Saturday, April 26, 2008
Props to Soulbrotha for hitting me with this.
Anyways, shouts to my Backpack Enthusiast niggas for posting this one. Word is this is another joint off that Unreleased MCA album. This remakes Gary Numan's classic "Cars", and is an ode to those big whips you niggas love cruisin' in. Sounds like this was played by Benji B on 1Xtra at some point:
J Dilla "Trucks"
EDIT: Props to Jos-B in the comments for ripping the audio and re-uploading it for download; I've upped it to mediafire as well.
EDIT: Big up to Lyndon in the comments for this 320kbps MP3 rip from the divshare stream.
related: On That Leak: J Dilla "We F'd Up"
This one gets the NSFW for the bouncing asses and the (simulated) chick on chick coochie eating.
related: [video] Three 6 Mafia ft. UNK "I'd Rather"
Friday, April 25, 2008
Year Round Records, nigga.
"Methodical" and "serious" sound outside of Sharpton's forte, but we shall see...
PS: Checking the Wikipedia page on Ne-Yo, I had no idea this nigga was part Black, part Chinese. THAT'S why he looks the way he does!
Tony Yayo refers to himself as G-Unit’s “bad guy” and in the upcoming Juice Crew movie, “The Vapors,” the rapper will fittingly play the legendary outfit’s nemesis, KRS-One. “They came to me about playing the part of KRS-One,” Yayo explained to XXLmag.com “So I was honored to even hear that.” In a recent interview the Blastmaster confirmed Yayo would be tackling the role of the Boogie Down Productions front man in the film. The lyrical icon went toe-to-to with the Juice Crew’s MC Shan throughout the late ’80s and said he was sure he’d be portrayed as a villain in the film. “Of course, and I hope they do,” he said. “I was a villain. It was no joke and that’s what it was.” Yayo said his foray into Hollywood is a part of his plans to grow as an entrepreneur. “I want to make my own [moves], ” he said. “I’m looking towards movies right now. I’m working with people you wouldn’t even believe.”
I figured being 50's faulty weed-carrier had it's perks, but goddamn, Hollywood money? This nigga can't even act like a decent rapper on his own albums... what makes someone thing this cat can pull off a role like KRS-One!?!? I'm guessing he will be seen, and not heard, or some shit. Like a 20 second cameo. Tell me that's what it is...
leaks o' da week!
- Nas "Be A Nigger Too" (prod. by Salaam Remi & Big Jack) [Bonus Beats: Nas "War Is Necessary" (ripped from Grand Theft Auto IV game - props to Eskay)]
- J Dilla "We F'd Up" (prod. by Kanye West)
- KRS-One ft. Various Artists "Self Construction"
- Kanye West "Lollipop Freestyle"
- Lil' Wayne "A Millie" (final version?)
- T.I. ft. Young Jeezy "Hurt (Remix)"
- The Roots ft. Saigon & Truck North "Criminal"
- Ice Cube "It Takes A Nation"
- Young Buck "My Interview"
- Prodigy ft. Nyce & Un Pacino "Get Trapped" (Circuit City Exclusive) [Bonus Beats: "The Dough" & "Cut 'Em Short"]
- Jadakiss "What Goes Up" [Bonus Beats: Jadakiss "From Now Till Then" (prod. by The Alchemist)]
- Mariah Carey ft. Jay-Z "Bye Bye (Remix)"
- Usher ft. Beyonce & Lil' Wayne "Love In This Club Part II"
- Foxy Brown ft. Lil' Mo "Bullet Proof Love (One Love)"
- Lyfe Jennings ft. Snoop Dogg "Old School"
- Lil' Mama ft. T-Pain "What It Is"
- Static Major ft. Lil' Wayne "I Got My"
- Money ft. Lil' Wayne "Best Friend" (prod. by Swizz Beats)
- Killer Mike ft. Shawty Lo "2 Sides"
- Joe Budden "Touch & Go"
- D-12 "Biggest G"
- Bizarre ft. Eminem "Baby Girl"
- Rich Boy ft. Shawty Lo & Trae "Wrist Out The Window (Remix)"
- Rick Ross ft. Freeway & Torch "Mecca Of The Trill"
- Jakk Frost ft. Freeway & Tana Da Beast "On My Shit"
- Fabolous ft. Paul Cain, Freck Billionaire & Red Cafe "Jack Move"
- Kurupt, Daz Dillinger & Roscoe "Lollipop (DPG-Mix)"
- The Dream ft. Sheek Louch "Fast Car (Remix)"
- Raheem DeVaughn ft. R. Kelly "Customer (Remix)"
- Slim ft. Yung Joc "So Fly"
- 2 Pistols ft. Ray J "You Know Me"
- Maino "Hi Hater"
- Smoothe Da Hustler "Wayback Pioneer"
- Rampage "Pump It Up" [Bonus Beats: Rampage ft. Leo Da Don "Sunny Days"]
- Erykah Badu "Honey (Kno Remix)"
- Killah Priest "I Believe"
- Vast Aire "T.V. Land" (prod. by Melodius Monk)
- Atmosphere "You"
- Pacific Division "Taste" (prdo. by DJ Khalil)
- Phil Da Agony ft. Talib Kweli "Think Green"
- Donny Goines "Rocky IV Freestyle"
- Elucid "Magic Spells"
- Spec Boogie "Cock Blockin' Problem"
- Wale "The Perfect Plan"
- Skyzoo ft. Wale "Lyrically Inclined" (prod. by Illmind)
- Sha Stimuli "We Can Make It"
- Nino Bless "Da Livest"
- 88 Keys ft. Tanya Morgan "Cuddle Bums"
- The Cool Kids "Sup"
- Mazzi "Lesson A" (Jay Electronica & The Cool Kids Diss)
- Black ELement "Can't Call It" (prod. by Ryan Durkin)
- Jarvis ft. Ludacris "Pretty Girl"
- J.A.M.E.S. Watts "2 Minute WarmUp pt. 4"
- The Camp "Walk On By" (prod. by Teddy Roxpin)
- U-N-I "Supreme Song"
- Bullet "Earth Girls"
- K'Naan "Struggling"
- Ya Boy "I Don't Give A Fuck"
- Hardbody Outlawz ft. Hell Rell "Shoot 'Em Up"
- Stacks & Jah Cure "Flying High"
- Pop Bang "Nitro"
- Papi L.C. "Big Bubble Butt"
- Gemstones ft. Bishop G "Everything's Okay" [Bonus Beats: Gemstones "Good Morning Freestyle"]
- Esso "Superstar Freestyle"
- Rain "Paper Touchin' Freestyle"
- Small World "Grammy Family"
- Shaudi Fly "I Don't Dance"
- Ka$ual ft. HP & Bizkit "Lean" (prod. by Joe Milly)
- El Prez ft. Danja & KU "Say It With Me" (prod. by 3AM) [Bonus Beats: El Prez "Wyld Freestyle"]
- Tigga Bounce "Stand Up" [Bonus Beats: Michelle Williams "Hello Heart Break (Remix)" (prod. by Tigga Bounce)]
GET'CHA LATE PASS, BITCHES:
- rock the dub radio: episode 019
- Knowledge & Wisdom, Vol. 1
- DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #13
- L.E.O. Spiritual Intelligence
- Rizoh Radio 24: Special Effects
- NYOil 9 Wonders Mixtape
- Dub MD Presents The UK Royal Fam Mixtape, Vol. 3
- DJ J Boogie & Panama The Saga Continues 2
Here's a sneak at one of the cuts on the forthcoming rock the dub compilation. Shouts out to Junclassic and the Monster Island Czars...
Junclassic "The Promo"
Enjoy your weekend, peeps.
I got nothing to say about this right now, except that this Phat Kat chorus keeps running through my head. Shit like this makes you realize how little they care about our lives. And when I say "they" and "our", I'm not necessarily speaking racially, just how the establishment fucks with the people who drive this country.
Rafi has the right idea, and has dug up some of the older Sean Bell coverage on Oh Word.
Fucking bullshit. And the sad part is, niggas are too scared to revolt. So the shit will just keep on.
Bonus Beats: Papoose "50 Shots" \ Mickey Factz "I'm Sean (50 Shots More)"
That crowd went NUTS when that shit dropped! There's a load of pics up from this great event. Sometimes I wish I left the house.
Thursday, April 24, 2008
related: On That Leak: Scram Jones "Third Degree"
Props to Mike B for the video!
The compilation, which is still FREE and strictly digital, is still a go, and I've been getting some serious fire as of late. When we last spoke, I let it be known that fire from Amanda Diva, Che Grand, Elucid, Genesis Elijah, Wordsmith and a Benja Styles remix are confirmed. Since then, I've also gotten confirmations from L.E.G.A.C.Y., Junclassic and others. Recent additions to the comp include Black ELement, 5th Flow, The Homebodies (ft. Cool Breeze), Shelly B, SIN and many more!
I've also got word that DJ Cable is up for doing a complimentary mixtape, featuring his choices of the comp and a host of exclusives made for this project.
My projected date of release would be sometime in June, but I just got a 10 hour idea that might push it, but I am trying to stick to that June 2008 date. This ain't Tha Carter III.
Gonna be something special. And is just the first of many. I'm getting a few submissions for other projects, although I know I wanna get another Hip-Hop one out by the end of the month. We'll see.
Any producers/MCs reading this who want to contribute, hit me up at email@example.com or www.myspace.com/khaldub. Holla.
Word to the mailroom.
What's really good with Jermaine Dupri's studio? I wonder what Diva and JD are working on...
01. Solja Intro
02. Solja - Waa Gwaan
03. Faro - Paper Chase (feat. McKenzie)
04. Lethal Bizzle - Police On My Back
05. Swiss - What's Your Grind (feat. Lee Ryan)
06. Klashnekoff - Question!
07. Ghetto - Who's Got?
08. Wiley - Where You Gonna Hide
09. Sincere - Once Upon A Time (feat. Natty)
10. Solja - Rumours
11. Scorcher - Shooting Stars (feat. S.A.S)
12. Pyrelli - Push The Boat Out
13. Sway - My Sword
14. Skepta - Blood, Sweat & Tears (feat. JME)
15. Roll Deep - Give Up
16. S.A.S - Nothing Long
17. Solja - Brown Boys (feat. Broke N English)
18. Ghetto - Commandments
19. Bigz - Jealousy (feat. Badness)
20. JME - Standard
21. Bashy - Valcanoe City (feat. Solja)
22. Genesis Elijah - Hard
23. Stylah - The Girl Is Mine (feat. Tony D)
24. Solja - Distance
25. Solja Outro
Don't sleep on the UK.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
I'm somewhat speechless. The fly skimmies with gats had me open, as did the hilarious video game footage. What a way to spend 8 minutes and 55 seconds. Your thoughts?
You niggas keep up with the Warning Shot Wednesdays, don't you?
By the way, Spec's Dollar-Sign Language mixtape will be dropping on Digital Gravel next week. When I get info on that, so will you.
I'm guessing this is a take on School Daze? Love the G Phi G looking niggas up in this. Matter of fact, the "dolly" scene is straight Spike Lee as well.
"Click Clack" (ft. Twin Gambino)
All of these are on that H.N.I.C., Part 2. Props to OnSMASH for these.
I swear most of you niggas ain't even ready for a fraction of this. Get your weight up.
I have also heard you say that I am a hater. This is far from the truth. I am not a hater at all. I was really happy to see you on the show, trying out and getting on. The things these women could have learned from you, being that you were a solo artist, no camp surrounding you, and had the success that you did is unheard of in the rap game. Little did I know that you would wind up being a crazy loonytoon who even as a professional rapper, could not put a rhyme together in 60 minutes and had to resort to reciting something that was two years old. C'mon ma, really?!? Really?!? I mean at least Lionezz tried to write and she can barely speak English, well, you have a hard time with the English language as well but at least it's your native tongue. This competition is for EMCEES, not rappers, which you are. Like I said earlier before, check please.
And that's just one point he takes to task. Gotta love it. This ain't even beef, it's reciprocal love. Khia went on there to up her status, and in doing what she did, has her name on the lips of many heads... or, at least, that's the story she's selling today.
Bonus Beats: Riskay ft. Aviance & Real "Smell Yo Dick" \ Riskay Vs. Reform "Dope Girl (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
khal: First off, how did you first get into music in general, and DNB specifically?
Sol.ID: I've been into music as long as I remember, from late night marathons of Devo & Michael Jackson's "Thriller" videos to Rage Against The Machine & Technotronic cassettes... music is definitely my first love. My first electronic purchase besides the late ‘80s commercial dance music was Tresor vol. 2, which I used as accompaniment for my martial arts routines in competition.
khal: When did your love of music become you creating music on your own?
Sol.ID: Well, initially, I was participating in music from a more classical standpoint & composition wasn't really a goal. During the same time, I was toying around with early versions of ACID DJ software along with Hammerhead, Rebirth, etc., but I really had no idea what I was doing as far as creating a final product. I didn't even know that DJ's were out playing these Techno tunes in clubs and raves until some years later.
khal: You initially burst onto the DnB scene with Autumn, quietly dropping tunes on labels like Fokuz. How did it feel to finally get music you created out in the shops?
Sol.ID: Fast forward a good 5 years... by then I'd heard Logical Progression (“Demon's Theme”!), Timeless and a ridiculous number of jockeys who influenced me to step up and express myself through DJing first and foremost. After I made somewhat of a name playing around the state and via a string of online mixes, in addition to a weekly radio show on Destroyer.net with my partner Lost Prophet, we decided our energy would be best focused towards creating our own works. By the time the Autumn project came to pass, we already had a defined sound in mind... it was merely a matter of the engineering stepping up as it still is everyday. We would never have had the opportunities that came about without putting in all those hours promoting the shows & networking with likeminded artists such as Soulproof, ICR, and the support of guys like arQer & Realtime, who we've looked up to for ages. My man Matt-U @ Soulproof put me in touch with Marco @ Fokuz & things fell into place from there.
khal: You’re also linked up with arQer under the guise of Rapture Plume. In listening to the free EP you guys gave out recently, I noticed that that collaboration is pretty true to the styles you guys produce: blending both the soulful side and the techier side of DnB. Is that by design, or do you two just go with the flow? Are you shopping Rapture Plume tunes to labels?
Sol.ID: arQer is a mad scientist, the man can go from heavy, tech-y dancefloor killers along the lines of Bad Company or Teebee to crafting the smoothest of liquid bits, not unlike Calibre or Mutt. That's why he and Realtime get paid the big bucks to teach the youngins quality music in the Texas public schools. The Rapture Plume project is a chance for marQer and I to get down on the deeper tip. The strange thing is every tune we've done ends up being an online collab, too many extra-curriculars get in the way when we finally get a chance to link sup! We've gotten varied support on those bits from CLS & Wax, Simon "Bassline" Smith, Nookie, Amaning & Stunna. It would be nice to have seen a release on those, but with the state of DnB distribution there's no telling how long it would have taken for the batch to see light, and at the end of the day it's great to give back to the scene.
khal: One thing I do notice is that you work with a lot of other producers. Is collaborating something that you prefer? When working on tunes with other producers, how do you start the creative process? Does it differ from producer to producer?
Sol.ID: Yes, I really enjoy collaborations because I can learn so much about the work process, from creative to engineering. Also it gives me a chance to focus on one perspective without getting so wrapped up in peripherals. Due to being a newjack lots of times I'll have what I think to be a perfect idea, yet I feel my engineering skills leave something to be desired. In order for me to get the idea out in a timely manner, I'll go to one of my friends I feel can best grasp what I'm trying to get across and we'll take it from there. Other times they'll let me hear a clip of something and ask my opinion as a DJ. If I come with something that grabs their attention conceptually, they'll either send me an RNS file or bounce audio parts and we'll take it from there. In a nutshell, I generally tend to do my best work alone... but two heads are definitely better than one.
khal: What’s your production set up like? Do you prefer hardware or software?
Sol.ID: My production setup is quite minimal, but it's enough to get the job done. I use a PC with an AMD processor (time to upgrade the RAM!) loaded with Reason 4.0, Recycle, Wavelab, Ableton for messing with samples & VSTs. I really like the Tape Delay Plug, Scream Distortion Unit and lots of carefully placed Reverb! As for hardware, the only gear I use are an Axiom 25 controller, Pioneer or Sennheiser headies, and Yamaha HS80 studio monitors. As for sound design, I can never get enough samples and to be honest, I'm just starting to properly get my head around synthesis, so I'm trying to up the bar with the next batch of tunes.
khal: As mentioned previously, you have been doing a lot of collaborations lately. Are there any tracks that you are most proud of currently? If so, why?
Sol.ID: With every tune I make I try to step it up, some tunes right now that have been getting a lot of attention are "The Chosen", with Germany's Amaning (Soul:R, Metalheadz, BIOS), out now on Sudden Def, also “Soul Reaction”, which is forthcoming on Basswerk with Rio de Janeiro's Cybass (Under Construction, Rubik, Vibe'z) and “World of Emptiness”, forthcoming on Fokuz with Zyon Base (Fokuz, Lucky Devil, Shogun LTD) of Belfast. These tunes are getting support across the field from great DJs like A-Sides, State of Mind, Ant TC1, The Insiders, Flight and Crissy Criss.
khal: What’s your release schedule looking like for 2008?
Sol.ID: 2008 is going to be a big year, I'll be dropping my first solo 12" on Future Thinkin', which is a great honor to follow after artists like Sabre, Saburuko & Prolific. I have a few things confirmed, solo & collaborations forthcoming on 12" & CD compilations via Rotterdam, Netherland's based Fokuz Recordings, Basswerk out of Germany, and Red Mist out of England. Detroit's newjack Sinistarr (Creative Source, Integral, Offshore) came up with a fresh relick of Avian Jazz that is coming on his EP for Digital Blus, a spinoff of Blu Saphir. There's rumored to be a BIG remix of "The Chosen" coming later in the year, so keep your ears peeled for that one. I'm also working on projects for the legendary Vibe'z imprint (I'm onnit Dave!) and Amaning's BIOS Recordings as well as some as a few key top secret projects ;)
khal: Do you have any plans to work on an EP or album?
Sol.ID: Good question. Prophet and I secretly began work on an Autumn album project for Fokuz a little over a year ago. Little did we know how large of an undertaking it would be. Right now we're both working to mature our sounds as we want to really make an impact artistically with the LP format rather than just putting together a collection of 3-4 dancefloor cuts and a handful of random filler. In the meantime, we've got a nice collection of various tunes from melodic bits featuring guest vocalists to unexpected moody rollers... basically trying to explore the versatility of our sound. It's possible that we'll release an EP somewhere in the near future, including some fresh Autumn bits coupled with any number of collabs, with Atlanta's Midus Touch and their vocalist Tuere or the upcoming remix by one of my biggest supporters & 2008's renaissance man, Sabre (Metalheadz, Renegade, Bassbin)
khal: In DnB, many heads start their own imprints – is that something you’d want to do?
Sol.ID: As a DJ, that's a recurring question, particularly recently! I keep in contact with loads of really talented artists and somewhere down the line I would like to create an outlet for my work alongside some of my favorite producers whose work I think goes a bit under the radar. Some of those killing it on the regular include but are not limited to guys like Theory, Dan Marshall, TGM (aka The Green Man), Matt-U and Nusense. These guys know DnB inside & out and truly represent the tasteful and forward thinking sound I've come to love the genre for. Currently I don't think it's the right move for me to make but anything is possible given time, quality and maturity.
khal: You’ve also been making a name for yourself in the DJ circuit, and have even traveled to the UK to spread your sounds. What’s the best part about DJing for you? Do you use CDs or Vinyl? Do you have a favorite place to spin, and if so, why?
Sol.ID: To be honest, I've always been a DJ first so to get a chance to spread the sound abroad has been a dream come true. I've played not only in the US & across the UK, but also in Belgium, Hungary & Poland. I'm planning to make another trip to Europe this July with shows lined up from London to Lithuania. I love playing wherever there's a big vibe, whether there's 80 or 500 heads. My favorite part of it all has been bringing online relationships to the next level. I have made some great & hopefully lifelong friends through the music. I love being able to play a role of entertaining, moving people emotionally, and educating. I feel that the latter can especially be brought in the mix CD/podcast format, and I'll be recording exclusive guest mixes for Szolfézs 98.6FM out of Budapest as well as upcoming BIOS Recordings & DnBTV Podcasts. Get your MP3 players ready! Regarding the CD vs. Vinyl debate, we're nearly 50 years into dance music culture... GET OVER IT & PLAY QUALITY MUSIC!
khal: Do you have any final thoughts or shout outs before we wrap this up?
Sol.ID: I just want to say thanks to everyone who's supported me & been there for me since day one. Shouts to my family, my girlfriend Jeannette, Prophet, Cle & Trill DnB, Brad Strategy (we need to finish some of those tunes!), MarQer & Dougietime, the rest of the Texas crew, C.A.B.L.E., Tom, Matyas, Sabre, Daniel @ Quadrant, Jay Stunna & the Bassdrive crew, NCDnB, Mayhem & 404audio, 2003 DSCI4 crew, the present & former DOA gang, everyone who's ever booked me (except a few, you know who you are!) and of course to Marco @ Triple Vision, Kubiks & Lomax @ Rubik, Heiner TGM @ Basswerk and Neil @ Future Thinkin for trusting in the vibes! Of course, there's too many more people to name, please stop by myspace.com/solisdead & check out the work of my colleagues, I'm surrounded by scores of truly gifted people.
SDR12029 (2008) Amaning & Sol.ID - The Chosen
RRD03 (2007) Sol.ID & Cybass - 4AM
KNOW75 (2007) Knowledge Magazine Triple Vision Showcase
FOKUZLP002 (2007) Autumn - Canopy
CLS004 (2007) Autumn - Cut Away
FOKUZLTD013 (2007) Autumn - Dilated Times / Transmute
CLS004 (2007) Autumn - It's Always About The Girl (Lomax Rmx)
FOKUZ025 (2006) Autumn - Redemption / Pair of Grins
FOKUZLP001 (2006) Autumn & ICR - Yesterday
FOKUZCD001 (2006) Autumn & ICR - Yesterday
FOKUZLTD008 (2006) Autumn - Refuge
FOKUZLTD007 (2006) Autumn - It's Always About The Girl
Sol.ID - Blue Grooves (Future Thinkin)
Sol.ID - Levitation (Red Mist)
Sol.ID - Long Way From Home (Basswerk)
Sol.ID & Cybass - Soul Reaction (Basswerk)
Sol.ID & Zyon Base - World of Emptiness (Fokuz)
Sol.ID - Avian Jazz 'Sinistarr Recut' (Digital Blus)
Amaning & Sol.ID - Immortal Pleasures (Nu Directions)
Autumn & Perpetuum - Unconditional (BIOS)
Stunna, Release, Sol.ID & Amaning - Can't Get U Off My Mind (BIOS)
Sol.ID's TOP TUNES OF APRIL 2008
Sabre & Icicle - Sentry - Hardware
Subtone - Dogma - Cylon
Cern - The Blood Moon - Symptm
Dan Marshall & Mixmaster Doc - Exodus - BIOS
Pepe Braddock - Deep Burnt (Insiders Rmx)
Sol.ID - Long Way From Home - Basswerk
Soul Intent - A.I. - 31
Cybass - Japonica - Vibe'z
Random Movement - Psychedelic Dreampipe - Innerground
TGM - Hong Kong Nights
Tuesday, April 22, 2008
Via 2DB. EDIT: Miss Info got a response from Mazzi on where this is coming from, here's a snippet:
Look, it’s expected of Hurricane Chris or some one of that genre to be on that gimmick shit but not what we dub real/underground/true school Hip Hop… Let that be! No tools! No posers! No herbs! No space alien rappers who really ain’t on it like that! No little kids tryna’ live out an era they are only partly up on!
Mikey from The Cool Kids has responded in this URB interview, but he really says nothing more than "I'll send him a copy of the album" and "he knows our music". I can't see them even going back at him, just based on their style, but what Mazzi has said needed to be said.
related: S.O.UL. Purpose The Construction [review]
PS: for all of you guys who are going to say "Damn, she's 42!?!!", please shut the fuck up and man up. Like a woman who isn't 19-23 can't be a fucking dime?
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KRS-One ft. Various Artists "Self Construction"
Andrew has also posted up some video footage of KRS at a recent Stop The Violence 2008 press conference:
I hope this movement can open the eyes of some of you heads out there.
Still not a big fan of this track, but I love this CD.
Props to Shake.
Bonus Beats: NYOil has a drop over at Unkut taking Nas to task over his recently-leaked "Be A Nigger Too". What do you think? Does NYOil get it right? Did Nas jack NYOil? Who's the nigga?
Big up to Matt for this one.
- Sav Killz & Spit Supreme "Hoodlums & Crooks Freestyle"
- Sean Price, Sav Killz & Rustee Juxx "Comin' To Kill" (prod. by Endemic)
These have drops on them already, but is a good idea of what to expect from the latest All Elements mixtape. Sav also has a street album, Still Determined, in the works, so keep your ears to the street.
Props to Alex on this one!
Monday, April 21, 2008
khal: What’s the story behind DEAD P.A.? The core of the group is Papa Zero and The Human Drum Machine. How did you two get together, and what was the inspiration behind creating a live Drum & Bass band?
Papa Zero: George and I performed in rock bands in high school in the early 90's and as anyone in a band knows - it's no easy task to keep it together. When my band Backlash found itself in a rut struggling to maintain a drummer for several years, George was asked to join. Shortly thereafter, he swiped the band's bass player to form yet another band. I purchased a drum machine and sampler and took a new direction with a more electronic edge. The solo performance evolved into Population Zero in 1996 and I began playing clubs, warehouses, and festivals throughout Texas. In the meantime, George had gone off to school in Boston. Upon his graduation and return in 2003, he made contact with me and happened to mention that he had acquired a Roland TD-10 drum kit. The suggestion of a jam session was made and we quickly realized the potential for a live performance. Levon and Krystal joined the act in subsequent years but their schedules often dictate that the touring act remain the two founding members. Although we both love Drum & Bass, I wouldn’t say that we were compelled to specifically be a “Drum & Bass band.” The majority of my solo material around 2003 consisted of DnB and it seemed to make for a more frenetic live performance with a drummer. We play DnB sets but have included many other genres when circumstances allow. In some cases, we find it better to portray ourselves outside Drum & Bass altogether since we don’t quite sound like conventional DnB artists. We’ve started using the term “Drum n Breaks.”
khal: What’s your setup like? There’s obviously drums and your keyboards/synthesizers, but what else is involved with your live shows?
Papa Zero: Our primary goal is more performance oriented rather than mixing. I’ve always preferred to interact directly with the music and audience rather than act as a sort of “meta-composition” DJ. Accordingly, our setup will change with the circumstances surrounding the show and the songs we are performing. Obviously, when we are flown out to a show we have to scale our gear to what will keep us both self-contained as well as travel ready. I always bring a small multi-channel mixer for multiple instrument input. We run live mics for vocals, key-triggered drum loops and basslines from my K2000, I run a DJ mixer as a hub between the live drummer and some pre-arranged backing track material. It’s so much fun having a live drummer on the crossfader and a bit of a laugh to pull turntablism “tricks” on a DJ mixer without actually using any turntables. I used to play guitar during our sets but in January of 2007 I was diagnosed with malignant brain cancer. The resulting tumor significantly damaged the fine motor skills in my left hand so that I am no longer capable of playing guitar.
khal: You’ve recently dropped an album, The Dead Will Rise. How did you guys produce the album – was it made in the same way as your live shows are, or did you use samplers and drum machines and the like?
Papa Zero: Although I always use Logic to record and sequence when writing a track, I really don’t constrain production to any rhyme or reason. This can contribute to me taking forever to finish something. I use an assortment of hardware and software, analogue and digital. Our songs vary in tempo and feel so I often have to rework or reconstruct them for a live show. The only song on the album that we’ve never played live is “Lifeguard.” I’m afraid to let George near a mic to sing that one live since his performance during the recording turns out to have been a once in a lifetime cut! Fortunately, he makes up for this in his ability to play the hell out of the drums and MC.
khal: You’ve gotten loads of accolades from throughout the Texas area. Where else have you guys brought your brand of DnB to? Do you have any dreams/plans on trying to craft tunes for release on a DnB-specific label?
Papa Zero: Ironically, and despite the fact that we didn’t have a release, we’ve played through a considerable portion of the U.S. up to this point. We’ve played weeklies such as SuckaFree in Panama City, Beyond Beats in OKC, and Torque in Orlando, mainstay events like Tastemakers of Breaks in Miami during WMC, Devil’s Night 9 in Las Vegas, Soulstice in Fayetteville, Bayfest in Mobile and big one-off events in Los Angeles, Salt Lake City, and New Orleans among many others. I try to keep photo albums of shows on our homepage and our MySpace sites. Labels in dancefloor / club / electronica genres always release material based on the merits of whether or not it flows with the cumulative catalogue of its releases. This only makes sense since their primary market (the DJ) is looking for music that will easily fit into his or her set. I typically write songs without regard to how DJ friendly they are and this has worked against us in getting music released on DnB labels – but we’re always open to it.
khal: What do you think sets your brand of DnB apart from a DJ who is equally skilled at rockin’ a party? Do you think there could be a situation where you’d perform live with in tangent with a DJ?
Papa Zero: Aside from the obvious difference of a live and in your face performance – the one thing that tends to really set us apart is our sense of humor. We’ve never fit the mold of “hardass junglists” and our shows inescapably reflect that, be it George’s off the cuff rhymes making fun of me onstage or outlandish costumes and stage theatrics. In regard to performing alongside a DJ - during the Winter Music Conference of ’06 we had the pleasure of performing with the DMC champion DJ ID. After we performed our set, ID wanted to “jam” with us – so while he beat juggled, scratched, and threw in cut samples on vinyl, George went to town on the drums and I played leads or basslines on synth. It was really an improv of sorts that couldn’t have lasted more than 20 minutes, but the crowd just went effing nuts.
khal: One thing I have seen in pictures is you guys not being afraid to go all out, dressing up in wacky and interesting get-up, helping give the show more character. How did that aspect come about? Are there future concepts you guys will be employing, costume wise?
Papa Zero: Conceptually we’ve always wanted more of a “Blue Man Group” style performance where the music is joined at the hip with visuals, the live performance and an event we’re playing as a whole. Though we wanted this from DEAD P.A.’s inception, we’ve had to build up to the point where the catalogue of music and chemistry of the show could really facilitate some of those ideas or convey a unified theme or message. It started mostly with the customization of our sets to fit themes of parties chosen by promoters but gradually worked into theme tours and performance theatrics like those in the current “DEAD P.A. for President” Tour.
khal: Are there any things as a band that DEAD P.A. has not tackled as of yet? Where do you see the outfit progressing to in the near future?
Papa Zero: We’d love to collaborate more with other artists – onstage, in production or remix. There are a million theme sets we have talked about working up – from Drum & Bass covers of cheesy 80’s songs to cancer awareness-themed sets. I don’t think we’ve really even scratched the surface of where things can go. We’ve even talked about doing an acoustic arrangement of some of our tracks to perform live. George and I quite often video tape our escapades while touring. In light of the things we’ve seen, my cancer, and our undiminished sense of humor, we’ve discussed the possibility of story boarding and pitching a reality show. Of course, everything has a proper time and place and each of these wacky ideas may have to wait for its respective moment.
khal: The live DnB band aspect has not had that one shining star that’s gotten acclaim for both production prowess when it comes to albums as well as their live show. Do you feel DEAD P.A. can reach that height, or is that not on your radar?
Papa Zero: I’ve been hearing about a live Evol Intent project in the works forever and look forward to seeing what comes of it. I believe both Roni Size and London Electricity saw a bit of limelight in regard to both release and live performance but certainly no DnB artist has had the spotlight like Moby, Prodigy, Chemical Brothers, BT or Crystal Method. So far the only “breakthrough” artists for electronica in general have been a bit more transcendent of genre. On occasion I think we do tap into hooks and performances that have mass appeal but I can’t really objectively say whether or not we’ll become superstars. We certainly aim to get our music out to anyone that cares to hear it and have been grateful for the response we’ve seen. Whether or not we breakout and are accepted into the mainstream, I do believe that DEAD P.A. is a prototype of sorts for acts that will come about in the future consisting of similar setups. Technology is making it more viable everyday and a large part of our success thus far has a lot to do with the fact that there isn’t anything quite like us out there. It’s only a matter of time before more acts pop up. KJ Sawka of Seattle is one performer I hope to hear more from. While his live P.A. set is a bit less of a confrontational performance than ours, he is a brilliant drummer that really captures the essence of Drum & Bass.
khal: I know none of you guys are DJs, but do you actively follow DnB releases? Are there any tracks that you wish you had produced, or that you would like to recreate live?
Papa Zero: Since neither of us are DJs we don’t invest in releases as a DJ would so I don’t always have my finger on the pulse of what the hot new sound is or the latest and greatest track. For better or worse, this probably speaks to the fact that we never sound like what is going on in DnB. We do get exposure of course, from DJ mixes we get as well as from the artists themselves but I don’t think either of us has ever wished we had made a song that we heard. Every song is a creature hatched from the unique character of the artist that pieced it together and while I have many faces and wells to draw from I can’t covet the character of another – I can only relate and enjoy the art they provide. In regards to doing cover songs – nothing is off limits too us. We’ve performed dancefloor covers ranging from Pantera’s “Broken” to Britney Spears' “Hit Me Baby One More Time” without blinking. With the right context, we’d do a cover of an electronic contemporary as easily as we’d play a song from The Muppet Show.
khal: Where will you guys be performing next?
Papa Zero: Because of my cancer affliction I underwent a ten hour open brain surgery in January of 2007, 6 weeks of daily radiation, and have undergone 11 chemotherapy treatments. Needless to say this put music and performance on the sidelines for a while. We had so much momentum going into ‘07 and unfortunately only played 3 shows – one of which I was unable to attend. While I’m still fighting cancer, I’ve gotten to the point where I’m capable of touring again so we’ve booked quite a few gigs this year already. I’ve been amazed at how quickly the ball picked up right where we left off. We just hit Austin on the Guitar Hero 3 stage during the SXSW music conference. Upcoming shows include a slot on the annual Houston 91.7 FM Rice Radio concert as well as a performance in Dallas for Fully Funktional’s party “Simply Evolve.” We are still coordinating and booking dates for our “DEAD P.A. for President” Tour and look forward to hitting New Jersey for the first time in June.
khal: Do you have any final thoughts, comments or shout outs?
Papa Zero: Our gratitude goes out to everyone that has come out to our shows, bought a CD, sported a DEAD P.A. T-shirt, booked us, or just taken the time to listen to our music!