When Large Professor remixes one of your songs, that is a huge honor. This is what happened when he did one for Blu’s “Kiss The Sky”, which also features DJ Revolution. This also means this is not a joke, this is real deal like a Lifers Group song. This will be released on a new comp for Blu called Remineded: A Collection Of Old & New Remixes, which is not only self-explanatory, but necessary.
In the front you have Pharoache Monch: BOOM!
Within themix you have DJ Revolution: WHOA!
The proceedings was nicely put together by M-Phazes: BOOF BAF!
Together, you have what may be one of the best songs of the year, which will find its way on Revolution’s Unearthed project on May 13th.
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.
Tonight in Los Angeles at around 8pm, things will be pumping at the Roxy with a very cool show being put together by Adam XII’s AFEX. Some of the people scheduled to perform tonight include Cypress Hill’s B-Real. Divine Styler, Justin Warfield, King Tee, Large Professor of Main Source, Ras Kass, Beat Junkies’ Mr. Choc, Volume 10 (yes, THAT Volume 10, AMG, and many more. It happens at The Roxy Theatre (9009 West Sunset Blvd.). Tickets can be pre-ordered by clicking the link at TheRoxy.com. The show is 21 and over, no exceptions. Make sure to read all of the information before ordering a ticket, so you’re not stuck outside listening to wall reverb.
You do not have to wait too long to hear the forthcoming album from Guilty Simpson & Small Professor, in fact, it will make itself known (barring any leaks) on September 24th in the form of Highway Robbery (Coalmine). Together they will deliver quality music for perhaps unqualified times, but it is up to us to make things qualify again. They do so in “On the Run” and bring in DJ Revolution to cut up sounds for the freshness.
To say that this album is easily one of the most ruthless hip-hop albums in some time is definitely an understatement. The Exxecution (Duck Down) is definitely killing anything and everything that dares to call itself rap music in 201 when it isn’t, so what Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx are going are just putting them in line, and one by one putting them in a dark room so that they can be cut up by surprise. No means of escape,this music is meant to be pleasurable torture, music you wanted your grandma to fear, not something you’d find her dancing to at the club. This isn’t so much the “real” hip-hop that for naysayers might be a cliche, but it is very much quality hip-hop, just like mom used to make, bake, and seal in tight baggies.
The songs on here are incredible, with “Death Penalty” sounding like you’re going to war on the streets of war pre-Disney takeover, while Rock‘s verse on “Take Money” shows that unity in sound can be had and handled if you know how to do it well. Marco Polo’s beats range from the modern styles with a grimey feel, to the old heavy funk of the mid-90’s when obscure samples were a badge of pride. When Sean Price drops his genius in “Fuckin’ Wit A Gangsta”, he’s speaking for all hip-hop heads, the overly protective ones who simply want the good shit because they know what they speak of. When Rakim once said “no mistakes allowed”, he spoke about all aspects of life. The Exxecution is an album that takes value in its mistakes and flaws, this is that album that fans will take pride in because it’s music with power, style, and character.
Brooklyn to Brooklyn, when you can have an artist based from a borough work together with a record label within the same borough, it can be helpful for both parties. Such is the case with Bekay, who is now down with Coalmine Records. Bekay’s own name comes from one of the many nicknames Brooklyn is known as, and if you’re an avid hip-hop fan, you’ve heard of BK from spending time on 106th & Park and maybe the Rawkus 50. But now Bekay is ready to take things to much higher levels with the release of Hunger Pains (Coalmine), and the title explains it all: the man is hungry.
First off, the anger. Some may known him as a battle rhymer, so by doing battle raps one has to ask what is he battling? In one of the tracks he condemns those who feel a need to constantly compare him to Eminem, from the way he flows to the shock value of some of the lyrics. But what does Bekay do? To make a point, he rhymes exactly like Em and does it with a fervor in his voice that you’re wondering if you’re hearing something from Brooklyn or from 8 Mile. That’s the purpose, to strip away the similarities in skintone and make blanket statements based on that.
The rest of the album is a nice attack of the senses, people who love nice rhymes and flows will be comfortable with the way Bekay sounds. In “Bloodsport” he confronts anyone who thinks they can step up to him and cut up Bekay’s shtyles. What is interesting is that he isn’t afraid to be in-your-face, so he’ll be saying words that normally one wouldn’t expect for an MC to say these days. He’s the kind of guy who doesn’t give a fuck what anyone says, but then again, that’s Brooklyn. You’ll hear a sound that is very much not only a Brooklyn thing, but an NY thing, so he goes out of his way to use hip-hop traditions for his own benefit, without taking away anything from who and what came before. The battle rhymes are a nice kick to the teeth, but he’s capable of proper song construction, something some battle rhymers tend to have problems with. Bekay doesn’t. When you also have artists like Heltah Skeltah (in the great “Crazy”), Inspectah Deck, Masta Ace, and R.A. The Rugged Man helping you out, it doesn’t hurt. These guys could easily say “I’m getting money to be on this track, let me rip you open” but it’s not like that, each of the contributors are here to show support and say “now check out Bekay”. It’s a good thing, and Bekay is in full swing.
Coalmine Records headed down to Austin, Texas for this year’s South By Southwest convention and went there with an intent to invade. Musically, that is. The Southwest Invasion is a compilation/mix CD hosted by Donny Goines and mixed by DJ Dutchmaster, and featuring a wide range of music by artists you should be listening to, including CL Smooth, Heltah Skeltah, Termanology, Bekay ,Khrysis, and many more. Track listing is below, and once you take a look over, you can download the mix CD for free courtesy of Coalmine.
The Southwest Invasion (free MP3 download; 95.6mb)