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!!

Thursday, April 05, 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.

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

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.