Here are some things I'm watching and listening to via the Internets.
Kardinal Offishall -- "My T-Dot Shit" (The Canadian version)
Busta Rhymes' street anthem "New York Shit" is getting some mileage all the way up to the T-Dot. I'm still looking out for a rumored Little Brother version supposedly called "NC Shit." (props to Del on the audio hook-up)
Llyod Banks -- "My House"
Timbaland is back! That Nelly Furtado joint "Promisicous Girl" is picking up steam on pop radio and this is banging on rap radio. Are we looking at the seconding coming of Timbo?
Method Man (F/ Fat Joe and Styles P) -- "Yah Mean"
This joint is sick! I don't think this song is going to put New York City back on the rap map, but it certainly has a lot of swagger. I love the beat -- it's crunchy!
Ali & Gipp -- "Go Head" (music video)
Ahhhh, a nice booty video. You gotta love the booty. Ali and Gipp -- EPMD of the south?
Lil' Jon -- "Snap Yo Fingers" (music video)
Yeeeeuuuh! The Hype Williams-directed technicolor clip is off the chain. I'm not a big fan of snap music, but after watching this great video, I downloaded the song via iTunes. Props to Hype for flipping the widescreen vision once again.
Pharrell (F/ Kanye West) -- "Number 1"
This is not the hot collaboration I was expecting from these two guys. You would think that two multi-talented rapper-producers together on a track would bring some serious heat -- this is like a low flame. Fellas, you can do better than this.
Rick Ross -- "Hustlin'" (Remix) (Featuring Jay-Z and Young Jeezy)
Straight up: I don't want to listen to this remix. Why? Because I think Rick Ross' "Hustlin'" is a perfect rap song -- no assistance is needed. I totally love the original track. As for the remix, Jigga and Jeezy have lost their swagger and I'm in no mood to hear their phone-in lyrics. "Hustlin'" would be perfect for the soundtrack to the film version of Miami Vice. In fact, this song should be use as the main theme of the movie. Forget about that Lincoln Park/Jay-Z mash-up track they have featured in their trailer. Whip it real hard. Whip it, whip it, real hard!
(thanks to Lynne and the Vibe crew for the audio hook-up)
And finally, it's no secret on this blog that I'm a huge John Coltrane fan. Well, the good folks at Riverside Records will release an album of a brief 1957 studio collaboration between Thelonious Monk and John Coltrane called The Complete 1957 Riverside Recordings. The two-disc collection hits stores on June 27.