Friday, May 28, 2010

Neema - The Essence Intro Video

Lemme start this off by sayin...DAYUM. Neema aka Mr10K goes IN on this intro/preview to his new album "The Essence". I have seen dude hustling his CDs outside many a show here in Seattle, and have even purchased a couple. Mostly the music has been hit and miss for me, but if "The Essence" is anything like this video...count me in. Peep the video below, and cop the album July 9th.

Did somebody mention July 9th at Neumos?? Oh, they did...just checkin!

Thursday, May 27, 2010

Stuck in the “Middle”…

You know, some things are just meant to be together: Kool Aid and sugar, Captain and Tennile, DMX and prison…the list goes on. And now there’s another perfect pairing to include (right after Tiger Woods and pussy): Jermiside and Danny Digg.
MiddleClassicCover If your ears haven’t been blessed by Middle Classic (HiPNOTT Records) yet, then you might as well just go all Van Gogh on ‘em. I mean, it’s been a few days since the debut dropped, but the only things touching my auditory receptacles are wax and the sound waves from this album. And my ears have thanked me for it. Twice.

Like Pete and CL, Primo and Guru (RIP), or more recently, Blu and Exhile, one listen to this gem, and you know that Jermiside and Danny Diggs are a match made in heaven. Classical production and cunning lyricism leads to repeat listens, which in turn reveals a high level of synergy that you just wouldn’t expect from a debut album. But, that’s what you get here.
Vancouver, BC-based beat maker Danny Diggs has a knack for taking me back to the best of times; beautiful  snare + well-placed samples + a nice variety of instruments (strings, percussion, horns…it’s in there!) = me breaking out the ol’ Jansport. Not to say Diggs isn’t progressive…it’s just that his music reminds me of why I became obsessed with hip-hop in the first place.
JermisidePictureDSC_0100 And then there’s Jermiside. Full of refreshing honesty and unusual insight, Jerm provides the perfect  complement as he deftly delves through the multiple layers of Diggs’ genius. No, he’s not from the hood, but that doesn’t mean there’s a shortage of experience for Jermiside to draw upon. From trials and tribulations to triumph, Jerm hits you with a look into his life’s journey from his hometown of Cincinnati, to his current home in Atlanta.

I’m sure you’re wondering where the examples are: which beats are the best, where’s the lyrical excerpts, etc., etc. Here’s what you need to do: get out your iPod, go to “Albums,” select Middle Classic, hit shuffle, and whichever track begins to play, that’s a good cut. Seriously.

And I haven’t even mentioned the guest appearances, which include fellow Lessondary Crew-members Donwill and Von Pea among others! But they’re just icing on an already amazing cake. Oooh…a fat kid and cake! Like I said, some things are just meant to be together. Just like Jermiside and Danny Diggs.

Jermiside and Danny Diggs - “Afraid”
Jermiside and Danny Diggs - “Didn’t I Tell You (ft. Von Pea)”

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P.S. – Click the ad in the upper-right to buy this album…right now.  No, NOW!  (Please.)

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Homeboy Sandman - Yeah, But I Can Rhyme Though

So I recently listened to a couple tracks from Homeboy Sandman...I'll reserve total judgement until I hear more but this track Yeah, But I Can Rhyme Though is decent. The dude is definitely interesting, check out this Q & A in the LA Times. Here is an interesting tidbit from his press release for all you PNW hip-hop heads:
Sandman was a finalist in LOUD Records competition last year for a chance to win a deal and 50 Grand.All finalists were given a Jake One beat to make a song with, the beat has a gun noise in it, he does not rap over gun noises-- he hate guns and he hates violence and he tried to refuse the beat on moral grounds and was denied.
"The Good Sun" drops June 1st.

For those of you that happen to be in NYC on June 1st (as I will) swing by SOBs and check out the Homeboy Sandman/Spec Boogie album release party.

Mike Bhaiya - Breathe Now

A couple weeks ago Mike Bhaiya sent through a few tracks from his forth coming album "The Universe Is Dreaming" and this week he dropped off another. Breathe Now (featuring Toussaint The Liberator) it's a little darker, deeper, and more rock based than We Got It and shows off some of his versitility. Give it a listen or two. "The Universe Is Dreaming" drops late June.

brandUn DeShay - Volume: Three! To Get Ready

After a few push backs, and a little wait time, brandUn DeShay dropped off his "Volume: Three! To Get Ready project/mixtape. I'll admit, I haven't heard much from Mr. DeShay but the teaser video below got me curious. Based on what URB had to say, I figured I'd download it and check it out. Oh yeah, Hulk hands FTMFW...haha.


M-Dot - No Money Down x Video

While were on the subject of EMS, big Rev sent through the new video for M-Dot's No Money Down. The video was directed by Zach Voytas and shot in the Mojave Desert. The concept of the video seems to be a stretch, but the visuals are crisp. The track can be found below or exclusively on "A Boston State Of Mind Vol. 2"

Mayhem - How X All My Life X Know My Name

After a little back and forth Mayhem, of EMS, went to the vault and sent a few tracks through...and it's about damn time! This Boston spitta can, and usually does, go in on a track. Peep the tracks below.

Loose Screwz - Dreams video teaser

The homey Loose Screwz dropped off a video teaser for his single "Dreams" off his latest project "Satellites". You can pick it up here.

'Dreams' Teaser from Scripts 'N Screwz on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 25, 2010

Get Scurrrrrd!

Man…just caught this over at the first-stop – FAM!  This. shit. right. here…this is what the fuck I’m talkin’ ‘bout!!  Dope beat…insightful lyrics…I am feelin’ this one.  Love the video as well; nice use of timelapse, color and effects – feels like a cross between Devil’s Advocate and The Ninth Gate (although, I didn’t know people still shot in SD – ha!). 

Definitely gonna give Jermiside & Danny Diggs’ Middle Classic a listen today – if it’s a Hip-Nott release, you know it’s gotta be good!  I’ll let y’all know what I hear later, but if it sounds anything like “Afraid,” I think you can guess what to expect!


Saturday, May 22, 2010

Wizdom & Grynch - Got Ya Numb video

Saw a teaser trailer for this a while back and it was hilarious. Thanks to MTK on the production, this joint is dope. Grynch and Wiz go in on this one...

Sol - Dear Friends, Vol. 2

Seattle based emcee, Sol, released his "Dear Friends, Vol. II" EP yesterday. I haven't had a chance to listen yet, but "Dear Friends, Vol. I" wasn't bad at all. I haven't actually had the opportunity to listen yet, but some of the songs that he has released lately have been way above average. I'll let the young man tell you for himself...
Dear Friends, 
I present to you my best work yet, “Dear Friends, Vol. II”. This series of EPs is not just a collection of free music, but art I have made for you from me. I write these songs free of premeditation and creative limitation, but not free from hardwork and pursuit of perfection. If you know me, you already know this about me. 
Its been a good journey. Twenty-One years old, and now four records deep! I can honestly say I enjoy making music more than anything in the world. The dopest part is that this is just the beginning! My second full-lenth album is already in the works…
Please spread the music, the love, life. 
Yours Truly,
Can't beat free music. Check out the teaser video, courtesy of Griff J,  below and then hit the link for the download.

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Epsilon Project - America

From last weeks version of "Fresh from the Inbox" I tried to hip y'all to Epsilon Project. EP is a collective of three emcee’s, three emcee/producers and a DJ. Members of the crew include, Dex (a.k.a. Riff Raff McGriff), J-Pro, Unxpect, MP (a.k.a. Antidote), calmplex, Verb-T and DJ Armani. These dudes are nice. I like their production and collective sound...slighty reminiscent, albeit a dirtier version, of Jurassic 5 (RIP J5) with their flow and word play. The second release off their new project "Audacity" is titled America and is their shot at some of the problems goin on in America today. EP will drop "Audacity" on May 25th and features production from Ohno, Kev Brown, DJ Vadim and Supa Koopa.  Peep the promo video below and hit the link to download America.

Philly's Reinvention...

Just got something new and interesting through the inbox today that I thought I would share with y'all. Reinvention is a duo out of Philly made up of one DJ (DJ Entendu) and one emcee (Classic) who...
mixes old school hip-hop production with samples from an eclectic mix of artists like Grizzly Bear, Florence and the Machine, Feist and others to make bangers that can appeal to anybody from a dancing fiend to a top-down, wind-in-your-hair, cross-country roadtripper.
I'm not usually one for "mash-up" type material but this is kinda dope. It's not necessarily a "mash-up" in the sense of the Jay-Z/Linkin Park type, but more adding hip-hop production to some indie rock and then letting Classic rhyme his own lyrics over top. The first single from their mixtape "A Rapper In Denial",  Forgot (feat. Florence and The Machine) dropped last week and Crossroads dropped on Tuesday. The mixtape will drop sometime in the next couple weeks. You can pick that up from the homies over at Pigeons and Planes. For now you can peep and download the above tracks at their Soundcloud page.

T.I.T.S. Brand World Cup Series Tees

With the 2010 World Cup just around the corner (22 days) the good people at T.I.T.S. have brought out their World Cup Series Tees. The unfortunate thing for some of you is that not all 32 countries participating  have a tee...
"When this idea came about we knew that we would not have enough time to make the quality of shirt that our fans are used to seeing if we did a tee for every country.  So instead we picked 9 and made sure that they were up to the caliber that our customers have grown to love about our brand,” says founder Marek Grubel. 
The lucky countries are Brazil, Spain, USA, England, Denmark, France, Germany, and Italy. Yeah, I realize that is only 8...guess the 9th is gonna be a surprise. You know come June 12 for the US vs. England match, ya boy is gonna be sportin one of these...

which one will you be wearing? Check them all out here. Peace.

Tuesday, May 18, 2010

AYCE Investigates: The Weezy Diaries

I’m sure there are those of you who remember the 9th of March like it was yesterday: that sweet beginning of a alg_court_lil_waynebreath of fresh air, and the first of at least 240 days of “F.”reedom. Yes, your Lil’ Wayne-cation is on and poppin’! Unfortunately, it’s also already more than two months down – where has the time gone?

For the other 15 of you, March 9th was like the day your dog died; when the last of your resin ball went up in  smoke…yes, the day your favorite flavor of Robo was sold out – everywhere! Fear not Weezy F. Baby heads, we got you.

See, we got friends everywhere, just waiting for their call: from Portland to Poland, Riyadh to…Rikers? Yes, that’s right; we even have AYCE correspondents on the inside. Of course, normally I hang up as soon as I hear anything about a collect call, but OswaldBateswhen I heard “…from Oswald Bates,” I knew I had to accept the charges.

Friends, our boy Oswald was able to get his hands on what will go down as one of hip-hop’s most coveted documents. For a paltry pack of Pall Malls and a Slim Jim, O.B. was able to purchase the prison diary of one Dwayne Michael Carter, Jr. So, for all you heads out there jonesin’ for a peek inside Birdman Jr.’s incarcerated life, we went through and picked out some of the highlights for you in a new installment of AYCE Investigates.
AYCEInvestigates_Logo (Warning: it’s not for the weak at heart – or people that have haircuts like Justin Bieber – seriously, the fuck?)

BLISS N ESO – Down By The River


We were introduced to these Aussies last fall, during a weekend of depravity and disorderly conduct in Seattle. Some adventures included, but were not limited to: public intoxication (duh) and/or urination, heckling Detroit Lions fans (not smart, they could have burned the city down), flying objects in the bar, and just having fun at other people’s expense. I hope I didn’t hurt anyone’s feel-bads. Anyway, you can read all about that HERE.

We chilled with BLISS N ESO for a little bit after the Swollen Members show, and they were real nice dudes. They just laughed when Benny told them we got too hammered at the Seahawks game and missed their set, and they weren’t even pissed when they realized Mad Child had given their Heinekens to these two annoying Juggalo kids. It’s a long (and weird) story.

Back to the matter at hand, they just announced their 4th Studio Album: “Running On Air” coming late July. Take a listen to the first single, and stay tuned.


If you like what you hear, hit 'em up:, Twatter, fAYCEbook, or myspAYCE, whatever that is. Peace.

Friday, May 14, 2010

Fashawn - Samsonite Man video

Is it bad or sad that I am actually going to the Wiz Khalifa show tomorrow more to see Fashawn than I am to see Wiz? Here you go, visuals for Samsonite Man featuring Blu off "Boy Meets World". Peace.

Thursday, May 13, 2010

Choklate - Grown Folks Video

Check out the new video for Grown Folks from Seattle R&B/Soul songstress Choklate. Chok is extremely talented and beautiful. This song is off her "To Whom It May Concern" album which is out now. You can get it here. The link below is an exclusive download of Sum 'Ol Abstract courtesy of Miss Choklate.


Wednesday, May 12, 2010

From the Inbox...May 12th

Before I get started lemme just apologize for the lateness on some of these things but that's the way things go when you don't sit at a computer all day. I have tried to be better, but to no here it is and in no particular order.

The first comes from the big homey Rev out in he and fellow EMS crew member spit a few bars over Elzhi and Royce's "Motown 25".

Epsilon Project is a collective of 3 MCs, 3 MC/Producers and one DJ out of Oxnard, CA. The song and visuals caught my ear on my journey through the inbox. This song is pretty nice and video isn't bad either. "Audacity", their second album drops May 25th. Peep more of them here.

The Physics dropped a new 3 track EP this week, "Three Piece". Oh, and incase you missed out on their"High Society EP" you can pick that up here.
The Physics - Three Piece

Philly born, and now residing in Boston, Mike Bhaiya (pronounce Buy-uh) sent through a few tracks off his album "The Universe Is Dreaming". Dude is kinda nice but, no offense, but Miss Bachalis looks oh so nice in that picture. Dayum...

So this one might be a little later than most, but this time it is not my fault...dude JUST sent it through. MaG dropped his "I Ain't Goin Back To Retail" album in DECEMBER. Guess it takes a while for to travel across this great nation. I ain't mad though, this is a good listen.

MaG - I Ain't Goin Back To Retail

Virginia native MC, Tony Moon,  sent through his 6 track "Sacred Sounds EP" done with producer Van Ark and collectively know as Double Heelix. This may not be for everyone, it took a couple listens for me to get into it but dude is lyrical. Definitely worth checking out. Stream and cop the EP here.

Well looks like that just about does it for this edition...damn I didn't think I was gonna make it through before punching the screen on this laptop. Hold up, I guess there are a couple more that I wanted to get out cause, well, I can.  Check out the new Rhymefest video for Give It To Me off the mysterious and pushed back (again) "El Che". You know what though, if every track on this bitch sounds as good as the one's that I've heard so far...

Last, but certainly not least, Tanya Morgan dropped their video for Bang and Boogie earlier this month. Donwill was kind enough to send it through and remind me how truly dope these dudes are, and further affirms my thought that Brooklynatti is the most slept on album of 2010. It's a damn shame.... Oh and don't forget to mark your calendar...Donwill and Von Pea's "The Sandwich Shop" mixtape drops May 18th with production entirely done by a little band called The Roots.

I'm finally outta here...peace.

The Good Sin at Jet Set...

So like I said in the previous post, our night was just getting started...and yes I realize this flyer is old but I believe it still rings true! After the Helladope show we headed out to Jet Set at The Capitol Club. This is one of those "every Monday night" events that I had been to in the past, but will definitely frequent more often. My dude Brainstorm took me there one night when Fatal Lucciauno was performing...and I think it was DeVon's (of Sport'n Life) birthday or something. TaySean had mentioned it at the end of their show, so the lady and I decided to check it out.
The Capitol Club is a restaurant downstairs and a small lounge upstairs fit with all the comforts of home well the important ones anyway...couches and liquor with a few table sprinkled here and there and a nice patio. So we got some drinks and proceeded to chill and listen to DJ Swervewon on the wheels. The crowd was full of, and probably always is, the some of the notables of Seattle hip-hop...J.Moore, Vitamin D, JakeOne, Grynch, and Helladope, just to name a few. Oh and before I forget, props to Swerve on the masterful mix of old and new Wu-Tang, Raekwon, Ghost that lasted most of his whole set. That shit was filthy man.

The "special guest" of the night was local artist The Good Sin. To keep with the theme for the night dude was hella dope. Sin is not a small dude either, the damn mic looked like a pencil in his hand as he spit a few tracks from his mixtape "Ready or Not" while Vitamin D took the opportunity to throw ice at him. It was kinda funny. Vita would later say that he was basically "testing his focus"...! Sin was making his way through the crowd selling his mixtape for a steal at $5. When he finally hit our table he said to my lady friend, "Girl I saw you rockin with me...wanna get my cd?" We dug into our pockets, but both came out empty handed (who the hell carries cash anymore)...fml. Dude handed her a copy and said something like "A beautiful woman should have good music". Now I can't be completely certain that's what was said, I was more than a few drinks into the night, but it's probably pretty close. He introduced himself to us, chatted a bit, and was on his way. I'm about halfway through the tape and it's pretty good, no complaints from me. Check out the link below for his mixtape and hit him up on the twitta.

Tuesday, May 11, 2010

A Helladope Monday night...

So I was sittin around having a lazy Monday afternoon with nothing planned for the night. Mondays are usually an interesting night, pretty low key with not a lot going on usually. There was some discussion on Friday (while at the B.o.B and Lupe Fiasco show) of a Helladope show taking place at The Triple Door, which sounded interesting being that The Triple Door is known as more of a jazz, R&B/soul, cabaret venue than a hip-hop venue. I have been a fan of Helladope for a minute now, but my lady friend just recently got hip so we decided to check it out. Glad we did, it was a great show, not without moments of weirdness (for lack of a better word) but we'll come back to that.

For those of you that aren't up to speed, Helladope is made up of TaySean (beats & vocals) and Jerm (vocals). If I were to classify them, which I guess I am, I would say they are a jazzy, funky, spaced out hip-hop tandem. Their recent release "Helladope" is just that...a funked out space voyage with song titles like Cosmic Voyage, This Is My Planet, THEE Trip, and We Come In Peace.  These dudes have immense talent...from Tay on production to both as emcees and vocalists. Yeah, I said vocalist...these dudes can sing too. On Rainwater, Jerm breaks out with a soulful "Girl you're fresh like rainwater, let your love fall down on me" hook that I'm sure is enough to make more than one pair of panties moist. My favorite track, Just So You Know, which also serves as the lead single is strait dope. With features from THEESatisfaction, GMK, and the whole Cloud Nice family the fact is, front to back, beginning to end, however you want to put it...this album is a great listen. Last I checked there wasn't many places to pick it up online, but hit them up here and maybe they can work something out.

So now about the show. The show was opened by Yirim Seck who did a nice job opening (rocked the mic, kept the crowd involved, etc) right up until he was due to share the stage with LaRue...but LaRue was nowhere to be found. I minor shake up, but you could sort of tell that Yirim was a little irritated. He moved on until, LaRue finally showed up and then they could do their songs together. I gotta say, once he finally got there though, they did a nice job. LaRue is my guy, a friend of a friend, and a cool cat but how the hell are you gonna be late man!  All in all, I thought Yirim was great. It had been a while since I had seen him on stage. I think the last time was a few months ago at Nectar with Big World Breaks.

Lemme just give a little background, as I stated before, The Triple Door is/has been more of a jazz, soul/R&B venue. There are plush booths, with waiters and waitresses that come and take your food and beverage order...not your average standing room, general admission, raucous hip-hop venue.  The stage at The Triple Door is big, not huge, but bigger than most hip-hop venues like Showbox, Chop Suey, The Croc, or Nectar so two dudes and a DJ stand looked pretty small up there. So it was a bit of a different experience.

Continue reading after the break...

Monday, May 10, 2010

Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx - Nobody

This video has been sittin’ in the inbox for a few days, but it definitely has NOT gotten stale. I thought I’d put it up just in case somebody out there missed it. Unlike Catch, my credentials don’t warrant any right to critique this shit, but fuck that. In my unprofessional opinion, it’s DOPE.

Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx “The Exxecution” is out Right. duckdown2Fucking. Now. If you don’t like Real Hip Hop, buy it anyway dickhead. You can find all the links for your favorite Duck Down artists right here. So click it, and support the artist. Props to Duck Down Records for 15 years of independent Hip Hop, untainted by corporate bullshit.

Joe_FatHead Peace.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

AYCE Starts the 12 Step Program

Hi.  My name is Aidan, and I’m a hip-hop-aholic.  I would say recovering, but I would be lying.  See, I love everything about hip-hop: beats, rhymes, art, etc…. I can’t get enough.  If I could drink it, smoke it, snort it, shoot it – whatever, I would.  It’s often the best part of my day, and I’m guessing if you’re reading our humble little page right now, you feel the same way.  So, welcome to the club! 
Don’t trip…we don’t judge here at AYCE (unless you listen to Ke$ha – in which case we hate you). Actually, we like to help foster your addiction around these parts.  Think of me, Benny and Brainslice as your sponsors…better yet, facilitators: helping guide you into a state of unadulterated hip-hop-induced euphoria.  Our drug of choice today: PanaceaPANACEA_12Step Once you start the 12 Step Program, there’s no turning back.  Just ask my man Brain…he’s been main-lining this K-Murdock-Raw Poetic concoction ever since it hit the inbox.  Luckily, we pulled him away from it long enough to make this an all-AYCE review of the latest in a long line of straight-dope this duo has dropped over the last seven-plus years.  That said, I’m crackin’ the forty, and passin’ the mic to Brain… after the break!

Monday, May 3, 2010

CWR salutes GURU and confronts Solar.

I can’t say anything about Gifted Unlimited Rhymes Universal that hasn’t already been said, but this was a monumental show and I felt it was worth re-posting. Give it a listen ya’ll.



FAREWELL TO GURU special with Live guests - Kurupt - N.O.R.E. Noreaga - Solar - Big Shug - Masta Ace - Blaq Poet - Nardwuar The Human Serviette - Hot 97's Peter Rosenberg - Jacky Jasper and more!

Broadcast on April 30th 2010


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Show Features

On this raw and emotional show we have:

Dogg Pound's verbal gymnast, Kurupt, joins us live from a casino to talk Suge Knight, early Death Row days, the future of Dogg Pound and more, in a lucid interview, filled with character and gusto. This is an interview as rough and unpredicatable as Kurupt's vocal styling itself - listen as he freestyles for over 3 minutes whilst walking through one of America's biggest casinos, totally oblivious to those around him. He is one of a kind and this 30 minute stretch, personifies that. Westcoast gold.

Solar is a wanted man. His involvement with Guru and the heavily publicised events surrounding Guru's untimely death, have been at the forefront of the entire hip hop community since Keith Elam's sad passing on April 9th. Eager to defend his position and explain his actions, Solar agrees to a feature-length interview in which he addresses every accusation and attempts to provide evidence that he only wanted what what was best for his friend, Guru. Listen and be the judge as we deliver a detailed and raw head-to-head with hip hop's bad guy.

Nardwuar The Human Serviette steps onto the show, overflowing with all the energy and enthusiasm you have come to expect and love from one of the most prolific interviewers in musical history. Nardwuar recalls specific interviews, such as Tom Green demanding that his interview tape with Nardwuar, simply because of jokes HE had said about ex-wife Drew Barrymore. In all honesty, a simple text description cannot do this interview justice - an essential listen.

We take time out to say Farewell To Guru but rather than following the generic paths of simply playing Gangstarr records and talking amongst ourselves. Mista Montana and Menace choose to speak with the people who knew Guru and reflect upon his life both as musician and a man.

Noreaga steps in, filled with emotion and stories of Keith Elam, as does Masta Ace who recalls numerous stories regarding Guru's positive influence and guidance.Big Shug is with us, telling his account of how he taught Guru to rhyme and helped form the Gangstarr Foundation. Blaq Poet is extremely emotional and can speak of nothing else but the importance of Guru upon his life and hip hop as a whole. Jacky Japser passes through to take things in a different direction regarding truths about Guru's personal life and the violence he had witnessed Guru being subjected to. In addition to this Hot 97's flagship DJ, Peter Rosenberg, steps in to tell his side of recent events, as well as stories of Guru and Solar interviews and teasing us about another edition of his collaboration with Montana and Menace, Three's The Magic Number radio show. Be prepared for mixed emotions as a listener, as we take you on a journey which is as heart-warming as it is saddening.

THANK YOU to all of our listeners and supporters for helping us remain in the Number 1 position in the Global Hip Hop/Rap Podcast Charts! Real Hip Hop continues the fight.