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Take It Personal (Ep 28: Respond / React)

Friday, June 15th, 2018
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On episode 28, we discuss beef. Today’s beef ain’t what it used to be, so like Biggie said “What’s beef?” Pusha T vs. Drake is fun, but we remind you of when these battles meant something. And speaking of reminding, it’s time we remind everyone that Black Thought being a top 5 is no longer up for discussion. Seasons change mad things rearrange and with this summer heat we had to lace you with classics from Naughty By Nature, Heavy D, Slum Village, O.C., Main Source, Cypress Hill, KMD, Jay-Z, Big Daddy Kane and you know no TIP episode is complete without a DJ 360 remix! We also have new joints from Pusha T, Black Thought, J. Cole, Forever M.C. and an exclusive by Vanderslice & Conway.

Producer extraordinaire and professional feelings hurter, Vanderslice also stops by to talk about his upcoming album The Best Album Money Can Buy and to debut of our new segment – The Happy Recap w/Vanderslice. This is the start of summer and Take It Personal plans to keep you entertained all throughout. Grab your drinks, smokes and if you’re sweating profusely, then grab some ice cubes and rub them all over like Mookie did to Tina. Just make sure you listen to episode 28 on blast and preferably on repeat too!

1. Kanye West – Dark Fantasy
2. Pusha T – Come Back Bbay
3. Black Thought – 9th vs. Thought
4. J. Cole – 1985 (DJ Premier Remix)
5. Ill Advised – 1986 feat. Paul Yams & Maylay Sparks
6. Cool C – Juice Crew Dis
7. MC Lyte – 10% Diss
8. LL Cool J – Jack The Ripper
9. Big Pun – Super Lyrical feat. Black Thought
10. Naughty By Nature – It’s On (Kay Gee Remix)
11. Naughty By Nature – It’s On (The Beatnuts Remix)
12. Pete Rock & CL Smooth – On And On
13. Diamond D – Freestyle (Yo, That’s That Shit!)
14. A Tribe Called Quest – Vibes And Stuff
15. Cypress Hill – Stoned Is The Way of The Walk
16. Vanderslice – We Got The Drop feat. Conway
17. Forever M.C. – School feat. Hus Kingpin, Rozewood, Talib Kweli & Lupe Fiasco
18. Statik Selektah – Bird’s Eye View feat. Raekwon, Joey Badass & Black Thought
19. Statik Selektah – The Imperial feat. Action Bronson, Royce Da 5’9 & Black Thought
20. Black Thought – Twofifteen
21. Beanie Sigel – Bread & Butter feat. Grand Puba & Sadat X
22. Sadat X – The Lump Lump (Remix) feat. Grand Puba & Lord Jamar
23. Slum Village – Fall N Love (OG Mix)
24. Jay-Z – You’re Only A Customer
25. O.C. – Born 2 Live
26. Big Daddy Kane – Come On Down feat. Q-Tip & Busta Rhymes
27. Heavy D & The Boyz – A Bunch Niggahs feat. Guru, 3rd Eye, Biggie, Rob-O & Busta Rhymes
28. KMD – Nitty Gritty (Remix) feat. Brand Nubian & Busta Rhymes
29. Common – Dooinit (DJ 360 Remix)
30. Chubb Rock – Three Men At Chung King feat. Red Hot Lover Tone & Grand Puba
31. Main Source – Fakin’ The Funk (Remix) feat. Neek The Exotic

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DJ Premier Tribute Show (2 Parts)

Saturday, May 20th, 2017
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Episode 10, The DJ Premier Tribute, is our magnum opus. It’s only right: the greatest producer of all-time receives the greatest tribute of all-time. It was no easy feat selecting and sequencing tracks for this massive 380+ minute show. We hope after listening to the incredible Work of Mart homage, you’ll agree, DJ Premier is the GOAT. We’ve broken Episode 10 into 2 parts because when you cover Premo’s illustrious career, it’s impossible to include every masterpiece in just one show. But don’t worry- within both episodes, we’ve made sure to include all the ill-collabos, obscure remixes and of course, your favorite classics too! –Philaflava

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Jay Electronica Needs Alcoholics Anonymous

Sunday, February 7th, 2016
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At this point I don’t even know if we’ll ever hear that Roc-A-Fella album, but I do know if Jay doesn’t get some help soon, he is going to end up completely irrelevant. There was a point where you’d mention him along the greats like Black Thought, Andre, Jay and Nas, but it’s becoming sad now. Nobody wants to see this dude turn Greg Oden on us, but he got too popular, too rich, too quick. Clearly he isn’t on that Rothchild tit anymore but drunken Jay Elec is doing more harm than good these days on social media. –Philaflava

 

Open Letter To Jay Electronica

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013
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Dear Jay Electronica:
 
As someone who survived several rap decades, I’m going to give you some advice. You need to seriously address the concerns and questionable decisions on your career. You have worked hard to become a big name in hip-hop. You’ve paid your dues and you’ve grown lyrically since the release of Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge) in 2007. You’ve arrived, buddy.
 
But all this delaying and cryptic nonsense is jeopardizing your career. No hipster or trendy revisionist is going to wait on you. Just ask Saigon. You can forget about all music spots on HBO’s Girls or those new Mountain Dew commercials. Those Jewish chicks at UPennn won’t be waiting much longer either. And if you can’t make them wait any longer, watch how fast literally the entire hip-hop culture forgets you.  Did I mention Saigon yet? I know from experience how people and the music industry would like to turn their backs on you.
 
You have the fans, critics, supporters, record execs, lily white girls and Erykah Badu breathing down your neck because you’ve been lollygagging about this debut album forever now. Even Dr. Dre is shaking his head right about now.
 
Unlike the record industries, these people don’t understand the concept of public domain. They see you getting content forever by not rapping and they don’t like it. That’s why they’re on YouTube, Tumblr, Twitter, Facebook, Myspace, Pinterest, Instagram and probably Yelp throwing  salt your way.
 
It’s a shame you can’t enjoy life without spending part of your Roc Nation/Pepsi Co earnings on heavy PR or fancying it up on the Rothschilds’ dime. Remember Saigon. you don’t want that to happen to you. Hip-hop has a rich history of fickle fans. Either put out that album or become that guy best known as what could-have-been or simply the male version of L-Boogie.
 
Trust me, you don’t want to go out like Saigon. It’s time you get serious, give the people what they want and stop being so lackadaisical about your music and the window left for you have for this career.
At Blue Ivy’s next birthday party you pull Jay aside and tell him to shit or get off the throne. Suit & tie my ass. There is only so many times we can go around saying Jay Electronica, Jay ElecHannukah or Jay ElecYarmulke with a smile on our damn faces. Let’s do this man!
 
Sincerely,
 
An antsy fan (Philaflava)
 

And the best rapper is…

Tuesday, October 4th, 2011
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Let’s be specific (peace Funkmaster Flex), the other day I dropped my 10 most underrated rappers of 2011, so it only made sense to drop my best rapper too. This isn’t an all-time list, it’s current and I could only award this to a rapper who is, well current. Andre 3000, you might be on another level and universally accepted as the greatest rapper living and who am I to disagree? You are, but these once every few years cameos on these bullshit R&B tracks ain’t cutting it.

 

It ain’t Jay, shame on you for even thinking that. It isn’t his apprentice Mr. Electronica, who by the way he should be dropping his once-a-year track in December to continue giving your iTunes blue balls. His lack of new material and a Saigon(ish) career pattern is not helping matters. I can you assure you it’s nobody who would rock a smedium t-shirt. Nobody that you would consider a hipster or vegan. It isn’t a new radical skater. It isn’t lazy self-absorbed artists who continues to produce lo-fi albums for your listening displeasure.

 

Who does it leave then? Nas, maybe, but we all know he lost a step or two over the years. Could it be Jada? Sure, Jadakiss is like the New York Jets, he looks great on paper but when it comes down to business he can’t close and I’m still waiting on that great album from him. So the argument could come down to Pusha and the man who I awarded it to. Pusha is just getting better with age, but when you see who is #1 it’s hard to dispute facts.

 

Maybe 2012 will be different but there isn’t a rapper IMO who has deliverer quality time and time again than this man. I hate the word swag, so I will just say this man’s style is just too damn cool. It sounds effortless like the way DOOM spits, but it’s extremely layered with witty lyricism and tons of rewind material   If the Dos Equis guy was a rapper he’d be this one. –Philaflava

 

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Watch the Throne Documentary (Download)

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011
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A 10min documentary clip dropped yesterday promoting the much anticipated Kanye West and Jay-Z collabo album Watch the Throne. Directed, edited and photographed by Robert Lopuski, it features shots of recording & listening sessions in Australia, general brainstorms and throwback visuals of Kanye before the hype. Collectors can check out the doc in a downloadable avi file right here.

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