Thursday, December 29, 2011

Clear Soul Forces - Bubble Space

This past summer I had the opportunity to attend the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival and if you read our little spot on the innanets then you may remember me making mention of a group of gentlemen from Detroit that competed in the Show And Prove Super Bowl at BHF. Clear Soul Forces, comprised of Wimpy, J-Roc, E-Fav, and Ilajade, have been hard in the lab working on their debut album "Detroit Revolution(S)" now with a release date of March 13. In the mean time, they will be dropping a few leaks just to keep us thirsting for more...and not that kind of "thirst" either (way hetero). The first is a Dibia$e produced joint, Bubble Space. You can hit up their bandcamp and check out some of their older stuff..."Clear Soul Radio" still gets much play.

Back in October the guys dropped a video for Strangers In The Night, again, as a prelude to #REVO. Check it out below. You can also hit them on Twitter or Facebook for more info. Peace.

Thursday, December 22, 2011

The Good Sin - 7th Day Breakup

Damn has it really been that long since we got something up here...maybe we need to make a New Year's resolution. Anyway, while trolling around Twitter this morning and relishing in the fuckery that is not my life (thank you little baby Jesus) I came across some tweets from The Good Sin. He was gettin all philosophical, as he tends to do, about "wifey vs. wife" among other things. Which led him to drop an unreleased joint, 7th Day Breakup, produced by Brainstorm of Dyme Def. It's an older joint, but a nice one.

While you're here, you may as well check out the new video he dropped for The Crown. This track was featured on his "Late" EP that he put out earlier this year with 10.4 Rog. It was a dope listen, if you haven't got it yet head over here and pick it up.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

They're baaaaaaack...and they still don't give a YUK.

The long awaited and highly anticipated new album from Dyme Def and BeanOne is finally here...get the iTunes deluxe edition complete with 24 previously unreleased, unheard, and/or remixed tracks. What? That is fucking Bananas...notice the capital "B". You can cop the album here. The dudes also dropped a video for "Blue Moons And Green Lights". This joint was produced by that guy Brainstorm and the video was shot and edited by BeanOne...they keeps it all in house. Peep:

Thursday, November 17, 2011

Strick 9 & Kore - Barhopping Mixtape

The guys over at EMS Productions (shout out to Rev, M-Dot, Mayhem, and the crew) sent through the new mixtape from fellow members Strick 9 and Kore. The mixtape features all brand new R&B/rap/hip-hop music from the duo. Check it out.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Fine Dining with Action & Statik (Album Review)

Garçon… Garçon! Table for one, please. Yes, I said ‘for one’…the fuck you snickering about? Can’t a muhfucka be hongry by himself? Whatever, just get me a table close to the kitchen, and bring me a glass of your finest malt liquor.

I’ve been looking forward to this one. Two culinary geniuses from their respective fields, joining forces for the greater good; like two ingredients with distinct characteristics, combining to form a new flavor to savor for even the most critical connoisseur. Move over bacon-covered maple bars…here comes Chef Bronson and Chef Selektah.
30103780A ACTION/ARTS, NEW YORK, N.Y., GRAMERCY THEATER, JULY 23, 2011, CUL DESK; Rap artist Action Bronson poses for a portrait before performing at the Gramercy Theater Saturday night, July 23, 2011 in New York, N.Y.
Man…smoky as HELL up in here.

Is that basil?

Let’s see what we’re workin’ with…DAYUM! This menu got more ginger than Southeast Asia! I mean, normally I don’t trust no ginger, but I’ll make an exception (or two) in this case.

Yo…waitron! Tell the chefs to surprise me with a nice four course meal, aight? And bring me some more of this fine beverage…what year is this? Delicious.

Well…these appetizers are…ehhh. It’s like the house jazz band here is trying to wine and dine me, while your fast-talkin’-ass is trying to get me out the door already! I mean, Bad Lieutenant was my joint (word to Harvey Keitel), Keitel_BadLieutenant
and Fame is a legend, but I’m here with some pretty damn high expectations.

Listen, I know you’re relatively new here, so I’ll let it slide. How about you go ahead and bring me that salad, eh? And drown that shit with ranch, son. Don’t let me see ANY gotdamn green showing through on my plate. Oh, and it best not be that store-bought shit, neither! Fuck a Hidden Valley.

Oooh…what’s this? Now THIS is more like it. Silky smooth undertones, laced with a chili flake-infused lyrical heat - leaving me with that lingering bitter beer-face. Plenty of what I’ve come to know and love about the Albanian wonder: vinegar strokes, leafy greens, and laundry lists of the finest ingredients… THIS is the meal I was looking for! “The Leslie Nielsen of the weed and the word…” (“Cocoa Butter”), that’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!

nina-sky[1]Waiter, tell them Nina Sky twins they can come serenade my table (or my nuts) any time they want. And while you’re at it, how about you hook me up with the main dish?

action-bronson-628[1]Bring me whatever that dude over there is having, he looks like he’s enjoying that shit.
Here we go. Just put that plate down and let me go to work. I think I’mma enjoy this. Mmmmm….

Hell. Muhfuckin. Yes. These two cats are cooking at the top of their game now! Maybe cat was a bad choice of words…no feline in these dishes. But there is “One of the few dogs that pulled through the Mike Vick fiasco…” (“Cirque Du Soleil”) This shit is just pure, uncut…awesome: drums that make your neck move like a knife at a carving station… records scratchin’ like you’re trying to clean up that barbeque sauce you dripped on your shirt before it stains… horns blowin’…lyrics flowin’…this is the meal that death row inmates dream of.

Each bite has me soundin’ more and more like Bob. And these side dishes, what these all about? The aforementioned Nina Sky and Fame (BTW, M.O.P. droppin’ their new dish on 11/22 - the same day as Action & Statik), Ea$y Money, Maffew Regazino, and of course, Meyhem Lauren and AG Da Coroner - Action’s Outdoorsmen brethren - come through in full force. It’s a veritable Brooklyn buffet, and worth every penny of the price per plate.

Daaaaaaaammmmmnnnn….I can feel the ‘itis creepin’. Between my full belly, and a welcome glimpse into the softer side of Bronsonelli (“The RainMaker” and “Love Letter”), I don’t even know if I can do dessert. Sheeeyit….who’m I kidding? You don’t a build a temple like this without a few extra fourth courses!

Bring that shit. And, by the way, this here cup of malted goodness is empty, my good man. Let’s fix that, eh Sparky?

OE_HGThat’s better.

Is that a hint of High Gravity I’m detecting? Whatever, it’s a good vintage.

What better way to end this fantastic meal? This shit right here…just what the Dr. Lecter ordered.

Son! Now this…this…hey! I’m tryin’ to tell you how much I LOVE “Cliff Notes” (easily the best dish of the meal), but you’re gonna have to shut the fuck up for a second, K? Yeah…you already told me what the special is…like 732 times: “November 22nd, Well Done, the album, worldwide. Action Bronson’s new album, produced entirely by the Showoff, DJ Statik Selektah, on DCide Showoff Records.” I get it!

Say that shit one more time…ONE. MORE. TIME.

“Bon Voyage”? Oh, that’s it? It’s over? Ummm…damn. That’s too bad. Guess I gotta roll my fat-ass outta here then (thank GOD I wore sweats). Well, do me a favor then: please give my compliments to the chefs. Best believe I’ll be back for seconds on the 22nd - this was one hell of a meal! Truly, Well Done.
Empty40Plus a bonus forty for being such good customers: 20090518_olde-english-8001[1]Refreshing, eh?

P.S. - Action Bronson & Statik Selektah’s Well Done drops on November 22nd, but you can pre-order here.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011


Mark it down now, December 6th, new Dyme Def "YUK The World"...go ahead I'll wait. I haven't heard it yet, but I'm told that it's the return of the old "Space Music" Dyme Def. This should be great. Check out their little promo video below.

Thursday, November 3, 2011

Caught on tape...err memory stick.

Videos are fast becoming relevent in music again. I don't mind, I'm a very visual person...just ask Catch. Shoot MTV might even have to start playing them again. This, I know, is a crushing conundrum for Brainslice as he is struggling as it is to catch up on 16 And Pregnant with all the new episodes of Beavis and Butthead.

Theoretics ran a successful Kickstarter campaign last month to raise money to fund their video for "Jekyll & Hyde". They dropped it with a show at The Triple Door last week. The video, directed by Garrett Gibbons, is a period piece and an ode to...yep you guessed it Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde. Check it out.

Seattle's current shining stars, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis, dropped is video for "And We Danced". This video is absolutely hilarious and showcases Macklemore's alternate personas. Congratulations to Ziggy Stardust and Sir Raven Bowie on the video which has over 216,000 view in 4 days...schnikeys.

Common dropped a video as well this week for "Blue Sky" off his upcoming LP, The Dreamer/The Believer. The song and video are incredibly dope and got me lookin forward to some new Common Sense.

Damn, I almost forgot, again, about the homey Notion. I don't know why I seem to forget everytime dude hits me up. Notion dropped his first ever video this week for his joint "Zeused UP". I dig the track, the visuals could use some work, but not a bad first effort. Keep it up homey.

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Eatin' Out The Box!

That's right. I said it. Right now KB and Catch are probably both shitting their pants 'cuz I've been talking about this for way too long and ain't done SHIT. So here it is. What.

Most true fans of Hip Hop are also fans of good music in general, so we've teamed up with the homie KB from SubSoniq Radio to bring you "Out The Box". A companion site to All You Can Eat and SubSoniq to share what we are listening to outside the realm of Hip Hop that is worthwhile. If you're not familiar with KB and his crew, watch this:

Then click on over HERE and check out the SubSoniq Podcast. They've been promoting and supporting progressive Hip Hop for the last 10 years purely out of love for the art.

Thursday, October 20, 2011

The Factory...

The Seattle City Arts Festival 2011 kicked off tonight and features a weekend chalked full of various types of music including hip-hop, rock, folk, and R&B. There are definitely a couple that caught my eye...and my cash. The most intriguing will be Friday night. Members Only has put together an interesting show at Fred's Wildlife Refuge on Capitol Hill. Dubbed "The Factory", the show is a collaborative effort between many of the upcoming artists in the Northwest. Check out what they had to say: 
We set out to create a one-of-a-kind event showcasing the talent in Seattle’s hiphop scene by connecting artists in ways that have yet to be established. After gathering our friends and family, who were excited to participate in the event, we dropped their names in a hat and came out with a list of super groups that will each create an original song to be performed October 21st, and perhaps never again. 
Sounds dope right? That's what I thought too. I mean check out the groups that came out of all this...

Rik Rude/Malice Sweet/10.4Rog
Evergreen One/B-Flat/Evan Rodd (of Secret Shoppers)
Leach/Greg Cypher/Ginja Please/Katie Kate
Terry Radjaw/Neema/Hollis/Crispy
Regina Aletto/Hypen8d/Mat Wisner
Lace Cadence/Scribes/OC Notes
Khingz/Notion/Mr. Hill
Thaddeus David/Shaprece/Darwin
Benadrill/ F is H/Dash EXP
Mario Sweet/SK/Parker Joe
Lurrell Low/Dice/Amos Miller
Nacho Picasso/Reva Dvito/P Smoov
Bang Bang/Sonny Bonoho/Jay Battle
Katie Kate/Luck One/Bean One
Parker Joe/Jarv Dee/WD4D
Fatal Lucciauno/Havi Blaze/Blue Sky Black Death
Isabella Du Graf /The Good Sin/Vitamin D

It will be interesting to see how the show runs and to hear the music that comes out of all this. You can peep the whole City Arts schedule here, and pick up tickets here

Bout to hit the Slopes...

Members Only and State of the Artist are at it again, this time around collaborating with LA based producers Ski Team to bring you Slopes. Parker, TH, and Hyphen8d did it again with this one with nice flows over piano, finger snaps and claps, some light guitar, mild horns, and what sound like Maracas. It is definitely an easy listen...a step down from the boom bap and a move towards jazzy. I can dig it, and it's free. Check it out.

Thursday, October 6, 2011

Notion - 3 Songs With MTK

First of all...apologies to my dude Notion. Dude sent this through in bad homey. I'm not quite sure how this one slipped through the cracks. I met Notion a while back at The Cornerstone and got hip. Dude is nice, and you know it's hard to go wrong with MTK on the slaps. Do yourself a favor and check it out. Hit up his bandcamp for other releases.

Mayhem feat. Craig G - I Ain't Lyin

The homey Mayhem dropped a video last week for the first single from Early May 3: Mo' Retro. The track, "I Ain't Lyin" features Craig G and visuals by Tony Serrano. Easily one of my favorite joints from the tape and some dope visuals too. Waasawki and EMS do it again.

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

State Of The Artist - High In The Air feat. Sol

Man I have been really impressed with some of the stuff SOTA has been doin lately. This one ain't bad either. "High In The Air" features Sol and production by Ski Team. This will serve as the first "leak" from their next project Slopes which will be entirely produced by the aforementioned Ski Team. Check it out...

SK - Raw (Prod. by BeanOne)

Must be time over at SnL to get some SK out there...this is the second joint that they've dropped with him recently. The first is here. "Raw" is a nice little gem over an incredible BeanOne beat.

Dyme Def - Dizzy Izzy video

Those guys Dyme Def (@DymeDef) have gone and done it again...literally. They went out and shot another video using an iPhone 4 this time. Remember way back when they did this...well like I said they did it again for their new single "Dizzy Izzy". Check it out:

Oh, and don't forget to hit the link here to get the single...

Monday, September 19, 2011

It’s in the Stars…

We’re apparently only weeks away from the much-anticipated release of John Crown’s Coffee and Beats…that’s right, just a few sleeps and wake-ups away!  Until then, Tha Deacon is tiding us over with a new video for a classic JC joint.  I’ll let him explain:

I put this track on a mixtape before I knew John, because I thought it was dope. I didn't honestly even know he was from Tacoma, or lived there. He heard the mixtape at a mutual friends' house, and my buddy got us in touch. Nothing too big... did I think it'd turn into this a year and a half later? Absolutely not. I believe things happen for a reason, and this is a song that still resonates with me, which is why I wanted to shoot a video for it. Not sure if everybody will pick up the style of the video, but where we have so many talented videographers locally doing all kinds of dope videos, I attempted to pay homage to my youth.

Love the song, love the story…peep:

John Crown – Shoot for the Stars

Friday, September 16, 2011

Jekyll and Hyde video kickstarter...

Arguably one of my favorite discoveries of the past year, and one of the most played albums on the ol' iPod, is Theoretics. Their debut album, in my humble opinion is incredible. You can read what I thought about it here. Mark, Chimaroke, Birch, Cameron, Arthur, Ben, and Adam teamed up with Garrett Gibbons to shoot the video for their first single Higher. The video turned out dope and they're looking to do it again, but on a grander scale this time and they would like to enlist your help. These fine gentlemen have started a Kickstarter campaign (a la Macklemore and Blue Scholars) to attempt to raise funds to shoot the video which will again be written and directed by Mr. Gibbons. Check out what the homey Mark Hoy, MC/vocalist, had to say about it:

This will not be a music video, not as people know music videos, especially as our region is concerned...This will be a work of art. Much like how we craft our songs and perform them live, with great care and consideration from an artistic perspective. I dont know if that is a viable 'sell point' to our audiences in trying to procure funds for making the video, but it is definitely one of the standout elements that WILL make it popular after people see it.
One of my hopes for the outcome of this video is to help set the Theoretics project apart from its regional hip hop brethren and affiliates... in the sense that it would help distinguish it as a different breed. Less concerned with following footsteps or appeal and more concerned with blessing people with music/videos/performances that reflect a much more refined artsy and well thought out approach to the genre.
That is some pretty deep shit right there, and I can dig it. Apparently the dudes are going overboard with costumes, sets, sci-fi visual effects, and "anachronistic period elements" to bring this thing to fruition. The theatrics of it remind me of another video that happened to be written and directed by Mr. Gibbons for Victor Shade (aka RA Scion)...Soothsayer. I, personally, am curious and would like to see this video made. So here is the low down, there are two ways you can support to the cause. First is hit up their Kickstarter page and donate there. The second, and the one that I personally recommend, is to attend their FREE/no cover (that's right I said FREE bitches) Kickstarter Fundraising Party/Performance at The Triple Door on September 23rd. There will be a laptop set up and open to their Kickstarter page where you can donate right there on site...not to mention have a few drinks, enjoy some great music, AND see Jekyll and Hyde performed live. If you're lucky you might even get a shot or two of Fireball! Now here is the part where you dig into that wallet and support great it...DO IT. Peace.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Seems like a good week for videos....

After premiering the Larue video last week, I found a couple others had dropped some as well that I thought I would share with you. The first is a nice little video from The Good Sin for "Bad About You" a joint off his most recent Late EP.

The second is a dope little animated joint from The Physics. The video is for "Delusions of Grandeur" from their dope new release Love Is A Business. This joint also features the very talented Mario and Malice Sweet on vocals.

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

Uncle BrainSlice recommends....

Yeah. I'm old enough to be your uncle. In fact I'm probably old enough to be your pops. I'm also old enough to know what your girl needs more than you do, SON. That's beside the point though, the point need to get some Metermaids all up in your ear. Let's take score: Sage Francis, Buck 65, M. Stine, DJ mahfuckin' Rob Swift, 9th Wonder. RoofTop Shake is the album. Go get it.

Scroobius Pip "Let 'Em Come" featuring P.O.S and Sage Francis

Tattooed girls behaving badly? I'm in.

Sunday, September 11, 2011

It Has Risen…(Pause)

Well, after a lot more time, money, called-in favors, vodka sodas, calories, Fireball, children, and miles of wear and tear than any of us expected (did he say “children?”), we finally wrapped up work on the long-awaited video for LaRue’s “Rise Up”.  Let me just tell you, it was worth every last dime, every hangover, every extra pound…maybe not that last one – anyway, the end result is something we’re pretty proud of – biased or not.  Without further ado, peep:

So many people to thank for all of their help on this AYCE/rumbl. media production, but you all know who you are.  If not, there’s a reason we didn’t thank you.  Dick.

Friday, September 2, 2011

“Rise” to the Occasion…


HurricaneLaRueActually, I’m just getting amped for a little shindig happening one week from today:  The Hurricane LaRue release party on September 9th at Chop Suey.  Not only am I really looking forward to the musical return from Florida of Seattle’s own Saturn Rising MC, but it will also be the debut of a little diddy we done did for Mr. LaRue

You see, I sit here behind the comfy confines of my keyboard, and pass judgment on all of the “Official Music Video”s that come across the inbox (just ‘cause it’s a video don’t make it official…jus’ sayin’).  Can’t help it, fam, it’s kinda my day job.  But, I joined forces with my dude Rich Phelps, and we actually put our money where our mouths are; next Friday’s show will also be the debut of the “Official Music Video” for LaRue’s “Rise Up". 

So, not only should everyone come out to support the release of Hurricane LaRue, you should also come do some judging of your own.  It’s cool…I deserve it.  But until then, you’ll only be able to look disapprovingly upon the promo - peep:

Giving You Mo’…

Two posts in one day??  Oh, SHIT!  Must be a special occasion…and it is!  Whenever a member of the extended AYCE fam blesses us with some newness, we wouldn’t be doing our jobs if we didn’t share.  Enter Mayhem.  You might remember a little joint called Early May 2 that we helped spread to the masses awhile back…no?  The fuck you doing??  Download that shit right now, and then get ready for another heapin’ helpin’ of dope shit, ‘cause Mr. May just dropped the next installment: Early May 3: Mo’ Retro
Jam-packed with all the rapid-fire, lyrical-lasers you could ask for, Mo’ Retro is another mixtape-mixture of new content and new takes on classic beats, and it’s definitely worth the easy motion of a mouse click.  Seriously, don’t be lazy.  Really looking forward to the release of May’s first LP, A Beautiful Mind, but this will definitely hold me over until that time. 
mayhem-Early May 3 Mo Retro (Front Cover)
Mayhem – Early May 3: Mo’ Retro

Waiting for the Crown…

Man…time to blow the dust off this here blog!  Got this in the inbox a few days ago (or maybe a week, if you wanna be a dick about it), but finally have a chance to post it up: the man, the myth, the soon-to-be legend, John Crown is getting ever closer to dropping the long-awaited Coffee and Beats!  That’s right, Tacoma’s top consumer of Black and Milds is apparently almost finished, as alluded to by the “Fall 2011” title slate at the end of this dope lil’ promo, peep:

Of course, the good Deacon blessed us with even more reminders of why we’re so anxious for JC’s joint to drop, including a filthy track with City Hall (Todd Sykes and EvergreenOne)…don’t sleep!

City Hall + John Crown - "Trouble on My Mind"

John Crown - In the Morning (live)

John Crown, EvergreenOne, Gazmo, Fice - Posse on Broadway remix (live from Top of Tacoma bar)

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Late Pass: Rollin’ Down the Block…Party, That Is (CHBP 2011 Review)

Catch: Let me explain something for y’all: Fireball is the DEVIL.  Because of this all-too-easy-to-drink fireballcinnamon potion of goodness, the Capital Hill Block Party finale is really pretty blurry to me.  Not that this should come as a surprise to anyone who regularly reads the words that fill up this blog – well, historically speaking, anyway.  Regardless, it seemed a fitting end to a somewhat forgetful Block Party.  Don’t get me wrong, there were certainly some highlights, but as far as hip-hop being represented at the annual hipster-gala, the weekend was probably deserving of the good dousing of whiskey it received on Sunday night.

Maybe it’s the fanboy in me (hella-hetero), but Mash Hall was the star of the show.  Or at least tied for top-billing with an artist to be named later.  Their typical energy-outpouring is enough to light up any stage on any evening.  But following Metal Chocolates – who put on a pretty nice show themselves – the artists formerly known as They Live coulda powered the entire Emerald City…for a got damn week!  I’m sure the return of Janae Jones helped fuel the fire here, but whatever it was, Them Team was on. fucking. POINT! 

I’m sure that many of the people crammed into the cozy confines of the venerable Neumos venue might point to the ever-crazy Mad Rad for energy-exerting bragging rights, but this is where I will ask you to re-read the very first line in this write-up.  Seriously, between myself, Benny, innocent-bystander Brainstorm, a friend and fellow blogger Jonathan, and a couple of other randoms that I barely recall (no offense), there were plenty of rounds filled with fiery libations…the receipt I found wadded up in the bottom of my pocket the next morning proves it.  You remember any of this, B?

Benny: Hazy at best. I spent a majority of the final act, until Mash Hall took the stage, bouncing between taking shots at Neumos and pounding free PBR's at Vitamin Water Lounge (shout out to Brainstorm on the VIP bracelet hookup). I remember sauntering (I saunter people, I don't stumble) back into Neumos after getting a "Mash Hall asshole" text from Catch and feeling like I just walked in to Japanese Bath with 600 fully clothed complete strangers. You could tell that high amounts of energy had been expended up to that point so I decided to camp out near the 2.5 ft tall industrial fan to try and stay cool. Courtesy: David Lichterman

Needless to say, once Mash Hall hit the stage that fan was like someone blowing hot breath in my face that smelled like a mixture of elbow sweat, beer, and indo. I was actually stoked to see Janae Jones back on stage singing hooks and rapping along while El Mizell and BlesOne bounced, danced (?), and cartwheeled across the stage. Ok, Ok, maybe there wasn't a cartwheel in there (that may have been the Fireball) but you get the picture. It would be awesome, though, if Larry and or Bles would throw one in next time.

Catch: Actually, I think that was me doing the cartwheel…Fireball, homes.  Anyway, like I said, Mad Rad closed it down (as far as I know), which is fitting since P-Smoov’s other outfit – Fresh Espresso – was the opening act of the three-day event.  Why not book-end the Block Party with Seattle’s own unlikeliest-looking hip-hop-hero?  The only hip-hop group to grace the main stage, FE brought their usual captivating stage presence along for the ride, much to the delight of the crowd.  Unfortunately, that there lies the problem: I feel like I’ve seen this same set/show about 15 times over the last two years.
Courtesy: Bobby McHugh
Don’t get me wrong: I’m a HUGE fan of P, Rude and Radjaw.  That said, I’m ready for some new shit.  There is hope, of course, as I did hear a couple cuts I hadn’t heard thus far (one of them including a shoutout to Mr. Stephan Gray – get yours homie!), but I’m not sure how many more times I can hear P say: “New album coming soon!  Holler atcha boys!”  HOLLER, already!  Regardless of all of this, they killed it…as usual.

Benny:  No surprise there, Fresh Espresso kills it every time...and that new "Barcelona" joint is crazy.
The Vera Stage was where we would remain for a majority of the rest of the evening as Sol, Shad, Kung Foo Grip, Brothers From Another, and THEESatisfaction would be gracing the stage. I should preface this by saying that I've been (and continue to be) a fan of Sol. He's smart, insightful, has some catchy lyrics and, if you follow him on twitter, seems like a down to earth dude. That being said, I wasn't all that impressed with his performance.

He was good on stage, played to the crowd, had Dice on back up vocals (which was nice BTW), but it was hisCourtesy: Nate Watters song choice that got me most. I felt that after the few joints he did from the first two Dear Friends tapes, the songs just fell off. It crash landed for me with the song "Trojans", an ode to the time-tested, male-approved prophylactic. My feeling was that he was playing to the crowd in attendance, like he should, of which a vast majority were beyond shitfaced emo teens in skinny jeans (or cutoff skinny jeans) waiting to see Ghostland Observatory. (Side Note: I do have to say that Ghostland put on quite the light show: best I've seen since Kanye's Glow In The Dark tour.)

Here's where I get my Marty McFly on and fast forward for a minute or two. I had heard a thing or two about Kung Foo Grip - Greg Cypher and Eff Is H -  but had yet to hear or see much of them, so I was looking forward to seeing their short set before Brothers From Another. Unfortunately, and to no fault of their own, the sound for both groups was shit and the mic was in and out through each set. To their credit, the young dudes continued to rock the stage and the crowd with even more intensity instead of just layin back. More on these two groups to come.

Courtesy: Nate WattersTHEESatisfaction closed out the Vera Stage in their usual funky, eclectic, soulful, hip-hop manner, in a sense calming what was otherwise a pretty raucous crowd.  But, by far, the highlight of the Vera Stage, in my opinion, was Shad. I think Catch would agree with me on this one.

Catch: Shit…highlight of the Vera?  I’d say it was about the highlight of the weekend!  Remember when I said Mash Hall was tied with someone else for top honors?  Yeah, that was Shad.  My favorite Kenyan-Canadian rapper took the stage to a genuine cheer from the crowd, drawing an equally genuine smile from the only non-local hip-hop act of the weekend.  What followed was 30-40 minutes of pure, unadulterated lyricism. Courtesy: Left Coast Letters

Despite a couple of minor miscues between he and DJ Hyphen, the set was jam-packed with verbal dexterity you just don’t get as much anymore.  It’s not often that I find myself waving my hands in the air anymore – more so because I’m getting lazy in my old age – but my hands seemed to have a mind of their own and didn’t want to come down throughout the show; the spirit got ahold of me!

Shad had the whole place humming (some of that might have been feedback from the “awesome” sound, but I digress).  From his perch in the front-middle of the crowd – where he stayed for almost the entire show - I’m pretty sure he wrung every last bit of ability out of that mic: in fact, he left that thing broke down and gasping for air.  Which probably explains the troubles that BFA and Kung Foo Grip had…that, or the sound folks just blew.

Benny: Speaking of: remember when I mentioned "more to come" on BFA and Kung Foo Grip...yeah me either, but lemme get back to them. On Sunday we headed over to the Café Vita Bean Room to catch a replay, Courtesy: Left Coast Lettersand hopefully better sound, as the two young groups took the stage once again. The sound was exponentially better and both kicked it to a capacity crowd of a whopping 50 people. Apparently Seattle Fire came and inspected the enclosed stage area and stated that the Max Capacity was only 50 people. Lame. Anyway, those four young whippersnappers came out like they had something to prove from the previous night and did a hellava job. Shout out to El Mizell for the Lil B and Dipset joints between shows, lol.

All in all, I felt the amount of hip-hop showcased this year at CHBP was small in comparison to the past. That being said, it seemed that every artist performing went above and beyond to prove that hip-hop should continue to become a larger part of CHBP in the future. I thought it was a great weekend for music and, of course, drinking. Thanks to Dave Meinart, Steve Manning, and the rest of the CHBP staff for having us and I look forward to doing it again next year.

Catch: P.S. – We had to miss Champagne Champagne and Don’t Talk to the Cops on Saturday, but I have no doubt that they tore it up.  Sorry we couldn’t make it…it won’t happen again.  Until the next time it happens.

P.S.S. – Fireball don’t play...but DAMN if it ain't deeeeelicious. 

Friday, August 5, 2011

MIKE CLASSIC - Michael (Video)

Man the growth this dude has shown over the past year or two is amazing. Check out CLASSIC's debut video for the track "Michael" off his upcoming mixtape, Where Amazing Happens. The video and the track are dope. Congrats homey.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

Macklemore - Wings (Video)

It took some time but it finally dropped last week...then of course it took another week for us to bring it to you! Check out the new Macklemore video for "Wings" shot by the good Dr. Zia.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival 2011 Recap

The Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival, for those of you that don't know, is an annual festival put on by Brooklyn Bodega for the means for celebrating not only music but the entire hip-hop culture. Last year the format was expanded from a one day music festival to one full week of showcases and forums reflecting and effecting hip-hop. This year included the Show & Prove Super Bowl, "Under the Influence" Art Event, Bodega Education Initiative, Salute The DJ, Bodega Awards Recognition, Family and festival day, and culminated with an afterparty. 

Show & Prove Super Bowl at Brooklyn Bowl

Show & Prove is a showcase of independent hip-hop artists from around the country that were all competing to be the opening act at this years festival. Winners from three previous competitions came together at the "Super Bowl" event and a winner was chosen. This years artists included Chris Faust, L.A, and Clear Soul Forces and was held at Brooklyn Bowl. 
Chris Faust opened the show the event performing with a live band and back up singer. I remember Faust from a few years back when, like I stated above, he used to go by Print but had kinda lost track of him a long the way. He put on a good performance. He worked the stage but nothing to memorable, honestly, and I like dude. Maybe I went into it expecting too much from someone that has been around as long as he has been.                                                                           Next up was Brooklyn native and fan favorite, if for no other reason that she is from Brooklyn, L.A. I was a bit disappointed by her performance. She clearly had the crowd support as she jumped down into a crowd of her friends to perform and dance, but lacked the ability to perform for the WHOLE crowd. She chose her group of people and kicked it to them, knowing that if she could get them live enough then it might earn her the win, which it eventually did. One thing that may have left a bad taste in my mouth is this...dropping the mic. She spit some mediocre verse and then dropped the mic and walked away, only to come back and pick it up for another verse. She lost me right there. If you drop the mic on purpose and walk away, you better have spit a hot 16 and blown the stage up...figuratively speaking. Gimme a damn break!
Detroit's Clear Soul Forces closed out the Show & Prove portion of the event. They had energy, enthusiasm, their delivery was on point, and they moved the crowd. Wimpy, J-Roc, E-Fav, and Iljade played off one another and to the crowd in such a way that I was positive they were gonna go on to perform on Saturday. As I mingled through the crowd prior to the announcement, all the buzz was about Clear Soul Forces. Apparently the "judges" didn't feel the same...and declared L.A the winner.
The night was not over yet though, as we soon found out. Up next were performances by The Artifacts, J-Live, and Camp Lo. The Artifacts were good...not great. J-Live put on a great set. I like dude, he is truly the "Triple Threat". The highlight of the night though was definitely Camp Lo. Maybe it's because I am a fan, but Sonny Cheeba and Geechi Suede killed it. They played all their classics and a few joints from their new mixtape with Pete Rock, 80 Blocks From Tiffany's. The Show & Prove Super Bowl was definitely a great kickoff (no pun intended) the festival.

Salute The DJ

We all know that the DJ is an essential part of hip-hop culture, this night was to recognize those that manage the wheels and to pay homage to Mr. Magic with featured sets from the legendary Marley Marl, Grand Wizzard Theodore, Mista Sinista (X-ecutioners), Rholi Rho (5th Platoon/IBP), Chairman Mao (ego trip), Twilite Tone, DJ Getlive and hosted by Torae. All bullshit aside, this night was dope. Other than the main day,  I think this is the portion of the festival that I was most looking forward to...Salute The DJ. I was not disappointed. They all killed it...the DJ set highlights for me were DJ GETLIVE and Mista Sinista. GETLIVE and Rholi Rho were on the wheels together and put on an incredible set of back and forth turntablism that I have never seen before. Check out Mista Sinista below.

Then for the grand finale and dayum this was crazy. Marley Marl took the stage and brought some friends with him for his "Rap Attack" showcase. Just a little history for those of you who, like me, weren't quite hip to the Rap Attack: 
Rap Attack was New York City’s first exclusive rap radio show on WBLS airwaves in 1982 with Mr. Magic as the host and Marley Marl as the DJ. Not only did “Rap Attack” pave the wave for virtually all Hip-Hop radio shows but also gave birth to a number of Hip-Hop careers including Biz Markie, Rakim, Big Daddy Kane, Kool G Rap Pete Rock, Masta Ace and of course the tremendous legacy of The Juice Crew.
Along with Marley Marl came Craig G, Roxanne Shante, Keith Murry, Force MDs,  as well as hip-hop pioneers the Cold Crush Brothers. It was insane to see all those artists take the stage in one night. The highlights of the showcase included the Cold Crush Brothers on bended knee crooning to all the fake rappers out there, and the funky dance moves of the Force MDs. Check it out...

Continue after the cut for the wrap up of the Main Day performances...

Thursday, July 7, 2011

NightWalker Hates You – An AYCE Interview.

Hey you. Yeah, you. The dude that thinks he has his finger on the pulse of Hip Hop. You missed something, and that something is called “Walking At Night”. It is an essential record, created by one man alone, and that man’s name is NightWalker. Maybe watch the video. Maybe read the interview. If not, go fuck yourself.

BrainSlice: How exactly would you describe a “fist-full of fuck yous”?

NightWalker: (laughs) Basically I don't give a fuck. Its some fuck the world shit. Instead of a fist full of money, I got a fist full of fuck yous. In that moment. Not in general.

BS: You've been nice to me, so I wouldn’t assume you're a complete psychopath 100 percent of the time.

NW: No no, just the general public that just consume and don't really contribute, just take whatever they are force-fed. I have a fist full of fuck yous for them. Yeah, Fuck you.

BS: You have a lot to say on the album about the state of Hip Hop right now. How do you feel about the artists out there that are in a position of power that could say something about it, but don't?

NW: The radio is garbage. It's not even rap or Hip Hop, it's pop music. Lil Wayne, Justin Bieber, Britney Spears, Lady Gaga, It's all the same genre.

BS: People tend to automatically assume I listen to the trash that's on the radio when I tell them I listen to Hip Hop.

NW: I have the same problem. I don't even tell people I'm a rapper, I tell them I'm a musician. I don' t want to be type-cast into that role where people look at me funny. They picture me rockin' club shit, and that’s not what I do. I tell people: “I rap, but not the kind of rap that you think.”

BS: Right. You have to say that, or you will be pigeon-holed into a category you don't want to be in.

NW: As far as artists not saying things when maybe they should, I don't know who you are referring to, but if I ever got on a stage at the MTV awards or something like that, I would say: "Fuck you, you all suck." A lot of these dudes don't even write their own shit, or produce it. They have stylists to help them pick their clothes. They are literally a product, or a commercial for a product. Anyone can make words rhyme over a catchy beat. I can do that, but I choose to talk about things that have substance. Things that I see, and how I feel about them. If you don't do that, then what does the music really mean? Like I said on the album: "Hip Hop isn't dead you just started liking gay shit." I don't blame the artists, or the suits. I blame the fans that get tricked into listening to the shit and thinking it's cool. That's who is to blame. If no one listened to the songs, went to the concerts, or watched the videos, the whole fucking empire would crumble. It's a fucking business. I can't hate on a business, because their whole objective is to make money. They don't give a fuck about the artists or their credibility. That is why so many artists get fucking chewed up and spit out. I was here 10 years ago, and I'll be here 10 years from now, no matter how many copies I sell. I'm doing it the way it should be done.

BS: It is obvious to me that you are a Do-It-Yourself kind of guy. Give me a run-down of how you went about making "Walking At Night" on your own.

NW: In my life generally I've found that anytime you are relying on someone other than you to handle shit, it just doesn't work. With this album I wanted to make a statement. I don't need to have all these different producers and MC's to piggy-back off of. You can feature a popular MC and then later people realize you're not cool with him, you just paid him for a feature. The "featuring so-and-so" thing has happened so much that it has Walker_n_Judgelost it's value. I don't give a fuck about how the industry, or even the underground, is working. I'm gonna do my shit how I think it should be done, because it's mine. I started making beats because I wasn't really feelin' what I was hearing, and I just decided that I was going to produce my entire album, with no features. I don't give a fuck how much it sells, I did it on my own. I can hand this to someone and say "This is mine, I did this." I mean, is it really YOUR album, or YOUR painting if other people helped you create it?

BS: Why so much harsh language, specifically the "F" word?

NW: "Fuck" or "Faggot"? (Laughs) I think there's a lot of faggot shit going on. That doesn't mean guys making out with each other. When I call someone a faggot, I mean they're being a pussy, or a bitch. I don't know when wearing skin-tight jeans became cool. I don't know when skateboarding became a trend. I rode a skateboard when I was a kid. Now I see kids walking around carrying skateboards like they are accessories. The music, the TV….I don't even watch TV. Everything around me is just turning gay. I know gay people. I don't go around bashing gays. People can get offended by the language if they want, but it is not being used in that way. I'm not referring to people that are literally gay when I call someone a faggot. It's just that everything has become soft now. When we were kids, we would fight all the time. Now if there is a fight, someone will get arrested and/or sued.

BS: What does it feel like to smack someone in the face with your skateboard?

NW: I'm not going to say that I've done that, but I would imagine that it feels pretty good. I imagine hitting someone in the head with anything would feel pretty good…...if they deserved it. Plus you don't wanna hurt your hands or anything.

BS: A skateboard is a pretty awesome weapon.

NW: I would have to agree.

BS: What is the last song you listened to before this interview?

NW: I was just listening to Eyedea and Abilities. I've always been a fan of Atmosphere, and I like Brother Ali, but I just barely came across them. I went out and copped "By The Throat" and "E&A".

BS: Now for the corny-ass question. Who is your favorite MC of all time?

NW: I honestly couldn't even tell you.

BS: I won't hold you to it. It's something that changes for me all the time.

NW: It depends on what mood I'm in. Kool G Rap. Big L. Big Pun. I also like a lot of the kids in my camp. Jack Progresso. Diabolic. If I really had to say….Big L….he said a lot of really dark shit and his punchlines were ridiculous. I like Sage Francis, Aesop Rock, it just depends on what time you ask me. Overall I'd probably have to go with Kool G Rap or Big L.

BS: What's up with this whole "Dead Rabbits" thing?

NW: Me, Grimm, Insidious, Diabolic, Bad Karma, I could keep giving names, but basically there's a whole fucking army of us. We've all known each other for a long time, and there are a lot of people down with us that don't even rap. Graff writers, artists and shit. It's more of a movement than a rap crew. We basically can do anything we need to do on our own. If we feel we need to get involved with something, we might end up on some "now youse can't leave" type of shit. [Ed's Note: That is a well-placed "Bronx Tale" reference]. We're a family that looks out for one another.

BS: How did you get involved with Red Phone Records?

NW: I did some work with Just-1 and I stayed in touch with them. Matt Charette hit me up and put me in touch with Matt Maddox. We talked a bit and it just seemed like a good fit for me. They're all focused more on artist development rather than just putting shit out to get money. They've been good with everything and I'm happy there.

BS: What is the last book you have read?

NW: Bukowski. “Tales Of Ordinary Madness”. It's a bunch of short stories. All he writes about is drinking and sleeping with women. I've read a lot of his books. I used to read a lot of history books and conspiracy theory type shit. I basically drove myself crazy with that shit so I try to stay away from it. It's much easier to read about women and drinking. I also read a lot of Hunter S. Thompson, Hemingway, etc.

BS: On the album you mention listening to Rage Against The Machine as a kid. What is the best RATM song ever?

NW: Impossible to say. The entire first album is my favorite song. They were one of the first bands that I really got into. As a kid I listened to it over and over, and they are a huge inspiration to me. A lot of bands and MC's have been influenced by them, even if they don't realize it. When I was a kid, I didn’t really understand what Zack was talking about. It was really ahead of it's time.

That’s it kids. In the words of the man himself, “Buy my shit, Now.” Go cop the album on the Red Phone Records site, Nightwalker’s site, or on Itunes. It’s pure hardcore Hip Hop. Support it.

Thursday, June 30, 2011

Givin’ You “The Goods”

What up y’all? Things been a little quiet around these parts lately (muhfuckas been a little busy, aight??), but got a good one to share today…literally. Our partners from the Bean sent through this video for Revalation’s latest single, the title track from the upcoming The Goods EP. It’s definitely a nice cut, featuring AYCE-fav Mayhem, and produced by Tha Silent Partner (Waasawki in the buildin’!)…peep:

Go ahead and show some love by hitting up iTunes for the single.  In the meantime, can you Boston folk stop bogarting all the got damn championships??  Leave some for the rest of us…dicks.

Thursday, June 23, 2011

The Dynamic Duo.

Panacea’s next album cover? Design by Catch.


Check out the homies on Twitter: Raw Poetic, K-Murdock. Dudes are always busy, whether it's together as Panacea, or on their multiple side projects. We just thought we would help speed the release of their next Panacea album by providing this DOPE Album cover art. Free of're welcome K!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Helluvastate - Brain Champagne (Video)

Little late getting around to this one too, my bad. MembersOnly and Cloudnice representers Thadwick Tristen Trevor III and Swan Coltrane (AKA TH and TaySean of State of the Artist and Helladope respectively) dropped a video for their joint, "Brain Champagne" off their Adventures in Helluvastate album. The video also features their, uh hum, chauffer JarvDee and is directed by MR. Stephan Gray check out his other videos here.

THADWICK TRISTEN TREVOR lll & SWAN COLTRANE - "Brain Champagne" (Official Music Video) from Stephan Gray on Vimeo.

Khingz - Sea City (Video)

Not quite sure how I missed this but Khingz dropped a video for "Sea City" off is Khake and Khool-Aid EP and it's kinda dope. Everytime I see dude I seem to be wearing this Tacoma Rainers fitted and he always compliments me on he got the dope one on in this video.

Sea City from Dume41 on Vimeo.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

It's that funk...

While perusing the inbox I came across an email from a member of the funk/jazz/hip-hop band 20Riverside out of the Everett WA. If you see some of the emails we, and others, get then you know what I'm talking about when I say it's good to get a down-to-earth email from someone who has actually taken the time to read and follow your writing. So I took the time to check them out as was well worth it. I'll let them describe their music:
20 Riverside is a six-piece funk/hip-hop group from the greater Seattle area. Their music blends the classic rock and brassy horns of Chicago, the funky grooves of Tower of Power, and the hip-hop rhythms and socially conscious lyrics of The Roots. They met playing in high school jazz band together and years later, combined their disparate influences into a unique, infectious sound that is 20 Riverside.
A couple things came to mind while watching their video for "Sing Your Song", looking over their Reverbnation page (linked above), and looking at their pictures. First, and foremost, I like the music. A dope blend of funk, and jazz music with a dash of hip-hop and rock. If you read my write up on the Theoretics, then you already know that I dig this type/style of music. Even more telling is that as I write this, and their album Good Medicine plays through the speakers, my co-worker is sitting here tapping her foot and asks "Who is this?".  Looks like I may have landed them another new fan! Second thought, and this is purely random, is that these dudes look like they would be some fun guys to kick it with, check out the video and you'll see what I'm sayin...hilarity ensues.

Take the time to check these guys out, I think you will be pleasantly surprised. There really is a bit of something for everyone. I, for one, am looking forward to hearing the rest of this album and more. Oh, and if you like what you hear you can let them know via Twitter if you are so inclined. Peace.

Frank Ramz - Caution!

Seems like it's been a while since we heard any of that new stuff from Frank Ramz, I know dude has been busy working on *Quite Frankly...* though so I'm not mad. My guy sent through a new track that didn't quite make the cut "Caution!". Check it out below and *Quite Frankly...* coming soon.

M-Dot - The Difference (Video)

The homey M-Dot has been a busy dude lately, what with being a world traveler and all. This particular video, for the single "The Difference", comes to you via Switzerland based production team SoulSlicers. Their upcoming album, Boost Da Soul, drops June 21st.  Don't forget to hit the link below for the download.

Oh and FYI, I have that same Patriots fitted, a birthday gift courtesy of Catch...

Thursday, May 19, 2011

You Should Definitely “Like This”

Lemme see: 2 + 2 = 4 and John Crown + Action Bronson = holyfuckingshit!!! 

likethis2If you don’t know who either/both of these emcees are, do me a favor and take whatever you have handy – e.g. your mouse, phone, laptop, that Steel Reserve tallboy, whatever – and bash yourself in the face.  Three times.  Done?  Good.  Now hurry up and DL this track featuring two of AYCE’s favorite up-and-comers, produced by Mike Weed, one of the plethora of talented producers that call the 253 home.  From Queens to Tacoma, it’s a bi-coastal bitch-slap, and you’ll thank me for it when you come-to.  Trust me.

John Crown featuring Action Bronson (produced by Mike Weed) – “Like This”

Friday, May 6, 2011

Grieves and Budo - Bloody Poetry (Video)

Check out the new video from Grieves for Bloody Poetry, produced by Budo. The video was shot and directed by Griff J from Seattle. Apparently Grieves was strapped to a plank and raised about 70ft into the air...F U C K that. Check for Grieves' Rhymesayer's debut, entirely produced by Budo, "Together/Apart" dropping June 21st...or preorder it here.

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Did you throw a Trident?

Just wanted to pass on a little something that came through the inbox a few weeks ago and I have been listening to on and off since. Charlie Smarts (1/5 of Kooley High) officially dropped his solo mixtape, Trident, on April 26th. While not overwhelmingly dope, the mixtape is consistently pretty good. I mean, I liked what I heard, but as in everything, it may not be for everyone. I think that most will find something they like. The best part is it's if it's not for you then you didn't lose anything. Check it out, and hop over to The Deacon's spot to check out more on the Kooley High crew.