Archive for August, 2010

"Ready to Live"

Another solid, inspiring  track from Trek Life with production by D.C. native Oddisee . As always, it’s free. Download and support the movement.

http://media.audibletreats.com/Trek_Life-Ready_to_Live.mp3

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http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/album/the-reset-instrumentals

Well, look what we have here. One of Detroit’s finest was nice enough to place us with “The Reset Instrumentals” album. The best part about, its FREE. To be honest with you, I would have paid for this. Times are tough and money is tight, so thank you Mr. Brown. So spread the word, cop the original album where ever you buy your music and stop wasting your money on model glue and paper bags. That shit is only funny on Always Sunny In Philadelphia .

peace, love, and dope beats

re-kon

The Reset: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/the-reset/id368331791

"Playing Life"

Here’s a little taste from whats coming from my favorite Brown Bag AllStar m.c.’s new E.P., “Playing Life.” Hey Dyllemma, I don’t hear any synthesizers.?

CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD

E.P. Drops August 24th, 2010

follow him on twitter:

http://twitter.com/KONCEPT_

"Go ahead, make the blogs, we'll make SportsCenter,"

Richard Wright Feat. Trek Life – \”The Switch Up 2.0\” (Prod. By J.Bizness)

I’m a new comer when it comes to Trek Life, but from what I’m hearing from this guy, I really like. Also, J. Bizness comes in with the fresh production which reminded me a bit of a J Zone beat.  want to know more about Trek Life? Here you go:

http://www.facebook.com/mctreklife

http://treklifemusic.com/

peace, love and dope beats,

re-kon

no money, no honey

As like most, I am very passionate about hip hop and hip hop culture. As I listened to Self Scientific’s “The Return” it got me to think. Damn, these cats were rapping about how hip hop was getting out of control back in 1997 and here we are, and it still is out of control. Now my question is, do you “keep it real” and stay passionate about your craft wether it be producing, mc’ing, dj’ing and even art. Do you “sell out” and make that auto tune track or have that latest popular m.c. feature or stay true to yourself? Remember when Hot 97 would break records? Wu-Tang Clan, Souls Of Mischief, and Blackmoon were on regular rotation? Radio has become a “pay to play” situation. I’m not judging you if you get down with mainstream music. I had my dirty south phase, but for the most part what “they” play on the radio is not for me.  Now mind you, I’d never charge an artist for a review or feature on my blog. If I’m feeling your music I will post it.  For the most part, who the hell am I and why would you want to listen to me anyways? I’m not here to disrespect anyone or their art form. My soul purpose of The Wunderground is to inform people and let them know hip hop is not dead(I hate that statement) and it never was. Nowadays its up to you to decide what is “Hip Hop” and what is not. So artists, I ask you, do you stay the indie route or make something for the radio and or mainstream? Me? I’ll stay broke if it means me keeping my self-respect. Honestly, my soul ain’t for sale. I don’t need to be rich and famous. I love hip hop! As long as I can pay my bills and spoil my girl once in a while I’m good. I look at artist/record labels like Jedi Mind Tricks, Duckdown Records’ and Stones Throw and I say to myself, “damn they stay true to themselves and their music.” The one thing mainstream hip hop will never have over indie hip hop is loyal fans. I find with mainstream hip hop is your only as hot as your last record. Also, mainstream hip hop fans are fair weather fans like most New York Jets fans.Anyone heard the new M.I.M.S. or Ying Yang Twins record ? No, because they are irrelevant in the hip hop world now. What the hell happened to Tru Life? Just another pawn in the record industry. Dude was nice so I hope he makes it back. Either record companies are blind or just don’t they just don’t care, is that quality hip hop was once “Mainstream.” Artist were able to be true to their craft and still have “mass appeal.” Biggie, Big Pun, Ghostface Killah, and Outkast all had mainstream appeal, so records, and still were respected as “real” m.c.’s. That is not the case anymore. The indie route seems to be catching on.  Look how successful Freeway and especially Slaughterhouse did when they went the indie route? My point, loyal fans and quality hip hop. I guess the decision lies within in you. Money or respect? I just also wanted to take a minute to thank Dart Adams over at Www.Bloggerhouse.net for the inspiration, Solo For Dolo, and whoever reads this. Thank you so much. Your support is much appreciated.

peace, love and dope beats,

re-kon

After beating myself in the head with “street”, “hardcore”, and or “angry” hip hop, I had to change it up a little bit. I mean come on, how many times can I hear about someone getting shot or having their limbs being ripped from them? So the voice inside of me says ” You gots to chill.” It was pretty cool because it was Parrish Smith’s (PMD from EPMD for you whipper snappers) voice.  So what was the remedy? More cowbell you say? No you idiot! It’s the new album from Black Sheep, “From The Black Pool Of Genius.” I was so excited when I heard this album. Dres’ voice has not changed from when I first heard him on “Wolf in Sheep’s Clothing.” Laid back, smooth, with a touch of arrogance. The thing about this album is that I feel the younger generation could appreciate it too. Classic boom bap with new school appeal. I keep telling people about this album, but really they have to find out for themselves.  With features from Psycho Les, AZ, Jean Grae, the o.g. himself, Q-Tip, and my childhood crush, wait for it……………………..Rosie Perez! While I love my Vinnie Paz, and the rest of the Army Of The Pharaohs, I just needed to turn the serious knob down a bit and just nod my head for a bit and smile.

http://www.whostheblacksheep.com/

Also on a side note, cop that new Apollo Brown, “The Reset”.

peace, love and dope beats,

re-kon

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