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Sunday, September 3, 2017

J.O. - BBQ (feat. Nevi Moon) Video

J.O. came with one of the illest videos I've seen in a minute.  I was talking with him months ago when he was telling me about the video and I thought immediately that it was going to be really ambitious.  Time passes and then the other day J.O. hit me on my phone while I was up to my eyeballs at work.  "I sent you my video, don't link it out yet... just want to know what you think about it."

Let me just say, it was hard to NOT tell anybody about it or share it.  This video is so dope and I immediately wanted to hip all my friends to this video.  I could go on a LONG rant about everything this video is, but instead I'll just do what I wanted to do when J.O. sent me the video... JUST SHOW THE VIDEO!!!




And do yourself a favor and cop J.O.'s "Grown Man Business" LP.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Ang P - Dreams 2

After about a year of nonstop releases from Ang P in the from of an two LPs and three EPs we'd assume "Vibes & Dreams" would be the moment that we "let that b!tch breathe."  No... shortly after the album's release we're treated to a video, but to a track that wasn't on the album.

Can't stop, won't stop and nothing but consistency is Ang P's moto.  Shot, edited and released in less than 24 hours, "Dreams 2" is dropped and part of a "Golden Era Rap Contest."  (vote here)





Don't forget to vote on Ang P's video and be sure to pick up his latest opus "Vibes & Dreams."


Monday, August 21, 2017

D&G review

A couple weeks ago the D&G album was reviewed on "Bring That Beat Back." Quite an amazing, flattering and humbling review.  You can read the review below or click the link here.


by Jack Devo


I fell in love with hip hop full-tilt in 1991.  It had been building up for a while by that point, but ’91 broke the dam.  I was in middle school, and when I heard “By the Time I Get To Arizona” for the first time, it pushed me over the edge into hip hop appreciation head first.  With Public Enemy as the sounding board, I then branched out, forwards and backwards, and across the map.  Ice T and Ice Cube, LL Cool J, Naughty By Nature.  Cypress Hill, Gangstarr, Digable Planets, the Native Tongues.  Artifacts, Boot Camp, Wu-Tang, Mobb Deep.  And each new tape I picked up just made me more excited to cop the next one.  Hip hop was vibrant, it was fresh and progressive, it was building and growing; each artist and producer had unique style, and identity, and crazy visions.  To my young ears the music was limitless.

There are things that happen with the passage of time, and with age:  Looking back on the landscape of my life, from the midway point of an almost 40-year-old, I see the gradual and inevitable shift I’ve taken from active participant to spectator.  I’ve moved away from the city and it’s frenetic creativity, my family and I now live in the woods, and I do my best to show my three young children those things I’ve discovered throughout my life, that I feel are important, and want to pass on.  I play them music whenever I can.  They've danced to Blowout Comb.  Inner City Griots and Project Blowed.  Kingdom Crumbs and Colored People's Time Machine.  Apocalypse ’91 has definitely still been on rotation… my crazy children know all of these albums.  And recently, I’ve introduced them to a new one I feel is more than worthy of inclusion in this elite group of classics:  David and Goliath’s The Scepter and the Sword.

I’ve been fortunate to have been listening to this album in its various incarnations for a while now.  It’s inception began way back in 2013, when a particularly face-slapping track from rapper/producer Dawhud and rapper Ace-One caught the attention of the one and only DJ Premier.  The track, “Battle Anybody”, which got a lot of airplay on Primo’s “Live From HeadQCourterz” program, is a slouchinginly self-assured, boot-stomping show-stopper of a track, and acted as a catalyst for their creative energies as a duo.  By 2015 a full-length Dawhud and Ace-One (collectively known as David and Goliath) album was born: a raw, heavy-ass, two-headed monster of a record, with production handled by Dawhud and the Beatminerz.  Although Dawhud hails from the Pacific Northwest and Ace-One is from Indianapolis, this album was full-on Brooklyn, circa '95.  As Dawhud called it, a "Tims and baseball bat video" of an album.

This early version, although bearing some alternate universe-resemblance at times to the finished product, might as well be an entirely different album.  Dawhud is an all-but self-professed perfectionist, and with edits and re-edits, re-recordings and new material, The Scepter and the Sword continued to evolve.  Becoming more sonically and thematically cohesive, the album coalesced into one brilliantly coherent and confident; adding participants, spawning the aptly titled mixtape Something’s Coming, and eventually eschewing the Beatminerz tracks until a later release.  With Dawhud's intricate and full production featured exclusively, through trials and tribulations the album moved forward until its release in July 2017.

And the product is sublime.  Look up the definition if you’re unsure of what it means exactly.  It's the perfect balance of craft and wild spontaneity, of humble artistry and classic hip hop bravado.  As a young kid, consuming tape after tape, chasing after each artist and each release, on through the 90’s and as an adult into the new century, The Scepter and the Sword stands out as a beacon; an album that remains true to the art while simultaneously advancing it. Here, in 2017.

This album, and actually quite a few others in the last 12 months, have signaled a sea change in hip hop, a return to detailed, powerful production and dedicated lyricism.  But nothing I’ve heard yet has grabbed me like this.  To say it's solid, and full, and beautiful in its intricacy and depth, doesn't do the album justice.  It’s lean, no filler, no skits, no weak cuts, just a double lp's worth of beautifully crafted songs - each as satisfying a listen as the one that comes before.  There are heavy, HEAVY beats, the kind the push against your rib cage, and underneath them flow these incredible gems dug up from crates, of horn sections, vocal samples, pianos played like percussion instruments, and fuzzed-out basses.  Complimenting the music, Dawhud and Ace-One’s lyrics and raps are the best either have ever laid down.  Trading rhymes, alternating verses, and pulling out line after line of fresh new Rhythmic American Poetry, they easily stand aside peers (yes, PEERS) such as Masta Ace, Sadat X, and Rock from Heltah Skeltah (who all just so happen to appear on the album).

The Scepter and the Sword is a record that is years in the making, and only released in the last month, and is surely going to become more revered as time goes on.  It's an incredible achievement; it's the most exciting release I've heard in a long time, and gives me hope for a new revolution in hip hop.  Head over to Dawhud's site Illin' In the Basement or his Bandcamp site to pick up a copy (I copped the cassette-shaped USB drive, but the limited double Vinyl [with bonus tracks] is truly a thing of beauty). Black wax is available through Fat Beats.  Listen, dance to it like my children do, and be excited for the future!

Friday, July 14, 2017

D&G - The Scepter & The Sword

This has been a long time coming. The battle cry of "Something's Coming" has seemed like almost like Dre saying he was working on "Detox."  But here we are and HERE it is.

Ace and I have worked hard on this project... the path to get here has been as Ace would put it, "a long rough road that's gettin' even more rough/ ya gotta navigate ya way though the murk and the muck."  Blood... sweat... tears...

With all the hurdles, set backs, rewinds, restarts, and re-calibrations it was maktub. Doors opened, doors closed and we kept on.  Ace and I saw the opportunity that we had been provided and maintained on our path to release this project.  The prophetic lines I wrote for "Keepin' On" served as a mantra, "hold it down before this whole project collides."

We thank you all that have supported this project, sat as we continued to say that "Something's Coming" and continued to be hyped for it's release.  I can now say that SOMETHING IS HERE!!!

Featuring Masta Ace, Sadat X, Kokane, Pacewon, Rock (from Heltha Skeltha) and the homies, JO, Joe Harvey & Otomatik... this has been an EPIC in the making and I hope you all enjoy it.

Don't forget to pick up the limited edition vinyl directly through us or through Fat Beats Distribution.


Friday, June 30, 2017

Ang P - Bribes and Schemes (Prelude)

In the process of a year and a half Ang P has been consistently knocking project after project out. "L.I.F.F." set it off and within a few months it was followed up with "Manicotti" and within a few months of that that was followed up with "#Project1031."  Boom, boom, boom... no rest for the wicked.  I spoke with him and Ang was saying he was just wanting to keep the momentum going and was already working on a full length.

Ok... dayum homie...

Then one day I got a txt and he let me hear some clips of the new LP, "Vibes and Dreams." I just shook my head not because I'm hating or disappointed, but because it's like it just bleeds out of this dude.  Shortly after I heard those preview tracks, Ang opened up preorders for the LP to be dropped in July and... it was on!  And just when it appears, this is the plan, we're cool, I know what's coming THEN outta nowhere dude drops a prelude EP "Bribes and Schemes."  Like, yo... c'mon, b... for real?  Ya killin' me, man...

So as we're presented in this prelude EP, "Bribes and Schemes" is the yang to the ying of what will be "Vibes and Dreams."  It's a bit of a departure of what Ang has developed as his main lane and sound, but this whole EP works within itself sonically.  Hearing him over different styles of production honestly just shows that he's a diverse emcee and can honestly rock whatever is served to him to make it his own. (and it still sit in his discography perfectly)

5 tracks deep, "Bribes and Schemes" is a dope appetizer for the main coarse coming in the form of his upcoming LP.  As "Manicotti" was an EP that felt more like it was built for summer listening, this EP is like a late night summer rollin' soundtrack.

Cop the EP and preorder "Vibes and Dreams".

Can't stop, won't stop.



Monday, June 26, 2017

Black Eddie x DJ Spoolz - Flexin

Cut Camp member and knight Black Eddie is steady flexin on this Klinik produced digi single. (so you know it is the truth!) Assisted with DJ Spoolz on the hook, "Flexin" is a walkman throwback jawn reminiscent of days of bumping Group Home, Gangstarr and Wu-Tang while riding the bus/subway.

"all ya records sound tha same!"