Posts Tagged ‘Joell Ortiz’

The current state of hip-hop in NYC is “corny,” according to Queens, New York native DJ JS-1 – and he’s here to rectify the situation. With the help of fellow New York MCs Lil Fame of M.O.P., Joell Ortiz of Slaughterhouse and Freddie Foxxx (aka Bumpy Knuckles), JS-1 is excited to release “Reppin’ NY,” the new street single from his upcoming album, No One Cares, which will be released June 21st on Fat Beats Records. “It’s been sad watching New York artists trying desperately to make ‘down-south’ music, using corny beats and biting slang,” says JS-1. “So while no New York DJs are even making albums, let alone New York hip-hop, we decided to let everyone know, ‘we’re the realest right now reppin’ NY.'”

JS-1 keeps it classic with an authentic, bass-tastic, scratch-heavy, take-no-prisoners production on “Reppin’ NY.” Add three of the most desirable MCs in the game, and you get a song that would make any loyalist proud. “Working with Freddie Foxxx and Lil Fame for the first time was such a treat. I have always loved, felt, and spun their music from day one,” says JS-1, who called up legendary DJ Premier to connect him with those MCs. “Joell is really dope and the ‘the new hope’ for NY artists still doing hardcore music,” he adds. “To work with all three of them and get them on the same song, especially in these days and times – it’s an honor.” JS-1 wants “Reppin’ NY” to be an impetus for NY artists to step up their game, and a cease and desist order for imitation MCs. “It’s cute to follow trends and make songs trying to fit in the current radio format, but we don’t do that shit,” says JS. “You don’t have to make crap to do well.”

DJ JS-1’s No One Cares will be available for purchase on June 21st on Fat Beats Records.

Download DJ JS-1’s “Reppin’ NY” for free here.

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Re-Edutainment, the upcoming debut EP from Kyle Rapps, is the New Jersey native’s own take on Edutainment, the highly regarded Boogie Down Productions classic released over 20 years ago. Bringing his own lyrical and thematic touches to this eight-track EP, Kyle enlisted the production efforts of Kev Brown for the entire project. Brown produced a reinterpretation of his own; he researched and only used the dusty loops, chops, and breaks that were sampled on the BDP original. Fittingly, the EP features KRS-One, on “Rent Remix,” in addition to Cali crew U-N-I, and Brooklyn’s own Joell Ortiz, who is one-fourth of the recently Shady Records-signed group Slaughterhouse, and is also featured on the EP’s first single, “Hard Knock Children.”

On “Hard Knock Children,” Kyle Rapps brings you back to the good ol’ days of grade school. The lyrics conjure up images of all your favorite parts of those forgotten times: recess, trikes, Lite Bright’s, and candy cigarettes. Kyle Rapps credits these often fleeting memories, and the revisiting of these memories with engineer and long-time friend Nate Greenberg, to what made the song so much fun to create, “The most enjoyable part of the song was reminiscing with my dude Nate G about our childhood experiences that made us who we are today.”

But nostalgia aside, the lyrical content of “Hard Knock Children” also has a greater meaning. Beyond the superficial reflections, it offers Kyle Rapps, who performs throughout the year at high schools, universities, and juvenile detention centers, the chance to reach out to today’s youth, offering his support. “Overall, its clear to me that although technology is different, the inner-struggles of coming of age remain similar,” says Kyle. “I want today’s youth to know that I see them, respect them, and believe in them even during times when they don’t believe in themselves.”

Kyle Rapps’ debut EP, Re-Edutainment, will be dropping March 29th.

Download Kyle Rapps’ “Hard Knock Children” featuring Joell Ortiz here:

As Boog Brown continues to support the recent release of Brown Study, between herself and renowned producer Apollo Brown, the Atlanta by way of Detroit emcee is releasing the latest remix of the album, this time for the soulful track “Understanding.” Remixing the track is producer Audible Doctor, who recently produced “Battle Cry,” one of the singles from Joell Ortiz’ upcoming Free Agent album.

While the original features filtered string chops over muted drums, with the remix Audible Doctor chops an array of sparse vocal samples, layering them over slapping snares. “The remix brings out the vocals more,” says Boog about Audible Doctor’s beat. “It lets you hear the message in a different way.” And for a song that explores the idea of vulnerability and letting your guard down, it was important for Boog to allow fans to hear the message again, with a fresh take. “No one has to validate your journey,” says Boog. “Just make sure you’re honest with yourself.”

Download “Understanding” (Audible Doctor Remix) for free here:
http://media.audibletreats.com/Boog_Brown-Understanding_Audible_Doctor_Remix.mp3

I got to hand it to Brown Bag Allstars, they are making some serious moves and really getting their name out there.  How can you go wrong with Joe Ortiz and Just Blaze on the same beat?  So, Joell Ortiz just leaked a new track off his upcoming album “Free Agent“…a version of the track was released on Joell’s “Farewell Summer” EP check out the new version featuring and mixed down by Just Blaze below.Rather than be dicks and make you pay for this track, its free for you and I to download. Lets give a big thanks to BBAS. Thank Youuuuuuuuuuuuuu. Anyways, download this joint and spread the word. Brown Bag Allstars are in the building. Download the track HERE