’t your little brothers hip hop.

These tracks are the unmastered versions. The commercial tracks can be found on their myspace page.

Bring That Beat Back




There are some nice mixes going down on both of these projects. Classic loops over the AG album and several tracks. A couple of the American Gangster tracks were particularly dope. Worth checking out for sure if you are into the whole old school loops.

MidiMarc – All Souled Out Vol 1

Just in case you haven’t figured it out from listening to my production I listen to a ridiculous amount of Soul music. So I said to myself
“Self!!!… should start a series of mixtapes that have nothing but your all time favorite Soul/Love songs”. And then I said ” You know what self…’re right…thats a great idea”

So here you go!!

or copy and paste:

18 timeless tracks.

You’ll notice that some of the songs here have been sampled to make some of your favorite hip hop tracks


New MP3 now available for free download from Majik Most titled “The Tonight Show” produced by Celph Titled. “The Tonight Show” is taken from Majik Most’s “You Got Jokes?!”, in stores now!

Free Download: Majik Most “The Tonight Show” MP3:

AstonishLife Ain’t Sweet feat Termanology
Off Astonish’s – From Now Until Forever E.P. ( Feb 26th )

Chi-Town MC who is down with the Molemen. The first single “Can U Hear Me” was pretty dope. Haven’t checked this out yet, but I think this dude could make some noise.

The first glimpse of what to expect from Kidz In The Hall‘s sophomore LP, The In Crowd, came in the form of “Drivin Down The Block” (Low End Theory). Now, here is, “The Blackout,” which will also be included on The In Crowd.

The In Crowd has a new release date of 5-13-08 and it will be released by Duck Down/Major League Records.


Brand new exclusive from Brooklyn emcee Mr. Live called “I’m Fresh” featuring Earl Blaize produced by Big Will sampling Rick The Ruler aka Slick Rick, off his upcoming project coming soon!

Bronx River Parkway feat. Jose Parla and the Candela All Stars – “La Valla”

First track from Fallin’ Off the Reel Vol.2 features NYC & Puerto Rican musicians

The Song:

The Hispanic funk groove of “La Valla” is the perfect example of the Truth & Soul aesthetic. Soulful and timeless, most listeners will be surprised to find that the song was penned and recorded a short time ago. Truth & Soul’s premier Latin soul outfit, Bronx River Parkway, is a collective of musicians from both New York and San Juan, Puerto Rico. Members include lead singer, Sammy Ayala, who was an original member of Cortijo y Su Combo. Other members have played with such legends as Roberto Roena and the Fania All-Stars.

The Background:

Fallin’ Off the Reel Vol. 2 follows the success of Truth and Soul’s first edition of the compilation, Fallin’ Off the Reel, released in the fall of 2006. The forthcoming second-edition Truth & Soul compilation boasts a varied roster of current-day and older funk and soul artists, including Timothy McNealy, El Michels Affair, Bronx River Parkway, Lee Fields & The Expressions, Tyrone Ashley’s Funk Music Machine, Black Velvet, Quincy Bright and The Fabulous Three. The compilation comprises a wide selection of contemporary music that has descended from the rhythm and blues, soul, and funk music traditions. Fallin’ Off The Reel Vol. 2 has every Truth & Soul 45 single presented in chronological order from 2006 until now (available for the first time on CD), including one previously unreleased bonus track.

About Truth & Soul: When Soul Fire Records officially retired in 2004, Soul Fire house musicians Leon Michels and Jeff Silverman started their own label, Truth & Soul, which has now become a label and production house based out of Brooklyn, NY that specializes in creating deep funk and soul music. They have released a slew of 7″ and 12″ vinyl releases by bands such as El Michels Affair, Bama & The Family, Lee Fields & the Expressions, Timothy McNealy, Asiko, Bronx River Parkway, and many more. Both Michels and Silverman produce, perform on, engineer, and mix all of the label’s releases and productions.

Audio Streams:

Bronx River Parkway – “La Valla”

Teyana Taylor – Google Me feat. 6th Sense

She’s on Star Trak, she was on the sweet 16 show on MTV. She’s from Harlem. I think the joint is dope, Jazze Pha on the beat. I dropped some bars to it, and I think it’s pretty dope, and it’s getting spins. I attached the mp3, and I’m including a sharebee link.

King Magazine recently selected Naledge to write 16 Bars on a subject they picked at random (obviously judging by the title you can see where they wanted him to go), in which they would then publish his lyrics. Yet, Kidz In The Hall took it a bit further then the norm and recorded a new track for it.

With that said, here is the world premier of Kidz In The Hall‘s “Sweet 16″ (All My Ladies).

Kidz In The Hall‘s sophomore LP, The In Crowd, will be in stores on 4-29-08 courtesy of Major League/Duck Down Records. New audio, “Little Story,” f/Slaine (of La Coka Nostra and Speacial Teamz) from The Camp’s debut effort, The Campaign, which will be released on 4-1-08.


Brand new Exclusive from Wordsmith called “Special Request.”

Watch out for Wordsmith flooding the streets and online in 2008 with a whole host of new projects including the follow up to his successful mixtape with HipHopDX, along with his new project “Vintage Material” & his collaboration album with the legendary Chubb Rock!

Kidd Russell – Dear Shooter

(from Kidd Russell) I wrote this song “Dear Shooter” ands its from the victims to their shooters. This song is featuring jaswel race. I hope you take a minute to listen it is produced by michael angelo from the group portrait. He has worked with snoop, busta all the best. thanks for listening kidd russell

Donny Goines – Freestyle over “Juicy”

Here is a brand new and exclsuive RZA joint off his new and upcoming album….Also I added the official single by Wu-Affiliate’s Darkim Be Allah…

1) Rza f/ Inspectah Deck – You Can’t Stop Me Now (Off New Bobby Digital ‘Digi Snax’ – In-Stores Summer 2008!)

2) Darkim Be Allah – Big Apple (Off New Album ‘Live at the Lab, Take II: Retaliatory Strike’ In-Stores Soon!)


Brand new single from Sha Stimuli called “Tight Ones” produced by Crada Beats, from his new official mixtape with DJ Victorious entitled “Love Jones” which you can purchase on his official myspace page now!

Sha Stimuli has just released his new official mixtape via his myspace page entitled “Love Jones” presented by DJ Victorious which is mixtape #2 of his “12 mixtapes in 12 months” series, make sure you it pick up!

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Street Knowledge Media invaded the red carpet of BET’s 2008 Rip the Runway festivities hosted by Nelly & Lauren London. Executive producer Diddy brought out the stars to celebrate Hip Hop’s most vibrant in fashion & music.We had the pleasure of interviewing Rita G who stars in Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights” video. She explains the meaning behind the video and explains why the video” goes over alot of people’s head”. And we take you exclusively to NYC to a never before released concert featuring Kanye West and Common. Chicago’s finest electrify the crowd with a classic performance of “Get Em High”. Youtube

More Donny Goines. I like dude’s hustle and the way he be doing things.

The Kidd Russell – Dear Shooter Video


Nicolay & Kay’s TIME:LINE contest!

To celebrate the release of Nicolay & Kay’s: TIME:LINE, AllHiphop, Audible Treats, RappersIKnow, and Nicolay Music are pulling out all the stops and have put together an amazing contest. To show appreciation to their fans for their ongoing support, Nicolay & Kay are offering a new iPod preloaded with hours and hours of music from their respective catalogs.

But wait! Before you think to yourself, �Yeah yeah, lots of artists give away iPods. Big deal,” there�s something that�s very special about this contest: Both Nicolay and Kay will be including several tracks that have never been released before. One lucky winner will become the only person on earth besides the artists themselves to own these tracks!

The winner gets a brand new iPod Classic 80Gb preloaded with hours and hours of music. Two runners up will win autographed copies of Nicolay � Here (2CD Japanese Bonus Disc Edition), Nicolay � City Lights 1.5, Nicolay � The Dutch Masters Vol. 1 (2CD RE-issue) and Kay � The Talkshow.
Instructions for entering contest:

1. If you haven’t already done so, pick up a copy of TIME:LINE on CD or 2LP at your favorite store or online retailer. For a complete list of retailers, visit Nicolay Music.

2. Take a picture of yourself or have your picture taken displaying your copy of TIME:LINE. We are looking for the MOST ORIGINAL** picture!

3. Email your submission along with your contact information to

All submissions will be posted on Nicolay & Kay’s MySpace Profile and RappersIKnow. Nicolay & Kay will handpick the most original picture as well as the two runners-up.

Submissions need to be in no later than March 31st. The winner and two runners up will be announced on Friday April 4th. By submitting your entry, you also agree to join the Nicolay Music email list.

*Music preloaded on the iPod:
Nicolay – City Lights 1.5, Nicolay – The Dutch Masters Vol. 1 [Re-issue incl. all instrumentals], Nicolay – Here [incl. Japan Bonus Disc], Nicolay & Kay – TIME:LINE [incl. instrumentals and bonus tracks], Kay – The Talk Show, and many more rare and hard-to-find tracks, remixes and instrumentals, some of which previously unreleased!

**Note: The TIME:LINE album must be CLEARLY and UNMISTAKINGLY VISIBLE in the picture!

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Akrobatik: “Kindred” feat. Chuck D


“Crying for what the helicopters never dropped us, the stench of bodies in piles is evident for miles, broke with little hope, laid off with little income

The Song:
On “Kindred,” Akrobatik directly explores the racially derived hardships that African-Americans have faced throughout history. Public Enemy‘s Chuck D’s booming monologue opens the track and then Akrobatik follows with the first verse, containing his interpretation of what a black man may have endured being a slave in the early years of America’s history; (“the stings from the welts in my back make me wanna attack and be a martyr for blacks but then the whip cracks…”). The second verse delves into the subject of Hurricane Katrina and the intense hardships that New Orlean’s less fortunate experienced during the tragedy: “Crying for what the helicopters never dropped us, the stench of bodies in piles is evident for miles, broke with little hope, laid off with little income.” Akrobatik’s connection between these two distant, yet inherently related subjects makes for a poignant glimpse into the universal African-American consciousness.

Underlying this emotional exploration is a laid-back, flowing beat made up of a jazzy flute line over appropriately simple drum and bass lines. The chorus features a female vocalist singing a melodic line about the nature of the kindred individual. Chuck D puts his stamp on the track with the introduction and outro monologue, endorsing Akrobatik’s interpretation of past and present-day examples of institutionalized racism.

The Background:
Known globally as one of Boston’s finest, Akrobatik beasted his way onto the scene at the start of the new millennium with Rawkus Records and a series of scathing singles. In 2003, he released his first full-length LP, Balance. The album won Ak a slew of awards in his hometown in addition to a first prize at the heralded International Songwriting Competition for “Remind My Soul,” a track regarded by many critics and fans as one of hip-hop’s finest compositions to date. Akrobatik is perhaps best known as one-third of The Perceptionists alongside Mr. Lif and DJ Fakts One, whose 2005 Def Jux release Black Dialogue was the only indie rap album on The Rolling Stone‘s Top 50 Records Of The Year list.

Akrobatik is continually surrounded by hip-hop’s elite. Having toured with Eminem, The Roots, Edo G., and Guru, his 2008 LP Absolute Value features Talib Kweli, Chuck D, J Dilla, Little Brother, B-Real, and of course The Perceptionists. Akrobatik’s work has also been featured on HBO, on ESPN, and in NBA Live ’06. Bostonians can tune in to JAM’N 94.5′s Morning Show for Akrobatik’s freestyled, daily sports recaps.


“Kindred” featuring Chuck D