I don't really post "behind the scenes" videos that often, but I had to throw this one up. It's from the two-take session that birthed "This Is Anger", which Nappy and I have some slick plans for. Sorting out some remixes and such. You'll hear some of that heat we're holding when it's ready to go down. Big up Definate for sorting this one out.
Archive for 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011
Love this title. I actually had a marink beat that I wanted someone to spit on for FiF, and while I’m praying that shit still comes to fruition, it never got sorted. That happens a lot, though. I’ve got mad reviews, mixes and other ideas that start out well, and never get completed. BBAS affiliate marink took that concept and ran with it – I’m hoping he actually had more tracks to go on this and just said “fuck it”, but who knows. I get like that sometimes, finish writing and let the people sort it out. Too much shit be going on. But you already know what the fuck I’m talking
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Respect to the REUP crew for providing a mixtape featuring nothing but female spitters. We all feel the void within the game – not really sure what the problem is. I could say that “the industry only fucks with Nicki Minaj/Lil Kim types”, but that’s not how it always was. I grew up in an era where a Yo-Yo video would be in constant rotation, as well as ladies like Isis, Queen Latifah, Miss Melody, Monie Love, MC Lyte and PLENTY more. Over the last couple of years, though, we’ve seen a number of ill women getting love for their talent, many of whom are featured on this project, including L.A., Dominique Larue, RAtheMC, SigNif, Syren and even a special jam from the one and only Rah Digga. This mixtape answers the 2011 remix of the age-old question “where the ladies at”, and with the obvious talent left off (Eternia, for one), we can only hope a Volume 2 is on the way!
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Cyclops "Going Nowhere Fast" (prod. by Tokyo Cigar): A lot of you might’ve been introduced to Cyclops on FiF, which is dope – I also didn’t know about homey until I got submissions for the project! I like dude’s realness – not too many cats follow up lines about wanting to get a salary from Rap with mentions of taking Benadryl for their allergies. It’s hard to throw your dreams up against your reality, you feel me? Know how many days I wish I could stop sitting behind a desk in an air-conditioned company to be sweating behind a desk at home, writing to my heart’s content? My own personal goals aside, this cut is part of a bundle that Cy’s working on for his forthcoming mixtape with DJ Jay Skillz. Not sure when we’re dropping this, but be on the lookout. I ride for dude’s honesty.
Don McLennon "Down.": I believe I got into Lennon’s shit when I first discovered TheHipHopEffect, and while the posts I first fucked with are gone from THHE’s archives, McLennon felt the need to hook me up with this new leak, taken from his 1992 EP. This is dude flippin’ the Living Legends’ “Never Fallin’” cut. I was never a huge fan of the Living Legends, but I was 18 once, and definitely feel what neph is spittin’ on this. Nice funky synth on the bottom end, matched up very nicely with the piano atop. Those years are make or break for a lot of cats – send this one out to those who are going through the struggle; know that life’s hard. You gotta work harder.
Daví "That Thump (New Music In Yo Ear)": Not that I’m gonna compare Daví to Prince, but the lo-fi fuzzy bass, snare cracks and those random keys had me feeling like I was dancing in Paisley Park or some shit. The influences are definitely some 80s Funk style, from actual lyrical content to the whole vibe. Like neph is going to have to make a video shot entirely on VHS to make this one perfect. Daví’s a choreographer that’s worked with loads of people (Kerry Washington, Craig Robinson and Cubic Zirconia, among others), and is using that work to help mold the music he’s making. I respect the idea of mixing genres, and when homey says he wants to pull from George Clinton, M.I.A. and DâM-FunK, you can tell someone’s being forreal. Some funk that you might need to save for Friday night, while you’re in the midst of a serious trip – or about ready to put the head in.
Rob Yung "LoveDon'tLiveHereAnymore" (prod. by Nefarious!): I almost cringe when someone hits me with a bio that says things like the artist “is the complete package of Hip-Hop now and forever”. While I get that cats need to be confident, I feel that it’s the people who make that decision. I won’t sa comments like that will kill someone from even being heard, but I wouldn’t put that in my own bio. Maybe I’m lacking in confidence, though. Rob’s just “a kid from the suburbs” of Long Island, and on this Nefarious! track, he blends a nice flow with a classic sample. There’s not much that’s “new” about this, and truthfully, I’m stumped as to why this track is so short – I figured a student of Nas would’ve tackled that obvious sample and pen a nice story. I’ll keep my ears out for homey, regardless.
JSWISS "Specialize": Following up his strong showing with Out Of State Intuition, JSWISS resurrects his New Music Mondays series, which he had going on from July-October of last year. This time he picks up a Pete Rock fucking GEM and adds his own flavor to it. With the temps climbing to where they sat this afternoon, this is something nice for the early evening ciphers (rhyme or dutch) you might be partaking in right about now. One of the nicest from the new(er) school.
Rickie Jacobs "Did It On 'Em Freestyle": Rickie got a lot of play over the last week - mad spots posted "Malcolm X", but none of them let niggas know that it dropped on FiF. I'm not mad, just glad a nigga I had been representing for a minute got his name up there. Hopefully he can parlay that love into some other shit, you feel me? And with him destroying beats from Nicki? So necessary. While "Malcolm X" was more raw unadulterated Hip-Hop shit, this is some skraight nignorance, and it sounds so ill. Nigga shitted on the beat like disgusting fetishes. Keep it locked to nephew's work, young'n.
I love when people use today’s technology to craft albums. Back in the early to mid ‘90s, unless you had the ability to travel, you wouldn’t be able to make music with those you fucked with in distant lands. Hell, you might not even know some cats existed! These days, trading Pro Tools sessions or, hell, just sending acapella .wav files is nothing. Anyone can collaborate, and in using BBM/AIM/e-mail or whatever, themes can be cultivated states and countries apart. Now, UllNevaNo and Logic did the same thing, and while they’re not that far apart, it’s just great to know that dream collabos are just a broadband connect away. Their free EP dropped today, via mixbullies, and is a great primer for Ull and Logic’s forthcoming album, Protocol. Nothing but pure Hip-Hop – great samples, rhymes etched in composition notebooks that are stuffed in Jansports, and overall fly alternative shit to what’s currently poppin’ on the radio. You know, if you’re into that sort of thing.
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Sahtyre "Cat Daddy Freestyle": It’s funny, I’ve played the shit out of “Nosiree” off of the latest Hellfyre Club tape, so I’m glad Sahtyre dropped a new freestyle on the ‘Net. Apparently this track leaked prematurely, but instead of getting aggy, he let the world enjoy this definition of
Norcal rhyme excellence over a quirky, ever-changing beat. Something fun to learn the words to and bounce to with your like-minded bredren in the whip. Trust.
Signif ft. Phil G & Haz Solo "Round Here": Lovin’ the beat here – reminds me of the way Tricky would sample shit. Keeping random noises in there (sounds like a chick is inhaling towards the end of the loop), and the bounce thrown in with the more hypnotic feel is so necessary. Kind of surprised how hardcore these three bring it – wasn’t expected, gun cocks and all. This is taken from Sig’s Significant Wi(z)dom EP, which is due out later this month. Oil up your gats to this.
Kyle Hubbard "Around The Way" (prod. by Djay Cas): I fuck with Hubbard for this one – I definitely ride for a few things, but never feel like I fit in, so a Houston anthem from a cat who’s admittedly not stereotypically “Houston” is right up my alley. Hell – the beat isn’t even what you’d think when the Htown sound comes up – but you could grip your wood grain to this and po a few up to it. Not sure what the home Hubb has going on, but I hope he attacks his next couple of projects with the honesty shown here.
Theo Martins "The Spotlight": When he’s not wowing a new set of tastemakers, or starting up book clubs, Theo Martins is here noodling over electronic ecstasy, then letting it go for free. On the first leak since the well-received Sincerely Yours, The Dance Floor, this track sounds like a reflection on a really exquisite night, full of mountains of blow and fishnet dreamcatchers. Beverly Hills nightlife (it feels like, anyways). Some shit Theo needs to remake with someone like Lady Gaga. Homey is that agile, he’d be able to make it work – then keep it pushing. Homey got some good post-SXSW accolades via URB recently, and is embarking on spot dates in Boston and NYC in April. Go shake his hand and offer him a line, clown.
J.Nolan "Made It Out Alive" (prod. by oriJanus): Following up the surprising Loose Files mixtape, J.Nolan comes out swinging, this time with Pac in the intro. oriJanus comes correct with the beat, too – starts out sly, then gets ramped up and is a really understated banger. There’s a lot going on, especially when he comes with those scattered drums and such. J.Nolan details some struggle in his life, but still looks towards brighter days, instead of drowning sorrows or holding ninas to his dome. If you’re feeling nice, cop this for a buck, schmuck. And be on the lookout for Nolan’s Chaos Theory LP.
Danny! "Where Is Danny?": What a difference a random disappearance makes. I remember when Where Is Danny? leaked back in November 2009, Def Jux was still operating as a label, and Danny Swain's star was about to rise, but guess what? Either a planned leak or a journalist's slip caused his album to get pushed back. Since then, I'd not heard much from Swain, aside from a fly appearance on Von Pea's album, and got word today from Danny that the nigga not only got signed to Interscope recently, but will be re-releasing Where Is Danny?, featuring nothing but beats he produced himself, due to the fiasco with the leak causing a rift. If you have that, enjoy it, and if you need it, let a aggin know. Expect an interview w/ Swain on this very blog in the near future, as we'll try to shed some light on things, and prep for his ascension.
Apollo The Great "John (If I Die Today) Freestyle": Here’s some “real nigga shit” over a big body beat from Jersey’s own. Apollo hops on Weezy’s “John” instrumental (at least, that’s what I’m told – I don’t fuck with Weezy enough to know fat bottom bass like this) to give you niggas something to spazz to while he’s out on the Left Coast for some show dates. ATG’s been getting a lot of praise, for good reason: if you want that real street shit right now, the best to hit up are Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Maffew Ragazino and Apollo The Great, in my opinion. Need these four on a track entitled “The Four Horsemen”, with Ric Flair tough promo talk in the intro. Someone make that happen! Apollo and DJ Omega have a new project, Apollo 21 on the horizon. How can I be down is the question…
PreZZure "Bust Dat Ass" [clean | dirty]: The homey PreZZ is back to get his pockets fatter than Amber’s ass over a classic drum roll and chant, taken from The Reset Button. There’s something refreshing about PreZZure’s whole demeanor, no matter what track he gets on. Proper levels of braggadocio, flavor and ability. And raunch – the place where he likes to play “hide the salami” makes me appreciative that he’s included a clean version as well. I’m not sure when The Reset Button drops, but you better save anything you already have out there, b/c homey is about to totally revamp the game.
As I sip my Red Stripe and revel in the fact that RTD is in its fifth year right now, I wanted to highlight two blogs that do the damn thing and are also celebrating thangs. Rizoh sent over word that TheRapUp.net just turned 6 years young TODAY! While I'd not known Rizoh back then, his site was one of the first that I latched onto when I started following these Hip-Hop blogs, trying to figure out where new media was taking this thing. The site's morphed over the years, but Rizoh's blend of humor and facts, as well as skrong-ass opinions, has helped TRU flourish. The TRU Brain Trust helps, as well, with a number of talented writers helping support the site's original vision and it's growth.
A younger site, YNotMyDream.net, celebrated it's two-year anniversary the other day, and I wanted to give Ant some props. I remember when his blogspot.com address got ganked; I was at an ill Nets basketball game, tweeting during the boring parts, and kept my eye on dude's site. We share the same taste(s) in Hip-Hop, and we're even helping present RayDawn's Controlled Chaos 2 mixtape on the 29th. Anyways - it's always great to big up sites that are doing the damn thing regardless of what the next nigga is doing, so Salute! And if you want to help celebrate, YNMD and Blue Note collab'd for a limited-edition (count: 48) t-shirt that you can cop NOW!
Po it up and get your celebration ON!
Billy Woods "Good Times Had By All" (prod. by A.M. Breakups): AM Breakups has been catching my ear lately – these are the kind of beats that got me through all of the muck and bullshit during my HS years. Billy is part of the Super Chron Flight Brothers, and breaks down a trunk load of thoughts and feelings over this dreary riddim. This is taken from the Cowardly Threats & Hideous Cruelty mixtape, which I hope touches down soon. It’s funny, the shit you have to laugh at at times in your life. Keeps the hurt out, or for my wife, keeps the tears away. I don’t even know. Just throw this on loop for like 20 minutes, or however long it takes you to smoke that spliff 2/3 of the way down, and shut the fuck up. Once that 20 minutes goes by, if you don’t bust a giggle at something – ANYTHING – find something.
01 Billy Woods - Good Times Had By All (Prod. A.M. Breakups) by backwoodzstudioz
Bonus Beats Super Chron Flight Brothers ft. Lord Superb, Pastense & HiCoup "42nd St. (A.M. Breakups Remix)"
02 Super Chron Flight Brothers - 42nd St. feat. Lord Superb, Pastense & HiCoup (A.M. Breakups Remix) by backwoodzstudioz
DaVinci ft. ST 2 Letta "Get Her High" (prod. by Lunice): Random. Lunice has been getting love, randomly, in varying spots on the Internets, but I didn’t realize this Montreal producer was doing Hip-Hop – this is actually his 2nd credit inna Hip-Hop raincoat. His beat is fly, kind of subdued – almost as if it’s waiting to go HAM if someone says “go”, but the lowkey feel works for the bedroom eyes that DaVinci and ST have in their raps. Not too much of a fan of what’s going on here, lyrically, but when you’re face down in some muff, drunk off pussy juice and Henny, you’re not really hearing much music, right? Get it? Because her thick thighs are around your ears!
Starkey ft. Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca "Holodeck (Three Dollar Pistol Remix)": Curly and Zilla are a deadly combination, and I feel lucky that I’ve heard the heat these cats have sitting on deck. Word is Zilla and Starkey know each other for a while, so I guess it’s logical that that fact, mixed with Zilla and Curly’s excursions into the Bass Music realm, would birth shit like this. This is one of my favorite sounds from Starkey, marrying the proper street bass vibe in the low-end with some proper fury on the strings. Some real homegrown Grime, if you think about it. Screwed vocals is a nice touch as well. This is all wins.
Starkey - Holodeck feat Curly Castro & Zilla Rocca (Three Dollar Pistol Remix) by ZillaRoccaNoir
Jelani "Ok, You're Up" (prod. by Durkin): Druk brought the drums out for Jelani, who heard this instrumental and almost instantly daydreamed of it being performed live. He says the inspiration from that drove him while writing, and hell – you can feel the energy of a packed-house, hands in the air in appreciation for a skilled MC ripping up the stage in front of them. I’m at work now and the trace scent of mary jane is wafting through the… wait, that’s just the mailroom. Jelani is coming correct with the gems, can’t wait for what this all is leading up to!
This week's episode goes in on the recent Mister Cee scandal, which has everyone from Howard Stern to Elliott Wilson talking. Dante Ross also stops by. You already know...
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The Combat Jack Show 4-6-11 (Dante Ross) by PNCRadio
Camp Lo "TNT (Dynamite Love)" (prod. by Apple Juice Kid): With the 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s mixtape recently leaked, TSS decided to throw out a previously-unreleased sly one from The Lo(-ah). AJK comes correct with some skraight out of the Blaxploitation-sounding sample, while Sonny and Geechi break down some of those dynamite ladies in their past. You can hear the symmetry of great MCs and the perfect complimentary producer. Not much room for effort – the random sample thrown atop some fawn-ky drums. Can you dig it?
Apollo Brown ft. Oddisee "The Times": Following in fellow MMG member Has-Lo’s footsteps, Oddisee flips one of Apollo Brown’s Clouds’ into a commentary on the changes going on in Sudan / Northern Africa (Oddisee is half-Sudanese). You might not know much about what’s going on over there, so use this cut as a proper introduction, and get your politics up, fam. And on the release-tip, Odd’s Odd Seasons deluxe edition is due out May 17th on CD/vinyl/digital download.
Daddy Nino "Players": Bowie flips one of my favorite Dilla instrumentals to kick some more story-driven raps. Flipping the “playaaaaaaaaa” in the beat, Nino concocts a story about those females who are stacked in the donk, the chest and the brain, and their realization of guys sniffin’ pussy blocks away allows them to kick proper game and run niggas for whatever they can get. With so many niggas claiming to be players, I always laughed when realizing how much them niggas were the ho’s and getting played. Not mad at anyone who can get their hustle on.
In preparation for Mayhem's upcoming "Early May 3 - More Retro" mixtape, I bring you a classic Mayhem joint from circa 05 and one of the first solo songs Mayhem recorded as an EMS member. This is a party joint sure to get the heads knoddin' and the glasses raised. Check it out and turn it up! Early May 3 coming soon....
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Do Ear "Soul Dealers Dub": First, I wanted to say big up to everyone for the love they showed RTD and the FiF compilation – we figured our fifth anniversary would get some love, but the outpouring of support and praise from peers and readers alike was truly astounding. I saw that Do Ear posted a 135BPM edit of their “Soul Dealers” cut, which can be found on FiF, and had to post it. Leaving the Run DMC sample in tact, this duo pitches things down, and actually make a fresh DnB tune even better! This rides the dubstep range, but is way more energetic, and that bassline is hypnotic and just plain HEAVY! Lookin’ to sort out a digi-single from these guys in the near future, so be prepped to hear more flavor from them via RTDLTD!
Soul Dealers Dub (135 Edit) by DO EAR
Moke & Tone "Destiny" (prod. by Illmind): This is one of those moments where I get hype off a SERIOUS beat from one of my favorites (this organ-and-bass lead instrumental has me vibing something ill), then let the lyrics introduce me to two cats I’d not been too up on. Mokeout reps Cali and was born in The Bronx, while the Problemaddicts’ own Tone reps MA. This cut is the second single from their forthcoming album, Shot Heard Round The World, which drops on the 12th of April. Gotta love tracks like this – with so many cats talking about their grind and hustle, you have to wonder – does hard work make destiny, or is it just fate that dictates? I figure you can sculpt anything into being, if you’re ready, so that’s why I do what I can, daily, to keep this ship afloat.
World Champion DJ / record label owner / foodie DJ A-Trak joins the Hype Men to discuss the DMCs + what you do after winning five titles + Sunglasses is a Must + working with Kanye + who he really was supposed to DJ for on Rocafella + signing Kid Cudi + Nervous Records + why Duck Sauce used the name "Barbra Streisand" + DJ AM + so much more!
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Bonus Beats A-Trak ft. Donnis, Pill, Danny Brown & CyHi Da Prynce "Ray Ban Vision (Remix)" [via DDotOmen]
Via Al Lindstrom: "The Allindstrom.com team took a trip up to XL Records to talk with Odd Future's manager Chris Clancy. In the interview, we talk about how he got his start at MCA records, and eventually started working with Steve Berman and Interscope. His first project with Jimmy Iovene's outfit? Product manager for The Marshall Mathers LP. We then talk about his departure from the label, and finding Odd Future. Finally, we discuss what he has learned from OFWGKTA."
Big S.I.N. "The Illest Man Alive" (prod. by Jackel Hyde): S.I.N. is always consistent. This cats flow always kills me – he’s no nonsense, and attacks the beat the same way – with furious anger and a smirk on the side. The samples in this are wild – Hyde threw in some vintage vibes in the background, nice to rock to. This cut will not only be featured on homey’s The Best of Big S.I.N. mixtape (which drops this month), but will also be found on S.I.N.’s The Soul Of Henrock album, which is due out this summer.
Whitefolkz "Blue Skies" (prod. by Benny Rome): I won’t front – I didn’t know what was going on when this track first kicked in. Feels like Whitefolkz used to dabble in that (def) poetry, as he goes into a different zone, breaking down thoughts as his phone rings, before the Benny Rome bass kicks in and homey kicks it up a notch. There’s a lot going on here, lyrically, bouncing thoughts on his people to plans on making scrilla, ‘Folkz has a lot going on. This second leak from Year of the Dogg shows Whitefolkz’ range, which I’m glad to see.
Mr. Miranda "Ritchie's View": Miranda recently leaked a Rick James tribute, and now opens a different chapter, penning this track from the point of view of Ritchie Valens, who was tragically killed on "The Day The Music Died". This is taken from La Bamba: The Ritchie Valens EP, which will drop on Valens’ birthday (May 13th), and is entirely produced by Mute. Love hearing cats really making ART with this artform.
Spec Boogie "Afrikingstyle": The other day, Spec made a comment about the Loosie Champion Hoods mixtape, which dropped almost five years ago! Crazy to see how long I’ve been rocking to the Lessondary crew, and now Spec is international. And he’s got lines for days – the one that struck me on "Afrikingstyle" is him saying he doesn’t fuck girls who don’t read books (because you can’t get brains from a dumbass, obviously). Dude is BKLYN born and bred, but his craft has him worldwide. Take that journey with him – you’ll be glad you took the trip!
K-SISE "Rewind N Replay" (prod. by Husky): The MC formerly known as Monsta X sent this one over to let us know he’s not affiliated with the Czars anymore, but still fucks with junclassic and is cooking up some intriguing heat with the nigga Husky. Even without the leftfield M.I.C. influence, Sise knows how to marry the unorthodox beat with the dope bars. New name, same quality. Or better.
DJ Solo ft. J-Live "Parts Unknown": I almost had a heart attack when this e-mail came through – I thought this was the Hip-Hop/Dubstep DJ SOLO out of Chitown, but this Solo hails from across the pond. DJ Solo is said to be influential in the Middle Eastern Hip-Hop scene, but it’s really not where you’re from. This sounds like Hip-Hop, no nationality. J-Live is perfect. You could give that nigga any kind of heat and he’ll throw you a gem, as he’s done here. Feels like the perfect track to help usher in the proper Spring weather, right? Solo’s Who Is Wriggly Scott? album is on the way...
DJ I-Dee ft. Eli Porter "Part-Time MC (Shiftee Remix)": This track came out of NOWHERE, and while I kind of wish I-Dee got Eli for the official video, we get the hybrid sound of Shiftee on this remix. Has that low-end sub, but isn’t necessarily dubstep or anything. Love that jungle-vibe Shiftee throws in there. E Dolla FTW, everyday. That nigga is #winning. How much is he charging?
Blitz the Ambassador ft. Les Nubians "Dear Africa": My memories of Les Nubians are from listening to their album while in my mom’s car. She loved that first disc, uncharacteristically. I had been seeing their name pop up as of late, and love that Blitz called upon them to help set this organic letter to Africa off. Setting the record straight, charting a new path from our generation to the fam over there. I’d like to hear them perform this with the Roots, on some eight minute excursion shit. Has a real great feel to it. Big up Mama Africa. Blitz’s album, Native Sun, drops on May 6th, and features more authentic African sounds. Les Nubians also has a new one coming, Nu Revolution, which is due out April 19th.
The fact that Tyler has to explain that his music isn't just about rape makes me realize that when I was rockin' subversive shit back in the mid to late '90s, I was right - aboveground fucks didn't get it. What's even better is Tyler doesn't even WANT to be underground love. Killin' me. Via Rap Radar.