A-1 Charizard

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I've known A-1 since he was watching Pokemon, and now he's flipping the theme song from Pokemon for this excellent track. He grew up on my block, and our families were (and are) close friends. He's the same age as my little brother, and they've been tight since they were like six. This is a hot record. I'm proud of the little guy (who's like 20 now, so I shouldn't call him a little guy anymore).

Andrew Noz of Cocaine Blunts: Interview on The Sound of Young America

Andrew Noz

Andrew Noz is the blogger behind Cocaine Blunts & Hip-Hop Tapes, one of the internet's most successful hip-hop blogs. He's also a contributor to NPR, Complex and The Washington City Paper, among other outlets.

Flying Lotus - MmmHmmm

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Now that I've seen this, it's going to be tough to accept videos that don't have any SPACE INDIANS in them.

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.

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