VIDEO: Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark featuring Diamond D. & K-Natural’s “King”

Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark feat. Diamond D. & K-Natural – KING (Official Music Video) from dreambear on Vimeo.

The idea of putting these four together may not have come up over the years but now it’s here. You’ll know Slimkid3 (Slim Kid Tre) from his time with The Pharcyde and Nu-Mark from being one of the DJ’s in Jurassic 5 but they unite for “King” and bring in Diamond D of DITC and K-Natural throwing things left and right. The animation was organized by Daniel Cordero. Slimkid3 & DJ Nu-Mark’s album can be ordered directly from Delicious Vinyl or below through Amazon.



FREE DL: Diamond District’s “Erything (Diamond D Remix)”
If you have enjoyed Diamond District’s March On Washington as much as I have), then you are going to love this new remix of one of its songs. Getting a new revision is “Erything” and it’s done by none other than Diamond D. Yes, THAT Diamond D. It’s a free track, so stream and listen to preview, then obtain.


AUDIO: Blu & Nottz featuring Nitty Scott, MC’s “Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)”

When you hear about a new song by Blu & Nottz, you stop in order to pay attention. Now realize that the song also features Nitty Scott, MC. You do not hesitate, you want to press play but here is where things get in inferno mode. This was remixed by the one and only Diamond D. Yes, the D.I.T.C. man. Press play now. RIGHT NOW!

SOME STUFFS: DJ Revolution to release “Unearthed” mix album via Coalmine

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DJ Revolution will be releasing a new mix album through Coalmine Records, this one called Unearthed and if the track listing is any indication… well, just look at what’ll be on there.

01: Unearthed (Intro)
02: Pharoahe Monch – Get Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
03: Bang This (Interlude)
04: One Dae – Bang This (prod. by Marco Polo)
05: Revolution’s House (Interlude)
06: Big Noyd, Large Professor, Kool G Rap – Naturally Born (prod. by Ayatollah)
07: Blu (feat. MeLa Machinko) – Kiss The Sky (prod. by M-Phazes)
08: Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One For The Money (prod. by G-Squared)
09: El Da Sensei – Show Stoppa (prod. by DJ Devastate)
10: Apathy & Celph Titled – School for Scoundrels (prod. by Ayatollah)
11: Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. DJ Revolution) – On The Run
12: Drop ‘Em (Intro)
13: The Rockness Monstah – Drop ‘Em (prod. by BeanOne)
14: Rah Digga (feat. Fashawn & REKS) – Never Back Down (prod. by M-Phazes)
15: Torae – Real Talk (prod. by Young Cee)
16: Guilty Simpson & Small Professor (feat. Boldy James & Statik Selektah) – I’m The City
17: The Artifacts – Easter (prod. by Khrysis)
18: Land of the Crooks (Interlude)
20: Sean Price, Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino & DJ Babu – Land of the Crooks (prod. by M-Phazes)
21: Blu & Nottz (feat. Nitty Scott, MC) – Boyz II Men
21 Most Confident (Interlude)
22: Wildchild & MED – Most Confident (prod. by Create & Devastate)

There will also be bonus cuts on the “‘Untagged Deluxe Edition”:
• Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D – One for the Money (Mananz Remix)
• Guilty Simpson & Small Professor – One the Run (Ran Reed Remix)
• Blu & Nottz – Boyz II Men (Diamond D Remix)

The CD will be released on May 13th and you may pre-order it here. Digital downloads will be available two weeks later.

AUDIO: Royce da 5’9″, Skillz & Diamond D’s “One For The Money”

You don’t have to second guess this, but if you must, let’s do it together:

Royce Da 5’9″. The man has been doing movie for years, skilled to the hills. As for skills…

Skillz. The formerly Mad one. You should know where he’s from by now, you’re probably still nodding your head to him.

Diamond D. Case closed, and I’m talking about those in vinyl storage. Beats galore by the pound, an eternal crate digger and beat miner.

You put these three together, and they’re ready. If you press up this song on vinyl, you get two for the show so you can bounce them off back and forth. But we must start at the beginning, because these ready three are “One For The Money”, and with production from G-Squared, that’s four to go. The track was released today and is available now.

REVIEW: J-Live’s “S.P.T.A. (Said Person of That Ability)”

Photobucket The title says it all, but also suggests a need to look further if you do not know what it means. S.P.T.A. stands for Said Person of That Ability, but is meant to be pronounced as a word: a “spitta”, or “spitter”, as in someone who spits, as in a rapper. In the last 25 years, as countless rap songs have suggested, a rapper is now a dime a dozen, and the problem is everyone thinks they’re a baker when they’re just opening up a can of soup and waiting until it boils. The problem with that is they’re waiting for a beep, and that soup has boiled over onto the stove. My point is that one of the major things to focus on in the S.P.T.A. equation is “A”: ability. A lot of people are able, but having an ability means action or “doing”, and someone seeing and hearing your capability. But being capabl… fuck it, here’s my review.

S.P.T.A. is an incredible album by J-Live, whom I’ve been a fan of since the days when it had taken 45 minutes to download an MP3. But away from technology and into the core of the matter is this: J-Live has been consistent in not only in his lyrics and style of speaking, but in who he chooses to represent him musically. He has always dabbled in his productions over the years, this album is no exception, but S.P.T.A. features contributions from Diamond D, Nicolay, RJD2, Marco Polo, The Audible Doctor, and others. Each of these guys produce their music differently from one another, and yet somehow manage to create a unified sound in the spirit of the target, which is J-Live. I know as a producer myself, we all have to claim that we have to put our egos on the side when making tracks for someone else, but the ego/confidence is in how these songs are made and for those who use samples, what sound sources are used. J-Live doesn’t have to say “oh yeah, don’t hesitate, Illastrate, uh-huh uh-uh”, but he allows them to shine. Or at least J-Live didn’t tinker with the formulas that the producers offered to him.

Then of course: the lyrics. The cover is a hint of what you’ll hear on the album. It’s basically J-Live talking to himself, or variations of himself, and at times those conversations get deep. He offers listeners a fan to truly hear what’s on his mind, because no one can understand him but him, but these songs are open doors into the logic, wit, humor, and talent of this guy. There’s a line in a song where he admits that he does not mind the slow climb in his career, a way of saying he’s honored to still be around and that people care enough to want to hear him create and release more music, when others have fallen and crashed in their perceived rise to the top. In the self-produced “Life Comes In Threes”, he brings in the musicianship of Rasheeda Ali, Jeff Nania, and Bryan Bryan Brundrge and layers them over a funky and jazzy soundscaps that sounds like he’s been in tune with Jazzanova or Shinichi Osawa as of late. Is J-Live suggesting that his career has been in three phases so far, and are we currently in the shirt? All I know is, I’d love to hear more work like this.

All of the songs stand out, but one of my favorites is “Great Expectations”, where he discusses what we all go through with everything from romance to wanting to be the best you can be, and realizing that sometimes we have to pop our own bubbles in order to understand reality. The references about rappers who believe in their own self-made hype, but get lost when they’re still on top of that balloon that rises in a mental room with no ceiling is very funny and true.

The triad theme of the album comes to a close with “Have A Glass”, where it’s simply J-Live with Lyric Jones revealing the moral of S.P.T.A., and within all of the verbal games came a story and a lesson or two that’ll make you want to play the album a few more times to understand its full strength. While I have come to expect work I value from J-Live, it’s also a reminder of how well an album can sound when you know what you’re doing, and how to do it.

SOME STUFFS: Sadat X ready to become a “Wild Cowboy” once more with new album

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It seems like awhile that we’ve heard any new music from Sadat X but the man is still on the flex, this time with a brand new album called Wild Cowboys II (Fat Beats), due out on March 23rd. In order to prepare, there will also be an EP released on vinyl and in digital form on February 23rd. All of the songs, according to Sadat himself, will be on the full-length.

The album will feature appearances from Pete Rock, Shabaam Sahdeeq, Rhymefest, AG, Vast Aire and M-1 of dead prez, along with a track reuniting him with Grand Puba Maxwell and Lord Jamar. Along with Pete Rock, a number of producers are helping him out for this one, including Diamond D, DJ Spinna, 9th Wonder, Sir Jinx and Buckwild among others.

VIDEO: Diamond D is back with “I”ll Be Alright”

If you know what D.I.T.C. means, then you damn well should know who Diamond D is. This is from Diamond’s new album on Babygrande, The Huge Hefner Chronicles and it features Novel handling the vocals. It’s nice, check it.

The Huge Hefner Chronicles is available through CD Universe.