Sunday, September 02, 2018

An Update on the FreeOfStyle Project

"Soon" isn't a term I'd like to define, as this post is less about making the announcement as it is holding myself accountable now that I'm making it public. At various points in ANY project, people get discouraged - for a number of reasons - and if that's not enough, there's also a small voice inside our heads that tell us that our ideas aren't shit, it's not gonna work, Don't do it! Reconsider, read some liter-ature on the subject? Yeah, that's real. So, for the sake of transparency ... I'm sharing this now because I wanna push through it and make sure that I get this project out to you. I've begun collecting tracks and drops and promotional ideas, etc. The inspiration for NOW as opposed to later (or never) is the death of my mother this past March. With a wrongful death case pending, there just aren't enough hours in the day to keep up with all the demands for time and finances. I'm already stretched super thin, so I'm trying to create through it & generate some additional funds. Hopefully you'll support this project as much, if not more, than you did the last (free) project. It's too early to share a potential tracklist or anything like that, but it's coming... soon. If you have any ideas or thoughts to share, hit me up! Peace to DJ Dyllemma, who will be rocking with me again! The 90s edition and this latest mix will be packaged together as a 90-minute A/B side cassette with both mixes. The best of both worlds, no R. Kelly.

Saturday, September 01, 2018

Da King & I, on a September Morning

"A September morning life didn't seem the same way it should be / I was just mourning, thinking of all the wrong that was done to me / Check me"
Much love to DJ Majesty & Izzy Ice of Da King & I ... their classic album "Contemporary Jeep Music" from 1993 is still getting consistent burn on this September morning in 2018. My favorite track was definitely the remix to "Tears" even with the heavy competition of "Flip Da Scrip" (original and DJ Premier remix), Mr. All That, Krack Da Weazel and more. I'd be the first one online to cop a new album or some vaulted material from back in the day. I'm sure I've traced their backgrounds in past posts, from Howie Tee, Chubb Rock, and Spencer Bellamy of East Flatbush Project, etc to Majesty's role in the classic hood film, Juice, in 1992. This is just the vibe I'm on today so had to go back and revisit the album and especially "Tears," go dig it up and do the same. Meanwhile, check out this freestyle from '92, and if you're interested in more info, you can find them both on IG easy enough.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

July 8, 1994: Invitation to Fat Beats on E 9th Street

July 8, 1994: "In the late seventies Hip-Hop music was being sold out of the trunks of automobiles. On July 14 you and your associates are invited to Fat Beats, New York's unique Hip Hop, R&B, Reggae and affiliates music store. Fat Beats grand opening will have art work by Andrew Marzan, Carlos Paul, Chris Nesbitt, George Guzman, Nuri Bell, Sean Mitaynes, and Zak. The fat beats will be provided by William Bagley. Drinks and refreshments will be served and the party will start at 7pm. Fat Beats is located at 323 East 9th Street Between 1st and 2nd Avenue. Hope to see you. Sincerely, Joseph Abajian (Pres/Founder of Fat Beats)." Joe Abajian aka DJ Jab is easily one of my favorite people I've met in this music thing; he's always been a stand-up guy and to this day, the direct line to him is always open. I'd love to visit Fat Beats, now in LA; it's on my to-do list.

Sunday, August 19, 2018

Nine 'Lyin King' + The 9 Commandments

The only thing worse than listening to an entire album and learning ZERO about an artist, is listening to an entire album and not believing a goddamn word of it. Props to Nine, who released 'Lyin' King' on his sophomore album "Cloud 9" in 1996. I believe there was a reissue not too long ago and it recently celebrated it's 22nd anniversary earlier this month. Ironically, Nine is back with a new project called "The 9 Commandments" that I'm eager to check out ... Allegedly, it's material that was recorded around the time of "Cloud 9" so I trust it has a real vintage, boombap sound. I've also heard some of his new-new work with the overseas fam, the Snowgoons, and that sounds tight, too! I can remember driving from NYC up to Livingston Manor, which is upstate NY, and the only CD we had was "Cloud 9;" there wasn't a single complaint the entire trip, lol. In the era of car systems, the Rob Lewis-produced joint "Lyin' King" was knockin' out the trunk. If you're feeling nostalgic, click below and peep the visuals. "Even I exaggerate when I create / But I don't perpetrate and illustrate / To sound great, cause it's fake!" Salute to the OG, Nine; been in the industry long before the mid-90s and glad he's still releasing music today... support it!

Friday, August 17, 2018

Eric B. & Rakim "Juice" (Know The Ledge) G.O.A.T.

I feel like I'm gonna be redundant here, but my favorite hip-hop track of ALL time? Eric B. & Rakim "Juice" (Know The Ledge). Honestly, I don't even sway on my opinion - it's as consistent today as it was in the early 90s. Juice embodies everything I want in my hip-hop. Driven lyrics over a moving beat & fresh cuts. It helps that the visuals match the track and we had a classic movie above and beyond that. Rakim was it to me ... he was like nothing before him (to me) and it shifted everything after him. I had no clue what Eric. B or Rakim looked like in the earlier years; I hadn't seen them live and hadn't seen a video, but I heard the music and had a solid vision in my head. It's not often that the artist looks JUST like what you had in mind. And, if you see Rakim in 2018 ... if you see Large Professor in 2018 ... these are OGs in the game that help make it what it is today and they absolutely carry on tradition. What about you? Sip the Juice...