Ballin' on a budget - I Need New Shoes

I ripped 2 holes into my current gym they're already 2 years old. I need new shoes and I need to keep the price under 80 bucks. These 4 are my choices so far, any other suggestions? what are you currently wearing?

No Denyin' ft. David Banner (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

No Denyin' ft. David Banner (Prod. by 9th Wonder)

No Denyin' Instrumental

this shit ain't super great, but it's making me hope for a banner x 9th cd...what do you think?

Big Remo x David Banner x 9th Wonder = Crack Sandwich

2 underrated mc's & 9th's signature NEED to be following De Blog Jam on youtube, it's really not a choice, do it or die. peace.

*Throw Back Joint* Simply Red ft. The Fugees - Angel

Simply Red's weird/scalabrine lookin' a** could saannng

Twice - 7 Cities Mixtape

Twice is super nice, get familiar!

Headz Up ft. Khizman (DMP) w/Big Pooh Drop

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Dj Premier

So last night I "slittered" ((c) myself with a comment I made about the God, Dj Premier. This post is sort of an apology for all the people who I upset with my careless comment. lol

*at any given moment in time, you could play a Dj Premier track & I guarantee you it'll be better than whatever your favorite song is.

MOP - On The Front Line! (Prod. By Dj Premier)

Blaq Poet - Ain't Nuthin' Changed (Prod. By Dj Premier)

Xzibit - What A Mess (Prod. By Dj Premier)

yU - Gatdamn!

ok, we all know that The Diamond District's "In The Ruff" was redic, well here's group member yU's free LP...MC/Producing at it's finest...again, thanks DMV for all that quality

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yU - Before Taxes [Free LP]

Posted by Shamz on Apr 20, 2009

I once again strongly urge y'all to download Diamond District's LP (peep the OKP review as well). We gave you a couple songs from DD member yU's album on Friday. Courtesy of Fresh Selects we get the full album, Before Taxes, for free download. Follow me after the jump for some of that DMV fire.

>>>Download: yU - Before Taxes

1. Before Taxes Intro (prod. Slimkat78)
2. Beats&Rhymes From March 25 (Kick Styles) (prod. yU)
3. Almost Time (prod. Kev Brown)
4. Thought About It (prod. yU)
5. BreakDown (feat. & prod. Bilal Salaam)
6. Corners (feat. I.Q.) (prod. yU)
7. The Up & Up (prod. Slimkat78)
8. Close (feat. Isabella Banneker) (prod. Slimkat78)
9. Fine (prod. yU)
10. Lunchin� (prod. Oddisee)
11. Native (prod. Slimkat78 & yU)
12. Memory (feat. ERK) (prod. yU)
13. The Rock (prod. Slimkat78)
14. InTheReign (feat. I.Q. & Omun) (prod. yU)
15. MmHmm (instr) (prod. yU)
16. Brainwash (feat. Grap Luva, Finale & OP Swamp 81) (prod. Slimkat78)

9th's Nas Beat

i dunno, he might be feeling himself too much for this one, let me know...

Itunes Price Changes :S

I'm still not sure what the record labels are hoping will happen with this price increase...maybe they're trying to increase the sales of entire albums??? but people really aren't making GREAT albums anymore...I don't know, I'm not a fan of this initial price increase, but we'll see what happens.

Here's an article about early results of the price changes:

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iTunes price changes deliver mixed results

By Katie Marsal
Published: 02:00 PM EST

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Price increases that took effect on Apple's iTunes Store last week reportedly hurt unit sales of some of the most popular songs but ultimately managed to drive marginal increases in overall revenues for the digital download service.

For example, the 33 songs on the iTunes top 100 seller list that saw their price increase from 99 cents to $1.25 sold an average of 12.5 fewer units last week than the week before, according to an analysis conducted by Billboard [PDF], which has long served as a barometer for U.S. music sales. Meanwhile, the 67 songs in the list that remained at 99 cents saw an average unit sale increase just shy of 10 percent.

When grouped together, the 100 songs in the top seller list saw unit sales dip only half of a percent from 4.64 million units the week before the hikes to 4.62 million the week after. But with many of those tracks priced 30 percent higher, Apple actually witnessed an increase in iTunes revenues for the week.

Billboard in its report does not pinpoint this actual sales increase however, and it's not clear how precise the publication's estimates are. Instead, it presents a couple of theoretical scenarios, mainly because iTunes doesn't monopolize the digital music business entirely, leaving the possibility that some customers may have chosen to purchase some of their songs last week from an alternative service that didn't raise its prices.

For instance, if every other service raised their prices to mirror Apple's across the board, songs in the iTunes top 100 list would have generated 11.8 percent higher revenues due to lesser fluctuation in consumers' purchasing patterns. However, if other stores didn't instate the same increase, revenues from those same songs would brought in only 9.5 percent higher revenues, assuming iTunes' share of the market is 80 percent.

In the hours following the iTunes price increase, several other digital download stores -- such as Wal-Mart and Amazon MP3 -- did indeed reflect price increases themselves, but not to the same degree as iTunes. For example, 6 of the top 10 and 29 of the top 100 songs on iTunes saw their price increase to $1.29 last Tuesday, but none of the top 10 singles and only 10 of the top 100 songs reflected price inflation over 99 cents over at Amazon.

Still, a single week's worth of data isn't conclusive enough to gauge the impact of the price changes due to a number of other unrelated variables, such as the release timing of certain singles. Billboard notes that if the "expected second-week drop of Black Eyed Peas' 'Boom Pow Pow' is taken out of the calculations, the 33 songs [in the top 100] priced at $1.29 sold only 6.9 percent fewer units" compared to 12.9 percent fewer units.

Meanwhile, a few popular single tracks with fewer expected week-to-week fluctuations did show some adverse affects following the price changes, such as Akon's "Beautiful," which saw sales slide more than 8 percent compared to a 1.5 percent dip the week earlier. On the other hand, sales of Akon's entire album "Freedom" -- still priced at $8.99 and representing a better deal given that 3 of the 4 songs fetch $1.29 by themselves -- rose 18 percent.

Diablo Archer Presents...LIFT 4/21/09

Ah! My first promo copy and album review...I've been following Diablo Archer for a few years now. His first album "A Day That Ends In Y" was the shit, and I've been checking for new D.A. material ever since. "Lift" is the follow up to "Icarus Complex", which was also hot.

Both singles of this joint, "everyday hero" & "super ordinary" both have that classic NC sound, started by 9th. Not all the beats on this joint are that typical NC sound tho, you can tell that he decided to stray a bit from the type of beats that he typical picks...I can't say that i'm a fan of every beat on this project, but it's worth a listen based on Diablo Archer's rhymes and story telling ability. He's definitely one of my favorites out.

*Stand-out Tracks: "Motion", "The Fall (Autumn), "Everyday Hero"

Rhymes: 4 out of 5
Beats: 3 out of 5

Track Listing:
1. Kisses In The Rain (intro) - J Manifest Wiggins
2. The Plow ft. K-Hill - Rockwell
3. Motion - Rockwell
4. Everyday Hero - E.Haywood
5. Looking Down - ADot McCray
6. Icarus - J Manifest Wiggins
7. The Pant - Rob MOnster
8. Morning Coffee - MIDIMarc
9. Blue - Obsidian Blue
10. The Fall - ADot McCray
11. Stir of Echoes - The Jake
12. Royal Flush - ADot McCray
13. Super Ordinary - Blunt

My Favorite Track:
The Fall (Autumn) Produced by: ADot McCray

The Gold Room Review

Spitten King: Gold Room EP
By Shea Serrano
Published on March 31, 2009 at 1:55pm

Spitten King, Gold Room EP

Houston's Scottie Spitten is a very talented, very creative MC. He flaunts a monochromatic yet sporadic flow, recognized most often by whichever of producer King Midas's soul samples any given track lionizes, and Spitten's subtle punch lines. ("Charlie Brown, niggas, I'm like 'Good Grief.'") He first publicized his talents in 2007 with his shining contributions on Hueston Independent Spit District's The District, an impressive feat given that album's overall high quality. Now he's succumbed to his listeners' demands (sort of) and offered up five-song EP Gold Room, which is at times great — Spitten is clearly at his best on slower-paced tracks like "Piano Maze" and "Gold Room." His involved, meta wordplay can require some patience to fully appreciate — the mere 50 seconds of Duran ­Duran-sampling (!) "I'm On Fire" requires multiple listens to genuinely comprehend everything. Spitten has shown that, when uninhibited, he can write more substance into 16 bars than most MCs can in an entire song, so any misstep is magnified. ("Heavy is the head that wears the crown," or something like that.) But mind you, the fact that the chief knock against this EP is that Spitten is only great "at times" is like complaining that Yao Ming is only 7'6". Download Gold Room, then wait for Spitten's full-length album later this year.

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