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.

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Legit - "BRKF$T At WIMBLEDON"


Saturday, July 05, 2014

MELLOWHYPE - INSA

Redman - "Nigga Whut"

Friday, July 04, 2014

Armand Hammer ft. L'Wren - "The Rent Is Too Damn High"



I want to say this is one of the first tracks that Elucid let me hear from his Armand Hammer project with billy woods. Still one of my favorites from the project, and I'm glad that they hooked up a video for it. Best way to spend July 4th? Cop Race Music.

Monday, June 30, 2014

Hodgy Beats & Left Brain - "Nowadays"



Looks like Hodgy Beats is dropping an album, I NEED SOME ANSWERS, on July 4.

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Sadat X on Juan Epstein



Monday, June 23, 2014

Black Collar Biz - "High Grade Artistry"

It feels like I've been hearing Black Collar Biz talk about High Grade Artistry for the last two years... and that's probably because this has been in the incubator for two years. I'd recently spoken with him about the #HGA trek, and our conversation ended up on Art All Night Trenton's Blogs All Night tumblr, which I've been maintaining. If you missed this weekend's Art All Night Trenton, you also missed the High Grade Artistry release party, with Collar and crew rocking to a massive audience on the outdoor stage Saturday night. Physical copies of this 19-track opus were on sale there, and today we have the full project available in digital format.

And it's a gem.

Collar fans should already be up on tracks like "Nike" and "Crazy Generation," as well as jawns like "Stay The Same" and "Broken Homes," which has been a part of his live shows and overall batch of material for a bit. High Grade Artistry, though? So many gems in here. Give it a listen down below, and if you like it, plunk down the $7 and you can own it.

Thursday, June 12, 2014

Rich Quick x Archie Bang - "#Breakfast"

I see that Rich Quick finally got some love that the crew had been waiting for. I know why, but it's good to see that it happened regardless. Look at J57 up in that picture, cheesing while he brown bagging. This shit is fresh, and free. Rich and Archie killed this track, which got recorded at Bucktown USA by General Steele himself. #JERSEY

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

Jersey Fresh Jam (8/09/2014)

Save the date on this one. There's no space for additional writers, nor are the musical acts announced, but this is ALWAYS a great open-air event in my city. Hit up the Facebook page for more details.

Wednesday, June 04, 2014

YC The Cynic - "Night Thoughts"

Black Collar Biz ft. Courtney Danger x Kya Nichole - "Nike"


Latest cut from High Grade Artistry, which will be out sooner than you realize. I was actually building with Collar recently, and he played this one for me. So goddamn beautiful. Over some lush, jazzy Bonobo production. You should be ready, but I'm assuming you aren't.

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

Blu & Nottz ft. Nitty Scott, MC - "Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)"


Kind of wished Nitty would get a verse on this.

Friday, May 30, 2014

Yancey Boys ft. Posdnuos & Botni Applebum - "Beautiful"


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Rickie Jacobs - "Between Time"

Been a minute since I've heard something from The Jake, and hearing Rickie Jacobs going for broke over a drum-less Jake track? Fucking beautiful. He has all kinds of ill sprinkles and spices spread throughout this one. Even if he doesn't need a blog approval, RTD approves. Oh, and #oops.

Monday, May 26, 2014

Kool Keith ft. AG - "Eldorado"


Cymarshall Law & Skit Slam Are Everliven Sound - "Video Game"

Father Shaheed Has Passed Away [UPDATED]

While full details haven't hit, word from numerous heads both in Trenton and in the global hip-hop community is that Father Shaheed, 1/3 of the Poor Righteous Teachers, has passed away in a motorcycle accident. With the late Tony D producing the bulk of the first two Poor Righteous Teachers albums, Shaheed's role seemed to be more of a dope DJ (you'll definitely remember his scratches on Trenton classic "Rock Dis Funky Joint"), but over their progression, Shaheed produced a number of cuts on their last two albums. He also has production credits for Special Ed and Nine; hell, he even has a Destiny's Child production credit, knocking out the beat for their 1998 cut "Know That."

Anyone with more details on Shaheed's untimely passing, please hit up rockthedub@gmail.com. For now, we'll remember Shaheed's work and life.

EDIT  While I'm not 100% sure, it looks like this is the story on the motorcycle accident. (I've been trying to find Shaheed's real name, and it looks like it could be Scott Phillips, with production creds on Black Business and Special Ed's Revelations album.)

EDIT I got word from Shaheed's family that the motorcycle accident on the Sprain Brook Parkway is in fact the one that took Shaheed's life. Shaheed was 45-years-old at the time of his death. Funeral arrangements have not been made yet, but I will update when I receive them. Please keep his family in your prayers.

EDIT Wise Intelligent posted the following statement on Facebook:

POOR RIGHTEOUS TEACHERS would like to thank everyone from around the way, country. and world for their condolences, thoughts, prayers and well wishes concerning the passing of our dearest brother, friend, companion, comrade and fellow teacher - FATHER SHAHEED. This hurts beyond the head, heart and stomach. This pain cuts deep into the souls of who we are. We were more than just a "rap group" and Shaheed was more than just a member and brilliant DJ/producer. He was a great human being, a loyal friend, a great father, a great brother, a damn good son, and a committed husband.

FATHER SHAHEED'S influence in and on our lives runs much deeper than musical recordings. Shaheed was responsible for the more healthy diets we've followed for the past 25 years. He was also responsible for my understanding of the necessity to be on point when it came to your studies as a 5 Percenter. He was the first person I went through 120 degrees with - I never told him that, it was my first time actually meeting him. He asked me what lessons I knew, I replied "120" he said "prove it!"

THIS HAS BEEN a difficult three months for us, and thats saying the very least. We just buried two GIANTS from among us less than three months ago, now we are about to bury a third. I imagine I am dreaming while I'm typing this, hoping someone would tear the curtain down and let some light back into this empty room.

THE LAST TWO TIMES I saw Shaheed were at funerals - his mothers, and XHotep's. Culture Freedom, Father Shaheed and I were all just together laughing over our memories and moments with our brother Xhotep. Sitting at that table we could have never imagined or fathomed that we'd be in this moment right here - right now?

BARE WITH ME if I have not returned your phone calls, text messages or replies to your posts, I am sorry and hope that you can forgive me. I've been knocked off my horse a few times this year alone, and each time it gets harder and harder to get back on. Mounting this horse at this moment seems next to impossible. I will give it some time and as Culture Freedom has taught me - let "patience have its place." 

EDIT I got word from Shaheed's family that his funeral service is scheduled for May 31, 2014 at Shiloh Baptist Church in Trenton. Viewing will be from 8AM to 10AM, with the service kicking off at 10AM.



Sunday, May 25, 2014

Tone Liv & DJ Priority - "Clockwork"

Looks like Tone Liv and DJ Priority have a project on the way, and today they dropped the first single. It's raw, uncut, and pure JERSEY. You know how we do around here. Clockwork heavy.Word is their Clockwork album will feature Mr. Fickle, Burke The Jerk, E. Class, Stilt, and more... keep an ear out for more details on that, party people.