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: ABSTRACT RUDE – KEEP THE FEEL (A LEGACY OF HIP HOP SOUL)
PURCHASE: HOLLY HERNDON – PLATFORM
CHECK OUT: PYINFAMOUS – BANDCAMP
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.
This week, Comprehensive Beatdown celebrates its 10th episode of the podcast with a little classic album retrospect. The end of April from 1992-1995 was a monster each year. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G will take a listen to and discuss songs from Beastie Boys’ “Check Your Head,” Mobb Deep’s “The Infamous,” and Outkast’s “Southernplayalisticadillacmuzik.” The centerpiece of this week’s episode is “Innercity Griots” from Freestyle Fellowship. “Innercity Griots,” the Fellowship’s second full length, was released on April 28, 1993. The album in many ways served as a counterpoint to their West Coast hip hop colleagues who tended more toward the hardcore stylings of groups like Eazy-E. Freestyle Fellowship’s influence can be seen and heard through groups ranging from Jurassic 5, Pharcyde, Hieroglyphics, Anticon and many, many others. The guys listen to the album and talk about pretty much everything in this chattiest episode yet.
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.
Rene Lee: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c_l8slnILZc
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.
DOWNLOAD : SAVVY – BOOK OF SAVVY (MIXTAPE)
Witness the new video from Elite The Omen for “Chiraq Flow-Style” from his album N.W.O. (New World Order). A raw blend of Mississippi and Chicago styles. Elite The Omen brings along fellow The $yndicate member Macklife to represent both worlds well. Be sure to download the album below and support. Also, check for the track “Evil” too. Good stuff. Jacktown2Chitown Connection.
DOWNLOAD: ELITE THE OMEN – N.W.O. (NEW WORLD ORDER)
Live from the Farish street in the city of Jafrica, Skipp Coon liberates the visuals for “Blacker” from his critically acclaimed album Miles Garvey. There is nothing I can say that the video does not say on it’s own. So watch, listen, share, and repeat. If you have not purchased the album then now would be a good time to stop being a hater. You cannot hate your entire life.
“We Jackals, we write freedom with gun powder”
Tira D spits like a woman wise beyond her years. “Lose My Mind” is the up and coming emcee’s attempt to come to grips with a broken world. Anger is the natural response to what tends to seem like hopeless situations. Tira is able to channel that hurt and angst and transform it into something else. It would be easy to lash out in anger, but if you read between the lines there is a plea for help. Help in the form of understanding, why do we hurt? Why do we suffer? What is the point? These are questions we can not possibly know the answers to but it certainly does not mean we should stop asking. For with the question eventually comes understanding and we must understand before we can become enlightened. Check out more of Tira’s music from her latest project Prelude2, link included below. Look out for her next project on Homework Town Records / Elegant Trainwreck Productions later this year.
Tira D – Prelude 2 (Bandcamp)