mood:ring :: “new beat vibes”

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mood: scribing the dance of denizen chameleons and the art of camouflage backdrops with urban guardians c/o @hushartist 

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mood:ring :: stage fruition

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mood: coffee in the canyon, high tea on the hills… sunrise over silhouettes … c/o @theblakhat @wrdsmth, “hollywood has been resting on its laurels far too long.”

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Sounds of the Mayan 2012: Five Albums That Existed This Year – Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1

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So… if nothing else, 2012 proved that by George the Mayans had it all kinds of right: this year proved a renaissance of apocalyptic proportions – a year when the culturally amnesiatic cynics failed to recognize a sea change over the screams of their own skeptic scoffs… alas, even in the midst of privately-backed Super-PAC pocketed media, bindered women, NRA publicity stunts, mass school shootings, a deluge of false formations and knowledge starvation, the spectacle’s continued triumph over literacy shrugged – and oh, Sandy; even in the midst of all that, there was music – glorious music – because after all, to mark the fall, the birth of tragedy is forever  conceived in the spirit of music.

Somewhere along the 365 steps on the road to perdition, albums debuted, someone named Frank caused an Ocean of tears, a boy named Ken lamented the m.a.a.d. urban terrain, and Fiona spun the wheel while time idly passed by… but this isn’t about them – although everything else prior has unremarkably revolved around the former two – this list is about five albums I listened to, five albums I didn’t need people to tell me I liked, five works that are tragic in their own right, five that may not be cool, may be too young for school, but five that at the end of the day reminded me of what “those” Mayans might play had they lived to see this day…

Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album Part 1 – Lupe Fiasco


Lupe is to the educated, the other culture connoisseurs, those presently existing from an existential perspective, what Kendrick became for those who don’t have the time, patience, attention span, or concern for anything external of the mainstream myopic. Fiasco is the good wiz in a mad capital to Lamar’s maad citied good kid. Food and Liquor 2 is the gospel opus, this Great American Rap Album is Part 1 is a raptrospective on the imperial collapse of a nation unchained in a state of voluntary mass surveilled servitude. If this black everything is too long winded, too creatively intertwined between vocabulary and vernacular, too scriptural with slang, too substantial for contemporary tastemakers’ slacker style – that’s the point. Much like Lauryn sitting atop her hill – Lupe’s distance from the nucleus of now is what grants inevitable goodness: Fiasco’s Tiresian opus remains forever sitting mad pretty.

Your Timeline, My Turntable: October 27, 2010

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Twitter: because you don’t find music, music finds you #followon


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The Strokes – “Last Night” (via @aurosan – #ohyestheydid)



New Music Tuesdays: “Runaways” from Mr. Fiasco to Mr. Fix-It

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Ello, ello – quick and dirty postess with the mostess to satiate your afternoon hunger for wonderful…

Dark Twisted Fantastically Cool tandem for the New Music Tuesday

from the Fiasco:

Physically here, mentally I’m up there somewhere,
and I been thinking ’bout maybe coming down and hanging ’round on the ground some year.
But this ain’t the one (NO) –
having too much fun way up here on the Sun, yo.
They should really sell my CD’s at the gun show:
a two-disk set is like Russian Roulette – Afghanistan key-note

If you wanna win, then come in my casino:
pull up in a Porsche, pull off in a Dino
Conviction on the stitching: I’m delivering the key-note

Dime Digest: Music Monday – July 12, 2010

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I left you all with a drought, and so now: a Music Monday deluge. The sirens crafted a playlist of divine proportions today, one so glorious I couldn’t possibly keep it to myself. Truth is stranger than fiction, and mythology makes for reality’s greatest musings… Art is expressed reaction to good and evil; Pandora: the curious curator of this gallery we call life – and the best thing to happen to music in a long time… ah, the wonderful world of playlistism #ohletsdoit

The Fugees – Ready or Not

Jay-Z – D’Evils

Lady GaGa – Just Dance (Red One Remix) ft. Kardinal Offishall

Unforgettable, Vol. 11: Lupe Fiasco – The Cool

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Whatever it was that N.E.R.D. was in search of: Lupe Fiasco found with his 2007 release The Cool. What is Cool? Cool is a living contradiction. Lupe doesn’t avoid the nature of Cool – he clutches to it like an insomniac to the other side of the pillow. This album lives The Cool through and through.

They thought it was cool to burn crosses on your front lawn as they hung you from trees in your backyard. They thought it was cool to leave you thirsty and stranded, Katrina! He thought it was cool to carry a gun in his classroom and open fire, Virginia Tech, Columbine – Stop the violence! They thought it was cool to tear down the projects and put up million dollar condos, Gentrification. They think it’s cool to stand on the block hiding product in their socks to make quick dime bag dollars. They think it’s cool to ride down on you in blue and white unmarked cars busting you upside your head. Freeze… ‘Cause the problem is we think it’s cool too. Check your ingredients before you overdose, on The Cool…

Music Monday: Sounds from the Summit

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In light of the MTV premiere of Summit on the Summit

Grammy-nominated musician, philanthropist, and “actionist” Kenna has organized an expedition to the top of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise awareness of the billion people worldwide who lack access to clean drinking water. The climb will not only raise awareness of the global clean water crisis, but also raise funds for various charities and organizations

this Music Monday playlist features three of the freshest, PURist, cleanest, coolest artists to rock the mic – or trek the globe in pursuit of water as fresh and clean as they are. So below, are the Dime’s Ten Picks for “Sounds from the Summit” featuring Kenna, Santogold, and Lupe Fiasco – enjoi

Distriction: Wale’s Latest & Greatest


Mr. DMV is rolling through 9:30 tonight; after trekking the country, he’s bringing Go-Go home again.

So before the District — or at least the DC blogger/DJ twitterati — flood V St., a brief latest and greatest …

Latest: Wale enlisted the help of Lady Gaga, The Factory 2.0 herself, for “Chillin’,” whose well-anticipated video leaked – but was cleaned up – today. So, here’s the live version from Last Call with Carson Daly:


And the jumpoff, Nike Boots – because it’s “flya than the rest of ’em”

… and some odds and ends in between

The Gold Post: 100 Kept


Finally, the century mark. It’s times like this when you recap to the beginning and where it all began. So: a playlist paying tribute to where it always begins — home. (Actually, I stumbled across “City is Mine,” and decided to put together a city playlist. It just so happened to be The Dime’s 100th post, and all the cities are hometowns — thus the easy spin about where it begins.) Either way, enjoi

Starting at the top of the map with an ode to our Neighbors to the North — compliments of their most hyped export since Jimmy Brooks