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All those acronyms in the title are in this post.

Wiz Khalifa 'Black and Yellow'

Been meaning to post this from a while back, but didn't. Tuuuune

This YouTube comments a bit harsh though: "Black and Yellow are the worst colors to represent the worst city in the US....but this song sure is catchy"

Black and Yellow is about Pittsburgh, PA

Hold tight G-Dep

You should know about former Bad Boy record rapper G-Dep admitted to murder. Puff spoke on him yesterday in an interview with Elliott Wilson on Shade 45 (listen to part 4). That's some real stuff Puff spoke right there. I've always said people judge Puffy differently to others. Everyone people ask "Oh what happened to..." he made them. Total and 112 weren't good singers. Mary J wasn't the singer she is today either. Sometimes artists have talent but they don't work for whatever reason.

Puffy made Jodeci, Mary J, 112, Ma$e, brought us The LOX, produced Jay-Z's real comeback album in American Gangster and let's not forget 2 classic albums with arguably the best rapper ever in Notorious BIG. He made Biggie do Juicy against his will because Big said the track is soft. Let's pause for a second while we think about a massive tune we'd have missed out on...

Ok. And when I say produce, I don't mean send a beat over by email "Biggie spit on this. Bless" I'm talking steered Biggie down a route he wasn't on or interested in, wrote a storyboard for the album and Ready To Die is a classic. With Life After Death, Puff split the producers, The Hitmen, in two. Can't remember who was with who, but D Dot, Stevie J, Puff and one other, then they battled each other with beats. Method could have been used before but I don't know.

But yeah the boy G got knocked.

Who never attempted the Harlem Shake in the mirror?

Yank speaks on Passa Passa

This is an interesting interview with US journalist/former editor of Trace magazine Anicée Gaddis. She speaks affectionately about notorious garrison community Tivoli Gardens, controversial street dance Passa Passa and her love for dancehall culture.
My favourite quote that brings a lot to me is: "AG: I’m a dancehall junky. I just love the music; I love the theatre. It’s a ball. There’s a lot of drama and there’s a lot of action. There are always dancers, the guy chatting on the mic—it’s more than just the music; it’s the energy that this whole system brings." This is also real talk: "[Jamaican people] have so much style and flair and personality and creativity just bubbling around."

LU: And what do you want readers to gain from the book?

AG: That Jamaica is more than the sum of its parts. It’s layered. The people are layered an nuanced and spiritual—not necessarily in the religious sense, but in the human sense. They have such an internal beauty that is expressed in the culture and the dancing and the music and the soundbattles. Jamaicans as a people are some of the richest and most gorgeous that I have encountered. And I think that the true expression of that is for me at something like Passa Passa where you see so many dimensions.

Read the interview here

Please note: I just deleted a sick lightbulb moment from this post. Safe.

Throwback Tune of the Day: T-Pain featuring Mike Jones 'I'm In Luv With A Stripper' (or should that be las... lol)

What a tune! This album should have been called 808s and Autotune. Never really understood this tune before...


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