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Now before I start getting hate for not supporting the new school, I’m still an enormous fan of Blu, I’m diggin on the homie below and there’s of course Curren$y.
I can’t quite put my finger on it yet, but this guy is dope. The way he carries himself, his delivery, his writing, if he continues down this path he could totally end up being in a class alongside Mos, Kweli, Common, etc. Hell, he’s already in a group with Mos and Jay Electronica (remember Center Edge Territory?…when the hell is that shit coming out!!)
Anyway, some new dopeness from Spitta produced by BluRoc (a.k.a. Ski Beatz). Get live.
I’ve been seeing a lot of hate round the web for this and I gotta say, I disagree in a massive way. Aside from the fact that I’m a huge Mos Def fan, I’m even more of a fan of imagination and raising kids right. A ton of you might see this as Dante tryin to pick up a cheque, which may be true, I can’t really speak for him. But I know I can speak as an uncle to 3 baby girls and I know that Yo Gabba Gabba has gone out of their way to bring an eclectic group of incredible talent to the kids of today and hopefully inspire them to do something positive and creative.
Just like how Sesame Street and the Muppet Show were my first exposure to Buddy Rich and Paul Simon, Yo Gabba Gabba have exposed this new generation of kids to Biz Markie, Rahzel and Mos Def as opposed to the other nonsense they could be pimping out.
So quit hating and see the big picture.
More Mos in the mainstream. Less Flo Rida. That’s my word.
If you ever wondered if/how Dame Dash would/could ever come back and make himself relevant again, well look no further than the past year.
First bringing together Roots Rock champions the Black Keys with some of N.Y.’s all-time greatest spitters (Mos Def, Q-Tip, Pharoahe Monch, Billy Danze, RZA, Raekwon, etc.) to bring you a 21st century version of Heavy Rhyme Experience (know the ledge), BlakRoc.
And if that wasn’t enough, now with the resurrection Mr. Luchini himself, Ski Beatz and putting him alongside some of Hip-Hop’s most (under) appreciated greats, they bring you 24 Hour Karate School (a.k.a. BluRoc)
We’ve already dropped one goodie from the project and now here go 2 more. Pure beastage.
It’s Chinese New Year and I can’t feel my feet. Do I smell movies?
24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL
24 Hour Karate School you might remember, is the name of a track I posted a few weeks back that Mos Def did with Ski-Beatz. Well not only was it the name of a dope song but it’s apparently the name of a dope album. Ski-Beatz, along with Blakroc conceiver, Dame Dash are putting out a project featuring not only Pretty Flaco but Jay Electronica, Curren$y, Nikki Wray, Jim Jones and plenty more. It’s kinda like another Blakroc, but instead of the Black Keys it’s Ski-Beatz. I’m cool with that. Here’s the trailer for the upcoming record from the Luchini Maestro.
BABU & DILLA
The world famous Dilated Junkie, DJ Babu makes a rare appearance on the blogs and tips his hat to the late greatest. Featuring cameos from House Shoes, Alchemist and more, it’s a feel good type of thing.
POP LIFE & RACE MATTERS
It’s the IllDoc, J Smooth. Need I say more?
ME AND THIS JAWN
And since I missed it, a special lovers day offering from the Paid Dues President, an eighth of the Living Legends Crew and half of Felt, Murs.
Relax in the rain and enjoy that bed.
Be well world.
HHHTis the Season,
I don’t know what’s gotten into the internet this past week, whether it be holiday cheer, a little too much Captain Morgan‘s in its Nog, or if it’s just plain ol’ coincidence (even though long time Indy Pop Champion Spookey Ruben once said, “It’s no coincidence fun rhymes with sun.” and that makes all the sense in the world to me.) but damn! Good lookin’ homie.
Today I bring you treats from people who’ve all been frequenting this blog quite a bit this year, and as such, I don’t really have all that much more to ramble on about other than givin’ you the straight up goods. So, without further ado…
24 HOUR KARATE SCHOOL
One of my Top 6 all-time musical heroes (if you read this blog enough you can at least pick out 3 others)…
…Pretty Flaco gets his collab on with mr. Luchini himself, Ski-Beatz (who was featured in the first ‘Give the Drummer Some‘) as well as another Camp Lo alumni, one half of Freebass808, Apple Juice Kid in a track that makes my face nothing but teeth. Check the homage Mos pays at the end, priceless.
MOS DEF + SEMTEX – Part 3.
This guy’s as necessary to X-Mas as he is to Hip-Hop.
Ever since 1996’s ‘Santa Claus goes straight to the Ghetto’ it just doesn’t feel right to not have some new Snoop during the holiday season. Well, thankfully, with his new album still doing the rounds, OS was kind of enough to throw this up for us lowly scavenger blogs. An iTunes exclusive, I give you some brand new Snoop bump.
WE GON GO!
And last but not least, after a disappointing showing and way too much Akon involvement on his last record, home town hero Kardinal Offishall is back with a banger givin his holiday thanks to all those before him.
Apparently he’s still riding with ‘Kon but hopefully his involvement will be strictly business from here on in. Hey, I can wish can’t I?
Bundle up folk. It’s gettin low.
HHHTap your feet and clap your hands,
**Before I begin this blog, please note that the ‘Drummer’ I’m referring to in the title of this blog will hereby be known as the ‘Producer’ and that the man known as the ‘Producer’, definitely deserves ‘some’ as the title suggests.**
Back in the day (let’s say early-mid ’80’s and before), to know a producer’s name either meant you: a) were in the industry, or b) were a huge music geek. To get that coveted information you’d actually have to spend time sitting down with the album liner notes and research the music you liked. “F’REALS?” Yep, f’reals. And even then, there was no method of looking up homie’s discography to see what else he/she had done cause well, the interweb was still some ways away and libraries just didn’t generally carry that info.
Well since then, things’ve changed. We have the internet, which has spawned numerous cult followings (and a million other things). We have filmmakers dedicating their time to exposing the underbelly of the music creation process and allowing us to really see who’s in charge, but most importantly we have overblown ego’s and insecure men in Hip-hop who generally take their name, turn it into some obnoxious sample and run it at the beginning and end of all their tracks so we know exactly who they are and so they don’t feel inadequate at the end of the day (that being said, I’m a fan of some of those obnoxious samples…JUST BLAAAAZE!)
So, in honor of the Producers of today who’re still secure enough to not throw their name over every ounce of their beat and let their work speak for themselves, I present to you a new HHHT SERIES entitled (you guessed it) Give the Drummer some.
That’s right! That’s who I’m starting with. The one, the only, Ski-Beatz. If you know who he is, we might be friends. If you don’t know who he is, that’s exactly why I’m writing this.
Ski is a legend. Period. Ever since he started up with the Bizzie Boyz in the ’80’s as Will-Ski (that’s for the SERIOUS heads) he’s been making that real Hip-Hop. Discovered early on by the equally as legendary DJ Clark Kent (who just ran a train on Taipeezy — Shouts to M.A. and the fam.) Ski was always able to get a quality out of his beats that, whether people realize it or not, helped to shape that mid ’90’s East Coast sound.
Now, the homie has put out a bunch of sub-par material. There’s no denying that. But, dammit when he hit, he HIT. Camp Lo‘s: Luchini (This is it), Swing, Coolie High — Jay-Z‘s: Dead Presidents, 22 Two’s, Politics as Usual and Feelin’ It! Dammit….even if those’re the only 7 songs he’ll ever be known for. Those are 7 incredible songs.
Well, he’s back. Still rockin with the Lo. And we got a couple for you. Check it.
If you don’t live in Southern Ontario or the American East Coast, you’ve probably never heard of GIGZ. But that’s not to say you shouldn’t.
Someone who I’ve seen first hand grow from a relatively decent producer to someone who has truly mastered the art of the headnod and fist pump. GIGZ is a problem. Winner of countless beat battles all over North America including the coveted Battle of the Beatmakers in New York (Grimy Beat Champion @ BOTB IV) he is slowly but surely expanding outward like his Hulk’ish physique and poised to do big things in the coming years. Having just released a brand new collaborative album entitled ‘Top Rankin’ with long-time friend and PPF House member, The Abyss, ’09 and ’10 are looking rather prosperous for the new Gang Starr of the Toronto scene.
Check the chunes:
YEEZY & SPIKE
And finally, word leaked about this months ago and it sounded interesting.
Well, it’s interesting and quite dope (plus a little creepy) imo.
We’re bout that GOOD good.
The squad is thick. Understand that.