Daily Archives: July 23, 2010

Ski Beatz-Cream Of The Planet (feat. Mos Def)

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Ski Beatz’s album 24 Hour Karate School is coming September 7th.

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Rah Digga-This Ain’t No Lil’ Kid Rap

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Rah Digga is working on that comeback.

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5 Questions For Special Ed


“What drew me to rap was the rhythm and the rhyme, the flow, the messages, the feeling that it gave me.”

Twenty-one years ago Youngest In Charge became an iconographic piece of hip-hop’s Golden Era to be learned from and followed by all lyrical worshippers. Edward Archer’s debut as Special Ed did make him the youngest in charge at age 16 since LL Cool J’s Radio in 1985 and “Roxanne’s Revenge” from a 14-year old Roxanne Shante in 1984.The pure synergy between Ed and producer Howie Tee harvested one of hip-hop’s most celebrated works, which keeps renewing itself with each next generation of hip-hoppers. “I Got It Made” and “I’m The Magnificent” have both been referenced by every other capitalist-loving rapper for their prominent boasts and being the theme song for future rappers who would get richer faster. Last year Rick Ross covered “I’m The Magnificent’ and used it as one of his many mantras and odes to his dubious street king image. Despite’s Ed’s appearance on the remix and a segment in D-Nice’s True Hip-Hop Stories most fans have wondered, Where did Special Ed go? The former Crooklyn Dodgers member has released his last CD, Still Got It Made in 2004 but has spent the bulk of his time making sure that other people have it made. A self-appointed obligation to helping youth and others become personally and economically empowered may have turned him into the most charitable rapper alive. A new album called The Specialist is slated for release next week and he is also touring with an old school party called The OSSE. Ed was kind to speak with me about his past, present and future projects in a voice that had its most passion when he spoke of his need to serve others.

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So what’s been going on with Special Ed? We saw your episode of True Hip-Hop Stories last year, we heard you on Rick Ross’s remix of “Magnificent” and you were on Mo’Nique’s show with Big Daddy Kane, Chubb Rock and Dana Dane a couple of weeks ago?

Special Ed has been up to a lot. Many many divisions of what I’m trying to accomplish. One major thing that everyone is looking for is the album.
I have a new album it’s called The Specialist. The Specialist is slated for release this summer end of July and it’s a great album. I’m a loyal dude I’m still working with Howie Tee I’m working with Mark Sparks who’ve I’ve worked with on two previous albums and I also found a lot of new talent so I have new and upcoming producers that I affiliated myself with. They’re featured on my new album one is Jay P one is named Nineteen and DR. So pretty much like from the original to the brand new I got it all like that. I have some vocalists, some features, you know I’m not really a name dropper I don’t think that that’s necessary I think if you’re going to do what you’re doing do it let them see what you’re doing show me don’t tell me you know that’s my philosophy. It’s more of a pleasant surprise when I hear a collaboration I didn’t even really know about.

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