8/15/17

Lisaan'dro - "For You and Yours"

Ask and ye shall receive. Interview in the works, coming soon.

8/14/17

time keeps on sLIppin'

Steve Miller, who Miles Davis famously called a "sorry ass cat" and "non-playing motherfucker," is also known for giving the world "Fly Like an Eagle," which is the sample source for Puff Daddy's "Watcha Gon' Do," featuring Rick Ross, and for EPMD's "You're a Customer." Interestingly, it was EPMD's Erick Sermon who in 2000 put out one of Ross's earliest recordings, the Def Squad song "Aint Shit to Discuss," which featured Ross rapping as Teflon Da Don. Also worth noting, "You're a Customer" wasn't the only "Fly Like an Eagle"-sampling song from 1987 by a Long Island-based hip-hop artist; Patchogue native Biz Markie's "Nobody Beats the Biz" also flipped the Miller tune that year. Which song was recorded first? Which was written first? Or is time actually even linear in the first place? Tik tak toot-toot-toot-tooroom.

8/6/17

Conway - "50 Shots" (prod. by X-Ray da Mindbenda) /
Mobb Deep - "Hoodlum" ft. Rakim (X-Ray Remix)

As a Griselda Gang co-founder and recent signee to Shady Records, Conway the Machine has one of the hottest brands in hip-hop right now, and it shows with the rate at which his physical releases go from "limited edition" to "sold out." Fifty or $100 for a CD or vinyl is far from unheard of this world. One piece of wax, which you can still get your hands on at an affordable price, is the 50 Shots 12" released by the UK's Heavy Crates label, featuring Conway over a beat by X-Ray da Mindbenda, with remixes by George Fields and Part Time aka Figure 42. X-Ray was kind enough to break us off with the stream, and as a (sadly) timely bonus I'm including a Mobb remix he dropped four years ago.

URBVN ARCHITECTS NYC - "I Got the Call" ft. Smerk

URBVN ARCHITECTS NYC, the breakout crew comprised of Josh Alias, Blaq Kush and Yung K, has released the first visuals from their debut project, Mutual Understandings. In "I Got the Call," scenes of cyberpunk sprawl eerily recall the architectural and overall aesthetic of the Nassau-Queens border vistas of Elmont, Floral Park and Bellerose, where the squad resides.

8/3/17

Public Enemy - Live on FM Tokyo 80.0 (March 17, 1989)

Here we have a live in-studio performance by Public Enemy, which aired on FM Tokyo 80.0 on March 17, 1989, one day before their concert at Club Citta in Kawasaki.

On a program called Tokyo Radical Mystery Night, Chuck and Flavor kick live renditions of "B Side Wins Again," "Cold Lampin' with Flavor," "Fight the Power," "Prophets of Rage," "Party for the Right to Fight," "Rebel Without a Pause" and "Bring the Noise," with some beat-boxing, crooning and break beats thrown in for good measure.

8/1/17

Theravada & Marlo DeMore - "Told My Girl Don't You Switch Up Like the Verizon Man"

About, I don't know, three or four years ago, I had the pleasure of not only meeting Marlo DeMore and Theravada but watching them perform together at the same Bellmore pool hall at which I spent a good chunk of my mid-20s. A couple weeks later, the place closed. Ever since then, I've been waiting for them put out songs together. Welcome as this is, the chemistry is almost frustrating, as it only furthers my impression these two might be sitting on an album's worth of the best material either of them has ever done.

7/29/17

GEDA & Grand Wizzard MC - "Kenn vs. R.Y.U."
(Long Island Rap Exclusive)

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An exclusive world premiere brought to you by the Green Enk Society label and a bunch of companies that presumably do things, "Kenn vs. R.Y.U." features Bay Shore titans GEDA and Grand Wizzard MC in out-the-box-style home-arcade entertainment, like kick back, take two Hadokens to the face, and call it an evening. Side note: Grand Wizzard MC is a classy name, and I dig it.




7/27/17

Superstar - "Superstar In Da Club"

Horror City impresario Superstar aka Big Supe turns up over a Nizzy Tracks beat that sounds like it was made for the 2686 dance floor, circa 2004; a contrast in styles, for sure, but a smooth departure nonetheless.

7/23/17

Akari - If I Made a Video Game

Since losing the Illucid moniker, 19-year-old Jordan Taylor aka Akari has been on a tear, releasing one ambitious remix after another. Summer anthems, contemporary R&B classics, southern rap sacrosanct: none of these are out of reach or done disservice by the talented hand of this young producer.

Below, check out his latest instrumental project, If I Made a Video Game, which was uploaded earlier today, along with the remixes alluded to above, including his recent take on Outkast's heretofore untouchable "Art of Storytellin Part 1."