Monday, February 29, 2016

One Be Lo "The Original B.O.R.N. O.N.E.S." (Album Stream)

"What happens when One culture takes over another? What happened when Christianity met the indigenous peoples in the New World? What happened when the Ottomon Turks invaded Constantinople? This picture was taken at the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey. Here is one of the Original Mosaics that was plastered over after Constantinople was conquered by the Turks. The Church was converted in a Mosque, and the name of city Constantinople was changed to Istanbul. In the early 20th century, the Mosque was converted into a museum and experts were brought in to remove the plaster to reveal the original art work. So what happened when Chief Seattle Bean One met Chief Pontiac One Be Lo? The history of this work reminded me of the music that I originally recorded with Bean One in Seattle back in 2006. The Born Ones (Bean One recorded Nahshid once Nahshid entered Seattle) is finally here. We started working on this album together in 2006 and then due to other circumstances we put the project on pause. While we both continued to record more music, this project sat on my hard drive until January 2016. I decided to uncover these original copies, for the world to see. Releasing this project during Black History month is symbolic, because here One Be Lo writes and records his own history. 80% of this project is the original recordings of 10 years ago. To keep the project relevant, I decided to uncover some of the issues being addressed right here in 2016 and beyond. This is what happened when Chief Seattle met Chief Pontiac, and now the Original Born Ones are reborn." - One Be Lo. Stream it below.

Monday, February 29, 2016

Exile & Choosey "Ode To The Greatest: J Dilla"

The Los Angeles-reared producer also hosts his own Dirty Science Radio series, and for the latest installment, Ex has decided to pay tribute to one of his greatest influences — J Dilla. DS Radio Vol. 2 sees the production maestro flip samples made famous by Dilla on the MPC — with no loops, as San Diego emcee Choosey flexes his best bars over the live beats. Listen to it below. - 2DBZ

Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Fashawn "The Ecology" (Album Stream)

The Ecology is the second studio album by Fashawn. The album is released on Nas' Mass Appeal Records, where Nas also serves as executive producer for the album & is featured on the project along with Aloe Blacc, BJ the Chicago Kid, and Dom Kennedy. It's hard to match up to his Exile-produced debut "Boy Meets World," but this is another solid offering from Fashawn, who I met at A3C some years back - a good kid and a great artist. Much respect to him, stream it below!

Monday, February 15, 2016

Mister Cee "Classic Dancehall Chunes" (Mix)

The Finisher Mister Cee's classic dancehall chunes, live on Hot 97's thursday throwback. A solid hour of vibes and hits from some of the biggest reggae and dancehall artists. Except tracks from Beenie Man, Shaggy, Shabba Ranks, Capleton, TOK, Mr. Vegas, Ska, Bob Marley, Sister Nancy & a whole lot more. For those not from the East Coast, whether in NY or Toronto, you may not realize how integral dancehall was to 90s hip-hop culture, especially at parties and in the clubs. We threw on Dancehall & the show always went UP, some of the most important records to have in your crates.

Monday, February 15, 2016

Ivan Ave "Helping Hands" (Album Stream)

"It must be the contrarian in me but while everyone was losing their mind over the new Kanye release and 90% of my damn newsfeed was Kardashian and Yeezy-related, all I wanted is to listen to the new album from Norway’s Ivan Ave which I ordered on cassette." <-- I'm with you on that, Lexis! "Titled “Helping Hands”, the 11-track album is out now on the always fabulous German label Jakarta.  It features spectacular production by American beatsmith MNDSGN who had collaborated previously with the Oslo based MC on “Forks” which also appears on the record. Also highly recommended is Ivan Ave’s “Fruitful” record released late 2015, entirely produced by his frequent collaborator, fellow-Norwegian producer FredFades. Out now on Vinyl, Digital & Cassette!" MIMS

Sunday, February 14, 2016

Chairman Mao "The Loser's Seat: Anti-VDay Soul Mix"

Four years ago for Valentine’s Day, Chairman Mao recorded this soul mix as an installment of his now defunct Spine Magazine radio show, “Spine Blowing Decisions.” It’s a collection of some classy ’60s and ’70s crossover soul 45s – most of which share the distinction of being melodically catchy, but lyrically largely about heartbreak, doubt, and/or misery. Feeling blue on V-day? We got you...

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Thank You Jay Dee, Acts 1-4 (Mixed by J Rocc)

A dedication to the late J Dilla (James Yancey, R.I.P.), mixed by J Rocc, who originally planned this as a three part series, but it became four; mixed and released yearly from 2006-2009. The cover logo was done by J Rocc, as well. During my years at Fat Beats in New York, I was exposed to more content from J Rocc than ever before ... and he quickly became one of my personal favorite DJs to listen to; technical skill and an ear for placing records, he is a true master of the craft. Dig in below.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

The Combat Jack Show "Prince Paul Episode"

From Combat Jack: "I remember being at club Pay Day back in the summer of '88. All the dope girls and dope boys were out in their freshest gear. That was my first time seeing the original Hip-Hop band Stetsasonic in the building. Little did I know their DJ, Prince Paul, was only just beginning. 3 classic De La Soul albums; classic albums from the Gravediggaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School, and working with legends like Big Daddy Kane, KRS-One, DOOM and more. One of my generations super producers, Paul walks us through his life and history. This is for the culture." Listen below.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

J.Rocc x Mobb Deep "The Infamous" (20 Year Tribute Mix)

In celebration of a re-issue of Mobb Deep's The Infamous by All City Music, they had J.Rocc of the World Famous Beat Junkies bless them with this exclusive mix of Mobb Deep jawns + music that inspired the album. You can and should check out one of the greatest DJs of all-time put it down like only he can, listen to "The Infamous 20 Year Tribute Mix" below. (Updated Link).

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

Rakim Lecture at Red Bull Music Academy (NY, 2013)

"Hip-hop's golden age began in 1986, the day Rakim stepped to a microphone to record “Eric B Is President.” Only 18 years old, Rakim had a smooth, effortless flow that brought a cool melodicism and high intelligence to the rap game. His partnership with his DJ, Eric B, yielded four great albums and numerous classic singles before Rakim split for a solo career. Despite initial success with 1997's The 18th Letter, he endured several frustratingly fruitless years signed to Dr. Dre's Aftermath, working on an album that never came. Yet in 2012, The Source named him the greatest MC of all time. In this talk at the 2013 Red Bull Music Academy in New York, Rakim discussed living in the moment, the ’80s, and the various challenges of the music industry." Art by Tasiir Franz.

Wednesday, February 10, 2016

?uestlove "J Dilla Tribute Mix" (Live on Hot 97)

James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974 – February 10, 2006), better known by the stage names J Dilla and Jay Dee; he continues to inspire & on the 10th Anniversary of his passing, I went back to a mix by ?uestlove of The Roots on Hot 97 in 2012. Quest pays tribute to his friend and cultural icon, listen to the mix below, no tracklist necessary - it's all dopeness. R.I.P. J Dilla.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Grown Man Rap Show "Brand Nubian Mix"

DJ Toast & Paul Nice broadcast live every Sunday Night (10-12am, EST) at WRPI in Albany, NY. This is Episode 58, a tribute to Brand Nubian. Paul Nice's set kicks off with some original samples, then group tracks, solo tracks, and some joints from Masters of Ceremony + Pete Rock & CL Smooth mixed in. DJ Toast steps up and goes straight hip-hop with more group & solo tracks, then tracks by Cormega, The Beatnuts, & more. They continue to deliver each week, keep it locked!

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Broadway "Must Get Paid" (The Source, 2/96)

"Don't get it twisted, Mr. Dion Broadway is no new jack to the hip-hop community. He got his share of airplay in early '95 with "Brothers Die'n Everyday." And who can forget the '94 headbanger "Beg No Friends," featuring Fat Joe, Grand Puba and Chill Will F.T.E. Now an "official" member of the BDP camp, Broadway comes at ya with his latest. Broadway demonstrates a wiser, more on point version of reality rap. Strapped with pure Bronx essence and tight production from the blastmaster himself, Broadway delivers quality hip-hop with a raggamuffish style that should appeal to underground racketeers. "Must Stay Paid" takes its catchy hook from the BDP classic "Criminal Minded" - "Rebel, renegade, must get paid." Dion's off beat-on beat rhyme steelo, a bit of stadium ambience, and Red Alert's infamous "Yeeeah" make the joint complete." Peep the visuals to the track below...

"It's good to see that the BDP camp can still roll with the sign of the times and still be able to provide new flavors after years in the circuit. With tight credentials and experience on his side, Broadway should shine like the street itself." - Sure Shot Single in The Source, February 1996. The hook is still infectious after all these years, and KRS-One's production is hard. To view or save a copy of The Source's full 12", click below, and definitely check out "Beg No Friends," too. Peace!

Monday, February 08, 2016

Ill Biskits "God Bless Your Life" 12" (1994)

Ill Biskits are Deeda & Kleph from Virginia. "God Bless Your Life" was originally released on Khari Entertainment in 1994. Khari Entertanment was a NY label & because the B-Side "22 Years" was produced by the Funky Man, Lord Finesse, some heads thought Ill Biskits were from NY too. In 1995, they signed to Atlantic Records off the strength of the buzz from "God Bless Your Life," and it was reissued as a 12", along with a second single, "Chill Factor" and limited copies for their debut album, "Chronicle Of Two Losers." Their run from '94-96 was all I recall from the MCs as a group, although Kleph released a 12" ("The Dawn") in 1998 that I'm not sure I've heard. In 2007, copies of a 2CD version of "Chronicle of Two Losers" showed up at Fat Beats; said to be released via Khari Entertainment. The second CD had bonus tracks including the Lord Finesse-produced "22 Years," the dope remix to "God Bless Your Life," 3 instrumentals and a demo mix for "Beyond Understanding." Unfortunately, Ill Biskits member Kleph passed away a few years back (2012) due to a heart attack. Rest In Peace and condolences to his peoples. You can stream "God Bless Your Life" below.

Monday, February 08, 2016

Praverb The Wyse "The Legacy" (Album Stream)

The Legacy: Dedicated to the Life & Rhymes of Praverb the Wyse. Rest In Peace, my good friend. The LP features J-Live, Kenn Starr, Supastition, M-Dot, & more, produced by Soulmade. I'll let the music speak for itself & know that all profits from the sale of the album will benefit his wife and child, so please do dig into your pockets on this one. Much love and thanks. R.I.P.

Sunday, February 07, 2016

Jordan Ferguson "J Dilla: Donuts 33 1/3" (Book)

"From a Los Angeles hospital bed, equipped with little more than a laptop and a stack of records, James "J Dilla" Yancey crafted a set of tracks that would forever change the way beatmakers viewed their artform. The songs on Donuts are not hip hop music as "hip hop music" is typically defined; they careen and crash into each other, in one moment noisy and abrasive, gorgeous and heartbreaking the next. The samples and melodies tell the story of a man coming to terms with his declining health, a final love letter to the family and friends he was leaving behind. As a prolific producer with a voracious appetite for the history and mechanics of the music he loved, J Dilla knew the records that went into constructing Donuts inside and out. He could have taken them all and made a much different, more accessible album. If the widely accepted view is that his final work is a record about dying, the question becomes why did he make this record about dying? Drawing from philosophy, critical theory and musicology, as well as Dilla's own musical catalogue, Jordan Ferguson shows that the contradictory, irascible and confrontational music found on Donuts is as much a result of an artist's declining health as it is an example of what scholars call "late style," placing the album in a musical tradition that stretches back centuries." You can order it HERE.

Tuesday, February 02, 2016

Beneficence "Basement Chemistry" (Album Stream)

Brick City veteran and Ill Adrenaline Records co-founder Beneficence unleashes his 6th solo LP "Basement Chemistry". Armed with the true sounds of the golden era Benef drops rejuvenated flows and shares mics with hip-hop's elite lyricists. The lineup includes Inspectah Deck (of Wu-Tang Clan), Masta Ace, MC Eiht, El Da Sensei, AG (of D.I.T.C), Dres (of Black Sheep), The Legion, Chubb Rock, MindsOne, and Estee Nack (of Tragic Allies). Production handled by DJ Spinna, Da Beatminerz, 12 Finger Dan, Confidence, L'Orange, Presto, KON Sci, Jazz Spastiks, and many more. Obscure samples, intricate cuts, and official boom bap sound! Stream it below!