Thursday, May 29, 2008

Skyzoo - Corner Store Classic (Remixes) - 2008

Wow! I have been trying to find this forever (Digital releases are difficult to get your hands on) & here it is. Was it necessarily evil on my part to post this album on here or do I deserve bragging rights for being the person to create this link to be downloaded all over the world. Well hold tight and get ready to cop & go!

Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Saigon Leaves Atlantic/Saigon ft. Red 5ive - Gotta Believe It

Saigon Recently posted in his blog regarding his departure from Atlantic Records:

"Okay, where do I begin....

Once upon a time, I remember telling my homie Just Blaze that the ONLY way we would win was if we were to get off of Atlantic Records A.S.A.P... Most of you may not know but I have fought and fought and fought for the past year and a half to get out of that bad deal..I personally E mailed Julie Greenwald and Craig Kallman (C.E.O and President) and begged for a release from my contract numerous times.. I know some of you may or may not remember but I even went as far as saying 'I quit' or 'Im retiring' to get out of there. I figured if I said 'I quit', they would say 'well if he's not rapping anymore, we should let him go' but nope...They held me.. I even went and aqcuired the powerful services of Chris Lighty and Violator Management to help me get out of there but nope, they held me.. I was about to write the word SLAVE on my cheek like Prince or go CNN style and go flip over some computers or something... LOL

I was signed to Atlantic Records by Kyambo 'Hip Hop' Joshua. Hip Hop is one of the most creative and innovative people in this music business..He was the A&R on every Jay Z album from Reasonable Doubt to The Black Album so he knows and understands a real TRUE talent... But 4 months after signing me to Atlantic Records, Hip Hop quit and left the label because he didnt like the way they wouldnt let the real artist be themselves. They even passed on signing the legendary Devin The Dude because he wasnt 'young enough'...Wow.. When Hip Hop left I knew I was in trouble...BIG trouble...

Strike 1
I put out 2 songs on Atlantic Records, the first one was called 'Pain in my Life' feat Trey Songz. This song recieved GREAT reviews, massive press and was to set the tone as to who I am and the type of artist I am.. Atlantic Records felt I needed a party song, or a sexual song or something like the other artist they have up there. On one side of the token they're telling me they need to market me to the youth yet they want me to use adult content.. This didnt make sense to me. They wanted me to tell 12 and 13 year old kids that its cool to be strippers and gangbangers. I felt if they were going to market me to the young kids in the urban communities, I should be giving them something thats gonna be more beneficial than detrimental to their lives, like the importance of eduacation, safe sex, will power and shit like that. I live in these communities so I see the power and the effects this music has on our children.. We disagreed and I guess their way of saying fuck me was, they NEVER worked the record at radio.. They NEVER put me on a promo tour to work the record, and they gave me a measley 18 thousand dollars to shoot the video which was kinda insulting to me...

Strike 2
Okay, no love and support on Pain in my Life and at this point Im very discouraged because the record was doing very well on its own. Yet they would not support it.. Im on a hit television show Entourage on H.B.O, magazine covers, everything.. Yet still no support from the label. Okay we say 'lets try it again'... We give them 'Come on Baby' feat Swizz Beatz. Once again the song recieves great reviews, classic Just Blaze material. And once again, NO radio staff is working it, NO promo tours, not even a fuckin poster or an online banner.. NOTHING.. When it came time to do the video, they gave me 28K.. LOL... 10K more than the measley 18K they gave me for Pain in my Life.. Thats 2 videos for under 50K and this is supposed to break a new artist??? For those of you who dont know the business, the average cost for a decent video is between 100K and 150K for a new artist youre trying to break. Thats ONE video mind you.. They gave me less than 50K for 2 videos. They never worked either of the 2 songs at radio.. They never even made a Saigon poster...Lol... If you go up to the Atlantic offices their are pictures on the wall of artist you NEVER, EVER, EVER heard of in ya life.. and probably never will. I knew for a long time I was at the wrong place.. I like to tell myself that the money they were supposed to spend on my project just went to T.I's legal team and court fees...Then I feel they did something good with the money..Haha

Strike 3
Okay so now they shit on us again with 'Come on Baby', Im crying to leave the label but they wont let me go.. They wont push me, but they wont let me go.. So Just Blaze says 'okay, lets pull out the big guns'.... He gets the big homie Jay Z on the remix of Come on Baby (see page to listen) and can you believe these muthafuckas stiiiiiiiiiiiilll didnt work the record or give us what we needed to work the record... Here you have an new artist as handsome as me,(haha) as talented as me, on a hit television show, XXL and many other covers, mega buzz in the street and online, AND a song with Jay Z and Swizz Beatz you stiiiiillll dont push the button... There was nothing more I could do but take legal action to leave there..At first I was discouraged about the whole thing but then I started to think about T.I. on Arista Records, Lupe Fiasco on Arista Records, Alicia Keys on Columbia Records, 50 Cent on Columbia Records, DMX on Columbia Records. These are just a few of the superstars that werent on the same page as their first record company. And me on Atlantic, I refused to let them put out my album with no marketing dollars behind it.. My album is a masterpiece that will go on to make history.. I refused to let it be mishandled by some people who only care about a dollar when my music is about so much more than just financial gain...Once people realize money doesnt equal happiness the world will be a better place..I know alot of rich miserable people, rappers, actors or just plain businessmen that are hooked on drugs and shit because theyre trying to escape reality. The money dont mean shit...Lets talk about THAT..

Now to bring you all up to date...I am NO LONGER ON ATLANTIC RECORDS, thank you God. I took legal action and got my manager Chris, my lawyer Theo, my homies Gee Roberson and Just Blaze and we got the fuck up out of there... No, I didnt get dropped so you haters dont get excited, I fought these people very very hard to leave. When they drop you they keep your music and you dont have to pay them shit back.. Trust me, I tried to get dropped. I still own my masters so we have to give these bastards a whole LOT of money , BUT, we still own The Greatest Story Never Told which will be released this year with a company that Im sure will surprise the whole world once we let it out.. Nobody is gonna see this coming..TRUST ME. Im still rocking with Just Blaze till the dirt, Im still with Hip Hop Since 1978 till the dirt, we killed them with Kanye West, now we bout to kill em with Lil Wayne and Saigon comes soon after to play clean up.....Goodbye Atlantic Records, I dont know if it was systematic racism or the fact they didnt think they could break an artist with validity in his music who cares about the future of black children, but I guess we'll never know will we.....................???????????? So now you know why Ive been quiet the past year.. Ive been in battle with these people, and I WON.

Now check out my single Gotta Believe It...The one explaining my new beginning.....Peace.. Im off to China for Memorial Day weekend...Wow. Later Yall."

Now for the track. I really like this song Saigon has released. I think he has a lot of potential. He kind of reminds me of a young 50 Cent mixed with a little new Nas. If this song is any indication of how good the album will be, then I'm gonna have to get this with immediate priority. I just wish that Red 5ive wasn't using that voice synthesizer/vocoder on the hook. Wow, can we come up with something new people? T-Pain to Snoop to Wayne to Kanye & even Naledge has used that thing. Retire it!

Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Jean Grae & 9th Wonder - Love Thirst (Video)

Jeanius drops May 27th and with the release date drawing near, a video has emerged for the lead single "Love Thirst". So I decided to throw a couple of tracks @ you along with the video.

New Little Brother/New Nas

Two new tracks. One is produced by 9th Wonder & comes from Little Brother's new album, "And Justus For All". The other sounds like it is produced by Toomp & comes from Nas' new album (whatever he will call it I guess?). Personally, I like the Nas track better. The drums could have been louder though. I might need some time for the Little Brother track to grow on me.

Monday, May 19, 2008

Nas changes Album Title From Nigger To Nas

Yes, Nas will change the title of his next album from "Nigger" to "Nas" as reported by The album title had been causing a lot of controversy and Nas finally gave in and changed the title. I respected Nas' decision to name his album "Nigger" in the first place. I knew there was a good reason for the title and that there was an overall message to be learned, but everybody doesn't catch on to messages the same. Imagine white teenagers walking into the record store and saying, "Can I get that Nigger Album". What!? Instances like that can create bad situations, so I'm actually glad he decided to change the title. The album will be as good with the new title.

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Jean Grae Ft. Busta Rhymes - Love Thirst [Remix]

It's amazing how dudes sleep on the lyrical abilities of both of these rappers. Busta has got to be one of my top 10 lyricists of all time. Yes, of ALL TIME!!! Dude can spit to just about any beat in many different styles, and its never whack. Jean is a beast too and she sounds exceptionally great over 9th Wonder production. Most people I know did not like this 9th Wonder beat but its cool for me to hear 9th switch styles a lil. Anyway, this track is fire.

Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Bun B Feat. Lupe Fiasco - Swang On Em

I'm a big fan of both of these rappers. Yes both of them. Bun B had nice verses but Lupe took the cake on this track (as usual). The beat was cool but the rappers were way better than this beat. Imagine these two spittin' over a better beat. That would be too cool.

Friday, May 9, 2008

Kidz In The Hall - The In Crowd

I've heard some pretty good tracks off of this album. But then again, I've also heard some not so good tracks (when compared to their first album). I don't know, I'm going to have to give this one a deeper listen. Enjoy!

Thursday, May 8, 2008

Urijah Faber vs. Jens Pulver

On June 1 on WEC, the Featherweight champion Urijah Faber takes on Jens Pulver. This should be a very exciting fight considering that they are two of the most (if not the most) exciting fighters in their weight class. Jens Pulver is the veteran and is undefeated in this weight class. He is known in UFC for his hard heavy hits but on his WEC debut, he showed that he is more than a K.O. standup fighter submitting Cub Swanson to an anaconda choke in 35 seconds (yes, only 35 seconds!).
Urijah Faber, on the other hand, is just so innovative and unpredictable. The featherweight champ pulls off moves that I have never seen before. He always seems to be the more offensively aggressive fighter in all of his fights and he never seems to get tired. It doesn't seem like anyone in his division has given him much trouble at all. He is an explosive fighter, but he is also extremely calculated. But he will probably fight his toughest battle against Jens Pulver, who has really seemed to gain this strong killer instinct. Who do I think is taking home the gold? I have no idea but I do know that this will be a killer fight. If you like MMA, you'll love this fight. UFC fans, don't sleep on the WEC. They're bringing some really good fights to the table.

Who Likes Instrumental Albums?

Here are three instrumental albums I really enjoyed. Producers take notes. Emcee's, spit that hot fire! (c) Dave Chapelle as Dylan

Pete Rock - NY's Finest (Instrumentals)

Little Brother - Getback (Instrumentals)

T.I. vs. T.I.P. (Instrumentals)

El-P Remixes Kidz In The Hall's Driving Down The Block

I still like the original better but this one ain't bad either. It's a different spin on the song. I'm not really in to El-P (I don't know much about him at all), but this sounds pretty good. I have to get that "The In Crowd" though. It sounds pretty solid.

Wednesday, May 7, 2008

Lupe Fiasco & CL Smooth - Paris, Tokyo Remix

I think Lupe and CL made a good team on this track. CL Smooth fit so nicely on the beat. It's not as long as the original but its good to hear a nice new CL Smooth verse. Unfortunately, Lupe's verse was the same.