Archive for 03/01/2011 - 04/01/2011
K-SISE "Player Shoes": After assuming a new name, the nigga formerly known as Monsta X is back with a new one! This is for the niggas who rock Stacy Adams and have no problem chatting chicks up whenever, wherever. I was never good at just kickin’ it to chicks. Maybe it’s because I never had on the right shoes. I always talked to females and ended up being like “why are we bullshitting?”, but never went into a convo like “I’m bout to chat her up and smash”. Don’t know why. Also don’t know what K-SISE has poppington after this, so I’m just gonna open a window and let the sun shine in.
MiLKMEN "Real Deal" (prod. by Mistah Sandman): 2011 finds the MiLKs still smashin’ shit – this cut is kind of club-ready, you feel me? Something different enough and bangin’ enough to have the chicks winding and the guys brushing their shoulders off. The MiLKs have their Preview EP dropping in two weeks, but don’t trip – they also have their Far From Perfect mixtape on the horizon as well. No mirage.
Hollywood Floss "Take Notice": The New Houston fam are definitely working hard. This cut was leaked via a project Flawse has with TheHipHopEffect, where music’s Nat Turner will be dropping tracks on THHE every few weeks, and once they feel enough jams are dropped, they will be compiled into a mixtape. This should be happening about twice a week or something, although I know this dropped a lil bit ago and I didn’t get anything new. Be on the lookout for Stray Shots Vol. 1 regardless.
Wais P ft. Maffew Ragazino & Ras Kass "The Perfect Bitch" (prod. by Shuko): The track title is pretty self-explanatory, as these three adept lyricists play Dr. Frankenstein and break down how to construct their perfect female. Don’t let that artwork fool you, though – their females will have elbows and thighs and shit, too. You know how it is, though – there’s certain things that the eyes of guys flock to. They flipped this kind of like a “Dreams” 2011, but not just with R&B chicks – more like flipping through your favorite gossip websites and drooling over the females there. Wais P’s It’s In the Game mixtape is on the way, while producer Shuko’s The Foundation 2 is in the works – and this cut plays double duty, as it’ll be featured on both projects!
Jermiside "That Money" (prod. by The Jake): I LOVE when worlds collide. Lessondary fam Jermiside tackles this inspiring instrumental from The Jake, expounding on one of the more important things in life: money. I’m a broke ass, and while money doesn’t rule my life, it’s necessary. Cats will say “it’s only money” – tell me that story when rent’s due, or the lightman is about to cut your shit off. Money makes this country go ‘round, and while you might not be thinking about it 100% of your day, don’t act like it’s on the backburner daily.
Rich Quick "Do It To Death": Not sure who Rich Quick is, but the fam over at Exponent Ent. Sent this over, so I’m assuming neph is from the Philly area. He caps off on this Statik Selektah BANGER and lets you lames know how he puts in his work (spoiler alert: he’s a hard worker). This is taken from his forthcoming I’m With The DJ mixtape, which is hosted by DJs NoPhrillz and Benja Styles. Is Rich in great hands? Definitely.
Dutch New York ft. Pistol Da One "Say My Name Twice" (prod. by Max Dollas): Damn – Dutch sounds like he’s ready for war on this one. I love how you can go to him for a certain sound; if you’re trying to harken back to what the Diplomats gained their fanbase with, you need this. The last grip of tracks I’ve gotten from him have had that flood of hi-hats and that hint of weed-soaked braggadocio. Dutch and Pistol will make you puff out your chest and start buckin’ at that nigga across the club/street/supermarket that you’re not fucking with. Music to whip babies to.
Some of you sites are funny. Don't even know a good thing when its sitting on your hard drive. I've been rockin' to Rob's bars for a bit. Dude has more of an intellectual flavor to his shit. He ain't beating you over the head with SAT words or anything, but he takes a bit more time in constructing his rhymes and truly gives a fuck about putting people onto something more than how ill he is or how fine his bitch is. Stories, lessons, life gems. Dude's on it, and I guess that's why Kevin Nottingham put him on. Or maybe cats just want to capitalize and be "ahead of the curve". Who knows. Dude's a proper Rap Phenomenon, and I'm gathering a number of you cats will still sleep. New Houston is doing it - I bet if Bun B co-signed Jay, yall would be all over it. #runtellthat
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JSWISS ft. P. Rob "View": JSWISS revisits a classic De La instrumental for this week's Monday treat (+2 for IDing the beat). Some shit to kick back, crack a brew and puff a tight L to. I love how SWISS tackles the problem with mediocre music taking center stage these days. "Eff 'em" is a great way to look at that shit... but making and leaking fire shit is a better weapon.
Special 4/20 edition of the Combat Jack show - while I imagine CJ, Dallas and the crew have done the show on reefer before, but to have the show fall on 4/20? Legendary. Benhameen also gets busy with his track selections. You should already know, though.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (4/20/2011) [via PNC Radio]
The Combat Jack Show 4-20-11 (420 Edition) by PNCRadio
If you fucked with Trebles and Blues The Blue Note, you might want to look into the recent Kickstarter that's launched. Homey's asking for $1500 to provide a physical release, with special artwork, wall posters and more. This is going until the 19th of May, so you might as well get involved, y'all.
After building MAD anticipation, the NU Revolution camp has brought forth Whitefolkz' new mixtape, Year of the Dogg, showing the multifaceted fury that 'Folkz brings to the game. I personally dig that he does the majority of this dolo - aside from a pair of posse cuts and a Pro'Verb feature, this 12-track release is an all-'Folkz party. He brings some boisterous banger, some more sentimental songs and some skraight up Club smashers. Dude's got it on lock - this could definitely be his year! Don't sleep!
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Not sure what got Noreaga in the spirit - love the play on the holiday and the fucked the fuck up weather, though. While your kids are off snacking on chocolate and enjoying fanciful stories of candyman rabbits, N.O.R.E. got that pure criddack, with beats from Scram Jones, The Neptunes, Hazardis Soundz, Digga and more. Big up to 57th Ave for this adult Easter treat.
DOWNLOAD N.O.R.E. NOREaster [mirror]
Statik and Sear sorted out a sick mix of NYC Club classics from the '80s - perfect for your Saturday jam. Or you BBQ. Or your pre-game. Word is a '90s mixtape like this is forthcoming. Shouts to Nah Right.
DOWNLOAD Statik Selektah & Lord Sear Open Bar Classics Vol. 1: The 80's
Wifey put me onto this, figured I'd post this up for you tri-state heads out there. Eric Roberson will be performing live - should be a treat, yeah? Also see that the homey DJ Books (who must be putting in WORK here in Trenton) and DJ Swell are on the bill, too. Hit up Eardrum to purchase tickets.
Here's the newest/latest seduction suite from Trackstar the DJ's Still Dreamin' mixtape series. Featuring the lovely voice of Jimetta Rose on hosting duties, we get tracks from Black Spade, Gil Scott-Heron, Quadron, The Roots, Coultrain, Jaspects, Lauryn Hill, as well as Jimetta herself. Roll a pinner with your lady, get dizzy high and fuck away the dizzy spell. Or is that too raw for early evening?
DOWNLOAD Trackstar the DJ Still Dreamin' 7
Joe Stu "On My Way" (prod. by D.R.U.G.S.): Let's start the weekend... now. Love when niggas combine some reggae/dancehall into some fat bottom tracks. My niggas over at Dot Got It put me onto this, and I'm glad they did. This is some shit that drops when you're just starting to feel that liquor/weed buzz you're working on. That shit that makes you throw your glass against the wall and start vibing to. Proper waist-winding shit. Lovin' this one. Be on the lookout for an album from Joe and D.R.U.G.S., nahmean?
You recently heard the extended version of "Chain Reaction", as well as saw the video for "By The Block". Now, Lyle Horowitz brings you the special Auteur: Director's Cut, a revamped version of the 2009 release. In this, you get five remastered tracks from the original, five remix/amended versions of Auteur cuts, as well as the video for "By The Block", iPod-ready to rock. I know 4/20 was a few days away, but this shit requires an open mind, a potent spliff, and time to digest, forrealsies. This is a dope release to get you ready for Lyle's Smiles Of A Summer Night, which features Fresh Daily, PreZZure, Charles Hamilton, P. Hall and many more artists. Firestarter.
DOWNLOAD Lyle Horowitz Auteur: Director's Cut
M-Dot "The Difference" (prod. by Soulslicers): I’d love to be like “coming off the smash interview we did with M-Dot earlier this week”, but I imagine this track was going to leak regardless. You really should peep the Q&A, though, we went in. ANYWAYS, the Soulslicers recently dropped a free EP entitled Before The Album, which featured this track, the second single from the Soulslicers’ Boost Da Soul LP, which drops in May 2011. These Swiss beatsmiths cooked up some crack for M-Dot to blaze through. True dope. The free EP features Quite Nyce as well. Just download the whole fucking thing, then watch out for the video, which was shot in fucking Geneva! Say word!
MCMF "Hello" (prod. by Kajmir Royale): I won't front - the hook on this threw me off. Didn't know if I had some Drake on or something, bonce MCMF went into the first verse, I knew I had the right track. This is one of those anthems you blast by yourself, speeding to your destination on the highway, reflecting on the nonsense in life and truly pointing the middle finger to the fucking haters out there. This cut is taken from MCMF's I Can Rap mixtape. Word is he's got an album with Spa on deck, although no word on a release for that is on the table - as of yet. Keep it locked, haters!
STS ft. Joell Ortiz & Dave Guy "The People (Remix)" (prod. by Sean C & LV): RTD recently celebrated five years of doing the damn thing, and one guy I need to shout is STS, as he’ll hold the distinction of dropping the first freestyle that included “rockthedub” in it. Over a MF Doom beat. WAAAAY before a lot of you guys picked up on his bars. Since then, he’s gone on to do a LOT of things, including linking with the Money Making Jam Boys and being featured on the latest album from The Roots, and recently the “G.O.L.D. Edition” of his Demand More series dropped, collecting all of the original recordings off the entire series, and this remix is the icing on that cake. Nice way to close out that chapter, nahmean? I know you’ve got some green left – roll up your remaining buds into one big spliff and cool out to this horn-driven slapper. Ortiz and STS go off, of course. Blam. #diehardfansdemandmore
Nicki Minaj "Girls Fall Like Dominoes (Distance Remix)": I was actually talking to the homegirl Tye about dubstep's possible acceptance in the US, and how much easier it should be for dubstep to blend with mainstream US charts, tempo wise - moreso than Drum & Bass or other forms of EDM. And this brilliant (dare I say THUGSTEP-y) remix of Minaj's latest falls into my lap. This is taken from the UK dig-single, and is massive. Distance throws a dirty bass underneath Nicki's bars. Her voice fits well in these kinds of situations. DJ Nappy was right - 5 years ago!
We missed last week's EMS x RTD ThrowBack Thursday, but this week Rev has hooked up a sick mixtape from Desco, who you might have seen mentioned in M-Dot's interview earlier this week: "So I missed last week due to being overwhelmed with all the great projects we have coming for ya'll but to make up for it I have a special treat for Week 23. A Full Mixtape (yet again) from EMS new comer, Desco. You've heard him on tracks with the EMS crew before but now Desco brings you his first solo mixtape "La Cruda Verita" or "The Hard Truth" a culmination if older cuts and new gems premiering on RockTheDub.com and ft. Krumb Snatcha, M-Dot, EMS w/production by Skammadix, Kore, DJ Don Chito, Will C, Groove and more!"
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Amazing eyewear designer Kerin Rose joins the Hype Men to discuss working with Lady Gaga, Rihanna, Snoop Dogg + interning at Complex magazine + people who wear sunglasses in the club + the shutter shades phase + apl.de.ap going blind + her father running out of the house with two rifles + sleepovers with Kid Sister + the esteemed Supreme ad campaign + 3 Dollar Bill, Y'all and much more!
DOWNLOAD Hype Men Podcast, Episode 36: Kerin Rose
Prodigy stopped by the Hot 97 Morning Show to chop it up about a few points in his book, his current status with G-Unit and on what Jay had to say about him during an episode of Juan Epstein. Rosenberg was nice enough to include both segments, as well as the full unedited raw file. Boom.
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Bonus Beats Prodigy The Ellsworth Bumpy Johnson EP [via Complex]
I was never that into Curren$y. I heard both Pilot Talk albums and thought some of it was cool ("Audio Dope II", etc.), but listening to Curren$y was kind of like smoking with Curren$y - I'd get too high in the beginning, then midway through the session, I was ready for a nap. When I heard he and Alchemist had an EP dropping today, I was definitely intrigued. Then I heard "Scottie Pippen" and was in awe. Amazing track, although I have a feeling that if Spitta was spitting on anything other than ALC beats, I wouldn't be so into it. Anyways, this joint EP (no pun intended) dropped today via Diamond Supply. Shouts to Nah Right for the alternate links.
DOWNLOAD Curren$y & Alchemist Covert Coup EP [mirror]
At 12PM PST today, the DJ Quik x T.I.T.S. collaborative t-shirt is being released. If you like classic West Coast Hip-Hop and beautiful, scantily clad ladies (and streetwear), this should be right up your alley. Head on over to Quik's "Quik E-Mart" (clever) and cop this tee for $30. Then go cop The Book Of David. Or some sour. Or all three - it's 4/20!
As you should know, The Two. Fifteens like to lace RTD with some sick mixes - primarily two tough mixes from the last couple of Halloweens. For this special 4/20 mix, they went in with a dub-wise mentality, not only dropping some of their own gems, but also throwing in tracks from Roy Ayers, DJ Quik, King Midas Sound, Black Chow and plenty more sick artists. You might wanna load up the finest in that special bong of yours take a proper pull to this.
DOWNLOAD The Two. Fifteens - Inhale/Exhale (4/20 Mix)
The first BassBoost mix dropped back in March, and now the homey Sol.ID hooks up a special mix, covering loads of Bass-filled genres, from Hip-Hop to Drum & Bass. Expertly, I might add. If you like your mixes properly mixed, chief whatever you're planning on smoking and get this 4/20 thing poppin' EARLY.
Hopefully you guys heard Mister Cee's Throwback At Noon from yesterday, where he did an all-Gangstar mix in tribute to Guru's passing. He announced that DJ Premier was going to be touching down at Hot 97 for Flex's show last night, and earlier today, djpremierblog.com posted the audio from Preemo's tribute. Just like it was last year, this is a celebration. Rest in peace, Guru!
We lost Keith "Guru" Elam last April, and Mister Cee took to the wheels for today's Throwback At Noon to flip a special tribute to the god. 60 minutes of pure Hip-Hop, from one of the finest lyricist, ever. Patricia Elam also spoke with XXL about Guru's life, as well as some movements going on since his passing (there's a movie coming, etc.), while Guru's nephew Justin Ruff spoke with HipHopDX. Word is DJ Premier will be mixing LIVE on Funkmaster Flex's show at 10PM until Midnight, going IN!
DOWNLOAD Mister Cee's Guru Tribute Mix (4/19/2011) [via Rap Radar]
Bonus Beats Craig G ft. Guru "Coming To Get You" [via Nah Right]
Bonus Beats Singapore Kane "Just To Get A Rep (Guru Tribute)"
I always feel bad when Custodian hits me up about these Garden Variety shows that he throws up in North Jersey. They normally happen on Thursday nights, at times where I can't make it for whatever reason, so when I got the Facebook invite from Jermaine about the Garden Variety show going down on the 30th of April at
the 219 Gallery The Galamo at Allen Street (near the Ice Cream Shop) in Trenton, I had to make a note on my BlackBerry calender. Central Jersey Hip-Hop will be in the HOUSE, with cats like Spitatainment, Black Collar Biz, B-Boy Akademy, Venemous3000, Sol Zalez and Jermaine on the bill, with sounds provided by the one and only Divine Drummah... AND an open mic cypher? Not to mention that cats like Kasso will be in the building - all for a $5 donation? I'm in there like swimwear. I'll be snapping some flicks and taking some video - expect some reports from this, no doubt. If you're in the area next Saturday, PLEASE stop through and say whattup. #NJHipHopIzDaMovement!
Big up to Coalmine Records, who celebrates five years of doing the damn thing today with a special compilation, Can You Dig It?, which features 15 tracks including cats like El Da Sensai, Bekay, Brown Bag AllStars, Heltah Skeltah, Custom Made, Skyzoo, Big Noyd, Supernatural and more. Download the freebie, as well as peep the full project right now! Congrats again on five years, Coalmine!
DOWNLOAD One Dae ft. Evidence "Play By Play"
Coalmine Records Presents - 'Can You Dig It?' by Diamond Music Group
King I Divine ft. blctxt "A Smart Black Boy": Last week, King I Divine dropped his Crown Jewelz 3 instrumental LP, which featured a few free jawns, featuring D.Julien, ScienZe and this one with blctxt. Haven’t heard from blc in a bit, so to know that he hasn’t lost a step in this silence is great. King has those beats, to – I had a feeling he’d rock that Jay-Z line, given the title, but wasn’t expecting this at all! Has a Preemo feel with the hook, and blc knows how to manipulate the beat masterfully. Go grab that album!
Bonus Beats King I Divine ft. D.Julien "High"
Geeter "Do It Now" (prod. by Ritchcraft): Ritchcraft’s been noticeably silent, but mainly b/c after dropping 30 video/beat jammies in 30 days leading up to SXSW, it makes sense. He’s sorting a 30 In 30 EP, and this is a release from that project. Never heard of Geeter before, but the story is while working with Kayo, Ritch brought in Geeter to sort a 16, but the combination of Geeter’s dynamic voice and content lead to him going in dolo. This is that Soul music – touches you right in the core and keeps you hooked. Shit, Ritch and Geet might be doing an EP together! Love how things work out...
Geeter - Do It Now (Prod. Ritchcraft) by Ritchcraft
5 Grand "Karma" (prod. by JoeLogic): Here’s a crazy deep track from 5 Grand and JoeLogic from Joe’s We Run Philly charity project, which features cats like Nico The Beast, Hezekiah, Schoolly D, Tone Trump, Chilly Moody and plenty more Philly spitters, entirely produced by JoeLogic. I’m all about kids being helped through music, so if you are in Philly, or want to support some kids by helping them roll down the right path, get in on this one.
Marc Antoni ft. Laws & Theo Martins "Attempts" (prod. by The TrackSlayerz): Antoni used to be known as Fly-C, and has a new EP dropping entitled Overnight, which will be hosted by DJ Booth, and features (aside from the two nigras on this track) Smoke DZA and Jon Hope, with beats from DJ Pain 1 as well. Love the pianos on this one – you can feel where it allows the pens of these MCs to truly open up and let you know what the fuck is on their mind – whether you’re gonna like it or loathe it. It’s all about constant progression.
Over the last two years, you've probably seen a mixtape, video or random throwback from the EMS Productions crew. We've helped present releases, and just bigged up this Boston-area collective of MCs, DJs, producers and just talented mufuckas. One of the heads of this outfit is M-Dot, who has been representing on his own for a while, be it dropping sick mixtapes or the recent release of Run MPC - dude does it for Hip-Hop, and recently came back from a European tour. I got a chance to speak with him about his beginnings, the beginnings of the EMS crew, and his success. We also get a couple of exclusive pieces of info about what this cat has for the future - and trust, dude's plate is hella full! Two plates! Let's go!
I believe this dropped on Foursquare Day / Record Store Day, but with me being out damn near all day, I didn’t get a chance to sit with this one. Martin’s been hard at work with a number of projects, and while I can’t get him to sort anything out for me, I do like to see the young producer shine. Instrumental release #6 from this Jersey Fresh producer is presented by TastemakersNJ and Dope Couture, and is the first of what looks like a trio of projects – he has a FakeShoreDrive-presented EP with Mic Terror on the horizon, as well as an EP with Vic Mensa. Oh, and a Shine Travis x Dope Couture x 2DBz tape on the way. But fuck all that for a second, dig in deep to these beats. Martin’s got the knack for a dope groove and a tight snare, and showcases that throughout this tape, be it stretched vocal wails on “Let Me Know” to the low-key funk in “Calidaze”, dude can create a mood. Young Jersey stays active.
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JSWISS ft. Azon Blaze "In My Car": JSWISS is keeping his new shit Monday series going on. These two link up to pen a track about an activity that artists – and weed smokers – love to partake in. Taking quality music and bangin’ it in the whip! Literally, first verse is all about windows down, bass knockin’, and great vibes emitting from your vehicle to the open air. One of the best ways to listen to music, really. Hell, bump THIS shit in your whip. Not now but right now!
Reject ft. Ed O.G. "Don't Wanna Hear It" (prod. by Teddy Roxpin): Here’s some Boston-bred Hip-Hop from Reject. Feels like the shit I rocked to a decade-plus ago, just slick, boom bap tracks with cats who let their personality shine perfectly. I feel like I know Reject while listening to this one. He owns this beat and freaks it proper. Ed O’s feature is just icing atop the cake Roxpin made. This single drops on May 10th, with the album (Far From Industry) due out Q4 2011.
hasHBrown allows Jett I. Masstyr to let the beats frohttp://www.blogger.com/img/blank.gifm his Relationsh*t EP do the talkin'. As much as heartache and digging on a honey can be expressed via the spoken word, sometimes you can let the beats can be just as emotive. This instrumental pack even includes a couple of original sample mixes from DJ Flash Gordon Parks.
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Over the past month we had a great run with some very talented and esteemed guests. So for today we’ve decided to fall back and just do us (pause), barbershop talk if you will. I’m not sure but somehow we started talking about our troubled or not-so troubled childhoods (lmao @ Premuim Pete). Obviously I’m not gonna give it away here, you just have to listen to the stream or download below. Salutes to DJ Benhameen for playing all that new heat. Major acknowledgements to our interns Jerome aka “Captain Schnacks” and RiNaldo for the awesome skits/pranks. #Excellence [via PNC Radio]
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The Combat Jack Show 4-13-11 by PNCRadio