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Single of the Week: Chamillionaire, “Swagger Like Us Freestyle”
We normally reserve this section for unknown local artists, but goodness gracious Cham went to work here. The first line, a spin on Jigga’s "I Can’t Wear Skinny Jeans Because I Have So Much Money" claim, is noteworthy.
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Immortal Technique to hold fundraiser for Afghanistan kids, makes sure to tell people all about it.
Were you looking to purchase a rap CD (most likely) chock full of unoriginal and repurposed content for Christmas? 50 Cent will not be helping you; new CD pushed back to ’09.
Somehow, Jim Jones’s musical, Hip-Hop Monologues: Inside the Mind of Jim Jones, is not horrible. We will not refrain, however, from calling Dipset, "Dipshit." We will give him a head-nod, though, for his impending remix of MGMT’s “Electric Eel.” We’re very curious to see how he’ll screw this up.)
We won’t front, we’re kinda looking forward to Colin Munroe’s Unsung Hero mixtape, but not nearly as excited as we are about Ghostface’s Ghostdeini the Great. “Cherchez Le Ghost” has always been a thoroughly underestimated track.
Yes, that was Lil’ Wayne that you saw at the CMAs. We’re going to come right out and say it: we’re starting to get tired of Weezy. But here’s a download of his new mixtape just because we’re hypocritical.
Timbaland is going to produce indie film Vinyl. Please, please, please let him somehow include “Luv 2 Luv U.” And what the shit ever happened to Magoo?
DJ Unk’s now offering his latest LP, 2econd Season, for $3 via Amazon. That’s cool and all, but it’s about $3 too much, we think.
Soulja Boy, Akon (above) and Will.i.am all live on Youtube? Surely this was mentioned in the Bible somewhere.
Suge Knight gets Suge Knighted at a party, sues Kanye. That’s funny.
Vibe magazine indirectly confirms that mainstream rap music is getting shittier and shittier: Plies is the future of rap.
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