Old School Mondays

August 31, 2009

Lets spread a little love as we go into September yall. This is the month to restart and refresh. The babies are heading back to school and the parents are taking a long breath. Take some time today to love someone close to you and make your love known.

Whodini – One Love
One of the all time great groups that don’t get enough love in my opinion.

LL Cool J – I Need Love (Live on Apollo)
Another legend showing and proving that he ladies always loved Cool James.

Freddie Jackson – Nice and Slow
On the low I’m kind of a big Freddie Jackson fan. I love dude’s work.


Rain on MJ’s Parade?

August 27, 2009

I’m a little sad. I learned this morning that there’s a 70% chance of thunderstorms for this Saturday August 29th. If you’ve been hiding under a rock for the past two weeks on that day Spike Lee and DJ Spinna will be holding a Michael Jackson celebration in Prospect Park (too many folks for Ft. Greene). This is an outdoor event that the whole Borough is trying to hit up. I’m sure being that Spike Lee is the host there will be cameras on deck. I’m hoping we can do a thunderstorm later on in the day after 5, sort of like Sunday.

In the meantime here’s a video to get you hyped for Saturday’s epic event.

For the record I’m still made I never saw him in concert.

For some reason I didn’t cop the Foreign Exchange album Leave It All Behind. I’m still digesting the first one honestly. It didn’t hit me well on the first listen and maybe that’s why I haven’t purchased the new one. While the first record was hip hop driven and this new one is apparently singing heavy (led by Little Brother’s Phonte) I still had my issues.

Then comes this video. I’m on Amazon now looking for the album. Well done guys.

Rasu Jilani 120 Seconds

August 25, 2009

This is my brother Rasu co-creator of CDTBK. He’s a very intelligent brother with great ideas and I consider him an asset to the Brooklyn scene. CDTBK is my family so check the joint.

I remember a conversation regarding Jay-Z a few years ago (probably around Kingdom Come) with my good friend Vicky (lover of Kool-Aid). What’s funny is now that I think about it the same way that Prince fans have been known to drink the purple Kool-Aid Vicky was always heavy on that Jay-Z drink. Well it seems it’s Kingdom Come time once again.

Vicky told me that if you look back at Jay’s career every OTHER album he takes a dip. They aren’t necessarily wack albums but they fail to live up to his previous piece of work. Lets take a look.

Resonable Doubt – No doubt a banger.

In My Lifetime Vol. 1 – Ehhh he’s trying to get the Bad Boy fan base and it’s not his best.

Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life – 5 Million sold. He basically hit on all fronts with this one. This album was an event.

Vol. 3 The Life and Times… – Vol. 2 only…not so much. Tried hard and didn’t work.

Dynasty Roc La Familia – This is more of a compilation album so I’m skipping it. Good though.

Blueprint – Some say it’s his true and only classic. 5 mics in the source (or whatever). Crazy record overall.

Blueprint 2 – Post Ether Jay-Z, not a pretty sight.

The Black Album – Ahhh this was his chance to go out on top. PSA is on this album. BANGER (with a few missteps)

Kingdom Come – …well I’m sure Dame liked this album. *smh*

American Gangster – Dope “concept” album. Has an official hit with Roc Boys. Solid record.

Which leads us to Blueprint 3. He’s do for another dip and early reports are stating it should really be called Kingdom Come 2. I hope for Vicky’s sake this isn’t true. And I didn’t think it was…til I heard Reminder.