Archive for 11/01/2010 - 12/01/2010
Needless to say, they won.
I've been championing this track for a bit - I first heard it over three months ago on MistaJam's show, and was instantly amazed. It's everything I loved about Jungle and Drum & Bass, from the perfectly-utilized source material to GOOD lyrics and all other kinds of Soul infused in it. Hell, it even gets on its Carnival ting at the end, which I didn't even realize was part of the same tune at first! The video dropped last week, and made me wish I could've cameo'd in it - all kinds of scene luminaries are spotted in there, giving the track a kind of unifying quality with the scene, which at times can be very segregated. Good music brings us all together, no? Well, anyways, I know the MJ Cole remix was given away, but this free download, which costs nothing but being added to the Digital Soundboy mailing list, also includes two mixes from Shy FX: the original and a more dancehall version. They also give out the Breakage version, which touches on a lil' hardcore jungle techno ting, and is one of the highlights of this EP. Big tune overall, and it costs you nah-ting. Hit this link and get some quality music for the beginning of your week!
About a year ago, I'd just wait for a bootleg or refix of a track by someone who has a body as bangin' as Nicki Minaj - her backside is a thing of beauty, and if you don't believe me, ask Regis. I have to give it up to my boys Silent Dust, aka Hobzee & Zyon Base, two producers who started out doing Drum & Bass together and have morphed their sound into so much more. I think a lot of people fucked with the original Minaj track due to that very immediate sample, but you can invoke the same kind of airy emotion using your own homegrown sounds. SD kept it minimal on this, with a motivational kick and bass thump, with some really clean and calm guitars floating around. It's a real moving track, something to slow dance/jam to on a Sunday afternoon, curtains drawn, maybe some candles lit. I was lucky enough to have a copy of what's becoming their debut album for Soul:R on the external for a bit, and hope to be getting some kind of feature over on DOA for them soon, but until then, rock to this...
Nicki Minaj - Your Love (Silent Dust Remix) by SilentDust
Fresh off of the
Misgiving Thanksgiving holiday, PNC Radio is back and in full effect. Special guest Editor In Chief of Complex Magazine, Noah Callahan-Bever stopped by the show for a rare up-close and personal interview. N_C_B discusses his early beginnings as a journalist, print media, the evolving of Complex Magazine as well as his recent illness (which he overcame). Of course Combat and Dallas take me to trial as to why the station was on hiatus hence no “Black Friday Edition” for the show, lol! All that and much much more. You know the drill...
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (12/03/2010) [via PNC Radio]
Combat Jack Show 12-3-10 (Noah Callahan-Bever) Full by PNCRadio
Hip-Hop is a funny thing, especially among the cats I look up to, or whom people would say are my peers. While I don't build with heads like YN or Emilio Sparks regarding Hip-Hop, but Pro Wrestling? We go ham. Maybe it's because I stay tweetin' about WWE and TNA (TNA has a PPV this Sunday!), but the Hip-Hop Journalism set fucks with me on some Pro Wrestling shit. Anyways, I had no idea Sparks had a podcast, but he and Elliott Wilson linked up for a special chat. Grab this shit NOW!
While most sites sleep on The Combat Jack Show, you RTD readers should've already listened to their 11/19/2010 show, which featured the mighty Joell Ortiz. A King shot over three videos from the ill interview conducted, and you can watch them shits if you hit the jump. Yaowa. And make sure you check out The Combat Jack Show, Thursday night/Friday morning, 12AM - 2AM, on PNC Radio.
For whatever reason, Def Jam isn't trying to promote Redman, even though his new album, Reggie, drops on the 7th of December, which is next week. Fucked up, right? Red being Red, he sorted out a new mixtape, featuring cuts like "Def Jammable", as well as niggas like Saukrates, Ready Roc and more. Realistically, it's Redman, so you need this. Period, nigga.
DOWNLOAD Redman Pancakes & Syrup Mixtape [via @therealredman]
Fool’s Gold Records honcho / DJ / hip-hop historian Nick Catchdubs joins the Hype Men to discuss Fader.com + who rapped over the Cheers theme song + going from graphic design jobs to interviewing Snoop Dogg on set of a Dylan McDermott movie + the return of the early 2000’s + what happened to the white girl from the Missy Elliott videos + the best DJ drops + why Kid Sister’s Family Reunion didn’t work + working with Kid Cudi and Wale + J.Cole’s logo + more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 16: Nick Catchdubs [via Hype Men]
Bonus Beats Strong Arm Steady ft. Too $hort "On Point"
This is one of those projects that, when I got asked to present it, it was a no-brainer. I randomly got a blast featuring Dominique Larue's music a while ago, and was glad to hear a female who had flow. With ladies like Nicki Minaj only showcasing one side of the coin to the mainstream, I love when ladies like Jean Grae, Eternity, Zane One and Dom Larue let it be known that it's not just dudes going ham on the mic. I'm proud to present this EP of nothing but Dom over beats produced by D/Will. They have a pretty organic feel, as if Dom was the only MC that needed to be on these. The project also flows well - while each track has it's own ebbs and flows, they all maintain the same vibe. Someone gave Dom the green light, and "it's on, nigga, it's on...".
DOWNLOAD D\Will & Dominique Larue Carpe [mirror]
Dizzee Rascal vs. Lazer Sword "Fix Up, Look Sharp (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": I first want to apologize - while I've posted 'nuff DJ Nappy refix material in the interim, I've not posted a FOTM post since September 2009. Realistically, the hard drive that had EVERYTHING of his died, and I literally didn't get all of those jawns until a few weeks ago. What's funny is, this first refix isn't even from that older batch! This is a new(er) refix, flippin' what can be argued as Dizzee's largest crossover hit with a bangin' synth-party from Lazer Sword. While it's not an Old School breakbeat workout, or a charged-up Grime instrumental, this new school Electro bop fits perfect under Dizzee's boasts, don't you agree?
Now that the floodgates have been opened, expect these to come back up. Both new shit and old gems that need more press. We're far from done...
This Is Suicide Dub Vol. 2 is out now. Grab it via Suicide Dub.
T-Hud ft. Three 6 Mafia vs. Mikee Merge "Gangsta (DJ Nappy Extended THUGSTEP Refix)": I know, I know, this leaked on Monday, but that wasn't the full DJ-friendly refix. Forreal, though - we going 7+ minutes for you DJs out there supporting the sound. Mikee Merge came with the serious bouncefunk on that bassline, giving this T-Hud/Triple Six gangsterism a futuristic bassflex. Some shit to get lost in, trust.
I'll be dropping a new refix from Nappy tomorrow, as I bring back the "First Of The Month" THUGSTEP posts. You've been warned!
Family Affair ft. Rockwell Knuckles "Words of a Hustle": Here’s some bounce from the STL, on a more melancholic vibe. Taken from Family Affair’s Welcome To The Underground project, this one finds FA linking with Rocky Knuckles to put some pimpin’ in ya simpin’, ya smell me? Take heed to the words of the older gods. They’ve been there – and know where you can and can’t go. No sleepin’!
Intalek "Grow" (prod. by Ritchcraft): If you’re a good reader, you should remember the Lives & Vibes EP that Intalek and Ritch dropped earlier this year. That opus has been fattened into a 15-track “international version”, which is now available on iTunes and Amazon. This is one of the new tracks, and it’s excellent. Ritch brings a sick flip of a fly sample, allowing Intalek to weave some refreshingly poignant lines into. Shit’s an anthem for those who are seeking that constant elevation. Enjoy that, then cop the full release of Lives & Vibes, yadig?
Remember that Wu-Tang Enter The Dubstep project that dropped last year? Well, it looks like FrankRadio and iHipHop have linked up again for another one, this time allowing dubstep producers like Hellfire Machina and Dem Soul to flip some Brand Nubian acapellas. I'm feeling what I'm hearing more now; hit the jump for refixes of "Slow Down" and "How Long", then let a nigga know what you think. This drops on the 21st of December, so if you're digging, be on the lookout!
Sean J "Elevate" (prod. by Unselftitled): Love when an MC really takes cues from the beat and adjusts his bars accordingly. Unselftitled (WTF is that name?) flipped a dope track here, with some lush strings and unexpected turns, and Sean keeps it upright like a pro. This cut is the third official single from The Ego Egg Mixtape, which finally has a release date: December 1st! There will also be a video for this track coming. If I can offer my $0.02, I’d suggest they have video of swans and shit. Or J rapping in a swan suit. Think it over. You can keep that, I won’t even haggle over copyright shit.
Zumo Kollie "Times Of Our Lives": Any artist out there who hasn’t hit 30 and still has dreams/goals of shitting on the entire Earth with their worth, this one is yours. Raise a glass of, um, whatever 20-somethings drank in 2010, or hold up whatever smoking device you use in your cipher, and toast to the grind, salute the struggle, and say hello to Zumo. Rhode Island is the home of my favorite sister-in-law, and the home of one of our more introspective MCs. Be on the lookout for Kollie’s Last Showing, whenever the hell it drops.
M-Dot “Self Reflection” (prod. by Pauly Fingaz): When I first got introduced to the EMS camp, M-Dot was the most visible, getting a lot of praise within their area, and on a more national level. With his Making Doubters Over Think mixtape, which his hosted by Billy Danze & DJ G.I. Joe and drops on December 7th (and is presented by HipHopDX, DJ Booth, Kevin Nottingham, 5StarHipHop and WERS 88.9FM), he’s gonna keep his stock rising. I for one don’t think a nigga needs THAT many presenters, but ‘nuff respect to him on getting those spots behind him. If the rest of the project sounds as crispy and wintery as this 2nd single, he’s on the right path.
T-Hud ft. Three 6 Mafia vs. Mikee Merge "Gangsta (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": Last week, Nappy introduced Beyonce to the Drumstep movement, and this week's new (and by new, I mean really new) blend finds T-Hud and the Triple Six gettin' it how they live over Mikee Merge's sick sub-lovin' bass. Something for you Cadillac rydas, purple smokers (and sippers), via HOODLUM.
I'll be resurrecting the "First Of The Month" leaks this week, with a brand newbie for you THUGSTEP lovers out there. Oh yes, it's on and populatin'.
MiLKMEN "All Day" (prod. by Robi): Had no idea where Robi was going with that vocal in the beat initially, but I love the bounce he slid up underneath. I get the feeling that he might mess with that Drum & Bass, but that might also be a nigga dream. ANYWAYS, the MiLKs do what they do best: merk beats. Doubletime, normal speed, whatever it is, these two know how to spit. That’s a given. And they also know how to keep shit to the left, just a tad, so niggas like me can have some excitement and be kept guessing.
Reek Da Villian ft. M.O.P "Fall In Line" (prod. by Soul Professa): Reek’s name has been poppin’ up kind of heavy, much to do with his association with Busta Rhymes (yes, co-signs still work these days), but on a nasty number with the Firing Squad? Soul P did it again with that metal riff he threw in there. Treatment for the video should be in a dusty biker bar, with MOP and Reek rollin in with cowboy boots and 10 gallon hats, mean muggin’. It may or may not involve niggas getting shot with six shooters and chesty barmaids, but that’s not essential. Well, maybe t is. Reek mixtape coming soon?
UllNevaNo "UllNevaNovember" (prod. by Minus Nine): And as we further travel down the Land of Ill Track Titles That Incorporate A Nigga’s Rap Name, UllNevaNo drops a fresh Fall track before November’s end. No links up with fellow Action Figures affiliate Minus Nine for a quick heatrocket for this glorious #musicmonday. If you’re in Bmore on Friday, the Color Brown listening party is going down, but you already knew that, right?
Catch Wreck "Concerto": Tackling “Concerto Of The Desperado”, Wreck brings you his new revolution rap, which can be found on his forthcoming ADHD mixtape. Kind of fitting for a revolutionary, no? I wonder if, when Huey Freeman dreams, tracks like this are the soundtrack? Anyways, Catch follows in the footsteps of the niggas I grew up listening to, niggas who are on a mission by any means necessary. Fight the good fight, brother.
Concerto by Catch Wreck
Armond ft. Jalili Jimiyu "Blank Canvas": As you should know, Armond has two albums dropping on the same day before the end of the year, and this is the first leak from those batches of songs. Being a father, I feel for the real life he spits on this track. I couldn’t imagine not seeing my son daily, let alone only seeing him three times in a year?!?! I’d go hammer, forreal. I hope his shorty listens to this some day, and knows his dad still loves him. Keep the faith, my nigga – hopefully that situation turns around for you and yours.
Duane Banx "I'm On It": Each day, I feel older – bones creaking, wines taste richer, kids seem younger. Duane is probably one of those artists cats don’t think I’d be associated, as he represents the new(er) sounds that the high school kids who game chicks and smoke loosies bounce to on the train. Dude’s grind is kind of mean, and his work hooks me. This might be my favorite of the tracks he’s sent, as it sounds like his bars are part of the game he would spit to a female on the bus stop, or wherever young niggas kick game to females at. I don’t know. I’m living life in headphones, I might not even see what’s poppin’. Anyways, new project from the boy Banx coming soon.
Featuring Kano, Donaeo & Roses Gabor:
Easily one of my favorite tunes of 2010. First single from Shy's Larger Than Life LP, which is due out in 2011. Such a big tune. Hit the comments with how many cameos were in this video - this is what the DnB scene needs more of!
Maffew Ragazino "Gravy & Celery" (prod. by Qwan): Just posted a cut from Ragazino Sr. the other day, and I don't smoke green anymore, but I always have to give it up to tracks that embody that feeling I liked when I was proper bent - usually on a Saturday night, blowing trees and sippin' on something potent. Maff captures that time over this throwback feel, which can be found on Dub Floyd's Chronic Illness Vol. 1 mixtape. You got the itch? Light something, drank something nigga!
Damn. There was a summer in my formative years where you couldn't tell me that the Naked Gun movies weren't the funniest things out there. Back before OJ killed that white lady (come on...), he was the most funniest bumblingest idiot in any buffoon movie. And Leslie Nielsen played the parody cop role to a "T". Dude had the whole thing down - I couldn't even tell you what other movies or roles he's done (Wiki dat)... wait, he was in an episode of M*A*S*H* that flipped my lid when I saw it. Anyways, Nielsen was the man, and word came today that homey passed away at 84. Rest in power, Lt. Drebin.
Well... that was unexpected.
After dropping the final leak from this the other day, T-Razor's full project has dropped, and it's definitely worth it. This isn't something to speed down the highway to - roll up whatever sack you just copped, go blunt fi blunt, and cool out. Shit's the soundtrack to sunny, lazy Sundays. Ride (slow) to this.
DOWNLOAD T-Razor The Chronic 2012
Mars, Volition, D-Dand & Topaz Jones "Makin Moves" (prod. by Thelonious Martin): I just dropped Thelonious' Player 2 the other day, and he just laced me with this Montclair-laced banger. Jazz loops are always my shit, and reminds me of when I really got into Hip-Hop, but it's good to hear that NOW, in an age where niggas spend so much time trying to keep it digital, while these niggas sound like they bleed analog tape. I love it.
The Kid Daytona has always intrigued me. I remember the first time I heard anything about him was on a classic episode of Juan Epstein - learned a lot about him, most of it wasn't about his rapping, but over the years, I've always respected his use of theme in his projects. Especially since these shits are free. I mean damn, it's like he had some of the finest producers out there (6th Sense, Cook Classics, 9th Wonder, Ted Smooth and others) take some of the illest musical loops and moments from Hip-Hop and craft fly beats from them. That's what he did? Then he got MCs like Styles P, N.O.R.E., Freddie Gibbs and others to collab with? Jesus Christ, why did I ever sleep on this? Kind of mad I hadn't peeped this when it initially dropped. Definitely something for you to rock to over this holiday weekend. Or on the train. Or while you're at work. Or in the cipher. Future of this thing of ours, looking back at where this thing of ours has traveled. We need more of this.
DOWNLOAD The Kid Daytona The Interlude
I feel like I've been waiting for this for a minute, as long as M@rv3lou$ has been hyping this on twitter. He's one of those niggas who I met on twitter and surprised me enough to chart his progress. Dude has the confidence, and is doing his thing on the pad and the beats. This tape showcases his talents, blending more club/chart friendly joints like "Take Your Shirt Off" with a bunch of harder shit, like the heavyweight "I Don't Give A Phyuck". That's how it goes in 2010, though - young niggas don't give a fuck about who you are and how long you been at it. They know they have something to say, are here now and will eat your food, early. Better watch out - they know the game and all they want is someone to listen. Well, not really - these niggas will do what they do regardless, but the end result is acceptance worldwide. I'm not mad.
DOWNLOAD M@rv3lou$ Spare Change
I've always loved Trackstar's mixes, but I think this is the first time I've heard him come with the REVOLUTION feel. I like themed mixes, especially when a cat isn't afraid to go ham on the system. Featuring tracks like Tef Poe's "Everybody Strapped", as well as jawns from Immortal Technique, Nas, Jasiri X, Wise Intelligent, Killer Mike and others who are on that same truth. Days like Thanksgiving, Columbus Day and others make some of us realize how fucked our country can be. Eat some turkey, but realize who had to die for us to feel like turkey eating makes a nigga safe. Or comfortable. Peace to all political prisoners. Continue to fight the struggle.
DOWNLOAD Trackstar The DJ Presents PRESSURE
The Glitch Mob ft. Pugs Atomz & Yarah Bravo "Fortune Days (DJ Vadim Remix)": I love when my (music) worlds collide. I associate Vadim with my Ninja Tune past, dissecting dusty breaks sampled into new tapestries in my mother's attic. Pugs was part of that underground Hip-Hop scene, and is a big part of the shit I follow nowadays. The Glitch Mob is skraight out of my EDM love, and the work I put in on other sites you might not frequent. To have all of these stars align into one club-thumping jawn in 2010? Heaven. Vadim lends the track a dope bounce, and Pugs and Yarah lend some sly vocals to the mix - not overpowering, more becoming a piece of the track, all points aimed at getting your ass on the floor. Hit the jump for the press info on where this track is taken from.
Vasco "I'm From Jersey": About a month ago, Vasco leaked a track he wrote about his trip back from Cali, but you can write a whole album about the inspiration niggas from New Jeru get from our homeland. It's a really dope piece of music, allowing the god to showcase what makes him him, while give you a taste about many of the minute details that make Jersey what it is. I kind of which RTD got a shout out - maybe on the remix? Ha! Big up to all my Jersey Hip-Hop heads, one love.
Maffew Ragazino "Whatever You Call 'Em" (prod. by Jaisu): @RagazinoSr has been getting a lot of great looks as of late... possibly because he got a lot of people open with his freestyle on Combat Jack's show a month or so ago, but it's just good to know that the nigga isn't just some witty punchlines and such. Dude can come with fly tracks like it's nothing. Most of this jawn here sounds like he's just talking to you, you feel me? He's a smart cat beyond his years. This is part of his Money And Fame Fuels Everyone's Wednesday series, so be on the look out for more of those, and just more of Maff in general.
"I am the answer, not the nigga to question..."
Maffew Ragazino 'Whatever You Call 'Em' Produced by Jaisu by CICORECORDS
That beat feels like some IDM shit.
Being the nerd that I am, I fucks with Hip-Hop and the sounds that influence the genre. 2 Hungry Bros., a pair of producers who dig in crates and use their finds to educate and create some fucking dope music. Dub MD recognized that, and has been working with them on the very project you see here. Just in time for Thanksgiving, 2HB got some delicious treats for your fatboy Hip-Hop hunger pangs, with MCs like 8th W1, P.SO, Fresh Daily, YC The Cynic, Homeboy Sandman, and plenty of chefs for this dinner. Full plate it up, bitch.
DOWNLOAD 2 Hungry Bros. x Dub MD Open Buffet!
If you fucked with The Very Worst..., you need to fuck with this Frank G remix of Watts' shit: "Where some of the OG versions were laid over sample-based tracks or the well known instrumentals of mainstream artists, all of the music on this collection is 100% organic & live - we attempted to take each track in a different direction than its counterpart, giving it a new feel while maintaining the same vibe as the original. Three out of the five songs on "When Worse Comes To Worst" were found, in rough form, in the video clips that I've been releasing over the last few weeks; now, after many long days and plenty of hard work, they are complete".
DOWNLOAD J.A.M.E.S. WATTS When Worst Comes To Worst
Beyonce ft. Jay-Z vs. Document One x Heist "Upgrade U (DJ Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)": Sometimes, a riddim is too good to leave be. Drumstep is an emerging style, and this Heist remix of Document One's "Forgive Me" straddles the line between proper aggression and stunning beauty, which is kind of what Beyonce had going when "Upgrade U" dropped. Her, all curves and sultry womanhood, wanted to flex her chi all over your life, upping the ante on your own cool. It's an awesome blend, and when Hov touches down after the breakdown in the middle? My lawd.
To further represent that THUGSTEP flag, 51:51 dropped a dope chat with Nappy yesterday, which includes a SICK B.o.B. vs. Girl Unit THUGSTEP Refix exclusive to 51:51! There's also an interview up at The Art of Storytelling, with a dope look into Nappy's mind and how this THUGSTEP shit started!
You should be good with that right now, right?