Archive for 09/01/2010 - 10/01/2010
Via DJ Franchise: "Its been 3 years today. Wow. Time flies. What started as way for few brothers and friends to keep up to date on hip-hop and other topics we deemed cool, has turned into a lifestyle epicenter for thousands of people everyday. But over the years, its core has remained the same – a conversation between friends and family. Thanks and props to AMART, DFLO, Weston, A.Flores and all the other extended KTL fam (JGILLA, Kamikaze Xavi, KG, etc.) for making this a highlight of mine and many others each day. Feel free to peek from behind the digital curtain and say hello in the comments section.
As a thank you to everyone who has stopped by I made a mix to celebrate our 3rd birthday. I’ve been working on it for a few months but got it finished and ready last week. Like KTL, I kept the theme – positive, upbeat, and influential. With every mix, there’s a little piece of my sweat and alot of my soul. So enjoy or destroy – whatever pleases you".
Depending on what you read, the Trenton Water Works foul-up that's caused my area and surrounding neighborhoods to "boil water before consumption" was either from the recent rainwater that hit the Delaware River not being filtered properly before hitting the Prospect Street reservoir (due to someone not showing for work on Sunday), or just too much rain. All I know is, I'm not touching my tap. My wife actually had to call my son's daycare, because Trenton hadn't notified my city's district about the brown water. Sad, right?
This rests sorely on the bumbling Mayor of Trenton, Tony Mack, as he's the head of this here thing. Whenever this was discovered - regardless of the reason for the tainting of the water - proper officials for every township affected by Trenton Water Works needed to be alerted. Trentonian reports are saying some officials didn't know until 5:30PM that this was going on, which is totally unacceptable, considering that some word trickled down around 3:30PM - hell, I knew about this from a co-worker around 2PM! It's kind of sad that the word of mouth flows quicker than the word from city directors in situations so important as this. I can only imagine if a devastating tragedy hit our area - how long would they wait to alert us of a deadly hurricane or virus?
For now, if you live in a town that's affected by Trenton Waters Works, don't touch your tap. And if you do, get it to a rolling boil for a minute before even thinking about using it.
When Bun B received his 5 Mic-rating in The Source for Trill OG, their praise was mixed with a lot of hate, for varying reasons (most having to deal with The Source not being The Bible it once was for Hip-Hop). We here at RTD and HOODLUM Music wanted to give Bun B a proper tribute, so enjoy this special compilation of DJ Nappy THUGSTEP refixes featuring bars from Bun B. Included are gems like the Slim Thug "3 Kings" jawn with T.I., Lil Boosie's "Show Ya Tatoos" and my personal favorite, Khalifah's "Light A Fire", which is a scorching anthem. Hit the jump for the goods, and salute a true 5 Mic General!
Legit & L.A. Van Gogh "When Boredom Strikes" (prod. by L.A. Van Gogh): Nice laidback lyrical assault from Chitown's Legit and L.A. Van Gogh. I'm not sure if this is leading up to anything, but I'm more than happy for the comedic reality infused in these lines. Good track to wake up to on a lazy Sunday morning.
Lyle says that this is "the follow-up to my first instrumental tribute to The Twilight Zone. The majority of the samples come from some of my favorite episodes, as do the song titles. This may not be our last visit, either...".
DOWNLOAD Lyle Horowitz Who Are We? (Part Two: Return To The 5th Dimension)
I actually forgot to post this when I first got it. Camo UFOs are a retro-jungle crew who have been getting their remix on for some major players, and lazers. This mix they dropped last week is pure ol' skool Jungle, which is something I used to make sure I would fuck with on weed/beer-induced Saturday nights years past. Nowadays any late-night beer sessions on the weekend are devoted to DnB, but only b/c I'm editing for DOA, but it's always good to take an hour and remember the days...
DOWNLOAD Camo UFOs - LIGHTA! Part II [via URB]
Ant THHE: "We are very proud to present Craig Bass’ latest mixtape titled The Hip Hop Effect vol.3, the tape is just Bass kicking bars over dope beats that I chose and sent to him. Me and Bass both agree that this is one of his best most complete projects to date".
DOWNLOAD Craig Bass The Hip Hop Effect Vol. 3
SoleHaven has an interview with DnB legend Goldie up for their "Kicks N Mixtapes" series. It's kind of a silly feature, the actual interview is really short, and really uninformative (unless you REALLY need to know what Goldie's favorite colorways are), but it does include this mix from Goldie during a night in July at Cable in London. I'm not sure this was made available before (I hadn't posted it on DPD anyways), so for that, I commend them.
And here's Strictly Steele's DviousMindZ-produced Black Lights EP. UK to Canadia, Steele's got some wild lyrics - bouncing off the walls of these beats, ya dig? Dude has a different voice, kind of reminds me of early Wise Intelligent. Anyways, roll something sticky up and rock to this, trust.
DOWNLOAD Strictly Steele Black Lights EP
Upcoming beat-smith Confidence is pleased to present his debut mixtape, ReCon. The MA-based beat-smith carefully resurrects 16 classic's from the mid-90s on this hour long mix, all without compromising the authenticity of what made these tracks so iconic. For good measure, DJ Grazzhoppa, the 1991 European DMC champ, cuts & blends the tracks together, showcasing turntablism at its finest hour (celebrity DJs & Serato newbies need not apply). ReCon features some of the 90s most time-honored cuts from O.C.'s "Time's Up", Black Moon's "How Many Emcees" & CNN's "T.O.N.Y", to some underground treasures circa the Stretch & Bobbito era, e.g. Big L's "American Dream" & Big Noyd's "Recognize & Realize". The only thing ReCon is missing is a tape deck...don't sleep!
DOWNLOAD ReCon': '90s Classics Remixed by Confidence & Mixed by DJ Grazzhoppa
Tef Poe ft. Theresa Payne & Rockwell Knuckles "Crazy" (prod. by Tech Supreme): Here's a double-duty single from The Force; this cut is taken from Tech Supreme's Obligation compilation, and will also be found on the ThisIs50 x RTD presented War Machine project from Poebama. The track title is true, with Poe spittin' over futuristics about this chick who is driving him insane. It actually has this Timbaland feel to the hook, which works and actually sounds better than what Timbo has been giving the Pop lovers lately.
This week we continue with the Ninja Tune 20th anniversary celebrations with label owners Coldcut plucking out a few gems from the back catalogue as well a look forward with tracks from the Ninja Tune XX compilation. DJ Vadim, The Bug, Ghislain Porier all feature alongside remixes of Coldcut tracks from King Jammy and United States of Audio, plus they have their own take on The Heavy's 'How you like me now'. In the second hour it's more Ninja Tune artists both old and new with Toddla T, Mr Scruff, Eskmo and DJ Food giving us their personal favourites. Toddla T gives us a tribute to the mighty Roots Manuva, while Mr Scruff digs into the archive, but both Eskmo and DJ Food pick tracks from the Ninja Tune XX compilation.
Gerald Bailey ft. Ye Ali "Other Girls" (prod. by G-Scott): I'm glad the beat on this track is so damn interesting, otherwise that pic would've been a waste. That beat is different - evolves into some shit that might be considered some IDM if it was just an instrumental. This cut is taken from Bailey's EveyrthingOrNothing EP, which drops in October, as well as his The Billionaire Block Boy Vol.2 The Blackout tape, which is out soon and presented by RTD-friends like YNotMyDream, OutrageousAshley, What's In My Headphones and illCity.
Indianapolis born Producer/Rapper Indiana Rome is gaining attention in the St. Louis hip-hop scene with the anticipation of his new album. He is currently producing for the likes of Tef Poe, Rockwell Knuckles, Corey Black, Kings of Midwest and more. As the newest member of The Force Indiana Rome is making his mark and turning heads. Indiana Rome’s upcoming project “Who the Hell Left the Gate Open?” promises to be well rounded with contributions from The Force’s Tech Supreme, DJ Needles, Rockwell Knuckles and more.
Who The Hell Left The Gate Open? is set to drop October 26th; hit up Rome's Bandcamp page for up-to-date leaks from this project.
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]