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Archive for 09/01/2011 - 10/01/2011
This video was shot during this summer's African American Pride festival in Trenton.
The madman Spooky flipped this promo mix for the Mix & Blend party, which goes down on the 27th of October in London. He also recently celebrated 100 posts in two years. Shit, I wish I could space my shit out that way! In any case, get more info on the Mix & Blend party HERE.
DOWNLOAD Spooky - Mix & Blend Promo Mix
Classic said he wrote a Bible of rhymes. Ponder that a minute. I usually use these spaces to expound on why I think a nigga needs or does not need your attention, but anytime it comes to Classic, I end up saying it - and you keep sleepin'. Let the man give you his battle cry, then tell me he's not worth another listen. Dude's a fucking problem, and I definitely see him needing some bigger buzz. Homey is determined, and has the bars to back it up.
DOWNLOAD Mike Classic "Battle Cry"
Something about hearing the dusty vinyl in a sample that makes me wish I had a turntable here to just listen to shit. In any case, the way D/Will flipped that beat does feel like some floating in the sky shit, with Les Izmore looking up, philosophizing about shit like "who am I? Where am I going?", those questions that makes man man. The discovery has to be in the application, but your best bet is to plot it out before implementation. Or did I go too deep? The Granny Smith Theorem drops Halloween 2011.
DOWNLOAD D/Will & Les Izmore "Eyes In The Sky"
Am I the only one who chuckled about a cat named Atari Blitzkrieg doing a project that pays homage to the Super Nintendo, Super? Anyways, 'Tari Blitz dices a sick Krohme instrumental (that has heavy use of the Amen break), painting pictures of a '90s kid living in Hip-Hop and video gaming. I was never a huge SNES head - I fucked with that Genesis, but the SNES was definitely superior. Super features MCs like Big Pooh, Motion Man, Breez Evahflowin, John Robinson and more, with beats from marink d and Jazz Spastiks. Check for Super, and enjoy this cut from it.
DOWNLOAD Atari Blitzkrieg "Striving 2wards Freshness" (prod. by Krohme)
While the Starrskream duo is DistantStarr & Le N?ko, I had to post this cut that features Starr's MAGr homey, Al Mighty. What's fly is, MAGr was the first cats I heard rocking to Hudson Mohawke tracks, bridging that Hip-Hop/EDM gap, so Starr x Le N?ko are like an extension of that. "Starving" is how I'm feeling right now (need a meal), and the bass in this cut is what your woofers are needing right now. This cut is taken from The No Sleep Project, which you can cop for less than a nickle bag on Bandcamp. Philly meets France, and it's sho is fawnky!
DOWNLOAD Starrskream ft. Al Mighty "Starving"
The homey DJ Ambush asked me if I'd like to present a #MONTHOFTHEMASK series, celebrating the works of the one like DOOM, aka MF DOOM and a bunch of other aliases. No hesitation on my answer. With Halloween and my birthday in the same month, it was a no brainer. I can't wait to showcase the music of the DSTRCT9 familia, as well as the other mixtapes and visual art that will be part of this series. Hit the jump for an idea of what you'll get, as well as two of the covers for different #MONTHOFTHEMASK projects. More on this as I receive it. #ALLCAPS
Rome Cee keeps it moving, dropping the second cut from Grey Area, and goes ham over some Audio Games production. Feels like his word explain this one better than mine ever could: "I wrote Virtue from the perspective of King, Don or Boss, in constant battle everyday to maintain control and power in a world with no morals. I feel these are the values and lifestyles of some of the long forgotten leaders of the past". Preach.
DOWNLOAD Rome Cee "Virtue" (prod. by Audio Games)
With all of the "Occupy ______" protests going on worldwide, Cyclops & Tokyo Cigar dropped a pretty poignant track on the Internets last week. Although, their sentiments lean more to how guys like Dallas Penn see things, it's dumb easy to get lost in the strife, worries and bullshit of the daily grind. Do you for you right now, instead of waiting for an inevitable. Carpe diem, my nigga. Carpe diem. The Year of the Dragon: 2012 A.D. is on the way...
DOWNLOAD The Plexiglass Fountain "We Got Today"
On September 1, I joined The Cult (DJ Reese, Add & Ciana Monet) for Cultural Hangover Radio at Montclair State University's 90.3 FM Studio. The Cult and I chopped it up about the origin of "AWKWORD" & "The People's Champ"; my upbringing in Connecticut; my World View project; and what it's like collaborating with Hip Hop legends. The chemistry was palpable, and the interview shifted seamlessly from comical to serious throughout... then, I freestyled for nearly 50 bars over the classic DJ Premier beat Jay-Z used for "So Ghetto".
I (Freestyle) [Live on Cult Hangover Radio] by AWKWORD
Cultural Hangover Radio Interview x "I" Freestyle by AWKWORD
Weird day today. Sometimes, niggas wear so many hats, and I'm not talking bout 59Fiftys. Anyways, it's hard to know who you are and what you're doing when you're pulled in fifty 'leven places. Or maybe you replace those you's with me's. Or is that I? Anyways, I need more beer in me, and you need this Pugz dismantling of a Toki Monsta instrumental. Interesting bit here doe. Enjoy that. Get high to this.
DOWNLOAD Pugs Atomz "Who R U"
Not posting this because it's a dope song - it isn't. Not even going to sit here and grandstand about any of the current discussions on the Hip-Hop/dubstep genre-bending that seems to be primed to fuck radio in the ras. All I'm gonna say is - when this chapter in history is written, you might not even mention me. Mention DJ Nappy, and mention THUGSTEP. That'll do.
DOWNLOAD Drake ft. Nicki Minaj "Make Me Proud" (prod. by T-Minus)
Here's a new jawn that BamBam Bronson dropped via twitter. Really love the swing of this one - it goes through a couple of different variations, perfect for Bronson's flow. Him and Party Supplies really go in together. Paper in the fucking sweatpants, man. Wifey would love the Guy Fieri reference.
DOWNLOAD Action Bronson "Blue Chips" (prod. by Party Supplies)
If you remember, I posted about the documentary on Pharcyde-producer J Swift's drug use, abuse and hitting rock bottom, 1 More Hit, three years ago. I've really been wanting to see this since before then, and heard over the Summer that DVDs were ready to be sold. Looks like they are securing distro, and have opened up a Kickstarter to raise the $17K needed to get this one out there, including the final cut, digital transfer and music clearance (word is Swift did a gang of music for the movie over the last four years), as well as marketing. Your pledges of $25 and more will get you a DVD version of the flick, among other things, so really, get on it. Check out the trailer and clips of the flick, and contribute. Crack is wack, and this movie will continue to help people realize that.
Ill show from the Combat Jack famalam. Uncle Murda was scheduled (again) and canceled (again), but the legendary Milk Dee of Audio Two stopped by. The crew also chatted a number of things up, including use of the word "nigga", Jack possibly ditching his BlackBerry and other points of interesting interest. You already know!
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (10/12/2011) [via PNC Radio]
The Combat Jack Show (Milk D) 10-12-11 by PNCRadio
Does what it says on the tin... and so much more.
YellowCake links up with three of the finest MCs you niggas sleep on, over a beat from J57. #McDuckBack, and not being stingy. Video directed by a nigga named PhotoRob. That name rocks.
The boy Fresh hit me with Shafe's latest single from Who's That?! My Man Shafe..., which is now being held off until a release at the end of the year. Possibly. Hopefully. Rocking over a Budos Band sample, Shafe gets his cook on - but not in the Lil B #letthatboycook sense, the classic "we're marinating some serious funk" cook. No hard drums, which allows Shafe to get a nice flow overtop. Seasoned just right IMO. Homey actually performed this in Philly at The Khyber this past August, check the performance. Need that album, Shafe!
DOWNLOAD My Man Shafe "I'm Cookin'"
I told yall the Garden Variety show was going down twice in Trenton! On the 22nd of October, they're hitting the Trenton Atelier once again, featuring the likes of Black Collar Biz, Myk Dyaleks, Surg, Sol Infinite, Earl Grey, Phace, Ceez and plenty others. Sounds by Divine Drummah and Super Brown Bum, and hosted by Edobeci. $5 donation, doors open at 9PM. What other excuse can you POSSIBLY have?! Hit the Facebook for more details.
Earlier today, Hera and the Eleven Eleven Agency dropped their latest podcast, featuring the homey DJ Nappy dropping a number of tracks that we first used to fuck with when we got into dubstep in 2005. Oddly enough, the timing of THUGSTEP was so hectic, he didn't give these the proper listen then, so he rocked them now and came up with a DOPE mix for 11.11. Nice throwback on that dubstep I remember being enamored with. And it's a dope mix that dropped on my birthday.
DOWNLOAD Eleven Eleven Podcast 10.11.11: DJ Nappy
11.11 Agency Podcast 10-11-11 by Disc Jockey Nappy
A little less than a year ago, Von Pea dropped Pea's Gotta Have It. Not sure if he did it because of my birthday, but he's temporarily let this one go on his Bandcamp page. For free. If you still haven't gotten this one, you're fucking up. You need to grab this for free. Then PAY the nigga $8 or whatever as an "I'm sorry for sleeping on your awesome album". Seriously.
DOWNLOAD Von Pea Pea's Gotta Have It
Check out the interview I did with Pea on my birthday last year.
Another great week from the Side-B fam, featuring a boatload of Jersey-centric artists, including Internal Quest, Spitatainment, Venemous2000, Skrewtape, Dre Skuffs, Shawn Love, Rhymageddon, AP The Mayor and plenty more. You should already know. And if you fucks with Side-B, you need to get on that WPRB Pledge train.
If you know me, you know I try to get a lot done online. One of my gigs is Content Editor over at Dogs On Acid, which I've been a member of since 2001. The site actually celebrated it's 10th year of existence, and got nominated for Best Music Forum for MTV's second O Music Awards (you can vote now)! I think it'd be ill if DOA won something like this, while celebrating its 10th year of being one of the go-to spots for EDM heads online, worldwide. Out of the blue, I got hit up to be interviewed for the MTV OMA Blog, in a piece where they wanted to know what it took to run a forum like DOA. You can check that out HERE, and read me jabber on about the different things I get into, how DOA came to fruition and some of the things that make the site unique... and continue to last. They never asked, and took "khal ripkin" from the name I have on my twitter page, which makes me chuckle and is NOT something I want to change (although now I really do need a Baltimore Orioles 59Fifty - size 7 1/2). In any case, please check out the interview (nice, random birthday gift), and if you can, swing some votes our way. We're up against Rap God Fathers and a site called Banjo Hangout. Shouts to @nettap. Thanks!
The one like Zane Lowe has been killing universities across the United Kingdom, and recently put together this mix of tunes that are getting major play on his Insider Tour. Love how he drops a lot of different genres, with tunes from Drumsound & Bassline Smith, Camo & Krooked, Nero, ShockOne, Chase & Status and plenty more. Might need to crack a brew and celebrate proper to this one!
DOWNLOAD Zane Lowe - Insider Tour Mix
Zane Lowe - Insider Tour - Mix by Zane Lowe
Damn. Nothing like some new Sauce Money to make you realize how great Hip-Hop can be. Dude just starts spitting and you're hypnotized. Pushing the rewind button, trying to figure out what the hell he just said. Always fucked with dude, lyrically. And the artwork that came across with this? I need that on a t-shirt. Or I need chicken and watermelon on my plate.
DOWNLOAD Sauce Money ft. Wais P "Chicken & Watermelon" (prod. by Team Demo) [clean | dirty]
Sauce Money feat. Wais P "Chicken & Watermelon" (Street) by clockworkmusic
While this is NOT the first time we've heard Gangsta Gibbs on some dubstep, this is the first I'd heard of him hopping on Joker's "The Vision", the lead single from his debut album of the same name, which is due out on the 8th of November. I'm not seeing this Gibbs-feature on the tracklist, so I'm guessing this is some promo business. Loving it. And you still scoff when I bring up THUGSTEP, don't you!?!? If you're in NYC, Joker will be at Terminal 5 on the 22nd of October, alongside Skream, Benga and Dillon Francis, so you might want to head on out there. Then grab that album in November. You already know. Liquid flows here.
Here's something to get high to. That Torae album For The Record is shaping up to be something special. Obviously, getting a beat from Pete Rock will infinitely help out whatever you're working on, but Torae not only tackles it head on... he fucking goes in. Got that Jansport flavor to it. Throw your hands in the air and rewind type shit. For The Record, November 1st.
DOWNLOAD Torae "That Raw" (prod. by Pete Rock)
Bonus Beats Torae "Do The Math" (prod. by Large Professor)
October is my favorite month of the year - not only for my bornday (aka today), or Halloween, but I just fucks with hoodie season. And when I find out that someone shares my birth month, I look at them in a different way. Just some weird shit. Dre Skuffs shares an October birth month, and he flung this track into my hands. Love the throwback sound on this one. He kind of gets a lil Fif on in this one, which I'm not mad at. Just something to help celebrate the 10th month, the best month, to.
DOWNLOAD Dre Skuffs "October" (prod. by Bang Musik)
We've already leaked a few jawns from this ("A Smart Black Boy", "Goodbye", "Cooking Up"), so why not put the $5 in the nigga pocket and grab the full EP? Beats from King I Divine, Illastrate, Swiff D and more, and blctxt contxt has the ill rhymes. Really captivating voice, but he also spits some real shit. I'm fucking with this right now, and you need to be, too.
PURCHASE blctxt contxt - A Smart Black Boy | The Sonic Inception
This is one of those tracks that slipped right by me. Benhameen dropped this on the latest Combat Jack show, and I'm all about this. Pour something up and rock to this.
Bonus Beats Dom Kennedy ft. Casey Veggies & cARTer "CDC"
Not sure if R.O.E. knows, but my birthday is tomorrow, so he actually hit me with an early birthday gift a few hours ago. Grabbing Common's latest No I.D.-produced excellence, ROE really kicks some random thoughts atop the finest track. Straight heat, too. More like a book of rhymes, with ROE just thumbing through the pages, picking his inner-most thoughts and bleeding them onto the beat. Be on the lookout for his TheRadiantChildLP, which he's trying to drop this December. Coast to this one for the time being, though.
DOWNLOAD R.O.E. "Blue Sky (Random Thoughts)"
Here's a note I got from Side-B's Hook Jackson, regarding this week's WPRB Membership Drive: WPRB 103.3FM is having their annual membership drive for the entire week of 10/10/11. This will be Side-B Radio’s 2nd. time participating in this and we’re excited. The membership drive pulls the entire station together and you work with people you normally wouldn’t see at the station but we are coming together for one common goal to raise money so our station can function. Being an independent radio station we don’t have a big corporation behind us and that also gives us the freedom to play records that you normally wouldn’t hear on commercial radio. You have programs like Jamrock radio, Music you can’t hear, Jon Solomon plus many more different programs which makes this station special because there’s something for everyone and no matter what time of the day you will hear various styles of music. I’m asking the Side-B Radio family to help out and pledge this year to the station in large numbers to let management know that the hip-hop community has a strong voice at the station and we do get involved and if that happens Side-B Radio will become one of the cornerstone shows on WPRB and we can bring more ideas to the table about implementing hip-hop meaning more exposure for you! The money goes towards maintaining the station’s equipment either repairing or updating certain things around the station (computers, turntables, cd racks, working phone lines for interviews.) Below is a link if you want to pledge online and different amounts you are able to give. You can also pledge during the show this Sunday 5pm-7pm by calling the studio lines. Make sure when you pledge it’s on the behalf of SIDE-B RADIO and to show my appreciation I will thrown in mixtape from one of the artists that I play on my show. Thank you for not just your support of Side-B Radio but to WPRB 103.3fm. We are one of the last strongest independent stations in the country let’s keep it like that! Thank you.
The things I miss when I don't hit the Jersey Fresh Jam! Looks like Venemous2000 and DJ Priority filmed this at this year's extravaganza, with features from Divine Drummah, Rhymageddon, Mr. Fickle, Tone Liv and MANY more. Peep that graf!
previous Venemous2000 "Rock The Bells"
Recently, the B3Vision Group added Milly Esquire to their roster. Should be a perfect marriage, with Esquire massacring anything that's standing in his way. Or just continuing to be the cool motherfucker that he is. Back before he became Esquire, doe, he was Mark Milly. Before we embark on his next phase, he wanted to hit you bitch niggas in the face with some of that B.E. shit. Cuts from 2008 through 2010 make up this compilation, which should get you guys ready for his new EP, which might not have a fucking name, but will drop in December of 2011.
DOWNLOAD Milly Esquire - Vintage Milly, B.E. (Before Esquire)
The Combat Jack show continues to roll on. Word is the boy A-King wants the show to be tighter, and this episode was packed with guests, so it made sense. That's right, Azad Right, Jasiri X and the man like Lil' Cease all stopped by to the show on Wednesday, speaking on a number of topics. They even went in on the freestyle tip (as you saw above)! Another great episode in the chamber, trust. Shouts to the entire team.
Over the last few years, the mainstream has questioned why there's a lack of females on the mic, while only pushing chicks like Nicki Minaj. On the underground, there's a growing crop of fierce ladies who do the damn thing, and one who's fallen onto my radar is L.A.. She recently dropped her The L.A. Riots project, which blew me away, and she's been building steam on these here Internets over her short time as an MC. Figured it made sense to get to know homegirl, how she got into this game and what prompted her to bring it back to 1992 with her latest release...
I hope you cats didn't sleep on Rome's The Extra Mile, but if you did... check this jawn out then hit a U-Turn and get on that path. Cee has the sharp lines on this one, building it on the ring around Mike Tyson's eye. Dope how this one manifests from one idea into all different zones. Short workout, but it's not light-work - you'll be KO'd before the round's up if you fuck around. The Bmore representer is dropping The Grey Area in the Winter of 2011.
DOWNLOAD Rome Cee "Black Ring" (prod. by Dischoe)
Taken from Indie Rappers Do It For Gas Money (Vol. 2), Sketch takes a perfect throwback-flavored Willie Green beat to help flesh out the "love letter/hate mail" of an album to the listener. Kind of an ill idea, when you think about it - I imagine as much as artists, especially indie artists, love their fanbase, it's hard to justify a lot for heads who are trying to eat off of the funds they make, and without that machine to sort of cushion certain blows, they can get caught out there real quick, with nothing to show for it. Part of the game, but yeah I don't hear cats attacking this topic in this manner. Sketch goes buck on this beats, with loads of words and lines flying by you. Definite rewind track here.
DOWNLOAD Sketch Tha Cataclysm "Kidney Stones" (prod. by Willie Green)
Not sure why the beginning of this video was on that melodrama, but I'm not mad at the Jersey niggas flippin "This Is How We Do It" into a new school bouncer. I never went to parties like this when I was a shorty, but I figure if I rolled with some down ass people, I'd be going ham in spots like this. Taken from Tim T's Heather's House.
If you're like me, you're an old fan of the man like J-Zone. Whether it's on the boards creating heat (hell, he has a placement on the forthcoming Has-Lo project) or the hilarity he brings in his rhymes, you always got his ill personality and wit in anything he did. Do remember, though, Zone is a hustler and a smart motherfucker, and on the low he's been writing some ill pieces on his different perspectives on the Hip-Hop game, both past and current. I'm happy to see that homey has actually written a book, Root For The Villian: Rap, Bullsh*t and A Celebration Of Failure (of which you can check an excerpt of the first chapter via egotripland). Zone's book is about the music industry/business, but given his unique view on life (which mirrors a lot of the sentiments I hold on things), it turns into something more. Peep Zone's breakdown after the jump, read the Chapter 1 excerpt, then cop the book when he drops it. I will have this read soon - need to get back on my literary dean! I know this is set to drop in Fall of 2011, although via govillaingo.com, Zone is looking at a November 1st release date. Keep on the look out for all of that!