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: !

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.