Archive for 2014
"Rick talks of growing up a die hard rap fan of some our lyrical greats, his unappreciated skill as a song writer/ ghostwriter, his relationships with Jay Z and Diddy and the books he reads to keep his mind focused. Also, the some details of his #RossFit training regimen, his Wing Stop chicken empire and why he really instigated his beef with Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson". Stop being a munkey and press that download button, ya underdig?"
"Chris Rock’s awesome new movie, Top 5, is in theaters on December 5th. To celebrate, our number 1 fan and the film’s music guru, ?uesto, brought the BK legend and hip hop aficionado by to talk about the movie, his incredible hip hop history, and just how highly he ranks Kanye in his own top five."
"2 months today ... And Patrick made a way for us to start this healing process... I received the call from the medical examiner today who did his autopsy. I decided to share the with you all bc as painful as this is, it's a scary reality for us all.... Patrick suffered a massive heart attack, his heart was severely enlarged. We had no idea that this was going on. As much as I had been awaiting this confirmation... It's still breaks my heart and spirit. He can not say what caused the enlarged heart , but can only attribute to overall health and lifestyle .... I have not had a physical in almost 2 years now .... I ask this of everyone , please get an annual physical , take care of yourself, if something doesn't feel right, tell your doctor. I feel we were almost cheated that he didn't show any signs or symptoms of an upcoming heart attack, that we weren't given the usual symptoms and signs. Now that I know what took him from us , I must use this and move forward for Matthew. I will do whatever I have to do to make him proud."—Vanessa McNease
You don't hear a lot of artists detailing the story of their progression on wax like this. Well, at least from the ATL anyways. Could just be me; I love hearing that hunger. Word is this is the first single from Don Kevo's Raised By Wolves 2 mixtape.
(Pigeons & Planes)
If you're sleeping on Von Pea, you're playing yourself. This cut is taken from his forthcoming To You project, which is produced entirely by The Other Guys that drops on November 25. Shit like this makes me proud to be touching the Atlantic, especially during this fall era. It might also be the fact that Von and I are pretty much the same age; his references are perfect for me. Peep the video below, then cop this track right mf'in now.
That shit is right up my alley.
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J57 ft. Action Bronson, Meyhem Lauren, Maffew Ragazino & Rasheed Chappell - "Main Event (J57 Remix)"
J-Live penned a track that resonates with many of us who are living "free" in America while still being under the constant fear and struggle of, well, walking while black. Or driving while black. Or whatever the case may be; shit is real out there. I respect him talking about the cops not even knowing the beat they are paid to walk. "We black, and yall cops."
These might be the only tracks I want to hear living in a post-Ferguson world. Well, it's the world we've lived in, but the nonsense is front and center. Willie Green said he felt some kind of way after Ferguson, and put together this project:
"The recent events in Ferguson, Missouri (as well as Staten Island, Beavercreek, Ohio, and Los Angeles) have lifted a veil of comfortable ignorance across this country. The murder of Michael Brown, resultant cover up and egregious treatment of protesters has shown that the perception of Black people in America has changed little since the Civil Rights movement of the 1960’s. Americans live in a country where the oppressed are dehumanized and told to be quiet and gracious about their anger; and where the oppressors are harbored by our government and rewarded by our peers. Where the media warps facts to prove agendas against citizens and digital voices rush to play devil’s advocate to conceal their own bias. These are terrifying statements and not exaggerations. I’m no revolutionary. But I am someone who wants to look his children in the eyes and say when his country showed its worst, he did something."
Elucid, billy woods, and Curly Castro do their thing on this one.
M-Dot's shared a tribute to Praverb. Here's what got sent over with the track:
"One of my best friends, for over 12 yrs and the most selfless and humble person I have met passed away today, Praverb The Wyse" - M-Dot
A tribute to the emcee/blogger Praverb that we all knew and loved. He had called M-Dot the night before he passed and when M-Dot got the News yesterday, he took to the studio to vent the only way he knows how over this beat by Jerz. RIP Earl.
"To all of Patricks friends and family , it is with great sadness I share that we have unexpectedly lost our beloved friend, husband, father, and son , Earl Patrick McNease this morning. We are still unsure of what happened that took my love from us, but appreciate all of the support shown. I'm sorry to share such news via social media, but Patrick wouldn't have had it any other way. Please keep us all in your thoughts and prayers as we grieve and uplift us as we try and pick up the pieces of our lives and raise our beautiful son Matthew. He was everything to his daddy, and so was his music.
The best way to honor my husband would be to continue to share his love of hip hop and the word of God through his websites, this was his aspiration."
I'm definitely in shock. For one, I'm pretty sure we were around the same age. Secondly, he was one of those cats that I'd been following for the past six years, trying to show love when it felt like so many would sleep on him for one reason or another. He was hip to how things worked on the 'Net, and was always ready to show love for his material being posted... but I think the biggest thing about Praverb was how selfless he was with the information he gained.
Just check out his website. While I'd fallen out of knowing how often he'd been putting out music (primarily because my day-job kept me out of the loop with a lot going on), I was always seeing the different pieces he'd write trying to help educate MCs on the come-up being shared on Twitter. He was putting together hip-hop blog directories and publicists, giving tips on how to market yourself, and so much more. Dude was really about helping instead of hindering, and I know personally that MCs were either just impressed with his skills or in debt with his knowledge. Guess he wasn't known as "P The Wyse" for nothing.
Damn. It's sad as hell to hear this info, and I know our international hip-hop community will take some time and really dig into his material. Do the knowledge on his site, then hit the jump and stroll through a playlist of his material. It also looks like donations are being taken to help cover funeral costs.
Rest in power, Praverb.
(And for those looking for a little bit of Praverb, check out Professional Hobbyist, The Gospel Is Free 2: The Rebirth, and Center of Attention. Dude had a gift.)
The latest episode of Juan Epstein featured two pillars of rough, rugged and raw hip-hop excitement: Keith Murray and M.O.P.; you can check out video of both, and then hit the SoundCloud (or iTunes) and snag the full, one-hour-and-forty-minute episode.
The music! One of the true highlights was seeing
The entire day was one for the record books. You can check out my collection of BlackBerry pictures HERE; my main question is "if the ninth year was this great, how will they top it for their tenth anniversary?!" You'll have to come out next year and see.
12:30-12:45: Dreadpool Parker w/Liz Cisco
12:50-1:05: Born Wreckless
1:10pm-1:25: Kas&Swagga T
1:30-1:40 Uneeke Kenetic
1:40-2:00: DJ SEV ONE set
2:25-2:40: Certified Life(Alert)
2:45-3:00: Hustle Emcee
3:05pm-3:25pm: Black Collar Biz and Old Sol
3:30PM-3:50: DJ ITSJUSTAHMAD set w/ Czar Hotep(Fine Arts)
4:20pm-4:40pm: Mr. Fickle and Venomous 2000
4:45pm-5:05pm: NAMEBRAND (Rell and Sonic)
5:10pm-5:30pm: CORFU AM DOWN(Biz Mighty, Skrewtape, Rich Quick)
5:35pm-5:45pm: B Davis
5:50-6:10: lla Ghee and All Elements Fam
Close out with open mic ciphe
You have to love "Sixteen Tons," though. Three "indie" cats going all kinds of bananas, ham, and nuts over a meaty beat that contains a 68-year-old sample. No happy joy joy times in here, though; this is aggressive turn up, but not on some drunken dumb shit. Intelligent turn up. Look, we'll work on the title, but this bangs like a motherfucker. Preview below.