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Bangin in Ipod, Deck and Dock….

Posted in Bangin in the tape deck!, Culture, Family n Friends, Hip Hop, Life, Music on September 29, 2010 by bakerboi

Hey, hey, hey.  What’s going on my people?  How have we been doing lately?  Well, I know it’s been a while since I last wrote or spoke about something.  I know, I know I’ve falling off, but with good reason.  This past summer was a busy one for me, I had family reunions, work and businesses all running and happening at the same time.  It was a lot to deal with, talking about breaking down and not wanting to move.  Well, that’s all over now and all parties involved had a wonderful time.

Man, family is not the only thing, it’s everything.  Everything we do is a reflection in some way, shape or form of family.  Family comes in all shapes and sizes, you don’t have to be related to people by blood for them to be your family, did you know that?  Look, God puts people in our life for reasons and seasons, some longer than others.  It’s best that we just enjoy this shit (JETS, Curren$y shit) and focus on the positives and block the negatives and deal with them as a family.  Sure, there’s always going to be drama, what family doesn’t have any?  However, what doesn’t break us, makes us stronger and the what better way to become stronger than with the ones you love and love you.  So whenever you have an opportunity to enjoy you family take it and let all the drama go and always rep them JETS (Just Enjoy This Shit).

Segway on to the main topic of this post as it relates to family.  What i’m bangin in my deck right now is some fresh new music from Novel.  He has a new free mixtape called Legato Blues Summer (I don’t know why it a free mixtape, I woulda paid top dollar for this) that is on topic and is some smooth, fresh and soulful sounds that makes you wanna dance, cry and rejoice.  He has some appearances on here that need no introduction:  Lauryn Hill, Jazza Phe, Smokey Robinson, Robin Thicke and  Chrisette Michele.  How much soul do you need?  This dude can sing, rap and produce.  He’s a mix of D’angelo, Smokey Robinson, Rakim, and Raphael Saadiq.  I’m telling you it’s on the one, jamming on the one, ja ja ja jamming on the one (who can tell me where that’s from, lol).  Here’s the link and I got some more, but I really got to listen to them before I give them love.

Novel- Legato Blues Summer

Free Mixtape, Pick It Up....

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Bangin in the Trunk

Posted in Bangin in the tape deck!, Culture, Hip Hop on February 11, 2010 by bakerboi

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I am listening to a new mixtape called Laura’s Tape (Mixed by DJ kingmost) by donwill (of tanya morgan). I must say it’s a refreshing and innovative concept mixtape. Sometime I wish I could buy some of this material I’ve been blessed to hear.

Oh yeah, I knew there was something I wanted to tell ya, last Thursday I was amazed and blessed to see Mos Def and my all time favorite Jay Electronica at The New Parish in Oakland, Ca. It was one of the best shows ever. Intimate, fresh and eye opening. There’s a whole different world out there where people feel real Hip Hop music as fans. I was inspired and felt some hope for my music, our music, our Hip Hop. I spoke with Jay Elect and I couldn’t really tell you what was said, but I came away him being a real humble dude. I do remember me telling him during my alcohol induce introduction, that with all the music he’s done for free that I felt like I owe him something and he was like “no, no I owe you, I owe y’all (while pointing to the crowd, when Mos was performing)”. That’s a true artist or maybe he was just saying that to get me out his face. Either way, I’m good and confident in my choice of music and artist to give my time and money too.

Now back to my music post, Laura’s Tape is a very good concept mixtape and it pulls it off because it integrates original music with popular music from the likes of Ray Ray and Omarion, it’s basically a broken heart, I’m in love and I hate you roller coaster ride. It’s great.

Here are of a couple more mixtapes I got and really, really I dig.
Joell Ortiz and Novel’s Defying the Predictable, which is a classic. It’s more on the R & B tip, but it works because Joell is a beast and Novel can really freaking sing. Curren$y, well what can I say. He never disappoints and you will not be with his latest Smokee Robinson. Classic joints, reefer joints, old school Chevy’s, good times and females. Get it, got it, good. Step your music game up.

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Who Gets Wake Up calls?

Posted in Family n Friends, Hip Hop, Life, Relationships, Religion on January 12, 2010 by bakerboi

OK, skip all the pleasantries and let’s get down to business, baby.  Can you say 50 BABY!!!!!  Inside joke.  Ok, but for real I came across a video I would like yalls to take a look at and tell me what you think.  First, I’m going to say a little something about the video and the meaning I THINK it has.  The video is from Malice of the Clipse and it’s called “Wake Up Calls” and in this video, mini movie where he is going through the motions of everyday life until one day he has to start making all kind of decisions about his life.  Long story short you can take a lot from this piece because it has so many underlying meanings and blunt force trauma meanings as well.

Check it out here:  Wake Up Calls

Now to the questions for today, who gets wake up calls?  I believe we all do, hold up at least the ones who believe.  Everyone gets warnings, some stronger than others depending on  who you are and how your releationship is with the Lord.  In the video Malice quotes Hebrews 12:5 and when ever someone quotes anything from the Bible I search it for myself on my cell (technology, isn’t it great)  and sure enough it’s right there in black and white.

Hebrews 12:5-11 (New King James Version)

5 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons:
“ My son, do not despise the chastening of the LORD,
Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him;
6 For whom the LORD loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives.”[a]
7 If[b] you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? 8 But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. 9 Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? 10 For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. 11 Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the peaceable fruit of righteousness to those who have been trained by it.

Can you comprehend what was just said?  Let me know and we will continue this convo later on.  DEEP!!!!!!!

BTW, the Clipse latest album “Til The Caskets Drops” is an instant classic.  Go cop that and enjoy for your listening pleasures.

Instanst Classic

New Music Review

Posted in Hip Hop, Life, OL'SCHOOL, Uncategorized on August 25, 2009 by bakerboi

Hey my people, how have we been doing?  Me, I’ve been good just enjoying the new music that has been coming out in the past month.  I picked up that new Maxwell joint BlackSummers’night and let me tell you for someone whose been out of the game for over 10 years, he came back with a smash.  If you can’t get none when you put his CD on, you are a lame.  I mean he does all the work for you and more.  Maxwell sets the mood, makes’ em feel good about themselves and and gently lays them down in pure Ecstasy.  What left is for you to finish the job and lala-bye that ass.  For Maxwell new CD I give it a 9 out of a 10 and the only reason it’s not a 10 is because it only has 9 songs on it.  I think he’s trying to do a trilogy with Blacksummersnight and make it a 3 disc installment.  Sound good to me, but with his material in my opinion he didn’t need a gimmick, the material speaks for itself.

Blacksummers night

Blacksummers night

Some of you might remember a couple of months ago I mentioned a new Hip Hop Super group by the name of Slaughterhouse which consist of Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, Royce da 5’9” and Joe Budden which released a mixtape called The Art of Slaughterhouse which is one of the top five mixtapes of 2009.  However, Slaughterhouse is definitely one of the top three album releases of 2009 hands down.  If you are a true Hip Hop head and want to hear some good sounds please check out their self debut album Slaughterhouse where they take it back to tic-4-tac and let off a barrage of lyrical ammo from from the likes of Desert Storm I.  These guys goes in and hard on every track and leave it right there on the track at the end.  Don’t be fooled, the beats are are hitting, the lyrics will leave you wanting more and the overall delivery will have you spewing out obscenity’s to your co-workers, I give them a 9 out of 10 for this one.  Don’t sleep, check’em out.

Slaughterhouse

Slaughterhouse

Good Music and I’m Not talkin Kayne….

Posted in Hip Hop, OL'SCHOOL on April 30, 2009 by bakerboi

Hey my peeps, I have been on my mixtape mission here lately and let me tell you, yall’s missing out.  If you are a ol’ school hip hop head, then what I’m about to show you will most definitely spark some type of curiosity.  If you been looking for some good hip hop and have not been able to find it, I just might be able to help you with that.  I really think I’m the mixtape king because that’s all I really mess with now-a-days.  For the most part, all of the mixtapes I have mentioned are free, yeah. I think that’s the new business model for the music industry (at least for hip hop).  And if I’m diggin on the artist or group, when they drop their official album I’ll go and cope it because they have already giving me so much in the mixtape and I already have an idea on what to expect.  Check it out, I talked about a kid name Jay Electronia about around x-mas time 2008, right now on KMEL Jams he’s getting spins of that mixtape tape ” What the F@$k is a Jay Electronica”.  I mentioned several new artist last year who have since then signed record deals and are working on their freshman LP’s and then there was Curren$y’s “This Ain’t No Mixtape”, who did it all his way.  Well, I’m back on that and let me tell you I got FIRE!!!!!

I’m sooooo excited because I have been waiting on these dude for a mintue now.  SlaughterHouse free mixtape “The Art of SlaughterHouse”.  First of if you could visualize Voltron forming, these  four dudes will be it:  Joell Ortiz (New York), Joe Budden (New Jersy), Crooked I (West Coast) and Royce Da 5’9  (Detroit) they form a rap super group that, OMG will shut the whole industry down.  Just think you got what Tupac was trying to complete before he passed with One Nation.  These cats are the truth in their own way and as a group, check’em out:

SlaughterHouse

SlaughterHouse

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Remember I told yall’s that Lil Wanye wasn’t the best rapper from the N.O.?  Well I’m here to reiterate that.  A kid named Nesby Phips “1st Edition of the Phipsfiles”  Ring the alarm!!!!!!!!!!  Check him out, his flow is sick with that southern slang, beats are beating down the streets and overall it’s a classic and I will be looking for his first album, which I will buy.

Another dude from the N.O.

Another dude from the N.O.

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I think that’s enought for now, but rest assure I have some more heat for yall, sleep on those for now.  I’m like a teacher on the last day of school before Christmas vaction, overload.  LMAO!!!!!!

This Ain’t No Mixtape!!!

Posted in Hip Hop, OL'SCHOOL, Rant n Rave on April 21, 2009 by bakerboi
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Hey folks, I don’t know if you recall this or not, but about 5-6 months I did a piece on new Hip Hop heads to look out for and I named quite a few of them.  Well, one of my favorites just dropped his first official album after releasing at least 7 mixtapes in 2008.  Hence the name of the new album “This Ain’t No Mixtape”.  Let me be the first to say Da Hot Spitta may have made history on two levels with this album.

Let me explain,  first he went totally independent and put it out himself.  Not taking the conventional path and going with a big record label, this dude went independent and digital.  Creating a low over-head and pure profit from the digital sales of the album.  I’m pretty sure he’s going to get the 75-85% of the sale of his album.  Need I say whose is doing that in the big boy record companies of today.  Not many and just for name sake I think only Ca$h Money.   Secondly, is the price of the album.  Honestly, you know you are doing good business when the customer feels like they have gotten over on the seller.  I feel like I should be paying a lot more for this classic album, yes I said it, classic.  For $8.99 you get 17-18 classic songs, truth be told I only skipped 1 song and that was Scared of Monstas, didn’t care too much for that one.  Other than that it’s a masterpiece because Curren$y worked with what he had and presented to the public a good piece of material that easily would sale in Best Buy for $13.99.  I’m telling you don’t sleep on dude.

Side note, when the digital download site went live, fans buying the album crashed the site…..  No for real.  check dude out here

This Ain’t No Mixtape

Never.Ignorant.Getting.Goals.Accomplished

Posted in Culture, Hip Hop, Life, Rant n Rave on March 17, 2009 by bakerboi

Hello, my people, Hello.  How are we doing this fine morning.  I hope all is well with everyone.  From the looks of my stats from my previous post, I think it rubbed some of you the wrong way or you guys weren’t just that interested.  That’s OK, to eaches own.  Sometime the truth may hurt a tiny little bit.  So on to new and better things because it’s a new day and new challenges lie ahead.  The title of the post is self-explanatory, I think…..  Well, it should be.  It’s an acronym for the word NIGGA that was created to put us down back in the day, but somehow has been taken and accepted by all walks of life, hummmmmm.  Now even little white, brown, yellow and purple kids call themselves this word.  Why is that?  How could someone take something so negative and turn it into something perceived as positive?  Well, in short that’s what we do, we have been doing it for over 400 years now.  Taken what is giving to us and making the best of that shit, turning nothing into something.  Just like the title of this post, as far as I know one of the greatest rappers of all time made a word that is viewed to be so negative and turned it into a positive.  Tupac Shakur, Pac as most of us call him was a genius when it came to things of this nature.  He did what our culture have been doing for years and that’s reinventing itself because what we create, everyone else loved and took it for themselves.  I need not do the history of that, do I?  I think not, too much to cover and so little time.  Anyway, I would like to bring to your attention that over all these years we have been put down, ostracized, too advantage of and made the scapegoat and through all that time we made it through, we still persevered and moved forward towards our place in history, which I might add is a great place.  We have been to the top and at the bottom and now we are climbing our way back.  We are an inspiration for many to see, we are a testimony for the world to stare in awe.  We are strong and we bend , but never break.  That is our history and that is what make us who we are today. Never Ignorant Getting Goals Accomplished by Strength.  Peace ya’ll and have a blessed and beautiful day.