Public Enemy – Def Jam Tour (Live in 1987)

This is rare live footage on the Def Jam Tour in 1987 in LOndon. Do note, this after they released their debut “Yo! Bumrush the show”. How many groups had their act together like this after their first album?

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Posted on October 12th, 2011

Jay-Z on Juan Epstein

Jay-Z finally made it to Juan Epstein!  Props to Cipha Sounds for getting him on. Jay-Z is about town doing interviews for his new book, Decoded. He probably thought who buys books? Nerds.  Who listens to Juan Epstein? Nerds. BINGO! Let’s reach the target audience.  Jay seems very comfortable and really forthcoming with his answers.  Dope stories told.  Although my liking for Peter Rosenberg and his interview persona are waning, my true dislike for this interview is for the girl that pops up in the middle asking dumb questions to Jay.  Who let her in the room?  Its not as bad as NY Delight was on the Combat Jack show but man, talk about interrupting the flow of an interview. Anyways, Jay resolidified why he’s my favorite MC and has great stories to share about Biggie, Kane, Dilla and more.  Enjoy.  Got a bonus in the comments section.

Jay-Z_on_Juan_Epstein (November 15, 2010)

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Posted on November 16th, 2010

KTL 3 Year Anniversary Mix – 2010

Its been 3 years today. Wow. Time flies. What started as way for few brothers and friends to keep up to date on hip-hop and other topics we deemed cool, has turned into a lifestyle epicenter for thousands of people everyday. But over the years, its core has remained the same – a conversation between friends and family.  Thanks and props to AMART, DFLO, Weston, A.Flores and all the other extended KTL fam (JGILLA, Kamikaze Xavi, KG, etc.) for making this a highlight of mine and many others each day.  Feel free to peek from behind the digital curtain and say hello in the comments section.

As a thank you to everyone who has stopped by I made a mix to celebrate our 3rd birthday.  I’ve been working on it for a few months but got it finished and ready last week.  Like KTL, I kept the theme – positive, upbeat, and influential. With every mix, there’s a little piece of my sweat and alot of my soul.  So enjoy or destroy – whatever pleases you. Tracklisting after the jump.


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Posted on October 4th, 2010

Ice Cube – Food for Thought (BET)

Ice Cube joins Angie Martinez, Stephen A. Jackson, and Harry Allen for lunch in Harlem to discuss his career, goals, and views on record making. Although I consider BET pretty much a failure with their programming, the Food for Thoughts are rather insightful and less-formatted interviews. Stephen A. Jackson as an interviewer maintains BET’s dosage of wackness but Harry Allen (if you love Public Enemy, you know who he is) compensates for SAJ’s poor interviewing skills. Best quote: “Our buffoonery is gold”. The last 2 minutes are definitely worth watching the whole segment. Props to Mr. WorldPremiere.

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Posted on July 30th, 2010

Cipha Sounds’ 75 Tunnel Bangers

Get your mind out the gutter.

Now that  you’ve done that. Click on over to Complex’s site for a list of Cipha Sounds’ list of Tunnel Bangers.  Basically, its a list of classic anthems at NYC’s premiere hip-hop club in the late 90s. Many of us growing up on hip-hop at this time knew of the Tunnel on Sunday Nights because of its many mentions on songs and magazines.  In my opinion, it was what hip-hop clubs should be like: gritty, loud, dark, and non-radio joints.  Reading through the list I was happy to say I had 90% of the songs. Cipha adds some cool stories to songs that I don’t think I’ve ever read anywhere else.  Great info.

Cipha Sounds’ 75 Tunnel Bangers

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Posted on July 28th, 2010

Bill Adler speaks on Cey Adams

Bill Adler, a former executive of Def Jam in the 80s and 90s, speaks on Cey Adam’s key role in designing some of the labels most popular covers. I was really amazed on the number and of variety of covers he graced. Graphic Designers take note. Still one of my fav Def Jam covers is EPMD’s collabo with Bill Sienkiewicz. Google and learn. Spotted at one of my favorite new sites = Respect Mag.

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Posted on May 20th, 2010

Wu-Massacre Cover Art

How ill is this cover? Reminds of the superhero campaign that Def Jam did back in ’96.  All the info you need to know here.

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Posted on February 16th, 2010

The Wu-Massacre – Trailer 2

Other than Jay-Z’s Blue Magic promos, has there been a better video promo campaign than this Wu-Massacre project?

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Posted on November 5th, 2009

Stretch Armstrong – Interview w/ Gasface

Stretch Armstrong reminisces in this interview about the creation of the “Stretch and Bobbito Show” that was a platform and pivotal breaking point for many up and coming MCs. Its crazy to hear him talk about how many unsigned people came to his show just to be “put on”. Enjoy. Spotted at NR.

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Posted on November 2nd, 2009

Public Enemy – In Living Color Performance

PE, next to the Wu and Run DMC, is one the most important groups in hip-hop history. I know I am not going on any limb to true hip-hop heads but some people still don’t give PE their props. But props also go to In Living Color for not only finding Jennifer Lopez but always giving hip-hop its shine with dope performances at the end. This video even has a cool cameo in the beginning. Enjoy and reminisce. Plus, I apologize to Meaning of Dope. I’ve neglected your site for way too long. My bad, homies.

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Posted on October 14th, 2009