This is another one that I’ve been rocking and needed to write about a while back. Sometimes I get way into it. Keyel was another J-1 connect that I’m blessed to have. Keyel cats are bringing that head nodding hip hop with CLVLND.CTY.CNQRS. I’m not going to cram Keyel into a box by trying to classify the type of music that Keyel is making. What I dig about this album is it’s not a throwback where you have to dust it off, and it’s not light years ahead where no one gets it. It’s now music, you’re good to play this anywhere and anytime. The rhythm of the lyrics feels like each track is telling a story. The ill beats you can get lost in, so just put it on repeat. I’m really digging the flow of CLVLND.CTY.CNQRS, and I’m sure you’ll agree. Download Keyel – CLVLND.CTY.CNQRS on Band Camp. BIG thanks Keyel for making good music. wonder if I could roll into one of those bars that plays junk and switch it with this? Might have to give it a try. BIG shout to aLive.
Keyel - Beats+Raps
All right we have another episode of Beats+Crates Radio for your ears. Like my man Abraham would say, just like records we have come full circle. Back to the creator of Beats+Crates Radio J1 aka THE DEER with First Class. Yes this is a ticket into his record collection, and there’s no other way than first class. This is the guy who’s digging up the samples from Hip Hop tracks to the undiscovered. Your ears will love you for it. The stars must have been aligned when J1 made this mix. I seen a couple of joints from the Heavy Traffic soundtrack, and I was like no way. I watched Heavy Traffic for the first time a few months ago, and thought to myself, I needed to buy this soundtrack. I don’t want to spoil the goodness, so download J1’s B+C Radio episode First Class here and enjoy. Also be on the look out for Starship 27 Vol. 2: Take Off on Insect Records. BIG BIG thanks J1 for all that you do for Beats+Crates.
One Truth – Man vs. Woman
The first thing that pops into my mind when people mention “spoken word artists” is political (or whatever topic that’s currently socially conscious) rhythmical rants. One night J1 invited me to Transmissions at Grand Star to check out this cat One Truth. Man, was that an experience. One Truth had a three-piece band called MugPush and a style far removed from other poets I’ve seen. It felt more like a hip hop or jazz show. Point is, One Truth changed my whole perspective of spoken word artists. His album Soundtrack To Life: New Beginnings also reflects that- it’s one you’ll bump in your car. Check out One Truth on MySpace, Facebook, and YouTube. Buy One Truth’s Soundtrack To Life: New Beginnings. BIG thanks J1 for the heads up.
The professor of Funk J1 aka THE DEER schools us on Parliament Funkadelic with Cosmic Slop. Take A Trip made me think about every album I owned that sampled those tracks, and that was a dope trip. Cosmic Slop will make you want to dig for more funk, and at the very least will get you out of your seat and dance. J1 drops stuff on us that educates and/or gives us a better appreciation for music (in my case, inspires creativity). If you can catch up with him and chat about music, J1 will definitely drop some knowledge on you. Download Cosmic Slop here and if this doesn’t get you hooked on funk…I don’t know what will. Enjoy. BIG thanks J1 for another dope mix.
Parliament – P-funk (Wants To Get Funked Up)
Funkadelic – A Joyful Process
Eddie Hazel – Frantic Moment
Parliament – One Of Those Funky Things
Parliament – (Gloryholastoopid) Pin The Tale On The Funky
Parliament – Bop Gun (Endangered Species)
Parliament – Let’s Play House
Parliament – All Your Goodies Are Gone
Parliament – I’ve Been Watchin You (Move Your Sexy Body)
Take A Trip will definitely take you on a trip. I rocked it the first time, and mentally went through my albums figuring out who sampled what. The second time I played it I was enjoying the original tracks, so I played it a 3rd time straight. J1 is throwing out the knowledge on this one. He breaks out classics that artists from Mary j., Mos Def, Dr. Dre, to J. Dilla have sampled from artisits like Brenda Russell, L.T.D., Howard Robert’s Quartet, and Ronnie Laws; just to name a few you may have heard of. Going from The Stashbox to Take A Trip shows the range that J1 has as a DJ, producer, and drummer. Take A Trip will get any DJ or producer to think heavy on their next sample. If you’re like me and love checking out where samples come from (the original tracks), this is the podcast for you. Download Take A Trip here. Check out what else J1 is up to on MySpace and Twitter. BIG thanks J1 for another dope exclusive.
1. WHERE THERE IS LOVE – PATRICE RUSHEN
2. A LITTLE BIT OF LOVE – BRENDA RUSSELL
3. LOVE BALLAD – L.T.D.
4. DIRTY OLD BOSSA NOVA – HOWARD ROBERTS QUARTET
5. FOOL’S PARADISE – MELI’SA MORGAN
6. ONE STEP AHEAD – ARETHA FRANKLIN
7. MERCY MERCY MERCY – WILLIE MITCHELL
8. TIDAL WAVE – RONNIE LAWS
9. I WANNA DO SOMETHING FREAKY TO YOU – LEON HAYWOOD
10. MR. COOL – RASPUTIN’S STASH
11. YOU’RE GONNA NEED ME – DIONNE WARWICK
12. MI COSA – WES MONTGOMERY :::::::::::ALL JOINTS ON VINYL::::::::::::
“Can I get some real HIP HOP?!” That’s what I hear folks say from time to time, but I think I found it. Well, it found me. I got an email from these cats letting me know J1 turned them on to the site. They enjoyed it, and got some stuff for me to check out. Now it was way late and I was ready to call it a day. I downloaded the Muamin Collective’s album “World B. Free”, and just wanted a quick listen before bed. I wrote these cats back after listening to a few tracks. I ended up listening to the whole thing, it’s hot. I woke up the next day and rocked it on the way to the office. Just some background on the album title “World B. Free” it’s named after the old Cleveland Cavs power forward. This is real hip hop, so download World B. Free here, and head to Muamin Collection on BandCamp to get everything else these cats are crankin out. Yes its that’s hot. BIG thanks aLiVE for gettin at me wit this and J1 for passin the word. Check out Maumin Collective on MySpace.
J1 is puttin in work! I mean this brotha’s crankin it out like crazy. James Brown (R.I.P.) ain’t got nothing on this cat. Just to give you an idea of what I’m talking about; J1 DJ’s at a few spots around LA, is in 2 bands, took time to crank out a podcast for Beats+Crates, few days later plays at the Natural History Museum with Dam Funk, and cranked out YouTube. And that’s just the stuff I know about. I feel like I ran a 5K in a minute givin you the run down. The cool thing is, this is quality stuff J1 is crankin out. YouTube has got a jazzy, hip hop, with a twist of funk to it. I dig it as much as the Attack of the Deer. Check fo yo-self. Download YouTube here and check J1 on MySpace. BIG thanks to the fam J1 & HVW8.
Beats+Crates has been blessed with this exclusive podcast by J1. I met him at the JAY $TAY PAID release party in L.A. and we threw out some ideas. J1 did one better and cranked out this mix of what he’s rockin in only a few days! BIG thanks to J1 for the podcast, and the HVW8 for gettin me hooked on Attack of the Deer.
1. Nino Moschella “If You Believe” Sa-Ra RMX
Nino’s album is dope and it’s a must that we have all sa-ra wax on deck so this was a no brainer 4 the kick off.
2. RJD2 “Bus Stop Bities”
Love this joint from a fellow buckeye(((oh. Stand up)))) love the drums on this too.
3. Radiohead “Everything In Its Right Place”
4sho one of my favorite groups of all time.. And the this melody is the bizness, and i love the rhodes so this is my zone right here.
4. Platinum Pied Pipers “The Look of Love”
Craaaazy remix/flip of a classic tune feat. Maestro 4sho 1 of my records to vibe to (shout out 2 groove merchant records//sf//)
5. Dabrye “With a Professional”
I wish I could of seen this session just to see hoe he did this. His sound is dope and this joint is hella mysterious…
6. Dwight Trible “Otherwordly”
Big shout to the homie///gb/// he made this track and if you aint hip check the name/////gb///////
7. Fat Freddy’s Drop “Flashback” Jazzanova RMX
Dope remix from Jazzanova 4 the super dope band out of new zealand both of these crews are heavy so I had to get this as soon as I seen it.
8. Silouette brown “Whose in Charge”
On this 1 two super talented brothas team up on production ///dego/// & ///kaidi tatham/// if you aint hip to their crews ((((4hero)))) & ((((bugzintheattic))))
Check em out this album to me is some of the most soulful broken-beat the whole album is bangin!!!!
9. Dam-funk “Gold”
This just felt like the perfect ending truly my favorite nighttime smoke jam.. Put this on and just getyomindright!!!!!
There it is ya’ll vibe to it hope u enjoy and please remember all selections were///vinyl/// we love records!!!!!!!!!!! – J1
I Don’t Sleep…I was cruisin around the HVW8′s site to see what’s new with them. I was doing some mad reading and scoping out some paintings they had posted. Then I ran across this crazy cover with a deer on it and a title that read, “Attack of THE DEER.” I was like “this has got to be good with some crazy deer on the cover.” Downloaded it, cranked it up in the headphones, and just played track after track. “Alone” is the first track that got me hooked to it, but it was when I got to “RUCKUS” I started telling people in the office to check it out. I stopped what I was doing and started looking up J-1, the mad beat maker of this beat tape. J-1 is out here in sunny LA by way of Cleveland kickin it with good company. He’s not only a DJ and a beat maker, but also a drummer. This multi-talented cat is jazzin his way into your headphones, so keep your ears open. Download Attackof THE DEER and check out J-1 on MySpace. BIG thanks to Ty and the HVW8 crew.
I was doing my regular blog reading, mixtape hunting, video watching and ran across this. It was a kick video, so i downloaded the track. TreaZon is coming with a mixtape soon according to IllRoots. I’ll keep you posted if it’s as good as this track. BIG thanks to IllRoots for the low down.