The second of the previously mentioned McPick2 from Silas. FLAMES!! Yoga even!!
Hiero all day. New music from the veteran and capable emcee Pep Love is always welcome. “Prayful Hurt” is mellow track which matches up to his smooth delivery quite well. No word, but I hope this means we will get a new album from the Oakland based rapper.
I like this dude.
I was awoken this morning to news that sadly we all probably knew would come one day sooner than we hoped. Phife Dawg of a Tribe Called Quest passed away last night. Several years back a couple of friends of mine and myself were at a boat party in Long Beach sponsored by Myspace Music and hosted by Phife. As special invited guests we had access to him. We all knew he was a funky diabetic. But, this was the first time I noticed just how sick dude was. That night even with the oversized jersey we could all see how frail he was and he moved around sheepishly the entire evening. When in front of everyone he would pool all his energy to give the crowd everything he had. Then when he was not on the mic, he was sitting on a chair by himself off to the side with his head down. My only interaction that evening with him was a dap and a smile. At a later date, I had a chance to tell him how much his music meant to me and I took it. This was something I’m sure he heard a million times before and after me, but, his reaction was one of genuine appreciation. You could tell that he loved what he did and the way people felt about it. As the years went by I was fortunate to have a few stories regarding the 5 Foot Assassin aka Dynomutt. I cherish those memories. Few people have the impact on their genre of music the way that he did. While I am saddened by the transition of Malik Taylor, I choose to continue to celebrate his life through his music.
Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G are back with the 34th episode of Comprehensive Beatdown. This week the guys check out “Bad Neighbor,” the collaborative album from MED, Blu, and Madlib.
The intro music is from the most recent posthumous release from J Dilla, “Dillatronic.” New songs from Kirk Knight and Joey the Jerk are also listened to and discussed.
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Comprehensive Beatdown hits you with Episode 27 this week, featuring “Deeply Rooted,” the 12th studio album from Scarface. Bloggy Bonilla and Silent G bot hold high regards for Scarface and you will hear both of them argue for his inclusion in the list of all-time greatest MCs. @scarface-brothermob
The intro music this week if from UK producer Ekoplekz.
BB: What’s up man? Can you give us a quick introduction to who Lyriqs Da Lyraciss is? How long have you been making music?
LL: Lyriqs Da Lyraciss aka Alfred Banks is an 23 yr old emcee from New Orleans. I’ve been making music for about 5 years now professionally. HipHop is life at this point.
How did growing up in New Orleans develop you into the artist you are now?
LL: Well in Nola, its a dog eat dog world, so it groomed me to distinguish whose real and who isn’t quite early. Whose on your team and whose really not. But is also gave me a musical history like none other to pull from. Which I’m grateful for.
Name us a few of your musical influences, those who helped to mold you into the emcee you are now?
LL: I listened to a lot of Lupe fiasco, Mf Doom and Charles Hamilton. That’s really about it.
Underdogcentral is pretty prevalent in everything you do, can you elaborate on the meaning of the term?
LL: The term Underdogcentral is: “The place where the overlooked go to hone their skills, to come back and be the admired”. That’s my music career in a nutshell. Its my mantra. I live by.
I really dig the D.A.I.Y.L.F. (Dream As If You’ll Live Forever) project you dropped, who does this album represent to you?
LL: That album represents a piece of work that if I was to have a early demise, I’d want to be represented from. I put a lot of work into it and I’m really proud of the response. Its for the person that goes thru all of the cardinal emotions we all go thru while sporting some dope ass sneakers.
Mickey Factz hosted the album, how did that come about?
LL: Well Mickey Factz is my big Homie. So it was me just shooting him a Txt message and see what was going on. He was down. Which im grateful for, so shouts to Mickey.
You are set to tour with Mickey on the Red or Blue Pill tour starting October 17th in New Orleans, that’s a pretty big opportunity, how do you plan on capitalizing?
LL: I will capitalize by rocking every show like its my last. I understand how big this is for me, so I’m not taking it for granted. Networking, selling Merch and furthering the brand are the main goals. And that I will do. I’m very excited to hit the road. Its my first national tour.
What can the people who show up and see you rock expect from a Lyriqs Da Lyraciss performance?
LL: When you come to a Lyriqs show, Expect dope bars, awesome energy good songs, charisma and fresh ass sneakers. Its how I made my name so I take pride in my live show. A lot of pride.
BB: Speaking of sneakers, what’s your most coveted pair that you own? What’s your Grail? If you had to give up your entire collection and keep only 3, which three would you keep?
LL: My most coveted pair I own is a tie between my Ice blue Jordan 3s and my Wheat Jordan 13s. If I had to keep 3 pairs it’d be the a fore mentioned to pair plus my all white Reebok bb4600. Way to comfy. I love all those pairs.
BB: Where are some of your favorite spots in New Orleans to cop kicks?
LL: In New Orleans, I love to shoe shop at Sports plus, Buffalo exchange and Funkeh Monkey. Those 3 spots usually have some heat rock of some sort. Good prices also.
BB: What is the next step for you as an artist once you finish this run?
LL: The next move is a whole lot of media. 3 new music videos, a new album, good pr run and all the trimmings. I want to end the year off with a bang. So that is what he have planned.
BB: 23 is still young in the musical world, what do you hope to accomplish in the next 5, 10 & 20 years?
LL: In the next 5 years, completely be able to tour the country successfully off of my name alone. 10 years would be to sell 10k copies of an album I release and have regular coverage on big media outlets. 20 years would be able to start a label and push out other artists to shine as well.
Tour information available after the jump……….
Last weekend, DonChe (pronounced Don-Shay) did the dang thing during his production set at The Basement Vol. 3 in Jackson, MS. DonChe, who is a featured producer on the soon to be released album No Good Nick by Jaxx City, plays some funky throw back joints that got the crowd moving. With the Blackploitation theme running through out the set DonChe takes the listener on trip down memory lane. Although some of the listeners were merely a thought before a thought before a thought when these joints were dropped. Enjoy.
Atlanta has produced some absolute monsters in the rap music industry over the years. We would be here all day if I created a list, the fact you are reading this means you should be familiar with anyone I could point out to you. Back on subject……E.R.A. is a new wave of Atlanta emcee who seems to want to break the stigma of the ATL sound. Of course, this only works when you are not aware of artists like Binkis Reks, Scienz Of Life, Mars Ill, etc. For me, he is simply carrying on tradition for the heads in GA. The musical backdrop for the project is provided by Glenn Gretzkey and Fate, E.R.A. is lyrically on point with tracks like “Coletrane”, “Felt This Way”, and “Our Turn”. I recommend this album for those who keep looking for artists that carry the torches lit back in the 80’s and 90’s. Oh, it’s free for you too, so what is your excuse?
When mixing Gulfport, MS with some sounds from the western most coast the end result is Jaamel’s “Ride & Drink”. Jaamel also produced the track using elements which will be familiar to those of us blessed enough to remember the 90’s rap music explosion. Jaamel reps GPT like fellow Mississippi emcee Tito Lopez, who dropped one of the hottest hip-hop tracks last month “White Lies”. More of this and less of that other junk.