Nas & Damian Marley – Distant Relatives

Earlier this week at a special forum in Washington, DC, the official release date for Distant Relatives was announced, March 16, 2010.  It isn’t often I anticipate hip hop albums anymore but I’ve been itching for this like a heroin addict for almost a year now.  The hype was increased after seeing them headline Rock the Bells at Jones Beach where they put on one hell of a show. If your sleeping on Damian Marley, wake up, there’s a reason Nas is getting up with him.  Check out his 2005 album, Welcome to Jamrock, it stays in rotation over here. 



December 17, 2009

Lil Wayne – Kush
Nas feat Snoop Dogg – Play on Playa
Timbaland feat Justin Timberlake – Carry Out
Foreigner – Cold as Ice
Timbaland feat Drake – Say Something
Chip Tha Ripper – Feel Good
Yelawolf feat Bun B – Good to Go
Lil Wayne – Prostitute Part 2 
Timbaland feat Bran’Nu – Meet in the Middle
Gun N Roses – If the World
Nas feat Kanye West – Still Dreaming
Young Jeezy – Don’t You Know
Snoop Dogg – Upside Down feat Nipsey Hussle and Problem
Timbaland – Tomorrow in the Bottle  feat Chad Kreoger and Sebastian

This is what I got in the headphones this weekend….to put it in yours CLICK HERE! ENJOY!



1. Intro feat. DJ Felli Fell
2. Carry Out feat. Justin Timberlake
3. Loosing Control feat. JoJo
4. Meet In The Middle feat. Brand’Nu
5. Say Something feat. Drake
6. Tomorrow In A Bottle feat. Chad Kroeger (of Nickelback) & Sebastian
7. We Belong To The Music feat. Miley Cyrus
8. After Dark feat. Nelly Furtado & SoShy
9. If We Meet Again feat. Katy Perry
10. Can You Feel It feat Sebastian
11. Ease Off The Liquor
12. Undertow feat. The Fray
13. Timothy feat. Jet
14. Long Way Down feat. Daughtry
15. Marching On feat. OneRepublic
16. The One I feat. Keri Hilson, Chris Brown, & D.O.E.
17. Symphony feat. Attitude & Bran’Nu

Hands down….MY FAVORITE ALBUM OF 2009. The production is ridiculous as always and Timbaland manages to bring a fresh new sound that is uncomparable to  what everyone else is trying to do.  A collaboration of artists from all different genres.  Genius, as always, my hats off to Timbaland. A few of my favorite tracks linked for download, but seriously, go buy this. Timbaland ‘s Shock Value II only racked up 39,411 in sales after seven days and is number 32 on the Billboard 200 chart. Shock Value, his second LP sold 139,000 in its first week of 2008 eventually going platinum. Hip hop continues it’s plot to murder itself. Note that it is number 5 on the Swiss charts and was just released in Brazil and Japan this week.

My vote: GO BUY THIS ALBUM! Available On itunes now.

Here is Rolling Stone’s 50 best songs of the decade, a few of my favorites downloadable, check it out…

Rolling Stone’s 50 Best Songs of the Decade

1. Gnarls Barkley “Crazy” 2006
2. Jay-Z “99 Problem” 2003
3. Beyonce feat Jay-Z “Crazy in Love” 2003
4. OutKast “Hey Ya” 2003
5. M.I.A. “Paper Planes” 2007

6. The White Stipes “Seven Nation Army” 2003
7. Yeah Yeah Yeahs “Maps” 2003
8. Amy Winehouse “Rehab” 2006
9. U2 “Beautiful Day” 2000
10. Eminem “Stan” 2000
11. MGMT “Time to Pretend” 2008
12. Eminem “Lose Yourself” 2002
13. 50 Cent “In Da Club” 2003
14. Missy Elliot “Get Ur Freak On” 2001
15. Johnny Cash “Hurt” 2002
16. The Strokes “Last Nite” 2001
17. Bob Dylan “Mississippi” 2001
18. Kelly Clarkson “Since U Been Gone” 2004
19. Kanye West “Jesus Walks” 2004
20. Justin Timberlake “Cry Me a River” 2002 
21. OutKast “B.O.B” 2000
22. Amerie “1 Thing” 2005
23. Rihanna “Umbrella” 2007
24. Radiohead “Everything in its Right Place” 2000
25. Missy Elliot “Work It” 2002
26. Coldplay “Clocks” 2003
27. The Postal Service “Such Great Heights” 2003
28. Randy Newman “A Few Words in Defense of Our Country” 2007
29. Kanye West “Gold Digger” 2005

30. R.Kelly “Ignition (Remix)” 2003
31. The Flaming  Lips “Do You Realize??” 2002
32. Franz Ferdinand “Take Me Out” 2004
33. Daft Punk “One More Time” 2001
34. Coldplay “Yellow” 2000
35. Bruce Springsteen “The Rising” 2002
36. U2 “Moment of Surrender” 2009
37. LCD Soundsystem “Losing My Edge” 2002
38. Gorillaz “Clint Eastwood” 2001
39. Modest Mouse “Float On” 2004
40. Kelis “Milkshake” 2003
41. LCD Soundsystem “All My Friends” 2007
42. Arcade Fire “Wake Up” 2004
43. The Roots “The Seed (2.0)” 2002
44. Britney Spears “Toxic” 2003
45. Kylie Minogue “Can’t Get You Out of My Head” 2001
46. MGMT “Kids” 2008
47. Green Day “American Idiot” 2004
48. The Killers “Mr. Brightside” 2004
49. The Walkmen “The Rat” 2004
50. Beyonce “Single Ladies (Put a Ring On it)” 2008

I was not extremely surprised to see that there were no Hip Hop tracks on this list that date later than 2005. Then, as I was looking at the 50 Best Albums of The Decade, the only two albums later than 2oo5 are Lil Wayne’s “The Carter III” at 32 and Kanye West’s “Graduation” at 45.  They aren’t wrong either, its been a depressing couple years for me in music…So my hope is that in the next decade, Hip Hop goes back to itself and less like the electronic revolution.  I hope Kanye gets back to making those unbelievable beats, and some new artists emerge that I listen to their songs without hitting the fast forward button.  We wont get into all that, but I  will say BRING ON THE 10’s….


“Shining” – Johnny Spanish prod. by CHOPS from Louisvilles Greatest on Vimeo.

Big dreams are nothing new for small town talent, but the means to make them a reality are often way out of reach, especially for aspiring musicians. Johnny Spanish is from Louisville, Kentucky, a city not necessarily revered for its emerging music scene and has been making it happen for himself to the tune of a knocking Chops backdrop for “Shining.” For the video, he tours some Kentucky monuments and sets the tone for his future as a pioneering Louisville slugger.

This post courtesy of Suite903