Saturday, July 21, 2012
Friday, July 20, 2012
Once again, it's on. Following up on last month's well-received This Is Thugstep compilation, we hit you with the next edition. This one features a number of refix artists that Nappy and I have associated ourselves with since this thing got started, from JayCeeOh and the Dixon Brothers to Heroes + Villains, DJ Cable, Styles&Complete, DJ Hipnotikk, Spinstyles and more, with heads like Distance, Caspa, Vaski, Clicks & Whistles, Sinden and others filling out the duties of remixing/refixing and blending some of the finest artists within Hip-Hop and Bass Music, including: Nicki Minaj, Lil Wayne, Young Jeezy, Ludacris, Danny Brown, Wiz Khalifa, A$AP Rocky, Davr, Darq E Freaker and plenty more. Awesome stuff here. Shouts to @theotisjones for the dope artwork (again!) and ClubTapes for the hosting.
DOWNLOAD This Is Thugstep, Vol. 2
Not sure why or how, but I guess I missed this remix competition that Cypress Hill and Rusko held for their tune "Lez Go". I'd be lying if I said the bits that were chosen blew me away. Nothing's really hitting me as heavy as something I'd champion to DJs or sign myself. The Slam Type version has legs, and the only name I recognize is Oscillatorz. In any case, for you DJs trying to add some EDM elements into your sets (maybe for transitions?), check these out.
DOWNLOAD blackrasslin podcast, episode 40
"Classic Hip-Hop shit". Loving this one right here. Truly love everything about this. Flex premiered this on Hot 97 last night and rewound it for a half hour. Jake One's instrumental makes this - these same bars on any other track wouldn't be this hot. Jay alludes to freestyling his verse, and while many feel he phoned it in, he drops some gems. And I'm not mad at Dre's presence (who wrote that verse? Lamar? Ross?), or Ross' pistol lean. Also love each three weaving their own brands in (Dre and his headphones, Ross and his Maybach, Jay and the arena), and the three talking about "I only love her 'cause...". Feels like more of a collaborative effort than "here's the beat, rap". Just beautiful Music. Something different. I've rewound all morning, and will play all weekend - at least. Via IFWT, who also has an interview with Rick Ross calling into Hot 97; he spoke on this track, a paternity suit and Freeway Rick Ross, among other things. MissInfo has more on Ross assembling this tune, as well as lyrics to this banger. God Forgives, I Don't is in stores July 31st.
Thursday, July 19, 2012
DOWNLOAD Action Bronson "Blackbird" (prod. by Thelonious Martin)
A post with a bunch of I's in three, two...
I don't like going into stories one-sided. I went on one yesterday because I felt wronged. And I'm still confused about the whole Danny!/Tyler, The Creator "Hey You" debacle. I'd apologize for the post if I felt I'd not done research on the situation in the background. Read interviews. Asked questions and got no answer, just more questions. I'm not a "fly off at the handle" type of person, especially when it comes to posts on this very site.
In any case, Danny! hit me earlier and linked me to his tumblr, where he's given his side of the story, speaking about trolling and publicity stunts. One of his main sticking points about Payback for months has been the lack of press he felt the project deserved. I get that. I also have followed OF and seen Tyler mention numerous times, at varying stages of success, that he doesn't work with people he doesn't fuck with. I don't like the feeling that artists need of some kind of "stunt" to get ANYONE press, but recognize the nature of the industry. It's a land of make believe at times, and it sucks that pure talent doesn't stick out like it should. I still am not 100% sure that that's what's going on here, and that is why I had chosen to kept my own concerns and doubt about certain aspects of Payback to myself in the first place. Part of the reason I don't play the whole "FIRST!" game with my peers to begin with.
Fact of the matter is, I fuck with Swain musically, I feel I've championed dude when a lot of sites that should have didn't, and I'm confused about the entirety of Payback. Kind of a dud to end this post on, but what else do I have?
Quick-shot #JuanEp from Ciph and Rosenberg, as we're waiting for the Juan Epstein App to be approved, which would THEN cap off the new season of Juan Epstein. Maybe next week? Word is the first episode of Season 5 has three interviews and is two hours. We'll see. Ebro is featured on this episode. Shouts to @zillz for the help out.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (7/19/2012)
Special edition right here, been waiting on this one. B.Dot, who represents on the regular over at Rap Radar, was the special guest on this one. He breaks down not only his views on Hip-Hop and the inner-workings behind RR, but he also breaks down "the meaning behind the du rag". Fred The Godson also stopped by and kicked some rhymes, and the mighty Artie Lange even speaks on his recent arrest in Paris! Talk about action packed! Subscribe via iTunes (or RSS) if you know what's good for you!
EDIT pleasedontstare.com has all of Ben-Ha-Meen's mixes from this week up as well.
DOWNLOAD The Combat Jack Show (7/18/2012)
Wednesday, July 18, 2012
Allow me to get something off of my chest right now. Yes, this is a post regarding a previously-unreleased/unfinished track by Tyler, The Creator and Toro Y Moi, but it's really the story of deception. See, this cut apparently made the rounds on the Internets under the guise of how I first heard it - as a supposed collaboration from Danny!'s Payback album between himself and Tyler, produced by Toro Y Moi. If I'm not mistaken, the second verse on the version I heard was entirely spit by Danny Swain. Just ask MJF. Now, a number of folks have had suspicions about what they heard on Payback, but seeing as I've supported Danny! since I got put onto his music, I gave dude the benefit of the doubt. Now? I feel like I've been lied to and deceived for no real reason. After the posts and the interview, I have no choice but to feel as though this site has been used as a tool by someone who I fuck musically. Whatever works. All I'm saying is, I knew this day would come, and I'm glad I wasn't the one that had to open up the can of worms. I'd feel like a fucking idiot if I didn't speak my piece on the situation, though.
EDIT Tyler's been tweeting about "Hey You" today. I must've been in a fog: Tyler confirms that "Hey You" was just him and Toro Y Moi and doesn't know how Danny got it, and that it wasn't a feature. Speaking of OF, they released a grip of info on forthcoming albums and tours. Check it.
DOWNLOAD Tyler, The Creator & Toro Y Moi "Hey You"
Been hearing a lot about this tune, glad to hear that Villem did the original justice. I messed with Foreign Concept's "Jaipur", and love what the Ingredients camp has going on. This looks to be forthcoming on Ingredients, I guess they have an EP on the horizon [RECIPE029], which features a dBridge remix of Kodo's "The Jackal" and two other bits (all which you can preview after the jump). For DnB heads who want something a bit more understated? This is all yours.
New video for their single, which drops on the 29th of July. I also put up a new feature with Rude Kid on DOA, talking about this single specifically. He even dropped a dope mix. I don't "get busy", I've been busy.
The highly anticipated TNGHT EP drops on July 23/24 via Warp + Lucky Me. Pre-order today.
You should've already seen the BTS on the making of this track,and overnight YoursTru.ly threw up a preview of this one, and it's as dope as you'd think it'd be. This is of course their contribution to the "Songs from Scratch" 7", which is limited edition via Love Letters Ink and features Joey Bada$$'s "Daily Routine" on the flip. Nasty. I'd only wish that Danny and araab would make more music together. This is disgustingly perfect.
DOWNLOAD DJ WAlly & Green Dutch Present 8 Bit Bath Salt
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
DOWNLOAD JoJo "Demonstrate" (prod. by Noah '40' Shebib)
My favorite cut off You & What Army, which is now available on CD today.
Where Part One discussed the Infamous "Iron Mic" battle, this takes us more into Eli Porter's personal story, filled with loss in his life and his own medical struggles, and his attempts to overcome all of that.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Newest latest from Side-B, bringing you the finest in underground and independent Hip-Hop. Even if there's some Nas on this show, you'll also hear Action Bronson and Joey Bad A$$. Always quality. Shouts to Phil and Divine.
DOWNLOAD Side-B Radio (7/15/2012)
This is the only shit I've listened to today. This dropped about eight hours ago, and it's fucking murder. Alchemist and Domo Genesis have an album, No Idols, on the way, and this cut makes me think that it'll truly be a PRAHLEM. Earl on ALC beats alone is enough to make my week, trust. All four come correct, even Vince - don't sleep on his verse, he drops some sly shit in it! Bronson beasts over this one like it was his own, it was almost unfair, but back to forth this one is the shit you need to be blasting this morning. Once a new pod door opens, more entertainment. Via OFT.
DOWNLOAD Domo Genesis & Alchemist ft. Earl Sweatshirt, Vince Staples & Action Bronson "Elimination Chamber"
Happy birthday, Collar!