Archive for October, 2010

What a great show. Just what Asbury Park needed. Given it was a Wednesday night and an early start time(6:30 pm), people still came through and supported.  I arrived around 5:30 for sound check, figuring most rappers are late anyways. To my surprise, Jedi Mind Tricks and company had arrived by 4:30 and had already begun there soundtrack. After I finished setting up, I got to dip back stage and meet everyone. My bad for assuming that there was going to be some wild shit going. These guys were just laid back and chill, cool as a cucumber. Everyone was friendly, and showed mad love to me. Its weird for me. You follow these guys on twitter and facebook and when you finally meet them they’re just regular dudes. No gaudy chains, champagne, fights, and nasty groupies. Its real refreshing to see artists not be stereo types. There was some drinking going on, but for the most part they were about business. Anyways, great performance by Jedi Mind Tricks, Reef The Lost Cauze, and Solo For Dolo. I also wanted to note, a great stage performance by Greg C., Solo For Dolo’s new hype man. They had some real good chemistry going on. Here’s a few photos I took at the show. I have my fingers crossed and hope this paves the way for future indie hip hop acts to come through to Asbury.

Solo For Dolo w/ Greg C.

Jus Allah

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Thanks everyone for your support!

re-kon

ps. Congrats to Reef on his new born baby

 

After a ten-year hiatus The Mighty Souls of Mischief formed like Voltron, releasing the Prince Paul produced Montezuma’s Revenge last December to high praise and rave reviews. Nearly a year later, and following world tours and the release of their own Heiro Man toy, Souls is releasing a new video for “Won One.” In the Don Tyler produced video, the west coast rhymers go black and white, spitting sharp and precise verses throughout several city settings, an impressive feat considering the video was shot in one take. As the video jumps back and forth from one side of the Golden Gate Bridge to the other, the rappers find themselves imposed on the side of luxury high-rises and abandoned apartment buildings, alike, with their images, like the group’s music itself, transcending the city they call home.

 

 

Native Cali rapper, producer, and founder of the group Deep Rooted, Mr. Brady is back with his latest solo album, Labor Of Love. The album is exactly what its title implies; fifteen energized tracks delivering Brady’s raw persona and featuring some of the best of what underground hip-hop has to offer. Part of what makes Labor of Love so special is Mr. Brady’s personal touch as the album’s main producer, “I usually do all my production myself,” says Brady. “There was no big studio involved in this project at all. I wanted to let people know that you can make it happen with whatever you have.” And make it happen Brady did, as Labor Of Love boasts appearances from Guilty Simpson, Blu, Diamond D, Exile, Aloe Blacc, Tajai of Souls Of Mischief, and more.

The album’s lead single “Real Heavy,” unleashed today to celebrate the release of his new album, Brady collaborates with prominent Detroit rapper Guilty Simpson and Johaz, who also happens to be a part of Brady’s Deep Rooted crew. Mr. Brady considers the song a “classic joint;” a well orchestrated track of chopped up lo-fi samples pieced together with a raw lyrical vibe and a hard hitting beat. “Real Heavy” is exemplary of Mr. Brady’s vision for the album: “I’ma keep it raw, soulful and give all of me with every track.”

Download Mr. Brady’s “Real Heavy” Feat. Guilty Simpson and Johnaz:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Mr_Brady-Real_Heavy_Ft_Guilty_Simpson_And_Johaz.mp3

 

 

 

 

Detroit trio The Left, comprised of producer Apollo Brown, rapper Journalist 103, and DJ Soko, are celebrating the release of their debut album, Gas Mask, today with “Reporting Live,” the first official release from the album featuring fellow Detroit wordsmith Guilty Simpson.

Apollo jumps things off with a soulful grittiness — the track seamlessly mixes Apollo’s vocal chops, horns, and heavy drums – and the instrumental serves as a perfect match for Journalist’s own gravelly vocals, as he rhymes, “Reporting live from the gritty blocks of Rock City/ Forgotten sound of Motown produced by many/ Rappers come a dime a dozen, but not many/ Can carry the status of legends, I hope that y’all hear me.” Guilty follows in step with his own verse (“Young killers take it in blood/ Dirt doers get wet up, then pigs come play in the mud”), and Detroit city imagery abounds as the two Rock City vets take you on a tour of their hometown.

The Left’s Gas Mask is available now via Mello Music Group.

Download The Left’s “Reporting Live” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/The_Left-Reporting_Live_Ft_Guilty_Simpson.mp3

Though this would be the best episode of the MTV show, this is for a landmark moment for Hip Hop Heads in the Jersey Shore area. Oct.27th at The Wonder Bar in Asbury Park New Jersey, Jedi Mind Tricks and Reef The Lost Cauze make their debut appearances. Though The Stony Pony brings more mainstream hip hop acts, like Snoop Dog, Cypress Hill, and Redman and Method Man, it’s never brought an indie group has big as J.M.T. to the Jersey shore.  Why is this a big deal?  Asbury Park as little to no indie hip hop scene/following. This could mean more future shows like this and more support. Also, it could just open a few eyes and ears of people who only know hip hop that is played on the radio. Yes, I do have personal invested interest in this show. I will be djing throughout the night and rocking a set with Solo For Dolo. When the show was initially booked, I noticed there wasn’t a local act opening for Jedi Mind. So I poked my nose around, found the right contact, and boom! Myself and Solo got booked. I’ve seen these guys play and handful of times and now to have the honor to share the same stage is pretty exciting. Anyways,  I just wanted to throw something up real quick. I will be posting photos and hopefully video of the show. Maybe even an interview with J.M.T. if they are up to it. SO STAY TUNED!

I also wanted to give a quick shout out to my home girl Angie who hooked the show up for myself and Solo For Dolo.

Thank you and much love!

pre-sale tickets are available HERE

 

Doors open at 6pm and myself and Solo For Dolo will be rocking at 6:30. Space is limited so get there early.

peace,

re-kon

 

With Von Pea‘s debut solo record, Pea’s Gotta Have It, dropping today and the Audible Treats CMJ Showcase with legendary fellow New Yorker Black Sheep on Thursday, it’s easy to see that Von’s living the “Good Life,” which is also his appropriately named newest single.

With a soulful beat reminiscent of J. Dilla, this chorus-less banger rides upon a catchy vintage sample that croons “Don’t give up the good life.” The Tanya Morgan emcee showcases his skillful delivery and lets his personality shine through on the whole track. Some of the lyrics come directly from the writings of the rapper’s high school journal and include sentiments that have taken on a different tone as time has passed. “The track is based on the idea that I’d be ‘the man’ by 22 and get the girls I wanted at the time (I decided to keep the real names of the girls from back then),” says Von. “These aspirations seem so silly looking back at them and knowing how serious I was.” Even if Von Pea’s priorities have changed, it’s safe to say that this same seriousness has carried over, only to musicianship.

Listen to “Good Life” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Von_Pea-Good_Life.mp3

Purchase Here:

iTunes:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/peas-gotta-have-it/id398076845

Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/Peas-Gotta-Have-Von-Pea/dp/B00417HVAU/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=music&qid=1286903383&sr=1-1

Preview Pea’s Gotta Have It EP here:
http://vonpea.bandcamp.com/album/peas-gotta-have-it

Grammy-nominated musician/jack-of-all-trades KOKAYI releases “Only” from his new album Robots and Dinosaurs, the physical copies of which are available today.

“Only” is a deep sigh, and a long look back drawing inspiration from famed bachelor classicThe Wedding Crashers. “The main inspiration was the movie and the thought process of the classic bachelor and his quest for love.” KOKAYI explains. Without hesitation, the lyricist lays down the gritty facts, “I’m not so lucky with love, yo” over a misty piano that served as the catalyst of creation for the song, “coming up with the piano line was the most enjoyable part of making the track, it inspired the chorus and the rest was easy.” Throughout the song the emcee delves deeper into the echoey chambers of memory and past lovers, questioning the listener as well as himself. KOKAYI’s lyricism shimmers in his distant mood as he delivers his message. “Bachelors want love too,” says KOKAYI. “The Lounge Lizzards and professional singles dream, just as everyone, of finding true love.”

Robots and Dinosaurs is an eclectic musing of styles that has allowed KOKAYI the pleasure of never having to fall into a single musical category. While upbeat, the album also explores the rocky terrain of suicide and unrequited love from both sides of the equation.

Download KOKAYI’s “Only” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/KOKAYI-Only.mp3

Download full album here:

http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/robots-dinosaurs/id396136677

 

If you’re not familiar with Kokayi, here’s a little back ground on him:

Kokayi (Carl Walker) is a Grammy-nominated singer/songwriter, emcee, producer and educator. Koyaki (pronounced “Ko-Kah-Yee”) has already independently released his debut album Mass Instructions (2007), toured the world and snagged the 2009 Grammy-nod for Best Urban/Alternative Performance for his work as a vocalist and co-producer on “Lovin’ You (Music)” by Ethiopian singer Wayna. He also produced Wayna’s “Moonlight Rendezvous” which spent 7 consecutive weeks on Billboard’s Top 10 R&B/ Hip Hop Singles and 100 Hot Singles Sales charts. Kokayi keeps busy on multiple fronts with several side-projects – as one half of the electro-hop duo, Dastardly (with DJ/Producer Sharkey), and his long-time Afropunk outfit, TheCaesarz. In 2009, Kokayi signed to NYC’s independent hip-hop beacon, QN5 Music as an in-house artist and producer.

Download more songs here:

“RoxTar”:
http://media.audibletreats.com/KOKAYI-RoxTar.mp3

“Autumn Rules”:
http://media.audibletreats.com/KOKAYI-Autumn_Rules.mp3

Those who pick up the CD version of Hell Razah‘s recent sophomore album, Heaven Razah, are in for an unexpected gift if they keep their ears open. Despite only listing 15 tracks, a hidden bonus track, “Araboth,” appears towards the end of the final song, “Armageddon.”

The song provides an emotional high note for the album to end on. Rapping over an acoustic guitar and string arrangement, Hell Razah takes us through his teenage years, describing both the successes and hardships that went along with them. Additionally, one of the final lines is given extra weight in light of the emcee’s recent health issues. “The body is weak but the spirit is strong / The truth is deep but you can’t hear it too long,” he rhymes. Hell Razah gives everything he’s got to his fans and this bonus cut is testament to that.

Download “Araboth” here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Hell_Razah-Araboth.mp3

Hell Razah’s long-awaited sophomore LP, Heaven Razah, is out now via Nature Sounds, with all proceeds being donated to Razah and his family. http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/heaven-razah/id395233126

coming oct.19th. pay attention!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

With popular demand steadily growing, Nottz and Raw Koncept Media Group are excited to announce that they’ve pushed the album release date up from the 26th to this Tuesday, October 19th. To share the exciting news comes an equally exciting video, for the “Intro from You Need This Music, featuring otherworldly drummer Travis Barker.  So do you know what this means? Do you have any idea? It means my broke ass has to cop it tomorrow!

Blue Scholars – “BIG BANK HANK”

Posted: October 15, 2010 in hip hop

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First off,  go download the audible deliciousness:  DOWNLOAD BIG BANK HANK

Then go to here and pick your favorite Blue scholar T-shirt design.

Finally go to their Facebook page, comment, and let them know which design you like.

ADDED BONUS!

If you have the time and a good sense of humor answer the question, “Watcha gon do today?” Add it with the number of the design you like. The one that makes me laugh the hardest will be awarded a free t-shirt.