Sean Deez of Kevin Nottingham’s This is Hip Hop compiled this list of Phonte’s 15 best verses. Go HERE to see the reasons why he selected these 15 and also see which Phontiggalo blessed tracks were given honorable mention. What are your favorite Phonte verses/songs?

15. The Justus League – Tour of Duty
14. Little Brother; Darien Brockington – Slow it Down
13. Little Brother – Feelin’ Alright
12. Little Brother; Supastition – Feelin’ Alright
11. The Foreign Exchange – Brave New World
10. Little Brother – Whatever You Say
9. Little Brother – Not Enough w/Darien Brockington & Speed
8. Little Brother – Watch Me
7. Little Brother; Chaundon – We Got Now
6. Little Brother – Hold On
5. Little Brother – The Listening
4. Cunninlynguists; Phonte; Witchdoctor – Yellow Lines
3. Little Brother – Dreams
2. Little Brother – Next day
1. Little Brother; L.E.G.AC.Y.; Chaundon – Boondock Saints

Phonte’s Best Verses
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MORE: This was compiled before Leave It All Behind was released.

Lenny Williams is mostly well known for his 1978 hit Cause I love You where he tells the tale of an unrequited love. He returns the next year with 6 minutes of groovy goodness on his 1979 album, Love Current. The year before we hear of Lenny “watching television until television went off”, and the next year he’s at the club macking on the ladies and offering his services as a maintenance man. Glad to see the progress, Lenny! Get your boogie on with If You’re In Need and shake off your relatonship blues.

Lenny Williams – If You’re In Need

…::Dope Sounds::…

February 12, 2009

DJ Dviousmindz returns with a new emccee to rock the mic.

“Hey first of all I’d like to say thanks for all the support with the Jo Well & Dj DviousMindZ Nickel & Diming E.P. The feedback has been crazy. Here’s my new artist I’m working with MNfrm (mainframe) from Toronto. We’ve got an E.P coming out on Feb. 25th 2009 entitled “You’ve Been Framed”. Here’s the first single off the project, Born To Use Mics. Hope you guys enjoy it and the 2nd single drops Monday, February 16th 2009 stay tuned. Feedback is greatly appreciated at www.myspace.com/MNfrm thank you for your time and thanks for listening.”

Dj DviousMindZ; MNfrm – Born To Use Mics
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Beatnick & K-Salaam return with a remix from another Motown alumni, the incomparable Stevie Wonder. Remember these cats play all of the instruments themselves! This one has a Neptunes type vibe to it…

Stevie Wonder – My Cherie Amor (Beatnick & K-Salaam Remix)

Abstract Chemistry were the Beastie Boys (and not because they were majority Caucasian) of The Eargasm. Abstract consisted of InkLine, MC Kano, Revolove & Trifekt. They were the madcap crew that added that fly dash of color or accent to the other crews; defying any genres or styles. InkLine, arguably the strongest lyricist of the crew was also the producer and Revolve is/was an accomplished B-Boy. Check out this cut from their 2004 album, ReGroup.

Abstract Chemistry – ReGroup (We Grew)

From Donuts to Muffins…

February 11, 2009

Stevo returns with Mufins to take you on another Beat Odyssey. This one is a tribute to the late, great Dilla and is bound to make your mouth water. Don’t believe me? Check out this joint below. The other tracks are just as tasty!

Stevo – Can I

…::Sounds Dope::…

February 10, 2009

49 remixes, revisits, refixes and straight up ridiculous Q-Tip bangers served up by J.Period. get it HERE
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Iman Williams’ Funky 4 Dilla gets the business done to it by Applejac as he comes through AGAIN with another great remix reconstruction. This will appear on her upcoming album Planetarium. Make sure you cop it when it drops!

Iman Williams- Down & Out (Applejac’s reconstruction)

MORE: Check out Applejac’s Jay Dee Tribute Mix

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Peter Hadar’s 6 track EP, She’s 4 Months is finally HERE. Check out this sexy number, Sweat, below.

Peter Hadar – Sweat

Supreme is a staple on the B’ham hip hop scene and is the father of the legendary hip hop showcase, The Eargasm. Not only did he create a spot for the 4 elements to be experienced, he is also an emcee and producer. Supreme has produced/written many local and worldwide hits most notably W.Ellington Felton’ s Funky Feeling which enjoyed time on BETJ and Unconditional Eyes by Amp Fiddler which was championed by the reknowned Gilles Peterson. Supreme is currently working with Raheem Devaughn creating remakes of some of your favorite songs from the past and is the host of Hot 107.7’s Classic Hip Hop Show.

Supreme – Beat NO.12

The Metaphizx was comprised of some of the best emcees on the Bham scene: Inkline, R-Tist, Biti, Poltagyst and Rahsul. These Bham representers dropped some of the illest lines I never expected to hear from Bham emcees. Their project featured full production by Supreme and cuts by the one and only DJ F/X.

The Metaphizx – Zsa Zsa Zsa


When you mention Bham turntablists, there’s one name that’s bound to come up: DJ F/X. DJ F/X has been cutting since 1992, performing at all the hip hops nights, appearing on radio, securing several club residencies and backing up your favorite emcees. DJ F/X is now a member of The Green Seed with Complet and R-Tist. Check his skills here

India.Arie returns with her latest project, Testimony Vol.2: Love and Politics. She begins by offering thanks to The Creator and continues this throughout the album with her Grains interludes. I give thanks to see that she picked guest artists for their musical contributions vs. their star power i.e. how much they could encourage listeners to buy her album through their presence. Arie treads familiar ground with her subject matter but has added much color to her musical palette via various world rhythms. Testimony Vol.2 will be a welcome addition to any India.Arie fan’s collection and is a worthwhile contribution to her musical legacy.

When I heard the album’s come hither songs lead singles: the syrupy Chocolate High and the made-for-dancing Therapy, I admit I had no clue what the album was going to sound like. Luckily, I blindly support most artists, and unlike most purchases this one delivers. She remains true to the title and her topics are largely about Love and Politics, but the politics are largely of an international origin. Ghetto is a song addressing poverty which she uses to great affect by putting to song the age old adage, The Ghetto is the same all over the world.”

Acoustic tracks only make a few appearances on Testimony Vol.2. One of which is He Heals Me, a song about an unconditional love that would fit perfectly on Acoustic Soul. The other is River Rise, which sounds surprisingly like a 2009 Donny Hathaway song via the keys, and immediately went on repeat. Largely, you hear more of a world music vibe whether it’s a Spanish guitar or a range of various percussive elements. She remakes Sade’s Pearls with a world sound that augments the words of the song and the places mentioned therein, but I still prefer the original. Like most Arie projects, there is a hip hop element via Yellow which I’m sure will go in DJs arsenals that are “devoted to the art of moving butts” on dancefloors, and Psalms 23 where she cites scripture with MC Lyte. Do I bow my head or do the rockaway to this one?

A dope project with few mistakes, Testimony Vol.2 will see a long life in your CD player. DJ Rahdu gives Testimony Vol.2 5.5 out of 7 headnods

*Head Nod Scale
1=Don’t waste your time like I did mine.
2=Waste your time like I did mine but I dare you to disagree.
3=Well, there was the single.
4=If it were a hand in spades there’s “two and a possible”.
5=It’s a “good” album. Meaning at least 3 or 4 solid songs.
6=Really Good Project. Has the “Rewind Factor” more than once.
7=The number of completion. Great Album. Instant Classic.

DSXXX Interview with Nicolay

February 10, 2009

Nicolay; Black Spade – I am the Man

The Foreign Exchange – Take off the Blues
The Beatles – Something
Stevie Wonder – Signed, Sealed, Delivered

DSXXX Interview with Nicolay
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Just got word that gifted jazz bassist and singer Esperanza Spalding is coming to Birmingham on Thursday, February 19th, 2009. She’ll be in the city for a workshop and evening performance at The Historic Carver Theater & Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame. Workshop begins at 9:00 am and show begins at 7 pm.

Its so great seeing this sister crossing musical barriers..

Tickets are available at (205) 975-ARTS and at The Alys Stephens Center.

More about the workshop here.

For music and videos check out her website, plus performances and epk on youtube.