Tuesday, August 31, 2010

This is another one from the inbox (sorry I don't kick these out faster, fellas).

Ohio MC L.E just dropped a new project called The Measure. In this video he discusses what got him started as hip-hop artist, and what his goals are. Check it out...

(PS: That hat is fucking sweet. How do I get one?)

EDIT: If you want to cop L.E's The Measure, here it is:

L.e For The Uncool releases his project entitled The Measure, which features the likes of Naledge (Kidz In The Hall), Truck North, The 3rd, & others. This is the Emcee's 2nd solo project after releasing "The Anti-Parachute Theory" last August. "The Measure" was Executive Produced by L.e & his go to producer/mentor Rashad “$haddy Tee” Thomas (elevator music).


Monday, August 30, 2010




PS: Did you catch the name of the dude who posted this video?? Is SeanDammit my long lost relative (or just a Facebook fan)? Maybe coincidence. Probably not.

The dirty version of this dropped on Green Lantern's Invasion Radio 2k10 mixtape, but I'll take a radio edit over an original any day if it means I don't have to hear fucking DJ tags (which is why I didn't post it the first time around).

Check it out below. The beat has the feel of an old Spaghetti Western, which I can definitely get down to.




Enjoy it, fool.
-Mike-

Pretty minimal change on this one - just a quick verse. Still, Cee-Lo definitely started something with this track.


Outro.
-Mike-
This one comes courtesy of iRepStL...

Bryant Stewart. Nuff said?
I think yes.




Peace silly humans.
Ha!
-Mike-
Props to MadeMonarchs for this...

Rocky is on a serious tear through the St. Louis scene. If you didn't catch him at Hip Hopper's Holiday with The Cool Kids, or any other number of live performances he kills relentlessly, you need to get on it.

With Choose Your Own Adventure still on everybody's train of thought, Rockwell is preparing to blow your mind once more in quick succession.

His next release, You're Fucking Out, I'm Fucking In, promises to be a show stealer like none other.

Check the first single, "Silly Humans", below.



DOWNLOAD "SILLY HUMANS" BY ROCKWELL KNUCKLES HERE

Peace.

-Mike-




If you didn't catch Cee-Lo's late summer leak "Fuck You", you're seriously missing out. Not only does it have that patented throw-back feel that Cee-Lo always delivers, but it's also freaking hilarious. (Do your homework HERE.)

That being said, Mr. Lo and his team were kind enough to drop the instrumental of the track as well. (I recommend all you mixtape-making cats jump on this one before it gets played out the way Exhibit C did.)

Listen to it here:








And download it here:


While you're at it, check the first "remix" I've heard of it so far. Comes from a British fella called JPhoenix. I like it!
J Phoenix (Fuck You) Remix by JPhoenix

Sunday, August 29, 2010


Max Tannone, the guy who brought you Jaydiohead and Mos Dub, just hit my inbox with another amazing remix project. This time (in the vein of Mos Dub) he's taken some classic verses from Talib Kweli and mixed and mashed em with some old school dub cuts.

Even though summer is just about over, this is the essential jam for the season.

If you can't chill to this, I recommend you quickly check yourself.
Listen and download below. (Also check out the official page HERE.)

Peace.
-Mike-

Dub Kweli by Max Tannone

You won't believe this shit.
-M-

Friday, August 27, 2010



This summer KRS joins a slew of mic icons on the Rock The Bells tour. Snoop Dogg, Rakim, A Tribe Called Quest, Slick Rick and the Wu-Tang Clan are the headliners on the outing, which has a different twist this time around: Each act is performing a classic album from their catalog. KRS picked the first album he performed on, Boogie Down Productions’ 1987 debut Criminal Minded.

The album, which had instrumentals by the late DJ Scott La Rock, set off a new era in battle rap with timeless tracks like “South Bronx” and “The Bridge Is Over.” It also introduced KRS as one of the new mic stars of the era, alongside Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap and the aforementioned Rakim. Right after his set at the Rock The Bells kickoff, KRS gave us some insight into his starmaking first LP:

“This may sound arrogant, but it’s the truth and it’s honest. We knew exactly what we were doing when we made this album. If you notice, all the away up to Return of the Boom Bap — I stopped doing it after Return of the Boom Bap — I used to say things like, ‘We will be here forever! Forever and ever!’ I used to always speak into the future: ‘I got rhymes for the ’70s, ’80s, and ’90s.’ This was the ’80s. So yes, as a metaphysician, as a philosopher, you know what you are doing. We didn’t make mistakes. We still don’t. That’s why the albums are out the way they are. I say that humbly. I don’t say that with no arrogance; ‘Yeah, we knew what it was.’ No, we didn’t. What we knew was hip-hop. We knew if we came out with what our people wanted to hear, that’s just what it is. It wasn’t on the radio, there’s no videos for it. We just said what we knew the block wanted to hear at the time. We knew we were changing the game. – MTV

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

It's not about his money or his career, or even the influence of his participation in music in general. It's the fact that he's a regular ass, rational dude. I can respect that.

Below is a photo of his loft in downtown New York, right outside of "Ground Zero". Below that is a brief quote of his regarding the entire (distracting) "controversy" surrounding the building an Islamic community center somewhere relatively nearby.



“I hope some yogi sees om. I hope that some Christian sees the cross. I hope that some Jewish person sees Star of David. I want people to see their images. That’s the idea to coexist and to learn to love each other. I’m appalled that there’s even a dialogue about it…Roughly two billion muslims in the world did not attack us. America is using the mosque and Ground Zero as a mask for its own Islamophia.”
For St. Louis rapper Prince Ea, the "rap game" is just that...a game. Why is that? Because everybody who is doing well is getting played, that's why.

See what I did there?

But that shit is true though. And if you don't fuck with Prince Ea, then please take the time to do so. You can catch an extensive back catalogue of free tracks on the Make Smart Cool website.

After that, be sure to check out The Adolescence.

ALSO, don't miss him live in St. Louis on Septemer 24th at 2720 (located at 2720 Cherokee Street). Peace!



Perhaps not to be outdone by fellow Earthworm Kama's new track featuring J-Toth and Black Spade, Mathias hits us in the face with another late-summer jam.

This one features Krukid, Nick Savage, and Tef Poe.

Check it out.

J-Toth is back with a killer track featuring Kama of Earthworms and Black Spade. I was lucky enough to hear a few tracks from this project a little while ago and I can say without a doubt that it's going to be big.

Clear some space on your hard drive and get ready.

Peace.
-Mike-

Monday, August 23, 2010



“The Friends ‘n’ Strangers.” “Friends are like seasons a little bit,” Wale explains. “It’s kinda talking about a personal relationship I had with one of my friends in the industry. And a relationship I had about two or three years ago with a lady I was kinda real close to. I was feeling pressure to be in a serious relationship when I just needed that moral support.”

“The MC.” “You have to listen to this record. It’s not because I feel it’s the strongest song, but my whole brand is about fly stuff. Women, clothes, hip-hop culture. Everybody from Diddy to Jay — I hate to name-drop — they talk about the show. ‘Have you seen the show? Wale’s live show?’ One day I was in Diddy’s crib and he said, ‘The song is cool, but everybody talks about the live show.’ So I got in the studio and said, how can I make the song feel like a live show? So that’s how ‘The MC’ was created. It defines me. A lot of energy, spittin’. We’re gonna use that song for a lot of years to come.”

Saturday, August 21, 2010

The Daily Show With Jon StewartMon - Thurs 11p / 10c
Extremist Makeover - Homeland Edition
www.thedailyshow.com
Daily Show Full EpisodesPolitical HumorTea Party

KRS meets Wu Tang.

Catch Meta-Historical at the end of the month.


Diggy's new mixtape, Airbourne, is soon to drop.
This little dude has some friends in high places.
-Mike-


Oooooh, intriguing.

(Until then, check this shit out.)

Friday, August 20, 2010



Dam is on a free download spree. "NeverTongueInCheek" is the next in the series.

Check it.

NeverTongueInCheek (Fade-Out Version/Unreleased) - DâM-FunK by DâM-FunK

The double-platinum selling artist realizes that he can't keep this up forever.
"Honestly, I don't know how much longer I have in this game. I'm always going to love hip-hop. But how much longer am I going to still do it? I couldn't give you an answer. But the day that this is not better than the last will probably be the day I stop...I do love it so much. But even if I was rapping at 50 years old, I don't know if I would put it out. I know it always makes me feel better to lay things to tape, and--'Lay the tape.' See, I'm old school. The fans might say the sh*t is garbage. You don't know how long people are going to want you around...Realistically, if I don't rap, what the f*ck am I going to do? It's too late to be unfamous at this point."

Nowadays (like old dudes say), when a rapper puts out a "remix", all it usually means is somebody added an extra verse to the exact same song. Kanye, of course, gets back to the true meaning of the term with his remix of "Power" featuring Jay-Z and a little help from Swizz Beatz.


And listen to it here:

Thursday, August 19, 2010

The Roots and John Legend did a collaboration album together. You can get more info (along with the download of this track) right HERE.

This is the first video. Pretty retro.

Yay!



This is the tiniest little nondescript snippet ever, but it sounds like it might be a good song.

Props to DJ Semtex:
"When Ye jumped on Ye Stream a week or two ago he played a snippet of a new track which he said could be the next single titled All Of The Lights.

Young Money HD today dropped their latest mixtape which included a snippet of a track called Ghetto University that features Drake over the same instrumental."


With Cosmogramma still blowing out the eardrums of the hip-hop/electronic faithful, Flying Lotus is back already with a new EP called Pattern+Grid World.

Seven tracks of pure magic drop September 21st. This is one of them.

Catch the tracklisting below.

Flying Lotus - Camera Day (taken from Pattern+Grid World) by Warp Records

Tracklisting:
01 Clay
02 Kill Your Co-Workers
03 PieFace
04 Time Vampires
05 Jurassic Notion/M Theory
06 Camera Day
07 Physics for Everyone!

This track, which comes from Raekwon's Only Built for Cuban Links II: Gold Edition, perhaps best represents the gradual comeback of the Wu Tang Clan. (When you also consider the success of the Wu Massacre project - Raekwon, Method Man, and Ghostface - it seems especially evident.)

Raekwon spars with the top Killah Bees on this track over a smoother than smooth RZA beat. And I'm so glad to see GZA back on the mic. I feel like he's been gone for a whole decade before this year.

Solid.

Download it below.




Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Love that Six Flags shit.


Check it out if you haven't already.

For real, Pilot Talk is an amazing sounding album, but I'm burnt out on exclusively weed talk.
Jus sayin.

This is still a cool video though.



This is officially from Lupe Fiasco's next next album (the one after LASERS), called Food & Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album. I posted a player of this before, but now you can get the download yodamnself.

Not much else to say there.

Check it:


Peace.
I'm on a serious Cool Kids bent at the moment. Two days ago I caught them in Portland (they did this one live). On the 21st, I'll be catching them in St. Louis (Hip Hopper's Holiday if you didn't know...scroll down). Been waiting patiently for the stuff they've done with Lupe to drop (All City Chess Club remixes n shit).

To help pass the time for all that, here's a brand new video. (Directed by Michael Sterling Eaton, who is supposed to have a killer project drop sometime. Check the amazing video he did with Mos a lil while back.)

Dig.



Red Zero is comprised of Jonezy, Pandelerium, Chris P on drums, and Andy Weidmann on guitar. They've opened for Gift of Gab, and are gearing up to play Busch Stadium for the Cards/Cubs on September 15 (and it's only their 6th show together!).

Hit up Jonezy for tickets (facebook.com/jonezy.stl).
August 21st!

End the month right with righteous performances by The Cool Kids, BluePrint, Black Spade, and more. For a full lineup and event details, check out the vid below...


Sorry guys and gals, but "GOOD Music Day" (Sept. 14) isn't going to happen.

Instead, Kanye and Russian blogger Perajok have decided to drop the official G.O.O.D. Ass Mixtape to kill some time before Yeezy, Cudi, and the rest of the gang get their shit together.

Check it:



Peace.
Woah! I've been gone for a week (Portland, OR baby) and missed a lot of shit and posted nothing. Sorry bout that. But here's a good way to get the ball rolling again...


Via Semtex...

While Kanye has got the Internets going nuts, Jay Electronica has been residing in London for the past few weeks, working relentlesly in the studio, putting the concluding touches to the highly anticipated debut album, ‘Act II’.

Jay invited me down to the studio to hear some of the cuts of the album, and although I can’t talk on the specifics, from what I heard, I can say that it is everything you expect X 10.

It is a masterpiece, diverse HipHop excellence.
The guest features that he has pulled out of the bag for the collaborations are pretty much beyond your current comprehension, and the journey making this album is as inspiring as the music itself.

He’s done it, followed the code, cracked the safe, got the formula. The wait is almost over.

Tuesday, August 10, 2010


After LASERS drops (if it ever does...), Lupe's already prepared with his next project, Food and Liquor II: The Great American Rap Album.

[To follow the evolution of The Great American Rap Album, first check HERE, then HERE.]

This track sounds nice! Can't wait for this dude to drop something.


What do you think?
-Mike-
I've been expecting this track to drop on Act II for a while now. Who knows if it'll ever see the light of day though...

Monday, August 9, 2010


St. Louis rapper Nato Caliph (who's birthday is today - Haps Bday holmes) just dropped a new EP called the REACH EP. Check it out!


Tracklist:
1. REVEL Feat. Black Spade
2. ESSENCE Feat. Lyfestile and Corey Black (Scratches by Fly D-Ex)
3. ANOMALY Feat. Kyjuan, Rome, Family Affair, Rockwell Knuckles, and Tef Poe
4. COUP Feat. Gotta Be Karim and Vandalyzm
5. HER Feat. Bryant Stewart

Peace.
-Mike-

Heartfelt. Truly. Name another really hard rapper that would openly admit such a thing.

Now listen Jay, you've released some pretty amazing tracks. You've also dropped a couple that were just meh. People know this. Nobody's going to do you real damage if they hate on some or all of the EP. If you made it then put it out. We've been waiting for a reason. Have faith, brother.
-Mike-

Friday, August 6, 2010

(To get a feel for what the fuck is going on here, be sure to check out the behind-the-scenes with the video's director HERE.)


Wednesday, August 4, 2010

Props to DJ Needles over at Ghetto Blastic.

Music by Black Spade, DJ Needles, & Dirty Lint
Installation Art by Alex Petrowsky
Produced by The Luminary Art Center
Filmed & Edited by Ryan Powell


The Luminary Presents POST PERFORMANCES: Black Spade & Alex Petrowsky from Ryan Powell on Vimeo.



POWER shows a continuous camera move from extreme close-up of Mr. West revealing an a neoclassical video tableau showing characters and creatures surrounding him in an abstract environment – all moving in extreme slow motion.

Inspired by Michelangelo’s frescos in the Sistine Chapel, the piece depicts a faux historical moment – an empire on the brink of collapse from its own excess, decadence and corruption.


Tuesday, August 3, 2010

Niiiice.


Mayer had this to say on the collaboration with Nottz:
I met Nottz at Nightlife’s Dilla Tribute in L.A. and we just kept in contact. I had always been a fan of Nottz since the 90s. He sent me a bunch of beats and at first I had no idea what to do with any of them, but eventually it hit me… When Nottz sent me that batch – that particular beat stood out. It had the same chord progression as the Otis Leville, so I just went with it.





Peace.
-Mike-

Monday, August 2, 2010

From the Madlib Medicine Show Volume 8: Advanced Jazz.


As a special treat for Stones Throw newsletter subscribers, the label just put out a free download of the J Dilla Donut Shop mix.

Membership on free lists has its perks! (But if you're not on the list, don't worry. I got you.)

Check it out:


Peace.
-Mike-

Sunday, August 1, 2010


Jonezy just wants to be left alone.
Give the man some privacy!
(And catch him on the Waitin for the DJ Summer Jam Tape.)

Jonezy- Lettin' Go by Jonezy_music
 

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