Hodgy Beats x Domo Genesis x 4th Chamber – Tang Golf [Audio]

Thursday, March 31st, 2011

Is this acceptable? #GOLF #WANG

DOWNLOAD: Hodgy Beats x Domo Genesis – Tang Golf

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WTW: Watching this footage makes me feel fucking old as fuck…

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

..vintage clip of Wu-Tang’s Shyheim from some UK television show..

#oldmanswag


NYC Subways. 1986.

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

New York Giants were Superbowl champs this year. Challenger blew up. Beastie Boys were new.

NYC was still so real. gentrification like a mug


Hypemen presents: Kanye West Beats [Disc One]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

Came across the interesting archival post over at DJBooth.net. A rare collection of old Kanye beats circa 2001, as provided to Jensen Karp (real name?) of the Hypemen:

“Last week I was stumbling through my garage, searching through old storage bins when I came across some old beat CDs from my days as a signed rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in the year 2001, had the name ‘Kanye West‘ on them. I remember Kanye being hyped to me as someone who had just worked with Beanie Sigel and was about to work with Ludacris, so I was obviously interested in this dude with a weird name. I popped in the CD and wasn’t exactly blown away to be honest. It was definitely good though, so I asked my manager for more beats from this Kanye character. I got a second beat CD and again couldn’t find anything to pick directly, but knew there was potential (keep in mind that 2001 was a mighty synth-y year). I got on the phone with Kanye that week and he played me some beats over the phone (that included “H to the Izzo”). I picked one song from that phone call and it ended up being one of the first label paychecks written with his name on it. (I also was the first person to rap his name in a song. Because ‘Kanye’ rhymed with ‘picante’).

These two beat CDs, now celebrating their 10 year anniversary and I believe the oldest Kanye beats ever released, are here for your enjoyment. We wanted you to hear these not just for the Kanye completist inside you, but for people to understand how far someone like Kanye has come. I distinctly remember him talking about rapping himself and hoping to break out of the box that was hip-hop. He told me how big of a Jim Morrison fan he was and how he wanted to sample something from him (that happened and hurt Nas bad), and even played me a song where he used only movie titles in the verses (that didn’t happen, which is good cause it was awkward). And I think these two beat CDs show you where he came from, even if it doesn’t necessarily sound like “Kanye” now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today. I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early, so he could make the last train back to his mom’s house. He’s come a long way, and I’m proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start.

If I was super inspirational, I’d tell you guys to stick with it also, and maybe you can become a multi-platinum superstar, but I won’t, cause honestly – your beats probably suck.”

If you’re like me–i.e. if you made mix tapes for your friends called “Kanye West is the Future” in 2002/2003–this will have some added value. We get to here Kanye while he’s still evolving from the No I.D./Pete Rock mold: a lot of emphasis on getting the right drums and just hooking up looped samples…plus plenty of synths to bring you back to that Trackmasters/Swizz Beatz-Casio steez. If you’re a fan of Blueprint/College Dropout-era Kanye, where he could still craft bangers like this, don’t miss this collection of rare gems from the archives. The second batch is due in early April.

DJBooth.net & the Hypemen present: Kanye Beats Disc One [Stream]


1982 x Mac Miller – “82-92″ [Video]

Wednesday, March 30th, 2011

I remember when I first heard that this track was going to be included as a bonus track on the 1982 album. I was skeptical to say the least, but after listening to it about a dozen times and after watching this video, hating on this is more work than it’s worth. This is two talented rappers just having fun over a hot beat. Even though I’m still not as sold on Mac Miller as some other people, I’ll take this.

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BONUS: 1982 x Bun B x Josh Xantus – “Race Against Time”


Jiggggggy John

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

truthfully don’t know if this is hilarious because i’m good friends with this dude or if it’s funny because it is.. but either way.. take a listen. this is all off the dome (phrase reserved for wgrs and old hphpstrfgts) i lol’d several times.


The Stories Behind DJ Deadeye’s “Substance Abuse”

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

DJ Deadeye makes no apologies for saluting traditional East Coast boom bap. In fact it’s quite the opposite sentiment, as, along with ST. da Squad affiliates like Termanology, the Lawrence-bred vinyl sensei and beatmaker has ushered unapologetic, lyric-heavy hip-hop back into the forefront. His seven-years-in-the-making debut, Substance Abuse, is a throwback of sorts in that Deadeye took the time and energy to unite more than 30 MCs and a dozen co-producers for a stew of thoughtful, thematic blacktop bangers.

In curating his spread, Deadeye looked to emblematic examples of mixtape mastery along the lines of DJ Clue’s Def Jam releases and the Tony Touch LP classic, The Piece Maker. Like Touch and Clue, he’s dropped a slew of mixtapes, and stockpiled his heaviest heat for the big moment. Sure – DJ Khaled still runs with the classic formula, as do a select number of commercial-minded tastemakers. Nonetheless, Deadeye is the anomaly who keeps it close to the street, and who rarely veers off of the Atlantic. We met up with him around Fenway to get some background on his long-awaited smorgasbord. (more…)


Big K.R.I.T. – Returnof4eva [Album]

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

I make JTTS look like Nah Right, huh motherfucker?

You make JKFGT look like Ricky Powell.

FCK U TRZ.

I’m on my hpst/blgr/rep0asting sht…like this

I am proud to present “Return Of 4eva” to all my supporters, I took the past year to work on this project. I reached out to some of my favorite artists that I felt represented what this album was about. Ludacris, Bun B, David Banner, Chamillionaire, Big Sant, Joi & Raheem Devaughn all helped me to make my vision of this album complete. I hope you all love it. Download it for free at www.returnof4eva.com stay blessed – K.R.I.T.

DOWNLOAD: Big K.R.I.T. – Returnof4eva [Album]


A Must-Read For Any Hip-Hop Fan Who Gives A Shit

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

From the New York Times: Aside from musicians, record collectors and D.J.’s, the name Clyde Stubblefield does not make many ears perk up. But no matter who you are, you probably know his drumming.

If you’ve heard Public Enemy’s “Bring the Noise” or “Fight the Power,” you know his drumming. If you’ve heard LL Cool J’s “Mama Said Knock You Out,” or any number of songs by Prince, the Beastie Boys, N.W.A., Run-D.M.C., Sinead O’Connor or even Kenny G., you definitely know his drumming, even though Mr. Stubblefield wasn’t in the studio for the recording of any of them.

I’ve had my issues with NYT music coverage in the past – and even in the not-so-past – but this is a truly amazing article…

READ THE WHOLE THING HERE


FREE MIXTAPE DOWNLOAD: Team Teamwork – “Super Nintendo Sega Genesis”

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

As video game music has become more mainstream, or at least more popular thanks to outlets like OverClocked Remix, I think it’s safe to say that, as a genre, geek beat is closer to hip-hop than anything else – and that’s before cats like Dan the Automator started doing full soundtracks.

Whereas a lot of critics loathe the simplicity in gamer funk, I’ve always dug them. In particular, two dope bit-inspired cuts that come to mind are Big Shug and Statik Selektah’s “Punch-Out,” and U-N-I’s “Castlevania“. (more…)


Word to Domingo and the Moody Blues

Tuesday, March 29th, 2011

No hating here. Just spent a drunken half-hour trying to figure out where I’ve heard the sample in this OFWGKTA track before, though, so the least I could do is save you the time.

In all honesty, the Odd Future flip is out of this fucking world. Six more competent, different-sounding MCs and we might even welcome Wu-Tang comparisons on this humble blog.

Just kidding, but the Hodgy joint is fresh indeed.


Hodgy Beats – Mystery [Audio]

Monday, March 28th, 2011

More from OFWGKTA.

KILL PEOPLE.

BURN SHIT.

FUCK SCHOOL.

DOWNLOAD: Hodgy Beats – Mystery

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Bob Leonard Forthan for President

Monday, March 28th, 2011

The 2012 presidential election is just around the corner, and for many of us, it’s an uncertain time. Unless you’re drinking the Ron Paul Kool-Aid (which doesn’t end in death, just a sad, empty feeling of failure, and water bloating), the potential candidates for President don’t inspire much hope: Sarah Palin’s self-parody is better left for reality TV; ditto for Mitt Romney, though he’s better suited as a fake TV president or reoccurring Law & Order character; Newt Gingrich seems destined to make some stupid comment while on a Boris Yeltsin-style bender very early in the campaign; and Obama? I dunno…is that guy even considered hip-hop anymore?

But in this void steps Portland, Oregon-native Bob Leonard Forthan. He’s a man of the people, taking his message to the people in a plain-speaking, no-bullshit, punctuation-optional style. Without any fancy logos or videos, he hit me up personally with an e-mail explaining why I should support his bid for the Oval Office next November. “Don’t vote for me if you want a welfare country, because first thing to go are Americas entitlements,” he writes. Upon further reading, it confirms that a Bob Leonard Forthan administration would get tough on people who think traffic lights, credit cards and street lamps are god-given rights.

- “will by order of the President,  I would change almost traffic signs to stop signs this action would stop the American people from traveling long distances daily and support shopping local. If you ever had to go though a four way stop sign, you would understand, that if this was on every corner the American public, first would protest, call for my resignation, and in time understand that America spends one hundred million dollars a day on fuel, and this is draining revenue, and sending money daily to all ports around the world to feed our addiction to oil. Question how do emergency  vehicles respond if the streets are congested, slow response is acceptable, emergency vehicle will travel on side and back streets.”

-  I would turn off all street lamps off at night, again America spends one hundred million dollars a day in fuel, not all is gasoline, home heating oil, natural gas, are part of the one hundred million dollars a day. I don’t know if you ever been out and your area lost power,  it’s very dark outside without street lamps, this would limit the America public from traveling at night, saving energy, and get the American people to share their home out of fear of the dark, how many of our older citizens live by themselves with their home heat on high with no one but themselves to heat.

- “I want to make America a cash only country, no debt or credit cards used for any reasons, not because it’s a bad ideal, but most white people can used their home, or employer as a credit or debt card, while most people of color have to sell drugs or some other sorry way to make money, and most people of color are in criminal courts, while white people are in bankruptcy courts, and as long credit and debt is for most white people, their will be no racial equality,”

Forthan’s sharp mind for broad social change doesn’t stop there. In fact, his revolutionary theory of Dome Houses, within which all of us will (fingers crossed!) soon be living, cements Forthan’s place as one of the great thinkers of our time. These internment camps/Dome Homes are a utopian combination of shopping mall/casino/palatial fast food court/living quarters…you know, someplace nice where most people of color won’t have to sell drugs.

- “If elected I will build Dome Homes, because every American needs a minimum standard of living, a place to eat, sleep, a personal computer, cell phone, and microwave oven for all who wants live inside the dome homes. Now Dome Homes are structures, that will house less than five thousand people, for example a central large dome structure where again people eat, attend school, entertainment. Then smaller dome type structures all attached to the larger dome home for people to sleep, care for the old, infant care, and again all tenants will have their own room with personal computer, cell phone, and microwave oven. All tenants will have a choice of what , when, and where they eat, for example dome homes will have a 24/7, buffet food, left over food will be frozen and made into frozen dinners and ate later for profit. All dome homes will have Burger Kings, McDonalds restaurants, stores where you could buy anything needed inside a dome home rooms, bars, casinos.”

More jaw-dropping rare Aztecs jewels of wisdom from Forthan include:

- “America has more entertainment than any were on the planet, and I think it’s the presidents job to save the country by any means possible, and that means no gun control. For example, would as many people attend a N.B.A. basketball game if their were no gun control, just think of the twenty thousand people attending a basketball game with most people carrying a loaded gun, or all the colleges, high schools, and grade schools, and  the many activities were the parents are carrying guns. Now my point is this would save the environment, most if not all school activities would be canceled, saving the planet from global warming. Furthermore the American public would travel by day and not by night, and the little old lady who lives by herself, in her house with the room temperature unbearably high, would fine some roommates, plus more people stay together for safety reasons, and saving the environment.”

- “Also if someone is murdered the government will act swiftly to terminate that persons life, but if someone is in a far gunfight they’re be let off free from any arrest warrants, sounds like the wild west days.”

From this point on, you’re either with us (the Forthanians, as I’ve coined them…I mean us) or with the terrorists, so man up and choose a side. At the end of the e-mail, he specifically mentions the need for a HISPANIC VP, preferably someone with experience writing for a shitty rap blg. There’s hope for me yet it seems.