Busta Rhymes is gearing up to release his next album ‘E.L.E.2′ next year while Q-Tip is set to release ‘The Last Zulu’ project in 2014 as well. Needless to say ‘The Abstract & The Dragon’ project is a nice 28-track appetizer of remixes, classic joints, & new collaborations all sparked by the ‘Thank You’ single that featured Kanye West & Lil Wayne. Listen, download, & check the tracklisting below…..
RJD2 digging back in the day with a simple mission: Find something to sample that hadn’t been sampled before. Simple. Understandable. Worthwhile. Just like this episode of Fuse TV’s Crate Diggers. RJD2 talks about the other things that make him pick a particular record, and why he thinks vinyl digging is doomed to die out soon.
Producer, DJ, & emcee Scram Jones has been consistently cranking out quality hip hop music. It’s true he gets damn near ‘diabolical’ in almost every facet of hip hop. This new single called ‘Diabolic’ will be on his upcoming EP appropriately titled “DEAD GIVEAWAY” that drops on Halloween October 31st. Like I said earlier…. the man does it all as all the rhymes, scratches, & beats were produced by Scram Jones himself. This joint is a banger!
DOWNLOAD: SCRAM JONES – DIABOLIC
Pharrell Williams Welcomes Spike Lee For Some ‘ARTST TLK’ On Filmmaking, His Film ‘The Brooklyn Chronicles’ And More (Video)
Reserve Channel has given platform for engaging talk from extraordinary people. Spike Lee ranks among the highest of them on this episode of the Channel’s ARTST TLK (hosted by Pharrell Williams). Lee talks about his start, shooting film in the summer of 1977, exposing kids to art at an early age, his impetus from bringing “The Brooklyn Chronicles” to the screen.
Sunni Colòn… You’ll swear you hear Prince on the track, too; but it’s just him. The man drops a two’fer – two tracks in one release – entitled “Blow” and “Fantasy,” respectively. Patrick Lukens aids Sunni in this progressive/rock/funk double-production.
Prince Paul Hosts The “All Purpose Show” Featuring Rockie Fresh, Julian Malone, Harry Fraud, Plastician And More (Video)
Producer Prince Paul (aka The Doo Doo Man) is a Hip-Hop legend! Looks like the producer is giving shine to artists – in a different way – on the Scion AC channel. See shorts of interviews of Rockie Fresh, Julian Malone, Harry Fraud, and Plastician. Rockie on his roots in the music game. Julian getting advice from Paul: ‘watch what you say’ during interviews. Harry Fraud speaking on the inspiration and drive he derives from the well of artists’ and their work ever rising from the underground. UK deejay Plastician chit-chats with LloydSki while out in L.A. And wait … there’s more! Good watch.
This is Episode 6 of the Scion AV “All Purpose Show” with Prince Paul and the Ill Out Crew!
Newcleus?! What’chu know about Newcleus y’all? Wow. Well, in this episode of Fuse’s Crate Diggers, emcee/DJ Evidence talks about working with Kanye West, trying to work with Jay Z (on “The Black Album”)… and about Newcleus.
Challenge! Well, more like historical clash of sound at the livest party in Cambridge (Massachusetts, USA). Pete Rock and DJ Premier… getting started in their face-off right away spinning hits on one another’s behalf. The scene is classic. Click play and rock with the people at the party rocked by these masters.
Vanity Fair tapped Don Cheadle to produce a short film for its ongoing series, The Decades. Don, in turn, tapped Black Milk to produce the score. Here is the finished work – “H8DES” - that draws on 1980s to drive its story. Reaganomics, the rise of AIDS and the crack epidemic, technology of the era… all in there. Watch above. Behind the scenes clip after the jump.
Pete Rock x Camp Lo Chat With Heather B And Perform “Clean Getaway” For The ‘Sway in the Morning’ In-Studio Concert Series (Video)
Soul Brother #1. Pete Rock. Camp Lo. Geechi Suede. Sonny Cheeba. Heather B hosting the visiting team… and they perform “Clean Getaway” LIVE y’all. This is one of many from their FREE “80 Blocks From Tiffany’s Pt II” mixtape download. There’s some good talk on there, too. Beef rumor right from the start into respect talk (for Large Pro, DMC of Run-DMC, Kendrick Lamar for his “Control” verse)… then the performance… then after the performance, you get Pete Rock’s top 3 producers (BONUS)!
They were on Sirius with Tony Touch pushing the latest “80 Blocks” earlier… and we posted that (earlier). They dropped verbal jewels then, too!
14KT declares that this is straight from the heart; straight from head to mouthpiece into the mic for the most part. “Five & Ten” is the first track off 14KT’s album – “Nickel & Dimed” – which is what he is tired of being.
“I wrote this off of the frustration of releasing instrumental projects in my profession. I’ve been approached/treated MANY times in very unprofessional and disrespectful ways. I wanted to be a voice for all of my producer peers who deal with this frustration and to serve as a notice for up and coming producers/beat makers.”
Message! Respect the beat architect (aka the beatmaker). Check out the visuals for “Five & Ten.” Animation by James Reitano and TFU Studios.
If there’s anyone (or two) who can comment on the Kendrick “Control” verse, comments on it and responses to it, and the state of Hip-Hop in general… It’s Diamond D and AG! Respect to Sway In The Morning for providing the platform for these Golden Era heavyweights to speak. Watch and reminisce as the two mainly talk Hip-Hop history and what they have cooking on the front burner now.
DJ Premier debuted this banger on his Sirius XM radio show last night & when I heard it I was going nuts over the ill track & accompanied by the lyricism & flow from both Fat Joe & Action Bronson. This joint bangs! It’s a nice little treat before the ‘Don Cartegena’ aka ‘Joey Crack’ is set to release his “Darkside 3″ project in the very near future before he goes on a short vacation for income tax evasion. In the meantime I’m gonna bang this joint out on my radio show tonight because this is what that gritty real hip hop is supposed to sound like. Fiyah!
Prodigy and Alchemist Go ‘Back & Forth’ about ‘NY vs. LA’ While Reminsicing at the ‘Brisk Bodega’ (Video)
“I thought [Alchemist] was a Fed… I thought they sent the Feds to investigate us.” – Prodigy (of Mobb Deep)
…and that’s just how this crazy talk started. Nifty clip of Prodigy and Alchemist talking about New York versus LA living, their beginnings together and more. Brought to you by Brisk Bodega partnering with Noisey, Vice’s music channel.
Just Blaze Speaks On The Rampant Overreaction To Kendrick Lamar’s ‘Control’ Verse By Other Artists (Video)
I agree with Just Blaze’s assessment of what Kendrick Lamar was doing with his highly controversial verse on the ‘Control’ record with Big Sean & Jay Electronica. Great emcees are supposed to challenge other emcees to be better but it clearly wasn’t a diss record.
Wooo! 9th Wonder said ‘Kendrick Hall-of-Famed’ them in his verse on Big Sean’s joint we posted, “Control.” Later in their discourse, Young Guru declared that the rhyme will make emcees go to their people and ask, ‘Is this tight enough?’ BEFORE putting rhymes out …like they should always be doing anyway! Watch the clip above. Engaging conversation between two of today’s Hip-Hop heavyweights.
When answering the question, ‘How historical is an emcee’s verse?’ …the way to answer is plain and simple: Who does it get talking?
9th Wonder and Young Guru speaking on it… Score for Kendrick Lamar!
‘…came at y’all n!ggas on the sh!t that y’all complaining hasn’t been in the game… This is LYRICS! What he shot at you was LYRICS!’
- Young Guru
The clothier Stüssy produced this two-part documentary to be released with its Stüssy/Yo! MTV Raps collection entitled “We Were All Watching.” Part 1 – ‘The Importance of Yo! MTV Raps’ (watch above) – reviews the history of MTV’s groundbreaking music and video show of the 1990s. Part 2 (see after the jump) – ‘Fashion in the Golden Age of Hip-Hop’ – looks at the trends and styles from that time and how they changed the world. Directed Adam Jay Weissman, the documentary features a parade of Hip-Hop notables including former host Ed lover, Alchemist, Evidence (of Dilated Peoples), DJ Premier, Questlove (of The Roots), MC Lyte, Rakim, Shock G (of Digital Underground) and more.
Definitely a head nod track to start, this “Perfected On Puritan Ave” drifts into a lofty break… then breaks into a high-energy brass and beat jazz number for a sec… then calms back down and floats away in the end. It’s a mental and instrumental ride for the listener. Take a listen; and keep an ear out for Black Milk’s LP – “No Poison No Paradise” – due out October 15, 2013.
In this episode of Crate Diggers, DJ Tony Touch chats about his early gigs, channeling Afrika Bambaataa for his cover art for “The PieceMaker 3: Return of the 50 MC’s,” and shows off a DEEP archive of alphabetized Hip-Hop, comedy records and more.