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Rae, Ghost and Mef – Criminology 2.5

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Straight hood classic with Meth added for extra spice… Download it here.  Meth is nice as ish on this, so many dope word compounds.

Ghostface Killah feat. Raheem DeVaughn- Baby [Video]

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Now hip-hop is back, Rae back on the streets, Ghost back wooing the ladies. good times…[Update: GFK’s breakdown at RR]

Raekwon The Chef London Press Conference for Only Built for Cuban Linx 2 [Video]

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Part One:

Rae speaks on his growth as a person, his feelings towards moving drugs today and collaborating with Beanie Siegal.  (PS I heard the Beanie song – provisionally called ‘Have Mercy’ – emotion like ‘This Can’t Be Life’ on the Hov album, stellar verse, great delivery).

‘i sold drugs half my life…for me drugs is for suckers…it’s the snitch millennium…it’s over with, let it go, go get a job’

‘people wanna see a me and siegal before the see a me […]  and T.I. – T.I. is nice, but I don’t see us in the same bracket… I see me and Beans being in the same bracket’

Part Two:

On working with Dr. Dre, speaking on his involvement in Detox, his expectations on sales, and how he set the vibe for OBFCL2 vs OBFCL1.

‘[Dre] was just excited with the album… I wasn’t really thinking about [Detox]’

‘I don’t really give a fuck about the record sales shit, I already set my mark, If it do 10million, I’m happy, i’m gna still be the same rae, if it do 10,000 at least I know I gave dudes a solid album’

‘[sales figures] is rigged up, labels have relations with the retailers, shit is crooked, like the government’

Part Three:

How Raekwon the Chef was introduced to J Dilla via Busta Rhymes, and how Busta has been a true friend to Rae during his dark times with the clan.

‘out of everybody in the game, I can say that man was there for me…he was a REAL good friend…i respect Busta’

Also, on his phone compliments to J Dilla, and how the RZA sound was so well interpreted.  Also on making Busta Exec Producer, and how RZA helped get Elton Johns sample on the project.

Part Four:

A complex breakdown over the studio sessions with the Wu, and being hated on whilst clan members were actually recording for OBFCL2

‘Wu-Tang have a love / hate relationship…you love your brothers …sometime you can’t fuck with them’

‘When I made this album, I kind of felt a little jealously going on, I felt a little stagnation in the love…dudes started to get jealous’

‘I think everybody respects Wu-Tang Clan, but they might not love every individual….’

‘There have been plenty of times where I really had to look at dudes like “you sorry mfker, you just disrespectful in your own way”…’

Ghostface on poor album sales, 'I thought y'all loved me?'

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It had to happen eventually… if everyone downloads albums, are artists going to carry on making them?

This is is Ghostface responding to the poor sales of his album, Big Doe Rehab, leading to a first week total of only 35,600 units being shifted. For all the underground support he’s always had, Ghostface has claimed that lacklustre numbers like this may make him quit rapping altogether.

It just seems even more direct when you hear him genuinely disappointed, stating, “i thought y’all loved me man……y’all just downloaded my sh*t!” in a direct plea to his fans. Keep ya head up Tony, get some movie parts and keep pushing them dolls.

Posted by Hip-Hop Singh

Free Download: Jay-Z and Ghostface Killah, 'American Ironman', by DJ Chong Wizard

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Mixtape Name: American Ironman
Created By: DJ Chong Wizard
Overall Rating: 7.5 out of 10
Reviewed by: Raj Lovesoul

Real hip-hop heads are massively underserved by the current mixtape DJ’s of choice. I haven’t got anything that moves me from DJ Clue, Whoo Kid, Kay Slay, or any of the oversized cap wearers who like to scream a lot. Sure, we get great tapes from Talib Kweli, Mick Boogie and Little Brother, but straight up decent concept mixtapes are few and far between. So I was more than pleased to come across Vancouver’s DJ Chong Wizard, and the best mash-up tape I’ve heard for a minute, American Ironman.

American Ironman LSTV

As the name suggests, this is a sophisticated mash-up of primarily Ghostface Killah’s 1996 CLASSIC ‘Ironman’, and 2007’s heavy hitting offering by Jay-Z, ‘American Gangster’, inspired by the film release of the same name. Wizard chooses select adlibs and vocals from the wider catalogues of Tony Starks and J-Hova, mixed in with some skilled scratching, making this tape a very original, skilled piece of work. The effort is easy to appreciate and the concept is highly applaudable, although a bit of beat breaking, sampling and looping would’ve scored more points.

This is an important mixtape, and you should hear it right now. Here are the reasons:

Ghost’s Ironman album is one of the most beautifully produced hip-hop albums of all time. The crafting of the soul samples knock harder than the P Diddy co-exec production on American Gangster, and actually improve on Jay’s overall sound by offering that harder knock. Check in particular Track 2, ‘Black Super Hero Music’, Track 4 ‘Black Day ‘Em’, Track 6 ‘Is This What Success is all About’ and the extra grit that Ghost adds to Track 8 ‘Success at The Apollo’.

Some records look like the pitch and finishing could have been improved on, like the great idea behind ‘Ignorant After the Smoke’. Overall Jay’s vocals land better on Ghost records than vice versa. But this is because Tony Starks pours more emotion into the vocal, and into the intricate crevices of the beat, which isn’t easy to transfer… that’s probably why more people sample Jay’s quirky lines. Chong Wizard also exposes Jay-Z’s concept nature. Re-listening to Jay’s verses makes you realise that American Ganagster was not the ‘concept’ album it claimed. It was basically a hustler album, with some back references to the movie so it could duck in on the dual promo. Some usage of ‘Roc Boys’ or ‘Daytona 500’ would’ve probably produced a few more classics, but either way, as an overall tape, DJ Chong Wizard is damn good and has left us with some finished tracks that are absolute keepers.

Download the MP3 mixtape, here, here or here. Or click for DJ Chong Wizards MySpace.

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