GAME AND OTHERS PUT OUT TRIBUTES TO NATE DOGG

(From Black Sheep Mag News)

A handful of artists have rushed to record and release tribute tracks to G-funk singer Nate Dogg, who died on 15th March. Among them are Game, who has put out ‘All Doggs Go To Heaven’. The song details The Game’s friendship and admiration for Nate and features a sample from Dr. Dre’s 2000 single ‘The Next Episode’, on which Nate Dogg performed.

Game also Tweeted a tribute to Nate Dogg the day after his death, writing: “R.I.P. Nate Dogg. I’ve lost a friend.”

Snoop Dogg and Eminem are among the other artists to have publicly paid tribute to Nate, along with British artist Plan B, who has said that hearing his vocal n Warren G’s 1994 track ‘Regulate’ was what made him want to get into music.

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NEW LIVE ACTS AND DJs ADDED TO SOUTHPORT

(From www.blacksheepmag.com News)

Further acts have been added to the bill of this May’s Southport weekender, taking place for the first time at the Butlins holiday resort in Minehead, Somerset. Although tickets for the event, from 6th to 8th May, sold out weeks ago, the organisers have announced that a further 1,500 have now been put on sale.

Following several previous appearances, Sounds Of Blackness return to head up the live acts with a full concert. They’re joined by Ben Westbeech, Ndambi, Raphael Saadiq, Dexter Wansell, Al Johnson and Naughty By Nature. The DJ line-up, meanwhile, is headlined by Roger Sanchez, delivering a Classic US House set. Other US kingpins include Derrick Carter, Kerri Chandler, DJ Spen and hip-hop pioneer Grandmaster Flash.

The Southport team made the announcement of their move from the venue that gave the event its name, Pontins in Southport, last month. The increased capacity of the new venue has brought scope for even more acts, they say. The live acts and DJs will perform across the usual four rooms of music – The Powerhouse, The Funkbase, The Beat Bar and Connoisseurs Corner – with styles encompassing deep and soulful house, rare groove, funk, jazz, R&B, hip-hop and Afrobeat.

Tickets are available from http//www.southportweekender.co.uk, or on 0844 879 7210/ 01207 549 223

The full Southport line-up so far is as follows:

THE DJS

ROGER SANCHEZ CLASSIC US HOUSE SET
DERRICK CARTER
KERRI CHANDLER
CARL CRAIG
DJ SPEN
KARIZMA
GRANDMASTER FLASH
THEO PARRISH
TREVOR NELSON
DIXON
KENNY DOPE
GILLES PETERSON
JELLYBEAN BENITEZ
DAVID RODIGAN
DJ SPINNA
MOTOR CITY DRUM ENSEMBLE
THE UNABOMBERS
JOY ORBISON
BENJI B
RUB N TUG
TODD TERJE
NORMAN JAY
RONNIE HEREL
SHORTEE BLITZ
DJ SWERVE
STUART PATTERSON
PHIL ASHER
DJ BIGGER
KEV BEADLE
SNOWBOY
GARY DENNIS
TERRY JONES
STEVE WREN
ANDY DAVIES
BOB JEFFRIES
SEAN MCCABE
CRAIG SMITH
PAUL =8CTROUBLE=B9 ANDERSON
STEVE BUTLER=20
DJ SPOONY
DJ EZ
TIMMY REGISFORD
DJ MEME (BRAZIL)
ABI CLARKE
DJ RAHEEM
SARAH FAVOURITIZM
JP
BROWN SUGA
MIKE STEPHENS
RAHAAN
COLIN CURTIS
GAVIN KENDRICK
CRAIG BARTLETT
PAUL STUART
LITTLE STEVIE

LIVE ACTS

THE SOUNDS OF BLACKNESS – LIVE IN CONCERT
BEN WESTBEECH LIVE IN CONCERT
N’DAMBI LIVE IN CONCERT
DEXTER WANSEL LIVE PA
AL JOHNSON LIVE PA
MARILYN ASHFORD BROWN LIVE PA
MARC DE CLIVE-LOWE : LIVE + MC MOTET
RAPHAEL SAADIQ LIVE IN CONCERT
ALICE RUSSELL LIVE IN CONCERT
RASMUS FABER & THE RAFA ORCHESTRA LIVE IN CONCERT
AVERY SUNSHINE LIVE IN CONCERT
NAUGHTY BY NATURE LIVE

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MORE BOOM-BAP 90s HIP-HOP RADIO AUDIO

For all vintage audio junkies, here’s another set of 90s hip hop radio gems. The Funkmaster Flex Rap Xchange is particularly slamming. I’d forgotten just how on top of his game this dude was in 1995. Download, enjoy and reminisce on days when the radio was actually worth listening to! Props to Andrew Kay for these links.

RADIO 1 RAP EXCHANGE FLEX AND WESTWOOD, APRIL 1995:

FUNKMASTER FLEX, HOT 97, 1996

WESTWOOD, CAPITAL RAP SHOW, 1993

DIAMOND D, TRACKS, SNIPPETS AND SAMPLES MIX:

FUNKMASTER FLEX LIVE AT NY’S PALLADIUM, 1995:

DJ RIZ HOT 97 STREET JAMS, 1994:

FUNKMASTER FLEX, HOT 97, 1997

WESTWOOD, RADIO 1 RAP SHOW, MARCH 1996:

WESTWOOD, RADIO 1 RAP SHOW, BEST OF 1994:

MARLEY MARL ON RADIO 1, 1998, 90S MIX

CLARK KENT & MARLEY MARL, WBLS NEW YORK, 1989:

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R.I.P. SMILEY CULTURE

Secondly, British reggae artist Smiley Culture, aka David Victor Emmanuel, was killed on 15th March. There’s a twisted irony in his biggest hit being 1984’s ‘Police Officer’, a satirical take on police bigotry and harrassment, and the fact that he died after being stabbed during a police raid on his home. It’s claimed he was involved in cocaine distribution. He was 48. “Police Officer’ remains an iconic part of the UK’s reggae output of the 80s.

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R.I.P. NATE DOGG

The music world lost two great artists this week. First off, Nate Dogg, aka Nathaniel Dwayne Hale, the singer on Warren G’s ‘Regulate’ and a thousand other hip-hop tracks, long before T-Pain and Akon did it. He’d suffered two strokes, and seemingly died from complications arising from the second one. He was 41. A sad loss to the game.

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REKS – RHYTHMATIC ETERNAL KING SUPREME. A REAL HIP-HOP ALBUM!

The new album by Boston MC Reks (Rhythmatic Eternal King Supreme) is start-to-finish consistently strong, with production from the likes of Statik Selektah, Pete Rock and DJ Premier, and subject matter including the vacuous nature of celebrity, the media’s obsession with outward appearance, the death factor of cigarette smoking and bullshit mainstream music. How few artists of his ilk there are! Highly recommended for all fans of REAL hip-hop. The attached, produced by Nottz, gives a great flavour.

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LUPE FIASCO: WORDS I NEVER SAID – MEANINGFUL LYRICS!

It’s a shame about the appalling backpacker beat and nagging Skylar Grey vocal hook on this. That aside though, the lyrics on this are tight and absolutely spot-on! Props to Lupe Fiasco for dropping some meaningful content. For those who know. (The full lyrics are attached for reference.)

LUPE FIASCO: WORDS I NEVER SAID

It’s so loud Inside my head
With words that I should have said!
As I drown in my regrets
I can’t take back the words I never said
I can’t take back the words I never said

I really think the war on terror is a bunch of bullshit
Just a poor excuse for you to use up all your bullets
How much money does it take to really make a full clip?
9/11 building 7, did they really pull it?
Uhh, And a bunch of other cover-ups
Your childs future was the first to go with budget cuts
If you think that hurts then wait, here comes the uppercut
The school was garbage in the first place, thats on the up and up
Keep you at the bottom but tease you with the uppercrust
You get it then they move you, so you never keeping up enough
If you turn on TV all you see’s a bunch of “what the f-cks”
Dude is dating so and so, blabbering ’bout such and such
And that aint Jersey Shore, homie, that’s the news!
And these the same people that supposed to be telling us the truth
Limbaugh is a racist, Glenn Beck is a racist
Gaza strip was getting bombed, Obama didn’t say shit
Thats why I aint vote for him, next one neither
I’m a part of the problem, my problem is I’m peaceful
And I believe in the people.

Now you can say it aint our fault if we never heard it
But if we know better, then we probably deserve it
Jihad is not a holy war, where’s that in the worship?
Murdering is not Islam!
And you are not observant
And you are not a muslim
Israel don’t take my side ’cause look how far you’ve pushed them
Walk with me into the ghetto, this where all the kush went
Complain about the liquor store but what you drinking liquor for?
Complain about the gloom but when’d you pick a broom up?
Just listening to ‘Pac aint gone make it stop
A rebel in your thoughts, ain’t gon’ make it halt
If you don’t become an actor you’ll never be a factor
Pills with a million side effects
Take ’em when the pain’s felt
Wash them down with Diet soda
Killin off your brain cells
Crooked banks around the World
Would gladly give a loan today
So if you ever miss a payment
They can take your home away

I think that all the silence is worse than all the violence
Fear is such a weak emotion, tha’ts why I despise it
We scared of almost everything, afraid to even tell the truth
So scared of what you think of me, I’m scared of even telling you
Sometimes I’m like the only person I feel safe to tell it to
I’m locked inside a cell in me, I know that there’s a jail in you
Consider this, you’re bailing out, so take a breath, inhale a few
My screams is finally getting free, my thoughts is finally yelling through

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MD SCOTLAND MINI-TOUR, MARCH ’11


Friday 11th March – G2/ The Garage, Glasgow, with DJ Ray Woods

Saturday 12th March – Deuces, Sportsters, Edinburgh, with DJ D-Cas & DJ Azul (Atlanta, USA), DJ P45 and DJ Fabolous

Sunday 13th March – Sunday Shakedown, Espionage, Aberdeen, with The DJ Of Choice/ Paul Doherty

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