Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Serena Williams' Ad For Video Game Seen As Too Racy

The above ad was pulled from the internet recently due to an unauthorized posting to youtube. Fear of the black booty? I jest but what else can it be when we are inundated with sexualized advertisements at all times of the day. There isn't any more skin here than any music video and if 2K Sports wanted to, they could restrict broadcast to later hours. MTV, Spike TV and G4 among others show content like this all the time. According to Joystiq, "2K Sports' official statement: 'As part of the process for creating marketing campaigns to support our titles, we pursue a variety of creative avenues. This video is not part of the title's final marketing campaign and its distribution was unauthorized.' Thanks to SPONG.COM for keeping this alive.

Monday, May 30, 2011

VIDEO: Preview of Bill Duke's Upcoming Documentary "DARK GIRLS"

Lois James, co-host of THE UNDERGROUND DUGOUT gave us some info on this upcoming film on this weekend's episode. Esteemed filmmaker/director/actor Bill Duke presents a new documentary on the divisive issues of skin color among people of African descent- "Dark Girl". Co-directed and co-produced with D. Channsin Berry, "Dark Girl" explores the attitudes, racism and often self-hate that blacks have both experienced from outside their cultures and perpetuated upon each other throughout multiple generations. The film is in post production and news of its eventual release is forthcoming.

Sean Kingston Badly Injured in Jet Ski Accident

Reggae, pop, rap and R&B singer Sean Kingston is in critical condition after he and a female passenger crashed into a bridge while riding a jet ski in Miami Beach. Sean and his passenger were rescued by a good samaritan and were hospitalized early today at Ryder Trauma Center. Sean Kingston is in intensive care and further details about his passenger is not available at this time. Read more at TMZ and HUFFINGTON POST.

Sunday, May 29, 2011


Episode 5

On yesterday's episode of THE UNDERGROUND DUGOUT, the crew discussed the latest headlines, reviewed the book In the Studio with Michael Jackson by Bruce Swedien and had call-ins by DJ I Cee and DTown of Da Kreek!

Saturday, May 28, 2011


Pictured above left to right: Jeff Strange, Martine Emile, Lois James aka LO-J and Edaye. Photo by Herold Noel Jr.

Tune in today for new LIVE episode of THE UNDERGROUND DUGOUT! The Underground Dugout is a new video streamed radio show focused on indie/underground hip hop and R&B. Created and hosted by Jeff Strange with Lois James and Edaye, the show also features news and commentary on current events and entertainment. We wanna hear from you! Watch us on from 3-5pm and call us at 718-369-0411

Friday, May 27, 2011

Common & Nas: Ghetto Dreams

Two of the most prolific and most eloquent eMCees ever to breathe life into a mic is making a collaboration. Chi-Town's finest Common is teaming up with QB's favored son, Nas. The clip above is all I could find but what a find! I'm told longtime Common producer NO I.D. did this track. It's a banger. Making the stink face as I keep hitting play. I can't wait because this is the hiphop that I miss, for real! Lonnie and Nasir trade verses in this snippet believed to be on Common’s upcoming album, The Dreamer, The Believer. Full version drops June 23. Stay tuned!

Fleet Week(end) in Times Square

Hey Sailor!! The USCGC Reliance is coming to Fleet Week Sunday USCGC Reliance (WMEC 615) from Portsmouth, N.H., and will join other Coast Guard and Navy ships in New York for Fleet Week on Sunday. The cutter will be moored at Pier 88 on Sunday after the cruise ship leaves and will be open for tours Monday and Tuesday. Both USCGCs Willow and Tampa will leave the pier on Saturday after 2:30, and will still be open for tours until then. The Willow will move over to Staten Island and be open for tours beginning Sunday through Tuesday. Approximately 3,000 Sailors,... Ladies, if you like men in uniform, I suggest you get on your game.

Thursday, May 26, 2011

VIDEO: Brown Bag AllStars - The Agenda (Marco Polo Remix)

The Brown Bag AllStars' "Brown Bag Season Vol. 1" is out now! "Brown Bag Season Vol. 1" is a double disc project featuring rare & unreleased material from the Brown Bag AllStars on the first disc, and remixes by Juno Award Winning producer / Canadian DMC Champion, DJ Brace on the second disc (with instrumentals).

Pick up the CD on FatBeats.Com HERE

Pick up the CD on UGHH.Com HERE

Download the project on iTunes HERE

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

Master Of The Mix!

DJ's get your skills up and let's get it! Master Of The Mix 2 is here. Sponsored by Smirnoff and Hosted by Just Blaze. Season 1 was designed to challenge 8 of America’s best DJs in fair and somewhat friendly competitions. The competition touched on the fundamentals of the DJ craft and eventually ended in London where the finalists showed that they could rock any venue anywhere in the world. and that was one by none other than Brooklyn's own DJ Scratch. Albany Projects stand up! The competition is gonna be even more stiff this year. Let's just hop that the hands of the dj's don't get stiff. Here's a clip of last year:

Competitors must be able to control a crowd, understand the fundamentals of DJ culture, know a wide variety of music, know various nightlife scenes, and rock anywhere in the world.

The winner will receive $250,000.00 in cash and prizes, 1 year reign as Master of the Mix, a guaranteed appearance in the next season of Master of the Mix, point of sale imagery all over the United States and a marketing and publicity push executed by the brand.

You think you're ready???

2011 BROOKLYN HIP HOP FESTIVAL Ticket Packages Now On Sale

Brooklyn Bodega is announcing discounted ticket packages making the Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival (BHF) New York City's largest but most affordable event.

"Hip-Hop events that cost $50, $60, $100 and more are antithetical to the roots of this culture. Hip-Hop started out in the park with people like Cindy Campbell [Kool Herc's sister] throwing parties for $1 to buy back-to-school clothes. Corporate interests have hijacked our culture charging exorbitant fees that make Hip-Hop events available to only one homogenous group. With these ticket packages, we are cutting closer-to-the-bone to pass on savings directly to our Bodega Family. I also want to take this time to shout out other organizations that venture to make their events affordable to the masses as well: Celebrate Brooklyn, Summer Stage and Tools of War (among others)." - Wes Jackson, Executive Director of The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival

Here are the packages:

The Family 4-Pack

2 adult and 2 kid tickets to the Main Day and Family Day - $35 (savings of 40%)

The Long Weekend Package

Entry to "Salute The DJ" on Thursday - 7/14, "The Bodega Awards" on Friday - 7/15, "Family Day", "Main Day", & "After Party" on Saturday - 7/16 - $45 (savings of $50)

VIP All-Week Access Pass

Badge that gets you into every BHF '11 event (Show & Prove Super Bowl 7/11, Bodega Art Show 7/12, Bodega Education Initiative 7/13, Salute The DJ 7/14, Bodega Awards 7/15, Family Day-Main Day-After Party 7/16) + official T-shirt and Festival goodie bag - $65 (valued over $100)

Purchase tickets HERE

INFO on this year's lineup featuring Q-Tip, Eternia, Homeboy Sandman, Nitty Scott MC, Shad and Kid Glyde among others HERE

VIDEO: Block McCloud feat. Celph Titled & R.A. the Rugged Man- "Crazy Man" (Straitjacket Remix)

Block McCloud - Crazy Man EP *NOW AVAILABLE* Purchase on iTUNES

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

!LLMIND Presents B.L.A.P./ J Rawls Album Release Party Tonight in NYC

New York, come celebrate at with J Rawls as he joins a special edition of iLLmind's long-running B.L.A.P. (beats. love. alcohol. party.) series at Katra in the Lower East Side. Featuring El Da Sensei, John Robinson, DJ Center, and special surprise guests.

217 Bowery Street
New York, NY
21 and over, no cover 10pm-2am


VIDEO: The Bruce Lee Story AS TOLD BY YOU Episode One

The Bruce Lee Story AS TOLD BY YOU is a 14 part web series featuring interviews and commentary with some of the biggest names in mixed martial arts. MMA fighters Randy Couture, Anderson Silva, Dominick Cruz, Diego Sanchez, Ben Henderson and Nick Diaz among others speak on the influence and contributions of the man many consider to be the father of mixed martial arts. Frank Mir and Miguel Torres appear in episode one.

Bootsy Collins @ The Congress Theater in Chicago- Half Price Tickets ($12.50) Today Only!

Funk legend Bootsy Collins in Chicago … and you can see it for half off the Congress Theater ticket price of $25. Real Deal value to see Bootsy Collins in concert in Chicago at the Congress Theater for only $12.50!

Riot Fest brings Bootsy Collins to the Congress Theater. Since it’s Bootsy, this night will be a celebration of one of the funkiest bassists in any musical galaxy.

Bootsy Collins began his career in 1968 with the Pacemakers, a band he formed with his brother. Two years later, James Brown called the band out to back him as the JB’s. Bootsy was just 18 years old at the time. He says James Brown taught him the basis for everything he’s been doing ever since. “You hit it on the one, then you fit your different notes, what you feel, in between… Then you wanna break it down.” With George Clinton, he broke it down and expanded it exponentially in the Parliament-Funkadelic universe, then with his own Bootsy’s Rubber Band. In the ’90s, he returned to music with Deee-lite and has since collaborated with such diverse artists as Hardware, Groovegrass Boyz, Buckethead, and Snoop Dogg.

More info and to buy tix at

DA KREEK - OBAMA (John Freestyle)

Explosive rap duo, DA KREEK, has bombarded LIL WAYNE & RICK ROSS’s beat, “JOHN” with a barrage of clever bars and witty metaphors to create their latest recorded titled “OBAMA.” Preparing for the release of their latest album “CLOCK IN: FLIGHT SHIFT” in June, Da Kreek continues to shock the world and set the tone for the project. More info can be found on

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Monday, May 23, 2011

ETERNIA Releases Remix of ELZHI's "One Love" Illmatic Tribute

Eternia was so inspired by Elzhi & Will Session's reworking of Nas' classic "One Love" that she released a special remix version. This extended remix showcases one of Eternia's greatest verses peeling back even more layers from this gifted lyricist.

VIDEO: BEKAY & DJ Dbefekt- "Remember"

Bekay teams with producer/DJ Dbefekt for this short film titled "Remember". Bekay and DB portray Jews on the run from Nazis during World War II. Filmed in the Czech Republic, Bekay spits a heartfelt narrative about the wickedness of the holocaust. I'm seeing big things for Bekay as he looks great on film and in period costume. He dedicates the video to all those in history that have ever suffered through prejudice and persecution due to the color of their skin, culture or religion. Salute!


During this weekend's broadcast of THE UNDERGROUND DUGOUT, Herold Noel Jr. and Martine Emile of H.View TV stopped by and filmed a bit of us in action. Tune in every Saturday from 3-5 PM to see us live at

Sunday, May 22, 2011


XXL presents the new tribute to Nas' classic "Illmatic" from Detroit emcee Elzhi featuring live production by the Will Sessions band. Featuring sublime instrumentation and deep lyrical content from Elzhi, this release is a must own. DOWNLOAD HERE

2011 Fort Greene Festival Kick Off Party w/ Q-TIP & PETE ROCK

Saturday, May 28, 2011
9 p.m. – 3 a.m.
Fleet Week — Memorial Day Weekend

I See Promotions Presents:

Fort Greene Fest Kick Off Series

Music by Q-TIP & PETE ROCK

Doors: 9pm

$10 advance @ / $15 @ door

Hosted by Danny Castro, Rosie Perez, Danny Simmons, Michaela Angela Davis

Sanders Studios
525 Waverly Avenue
(bet. Atlantic Ave & Fulton St)
Brooklyn, NY 11238

Sponsored by AT&T

The 2011 Fort Greene Festival, produced and promoted by Peter Tulloch and I See Productions, LLC, returns to NYC’s Fort Greene community on Saturday, June 25, 2011. The Fort Greene Festival is a major, not-for profit, community service event held in Fort Greene Park in Brooklyn. Fort Greene Festival’s demographics reflect a stronghold for some of NYC’s political, business, civic, fashion, media, entertainment and sports leaders and stars. Attendees enjoy a great day with featured, special and surprise guest entertainment, in addition to art, music, health, fitness, nutrition, wellness, sports, culture, food, vendors, community service organizations, media, politicians and a host of folks from across the globe. There will also be an on-site diabetes, hypertension, and kidney disease awareness drive.

Rapathon 5! 28 Hours of Hiphop!

The Rapathon is known for having over 100 MC’s who’s skills on the mike are quite high. This is number 5. This is definitely not for the unskilled.

This year a "major" celebrity decided to enter this lion's den. None other than TO's own Drake(Aubrey Graham). When Young Money's flagship artist was asked why, the 25 year old rapper stated that he wanted to be involved in an experience that really tested his freestyle skills. These skills were once questioned during an appearance on Hot 97′s Funk Master Flex Show with the questionable use of a Blackberry. Drake has stated that he does not view his fame as advantageous; he simply wants to be treated like one of the guys. I didn't see Drake's performance but I don't think he went in like he should have.

I came in @ 9:00am and see my man Priest Forever going hard and he tweeted he was going on @ like 7pm! Rhymestein, David Blain, and Mr.B was going in as well. Just watching the ingenuity and imagination to keep the flow going is amazing. Watching this I feel like when I first discovered hiphop. Can't wait til next year. The Dugout got your back!

Saturday, May 14, 2011

Why do people hate hiphop?

I Hate Hip Hop - Trailer from Nicholas Escander on Vimeo.

I've asked so many people this and I can never get a straight answer. We write this because of Sean Hannity and the other uptight asses at Fox News because of their recent attack on The Obama Administration for inviting chicago eMCee Common to the White House.

They have so much anger in their hearts and it show when you point at Common as a gangster rapper. Look at Jon Stewart's earlier rsponse to this.

OMG! You be the judge. Nobody said shit when Eazy E showed up at the white house with the first Bush with a cash donation. Republicans... Please leave a comment.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

MOS DEF To Appear In Upcoming Season of DEXTER

As reported on THE DAILY BLAM!, rapper/actor Mos Def has joined the upcoming sixth season of Showtime's hit cable series "Dexter". Mos will play an ex-con with a dark secret. Read more at the link above.

Outrage Over COMMON's Invitation To The White House

HUFFINGTON POST reports that First Lady Michelle Obama had some poets over to the White House to read some poetry, and one of those poets is Chicago rapper Common. Some have expressed outrage that Common was invited due to a few lyrics from some of his past work. Websites such as the DAILY CALLER and FOX NATION have condemned his invitation due to older lyrics/poetry that includes threats to shoot police and at least one passage calling for the "burn[ing]" of then-President George W. Bush. Smells like out of touch GOP sympathizers. Fox Nation even labels Common as "vile". HUH???!! The below video of Common's poem "Letter To The Law" included the content in question. Read the above links for the story.

Sunday, May 8, 2011

VIDEO: KARMIN Covers Lil Wayne & Cory Gunz "6 Foot 7 Foot"

By now you have likely seen their famous cover of Chris Brown's "Look At Me Now". Karmin have signed a recording deal so look for more from them soon. Hell, I would buy a CD of cover songs from this duo!

Friday, May 6, 2011

VIDEO: dead prez- "The Beauty Within" + "Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz" Mixtape with DJ DRAMA

dead prez once again reps with a beautiful tribute to Black women, "The Beauty Within". The song is taken from their new mixtape "Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz" with the world famous DJ Drama.

The mixtape can be downloaded in MP3, AIFF and clean (MP3) versions! Get it HERE
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