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J-Zone Hangs w/ Senior Citizens, Shows Off Tape Collection

From J-Zone:

What it is. I know its been a minute with the entry updates, but with high school basketball season around the corner, I've been preoccupied with work. Posts will be more sporadic than in the summer, but I'll still pop up periodically over the winter months to talk bad about something (or celebrate something that the masses fail to see the genius of), because that's how a curmudgeon does.

Folks with short attention spans and Spot Book reading levels have been requesting some video footage instead of those long and boring articles I write that people skim through anyway. So I called up some people (shouts out to Richard Ross and Tzarizm) to film some silly shorts for the blog.

The first is a video interview I did with my Grandmother Evil E  (who has appeared on some of my album covers) for her 86th birthday. She offers some long life tips worth jotting down, unless you don't like Vaseline.

The second is a homage to my cassette tape collection, and why I won't be caught post mortem with an iPod...and damn sure not on an elliptical machine at the gym with one.

P.S. I don't care about baseball, but "Go Phillies". I know I'm from NY and all, but any team that has a pitcher with a jheri curl (Pedro Martinez) is one I will cheer for. Plus, what he did to Don Zimmer was incredible. Pedro Martinez is a model citizen, and the only person I follow or respect in baseball today. Go Phillies...

P.P.S...Re: The attached picture with my Grandmother...I tweaked my wrist messing with that damn bench press, FYI. Save the perverted jokes and the pimp slap references, please.




"Why do folks in the hood want credit for sh*t they're SUPPOSED to do? "Yo man, I pay my child support, I show up to work on time." You're supposed to, d*ck." - J-Zone

J-Zone at the Senior Center 

Neosonic Productions - The Scenic Route (Deluxe)

From K-Murdock:

Scenic Route DeluxeHere's #2 of the 3 repackaged deluxe editions of our prior albums.  This time, its arguably the album that really made people open their eyes and ears to what we do musically- "The Scenic Route", which went on to score "2007 Album of the Year" acclaim in the UK's biggest hip-hop magazine, "Hip-Hop Connection".

This deluxe edition features all the original vocal tracks as well as the instrumentals and some new artwork!


Brand New Music From DJ Bless, Wordsmith & Jim Snooka

DJ Bless

(feat. Jim Snooka)


Produced By DJ Bless

Preview // Download


DJ Bless

(feat. Wordsmith)

"Heavy Metal Mics"

Produced By DJ Bless


Preview // Download

Timbaland f/ Drake - Say Something (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Timbaland f/ Drake
Title: Say Something
Label: Blackground/Interscope Records
This is a rumored first single off "Shock Value 2," but about 15 different songs from this proposed album are floating around the internet right now so it's hard to say for sure. The one thing that makes this a realistic candidate is that Timbaland actually raps on it, otherwise it would make more sense for this one to be a Drake cutting room floor track. Drake steals the show at the end with his "I'm addicted to this life, it's hard to quit" steelo, but the track is surprisingly understated from the normally banging and cutting edge Timbaland.

Swollen Members f/ Talib Kweli - Cross Fire (Single)

Review by Steve 'Flash' Juon

Artist: Swollen Members f/ Talib Kweli
Title: Cross Fire
Label: Suburban Noize
The best from Brooklyn meet the best from Vancouver? The only thing I can say is that it should have happened sooner. "Blacksmith, roll another blunt for these actors/Cause I'ma put the Fear in the Factor and clap ya!" Production by Metty the Dert Merchant and Rob the Viking is as gully as anything from previous SM records, and the only downside of this track is that it's only 2:44 long. As an introduction to Armed to the Teeth though it's ridiculously effective.

Hip-Hop Shop #54 - 6 New Tracks in Store

Hip-Hop Shop 54 has six new tracks in store including songs by Muneshine, Web and Termanology among others! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to for more information. Hip-Hop Shop features podsafe music, so distribute the show and tell your friends to check us out every week at!

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Tracks featured this week:

* Muneshine f/ Dminor - Today's Special
* God-Des & She - Respect My Fresh
* Web - The Fly
* ProlifiCal f/ Big Pooh - Samurai Rhymes
* The Needle - Even Less Lows
* Termanology - Words I Feel
* Dan-e-o - Break it Down

J. Period On Good Day NY, DJ Hero Contest


Journeying into the belly of the television beast, J.Period will be appearing and DJing on Fox 5's "Good Day NY" tomorrow morning, Tuesday, November 3, during the 9am (EST) hour! J. will be dropping his exclusive remixes and blends, educating the show's hosts about hip hop, and discussing his latest projects, including: DJ Hero, The Messengers, and more... Tune in and check it out!


..."I’m not sure if that would be legal. But I am sure that there is almost no chance your local weekend spinner can create anything nearly as tight and funky as the mixes in DJ Hero. And that is because FreeStyleGames brought in some of the world’s top D.J.’s to create the mixes in the game, led by DJ Shadow and including Cut Chemist, the duo Daft Punk, DJ Yoda, the collective the Scratch Perverts, DJ Jazzy Jeff, J.Period, DJ Z-Trip, DJ AM (who died in August) and Grandmaster Flash. (DJ AM’s incredible hip-shaking mix of “Poison,” by Bell Biv DeVoe, with the Beastie Boys’ “Intergalactic” may be my favorite in the game and is a wonderful epitaph for him.)"... 

Contest: Win Your Own Copy Of DJ Hero

To show our gratitude for your support, Truelements will be giving away a FREE copy of the full DJ Hero game system, including game disk, turntable controller, and over 90 exclusive mixes by DJs including J.Period, DJ Shadow, Z-Trip, Jazzy Jeff, Grandmaster Flash and more!  For a chance to win, enter the contest at

50 Cent Pushes Up Album Release Date

From Udub News:

Last week 50 Cent suffered a major blow when his much anticipated album "Before I Self-Destruct" hit the internet just a month shy of its scheduled release. As expected, the G-Unit general announced that he will push up the release of the album to "I'm pushing the record up so the date is [November] 16th. It'll be out on the 16th. I'm expecting it to do well because of the response that I've heard from the web. You know what I mean? It's obvious they didn't expect me to write the things that I wrote on the actual record, but, I don't know why. They're like 'This sh*t is fire.' What are you surprised for, stupid? Even the worst one did 700,000 the first week. It depends on who you're actually asking because you know who I identify with now? The actual aggression of my material is what came across the strongest because they want the hardest sh*t from me, the same things they knock another artist for, for example, like Drake, 'I want this sh*t forever man,' like the singing part is what I like from him, like when Ja [Rule] was doing it, I was like 'This motherf*cker' 'cause the sh*t wasn't good."

Guante - Midwest Skills

The Midwest is one of the country’s true hotbeds for hip-hop right now and Minnesota is the state that’s leading the way. After former Artist Of The Week Sketch Tha Cataclysm moved out there he immediately told me about Guante, a Minnesota-based emcee and poet who is originally from Wisconsin. I checked out some of Guante’s work and was really impressed. His most recent album is El Guante’s Haunted Studio Apartment, and he just finished up recording a collaboration with Big Cats! titled An Unwelcome Guest. He’s also working on a one-man spoken word theater show he hopes to debut in the spring, tentatively titled The Fist that Lives in Your Neck. Guante’s work qualifies as both unique and intense. A good example of this would be the way he describes An Unwelcome Guest, saying “it’s a concept album, a zombies-superhero-love-story-parable that deals with issues of displacement and violence as a tool for social change.” This week I caught up with Guante to find out more about his work, his causes, and why there’s a good chance he’s on a first name basis with his pizza delivery guy.

Read the full interview at:

"Dilla Pickles" Is Served! Download It FREE NOW!

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Download Dan-e-o's "Dilla Pickles" FREE right HERE:

"Dilla Pickles" - the official 2 in 1 album/mixtape in tribute to
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All J Dilla beats! All Dan-e-o rhymes! Co-starring the cream of the crop
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Check out the first music video from "Dilla Pickles" entitled "Break It
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