Archive for 07/01/2014 - 08/01/2014

88-Keys Shared Some Beats "From Mom & Dad's Basement"

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17 free beats from 88-Keys. You'll definitely know one of these as something Mos Def used. Here's what he had to say: "So I found this beat tape I made (my guess is back in '01) in my parents' basement today out in West Hempstead, NY. I sold one beat on here to Mos Def which was used for his song... Ahhh, just do you homework. Jay-Z recorded a song to one of the other beats on here as well but I never heard it (still to this day)."

Kid Hum - Fossil Fuel 2

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Damn. This week, I got an email from the homey Kid Hum saying he was putting out Fossil Fuel 2, his latest compilation of fiery beats he's been cooking in the oven. Thinking about the last five years really took me back to one of my favorite times in life: see, the first Fossil Fuel compilation helped me realize that this little fucking blog could really do some shit.

One day, Kid Hum hit me on some "I have this dope project, and want to get some movement behind it; how can I do that?" My answer? "It's instrumental, why not get a bunch of dope MCs to spit on it?" He liked the idea, and after about six months of connecting dots (back then, I was way more engrained into the hip-hop Internets than I am now), Offshore Drilling was born. That's the biggest thing I'd ever done on RTD to that point, and with a little love, peace, and elbow grease, the project even charted on CMJ.

It also helped birth the sort-of sequel compilation from The KhemLab two years later.

But enough of that. It's awesome to know that Kid Hum is still crafting dope beats; Fossil Fuel 2 is due out on Amazon on August 5, but you can stream the full compilation down below. Loving the sample-based structure (which is lost these days), and that Wesley Willis is all over this. Here's what Hum had to say:

"This album for me is a celebration of the years 1013, 1913, and 2013. It is a celebration of Bob Marley, John Coltrane, and the Great Lakes. It is a celebration of the Rocky Mountains, the ECCO program, John C. Lilly, and the invention of the Parachute."

The 45 King Live in the Boiler Room

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Legendary. I hadn't realized he was rocking with Serato as well.

Deal - The Villain - " Frustrated Love (Must Be Love Freestyle)"

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Do you want to know how long it's been since I was trying to get Deal - The Villain to spit on Cassie's "Must Be Love?" I sent it to him the same time I sent it to Hellz Yea!, who dropped off his version back in March of 2009. Five years later, DTV turns in his version, and I've fallen back in love with this instrumental. Who knows what made Deal go in on this, but I'm not mad. And it's free.

The Official Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 Music Lineup

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August 9 can't come soon enough; Jersey Fresh Jam 2014 is right around the corner, and we got word that the official musical lineup has been announced. If you've been hitting JFJ religiously over the last few years, or just keep abreast to the NJ hip-hop/music scene, you should be up on a lot of these acts. Let me just say: bring your cameras. This one is set to be FIRE. Check out the full lineup after the jump. Just know that cats we've featured here, cats you should always be up on, and a host of dope surprises will be in store.

Armand Hammer ft. L'Wren - "The Rent Is Too Damn High"

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I want to say this is one of the first tracks that Elucid let me hear from his Armand Hammer project with billy woods. Still one of my favorites from the project, and I'm glad that they hooked up a video for it. Best way to spend July 4th? Cop Race Music.