Rap vs. Hip Hop

Rap vs Hip Hop 10/11/14 by Jay Boogie on Mixcloud

Jay Boogie‘s latest mix series, Rap vs. Hip Hop, is now available for listens.

The new series focuses specifically on new releases, album cuts, b-sides and classic joints.

The first instalment of Rap vs. Hip Hop features new releases from Saukrates (@biggsoxx), P. Reign (@preign), The Alchemist (@alchemist), Halo (@halotheemcee), DJ Dez & DJ Butter (@djdezandres @iamdjbutter), Madchild (@madchild57), J. Sands (@thefakejsands), Ali Shaheed Muhammad (@alishaheed) and Funky DL (@funkydlhiphop).

Rap vs. Hip Hop follows on the heels of his other ongoing Who Stole the Soul? and fuelgood cloudcasts and the Think : Common, The Electric Lady Suite and The Business tribute mixes.

All are posted on his Mixcloud page.

Bruce launches blog


Bruce Lord (@ishaboibruce) has got his own blog up and running.

The music blog covers rap, as well as more club-oriented fare, so throw that on your Favourites list

Mensa chats with Montreality

The Quebec-based blog sat down for what appears to be a blunted-stream-of-consciousness sesh with the Chiraq’s Vic Mensa (@vicmensa).

Most importantly, Mensa touched on what can be expected from his Traffic debut full-length, referring to it as “anthemic” and promising a “real blend of you know, hip hop and rock & roll…and like, funk here and there.” (via montreality.com, youtube.com)

Teddy Riley, DJ Eddie F talk Big Tyme


RBMA featured the making of Heavy D & The Boyz‘ sophomore – and most successful – album as seen through the eyes of two of its most important contributors.

Definitely an insightful look at the bum-diddly-diddly-diddle-dee. (via redbullmusicacademy.com)

BBNG and Ghostface collaboration due in February


Toronto funk trio BADBADNOTGOOD (@badbadnotgood) and Ghostface Killah (@ghostfacekillah) rocked the rap world when they revealed a new joint, Gunshowers – with assistance from Elzhi, to boot – that would serve as the advance to a full album from the two acts.

They hinted at the project when they dropped Six Degrees earlier this summer featuring Danny Brown on Lex Records, which will also release the album. (via soundcloud.com/badbadnotgood)

Combat Jack interviews JD at AC3

The popular rap podcaster sat down for an in-depth gabfest with SoSoDef founder and respected rap producer Jermaine Dupri (@jermainedupri).

During the interview, Dupri revealed a long relationship with hip hop culture – a fact often overshadowed by his role in the grooming of pop/rap gimmicks like Kriss Kross and Da Brat.
(via itunes.apple.com/ca/podcast/the-combat-jack-show)

Mental Notes, 10/22/14

RBMA launches online comics


The first digital issue features the “bone-chilling” origin of MF Doom.

Artwork by Dean Haspiel (Spider-Man, Batman, X-Men, Deadpool) and a story co-written with Gabe Soria (Batman Adventures, Batman ’66).

The comic pays homage to the manga style of animation as part of the 2014 Red Bull Music Academy in Tokyo. (via redbullmusicacademy.com)
Okayplayer explains Indie 500

Over the summer, Talib Kweli (@talibkweli), Pharoahe Monch (@warmonkey) and 9th Wonder (@9thwondermusic) liberally threw around the #indie500 hashtag on Twitter.

The trio are finally explaining what it means – and it’s exciting news for rap aficionados. (via okayplayer.com)

Vadim drops Tribe mix

DJ Vadim recently posted a tribute mix featuring A Tribe Called Quest’s 90s output on his Soundcloud and it is exactly what you’ve come to expect from the UK DJ/producer.

Pure vibes on this one & a definite must-favourite. (via egotripland.com)

Preemo & Nickle drop another advance


Hot on the heels of their first single as PRhyme (@prhyme_official), DJ Premier and Royce Da 5’9 drop a clip for their new single, U Looz.

Their collaboration, due December 9, will also feature Jay Electronica, Ab-Soul, Schoolboy Q, Slaughterhouse, Common, Mac Miller and Dwele. (via potholesinmyblog.com)
– Boogz

Look who was at NYCC


Rap & the comic world are no strangers.

At this year’s New York Comic-Con, Pete Rock (@peterock), Quelle Chris (@quellechris) Jean Grae (@jeangreasy) and Eric Orr wax poetic with Marvel’s The Watcher host, Lorraine Cink about their love of comics. (Via @marvel)