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New Video ➔ Verses: Skyzoo Vs. Jay-Z

No 'Regrets: RapperSkyzoo Jay-Z

The popular hip-hop blog 2DB has teamed up with up-and-coming video director Court Dunn for this one-shot series called "Verses."

Check out Skyzoo reciting one of his favorite Jay-Z verses.

I can't knock Skyzoo's hustle. Hopefully, he won't have any regrets. Ha!

I got a million of them. Can I live? Ha!

VERSES: Skyzoo vs. Jay-Z

**BONUS**: Original Source Material

Jay-Z -- "Regrets"


Hip-Hop/Graffiti Icon Rammellzee Dead at 49

Transformer: Hip-Hop/Graffiti Pioneer Rammellzee (1960-2010)

Can we please have a moment of silence for . . .

Hip-Hop/Graffiti visionary Rammellzee who died Tuesday, according to a tweet by Fab 5 Freddy. No word on cause of death. He was 49 years old.

A native of Queens, N.Y., Rammellzee (aka Ramm:ell:zee or RAMMΣLLZΣΣ) was an influential graffiti artist during the early '80s who is best known for his 10-minute spaced-out jam "Beat Bop," which was produced by the late famed artist Jean-Michel Basquiat. But Ramm's long and varied career spanned into music, art and films. The eccentric art-rapper appeared in three notable cult movies: Henry Chalfant's Style Wars, Charlie Ahearn's Wild Style and Jim Jarmusch's Stanger Than Paradise. "He's a genius," recalls Jarmusch. "The kind of guy you could talk to for twenty minutes and your whole life could change, if you could only understand him."

If you are not familiar with Rammellzee then read this DEFINITIVE 2004 Interview with Rammellzee by veteran hip-hop journalist Greg Tate. (Props to the UK music magazine the Wire)

Also, check out Rammellzee's tributes from eskay and Jeff Weiss.

Other Tributes:

Rammellzee: "You Hit The Bank, You Rob The Money, And You Leave"

RAMMELLZEE: The Father Of All Your Styles (Via Stones Throw)

Rammellzee -- Gothic Futurism

Rammellzee (Featuring K-Rob) -- "Beat Bop"

Rammellzee Rapping in Wild Style

Rammellzee Featured in Style Wars

Rammellzee and Jean Michel Basquiat @ Rhythm Lounge 1983

Rest in Power, RAMMΣLLZΣΣ! 


Ayatollah Dropping Another Instrumental LP

Hip-Hop Producer Ayatollah

Ayatollah is not resting on his production laurels. After dropping his stellar instrumental LP The Quixotic earlier this year, the New York producer is ready to drop another instrumental album called Cocoon on July 20 via Nature Sounds.

The set's first single is "Lonely Girl," which samples "Jessica" from Seals & Crofts's 1973 album Diamond Girl.

As to why 'Tollah would drop another instrumental album when he already released The Quixotic roughly three months ago, he responds, "I want to give more to the world, I've been sitting on a lot of material. I wanted to get it out at all costs."


Ayatollah -- "Lonely Girl" (Instrumental)

*BONUS*: Catch the break at :45

Seals & Crofts -- "Jessica"


New Music: Dwele - "How I Deal" (F/ Slum Village)

Boy In Da Hood: Soul Crooner Dwele

Dwele -- "How I Deal" (Featuring Slum Village)

Certified Fresh

I'm currently digging Dwele's new disc W.ants W.orld W.omen, which drops on Tuesday (June 29).

On the LP, this track sticks out like a sore thumb. The beat is bananas! Talk about a lunchroom table beat -- I can't stop banging my fists on my laptop!

The song, "How I Deal," is about everyday people's struggles of chasing the "Almighty dollar" amid the recession. It's an anthem that everyone can relate to (I hope).

If you are looking for some summer soul-tice, go cop Dwele's album W.ants W.orld W.omen. It's perfect for those warm romantic nights.