8.17.2010

Coultrain as Seymour Liberty | GodMustBeABoogieman EP

St. Louis native Coultrain has been making noise for a few years with his soulful offerings.



He's offered us The Adventures Of Seymour Liberty back in 2008 and been featured on To Serve With Love from Black Spade and 10,000 Apples by Gotta Be Karim and a few other loose songs with the Platinum Pied Pipers as well. Coultrain blesses the masses with this soulful/jazzy/funky and downright damn creative EP entitled:





Check it out folks, and get some soul in ya life.

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8.02.2010

Mama Said Knock You Out Remix

Let's hear it for Monday folks!!! *crickets* 
Anyway, check out this remix of LL Cool J's Mama Said Knock You Out I did for Kevin Nottingham:


Click the photo to download the .mp3
or click the link here:


It's a posse cut with Lyrikill, Monsta X, Mecca Godzilla and Jun Classic. The beat is produced by Consern and features some crazy ass cuts from DJ Grazzhoppa.
The project doesn't drop until August 26th but peep the back cover for the full listing.


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7.28.2010

Bullets & Books | Gotta Be Karim

It's been a long time coming for the homie Gotta Be Karim and the time is finally here:


Click here to download
This is a project that's been in production for quite some time; a labor of love have you.
Gotta Be balances out the street knowledge of a hustler with the intellect of a scholar and the wit and wisdom of a grown ass man [as all MC's should any-damn-way]. 
Production is handled by Tech Supreme, Black Spade, Vandalyzm, Trifecta and Nodzilla along with guest spots from STL family bka The Force all over the project. 


 But that's enough talking: get'cha life together and download this piece of art.

[Work=Love]

7.22.2010

Naira + J. Haze + Sade = The Colour of Love

Have you ever actually been in love?
Do you remember the feeling of when you first met that person and how you felt after you knew the relationship was over?
Songstress/MC Naira and producer J. Haze have put those feelings and that experience in these few songs set to the sound-scape of Sade.
The project is entitled 
                                            "The Colour of Love"


Click the photo to download and experience dopeness.

[Work=Love]

7.12.2010

Get Some Money and Go to Jail-Ahmad + Crooked I

Y'all remember Ahmad? Like "Back in the day when I was young I'm not a kid anymore..." ?



Check his new song with Crooked I called "Get Some Money and Go To Jail"  from his new album called "The Death Of Me"
Follow Ahmad via Twitter: @AHMADWECLAP

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6.14.2010

Kemitic Aha

What up world?
Today I introduce you to an MC known as METHUZULAH and his new project entitled:




Methuzulah rhymes over all DJ Primer tracks for the whole tape with guest appearances by: 

Dinco D from Leaders of The New School
Boog Brown
Rita J
DJ Enok
Akil of Jurassic 5 
and more...

The whole tape is dope, click the photo or it out here: Methuzulah: Kemetic Aha
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5.27.2010

The Roots: Dear God (2.0)



This is a dooooope new song from The (Legendary) Roots (Crew) entitled "Dear God (2.0)" from their forthcoming album "How I Got Over"


From what the original post via Okayplayer.com says, The Roots remixed "Dear God" from Jim James and The Monsters Of Folk.
Did some research on Monsters Of Folk and I only know of Bright Eyes but their stuff is pretty cool.
Some of you may remember The Roots remixing/recovering/extending to Cody Chestnutt's "The Seed" for their album "Phrenology" as "The Seed (2.0)"; this was actually one of their most successful songs next to "You Got Me" with Erykah Badu.
Usually I don't post songs you can get everywhere but when you download this from Def Jam it's just a pain in the arse.
So click the photo above for a direct download of the song.

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4.04.2010

A wheel of an 18 wheeler hit my car yesterday

and I'm still here.



I don't have any witty response to type, nor do I have some prayer to chant, I am just honestly happy to be alive. 
This wheel was damn near bigger than my car door itself and I managed to come out scar-less from a shower of plexiglass.
I'm STILL picking out shards of glass from my pockets, shoes, even had some in my ears.
Right now I'm going about my life as I normally would but I can't help reflect on the Final Destination-type French kiss with death I had. 
Peace to the other folks who found the truck and got the plate for me and the man who pulled my door off so I could quit hyperventilating, y'all didn't have to do that but I surely appreciate it. 

[Work=Love]

3.23.2010

The Contender Is Here *NEW BLCTXT*

It's been a long time...


here's some new heat from ya folk, folk.
It's a jawn I like to call "Contender" and it's produced by none other than King I Divine.
Click the photo [ya like?] to download the song.
Let me know what y'all think.

[Work=Love]

When You See Me/Drink More Water videos by Gotta Be Karim

New videos from my homie Gotta Be Karim directed by my bruh, Free Phareal.
These songs come from his upcoming project, "Bullets And Books" due out this Spring.


When You See Me


Drink More Water


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3.10.2010

3.09.2010

*New Embassy Music Board* Zombies-We Up


New heat from my folks Embassy Music Board called Zombies [We UP]
Getcha' life right and download this jawn.

[Work=Love]

3.03.2010

Do For Self Radio Spot

Check out this promo video with the homie Gotta Be Karim over at WREK 91.1.
Propers to my main man Free Phareal for shooting/editing the footage.




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2.28.2010

That Newnew Black Spade prod by J*Davey



Got this on loop right now.
It's the homie Black Spade over a beat by J*Davey.
It's called New U.
Get'chu some.

[Work=Love]

2.22.2010

*Free Ep* Children Of The Night: Yes/No



Check out my homeboys from uptop [Queens, NY to be exact]
Children Of The Night.
They just dropped their newnew EP recently called "Yes/No"
I enjoy this artwork just as much as the music.
Click the photo to download it and show them some love.

[Work=Love]

2.07.2010

Happy Birthday Dilla. One Won't Do...

Tuesday, March 28 2000: I was 15 years old.



Come to think of it, I JUST turned 25 so that makes this memory exactly ten years old.
*Flavor Flav voice* WAAAAAAAAAAW.
After hearing Common's verse on "Respiration" by Black Star I did some digging and found his third album, "One Day It'll All Make Sense" produced by his main producer NO ID.
Once I had heard that his follow up, "Like Water For Chocolate" was coming out I saved all my money and made sure that I would be at my local Media Play RIGHT after school.
I was already geeked that Com collaborated with DJ Primer for "6th Sense" so I, like any kid at the time that proudly wore the badge of "backpacker", expected to hear some NO ID beats.
But by the time I got to "Doonit" I was into a whole 'nother universe of sonics.

Enter:


Jay Dee

"Like Water For Chocolate" was my very first introduction to J Dilla, known then as Jay Dee.
Needless to say that I never got any homework done that night I bought LWFC.
I made it my bidniss, as my granddaddy would say, to wake up every morning to "Heat" and "Cold Blooded" and go to bed with, in my opinion the BEST song on LWFC, "Nag Champa."
Yes, yes y'all I absorbed this album as a piece of my consciousness, weaving it's rhythms into the fabric of my life so that I could escape through it in my dreams.
After hearing Dilla's work on LWFC I did more research for his material.
I could only get my hands on certain things so my next purchase was

Slum Village's "Fantastic Vol. 2"



Now to be honest, I did not understand this album at the time it dropped.
The beats were so raw but the rhymes were wack to me; well, except for Dilla's verses.
After a long discussion with my man Marcel (whom I credit for putting me on to soooo many Dilla rarities) I finally understood that most of the rhymes were freestyled; so I gave it another listen and I SWEAR to you I know EVERY word.
Where "LWFC" taught me to hit hard lyrically and write subject matter for songs "Fantastic Vol. 2" taught me how to create a certain vibe in a session to bring it to a record.



Fast forward to Tuesday, February 7th 2006: I had just turned 21 and waltzed out of Tower Records with "Donuts" in my hands.
Again, I didn't really understand the album.
I read about it on Okayplayer but I didn't expect it to have NO rhymes on it; this is the first time I heard a beat tape.
The more research I did on Donuts the more I understood it, as well as the more I played it, the more I liked it.
Illastrate recently told me how some beats were crafted from the intro, hook, verse and outro of the sample; I also read that Dilla tried to actually speak through certain beats to any MC that 'got' where you were supposed to rhyme at.
My favorite Donuts are "Last Donut Of The Night" and "Stop!"
"Stop!" stood out to me because of how Dilla flipped the Dionne Warrick sample, and after hearing Just Blaze flip it on Usher's "Confessions" I was exposed to yet another way of translating perspective to a listener.
A few days later would bring the sad news of Dilla's passing on February 10th 2006.
I found myself in a 2 hour phone conversation with Marcel about the legacy this man has.

Sunday, February 7th 2010:


When it comes to music it's Dilla's work ethic that inspires and motivates me the most-the man just never stopped working.
On his deathbed he was crafting Donuts and other music.
While he was stricken with Lupus and bound to a wheelchair, he did shows like
"Who stoppin me?!"
Every time I open a conversation with Dilla as a topic with anyone, I learn more new things about this man.
Thumbing through every memories as a youth I realize that Dilla's music is there as a soundtrack of sorts.
This is where Dilla changed my life: with music.

2.05.2010

New Gotta Be Karim *Early*

What it is good people?
I know I ain't been blogging in a while and I do apologize.
As a warm and welcome return I'd like for you to check out the new single "Early" my homeboy

Gotta Be Karim


This is some newnew doodoo from his "Bullets and Books" album which drops in March.
Karim is from St. Louis but now he's in Atlanta getting his network game super tight.
March is also the month where Karim will be putting on the Do For Self events at Lenny's Bar; more info on these gigs later though.
For now, enjoy the jamming new song from my homie.

Early by Gotta Be Karim

[Work=Love]