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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.
Not many more sleeps left.
Watching this gives me the same feeling I got when I was 15 watching the Respiration video for the first time. Hope and happiness. Intrigue and awe. There’s nothing overtly out of this world about this, yet the mood leaves me completely enthralled.
What do you get when you put Mos + Kwe + Dilla together? HISTORY. Thank goodness kids still have these 2 as an alternative.
MR. PIG FACE
This guy is just good at rap.
CROOKED I – MR. PIG FACE
Although this is technically my first post about these guys, aside from Mos, Little Dragon is easily my favorite group of the past 2 years and have cemented themselves in my ‘Classic’ category. Truthfully the only 2 recently released things that have consistently been in my eardrums have been The Ecstatic and Little Dragon’s sophomore Machine Dreams and had it not been for these guys, I would’ve been oh so bored. I love these guys.
Head to toe they’re phenomenal.
I’ll get into them a little thicker when I have more time, but just know that you should’ve been checking for these guys for at least the past 2 years. Act like you know.
Here’re 2 vids from the newest record.
That’s it that’s all.
Go get it.
Out of 365 days, the 359th has earned a rep similar to that of Kanye West in that you generally either love it or hate it. The combination of family gatherings, old friends coming home, turkey dinners, caroling, decorating trees, snow and capitalism working at full capacity tends to make you choose sides. Myself, much like my opinion on Kanye West (and this completely dumps on my first sentence), I’m on a fence-sitting tip. Where as I’m more than enamored with the thought of an unrelenting amount of food, my bank account barely survives my week to week gig let alone a day where I’m supposed to buy more than a dozen people heartfelt gifts.
So with that being said, J-Smooth just released his own Holiday Vlog taking my thoughts and well, relaying it way better than I ever could.
And of course, what would the holidays be without a few gifts.
If the first single didn’t already get you absolutely buckwild excited for this, here’s a little help.
Off the upcoming Reflection Eternal record, Kwe and Hi-Tek drop this extra dope posse cut just in time for the holidays. Enlisting the help of Jigga approved J. Cole, Badu’s new baby daddy Jay Electronica, and as always, the Mighty Mos Def here’s somethin to keep you warm as the Weather gets Lil’ Jon.
A double dose from the dynamic duo. I’m lookin forward to the new record.
Here’s the record: J*DAVEY – BOUDOIR SYNEMA
That’s the day.
Go out and get whatever you need. It’s Yours.
First off, apologies from the crew for being away this past week. The CAPtain‘s been marinating in some birthday love, M.A. continues his quest to Waakao the world and I’ve been sewing up some of the final details for the PPF House ‘Slow Claps’ Tour which will see us hit 20 cities nationwide this summer (So, all my Canadian homies, keep your eyes peeled cause we’ll be in your neck of the woods very soon).
Secondly, in regards to the blog title…cot damn!! if there weren’t a crazy amount of treats offered up on the blog circuit this week. I won’t be able to get to’em all today, but I’ll do my best to give you the highlights.
SA-RA Creative Partners
I’m a large fan of these guys.
Even though their debut effort sounded less like an album and more like a compilation thrown together a week before deadline, these L.A. maestros somehow managed to flex their musical muscles and avoid being overshadowed beneath a ridiculous cast of guest spots that included: Dilla, Kurupt, Q-Tip, Kweli and Pharoahe Monch…just to name a few..and show people that, in the illustrious words of Robert Diggs, Sa-Ra ‘ain’t nuttin’ to F*!# wit‘.
Now prepping to drop their Sophomore set Nuclear Evolution: The Age of Love, I give you some sneak peek material that I can only hope dwarfs their previous effort.
Even though Hip-Hop has designated a Golden Age period for the sake of its cultural timeline, I don’t think I’m wrong in saying that for each serious listener and lover of music, we all go through our own renditions of a Golden Age.
Black Star was an integral part of mine.
Now I can’t really explain why these 2 very afrocentric lyricists are so beloved by Asian kids everywhere, or why Okayplayer shows seem to always be 50% my kin, but they are. I’d like to think that my reasons behind my fandom are unique, but chances are they aren’t. And well…as I try to find ways to separate myself from the pack, the bottom line is, when these 2 get together, it’s nuts. Whether you’re referencing: Know That (Black on Both Sides), Joy (Quality), Supreme Supreme (Right About Now), Little Brother (Hurricane OST) or the whole Self-Titled Black Star album, these guys have that intangible ish. And well, they’re back again for Mos’ upcoming effort, Ecstatic and I’m happy bout it.
I generally write enough about Dilla on this blog. No more writing.
Watch and DL.
It’s Friday Folk…scrap it up.
Be well World
I’ve been away.
Well actually…I still am.
And unfortunately, because of this, I haven’t been able to offer the crew the support they so readily deserve with their hectic schedules (see: Waakao, Soul Food Fridays @ PS Underground, Shuffle Wednesdays @ Copa and anything that has HHHT on it).
So, as of today, after a 2 month hiatus, I’m back like Demond Wilson and ready to get it in.
First up how bout Jigga doin Diddy (ayo/no homo/pause/whatever they’re sayin nowadays).
As you all know, Diddy has a thing for wanting to make hit records. And him being the intelligent business man that he is, knows that he can’t write a rap for shit. Soooo….why not just spend that business man money and get a business….maaan! A Jay-Z & Diddy tune that apparently is ghostwritten for Diddy, but the scratch vocals have Jay referencing Jay, so I’m confused. Anyway, check it…
Next up, Camp Lo.
I love’em. Absolutely.
I hate the word Swagger. I really do.
Sure there are a few dope tunes fashioned around this word, but as an overall, its been misappropriated and as a result…teabag. HOWEVER, if anyone completely and wholeheartedly embodies the word swagger, it’s the Geechie Gracious and Sonny Cheeba. No question.
And finally (for MPFrees), the official return of Reflection Eternal. (YAAAAAAY!!!) I know this vid was released last month but I just got my hands on the CDQ MPFree so for you, I give you a double sided goodie like Motown 45’s.
Quick question. Like Wax? Got an iPod touch? (this is ridiculous…hit up the video — sorry don’t know how to embed Vimeo yet. Cap? Marcus?)
Soul Food Friday’s tonight folk. Get’em Cappy.
Word up Taiwan.
Be well world.
See you soon.
I’ve had a tumultuous relationship with Talib Kweli.
It all began when I heard his contributions to the first 2 parts of Rawkus’ Soundbombing series (Chaos, 2000 Seasons, etc.) Wow. A content-heavy, cause-driven lyricist who picked soulful beats and spoke of injustice and equality while still managing some ‘Wack Emcee’ slags in the process? Beauty.
**sidenote, I was 5 during the Chuck D’s, X-Clan’s and NWA’s so don’t look at me like that. I’ve diligently done my history since.**
So I followed him to Black Star.
Now, to go along with his classic songs, a classic album. K.O.S. (Determination) and Thieves in the Night were my motivational, ‘Real Hip-Hop’ songs of ’98 and should probably be exposed to all teenagers trying to find themselves. I bled those songs. Every last syllable.
After a year or so of absorption, I find out him and Mos were going solo. Worried, I still copped the solo joint on release – Reflection Eternal: Train of Thought changed my life (Actually…all of the year 2000 did, but that’s another post). One of the most complete and holistic expressions of art to come out in the past 20 years. Not to mention, classic appearances from Mos, De La, Kool G Rap and Hi-Tek absolutely molesting a Nina Simone sample at the end…it’s just so nutty.
Anyway…longer story less long, next came, Quality which was dope, but not life changing (although Get By and Won’t You Stay will always and forever be classic songs). And then we got Beautiful Struggle, which was like Quality but with cheaper production and less poignant writing and that Sucka Free Mixtape, which was worth all of 3 songs. At that point, I was off Kweli.
In ’07 he came back with Eardrum. And although resistant, die hard fans were telling me he was BACK! So after a few months of holding off, I gave in. It’s decent. Sure the album’s about 10 songs too long, but the other 10 are Dope. And that along with guesting on tracks with Hi-Tek, Sa-Ra, Dilla, UGK and others, it seemed like Kwe was workin on a return to his old form.
The point I’m tryin to make is this, if you were like me, and haven’t listened to any Kweli lately, check it out…you might be surprised.
Here’s some new new.
For the backpacks – Reflection Eternal feat. Bootsy Collins – Internet Connection
Have a dope weekend folks.
As album sales increasingly decline, it seems that official CD releases are following the trend as the next few weeks look barren at best. All the while, online mixtape downloads seem to be doubling and tripling. So, as not to combat the grain of the market, I give you a bunch of new DL’s for your listening pleasure.
First up, Jim Jones.
The Dipset Capo definitely knows how to market himself. Every time he drops a ‘Ballin‘ or a ‘Pop Champagne’, he has the good sense to jump on a Ghostface or Kid Cudi joint and actually hold his own (yes…I said it). And well, I still can’t tell you why I like him, or why anyone does….perhaps it’s one of those ‘Je ne sais quoi’s (or what Jim lovingly refers to as his[the most overused word in the world right now] swagger) or maybe it’s just time for Pigpen to succeed. Anyways…here he is once more, this time with Hip-Hop’s Zach Morris, Asher Roth doing a remix of ‘I Love College’.
…Taipei’s Newest Imports…
Haha…I still have NO idea how or why DJ Paul and Juicy J were in Taipei on NYE, but I heard they scared the bejeezus out of the crowd and rocked them pretty senseless. So, hopefully that means more Three6Mafia in the clubs and less Flo Rida. YAAAAY!!!!
Here’re are a couple new tunes from the brains behind Crunk Music….
New mixtape ish from Blacksmith Music.
This time Blacksmith CEO, Talib Kweli, long time collaborator, Res, and Toronto indie darling, Graph Nobel have combined to create Idle Worship. No word as to whether there will be an album or if this is just for fun, but here they are debuting over Busta’s ‘How we do it over here’ beat by Dr. Dre.
Finally, if you’re like me, you were bombarded by Loud.com on your myspace and facebook a few months back talking about a competition to be the next Loud signee.
Well, aside from my general reservations of online contests, I also figured there’d be no way I could be among the finalists strictly based on my lack of gangsterific content. Well, I was wrong….they picked dope lyricists….only problem is that you had to be a semi-celebrity FIRST, to even be considered a finalist (or so it would seem).
Loud has released their contest mixtape featuring the likes of:
- Jake One : Underground uber producer. Has worked with everyone from Posdnuous to 50 Cent and had one of the best hip-hop albums of ’08.
- Brother Ali : Atmosphere labelmate and underground champion
- Eyedea : Another underground darling, although I think his DJ, DJ Abilities, outshines him like a sun to a candle.
- Royce Da 5’9″: You already know about him.
So yeah….check it out…it’s still a good collection of artists, just lacking in the contest department.
That’s it from me.
The crew will be centralized back in Taipei very soon, so expect more posts from the fellas in the next few weeks.