Archive for 10/01/2010 - 11/01/2010
2 and a half years in the making, Soul Like Khan has now been released on 2 Dope Boyz. If you're only up on Soul Khan from his dismantling of MCs in varying rap battles, do yourself a favor and allow this Brown Bag AllStar to build entire cities in your cerebral over some dope beats. It's really that simple.
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I leaked a few cuts off of this a few months ago, and I’m glad the full release is as dope as I thought it’d be. Like, Dave Ghetto and Fel Sweetenberg reppin’ over nothing but De La Soul beats? That’s already a great premise for anything. The fact that they got Prince Paul and Set Free to come for some proper skits!??! Above and beyond. DJ Ambush on the executive production, showcasing that tri-state flavor is still thoro. It’s funny, it’s got fly rhymes over timeless beats… it’s like a De La album. These niggas ripped “Rock Co. Kane Flow”!!! If you’re a fan of any of the above artists, you need to rock to this and vibe out. Trust.
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I got this over the weekend and didn’t even think to drop this Saturday night, for the Pacquiao fight. Kind of sad, too – it made no sense trying to listen to Nelly perform before the fight, like I give a shit about his band-aids or his life. Anyways, MARKFADER is a proper beast on the boards, as evident in this 7th collection of his instrumentals. Download and spit to some shit, trust.
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Via QRIP: "London’s forefathers of dubstep, Hatcha and Coki, pedal out a storming back-to-back set on a not-so-timid Wednesday night session at The Den. Sin City and DMZ crew godfathers back to back. Few single DJs have had as much influence on the course of dubstep as Croydon’s Hatcha. Starting out at Big Apple Records, and mixing the first Dubstep Allstars comp, and hosting a show on Kiss FM, and starting Sin City Records, the sound of London’s bass music wouldn’t be the same without him. Coki is an equal match in that regard, shaping the rough and righteous sound of DMZ alongside longtime friend and cohort Mala. Together, Hatcha and Coki are doing their bit to tear up the sub-bass and threaten low frequencies, of course. On the mic is long-time grime MC and Rinse FM favourite, P Money, wreaking a little havoc. All this, recorded live at Some Night’s first birthday in London."
DOWNLOAD Hatcha & Coki LIVE At The Den (11/05/2010)
The boy @EnigmatikBGDB put me onto Rel, whom I hadn’t heard of at all. Dude is out of the H, and this shit brings the fire. From the opening bars of “Leave It Alone”, you’ll be blown away. Dude just slides atop a beat and dives in and out of the beat. Real suave kind of shit, with doses of reality and struggle thrown about. I also love the choice of beats on this project – it has an overall vibe from front to back, kind of like going through your momma’s record collection with a bottle of wine and reminiscing.
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Soul Khan has a free album, Soul Like Khan, dropping tomorrow via 2 Dope Boyz. The majority of the album is produced by J57, but don't let that stop you from listening to it. Cats like Marink, Maticulous and Elaquent are also on the boards, with a slew of certified spitters on the project. Hit the jump for the tracklist bits, and keep it locked for this release tomorrow!
I’m so surprised that it’s taken so long for Hov to get onto Juan Epstein, and following episodes featuring cats like Pete Rock, Quincy Jones, John Cena and others, this might be the flyest episode of Juan Epstein, ever. And as Ciph said, this is one of the most in-depth interviews I’ve heard with Jay, ever. He’s been signing Jay Electronica, visiting Howard Stern and all of that, but he went to Hot 97 and sat down for this one. And is damn funny. Big up for this, Juan Ep!
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MiLKMEN "Steez" (prod. by Robi): The MiLKs keep it hybrid with this spaceship flavor here. Shit really sounds like they rhyming ON a rocket, not inside of one. Flicking stars and being themselves. Love the lyrics on this one… it’s a lot of fun, and definitely a slice of that “different” niggas are searching for. Smooth shit.
Nato Caliph "Appreciation": It’s kind of wild, having a collective like The Force. Any week you’re bound to receive some ill Hip-Hop from the middle of the map. These cats keep it pushing, and Caliph is keepin’ it poppin’ with his Knowledge Cipher release, which you can cop on iTunes or CD Baby right now. He allowed me to leak this jawn out, which is kind of a call-to-arms for those who have a singular voice that’s not heard for whatever reason. It’s not often you hear of cats expounding on their non-boozing, non-using ways. Just a nigga who’s got talents and trying to elevate his people, his sound, for the masses. He knows what he wants, and just wants that respect. Kind of a bold statement TBH, but Nato Caliph is all about keeping it right.
Jay Electronica ft. Jay-Z & The Dream "Shiny Suit Theory": After reading @EnigmatikBGDB’s accurate dismantling of this Diddy/Jay Electronica #ithurtswhenbreathe shit over the weekend, I’m just glad there’s some ill music that came from Jay signing to Roc Nation. Instrumental on this is a monster – the best way to my music lovin’ heart is picking a perfect snippet of music and looping it. No hard drums. No ridiculous bass. Just that proper classic vibe. I won’t even go in on who outspit whom – this is some shit I want to commit to a Maxell tape and keep rewinding. I also won’t sit here and wonder when an album is coming – just let me relish in Hov fucking the shit out of this beat right now.
Bonus Beats Jay Electronica “The Announcement” [via Nah Right]
Sonora "Paraiso (Mexicans With Guns Remix)": It's been a few months since I got put onto MWG with their "Dame Lo" video, and I've been keeping tabs on this emerging crews work. I needed some vibes to rock to before tonight's fight, and this track will definitely satisfy. Loads of bleeps and bass drops, with a constant set of keys atop the beat, riding a waist-windin' beat into the sun. The original of this tune is on Sonora's Siempre Fresco EP, which you might wanna check out.
I had no idea who King Crunk was until DJ Hipnotikk put me on, but their site design is kind of fly. KC was nice enough to feature this HOODLUM affiliate, and Hip reciprocated by dropping off an exclusive mix and an exclusive release, Hipnotikk's Ludacris-remixing Get Back EP. Check out the interview HERE!
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Per usual, here’s the podcast of last night/this morning’s Combat Jack Show. Of course topics galore: the banning of 4 Loko, the emergence of “Joose” (thanks to Dallas Penn), Combat’s new pet, new
bugged out rap group Odd Future, Kanye West’s leaked delivered album and much more. Be sure to tune in next week. We have a very special guest on deck. YAOWAA!
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (11/12/2010) [via PNC Radio]
SigNif "What Matters" (prod by Gee Wiz): I won’t front – with such a void left in the dope female MC market, I have a thing for ladies who spit about more than whatever Kim and Nicki kick in their hits. I posted a dope video from Sig the other day, and it’s good to get another fire track, this one from her forthcoming SigNificant Wizdom EP. Sig’s voice is sharp but not boisterous, so you feel her lyrics more, and once you’re comfy, it’s almost like a second date. You come for the fuzzy feeling, then things start to open up, and you start to learn about people. Let her give you a bit of her story on this.
Roc C & Soul Professa ft. Concise Kilgore "Roc Kil": You ever hear something that’s so nasty, once the first few bars fly by, you have to wheel the track back and start it over? Rewinds are a Jamaican thing, that migrated to DnB/dubstep culture, and is something that Funkmaster Flex gets… this track deserves a few rewinds, it’s that damn naughty. That Roc x Soul street album is on the way, and features cats like Oh No and DJ Romes, as well as this Kilgore-assisted jugular-aimed boxcutter. I don’t think it’s just that spine-tingling loop or the heavy thud of a kick – it’s both of those elements combined, with some fly flows atop. You ain’t ready.
RidZilla "Magnetic Mane": RidZilla represents Australia. He cooked up this refix of Magnetic Man's "Krazy" and Gucci Mane's "Wasted". It's this week's EXCLUSIVE THUGSTEP Thursday pick over on HOODLUM. No matter how fat the bass is, Gucci sounds congested.
"Magnetic Mane" (Gucci Mane Vs Magnetic Man) (RiDZILLA Remix) - HOODLUM EXCLUSIVE by DailyThugstep
Rapper and battle titan Iron Solomon joins the Hype Men to discuss battling E. Ness + working with Talib Kweli + transitioning from battling to original songwriting + Will.I.Am vs. Xzibit at David Faustino’s club + West Coast rap on the East Coast + Cross Colours + free Beats by Dre headphones + the most underrated rappers + Paul Barman + Jim Jones’ ad-libs + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 13: Iron Solomon [via Hype Men]
EDIT And for some reason I forgot to post Episode 12, which featured 88 Keys. Get that HERE.
Tef Poe "Everybody Strapped" (prod. by Indiana Rome): With War Machine on the horizon, and the injustice of the recent Oscar Grant-related trial in our recent rearview, Poe felt a certain kind of way, and decided to drop this unapologetic cut, which he finished months ago. It embodies the hatred that certain niggas have when they get tuned in and realize that shit isn’t really change for us, the little people. In this capitalist society, we are the cogs that hold the gears together to work these machines for those who push the buttons. Niggas wanna talk being disenfranchised, but are you about revolution? You willing to pick up a gun? You trying to really make a difference? Let this be your anthem. Hit the jump for Poe’s mindstate in this cut…
Sean J "Talk About (She Says)" (prod. by Soy): Damn flips are at it again! This cut is the 2nd single from Sean’s The Ego Egg Mixtape, which still has no date of droppage, although Domination will be putting it out. Setting his braggadocio aside, J dives into a bit of the personal, detailing the emotions of a wild relationship – sounds like it coulda been love, dog. Or not. Be on the lookout for a video for Sean’s “Unstoppable”, too. Blammo. Flip Up!
Good to see the Mercer County area really getting ours. Recently, LANK dropped his The Roughest Draft mixtape via DatPiff. What’s fly is, I can’t even call this a mixtape – these are all original songs, showcasing LANK’s unique blending of laidback, headnodding beats and LANK’s reality put to paper. There’s a feeling of love for the Golden Era of this shit, with the common man putting out his love for the sound while putting his own stamp on the shit. No apologies. Beats from Nomad, Soul Controller and others, with a couple of bonus LANKmixes to popular jawns thrown in at the end. Dude’s put it on for a while, so show some support and light something mean up and cruise down the Jersey Turnpike.
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PUSH! Montana ft. H McCloud "They Don’t Love Me" (prod. by Kuddie Fresh): This track is heavy. Love the twinkling keys over that aggro bass/drum flavor, allowing PUSH! And McCloud to slide some serious bars across the beat, like a lyrical game of air hockey. Love a lot of the punchlines in this, as well as the scowl it gives me when I blast it. This is taken from FRESHDOPE!, PUSH!’s album that drops tomorrow via PUSHOnDemand.com. Don’t sleep!
Hellz Yea! "The Reign" (prod. by DJ Ophax): Here’s the latest single from Hellz, a cut that he feels will breathe fire back into the East Coast Hip-Hop scene. It’s got that anthemic vibe to it, with the thundering kicks and some dynamic boasts from the guy. He’s a proper definition of determination and belief in oneself, you dig? When you’re feeling like you need to poke your chest out and spit on the maggots on this Earth who talk tough but come up frail, blast this.
Malkovich ft. Prince Po & Mawnstr "The Next Edition": Feels like it’s been ages since I heard Po on anything, and this beat is perfect. Sounds like some shit I’d record during the Thursday night college radio Hip-Hop show while I was sleeping, and discover on the bus ride to school the following Friday. I love beats like this – real heavy and almost eerie, but still maintains a bop that’s fly enough for niggas to catch wreck on.
MLT "Testament": So the homey MustListenTo picked up some of those fresh 6th Sense instrumentals, and concocted this quick shot as a lil’ preview of what you can hear from his forthcoming mixtape. He’s not looking for fans – he’s looking for believers. I imagine a lot of cats are on that, but just don’t know it yet. Has that post-Halloween leftover candy vibe to it. Almost shakes me up listening to this. Kind of bugged, especially in hearing how sharp homey spits over this.
Good Biz Music has a heater on their hands with this one! Featuring Philly’s own Freeway (and some nimble cuts from DJ Wicked), Al-One coasts over this bright beat. Representing Northeast Portland (and a part of the Sandpeople crew), dude’s touched the stage with legends like KRS-One, Slick Rick, Sugarhill Gang, Busta Rhymes and more, and has also worked with Sly Boogie and Bosko. KP passed this one over to me, and it’s fresh like sun in your face. GMC will be release Al’s solo album, Talk Of The Town, very soon, but you can cop this single right now via CDBaby.
Al-One ft. Freeway & DJ Wicked - Can't Stop by rock the dub
Also be on the lookout for GDBZ’s free Remix EP, Soul Proprietor, on November 14th; this one will be a twitter/Facebook exclusive, so be on the lookout for that, as well as the GMC Presents Incorporating Trust album, which is due out December 16th, which is then followed up by Sound Investment, which touches down in March/April 2011! Good Biz!
Breakage "Hard (Redlight Remix)": Good to hear this getting a release – for free, no less! I believe I heard Shy drop this ages ago. It’s so ill to hear a primarily DnB/Dubstep label put out some multi-genre remixes, and actually make me dig the genres they are in. Redlight has his whole other flavor, super bass heavy funk funnery type shit, and it amazingly works with Newham Generals’ lyrics.
Breakage - Hard (Redlight Remix) by factmag
Bonus Beats Shy FX "Raver (MJ Cole Remix)" [via RCRDLBL]
"Can I Kick it Vol. 3" is the final instalment to the "Can I Kick It," series. This mixtape has more of an album feel than an actual mixtape. It’s comprised of original posse cuts and collaborations that Karniege has done over the years. You may know him from his previous work like “From the Left”, produced by Nasa, “Empire State” with Vast Aire and the “Unveiling” with Marq Spekt.
Already this project has classic songs such as “Dat’s Word” produced by the legendary Da Beatminerz, other guest appearances are made by C-Rayz Walz, MURS, Poison Pen, Wordsworth, Geechi Suede (Camp Lo) and a lot more besides. All together "Can I Kick it Vol.3" is well worth the wait! It’s a nice eye opener to what Karniege has in store for the people in 2011 when he releases his forthcoming studio album entitled "Kolorful Thawts."
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Most of the time, when I post some SOLO shit, it's on a dubstep ting. This tape is for the bass lovers, but it's skraight Hip-Hop. He went straight for what is like a new resurgence of bass-heavy cuts: "I'm a huge fan of anything bass-heavy, especially hip-hop, and I realized there was a whole genre of this stuff that comes out in little pockets over a period of time, yet nobody really puts it all in one place if you're into it. And as a DJ who spins out all over the place, every time I play this kind of music, people come up to m and ask "What's THIS?!!" It seems so much of it slips under the radar and when people hear it, they absolutely loose it...including me! Not to mention, after returning to my home town of Chicago from living in LA for 6 years, I realized how much of this "sound" was coming from the Chicagoland area. So I took it upon myself to collect songs in this genre and make a series of mixtapes featuring nothin but the bangers. Some is old, some is new and some is that next level shit that headz ain't even ready for...but their kids are gonna LOVE it!!!". And if you fuck with this, check out SOLO's "Gittin' It", which he rapped, produced and did everything else on. Seriously.
DOWNLOAD DJ SOLO Open Up The Trunk 2 [via DJSOLOISAWESOME]
After a grip of leaks and just overall MiLKMEN appreciation, Red drops his REMIX Mixtape, which is just that - a talented nigga refixing and reconstructing shit you thought you knew. And, for the most part, shitting on the original. Hip-Hop or R&B. I don't know what these niggas are drinking, but they are hyper talented. Features include the other MiLK, TyPhilly, as well as cats like Dutch New York and others. Don't sleep.
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Warpath is 1/9th of CT. crew The Autobotz. These are the bars he kicked that earned him the name WARPATH. This is my type of shit: Sharp lyricism and dope delivery minus a hook. Fans of real emceeing will have NO CHOICE but to respect and salute this,for real. The Autobotz:remember the name and check for em’. - DotGotIt.com
E Major ft. Sean Armstrong & UllNevaNo "For The Win (Remix)" (prod. by ShamRock): This is one of those beats where you can't bring your B game to at all - if you're going FTW, you BEST bring that big boy game, which these three MCs bring to Sham's mellow toughness. A bunch of wicked bars on this one, period. This is taken from E Major is... Better Than Yours, which drops on December 6th on Under Sound/Better Than Yours.
Bonus Beats E Major "For The Win"
I'm glad the homey DP put me on to Meyhem Lauren. He makes that Hip-Hop that you rock to on chilly Fall mornings like this. Throw on the bomber jacket and the skully, go handle your handle during the morning then get home, skin up and blast this one while watching some kung fu on mute. I wasn't really up on Meyhem prior to "Ray Lewis", truthfully, so this Butter mixtape that TheCrypt put together is perfect get-right material for me. Rock this, then go cop that Clarified Butter.
DOWNLOAD Meyhem Lauren Butter [via TheCrypt, by way of DP.com]
The Primeridian ft. Mike Flo "Full Throttle" (prod. by Ten Sei): Interesting cut from Primeridian. Ten Sei hooked up a Rock-influenced track here, which gets kind of psychedelic at points. Reminds me of the organ-heavy acid Rock from decades ago, which always had ill grooves IMO. Primeridian and Mike Flo let their minds go wild on this one, bringing both the aggressive and the esoteric on this. Expect this to be featured on Primeridian's Crack A Dawn mixtape, which will be mixed by Cosm Rocks and presented by The Hip Hop Project.
Prhym8 ft. Emcee Sick "The Gist" (prod. by Psymun): "I'm defined by my mind control"... love that line. The beat from Psymun on this one is wild - random pitched down wailing, some found melodies, a deep bass hitting ever so often? Perfect bed for some lyrical tapestries that weave and get weaved throughout this beat. This cut is taken from Prhym8's Awfully Nice, which is thankfully produced in full by Psymun. Watch for that to drop towards the end of November. I believe these cats just embarked on a European tour, with their first date in Denmark last night... whatever the case may be, I just hope to hear more from these dudes.
There aren't enough 2Pac THUGSTEP mash-ups for me. He's one of those MCs who I respect but wasn't a HUGE fan of, so when I hear these refixes, I gain a newfound appreciation for some of his tracks. This hustler's anthem is paired up with a pretty funky Bassnectar riddim by the one like Daddy's Money, who has a great ear for these kinds of things. Nappy sent me a refix of Pac last night that had me rockin', too. We'll let that one sit tucked, as well as the Rawse one that DM sent over...
This is taken from Nickel's Tragedy & Comedy, and was shot guerilla style in Cairo and Egypt. Lovin' the beat on this; word is the beats are based on one jam session with some NYC jazz & funk musicians, that got turned into beats. For more info on Nickel, hit up his website.
Via A King: "Ladies and Gents, Dallas Penn has a cell phone (again!). That was the great news this week on the Combat Jack Show. Ha! Also former producer of Yo! MTV, Sesame Street, co-Author (“Bling, The Hip Hop Jewelry Book”) and current Corporal in the US Army, Gabriel Tolliver. The OG shared his experiences on duty in Afghanistan and much more. Shout outs to Premium Pete who also stopped by the show. You know what to do……".
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Combat Jack Show 11-5-10 by PNCRadio
Weezy's home, and while I imagine he's either knee deep in a) syrup b) weed c) pussy or d) all of the above, I wonder what he's listening to. I know what I've been listening to: DJ Nappy refixes. The storied archives from 2006/2007 are now up on discjockeynappy.com, and I figured it made sense to pot up direct links to the Lil' Wayne refixes Nappy did back then. Hit the jump, bitch.