Archive for 11/01/2011 - 12/01/2011
I get hit up every now and again for all kinds of things, and my interest piques whenever someone hits me up about T-Shirts. When I'm not at work, I'm living life in T-Shirts, so finding proper abdomen representation is a must. With the number of "customize your own t-shirt" spots on the web, I have to introduce you to ooShirts.com, an upstart company out of Berkeley, California. Talk about ease of use - you can upload a picture or image (preferably something that's not going to get you sued) to their site and peruse through the multitude of shirt types with EASE! They've got unisex shirts, shirts specifically for women and hoodies as well. You can also pick from a number of different types of shirt (for example, the RTD logo shirt I made came on a crispy, tagless Hanes white tee). Reasonable rates, too, depending obviously on size, quality of shirt and how much you're putting on it. Quick shipping, too. Just an all-around great source for your custom t-shirt needs. I'd recommend this spot for other bloggers/websites, or even people who need some exclusive pieces for whatever they're doing. Highly recommended. They even have people who review your orders and, if any changes/suggestions are made (to help your shirt look iller), they send you an email with their specs. Not just some ol' "upload pics and we haphazardly throw the image on there". Feels like they really care about what I'm trying to wear. Love that.
Thieving-ass Nappy pilfered David Heartbreak's hard drive, and all we got was a 30 minute Moombahton workout. Those hockey pucks!
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Disc Jockey Nappy - I Stole David Heartbreak's Hard Drive by Disc Jockey Nappy
The video for this one dropped earlier this week, so we had to drop the MP3 for the next #BlackFriday installment. Black Collar Biz has the knack for rapping like he's talking. Real confident, real intelligent, but still fly. And putting Trenton on his back. Most young cats try to rep their city, but this is a nigga who's doing it. And doing it well. Forever Black is on the way!
DOWNLOAD Black Collar Biz "Thank Me Later"
You might not fuck with professional wrestling like I do, but I'm loving this podcast right here. One of the highlights here is me booking the forthcoming WWE Network, which is set to drop on the first of April (the same day as WrestleMania 28). I also went in on this week's episode of RAW, and play some fly tracks from the likes of Tyler, the Creator, R.O.E., Strong Arm Steady and plenty more. Fuck withya boy.
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Whoa. New leak from J57's 2057 EP, and he called in BBAS-fam Koncept to spit over this ill track. Love the use of the vocal in the sample. Kind of eerie, but all funky. Brown Bag to the death. But I'm guessing that death's either liver failure or "death by being too dope".
DOWNLOAD J57 ft. Koncept "Pulp Fiction"
If you've got somewhere to go, right now, and it involves driving in a city, you might want to burn this to a CD like 10 times and just ride to it. Has that "street lights flying fast" flavor to it. But you have to be sippin on some cognac while driving. No word on WHAT Ess Vee has dropping in 2012, but this cut is helping him gear up for it. Smooth, clean nigga shit.
DOWNLOAD Ess Vee "Get Right To It" (prod. by Ante)
If you missed this (like I did) when it first came out, here's the re-release, with five additional tracks. Dom O Briggs is a chill nigga that I think needs to get in that spotlight. Hopefully 2012 will allow him to spread his wings and enter more people's iTunes. Or you niggas will continue to sleep because he has glasses, or whatever reason you fuckers sleep on dope music. Thank me later. And be on the lookout for his Always Inspire(d) EP, which is due to drop this Winter.
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For anyone hating on the Combat Jack show featuring Dallas Penn, or thinking it's not worthy, do me a favor and kill your whole self. Figuratively and literally. I don't know too many radio shows that balance the funny along with the real like this one does. Solid show this week, with L.E.P. Bogus Boys and Hot 97's own Peter Rosenberg jumping into the hotseat. Usual quality from all, including DJ Benhameen. Or you could continue to play yourself.
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The Combat Jack Show (Peter Rosenberg & LEP Bogus Boys) 12-7-11 by PNCRadio
Khan done done it again. His Pursuance EP dropped yesterday, and is produced entirely by the Audible Doctor. Soul Khan's one of those rare breed of MCs that has no problem tackling real subjects, but still can bring the wit and lyrical flavor to his music. Instead of just stringing battle raps together, he's a cat who is good at both, and is just as good at making poignant songs as he is ripping his foe to shreds. My boy Doug copped Pursuance, and got the OK to give away three copies to three lucky RTD readers. The competition is easy: the first three to follow me on twitter (@khal) and tweet "hey @khal, let me get that @SoulKhan Pursuance EP http://bit.ly/ttI5n3" will get just that. Be sure to be following me, though.
DOWNLOAD Soul Khan ft. Akie Bermiss "Mr. Governor" (prod. by Audible Doctor)
One of Jersey's upcoming grapples with Nas' classic and does it justice. NY isn't the only spot where it gets real and cold on the regular, Camden, NJ has it's own demons, and Apollo delivers you a slice of that life. He's had a great 2011, and I can only hope 2012 does him just as well!
DOWNLOAD Apollo The Great "Camden State Of Mind"
Kasso will be rockin' live art on South Broad Street in Trenton tonight while DJ Tangency spins Soul & Funk music. Facebook Event to keep abreast to this one; word from Will is that this one normally goes down on Thursdays, but they are switching it up for this week only. Word is Will has a solo show going down in March, so a lot of these shows will be gearing up for that. Dope LOCAL talent going down in Trenton. Be there.
This is exactly what it says it is - a showcase bigging up the talented artists hailing from Newark, NJ. Featured acts include Nocturnal, Sol Zalez, Terrible 2 Sum (Phace & Gentum), Az Izz, DJ A Sharp on the decks and a special reunion performance from The Outsidaz! Great night for Jersey Hip-Hop. No cover or dress code, +21, at Lucky 7's in Newark. Sunday, December 18th - plan to be there!
The latest edition of Small Pro's Jawns series doesn't really even live up to it's title. It was supposed to be a collection of, well, jawns that didn't make the first three releases, but the nigga ended up adding some new beats and removing leftovers. Shit's dope regardless, plus he doesn't waste a great cover. Enjoy!
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This nigga Nappy feeling the Holiday spirit, and felt like leaking this Aleon Craft refix that I imagine is pretty recent. Not sure I even had this before it hit the SoundCloud. 2012 looks like it should be an important year for THUGSTEP, if what I'm hearing and helping cultivate bears the proper fruits. For now, enjoy these freebies. Be prepared, though - shit's about to get hectic. This shit right here? Proper low-end FUNK!
DOWNLOAD Aleon Craft vs. Crushington "Yoga Flame (Disc Jockey Nappy THUGSTEP Refix)"
Aleon Craft - Yoga Flame (Disc Jockey Nappy vs. Crushington Thugstep Mix) by Disc Jockey Nappy
Great streak from Juan Epstein right now. This latest edition, we get a convo with ?uestlove and Black Thought, talking all kinds of ish. ?uest even pondered how Ciph and Rosenberg feel about playing music they might not like on Hot 97. We get some insight on being Jimmy Fallon's band, the "What They Do" video and past Roots members, among other bits.
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Loving this right here. Never heard Headkrack, to my knowledge at least, but he goes in on this '70s-synth tinged banger. M Slago is taking no shorts, and his M Slago Presents Attack The Wack, which is what's needed. And anything referencing Dolemite is #1 in my book.
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I knew I'd heard of JR & PH7 before, via this split 7" with Brokn.Englsh & St. Joe Louis from August of 2010. Looks like they came back for round 2 with "Bloody Sunday", which you can cop on iTunes or Bandcamp today. We always talk about how European Hip-Hop lends more to the "Golden Era" of the game, and this is no exception. If you fuck with The Roots or other Soulful artists, you'll mess with this. And the Elite Assembly is no slouch when it comes to the truth. Also packed with a remix from The Drumkidz & 7inch.
Not sure who Tree Woods is, but I know 88-Keys has been all about bringing forth the new artists, so I respect what he's doing here. This cut right here? Reminds me of "No Church In The Wild", at least the beat. Kind of reminds me of the Western vibe that Daddylonglegs had on their Horse album, although I imagine only two of you will even know what the fuck that is all about. Whatever. This is some nice driving cross country type music, but only if you're driving to leave your old life and build something new. Whatever that is. Download for free below, or cop it on iTunes if you're about supporting niggas.
DOWNLOAD Tree Woods & 88 Keys "It Can Never Be The Same Again"
The fifth annual Yule Prog progressive Hip-Hop festival goes down this Thursday (December 8th) at Southpaw in Brooklyn, NY. These shows always feel like a RTD reunion, but this year it's even iller: You've got Meyhem Lauren, Billy Woods, junclassic, Willie Green, Elucid x AM breakups, Lyle Horowitz (who will have Elucid, Fresh Daily AND PreZZure with him), Adam Warlock, Open Mike Eagle and plenty more on the bill. I'm gonna figure out how to get involved at some point. Don't miss this one. Pre-order your tickets today, and get two free CDs when you enter the venue. No bullshit.
Sometimes, I need music that's really saying something. Other times, I need a sparse-ass beat, something that I can float into the heavens to. This cut from Tenacity and Abolitionist Projects does both. Ten goes in on the lyrics, spitting what feels like a stream-of-consciousness flow, steeped in the ills of life, while A.P. builds a sleeper from a really slick drum, adding layers and layers of what feels like, well, quirky jazz fusion atop. This cut is playing leak double-duty, as its taken from both the Tenacity vs. Charles Trees EP and the first edition of the Abolitionist Projects Brain Food series.
DOWNLOAD Tenacity "Mental Strait-Jacket" (prod. by Charles Trees)
Been playing catch-up, and I see that Von not only posted the clean version of You & What Army, but he also threw up some detailed liner notes. If you've slept on this one, do yourself a favor and spend the afternoon with the latest Tanya Morgan release.
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After our special #CyberMonday introduction, here's the official kick off of Black Collar Biz's #BlackFriday series, and what better way to jump this off than with Biz going all kinds of mean on Kendrick Lamar's "HiiiPOWER"?!? I won't say BCB makes this his own, but he puts his stamp on that shit. I'm all about niggas with intelligence who can still kick that tough shit. I heard this earlier this week and was damn proud that Black got it finished and over to me. Forever Black, January 1st. If you were sleeping before, become a fan now.
DOWNLOAD Black Collar Biz "Black Friday"
I knocked this week's episode out pretty quick, but I love how this shit came about. Not only did we recap both Monday Night RAW and the special LIVE Smackdown from Tuesday night, but we got into why Chris Jericho and WWE are at odds right now, as well as what you might see at WWE TLC. I also drop some hot hot heat from Freddie Gibbs, Black Star, The Kid Daytona, Tanya Morgan and more. You fucking with this!?
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No, I'm not starting a bootlegging operation. I've been copping 59Fiftys over the last year, and there are some that I've barely worn that I'd rather sell off than hold on to. The first two are up on eBay now. Hit the jump for pics and eBay links. Someone take these off my hands!
Talk about shit I've been waiting to drop. I've had this track since the Summer, real talk. And you heard the instrumental in this video. I believe the story was Deal heard a beat that didn't have an instrumental, so he made his own. Dope shit style. This cut is from a forthcoming EP he's dropping, The People's EP, which I don't think has a date of release. I also need to
start finish this Miracle Violence Connection mix of his shit that I conceived. Stay tuned, bitches.
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Weird how life works. I saw Dom O Briggs at the #BYOBBBQ2 this past Summer, and think I even walked near him catching the train back to Times Square, but hadn't spoken with him. Even posted his video that day. In any case, I'm feeling the last few tracks I've heard of his, and I'm fucking with this jawn, which is taken from the re-release of his The Sounds Of Music, which drops on the 3rd of December (aka this Saturday). Dude's music is fun, and I say that because he sounds like he's not trying too hard. Effortless excellence.
DOWNLOAD Dom O Briggs "Go (Green Light Musik)"
Bonus Beats Dom O Briggs ft. ScienZe "Urkel Musik (Extended Version)"
On the 6th of December, Scion A/V will drop an EP from Skream & Benga, who haven't released any new material together in a bit. Five heavyweight tunes that you've had to have heard if you keep your ear to the dubstep dubplate circuit. Word is a video is to follow. Hit the jump for previews of all five tracks.
Not sure what prompted this tape, but Jakes touches down with a serious hour-long, bass-fueled tape. I took my dog out this morning and the chill hit me dumb quick, so the heat he threw into this one is very necessary. Some shit to stunt to, trust. DJ Nappy would approve.
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J@KES presents MONEY,CASH,CARS by JAKESHENCH
Before dropping Escapism in 2Q 2012, J.Slikk flips a dope compilation of 13 tracks, featuring some unreleased cuts, mixtape jawns, new tracks, instrumentals and other cuts from guys like Cyrano, Junclassic, R.O.E., Rashid Hadee, SteadyFlow and plenty more. I've heard a number of these tracks before, so to hear a lot of these with vocals atop? Major. Awesome work. Don't even think about sleeping.
DOWNLOAD J.Slikk - The Plan 2 Escape