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Steady Bloggin/T.R.O.Y. x Ras Beats Giveaway

Monday, September 19th, 2016
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A few weeks ago we posted on T.R.O.Y. about the Ras Beats project Control Your Own. It features Roc Marciano, O.C., Elzhi , A.G. (D.I.T.C.), Rasheed Chappell, Blacastan (A.O.T.P.), Breeze Brewin and many more.  Ras Beats runs his own independent record label, WorldWyde Recordings. Playing patronage to favorites like Large Professor, Pete Rock, and Marley Marl, Ras Beats has put out an exemplary New York underground record. If you love classic beats and throwbacks to the golden era, this album is a must.


Many of you asked about about the giveaway so, here we go…


If you would like to receive Control Your Own for FREE, simply follow us on Instagram @Philaflava . We will be selecting from new followers starting from 9/19 – 9/24. 5 random winners will receive the new album for absolutely FREE. For those already following, you can still win too. A post will be made this Friday (9/23) on our Instagram regarding this contest. Simply like it– that’s all. We will be selecting random likes on that day and the winners  will receive a copy Control Your Own for free. Easy ain’t it? Good luck and don’t forget to support real hip-hop. –Philaflava



1.Control Your Own                                                                          
2.Wit No Pressure Feat. Roc Marciano
3.Study Feat. Blacastan & Rasheed Chappell
4.Shoebox Feat. JBiz
5.Let It Be Feat. Masta Ace
6.Front Line Feat. Fev
7.Knowledge Of Self Feat. O.C. & Elzhi
8.Anticipation Feat. Kool Sphere
10.Survive Feat. Sadat X
11.Bust The Science Feat. Sureshot La Rock
12.Against The Wall Feat. Sub-Con & Breeze Brewin
13.God Bless Feat. JBiz & A.G.

The Juggs – African Queen EP

Wednesday, April 21st, 2010
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A few years ago I was on tour with EL-P, and during said tour EL had a live band playing with him. The band featured Wilder Zobey of Chin Chin fame on keyboards. You may remember Chin Chin from earlier music blasts and their stellar live show during the Ringolevio album release party. EL also had a fellow by the name of Kareem Bunton playing bass. I didn’t know much of this Kareem fellow other than he snored like a fucking maniac and he had a hella-fied sneaker collection. During one late night drive out of the shit hole that is Albuquerque, NM the lot of us that were still up (myself, fellow hangar member Ian McMullin, Soundguy Jimmy, Wilder Zobey, Photog extradonaire and friend of the blast SeanieCameras and the fore mentioned Mr. Bunton) were all up, drunk, watching the sun come up and sharing music, some we enjoyed and some of our own. When it came time for Kareem to play something he humbly said “check this out and tell me what you think, it’s some new stuff I have been working on”. I had no idea what I was in for, but it was jaw dropping. It sounded like Black Sabbath, if Black Sabbath was chilling with Robert Johnson at the crossroads and making a deal with Beelzabub that in return for their mortal soul they get to rock the fuck out of your dick holes with the a sonic assault that makes you want to put babies in your lady and then eat some good pulled pork with no shirt on.


The Juggs are the fucking truth. I have had a rough version of this album for almost a year now and have been waiting for the day I got an email or a call from Kareem asking me to blast this fucker. Well that day is today. Christmas in April muthafuckers.

PS. The Juggs will be playing tomorrow night at Frank’s Lounge in Ft. Greene tomorrow night (4/22/2010) at 11pm (660 Fulton St
Brooklyn, NY 11217 – (718) 625-9339)

You can also find them on myspace

The Juggs – African Queen EP – Download

Mos Def – Laskified

Friday, February 5th, 2010
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I have recently been thinking about artists that show potential but never reach it for whatever reason. This phenomenom tends to be of epidemic proportions in rap music and I am not sure why. It could be the culture in the record industry demanding quick turn over and a follow the leader approach to marketing the music. It could be that most rappers do not have the musical background to understand what it takes to make a strong record. it could be that there isnt a lot of guidance other than the “make sure you have the x, y and z” style songs on your album. Or it could just be that some rappers are either too self indulgent or lazy to ever get the best from them.

I started thinking about this because of the artist Mos Def. Obviously a talented rapper. His work in the late 90s with Black Star was brilliant. His first solo album Black on Both Side, though uneven showed immense promise. Sadly that promise was never reached. It was a combination of him being bored with rap, trying to do too much, acting, getting hammered by Christopher Hitchens on Bill Maher, etc.

The point is he was unable to keep focus for a full album and his works became increasingly, how can I say this without being insulting, shitty.

With Mos there are always amazing moments.

When he is on, it is exactly what I want to hear when I listen to rap music, but when he is off it is exactly everything I hate when I listen. So this got me thinking, what if some one like Mos, or The Roots, or Ras Kass had a strong personality with an ear for what makes a great record pushing them to do so? Would it work. Would we get what we always hoped for from them? Sadly we will never know because the music industry has pretty much eliminated the true A&R position for quick profits and disposable artists. So I decided to try on my A&R hat and see if I couldnt put together a great album from the material that is already out there. I set a few rules in place to avoid just turning this into a best off type deal:

1. The music can only come from the artist album catalogue, no collaborations, guest appearances or side projects.
2. The project must flow like an album, which means if the song doesnt fit, it doesnt get on, I dont care if it is their biggest hit or has a Jay-Z or Kanye guest appearance.
3. It must not be longer than 55 minutes and 14 songs, because no album ever should be.

So lets see how this little experiment worked out. Mos Def, you are about to be Laskified.

Mos Def – Laskified

Track Listing

1. Champion Requiem
2. Mr. Nigga
3. Murder of a Teenage Life
4. Ghetto Rock
5. Quiet Dog Bite Hard
6. Undeniable
7. White Drapes
8. Sex, Love, and Money
9. Napoleon Dynamite
10. Close Edge
11. Umi Says
12. History feat. Talib Kweli
13. Brooklyn

Mos Def – Laskified


Timlaska’s Top Ten-est Albums of All-time #6

Thursday, February 4th, 2010
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So today we go back to our weekly series dedicated to naming the top ten-est rap albums of all time.  I picked the ten albums I wanted to feature in advance.  Since then I have been listening to them pretty non-stop which has lead to many of them being second guessed, removed, and shuffled around.  Today’s record was originally slated in the number two spot, but the more I listened there was just no way I could justify putting it above the albums to follow. 

A Tribe Called Quest was one of the best groups of the 90s.  THey have also become one of the groups that annoying white people that want to discuss hip hop but have no real grasp of the culture cling to.  They are like Cypress Hill minus the weed or the Beastie Boys minus the nasally NY jewish voices.  Additionally Tribe reached a creative zenith that neither of these groups came close too….fuck anyone who says Paul’s Boutique was this or that.  The MCing sucked so the album isnt good.  It would have been better suited as an instrumental album, but sadly that trend didnt really take off till years later. 

Midnight Marauders was the high water mark of creativity and artistry for the group from Queens.  It also marked the first time that Phife Dawg wasnt a complete liability.  That said Phife is also the reason for the albums drop from number two to number 5.  There was just no way i could put an album that he shared lead vocal duties above say, Illmatic, which was originally in this slot. 

Midnight Marauders is the most complete work from the group, it was the moment all the key elements came into their own, with the exception of Jarobi who came into his own by no longer appearing after the groups first album.  The scope of their content moved from very hip hop centric concepts like Buggin Out and having The Jazz to more universal topics like romance,  the experience of a young man in the city and even just everyday problems one faces in their life.  Ali Shaheed Muhammad’s production was cohesive throughout and wasnt limited to just the obscure jazz samples that made Low End Theory a landmark album that has ultimately aged poorly.  The production is thick and lavish and creates a mood that ties the album together from start to finish.  Q-Tip while not displaying the same level of craftmanship in Low End Theory offers a more complete performance combining content, flow, voice and lyrics to help him reach even greater heights as an mc.  The guest appearances are not frivolous and include a top notch performance from Large Professor, getting booth guest vocal and guest production credits on Keep It Rollin and chorus appearances from Trugoy and Busta Rhymes on Award Tour and Oh My God respectively.  The album also spawned two undeniable hip hop classics the aforementioned Award Tour and Electric Relaxation which ended up on every mixtape I made for my lady friend that year. 

I think most would agree that Midnight Marauders is the magnum opus for one of the genre’s most creative acts and remains as poigient and fresh sounding today as it did back in 1993.

Personal note: I went to SUNY New Paltz and this album circulated the campus for about two months before its actual release.  Albums that also leaked that school year and made the rounds were Black Moon’s debut and Nas’ Illmatic.  So I guess leaked records were not just a symptom of the internet age. 


Links for the previous entries:

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Number 9

Number 8

Number 7

Timlaska’s Top Ten-est Albums of all time #7

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010
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At number 7 we have an entry from De La Soul, Buhloone Mindstate. It is the best De La record to date, and considering how bad their recent output has been, it is probably the best De La album period. Artsy types will often gravitate towards their first two records 3 Feet High and Rising and De La Soul is Dead, one of which is good and one of which is kind of a cluster fuck. Ill let you figure out which is which. Purists will often go with Stakes is High which is an average effort at best, and the worst of the 4 De La albums that matter, it also signified the beginning of the end for De La as an important entity.

Bulhoone Mind State is the high water mark of their artistic creativity and maturity. Marking the first time in the groups history that all three major contributors were on the same playing feild. Dave aka Trugoy was always a capable MC but was carried by the greatness of Posdnous and Prince Paul. This was the first time it felt like Dave could hang. It is also the only rap record that ever made it into the category of grown folk music that wasnt a Jay-Z post Black Album-esque snooze fest or some crotchety old folks telling the kids to pull their pants up.

The Lyrics are intense, layered, and personal. Posdnous delivers one of the greatest lyrical performances in the history of the genre. His lyrics are brilliant, revealing, and easy to grasp, while still holding true to his abstract style. His patterns are absolutely absurd. The high point being his verse on I Am I Be. Prince Paul’s The production is a cleaned up and more to the point version of 3 Feet High and Rising. They are soulful and not in a shitty Common post Resurrection vibe.

Outside of the weird asian guys rapping (which luckily isnt too long) the album is flawless. Truth be told I have recently become reacquanted with this album and it is the inspiration for this bizarre quest to change the way we look at rap albums, moving from an impact, historical significance and sales number model to one of artistry. Buhloone Mindstate is definitely one of the artistic high points in the history of the genre.


Conversation with K-Beta

Wednesday, December 2nd, 2009
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A few years back I did a show in Baltimore and I met an MC named K-Beta. He seemed like a good enough guy, we chopped it up a bit, and he gave me a copy of his cd. Most times when this happens the cd gets a few seconds of listen than tossed. However Beta’s cd stayed in heavy rotation for the whole tour and beyond. I was amazed at how hungry, clear and hard his raps were. There was an honestly in his music that I havent heard from anyone in quite some time. He was the total package, if I started my own label he would be the first rapper I would sign. I recently sat down with Beta to discuss his music and life.


Please take a few seconds to introduce yourself to the steady bloggin audience, please give them a little back ground as to who you are, what you do, etc.

Whaddup y’all..I’m K-Beta coming outta the DMV. I’m 1/4 of Inner Loop Records..and also an artist on the label. I’m also co-owner and CBO of BetaRaz Entertainment. I’m an MC/producer/vocal arranger/party host/calendar publisher/last line of defense.

Right now you seem poised to make a big statement for the DC scene, what was your path from first starting out to where you are now?

Its a hell of a journey, and its far from over. I’m blessed and fortunate to be a part of a great team. We have all paid our dues, and have come too far to even consider turning back. The statement for DMV hip-hop is already being made. I’m coming in to put the period on the end of the sentence.

I first became aware of your work when you gave me the cd ‘Nigger” at Sonar in Baltimore. I was extremely impressed by the craftmanship on the record. The writing was some of the most honest I have ever heard put on wax. What was the writing experience like for that record. Did you have any concerns about it being too honest for an audience that typically gravitates towards the dramatic and sensational?

Thanks a lot A. Coming from an artist of your calibur, that’s a huge compliment. Honestly, most of those lyrics were written while I was still locked up. I came home in 2004 with hundreds of songs written, and we put Nigger together with the best joints from that bunch. I don’t concern myself with sensationalizing my work, because I pride myself on being a sensational lyricist. I have been given the ability to articulate any state of mind or emotion through my lyrics, and people gravitate towards that. The honesty pulls people in, because they can draw strength and inspiration from that. Its the way I was raised by the MCs I grew up listening to.

Listening to the 89 to 09 cd, it is obvious that you are a student of rap, the beats you picked come from a diverse cross section of artists and your flows stayed very true the the artist chosen. What was the reason behind the project and how has influence of the artists chosen guided you as an artist.

89 to 09 was a way for us to put something out that would stand out from the slew of mixtapes in a sorely oversaturated market. There are a lot of artists who are throwing out mixtape after mixtape, and the general interest has damn near bottomed out. With 89 to 09, I was able to not only put out a quality product that is an enjoyable listen, but also have a lot of fun giving props to some of my favorite MCs of the past 20 years. Also, I wanted to display that various influences that have guided and growth as a writer.

A lot of your work tells of your struggles with alcohol and drugs, being in this life, doing shows, touring, etc one is surrounded by drugs and alcohol, how do you deal with that, does it effect you in anyway?

I just focus on my purpose. I stopped drinking about two years ago, because my alcohol use was the biggest roadblock to my success, happiness and overall well-being. Being out isn’t a real problem for me, because I harbor no illusion about the severity of my struggles. I know the consequences of making that choice, so I cannot fool myself.

A lot of the country is not familiar with the DC scene, can you give us a bit of a history and tell us the current state of the scene?

There has always been hip-hop on the DC scene. I was fortunate to be around at a time when the scene was starting to take form, and as a result, I have been able to watch and participate in the explosion of DMV hip-hop to what it is today. Growing up, I was excited to see artists like DC Scorpio and DJ Kool on TV. It let me know that you didn’t have to be from NY or LA to make it. Those brothers and sisters made me believe in myself as an MC from this area. That is why I’ll do a project like 89 to 09. I will always give back to the foundation. It’s similar to paying tithe at church. I know that I owe the old school for having a shot at going down in history.

What’s on deck for K-Beta?

I’m in the studio everyday. I have an album on deck called FTC. I have production from just about every dope producer in the area on it. I can’t give you a solid drop date for it, but the first single will be out very soon. I’m also working on an album produced entirely by Team Demo. That’s a special project for me, because TD were the first cats specifically out of VA to make noise on the DC side. There’s more too. 2010 is going to be a very big year for us.

Where can fans find you and your music?

Right now, fans in the area can catch me on the Capitol City Music Tour with Kingpen Slim and XO. My first album, Nigger: An Audiobiography by K-Beta, is available on iTunes and CDBaby. The 89 to 09 mixtape can be downloaded for free at

Download K-Beta’s 89-09 Mixtape here