Episode 8 is our Jansport (backpack) special. A tribute to the independent hip-hop movement that helped spawn labels like Fondle ‘Em, Hydra, Rawkus, Stones Throw, Def Jux and ABB records. A time, where the internet played a major role in the music. This era allowed people to DIY, giving them an outlet never had. This movement created dreams, jobs, life-long careers and of course, some amazing music too. Speaking of music, if we covered everything this episode would be 20 hours instead of 2. We picked obscure cuts all the way to classics heard from the late 90s to the early 00s. We got everybody from Mos Def, Company Flow, MF Doom, Murs, Planet Asia, J-Live, Juggaknots, Weatherman, Saukrates, Jigmastas, Cannibal Ox, L-Fudge, Godfather Don, All Natural, Non-Phixon, Cage, Latryx, Mr. Voodoo, K-Otix, and Vakill to name a few. You don’t want to miss this!
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I did this Sade-themed topically stoner-oriented mix for Passion Of The Weiss’ mix series. Included are some awesome rap songs sampling Sade, some chopped & screwed versions of Sade songs, and a few brilliant stony oddities that somehow combine the former with the latter to mind melting results. It all came out pretty awesome if I do say so myself, including the typically awesome cover by John Turner Jr. You should download it and listen to it while smoking like 6 scorpion shaped joints in a row.
There is a much more detailed description of all this on PoW, including the rationale for my selections and why certain things didn’t make the cut. You can read all that HERE. S/O and thanks to my girlfriend Jenna for helping a bit, and to John for the cover, and to Jeff for hosting it.
01. MF Doom – Doomsday
02. Curren$y – Famous
03. Sade – Cherish The Day vs Z-Ro – Respect My Mind (C&S By Drobitussin)
04. Kool Keith – I do What I Want
05. Sade – No Ordinary Love vs Three Six Mafia – Where Is The Bud (C&S By Slim K)
06. AZ – Payback
07. Sade – Smooth Operator (C&S By Drobitussin)
08. LG – Blue Diamond Ft. Paasky
09. Sade – By Your Side (C&S By Drobitussin)
10. Sade – Feel No Pain (C&S By DJ Screw)
I’m generally a fan of rappers working with producers who are not overtly associated with rap, so this is right up my alley. Plus it’s always nice to see Kool Keith in good form.
Side-lol at some EDM fans lashing out at this song (there’s some great hate for it on Youtube), while the rap worlds seems to be mostly ignoring it. What happened to rap and electronic music moving ever closer in harmony (or however that critical narrative is supposed to go)?
As expected, I’ve been enjoying the hell out of LUV NY. However I’ve neglected to post anything about it since the album was released, a big oversight on my part. Luckily the album has been getting some good press without my help. Still, I’d like to throw my support in as well. In lieu of boring you with a mostly gushing review, here are the 3 songs from the album I like best. If you like these, go grab it immediately. If you don’t like them go drink a keg of Moet and learn how to make choices.
‘Pressure Up’ Ft. Kool Keith and Roc Marciano – This one got some well deserved love as a leaked single. A great verse from Marciano is all but expected at this point, but Keith kinda maybe steals the show. In general Keith sounds very invigorated in his verses on the album, it’s some of his best recent work. DL link via NahRight
‘Egyptology’ Ft. A.G. & Roc Marciano – My favorite song on the album, and a strong contender for one of my favorites of the year thus far. That beat is just exquisite. At this point A.G. has a lot of experience with Ray West, so he settles into the groove like it’s an old luxurious armchair that he has owned for years. Roc Marci is again just doing what he does best.
Extreme Status Ft. A.G. & Kool Keith – Everything I wrote about A.G. and Kool Keith above applies to this track as well.
For more about this album you can read a great comprehensive interview with Ray West HERE, or our Phila friend Bengi’s review of the entire album HERE.
LUV NY: Episode 2 with Kool Keith by asceticmusic
LUV NY is just around the corner, here’s another promo video. To be honest I was more impressed by how this clip looked than what Kool Keith was actually saying or the beat in the background. It’s not that the actual content wasn’t interesting, it was just shot so well that I inadvertently tuned everything else out to gape at the visuals.
Tracklist and first tastes of the LUV NY project, all very impressive. Production is often a weak point for veteran MCs making music, but here it might almost steal the show. Ray West is a very underrated producer; the dusty jazz-funk scoring these snippets sounds appropriately nostalgic without feeling trite and derivative, on par with West’s previous work with A.G. and similar to the outstanding production on Ka’s Grief Pedigree.
02 Legacy feat. O.C.
03 Egyptology feat. A.G. & Roc Marciano
04 Snake Charmer feat. A.G., Kurious & Dave Dar
05 Extreme Status feat. A.G. & Kool Keith
06 The Ritual feat. Sean G
07 Shorties Watching feat. Kurious
08 These Rappers under the hex feat. A.G.
09 Last Night Finesse feat. Dave Dar
10 I Been Luvin U feat. Kool Keith
11 Pressure Up feat. Kool Keith & Roc Marciano
12 The Blues Got Ya feat. A.G.
13 Acid feat. O.C.
14 Random feat. A.G.
The LUV NY soundcloud page has a more indepth description of what the album is about, you can read it here.