Can you believe it is almost August? Where the hell did the summer go to? Next thing you know, we’ll be scrambling with going back to school, watching football, or continue on working like myself but with less sunlight. Summer’s don’t mean as much when you are in your thirties as they once did. I can remember summers of past were all I did was work four hours a day at a local hospital, most of which was spent with my Walkman tape player and my headphones, blasting my home made tape of DJ Quik, AMG and 2nd II None. The rest would be spent water skiing, chasing chicks around, playing volleyball or drinking 40′s while shooting pool in my man Adam’s garage (get home soon). Still, every summer, I have nights, moments, weekends that stand out from the rest of the summer. It might be a mud volleyball tournament where I spent the whole day drunk. Or maybe a camping trip with my best friend where we proceeded to jet ski the entire weekend. Last year it was a weekend of playing poker, finishing second in a 140 person tournament, then doing a bar crawl in Evergreen, Colorado.
This year, so far two events stand out from the rest of the summer. Toward the end of June I had a small BBQ with some of my close friends that had us drinking and eating until the sun went down. We then went to a small local bar and proceeded to close it down. What happened at said bar can not be mentioned (it would undoubtedly get at least three of us in trouble), but we had a great time. We then came back home only to find my next neighbor still awake, so while two of my friends passed out and another left, another friend and I proceeded to invite ourselves to their shin dig. Needless to say, we saw the sun come up. The second event of course would be last weekend’s trip to Denver, which saw me take in two Pirates games, one BBQ, and many, many cold ones. I love summer.
What’s the point of all this rambling? Enjoy those summer moments while you can. Before you know it, you’ll be freezing your ass off and shoveling eight inches of snow off the sidewalk.
On to the news…..
Reppin’ The Great Northwest!!!!
(Trav: Always gotta rep my home region!!!)
Animal Farm feat KRS-One – Peace
“Portland shines yet again with GenErik on soulful, retro-sounding production and a crew of MCs, including a guest spot from KRS-One. Lovely!”
Animal Farm Myspace: http://www.myspace.com/animalfarmrecords The group is a collaboration of MCs from Portland and Eugene, OR, and was voted the Eugene Weekly’s best hip-hop group in 2006 and 2007. Animal Farm was also recently praised in Urb Magazine’s Next 1000, which claimed “The animated Animal Farm achieves a classically feel-good tone.” The much anticipated debut album will be available in stores on July 15th, 2008 and will feature some great surprises and collaborative efforts, including the legendary KRS-One, as well as Nightclubber Lang from Rhymesayers’ Boom Bap Project. The album has already been featured on numerous prominent websites, including hiphopdx.com, urb.com, hhnlive.com, and 2dopeboyz.com, among others. Some notable songs on the album include “Ragtime Gal”, a great throwback to the 1920s, “Mean Streaks”, a humorous track about bad tempers, as well as the socially conscious “War”, “Crying”, and “Peace”. The album also features a wide array of soulful party tracks, often produced by group member Gen.Erik. Gen.Erik has also received high acclaim in XLR8R magazine and in features on hiphopdx.com and okayplayer.com for his work with Animal Farm and his other group, Cleveland Steamers. Animal Farm is quickly gaining popularity due to a live stage show and group camaraderie. In promoting the new album worldwide through Focused Noise Productions and Burnside/ IODA Distribution, the whole world will soon find out about Animal Farm. “With an effort like this out of the gate, it’s a fair bet that these four emcees won’t be unknown for long.” -Portland Mercury “Animal Farm keep a true-school aesthetic with a feel-good tilt to their brim. Different flows; warm, bumping production; great hooks; and fresh trade-offs separate the Farm from the pack.” -The Stranger (Seattle)
Animal Farm is one of the hottest groups to burst upon the northwest hip-hop scene, creating a significant buzz in just three years after joining forces. The group has quickly developed a large regional following after performing live throughout the west coast with the likes of KRS-One, GZA and RZA from Wu-Tang Clan, Brand Nubian, Aceyalone, Mike Jones, 2 Live Crew, Tha Alkaholiks, and many others. Animal Farm’s new album, “The Unknown”, is currently receiving radio play throughout the country and recently debuted at #12 on the CMJ Hip-Hop Charts.
The group is a collaboration of MCs from Portland and Eugene, OR, and was voted the Eugene Weekly’s best hip-hop group in 2006 and 2007. Animal Farm was also recently praised in Urb Magazine’s Next 1000, which claimed “The animated Animal Farm achieves a classically feel-good tone.”
The much anticipated debut album will be available in stores on July 15th, 2008 and will feature some great surprises and collaborative efforts, including the legendary KRS-One, as well as Nightclubber Lang from Rhymesayers’ Boom Bap Project. The album has already been featured on numerous prominent websites, including hiphopdx.com, urb.com, hhnlive.com, and 2dopeboyz.com, among others.
Some notable songs on the album include “Ragtime Gal”, a great throwback to the 1920s, “Mean Streaks”, a humorous track about bad tempers, as well as the socially conscious “War”, “Crying”, and “Peace”. The album also features a wide array of soulful party tracks, often produced by group member Gen.Erik. Gen.Erik has also received high acclaim in XLR8R magazine and in features on hiphopdx.com and okayplayer.com for his work with Animal Farm and his other group, Cleveland Steamers.
Animal Farm is quickly gaining popularity due to a live stage show and group camaraderie. In promoting the new album worldwide through Focused Noise Productions and Burnside/ IODA Distribution, the whole world will soon find out about Animal Farm.
“With an effort like this out of the gate, it’s a fair bet that these four emcees won’t be unknown for long.” -Portland Mercury
“Animal Farm keep a true-school aesthetic with a feel-good tilt to their brim. Different flows; warm, bumping production; great hooks; and fresh trade-offs separate the Farm from the pack.” -The Stranger (Seattle)
(Trav: One of E’s favorite artists, comes correct with this….)
New freestyle from Butta Verses, now available for free download!!!
For more info on Butta Verses, please visit:
Coalmine Presents One Dae……
One Dae is an emcee whose been heavy on his grind lately and working closely with the Coalmine camp. The video is titled “BK All Dae”, and is produced by the well respected, underground beat smith, Marco Polo. The track is from his up coming album titled “Daes & Times” featuring guest appearances from Sean Price, Evidence, C-Rayz Walz with production supplied by Domingo, Ayatollah, M-Phazes & Marco Polo.
One Dae also has a mixtape that just dropped, titled “The ScrapBook”, hosted by the Brooklyn heavyweight, Sean Price. The mixtape is available for purchase through his myspace page: http://www.myspace.com/onedae.
One Dae has given all you true hip hop heads the opportunity to download 2 free tracks from the mixtape which features Coalmine’s own DJ Dutchmaster and Bekay.
Click link to download:
EThernal Plains – Excellent & Pathetic The EP
(Trav’s Note: From the lead MC of Massachusetts’s Nite People group, which I mentioned last year in a post and put out a very good album. Looking forward to hearing this.)
Available @ www.sociallightsounds.com
Social Light Sounds Presents: Ethereal Plains Excellent and Pathetic – The EP. A six song collaboration between Boston emcee E The Real and Brooklyn producer/emcee Forth Star. The songs were all recorded in one day on New Years Eve in Forth Star’s home studio in Brooklyn. These two long time friends haven’t recorded together since Ethereal’s 2003 solo debut The Overwhelm. E The Real is now the lead emcee for the Massachusetts based group Nite People who released their 2007 album Daily Livin, which received critical acclaim from many media outlets including Okayplayer.com ( See The Review here ).
Excellent and Pathetic – The EP is about contrasts and how they define us as individuals. Positives and negatives, good and evil, love and hate, ups and downs, peace and war, and any other contradiction you can think of.
In cooperation with www.rappers-guide.com we present a free online track by the Munich, Germany based production team THE HITFARMERS featuring WARPATH on the mic!
The track entitled “The King Commands His Warlord” gives you a taste of what to expect of the HITFARMERS producer album which is in production right now!
Download the joint for free @
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Do remember I will performing live tomorrow night @ the Drunken Unicorn 736 Ponce De Leon Pl NE Atlanta 30306 doors @ 9pm $5 from 9-10.
I played this instrumental last night while watching Black In America and I just thought about a lot of things……here they are over the Colors beat.
Life The Great
Fat Beats to Unearth Freddie Foxxx’s Mysteriously Shelved ’94 Album
Crazy Like A Foxxx Double Disc Set Features 2Pac, Chuck D, and Kool G Rap Plus Bonus Tracks produced by D.I.T.C.
(July 24, 2008 – Brooklyn, NY) Fourteen years overdue, Freddie Foxxx, aka Bumpy
Knuckles, is finally ready to step back into the spotlight with the official release of his 1994 demo tape, Crazy Like A Foxxx, as a two CD set on July 29th via Brooklyn-based record label Fat Beats. The album is a veritable time capsule from the early 1990′s, with guest spots from legends such as 2Pac, Chuck D, and Kool G Rap.
The original Crazy Like A Foxxx album was recorded in New York and intended for an official release by MCA. However, for reasons unknown, the album was shelved after promotional cassettes were serviced to radio and press. This newly remastered release includes both the 1993 demo version on Disc 2 and the 1994 completed version of the album on Disc 1. Largely written for the emcee’s friends in prison, the album has ominous overtones and provides insight into Bumpy’s dark state of mind at that time period. The previously unheard demo album (Disc 2) features production exclusively from D.I.T.C.’s Showbiz, Lord Finesse, and Buckwild.
In the late ‘90’s, Bumpy resurfaced with critically acclaimed appearances on D.I.T.C. member O.C.’s classic album Jewelz and Gang Starr’s Moment of Truth. He went on to release one of the best selling independent albums of 2000 with Industry Shakedown, which moved over 200,000 units. In 2002 Bumpy followed up with the critically praised Konexion. After several more high-profile appearances and more than a little bit of commotion on the internet about a long-standing beef with Rakim (which was recently settled), Bumpy is ready to finally release these much talked-about tracks from his early days in the music business and remains a force to be reckoned with. The track listing of the double CD set Crazy Like A Foxxx is as follows:
DISC 1: JAILHOUSE VERSION
1. Can’t Break Away
2. Crazy Like a Foxxx (Ultramagnetic dis)
4. So Tough (video mix)
5. Daddy Boot Knock
6. Project Mice
7. Jailhouse Rock
8. Killa (feat. 2Pac)
9. Meet Some Skins
11. Shotty in the Back
13. Funk in yo Brain
14. Step (feat. Chuck D of Public Enemy)
15. Do What You Gotta Do
16. Pressure on the Brain
17. Rev Glock (skit)
18. Rev Glock
19. Crazy Like a Foxxx (alternate mix)
DISC 2: DITC VERSION
1993 Demo Version Produced by Showbiz, Lord Finesse, & Buckwild
2. Call of the Wild
3. Can’t Break Away
4. Click Click
5. 8 Bars to Catch a Body
6. Project Mice
7. Rev. Glock
8. Crazy Like a Foxxx
9. Man Destroys Man
10. Pressure on the Brain
11. Who is the Middle Man
12. Cook a Niggaz Ass (feat. Kool G Rap)
Crazy Like A Foxxx album preview
Here is NEW music from Cappadonna’s latest album, The Cappatilize Project.
It is available in ALL RETAIL LOCATIONS NOW.
Cappadonna – Tug Dat Rope
http://www.zshare.net/audio/15682748c9ff0a80/ (New Album ‘The Cappatilize
Projecy’ In-Stores July 22!)
New and Exclusive GZA track off ‘Protools’
Produced by: Dreddy Kruger
2. Pencil Feat. Masta Killa & RZA
Produced by: Mathematics
Produced by: True Master
4. Groundbreaking Feat. Justice Kareem
Produced by: Bronze Nazareth
5. 7 Pounds
Produced by: Black Milk
Intro Produced by: Preservation for Preserved Productions, LLC
6. 0% Finance
Produced by: Jose “Choco” Reynoso
7. Short Race Feat. Rock Marcy
Produced by: Arabian Knight
9. Paper Plate
Produced by: RZA
10. Columbian Ties Feat. True Master
Produced by: Bronze Nazareth
11. Firehouse Feat. Ka
Produced by: Rock Marcy
12. Path of Destruction
Produced by: Jay Waxx Garfield
13. Cinema Feat. Justice Kareem
Produced by: Arabian Knight
14. Intermission (Drive In Movie)
15. Life Is A Movie Feat. RZA & Irfane Khan-Acito (of Outlines)
Produced by: RZA
(Bonus Live Performance)
16. Elastic Audio
Live Performance @ The Parish in Austin, TX
5/31/2007 Featuring FYRE Department & Dreddy Krug
GZA – Alphabets (Produced by True Master)
BONUS: RZA – Afro Samurai Resurrection Audio Promo
Afro Samurai Is Back http://afrosamurai.com/
Also you will see Bobby Digital v’s RZA in the promo!
Here is a NEW and EXCLUSIVE track by Raekwon.
Raekwon – Blood Missiles (OB4CLII Coming in January 2009!)
Solomon Childs f/ RZA & Mark Ronson – You Do It To Yourself (New Album Available ‘You Don’t Want War’ @ www.chambermusik.com)
In late 2005 Ghostface Killa and MF DOOM were both recording over tracks from J Dilla’s instrumental opus, Donuts, which saw release the following February. Some of these were released on Ghostface’s Fishscale in 2006, while others, including a Dilla-Doom project, were postponed indefinitely after J Dilla’s passing. Two of these tracks, “Sniper Elite” and “Murder Goons,” are presented here for the first time.
MF Doom – Sniper Elite (Produced by J Dilla)
Ghostface Killah – Murder Goons (Produced by J Dilla)
Aww Sweet & Alldaybuffet Present
Good Wood 2008 – “Give Back”