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Video: Sadat X – WKCR Anniversary Freestyle

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

More footage from the WKCR 7th Anniversary show courtesy of Jay Smooth.

Video: Homeboy Sandman, Steele, Rock & Pharoahe Monch WKCR Freestyle

Saturday, March 13th, 2010

Homeboy Sandman, Steele of Smif-N-Wessun, Rock of Heltah Skeltah and Pharoahe Monch do what they do for the Squeeze Radio 7th Anniversary show on WKCR, hosted by http://twitter.com/SucioSmash. Footage courtesy of Jay Smooth.

Video: Lyricism and Capitalism

Tuesday, March 2nd, 2010

Jay Smooth tackles the subject of lyricism, or lack of, in modern Hip-Hop.

Look, I’m a lyrics guy moreso than anything. Give me a fucking lyrically genius a capella and I’m a pig in shit. But at the same time, there are countless non-lyrical, throwaway, dare I say straight-up ignorant songs that I enjoy immensely. My problem is with this fucking mentality that it’s somehow cool to strive to not be nice. If you’re not the greatest lyricist, but you have a talent for making great music in spite of it, then great, more power to you. Honestly, you don’t even have to be saying anything of consequence, but the least you can do is say it in a clever way.  But to set out to say nothing? And then revel in it and disrespect people who are saying something? All in the name of getting as much money as possible in as little time? That’s bullshit, you should kill yourself, and may every fucking dollar you have ever earned on the backs of people who actually care about this thing of ours turn to dust.

Video: Pop Life and Race Matters

Saturday, February 13th, 2010

aka “Why I’m Not Making a Video About John Mayer”

Jay Smooth

Related: R.I.P. Rap Music [illDoctrine]

Video: Mini-Doctrine: Haiti

Friday, January 15th, 2010

Jay Smooth on the disaster in Haiti.

Also: I don’t know that this means anything, but I feel it’s worth a mention.

Finally, if your’e in Houston, the big homie Bun is organizing an MLK Day Houston For Haiti charity performance at Warehouse Live.

More info here (Word doc).

Video: The Cast of Fela! @ The Roots Holiday Jam

Wednesday, December 16th, 2009

Jay Smooth caught this footage of the cast of the Jay-Z and Will & Jada Smith backed Broadway musical Fela! at the annual Roots Holiday Jam @ B.B. King’s last night.

Says Jay:

Some footage from the Roots Holiday Jam at BB King’s last night, featuring the cast of the “Fela” broadway musical plus their band from the show, the (famous in their own right) Antibalas Afrobeat Orchestra.

The rest of the show was great too, Mos Def, Brother Ali, Gary Bartz(!), the Hypnotic Brass Band, and of course the legendary Roots crew.. shoutout to Meka from 2dopeboyz.com for the invite.

Previously: The Roots – Late Night With Jimmy Fallon Sandwiches EP

Video: You’ve Lost That Beefing Feeling (Illdoctrine)

Monday, November 23rd, 2009

By popular demand, a brief comment on the Beani Sigel/Jay-Z/50 Cent beef. This is not likely to be of interest unless you’re a fan of these hip-hop soap operas.

Video: The Ordinary Person’s Guide to Empire State of Mind (Illdoctine)

Thursday, November 5th, 2009

Jay reflects on Yankee Pride.

Yes! These other people were also deprived of joy, but to a lesser extent! Ha!

Ha ha, so true. You gotta hate New Yorkers.

Video: East Coast Cats & Christopher Street Boys (Illdoctrine)

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Says Jay:

Working my way back to hip-hop topics, and LJ is down with the ROC so this gets me halfway there.

Video: No Accounting For Taste (IllDoctrine)

Monday, October 12th, 2009

An actual *mini doctrine* this time, just a hello to all my new viewers and subscribers. Music provided by Sabzi from the Blue Scholars.

Previously: A Case Of Morals