J. Dilla – Tha Sickness (ft Nas)

’nuff said.

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Funky DL – Jazzmatic 2

Funky DL (@funkydlhiphop), the UK producer that blessed us with the February tributes to Dilla and Nujabes and of course, the first Jazzmatic Nas remix record, is back with more of his butta-fly boom bap.

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The concept follows on the heels of Guru‘s Jazzmatazz project, which served as its chief inspiration.

Flying in the face of the current trap beats du jour, DL takes you back to the smoky jazz speakeasies of yore with a sonic foundation that is firmly rooted in the Dilla school of production.

A strong record for those who prefer the dustier, more soulful side of the rap canon.

Cop this record and bump it in your whip. Loud.
(via Funky DL)
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#tgif: Finishing your week with a batch of musical macarons

Nas, AZ borrow donut for new cut.

The former Firm biz associates quietly dropped The Season via AZ’s (@azquietmoney) Quiet Money label on SoundCloud three days ago.

Like so many recent “Dilla” productions, there’s nothing new to be heard.

The two ride a loop of Gobstopper off Dilla’s last official release, Donuts – the original is only 1:02 in length.

As tasty as it is to hear Nasir Jones spit over a Dilla beat, it’s far from groundbreaking.

If you’re looking for something Dilla-esque, head over to Dat Piff & grab DJ Shortee Blitz‘ (@shorteeblitz) Jay-Dilla mixtape.

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ATL’s villainy
A very strange mashup appeared 24 hours ago blending MigosJumpin’ Like Jordan with The BeatlesHere Comes the Sun.

The mash comes courtesy of NYC’s Proper Villains (@propervillainy), who made headlines a couple of years ago after penning his Idiots’ Guide to Molly, in response to two deaths, multiple MDMA-related hospital stays and the eventual cancellation of the Electric Zoo festival.

The formula is dated – considering the bar that was raised for mashups in general came via Danger Mouse‘s The Grey Album.

DM’s bootleg deftly mashed together Jay Z‘s The Black Album accapellas with various White Album soundscapes and the result raised his profile higher than any regular production could have.

If it’s been a minute since you’ve rinsed it…

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Lastly, Ras Kass appeared on Sway In The Morning at the start of the week to promote some new record he just put out with Apollo Brown – and gives you a reminder of just how bad he is an an emcee…

http://youtu.be/tIurXSTtR08 (via youtube.com)

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)
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Chocolate Boy Wonder brings nasty tribute

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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)
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Blasphemy abounds

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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)
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Monolithic movements

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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)
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Jewels 2 leaked, released, to be remixed

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

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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)
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Frequencies: J.Dilla, Nas, Slaughterhouse

Salutations, true believers!

For this first post, I had three very specific joints I wanted to cover from Dilla, Nas & Slaughterhouse. All are significant releases that I believe warrant a little examination.

    J.DillaDetroit Game featuring Chuck Inglish, Boldy V (Ruff Draft; prod: J.Dilla)

Dilla’s legacy will forever be marred by good – yet misplaced – intentions.

Typically, any new Dilla record can be sampled a minute and a half at a time, beats first. After hearing this posthumous release – assembled by Jonathan Taylor and Maureen Yancey – the standouts are obvious and this is one of them. The biggest opportunity on the album is talent and this is one joint that hurdles that as Chuck Inglish (The Cool Kids) and Boldy V manage to ride Dilla’s low end theory – and its well-placed David Essex sample – with a comfortable cadence that would sit well on any of DIlla’s older records. “Not everyone can rap,” exclaims Inglish on his first verse and that’s just in general. It’s even harder to find an emcee that can properly rap over a Dilla beat.
4/5

    NasThe Don (Def Jam; prod: Salaam Remi, The Internz, Heavy D)

Nasir Jones has been all about grand entrances lately.

He intro-ed his latest, Life is Good, with five standout joints – including this one – to really whet your appetite. The title track to Hip Hop is Dead, God Son‘s Made You Look, Bridging the Gap off Street’s Disciple and his collaborative effort with Damian Marley, As We Enter, were heatseekers tasked with reintegrating Nas into the collective rap consciousness and with album 10 hitting #1 this past week, it appears Nas is definitely onto something. Rap has always been a young man’s game but when artists figure out how to successfully transition their debuts into careers it’s a testament to their talent – and Nas has managed to do it with straightforward boom bap.
5/5

    SlaughterhouseHammer Dance (El-P Remix) (Shady; prod: araabMUZIK, El-P)

El-producto is buzzing hard right now after the release of his collaboration with Killer Mike so when this dropped, the anticipation was heavy.

He arms this first single off Welcome to the Slaughterhouse with a barrage of “shock and awe” that really elevate the track. The drums and percussion hit harder than a Hulk smash and are complemented by a menacing chord buzz that manages to avoid sounding like cheesy stock samples. El-P’s fantastic damage is a complete departure from araabMUZIK’s signature chops but the two producers aren’t that dissimilar. Both achieve sonic brilliance by maintaining a hardcore aesthetic that separates them from many of their peers. This was a “leak” so you won’t find it on iTunes. Keep searching.
5/5

’til next week!
– Boogz