Archive for 08/01/2014 - 09/01/2014

Tone Liv & DJ Priority ft. Respect Tha God & Burke The Jurke - "Tri-State"

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"Wherever tall cans is at, I'm in the building." Such is the mantra of Tone Liv, who is one of my favorite people in the NJ hip-hop scene, and life in general. He's worked hard with DJ Priority on their Clockwork album, and this is the second single (following the title track, which dropped in May). Alongside Respect Tha God and Burke The Jerk, Tone and Priority craft some darker shit. Proper single as well, with clean, dirty, and instrumental versions on deck.

The Combat Jack Show: Jeezy Episode

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Via TheCombatJackShow: "On the eve of the release of ‘Seen It All‘, his 5th studio album, Jeezy shared his growth as an artist, what the word “leadership” means to him, his experience at Ferguson, St. Louis, moving from being a street cat to a responsible role model, his relationship with Jay Z, his thoughts on Sean “Diddy” Combs and why he’s feeling so happy these days. It’s no more “Young”, it’s now Mr. Jeezy."

Black Collar Biz - "Start It (FreeStyle)"

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Black Collar Biz going ham over the classic "Rebel Without A Pause" instrumental. Murder.

Keith Murray and M.O.P. on Juan Epstein

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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.

Versis - "Growing Pain91"

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Been a minute since I've heard new material from Versis. Dude's still got it. Something about the vocal inflections that this 22-year-old employs, but he's slick as fuck widdit. Something quick.

MarQ Spekt & Blockhead - "SumOfItsParts"

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Taken from their JustPlayWitIt LP.

Rich Quick - "Sweet Summer"

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This is taken from French DJ J Hart's East Coast Draft mixtape.

Skrewtape - "Jazz Cigarettes"

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Armand Hammer - "CRWNS"

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Taken from the new Furtive Movements EP, which is out now digitally and on limited orange vinyl.

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014: In Pictures

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I have to say, this year's Jersey Fresh Jam (the ninth annual) was the best one I've attended. As I walked towards TerraCycle with my wife, the atmosphere just felt different. The layout's the best they've had, with the food trucks and stands in one spot near the vendors, which might've been to give more writers space within the TerraCycle backyard (at least, to me, it feels like there were more writers out there). Seeing guys like the legendary SKEME tagging alongside the Jersey writers was dope by itself. There were a number of seriously dope pieces, from a great Marilyn Monroe portrait to whatever that animal is from the Ice Age films. And the music!

The music! One of the true highlights was seeing Black Collar Biz and Old Sol live once again. They dropped that "Time's Up," which is so moody and brooding—hearing that at Art All Night 2014 was one of my favorite parts of that entire event. Hustle Emcee had a dope set, as did Mr. Fickle and Venomous 2000, who shared a set and really had the hip-hop heads vibing. Hell, Venomous' last track was for the b-boys, and one guy actually started breaking on the blacktop! CORFU (Skrewtape, Rich Quick, and Biz Mighty) merked the stage, as did a number of acts I wasn't too up on (liked seeing the young boys Namebrand out there as well). Overall, the music stage was on point.

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.

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 Set Times

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The Jersey Fresh Jam kicks off today at noon at the TerraCycle Complex. While you're enjoying the gorgeous aerosol masterpieces, there's a full lineup of music set to go down, featuring loads of Jersey hip-hop masters. Here's the schedule, as of right now:

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
2:05-2:20: Shore-Shot
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)
3:55-4:15pm: HafBlack
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

Jersey Fresh Jam 2014: Official Flyers

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If you've been in the Trenton area, we'll assume you've seen these. If not, check them out. And if you're simpin', you're slouchin'. Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 is THIS SATURDAY, 12 to 6. Food, music, and loads of live graf. Come out. I'll be there.

Pete Rock - James Brown Tribute Mix

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Don Speaks ft. Ne$$ & Fat Tony "Sixteen Tons"

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I know, I know—it's been hard to keep up with RTD when DAD takes up so much of my time, but this blog isn't dead. The way most people act, though, you'd think my email wasn't in use anymore. Not Donwill. He's been doing his thing in a number of different lanes, and one thing I had seen a week or so ago was that he's linked up with Dash Speaks for a special project, Don Speaks, an eight-track EP that you can pre-order, like, right now. Word is you can get it for free via Facebook for one week only, but you ain't hear that from me.

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.