Thursday, September 18, 2014

M-Dot - "Praverbs"

M-Dot's shared a tribute to Praverb. Here's what got sent over with the track:

"One of my best friends, for over 12 yrs and the most selfless and humble person I have met passed away today, Praverb The Wyse" - M-Dot

A tribute to the emcee/blogger Praverb that we all knew and loved. He had called M-Dot the night before he passed and when M-Dot got the News yesterday, he took to the studio to vent the only way he knows how over this beat by Jerz. RIP Earl.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

RIP Praverb

It's with confusion and sadness that I report this... word from Earl "Praverb" McNease's family is that the Florida-based MC, has passed away suddenly. While there's no official cause of death, this note was posted to his personal profile from his wife, Vanessa:

"To all of Patricks friends and family , it is with great sadness I share that we have unexpectedly lost our beloved friend, husband, father, and son , Earl Patrick McNease this morning. We are still unsure of what happened that took my love from us, but appreciate all of the support shown. I'm sorry to share such news via social media, but Patrick wouldn't have had it any other way. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve and uplift us as we try and pick up the pieces of our lives and raise our beautiful son Matthew. He was everything to his daddy, and so was his music.

The best way to honor my husband would be to continue to share his love of hip hop and the word of God through his websites, this was his aspiration."

I'm definitely in shock. For one, I'm pretty sure we were around the same age. Secondly, he was one of those cats that I'd been following for the past six years, trying to show love when it felt like so many would sleep on him for one reason or another. He was hip to how things worked on the 'Net, and was always ready to show love for his material being posted... but I think the biggest thing about Praverb was how selfless he was with the information he gained.

Just check out his website. While I'd fallen out of knowing how often he'd been putting out music (primarily because my day-job kept me out of the loop with a lot going on), I was always seeing the different pieces he'd write trying to help educate MCs on the come-up being shared on Twitter. He was putting together hip-hop blog directories and publicists, giving tips on how to market yourself, and so much more. Dude was really about helping instead of hindering, and I know personally that MCs were either just impressed with his skills or in debt with his knowledge. Guess he wasn't known as "P The Wyse" for nothing.

Damn. It's sad as hell to hear this info, and I know our international hip-hop community will take some time and really dig into his material. Do the knowledge on his site, then hit the jump and stroll through a playlist of his material. It also looks like donations are being taken to help cover funeral costs.

Rest in power, Praverb.

(And for those looking for a little bit of Praverb, check out Professional Hobbyist, The Gospel Is Free 2: The Rebirth, and Center of Attention. Dude had a gift.)

Monday, September 15, 2014

Run The Jewels - "Oh My Darling Don't Cry"

Run The Jewels 2 is due out on October 27. El-P and Killer Mike went OFF on this one. #murdereverything

Sunday, September 14, 2014

DJ Mister Cee & Funkmaster Flex's "Ready To Die" 20th Anniversary Tribute Mix

This went down last night. Hit the jump for Flex, Cee, Red Alert, Method Man, and Diddy discussing Ready To Die.

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Hot 97 Reflects on The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Ready To Die" 20 Years Later

Mr. Fickle - The 40 Year Old Nerd

In the mood for some free Fickle?

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Mr. Fickle - "Stevie"

Tuesday, September 09, 2014

Dumhi - Loosies, Vol. 3

Homeboy Sandman - "Problems"

Has-Lo & Castle "Good Feelings"

Black Collar Biz & Ebony "MuzicGeek" Porter - "Killing Me Softly"

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