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Posts from December 2007

A Hot X-Mas

'Tis the season to be funny . . .

Check out this funny video Christmas card from the comedic folks at The Real. These guys have attracted a legion of fans with their popular weekly hip-hop-oriented viral comedy sketches.

A Hot Christmas (click to watch the video)

Also, don't forget The Godfather of Soul James Brown who passed away one year ago today.

Rest In Power, James.

Happy Kwanzhannakamas!

The Best List Of The Year-End Lists (Part II)

This is Part II from this series.

The almighty Noz of Cocaine Blunts dropped his year-end rap singles list (40-1). Here's the Top 10 from his tally.

Best Rap 2007: You know the drill. One record per artist. Usually singles, occasionally strong album tracks. If you disagree, then you're wrong.

01. UGK (F/ OutKast) -- "International Players Anthem" (Jive)
02. Playaz Circle (F/ Lil Wayne) -- "Duffle Bag Boy" (DTP/Def Jam)
03. Ghostface (F/ Styles P & Beanie Sigel) -- "Barrell Brothers" (Mixtape)
04. Dude N 'Em -- "Watch My Feet" (TVT)
05. Kanye West -- "Can't Tell Me Nothing" (Roc-a-fella/Def Jam)
06. Scarface -- "Who Do You Believe In?" (Rap-a-Lot)
07. Devin The Dude (F/ Andre 3000 & Snoop Dogg) -- "What a Job" (Rap-A-Lot)
08. Lil Jon (F/ Fabo & Gucci Mane) -- "I'm a J (Remix)" (Mixtape)
09. Lil Wayne -- "La La" (Mixtape)
10. J Dilla -- "Wild" (Stones Throw)

Noz has some nice picks listed here, but I have to add my two cents to his roundup. So here are a few of my favorite rap tracks in 2007:

Styles P (F/ Ghostface Killah) -- "Star of the State" (Koch)
Common -- "Misunderstood" (Geffen)
Black Milk -- "Three+Sum" (Fat Beats)
Mims -- "This Is Why I'm Hot" (Capitol)
-- Don't front, you like this song, too


Party Like Diddy

(Illustration by Kevin Greene)

Diddy's 10 Tips for a New Year's to Remember

The king of celebrations, Diddy shares how to have the ultimate New Year's celebration.

10. Your party spot has to set the tone for the night . . . It creates the
blueprint for the entire evening.

09. A great bartender. Bad drinks aren't sexy. Also beautiful
wait-staff are key.

08. Food should never interrupt your swagger. Small tapas or finger
foods that aren't too messy tend to work well.

07. Music should be the soundtrack to the night. It should match the
theme. It should match the flow.

06. Preserve the sexy: My oldest and truest party rule. If it's about
furs and diamonds, don't show up in jeans.***

05. The right party people. Your tried-and-true friends that know how
to get your party started mixed with a few new characters to keep things
exciting . . . but everyone has to be sexy.

04. You need a great pair of shades because the best New Year's Eve
party doesn't stop until well into the New Year.

03. You need a great host -- like me -- someone who is a master in the
art of celebration.

02. Ciroc -- The world's best ultra-premium vodka, enough said.

01. It's never sexy to be sloppy, know your limits and drink

*** Actually, you can wear jeans and still perserve the sexy. You can flip the New Year's formal wear up by mixing a stylish tuxedo with black denim. Add a fedora and patented leather black sneakers with a little bling (fuck fur!). Make sure your all about the Benjamins ($$) and shake ya tailfeather!


Hot Wax

XXL magazine is good.

But Wax Poetics magazine's Second Annual Hip-Hop Issue is essential reading.

** Interview with Just Blaze
** Interview with Percee P
** Feature on producer 9th Wonder teaching hip-hop history
** Bobby Byrd tribute by Alan Leeds
** Interview with dancehall king Barrington Levy

And so much more!

Cop it at your local newsstands/bookstores or online at the Giant Peach.


The Best List Of The Year-End Lists (2007)

The ubiquitous Year-End Music Lists are circulating the Internets[sic]. I'm still compiling my list of the Best Albums in 2007 for various online publications. After surveying a numbered of lists, I decided to post a few Year-End lists that caught my eye. I don't know how many lists I'm going to post, but here's one:

Scheme Magazine's Most Slept On Albums of 2007

Indie music zine Scheme rounded up some CDs that flew below the radar of the most dedicated music fan. Among the rap discs mentioned on the tally included Oakland rap duo U-N-I's great LP, Fried Chicken & Watermelon. Let me also add their creative music video for sneaker fanatics -- "K.R.E.A.M." I talked about the clip in this previous blog.

Other rap discs mentioned on the list are DJ Jazzy Jeff's Return of The Magnificent, Little Brother's The Get Back and Wise Intelligent's The Talented Timothy Taylor.

Let me also add a couple of rap CDs that were totally slept on.

Percee P -- Perseverance

Black Milk -- Popular Demand

Added Note:

Here's an in-depth interview (and rap history lesson) with Percee P (Peep the MP3 audio links. Mad crazy!)