Audio: That Tuesday Morning Funk Piece

Audio: That Tuesday Morning Funk Piece

Posted on December 2, 2008 by Sleezy Trees

There’s a lot to be said for the new funk shit that’s been dropping over the last few years. Funk & Soul has definitely made a huge revival, thanks in part to the internet and blogs like Soul Sides, but also due to alot of hip hop heads growing up and realizing that there is more to life than listening to Necro slice someone’s throat open a hundred times or Jay-Z talking about how rich he is.

I know personally, I grew tired of a lot of the run-of-the-mill hip hop shit. Most of these underground records all sound the same. I needed something richer, something with a little more energy. I turned to funk, and as anyone can attest who has seen my iTunes library, I got into it heavy.

Obviously there’s so much to get into when you’re talking about Funk. The 70s were extremely good for the genre, but over the last few years the funk revival has blessed us with an extraordinarily amount of good music. I wanted to showcase some of the funk groups I’ve been feeling and demonstrate the wide range of sound that modern funk & soul is capable of. Maybe I’ll even put some of you on to these cats..

DOWNLOAD: Sharon Jones – You Better Think Twice
While this might be a highly contested statement amongst the “heads”, I believe Daptone Records pretty much holds the crown right now for upcoming funk & soul goodness. Daptone records mainstays, The Dap-Kings toured with Amy Winehouse (pre-crack overdoses) which really helped them achieve an almost “household name” amongst music heads. It’s only right that I start with a Sharon Jones joint – who records extensively with the Dap Kings. I’m not 100% sure they are backing her on this joint, but it’s pretty dope nonetheless.

DOWNLOAD: Baby Elephant feat. David Byrne – How Does The Brain Wave?

Prince Paul does not fuck around. The O.G. Madlib, the man has hundreds of side projects, aliases, and different directions. The Baby Elephant record that dropped last year was Prince Paul teaming with Bernie Worrell (P-Funk keyboardist) and Newkirk. Baby Elephant was definitely some tripped out shit.

DOWNLOAD: The Sugarmen 3 – Funky So-and-So
Another Daptone Records powerhouse. This NYC crew is led by Neal Sugarman on the tenor sax, and also features the talents of Adam Scone on organ, Rudy Albin on drums and Al Street on guitar. They got a pretty good cosign from Keb Darge (world reknown funk & soul collector) has heavily cosigned this group, and this song is a small testament to their skill. The real treat is seeing these dudes live.

DOWNLOAD: Breakestra – Hiding (Quantic Soul Orchestra Remix)
A lot of people are familiar with Breakestra from their early days on Stones Throw. Many people don’t really know Quantic (the dude who remixed this song). He’s basically your typical musical genius, you know the type that plays guitars, bass, double bass, piano, organ, saxophone and percussion, while simultaneously mixing and engineering all of his own shit. This particular track is a collaborative remix of Hiding, a track which was originally featured on Breakestra’s last album: Hit The Floor.

DOWNLOAD: The Apples – Lou-E-Zee-Yanna
Peep the sample at the beginning of this monster, the foreshadowing is crazy. The Apples dropped earlier this year on Freestyle records and hail from Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. The 9 piece funk ensemble is unique on many different levels. One huge example, they don’t have a keyboard player. They use two turntablists to provide the necessary keyboard elements and whatever extra flare a song may require. Possibly my favorite song out of the ones I posted here. Peep it.

DOWNLOAD: Brownout – Latin Asscape
Austin, Texas Stand Up! This latin-funk band is the shit. I first heard of these guys through a record I picked up featuring the Hydroponic Sound System, uh.. the title escapes me, but it was good. Their debut(?) record Homenaje has received steady play in my iTunes since I picked it up earlier this year. As you can see — I don’t know much about these guys, but I like their shit. Take a listen.

  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google
  • Technorati
  • Reddit
Huge P-Funk Scoop For Music NerdsBitch, Get Out The F’n Kitchen & Make Me Some Music

» Filed Under Audio | Email This Post Email This Post


4 Responses to “Audio: That Tuesday Morning Funk Piece”

  1. The Lion on December 2nd, 2008 11:49 am

    The Dap Kings are the SHIT.

    You know Sharon Jones used to be a CO at Rikers?

    That’s one badass funky bitch right there.

  2. mihau on December 2nd, 2008 1:30 pm

    check the Menahan Street Band too

    love the Jay/Necro disses :-)

  3. DJ Rugged One on December 2nd, 2008 2:38 pm

    Don’t front on Daptone Records…there bringing the goodnes of funk/soul !!

  4. what of it on December 2nd, 2008 10:55 pm

    Check the truth & soul camp. IMO the BEST out!

TWO FREE DOWNLOADS: Illin’ P Returns with a Motherfucking Vengeance

TWO FREE DOWNLOADS: Illin’ P Returns with a Motherfucking Vengeance

It’s hard to deny that Illin’ P is one of the great slept-on talents of the Boston rap scene. I’ve written about damn near everybody in the past seven years, yet have definitely snoozed a bit myself. Here’s a chance to make up for that – P drops his comeback disc, Gentleman Sings the Black and Blues, this Fall, and these two cuts so far are murderous (especially “Tangent Flow”). Check ‘em, download ‘em, and put Illin’s name back on the roster. He’ll be back with a new cut every week for the next three months approaching his release.

LISTEN: Illin’ P – Tangent Flow

DOWNLOAD “Tangent Flow”

LISTEN: Illin’ P – “Iye Get Busy”

DOWNLOAD “Iye Get Busy”

One Response to “TWO FREE DOWNLOADS: Illin’ P Returns with a Motherfucking Vengeance”

  1. Tweets that mention FREE DOWNLOAD: Illin’ P Returns with a Motherfucking Vengeance | JumpTheTurnstyle — Says:
    […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Chris Faraone, said: TWO FREE DOWNLOADS: Illin’ P Returns with a Motherfucking Vengeance: It’s hard to deny that Illin’ P is one of … […]

Returners with Reks and John Robinson

Toxic Words from El Da Sensei & The Returners with Reks and John Robinson


The new El Da Sensei album has been popping in my box for a month now, and will likely end up somewhere on my Top 25 or Top 50 discs of the year list (I haven’t decided on a number yet). And this cut right here is one of the best on the whole disc; it smacks extremely hard, and, as expected, all three culprits deliver proper verses.

LISTEN: El Da Sensei with John Robinson and Reks – Toxic Words


New Joint from RADIx (Upcoming Disc Produced Entirely by Statik Selektah)

New Joint from RADIx (Upcoming Disc Produced Entirely by Statik Selektah)

Posted on July 22, 2010 by Chris Faraone


RADIx has always been one of my favorite groups out of New England. There aren’t nearly enough duos in this age of excessive narcissism, and Seek and Quite Nyce bring the sort of dynamic ping pong rhymes that cats are just too lazy to write anymore. This preview joint is over an old Defari beat, but their upcoming disc, Say Yes, is produced entirely by Statik Selektah. Props to PUZL on the cover design, too; from what I understand there will be a major multimedia component attached to this project.


LISTEN: RADIx – Focused Daily (WERS Freestyle)

Bekay featuring M-Dot and Reef the Lost Cauze

Bekay featuring M-Dot and Reef the Lost Cauze

Posted on February 4, 2010 by Chris Faraone


Originally recorded for Bekay’s upcoming Hunger Pains Remix EP, but released only as a bonus single.

LISTEN: Bekay featuring M-Dot and Reef the Lost Cauze – Brain Tumors (Remix)

Year-End Rap-Ups from Skillz and Bekay

Posted on December 31, 2009 by Chris Faraone

Year-in-review rhymes are a major perk of hip-hop fandemonium; I’m pretty sure that folk, rock, and country cats don’t do this, and if I’m wrong I have no interest whatsoever in hearing them. Somehow I don’t think I see things through the same lens as anyone who’s ever worn cowboy boots or Birkenstocks.

While Skillz is the undisputed king of this annual art form, I have to say that Bekay came a bit stronger this year. In addition to picking the best beat for the job, he brought it right up to date, with mentions of Charlie Sheen’s heavy hand, Jersey Shore whores, and even the Christmas bomber. As a kicker, dude even shouts out Billy Mays.

LISTEN: Skillz – 2009 Rap Up

LISTEN: Bekay – 2009 Year in Review

  • Digg
  • Facebook
  • TwitThis
  • Google
  • Live
  • Yahoo! Buzz

» Filed Under Audio, Hip Hop, Media | Email This Post Email This Po

Reks And Statik Back At It – New Joint With Bossman

Reks And Statik Back At It – New Joint With Bossman

As I’ve said repeatedly on this damn blog, I’d put Reks against any MC out there right now. In the past year alone he’s dropped two astounding full-lengths and smashed a litany of bangers alongside the best of ‘em. To say that he reminds me of Nas would be an understatement on par with saying that Joe Budden is a wack version of Reef the Lost Cauze.

This is just more proof that I’m not fronting (or, to be more accurate, that Reks isn’t fronting). Back with another treacherous Statik Selektah beat (and newcomer Bossman, who knocks his verse out), dude has finally convinced me that I no longer have to be weary about checking his new tracks out of fear that they might not measure up to everything that’s come before.

So peep the cut and get in line – the new Reks album pops soon on Brick Records. And one last thing: to all of my contemporary blogger turds reading this on some “I already posted that joint” shit – at least I listened to it first, fuckers. Stop putting up every damn thing that gets stuffed into your in-box without screening.

LISTEN: Reks feat. Bossman – “That’s What’s Up”

3 Responses to “Reks And Statik Back At It – New Joint With Bossman”

  1. Caballero Says:
    I can’t play this on my iPhone but if it’s the same Bossman from Bmore he’s been around for a while. Good to see somebody from my hometown gettin work, and with Reks no less.

  2. Kathy Says:
    Three 6 Mafia – new album out 11/10check out their 2 new singles

    Shake My:

    Lil Freak

  3. MizzFWA Says:
    Would it be bad if the first thing I noticed was that you made a typo?

Sleezy Trees’ Obscure Actor Spotlight: Billy Redden

Sleezy Trees’ Obscure Actor Spotlight: Billy Redden

Posted on February 9, 2009 by Sleezy Trees


Billy Redden (born 1956 in Rabun County, Georgia) is an American actor best known for his role as Lonnie—the “creepy banjo kid“— in the 1972 movie Deliverance.

Redden, then sixteen, earned his role in Deliverance during a casting call at Clayton Elementary School in Clayton, Georgia. To add authenticity and humor to the film, the filmmakers found Redden to fit the look of the inbred and mentally retarded banjo boy called for by the book, although Redden himself is neither. The scene depicts Redden playing the instrumental Dueling Banjos opposite actor Ronny Cox on guitar. Because Redden could not really play the banjo, another young banjo player knelt behind him and reached around his chest to reach the banjo, with Redden wearing a specially made shirt that made the man’s arms appear to be his own. Additionally, the shot was filmed from angles that made it impossible to see the musician behind Redden on the porch. At the end of the scene, the script called for Redden to harden his expression towards Drew Ballinger, Cox’s character; however, Redden was unable to fake dislike for Cox. To solve the problem they got Ned Beatty (whom Redden truly disliked) to step towards Redden at the close of the shot. As Beatty approached, Redden hardened his expression and looked away exactly as intended.

Jon Voight claimed Redden “was a boy who had a genetic imbalance – a product of his mother and his brother, I think. He was quite amazing, a very talkative fellow.”

Redden also appeared in Tim Burton’s 2003 film Big Fish. Burton was intent on getting Redden, who hadn’t appeared in a film since Deliverance, to play the role of a banjo-playing welcomer in the utopian town of Spectre. Burton eventually found him in Clayton, Georgia, where Redden works as a cook, dishwasher and part-owner of the Cookie Jar Café.

In 2004, Redden made a guest appearance on Blue Collar TV playing an inbred car repairman named Ray in a “Redneck Dictionary” skit, for the word “raisin bread” (Ray’s-Inbred). When he was shown, he was playing a banjo.

  • Digg
  • StumbleUpon
  • Google
  • Technorati
  • Reddit

» Filed Under WTF | Email This Post Email This Post


2 Responses to “Sleezy Trees’ Obscure Actor Spotlight: Billy Redden”

  1. stamp on February 9th, 2009 9:40 pm

    Dude, you think being typecasted as Napoleon Dynamite is bad, man, fuckin dude is always gonna be casted as sister/animal fuckin retard. hope he’s getting royalties!

  2. Sleezy Trees on February 10th, 2009 2:42 pm

    there’s a rumor he’s working @ a wendys in georgia. and no.. i’m not trying to be funny, that’s the real rumor.

Tyler The Creator – I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Remix) [Audio]

Tyler The Creator – I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Remix) [Audio]

Lykke Li for the first 1:40. Enter OFWGKTA. Swag. Video for the first single off GOBLIN comes out Friday. Swag.

Tyler Recently Did A Remix To Lykke Li’s Song I FOLLOW RIVERS.……..And Yes, Tyler Made The Beat Also…..And Don’t Get That Shit Twisted, Lyk And Her People’s Personally Asked Tyler To Do This, So Please Stop Wit The Hating Comments. Swag

DOWNLOAD: Tyler The Creator – I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Remix) [Audio]

2 Responses to “Tyler The Creator – I Follow Rivers (Lykke Li Remix) [Audio]”

  1. Sleezy Trees Says:
    nice jkfgt!

  2. retard Says:

Fashawn x J Dilla – “Closer” [Audio]

Fashawn x J Dilla – “Closer” [Audio]

I was pretty skeptical when I first heard about this. Rapping over Dilla’s “So Far To Go” in 2011? #cmonson. Fash ends up killing it though.

DOWNLOAD: Fashawn – Closer (Produced by J Dilla)

2 Responses to “Fashawn x J Dilla – “Closer” [Audio]”

  1. Martín Caballero Says:
    you’re hash tag fetish has gone way overboard. #userealwordsyou get a temporary pass for posting some new fashawn

  2. Fashawn – Higher Learning Vol. 2 [Mix Tape] | JumpTheTurnstyle Says:
    […] plus appearances from Cole, Common, John Legend and GLC, among others, plus the inclusion of his dope Dilla tribute we posted earlier this week. Fashawn kicked off a West Coast tour in Santa Barabara last night with Evidence and Curt@!n$. Yet […]