Archive for 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011
Has-Lo "Untitled #1 (Hold On)": You’d think after dropping In Case I Don’t Make It last week, Has would be out of leaks, but this heartfelt, personal trip back arrived in my inbox, and when I fired it up, it felt like a Ghostface track – from the obvious throwback sample to Has’ lyrics, which open the door right to the kitchen of his youth, letting you see his life, through his eyes, in sepia tone. Even his tone is different. You don’t find too many artists being this open and honest, and that alone should coax you to cop homey’s album (digitally or physically) right now.
Kosha Dillz ft. Homeboy Sandman, MC Lars & Geo "The Alien Song": Taken from Dillz’ Gina & The Garage Sale, these four impressive MCs took a theme and ran with it. I don’t know if marijuana (or other drugs) were imbibed while coming up with this intergalactic funk fest, but I’m loving how it played out, from the obvious themes in the verses to the spaced out sounds within the beat. The further you go into the track, cats drop the ball a bit – but Sandman took it there, and won this one.
Bonus Beats Homeboy Sandman "I Knew (Late Night)" [via Nah Right]
When he's not creating movements or plotting world domination, my boy DJ Nappy is just making moves. Most niggas in the situation he's currently in wouldn't be plotting some of these situations - or actually making them a reality. One of the things I've been discussing with him is a string of shows that he and Marty (aka Rose Music Productions) will be putting on in Chicago. Their first show, Sub Heat, goes down on the 9th of June, and tickets are on sale NOW. Here's a little blurb I wrote for the event:
Touching down at V Live in Chicago on the 9th of June is Sub Heat, the debut Chicago event from the Rose Music Productions crew. Aligning some of the finest performers within the Bass Music scene, this night is primed and ready to shake the dancefloor and leave the patrons breathless! Featured DJs include DJ Craze, a three-time DMC World Champion, Dieselboy, a staple within the Drum & Bass and (now) dubstep scene (performing with the acclaimed MC Messinian), Mad Decent representer Dillon Francis out of LA, Atlanta’s own Heroes & Villains (representing Mad Decent and HEAVY), and the Thugstep architect, DJ Nappy. All DJs pack their own Sub Heat, and are ready to crush speakers and rinse the venue. 18+ to enter, 21+ to drink. Eight hours of partying from 8PM to 4AM. BE THERE!
If you're in Chicago, and a fan of Bass Music, this should be the party to kick the summer off right. Or make a trip out there. Should be an ill night. EDIT New acts/stages have been announced for tomorrow night's Sub Heat show in Chicago. Loads of local Midwest EDM talent are lined up - check it out!
And if you want to have a laugh, here's what happens when Nappy doesn't answer his phone:
My Manager's Voicemails by djnappy
Building onto the first proper HOODLUM release (the “U Don’t Like Me” Refixes), one of the crew’s latest findings, The Netherlands’ own Santi Junior has flipped his own refix project, taking the acapellas from Lil’ Jon’s Crunk Rock album and giving it the proper THUGSTEP treatment. I always think that I overthink these things, but it sounds like Santi actually put some thought into this. Or he at least has a great ear for what works. I know it sounds easy, but to make a refix that not only works on a few levels, but lasts, you don’t just beatmatch and let it fly. Or maybe you do – again, I overthink shit. In any case, Santi’s crafted some sick refixes, capturing the rowdy flavor that Lil’ Jon brings when his voice touches a mic device. I’m not sure who Requake is, but I think the couple of refixes that feature his beats are my favorites. Just has a nice swing to them; the hooks take on a new life over that proper sub bounce. Something fresh for the new season, seen?
DOWNLOAD Lil’ Jon x Santi Junior The Real Crunk Rock: The THUGSTEP Edition [mirror]
Topaz, Volition, Mars & D-Dand "I Got A Love For This" (prod. by Thelonious Martin): I had a pretty busy end of week last week, through Sunday’s Wrestlemania buzz, so I’m sorry for posting this later than I had imagined. Without going off on a tangent on certain niggas out there, let’s take a look at the Tastemakers crew out of Jersey – none of these cats can buy beer but bring that back to the future cool to this Thelonious track. The title really says it all, and each MC expresses their love for this thing of ours. I feel comfortable in saying “Jersey Stays Active” when the younger cats can bring forth fire like this. I feel like I need to take a trip up north and let these niggas know personally that we all need to stick together and do it for keeping Jersey on the map. Then again, anytime I try to get people to drive towards a vision, based off of MY love, the train derails. So I sit near the tracks, trainspot and record my sightings. For you, the lover. Enjoy that.
Hodgy Beats & Domo Genesis "TANGGOLF": For all of the comparisons to the Wu-Tang Clan (and the co-sign from Steve Rifkind), I find it funny that this is the first time I’ve heard any of OF on a Wu instrumental. Picking up the classic “4th Chamber” from GZA’s Liquid Swords, Hodgy and Domo go in. I like hearing Domo on this – might be one of my favorite verses from him, really complete. Hodgy does his Method Man on this one, too. The last few leaks from OF have come from his way, so he’s either trying to get some love in hopes of getting his own album, or has some kind of mixtape coming. Or just doesn’t give a fox and wants to unearth gems. Love that.
And since we’re talking Wu, here’s a Wu-Tang x Blue Note cover art mash-up.
Mr. Miranda ft. Simone Hines "Go James" (prod. by Hexsagon): Taking a pretty interesting interview snippet of Rick James, Miranda unleashes a leak from his The Super Freak Tape: A Tribute to Rick James mixtape, which is set to drop in August. This is part tribute/part fly breakdown of Rick’s history within the game, a “true pioneer” as Miranda says. Something funky to listen to while puffing on some green or just lounging on a Friday night, on your way to a chillspot. RIP Rick James, you’ve done a lot for the game.
Kings Of The Midwest "Piling Up The Paper" (prod. by Indiana Rome): InHouse Productions/Force affiliate Indiana Rome has been on his grizzly, coming with project after project. Kings Of The Midwest is Rome linking up with D.I. Skreet for some groundshaking tracks. I always say it, but this beat is made for your trunk. If your system has the capacity, blast this one LOUD. If your car audio system can’t handle this, get a new one before grabbing another Rome jawn. This is the first leak from the KMW album, so enjoy that and get your house proofed for the next hit.
Johnny Spanish & T-Razor "I Know": In a couple of weeks, Spanish and Razor are dropping 2 The Top, and sent over this track recently. While it’s cool to spit about getting fucked up and how ill you are, you have to take some time to go a bit deeper. Span and T found a proper instrumental and really let loose on this one. One of my favorite tracks from either, mainly because it’s kind of against type, but primarily because it’s just good to hear cats spitting from being inspired.
RayDawn "All Night": After the acclaim that "Heir" received, here's the latest leak from Controlled Chaos 2, which will be presented by SMKA, YNotMyDream and RTD on the 29th of April. Has that space-y vibe to it, something you can open the doors of the club to and stunt on niggas to. Over the last couple of weeks, I've gotten to know RayDawn, and respect his grind. That nigga is putting his all into this shit, and it shall pay off. Determination and consistency will break necks and backs, and RayDawn achieves both. Rock to this one, and be on the lookout for some visuals from RayDawn very soon...
I don’t know much about this project, truthfully. I know Rocky brings that undeniable flavor from the STL, and that this project kind of just dropped from the heavens. Maybe I shouldn’t say heavens, unless God saw the cover/heard the title and threw it out of his discman. In any case, we’ve got these devilish treats, another example of a nigga who needs to be headlining more shows, putting out more albums and really just have his name in the mouths of more niggas who do shit like talk about music. Production comes from the likes of Trifeckta, Adult Fur, Brainstorm and more, with niggas like Tef Poe, Vandalyzm and others providing features. Trifeckta’s instrumental for “Silly Human” wins for flipping Rick James like that, with Rocky flowing along with it so perfectly. You need this, bitch.
DOWNLOAD Rockwell Knuckles You’re Fucking Out, I’m Fucking In
With all of the press surrounding his recent arrest, Mister Cee did what any capable DJ would do: speak with his hands. After the news broke last night, many knew he’d have to handle it some kind of way during today’s throwback, and you could feel the intensity in his track selection. I personally turned it on and got hit with a barrage of Biggie and Hov venom – really angry, aggressive bars. Twitter was ablaze, with many comments – some for and some against – but you can’t deny that this was a different type of Cee. If you’re riding or suspect, you definitely listened. And he brought it. I’m not with a lot of the “hater” talk – I personally don’t see it as hate, just scandal talk over a different portrayal of the man who brought Biggie to us. Regardless of all of that, I was loving this show. We’ll see how it goes. In the meantime, Cee has a twitter (@Real_MisterCee) and an e-mail address (FinisherMisterCee@gmail.com) – kind of mad that it took a bad situation like this for a nigga to get on the bandwagon. And for what it’s worth, Power 105.1 called Cee their Donkey Of The Day.
DOWNLOAD Mister Cee’s Throwback At Noon (4/04/2011) [via MissInfo.tv]
Pretty sick after NJPAC after-party with a number of Elite Assembly affiliates. Shouts to Daniel Joseph for sending this one over - homey has his If Walls Could Talk EP on the way (produced by the Co-Pilots [Capicoo and Sincere]), his Jimi Led Joseph side-project (featuring BullyMouth and more w/ Production from Mr. Len (company flow) KRK! (former JS KRILLZ), as well as beats from Dan himself), and his Silver Lining, Screen and Bullet album, which already has production from KRK! and the Co-Pilots. This nigga also slipped up, saying him and KRK! have a dubstep album that they'll be playing cuts from at the after-party. Of course he didn't SEND any cuts off of it, but I need that, Espee. Now.
I'm don't know who put Nore up on Tyler, The Creator, but I'm NOT mad at him grabbing "Yonkers" and going buck. This is a preview that features another track, "Bottles Go Bang", which I'm kind of mad at. Nore sounds ill on that "Yonkers" instrumental. And no so dope on the other jawn. Anyways, I'm on my #WM27 ish right now. Sorry.
DOWNLOAD N.O.R.E. "Yonkers Freestyle / Bottles Go Bang (Preview)"
I just dropped this preview over on HOODLUM, featuring a track from The Real Crunk Rock (The THUGSTEP Edition), a special 10-track refix project that Santi Junior hooked up using the acapellashttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gif from Lil' Jon's Crunk Rock album, using tracks from the likes of Caspa, Bassnectar, Flux Pavilion, Requake and more, really sorting out the essence of what the King of Crunk sounds like over these alternate sounds. Here's an example of what you'll hear on the full project:
DOWNLOAD Lil Jon vs. Cluekid & Cotti "On De Grind Legacy (Santi Junior THUGSTEP Refix)"
I'll be dropping The Real Crunk Rock this week. The self-professed "THUGSTEP addict" will NOT be denied!
The homey DJ Cable has been on a ROLL lately, with touring as Yasmin's DJ, starting up his Triangulum imprint and doing other producing and stuff. Lots of good food on his plate. Last night, the premiere of his Mini Mix for Annie Mac's Mashup was played last night, showcasing 160 Hip-Hop tracks... in five minutes! If you're a fan of things like DJ Zinc's DnB Megamix, or just love Annie's show in general, you should know how this will roll out. He uploaded it earlier, and I wanted to share this with you.
Wiz has to be celebrating this week: not only does he have one of the flyest chicks on his arm, but his debut album, Rolling Papers, hit stores this week. rockthedub turned five years old yesterday, so we're throwing celebrations all weekend. And Nappy's on the way out very soon - sooner than you think. So it made sense to drop a previously-unreleased refix of Wiz and Philly phenom Starkey. Shit like this makes so much sense - just listen to how Starkey's beat fluctuates and matures, and how Wiz's shit matches it beat for beat. Just excellent. Head into Wrestlemania weekend with this one, trust we!
DOWNLOAD Wiz Khalifa vs. Starkey "Say Yeah (Disc Jockey Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
I guess this wasn't a joke. I do feel odd that he calls his project Face in the Crowd, but then has it released by Refined Hype & BOTTOM SHELF. Most "faces in the crowd", within this Internets Hip-Hop game, don't get co-signs on their projects (and the fact that the cover doesn't have - wait for it - other people in it), but I digress. This is a good introduction to Capri's chamber. The intro/title cut feels like Nas' "Book of Rhymes", a lot of different themes/thoughts being thrown atop one beat (although this would've been doper with an ALC beat). Elsewhere, upcoming gems like King Mez help add some weight to this project, but Capri doesn't throw wild features all over - and has a variety of soundscapes to help him prove to you that he's singular. Despite the date on the calendar, this EP's devoid of jokes. Give it a spin.
DOWNLOAD J.Capri Face in the Crowd
New day, new time slot = NEMANATIIIIIII! Haha. Last night was the debut of CJRS in the new Wednesday 10pm-12am time slot. No more leaving the station at 4am. Primetime! In the building was the usual suspects Combat Jack, Dallas Penn, Premium Pete our newly appointed DJ Ben-Ha-Meen. Our special guest was none other than the author of “The Big Payback: The History of Business of Hip-Hop”. Dan has been in the music business for a while and was in the mix of some of the Hip Hop’s most monumental moments. Do yourself a favor, purchase the book and stream/download the show below…..
*Don’t forget, The Combat Jack Show can be heard live each and every Wednesday nights 10pm-12am on www.pncradio.fm*
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (3/30/2011) [via PNC Radio]
The Combat Jack Show 3-30-11 (Dan Charnas) by PNCRadio
Why yes, it's definitely been five years since I first started rockthedub (back when I still had a "blogspot.com" attached). It's been a wild journey - I went from needing a spot to let some of my unpublished interviews and reviews breathe, and turned into a destination for heads who want a different take on the normal shit you find on music blogs. As we always do around this time, I felt like I needed to drop a special compilation, and tried to assemble a load of previously -unreleased/exclusive material, so on this project you'll find new shit from Brown Bag AllStars, Zilla Rocca, Curly Castro, Elucid, Scripts N Screwz, Pugs Atomz & DJ Vadim, The Two. Fifteens, Whygee, an exclusive remix of a J NiCS track from Numonics, two DJ Nappy refixes, Mario Dones, Rickie Jacobs with Artic, and plenty more tracks.
DOWNLOAD rockthedub.com presents FiF [mirror]
I also got a grip of tracks that didn't fit the 80 minute length I place on my compilations, so here's a batch of Bonus Beats featuring heat from JSWISS, Elucid, Deal - The Villain, E Dot Dizzy, SUICIDER, R.O.E., Triple J, Stealth, Kenny Kenny and others.
DOWNLOAD rockthedub.com presents FiF (Bonus Beats) [mirror]
That's a total of 34 tracks, for free. Not a number that's divided by five evenly... sue me. Big up to EVERY artist who sent me a track for this, or ever sent anything my way, as well as any head who has visited the site in the past five years. I do this for all of you. Shouts to my wife and my family for holding me down. I hope you enjoy this compilation, and help us celebrate our first five years. Thanks again!
EDIT I wanted to big up all of the blogs who've shown FiF love:
2 Dope Boyz | Passion of the Weiss | Knuckle Rumbler | Flawless Hustle | Audible Hype | Dot Got It | The Grind Daily | The Mad Bloggers | TRU | Boo Goo Doo Boom | Banana Clipse | Rickie Jacobs | Donwill | AWKWORD World View | Clap Cowards | Know The Ledge | YNotMyDream | Fly Definition | DEF!NITION OF FRESH | GYMRblog (if I missed your site, let me know!)
Thanks for your continued support. And big up to everyone sending well wishes to @khal via twitter! Loving the love! Share http://bit.ly/RTDFiF with your people. Appreciate that. Back to your regularly scheduled posts tomorrow.
So after a year hiatus from the EMS x RTD "ThrowBack Thursdays" series we bring it back and it's only right we kick it off with the EMS general, M-Dot, who is currently touring in Europe. This is a NEW remix of an Old track off the "Run MPC" album released last August (on Soulspazm). Remix by DJ Duke of France. Look out for the Exclusive M-Dot interview coming soon on RockTheDub and grab M-Dot's new mixtape "More Doubters Over Thinking" for FREE D/L.
DOWNLOAD M-Dot ft. Big Shug "Tap Out (DJ Duke Remix)"
M-Dot & Big Shug - Tap Out (DJ Duke Remix) by DJ DUKE
I forgot to post these ruined jams on Tuesday when Intuition dropped them. That's my bad. With five years of rockthedub touching down tomorrow, I'm able to slip up, yeah? This Hellfyre Club affiliate cooked up some new (unauthorized) remixes of tracks from Erykah Badu, Raphael Saadiq, Frank Ocean, Sublime, Icona Pop and others. What's an Icona Pop? I don't know, name sounds dope. And these versions sound better than the originals I never foxed with. Thank you for your ruining, Intuition!
DOWNLOAD Intuition I Ruined These Songs For You Too
Lyle Horowitz ft.
Donny Goines ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted "For The People" (prod. by SMKA): I almost feel like this track should’ve dropped in February for Black History Month, but each month should be dedicated to representing and remembering where we came from. This is another jawn from SMKA’s The 808 Experiment, Vol. 3, which drops on the 26th of April, and features a shitload of MCs – check that artwork above to get a glimpse of the talent SMKA has sorted out. Hell, he got three heavy hitters on one track right now! 40 artists, quality Hip-Hop. You need that.
We’ve been loving what the homey Trackstar the DJ and DJ Mark Divita did on this tape, based on the batch of freestyles and blends that have been leaked, so just enjoy this complete mixtape, which blends classic Camp Lo acapellas with vintage Pete Rock beats, as well as some new freestyles and album cuts. It’s a well-rounded mixtape, something that only a true fan and student of Camp Lo, Pete Rock and Hip-Hop in general could pull off. With the tempartures rising, this is definitely the shit you need to be blasting as you open up your windows and let the sun shine in.
DOWNLOAD Camp Lo & Pete Rock 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Mixtape
Elucid "My Blank Verse" (prod. by Small Pro): On the low, Elucid and Small Pro have a lot of material on the horizon, together and separately. This track just got passed over to me Sunday night for my rockthedub five year anniversary compilation, FiF, which drops on Thursday, March the 31st. It brings the best bits of both MCs - crisp beats and poignant rhymes. I was speaking to Small Pro earlier this evening, and he's got an album and a mixtape on the way - both should be out before the Fall. Elucid has this track and 2 others (3 if you count a refix Nappy did) on FiF, as well as two EPs (produced by Von Pea and Aeon, respectively), his Save Yourself album and other projects on the way, including the Concrete Sound System noodlings. I'm glad to have been featuring these cats during RTD's first five, and hope to continue seeing their creativity flow. For now, check out some blank verses.
For the latest edition of Juan Epstein, Snoop Dogg makes his second appearance, and brings Daz along. Obviously, with Nate Dogg's recent passing (and Ciph's love of West Coast Hip-Hop from that era), the spend a good amount of the podcast speaking on their fallen brother. RIP, Nate.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein: Snoop Dogg & Daz (3/28/2011)
Has-Lo "Fiber Optics": Loving this one. Has-Lo has sorted out one of the early favorites for the Best of 2011 with "In Case I Don't Make It. He was introduced to me as a rapper/producer, and while I LOVE his beats, I'm more partial to his lyrical fury, which is properly showcased on this track, dripping in calls for you niggas to escape the mental shackles. I'd go in depth, but just peep the lyrics here. In Case I Don't Make It is out today, via iTunes and UGHH, so if you're complaining about needing some proper Hip-Hop for your audio diet, go get fed.
junclassic "What It Is" (prod. by J Slikk): Two of my favorite BPA niggas collaborate on this one. I’d go on about how I wish jun and Slikk would work together more, but I mean, I just deal with the few gems of their collabs that I possess. jun says that he was inspired by a piece he saw at 174 Street and Park Ave in the South Bronx, so I guess I need to accumulate a load of Slikk beats and take that nigga on a trip to varying graf murals. I could get the album I need in my life.
Jonny Walker "No Games": Been a grip since this Superinternational nigga hit me with some new music, but at least he comes correct with the bounce. Walker is a smart nigga, Superintellectucal really, but knows that you need to get the brains to the party (and, coincidentally, AT the party), so he isn’t afraid to kick his bars over something a bit bigger. The hook feels kind of sparse – but I guess when you are truly “playing no games”, you don’t need to concoct some lamebrain chorus. Right? Just rock to this, hands in the air.
No Games by Jonny Walker
J. Capri ft. Charlie Smarts "All For You" (prod. by The Counselor): I apologize for holding onto this track, but say no more – this is ill. Love the strings over those weighty kicks. Something to instantly get your head nodding if your woofers are tuned that low. You already know Kooley High’s own Smarts, and Capri is capable as well – so capable that Refined Hype & BOTTOM SHELF are dropping J.Capri’s Face In The Crowd (which will also feature King Mez and beats by Johnny Juliano and The Best Kept Secret) on April 1st. Or maybe that’s just a joke.
St. Joe Louis "Show For It": It's been a minute since we helped released 30,000 Feet High And Rising, and since then I've been trying to get tracks for the RTD digital imprint sorted out. I finally got a release date for SJL's "Good Morning" / "30,000" single (April 19th), but oddly enough, I'm NOT here to expound on that. This trio has been working on their next project, Basquiat Boyz, and I have a feeling I'll feel better about them using my favorite artist's name instead of niggas like Swizz. Even odder is this track isn't even on that release! Just something their recorded over this previous weekend, and on a more methodical, brooding tip. Also a motto for them in 2011 - niggas don't have time to hop on EVERYTHING, but at least have something to show for the time you do have. Be on the lookout for a split EP with Brokn.Englsh, produced by Jr and Ph7, as well as (hopefully) more projects from these EA representers. Jersey STAYS active.
Daddy Nino "Fuck Tha Police Freestyle": Damn skraight. Well, I don’t mind the popo – the ones who are doing the right thing and upholding the law. It’s the jakes who abuse and misuse their authority for their own gain, or to put another nigga down, those are the ones who need to be fucked the fuck up. Anyways, ATL’s own Nino follows up an awesome mixtape to weave a bad jake tale over some classic Lord Finesse. Dude must work a lot – he already has Something About Bowie, his next mixtape, penciled in for May. Keep on, fam.
Dave Ghet "Wake Up" (prod. by Hezekiah): Here’s a fly, up-tempo track from Dave Ghet, ½ of Hustle Simmons. Love the way this track evolves – has some fly keys thrown atop that funk. Dave doesn’t water his bars at all, which I love; I hate cats trying to switch up their styles to “fit” different tempos. Do you, regardless of the tempo. My only wish? I need an extended version of this!
Bonus Beats Dave Ghet "On The Run Freestyle"
Wake Up + On The Run (Freestyle) by Dave Ghet
B Breaks "Someone Important": Here’s some interesting shit from Las Vegas way. 20 year old B Breaks drops off this cut from Wingless Pigeons // Brent Wraps. I’m not sure who dude is, so I don’t know if his chants of being “someone important” are braggadocio or reality. Like a great man said, though, you can speak things into being, so I’m not mad at ALL. What I personally fuck with in this track is the fact that the feel is more someone rhyming over their garage band guitarist’s riffing than someone really getting fat beats. Instead of blowing the party up with this, this is more of a dusty reel made at 3AM, after many of the “in-crowd” leaves and a core group of in-the-know patrons are sitting in a dimly lit rec room, passing a bong and just styling. Who knows what the rest of homey’s output is like, but I’d like more of THIS than some of the ish that’s out. Diversity, bitches.
Chill Moody ft. 5Grand "Open Up Ya Eyes" (prod. by Jahlil Beats): I recently got introduced to Chill Moody, and honestly wasn’t expecting this. It almost reminds me of when I first got introduced to Wiz Khalifa – off a cheesey sample. I won’t front – I’m not a fan of Jahlil’s beat. I understand that the BPM is making him use that loop at a certain speed, but it annoys me. On the flipside, though, this has potential to really touch the radio. It has that sheen of shit I could see cats mobbing to in the club. Philly’s got a lot of different zones, and this spaced-out trunk rattler has it’s place.
Dutch New York "Broadway Show" (prod. by Broadway): I swear, DNY loves that araabMuzik sound – he might as well link up with araab and get the authentic block bangin’ shit, instead of the duplicated shit. This shit can be kind of intoxicating, and I figure if I was ¾ into a bottle of O.E., I’d be hypnotized. Sober? I’m nodding but not swerving. DNY is raw, though. Dude’s got that concrete hard flow. Sounds like anthems he spits while whippin’ up the babies.
Bonus Beats Rockwell Knuckles You're Fuckin' Out, I'm Fuckin' In
Kyle Rapps "Me" (prod. by Kev Brown): Jersey’s own is on his Re-Edutainment shit, dropping some shit that I need to blast in my hood to wake the dumb up. Dude took the success in his life and doesn’t sound like he’s boasting – he doesn’t have a full head or bloated ego; hell, he’s more apt to show you how to do it, too, than brag on his accomplishments. Within the scene today, that’s fucking DIFFICULT to find, so I’m glad we could hear him reppin’ himself and making you, the listener, feel good is just grand. Re-Edutainment drops tomorrow, March 29th.
Hodgy Beats "Mystery" (prod. by Bambeeno): Thank you, Hodgy. Thank you for keeping your cool, being you and riding with this OFWGKTA ship. I feel like so many people get caught up with Tyler and Earl (for good reason), and assume (incorrectly) that all OF is “horrorcore”, as if they are spitting shit as terrifying as Brotha Lynch Hung or worse than
Eminem Slim Shady (I don’t know if OF has done anything as disturbing, content-wise, as shit like “’97 Bonnie & Clyde”, FWIW). On this recently-leaked cut, Hodgy shows that OF is essentially just young niggas making quality music, not young niggas specifically trying to scare old niggas. Dude knows how to ride a beat and showcase his personality on any beat he touches, be it something dark and brooding or more flute-driven. No word on where this ends up, and really, who cares? You got it. Wolf Gang. Free Earl.
Nametag ft. Guilty Simpson "Raw-Dirty-Filth" (prod. by Nameless): This is perfect. This track has a solid, West Coast-feel in the synth and melody, adding to the lazy drums perfectly. Nametag sets shit off, and I hope I’m not disrespecting, but beats like this are MADE for Guilty, who doesn’t disappoint at all. Something to vex to while mid-cipher with your crew – I dare a nigga to get mad when you run this one back! DubMD says this is the lead leak from ‘Tag’s Classic Cadence Vol. 3: End Credits, the end of the Classic Cadence trilogy. Vol. 3 is due out May 23rd, and features Nametag alongside cats like Black Milk, Flawless Tracks and more, with a grip of freestyles, collaborations and remixes, as per usual.