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Phife in a Nutshell

Last night, the Apollo Theater held a celebration of the life of the late, great, Phife Dawg. During this moving tribute, Phife’s family released one of the new tracks that he had been working on. It was as if Phife knew that we were all going to need more, so he left this to help us all cope. Check out the first track, “Nutshell” from Phife’s upcoming album; “Give Thanks”. Enjoy, and let us know what you think.

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Wu Tang Meets Bill Murray

So, have you wondered what it would look like if the Wu and Bill Murray got together to pull off the heist of the century? If they were to liberate Once Upon a Time in Shaolin from Martin Shitdick? It would probably look like this.

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Busta Rhymes and Friends

When the Hot 97 concert, “Hot For The Holidays”, advertises Busta Rhymes and Friends….you had better think long and hard about who his “friends” may be. If you have been listening to our show, you know that Leaders of the New School have been in the studio. You also know that A Tribe Called Quest was on The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon. These are all things that should have been considered when wondering if one should attend “Busta Rhymes and Friends”.

I am one of those people who will show up to see a concert with all possibilities running through my mind. I will consider every person that has ever performed with the artist, every friend that I know that they have, anyone who could possibly show up during the concert and deliver that “oh shit” moment. Knowing what we know about Tribe and LONS, I would have considered this as an option, but not a realistic one. When I say that I think of all the possibilities, I also take in to consideration the odds that any of those people will show up. Normally, those odds are astronomical and more of a dream than a possibility. THIS show, turned out to defy all odds. If you had tickets to this show, you no doubt experienced that “oh shit” moment. For those of us who weren’t there…we will have to be happy with the video.

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Look At These!

Kicks 2Kicks

Let me first start by saying, “How fucking fresh are these kicks?” Over the summer, I attended what was billed as a “mini-con” at my local library. While there, I met Jack and Nicole selling their hand painted sneakers. They had everything; The Walking Dead, Boondock Saints, Comic Book Men, Pennywise, you name it. I thought it was one of the greatest ideas I had come across in a long time. Who doesn’t want a pair of hand made custom sneakers? So I started thinking….and we all know how dangerous that is. I thought how dope it would be to have a pair of Mr. Throwback Thursday kicks!

After a long time of trying to decide exactly how I wanted them to look (and still not having a complete idea), I contacted Eclectic Goods and started the ball rolling. When we met, they had some questions, and already had some ideas to help complete my vision for these shoes. They took our logo and ran with the old school feel. Again….incredible result!

Jack and Nicole are great people. They care as much about the customer’s satisfaction with the product as they do about creating the product, itself. They don’t have a machine that mass produces items, they sit down and take hours upon hours to hand craft these masterpieces. This is not an item that you can get in a week, you must be patient. Let me tell you, though…..patience pays off.

You can check them out on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram (as well as their website). Go order yourself a pair….sky is the limit. Make sure you tell them that Mr. Throwback Thursday sent you.

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Straight Outta Compton

STRAIGHT-OUTTA-COMPTON-facebook“You are now about to witness the strength of street knowledge.” Not only is this one of the most powerful beginnings to any record, it is also the beginning to the Straight Outta Compton movie. Before you see anything, you hear that oh, so familiar line, and then it begins. You are taken back to that moment when you first hear the album, and it changed hip hop forever. The majority of the story, you already know. The behind the scenes stuff makes this a movie not to be missed.

I will not go into the details of the movie, because I know how much I hate it when a movie is spoiled before I get to see it. I will, however, express my opinions on a few things. NWA was Eazy, Dre, Cube, Ren, and Yella (and if you look at the album cover, Arabian Prince). You would barely know that from watching this movie. As we have stated on the podcast, the previews showcase (and introduce) Eazy, Dre, and Cube. The D.O.C was more prominently featured in the film than MC Ren. Don’t get me wrong, I am a giant D.O.C fan, but he was not an official member of NWA. Aldis Hodge did an excellent job portraying the Ruthless Villain, but his screen time was so limited that it seemed like a waste to have him in the film. Marcc Rose and his eerie portrayal of 2Pac almost matched Hodge for screen time. As a founding member and dope lyricist, you would think that Ren would get more of a feature in a movie about his life.

For a 2 1/2 hour movie, this one flew by. The movie was well paced, and entertaining; there were no slow spots. The throwback to “Friday” with the “Bye, Felisha” (yes, that’s how her name is spelled) callback, was a nice touch. There were moments where time was fast forwarded that I would have liked more story. Not that it needed more story, but I would have liked to see more. For example, the time between Ice Cube refusing to sign his contract with Jerry Heller and “No Vaseline” was a matter of 3 minutes on film. That was two years, covered in 3 minutes. The D.O.C’s car accident and hospitalization took up more time in the movie. Who knows, maybe there was nothing important that happened in those two years?

All in all, one of the best movies I have seen in many years. Make sure you tune in this Thursday to hear Bill’s and my full review (with spoilers). If you have seen it, give us a call 206-333-4221 and tell us what you thought. If you don’t want to call, comment here or leave us a message on the Facebook page or hit us up on Twitter. Until next time….Keep it classic, and always remember: New School Stale, Old School Fresh@

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Mos Def Throwing Down the Gauntlet

Yasiin Bey (nee Mos Def) has just thrown down a challenge to all comers. He says that he, Black Thought, and King Los are ready to take on the world in a battle rap. He isn’t playing; he is willing to put a million dollars (for charity) on it! What do you think? Who is out there that could take on this trio? Hit us up 206-333-4221

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The Return of Hip Hip As You Knew It

Individually they are: Carolina Dirty, Dominique Larue, Monie Love and MyVerse. Collaboratively they make up Heresyl an all-female Hip Hop group that will quickly remind you what you’ve been missing in Hip Hop music.
All well established Emcees in their own right; united, these ladies are a calculated combination of strength and femininity. In their self-titled EP, HERESY (set for release on August 14th 2015), they share their stories and keep it – Ladies First.

Heresy is Monie Love, Dominique LaRue, Carolina Dirty & MyVerse

Already making heat is “Da Call Out”, the fiery first single(Produced by Mista Lawnge of Black Sheep and White Crows).

Tell us what you think.


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Ask Chuck

Have you ever wondered what Chuck D thought about world events? The current state of hip hop? If he’d do a drop for your favorite podcast? Well, now is your chance in a new feature on PE’s website titled, “Ask Chuck?” At the beginning and the end of each week, Chuck will be answering  questions from fans. So, if you have a question to ask Chuck, email askchuck@publicenemy.com and maybe he will answer! If he answers your question, let us know!

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Who says female DJs are just a gimmick? Who says you need a laptop to DJ these days? Who says that the art of turntablism is dead? Meet DJ Patty Clover and tell all of your friends who say these things to “Get Bent”. Check out her Facebook page here and show her some love. Oh, and tell her Mr. Throwback Thursday sent you!

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