Donald Byrd (1972 - 1975)

I don't care how many of y'all claim you're 80's babies...I'm stayin true to the 70's! How could you not!? I feel like SO many artists were at their prime in the 70's, all across the board. Rock, Jazz, Soul, Funk, each legendary musician seemed to hit their stride during this legendary decade (well, if you want me to be specific on a decade, I'd say 1968-1978. Some of that late 70's shit is suspect.) Prime example, Donald Byrd. Now, I know Jazz enthuisasts are gonna be quick to castrate me for this, and I love that straight ahead, Blue Note/Verve/Impulse Jazz all day, but when you had the progression of Jazz, mixed with the Funk and Soul, AND the politics all rolled in to one...there's no parallel. Musicianship and Creativity at it's best. Donald Byrd's music is the epitome of what Jazz, mixed with Funk, mixed with Soul is all about.

Learn More.
(BTW, Can someone PLEASE add to the Wikipedia biography?
It's suprising how little information there is.

1. Flight-Time
2. Black Byrd
3. Love's So Far Away
4. Mr. Thomas
5. Sky High
6. Slop Jar Blues
7. Where Are We Going?

Black Byrd (1972)

1. Stepping Into Tomorrow
2. Design A Nation
3. We're Together
4. Think Twice
5. Makin' It
6. Rock 'n' Roll Again
7. You Are The World
8. I Love The Girl

Stepping into Tomorrow (1974)

1. Change (Makes You Want To Hustle)
2. Wind Parade
3. (Fallin' Like) Dominoes
4. Places And Spaces
5. You And The Music
6. Night Whistler
7. Just My Imagination (Running Away With Me)

Places and Spaces (1975)

Questionmark Asylum

I can't for get the Questionmark Asylum, true DMV representatives (That's D.C., Maryland, and Virginia for all the cats out there that don't know!) I remember when I used to bump this album in High School, and I hate always saying this, and it sounds so cliche, but its true...this is when Hip Hop was fun. I wouldn't be suprised if you were on the westcoast and slept on these cats, I don't think their buzz really made it that far, but if you were one of those TRUE BET Rap City MF's back in the day, then you would be uped on these joints, and many others that fall into the same category. Big up to Questionmark Asylum (where ever yall are) and download this classic!! (i gotta start postin some more mid-90's ish on the blog!)



Tabi Bonney - On It

Tabi Bonney Interview

Tabi Bonney - Cool and Fly

I'ma rep D.C. once again. Here's a joint from Tabi Bonney



Wale (Prod. by Osinachi)

Uptown Roamers


Cuz I’m African

Nike Boots Remix


Dead Prez - PolitricKKKs feat. Malcolm X

Somthin to listen to, and think about, and talk about, and download
Amazing song off their upcoming Album Information Age.
You gotta hear this one!

Listen & Hear

Omaba v. McCain

I'm always down for a cheap laugh.
The dancing and super-imposing
is more impressive than the video is funny.
The facial expressions are hilarious tho.

BDP - My Philosophy

JUUUUUUUST in case you forgot...

Lets begin, what, where, why, or when
Will all be explained like instructions to a game
See Im not insane, in fact, Im kind of rational
When I be asking you, who is more dramatical?
This one or that one, the white one or the black one
Pick the punk, and Ill jump up to attack one
Krs-one is just the guy to lead a crew
Right up to your face and dis you
Everyone saw me on the last album cover
Holding a pistol something far from a lover
Beside my brother, s-c-o-t-t
I just laughed, cause no one can defeat me
This is lecture number two, my philosophy
Number one, was poetry you know its me
This is my philosophy, many artists got to learn
Im not flammable, I dont burn
So please stop burnin, and learn to earn respect
cause thats just what kr collects
See, what do you expect when you rhyme like a soft punk
You walk down the street and get jumped
You got to have style, and learn to be original
And everybodys gonna wanna diss you
Like me, we stood up for the south bronx
And every sucka mc had a response
You think we care? I know that they are on the tip
My posse from the bronx is thick
And were real live, we walk correctly
A lot of suckas would like to forget me
But they cant, cause like a champ
I have got a record of knocking out the frauds in a second
On the mic, I believe that you should get loose
I havent come to tell you I have juice
I just produce, create, innovate on a higher level
Ill be back, but for now just seckle!

[verse two]
Ill play the nine and you play the target
You all know my name so I guess Ill just start it
Or should I say, start this, I am an artist
Of new concepts at their hardest
Cause, yo, Im a teacher and scott is a scholar
It aint about money cause we all make dollars
Thats why i walk with my head up
When I hear wack rhymes I get fed up
Rap is like a set-up, a lot of games
A lot of suckas with colorful names
Im so-and-so, Im this, Im that
Huh, but they all just wick-wick-wack
Im not white or red or black
Im brown.. from the boogie down
Productions, of course our music be thumpin
Others say their bad, but theyre buggin
Let me tell you somethin now about hip hop
About d-nice, melodie, and scott la rock
Ill get a pen, a pencil, a marker
Mainly what I write is for the average new yorker
Some mcs be talkin and talkin
Tryin to show how black people are walkin
But I dont walk this way to portray
Or reinforce stereotypes of today
Like all my brothas eat chicken and watermelon
Talk broken english and drug sellin
See Im tellin, and teaching real facts
The way some act in rap is kind of wack
And it lacks creativity and intelligence
But they dont care cause the company is sellin it
Its my philosophy, on the industry
Dont bother dissin me, or even wish that wed
Soften, dilute, or commercialize all our lyrics
Cause its about time one of yall hear it
And hear it first-hand from the intelligent brown man
A vegetarian, no goat or ham
Or chicken or turkey or hamburger
cause to me thats suicide self-murder
Let us get back to what we call hip hop
And what it meant to dj scott la rock...

[verse three]
How many mcs must get dissed
Before somebody says, dont f*** with kris!
This is just one style, out of many
Like a piggy bank, this is one penny
My brothers name is kenny - thats, kenny parker
My other brother i.c.u. is much darker
Boogie down productions is made up of teachers
The lecture is conducted from the mic into the speaker
Who gets weaker? the king or the teacher
Its not about a salary its all about reality
Teachers teach and do the world good
Kings just rule and most are never understood
If you were to rule or govern a certain industry
All inside this room right now would be in misery
No one would get along nor sing a song
cause everyoned be singing for the king, am I wrong? !
So yo, whats up, its me again
Scott la rock, krs, bdp again
Many people had the nerve to think we would end the trend
Were criminal minded, an album which is only ten
Funky, funky, funky, funky, funky hit records
No more than four minutes and some seconds
The competition checks and checks and keeps checkin
They buy the album, take it home, and start sweatin
Why? well its simple, to them its kind of vital
To take krs-ones title
To them Im like an idol, some type of entity
In everybodys rhyme they wanna mention me?
Or rather mention us, me or scott la rock
But they can get bust get robbed, get dropped
I dont play around nor do I f*** around
And you can tell by the bodies that are left around
When some clown jumps up to get beat down
Broken down to his very last compound
See how it sounds? a little unrational
A lot of mcs like to use the word dramatical!
Fresh for 88, you suckaaaaaaas!

KRS ONE 1992 Election

I always love it when you hear a speech from yesteryear, and the meaning still holds weight in the present day. As we get closer to the most critical election of our lifetime, KRS drops knowledge on what was the election then, and can easily be translated to now. All you gotta do is substitute the names. In Black communities across the country, it's been said that the best music is made during the country's worst times (I can't really explain the last 4 years, though)...I guess that's one thing to look forward to if Obama doesn't win. Damn, I just paused and thought about what I just said...'What if Obama...' Ok, Ill shut the f*ck up.



Mos Def Freestyle

Mos Def - Fake Bonanza (Live Acapella)


Mos Def Interview w/ Terry Gross

Hopefully you've heard the new Mos Def track by now. Although Mos as had to answer to a lot of critics over the past years, I feel like Mos has deserved a pass, whatever he does with music is fine by me! I'm sure most of y'all don't feel me on that, but I've had countless argumements defending his sophmore album 'The New Danger' and heated discussions explaining why Black Star is not obligated to release another album (although it would be nice). Anyway, when 'The New Danger' was about to drop, I remember hearing an interview on NPR, so I dug it up and posted it. He actually discusses many other topics besides the then new album, and it's definitely worth a listen. The interview was done in 2003 (I think) and was conducted by Terry Gross on her show 'Fresh Air'.

Download the Interview


Mos Def - Life in Marvelous Times


you DID NOT get this from me.

Ron Carter - Uptown Conversation

The most selfless musician in any genre of music is the bassist. When a child has dreams of playing a musical instrument, no one says, "I wanna play the background and never get the credit i deserve!" Everyone wants to shine...but not the bass. They seem to have an appreciation for music that is overlooked, and they don't get as much love or recognition they should. I guess you can call the the 'offensive linemen' of music.
That's why I'm giving some love to Ron Carter, one of the most notable bassist in Jazz. Most Hip Hop fanatics may know his name from when Q-Tip shouted him out on Tribe Called Quest's 'Low End Theory' album, but he's definitely has put in work. I wanna share his album 'Uptown Conversations which is a real smooth, chill album to add to your collection. I like this album because it seems like there's a song for everyone because Carter displays a well-roundedness that is worth noticing. Check it out, especially if you only know him for his work on Tribe's album! This album is Jazz at it's best

Uptown Conversation


Tribal Music Compilations (Seattle)

This may seem like some random shit I'm posting, but let me explain. When I was in college, and I was in my all-underground-Hip Hop-and-nothing-else-matters stage, a friend of mine gave me this tape, and all he said was, "here's some Hip Hop from Seattle...it's cool. it's from the mid-90's" (the compilation was called Untranslated Prescriptions, but I did not know that at that time. I thought it was called "Do The Math"). The only thing I knew about the compilation was that the crew was called 'Tribal Music' and I didn't have liner notes, but I knew that Vitamin D produced some or all of the tracks. I absorbed that tape like nothing else, and it was my soundtrack for my early college experience. A couple years down the line, I realized they're was another compilation. One was called '14 Fathoms Deep' which I actually found on wax. I also found a 12" from the 'Do the Math' compilation. The songs on the 12" had songs that were on the tape that I had, that's why I thought it was the 'Do The Math' compilation. I later realized that the tape that I had contained songs from 'Do the Math' AND 'Untranslated Prescriptions'. Get It?

Like most of my frequently used tapes, That compilation couldn't withstand the wear n tear...it probably got eaten, broken, lost, melted, whatever, so then the tape became nothing but folklore. I would tell people "Man, I had this one compilation from Seattle, with Vitamin D production on it, it was some of the dopest shit I've ever heard", but...no proof. When I interviewed Jake One, I told him about it. I hit up Vitamin D on myspace and told him about it. It had such an impact on me, and I thought I'd never hear it again.

Earlier this year, as my obsession for blogs grew, I began to be able to find some pretty obscure shit that I never thought other people knew about. So it dawned on me. Maybe someone, somewhere has those compilations posted. After a whole lot of cyber diggin, I found em! I wanna give a shout out to Talksick for the posts on his blog, www.thewarofthewords.blogspot.com. I download em, and my feelings are still true. Some of the production on these compilations are incomparable, ESPECIALLY on the 'Do the Math' and the 'Untranslated Prescriptions' compilations (the quality on Untranslated Prescriptions isn't the greatest, but you'll hear what I'm talkin about). Some of the tightest beats that you may have never heard, and it's my pleasure to let you hear what I thought NO one else was listenin to, and what I thought I'd never hear again.

Sorry for the long-winded story, but I couldn't just post these and say "Download this!" because these comps had such an impact on me musically. So here they are...the 3 Tribal Music compilations for your listening and file sharing pleasure. Thank you, bloggers!

Note: I'm not sure on the release dates on these comps, but I'm pretty sure they were all released between 1993-1996. I have also posted the links in order from oldest to most recent.




If ANYONE has more information on these Comps that I left out, or that I got wrong, please let me know.

Check out an Interview with Vitamin D Here: http://www.builtfromskratch.com/features/vitamin-d/


Devin Harris gets Hustled in London

I heard about this video when it came out, but I didn't think much of it. When I saw it, and saw how hilarious it is, I had to share. You may have seen it already, but if you haven't. here goes! At least Devin Harris was cool about being owned!

Much respect to Devin Harris, though.
With that being said, lemme bring back his street cred.

Marvin Gaye (Live from Belgium)

Got to Give it Up

Come Get to This

Let's Get it On

After the Dance

Ain't Nothin Like the Real Thing

I Want You / Inner City Blues

What's Goin On / What's Happenin Brother

Get the audio from this video.

Marvin Gaye - I Wanna Be Where You Are (Extended Version)

In one of my favorite R&B/Soul albums of all time, my favorite song on the album, "I Wanna Be Where You Are" is only a minute and a half long, and to make it worse, the song fades out for about 45 seconds. Good for me (and you) that I found out there was an FULL version of the song (Thanks again Lalo), and I figured that maybe this is one that yall have to add to your collection. If you don't know what song I'm talkin about, I posted the player so you can listen. If it wasn't for the "What's Goin On" album, this would be my favorite Marvin Song.


I Wanna Be Where You Are (Extended Version)


Marvin Gaye - I Want You


You Want This.

Marvin Gaye. Just him and a piano.

Marvin Gaye (Live from Amsterdam 1976)

Marvin Gaye - I Want You


Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man (1972)

My friends make fun of me because I say EVERYthing is my favorite, so I guess you know where Im going with this one. This album is truly special to me because it was one that really opened me up to the versatility of Marvin. It was albums like this that really put him in his own category.
This was an album I haven't heard for at least a couple years, and I saw my boy Lalo listenin to this album via aim. He sent it to me, and I've been bumpin it pretty much all week. Listening to this album will definitely put you on another level. It's the perfect blend of Soul, Blues, and Funk, the vocals (of course, it's Marvin) are so smooth, and the instrumentation is ridiculous. Every time you hear this album, you'll notice or hear something different, and it paints a vivid picture of the Black experience in 1972. This album will make you blow out that afro! Anyway...if you only know Marvin for "Let's Get it On" and "Sexual Healing", listen to this one and you'll understand why Marvin Gaye is one of the greatest musicians of all time!

Someone posted some great photos of the actual LP, which has a flap that folded down to expose the full picture of Marvin crossing his legs. (I have the LP, so I don't feel TOO bad about taking the pictures! : ) but thanks to whoever took the time to take them). I believe they repressed the vinyl without the fold-down flap, and of course the CD didn't have it, so THAT'S the consolation for all my crate diggers out there!

I also must meantion that this is a soundtrack to a movie. I've never seen it, so I can't really comment on it, but even without seeing the movie, I can say that this is one of the best movie soundtracks I've ever heard.

Please download this and you'll know exactly what Im talkin about.

Marvin Gaye - Trouble Man

1. Main Theme from Trouble Man (2)
2. "T" Plays It Cool
3. Poor Abbey Walsh
4. The Break In (Police Shoot Big)
5. Cleo's Apartment
6. Trouble Man
7. Theme from Trouble Man
8. "T" Stands for Trouble
9. Main Theme from Trouble Man (1)
10. Life Is a Gamble
11. Deep in It
12. Don't Mess With Mister T.
13. There Goes Mister "T"



Where my Swing States AT?!?!

OK...I'm gonna be real. All my California readers, if you don't hit the polls this November, I'm not gonna beat you up over it (Even though I say if you don't vote for this election, I don't know WHAT you'll vote for). California is a Democratic state, along with many other states across the country. So I'm gonna make this REEEEAAL simple. If you are voting for OBAMA, and live in a STATE THAT IS NOT BLUE ON THIS MAP, YOU NEED TO VOTE!

You don't believe me? Check this video...

B*tches STILL owe Emmitt sex

Super Bowl Rings, All-Time Rushing record, Pro Bowls, Dancing with the Stars...after all that, Emmitt STILL thinks Bitches owe him sex...


Matt Stairs...NO HOMO!

This is definitely silver lining for all my fellow Dodger fans out there. I was one of the many fellow faithful who witnessed a 40 year-old, what I thought was an ex-baseball player all but end the Dodgers' magical run at the world series. BUT, (and I do mean butt) here's a consolation. While the Dodgers 2008 season may soon come to an end, here's a sound byte we will be enjoying for generations to come. Matt Stairs, please take the podium...

(the freeze frame at the end is the icing on the cake.)

1988 World Series

I know you've probably seen this hundreds of times, but today marks the 20th anniversary of one of the biggest home runs in baseball history. L.A. fans, love it...Bay Area fans, once again, I apologize.

Q-Tip - Move (Prod. by J. Dilla)

Is there a better in Hip Hop than Q-Tip and Dilla?

get it here...


Happy Birthday 98th Birthday John Wooden.

Click picture to enlarge

A coach, but more so a teacher.

Learn More about John Wooden

John Wooden's Seven Point Creed, given to him by his father Joshua upon his graduation from grammar school:
Be true to yourself.
Make each day your masterpiece.
Help others.
Drink deeply from good books, especially the Bible.
Make friendship a fine art.
Build a shelter against a rainy day.
Pray for guidance and give thanks for your blessings every day.
Wooden also has authored a lecture and a book about the Pyramid of Success. The Pyramid of Success consists of philosophical building blocks for winning at basketball and at life. He is also the author of several other books about basketball and life.

"Be quick, but don't hurry."
"Failing to prepare is preparing to fail."
"Don't mistake activity for achievement."
"Goodness Gracious, sakes alive!"
"Little things make big things happen."
"Intensity makes you stronger. Emotionalism makes you weaker."
“If you don't have time to do it right, when will you have time to do it over?”

G-Dep - Stay Up

I've always liked G-Dep's flow. It's just a shame that he ended up to be another Bad Boy tragedy. Well, He's back! Now, whenever an artist says 'I'm Back', it's shootin yourself in the foot, but when you leave Bad Boy, it's justified. I saw this video and I was really fellin the vibe of the song, and the hook is fresh too. Download the audio, and bump this when times get hard.

G-Dep - Stay Up

G-Dep - Head Over Wheels

This is a CLASSIC G-Dep joint that was featured on that Haze compilation called New York Reality Check mixed by DJ Premier. There was a 12" to this song, but unfortunately there was no instrumental. This is one of my favorite Hip Hop beats, and G-Dep flows nice over it. The 12" is damn near impossible to find...even finding an mp3 link isn't easy. I posted this one for yall, AND it;s the version without the DJ Premier scratches, just the actual song.

G-Dep - Head Over Wheels

Q-TIP freestyle

This makes me want to start watchin Rap City again! (btw, Miss. Saigion?!)



This is probably the best Nike commercial I've seen since Nike's last commercial...it features LaDainian Tomlinson and Troy Polamalu, and it's directed by David Fincher.


McCoy Tyner - Today and Tomorrow (1963)

This is when he was a young cat, considered by most as a prodigy. When he was in his early 20s, he played with some of the most notable names in Jazz. He played with John Coltrane, and was featured on "My Favorite Things", one of Trane's most popular works. This is one of the earlier Jazz albums I obtained, and it's also an early album in the Career of Mr. Tyner...but that doesn't mean it ain't a classic! Please download this one, it's one of my favorites.

Today and Tomorrow

1. Contemporaary Focus
2. T'N A Blues
3. Three Flowers
4. A Night In Tunisia
5. Autumn Leaves
6. When Sunny Gets Blue


Blog Overseers

A couple days ago, I posted a lil Re-edit of the Kanye West Love Lockdown joint. It was real simple; it had a 4 bar intro, and a break in the middle of the song. I was intended for my DJs out there that wanna spin different version of the original, or an alternative..whatever. Well, let's just say the grand-daddy of al selectors got ahold of my remix, and I ain't talkin about Grand Master Flash. The suit and tie crown was less than pleased. Here's an email they sent me:

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Black Milk - Elec (Mixtape)

Download Black Milk - Elec

1. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Take Control
2. Black Milk - Give the Drummer Sum
3. Caltroit - Go Hard (feat. Ras Kass & Royce Da 5'9")
4. Elzhi - Motown 25 (feat. Royce Da 5'9")
5. Elzhi - D.E.M.O.N.S.
6. Caltroit - Goatit (feat. Elzhi & Bishop Lamont)
7. Black Milk - Dub Rock
8. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Nothing to Hide
9. Jake One - I'm Comin (feat. Black Milk & Nottz)
10. Dabrye - Special (Black Milk Remix, feat. Guilty Simpson)
11. T3 - Yawl (feat. Elzhi)
12. Caltroit - Mouth Music (feat. Busta Rhymes)
13. Slum Village- Call Me (feat. Dwele)
14. Pharoahe Monch - Bar Tap
15. Young RJ - Welcome to the District (feat. Black Milk)
16. Black Milk - The Matrix (feat. DJ Premier, Pharoahe Monch, & Sean Price)
17. Slum Village - Bootleggin
18. Genius / GZA - 7 Pounds
19. Caltroit - Bang that Shit Out (feat. Bishop Lamont & DJ Rhetttmatic)
20. Guilty Simpson - My Moment
21. Marv Won - Talk About
22. Caltroit - Everything (feat. Kardinal Offishall)
23. Fat Ray & Black Milk - Get Focus (feat. Phat Kat)
24. Fat Ray & Black Milk - When it Goes Down
25. Caltroit - Inconvenient Truth


Kanye West - Love Lockdown Video

I never thought Ellen would make the blog, but since she takes a more favorable stance on Hip Hop than Oprah, I guess Ye had no choice! With each joint Kanye puts out, he jumps into another demographic. I think to hold down the senior citizens down on the next album, he's gonna bring back Bob Barker and perform on the Price is Right. Props to one of the few people who always manages to out-do himself.

Common - Come Close Remix


This may be one you've already heard, but I thought it would be a good time to post, and it's a must have for any fan of Smooth Hip Hop. When this one came out, I thought it was a dope remix, but when I look back, this is a CLASSIC, and argueably one of the best remixes ever.
Common, Pharrell, Q-Tip, and Erykah Badu, with Dilla on the beat...I don't know if you can come up with a more legendary combination to grace one song. Its not hype, it's a masterpiece.

Come Close - Vocal, Instrumental, and Acapella


Common - Universal Mind Control feat. Pharrell

If you don't got it, GET IT!

Belief - Let it Breath

This installment was given to me personally by the artists...it's producer Belief who has made a name for himself in New York and Los Angeles. You may have seen him on a couple liner notes, workin with artists like Jean Grae, Murs, Wordsworth, and C-Rays Walls, just to name a few.

This is some recent work from Belief, an instrumental compilation entitled "Let it Breath". So start your week off the right way, and download it.

Belief - Let it Breath

Also, check out his website...


(source: http://prodby.altervista.org/)
- 3 Melancholy Gypsies - Countdown [produced by Belief - from Grand Caravan To The Rim Of The World]
- Belief ft. C-Rayz Walz, Murs, Vordul Mega, Wordsworth - Big Bang (Introduction) [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief - Dedication [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. Murs, AG - Get Your Mind Right [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. C-Rayz Walz - Goin' Hard [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. Wordsworth - Hot Nights [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. C-Rayz Walz, Vordul Mega - Justice [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. C-Rayz Wals, Murs - Lets Go [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief - Passion Aggressive [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. Wordsworth - Runs The World [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. C-Rayz Walz, Murs, Vordul Mega, Wordsworth - Say Yes [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief ft. Murs, AG - The Fountainhead (I Know '06) [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- Belief - Worker B [produced by Belief - from Dedication]
- C-Rayz Walz - 3 Card Molly [produced by Belief - from We Live: The Black Samurai EP]
- C-Rayz Walz - 3 Card Molly [produced by Belief - from Ravipops (The Substance)]
- C-Rayz Walz ft. Pudge - Music Take Ovah [produced by Belief - from Year Of The Beast]
- C-Rayz Walz ft. Jean Grae - Pink [produced by Belief - from Year Of The Beast]
- C-Rayz Walz ft. Vordul Mega - Street Reppin' [produced by Belief - from Year Of The Beast]
- C-Rayz Walz - The Essence [produced by Belief - from Ravipops (The Substance)]
- C-Rayz Walz - Thug Melody [produced by Belief - from Ravipops (The Substance)]
- C-Rayz Walz - We Believe (Belief Mix) [produced by Belief - from We Live: The Black Samurai EP]
- El-P ft. Cage - Oxycontin Part 2 [produced by Belief - from Definitive Jux Presents III]
- Jean Grae - Hater's Anthem [produced by Belief - from The Bootleg Of The Bootleg]
- Jean Grae - Not Like Me [produced by Belief - from This Week]
- Jean Grae ft. The Genies - Whatever [produced by Belief - from This Week]
- Murs - Belief's Blues [produced by Belief - from Varsity Blues]
- Murs - Brotherly Love [produced by Belief - from The End Of The Beginning]
- Murs - God's Work [produced by Belief - from The End Of The Beginning]
- Murs - What Do You Know? [produced by Belief - from The End Of The Beginning]
- Scarub - Freak What You Feel [produced by Belief - from Tags Of The Times 3]
- Scarub ft. Amazon - Shadows [produced by Belief - from Heavenbound]
- Vordul Mega ft. Jean Grae - Believe [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Vordul Mega - Blade [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Vordul Mega - Hell Yeah [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Vordul Mega - Holla Ill [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Vordul Mega - Megallah [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Vordul Mega - Pray [produced by Belief - from The Revolution of Yung Havoks]
- Wordsworth - Fast Lane [produced by Belief - from Mirror Music]

Johnny J. Rest in Peace

Sometimes, and its sad to say, it takes an unfortunate event to realize the impact of a person in the entertainment industry, and it is especially the case when it is someone who did not live their career in the spotlight. Today, I want to recognize the career of Hip Hop producer Johnny J, who passed on Friday. Most people may not know him, but TRUST ME, you've heard him, and you've danced to him, and DJ's still play him. You can hear Johnny J. production all over 2Pac's "All Eyez on Me" album, including 'How do you want it', 'All Eyez on Me', and so many other west coast classics.

Here's the wiki link to check his Discography
learn more about Johnny J.



This is a serious add I saw in craigslist. I thought I would share it with yall:


If you like to dance around your vehicle, how bout doing it for a new reality series. We are looking for a group of performers to take on the challenge of becoming the best Ghost Rider. You will need the following:

1. A car
2. A group of 4 people
3. some serious dance moves

Please email to RSVP as we can only take a certain number of contestant. Also, we will fill you in on more information about the show.

Thank you so much.


Yusef Latif - The Gentle Giant

Check this one out...this is Jazz musician Yusef Latif on some real cool ish. I think this one is ideal for all you producers out there. This is Soulful Jazz at his finest. I've heard some of his other albums, and I must say this is his a preferred period for me. I don't know much about his personal life since his life wasn't documented like some of the other jazz greats, but judging by his album covers, this dude was definitely on his own shit. (actually, lemme wikipedia that real quick. here's the link if you wanna check it out...http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yusef_Latif). Download this one and it will put you in the right mood for the weekend!

The Gentle Giant

1. Nubian Lady (LP Version-1972)
2. Lowland Lullabye (LP Version)
3. Hey Jude (LP Version)
4. Jungle Plum (LP Version-1972)
5. The Poor Fisherman (LP Version-1972)
6. African Song (LP Version)
7. Queen Of The Night (LP Version)
8. Below Yellow Bell (LP Version)

An interesting story: I ripped this album from my own wax, and I'm not sure if it was my copy, or if it was all the copies that were printed, but on the vinyl, the song 'Hey Jude' was unplayable half way through the song. The grooves on the vinyl would get more and more faint, to the point where the record was smooth. Like I said, I could have just gotten a bad pressing. To make a long, and actually un-interesting story short, the song 'Hey Jude' is not in my dload. Sorry bout that.


Diz Gibran - Calypso Flow

I saw this one on OKAYPLAYER.COM...If you check it everyday (which you should) you're probably up on this. If you don't, it's all good. Check out my man Diz Gibran representin Los Angeles to the fullest. Watch the vid, Download the track!

Get Diz - Calypso Flow

The Are - Dem Dam Jacksons

This is a project by producer The Are, who is one of my favorite beat makers today. For 'Dem Dam Jacksons' he uses nothing but Jackson 5 samples, and some of these beats are amazing. Shout out to The Are and Kay for holdin it down, and check out rappersiknow.com!

u need this one.


Dr. Who Dat? - Beat Jourey

I'm gonna stay on the Hip Hop instrumental vybe. This one is a little 'out deh', but that what makes it fresh. Dr. Who Dat?'s Beat Journey will give you what you want, if you want some next level ish. Even though this was done in 2006, it's still way ahead of its time.

It's definitely a Beat Journey