Jay-Z & Kanye West – N*ggas In Paris (live)

I got a chance to see one of my most anticipated tours recently when The Throne touched down in San Jose for one night. The concert was groundbreaking in that Jay and Kanye separated themselves from hip-hop act or MCs to full-on performers. This concert from production, setlist, staging, and confidence was at the level of U2, Coldplay, or The Who. Much like on the album, Jay was the more reserved elder statesman when compared to the emotional, relationship-driven Kanye on stage. What did strike me though was that although Jay has more classics and icon in the game, it was clear that Kanye was more popular and who the crowd came to see/enjoy.

The vid above is of them ending the night with the anthemic “N*ggas in Paris”. Unlike LA’s 10 times in a row, we only heard it 3 times.

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Posted on December 16th, 2011

Inspired by Paris

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Posted on September 8th, 2011

The Throne – “Otis” (video)

Game is over. Viva Mexico. Shout out to Aziz Ansari.

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Posted on August 11th, 2011

Watch The Throne – Mini documentary

A leaked 10 min documentary on Kayne and Jay’s behind the scenes workings of their album, “Watch The Throne”. Blessed to see these guys in work mode. Thanks to Riq for sending me the link.

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Posted on July 29th, 2011

Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis


This song is a monster for me. Compared to their past works, its not their best or even classic. But, what I feel makes it different than the rest is that it captures the essence of Ye & Jigga’s posturing.  This is what Biggie could do on Gimme The Loot, Nas on One Mic. The soul sample is simple but effective in my eyes. No real drums just a sample flip with lyrics and timing to punctuate the flurry of one-liners.  I’ve listened to this like 23 times already, no exaggerating.  I did the same with Exhibit C when it came out.  Like Exhibit C wasn’t Jay Electronica’s best work, this song too has come at a point in the hip-op climate where the timing just works.  Hope you like it, if not, for a good opinion and don’t hate. (Link  from TSS)


Jay-Z & Kanye West – Otis



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Posted on July 21st, 2011

DJ Franchise X Moxsie.com – Muse Music (mix)


I teamed up with one of the leading sites for independent fashion, Moxsie.com, to give you a mix to salute to the women of style who make our lives inspirational. Partnering with Moxsie for this mix was an easy decision: we both have forward-thinking fanbases, we appreciate the eclectic individuality of great style, and we both support the independent spirit/hustle of world-class talent. “Muse Music” is a soundtrack for you to appreciate the women who inspire you and give your style a chance to break from the norm. Enjoy! Props to AMART for the support.  Tracklisting after the jump.


Muse Music by DJ Franchise (KTL)


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Posted on April 12th, 2011

Just Blaze talks Rebel Base

Just Blaze, who you should know ran then closed down the famous Bassline studios last year, talks about his new home at Rebel Base/Stadium Red, the set-up and new found enjoyment of making music again. I always enjoy Just Blaze’s interviews. He’s got the right dose of hip-hop nerdry with experience to some of the greatest moments of recent hip-hop. Plus, he doesn’t care what you think which always a bonus. Part 2 is after the jump, where he opens with an ODB song on piano. (source)
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Posted on March 8th, 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

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

DJ Franchise – The ReIntro (Part 1)

Growing up in the Golden Era of Hip-Hop, I was privy (some say luckily spoiled) to some of the most consistent output of great music of our culture.  This experience has led myself and others in my age range to look down on the music produced by current hip-hop artists. Its easy to hate when you hear the radio, watch MTV, and the level of mediocre songs constantly blogged about on the internets.  But, those that do their proper e-digging and visit to indie concerts, know that hip-hop is prospering.  So, I give to you, my fellow hip-hop heads, The ReIntro – a sample platter of some of my most recent likings of established artists, burgeoning mcs, and underground producers.  This is ReIntroduction to hip-hop, who we once loved, broke up with, grew to appreciate, and now back to date but not ready to marry (word to Sake1).  Part 2 will be released on 12/10/10. Tracklisting after the jump.

The ReIntro Part 1 – Download


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Posted on November 24th, 2010