"Dirty Nigga", the Chaundon assisted single from The Audible Doctor's "The Summer Tape" EP gets the video treatment, directed by Alex F. Ghassan. Sick!!
Monday, December 9, 2013
Fresh on the heels of PVD's highly recommended new album "Technicolor Hi-Fi", the jazz and hip-hop producer/drummer is now gearing up for a full-length collaboration with the always sharp tongued emcee John Robinson. "Modern Vintage" will be released via Brick Records sometime early next year, so stay tuned for more info as it unfolds. The lead single off the LP is called "Off The Wall" and sounds very, very promising.
Sunday, December 8, 2013
Justice over @ 2DopeBoyz just posted this, so I figured I'd borrow it for The Lost Tapes as well since it's great to get to hear "new" ish by The Punisher. "Still Not A Player" is of course considered a real classic but to me I really prefer "Capital Punishment" without it since the only thing it manages to do is to annoy me. The original Minnesota mix though? Now that's another story completely... But back to this rough demo version which apparantly originally was dug up by DJ Soul and made the mixtape rounds. This version also features additional vocals by Cuban Link and is overall a cool listen.
As a lil' bonus I also uploaded a related track which never made it to the final version of "Capital Punishment" though it most definitely should have - matter of fact, when I upload the album to my iPod I usually delete "Still Not A Player" and replace it with this track. "Wishful Thinking" features Big Pun, Kool G Rap, Fat Joe and B-Real going crazy over a hard to the core Showbiz production. A crazy posse cut if I ever heard one, and how this didn't make the LP is forever beyond me (it was placed as the B-side to the "I'm Not A Player" 12").
Yesterday I posted Damu's "Coffe Run", which will land as side B of an exclusive 45 given away as a bonus item with the release of The Fudgemunk's new LP "Spare Overtime Re-Inspired". Tonight I got the A-side of that 7" for y'all, a smooth remix of the instrumental "Randi" - recorded in late 2011 in the spirit of Jay Dee's, Q-Tip's and Ali Shaheed's mid-'90s sound. "Spirit Of Ummah" courtesy of 2DBZ, thanks!
Back in October Frank Nitty and Illa J rounded up a batch of previously unreleased Dilla grooves and released "Sunset Blvd." on Delicious Vinyl. The Yancey Boys had a close, personal relationship with the late legendary super producer, something they speak freely about amongst other things (including, of course, their new LP) during this 90 minutes sit down with Out Da Box Radio. A must listen for fans of the Yancey legacy! For the record you can stream the complete album @ DJBooth, and pick up the CD or LP from UGHH.
A whole lot of fat hip-hop coming out the Detroit, Michigan area at the moment - just peep this heavy posse cut that's screaming for you to turn that volume knob way up. Kuniva of D12 gathers the talents of Guilty Simpson, Jon Connor and Boldy James over a dark, rugged headnodder complete with some ill turntable work. "Michiganish D/L", produced by Block Symfany, is the lead single from Kuniva's upcoming full-length "A History of Violence" which drops early next year. Peace to Hashashin for putting me on to this!
Saturday, December 7, 2013
I've always held K-Def in an extremely high regard, not only is he one of the best producers around, but he's got a great ear for fresh talent, is a skilled mastering and sound engineer and his quality/quantity radio is pretty much consistent. Only in 2013 he has released several 7" singles, three LP:s/EP:s, mastered and mixed much of Redefinition Records output, and released the mixtape "Looking For The Perfect Break" (remember that he started out as a DJ). Now, it's time again as DJ Def digs deep into his crates to create a continious 40 minutes mix of obscure funk, soul, instrumental hip-hop and jazz to great result. Unlike many mixtapes, both volumes are available exclusively on vinyl and MC but can are also available for your free streaming enjoynment (click here for Volume 1). Right now, Redef and 'Def has uploaded Side A so be sure to press play and I promise you that you won't be dissapointed in the heat that is "Looking For The Perfect Break".
Damu The Fudgemunk is back with another super tight 7" release for Redefinition Records; an addictive instrumental piece filled with immaculate scratches, breakneck drums, vibraphones, horns and the occassional female vocal sample. The result is the aptly titled "Coffe Run", which in fact is a reimagining of fan favorite "Coffe Table", originally heard on Damu's "Space Overtime" 2008 LP. This version, along with a new imagining of "Randi", will both be included on a bonus 45 with the 2013 re-release of "Spare Time" which will be available on CD, digital and a nice 2xLP set.Redef's where's it at!
This past summer, Germany based atmospheric boom bap proder Klaus Layer (also known as Captain Crook) got the opportunity to place his unique hip-hop on a full-length produced and distribitued by Redefinition Records. Filled with majetic horn, nostalgic saxophones, and melodic basslines, "The Adventures of Captain Crook" still stands as one of 2013:s most original albums. Before the year comes to an end, Layer has been given the opportunity to let his fans (we're a steadily growing group) hear its companion piece. Releaased on December 10, the 10" EP is pressed on clear vinyl and unlike its predecessor "Es Ist Wie En" is completely instrumental affair. Stream the first single below and order your copy s @ REDEF.
01. Als Die Sonne Kam (When The Sun Came)
02. Gementzel, Geplant, Ganove (Slaughter, Planned, Crook)
03. Es Ist Wie Ein Kreis (It's Like A Circle)
04. Die Gefährten (The Homies)
05. Immer Noch Hungrig (Still Hungry)
06. Ich traeumte Von Diesem Tag (I Dreamed Of This Day)
Friday, December 6, 2013
Coming out of QB, you might rememeber Mike Delorean as one half of the Bars-N-Hooks duo that was at one time signed under Mobb Deep's publishing company. In 2006 they released their debut album "The Most Notorious", featuring production work from Havoc, Alchemist, Mashiem Nyrick, Now & Laterz and several guest apperances by Prodigy and Shyheim. Unfortunately the Young duo had a falling out with their older QB mentor and since then much has been quiet.... until now, when Mike Delorean releases a brand new Music video for the tracks "G Shit" / "The Message".
I first toook notice of Ghettosocks as a guest spitter on "Rhyme 4 Rhyme"; a standout from the immaculate Soundsci debut "Formula 99" last year. Now the Canada representative is going for dolo with an album entitled "For You Pretty Things" which sees the emcee weavinging both hilarious and serous, introspective lyrics over laid-back samples that never loses touch of the raw hip-hop of his predecessors -it moves along slow, but the beats are thumping, the beats are layered, there's plenty of turntable work. Even emcees like El Da Sensei, Sadat X and Moka Only turn up for a verse each. Go ahead and at least give it a spin!
I'm not too familiar with Sgt. Over but the few singles I've Heard have pretty much all been cool, and as his new single also features a quality verses from Boston's own REKS, "Better Than A Rapper" ís definitely warranted a listen. Complete with a soul-homage sound, impressive guets, and lyrical skills Sgt. Over is definitely one to look out for. "Better Than A Rapper" is the Reks collaboration, but also check the emcees sonic meeting with Sadat X, Ransom, Ras Kass, etc. in this Sgt.Over+Just Putt/playlist.
Rocky Marciano and Alchemist are porbably the two single-handledly most active artists in the hip-hop community these days. ALC was one of the production co-ordinators of The UN:s debut album, and has since produced songs for two of Roc's solo albums. While Alan is one of the best producers working, Roc is known for producing the bulk of his own mateial. This means that his upcoming "Marci Beaucoup" will be slightly different from his previous projects - and not only because it's being released by Decib Recotds, but also because it is, in Roc's own word, more of a producer driven album - or in other words, an LP that the Strong Island artist has produced in its entirety, enlisting several different artists to rhyme over his beats with only a few guest verses making their rounds from the maan himself. The album is being released onMan Bites Dogs records and features artists like Evidence, KA, Guilty Simpson, Maffew Ragazino, AG, Gangrene, Boldy James, Cormega, AG Da Coroner, and a few others getting it in over Roc's dark, agressive soundscapes. Shouls definitey be an interesting isten. The album is out December 17 on M.B.D. Records.
Maffew Ragazino hasn't been around the block, making a name for himself as one of Brownsville's finest young artist. As Sean Price's cousin he has got a lot to live up to, and his free 16-track album "Rhyme Pays" definitely put him on the map. Now he's back with a new single, complete with a The Godfather nspired cover, called "La Coka Nostra", produced by Jimmy Dukes, that goes pretty damn hard. Watch out for Ragazino's "Brownsvjlle's Jesus" project out soon.
Reggie Noble is by far one of the most consistent emcees out there, dropping dope abum after dope album (that horrendous "Reggie Noble" notwithstanding). Til' this day, his hottest LP:s are obviously his three first in my opinion, with '96:s "Muddy Waters" maybe the strongest of them all. There's been rumors about a sequel to "Muddy Waters" for at least two years, but now it seems that there's no more empty talk and that we're actually getting the album sooner or later. In fact, three "Muddy Waters" projects will be released in a near future - the actual album, an EP and a mixtape, so get prepared for a whole lot of dope music. In the video above you see Redman in the studio previewing a gang of the tracks from the mixtape. Sounding good; sounding great; how are you?