Tuesday, September 02, 2014

Jermaine Dupri on Juan Epstein



Monday, September 01, 2014

Leo*Leo ft. Black Collar Biz - "Dancing Queen"

When I was interviewing Black Collar Biz for this piece, he told me about this track. He told me that this Boston-based duo Leo*Leo was looking to collaborate with him, so he he dropped some bars on their Side One EP track "Dancing Queen." Perfect sounds, really.

Capo ft. Skrewtape - "Labor Day"



Good seeing the homey Skrewtape at Jersey Fresh. Newest/latest. "Still ahead of dudes," indeed.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Tone Liv & DJ Priority ft. Respect Tha God & Burke The Jurke - "Tri-State"

"Wherever tall cans is at, I'm in the building." Such is the mantra of Tone Liv, who is one of my favorite people in the NJ hip-hop scene, and life in general. He's worked hard with DJ Priority on their Clockwork album, and this is the second single (following the title track, which dropped in May). Alongside Respect Tha God and Burke The Jerk, Tone and Priority craft some darker shit. Proper single as well, with clean, dirty, and instrumental versions on deck.

The Combat Jack Show: Jeezy Episode

Via TheCombatJackShow: "On the eve of the release of ‘Seen It All‘, his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word “leadership” means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean “Diddy” Combs and why he’s feeling so happy these days. It’s no more “Young”, it’s now Mr. Jeezy."

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Black Collar Biz - "Start It (FreeStyle)"

Black Collar Biz going ham over the classic "Rebel Without A Pause" instrumental. Murder.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Keith Murray and M.O.P. on Juan Epstein



The latest episode of Juan Epstein featured two pillars of rough, rugged and raw hip-hop excitement: Keith Murray and M.O.P.; you can check out video of both, and then hit the SoundCloud (or iTunes) and snag the full, one-hour-and-forty-minute episode.



Monday, August 11, 2014

Versis - "Growing Pain91"

Been a minute since I've heard new material from Versis. Dude's still got it. Something about the vocal inflections that this 22-year-old employs, but he's slick as fuck widdit. Something quick.

MarQ Spekt & Blockhead - "SumOfItsParts"



Taken from their JustPlayWitIt LP.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Rich Quick - "Sweet Summer"

This is taken from French DJ J Hart's East Coast Draft mixtape.

Skrewtape - "Jazz Cigarettes"


Armand Hammer - "CRWNS"



Taken from the new Furtive Movements EP, which is out now digitally and on limited orange vinyl.

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014: In Pictures

I have to say, this year's Jersey Fresh Jam (the ninth annual) was the best one I've attended. As I walked towards TerraCycle with my wife, the atmosphere just felt different. The layout's the best they've had, with the food trucks and stands in one spot near the vendors, which might've been to give more writers space within the TerraCycle backyard (at least, to me, it feels like there were more writers out there). Seeing guys like the legendary SKEME tagging alongside the Jersey writers was dope by itself. There were a number of seriously dope pieces, from a great Marilyn Monroe portrait to whatever that animal is from the Ice Age films. And the music!

The music! One of the true highlights was seeing Black Collar Biz and Old Sol live once again. They dropped that "Time's Up," which is so moody and brooding—hearing that at Art All Night 2014 was one of my favorite parts of that entire event. Hustle Emcee had a dope set, as did Mr. Fickle and Venomous 2000, who shared a set and really had the hip-hop heads vibing. Hell, Venomous' last track was for the b-boys, and one guy actually started breaking on the blacktop! CORFU (Skrewtape, Rich Quick, and Biz Mighty) merked the stage, as did a number of acts I wasn't too up on (liked seeing the young boys Namebrand out there as well). Overall, the music stage was on point.

The entire day was one for the record books. You can check out my collection of BlackBerry pictures HERE; my main question is "if the ninth year was this great, how will they top it for their tenth anniversary?!" You'll have to come out next year and see.

Saturday, August 09, 2014

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 Set Times

The Jersey Fresh Jam kicks off today at noon at the TerraCycle Complex. While you're enjoying the gorgeous aerosol masterpieces, there's a full lineup of music set to go down, featuring loads of Jersey hip-hop masters. Here's the schedule, as of right now:

12:30-12:45: Dreadpool Parker w/Liz Cisco
12:50-1:05: Born Wreckless
1:10pm-1:25: Kas&Swagga T
1:30-1:40 Uneeke Kenetic
1:40-2:00: DJ SEV ONE set
2:05-2:20: Shore-Shot
2:25-2:40: Certified Life(Alert)
2:45-3:00: Hustle Emcee
3:05pm-3:25pm: Black Collar Biz and Old Sol
3:30PM-3:50: DJ ITSJUSTAHMAD set w/ Czar Hotep(Fine Arts)
3:55-4:15pm: HafBlack
4:20pm-4:40pm: Mr. Fickle and Venomous 2000
4:45pm-5:05pm: NAMEBRAND (Rell and Sonic)
5:10pm-5:30pm: CORFU AM DOWN(Biz Mighty, Skrewtape, Rich Quick)
5:35pm-5:45pm: B Davis
5:50-6:10: lla Ghee and All Elements Fam

Close out with open mic ciphe

Thursday, August 07, 2014

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014: Official Flyers

If you've been in the Trenton area, we'll assume you've seen these. If not, check them out. And if you're simpin', you're slouchin'. Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 is THIS SATURDAY, 12 to 6. Food, music, and loads of live graf. Come out. I'll be there.

Friday, August 01, 2014

Pete Rock - James Brown Tribute Mix


Don Speaks ft. Ne$$ & Fat Tony "Sixteen Tons"

I know, I know—it's been hard to keep up with RTD when DAD takes up so much of my time, but this blog isn't dead. The way most people act, though, you'd think my email wasn't in use anymore. Not Donwill. He's been doing his thing in a number of different lanes, and one thing I had seen a week or so ago was that he's linked up with Dash Speaks for a special project, Don Speaks, an eight-track EP that you can pre-order, like, right now. Word is you can get it for free via Facebook for one week only, but you ain't hear that from me.

You have to love "Sixteen Tons," though. Three "indie" cats going all kinds of bananas, ham, and nuts over a meaty beat that contains a 68-year-old sample. No happy joy joy times in here, though; this is aggressive turn up, but not on some drunken dumb shit. Intelligent turn up. Look, we'll work on the title, but this bangs like a motherfucker. Preview below.

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

88-Keys Shared Some Beats "From Mom & Dad's Basement"

17 free beats from 88-Keys. You'll definitely know one of these as something Mos Def used. Here's what he had to say: "So I found this beat tape I made (my guess is back in '01) in my parents' basement today out in West Hempstead, NY. I sold one beat on here to Mos Def which was used for his song... Ahhh, just do you homework. Jay-Z recorded a song to one of the other beats on here as well but I never heard it (still to this day)."

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Kid Hum - Fossil Fuel 2

Damn. This week, I got an email from the homey Kid Hum saying he was putting out Fossil Fuel 2, his latest compilation of fiery beats he's been cooking in the oven. Thinking about the last five years really took me back to one of my favorite times in life: see, the first Fossil Fuel compilation helped me realize that this little fucking blog could really do some shit.

One day, Kid Hum hit me on some "I have this dope project, and want to get some movement behind it; how can I do that?" My answer? "It's instrumental, why not get a bunch of dope MCs to spit on it?" He liked the idea, and after about six months of connecting dots (back then, I was way more engrained into the hip-hop Internets than I am now), Offshore Drilling was born. That's the biggest thing I'd ever done on RTD to that point, and with a little love, peace, and elbow grease, the project even charted on CMJ.

It also helped birth the sort-of sequel compilation from The KhemLab two years later.

But enough of that. It's awesome to know that Kid Hum is still crafting dope beats; Fossil Fuel 2 is due out on Amazon on August 5, but you can stream the full compilation down below. Loving the sample-based structure (which is lost these days), and that Wesley Willis is all over this. Here's what Hum had to say:

"This album for me is a celebration of the years 1013, 1913, and 2013. It is a celebration of Bob Marley, John Coltrane, and the Great Lakes. It is a celebration of the Rocky Mountains, the ECCO program, John C. Lilly, and the invention of the Parachute."

The 45 King Live in the Boiler Room



Legendary. I hadn't realized he was rocking with Serato as well.

Monday, July 14, 2014

Deal - The Villain - " Frustrated Love (Must Be Love Freestyle)"

Do you want to know how long it's been since I was trying to get Deal - The Villain to spit on Cassie's "Must Be Love?" I sent it to him the same time I sent it to Hellz Yea!, who dropped off his version back in March of 2009. Five years later, DTV turns in his version, and I've fallen back in love with this instrumental. Who knows what made Deal go in on this, but I'm not mad. And it's free.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Black Collar Biz ft. Levi Lennon x Rell Gambino x Ant Live x Sonic Asaad x Nota G "Ghetto Hookup"



Taken from Black Friday 2.

Will Kasso: "The Nothing" (7/11/2014)



This is going down tonight at 219 in Trenton. Hit the jump for more info on this one-man show.

Thursday, July 10, 2014

Tone Liv - "Tall Cans & Microphones"



Produced by DJ MentPlus.

Wednesday, July 09, 2014

The Official Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 Music Lineup

August 9 can't come soon enough; Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 is right around the corner, and we got word that the official musical lineup has been announced. If you've been hitting JFJ religiously over the last few years, or just keep abreast to the NJ hip-hop/music scene, you should be up on a lot of these acts. Let me just say: bring your cameras. This one is set to be FIRE. Check out the full lineup after the jump. Just know that cats we've featured here, cats you should always be up on, and a host of dope surprises will be in store.