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Interview: Prodigy & Boogz Boogetz’ Young Rollin’ Stoners Album showcases two Generations of Queens Hip-Hop

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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Words by Paul Meara (@PaulMeara)

Prodigy’s collaborative prospectus with hip-hop greats is long and distinguished. When it comes to the production on his albums, he’s mostly relied on Havoc and The Alchemist for much of his solo catalog. Mobb Deep in general has stuck to working with their contemporaries during the course of their career and haven’t called on the younger generation all that much. Until now.

Far Rockaway, Queens native Boogz Boogetz, who is more than a decade younger than Prodigy, has been hanging around the Infamous camp for quite a while, appearing on several tracks by the Mobb rapper (and vice versa). The younger brother of Un Pacino, an artist who has long been affiliated with Infamous Records and even doing a full album with Prodigy, Boogz has experienced how an older Queens camp works and established a good relationship with everyone in the process.

“I’m always in the studio with [my brother], and Prodigy just took a liking to me and my music,” Boogz Boogetz said in describing his early encounters with Prodigy. “He seen that I was different. I was a skateboarder and not like every other average kid to meet in the hood. There was something about me [that was] special and we started working together.”

This Tuesday (November 25) will set somewhat of a precedent for both Prodigy and Boogz Boogetz as they release their collaborative Young Rollin’ Stonerz album. Each emcee will be somewhat out of his element. P will have to lay his trademark dark, gritty and thoro bars over beats mostly of the trap variety while Boogz’ stoner rhymes and skateboard appeal will have to be up to the task of not sounding too left of field being on the same song as one of hip-hop most infamous hardcore pioneers. It’s a challenge both are willing to accept.

“It’s just fun,” Prodigy says describing the album. “When you listen to it it’s just fun music. It’s hardcore hip-hop but at the same time the energy that Boogz brings to it just enables me to create a lighter side of my writing aside from doing real dark hip-hop. [I’m] still sticking to my guns and being myself.”

Nah Right recently spoke to both Boogz Boogetz and Prodigy in anticipation of Young Rollin’ Stoners. During the interview the duo described working with one another and also laid a few gems about what each of them are doing separately. P announced he’s working on a project with Harry Fraud as well as another collaborative effort with Alchemist while Boogz relayed he’s in the process of creating a slew of new works, both solo and collabo. They also described their early meetings and why each finds value in working with one another.

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Berner – Thru

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

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New shit from Taylor Gang’s Berner, produced by A One. Nothing about this post is safe for work.

That artwork though!

Previously: Berner & B-Real – Prohibition EP

January Execution Date Set for Cool C

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Eight years ago, I posted about the impending execution of OG Philly rapper Cool C, who was convicted of the 1996 shooting of a female police officer during the commission of a bank robbery and sentenced to death by lethal injection.

At the time, C was scheduled to be executed in March of 2006, but here we are eight years later and the sentence still hasn’t been carried out. A new execution date of January 8th was recently set by the governor of PA and it appears that it may actually happen this time. My old post pretty much sums up my feelings about the death penalty and this case in particular.

As this Cool C news is hitting the media cycle, we all sit and wait for a grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO. Officer Darren Wilson will almost certainly not be indicted for the murder of Michael Brown. Just this past weekend a cop in Brooklyn murdered an unarmed man for no good reason. It has already been ruled a homicide, but it wouldn’t surprise me he never spends a day in prison. Giuliani thinks that Black people should be lining up to thank him for saving so many of our lives. I think Amadou Diallo’s family would beg to differ.

I don’t know if Cool C shot that cop. I do know that executing him won’t bring her back. I also know that the justice system in this country is a joke and it doesn’t seem to apply to white guys with badges.

Gwen Stefani – Spark The Fire (Prod. by Pharrell)

Monday, November 24th, 2014

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Gwen Stefani and Pharrell team up once again to collaborate on this new single titled “Spark The Fire”. Video is on the way.

Previously: Pharrell – The Hunter (Live on The Voice)

Behind the Scenes of “The Rap Monument” (NYC Edition)

Friday, November 21st, 2014

In this second behind the scenes clip from the creation of the sprawling 30-artist “Rap Monument” track, we get a look at the New York City recording sessions. Raekwon, Prodigy, Action Bronson, Retchy P, Meyhem Lauren, Bodega Bamz, Rockie Fresh, Flatbush Zombies, World’s Fair and Vado all show up to lay verses.

Previously: Behind the Scenes of “The Rap Monument” (Atlanta Edition)

Video: Lumidee ft. Chris Rivers & Mike Street – No One

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Lumidee keeps the  new videos coming with “No One”, featuring Chris Rivers and Mike Street. This uses a sample from The Beatnuts “No Escapin’ This” and appears on her new Lumi mixtape, which you can grab now.

Previously: Lumidee ft. Termanology – Shake It Off (Video)

Video: The LOX on Battle Rap

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Louch, Styles and Kiss offer their opinions on the battle rap scene, Murda Mook, Joe Budden’s battle with Hollow Da Don and what it would take to get any one of them in the ring at this point in their careers.

Be sure to pick up The Trinity trilogy if you haven’t already.

Previously: The LOX Interview with The Breakfast Club

Pusha T – Lunch Money (Prod. by Kanye West)

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Pusha just dropped a new Kanye West-produced track out of nowhere.

UPDATED: A CDQ, tag free stream has been added.

Previously: Stromae ft. Lorde, Pusha T, Q-Tip & HAIM – Meltdown

Alex Wiley – Lil Stoner Boi

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

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Wake and bake with Mr. Wiley’s “Lil Stoner Boi”, produced by Taylor Young & Carter Lang.

Previously: Alex Wiley ft. Kembe X – Takeoff (Video)

Video: RossFit with Rick Ross

Tuesday, November 18th, 2014

Ross hooks up with Funny or Die to make his #RossFit workout regime a reality.

Nah but seriously, Ross has lost so much weight, I’m starting to worry that he’s too skinny. He’s on his Al Sharpton shit for real.

Previously: Rick Ross – Hood Billionaire (Album Stream)