"Here I Am" features Nelly & Avery Storm; Jay-Z does NOT appear in the "Maybach Music" portion of this vid:
Archive for 04/01/2008 - 05/01/2008
I could imagine this mix bumpin' in the club:
01. Rick James - Superfreak
02. MC Hammer - U Can't Touch This
03. DJ Spider - I'd Rather Get Some Head
04. Usher Vs. DJ Danny Diggz - Bass In This Club
05. Dynamite MC - Rush The DJ
06. Sir Mix-A-Lot - Baby Got Back
07. 69 Boyz - Tootsie Roll
DJ Cable does it again.
Seriously. At times, I figured I was the only one who was behind the idea of Nas putting out Nigger as some kind of social commentary shit. After hearing "Be A Nigger Too", I felt I was vindicated. Lo and behold, just like when the album that is now Hip-Hop Is Dead was just a rumor, Nas has flipped the script and is now reportedly calling the album... drumroll please... Nas:
According to EW.com, a Def Jam representative has confirmed that Nas will no longer be naming his upcoming project Nigger. Instead, Nasir Jones will opt for a less controversial title: Nas.
It seemed that Nas and Def Jam were comfortable with the eyebrow raising title. Island Def Jam Music Chair, L.A. Reid, even went so far as to say "Anything Nas wants to do, I completely stand beside him," in an interview last year.
But as the release draws near, Nas spoke to MTV about the increasing pressure to change the title.
"Everybody is trying to stop the title," Nas stated. "Record stores are gonna have a problem in this day and time selling a record with that title. Who knows what's gonna turn out and be on that title? Who knows what that title will be?"
It seems that the phrase "pressure busts pipes" has finally reared its head as the controversial title has effectively been changed.
No comment as of yet from Nas or Def Jam regarding the change as of press time.
Nigger, please! Get off that dumb shit. If you seriously come with anything but Nigger as the title of this album, I will have lost mad respect for you. Seriously - I respect you as an artist, but to build this shit up to a fever pitch, then just clown niggas (just like you did the last go-round) is a bitch move, and I know I am tired of it.
Eskay has the right idea.
I fucking wanted that album, too. I've been getting back to buying albums, and as long as the tracks were hot, I was going to buy that shit off the rip. I'm not buying Nas, I'll tell you that. I'm seriously disgusted...
Radius "Logan Square (Rent's Due)": Radius' debut album for TSLOS, Neighborhood Suicide, was released on May 6th. And I love it. Think DJ Shadow if he hailed from Chi-town. Raw, emotional instrumental Hip-Hop from a talented brother, documenting his feelings towards his city at the time of creation (to hear him say it, "Neighborhood Suicide started in late 2006 and early 2007, The Winter Season… I was tired of Chicago, but only because I felt I couldn't make anything workout here. I needed fresh air. I started working on a project that I felt reflected the way I was feeling, down and out but happy, free and expressive too, like I knew that if I could be heard I would feel better and I felt I would/could have people that would support my sound. I was also working on a lot of more break-heavy, experimental, more layered and zone out /journey tracks, as I'd like to call them."). Journey tracks are definitely a great title for these beats. This is heavy-parka, riding on the train, headphone funk. This is "turn up the heater", late night, back seat of the sedan road trip music. Awkward walks home with that special someone riddims.
File under experimental Hip-Hop, in between Shadow and DJ Krush. Serious as a heart attack, y'all.
Bonus Beats: Radius "Englewood (Necessary Growth)"
Odd pic, I know, but that's my sentiment. The last rtd radio post was from last month - I had some drama and moving of things out of my house to do (the war room hasn't moved, just decluttered shit), and had no time to rock this two weeks ago. This is a fun mix, though. I played around with things a bit, and knocked this out relatively quickly on Friday night. The majority of this is new spit from the last month, with some gems thrown in for good measure...
rock the dub radio: episode 020
(direct MP3 dload link)
02/Big Boi ft. Raekwon & Andre 3000 "Royal Flush"
03/Raekwon ft. Ghostface "Necro"
04/NYGz ft. Lady of Rage, Freddie Foxxx & Royce Da 5'9 "Ya Dayz R #'d (Remix)"
05/Das EFX "Real Hip-Hop (Pete Rock Remix)"
07/9th Wonder & Buckshot ft. Arafat Yates & Big Chops "Shinin' Y'All"
08/Vast Aire "Crush"
09/Jean Grae ft. Busta Rhymes "Love Thirst (Remix)"
10/interlude: Still Dreamin' 2
11/Presto ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor "Conquer Mentally"
12/Che Grand "Brown Study"
13/Che Grand "Crash"
14/Danny! ft. Che Grand "Yoko Ono"
15/Tanya Morgan ft. Elucid "The Bridge"
16/Elucid "Lifestyles RMX"
17/Mazzi "Lesson A"
18/Foul Mouth Jerk ft. El Da Sensei "NJ Transit"
19/Elzhi ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Motown 25"
20/J Dilla ft. Frank-N-Dank "We F'd Up"
21/Kidz In The Hall ft. El-P "Drivin' Down The Block (Final Bounce Remix)"
22/Bun B ft. Pimp C & Chamillionaire "Underground Thang"
23/Bravehearts ft. D-Stress & Cory Gunz "Pocket Or Two"
24/Nas "Be A Nigger Too"
25/Joell Ortiz ft. Dante Hawkings "Letter To Obama"
26/Kaos "Girls Rock Too"
27/SoulBrotha ft. Rukus "Dopest Emcees"
28/Lil' Wayne "A Millie"
29/R.O.E. "Somethin' New"
30/Erykah Badu "Real Thing (J. Slikk Remix)"
31/Hustle Simmons ft. 84 & Fel Sweetenberg "The Rundown"
32/Praverb "Freedom To Prevail"
33/Idle Warship ft. Chester French "Fall Back"
I hope you guys dig it. As per usual, any MCs/DJs/producers wanting me to showcase their tracks on rock the dub radio, hit me up at firstname.lastname@example.org, or hit me on MySpace. Holla!
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The good folks over at CRUNK!!! Energy Drink hit me up with an e-mail about two new contests they are holding. They are giving away a CRUNK!!! Trunk which includes the following: an exclusive CRUNK!!! cooler, 4 cases of CRUNK!!!, and hats & T-shirts. Both contests are easy to enter, involve your favorite social networking sites, and will be ending on May 28th!
For info on both contests, hit up the following links:
Myspace Contest for Friends of CRUNK!!! Energy Drink!
Facebook Contest for Fans of CRUNK!!! Energy Drink!
and for more info on CRUNK!!! in general, hit up their blog. Shouts to Reg for the heads up!
I like clothes. I'm no fashion plate, but ill clothes (especially dope t-shirts) always make me excited. I have like 3 t-shirt drawers: one for the ones my son can spit up and puke on (I'm smart like that), one's that I don't mind going to the grocery store with, and one drawer with my tees that I treat better than my suit(s). I have just always been like that.
Another thing I have been is a loud spokesperson for things I love and appreciate. If you peep my blog on any regular basis, you see - I ride for the shit I love.
Now, those in the skateboarding scene know, the thing to get is a sponsorship. It shows that you aren't just some regular cat. Some company, whether it's clothes or boards or whatever, feels that you can be a representative of their brand.
Shouldn't bloggers get the same treatment? Most bloggers have their own voice, but aside from cats like Eskay getting linked up with the Complex fam, or TSS and Rizoh being down with Rawkus, I don't really see much like that in the blogosphere, esp. the Hip-Hop blogs.
So, what say you clothing companies? Do you want me, a guy who appreciates style, to be your online face?
Holliewood "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin' It": Here's an '08 anthem for you Brooklynites... if you want it, that is. There's also a "promo video" that was sent with this. It looks like a mini movie or some shit, check it out. From the e-mail I received:
KRS-One & Slick Rick were channeled to create a massive fusion reliving the essence of Hip-Hop.
Holliewood is a emcee born & raised in Brooklyn, N.Y with a mission to bring back what Hip-Hop once was "I remember coming up when music was music, where live rap battles were taking place on every corner & it was all for the love of music, where you could catch a b-boy breaking on a cardboard box while trying not to scuff the shell tops lol" Holliewood, often referred to as H.Wood is set to take the music world by storm. His debut single "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin It" is just the beginning, with a vast sound & a unique approach to this rapidly declining music world, Holliewood is bound to birth new life to the industry.
so here it is... fresh from the masters, undoubtedly "Brooklyn Keeps On Takin It"
EDIT: The more I listen to this, dude def. sounds (or tries to sound like) Slick Rick. I'm not saying that's a good thing, though.
01. schools out forever skit
treasure fingers mix
02. louis la roche - on the floor
03. only freak - can’t get away (solid groove remix)
04. panther DLX - slave in slave out
05. romanthony - curious (treasure fingers remix)
06. pierre de la touche - dance all night
07. cut copy - lights & music (moulinex remix)
08. fake shark real zombie - designer drugs (designer drugs)
09. para one - piste bleue (rrrump edit)
10. michael gray - borderline (treasure fingers edit)
11. o’bryan - im freaky (romeo erotic / treasure fingers reflip)
12. midnight star - midus touch (treasure fingers edit)
kill the noise mix
14. chromeo - call me up (kill the noise remix)
15. mr. oizo - flat beat (computer club’s fat eric remix)
16. sinden & count of monte cristal - beeper (fake blood remix)
17. estelle feat. kanye west - american boy (kill the noise remix)
18. moston & malente - fucked up (stupid fresh mix)
19. american dream team - the american dream
20. kill the noise - kill kill kill
21. siriusmo - all the girls (tomboy remix)
22. elektrons feat pete simpson & soup - get up (herve gets down remix)
23. boys noize - oh! (a-trak remix)
24. cryptonites - i can’t give you up (kill the noise remix)
Mic Terror "Lesson C": This is a response record to Mazzi's "Lesson A" and "Lesson B" diss track/experiments from from a few weeks ago. Andrew FSD sent this over, and advised that a video is set to drop later on today. When he posts it, I'll update this post with it. For right now, check out these photos and this interview he posted earlier this week.
What do you guys think? I'm personally not feeling it for a few reasons: 1) that "Lean Back (remix)" instrumental is super played, 2) dude went the other way - while Mazzi actually had some reasoning behind "Lesson A", this is just kind of like more personal attacking. I'm not that up on Mic Terror, I admit, but my expectations must have been something else...
You gotta love when you make some unexpected moves, only to be pushed back a few steps. Oh well. In any case, I've been getting some super fire for the compilation. It's a good chunk of the way done, just waiting on a few things. Some good leaks this week, too (I can't get enough of the new Bun B and Herbaliser albums). Check out what I have been accumulating...
- Lil' Wayne ft. T-Pain "Got Money" [Bonus Beats: Lil' Wayne ft. Kanye West "Lollipop (Remix)" & Lil' Wayne ft. Tyga & Gata "Stacks On Deck"]
- N.E.R.D. ft. CRS & Pusha T "Everybody Nose (Remix)"
- Bun B ft. Rick Ross, David Banner, 8Ball & MJG "You're Everything" [Bonus Beats: Bun B ft. Pimp C & Chamillionaire "Underground Thang"]
- LL Cool J "Rider Pt. 2 Freestyle"
- Raekwon ft. Ghostface "Necro"
- Bow Wow & Soulja Boy "Marco Polo"
- Nelly ft. Jermaine Dupri & Ciara "J'z"
- Ashanti ft. Nelly & Akon "Body On Me"
- R. Kelly "Bobble"
- Lil' Mama "L.I.F.E."
- Lloyd "Heart Attack"
- Chris Brown "Last To Know"
- T-Pain "Talla Ho Wak"
- Cassie "2 The Morning"
- Slim "Bedtime Stories"
- Kenna "Black Goodbye Ride"
- Papoose "My Girl"
- Lloyd Banks "Top 5" (prod. by Apex)
- Elzhi ft. Royce Da 5'9 "Motown 25" (prod. by Black Milk)
- Tanya Morgan ft. Elucid "The Bridge" [Bonus Beats: Tanya Morgan "How Low"]
- Styles P "What's The Problem"
- Jadakiss ft. Big Lou & Crooked I "From Now Till Then (Remix)"
- 2DB threw up a few unreleased Stack Bundles (RIP) cuts this week: "Breaking Up" & "Lost In The Rock"
- CNN ft. Tha Dogg Pound, Maino, Uncle Murda & The Clipse "My Hood (Remix)"
- Kurupt "Yessir" (prod. by Pete Rock) [HipHopDX has the drop on Kurupt's upcoming albums(s)]
- Snoop Dogg ft. Kurupt "Lakers Theme"
- NYG'z ft. Lady of Rage, Freddie Foxxx & Royce Da 5'9 "Ya Dayz R #'d (Remix)"
- KRS-One & MC Lyte "Love"
- Animal Farm ft. KRS-One "Peace"
- Young LA ft. T.I. & Young Dro "Ain't I (Remix)"
- Duffy ft. The Game "Mercy (Remix)" (prod. by Cool & Dre)
- The Herbaliser ft. Jean Grae "Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale)"
- Michelle Williams ft. Flo-Rida "We Break The Dawn (Remix)"
- Jesse McCartney ft. Baby Bash "Leavin' (Remix)"
- Gorilla Zoe "Doeboy"
- Jody Breeze "Watch Me Now"
- Tyga ft. Lil' Wayne "Thinkin' Of You"
- Grafh "Make It Happen"
- Elephant Man "Cater For The Poor"
- Icadon "I'm A Star" (prod. by Dangerous LLC)
- Flavor Flav "317"
- Mike Jones ft. Lil' Wayne, Twista & T-Pain "Cutty Buddy"
- Rapper Big Pooh "Girls Like" (prod. by Big Dho) [Bonus Beats: Rapper Big Pooh "Money" (prod. by Young RJ)]
- Teairra Mari "Exclusive" [Bonus Beats: Teairra Mari ft. Pleasure P "Did You Wrong (Remix)"]
- Sandman "1-2-1-2" [2DB has a couple more cuts from Sandman's Gianormous mixtape]
- Royce Da 5'9 "Watch Me Get This Money"
- Ali Vegas "That's Nothin'"
- Immortal Technique "Third World" (prod. by Green Lantern)
- Vast Aire "The Crush" (prod. by Melodius Monk)
- Mazzi "Shade 45 Freestyle"
- Wordsmith "Quest For My Existence" (prod. by Professa)
- Strong Arm Steady ft. Spliff Star "Drugs & Money" [Bonus Beats: Strong Arm Steady "Respect My Game Freestyle"]
- Idle Warship ft. Chester French "Fall Back"
- Fokis "Can't You See" (prod. by Focus)
- SoulBrotha "What'cha Doin'?"
- Mickey Factz ft. Lauryn Hill "Live Water"
- FKi ft. Mickey Factz "Lookin' Fly"
- The Cool Kids "Miami Beach"
- Get 'Em Mamis "Push It '08" [Bonus Beats: Get 'Em Mamis "10% Dis '08"]
- Jay Rock ft. Ya Boy, Glasses Malone, K.Dot, Ab-Soul, Roccett, Schoolboy Q, Shay, Hot Dollar, Young Keno, K Boy, Spider Loc, Topic, Techniec, Damani & Bad Lucc "Lift Me Up (Mega-Remix)"
- Wes Fif "Through The Roof" (prod. by Jaywan)
- Takia "Ghetto Girl" (prod. by Double-O)
- sin ft. BB King "The Thrill Is Gone"
- Styles Of Beyond ft. RZA "Don't Feel Bad"
- DJ Muggs & Planet Asia "That's What It Is"
- Yung Chase ft. Paul Wall & Slim Thug "Man I'm Bout" (prod. by Drumma Boy)
- Rashid Hadee ft. Pugs Atomz "Oxygen" (prod. by Pete Rock)
- Black ELement ft. NAV "Keeps It Rockin'" (prod. by Rami Afuni)
- Jackie Chan ft. Gucci Mane, Rich Boy & Attitude "Rollin' (Remix)"
- Darkroom Productions ft. Loonatyk "Gettin' Dollaz (This Is Go-Go)"
- Muja Messiah ft. Slug & HAP "O'Silly Me" [Bonus Beats: Most Official ft. Mujah Messiah "Do The Math (Remix)"]
- 40 Glocc "Strip Down" [Bonus Beats: 40 Glocc ft. Akon "Borrow You"]
- Omega Red & Ray J "Turn It Around"
- Rock City "Losing It"
- Lah ft. Theo "We Made It" (prod. by Saint Patrick)
- FT "Where's The Money" (prod. by Musicman)
- Trama "Supa Delegates"
- Ya Boy "What It Is"
- 9th Ward "Add Me Up"
- 2 Pistols "Been Throwin' Money"
- 110 ft. E-40 "Gettin' That Gwop" [clean / dirty]
- Miss B. "6 Inch Pumps" [clean / dirty]
- Yung Texxus ft. Hezeleo & Trae "Dope Game"
- Nucci Reyo ft. Sam Scarfo "Big Money"
- Q-Butta ft. Nas, Jungle & Nashawn "I Want In"
- Quan ft. Lyfe Jennings "Baby I'm A Star"
- Lionezz ft. Tiffany Villareal "Flashin'"
- Dukes of DaVille "Money"
- Ankh Amen Ra "Yes We Can" (prod. by J-Scrilla)
- Bike For Free "MC Space"
- Shaw ft. Nitti "Boo Boo" (prod. by Nitti)
- A.O. "Heartbreak" (prod. by Herb Middleton)
Come grab ya late pass, folk:
- Pete Rock NY's Finest (Instrumentals)
- I Got My: The Life & Times Of Static
- Radius "Hoodicide" Mix
- Joe Budden vs. Portishead
- Eli Porter The Elicist
- DUTCH NewYork G.O.D.: Grind Over Dimes
- DJ Cable's Weekly Mix #16
- The Icon: Madonna Tribute Mash-Up w/ Nina B
- Skillz Design Of A Decade v.1 (The 90s)
- The Producer: The Best of Manny Faces
What more could you ask for?
I've been on an Herbaliser kick since hearing their new album, and wanted to hit you with one of my favorite videos of theirs. Big up to the cut-up music:
The Herbaliser "Wall Crawling Giant Insect Breaks"
Have a safe weekend, fam.
Did you guys sleep on that Mamas & The Papas/2Pac blend I posted a few months back? What about the "Auld Lang Syne" remix? What about The Soul Of A Man mixtape? The producer of all of those, Manny Faces, has, over the last 2 years and 2 million(!) downloads, been flipping his favorite acapellas into dope remixes for the people. He's compiled a bit of his best into this mixtape, and threw it out there... for free. Check it out:
2. Mary J Blige - Be Without You (Manny Faces Remix)
3. Cassie - Me & You (Manny Faces Remix)
4. Twista ft Kanye West - Overnight Celebrity (Manny Faces Remix)
5. Akon ft Nas - Locked Up (Manny Faces Remix)
6. 50 Cent - Candy Shop (Manny Faces Remix)
6. Lupe Fiasco ft Jill Scott - Daydreamin’ (Manny Faces Remix)
8. Nas ft Olu Dara - Bridging the Gap (Manny Faces Remix)
9. Jay-Z - 99 Problems (Manny Faces Remix)
10. Busta Rhymes ft Frank Sinatra - New York Sh*t (Manny Faces Remix)
11. Keysha Cole ft Missy Elliot & Lil’ Kim - Let It Go (Manny Faces Remix)
12. Ciara - 1, 2 Step (Manny Faces Remix)
13. T-Pain ft Akon - Bartender (Manny Faces Remix)
14. Usher ft Ludacris & Lil Jon - Yeah (Manny Faces Remix)
15. Timbaland ft Keri Hilson & D.O.E. - The Way I Are (Manny Faces Remix)
16. The Mamas and The Papas ft Tupac - California Dreamin’ (Manny Faces Remix)
17. Outro + Not So Hidden Manny Faces Freestyle (Manny Faces Remix)
Don't sleep - some slick jams up in here.
I wanna know what the fuck they were doing? She sounded amped when she said it.
Gotta love New York anchorpeople. Word is she was saying it to the anchorman seated next to her, but who knows what dude was doing. In any case, it looks like WNBC respects her gully, too.
sin ft. BB King "The Thrill Is Gone": This is one of the first cats I interviewed, back when The Flow Mag was still going on. I'm gonna re-interview him at some point. Anyways, he flips a classic Blues cut into his own thing on this one - and rocks the whole track without cursing. This is going to be dropping on a forthcoming North Carolina to Germany -- more info on that when I get it.
The Herbaliser ft. Jean Grae "Street Karma (A Cautionary Tale)": 1) Is Jean Grae officially retired? 2) How come The Herbaliser's forthcoming album, Same As It Never Was, is listed as being released on !K7, as opposed to Ninja Tune? I guess it's good to know that Ninja Tune has still linked to it on their site - anyone got any info on this? The only thing that's said on their MySpace page is the following: "We’re very happy to announce that promos for our new record have been sent out and it’s due to be released on the 26th May. After 13 great years with Ninjatune, we feel that now is a good time to try something new so it will be released on !k7 Records"... I guess that's all that's needed to be said?
In any case, the collaborations Jean and The Herbz create always get me going. I always wondered why she never did more EP/album projects with them. Whatever that's all about, it's probably moot, but we do have this track to tide us over.
I love when producers I had never heard of, like Presto, blow me out of the water with something amazing they've created. I love it even more when I get their album in the mail, and it's even slicker than I imagined it would be. Track-fi-track, maayne...
Nice, quick jazzy intro. Sounds like something that would play on the menu screen from a DVD documentary about DJ Premier.
"Conquer Mentally" (ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor)
Wow. Talk about... wow. That jazz sample is perfect, especially on that cold ass beat. Sadat's verse is my favorite of this one, with him laying out his thoughts on his legacy and space in the game. Both O.C. and Extra P flex their skills as well. Beats like this, from the cuts to the overall melancholy funk this track emotes... wow, I don't know whether to cry or light a cigarette.
"Street Sport" (ft. Ark)
I remember hearing MF Doom use this sample years ago. Just a nice mixture of such a cool, relaxing melody and Ark's mellow fury.
"Pour Another Glass" (ft. Blu)
Another jazzy affair here. Perfect combination on here. I could see this one going off well at a grown ass club, kind of like the spot in D'Angelo's "Brown Sugar" video.
"On" (ft. LOWD)
This track is dope, has a nice, dusty break underneath not much else. I'm not that big a fan of LOWD on the track, but I don't dislike him at all. I do not like his hook, though.
"The Pressure" (ft. Raashan Ahmad)
The keys on this sound like Lupe Fiasco's "Paris, Tokyo", but are closer to ATCQ than Lupe could ever be. Raashan sounds like how niggas rhymed back in '95.
"Higher" (ft. Mhax Montes)
I love that dude doesn't go for the big drums on that loop. So many producers would just go to the basic drums, all big and crisp. Nah, Presto keeps it simple, and just let's that soul flow. The fill might make you think it's gonna drop, but the beauty is in that lil' sample!
"Altered States" (ft. Wayward Saints)
Damn. Summer cookout anthem here. That airy keyboard, the flexing on the guitar. "Cool" doesn't even begin to describe it. A crime would be someone rapping to this track. Excellent.
"Mass Quality" (ft. J Theory)
Wow, dude must have a batch of tight beats sitting at his crib. I'm not up on J Theory, but he kicks some dope rhymes over this one. This has a New York feel to it. I love how the beat flips randomly in this one.
"What's What" (ft. Fatlip & Kim Hill)
There's Fatlip! There's some interesting sounds going on in this beat - has a nice, bouncy feel to it. 'Lip does his thing on this, but it's not necessarily his best rhyme. I never really bought him chattin' up chicks - especially after "Passin' Me By".
"Feel Me" (ft. T Weaponz)
Probably one of my least-favorite beats on here. The strings on this don't really go anywhere.
"Part Of Greatness" (ft. CL Smooth)
CL always comes correct over cuts like this. Neck-snappin' vibe on this one, with Smooth caressing the track so slyly. The piano twinkling in this sets it off.
"Let It Circulate" (ft. Dhurti Whoutr)
Another beautiful piano sample. That Nas on the hook works well, too. I'm not sold on dude on the mic, but again, he isn't murdering the track.
"Plain Jane" (ft. Kim Hill)
This beat sounds almost too-hard for this lovely voice... the contrast doesn't mesh for me here. I think she could have coasted over some of those more lush tracks Presto has created.
"Go" (ft. Trek Life)
Some dope inspirational rhymes for the Black youth of today.
"Still Here" (ft. IN-Q)
I love this instrumental. Those stabs sound like fat raindrops on a warm summer afternoon.
Damn. Dude takes it out like a heavy, blunted DJ Krush number on this one. This shit has the ill lurch to it.
"Conquer Mentally (Large Pro Remix)" (ft. Sadat X, O.C. & Large Professor)
Extra P spreads his quality production to arguably the best cut on here. It's not better than the original, but has a nice, gritty feel to it, with that sleazy guitar and those horns. Nice take on this banger.
I used to buy albums just like this in the late '90s! I am so not mad at this. I feel like I did back when I was a teen, taping underground Hip-Hop from college radio, then hitting up mom & pop spots, digging for both the new releases and the sources they would sift through, looking for the perfect beat. Presto has the jazz, the boom-clack, the ear... dude is a producer that more of you MCs need to be giving your checks to.
rock the dub gives State Of The Art 4 out of 5 stars. Most of today's talent bubbles under the radar. Fortunately, with the cameos Presto has pulled, and the obvious talent dude has, he should be making it onto more projects than his own. Let's hope someone is listening to this.
Burn Deez: "Conquer Mentally", "Altered States", "Pour Another Glass", "Still Here"
State Of The Art is in stores June 17th. You can pre-order this album (which comes with a 2nd disc with the "Conquer Mentally"/"On" video on it) on Amazon.
2. Everyone Nose
4. Time For Some Action
5. Kill Joy
6. Anti Matter
8. Sooner or Later
10. Yeah You
11. You Know What
12. I Can’t Get It Out My Head
13. Someday I’ll Laugh About It
14. Laser Gun Carrying
15. Love Bomb
The LP is scheduled to drop on June 10th. That's two weeks... leak soon? "Spazz" has already leaked (it's the hybrid Hip-Hop/Jungle cut in those Zune commercials), as has the remix to "Everyone Nose", ft. Kanye West, Lupe Fiasco and Pusha T, so I would imagine, if that June 10th date sticks, we should be seeing this one shortly...
Remember when I brought you this video? Andrew FSD just hit me with a link to a new part of the story: Latarian is still doing bad things - this time, he beat on his grandmother in a Walmart for not getting him some chicken wings:
I figured something was up. Now the kid is going for a mental eval. I can only imagine what kind of early childhood he had to a) be now living with his grandma and b) keep wylin' like he does. Maybe he is bi-polar? Whatever he is, this is the gulliest 7 yr old alive.
Muja Messiah ft. Slug & HAP "O'Silly Me": Here's the radio edit version of this cut that you should have heard on the MPLS Massacre mixtape. You can't front on a bangin' beat and fire lyrics, period. For those lookin' to catch Muja live, he's co-headlining the Fifth Element Stage at Soundset 08 in Minneapolis. His album Thee Adventures Of A B-Boy D-Boy will be coming out on Black Corners on July 29th.
Bonus Beats: Most Official ft. Muja Messiah "Do The Math (Remix)"
Wordsmith "Quest For My Existence" (prod. by Professa): Off of his forthcoming HipHopDX/DJ Denox asssited The Mid-Year Review Mixtape, Wordsmith hit me with this introspective banger earlier today. The production on this one is a bit different, mixing some more electronic-sounding beats with some violins and such. Words goes deep within on the lyrics on this one, and should not be missed.
Now I don’t do that many mixtapes, I think I may have like 5 or 6 to my credit. Maybe because I just dont really get inspired to spit over whats hot right now and leak it to the world. I feel like doing something special when I do something, something that will stand out from what else is being done at the moment. Picture me rapping over Lollipop right now?? LOL, aint happening homie! So I came up with this idea to do a mixtape series on decades of music. I had to start with the 90’s cuz that music influenced me the most. And when I started pulling songs it was a zillion, I couldn’t decide on which ones that I wanted to do. So these songs are me paying respect to the cats who inspired me. I still get in the car and pick a week where I just listen to one artist all week whenever Im in the car so I can remember how I felt when I first heard those songs. Like last week I listened to Eric B & Rakim all week long, every song, every album. It helps to inspire me ya know? I can’t get inspired by what I hear on the radio. I titled the songs by their initials so you wont know what I did over until to hear the actual song, so check it out, ride with it (it plays perfect in a ipod) vibe to it and hopefully I can make you feel the way I felt while making it. Shout to Cannon & J. Period for making it with me…look out for future volumes cuz I can do these joints all day long!! LOL! Make a playlist and rock out to…
1. Million Dollar Backpack (Intro)
2. Where I Been
3. Don’t Act Like You Don’t Know feat. Freeway
4. So Far So good feat. Common and Talib Kweli
6. (For Real) He Don’t Own Me
7. My Phone
8. Yeah Ya Know It
9. Hold Tight feat. The Roots
10. Crazy World
11. I’m Gon Make It
12. Be Alright
13. Hip Hop Died
14. Preaching To The Choir
Do the right thing and grab this, early.
While I love new Hip-Hop, I am an Old School head at heart. When I heard Foul Mouth Jerk's new joint was called Streetlight Music, I was instantly intrigued, hoping that dude really keeps it park jam and fly on this album...
Has all the pre-req sounds, even throws in that KRS-One "power from the streetlight made the place DARK" sample in there. Nice intro cut.
"The Jerk's Theme"
Hot use of an Eddie Murphy sample. One thing that cracks me up about MCs that brag on the weed they smoke is lines like "chain-smoking $20 sacks"... is that possible? Definitely some "pothead comments" in there.
"NJ Transit" (ft. El Da Sensei)
How can I hate on a track that's a tribute to my homestate. El and FMJ definitely encapsulate New Jeru in this one, especially the Hip-Hop side of NJ. Club Sensations ftw. Even though FMJ now reps North Carolina, you can tell by his dirty steez that dude is NJ bred, through and through.
"Small Town USA" (ft. Masta Ace)
Gotta love when cats show love to the smaller cities in the US that still hold it down when Hip-Hop acts come to perform for them. Sad thing is, I hardly ever see these niggas come to my area. It's always Princeton, Camden, Newark. Trenton, NJ has one of the best arenas in the country, yet I've seen more comedians there than Hip-Hop acts. This is an ill tribute, though.
"Surrounded By Criminals"
OK, who let the stop snitchin' track in the door? Very unexpected, but I guess "streetlight" is more than just block parties and stolen electricity? Regardless, this seems out of place... And yes, they do drop the Biggie sample in here.
"One Room Shack"
I love that loop in this. So damn funky - if they just took that 2-bar loop and made that the beat, shit would have been ON! I remember this one cat I used to work with had a one room shack - well, it was technically a two-room shack, but the 2nd room only had a light and a mic in it. I drank Natty Lights and smoked some fluffy weed up in that spot. Also the first spot I watched Fight Club in, but yeah. You didn't necessarily want to be chillin' over there.
"Neighborhood Drug Dealer"
I mean, I know niggas who dealt drugs back in the day, and I have no beef with them, but trying to play these niggas like they are the working everyman like any other hardworking individual misses the mark completely. And yes, they drop the KRS sample in here.
"Day One" (ft. Grandmaster Caz & TopRamen)
As much as I love the old school, and really wanted to be into this, the beat just kind of plods on. Hearing Caz on a track is always welcome, though - dude hasn't lost a step.
The only interlude on here is a bunch of "Bushisms" that never gets old.
"Culture Of Life (Jesus Doesn't Give A Shit)"
This track epitomizes "real talk". Dude goes in on our government and everything that we are fucking up today. I like the line about our country being headed by CEOs, giving new meaning to "the executive branch". I have a cousin going to Iraq next month... its such a wild feeling. I hate so much about our government, but they are the ones sending one of my own off to fight in this war. My cousin is a man, and makes his own decisions... I just want him to come back in one piece.
Dude spends a whole song breaking down shit he liked in the early 90's, with the punchline being that he is played out by today's standards.
"Lost In The Sauce" (ft. Breez Evahflowin')
Sick beat, and these two just attack it. Peep Breez on the 2nd verse, with his seemingly endless comic book references.
"Mr. Green" (ft. Hardy Cooper)
This one is for you ganjalists. I like the Clue reference in the chorus. This one is to be played when you are blowing trees out of a phat water pipe in a college dorm on a lazy afternoon.
"Take The Money & Run" (ft. Tao Principle)
The best thing about this track is the Cutty Ranks sample in the intro.
"The Hard Part (Remix)" (ft. MURS & Gus McGuillicutty)
Solid track, but honestly, there's not much to grab on to here, even though all MCs provide solid verses.
Surprising track here. A remix where the beat is pretty much taken out. The storyline is accented by soundbites and some cat playing the role of the dude FMJ is speaking. Kind of a like a Hip-Hop radio serial program. I dug this one.
See, there's kind of a ying and a yang with FMJ. While I love his old school aesthetic, and dude is definitely a talented cat on the mic, his virtues can also be seen as his faults. While he is definitely a dope old school head, a lot of the themes and thoughts he brings out have been done time and again. And while he is a nice lyricist, he has some spotty lines in here (e.g. he makes a comment about stackin' "more dead presidents than Mt. Rushmore"; Mt. Rushmore has 4 dead presidents on it, so anyone with a $5 bill in their pocket fits that bill, although that's not what he was trying to get across). I do love that he has the ability to stay on topic for an entire song, but if the topic is played, what good is it?
rock the dub gives Streetlight Music a 3.5 out of 5 stars. FMJ is talented, and when he comes with interesting and off-the-mark topics, he shines. It's when he falls back on unnecessary or, in his words, played out themes where he falters.
Burn Deez: "Culture Of Life", "Small Town USA", "Monopoly (Remix)", "Lost In The Sauce"
Streetlight Music is available NOW! Hit up FMJ's MySpace page for more details on him and how to cop it.
lord knows i miss good idm. badmammal, aka chris matule, is a cat i had only known as doing drum & bass (his track "rickshaw" on this ohm vs. offshore 12" is epic). he hit me out of the blue one day, with a gutter idm/hip-hop hybrid that will see the light of day in the future on rock the dub, and then sent me this cd. carrying a deranged gospel choir is dope, plain and simple. oh, and since he wrote nothing in capital letters on the cd packaging, i am choosing to refrain from hitting the shift key to capitalize any letters in this track-by-track review.
a lot of idm cds usually come off with some subtle track that builds to a fever-pitch. "commando" isn't a normal idm cd intro. a cavalcade of guitars, stuttering drums, piano twinkles and loads of other sounds bring on a frolicking, summer day in a dark park kind of vibe. it's almost, dare i say, happy.
ok, what gives? where is the "techno-nerd trapped in the box" vibes of so many other idm releases? here i get found vocal snippets of someone introducing me to a french convo, and all of the sudden some glitched-out jungle breaks and heavy subs come floating in. the percussive elements in this one bring on a slick groove.
that guitar in the beginning sounds like the intro to some eye-liner rock song about revenge. but, in typical badmammal flavor, dude brings in the fuzz. damn, the melodies in this one are what intrigues me the most. dude is almost on some aphex twin shit, really working some hypnotic, ear-catching melodies into his otherwise 'out-there' cuts.
deep drop on that bass when it comes in. i love the horn in this one! very bouncy track, while still maintaining some somber washes in it. one of my favorites on this. downright jazzy in some spots, too.
this is the first song i could truly hear vocals over. some jarvis cocker, tongue-in-cheek ditty about fat people on a beach or some shit. i also see some guitar chick with 80's hair (remember wendy & lisa, who used to play with prince? i don't remember which one played the guitar, but her) playing that riff.
this is that trapped in a box idm vibe i used to get off of autechre tracks. cuts like this are perfect for playing claustrophobic or outer-space levels in games like doom. another fav. i dare someone to make a dubstep rmx of this.
do you think dude purposefully made this track 3 minutes and 33 seconds long? doesn't matter. i love the drums in this one. the snare roll gets me every time. i also dig the start-stop throughout this sneaky trip.
this one has garage band written all over it. not in terms of it being crap, it's far from it, but it reminds me of sitting on speakers at my cousin's next door neighbor's house, while his band would be working on their demos and shit. this is like "that jam". really heavy, road trip scenery soundtrack music.
this is one of the tracks that was written in austria. i know fuck all about austria, but more people should go there and write dark, drum-drenched ditties like this. that kick is like a heartbeat... on weed!
heavy electro jam. this is like electro-dub, and i love it. dude has a real feel for space within his songs.
"aging digital hero"
that instrument in the beginning transports you to the dojo of a mighty, gray-haired sensei. this is one of those jams that is a sparring match with your master, making sure you still have it...
...and with the way this cd rolls out, badmammal better not lose it. this is an interesting trek through a genre that many might not be checking for anymore. i know i wasn't. now i have to go hunting for more stellar idm like this... or just go buy more badmammal release.
rock the dub gives carrying a deranged gospel choir 4.5 out of 5 stars. it's that damn good. loads of feeling within this release, and it's not just a boy and his pc - real live instruments are played, adding to the digital soul that badmammal has produced.
burn deez: "broken amp", "song s", "skydive", "orange"
carrying a deranged gospel choir is available now for $10 from the goodluck/badluck online store, as well as on cd baby. it's also available on itunes.