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   Sunday, October 23, 2005
Hip Hop Album Releases for Oct. 25

Odd week of releases, lots of stuff delayed till November. I was filling in titles I'd missed and discovered that two unlikely soundtracks are said to include hip hop tracks, The Chronicles of Narnia and Hot Wheels Acceleracers.

The following new releases are available from Amazon:

Breakestra - Hit the Floor
Chrome - Straight to the Pros
Fire Startrz - Fire Startrz
Rich Kid Ent. - Hood 2 Hood: Blockumentary [Soundtrack]
Savior - Power and Passion
Secret Society - Secret Society
SupremeEx & Tajai - Nuntype
Yukmouth - Million Dollar Mouth Piece

For more current releases, see Hip Hop Albums.




   Monday, October 17, 2005
Hip Hop Album Releases for Oct. 18

The following new releases are available from Amazon:

Afrika Bambaataa - Planet Rock - The Album (Reissue)
Afrika Bambaataa - Beware (The Funk Is Everywhere) (Reissue)
Big Tone - Drought
Black Rob - The Black Rob Report
Bun B - Trill
Krushadelic - Hyphadel
LongShot - Civil War, Pt. 2
Mac Mall - The Macuscripts, Vol. 4
Mad Dog - Dangerous
Mr. Shadow - Drama
Play N Skillz - The Process
P.R. Records - Chicano Thugz: The Best of Chicano Rap
Rev Run - Distortion
Scarface - The Product
Think Differently Music - Wu-Tang Meets The Indie Culture
Warlock Records - Next Level: Independence Day The Album

For more current releases, see Hip Hop Albums.




   Monday, October 10, 2005
Hip Hop Album Releases for Oct. 11

An absurdly slow week for hip hop releases. Maybe me and rap music are just off our game. Or perhaps it's that Mars retrograde I've been reading about.

The following new releases are available from Amazon:

The Circle of Tyrants - The Circle of Tyrants
Da Unda Dogg - Fattest Jamz, Vol. 2
Danger Doom - The Mouse and the Mask
J.T. Money - Undeniable
K-Rino - Worst Rapper Alive
Queen Boyz - Getcha Weight Up
Warren G - In the Mid-Nite Hour

For more current releases, see Hip Hop Albums.




   Saturday, October 08, 2005
Book Review: Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop by Tamara Palmer


Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop - book


Except for the cover, which suggest adventures in the Dirty South that are a bit different from those presented in the book, I found Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop a pretty solid look at some of the hip hop artists from the South that are catching the nation's attention.

Tamara Palmer interviewed and drew together additional material from other sources to give folks a look at a number of artists including Luther Campbell, 8Ball and MJG, Lil Jon, Ludacris, Jazze Pha, Bone Crusher, Ying Yang Twins, Cee-Lo, Chyna White, Stat Quo, Young Buck and Jacki-O.

There are a lot of great photos and the layout and overall design of Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop is quite nice. In fact, it strikes me that this book would be an excellent Christmas gift for Dirty South fans because it's a quality product in all respects, from the book design to the photos to the writing.

My favorite photo was of Jazze Pha eating a hot dog and it makes me think that some favorite Dirty South recipes would have rounded the whole thing out. Actually, it wouldn't surprise me if somebody's working on a Dirty South cookbook as we speak. If not, Tamara you oughta follow up!

While I dug finding out more about all these artists, I was particularly drawn to the interviews that connected me to new angles on the Dirty South phenomenon. The interview with Chyna White was particularly strong and I also got into finding out more about Too $hort's move to the South. The discussion of the influence of small clubs and strip joints in breaking records was also quite interesting and I should really do a little piece on that over at ProHipHop.

In addition to the articles and interviews, Palmer provides a directory of resources on the Dirty South and Southern hip hop including websites, collaborations, albums and radio stations. But as thorough as she is, she somehow overlooked NC Hip Hop Online, my very first project. However, I won't hold that against her since she mentioned both Hip Hop Logic and ProHipHop in a recent feature in the SF Weekly on Bay Area hip hop blogs.

You can find a bit more about Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop at the website of publisher Backbeat Books.

You can also find more of Tamara Palmer's writing on music at the SF Weekly.

Available from Amazon:
Tamara Palmer - Country Fried Soul: Adventures In Dirty South Hip-Hop.




Book Review: A Dream Come True by Michael T. Owens


a dream come true - book


When the phrase "hip hop fiction" get floated I usually imagine a novel that has a lot of sex and violence and very little to do with hip hop culture or rap music. But Michael T. Owens' recently released novel A Dream Come True is actually a hip hop novel about a young rap artist getting a break and the effects that moving with his best friend and girlfriend to LA to pursue his dreams has on all their lives.

A Dream Come True is light fiction, easy to read, meaningful without overdoing things. It might be described as a summer novel, something you might take to read at the beach, but it addresses issues that are serious enough that one might consider it for a discussion group, as the discussion group questions at the end of the book indicate. Actually, I thought it might be the perfect novel to turn into one of those afterschool specials (that they used to have, I'm not keeping up with programming for young folks these days) that address teen issues in a story that includes the realities of sex and drugs without glamorizing them.

The characters are believable and a nice reminder that not all high school graduates interested in show business view themselves as pimps and hos. In fact, the young folks portrayed in A Dream Come True are probably more true to life than the live fast, die young crowd portrayed in hip hop music videos, though I guess there are plenty of people trying to live that dream as well.

Overall, the novel is a bit moralistic for my tastes. I also find many of the secondary characters too cartoonish and cliched to be taken seriously, kind of like the bit players in a comedy that appear just for laughs. Nevertheless, I think many would appreciate the meaningful focus of this tale of black youth growing up in a complex world.

You can check out sample chapters for yourself at the website of author Michael T. Owens.

Available from Amazon:
Michael T. Owens - A Dream Come True.




   Wednesday, October 05, 2005
Guest Writers: Rahiem Shabazz, Maj Toure and You

Hip Hop Logic's most prolific guest writer has been Rahiem Shabazz who's contributed an autobiographical tale, Allow Me To Reintroduce Myself, as well as a series of reviews and interviews:
Review of Jim Jones' Harlem: Diary of a Summer
Review of C.L. Smooth's AMERICAN ME
Review of Mars Ill's Pro Pain
Interviews with Sleepy Brown and Rico

Hip Hop Logic has also been blessed this year with an editorial by Maj Toure entitled Make Music for the Solution--By Any Means Necessary!!.

If you've got something to say and the words to say it, consider being a guest writer at Hip Hop Logic and be in touch:
hiphoplogic(at)netweed(dot)com




   Monday, October 03, 2005
Wanted: Hip Hop Videos for Mobile Network

A note from Clyde, the proprietor of Hip Hop Logic and the "brains" behind netweed and ProHipHop.

ProHipHop is doing some video scouting for a mobile hip hop network that Mobile Lingo is considering launching in the next few months. Right now I'm just looking to hear from folks who have or are shooting hip hop music videos and would be interested in providing short clips, 1 to 1 1/2 minutes long, to be shown on cellphone. We're primarily interested in unsigned and independent artists as well as artists on small labels that would be interested in providing the clips for free. Obviously, the payoff would be in promotion and we are planning a related website to feature the best clips and information about the artists.

Our use would be nonexclusive, so you could do whatever else you want with the clips. However, currently we can't handle material involving violence, displays of weaponry, drug use, nudity or profanity. I know that may cause some difficulties but we're dealing with the major carriers and that creates a variety of limits. However, if you've shot a full length music video, you could do a special edit for the shorter clip that would meet those requirements.

If you have video posted online, please let me know. Otherwise, simply send me an email letting me know that you're interested and that you'd like to be updated as information becomes available. Also, if you have other ideas that you'd like me to pass along to Mobile Lingo, send those as well to:
mobile(at)prohiphop(dot)com

For now, please don't send any attachments but let me know what's up, ask any questions you have, etc. I'm kind of excited about this because I've mostly had to ignore requests to check out music and that kind of thing, so I'm glad to be involved with a project that should be helpful for artists as they build.




Hip Hop Album Releases for Oct. 4th

The following new releases are available from Amazon:

2K6 Basketball "The Tracks"
The Alchemist - 1st Infantry: Deluxe
Always Hustlin - Reekalation
Atmosphere - You Can't Imagine How Much Fun We're Having
Cesar Comanche - Squirrel & the Aces
C-Murder - The Best Of
Deuce Eclipse - The Radio Plantation
Ebony Eyez - 7 Day Cycle
Ghostface - Raw Footage
Ghostface & Trife - 718: Stapleton to Somalia
L.A. Symphony - Disappear Here
Legacy - The Impossible
Lil Coner - Balled Out, Pt. 3: Hard Hood Classics
Loose Cannon - Who Do U Think U R?
Lotek Hi-Fi - Mixed Blessings
Mac Mall - The Macuscripts, Vol. 3
Maspyke - Static
Mista Ian - On Everything I Luv, Vol. 1
Mr. Shadow - 17 Shots
Pastor Troy and Nino - Hood Hustlin: The Mix Tape, Vol. 2
Sean T - Ain't Playin
Silkk the Shocker - The Best Of
Snoop Dogg - The Best Of Snoop Dogg
Tragedy Khadafi - Thug Matrix
Trina - Glamorest Life
Tru - The Best Of
Tupac - Live at the House of Blues
Twista - The Day After
Various Artists - Tribute to Gorillaz

For more current releases, see Hip Hop Albums.




   Sunday, October 02, 2005
Hip Hop Album Releases for Sept. 27

I really hate getting behind but I'm always happy to get caught up. In addition to the Sept. 27th releases below, I added quite a few to the Sept. 20th releases at Hip Hop Albums as well as the usual updates and random additions to future releases. I'll have the Oct. 4th releases up by Tuesday, back on my regular schedule.

The following new releases are available from Amazon:

Bizzy Bone - Speaking In Tongues
Blackalicious - The Craft
B-Legit - Block Movement
Botany Boyz - Thought of Many Ways
Chamillionaire/OG Ron C - Summer 2k5
Cyne - Evolution Fight
Eightball & MJG - Ghettoville: The Soundtracks
Lil' Kim - The Naked Truth
Luni Coleone/Lunasicc - Luni Coleone vs. Lunasicc
Mack 10 - Hustla's Handbook
Maceo - Straight Out da Pot
Mike Jones/Lil Flip - Still Tippin' in Texas
Mr. Criminal - Sounds of Crime
Sean Paul - The Trinity
T-Bone - Bone-A-Fide
Three 6 Mafia - The Most Known Unknown
Three 6 Mafia - The Most Known Unknown (DualDisc)

For more current releases, see Hip Hop Albums.