Here at GeorgeBushMoney, the rest of the young republicans and myself would like to wish you and your fam a happy 4th of July. Keep it safe and enjoy. I could go on a rant here, and talk about all the fucked up situations that America is in right now. War, recession, racism.. I could get into 9/11 conspiracy theories and talk about how Rhianna and Jay-Z are taking a blood oath tonight, instead of watching some fireworks somewhere. But nah.. it’s a holiday. Go drink something… Smoke something.. Blow some shit up. The problems of the world will still be here tomorrow.
And if you are looking for something to set your BBQ off, make sure you download the 2nd installment of Mick Boogie and DJ Jazzy Jeff’s SummerTime mixtape series. GET IT HERE
And just because, here’s a rap song called “America”
Released in early 2005 and intended as a showcase for all the artists under his newly branded Dame Dash Music Group (which at this point still included Beanie Sigel and State Property, Cam’ron and The Diplomats, N.O.R.E, M.O.P., R&B acts Rell, Denim and Nicole Wray, and the rights to the Roc-A-Fella recordings of the late Ol’ Dirty Bastard), Damon Dash presents Roc 4 Life – Vol. 2: The Second Part Of The Life actually became sort of a swan song for Dame, who by 2006 had seen the dissolution of his label after only one release (Beanie Sigel’s The B. Coming) and by ’07 had almost completely fell back from the music industry, choosing to turn his focus to his other companies. Over the years, rumors of bad investments, money mismanagement and bankruptcy begun to surface and Dash showed back up on the scene in ’09, this time moving behind the scenes as a “consultant” to Jim Jones, eventually netting an executive producer credit on his Pray IV Reign album. It wasn’t until 2010 that Dash fully reinvented himself and reemerged as a joint toking, gray beard sporting Warhol-esque leader of his own DIY hipster rap/alt-rock collective DD172 and his BluRoc imprint, which released Curren$y’s critically acclaimed Pilot Talk and Pilot Talk 2 thru Island Def Jam.
A “rare” mixtape with a limited run of copies, what’s most notable about this one (Outside of a few epic rants by Dame) is the apparent inclusion of Joe Budden into the Roc family, an under publicized chapter in Budden’s career that I’ve never really had any clarity on. Was he ever signed to Roc-A-Fella? Cause the couple of times he pops up on this tape along with the song he recorded with Bleek and Beans lead me to believe that at some point there was some sort of agreement between Dame and Budden. Still, the collection of talent gathered on this tape was thorough and had Dame actually been given a fair shot to get his label off the ground, I think DDMG actually showed some promise. Will Dame ever get another opportunity to make an impact similar to the one Roc-A-Fella had when they came in the game? I seriously doubt it. But there’s no denying the guy had vision.
Damon Dash presents Roc 4 Life – Vol. 2: The Second Part Of The Life (Hosted By DJ Big Mike)
1. Dame Dash Is Done Skit
2. Dame Dash Intro (Produced By Boola & Dame Dash)
3. Joe Budden, Raekwon, Young Chris, Oschino, Sparks, Peedi Crakk, N.O.R.E. & Nature – Triumph
4. Raekwon Feat. Denim – Tribute
5. Nicole Wray Feat. Beanie Sigel – Can’t Get Out The Game
6. Ol’ Dirty Bastard – Stomp
7. Beanie Sigel Feat. Peedi Crakk, Joe Budden & Young Chris – Flatline (Remix)
8. Beanie Sigel – One Shot Deal
9. Dame Dash Skit
11. M.O.P. – Instigator
12. Bun B Freestyle
13. N.O.R.E. – Cuts From N.O.R.E.
14. Rell – Don’t Take It Away
15. Beanie Sigel Feat. Melissa – Feel It In The Air
16. Juelz Santana Feat. Hell Rell – Not !!ing With Dip Set
17. Killa 3 Freestyle
18. Jim Jones Freestyle
19. Cam’ron Feat. Kanye West & Sylenna Johnson – Down & Out
18. Joe Budden Freestyle
19. Militainment/Gem Star & Big Mato – Nueva York
20. Clark Kent – Ol’ Dirty Bastard Segment
21. Dame Dash Outro
I’m a huge fan of instrumentals. Of course, I appreciate the rappin’ as well, but often I am totally content when there’s just an incredible beat and no shitty rappity rap character to mess it up by rhyming sense, cents, and scents (don’t even ask me how…). And while the debate will forever continue as far as who the greatest producer of all time is, when it comes to straight up beats, there is no discussion. Yes, RZA changed the game, and his catalog is unfuckwittable. Yes, Q-tip did a little of everything, from ATCQ to his work with Nas and Mobb Deep early in their career. Yes, you weren’t shit in the early to mid 90’s if you didn’t have a Pete Rock remix. Yes, Alchemist has been cooking crack since the 90’s and doesn’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon.
If you’re anything like me, there’s definitely something to be said for the way a collection of music transitions from one song to the next . Nowadays, anyone who can throw together an iTunes playlist considers themselves a DJ, so maybe you forgot, but there are still DJ’s out there who do more than scream over mixtape songs.
Shout out to those who take the time to make sure that each song fits with the next and get the continuity just right , so that every time a new song comes on, you’re thinking “OHHHH SHIIIIT!!” Add a little cross-fader action here, and a heavy dose of scratching there, and the end result is something much more than just a playlist. Fuck a buncha iTunes.
#GeorgeBushMoneyGang affiliate, DJ Chase has mastered this art, and has blessed your weekend with a mix of what else? Aggressive content. Featuring tracks from 50 Cent, Beanie Sigel, Ghostface Killah, Prodigy, and The Clipse. If you’re in need of the perfect soundtrack to beat the life out of a motherfucker or even if you’re like me and just need some angry music in your life so that you don’t go postal at the 9 to 5, look no further.
Download the “Who the Fuck Are You” mix
Stay tuned to GBM for more mixes from Chase, but in the meantime check out the rest of his tapes here.
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Smoke DZA – The World (Video).
I’m not really sure who to thank for the prevalence of quality weed rap that’s been proliferating the blogs in recent months (or years, depending on who’s counting), but I’m pleased about the development. I don’t indulge
anymore, but you certainly don’t have to be a weed connoisseur to enjoy the stylings of cats like Curren$y, Trademark da Skydiver, Wiz Khalifa (I’ve included him solely to piss in JihaD‘s cornflakes) and as of right now for the Jonnie-come-latelys among you, Smoke DZA.