Wednesday, November 21, 2012

"All the Secrets in the World...

...were explained on that Dinosaurs episode called 'The War on Pistachios.'" -Open Mike Eagle

Thursday, November 1, 2012

Master of Records

Da art gawd Jim Mahfood aka Food One just posted to his Facebook page this drawing of Afrika Bambaataa. Clearly, it's too cool not to share with the rest of the world.

Friday, October 12, 2012

Ka - Grief Pedigree (The Visuals)



Early this year, Brownsville rapper Ka dropped his sophomore album, Grief Pedigree. The album has rightfully been met by much critical acclaim and generated a steadily growing buzz both in and out of New York. For anyone who pays close attention to Ka's music, there can be no doubt that the man is a superbly talented MC; his quietly commanding mic presence, tight cadences, subtle wordplay and cinematic storytelling demonstrate as much. Equally impressive, however, are the album's DIY aesthetics. Months before Grief Pedigree dropped, Ka began releasing a string of self-directed videos for songs off the upcoming album.

Ka's videos' minimalist imagery provides the perfect visual complement to his extraordinarily well-budgeted lyrics and concise production; every line of every song is as critical as the last, just as each scene, though void of budget-breaking grandiose special effects, contributes something special to the patchwork. And with "Iron Age" dropping today, each of the album's 11 tracks now has a fully formed visual counterpart. Ka's tumblr page, consisting of nighttime photographs taken throughout Brooklyn, extends the aesthetic into a third medium, offering fans an additional glimpse at the world in which the album's stories unfold, and the composition is nothing to sneer at either.

Merriam-Webster defines 'collage' as "an artistic composition made of various materials (as paper, cloth, or wood) glued on a surface" and "a creative work that resembles such a composition in incorporating various materials or elements." With the final video now posted, it feels as if the collage that is Grief Pedigree may now be complete. The album was and is undeniably great, but now we can experience it in its entirety through another set of materials.

Monday, August 27, 2012

$1 Bin Diamonds 3


This is a gem insofar as it's a promotional release from 1999 that isn't listed on discogs. For that matter, I can't find any information about the group or their producer Dereck "Grizzly Bear" Hicks anywhere online. The liner notes tell us the following (my comments in italics):

Illmatic producer (slightly misleading qualifier) Dereck E. Hicks aka Grizzly Bear has unleashed multi-talented hip-hop sensation Safari 215. Socko, Savage, Smooch, and Suede, each a veteran performer with numerous talent awards to their credit.

The members were picked for their strength as solo performers. Under Mr. Hicks' direction they were molded into an harmonious rap act without sacrificing their individual strengths. All are accomplished lyricists as each track shows. (Here's where it jumps the shark...) Have you ever thought up in your head the perfect cypher? Rakim, B.I.G., Jay-Z, KRS, 2Pac and Kane when he was still raw? These cats make it happen. Offering a unique view of urban living all hale (their misspelling, not mine) from Illadelphia, hence Safari215.

Producer Grizzly Bear, affectionately known as "Bear," began his love affair with music at a tender age. (hayooooo, pause). By his teenage years he was a show writer. Many experiences honed his skills through the years. In 1991 he coordinated and promoted talent shows at Philly's famed Uptown Theater.

Evaluater (again, not my sp.) and developer of talent par excellence his involvement with Safari215 has stardom stamped all over it. A true "track master" his R&B structure combined with bouncy hip-hop tracks has wide appeal.
The title track ain't too bad.


Monday, August 6, 2012

Goblin Market Mp3 + Lyrics

Dug this up earlier in the afternoon. I really like Noah's beat and my lyrics, but I don't think the whole "ARGH hardcore hip-hop" voice ever really suited me. Still, the song ain't bad considering it pre-dates my EPs by a couple years. I especially like the 2nd verse.

At a goblin market, short, green, stocky soccer moms shopping Target, getting greezy like Lorena Bobbitt. Apostle John turned a profit, porno career started, but the cost that launched it was really the awfulest. Count change like economists. Y'all 8-bit cartridges gone spacey like astrologists get brainy like lobotomists. Zombie bitch the nausy-est, Amy Fished for politics in a grimy ditch. Buttafuoco's wife talked with a lisp. It was probably his fist shifting the mouth on her. That or maybe just the good old Long Island tap water. Manslaughter, jawbreaker, wife beater, adulterer. Wanna make them irate? Then violate their granddaughter on camcorder. Mix candy Wonka sniffs with Cyndi Lauper's disc, Body Acoustic, bitch. Damn, you bought that shit? Yeah, word to ancient artifacts. Versive, Noah's Arkiteck, we taking over continents.

Is Strong Island shocking at the goblin market? Is Strong Island popping at the goblin market? Is Strong Island rocking at the goblin market. Yeah, Strong Island's rocking at the goblin market.

Them adding religion only at the collapse of tradition - ridiculous tripping, sipping absinthe, acid's in the kitchen. So what's subtracting a Christian? International passions of Gibson, propaganda spreading Antisemitism. Better question how his family living. Residence in the Hamptons, lampin', plasma television exclusively. Playboy mansion Jacuzzi, view the three beautiful teen triple-X scene on Hugh's movie screen. Cutey's new disease has her leaking coochie cream but she's frequently seducing with the movements obscene, freaking on some "do me please," screaming ecstatic. Tantric sex passionate experience serious orgasmic fits. Money shot paralysis catches the waste down like Larry Flynt's assassination attempt at the state house, so what do you say now? Just looking all lame, foul, powerless. You was doctoring the pussy like your style gynecologist.

Monday, July 23, 2012

Monday, June 11, 2012

A Lost Tale (Lyrics)


The way the weather switched, you could tell something was kind of off, but they insisted that people once walked around with dinosaurs and told you your science was wrong, told you to die for the lord, told you to live by the sword, and watched as you died in their wars. Now that's a promise land fashion statement, but I don't find the colorways of blood and oil all that fascinating. They made a rule against imagination so I graduated with a bachelor's degree in intellectual masturbation; now that's what I call knowledge of self. When the rock fell it crushed Piggy as well as the conch shell, and when lil' homie pulled the switchblade and he was only in sixth grade -- don't tell me that shit's strange as if it was only a kid's game. The old mill, the road, the sunrise, the highway. The fisherman's dream at the bottom of Twin Lakes. The fictitious theme that is rotting in hell. It ain't hard to tell this isn't for sale; it's a lost tale.

Thursday, May 24, 2012

Stop Sleeping on The Goats

Because they fucking rule, OK? Like fellow illadelphians The Roots, The Goats are perhaps most well known as a "hip-hop band." However, whereas The Roots' music was at the time was based primarily on smooth hard-bop-era jazz, The Goats were on some electric bass-heavy slop jar funk, and while The Roots would slip in light social commentary here and there, much of The Goats' lyrics launched overt attacks against police, politicians and white supremacy in general. Basically they weren't fucking around, and even when they were it was intense. If their production sounds at all familiar, you're probably recognizing the touch of Joe "The Butcher" Nicolo who would serve as executive producer on Schoolly D's 1994 LP, Welcome To America, another landmark album in the evolution of hip-hop instrumentation.

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Jimmy Cliff & Tim Armstrong Cover Guns of Brixton

Was looking for video of the Coachella team-up when I came across this jawn I never knew existed. The original is one of my favorite songs of all time, but I ain't mad at this at all.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Déséquilibre Video


Edited by Noventa

This is the first in a series of three videos. Next up will be "Infected Soul (A Lost Tale)."

Monday, April 2, 2012

Bobby Digital Cartoon Pilot Found On Youtube

So I was searching for the first part of the unreleased Bobby Digital movie, which Wu's social media sites have been plugging for about a week now, and though it looks like that still hasn't dropped, I did find this curio, which as of right now has only been viewed 181 times.

BONG BONG!

Saturday, March 31, 2012

If You Wanna Be a Good Audience



"...I'll sings for ya. I'll tell ya some stories - do a little - we'll have some fun. If you wanna be a bad audience, I'll walk right out of here. OK? Thank you, thank you. You can have a strip show for all I care."

Friday, March 16, 2012

Stupidity and Men's Bravado

Haven't updated in a few days because I've been busy playing Skyrim and pushing D.D. on other blogs. Noventa and I will be releasing some videos in the coming weeks. Head over to Noventa's YouTube Channel for an idea of what to expect.

In other news, here is some new or at least newish music I've been listening to lately:

Cult Favorite (Elucid & A.M. Breakups) - The Kingdom
These guys gave one of the best performances at Yule Prog last year, an impressive feat considering the lineup. This mix is out of control. Look for the their forthcoming album due out later this year.


From the first note of this new Cage song, you can tell you're in for some shit. I wonder how many other people are big enough Cage fans to remember the obscure feature he did in which he spit, "EMO and NY is an anagram for MONEY."



New De La Soul... That's really all that needs to be said.

As far as albums go, I have Ka's Grief Pedigree and Lil Ugly Mane's Mista Thug Isolation on constant rotation. These are definitely two of my favorite songs of 2012 thus far:


"No Slack in My Mack" off Lil Ugly Mane - Mista Thug Isolation


Iron Age ft. Roc Marciano off Ka - Grief Pedigree

"In time you'll see, thin line between friend and rival
Between you and me, stupidity and men's bravado
"

Monday, March 12, 2012

Dissonant Dissidence Has Arrived

as promised...
http://versive.bandcamp.com/album/dissonant-dissidence
Name your own price. No minimum.

Thursday, March 8, 2012

An Extremely Crisp Afrika Islam Radio Rip

I've been on a Zulu kick as of late, listening to as many old WHBI shows as I can find. I've heard much of this mix before, but never so clearly. Really, a radio rip from 1983 has no business being this clean. Infinite props to Master Mark's Magic Rap Attack for the incredible post.


Afrika Islam Breaks Mix

Lenny Dykstra Living Dangerously

Growing up, I was always a huge fan of Mr. Dykstra. But really, how could you not be? The guy went around diving head first into bases with a huge wad of chewing tobacco stuffed in his cheek and a badass surfer mullet curling out the back of his helmet. Oh, and if that weren't enough, his nickname was Nails!

Mets fans remember Nails for his stellar performance during the 1986 season. I was an infant at the time, but from books, movies and the anecdotes of my elders, I've developed a pretty solid appreciation for the intensity of young Dykstra's performance. Then there was the 1993 World Series, for which Dykstra surely would've been named MVP had the Phillies won. I remember that in one game of the Fall Classic he accidentally swallowed a full cheek of tobacco, then retreated to the locker room and vomitted before returning to the dugout and blasting a home run during his next AB. That sequence of events pretty much sums up his career for me, and explains why he will always be one of my favorite athletes of all time.

But then there is the matter of his post-sports, errr, let's call them endeavors. Forget that in 1999 a 17-year-old girl who worked at his car wash accused him of sexual harassment; the charges were eventually dropped. Never mind his once-lauded investment schemes which turned out to be at best ridiculously kakamani and at worst criminally fraudulent; such is the nature of all neo-capitalist ventures.

There are countless other incidents we could go into as well, but rather than drag on I'll just share this article @andykoufax tweeted me earlier today. So, without further adieu:

Ex-MLB palyer put into prison for car theft
LOS ANGELES - Former New York Mets star and World Series hero Lenny Dykstra was sentenced to three years in state prison on Monday, following an October no contest plea to grand theft auto charges.

The 49-year-old ex-ballplayer was sent to prison after a Los Angeles Superior Court judge rejected a request by defense attorneys to withdraw the plea and fight the charges at trial.

He was taken into custody at the conclusion of the hearing to begin serving his sentence.

Dykstra was charged in June with 25 counts of grand theft auto, attempted grand theft auto, filing false financial statements and possessing a controlled substance in what prosecutors say was a scheme to lease cars using phony business and credit information.

A search of his home during the investigation turned up cocaine, Ecstasy and a synthetic growth hormone, according to authorities.

He pleaded no contest to three counts of grand theft auto and one count of filing a false financial statement. Under California law, a no contest plea is the legal equivalent to pleading guilty.

In September Dykstra's friend, Christopher Gavanis, pleaded no contest to one count of filing a false financial statement in the case and his former accountant Robert Hymers, pleaded no contest to one count of identity theft.

Dykstra, who spent more than a decade in the major leagues, mostly as an outfielder for the New York Mets and Philadelphia Phillies, also faces criminal charges in two unrelated cases.

Last May, a federal grand jury indicted him on bankruptcy fraud and obstruction of justice charges, accusing him of stealing or destroying some $400,000 in property that was part of his bankruptcy case.

He faces up to 80 years in federal prison if convicted of the federal charges.

And in August, Dykstra was charged with two misdemeanor counts of indecent exposure after Los Angeles city prosecutors said he exposed himself to a string of women who answered his Craigslist employment ads.

He faces up to six months in jail and a $1,000 fine if convicted in that case.

Nicknamed "Nails" during his playing days, Dykstra is perhaps best remembered by Mets fans for the 1986 season, when he struck a walk-off game-winning home run in Game 3 of the National League Championship Series.

The key lead-off home run that he struck sparked a comeback by the Mets from a 2-0 series deficit to win the championship over the Boston Red Sox.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Call Me Shaman




This track from '09 represents my first recorded collaboration with a non-English-speaking artist. The song appeared on Polish rapper/producer GuTMistRz's album Sun and Moon, which is available over at his blog.

My vocals were laid down at Andy Koufax's home with a studio setup not unlike the one depicted above.

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Heinrich Kley

I discovered this guy's work in an art book on my grandmother's shelves. My grandma is cooler than your grandma.

Lent


After the Ball


Clearing the Field


Harvest Time


Inspiration

speaking of which...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Stronghold Mixtape Volume 2



Somebody over at Philaflava's T.R.O.Y. forum mentioned this comp, sending me digging through my CD collection. I think hiphopsite.com or some other online retailer shipped this out as a freebie along with an Immortal Technique or C-Rayz Walz album. Though it dropped in 2004, toward the tail end of the "underground era," this mixtape truly demonstrates just how thorough the NY scene was at that time. (In my humble opinion, it's just as if not moreso now, but that's a different story.)

On some time capsule shit, Stronghold Volume 2 drops smack dab in the middle of the Bush era. I'm attending school in Boston next to the local Masonic temple. Evidence of water is discovered on Mars. The Republican National Convention is held in NYC. Paranoid sentiments abound.

Anyway, Stronghold isn't the only crew featured on here; Weathermen, Brooklyn Akademy and Monsta Island Czars members all make appearances. And for all the politically charged lyrics (see Immortal Technique), punchline-based battle rhymes were just as prevalent (see C-Rayz Walz). Here are a few of my favorite tracks from this release:

L.I.F.E. Long & C-Rayz Walz - Area 51


Immortal Technique & Breez Evahflowin - Land of the Gun


Vast Aire, Karneige, Breez Evahflowin, Poison Pen & Aesop Rock - Posse Slash


Breez Evahflowin - Dreams


I highly recommend you purchase a copy of this CD if you can find one. Mine's not for sale. http://www.discogs.com/Stronghold-Mixtape-Volume-2/release/1716220

Friday, February 24, 2012

Dezordr Session 005










Versive & Noventa - Narrowest Streams Followed

Captaine Crochet – Second Foundation

Le Parasite – Camp Fire Burnin’


Click the art to download. If you like what you hear, be sure to check out the label's other releases too: Dezordr Records

A Fugitive From the Galloping Senility Ward

The Strange Invaders EP


ComScore

Andy plays bass in this band.

Infected Soul (A Lost Tale)

VERSIVE & NOVENTA : INFECTED SOUL (A LOST TALE) by 90 (noventa)

From Dissonant Dissidence, the forthcoming EP by Versive & Noventa.