DJ Premier feat. Lady of Rage – “Chemical Burn” Apr10

DJ Premier feat. Lady of Rage – “Chemical Burn”...

DJ Premier has a brand new website, Premier Wuz Here. Check it out already! I believe it may be a partnership with Serato or a place to resurrect the lyrical careers of back-in-the-day rappers like Papoose and the aforementioned Lady of...

The 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn Mar08

The 20th anniversary of Gang Starr’s Hard To Earn...

Below this are my words, but you’ve got to check the extensive and incredible feature article from Daniel Isenberg (@StanIpcus). Yeoman’s work! 1994 — Back in NYC I was riding the train to JFK to meet up with a girl flying in from Houston. I had just picked up the Hard To Earn CD, and it was on repeat in my Sony Car Discman. And it was early in the morning. I’m talking 4am-ish on a Saturday. But walking the streets of Manhattan, sitting alone on multiple trains, ascending to the streets of Queens at sunrise, Hard To Earn was the perfect soundtrack. Guru’s lyrics resonated in my mind, especially “The Planet” because his story about leaving Boston for Brooklyn mirrored my trek from Houston to Manhattan. It still affects me. I may not have accomplished what I truly wanted to do in New York, but the dream persists. I still move forward towards that goal. If there is a difference between rap then and now, rappers were willing to detail the struggle in a non-glamorous way. I’m not discounting MCs like J Cole, Big Sean, or the like who tell great stories of coming up in the world. I just know for me, Guru represented the kid who made good. And for the record, Step In The Arena is still my Gang Starr album of choice. It was their album I bought. I played it constantly for months and months. I know the tracks in and out. It was the album I played when I was a high school kid. Hard To Earn was the growth and the culmination. I was really mad back in the day about how Gang Starr wasn’t a bigger group in popularity. Now I am just happy these...

Gang Starr – “Love Sick”...

I will never be good with the females. Maybe it’s misogyny or a general animosity. I’m not an easy muthafucker to cope with anyways, it’s surprising I could ever keep a girl’s attention for any amount of time. But in high school I was on full chase mode with terrible success. Sure I could have this one or that one, but I wanted the unobtainable. Climb every mountain. And when I finally stopped getting played and looked right in front of me, there was the girl I should’ve settled on from jump. Ha! Then the real games began. Because I really thought I could have this chick and still be me. See her one day then see the fellas later that day. My time was my time, right? Fuck dat! All those missed opportunities and mixed messages with other chicks had left me woefully inexperienced in being a boyfriend. I was getting played. I was a chump. When she called, I ran to her. At least I was getting the boots. Yeah, she was easy like that. CLICK HERE for the full list of Valentine’s Day...

De La Soul giving away full catalog of music on Valentine’s Day Feb13

De La Soul giving away full catalog of music on Valentine’s Day...

February 14th is the day to fall back in love with De La Soul. ((pause)) With both a new album, You’re Welcome, and an additional EP, Preemium Soul on the Rocks, produced by legends Pete Rock and DJ Premier coming soon, now is the time to get reacquainted with De La from 3 Feet High and Rising to The Grind Date. You can access the catalog at www.wearedelasoul.com starting at 11am EST on Friday February 14th. That’s 8 in the morning for you Cali cool kids. The free-for-all ends at 12 noon EST Saturday February 15th. That’s 25 hours to get what you should’ve already had in the first damn place. On a personal note, one of the last times I went out shopping with my mother, she purchased De La Soul Is Dead for me. She had no idea it was rap but wasn’t fazed by the dying daisy on the cover. No, they’re not hippies. Fuck Arsenio Hall! (Rolling Stone via Potholes in my...