One of my favorite Gangstarr instrumentals.
Archive for 07/01/2011 - 08/01/2011
The homey Spooky touches down on Deja Vu FM bi-weekly, and this week's show finds him dropping a SICK grip of Grime and dubstep, including his "This Is Anger" refix. I know Nappy is grinning from ear to ear about this one. Spooky also drops loads of dubs, including a world premiere of "Lord of The Hypes". Tough.
DOWNLOAD Spooky On DejaVu FM (8/22/2011)
I'm not sure what promopted this, but Justin Pardon has sorted out The Dub Below, a refixing of a grip of Outkast tracks, utilizing cuts from the likes of Rusko, Dillon Francis and more, with varying degrees of success. The intro cut is cool, with Ellie Goulding meeting the "Black Ice" vocals, but I'd be lying if I didn't think her vocal was a bit too much with their rapid fire lyrics atop them. I actually tried getting some THUGSTEP projects going down with a few SMKA-affiliated artists, but they never panned out. Good to see they still understand the power of this movement. Big up to The Notes Music Group as well.
DOWNLOAD The Dub Below [mirror]
The Dub Below by The Notes Music Group
If you remember BeastRoc and Thin Walls, you should be familiar with Jelani and Wildabeast's excursions into knocking out an EP in a day. Instead of rocking this late(r) at night, they decided to turn on the camera and let the music get created in the afternoon. Now, all of the beats have been sorted out beforehand, so Will will be hearing these upon arrival and writing/recording to them on the spot. You can see that entire process, mixed and mastered, then release. Fucking tough, right? Enjoy that.
This one's been in the vault for a minute. Not my vault, Castro's. One project I've been waiting to drop is the Curly Castro vs. RTD EP we're looking to drop, which finds Castro rocking over dubstep/leftfield beats from Definate, Skream and others. And this Starkey jawn was penciled in. The original "Playing With Fire" was found on Starkey's Space Traitor Vol. 1, which Civil Music dropped last December. In typical Castro fashion, the he straps this jawn to his back and jumps straight out of the plane, letting off poisonous darts from the sky, infecting those hit with knowledge and a story that sounds like something from Breaking Bad. Word to the wise: if you want to get Castro going ham, talk about Breaking Bad. Take this track in vein and let it marinate. Then realize what the fuck I've been trying to bring forth with the Hip-Hop/bass music hybrid sound. And be ready for Curly Castro vs. RTD - we're trying to get that out soon-ish. And Fidel, which also is on the pipeline. And the numerous other jawns Castro has coming. Make some room on your harddrives, CD shelves and all that. Trust.
DOWNLOAD Curly Castro "Playing With Fire (The Girl Who Remix)" (prod. by Starkey)
After dropping "Look At Her" about a month ago, the homey Fresh slid this throwback JB's flavor to me yesterday. My Man Shafe has a knack for those dusty samples, and this one is a great example. Rockin' over "more bass than a dub track", this is straight up styling over some vintage Fawnk. If you needed a jolt in the morning, some shit to get you in the PROPER mood to deal with the hellish ills that encompass the everyday struggle in the urban jungle, or just life in general, you'd be playing yourself if this wasn't your soundtrack.
Word is another track, featuring Atlanta's Ajaray on the vocals, will be dropped, and then the Who's That?! My Man Shafe! album will be released. Keep your ears to the ground, seekers.
DOWNLOAD My Man Shafe "Street Funk"
Well of course, a few days after Benji B drops "Cloudy. Got 'Em" on BBC Radio 1, Starkey drops a few bangers from The Two. Fifteens on MistaJam's 1Xtra show during his mix. One of them is a banger entitled "Patch'dUppRugbySlapp", which isn't available right now, but also features "Extra Cheese Slapp", which got a big premier on XLR8R earlier. It's in the vein of exactly what you expect from these two. LMAO at XL8R almost scoffing at the press description of "what Burial would sound like if he was from South Central", although it's a pretty solid comparison. Fucking bass in this one goes ham, and the bleeps and atmosphere will have you rocking to this one. Proper infectious EDM for the uninitiated. Don't want to say "I told you so", but we are about two years removed from their proper reemergence.
DOWNLOAD The Two. Fifteens "Extra Cheese Slapp"
This video is the visual representation of Dark Weapons (from Mars), a project I dig but haven't gotten around to posting for whatever reason. The video pretty much sets up what sparked the project - a robbery that occured to Warlock's spot. Taking that frustration and channeling it into beats that Nasa created around The Mars Volta's music, you really get thrown into the shame, fear, rage and depression that a situation like this can throw at you. Some heavyweight shit.
During our conversation prior to the release of Dream Season, The Jake mentioned his latest project, The Accomplices, which is Jake and BroadNMarket on the beats. From what I understand, they have Got Away: The EP set to drop early September, with MCs like Daniel Joseph, Tom Chase, DeuceZ, J. Gunn, MaG, Trek Life and more featured. I got hit with the cut "The Getaway" with MaG, and you cats need to hear it. It's exactly what you know you needed from the game, but slept on for whatever reason. Don't let this shit get away from you. Hopefully we'll get some more jawns like this?
DOWNLOAD The Accomplices ft. MaG "The Getaway"
I'm not sure what prompted this, but I'm loving that the Brown Bag fam decided to pay homage to the Beatuts, kicking their own cover over "Psycho Dwarf". Maintains that throwback flavor, but also includes enough of the BBAS swagger to make sure you know who it is. I'm mad most liquor stores don't sell brown bags anymore (my hood has the black plastic, but I was in Brooklyn on Saturday and they had these white plastic jawns?). I would've been 40'd up at the #BYOBBBQ2 if that was the case. Nevermind all that, McDuck hit me witht his one, and I'm glad to present you heathens with it. Cuts by DJ Brace if you were wondering.
DOWNLOAD Brown Bag AllStars "Psycho Dwarf 2011"
Yeah, I know this is technically an Uptown XO jawn, but both yU and Oddisee are featured (as is Fat Trel), so you know. In any case, I'm fucking with this one. I have a thing for vintage-sounding string samples, and this one has a tough one, making almost anything these cats say sound ill. Good thing they don't waste a bar, you feel me? XO's Monumental 2 drops on August the 30th, digitally (not sure if that's free or for a fee). Whatever the case may be, get ready for that one.
DOWNLOAD Diamond District ft. Fat Trel "Tol' U So" (prod. by AB the Pro)
I kept it pretty Internets yesterday and trekked up to the #BYOBBBQ2 yesterday. Wild journey, awesome event. Got to meet Internets I'd not met face to face. Anyways, Who Shot Ya? has a grip of pics up from the event, and I'm in one of them. No, that's not me in the gray skull wing shirt. I'm the nigga on the left, with the Cobra New Era on. Yup. Enjoy that.
Second week of these #SNSSundays, Scripts-N-Screwz come forth with a Loose Screwz-produced 808 banger featuring STL up-and-comer Scrub. Love beats like this, with that "bang it in your Jeep" flex to it. Go hardbody down the block in this one. Po something up.
SNS-Test Pattern feat. SCRUB by loosescrewz
First time I saw Danny Brown live. Grab that XXX if you haven't already. Performance had the crowd looking like a cult - for good or ill. Video via BarrelHouse BKLYN.
Shouts to all of the Internets that I finally got to meet In Real Life: Dallas Penn, Combat Jack, A-King, Meka, Che Grand, Donwill, Von Pea, Ben Hameen, 6th Sense, Premium Pete, Matt Raz, Preezy, Ev Boogie, Alex MFM and anyone else I might have forgotten. I had a great time, even if the L train tried to cripple me. And shouts to Internets like Amanda Bassa and ItsTheReal, who I spotted but didn't get to properly speak with. And extra special shout outs to Elucid for rockin' with a nigga. All love!
The King of Style, Case 2, recently passed. At tomorrow's Jersey Fresh Jam, I heard the Vicious Styles crew will be dedicating a wall to Case. Here he is from earlier this year, speaking to a VS graffiti class on, what? Styyyyyyyyle!
EDIT I see that Case's fam is looking for funds to help bury him. They need like $5600 - if you can spare ANYTHING, hit this link.
While I should be posting this because Objekt touched down for a special mix, I really am fucking with this because Benji B dropped a track from The Two. Fifteens ("Cloudy Got 'Em"), which was featured on the RTD FiF compilation. It's the little things. Be on the lookout for a project with The 215s and a few niggas RTD fucks with. Trust.
Princeton University's WPRB 103.3 has always been known for bringing quality Hip-Hop radio shows. From Raw Deal to Vibes N Vapors, they've made sure that quality underground Hip-Hop has been represented, and oddly enough, these shows have made sure that they paid homage to what's good about the Tri-State area's Hip-Hop scene. While we've not spoken in depth, over the last few months, I've seen the homey Hook Jackson and his Side-B Radio show (which airs 5PM to 7PM, Sunday nights) put on for the area. They've helped bring the Garden Variety shows more exposure, and have touched down on some legendary, city-specific sets full of NJ Hip-Hop. Highly recommend that you guys hit Hook up with your music. He's always looking for that fresh, true Hip-Hop, and I know a lot of you need that radio exposure. Email email@example.com with your radio-edited jawns, or hit up @sidebradio42. Tell 'em @khal sentcha! And catch up on the last few shows, via Tumblr.
Bonus Beats Kyle Rapps ft. KRS-One & Homeboy Sandman "Love Love 2"
Loving this cut right here. Has that '90s feel with the bass that I LOVE. Black Sunn and 810 have been getting props from around here for a bit, but I imagine a lot of cats sleep on them. This King Mez-assisted track should make some more heads convert to their brand of Hip-Hop, though. Something smooth to rock to while you're on the move. Not even a track where they are hating on the sleepers - just eyes constantly on the path. Dope shit. United Division drops August 30th.
DOWNLOAD The Black Sunn & 810 ft. King Mez "Props" (prod. by Rah Sol)
With so much of my time being focused on the Jersey Fresh Jam and #BYOBBBQ2 (both of which go down ont he 20th of August), I forgot that Trenton had another festival going down, the Trenton African Americal Pride Festival, which is going down in Cadwalader Park from 12PM to 6PM. There's a boatload of performances going on, from Hip-Hop MCs like Wise Intelligent and Emcee Jermaine performing live to poetry from Polo (the East Trenton Poet) and Narubi Selah to people doing gospel music, dance, R&B & Jazz bands and so much more (including Jermaine's son performing). There are different areas for kids, yoga, loads of food, vendors and plenty more - seriously, check the Entertainment Schedule for the full line-up. Shouts to Candice Frederick, who broke down what's going down in today's Trentonian. They are also looking for entusiastic people to volunteer, so if you're free, get on it! I'd also hope that, while this is an African American Pride Festival, any color can come down. Get your learn on and enjyo yourselves, seriously. Big up to Trenton!
This week's Combat Jack show celebrated their first anniversary, which will be capped off by this Saturday's #BYOBBBQ2 in Bushwick, Brooklyn. This was a three-hour show that I missed the first hour to (!), but guests like Jeff & Eric from ItsTheReal, 88 Keys and (ho-motional ass) Ed Woods and more made the show worthwhile. You already know I've been supporting, and will continue to support, good-ass radio, and that's what the Combat Jack show is all about. Internets!
About a week or so ago, I made it a point to make sure I had all of my Juan Epstein episodes on my work PC. It was only then that I realized that, while not continuous, Juan Ep has been going down for four years! Well, sometime yesterday, Rosenberg posted the Season 4 premiere, which is "just some real Juan Ep shit" that features the one and only Dominican Drew. The last time Drew was on, we got a memorable ho phone call, so I can only imagine what goes down NOW! Definitely all that I'm listening to today. On a related note, I'm going to be uploaded all of the Juan Eps I have to my mediafire account at some point. Just for ish and iggles.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (8/17/2011)
Yesterday marked the last #DAVEDAZE leak - and forreal, time flies. Dave showed his plethora of styles, over some imaginative beats, and I'm glad he did it. Hopefully he converted a few of you guys into believers. I was going to do it, but I saw Vee say he was going to sort out a download link of all 30 #DAVEDAZE tracks, just in case you missed something. Smart man. Enjoy this last ride out, though. Thanks, Dave!
Loving the sample that got flipped on this one. Looks like the New Houston conglomerate, featuring hasHBrown, FLAWSE and Dew felt like hopping into the proverbial lowrider with El Prez and coast over some shit you can cruise to. When I went to the Left, I was only there for the weekend. I saw some shit but I didn't get into any kind of fun like these cats do. Anyways, These cats sound like one unit one family over this Adjectives track, forreal. Look for hasHBrown's Break Something, which is still set to drop Winter 2011.
DOWNLOAD hasHBrown ft. El Prez, Hollywood Floss & John Dew "Here 4 The Weekend" (prod. by The Adjectives)
Wow. The homey Neak has a shitload of snot dropping on you guys at roughly the same time. First off, this "Snotty Noze" jawn? Mean. That Trumaine beat is different - steady pace, with a fly melody and loads of atmosphere playing underneath. Perfect shit to allow cats like Scheme, Sincerely Yours and Slot-A to merk alongside the Neak one. Now, Neak has two EPs on the way: Love Greater and The Prequel. One is produced entirely by Slot-A, while the other is produced entirely by Rashid Hadee. Right?! He's also got a video up on MTVu's "The Freshman" for "It's Your World", and it'd be appreciated if you sent some votes his way. Word. Hook on this one is insane TW.
DOWNLOAD Neak ft. Scheme, Sincerely Yours & Slot-A "Snotty Noze" (prod. by Trumaine)
Mac G says The video is an unorthodox tribute to Amy Winehouse, Club 27 and everyone affected by drug addiction. I was inspired to make this song and video by the death of Amy Winehouse and the fact that the world has once again lost a great musician. I want to bring some attention to what artists actually go through, how devastating drugs can be and how genius is often viewed as insanity by the general public. The video is groundbreaking, provocative and at some points repulsive.
It's not even been a week since J-Live dropped The Live Identity, and he hits us with something free. This jawn is a cover of a classic Diamond D & Brand Nubian track, and taken from the second mixtape of The Live Trilogy series, The Live Supremacy, which I imagine will be dropping very soon. Constantly playing off his Triple Threat status of being a tough producer, DJ and MC, the "day in the life (of three black men)" is about, well, the triumverate that lives inside his own mental. And you niggas wonder why he's my favorite MC. Hell, he even flips his delivery to mimic each MC he's paying homage to. J-Live FTW. Said Person of That Ability, 27th September.
DOWNLOAD J-Live "A Day In The Life"
A Day In The Life (Diamond D & Brand Nubian Cover) by J-Live
I love when like-minded heads get together to do some interesting shit. Especially when I fucks with both of them. On the 29th of August, Dub MD and Dominique Larue will be releasing Sam Jackson, a project that's inspired by (and feels like a dedication to) Samuel L. Jackson's movies, featuring a number of his most infamous/classic quotes (with cuts by DJ Bern). On this one, watch how quickly Dom can fly into that double time flow - almost like how Sam Jack goes into that elevated, authorative voice. Add-2 brings the fly shit as well, and I love the beat from Swedish producer Severe. Some big body shit to wake up to, chief.
DOWNLOAD Dominique Larue ft. Add-2 "Murderer" (prod. by Severe)
The boy PreZZure threw a preview of this jawn that'll be found on his Dark Side Of The Good Guy album, which is set to drop on the 3rd of November. I'd go in on what the shit it's about, but he included a nice write-up - check it out: This ain't a fuck song, It's a real song. "Bang!" is about addiction. I personified addiction as a beautiful woman. A promiscuous demon so to speak. We all like to fuck with our addictions. We can't help it. We're addicted. We love the feeling of the high. Whatever your high is depends on your preference. For some there's drugs, alcohol and/or sex. Regardless once we've come accustomed with our addiction, we get lost in it. It consumes us. We fall victim to the addiction. This is simply an anthem for those who know the symptoms. Beware of addiction. Don't become a slave to your habits. At least not to your bad habits.
Bang! by PreZZure
I was going to drop this earlier today, but shit, this is kind of R-Rated. Not for daytime listening at all.The insanity starts with the hilariously violent snippet in the intro, and turns into a seriously sick beat from Nickel Plated, which builds a dope melody over some sweeping old school vibes, giving Bronson a perfect bed to do what he does best, and dismantle sick beats. And he does it like the chef that he is. This jawn is taken from The Dotgotit Mixtape, Vol. 2, which is due out to drop late September/early October. Bong.
DOWNLOAD Nickel Plated ft. Action Bronson "Raped & Smothered"
Raps grabs an old school sound to weave tale about an intoxicating, untouched female. Lil' bit of liquor, lil' bit of game, and homey has her in his clutches. Lock and key. #DAVEDAZE is on number 29 - wow.
DOWNLOAD Dave Raps "Virgin Girl"
Dave Raps - Virgin Girl by DAVE_DAZE
Hollywood Floss "Attack Of Hollywood": Flawse takes a page out of GZA's book and flips his own version of "Labels", this time utilizing the names of celebrities. Clever and comical, dude knows how to showcase his skills. ID3 says something about Ari Gold Tendencies? We'll see...
EDIT Bringing this one back to the top because a new version of this hit your Internets, with a new beat from Chris Rockaway.
DOWNLOAD Hollywood Floss "Attack Of Hollywood Redux" (prod. by Chris Rockaway)
When I speak about THUGSTEP and how easy it can be for MCs to spit on dubstep, tracks like this are exactly what I'm speaking of. The boy Young Lyxx is from San Diego and lives in the ATL, and has a project, Happy To Be Here, set to drop on the 30th of September. The homies Heroes x Villains have their own EP dropping on Mad Decent, ATLANTA, and it looks like this cut seems to be featured on both. The genius about this cut is that it maintains that Dirty South flavor just as much as it does the dubstep aesthetic in the track. Proper hybrid sound, and the logical next step in bridging this gap. Expect more from Lyxx as well as Heroes x Villains, trust we.
DOWNLOAD Young Lyxx ft. Zip Kennedy "How I Does It" (prod. by Heroes x Villains)
Something dope from the girl Maria Isa, who is dropping her Sip It Vol. 1 mixtape. I was thrown off by way this track started out, but got into the tale she weaved. Felt like something a scorned female from Maury might pen. It's hard feeling that sense of security, and having the rug pulled out from under you. Makes it that much harder to give in to the next one who might be "the one". Shit helps you grow, but growing can fucking suck sometimes. Shouts to Jon Jon for sending this one over.
For the first leak from his YouHeardThatNew.com-presented The Veelude, Ess Vee links up with BA for "Leave Me", which finds them writing a proper kiss-off to a chick who sounds like she was getting supported financially and dicktually. Sometimes, if you keep saying something to a person too many times, they gonna take you up on that shit, so if your answer to each fight is "I'm leaving", don't be surprised if your partner is like "bye". The Veelude drops sometime in September.
DOWNLOAD Ess Vee ft. BA "Leave Me"
One state I've never visited is Arizona, but rocking to this ode to East Phoenix from Mr. Miranda, I feel like I've at least taken a slow ride through some of his childhood memories. Any wise man knows you need to know where you came from to know where you're going, so paying homage to the cities, corners and people that helped grow you is always necessary. Love that West Coast knock from Dn3 as well. This jawn is taken from Dave's Story: The Best of Mr. Miranda '06-Infinity, which drops next month.
I can't front - these reflective/introspective jawns always do it for me. Not sure what it is - probably the part of me that wants to know what makes people tick. Dave acquires a Dom Kennedy instrumental and breezes over it. Let the man take a seat and show you what's on his mind. Perfect track to lounge to. We're closing in on the end of #DAVEDAZE, by the way... gone too soon.
Still going through my inbox, need to hook you guys with the most recent #DAVEDAZE jawns. This is an original track Dave flipped over an instrumental from Young McFly that I'm truly fucking with. Niggas stay being too fly for you, you feel me? Give a listen, though - he drops some gems in this one. Damn.
Here's the first flyer for for the #BYOBBBQ2, which is going down in Bushwick, Brooklyn on the 20th of August. I'm going to be going around crazy that day, as that's the same day of the Jersey Fresh Jam 2011, but you know, I need to make both. Dope performances with Action Bronson, Danny Brown, Maffew Ragazino, Jon Connor and more, with cats like Meka and Benhameen - as well as J Period - on the decks. Should be a dope event. Can't wait, seriously. RSVP ASAP, Internets! Shouts to Combat Jack and Dallas Penn for hooking this up!
EDIT Had to bring this back up with the official flyer for the BYOBBBQ2. RSVP via firstname.lastname@example.org!!!
The SNS boys have started up their #SNSSundays series, where they are going to be dropping something on Sundays - be it a new song, vlog or video. This one is for you weekend warriors, well, those of you who like to cruise whilst drankin'. Which I don't condone. But if you choose to do it, drive slow as fuck and rock to this. This isn't for speeding, more for moving 5 MPH, all day. Maybe while you put something in the air, you smell me?
DOWNLOAD Scripts-N-Screwz "DUI" (prod. by Loose Screwz)
SNS-D.U.I. by loosescrewz
I wasn't quite sure why Jay-Z's Life+Times blog was presenting what's essentially a dubstep mix until I heard Watch The Throne. Still not sure why Troublemaker is calling it "pantystep", when I imagine it's not that far off from "luvstep". Lots of steps. Dope mix featuring cuts from Rusko, SBTRKT, Joker, The-Dream, Frank Ocean and more.
DOWNLOAD Life+Times Presents Troublemaker - Pantystep
Here is the New Jersey Cypher brought to you by Redd Pen Media. Mr. Hype recruits New Jersey heavyweights Apollo The Great (Camden), Big Ooh (Trenton), T. Dot (Willingboro), Porta Rich (Camden), A.P. The Mayor (Trenton), Balboa (Willingboro), Kilogram (Trenton), and Wifi Fame (Willingboro). Each emcee takes a stab over Half-A-Mil’s “Some Niggas” instrumental.