29 06 2009

Whenever people ask me who my favorite rapper is, I just laugh, cuz I could talk for about 3 hours, and it depends on the mood I’m in. However, I have attempted to put together a list which is, at least currently, pretty accurate.

1. EMINEM! JUST KIDDING!!! haha no way in hell, I can never give it up fully for people like Lil Wayne and Eminem, because as dope as their lines are and as sick as their cuts are, they have at least half their shit ghost-written… for the ignoramuses out there, that means other people write their lines (more like 100% for Lil Wayne ps, I heard he wrote the lyrics to one of his own songs once, but the people in the studio laughed when he couldn’t find a rhyme for see, spot, run…)
The following list takes attitude, lyrical style/poetic ability, content (big one there), also life-story and pure awesomeness of cuts also taken into account.

So who are rebellion’s favorite rappers for realz? Here it is.. the top 10

…. drum roll please…..


aka Viktor Vaughn aka  Supervillan aka King Geedorah aka Zen Love X aka Metal Face Doom aka Metal Fingers

It was a close race, but I gotta give #1 to the man in the mask. He is so dedicated to hip hop, that he wants it not to be about his face, but rather about his words, and thus he is seen only behind the same mask that Russel Crowe wore in gladiator (true story) – Given that has some cool ideology behind it, I think it actually serves to bolster his popularity more than his true face would anyway, and I think he’s smart enough to realize this. But still can’t take away from the man’s lyrical abilities, rhyming in an innovative and truly unique way.




There is no word in the world that Metal Fingers Doom cannot make rhyme, and he works with some of the best producers in the industry (Dangerdoom produced with Dangermouse and Madvillain produced with Madlib). Little known, but earlier in his career, MF DOOM aka Daniel Dumile, lost his brother (fellow rapper in KMD) to a car accident on the Long Island expressway; the same week they were scheduled to release their new album Black Bastards. Later that week DOOM was subsequently dropped from the label – he testifies to being completely depressed, sometimes suicidal, and living utterly homeless for the next three years, both physically and mentally, from 1994-1997. A sad loss, but only puts a human face to the man without a face: MF DOOM. The best that can be said is that out of it came one of the most brilliant, disgustingly filthy, and amazing rappers the world has ever and will ever see. Strange thing about art – the more pain that goes into its creation, or the life of its creator, the more beautiful it is (correlation is not causation?)  Heard with this in mind, his lyrics gain even more depth.doom

“Living off borrowed time the clock ticks faster…”

“Terrorize with eloquence”

2. Aesop Rockaesop_rock-photo

Again, close for #2, but for some of the most cutting-edge lyrics, and for being at the forefront of the new-wave, underground/alternative hip-hop scene, I’ll give it to Aesop Rock. Member of the weathermen and signed to Def. Jux, his style stands alone. Alone. Born in Long Island, Sop’s lyrics are often absurdist, but evoke some of the sickest imagery ever, his timing is on point, and some of his lyrics are quite profound and/or painfully true.. “Life’s not a bitch life’s a beautiful woman, you only call her a bitch cuz she won’t let you hit that pussy”.  Also gets white-rapper style points. 10/10

Attention Span (ft. Vast Aire)


aesrock111Float ft. Blockhead…………Labor………… The Yes and Ya’ll ………….Daylight

“Life treats the peasants like
They tried to fuck his woman while he slept inside” – that’s personification at its finest..

3. Notorious B.I.G. aka Biggie Smalls  (RIP)big2

Gotta respekt Biggie – not only did he rise from poverty to become the most recognized/famous rapper, debatably of all time, but style is probably one of the most technically advanced and smooth I’ve heard. He could make words rhyme no one ever thought to use before him and he overcame so much adversity with only charm and rhyming-skillz. Gotta give it up for bigz.


I guess that means all the top 3 of my favorite rappers are from NY. Damn

Christopher Wallace, a.k.a. Biggie Smalls, was born in Brooklyn, New York, May 21, 1972. He was raised in the poor Brooklyn neighborhood of Bedford-Stuyvesant as the son of a preschool teacher. Dropping out of high school at the age of seventeen, Biggie became a crack dealer, which he proclaimed was his only source of income. A trip to North Carolina for a routine drug exchange ended up giving the soon-to-be MC a nine-month stay behind bars. Once released, Biggie borrowed a friend’s four-track tape recorder and laid down some hip-hop tracks in a basement. The tapes were then passed around and played at local radio station in New York.the-notorious-big3

What’s Beef – ft. Diddy

Not extremely attractive, Wallace named himself Biggie, for his weight. Biggie was overweight, extremely dark skinned, and had a crook in his eye, yet he was a charmer. A young impresario and sometime producer by the name of Sean ‘P. Diddy’ Combs heard Biggie’s early tapes. Impressed, Puffy went to sign Biggie to his new label, Bad Boy Records.

Puffy and Biggie worked on the artist’s first album, and the Notorious B.I.G. was born. Biggie was first heard on a remix of a Mary J. Blige song and a track on the _Who’s the Man? (1991)_ soundtrack. After these successes, the album worked on earlier went through its final touches and was released in 1994, titled “Ready to Die.” The record was certified platinum quickly, and the Notorious B.I.G. was named MC of the Year at the 1995 Billboard Music Awards. After the quick success of the album, Biggie went back to get his friends, some who didn’t even rhyme. He had several run-ins with the law, on charges that ranged from beatings, to drugs and to weapons, while all claimed that Biggie was a gentle person. He soon met an MC from the west coast named Tupac Shakur, and the two became good friends. Tupac supported Biggie and was often giving him advice.


Nobody – Biggie ft. Korn

However, their friendship turned into the most violent era of hip-hop music on November 30th, 1994. While Biggie and Puffy were at a recording session at Quad Recording in Manhattan, Tupac went there to record with another MC for his third solo album, “Me Against The World” at the same time, but in the lobby, Tupac was held at gunpoint and robbed of $40,000 worth of jewelry. Tupac was shot five times. Biggie rushed down just in time to see Tupac being loaded into an ambulance. Extending a middle finger while dying, Pac blamed Biggie for the shooting and said that B.I.G. knew about it and failed to warn him. This sparked the East Coast West Coast war. Miraculously, Tupac recovered from his injuries. During this encounter, Biggie admitted that he was scared for his life. Biggie never responded to any of Tupac’s disses. Tupac attacked Biggie in every way he could, even starting strong rumors that there was a love affair between Tupac and Biggie’s wife, Faith Evans.big4

Later, The entire country became divided into two groups, the west side and the east side, which became Death Row Records versus Bad Boy Records, Marion ‘Suge’ Knight versus Puff Daddy, and Tupac versus Biggie. The two of finally met again late in 1995, and Tupac secretly said to Biggie, “I’m just tryin’ to sell some records.” Unfortunately, it became very real when on September 7, 1996, Tupac was gunned down in a drive-by shooting off the Las Vegas strip after he left a fight he was involved in inside of the MGM Grand Hotel after a Mike Tyson boxing match. He died six days later as a result of those wounds at the age of 25. The case is still unsolved. Typical.

Hold Ya Head – Notorious BIG & Bob Marley

Biggie wanted to put an end to the war between the two coasts. Biggie went to the west coast for several events, doing advance press for his next release, “Life After Death,” but also to make a statement that the war was over. On March 9, 1997, he attended the Soul Train Music Awards and went to the after party hosted by Vibe magazine and Qwest Records. After he left, Biggie was sitting in an SUV on the street when he was shot several times by an unknown assailant. He died almost instantly. Hip-Hop faced its greatest tragedy when both Pac and B.I.G. were killed. Biggie was only 24 years old.

Man Myth Legend: Biggie Smallsfavrappers111

And yet another top ten rapper from new york. Damn

still.. Biggie = 10/10

I’m wit whatever – Biggie ft. Lil Wayne&JimJones

4. Immortal Technique

What a story. What a rapper. Felipe Andres Coronel aka Immortal Technique was born in Lima, Peru and raised in HarlemNew York, where he first started his rapping career on the underground battle-rapping circuits. After developing an aggressive but politically intelligent style, he began writing lyrics. Most of his lyrics focus on political issues. The views expressed in his lyrics are largely a mixture of commentary on issues such as politicspovertyreligionsocial class and racism. His style is so perfectly on point, his voice was made for rapping, and his producers/beat-makers got their shit on lockdown. Also gets the bonus points for being one of the most successful foreign-born underground artists ever, and for teaching me spanish from listening to his songs (though few are entirely in Spanish..)favrappers8


OK this is just getting ridiculous, my top 4 fav. rappers are from NY. Better believe I’m changing this list tomorrow..


immortal1Revolutionary Vol I:


No Mercy

The Prophecy

Dance With The Devil
immortal-techRevolutionary Vol II:
Industrial Revolution
Peruvian Cocaine
Point of No Return

5. Slug (aka lead vocals Atmosphere)atmosphere1

Amazing rapper – and he’s from Minnesota. That’s a rare combination. Sean Daley aka Slug aka Atmosphere combines sometimes heart-wrenchingly personal content, with political statements and even humorous or cynical takes on popular culture with master lyricism/deep poetic skill.

“Nobody sees tears when your standing in the storm” – Slug.atmosphere3

Also, Atmosphere puts on an awesome live show – their guitarist is amazing.

Sean Daley, (born on September 71972) better known by his stage name Slug, is a rapper fromMinneapolis, Minnesota. Slug is best known as one half of the hip hop group Atmosphere, which he founded with Derek Turner (Spawn). He is also one of the founders of the Minnesota Hip Hop record label Rhymesayers Entertainment.

atmosphere2Happy face sad clown.  Rock on Atmosphere. 9.5/10

The son of Valerie and Craig Daley, Slug’s nickname comes from his father’s; his dad was known to his friends as “Sluggo” and thus they began to call Sean “little Sluggo,” which he shortened to “Slug.” Slug was a member of a loose group known as The Rhymesayers Collective prior to the formation of Atmosphere. Its other members were Stress (Siddiq Ali) and Spawn (Derek Turner). Slug DJ’d behind the scenes and let Stress and Spawn handle lyrics. Later calling themselves Urban Atmosphere and garnering some underground notoriety, the group eventually formed a strong relationship with Ant (Anthony Davis) and began collaborating on music. Along with MC Musab (then Beyond), rapper Mr. Gene Poole, and the Abstract Pack they formed the mid-Nineties crew Headshots, with Slug appearing on the underground tape series HeadShots. Every HeadShots volume allowed a member of the clique to showcase their talent, and HeadShots Vol. Seven was Slug’s tour de force.

Another notable project of Slug’s is Felt, a collaboration with his friend, another underground rapper, MURS. Other projects he has been a part of include The Dynospectrum, in which he was known as “Sept Sev Seven Two”, and Deep Puddle Dynamics. He is a member of a loose collective known as The Orphanage, along with Aesop RockSage FrancisEyedea, Blueprint, and Illogic.

In 2005, Slug and MURS started up Women Records, a record label through which they would release the albums of rock bands that they were friends with. The label was set up as an imprint through Rhymesayers Entertainment.

Lyrical themes

The most prominently recurring theme in Slug’s music is a woman whom he refers to as Lucy. He named an EP Lucy Ford after her and mentions her on almost every Atmosphere album, a notable song being Fuck You Lucy. Slug has stated that whilst Lucy was originally used to write about his on-off girlfriend and mother to his son, Lucy has evolved past this to be a device to write about women in general and even disguise political statements. Slug is also to have said that Lucy also is sometimes symbolised as hip-hop itself.atmosphere4

Slug was born in Minneapolis, Minnesota. His father is of African American and Native American descent, and his mother is White American.

“I will show you all you need to know you, must hold onto anyone that wants you, and I will love you through simple and the struggle, but girl you gotta understand the modern man must hustle..”

“Sometimes you gotta give in to win” – Slug

5. Sage Francis

Sage Francis’ style blends a varying tone and delivery with subject matter that focuses on intricate sequences of widely varying imagery, metaphors, puns,absurdisms, word play, and features phonetic mix-ups and rhetorical excursions, and pop culture references, while including touchstones of traditional hip hop such as storytelling and self-promotion.

Francis is the owner/CEO of the independent hip-hop record label Strange Famous Records. Gotta respekt a (somewhat) fat white rapper who owns his own independent label and has seen major underground success. From Miami Florida… 9/10


“They run in place, and they call it the human race, losin’ pace with that stupid look on their face, shootin’ blanks..”

sagefrancis3sagefrancis4gotta respekt the beard of truth.

Makeshift Patriot – Sage Francis

Jah Didn’t Kill Johnny

“It’s not that what we’re doin’ is wrong. Let’s try and keep this here secret between me, you, and this song. Menage a trois that sings to me, sinfully, and God plays along..”  – Sage Francis

Crumble – Sage Francis

6. Brother Ali 9/10

A devoted man of god. A loving father. A poet. A damn good rapper. 5 stars.


“I’ma be alright, you ain’t gotta be my friend tonight. I’ma be okay, you’d probly bore me anyway” – Brother Ali


Also best live show I’ve ever seen put on. The guy doesn’t lie that you’ll see his blood and sweat on the back of the ticket stub from his show – this guy’s got more heart and belief and faith than any other rapper alive, hands down. His lyrics often center around living a good life, love for his son, being a man of god, independent and self motivated – gotta respect the guy cuz he doesnt have to cuss, look hip hop (the guy is freakin albino for god’s sake), or anything else, and he doesn’t preach while still having more positive messages for society and culture than any other rapper I’ve heard. He is widely considered one of the best lyricists alive. Little known fact, half of the lyrics from your favorite rapper on the radio came from him as he makes half his money from ghost-writing for others and selling his writtens to other all the other people who can’t do it themselves. Ya, he’s that good.

Recently the fine folks over at Hip Hop DX sat down with the man himself for an interview, and to be quite frank it’s one of the best in depth and personal interviews I’ve read in a long time. There are a lot of issues that I never knew about that he discusses in this interview.

The interview starts out with Ali’s views on his fellow peer and mentorKRS-One’s feelings about Barack Obama. He also sounds off on how Verizon wouldn’t let him tour with Gym Class Heroes because of his “Uncle Sam Goddamn” video. A truly devoted hip hop idol. I also had no idea that the Department of Homeland Security froze the Rhymesayers bank account when Ali was overseas in Australia. HA! Typical.  It’s funny that Ali really isn’t that political of a rapper – he certainly pales in comparison to immortal technique – but even he agrees that he has been getting the Chuck D

One of my favorite rappers, who else can start out a song (one of my favorite songs too) with.. “Depending on the day and depending on what I ate, I’m anywhere from 20 to 35 pounds overweight”.


Fuckin’ classic man. I love this dude (hetero..)

Uncle Sam Goddamm
Chippie Bun Club – Brother Ali ft. Mister Dibbs
Three Day Journeyali3

“I’m fishin’ for those that can listen to this religion..”

7. Andre Nickatina 9/10


But in all seriousness, Andre’s lesser known work is actually fantastic, and the guy is one helluva rapper.  Also from the BAY. first west coaster to crack the top ten. REPRESENT. If you don’t believe the cat’s got skill, see Jungle, Saw A Gangsta Cry, Conversation with a Devil, Train With No Love (one of the deepest and most heart-felt autobiographical raps I’ve ever heard, similar to Dance with the Devil by Immortal Technique), Smoke Dope n Rap. Then try and tell me he shouldn’t be in the top ten.

Andre-Nickatina-And-Equipto_stM04LTCCDQx_fullAlso, puts on a wicked awesome show.

Andre Adams, better known by his stage name Andre Nickatina, is an American rapper from San Francisco, California. He previously performed under the stage name Dre Dog.Andre_Nickatina

“I thank back when I was drug free care free, but that was long ago, kinda like a memory”andre1

Adams released two albums under the stage name Dre Dog: The New Jim Jones in 1993 and I Hate You With a Passion in 1995. I Hate You With a Passion peaked at #79 on the Billboard Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums chart and #3 on the Billboard Heatseekers chart. In 1998, Adams changed his then current stage name to Andre Nickatina, and released the albums Cocaine Raps and Raven in My Eyes, which were released independently under Dogday Records.[2] Unlike his albums released under the name Dre Dog, Cocaine Raps had deeper production values. Raven in My Eyes was noted for emphasizing “sequencers and keyboards that buzz and whine” over live instrumentation, as reviewed by Todd S. Inoue of the news magazine Metroactive.[3] That year, he founded his own record label, Fillmoe Coleman.[4] Nickatina explained in an interview with Strivin magazine that his name change was “for the better” and that he raps because he feels that he is talented enough to do so but not for the sake of popularity.andre3

Soon afterwards, his following three albums, Tears of a Clown (1999), Daiquiri Factory: Cocaine Raps, Vol. 2 and These R the Tales (both 2000) made him more well-known in the West Coast underground rap scene. Mosi Reeves of the San Francisco Bay Guardian noted Nickatina’s popularity at a CD release party for another underground Bay Area rapper, Smoov-E; Reeves called Nickatina “a quick-witted rapper who spits as hard as Kurupt does”. A combo CD/movie project, Conversation with a Devil, followed in 2003. Charlie Amter, a music critic for SF Weekly, regarded the film as a knockoff of the classic gangster movie Scarface. Nate Denver for the SF Bay Guardian praised the album, though. Another album, The Gift followed in 2005, when the newspaper SF Weekly named Nickatina the “Best Local Hip Hop Legend” of that year. In 2008, he released A Tale of Two Andres with Mac Dre. Although they released only two songs together, they were close friends and the album was a tribute to his memory.

Off Dat CheweyKilla Whale, or Caught In a Verse are amongst his best works.

8.  Nas

AMAZINGnas1Heralded instantly as one of New York’s leading rap voices, Nas expressed an outspoken, self-empowered swagger that rallied the streets of his city and elsewhere. The self-appointed King of New York battled numerous adversaries for his position atop the epicenter of East Coast rap, none more noteworthy than Jay-Z, who vied with Nas for the vacated throne left in the wake of the Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 assassination. Such headline-worthy drama informed Nas’ provocative rhymes, which he delivered with both a masterful flow and a wise perspective over breathtaking beats by amazing producers: legends like DJ Premier, Large Professor, and Pete Rock; hitmakers like Trackmasters, Timbaland, and Dr. Dre; street favorites like Swizz Beatz, Megahertz, and the Alchemist; and personal favorites of his own like L.E.S., Salaam Remi, and Chucky Thompson.nas2

Born Nasir Jones, son of jazz musician Olu Dara, Nas dropped out of school in the eighth grade, trading classrooms for the streets of the rough Queensbridge projects. Eventually he gained notoriety after signing with Colombia Records and putting out the instant classic “Illmatic”. His career has been a roller-coaster ride of ups and downs, and many say his career declined after 2001, due to his mother’s cancer and his separation from his woman. However, for one of the most masterful styles of all-time, combined with his content-based, provocative, often political rhymes, delivered with style and swagger, we gotta give Nas top-ten status.nas

Hip Hop is Dead


Gangsta Tears


New York State of Mind II

Black Republicans (ft. Jay-Z)

One Mic

Yet another top ten rapper from NY..


9. Murs 9/10

Subtle, often overlooked, but personally I think this is the most underrated rapper in the world. His style on cue, he’s worked several times with Slug (see 3:16) and his rapping style is deep. Ain’t nobody out there that can sum up the American Dream (nightmare?) with more painful attention to detail than Murs (see God’s Work)

“I work hard. God damn hard. To keep this roof over my head and pay off these credit cards. I work hard. God damn hard. So I can pay off all my debt and get a house with a yard. I work hard. God damn hard. So I can wile out every weekend and buy drinks at the bar.” – Murs


“Best to ever do it, best that ever did it, Murs is better than your favorite rapper, ADMIT IT” – Murs (with the line that made him famous, if you didn’t know..)

10. Mos Def

– amazing lyricist, good content, great resume, can freestyle and just all around great rapper.

For his work with Urban-Thermodynamics, Black Star (w/ Talib Kweli) and his solo work, gotta give #10 to Mos Def


Best song:     Mathematics

Ms. Fat Booty

Hip Hop ft. Talib Kweli

Hater Players – Blackstar

Astronomy – Blackstar

Other rappers close to top ten:

11. Cage: another member of The Weathermen, along with Aesop Rock. Truly underrated rapper, spent half his life in mental institutions, but he has some of the most jaw-dropping lyrics I’ve ever heard, a truly distinct style, and the guy gets points for being the only Asian to even come close to making the list. I originally had him at 9, but dropped him down for mos def and Nas. Sick rapper, and when he’s sober enough to go on tour, I’m gonna see him.

Other notables (aka 11-20)

12. Dr. Dre

Many may disagree, but I graded on a basis of pure vocal skills first, their production value second. Dre is a great producer, and a pretty talented gangsta rapper, but gangsta rap has its limitations. However his style has developed since his early days with NWA and his beats have gotten cleaner as well, staying up with the times. He still has got to be near a top ten. Snoop Dogg and 2Pac in this same category.

(gonna spare you songs off the album “Chronic 2001” as almost every track is fantastic and it has been overplayed more than any other CD in existence)


Nuthin’ But a G-Thang

The Showdown (ft. Eminem)

Mac Mall & Mac Dre – similar to Andre Nickatina, but also different. Both have unique and interesting styles, but I could only choose one from the same wave of rappers from the Bay and I just had to go with my man Nickatina. I’d recommend reading further down and grabbin’ some tunes by these two as well though.

Other top-ten contenders: Common, Scarface, Jay-Z, KRS-One, Cannibus, Blue Scholar members, De La Soul members, Guilty Simpson, P.O.S., Anyone from Wu-Tang but especially GZA&Method Man, you gotta hear Breeze Brewin from the juggaknots to believe it (also one of the best freestylers ever hands down),  Fatlip&other members of the Pharcyde.. Chuck-D, Del the Funky Homosapien, and Big Daddy Kane. It was truly a painful list to make, cuz for every spot I gave up, there were 5 other rappers that could easily be there in anyone else’s list or at any other time in my life. Hope you found it interesting though, I’ve gotten overwhelmingly good responses so far.

Cookies for reading this far…

A Few snippets of my (extensive) Biggie collection:

Wake Up and Nobody – Biggie ft. Korn

I’m wit whatever – Biggie ft. Lil Wayne&JimJones

Living In Pain – Notorious BIG & Nas, 2Pac, Nas, MaryJBlige

Beef – Biggie & Mobb Deep

Hustler’s Story – Biggie ft. Akon, Scarface, Big Gee

Hold Ya Head – Notorious BIG & Bob Marley

Off “Born Again”

Niggas – Notorious B.I.G.

Let Me Get Down ft. Craig Mack, G-Dep & Missy Elliot – Biggie

Off “Life After Death”

Hypnotize  ft. Pamerla Long & Diddy

What’s Beef – ft. Diddy

Mo Money Mo Problems – ft. Diddy, Mase&Kelly Price

Off “Ready To Die”


Ready To Die

Everyday Struggle

Big Poppa

One More Chance

scroll down to the “check it..” post for other songs by these and my other favorite artists

a relevant post/reply from Sallam Said (also holdin down the music scene at CMC)…

top ten most dynamic musical duos in Hip Hop either battle or on a team in studio.
1. Method Man and Red MAn (team)
2. Ghostface and Raekwon
3. Phife and jarobi
4. Krs One and Buckshot
5. Jay Lib and Madlib
6. BlackMilk and Guilty simpson
7. Beastie Boys
8. RUn Dmc
9. Eric B and Rakim
10. Guru and Primo

honorable mentions la soul
3. MF Doom and MF GRIMM
4. DRE and Snoop
5. Jay-z v.s. Nas
6 .Biggie Vs Tupac
7. Mos def and talib Kweli
8. Oukast
9. Grand master Flash and the furious five
10. Slug and MURS

complements of Sallam Said:

note: favorite rappers list excluded groups, but I probably will do a favorite rap groups list later, stay posted ***VR***


the best DJ of all time?

29 06 2009


maybe he is maybe he isn’t. but for sake of his creativity, technical skill, and devotion to the art, we’ll put CUT CHEMIST definitely in the top five
(I can never decide, and indifference is easy)
Also, he has acted as an inspiration to a nation up and coming hip-hop dj’s for pioneering a truly unique and wicked cutthroat awesome style without a badass hip hop image or big label distribution or anything.. Just beats, a heavy jazz, funk, and soul influence, and more beats. 5/5
from Live At The Future Primitive Sound Session
Open/Close – Cut Chemist meets Shortkutcut-chemist
Tiny Bells – Cut Chemist meets Shortkut
No Mistakes in this Number (remix) – Cut Chemist meets Shortkut
King Kumoniwanaleia – Cut Chemist meets Shortkut
Right On The Rightcutchemist2
Slow Fresh – Cut Chemist meets Shortkut
(My 1st) Big Break – Cut Chemist (Off Audiences’ Listening)

this was some of his earlier work..
in fact I think it was his first studio album..
Also on this CD “The Garden”

Another great CD by cutting

chemist, an instant classic:
CuttinClass – CC_logo_medium_twit_bigger
Wah Wah Man
The Emporer
Gotta Learn How To Dance
Funky Bull
Last Minute
Son Of A Preacher Man
Root Down

a good friend of cut chemist:

cutchemist and dj shadow
DJ Shadow.. 4.5/5

“Pre-emtive Strike”
Dolphin’s Were Monkeys – DJ Shadow
Six Days The Remix ft. Mos Def – DJ Shadow
What does your soul look like? pt. 2 – Dj Shadow
Organ Donor – DJ Shadow
and once, the two infused…at which point the universe glitched into perfectly repeating 4-counts..This was recorded on a two-track CD, titled “Brainfreeze”. This is one of my favorites in my collection, I suggest you go out and buy it right away (ha).. or obtain it however you will, that’s on your conscience bittorent users! Album – “Brainfreeze” 5/5

cut chemist & dj shadow

cut chemist & dj shadow

…ouch my ears hurt

**VR is working on his DJing/turntable skills and with idols like these, he may just have a chance… Stay posted**

Reasons not to trust…

22 06 2009

1. The pharmaceutical companies

…seeing as they have raised a generation of speed-freaks through their reliance on drugs to cure everything (adderol/ritalin?) oh and, no big deal or anything, but they KILLED MICHAEL JACKSON… Yup, true story. Whether you liked him or not, that’s a pretty sorry way to go and I feel there is no justice whatsoever in what occurred – then again, same thing happened to George Washington, and now, almost two-and-a-half decades later, it is still occurring on a regular basis – welcome to America!

Also, A CURE FOR DIABETES EXISTS! Say what again? A cure does exist!

And without drugs! But wait, as soon as the big drug companies found out, they got on their horse pronto and began censoring. This is why you haven’t heard of this. Big business and humanitarian concerns are never EVER one and the same.

What’s next the cure for cancer? One form already exists, and for all we know, many more could already have been found, but corporate sponsorship and lobbying could easily be keeping it from us.. But hey, while we all suffer, lets let the corporate pharmaceutical giants maximize profit’s right? Might as well give a few more bonuses to AIG executives while we’re at it!

HUMAN LIVES are not worth STOCK POINTS.. come on people!

2. The Government (for many reasons, this being one of them..)

Well.. your vote is already of minimal importance considering the size of the US populous, but at least you get to vote right? NOT IF YOUR VOTE ISN’T COUNTED! And this may easily have been the case… But that’s just routine politics now isn’t it?

ALSO… guess who’s peering over your shoulder? Good ol’ Uncle Sam!

The government is watching you! Find out the truth about facebook!

PS wipe your digital asses people!

This is VR urging you to stay informed, clear ur online image, and watch your back.

“Keep a low profile and a smile on your face…..but always watch your back cuz someone’s trying to take your place”

if you had to be stranded on an island…

17 06 2009

.. then you better hope it’s F$%#ING ENGLAND

I am currently stranded here, in South Kensington London to be exact, supposedly taking classes and doing an internship, although so far I’ve really only managed to club ALOT, drink a lot, and intermittently take enough tylonel the next morning to make it to class. It’s pretty expensive here, but life in london is so fast paced and so packed that there are always amazing things to do within blocks of where you are. Never a dull moment and never a night where their is “nothing to do”. I’ll have more to write on the subject later I’m sure, so stay posted..

Check out where I’m interning and tell me your not jealous..


I double dare you..

1. Urban Soul Orchestra

2. Nitin Sawhney

Sometimes people ask me why I don’t put lyrics in all my songs – why some are purely instrumental or chop up poetry..

Is this a good question? Does a song need vocals to be amazing?



– 2 More Dead

– Ghostwriter

Firesuite – The Doves


Loud Pipes

Ratatat (one of my favorite groups – innovative, creative, independent, put out their entire two volume collection “RATATAT REMIXES online for free, TRUE musicians)

Wig14 – Odd Nosdam

Brazil – Deadmau5

Dedicated Instramental – MF DOOM & MF GRIMM

convinced you need a vocalist?

Favorite clubs (so far):
if you get homesick.. Sportscafe
O’Niels bar

Matter – at the O2 arena.. SICKKKK

most interesting things that have happened so far:

1. aside from LOTS and lots of late nights and raging hard, I manged to break my big toe nail completely in half playing rugby with a couple mates from the local college. Pounding strongbows and stellas took the pain away for a bit, but after the house guard saw me (RADD! – the man), he forced me to go to the hospital. Got to experience nationalized health care first hand, and I gotta tell you, you cant argue with FREE. thats a fact. And the hospital was very VERY entertaining, lots of alcohol-poisoned over-dressed club girls coming and leaving, and lots of dudes fresh out of barfights. First class entertainment..although they do make Americans wait an extra 5 hours, the doctors were pretty funny and did a pretty good job.. Its okay no worries, they gave me lots of painkillers and I’m already back on my feet.. 😉

2. going to western wales (beautiful coast, but reminds me a lot of Oregon coast, cuz its too cold to get in without a THICK wetsuit and some booties..) anyway, went to western wales to get in touch with my welsh blood, getting trashed on the trains the whole way there, which was SOO entertaining. Once we transferred onto the train from Swansea to Haverford (the portion of the trainride completely in Wales – crazy crazy people) we were completely pissed at this point and singing and dancing around with the locals, basically a party on a train. Arrived at preseli adventure club in Haverford west, and the next day went coasteering, basically cliff jumping, where we would swim out to sweet huge rocks, climb to the top of them, and then jump off.. seeing as i have background in rockclimbing, this was perfect for me. SUCH A RUSH! I don’t have a waterproof-camera but gonna try and get one for next time so i can get pictures.. also went kayaking which was wicked. gotta get me one of those. i skipped out on the coastal hike and caught up on sleep.. haha


me aside the lovely liz shovee.. this was a good song however so i was completely distracted :/

me with the beautiful birthday girls at mahikis.. great drinks! what a night..

me with the beautiful birthday girls at mahikis.. great drinks! what a night..

at fabric.. dancing til the am :)

at fabric.. dancing til the am 🙂

headin off to KoKo for propaganda.. great night!

headin off to KoKo for propaganda.. great night!

check it..

17 06 2009

clubbing song of the millenium..

***** ******** (owner of this blog)

anyone who knows me, or spends five minutes around me, figures this out..
Aesop Rock – def. in my top three favorite rappers, no question…
on Definitive Jux records for a while, an East Coast based label, they’ve got some amazing talent I’d recommend checkin em out..

Atmosphere (he’s on rhymesayer records so he’s still technically underground even though he is very famous.. Brother Ali is also under this label, they have quite a few good artists..)

“5 Left In the Clip” Weathermen & RJD2
Concerto In Ghetto Minor – Weathermen
CAGE (def jux)

Brother Ali (rhymesayer records):

My Favorite Mutiny – The Coup

Permission to Speak – Main Flow ft. 7L

F$#@ Soundcheck – Copywrite

Letter P – HBO Remix Saigon

Del The Funky Homosapien (aka Deltron, best known for rapping with the Gorrilaz on the track “Clint Eastwood” – food for thought: not many know this, he’s Ice Cube’s cousin)
Things You Can Do
Memory Loss
Little known fact, but true nonetheless, where I come from we can boast some pretty amazing underground rap artists from the P-town scene to Seattle, see North by Northwest.

Portland&Seattle and others section..
Sandpeople (from Portland, OR, represent..):

Beautiful Day – Living Proof
Blue Scholars:

Boom Bap Project

Back to the East Coast, with the metal face master from Brooklyn
MF DOOM aka Metal Face Doom aka Viktor Vaughn definitely in my top three rappers..

The Meaning – The High&Mighty
Chicken Soup – Genelec & Memphis Reigns
Big fan of California-Based Rappers
(alot of these rappers you’ve probably heard of, but some of their dopest cuts are their underground stuff..)
Cali Agents:

  • The Science
  • Fire&Ice
  • Baby Girl
  • Neva Forget

Players Club – Mac Dre & Too $hort
Players Holiday – Too $hort & Easy-E
Andre Nickatina

  • Jungle
  • Ayo
  • Conversation with a Devil
  • Train With No Love
  • SmOkE DoPe, N’ RaP
  • Killa Whale
  • Dice of Life
  • Caught In a Verse
  • Off Dat Chewey (acapella.. sick..)

Mac Mall
– My Opinion
– It’s All Good
Mac Dre

  • F%$# FRIENDS
  • I Need
  • Livin’ it ft. Andre Nickatina

Off “Da US Open”

  • Murda I Wrote – Mac Dre & Mac Mall
  • Da US Open – Mac Dre & Mac Mall

All The Way Back – Keak da Sneak
Never Falling Down/Nothing Less – Living Legends
Tech N9NE:

  • Caribou Lou
  • Riot Maker
  • Yada Yada Yada

Life is Too Short – Too $hort
Mobb Deep:

Stressball – NoNeedz

Starlight (ft. Viro the Virus) – Snowgoons
Big Pun
-I’m Not A Player I Just F%$# Alot
-Die for my Niggaz

  • Patriots
  • Get Retarded
  • What’s Going On
  • Rip Rock
  • Liberal Arts (ft. Jedi Mind Tricks)

Wings of the Morning – Capleton ft. Method Man
Gangsta Rap Made Me Do It – Ice Cube


  • 18 W/ A Bullet
  • Badman
  • Got Damned?
  • God’s Work
  • Better than the Best

Sex Type Thang – The Juggaknots *best song ever recorded*

-On My Block
Devin The Dude:

  • Everyday
  • To Tha Extreme
  • Broccoli&Cheese
  • I Hope I Don’t Get Sick of This

-Right Where You Stand
-The Militia
-Above the Clouds
Jurrassic 5
-What’s Golden
-Work It Out
Geto Boys
-Damn It Feels Good To Be A Gangsta
-G Code
-Six Feet Deep
-Yes Yes Ya’ll
Kottonmouth Kings
A to G
Pete Rock:
Think Twice
Square One
Ain’t No Thang
Mind Over Matter
Wu-Tang Clan
A Tribe Called Quest
You should probably go ahead and devote an entire section of your music library to Immortal Technique right now…
Revolutionary Vol I:
No Mercy
Industrial Revolution
The Prophecy
Dance With The Devil
Revolutionary Vol II:
Peruvian Cocaine
Point of No Return
Leaving the Past
Third World:
Hollywood Driveby
BadBoys – Immortal over Diddy
Silly Puddy (ft. The Grouch) – Zion I
Jedi Mind Tricks
that’s not my whole library, by any means, but that should give you an idea of the kinda rap I listen to on the regular, and give you enough playlists so you can impress your friends with your knowledge of underground rappers..
Note: most of these artists and East Coast (def jux) and West coast (rhymesayers) but I don’t region discriminate…

“i’ll spare the messenger but i’ll kill the message” Sandpeople


14 06 2009

VoCaL REBELLION aka Rapzilla aka ***** ********


  • guitarist/vocalist/producer/student
  • 20 yrs. old
  • born year of the dragon – a scorpio
  • student at Claremont McKenna College, class of 2011
  • major(s) in Economics and Psychology
  • other interests include: journalism/management/marketing

I was raised in Portland Oregon, undoubtedly one of the greatest places in the world. I have played guitar for about 12 years, before that playing piano and other various instruments.
I was in a band in high school and have since found music to be one of the greatest passions and hobbies of my life – for me it serves so many purposes; a day without music is a wasted day.

MIDEA LANE under Hearts Toned Records

Liquid Love

Right Or Wrong

Never Judge

One Sun/

(Soul Creation)

Look it up on ITunes if your interested, its a flavorful mix of reggae, folk, hiphop, psychadelic, and funk. Sad story, the way we split up: our lead singer got a call from Jack Johnson’s agent saying he wanted us to come audition for him, and if he liked us live as much as he liked our record, he wanted us to open for Jack Johnson and G-Love on tour. Our lead singer (who goes to Berklee) declined however, see as he wanted to go to college first. Me, and other bandmates, felt that he should not have passed up on that once in a lifetime opportunity. To this day, I miss the chemistry we had, and the joy I got from making music with my friends. It was a great band.

As for my personal work, I play all the parts on my tracks and do all the production, except sometimes I feature friend poets or chop up spoken word poetry/speeches, which I do not claim to have written myself.

For reading this far, you get cookies:

No Time – Sound Providers

Black Hole Sun – Soundgarden

Home – Urban Soul Orchestra ft. Anna McDonald&Levani Vosasi

In The Aeroplane Over The Sea – Neutral Milk Hotel

Pearl Harbor Sucked and I Miss You

More later, keep reading 😉

I snowboard, surf, rock climb, and pretty much am unafraid. I love life and especially living it too the fullest – pushing it to the limit then forcing myself to take that next step.. That is where I am happiest.
climbing collage
I listen to a lot of music and am BY NO MEANS a normal person.. I am eccentric as hell, I operate based on passion first, logic second, and I think way too much for my own good. But I know how to have a good time and I am always looking for other like-minded people. I relax and procrastinate all day, work on songs and beats, and am always seeking a cliff to jump off of or a mountain to climb. I love challenges. Enjoy my site!

for finishing:

Warrior’s Dance – The Prodigy

Slick Talkin’ – The Weathermen ft. Breeze Brewin

Break The Law – Three-Six Mafia

She Came Along – Sharam


Mt. Hood Meadows/Timberline Lodge - who says Oregon has no good boarding?

Mt. Hood Meadows/Timberline Lodge - who says Oregon has no good boarding?




it’s what i do
it’s who i am
and at all times i enjoy it 🙂
i am just me, take it or leave it

Con Te Partiro – Andrea Bocelli

Black Nostaljack – Camp Lo

personal heroes..

12 06 2009

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