Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Dub Styles: Walkman Redemption (It is here!!!)

Thanks to Po Safe for the coverart.
This project is long overdue, but IT IS FINALLY HERE.  Almost a year ago I let a select few people hear the album, but as the warmer months were wrapping up and I continued to add tracks to the project, I decided to shelve it until the following spring.  Honestly, an album with a theme and sound like this would not go over well during the middle of winter while everyone is freezing.  Now that I have had the time to polish the project, add tracks and give the it the feel/sound I wanted, I present it to you.  

Originally this started as the follow up to "Basement Sessions," but as it progressed I found I had two distinctly different projects.  One followed the boom bap sounds of "Basement Sessions" and the other blended reggae/dub samples with 90s b-boy anthems.  I wanted the two sounds to blend together, but they ended up just fighting against each other.  Finally when realizing this, I decided to totally go with the reggae/dub concept for an entire project and save the other joints for a TRUE follow up to "Basement Sessions."  The result is "Dub Styles: Walkman Redemption." 

This LP/mixtape is sandwiched within the universe of the "Basement Sessions" LP and serves as the mixtape briefly mentioned on the album.  (hence the opening skit being a revisit of what was on "Basement Sessions")   I wanted to make an ode to all of the mixtapes I grew up on and felt that I only briefly did that with the original version of the title track that was on "Basement Sessions."  This project allowed me to fully expand on those concepts, thoughts and opinions.  In this day of Serato laptop DJs and mixtapes that are really just sloppy albums, I wanted to bring it back to the tape hiss.  I tried to even incorporate hiss and other elements I remember growing up with when making, listening and enjoying tapes.

To put it simple... dub as in mixtapes and dub as in the sample sources. 

This project has also helped me take some steps back and let some DOPE beatmakers put in their two cents on the project.  Although I did a majority of the production some of my favorite cuts were produced by other beatmakers.  (Dee Supreme, DL Orion, Dr. Peppersauce aka Max Power & Josh G)  I'll be honest and say "Come Equipped" was one of the 1st beats I spit over that I DIDN'T make in almost... damn... since I started making beats.  

I hope you enjoy this project.  I had a lot of fun working on this and I'm actually planning on doing a Vol. 2 because I simply just loved working on it so much.  Click the links, DL the project and vibe out.

(you can name the price... i.e. you can DL it for free if you wish.)  And don't forget to check out the other projects available here or on the bandcamp page.

Saturday, April 16, 2011


The countdown...

Production from Dawhud, Dee Supreme, Josh G, Dr. Peppersauce, DL Orion and featuring Pacewon. The Come Up (promo)

Holding it down for Indy, Peep.

Green Hornet.... And Yo Mamma Too

Eratic and Mr. Kinetik chop it up about the "Green Hornet" EP. 

And if you haven't copped the joint... BLAM!!!

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Arablak "The Deed"

This started off with a tweet that I saw about a month ago.  It ended up leading to the Reverb Nation page for Arablak.  The tweet originally said "Fundamental #BoomBap hip-hop at it's finest."  No doubt.  Follow Arablak on Twitter w/ @Arablak

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Beastie Boys (revisited)

One of the best concert experiences I have EVER had was when I went to see the Beastie Boys when "Hello Nasty" dropped.  Tribe was opening for them, although they were about to break up and Mixmaster Mike was DJing for the Beastie Boys.  I was really getting into DJing and to have someone from ISP DJ for a group like the Beastie Boys was sick.  Long story short, we had some of the crappiest seats in the WHOLE place but found ourselves in the right place at the right time and snuck our way into GA four people back from the stage.  It was SICK.  It was SO cramped and hot that I completely sweat through all of my clothes.  Who knows how much of it was actually mine.  (nasty)

Anyway... dig this vid to promo the Beasties new joint.

Saturday, April 2, 2011

EverF-R-E-S-H Stay Dipped!!

April 20th!!!  After you turn in your taxes, you can mellow out.  (And that's word.)

Here's a little promo w/ one of my favorite cuts from the project, "EverF-R-E-S-H."  Enjoy the sh!tty jpegs.  HAHA