“RAWS is an intimate party held in a small club in Tokyo, where underground beatheads unite. After a live performance by a jazz band which gets recorded, the beatmakers have an hour to chop up the freshly recorded sample, flip it, and make a beat right there on the spot. RAWS-THREE is the third installment in the RAWS compilation series compiling these incredible creations.” -Danny Masao Winston
If we don’t start doing this in LA…, man I’m telling you this is dope. You invite a jazz band to play a song with a bunch of beat makers in the room to record it. Then they have them flip, chop, and screw it in an hour. To top it off they put the session out on Band Camp! The idea doesn’t blow my mind, but the level of quality of tracks they cranked out in an hour totally does! I can truly say this is one of my favorite albums/beat tapes/live sessions. This is the 3rd installment of the sessions, and I see they have a final one. I hope that isn’t the last one, so let me brush up on some Japanese and I’ll get back to you on that. Either way this is worth the ¥500 (yen). The music produced from this session makes me want to hop on a flight to Japan and check out a live session at AMP. For now I’ve got RAWS – Three. Buy RAWS – Three on Band Camp, and check out the other sessions. BIG thanks to the AMP Cafe for hosting dope events like this. Keep the arts going.
I don’t know why it took me so long to write about my man Oddisee’s latest album, People Hear What They See. Oh yeah too busy listening to it. People- I want to tell you the music is out there. I know folks say Hip Hop sucks these days, and yeah I have caught myself saying it too. BUT the good stuff is out there, like this album. Yes, I went online to iTunes and bought it. No questions. Oddisee is high on my list for cats making good music and influencing a change in the genre for the better. People Hear What They See has a little bit of it all. Ready To Rock and Do It All has that get into “GO MODE” vibe. Just listening to it makes me feel accomplished. Maybe because I picture folks cruising around town or in deep thought. Another Grind… who shouts out Kenny Rogers?! Don’t sit on your hands, get up and get it. Buy Oddisee – People Hear What They See on iTunes and vinyl at Fat Beats. BIG shout to Mello Music Group for keeping me in the know. And to my man Trek Lifefor introducing me to another creative person.
Computer Jay is one of the few producers I know that can move between genres seamlessly, and still keep his sound. The stuff he produces can melt or blow your mind. Either way it’s a good thing. Savage Planet Discotheque vol. 1… melted my brain and by the end rebuilt it just to it blow up again. I had to play The Dead Ends Dead End back to back. Oh man I think listening to Omni Bent is when my mind got rebuilt. A while back cruising around on the Internet I saw this video Hardships that wasn’t on vol. 1. It tripped me out. Now I’m so excited to go get vol. 2. In the meantime go buy, on vinyl if you can, Computer Jay – Savage Planet Discotheque vol. 1 and get your mind blown. BIG thanks Jay, my taste in music wouldn’t be the same without you. Keep doing what you’re doing brother.
Trek Life and Duke Westlake worked hard on Hometown Foreigner. You can really see this is a personal album where Trek had to get a few things off his chest. The title Hometown Foreigner says it all. The album is upbeat with a few sexy tracks like “Be Together.” What I like about Trek is he can talk about the issues like love, the music industry, growing up, racial profiling, and always keeping the party vibe. You not only get some knowledge but also that turn it up good vibe music. And Duke Westlake ain’t no stranger to making good music. Memory Palace stays playing at my house, and I’m about to check out his new album Turn. Both cats are all around good dudes that are winning with this album. Go buy Trek Life – Hometown Foreigner at Mello Music Group on Band Camp. BIG thanks to Trek Life and Duke for making a whole album worth playing on repeat. Keep doing what you’re doing… real talk.
Can you say hell yeah?!? That cat Verbs connects with the right folks when it comes to his projects. Pistol McFlyandL!STED, what’s next? Nuff Said is a collection of track, but sounds like it was a project meant to be. Everything You Make It had me cranking up the volume without a care in the world. And when I got to Dear Los Angeles I realized I had just listened to Nuff Said 3 times. I really dig a project that makes you want more, you play it a few more times, and started digging for other project by the same artists. Buy Nuff Said on Band Camp and click on the links below for more for each artist. BIG thanks Verbs for making the music folks are rocking out to. BIG shout to Pistol McFlyand L!STED, keep doing what you guys are doing.
Anything called The Graveyard Shift is a horror movie or someone’s putting in all-nighters and working hard. If you haven’t figured it out yet, it’s the 2nd one. Hawdwerk has been putting in hard work, and I think it’s about to pay off. Hawdwerk has teamed up with Kaleem Wasif and Funklogik from Asiatic Rhythms to produce and master all the tracks on The Graveyard Shift. Hawdwerk has a good crew and good company, and keeps at it in addition to working that graveyard shift. This is one cat we’ve already had on a winner’s block. When you get a chance check out his EPK and catch up on what Hawdwerk’s been doing. In the meantime buy Hawdwerk – The Graveyard Shift on Band Camp. BIG shout to Curtiss King and J. Bizness, I see you. BIG thanks to my man Hawdwerk for showing folks the hard work that goes into the music. Keep it going my man.
Does Tres know how to put out a beat tape or what?!? This is one of those sneaky sneak attacks on your ear drums. A heavily independent hip hop label cranks out a beat tape, Nueve, showcasing damn near an evil genius lineup. I’m not going to name names, but it will fry your brain. Nueve is one of those albums where I saw the album artwork first and said, “hmmm what’s this?” Nueve had me motivated and bebopping around the office. Tres is not one you should be sleeping on. They are cranking out the albums. I’ve got another Tres release, Fonetik Simbol – Super Chop Beat Tape, next in the headphones. Download Tres Records 9th Anniversary beat tape on TresRecords.com. BIG shout to the good folks at Tres for keeping me up to par.
So far House Shoes hasn’t steered me wrong. If you see a project that says, “House Shoes Presents,” listen to it. My man Ben from Insect Records also knows a good artist when he hears one. Chanes has been on our radar for a while and today he has dropped Renegade Hands. The Known is my track. That gets me so hyped to get work done. I can put it on repeat for days. The beauty about Renegade Hands is the rest of it is just as dope. I don’t want to spoil it for you but this album will evoke an emotion in you that will put you at ease. A sense of bliss. Get this album, you’ll be glad you did. Pick up your copy of Chanes – Renegade Hands on Amazon. BIG thanks to my man Ben at Insect Records. And a BIG shout to Austin Texas.
A little something to get you in the Christmas mood if you aren’t already. I got my Christmas list ready and I’m handing out copies. A Low Budget Christmas is a nice surprise in my email- Christmas started early. A low Budget Christmas is a nice twist on holiday tracks you may or may not know. Now I don’t have to listen to the usual Christmas tracks over and over again. Buy A Low Budget Christmas at Band Camp. BIG thanks Low Budget Crew, and happy holidays to you cats.