Saturday, October 24, 2009

[video] DJ I-Dee LIVE At Roc Raida Tribute

My tribute juggle of Roc Raida's Wild Sugar "Bring It Here" routine from the 1996 DMC World Finals.

If you were unable to attend and would like to make a donation to the family of Roc Raida via PayPal, please send funds to ladietye@yahoo.com.


Fanu "Aurora"

Fanu "Aurora": Here's a previously-released cut from Fanu. Apparently the label it dropped on folded, and the pressing was small, so enjoy it. A moody break-fueled jam. Hit up Fanu's site for more freaky fun.

Sean Price ft. Poison Pen & Swave Sevah "Bars Of Death"

Sean Price ft. Poison Pen & Swave Sevah "Bars Of Death": Kimbo Price got passed to me earlier this week, with the thought that I don't pass it on. I was very good on not leaking the full mixtape... but it looks like it hit the scene release circuit, and I figured I'd have to post one of these beasts on RTD before it drops next week. If you dig gritty Hip-Hop, or just want to fuck with one of the illest mixtapes of 2009, you need to support this one on October 27th.

Strong Arm Steady ft. Talib Kweli "Get Started"

Strong Arm Steady ft. Talib Kweli "Get Started" (prod. by Madlib): Here's a radio edit of a banger from the Stoney Jackson album between SAS and Madlib, dropping on Stones Throw in the near future. It sounds exactly as you'd expect it would... you reefer addicts might need to light one up for this one.

About a month ago, I went to post this up, and was asked to take it down. Since Talib Kweli himself posted this on twitter, I'm going to say this "final leak" from Stoney Jackson is fair game. Spotted over at Mixmaking Underground Explorers.

Excess Bangers 49: Dem Balloon Boyz

Download for the hilarious art, stay for the fresh tracks.

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Tracklist:

01. 50 Cent - Crime Wave
02. Eminem - Taking My Ball
03. Snoop Dogg - Protocol
04. Young Jeezy- Trap Or Die 2
05. The Clipse (ft. Cam’Ron)– Popular Demand (Popeye’s)
06. Timbaland Ft Drake - Say Something
07. T.I. Ft Killer Mike And Macboney - Thats What I Thought (Remix)
08. Kuniva (D12) - Gun Game
09. Crooked I Feat. Royce DA 5′9 Horseshoe Gang - Cypher
10. Triple C’s Ft. The Game - Gangsta Shit
11. Lil’ Wayne Ft. T-Streets & Mack Maine - Down In The Studio
12. Trae ft. Yung Joc & Shawty Lo- Universal Language (Remix)
13. Sonny Rich Ft. Jadakiss - Hard Living
14. Juvenile Ft Gucci Mane-Gotta Get It
15. The Clipse Ft Rick Ross-Im Good Remix
16. The Game - Heaven
17. Juvenile Ft Bobby Valentino-Everything
18. Black Connection(Divine Seven, Ayatollah Jaxx) - Wordplay

Highbrid Nation done done it again!

[video] Common ft. Cee-Lo "Make My Day"



SMH...

Listen "Live"?

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Dear WDAS 105.3 FM: Are you shitting me? Luther Vandross was the artist you chose to put up with your LISTEN LIVE ad? Is this a cruel joke or a wicked insight? Whatever it is, someone should reconsider this.

Tombstone x Deadpool x Sho'Nuff

Deadpool: Suicide Kings (1-5) FTMFW.

[video] DJ Craze - Roc Raida Tribute LIVE

I'm guessing this is from the recent Roc Raida tribute - check Craze mimicking Raida's "Sucka MCs" routine:



Via Dante Ross.

Friday, October 23, 2009

[video] Brokn.Englsh Fav. Verses From The Drawing Board

Myk Dyaleks spits his fav verse from "Yes I Am", Lyriq 2 Go spits his fav verse from " I Will", Cion Burris spits his fav verse from "Yes I Am". All can be heard on Brokn.Englsh's debut album The Drawing Board, November 17th.

[video] Debilorithmicos ft. CYNE "I'm Out"

DP Does CMJ 2009

Good Biz ft. Brother J "Nowhere"

Good Biz ft. Brother J "Nowhere" (prod. by The ARE): When I interviewed Bobbie Fine back in April, he spoke about his new group, Good Biz, who were working on their album. Quay Devon, KP and B. Fine connect live Voltron, and over this neck-snappin' crack from The ARE, and a fresh 16 from the X-Clan's own Brother J, this is one you can't miss.

Bobbie just hit me back and let me know that anyone in the Portland area should hit up their show at the Adidas store downtown Portland on November 5th; they are also working on a mixtape to set up their Sound Investment album (which drops 1Q 2010) called The Bermuda Triangle that will be featuring talent from Houston, Portland and New Jersey, featuring artists from all three areas. I'll hit you with info on THAT when I get it. Until then, peep "Nowhere" and this bonus cut featuring the god YZ, which pays homage to The Originals (see how everything ties in together)!

Bonus Beats Good Biz ft. YZ "Mr. Original" (prod. by The ARE)

And don't forget: Blaque Spurm's Spurmicidal Tendencies and The Funk Family's Everything'll Befyne (produced by the late Tony D) are available NOW!

Friday, October 23rd 2009 playlist

Another week gone by, more crazy than the last. Here are the beats that made it go fast... OK, an emcee I'm not...

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RTD_PLAYLIST_(10-17-2009-10-22-2009).zip ~534MB

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Raekwon "Catalina" trailer


Shouts to Nah Right. And if you missed it, TSS sat down with Rakim. Enjoy that. And enjoy your weekend.

Scanz "Help Me (The Prayer Interlude)"

Scanz "Help Me (The Prayer Interlude)": If you're an up and coming MC in 2009, you've probably said this same prayer to yourself. The homey is working on his next album, Love.Life.Intention, and has also re-launched his blog (www.thefutureblog.com). Shouts to the homey Jared for this one!

Big Mac Attack...

Thursday, October 22, 2009

[video] 50 Cent "Crime Wave"

[video] Raheem DeVaughn ft. Ludacris "Bulletproof"

Joker & Ginz Vs. Lil Scrappy & Young Buck "Re-Up For Money (Cable THUGSTEP Blend)"

Joker & Ginz Vs. Lil Scrappy & Young Buck "Re-Up For Money (Cable THUGSTEP Blend)": DJ Cable cooked up a blend of this a bit ago, but this one smashes the previous blend to PIECES! Given the recent fuckery, its funny as hell to me to hear Buck talk about 50 buying him whips. Filthy tune right here, CRANK IT!

Brown Bag AllStars "What It's All About"

Brown Bag AllStars "What It's All About" (prod. by DJ Dyllemma): Brown Bag Season, Day 28. Dope beats (from Dyllemma), ill cuts (from DJ Brace). What you REALLY know about Brown Bag? If this is your entry, get blown away, then rewind, fam. BBAS FTW.

FuseBox Radio (Week Of October 21st, 2009)



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This is the latest episode of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast with DJ Fusion & Jon Judah for the week of October 21, 2009 with some new and classic Hip-Hop & Soul Music, news and commentary.

Our commentary this week focused on the mainstream news cycle here in the United States covering the "Balloon Boy" missing person's hoax and the disparity of stories and news coverage of missing people in general who don't fit a certain prototype (especially those of People of Color & the poor) along with some other things here and there.

There are new episodes of the Direct EFX or Black Agenda Report segments this week.

Feel free to check out some recent episodes of the syndicated FuseBox Radio Broadcast here on BlackRadioIsBack.com - all of the shows are clean/radio friendly.

FuseBox Radio Playlist for Week of October 21, 2009 (in no particular order)

Big Daddy Kane feat. Big Scoob, Sauce Money, Shyheim, Jay-Z & Ol' Dirty Bastard/Show & Prove/MCA
Terminator X feat. Chuck D & Sister Souljah/Buck Whylin'/Sony
Camp Lo/Uptown RMX/Soul Fever (http://www.myspace.com/therealcamplo)
Kosha Dillz/Jungle/Shemspeed
Dukes of Daville feat. Nappy Roots & UGK/Lean Back/Trakkaddixx Records
Blue Raspberry/B.L.U.E.R.A.S.P.B.E.R.R.Y./Avalanche Records & Chen Check Management
Dynasty/Femcee/Recordpushers Ent.
Big Boi feat. Gucci Mane/Shine Blockas/La Face & Purple Ribbon
N.E.R.D. feat. Santigold/Solider/Star Trak
Shafiq Husayn/The U.N. Plan/Plug Research
Natural Blacks/Freedom At Last (Columbian Drop Riddim)/Lifetime Records
Bear Witnez feat. Wale & Kingpen Slim/D.C. United/YM Music (http://www.myspace.com/bearwitnez7)
Sareem Poems feat. Ohmega Watts & Propaganda/More Than Seen/Mello Music Group
The Carps/It's Raining In The Projects, But It's Sunny In Africa/URBNet Records (http://www.myspace.com/thecarps)
Janelle Monae/Come Alive/Wondaland Arts Society
DJ Bless feat. N.B.S./Shotgun Memories/Never So Deep Records
Ella Fitzgerald/Airmail Mashup (The Arch Cupcake RMX)/White Label
Brittany Bosco/Black Keys/BrittanyBosco.com
RZA & Lord Jamar/Deepspace (Jay Da Flex & Yoof RMX)/Frank Radio & iHipHop
Rob Murat/Dilemma/Quench Entertainment
Vikter Duplaix/Electric Love/BBE Records
Deuce Poppi/My White Friends (inst.)/Slip-N-Slide
Mikey Dance/Hot Like Summer (inst.)/Unsung Ent.
B.G./My Hood (inst.)/E1, Choppa City & Atlantic
Scienz of Life/Metaphysics (inst.)/Fondle 'Em

PLUS Some Extra Special Hidden Tracks in the Jon Judah Master Mix w/ Old School Classics and more MySpace.com Independent Music Finds

Current FuseBox Radio Broadcast Radio & Internet Affiliates (as of this week):

UrbanNetwork.com's The Mix Internet Radio Station - UN Power Jam Radio (owned by Urban Network Magazine) OKRP.com, ReeWineMusic.com/ReeWine Radio, Progressive Blend Radio, Sprint Radio Extra/mSpot (via the Worldwide Alpha Communications Network), SouthBound.FM, DeadBeat Radio, CrackAudio.com, TheBestJams.com/The Best Jams Radio, Radio CPR 97.5 FM, FlyTunes.FM/FlyCast ,Planet Urban (Austrailia)/PlanetUrban.com.au, AmalgamDigital.com, BlockJams.com, ConspiracyUK.com , FONYE Radio , VI Radio , DurdeeSouthRadio.com , Beyond.FM , MyBlockRadio.net, Rutgers University Radio, WRSU 88.7 FM, Stop Beefin' Start Eatin' Radio, Ceesiety Radio, Mixshow Blast Radio, Slip-N-Slide DJs Podcast, The Best Jams, ExtravaGangsta Radio, HipHopSoulRadio.com , Digiwaxx Presents: The Blast , White Folks Get Crunk for DJs, Legion Music & Media, UnderWorldMixRadio.com, MixLaWax Radio, Trunk Hustlers Online, 907 Jamz. The6.FM, Nilo Radio, 1.FM Jamz, Blayze University Radio, Blip.TV, iBlog126.com, Miro, WSOUF.com, True Fire Radio, StreetsD.com (Streets Mos Magazine Radio), Rock The Dub, Last Word Online, Soul Pitch Hustle, Black Soul Rhythms, Honey Magazine, i95.FM, The PRess Junkie, Planet Ill, Ground Up Radio, BlackCoffeeChannel.com (Coming Soon), Gutta Muzik (HD) Radio (Coming Soon)


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Redeyes - Theultimatelove&hopemixtape

Yesterday, I dropped a dope Hip-Hop mixtape from Redeyes. Today, he uploaded a mixtape from 2008 that spans a lot of soulful music. Enjoy this one!

Theultimatelove&hopemixtape by djredeyes

Tracklist:

01 Willie Hutch - hospital theme
02 Spacek - eve
05 Boomclap Bachelors - combine
06 Little Dragon - forever
07 Burial - in mcdonalds
08 Al Green - how can you mend a broken heart
09 Erykah Badu - the healer
10 Owusu and Hannibal - monster
11 Dwele - subject
12 Flying Lotus - breathe.something stellar star
13 Jay Electronica - eternal sunshine (the pledge) part 1
14 The Blackbyrds - mother and son bedroom talk
15 Duke Ellington & John Coltrane - in a sentimental mood
16 Gil Scott-Heron - pieces of a man
17 Musiq Soul Child - girl next door
18 Van Hunt - the thrill of this love
19 Michael Jackson - i cant help
20 The Plant Life - when she smiles (she lights the sky)
21 Muhsinah - mine
22 James Pants - ?
23 Awakening - prolouge
24 Dj Mehdi - anything is possible
25 Jay Electronica - eternal sunshine (the pledge) part 2
26 Herbie Hancock - vein melter
27 Dj Shadow speech
28 Mos Def - umi says
29 Ben Westbeech - so good times

Botchamania 104

He's back!:



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BOOGNIGHTS "I Think I'm Dreaming"

BOOGNIGHTS "I Think I'm Dreaming": And now for a dreamy, drum-less track from BOOGNIGHTS, taken from the Get Right x Mixtape Wall Take Notes Vol. 1 mixtape. You should make this track a part of your life - you know you have dreams and aspirations, too - and you need to make that TAPE a part of your life. Not too many songs match the beats they coast over - this is the sound of a nigga in a dream, floatin' through clouds and shit. Dig in.

M-Dot "Backstabbers"

M-Dot "Backstabbers" (prod. by Gajos): Here's a new one from EMS' own M-Dot, over a fat beat that flips the O'Jay's "Backstabbers"; it definitely makes me think of grown-folk parties, but I guess I'm a grown nigga now, so this could be the soundtrack to my parties. Boston radio has already been showing this love, so why don't you?

The video for this was shot in LA by Zack Voytas, and should be out in due time. Musically Driven Over Time should be out soon, too.

Jermiside Die Jerm Die (mixed by DJ Low Key)

I've been dropping leaks for this, and now Jermiside has given me the OK to post this impressive mixtape on you. 2009 has been the Year of Lessondary, so its only right that Jerm smacks the shit out of you with a quality tape, expertly mixed by DJ Low Key. Don't dare sleep on this, damnit. It's what you need.

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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Big Kapitol "Salute"

Big Kapitol "Salute" (prod. by WMS The Sultan): I think this might be the first time Big Kapitol has been featured on RTD, and this introduction is a doozy. WMS cooked up a heatrock of a beat for Big Kap to big up what he rides for. This is some nighttime rider music - turn up the subs in your whip and coast through the city around 10, 11 in the evening and rock out. Trenton keeps it proper, bitches.

Mr. Chop "T.R.O.Y."

Mr. Chop "T.R.O.Y.": Jeff from Stones Throw hit me up saying that Mr. Chop has a psych/funk/jazz album, covering Pete Rock's best beats entitled For Pete's Sake. This is his take on "T.R.O.Y."... I'm with Marty on this one - I'm not hearing much of the original, but this is dope on its own. Go grab that album!

Beat Garden at Mummers Hall (10/23/2009)

The Beat Garden is taking over this all-ages show this Friday (October 23rd) at Mummers Hall in Philly. Should be a tight showcase! Passion of the Weiss has also posted Zilla Rocca's "Beatle Bitches" freestyle. Word is Curly Castro's mixtape is dropping... and another mixtape, soon come. Keep your eyes peeled!

Diamond District "Hologram"

Diamond District "Hologram": Fall is my favorite time of year, and there's nothing like fresh Fall music, which is exactly what this first single from the official release of Diamond District's In The Ruff is. This is one of those bangers that you blast loud in your headphones while waiting for the bus, or on your walk home from work.

Word is that Diamond District is a featured artist on MySpace Music; check them out, as today is the last day this is going down. In The Ruff drops on October 27th, but the singles for "Who I Be" and "I Need Business" are available now! Shouts to audible treats.

previous Diamond District & DJ Buddy Diamond Exchange Mixtape

What If Lil' Wayne Goes To Jail?

With word about court-ordered DNA testing in his forthcoming trial, TSS broke down what happened to a number of MCs who have spent time in jail in a piece that asks what if Weezy went to the bing?

EDIT Looks like that DNA has forced Weezy to plead guilty and get an 8 month bid, starting Feb. 2010. His albums should be out by then, and I have a feeling all of the Wayne/Young Money fans will keeps his name ringing out until then. And with the plethora of material he has out there, do you REALLY think he name won't be ringing out while he's gone?

EDIT Weezy plead guilty and got a one year sentence.

Potholes In My Blog Presents The Ozone Mixtape

Shouts to the Potholes In My Blog crew - them niggas are bring their A-game in the 3rd and 4th quarters, trust. For example, take this project showcasing Orlando, FL's underground. A lot of the names are new to me, but I respect my PIMB crew and their decisions. Grab this one.

DOWNLOAD Potholes In My Blog Presents The Ozone Mixtape

[video] Barack Obama: It's Time To Deliver

Speech delivered in NYC on 10/20/2009:

Redeyes "I Love Hip Hop" Mixtape

France's Redeyes is more known for his Drum & Bass production, but I know he also has an affinity for Hip-Hop; check out this two-part mixtape he released earlier today. Sick shit!

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Tracklist:

Side A

01 Illa J - Timeless
02 Group home - Up against the wall
03 Dj Jazzy Jeff & Cl Smooth - All i know
04 Reflection Eternal & Mos Def - Fortified live
05 Roddy Rod - This Time Around
06 Mobb Deep - Temperature's rising
07 Bullion - Long promised
08 Moka Only - Run and find
09 Onyx - Da nex niguz
10 Digable Planets - Jettin
11 Talib Kweli & Mos Def - Little brother
12 Supreme NTM - Le reve
13 Slum Village - Fall in love
14 Erikah Badu - Back in the days

Side B

15 Reflection eternal - 2000 seasons
16 The Roots & Common - Act 2 (love of my life)
17 De la Soul - Stakes is high
18 Dorian Concept - Four-teen
19 Talib Kweli - My favorite song
20 Queen Latifah - UNITY
21 A tribe called Quest - Stressed out - Raphael Saadiq remix
22 Pete Rock & Cl Smooth - In the house
23 yU - Almost Time
24 Notorious Big - Gimmie the loot
25 Q-Tip - Wont trade
26 Damu - Same beat
27 Tanya Morgan - hardcore gentlemen
28 Quasimoto - Astro black
29 Gangstarr - Mass apeal
30 A tribe called Quest - Electric relaxation

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

88 Keys "Baggage Claim"

Baggage Claim by 88-keys

LOST fan 88 Keys flips a track dedicated to one of the illest shows, ever. Shouts to eskay for the heads up. Peep the lyrics.

St. Joe Louis ft. Vast Aire "Lock Down"

St. Joe Louis ft. Vast Aire "Lock Down" (prod. by J.S Krills): Not sure when their 30,000 Ft. High & Rising mixtape drops, but everything I've heard is firey. This cut has that triumphant bounce to it, with the horns. So powerful. Vast Aire brings the futuristic fury on his verse as well. You aren't ready for this one, trust.

Jinesis Bonkers Vol. 1

Nothing like a good beat tape for fake Fall, nahmean? Jinesis hit me with this compilation earlier today, and I'm just going through it. The intro is worth the price of admission, and dude follows it up with some crunchy treats in the form of instrumental beats. Whether he's flippin' classic J5 ("O") or rocking some gritty sounds in "Man Enuff", dude has this beat game sewn.

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Tracklist:

1. Master Jin (intro).
2. Jewel.
3. O.
4. Sick Of You (skit).
5. La Ghostface.
6. What Went Wrong feat. Ncakes.
7. Man Enuff.
8. Clear Minds.
9. Love The Ladies (skit).
10. The Light.
11. Hip Hop (skit).
12. Boom Bap.
13. Madden 2008 (skit) feat. big boy.
14. The Green Mile.
15. Do you (skit) feat. Scharelle.
16. Do You.
17. Change feat. Jeni Fujita.
18. We Miss You.

[video] Mya On Dancing With The Stars (Week 5)

Rihanna "Russian Roulette"

Rihanna "Russian Roulette" (prod. by Chase & Status): Well, RiRi is back. Rated R is set to drop November 23rd, and after seeing some stills from a recent video shoot, we get a new leak, written by Ne-Yo. Interesting track - very bold choice for her. They did say this album would be Rihanna going on some next level shit, and its definitely that. Wonder what the video will be like...

Shouts to Shake for this one.

DJ Concept The Chemical Formula

What a dope combo: DJ Concept on the mix and blend, the mighty Alchemist on the hosting duties? Serious sounds. All ALC beats. You need this.

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Tracklist:

The Alchemist / Fix Ya Faces Intro
Royce The 5' 9" / The Best Kept Secret
Big Noyd / Can't Fuck With QB
Xzibit f. Mobb Deep / Something Retarted
Redman / Smokin Herbals
Infamous Mobb / It Gets No Realer
Dr. Dre, Eminem & Obie Trice / Serious Shit
The Alchemist / Uncut Interlude
Big L, 2Pac & Biggie / Rap Game Heavy Hittaz
Tha Liks / Spaced Out
Defari / Expansion Team Interlude
Defari / For The MCs & DJs
Infamous Mobb / Back To The Block
Eminem / Hush Little Baby
Nas f. AZ / Green Diablo
The Alchemist & DJ Concept / I'm Here Interlude
The Game & 50 Cent / Chrome Hydraulics
Mobb Deep f. Nas / What Yall Want
The Beatnuts f. Big Pun / Guard Your Grill
Mike Zoot, AG, Pete Rock & Large Pro / Underground Marathon
Mobb Deep / Infamous Up In This
Lloyd Banks, Eminem, 50 Cent & Nate Dogg / You Can't Ignore It
Big L / Uno, Tres, Nueve
Cam'ron & Jay Z / Damn Right
Bye Bye Outro

Dre Biggity "Pump Ya Brakes"

Dre Biggity "Pump Ya Brakes" (prod. by Best Kept Secret): Damn. Dre does his thing over this Go Go-fueled banger provided by BKS. IM KING presents Dre Biggity's The Diaper Dandy mixtape on October 26th. I'm intrigued; I could see this getting some mixshow love, nahmean? Shouts to @numonics all day.

The Khyber (10/16/2009) [recap]

I love going out and realizing what I've been missing. I'm a homebody for a number of reasons, but when I heard that my boy Elucid was going to be performing in Philly, which isn't even 45 minutes from my spot (Darnell and I must've made the drive in about 30, 35 minutes it seems), I had no excuse to not be there, especially with heads like 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers, Has-Lo, Dumhi, Al Mighty, Curly Castro and more on the bill. But, oh yes, we'll get into all of that in this recap. Walk with me...

Like I said earlier, I don't go out that often. When I do, it has to either BE an event or FEEL like an event. For this one, it was a bit of both, but it turned into more of an event as the night went on. I knew a few things: I'd get to link up w/ Dom P, Zilla Rocca, Elucid and maybe meet the Dumhi fam. I've linked up with Public Axis previously (No News Is Good News, anyone?), so this link up was waaaaay past its due date, but whatever. We roll to the spot, mull around for a bit, and Dom P walks up. We kick our introductions, and he is like "did you meet Elucid?", who is posted up at the bar with Ali Boombaye (the genius who cooked up the "Automatic Writing" video). We kick it over a few drinks, I got introduced to the homey Zilla, and the venue was getting a nice lil' crowd going. And then, it happened.

I'd never been to a show like this in Philly, and had no idea what Big O was finna do as host. I had seen him throughout the night, usually double-fisting some malted beverages, and I knew he was hosting, but the comedy this dude just brings is too much to try and put into words. Being one of the heads of Beat Garden, O has a dope charm, a real love for Hip-Hop and all of that... but dude will snap on you in a fucking heartbeat. The soundman got it, Has-Lo got it for his tight braids and small frame... I don't think I got it, but I probably will next go 'round.

But anyways, onto the show...

Curly Castro, who got some of his first press on this here blog, rocked first, and I was truly impressed. I may not have known all of the tracks he was running through, but you could feel the shit he was spittin'. Dope performances, including the first (of many) appearances from Nico The Beast on "Armor". Great opening act.

One of the MCs who really impressed me was Has-Lo. Big O snapped on his size, but dude is larger than life when he gets into his tracks. One of the many highlights was his performance of "A Pimp Named Slickrap", as well as his Small Professor-produced banger which I can't remember the name of right now called "When The Last Leaf Falls" (big up @smallpro). That beat was so fierce, Small Pro had to jump on stage and enjoy himself:

My nigga also did some track called "The Commentary", which was truly awesome. Broke down a lot of society's ills in what seemed like one long verse. It was inspiring.


Up next was Al Mighty, one half of MAGr, and it was good to see dude performing. He attacked the stage and just went OFF! DistantStarr got on stage and they performed "Tokyo Raul", among a bunch of other gems past and present. I also loved how, even if he forgot a portion of the rhyme, instead of cuttin' the show, he just kept it going, freestyling until he either picked the verse back up or the track was done. Dude also kicked off a really heartfelt track about losing those close to you, which definitely allowed me to see his skill in a different light. Also showed me how close cats like Al and Nico really are. This is deeper than rap.

Next up was the captivating Elucid (with Haj from Dumhi on the decks). Elucid told me he was going to do a quick 6 song set, and it was built like one fresh trip. Dude's a monster on wax, and on the stage he commands that attention - whether its his imposing figure or the fluid he emits from his voice, his set was off the meter. He ran through cuts like "Automatic Writing", newer shit like "Whirldwind Through Cities" and "Take Charge" and a number of other sick track. It's been a few years since I've known Gutta, and I feel bad that I'm just now seeing him perform... but it was worth the wait. Face-melting material, indeed.

Up next was Dumhi, who were accompanied by Shamelessplug, FLUD and had a guest appearance from Reef The Lost Cauze. Yes, you read that correctly. I loved Dumhi's set - those cats came correct, and Shameless really impressed me the most. Again, I'm not as knowledgable about their material as I should be, but with Haj hitting me off w/ the Indian Summer EP, and realizing how often I've seen their name around, I'm doing my research, trust. Good crew of people, and a great, organic set.

Towards the end of Dumhi's set, I had to get some air, so I rapped with Al at the bar for a taste (hopefully the fruits of our convo will be shared soon), and when I got back, Zilla Rocca was in full 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers mode, with Curly Castro by his side:

As you should know, 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers = Zilla Rocca and Doug Martin, and their Slow Twilight album caused quite a stir this summer. I've gone back to it numerous times since I grabbed it, and it just has a dope combination of those somber vibes and classic Hip-Hop breaks and beats. Zilla ran through a grip of the tunes, including "High Noon", which I believe will be getting the video treatment sometime soon.

At one point in the set, Zilla called up Has, Elucid and Nico for a sick posse cut that will be featured on the forthcoming 5 O'Clock EP, Broken Clocks, entitled "No Resolution 2". Here are some flicks from this blinding track:

That shit was tough. After the 5 O'Clock set, the Rap Pack reunited and stormed through their classic material, as well as a few new joints (I believe). It was good to see the 5 MCs on stage, going for theirs, to a crowd who definitely knew what time it was. As the night came to a close, we got to see a load of freestyles, a sack full of laughs and a great night for Hip-Hop, from Philly or otherwise. Shouts to Dom P, Big O, the Rap Pack, Elucid, Has-Lo, Small Pro, Curly Castro and anyone I might have forgotten who helped put this night together. It started a fire within me (and others), and should only mean good things for the Beat Garden, Public Axis and RTD crews. Thank you, Philly.

All photo credits go to Liz Padova; check out her "Hip-Hop Shows In Philly" album on Facebook. There are also some pics and a review over on Phrequency, which I believe are from @livefromphilly.