BANDCAMP SUGGESTIONS: Sketch Tha Cataclysm’s “Sopa Divertida Con Seis Sabores”

 photo SketchTCsdcss_cover-sml_zpsb609ddbd.jpg He has returned once again with a brand new song, and this one is a killer. Sketch Tha Cataclysm‘s flow in “Sopa Divertida Con Seis Sabores” is killer, as if he and this instrumental were made for each other. As for the instrumental, Sketch has this to say about it:

“(I) was starting to listen to the homie Cove from Buffalo’s instrumental project called Give Me My Salsa While It’s Still Fresh and immediately heard this track. I had to spit to it. And I did.

Luckily, Cove was working on a collabs project so it all worked out. Many future collaborations between us will soon come.”

It sounds so simple, but hearing this is just the passage towards more, but obtaining that means patience so we all…must…wait. Until then, have a listen to this.

FREE DOWNLOAD: Willie Green’s “Days Of Future Past” (street album)

Willie Green
“Breathe deep…”

No, this is not a reference to The Moody Blues album, but Days of Future Past is a brand new product from Willie Green, and this one is packed with some nice tracks and beat excursions, a total of 38 songs in total. Whether it’s a view of tracks featuring other rappers or explorations of his beat genius, this is one that serves as a decent street or beat album, but also as a “resume tape” of sorts, including a few gems you might be familiar with, including the great “Diary Of A Dreamer” featuring PremRock.

It’s free for the taking, so stream and listen if you like, and if you really like, download it in the format of your choice.

REVIEW: Sketch Tha Cataclysm’s “Indie Rappers Do It For Gas Money (Volume Two)”

Photobucket The title for Sketch Tha Cataclysm may seem like a joke, but it’s more a humorous take on what many MC’s and producers have to deal with on a daily basis: the reality of what making music for a living really means. At a time when the majority of modern hip-hop has become locked and stuck in its own myths and hype, the music relies on the innovators who take hints of the good that came before, and keep on making mushc as if myths and hype didn’t matter. In many ways it’s a punk rock approach, and doing anything for gas money is merely a means of survival, going on tour taking a do-it-yourself approach and hoping that you not only get gas money, but find people who may give you a home-cooked meal, your vice (cigarettes, beer) of choice, and perhaps a couch or drive way to sleep. This is truth, and being that honest, the whole “my-music-is-an-open-wound, feel-my-pain” mentality, is as common as, well, Common, and that is presented throughout this very good 13-song album.

First off, is this album worth being called an album? Is it worth hearing these songs as an album from start to finish, and is not just a random, slapped-together audio document? It holds up quite well as an album, for Sketch has been someone who has never been afraid of expressing himself. He’ll get slightly smooth in “Get Over You” or jump deep into the Hammond-rich jazz of “Kidney Stone”, and when he adds a few decent vocal harmonies, you’re simply hearing someone willing to make good music and succeed in the process. He shows that he was raised on some of the best hip-hop of the 90’s, but when he takes what is celebrated and makes them better, you have to play these songs repeatedly over and over.

What makes this work for me is this. In these songs, there’s a sense of lyrical and musical freedom that I love to hear, one I feel has almost disappeared in hip-hop. What’s pushed in the mainstream is being pushed by those who have no idea what creativity is about, they’re only in it for the money. Meanwhile, all Sketch wants is to be heard and some loose change to fill up at the pump. The gas is a metaphor for the energy he places in his music, and Sketch has an energy that is always welcome in my speakers or headphone. As he says in “The Venue”, “no matter where that stage is, I’m feelin’ at home”, which means that he’s looking for work and willing to do the work to be seen, heard and get to the next spot and do it over and over again. Indie Rappers Do It For Gas Money is hip-hop without the claustrophobic issues, it’s not only homegrown, but sounds like home, wherever that locale may be for you. Step towards the Welcome mat, Sketch is more than happy to welcome you in.

REVIEW: Sketch Tha Cataclysm’s “Sum Shit We Dubbed Vol. 2”

Photobucket Sketch Tha Cataclysm has returned with a mixtape-type function, although he is someone who always presents himself in music in a bold fashion to where it comes off like major productions. In other words, he doesn’t half-ass anything.

Simply put, Sketch rhymes over trusted beats and is capable of making it sound like these producers were doing songs for him. He has a way of rhyming that makes you want to go to his merchandise page and buy everything he sells, and what I mean to say is that he has a style you want to believe in and tell everyone to listen to. He could easily found himself getting involved with El-P, Madlib, Jake One, Vitamin D, or Young Raven and making some tight tracks and it would be brilliant. When he says “my opposition to battling is taken for weakness” in “Beechwood”, that tends to pave a mental opening for the listener to go “oh, well let’s see what else he has to say if he’s going to be that bold to put himself out there”. Then again, he wouldn’t be an artist if he didn’t want to allow his art to be known, and I say that with respect: Sketch is an artist, and what you’re hearing are not only his rough sketches, but fully developed portraits.

If this is meant to be a mixtape in order to have music out there, I eagerly await more improper albums.

VIDEO: The Protege featuring Deto-22’s “No Pressure”

New music, new video from The Protege featuring Deto-22. The track was produced by Sketch The Cataclysm while the video was done by Arjen Noordeman. I’m liking this a lot. See if you can spot cameos from Sketch Tha Cataclysm, Roc Doogie, and Othello,

Record Store Day 2010 Project List: let’s gather

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I’m a fan and supporter of Record Store Day. If you don’t know what it is, it is a day where record stores across the country and around the world celebrate the record store as a gathering place for those who love music. For some it is a thing of the past, for others it’s a bit of nostalgia. For many, it is still where one can “talk story” and find each other.

The day often features record labels, both major and indie, creating product specifically for the day, some of the people in the past who have made records for Record Store Day include Beck and Sonic Youth. What I want to do is gather a list of artists who will be making music for Record Store Day, specifically on vinyl but also for CD’s as well.

These are two artists who will tentatively have something ready for Record Store Day.

Sketch Tha Cataclysm

Both Sketch and Deto-22 recently collaborated on The Sharing Is Caring EP (which I reviewed here).

If you are going to make something for Record Store Day, you can contact me through <a href=" or Twitter.

REVIEW: Deto-22 & Sketch Tha Cataclysm’s “The Sharing Is Caring EP”

Image and video hosting by TinyPic Deto-22 and Sketch Tha Cataclysm decided they need to get together to brainstorm and come up with music that would not only represent what they do as individuals, but perhaps let people into what was going on in Connecticut. The end result is something called The Sharing Is Caring EP, and I like the fact that they came out with an EP, so that fans that didn’t like them can move on. Those that do find a liking, they can hold on and prepare for what will be a bigger dose.

Sketch Tha Cataclysm is the man behind the rhymes, and outside of enjoying how he rhymes and what he has to say, it also sounds like he’s very much into the music created by Deto-22, known for his work with Phenetiks. To me, it doesn’t sound flown in, or “here, I’m a hot producer, just rhyme over it since you’re really using my name to sell product, not my beat.” It’s not empty or anonymous, and that’s what I think people will want to hear, some level of mental activity between these two. With Sketch, he’s able to write something that is a means to confront someone for hip-hop supremacy, but he’s also good at writing story rhymes and to get a bit cinematic when trying to write about personal hopes and fears in metaphor, as he does in “Inspired By A Conversation Last Night”

it keeps pulling back everytime i’m at the cusp
the lights are messing with me, this whole room is such
I keep moving, daps are plenty and I tremble at the touch
these people keep talking, I wish I didn’t feel them
this music’s overwhelming I continue with my reeling
breathing, choking, as their smoking hits my heels and
with contact that could have your tims pushing off the ceiling
time to swim in this water bottle
in hopes to stop my mind from sifting, drifting in its hallows
piling on the misery to forget it all tomorrow
I need to wipe the maps of these directions that i’ve followed
fuck the stresses, its time to face it
and put the stones through this glass box attempt to break it
clutch the amplified and vocalize my cages
standing naked, with these walls of pressure buried in the pavement

It might come off a bit like Buck 65, but by saying that, it means that I do hear someone who is willing to push himself forward and not reply on whatever hip-hop templates may exist. In “Things That Start With H” (which is coincidentally the 8th song, appropriate since H is the 8th letter of the alphabet) Sketch is doing some damage over a beat with a slight rock/metal edge, but it feels more like Mike Shinoda than Fred Durst, and again, he sounds comfortable. I like it when an MC is not only willing to rhyme over anything and everything, but because of his listening habits and adaptation of it through hip-hop, he knows how to fill the pockets.

Then there’s Deto-22, who is a perfect match for Sketch. As a producer, I know what it means to get your word across and express yourself through music, what I hear is much more than just an assemblage of beats, basslines, and carefully selected samples, it’s all of that. What he does with Sketch is, if we are to use a comic boon analogy, pencils around the edges and fills in the colors to make Sketch’s colorful lyrics more vivid. Sketch is also a producer too, and then you’ll also hear Deto-22 drop some nice rhymes. I would have loved to have heard more old school-style rhymes where they would trade off lines, but people would’ve said “oh wow, another group trying to copy the Beastie Boys” but that style existed long before the Beastie Boys switched over from hardcore to hip-hop.

The EP ends with a Deto-22 instrumental in the form of “Welt In 12”, which would fit in with everyone from Lady Gaga to Black Eyed Peas, and that’s not something to laugh it, because if there’s a chance he can work and collaborate with other artists, he’s going to go for it. On the plus side, he’s good at it too. Sketch shows a respect for writing and comprehension, he’s an MC that isn’t just there to be the lyrical hi-hat for anyone, he’s the full drum set and he’s laying anchor. What they’re trying to day with The Sharing Is Caring EP is that yes, open yourself and share, be it talent, ideas, and concepts, musical or otherwise, you may find more about yourself than you did at the starting line.

Perhaps they’ll continue doing EP’s in small doses, or we’ll be patient and wait for a full length, but I also think they’re of a generation that doesn’t want to hold themselves back due to the conventions of what came before. I see them as adventurists, and I hope they proceed with anxiety and fearlessness.

(The Sharing Is Caring EP is scheduled for release on November 3rd, and will be available through