Archive for 07/01/2010 - 08/01/2010
Rickie Jacobs ft. 2 Pistols "Being Honest" (prod. by The Awesome Sound): We got the DMV-flavored street single "Yes, Yes Y'all" at the end of July, and now the official single, with some wild synths and snappy bass, smacks the shit out of you. Air Jacobs, September 2nd, and this shit is intergalactic! Shouts to BuckMarleyXXX.
Bonus Beats Rickie Jacobs "Not Good Enough"
While the first time I ever covered Hollywood Floss was for BGDB, the first time I featured him on RTD was for The Xperiment Vol. 1, where he took a group of tracks and had the good folks at hailmegatron and TheHipHopEffect and allowed them to construct their own playlists and track titles, and gave these out free to the people. Behind the scenes, Floss said when Vol. 2 drops, RTD would be in on the fun, and it looks like Kevin Nottingham has joined in with returning blogs hailmegatron and TheHipHopEffect, so now you've got one project seen four different ways. Megatron's flipped his with an Inception point of view, and in a total coincidence, my version is all Fight Club. It actually started backwards - I called the last track "Demonfight" based off of lines in the first verse, and started playing with other kinds of fights, based on the topics dealt with at hand. Sonically, it's a nice ride - flowing from original tracks to beats flippin' classic samples - and ranges from an array of themes. Floss is a talented MC, and is getting a LOT of press since I've first posted his material, so I'm glad to see he's still reaching back and giving the people some quality material in a different way.
DOWNLOAD Hollywood Floss presents Xperiments! Vol. 2 (Fightclub)
Lil' Jon ft. Ice Cube vs. Rusko "Roll Call (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": It's been a while since I've gotten my hands on a new THUGSTEP refix from my boy Nappy, and lookie what we have here! Proper anthemic track right here - Lil Jon is perfect for dubstep, and the Rusko track Nappy used kicks things into proper headbussin' levels. I don't like your clique, and we finna fuck you and your whole life up. You perpetrators need fall all the way back. Shouts to DJ Cable, Hipnotikk and the heads who kept things progressing... expect more of these in the near future.
Real T@lk "The Bandwagon" (prod. by Authentik Made): "Chun Li drums, feel like 100 legs kickin'"; very tough track right here! Love the classic vibe in this one, Real and Made make a pretty dope duo. Real's The Sitcom LP is set to drop on Labor Day, so expect more fly shit in the near future.
YC The Cynic "Fall FWD" (prod. by 2 Hungry Bros): From Y "Recently, I rocked at a show at SOBs to celebrate Big K.R.I.T. signing to Def Jam. While I was performing, one of the underground's favorite darlings to hate was hard at work on the internet, calling the show #Niggafest2000, and getting at me in the process. Needless to say, my brethren rose to the occasion and were quick to defend, and she ended up getting put in her place. That inspired this joint right here". Not sure who this is about, b/c I'm an ignorant nigga, but I'm glad that situation happened...
Versis is one of the cats who I consider to be the freshest of the new school. Dude's young in age but his talent is years ahead of many cats double his age. He's been working on iLLCANDESCENT for a minute, and it's now available via Bandcamp for $7. Check it out below, then cop one of this summer's treats.
Night Creatures ft. Elucid "Bellevue Dick": Being that Gutta and I polly a lot, I'm privy to a boatload of demos and unreleased jawns of his, so when I get the opportunity to release something? Proper excitement. I've been telling you about the Night Creatures album that Lyle Horowitz and MidPoint created, and this is the lead single and first glimpse of the project, and it's sick. Elucid brings the grit and the grime, while Lyle & Mid cook up a glorious throwback beat with some scifi noodlings in there. Shit's so leftfield, we're balancing out the Hip-Hop playing field on this one. This single includes the instrumental and a non-album B-side, "Indian Summer".
Look for Night Creatures to drop August 30th.
In today's Trentonian, an article about "The Gathering" - a pretty dope, multi-medium project that's converted a local warehouse into part of Trenton's burgeoning art movement, cultivated by twins from the Trenton Atelier, as well as local graf heads Leon Rainbow, Kasso and plenty others. Remypro has posted some pictures on Facebook, and I've thrown a few of them up here...
New EP from the homey Nato Caliph is here. Tracks like "Her" and "Anomaly" make up REACH, which available for free today, Nato's 30th birthday. Features include them Force nigga (Tef Poe, Family Affair, Rockwell Knuckles and more), and is a dope prelude to his forthcoming project, which drops on October 10th. Hit the jump for download links and the tracklist.
Syd Justice ft. Frankie Phresh "More Than Enough": The bol @SydJustice flipped Little Brother's "Not Enough" with Spitzwell Brother @LetsGoPhresh, going ham over crack beats. Being a North Carolina nigga, I figure he had enough clout to do this, and the end result is so so ill. If you're digging Syd, check out his We Want Justice mixtape, which you can grab HERE. Syd's got a new mixtape on the horizon, Live From The EastSide, and this cut is from it - be on the look.
Jon Hope ft. Nyisha "Change My Ways": I was instantly hooked by the sample in this, with that motherland chant feel to it, but when Hope started spitting, I got hooked by the message, more. Epitome of real talk, nahmean? Big up to BeatsandBombs for passing this one over.
Triple J "Elevator Musik": Nice twist - the sample sounds like something you'd hear while going to the penthouse, but the music is also audio crack. You smell what he's puffing? This is Triple J of The Band Eclypse (yeah, me neither), but word is he has an album due out August 12th. Might have to check out for this - shouts to Matt U @ UltraViolet for these.
Bonus Beats Triple J "Infected" (prod. by The Production Kids)
Juice ft. Killa Kyleon "Live At 5": This track through your speakers feels like the night wind blowing in your face while cruising through your hood, letting the green flow through you. Or that lean, if you pouring it. Lounge out to this one, plot out that next thing and let whatever you gotta do fly.
Black EL "Rush" (prod. by Durkin): He just leaked "MILF & Cookies", and now we have this throwback-feeling "Rush", which won't be featured on Color Commentary. As EL says, "My whole life people have been telling me to take my time and be patient ever since I was a kid. But when you get in the real world, everyone is rushing for success, so who's in a Rush?" - makes sense, right? Enjoy this.
Kardi "Joke!" (prod. by Dru Classic): This is the first cut from Kardi's forthcoming Valedictorian mixtape, which is due out later this month. The joke's on you wack rappers who come at Kardi trying to stunt on him about your rap skills and whatever else you think makes you hot. This isn't hate, this is reality.
- Lil Wayne ft. Drake "Right Above It" (prod. by Kane Beatz) [clean | dirty]
- Bun B "Untitled Flow (58 Bars)"
- Joell Ortiz "80′s Baby" (prod. by Green Lantern)
- I-20 "Throw Your Sets Up" (prod. by Dirty Dunnz)
- Djezuz Djonez "Water Walker" (prod. by Masada) [clean | dirty]
- Sadat X & Wordsmith "Bar-Ball" (prod. by Strada, cuts by DJ Minus Nine)
- Señor Kaos ft. Ekundayo & Stat Quo "Bad Bad Man" [clean | dirty]
- Big K.R.I.T. "Country Shit" (Chopped & Screwed By Michael "5000" Watts)
- Winner's Circle ft. Dee Boy, Da Phuture & Phil Ade "368 Swag"
- KONCEPT "Keeping On" (prod. by Maticulous, cuts by DJ Brace)
- Boom Blake & Genrokka ft. AP The Mayor "Black Woman"
- Tef Poe "I Am Mel Gibson" (prod. by Indiana Rome)
- Gerald Walker "Break It Down"
- Mario Dones "Pastries" (prod. by Nice Rec)
- Black EL "MILF & Cookies"
- 5 O'Clock Shadowboxers & Curly Castro "Life's Ill: The Redux"
- DOX ft. D.Julien "The Coalition"
- D.Julien "Studio Life" (prod. by Selasse)
- Chance "Slow Down"
- Milly July "Running After You"
- Rukus ft. Soulbrotha "NEPA (Light Up Freestyle)"
- Frank Ramz & K. Sparks "Good Mornin (Ritchcraft Remix)"
- Simeon ft. Shev Rock "Dance 4ever" (prod. by Grant Parks)
- JSWISS "Don't Disappoint"
- Brother Nature "Gramas Cookin" (prod. by Rob Viktum)
- Jay Roacher & Alphabethead Judge Me Before You Know Me
- DJ Fresh "Factory"
- The Mad Bloggers Show, EP16
- Diverse Elegance Cold Sweats Part 1
- Chubb Rock & DJ Bent Roc Live ON WBLS NYC (8/01/2010)
- microfunk.ru presents [ applied minimalism ]
- FTG Who The Flip?
- J Dilla Donut Shop
- Dice The Nicest 92.3 The Beat Mixtape
- SoulKlap Prelude To A Parallax
- NiNa Sky The Other Side
- Fresh Daily Mothership/Land
- Bloggerhouse Presents Old To The New Vol. II
- UllNevaNo The Color Brown Mixtape
- The Life and Rhymes of Ill Legit, Vol. 3
- !llmind Presents Smokey Robotic
- Smoke DZA George Kush Da Button
- Bei Maejor Upside Down
- FuseBox Radio (Week Of 8/04/2010)
- MustListenTo The Cycle
And here's a recent freestyle from Royal Flush:
Enjoy your weekend, my peoples. One.
Boom Blake & Genrokka ft. AP The Mayor "Black Woman": Blake hit me up on the BBM while they were making this and told me that he had something special on the way - this totally lived up to it. "Black Woman" is just that - it's an ode to those women who were strong enough to do it on their own - raising a family on next to nothing, struggling to survive and teaching their kids the way. This is the kind of message we grew up on in the late '80s Hip-Hop, but sentiments like this don't scream out anymore. This is taken from Boom & Gen's Credit Union street album, which is due out September 2010, and boasts production from Ill Kayn, Divine Drummah, Dolo, QuestGod and more. Trenton, NJ - we still makin' it.
After a number of leaks and such, M.L.T drops his sophmore mixtape, The Cycle. This side-project quickly morphed into a full-fledged mixtape, and you won't be disappointed. He even flips a beat of his own, as well as the Thelonius Martin-produced intro. It's Friday - get a lil' something new in your lives!
DOWNLOAD MustListenTo The Cycle
D.Julien "Studio Life" (prod. by Selasse): Good vibe, indeed. Selasse cooked up a 4AM mellow club bounce for D.Ju on this one. Good thing homey knew how to blast off on this one properly - sounds like he was born for this one, it's so fluid. Ready For Tomorrow is on the way!
Bei Maejor has been making some noise as of late - this Jive-affiliated artist had a cut out with Diggy Simmons, remixed a recent Ciara track, and has a lot more in store. This Clinton Sparks-hosted mixtape has features from T-Pain, Drake, Keri Hilson and more, and features what could be the future of what the fuck you're hearing on the radio, for good or ill. Dive in.
And now, for you cats who just rolled up a FAT spliff and need some new music to bomb out to, peep the brand new 13 track album from Smoke DZA, featuring cats like Big K.R.I.T., Mickey Factz, den10 and plenty more, with a slew of beats produced by Ski Beatz.
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I hipped you guys to this project last week, and now this new opus from Illmind is available. Here's some info on the project, ala Dub MD: "Almost 40 years ago, in a no name bar somewhere in Mississippi where two roads meet, with a storm blowing in from the Gulf, something happened. The story goes that a woman walked in who was so shockingly beautiful, and somehow dangerous, that the bartender stuttered when he poured her a shot. The rednecks parted in silence as she made her way to the old Wurlitzer jukebox that had been dark and silent for years. She put in a coin, they say, and at the same moment there was a flash of lightning that seemed to come through the door.
The jukebox lit up and Al Green’s "Simply Beautiful" came pouring out. She didn’t seem surprised, not even when a two foot robot blew right out of the jukebox’s flashing lights and stood beside her. She took its hand, and they left. No one followed them. When Al Green was done, the jukebox went dead and silent again. That was it. For almost forty years. Like it never happened. Like they fell off the earth. Until now...When asked where he came from, Smokey only smiles and points up.
Journalists often ask him to describe his music, to compare it to other artists. Smokey always giggles and says whatever amuses him on that day. He has compared himself to everyone from Sam Cooke to Lady Gaga. Smokey Robotic: “I’ve been making music since God’s dog was a puppy.”".
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Milly July "Running After You": Milly likes lurking in the shadows and then reemerging with some ill shit. I haven't had new material from her since March, but this track, which is taken from Mania Music Group's Welcome to The Audience album, has a nice blend of Jazz and reality Rap. I used to hate running after love...
Rukus ft. Soulbrotha "NEPA (Light Up Freestyle)": New freestyle from two of Nigeria's nicest... words from SB: ""NEPA" now currently known as the Power Holding Company of Nigeria is basically the Nigerian National Electric Service provider and for decades has had issues with providing this basic service to the citizens of the country. This irresponsibility on the part of the Federal Government led to the recent twitter movement - #lightupnigeria. A cry by youth to bring to bear upon the government by showing the entire world the issues that having irregular power can do in terms of forestalling basic services in the country.
Think of having no power at all in your apartment, condo, house or whatever for an entire month - your food goes bad, you can't even iron clothes, no running water..on and on. Enter Rukus with a freestyle over Drake's "Light up" song, referencing this issue as well as highlighting his life's journey in comparison to this occurence. I in turn handle the hook duties..".
The VT Union, comprised of Dakota (MC), DJ Adog & Nastee (MC/Producer) are pleased to leak the 1st single "This Is Me" (featuring Sean Price), in promotion for the group's forthcoming street album, The VT Union Is Dead that gets set to drop on August 17th. The VT Union Is Dead features guest appearances from Malice (The Clipse), Statik Selektah, Bobby Konders (Hot 97), Akrobatik, BURNTmd & more!
-Aug 6 2010 9:30pm Paparazzie Albuquerque, NM w/SAPIENT of Sand People
-Aug 7 2010 9:30P M Boomers Las Vegas, NV, w/SAPIENT of Sand People
-Aug 13 2010 9:00PM Sauced Oklahoma City, OK
-Aug 14 2010 9:00PM LLywelyns Pub St Louis, Missouri
-Aug 16 2010 9:00P M Pedicab Bar and Grill San Antonio, Texas
-Aug 17 2010 9:00PM GREEN ELEPHANT Dallas, Texas
-Aug 20 2010 9:30PM The Hideout Omaha, Nebraska
-Aug 21 2010 9:30PM Norms Superior, WI
-Aug 25 2010 10:00P M Miramar Theatre Milwaukee, WI
-Aug 25 2010 10:00P M Miramar Theatre Milwaukee, WI
-Aug 26 2010 9:30PM The House Cafe Dekalb, IL
-Sep 2 2010 9:30pm The Six Lounge Mount Pleasant, MI
-Sep 3 2010 10pm The Perfect Pitcher Taylor, MI
-Sep 5 2010 10pm Dubland Underground, Rochester, NY
If you dig this track, dload it then go check out one of their shows!
Sadat X & Wordsmith "Bar-Ball" (prod. by Strada, cuts by DJ Minus Nine): Damn, I love getting random gems in the inbox. This heatrock is an unreleased cut that was supposed to have Chubb Rock on it, and drop on Word & Chubb's Bridging The Gap album. Beat has some nice throwback appeal - Minus Nine's cuts are really doing it for me, too.
This one has been cultivated for a bit - I think I hipped you guys to UllNevaNo's The Color Brown Mixtape back in January, and now this marriage of UllNev rhymes and Kev Brown beats is here, brought to you by UnderSound Music, Agio Life and RTD. And what a perfect combo it is - some of that beautiful "real Hip-Hop", expertly mixed by DJ Harvey Dent, with features from Mic Brown, E-Major, Tislam The Great, Richard Wright and Mic Wilson, all who add a certain something to this project. Open something (guts, blunts or bottles) up to this and reminisce/rediscover the true school.
Here's Fresh Daily's new project, which has been (almost) a year in the making. I'd go into what it's all about, but it really makes more sense to read Daily's words...
This is an amalgam of many things.
Us as a people, black people, the Diaspora, how we relate to each other in relationships & socially.
All in all we've been built and programmed to have shoddy social/love relationships as a result of slavery and years of conditioning to break down our culture and heritage. They've failed. We're WOKE with knowledge of self. We're Young, Gifted and Black.
Also just a personal dissertation & exploration on my relationships w/ lovers, friends & family.
Also a celebration of women & the life cycle of sorts.
We as men come out of a woman (our Mother) enter a woman again (our wives/lovers) and return to mother EARTH in death.
Plus it's just a spaced-out, low-end mixtape composed of dope jams. The mothership is here to expand how you think and take you somewhere else via audio rhythms.
All the artwork is by me, Fresh Daily.
It was mixed by producer, engineer & good friend, Benamin @ The Zoo Studios.
Thanx for listening. Be ready now that it's landed.
DOWNLOAD Fresh Daily Mothership/Land
Saturday night, I got sent a copy of a C&D letter from two producers asking that anything containing NiNa Sky's "The OtherSide" be taken down off your Internets. I forwarded this to both of their emails, and the GFCny niggas, but got no hits back from any of them, so I'm assuming posting this is OK, especially since DJ Booth blasted it. This is NiNa's latest opus, featuring production from Double O, DJ Yonny, Salaam Remi and more, with features from Naledge, MeLo-X and plenty more! I rock with what I've heard so far, and you should fuck with it.
KONCEPT "Keeping On" (prod. by Maticulous, cuts by DJ Brace): When I grow up, I wanna be a Brown Bag AllStar - these fools know how to PROMOTE! Third leak from KON's Playing Life EP, which is due out August 24th, and it definitely sounds like dude is at the bar, laying down life's ills and really showing cats how he perseveres. Respect grown man rap. WTF is up, J57?
Black EL "MILF & Cookies": First things first - it's no longer Black ELement, just Black EL. Second - I've always been attracted to older ladies, from back in grade school. No wonder I married a female who is older than me. Just something about an older woman... anyways, EL feels the same way, so he grabbed Bumblebeez's "Black Dirt" and expressed his
lust love of the older ladies. I talked to EL a month or so ago and he mentioned the progression he's been noticing in his work - be on the lookout for Color Commentary, which is primarily produced by Durkin and should showcase this elevation in his sound. That drops on August 31st.
5 O'Clock Shadowboxers & Curly Castro "Life's Ill: The Redux": Curly and link up to pay homage to Cannibal Ox on this one, letting El-P's hectic cut play the soundtrack to letting loose the ills of our lives, be it wack charges thrown at dope MCs on the Fourth of July or zoot-suit riots in the minds of South Street residers. Kick back, listen to this, then plot your escape for whatever crime you're about to commit...