One of my favorite blogs for trip-hop, 'Indoor Music' recently posted an album I had been trying to get a hold of for years. When I was about 16, I remember my sister returning from New York City telling me about a band she saw perform that she said I needed to hear. She played me Moonraker's Nada Brama and I thought it was some of the most unique and innovative music I had ever heard (before I had ever learned of Portishead and other bands). Definitely a must have and extremely hard to find.
2. Night with you
3. Organic love
4. The rescue
6. Drying sun
7. These walls
8. Wood & stone
9. Modern way
Download (via IndoorMusic) ..you know you love me..
New music from JDante by way of producer, DawnSon. The EP, Destiny, will be released in its entirety for free this Thursday on bandcamp. Don't miss out. And in the meantime, check out the track, "Get in Line"
Boston based Scope Urban Apparel debuts with three new designs now available for preorder!
Retrospek. If you don't already have 'Sumshytwedid' go get it and stop sleeping (its free). This new joint, 'Trippin' is a lovely example of the new direction cats is going in and I can't wait to hear more of what they got in the works.
Retrospek-Trippin (CDQ) by retrospek
Not sure how they got a hold of it but I'm definitely not mad. Shoutout DAMN YC. (DAMN stands for Defense Against Media Nonsense)
Virtual Street Corners project.
Normally Virtual Street Corners connects Dudley Square in Roxbury with Coolidge Corner in Brookline: Two areas in Boston only two miles apart with virtually no interaction with each other until this project.
Yesterday, however, Dudley and Coolidge Corner got to connect with students in the Gaza strip, via the video chat and an organization called Tida that works to connect Palestine with the world at large.
The conversation covered everything from politics, current events, education, the arts, daily life, and of course, World Cup Soccer (We are both supporting the African and Latin American teams).
One of the students shared a rap in Arabic. I could not understand a word of what he said, but his flow was definitely on point and I would love to work with him in the future. I shared with them my verse from 'Thug Survival' about the police. Also, I got to hear a beautiful poem about the struggle in Palestine, from one of the young ladies in the group. I had known there was Hip Hop and poetry in Palestine from a documentary I watched called Slingshot Hip Hop and also from meeting DAM in Boston when they performed here, but I did not know that the talent was so outspread!
After more than an hour of conversing, it became apparent we (young people in the States and in Palestine) have a lot more in common then we realize. By the end of the broadcast we were anxious to continue the conversation, and stay connected. It is absolutely amazing how far technology has come and how we can use it as a tool to connect with the world.
Click here to read what the conversation was like from the perspective of Amal Murtaja who participated in the convo from the Gaza side.
Also, Live from Gaza is a blog run by Lina, who also participated in the convo and is a great source of information on what is going on in the Gaza strip.
A couple joints dropped today that I had been waiting on for quite sometime. Happy to say neither one of them disappoint.
First and foremost, big up my RBG Comrades Dead Prez, celebrating the 10-year anniversary of the release of the classic album Let's Get Free with yet Another Classic: Revolutionary But Gangsta Grillz: the mixtape hosted by DJ Drama...
1. A Peace Of Light (Feat. Amber Coffman, Angel Deradoorian, Haley Dekle)
2. Walk Alone (Feat. Truck North, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw)
3. Dear God 2.0 (Feat. Monsters Of Folk)
4. Radio Daze (Feat. Blu, P.O.R.N., Dice Raw)
5. Now Or Never (Feat. Phonte, Dice Raw)
6. How I Got Over (Feat. Dice Raw)
7. DillaTude The Flight Of Titus
8. The Day (Feat. Blu, Phonte, Patty Crash)
9. Right On (Feat. Joanna Newsome, STS)
10. Doin It Again
11. The Fire (Feat. John Legend)
12. Tunnel Vision
13. Web 20/20 (Feat. Peedi Peedi, Truck North)
14. Hustla (Bonus) (Feat. STS)
Rally addresses neighborhood violence, drugs
Youths suggest more activities to occupy peers
|Jesse Winfrey (left) greets Mercedes Reid at the 10,000 Strong Boston event on Father’s Day. Activists and politicians spoke. (Pat Greenhouse/ Globe Staff)|
Globe Correspondent / June 21, 2010
I really like this site I found about a year ago called Kickstarter. Its been used to put out some real good work and so I thought, why not give it a try... Here's my pitch...
Myself (Catch Wreck) and Rah Intelligence (Producer from the group Retrospek) have come together to put out an EP entitled "4 the People" that we hope to distribute for free.
Having both grown up in Roxbury, MA, we hope to use this EP to tell the story of what goes on in our community both good and bad.
We plan to record this project a the Bridge Sound and Stage studio in Cambridge, MA. The majority of the donations will be used to cover the cost of studio time but a portion of the donations will also be used to cover the cost of producing physical copies, distribution, and promotion. As an independant artist it is difficult to come out of pocket to produce material, but with a little bit of help, we hope to create something we can share with the world, free of charge..and its not a lot of money we are asking for. Because we dont cut corners when it comes to the work, we can get this project done with under $1,000 Dollars. This is a great way to support real, independent, conscious Hip Hop from artist with something to say besides what is prevalent in the mainstream.
A playlist of joints I've had in heavy rotation as of recently.
1. Dead Prez - Far From Ova
2. Drake - Miss Me ft. Lil Wayne
3. Dominik Omega - Rap on ft. Carolina Black
4. Oye - Not Even
5. Mela Machinko - Patron
6. Jay Electronica - Exhibit C
7. Gil Scott-Heron - Me and the Devil
8. Rafael Casal - Disturbing the Peace
9. Leftfield - Inspection Check One
10. Illiam Savant - Coach You
11. Cee-Lo - Goldschlägerr
12. Nas & Damian Marley - Distant Relatives
13. Mike Flo & Leo Goetz - Big Band
14. Retrospek - So Cold
15. K'Naan - Bang Bang
16. Jovi Rockwell - Rizzla
Download the songs here
Volume 4. I know, I know, at this rate I probably should've called it "wait for it" but what can I say? I'm learning very quickly how difficult it is to maintain a consistent blog. That being said, let me waist no more time.
This edition focuses specifically on the bubbling Hip Hop scene out in Milwaukee, WI. If you don't know, now you know: Cats is gettin it in out there. For example:
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Genre: Hip Hop
After solid beats and dope lyrics, what more do you need to stand out as a Hip Hop artist? A little style never hurt. And my dude right here got it. Just 20 years old and already making major moves linkin up with the homies at Inkred Clothing to put out his debut project, the In my Mind EP. The joint is bangin, Dont believe me go log onto oye414.com and see for yourself. Also check his interview out on Crayon Beats.
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Genre: Hip Hop
Part of the team of Hip Hop superheroes known as SAFS crew, R-Tystic is just one of many nasty lyricists holdin it down for Milwaukee. Featured prominently on Dukalion's The Boiling Point sampler, R-Tystic sets himself apart from many of his fellow MCs with a unique laid-back style.
Hometown: Milwaukee, WI
Genre: Hip Hop
"and can't nobody put it down like..." Dukalion, reppin the SAFS crew. If you got volume 1 of "#Nowplaying" then you know that Duke is definitely NOT playing. When I threw on the Boiling Point Sampler for the first time, I had no idea what to expect.. Coming from a city known for haters like Boston, I was fully prepared to criticize the hell out of the project before I heard it.. But after listening, I must say, the joint bangs start to finish and I can't wait to hear what my dude got in the works next. We'll be watchin for it...
Name: Sunny Daze
Hometown: Milwaukee WI
Genre: Hip Hop
And for the fans of Kid Cudi (and things of that nature), be sure to check for this guy right here. Once again, SAFS crew is to blame. Sunny Daze is on his own sh*t. Space Alien.. not of this world you dig!? My dude said, "All I know is spaceships and fly chicks" Do i smell a Ghostface collab?? #letmestop.
But seriosly, jokes aside, yall really do need to stop sleeping. I'm not doing this to promote these artists. They don't need my help. I'm trying to put you on to what is about to take over the music industry. If you are keeping up, you cannot say nobody gave you the heads up. To quote a famous rapper who just put an album out, "Thank me Later."
For more on the Milwaukee Hip Hop scene, I recommend this blog:
And since this is my sh*t and I can do what I want, I'm only postin four today, and 6 next time. You don't like it?? Sue me..or get your own blog! I do what I feel like. What!?
(Via Kickstarter) Shoutout to the sistas doing they thing in this "male-dominated" Hip Hop game. This "She the Hard Way" project is definitely something to support... A lot of very talented artists involved...
"Bout to go Jonathan Jackson on you bitches!"
Shout to Y2KDaily ... As a die-heard fan of Dead Prez I'm definitely not mad at this. Can't wait for the mixtape... I knew it was only a matter of time before DP would touch this instrumental, given Drake quotes them on the second verse of the original. Here it go right here.. lemme know what you think...
Download Dead Prez Far From Ova (Freestyle) mp3
If you are in or around the Boston area, there are two very important events going down next week that you must be aware of.
First and foremost, myself, Jamarhl Crawford, and many others are proud to present for the third year in a row, 10,000 Strong Boston - a rally promoting justice and unity taking place in Franklin Park's Playstead on Sunday June 20.
I plan on attending both events and look forward to disscussing strategies around building and supporting unity. We do indeed need eachother. Hope I see you there...
The Fight Back Video - prdouced by Rene Dongo was featured today on HQ Hip-Hop. Definitely check http://www.hqhiphop.net/ out for their extensive selection of music and the discussion forum.