Thursday, December 30, 2010

K-Murdock bitches…..

Our friend K-Murdock has been busy touring and cookin’ up shit in the lab, but he managed to take a break and throw a lil’ somethin’ our way. Peep:

megaran comic art

First off, go download “Bedrock City” for FREE. Recorded by K and Random (aka MegaRan) at a comic book store in Houston during their recent tour. I’m not even going to make a clever comment about comic book nerds right here, because I don’t have one. Why are these drugs not working?

Work drugs. Next, You might wanna check out his holiday single (I know, I know. Better late than never though) "A Christmas Story" featuring Random and another Arizona MC called Mr. Miranda.


The DL features the song, instrumental, and a bonus beat called "Winter Soulstice". Go get it. In fact, if there’s anything on his Bandcamp site that you DON’T have, get that too. Support real Hip Hop.

The drugs are not working. Time to hit that whisky. Peace.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

JusMoni - Ready For Life

As much as the Seattle hip-hop scene is burgeoning right now, the R&B/NeoSoul scene is doing the same with the likes of Choklate, Darrius Willrich, Lace Cadence, Isabella Du Graf and others. One that I  have recently become familiar with is Seattle singer/songwriter JusMoni who will be releasing her new Album/EP, "Ready For Life" this week. The homey Jordan sent it through for me to have a listen. 

"Ready For Life" is a 9 track journey through the mind, heart, and soul of a 17 year old, but please do not judge her on her age, the trials of single parenthood have provided a maturity beyond those 17 years. It's hard to imagine that at the young age of 17 a person would have so much depth and meaning in the things they have to say. When I try and think back to that age all I can remember is the struggle of having to get up and go to school every day...seems meager in comparison to the verses on JusMoni's "Ready For Life". The production is beautiful, with a laid back jazzy/soul vibe thanks to likes of  Kuddie Fresh, Tay Sean, KD Cutz, and Crispy.

The first single, Can We, features Lace Cadence and is produced by Kuddie Fresh. This joint seems to be about making a connection on a deeper, more personal level...breaking down walls. An intimate track for sure. On Never Too Late, JusMoni sings along side Khingz about changing the past  "wanna right all of my wrongs/put it all into this song/before it's to late". Parker Joe (of State of the Artist) jumps on the KDCutz produced Just Crazy and shows out. I really dig his verse and this joint as a whole. 

Probably my favorite joint on the album, Almost Lover is produced by Tay Sean and features The Good Sin. Almost Lover is an artistic play on the relationship between a man and woman when a child is involved. Sin portrays a character who is unable to deal with dating a single mother...because he feels that the child needs a "father figure" and his character is "too busy focused on these goals". JusMoni later raps "my prince doesn't need a father to survive/but the kings that surround him gonna bring him up right" and says goodbye to her "almost lover".

The album is an easy listen from start to finish. I expect to hear more from JusMoni as she continues to develop her voice and sound, she is definitely on the right track. If your around on December 22nd join JusMoni at Chop Suey for the "Ready For Life" CD release party, check out the flyer below. She will be joined by Brothers From Another, Khingz, Rocky Rivera, DJ WD4D, and hosted by Madline Tha Lioness. Should be a good show. Physical copies of the album will be available at the show or check out JusMoni's bandcamp on the 22nd to purchase and download. Peace.

Monday, December 20, 2010

Let’s Get Faded…

Hola amigos, what’s good?  I hope Benny don’t mind me posting on his blog, but… LOL.  Anyways, I got Faded_2introduced to Triple J a couple months ago, and definitely liked what I was hearing.  When I got hit with a note about his newest project, an eight-week, eight-song extravaganza, titled Tequilla Mockingbird, I was eagerly anticipating the first chapter (as they’re calling it).  You might have already seen this one out there on the innanets, as I’m slow posting this one – Santa been busy trying to make some ends, you know? – but if not, here’s what you’re missing: 

Produced by Langesta (who also throws a guest verse), “Faded” fittingly samples “I’m Back For More” by Leo’s Sunshipp (which you mighta heard on that Johnson&Jonson “Wow” joint).  It’s a sample that lends itself well to this upbeat party joint. 

With shades of Quik’s “Tonite,” Triple J takes us with him on a Friday night bender.  It’s a far turn from the hungry, almost inspirational, tone of Of Mics and Men, but sometimes you gotta take a break from the grind, no?   Anyway, move your mouse down to the link below and download the first part of Tequilla Mockingbird – you don’t wanna be the one saying “wha happen?” when the second chapter drops do you?

Triple J – Faded (Prod. by Langesta)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Dyme Def - Timeless video teaser

The 3badbrothaaas are at it again, this time releasing a little teaser for their upcoming video for Timeless. I know there were some mixed feelings out there regarding "Sex Tape", but this video looks like it could be dope. Features Brysen of Massive Monkees. Check out the teaser...

Dyme Def "TIMELESS" Teaser (Feat. Brysen of Massive Monkees) from 800LB. on Vimeo.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

J. Pinder - Upside Down (Video)

Man, I'm definitely late on this video. The track is dope and I'm not sure why I am just NOW watching this video. My apologies to the homey J. Pinder doin his thing on Upside Down, which will be off his forthcoming "Code Red 2.0".

EvergreenOne - Posse On Broadway (Remix) feat. John Crown, Gazmo, and Fice

I been waiting a long motherfuckin time for someone to remix this song...a LONG motherfuckin time. Well it has finally been done, and I'm diggin it. EvergreenOne put together the cast of John Crown, Gazmo, and Fice to remix Posse On Broadway...shout out to Mix. Is there a Broadway in the Tac...? Get the track below...

M-Dot & DJ Jean Maron - When We Were Young video

Check out the second video off M-Dot & DJ Jean Maron "Run MPC"...When We Were Young featuring Tribeca. The video and the track are both nice...I see the little cameo from the homey Mayhem as well. Check it out

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

All I Wanna Do...(No Sheryl Crow)

It was the dude Sol's birthday the other day and he had been begging Grynch to drop his new single, All I Wanna Do, which happens to feature Sol. So, like a good friend, Grynch dropped the track as a birthday gift to Sol and early Christmas for the rest of us! This shit sounds nice...

Mike Classic - Pandora's Box

Queens reppin Mike Classic dropped a new joint a few days ago, Pandora's Box, to quench the thirst of those waiting for some new joints. Be on the lookout for the new album in early 2011. Enjoy...

LaRue - I Can Only Be Me (2006)

This past weekend the homey LaRue joined the AYCE crew at Qwest Field for the Seahawks dismantling of the Panthers...must be our good luck charm. We got to chatting about his music, and music in general, and his freshman album "I Can Only Be Me" released in 2006. The album is produced by Rising Son, one of Seattle's finest, and is dope. One joint in particular that sticks out is I'm A Soldier...NOT this kind either. It's a straight from the heart and mind of a person, a soldier, serving in Operation Iraqi Freedom. The honesty in the track is why I think this track sticks out to me. Anyway, my dude hooked us up with a copy and gave us the freedom to post away. Hit the link below and hit up the guy on twitter and let him know what you think. Peace.

M-Dot - M.aking D.oubters O.ver T.hink

Fresh off is victory as "Hip-Hop Artist of the Year" at the 2010 Boston Music Awards and winner of the 2010 Boston Phoenix "Best Hip Hop Act" M-Dot dropped the second of his acronym series "Making Doubters Over Think". The mixtape is hosted by Billy Danze (of M.O.P) and presented by HipHopDXDJ BoothKevin Nottingham5StarHipHop & WERS 88.9FM. It also includes appearances from Masta Ace, Chaudon, Rapper Big Pooh, the EMS Crew and more. Check it out. 

Tuesday, November 30, 2010

John Crown - Be's That Way

The homeyboy John Crown (@JOHNCROWNTHEMC) dropped the first single from his "Coffee and Beats Mixtape". Mike Weed on the production for this one. This beat goes HOARD...and Mr. Crown knows what to do with it. Too bad he took his shitty luck to Qwest Field Sunday. You are directly to blame my friend...well you and Catch. Props to Tha Deacon for the hook up at his spot!

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Ahhh snow in the 206...

has become synonymous with a new Blue Scholars (@BlueScholars) video. Some of you might remember this video from a couple years ago shot and dropped while the city was damn near shut down. Sabzi also did another video with RA Scion (Common Market) during the same winter storm...a sequel of sorts. Fast forward to 2010 and Blue Scholars have done it again with Coffee and Snow 2. Check it out below...and Happy Thanksgiving.

*DEAD at sittin on the shitter reading whilst shooting a music video*

We want the funk...

Looks like Christmas done came early this year! Super OG DJ/emcee/producer Vitamin D let loose of another one of his famous mixtapes. If y'all can't get down to a mix of '70s  and '80s funk and R&B mixed on vinyl and recorded to one hour long MP3 then y'all just need to get the funk out...ya dig. This right here is artistry at it's finest, blended and mixed to perfection all for our listening enjoyment. Peep more on the tall homie right here. I'll include a couple other gems from Vitamin D that y'all may not be hip to. First is "The Born Day EP" that he recorded at The Pharmacy on his birfday and released as a FreEP the second, "Table Manners 2" is another hour long mix from 1999. I could listen to "Table Manners" on repeat all day. The man has been doin it big for a long time, so do yourself and your ears a favor and give it a listen. Peace.

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

Go F*ck and/or Bl*g Yourself.

After all, they ARE both 4-letter words. For just a couple minutes I need ALL you A.D.D.-havin’ motherfuckers (and by all, I mean the 2 people that will read this) to follow me like I’m fucking Lady Gaga. No, not like I’m literally FUCKING Lady Gaga (gives new meaning to “PokerFace” doesn’t it?). alg_lady_gaga Gross. Just pay attention like I’m Lady Gaga on Twitter. I’m givin’ ya pearls here.

I like 4-letter words, like hell, fuck, shit, cunt, damn, and oprah; but I have grown to hate the word “bl*g”.

Recently the wife was sitting in front of her laptop chuckling to herself. I peeked over her shoulder to make sure she wasn’t looking at midget-porn again. She wasn’t. It was much worse. It was a fucking bl*g. She has been following it for a while now, and I’m pretty sure every other married woman with an internet connection in America does as well. I will not mention it by name, so as not to start a “bl*g-beef” with the author. I’m pretty sure she would crush me with either her rapist wit, or her shiny new IPad complete with Juicy Couture case.

My point is that bl*gs are horseshit. Yes, including Hip-Hop bl*gs (not all of them, just some). Motive is the key here. Have you ever watched a “reality” TV show? Shame on you then. It’s pretty obvious that EVERYONE acts differently in front of a camera (when they are aware that a camera is present), except for taser victims. So, when someone that writes on a blog sits down with their fucking herbal tea, after jerking off to “Glee”


(again, gross), why do they write what they write? Because someone is reading it and will comment and be like, all, “I wish I could be you or be inside you, or maybe you could be inside me”, or maybe because they need a paycheck, or maybe they think they are smart and people actually give a shit about what they have to say. I really can’t analyze that too much, because I don’t read bl*gs very often.

Just stop being fake. Stop making shit in your life happen so it will be interesting to write about on your bl*g. Stop writing reviews because you are getting paid. Stop flip-flopping on your opinion based on what other people think. Stop putting ads on your bl*g for money. I'm gonna finish getting drunk and break some more of my shitty Ikea furniture. Peace.

P.S. I love Hip Hop.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Mr. Gray drops another gem…

If you haven’t seen a video from AYCE’s favorite local director, you’re not paying attention.  Steve Gray (before he became big-time, and went all Stephan on us) just released his latest effort, and it’s just what we’ve come to expect: ILL.  I didn’t know that Tilson (of Saturday Knights fame) was an official member of Head Like a Kite, but I’m certainly not complaining.  Plus, I don’t really know shit about shit, so… Anyway, peep:

Sunday, November 21, 2010

AYCE Presents: All You Can Tweet

Time for a new feature, fam.  I don’t know about you, but there is no better break from my daily monotony than a quick trip to the ol’ Twitter feed.  Thing is, there just aren’t enough shitbreaks in the day to catch up on all the goings-on in the Twitterverse; chances are extremely high that I missed some absolute hilarity coming from Gary J Busey yesterday, that Kanye found yet another way to piss off yet another group of people after lunch, or some up and coming rapper from God-knows-where released the second-coming of Ready to Die…OK, maybe not on that last one.

Point is, while we all probably follow eavesdrop on many of the same cats (or maybe not), I thought we’d start keeping track of the best tweets from our timelines, and start sharing with the thirteen of you that care.  I like to call it “All You Can Tweet,” for no other reason than I already made the graphic, and I’m too lazy to make a new one (besides, “Between the Tweets” woulda required an emphatic “PAUSE” every time we wrote it). 

Enjoy this week’s selections after the break.  Or don’t.  I don’t give  a twit.


Tuesday, November 16, 2010

e.d.g.e. - The 29th Year EP

Thanks to the homie Jeff Spec and the people at Refined Hype for sending through e.d.g.e.'s new EP "The 29th Year". I've only heard a couple of tracks, but so far so good. 

No need to feed my's good enough already.

That dude Sol dropped his new single Feed My Ego and it's pretty nice. Check out what the man himself  had to say about...umm...himself.
“Feed My Ego!” Seattle hip-hop artist Sol proclaims in his latest single, a satire about self-admiration in hip-hop. Perhaps ’s his surprise #1 ranking above the likes of Kanye West, Kings of Leon, & Deadmau5 on the popular music site Hype Machine last month has already gotten to Sol's head...I mean damn, he's even writing this press release in the 3rd person!
So people, holler at Sol on the Twitter and continue to feed his ego.

Shortman Score & Frank Ramz - No Fly Zone

Some of you may not know but those of us here in Washington don't believe in the term "No Fly Zone" but we'll take exception this time. The homie Frank Ramz dropped his new project "No Fly Zone" and this time he brought a long one of his dudes Shortman Score. You might remember them from their Down In The BX video that dropped a few months ago. This might be Ramz most complete project yet...and Shortman Score is no slouch either.  Another One has that hard hittin bassline that is sure to have your trunk rattlin or, in most cases, your stock speakers distorting. Don't worry my Bose system handled it just fine! The Finale showcases the lyrical ability of both artists. Frank Ramz is now on to "Quite Frankly" and Shortman Score assured me that he has some more coming soon as well. Hit the link below to download or head over to Pigeons & Planes and pick it up there...either way you win.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Soliloquy of K-Os

Hi. My name is BrainSlice, and I.....well.....SUCK. The K-Os "Anchorman" Mixtape has been in my Inbox since AUGUST. I have been a little distracted, but a wise man once said to me: "Any excuse, no matter how valid, weakens your character and lowers your self-esteem."

So here I sit with no excuses, just an apology for not getting the word out and giving K-Os some well-deserved praise. I am blown away by his music every time. Ron Burgundy says it best: "Now if you don't think this song is the greatest song ever, I will fight you....that's no lie."

Click on this thing, right HERE. That is called a "link", and if you click it, it takes you somewhere else on da innanets. This special place is for special people like you to get the mixtape, because you are special. Enjoy. Or don't. Why are you reading this? If you don't go get the FREE mixtape, then you are another type of "special" person that I like to call a F*CKING IDIOT. Get off the blog, idiot.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

It's snack time bitches...

EMS Productions own rapper/producer Kore dropped his first solo mixtape "Snack Time" yesterday. The mixtape includes features from fellow EMS crew members M-Dot, Revalation, Mayhem, Strick 9 and more. If I know anything, these dudes are gonna bring it every time.

Ellementt - The Beautiful Struggle video

The homie Ellementt shot through his new video for The Beautiful Struggle off his debut album "Verbal Graffiti...Check it out.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

If the Crown Fits…

“Articulate. Outspoken. Father. Husband. Emcee. Meet John Crown.”
Ever since I ran across this little ditty over at the good Deacon’s pulpit, I’ve been dying to “Meet John Crown.” Maybe it’s the Tacoma ties…maybe it’s the pure ease of his delivery…or, maybe it’s just lines like this: “They go to the lab, smoke some weed and write a hook/but I got more to say than them, I need to write a book.” Whatever it is, one listen to this viral snippet, and I was sure I wanted to hear more.
Lucky for me – and for you – “more” just became available today. John Crown’s Before I Wake You Up is a six-song EP serving as a proper introduction to this emcee from the 253. Over a year in the making, with a break from the game in between, this offering is a glass of cold water to the face of those that keep hitting “snooze.” Of course, Crown accepts there will always be Rip Van Winkles - “Used to the sleepers/so now I ignore them snoring,” - but it won’t be from lack of effort on his part.
Every single track is filled with “rewinders,” (but don’t stop and go back in the middle of a cut, just put it on repeat and you’ll be able to hear what you missed as you find yourself listening over and over again).  With throwback storytelling skills, verbal dexterity, plus an unbridled – and apparently re-energized (see: “The Love”) – passion for the art, this “King of the Common Man” lyrically beats you into submission across a slew of big beats.
Local South-Sounders DJ Semaj, Enstrumental, TrussOne and Xplicit provide the soundtrack to this journey, and they do it very well. Here’s the thing about that: if I didn’t tell you these guys were local, you’d never know…or, maybe you would – after all, the Northwest is a veritable producer hotbed!! Plenty of brass, bass, strings and samples prove the perfect backdrop for Crown’s debut effort.
On the real, Before I Wake You Up is more than a T-Town gem – this EP should be welcomed everywhere. Everywhere they work hard (“How you ‘posed to dream when you can’t even sleep? / Wake up, wake up / Now it’s time to go to work / and you find it difficult ‘cause they don’t pay you what you worth”); everywhere they value honest, well-told life-stories; shit, everywhere they listen to music, Crown should be a topic of discussion after this one.
So go ‘head then: stop hittin’ “snooze” and meet John Crown…you’ll be glad you did. Besides, you don’t want to be the cat who’s still sleepin’ in early 2011, sayin’ “Who’s John Crown?” when Coffee and Beats hits – do you?!?  It’s rhetorical, dick.
P.S. – Follow him on twitter. Fucking Comical. What you got against Ochocinco, John?

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I Love Football…

Seriously, it’s what makes the fall/winter bearable.  So many sounds from football would be great samples for a hip-hop beat – and many have tried to make it happen.  Some more successful than others, but dare I say none as filthy as this one…this right here is straight HEAT!  I mean, there aren’t many songs in sports that are as iconic as the Monday Night Football open: DUN-dun-dun-daaaaaaa!  I hear that shit and I come runnin’ like a fat kid to the dinner table.  But give it to me in a dope-ass hip-hop beat, and man…that’s having your cake and eating it too.  Listen:

See what I’m sayin’??  Someone needs to lace that beat with some lyrics to match that ridiculous beat; someone needs to hit that shit!! 

What’s that?  Oh…the girl?  Oh, sorry, didn’t notice her.  Yeah, she’s alright…but that beat!  Wooooooo!!!

Monday, October 18, 2010

Saying Goodbye...

I wouldn't typically post someone else's work in its entirety, but I think this is certainly a special circumstance...and the content definitely deserves to be shared. 

The original article was posted here:

The passing of our dear friend Eyedea
October 17th, 2010 11:28 pm CT.
Micheal Larsen

Photo: Rodney Urbanski
I was standing on the second floor balcony of a friends house early this morning when I got a phone call from my brother. He told my that Mike was dead. He was crying. I was shocked. I'm still working to even comprehend that this could have happened. I can't believe that our friend is dead.

Mike was wonderful human being who made deeply beautiful music. His impact on the world continues to widen its gyre, especially at this time when so many friends and fans replay his songs in an accidentally concerted tribute to his life.

Most people knew Micheal as Eyedea. That's the stage name he'd been using since he was a teenager, a time when Micheal gained recognition for his excellence in hip-hop music and proved himself as one of the most talented, and youngest improvisational rappers in the world. Eyedea grew into a Renaissance man, performing lead vocals in a rock group, publishing his own poetry books co-written by his grandmother and playing shows as a member of various hip-hop, improvisational and acoustic bands formed in the Twin Cities. Eyedea sometimes used the moniker Oliver Hart. His mom called him Mikey. He made a lot of good music.

Micheal believed in the power of empathy and felt a deeply visceral sense of duty to contemplate the meaning of humanity, both in its suffering and in its capacity to love. He thought about the truth in awareness and wrote songs that made us aware. He applied mythology to the mystery of existence and talked about science with a spiritual tone. Mike was thoughtful, tough and innovative. He embraced uncertainty and broke the boundaries in every genre. He shattered every label. His music was smart, witty, provocative and sad. His music was beautiful. It was almost always eye opening and rarely was it anything but deep. Mike could make you think, cry, smile and laugh, and he always made you feel.

Mike's heart was big and his mind was complex. He never settled in a comfort of complacence and never abandoned a moral obligation to ponder what life was all about. Mike was dedicated friend, family member and student of the world. He told the world his personal trials, and vulnerabilities, and offered us hope in understanding our own stories as well. Mike told us a lot of jokes when we were down and lent an ear when we needed counsel.

I remember Mike showing up at my wedding, a big smile from ear to ear, wearing a shirt that said "Band T-shirt" written in permanent marker. He gave me and Alissa a warm hug and apologized for having to leave so early. He was in between shows that night. I was happy to see him and his mom, Kathy at the wedding. They were always a joy to interact with, it was never a boring conversation.

Micheal Larsen will be missed by many, many people and our sorrows will pave a difficult path. But, fortunately we have his life to celebrate. We have his stories to cherish and his music to inspire us. Micheal's music, in any form, was so immensely authentic that he left within it, an imprint of his soul. He continues to live as long as we continue to appreciate his work.

Kathy, Mike's mother, posted the following message on his Facebook page (please take a look):

"It is with great pain and sadness that I tell you my son Mikey (Eyedea) has passed away.
At this time we kindly request your respect and our privacy as we process this devastating loss.
We do, however, welcome your kind words, memories, and positive thoughts. We have created a Paypal account and are accepting donations towards the cost of his services. If you would like to make a donation, you can do so by accessing this link:

On behalf of Mikey's family, close friends and fans. Thank you.

-Kathy Averill"

Mike, thank you for all of the stories, songs and poems.

We love you,
Kyle Keller
Please do click the link above and help out with whatever you can.  One.

Friday, October 15, 2010

What can the “Brown” beat do for you?

Man…leave it to Bambu to have me feeling indignant AND hungry in one fell swoop.  Filthy, peep:

If you haven’t seen the original Das Racist video, it’s a must view.  Plus, this Sabzi beat is so nice, I have no problem postin’ it twice:

Thursday, October 14, 2010

What up..what up?

Well fuck, after a miserable weekend at the Blackjack tables in sunny Las Vegas I'm back to this shit hole...well not necessarily THIS one but you get the picture. Shit, at least I'm not this guy...she's hot though I don't blame him. I want to send her pictures of my.... Anyway back to the items at hand, I got a few things I want to get out of the inbox. YAY, free gifts, next thing you know I'll be bustin open the fire hydrant so we can all play in the street!!

First up is a track from Hi Life Soundsystem that the Members Only crew sent through, Death Of The Party ...(damn, AKA BrainSlice).  Hi Life Soundsystem features Khingz (of Abyssinian Creole) and B Flat (of Godspeed). This track is dope...I told them that it reminds me of why I liked that N*E*R*D song. Check it out and...wait for it...prepare yourselves for the album to drop before the end of the year as a FREE digital release. 

Speaking of party, the dudes from MO know how to party too...check out their website for all they got goin on. Check out the flyer below:

If you don't know Grieves...

time to get hip. Dude is wicked talented. He and Budo are both dope and now backed by Rhymesayers...that is just retarded. If you don't know, do yourself a favor and go here and pick up the discography. "Irreversible" just might change your life, and "Capitol Hill Girls" will change the way you look at people!! Check out the discription below then check out the video.

"Shadow of a Giant" is a short film by Clement & Co. featuring Grieves, an artist recently signed to Rhymesayers Entertainment. Filmed entirely during the Las Vegas stop in his recent tour with Atmosphere, "Shadow of a Giant" documents Grieves as he comments on the tour, how his signing with Rhymesayers has affected him and his expectations for his future releases. This four-minute film encapsulates the artist as he comes to grips with the shift from being a respected tour musician with a cult following to a representative of what URB Magazine calls the "best label of the decade". Produced by Clement & Co. ( and directed by John Bollozos.

Grieves: Shadow of a Giant from Clement & Co. on Vimeo.

It's just me and...Mrs. Joooones.

Well, not really, but y'all get the picture. Damn...! Lyric Jones was featured on this joint "Be Easy" with M-Dot & Jean Maron, Chino XL, BAM, and Torae. She was the one on the hook and last verse. Now Mrs. Jones has sent through another couple tracks for us to enjoy. Peep...

M-Dot - Run For Cover Ft. Tek (of Smiff-N-Wessun), Billy Danze (of M.O.P), & Grand Agent

My dude Rev sent through the third single from the M-Dot and Jean Maron collab. This time featuring Tek, Billy Danze, and Grand Agent. Whoooooo....*Ric Flair voice*. Go cop RUN MPC on iTunes.

Oooo baby I'm a rockstar...

Damn, everybody wanna be rawkstars these days...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Decade of DECADEnse.

No. We are not talking about Motley Crue. Please take your mullet elsewhere sir.
As you probably know, we like to do things a lil’ different ‘round here (just ask our friendly neighborhood c-box cluckers!) So, when the man, the myth, the K-Murdah gave us a sneak preview of his “new” effort, we knew we had to come correct. I mean, you can’t just take something so long in the making, and give it the standard “this song is good, I like the beat” review…naw, we had to do something to reflect the creativity of DECADEnse.
In case you didn’t know, K-Murdock decided to drop one cut he’s produced from each of the last ten years, beginning in 2000. And in case you didn’t realize, that’s ten tracks, from the last ten orbits around the sun, being released on the tenth day of the tenth month of the year of our Lord 20… yep, 10. Apparently, Mr. Murdock has an obsession with the number following nine, but preceding 11. (Got a dimebag homie? I got five on it!)
So, in the spirit of the title, we decided to appreciate this compilation of K-Murdock’s art in our own way. After all, K isn’t the only one who’s had a crazy last ten years. His may have been just a little more successful, but that’s neither here nor there…no need to be a dick about it (Insert your preferred LOL, LMFAO, ROFL, etc. here). Anyway, let us reflect on the general goings-on of the last decade, while we indulge in a little DECADEnse.

1 - Zap Mama (2000)
Catch: Like Elian Gonzalez, Kyle Murdock and Panacea came out of the closet burst onto the scene at the turn of the century, but it wasn’t the Raw Poetic/K-Murdock Panacea you’re accustomed to. Seeing that the ORIGINAL Panacea (comprised of Dialekt, The Gray Kid, Deus, DJ Marshall Law and K) was responsible for “Zap Mama” had me nervous of what to expect…kinda like old people and Y2K (believe me, they were scared as fuck – I worked at a bank back then…/shudders). But, I shoulda known better, kind of like Eldrick (who just so happened to win 3 straight Majors that year…stay away from stripper pussy Teegray). K murdered this beat. Simple, sample-driven with the Zapp and Roger talk-box sound…bottom-line: ill. Love the feel of the three different MCs too; they all have a unique delivery, and punchlines for days – plus, K put ‘em on the track with RZA-like precision. Gray Kid may have tried too hard to fit his lyrics to the beat, instead of vice-versa, but it’s hard to argue with lines like: “I will end your career / like a coke habit did Dexter Manley’s / Make you less desirable than you already were / like UPN did Brandy.” And then there’s Deus: he said….wait, did he say “with lethal blows like AIDS chicks”? Rewind. Play. Listen. Yep, he said it. Wow! Is there a re-union joint in our future Mr. Murdock??
(RIP Big Pun)
2- Lingo (2001)
Benny: Ahh, 2001, what an up and down year. I graduated from college and moved to Seattle in 2001. Feelin’ almost as funky as the beat on this track, I was set to take on the world. When that first day of orientation came around, I was ready. Wouldn't you know, my first day...FIRST FUCKING DAY...September 11, 2001. You know how people talk about days they will never forget (JFK assassination, landing on the moon, etc.)? Well this would be that day for my generation. But I digress...this soulful track, featuring Wes Felton and "Radio" Raheem DeVaughn (before he added the "Radio"), sounds like something from Brown Sugar...ahh but before it's time, as Brown Sugar hadn't been released yet. Anyway, it’s smooth like Thomas Edward "Tom" Brady Jr.'s Super Bowl MVP performance. If only the lovely Aaliyah wouldn't have taken that trip to the Bahamas, maybe she could have lent her voice to this track!
3 – Love With U (2002)
BrainSlice: AIDS chicks, AIDS chicks. Hahaha…oh shit, it’s my turn. Hmmmm….OK. I guess this makes sense. Here Benny and Catch are, having a nice lil’ back-and-forth, and I come along and make everything…awkward. You know why I’m THAT asshole? The Winter Olympics came to Utah, and I didn’t give a flying f*ck. Also, Whoopi Goldberg hosted the Academy Awards, and I once again did not give a flying f*ck. While I can appreciate K-Murdock’s skills putting this track together, I just have to say this is not my thing. To illustrate this, I present a hypothetical scenario: Ready for some action, I light the candles and put on this track. In walks the wife, looking fine as hell in her lingerie. She then hears this song playing and explodes in hysterical laughter, thinking I must be joking. She knows me that well. That said, I’m sure somebody out there is getting their f*ck on to this, right now. Hopefully it’s not Ted Danson and Whoopi. Sorry fellas, I guess I’m still upset over the loss of a true legend that year. R.I.P. Jam Master Jay.
4 - Makin' Me (2003)
Catch: And the lovin’ feelin’ continues with this one. Despite the start (and “end”) of the Iraqi war (x3), the beginning of the already way-too-long political career of the Governator, and the death of Mr. Rogers, K was still letting the affection flow through the neighborhood. Sick like SARS, this beat feels much more like the K-Murdock of today: melding different strings into one free-flowing, harmonious head-nodder. Once again, Wes Felton lends his considerable talents to this track, with a laidback ode to his potential first, last and everything (RIP Barry White). For 3:42, your floating along, enjoying the perfect mix of beats and lyrics, and then BAM…it’s over - sort of like Laurence Fishburne’s big-screen career after the rest of the Matrix trilogy dropped, (way before Montana would drop…her drawers, for the entire world to see)…seriously, did anyone even watch Biker Boyz?
5 - Campaign '04 (2004)
Benny: I dig that at times this beat sounds like a superhero theme song that probably would have made Christopher Reeves fly again. If it’s lyricism you want, lyricism you will get: I couldn't tell which one's which or who's who but these dudes from the crew got it on lock. These dudes spit stupid steroid flows that are crazy as Ron Artest when he ran into the crowd and socked that guy. Peep:
- “Rappers is full of shit like a large intestine.”
- “Cats couldn't move weight if you was Fat Joe running track.”
- “Rain brown like a stain on a pair of white thongs.”
I mean these dudes got more punch(line)s than Jeremy Sivits.
6 – Between The Lines (2005)
BrainSlice: What happened in ‘05? This. I’m feelin’ this one right out the gate, but who the fuck is “Mista Maliq”? I ain’t no private detective, so I just called K-Murdock and asked. Turns out homeboy is from Capetown, South Africa. Listen close and you’ll hear rhymes about real shit Maliq has seen around him every day (“I sip the blood of my brothers with every Coke can”). I’m willing to bet that “real shit” in South Africa is a little more “real” than whatever your ass is dealing with in the suburbs (yes, I’m talking to you, the one with the tight pants and white-rimmed sunglasses...hang your head in shame). Maliq laid these verses down (in one take) for K-Murdock while they were both attending the much sought-after Red Bull Music Academy (which happened to be in our very own 206 that year). This was a dark time in the life of K-Murdahbeats. He developed a serious Taurine addiction while kickin’ it with the likes of Vitamin D and Jake One, and hiding from the pasty-white people of Seattle – who he must’ve thought were zombies. They were just hippies K, it’s an easy mistake…after all, patchouli does smell a lot like rotting flesh.
7 - Starlite Neosonic Remix (2006)
Catch: Some things just shouldn’t be revisited – I’m lookin’ at you Rocky Balboa – but on rare occasions, an original can even be improved. Now, that’s not the case with Big Momma’s House 2 (who knew they even made that shit!), but definitely the case with this song. I should tell you: I really liked the original “Starlite.” A lot. It was perfect for an ADD muhfucka like me: fast beat, fast rap… and just like that, I’m out. But the remix really changed the whole feel – not just the speed – and made it seem like something completely different…and I like it. K-Murdock and Raw Poetic just go together so well; I know it’s obvious (like saying Dilla (RIP) was a dope producer), but sometimes you still feel the need to say it. So I did.
8- Playing My Role (2007)
Benny: I gotta say Doc knows how to pick collabs. Northwest wordsmith Braille delivers consciousness and family rap like he was Marion Jones giving back her medals. Sounds like he's a better father and husband than Chris Benoit anyway...then again who isn't (ed’s note: or wasn’t, as the case may be). Braille feels his way up, over, and around this K-Murdock beat as if he had a white cane.
9 – The Beatdown (2008)
BrainSlice: “What we have here, is a failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach”. Paul Newman aka Cool Hand Luke died. That should mean something to you. Act like you know. Also, the name Random aka MegaRan should mean something to you. Act like you know. Both artists were a fan of the other before the some supreme cosmic force brought K-Murdock and Ran together. These dudes are much bigger than any one sub-genre *cough* nerd-core *cough* that would like to claim them. “The Beatdown” is a perfect blend of K’s flowing, ethereal production, and Random’s heartfelt, slice-of-life lyrics. I’m looking forward to hearing more projects from this Dynamic Duo. Oh, and by the way, this dude named Barack Obama was elected the 44th President of the U.S. I think. Just listen to the track please. We can talk about health care and the onset of National Socialism later. (ed's note: stop it.)
10 – As The Wheel Turns: Remix (2009)
BrainSlice: Last year everyone was living in fear of pigs (where’s Ice-T when you need him? Oh, that’s right, he’s playing a cop on TV). ‘09 was a rough year for me personally, but this song makes it all fade away. Possibly my favorite track off DECADEnse. Do you feel that? It’s K-Murdock methodically melding the talents of Raw Poetic, Nicolay, Kay, and … wow … the amazing voice of Emilie Bogrand (who I am now in love with) into an instant classic. Just go to BANDCAMP and preview it. Then put your damn money on the table and buy the album. Click HERE.
K-Murdock, bitches

Thursday, October 7, 2010

Jeff Spec - Sneakerboxxx

Any dude that can rap about sneakers like Jeff Spec does on the track On My Feet is all right by me. Spec is a MC/producer from Vancouver, BC, Canada (eh?) and recently release his album "Speakerboxxx" and I gotta say I'm kinda diggin it. Check out the video below and hit itunes or his bandcamp to preview and purchase.

I forgot that he sent through another video for My Story also from "Sneakerboxxx". This video was shot "in a one-afternoon guerilla-style shoot" by Jenkin Au of justalilhype. Check it out as well.

Luck-One - True Theory Outtakes EP

Portland wordsmith Luck-One dropped his "True Theory Outtakes EP" a couple days ago as a prelude to his upcoming "True Theory" LP. Dude has an interesting story and a good sound. Check out his website to learn more about him and download the FreeEP below.

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Almost Next Top Modelish...

It is a life long debate that I have heard posed in many forms: "Gimme your top 5 rappers", "Who do you think are the top ten rappers of all time?, "Top 10 GOAT list", etc. I heard a new one the other day while surfin around on the Twitter, "Who are your Top 3 rappers other than Em, Pac, Big, Hov, or Rakim?", and it got me thinkin about it. Thanks to Logics AKA Young Ghangas for posing the question. Man...the next 3, how could you narrow it down. I mean there are some obvious exclusions...sorry Soulja Boy, Yung Berg, and everyone from Da Band, but turn in your grills and chains at the door NOW please...wait, does Yung Berg even have a chain anymore?

Herein lies the problem...there are so many to choose from, and there were some good ones on the tweets that he received. Do you narrow it down by longevity, album sales, crossover ability, the artists overall body of work, or East Coast vs West Coast? Shit, there are any number of ways to narrow it down, but what it comes down to is YOUR opinion...what you prefer to listen to. For me, that list changes all the time. I mean, damn, I OWN physical copies of damn near every Too Short album...but I wouldn't put him in my Top Ten. I could name 10-20 other deserving emcees...Nas, KRS, Pharoahe Monch, LL, Andre 3000, Big Pun, Cube, Scarface, Bun B, and Mos Def to name a few. Now what if you flip it and say groups/duos can be included too...De La, Tribe, Wu-Tang, Outkast, Freestyle Fellowship, Beastie Boys, P.U.T.S, Black Star, Gang Starr, UGK, and Boogie Down.

With much respect to the above artists, including others that have slipped my mind right now, and without further ado here is my "Top 3 rappers other than Em, Pac, Big, Hov, or Rakim".

Hit the cut to check it out...

Tuesday, September 28, 2010

BOOMZZILLA - Vibratones (Video)

Not necessarily in the "hip-hop" realm but it's dope and the homie Stephen Gray directed and edited it so it gets play. Peep the video below for BOOMZZILLA's Vibratones.

Macklemore Craigslist giveaway...

This could quite possibly be one of the funniest and coolest things that I have seen in a while. The show in Bellingham at Western Washington University was sold out and people were trying to get tickets off Craigslist. Macklemore and Ryan Lewis found some of the posts...hilarity ensues. Macklemore is that dude. Hit him up here and let him know you saw this...

Saturday, September 25, 2010

Brainstorm - Eli's Song (Clap It Up For Me)

My guy Brain sent this through a couple days ago and I'm just now gettin to a computer to put it up...oh well. Good thought behind this one:
This song is for my son (Eli) who will be here nov.6th...its right around the corner so I figured now is a good as time as any to put this out and let it be known that another brainstorm is being born into this world to terrorize music for another generation.
Congratulations homie...

Saturday, September 18, 2010

Where the hell you goin Spac3?

My guy Spac3man (@Spac3man) told me about this little video he was working on to help spread the word before he ventures out on some tour dates. He told me of the idea of shooting it with his uncles and people that kick it on his front porch and mess with him from time to time as he leaves the house. The video is for the Intro 40 (produced by Just Blaze) track off his "Greetings Earthlings" mixtape. I think it turned out kinda dope, check it out. Peace.

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Where will you be when your "Saturn Returns"?

Understanding the definition/description leads one to comprehend what is truly meant by the title of Seattle emcee LaRue's recent LP..."Saturn Returns':
It is believed by astrologers that as Saturn "returns" to the degree in which it occupied at the time of birth—approximately every 29.5 years—a person crosses over a major threshold and into the next stage of life. With the first Saturn Return, a person leaves youth behind and enters adulthood. With the second Return, maturity. And the third and usually final Return, a person enters wise old age.
After an 8 year stint in the Army, with one deployment overseas to fight in Iraqi Freedom, LaRue returned stateside and made, in my opinion, his best decision musically by teaming with up and coming Seattle producers Rising Son and Marcus D. With the release of his "LaRue Or The Streets" Mixtape in November 2009, LaRue reintroduced himself to the Seattle hip-hop scene with a rare mix of reality street life without the gangsta aspect. Fast forward to August 2010 and LaRue's Saturn has returned.

"Saturn Returns" displays the growth that one would expect from a mixtape to an album, the unexpected aspect is the amount of maturity that he demonstrates. LaRue is a gifted lyricist that paints a picture with his words. The Saturn Returns Intro begins our journey as LaRue spits "my Saturn is comin/at last it returns/it all makes sense through my passionate words...I transform from adolescence to the next stage". LaRue bobs and weaves his way like Floyd Mayweather Jr, intricately dancing through beats until it's time to attack. Back To The Old Me, Midnight Mirage, and Rise Up are evidence of such savvy.

Not Like Me is his ode to minding your comparisons and setting himself apart from others. The chorus reminds us that "you are not like me" as he voices the struggles that set him apart..."Jump boots, M-16 and Gore-Tex/dropped off somewhere near the devils doorstep/kevlar vest/don't know what to expect/what's gonna happen next/hemet drippin sweat/it's a 116/I'm battlin sick dreams/seein my family cryin at a funeral/it's me".

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Rising Son and Marcus D blessed this album with some blue-ribbon slappers that are otherworldly (pun kinda intended). I told you earlier these two cats are up and comers, but I guess it's more like arrived. Rising Son is definitely on the come up, having recently become the 2010 Red Bull Big Tune Seattle Champion and producing this track for Xzibit.  Marcus D, 2009 Red Bull Big Tune Seattle Champion, recently released his second album "Marcus D andSubstantial are Bop Alloy" and the shit is bananas. No disrespect to Rising Son, but my favorite/most played track from "Saturn Returns" is a Marcus D production. Mr. International is different from any other tracks on the album, it's playful and lighthearted but again showcases LaRue's mastery of storytelling...not to mention Marcus D flipped this sample nicely.

"Saturn Returns" is constantly atop the "recently played" list on the iPod and provides a great listen from start to finish. I suggest you get to CD Baby or iTunes, whichever is your preferred provider, and download it now before I send Brainslice to your house to put you in one of these.

Friday, September 10, 2010

Oh to be TwentySomething again...

That's right, as much as I act like I'm 15 doesn't mean that I am...WHAT? You flinched bitch...haha. Anyway, today Naledge released his latest project "Naledge is TwentySomething" today over at illRoots pop on over and pick it up....oooooorrrr you could just hit the link below. IT'S FREE MUSIC PEOPLE *Diddy voice*.

This is good music...

and if you don't like it then maybe you should tuck it between your legs and dance in front of the mirror..."it rubs the lotion on its skin or else it gets the hose again". Check out The Roots and John Legend doin Little Ghetto Boy. Reminded me of this for a minute. Man, when is that John Legend (backed by The Roots) album gonna drop anyway.

Once again, I apologize for Vevo...check out after the cut for another from this collection.

BLUEPRINT versus..... The Who?

Where has Blueprint been? In the fucking laboratory, that's where. Chopping up tracks from The Who and making some amazing music. If you wanna get up to speed, jump over to CWR and download his recent interview with Menace and Montana. If your ass is too lazy to do that, at least watch the video. Also, ask your fat stripper mom for $5 (I gave her $20 last night) and download the EP from his Bandcamp site. Peace.

Brainstorm (of Dyme Def) - Cupids Got A Gun (Freeverse)

Brain went to the vault and cut loose another freeverse to tide us over until "The Celestine Prophecy"...which should be coming soon!

Thursday, September 9, 2010

A Labor of love…ummm not really.

As per my usual Labor Day weekend fashion I spent my good hard earn cash and attended the Annual Seattle Music Fesital held at Seattle Center. It was a decent weekend of food, beer, and music. Have a look…
    gold pass         Grynch
   Grynch, Macklemore, and Larry Mizell
  Grynch and Sol

 Fresh Espresso 2
 Fresh Espresso 3

 Jay Electronica 1(2)  Jay Electronica (1)

Check out more after the cut...