winter sessions @ blue fin

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Blue Fin

Good ol’ Monterey. Wonderful town that is. You know why I like it so much? Because the natives really seem to enjoy being rapped at. And I really enjoy rapping at them.  Honestly, its a relationship truer than the love of a man and  woman…or a dog and chew toy. In any event, the good people at Blue Fin have allowed the opportunity for me to make with the rap-whoopy once again. Something I believe we should all be excited for. On Dec 19, I’ll be playing with my homeboys, Rec League (voted “most internationally phenomenal rap champions of forever” by Sports Illustrated), and on Jan 09, I’ll be performing a solo set, along with Greyspace. You should go to both. It’ll vastly improve the quality of your life. I promise.

see below for footage of the last Blue Fin event.

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dr. doozer

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What has two thumbs, incredible raps, and an enthusiastic affinity for Jim Henson creations? Yup….this guy! So, needless to say, when I found out Dr. Romanelli was collaborating with the late maharajah of muppetry, I scoured my closet for the most expendable pair of denim to pee myself in.  As far as I know, this is just the first in a series of Dr. Doozer” projects…which means, I’ll be just as ecstatic a few more times to come. Besides, Disney aint doing nothing fly with Jim Henson’s work. It deserves to be in the hands of somebody who can cool ‘em up, and not zippidy doo da them to death. Bing!
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tootie v. rudy

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On the day of my birth, when Jesus first breathed life into my portly, baby brown body, the sky became a rumble, and a voice spoke unto me. “My son,” echoed the voice, “I present to you these four gifts. One, a creative mind, in which to bestow upon the Earth the joy of good song. Two, a strong heritage. With this, you shall forever be proud and fear no obstacle that lay before you…also, when necessary, you can use it to exploit white guilt. Gifts three and four, you shall let no man tear asunder…and these gifts are, Tootie…and Rudy.”

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people’s court

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People’s Court


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Here it is, for your audible consumption…the first installment of a project I call, “Home Repair,” the worlds first do-it-yourself Haji P. album. An album in which you, the highly motivated and self sufficient listener, will be given all the tools necessary to comprise your own compilation of  my crooning. Until the release date of my full length LP, Neighborhood Kid, every other Monday  I will provide a new, exclusive, and/or previously unreleased song. If you build your home properly, you’ll have two discs worth of fun-filled lyrical adventure. However, if you fail to properly construct your home…you lose. Dont be a loser.

People’s Court, produced by DJ MF Shalem. Its a rap about rap…and youre gonna love it.

rec league. its hammertime.

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When the canadian mounted police rescue heavily chested damsels, bound by ropes to the railroad tracks, they ask nothing in return. Not even a thank you. While their merit warrants them at least a quick feel of the boob, they maintain their nobility. In that same vein, my gallant consortium of rhythmic do-gooders have decided to save your coming year from certain peril.  In return, we, as the brave mounties, request nothing of you. Starting in December, Rec League will usher in your 2010 with new albums from each of its members.  The crusade will start with  Season 2, the Rec League compilation record which features heroic melodies from the teams entirety. We’ve heard your cries….and now, we shall save your 2010. Now go, run to the hills and sing of the brave souls who rap better than your other friends that rap……witcha “Help! Help! Save me!” yellin’ a**.

*Schedule of release dates listed below.

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ten for the streets.

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I dont know what it did for you, but for me….Sesame Street did absolutely nothing. Well, not as far as educational progression anyway. As an educator, I’d be remised if I were to deny my teachers, elders and mom dukes that credit. Them motherfreakers put in work, son! However, what it did do was initiate and solidify my affinity for Jim Henson and his creations…as well as provide a program that positively reflected a multicultural cast of people living in an urban surrounding. I mean, dont get me wrong, it taught a nigga how to count to twelve and sh*t…but, for me…I was more enamoured with the ability  to say, “Yo, that lady outside of Big Bird house looks like my Auntie!” An attribute I think is largely overlooked when imparting praise for the, today, 40 year old television series. Or maybe its not overlooked. I dont know. I dont really read a lot of Sesame Street reviews. Anyhow, as previously mentioned…today (Nov 10.) is the 40th Anniversary of the Children’s Television Workshop program. And in honor, Im going to countdown my ten favorite characters. Ready. Set. Bing!

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steppin’ outside.

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Stepping Outside

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This is not a new song  by any means. I  had to go diggin in the crates (…err, diggin in the files, as it were) to get this jammy. Actually, its not even that old…we made it 2007 . Which seems like a long time ago…but I guess that information is highly irrelevant…or boring. Whatever. Dont be a dick. I like this song.  Point is, before I start letting loose on some of the new music Shalem and I put together, I felt the need to dust this 0ff and put it back on the mantle for display. Here it is for your enjoyment (or berating criticism), a song from a project swiftly concocted by me and Stranger Day. “Stepping Outside” produced by DJ Battle. (Oh my gawd.)

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gimme my swag back!

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Okay hiphop, I firmly believe its high time you get a grip! You’ve played me out for way too long now, and the shet stops here. Yeah, right here. Stop it! When you denied my first European tour, I understood. That whole iniquitous ordeal with unnamed label, I let it slide….even when I lost that emcee competition that everybody in the audience knew I won…sure,I threw a fit, maybe even fought a little bit….but Im over it! And now this? This, hip hop? You just gon do this to me!!?!?!

My entire life I suffered insurmountable ridicule for my personal choices of whom I chose to hang with and activities in which I’ve engaged. And now this cornball nigga just gon throw a couple of Brian’s and Becky’s in a video, horribly conjure a song about his discrepantly colored comrades and all of a sudden its okay! Give me a freakin break! First of all, them niggas at the beginning of the video would not let him off the hook so easy. How do I know? Because I used to get the BUSINESS from my boys when I didnt go to a black college and made my first white friend. I used to skate as a kid, but when I moved to a new highschool I thought I had to quit cause my posse was buggin on me like, “thats some white boy sh*t!” When Pure Playaz and Fubu was the hype gear, and I was rockin Polo Bears, my niggas was like “thats some white boy sh*t.” I used to go see bands play and thump Portishead in my ride…“thats some white boy sh*t.” But it wasn’t me trying to be anything other than a proud African American…it was me being me, son! Get a grip, yo! Black boy Swag/ White boy tags, I been on that. Young Dro and LA got a song called “Actin White” and thats acceptable? Nigga please!

Y’all aint lived that life…yall fakin the funk. Yall dont be in the sorority parties like me! Get off my P-ness! I BEEN did what yall just starting to do. Ive included pictures of me hanging out with white people as proof

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“you’re a good man, haji p*”

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While Haji P* may not have the most popular name amongst the rising droves of today’s hiphop stars, he certainly has the most enthusiastic. Some would even say, enthusiastic to a fault. With a lyrical gift that reminds us all why we fell in love with the music of our culture in the first place, its surprising to me how the Charlie Brown of rap still manages to wander below the radar.

Recently, Haji P* released the leading track from his debut solo LP, Neighborhood Kid (to be released in February). An album Im sure will capture the attention of many once it hits the public. Produced entirely by DJ MF Shalem, Neighborhood Kid follows Haji through his life’s misadventure, scouring Hawaii to New Jersey and North Carolina to California. He invites the listener into his Brer Rabbit meets Mr. Rodgers like neighborhood, with all the caustically humorous and abrasively ethnocentric tales along the way.

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good grief.

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Good Grief

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Well, here it is boys and girls…the pioneering ditty from an album thats been years in the making. I’ll spare you the unnecessarily tiresome write-up, and allow you time to enjoy the song. Rest assured, there will be a lengthy and self-glorifying exposition soon to follow. But for now, just immerse yourself in the rhythmically euphoric sounds of my voice. “Good Grief” Produced by DJ MF Shalem. The song is yours now. Enjoy.

…and thank you.