Sunday, January 31, 2010

J.Pinder - Backpack Wax

I was reading a thread somewhere on "da innanets" that was something about "Top 5 Seattle MCs right now". I'm pretty sure it was over at The Proof but, for the life of me, I can't find it again. Anyway, throughout this list were some of familiar names, Grynch, PSMOOV, Fatal Lucciauno, D.Black, Spaceman, etc. One name that kept poppin up though was J.Pinder.
I would be a liar if I said I was totally familiar with Mr. Pinder. I have heard a couple joints here and there, mostly features, and have seen him perform a few times. Off the top of the head, the one feature that sticks out is from Big Homie Style off Jake One's "White Van Music" also featuring GMK and the homey Spaceman. I remember a while back looking for his mixtape "Backpack Wax" and not being able to find it anywhere. Luckily for me I was surfing around on Twitter today at the same time I saw Pinder tweet "Who wants Backpack Wax? Send me your email"...and the rest, as they say, is history. I downloaded and, finally, had my first listen to "Backpack Wax".
I guess I should have prefaced this post by saying that "BackPack Wax" was released in August of 2007 when he was still with Sport 'N Life. Yeah, yeah, I know I'm late and whatever, but this shit was hard to find. I'm tellin y'all, it's definitely worth the wait. This tape is loaded with people representin The Town ...Macklemore, Grynch, Choklate, Khingz, and Darrius Willrich. Let's not forget a nice cameo from Chali 2na (formerly of Jurassic 5). Produced and hosted by the tall homey Vitamin D, who also does a feature or two, it is a lot of what you would expect if you have heard anything from Vita. "Wax is blessed by that same dusty, soulful, thoughtful touch that is so recognizable from seamless projects like Table Manners and Do the Math". I couldn't have said it better myself...samples of jazzy horns and pianos that, without Pinder's smooth light flow, might leave you thinking you were sitting in some dank, dark, smokey blues/jazz club. A perfect example is Pinder, Vita, and Maineak Tubman goin in, over a smooth Eddie Kendricks sample from Intimate Friends, on Can't Trust Em. Yeah, now that's what I'm talkin about. Do yourself a favor and check out this tape, in my opinion, a town classic. Check out the part one of the video "Inside Backpack Wax: The History of Backpack Wax" below, part two after the cut. Since Pinder posted a link up for download over at the Proof, I have included a link here as well.

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Basic-ally Speaking…

In light of last night’s happenings in our nation’s capital (that was one for the ages Mr. President!), I thought it proper to put our attention to some new music coming from the DMV.  Thanks to the folks over at my first stop o’ imagethe day, I ran across this new duo’s debut and thought I’d give it a whirl.  While DTMD’s The Basics EP might not  inspire the nation like Barry (or at least those of us in the blue), it definitely ain’t causin' Judge Alito to make the gas-face either!  (Ahem…fuck off Judge.)
Anyway, DTMD is “Dunc ‘n Toine Makin’ Dollars” (they pay homage to the legendary inspiration for their name by asking Erick and Parrish to listen to their demo, LOL).  These two young cats have apparently been puttin’ in work since their elementary days, but after a few different ideas and projects, they finally settled on the DTMD formula: Dunc makes the beats, and Toine lays down the lyrics.
Their debut, The Basics EP, is short and sweet with six quick tracks to lend your ears to - five if you take away the intro (which is just them giving us a glimpse into their hip-hop resumes – set to a filthy, jazzy backdrop btw).  First off, I’m diggin’ Dunc’s beats: from the horn-heavy and well-layered, to the simplistic and low-key, they were well crafted and had my head bobbin’ most of the way through.  “Champion” gets you hype right out the gate,  I think this track is a good beginning – plus, anytime you mention one of my favorite tracks of all time (“Oodles of O’s”), you get bonus points from this guy.
Speakin’ of the spoken, Toine is a perfectly apt MC.  I don’t think he’s going to leave you with your jaw hangin’, or diving for the rewind button, but he has a smooth delivery and tone, with quality rhymes (elephant in the room: he does have a lisp, but it’s not overly distracting, and in fact it becomes a cool part of his cadence).  Subject-wise, he touches on all the usual suspects, but not without some distinct flow and deep thought, like on the track “You”:    “I’m tryin’ to kick divine knowledge with a slave tongue / In the fields tryin’ to harvest liberation / Reside in the streets these ni**as was raised from / Hopin’ the dialect can reach down and save one.”  It’s hard to pick just one line though; most of his lyrics need the whole verse to do them justice, and I like that.  The more you listen, the more he grows on you too.
That’s a recurring theme here: my first impression was more towards a “meh,” but this EP has quickly grown on me with each additional listen.    Like I said, it’s not groundbreaking, but it is good music and should definitely be heard.  So, don’t be a close-minded red-stater, give DMTD a go, peeps.  The Basic EP may not get health care reform passed, but it will have you feelin’ good  from beginning to end…and hey, at least it’s something positive coming out of our nation’s capital!

P.S. – I forgot to mention one important thing: The Basic EP is FREE!!!  No higher taxes involved!  Get it HERE!

Tuesday, January 26, 2010


and I don't mean Expedia! The crew here at AYCE has decided that the time has come to move into the .com realm. Over the past (almost) 2 years we have expanded our roster (see BrainSlice), expanded on some of our features, and have developed a nice little following...shoot, Catch even had another kid. Growth is inevitable. That being said we're happy to announce that we have dropped the "blogspot" and the period (BrainSlice elected to keep his period) and you can now find us on "da innanets" at! Stay tuned more changes coming soon!

Monday, January 25, 2010

The Piano-ramic View of K-Murdock…

This morning I woke up and made coffee. Then I decided the best way to spend my day was to send harassing E-mails to K-Murdock: Hip Hop Soldier, Producer Extraordinaire, and Co-Host of SubSoniq (the only Hip Hop radio show worth listening to these days). Yeah, you might have heard of him…he makes up 50% of the group Panacea, and if you follow him on Twitter you will find that he is ALWAYS hard at work on one project or another. He was kind enough to email back and forth with me, answer some questions, and make sure AYCE had an advance download of his new album to review.


Mr. K-Murdock’s latest solo-project, which is packed with guests, hits “da innanets” (as my co-worker calls it) tomorrow. Piano-rama is the name. I will let the man himself explain where the title comes from:

I first got a taste of this from K’s Blog: . When I found out the album was being released primarily on USB Flash drive, I decided to give K a new name: THE FUTURE. While I understand that fans Piano-rama_USBCard_front (me included) like to hold a CD with album art in their hand, I think it is a great idea. It enables the artist to give us a lot more stuff. If you don’t believe me, check out what K is including on his USB drive.

I don’t claim to be all-knowing, so I gotta admit that I am a fairly new fan. I was introduced when I started listening to the SubSoniq show about a year or two ago. Big Daddy Catch, however, had not been sleepin’ on this shit. He has been a fan since the beginning of Panacea, which is why he decided to grace us with his presence and help me out with this one. Catch?

MeFatHead_v3 : First off…I can’t claim to be the number one fan. Not that I don’t want to be though, because I’ve been noddin’ my noggin’ to the dulcet tones of Panacea since I first got tipped to The Scenic Route! But, it’s hard to keep on top of everything when you want to be a blogger…or a part-timer…or occasional contributor…whatever I’ve become. PanaceaI just don’t get to go back to my favorites as much as I like – Panacea definitely falling in my “favorites” category.  Regardless, K-Murdock and Raw Poetic put it down as a duo, and luckily, don’t seem to lose any of their magic on the solo tip.

Like Brain said, seems like everything K does comes out golden; from golden-era sounds to progressive grooves both on the boards, and on the radio…dude is talent personified! Not only do I love the concept of Piano-rama, but also, like Brain, I’m a big fan of the USB card idea. I fucking hate iTunes…there, I said it. When Piano-rama_USBCard_back2I drop dough on something, I want it physically present in my hands – call me old-fashioned, but I’ll call you a douche. Can’t help it, I want quality in the music, and in the packaging…I think K has accomplished both with this one!! What say you B?

Joe_FatHead: Amen Catch, the only time I’ve bought a download from iTunes or anywhere else is when it’s the ONLY place I can get it (yes I’m aware I could jack that shit off a torrent, and I think you are a punk bitch if you choose to do that rather than support the artist). What has the world come to? When I was a kid, it took balls to steal music. Once again I must apologize to Ice Cube for shoving “The Predator” down my pants and walking out of the store. I was pretty gangster, I have to admit.

I digress. I’m feelin’ this whole album to be honest, but I gotta say the first one that grabs me is “The Up-Rizing” featuring Real Reid and Damu The Fudgemunk . I am always a lyrics dude, and this track is so full of them that it’s bursting at the seams. “not Dilated Peoples/definitely need Evidence/the weatherman predicted/there might be a storm”. I have alwaysk-murdock2 been fascinated by the organic relationship between the production and the rhymes.    K-Murdock seems to have the  ability to bring out the best in an MC (and always choose the right man for the job). What track does Catch like?

MeFatHead_v3 : To me, Piano-rama is like a big-ass, Costco-sized bag of Lay’s Potato Chips, and I can’t seem to stop myself from rifling through them tasty little morsels like a fat man at Old Country Buffet! I think knowing how long it took to get “A Better Kiss Goodbye” into the public ear (K said he first recorded this one back in 2002!!), really makes me appreciate it even more than I would anyway! I think I might have to request that one to be played for the three people at my funeral. You wanna go B? You’re invited. But while I’m at it, the seamless transition to “Hello Light” feels oh-so-right as it continues to make you contemplate your past…feeling every keystroke and hit of the high-hat. Dope – but I could say that about just about every track. Great guest list too! What’s your cut, though, B?

Joe_FatHead : “The Gauntlet” with Random and Raw Poetic is my favorite track right now. I love the piano sample in this one. I just gotta say that a lot of my favorite Hip Hop tracks have some piano in there. Just think about it. From “Still D.R.E.” off The Chronic 2001 to “Coastin’” off Zion I’s The Takeover, piano does it. It’s like K-Murdock read my mind. Amazing production, serious lyricism.

MeFatHead_v3 : Too true bruh…the real star of this joint is the piano – I know, I know: “Paging Dr. Obvious…Dr. Obvious, please report to the blog post.” Seriously though, the Art4_Pianorama_1 way he deftly weaves it in and out of every track and transition is a sound to behold: Sometimes it takes center-stage, stealing every ounce of your attention as the keys take a pounding at the hands of K-Murda; other times it steps into the background and lets the rest of the cast get a little shine. And then there’s the way that the keyboard vs. real piano argument is addressed…man, it really is too much to digest in just the couple of listens I’ve been able to give it so far. Color me sprung, and sign me up B!

Joe_FatHead : Go cop this album HERE. 100% of your hard-earned cash goes to the artist when you buy the download at Bandcamp. If you want the USB Drive (which you definitely do), go HERE.


Big thanks to K-Murdock for giving us something new and positive to enjoy. In case I didn’t mention it, this album has been 7 YEARS in the making. Give homeboy some love! BrainSlice and Catch, out.  But not before we raise our bottles and give Piano-rama its just due rating:







P.S. – The cover art is fucking ill – perfectly understated.

Friday, January 22, 2010

Mick Boogie, nVMe, and Duck Down Records Present: Survival Kit Mix CD

Just as the cover says Mick Boogie, nVMe, and Duck Down got some of todays "newbies" to pay homage to the creators of Survival Skills, KRS-One and Buckshot. Look at that line up...Naledge, Tanya Morgan, Fashawn, etc...gotta be dope.

Scripts 'N Screwz - On 10

Been a while since I have heard anything new from these dudes. Rumor has it they have been hard at work on their new project The Hangover. Thankfully they decided to drop off a little something to tide us over!

Frank Ramz - The Best of...

Frank Ramz, the good dude that he is, sent through a little mixtape. For those of you that may be unfamiliar, it's time to get hip. It's 23 tracks of his, and others, favorites from the past 5 projects that he has released in the last year and a half.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

The Newest Testament

Hello, my name is BrainSlice, and I am a devoted servant of Hip Hop. I’ve knocked on your door today to offer you salvation. Do you know that Hip Hop has a plan for you? Hip Hop knows you, cares about you, and wants you to be happy. That’s why Hip Hop has given you a book written by a prophet named KRS-One. For a one-time payment of only $24.99, you can own the words of this man, who is a mouth-piece for Hip Hop.


In times of need, the words contained within will be a bridge over troubled water. You can get it here: The Word.

Thanks to Sage Francis for the heads up!


Monday, January 18, 2010

Brainstorm - Focus x Yo Bitch Freeverses

Man, the dude Brainstorm (of Dyme Def) has been on his game as of late. Homey goes IN on his latest freeverses. Peep it below. Peace.

B.o.B - Hip-Hop Saved My Life Freestyle (Video)

B.o.B Presents: The Adventures of Bobby Ray droppin May 25th.

Epiphany - Pretty Memories x This Is Me

Just got two new tracks from Epiphany, Pretty Memories and This Is Me, through the inbox. Props to Jeff at We All Scheme for sending these through. These two tracks will not be included on his current RESPECT mixtape series. Speaking of, be on the look out for the next installment, RESPECT Pt. 2 (Womens) dropping January 27th.

Thursday, January 14, 2010

The Playlist of The BrainSlice.

Yes, I am still alive. I have a lot of shit rollin’ around in my mind right now, and I just wanted to share a little bit.

Following is my playlist for the day:

1. P.O.S. – Low Light Low Life (Never Better)

Always inspires me. P.O.S. is an amazing poet.

2. Felt (Slug and Murs) – Protagonists, Bass for Your Truck (Felt 3 – A Tribute to Rosie Perez)

So damn dope.

3. Souls of Mischief – Poets (Montezuma’s Revenge)

Super dope.

4. KRS-ONE and DJ Revolution – The DJ

KRS always kills me on the Microphone.

5. Raekwon – THE first 8 tracks off OB4CL2

I agree with the boys over at Subsoniq Radio . . . . possibly the best album of 2009.

6. BlakRoc – Dollaz and Sense ft. RZA and Pharoahe Monch

Also one of the coolest fucking albums of 2009.

7. Statik Selektah – The Thrill Is Gone ft. Styles P, Talib Kweli.

This shit IS the shit.

8. Jay Electronica – Bitches and Drugs

Produced by J. Dilla. ‘Nuff said.

9. Gang Starr – Step In the Arena

Premier and Guru …..the dynamic duo.

10. BK One ft. Brother Ali and Scarface – American Nightmare

I hope nobody is sleepin’ on BK One ‘cuz he will sneak up and hit you in the head with a shovel!

That’s all I got. BrainSlice out.


Wednesday, January 13, 2010

No ?uestion… shit is funny!

Just got back from, and boy are my legs tired… (crickets) Ahem, so anyway, seriously, I just ran into this little video that takes ?uest Loves thoughts about the cast of Parks and Rec being like the Wu to another level. Thought I’d share. Peep:



Friday, January 8, 2010

Meh-he-co here I come...

Alright y'all, I'm headed out bright and early this morning to...

for a few days of sunny weather, scantily clad ladies in bikinis, margaritas, and all around debauchery. No computer, no internets, no nuthin! I am almost positive that this place will look the exact same when I return.

The day I get back we're gonna hit up the Chop and check out they homeboy Spaceman's show. Damn, that's a dope line up! Peace...enjoy the rain!

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Dyme Def - Do Something

Alright here goes the first single off that new Dyme Def and T.I.T.S Clothing the #Sextape. Caught a little snippet of this off the Do Something Mixtape. Be sure to pop on over to the 3BadBrothaaas new blog and check things out! Sextape coming soon.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

The Knux - F*ck You EP

Oh SCHNAPP, guess what I saw....Krispy and Al are at it again. They hinted to this a couple days ago and released on twitter yesterday. Their debut album, Remind Me In 3 Days..., is still on heavy rotation...but who the fuck am I. Enjoy kids.