Posts Tagged ‘Crooked I’

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Bars! While fans await Slaughterhouse’s Just Blaze-produced third album, the lyrical foursome dropped a mixtape today out of nowhere. At a compact 10 songs, House Rules is still strong enough to pass as a retail album (and definitely better than their sophomore offering). Check the stream below and if you’re feeling it, download HERE.

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Wondering if Just Blaze executive-producing Slaughterhouse’s next album is a good idea? You can get your first impressions via this freestyle-themed joint off Tony Touch’s just-released The Piecemaker 3: Return of the 50 MCs. This probably won’t blow you away, but Blaze’s production has that extra thump in yhe bass lines that should be perfect for the group’s hard punchlines and flows. The Piecemaker 3 can be purchased HERE.

Some lineups you know from jump you’re going to get quality verses. The premise here is surviving the pitfalls of the rap game. Termanology focuses on metaphorically slaying emcees while Gibbs and Crooked juxtapose their perspectives against the dangers of the street. And of course, Statik Selektah’s piano-based sample sprinkled with squealing guitar chords in the chorus provides a nice backdrop. 1982’s sophomore album 2012 drops on May 22.


Slaughterhouse “The Illest”

Posted: October 13, 2011 by Ismael AbduSalaam in Music News
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“This is ain’t even a group/ Just one real nigga multiplied”

A Biggie vocal sample is always a win. Slaughterhouse is wisely continuing the wave from that Shady Cypher at the BET Hip-Hop Awards by debuting a new track earlier tonight on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show. Budden’s verse will probably catch your ear on the first few listens.



“And I don’t chuckle at the end of the punchline/ I punch you at the end of the punchline/ Fuck you!”

The above quote is all you need to read to get an idea of the lyrical abrasiveness on this remix to “Crooked Cop.” Copywrite has good energy here; you can feel his disgust at mainstream (read: radio) rappers that are lazy with the bars and focus on their “swag.” The bassline thump of Surock’s production will remind you of some of Dr. Dre’s Aftermath work, so Crooked has no issues nimbly flowing over a West Coast themed beat. There’s only one verse each, so this comes off more like a freestyle than an actual full-fledged remix or sequel. Still, it’s a decent joint that’ll fit in good on a mix CD. Copywrite’s latest album, The Life and Times of Peter Nelson, is available now through Man Bites Dog Records.



West Coast emcee Crooked I has requested an appearance on Funkmaster Flex’s radio show to discuss famous dj’s disparaing remarks on Tupac Shakur’s legacy.

Outside of the Outlawz, who are from New Jersey, there hasn’t been much public backlash from artists over Funkmaster Flex’s negative comments.

Crooked I, a Long Beach, California native, expressed disbelief that Flex, who revolutionized the power of the DJ in Hip-Hop, would publicly air such venomous words about a deceased legend.

“It’s straight up disrespect,” Crooked explained. “A man is in his grave. His mother is active in Hip-Hop, she don’t want to hear nobody speaking on her son like that. Especially over things that happened years ago…I couldn’t believe someone as powerful as Flex would speak on Tupac like that in the public.”

Crooked I’s entire Wake Up Show Radio interview is available below three parts, courtesy of the show’s MediaFire Page. The station also airs portions of Tupac’s famous interview with Sway four months before his death.









No good idea in Hip-Hop goes unnoticed. Timbaland has taken a que from his contemporaries, and announced the formation of his very own free weekly music series, Timbo Thursdays.

Timbaland confirmed the news via Twitter, citing the recent work of Kanye West (G.O.O.D. Fridays) and Swizz Beatz (Monster Mondays) as his inspiration.

“So my brother told me Kanye is putting out a new song every Friday called G.O.O.D. Fridays. Swizz got Mondays,” Timbaland tweeted. “I don’t know if they are on Twitter,but you can hit them up and tell them to reserve Thursday for Timbo da king baby.”

Timbaland would be the sixth artist this year to launch their own weekly series. He follows the work of Joe Budden (Mood Muzik Mondays), Lloyd Banks (Blue Friday), the RZA (Wu Wednesdays), Rock of Heltah Skeltah (Monsta Mondays), Kanye West (G.O.O.D. Fridays), and Swizz Beatz (Monster Mondays). The trend’s originator is Crooked I, whose groundbreaking Hip-Hop Weekly series had him releasing new freestyles every week from April 4, 2007 through April 3, 2008.

Although Timbaland’s series will happen, the Virginia producer is not sure on actual start date. For now, he is taking his time mixing tracks and deciding which ones are worthy for public consumption.

“I will announce when Timbo Thursday will officially start. I can’t at the moment ’cause I’m in mixing mode,” he said.

Timbaland plans to release his fourth studio album, Shock Value III, in early 2011.


All we need now is someone to lock up Tuesday, Saturday and Sunday to have the whole week wrapped up. There’s always a danger of saturation, but I personally like to see artists opening up their vaults and showing musically what direction they have, or are looking to go into.

With Timbaland, I hope he concentrates more on his Hip-Hop and R&B tracks than his Pop work. Tim’s been in the game since the mid 90’s, so he has a wealth of material to sift through. Imagine if he threw up some Aaliyah tracks from the One In a Million era? Or some Missy from the Supa Dupa Fly timeframe? I think he could really do something with his series if he looks back at his late 90’s work.

I hope Just Blaze jumps into the fray (Blazing Saturdays, perhaps?). At a beat session I went to last year, he played snippets of some crazy tracks like Jay Electronica’s “Exhibit B,” and a song with Twista and Busta Rhymes that had the fastest rhyming I’ve ever heard.