Didn’t know it was going to be a free release, but apparently U-N-I is sharing the love! You can listen to the tracks right here or click the download link. The mixtape was fucking dope, can’t wait to listen to this!
Tuesday, March 31, 2009
AYCE fav Brainstorm (of Dyme Def) just tweeted this little gem for y’all. Shit is ill – although that’s to be expected when he touches the mic! Enjoy:
(P.S. – this is apparently the rough cut…sounds pretty good to me though!)
Uno. Or should I say Cinco?
Got this in the inbox today all the way live from Beantown (Benny’s second home…or so he thinks!) Never heard of this cat until today, but after just one quick listen to Mayhem, I have to say I want more…pause. Filthy – and I mean FILTHY – beat; dope delivery and solid storytelling too; like I said, I look forward to hearing what the future holds for this cat. Here’s the thing though, the video for “One Day” fucking kills me.
To be fair, this is the extended version of the video (although it kinda has to be since the song is only two minutes long), so it starts out with a “short.” The concept is coo: the vicious relationship cycle – men are dogs, women are too, as well as impossible to please, etc. etc. And the photography is pretty nice too. But, the acting is awful. Seriously, terrible! Technically speaking (sorry if you don’t care), the lighting is bad too. And lastly, if you know you’re going to get some close-ups on someone’s hands, make sure they don’t look like they’ve been run through a fucking blender!!
Anyways, don’t let the video get in the way of what’s a really good – albeit short - track. Peep:
Again, dope concept, but poor execution on the video. Good thing the song is so good! Mayhem has an EP dropping sometime in April, and a debut LP this summer. Keep your eyes open for those…actually, better just use your ears.
UPDATE: Download the track here: Mayhem - One Day (zSHARE)
Friday, March 27, 2009
Thursday, March 26, 2009
You may or may not be familiar with Sportn' Life Records flagship artist D.Black out of Seattle, Washington. Most recently he was featured on Jake One's White Van Music with the song "God Like". We are preparing for the release of D.Blacks sophomore project titled "Rejuvenation". Here is some recent video of him performing a couple of his new tracks. Also below is a link to him performing God Like.
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Apparently Skateboard P loves him some Golden Arches!! But alas, the crew of this Parisian McD’s didn’t recognize him with that gay-ass moustache and wannabe-Michael-moves…NOMORESOUPFORYOU!!
He mighta been better off breakin’ out the “Two all beef patties, special sauce lettuce cheese, pickles onions on a sesame seed bun” song – THAT’s the international language my friends!
Sunday, March 22, 2009
Friday, March 20, 2009
Thursday, March 19, 2009
I know Benny already tipped y’all off to Monday’s festivities at Neumos: the grand finale of the second annual 3-day concert showcase of the finest acts the great upper-left has to offer; good luck finding a better way to start your week! I’ll try not to repeat anything you already read, but I gotta give my take too!
For us, these nights always begin and end the same: with drink in hand -sometimes two. Of course, there’s a whole lot of adult beverages in between as well, and tonight was no different…although I can’t say I’ve ever had a 24oz. Red Stripe before, damn that shit was good though!
Anyways, we started off at Moe’s (doh!) while we waited for Trouble T-roye to roll in with the weed-smoke cloud behind him. To his credit, we took his suggestion and met at this little joint called the Pike Street Fish Fry. Two words: Fucking. Wow. I guess you should always trust a stoner when it comes to food suggestions!
Let me tell you something, it might not look all that amazing as you order from a little-ass scribbled-on chalkboard in this low-ceiling, simple-decor spot, but you won’t find better fish and chips outside of London (not that I’ve ever been, but that’s where they originated right?). It’s all freshly made right in front of you, with a great selection of homemade sauces to boot… and if you don’t try the hush puppies, I will kick you in the fucking sack. Yes, they are that good.
So we sat down with our tremendous food and watched folks come in for the show. As we grubbed silently, we watched this Toyota Camry bust a 23-point turn to park in a spot clearly marked with a big-ass “No Parking Here” sign. I would’ve laughed, but I was too busy stuffing my face.
Anyway, we’re waiting for this genius to get out so we can all point and clown, and who should step out of the ride? The man of the hour himself, Sabzi. He may be one of the best beatmakers in the game today - and tomorrow for that matter - but parking an imported automobile…eh, not so much.
Enough about that though – unless you want me to go on about the fish, seriously, I might be willing to go catch fucking Candlebox at Neumos just so I can hit that joint up again – anyways, we belched out our compliments to the chef and hit the club. And this is where I met my new friend for the night; as I downed a nice Maker’s and diet (gotta make up for the deep-fried fish and french fries with a diet soda right?), I see this guy get one of these beauties passed across the bar:
You shitting me?? Not only is that one big-ass beer, it’s ice cold, and in a bottle! No plastic cups for this one…I’ll take one of those big wonderful beauties please! Frosty cold, 24 ounces of Red Stripe in hand, we bellied up to the stage and settled in for a fine evening of entertainment.
I can’t lie, I was a little surprised to see AYCE-favorite Dyme Def be the opening act. Don’t get me wrong, I’ll take these cats whenever I can get ‘em…pause…but seriously, despite their physical stature, there’s no reason they should get the short set. As a matter of fact, while Blue Scholars and Common Market keep building national-buzz (and rightly so, of course), how is it that these three MC’s and Bean One aren’t on the same level? They may not be part of the “conscientious crew” – and sometimes that’s a good thing! – but the wit, passion, and appreciation they show for those who came before them should have them muggin’ on MTV on the regular. But I digress… As usual – in fact, even more than usual – Dyme Def beat the shit out of that stage and left the crowd wondering what the fuck just happened.
Next up was Macklemore. This was the second time I’ve seen him, and again I came away impressed. You could feel the passion building from the tip toes of his grey slip-on Vans all the way to the top of his trucker style old-school Chicago Bears hat and then exploding onto the mic and those of us in the front row. Not only does he bring lyrical heat, but you can tell he loves to perform. Never mind the denim jacket with tassles he donned while flowing over Herbie Hancock’s famed “Axel F(oley)”, the Rob Dyrdek-esque performance he put on for “I’m an American” was hilarious, all while being backed up by Nacho Libre on the trumpet and Don Ho on violin (he was playin’ it like a ukulele). I was a little taken aback when two dudes rolled out from under the nearest bridge and onto the stage, but Champagne Champagne actually brought some serious energy to the already hyped crowd. Oh, and lastly, how is it that the crowd didn’t go buck for Ohmega Watts workin’ the wheels behind Mack?
If you’re still reading this, congratulations! You have a much longer attention span than most! Up next, Sabzi settled in behind the turntables and introduced a special guest: Spaceman came rumbling through the crowd and jumped on stage sending the place into orbit. Get it… Spaceman… orbit… sorry. Anyways, him, Fatal Lucciano and D Black were surprisingly solid. I’ve only seen Fatal once, and after about five minutes I was tired of him being all angry and yelling at me, but this time was much better. D Black seemed to be the focus (and not just because of his size); he rocked the mic while Spaceman passed out his EP. Again, I was pleasantly surprised by the Sportn’ Life performance.
Ra Scion came out and joined them towards the end. Just like Benny, this dynamic was a little weird to me. I’ve seen Common Market on several occasions, but I’ve never noticed Ra so b-boyed up. Not criticizing, just caught me off guard. Anyways, according to the crowd reaction we had arrived at the good part of the show. And Ra did not disappoint! I don’t know how he could rock a show like that wearing five layers underneath a coat without passing out, but he did, and some how we were sweating more than him. OK, by we I mean me… what can I say, I’m a big man… and I sweat.
One very cool thing about this show is that the breaks in between acts were short as hell, sometimes seamless. So, as Ra thanked the crowd, Geologic took the stage - signaling the start of Blue Scholars’ part of the show; and all the while, Sabzi looked on like a proud pops. After all, this whole three-day thing seems to largely be his baby.
What a way to wrap up this show, and the event as a whole. Geo and Sabzi reminded me why they had top billing, and why so many people are taking notice of this Northwest duo. Like B said, that iPhone shit was ridiculous, as was the way they brought up a whole gang of local MCs to rock the “North by Northwest” rendition and put an end to the show with “No Rest for the Weary”… minus the short encore of course (PS, I missed the beginning of this one, sorry Grynch! And the bass wreaks havoc on the audio towards the end…oh well.)
Geo thanked the decidedly Blue Scholars crowd once again, saying: “You know who comes out on a Monday? People that don’t want the weekend to end,” drawing a roar from everyone in the building and signaling the end of one hell of an event. It’s shows like this that make me proud of my city; we’re lucky enough to have a big part of hip-hop’s future be from right here, and they’ve proudly repped our town from the past to the present… even while the national attention builds. The show was too good for the measly $15 ticket (that I still owe B for, as usual). Of course, the $75 tab made up for that shit… Red Stripe and Hip Hop: Hooray Beer!!
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
So last year Blue Scholars started doing a 3 day event that I like to refer to as the "NW Showcase". Like I said, it is a 3 day event that showcases many of the talented hip hop artists from not only Seattle but throughout the NW. The event was supposed to be held in December, but due to unforeseen circumstances (ie: a damn blizzard) it was rescheduled for this past weekend! I was out of town for Saturday and Sunday, but really the only day I wanted to go was Monday anyway (IMHO the best lineup and 21+ show). On the bill for the night DymeDef, Macklemore, Common Market, and Blue Scholars...a virtual "Who's Who" for Seattle hip hop.
Monday, March 16, 2009
Saturday, March 14, 2009
Fresh from the inbox – OK, actually a day old – we got the new Scripts ‘N Screws mixtape for y’all. B and I both dig these cats from East Saint Lou’; their sound is pretty original and they definitely have lyrical ability. Peep:
Big thanks to S N S for the hook up!
I’m sure B will drop a review when he gets back from yet another vacation.
Wednesday, March 11, 2009
And so is Take it Back Tuesday! At least for today. So the reason for my happiness, among many reasons, is that after a couple of months the fine folks (or cocksuckers, your call) at Sirius/XM have come to their senses and brought back Backspin – it’s on channel 39 now, and it still says Pop2K on my radio, but I can’t bitch…for the moment.
Honestly, the only reason I even wanted this shit in the first place is for the old school channel. Fuck Shade 45…seriously, fuck it in the goat ass. I mean, there might be a few moments per day that I enjoy it…or not – but if I have to hear “Crack a Bottle” one more fucking time... For real though, like two days after I got a year subscription to this money pit of a radio serivce, they cut Kurtis Blow and Dana Dane and dem. I was livid for like… 2 days!!! I even considered writing them a letter, but fuck that, I’m lazy… which is why you’re lucky to get this installment of TIBT in the first place. That said, enjoy a little PRT for that ass! Who is PRT? Fuck you. Reminisce everybody (as Dana Dane would say), and Rock Dis Funky Joint!!!
Butt Naked Booty Bless Y’all!
P.S. – No guarantees on the audio quality. You can get it in .m4a format here (dope site by the way!).
Monday, March 9, 2009
Not much I can say that hasn’t already been said. We’ve been without the greatest rapper of all time for a dozen years now. Plenty of tributes and such throughout the blogosphere, make sure and partake in as many as you can today…
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
Got this in the inbox the other day. Slept on it for a minute – sorry! Finally got to it today, and I’m glad I did: if y’all ain’t familiar with Mista Mista, you should be. He’s part of AYCE Favorite Jon Hope’s EMG crew, and dude has talent. The video here is for the first single from his Where It Started At mixtape, and it’s a banger. Lookin’ a little like a young – and skinny – Serch, Mista drops gems over a filthy keyboard-driven beat (man, Taktix is filthy!) while LJC keeps it moving with some harmonies and the hook. Even though the video is a little cliche story-wise (although tight photography and flow), “Adjust My Tie” is definitely a rotation-worthy cut. Peep:
All the ladies go nuts when they have me over / they be lungin’ at my balls like Sharipova
I’m rollin’ on that one!! Providence in the building!!