Sotu the Traveller – HourGlass

Sotu the Taveller hooked up with Nalden to make this ill video for his track HourGlass.  It tripped me out at first. I started to hear that backwards record sound on the track and the video was in forward motion.  At first there were small changes I started to notice, like the video was going to the tempo of the track, then it would switch to just the beat.  It wasn’t until I watched it a second time that I noticed half way through the video, that it goes in reverse.  Just crazy.  Check out Sotu the Traveller’s album Left on BandCamp.  Also find him on Twitter and MySpace. BIG thanks Sotu for the heads up.

BOOMBOX: May 1st

I gotta apologize for the delay on getting the word out on this month’s Boombox. It’s going to be an absolute must see, event! First off, let me give BIG thanks to Inka One, Ben Diggin, and One Man Jazz for making Boombox a staple in L.A. Second, the folks at Boombox know how to bring in the heavy hitters.  The line-up is sick… Exile, Oddisee, Samiyam, &  J. Bizness. You think you’ve got better plans, yeah right. Trust me, you’ll want to go to this one.  So, unless you’re going to Timeless, Boombox is going to be the spot. See you all there.

IMPORTANT: RSVP at Going LA

BOOMBOX | 1st Saturdays
Grand Star Jazz Club

943 N.Broadway Los Angeles (Chinatown)
9:30pm-2am | 21 & over

$5 before 10:30pm w/ RSVP| $10 otherwise

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Marv Won – The Way Of The Won

Marv Won - Way Of The WonFirst off, if you don’t follow HouseShoes on Twitter, you’re sleeping. Now to the music. Marv Won’s Way Of The Won hits hard.  The first track, Rite Back, had me hooked. What Up came on and that’s when the volume got cranked up.  I can’t talk about each track here, but i’m telling you, I haven’t skipped a track yet.  From the banging beats to the storytelling style flows, you’ll see why this is in B+C’s heavy rotation.  Download Marv Won – The Way Of The Won here. BIG thanks HouseShoes for the heads up.

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Marv Won – Rite Back

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Marv Won – Get Back

SelfSays – Something Out Of Nothing

SelfSays - Something Out Of NothingI have a love-hate relationship with EP’s. When I love it, I hate waiting for the rest of the LP to come out, and Something Out Of Nothing is no different. After listening to the 8 track debut EP…a few times I was like, “When’s the LP coming?!”  SelfSays has a classic style of flow with a Detroit twist that complements the electro-sapce beats. The cover art is a trip too. Reminds me of Fly Lo’s Los Angeles. Something Out Of Nothing is a chill EP that you can easily put on repeat. I was sleeping on this one. SelfSays dropped Something Out Of Nothing in February, but I’m awake now. Download SelfSays Something Out Of Nothing on Bandcamp. Also check out SelfSays on MySpace and Twitter. BIG thanks SelfSays for keeping it fresh.

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SelfSays – Little Things

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SelfSays – Same Space (Just Easy)

Kev Brown – Random Joints

kevbrown_randomjointsI went to Fatbeats for Fashawn and Exile’s in-store and picked up the album Boy Meets World (dope, must have). I talked to Houseshoes and he was like, “If you want some dope sh*t, check this.” and handed me Kev Brown Random Joints. When Houseshoes talks music, you listen! I bought that too. I got in my car, put Random Joints in, and rocked it back to back. I even drove the long way home. You can buy Random Joints online, but with a physical copy you get 2 additional tracks and an instrumental track! Another reason to grab a physical copy Random Joints is self distributed, meaning  Kev Brown / Low Budget shipped it or dropped it off himself. That’s tight. Either way, go buy Kev Brown’s Random Joints. You’ll be glad you did. Catch up with Kev Brow on Twitter. BIG thanks to Houseshoes for the recommendation and Low Budget for putting out dope stuff. Can’t wait to see what else Low Budget drops.

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Kev Brown – Listen

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Kev Brown – The Marvelous Joint ft. Yu

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Kev Brown – Bonus Track

The Best Are Full Of Love prod. Cook Classics

Got an email from the good folks at A-Side Worldwide with a link to this video of Buff1, Diz Gibran, and Cook Classics reworking The Best Are Full Of Love. The track was originally done with Shaw Jackson for Cook’s The New Classics, but got put on hold for future projects that are coming to light. The Best Are Full Of Love will be featured on Buff1’s upcoming album It’s a 1derful Life and Shaw Jackson’s mixtape, so keep an eye out. Download The Best Are Full Of Love here. Also check out Cook’s The Original Recipes! BIG thanks to Steph for the heads up and to Greg The Dude for making dope videos.

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Buff1 x Shawn Jackson x Diz Gibran prod. by Cook – The Best are Full of Love Download

Interview: Houseshoes

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For most of y’all I don’t have to tell you who Houseshoes is, but for those of you sleeping under a rock he is Hip Hop! To the point, laid back, real, Detroit, and all around good dude are just a few ways I would describe Houseshoes. From killing it DJing to making ill beats this is the guy to know. A while back I got this track called Castles by Houseshoes. Since then I’ve been keeping an eye out for whatever he drops, even podcast. Unlike other podcast, Houseshoes’ reads more like a resume and list of his friends. I’m amazed of all the projects and the people he’s worked with. Be sure to check out The Makings and keep your eyes and ears open for his LP, and look for him at Shoes House (Blue Monkey Lounge) in Hollywood. BIG thanks to Houseshoes for taking the time.

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Houseshoes – Castles

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Houseshoes – Dorothy’s Look

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Houseshoes on MySpace & Twitter

Houseshoes’ podcasts

A-Side Worldwide

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IllSkilz – The Beat Tape 2

Ill Skilz - Raw Beats 2This cat from the Netherlands has been up on B+C from day one. IllSkiz let us know he was feeling the content. Later down the road he shot us an email with some beats he made and we quickly wrote a post. If you missed the first post about IllSkiz go back and check it out. My man IllSkiz blessed B+C with another beat tape. There’s a track he made titled BeatsNCrates he made for B+C! Now that’s tight, right?! I don’t have to tell you IllSkiz has mad skills making beats, but if he’s new to you, check out the first post. Download IllSkilz – The Beat Tape 2 here. BIG thanks to IllSkiz for making some crazy beats and the B+C anthem. IllSkiz is B+C fam in my book. Keep cranking out the good stuff man.

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IllSkilz – BeatsNCrates

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IllSkilz – Food Poetry

Rick Hughes: Beat Maker on the Move

Rick HughesI first got wind of this cat Rick Hughes from the track In My City off Cali Co-op, and a few folks I’ve talked with dropped his name in conversations. But what made me really pay attention was an email I got from Camille about her post on Arize Magazine’s site. I chatted with her on twitter about it, and Camille told me she was all about getting good music heard. I was down for that, and the tracks she sent were good. Rick Hughes has worked with a gang of people from Kid Boogie to Oh On, so I’d keep a close eye on this cat. Rick, keep making moves…and rep’n the I.E. Download all 5 tracks here. BIG thanks Camille for keeping my ears open.

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Elzhi & William S. – In My City (prod. by Rick Hughes) Download

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Mykestro – We Major (prod. by Rick Hughes) Download

Spon – Buy Surprise mixed by El Zink

Spon - BUY SURPRISEB+C has been laying low for a while, but is running at full speed. One of the things that got us going, totally came Buy Surprise. Spon aka Sponatola hit me with this mix of beats. I started listening to it while he was giving me the back story. Spon is known for drop lyrics, but wanted to let folks know he can drop a beat too. I wasn’t familiar with Spon the rapper, but quickly got to know Spon the beat maker after playing Buy Surprise back to back several times. Buy Surprise shows the range that Spon has as a beat maker. It went from raw and rough to a big and cinematic sound, and with the help of DJ El Zink it has smooth transitions .  Download Spon – Buy Surprise here. BIG thanks to Sponatola for the heads up.