Rap legend MF DOOM has died at 49

It has been reported by multiple news sources that Daniel Dumile, also known as the rapper MF DOOM, has died at the age of 49. His passing was confirmed in an Instagram post from his wife Jasmine. At the end of the post she mentioned that he “Transitioned October 31, 2020.”

Dumile started his rap career in the rap group KMD as Zev Love X. His youngest brother, Dj Subroc, was also part of the group. Their most notable song as a group was “Peach Fuzz” off of their debut album, Mr. Hood.

DJ Subroc was killed after being struck by a motorist in 1993 right before the release of KMD’s second album.

In 1997 Dumile resurfaced on the open mic circuit with his new persona, MF DOOM. The character, MF DOOM, was inspired by Marvel Comics super-villain Doctor Doom. In 1999 Dumile released Operation: Doomsday and the hip-hop supervillain was born.

Dumile wore a mask whenever he was in public and his face was never exposed. Because of this unique choice, he would incorporate the use of stand-ins at shows where MF DOOM would be booked. As a fan going to one of his shows you would never know if you were getting the real MF DOOM. It added to his mystique.

DOOM would go on to release many notable projects. The collaboration album Madvillany, created with producer Madlib, was Doom’s first commercial breakthrough. He would later go on to collaborate with Danger Mouse on the album Danger Doom and he also offered up production for Ghostface Killah’s project Fishscale.

Dumile would gain more notoriety in the early 2000s, as his music and voice were used during Adult Swim programming.

The internet caught fire when news of his passing hit. Many were confused based on the circumstances and the fact that this could possibly be a stunt. However, as some of rap’s elite began posting their condolences, it became very real.

DOOM’s label Rhymesayers quelled much of the doubt with their statement. “With heavy hearts, we share these words from MF DOOM’s family. It is our wish to continue to respect their privacy at this difficult time.”

Soup Joumou and Haitian independence should be a marker for Black people everywhere

Soup Joumou (Photo credit: Eddy “Precise” Lamarre)

January 1, 1804 should be a date that lives in the mind of every Black person around the world. This date is important because Haiti declared its independence from the French after defeating Napoleon’s forces.

This is notable for so many reasons. The most notable reason is that an enslaved people rose up and defeated their oppressors to become the first free Black nation in the western hemisphere.

As the world is reflecting the year and planning for the next, Haitians around the world are celebrating freedom with loved ones and a bowl of soup.

Soup Joumou is a squash soup that was consumed by the French oppressors during Haiti’s time of slavery. This dish was kept away from the enslaved Haitians. The oppressors turned their noses up at these enslaved people with each spoonful of their forbidden soup.

After defeating both the French and Spanish forces Haitians embraced this once forbidden soup as their own. It now represents a symbol of freedom, strength and love.

“The same thing that you (French oppressors) thought was so uppity we took and made it better. We enhanced it and now we share and break bread with our families during this independence season to show people that not only are we resilient and fighters but we are crafty and we are able to show love and humility” said Brooklyn born Haitian-American Chef Claudy Pierre.

My mother cooks the soup in the kitchen. The sweet scent of squash and fresh vegetables float through the house and signals a new year and a reminder of where my ancestors are from.

As the ball drops in Time Square, or as you are enjoying your black eyed peas take a moment to acknowledge the strength of Black people. Haiti’s freedom is a representation of what can be accomplished and soup Joumou brings us all together in remembrance of our freedom.

L’Union Fait La Force translates to The Union makes us Strong. We are stronger together.

-Eddy “Precise” Lamarre

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An open letter to Terry Crews

Terry Crews

Damn bro stop that shit yo! What are you campaigning for? You ain’t gonna win! Fuck! We are out here fighting for our lives and you feel the need to keep us in line. Ain’t nobody hire you. Ease up Damon! This is a different time for a different sensibility. Get in tune.

-Precise

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R.A.P. call for a ‘REVOLUTION’ with new video

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R.A.P. – REVOLUTION

The hip-hop group R.A.P. (Rkitech and Precise) present the visuals from their single “REVOLUTION” off their upcoming release “The R.A.P. Project”.

The video captures the essence of this moment we are in and speaks to our circumstance in the midst of this pandemic.This situation has sparked a revolution of the mind and has caused people to look within. Creativity and innovation is paramount.

Take a few minutes and watch the video. Share what you think in the comments below.

-Precise

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Bronx rapper Fred The Godson has died due to COVID-19

Rapper Fred The Godson has passed away due to complications with COVID-19 as reported by Complex. Fred let the world know that he was affected by the virus via his instagram page on April 6, 2020. He posted a picture of himself wearing an oxygen mask and stated “Good morning y’all! Through it all we all are still ‘BLESSED’ hope I all have a blessed,” he wrote.

Fred’s friend and collaborator Jaquae posted to instagram confirming his friends passing. “Sleep in peace brother…You’ll never be forgotten. LOVE U MAN. I have so much things to say but I’m lost right now.” posted Jaqaue

The South Bronx rapper was on the 2011 issue of XXL’s Magazine’s Freshman cover alongside, Kendrick Lamar, Mac Miller, Meek Mill, YG and more.

Fred was a consistent face in the landscape of rap and his skills were highly respected by his peers. He released a few mixtapes that did not reach mainstream acclaim. However they made him official. Check out the freestyle he did on Funkmaster Flex’s show. His wordplay was uncanny.

This story is being updated.

-Precise

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Babyface and Teddy Riley break Instagram

Over 500 thousand people joined IG live yesterday for the rematch of the Babyface vs Teddy Riley battle. Swizz Beatz and Timbaland’s VERZUZ series continues to break records and the internet with these battles.

The legendary producers returned on April 20,2020 to IG with their A Game. Technical difficulties brought the initial battle to a halt. Teddy Riley brought a full production out with him the first time. This time he scaled it down considerably much to the satisfaction of the fans.

The highlight of this battle is when Babyface pulled out his guitar and did a live rendition of “When Will I See You Again” Teddy was visibly surprised and caused him some pause. The battle continued. Babyface was pulling away and then Teddy started to bring out the big guns, ie: Michael Jackson and Janet Jackson. For some reason Teddy neglected to charge his phone and needed to find a charger. As he was looking for the charger the audience grew and the connection got weaker. Ultimately the live broadcast crashed and the R&B legends took time going back and forth to each others platforms looking to be added to no avail.

Interestingly enough when the audience migrated over to Teddy’s page he was in a new room in front of his keyboard ready to jam. None of it seemed to matter because the two R&B legends had officially crashed IG live and could not accommodate anymore fans.

The nostalgia of the battle transported me to my prom all the way to my partying days and it was awesome. I scored the battle a tie 9-9 before everything crashed. Check out my break down below

Round 1- Teddy Riley (Winner)

SWV “Right Here (Human Nature Radio Mix)”

Toni Braxton ” Love Shoulda Brought You Home”

Round 2 – Babyface (Winner)

Keith Sweat “Make it Last Forever”

Babyface “Soon As I Get Home”

Round 3 – Babyface (Winner)

Johnny Kemp “Just Got Paid”

Whispers “Rock Steady”

Round 4 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Foxy Brown ‘Get Me Home”

Babyface “Every Time I Close My Eyes”

Round 5 – Babyface (Winner)

Guy “Piece Of My Love”

After 7 “Ready or Not”

Round 6 – Babyface (Winner)

Hi-Five “I Like The Way”

Bobby Brown “Every Little Step”

Round 7- Babyface (Winner)

Keith Sweat “I Want Her”

Tevin Campbell “Can We Talk”

Round 8 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Guy “I Like”

Karyn White “The Way You Love Me”

Round 9 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Heavy D and The Boyz “Is it Good To You”

Tevin Campbell “I’m Ready”

Round 10 – Babyface (Winner)

Slick Rick, Dougie Fresh “The Show”

Babyface “Two Occasions”

Round 11 – Babyface (Winner)

JAY-Z “The City Is Mine”

Bobby Brown “Rock Wit’cha”

Round 12 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Bobby Brown “On Our Own”

Michael Jackson ” In The Closet”

Round 13 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Babyface “When Can I See You”

Blackstreet ” Before I Let You Go”

Round 14 – Babyface (Winner)

Babyface “Whip Appeal”

Guy ‘Lets Chill”

Round 14 – Babyface (Winner)

Johnny Gill “My My My”

Blackstreet “Deep”

Round 15 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

TLC “Red Light Special”

Janet Jackson “I Get Lonely”

Round 16 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Karyn White “Superwoman”

Michael Jackson “Jam”

Round 17 – Teddy Riley (Winner)

Toni Braxton “You’re Makin Me High”

Wrexx N Effect “Rumpshaker”

This is where I stopped keeping score. The battle was officially over and each artist was playing music on their respective pages. It only makes sense that this ends in a tie.

How did you score it? Share in the comments.

-Precise

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DJ Premier vs RZA – Who won?

DJ Premier and RZA faced off in a producers battle that was one for the ages. Timbaland and Swizz Beatz launched the ‘VERZUZ’ battle series in March during the start of the coronavirus pandemic. The goal of the series is to celebrate the architects of good music. 

DJ Premier of Gang Starr and RZA of the Wu-Tang Clan faced off in one of the most epic producer battles since this series has been launched. Both of these men represent juggernauts in the culture of Hip-Hop and have worked with many of greats. Jay Z, Nas, Mary J Blige, ODB and Biggie Smalls are a few of the artists both producers have worked with. 

The battle was a trip down memory lane with a focus on the golden age of rap. RZA kicked it off with “Liquid Swords” from the album of the same name to which Premier followed up with “Medley: Intro” by Jay Z  off of his album In My Lifetime. There were a few technical difficulties for RZA early on but after some communication from DJ Premier’s engineer it was corrected. 

Both producers shared details of sessions for specific songs. When Premier played “Come Clean” by Jeru the Damaja he mentioned that LL Cool J was in the studio when he created the track for the song. 

Premier also recalled the time RZA stepped to him in Los Angeles and told him that he had a song called C.R.E.A..M that would whip him. 

The original battle was set to go 20 rounds but it went much longer as both producers offered up music to heal during this tumultuous time. 

The overall winner for the evening was the culture of hip-hop because of how it continues to bring the world together and created a way out of no way for so many people of the world.

I scored the battle 13-7 with DJ Premier as the winner. Check out my breakdown after the jump.

‪’People’s Instinctive Travels’ by A Tribe Called Quest is 30 years-old today – WOW

“People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” by A Tribe Called Quest turns 30 years-old today. This project changed my life and my perspective on rap as an art form and Hip-Hop as a culture. ‬

The only reason I even know about Tribe was because of Q-Tip’s feature on Jungle Brothers album Straight Out the Jungle, that I stole from a record shop at Lincoln Mall in Matteson IL..(don’t judge me). Q Tip was on a song called “Black is Black”. Native Tongues consisting of Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers, De La Soul and A Tribe Called Quest was formed, then came Tribe with ‪“People’s Instinctive Travels and the Paths of Rhythm” in 1989.

“Push it Along” is the first song on the project. The baby crying at the start is akin to the birth of a new sound. I remember popping the tape into my moms Nissan Sentra and being immediately hooked. Q Tip’s vocabulary and the contrast of his and Pfhife’s voices along with the jazz inspired samples opened up a portal to a world I didn’t know existed.

I credit Tribe for expanding my musical palate when it comes to music. The lush horns, crisp break beats and samples were transformed into beautiful rap music by Ali-Shaheed Muhammad and Q -Tip. I know the legendary Donald Byrd because of the song “Footprints”. Q Tip filtered a portion of “Think Twice” by Byrd into a funky loop.

This album helps push forward the narrative of positivity and individuality into the 90’s. It also delivered one of the most memorable rap love songs of all time with “Bonita Applebum” The Hootie Mix of “Bonita Applebum” featured a sample of the Isley Brother “Between The Sheets”. It was a popular sample during that time, however I’m partial to the original. It feels more sincere and intentional. The original version is a marriage between Ramp’s “Daylight” and the genius of Charles Stepney on Rotary Connections “Memory”. The combination creates a rap classic.

30 years later we can thank A Tribe Called Quest for providing the culture with story telling, bars and love songs on one of the greatest rap projects ever created.

What is your favorite song from this project? What does this project mean to you? Share in the comments below.

-Precise

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Drake gives us something to do during the quarantine – The Toosie Slide (Video)

Life has been so different. Anxiety is high. You can’t even hear a sneeze these days without getting nervous. For this reason I have to give it up to Drake for his latest creation “Toosie Slide”.

Who knew what we needed was a new dance and a tour of Drakes new palatial Canadian home to provide some type of distraction from this madness? Good job Drake and thanks for the tour.

Check out the video for “Toosie Slide” below.

-Precise

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