More cold cuts for the masses. I promise, we’ll get back on track next week. Still trying to catch up on the stuff sitting in my inbox. This isn’t all of it, far from it, but stuff that either I dig or I think people on the site might dig. Dig through, and you might just find your next favorite artist.
And if you get sick of WYDU and our cold cuts we are serving this week, you can hit up two new blogs, both getting the official WYDU endorsement.
The first one comes from Will C. You might remember Will C from his “Down The Dial” project he put out last fall. You might also remember we featured him in an interview on WYDU. My man Will has his own blog, this is the first week on the scene and already he is bringing the heat. All this week, he is doing features from Mr. Magic shows that DIDN’T make his project, “Down The Dial.” He supplies stories from behind the scenes, music and other goodies. I know all my hip hop historians and afficiandos can dig that. So be sure to check out Will.
Underground Hip Hop Freebie Shop
Another blog new to the scene, and it also happens to be another blog with hip hop artist ties. My man Hus from Tha Connection is the man behind the scenes on this ditty. Hus is throwing gems at readers almost daily, and I’m sure if you check it often enough, you’ll be hearing some joints from his people (such as this one on KA). So hit Hus up and show him some love as well.
No, it’s not a late April Fools joke. Long story short, a lengthy editorial I wrote on the state of the music business (hip hop in specific) about 2 years ago for my website/myspace -highlighting five issues I thought were causing things to take a turn for the worse- went viral online and wound up appearing on a lot of websites, blogs, etc. Popular website hiphopdx.com posted it and it was met with ambivalence (and controversy), but I’ve never been one to mince words or care about the repercussions of what I say at any given time. Apparently, the authors of an American pop culture textbook called Common Culture: 6th Edition (Prentice Hall Publishing) liked with it enough to license my editorial for print in the book.
Common Culture: 6th Edition is out now and available at amazon.com and other book retailers. I haven’t received my copy yet -and probably shouldn’t buy it in this economy at $60 a copy!- but if you see it, definitely take a look. Then again, the book is about 700 pages, so it’s worth the price tag if you love to read and have a long flight, or like me, spend a lot of time on the toilet. My grandmother is from New Orleans and be cookin up some sh*t, please understand.
For those watching every dime in the recession, you can take the cheap route and google search “J-Zone Five Things That Killed Hip Hop” or something like that and find it online somewhere. A lot of time has passed since I wrote the article and I never go back to look at my previous work -I can’t even listen to my own music once it’s been released- so I can’t determine if what I said still holds up today or not. I’ve since moved on to the slightly less volatile and more old man suited worlds of sports and lifestyle journalism -and I now write under my government name- and refuse to voice my personal opinions about hip hop in a major forum anymore because I’ll always be dead wrong to somebody and I just might get shot. Have you ever seen how heated a Biggie vs. 2 Pac vs. Jay-Z debate in a barber shop gets? I rest my case! I’m making my effort to die grown man style (of natural causes after finishing a good plate of fish and grits).
Nonetheless, this is a great look that will boost my resume in journalism, a strong possibility for my next step career wise. Special thanks to hiphopdx.com, the authors of Common Culture: 6th Edition (Michael F. Petracca and Madeline Sorapure) and Prentice Hall publishing for the opportunity. I appreciate it.
I did some video interviews up at undergroundhiphop.com (a Boston based record store) promoting the J-Zone & Chief Chinchilla: Live @ The Liqua Sto album about 6 months ago. They recently surfaced online. I don’t really like being on camera, but these are pretty funny, so if you’re bored and are into that type of stuff, enjoy.
warning: these are not for the easily offended or animal lovers.
Buckwild On Fat Beats Radio
DJ Know1 mix did last week on Fat Beats radio of Buckwild joints. The man himself calls in and does an interview in part 3.
Nas – These Are Our Heroes
Termanology – Respect My Walk
Hall Of Justus – Back At It
Lake & Cormega – Get It
Dj K.O feat Diamond D, Kaze, Edo – Nobody Like Me
D.I.T.C feat D Flow, A.Bless & O.C – Insomnia
O.C – Time’s Up
Organized Konfusion – Stress
Big L – Put It On
The Notorious B.I.G – I Got A Story To Tell You
Sadax X feat Grand Puba & Lor – The Lump Lump
Kool G Rap – Fast Life
Memphis Bleek – What You Think Of That
The Beastie Boys Feat Q-Tip – Get It Together
Tha Alkaholiks – Daaam (Remix)
Guru feat Bahamadia – Respect The Architect
s – The Difference
Mike Zoot – Live And Stink
Royal Flush – Makin’ Moves
Jemini The Gifted One – Story Of My Life
FT – Don’t Trust Anyone Remix
O.C – The Chosen One
Diamond D feat K.Terroribul – On Stage
Artifacts – C’Mon Wit Da Git Down
AZ – Hoe Happy Jackie
Lord Finesse – Hip 2 Da Game (Remix)
Mic Geronimo – Three Stories High
Akinyele – Yo
The Game – Like Father, Like Son
Playaz Circle feat Ludacris – U Can Believe It
Out of New York City has come tons of emcee’s that can spit hard bars, but few of them have the originality to get their music heard and felt worldwide. Lee Bueller is one of those few emcees (born and raised in Queens) that definitely has the talent and drive to get his music heard and felt throughout the continents. His latest release, Coming Off The Toilet Chasing Dreams was released to show his talent much beyond your typical “DJ screaming over tracks” mixtape. Coming Off The Toilet Chasing Dreams is all original production (T.A.S.K., Kevin Dunn, Lee Bueller himself, etc) with an instantly-charismatic lyrical assault in a perfect unison.
In the next coming months, Lee Bueller is releasing his “Bueller: 7 Series” which will consist of 7 original releases with completely different themes conveying Bueller’s song-writing ability. Most emcees come up with marketing schemes of labeling themselves as an artist to gain exposure; Lee Bueller lets his music speak for itself.
Tailor Made is Rashid Amir’s first mixtape to be released by NY Champ Entertainment. A mixtape, which conveys Rashid’s thoughts and ideas on what real lyricisms, is, while also capturing what he feels to be the true essence of hip-hop music. Tailor Made introduces the world to Rashid Amir as an artist with a voice that fights to be heard. Rashid Amir “Tailor Made” features production by J Dilla, Khrysis, DJ Premier. Champ EZ, Don Won, and B Conscious. It contains the critically acclaimed tracks “Wandering Star”, “No Mercy”, and “Find A Way”. Rashid Amir has appeared on various mixtapes such as MISC: Let Me Be Heard Vol. 2., while also collaborating with artist internationally (George Reefah) and locally. Rashid Amir is a promising emcee of the new school to be on the look out for and you don’t want to miss out his debut onto the music scene with Tailor Made.
Mos Def a MF Doom fan? Obviously…..
New Song From Mr. Green
The video is called “Zoo York State of Mind”
and it comes out June 4′th. The song
is from my album “Green Future”
download link: http://www.mediafire.com/download.php?d3idzhntynn
Coalmine Records is pleased to present ‘Do This’, the 2nd single to the official release of Shuko’s producer album,The Founda
tion which drops in just 2 weeks (4.14.09). “Do This” features. Canibus, Bekay & Chino XL. Click here for the free download.
The Foundation is a mixed discography of new, previously released and remixed hits produced entirely by German super producer, Shuko. Hosted by the incredible rap team, Heltah Skeltah and mixed by DJ Dutchmaster, The Foundation includes guest appearances from Rakim, Papoose,Talib Kweli, Sean Price, Skyzoo, Jae Millz, Canibus,Torae, R.A. The Rugged Man and more. Available 4.14.09 through Coalmine Records.
Jada & Rae
Jadakiss f/ Raekwon – Magic City Part 3 (Wu Tang Edition)
UllNevaNo (of Tha Equation and Action Figures)
A new joint prod. by MIDImarc. It’s a tribute to my ma dukes
“Im so Proud of You”
and a joint from the “Color purple mixtape” (evidence instrumentals)
“I Mean Business” by The Diamond District (Oddisee, X.O. & YU)
I Mean Business is the second single from DC Hip-Hop group The Diamond District.
Their full length debut album In The Ruff will be available for download from their website www.diamonddistrictdmv.com on April 14, 2009. Check the site for the mini documentary.
Also check out the first single from the Diamond District
Prince Ali Tracks
P.A. from Toronto remixes Illa J’s single ‘R U Listening” from his J Dilla Produced album. Was just lingering around feel free to give it a listen if time allows. Thanks
P.A. – R U Listening Remix [Feat Illa J]
New Music from Steele of Smif N Wessun
DL link to General Steele f/Buckshot & Jo Chris “A Toast To Brooklyn”:
General Steele of Smif N Wessun Presents: Welcome To Bucktown
Soundtrack Features: Boot Camp Clik members, Buckshot, Sean Price, Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Tek of Smif N Wessun, Top Dog, Louisville , along with the Representativz and Ruste Juxx
General Steele, of Smif N Wessun Presents: Welcome To Bucktown (In Stores 5-5-09), the first official release on the Bucktown USA Imprint. The soundtrack delivers some of Brooklyn ‘s finest emcees: Boot Camp Clik, Sha Stimuli, Shabaam Sahdeeq of Polyrhythm A
ddicts, UG of the Cella Dwellas, Blahzah Blahzah, Smoothe Da Hustler, and Trigger Tha Gambler.