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)

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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.
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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?

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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.

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

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Ewww...Yuk!

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.