Happy Hogswatch!!! It's that non-denominational celebration time of year again... Yup yup, it's that time of the earth cycle where people exchange gifts for whatever reason they have to do so and all is merry in the world aside from the stress fo getting presents for people, long lines everywhere and traffic taht makes you think you're having a heart attack. Other than that, it's a pretty sweet time of year... I hope you have been well since the last letter I sent out, waaaaay back in the spring. I have been very busy, so much so I haven't had time to tell you about it! So where to begin...
on July 4th with a great reception, to which I immediately and completely fell apart with keeping up with my weekly posts (as per the ususal), but frankly there is a TON of great stuff in there so I figured I'd cost for a bit until 2012. But as you can tell from this email the kraken of the internet has awoken to finish 2011 with a bang (hopefully). So check the site and poke around and see if you like anything, make a comment, talk about my mom (her name is MANGO btw, no lie!) and offer a suggestion as to how I can be less doldrum and more sparkle. You smell me?
Podcasts Like the website, my podcasts section has been a bit dusty with the updates, not to say I haven't been active, I just haven't had the time to reflect it on the site archive. I have three recent podcast that you can stream at Rapreviews.com (shouts to DJ Flash for being a really good guy in dealing with my scattered nature) or you can check the download links below...
Broadcast and Internet shows I have recently picked up another slot on WPKN to ressurect my old show Six Feet Deep (alt wednesdays 8-11pm) in addition to my regular Tuesday (7-9am) morning weekly show. you can find more about the shows or stream them fromWPKN's Websiteor if you are in the CT/MA/LI area you can get it on 89.5fm, tomorrow I will have Spits Nelson on my morning show @8:30am and the next day I will have Sidestep Complex in studio for Six Feet Deep. Here is an archive of a REALLY great guest spot I had with the homies Paulie Think and the DIY Bandits
In addition to my broadcast show, I have been doing a Saturday web show (Kitchen Sink) on RWD.fm (2-4pm) which is basically me bugging out on the turntables for 2 hours on a Sturday afternoon; mostly good stuff, some bad, and a bit ugly at times. Here's a link to one of my more recent shows...
Live Events I have been laying low so to speak this year with the live events, no more weeklies or anything, but have managed to do a lot of road work and DJ some cool events as well. I will always be doing something in and about my area or the US. The best thing to do would be to 'like' my FB Fan Page or to follow me on Twitter to stay up on what's good as it changes alot.
Free Album feat. Statik Selektah, Donny Goines & More!
Life in Amazin Times is Jimmy ValenTime’s first full length project that is made up of largely original songs. Jimmy ValenTime said, “I feel like people should judge Life in Amazin Times like it’s my first album. I spent over a year recording and touring with these songs. I consider it my defining statement as an artist.”
Life in Amazin Times features original production from Statik Selektah (Action Bronson, Freddie Gibbs), Jay Quest (Skyzoo, Reks), and Willie Green (Soul Khan, C-Rayz Walz). Life in Amazin Times also features a collaboration with emerging artist, Donny Goines on the song titled, “The Come Up Pt. 2”. In addition to working with these diverse artists and producers, the album is filled with many incredible solo records. The previous singles from Life in Amazin Times, “Understand” and “Take It in Blood” have been played on over two dozen radio stations, and have also been successful in international markets such as Germany, Australia, and New Zealand.
Jimmy ValenTime says “Life in Amazin Times lets people who have followed my career have all my most popular songs on one album as well as introducing them to a more diverse style of music that I have produced.” Life In Amazin Times covers diverse topics such as religion (“Time”), relationships (“Your Amazing”), loss (“Far Away”), and growing up in poverty (“Take it in Blood”). Jimmy also addresses his comparison to M.F. Doom on “The DOOM Interlude”, and “I’m Awesome” is a song that displays his signature sarcasm.
The Title Life in Amazin Times has a special significance to Jimmy ValenTime as he explains, “I picked the title because I am finally doing what I always wanted to do, it’s never the right time to chase your dreams, but life can be amazing when you stop making excuses.”
Video: Napoleon Da Legend - "Phoenix" (dir. Crazy Al Cayne)
"Phoenix" is the latest installment from Crazy Al Cayne's "Sugar Cayne Experiment" EP series. DMV MC, Napleon Da Legend is the first subject of the experiment and he spits fresh thought provoking bars over a beat created by Sugar Cayne back in 1995. This combination of ingredients describes the "Phoenix", A new beginning to a style of HipHop that most considered dead. The beat is a direct link to an era in HipHop that HipHop heads hold dear in their hearts. Stay Tuned for the Sugar Cayne Experiment Vol#1 EP dropping real soon!
Los Angeles emcee Monk McNasty defrauds the myth of Santa Claus in the new music video for "Dadda Clause", directed by Emerg McVay. McNasty made his name as a battler on the GrindTime circuit before releasing last year's Full Metal Rapshet mixtape.
Audio: yU "Can't Hide (feat. EyeQ)" New Non-Album Bonus Cut!
Courtesy Mello Music Group.
Today, enjoy the non-album bonus cut from yU "Can't Hide" (ft. EyeQ) produced by Slimkat78. Slimkat78's production features vocal sample and chopped up horns while yU and guest MC, EyeQ, trade verses. The combination between yU, EyeQ, and Slimkat78 seems effortless while yU and EyeQ's chemistry is undeniable. Enjoy!
So after many years of being under the study of Beat-Making John Robinson has finally decided to let the rest of the world hear what he creates outside of writing lyrics and working with various other producers around the world. "My beats are very personal to me, they are like therapy for whenever I am not writing. It is another outlet to express myself creatively." says J.R. when asked why he hasn't put his beats out there sooner.
Welcome to the first installment of Brilliant Soundscapes, enjoy and spread the vibes.