Saturday, November 8, 2014

Vintage DOPE review on

"Bounce Rock Skate" was just reviewed on So Much Good Music

It’s funny how taste and trends work. When I first got into hip hop (a very long time ago), it was all about the newest freshest shit. If you were still bumping something from two months ago, you were stale. There was this pride in having the latest joints. It also meant that the evolution of the music happened faster. Like if you look at how hip hop has evolved from say ’94 to now, the lifespan of a particular sound style is way longer than it was from like, ’87-’94. If you loved a particular sound like say, mid-eighties electro-sounding hip hop, you had a small window to get it, cause pretty soon people wouldn’t be making it anymore.
Now that hip hop is getting older, and has some history and perspective, cats are able to go back, dig out those classic sounds and make them work for the present day. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn’t. No lie, a lot of early hip hop was garbage, simply because it was still so new people weren’t very good at it yet. So if you suck now, I’m giving you a pass just cause you say it’s a throwback.
Luckily Vintage Dope live up to their name with “Bounce Rock Skate.” It’s a throwback to those Eighties beats and rhythms, electro funk and bouncy bass, braggadocio and party records. Comprised of Olympia producers and rhymers Dawhud (who got the seal of approval from DJ Premier himself) and NW hip hop hustler Luvva J, Vintage Dope dig into the past, bring it to 2014 and make is sound, well…dope.

Per their SoundCloud page:

“Vintage Dope’s self titled debut is an ode to DJs, DJ culture and classic west coast production that is summer time theme music with the windows rolled down. Simply put…’Cratebangin.’ No guests, no gimmicks, just crates and lyrics.”

You can check out the whole project over on their SoundCloud page, hit them up on Twitter, and buy the project on Bandcamp.

Wednesday, November 5, 2014

PHD - Really Make You Feel Better feat. R-Juna (Video)

PHD just dropped the video of their 2nd single, "Really Make You Feel Better feat. R-Juna," off of their "Unexpected" LP.  This album has been in solid rotation on my phone since they dropped it earlier this summer.  Pimp... Hard... Daily...

Check the visuals and check the LP. 

Monday, October 27, 2014

All your Friend's Friends - Jump Kick the Legs (video)

Smoke told me about this project he was working on with K records a year or two ago.  He was given the keys to the K records vault and in the process was making a hip hop compilation out of it. 

The project... "All you Friend's Friends" and here's a taste of it featuring a who's who including Xperience, Zikki, Candidt, Swamptiger, Jesus Chris, Hashtronaut, Miz, Nicatine, Ang P, Shellz Sck, the homie Heretic The Heathen and my man from Vintage DOPE, Luvva J.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Real Life Click - Blood of Kings & Been Too Long (Video)

Real Life Click JUST released their "SANGVIS REGVM: Blood of Kings" EP and it's honestly one of the best projects I've heard this year.  On Friday they held a release party for the project and debuted the video for "Been Too Long" with champagne, class and a performance that mirrored the title of the group's EP. 

Before they went into their set, Miz stated, "We wanted to make they type of project that we'd want to be worthy enough to hand off to Jay." And that's exactly what it is, 7 joints that are a nod to classic golden age boom bap yet relevant to today's ears. 

Blood of Kings indeed.  

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Ace-One - Rapmonster Redux: A Titian's Revenge... Release The Krakken!!!

Ace is on a roll. The Rapmonster, The Krakken, hip hop's Kaiju has been walking, stomping, crushing, killing and destroying everything in it's path. 

As the Rapmonster saga continues we've been presented with "Rap Monster Redux: A Titan's Revenge... Release The Krakken!!!"  For this installment we've been given a re-imaging of tracks from the LP along with a few new joints. The majority of the production is handled by IRIS and she paints a backdrop that is befitting of a rap titan.  (additional production by Stakzilla, Joe Harvey and myself)

Usually pseudo remix projects can't capture the energy of the source material, but I have to say some of these joints are just as dope as the originals.  The result is a nonstop LP that is equal parts headphone nodder and trunk rattling rap music.  (which is VERY hard to do)  I can easily say this will be one of my favorite LPs of the year.

Big beats... big rhymes... it simply is a record that will not be ignored.


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.