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.
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.
Comprehensive Beatdown is back this week with some more good new music to check out. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G focus on “What For,” the newest offering from Toro y Moi, who is often, against his will, categorized in the Chillwave scene. It is debated amongst music fans whether or not Chillwave is even a genre, as most artists associated with the genre do not claim it on their own. Either way, Toro y Moi is a dynamic artist who has steadily progressed since his first release in 2010. The guys also play music from Aceyalone, Freestyle Fellowship, Tycho, and Jackson, MS artists Coke Bumaye (happy birthday!) and Rene Lee. Thanks for listening and supporting.
In anticipation of his upcoming album The Bottom Line, Crown Me Entertainment’s Savvy has teamed up with DJ Young Shawn to release Book Of Savvy, a sampling, to hold us over until the album drops. Guest appearances include Kamikaze, Coke Bumaye, Tra Deuce, and Dolla Black with production from long time collaborative partner GuttaBoy and Hollywood Luck amongst others. It’s gearing up to be the year of Savvy around the Jack, with two back to back performances at sold out shows for Big K.R.I.T. and Kevin Gates respectively, he is set to make an impact with the album. I’m going to have this “Politics” track stuck on the iPod for the next few weeks, The O.G. Kamikaze from Crooked Lettaz and Coke Bumaye set it off on a proper reflection of the foundation, the present, and future of Jackson Hip-Hop.
Slum Village announced that the proceeds from the iTunes sales of their new J Dilla produced “Yes, Yes” will go to Dilla’s children. I applaud the group for doing this, but I do take issue with the subject matter of the song being used to benefit his daughters. The song is a celebration of the groups sexual exploits. What happens when Ja’Maya and Ty-Monae hear the song. Here young ladies, enjoy this song which was meant to be a sort of dedication to you. It’s like making a song to benefit the educational programs available to children in communities with poor schooling, and said song being about drugs, jewelry and cars. It’s worse than that though, it’s like making a song to help fight the blood diamond trade in South Africa and the subject matter of that song is about how big your chain is and how many carats your watch has. I find this to be utterly tasteless and while I applaud the fact the group is willing to do something for Dilla’s children (which they should be doing ANYWAY), it should have been thought through a little more thoroughly.
Raashan Ahmad of Crown City Rockers/Mission fame has a new album For What You’ve Lost out now on Trade Vibe Records. The album features, Stro the 89th Key, Noelle Scaggs, Aloe Blacc, Gift Of Gab, Count Bass D and more. I suggest you pick this up if you are a fan of good eclectic music. Below is a little video from a record release party………Good music is alive and well my friends.
‘Generation Next Presents’, is an 8 part webisode series featuring live performance and interview footage captured at the launch of ‘Generation Next’, the premier music showcase for buzz worthy emerging artists from across the nation.
Episode 5 features footage of Duck Down’s own Skyzoo, shot entirely on location in Brooklyn, New York at the launch of ‘Generation Next’ which was hosted by Hot 97’s Peter Rosenberg and also featured performances by TiRon, Sugar Junkie, The ILLZ, Game Rebellion, Ca$he, J. Ferb, Invincible w/ Waajeed, The Kid Daytona and DJ Quiz.
Shot & Directed by Kristopher Rey-Talley for Kibber Films/Jackpot In The West. Produced by Mic Sean for Soul Rebel NYC.
I present to you the 2nd video in our 3 part propaganda video series entitled “Voice of the underground” for our upcoming F/W line.
In the previous installment we shone the light on the very familiar “Intellectual” original anarchist Noam Chomsky, in this 2nd installment we shift our sights towards the very “Creative” original anarchist Alan Moore “one of the most important British writers of the last fifty years” you’ll recognize his works in Anarchistic driven themes like V for Vendetta, Watchmen, The League Of Extraordinary Gentlemen and my personal favorite “SUPREME” (Image Comics).
The purpose of the Original Anarchist line looks to bring a new re-programmed association to the term “Anarchy” by the 3rd installment of our video series we hope to break down conditioned negative associations with the word and reveal it’s forsaken true identity….
*This 2nd installment is in support of the upcoming Fiasco Friday (http://fiascofriday.com) rally/protest being organized against Atlantic Records and put into place this October 15th in NYC by the brave FNF fans/supporters/warriors that believe in the relevance and importance of Lupe Fiasco’s current day message, music and it’s place in popular culture. Please visit the website to find out more information and how you can participate. -Voice of the underground
Pharoahe Monch’s W.A.R. (We Are Renegades) album is set to drop October 26th in conjunction with W.A.R. Media and Duck Down Recoords. I’m anxious as hell to hear this record. Styles P and Phonte together on a track AND Vernon Reid, of Living Colour fame, on the title track “W.A.R.” Pharoahe said this album will be a throwback to the 93-94 hip hop sound……I can’t wait
1 – Intro/Skit [feat Idris Elba]
2 – Evolve
3 – W.A.R. [feat Vernon Reid]
4 – Clap
5 – The Hitman
6 – Black Hand Side [feat Styles P & Phonte]
7 – Let My People Go
8 – Shine [feat Mela Machinko]
9 – Haile Selassie Karate [feat Denaun Porter]
10 – Assassins [feat Jean Grae & Royce Da 5’9]
11 – Illusions
12 – Mama’s Boy
13 – Still Standing [feat Jill Scott]