Tuesday, December 13, 2005

Things I have forgotten to post

First up here's last week's Damage Control. We had a dude named Belly on there from Ottawa in Canada who talked down on Kardinal Offishal for some reason. He commented on the fact that so many rappers in Canada make their videos and release their records with "borrowed money," ie: government grants. Well, I live in a country where you can barely get funding for music and art programs in public schools cuz we spend all of our money on war, death, destruction and Halliburton,and he's complaining about his country that actually helps young artists get their work out to the public.

Yes Canada GIVES RAPPERS money to make videos, and he says that's a bad thing. I think "Canada's first gangsta rapper" needs to get an apartment in 5th Ward for a while. I'm not hating, the music is good and he was a cool guy and he's down with my man Jokaman and he brought Sickamore to the studio, so I'm not trippin', but shit man, come live in our hustlin' ass country for a while and see how it really is. I'd like to do the same. I been considering spending some time in Canada. As cold as it is, the people sure are nice and the government doesn't hurt my bleeding heart.

Download Last Weeks Damage Control HERE.

And here you can hear a special from the BBC's 1Xtra on Chopped and Screwed Music - a genre I personally like to call "Houston Music." I'm interviewed throughout and I think they did a really good job.

Check out the BBC's Special on Chopped and Screwed Music Here.

And there's two new websites dedicated to bashing the hip hop magazines. One I cut for 100% - The Bible of Hip Hop, another I don't really dig, called Bitter Vibes as it takes swipes at Mimi Valdes, the editor in Chief at Vibe Magazine.


The Bible of Hip Hop in name is an obvious dig at The Source, a magazine that owes me $1,600 and will probably never pay. In fact they owe a lot of my friends in this writing game money, and need to be taken to task for it as they wither away. Merry Christmas Source Magazine, the Bible of Hip Hop is FOR YOU! And all of us...

Bitter Vibes is admittedly interesting as it is written by an anonymous Vibe employee who talks all sorts of inside personal shit about what happens at their office. I think that Vibe does a better job covering urban music than any of the other major hip hop magazines (except Ozone and I'ma keep my hopes up for Down to keep doing good thangs, but its quite early in the game) so I can't really trip on them. I really don't give a fuck if Mary J. Blige didn't like her cover shot. Inever liked one picture taken of me ever.

And fact is, back ten years ago when I just started getting my internet on, I tried to start this online weekly "Hip Hop Business" chat on AOL when only about 15% of the hip hop biz had internet capabilities. Mimi Valdes was like, literally one of my only supporters. Like I'd send out email invites and then the time would go to be in the chat room and it'd be just me and Mimi. So admittedly I have a soft spot in my heart for this woman I have never met or even sen for that matter. Let her dress however she wants you gossipy little bia...

But I have to admit, it's fairly juicy, like some horrid reality TV show you can't stop watching even though it's the most retardedly ridiculous thing you've ever seen. Bitter Vibes is my new Paradise Hotel or whatever that catty fucking show was called.

Anyway, I'm taking Eva to her friends house and whatever, you don't care about that. Enjoy Damage Control, the BBC and these two new websites...

17 Comments:

Anonymous csdd3rd said...

i like that new blog, tBOH...pretty clean site. I feel what you're sayin bout The Source owing money...those fuckers never sent my subscription that i paid $11 for!

good post Matt

8:17 AM  
Anonymous Skratch Beazle said...

Missed this post earlier last week....

I am a Canadian artist and I must say it is nice to have government funding in our country. Mind you, i've never gotten any, but why complain about it? It can't hurt having resources like that. I know that many European countries do the same thing.

It's weird for Belly to comment on something like that, seeing as I don't recall him ever releasing an album with his 'real' money, while Kardinal has been putting out product since the early nineties. The Canadian hip hop industry is very small and it is hard to support yourself for that long, especially with the label troubles Kardi has seen in the past. Why the hate?

I think it's simply Belly trying to rep for 'the streets' and trying to take kardi down for 'not having real money'. Fuck that. Kardinal is a hard worker and is widely considered the best all around rapper in Canada and Belly is relatively unknown. It's just a ploy to create a buzz about himself.

Canada is way to small population wise (30 million people in this big ass country) to be beefing like that. Our main problem is NOBODY has shit. there ain't enough 'streets' to make a living off music and there ain't enough 'industry'. I'll take the government money when it comes to me.

10:48 AM  
Anonymous jimmy snuka said...

Basically, I just gotta comment on this cause a lot of Canadian cats seem to like hatin on our artists outside of the country, but then come back and be all like, "we love Kardinal" or "we support Canadian hip hop." Kardinal's a skilled MC, bottom line. He's got a fresh style that others imitate and he's always on the grind. As far as I'm concerned he's number one in Canadian hip hop, he pushes the community forward and reps T-dot.

Canadian hip-hop style is founded in the Caribbean identity. If cats don't like that, then they don't like Canadian hip-hop. That's what our style is, bottom line. Caribana, dance-hall, soca -- our hip-hop comes out of that scene. If you don't believe how hot that shit can be, get Clipse's "Grindin'" Selector Remix w/ Sean Paul & Kardinal on that bitch.

Anyway, Belly's weak.

9:39 AM  
Anonymous DJ Spin-up said...

How can "Pushaman" comment on death and destruction...Belly was born in Jenin, Palestine. Belly lived in Chi-town, and ran with Bump J and the Goon Squad before Bump was signed. Kardinal doesn't represent Canada, he can't even walk around in Toronto. Belly's shit is coming out later this year, independent. A couple of songs from the album leaked here...one of them's got Scarface on it!! I got Belly's first mixtape with Kool Kid, it was hot, a little amateur, but hot. Then, I got his second mix-tape with Kay Slay, thats a fucking classic and either one of those mixtapes puts any Kardinal album to shame. The streets don't respect Kardinal.period

12:03 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just heard about Belly's comments about Kardinal and had to reply!
It's so interesting how every time an artist coming out, who claims he's real, he's from the street, whatever, feels he needs to justify his street credibilty, by trying to bring others down.
DO YOU UNDERSTAND HOW PETTY & BITTER YOU SOUND?
And surprise surprise they choose Kardinal as their object of disdain as to what is not "real" versus themselves, who, for sure, is "real".
I wonder why it's always Kardinal they choose call out.
Could it be because he's the most talented MC in the country? Could it be because he has put Canadian hip-hop on an international stage like no other artist has before? Or could it be that you're probably insecure about your own music and starting a beef with the most recognizable Canadian hip-hop artist is a good way to build your own buzz?
By the way, these are all rhetorical questions. I'll give you a minute, while you look up "rhetorical".
Kardinal has represented Canada everywhere he has gone and earned the respect of other artists/djs in Canada, the U.S. and over seas. And has done it all without saying one negative thing about ANYONE.
Just on sheer talent, a strong work ethic and positivity.
My suggestion to Belly aka Canada'sfirst gangsta rapper...
Just do you.
If your music is what you say it is, it will speak for itself.
At the moment you're still a relative unknown and this isn't a good way to start to build your name. It will be associated with negativity. And people that have worked with and respect what Kardinal is doing, will take you with a grain of salt before you get to spit one verse.
And that's a lot of people by the way.

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