Tuesday, March 31, 2015

Music Video: Tech N9ne - Aw Yeah? (interVENTion)

Kansas City OG Tech N9Ne comes super emotional speaking on social-economic and personal issues on "Aw Yeah?" which was produced by Seven and is featured on Tech's next LP, Special Effects, set to release on May 4, 2015. Check the sick visuals below!

Saturday, March 28, 2015

New Music: Sareem Poems & Ess Be - Higher

This is a dope feel good track from Sareem Poems of LA Symphony and Lansing, MI producer Ess Be. "Higher" is the second single off their upcoming collabo LP, Beautiful Noise on Illect Recordings. Stream below!

Music Video: James Heated - To Be Free feat. Reef The Lost Cauze and Rakaa Iriscience

The homey James Heated recently dropped the music video for his latest single, "To Be Free," which features Reef The Lost Cauze and Rakaa Iriscience and was produced by JBL The Titan. The video was shot by Wackoe Films. This joint will be on James Heated's soon to be released LP, Infinity.

Thursday, March 26, 2015

Bjork, New York 3-25-2015 - Free Download

Last night's concert at the New York City Center Theater was released today by Bjork and Arca. They were backed by the orchestra, Alarm will Sound. The concert featured selections from her new album, Vulnicura, as well as some well known favorites. There are two shows left, however, if you can't make it to New York for the remaining shows you can download last night's show in it's entirety HERE.

From her facebook page:

Set List:

History of Touches
Black Lake


Pleasure Is All Mine
Come to Me
All Neon Like
I See Who You Are
Mouth Mantra

Sun in My Mouth

Wednesday, March 25, 2015

Music Download: Cleen - It's Always Sunny In Lancaster: The Charlie Mixtape

Other than Afroman, no one reps the So Cal city of Lancaster harder than Cleen. Check his recently released mixtape, It's Always Sunny In Lancaster: The Charlie Mixtape, which features 13 tracks and is available for free download below.

My homies Avi The Most Ill and Namek make guest appearances along with a few others. Be on the lookout for Cleen's next LP, Act II, dropping this Summer.

Thursday, March 19, 2015

Music Video: R.A. The Rugged Man - Media Midgets

One of my favorite albums of 2013 was R.A. The Rugged Man's Legends Never Die. The Buckwild produced "Media Midgets" is one of the stand out tracks by far, speaking on the propaganda and brainwash tactics administered by the media.

The video manages to keep up with the dopeness of this track. It was directed and produced by Douglas Quill.

New Music: Open Mike Eagle - A Special Episode Of EP

A Special Episode Of Open Mike Eagle - Split Pants At Sound Check is one long album title. However, Mike is far from conventional in the way he goes about doing things.

This recently released EP features 6 dope cuts with guest appearances from Exile, MC Paul Barnam, Gold Panda and Milo. Click below to stream for free and support with a purchase of $5.99.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015

Music Download: Neuropunk - The World Is Yours EP

Check the recently released debut EP from the homey Neuropunk, The World Is Yours. It features 6 ill, tripped out tracks, presented by Juke, Bounce, Werk. Click below to stream and download for free!

Wednesday, March 11, 2015

Music Download: C Plus - Talking & Walking

Here is C Plus' newest 808s inspired track, with production provided by Sex On Dope.

Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Music Download: Scribbling Idiots - Everything Was Perfect feat. Ilyas

This is a really dope and smooth track fron international Hiphop collective Scribbling Idiots. "Everything Was Perfect" was produced by Defizit and features Ilyas, who was formerly in Tanya Morgan. Be on the lookout for Scribbiling Idiots next LP dropping later this year. Click below to stream and download the track!

Tuesday, February 24, 2015

U Don't Know Just Blaze

To say Just Blaze is one of my all time favorite producers would be doing him an injustice due to the kind of influence he's had in my hip hop sensibilities. Before deciding to become a blogger, there was a brief moment in time in which I wanted to become a producer. His work on "Song Cry" was the turning point in my decision to start my work in obtaining a MPC beat machine. When I found out Just was a video game head like me, I thought he might have been the dopest dude at Rocafella on the low. That was basically me in high school: the guy who played RPGs at home but had the cool jocks on the football team as friends and associates.

I have written raps before (which may explain why writing is a big part of what I do), but for about two years time, I wanted to be behind the boards. I was using the Reason software when many of my peers were dabbling with Fruity Loops. I even took a a few courses at the local city college because the school offered an A.A. degree in the Audio Production program. I bought Scratch magazines (remember those?) in which those became my bible as I studied the techniques of all my favorite producers and tried to incorporate their styles into my music. Thankfully for the blogosphere community, that ended very quickly and I realized I was a much better writer than beatsman.

When I got home last night and found that Just released two unheard beats for the fans to hear, my excitement grew, as with any thing he does becomes a moment in time for me. "Moleskin Conclusion" was supposedly the ending to Jay Electronica's "Dear Moleskine", which is a top Just Blaze beat for me personally. "Miracle" was originally asked by Jay Z to be held onto for him and Jeezy, but since then has been passed on by Chris Brown, Rick Ross, and J. Cole.  These two instrumentals are now available for rappers to take their talents and do something with them.

Although both beats seem a little antiqued, I appreciate the release of these two tracks because it inspired me to reminisce on Just's career. With the assistance Kanye West and B!nk, he provided the canvas for Jay Z to paint his classic Blueprint and gave Rocafella the sound in which defined the early 2000s hip hop. Kanye obviously became a house hold name since the release, but it goes without saying that Just Blaze has made as big of a mark in hip hop as Kanye did. He's provided plenty of artists some of their greatest tracks. Taking on the role of executive producer, he was responsible for albums such as Memphis Bleek's M.A.D.E. and the highly underrated Philadelphia Freeway. And if you ask me, no one producer works better with Jay Z than Just Blaze.

So, thank you to Justin Smith for your contributions to hip hop. The dream of becoming a producer didn't pan out for me, but the influence is still the same. 

The work he's done is extensive and legendary, so I would suggest doing research because I know I'm leaving out some. Saying this, here are a few of my favorite Just Blaze tracks:

Monday, February 23, 2015

Music Download: DJ Craze - 20 Years of RAM Mix

The legendary DJ Craze just dropped the super dope 20 Years of RAM mix, which is in reference to his time spent with RAM Records. It's an hour long mix which spans over 56 drum and bass tracks with tons of ill scratching. Get it now and bump that!

Sunday, February 22, 2015

Music Download: Planet Asia x DirtyDiggs - 2010 A.D. EP + Tiger Stripes Music Video

A couple of weeks ago, veteran Fresno, CA MC, Planet Asia and producer DirtyDiggs dropped the 2010 A.D. EP, which features 4 tracks. Stream and download for free below.

They will be following up with the Nautica Nagas EP very soon. Check the music video for the lead single, "Tiger Stripes," featuring Purple Kloud.

Gear: Bloodbath Vermilion Anorak Windshell Jacket

This is some pretty fresh outerwear from Bloodbath Project. The Vermilion Anorak Windshell jacket
is a lightweight windbreaker that conveniently folds up into a traveling pouch. It features a talon on the back, which is described as a symbol seeking to exploit or oppress others. 

Upon deeper inspection the claw is pointing upwards, visually echoing defeat, and furthermore, death. The jacket is available for $58 here.

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Music Video: Pawz One - What You Make It

Peep the brand new music video from my boy Pawz One for the joint "What You Make It," which is featured on his current album, Face The Facts. It was produced by Default and the video was directed and produced by Matt Posada of Filmblock Productions. Be on the lookout for Pawz' soon to be released EP, More Than Words.
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