Been hectic since Nappy's caressed freedom. He's got about six months left before he starts to shit on everything you found holy, and this interview, done in conjunction with Pat Renton and the Sharp Shooters Media fam, is just the tip of the iceberg. I actually linked up with Nappy for a short two hours this past Saturday, voicing our grievances and sharing stories for tomorrow. The plan is to murder everything moving, with both silenced weapons and C4. No warnings. But for now, we just have the words of a man who lit a fuse but had to leave before seeing the powder keg explode. Now everyone is mixing dubstep and Hip-Hop. It's not right, but now's the time to right the wrongs and regain the throne.
Archive for 10/01/2010 - 11/01/2010
Bare “Shot Me Down”: I featured Muffler’s forays into dubstep for Dogs On Acid last month. His work is coming out on Dieselboy’s subHuman imprint. Bare is a cat that Dieselboy is working closely with, and this cut is a free gem from Bare, sampling that Nancy Sinatra “Bang Bang” made ever so popular with Kill Bill. So noisy, so tough, this is the kind of dubstep that DJ Nappy would smack the warden over.
Bare's subHuman release, "Bring It Back" / "Thugs In The Hood", is on the horizon.
Senor Kaos "The Download Song" (prod. by 2 Hungry Bros): Dub MD told me about a possible 2 Hungry Bros. project a while back, and now Open Buffet is on the way just in time for Thanksgiving (aka November 23rd); Kaos spends most of the track breaking down the art of illegally downloading music. I’m not mad at cats being upset for shops like Fat Beats closing, but that’s why I cop what I fuck with. It’s not my fault that the majority of the albums for sale aren’t worth it. If everything sounded like Von Pea’s Pea’s Gotta Have It, I’d buy everything. They don’t, though, so I buy what’s worth it. Anyways, 2HB’s Open Buffet also features cats like Fresh Daily, 8thW1 and more. Hopefully Kaos won’t get mad when I download that project.
RED ft. Kris "Go To Sleep": RED has this thing about painting pictures with his tracks. I don’t know if it’s the tracks that he picks to sing over, or the lyrics, or the entire picture, but everytime I put one of these jawns on, I can visualize what the video should be looking like. Halloween has just passed, but this Freddy Kruger In Love feeling of the lyrics is too intense. Stalker-ish, but this is how shit feels sometimes, especially with “the one”. Shivers.
B.Lewis "Data Overload": I listen to instrumentals a lot. I have a thing about words: I use them daily, but when I’m trying to unwind, I don’t like hearing more words than the litany that bounce inside my mental. So instrumental compilations always appeal to me. J57’s dropping Mute Dialogue, a compilation of beats from beatsmiths who can craft a beat like no other. Or something. This cut right here? Perfect quirk for the beginning of November, like a batch of bubbly synths crashing into each other in the bathtub, while you’re cleaning rubber ducks and your female. Yeah, it’s that kind of party. Rock on.
Some of you might only know of Zilla as a super-able MC from Philly. You know, fondness for shadowboxing and hats. Dude’s also a monster on the beats, and cooked up this 35-track beat tape for your enjoyment. Or perusal. See, some of these are too good to go unused, trust. Some of these are also like 5 years old, so I’m glad they are out of the box. If you willing/able MCs want to touch down on these tracks, get at the good Rocca for specifics. Don’t sleep on the heat...
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EDIT And here's a lil' treat...
Being the kind of nigga I am, read a fucker who eschews covering all of the "mainstream" in order to discover cats you might not have heard, from time to time I get e-mails from publicists, artists and DJs to put their mans and them on. Rarely do I get notes from fans of the blog, or at least cats who say they are fans of the blog, but I’m glad I peeped the e-mail that introduced me to p.smith and his Lucid Dreams project. The whole of the project isn’t my thing (the hook on “So Good” is too R&B for me), but P is inspiring. Not sure about much of dude’s backstory or anything, but he feels like someone’s uncle – a cat who isn’t afraid to impart his wisdom on the babies, mostly just to see them prosper. I also love that he purposefully did an acapella track to show that you need more than just a hot beat to kill shit. Or at least you should. Some nice food for thought found in this tape.
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I think this was supposed to drop last week, but better late than never, right? Proper slices of THUGSTEP from the Heroes & Villains crew out in the ATL, hosted by Lil Jon & Cobra Corps, and presented by Mad Decent. I'd say I've been telling you guys about that sound, but you pricks aren't listening. Nor do you care. Enjoy this, though.
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Keeping his projects built around colors and shit, Brokn.Englsh’s Myk Dyaleks brings forth his next project. With the colder mornings in Jersey, this project is morning time sunshine. Blinding light, that kind of light that makes you see the way but won’t let you walk it… not yet, anyways. You have to chart paths and understand why you are going where you’re going before you go. You can go in blindly, but every well executed movement needs to be planned. Or should be. 9 tracks of excellence, with some surprises on the instrumental side of things. Also features cats like from Lyriq2Go, Cayan and Emperess on the helpout.
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Green & Husky ft. Monsta X, junclassic & Infinit Evol "Suddenly Beautiful": My son has this fascination with dinosaurs and monsters, and recently has been playing the hell out of Godzilla’s Revenge via Netflix. It makes me laugh, b/c I hear all of this “Monster Island” speak, and it makes me think on X, jun and the rest of the M.I.C niggas. Not sure where the sample in this is from, but it has that vibe, and is some shit you’re gonna wanna rewind a few times. Jun said this is taken from Green & Husky’s Kill For My Masters, which I’m not sure is a pun or not. Enjoy.
After a number of leaks, Ashley Outrageous presents the latest mixtape from the boy Dave Raps, Too Unknown. This one right here? Mixed by DJ Flow, Raps picks up a number of instrumentals and expresses himself, or his thoughts on being fly, womens and his lyrical acumen. I’m too old and dirty to rock on dude’s style level, but I can appreciate when someone can be so enthusiastic with whatever they are spitting on. This is cool to rock on your way to work or school, but this is truly a Friday night, dutchmaster/Henny session tape, something to pop in before the club while you’re getting right. Try it.
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Via A King: "Didn’t think I was gonna be able to post this after recovering from the #murderdeathkill that is the “4LoKo”. Combat Jack convinced Dallas Penn and myself to experiment with liquid crack (caffeine x alcohol x a myriad of harmful additives.) Outcome? No bueno! Anywhoo, the big homie Shaheem Reid (formerly of MTV & VIBE) stopped by The Combat Jack Show to chop it up about his departure from MTV, his early beginnings in the industry and how the infamous MTV list(s) was created. All that and much more."
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (10/29/2010)
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Just in time for Halloween, Left Brain & Hodgy Beats present their latest album under their MellowHype guise, entitled BLACKENEDWHITE. I think Left looped Tyler, The Creator saying "what the hell" on "Hell", which is one of my favorites on this. I fuck with this more than YellowWhite, but that might be because I understand OF more now. Might have to revisit the first album, though. ANYWAYS, Tyler is also featured on this LP, alongside Earl Sweatshirt, Domo Genesis, Mike G & Frank Ocean. As the OF Tumblr said, "Fully Produced By Left Brain, Hodgy Beats Takes On A Darker Note This Time Around... This Album Is Packed With Gun Sounds, Grams OF Coke And Dead Cops. The Perfect Soundtrack For Mobbing On A Dark Halloween Night." Trick or treat, bitch nigga.
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As he's known to do, the one like Crissy Criss took to the decks during this week's 1Xtra D&B M1X Show and dropped a nasty 30 minute drumstep mix. Drumstep is a hybrid sound, kind of like dubstep made at a DnB tempo. Lots of the wild, heavy bass but with a halftime drumbeat. It's easier to understand when you hear it rather than explaining it. Crissy featured some of my favorite drumstep tunes, but I think a three deck mix might've been a bit much in some spots. Glad someone finally did a proper full mix of this sound. Check it out.
DOWNLOAD Crissy Criss - 30 Minute Drumstep Mix (10/28/2010)
No one truly knows who you are. Sometimes we stand alone with facades that we've created for our selves. Hopefully we can accept the fact that we are all different, reveal our faces amongst friends, and stand completely comfortable in our own skin. When I do reveal my face, I just hope that you'll Treat Me Well.
The third mixtape from DeeDotMillz heavily inspired by Sleigh Bells! Include are 5 tracks fueled by DeeDotMillz' favorite tracks from Sleigh Bells debut album Treats! It's nothing but LOUD coupled with explosive, passionate delivery, and witty lyricism. Treat Me Well.
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Just in time for Halloween, EMS Productions brings you this special treat!!! A conceptual track featuring 5 emcees & 1 femcee spitting from the perspectives of rap horror characters and cleverly blending the two worlds of Horror and Hip-Hop over a sinister beat produced by Reef Ali (who's worked with Reef the Lost Cauze, Bekay, M-Dot, Singapore Kane, etc.) with cuts by DJ Grazzhoppa to finish off this bone-chilling track. Enjoy and Happy Halloween from EMS Productions!!!
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Last October, I had the pleasure of introducing The Two. Fifteens to the masses with their October 2009 mix, which was chock full of Hip-Hop appeal and sub-bass riddims. Since then, the brothers have charted their own path, which led up to the recently-released ..., which is both acclaimed by those who opened their minds and slept-on by the usual gang of idiots. Not to
leave you lot in the cold, The 215's have concocted a fright-filled mix for this Halloween season, which blends found sounds with their speakerbox-freakin' big beats. If you've got some of that sticky, or something potent to sip on, I recommend you do so, then take a half hour out and try not to scare yourself shitless. Don't say Candyman in the mirror, don't mention Beetlejuice's name, and don't even think about Bloody Mary, mufucka.
DOWNLOAD The Two. Fifteens - RTD Halloween Mix 2010
The super producer/PR man J57 hooked up this air-tight mix for dNp, and it's dope. I actually had no idea he did mixes - might need him to sort something for RTD. Use this as a prelude to J57's Mute Dialogue instrumental compilation that drops next week. This one has niggas rapping and shit on it, though, including Skyzoo, Soul Khan, Eyedea (RIP) & Abilities and many more.
DOWNLOAD J57 - DATABREAK Episode 1
The game needs cats like Wafeek. Dude isn't afraid to express himself, and spit rhymes that are iller than yours. Coming out of the STL, dude has a different vibe to his beat selection and sound - really bounces all over the tracks and wears his "don't give a fuck"/"fuck you" attitude on his forehead. Backed by IM KING, TSS and 2DBz, and mixed by DJ Trackstar, Monster isn't a Halloween mask Feekee threw on - this is him, he IS a monster, and brings the reality, ugly or pretty, to each of his songs. Don't sleep.
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R.O.E. ft. Brecan Bland "I Won": Been a long-time coming, but BPA member R.O.E. is finishing up his A Backpacker Named R.O.E. mixtape, which RTD will be presenting, and this is the new single from it. Beats like this are so inspiring, and R.O.E.’s everyman flavor add to that many times over. Something to drop then rewind... then rewind… then rewind again. Dude won, but you been knew that, right? More on A Backpacker Named R.O.E. when the time’s right!
Without further ado, I'm proud to present (alongside Dot Got It and The Grind Daily) EMS' own Kore with his first mixtape, Snack Time. No nonsense on this one - both solo and with the EMS crew (M-Dot, Strick 9, Revalation), Kore murders a number of instrumentals, from "Hot Toddy" and "Patron Tequila" to that fucking Chris Brown "Transform Ya". Boston is an area that I always feel has some dope talent, so it's good to hear consistent heat from a crew like EMS, ya dig? Enjoy this one!
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Gravediggaz "2 More Cups of Blood" (prod. by The RZA): Weird. Random. When I was in 8th and 9th grade, I spent a lot of time fucking with the Gravediggaz' 6 Feet Deep album. Some of my favorite shit from that time was their shit, as a crew and solo. “2 Cups Of Blood” was just an interlude, if I’m not mistaken, but had one of the wildest beats on the album. Those weird scratches? It was so intense and just different, more to the leftfield shit I was checking out than shit from RZA and Prince Paul. Apparently the Gravediggaz are back, and while this track is cool, it’s not touching the original… and I’m still mourning Too Poetic. I respect any Boris Karloff reference, though.
M-Dot ft. King Magnetic, Chaundon & Cymarshall Law "Eastcoast Points" (prod. by Reckonize Real): Nice track here – four of the finest spitters from up and down the East Coast, nah mean? Reckonize Real cooked up a fresh live-sounding beat here, real curtain call kind of feel with that horn, and each of these cats goes for broke, you feel me? Not much you can really say but you need this. One of those sunny Fall tracks you blast while you’re playing at the park or some shit. Just good Hip-Hop Music. Download it, bitch.
Pugs Atomz "On The One" (prod. by Dirty Dunnz): Pugs is the shit. Not only is this a cut done for Heineken’s playlist, it drops a sample of Theo from the Stevie Wonder episode of The Cosby Show. I catch that episode at least once a year – I think I watched it with wifey a month or so ago, and really never heard anyone come into a party taumbout they “jammin’ on the one”, but to each his own. Pugs has that nice flow on this – it’s almost sung, adding a nice touch to a beat that’s just drums and percussion. Throwback feel, indeed.
Fourth edition of Hipnotikk's Dirty South Thugstep series, and dude's far from even taking a break. You should have heard a number of these refixes right on this site; Hip throws down a number of his biggest blends, as well as some gems from DJ Nappy, DJ Hotpoint, Loud G and plenty more in a blinding mix. If you're sleepin', you're simpin', straight up.
DOWNLOAD DJ Hipnotikk Dirty South Thugstep Vol. 4
Here’s another project that’s been stewing for a bit, and I’m glad that one of the New Houston artists are finally bringing forth a definitive mixtape for the sleeping community out there. With Election Day going down in varying states next week, this is the perfect climate to drop a tape like this. It’s all there in the intro – HB is about preserving proper Hip-Hop, be it on the beats or with his rhymes. And does he ever. A lot of this is solo material, but heads like Hollywood Floss, John Dew and others John Stockton on this project, effortlessly. It’s really all about hasH, though – cuts like “Hydro” come with some seriously intoxicating beats, but then you flip “I’m Beamin’”, and we’re intergalactic on it. Houston’s Elite, indeed.
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Co$$ "Paranoid (Numonics Alt Mix)": With their Revelations project surely getting ‘nuff play in your digital music device, Numon wanted to drop an alternate mix of “Paranoid”; apparently there was some debate on which version should make it to the project, and realistically, I like this one better. I think the sound in this mix is a bit more cinematic, like if I was to see Co$$ in a movie, spazzing out and hearing voices in a movie, it’d be to this version. Maybe that’s just me.
89 The Brainchild "Raping Hollywood": Love how I can rap to DTV for an hour about anything, talk serious nerd wrestling shit with 89, but had no idea that DTV was doing some work for 89’s Trill MF’n Cosby, which is on the way. This is a lil’ leak to curb your hunger before the full release, and I’m glad it’s out. This is Brainchild’s “Dreams”, his “How To Rob”, just him speaking on what females he would and wouldn’t smash. Disrespect, but it’s not some serious shit – he ain’t condoning rape, just letting a thought expound into a complete track. Don’t trip!
Vasco "City of Angels": Jersey’s own Vasco said he penned this on a flight to Jersey from Los Angeles. When I took my one flight back home from LA, I was listening to “Paranoid” by Kanye West, realizing how much that sound made sense when you’re above the clouds. Vasco took a DOOM instrumental to express how much he dug LA. I love that city. Couldn’t live there, but I loved it. I need variation to my seasons, plus I don’t smoke weed anymore.
This is a project I’ve been waiting to receive and drop on y’all. Slap Rapz finds CientifiQ providing some beats that will slap the shit out of you, providing some classic throwback sounds for Crew54 to blast to pieces. They kept hyping this project to me, and hearing how perfectly matched these outfits are, I’m glad they let it simmer before releasing. Throw a lot of these on during your M.O.P./DJ Premier/Freddie Foxxx sets, forreal. It’s that real.
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Red "Fall For Your Type": With The Remix Mixtape on the way, we get a full new jawn from Red, who’s getting his vocal workout on this 1AM sexing shit. Seriously. You might could drop this when you wake up and you’re trying to figure out what you’re gonna do about that shorty you’re sweet on, but really, this is some shit to make love to. Just has that strong but subtle beat, synths to fly around and Red’s dreamy vocal. It’s captivating work, and shit that makes me see how versatile the MiLKMEN truly are.
Dave Raps "$20 Gucci Bag" (prod. by Papparazzi): Dave brings a new anthem to scream at cats who rock the bootleg knock-offs but wanna pop off at the mouth. This is another jawn from his Too Unknown mixtape, which drops via Outrageous Ashley on Sunday, the 31st of October. Kind of surprised I haven’t seen this or “High Life” up on her site, but I guess when you’re presenting the entire tape, there’s no need for you to post the lead-up singles! I expect a few more tracks will leak prior to mixtape release. Big up Vee Nyce.
Good to have Juan Epstein on a semi-regular basis, no? I remember being in High School, and begging with my friend Joe to get the administration to allow us to broadcast an episode of The Tom Green Show at the end of the day. Fucking hammer, they loved it, too. Good to hear him still doing his thing. Proper funny here.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (10/27/2010) [via Rosenberg Radio]
Comedian Julia Segal joins the Hype Men to discuss the Virginia rap scene + Rappers Looking Like Magicians + bands replacing their lead singers + Ice Cube + Eli Porter + rappers Julia would date + Jewish names + old Jay-Z vs. new Jay-Z + Das Racist + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 11: Julia Segal [via Hype Men]
Coalmine Records & Flüd Watches are calling on MCs Far & Wide to enter the "Nu World" MC Contest. Artists, please submit your best verse by Monday, November 8th for a chance to have your verse featured on the New World Remix EP. Winner also receives a limited edition Coalmine x Flud watch. Click on either of the links below to download the contest assets which include the main & instrumental version of the track as well the the contest rules & itinerary...good luck!!
Seeing as it's #TEN26TEN, it's high time we drop that Indiana Rome project, no? Dude puts in work as both an MC and producer, and showcases both alongside Force affiliates like Tef Poe, Tech Supreme, Corey Black, Rockwell Knuckles and many more. Dude's got both a message and a hammer to slap the game with, and over these rattlin' riddims, he doesn't fail. You've got some enlightening anthems right up against some get money slappers, and it all works. Curse whomever left that gate open - a midwestern storm has entered...
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Keon Supreme "Let Go (Ludus)" (prod. by Jansport J): Keon’s back atop a Jansport J track with this first single from his Just Cause project. This project is kind of wild – it will be “covering all 6 different Greek words for the word love”, giving you different types of love in each cut, all juxtaposed with what Keon does on a regular night. This cut is a representation of when lust meets lust inna club, and the vocal intertwined in that beat plays like the angelic voice you hear from a cutie you’re digging on.
Just Cause is set to drop on February 28th, 2011.
The Credit Union "Hard Body": Genrokka & Boom Blake recently leaked another cut from their Credit Union album, and this one is just what it says it is. Lovin’ the instrumental on this one – can’t even front, this one got a few rewinds today. I’d hope you niggas wouldn’t sleep on Trenton, or at least keep this track upfront in your record bins. Perfect cut for the impending cold front, although The Credit Union keeps it hot.
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