Archive for 11/01/2011 - 12/01/2011
I had the opportunity to see King RA performing at a #GardenVariety show in Trenton, and was impressed by his lyrical acumen and defiant spirit. I wasn't too familiar with his music, aside from a random video, so to get this mixtape in the (e)mail the other day was a beautiful thing. He really puts his stamp on any beat he touches, and DJ DJaz's cuts/blends really bring something special to this project as well. Short on features, but long on a dope MC getting his shit off, you might wanna face a blunt and dig deep into this one.
DOWNLOAD King RA - Foot On They Necks V.1
Here's a cut that was intended for Sene's exit, us, but got lost for some odd reason. No drums on this one here - which I fucks with. Purposefully makes you listen to awesome lyricists go ham over hammer beats, you smell me? Soul Khan has some more shit on deck, and is slowly becoming one of my favorite MCs right now. BBAS, bitch!
DOWNLOAD Sene ft. Soul Khan "Say Anything"
Bonus Beats Epick ft. Soul Khan "Kill Or Be Killed"
PURCHASE Soul Khan "Someone's Pocket" (prod. by Audible Doctor)
Jesus Christ, the bass on this one is retarded. If your whip isn't equipped with proper subs, this will shut your entire vehicle down. Boom Blake is trying to kill the entire game, and this is the manifestation of his motto, his anthem if you will. Beating down the block. Following up the "Got It On Lock" single, Blake drops this 2nd single from The Manual Procedures, which is due out in February 2012. Shouts to Blake for consistently doing his damn thing, no matter what. Eyes on the prize.
DOWNLOAD Boom Blake "Conquer Rap" (prod. by Yung Frank)
EMS representerative Revalation grabbed Lil Wayne's "Megaman" and goes bananers. This is the kind of rapid fire flows, metaphors and fury that I want to hear from talented MCs. His EP, The Goods, is due out in 2012, so see this as a light snack before the full meal.
DOWNLOAD Revalation "Megaman Freestyle"
Revalation - Megaman (Freestyle) over Lil Wayne's "Megaman" by RevOfEMS
Forgot to throw this up the other day. The homey Kid Hum is a beast with his, and comes up with some of the more interesting Hip-Hop around. He's the reason The KhemLab is even in existence, and one of the more genuine cats out there. He's got a lot of love to give, but right now just love the beats he's dropping for free. On January 1st, RTD will present Kid Hum's The Beet Tape. More on that in the near future. Literally.
DOWNLOAD Kid Hum - Love To Give
Wow. First things first: this trifecta of Daytona, Bronson and 6th Sense is so necessary. 6th's got that funky, jazzy vibe going on, and Daytona and Bronson dip into that throwback flow, referencing everything from WWF to Saved By The Bell. Some cool shit to fall back and dumb out to. Or really try to contemplate early on in the party scene. Damn I'm loving this shit. Daytona's Interlude II drops December 19th.
DOWNLOAD The Kid Daytona ft. Action Bronson "Ivory Coast Crime Scene" (prod. by 6th Sense)
Been a minute since I've heard a "Say You Will" freestyle. Bout as long since I've heard new Dremur music. So of course the two would collide on this new jawn featuring Dremur bleeding his inner thoughts onto the bleeps and ethereal vocals. Way I've been feeling, work-wise, I need to do some shit like this. Or just blog shit that channels my inner frustration. Real shit don't need no repeats.
DOWNLOAD Dremur "#DremursRelapse"
Some of that Jersey shit. Not too too into this, but that araabMuzik beat keeps this one in rotation. I'm being told that I-Dub is getting some love up and down the state, and enough for Fred The Godson, who's also getting a lot of blog love, to hop on this? Must be something about him. Rock with this, and if you dig it, grab it on iTunes. Then grab his jawn with Papoose, for free.
PURCHASE I-Dub ft. Fred the Godson "Oh My God"
I-Dub Feat. Fred the Godson - Oh My God ( Prod. By Araabmuzik ) by itsyaboydub
Why yes, this is totally Stanley from The Office. Auto-tuned. Cop via iTunes.
I'm surprised there aren't more "Lord Knows" freestyles out there. Just Blaze doesn't drop often, but when he does? Lately it's been fucking MURDA! Jersey's own J.Y. straight sticks his middle finger up at you, rapper. "Will Smith meets The Exorcist" flows, dude goes hammer, sickle, nails and staple gun atop this one. With Jersey representers like this, our state is in fine shape.
DOWNLOAD J.Y. "Lord Knows I'll F#ck These Rappers Up"
To celebrate the second anniversary of WordIsBond.com's existence, they've got three shirts available for purchase! I fucks with all three of these designs, and the name of their site as well. Not sure if they knew I'd mess with these so much, but any rockthedub.com heads who'd like to purchase these get a 10% discount by using code rockthedub. Go grab these now - they are limited to 100 per design! Congrats to them on two great years, and here's to many more!
Bonus Beats Brother K ft. Jason Chu & Ryan Lucas "Payroll"
When we last saw Lyle Horowitz, he was wrecking shop with PreZZure as the Woodside Boys. During that time, he was also putting the finishing touches on five different albums... which he dropped earlier today. I've heard bits of many of these, and he definitely runs the gamut. Some Hip-Hop, but a lot of quirk/weird shit. Loves it. Hit the jump for the full monty.
This cut was meant to drop on #BlackFriday, but it got held around for #CyberMonday. No special deals, though, this is some freebie shit. I am doing this to formally introduce you guys to Black Collar Biz, one of the illest spitters out of Trenton, NJ. Dude's a younger cat, and I've espoused his music previously, for the fact that while he's got years to grow, he already has that old mind. I saw him two years ago at the Jersey Fresh Graffiti Jam, and not knowing who he was, was dumb impressed with his stage show. It'd be a year later, at one of the #GardenVariety shows, where I really got to appreciate his style. Dope mixture of the new school flavor with old school appreciation. Some proper back to the future shit. In any case, I've got a number of unreleased jawns of his, and to help give him some shine before the release of Forever Black, we're going to drop all kinds of full tracks, freestyles and other bits every Friday. This one is straight off the dome, if I'm not mistaken, and a great introduction to everything I've broken down above. It's Black Collar, indeed. Meet us back this Friday for another chapter, and keep it locked to topfotheglobe.com for all things BCB.
DOWNLOAD Black Collar Biz "It's Black Collar"
SUBHMAN is always good for a free bit, and this one was purely unexpected. While most of my time here is taken up by Hip-Hop, I'm a big fan of Drum & Bass and dubstep, as well as their bastard child Drumstep, and Terravita is good with the more dancefloor-tinged style of all three genres. The fact that he flipped a classic Aphex Twin track in a drumstep vein was completely unexpected. AFX always had a knack for hypnotic, somber melodies, and to hear Terravita flip one of those into a bright anthem is just what I need on a bullshit work day like today. I needed this.
This was left off of the Live & Let Live that dropped a few months back, but will be on the physical release of that project, which will drop early 2012.
Bonus Beats Magnificent Ruffians & Owbese "Sewer Water"
#BlackFriday didn't feature the Black Collar Biz like I planned, but that shit will drop on #CyberMonday, no matter what. I'm glad Black Star (aka
Mos Def Yasiin Bey and Talib Kweli) are back and working on shit. Their Madlib-produced "Fix Up" dropped via iTunes today, but they also felt like blessing cats with this cut from their Black Star Aretha mixtape, which is a tribute to Aretha Franklin. This cut is produced by 'Lib's brother Oh No, but isn't as spastic and random as his normal productions have been. I love all of his shit, and these two sound great over the Jackson brothers. Just some sultry Hip-Hop for a #BlackFriday night. Big up to Sermon.
DOWNLOAD Black Star "You Already Knew" (prod. by Oh No)
Still riding hard with that blackrasslin podcast. Episode #7 features recaps of this past Sunday's Survivor Series and Monday Night's RAW, with me breaking down R-Truth's Wellness Policy suspension. I also spoiled this Friday Night's Smackdown (my bad), and played a grip of slick Hip-Hop, bitch. Love doing this podcast. Let me know if you fucks with it!
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Video from the freestyle session that went down during last night's Combat Jack show.
Set in an old converted skatepark with a network of warehouses, cobbled front courtyard and large outdoor riverside terrace, Motion provides a unique backdrop for an explosive autumn season of seminal events. Dubbed as Bristol’s Underground Music Season, In:Motion launched in October 2010 for three months of larger than life shows featuring a veritable who’s-who of underground dance music.
First up, is dubstep don Emalkay in the mix, recorded live from Bristol In Motion.
DOWNLOAD Emalkay - Bristol In:Motion (11/19/2011)
Well shit, I totally missed this one! Just peeped that a new episode of Juan Epstein hit the Internets this past Tuesday, and they had the god Prodigy in the building. He was obviously representing for that Black Cocaine EP that dropped this week, and Rosenberg says he was "the most comfortable" he'd ever been. Celebrate Indian Slaughter Day with Ciph, Peter and Thanksgiving P.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (11/22/2011)
Gee Wiz's obsession/infatuation with Lindsay Lohan has manifested itself into a pretty fucking slick Instrumental project/beat tape. I'd love to hear some talented MCs take these tracks and bring some firecrotch lyrics to them. But truthfully, just kick back, watch the Parent Trap remake and vibe to these. With Redbull. And Coke (the kind you drink, not the kind you sniff...)
DOWNLOAD Gee Wiz - Sewer Music 3 / Lindsay Lohan 0
Truth be told, I assed out dumb early last night. I think I made sure my tweet about the show went out about 10 minutes in, but I'd be lying if I said I'd heard any of this edition. It's bound to be a fucking doozy, though - featured guests were Kidz In The Hall and Mr. Muthafuckin' eXquire, which just shows that the crew is on their dean. I guess Benhameen is right, and I'm trying to be first, but as of right now, this isn't up on PNC Radio's Tumblr, nor is this available for download on Soundcloud. I got you though.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show ft. Dallas Penn (11/23/2011)
The Combat Jack Show (Mr. MFN eXquire & Kidz In The Hall) 11-22-11 by PNCRadio
I guess you can say that the RTD blast of this EP back on 11/11/11 was a preview. Or that the artwork here is now cleaner and more devoid of RTD affiliation (EDIT I did see that @DanielJoseph tweeted that this is the "real version", so there you go). Whatever the case may be, this beautiful EP is now up on Bandcamp, and looks prettier than ever. Everything I said then still holds water now. Shouts to the Jersey dreamers and Dub MD.
DOWNLOAD He Who Shines Truly - The Light Show
Nothing like NJ Hip-Hop and anime. Produced by The Custodian Of Records.
I heard about this a while back and forgot to mention it, but one of my favorite albums of all time got the re-issue treatment. Return To The 36 Chambers is an album I bought twice - once on bootleg cassette, once on CD, and I might need to grab this version as well, as they took the foodstamp artwork and made this a whole billfold wallet with your own ODB foodstamp card (!!), poster, extended artwork and more. It's $25, but when you realize that it has remixes, acapellas, instrumentals and other rare jams you might not have been up on, this is well worth it. Cop that shit right now, or head over to OKP and try to win a copy.
With Black Friday touching down this week, I gotta say I remember working at Circuit City, trying to save ends for my marriage the following year, and hearing the news at work that ODB died. Fucked my head up. I can still recite most of this album at will. You should be able to do the same. Rest In Peace, Ol' Dirty.
Damn, I miss the summer.
Just wanted to let you guys know that Tanya Morgan's You & What Army is available for purchase today. For $20 you're getting a 9-track EP, with beats from Exile, AEON, Astronote, Brizzo and the boy Von Pea himself. Don and Von talk all kinds of ish on this, from touring to issues within our city to just being ill as fuck MCs. If you're a fan of the Lessondary, or want to get a picture at what's going on with TM for the future, fucks with this. I forgot, the $20 also nets you a limited edition TM-related t-shirt of your choice. You're fucking up if you don't get with this.
PURCHASE Tanya Morgan You & What Army
Out of the few books I have to finish, Root For The Villain by J-Zone was one of them. I got the press copy and due to some good fortune, I was able to knock out this one over the weekend. I'll admit - I'm one of the few who was a big Zone fan years back (still am, but you know what I mean), so I went into this trying to get a glimpse at the man behind the Old Maid Billionaires empire. What I ended up getting was a statement on old trends making the man. The same reasons I fuck with Dallas Penn (attention to great detail, humor, dedication to history) are the same reasons why J-Zone wins, and this book lays it all out there. From backstory on his family and how their ways raised him, to his many tales on discovering Hip-Hop and how it shaped him, as well as his hard work and stories about the industry, he brings out a lot in what might seem like small, quick shots. I wish I could write more like him, and I appreciate his releases even more when I read these tales. If you grew up copping CDs with the long cardboard cases... or you had a stack of cassettes on deck, this is for you. Don't sleep on this. Don't even buy it for anyone else - cop it for delphia.
PURCHASE J-Zone Root For The Villain in the following formats: Kindle , Paperback or order a personalized edition from Zone's website.
It's probably my fault, but I was underwhelmed by Joker's debut album. It's hard to get super excited when he couples years-old tunes alongside tracks that have been on the dubplate circuit for a bit. I applaud his signature sound, but just wished that I had heard less of the album before it dropped. In any case, I love his unique mixes, and bugged when I realized that he'd stepped up for the Essential Mix for BBC Radio 1. He drops tracks from The Vision alongside some remixes, dubplates and big tunes from Skream, Benga, Stinkahbell, Jakes and Sam Frank's "Simple Life", which is a true gem in my life.
DOWNLOAD Joker - Essential Mix (11/19/2011)
You guys might remember Madicinal Libationz, the Cy Yung & Dub MD project that found Cyrano going in over a number of Madlib instrumentals. The powers-that-be shut that one down, so Cy and Dub decided to reimagine this one; I'll let them tell it...
Cyrano Sinatra (f.k.a. Cyrano aka Cy Yung) has reconnected with Dub MD to help remove a blemish from their immaculate first collaboration, 2009's 'Madicinal Libationz'. After assembling one of the most diverse casts of Hip-Hop underground at the time, 'Madicinal Libationz' was received with praise but ran into roadblocks to reaching as many as it could have, but this 'Bitchless Brew' will not have that problem.
The 'B*tchless Brew' features production from one of the UK's best kept secrets, Magic-Boy, Cyrano's familia, Centric, J. Slikk, Cynergy Soundz and Sharpcuts and extended fam from NC Hip-Hop's stash of heatrock-makers, this is what should have been! Brought to you by Kevin Nottingham and RockTheDub. The project is minus a few choice cuts that will make their remix appearance for the forthcoming Anniversary edition.
No better way for Dub MD to say farewell to his freely-given, classic co-sign mixtape series than with this re-invention project, a return to the buffet of lyrical wordplay Cy dropped in April of 2009. And this is only the beginning, Cyrano and Dub MD will continue to keep the flame of Underground Hip-Hop lit. Sinatra's 2012 will feature more from his 2-man group Steadyflow (with Sharp), as well as complete projects produced by Centric, J. Slikk, DJ Husky, DJ J-Rell and Doc Verbz.
This will be also be Dub MD's final "FREE" artist project, stay tuned over the next couple of months his official debut EP entitled "The Requiem" which features the best sub-surface hip-hop has to offer including Vandalyzm, Substantial, Sha Stimuli, Braille, Kam Moye, Spec Boogie, Kel Spencer, 8thW1, Genesis Elijah + more. Along with the exclusive instrumental album "P.U.S.S.Y." with D.C. producer Judah and Universal Indie Records.
DOWNLOAD Cyrano Sinatra - Madicinal Libationz 2
Fly compilation here from the Associated Minds crew. The UK fam have some new shit to present, but figured they'd cleanse they output that's not been released yet. Be it something from the rare/unreleased vaults, unfinished jammies or just shit from other releases, Hidden Thoughts symbolizes 2006-2010 in the unheard AM harddrive. Featured artists include Metabeats, Skamma, Ralph Rip Shit, Elucid, Blaktrix, Chino XL and plenty more!
DOWNLOAD Associated Minds Present Hidden Thoughts
Unofficial video, but they did a good job splicing this one together.