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 well...it 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 free...so 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.

Elzhi - Halftime (Video)

Whoa...I happened on a friendly discussion on Twitter the other day between ThaDeacon and The Good Sin about who is better Elzhi or Big K.R.I.T. It really wasn't on some "one is wack" shit though. It was acknowledged that both are nice, but which is nicer. I side with Deacon, K.R.I.T. is dope but he's not quite Elzhi. That discussion was held before I even heard (or saw the video) for "Halftime" off Elzhi's free album, Elmatic, set to drop here May 10th. This joint is filthy...

Elzhi - Halftime Official video from GerardVictor.com on Vimeo.

DJ Brans feat M-Dot - Pull Me Down (Video)

Check out the visuals for a new cut from M-Dot. Pull Me Down will be featured on DJ Brans upcoming, yet to be named album.... I dig the song and the visuals are nice, but what are the dudes dancin in the background doin!?!