Thursday, February 28, 2013

The MC Type - Space Needle featuring Seattle

Good guy I've know since I did my first show at Chop Suey, The MC Type.  We've crossed paths quite a few times and while I was out in Indy he stayed at the crib when he was on tour.  Cool cat, funny as sh!t. 

A couple months ago he sent out word that he wanted to do a track with every rapper in Seattle.  The concept was simple, everybody spits 2 bars and they have to say Space Needle in it.  I was down from the jump and by the time I heard a version where I laid down my vocals there was already a significant amount of rappers on the track. 

About every few weeks he'd send the latest version and an update of it's progress.  He finally decided to call it good after 50 MCs.  (bonkers)  Later he stated that he's going to file Guinness for a world record for most guest appearances on a track. 

Check the track, hear me drop my 2 bars and support the homie and his "Good Tattoo" project that's dropping soon.

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

The Fall (Slow Jam remix)

This month I'm dropping a bonus cut for the "Revisionist History" project in the form of a remix of "The Fall."  I honestly had NO intentions of remixing this joint, but I was just riding in my car on the way to work and this just hit me.  Got home, laid it out and BLAM!  The original was already knocking, but this is on some Slow Jam with the ladies ish.  (just in time for Valentines Day) 

Also, the "Revisionist History" project is now up on the soundcloud joint. 

Tuesday, February 5, 2013

J Dilla Collection Sale

If you haven't been aware, a large amount of records that were owned by the late J Dilla are now being sold to the public by the J Dilla Foundation.  I was able to get my hands on this record and will seriously cherish it. 

Years ago J Dilla moved a large collection of records, personal test presses and audio master tapes into a storage until after his Detroit basement studio flooded. Shortly thereafter he moved to Los Angeles.

The storage unit was left by Dilla and taken care of by his mother, Maureen “Ma Dukes” Yancey, but attention and priorities soon shifted: Dilla became seriously ill and hospitalized, and with his mother at his side in Los Angeles during a planned two-week visited that turned into years, the unit was lost.

In Spring of 2012, the entire collection was finally recovered. The back payments and fees were paid – Ma Dukes was reunited with the contents she last saw just before leaving to L.A. to take care of Dilla.

Maureen Yancey is now selling a portion of the record collection in the first of a series of weekly sales taking place on eBay.

Buyers receive an LP from the collection of J Dilla, with a signed, numbered certificate from Maureen Yancey stating that the record is from this personal collection.

The certificates are numbered with the plan of an online registry for Dilla fans to list their Dilla Collection LP. Buyers are welcomes to include the artist, title, and whether any tracks on the LP are known to have been sampled by Dilla. This registry is dependent on the sales of the limited amount of the collection and response from the fans"

Friday, February 1, 2013

The Fall

Sometimes when I write, it takes forever... other times, it flows like water.  This track was one of those joints that just came together quickly.  In many ways, this project is forcing me to do that.  BUT...  in some ways the source material for this track started in February 2002, when I met my wife, so it's had time to build and develop.

At the start of the New Year I had no idea what to do for the upcoming month's installment.  I was working on a couple things and listening to a lot of music, as I do during my long commutes everyday.  I suddenly thought about taking on one of my favorite Slum Village tracks.  But, instead of just sampling, chopping etc. I decided to replay it on my Fender Rhodes.  "Fall In Love", in my opinion, is one of J. Dilla/Slum Village's most iconic songs.  Being February and the anniversary of Dilla's birthday/death I decided to do the closest thing to a tribute that I could.  These days, J. Dilla mixes and tributes are kind of a dime a dozen as he's become the underground 2pac, but I wanted to do something special that wasn't just the token ish you see on boards and blogs. 

So... with the help of many artists I know and look up to, the song took shape.  I'd ask their opinion, let them hear demos, ideas ets.  I wanted to know if they thought I was on to something of if I was out of my mind because there's a thin line between paying homage and just looking like a buster.  And with this dialog the 2nd half/verse came to be.  I almost thought it was TOO crazy, but I thought the themes of the tracks and the vibe would work well together.  In my opinion I think they do.  (enter Common's classic "I Used To Love H.E.R.")

I could probably go on and on about the behind the scenes with this track or talk about what it could have been/become, but I honestly think the best thing to do is to just let it play.