Posts Tagged ‘KRS-One’

Prolific DJ/producer DJ JS-1 is celebrating the release of his latest full-length LP, No One Cares, today by dropping his latest single, “Side Streets.” Not only is the highly anticipated album, complete with 40 guests, including artists like KRS-One, Kool G Rap, Sadat X, and Joell Ortiz, and many more, now available for purchase, but fans can stream the full album for free all week as part of AOL Music’s Listening Party.

Helping celebrate the release are Illa Ghee, Nutso, and Guilty Simpson, three notable MCs who champion the underground scene alongside JS-1 with the new single “Side Streets.” “This song represents how we do the underground shit but get respect,” explains JS-1, “while others take Easy Street on the Main Boulevard, but everyone knows they suck.” JS continues, “We still enjoy making hardcore hip-hop while others are making very commercial, radio-friendly, pop-dance stuff.” The song has an uncharacteristically basic production, made up of two blended samples and a dash of hard drums and bass, because JS-1 wanted people to focus on the hard-hitting verses and the very rare scratch hook. “I used a line from Guru that is from an unreleased acapella DJ Premier gave me,” says JS-1. “It’s the main vocal that ties it all in: ‘I can go to any city/ Get respect in the street.'”

Fans of JS-1 can also watch him live on USTREAM today, from 1:45pm EST to 4:00pm EST, alongside Crazy Legs and Rahzel for their Lunch Breaks show. Says JS-1, “I’ll be cooking lunch – chicken cutlet heroes – and then spinning some breaks, saying silly things with Rahzel, and harassing people about my new album. Should be fun!” Fans can watch live by going to http://www.crazylegsworkshop.com or by searching for the term “Lunch Breaks” on USTREAM.

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 “Side Streets” for free HERE

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If you’re fed up with producers who make “fake J Dilla beats” and “pop-star radio DJs” like DJ JS-1 is, the best thing to do is slap them across the face with some real boom bap sounds. So that’s exactly what the Queens, New York DJ did with his new single, “Boom Slap,” and who better to amp up the slap than two of the kings of boom bap, KRS-One and Rahzel. The respective visionaries of rapping and beat boxing join their friend JS-1 on the first leak from No One Cares, which will be released on June 21st via Fat Beats Records. “My biggest selling single to date was my first single, ‘Essentials,’ which featured KRS & Rahzel,” says JS-1. “That was on my first album, Ground Original 1 in 2002. With this album being Ground Original 3 and the final installment of that series, I wanted to close out with a KRS & Rahzel track.”

Since his start in the early 90’s, DJ JS-1 has witnessed hip-hop evolve over the years, and “Boom Slap” explains exactly how he feels about hip-hop in 2011. “I’m all about boom bap, regardless of how some of these new-jacks feel,” explains the DJ/producer. “There are tons of people making pretty music, and that’s nice for an R&B group, but we make that boom bap that slaps you when you hear it.” This song does just that, as JS-1’s hard-hitting beat serves as the foundation for Rahzel’s background vocals and patented vocal scratches, while KRS verbally assaults the beat with his unmistakable flow. “The style of hip hop we create is not going anywhere,” says JS-1. “People can say what they want – make what they want – but this style will always be here. Forever, and ever, we will be here forever…”

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

Download DJ JS-1’s “Boom Slap” for free here

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: