Rap vs Hip Hop 10/30/14, Mental Notes, 11/03/14

This week’s Rap vs. Hip Hop features #thatnewnew from Run The Jewels 2 (@runjewels), Ras Kass (@raskass) & Apollo Brown (@apollobrown), NehruvianDOOM (@bishopnehru @mfdoom), Rapsody (@rapsodymusic), Flying Lotus (@flyinglotus), The Black Opera (@theblackopera), Stalley (@stalley), DejLoaf (@dejloaf), Vince Staples (@vincestaples), Boaz (@boaz412) and Castle (@cstlnova).

Crazy shouts to Lady Noyz for repping on the cover art! (via mixcloud.com/jayboogz)

Chocolate Boy Wonder brings nasty tribute


Pete Rock (@peterock) who helmed one of Illmatic‘s all-time faves, The World is Yours, dropped Time is Illmatic on his Soundcloud.

It is also the name of the documentary produced by NY artist One9 (@one9actual) and writer Erik Parker (@erikgparker), which was debuted earlier this year as the opening film at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York before premieres at the AC3 festival in Atlanta, the BFI London Film Festival and the Toronto International Film Festival in Toronto.

The doc celebrates the 20th anniversary of Illmatic, a rap classic that originally dropped in 1994 on Columbia. (via timeisillmatic.com)

Blasphemy abounds


The Ras Kass (@raskass)/Apollo Brown (@apollobrown) collaboration on Mello Music Group is available now on iTunes.

H20, the first single, is featured on the latest instalment of Rap vs Hip Hop.

This is the first collaboration between the two and is Ras Kass’ official return following incarceration and a couple of years in label limbo, while producer Apollo Brown has been amassing production credits with his own solo work and artists like OC, Boog Brown, Guilty Simpson and his Ugly Heroes collaboration with Verbal Kent (@big_vk1) and Red Pill (@redpillrap).

They debuted Blasphemy last week at with a release party In New York and an appearance on SiriusXM’s Sway In The Morning (@realsway) show. (via mellomusicgroup.bandcamp.com)

Monolithic movements


Two Monolith emcees will be unleashing new vinyl.

Dan-E-O‘s (@daneo10) Dear Hip Hop single – a classic in the Canadian rap canon – will finally be available in vinyl form thanks to France’s Sergent Records.

It was released in 1996 on Beat Factory‘s RapEssentials, Volume One, followed by the EP.

Dear Hip Hop is available for order here.

Korry Deez (@korrydeez), on the other hand, will be dropping brand new product with the vinyl release of Imago on Solid Water.

He will be celebrating its release on November 7 at Ravage & Rumble in Toronto. (via Dan-E-O, Korry Deez)

Jewels 2 leaked, released, to be remixed


The excitement surrounding the release of another opportunity to hear El-P (@therealelp) and Killer Mike (@killermikegto) on a record was finally realized when they leaked Run the Jewels 2 before it officially dropped on iTunes.

The first RTJ album came out in 2013 after the two worked together on Killer Mike’s R.A.P. Music and El-P’s Cancer 4 Cure.

Interestingly enough, their sophomore effort will be followed by a remix album on Fool’s Gold and the inside-joke-turned-real, Meow the Jewels, featuring guest production from Prince Paul, The Alchemist and Just Blaze.
Nehru, Nas record due next year

Speaking of Mass Appeal (@massappealrecs), they announced early in June that they will be releasing Bishop Nehru’s (@bishopnehru) forthcoming solo record.

That record will be executive produced by Nas (@nas).

Earlier this year, Nas brought Nehru out during SouthxSouthwest, referring to the fellow NY native as “the future of music”.

Mean the Most, off his current project with MF Doom, NehruvianDOOM, is featured in this week’s Rap vs. Hip Hop cloudcast. (via massappealrecords.com)

NYC DJ drops Dilla nod

For #mixtapemondays, Okayplayer is featuring a Dilla mix from DJ Rashad Hayes who made his name playing and learning surrounded by NYC stalwarts like Scram Jones, D-Nice and Mark Ronson. (via soundcloud.com/djrashadhayes, djrashadhayes.com, okayplayer.com)

QB’s finest touching down on Stereo
Mobb Deep will be bringing their 20th Anniversary Tour to Winnipeg tonight.


They are scheduled to play at the Windsor Park club with openers Peter Jackson, Independent Army and Reptown Bullyz (featuring 101.5FM/Krazy Kut Klassics personality Ruku5 45). (via twitter.com/mobbdeep)


Rap vs. Hip Hop 10/11/14, Mental Notes, 10/27/14

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.

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 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 emcee.

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 and Ghostface Killah 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)

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