Archive for 02/01/2012 - 03/01/2012
Not sure what prompted Hodgy dropping an EP on the Internets, but I fucks with it. To the point where I'm almost like, let's get a Hodgy solo jawn over non-OF niggas. Just sayin'. Nine tracks of excellence. Some quirk on here ("Samurai") mixed with some knock ("Bullshittin'"). Shouts to PotW. EDIT I had no idea that Thelonious Martin had credits on this ("Ave.", "If Heaven Is A Ghetto"). Respect to him!
DOWNLOAD Hodgy Beats - Untitled EP
See, this is the kind of shit I love when it comes to Hip-Hop. Niggas taking their influences and truly using them to create new pieces of art. Each member of St. Joe Louis took inspiration from the late David Ruffin, using his "chaotic life of excess" and re-imagining it for their own lives. I'd love to see a video where each member's head is transposed on David's body. Maybe I'm thinking too far ahead, lol. Fucks with SJL, doe. Shouts to The Cloud Club.
DOWNLOAD St. Joe Louis "David Ruffin" (prod. by Ezrakh)
Episodes like this are why you need to fuck with the Combat Jack show, featuring the nigga Dallas Penn. Jersey's illest, and one of my top 5 of all-time, Redman, touched down, and they of course went all the way in (this episode goes over three hours!!). Covered all of the early days, through Hollywood and back to Def Jam. You need this, forreal. Respect to the entire #newmanati family.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show ft. Dallas Penn (2/29/2012)
If you guys slept on Nappy's January 2012 DnB mix for DOA, you fucked up. His mix for February includes a grip of fresh bits from the likes of TC, Tyke, Spinline and Apex, with a crapload of remix pressure. It's a serious mix - I had this jammin' at work the other day. You need to make this a part of your life. Grab it via Dogs On Acid.
Teeza's EP for Triangulum drops this Friday (March 2nd), so DJ Cable made a slick promo mix to support it. The majority of the EP is on this mix, as well as tracks from varying other releases. Make Teeza a part of your playlist, trust. Triangulum is taking over Just Jam today, and Cable sorted a free tune of Teeza's, "Neptune", as well. No excuses.
DOWNLOAD Teeza Promo Mix 2012 (mixed by DJ Cable)
The bass in this one is kind of hectal.
Not sure what prompted it, but Borgore's given away his Flex EP away for free. For you guys who want to get introduced to dubstep, this might be a great first stop. NOTE: this isn't the full EP - it's missing the Coven and Figure remixes, but those are some jawns you should buy anyways.
DOWNLOAD Borgore - Flex EP
After a hype first leak from Always Inspire(d), the boy Dom O slows things down, all hi-hats and drunken trumpet. Some straight young nigga who don't give a fuck sippin on his drank kind of flex. Kind of crazy. Straight spittin', but laxadasical. Dude only 20? Shit's dope. Can't wait for that EP. Maybe I'll actually speak to him this year, too.
DOWNLOAD Dom O Briggs "Out Chea"
Some glorious magnificent on the beat right here. Sounds like what happens when your soul leaves your body, and Tef Poe is like the white boy, seeing niggas who dead, trying to coax them to go to heaven. Or maybe it's a metaphor for money. Whatever works. Urban Legendz is a production crew, and I know they have an album, I believe it's called First Contact. I'm kind of off. But this is all the way on. Jam it. Or die lying (to yourself).
DOWNLOAD Urban Legendz ft. Tef Poe "Dead People"
Before he takes off to SXSW this year, he drops #PassportDreams, with beats from the likes of SMKA, The Jake and Ohini Jonez. I'm quite partial to Jake's tracks on here, but the nigga Ray Dawn merks everything on this. Great to see a cat you believe in do what you knew he could. And he is FAR from done!
DOWNLOAD Ray Dawn - #PassportDreams
I had no idea this even dropped earlier this month. Here I am thinking I had the flyest Nappy refix, LOL. Hopefully more can come of this, as Chance The Rapper sounds awesome on this one. Real heavy, hypnotize the party type shit.
I don't know about Mel or Sinatra, but I know the boy Liv knows what he's talking about. He's true to this.
Word up to Ritchcraft for sending this one over. Homey said he and Intalek have a grip of tracks tucked, and decided to let this one loose. Hopefully you remember Lives & Vibes, and know what to expect on this one: def rhymes and a truly marching beat. I love when a producer and MC can link up and consistently create crillz. Rock to this one, and pray that Ritch drops some more soonski.
DOWNLOAD Intalek "Plenty" (prod. by Ritchcraft)
Shouts to everyone who came through to the #GardenVariety show in Trenton last night. Had a nice crowd dumb early, and cats like Rich Quick, Skrew, Black Collar Biz, Mr. Fickle, Moe-Fit The Phenom and King Don set the show off right. There were some cats who got on the mic that I wasn't feeling, but Self set shit straight - he has some ideas that I truly hope come to fruition. As does Kasso. And Tone Liv, who I spent most of the night with cracking jokes and breaking down WWE shit. Random. As per usual, I've posted pics on Facebook, and after the jump I have some BlackBerry footage of Rich Quick and Black Collar Biz performing. And if you're in Trenton on March 2nd, you need to hit up Kasso's Socializm show. Chea! OH, and the above artwork is done by the homey @luvonesta.
Fickle is one of those notorious spitter sin the Jersey scene. Dude's not one to be fucked with, and no cipher is safe if he's lurking in the crowd. He recently dropped The Hip Hop Nerd, and while this banger isn't on that, it's a great way to ge tintroduced to him cipher. Beats from Illmind, Fel Sweetenberg, YFame and more on that project. Rock with this then go cop that!
DOWNLOAD Mr. Fickle "Rely On" (prod. by Stretch Banguz)
Not sure what this is coming out on, but I'm fucking with this. That beat is perfect for Sol and Tone to express some fly lines. Jersey all day. I also hope both these brothers are a tonight's #GardenVariety show in Trenton. If not, this'll be on me, so they'll be there in spirit. Don't go with the flow, hockeypucks.
DOWNLOAD Sol Zalez & Tone Liv "Only Dead Fish Go With The Flow"
The boy Kutz didn't want to sort out my interview on DOA, but no bother. He's still one of my favorite producers irght now. Part of that new breed of bass music dudes. "Superman" was undeniably my favorite tune of 2011, and this mix showcases some of his newer bits, alongside cuts from Benga, Stinkahbell, Dismantle, Plastician and plenty more. Future music, true believers.
DOWNLOAD Kutz - FABRICLIVE Promo Mix
Shouts to Moe-Fit The Phenom for sending this one over. If you remember, I first heard of dude last week at the #ForeverBlack release party (the above picture is from his performance). Dude brings the thunder on the mic, and is the Co-Founder, President and Lead Artist at Turnpike Entertainment. Pure Jersey right here, with Moe being from Mount Holly originally, but he's repping Camden right now. Sheesh. This Siyah Moon-produced track lends to that ska/dub flavor that I fucks with, and Moe just goes HAM. Sheesh. Fucks with this, and if you're in Trenton tonight, catch Moe at #GardenVariety - I'll be there!
DOWNLOAD Moe-Fit The Phenom "Sheesh" (prod. by DJ Siyah Moon)
No need to go in crazy. For his final #BlackFistFridays guest mix, Mister Cee called on Q-Tip to man the "Throwback At Noon" decks. You should already know what time it is. Grab this one, and if you missed them, grab the previous weeks: DJ Premier, ?uestlove, Pete Rock. Thanks, Cee!
DOWNLOAD Q-Tip On Hot97 (2/24/2012)
For the first Juan Epstein of 2012, Ciph and Rosenberg have a dope conversation with comedian Aries Spears, who you probably know from MADtv or his stand-up, especially his masterful impressions of Jay-Z, DMX, Snoop and others. He breaks down why he's a better impressionist of MCs than Jay Pharoah or Affion Crockett (and it makes sense), and breaks down why he sometimes has to smack the shit out of a radio host. Episode came out better than I thought it'd be.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (2/23/2012)
Borgore's Flex EP drops on February 28th. I had no idea dude was only 23. He merks shit, though. That wild dubstep sound you love? Fucks with Borgore. I actually dig this EP - heard a few of the cuts, he has a nice variety of sounds (the original "Flex" is a little more subtle than this one). Grab this EP next week from buygore.com.
Matth is a cat I've been conversing with via twitter for a minute. I actually had no idea that he made music, so props to him for surprising me. I might be surprising him, and I had this sitting in an email for a MINUTE and just now got a chance to peep it. I fucks with this, too. Heavy dose of heavy mental over a solid track. Need more of you niggas to get ont his real talk, you smell me?
DOWNLOAD Matth Damon "So Long"
Lemme tell you, Ess picked a perfect beat from this Jew Heff cat. I call tracks like these "instant rewinds" - I can only imagine a capable DJ cutting the intro/first two lines back again and again. Just some straight fly shit over a brooding, moody beat. Love Jersey Hip-Hop. Love when cats borrow that grimey dubstep vibe and work it out. That faster-paced flow goes, too.
DOWNLOAD Ess Vee "Victor Cruz" (prod. by Jew Heff)
Had a shitload of things to get through this episode: WWE Elimination Chamber 2012 PPV, Raw and Smackdown? Going in on this CM Punk/Chris Brown bullshit? And breaking down news and Wrestlemania 28 info? My bad, lol.
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast 020
I hipped you guys to this project back last August, and if I was Knuxx, I would've waited to drop this April 1st, or March 31st, in time with Wrestlemania 28, but it's sick regardless. Knuxx flips a number of classic Pro Wrestling themes on this one. If you're a fan of Professional Wrestling, that should be enough reason to grab. Shouts to Dub MD! This is available for free now, but will be hitting iTunes soon.
DOWNLOAD Fred Knuxx - Rapmania