"Snapple fact, I'm really that mean." Yes you are, King RA. Everything about this is grizzly as fuck, straight BARS.
Archive for 08/01/2015 - 09/01/2015
"Headphone Diaries" was fire, but "Go Nuts" is the truth. If that first verse doesn't make you a fan of Tanya Morgan's Von Pea, I don't know what to tell you. Dude makes me laugh; my kind of intelligent ignorant rap. This hazy, jazzy cut is on Feasts of Legend, which is out now.
When I started rockthedub nine years ago, one of constant images was the boombox. Yeah, those Radio Raheem ghetto blasters were my shit, but a lot of my teens was spent with a blank tape in my own stereo, waiting to record some heat from Power 99 or WPRB 101.3. I got so much education from what I was hearing as a freshman and sophomore in high school, and this 20-year-old radio recording that DJ Eclipse recently unearthed is right up my alley.
We're talking Method Man over Mobb Deep instrumentals, remixes of "Mad Izm" by Channel Live, Redman's "Can't Wait," and a ton of that hip-hop from that era. This is my youth being brought to me as a grown-ass man. Wish I still had some of those tapes. I can relive that time with shit like this, though.
Here's Eclipse on the recording: "DJ L.E.S. joins Marley on this episode of Pirate Radio. After LL's "No Airplay", L.E.S. jumps right into a blend mix of instrumentals and acapellas along with the latest music. Guests in the place are Queens' own Kamakaze (KL & Kyron) (16:49) and The Grand P.O. aka Blaq Poet (18:13). After their freestyles L.E.S. goes back into the mix with more blends and new music."
The 30 and Over League is exactly what you think it is: grown-ass MCs who don't have time for the little kid rap shit. This Vanderslice-produced head-nodder is the perfect entrance into their cipher.
With their FW14 album out now, Christian Rich have been in everyone's mouths. Their productions are fire, but their thoughts as DJs is even doper. What's better on a Friday night than a set featuring tracks from the studios of Timbaland and J Dilla? Any mix with Busta Rhymes' "Hardcore" as the second track in is a winner.
His words: "made earlier this summer for shittz n giggz. some of the beats are recent / older / posted and unreleased. this is nothing. just a lil something to keep the hoards of people awaiting my next release at bay.. sike lol. enjoy"
This one snuck up on us, huh? Tomorrow afternoon at TerraCycle in Trenton, the Jersey Fresh Jam celebrates 10 years of bringing hip-hop, graffiti, and positive vibes to the city of Trenton. You should already be up on who's performing this year, but if not, I put together a quick playlist featuring the live acts who will be doing the damn thing. We're talking eight hours of music in the city... get ready!
Oh and if WiFi permits, I'll be documenting the proceedings as they go down. Say what's up if you see me!
R.O.E. has been an artist we've followed for a while, and over the last few years he's really come into his own in terms of rocking with a band, so much so that he and the Soulvillians have released a new live LP. ROE says that he gives "1000% every time I’m on stage. I want to create a memorable moment for fans whenever they attend a concert. The type of moments they cannot get by listening to the studio recorded material." This live project, recorded at the Double Door in Chicago, the album features Taylor Mallory, Erthe St. James, and Jeff Gibbs (from The Jeff Gibbs Quartet), and even has a cover of Common's "The Light" on it.
You can stream the full project down below, and cop it digitally today.
This is the first cut from Nato's new EP, A Prequel to God, which is out now and available for free via natocaliph.com. Don't play yourself.
For anyone looking to help out Price's widow and children, Duck Down is looking to raise $50,000 for Price's family (the Crowd Rise goal is halfway there).
Combat Jack not only penned some beautiful words about P! for Complex, but also touched down during Peter Rosenberg's Sean Price tribute on Real Late, which you can hear below.
Hell, P! even made NPR.
I'll be keeping this updated with dope tributes and other bits about Price's life if y'all are down.
I was going to really try and sort out a mix, but I came across this set from Level One Radio's DJ Smitty that spans Price's career, from the Heltah Skeltah days throughout his expansive solo career. If it's nice out and you're trying to mourn with a case of beer, this is what you need.
Quick also announced that his debut album, The Everywhere Man, is set to drop via Soulspazm on September 28th, and features a host of collaborators: featured MCs include Reef the Lost Cauze, Skrewtape, Miilkbone, Jakk Frost, Ryshon Jones, and many others, along with beats from Divine Drummah, J57, STANKFOOT, The Wurxs, and Snowgoons, who produced the title track, which is the lead single you can hear below.
I'm hoping he's back stateside so I can dap him up at Jersey Fresh, and I also hope we get to catch a couple of glimpses from what should be a fire album before the month's out. Pre-order The Everywhere Man today via iTunes!
Tracks like this are why I say support your favorite local DJs. Phil Jackson, who helms Side B Radio on WPRB, posted this video from Jersey's Money Carsin, and the track had me open. Well, shorty in the black bikini first caught my eye, but the boom bap in the drums, with those horns blaring and James Brown's "baby baby baby" in the track certified it, with Carsin spitting some real shit in the track. Something big and bombastic to have blowing up the speakers during the summer.
If you're rocking this, grab Carsin's Next Nobody mixtape, which is hosted by Power 105's EmEz.
Straight out of the Bay Area, Deuce Eclipse and J.Lately go in over a host of freshness. Nothing too crazy on this in terms of content, which is perfect for a playful Sunday afternoon, TRUST.
"I just wanted to give out some free music, there will be more to come. Collaborated with a different producer for each EP. They are free but you can also donate via the bandcamp page if you feel inclined. First one with producer Javi Santiago out of South MPLS. Peace. "- Greg Grease