Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Lloyd and Pusha T

Mack is a big Clipse fan, and I think Lloyd is an underrated artist. So without further ado, here is Lloyd's new single featuring Pusha T.

50 Adds to His Acting Resume Part. 1

50 Adds to His Acting Resume Part. 2

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Melanie Fiona - It Kills Me

Artist Spotlight alumni Melanie Fiona does her thing with the video for "It Kills Me." I've always liked the song and the video just adds to the delight. The whole funeral scene at the end came out of nowhere and was pretty fresh. Hopefully we will get an album very soon.

Forever - Drake feat. Kanye, Weezy, and Em

Better late than never, right? But, the only real reason to watch this video is to see the LeBron highlights. Too many fireworks and lights. Apologies to all my epileptic friends who may have had an adverse reaction to all the 'stuff' going on.

Courtesy of OnSmash

Babies Love Beyonce

This has been on Facebook for a few days and I just had to post this video. I don't know if it was the music or Beyonce herself that had this baby moving so much. Crazy stuff.

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Boxing + Hip Hop + Budden + DJ Premier

In about 10 years boxing will be obsolete. UFC is coming on strong. And how about they cut this convo short, let Joey and Premo make a classic album, and we can call it a day!

Seventh Seal Artwork (Rakim)

This is both creepy and intriguing at the same time.......

Artist Spotlight - The New Royales

You may not know the group by name, but you definitely know the music. The New Royales is a collective fronted by music producer DJ Khalil. Khalil has produced some of my favorite beats 0f 2009 including "The One" by Slaughterhouse and "Kinda Like a Big Deal" by The Clipse and Kanye West. The group also consists of instrumentalist Chin Injeti, writer Erik Alcock, and singer Liz Rodrigues. They do a great job of fusing different types of music and sounds to create a sound all their own. "Kinda Like a Big Deal" has so much going on it takes a few listens just to catch all the different drops and nuances. This collective is part of a larger feeling out there that genres of music are nothing but labels. Sometimes you cannot classify a sound, a beat, or a vocal. Sometimes music is just music. I'm listening to the song they did with Bishop Lamont entitled "City Lights" and it's bananas!! He's rapping as hard and as gully as you can go. The beat is very hip hop as well. But, when the hook comes on it goes straight rock and could easily be something you would hear on a Daughtry or a Hinder album. "Hit N' Run" is another song they have where you can't really label. Is it rock? Is it pop? I don't know but it's addicting either way. Liz Rodrigues has one of the most chameleon-like voices I've heard in a while. It's reminiscent of some Electronica or Techno music on "Everywhere", but on "The One" it's soooooo rock n' roll! The music that they are putting out now furthers my argument that there is so much good music out there. They have yet to drop an album, but I know it can't be too far away. Dr. Dre has already given them a co-sign so things have to be on the horizon for the group. Check them on MySpace to witness the music first hand!!

My Personal New Royales Soundtrack:

The One - Slaughterhouse (produced by DJ Khalil - video below)
City Lights featuring Bishop Lamont
Kinda Like a Big Deal (produced by DJ Khalil - video below)
Everywhere featuring Self-Scientific
New World Order (video below)

Clipse feat Kanye West - Kinda Like A Big Deal from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.

OLD SKOOL VIDEO SPOTLITE - Nas - "It Ain't Hard to Tell"

"This rhythmatic explosion, is what your frame of mind has chosen.
I'll leave your brain stimulated, niggas is frozen.
Speak with criminal slang, begin like a violin.
End like Leviathan, it's deep well let me try again."
- Nas

This is without a doubt one of my favorite Nasir Jones songs of all-time. I remember when I first saw this video over D Mack's house and I couldn't get it out of my head for weeks. There was something so smooth, yet so hard about the song. I can easily hear Michael Jackson's "Human Nature" sample in the beat now, but I'm not sure I caught it when I was 13 or 14. That smooth, jazzy sample seems to blend perfectly with the realness and passion in Esco's voice. This song wasn't a huge commercial hit, as most singles from Illmatic weren't, but it will always be recognized as a solid rock in the discography of Mr. Jones. I believe "Halftime" was the first official single from Illmatic, but this was really the first time the world got a glimpse of Nas. Wikipedia also states that Nas shot portions of this video on the same stage as the movie "Wild Style" and I obviously didn't catch that tidbit when I first saw the video. Props to Large Professor for producing the track and props to Nasir Jones for making a classic song and album.

Friday, September 25, 2009

I Know A Lot Of People Can Relate!

Tiron "Throwin My Money"

Thursday, September 24, 2009

Dude Perfect - Longest Basketball Shot Ever

This doesn't really look fake does it? But, it has to be. I couldn't imagine homeboy one-handing this. Even though these cats are all over You Tube with crazy stuff. You be the judge.

The Boss Gets Robbed

I guess the silver lining would be "any publicity is good publicity." But, this is just not a good look for the C.O., or former C.O., or whatever. Deeper Than Rap in stores now!!!

Monday, September 21, 2009

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Dame Dash's New Project

Blakroc Project from Myrhax on Vimeo.

I like the stuff I've heard from the Black Keys. Add a little Mos Def, this should be interesting.

Wednesday, September 16, 2009

LL Cool J Murders This Track!

LL showing he still can rap better than a lot of these other cats!

"I'm Sorry Taylor"

Affion Crockett does his Kanye West/Jay-Z impression for this apology to Taylor Swift. I wonder if he will ever get his own show or at least star in one(not counting that Nick Cannon show).

KiD CuDi is a BET Rising Icon

D Mack presented the Wale Rising Icon video earlier this month and now Cudi gets his chance to shine. To keep it 100, I clown BET all the time for the Tom-Foolery that they are so good at showing, but I have to give it up to them for this series. Cudi and Wale are two of my favorite new artists and I'm glad they got the love.

Props to.......BET (I never thought I would say that)

Ghostface - Stapleton Sex (NSFW)

DISCLAIMER: This video probably wouldn't make The Chop Up under normal circumstances. Probably......

But, the Cinematographer went to the same high school as us and we wanted to give props. Keep doing ya thing SC III! And on a side note, isn't Ghostface too old to be making songs like this???? I mean this isn't even really a song. Just talking over a beat. Oh well. I'm going to buy the album just off GP.

Props to OnSmash

Tuesday, September 15, 2009

It's All In The Details!

This is a nice down jacket from Japanese label, Undercover. The upper part(shoulders) of the jacket is cable knit. Undercover was founded by Jun Takahashi, who recently has taken reigns as the creative director of Nigo's, Bape brand.

Monday, September 14, 2009

Yeah Well, I'm Still Mad!

The tour should be dope though!

Jay-Z and Alicia Keys - Empire State of Mind (Live)

You thought I was going to post that Kanye West fuckery didn't you!! No sir! Ye was gone on the Hen Dogg last nite. In case you fell asleep last night, here is the closing performance from the MTV Music Awards. No stanism, but this was a great performance and a perfect way to end the show. Jay and Alicia both go hard for their city and they know how to do a live show. I still haven't heard how Lil' Mama got onstage, but she needs to take her ass home.

Courtesy of MTV.

The X Factor Audition of Shana Goodhead

Wow, what a last name! If she gets Leona Lewis status, she will just have to go by the moniker Shana. But, Simon has done it before and I think if this girl keeps growing on the show she can do big things. She has a really nice voice.

Excerpt From Michael Jordan's Hall of Fame Speech

We Won.

Courtesy of ESPN and the AP.

Glenn Beck Beats

If this guy can be a talk show host, I can be King of the Universe!

Glenn Beck Beats from wreckandsalvage on Vimeo.

Whitney Houston speaks to Ms. Winfrey

The actual interview will air today. This is a preview. I heard that Whitney album was nothing special but she is at the point now where she is more fun to hear talk than sing.

Queen Latifah & The Roots - Que The Rain (Live)

I think she will be making albums when she is 60! I don't know if I'll buy them...but props to her for reinventing herself and keeping the music coming.

Props to

Thursday, September 10, 2009

Happy Birthday T-Smitty!

Happy Birthday to the Chop Up's own T-Smitty!

Tuesday, September 8, 2009

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Jon Voight is Not an Obama Fan

He actually says in this interview "They're happy with the healthcare they have". It still mind boggles me how the people with health insurance have been saying that everything is fine. HELLO!!!! You have health insurance. No one doesn't want health insurance. We all want, need, and should have it. If so many millions of Americans do not have it, why are you trying to stop them from getting it??? This is not a political issue. This is an issue of life and death. If Jon Voigt gets a heart attack, he will be just fine. If Jo Jo up the block gets the same heart attack, he is going to have to pay a lot of out the pocket dough to get the same care. Come on man. I hope to write more on this once all the smoke clears because this is a huge issue.

The Clipse Meet Some People and Perform

Whenever I hear "Kinda Like a Big Deal" I find myself doing the old head bob. *Continues to bob head*

Clipse In Chicago from Malice of the Clipse on Vimeo.


Wednesday, September 2, 2009

New Diddy-Dirty Money "Love Come Down"

In the midst of Jay-Z's Blueprint 3 and the Drake phenomenon Diddy's "Last Train to Paris" has been lost in the shuffle. It should drop late '09 or early '10 and has potential to be interesting. Check out the new joint from the album.

Tuesday, September 1, 2009


"Making your mark on the world is hard. If it were easy, everybody would do it. But it's not. It takes patience, it takes commitment, and it comes with plenty of failure along the way. The real test is not whether you avoid this failure, because you won't. it's whether you let it harden or shame you into inaction, or whether you learn from it; whether you choose to persevere."
- Barack Obama

I will admit that I have let past failures and even fear of failure lead into inaction. How many people are victims of this and when do you stop letting fear control your actions?

King B, My Goal Is To Make You A Believer!

Wale on BET's "Rising Icons".

Props to 2dopeboyz