Saturday, October 18, 2014

dl.orion - 13 Tracks

dl.orion (pronounced delorean) is a producer from BNC Switzerland that I've had the pleasure of working with on a few cuts.  (One Two Yo!, Highlights, Back to the Essence)  We met on the Stones Throw board and over the last few years and have developed and friendship/working relationship. 

A few months ago when I was putting together "The Dig Up" he mentioned he was working on a project that was part beat tape, part remix album and part original tracks.  I was sold when he just said he was working on a project, but when he told me the concept I was even more interested.  Time progressed and as he would get closer and closer to finishing the project, he would give me an update on the project. 

Finally after a few months of anticipation he hit me up with a preview of the album and it's exactly what I was wanting and expecting. dl. orion, armed with an MPC2500, drops cold hard beats reminiscent of Havoc,  Alchemist and DJ Premier's production.  Brooding beat downs over some familiar vocals and original tracks, "13 Tracks" is crafted like a portfolio highlighting dl.orion's production skills promise as a producer/beatmaker.  This is a sure shot head nodder.

Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Ace One feat. Stakzilla - Manile

Man... the homie Ace-One stays killin it!  As he's getting ready to release "Rap Monster Redux: A Titans Revenge... RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!" we've been blessed with the 1st single, "Manile (Rue de Moi) feat Stakzilla.  I origianlly heard this track when I was back in Indy and met up with him to finally perform "Battle Anybody" live and it... blew... my... mind.  "Manile" is strictly 70s Cadillac riding music. (so fresh)

And on the real... I have to give a HUGE shout to Iris on the beats.  This woman is making some ill sh!t.

The beast is stirring...

The Rap Monster has returned to destroy & rebuild with, "Manile" (Rue de Moi) prod. by IRIS, the 1st single from ACE ONE's Strong Roots Records debut release & final Rap Monster installment, Rap Monster Redux "A Titan's Revenge...RELEASE THE KRAKEN!!!" w/DJ Spoolz & IRIS, and mixed/mastered by Blooded The Brave.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Real Life Click - Been Too Long feat. Lega'c Jones

Real Life Click is gearing up for the release of their "Blood of Kings" project and this week we've been blessed with their latest single, "Been Too Long" featuring Lega'c Jones.  The group consists mainly of Ang P, MIZ, Know Life and Page Turner.

The 1st time I heard Ang P was when he dropped the "Chronic and Patron" video. It was a dope single, but with that track as my baseline, I honestly did a double take when I heard more material from Ang P and Real Life Click. 

"Chronic and Patron" was a track designed for club and party rockin... and for a joint like that... it was pretty dope and better than 90% of the garbage that GETS radio/club rotation.  It was an example of how a talented emcee could make a song like that and actually make it pop.  Anybody can drop 808 drums, two synth notes and chant a garbage hook. THAT'S why it was refreshing to hear an emcee like Ang P flex on a song to compete with that market.

Talking with Ang P, he mentioned that it was a double edged sword dropping a song like that. It opened a lot of doors, but like the response I had when hearing additional material, people aren't expecting the updated Boom Bap sound Real Life Click has. But, if it opens ears to quality music, it's all for the better, right? 

Here on "Been Too Long" we're given a bonified jump off for their project.  As the song hits after Ang P delivers the intro, it's established very quickly that it's equally a headphone nodder AND a radio playable joint without sounding like your average over glossy Clear Channel rotation.  MIZ and Ang P trade bars as Lega'c Jones fills in on the hook which proves that this is a shureshot 1st single.

Real Life Click are going to be celebrating the release of their "Blood of Kings" album on October 24th.  This album will easily be one the most anticipated projects I want to hear this year. 

Get familiar.


Saturday, August 30, 2014

Vdope #murderdout tape is HERE!

Just received the red and black limited edition copies of the Vintage Dope album. You can order a copy at & each order comes with a DL of the album.

Steady #cratebangin

Sunday, August 17, 2014

DJ Premier drops "The Dig Up" Live From HeadQCourterz (6/6/14)

To quote Ice Cube, "Once again it's on!"  On the real, this is humbling.  Check the show and DL "The Dig Up" or cop one of the few copies of the cassette that are left.

Check the 52:01 mark.

Sunday, August 10, 2014

Fresh Fest Compilation (Corn Fed Mix Vol 1)

Justdue Records recently put out a comp of the artists it features at it's monthly showcase in Bloomington, IN.  The selection of tracks features artists like ACE One, R-Juna, Stakzilla, Son of Thought, Black Eddie and other upcoming artists from the Hoosier state. Sonically the collection of tracks runs the gamut from boom bap to trunk rattling mobbin' music.  There's seriously something for everyone on this mix and even as the styles vary, it's easily an end to end burner regardless of your taste in hip hop. 

DL the Fresh Fest (Corn Fed Mix Vol 1) and if you're in Bloomington, check the method!

As Ace-One would say, "ZOOM!"

What is Fresh Fest?  It is a showcase of Hip Hop in Bloomington, IN that aims to bring diversity and unity back to our cultural landscape.  It is named Fresh Fest to honor the original tour that took place in the mid 80′s.  Many say it was a large factor in taking Hip Hop culture beyond the streets of New York City.  At that time, many talented acts were festering under the radar of dying disco and bubble pop.  Today, with the over saturation of plastic trends and fabricated characters, many say it is hard to see or hear good music anymore.

Well, Indiana has been overlooked.  For too long a place where people left to “make it,” today’s talent is deeply rooted.  Fresh Fest wants to take Hip Hop into the ears of everyone who needs it right here.  Most acts are from all over Indiana, and we are proud, but we’ve hosted artists from Boston to Chicago, to Oakland.
An intimate basement show provides a uniquely raw experience that elevates the level of energy given to and reciprocated by the crowd.  We get people hype.  We also smash stereotypes held by some less aware people that we cannot work together as competitors, black men and women, white men and women, gangsta rappers, backpack rappers, party animals, animal lovers, political activists, singers, promoters and anyone else we are supposed to fight with.  Hip Hop was founded on Peace, Love, Unity and Having Fun!!  Remember that!!
We have had the pleasure of hearing the music of classically trained singers over the sounds of self-taught hip hop producers.  We have seen spoken word, sets with loop machines, live afro-beat bands that shine light on one of the true roots of hip hop and emcees who’s styles range dramatically.  We are proud to have a female presence in our scene, both on stage and in the crowds.  PSA:  SUPPORT DIVERSITY!
In an effort to bring people together on one project we have a compilation featuring many of our past performers.  This project is a reflection of all the effort put forth by artists and their respective groups, labels, etc…  It is only the first of many volumes to come.
You can catch Fresh Fest every first Tuesday of the month at The Root Cellar Lounge in Bloomington, IN starting at 9:30pm.
This event could not take place without the help of many people.  I would like to give a special thanks to the Root Cellar Lounge, DJ Spikes, Josh Johnson, Strongroots Records, Bet the Bank ENT, Cut Camp, Ghost Town Collective, Sonrah Musiq Group, and FundRazor Records for your continued involvement.  There are too many performers to thank individually.  You are all appreciated with deepest sincerity.

Saturday, August 9, 2014

DJ Premier drops The Dig Up on Live from HeadQCourterz (5/16/14)

Once again, I'm honored to have the LEGENDARY DJ Premier drop another track of mine.  This time Primer dropped the intro to "The Dig Up" featuring DJ Evil Dee doing his thing.

The track drops at the 1:38 mark and DJ Premier GOES IN on the joint!!!

Oddly enough, it's the episode when Masta Ace and eMC were on the show.  Then fast forward to July and I'm opening and vibing with Masta Ace and eMC.  Crazy!

DL "The Dig Up" and grab a copy of the limited cassette while there are still a few copies left.