Monday, April 30, 2018

Del Tha Funkee Homosapien & Amp Live "Gate 13" (Album Stream)


"Del The Funky Homosapien and producer Amp Live’s collaborative album is all about future funk grooves. The spacey “Wheel Of Fortune” brings the project to life, with Del using his fluid flow to indulge in some braggadocio, before tracks like the operatic-infused “Help” and the dramatic “Humble Pie” add an emotional dimension to Gate13. Closing cut “Lateral Thinking” is an instrumental wobble bass experiment that toys with blowing out your speakers." - Bandcamp // Listen below...

Sunday, April 29, 2018

Nomadic "The Journey" (Album Stream)


A nice boombap sound from Miami MC, Nomadic, on his album "The Journey." I don't know much about Nomadic, but I do know Veks and BBZ Darney, who have worked on projects I've enjoyed, so it wasn't a major surprise when the kid was spitting' over some solid production. To let Nomadic tell it, "Welcome to the metaphysical, highly lyrical, multi-dimensional brain waves of an extraterrestrial on the microphone." Take a chance, give it a listen. I supported the album & copped a physical CD, too. (Disclaimer: his physical CD does not look like the image above). 

Friday, April 27, 2018

Recommended Reading: Cormega & J-Zone


A couple books I started reading earlier in the year and I'd thoroughly recommend: Cormega's "Understanding The True Meaning" and J-Zone's humorous "Root For The Villain." Both books will run you $25 total via Amazon, so it won't hurt your pockets too bad - go ahead and give them your support! Apologies for long stretches with no posts, but I'm sure I've pre-warned that life gets in the way and TIME is valuable, so I have to spend it wisely and purposefully. Until next time!

Wednesday, April 18, 2018

The Illmatic Guru (Blend Mix)


Another fresh blend tape from DJ Tiger of Full Blast Radio... Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal (R.I.P.) over the classic beats of Nas' "Illmatic" album. A refreshing way of revisiting the ill concepts and messages of Guru over classic beats from DJ Premier, Large Professor, Pete Rock, L.E.S., and Q-Tip. For more mixes and content, check out Full Blast Radio's Mixcloud page HERE. Enjoy!

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Kendrick Lamar Wins Pulitzer Prize for "Damn"


Kendrick Lamar’s Pulitzer for “DAMN” makes him the first nonclassical or jazz musician to receive the prize since the awards expanded to music in 1943. In late January, the Compton, Calif., rapper Kendrick Lamar lost the Grammy Award for album of the year to Bruno Mars. “DAMN.,” Mr. Lamar’s fourth LP, was his third straight to be nominated but ultimately fall short of the trophy, considered by most to be the top prize in popular music.

But perhaps not anymore.

On Monday, Mr. Lamar’s “DAMN.” took home an even more elusive honor, one that may never have even seemed within reach: the Pulitzer Prize for music. Kendrick is not only the first rapper to win the award since the Pulitzers expanded to music in 1943, but he is also the first winner who is not a classical or jazz musician. “The time was right,” Dana Canedy, the administrator of the prizes, said in an interview after the winners were announced. “We are very proud of this selection. It means that the jury and the board judging system worked as it’s supposed to - the best work was awarded a Pulitzer Prize.” - NYT // Congratulations to Kendrick Lamar!!

Monday, April 16, 2018

KLIM Beats "Beat Aesthetics" (Instrumental Album)


Back with another solid 15-track beat tape from KLIM Beats, reppin' out of the Ukraine. Raised on and influenced by classic boombap hip-hop from New York and Detroit, this is the style of soulful, and jazzy, but hard-hitting production you can expect from KLIM Beats. If you haven't been following, dig into the tags for more releases and click through to peep his entire catalog, now approaching nearly two dozen releases, 'cuz naturally I couldn't cover them all. Listen below...

Monday, April 16, 2018

Crimeapple "Perfect I and II" (Album Stream)


The Colombian eMCee from New Jersey drops off some quick work with "Perfect" 1 and 2, released through various channels, now bundled and available on cassette. I think the session up at Statik Selektah's radio show did big things for this lyricist on the come-up, we're gonna see a lot more artists and fans catch on quickly. Combined, both EPs represent 12 tracks, all produced by long-time collaborator, Buck Dudley. Cassettes will sell out, get one quick and stream it below... (Updated).

Friday, April 13, 2018

Blu & Nottz "Gods In The Spirit..." (Album Stream)


"Blu & Nottz’s epic two-part saga officially reaches its final form with 'Gods In The Spirit, Titans In The Flesh,' which combines the previously released EPs into a single project that upgrades everything about the original. There is a care and attention to detail to this project that goes well beyond a standard reissue that clumps the previous projects together. GITS, TITF is a complete upgrade from the ground up with stunning new artwork by Dan Lish, remixed and remastered audio, and a reimagined tracklist featuring an ethereal new closing track (“Yesterday” feat. Sene & Elisa Meri). All of these fine touches really make the project a treasure for diehard fans, newcomers, and collectors alike. Blu personally wanted to restructure the tracklist because he believes it flows better than before, a sentiment that hits immediately when “Atlantis” kicks things off. And then there’s the one-two punch of hearing “End Of The World” (feat. Rashad) and “Heaven on Earth” back to back, which reveals the true nuances of these songs. “Gods in the Spirit was the beginning—an eye opener to the madness that me and Blu were about to unleash,” Nottz says, “While Titans in the Flesh unleashed the wrath.” “With both EPs now combined, it’s a wrap—the kraken has officially been released with reckless abandon,” Nottz adds." - via Coalmine Records. Listen below...

Wednesday, April 04, 2018

"5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn" (Mixtape, 1997)


5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn is a mixtape created by five classic New York City DJsP: P.F. Cuttin, Mister Cee, Tony Touch, DJ Premier and Evil Dee. The mixtape was recorded in 1997 and released by Tape Kingz on cassette tape. The name of the album is a reference to a well-known Kung-Fu movie, "Five Deadly Venoms." The mixtape consists of mixed tracks from Breez Evahflowin, KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Mobb Deep, Q-Tip, Shadez Of Brooklyn, Ak Skills, The Notorious B.I.G., Sunz Of Man, Jeru The Damaja, Guru, Camp Lo, Verbal Hoods, Channel Live, and many more. 5 Deadly Venoms of Brooklyn is widely considered one of the greatest hip-hop mixtapes ever created. In the book Ego Trip's "Big Books of Rap Lists," it is ranked on "Top 10 Greatest Mixtapes Ever" list. Listen below!

Monday, April 02, 2018

Conway The Machine "Blakk Tape" (Album Stream)


Griselda's Conway The Machine is back yet again with his latest effort, Blakk Tape. The 10-track effort features in-house production from Daringer, along with VDon, Beat Butcha & Bozack Morris. Conway is on the record (IG) claiming that this particular project is made specifically for the streets. You can hear it, this is some dark, gritty hip-hop. Conway the Machine and the whole Griselda Records have the strongest brand identity at this point, whether Conway announces that the project is for the streets or not, we know what it is and we know he'll drop consistently. That's a brand you can trust and it's clear why Shady Records invested in it. Dig in below.

Monday, April 02, 2018

Soulution "Legacy Tape" (Instrumental Album)


"The Legacy Beattape is a collection of soulfull & jazzy beats that I've made using my MPC2500. Some beats are made using samples that I manipulated, played bass to, drums & strings. Other beats I have made from scratch, using keys, bass, drums/beatbox & singing. Inspiration comes from J Dilla, Madlib & Hi-Tek. I'm not saying I'm as good as them but I strive myself to be better at this beatmaking and try sharpening it to the sound that I like. It's a never-ending process that I really enjoy doing. 2018 is the year I'll try building a legacy of albums. I have been making beats for over 10 years and much productions where never to be heard. Some because they where not good enough for me, but others where never chosen for albums that I did with other artists, but they did stand out for me. So now I strive to not lose any more productions to the wilderness of nothing. It's helping me working towards a new producer album feat Reks, Edo G, LMNO & more.. But first, more beattapes on the way! I hope you enjoy this as much as I did when I was making it."

Monday, April 02, 2018

Nuttkase "Boombapathy" (Mixtape)


An interesting remix project from Russian producer, Nuttkase. Using vocals from some of your favorite Apathy records, "Boombapathy" has nine remixes with instrumentals, and five bonus cuts to round out the project. The Demigodz MC sounds at home over these hard drums and 90s flavor. Hearing Ap reminds me once again to say R.I.P. to our brother Pumpkinhead. Check it out below.