Friday, September 19, 2008
Friday, May 30, 2008
I could care less what he calls his album.
I'm still going to listen to it.
It's still gonna be at least half-dope
it's still NOT gonna be Illmatic so everyone's going to grumble about it
and he's still going to be thought-provoking and brooding and contradictory and weird
and then, every now and then, drop little glimmers of brilliance.
NaS - N.I.G.G.E.R. (The Slave and The Master)
Tuesday, May 27, 2008
Wednesday, May 21, 2008
Tone Tank, half of rap duo Iller Than Theirs has released a dope free EP (a freEP?) with this awesome Knucklehead guy on the cover.
The concept is hardcore and punk breaks made into beats and rapped over. Production by Doc Strange, J. Howells Werthman, and Scott Thorough. Although I don't know who did what beats. The whole thing is a banger though.
Download: Tone Tank: The Black Six Sessions (EP)(.ZIP file)
Friday, April 25, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Junk Science has teamed up with The Boys and Girls Club to release this sequal to "Hey!" off their recent disc "Gran'dad's Nerve Tonic". The two groups styles combine to form this catchy pop space rap song.
In my mind this song reminds me of the eighties in some imagined abandoned russian space capsule inside of which are posters for Duran Duran and RUN DMC, empty cans of tab, a rubix cube, back issues of MAD Magazine, and Max Headroom delivering the "Hal" monologue from "2001: A Space Oddesy" to a group of test monkeys.
Here's the Z-Share:
Friday, April 4, 2008
So this producer from the UK named Bullion mashed up Beach Boys songs with J. Dilla shit and made a dope beat tape.
I'm sure a lot of you internet people saw in it on the internet.
So then StarPower from The Dugout raps over the whole thing and turns it into this dope rap tape.
And I've been listening to it alot.
Here's the Z-Share:
Wednesday, December 12, 2007
I know the song is catchy.
But Donny Hathaway is not going to help anybody with their drug and alcohol problem.
No amount of soul music is going to get that monkey off your back.
Everyone's all dancing around going "No, No, No" like it's all good. I mean: this woman obviously has a problem. And staying at home with Ray Charles doesn't seem to be helping the situation.
I know her willful defiance sung in that other-worldly soul-filled voice of hers really gets you in the mood to party - but as you're getting your swerve on - This poor woman is running around the streets with her shirt off all drug-addled and crazy-eyed.
Getting her picture all in the Daily News.
We all need to stop encouraging her destructive behavior.
So maybe the next time "They" try and make her go to rehab she will be like: "yes, I think maybe I have a problem. I want to get better."
Amy Winehouse: Love is a losing Game (Truth and Soul Remix)
Tuesday, December 4, 2007
This video is dope.
You should check it out.
Even those of you who don't like Aesop Rock - you should give him another chance.
He's actually a really dope rapper even when you don't know what he's talking about.
Plus old Lo-Fi Zombie movies have an aesthetic that will never get old for me.
Friday, November 30, 2007
The best Hip Hop break-up song since Looking at the front door (honorable mention to "The F-word" by Cannibal Ox and mad Atmosphere songs).
Sharon Jones & The Dap Kings w/ Cool Calm Pete: Stranded In Your Love (Cool Calm Pete Sweet Nothing Mix)
Wednesday, November 28, 2007
It's been a long time I shouldn'ta left ya yada yada yada Rakim Something something hip hop journalism blah blah blah.
Bottom line I don't really care about the Internet - it is not real life and I am going to treat it accordingly.
That being said....
Let me send a super fat shout out to all the people who sent me an email or a myspace urging me to continue posting songs up here.
I think it's fresh that anybody even cares to listen
Blogs are the new Pirate Radio
Here's a grip of Mp3's I had in My Inbox:
Cool Calm Pete: Fight Song (Remix)
Mercury: Gap Toof Smile
Lu...Rreals feat. Cool Calm Pete: Utmost (J. Howells Remix)
Iller Than Theirs: Girl Song (Scott Thorough Remix)
Thursday, October 18, 2007
Thursday, October 4, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Old Hip Hoppers love to name drop Public Enemy.
They go: "When we were coming up we had groups like....PUBLIC ENEMY"
and they put all this emphasis on the shit when they say it like: "PUBLIC ENEMY"
But a lot of these old hip hoppers now hold high paying jobs in television, radio, magazines, etc. and I call bullshit on all of them.
They are complicit in creating an environment where ignorance is chic and intelligence is old hat. They are like most old people they get old and they get cynical and selfish and they're like: "I gotta pay bills. I gotta live in the real world. I gotta do what I gotta go to get paid."
Then they sit around and talk about the "good ole days" an how these kids today don't understand.
I'm like: "motherfucker, you killed the good old days. Straight murdered the good old days. You help sell little kids snowman tee-shirts and franchise boys ringtones"
Well P.E. is still around. and this new shit they got is undeniably hot. and Chuck is going hard on it. and fuck all you VH-1 working ex-hip hop generation aging cynics.
Their new album is out now and is called: "HOW YOU SELL SOUL TO A SOULLESS PEOPLE WHO SOLD THEIR SOUL???"
I don't know
Public Enemy: Harder Than You Think
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Today's artist is Jay Electronica. He's from New Orleans. He's the first artist signed to Erykah Badu's new label. And he's got a really healthy Buzz floating around.
And while I don't know how I feel about starting off a piece of music with celebrity endorsements, (he's got Just Blaze & Erykah on the intro talking him up for like 10 minutes at the beginning), I got to say: When he finally starts rapping - he caught my attention immediately. and the verses keep getting more and more interesting.
It leaves you with a sense that this is a person who could really make something really new and dope.
Peep it for yourself and let me know what ya'll think:
Jay Electronica: Act one: Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
it's 15 minutes long. But it's worth it
Sunday, August 12, 2007
Good Morning ya'll.
I got some new Junk Science.
From their new album "Gran'dad's Nerve Tonic" due out in October on Embedded/Def Jux.
At first, this song is seemingly a dance song about sitting around your crib in your underwear. But then the second verse is about some kind of weird scientist pushing buttons on a unidentified machine.
All this has me extremely amped for the full new full length.
According to their press release they will also be producing a beer with Six Point Craft Ales in conjunction with the albums release. Which is a very dope little marketing thing.
Please send me free beer.
Check it out
Junk Science: Hey! (feat. Scott Thorough)
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
The Project get the light feet going. Their album "The Truth Today" is set to drop at the end of September on Glow in the Dark Records.
This is the first single "The Light Feet"
This proves what New York has always known. You can make the people dance and be a real MC at the same time.
and It's dope.
Monday, July 16, 2007
Today's act is a young man from queens by the name of Despot
He recently signed to alt-rap powerhouse Definitive Jux
His tumbling fluid poetics remind me slightly of a young Breeze Bruin
His bio lists him as "a loyal and upstanding member of the infamous Lo-Lifes crew" and explains that he was raised in a kitchen.
"Crap Artists" has a big stomp like Godzilla Feet. "Substance D" is more subtle and beautiful.
Blockhead is handling most of his production but I can't be sure he did both of these and I'm too lazy to check.
Both is dope.
"Clue, Clue, Clue"
Despot: Crap Artists
Despot: Substance D
Thursday, July 12, 2007
Wednesday, July 4, 2007
That's the word of the day.
It also happens to be the word of the last decade and a half of New York City history.
On the one hand you have displacement, rising rents, and loss of flavor. On the other hand you have less crime, more money floating around, and lots of single white women.
But one thing I know for sure is that true New Yorkers will find a way. I'm still here doing my thing. I am an adaptable urban animal and the city is a living ever-changing jungle.
This foliage can be a sunumabitch sometimes. I just break out the machete and chop my way through.
Andrew Ricketts from The Smoking Section wrote me an email about todays group The Super Chron Flight Brothers
Apparently the group is two guys from that Reavers record I never got around to listening to.
Turns out they've been making this really interesting, eccentric rap music (the kind I have a soft spot for).
Their album, Emergency Powers, is dope and should be checked out. It is dense and unpredictable, beautiful and sloppy.
This song just happens to be about today's word of the day.
Super Chron Flight Brothers: Rent Control
Sunday, June 24, 2007
Scott Thorough from Nuk Fam sent me this party joint of the week.
I am a Junkie.
I'm still strung out on this Hip Hop shit. Even after it died (R.I.P).
I'm still fiending.
P.S. I went to school with a girl named Anazette. And she was totally a teacher's pet. She didn't know Smooth B or Greg Nice though.
Also I'm not at Begonia.
Nice & Smooth & Scott Thorough: Hip Hop Junkies (Scott Thorough Remix)