On this week’s episode of Comprehensive Beatdown, @bloggybonilla (aka Lenny Dykstra) and Silent G (aka Spike Nolan) listen to and discuss “Sour Soul,” the new collaborative album from Ghostface Killah x BADBADNOTGOOD. They also check out new tracks from @sareem_poems & @essbemvsic and THEESatisfaction. The track for the “Shitty Tracks From Our Friends” segment this week comes from a mysterious man named Dawg, who provided a very terrible piece of music. The local track this week, “Plastic,” comes from Jackson singer-songwriter Cody Cox, who just last week released his newest solo album, “Leave a Trace” on Elegant Trainwreck/Homework Town Records.
The soothing sounds of J Dilla, The Roots and BJ The Chicago Kid accompany the Pro Era emcee on this journey. “Like Me” from B4.DA.$$ gets the video treatment and features a love triangle which is brought to a violent conclusion as Joey, the last of the three to meet their untimely demise, is gunned down in the streets by a pair of New York’s finest. As Joey’s spirit raises up, he is greeted by Michael Brown and Trayvon Martin amongst some of the countless others who have lost their lives due to senseless acts of violence at the hands of those who were sworn in to protect them. #BlackLivesMatter
Noveliss, Ilajide, E-Fav, and L.A.Z. known collectively as Clear Soul Forces, have combined with producer NAMELESS to form the Fab 5ive, with the album dropping soon on Fat Beats. The group brings classic boom bap artistry with new school sounds in a way on the Motor City could produce.
Skipp Coon’s Miles Garvey was one of the most important albums of 2014. I can say that with supreme confidence. On “RuRemArm” the Jackson, Mississippi native spits truth over the raw production. The video features Skipp visiting various institutions through out the Mississippi capital, claiming the streets as his pulpit with lyrics like “Pitch black, pitch crack. Bite. Claw. Scratch. Cause the pigs and the rats cooperate in the traps. Republicans, Democrats, Goldman & Sachs, keep the meat on the table, but the floor get the scraps. I’m on the floor where the poor people at, victims wear the denim, perpetrator wear the slacks. The C.C.A. got blacks on racks and Bob Barker supply the clothes on they backs. B.E.T. teaches our kids how to act, E.B.T. gets them they meals and they snacks. The I.M.F., N.Y.S.E., Nasdaq, make the world bank god, so we all pray to black” that make “RuRemArm” a scathing account of the current state of affairs within the black community. Click the link below to pick up Miles Garvey, for that you will not be sorry.
The Essence self titled album is as smooth as the artwork. Crescent City vets Rik Ducci and J Dubble link up and the result is the sonic equivalent of a tall glass of homemade sweet tea on a warm spring day while you are sitting on the porch with a slight breeze rushing across your face. Spend a little dough by clicking here and you can come back and thank me later. The Essence reminds me of the feeling you got while listening to a Lone Catalyst record back in the day. Hip-Hop in it’s most raw form.
Underground hip-hop pioneers Rik Ducci & J-Dubble release their collaborative album “The Essence”. Recorded at Inner Recess studio in New Orleans, the full length experience includes 13-tracks created in the true feeling of old school rap music.
Rik Ducci is a veteran DJ who honed his skills on stages with classic acts like Camp Lo and The Lost Boyz during the golden age of the art form. Before linking up with J-Dubble full-time, his production efforts “Pride 4 Lunch, Sleep 4 Dinner” (parts 1 & 2) were well received within the New Orleans community, featuring popular artists Lyrikill and Jakie Skellz.
J-Dubble is a well known Crescent City wordsmith who earned the right to showcase his abilities with musical legends KRS-One and Rakim. Excelling as a solo emcee, he delivered his sophomore album “Still Fantastic” in 2014, while also sharing microphone duties as a member of Nola super group Tygah Woods.
Taelor Gray steps out on “Wishing Well” a track produced by Jonathan Baker. “Wishing Well” is a introspective track with a chill out vibe, something you can throw on and ride around with the heat on and the windows down on a cold winter night.
From doubt to regret. From regret to pessimism. From pessimism to a glimpse into hope and possibility. Repeat cycle.
J-Live is gearing up to drop His Own Self on March 17th, 2015 with “Red & The Kid”. His self-produced ode to the old school comes with the quintessential Greg Nice sampled hook. Check it out and pre-order the album by clicking here.
Eshon Burgundy has linked up with Humble Beast Records to release his debut full length album Fear Of God on March 3rd. You can pre-order below. Here we get the visuals for “Higher Learning” which features Uncle Reece on the hook. You might recognize, the South Philly native, Eshon Burgundy from the track “Run That Back” with Black Ice on DJ Jazzy Jeff’s The Return of The Magnificent. Check the music and buy the project.
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G host the inaugural episode of “Comprehensive Beatdown,” a podcast to shine light on new music. In this week’s episode, the guys break down “B4.DA.$$” from Joey Bada$$. A track from the new Aphex Twin EP is discussed as well as “Blacker the Berry,” Kendrick Lamar’s most recent single release. “Comprehensive Beatdown” introduces its segment entitled “Shitty Songs From our Friends,” where a horrible song is selected by a local Jackson artist, musician, or business owner, and submitted to the podcast for review. DJ Young Venom submitted something called “Honey Dip” and the guys listen to it for the first time on the podcast. The episode is wrapped up with a look at a song from Jackson hip hop artist Dolla Black. Thanks for tuning in.