Sunday, November 30, 2008

Be Thankful

The economy is in the hole, the war is endless and Dubyah still has time to put the icing on the cake, but there is still always something that we can be thankful for. Case in point, Wayman Tisdale (see video above). And he is by far the most talented basketball player turned musician. Even better than Shaq. Even though most of his music is a little too "Kenny G" for me, it's dope that he can do it and do it well. The man has released 8 albums, the most recent being Rebound, which he did after his accident.

Speaking From Experience

This never happens and it doesn't exist.

Saturday, November 29, 2008

Johnny B. Def

The movie Cadillac Records comes out December 5th.  Starring Adrien Brody, Beyonce (as Etta James), etc. it is about the famous Chess Records label, which was an instrumental part of the foundation of Rock N' Roll.  I'm excited to see Mos Def play the legendary Chuck Berry.

{I had to throw this in there}


Friday, November 28, 2008

Soul Brother #1

Just Blaze, 9th Wonder, DJ Revolution, DJ Numark all gather around legendary Pete Rock to learn.

{Pete Rock on "The World Is Yours"}

{Pete Rock on "Juicy"}

{Pete Rock on "Shut 'Em Down (Remix)"}

{Pete Rock on "T.R.O.Y." I still remember the first time I heard this song, it was like an out-of-body experience. I was totally in love with Hip-hop that day.}

I remember when this happened, but unfortunately we couldn't roll. Guitar Center has got some other real interesting guests.

Thursday, November 27, 2008


{2008 BET Awards tribute performance to Al Green}

Get ya' mojo going again. Maxwell is back and with a 90's high-top fade. Look for a new album to drop sometime in 2009.

Hey banner does this bring back any college memories (living in a loft)?

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

16 Abstract Bars

{Q-Tip freestyles over a nasty Dilla beat.}

Q-Tip - "Renaissance Rap" from Three/21 Films on Vimeo.
{Another video by Rik Cordero, a la The Bourne Ultimatum. Are Rik Cordero & Hype Williams the only guys who do hip-hop music videos anymore?}

And what if Tribe had used a vocoder back in the day?
[MP3] Roger Riley & Teddy Troutman :: Electric Relaxtion


Monday, November 24, 2008

808's & Heartbreaks Debate

[NOTE FROM THE EDITOR: If you are the one reader who was wondering where the 808's & Heartbreaks post went as well as "The Breaks" post (featuring Ludacris Theater Of The Mind), BLOGGER, is what happened. EVEN WITH THE DISCLAIMER THAT WE HAVE AT THE BOTTOM OF OUR BLOG, they just went ahead and took the entire post down. So I've resposted it along with some new posts to cover the past weekend (see below). The Man with the invisible hand. Click on the picture. GREAT KANYE FADER INTERVIEW.]

I've been debating or not to post on Kanye West, ever since the whole Glow In The Dark tour show. For the 1 reader who actually remembers, I went to the show in LA and it really was just a confirmation of how much a circus Kanye has become. And when I saw Perez Hilton's review of the same show, that just put me over the edge (I mean is a having a backstage pass a part of the show now?). To recap, I thought the show didn't live up to the hype (the holograms, stage, etc. weren't as dope as I thought he billed on his blog) and even though it was amazing that it was just him on the stage for 90+ minutes straight, but the show felt forced and there was no interaction with the crowd at all (I felt like I was watching a video).

The thing that I've always loved about Kanye was his passion, balls out approach to his music/art (just not givin' a uck) and especially his recognition of the whole hypocrisy, dichotomy of life. Case in point, his lyrics:

I get down for my grandfather who took my momma

Made her sit that seat where white folks ain't wanna us to eat

At the tender age of 6 she was arrested for the sit in

With that in my blood I was born to be different

Now niggas can't make it to ballots to choose leadership

But we can make it to Jacob and to the dealership

That's why I hear new music

Kanye West - "Never Let Me Down", The College Dropout

See, a part of me sayin' keep shinin',

How? when I know of the blood diamonds

Though it's thousands of miles away

Sierra Leone connect to what we go through today

Over here, its a drug trade, we die from drugs

Over there, they die from what we buy from drugs

The diamonds, the chains, the bracelets, the charmses

I thought my Jesus Piece was so harmless

'til I seen a picture of a shorty armless

And here's the conflict

It's in a black person's soul to rock that gold

Spend ya whole life tryna get that ice

On a polo rugby it look so nice

How could somethin' so wrong make me feel so right, right?

Kanye West - "Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Remix)", Late Registration

And there are other examples, but I don't want this to become more of a rant than it already has. To me, he was one of the first MC's to really recognize this and expose it on a more mainstream level. By the time Graduation & The Glow In The Dark tour came through, I just felt he became more contrived from some insecurity, almost a character of himself, on public display. It wasn't really showing in the music. Hence the lack of 'Ye posts around here.

So fast forward to his mother's passing (R.I.P.) and the break-up with his fiancee and we get the news of a complete sing-song, vocoder (a la T-Pain/Roger Troutman) album. Now I don't have a problem with the vocoder, talkbox like some more "underground" heads do, as long as it's done well. Just didn't want it to be a gimmick. And sing-songy hip-hop never bothered me as long as it's done well (Outkast anyone?). Then I heard "Love Lockdown" and "Heartless" and saw the videos and really wasn't feeling them. They seemed arty for art's sake. I thought we were going down that contrived road again, but listening to the entire album a few times now, it might be one of my favorites of 2008. I like how there's a difference in the feel between the songs, even though they are connected in sounds and theme. It is something completely different, unique and though I don't like every song, I do love some of the songs like "Welcome To Heartbreak" and "Street Lights".

You be the judge, the album dropped today.


Sunday, November 23, 2008

Return Of The Jedi


{From one generation to the next}

{It always comes back}

{Classic SNL Chris Rock.}

VH1, the home of washed-up hip hop.

Saturday, November 22, 2008


Cause they was playin' my song!

Friday, November 21, 2008

Hard Knock Life

Time$ are tough for most everyone right now, but I wonder if Damon "Young Fresh To Def" Dash is still poppin' tags or now has to wear things more than once? Poor guy.

Regarding your kicks though, I feel your pain man.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Guess Who's Baaaack???

I've been waiting a long time for them to reissue these bad boys. Tupac knows what's up with the G. Hill 2's. Dropping tomorrow! Back in '96 even Fila was in the basketball shoe game.

'Pac knew.

Tuesday, November 18, 2008


Beoynce's Video shoot SNL from Dose of Alla on Vimeo.

I don't know if it was intentional or not, or just me, but the last Saturday Night Live was genius if they meant to focus on issues around gay rights in such a subtle, but funny way.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

Idiot Box Savant

It is here ladies and gentlemen! Getdownnn has now added it's own Mogulus TV station to the sidebar. So if you're really bored like we are, you can tune in anytime to watch everything and anything from random classic music videos, films, inspired visual images, stupid & strange clips, etc. 24/7. If you can't hear anything, that's because the volume is set at zer0, since we don't want it to clash with the imeem playlists that set the atmosphere so well for Getdownnn. So all you got to do is up the volume and you should be good to go. Enjoy!

The revolution will be televised.
-Getdownnn Crew-

Saturday, November 15, 2008

Jack Johnson Remixed

With remixes by the likes of Nightmares On Wax, Kid Koala, Money Mark, etc. I had to check out this EP of Jack Johnson's Sleep Through The Static: Remixed. You should too. Just click on the pic.


Friday, November 14, 2008

Iconoclasts: Bjork & Barkley

Now that both the NBA season & another season of Iconoclasts have kicked off, I thought this was not only appropriate, but hilarious, Wiig's Bjork is spot on.


Sunday, November 09, 2008


Yo money, you got your IV's???


We promise the playlist won't change until next month.
-Getdownnn Crew-

Saturday, November 08, 2008


Can't wait for the Roy Jones Jr. vs. Joe Calzaghe fight tonight on HBO. And Luda kills it on this.

{Here are some examples of why Roy Jones Jr. is a bad mutha-shut it like Shaft was!}


Thursday, November 06, 2008

Progress? LISTEN Obama

I know that we've been changing the imeem playlists like they're going out of style, but here's another one. To continue the celebration a little longer, I never thought I'd see this happen in my lifetime, we've updated our playlist to President Elect Barack Obama's (nice ring to it) favorite songs (the man has good taste).

Barack Obamas Favorite Music Playlist

On a more important note, how ironic is all of this? From the worse President ever to the first African American President? Even more ironic and sad, how did all the anti-gay props. pass? And the worse part about it, at least for Prop. 8 in California (what's up CA?), is that a majority of African Americans (70%) and Hispanics (53%) voted in favor of Prop. 8. So while it's a wonderful thing that it is now a reality that a minority can be President of the United States, gays do not have the basic right of marriage. I wondering how much of an impact education and/or religion has to do with this. Here's the breakdown.

"It’s the answer spoken by young and old, rich and poor, Democrat and Republican, black, white, Latino, Asian, Native American, gay, straight, disabled and not disabled – Americans who sent a message to the world that ... we are, and always will be, the United States of America."
-Barack Obama's victory speech 11.4.2008

Officially off the soapbox now.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

You Voted, Now Getdownnn

Q-tip's highly anticipated album, The Renaissance, dropped yesterday. Hopefully you picked it up on the way back from the polls. Above, Tip and a "special guest" go through some of the best Tribe songs ever. Below, check out the imeem preview of the entire new album.  Instant classic.

The Renaissance

It's a celebration, but it's just the beginning.

Help Me Obi-wan!

Last night, as part of CNN's coverage of the U.S. Election, Anderson Cooper interviewed Will.I.Am of the Black Eyed Peas via hologram. Huh?


Much Love

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Can WE Kick It?

130+ million citizens made their voices heard in the biggest voter turnout in United States history since 1960.

Yes we can.

The Choice Is Yours

{Dres has made it clear who his choice is, have you?}

And does anybody know what happened to Mista Lawnge?

Welcome To The Terrordome 2

Monday, November 03, 2008

If I Were President

Time to wake up and get over that Halloween candy hangover. If you are a U.S. citizen, DON'T FORGET TO VOTE!!! And go ahead and bump this Vote imeem mix, it'll only be up on the sidebar for a short time.


-Getdownnn Crew-

Sunday, November 02, 2008

You Know What Time It Is

For those of you on the West Coast, don't forget to set your timepieces to "fall back" for daylight savings.


Saturday, November 01, 2008

Politrix On The 1's & 2's (PART II)

DJ Premier does it as only he can, mixing it for Obama, in Time 4 Change. Some of the songs on here are ridiculously ill. Just click on the picture.

Bump this on the way to the polls.