Raekwon:The Missing Link

Raekwon:The Missing Link

This is the Wu beef version of Wu Tang Wednesday.

The Chef’s absence from the almost-finished reunion album A Better Tomorrow is the elephant gun in the room. He’s the reason the RZA can’t wrap it up (pause). Much like Marty, Rae’s been out to lunch. Despite shirking on Shaolin, he’s managed to keep up a steady stream of joints to prep for his upcoming record F.I.L.A.

Rae’s MIA status forced RZA’s hand. In an interview with the AP, the Abbot called out the missing MC:

“Everybody did their verses except Raekwon,” RZA said. “He hasn’t turned in his verses yet. I don’t know if he’s still trying to find the vibe of the music. We have to talk about it before it becomes too late. But he hasn’t come to the table yet.”

If his latest records are any indication, it’s time that Shallah steps to the mic. On “A Rainy Day,” RoadsArt samples the classic from Cuban Linx, adding an eerie vocal sample and some electronic piano. Straight film-noir shit—Rae’s calling card. The result is the perfect launching pad for the Chef to spit smooth bars: “The queen that I want/she gotta think like a king/respect mine boo, stay in line, do your thing/ and we can meditate do yoga, chillin’ on the sofa in my loafers/you making that bread, I’ll play gopher.”


Even more recently, Rae freestyled over the Preemo gem “Mass Appeal.” Before going in and talking about high-topped wingtips, he says, “Shit’s dusty, word.” That’s the Rae seal of approval right there.


He merks it, lacing the track with the quiet confidence he’s known for. Why’s he holding out on the RZA? He’s been sharpening his darts. Now he just has to get into the booth

JayCeeOh wins a $10,000 McDonalds Gift Certificate (that’s a shitload of Big Macs!)

JayCeeOh wins a $10,000 McDonalds Gift Certificate (that’s a shitload of Big Macs!)

FINALLY this mutherfucker wins a DJ battle that matters. I’ve seen him lose (unfairly) more than a few big ones in my time.. and each time I knew that JayCeeOh was hands down way better than the dudes he was going up against. POLITICS MAN.

It looked like he was going to get jacked AGAIN last night.. I was heated.. and then in typical JayCeeOh swagger assholeness he started talking shit to the judges and pulled ahead.

A couple things to note though.. JayCeeOh is sneaky fuck. He’s not even living in NYC anymore and he’s all of a sudden the “hometown” hero? I SEE YOU JAKE.

and.. DON’T FORGET you owe me a steak dinner bitchass!

Jacked from the Village Voice.

The Flavor Battle
Tuesday, January 11
Better Than: A Chik-fil-A DJ battle.

We’re secretly reveling in the recent emergence of DJs as hip purveyors all that is “cool.” So when we heard that McDonalds and Complex were throwing a “Flavor Battle” — hosted by none other than Fabolous — we had to go.

First of all, it’s pretty hilarious to see three grown men DJ out of oversized hamburger boxes. Gigantic Big Mac, Double Quarter Pounder, and Angus Beef cutouts served as booths for the night’s three contestants, who’d earned the honor by being chosen from DJs from all over the country through a series of auditions and online votes. Austin’s Hella Yella repped the West, Cleveland’s DJ Steph Floss held it down for the Central region, and New York’s own JayCeeOh stepped up for the East.

After a quick introduction from the night’s judges (DJ Irie, Spinderella, and Rich Nice) and Fabolous’ shout-out to Sway (the night’s “Twitter host”), the quickly mixed, three-round battle begun. Jay kicked off the night strong, playing to his hometown bias with a scratch-heavy set of “Black and Yellow” (the guy’s from Pittsburgh originally), “Swagger Like Us,” “Where Brooklyn At,” and an echoing of “Brooklyn Go Hard.” Hella Yella followed with a tamer, trick-infused hip-hop set featuring “Juicy,” “I Get Money,” and “It’s Bigger Than Hip-Hop,” ending the routine by jacking DJ Scratch’s “Pick It Up” routine. (Also, we heard your record skip!) Steph Floss brought Round 1 to a close by playing his entire set with only one hand. Naturally, Kanye’s “So Appalled” (and a loop of “One hand in the air if you really don’t care”) opened and closed the set, with a run of “I Get Money” (yes, again), “It’s All About the Benjamins,” and a quick scratch routine factored in as well. Can you feel our bias yet?

The scoring is what kept the night interesting, as the judges seemed to be watching a different show from the rest of us. After Round 1, Jayceeoh ranked third, with Hella Yella and Steph Floss neck in neck. “Well, that’s just ridiculous!” mumbled a girl by the bar. “I agree. Jayceeoh was definitely the best,” responded Twitter-host Sway. Things got pretty ugly around then, as the event’s Twitter feed was swamped with disgruntled Tweets from those in the venue (and those watching at home). Search #flavorbattle for the worst of them.

On to Round 2. The noticeably infuriated JayCeeOh started the night off by asking Spinderella and DJ Irie to come up to the turntables and watch him: “I want you to really see what I’m doing. Thanks!” (Testy!) While we couldn’t see his turntables from the floor, we did take note of the DJ’s swag. He ran through “No Hands,” scratched a sample of “DJ turn me up” into “All the Way Turnt Up” with one hand behind his back, and threw one hand in the air (while mean-mugging the crowd) for a triumphant ending of “All I Do Is Win.” As far as we were concerned, the battle was over then. Hella Yella followed, though, with more tricks. His back was to the turntable while he scratched over “Go DJ,” he ducked below the decks during “How Low Can You Go,” and pulled his shirt over his head for “Eyes Closed.” Steph Floss rounded out the set with Drake’s “Bollywood Freestyle” (the bit about the McDonald’s drive-thru), “Pon Di Floor” (yes, really), a Scottie B remix of “Creator,” “Don’t Stop Believing,” and “6’7.” Hey, at least things had started to get interesting!

By the third round, the crowd had gotten riled up, and the judges had started to waver. Even Fabolous started to dish out advice: “Listen, Jay the hometown favorite, so the rest of y’all are going to have to step it up.” Jay threw down a crazy club set (as in Baltimore club, with a hint of dubstep wobble and other relatively underground dance jams), Hella Yella pushed through with yet another yawn-fest scratch routine, and Steph Floss closed out with a crowd-friendly hip-hop montage of “BMF,” “No Hands,” and so on, though by this time, it was clear who the winner would be: JayCeeOh took home the bragging rights, along with a $10,000 prize. Let’s hope that’s not in gift-card form.

Critical Bias: You realize that we live in New York, right?

Overheard: “I’m lovin’ it!”

Random Notebook Dump: Fabolous was wearing a sweater with two large ducks on it. Marry me!

5 Responses to “JayCeeOh wins a $10,000 McDonalds Gift Certificate (that’s a shitload of Big Macs!)”

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  2. steev Says:
    i voted for this mother fucker. dont i get some free micky d’s now or something?

  3. Thor Says:
    Nothing says underground like winning a corporate sponsered rap battle.

  4. Thor Says:
    I have eaten McDonalds in 22 different countries and it tastes the same no matter where you are in the world. I’d say Germany was my favorite because you could get Big Macs and burgers in the morning, along with breakfast if you so choose.

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New M-Dot & Jean Maron featuring Torae & Chino XL (Plus Upcoming UGHH In-Store)

New M-Dot & Jean Maron featuring Torae & Chino XL (Plus Upcoming UGHH In-Store)

Posted on September 13, 2010 by Chris Faraone


Off the new M-Dot & Jean Maron album RUN-MPC

And FREE In-Store @ UGHH in Boston on October 8th

LISTEN: M-Dot & Jean Maron (featuring Torae, Lyric Jones, Bam, & Chino XL) – Be Easy

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2 Responses to “New M-Dot & Jean Maron featuring Torae & Chino XL (Plus Upcoming UGHH In-Store)”

  1. wite on September 13th, 2010 9:28 am

    nvr understood all the hype u guys give this m-dot fella

    hes rly not that good

    this is the only place i ever hear about him too, so i think u beantown guys are the only ppl who care, latching onto him in hopes that hell blow and you can say youve been on since the beginning, but rly hell just wind up another has-been that nvr was, like every other act u guys produce

    its sad that this is the biggest thing you guys have going for you

    for the sake of your blog you should bite the bullet and go back to covering NY & NJ artists who are actually putting out good music

    this shit is just sub-par

    torae is nice tho

  2. Greg D on September 15th, 2010 3:26 pm

    MDot I have been following for several years, and seen his progression. Kid worked hard it seems to come this far, and he also like I said always seems to be improving. I have seen him featured on alot of other artists projects, many radio around here, and he is on all the other major sites (not just this one). So in homie’s defense I think he can spit and deserves all the success he has endured. Stay spitting Dot, and show the country that Boston isn’t inferior to Ny and all the other big cities that get shine

Audio: Q-Tip x Camp Lo – Gettin’ Up (Remix)

Audio: Q-Tip x Camp Lo – Gettin’ Up (Remix)

Posted on November 19, 2008 by Sleezy Trees

The original was great, but this is a pretty decent remix. I loved Camp Lo in 1997 and they are about due for a comeback. Although, I never really felt like they were “on” to begin with, so maybe I shouldn’t call it a “comeback”.

Whatever. What are your thoughts on this?

DOWNLOAD: Q-Tip feat. Camp Lo – Gettin’ Up Remix

Jelani – De La Vega

Jelani – De La Vega

It’s been a couple years since Jelani released his first solo project, Wait, You Can Rap?!?! w/ 6th Sense. Finally, he blesses us with some new material. Be on the look out for an upcoming Jelani/Durkin project. Shouts to Harlem World and his pops, Dapper Dan.

DOWNLOAD: Jelani – De La Vega

One Response to “Jelani – De La Vega”

  1. wite Says:
    youve officially just lapped faraoniegod rest his shitblogging subpar music poasting soul

New Heat from The Camp featuring Oak Lonetree plus Pace Won and Mr. Green

New Heat from The Camp featuring Oak Lonetree plus Pace Won and Mr. Green

Okay – back on my blog grind. If not for yours truly, who would keep the world in tune with New England hip-hop, and who would draw ire from so many hapless haters who ride my every line like anal queens? For launch weekend I brought a special treat – a five-punch posse cut from Greater Boston’s baddest battle cats and the almighty Pace Won. Holy shit this is a fucking ringer – when Green is on, few cats are better with the beats. Good to see The Camp cracking tracks together again – hopefully some more are on the way.

LISTEN: The Camp featuring Pacewon, Mr. Green and Oak Lonetree – “Untitled”

8 Responses to “New Heat from The Camp featuring Oak Lonetree plus Pace Won and Mr. Green”

  1. Matt Says:
    I’m a big fan of the Camp, Oak, and Pace, but this isn’t exactly “New Heat”.http://www.hiphopdx.com/index/singles/id.6294/title.the-camp-f-pace-won-100

  2. Sleezy Trees Says:

  3. CF1 Says:
    So I’m a little slow. But I’m back bitches.

  4. Sleezy Trees Says:
    Peace to Jorts in 2011.

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  6. jkfgt Says:
    Is this why JTTS wasn’t nominated for Best Music Blog in the Phoenix?

  7. wite Says:
    look at jersey keeping u guys on the mapthank god for us

    nobody knows or cares who any of the boston cats are tho

    just an FYI

  8. wite Says:
    jfc at that dooshbag in the middleyou gotta be fucking kidding me

Comeback Tracks from Virtuoso and Mic Stylz

Comeback Tracks from Virtuoso and Mic Stylz

Posted on October 10, 2010 by Chris Faraone


Pic Ripped from The Crypt

While I know this has somehow turned into a forum for a few shitheads from New Jersey to shit on Boston talent, in reality it’s still one of the foremost destinations for New England hip-hop (trust me – I watch the analytics). We’ve helped along the careers of quite a few cats, and, considering that we’ve never made a dime off this damn site, you might even say we do it for the love. On that note, it’s reassuring to see that two of the first Boston MCs who ever caught my ear – Virtuoso and Mic Stylz – are back in the lab. More to come…

Mic Stylz

LISTEN: Mic Stylz (produced by Matteo Getz) – Fantasy Team


LISTEN: Virtuoso – Propaganda

FREE DOWNLOAD: Moe Pope featuring Anonymous – “Ay”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Moe Pope featuring Anonymous – “Ay”

Ay – Moe Pope feat. Anonymous mp3 by The Brain Trust

Some free fire from Moe Pope, Anonymous, and The Brain Trust to thank fans for their support.

Dudes just won Best Hip-Hop Act at the BMP Awards.

Notice how the SoundCloud bar matches the Strawberry-Mango fruit juice.

That’s called Summer Stylin’.

I’ll see everybody at The Plateau.

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  1. Josphine Waetzig Says:
    sound’s good! ))

Chris Faust – Looking Back ft. Outasight

Chris Faust – Looking Back ft. Outasight

Posted on July 26, 2010 by jKfgt

Chris Faust (Derek Fisher?) recently let loose a new track from his upcoming project, Faust, featuring your new favorite rapper/singer, Outasight. Faust may not be on Sammy’s level with the women, but here’s something to keep you occupied before the next post of a tiger with an axe pops up. *no shots*

DOWNLOAD: Chris Faust – Looking Back ft. Outasight

Slaine Studio Hops Around Boston. Fire Ensues.

Slaine Studio Hops Around Boston. Fire Ensues.

Posted on June 30, 2010 by Chris Faraone

Slaine Water

If you missed Slaine’s Boston Project show at the Middle East two weeks ago, then you missed some dope shit my friend. The Hub’s top gunners were in tow, and cats including Wispers, M-Dot, Jaysaun, and Dre Robinson smashed for a good five hours straight – without a single shithead fan or jealous MC stepping out of line. Here go new cuts from Chilla Jones and V. Knuckles (of N.B.S.) – both cats who Slaine has been helping develop and smashing tracks with. Rumor is there’s some sort of collaborative Boston Project LP in the works. Will confirm as soon as we know for sure…

LISTEN: Chilla Jones featuring Slaine – Psycho (produced by The Trackslayerz)

LISTEN: V. Knuckles (of N.B.S.) featuring Slaine – What it Feel Like (produced by Matty Trump)