We don’t know about you, dear readers, but it’s been a long week. If it weren’t for the beauty of self-medicating and this Elmatic album by Elzhi, we probably wouldn’t have made it this far. Before we bring this week to a close, here are a few things from around the Web that caught our eye.
“Been sittin’ on a goldmine the way I’ve been killing songs…”
These days you can’t throw a rock without hitting an aspiring rapper in the ass. Believe us, we’ve tried. But there are few members of the current upcoming crop of emcees who have already established commercial success and are still willing to give a retail quality album away for free. New Zealand native David Dallas has secured MTV video rotation for his song “Big Time;” synched music licenses with ESPN, The Weinstein Company and HBO; conducted an interview with “Nightline” about his journey to the USA and performed for HOT 97 “Who’s Next” series. Now after moving stateside, the Duck Down emcee is offering his debut The Rose Tint to interested listeners for free. You can download a copy of the album by visiting the official David Dallas site.
“You hooked on Mobb phonics / Infamous-bonics / Lyin’ to the pop-dog like you got it…”
Unless you’ve been completely detached from all media, you have probably seen Mobb Deep’s Prodigy in some form or another. P has hit the Internet, television news and book circuits heavily since his release. As the epic press junket for his autobiography, My Infamous Life, wraps up, why not tie it all together with an all-inclusive look at Prodigy’s 25 most essential songs? Complex.com compiled a list of choice cuts and had him break them down, noting faves including “Hit It From the Back” and “Quiet Storm.”
“I’m Jordan with the mic / Wanna gamble…”
For a lot of us, basketball and Hip Hop go hand-in-hand—word to the Josh Smith cameo in Young Dro’s “Freeze Me.” If you’ve been watching the playoffs with mixtapes and albums in the background, then Skyzoo’s “Chain Link Champions” blog for Slam magazine is just for you. In the most recent edition, “Bizarro World,” Sky tries to figure out the nonsensical flow of this year’s NBA playoffs. We gave it a shot, but once the Spurs, Lakers and Celtics got beat down, we found ourselves at a loss for words. But Skyzoo is always up for a challenge. And if you’re a multi-tasker, check out some choice cuts form his upcoming “The Great Debater” project (dropping June 7), while you’re reading.