“It’s not the wack joints ya used to”

Audio-Visual Heroin
June 17, 2009, 11:39 am
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Back of hiatus just to tell you big things are in the works. Green Street’s new cd Chess Moves is coming real soon so make sure you download that at http://www.greenstreet.blogspot.com

I promise you won’t be disappointed. I heard some exclusives, A-Live is a beast on the mic and Renaissance gonna have your head noddin as usual.

In the mean time, while you wait for that album, here’s some crazy ish to keep you busy. Yaaaaaah buddy.

Make sure you check for that album for more craziness.


Reckless in 09
April 13, 2009, 11:17 pm
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Yao, I’ma keep this one short cause the video is gonna do all the talking, but all I really want to say is congratulations to the group Malado from On Trak Ent. and my man A-Live from Green Street.
They put on a really good fucking show at Umass Amherst’s 2009 Battle of the Bands, and they’re opening for Lupe Fiasco at Umass on May 3rd!!
Of course BnH was there with the footage. Enjoy.


March 21, 2009, 7:32 pm
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Yo Bars n Hooks was in the lab with A-Live from Green Street and Dabbs, Miami’s most talented MC/producer. You already know this post is gon end with something fucking incredible.

Basically it went down like this: Dabbs hooked it up with an absolute heat-rocker. He gave A the beat from his joint “Alien,” and we could tell some crazy shit was bout to go down, cause Dabbs is a good MC, but i bet alotta ya’ll didn’t know the beats are RIDIC!!! So I’m stop talking and just let this lil video do the talking. Give make sure you give due credit to Dabbs n A-Live for…well…for their dopeness I guess.
Stay up. 1. Holla. hahaha.


“Swag”: Personal Advertising.
March 10, 2009, 1:38 am
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     In 2008, rappers had to step up there swagger (swag for short).  This trend looks as if it will continue throughout 2009.  

     What does the emergence of swag mean for Hip-Hop culture?  Flashier clothes, crazier slang, excessive consumption, and more boasting.  

     Before there was swag, everybody just had their own style, and yes there is a difference between the two.  Swagger is style on steroids, or better yet, swag is style on Facebook, Myspace, and Twitter.

     Style is simply defined as “the manner in which one does something.”  So in the age before swagger, people used to have to get to know you and your style.  But now in the Year of the Swag, the Swaggered out cool kids have already put their confident style out there for you to observe before you get to know them.

   Swag is like stye advertised; being marketed to a young consumer population looking to buy into a person.  Swag is in your face.  Swag is me putting my style on a billboard for all to see.  It’s excessive, arrogant, and in your face.  Personally I hope swagger dies in 09.

     The whole swag thing strikes me as insincere.  I wanna ask the swaggerific people,  “Why are you trying so hard to impress people?”  The reason it’s insincere is because it seems like sometimes people sacrifice their own personal style in order to create a swag that other people will buy into.

     Personally I’m not buying into it.  I rock the same Nikes, jeans, and hoodies that all the most swag-tacular peeps are wearing, but those of us with style don’t feel compelled to remind you all every 10 seconds that my new Levis sit prettily atop my Supras.  Being true to yourself has always been classy, and if people don’t buy into that, fuck em.



Popsates: Hip-Hop Ethics
March 6, 2009, 12:19 am
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Been busy, ya’ll know how it is.  Between school, work, keepin it real in the streets, and making it rain every weekend at the laundromat have taken its toll on my communication with the hip-hop world.  I’ma keep this short cause I’m sure you guys are busy typing your 2-ways while charging your cell…or some shit.

Also I present to you Funk Fada Trunk…It’s just a little 30 minute mix of some songs that you can bump in the whip/crib if you just want to throw on some beats and entertain ya homies.  This is good for the fellas and chicks. Just click the link and you can listen and download if you want, ENJOY!

Bars N Hooks: Funk Fada Trunk


So I’ve already argued my case that hip hop isn’t dead in the “Hip-Hop’s Resurgence” post, but there is a different problem.  Hip-Hop has turned evil.  Being a philosophy student, the concepts of good and evil are important to me, but hell (no pun) good and evil are important to everyone for heaven’s sake (damn I’m killin em A).

Hip-Hop seems to have fallen into vice and state of ethical disrepair, but allow Popsates to break it all down and lay down a path for hip-hop to be good again. So naturally we qualify things by their ability to carry out their function.

Take the rapper for example.  We have the rapper and the good-rapper, with the only difference being that the good-rapper performs his function, rapping, good.

So let’s take hip-hop now and now see what its function is so we can figure out how it can be good.  I think Hip-Hop’s function is to make and provide music pertaining to urban lifestyles and trends. 

Next we gotta identify the virtues through which Hip-Hop can perform its functions in the most excellent way.  Let’s say these virtues are Creativity, Sincerity of Lyrics, Versatility, Practical DJing, Moderation. These are the Cardinal Virtues of Hip-Hop, but not the only virtues (of course there are others like Catchiness and Thuggishness.)

Let’s define the virtues real quick cause I know aybody getting bored with this college lecture bullshit.

Creativity- What does the artist bring to the table that is different than other artists out there. Or what can the artist do that is different from what he/she has already done. Without Creativity the game is just the same boring old shit.

Sincerity of Lyrics- This could also be honesty of lyrics.  This virtue applies to the relationship between the artist’s reality and the lyrics.  Best case: The rapper’s reality is in complete agreement with the lyrics.  I think as long as the lyrics are within a reasonable distance of reality, then they are good.  But saying things like you need 5000 a day to survive is just retarded Rick Ross.

Versatility – This is simply variation of flows and song types.  Nobody wants to hear all club songs all the time, or all gangsta freestyles.  This virtue involves mixing up whatever the artist has in his/her repertoire. Club songs, conscious songs, anthems, etc.

Moderation- Excess and deficiency destroy everything, including these virtues. Therefore it is important to be moderate. For example, an example of excess Sincerity of Lyrics would be something like “On the cell bout to put the hit out/ hadda pause quick to squeeze a shit out/” Nobody wants to hear that shit, or about you bargain hunting online for used rims to throw on the ole ’92 Civic.


Practical DJing Wisdom- Maybe I’m a little biased about this one, but probably not. DJ’s have always been instrumental to getting the music to the people.  Let’s say this virtue involves playing Hip-Hop so that is appeases a broad and diverse fan base. Inevitably this needs a sort of moderation because too much T-Pain and Akon causes bitchassness and too much Wu-Tang makes the bitches scatter.


Thats my philosophic treatise on Hip-Hop for the time being. Enjoy the music too.



January 2, 2009, 10:16 am
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Ok so since I’ve been suspended from WTBU, I’m bringing you….(drum roll pleease)…the Bars n Hooks online edition aka websiode bka podcast.  Sorry if that sounded nerdy; I tried to avoid it.  I’m bout to head out to the airport and fly down to gorgeous Miami (shout out to Dabbs and Corleone records!!  Keep an eye out for Dabbs and an exclusive interview with BnH), but as a departing gift I give you episode one.

The shows are gonna be about half an hour for you ADD bastids.  I put it on Limelinx, so you guys can listen to it or download, or listen to it then download it, or download it and listen to it. Do whatever the fuck you want with it.

Bars N Hooks I

Here’s the rundown for the show.

1.Bars n Hooks Intro – Green Street

2. Paranoid (remix) – Kanye West ft. Big Sean

3. Ayyoooo – Mickey Factz

4. Get Up Again – Stat Quo

5. My Own Steps – T-Pain

6. Iwannabe – Musiq ft. Damian Marley

7. Grey Hairs – Reks

8. Talkin About You – Statik Selektah ft. Skyzoo, Joell Ortiz, Talib Kweli

9 Pot of Gold – Wale

10. Get Fresh – Kid Sister



2008 Hip-Hop’s resurgence
December 30, 2008, 4:46 am
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It’s been too long, my fault.  I was about to make some excuses, but then I was reading my dude’s blog over at thewholedelivery.com (make sure you check that out) and he posts like everyday.  He even posted on Christmas….3 TIMES!!  And I’ve only got like half a post, so Bars n Hooks is starting with a clean slate and we gonna do it right.

Speaking of Bars N Hooks…aybody’s favorite DJ will not be returning for the Spring 09.  The man tryna keep me down; I’ve been suspended.  I might be back in the fall of 2009, either way in the spirit of hip-hop we gonna keep the show going.  I’m gonna broadcast the show online, right here on this site.  I’m not sure how frequently yet, so pop in every once in a while for updates.

Ite now that we got that business out of the way.  Let’s talk Hip-Hop.  Nas started the Hip-Hop is dead campaign in 06, but HIP-HOP LIVES IN 2008!!  A lot of good albums came out this year, there’s a lot of legitimate young talent right now, and overall the future looks bright for 2009.

Let’s focus on what went down in 2008, particulary the albums you need to have and the new talent you have to check.

Actually before I get into all….  I know I left out some joints, so here’s a quick honorable mention list:

Scarface – Emeritus

Lil Wayne – The Carter III

T-Pain – Thr33 Rings

Elzhi – The Preface

TI – Paper Trail.

Also I got a little list of some of the game’s hottest prospects.  Their name all have links to each artists myspace page.

Green Street (Boston)

Dabbs (Miami)

Benedict Arnold (Lowell, MA)

Blu (LA)

B.O.B. (Atl)

Wale (DC)

Oddisee (Baltimore/DC)

Asher Roth (Morrisville, PA)

Charles Hamilton (BK)

Mickey Factz (BX)

Skyzoo (BK)

Joell Ortiz (BK)

Drake (Toronto)

Termanology (Lawrence, MA)


Statik Selektah - Stick 2 the Script
Statik Selektah – Stick 2 the Script

Wale - A Mixtape About Nothing
Wale – A Mixtape About Nothing
Illa J - Yancey Boys

Illa J - Yancey Boys

Nas - Untitled

Nas - Untitled

Ludacris - Theater of the Mind

Ludacris - Theater of the Mind

The Game - LAX

The Game - LAX

Black Milk - Tronic

Black Milk - Tronic

Dwele - Sketches of a Man

Dwele - Sketches of a Man

Jake One - White Van Music

Jake One - White Van Music

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It

Raphael Saadiq - The Way I See It

Downloads for you knotty headed suckas! (Wale Mixtape dl is with the picture above)

Joe Budden Mood Muzik 3

Joe Budden Mood Muzik 3

Joe Budden - Halfway House

Joe Budden - Halfway House

10 Deep/ DJ Benzi - The New Deal

10 Deep/ DJ Benzi - The New Deal

The Understanding

Mickey Factz - The Leak Volume I: The Understanding

Drake - Heartbrake Drake

Drake - Heartbrake Drake

Marsha Ambrosius - Yours Truly

Marsha Ambrosius - Yours Truly

That’s all I got for you guys and 2008.  I’ll see ya’ll in 2009 with a much improved Bars n Hooks.  Shout out to A-Live, Ren, Dabbs, Wild Man, P. Funk, Tyson, and any of the other 3 people that read this.