Saturday, July 23, 2011
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (7/20/2011) [via PNC Radio]
This shit is bugged. Shouts to Pigeons & Planes.
Dave Raps "Rainin' On U": Dave's really going in on these. Not my favorite choice of beat, honestly, but he does the damn thing. Feels like a Rap'd out '80s vibe, from the driving synth and those weird siren stabs. Some big body beats for cats who know they ain't just sitting around - they shittin' on clowns. #DAVEDAZE!
Dave Raps - Rainin' On U by DAVE_DAZE
This is taken from The Network, which is produced by Marc Mac from 4hero.
Taken from New Balance's Where Are You Running To Next? campaign, which, if you make some custom New Balance 574's through them, will give you 10% off... AND free shipping. I've been rocking my NB's more - now THAT'D be a sponsorship I'd fight for.
Friday, July 22, 2011
Tone ft. Kurt Allen & DJ Theory "Dreams" (prod. by Team Genius): ½ of Moke & Tone came correct with this one. This is some shit to daydream to, seriously. Has that mellow vibe to it, something you can get comfortable to. And that voice that drops in the beat? Feels like someone singing a lullaby. Just some upbeat shit, with Tone adding some of his own dreams into this one, and what he’s learned both from his dreams and because of his dreams. Gotta respect when a track let’s the DJ get his, mid-song. Use your dreams to move you… but don’t sleep your life away. Real progress happens in application.
Nemo Achida "John Stockton" (prod. by Sean "Golden Child" Mangan): You have to hand it to Peter Rosenberg – dude knows dope Hip-Hop when he hears it. I rarely listen to the radio anymore, but word is that this cut has been getting spins on Rosenberg’s “Real Late” program, and for good reason. Taken from Achida’s Goodbye Brooklyn EP, Nemo compares how cats have to live these days (the give and go) to one of the NBA’s all-time great players. Even if he rocked short shorts. I’m not that up on Nemo’s output, but dude’s flow is intriguing – I definitely want to hear more of what dude has to say.
junclassic "Break It Down" (prod. by 730): jun just doesn’t quit, does he?! He sent over this tough jawn that he did with 730, with word that they are actually working on a full-length project together, so let this track from the WeGoinIN/HipHopGame mixtape be a sample of what to expect from their collaborative efforts. What’s odd is, the vibe of this track (probably the piano) makes it feel moodier, but jun sounds like he’s having a fucking ball.
One Eyed Kings ft. Molina, AKIR & Big Samir "Children of the Ghetto" (prod. by Mr. Bostic): On this ode to Philip Bailey’s classic track of the same name (and Spike Lee’s Clockers), this assortment of dope Hip-Hop sounds so smooth over those cool keys. “The life” in the inner-city is as oppressive as the heat that’s leaning on us, but tracks like this, that praise facing your adversity, sound like jumping into a large pool of fresh water. This track won’t change the world – who knows what will do that – but the kids are who we should be doing this for, and we need more themes/anthems to remind us of who it’s really all about.
Taken from Champion Rizla.
Cella Dwellas ft. M.O.P. "I Put It Down" (prod. by Nick Wiz) [clean | dirty]: Well damn – this was unexpected. I was really into the Dwellas back when watching Rap City was an after-school requirement, and they always maintained that “them niggas ill” status throughout their career. Word is they have a new EP on the way, and this Nick Wiz-produced track right here? With the heavy rock riffs and M.O.P.-scratched hook? Danger. Like, if you play this too loud, the Heat Index might rise to a buck fifty. Or you’ll catch a buck fifty for looking at someone wrong.
Dave Raps "Felony": #DAVEDAZE is at number 5, and he takes his talents to “Freaks & Geeks” with “Felony”. I’m actually glad he did this, because I love the beat, but I don’t listen to Childish Gambino, and had no idea who’s original this was. Gambino ripped the beat to pieces, but I don’t like his delivery, so hearing Raps go just as hard but keep it a bit smoother is perfect. 26 more of these #DAVEDAZE jawns on the way, youngin’.
Rich Mahogany “It’s Gotta Be (Custeemix)”: Not too long ago, Rich dropped the “It’s Gotta Be (Rich Mahogany)” video, but the other day, Self uploaded his remix, and Christ. Not to disrespect Olaf’s instrumental, but Self dropped those heavenly strings with the sub – shit’s awesome. Rich’s Most Slept On Nightmare album is on the way, and he sent over a couple of ILL tracks for the Jersey Fresh Jam mixtape I’m compiling tracks for. Put something hairy and green into your pipe and get lifted to this one.
Bonus Beats Kellee Maize "Mad Men"
I dedicate this slice of dancey-dance Rap to @Dallas_Penn, @PremiumPete and the other 23 Top Sneakertweeters, as listed by Complex Magazine.
Bonus Beats Nation Ruckus "Funky Sneakers"
DOWNLOAD DJ Cable - Triangulum Show on Sub FM (7/18/2011)
This got me feeling like Hip-House finna make a comeback! Shouts to Old Money and KONOGOMIX.
Bonus Beats Prince Quan Luv ft. Old Money "Bodega"
Thursday, July 21, 2011
I won't. But do download Vulgar, as we've been doing this - and continue to do this - while others just dream about it.
Kyle Rapps ft. Talib Kweli “Universe Traveler” (prod. by Nate G): Wasn’t expecting Rapps and Kweli to link up. Also figured everyone had forgotten about France’s Air, and this is a dope track to throw on in the evening. Sitting on a rooftop, maybe blowing something green and sticky in the air. Word is this is taken from Kyle’s On Air mixtape, and features cats like KRS-One, C-Rayz Walz and Homeboy Sandman as well. Nicely done track, don’t sleep.
Milly Esquire "?!" (prod. by Deshae Rhodes): This beat is bananers. Milly has been catching my ears more as of late, and I'm into tracks like this. Hypnotic beat, with some rhymes that are tough, esoteric and needing to be rewound. He paints some pictures on this one that feel like a crazy dream that, if you analyzed, would make perfect sense to you. Kind of like having to sift through the channels on your TV, deciphering the truth through a number of different stations. You do do that, right?
Rickie Jacobs ft. Sage Brave "The Last Laugh" (prod. by Sean Sundance): Damn, Sean - it feels a bit low in the background, but the way you flipped that beat? Nasty! Loving the live band feel of this shit, really. Gives Rickie's bars even more TNT when those lines connect. I know that Jacobs has that Die Brilliant album on the way, and I'd hope this shit is on that. Respect on a Rickie saying he has "nigga senses" - that's true shit. Gotta love this instrumental - goes into some dope zones longer in the track. Sage holds his own, as well. End to end tough talk.
Bonus Beats Nova Starz ft. Rickie Jacobs "Time Machine" (prod. Street Scott)
Shouts to JSWISS and the 2wordsthetop fam.
QuESt "Juan's Story (Paradise)": Whoa - although I should've been ready for it, I didn't expect QuESt to come right out the gate with the Sade. And not just flippin' a portion - he just spits on that shit! Without spoiling the story, know that this track is dedicated to the loss that his barber Juan G suffered, no kayfabe. If you have someone you held special in your heart, and lose them, this one is for you. 2DBz & Dope Couture Clothing will be dropping QuESt's How Thoughtful 2 in the near future.
My Man Shafe ft. Zilla Rocca "Look At Her": Here's one of those cuts that might slip under the radar if you're not careful. Word from Fresh at 33jones is that Shafe is Philly by way of Buffalo (with time spent in Jersey), and has been working with Rocca for a minute. Not only has that lead to Shafe being featured on Zilla's (forthcoming) Nights & Weekends EP, but led to Zilla being featured on this cut (and producing a few cuts) off of Shafe's forthcoming Who's That?! My Man Shafe! LP, which 33jones will be dropping in August. By the sounds of it, Shafe knows how to pick those classic sounds - "Look At Her" is all lazy grooves, hazy guitar strumming, drunken horn stabs and whatever other 70's sounds he can throw in there. And it's all about the thoughts a male might catch when someone is scoping out a female - be it your female, or the female you're trying to creep with. Love this track.
EDIT Check out Zilla, Curly and Has-Lo on Scrunchface talking Wu-Tang Pulp, among other things!
Trek Life "Due West (Has-Lo Remix)": Lately, we've gotten a grip of RHYMES from Has, but I'm glad this Trek Life remix finally dropped, so cats could see how the nigga does on the boards. Trek brings that Cali talk, reminds me of watching documentaries of how the Bloods and Crips started, with the racial make-up and violence of days gone by, and Has' darker, heavier instrumental adds a new element to Trek's bars. If you fuck with this, be sure to grab Trek's Wouldn't Change Nothing remix album that dropped on July 12th.
DOWNLOAD Disc Jockey Nappy Vulgar
Disc Jockey Nappy - VULGAR (Mix) by djnappy
Dave Raps x The Weeknd - The Knowing (Remix) by DAVE_DAZE
Mahd "Competition?": I'm not too up on Detroit's Mahd, but this Badu flip is right up my alley. The email says he's been compared to cats like Jay Electronica with some Detroit flavor, and while I'm not going to make comparisons like that based off the first jawn I'm hearing, I won't front like I'm not digging this. Really rides the sly bass well, and doesn't sound like he just rapping about rapping. I fucks with this. Says shit with his chest. More, please.
Johnny Spanish ft. BST Gang "Day In The Life" (prod. by VMan): Do know - a day in The Lip with Johnny Spanish is one thing. A day in the life of khal could involve anything from child vomit to light bills. Spanish and the BST bring you into their cipher, which can range from reefer smoke to gunplay. Success is a slow process, and while I'm not in a space where I can comment on how anyone makes their bread, I just hope no one gets hurts. VMan has laced Spanish with a few jawns (like "Make It Take It"), and I love the laidback cool here. Kick back and plot to this.
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
DOWNLOAD Ced Hughes One Day We'll Wake Up
Dave Raps - The Huxtables by DAVE_DAZE
That's the word I got last night, and this is the post I wanted to sort yesterday before my son started puking up his entire day's meals. Scoop's (still) on me, though. After what looks like a pretty successful first week of sales for Where Is Danny? (2.0) (considering that he is his own publicist), Interscope handed Danny! his own boutique label. It's called "Wanderland Records", is a joint venture with Interscope, and will be an outlet for Danny! to sign and release whatever the fuck he's feeling like supporting. Or some other shit entirely. So props to him. Also, word is that Where Is Danny? (2.0) will be getting a physical release - check the pics. Hit neph on twitter and say "congrats". And if you want to submit tracks to Danny!, either holler via e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org), or snail mail demos/CDs to P.O. Box 56161, Atlanta, GA 30343. And if you're trying to hit A3C, be sure to check Danny! out.
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
DOWNLOAD Emilio Sparks Scumbino’s Way
Dave Raps - Free Time #DAVEDAZE Day 2 by DAVE_DAZE
Bonus Beats Nivla ft. Joell Ortiz "Retribution"
After a long wait, here's what I believe is the first part of the Eli Porter documentary. The filmmakers have created a Kickstarter page to raise funds to finish the second part.
Taken from Lanstarr's The Big Lanhattan EP.
Bonus Beats Ox "Hostage"
Monday, July 18, 2011
DOWNLOAD The Jake ft. J.Gunn, Rhymageddon, Classical The Great & Diablo Archer "The Flyness"
We'll be doing some kind of promo on Mondays, leading up to the release on the 9th of August. For the time being, hit the jump for the full tracklist.
Dave Raps - Cognac Shades #DAVEDAZE Day 1 by DAVE_DAZE
Here's the visual for a Brick Beats-produced cut from Ilyas that flew past me. Looks like i-EL has a mixtape entitled Elijah on the way as well.