Monday, September 29, 2008


Off of one of the best sleeper albums of 08 - The Million Dollar Backpack.  Cop it next time you're at a record store or messing around in the iTunes Store -  Skillz has always been one of the dopest-yet-overlooked MCs, every bit exceedingly talented as he is underrated... and the MDB album is living proof. (See his verse from "Sick" in the bonus video below.  Nasty punchlines for days) 

Check out for more.

Video Via-OnSmash


Skillz feat. Talib Kweli "So Far So Good"/"Sick" 
(feat. a random cameo by yours truly haha. Shouts to Todd Nisbet and Frank's Chop Shop for letting us rock in the dopest barber shop in Manhattan)

Skillz feat. Freeway "Don't Act Like You Don't Know"

Skillz "Crazy World"

Sunday, September 28, 2008

Fresh Playlist 9.28.08 Lazy Sunday Edition

so classic.

Kardinal Offishall - Tide Is High (Number 1) feat. Keri Hilson (Unreleased Non-Album Version - version that made the album has Rihanna on the hook but Keri Hilson wins to me)


The Outsiders (NYC Art Exhibit)

Really want to hit this up soon before it closes.  Curated by London's Lazarides Gallery, The Outsiders features work by Invader, David Choe, Mark Jenkins, Todd James, Mode 2, BAST, Zevs and Ian Francis among other artists.  The exhibit is open to the public until October 12th, 2008 at the location below:

Outsiders New York
282 - 284 Bowery
New York, NY 10012

Via-HypebeastLa MJC

Janelle Monae "Many Moons" (VIDEO)

Big fan of Miss Janelle Monae - think OutKast meets Gnarls Barkley transmitted through a really gifted female voice.  Check out her EP Metropolis - The Chase Suite it's really dope.  The song "Sincerely, Jane" is enough reason to cop it.

Here's the first song that put me on to her - "Letting Go" (MP3) from the Big Boi compilation Got Purp? Vol II

And be sure to check her out in person if she's performing at a venue in your town.  Her live show is definitely a good time.

Opening for Raphael Saadiq @ Highline Ballroom, NYC:

Janelle Monae @ Central Park Summerstage, NYC

Video Via-OnSmash
Photos Via-Me

Booty Shaking Contest Gone Wrong

oh no she didn't...

D*Face in London

London native D*Face recently owned some random spots London with huge concrete spray cans.  Pretty clever

Via-Hypebeast / Wooster Collective

Air Jordan 1 - Laser Edition

Yet another pair to put on the wishlist, if and whenever these drop.  Gum soles, ya dig.

Willie The Kid Ft. Trey Songz, Gucci Mane, LA The Darkman, Yung Joc & Bun B - Love For Money (VIDEO)

New video from Willie The Kid out of the Aphilliates camp feat. Gucci Mane, LA The Darkman, Yung Joc, Bun B and Trey Songz on the hook.  Directed by our Fresh Prodeuce family RAGE, shouts to RNF fa sho.

Video Via-OnSmash

Yves “Fusionman” Rossy

This week Swiss pilot and inventor Yves Rossy aka Fusionman jumped out of a plane and flew solo across the English Channel in a jet pack he designed.  Closest thing to a real life IRONMAN.  Insane.  The nerd commentary from the National Geographic Channel is equally entertaining.

Saturday, September 27, 2008

Friday, September 26, 2008

Q-Tip Slays the Booth at BET Rap City

Q-Tip stays forever fresh on one of the last BET Rap Citys to air.  Man it would be amazing to collab with this guy

Kanye West Releases “Love Lockdown” Stems for Remixing

Kanye’s released the stems to his new single “Love Lockdown” on his blog for free download & remixing - check out Patrick Stump of Fall Out Boy and his remix HERE

Best believe a Fresh Pro remix is coming soon

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Acapella)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Distorted Vocals)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Percussion Stem)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (808 Stem)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Piano Stem)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Outro Synth Stem)

Kanye West - Love Lockdown (Instrumental)

Thursday, September 25, 2008

T-Mobile G1 Google Phone

Jazmine Sullivan @ STEVEN NYC (w/ Non-Album MP3)

Checked out Jazmine Sullivan last night at STEVEN in the Lower East Side of NYC - in a packed space of booty tight, sweaty people but still she rocked it like a champ. 

Her debut album Fearless is out now - for now check out some things below that put me onto her a while ago, including a track not on the album - a live rendition of the jazz standard "Round Midnight" and her first TV performance as an 11-year-old on Showtime At The Apollo...

Jazmine Sullivan - Round Midnight (MP3 Download)

PS - shouts to Stefunny for the pic :)

Possibly Offensive & Creative Hilariousness

From the folks at Diesel - props to asaspadez on the assist

Wednesday, September 24, 2008





Chris Rock on Letterman - Hilarious

Can't wait to see his HBO special Kill The Messenger this weekend...


"Blaps, Rhymes & Life" is the exclusive new mixtape project from Dub MD and one of the most accomplished producers in Hip Hop Illmind. A producer that balances both the mainstream and underground successfully, working with a full spectrum of artists fromHeltah Skeltah to 50 CentLittle Brother to Black Eyed Peas, the list goes on. This new project features some of the artists Illmind has been working closely with over the past year or so including the likes of 50 Cent, LL Cool J, Heltah Skeltah, Skyzoo and many more.

Lookout for Illmind dropping his brand new studio album currently "Untitled" coming soon, along with his highly anticipated group album as "Fortilive" with Mushmouf and Slo-Mo and his exclusive collaboration project with North Carolina's Supastition and make sure you check out his new beat-tape "New Blap City" + limited edition T-shirt which is available right now, cop them @

Also keep your eyes out for Dub MD's exclusive new mixtape project for the purest called "Hip Hop Renatus" which features the whos-who of underground hip hop emcees (44 MC's / 34 Tracks) doin what they do best over the greatest hip hop producers of all-times instrumentals, out next month for exclusive free download!

01.) Get Ya Ass Up! (Intro) (Produced By Illmind)
02.) Heltah Skeltah - Everything Is Heltah Skeltah (Produced By Illmind)
03.) Brooklyn Academy - Raise Ya Hands (feat. Jean Grae) (Produced By Illmind)
04.) Fresh Daily - Get Over (Produced By Illmind)
05.) D. Black - The Come Up (feat. Skyzoo) (Produced By Illmind)
06.) 50 Cent - Make A Movie (Produced By Illmind)
07.) Supastition - Thankful (feat. Kil Ripkin) (Produced By Illmind)
08.) Naturel - The Bullets (Produced By Illmind)
09.) K.O. (K-Otix) - 48 Seasons (Produced By Illmind)
10.) Torae - New Blood (feat. Skyzoo, Emilio Rojas & Fresh Daily) (Produced By Illmind)
11.) Fortilive - The Come Up (Produced By Illmind)
12.) Broken English - Different World (Produced By Illmind)
13.) Skyzoo - Lyrically Inclined (feat. Wale) (Produced By Illmind)
14.) Naps N Dreds - Do What I Should (feat. Copywrite) (Produced By Illmind)
15.) Quan - Geez Like Deez (feat. Rapper Big Pooh) (Produced By Illmind)
16.) Naturel - Resurrect (Produced By Illmind)
17.) 8th W1 - A Fool's Lullaby (Produced By Illmind)
18.) Faro-Z - Clap Ya Hands (Produced By Illmind)
19.) A.P.E.X. - One More Time (Produced By Illmind)
20.) LL Cool J - Queens (feat. Prodigy, 50 Cent, Kool G Rap, & Tony Yayo) (Produced By Illmind)
21.) Wannabe? (Outro) (Produced By Illmind)


Pharrell Williams's Obama Stands Out From the Crowd Mens White T-shirt

Click T-Shirt to Buy

I Want To Do This At Work One Day

Clip features my loving wife Jarah Mariano. She has my last name for a reason people... don't hate.

PS - I CAN'T WAIT for the season premiere of THE OFFICE this Thursday. Forrr sho!!

EepyBird's Sticky Note experiment from Eepybird on Vimeo.

Lupe Fiasco ft. Pharrell, Q-Tip, & Sarah Green - Paris Tokyo (Remix)

Download MP3

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Notorious B.I.G. Movie Trailer for NOTORIOUS


Kanye West Films Pilot For Comedy Central

Superstar rapper/producer Kanye West and fellow rapper Rhymefest have teamed with Jackhole Productions and Comedy Central, to create a half-hour television show titled Alligator Boots. According to reports, West stars in the pilot, but future episodes will be hosted by a different celebrity. West will also produce and perform the music in Alligator Boots, which could be on the air as early as 2009. Jackhole Productions, which is owned by Jimmy Kimmel, Adam Carolla and Daniel Kellison, has a number of hit television shows on the air. In addition to producing Comedy Central’s hit series Crank Yankers, which featured puppets voiced by celebrities making prank phone calls, Jackhole Productions also produces Jimmy Kimmel Live!, The Man Show and The Andy Milonakis Show.

Via-vicariousmusic & AllHipHop

Monday, September 22, 2008

Rap-Battle-Gone-Bad: Translated

Remember when rap-battle-gone-bad clips were the shit about a year ago or so, and there was a new one from a new city, with a new rapper getting KO'd pretty much every other day?

Check out this throwback from that brief period of time, but translated into layman's terms. Hilarious:

And below, the same battle in it's original hood terms as intended... turns out the translation is pretty damn accurate

YouTube is the best.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

DJ AM and Travis Barker Injured in Plane Crash


Former Blink-182 drummer Travis Barker and Adam "DJ AM" Goldstein survived a Learjet plane crash Friday night.

The four other passengers, still unidentified, two passengers and two crew members, were killed in the crash, according to CNN.

Both men were in critical condition with extensive burns at the Joseph Still Burn Center in Augusta, Georgia early Saturday.

The National Transportation Safety Board sent a Go Team to Columbia, S.C., to investigate the crash of the Learjet 60, which crashed on takeoff at the Columbia Metropolitan Airport at 11:53 p.m. Friday night. Sparks were reportedly seen on takeoff by flight controllers.

Beth Frits, spokeswoman at the Burn Center, told CNN that Barker and Goldstein arrived at the hospital early Saturday with  "extensive  burns." At last report, they are still in critical condition.

Barker and Goldstein, who perform together under the name TRVSDJ-AM, held a free outdoor concert in Columbia's college neighborhood Friday night. DJ Steve Aoki, Perry Farrell and Gavin DeGrawalso performed with them. Farrell's manager has confirmed to MTV that he was not on the plane.Perez Hilton is reporting that DeGraw was not on the plane.

Confirmed dead to MTV are the plane's pilot, Sarah Lemmon, 31, of Anaheim, Calif., and her copilot, James Bland, 52, from Carlsbad, Calif. Barker's assistant, Chris "Little Chris" Baker, also died in the crash. He was 29, and lived in Studio City, Calif. One other passenger is still unidentified.

"It's absolutely terrible and tragic," Columbia Mayor Bob Coble told AP.

Please say prayers for everyone who was on that flight.

Photo: Travis and Adam at the Roxy on June 25 in Hollywood.

Friday, September 19, 2008

Megan Fox Owns You This Month

Aubrey O'Day in COMPLEX

Aubrey does her best Jenna Jameson impression in this month's issue of Complex.  I think she looks really friggin wasted.  I guess wasted is the new sexy?  I dunno. You be the judge.

Air Jordan 1 Low (White/Cement) '09 Release

To be released in '09 alongside the black/cement AJ 1s.  I need these.  Way sooner than '09 though.


Thursday, September 18, 2008

Busta Rhymes Rumored to Sign With Universal/Motown

Numerous sources are reporting that Busta Rhymes has moved from Aftermath/Interscope to Universal/Motown. In July, rumors of a heated exchange between Busta and Interscope President Jimmy Iovine began circulating via [click to read]. At the time, neither Busta's management team at Violator or representatives from Interscope would officially comment on the matter. Less than a week later, Busta Rhymes would tell The Boston Herald's Chris Faraone that the album would in fact be released via Aftermath/Interscope [click to read].

News that Busta would release another Aftermath project originally started in October of 2007, when the heralded emcee told Rolling Stone an album entitled Back On My BS was to be released on Dec. 4 [click to read]. Interscope released the lead single "We Made It," which peaked at no. 47 on Billboard's Pop 100 chart. The album's title was later changed to Blessed, and a second single, "Don't Touch Me (Throw Da Water On 'Em)," was released.

Nile Ivey, of, reports representatives from Aftermath/Interscope have confirmed that Busta Rhymes is no longer on the label. If and when Universal/Motown confirms the news it will, reunite Busta with Sylvia Rhone. Rhone, who currently serves as Motown's president, signed Busta Rhymes to his first solo deal on Elektra Records. No release date has been set for Busta's eighth LP, Blessed.


Makers Of Guitar Hero At Work On DJ Hero

From HipHopDX:

The phenomenon that is Guitar Hero has been a dream come true for adolescents and adults alike who have had a hard time emulating their favorite rock stars in the real world. The makers of the extremely successful guitar game, Activision, are hoping they can do the same for DJ Hero.

According to, DJ Hero is tentatively scheduled for release next summer, with developers FreeStyleGames still hard at work on the game. The controller has been described as a simplified deejay deck, with three buttons for sampling and a cross fader included on the small platform that will likely be wireless.

Though the development of DJ Hero has run surprisingly well, Activision’s main obstacle has been the abundant amount of songs that feature samples, and licensing could put its premiere on hold. The wait may give a more satisfying result though, as Activision is looking to make DJ Hero and Guitar Hero compatible for game play. HipHopDX will keep you posted on new developments for DJ Hero as the product is slowly unveiled.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Back from the A!

Had a GREAT weekend in ATL last week!! Here's a preview of one of the tracks we were working on... come see us showcase this piece and others at Don Hill's tomorrow night - click HERE for more info on the show, and shoot us an e-mail if you want to get on our guestlist.

Bonus Video - iStandard Producer's Showcase Aug NYC Edition

And don't forget to download our latest project for the Clipse too if you haven't already...




Sunday, September 14, 2008

Hola Y'all

Welcome to the new FRESH PRODEUCE blog where you'll find anything and everything that is good... Good music, good movies, good videos, good photos, good ANYTHING - in addition to the latest on Fresh Prodeuce - FREE exclusive remixes, video/photo content, and info on future projects with artists signed and unsigned.

So in this first inaugural post on our blog we'd like to hit you guys up with 3 things:

FIRST, we'd like to thank all of you who attended the August iStandard NYC Producer's Showcase last month - you guys being there definitely made the win that night much sweeter... See pictures HERE - video coming soon.

SECOND, iStandard is welcoming us back to Don Hill's this Wednesday, September 17th as the returning winners and featured producers for their September showcase - same time, same place all the info is below.  We'll be showcasing all-new material and this time around we get a comped guestlist so the first 10 people to hit us up at will get free admission. Outside of the list, general cover for the evening will be $15 like usual.  We should be going on first though so there shouldn't be much to wait on, schedule permitting, if you want to come through.

iStandard Producer's Showcase - September NYC Edition
Date: Wednesday, September 17th
Time: 8:30 PM
Place: Don Hill's (511 Greenwich @ Spring St, West Village NYC)

THIRD, we'd like to offer something up to you guys for EXCLUSIVE FREE PROMOTIONAL DOWNLOAD for stopping by our blog on launch day - hope you enjoy it... stay tuned for more and thanks for all the continued support!