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LOCAL PRODUCT: Freddie Gibbs & Will Scrilla (Gary, IN)

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

Freddie Gibbs (Photo courtesy of Clayton Woodley)

Local Product is a new and hopefully reoccurring series where current day artists from smaller market hip hop scenes break down the untold histories of their cities. Freddie Gibbs, of Gary, Indiana seemed like a good place to start. His Miseducation Of Freddie Gibbs is one of the stronger mixtapes to drop in recent months, but the community that birthed him has been taking form since the mid to late 90s with groups like The Grind Family, CCA and the MCG’z. Here Freddie tells their story and introduces you to some of their classic records. He even gets Grind Family’s incarcerated founder Will Scrilla in on the conversation. (more…)

Mixtape: XO – Monumental

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009


XO f/ Allison Carney – “FRNO

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XO f/ Gorda Brega – “Idle Hands

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from Monumental (Mixtape/Studio 43, 2009)

Yet another tape from hyper prolific DC emcee XO, who you might have heard on the Diamond District project with Oddisee and Yu. There are at least a half dozen rappers in this city who deserve the sort of press that Wale has been getting and XO is one of them. Hopefully he’ll get just that now that he’s linked up with Kenny Burns and Studio 43. This has more of a mellow vibe than his previous Realmatic, but it suits him well. AB The Producer handled all the beats here. Tracklisting after the jump. (via Illroots) (more…)

Live Blogging the BET Awards

Sunday, June 28th, 2009



6:05:34 PM: is this ryan leslie character some sort of a space pirate?

6:08:47 PM: i am ready for the provolone beat down.


Birth of A Nation 4*29*1992

Sunday, June 28th, 2009

Birth of A Nation 4*29*1992

After criminal charges were dropped against four Los Angeles police officers accused in the brutal beating of Rodney King, L.A. erupted. This video offers a rare view of the rebellion that began within minutes of the verdict. It is a view from the street, shot at the epi-center of the rebellion where residents express their out-rage, businesses burn, and neighbors are depicted as criminals on the nightly news; gangs call a city-wide truce while local rappers become prophets. With the hand-held immediacy of combat coverage, the video follows events over several days, shows conditions leading up to the verdict, the rebellion, and ultimately the arrest of Black youth accused of rioting and violence as the chief of police and news cameras look on. (via)

Finally on youtube! Matthew McDonald’s acclaimed documentary was heavily sampled throughout that oh so apolitical and ignorant and destructive gangster rap masterpiece The Chronic.

Watch the rest after the jump. Part six has been frustratingly muted by those jerks at Warner. They are really going overboard with this shit. Is there somebody in their offices watching every nonmusical youtube clip for incidental music now? (more…)

Breakaday: The Criss Angel On Beats

Saturday, June 27th, 2009

This is some seriously next level Tivo digging on Quik’s part. Bonus old school Quik/AMG/Brigitte Nielsen footage after the jump. (more…)