Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Da'Lux Blaze - Turn the Lights On! (mixtape)

Princeton is full of such talented people across the artistic spectrum. Case in point: Denzel "Da'Lux Blaze" Cadet. Reppin the great class of 2010, Da'Lux has def earned the respect of me and all his peers by continuing to exercise his talent for emceeing in the name of God. I'll let him tell it:

Natural disasters. Broken families. Recession. Depression. Injustice. Abuse. Pain and suffering, both personal and global. These all add up to a dark situation indeed, and one doesn’t have to look far to be confronted by this darkness. The lines of many emcees clearly depict these circumstances in our world, but few offer us hope. However, in my debut mixtape, Turn the Lights On!, I add my voice to the mix, and aim to do just that.
Part autobiography, part journal, part social commentary, and part call to action, the project represents my heart in lyrical form. I hope to take the listener on an emotional and sonic journey back in time in my own life, through the darkness that currently engulfs our world, and finally towards the light at the end of the tunnel.
For the casual listener, it confronts problems of pain, suffering, injustice, and emptiness that anyone can easily recognize, and audaciously seeks to offer hope in midst of these dark circumstances.
For those who profess to be Christians, it encourages a second look at the brilliant, eye-opening grace of God as manifested through Jesus, and seeks to inspire a (re)new(ed) commitment to blaze brightly as lights for all who suffer physically, mentally, and spiritually.

Check out the mixtape. 17 tracks featuring production and vocals by other Princetonians including DJ D. Scott, Jeff Zhao, Maraiya Symone Hakeem, Aldwin Crooks, Tyrell Hall and Miriam Camara as well as other producers.
You can download the mixtape here:

Monday, October 25, 2010

Swizz Beatz – DJ Play The Beat f. Estelle

Ahh the deep 808s. Swizzy has been on a roll lately. This one recruits Estelle for some madness. When I heard this the vision was Adetola and Dania rockin. Shouts to LawnDawn.

Swizz Beatz – DJ Play The Beat f. Estelle

Props to 2dopeboys

Wiz Khalifa - In My Car ft. Juicy J

For the Taylors. I'll be bumpin this thru fall break.

Wiz Khalifa ft. Juicy J – In My Car (Tha Puff Bus)

Sunday, October 17, 2010

BET's Top 10 Rappers of the 21st Century

#10: Rick Ross
#9: Jadakiss
#8: Young Jeezy
#7: Drake
#6: Ludacris
#5: T.I
#4: 50 Cent
#3: Kanye West
#2: Lil Wayne
#1: Eminem

Now don't get me wrong I believe everyone on the list is hot but if you haven't been relevant for at least 5 years you can't make the cut. After talking to JI she cleared it up for me why everyone made the cut. And I agree it's kind of hard to replace the rappers on there who I didn't believe should have made the cut. But besides the fact that I think Drake and Rick Ross have been relevant for about 2 years the one person that should have been on this list was Lupe Fiasco.

Lupe dropped Food & Liquor in '06 and has undeniably been killing the game lyrically and delivery-wise. Honestly, I know that Lupe doesn't care much about what pop culture thinks, but I thought that BET would be the first to honor that.

As I've said before I believe in hip-hop, I believe it's coming back, and I agree with a significant portion of this list. But I think that this list is also omitting the rappers that have contributed to its growth. I don't think that you should have been able to put Jada, Drake, and Rick Ross in the same category, you either choose Gucci to round it out, or place Lupe and Fab in the mix to keep it moving. But if this is the current state of hip-hop, I'm still okay with that, we got more coming that may have BET take a second glance at that list.

the revolution will not be televised.

Check out more footage on as to why Jay-Z, Nas, & Snoop didn't make the cut.

Saturday, October 9, 2010

Child Rebel Soldiers - Don't Stop!

While Promoting his film for Runaway, Kanye let it be known the the Child Rebel Soldiers project (Kanye x Pharrell x Lupe) is still in effect. A man of his word, he followed through with this edition of Good Friday. The beat is ruckus and Ye snaps on it. Good Friday indeed!

Child Rebel Soldiers - Don't Stop!

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

Jay-Z X Warren Buffet

My My My how Hip Hop has grown. Jay said he wanted the cover of Forbes magazine and it appears he's about to get his wish. Hov sits down with Warren Buffet, one of the world's richest men and most powerful investors, for a 60 minute conversation. Hustle recognizes hustle.

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Waka Flaka Flame- Untitled, because I have no words

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I'm not sure what upsets me more. Waka Flaka Flame for coming onto 106 intoxicated (obviously) or 106 for putting him on the show?

I give 106 and BET the benefit of the doubt DOE! I believe that they try to show kids that rappers can be positive influences, outside of their music. Waka #failed DOE.

Saturday, August 28, 2010

KanYe West Feat. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & Bon Iver – “Monster”

You're gonna need this one.... naw but seriously though. The first installment of Kanye's twitter series is called monster and rightfully so. Wow @ the beat. Wow @ two dope verses from Ye and Jay. And WOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOW @ Nikki destroying the last half of this song.

KanYe West Feat. Jay-Z, Nicki Minaj, Rick Ross & Bon Iver – “Monster”