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Beyonce – I Been On REMIX ft. Bun B, Z-Ro, Scarface, Willie D, Slim Thug, Lil Keke

Trouble Comes in Threes: New HipHop Duos

Yep, that final one is a bit of a joke, though the Bieb has miles to go. Who knows who he’ll ride with next? 

Still trying to feel your way around Watch The Throne? It’s on iTunes now, and officially drops in physical form on Friday. Here’s a wrap-up of intel regarding the summer superstar throwdown.

Stream Watch The Throne

Ten Great “Otis” Freestyles (Village Voice)

Who’s More Materialistic?

Tom Breihan (Pitchfork)

Five Best Rhymes on “Otis”

Rolling Stone 

Victory Light 

Oliver Wang (NPR)

Ye & Jay: The Five Best Boasts on “Otis”

The rhymes come hard and fast, and in the large they sound fun. I’d say there’s tad too much reliance on the base sample itself (Puffy and Sting syndrome, right?), but Kayne West and Jay-Z get a couple things correct on “Otis,” the second track we’re hearing (almost forgot about “H.A.M.”) from the much-awaited you-know-what: the swagger is back and Redding “sounds so soulful.”  As for our boys, they’re staying outta hell and jail respectively, keeping their arms out the window while cruising through town in the G-450, looking photo shoot fresh and smoking Cubanos with Casto. You know how they roll: conspicuous consumption to the max. A few sweet lines get spit in the track’s three minute span. Here are five + 1. Still can’t wait to hear “Niggas In Paris.”

1. Jay: “New watch alert: Hublots, or the big-face Rolly – I got two of those.”

2. Jay: “Looking like wealth/’bout to call the paparazzi on myself.”

3. Ye: “I made “Jesus Walks” so I’m never going to hell.”

4. Jay: “I got five passports/ain’t never going to jail.”

5. Ye: “Last week I was in my other other Benz”

6. Ye: “Sophisticated ignorance/write my curses in cursive.”


Here’s Tyler the Creator making Slim Shady sound like a church-going milquetoast – it’s not every crazed MC who spits about fucking dolphins and snorting Hitler’s ashes. Maybe this is what the devil plays before he goes to sleep. Goblin is on its way. Happy Mother’s Day. 

Caramanica weighs in.

Zach Baron Weighs In On Hot Sauce Committee

The record “is the opposite of essential, really, but there’s a relief in the group’s refusal to modernize much. Middle age in rap is still an unsolved dilemma — awkward exertions await those who try to hang on to relevance as they grow older.”

The Daily

Sense Is Something You Can’t Make Sense of Until You’ve Been To the Future And Spent Time There.

The film looks better than the disc’s first track sounds (and it don’t sound bad), but when the crew contains everyone from Ferrell to Black to Sarandon, I guess it would be hard to beat. Plus, it’s got Max Perlich. Good to have you back, boys.


Ornette’s Birthday, Biggie’s Death Day

It’s one of those Hello/Goodbye deals. WKCR is rocking OC all aft.  Here’s a sweet Biggie interview and some other Notorious shizzle.

Best Thing I’ve Seen Today

Lotta spins of Nicki Minaj’s “Monster” floating around (thanks Kanye). Don’t you dare say this Webcam MC ain’t close to the top.

I, Jukebox

Oh Land, “White Nights”

Stephan Crump & James Carney, Echo, Run, Pray (Clean Feed)

Clare & the Reasons, Live in Amsterdam (Frog Stand)

The Complete Novus & Columbia Recordings of Henry Threadgill & Air (Mosaic)

Marty Ehrlich, Fables (Tzadik)

Bruce Springsteen, “Working on the Highway”

Johnny Cash, “Train of Love”

The Hold Steady, “We Can Get Together”

Heavenly, “C Is the Heavenly Option”

Dark, Dark, Dark, “Daydreaming”

Marion Brown, Afternoon of a Georgia Faun (ECM)

Mike Clark, “Water On the Moon”

Susan Cowsill, “You and Me Baby”

Ut, “Evangelist”