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Big Ben

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  1. Come on, man. Enjoy it. You've got six posts with negativity, life is too beautiful for that. I'll also point out that those artists he has collaborated with in the past were not of his era either, with the exception of Biz or Slick Rick and a handful of others. He's collaborated with people outside his norm throughout his career and I can't complain about this choice and the messege. Let Will be... different. Dope track.
  2. This and new De La in the same day? Fantastic!
  3. I posted about this a while back. It's actually an article from volume 2 (which at the time you could order from Jazzy's site autographed, though unfortunately i'd already preordered it.) I definitely recommend picking up both book, there filled with these types of articles for a **** ton of classic hip hop albums.
  4. This was sad news for sure. I was lucky enough to drive to New Orleans and see him perform back in 09(I think). He sat the whole time but was still captivating.
  5. Looks like they showed up this week too, this time shows the beginning of their partnership. http://boingboing.net/2015/05/05/the-fresh-prince-meets-dj-jazz.html
  6. ​While you can read all the pages on that sight (It's updated every week) I recommend picking up the trades. I have the first two and there pretty cool, they're printed on that old comic style paper and are over sized so they're pretty big. The two trades cover 1975 to 1983.
  7. http://boingboing.net/2015/04/28/hip-hop-family-tree-dj-jazzy.html
  8. Awesome! That was funny, and it's nice to see it happen publicly, maybe it'll put more pressure on him. I like that Kimmel asked a questions I've always wondered about, basically why hasn't he ever really been featured on other musicians music. Its a bit of a tragedy that he isn't.
  9. I gotta agree with AJ here. I'm a fan of LL and Ice Cube but both have been inconsistent with there music the last few years. Effectively you can't water a plant whenever you feel like it. When you go away on a trip and come back to water that plant it's not the same. If you leave your craft and come back, you come back to where you left off, so there's very limited growth. When you look at artists who've stuck to there craft with their entire focus you see growth, you see artists that have gotten better as they've aged (I.E. De La, Pharoahe Monch). That being said, it sounds as if Will has ne
  10. Thankfully we're still getting peppered with new music.
  11. Here is an excerpt from the book: http://www.esquire.com/blogs/culture/parents-just-dont-understand-oral-history-will-smith?src=spr_TWITTER&spr_id=1456_108698541
  12. It's filled with a lot of stuff for hip-hop fans for sure. I love when talking about filming Parents just Don't understand, Carli called Russell Simmons and told him that Will was going to be bigger then Eddie Murphy and then Russell Simmons replied with "Well, he may be Malcolm Jamal-Warner but he ain't no Eddie Murphy."
  13. I pre-ordered Brian Coleman's Check the Technique Vol 2 and it was on my doorstep Monday when I got back from visiting my parents. I have the first volume and I ordered this one for two reasons. The first being the sample chapter they posted with 3rd Bass and their Cactus Album. The second because I looked at the chapter listing and I saw He's the DJ, I'm the Rappper--Clearly that's an automatic credit card choice right there. It was worth it for sure. Unfortunately there was no sign of Will (but as fan's I think we're accustomed to his minute involvement in all things hip-hop) but all th
  14. I think Will and Jeff should take the next step and do the Polar Plunge.
  15. I'm definitely excited for this, I hope it's similar to his Autobiography album rather then the last solo he had. Autobiography had a feeling of cohesion between tracks rather then a bunch of good songs that don't seem to fit together. I think that's why Big Willie Style is one of my favorite albums because it feels like one solid project.
  16. I don't know how many of you are 3rd Bass fans but if you are you might really dig this sample chapter for Check the Technique Volume 2. Its really informative and a fun read. https://medium.com/@briancoleman/3rd-bass-9ecff0fd3fb9 After I read it I am definitely going to be picking up this book. And the cherry on top? There's going to be a chapter for He's the DJ!
  17. I feel like that's the point, hence the cut-away to head shaking and laughing. As a Brewers fan I wholeheartedly approve of this.
  18. Well I can't say that I'm a 'real' head but I do own everyone of PE albums and I love Chucks Autobiography album. I think he sounds really good over slower beats. Either way, I agree with Chuck's movement just not his individual target. I think he should go after the big dogs of the station, but Rosenberg's Juan Epstein podcast are highly informative and capture a stories of Hip-Hop culture that would otherwise be lost. I would love to see Will and Jeff on that podcast and hear there stories. That being said I'd like to see Chuck on there but he seems to really only be interested in making his
  19. I completely agree with you there. It's why I wish they'd just sit down and talk things out. I think both Rosenberg and Chuck are working towards the same goal, and unfortunately Chuck's attack is misguided, he's attacking Hot 97 but attacking an ally in Rosenberg.
  20. Ice Cube is another artist that I absolutely love, but you do have to admit that there are two different Ice Cubes. You've got the activist and message driven Ice Cube and then you've got the gangsta life Ice Cube who glorify the the violence and uses the word with disregard. Ultimately Ice Cube is just one artist that Chuck has given props to, you've got DMX for example, and if you took an alcoholic shot every time he uses the word you'd never survive an album let alone one song. And this is where I struggle with Chuck's argument right now, what you and I are discussing is not where the a
  21. I'm a huge fan of Chuck D, he was one of my inspirations to pursue a study in Political Science and Public Administration, but I sometimes feel conflicted when you see these types of arguments. Sometimes his analogies don't always line up with what he's trying to get across, and in this case I feel like he's picked the wrong person to focus on. Living in Wisconsin I can't say I've ever listened to Hot 97, but I have listened to Rosenberg's Juan Epstein Podcast. Chuck has been spending much of his time and focus on Rosenberg saying he's not helping hip-hop but I've found that podcast to be an i
  22. I was just wondering if anyone here picked up the new album. I've been enjoying it since it's release, I must have listened to it at least three times driving back from my home in Wisconsin to school in Minnesota. Pharoahe is probably one of my favorite artist because of his creativity and consistency, and the fact that he creates proper ALBUMS vs just a random collection of songs. There never seems to be a track that's on the album that's just a throwaway. Here's his third "bullet" song, which is clearly heavily (and admittedly) influenced by LL. This one is probably my favor
  23. I've been on a bit of a history kick lately so most recently I watched this... https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rO-3uWwvacU And because history can often be a pretty depressing subject I made sure to follow it up with one of the funniest men in the history of history.
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