Month: July 2011

Thugg Thursday…


Yo, Yo, Yo!  Almost working for the weekend and whatknot right (I like aliteration, sue me).  Have some great vids to share, a flyer for an upcoming gig, a link to my most recent archive on WPKN.org and lots of other nonsense to waste your day till the clock says it’s time to go home.  Word UP…or Down.

Videos

Geto Boys – Bring It On

This week’s thugg pick is an old school track that is totally without a doubt ahhhmazing, hilarious and dope all rolled into one 8 min posse cut opus with every gangster rapper from the 91-94 era ever on it (sorry MC Eight, ya didn’t make it on there).  It’s Bring It On by the Geto Boys and I’ll just let the video speak for itself…

I wake up every morning screaming ‘Somebody Slaughter Me!”

Cassettes Won’t Listen – Into The Hillside

Official video from the homie who is currently one half of The Freeze Tag and killing it on his own with the new album Kevinspacey.  This is my favorite track from his slept on instrumental only album released about two years ago.  Enjoy!

The Freeze Tag – The Hustle

Speaking of The Freeze Tag, here is the first video in the series that follows the adventures of ‘Hamster Kid’ though his adventure throughout the record titled with his namesake.  Ahhmazingly smooth visuals in this video, I am sure the series will be popping up again…

I.E. Merge – DMC World Finals Routine 2004

For all my Turntablist nerds!  This is probably the best routine I have ever seen, very clean, well paced, rhythmic, just incredible…Peep game!

A Midsummer Night’s Dream W/DJ HALO

Ohh Snap!  Fun times will be had @ Soda Bar Brooklyn on this evening!  FB Invite coming soon.  I just really like the moon and stars so I thought I would share with you…sue me.

This Week’s Mornings On WPKN Archive

The archive of my show on WPKN this week ft. guest hostess with mostest Beka Foley and an interview with Archie Bang to boot…Enjoy!

Mornings on WPKN Archive 

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Whuttup Wednesday!


Aiyoooo!  Whate whate gwan bredren, tis a wonderful day to be alive…no?  I have been embroiled with working the last few days so it’s the first time I have had to post this week…and maannnn is it a doozy.  We got a Recycle from the omni-present homie Adam B and his column Pop Shots, a few videos of music I cannot get out of my head (unless it with a bullet), some exciting news for my radio show listeners and much, much more!  Sit back and kick it for a while, your boss won’t be pissed you didn’t get that TPS report in on time…you are sooo money right now, no worries.

Pop Shots: Break-Ups & Breakdowns

Welcome to your weekly dose of pop world musings. Covering all things pop culture, this week Pop Shots is hitting you with thoughts on everything from R.Kelly’s bank telling him it’s over between him and his house, to J.Lo and Marc Anthony calling it quits, to Cheap Trick’s stage falling apart under inclement weather, and since it’s Pop Shots you know everything is seasoned with a little bit of attitude.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

Wednesday Video Corner

Here are a few videos of songs i just cannot get out of my head these days…some new, some old, all DOPE.  Take look…

Nightmares on Wax – I Hear in Color

Really amazing track I just kinda stumbled upon in the depths of my digital library…

Charles Bradley (feat. Menahan Street Band) – Heart of Gold

The horns in this kick more ass than some type of ass kicking automaton…maybe a bit extreme, but that’s me.

2econd Class Citizen – Wishing Well

Kind of an awesome video of the man doing the damn thing on the MPD24.  Exclusively sampled from English folk records!  You like the product placement shot of his record?  Everyday I’m Hustlin’…

Nightmares on Wax – 70’s 80’s (RJD2 Remix)

Dope remix from RJ to an already dope track…basically it is me 70’s baby/80’s child so I had to throw it up (Whut Whut!) for my generation.

Mornings on WPKN: Data Romance Give Away!

Hiyoooo!!!  Another great call in contest will be going down next week on my FM radio show (Tuesdays 6-9am, WPKN 89.5fm) following the 8:30am interview with the fantastic new group Data Romance.  I will have 3-4 copies of their debut EP  to give away after the interview so have your speed dial set.  If you are unfamiliar with Data Romance, allow me to drop some knowledge on you…

Holler!

Cartoons are Hip Too…

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last 10 or so years (which if you have that’s pretty damn amazing, keep doing you homie!) you must have had contact with the line-up of the premier in cartoon hilarity for adults…ADULT SWIM.  I don’t even have TV and I know about it, and the reason being that they have done a really excellent job of knowing their market (18-35, educated, most likely smoke weed or have in the past), positioning (Time of Day block is scheduled), sponsorships (The Swim Series of albums) and having one hilarious product across the board.  Look at their show line-ups (ATHF, Sealab 2021, Venture Bros, Harvey Birdman and these are just off the top.  Remember I don’t have TV…), not a wack one in the bunch.  All episodes are either 15 min commercial free or 30min with min interruption and choc-a-bloc full of great adult humor portrayed by animation. The Simpsons really were the front runner in this so credit due, but Adult Swim has made it almost a faux pax to not be up on what’s good with new Adult Swim shows.  Where did this all come from???  I recently was introduced to the Venture Bros (have always been a ATHF fan, just check my fav scratch samples) and was really struck by how very…adult the humor in this cartoon really was.  Which is amazing to really take the idea that many comics/graphic novels have been doing in a niche sense for years and taking it big time; it is ok and even cool in fact to watch cartoons as an adult…come on in, the water is fine.  Don’t take my word for it, peep this and with that I am out.

What would be a Venture Bros post without Brock Samson…

Fake Four Friday!


Live from ??? Maine

This is how you turn a kitchen into a recording studio…

Greetings on this TGIF and all that jazz, your humble narrator is coming to you live from somewhere maine (approx 50 mi north of Portland, that’s all I know) where last night I recorded a podcast with the long time homie Brzowski in prep for his new album A Fitful Sleep, which you can cop on Milled Pavement Records on 7/26 (Cop Dat, Cop Dat!).  Thanks to the swell woman behind the counter at the Comfort Inn I am coming to you live to bring you some exciting stuff from the bredren at Fake Four Inc. Records.  Additionally, I’ll be throwing in a Kay the Aquanaut Remix I did recently and a HILAROUS video I stumbled upon thanks again to my always-hipper-than-me sister, Rikki.  Let’s kick this weekend off right by half assing our jobs for the rest of the day and being bombed by 6pm…

Fake Four Friday: Progress Trap

This is a new recurring column I will be doing to highlight what I consider to be one of the best newer (less than 5 years) indie Hip-Hop (or otherwise) labels in recent memory Fake Four Inc.  This week’s submission come from the newest album by Sole & The Skyrider Band that will drop on tuesday 7/19 (cop that, cop that!).   This track has seen a TON of love on the Strange Famous Soundcloud page (it features Sage Francis) and has been posted all over the usual promo suspects (Twitter, FB, StuffInc, YourMom.com, maybe even Google+…), but I have just been sooooo impressed with the new LP Hello Cruel World that I had to throw in my 2 cents.   Below you can listen to the stream and download for FREE, which I think is a limited time thing, so get it while the getting is good…Enjoy!

Sole ft. Bleubird and K-The-I??? – Hustle Hard (Ace Hood Remix)

Off the Nuclear Winter Vol. 2 mixtape which has been dubbed by the man Sole himself as ‘Rap as Journalism’ you have a great new track and video to boot.  All songs off the mixtape have been made into videos actually so it’s worth a look when you are on your way to buy a copy of Hello Cruel World.  You can find out more about Nuclear Winter Vol 2 #Deathpanel Unveiled at Sole’s site HERE…

Kay The Aquanaut ft. Sole – Kill You (HALO Remix)

Remix I did recently of one of my favorite tracks off Kay The Aquanaut’s new album Waterloo on Circle Into Square for the Kill You Remix Contest (still waiting on the official results…) and it came out kinda dope.  Enjoy!

Random Video Pick…

Bom, Bom, Bom, Bom…for Fieevve Hours Straaiiight.

FIN

Tuesday is Recycling Day…


Yo Yo Yo!  Super excited by all the great feedback I have been getting on the remixed site; thanks to all who have checked it out thus far, tell a friend to tell a friend.  So today is Tuesday which means it’s time for another recycle from the vaults of both Adam’s World Blog & Rapreviews.com (where you can also find my podcast Subways & Sidewalks…Hiyooo) featuring Moke & Tone, who btw, put out a fantastic new album Shot Heard Round The World.  Biggup to the Mystika Music up there in Boston/Amherst doing it BIG.  I also will have some random debris I picked up from only The G.O.D. knows where…Enjoy!

Tuning Into A Moke & Tone

A whole lot of east coast and a little bit of west coast. That’s the recipe for Moke and Tone, the Massachusetts based duo whose backgrounds include a life in MA for Tone and life that began in California and continued in The Bronx for Mokeout. Their 2011 release, Shot Heard Round The World, has garnered them a lot of attention and praise and this week I caught up with Tone to find out more about the backstory of Moke and Tone and their music. Tone also discussed the pain of perfectionism, the many false idols he sees being worshiped, and why, despite having controversial content, he’s not worried about anyone coming after him.  Read the full review @ Rapreviews.com

Brand New Headnodic!

Yup, Yup…you heard it first here (I hope) this is a stream of the brand new track from Crown City Rockers’ own super producer, off his fantastic effort with Moe Pope last year, is back featuring Latyrxs and Kat (of Crown City Rockers).  This joint is HOTTTT and perfect for summertime blasting while rolling about town.  For more tracks, check his LastFM page HERE.  Peep game…

Headnodic ft. Latyrx and Kat – Moving On Up

The Calamari Wrestler

This one def goes under the WTF category in my book, hilarious, but at the same time confusing.  But the confusion also is hilarious so it works out in the end.  Basically here’s what’s good: the beginning has a wrestling match in progress with the champion getting all hype he won, when suddenly a tentacle slaps the belt out of the champs hands and lay the smack down on his candy ass for real.  Squid becomes the hottest sensation in Japanese wrestling, more bizarre sea creatures begin to appear (Octopus & Shrimp to name a few) and not one person seems to think it’s bizarre that there is a walking, talking cephalopod who wrestles.  That is probably the most hilarious thing about the movie in general, oh and it’s all in Japanese with ruthless subtitles…HILARIOUS!  Peep the trailer and tell me you are not at lest chuckling and at least one head did the gopher above the cubicle wall to see what the ruckus was about…peace to Eliot for putting me on to this ridiculous movie!

Ruff Mix Monday!


Yeaaaahhhh!  So the weekend was fruitful times peeping a local show in Bpt. w/Roc Doogie, Jesse Abraham, PremRock and Political Animals all ripped great sets, if you missed it…I can only feel sorry for you.  So today I have a few joints from videos from the homies above and a special treat of an older mix I dug up as well.  So sit back and let the cows come home to roast (pun intended)…

Roc Doogie – Perspective

Jesse Abraham – Spiderman On Vitamins

Premiered on Subways & Sidewalks #3!!!  This song has been taking college and non-com radio by storm!  Peep what all the fuss is about…

Premonition (Prem Rock) ft. DJ Addikt – The Writer’s Block

This cat really tore it down on Saturday.  You should prolly find him on Twitter or at least his website…great throwback sounding track here, makes me think of sunny Fall days.

Political Animals – F*ck A Record Deal

I met the frontman for Political Animals before my morning show when Home Bass Radio was still on WPKN (Single Tear…) when he was rapping over some dubstep Humble D was spinning.  I normally find hip-hop bands corny for the most part, but just that fact that you can really feel the passion and belief these cats have for what they speak makes it all come together (ala Zack DeLaRoche of Rage).

 

DJ HALO’s WOMEN in Music

 

Mix I did as part of the WPKN ‘Women in Music’ Fund Drive Winter 2010.  Chock-A-Blok with dope jams from all the fems you love but won’t own up to (you know it’s true so put the ice grill away) I belive the zip includes cover art, track listing and the interview I did with Dessa after her Bowery Ballroom show (See Photo above).  To Download click the link or cover art above…Enjoy!

Lyapis Trubetskoy – Afrika

I have NO CLUE what dude is saying but this song RULES.  Found out about this dude when, shockingly, I was in Praha in January.  Out now on East Blok Music, get some culture…

Thugg Thursday…


YO!  Dunno why but, I am posting a GANG of old videos today…all old school stuff 90’s and such (yeah, yeah I know it’s been done a million times) and it’s not to say that I wish the rap that came out now was like this, but more that these tracks remind me of goods times and days past…and frankly that’s ok to do as long as you are moving forward in your musical tastes as well.  I always was suspicious of kids my age who said they only listen to ‘Classic Rock’, by the same token I am equally suspicious of cats who say they only rock ‘Golden Era’ hip-hop.  Not to say the music isn’t great and all that but, the scope is a bit limited…Naw Mean, Naw’m Saying, Naw Mean, Nahh, Nahh.  So let’s take a trip down memory lane and remember the good times, but keep moving into the future, there’s a whole wide world of music yet to be discovered…

Funkmaster Flex ft. NINE – 6Million Ways to Die

CLASSIC Funk Flex joint…YAAA HEARRRDDDD!!!  All kidding aside about his farcical behavior on NY’s #1 for Hip-Hop and R&B, Flex paid his dues and was part of the beginnings of NY Hip-Hop so you can’t really knock him too much no matter how silly he gets these days on air (which when he is on, dude is EN FUEGO…still).  This was the first time I had ever heard NINE on a record as well and was blown away by him, then obviously I heard “My name up in lights N-I-N-E…” and it was a wrap, a fan was made.  Heard he’s actually recording new stuff, I’ll keep you posted on that…

Dr. Doom (not Kool Keith), Aceyalone & Lady Blue – What Means Something

Another straight thrilla from the crates…off the Massmen album …Estuary and it was a banger, whew there’s a bunch of dope jams on this one!  Early west coast underground flavors, I first heard this track when I showed up back at my crib in college drunk as hell and my roommate at the time (also a DJ and much more skilled than me, curse you) had just come back from record shopping with his homie and had copped this.  The minute I heard the beat…instant classic in my mind.

Awol One – Sleeping All Day

Yeah, this song rules…reminds me of 6-8 hours cutting sessions back on Carman Ave (if you know, you know).  Probably the most creative song I had ever heard at that time, with the Kool Keith & 2Mex guest spot on the same 12″ (NME), which I heard from Awol 2Mex wasn’t the original guest on the track.  Ohh music industry, when will you cease to amaze me?

GZA ft. Method Man, Ghostface Killah, RZA & Killah Priest – Shadowboxing/4th Chamber

I cannot stress how classic these songs are…many a sketchy winter graff mission this was the soundtrack to.  I would consider this the APEX of Wu Tang Clan before they broke my heart with ‘Wu Tang Forever’ (and I have never really been a fan since, it hurt that bad).  Have an original copy of the Geffen 12″ of this song that I will probably be buried or cremated with; it’s like that!

Atmosphere – Woman With The Tattooed Hands

I am presently working (failing) on a remix of this song and it reminded me of just how powerful some songs are and how they might never be able to be done differently.  This was, along with ‘Nothing But Sunshine’, the first round of tracks that caught my ear from Atmosphere and it was a wrap from then.  Classic EMO rap from the beginnings…

Don’t ask me why I randomly got all nostalgialated (I make up words alot, sue me) for no damn reason, even gave you a little history on me with ref to the tracks above.  I guess it all came from going through som records recently and just thinking about when rap was sooooo…exciting to me.   Sadly it is not that way anymore (mostly) and the last genre that excited me this way was the new style of Electro House (ala Fool’s Gold Recs, Ed Banger, Basserk), which I still consider to be the illest dance format ever. But now, even that is not new and shiny to me and I just hope that I can look forward to being excited again about music like these songs made me feel.  I am pretty sure I will be…

Tuesday is Recycling Day!


Whuddp!  Hope you had a fun and safe 4th yesterday and enjoyed the remix of my, now spiffier than ever, website.  Frankly I am shocked I got it together so fast, serious I made that statement and then thought about the time line and was like, “DOH!  I am never going to get all these changes done…” always nice to prove yourself wrong from time to time…So, today like usual is my Recycling of an artist profile written by the homie Adam B  but this one also is doubly recycled as it is posted on Rapreviews.com the very same site stupid enough or generous enough to carry my podcast Subways & Sidewalks…hey it’s a family affair in this web game.  Also I will be posting a few pretty sweet videos that have been sent to me recently in addition to an amazing video of the most neck-snappingest break I have heard in forever.  Enjoy!

Playdough – Arts and Crafts on the Mic

For most people the word Playdough conjures up images of the clay-like toy we all played with as little kids. Hip-hop fans should get used to a second idea popping into their heads when they hear the word, and that’s Dallas, Texas, emcee Playdough, whose latest album Hotdoggin, just recently hit stores. This Playdough’s fun factory would be where he puts his music together, and this week RapReviews caught up with him to find out more about his music, his interesting connections to the church, and all the wild hotdog imagery on his album, including a hint at who the cover model erotically downing a dog might be. We also discussed doing Elisabeth Shue. It makes sense in context. Really, it does.

Read the full review at RAPREVIEWS.com

Tuesday Video Corner

Lyrics Born ft. Sam Sparro – Woulda Coulda Shoulda

The funky left coast resident himself released a new album (As You Were) this year on Decon and it BANGED.  Now, one of the stand outs on the album is now a funky ass video for your enjoyment…

Longevity – Tantrum

WOE!  This is one of the hottest Hip-Hop joints I have heard all year.  Another banger for the Decon Records camp…these cats are on the come up like whut.  Keep an eye out because they will be the sound of east coast rap since the void left by Def Jux…

Playdough – The Difference

Since he is featured in the above section I thought I might share my favorite song off his album ‘Don’t Drink The Water’.  Used to do a pretty nasty doubles routine with this track too and cut up the intro over a long outro instrumental.  Sorry got a bit carried off in my reverie there…

Funky Bijou – Funky Bijou Anthem

I first heard this track in Music Avenue (Peace to the homie DJ Maze!) in Paris thanks to the homie DJ LoScar and was immediately like, ‘YO! Who is this???” and subsequently he bought the 7″ on the spot for me…what a guy!  This is by FAR the most neck snappingest (yeah, I make up words. Sue Me) break I have heard in forever.  Not only that, but it is a really bizarre and entertaining video to boot!  Enjoy and you can thank me later…