Yesterday afternoon, I saw a tweet from @Trentonian, saying they had free tickets to the WWE Raw World Tour show at the Sun National Bank Center last night; all one needed to do was hit their Facebook page with your favorite pro wrestling memory. Anyone who knows me knows I stay abreast to what's going on, but I've been a fan of the sport since I was three years old. I drew back and remembered this gem, and how I wrote a letter to the WWE about my support for the Hulkster, and received back a dope Hulk Hogan friendship bracelet. Needless to say, I won seats to the show, and was asked to take pictures and possibly write a report on the show. I did both, and not only has my report (in full) has been posted on the Trentonian's website, but a condensed version will be in tomorrow's paper! I have Joey Kulkin to thank - he even had some great words to say about my writing. Nice to get some recognition for my work - especially outside of the Hip-Hop/Drum & Bass circles. And I have to thank my wife, for if not for her nudging me on even entering the contest, none of this would've even happened.
With about one more week for Chase & Status' No More Idols album release, I have been surprised no leaks have come about as of yet. In talking with DJ Nappy, I'm also surprised this tune hasn't been rocked more. Combining the efforts of C&S and Sub Focus, we have a mixed bag here - you get one part mellow, guitar-driven vocal dubstep, and the second half comes with a NASTY riddim. One for the dancefloors - and the charts, I reckon. I believe their "Blind Faith" single drops on Monday, with No More Idols out on the 31st. At least, that's what I was told.
I like when EDM videos have people interacting, and not a bunch of random shit. That said, not sure what's up with dubstep producers getting videos for their tracks that aren't really dubstep - this is that ol' skool Jungle vibe in the beat. In any case, D1 wins on this emotional track.
Wise Intelligent ft. Tye Austin "Sow Djezuz" (prod. by Masada): Someone hit me up the other day, asking if Wise was as ill as he was during the PRT days. Let this track be an example - dude's bars never fell off. You might not be hearing from someone on the norm, but don't think they've let their flame dwindle. Hearing this, it sounds so effortless - Wise transforms into his Djezuz Djonez guise and goes in, deep. Some cats question when a man calls himself God, but if you break down the similarities, you'd realize that most Black men might wanna start calling themselves God! This is one of those tracks that brings some heavy mental but doesn't skimp on the dope beats. Wise Intelligent Iz...The UnConKable Djezuz Djonez drops digitally on the 8th of February - hit the jump for the full tracklist, then cop it when it drops on iTunes, Amazon, eMusic and other digital music outlets.
Hah, the homey SOLO likes sending exclusives that I can't download. This is a fierce "Apache"-sampling drumstep tune that "is an original production based on a movie I have in my head about Native American Zombies rising from the dead and taking back America". Sounds like some shit Tarantino should use in an homage to zombie flicks.
Jersey's own DJ Books has been hyping up this Thieves Theme x Diggers Union mixtape, showcasing some of that classic Ruff Ryders sound. You remember, back when the East reclaimed the Hip-Hop game, with niggas like DMX, The Lox, Swizz Beats, Eve and others ran rampant. You're gonna hurt someone when one of these tracks drops, trust.
Comedian and actor Paul Scheer joins the Hype Men to discuss LL Cool J on NCIS + scamming Columbia House + working at Blockbuster + Method and Red on FOX + Human Giant working with Ghostface + Ice-T’s Twitter army + Mark Wahlberg and Eminem on MTV together + Big Boi’s album listening party + The Jerky Boys + sports team nicknames + the Weekend at Bernie’s / 2Pac connection + much more!
I've never been to a festival this massive, and not sure I'd want to be. Pretty diverse line-up over three days, from heads like Magnetic Man, DJ Zinc, High Contrast, Mary Anne Hobbs, Andy C, Breakage and other DJs/producers to Kanye West, Nas & Damian Marley, Lil' B, Erykah Badu, Odd Future and others, to mad Rock and other acts, spread out over three days? Actually, this sounds like something I'd try and do sometime - minus the smelly kids and the drug-abusing Black actors. Definitely not in 2011. Big up URB for the heads up.
The first JuanEpstein of 2011, and it's a doozy. After Cipha's recent suspension, this is the first Juan Ep since he's returned, and it also features the one and only Talib Kweli. I loved when Reflection Eternal was on Juan Ep, and it's good to hear these guys go in for the new year. Glad everyone's back!
Reboot Records is smart: they have their Boot Sequence series, which is not only used to showcase what's going on with their own imprint, but also feature bits that are big in the scene. DJ Cable starts the series off, with a selection of Reboot gems, both released and forthcoming, with some ill Project Midnight bangers thrown in as well!
I was actually talking to the homey Nappy about how long we've known the one like Pandemonium Jones. While he doesn't produce/release nearly as many mixtapes and projects that he did a few years ago, he's consistently done a best-of mix for the past few years. Here's his offering for 2010.
Hello world. Happy belated new year from The Land'o'Monium. Somewhat late but somewhat great (I certainly enjoy it, anyway.) Here's the third installment in my series of year-ending mixes. If you liked parts one and two, this one's for you! As always, it's warm and fuzzy to help you endure slings and arrows of Seasonal Affectedness Disorder and salty slush. It's a great soundtrack for snowy dogwalking. Also suitable for sipping scotch to. Tell yo' friends!
New tune from Breakage; this single drops on the 27th of February on Digital Soundboy, and features Jess Mills. What's funny is DJ Nappy has been out of the loop for a bit, and only heard some of Breakage's more recent output. I had to put him onto a number of Breakage's cuts, and just charting dude's progression in the last 10 years is awesome. Truly one of my favorite producers at the moment. Shouts to Shy FX for signing Breakage and allowing him to spread his wings.
The "Fighting Fire" single also includes a Drum & Bass remix from Loadstar (which you can hear in Hype's latest show), as well as this banger of a remix from Foamo:
Those Fused Forces boys are just making their mark, yeah? Recently touched down on Hatcha's show, now Get Darker had them step in for their 81st edition. Dropping a serious selection in this, but you already knew that. Now they just need to release more tracks!