Feb 142013
 
cover---sugar

Sugar is the sequel to Love & Marriage, the first of my 90′s R&B mixtapes which you can download here. Sugar kicks things off right where that ended with a completely new selection of tunes from that crazy decade. Basically a one take mix with over sixty minutes of music this is the perfect mix to just kick back with a significant other over and enjoy the ride.

DOWNLOAD: LINK

Feb 082013
 
rmd-lo-510x840

It’s the Box That Rocks! Ralph McDaniels, founder of the seminal Video Music Box talks thirty years of history. Highlights include how Big Daddy Kane shot someone causing him to miss “The Symphony” video shoot, how we wasn’t fucking with Mr. Magic at first, gunplay at NaS’s “It Ain’t Hard To Tell” video shoot, running with a young and grimy Russell Simmons, allowing a young Jay-Z to play hype man for the Notorious B.I.G. and how really good he is in these streets. This is #RapHistoryMonth b. #Newmanati.

Another classic episode of the Combat Jack Show, you’ve already read the description so just know that I played a mean 50 Cent set to celebrate the tenth anniversary of GRODT and a Bob Marley set in honor of what would have been the great legend’s sixty eighth birthday. Get the downloads below.

DOWNLOAD: 50 Cent Mix

DOWNLOAD: Bob Marley Mix

Jan 112013
 
Bill-Russell-and-Red-Auerbach

“Can you count sucker?

 

Next month, Michael Jordan will turn 50 years old. Many consider him not only the greatest basketball player ever but the best athlete that ever lived. Unfortunately, the statements are not true because Jordan is not the greatest basketball player that ever lived.

 

Continue reading »

Jan 082013
 
good-music-vibe_0

 

In 2012, the crew/label that had the best campaign was Top Dawg Entertainment with their Black Hippy collective shining throughout the year. They started the year strong when Schoolboy Q’s independent album Habits & Contradictions was dropped, in the spring Ab-Soul released his independent album Control System, they signed a deal with Interscope Records, and it all culminated when Kendrick Lamar’s major label debut good kid, m.A.A.d city hit the stores and had the industry on lock. This year, the collective that should escalate to another level is Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music.

 

Continue reading »

Dec 192012
 
khaledtwo

everybody
This past weekend, one of hip-hop’s iconic albums had their 20th anniversary. That record is Dr. Dre’s debut album, The Chronic. It is arguably the most influential hip-hop album of all time because of several things it brought to the forefront.

The Chronic took gangster rap and smoothed it out for the mainstream, introduced Snoop Dogg to the masses, made live instruments just as important as samples, took sequencing and skits to another level, brought rap out of the crack era into the weed era and according to Public Enemy front man Chuck D, it also introduced the idea of having multiple features on an album.

Continue reading »

Dec 172012
 

On December 12, rapper/pastor Ma$e announced on MTV’s RapFix Live that Bad Boy boss Diddy finally let him out of his contract after being on the label for 16 years. He also claimed that if he would sign to an artist the only two would be Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint or to Drake who recently signed his OVO label to Warner Bros. Records. This is great news for the Harlem native but should fans be excited to hear a new album from the former Harlem World general?

To me, Ma$e will always be on my radar due to he was on the first rap song I remember hearing on the radio when the “Been Around the World (Remix)” was released in 1998 (I was seven years old at the time).

Continue reading »

Dec 142012
 
dm_110920_vanpeltmailbag

As a fan and purveyor of this culture for nearly all of my life, it has always been evident that sports and the competitive culture we call Hip Hop go together like bread and butter. And with the growth of social media, along with television titans like ESPN, NBC Sports, TNT, etc, there are now a multitude of outlets to find out who won what game and why virtually 24/7 nowadays. But even though knowing the end results are the ultimate goal, I doubt I’m alone when I say I like a little personality to add with my daily helping of sports info/verbiage. Here is a Top 10 list (#5-#1) of the dopest sports personalities in the game RIGHT now (sorry Bob Costas, John Madden, and the like).

Continue reading »