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 Right now I can’t think of a producer I’m more inspired by than Chanes. This cat is cranking out about an EP a month. Writing a post with 3 EP’s is a first for me, and well worth it. I was listening to The Fringe the other day and was like, “this music has mystic hypnotic powers to it because I can’t stop playing it.” Maybe that additional ingredient is passion, love, or determination, but whatever it is it will keep you listening. When I took off on vacation I dropped in Lifted, BCKWDS, and TRNSFXD. It put me in deep thought and was the perfect soundtrack for it. Ever since I’ve been back they are still on heavy rotation. I normally won’t try and put all this good music into one post, but the way it sounds and provokes good vibes you need this in your life. Buy these and also check out Chanes – Renegade Hands on iTunes. BIG thanks to Chanes for being consistent with that good music. This dude’s got a bright future. And another BIG thanks to My man Ben from Insect Records and House Shoes.

RAWS ​- Three (various artists)

RAW - Three

“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 RAWSThree. 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.

A Low Budget Christmas

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.

Sammus – M’Other Brain

Lately this is the only album that I can listen to straight through. Sammus is a super smart gamer girl that produces and raps. Is this a nerd’s dream that’s comes true or what?!? Either way I’m glad that Sammus is out there making good music. The thing that got me hooked wasn’t just listening to M’Other Brain, but Sammus’ Beatz. A whole beat tape that makes you feel like you’re in a video. I started having flashbacks to playing Super Mario Bros. M’Other Brain is very different from Beatz and rounds out this super nerd with mad rap skills. Check out Sammus and see what I’m talking about. Buy Sammus - M’Other Brain on Band Camp. BIG thanks to Sammus for bringing something good to the rap/producer table.


J-Live – As I Start (Over)

Nothing like a high energy video from J-Live to get your day going. Not much else to say, but play it again. After you get done watching the video, get down with the album, S.P.T.A. BIG thanks to J-Live for the heads up. Keep doing what you’re doing.

Us Natives – Used Vinyl Review

Sometimes I download tons of stuff and drop it on the iPod. Last weekend I did just that and loaded up some new stuff. I took a drive the other day and thumbed through some stuff and landed on Us Natives’ Used Vinyl Review.  My drive got a little long and I played it again and again. Just left it on repeat. I was driving by the ocean on PCH and Royal came on. I had the windows down and cranked up the volume. It was a good drive. Used Vinyl Review just made that day a little more brighter with each track. BIG thanks Ill Clinton for this pretty ill instrumentals album.


Oddisee – Odd Renditions

I’m going to give you my opinion on this dude Oddisee. I think we are witnessing the makings of a legend. I really can’t think of a project that he’s a part of that folks don’t love. Above all Oddisee is a down to earth cat. Odd Renditions Vol. 001 is another flavor of Oddisee, but still his sound. Odd Renditions is just a teaser to his upcoming album People Hear What They See out June 5. BIG thanks Oddisee for making great music. Keep doing what you’re doing. 

HawdWerk – Call In Sick

 Checking my emails late at night like usual, and got one from the good folks at Cov Original Music. That first track, The Real, is a banger. After that I just kept it going. Before I knew it I had listened to the whole thing. HawdWerk keep doing what you’re doing brother. Check out HawdWerk at Blue Collar WERK. BIG thanks to Cov Original Music for the heads up.


Futuristic – Stairways

You really have to respect a cat for being on the grind all the time. Futuristic is always at shows, preforming, promoting, networking, tweeting, emailing, and just giving it his all. I would see this cat out and about back to back weekends making things happen. Earlier this year Futuristic released the EP Stairways. The production on it is heavy and he spits what he knows. After I watched the video (above), I got a better insight on who and what Futuristic is all about, positive hip hop. He’s confident in his skills, and understands that there’s more he needs to learn. I am sure you will be hearing more in the future from Futuristic. Download Futuristic – Stairways on Band Camp. BIG thanks brother for keeping me posted.

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Futuristic – Amazing ft T. Calmese aka illite

Magestik Legend – To Be Continued …Chapter 1

Magestik Legend doesn’t disappoint, and he brings the heat once again with To Be Continued… Chapter 1.  I played To Be Continued from beginning to end, and had the volume cranked up. I thought Magestik Legend was dope when he dropped FREE, but he kills it on this one.  Bout Freedom (produced by Astronote) gets you geared up to walk a little harder, head nodding , hands waving.. good time.  To Be Continued is hosted by T3 of Slum Village and has guest appearances by Marv Won, Ro Spit, Othello, and Buff1 gives a shout out.  Check out the track Day Break featuring Othello and produced by 14KT.  If you don’t like that track, Hip Hop is not your genre.  Download Magstik Legend – To Be Continued… Chapter 1 on BandCamp.  BIG thanks Magestik for the heads up on this one.

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Magestik Legend – All Eye Know (prod. Astronote)

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Magestik Legend – Day Break ft. Othello (prod. 14KT)

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