Ya'll Know Sarah Palin Got To Go, Right?

We have all seen the farce of a campaign by U.S. Senator John McCain. His selection of Alaska Governor Sarah Palin was desperate and insulting to American Voters. She boosted the campaign as a secret weapon and now many are seeing that weapon is shooting blanks. Her recent interviews have revealed some one who is out of her league and unprepared for the office of Vice President. The above video produced by 236.COM puts a spin on her well rehearsed "Bridge tp Nowhere" story. Funny and very eerie, almost robotic.. CNN's Jack Cafferty sums it up quite well here-

Vote People!


MUSIC TECH: KORG Nano Series Controllers

As music technology improves, the options for crafting your next hit tracks become more portable and modular. I use the Trigger Finger from M-Audio to serve as my MPC style input when I'm composing beats and I'm going to cop the Alphatrack fader/transport control surface for my mixing needs. Korg introduces three new options for the laptop/desktop musician- the Nano Series Controllers. The new Korg nanoSERIES USB powered slim-line controllers are so small you can put them on your workstation, in front of your laptop, on a recording console or anywhere else you need versatile control over your DAW, virtual instrument/effect or DJ software. The three modules are the nanoKEY - A Flexible MIDI Keyboard Controller, the nanoPAD drum input style controller (similar to the tech behind the Korg padKONTROL) and the mix surface style nanoKONTROL. Each device retails for a very affordable $60-70 dollars. Check the post from ENGADGET for an unboxing and brief review of the controllers. GEARWIRE offers a preview video from this year's Summer Namm in Nashville.


Thanks to DAVEYD.COM for pointing me to this. One of X-Clan's founding members, THE GRAND ARKITECH PARADISE GRAY and rapper JASIRI X present an innovative new series called, THIS WEEK WITH JASIRI X. Each week Jasiri X recaps the news Hip-Hop style over the hottest beats. Below are episodes one and two. Very dope concept in the vein of Skills' classic yearly Rap Up series-



"Real Men Don't Hit Women" Concert Tomorrow Night

Saturday, September 27, 2008
Royal Shine Entertainment & Alphabet Soup
Da "Real Men Don't Hit Women" Concert
The Baha'i Center
53 East 11th Street (Between Broadway & University Pl)
New York, NY

Performances by:
Hasan Salaam, Tiye Phoenix, Chen Lo, Shanelle Gabriel, Division X, & Red Clay.

M. Josephine, Chris Slaughter, & Miss Nancy V.

Hosted by Lynx GarcIa of EG Radio & MG from Flow Life Radio

Music by DJ's DR. Dust & Reborn

Doors open at 7 PM, Showtime 8 PM Sharp!

Proceeds will go to a Safe Horizon battered woman shelter.

For Tickets call 1 (917) 209 2013

Tickets are also available at Fat Beats
406 6th Ave ( Betwe en W. 8 & 9 ST)
212) 673- 3883

For more info:
www.myspace.com/divisionxrap www.myspace.com/redclay

Sponsored by The Elan Group, Femmix.com, A Marketing & Extravagangsta Radio

Take the L, N, R, W, Q, 4, 5, 6 train to Union Square


VIDEO: Shaun Boothe Presents A 12 Part Bio Series Beginning With PT. 1: The Unauthorized Biography Of James Brown

Unauthorized Biography Series Trailer

Rapper SHAUN BOOTHE has launched an ambitious 12 part unauthorized video bio series. Picking up where Nas left off with the Unauthorized Biography of Rakim, this is part 1 of The Bio Series which consists of 12 video bios of 12 icons in 12 months. The first video in the series, "The Unauthorized Biography Of James Brown", dropped and you can check it out below. THE ZRO HOUR will post each one over the next 12 months. We hope it inspires you to rediscover and research our musical heroes. Shaun Boothe definitely puts it down. Shaun has had a lot of success in the past with his music, especially his videos. He was awarded a singles deal from Def Jam, won a $30,000 video contest put on Universal and Yahoo.com and has won a different video contest for $25,000 from MuchMusic. Stay tuned for more from this creative talent.

The Unauthorized Biography Of James Brown


Hip Hop Theater Festival's "The Break/s" Premieres Tonight at NYU

Thanks to Brooklyn Bodega for sending this:

NYU's Skirball Center for the Performing Arts presents
the break/s
by Marc Bamuthi Joseph for the Living Word Project
Co-presented by Hip-Hop Theater Festival
The Skirball Center for the Performing Arts, NYU :: 566 LaGuardia Place at Washington Square South :: NY

Is Hip-Hop your passport? The Festival opens with the NYC premiere of renowned poet and spoken word artist Marc Bamuthi Joseph's much-anticipated the break/s. Inspired by Jeff Chang's 2005 award winning Can't Stop Won't Stop, the break/s is a breakthrough Hip-Hop theater performance exploring Joseph's travels from Port-au-Prince to Paris, Tokyo to Minneapolis, Senegal to Bosnia, while dazzling with a synthesis between performer, score, and moving image to create a live mixtape on stage.

Open Caption performance: Thursday, September 25
ASL-interpreted performance: Friday, September 26

$25 with Brooklyn Bodgega code, HHTF08

MIXTAPES: Dub MD & Illmind Presents "Blaps, Rhymes & Life"

"Blaps, Rhymes & Life" is the exclusive new mixtape project from Dub MD and one of the most accomplished producers in Hip Hop Illmind. A producer that balances both the mainstream and underground successfully, working with a full spectrum of artists from Heltah Skeltah to 50 Cent, Little Brother to Black Eyed Peas, the list goes on. This new project features some of the artists Illmind has been working closely with over the past year or so including the likes of 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Heltah Skeltah, Skyzoo and many more.

Lookout for Illmind dropping his brand new studio album currently "Untitled" coming soon, along with his highly anticipated group album as "Fortilive" with Mushmouf and Slo-Mo and his exclusive collaboration project with North Carolina's Supatition. Also keep your eyes out for Dub MD's exclusive new mixtape project for the purest called "Hip Hop Renatus" which features the whos-who of underground hip hop emcees (44 MC's / 34 Tracks) doin what they do best over the greatest hip hop producers of all-times instrumentals, out next month for exclusive free download!

01.) Get Ya Ass Up! (Intro) (Produced By Illmind)
02.) Heltah Skeltah - Everything Is Heltah Skeltah (Produced By Illmind)
03.) Brooklyn Academy - Raise Ya Hands (feat. Jean Grae) (Produced By Illmind)
04.) Fresh Daily - Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
05.) D. Black - The Come Up (feat. Skyzoo) (Produced By Illmind)
06.) 50 Cent - Make A Movie (Produced By Illmind)
07.) Supastition - Thankful (feat. Kil Ripkin) (Produced By Illmind)
08.) Naturel - The Bullets (Produced By Illmind)
09.) K.O. (K-Otix) - 48 Seasons (Produced By Illmind)
10.) Torae - New Blood (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Fresh Daily) (Produced By Illmind)
11.) Fortilive - The Come Up (Produced By Illmind)
12.) Broken English - Different World (Produced By Illmind)
13.) Skyzoo - Lyrically Inclined (feat. Wale) (Produced By Illmind)
14.) Naps N Dreds - Do What I Should (feat. Copywrite) (Produced By Illmind)
15.) Quan - Geez Like Deez (feat. Rapper Big Pooh) (Produced By Illmind)
16.) Naturel - Resurrect (Produced By Illmind)
17.) 8th W1 - A Fool's Lullaby (Produced By Illmind)
18.) Faro-Z - Clap Ya Hands (Produced By Illmind)
19.) A.P.E.X. - One More Time (Produced By Illmind)
20.) LL Cool J - Queens (feat. Prodigy, 50 Cent, Kool G Rap, & Tony Yayo) (Produced By Illmind)
21.) Wannabe? (Outro) (Produced By Illmind)


VIDEO: Let's Get Free: The Black August Hip Hop Project

The Black August Hip Hop Project strives to promote human rights though supporting and influencing the global development of Hip Hop culture. By facilitating exchanges between international communities where Hip Hop is a vital part of youth culture, they promote awareness about the social and political issues that affect our global communities. Their vision is to bring culture and politics together and to allow them to naturally evolve into a unique Hip Hop consciousness that informs our collective struggle for a more just, equitable and human world. This film documents the movement through a series of interviews and performances with hip hop artists and key members of the black activist movement.


Nate Dogg Suffers Second Stroke In Less Than A Year

This in from Yahoo! news:

West Coast rapper Nate Dogg was hospitalized nearly two weeks ago after suffering a stroke, his second in less than a year.

But contrary to Internet news stories that offered an upbeat prognosis, a family member tells E! News that as of Wednesday the 39-year-old hip-hopster was on life support in a Los Angeles-area hospital with a feeding tube in his mouth.

"He has suffered another stroke from his bad eating habits and unhealthy lifestyle," says Donald Smith, Dogg's cousin and a fellow emcee who goes by the moniker Lil' Half Dead. "All we can do now is pray for him."

Dogg has since been taken off life support but as of today still requires a feeding tube, according to Smith. The rapper, whose real name is Nathaniel Hale, was stricken on Sept. 5. Earlier this week, manager Rod McGrew told the hip-hop news site SOHH "the prognosis at this time is favorable. We're positive, prayerful, hopeful and patient." Citing unnamed sources, TMZ offered a starker assessment, saying that while Dogg did not suffer any brain damage, he has exhibited little movement below the neck.

The MC, a cousin of Snoop Dogg who made his debut on Dr. Dre's 1992 album The Chronic before signing with Death Row Records, was first felled by a stroke on Dec. 19, leaving him partially paralyzed.

Dogg had continued his recovery in physical therapy, but still relied on the use of a wheelchair.

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