10/15/17

Prince Paul - The Redux

On the strength of his work with De La Soul, Gravediggaz, Breeze Brewin and Horror City, I rank Prince Paul as the greatest producer of all time ... yes, even above DJ Premier. That's just how I feel. So you can understand why, when I saw there was a new Prince Paul project out featuring unreleased songs with Breeze Brewin, RZA, and De La Soul — not to mention Long Island Rap favorites Truth Enola and Bumpy Knuckles — I shit on myself. A couple days have passed, I've tossed my doo-doo pants, and now I'm prepared to share this brown-note magic with you (it's a thing; look it up). Stream the single-track mix below. Download it in four parts via Bandcamp. Click thru to Soundcloud for the tracklist.

9/20/17

Public Enemy - "Toxic" (Original Threepeeoh Mix)

Atlanta producer Threepeeoh is a good friend of Public Enemy's DJ Lord and a longtime Public Enemy fan who had collaborated on several songs with Chuck D but never on an official Public Enemy album cut, that is, until "Toxic" from 2017's Nothing Is Quick In The Desert. As it turns out, a confidant of Threepeeoh informs us that the version of "Toxic" included on the album is actually a remix, a Threepeeoh-produced remix which was preferred by Chuck D, but a remix nevertheless. The original version, streaming exclusively below, was also produced by Threepeeoh, but features a slightly different chorus and scratches, as well as a much harder beat. Follow the link above to compare this version with the album cut, and check out more Threepeeoh collabos with Chuck D and DJ Lord here. A long-winded description, I realize, but trust me, this is one of this site's best posts.

9/10/17

AMDAMEISTER - This Is Too Much

This Is Too Much is something of a pivot for AM da Meister. Like fellow Eight Immortal Akari, AM has grown from skilled boom-bap homage payer to a versatile songwriter unconfined by a single style or subgenre. Instead, there's a range of emotions and aesthetic flourishes on display here.

Mastery of one's craft unearths a breadth of possibility if not also a world of opportunity. Clocking in at just over 15 minutes between five songs, This Is Too Much is just enough to begin peeling back the layers of AM's tremendous potential.

9/6/17

Trpl Blk + DJ Prince - National Debt

Jay-Z recently spit a couple bars about flipping Basquiats and real estate, and everybody went nuts. To paraphrase Charli Baltimore's ex, he may have made it a hot song, but Trpl Blk & DJ Prince made it a hot album.

Finding America in a state of moral bankruptcy and financial fuckery, National Debt can be heard as an affront to neocapitalist wage slavery, a true free-market rallying cry in the tradition of Black Wall Street, and most pressingly, a profitable partnership pairing Bruiser Brigade MC Trpl Blk with Mobile Kitchen maestro DJ Prince. Yes, sound investment advice abounds, but so do innovative sounds and rhyme styles that expose everyday hustle raps for ponzi schemes. Do the math.

8/28/17

1st Class Dro: Long Island Rap interviews Lisaan'dro

Who is Lisaan'dro? For a while, his rap resume was limited to an uncredited guest appearance on the outro of Roc Marciano's "Ridin Around" off his proper solo debut Marcberg, a memorable contribution but one so minor compared to the monumental impact of that album that a name may have never been attached to it had Roc not mentioned Lisaan'dro when asked about the song in an interview with Nah Right.

About a year after Marcberg, Lisaan'dro's name resurfaces with a solo track called "Foam Cups & Foamposites," on which, as one critic said, Lisaan'dro "pitches his voice higher and more nasally, and absolutely rips shit over a No ID instrumental." The rapper gave us a high-end Nike over a pair of huge breasts, three high-quality verses over a huge beat, and then...

Over the next five years, not a line was heard from Lisaan'dro, until in early 2017 he released "Something Greater," a song which definitely lived up to its name. Soon thereafter, he dropped four songs in about as many months, each every bit as exciting as, arguably even better than, the last. Why the disappearance and sudden resurgence? Where had Lisaan'dro been, and for that matter, where had this remarkable MC, who'd debuted on a bonafide classic, come from in the first place?

The answers to these questions and more in LongIslandRap.com's first long-form interview, below.