Friday, December 31, 2010
Split is back with a year-in-review tape from Crew 932.
Check it out below for some of the best underground jams of the year, all in one freaking place!
Best of Crew 932 in 2010
Mixed by Splitface
1: Dueling Dragons by DJ Sonryze.
2: I Need A Job by Tucker Booth ft. Intellect.
3: Night Drive by AlleyesPath.
4: Wild Wild World (Electro Remix) by Dusty Wallets.
5: Murder At The Dorchester by Splitface & The Trifidelix.
6: Social Nomad by Hears Kra-Z ft. Jonezy
7: Brand New day by Mathias ft. Alleyes Manifest, Krukid
8: Dial Tone by Alleyes Manifest
9: All Together Now by AlleyesPath.
10: Church Master by DJ Self Help ft. Kain, Alleyes Manifest
11: Twelve Twenty One by Path ft. Jersey *Unreleased Bonus Song
In case you missed any of the posts on T.Shirt, he's been kind enough to compile a list of all of his 2010 releases. So quit sleeping!
Jump over to his site (illrapper.com) and catch up on it if you've missed out. He made it real easy for you with album art, streaming samples, and quick downloads.
Here's a quick sample for you if you're still not sure about him.
"Rule The World" (Produced by The Phenomal Claphand Band)
Be on the lookout for Shirt to break in 2011. It's gonna be a good year for this dude, I can feel it.
Thursday, December 30, 2010
The Super Mahfood Bros. are back in the basement with a kickass video for your enjoyment. Catch DJ Mahf on the tables and brother Jim (aka FoodOne) on the paint.
These dudes are a St. Louis treasure if I've ever seen/heard one. Do not miss out on what they have in store. You can catch DJ Mahf with the Earthworms or his seemingly endless stream of solo and collabo projects, and FoodOne's art just about anywhere you look (from comics, to toys - catch his new Beat Bee figure, to fuckin booze ads). Dudes are everywhere!
Keep your eyes peeled.
Solid new underground shit from Future Sound for your listening pleasure. This is the 2nd single off his LP Bomb Lennon slated to drop February 2011.
Future Sound -Paris France (Interlude) (Prod. by Abjo) by futurexsound
Listen, enjoy, download, and support.
Check out Future Sound on Sound Cloud here and be sure to find the Bomb Lennon LP when it drops next year.
Monday, December 27, 2010
Sunday, December 26, 2010
Friday, December 24, 2010
The Gorillaz released a brand spankin new full project today as a holiday treat for fans. The album, called The Fall, was recorded on the road for the North American leg of the Gorillaz' current world tour and created and recorded entirely on Damon Albarn's iPad. This makes it the world's first ever iPad album.
All tracks written and performed by Gorillaz using the iPad and additional instruments: Korg Vocoder, Ukelele, Microkorg, Omnichord, Moog Voyager, Melodica, Guitar, Piano, Korg Monotron. Except track 13 written and performed by Gorillaz and Bobby Womack. Recorded between Montreal and Vancouver over 32 days on the Gorillaz North American Tour 2010Stream the entire thing here: thefall.gorillaz.com.
- PHONER TO ARIZONA
Recorded in Montreal on 3rd October
- REVOLVING DOORS
Recorded in Boston on 5th October
- HILLBILLY MAN
Recorded in New Jersey and Virginia on 10th and 11th October
Additional Guitar: Mick Jones
Recorded in Detroit on 13th October
Recorded in Chicago on 15th October
- LITTLE PINK PLASTIC BAGS
Recorded in Chicago on 16th October
Additional Keyboards: Jesse Hackett
- THE JOPLIN SPIDER
Recorded in Joplin on 18th October
Additional conversations with: Darren ‘Smoggy’ Evans
- THE PARISH OF SPACE DUST
Recorded in Houston on 19th October
- THE SNAKE IN DALLAS
Recorded in Dallas on 20th October
Recorded in Amarillo on 23rd October
- THE SPEAK IT MOUNTAINS
Recorded in Denver on 24th October
Stream and forest recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October by Mike Smith
- ASPEN FOREST
Recorded in Santa Fe on 25th October and in Vancouver on 3rd November
Additional Bass: Paul Simonon
Additional Qanun: James R Grippo
- BOBBY IN PHOENIX
Recorded in Phoenix on 26th October
Vocals and Guitar: Bobby Womack
- CALIFORNIA AND THE SLIPPING OF THE SUN
Recorded in Oakland on 30th October
Train station announcement recorded at LA Train Station. Additional conversation with: Darren ‘Smoggy’ Evans, Mick Jones, Jamie Hewlett and Tanyel Vahdettin.
- SEATTLE YODEL
Recorded in Seattle on 2nd November
Featuring the Archie McPhee Yodelling Pickle. Copyright 2008 Archie McPhee and Company www.mcphee.com/shop/products/Yodelling-Pickle.html
Newness from Stalley from his forthcoming Lincoln Way Nights: Intelligent Trunk Music. This track (and the rest of the album) is produced by Rashad Thomas, also from Columbus, OH.
Gotta love the Sonny Chiba Street Figher clips.
Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Teflahn Poetix is back with another full length project. This time he borrows a name from Marvel Comics' arguably most underrate hero, War Machine.
Features include Rockwell Knuckles, Vandalyzm, Theresa Payne, Gangsta Gritz and Family Affair. Production is blessed by Urban Legendz, Tech Supreme, InHouse Productions, and Basement Beats.
Enjoy this shit.
If hearing Black Thought break out those crooning vocals Nat King Cole style doesn't put you in the holiday spirit, I dunno what will.
Monday, December 20, 2010
The Gorillaz are set to release a new album on Xmas day. The entire project was recorded from the bands eight tourbusses as they trekked across the United States and Canada on the American leg of their world tour. The album, which is reportedly called The Fall, was recorded entirely on singer Damon Albarn's iPad and will represent the world's first ever "iPad album".
As part of their "25 Days of Christmas" releases, the band has just given fans the first sneak peak into the new music. The album will drop for free online on the 25th. Don't miss it.
From Montreal to Vancouver via Seattle, Texas and Toronto, over 31 days on their North American Tour this autumn, Gorillaz recorded a musical diary. The result is a collection of 15 tracks, some with vocals, some without, some combined performances and some solo.Check out the teaser video below and catch up on the past 19 days of media releases right HERE at Gorillaz.com/Xmas. Catch the tracklisting and a quote from Damon below the video.
The 15 track sonic journal, titled The Fall, produced by Gorillaz and Stephen Sedgwick, will be available to download for free by Sub Division (link to sub division http://gorillaz.com/sub-divison) fan club members on Christmas Day and will also be streamed on Gorillaz.com from Christmas Day.
More details here http://gorillaz.com/news/news/gorillaz-the-fall
"Phoner to Arizona" video: Directed by Jamie Hewlett; Co-directed and Edited by Seb Monk; Additional photography supplied by Mike Smith and Oswald Lee Henderson.
"I did it because there's a lot of time that you just spend staring at walls essentially. And it was a fantastic way of doing it" says Damon Albarn. "I found working in the day, whether it's in the hotel or in the venue, it was a brilliant way of keeping myself well." Adding that the collection is "..like a diary, I literally wrote everything on the day in each place and there's a strange sort of sound of America and its musical traditions that comes through. It feels like a journey through America."Tracklisting:
- Phoner To Arizona
- Revolving Doors
- HillBilly Man
- Little Pink Plastic Bags
- The Joplin Spider
- The Parish of Space Dust
- The Snake In Dallas
- The Speak It Mountains
- Aspen Forest
- Bobby In Phoenix
- California And The Slipping Of The Sun
- Seattle Yodel
Saturday, December 18, 2010
Friday, December 17, 2010
Wu Tang never really went away, but they still seem to somehow be making a resurgence. I for one am amazed.
Now here's one from Ghostface...
As far as I know, this is the first collabo between Ghost & Thought. Why the hell did this not happen earlier??
Be sure to check out everything else he's had on Waitin for the DJ right here.
Thursday, December 16, 2010
“I wanted to bridge the gap between the O.G’s like Diamond D and artists that I consider to be the future, like Blu,” explains Brady. “Nobody is really doing that right now and making it sound right, so I wanted to do something different, something that I thought would sound right.” -Mr. Brady
Wednesday, December 15, 2010
Find it. Here.
Check out Mayer's rendition of this classic Xmas track and be sure to download it below.
Peace, love, and an Ove Glove in the stocking.
Happy Holidays everyone,
All the best Christmas songs were written by Jews, and Chanukah songs suck. This is my favorite Christmas tune, sung over the Vince Guaraldi instrumental.
Mayer Hawthorne - Christmas Time Is Here by Mayer Hawthorne
From what I can tell this track is still a work in progress (as evidenced by the list of people in the image above who AREN'T on this version), but still a good one to add to your holiday playlist this year, whether or not its complete. Kanye and CyHi stand out enough to distract from the gap at the end.
Produced by Equinox Productions. Video shot and produced by Jamil Woods of BoldLifestyle Photography in Washington, D.C.
Little too much focus on smoke & money for my taste, but still a solid track all around.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
First up is Mic Holden featuring Blu on "Excuse Me (Make Room)" from his 2nd release, CRAZ-Y: The BlackOut Album.
Next up is a teaser of some new Blu called "NotU".
Also be sure to catch the new video for "Seasons" from Blu & Exile right HERE.
FRESH HAS REACHED A PINNACLE. WILLIAM H. AND INDIANA ROME TEAM UP TO SHOW YOU HOW TO DO THIS SON! "GONE" IS THE FIRST SINGLE OFF THE UPCOMING EP, "BULLS VS. PACERS - EASTERN CONFERENCE FINALS". KILLER KICKS AND SLAPPING SNARES PROVIDED BY INDIANA ROME. JORDAN VS MILLER, ENJOY THE HIGHLIGHTS FOO!
EP DROPS JANUARY 24TH.
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Late drop on this one. My bad.
After hitting the road for the BluRoc Festival Tour, Rugz D. Bewler is releasing his 3rd single, "Window Wavin'" featuring Curren$y, off the acclaimed mixtape, Save Bewler: The Memoirs of Muhammad Mc'Fly.
This album was done completely by us, being recorded in our drummer/producer's bedroom. Renewable Energy features appearances by Fat Tony, Kyle Hubbard, and Aidan Kennedy of The Handshake. The whole album is available on our Bandcamp page (http://twentyeleven.bandcamp.
com) for free.
Monday, December 13, 2010
Saturday, December 11, 2010
Now you (who presumably didn't do all of that scavenger hunt rubbish) get to listen to it with zero effort!
You're very welcome.
Friday, December 10, 2010
The six song EP includes the first single "On 10" from the upcoming album which SNS released a video for earlier this year that you can watch here. Tracks "SNS" and Jet Lag" showcases the East St. Louis duo's clever lyrical versatility and plays out like an spacey, electronic funk dream. The Hangover EP builds from a sonically diverse palate that is both refreshing and cleverly executed reaffirming comparisons to Outkast. For the past four years, these multi-media artists have kept a grand vision of producing original, experimental hip hop and The Hangover EP is a noteworthy culmination of talent and a dynamic introduction to the soon-to-be-released Smoke and Mirrors.
Come Christmas Day SNS will be waiting to crash your your traditional Holiday gatherings with six soulful, mind expanding tracks from The Hangover EP.
The Hangover EP tracklist:
1. Jet Lag
2. The Morning After
3. On 10
"With their smart and innovative lyrics, eclectic music, and die-hard work ethic, Scripts 'N Screwz will make people believe. A change is coming and Scripts 'N Screwz may very well be leading the wave of new Midwest and mainstream hip-hop." - Consequence of Sound
"Lyrically, Noise tends to avoid most of the biggest clichés associated with the genre; its songs thoughtfully touch on subjects like war, poverty and crazy women... the album is ambitious and well-executed, providing listeners an impressive amount of variety - while offering an intelligent alternative to commercial rap." - The Riverfront Times
Thursday, December 9, 2010
Wednesday, December 8, 2010
Kweli and Mick Boogie just released the official Year of the Blacksmith Community Mixtape. It features Blacksmith favorite Talib Kweli, Strong Arm Steady, Consequence, Jean Grae, and more.
Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Jay Elect doesn't drop random tracks like this very often, so enjoy it. From what I can tell, this is an older track. Jay approaches this one the same way his did his Nas tribute track - by evoking the style of the MC in question (at least on the first verse), this time the late Guru. RIP Mr. Elam.
Tone Treasure's name might not ring a bell, but if you follow Jay Electronica you'll recognize the voice from "Victory is in My Clutches" and "Renaissance Man".
Props to NahRight for the link:
According to the track info, this one is from Act II: Patents of Nobility. Hopefully we'll get album info soon?
B.o.B. just dropped his new feature-heavy mixtape, No Genre. Catch the download link below with the tracklisting after that.
1.) Beast Mode – (Prod. by Infinity)
2.) So So – (Prod. by Jim Jonsin)
3.) How u do that – (Prod. by Kutta)
4.) Feet Don’t Fail Me Now – T.I. & Spodee – (Prod. by Kutta)
5.) Higher – feat. Playboy Tre – Prince Cy Hi & Bun B – (Prod. by Polow da Don)
6.) Shoot up the Station – (Prod. by Kutta)
7.) Not Lost – feat. T.I. – (Prod. by JR Rotem)
8.) Cold As Ice – (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
9.) The Watchers – (Prod. by B.o.B)
10.) Batman Flow – feat. Donnis – (Prod. by Dr. Luke)
11.) American Dreamin – (Prod. by Mike Caren & B.o.B)
12.) Grand Hustle Kings – feat. Young Dro & T.I. – (Prod. by Quincy Jones)
13.) Dr. Aden – (Prod. by Jack Splash)
14.) Attraction – (Prod. by B.o.B)
15.) Game Time – (Prod by J. Lack)
16.) I’m Beaming – Remix (All City Chess Club)
Monday, December 6, 2010
HerFavColor is back with another quick shot, then he's out again for who knows how long until the mood strikes him to reappear briefly again. Check out "SLNGBNGrs" below. Looks like this is another noYork! track.
Sunday, December 5, 2010
Words are Power. Eternia takes this truth to heart in Pt. 3 of the "QUEENS CHRONICLES" Series, presented by YEAH! Films & photographer Jason Matos. Not only a glimpse into the streets of Astoria, Pt. 3 also provides a revealing look into the mind and heart of Eternia herself, via her words & DJ Boo's percussion. Don't miss the final installment of the series!
This blog seems to be taking a very quick, sharp turn towards the underground. I've always had love for independent and alternative artists, but the past couple weeks has been overwhelming in solid music from the non-major folks. This is for sure a good thing.
The next notable news from under the radar comes from Chuck.Tailor. His Good.Luck.Chuck.SomeX.Music.Sux EP, which has a real grainy Blu style to it, is one of the realest projects I've heard recently. The manner in which it was recorded is an inspiring throwback to say the least. Read it in his own words:
a short collection of some raw hip hop shit, i recorded this whole record in one evening, no soundproofing,no engineers, just me, some green and a couple of Heinekens.
i try 2 get as much done when i can
If you like it dope, if not…..
oh well thats hip hop.
I intended this project to be reminiscent of an old demo tape,
you know!? when labels actually had artist development, and would help mold an artist, so i apologize for the sound quality, but id rather you get the point
released 06 December 2010
I wanna hear him on a track with Black Spade. Let's make it happen.
Listen here and be sure to download and support.
Sorry I'm so late on this; got it in the inbox a while ago but I really suck at going through it sometimes.
Anyway, you may remember Kil Ripkin from his "Not You" music video a while back (definitely worth checking out). Now he's back with a full new project called The Quickening. Download it below and enjoy good music.
Good to know there are still real artists out there talking about real things consistently.
Keep it up.
Saturday, December 4, 2010
HOWEVER, I would totally pay money for a Dee-1 album based on this video. So where are they?
EDIT: Just did a bit of an internet search and put the money where the mouth was. Go to http://dee1music.com/ to download Dee-1's mixtape, I Hope They Hear Me! and make a donation to the artist. Peace.
Not to be outdone by the Gorillaz cover of the popular XX tune, "Crystalize", Theophilus London became the second Brit this week to drop an XX-inspired track. This one is a remix of another favorite, "You've Got the Love". Check it out below, and be sure to catch the Gorillaz video as well HERE.
Friday, December 3, 2010
Thursday, December 2, 2010
Rugz D. Bewler has been blowing up my inbox so much that I haven't had a chance to even prepare to sift through all of it. This one's the most recent and it's where I decided to start and DAMN! This blew me to pieces man. First off I fuckin love DOOM. Nuff said there. Second, Rugz kills it on one of the top MF beats available. Win & win.
See what Team Colours had to say about the release, check out the track below, and download it while you listen.
With the year coming to a close, Rugz D. Bewler has decided to introduce an informal freestyle series of verses "assisted" by the producers (and songs) that have impacted, influenced, and inspired him as an artist. In sports, an assist is awarded when a player helps their teammate score a goal. All of the freestyles will be labeled as "Assist by... " to help Rugz D. Bewler score points with music fans and accomplish his goals in the music industry. Unlike other artists series (which have become the norm nowadays), this isn't restricted to formats, formulas, or release dates. The 1st freestyle of this series is "Curls" by MF Doom. Enjoy!
Today, Def Jam Rapstar, the first music game dedicated to hip hop, is proud to announce its new partnership with Atlantic Records and HMV as they launch the nationwide search for Britain’s best emcee.
The winner will receive a record deal from Atlantic Records, home to Jay-Z, T.I. Lupe Fiasco, Flo-Rida & BOB.
Freestylers can submit their best track using Def Jam Rapstar’s innovative freestyle mode with beats from the best producers in the world including DJ Premier, Just Blaze, Cool & Dre, Ill Blu, and S-X.
The Roots locked down 5 Grammy Nominations in total: The Legendary Roots Crew are up for Best R&B Performance By A Duo or Group with Vocals with John Legend for "Shine," Best Traditional R&B Vocal Performance with John Legend for "Hang On In There," Best R&B Album with John Legend for Wake Up!, Best Rap/Sung Collaboration with John Legend for "Wake Up Everybody" feat. Common & Melanie Fiona, and, perhaps most exciting, for Best Rap Album for How I Got Over.
Anyone who's heard How I Got Over and Wake Up! will surely agree that these nominations are well deserved. Lets all keep our fingers crossed for The Roots Crew and John Legend - tune in to CBS on February 13th at 8pm for the official event.
Wednesday, December 1, 2010
The Force of course.
Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Somebody leaked some footage of Kanye and Uncle Charlie working on what sounds like a remix/sequel to Ye's ole hit "Flashing Lights". They knock out a new hook for the track before Mos Def comes waltzing on in. Check it out...
The St. Louis emigrant (relocated to Redondo Beach, CA for the time being) has a new track posted from his recent release, exFiles. Catch a pretty stellar review (if I do say so myself) of the album in Eleven magazine, check out the new song below, and download everything for free online right'chere: TUCKER BOOTH'S BANDCAMP PAGE. CLICK CLICK!!
Judgment Day" is the first official video from the upcoming Money Making Jam Boys mixtape that will be coming out real soon. The video is directed by Samuel Rogers of Visually Inklined. "Judgment Day" video is also available on iTunes. Please stay tuned for new visuals and new music coming from the Money Making Jam Boys
Monday, November 29, 2010
The newest member of Roc Nation, Jay Electronica, is featured in the most recent issue of Interview Magazine. Check out the blurb below and be sure to catch more photos on the Interview site. Also check out their Jay Electronica playlist below. Peace.
What makes me different from everybody else just boils down to dissatisfaction,” exclaims rapper-producer Jay Electronica. “The bar is so low in rap—mediocrity is king! Who’s really trying to push the boundaries and move forward? Who’s really trying to come up with a new approach and make me feel wild?” The answer, of course, is Jay Electronica. Born Timothy Tredford in New Orleans, the now Brooklyn-based, 34-year-old Electronica embodies a series of compelling contradictions. On the one hand, he runs with a bold-faced crowd, collaborating with the likes of Nas and Diddy and fathering a daughter with neo-soul star Erykah Badu. On the other, he might very well be one of the most consistently striving—and innovative—artists in hip-hop today. Releasing most of his music free via the Internet, Electronica creates grittily addictive bangers, like his hit “Exhibit C,” though he’s just as apt to drop a track like “Act 1: Eternal Sunshine (The Pledge)”—a 15-minute musique concrete surreal symphony. “He looks like he’s an alien,” Badu intones on “Act 1 . . . ,” offering an assessment of Electronica that pretty much sums up the general feel of his music: diverse, complex, and mythically not of this world. After appearing this month as part of this year’s Q-Tip- and The Roots–curated edition of the Hennessy Artistry tour, Electronica will finish prepping his highly anticipated, first commercially released album, Act II: Patients Of Nobility (the turn), which is due in stores before the end of the year. The record was crafted during a globetrotting odyssey that saw him venture all over Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. “People are afraid to go into an environment they are completely unfamiliar with,” he explains. “For me, my life is a journey. Nothing against Drake, Rick Ross, Young Jeezy, Kanye West, but they’re in a certain kind of machine that doesn’t afford them the freedom to do that.” He adds: “The greats have always been the people who gave you of themselves, as opposed to just giving you a product.”