Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Well it looks like yours truly took week 2. It was close though. Mons almost made the comeback! Now guess who's car is getting washed? This guys! For those who aint up on this Beatdown thing, let me educate. First, either Mons or I pick a song to sample. Then we do what we do and present it to ya'll every Friday. Saturday (or sometime after) we'll post the next album that we'll be sampling. Get it? If not- then leave this blog. Sike.
Now! On to the submissions for week 3.
Artist (who we sampled from): Tavares
The Song: Check It Out
Producer, MC, and software developer Insight (Y Society) treats us to BeatSequencer BoomBap for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch. Designed for speed and simplicity, the drum sequencer features auto-quantizing, simple pattern creation, and kits modeled after 90’s styled Hip-Hop.
* A total of 85 super punchy kick drums
* Crunchy snares, crispy hats & percussion sounds
* 16 step switches for editing sounds on a sequence
* Auto-quantizing so recorded hits always fall on time
* Save and load your sequences
* Record button to add sounds to a drum loop
* Eight drum kits, and ten pads
* Close the app and start where you left off
* Creating a pattern only takes a few seconds
Head over to BeatSequencer Boombap for complete info
better yet, do yourself a favor. get a job. save some money. start collecting records. keep your job. keep digging. drop the best $900 you will ever spend in your life on an MPC and make beats the way its supposed to be done not by a 1.99 application on your phone that has sounds layed out for you already. find you own sound.
Tuesday, February 24, 2009
Here I give to you, the sample for this weeks beatdown. If you dont know the deal yet- me and my mans Mons Burgundy attempt to sample the same record/song each and post the results every Friday. So with 3 days to go here it be. Oh yeah... Better late than never.
Song: Check It Out
Monday, February 23, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Back for your weekly beatdown! Aight Mons, it looks like you got week one under your belt so I gotta swing back! These ones were sampled from The Love I Found in You by The Brothers of Soul. Classic tunes so I recommend you download the O.G!
Wednesday, February 18, 2009
One of the dopest on the mic- RAS KASS. I was (still am) a big fan of Ras Kass ever since I first heard his Soul On Ice album. Was that an ep? Then he dropped Rasassination which had a few gems as well. On and on I can go but I won't. His latest album Institutionalized dropped back in August. Its aight. I've been waiting for The Four Horsemen album though! In the meantime peep this classic. This one here is the Diamond D Remix of Soul on Ice which dropped way back in '96.
Monday, February 16, 2009
Apparently Kanye is yellin his head off again. Ye' was on Sway and Tech last weekend and made the statement "I just did one beat the other day —probably one of the best hip-hop beats of all time, if I do say so myself." Really? I'm sorry but i doubt it. I kinda liked kanye when he came out you know he had a couple joints, nothing really mindblowing and definitely nothing new. he applied the same formula mufukas have been using for years and took credit for it. so really to make such a dope beat, you must be really good at your craft... and i cant really think of any Ye' beats that make me want to go back to the drawing board and step it up. beats that made me think whhhoooaaa brrrrro....
Read the rest of his nonsense here
Sunday, February 15, 2009
well people only 4 days left to vote for the champ of Week 1 of the BEATDOWN. so while we wait and see who prevails, let me bless you with the source of week 2...Its called The Love I Found in You by The Brothers of Soul.. vibe out on this and look for traces of it in this friday's BEATDOWN wk 2.
By the way, ed im winning.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Joaquin Phoenix is now a rapper? WTF is going on? I couldn't believe it either but here it is. Turns out he calling it quits on acting and becoming a MC- I mean rapper. He even grew a thick ass beard as his new image! Oh and wait til you see him fall off stage at the end! This is classic! As Rick James once said, "Cocaine is a hell of a drug."
Along with Hip Hop, Soul, Blues, etc., etc- I'm also big fan of the Funk. Especially Bootsy Collins. When Bootsy did it you knew it was gonna be funky.Hella flavor on this one from Blues, to the wah wah, to Hendrix. He does it dope. And of course your gonna recognize the vocals. Eazy E sampled this song for his track "I'd Rather Fuck You". And if you ever see Superbad on dvd, peep the dvd extras. They got some behind the scenes shit where they show the music behind the film. And guess who did it? Yep, Bootsy.
Peace, beer and beats.
Friday, February 13, 2009
HA! so i found some OLD files from like 2002-2004 of various pix, tracks, flyers of stuff INE was doing and though why not pass some on... the pic above was my second trip up north, but el robs first. all that booze on the porch we borrowed from some gas station we were regretfully invited to the cooler for a shopping spree and it was on all weekend. shee-yit we even got some jerky. thats how the Icrew gets down.
peep the track below. some lost and found shit fa ya. 2003 INEshit. i was still making beats on the yamaha keyboard then and didnt know much about mixing down or what not. we were always in a hurry to get shit on tape. so check it out holla back. i got some more dusties for you later.
But hey, We trying to go ghetto gold on this one people. Check it on iTunes and eMusic in a couple weeks. In the meantime visit one of these stores to cop your copy of the Pre-release. Also peep the write up in the Sac News and Review.
Access Hiphop Store
"Beand Rice and Guts" the SNR Review
A classic Likwit Crew video. Off one of my all time fav albums FOCUSED DAILY, this track features Tha Liks (back then it was Tha Alkaholiks) and Phil The Agony. If you ain't got this one then you just don't know. These days you can't find an album that knocks all the way through. As Rob C would say- this be da bump.
"Don't mistake this for no pop rap, pop / But that raw deal fell, that real hip-hop."
Thursday, February 12, 2009
After a week of jabs and choke holds the day has finally arrived. If you checked in a few days back then you know whats up. On a weekly basis, Mons and I will be freaking the same song and showing ya'll the results. Some might say its a battle. Whatever ya'll wanna brand it- peep skills.
and make a comment to this post, let us know whos washing who's car or bike...
Artist: Chuito and The Latin Uniques
Song: I Wish I Could, 1968
Heres a little insight for the Wu fans...
"It was clear. It was fresh," replied GZA, when asked how his head was while making Liquid Swords. "We were on a roll, and it was the perfect time to get in the studio and just do it."
The year was '95 and the first generation of Wu-Tang solo projects was gripping fans globally. And for his part, GZA never did waste ink and has shown a penchant for writing since Enter The Wu-Tang (36 Chambers) and his debut, Words From The Genius. Even in a year of memorable releases, Liquid Swords' rhymes coupled with RZA's cinematic beats stood tall, furthering Wu-Tang's dominance to this day.
Thirteen years later, Liquid Swords continues to age well and is a stellar case of quality '90s hip-hop. Here for the first time ever, GZA talks about the making of the heralded classic, breaking down the album track-by-track and allowing insight into vital era in which it was made.
Read Full Article Here
Cut Chemist vs Madlib
Will I Am vs Thes One of People Under the Stairs
Oh No vs Exile
Read the full article here.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
Tuesday, February 10, 2009
to all dilla fans..do yourself a favor, log into itunes asap and check out this album. SUITE FOR MA DUKES-EP. its a 36piece orchestra paying homage to one of the best that ever touched the box. REST IN POWER
heres a lil taste....
listen here: FIND A WAY
Monday, February 9, 2009
Various sites are reporting Run DMC is the next in line to get a major motion picture biopic. the movie will be based off the book “Tougher Than Leather: The Rise of Run-DMC — The Authorized Biography.” its the rags to riches story of Joseph “Run” Simmons, Darryl “DMC” McDaniels and Jason “Jam Master Jay” Mizel REST IN POWER and how they ushered hip-hop into mainstream popular culture.
i wonder who will be cast? check back for updates.
i feel anyone who calls themself an mc, or dj needs to pay some respect and check this out (if it ever makes it out) cause if it wasnt for these dudes, 99% of you/ US wouldnt be doin this shit. but wtf do i know.
Sunday, February 8, 2009
One thing my couzo Williecrackanother and I have always talked about doing was sampling the same record (song) to see what difference in creativity we can come up with. So from this point on you can go ahead and start spreading the word that these two are battling- even thought we're not. Or are we? Anyhow, check in this Friday PM to peep what we came up with.
I guess I'll start it off with the first pick.........Chuito and the Latin Uniques. The song is called I Wish I Could.
Saturday, February 7, 2009
Just stepped back in from diggin when I thought, "I'm laggin on my Vinyl Of The Week." So I reached in and pulled out one of my favs from Bloodstone. Get used to this, cause between mine's and Mons' stash- your in for some treats. This one here is called WHAT DID YOU DO TO ME? PART TWO. Fact: Bloodstone took a trip out to England to record this album back in 73'. They even mix in some electric/psychedelic guitar in on the track KEEP YOUR OWN THING TOGETHER.
Thursday, February 5, 2009
If ya haven't heard of Rashid Hadee... WTFiswrongwithyou?! This dude has been making noise for a minute now- and is still underated! Not only does he kill on the beats but also has dope lyrics. You might have heard him from Chapter 13. Look him up, you'll find plenty (i.e Dedication). Peep this old/dope video from GrafficAudio.com.
Wednesday, February 4, 2009
ok so like most of my squad, im a beatnut fan. get used to it cause you might see a few posts on the nuts pretty often. they've always been banging out some grimy ass records. the production always on point. always got some crazy ass drum loops noone else fucks with. and once again i refer back to the B-Bass convo we had last weekend at gramma glo's and B mentioned how Junkyard Ju never really got his props on the mic. i concur...but whenever i hear stonecrazy,... shee-yit. im zoned out. simple enough. and man, one of the best shows ive ever been to was the beatnuts, greg nice, the arsonists at maritime hall in the sco'. this was back in the day when INE was making TAPES not cd's!! el rob, doon and me went out there. got our sips on in the parking lot..(menu) thats when hiphop shows were fun. when corny acts werent allowed on stage. damn that was only like 2001 wtf happened???
so check it out. everyone does remixes all the time right? ( you say right) cool, so i got one too but this remix i put to the gat-damn video. i think it just completes the package.
hollaback if you want the mp3 download link.
heres some fairly new Pete Rock Producto's. Dont really care too much for the song as a whole but the beats cool, its a ray of hope after last years project... im a big PR fan but man it was hard for me to really dig on NY's Finest. whenever i speak with my man Drasar we always have a discussion on the new beats weve been vibing off and when NY Finest came out i wasnt too impressed and when i told my man that he's like "aaawwwwwwwww dudes out!" but somehow drasar convinced me to listen to it again. its ok G. i guess i was just expecting some classic PR. i guess when youre a pioneer and got so much dope shit, its hard to top yourself sometimes. cant win em all.
in the meantime....
EARATIK STATIK - TEARZ! (PROD PETE ROCK)
It's Dilla month as stones throw records and as much as his music is celebrated worldwide, his family struggles to keep their head above water...
READ THE FULL ARTICLE HERE
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
some serious shit here. i mustve been sleeping or something. accidentally came across a link to this event back in 06' but doesnt matter. this is just a sample of some of this dudes creativity. next time i'll be prepared to inform my people before the next event. this is one of the most genuine naturally talented dudes ive ever known. Big Bron-Rock put me up on some game..ef that some truth. even blessed me with the name Mon$rock. thanks brutha! its been a while but i remember when i got my name. i think i called in sick to work and went over to madplanets house to build and bron-oners was like on a lil vacation of sorts. we went striking down broadway for a cup of coffee puffin some ill japanese smokes that are probably illegal in the states due to the nicotine content and dude put it on heavy about graffitti, mc'in, beats and style, style, style. anyhoo, thanks for everything and keep on big brutha.
Check out BRON4000 here
‘Mega promises that he’ll be bucking the trend that has swept into even his beloved NYC of late by not featuring any Auto-Tune assisted singing or rapping anywhere on his new effort.
“That’s the dumbest shit I ever heard in my life,” he said of the ‘Tune phenomenon. “I’m not gonna put that shit stain on my album. ‘Cause that shit, that’s not gonna be here forever. That’s one thing that’s hurting a lot of [artists], ‘cause as soon as something’s hot muthafuckas say fuck what I been doing that made me who I am, I’m gonna try something new because this nigga just did it and he’s poppin’ off… So now you got respectable artists doing something that Roger Troutman made dope, but these people are fuckin’ it up. So I don’t want nothing to do with that.”
Read the full article here.
Monday, February 2, 2009
This week on february 7th marks the nine year passing of BIG PUN, one of the greatest mc's to ever do it. this last weekend i was posted up with el rob and B-bass sippn boo-lites in my gramma glo's garage and talking about how this dudes music is still relevant and still on another level. he wasnt around long, but in that short time span he was here he quickly achieved legendary status. but i dont need to narrate anymore, peep the video above.
and also got a lil remix fa ya. my manz over at hiphopbattlefield posted this a while back but i think its relevant.
The Beatnuts feat Big Pun- Off the Books (Monsrock Do-Over)
Sunday, February 1, 2009
Heres a lil quick flick of one of the illest to do it in the Cap City. The Legendary DJ EPIK. On top of being a swell guy, this dude's production is just fkin recockulous. yes recockulous. Once i saw this dude on the Mpc 2000xl, i knew it was time for me to retire that yamaha keyboard. INE was lucky enough a few years back to be blessed with one of Ep's gems.
INE- Magnum Force prod by DJ Epik
this ones for the rollers that were always in attendance whererever and whenever we got down. Cuzn Rob, Momma Soul, Motha Bee, Tiff, Rachie Baby, Big Tay and many others. I crew still here