Tuesday, June 30, 2009
Consequence: "Whatever You Want ft. Kanye West & John Legend" [DIRTY]
Consequence: "Whatever You Want ft. Kanye West & John Legend" [CLEAN]
Jimmy2Times: Michael Jackson Tribute MixFans of Michael Jackson all have their own way of mourning the King Of Pop. Perhaps you became a dancin' machine at the club last weekend when they played some of his tunes in remembrance. Maybe (like a certain sister of mine) you've played his music nonstop since his death, as if a second of silence means we'd forget.It has got to be a special thing, though, when you're the one behind the turntables giving grieving fans a piece of what you treasured about this man, while simultaneously paying your own homage with his music. Jimmy 2 Times had such an outlet last Saturday on RSE Radio."This mix features my own personal favorites by the best to ever do it, Michael Jackson," Jimmy said.
Royce Da 5'9": "Gun Harmonizing"
Monday, June 29, 2009
Ill Poetic: "Drawing Board Rhyme Scheme"
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Friday, June 26, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Add also informed me that he's working on his new mixtape, A Tale of Two's City, Vol. 3.
Add-2: "Tonight's The Night Freestyle"
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Drake: "Think Good Thoughts ft. Phonte & Elzhi"
Tuesday, June 23, 2009
Producers: Blueprint, Medium Zach, O-D, Katrah-Quey, Benzilla, X:144 & Big Cats!
Rappers: Abstract Rude, M.anifest, St Paul Slim, Carnage, New MC, Sims, & Felipe Cuauhtli
Looking forward to seeing more about this when it goes down!
Monday, June 22, 2009
Brutal: "Hate Harder ft. Trey Lane & V The Noble One"
Nametag: "The Beat Bang ft. Quest M.C.O.D.Y."
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Junkyard Empire: "Rebellion Politik!"
Toki Wright: "A-Yo Freestyle"
In this MTV segment, Big Sean recounts his first encounter with Kanye West, and how he ended up getting signed. Pretty cool story. And as a bonus, I included a new Wale song featuring Big Sean and Mike Posner (Produced by 9th Wonder) at the bottom of the post.
Wale: "Wonder Why ft. Big Sean & Mike Posner"
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
Royce Da 5'9": "D.O.A. (Redemption)"
Tuesday, June 16, 2009
Highlights of Soundset 2009
Brother Ali: "Self Taught" (Live at Soundset 2009)
Rhymesayers Gives P.O.S. His Voice
Monday, June 15, 2009
Grynch: "Chemistry ft. One Be Lo"
Naledge drops another gem from The Chicago Picasso sessions. "Pharcyde Freestyle" didn't make the final cut, but it appears below for your download and listening pleasure. The Chicago Picasso is out June 30th via Duck Down Records.Naledge: "Pharcyde Freestyle"
F. Stokes & Lazerbeak: "Pretty Shit"
Truthfully, my record not dropping yet is more a decision of mine than theirs. I had a release date that i decided i was a little too rushed to do everything I wanted to do, so i let it go. After that, I took a step back and we decided to just make the album as good as possible and not stress release dates.
but there have been some issues along the way:
1. the dude who did my artwork (and tons of artwork for me over the years) retired. this may not seem to have much impact since the art was done, but it could pose a real problem when you want to get adjustments made or when you want to adapt that design to fit other mediums like web, print, advertisements. so i had to get my artwork totally redone.
2. hard drive crash - everybody around me knows i had a major hd crash around march that had the lab closed for a couple months. i just got everything back up and running, and actually i think my setup is better now because everything is mobile, so i can do beats anywhere now, which is what i’ve always wanted to do but never quite could.
3. sample clearance issues - there’s a couple things on my album that rse is concerned about, and would like to pull off the album because of samples. obviously i want to keep the songs, but to do so i need to find a creative way to get rid of the samples in question w/o ruining the essence of the song. this is something i havent really had to deal with before because i was “under the radar” so to speak. on 1988 i was able to do whatever i wanted to do and i didn’t think twice about samples. however, there is a feeling that this record will get more exposure and because of that it will also become more of a target for lawsuits for uncleared samples. i kind of knew this going in so i kept the blatant samples to a minimum, but there are still some things that i need to be cautious about and fix. so between having certain things replayed and reevaluating the tracklisting i’m trying to resolve these issues.
4. the edit - i’m trying to cut the album down time wise and song wise. it is a very dense listen and i dont want to make it any more challenging of a listen than it needs to be. plus i’m a fan of short albums with little filler.
at any rate, its really in my court at this point, and my goal is to have all this stuff wrapped up soon…like within 2 weeks, especially since my lab is back up. i came back from soundset very motivated. i was honestly very shocked that so many people were asking me about new music and still responded to 1988 and Things Go Better, and it encouraged me to get back n the lab and fix all this shit asap. sometimes its good to me reminded that people enjoy what you do and want you to continue doing it.
Sunday, June 14, 2009
St. Paul native and present Chicago resident Jordan Looney made a splash with his debut mixtape, Nerd-Hop, Vol. 1. Now he returns with the next installment in his series. It's another collection of songs that showcase his strong lyrical abilities. Looney will be the opening act in the upcoming 'Exit Fake Shore Drive' concert, so watch out for the emcee doing big things in the Midwest.
Jordan Looney: Nerd-Hop, Vol. 2 (Free Mixtape)
Saturday, June 13, 2009
Friday, June 12, 2009
Grouch & Eligh: "BOOM! ft. Slug"
Oh, and make sure you check out the 2:43 mark of the video. What a pleasant surprise! Thanks, Toki!
Thursday, June 11, 2009
The album’s strength rests in its production. Medium Zach crafted most of the beats on Brown Babies, and can transition effortlessly across several styles. From the heavily syncopated opener, “Newborn,” to the sample-heavy “Prom Mrs.,” to the festive, horn-dominated “Free Shipping,” Zach has clearly been honing his abilities since the last album, Cost of Living. However, the absolute gem of the album in terms of production is the subdued “All Day Long.” On typical occasions, it is a listening nightmare to try to navigate as many samples and instrumental overdubs as Medium Zach included in that beat (vocal samples, piano, multiple synths, guitar, and more) but in this instance every layer blends together beautifully.
Though the production is the highlight of the album, this is not to say that the rapping is pedestrian. Brandon Allday’s often slow rhyming can grow tedious at times (see his verse on “Barter System”), but while he doesn’t deliver many jaw-dropping verses on the album, he almost always comes through with clever one-liners (“In the office like Ricky Gervais,” or “My Northern slang overhang like a Yooper”) or heartfelt confessions (“I’ll stop burning flags when you cops quit harassing me, don’t know when that’ll be”). In the end, both members of Big Quarters succeed lyrically with honest, personal, levelheaded lyricism. You won’t hear much boasting on Brown Babies; Big Quarters let the music speak for itself.
There are also a handful of guest appearances on Brown Babies, all from Minneapolis artists. Crescent Moon kicked one of the album’s best verses in his guest spot for “Wipe The Dust.” P.O.S. dropped some surprisingly disappointing non sequitur on “One On The Lip,” which was a letdown mainly because of the consistently superb quality of his work as of late. Alissa Paris and Atmosphere backup singer Mankwe Ndosi both contribute pleasant choruses. Lastly, M.anifest sung backup vocals for “Ladies Know,” although it would have been nicer to hear him rap over the Mux Mool produced beat that sounded tailor-made for the smooth Ghanaian emcee.
As a whole, Brown Babies is one of the most consistent efforts of the year. Through both the lyrics and the production, the album maintains continuity throughout, all with an uncompromising theme of grassroots work ethic. Medium Zach and Brandon Allday may have punished themselves through nonstop grinding, but their final product was one of the best local releases of 2009 thus far.
Bonus: “Barter System” Music Video
See More Perspective: "What's Up"
Buy Jay Stay Paid. RIP Dilla.
Wednesday, June 10, 2009
Update: Apparently this video was packaged with the iTunes store download of Never Better, which would explain its relative obscurity.
On that note, I have another pleasantly surprising P.O.S. post coming up in a couple minutes.
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
Download Interview with Brother Ali (Right click + 'Save As')
PREVIOUSLY - Brother Ali Performed Two New Songs from his Upcoming Street Preacher LP at Soundset 2009
SoulStice: "Chi Worldwide ft. Naledge & GLC"
Murdering beats like this make me question why cats like Asher Roth get beats like "Lark."Quest MCODY goes in on Mr. Roth's beat, and throws some jabs at Charles Hamilton, for his recent shameless move of giving the late J Dilla executive producer credit for his upcoming debut album. Those in the Detroit/Michigan scene close to J Dilla are not happy. Moe inevitable shots to come soon, I'm sure.
Quest MCODY: "Gotta Go"
Monday, June 8, 2009
F. Stokes: "Letter To Kanye"
F. Stokes: "Letter To Kanye + Blessings"
Add-2: "Nicole Brown Simpson"
Lupe Fiasco: "Go Go Gadget Flow (Live)"
Sunday, June 7, 2009
Also, Jordan has the opportunity to open up for the Exit Fake Shore Drive concert. Andrew of Fake Shore Drive is hosting a poll on his site, and Jordan is currently dominating the voting. Make sure to hit up his site or Ptoda's blog to vote for Jordan Looney.
Jordan Looney: "Sleepy Head"
Saturday, June 6, 2009
Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. No I.D.) (CDQ)
Friday, June 5, 2009
Update: Love the song. Hov is good but not great, beat is spectacular. The only thing I don't get is how Jigga can shout out Funk Flex, Mr. Cee, and Hot 97 so many times in one song and it can still be an album track. We'll see if this version makes the album. All I know if this beat is insane. Kanye and No I.D. producing an entire album together > (insert anything here).
Jay-Z: "Death of Autotune" (Prod. Kanye West & No I.D.)
A.R.M.: "Blame My Ego"
Thursday, June 4, 2009
Toki Wright: Best Week Ever Series, Vol. 1
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
Random Axe: "Monster Babies"
Celebrating the release of J Dilla's new album, Naledge lays down two serious freestyles over DILLA production. Check for Naledge's "Chicago Picasso" Mix CD dropping June 30th featuring tracks with Bun B, Mickey Factz, Rhymefest, Chip Tha Ripper, Jay Electronica, and more...Naledge: "Eye Of The Beholder"
Naledge: "Flow From The Go"