Friday, November 28, 2008

We Love J. Dilla Even MORE...

Straight from ?uesto's (Questlove of the Roots Crew)

" Then i was like “yo Pete[Rock] is gonna be fucked up when he hears THIS shit!”

dilla: NONONONONONONONONO!! naw man….you can’t let him hear this man i cant afford that!
?uest: afford what? this shit is a miracle!!
dilla: nah man….like i dont want no tension. that’s my idol i dont wanna give off the impression that im trying to outshine him….
?uest: but dog im saying if you shine then…..
dilla: nah man…."

The man, the legend J.Dilla. The first time we actually got swept up in Dilla's dopeness was around the late 90's when this jewel dropped (Thanks to moms around the country's infatuation with having Janet on repeat in the crib):

Yeah, it was that serious. Q-Tip and fellow triber Ali Shaeed Muhammmad were in the mix too (Tip's live adlibs & Muhammad's engineering.) Might we add that watching this video after Tip released his latest effort The Renaissance...Tip is that dude!

" ?uest: so all this shit i got with samples he’s us—
dilla: yeah man dont let that shit get out man….i just do it for practice….
?uest: wait….so this beat is never going to see the light of day ever? you just made it and lost sweat over it for…
dilla: yeah man….i just practice……

thank god…..kweli had a cassette which had this beat on it for like 15 secs.

they looped it from the cassette."

The They that ?uesto is referring to are these two incredible wordsmiths:


Read the full article Here.

Questlove vs. Jay Dee: The “Little Brother” Beat Story

J.Dilla R.I.P

You don't know what, or more so who you've got until they're gone. Indeed.

J.Dilla Myspace

Gear: Oh! You Want This...

Here are some goodies from brand Nom De Guerre we thought we'd share.

Nom De Guerre Shawl Collar Cardigan:

" Nom De Guerre dark grey chunky knit cardigan with a shawl collar and black leather covered buttons. This style is slightly oversized with ribbed hem and cuffs. 60% Wool, 40% Acrylic. "

Nom De Short Parka:

" Nom De Guerre short hooded parka in a heavy waxed cotton.

This style has a metal zip fastening, drawstring hood and hem, a double box dart on the back, internal cotton cuffs and two oversized front pockets with press stud fastenings. The jacket ha a quilted interior with two lined jet pockets.

Pick these pieces up as well as other select Nom de Guerre styles at their Homepage.

Nom de Guerre

New Music: Jadakiss Feat. Lil Wayne - Death Wish + More...

Listen/Download Here. Jadakiss Feat. Lil Wayne - Death Wish

Wow. Even Lil' Weeziana went off on this one. Full track/no DJ version coming soon.

Jadakiss Top 5 or else...

Bonus Clip: Jadakiss Interview W/ Angie Martinez

Video: Jay Smooth On Symbolicism...


The statement of us "Making This Work A Little More For Us" is a common mantra in the struggle of trying to understand and utilize a system that definitely doesn't take the time to try and understand nor familiarize itself with us in return.

This is a time to start working towards a more cohesive future.

Wednesday, November 26, 2008

Video: The Death Of An Era...

..Brought on by this man.

Rik Cordero has been steadily pioneering his vision of parallelling artist effort by supplementing them with his idea of how their records should be visually treated. What Rik has been doing is no doubt Abstract and to say that he is degenerating the hip-hop video realm in any shape or form is preposterous.

Keep shooting Rik.

Get familiar with Rik Cordero and Three/21 Media at their homepage.

Video: Kanye Weighs In On DJ Premier...

Forgot Pete Rock on this one. Kanye is getting more humble everyday. Why does it feel like he's trying to shake the "Ignorant asshole" stigma from his aesthetic. Hmmm could this be one of the many reasons behind all the soul bearing on 808s & Heartbreak?

808s & Heartbreak out now.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Video: Angie Martinez Invites Jay-Z Inside...

Recently Hot 97 personality and self proclaimed "Voice of New York" Angie Martinez was granted her own show notably dubbed The Angie Martinez Show.

What do you mean? Of course Jay-Z had dibs as first guest.

Monday, November 24, 2008

Events: Feel Her Punanny Tonight...

You definitely don't want to miss out on this event!!! We've been going to Electric Punnany for the summer and this winter's editions shall not disappoint!! Fellas Don't forget to bring a group of sexy ladies for your enjoyment and smooth entry. Ladies, bring that Thang.

Be There!

Tonight Monday November 24th

10 P.M - 4 A.M

Located @ Sway

305 Spring Street

Open Bar 10 p.m-11 p.m

Gear: Jesus Christ It's Kanye West...

Wow. We didn't see this one coming.

Garment sports "I Got The Yeezy On The Chain" beneath the graphic.

Designer Will Prince designed these shirts for KanYeLive and Jesus fans alike. They are approx. $25 and can be purchased Here.

Video: Ludacris Replaces T-Pain With Blizzard Man ...


Via Hulu

Video: Kanye West AMA's Heartless American Music Awards 2008 + More...

Here is a clip of Mr. West performing his single "Heartless" off of 808s & Heartbreak due out this Tuesday.

This song has become the tune many of you sing in your shower.

Something about that performance just seemed so tasteful. Similar to a show at a gallery.

Bonus Clip:

While in Scotland touring, Semtex TV (DJ Semtex's channel) sits down with Kanyeezy's G.O.O.D Music and grills them.

Video: 2001 Roc-A-Fella Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Pt. 4...


The fourth installment of what we told you about Here, Here, and Here.

Via DontGetGassed.Com

Video: Q-tip on "Depreciation of Music"...

Tip speaks on hip-hops coveted "Brain Trust" and lack of creativity in the new music market.

"...'Swag' has taken priority over the actual music and the songs..." - QTip


New Music: Young Jeezy Feat. Pharrell - Rumor Has It...

Listen/Download Here. Young Jeezy Feat. Pharrell - Rumor Has It

Not as bad as you would think. Mr. Williams at his usual easing his way into the more vocal category. Jeezy with his witty enunciation.

Via UHeardThatNew

Saturday, November 22, 2008

Kanye West x KAWS 808s & Heartbreak Album Cover...

Dropping on November 24th, Kanyeezy hooks up with "So hot right now" graphic artist KAWS for an iTunes only version of 808s & Heartbreak.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Events: Hot, Steamy, Electric Punnany...

You definitely don't want to miss out on this event!!! We've been going to Electric Punnany for the summer and this winter's editions shall not disappoint!! This plus The Party In The Museum...your weekend is looking crazy!

Be There!

Monday November 24th

10 P.M - 4 A.M

Located @ Sway

305 Spring Street

Open Bar 10 p.m-11 p.m

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

New Music: Lil Wayne & DJ Drama - Dedication 3 Mixtape...

1. Welcome Back
2. Dedication 3 f. Mack Mane, Willie The Kid, Gudda Gudda
3. What Else Is There To Do
4. Dick Pleaser f. Jae Millz
5. Ain’t I f. Jae Millz
6. You Love Me You Hate Me
7. Bang Bang f. Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda
8. The Other Side f. La The Darkman, Jae Millz, Gudda Gudda
9. My Weezy f. Shanell, Lil Twist & Tyga
10. A Dedication
11. She’s A Ryder f. Gudda Gudda
12. Still I Rise f. Nicki Manaj
13. Magic f. Gudda Gudda
14. Do’s & Don’ts Of Young Money
15. Whoever You Like f. Jae Millz & Gudda Gudda
16. That Was Easy
17. Get Bizzy f. Gudda Gudda
18. I Got That Gangsta f. La The Darkman & Willie The Kid
19. A Message To The DJ’s
20. Stuntin f. Drake
21. Dedicated
22. Put On For The Game f. Tyga & Gudda Gudda
23. Dedication 4

Link: DJ Drama & Lil Wayne - Dedication 3

Stay Gucci'd Out...

Little miss RiRi has recently been tapped to be the spokesmodel for Gucci's latest charity/fashion campaign.

ABM New York City On Twitter...

It's rare that we allow people to get into our electronic devices. On Twitter that is all the rage!

Don't forget to sign up for a Twitter account and keep in touch as well as stalk...err, follow your favorite people, from politicians to the cute socialite down the street.

Yep we're looking at you Roxy Cottontail...


ABM New York City Twitter Homepage

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Events: Party In A Museum You Say...

Don't forget!

The FADER Presents


DJ Nick Catchdubs (Fool's Gold)
DJ Michna (Ghostly Intl)
At the American Museum of Natural History
Friday, November 21
9pm - 1am
$20- Price includes admission to the space show and a free return visit to the Museum
Buy tickets in advance at
The Rose Center for Earth and Space enter on 79th street at Central Park West

Must be 21. ID required

Video: 2001 Roc-A-Fella Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Pt. 3...


Via DontGetGassed.Com

Video: Young Jeezy - Crazy World...

Video: Coldplay feat. Jay-Z - Lost...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Video: Jabari Interviews Ace Hood...

Jabari sits down, well stands up, with Ace Hood...that guy from the BET cipher where Jada destroyed it and XXL Freshman 10 Nominee. As DJ Khaled's newest "We the Best" protege` he tells you why his music is "Rememberance Music".

Props to Jabari

Saturday, November 15, 2008

New Music: Stat Quo - Another Level...

Listen/Download Here. Stat Quo - Another Level

Daily email digs.

Off of Stat's The Bailout Mixtape.

Stat Quo Myspace

Video: G.O.O.D Music Showcase In LDN Town...

Props to SmokeYYY for passing this along.

Friday, November 14, 2008

Reader Response: Thank You...

Much Appreciated.

-The Delve

Video: Kanye It'll Be OK...

Our condolences for the loss of Mrs. Donda West.

Kanye's Blog

New Music: Ludacris ft. Nas & Jay-Z - I Do It For Hip-Hop...

Listen/Download Here. Ludacris ft. Nas & Jay-Z - I Do It For Hip-Hop

Heavily tagged with DJ drops, however this record is impressive.

Theater Of The Mind November 24th

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

All We Want: The Hundreds x Medicom Toy "Adam Bomb" Release...

"Adam Bomb" Madness!!!

First and foremost we think that brand The Hundreds is a very well established lifestyle entity and want to share their latest creations with our readers.

With that said, on to the goodies. For years we've been seeing the little mascot of The Hundreds rear its head from time to time. Now you can have it rearing its head in your humble abode ready to explode!

The bomb has been specifically designed to tilt on its axis and remain poised until it eventually returns back to the way it appears in the official logo which is slightly tilted to the right. Dope!

The Hundreds Los Angeles and The Hundreds San Fransisco just revealed that the "Adam Bomb" Midecom Toy Co. collab will retail at a hefty $88. Just in time for the holiday season. Sharing is caring indeed.

The pillows featuring the "Adam Bomb" release tomorrow November 13th. Get ready.

New Music: Kanye West Feat. Young Jeezy - Amazin'...

Listen/Download Here. Kanye West Feat. Young Jeezy - Amazin'

The release date for Kanye's 808s & Heartbreak has been pushed up to November 24th. Kanye said in an interview conference call that the label took the necessary steps to ensure the maximum amount of profit could be capitalized upon.

Monday, November 24th now kiddies.

Via NahRight

Video: Lupe Fiasco Feat. Avril Lavigne - Skater Hater (JFace)...

Dope spin on mashing the two young artists most notable records together. We'll have the MP3 as soon as JFace sends it our way.

Check out more from JFace Here.

JFace Productions

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

New Music: Kanye West Feat. Lil Wayne - Tell Everybody That You Know...

..That the pic up there of Yeezy is insanely creepy but we love using it.

Listen/Download Here. Kanye West Feat. Lil Wayne - Tell Everybody That You Know.

Events: Party In A Museum You Say...

If you know anything about Abstract Minds N.Y.C at all then you know you can definitely catch us there. We have been attending the One Step Beyond events for quite some time now and they've never disappointed.

See you there.

The FADER Presents


DJ Nick Catchdubs (Fool's Gold)
DJ Michna (Ghostly Intl)
At the American Museum of Natural History

Friday, November 21
9pm - 1am
$20- Price includes admission to the space show and a free return visit to the Museum

Buy tickets in advance at
The Rose Center for Earth and Space enter on 79th street at Central Park West
Must be 21. ID required
Future Events:
Friday, Jan. 16
Friday, Feb. 13
Friday, March 13
Friday, April 17
Friday, May 8
Friday, June 12

Jabari interviews Keri Hilson...

Keri Hilson...more like "Keri Cute Face".

In A Perfect World drops December 9th.

Props to Jabari.

Keri Hilson Homepage

Saturday, November 8, 2008

Video: Kanye West Everything...

Heartless from kwest on Vimeo.

Listen/Download Here. Kanye West - Love Lockdown (New Mix & Master)

In preparation for his latest effort 808S & Heartbreak Mr. West has been flooding the net with his paraphanelia and giving us day after day of his "Kanye-ism". Here we have a re-mixed & mastered version of "Love Lockdown" as well as a high quality version of his visual treatment to the single "Heartless". Yeezy also busts an impromtu freestyle after his verse on the Young Jeezy single "Put On" and sits for an interview in Singapore on his recent Glow In The Dark Tour stop.

He's grinding.

Kanye's Blog

Video: ATG In The Heart & Respect Of London...

It is often rare that we get a glimpse into the underground belly of another society. These things are meant to be kept sacred and hush from outsiders who don't necessarily plan on voyaging to said areas and want a protected "Wildlife Animal Kingdom-esque" safe peer into another society's underside.

With that being said, we present to you a piece masterfully done by Kevin Lanre giving us a vivid look into one team's drive to be respected for the passion that brought them acclaim in a world of repping and getting up.

This is ATG crew.

Whores Never Learn

Friday, November 7, 2008

Video: Why 'Melo Cut His Hair...

Now you know.

Via Youtube

Events: KAWS Exhibition @ The Gering & Lopez Gallery...

Here are photos from the KAWS Exhibition taking place through December 23rd in New York City.

This Exhibition is located at:

KAWS Exhibition at the Gering & López Gallery
Hours: Tuesday - Saturday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm
730 Fifth Avenue
Between 56th and 57th Streets
New York, NY 10019
p: 646.336.7183

Photography courtesy of Lavonda Manning

Lavonda Manning Photography

Events: MTTM x Nike Sportswear Dunk Release Party...

Tonight Friday November 7th.

Celebrate the launch of brands Married To The Mob and Nike Inc. as they ring in the debut of their collabortaive effort. Party starts at 8pm sharp and features spins from DJ Sky Nellor and DJ Elle.

Event takes place at:

The Studio
125 E. 11th Street
New York, NY 10003

Previous Post: Christmas Gifts For Her...

New Music: Jay Electronica - Exhibit A (Transformations)...

Listen/Download Here. Jay Electronica - Exhibit A (Transformations)

If our readers have been following the Abstract Minds N.Y.C Blog they know how much we're interested in seeing New Orleans Emcee Jay Electronica reach his maximum potential.

Here we have a recently polished record from Jay Elec titled "Exhibit A (Transformations) Prod. by Just Blaze.

It is a really remarkable example of exceptionally well structured Hip-Hop. Jay hasn't disappointed us at any moment.

"Life is like a Dice Game, one roll could land You in Jail or cutting Cake blowing kisses in the Rice Rain"

"I pave ways like Natt and Harriet, I'll blast on Judas Escariot and peel off in the Chariot"

"I got the rap game singing 'At Last' like Etta James, Lames get their planes shot down like John McCain." - Jay Electronica

Jay Electronica on Abstract Minds N.Y.C

New Music: Jay-Z - History (Full) + Angie Martinez Interview...

Listen/Download Here. Jay-Z - History (Full Rip)

Listen/Download Here. Jay-Z - Angie Martinez Interview

From the past preview post presented previously.

Lupe Says To Thank White People...

Carrera Lu takes time out with Big Tigger of previous BET fame to discuss President Elect Barack Obama's acceptance speech sentiments.

Listen to the entire five minutes before you send us your comments about the nerdy kid from the Chi.

Video: Kanye West - Heartless...

They don't know.

New visual treatment for Kanye West's recently dropped "Heartless".

Kanye West's 808S & Heartbreak releases November 25th.

Kanye West Blog

Hipsters Need Soul Too Tracklist + Download...

1. Buff1 - What Does Hipster Mean? (exclusive)
2. Intro
3. Jessica Tonder and Proton - The Bee Rmx
4. Mickey Factz - Light
5. 6th Sense & Wildabeast (Both Nice) - Arcade Fly
6. Sir-Mix-A-Lot - Posses on Broadway
7. Black Moon - How Many MC's (Cool Kids G-Fix)
8. Eazy E (NWA) - Boyz in the Hood
9. Beastie Boys - Paul Revere
10. Black Milk - Stupid
11. Masta Ace - Born To Roll
12. Rahsaan - Sneaker Store Terrorist
13. Pacific Division - Taste
14. O.C. - Times Up G-Fix
15. Cool Kids - Dreams
16. Cepia - Ithaca
17. J Dilla ft. Ayah - Like This G-Fix (exclusive)
18. Heralds of Change - Work That
19. C.R.A.C. (Ta'Raach & Blu) - Love Don't
20. The Grouch ft. MURS - The Bay to LA
21. N.E.R.D. ft. Kanye West & Pusha T - Everyone Nose (Remix)
22. Devin The Dude - I-HI
23. Outkast - Spread
24. J*Davey - Mr. Mister
25. DJ Assault - Let Me Bang G-Fix
26. Kid Cudi ft. Pitbull - Day N Nite Rmx
27. Born With It ft. B.o.B - Stack My Paper Up
28. Hollyweerd - Weerdo
29. Kenna - Say Goodbye To Love G-Fix
30. Common ft. Pharrell - Universal Mind Control
31. Cybotron - Clear (Interlude)
32. J Dilla - Trucks
33. August Darnell - Friendly Children (Todd Terje Edit)
34. Mickey Factz - Up High
35. Santogold - L.E.S Artistes
36. Yelle - Les Femmes
37. Ghostface Killah - Cherchez La Ghost (DJ Illo Rmx)
38. Prince - When Doves Cry (A Ghost In Detroit Mix)

39. Cool Breeze - Cre-A-Tine G-Fix
40. John Legend ft. Andre 3000 - Green Light
41. Drake - City Is Mine
42. Now On - Unwind
43. Outro
44. Buff1 - For You (M Phazes Remix)

Download: DJ Graffiti's 'Hipsters Need Soul Too'

Thursday, November 6, 2008

New Music: Jay-Z - History...

Listen/Download Here. Jay-Z - History

A little radio rip of Mr. Carter's newest MP3 audio from the Angie Martinez Show on New York's WQHT Hot 97 radio station.

Video: Ron Browz Feat. Jim Jones & Juelz Santana - Pop Champagne...

Fun visual treatment for many a #1 spot on summer/early fall Hip-Hop radio countdown lists.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Video: Barack Hussein Obama's Acceptance Speech...


No pun intended.

That Yes We Can chant was powerful.

Abstract Minds U.S.A

Events: Do You Like Reggae? Do You Like Your New President?...

Lower Manhattan Dancehall Society Present:

*Reggae Wednesdays*

Instructions for voting:

*Vote early and often Tuesday

*Do not sleep until your candidate is announced as the 44th prez of the USA

*Take a disco nap

*Come raise a lighter with MAX GLAZER and EDDIE STATS Wednesday night as we step to the future with non-stop reggae vibes at Santos Partyhouse!

All roads lead to 100 Lafayette! Come True!

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Video: 2001 Roc-A-Fella Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Pt. 1...

The first part of what we told you about Here.

Previous Post: 2001 Roc-A-Fella Funkmaster Flex Freestyle Pt. 1 (Preview)...

Via DontGetGassed.Com

Whoever Wins, Chill A Bit...

Whoever Wins, Chill A Bit

Glenn Harlan Reynolds 11.04.08, 3:07 AM ET:

We've had eight years of Bush Derangement Syndrome. Before that, we had eight years of Clinton Derangement Syndrome. And though people forget it now, President Reagan inspired a lot of anger and hatred, too.

Can I ask that, regardless of who wins, we tone things down a bit?

There's been a bit of leadership on this front in the blogosphere. Rightish blogger Rick Moran, in a post entitled If Elected, Obama Will Be My President, wrote: "An Obama election will mean changes - not all of them for the better. So be it. We will fight like hell against what we believe to be wrong. But we [will] not do it by trying to delegitimize the elected president." In response, leftish blogger (and famous science fiction writer) John Scalzi wrote: "This is exactly right. And this is why, you'll notice if you crawl the Whatever archives, I have made a point of noting that George Bush is my president.

… One of the reasons I have always registered as an independent voter is that I believe my highest allegiance as a voter is not to a political party but to the Constitution of the United States, the foundational document of our law. Our Constitution sets up the system we use to choose a president. If a candidate--any candidate--fulfills the requirements of that system to become our president, then I believe it's my duty to acknowledge that, yes, that candidate is now my president. I can criticize that president, argue with that president, loathe that president and work to replace that president in the manner allowed for by the Constitution … but what I can't do is deny that he or she is my president. That's wrong, factually and morally, and it's dismissive of the Constitution of the United States."
I agree. I thought it was wrong when Bush supporters in 1992 slapped "Don't Blame Me, I Voted for Bush" stickers on their cars before Clinton was even sworn in. The simmering Clinton-hatred was bad for the country and, for that matter, for Republicans. Likewise, the even more over-the-top Bush-hatred of the past eight years has been bad for our polity, and for the haters. Now I hope that whoever wins, the nation will follow the lead of Moran and Scalzi.

You don't have to love the "other guy." You don't have to hold back on fighting against policies you don't like. You don't have to pull punches. But once someone is duly and legally elected president, you do owe some respect to the office and the Constitution. And to your fellow Americans.

I'm not an Obama fan, particularly, but a lot of people I like and respect are. To treat Obama as something evil or subhuman would not only be disrespectful toward Obama, but toward them. Instead, I hope that if Obama is elected, their assessment of his strengths will turn out to be right, and mine will turn out to be wrong. Likewise, those who don't like John McCain or Sarah Palin might reflect that by treating Palin and McCain as obviously evil and stupid, they're disrespecting tens of millions of their fellow Americans who feel otherwise. And treating a presidency held by a guy you don't like as presumptively illegitimate suggests that presidents rule not by election, but by divine right, so that whenever the "other guy" wins, he's automatically a usurper.

We don't have to agree on issues, or on leaders. But if we can't agree that a free and fair election can produce a legitimate president even when it's not the candidate we like, then we've got a very serious problem.

Glenn Harlan Reynolds is a law professor at the University of Tennessee, and will be commenting on the election at

These are the thoughts of Glenn Harlan Reynolds and do not reflect the opinions of Abstract Minds N.Y.C


Very interesting outlook indeed. In a time where "choosing or losing" is a more than ever scathing reference to which "Guy" you choose, we must remain composed and realize that there is no right or wrong when expressing your political views in regards to the Constitution of the United States. One point that was brought up and duely noted, was that the Constitution of the United States is held as a foundational document to which fulfillment and duty fall on the shoulders of the elected. Whoever you deem eligible for occupation of the assigned position, whether it be Court Justices etc., should be your matching principle for your Constitutional beliefs.

With that said, we will wait.

With Respect.

Abstract Minds N.Y.C

New Music: Kanye West - Anyway...

New Kanye leaked on election day.

Jay-Z, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Russell Simmons & Kevin Liles Campaign for Obama in Florida...

Here we go.

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