Saturday, August 27, 2011
DOWNLOAD Centric ft. Trife, Sean Price & Cyrano "Loose Lips" (prod. by Centric)
DOWNLOAD Timeless Truth ft. Roc Marciano "Irene"
That "My iPod" bit at the end is classic.
Bonus Beats DTMD "You"
Friday, August 26, 2011
When UK Garage was really taking off, I was so not about it. I was rediscovering mainstream Rap, and digging deep into Drum & Bass. I respected the darker tinges of Bass in Garage, but the champagne sippin', pretty stuff wasn't my forte. When I got older, and my tastes started to open wide, I started appreciating more of the UK Garage scene, and find myself bouncing to some of the classic bits. From what Cable is saying, UK Garage is hitting a resurgence, and he linked up with the homey DJ Hotpoint for a dope look into the Garage of now. Featured artists on this project include Royal-T, Redlight, DJ Q, Fused Forces, Skream, TRC and many more. Rock to this.
Taken from Shadow's The Less You Know, The Better, which drops on the 26th of September.
Not my normal flex, but I like the Soul vibes in this one.
Thursday, August 25, 2011
Should be a dope event tomorrow night in Brooklyn at the Southpaw. Nitty Scott MC has been making a name for herself, and will be headlining, with catsl ike The Black Sunn & 810, D.Julien, Emcee Jermaine, Adebisi and OTiS CLaPP touching the stage. Feels like I booked this event! More info via MFM.
Genrokka is really going in with these classic flips. Grabbing the classic "Close The Door", Genny peers into the looking glass, trying to get an idea of what would happen if this life wasn't really life. Sounds like the dreams of kids looking out of project windows, stomach grumbling. Or those just struggling. AKA US. He did well with grabbing a singer from Trenton, Corey Kelly, to touch down on the hook. I know Kelly had some ish on the way, but hadn't heard if it came to fruition. I know Genny has his James Bernard Mixtape Series Vol 1 project on the way. Soon. Might wanna get lifted to this and really contemplate life.
DOWNLOAD Genrokka ft. Corey Kelly "Imagine Dat"
I've never been a G. Nor will I ever be a G. Not that I'm some poo-butt pussy ass nigga, I just am not the one to be wearing my certification on my sleeve. I won't back down from the fight. But I might not win. I might need a blackjack in my backpack. Oh, I'm supposed to be taumbout this track, huh? J NiC$ knows how to pick 'em, don't he? Putting his pedigree down over some bangin' beats with a fly organ atop. Til the day that he die. His Southern Niggas Ain't Slow is dropping soon, and will be in two parts, I hear: "The Tribute" will feature J coastin' over "rarely touched Souther classics", while "The Product" will feature new jawns over original beats. That's a lot of work, Polar Bear!
DOWNLOAD J NiC$ "Til Death"
The other day, Jelani and Wildabeast turned on the cameras and let the world see them record an EP, live. A few minutes ago, Jel sent over this seven-track opus, and goddamn, I love this kind of Internets output. Two talented individuals linking up and getting a project written, recorded, mixed and mastered, and eventually released later that week. For free. And it's fucking ill! First time in a minute I heard some new Wil, so I'm glad this came about. Fits the odd mood I'm in due to this rainy day. "Aftershocks" might be my favorite, trust. Noise x boom bap. Enjoy that. And be on the lookout for the next EP, which should materialize in October. Yall don't hear me doe.
DOWNLOAD Wildabeast - Rising Shadows EP
I hope you guys picked up Dream Season. I know I appreciate it, and The Jake is appreciative of all of the love that the EP has gotten. This cut right here? This was actually going to drop the week the EP dropped, but delays caused both the EP and this track not to drop when they should've. Never fear, we've got some freeness from The Jake, who brings a slick instrumental on this one. Love the fact that most cats would probably bring in some of those harder snares on this, but Jake plays it Soulful and brings the thumping kick but has a number of different percussive elements in it. Three top shottas touch the track, as frequent collaborator J.Gunn, RTD-fam Daniel Joseph and the one like Edge each go for theirs over this one, taking the "dream season" idea and really bringing their own spin to the proceedings. Again, be sure to grab Dream Season if you haven't already, as it's a project I'm feeling so strongly about. And be sure to look out for The Accomplices! Shouts to sites like When Giants Meet, This Is Book's Music, Flawless Hustle and everyone else who has helped spread the word.
DOWNLOAD The Jake ft. J.Gunn, Daniel Joseph & Edge "The Hit & Run"
If you're not hearing from a nigga, assume they're working hard. I see Tef Poe jabbering on the tweets, and have gotten a few freestyles from him recently, but I know he's been tackling a couple of projects simultaneously. I wasn't really prepared for Poebama to email me this morning taumbout "I'm sitting on nearly two albums worth of new music". I also wasn't expecting him to hit me with The Preview, which is what you're getting today. If you remember War Machine, you'll remember two things: the full potential of the project wasn't reached, and Poe was saying some SHIT! Be happy to know that War Machine 2 is on the way, and this preview gives you a peak into what you can expect for that - although some of these jawns might not make the final cut. Shit happens. Love this, and prepare for a few things that Poe has down the pike, including The David Ruffin Theory, which is an EP he is doing with Rockwell Knuckles. Power Over Everything is the mixtape he's sorting with DJ Trackstar, which features Poe going in on the freestyle tip. Word is the listening party of P.O.E. goes down this Friday, August 26th at The Gramophone, and features Rocky as well as Family Affair. Also be sure to grab that GLC I Know Who You Pimped Last Summer mixtape, which features their "Out The Kitchen" remix. Phew. Slow down, son, ya killin' em!
DOWNLOAD Tef Poe - The Preview
I wasn't able to be there this year, but here's a dope video from Element Tree.
EDIT Here are a bunch of recaps from the Jam.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (8/24/2011)
The Combat Jack Show (BYOBBBQ2 Recap, Sean Price, Dee1) 8-24-11 by PNCRadio
Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Shouts to Pugz Atoms for sending over this track. This shit is kind of dark - wasn't expecting this at all. The Opus have an ominous regality to the loop on this, with some skitterfied drums to accent it's dark flavor. Nighttime music. This is another cut from The Opus of the Opus II mixtape (which is mixed by DJ Intel), which drops on September 6th. The Midwest! Is it weird that the name "Pigeon John" immediately makes me think of those Staple Pigeon kicks? Oh and you guys do realize that this cut could turn into a Drum & Bass BANGER with just a little thought, right?
DOWNLOAD The Opus ft. Pigeon John "Up & Away"
Taken from DJ Johnny Juice's Feel Good Remixes LP for Illus. Yes, the same Johnny Juice from Public Enemy / Bomb Squad fame.
For some reason, I've been sitting on this track for almost two weeks. The boy Whitefolkz has been putting it down, and always knows how to come with some shit I can rock to, even if I don't think it's more of my speed. It's funny, I could see dude at LEAST being a regional favorite because of tracks like this. This bangs just as hard as a number of cuts that have to be cluttering radio in the South. It's catchy as FUCK, and hell, I could see some chicks rockin' to this one. Nice play on "charging", too. Might not be your speed if you're looking for something deep and intellectual - this one is more for stuntin' and ballin', I guess. Word is Folkz and Juan are working on an album, and this is the first taste of it. I have a few other cuts Folkz is affiliated with for you as well...
DOWNLOAD Whitefolkz ft. DC Don Juan "Call A Penalty" (prod. by Cashflow)
I've still never drank 4 Loko. I respect that "all these old niggas on Gotti dick, real life he ain't even like niggas" line.
I'm telling you, the work I was doing when interviewing cats like Wordsmith years back are the direct reason why rockthedub is even in existence, so I have to give him all the props. He might not realize what that work did for me and my focus. In any case, Words brings a laidback beat into new light, turning this revival into something more - this feels more like a mission statement, laying the foundation of what he's about when he goes into these numerous projects. This is another jawn from his King Noah mixtape, which soundsl ike it might be something you Internets come latelies need to be waiting on.
DOWNLOAD Wordsmith "Rhymesayer Revivial" (prod. by Strada, cuts by DJ Ykcor)
In customary rapper fashion, on his birthday, JSWISS decides to drop a freestyle in celebration. Tackling Murs & 9th Wonder's "Used To Love Her", he gives us an idea of why many consider him one of the nicer up-and-coming MCs currently not being widely-praised. Go 'head, nigga, enjoy that 20th. I'll cop you a bottle.
DOWNLOAD JSWISS "August 24th"
During Random Axe's performance at Royal Arena this past Friday in Switzerland, Sean Price stunned the fans with a new dance. Tweet your suggestion (for the record, my entry was "P Walking") for the dance's name to @DuckDownMusic and Sean will choose his favorite one. Winner will be credited for naming the dance on duckdown.com and will receive a signed Random Axe CD.
Tuesday, August 23, 2011
One of my favorite Gangstarr instrumentals.
Kind of fuck with how Scram kicked this one.
DOWNLOAD Spooky On DejaVu FM (8/22/2011)
DOWNLOAD The Dub Below [mirror]
The Dub Below by The Notes Music Group
The Money and His Fool drops September 20th, 2011.
Bonus Beats City Slick "Llama Lasers"
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.
Monday, August 22, 2011
Drums on this is tough.
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 imagine a number of you have stories similar to this from your high school memories. Fuck the Eric Peters of the world. Respect to the nigga in the nWo t-shirt in the background as well. And big up to Pryme Prolifik for the mean mugs in this one.
Definitely get on this - the opportunity to be featured on this remix album could be super beneficial. Find out more, and grab the acapellas (in MP3 and WAV format) HERE.
Shouts to DJ Woody for this. Comedy.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
K.I. Project are back... This time it's Innocent's birthday, so what better present can Kensaye give him than a beat... See what he does with it.
SNS-Test Pattern feat. SCRUB by loosescrewz
Bronson ran through "Barry Horowitz" in this clip from the #BYOBBBQ2. He also performed jawns like "Jerk Chicken" (with Maffew Ragazino) and "Jar of Drugs".
EDIT GRILL SO HARD...
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!
This used to be one of my favorite instrumentals.