Monday, August 30, 2010



Wow what a great experience to enjoy the Rock The Bells Concert this past weekend in NY. It was my first time to Governors island, at least i have my sea legs from my many trips to Staten Island cause the ferry was rocking like the minnow. The island is an old abandon army base. The concert was on the field and it was hot like being in a cotton field. The main stage and the Paid dues stage were set up on opposite ends so if you chose to hear some up and coming artist like Jedi Mind Tricks or Brother Ali you were in no rush to walk what felt like 5 blocks in the sun to see whoever was on the main stage.
I started my journey on a funny note as i am about to go thru security and i have vodka in my water bottle and rolled blunts in the brim of my hat, i have to turn around and chug the vodka cause it was in an open bottle. Nice!!!! i start off with a buzz; they had two security checks as i go thru the second one the hat being in my bag leapt to freedom and its passengers jumped for safety, thankfully they dont pay those event security guys enough to notice the little details like my perfectly rolled blunts on the floor. I scooped them up in my hat and kept it moving Hurdle one avoided. When you get off the boat the walk to the main field where the concert was held, was a chain fence walk-way similar to what you see in prisons, it was a little ominous considering you were also walking past abandoned building that were used to house the military, but the were the same building you would consider projects anywhere else. If it were not for the amount of white people around me i would have thought this was some sort of Tuskegee trap.
Finally at the gate take my ticket out and POW another security check, thankfully i grew up in the time where they had just started to use metal detectors, otherwise i wouldn't have like 15 different stash options at all times. Beat that security check and the party is on though the gates i walk and The God emcee is on the stage Rakim....Now my only thing i need to do is hook up with my boys JMarkx and Teknision oh by the way that will be my theme all night) Rakim is on the mic and you know i got soul. If your were like me and you went out there early you knew that sun was going to be a factor. I knew by 8 or 9 it would be over for most of the early goers that sun was a killer. So after Rakim finishes his performance, its time to light up!!! and thankfully NYPD was 420 friendly this day. I literally saw people sparking up feet from the boyz in in the immortal words of Ice Cube "it was a good day"

The biggest fail for the day was phone service. You would have had to keep your phone on roam to get any service on the island it was like using you phone in the middle of the dessert. This was the main reason i did not get to link with my peoples, but as i roamed around i ran into so many heads i never felt alone. Big shout to Doug @fludwatches got to chop it up with him and his lady about LOST. Big shout out to J.Period i ran into him and he provided me with extra credentials so i could get into all of the VIP areas with A/C...that was a god send.

As the night progressed and Artists after artist ripped it was time to get to the meat of the show. Ms.Hill came on and did her thing, i heard allot of complaints how everything in her set was sped up and done at different tempos than the original songs, but for me she was just a musician doing things her way. Most memorably was when she sang "Zion" and she had her children come to the stage the oldest being Zion who is 13 and she says that she cant believe its been so long. But it has to speak to why she didn't want to do the same songs she has been doing since 1997. THe highlight of her show , was the people that came out to see her perform, on the side of the stage was celebrity couple row Jay&Beyonce and Swizz&Alicia, Mary&Kendu, John Legend(place model here) and Chris Rock. It was great to see New York artist coming out to see and make it a moment in hip hop history.


Next up to the stage was A Tribe Called Quest..."Queens Represent" The last time i had seen tribe together as a full group with Jarobi, was Howard University when the Low End Theory dropped...So i knew the feeling i had at that show was special. I only could dream that i would come close to that feeling @RocktheBells...I got off the stush shit and went deep into the crowd pressed between one dude my age and surrounded by the new breed of hip hopper. Tribe performed Midnight Marauders in its entirety in sequence order. Of course they started it off with the female digital host "hello" in living digital flesh she was on the screen behind Tribe leading you on this musical journey...

A Tribe Called Quest

Heres Busta rhymes with the scenario....Watch


I will let Dallas Penn do the Wrap up for me...

Rock The Belles from dallas penn on Vimeo.

Wu-Tang Clan

Seeing Wu perform was some sort of musical cleansing some real good rugged hip hop

Shame on a Ni**ga

Verbal Intercourse in D.C This is the only thing that would have made the show any better if Nas had shown up for the NY show, but at least the footage from this classic song will do. My dude Datwon had said this to me when we were watching the show "like what if Nas had come out and did his Jawns"

Monday, August 16, 2010


Another summer slowly wraps itself up, soon to be put in to the weather closet and replaced by that cold demon Jack Frost(someone needs to put a hit on Frosty and crew). I woke up this morning with no intentions on going to work and i don't think that's really is going to happen today. I hope fully can catch you up on some cool things popping on the Internet. Today is Rock the Bells concert in NY, it should be fun. Ill be on my twitter till my batteries die and i will try to live update, but i am really trying to go and enjoy a great show. Even though this should be a great day in Hip Hop i cant help to feel sad that the last true blue NY record store Fat Beats will be closing soon. Its a sign of the times excess is done, being trendy will cost you once again vinyl is dying. Micheal Jackson's birthday has passed and once again spike lee will be having a memorial jam in Brooklyn. Ok i hope you get to enjoy the weekend be back soon.

Check out Snoops set at Rock the Bells CA 2010

Check out this open letter Dj Rob swift wrote about the closing of FAT BEATS record store.

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My First Love, Vinyl | An Ode to Fat Beats by Rob Swift

Rob Swift

On August 17th, I made a little trip to one of my favorite record stores, Fat Beats (NYC), to pick up some music from the homey DJ Eclipse (store manager). We chatted about this and that as my eyes scanned the record shelves, quickly processing what new shit I might need to be on the look out for. It wasn't long before I noticed my album, The Architect, wasn't stocked on any of the shelves. It prompted me to ask E, "Yo, are y'all still carrying The Arch...?" That's when E broke the news, "We had it, but unfortunately as of September of this year, the Fat Beats record store is closing it's doors. So in order to save money, we're only stocking new releases..." It felt like somebody just punched me in the chest. The very next day, Fat Beats sent out a press release officially broadcasting the news to all of those who've supported the store for the last 16 years.
I think seeing the official press release on my gmail inbox ignited a fury inside me. It's as if reading what E told me the night before brought on a sort of finality to the whole situation. Thus, now that it's official, where do I go from here? Do I sit and do nothing or do I get proactive about the situation? I think I'll choose the latter.
Let me explain something to y'all. Fat Beats closing it's stores is symbolic of the state of Hip Hop consumerism. The first record I ever bought was "Roxanne Roxanne" by UTFO. I purchased it at my neighborhood record store, Numbers (78th Street and 37th Avenue). I remember walking up to the cash register and before I paid the $3.99 price tag, the owner of the store took time to break down why he thought I made the right purchase. He told me, "...these guys are from the Full Force camp. You know... the same guys that worked with Lisa Lisa and Cult Jam". He was also like "'re gonna love the scratches on this record too."

I remember being 13, 14 years old, telling my parents I was going to a friends house and taking the #7 train instead into 42nd Street Times Square to go record shopping at my favorite store, MUSIC FACTORY. I remember Lenny, who worked the cash register, would put me on to joint's like "Tom Sawyer" by Rush, "Big Beat" by Billy Squire, "Toys In The Attic" by Aerosmith and "Bob James One" by Bob James. Then I'd go to the Hip Hop section and rack up on the stuff I heard Red Alert, Chuck Chillout, Marley Marl, Spectrum City Crew (now known as Public Enemy), Johnny Juice, Hank Love and Awesome Two play on there radio shows. I'm talking stuff like "Ego Trippin" by Ultra Magnetic. "Tougher Than Leather" by Run DMC. The "Criminal Minded" album by Boogie Down Productions and "Do The James" by Superlover Cee and Casanova Rudd.
See, buying music back then was an experience that started at home while you listened to the radio. There would be that one song that had you feeling like "Yo, I gotta find this record by any means necessary." Then there was the excursion. You would plan a day in which you'd set everything aside to go look for this specific record. Even if it meant train rides from Jackson Heights, Queens to the Boogie Down Bronx. And once your excursion ended at one of the many record stores you visited on this day long journey, you would always have a knowledgeable staff member who would pull you aside and say "if you're into Run DMC, you might wanna check out Divine Sounds." You'd leave the store purchasing the one record you've been on your feet looking for all day plus other joints you probably weren't up on.
I'd be rushing to get back home just so I could sit down, turn my dad's equipment on, drop the needle to the record and study the album jacket, pictures and song credits as the music blasted through the speakers. I literally became one with the artist. I knew what studio they recorded in, who produced their tracks, who performed the scratches... I'd even catalog the addresses of each record label with hopes that someday I'd get signed after sending them one of 100s of demo tapes I'd work on composed of Psycho Les' (Beatnuts) beats from his Casio key board, my older brother's, Universe, vocals and my scratches. Profile, Def Jam, Reality, Sleeping Bag... never signed us but that only gave me more incentive to go buy this music, study it and understand how to one day make a HIP HOP song that people would eventually listen to.
Fast forward to today! Music fans are experiencing music in a totally different way. Actually, I take that back. Music fans today don't experience music. They hear it. Yeah, that's a much better word. They hear it. They hear the same 10 songs being played on mainstream radio then turn their laptops on and type in YouTube on their browsers to watch the videos. Then they go to the club and ask the DJ to play that same song they've been hearing all day long. "Huh? Go to a record store and buy a record?" or "Oh such and such just dropped an album? I gotta go download it from LIMEWIRE." Don't get me wrong, ain't nothing wrong with getting stuff for free every now and then. When I was on the come up as a DJ we had record pools. Basically, record companies would service well known club DJs, radio DJs, battle DJs, etc. with free records. I used to get vinyl in the mail every day from all types of record companies, but I'd always end up going on that records excursion anyway to find that joint that nobody was up on. That doesn't seem to be the case anymore. Music fans today are lazy, PERIOD!
As for Serato's roll in all of this, I have Serato and I still buy records. I mean, I don't know what else to say. Technology like Serato, CDJs etc., are not the blame in my opinion. DJs who don't take the time to dig anymore, DJs who don't make an effort to break new and innovative music, DJs who only download their music are just as much responsible for stores like Fat Beats closing as the music fans I talked about earlier. Look, I've downloaded music. We all have. Our world continuously evolves and as a result we must adapt to the technological changes occurring every day. But don't be surprised if you run into me at Big City Records getting my fingertips dusty, building with my boy Jared about new sounds I could use to inspire myself and my audience. I stay searching for that obscure record I can play on my online radio show Dope On Plastic ( I frequently surround myself around records, waiting to discover that one joint I can flip at a live show! The problem is, it seems there's less of me and more of you make shift DJs that think "all I gotta do is buy Serato, download a few MP3's and presto, I'm ready to rock a little bar in the village." That is what's killing stores like Fat Beats.

I get it though, it's much easier to point the finger of blame at an inanimate object like a laptop that has no feeling, no emotion. It's always harder to look in the mirror and take responsibility for a problem? For those of you who are with me, let's not let what happened to Fat Beats record store happen to the other remaining [vintage] record stores we love! We have to stop displacing the responsibility of keeping vinyl alive on a power outside of ourselves. Stop letting the "industry" tell you what's the cool way to obtain music. Downloading a song from your couch for free will never compare to searching it out at a record store you can actually hang out at and meet people that share an interest in similar music.
Live people! Experience things! Avoid being an "unthinking audience". Discover music in your own way and I promise, the world of music will open up in a way you never imagined.
Any of ya'll ever seen Pink Floyd's "The Wall"? If not, do the knowledge!
On September 2nd at 6pm sharp, I'll be appearing at my final Fat Beats in store with special friends Breez Evahflowin and The Buck 50 Kutters. It will be my way of saying "adios" to a place that put Rob Swift and my crew The X-men on the map! For you true Hip Hop fans, this is gonna be a special in store so don't miss out. I plan on performing my heart out one last time as a way of paying respect to what, for me, was the home base for Hip-Hop DJs worldwide. Please come through and say farewell with us!
Rob Swift

The one and only J.Period will be officially re-releasing his MJ Tribute Mix this weekend in conjunction with Spike Lee and the Memorial party that he is having this weekend in Prospect Park, if you are in the city and would like to go to an musical experience i would advise you to GO!

and if you want the mix it ill be available on Sunday 29th, at this link J.PERIOD MJ MEMORIAL


But the new Hot fire today is this song MONSTER feat Kanye, Jay Z, Nikki Minaj,

Heres a link for you to enjoy CLICK HERE

Friday, August 13, 2010


Yes the end of the week. No complaints here. I am about to go and hit the streets and enjoy the day i hope you do also.

Jigga man got down yesterday, i hope you enjoy.

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Combat Jack x Dallas Penn

They dudes got the net on fire...

Sean C and LV of Grind Music get there Ted Coppel on....


Thursday, August 12, 2010

wWW.FLAMPRO.COM aka THE GUDWORD. the life of hip hop

A funny thing happened yesterday, hip hop woke up and visited NY....

SHYNE had set up a phone/video interview with to discuss his up and coming project.
Well to take it back to the Jerky boys, they got pranked called by 50 cents #DEFENDQUEENS, this gets retty funny. When it comes to keeping this game light and lively leave it to Curtis Jackson to deliver....

50 Cents the great...aka the hood RIZZO!!!

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

WWW.FLAMPRO.COM aka THE GUDWORD. Smack whack rappers.

Fantasia unfortunately accidentally overdosed?

Gulianis daughter get bagged......VERY NICE

freddie gibbs....the truth...

Marcus Garvey....the mindstate....

Marcus Mosiah Garvey, Jr., National Hero of Jamaica (17 August 1887 – 10 June 1940[1]) was a publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, Black Nationalist, Pan-Africanist, and orator. Marcus Garvey was founder of the Universal Negro Improvement Association and African Communities League (UNIA-ACL).[2] Prior to the twentieth century, leaders such as Prince Hall, Martin Delany, Edward Wilmot Blyden, and Henry Highland Garnet advocated the involvement of the African diaspora in African affairs. Garvey was unique in advancing a Pan-African philosophy to inspire a global mass movement focusing on Africa known as Garveyism.[2] Promoted by the UNIA as a movement of African Redemption, Garveyism would eventually inspire others, ranging from the Nation of Islam, to the Rastafari movement (which proclaims Garvey as a prophet). The intention of the movement was for those of African ancestry to "redeem" Africa and for the European colonial powers to leave it. His essential ideas about Africa were stated in an editorial in the Negro World titled “African Fundamentalism” where he wrote:

“ Our union must know no clime, boundary, or nationality… let us hold together under all climes and in every country…[3] ”

As i sit in my writing room (The john) , taking the few moments i have to touch down on my site and say hello..and how are you? The drive that pushes artist to purse and fulfill there dreams is a relentless and sharp toothed monster, gnawing at your stomach your chest your brain, taunting you not to succeed. If you stay persistent then you will succeed, i have seen this over and over and over. I guess this is me giving someone some advice, at a time that they just may need it.

Jay Electronica @ Nouveau Casino - 08/08/2010 - Song 4 a friend from Marc LE SIGNOR on Vimeo.


Check the my peoples podcast out...something to groove to and inst....

Sunday, August 8, 2010

WWW.FLAMPRO.COM aka THE GUDWORD. HIm just happy to be here

I am a little perturbed that my favorite blog hasn't been up for a while, but i am sure that he will return in full force soon enough. I took a writing class recently just review sentence structure and to remember what i forgot from fifth grade. I picked up the new Capone and Noriega album The War report part 2, it is pretty good. its not messing with the original but seldom does a sequel maintain or over achieve when it comes to hype, quality, and overall excitement that the first album created. For the summer i have to say that Rick Ross and CNN fulfilled that need for gud(sic) street music.

This right here is a great song and video peep the remix...

Window seat...

and of course

Junior Mafia - Get Money

Yeah life is better when you have money thats a fact of life. It does not make life happier but it makes the standard of living better and everything else is just part of a trickle down effect. Its good that Kanye is on Twitter as he says it humanizes the whole aura