J. Cole - Who Dat


Produced by J. Cole himself, with help from Elite. The first single.

Features my all-time favorite hip-hop quotable: "Now who else wanna fuck with Hollywood Cole?"

The Roots f. Yim Yames - Dear God 2.0

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Cop that disc tomorrow.

Beanie Sigel f. Freeway - Roc the Mic


Noz' list of The Top Ten Rap Songs of All Time Of Today reminded me that this is like the greatest song ever.

Big Boi as Sir Luscious Left Foot - Shutterbugg


A fucking awesome new video from Big Boi's upcoming album. Also, below is the first video from "Son of Chico Dusty," For Your Sorrows, which is also fucking awesome. Also, Royal Flush, which leaked a couple years ago now, is similarly fucking awesome. I guess the lesson is that Big Boi is fucking awesome.

E-40 - Lightweight Jammin'

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"Rubber band about to break / can't hardly fit all my stack / my bankroll out of shape / it could lose some weight - it's too fat."

Husalah goes crazy on this one, too.

This is part of my continued effort to post every E-40 video as it is released. MaximumFun.org: a tribute to Forty Fonzarelli.

Noz' 25 greatest Organized Noize Productions

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The always-incisive Noz writes that "It's the ability to convey, and then overcome, pain that remains Organized's greatest strength and separates them from so many of their peers." He's talking about Organized Noize, the legendary production team of the Dungeon Family - Outkast, The Goodie Mobb and friends, and he's compiled a wonderful list of their top 25 productions of all time.

I'm as big a Dungeon Family fan as there could be, but Noz has me trumped in all departments. There are lots of great tracks that I've loved for years in the list - like say Ludacris' "Saturday (Ooh Ooh!)," or Outkast's "Skew It On the Bar-B".

You owe it to yourself to check out the whole list. Above: the Cool Breeze classic "Watch for the Hook", below: Curtis Mayfield's duet with Lauryn Hill, "Here But I'm Gone." Not-so-fun fact: because Mayfield was paralyzed by the time he recorded the track (from his final album), he was forced to sing one line at a time while suspended upside-down in the studio so he could muster the breath to force out the notes.

Ice Cube - I Rep That West


Yeah, that's pretty solid.

Freddie Gibbs - The Ghetto


Dude can spit.

Joell Ortiz f. Joe Budden - Move On


I had lunch with Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz the other day. Turns out both of them are big hip-hop fans, and we started talking about what we've been listening to lately. I had to admit that mostly lately I've been listening to Scarface's "The Fix" over and over. And also: Joell Ortiz. At first I was ambivalent about Ortiz, but the more time I spend with his music, the more I like it. Great verse on this track, which is a bit old, I know.

Jay Smooth & Maura Johnston on Nicki Minaj


A nice Morning Edition piece from our pal Jay Smooth and Maura Johnston on the rapper Nicki Minaj. The frame is exactly what one would expect ("a female rapper in sexist hip-hop?!"), but Jay and Johnston are both too smart to fall into cliche. Just as I was thinking, "I wish they would mention that she can spit," Jay said "she can spit."

The comments may be the best part. Specifically the guy who basically admits he was only familiar with Minaj because of a picture in his computer's "beautiful women folder." And then he says "we all know what that's for (can I say that?)". YES. You can say that, and you are the greatest NPR commenter ever. I mean, I love Bahamadia as much as the next guy, but her two albums came out what? Ten years ago? And I get it: Jean Grae is also a woman and she's not famous and hip-hop vs. rap and SNNNOOOOOOOOOOOZE.

Seriously: some sharp stuff from Jay Smooth and Maura Johnston.

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