Archive for 09/01/2010 - 10/01/2010
One of my favorite Drum & Bass DJs paying homage to a true DnB legend? Why yes. I've seen DJ Bailey live once, and have grown to appreciate his broad-spectrum approach to the Drum & Bass scene, and his vaults house some of the flyest dubplates around, so when he touches down to do a "best of" mix, it's always legendary. This is one he crafted for last night's 1Xtra D&B Show for the one like Jonny L, who is a seminal producer for many reasons. I'd go into it, but really, this mix should be proof positive of his seat on the DnB high council. By popular demand, enjoy.
Chose & RTKal "U Don't Like Me (Remix)": The version of this blinding remix was found on HOODLUM's U Don't Like Me Refix EP, which dropped last Friday. My boy DJ Nappy wasn't 100% satisfied with the final, so he went in and remastered it. This leak will be found on the U Don't Like Me (Refixes) Deluxe release, which will feature clean and dirty versions of each refix. If you've slept on this project, get more info HERE.
The Nuthouse "Ooh": This shit is amazing - The Nuthouse is Dave Ghetto and Fel Sweetenberg, and this cut is a bonus track off their Camden High & Rising mixtape, which is a De La Soul tribute, with these two tri-state spitters going ham and cheese over De La Soul beats. Oh, and the mixtape is hosted by Prince Paul! Too amazing; I kind of wish they had let me know about this earlier, I just had a lil chest pain from the amazingnessity of this project.
Trump Gee's ft. Curren$y "Without You" (prod. by Tone P): Nice. I'm guessing that's an Alicia Keys sample? I don't know, but it's fly as all fuck. This is taken from Trump's forthcoming Watching Me Closely mixtape, which is hosted by CANNON. Big up Numonics for this one.
Flint, Michigan's own Jon Connor came highly recommended by Young Sav at BoBO, and I'm glad I gave him a chance. Dude's got talent, and this mixtape should be proof positive. He's also got a track on here with Ali Vegas and Termanology that should excite some of you cats out there. Hit the jump for the goods.
What can I say. Years back, Spec Boogie hit me up when RTD still had a "blogspot.com" on it's ass, I found an MC that helped me understand not only the importance of the Internet in Hip-Hop's next phase, but also got introduced to a true BK spitter and his crew, the Lessondary. Now I know some cats from the clique more than others, but Spec's always been there, doing his thing, and getting a grip of shine. Seems like its been forever and a few days since I first heard about Introspective, and the first time I head "Bed Stuy", I was in awe. Yeah, it sampled one of my favorite movies, but it's not often you catch a tribute to one's city that sounds truly from the heart, and not from the mind trying to capitalize on city pride. Spec's a different animal, and while I piece together pieces of his life through the pieces he places in his lyrics, I feel like I know him. Could grab a beer and chat like old friends.
This week, Boog released Introspective, and it's the truth. It features the aforementioned "Bed Stuy", as well as "Show Up Drunk" with his Lessondary compadres, and features from Tanya Morgan and Peter Hadar. It's a testament to his skillset, and is only 40 minutes. All killer, no filler. Hit the jump to preview the entire project, and read the official press release, then go put down $10 on this.
Corey Black "The World Is A Ghetto" (prod. by Indiana Rome): Classic sample on this one, you know? The Force is in the building on this one, kickin' shit harder than life in the ghetto for most. Not sure if this is off a certain project or anything, but it's dope. Something fly to rock in your pea coat during the chilly Fall months.
EPISODE 6: actor and comedian Brett Gelman joins the Hype Men to discuss Plies + comedian Jon Daly + homophobia + Ol’ Dirty Bastard peeing on stage + the value of the co-sign + Brett’s mom being in his Top 5 MCs + MC Hammer vs. Jay-Z + ‘Gonorrhea’ + boycotting Hoobastank + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Episode 6: Brett Gelman [via Hype Men]
Workers Comp ft Roy Rucker "Day Job": I don't know if he meant to, but this sounds like the raps of a father. Can't quit that job. This Maryland trio come with a pretty fly track right here, riding a dope loop, expounding about staying on their job. I've never heard their shit before, but this is something that will be good for the crispy Fall season. Pull up your scarves and get back out on the pavement.
Bonus Beats Workers Comp "Lacross"
Elephant & Castle "The Look": I honestly don't know what to call this. It's got this instrumental Hip-Hop feel, but it also delves into some beautiful Jazz textures, almost on an experimental tip, you dig? This is taken from E&C's Analogue EP, which is out now. Sometimes, you just need some leftfield flavorings to spice up your playlist, no?
I'm glad Dallas Penn put me onto Meyhem Lauren's "Ray Lewis"; usually you have to go to niggas like Joell Ortiz, Sean Price and niggas of that ilk to get that Jansport shit. And not the "pull out a composition book and pen a soliloquy"/"mind sex" shit - I'm talking about "I keep a brick of good and a 9MM in here on the subway" shit. Sometimes you need that, especially in the morning, when you don't feel like making that commute anyways. Meyhem's Clarified Butter is a 29-track mixtape that is a pretty raw statement of him and his skills. Check out a few tracks from this project:
Jon Connor "Around The World In A Day": Looks like this is the final leak before Connor's Vinnie Chase Season 1 mixtape drops in 24 hours. I mean we already know Michigan has talent, but it's weird to hear a spitter from Michael Moore town goes in just as nice.
Koncept "Gift In Disguise" (prod. by The Audible Doctor): Had no idea the BBAS crew was planning on dropping Kon's Playing Life on CD, but this track is the bonus to the CD version. Anything I've heard Audible Doc do in 2010 (and in general) has been ill, and Kon's got that grown man flavor in his lyrics, so you just need to get into this.
The homey D-Man co-signed JJ Rome, and after hearing a few tracks of his a bit ago, I was definitely. With D-Man throwing down the bulk of the production, and DJ Therion mixing the compilation, this is definitely something you need to fuck with. Then thank myself and the folks that went into crafting this gem.
Quest M.C.O.D.Y. "What It Look Like": This week's #MCODYMondays leak has that trunk rattlin' feel to it - pull up in something clean and candy on a hot Saturday afternoon and floss out to this one. Love MCODY's diversity - he can murder cats in a battle, then come with something like this, which is a bit more anthemic. Rock on, nigga.
Joell Ortiz "Joell Christopher": I'm saying, three of the yellowest, most Hip-Hoppingest niggas on the planet Earth, collaborating on one mixtape, and they don't have a YELLOW thrown in there somewhere? I hope there's some yellow in the artwork! Anyways, Ortiz sons niggas like he they father - if you don't believe it, just give this one an extended listen. Mixtape Of The Year might be the proper name for this, assuming the rest of the tape comes this hard. Pause. "Ha!"
QuESt "Inner Sense" (prod. by M&D): Remember when cats would bust into double-time flows all the time? I kind of miss that, mainly because the niggas who spit over DnB bastardize it. If your double-time sounds like nursery rhymes, fall back. Anyways, this is an older track from QuESt, kicking the door down and bringing you some honesty for your mixtape needs. The Reason: A Defense Mechanism, November 25th!
Remember Whitney Houston's smash debut album from 1985? The one with Greatest Love All, Saving All My Love, You Give Good Love among others. Well, I changed it up a bit....well....a lot.....actually, you won't recognize any of the originals. Bang this... - Fresh Nerd
DOWNLOAD 100 Akres Presents The Whitney Houston Beat Tape
Well, it's good to know that it's not just the HOODLUM collective rockin' proper Dubstep/Hip-Hop blends. Matt Kickdrum took acapellas from Young Jeezy and Gucci Mane and flipped them over some bigger/more popular dubstep tracks. Nice combination, seen? Shouts to Hipnotikk for sending this one through.
DOWNLOAD The Kickdrums Trap Or Dub
MiLKMEN "Set Me Free" (prod. by Trust Beatz): The MiLKs are definitely consistent, and I love the quality of all of their tracks. This is something to rock to today, where it's kind of rainy - preferably while you're sitting by the window, hoping for the rain to let up so you can enjoy the day... this is tagged with Far From Perfect? Not sure what that is or will be...
Following up on John Cena on Juan Ep, Ciph and Rosenberg had Bret Hart, one of my favorite wrestlers EVER, on the podcast. They go in on Bret's past, what's going on now, and just bring the funny. And if you've not checked out Hitman, Bret's autobiography, do so.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (9/24/2010) [via Rosenberg Radio]
No, this has nothing to do with Kanye West or his vanity label. This is a mixtape from We Plug GOOD Music, featuring 20 artists from the US, UK, Africa and other spots, dropping some fly RnB, Hip-Hop and Spoken Word. This is something you wanna light your favorite incense to, maybe blaze a lil' and curl up in the candlelight. Hell, this is a mixtape even my momma would love! Hit up WPGM for more information on this, stream it below, then find where you left your inexplicable head wrap and rock to this.
DOWNLOAD We Plug GOOD Music Presents A Prelude to the Future
Chase & Status ft. Tempa T "Hypest Hype": Jesus - I already told you guys that Tempz is the M.O.P. of the Grime scene, and this cut with C&S finds him going all hyper - this is straight 730, heavy metal riffin', club rockin' fury right here. I'm loving the beginning into the first massive drop, and kind of wish the majority of the tune was like that. I'm assuming this is on C&S' sophmore LP? We shall see...
Via Details Of My Life (shouts to @TimReapah for the heads up).
And now we officially introduce you to the HOODLUM crew. HOODLUM consists of DJ Nappy, DJ Cable & DJ Hipnotikk, and they are poised to not only maintain the crowns as THUGSTEP kings, but push the sound to the next level, and this refix EP, reconfiguring Diplo & Lil' Jon's "U Don't Like Me" is just the perfect introduction to their sound.
Oddly enough, this has been a stance Nappy and I have taken - not so much "if you're not liking this shit, fuck you", but a really open "we'll do what we think sounds right" attitude, and I think it's worked - just chart the progression of the Rap/Dubstep hybrid sound since 2006. It's catching on to the point where Rusko has motherfucking Gucci Mane on his debut album! That's huge for this sound.
But it needs to progress - thus enter the HOODLUM.
This EP features each DJs take on this massive track gives us different moods - I liken it to the intro, the riot and the dance. From Hipnotikk's precision edits to Nappy's headbussin' beatdown to Cable's waist-windin' heat, all styles of the sound are covered. There's even a special bonus track, featuring Philly's own Chose and UK spitter RTKal going ballistic over the original Diplo instrumental. HOODLUM is about refixing sound without asking, and making you love it. And I know you will. Grab this EP, then wait for the next move from the clique... they won't have you waiting. And shouts to Justin for the cover art - good lookin'!
DOWNLOAD HOODLUM U Don't Like Me Refixes [via HOODLUMMUSIC]
89 the Brainchild ft. KhanArtist & Loko Krazi "Fly Paper" (prod. by Ezrakh): Here's your 4:20 coolout track, shouts to the Brainchild for flippin' a CLASSIC track to make the soundtrack of your herbal sesh this lovely Friday. Trill MF'n Cosby is on the way!
Nucci Reyo ft. Quandee "The Change Is Right Here" (prod. by Drawzilla): I love Nucci's latest material - this one is on some feel good business. This cut is taken from the forthcoming In Due Season, and is part of that change that cats say they are dying for. What the hell are you living for?
Bi-coastal underground superproducer Belief returns with the first in a series of singles to round out 2010. Following up his widely acclaimed Aaliyah remix series, "Up And Away" is a mishmash of rock, electronica and hardcore hiphop featuring Los Angeles emcee Ali Baba on rhyme duty. "The idea was to do some progressive hip-hop, something that's never been done before." Belief has done production work for Murs, C-Rayz Walz, Kosha Dilz, Sum Majere and many more.
DOWNLOAD Belief ft. Ali Baba "Up & Away"
Gerald Walker "The World Will Spin Without You": Hasn't been a long time since I Remember When This All Meant Something, but Gerald picks up what sounds like Drake's coat, puts it on and pretty much sounds like a Drake reference track... for good or ill. Not sure what/where this will end up, but I have a feeling dude has a project on the horizon - creative cats usually do.
Rel The Chosen "Just Like I Figured": The boy @EnigmatikBGDB hit me up about this cat last night, and I'm glad he did - this Houston, TX artist is ill. Dude's performed with Bun B, Slim Thug, 8Ball & MJG and others, and was even featured on the Takers mixtape. Interesting track here, taken from his forthcoming mixtape, this one is almost like realizing the feeling in your gut was true when messing with a female. Sometimes, you just know - and while you wanna give someone the benefit of the doubt, they end up living up to your expectations. Shit happens, learn and roll on.
Soul Khan "Suck My Dick" (prod. by J57): Here's a leak from 2dopeboyz.com Presents: Soul Like Khan, Khan's free album, that's set to drop in November. This is a great example of Soul's intricate lyrics, which you should have seen in numerous dismantling of MCs on the battle circuit. That hook is an anthem in its own, trust we.
EPISODE 5: actor and comedian Martin Starr joins the Hype Men to discuss 2Pac vs. Nick Cannon + surprises at Jay-Z’s second Yankee Stadium show + hugging El-P + Willow Smith’s career + Scientology + Martin’s new rap song + Mystikal + Megan Mullally + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Episode 5: Martin Starr [via Hype Men]
Dev79 "Live N Die 4 The Street Bass": He recently leaked his "Dougie" refix, and that might as well have been a teaser for this anthem, which will be the next single on Seclusiasis, and is backed up with remixes by B. Rich, BD1982 and others, along with Dev's "Disco Fly". Philly club scene, Bmore club scene, stand up to this one. I myself have been privy to some shit coming out of a few camps, and this fits right in with an emerging movement. Trust we.
Strictly Steele "Stepping Out" (prod. by DJ DviousMindZ): This is tough - and fits like a glove. DviousMindZ' beat is hype, and Stric flows perfectly over this. Dude's from the UK, but now calls Toronto home, amd his voice is like nothing I've heard in a bit. If you're truly wanting something different, sip on this. Watch out for his Black Lights EP, which should be coming your way soon...
MCMF "Hip-Hop Kiddin'": Here's a leak from MCMF's Make U Believe, which dropped on iTunes and Amazon yesterday. You can even get a limited edition CD from MCMFmusic.com. Tight flows, a tight beat, and a great message... Jersey keeps it moving. But don't take my words for it, check the album for yaself...
Lyle Horowitz "Nightmare At 20,000 Feet": Lyle's got a Twilight Zone-themed album, Who Are We? (Part Two) dropping on October 31st, and this is the first "single", although it might freak you fruity pants out. Get focused and enjoy this before the full feature drops...