Subways & Sidewalks

Whuttup Wednesday!


Returning back to the fallow field of this blog after a healthy break; whaddaya whaddaya.  naw’mean?   I got some really great items today for you from Computer Jay, Blue Sky Black Death, Grayskul, F. Virtue and other whatnots. Let’s get into it shall we?

Computer Jay “Hardships” (feat. Orfeo)

Brand new Computer Jay from his 2nd in the “Savage Planet” series (available on 10″ soon, cop #1 HERE) after being the tour DJ for Pharcyde and Shafiq Husayn for many years, Jay has branched out into his own steeze building Moogodore 2600 keyboard (part Comodore 64, part Moog, part Atari 2600) for his live shows and just being all around futuristic.  Had a chance to chop it up with him at SXSW this year at the Exploded Drawing party and I gotta say he was a real good dude.  Check “Hardships” on MTVU HERE as well and help Jay get into the freshmen rotation!

Computer Jay FB, Computer Jay Twitter

Grayskul “Maggot”

A totally simplistic video for a pretty hectic song done in conjunction with the Lights and A Backdrop series on YouTube.  As expected after many moons off from Grayskul, Onry and JFK come out swinging for this one.

Grayskul – Face & The Fang digital single

Newest sonic offering from Grayskul with their new album “Zenith” out 9/17 on Fake Four Inc.  A true 12′ format with Edit, Album and Inst!  If you of the wanting to own it type check iTunes and Amazon

Grayskul FB, Grayskul Twitter

Blue Sky Black Death – “II” feat. Child Actor

Hot off the griddle from the Bay Area producer duo and if this is any indication of the rest of the album; WOW Glaciers should be banger times ten…pretty amped for it.  Glaciers is out on 10/1 on Fake Four Inc.

BSBD FB, BSBD Twitter

Child Actor FB, Child Actor Twitter

F. Vitue – We Are Not The Shame

Fresh off his “Trill Cunningham” EP with BBAS producer J57, F. Virtue gives you an INCREDIBLY thoughtful album that say some much that needs to be said in hip-hop today.  Not just standard ‘stop the violence’ or ‘bring it back the the roots’ but actual real stances and addressing issues that are important to him and should be important to you too.  Peep the Anita Bryant video and you’ll see what I mean…

F. Virtue FB, F. Virtue Twitter

OH Yeah, did I mention I have a new podcast up on Rapreviews?  Peep game here…

Subways & Sidewalks #17

Moodie Black – Hipster Death

Run The Jewels – Banana (feat. Big Boi)

Adian Coker – Gaza 

Break

The Stuyvesants – Sunshine

Homeboy Sandman – First of a Living Breed

Factor – Stone Cold (feat. Open Mike Eagle)

Break

Computer Jay – Analog Catastrophe

Grayskul – Face & The Fang

Brzowski + HALO – Harbinger

Break

F. Virture – Anita Bryant

Toussaint Morrison – After School Alter Ego

Consulate General – The Consulate General

Break

Rabbi Darkside – Good Pop Music (feat. Core Rhythm)

Wiley – Flying (Bass Mix)

FIN

Ruff Mix Mondays: Spooky Sunburn Edition!


Lots of cool things crackin’ at the back end of the month so take a look, you won’t be pissed you did…

SPOOKY SUNBURN TOUR W/BRZOWSKI!

SpookySunburnTour BRZO_halotour_FINAL

As noted on both fliers we’ll be all over the left coast for about 10 days, catch us if you can!  Here’s a list of them in non-flyer form…

Thursday 6/20 @ Benbow Room in  West Seattle, WA
Friday 6/21 @ White Noise at Columbia Theater in Seattle, WA
Saturday 6/22 @ Diablo’s Downtown Lounge in Eugene, OR
Sunday 6/23 @ The Holland Project in Reno, NV
Monday 6/24 @ TBA in Sacramento, CA
Tuesday 6/25 @ The Legionnaire Saloon in Oakland, CA
Wednesday 6/26 @ Johnny V’s in San Jose, CA
Saturday 6/29 @ Syrup Loft in Los Angeles, CA
Sunday 6/30 @ 3pm In-Store Access Hip-Hop in San Diego, CA
Sunday 6/30 @ 9pm at Kava Lounge in San Diego, CA

Subways & Sidewalks #16: Spooky Sunburn Edition

SpookySunburnSD

My newest podcast for Rapreviews.com!  Features as much music as I could get from all the heads we will be rocking with on the Spooky Sunburn Tour: The ILLusionists, Open Mike Eagle, Tramlife, John Cue Publik, and unreleased Brzowski.  Plus new and unreleased joints from Hood Internet, Cars & Trains, Gregory Pepper & Madadam and more!  It’s worth the hour in the background while you are doing something else…

Metallica – Seek & Destroy (Bassnectar Remix)

John Cue Publik – Press Save

Brzowski – Whorebar

The ILLusionists – Finally (feat. Jori Teran)

Atrak – Piss Test Remix (feat. Juicy J, Jim Jones, Flatbush Zombies, El-P & Flosstradamus)

POS – Get Down (feat. Mike Mictlan)

Brzowski – Friendly Fire Redux (feat. Seez Mics of Educated Consumers & Ceschi)

Cars & Trains – Stay Awake (feat. Open Mike Eagle)

Tramlife – Jammin with My Friends

The Hood Internet – We’re Backwoods Famous (feat. El-P)

Easy Star All Stars – Billie Jean (Mister Vibes Remix)

Esh The Monolith – Hip-Hop Ruined My Life (HALO Remix)

Solroc – Funky Izms (feat. Kev Brown & Mr. Lif)

Gregory Pepper & Madadam – House On Wheels (feat. Noah23)

Psyche Origami – Unreleased

Homeboy Sandman – Cedar and Sedgwick

Gitana La Bamba & Chelsea (of Drala) – Pink Moons

John Cue Publik – Par 3

Mega Ran – On My Level (feat. Brzowski)

 

Brzowski + DJ HALO – Harbinger

Hot off the griddle bi-coastal joint Brzowski and I whipped up recently, not for the tour necessarily, but it just got finished a little fast because of it.  So here she is our tour promo track…it’s actually quite dope.

Ruff Mix Mondays!


Holy snap!  New studio is up and running, functionally at least, so here’s a hot off the griddle podcast.

Subways & Sidewalks #15 Grand Re-Opening Edition

S&S Grand ReOpening Cover

Comes out tomorrow on Rapreviews.com where you can stream it or download it; shouts to DJ Flash for getting this up there and dealing with me being a crazy person…

Download S&S 15

Stream S&S 15 on Mixcloud

Playlist for Subways & Sidewalks #15

Factor – Alive Tomorrow ft. NOMAD (From Woke Up Alone out July 23)

Thelonius Tut – Get Hi ft. Calest (Theloniustut.bandcamp.com)

Blue Sky Black Death & SAS – Valley of Kings ft. Cam’ron & P.A.P.I. (BSBD.Bandcamp.com)

Sadistik – Kill the King ft. Decon the Villian (From Flowers For My Father)

Aesop Rock – Harbor is Yours (HALO Remix)

Botzy – Thrill is Gone ft. Justyn Dow (From Buck Fotzy out July 11)

Blue Sky Black Death & Dinero Farrar – This is It ft. Child Actor (From Cliff of Death)

PremRock & Willie Green – Jogger ft. Open Mike Eagle (HALO Remix)

Bisco Smith & Bq:Ram – Picture Perfect (From Atlantic Sky)

Bisco Smith & Bq:Ram – Searching ft. Milly (From Atlantic Sky)

Sadistik – Russian Roulette ft. Cage & Yes Alexander (From Flowers For My Father)

JnaturaL – Push Away ft. Eligh (From Bad Woman Rising out June 9)

Sister Crayon – Cynic (From Cynic EP)

Willie Green – Fasho Fasho! ft. PremRock (From We Live In The Future)

Foreign Legion – Roommate Joint (From Playtight)

Happy Valentines Day!!!


Whuttup, Whuttup, Whuttup!!!  So this Valentines Day I have a slew of great things for you to check out (New S&S Podcast, Valentines Archive from TODAY) along with my usual recycle of Adam’s World Blog, with this one being about the closing of a great NYC Hip-Hop staple event A MONTHLY BONDFIRE…sadly my usual V-day mix will be up a bit later this week, but it is going to BANG.  Let’s get down to brass tax shall we?

Brand New Subways & Sidewalks Podcast Featuring HW

Recorded in early December, I was waiting for this day to unleash the hilarity and sadness of what we did here…ALL UNRELEASED EXCLUSIVES from HW’s upcoming album ‘Wallpaper Exit Wounds’ plus a special live track that was written that day!  Can it get better?  Well yes, if you have a date and someone to share the podcast with, but hey sometimes life don’t cut that way…C’est La Vie.  Click the cover art above, the link HERE to download or stream live @ Rapreviews.com.  Shouts to Flash for putting up with my nonsense!!!

Valentine’s Day Spectacular on WPKN

Had a rare chance to be on-air for Valentine’s Day and FUNraising…how could the stars have aligned like this?  Well they did and a great show was done of all songs I feel express to true nature of love which is a painful (beautifully so) event no matter how you dice it.  Take a listen and ENJOY!!!

Mornings on WPKN Valentine’s Day Spectacular

Tuesday is Recycling Day and I Looooove Recycling


For nearly half a decade Bondfire has been providing unforgettable moments, and a great proving ground, for music fans and artists alike, every last Tuesday of the month at the Bowery Poetry Club in NYC. The event, however, is going to end its four and a half year run on February 28th.

Much more than just another NYC open mic, Bondfire has been a unique artist-driven community, and its stage has witnessed the growth of many talented acts. Artists including Tah Phrum Duh Bush, iAreConscious, and PremRock went from rocking the Bondfire stage to touring overseas. Homeboy Sandman went from the Bondfire stage to signing a deal with Stones Throw Records. Countless other artists saw their YouTube views go from the hundreds to the thousands. There was the night the legendary Kool Herc came through to enjoy the show and give words of encouragement. The Bondfire community also came together when a non-regular swiped co-host Tasty Keish’s laptop, raising the money to get her a new one. This is why, even though it was billed as an open mic (or, in Bondfire terminology, a “mic open”) with main event acts, emcee Warren Britt, who has been a mainstay at the show, has another way to describe Bondfire – “it was family.” To read the whole article visit Adam’s World Blog

Tuesday is Recycling Day…and I loooove recycling; MEGA edition!!!


Hollllyyyy Cowwwww!!!!  It has been a more than a minute since I Jacked content from the homie Adam’s World Blog…I dunno what I have really been up to, buuuuut it hasn’t been very productive I’ll tell you that much.  So now is my attempt to get up-to-date and turn this year around for you before it’s too late.  ohhh, word???  Already too late, hmmm…well, let’s see what we can see then eh?  So I have a MEGA, MEGA Artist of the Week update which encompasses all the Artists of the Week thus far in 2011 (yeah, totally nuts but hey that’s me) as well as my first Subways & Sidewalks Podcast of 2011 ft. the man, the myth, the legend…Boston’s own Wispers.  So buckle up and get serious, this is Hip-Hop (for the most part) we are talking about…you won’t catch me acting funny at a show. Unless of course you are on drugs, then I might appear slightly hilarious, you know, in a sad clown kinda way.  MANNNN do I love blogging!!!

ARTISTS OF THE WEEK

TopR

Since TopR and Foul Mouth Jerk work and tour as a team, it only makes sense that I follow up last week’s Foul Mouth Jerk feature with an interview with TopR. An emcee who describes his music as “feel good music for fucked up people,” TopR spent most of his formative years in the Bay Area. He moved out of his parents house at 15 and has now spent the better part of half of his life touring. Heavily influenced by hip-hop, punk rock, and graffiti art, TopR says “my musical influences have always been strongly anti-establishment, which helped shape my world view from a young age.” This week I sat down with TopR to find out more about his views, his music, and how he came to have a plethora of knowledge regarding everyone’s favorite celebrity religion, Scientology.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

BRZOWSKI

The Northeast oftentimes gets looked over by the hip-hop community. Thinking the only things past Massachusetts are ski lodges and a Poland Spring factory, many hip-hop heads miss out on a lot of talented artists. One of those talented Northeasterners is Brzowski. Originally drawn to music by Black Sabbath at the age of 12, Brzowski is currently making quite the name for himself with his mic skills. He just released a collaborative effort, Brzowski+Moshe Like Woe Remixes, last week, he’ll be touring Europe in April, and he’ll be releasing his next album, A Fitful Sleep later this year. This week I caught up with Brzowski to find out more about his music, where his unique perspective comes from, and how a Canadian girl nearly sent him, and everyone he was on tour with, to jail.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

MURAI

Downtempo and hip-hop have always had an interesting relationship. Not technically brother and sister, but perhaps distant cousins, the two just seem to get along well. Many hip-hop fans count even themselves as downtempo fans, as well. This is why it wasn’t completely surprising when Happ G told me about the latest KRU release, Murai’s Tozai, and how it’s a downtempo album that also features some hip-hop artists. Their sound is really dope and this week I caught up with the Murai duo of Greg and Yui to get the full scoop on how their connection is more than just musical, in what ways they’ve personally seen music overcome a language barrier, and why they decided to combine downtempo with hip-hop.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

SCANDAL

When Karma Response Unit Records was launched in 2000 it was done so with 40th Dimension as one of the lead artists. The duo made up of Happ G and Scandal made some noise for KRU in the early years and continues to today. Scandal has also been making noise with his numerous guest appearances on other KRU releases. From his verse on Happ G’s “Nothing No Nada” to the 16 he spit on last week’s Artist Of The Week Murai’s “Another Day,” Scandal has been making sure he’s getting in everybody’s ears. This week I caught up with the Philly flame spitter to find out why we’ve been hearing so much from him recently, what it was like growing up in one of the most musical cities in America, and the one thing his lips are sealed about.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

SOLRAC

As longtime readers of this site know, I love when artists recommend other artists to me. Usually it’s an emcee or producer telling me about another emcee or producer they’re working with. When it comes to Solrac, however, he was originally brought to my attention by singer/songwriter Jim Wolf. Wondering what a man focused on his guitar could have in mind when it comes to hip-hop? Well, that’s where the beauty of the universality of music comes in. Good musicians usually know good music, and both Wolf and Solrac qualify as such. Currently, Solrac is preparing for the February 14th release of Himself’s album, Feel Like a Star, which he produced entirely, and this week I caught up with him to find out about his career as a producer and emcee, why he made the move from Connecticut to California, and what advice he has for up and coming producers.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

J.O.

In September of 2009 I featured J.Monopoly as an Artist Of The Week. Since then, the group he’s a member of, O.I.S.D. (Operation Industry Shut Down), has made great strides, becoming one of the premier groups in NYC’s underground hip-hop scene. Realizing that I’d only featured one of the five members of O.I.S.D. as an Artist Of The Week, I decided to right that, which is why I want to welcome you to O.I.S.D.uary. For the entire month of February all of my Artists Of The Week will be members of O.I.S.D., and in a break from the way I normally do things here, I’m asking them all the same questions so everyone can see how truly unique each of them are as individuals. First up to bat is J.O., who, interestingly, was the last member to join the group.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

E.Y.E.Q

It’s officially week two of O.I.S.D.uary, where I’m featuring a different member of O.I.S.D. (Operation Industry Shut Down), New York City’s most explosive group of up and coming emcees, every week for the entire month. I’m asking each artist the same questions so everyone can see how truly unique each emcee is as individuals within the group. They all rock shows collectively, but this week E.Y.E.Q, aka JohnNY Storm, takes center stage as he discusses the formation of the O.I.S.D., how the unexpected can be beautiful, and what he thought might happen to him, or more precisely, for him, at a Comic-Con.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

Khid 2Che

I hope everyone has been enjoying getting to know the emcees of Operation Industry Shut Down during this very special monthlong series of interviews. This week O.I.S.D.uary continues with Khid 2Che. In addition to revealing a little bit of his background, Khid 2Che discusses what he feels makes O.I.S.D. such a great team, why you’ll never mistake him for Drake, and what Sisqo has to do with his album collection.  For full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

WOE (speaking of, be on the looks for my remixes of Brzowski’s ‘Like Woe’ coming very soon!!!) that was alot of artists to take in.  You Ok???  Need a breather???  Here, sit down and let me pour you some water…you’re sweating…now, you good???  Ok check this last jammy…

Subways & Sidewalks #9 ft. Wispers

Hiyoooo!!!  Spanking (yes, ladies…spanking) new S&S podcast for 2011 featuring Boston’s own Wispers.  The homie DJ Addition asked if I wanted to get a phoner on my WPKN morning show with Wispers and I said ‘Nahhh Son! Let’s do a podcast…”.  Thus the first episode of Subways & Sidewalks for 2011 was born.  While on the show I got a good look at the man’s music, some of his humor and maybe even made him speechless a few times…praise from Caesar if you ask me.  Click the Cover Art or Link above to Download or stream through the link HERE @ Rapreviews.com.

 

That does it for this week’s 2011 in a nutshell(shocked?) MEGA, MEGA Tuesday Recycling edition…hopefully I will not get too far behind in the future, but I doubt it.  Long Time Readers know…I am sporadic at best.  Such is Life…thanks for checking the site and don’t forget to find me on all the nifty link I set up in the SideBar; FB, Twitter, Soundcloud, ETC.  If you ever have a question, feel free to…

Tuesday is Recycling day and that RULES!!!


Hay-lo, Ha-lo, Halooo

So the Holidays are over till this friday and some are back to work till then, others are more lucky.  Either way you dice it, it’s a bizarre in between time of year…and if you are like me and snowbound in the Northeast, it’s the perfect time for treating your ears to a swelltastic listen to some great music and eyes to some reading material.  That said, I have a HUGE amount of stuff (New Artist of the Week, Subways & Sidewalks #8, and TWO Christmas Music Mixes) for you to nosh on while you are waiting for 2011 to happen!!!

 

Artist of the Week; Foul Mouth Jerk

I gotta admit, I was late to the game when it comes to finding out about Foul Mouth Jerk. A buddy of mine who’s the saxophone player for Deep Banana Blackout hipped me to Foul Mouth Jerk’s music when Jerk and TopR were playing a show by me at the Acoustic Cafe. I was blown away by how great their live show was. All of the call and response moments were honest, rather than contrived, they were fantastic lyrically, and, most importantly, they were having fun on stage. Cracking jokes with the crowd, and each, other in-between songs, and even accidentally inspiring a young woman to expose some skin, they gave the crowd serious hip-hop, but didn’t necessarily take themselves too seriously. I loved the vibe they created and caught up with Foul Mouth Jerk after a return performance a few months later that was a celebration of the release of his new album, The Oldest Trick In The Book. During our conversation we discussed the new album, as well as the culture shock of moving from New Jersey to North Carolina, and his linking up with one of Jersey’s most celebrated underground hip-hop duos.  For Full article visit Adam’s World Blog

 

Subways & Sidewalks #8 Ft. DJ Deja!!!

A brand Spanking new Subways & Sidewalks is coming at you like Blau!!!  This episode features the lovely and talented DJ Deja from NYC!  Unfortunately because mother nature was being a BOWZA we couldn’t get together in studio, so she did the next best thing…sent me an AMAZING 20 min mix to use in my podcast!  Doooope!!! If you are feeling her mix I HIGHLY suggest you check both her Twitter & Soundcloud pages.  Click the link above or HERE to download…

 

It’s A DJ HALO Christmas!!!

Christmas isn’t over yet!!!  I know it’s a bit late in the game for this, but it was originally produced to send out to my email list (if you haven’t signed up, check the sidebar!!!) buuuut I figured why waste a great mix like this of traditional Christmas Music, I am pretty sure it happens every year so maybe you can rock it next year while trimming your tree…Click the link above or HERE to Download.  PS Lady Gaga Christmas song = Bonkers…

 

DJ HALO’s Christmas Carnage 2010

 

This mix of entirely Hip-Hop Christmas tunes was curated and compiled by the homie Chaz Kangas (check him out cause he’s DOOOOOPE) as part of his regular Christmas Mix series, but seeing as how this was the 10th year, he asked me to do the scratch wicka wicka and mix the songs to make this year’s extra special.  Check out more info on the Facebook invite HERE or just click the album art above to Download!!!

 

Now Off to Europe…

Tuesday is Recycling Day…and I Looooove Recycling


Whattup Whattup!!!  So this week is Turkey filled awesomeness combined with annoying & awkward family interactions…pretty sweet!!!  Luckily I was hatched so I will just be doing my thang thang on the holiday; maybe a turkey sub from Subway.  I hear Jared loves em’…

So this week I have TWO artists of the week recycled from Adam’s World Blog and a brand spanking new Subways & Sidewalks Podcast!!!  A veritable feast for the mind and ears…WHOOOOAAA BLOSSOM that was corney!!!  Call me Nebraska from now on…

 

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: BOP ALLOY (Substantial & Marcus D)

Substantial was one of my original Artists Of The Week when I started this feature back in 2006. Since then he’s gotten married, moved from Brooklyn back to his original home of Maryland, release a couple albums, and had a child. The one thing I don’t think he’s done is sleep, because even with all that going on he still found the time to link up with Seattle producer Marcus D to create Bop Alloy. This week I caught up with both Substantial and Marcus D to find out more about the Bop Alloy project, including how they came together for it, the musical direction it goes in that will have longtime Substantial fans cheering, and why they’re so big in Japan.  For Full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

ARTIST OF THE WEEK: NOTAR

Born in New Haven, CT, Notar’s had two huge influences that have affected him from day one. First there’s his family’s work ethic. Having owned a grocery story in Hamden for generations, Notar’s never known a time when his family wasn’t doing for self. Second is his family’s musical side. His father was a trumpet player and it wouldn’t be long before Notar followed in his musical footsteps. Half Italian and half Lebanese, Notar went his own route musically, and it’s done him well. An emcee backed by a full band, Notar recently caught the ear of Counting Crows frontman Adam Duritz, who started a label and quickly inked Notar to a deal.
Now residing in NYC, Notar has made a name for himself in the hip-hop scene there, as well, most notably at Freestyle Mondays. This week I caught up with Notar to find out more about his music, how the closing of Sin Sin, which was the longtime home of Freestyle Mondays, affected him, and how seriously we should take his blog’s title of Notar for President.  For Full article visit Adam’s World Blog…

 

SUBWAYS & SIDEWALKS; HALO RE:mix Edition

A brand new (Literally, I did it last night) Subways & Sidewalks Podcast for your ears with the focus on this episode being…ME.  Yup you guessed it, my ego maniacal ways got the best of me when I was searching for themes and I decided to focus on remixes and more specifically, MY remixes.  Don’t worry other remixes get love in this episode too…sheesh!  Check the playlist below…

Intro
Dizzee Rascal – Sirens (HALO Remix)
Grand Buffet – Things that go Bump in the Night (Ultimate Club Mix)
Plastic LIttle ft. Amanda Blank & Ghostface – Crambodia (Pink Skull Remix)
Aesop Rock – None Shall Pass (HALO Remix)
Break
Serengeti – Crystal (HALO Remix)
Uffie – SUV (Armand Van Helden Remix)
Elle Goulding – Starry Eyed (Jakwob Remix)
Iron Lyon ft. Vordul Mega – Spiralin’ (HALO Remix)
Break
Domer – Mello Me (HALO Remix)
JR & PH7 ft. Evidence – Bow Down (HALO Remix)
Bisco Smith ft. human?, Grimace & Esen – Railroads (HALO Remix)
Dante LaSalle ft. Aztek – Dead Weather (HALO Remix)
OUT

If this sound like something right up your alley, then please feel free to click the album art above or the link HERE to download it.  If you’re a bit on the fence, ‘eh I dunno, do I really want this dude taking up my HD space?”, then please check the stream @ Rapreviews.com. Either way do check it out; I put a whole TWO HOURS of my time into it!!! That’s blood, sweat and tears…