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.
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.
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.
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.
Welcome back to the Comprehensive Beatdown, Episode 11. This week, Silent G and Bloggy Bonilla tackle “The Good Fight,” the newest offering from Oddisee through Mello Music Group. Oddisee handles all the production and rapping on the record, as he continues to evolve his sound as well as his lyrical acumen. Guests on the record include Maimouna Youseff, Nick Hakim, Tranqill, and Gary Clarke Jr. The guys also check out a track from the most recent Oh No & Alchemist collaboration as well as songs from the new Blueprint and Nosaj Thing records. The local track for the week is supplied by Jackson, MS based artist Spook.
Thanks as always for listening. We will be taking a break next week, so look for us again in a couple weeks.