This is the companion post to this week's podcast of THE ZRO HOUR, paying homage to the one and only GRAND PUBA:
SEXY- Masters of Ceremony (no embed available; click to view)
WAKE UP (Reprise in the Sunshine)
360 (WHAT GOES AROUND)
CHECK IT OUT feat. Mary J. Blige
WHAT'S THE 411? feat. Mary J. Blige (Yo! MTV Raps Performance)
A LITTLE OF THIS feat. Kid
I LIKE IT (Wanna Be Where You Are)
THE ZRO HOUR is back with a tribute to one of the most talented, pioneering and trendsetting emcees- GRAND PUBA. Grand Puba has long had legendary status with over 20 years in hip hop. From message driven raps centered around the philosophy and teachings of the 5% Nation of Gods and Earths, to party jams that stay on repeat, Grand Puba has long been a favorite of fans and peers alike. Puba has lengthy production credits dating back to his work with Positive K and has always produced music for his own projects. He has returned to recording and dropped a 4th solo album this year titled "Retro-Active". I had the pleasure of meeting and briefly interviewing him this summer at his listening party in NYC.
This episode is absolutely one of the best as I am proud to present some of Grand Puba's best work. Enjoy the show!
DOWNLOAD HERE (87.5MB)
STEP TO THE REAR
360 (What Goes Around)
A LITTLE OF THIS feat. Kid
REEL TO REEL
SEXY- Masters Of Ceremony
WHO CAN GET BUSY LIKE THIS MAN?
WAKE UP (Reprise In The Sunshine)
CHECK IT OUT feat. Mary J. Blige
WHAT'S THE 411?- Mary J. Blige feat. Grand Puba
INTERVIEW WITH GRAND PUBA
WHO MAKES THE LOOT?- Brand New Heavies feat. Grand Puba
GRAND PUBA, POSITIVE & L.G.
SKINZ- Pete Rock & CL Smooth feat. Grand Puba
ALL FOR ONE- Brand Nubian
I LIKE IT ( I Wanna Be Where You Are)
SAME OLD DRAMA feat. Large Professor
CHANGE GONNA COME
This was released earlier this year and its never too late to cop this incredible compilation of some of DJ JAZZY JEFF's
favorites remixed by the man himself. Classics by Nas, Biggie, Jay-Z, Pharcyde and Wu-Tang get the Jazzy Jeff treatment. Free download below.
DJ JAZZY JEFF Presents MY FAVES Vol. 1
1. Gimme the Doe
3. Moment of Clearness
4. Uno Amore
5. Passin By Me
6. Hip No Ties
7. Allow Me Too…
8. It Ain’t Hard
9. Da Orchestra
10. Dirty Shoulders
11. Kick the Door In
12. Bill the Top
13. Made U Peek
15. Hustle Knockin’
Originally posted at CRATEKINGS
Blaps, Rhymes & Life Vol. 4 free download will be available for free download online on December 7th, 2009. The projects is entirely produced by Illmind, and features the usual mix of mainstream and up and coming artists with that Illmind stamp of approval. To download all 3 previous volumes, go to WWW.ILLMIND.BIZ
What happens when ultra emcee’s collaborate with a generous dose of realness? You encounter "Illuminated Animals!" 4-IZE and fellow beast emcee’s are shining new light on Hip Hop with the "Illuminated Animals" project. The project is presented by Upstairs Studio, an Atlanta based recording studio whose clientele include De La Soul, MF DOOM, Musiq Soulchild and more.
“Everybody has a beast laying dormant inside them” says 4-IZE. “Illuminated Animals was created to shine light on that beast inside of us all. Waking up that sleeping monster takes conscious effort and knowledge of self. That’s exactly what everyone on the project does with hopes to inspire all those who listen to do the same – Wake up their inner monster!”
4-IZE is joined by fellow emcee’s Señor Kaos, Punchlyne, and 4-IZE’s brother Number 2. Lending their soulful essence are vocal artists Anthony David, Scar and Yirayah.
The entire project is produced by Floyd the Locsmif (50 Cent, Ceelo Green, O.C, J Live) and DJ Rasta Root (CEO Smokin Needles Records & DJ/Manager Phife ATCQ).
Download at www.4IZE.com
1.) Classic Example – ft. Señor Kaos & Punchlyne
2.) Rollin Like A Gee – ft. Scar
3.) Hard To Quit The Rhyme – ft. Señor Kaos & AnthonyDavid
4.) Listen Carefully – Skit #1
5.) Ultra Beast – ft. Punchlyne & Number 2
6.) Would You Do It – Interlude
7.) Foods, Fruit & Animals – ft. Punchlyne & Señor Kaos
8.) When Keepin It Real Goes Wrong
9.) Dat Ain’t Gone Ride – ft. Señor Kaos & Punchlyne
10.) Wrong Kid Died – ft. Number 2
11.) Nobody – ft. Señor Kaos
12.) Badger Milk – Skit #2
13.) Vibe Awards
14.) Caterpillars – ft.Anthony David
15.) Don’t Nobody Care – ft. Yirayah
16.) Can’t Stop Thinkin bout You – ft. Anthony David
Thanks to DAVEY D for this great post:
"...I just feel that I’ve got thousands and thousands of young fans that have to learn about what’s real when it comes to AIDS. Like the others before me, I would like to turn my own problem into something good that will reach out to all my homeboys and their kin. Because I want to save their asses before it’s too late.”
Many of us have forgotten these haunting words from the late Eazy E who died from AIDs back in 1995. His death sent shock waves within the Hip Hop community and helped open people’s eyes. His death also helped shatter the myth of that HIV and AIDS was solely a gay white man’s disease. Today as we acknowledge the 22cd World AIDs Day where the theme is Universal Access and Human Rights, most of us are far more educated and understand that AIDs is a worldwide situation that has impacted all communities. Sadly in spite of the urgency, many of us have reverted back to what is deemed as irresponsible behavior. Many of us have looked at the success of people like basketball player Magic Johnson who was diagnosed with HIV and come to believe that this disease will not touch us…
READ MORE at his original post and get links to FAQ about HIV & AIDS.
Below is a classic live performance of "America (America Is Dying Slowly)" by Wu-Tang & Killah Priest from 'Yo MTV Raps":
This is a great interview/roundtable discussion with Dame Dash where he discusses his "BlackRoc" project, his hand in the creation of Mos Def, Jay Electronica and Curren$y’s new group, Center Edge Territory and the necessity of hip hop overcoming the "wackworld" machine. Dame sounds like he is maturing and has renewed vision in place.
Thanks to 2DopeBoyz
From CURRENT TV:
On this special hour-long Embedded, Mos Def takes us on an all access seven-day tour of Japan while he performs his new album "The Ecstatic" to packed venues in Tokyo and Osaka. During that week, he hits up the Harajuku fashion district, whoops it up at a sumo wrestling match, and gets a personal tour of the Tokyo Giants stadium from his friend and baseball phenom Mark Kroon. Then, he brilliantly ties it all together by divulging the history of great thinkers known as "ecstatics," showing that he is clearly one of the most insightful men in hip-hop.
Here is some background on this great tour in Eternia's own words:
"I get a lot of questions from my family, friends and fans about this “411: Because I am A Girl” school tour. I figured instead of trying to explain what I do, as a Hip Hop artist, at these schools. I would show you.
I am blessed to tour with a wonderful family of inspiring ladies: Nana (who is shown hyping me up in these clips, but she hosts the entire show!), Hip Hop artist Masia One, and the founder of The 411 Initiative for Change & these school tour programs, Tamara Dawit. We even have our very own DJ – Kyle – who, besides tour managing, driving, doing our sound, and generally doing everything else, also reps “Because I Am A Girl” proudly.
"Le Da Soul: 20 Years of De La Soul" features some faves like Phife, Camp Lo, Skillz, Senor Kaos, Talib Kweli, Kardinal Offishall, U-N-I, Tanya Morgan, and more.
1. Intro: Senor Kaos, Von Pea and Homeboy Sandman (produced by Dave West)
2. Me Myself and I: Kardinal Offishall (produced by Diabolic)
3. Pease Porridge: Phife Dawg (produced by Dj Rasta Root)
4. Breakdawn: Tanya Morgan (produced by 6th Sense)
5. Oooh: Fly Union (produced by Fly Union)
6. Baby Phat: Skillz & Colin Monroe (produced by nVMe)
7. Stakes Is High part 1: U-N-I (produced by 6th Sense)
8. Say No Go: Chaundon, Esso + The Kickdrums (produced by The Kickdrums)
9. Rock Co Kane Flow: Shawn Christopher & Pheo (produced by Garbs)
10. Ego Trippin: Asheru (produced by The Els)
11 Ooodles of O’s: Camp Lo (produced by Apple Juice Kid)
12. Sunshine: Christian Rich + Curtains (produced by Christian Rich)
13. Plug Tunin’: Tabi Bonney + Stalley (produced by Judah)
14. Hey Love: Chip Tha Ripper (produced by Remot)
15. The Bizness: Big Pooh, Butta Verses, and 6th Sense (produced by 6th Sense)
16. I Am I Be: 6th Sense (produced by Hasan Insane)
17. Eye Know: Daytona & Mike Maven (produced by 6th Sense)
18. Saturdays: Niko Villamor, Brittany Street & Kidd Neer (produced by SMKA)
19. Watch Out: J.Sands (produced by J. Rawls)
20. Stakes Is High part 2: Talib Kweli (produced by eJones)