4/20/18

Midnite Society - "MidniteIzm"

Dunny Cold Facts, Sho da Flo Man, and Petey Max warn, "Don't walk in the park after dark," from what appear to be a basement apartment and the World's Fair Playground in Flushing Meadows. You might remember an earlier, rougher mix of this track from LongIslandRap.Comp Volume 2. In today's edition: an emphasis on the Izm.

4/19/18

Fumei - Stardust Series EP

A question I sometimes hear in submissions: "Do you post beat tapes / instrumental hip-hop?" The answer: "Yes, motherfucker, dig." Actually, I'm much more polite. Sometimes, in fact, I'm the one asking the producers for submissions, on some, "Hey, hi there, I like your beats and want to post your music. By the way, where on Long Island are you from? I want to tag your post correctly on my blog." Fumei's from Hicksville, the same stomping grounds of Swad Beats, another dope LI producer who's been featured here and who Fumei calls "a gooooood friend" of his. This EP he calls, "A nebulous smear of mp3 files capturing the emotion of a person spending time in the unknown."

4/14/18

Billypalmtrees - Delorean

Billypalmtrees, of Elmont, who you might recognize from the Kenneth Callier-directed "Nickey Barnes" video, just dropped an EP of amazing, weekend-ready, get-right raps, five of which feature Roosevelt's Quis Christ.

Trees' pipes take center stage on "Orlando," but each of the other eight songs on here are forward-bar oriented. Which, of course, isn't to say they lack for mood and melody. Feels abound.

Big shouts to Mike Martinez and Tiffany Fugit, who/wherever they are, for the riff that gives "Layers Of Skin" its musculoskeletal foundation.

 Get in the car.

4/12/18

Josh Alias - "Horror Story" ft. Tedy Andreas

Ubvn Architects are killing shit right now.

Josh Alias said, "Forgive me for exploring options, mind's in the clouds / Tryna' soar avoiding foreign objects, flowing from the Jordan River / To a project faucet cannot forfeit can't force this / Who you think led the Israelites across it?"

That's in his new song, "Horror Story," featuring Houston's Tedy Andreas.

Alias's debut project, Growing Pains, will be out shortly. If you like this blog, I suspect you will enjoy it thoroughly.

4/8/18

DJ Stitches - Mixin In Action Vol. 1-5

I somehow just found DJ Stitches' IG account, which led me to the mixes below. It also led me to these posts, which seem to be the front and back cover of an instrumental album called The Reinvention. I don't have IG, or a direct line on Stitches, but if anyone does, please let him know the site is hungry to hear that.

MC Destruction - Blow of Death EP


Now, hold on. Before you start, I know what you're going to say: '"But $bin♦, MC Destruction isn't from Long Island. He's from the Bronx. Why, it says it right there on the Dope Folks website." And you're right, but there's more, see. Check out the label of the origial release, a split with Corey Pee called The Black Wax Posse, and you'll see that the record was put out by one Black Wax Records, whose address was 1 Janell Lane, Farmingville, NY. Google that with the name of the producer.

So, yes, while MC Destruction might have been from the Bronx, the record was produced by none other than Marc Niles of Farmingville and Centereach, better known for his work with R.A. the Rugged Man, who helped Dope Folks bring this record back into the light. Moreover, the songs were recorded in 1989 by Brian Unger at Paris Recording Studio, which was in Ronkonkoma, and the label that originally released these songs back in 1990 was apparently based out of Niles' spot in Farmingville. Dope Folks made the wise curatory decision to leave the Corey Pee side of the split on the cutting room floor, but some of that survives on YouTube as well, which is nice, because, to give you an idea of how rare the original release is, Discogs lists only two sales ever: one for $700 and one for €700.

At any rate, props to R.A., Encarnita (whoever that is) and Dope Folks for putting this together. Copies of the limited reissue are still available, here.

Fantab - "Fool For Ya"


Central Islip's Fantab posts up with a song in the tradition of Cormega's "American Beauty" and Nas's "I Gave You Power" (and there's another in that personification style, which is actually about the same exact topic as this, but it escapes me right now). "Fool For Ya" aka "I'm a fool" is off Fantab's Get Money mixtape; stream here, download here.

4/5/18

Vik Sh@de - Vik

Vik Sh@de currently resides in the Miami area, where, according to one of the illest Reverbnation bios ever, he makes his living as a licensed funeral director. You might hear some mortuary influence in his music, but Miami? Not so much. Vik went to school in Hempstead and Uniondale before heading south during his senior year, and says he "was able to grow up in a very organic time on the Island. He also says "dirt rules everything around me, DREAM" and "rugged like your mama, don't wander far or you'll get smacked up." If you don't get either reference, there's little chance you'll dig this. We can still be cool, though. However, I'm moving to Minneapolis, so not really.