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Nardwuar Interviews Common


Nardwuar corners Common and talks about J Dilla, Samples and Pizza…

Do not let his goofy look fool you…he knows things.

To see Nardwuar’s You Tube channel click here.

Kanye West: Love Lockdown [Video]


Mr. West just debuted his FIRE new video single, “Love Lockdown” on USA network television. And we got it right here on

Peep it here:


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No doubt this track seriously will grow on you, right now it’s all I’m bumping. Kanye changed style this time around and has developed such a rep he simply cannot do any wrong……..and Yup! he’s still dropping bombs.

Oh yeah, the single is a testament to what the new album, 808s and Heartbreak, will sound like; lots of synths and funky to the max! Plus, to top it all off, he’s launching the album ahead of schedule, on November 25th.

A month that cannily enough is also due to have new albums by Common with Universal Mind Control, and the fav, Jay-Z, Blueprint 3. Maaaan we can’t wait for November!!

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Big Daddy Kane Drops The Mic


No real news caught my interest today, but I did come across this clip of Big Daddy Kane jackin’ some beats the way he only knows how, only to DROP THE MIC mid-performance!!!

Watch the whole clip, (it happens at 2min 30secs in), and it could possibly be the greatest come back ever.

His entourage don’t seem phased when he drops it, could it be rehearsed? Who cares? This is a 10/10 for showmanship!

Never heard of Big Daddy Kane? Let T.I., Black Thought (of The Roots) and Common give you an intro, alongside The Roots band.

One of my favourite clips of all time from VH1’s Hip-Hop Honours 2005.

Grammy Nominations 2008 – Hip-Hop Super Strong Thanks to Kanye


Big shout to HipHopDx for putting together the interesting categories

Nominees for Album Of The Year are:
Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace — Foo Fighters
These Days — Vince Gill
River: The Joni Letters — Herbie Hancock
Graduation — Kanye West
Back To Black — Amy Winehouse

Nominees for Record Of The Year are:
“Irreplaceable” — Beyoncé
“The Pretender” — Foo Fighters
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“What Goes Around…Comes Around” — Justin Timberlake
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse

Nominees for Song Of The Year are:
“Before He Cheats” — John Kear & Chris Tompkins, songwriters (Carrie Underwood)
“Hey There Delilah” — Tom Higgenson, songwriter (Plain White T’s)
“Like A Star” — Corinne Bailey Rae, songwriter (Corinne Bailey Rae)
“Rehab” — Amy Winehouse, songwriter (Amy Winehouse)
“Umbrella” — Shawn Carter, Kuk Harrell, Terius “Dream” Nash & Christopher Stewart, songwriters (Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z)

Best Urban/Alternative Performance nods go to:
“Make A Baby” — Vikter Duplaix
“That’s The Way Of The World” — Dwele
“Daydreamin'” — Lupe Fiasco Featuring Jill Scott
“Fantasy” — Meshell Ndegeocello
“Dream” — Alice Smith

Best Rap/Sung Collaboration nods go to:
“I Wanna Love You” — Akon Featuring Snoop Dogg
“Kiss, Kiss” — Chris Brown & T-Pain
“Let It Go” — Keyshia Cole Featuring Missy Elliott & Lil’ Kim
“Umbrella” — Rihanna Featuring Jay-Z
“Good Life” — Kanye West Featuring T-Pain

Nominees for Best Rap Song are:
“Ayo Technology” — N. Hills, Curtis Jackson, Timothy Mosley & Justin Timberlake, songwriters (50 Cent Featuring Justin Timberlake & Timbaland)
“Big Things Poppin’ (Do It)” — Clifford Harris & Byron Thomas, songwriters (T.I.)
“Can’t Tell Me Nothing” — A. Davis & Kanye West, songwriters (Kanye West)
“Crank That (Soulja Boy)” — Soulja Boy Tell’Em, songwriter (Soulja Boy Tell’Em)
“Good Life” — A. Davis, F. Najm & K. West, songwriters (Kanye West Featuring T-Pain)

For Best Rap Album, the nominees are:
Finding Forever — Common
Kingdom Come — Jay-Z
Hip Hop Is Dead — Nas
T.I. vs T.I.P. — T.I.
Graduation — Kanye West

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Kanye West 22nd Nov 2007 – London 02 Arena Review


Event Name: Kanye West, London tour
Artists: Kanye West, Common, Estelle
Venue: 02 Arena, London
Rating: 7.5/10 – “Overall a good concert”
Author: Kurran Gadhvi (first ever Lovesoul.TV reader review!)

Expectations were at an all time high for the beginning of the Kanye West tour. With the recent unfortunate passing of his mother, rumours of cancellation spread fast a week before the concert. The go-ahead email from the O2 centre put a smile on thousands of faces just days before the concert.


An hour before the concert, rumours of supporting acts such as Jay-Z, Common and others, were floating around the numerous bars of the impressive O2 centre. The Concert eventually started off with Estelle, performing a few new tracks from her forthcoming album. Some tracks have been produced by former Fugees front man, Wyclef Jean, who apparently claims she is the best at creating her “own harmonies to her track”. She managed to get in ‘1980’, the track that brought her to the mainstream and the charts in 2004. However, with the sound levels not being quite right and the Arena just being half full at that time, the impact she made was definitely not worth remembering.


The second supporting act soon followed. Kanye’s fellow Chi-town native and GOOD Music label mate Common. After his big acting success in ‘American Gangster’, and scoring a Radio 1 Friendly crossover hit with Lilly Allen, you would have expected the UK crowd to give him a warmer welcome. But, how can I put this politely, the majority of the not so “hip-hop” oriented crowd, didn’t even know who he was! Hip-hop heads, such as myself, were moving away to some of his raw old-school tracks mixed with some from his latest album. Some people were singing along to Lilly Allens chorus, but that was probably the loudest the crowd were during his 30 min rendition.


The crowd started to grow restless in anticipation for the main act. Looking around with the lights on, you could tell that the crowd were mainly pop or commercial music followers and couldn’t wait for the chart topper version of Kanye to grace the stage. The lights went down, and unlike the supporting acts with just DJ’s, a drummer and poor sound levels; when Kanye came on it was a bang. The side big screens came on, his famous string quartet were on the stage accompanying the drummer, synths player, sound effects specialist (who did a solo at the end, the first SFX solo I have ever seen), guitarist and bass. Every track was special. Tracks from his new album, intertwined with some of his earlier chart toppers such as the Chaka-tastic “Through the Wire”, and the track “with Adam Levine from Maroon 5” (“Heard ‘Em Say”) were all sung along to by the crowd and the atmosphere was electric.


Then came a very touching moment, as he dedicated ‘Hey Mamma’ to his mother. He had a beam of an angel looking over him all the way through the track. With tears rolling down his cheeks throughout the song, the crowd gave him, and also to his mother, a standing ovation. The finishing track was “Stronger”, this got the majority of the crowd off their seats, shaking their booty to a beat that was apparently mixed down a record 15 times, with the help of Timbaland finishing it off in the studio. Looks like it worth it.


The Concert got progressively “Stronger”. There were many smiles going back to North Greenwhich station. Mixed reactions from some, but overall a good concert.




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