Archive for 10/01/2011 - 11/01/2011
The other day, I was lamenting on how I had first heard Company Flow's "Blind" on Vibes & Vapors, the Thursday night Hip-Hop show on WPRB 103.3 FM in Princeton, NJ. I got introduced to the bulk of my underground Hip-Hop jams from this show. Side-B Radio has continued on in it's path, but heads have always wanted to hear the V&V crew get back together. This past Sunday, both shows got together and kicked of a SERIOUS reunion show. If you remember V&V, you'll love the fuck out of this!
DOWNLOAD Side-B Radio (10/30/2011)
If you fucks with Tanya Morgan, there's two things you should know: they are now a duo, comprised of Donwill and Von Pea (peace to Ilyas), and they have a project on the way entitled You & What Army. That EP is set to drop on the 22nd of November, and to preview some of the jawns, TM have returned to their Lessondary Radio podcast with a special "Army Edition", which features an hour-long mix (of Von's) that showcases their collabos (with the likes of 9th Wonder, Skyzoo, King Mez and Che Grand), as well as some firey unreleased jawns. The brothers also wax poetic on what their hiatus has been filled with, as well as You & What Army. Them niggas still here. Enjoy it. And because I'm a nerd, I gotta say that finally meeting Don and Von this summer, after years of covering their shit, was a good experience, however brief it turned out to be.
EDIT TM uploaded a tracked out version, with a tracklist.
Truth be told, all I was worried about, Halloween release-wise, was The Woodside Boys and DJ Nappy's MANIC tape. There were a grip of projects that also dropped yesterday, and like going through the scores of candy we scooped up in our travels last night, let's catch-up on the tapes that dropped that you might have missed. Guys like Fat Joe, Freddie Gibbs, Jim Jones, ASAP Rocky, Young Chris, Iron Solomon and others had tapes out. If I missed someone, let me know.
Hell Razah's medical condition made it difficult to shoot many videos from his new album "Heaven Razah," but we're now proud to present the official video for "Return Of The Renaissance" featuring R.A. The Rugged Man. Intro from Razah himself, giving an update on his status with brand new footage. Video also featuring Timbo King.
All proceeds from Heaven Razah go to Razah's recovery: iTunes | Amazon.
One thing about me, I love seeing cats collaborate. Nothing gets me hyper than talented individuals combining their creative efforts and making something new, refreshing and exciting. I'm not sure how many months ago it was - I wanna say it was this past Spring; I was having a conversation with Lyle Horowitz, and he was talking about some of the tracks he's done with PreZZure, and I said something to the effect of "you guys should knock out an album and have rockthedub drop it on Halloween". That must have sounded good to them, because I started getting rumblings of them really churning out some ill shit - even dubbing themselves The Woodside Boys. I'm not sure what a Woodside Boy is, but I know these two cats locked horns and created a pure beast. PreZZ goes ham on this one - he really taps into the darker, more sinister side of his psyche, with tracks like "Ghost" (my personal favorite) and "Possessed" really blur the lines of crazy MC and crazy MC who might fucking kill you. You've already heard "I'm The Best", where they flipped what is arguably the best promo on WWE programming of the last few years into an anthem for slept-on MCs. 10 tracks of terror, from two cats who should be highly sought after. Trick or treat... Woodside or die.
DOWNLOAD rockthedub.com presents The Woodside Boys
Here's a nice Club banger into dubstep destroyer that Nappy posted on Generation Bass a few weeks back. The boy Wick-It is a fool for this one. I'll bop to this, rocking my "Thriller" t-shirt and taking lil' man out for trick-or-treating. Run ya candy, bitch!
DOWNLOAD Michael Jackson "Thriller (Wick-It Remix)"
Michael Jackson - Thriller (Wick-it Remix) by Wick-it the Instigator
Juju posted a .zip of dubplates and mash-ups for free via twitter. It's mostly his non-DnB fodder (which was more of what I was hoping for), including released singles like "Punks", as well as bootlegs of Yellowman and Gregory Isaac tunes. Makes me wish there was more dub-wise dubstep out there. Also makes me wish he was rockin' more releases in general.
DOWNLOAD Juju - Dubplates & More
Sometimes, it's hard to believe how long things can take to come out. The mix you're about to partake in, I've rinsed on my own for months. Artwork's been done, all of that. Oddly enough, there are times where delays work in your advantage, and opportunities to present works at a more appropriate time abound. Right now, the clock has just struck Halloween. The night where it's OK to let your freak flag fly, give in to your fears and essentially bug the fuck out. As long as you don't hurt nobody. For this latest mix from DJ Nappy, it morphs from being just a mixture of 40+ tracks (in 62 minutes, no less), but it becomes an audiobook. MANIC tells the story of one's descent into dementia, fueled by the sounds of dubstep, Hip-Hop and their bastard fuckchild, THUGSTEP. Original production from the likes of Silkie, MRK1, Borgore, Downlink, NumberNin6 and The Two. Fifteens (among others), with remix and refix pressure from 16bit, Santi Junior, Hipnotikk, Rastah.Mouse, North Base and plenty more. Turn this one up (loud) and wake the neighbors. Original artwork by Kelsi (click here for the full monty), with a nice addition by Squincy Jones.
This is sick as fuck. I knew Tyler was a producer, but I'm still fucking amazed at how he plays the keys. I grew up with a lot of kids who'd play instruments, and loved sitting in on their jam sessions. This took me back to junior year in high school. Hit the jump to see Tyler perform "Seven" with BADBADNOTGOOD.
@Dallas_Penn says "I took a few flicks from my trips to Paris in 2001 and 2005 to make this clip. Hopefully this video will catch some of the buzz created by KanYe performing in his Illuminati indoctrination gown".
Word is DP returns to the Combat Jack show this Wednesday. Chea!
If you fucked with the recently-released KhemLab project, you'd heard heat from both Cyrano and Sharp. I actually didn't know that these two did a lot of work together, but I'm thoroughly fucking with their SteadyFlow project, Carlin & Pryor. Great cover, great music, loads of dope beats (mostly produced by Sharp, although Centric & J. Slikk do make appearances), and a load of raw Rap for your bitch ass. And your bitch's ass. Loving it. If you're not nodding your head to this one, you might be in need of some new ears.
DOWNLOAD SteadyFlow - Carlin & Pryor
With an album due out in December, Mr. Miranda and Random align again to form Mirandom and bless this beautiful Mute production, sounding every bit as "silky" as you can sound on this second leak from The Memorandum. DJ Les on the cuts adds the right touch of class atop this one. Ill rhymes, some dope beats and ginsu-sharp cuts? Makings of some classic shit to ride out to. Sip something expensive to this.
DOWNLOAD Mirandom "Planet Silk" (prod. by Mute)
This an excellent track right here. The last leak from Adebisi's The Blaxploitation Life II, he aligns with Najee over some fucking magnificent excellence in the form of Reason's track. Makes me feel like pushing all of this busy work to the side and dancing on my cubicle, bottle of beer in hand. Fuck that life, fuck with this life. My spirit is better than my boss' boss' bullshit. Just say the word. Shouts to Q from TMB.
DOWNLOAD Adebisi ft. Najee "Better Than Ya'll" (prod. by Reason)
For the second Halloween in a row, The Two. Fifteens have cooked up an exclusive mix for you RTD fiends out there. 2011 has been a dope year from them, getting some great looks from the likes of Benji B, Starkey and other major players, as well as putting out projects like The Commute Vol. 1, as well as remix Nappy's "This Is Anger". They've got a grip of heat in the chamber, and are no doubt waiting to put out some serious sounds. I'll keep you locked on all of that, as per usual. For now, take a walk on the spooky side with their latest mix, featuring cuts from Hype Williams (the producer, not the video director), Scientist, Project Pat, Drumma Boy and their own productions. Fucks with this for your weekend - you HAVE to have some parties that this mix could be the soundtrack for very easily.
Not only do I love when MCs I fuck with pop up randomly on dope tracks - and I don't hear about them - but when those same MCs are doing tracks for people I consider fam, that's the goodshit. The homegirl Vicious Cycle put out a couple of tracks under the Volume Control heading, and this one not only features a pretty fly sample, but taps Lessondary vet Von Pea, who I finally met over the summer, for a feature.This is the kind of ish I'd rather bring to my son to get educated and (hopefully) become as enamored with Hip-Hop as I am. Lots of love for the music, no cookie-cutter beats - just straight from the heart, honest output. Loving that sample as well. Spend you a dollar and get you some Hip-Hop.
PURCHASE Vicious Cycle ft. Von Pea "Made To Love" (prod. by Lexzyne Productions, co-prod. by Danjah One & Money Stax)
First off, shouts to J-Zone's grandmother for reaching 88 years on this earth. She celebrated her birthday with a bran muffin and a copy of Root for The Villain, Zone's new book, which drops on in November. I've gotten my mitts on a promo copy, and when I get a chance to read it, I'm amazed. Here he is, one of the true DIY artists within the underground Hip-Hop scene, crafting not only a story on his life through a Hip-Hop scope, but also dropping GEMS that you new school artists should really take notice of. He's a purist, and it shows, and honestly, whether it's Professional Wrestling or Hip-Hop, we all need a dose of that research and experience before really tackling our own dreams. In this excerpt from the book, Zone breaks down what happens when someone with a Rap career is forced to go back into the workforce. I fucking hate my job, and hope any rapper who is worth their weight in acetate can somehow maintain an existence in the industry, on their own terms. I wish I could. In any case, head on over to egotripland and check out this excerpt, then buy the book when he drops it... and if THAT'S not enough, check out another excerpt, "5 Rap Songs That Got Me In Deep Sh*t".
Now before you talk shit, yes, both the flier and the post title say October 40th. That's not a typo. When Ambush hit me about helping present the #MONTHOFTHEMASK with the #DSTRCT9 crew, it was damn near the middle of October. So, as to keep this train moving, we asked the Gods and the Earths to extend October to include this DOOMSTRAVAGANZA night, which goes down at The Arts Garage in Philly on the 9th of November (for you mortals); truthfully, it'll be the 40th of October. Get that shit RIGHT. Copies of Ambush's Amtroduction To DOOM mixtape, as well as La'Trese & Summer's DOOM For Dummies mixtape will be available, and while masks are not required, they are highly recommended attire.
To further whet your appetite, we've got "The Rock Pro.Pain Flow", which features Chances R (of Society Parks) ripping through the instrumental for "Rock Co.Kane Flow", the Jake One-produced DOOM feature from De La's Grind Date album. Shit's blaze.
DOWNLOAD Chances R "The Rock Pro.Pain Flow"
Good to hear the dude JSWISS drop some new heat on that ass. Homey has really shown me some promise over this year; he's part of a crew of younger MCs like D.Julien, Legit, Avion and others that I wish I could make a compilation with, but you know, that'd take a long time. See what I did there? Anyways, SWISS has an EP, Cool Grey, dropping on the 22nd of November, and this is his dedication to his love for Hip-Hop, as well as the first leak from that EP. Raise your glass.
DOWNLOAD JSWISS "Long Time" (prod. by U'nique Music)
This is some real shit right here. You have to balance your life - it's dope to hustle, get guap or get status, but if you're neglecting shit, you're fucking up. Devote that time as needed, or you'll see the shit you should really be holding dear float away from you. This is taken from the City Slick album, The Money & His Fool. Word is a video for this one is on the way - can't wait to see it. Green Llamas, bitch.
DOWNLOAD City Slick ft. Scheme "The Ends Justify The Means"
The Ends Justify The Means ft. Scheme by EmceeDecay
Here's one of those aggro tracks that I fuck with. Not just for that HEAVY beat, but for the content. At varying points in my life, I've felt like a loser (for whatever reason), so to have a track with my kind of sound speaking my kind of language? All wins. This one is taken from Ruk's Confessions Of A Loser EP, which he has penciled in to drop on the 15th of November. About the subject matter, Ruk says "Its a very loose concept album that just plays like a movie - the ups and downs of being a loser - from trying to get a girl drunk to increase the odds of getting laid, to genuinely having a crush on a girl and trying to holler...from brief moments of confidence and "swag" to the reality that when you chase your dreams you're alone. Its all there". He's shooting for the stars on this one, and losers like me are more than ready.
DOWNLOAD RUKUS "For The Losers"
Feel like I've been throwing hasHBrown's album title, Break Something, all Summer, and now we've got the official first single, over a beat that will get you screwfacing EARLY. This one right here? Pure example of how ill his spit truly is. He's as much of a beast on the mic as he is on the boards, but he didn't need to push buttons, just light fires with his lyrics. Break Something drops for free on the 30th of November, so if you were sleeping, or have plans to sleep, wake up, apologize, and clear some room for this one. You'll be riding this til you die from this.
DOWNLOAD hasHBrown "The Death Penalty" (prod. by YPhoenix)
I definitely just posted some Brown Bag shit, but goddamn! I fuck around with J57, because he wants to fight. He's going to catch a two-piece just for living one of these days. Outside of our animosity, this dude is a fucking monster on the production. This track is a perfect example - he provides one of those hoodie-low, multiple rewinds on the Walkman beats here, with the wild keys and loooooooooooooow bass. And he must have been rocking DP.com, as he grabbed features from Meyhem Lauren, Action Bronson and Maffew Ragazino - on one track, alongside the beastly Rasheed Chappell?!?! My lawd. Late contender for posse cut of the year. Cuts from DJ Brace, of course. Taken from J's forthcoming 2057 EP, which of course he didn't tell me a release date for. Only thing "forthcoming" will be a Timberland to his ass. #McSchmuck!
DOWNLOAD J57 ft. Meyhem Lauren, Action Bronson, Maffew Ragazino & Rasheed Chappell "The Main Event"
Talk about true Hip-Hop. Whatever Tranzformer was toking on when he made this beat, someone needs to buy him a bushel of it. This is one of those undeniable headnoddin' jawns, and Koncept does the damn thing on it. Brown Bag has been the shit for a bit, even if
J57 #McDuck been on that stingy ish. Bastid. #McRib all over that shit. DJ Brace on the cuts. This beat is so fucking stupid.
DOWNLOAD Koncept "Hear, Hun?" (prod. by Tranzformer)
We've all been there. Niggas going to a party where you might be indulging a bit too much. Not pass out level - yet, but that shit where things like playing badminton in flip-flops or running around with a deer head, poking girls in the ass with the antlers, sounds like the ONLY thing you need to be doing. You probably went around smoking that shit. You know what I'm talking about. The shit the white dude with Birkenstocks passed you, smelling like heaven. Out of a bong, doe. Followed by straight shots of Black Label. Around like 2PM, Saturday afternoon. I definitely just described an excursion I went in on back Halloween 1999, involving breaking in this cat's new mini-bong we dubbed "Johnny 5". Ham. Oh, this is a new refix that Nappy flipped over a Dev79 riddim. Shouts to that Slit Jockey fam. We'll be dropping Nappy's Manic mix in some way, shape or form on the Halloween 2011, too. OH and word is that Waka Flocka, Meek Mill and Uncle Murda will be touching down at the Sun National Bank Center on the 23rd of November for a "Jersey's Most Wanted" concert. I don't think I'll be going. I'm not trying to get merked in my hometown on Thanksgiving Eve.
DOWNLOAD Young Gwapa ft. Waka Flocka Flame vs. Dev79 "White Boy Wasted (Disc Jockey Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
Young Gwapa - White Boy Wasted ft. Waka Flocka Flame (Disc Jockey Nappy vs. Dev79 Thugstep Mix) by Disc Jockey Nappy
Got this remix of "Niggas In Paris" in my inbox last night. Or today. These weeks really just fly by. This shit kind of HAM. DJ Warrior and Vision took a Hov line and a Ye line, as well as a likkle snip of melody and threw some nasty bass and harder drums underneath. No real verses, though. Aside from Von D, does Paris have a dubstep scene? Who knows. Go ham to this.
DOWNLOAD The Throne "Niggas In Paris DUBSTEPPIN' (DJ Warrior & Vision Remix)"
For the third of his "jawns" series, Small Pro compiles a batch of beats that he did on the side #chuckle. As he puts it (as he pushes his glasses right on his face), "they're all pretty much personal challenges in the form of previously heard sample refreaks and flips of suggestions by my homies". I jut say they're ill tracks. Enjoy, ho. And grab that Fortilive Remix LP that dropped last week.
DOWNLOAD Small Professor - Mistress Jawns
I've been championing Rob Jay's work over the last year. Or two. Days flow into each other, sorry. This shit right here? DJ Ammbush and Rob linking up, knocking out an EP together? Awesome. Rob's got the knack for telling great stories, and shows off his humorous side when needed (check the nod to Purple Rain on this one). I'd go in for eons trying to make you listen, but really, just listen to it.
DOWNLOAD Rob Jay - Millionaire By 30 EP
EDIT I also uploaded a version with 320kbps MP3s, as opposed to the .wavs, which made their link like 300MB+. Sorry!
I know I just dropped episode 002 on Friday, but I was at work and the Spirit hit me. With WWE Vengeance in the can, I wanted to vent about the PPV, as well as give some scenarios regarding where the WWE might be headed, especially considering that The Rock is returning VERY soon. Also dropped some tracks, featuring heads like Company Flow, Quelle Chris, Roc Marciano, Random Axe, Scienz of Life and a snippet of a forthcoming cut from The Woodside Boys. Take a walk with me.
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast 003
I always enjoy myself at the Garden Variety shows. Shouts to Self and Kasso for continuing to shine the light on the Jersey Underground, and for heads who come out and experience these shows. In my side convos with guys like Mr. Fickle and Sol Infinite, as well as building briefly with Phace and Divine Drummah, there's not only a shitload of music that I need in my possession SOON, but there's still the ever-present Internet fame vs. Real World fame thing going on. Shows like this help me actually SEE people, and not just admire cover art, but there's a next level that our scene desperately needs. Hopefully 2012 can help us all achieve our wishes. In any case, as per usual, I've snapped a grip of pictures, which you can check out via Facebook. Hit the jump for video from the performances by Rap/Music, Joey Dynomite and Earl Grey. See you next month!
Here's a dope release that I've been waiting to drop. The boy B. Young, now known as YNG_BMC, recently dropped this EP, which is produced entirely by Tha S Ence out of Philly. Dude's flow fits perfectly with S Ence's brand of Hip-Hop. Seriously some dope shit to wake up and get your day right with. I have been a fan of dude's work for a bit, and in passing he let me know that he's got more work he's putting in, so hopefully over the next couple of months I'll have some new treats, but dig in to these with a bowl of Wheaties (or weedies). Getcha mind right.
DOWNLOAD YNGBMC - TheEP
I hope you guys enjoyed the first episode of the blackrasslin podcast, as I think you'll enjoy this one a bit more. I felt a bit more comfortable on this latest episode, and got my rant on regarding the #OccupyRAW program, as well as ran down the Vengeance PPV card. Spent a bit of time campaigning for Alicia Fox as well. Some jokes, a lot of nerding out, and some dope Hip-Hop to boot. What's NOT to love?
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast 002
Finally. It's been two years since Kid Hum and RTD dropped Offshore Drilling. Two years since guys like Cy Yung, Whygee, Sky 7th, junclassic and others joined forces with Main Course, Deal - The Villain, The Jake and a merry band of features (including the one like Nico The Beast) aligned themselves as The KhemLab. Two years of starts and stops, and finally a powerful push over the last few months to get this done. And it's hear. 20 tracks full of raw lyrics, tough beats and a bevy of topics, ranging from murder fantasies to cuts devoted to needing new kicks. I'm excited for you guys to hear this project in it's entirety, mainly because it started from nothing and became something I'm truly enjoying. The crew also flips cuts from Diamond District and DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox' BYOP EP, alongside a serious grip of original beats - shouts to Anno Domini, Centric, Four Finger Ring, Sharp, 2 Deep, J57 and the rest of the 'Lab. But enough from me - take this journey with us. Don your labcoats and help us decipher this thing called Hip-Hop, and experiment with what the music can really become.
DOWNLOAD rockthedub presents The KhemLab [mirror]
With the hoopla from #TheKhemLab taking over the last two weeks, I forgot that the homey Kid Hum was dropping a new album! From his last correspondence, Love To Give drops on the 24th of October (AKA this coming Monday), and I know he said it will be available on Bandcamp. I'll have the full details up on this when they become available, but if you peep the tracklist (after the jump), the album features "Abbey's Psalm", the lone instrumental track that you hear on The KhemLab project that dropped today. Fucks with that, and get prepped for the rest.
I was never a Polo nigga. I never had the money to get into all of that stuff, and while these days, I support New Era and New Balance, I don't pledge to one brand for all that shit. Mainly because I still don't have the loot for it. hasHBrown stays fly with his, so it makes sense that this cut highlights his fashion sense, as well as how he outshines the game. Break Something is still due later this year, and this is a heater from that project. Bong.
DOWNLOAD hasHBrown ft. Delo "New Polos" (prod. by Jett I. Masstyr & Chris Rockaway)
hasHBrown - New Polos ft. Delo-prod. by Jett I Masstyr -Chris Rockaway-2011 by JettIMasstyr
Rob Jay drops a track that plays like an autobiography of how I see him. He's one of those "wise beyond his years" niggas, and this track shows that, effortlessly. Millionaire Before 30 drops on the 24th of October, and typing that, realizing I hit 30 recently, fucks me up - I'm so far from that number in my bank account. Oh well, still have millions of memories fucking with this music, and Jay is a big part of what I'm coasting to currently. Enjoy dat.
DOWNLOAD Rob Jay ft. John Dew "Wise Man" (prod. by Ammbush)
Here's the final leak from #TheKhemLab project that we're dropping tomorrow. I won't go too ham into the shit, but I finally got everything sorted out last week, and feel that this is a strong compilation... that most of you will sleep on. Anyways, atop an instrumental from DJ Concept & DJ Mickey Knox's BYOP EP, Main Course, Whgyee and Sky 7th go hammer over some sly horns. One of the more powerful/immediately impactful bangers from this compilation, these three really brought their individual flavor to this one. Shouts to Main Course, who has helped a LOT in getting this project completed. Grab this, and rock to "Put It To Rest" and their "Streets Won't Let Me Chill" flip, then get ready for our opus when it drops, tomorrow morning!
DOWNLOAD The KhemLab "Ya Gone"