Do Better Thursday: WAIT!!! Is Hip Hop Back!?!

Is Hip Hop back!?! Ok… I know it’s never left… but admittedly… I did leave it for a period… But it wasn’t my fault… So many of my favorite artists had done the same… Phonte dissolved Little Brother and begun making wonderful music with Foreign Exchange… Outkast has gone completely M.I.A…  Common put out that last thing… not even sure what the hell that was… and they (see: The Man) attempted to shelve Lupe’s work… (fortunately he’s releasing a new album in March…) …so, all I had was this new crop of mess to contend with… No Thanks.
I just went back to my Soul… and stayed there for a while… b/c like Sam sang “Nothing Can Change This Love” I have for the classics… nothing.
But then… Big K.R.I.T. drops “Krit Wuz Here”… Lupe’s announces his release date… Talib drops “Gutter Rainbows”…and then I hear a Busta Rhymes verse… where he SOUNDS LIKE BUSTA RHYMES!?! (also, Big K.R.I.T. is releasing Return Of 4eva on 3/22/11)
So maybe… just maybe… the Hip Hop I knew and loved is slowly coming around… 
  • Nicki Minaj does a pretty damn good job on SNL… Safe to say… I’m not the biggest Nicki Minaj fan… I appreciated her verse on Monster… but aside from that… I thought she’d be a fad and would have begun to fizzle out by now… but it seems she’s just picking up steam… and I’m just not in her target audience… but there’s no denying she does bring some excitement to the Hip Hop realm and much needed feminine representation… Check her holding her own on SNL…

“Daaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaayum!!!” – Bill Hader is MVP!

In her element… job well done.
  • The Angie Martinez Show takes karaoke to the next level… Earlier, I mentioned that I recently heard a Busta Rhymes spit a verse… where he reminded me of… BUSTA RHYMES!!! Here’s Angie and her crew doing the karaoke version of the song… 
  • “J Dilla: Still Shining” comes to light February 7th, 2011… If you’re a fan of J Dilla, you should enjoy this… Just visit on 2/7/11… and make sure you TURN IT UP!!!
“You must be out of you’re head if your system ain’t up to The Red.” 
  • Ambam the Gorilla does it right… as in walks upright... Apparently, apes walking like humans isn’t new… but I’ve never seen anything like this until earlier this week… and I was quite shocked… Not shocked on some End Of Days steeze… Moreso, because Ambam is strolling like he has someplace to be… on some, “Oh shit, is it 4 o’ clock already?!? I need to go punchout.” That’s what gets me… however, the GorillaKeeper is not impressed it seems… 
Ambam claims, “Ape betta have my money…” 

  • Reportedly, 3 rappers spend $1M in a strip club… Initially, I was going to go H.A.M. on Rick Ross, Diddy and Pharrell for apparently making it Hurricane Katrina in a strip club for Ross’s birthday… but much like last week’s “on the fence…” with Flava Flav… what rapper’s do with their money, legally, is none of my concern… either that… or I’ve completely given up on the fact that they would something reasonable with that amount of money… Maybe help out the Father of Hip Hop Kool Herc pay his kidney stones bill… (but really Herc, kidney stones??? that’s another issue… that I’ll let slide this post…) or perhaps they can go buy a bunch of… They’d certainly be “Doing It Right” in my book… 
What The Hell Is This??? #DiddysDirtyMoney

This week’s Doing It Wrong will be a quickhit list… mainly, b/c these are things I really don’t know MUCH about (nor have delved into…) but on the surface appear wrong…

  • MTV “Skins” TV show is going too far… I’ve heard it’s damn near child porn… Never seen the show… don’t care to… but if so… Wrong.
  • I heard rants and raves over 127 Hours with James Franco… and it’s Academy Awards nominations… but wait… the movie was released AFTER the nominations… I’m saying, I knew the Academy didn’t and doesn’t give a damn about public opinion… (because Denzel would have won for Malcolm X or The Hurricane if it did…) but DAMN you ain’t gotta preempt our viewing of a flick before you brag on it… I guess that’s why there’s the People’s Choice Awards.
  • Lastly… I won’t speak on it… just look at the section of this post… and then look at this…
…thanks for reading….
*big sigh*
…and doing better…
– dre’ of

BONUS: Doing It Right… George Clinton on Craig Ferguson’s Show with Dr. Cornel West…

Do Better Thursday: Throwbacks, Docs & Freaknik…

It’s been over a year… and it’s still a beautiful thing…
What it is good folks of Do Better Nation?
Hope the days have gotten longer and little warmer wherever you are…
This weeks Do Better Thursday post will feature more “Doing It Right”, like the picture above, than “Doing It Wrong”… Blame the warm weather in the Nation’s Capital… I’m not in the mood to brood over the antics of a few… I did, however, contact Brother Ordale Allen to leave us with a Daley Dose of his opinion… Check that out down below… for the Thursday recap…
Let’s Get To It!
  • Recently, Stussy and Stones Throw Records released a documentary on the later years of hip hop artist, producer and beat legend James “Jay Dee aka J Dilla” Yancey. The 3-part mini-documentary recounts the last years of his life through stories told by friends and fellow artists.
  •  Jimmy Kimmel’s Handsome Men’s Club…. just watch…
  • Throwback clip from “Bloopers” of host laughing at a caller singing his heart out… just because…
  • Throwback clip from “Soul Train”, James Brown brings out his daughter, Deanna… she promptly gets down on her good foot…
…moments before that performance… this occured… around the 2-minute mark… wait for it…

…his damn voice ain’t changed!?!
  • White woman gets her Kanye on at the Oscars… the backstory on this is fuzzy… but apparently the woman and the director, who won for Best Documentary – Short Subject, were partners in the winning film, Music for Prudence… she left the project a year before completion… and used Sunday’s event as a time to voice her issues… Regardless of who was in the wrong for causing the split… the following is fact: that’s one cool brother because I’m not sure if I wouldn’t have wrestled her on stage for the mic back… (more evidence… she may be more than just “off”…)
…say what you want about Mr. West… at least he let Taylor finish…
  • …oh yeah… this happened…

…do better…


– dre’ of 

ŏ – spring 09

SPRING IS HERE!!! (almost…)

it’s time to peel off those layers and sport an!

while you’re getting your spring style on, you might as well bump a dope mix while your at it…

in honor of the upcoming tee’s “Egg Rhymes with Orange” & “Egg Beaters” the spring playlist will feature tracks from Jay-Z & Nas for the rhyming…

and Just Blaze holding down the beats on tracks 8 through 16…

we kick off the playlist with an message “Do The Right Thang” – Ludacris feat. Common & Spike Lee (prod. by 9th Wonder)…

– tracklisting:

  1. Do The Right Thang – Ludacris feat. Common Spike Lee (prod. by 9th Wonder)
  2. Ether – Nas (remixed by 9th Wonder)
  3. Mastermind – Nas (remixed by 9th Wonder)
  4. Threat – Jay-Z (remixed by 9th Wonder)
  5. What More Can I Say – Jay-z (remixed by 9th Wonder)
  6. Encore – Jay-Z (remixed by 9th Wonder)
  7. Black Republican – Nas feat. Jay-Z (prod. by L.E.S)
  8. Breathe – Fabolous (prod. by Just Blaze)
  9. What We Do – Freeway (prod. by Just Blaze)
  10. American Gangster – Jay-Z (prod. by Just Blaze)
  11. All The Above – Maino feat. T-Pain (prod. by Just Blaze)
  12. Kingdom Come – Jay-Z (prod. by Just Blaze)
  13. The Roc – Cam’Ron feat. Memphis Bleek & Beans (prod. by Just Blaze)
  14. As One – Jay-Z feat. The Roc (prod. by Just Blaze)
  15. Alright – Freeway (prod. by Just Blaze)
  16. What You Hate The Game – The Game feat. Nas (prod. by Just Blaze)

this playlist will be included with each online purchase from until we drop the summer playist!

as always,

enjoy life.

– dre of

1.30.09: Five for Friday – 9th Wonder

This week’s five.for.friday features one of my favorite producers, 9th Wonder.


– dre’ of

1. Median – Comfortable: this is my personal fave of all his production… he flips Luther Vandross “Forever, For always, For Love”…

2. BCC feat. Aaliyah – Night Riders (Remix): how he chops, i just don’t know! but it always comes out wonderful…

3. Little Brother feat. Median – Shorty On The Lookout: this is when i fell in love with LB music… off their debut album “The Listening”…

4. Little Brother feat. Joe Scudda – Lovin’ It: I’m sure I’m not alone when I say… “this is my favorite LB track…”

5. Murs – Freak These Tales: another dope chop… this one of Billy Paul’s “Word Sure Gets Around”…

ŏ – change

if you’ve ordered a shirt from …then you’ve received the ŏ – fall 08

keeping up that tradition… i decided to create a “playlist of change” that will be sent out with the purchase of the Obama: “Oh, Yes We Did!” tee… men… women…

i may tell the story of the playlist later… with a link to download… for all to hear… 🙂
  1. James Brown – Say It Loud (I’m Black and I’m Proud)
  2. Donny Hathaway – Someday We’ll All Be Free
  3. Sam Cooke – A Change Is Gonna Come
  4. Marvin Gaye – Right On
  5. Quincy Jones – Killer Joe
  6. Marvin Gaye – What’s Going On?
  7. Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes – Wake Up Everybody
  8. Raphael Saadiq – Keep Marchin’
  9. James Brown – I Don’t Want Nobody To Get Me Nothing
  10. Curtis Mayfield – Move On Up
  11. Billy Paul – People Power
  12. McFadden & Whitehead – Ain’t No Stoppin’ Us Now
  13. Ray Charles – Hit The Road Jack
  14. Billy Paul – Let The Dollar Circulate
  15. James Brown – Paid The Cost, To Be The Boss
  16. Curtis Mayfield – People Get Ready (Live)
  17. The Stable Singers – Come Go With Me

ŏ – fall 08


there was to be an ŏ – summer 08… but due to delays with the launch…

summer transitioned into fall, thus now we have the ŏ – fall 08… 
some of the same songs listed were in the “unreleased” summer playlist,  and some are late additions from new music released since then…
hopefully, more than a few of the tracks entice you… the CD will be sent with online purchase of ŏ…
ŏ – fall 08

  • J Dilla aka Jay Dee – Instrumental: Beat 14
  • Zo! & Tiggalo – Take On Me
  • Median – Comfortable
  • Isaac Haye’s – Ike’s Mood
  • Gil Scott-Heron – Tuskegee 626
  • Jean Grae & 9th Wonder – Don’t Rush Me
  • Aya – Sean
  • Raphael Saadig – Keep Marchin’
  • The Wiz Soundtrack – Emerald City: Sequence Red
  • The Foreign Exchange feat. Yahzarah – If She Breaks Your Heart
  • J Dilla aka Jay Dee – Instrumental: Beat 32
  • Nicolay & Kay – As the Wheel Turns
  • Michael Jackson – I Can’t Help It (Todd Terje Remix)
  • J Dilla aka Jay Dee – Instrumental: Beat 18
  • Dwele – Brandi
  • Raphael Saadiq – Staying In Love
  • Pharoahe Monch – Hold On
  • Miles Davis – Prayer (Oh Doctor Jesus)
  • 9th Wonder – Instrumental: “Sweet Melody”
  • J Dilla aka Jay Dee – Gobstopper
  • Gnarls Barkley – A Little Better
  • School of Beats feat. Shak-C – ‘Rhymin’ 1st’ 
  • School of Beats feat. Ice Da Villain – ‘Rhymin 2nd’
  • School of Beat – Outro: Beat Blend