Monday, January 26, 2009

we outta here, baby (2009)

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Sunday, January 25, 2009

music video: tyga - live forever (2009)

i'm not even gonna front like this isn't a dope video/song, cause it is. kid is really stepping his game up.

- panda

Saturday, January 24, 2009

interview: colin munroe (2008)

so i did this interview with homedude colin munroe for allhiphop back in mid-december, and they finally posted the joint up. it's a solid read. there's big things in store for him in 2009, so hop on the bandwagon.

read the interview here.

colin munroe on myspace.

also, if you haven't already, pick up his mixtape. one of my favorites of last year, and it features the likes of drake, wale and dallas austin, and production by black milk, just to name a few.



album review: notorious - ost (2009)

so i saw notorious and pretty much loved it. not the greatest movie, but i just love BIG way too much not to appreciate the movie. everything in the movie was solid, besides minor casting slip-ups likepapa doc playing tupac. dude was terrible, and portrayed tupac like some ignorant and irrational moron, which as we all know, he wasn't. angela bassett could've dropped on a heavier accent, because BIG's mom had a much thicker accent. other than that, i'd give it a solid B-.

did a column for my school paper, and my boy mike did the movie review, which you can read here. (note: anything about the movie was done by mike, the layout editors fucked that one up.) i took the responsibilities for the soundtrack. enjoy.

Artist: Various Artists
Album: OST - Notorious
Record Label: Atlantic
Release Date: January 13, 2008

The Notorious B.I.G. is a shoe-in for the list of the most influential hip-hop artists of our generation. If you’ve ever considered yourself a fan of The Notorious B.I.G., chances are you’ve already heard most of the material on the soundtrack for the biopic Notorious. However, if you happened to catch the movie and found yourself inspired to have a refresher course on his discography, then it’s a good starting place.

The soundtrack includes some of Biggie’s biggest hits, as well as underground classics like “What’s Beef,” “Juicy” and “Party and Bullshit.” The release also features a couple of new tracks, including Jadakiss’ “Letter to B.I.G.,” featuring Biggie’s infamous widow Faith Evans. The track is heartfelt and vulnerable, both emotions that many hip-hop artists may be afraid to express.

Also on the soundtrack is the incredibly disappointing “Brooklyn Go Hard,” which features Jay-Z, the most well known apprentice of Biggie, and Santogold, recent blog/hipster favorite. It seems unlikely that a song featuring this collaboration on a Kanye West beat would disappoint, but the three fail to deliver.

Perhaps the best things about this soundtrack are the three unreleased tracks from Biggie’s earlier years — “Microphone Murderer,” “Guaranteed Raw” and “Love No Hoe,” which stays true to the promiscuous and lighthearted Biggie that everyone has grown to love.

However, the soundtrack misses a few steps. It kicks off with “Notorious Thugs,” definitely a fan favorite, but not heard in the movie. Likewise, there is a slew of unreleased material that could have been surfaced through this release, but the team behind the release decided on only three tracks.

Notorious is probably not worth what you would have to shell out at the mall or Best Buy, but is an overall cohesive backdrop for the movie’s theme and serves its purpose well. For anyone who hasn’t been exposed to any of these influential and genre-defining tracks, it would be well worth your time.

Grade: B+

-the notorious grizzly

peter bjorn and john - remixes (2009)

in anticipation for their newest album, living thing, two remixes have been dropped. one for "inland empire" off of seaside rock and "lay it down," a new cut. anyway, cop these and cop their single "nothing to worry about," somewhere on the internet.

pbj on myspace.


pbj - inland empire (friend mix)
pbj - lay it down (golden filter remix)

-grizzly, bjorn and john

daytrotter sessions (2008)

yes, i'm aware these are as old as shit, but after talking to a handful of my friends, i've realized that not many people know about these. regardless, some of these are definitely worth the time. here are some of my personal favorites. and no, i'm not posting the bon iver sessions. free music is always worthwhile. the entire list is located here.

check these out:

kevin devine.

death cab for cutie.


tokyo police club.

minus the bear.


music video: ice cube - i got my locs on f. young jeezy (2008)



Thursday, January 22, 2009

from monument to masses - beyond god & elvis (felix cartal remix)

MAAAAAAAAAAAAAN. this shit.. this shit right here.. pure heat.

1. grab a glass of vodka.
2. grab a couple friends.
3. have them grab some friends.
4. put this on.
5. spazz out completely.

download the remix here.
felix cartal on myspace.
from monument to masses on myspace.

- panda cartal

lack of updates (2009)

we apologize for the lack of updates. we actually have good reason for once though. we're THIS close to completing our switch over to wordpress. i promise, we'll be up and running within the next few days. we've already got new features ready to go, and a lot of REALLY exciting spotlights coming up. '09 baby, dig.

- el panda y los grizzlies

q-tip - we fight/we love on conan (2009)

very interesting rendition of one of the better tracks from the renaissance (which by the way, if you don't have, you should be cut.. let me know and me or one of my cousins will be at your place shortly). i'm not sure how i feel about the scooby doo-esque ending. either way, great performance. tip looks cut.

- panda

Monday, January 19, 2009

music video: john legend - everybody knows (2009)

john legend's new video for my favorite track from evolver, "everybody knows".

speaking of john legend, guess who's gonna be at his official concert after party hosted by the man himself on thursday night? yeah, yeah, we (and by we, i mean me.. not roshan) gon' be there!

- everypanda knows

Saturday, January 17, 2009

music video: young jeezy - my president f. nas (2009)

the realest shit i never wrote.

video dropped for the obama song to end all obama songs. i still bump this.

watch the inauguration on tuesday. history.


Friday, January 16, 2009

kenzo digital - city of god's son (2009)

just stumbled across this. i'm listening to it now, and it is unbelievable. one of the most brilliant and seamless projects i've heard in quite some time. i'll let those behind the project, kenzo digital (with the help of many) explain it:

“City of Gods Son is an experimental hip-hop opera starring Nas, Jay Z, Ghostface, Biggie Smalls, Raekwon, Samuel Jackson, Delroy Lindo, and Laurence Fishburne. It is a crime drama/coming of age tale of three fictitious characters growing up in a crime ridden mythical city in a jungle. This project explores the icon of the gangster in modern media, and weaves musical history and gangster film history into an operatic music based story of brotherhood and survival. An homage to 90s New York hip-hop, City of Gods Son is the redefinition of the remix. Featuring legendary soul singer Joe Bataan. A sound film/hip hop opera by Kenzo Digital.”

so head over to the official website and download the entire opera and read all the information these guys have put together. i can't wait to sit down with this.

see the trailer:

-city of grizzly's son

p.s. "it is recommended that you listen to this at night, uninterrupted and on headphones."

the cool kids - 88 (chewy chocolate cookies remix) (2009)

i know we've never posted about em before, but after stealing all of the remixes from SSDT, i took a huge liking for all of the remixes by this group/this guy/this batch of cookies. anyway, they just dropped a new mix, and this time for the cool kids' 88, off of the bake sale or totally flossed out or any of the 137964 mixtapes they dropped. get at it.

CCC on wordpress.


the cool kids - 88 (chewy chocolate cookies remix)


music video: q-tip - manwomanboogie (2009)

kamaal the abstract drops his newest video featuring amanda diva. directed by rik cordero, who did nas' "be a nigger too," one of my favorite videos from last year. one of the best songs off the renaissance. speaking of which, don't be an idiot and get your hands on that album if you haven't already.

-grizzly the abstract