Archive for July, 2011

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Hieroglyphics crew member and one-fourth of Souls Of Mischief, A-Plus is excited to announce the release of his new EP, Pepper Spray, now available for free download courtesy of Compound 7. The EP serves as the first of four in Compound 7’s rock-inspired Tribute Series EP’s, and accompanying each EP will be a special, limited edition t-shirt designed by Counter Balance, available here.

A-Plus and Compound 7 plan to release four installments for their rock-inspired Tribute Series EP’s, collaborating with different artists for each project after this initial EP. Included in the series is an EP with Del The Funky Homosapien, which samples music by Rage Against The Machine, one with Opio, that flips music from the White Stripes, and finally the Nirvana inspired production with Eligh. “We started out real grass roots when creating Pepper Spray,” explains A-Plus. “Pepper Spray was the first EP completed, and it was coming along so well that it inspired me to do more with other favorite bands of mine.”

The first EP will take on the music of the Red Hot Chili Peppers aptly named Pepper Spray. Rather than recreate a single album from the group, A-Plus’ EP will pull from their entire discography, sampling various songs from the legendary group’s deep catalog, including classics such as “Give It Away,” “Californication,” “By The Way,” and “Hey Oh” “Basically,” says AAGEE on his choosing of songs to flip, “we decided what songs were our favorites, and from there it was all about figuring out how well each of those songs translated with our production style and what we were trying to accomplish on Pepper Spray.”

Direct download link: http://apluspepperspray.com/go/music-album-download?id=70324

 

West Coast great Trek Life just dropped his newest project “Wouldn’t Change Nothing “!! Click the link below for a free download of the single. Also cop the album on itunes here: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/wouldnt-change-nothing/id446485610

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http://mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com/track/wouldnt-change-nothing-prod-oddisee-2

JS-1’s newest single, “How We Think,” is mellow joint with but comes well equipped with rough undertones courtesy of featured artists Sick Jacken of Psycho Realm, Slaine of La Coka Nostra, and Sabac Red of Non Phixion. “I reached out to the homie DJ Muggs and asked him to speak to Sick Jacken,” say JS-1. “Once Sick Jacken was down, I went to Slaine, who is one of my favorite artists, and then Sabac Red from Non-Phixion. DJ Eclipse helped everything go smoothly, too.” Along with an unsettling guitar riff and a hard drum loop, the song’s hook drives the message home. “I loved all their vocals but needed to come up with the perfect hook,” says JS-1. “I liked the line ‘You Know How We Think,’ because it’s quite obvious how myself and these MCs think. We do hardcore hip-hop, and never fold under the pressure to sell out and do cornball rap.”

It’s a tall task getting so many rappers involved with the making of one album, and so, just the same way JS-1 utilized the assistance of DJ Muggs and Eclipse for “How We Think,” he called in the help of a special friend, DJ Premier, to get in touch with Lil’ Fame and Bumpy Knuckles, who are both featured on “Reppin’ NY” along with Joell Ortiz. Now, JS-1 is releasing a special mix and master of the song, done by DJ Premier himself. “Once the song was recorded and I laid the cuts down, Premier asked me if he could mix and master that song,” explains JS-1. Busy schedules kept Premier’s mix off the album, but, Premo recently sat down behind the boards and added his signature studio magic. “As a man of his word, and someone who truly respects and enjoys good hip-hop, Preem still took the time to mix it, just so we can blast it out to all the DJs and real hip-hop fans,” says JS-1. “The mix is better now, of course. I can’t thank him enough for his help.”

DJ JS-1’s new album, No One Cares, is now available via a joint venture between Fat Beats Distribution and JS-1’s own Ground Original.

Download “How We Think” ft. Sick Jacken, Slaine, and Sabac HERE