Monday, October 27, 2014

All your Friend's Friends - Jump Kick the Legs (video)

Smoke told me about this project he was working on with K records a year or two ago.  He was given the keys to the K records vault and in the process was making a hip hop compilation out of it. 

The project... "All you Friend's Friends" and here's a taste of it featuring a who's who including Xperience, Zikki, Candidt, Swamptiger, Jesus Chris, Hashtronaut, Miz, Nicatine, Ang P, Shellz Sck, the homie Heretic The Heathen and my man from Vintage DOPE, Luvva J.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Real Life Click - Blood of Kings & Been Too Long (Video)

Real Life Click JUST released their "SANGVIS REGVM: Blood of Kings" EP and it's honestly one of the best projects I've heard this year.  On Friday they held a release party for the project and debuted the video for "Been Too Long" with champagne, class and a performance that mirrored the title of the group's EP. 

Before they went into their set, Miz stated, "We wanted to make they type of project that we'd want to be worthy enough to hand off to Jay." And that's exactly what it is, 7 joints that are a nod to classic golden age boom bap yet relevant to today's ears. 

Blood of Kings indeed.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ace-One - Rapmonster Redux: A Titian's Revenge... Release The Krakken!!!

Ace is on a roll. The Rapmonster, The Krakken, hip hop's Kaiju has been walking, stomping, crushing, killing and destroying everything in it's path. 

As the Rapmonster saga continues we've been presented with "Rap Monster Redux: A Titan's Revenge... Release The Krakken!!!"  For this installment we've been given a re-imaging of tracks from the LP along with a few new joints. The majority of the production is handled by IRIS and she paints a backdrop that is befitting of a rap titan.  (additional production by Stakzilla, Joe Harvey and myself)

Usually pseudo remix projects can't capture the energy of the source material, but I have to say some of these joints are just as dope as the originals.  The result is a nonstop LP that is equal parts headphone nodder and trunk rattling rap music.  (which is VERY hard to do)  I can easily say this will be one of my favorite LPs of the year.

Big beats... big rhymes... it simply is a record that will not be ignored.


Saturday, October 18, 2014

dl.orion - 13 Tracks

dl.orion (pronounced delorean) is a producer from BNC Switzerland that I've had the pleasure of working with on a few cuts.  (One Two Yo!, Highlights, Back to the Essence)  We met on the Stones Throw board and over the last few years and have developed and friendship/working relationship. 

A few months ago when I was putting together "The Dig Up" he mentioned he was working on a project that was part beat tape, part remix album and part original tracks.  I was sold when he just said he was working on a project, but when he told me the concept I was even more interested.  Time progressed and as he would get closer and closer to finishing the project, he would give me an update on the project. 

Finally after a few months of anticipation he hit me up with a preview of the album and it's exactly what I was wanting and expecting. dl. orion, armed with an MPC2500, drops cold hard beats reminiscent of Havoc,  Alchemist and DJ Premier's production.  Brooding beat downs over some familiar vocals and original tracks, "13 Tracks" is crafted like a portfolio highlighting dl.orion's production skills promise as a producer/beatmaker.  This is a sure shot head nodder.