Archive for 07/01/2012 - 08/01/2012
It's official, I'm the newest member of the Complex family. Some of you may have seen the early rumblings of this on twitter back in June, but this is something I've held close to my chest, mainly because I hate jinxing things.For the last month I've been in talks with Complex about an opportunity that I won't speak too crazy about right now, primarily because it's not fully fleshed out, and also because I like keeping you guys in suspense.
When I started RTD six years ago, I'd say a small part of me wanted to be given an opportunity to get PAID to WRITE. I've felt like it was something I could do, and the hard work has definitely paid off. I won't go off on a rant or spend an entire post of thank yous, but I do want to shout out heads like Noah, my new leader, my wife Anna, my boy Nappy, supportive peeps like Miss Info, Rizoh and the countless others who've either shouted me out today or in the past about my work, and all of the heads in between. Extra special shouts to Confusion, who will be my mentor on this new endeavor. I will still be around, trust me. Once I get my rhythm, it's going to be a WRAP.
Proper, private celebration is going down at the RTD Compound this Friday at whiskey o'clock, after I say goodbye to my current gig. I'll keep you guys posted on my goings-on while at the new position - we've only just begun. Hit the jump for my celebration/theme music(s).
Quick two-fer for the latest episode of Juan Epstein. Via Rosenberg: "This has some radio stuff in it but it’s mostly just us shooting the shit with one of my favorite people in the world, “Iron” Mike Tyson and Kevin Hart. Pretty dope stuff with another Juan Ep coming in the next couple of days".
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (8/21/2012)
Another Frank Ocean remix, but this one is dopeski. So certified that Skream and Benga already debuted it on their Radio 1 show, the one like Kastle throws his bright lights and deep bass onto one of the more acclaimed cuts from channelORANGE. Not sure what it is about Frank that has producers so ready to flip his tracks (maybe it's the same ish that had people flipping The Weeknd), but whatever it is, I'm glad someone is smashin' it. Also glad it's not so long - that's what she said! Or didn't say. Who knows. Where's my drink?
DOWNLOAD Frank Ocean "Pyramids (Kastle Remix)"
I recently tweeted some info that's got me in a celebratory mood (even if this last week at work is the fucking pits), and this might be the track to drop when I'm a few shots in on the Jameson this Friday at my private celebration at the RTD Compound. This is the second leak from Dom O's Gr8Summer, which drops next week (8/28). This is something to champion when drunkenly realizing how good you truly do have things. Live it up.
DOWNLOAD Dom O Briggs "Live" (prod. by Sir Flywalker)
DOWNLOAD Bro Safari & Knuckle Children "Freak"
DOWNLOAD MGK "Wild Boy (Styles&Complete Remix)"
This is available on iTunes via BoS' new imprint, Code.
Looks like Chicago's Mad Decent Block Party got shut down early today. It was at capacity, and it looks like the above idiocy probably caused the entire event to get shut down. I can tell you first hand that Philly had some problems (mostly kids who couldn't control their chemicals during the day - mad puke), but the door had no rush whatsoever. We got there around 2PM and it was nice and orderly. We walked out and CAME BACK IN and it was love. And Philly represented - MAD HEADS out there. Is it that serious, Chitown?
DOWNLOAD Heroes x Villains "Original Choppaz"
DOWNLOAD Kendrick Lamar ft. Young Jeezy "Westside, Right On Time" (prod. by Canei Finch)
What you see in that picture is the vinyl used in Four Tet's mix for Solid Steel this week. I believe he's not been on the program since 2001, so it makes sense for him to go in something special. No full tracklist, but he definitely drops some Herbie Hancock, Don Cherry, Stanley Clarke and much more.
See, when we started talking about mixing Bass Music with Hip-Hop over six years ago, many took us for fools. Figured we were on some dumb shit. And maybe we were. But fast forward six years, and it feels like those who scoffed and joked are now eating a hefty slice of crow. Serves 'em right.
Trap Bubbling is one I've been waiting to kick info on. It soundtracked my trip to the Mad Decent Block Party, and is one of the defining moments within Disc Jockey Nappy's career: "In whats truly the first time a project of this magnitude has ever been conceived on this level, Trap-A-Holics presents Trap Bubbling, a special project from Rotterdam's Munchi, mixed by the one and only Disc Jockey Nappy. The term Trap has been buzzing on the Net and in the Club over the last couple of months, with the undeniable 808 bounce moving to the next level. With this project, Munchi takes tracks many Hip-Hop heads are already familiar with (from the likes of Waka Flocka, the Diplomats and many more) and re-imagines these massive anthems for the EDM crowd. Youve probably heard producers remix and refix these tracks, but nothing with as official of a stamp as the Trapaholics have given this project. Damn, son, how's the future of music feel?!". Shit, I wrote it, I might as well use it.
I don't have a release date on this one, but trust me when I tell you - if you've been following the movements we've been making in regards to this sound, you're going to want to pay attention. The future is now.
DOWNLOAD Black Rasslin', Episode 44
CRNKN is a name that is making a lot of noise right now, and for good reason. A little birdy told me you can catch CRNKN in Manhattan at a show with Nappy, but we'll keep that tucked for a minute. Dude's got some fresh production chops, but I had no idea his DJ game was so deep. This mix is turntup, with cuts like his collabo with UZ, "Booty 2 The Ground", that cut "Bueller" by Brillz & ETC, as well as bits from Sliink, Giraffage, TNGHT, Baauer, Munchi and many more. Might have to get drunk early for this one!
DOWNLOAD CRNKN - Trillionaire Mixtape
The homey Cable put me onto Young Mind and the "cosmic trap" sound he creates, and it looks like this is confirmed to be the 5th release on Cable's Triangulum imprint. No word on release date, but don't fuck around and miss this. Reminds me of what Joker would sound like if he took his Purple Wow sound and Trap'd it out. This is what I'm talking about when I say Trap needs more outside influences. Too many guys making generic Hip-Hop beats and passing it off as something dope. If you don't want the sound to die, don't cut the creativity off, nahmean? I hear Mr. Mitch and Decibel have remixes coming soon as well. More word when I have it.
Apparently this mix first aired last week (on Radio 1 I imagine), and due to the obvious nature of radio (even in the UK), you can't have all the filth-flarn-filth in the mix. They dropped it via SoundCloud, in full and uncensored, and this is a fucking masterpiece. I saw Lunice in Philly a few weeks ago, and he tore shit down. This mix features cuts from their EP, forthcoming bits, the "Rooster In My Rari" remix, some Decibel, some Snoop Dogg and more. Fucks with it.
DOWNLOAD Scion A/V Presents Bare: Altitude
Deja vu! As if dropping his first solo 12" on his Innerground imprint wasn't enough to commemorate its 50th release, Marky drops this sly devil of a tune for free... for a like on Facebook. This one feels like a throwback to the DnB sound. Love the hypnotic bass on this one; feels more like something he'd SPIN as opposed to something he'd produced. Wonder if he has more tunes like this in his vault...
In 2012, the best way for EDM acts/artists to get Facebook props is to give away something, whether it's a free tune via their page or RSVPs to events like the Mad Decent Block Party. All of that said, here's the Metro Viper heads getting your love inna social media way. This isn't my normal cup of tea, to be honest, but it's hard to deny a tune like this, especially in the late Summer. Those kids who don't want the Summer to end will solemnly put this one on and lament on the Days of Summer Past. Or, you know, watch one of those girls shake it when it drops. Whatever works. Grab via FB (der).
YES, ANOTHER TRAP TUNE ON RTD. DEAL WITH IT. Thing is, this is what I like to hear. Yes, Trap might be shooting itself in the foot with all of the same-y tunes, but shit, this is something that's going to set your mix apart from the usual barrage of 808 drones. Emynd is a beast on the remix tip, and he incorporated the sound of now into something rather unique and anthemic. I love that term anthemic, and the chords and vocals on this one will drop like a megaton bomb if you use it properly. Proper DJ heat.
DOWNLOAD Misun "Dry (Emynd Trap Remix)"
DOWNLOAD Three Loco ft. Diplo "We Are Farmers" (prod. by DJA)
Now THIS is the kind of shit I need to break up the monotony. I believe Survival gave this one away because a recent mix of his hit 1000 downloads, but for whatever the reason is, it makes me realize how dope of a producer he is. He's mixing up this understated bassline workout with a grinding fuzzbox snippet along with the echo'd beats and ethereal vocals and synths. It's a huge soup and one of the reasons why I'll always fall back on DnB. Roll on, Survival... roll on.
DOWNLOAD Survival "Secrets VIP"
Spooky is a guy who's moved on from the "Spartan" riddim and still knows how to create hypnotic tunes. This cut is from his forthcoming single release for Hot Mom USA, dropping on the 3rd of September. Remix pressure from Star Eyes, Moony & Wheez-ie, this one goes a bit deeper but still maintains the Grime/House vibe (if that makes sense). Truly a masterpiece in simplistic fawnk. My Lord wheeeeeeeeeeeel it!
Something like this might be the anthem for cats who were dubstepped out that just started freaking to the 808 Trap sound over the last few months. They truly didn't give a fuck about T.I. a few years ago, but now site Trap Muzik as their shit. And if you ask them how they can stand Waka Flocka and Gucci Mane, they might repeat the refrain from this tune. Klever is doing his thing on this regardless. Fun with the bounce. Although I almost hope heads would move onto something else, because at the rate that new Trap tracks are dropping, this will be a dead sound by next Summer.
DOWNLOAD Klever "We Don't Give A Fuck"
Trio of Trenton excellence right here, and the title fits perfectly with both this trifecta and the actual output that got put out. I got to see the homegirl Dready at the Jersey Fresh Jam this weekend, where I also met Wade Wilson (not sure if I introduced myself or if he knew who I am, but then again, who the fuck am I), where we definitely had a convo about Deadpool. Homegirl does the damn thing with the beats, and Strife and Wade go ham in their own right. For you cats who definitely like living loaded, you'll appreciate this. Shit, if you fuck with good music, you can't front on this. Hopefully these three have more heat in the bowl, which has to be far from cashed.
DOWNLOAD Ray Strife & Wade Wilson "Soundz Like Drugz" (prod. by Dready Mercury)
Don't think I've heard new heat from Mexicans With Guns, but I fuck with this. I keep hearing this term "trap rave" to describe essentially the Trap sounds that EDM producers are making. This might be one of the tracks that comes closest to blending what I'd consider "rave" sounds in that Trap aesthetic. Love the lurching bass thrown in here as well. Some fun shit to bug out to, nahmean. Turn that woofer in your system up LOUD for this one doe.
DOWNLOAD Lorenzo Vektor "Occupy (Mexicans With Guns Remix)"
Ciph and Rosenberg keep it rollin with the latest episode of Juan Ep, and have brought back Capone (the comedian) for another banger. The one main thing I picked up is that I need to see Snow On Tha Bluff. Been sleeping on watching it but I might have to rock with that one! Be sure to subscribe to the podcast in iTunes as well.
DOWNLOAD Juan Epstein (8/12/2012)
This past Sunday's edition of Side-B wasn't as Jersey Fresh Jam-centric as I thought it'd be, but it was dope nonetheless. There's of course a new edition of Side Beatz, some Hip-Hop news (looks like Side-B and All Hip-Hop will be partnering up), an interview with Kilogram and plenty more. Word is Side-B will be going down this Thursday from 6PM to 8PM. Keep it locked to @sidebradio42 and wprb.com for more details.
I'd heard about DJ Mag looking into accusations of cheating to get into their Top 100 DJ poll, which I guess helps out DJ's gig rates. I'm all for healthy competition, but you'd think people would utilize skills and contacts, not their fat wallets. Pay to press play, you feel me? EDMSnob.com is reporting that DJ Mag might need to lay low; EDMSnob's investigation into that Top 100 scandal uncovered thousands of GBP spent on "advertising" within DJ Mag, resulting in full page spreads for DJs like Payl Van Dyk, Aly & Fila, Erick Morillo and plenty more. You'd think these guys would keep their mouths shut if they had so much coming in for these "ads", you feel me?
I don't knock anyone's hustle - I've heard stories about some of my blogger peers. I just can't believe that on the one hand, DJ Mag is questioning the practices of some of the DJ poll entrants, but on the flipside are collecting paper for coverage. It's just sad. Where does someone go to keep it real?
And here's the cipher that sparked outside of the Jersey Fresh Jam on Saturday night. Rhymageddon, Emcee Jermaine and a number of Anti-Industry affiliates went in for no other reason than because cats is just tough. Hit the jump for more footage. These cats go in.