David Banner and Big K.R.I.T. are assisted by an U.G.K. inspired hook over a deep and aggressive beat that draws comparisons to a movie score. There is power as well as pain in the music. “My Uzi” is the lead single from Banner’s album The God Box which will be dropping this summer. Personally, this is the Banner I’ve been wanting since the Crooked Lettaz days. He is right on time with it, his voice and his message is needed now more than perhaps ever. So salute the man who put Mississippi on his back and helped pave the way for the Hip Hop scene here. Click the link below to support……
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G are back this week with some all new music. The guys check out “Every Hero Needs a Villain” by Czarface, the second collaborative album from Wu Tang member Inspectah Deck and Boston hip hop duo 7L & Esoteric.
New tracks from The Robert Glasper Trio, Ghostface & Adrian Younge (featuring Vince Staples), and Alfred Banks (featuring Pell) are covered as well.
On this week’s edition of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G re-visit another classic album, Slum Village’s “Fantastic Vol. 2.” which was released on June 13, 2000 (after a good deal of label politics). “Fantastic Vol. 2” is considered a touchstone in the “neo-soul” movement, whose sound was developed by Slum Village’s J-Dilla and a host of other musicians and collaborators (The Ummah, Soulquarians, etc). Like many other classic albums of the time, “Fantastic Vol. 2” didn’t enjoy huge sales, but its impact is unmistakable.
The guys also pay tribute to jazz legend Ornette Coleman, who passed away on June 11. The podcast opens with a portion of Coleman’s “Free Jazz,” the controversial recording that divided critics and fans while initiating a new movement in jazz music in 1961.
Comprehensive Beatdown is back for episode 15 and this week Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G check out “Surf” from Donnie Trumpet and the Social Experiment, who are best known as the backing band for the Chance the Rapper. “Surf” is an eclectic debut from the band and includes a plethora of guest spots. Chance himself, who is an official member of the band, is all over the album as well. “Surf” was released as a free download on iTunes on May 28th and had over 600,000 downloads during its first week of release.
The guys also check out new tracks from Killah Priest and Ozay Moore, as well as a local track featuring several Jackson rappers, including Savvy, Doe Hicks, Hollywood Luck, Tricky LT45, Coke Bumaye.
On this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G check out “At.Long.Last.A$AP,” the sophomore album from A$AP Rocky. “ALLA” features a host of producers and guests including Danger Mouse, Schoolboy Q, Kanye West, Mark Ronson, Lil Wayne, Mos Def, and many, many more.
The guys also check out “Assata Taught Me (page 181)” from Jackson rapper Skipp Coon. “Assata” is the 3rd video from Skipp’s 2014 album “Miles Garvey” and was recently featured at OkayPlayer.com.
On Comprehensive Beatdown this week, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G listen to Disc 2 of Kamasi Washington’s newest 3 CD album, “The Epic,” which was released on May 5, 2015, on Brainfeeder Records, the label owned by Flying Lotus. “The Epic” solidifies Washington’s place as a leader in the American jazz scene. On top of that, he has played with a wide-range of artists including Wayne Shorter, Snoop Dogg, Raphael Saadiq, Nas, and most recently on Kendrick Lamar’s acclaimed “To Pimp a Butterfly.”
The guys also check out new songs from Skyzoo, Disclosure (featuring Gregory Porter), and MDMX, the collaboration between 7evenThirty and 5-D, both Jackson natives and Dallas transplants. Finally, the podcast is excited to welcome as guest picker, one of their biggest fans, Wade Thompson, who submitted “Legacy” from Joey DeFrancesco and Jimmy Smith.
Check out MDMX here: mdmxmusic.bandcamp.com/releases
When Miles Garvey dropped at the end of 2014, I knew that it was going to be one of those records that stood the test of time. It would appear that Skipp would agree. When most artists are more concerned about the “NEXT” project or keeping up with what’s hot RIGHT NOW. Skipp has consistently been dropping videos to promote his album. Creating visually appealing independent pieces of work which capture the complexity of the album. The videos, just as the songs themselves, can be dissected and examined on different levels. This does however require you to watch the video several times to absorb it all. Check it out and if you have not done so already click the link below and pick up a copy of Skipp Coon’s Miles Garvey.
PURCHASE: SKIPP COON – MILES GARVEY
After a week off, Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G are back for episode 12 of Comprehensive Beatdown. This week’s album, “Have a Nice Life,” is Murs’ first record since signing to Strange records in February of 2014. Murs is best known as being a former member of the Living Legends crew as well as his work with Slug (of Atmosphere) and his numerous, well-loved solo albums. The guys also check out new tracks from Camp Lo, Abstract Rude, Holly Herndon, and local track from Jackson Heavyweight PyInfamous.
PURCHASE: MURS – HAVE A NICE LIFE
PURCHASE: CAMP LO – RAGTIME HIGHTIMES
PURCHASE: HOLLY HERNDON – PLATFORM
CHECK OUT: PYINFAMOUS – BANDCAMP
With Mello Music Group gearing up to release Petestrumentals 2 on June 23rd, we got some nice visuals from one of the cuts from the album “Cosmic Slop”. You already know what it is. You’ll be required to purchase on June 23rd or else you will be required to turn in your Hip-Hop card.
Brand new track from Jackson’s coldest emcee, PyInfamous. “HTC (Hope Tomorrow Comes)” will be featured on the upcoming album Struggle Has Just Begun II: We Struggle Too. Production on the track was handled by Vic Wilson equipped with Nina sample and all. Py is at his rawest when painting vivid pictures of the current state of affairs of his city and his people. The new album is high on my list of anticipated albums for this year. Also, peep the Charlie Chaplin speech at the end.