Monday, December 17, 2012

“Sittin’” Back…

Besides what’s going on here in the city where I live, sometimes it’s hard to find younger cats that really get me excited.  Not that they aren’t out there, but in this new world we live in, cutting through the clutter to find the gems takes more energy and time than I have.  Sometimes, though, the good ones have a way of finding you.  Luckily, my laziness didn’t stop Kendall Elijah from locating my ear drums. 
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One of my billion regrets is not writing about his 2011 EP: Eli Dynamite.  It’s a free download, and worth every second of your time and energy (the video for “The Wild” is also not to be missed).  Enough of the past, though.  Today is about tomorrow, something I think this dude will be a big part of – or at least deserves the opportunity to be.  
Once again tapping a classic sample to serve as a foundation for his unique flow and singing style, Kendall Elijah (courtesy producer The Pyrex Kid) channels his inner Otis on “Sittin’,” a new release for your aural pleasure.  Don’t even trip, he does it more than justice.  But don’t take my word for it.  Here it is, no energy needed…just a click, you lazy bastards:


Or, https://soundcloud.com/kendall-elijah/sittin, just in case.

Friday, December 14, 2012

The Truth is Outchea…

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My fellow earthlings! I have returned from an otherworldly experience. It’s been months, but my excuse is Rick-solid: I was abducted by extraterrestrials. The things I’ve seen…and, more importantly, heard. They cannot be unheard. Then again, I don’t WANT them to be unheard.
Don’t worry: The E.T.s was coo! No probing, or any other pause-worthy type shit. No, these Alien Life Forms, clip_image004or ALFs for short (gawd I loved that fucking show; holds up, too, in case you’re wondering) just wanna kick it. Blow some spacely trees, sip some Henny (or Goose, in my case), and bob your head to some unearthly knocks…these four martian-mahfuckas had me on some Saturn-swag.
They called themselves Tay Sean, Jerm D, Mikey Nice and Jarv Dee, and kept talkin’ clip_image006about bein’ from Cloud Nice. All I know is that together as Kingdom Crumbs, they put out some…ahem, Helladope fantastic flow over some etherealelectronicdiscofunkadelicsmokedout beastly beats. The planets and stars aligned for this one, fambly.
Now, it’s true, this self-titled debut has been out in the universe for a minute. Maybe you already copped this cosmic drop, and maybe you’ve been noddin’ along knowingly to this lil’ dispatch. Good for you. Hook me up with a late pass, though. I can’t help it, I’ve been on an intergalactic trip for a bit. Abducted, even. I ain’t mad though.
In fact, between the spacely-trees and Kingdom Crumbs LP (which you can get for whatever you want to pay for it…don’t be cheap, son), I got a bad case of the UFO: Unidentified Fiendin’ Outchea. Get you some.
Live long and prosper, bitches.
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Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Murry Christmas, Bitches…

Awe man, it’s been a minute.  Never fear, though, I come bearing gifts.  Sean P has been on fire lately (more on that coming your way courtesy Brainslice…or so I’m told), leaving a trail of wack rappers curled up in the fetal position wherever he goes.  Mix in a little holiday spirit with that Mic Tyson-flow, and apparently you get ass-flavored candy canes, a toothbrush full of balls, and rap hands.  Coal never sounded so good.  Peep:

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Time-Out, Rape Jokes, and Rare Chandeliers.

Recently this text message was received by my cellular telephone:

“Zip it asshole... As a matter of fact, because of your actions throughout the entire day, you're in text purgatory for the next couple hours. You sit there and think about what you did today...the mustache, the rape jokes, and now speaking ill of the beautiful Shiva.”

Benny, Catch, and Digg are all ignoring me. It is not a crime to have a mustache, and we live in the USA, therefore if I want to make jokes about various Utah Jazz alumni sodomizing Digg, I fucking CAN. Who the fuck is Shiva anyway? Nevermind, I don’t care.

A lot of good music out lately, so rather than harassing my crew via text, I thought I would mention one of these recent releases. After all I have been silent for too long.
If you haven’t already seen this…..you’re welcome.

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This mixtape (or whatever the hell we call it these days) is just another installment in the continual stream of ridiculous beats and rhymes that flow from the man that is called Action Bronson. Of course, Alchemist is always nice on the production as well. I gotta say right now "Bitch I Deserve You" featuring Evidence is my favorite joint. Smooth as hell. Jump on over to EGO TRIP and download it.

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Inspiration....finally.

It seems like it has been forever since I last hopped on here and decided to impart some of my opinions upon you. I just haven't been feeling very inspired by music lately, not that there hasn't been anything good released...just nothing inspirational to me I guess. Funny that the one thing that brought me back was actually released like 6 months ago. Iron Solomon's debut album Monster, which I remember hearing about and then promptly forgot dropped in March and today they dropped a video for the track "Get On My Level". I don't know if it's the video or the song itself...just watch.


Saturday, August 18, 2012

P.O.S. - We Don't Even Live Here. Is it October 23rd Yet?



This is BrainSlice, being excited for the new P.O.S. album. Seriously folks, "Never Better" is quite possibly one of my favorite albums of all time, and it has been a long wait since then for the next P.O.S. project. I'm ready.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The Physics - Tomorrow People Teaser (video)

I have a feeling, from this little teaser, that this new Physics album is going to be stupid dumb. Check out the teaser below and get your tickets for the album release party at Neumos on August 25th here.




S.E.V. - Snap backs freeverse


Maaaannn, playin catch up on shit sucks...cause this is exactly what I want to get out there. I need an intern.  I have been bumpin this S.E.V. (of Dyme Def) freeverse since Brainstorm sent it out a couple weeks ago. I can't even tell you how long I have been waitin on some S.E.V. solo shit. Looks like it's finally gonna happen...Wordsmith LP coming soon.






Yirim Seck - Crescendo (prod. by Marcus D)


Seattle's own Yirim Seck (pronounced Yidim) dropped the first single from his latest project, Audio D'oeuvre's EP. "Crescendo" has the smooth sounds that we have come to expect from a track produced by Marcus D and is complemented well by Yirim's consistent delivery.




Wednesday, August 1, 2012

BeanOne remixes always hit the spot...

Where the fuck was I on July 26th when BeanOne and Fearce dropped their remix to Nas's "One Love"? Oh wait, I know, sifting through all the bullshit to find the gems. Check out how Bean flipped it:
Nas's classic "One Love," originally produced by Q-Tip, gets the remix treatment by Fearce & BeanOne (of Dyme Def). Using the first two verses off the original, Fearce adds a first person narrative for the middle verse, playing the role of the inmate that Nas is writing. On production, Bean flips The Supremes 1966 classic "You Can't Hurry Love." Stay tuned for more remixes from these two Seattleites #YukTheWorld


Hold Me Back...ummm...check please.

Words can't even explain. I'm gonna give Ricky a few of them in the form of advice though...ahem... *looks directly into camera #1 with a solemn face* ...put on a shirt...GODDAMMIT.



Hey, I'm not gonna lie either...it's a little homoerotic with all the dudes packed in there jumpin around with their shirts off. Jussayin.

P.S. You'd think he's drop a few l.b.s just by virtue of jumpin around and sweatin his big ass is doin.


It's definitely Windows Down time in the Town...


Whooo, my guy Brainstorm (of Dyme Def) dropped the first single from The Celestine Prophecy 2. "Windows Down" (produced by Bleak)is one of those joints that you literally roll the windows down, open the sun roof and turn up to obscene levels...then roll like Cane




Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Stop being so Childish...

This dude Childish Gambino (aka Donald Glover) just dropped his new mixtape Royalty shortly after midnight. Gotta love it when shit hits the streets when it's supposed to.... I haven't had a chance to listen but the features on this thing are nutty. They include Ghostface, RZA, Bun B, Schoolboy Q, Danny Brown, Ab-Soul, and more. I'm intrigued...



Friends With The Help - As The Light Hits You (video)

The good people at Chamberlain Drive sent through a new video from their group Friends With The Help and I think it's pretty neato. Actually, I like it a lot. The trio from East Vancouver, BC, is made up of DJ K-Rec, Low Lux, and Young Nig. The video is for a track called "As The Light Hits You" and is from the groups sophomore release, Confidence. It "follows a young boy exploring an empty world with only a pair of MC's in his headphones for company". Pick up the album here and we can listen together.




From the Inbox...Summer Edition

So I'm 100% positive that there will be more of these as the summer goes along. Truly, who wants to be inside on a computer when it's nice outside? So I got some things in here, some new and some older but just haven't got around to getting to them...apologies to all.

J. Pinder recently dropped the second video from his debut album Careless for the track, "A Learning Game. The video is dope and shot in POV perspective. Check it out and go cop the album here.



I can't say that I have ever been a fan of La Coka Nostra but I am a fan of ill beats and DJ Premier laid a dope one down for these dudes to rap to on "Mind Ya Business" which will be on there soon to be released Masters Of The Dark Arts droppin July 31st. Included after the video are the first two "leaks" from the album, "Malverde Market" and "My Universe".





Fearce and BeanOne (of Dyme Def) dropped the visuals for a joint, "Bully", that was not included on their album There Goes The Neighborhood. I couldn't describe the meaning/purpose for this video any better so I'll let them do it for you:

In recent years, bullying has become an international epidemic that's been coupled with a devastating rise in suicide by those victimized by their antagonizers.  The issue has become subject to intense scrutiny by the media, where we've learned that Bullying is not blind to gender, race, or age, as exemplified in the recent case of Karen Klein, the bus monitor.  For the latest set of visuals by Seattle's Fearce & BeanOne (of Dyme Def), the emcee/producer duo shed light on the issue by painting a picture of the physical and emotional hardship of a bullied student who feels that his only way out is by taking his own life. Through this video, Fearce and Bean hope that those suffering from the hands of a bully, may utilize the resources available to help them get through what may otherwise feel like a dead end.

This is definitely a very heated and deep subject throughout the US right now with all the videos like  this floating around. Peep the video and get the track here.



Seattle OG Fleeta Partee recently dropped his LIFEMUZIK EP and visuals for the second single, "Inception" produced by The Town's own Vitamin D. The video is directed and shot by The Note. The Note is on his video game right now, I like what he's doin. Cop the album here, and check out the first single "The City" here.



Well, I think that's it...another successful edition of "From The Inbox" brought to you by me....bitches. Everyone have a happy and safe 4th of July. Peace.


Sunday, July 1, 2012

Capitol Hill Block Party 2012


Ladies, kids, and I guess I'll include dudes (against my better judgement) it is almost that time of year again. The time when music of all kinds, people of all kinds, stages, and adult alcoholic beverages take over the Pike/Pine corridor in Seattle...Capitol Hill Block Party 2012 is right around the corner. Well, July 20-22 to be exact. Initially billed as the "final" CHBP, sources say that was all a marketing/media hoax. By sources I mean the internet, just to be clear that I don't have and confidential informants...or maybe I do.
As I peruse this years lineup, as usual, there is a great showing of local hip-hop/R&B artists: Fresh Espresso, Nacho Picasso, Blue Sky Black Death, Kung Foo Grip, RA Scion, Don't Talk To The Cops, Spac3man, Keyboard Kid, and Fly Moon Royalty. Toss in Rhymesayers stalwarts Aesop Rock (with Rob Sonic and DJ Big Wiz) and Doomtree and you've got a lineup straight out of a Brainslice wet dream. I have to admit I am a little intrigued by Spaceghostpurrp as I listen to one of his mixtapes as we speak and Spoek Mathambo. Call it a hunch.
There is definitely something for everyone at CHBP with an eclectic group of rock, electronica, funk, pop, and just about anything you can imagine packed into 3 days. Check out the videos below announcing the lineups and get your tickets here.





See you there...


Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Otayo Dubb is for the Children…

This video gem fittingly dropped on Father’s Day.  A thing of beauty, perfectly matching the tone of the MTK-produced song by Beatrock’s own, Otayo Dubb.  Top notch effort by all involved…peep:

Thursday, June 14, 2012

This dude might ACTUALLY be crazy...

Incase you missed it, Action Bronson dropped a new video for his joint "Steve Wynn" off his Blue Chips project which you can get here. I also included a previously released video for "Hookers At The Point", also from Blue Chips, just to prove my point. I love this dudes "I don't give a fuck" attitude. Come to think of it, Rik Cordero directed both videos...maybe he is the crazy one.







Noah Vinson, Frank Ramz, and Rich-P - Humans In Hollywood (Video)

Noah Vinson, Frank Ramz, and Rich-P teamed up on this track that will be featured on Vinson's The Life and Rich P's The Assassination Mixtape. They also decided to drop a video for "Humans In Hollywood". Here's what they had to say about the concept:
"Humans In Hollywood" came from me thinking about how people react to fame, and i've seen what fame does, people let success get to their heads and I feel like with me it will never get that way so I will never know what it means to be "Hollywood" as some would say.
 Check out the video below then hit the link to download. Peace.






Monday, June 11, 2012

“Boys become men, men become fathers, and we do the best we can.”

I am the father of two amazing kids. A daughter, and a son. Earlier tonight I went for a drive with my daughter. We listened to Macklemore:  “And We Danced” over and over. While some of the content is not necessarily appropriate for a 12-year-old, it just seemed like the right choice for the moment. We both needed something upbeat and fun, and she loves that song. Earlier we had taken her younger brother back to his mother, and were in a bit of a somber mood.
I bring this up because I feel very strongly that an important component of my parental influence on my children revolves around music. From Muddy Waters and Chuck Berry, to Johnny Cash, Janis Joplin, Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Ramones and The Rolling Stones, all the way up to The Beastie Boys, NWA, Michael Jackson, Rage Against The Machine, A Tribe Called Quest, De La Soul, Jack White, and Bop Alloy. I could go on and on, but you get the point. My hope is that she will remember. That she will pair the moments in her life where she heard good music with important life lessons. That she will not forget what she felt and heard, and what she learned.
When we jump in the car tomorrow morning, it will be the usual routine. I’ll say: “I need a good one” as I scroll through my IPod. We will probably start with Black Rebel Motorcycle Club: “Stop”, and go from there. One day I’ll hand the IPod to her.




BFA with a PSA...It's Taco Tuesday


Some of you youngsters might not remember the inception of Taco Tuesday...shit some of you might not know what it is now. I know two that do though...Goon and Cole...aka Brothers From Another. Since I got hip with their Too Soon EP in 2009, I think I have heard everything released from these two young cats from Seattle. Taco Tuesday is probably their most complete project to date and continuing to rep the town HARD with tracks like "Molly Moons", "Sonic Boom", and "Hotel Monaco". They also decided to bring a long a few of their friends and Town vets, Malice and Mario Sweet, Thig Nat (of The Physics), Geo aka Prometheus Brown (of Blue Scholars), and DJ 100Proof (of Members Only). I can get down with every track on Taco Tuesday, but "Sonic Boom" is the cut. I can't tell you if it's the maturity of their verses, the beat, or the mix by DJ 100Proof, but I find myself gravitating towards this track. You know, it's one of those start with it, then play through the EP, and then end with it kinda tracks for me. Don't take my word for it though, pick up your own copy tomorrow, Taco Tuesday, at the link below.  Peace.




Thursday, May 31, 2012

Fatal Lucciauno - Big Bro (Video)

The night before I left for Sasquatch I opened the email from Sportn' Life with the new video from Fatal Lucciauno then amongst everything I forgot post it up. The video is for "Big Bro" off his most recent album, Respect. Check it out and cop the album here or here.




J.Pinder - Careless (Album)


J.Pinder's new album, Careless, is another project that I have been waiting for...and it just kinda sprung upon me. I was checkin the inbox and saw and email that he was featured on MTV Buzzworthy Blog and that is where I first learned that it would be dropping 5 days later on May 29th. Fast forward 5 days and just as planned there it is and along with it a interview on HipHopDX.  This is all a good look for the Seattle artist. Check out the video for his first single, "Never No" featuring Dice, from Careless below then hit the link and cop the album. Peace.







This should be played at high volume, preferably in a residential neighborhood...enjoy.

Oh. Shit. Son. Now don't get me wrong there are a couple projects that I have been waiting on but this one here...I have been waiting and waiting. Here it is, finally. Fearce and BeanOne of Dyme Def collabed on this, which should be 12 tracks of pure gold. 



Sasquatch Day Four: A Triumphant Return

As I was sitting dialing the number to my bank early Monday morning I thought to myself, "Self you should hold up on calling just yet. You forgot to check back at the campground lost and found". When I arrived there and told the young woman my name she replied, "Hmmm, sounds familiar". YESSS, and a few momemts all three cards were safely back in my wallet and we were headed to the festival grounds for the final day of Sasquatch 2012 and it was a warm one. I took the morning off once again to write up the day before. After battling the internet connection for a couple hours I was done and on my way
Gary Clark Jr is a blues guitarist from Austin, Texas. I first heard of him a few weeks before while watching the NFL Draft where Clark collaborated with Nas on the theme song for this years draft. I immediately copped his 4 track EP, Bright Lights, and when I saw him on the lineup for Sasquatch I knew I couldn't miss it. I'm glad I didn't, his blue guitar riffs are like a blast from the golden years of blues and guitar. The whole set was awesome and I look forward to hearing an entire album. Check out the video below for a small sample of what he can do.



The only disappointing thing about seeing Gary Clark Jr. is that I had to miss Katie Kate on the Maine Stage. I did see her in the the media area looking great and heard that she followed it up with a good set. Two of my local favorites were set to close out the Maine Stage in the afternoon. Don't Talk To The Cops made up of Emecks, BlesOne, and DJ El Mizell is an electro, pop, punk, hip-hop group from Seattle. Once they hit the stage the energy level skyrocketed and I could hear chants of "let's get weird"coming from the crowd. That energy didn't stop until they were damn near exhaustion in the heat. At one point Bles, took a little break and invited Them Team to the stage to showcase their b-boy abilities. Ronnie Voice and OC notes joined them on stage at various points to jam as well.
Fresh Espresso is another hip-hop group that I have followed since the release of their debut album, Glamour, in 2009. Glamour is one of those albums that still gets rotation wherever and whenever I need to hear some music. I for one was rather impatiently awaiting the release of their second album, Bossalona, which drops on June 5th. They have been playing several tracks from the album at their shows for the past year or two. I say "was" because P SMOOV and Ric Rude made Bossalona available for festival goers to purchase and, since I now had access to my money, that is exactly what I did after watching them rock. Their set included a few songs from Glamour but was mostly made up of tracks from Bossalona which was like hearing them again for the first time. Actually some of the tracks I was hearing for the first time, tracks like the Shaprece acompanied "Lake Michigan", "Green Windows", and "Bossalona". I am never disappointed to see DTTTC and Fresh Espresso.
Next up on the Bigfoot Stage was Seattle's Shabazz Palaces. Shabazz is made up of Palaceer Lazaro (formerly "Butterfly" of Digable Planets") and Tendai 'Baba' Maraire. I dig Shabazz, but there seemed to be a lull in the crowd at the Bigfoot Stage. I'm not sure if it was the heat, people being unfamiliar with Shabazz Palaces, or the fact that the duo spent a majority of their set standing behind a table but something brought the energy down. I will say that despite that, I thought they had a good set and did everything they could to get the crowd involved.

After a short jaunt back to the campsite to get prepared for the night shows, I was back at the Bigfoot Stage to see Deer Tick perform a "covers" set. Apparently Mogwai wasn't able to make it and Deer Tick was asked to step in. They performed covers of Nirvana, The Replacements, and The Beastie Boys among others. It was actually pretty cool.
I then went over and caught the last couple of songs from Tenacious D before watching Beck close out the 2012 edition of Sasquatch Music Festival. Ok, I admit it I only stayed for about half of the Beck show...when did he change from "Two Turntables and a Microphone" and "I Wanna Get With You" to what he is today? Damn near put me to sleep out there. Best stage accessories for the weekend goes to Tenacious D for the GIANT cock and balls that adorned the stage behind them.
My first venture to Sasquatch was truly amazing, start to finish, despite the minor road bumps in between. Thanks to everyone involved for putting on a great festival every year. Hopefully, they will invite us back again next year. Once again, you can check out ALL my pictures from this weekend at the AYCE Flickr page. I'm gonna hit the couch and relax! Peace.


Monday, May 28, 2012

Sasquatch Day Three: Ballin On A Budget

Whew, what a day. Started off with a little writing as I took the morning off to bring you up to speed on the prior days activities. It was going to be another full day with Fly Moon Royalty, Spac3man, and Dyme Def on the Maine Stage. Then Deer Tick and Little Dragon on the Bigfoot Stage and closing out with Beirut and Bon Iver on the Sasquatch Stage.
Fly Moon Royalty is an Electro-Soul duo from Seattle comprised of Action Jackson and Adra Boo. They are extremely dope, unfortunately I was in the zone writing and uploading photos that I totally lost track of time. I did catch the last five minutes or so, and with a stage full of go-go dancers, I was sorry I missed the whole show. Check out their bandcamp for a new FreeEP and cop their album.
Spac3man, however, I did not miss. When I got to the stage I noticed that they had put up a fence between the stage and crowd, something that was not there the day before. This, I thought, would put a damper on Spac3's performance. Much of his live show is spent interacting with the crowd. Not just interacting but actually being IN the crowd. He did his thing on stage then, in typical Spac3man fashion, he made his way into the crowd. Surrounded by a raucous group of festival goers, Spac3 got the whole crowd jumping and singing along with him. I was impressed. Then again, that is what I have come to expect from Spac3man. You can check out and get some of his music here.
Next up on the Maine Stage was Dyme Def. Dyme is no virgin to performing at Sasquatch, having performed here once before in 2008. Call it a homecoming if you will. The trio of Brainstorm, S.E.V, and Fearce were definitely up to the task and had a couple of little surprises in store for the Sasquatch crowd. They performed tracks from Space Music, Sex Tape, and the recently released Yuk The World. There is never a dull moment with Dyme Def that's for sure. Surprise number one: they got a girl a date to prom. She sent them a message on Facebook and asked them if they would as her boyfriend to prom at their Sasquatch show and they obliged. Awwww, how sweet. Congrats and have fun to the happy couple. Surprise number two: a secret show with the Red Bull truck at 12:30am in the middle of the campground. I think there were just as many people, if not more, at that show. Both shows were crazy. After the secret show, people were climbing on the truck, rocking it, and chanting "one more song". That shit was crazy.
I then hopped over to the Bigfoot Stage to catch Deer Tick on the recommendation of a buddy. I'm glad I did. They were surprisingly awesome. I'm told they are from Rhode Island but they claim to be from all over the east coast. You know a show is going to be good when the lead singer starts by saying, "I started drinking early today cause we had a lot of media shit to do today". Awesome. Deer Tick has been labeled as country, folk, rock-n-roll. They rocked our faces off yesterday. The highlight was another MCA/Beastie Boys tribute as they performed "Fight For Your Right". I wish I could have recorded it for everyone, that shit was incredible. As if The Beastie Boys didn't smack you in the face enough with that, Deer Tick took it one level higher. Check them out.
After a little break and some sustenance we hit Beirut on the Sasquatch Stage. They were alright. I was surprised to recognize the horns on one of their songs though. Those of you from Seattle may know a couple guys by the name of Macklemore and Ryan Lewis. If you do, then you may know a little song called "Irish Celebration"...yep you get it. This is where Ryan Lewis got the sample. I was totally tripped out.
The night closed out with Little Dragon and Bon Iver, both of which were good. Little Dragon is a Swedish Electronic band with a Japanese female singer, how awesome is that? I mean, it's not really my cup of tea but it was cool to see once. Bon Iver, on the other hand, wasn't bad at all. They definitely brought the tempo waaaay down...like almost asleep in the cold down. They were good though, and lead singer Justin Vernon seems like a personable guy. I mean you know how everyone says the same things and sounds the same on stage, well he does that too only you feel like he really means it.
One more day to go, Happy Memorial Day everyone. Today is Gary Clark Jr, Katie Kate, Don't Talk To The Cops, Fresh Espresso, Shabazz Palaces, Tenacious D, and Beck! Oh and apparently Deer Tick is stepping for someone who couldn't make it and it going to do a set of all covers. Yessss! Holla...

Don't forget you can check out all my pictures on the AYCE Flickr page here.


Sunday, May 27, 2012

Sasquatch Day Two: One Lost Debit Card, Two Lost Credit Cards


If it wasn't for some great music so far, this weekend could go straight to hell without passing GO and without collecting $200. Oh and speaking of $200 that is exactly the amount of cash I had on me yesterday when I realized that I lost my debit and credit cards...FML. Thank god I saw some good music and had a few cold ones after I realized they were gone.
We started off the day at Bigfoot Stage to see a band called Reptar based out of Athens, Georgia. Their Facebook describes their music genre as "disco dust" and they were interesting to say the least. The one particular song that sticks out is "Houseboat Babies". Next up on the Bigfoot Stage was Portland based STRFKR, an electro indie pop band. I was actually quite impressed with these dudes. Each member rotated through the instruments from keyboards to guitars to drum and drum machines. This skinny little bastards can play their ass off.

After a short, short stint at Blitzen Trapper it was off to the Maine Stage (NW Hip-Hop Stage) to catch Fatal Lucciauno. Whew, that boy, along with DJ SWERVEWON, did his thing though. They brought the whole crowd up on stage and then went down with the crow. One thing I can say about Fatal, he never half-asses a show...and today wasn't any different. He even ended the show with one of his usual acapella freeverse/freestyles.
Freshly returned from Europe, Grynch hit the Maine Stage directly after Fatal. I only stayed for a couple of songs because I had to get out to see some other stuff but I have no doubt that he rocked it well.
I grabbed my buddies and we headed to the Yeti Stage for their introduction to THEESatisfaction. I was looking for some way to describe them to my buddies but couldn't find something that totally described ever facet of their music until I read their website. THEESatisfaction describes their music as "funk-psychedelic feminista sci-fi epics with the warmth and depth of Black Jazz and Sunday morning soul, frosted with icy raps that evoke equal parts Elaine Brown, Ursula Rucker and Q-Tip" and I would 100% agree. These ladies put on such a great show. Needless to say, my buddies are now fans. 
The lasting impression of the day was AraabMuzik. The hip-hop/trance/eletro-house beat maker came to the Banana Shack with MPC in hand. Dudes hands move at like a million miles an hour. I can't make you understand, I can only hope to show you here and here.
This was about the time that I realized that my cards were missing. I won't bore you with the remainder of the details but it involved a lot of walking, a lot of talking to people at the lost and found, a little cussing, and a whole lot of beer drinking. Oh yeah, then I went and saw Jack White. It was cool but, not my thing. I just kept thing how he reminded me of this guy and this guy.
The Roots closed out Day 2 on the Bigfoot Stage. Who doesn't want to see The Roots, they are so dope. They opened with "Paul Revere" as a tribute to The Beastie Boys's recently deceased member MCA. It was fucking awesome. They then continued to play for almost 2 hours straight. They impress me every time I see them and they never get old...
All right, it's time for me to run, got a few things to see today. Fly Moon Royalty, Spac3man, Dyme Def, Deer Tick, Little Dragon, and Chitty Bang on the schedule. Peace.


PS: Oh and you can check out all my photos from this weekend at the AYCE Flickr page. 





Saturday, May 26, 2012

Sasquatch Day One: Worst. Drive. Ever.


I got nothin, missed the whole day thanks to my need for sleep after working all night. The drive from Seattle to The Gorge is only a 2 hr drive...usually...not yesterday. I was in the car for 9 hours yesterday before finally getting parked in my campsite. Nine HOURS. I met up with a buddy from high school for a couple of beers. On my walk back to the campsite I happened upon the Red Bull Mobile DJ that was basically throwing a rave in the campground. If that's how the weekend is gonna start it's going to be an interesting weekend.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Clear Soul Forces - Stick Em (Video)

Those dude from Detroit, Clear Soul Forces, went and dropped a video for "Stick Em" off Detroit Revolution(s). The video is dope. I felt like I knew what was about to happen just from the intro, then...BAM...it was exactly what I was hoping for. It could have only been better if they would have incorporated Noveliss's Deadpool costume from ComicCon...jussayin.
 

Oh shit, I almost forgot. Go check out their new website HERE...


Monday, May 21, 2012

Dyme Def - Let It Be (Video)

One of my favorite cuts from 2007's Space Music, "Let It Be", finally got some visuals. It's a bit misleading though. It's more of a Fearce Vil joint than a Dyme Def joint...I mean he's the only dude spittin on it. The video was shot and directed by The Note. It's dope, check it out...



PS: If you're gonna be at Sasquatch this coming weekend you can catch Dyme Def Sunday on the Maine Stage. Lookin forward to this shit!

Friday, May 18, 2012

Sasquatch 2012


We're coming up on a week away from the 2012 Sasquatch Music Festival held annually at The Gorge in central Washington and it has the makings of being a good one. With a lineup that includes the likes of Jack White, Bon Iver, Beck, The Shins, The Roots, Santigold, Shabazz Palaces, AraabMuzik, Gary Clark Jr. AND the addition of a NW Hip-Hop stage the possibilities are nearly endless. The addition of The Maine Stage will allow some of the best hip-hop acts from the NW to showcase their talents to a larger crowd. I have no doubt that it will be dope.
NW hip-hop aside, cause really it's a given that I will be camped at that stage, I am really looking forward to seeing Gary Clark Jr. (among many others) after hearing his recent collaboration with Nas on the theme song for the 2012 NFL Draft and listening to his "Bright Lights EP" (which you can cop here). Needless to say I have my schedule all filled out and ready to go. Check out the trailer video they put together or hit the website above for more Sasquatch info...



Oh and congrats to all the NW hip-hop artists invited to perform...it's gonna be a hellava show.


Thursday, May 17, 2012

Errythang Gang - On My Way


Brain alluded that some new shit was on the way a couple weeks ago when we watched Sugar Shane (WHOOO, that boy good) get smacked before the Mayweather fight. Now here it is, albeit a couple days late. Another joint from Errythang Gang, a collab between Brainstorm and Young Gizzle. "On My Way" features another slap by Brain. Watch out kids, with some of the heat I heard coming out of dudes computer that night...well let's just say you'll be happy to hear it.



Frankly speaking...


First of all I owe a huge apology to my dude Frank Ramz, he sent me an advance copy of his new project Quite Frankly which dropped April 30th. I have been bumpin it for nearly 2 months and completely spaced on puttin up. I mean I have been riding with Frank since the MyspAYCE days...and just spaced. Y'all remember those days? My bad, Ramzy. Quite Frankly is his most complete project to date. With singles like "Zone Out", "Gold Mine", "Brief Intermission 2.0" and the Blue Sky Black Death produced joints "S.A.D." and "Still Thinking Sober" your bound to find something to satiate your ears. Check it out.




Monday, May 14, 2012

Fuck Prof.

Yeah I said it. I have seen this dude five damn times live on stage, and it is always flawless. From ridiculing a fan for handing him a Lemon Drop (that’s a fruity girl drink, in case you didn’t know), to completely controlling the mood and tone of his show with a perfectly balanced set-list, he can do no wrong. That’s why I say Fuck Prof, and I mean that as a compliment. Since I became a fan of the self-dubbed “Kaiser Von Powderhorn” (yes, he reps his ‘hood), I have felt like his tracks addressing topics of a more serious nature have been overlooked. As usual, I was fucking right. This shit, right here? “Myself” is my favorite track off the album, and I was excited to hear he was dropping a video for it. Check it out, and please take the time to read Prof’s description, since he’s the fucking expert, not me. By the way, you can get his music right HERE, for FREE. So stop being a dick-face and listen to it. Then, next time he is in your town, buy a ticket and some merch and support REAL Hip Hop.





Thursday, April 26, 2012

Raw Poetic Goes To Work.

Raw Poetic's band (Restoring Poetry In Music)


Many of you know Raw Poetic as emcee of the group Panacea, as co-host of our radio show Subsoniq, or maybe even from his recent collaboration "Hole Up" with Damu .





Below is the first song off of RPM's new album "Kingdom Of The Fireflies" dropping in August. It's a return to the group's bluesy roots. Guitarist P-Fritz absolutely kills this track and Raw Poetic gives us a sampling of his vocal abilities and artist direction that span beyond just being an emcee. Check the song "Tale Tail Signs" and let us know what you think?!?!



Note from BrainSlice: If you haven't heard KB and Raw Poetic chop it up on the SubSoniq Podcast, you are missing out! Check it on your Stitcher Radio App, or get it at: www.SubSoniqRadio.com !

Saturday, April 21, 2012

RoQ'y TyRaiD - Year Round School (Video)

My man RoQ'y TyRaiD fucked around and dropped a video a couple weeks ago for the track "Year Round School". Keep and eye out for "Ark of Arts", coming sooner than you think. Head on over to his bandcamp and get his other joints.



Also, check out the dope interview with Mr. TyRaiD here.

Kidz In The Hall - Real Life (Video)

Visuals for one of my favorite tracks from Kidz In The Hall's Occasion, "Real Life". Double-O kills the beat and Naledge...ooooo that boy can spit.

Scripts 'N Screws - Escalators (Video)

Damn this is the week when crews and people come back around. Been a long time since we heard, or saw, us some Sripts 'N Screws. They just came through for a minute to drop off some visuals for a bonus track, "Escalators",  from The Hangover 2 EP which is schedule for a mid-June release. Finally!

Thaddeus David - Jones

On the 18 year anniversary of Nas' classic Illmatic Thaddeus lets loose of "Jones", a joint he labeled as an "unintentional response to his lifelong appreciation of Nas". I can get down with this.



Speaking of Dyme Def...

Fearce Vil and BeanOne have "formed like Voltron" to become FRCxBNE and teamed up for what they are calling a FREElease album titled There Goes The Neighborhood. Check out the first single and video, "Outlandish", from the duo and then pick up the album May 1st.

This guy Brainstorm (of Dyme Def) is grindin...

Seriously, my guy Brainstorm is puttin in work right now. I think he dropped off 3 new joints in the last week. The first is a joint called "Rocky IV" followed by "The Sound Of People Burning" produced by 14KT off his Killa Tape. The last is a joint called "F.Y.B." is a collaborative joint with Young Gizzle, collective known as Errythang Gang. Turns out they will be dropping the self titled Errythang Gang album in August. Be on the lookout for The Celestine Prophecy 2 droppin October 16th.



Sound and Vision Ep.2: Clear Soul Forces

If y'all haven't had the chance to check out Clear Soul Forces new album Detroit Revolution(s)...what the hell is wrong with you? You can take my word for it or you can go here and cop that shit and find out for yourself. While you're here though, check out the Redbull Soundstage Sound and Vision documentary on these dudes. It is incredible and gives you some insight on these cats that you might  never have known.  Check it out below.


You see the Bloods just roll right up on them...that shit was crazy. Much respect to Ilajide, J-Roc (aka Noveliss), E-Fav, and L.A.Z.


Mike Classic - Where Amazing Happens Mixtape

It's been a while since we had a new mixtape from Queens native Mike Classic. I've thought dude has talent and potential since I got that first email a couple years ago. Dude has dropped a few joints here and there and even a video but Where Amazing Happens is the first full length in a minute. The joint with French Montana, "Whole Different Lane", is dope. The Fugees sampled "Pandora's Box" and the Track4merz produced "Tomorrow" are nice as well. This whole joint is starting off nice. Do yourself a favor and pick this one up below...thank me later (no Drizzy).



Jarv Dee - Dopamine

Of course with the arrival of April 20th...4/20 to my dope heads...Seattle, Cloud Nice, and Moor Gang spitter Jarv Dee dropped his album Dopamine. Just making my first way through right now. I will tell you though, the first single "I Just Wanna", has been in HEAVY rotation and remains in the random playlist since I first got it sometime last year. Check out the video here. It still amazes me that with the amount of weed Jarv claims to smoke that he still has such a frenetic flow. I dig it. Go grab that free album below.


PS: I dig the play on words with the title as well..."Dopamine". Educate yourselves people. Peace.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Hey, Brainslice...

I read your shit about falling head first into Hip Hop despite being trapped in that desolate fucking wasteland they call Idaho. (Of course, I'm paraphrasing.) The post got me thinkin' though... about my own past. And how I found Hip Hop.
My story starts in southern Indiana. In a town with less than 1000 folks. These days, they got a riverboat casino and goddam golf course, but this story happened when I was a grade school kid in the early 80's... when that town didn't have shit. (Yeah, I'm old. Go fuck yourself.) Side note: That town is in the smallest county in Indiana... but still had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state back then. (Like I said though... "Grade Schooler". I miss all the fuckin' fun.)

As a kid, music was whatever dad played in the truck... usually Merle, Hank Sr., or Willie. If they weren't old and white, I didn't hear em. That is until pops took a job in Georgia. South-muh-fuckin-Georgia. Lil' 8-year-old me didn't know what he was in for. Living in an actual city. With neighbors. And streets... With lights and shit. And a HUGE school. Filled with kids. Kids that didn't look like me. At all.

Fucked up as it may sound, I had never met a black person before then. And here I was in a place where I was decidedly in the minority. I was a typical scared new kid, but I made friends quick. And all of them with skin darker than mine. I dove head first into a new culture and for the short time I was there, I was in heaven. My family though, was in hell. I didn't know it, but my older brother was flunking out of school, my dad hated his new job, and my mom missed her family up north. So before I knew it, we were packing back up and heading out. Six months was all I got. Six months of fun memories sure, but even bigger than that, six months that completely changed me as a person. How? By introducing me to Hip Hop.

The house we lived in was rented by my dad's company. Nice place on a nice street. All my friends though, lived about 3 blocks away, in a not-so-nice area separated from "us" by a bunch of liquor stores and gas stations on a major street. Smaller houses, jammed together and filled with people. My buddy Stephon had a bunch of sisters and big badass Momma that would probably slap me if she heard me use the word "badass". Before I knew it, they were fam. And it was on the porch of their house, with Stephon and his sisters that I heard rap for the first time ever. I wish I could remember the song. I really can't. and I've tried... HARD.

The radio hits then were things like Kurtis Blow - The Breaks or Sugar Hill Gang - Rappers Delight ... but part of me hopes it was something more obscure. Something his sisters were into like Paulett & Tanya Winley -Rhymin and rappin.

Whatever it was, I was hooked. I stayed glued to the radio... or to Steph's 45s (look it up, young fucks). For six months, I soaked it in... And then back to the country I went. Where none of my friends cared about rap. Where my parents had banned it. (Except for Blondie... her "Rapping" was NEAT!) My older brother hated it. He didn't get how people "talking" was "music".

So... I hid it. Kept it for myself. My friends got into Motley Crue, Iron Maiden and Poison. I guess I did, too. But when no one else was around I was in my room with the volume low diggin' on Kangol and the rest of U.T.F.O. choppin' it up on how best to bang Roxanne... or laughing when Roxanne Shante spit back at em. or trying to beat box in the barn (that's right, I said the BARN) as Doug E Fresh and Slick Rick stole The Show.

Later on, I told big brother about my rap obsession. He laughed at me. I tried to cover by saying I still liked Rock. He asked me who I meant and I said Motley Crue. He laughed even harder. Then he hit the next gas station, ran inside and bought me Aerosmith - Toys in the Attic, saying "THIS, is Rock N Roll". I listened to that too. And the Lynyrd Skynyrd album he brought me a week later. I soaked it all in. Even occasionally dipping back into those old Hank Williams Sr. songs my dad loved so much. But I never strayed far from those scratches, those beats, all those quick-witted lyrical blasts.

Then in Jr. High my brain exploded... when Rev RUN and Mr. McDaniels cut wax over my brother’s favorite band on MTV. (I thought big bro would REALLY love the new Walk This Way ... but he just laughed again.) After that, my whole high school was talking about LL Cool J, Erik B and Rakim, Ice-T, Salt N Peppa and The Beastie Boys. Everyone in my world soon loved rap because NWA was unlike anything anyone had ever heard and 2 Live Crew was nastier than any of us could ever be. All of it meant FUCK AUTHORITY. Kids ate it up. "Rock" didn't cut it anymore. Our parents didn't hate it enough. RAP was the new way to ensure that they wouldn't understand you.

But I knew my friends didn't hear what I heard. They couldn't. I love the Beastie Boys as much as anybody I went to high school with... but I love Rakim more. And I'll bet most of those folks don't even remember who Rakim is. I wrote this piece because of what Brainslice wrote, and I know for damn sure that dude knows more about rap and Hip Hop than I ever will. I'm not tryna put my experience above anyone else's. I'm just sayin'... This was how it went down for me. How it's still goin' down. Every time I hear a beat that makes me sour up my face or bob my head. Every time my eyebrows raise over some clever line I didn't see comin’... I'm that 8-year old kid again, on a porch in the south Georgia heat... Feelin' it all for the very first time.

Thanks for reading. Peace.

Oh, and also... Ice Cube. Just cause I didn’t work him into this story anywhere else.

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

It's a Clear Soul Revolution(s)

 
The revolution will not be televised (RIP Gil Scott-Heron), there will be no mention of John Carter, Sara Carter, or Sky...oh wait, just a small mention of Skynet...but it will be bangin your eardrums courtesy of Clear Soul Forces (CSF) and their recently released debut album Detroit Revolution(s)Lemme give y'all some background. CSF is a foursome out of, where else, Detroit and made up of L.A.Z, J-Roc (aka Noveliss), E-Fav, and producer/emcee Ilajide. With one mixtape, an EP, a couple videos, a performance at Brooklyn Hip-Hop Festival's Show and Prove Super Bowl *cough robbed cough* these dudes barely had time to relish the release of their first full length LP. You see the day before it dropped they were on a plane and set for a trip to SXSW to perform on the Red Bull Soundstage thanks to Dru Ha of Duck Down Music. They have come a long way from when I first saw them at BHF eight months ago.

It would be arduous, and extremely long winded, for me dissect Detroit Revolution(s) track by track so I'm gonna hit the high notes and leave the rest for you to discover on your own.  #REVO, as it's come to be known, is incredible listen. You will be ambushed throughout the 15 track LP by lyrics, on lyrics, on lyrics (no Kanye) and assaulted with slaps mostly courtesy of Ilajide (10 tracks) with the remainder filled in by Nameless, KanKick, and King Midas.                                                                         #REVO opens with "Detroit Revolution(s)", a call to order of sorts, to present the album Detroit Revolution(s) to the people and then followed immediately by "Welcome To The Show". This is just a mere introduction to the lyrical capabilities of all four emcees highlighted by lines like  L.A.Z's "we drop gems like clumsy jewelers" and Ilajide's "blade in my wrist like Assassins Creed". A nice welcome to for those that appreciate lyricism. Attempting to define each emcee is difficult because each bring a different flavor to the table and all are more that capable to carry a track at any time. 
In my very humble opinion, J-Roc is the more refined lyricist. I have yet to hear a J-Roc verse that I didn't like. "Half As Long//Twice As Nice", one of my favorites, opens with a verse from J-Roc. Remember that small mention of Skynet...yep it's right there a long with the line "they tell me 'break a leg'/I get on stage and become a paraplegic". Then later he spits "Only fall asleep to beats/take this instrumental Ambien"...fresh. Ilajide chimes in later in the record that his "shit is velociraptic"...and I couldn't describe him any better. Ilajide, to me, is the wild card of the group. J-Roc, E-Fav, and L.A.Z have a mostly smooth delivery throughout #REVO where Ilajide's voice is raspy and his delivery is choppy and hype like an ADHD kid off his Adderall. Reminds me of an old episode of BET's "Rap City: The Basement" where Pharoahe Monch was in the freestyle booth with Big Tig and caught an asthma attack. This is especially notable early on in #REVO on the track "Keep It Movin", later in "Ass To The Flo" and "Runnin".
"Gets No Better" is the first single from the group, for good reason, and was dropped in a dope little video. This joint may still be my favorite from the album. Maybe it's the beat (brought to you by KanKick) or maybe it's the witty punchlines like E-Fav's "...playin hookie while my paper double triple like LeBron as a rookie". It could be Ilajide's "who colder my shit is cryogenic" but then again it could also be L.A.Z's "It's only right that I get it in/got her mind open like she took the pill from Limitless". The most likely answer is all of the above all wrapped in one little 4:46 package.
E-Fav is that "old reliable" in the crew, in my opinion, always spitin smooth bars with occasional changes in cadence. When he does decide to change it up you get the opening verse to "Stack Yo Paypuh!!!" with a double time of sorts. He's the guys that you might miss but then think "damn, that was nice. Who was that?"...E-Fav.
L.A.Z can do it all, he can get hype, vary his cadence and flow, and then come back on the next track with a laid back easy verse. His verse on "The World Is Yours" is one of my favorites from him on the album when he spits "You probably try angles like an isosceles/We the reason people wakin up, the flow is coffee beans". I love the sample from Ilajide on this track...but it is killing me not to be able to place it. I know the song...but I feel like it's from a movie. Dammit, foiled again.
I can't even begin to describe "Catch Me If You Can". If it's lyrics you want/like then this joint is for you. I dig the part where L.A.Z takes shots..."Tryin to be the Mufasa of the pad penin/lyin if they sayin they lions/they Matt Millen". Anyone notice how the Lions got infinitely better after Millen was shitcanned?
Bottom line is this album is a dope debut and a good look for Clear Soul Forces. The word play is insane the beats are good...and at a "name your own price" on their Bandcamp there is no earthly reason, that I can think of anyway, why each and every one of y'all reading this should not have it bumpin through your speakers. After you pick it up, hit them at their Facebook and let them know how you feelin it.