Thursday, February 28, 2008


Here we go again...

[MP3] Common :: The Light 2008 (Produced by Just Blaze)
I have mixed feelings about this track. If you haven't heard, this song was essentially commissioned as part of Smirnoff Vodka's Signature Mix Series. While I love Just's new take on a Common classic, I can't help but have reservations about the increasingly blurred line between hip hop as an art form and the commercialism of tracks that were created to help sell liquor...either way, I'm still gonna love this remix (with reservations), and hope that Q-Tip and Dre's "Electric '08" comes just as correct.

[MP3] Kanye West :: 2 Words feat. Mos Def, Freeway, and the Harlem Boys Choir (Dert Remix)
[UPDATE: Sorry, I realized I'd originally posted the original of this song - Thanks to Jos-B for pointing that out, it's now fixed] What can I say, I love Mos Def's flow on this one. It's like the Mos from Black Star and it's '98 all over again. Add to that the sublime vocals of the Harlem Boys Choir and you have a song that features hard rhymes spit over a divine chorus.

[MP3] Hieroglyphics :: Make Your Move feat. Goapele (9th Wonder Remix)
When I first started listening to this remix of my favorite Hiero joint, I didn't think anything could touch the original, but I love how 9th Wonder reworked this track so that you won't even be thinking of the album version once you're done with it.

[MP3] Artifacts :: It's Gettin' Hot (K-Def Remix)
Somehow, every time I hear the Artifacts flow, I'm reminded me of that quintessential '90s boom bap that I always come back to. What I love about this K-Def remix is how he laces the track with a nice slinky jazz guitar that makes this a perfect track for cruising in the car or chill to.

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Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Nas and the Art of Self-Promotion

Sunday, February 24, 2008

A Thriller For 25 Years

With the special Deluxe version release of Michael Jackson's classic Thriller to celebrate it's 25th anniversary, there are some remixes by today's 'hot' producers/performers to help bring Mike up to speed (as well as a previously unreleased track). And while the "Wanna Be Starting Something" version with Akon is getting a lot of love/hate...play, I think there's better:

[MP3] Michael Jackson feat. Will.I.Am :: P.Y.T. (Pretty Young Thing)
[MP3] Michael Jackson :: Billie Jean (Kanye West Remix)
[MP3] Michael Jackson :: For All Time

{Previously unreleased.}

Still looking forward to his new album.

Saturday, February 23, 2008

Stroll 'Round Town (It's A Mutha)

Well here's another random post with no rhyme or reason to add to the music blog world...aka a 'mixtape' post. I swear with the all the youtube posts and this, I'm getting lazy. In that vein, here's some good grooves that I've recently found and been bumpin' round town.

[MP3] Talib Kweli :: Momma Can You Hear Me
{I swear this guy just keeps getting better and better. Kanye beat.}

[MP3] Del The Funkee Homosapien :: Workin' It
{Looking forward to finally hearing 11th Hour and hopefully his new boss, El-P gave up some beats for Del to flow on.}

[MP3] Atmosphere feat. Stage One, St. Paul Slim, Muja Messiah, YZ, Brother Ali, Toki Wright, Blueprint :: Crewed Up
{I have to admit I wasn't really a big Slug fan, not until the Felt series with Murs. But I've always felt Ant's productions. I did like the Strictly Leakage album (that was released online for free) and leads up to their If Life Gives You Lemons, You Paint That Sh*t Gold. Great title and based off of Leakage, I'm looking forward to it on April 22nd.}

[MP3] Mark Ronson feat. Phantom Planet & Blaq Poet :: Just (DJ Premier Remix)
{Like Will Ferrell in Zoolander, you could say that Mark Ronson "is so hot right now". Everything he's touched has turned to gold grammys. I like how the Primo sound is incorporated into the original...gotta keep the horns.}

[MP3] Fleetwood Mac :: You Make Lovin' Fun (Trailmix Remix)
{I've loved the Mac since I saw this live. I'm really feeling this.}

[MP3] Kanye West :: Hey Mama (Grammy Remix)
{Everyone has seen it. This is the studio version of it.}

[MP3] D'Angelo :: She's Always In My Hair
{It's rare when a cover is actually better than the original, especially if it's by somebody like Prince, but then maybe that's why he didn't really release it before.}

[MP3] Prince :: She's Always In My Hair
{Just in case.}

Care for your kids like you care for your records (maybe not).

Friday, February 22, 2008

Drum Roll

{Questlove of The Roots & Travis Barker of Blink 182 getdownnn.}

[MP3] The Roots :: 75 Bars (Black's Reconstruction)
{The Roots drop Rising Down April 29th.}


Sunday, February 17, 2008

Superman Returns

Like Charles Barkley, I knew Dwight Howard was going to win this year's Slam Dunk Contest. I even made back some of my Superbowl money. The reason why I knew this & let's not forget last year's goodies that we missed out on. The only challenge I thought could be from Jamario Moon...but that ended up being an off the bounce disappointment. And even though there are critics that say that Howard's 'Superman' dunk wasn't technically a dunk...who the hell cares. Anybody that can jump high enough to throw the ball down in to the basket, is just bananas. And to me, that wasn't his most impressive dunk that night, this was. I did like the under the basket dunk too, but Andre Iguodala pulled something similar off before...didn't look as easy though. And I did like Gerald Green's 'birthday cake' dunk and his no shoes between the legs dunk was impressive. Unless you dunk, don't even tell me that the dunk part of the 'birthday cake' wasn't impressive or I'm getting tired of 'between the legs' dunks. Try taking a jump shot in socks without killing yourself. It is true though, that 'between the legs' has become played (I was there for that Jason Richardson #2 dunk...craziest thing I've ever seen!).  Even Orlando 'Cocaina' Woolridge did it back in the day. Since this has to relate to music somehow, I thought I'd post some songs in honor of the new Superman (step aside Shaquille O'Neal).

[MP3] Above The Law :: Black Superman
[MP3] Soulja Boy :: Crank That
{I know that Soulja Boy is annoying but the way he rips a Neptunes/Clipse sounding beat is impressive.}
[MP3] Shaquille O'Neal :: Shoot Pass Slam
{Time to pass the torch.}

From cupcakes to capes.

Saturday, February 16, 2008

All Primo

Sorry for the lack of posts lately, I don't what else to say, but sometimes, my ass just gets lazy. Anyways, this man needs no introduction, no commentary, nothing, because you all know who he is and know that he puts out nothing but that good classic ish we all love.

[MP3] DJ Premier :: WBLS 107.5 mix (recorded 11.25.94)
Damn, I have to apologize because I copped this off another site, but don't remember which one...all you need to know is that it's Primo, spinning in '94. So just kick, listen, and reminisce.

[MP3] DJ Mike Rizzy :: Hip Hop 101 with Premier
Ok, it may seem like we're on Rizzy's nuts here at Getdownnn, but that's ummm....because we is, haha...@#$!!! I don't know what else to say but he must be my age because he knows exactly what I grew up on and love. He read my mind when he up out the Vibe with the Tribe Called Quest Mix and then I almost lost it when I saw that he put this Primo mix. This is something you just know you're gonna be bangin', so stop wasting time and head over to Rizzy's blog and show some love.

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Wednesday, February 13, 2008

The New Workout Plan

{This takes Para-Para to a whole new level.}


Tuesday, February 12, 2008

Beasts from the East (Part II)

A while back, we highlighted a couple tiny turntable threats, DJs Sara and Ryusei, ages 8 and 5 respectively...Looks like their talents are really getting them noticed- they actually performed at a recent Warner Brothers Grammy afterparty, rockin' the party and tearing up the vinyl like it's nothinggg.

Monday, February 11, 2008

Glow In The Dark

Yes, I'm tired of this song, but Kanye's performance at the Grammy's was ill.  Having Daft Punk there was ice.  Bringing back showmanship.  Can't wait for the tour.


Sunday, February 10, 2008

Getdownnn Love Jay

Like with a lot of things, you don't really know what you've got 'till it's gone. I think the same could be said for me with Jay Dee/J. Dilla. I was really feelin' him when he first started to get some play with De La Soul, A Tribe Called Quest, The Pharcyde, etc. But by the time Common's Electric Circus rolled around, I had had my fill of the whole Soulaquarian sound. But recently with Dilla's birthday coming up, I decided to fill the CD changer in the ride up with songs that I have overlooked. It's been said before, but Dilla is one of the illest to ever do it.

[MP3] J-Rocc :: Thank You Jay Dee (Part 3)
[MP3] DJ Mike Rizzy :: J. Dilla Mix

Stay Dillagent.

Saturday, February 09, 2008

The Takeover

{Sometimes you just got to set ish straight. If you haven't seen Rockers, you should. My 2nd favorite scene...you never mess with a man and his food.}


Friday, February 01, 2008

Gnew Gnarls

Just when I'd forgotten about how much I loved the fresh new sound of St. Elsewhere, I get hit over the head with the funky, upbeat "Run" off the upcoming Gnarls Barkley release set to drop this April. This is all I've heard, but so far, me likey.

[MP3] Gnarls Barkley :: Run

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Hear Me Now!

To promote Brandon Roy as an NBA All-Star (he should be folks), Paul Allen and his Portland Trailblazers gave one of these custom Nanos to every NBA head coach and 60 members of the media. These iRoys come with custom packaging and even highlight clips of Roy doing his thing to music. Unethical???...who cares, I want one!!!!

Don't get it twisted with this I Roy.