Jay-Z – Glory feat B.I.C.



Jay-Z and Beyonce had their daughter, Blue Ivy, on January 7th.  Also, Just Blaze’s birthday – FYI.  On Monday, the proud dad made a song to commemorate the birth of his daughter.  Read his words:


“Life just got REALLY good.

Hello Hello Baby Blue!

We are happy to announce the arrival of our beautiful daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, born on Saturday, January 7, 2012.

Her birth was emotional and extremely peaceful, we are in heaven.

She was delivered naturally at a healthy 7 lbs and it was the best experience of both of our lives.

We are thankful to everyone for all your prayers, well wishes, love and support.”


Shout out to all the Dad’s of daughters who truly understand this song.


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Posted on January 10th, 2012

Happy 38th Birthday, Hip-Hop!



In case you didn’t know, hip-hop turned 38 today.  Salute to Kool Herc. Now go do something to promote the culture.

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Posted on August 11th, 2011

Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra


Anyone that is complaining about hip-hop/soul/r&b music sucking nowadays, either only listens to the radio or just doesn’t consider me a friend.  Man, so much solid music is out there. It may not be classic or “illmatic” levels, but appreciate that the quality work is out there.  Every girl you date has to be Alba-status, just make sure the one you love is, nahmena (c) Ghostface. So, enjoy this music on the strength of my recommendation.  If you want to do research, read this.


Frank Ocean – Nostalgia, Ultra

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Posted on April 1st, 2011

JGILLA’s “Gonuts”

JGILLA, a close friend of mine & contributor to Know The Ledge, shares his thoughts on Dilla’s “Donuts” in this “Kanye-era”.  Much like Donuts, this is thought-provoking and not digestible on the first run through.  I can see readers being turned off by the length of the editorial, in the same way, hip-hop heads were cynical when they knew Donuts had no guest appearances or MCs.  However, like those that persevered and took the time to evaluate the music of Dilla, our readers too will be rewarded with insight and thought-provoked opinion after reading this.  This is not for the simple-minded.   JGILLA, I hope you got as much satisfaction writing this, as we will reading this.  Salute!

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Posted on February 10th, 2011

5 Hip-Hop Myths Debunked

Dan Charnas, author of The Big Payback, create a series of webvids to promote his book. Pretty interesting trivia here. The Big Payback is a book I have but need to read after finishing Decoded. #smartenupnas

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Posted on January 28th, 2011

DJ Franchise – Megapost


As a prep for a round of out-of-town gigs in 2011 (SoCal in Feb, NY in April, & Chicago in June), I thought I would send you a post of some of my recent mixes that you may or may not have heard.  Feel free to listen, enjoy, and/or criticze.  I have a few more mixes in the incubator that will be released in 2011.  So keep a look out!

Thanks for all the support and whenever at one of my gigs, please come up and say hi.  I only smell like Lemons half the time.  OH! #plugtime.  I spin at Sugar Lounge every Saturday night in San Francisco.  Great dance party.  And, I am always interested in collaboing with other DJs.

Know The Ledge 3 Year Anniversary Mix

The ReIntro Part 2

The ReIntro Part 1

PST LIVE! – Live Set July 2010

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Posted on January 24th, 2011

Hip Hop Is Read Presents: Samples of the Year 2010

Hip Hop is Read is one of my new favorite music blogs of the century, I haven’t posted about them because I wanted them all to my lonesome. Well they came out with this music collection and I think this is a good introduction to how awesome the blog is. Click more for the track listing and of course link to where to download this masterpiece.
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Posted on January 4th, 2011

Wild Style Instrumentals

Since the homie and hip-hop guru, Combat Jack, asked for it, I thought I would share this little collection of Wild Style instrumentals for all 45 of you that visit KTL.  (Yes, our numbers have dropped since I’ve been infrequent with the post the last few weeks. My bad.) Enjoy!

Wild Style – Instrumentals

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Posted on December 18th, 2010

Hip-Hop & The Roxy

Two cool vids describing the early introductions of hip-hop and punk music. Kool Lady Blue speaks about her role and the importance of the Roxy to both genres. Click here to see that vid. If anything, you need this to win at your hip-hop trivia night. Props to GG for the vids.

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Posted on December 14th, 2010

The ReIntro Part 2 – DJ Franchise

The ReIntro Part 2 ends my two-part mix for my fellow lovers of hip-hop who are hesitant to give the new generation of MCs, DJs, and producers an open ear (much less heart).  Like many of us who grew up on this culture, we’ve been scorned. We see the art being substituted for commerce. Our exclusive “club” of friends and associates who you recognized loved hip-hop because of the way they nodded their head is now accessible to your grandparents and other unrecognizables. My effort here is to let my circle of influencers, my 5%ers, know that the music we love is well and strong. The quality is now in the minority but the impact is no less effective.  While Part 1 focused on earning your respect and was a subtle, approachable blend; Part 2 pushes the listener to engage in the lyrics and beats like we did when we walked the streets with headphones or in our rooms with speakers on blast.  Partake!  Tracklisting after the jump.

The ReIntro Part 2 – DJ Franchise



The ReIntro Part 1 – DJ Franchise


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Posted on December 10th, 2010