On Tracy Chapman’s sampling lawsuit against Nicki Minaj…

Probably the only time you will see a Nicki Minaj post up here. No disrespect… To understand what’s at stake for hip-hop, Okayplayer spoke with Karl Fowlkes, Esq., a music lawyer and music industry professor at Rowan University, who has gotten samples cleared from artists like Donnell Jones and Roger Trouman. What are Tracy Chapman’s…More

On Nas new album…

Nasir always finds a way to disappoint me. I do like ‘Kings Disease’, which I posted earlier, and ‘Blue Benz’ so it ain’t a total L for him.More

Arrests in unsolved murder of Run-DMC’s Jam Master Jay…

Took them long enough… Via ABC7NY… ‘Karl Jordan and Ronald Washington have been charged with the murder of Jam Master Jay while engaged in cocaine trafficking, according to an indictment unsealed in the Eastern District of New York that also charged the two with drug offenses. Washington is currently imprisoned on a prior robbery case.…More

DJ Blendz note…

One thing i WON’T DO is post up music i don’t like or whatever is popular at the moment. All my posts or mixes are records I co-sign to the fullest because they’re great records that are overlooked by the masses. That’s why you will never see or hear rainbow-haired rappers with no substance on…More

Hip Hop stamps that might save the post office…

Via Mic… Finally, some good news for the cross-section of hip-hop and USPS fans: the post office is commemorating the genre with a new line of Forever stamps. The Postal Service has teamed up with the Bronx’s Universal Hip-Hop Museum to release a pane of 20 stamps that “features four elements of hip-hop: MCing (rapping),…More

A DJ Blendz PSA…

A quick reminder: In case any of my readers are interested, I do still have a few of these custom designed USB/flash drives for sale/ mixtape subscription. Just click on the ‘Contact Me/Subscription’ to purchase and/or get more information. The USB/flash drives all have one of my mixes in it so you won’t only be…More

On the making of ‘Ms. Fat Booty’…

A portion of an article from Micro-Chop’s Gino Sorcinelli on the Aretha Franklin-sampled track by Ayatollah… The pain she channeled into the love-lorn music and vocals on “One Step Ahead” inspired Ayatollah to craft several renditions of the “Ms. Fat Booty” beat before deciding on the best version. As was the case in other Franklin-sampled…More

The spiritual successors of the Wu-Tang Sword Style…

Bandcamp does a drop on the new breed of Wu-inspired emcees. Here are a couple you might’ve heard on one of my monthly mixes… Supreme Cerebral Prior to his rise an MC, Supreme Cerebral was a talented college football player with dreams of an NFL contract. But after an injury put an end to his…More