why can't you tell me

(Insert ridiculous excuse about why this post is late here)

Mr Evil- She Waah

This guy is an interesting figure in the Jamaican dancehall scene. To start off, Mr Evil is actually an alias of the producer/deejay Leftside (of the hit-making duo Leftside & Esco), created for the sole purpose of making dancehall songs imitating the voice of Dr. Evil of the Austin Powers trilogy. Unfortunately, Mr Evil is also infamous for writing a handful of very graphic homophobic songs (but then again, so are most dancehall and reggae artists). She Waah is a fast-paced futuristic dancehall banger that briefly borrows the rhyme structure of a very popular song (listen for yourselves). The beat goes hard, and is a perfect summer sizzler of a tune. Also, this particular version might be censored, but I'm having a wee bit of trouble understanding what words are omitted. Oh well.

Sonny Spoon ft Young Jeezy & Lil C- The Game

Since we're continuing on the theme of older songs that I dig, this one cannot be left out. Not entirely sure on its rarity though(but really, what is "rare" these days). This is an early Young Jeezy cut featuring Atlanta talent Sonny Spoon and Lil C., a jazzy ode to how the hustle game and the code of the streets has changed over the years.

Sleigh Bells- Tell Em

This short, cacophonous mindfuck of a track, by Brooklyn group Sleigh Bells, has been lauded and applauded on more blogs than I can count. It seems like they purposefully made it sound screechy and rough, so that no matter the quality of your speakers, it still sounds the same. Kudos to them, because they finally caught on to the fact that most people listen to music out of shitty, tinny speakers or laptops. All in all, they have a really raw lo-fi sound that people really seem to dig. Also, they are co-headlining with the mighty DIE ANTWOORD this wednesday at Le National on Ste-Catherine, which should be the aural equivalent of GHB. Can't wait, it's gonna be doooooope.

DJ Eleven ft Mike Baker the Bike Maker- Every Freakin (DJ Ayres remix)

DJ Eleven is a member of the incredibly influential trio of DJs known as The Rub, and this is the first release by his new record label, the cleverly named 11 Inch Records. If memory serves, the hook is sampled from a Jodeci song, and the emceeing duties are handled by Mike Baker the Bike Maker, one of the best monikers I have ever heard. The Rub (DJ Ayres, Cosmo Baker & DJ Eleven) are quite important, and never get enough props for creating the best mash-ups of the early 2000s, mixing shit that no one had ever thought of mixing. They are technically amazing djs, and they often pay respects to the O.G's, either in their mixes or in their live sets. The reason I'm posting this tune, besides the fact that it is funky as hell, is to show respect for a group of DJs that changed my views on mixing genres and on playing older, more obscure songs in sets filled with hip hop & other genres. Basically, they opened my mind to the limitless scope of influences that emcompass dance music. Respect the architects. (p.s: Girl Talk owes these motherfuckers a check. They did it the mash-up shit better than him, and before him.)

DJ Eleven Website
11 Inch Records Website (They just released a great disco EP by DJ Apt One that you should really scope out)

Buenas Tardes, motherfuckers. Hope you enjoyed.



Taking a trip back to the past. When we'd skip class and smoke grass. And sadly, yet another cameo by THREE WORD REVIEW. Sorry, y'all. Our pandemic laziness is a problem.

Looptroop- Ambush in the Night

[Sweden] Backpacker Bombing Classic.

X-Clan ft Damian Marley- Culture United

[U.S.A & Jamaica] Positive Afrocentric Vibes.

Devin the Dude ft MDDL FNGZ & Bun B- 4 O'clock in the mornin'

[U.S.A] Booty Call Anthem.

Fela Kuti & Nigeria 70- Who are You

[Nigeria]Legendary Afrobeat Icon.

Lost Boyz- Renee

[U.S.A] Shorty Studies Law.





Aight I'ma keep that white guy rap pumpin'. After doing Shady, Rittz is in the spotlight today. Reppin' north side ATL with more red hair than I'd know what to do with, he raps like his life might end the moment he stops. After hearing this guy spit obscenely long verses in less than 15 seconds, I gotta wonder who said gingers have no soul. Come to think of it, selling his soul to the devil could account for his fiery hair and incredible talent.

First props to The FADER for recognizing this dude's talent on Yelawolf's Trunk Muzik mixtape. Although Rittz has been rapping since the 90s, "Box Chevy Pt. 3" is probably the song that made heads turn in his direction for the first time. In the song "Aftermornin" he blesses himself as "White Jesus", also the name of his upcoming mixtape

Yelawolf Ft. Rittz - Box Chevy Pt. 3

Rittz - Aftermornin

Second props to BLVDST for pushing this guy's music. They got a nice little interview with him as well as the first song to leak off his "White Jesus" mixtape.

BLVDST| RITTZ Live in East Atlanta from Blvd St on Vimeo.

Rittz - Rattle Back

Rittz - My Time Is Now

This guy is like the white one man version of Bone Thugs yadig?


runnin' down that 8 mile road.

Hesitated for a few days before doing a somewhat commercial post. We try to keep it as fresh and unheard of as possible. Fuck it. Over and above all I want to post music that I've been enjoying as of late.

Off the controversial Marshall Mathers LP. Even the explicit version of the album is censored to some extent... damn. Ode to drugs or critizing how our generation is abusing of them. I'll let you all decide on your own.

Eminem - Drug Ballad

And I'm so high that I might die if I go by it
Let me out of this place
I'm outta place
I'm in outer space
I've just vanished without a trace

But in the long run

These drugs are probably going to catch up sooner or later
But fuck it, I'm on one
So let's enjoy
Let the X destroy your spinal cord

It's your life

Live it however you wanna
Marijuana is everywhere
Where was you brought up?

Single that dropped not too long before the release of Relapse. Great song, dark and demented, really made me anticipate Relapse, but was more or less disappointed when I finally heard it. Still, I probably enjoyed that CD way more than most other people I've talked to and its without any doubt better than Recovery.

Eminem - I'm Having A Relapse

Well, to be honest, the smell of these chronic leaves make me hella demonic,
they compelled me to kill this elderly man
And I get these panic attacks, pop a Xanax, relax
trying to stick my fuckin' dick inside a mannequin's ass

It seems like every day I get a little flakier,

the medication is making my hands a little shakier
Hand me that 18 month old baby to shake him up
It'll only take me a second to choke his trachea
Breaking his neck in 80 some places

Off the 8 Mile Soundtrack. Insane song, no chorus, just 3 minutes of raw verses. To be honest, this is the second Eminem song that I know from beginning to end.

Eminem - Run Rabbit Run

You need peace of mind, here's a piece of mine,
All I need's a line but sometimes,
I don't always find the words ta rhyme,
To express how I'm really feelin' at that time,

I'm a switch hitter bitch, Jimmy Smith ain’t a quitter,

I'm a sit here 'til I get enough,
For me to finally hit a fuckin' boilin' point,
Put some oil on ya joints,
Flip the coin, bitch, come get destroyed

I'll be back baby, I just got to beat this clock,

Fuck this clock, I'ma make 'em eat this watch,
Don't believe me watch, I'ma win this race,
and I'ma come back and rub my shit in ya face,

Appearing on his 5th studio album, Encore, I probably wouldn't even mention this song if it wasn't for a crazy friend of mine. For once, I simply can't keep up with the incredibly fast paced rapping while trying to sing this song. Nor do I even have the third of the breath needed to spit the song like he does. Guess that's why I'm so impressed by it.

Eminem - Crazy In Love

You're the ink to my paper
What my pen is to my pad
The moral, the very fiber
The whole substance of my rap.
You are my reason for being
The meaning of my existence
If it wasn't for you
I would never be able to spit this
As intense I do and the irony
Is you rely on me as much
as I rely on you to inspire me like you do.

Not sure how I ever ended up with this on my computer. Let's do this anyways, Eminem's "Hellbound" thrown over Zelda. Can't go wrong... Masta Ace does the third verse to this song.

Eminem - Zelda Rap Mix

I'm so bananas I'm showin up to your open casket
to fill it full of explosive gasses
and close it back with a lit match in it
while I sit back and just hope it catches
Blow you to fragments
Laugh roll you and smoke the ashes

As always, the more music the merrier. Some friends will remember the first song, short N sweet. As for the second, well the uncensored version of Kim ain't that easy to lay your hands on. So violent it has made me put on my wife beater.

Eminem - Fubba Cubba
Eminem - Kim (Uncensored)


bow down

I'll keep it rather brief, as the World Cup finals beckon me. I'm going to have a marathon crystal castles listening sesh, so I can prepare for the incessant eardrum eroding sound of the vuvuzelas.

Busta Rhymes- Holla

Ah, what's not to love about Busta Rhymes? (Besides the extreme homophobia and enormous ego, I mean.) The man is a legend in the game, and is always pushing the envelope. He's been rhyming since the late eighties, and unlike most of his contemporaries, has constantly kept re-inventing himself and his music. To the layman, Busta might seem to be just another overly aggressive boastful rapper, but he is much more than that. Everything, from the classic videos to the image he portrays, is calculated down to the last letter. The dude is goofy as hell, his swagger is often out of this world, but his style never feels stagnant. He isn't really a divisive figure, to be honest: people from all genres of music have a lot of respect for his craft. I've heard that Daft Punk didn't charge Busta Rhymes a lot for his use of "Technologic" on Touch It, because they respected his body of work, whereas they charged Kanye millions for the use of Stronger.

This particular tune is an often overlooked gem in Busta's discography. The beat, (in all of its bouncy Halloween soundtrack-sounding glory) a fine Dr Dre production from 2001, combined with Busta's stream-of-consciousness rhymes make this anthem unforgettable.

Slum Village- Raise it up

Slum Village are known by most people to be the late, great J Dilla's group, a trio of Detroit juggernauts. Baatin (r.i.p), J Dilla & T3 made countless great songs, no matter your taste in rap. J Dilla produced all of their songs, which probably has something to do with it, as they are most well-known for the classic soul flips that characterize their sound. This particular song has a great little backstory to it, which, hilariously enough, includes another Daft Punk reference.

One day, as J Dilla was record digging for random samples, he came accross a bootleg recording of Thomas Bangalter's Extra Dry. Dilla figured that he was an obscure producer that no one had heard of, so he flipped the sample and created Raise It Up. Thomas Bangalter was quite aware of Jay Dee's amazing body of work, and was a fan, so all that he asked was that Slum Village remix one of Daft Punk's songs. They gladly obliged, and added their own groove to Aerodynamic.

This Rollie just don't look right, sittin' on my wrist, huh.

DJ Mujava- Township Funk

South African Kwaito meets house music. Not only is this one of the catchiest melodies of the past few years, it is created by a South African producer/DJ who made a classic tune with old, beaten-up equipment. This is a song of hope, man. Fuck regional bias, great music can come from the places you'd least expect. It's all about the love of music.

[edit: Congrats to Spain on their first World Cup win ever.]

Avenge The Virgins.