Monday, January 28, 2008

Canadian does Kanye

Posted By on Mon, Jan 28, 2008 at 9:52 PM

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Canadian artist/producer Colin Munroe released a video for his unofficial remix of Kanye West’s “Flashing Lights.” He doesn’t just sing over the track, like most remixes, but adds new sounds and moves the samples a bit. Finally, we see a hip-hop artist get one of their tracks snatched and redone. Hip-hop artists do it all the time, and it's funny to see it happen in the reverse — and done so well. Kanye must not mind. He posted it on his blog.

Munroe’s album Don’t Think Less of Me will be released with support from Dallas Austin’s Rowdy Records.

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Friday, January 11, 2008

More free Supreeme

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 4:58 PM

While you're listening to the podcast Supreeme recorded with Music Editor Rodney Carmichael, download Cruz Control Vol. 1. It's a mix from Tom Cruz that previews his upcoming Sloppy Seconds appearance Saturday, Jan. 12, at MJQ, and blends Birdman's "1,000,000 Ones," Shawty Lo's "Dey Know" and random esoterica. You can download the mix here.

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Thursday, January 10, 2008

Off Beat #1: A podcast of sorts with Supreeme

Posted By on Thu, Jan 10, 2008 at 2:39 PM


SUPREEME SUPREEME: Performs with DJ Klever, Mano and Jordan Jeffares of Snowden at Sloppy Seconds, Sat., Jan. 12. 10 p.m. MJQ. 736 Ponce de Leon Ave.

Click here to listen to Off Beat #1: a podcast with Negashi and King Self of Supreeme.

Negashi and King Self of Supreeme — our '07 Best of Atlanta hip-hop winners — stopped by the CL office right before Christmas with a coupla stocking stuffers: a copy of the new mixtape, American Badass; and a six-pack of Guinness.

So, I did the professional thing and popped a coupla cans with them while we proceeded to shoot the shit.

We recorded it for posterity's sake. Don't call it a podcast, though; it's more like a blabcast. We sorta rambled with no destination in mind, so the conversation doesn't really get focused until about halfway through when Negashi starts talking about the group's meager beginnings in Atlanta.

"I was the freaking middle-school freestyle champion at Inman middle," he says, adding that he and MC/producer Tom Cruz (aka Dope Pope) were already in the works to form a group when mutual friend Sam (aka King Self) approached.

"What's up, you gotta be black? I got freckles," Negashi recalls Sam asking.

The rest is history. They also play songs from a few of their influences and favorites, such as Neil Young and Deerhunter. Currently, the trio awaits a scheduled summer '08 release for the already completed album, Gold Medallion. They spent a lot of time recording in N.Y. and L.A., but you can catch them performing live this Sat., Jan. 12 at Sloppy Seconds. 10 p.m. MJQ Concourse. 736 Ponce de Leon Ave.

To hear the podcast, click here.

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Wednesday, January 9, 2008

Free Killer Mike download

Posted By on Wed, Jan 9, 2008 at 7:52 PM


Remember Ghetto Extraordinary, that Killer Mike album that was supposed to come out on Columbia Records in 2005? (This was before Purple Ribbon, beef with Big Boi, etc.) Well, hip-hop site is offering the album as a free download. It features beats from Andre 3000 and Three 6 Mafia, and guest shots from 8Ball & MJG, Big Boi and Jagged Edge, among others.

Ghetto Extraordinary serves as an appetizer for the new Killer Mike album, I Pledge Allegiance to the Grind Part. 2, which is due in March. The Southern version of Ice Cube (the Amerikkka's Most Wanted Cube, not the suburban klutz from Are We There Yet?) signed a deal with SMC last fall, a West Coast label best-known for launching California rappers such as Keak da Sneak and Mistah F.A.B. But for now, thanks to the ever-increasing lawlessness of the Internet, what once would have either sat on EMI's archive shelves for eternity or sold for $80 at record-collectors conventions is available for everyone to enjoy.

You can download Ghetto Extraordinary here.

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Monday, January 7, 2008

Andre 3000 goes Semi-Pro

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2008 at 8:13 PM



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Next month, Andre 3000 will issue ... a new OutKast album? No, it's another Hollywood confection. If you thought Four Brothers was frothy, check out Semi-Pro, a Will Farrell movie that parodies the American Basketball Association league of the ’70s. Andre Benjamin plays Clarence Coffee Black, a baller of Julius Erving proportions. The screenplay comes from Scot Armstrong, who wrote the popcorn classic Old School. Semi-Pro hits theaters on Feb. 29. Check out the trailer below.

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Klever's ski mask way

Posted By on Mon, Jan 7, 2008 at 5:13 PM


(Illustration taken from Klever's MySpace page)

Turntablist extraordinaire DJ Klever has just unveiled a fresh 30-minute workout, "The Ski Mask Way." Living up to its title, Klever takes a Serato-strength hacksaw to dance floor favorites such as Lil Jon's "Snap Yo Fingers," Michael Jackson's "Thriller" — yikes — and sundry electro-house beats. You can download it at

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Saturday, December 22, 2007

Buffie the Body's booty won't 'shit on the industry'

Posted By on Sat, Dec 22, 2007 at 12:02 AM


If you aren't familiar with Buffie the Body, you're about to get an eyeful. And an earful.

In a recent issue, contributing writer Ben Westhoff wrote about the former video chick whose claim to fame is her 45-inch ass.

Of course, it comes as no surprise that she's gained plenty of critics who believe she's made an ass of herself by making a career off of it. The Athens native isn't new news, but in a year when the negativity in hip-hop has been harped on incessantly, it's worth rehashing.

And Westhoff does a fine job of it. To read his full piece, click here.

Just be sure you come back to listen to part one and two of Westhoff's podcast with her, which he recorded in Athens.

In part one, she defends her career choice and the industry using some choice words. You can click here to listen.

Part two offers a rare glimpse into the life of a high-paid "video ho" (the term most often associated with women like Buffie who choose such a career path). While obviously sitting among her family, she explains the difference between her three cell phones and how the status of her relationship with someone can be determined by what phone number they have. For part two, click here to listen.

No doubt, Buffie; we've got your number.

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Wednesday, December 12, 2007

A Lil Jon Xmas

Posted By on Wed, Dec 12, 2007 at 9:22 PM


It's been four years since Lil Jon released Crunk Juice, and more than a year since his "Snap Yo Fingers" single with E-40 dominated the airwaves. We're still waiting for that long-delayed Crunk Rock album, but Lil Jon hasn't been completely absent from the charts. He gave California pop-rapper Baby Bash's "Cyclone" the Lil Jon treatment. (T-Pain's on it, too.) It hasn't gotten much local airplay, but kids elsewhere seem to love it, and it's on the Billboard top 10 singles chart.

If pop rap isn't your thing, then you can watch Lil Jon narrate an episode of "AE Winter Tales," a series of claymation short films on apparel manufacturer American Eagle Outfitters' website. He lends his distinctively crusty voice to "Snowman," a cute tale about a snowman who comes alive and chases after a bunch of kids. And no, the Snowman doesn't look like Lil Jon. You can watch the video here.

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Wednesday, November 28, 2007

In synch

Posted By on Wed, Nov 28, 2007 at 2:54 PM

Last night's annual viewing of "A Charlie Brown Christmas" brought on the usual misty-eyed memories of days gone, but also reminded us of the most recent Atlanta-influenced connection to the Charles Schulz classic. Take that, Vince Guaraldi!

Suddenly I'm in the mood to watch The Wizard of Oz set to Dark Side of the Moon. Who knew?

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Thursday, November 22, 2007

'Dang it was the dung': Rahbi at Apache, Nov. 17

Posted By on Thu, Nov 22, 2007 at 12:48 AM


THE VAUDEVILLIAN IN BLACK: Rahbi (right) as Michael Jackson. His live album, Rahbi-Raw, will be released Dec. 11.

(photos by Kimble Joyner — more below the break)

Click here to read the Nightcrawler review of his show.

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