Archive for 12/01/2011 - 01/01/2012
St. Joe Louis held several open studio sessions last year and invited their friends to visit. Sometimes this actually created something other than a mess of bottles, ashes and burgers. They dubbed it :The Upstart Cloud Club. Out of those sessions has sprung a concert called The Cloud Club Series. The first event is January 24th at Submerged Art Gallery (210 Market Street, Newark NJ).
Some more #GardenVariety all-stars right here, these three linked up for another gem from Skrew's Skumbag Millionaires album. Some shit to roll up and blow out to. Shit you used to blast in your walkmans, early. Not sure if all three of these cats will be in Trenton this Saturday, but you'd be playing yourself if you're in the area and not checking for them. Cuts by DJ 456.
DOWNLOAD Skrewtape ft. Tone Liv & Joey Dynomite "No Question" (prod. by Kevlaar 7)
Been a minute since I got some heat from FurSun, and seeing this on Side-B's blog had me cracking up. My boy flipped a classic Chubb Rock track and managed to both pay homage and show how niggas do it in 2012. I remember when I first featured homey on RTD, and it's good to hear his progression since then. Need more like this, troop!
DOWNLOAD FurSun "Treat Me Right" (prod. by Siggy 808er)
#nofilterday So Danny! gonna act like I didn't see this earlier today, right? And then like an hour later leak some shit that samples one of my legit favorite tracks, ever? Forreal, on the right (wrong?) day, "Optimistic" might make me cry real man tears. The right cut leaked for MLK Day, too - this one is all having dreams and pursuing your goals in the face adversity and bullshit. Or just doing your school work like Kid in House Party 2. Fuck. Now this is going to be stuck in my head all day. Payback is due out next week. Or not.
DOWNLOAD Danny! ft. Collette "Keep Your Head To The Sky"
#nofilterday I didn't even know this dropped. Saw it come up on my timeline last night. Shouts to Mouce for this, though. I threw some questions, they answered, came out dope. Like hearing niggas TALK, you smell me?
Bonus Beats Mouce "Female Hustler" (prod. by DJ Burn One)
When I peeped (and fell in love with) the NJRFSU Our First Mixtape the other day, I was kind of surprised to see Elete Wright (of St. Joe Louis) featured on it a few times. No diss on anyone, just didn't know they were down like that. With this new leak, which is a freestyle over "I'm On One", I guess it's solidified. Jersey Boys. I wonder if Elete and NJRFSU will do a collaborative project together?
DOWNLOAD Al-Kayduh x Krash Battle x Elete Wright x Kusher Mickjagger "I'm On One Freestyle"
#nofilterday Is it Mos Def or Yasiin Bey? I mean, Nah Right is one of the pinnacles of Hip-Hop bloggering, and if they have it up, it has to be official, right? Well, Dante calls himself Yasiin on this track. And anyway, can we really believe
Mos Yasiin? He's been in some pretty high profile movies and TV shows, right? I know he has kids, so is he that fucked with his money that he considers himself poor? And why did he spend so much time cutting the beat out of this bootleg version of the "Niggas In Paris" instrumental? Y'all wanna keep laughing, but he should've just spit over "2 Niggas And A White Dude Play "Niggas In Paris" In Paris" and called it a day.
Mos Def Yasiin Bey "Niggas In Poorest"
#nofilterday While many of you are new to dubstep and bass music in general, but want to blog like you're the authority to this, we'll continue to be true to this. Just dropped this free download from Ram Records' own Sub Focus, who is dropping his sophomore album sometime this year, although it took him a few years to get his debut album finally out in 2009. Shit happens, but you pinheads already knew that, right?
DOWNLOAD Sub Focus ft. Kenzie May "Falling Down"
San Diego emcee, Real J. Wallace refuses to be one of the silent “good people.” Armed with a purpose and a pen, Wallace is a modern day philosophical prophet. A writer of every day experiences, Wallace’s latest project “The J∆hFather of So(u)l Cal” was inspired by his excursions on the Martin Luther King Jr. Freeway (94 West) in San Diego, California. Each track was formed by his state of mind during his numerous drives to and from downtown. Wallace combined his love for the blues and the soul of hip hop to create an assortment of tunes distinctively his own...
Wallace showcases his vulnerabilities on this first project and hopes to expand on his ideas to include a documentary that sheds light on the surge of gang violence in South East San Diego, a tragedy which resulted in 30 people being shot over the span of one month during the summer of 2011. Moreover, it will examine the apparent disconnect between Martin Luther King Jr.’s message and the evident acts of violence found on Martin Luther King Jr. streets.
The cypher challenges each MC to answer the question of what he would do if he died tomorrow, and each responds with skillful, introspective lyricism over a tightly sampled, emotional and acoustic beat. The emcees featured include (in this order) Sphinx the Unfathomable, Outsider Muzic, BioLogic, Brasc0, and Ben Z. The track is produced by hunkE.
Kurt's patiently waiting for tomorrow, which is #nofilterday on twitter. Unfilter your thoughts like Kurt's Pall mall cigarettes. @RealLifeKaz is doing it, and you should too. Speak your mind, no repercussions. Well, unless you really go in. Try it.
This tape does exactly what it says on the tin, and is a great way to wake up on a lazy Sunday. DJ BenHaMeen and Ivan Rott linked up for this hour-long journey through over 200 tracks that have been sampled in 2011. Great show, fellas.
DOWNLOAD PleaseDontStare x HipHopIsRead Presents Root Beer & Sour – The Top Samples Of 2011
The boy Daniel Joseph is a slowpoke ass nigga. This nigga put out the Akai Pros-produced Pretty/Ugly in 2009 and was asked around the time of release to post the lyrics one day. So two+ years later, this nigga gonna send over the lyric sheet. To appease, he did include the track for download, and it is dope, so fuck it, I'll let him live. Download it, then hit the jump for the sheet.
DOWNLOAD Daniel Joseph "Off Course" (prod. by Trinidad)
You already know how we do. Got a recap of this week's RAW, alongside new shit from Rick Ross and Deal - The Villain, as well as ranting on a grip of things from WWE HOF inductees to classic WCW/NWA shit. Love this.
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Whoa. I mean, I fucks with Rome already, but I was NOT expecting the effortless excellence of this one. Loving the beat on this one. Some real throwback winter flex right here. This is the kind of track that you can just zone out to, soaking in your own thoughts. Word is Grey Area will drop mid-February, with ArtByShake (check the tracklist after the jump)... hopefully this cut has got you hungry!
DOWNLOAD Rome Cee "Something Beyond" (prod. by August Flight Gordon)
Had no idea this one was dropping today... nor that it was going to get a Mad Decent feature! Heads call NJRFSU a lot of shit, but fuck it, these are our young rebels. Even see the homey from St. Joe Louis, Elete Wright, got a few credits on this one! Stream and download below.
I let this one marinate over on DOA. My Monday was jam packed, and sorting out the first of two Adam F posts for Dogs On Acid was part of my night. I interviewed him briefly about "In The Air", a 128BPM jam that's been getting into many-a DJ's set, for good reason. Some infectious funk for you, with a hype, quick beat accented by a twisted bassline. Dude's got a deal with Universal right now, so expect more from him in coming months (including a video for "When The Rain Is Gone", which is his next single), but for now, check my feature on DOA, where you can grab the mastered 320.
Another one in the can (no pause). Special guest this week was Touré, who was in to talk about Who’s Afraid Of Post-Blackness?; you know how race talk gets on this show. You've been warned.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show ft. Dallas Penn (1/12/2012)
This is amazing. Download it, too. The best part? It syncs with the original perfectly.
The homey Kasso sent over the latest flier for the #GardenVariety show, which is going down at the Trenton Atelier on the 21st of January. Another show hosted by Edobeci, featured acts include Shawn Lov, Steve Smiff, Biz Mighty, Spitatainment, $am Hill and plenty more. Beats from Divine Drummah and DJ Priority, with J. Gaimey & A-$harp on the decks. Hell, they even have Ed Hayes & The Heat playing live! Shouts to Self all day. FB Event page to get your Attending on.
Taken from their forthcoming Grand Funk Hustle EP, which will drop on Digital Soundboy.
The boy @Deal_TheVillain been talking about that The People's EP for a minute, and he laced me with it last week (if you heard "Deal Cornelius", you already know). He also flipped an instrumental jawn, The DTV Beat EP, including some serious beats (highlighted by the instrumental for "Caveman Boogie"). As you can see, we've been charting the god for a bit, so to be able to (re)present two EPs, for $free.99? Had to jump at the opportunity. High quality ridiculousness. Effortless. If DTV isn't on your "niggas to watch" list, you better get a late pass, you hockeypucks! Hit the jump for both projects.
If you're not up on the movement that is @Dallas_Penn in 2012, you might seriously need to consider dragging a razor across a major vein and ending it all. If you're using the term Internets, you probably heard someone who heard someone who fucks with DP.com say it. He's a true pioneer in the Interconnected Hip-Hop Networks, and someone whom I consider an inspiration. I asked him some questions, and he obliged. Simple.
Word is that the SJL trio held a number of open studio dates, dubbing the collective that rolled through The Upstart Cloud Club. One particular session birthed this cut, which really showcases Elete Wright's production, and the varying MCs bring their own tale of having and the realization of losing what you had. You've all felt it. Let these niggas bring light to your emotions.
DOWNLOAD St Joe Louis ft. Rasheed Chappell & Peter Hadar "Day's Life"
St Joe Louis feat Rasheed Chappell and Peter Hadar- Days Life by michaelcardigan
Well shit. This track right here? Imagine some of my favorite MCs from this summer's Garden Variety shows in Trenton, all on one creeper of a beat. Wait, that's EXACTLY what this is! Underground to the core, but all four of these cats are beasts with theirs. Might need to start it from zero and let this one soak in a few times. Skrew's Skumbag Millionaires LP is due out sometime in the near future.
DOWNLOAD Skrewtape ft. Tone Liv, Mr. Fickle & Sol Zalez "Legendary Status"
SKREWTAPE ft. TONE LIV, MR FICKLE, SOL ZALEZ - "LEGENDARY STATUS" by SKREWTAPE
If you fucked with The KhemLab, Main Course and Sky 7th should be two MCs that you're more than aware of. These two were all over the album, and for good reason. In any case, Main is prepping his A Beautiful Blend album, which should be dropping on the 13th of February. The full project is produced by Soundproof, and this one is just wild. Love how this track has an undercurrent of hype to it, but flows at its own pace. These two don't waste a bar at all. KhemLab 2012 and onward. Get involved.
DOWNLOAD Main Course & Sky 7th "Orphans"
Me & Roe in the lab doing a 30 minute challenge. 30 minutes for me to create a beat from scratch using limited materials & 30 minutes for Roe to come up with a verse from scratch using nothing but an ipod touch to "pen" his rhymes. An hour n a half later (recording & mixing considered)... here it is! - J. Slikk
Hell yeah. Some new OF to chill to. Not sure how Juicy J linked up with Hodgy and Domo (maybe its a Casey Veggies thing?), but it works. Very well. About to po another cup and turn drop this one from the top. And make sure you throw on that Bonus Beat, which is produced by @KingThelonious himself.
DOWNLOAD Hodgy Beats, Juicy J & Domo Genesis "LIFT" (prod. by Left Brain)
Bonus Beats Hodgy Beats "BKLYN" (prod. by Thelonious Martin) [via FSD]