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The Philaflava Series Presents – Big Scen – No Days Off

Monday, May 10th, 2010
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In April of 2009 the good folks who post on the message board over at Philaflava put forth the idea of creating a project to represent the talent that the board possessed; The Philaflava Project. The idea was to team producers and emcees who frequent the board. Jason Gloss aka Philaflava and Tim Baker aka Alaska decided to spearhead the project and after some trials and tribulations the project eventually came out. It was seen as a success by those involved and the fans of the music and even garnered some press outside of the site. The success of the project inspired Gloss and Baker to develop The PhilaFlava Series, which intends to give individual artists a chance to shine and see greater light. The premise is the same; team up the talent on the board and see what comes, only the focus has shifted. Instead of collection of various artists the PhilaFlava Series will spotlight only one, he or she will in turn select the talent on the board they wish to work with.

This brings us to our very first release – The Philaflava Series Presents: Big Scen – No Days Off. Big Scen was one of the stand outs on the original Philaflava Project. His track Represent to the Fullest was a personal favorite of both Gloss and Baker and decided that he would be a perfect artist to start the series with.

Big Scen, 23 years old, was born and raised in Toronto. Coming from a musical background, Scen attended an arts school in Toronto for Saxophone, and has been rapping since he was 16. Scen has always been a natural. Interested in pursuing post-secondary education, he went to university for three years, when he realized that he missed the music too much and put his education on hold. Since then he has been making quite a name for himself in the burgeoning Toronto scene. He has most notably opened for RA The Rugged Man, The Roots, Mixmaster Mike, and Killah Priest. Additionally Scen recently released the song “Broke As Fuck” with Sean Price and DMC Champion DJ Grouch.

Big Scen is currently working on his debut solo album, which is untitled, as well as a full length album with Rosario titled “The Standard.”



The Philaflava Series – Big Scen’s first single (One of Those Days)

Monday, May 3rd, 2010
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those days

So the first installment of the Philaflava Series, Big Scen’s No Days Off, is now complete. We will release it next Monday, but for now we would like to wet your appetite with the first salvo or the first single, One of Those Days which was produced by Equalibrium

We hope you enjoy it.

Timlaska’s Album Reviews – Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings – I Learned the Hard Way

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010
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I finally have to admit it. I hate R&B music, not in that annoying former Phish fan now classic soul fanboy sort of way where they hate all the “current” shit but love the classic soul sound. Where I really couldnt give a fuck about what artist is using autotune and making a song with tired sexual metaphors for the jr. high set. No, No my blood boils with contempt for the soul revivalists. Don’t get me wrong, I have put in time, played the roll, etc. I used to make the 90 minute mix tapes in college that had a well placed Jodeci song for, if timed correctly, finishing up with the woman i was making love on. I got those best of Al Green CDs when I used to scam music from the Columbia Record Club. I have listened to the orginals versions of the songs that were sampled to make great rap songs. I got the soundtracks to the blaxplotation era movies, I even tried my hand at the new soul revival acts and you know what, I just dont like them. They are talented as shit, no question but they make some contrived ass bullshit, that sounds dated as fuck in the same way Big Bopper, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Jimi Hendrix do.

The content sucks dick and gets even sadder when you consider that almost all of these people are in their late 30s/early 40s and still upset that their man is a dog, or is constantly checking out some other chick. Really? you havent figured this out yet? Howsabout you shut the fuck up and either date the nerd fuck at your office that will placate your oversized ego, or just grow the fuck up and realize that guys like to look at women, no matter their age, just as the get older they act on it less because lets face it, most women are major fucking headaches. Also where do you get off with the whole “you let a good thing go” routine? Apparently every guy or gal you date makes the same call. My guess is the problem’s with you, so take a long hard look in the mirror and maybe write a song called “I’m only good for having sex on for a short period of time because I have a grating personality” Catchy title right? The funniest occurance is when they write a song about their family not liking their current significant other, well as we see from the tracklist and your track record you have shitty taste, so maybe check in with what they are saying and try a new direction you moron.

Anyway, despite my hatred of all things R&B, I am reviewing this new Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings because I know a lot of people like this shit. Please note that the above rant was completely inspired by the insipid content on this fuck of an album.

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

New K-Beta – Inglorious Beta

Thursday, April 1st, 2010
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New music from one of my favorite up and coming rappers!!!!

K-Beta – Inglorious Beta

Washington, D.C. buzzmaker K-Beta has hooked up with Inner Loop Records and to bring listeners his debut full-length, Inglorious Beta.

In regard to the album’s title, K-Beta stated, “The word ‘inglorious’ refers to being in a state of utter shame and disgrace…I reflected on all of the trials and tribulations of my life, and searched for perspective through reading, meditating etc. It helped me understand that shame is [a] tool with which many build hiding places. Creating this album has helped me lift up the rug and expose all of the dirt underneath.”

Featuring “Burn Thru the Journal,” “Come Closer,” and 14 more new tracks from the rising star, the project finds K-Beta joined by a wide array of DMV-based collaborators, including Diamond District (Oddisee, XO and yU), Illa Ghee, Sketch, B. Sheba, Mina and Midian. Production comes courtesy of Team Demolition, Kev Brown, Kokayi, J-Scrilla, Overok, Souful!


The Roots: Laskified

Monday, March 22nd, 2010
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A few weeks ago I started a new series of mixes called Laskified, the premise was that there are a gang of rap artists that have an amazing collection of music but for one reason or another they cannot put together an album that keeps my attention.  The first in the series was the rapper Mos Def who is an insanely talented rapper but might be a glue sniffer because his work is often inconsistent and erratic. 

The goal of the series was to put on my a&r hat and take the artists collection and cherry pick from it to make a cohesive album, of not necessarily essential tracks but, tracks that would work for a complete album that keeps your interest from front to back.  When conceptualizing the idea I came up with a set of rules to follow that included:

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 doesn’t fit, it doesn’t get on, I don’t care if it is their biggest hit nor 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.

With today’s artist, The Roots, we went a little over out time limit but still came in at under 1 hour.  I have a love hate relationship with The Roots, while I know they are extremely talented and when all things are clicking there are very few groups that can fuck with them at all.  Unfortunately that rarely happens outside of their live shows.  Where they excel in the live arena they tend to flounder on the studio.  The Roots have released 7 studio albums, 8 if you include Organix which I do not, simply because it sucks.  All of the 7 albums contain a few good to great songs and a lot of boring filler shit.  The other problem is that every album carries the same format – an intro, a few songs about rap, a few girl songs, one crossover type single that is always awful, a few experimental joints which are always surprisingly good, and a few songs of rapper Black Thought completely demolishing the mic.  When it comes to just ripping the shit out of a track few can do it better than Black Thought.  Unfortunately, they get away from that too much because they have this BS formula that sucks the life out of every project.  

It is very frustrating to see a group that is this talented avoid what they are best at.  At the same time it’s hard to argue with a group that has been releasing music for 17 years, and still remains a relevant force today.  I just wish they would put out one album that puts all their strengths together, trims the fat and makes a fucking classic.  Until then this will have to do. 


1. Act Won (Things Fall Apart)
2. 75 Bars (Black’s Reconstruction)
3. Here I Come
4. Act Too (The Love of My Life)
5. Panic!!!
6. The Seed (2.0)
7. Stay Cool
8. Water
9. Clones
10. Living In A New World
11. Distortion to Static
12. Thought @ Work
13. The Web
14. The Lesson, Pt. 1

The Roots: Laskified –