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Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Roscoe Umali: Artist of the Week on HHO

Roscoe Umali - I Love My DJs Volume 2

Congratulations to "The Fresesh Filipino", Roscoe Umali for making the Artist of the Week in Hip Hop Official on 09/15/2008!! In this video clip, Roscoe tells who he is and he's all about as well as promoting his new released mixtape I love my DJs Volume 2.

For those who want to get the Mixtape CD, you can order it through paypal on Roscoe's mypsace at

Monday, September 29, 2008

Dragon Ash - Grateful Days feat. Zeebra

Dragon Ash - Grateful Days

Grateful Days is a song by Dragon Ash, a Japanese Nu Metal band which fuses a lot of rock and hip hop elements. This song is about thanksgiving and being grateful for all the blessings we have. In this age of consumerism and "keeping up with the Joneses", we easily take everything we have for granted. Being thankful for what we have also allows us to appreciate life itself, which is the greatest gift of all.

This single was released in 1999, and it features Zeebra, one of Japan's top hip hop rappers and ACO, "The Queen of Japanese Soul", singing the chorus. The sample used to make the instrumental of Grateful Days is from Today by The Smashing Pumpkins.

Thanks to SimkuKeoni for providing the YouTube video with the English translation lyrics.

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Chuckie Akenz - Funny Fight and Shootout over Beer

Vietnamese Rapper, Chuckie Akenz, stars in this short comedy film where he and a friend are peacefully drinking and then escalate to a fight-to-the-death over the last bottle of beer.

According to the YouTube video description, we can expect more action-packed comedic films starring Chuckie Akenz to come :D

Saturday, September 27, 2008

MC Hotdog - Wo Ai Tai Mei

MC Hotdog - WAKE UP

我愛台妹, (pronounced: Wo Ai Tai Mei), is Manadrin for "I love Taiwanese Chicks. This song is by the Taiwanese rapper, MC Hotdog and his adoration for girls from Taiwan.

MC Hotdog first started out his rap career in the year 2000, being a social critic and making satirical songs about Taiwanese pop culture about how it is over-run by Korean media and Taiwanese "plastic artists".

Contrary to what people are saying on the internet, or what the English wikipedia entry on MC Hotdog says, the sample of the song is NOT from the Spinner's Ill Be Around. It does sound like it, but the actual sample is from Glenn Frey's The One You Love.

Here's the actual song:

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Too Phat - Just a lil bit feat Warren G

Too Phat - 360º

Too Phat, consisting of Malique and Joe Flizzow, is one of the pioneering rap groups that helped to bring hip hop to mainstream Malaysian music. They have achieved amazing success and popularity in Malaysia as well as the rest of Southeast Asia crossing over cultural and language barriers through the message of hip hop.

Their first album Whuttadilly was released in 1999, followed by Plan B released in 2001, their third album 360° was relased in 2003, and Rebirth into Reality in 2006. Malique has released his own solo album, OK in 2008 which is primarily in the Malay lanaguage. Joe Flizzow, the other half of Too Phat has founded his own label called Kartel Records and is expected to release his album The President soon. As of now Joe Flizzow is working on a a deal to collaborate with r&b sensation, Rihanna and legendary Bronx rapper and teacher of hip hop, KRS-One.

Just a lil bit, is from Too Phat's 360° album released in 2003. In in this song, Too Phat and Warren G rap about how hip hop can bring two cultures together. This video was shot in Long Beach, California and Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and features the four elements of hip hop, emceeing, break dancing, graffiti, and DJing. The chorus from this song is a spin-off from Warren G's This DJ from the Regulate...G Funk Era album.

Check out the official website of Kartel Records:

Monday, September 22, 2008

DJ Tommy - Respect 4 DA Chopstick Hip Hop


DJ Tommy is one of the most sought-after DJs in Hong Kong ever since he won first place in the 1991 Hong Kong DMC Championships. The very next year he represented Hong Kong in the World DMC Finals and was awarded 8th place, 2nd place in the 1996 World Finals, and 6th place in 1997 World Finals. In 1999, DJ Tommy released an EP called Scratch Rider, an LP called Respect For Da Chopstick Hip Hop in 2001, and was a major part of the LazyMuthaFucka (LMF) movement which helped bring hip hop culture to Hong Kong. There are rumors speculating that DJ Tommy will release another album featuring RZA, MC Hotdog, but there are no confirmation on whether if or when it will be released.

In Respect For Da Chopstick Hip Hop, DJ Tommy collaborates with MC K-One from Japan, MC Yan from Hong Kong, and MC Meta and Joosuc from Korea. It is truly amazing to hear the many different languages you can hear in this Asian rap song. Music is truly the universal language and it can overcome any borders!

For all you DJ Tommy fans, here is a clip of DJ Tommy in April 2008 DJing while another MC Raps in Cantonese for the opening ceremony of Juice Shop in Causeway Bay, Hong Kong.

Thursday, September 11, 2008

Gee Q - How it Goez Down feat Thai Ngo

Gee Q & Thai Ngo

Gee Q is a Vietnamese Rapper from San Diego, California from the record label: Payola Recordz. In How it Goez Down, Gee Q and fellow Vietnamese rapper Thai Ngo, rap about what life is like in their neighborhoods in San Diego and Portland, Oregon.

Gee Q is currently working on a mixtape album with his fellow labelmates from Payola Recordz called Yellowtape Mixtape Vol. 1. There is no official release date yet, but it is scheduled to be released sometime in 2008.

Wednesday, September 10, 2008

Shogunna - If You Ready

Shogunna - Signed 2 the Streets

Shogunna is an up and comping Korean rapper from Illuminare Records, representing Flushing, New York a.k.a "Forbidden City". The streets called him "Shogun" and he later changed his name to Shogunna as his emcee name. Shogunna's music reflects his life and experiences in the streets of Forbidden City. If you Ready is a rap song from his Signed 2 the Streets album released in 2007.

Shogunna has a Free Album out for download Called FREE HIP-HOP that you can get from

Saturday, September 06, 2008

Drunken Tiger - Umalis Bar feat. Roscoe Umali and Micki Eyes

Umalis Bar is an English rap song from the Korean rap group, Drunken Tiger featuring Filipino rapper Roscoe Umali and Micki Eyes. Yes, this song is named after the the same Roscoe Umali from Live it Up who helped produced Drunken Tiger's sophmore album: The Great Rebirth. This is definately one of my favourite songs from Drunken Tiger!

As you guys can see the album cover of The Great Rebirth, you can see there are sperm about to fertilize the microphone. A very clever artistic concept!