Ashtronomic is a 20 year old Jamaican-British Hip-Hop emcee that gravitates towards underground hip-hop and music from the Golden Era. His primary focus is based on delivering precise lyricism.
Ashterisk the Beat Reaper (his malevolent alter ego and ruler of Tartarus; the ghastly sanctuary of underground Hip-Hop) writes a letter as a reaction to Ashtronomic's song "You Are". This letter details his heinous crimes against and hate of womankind. He is opposed by Pheenix his adversary and ally of Ashtronomic, who questions his misogyny and ridicules him for it. The continuation of their syllabic war (which started in Raid) reaches its crescendo, in this their final face off...
After the sad and shocking events this past week in Colorado, my fam Writers Guild decided this was as good a time as any to release "The Sea," a reflective track featuring vocals by myself, Mr Miranda and MC Pennywise. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone affected.
Aer debuts their new music video for their song "Like The Way." The Massachusetts duo bring fans along the ride for a chill day at the beach. The track is off their upcoming album, 'The Bright Side' out July 30th.
alt-J Tour US with Grouplove, Remixed by The Internet of Odd Future
DEBUT ALBUM, AN AWESOME WAVE, OUT SEPTEMBER 18 VIA CANVASBACK
alt-J cover photo provided by the European Space Agency (ESA) Straddling the September 18 U.S. release of debut album, An Awesome Wave, Leeds-based four piece, alt-J has announced a U.S. tour this fall, including dates with Grouplove. Prior to these shows, alt-J has announced August stops in Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, and New York.
On the heels of the tour announcement and following a remix by TV on the Radio's Dave Sitek, alt-J have also shared a remix of "Fitzpleasure" by The Internet of Odd Future (Syd the Kyd and Matt Martians) which is available for streaming and free download via the SoundCloud link below. Support continues to surround all things alt-J with the addition of "Tessellate" to BBC's Radio 1 A-List, following a premiere of the music video with Noisey.
08/01 - Los Angeles, CA - The Echo 08/02 - San Francisco, CA - Popscene @ Rickshaw Stop 08/05 - Chicago, IL - The Empty Bottle w/ Chairlift 08/06 - New York, NY - Mercury Lounge (SOLD OUT) 08/07 - Brooklyn, NY - Glasslands (SOLD OUT) 09/12 - New York, NY - Bowery Ballroom * 09/14 - Philadelphia, PA - Johnny Brendas * 09/15 - Washington, DC - Rock N Roll Hotel * 09/17 - Boston, MA - Great Scott * 09/18 - Montreal, QC - Petite Campus * 09/19 - Toronto, ON - Wrong Bar * 09/21 - Chicago, IL - Empty Bottle * 09/22 - Minneapolis, MN -Triple Rock * 09/25 - Portland, OR - Roseland Theatre w/ Grouplove * 09/26 - Seattle, WA - Moore Theatre w/ Grouplove * 09/30 - Santa Ana, CA - Constellation Room w/ Blood Red Shoes (on sale July 23) 10/01 - San Francisco, CA - The Fillmore w/ Grouplove * 10/04 - Las Vegas, NV - The Pool - The Cosmopolitan w/ Grouplove * 10/08 - St. Louis, MO - Pageant w/ Grouplove * 10/09 - Tulsa, OK - Cain's Ballroom w/ Grouplove * 10/11 - Houston, TX - House of Blues w/ Grouplove * 10/12 - Helotes, TX - Josabis w/ Grouplove * 10/13 - Dallas, TX - House of Blues w/ Grouplove * 10/14 - Austin, TX - Austin City Limits Festival
Here is the video for my brand new smash Tatted Up! It was shot by my homie JP from Sequence Films in Montreal. Also I've included a DJ Pack Here! And for all my supporters you can purchase it or other tracks off Short Days Long Nights atwww.momusiclive.com or itunes Hope you're having a good Summer!
"One can't help but feel that perhaps "Life Is Good" should have had a question mark placed on the end of that album title: the artwork says it all, with Nas looking pristine in the VIP section of a club, all alone, holding the only thing the Kelis left behind – part of her green wedding dress. Really, Mr Jones? Life is good? Well, an hour in the company of QB's finest demonstrates his willingness to back his proclamation up, as he proceeds to tell us: "I shouldn't even be smiling, I should be angry and depressed, I've been rich longer than I've been broke, I confess." It's a revealing line (taken from "Loco-Motive"), given that it mixes optimism with self-awareness, a lack of self-awareness with contradiction, and an unusual amount of ego – breaking the golden rule of writing, Nas uses "I" or "I've" five times in two lines. That's not unusual over the course of LIG, and it certainly hints at a genuinely personal album, the likes of which we've rarely seen from the legend, aside from the criminally underrated "God's Son" released a decade ago. Shrouded in mystery, he finally allows us a glimpse into his psyche, and as he says in the brilliantly titled "No Introduction" you should be prepared for a no holds barred fifteen rounds through the mind of a genius: he pretends to be civilized whilst secretly plotting a revolution; he reminisces on chilling in the Lex with Biggie; he wants us to love/hate/judge him; he sends this out to Kelis… Nas uses stark reality to craft his art, and that is the mark of a true artist. The feel of LIG is suitably epic, with moody, melodramatic instrumental scores giving a cinematic feel for the vast majority of the album. It draws you in, and the curse of poor beat-selection is almost made redundant, finally. A huge amount of credit must surely go to Salaam Remi and No I.D. Between them, they have a hand in eleven of the fourteen tracks on display (more of the bonus cuts later). Even tracks that you may be tempted to skip at times – such as "A Queens Story" – end up having incredible twists and variations (e.g. injections of chopping/Chopin) that suddenly make them essential once more."
various artists :: Hieroglyphics Imperium Summer 2012 Tour Mixtape :: Hiero Imperium as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"To support of their 2012 summer tour, the Hieroglyphics Imperium has released a brand new mixtape compiling together the cream of the crop from their various recent releases, along with one new remix never heard of released before anywhere else. The pricing structure for this album is innovative and laudable, scaled up from free (for the album itself) in $5 increments. If you just want the music, click on the album cover and get you some, you're done. $5 will get you a pack of Hieroglyphics stickers along with the download. $10 gets you the stickers and an exclusive Hiero keychain. $20 is a hellafied value though - it gets you all of the above AND a t-shirt you can rock when they hit your town on tour (or any other time you want). Trust me, they appreciate it when you wear the merch at a show - it's nothing but love from the Hieroglyphic fam for knowing you appreciate them enough to cop and wear their gear. Since there's only one track completely exclusive to this release, it's worth speaking on that one for just a moment - the Souls of Mischief "Home Game" remix by Nima Fadavi. The original version is from 2009's slept on "Montezuma's Revenge" CD. Unfortunately for me at least that makes a remix problematic, because when I reviewed the album it wound up in the coveted category of The Nines, so to me any attempt to remix the songs here is like trying to add an extra brush stroke to "The Starry Night" by Van Gogh. At best it's laughable to think you can improve on near perfection, but what's worse is that you're going to ruin a priceless masterpiece. "
Gensu Dean :: Lo-Fi Fingahz Instrumentals :: Mello Music Group as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon
"If you're searching through the review archives for our write up of the companion Gensu Dean's "Lo-Fi Fingahz" album, you're going to be mystified as to where it is. The answer quite simply is that it isn't there - the original slipped through the cracks amongst the dozens of albums we review each month. I'd be more upset by this faux pas were it not for the fact "Lo-Fi Fingahz" only came out five months ago. I'm not saying we still shouldn't cover it, or that we don't plan to do so, but at least it's not a classic from five years ago we totally overlooked. I need to qualify the use of the word "classic" though, because it's a word thrown around by the label when sending us this instrumental album, though in fairness other reviewers have lauded the album as being quite good. Having not heard the entirety of the rhymes on the original, it would not be fair for me to call it a "classic" myself. Listening to these instrumentals though, one can surmise that even a mediocre emcee would do alright to the boom bap found within, and a halfway good one would be lauded as superb."
"It's startling to discover that over four years have passed since Grip Grand released "Brokelore" to such critical acclaim. My own (embarrassingly deficient) review of that album didn't do it justice: if I could hop back in the DeLorean, the focus would be more on WHY it was so good, plus an added boost to the score (up to a 9.5 or 10). It was an incredibly well-rounded album that connected on every level, and it is surely one of the great crimes within hip hop that such talented rappers/albums remain unheralded gems. His new album "ESAE (Everyone Sucks At Everything)" is a brief offering, more a collection of some road-tested songs over the last few years. Truly, it is EP length, with seven full songs and an instrumental. Yet, quality prevails. His lyricism consists of unstoppable flows, ingenious punchlines and deep humanity. There have been frequent comparisons to Kanye West over the years (early 'Ye, that is) and it's easy to see why. To be honest, that's a slight disservice to Grip, considering he is the more impressive MC in most ways. It's difficult to describe this as "underground hip hop" – it's more universal than that. He's also an accomplished producer, one with an ear for drums, melodies and terrific sequencing. ESAE, as ever, has the feel of an underdog – but one that could well and truly kick your ass lyrically at any point. "
Ill Al Skratch :: Creep Wit' Me :: Mercury Records ** RapReviews "Back to the Lab" series ** as reviewed by Pete T.
"One surefire litmus test if probing '90s hip hop smarts is whether one knows that Ill Al Skratch is in fact not an individual, but rather a duo. While their name might inspire images of Chill Rob G's broke little brother, it was actually a combination of the two Brooklyn MCs' monikers, Big Ill and Al Skratch. After making modest waves with the single "Where My Homiez? (Come Around My Way)" in '94 they made perhaps their greatest contribution to the pop music canon by introducing the world to a certain Brian McKnight on the follow-up "I'll Take Her." Anchored by an orchestral street symphony and a PMD vocal sample, the young McKnight, later of "Back at One" fame, pleads his crude case ("If you don't want her, don't waste her time") between the rappers' hilariously raunchy verses. An auspicious beginning for an ambitious crooner it wasn't, but it is a classic East Coast single. Upon hearing Al Skratch's booming voice, one immediately formulates a strikingly accurate mental image of "the one with the voice that's raspy"—a dark chocolate brother who, unless you play ball for a living, is probably significantly bigger than you. On "I'll Take Her" he and his partner-in-rhyme position themselves as cockeyed opportunists, the type to "give your man a pound, then I'll ask you what's your name." It's a deeply humorous affair, however, with the less gruff but equally bombastic Big Ill trading lines with his compadre and Mr. McKnight providing a soulful if miles-over-the-top performance. "
"William Paul Mitchell b/k/a Large Professor has picked up his output level slightly in the last few years. We went 10 years from the break-up of his rap group 'til the release of his official solo debut "1st Class" and bootleg release of "The LP." We then went another half decade+ until he decided to drop an album wryly titled "Main Source," but since then he put out an official version of "The LP" and dropped this brand new album "Professor @ Large." By my math, since I'll count the official version of "The LP" as a new album, that's three releases from Extra P in the last five years. That's not what you'd call prolific for anybody OTHER the Professor, but given how reticent Mr. Mitchell is, that's as close to it for the P as we'll ever get. Paul is famous for different things depending on who you ask or what part of his career they're familiar with. He's definitely a wizard behind the boards, famous for his contributions to classic rap albums like "Let the Rhythm Hit 'Em" and "Illmatic." For some though his contributions as a lyricist in that same era loom even larger, famed for rap songs like "Just a Friendly Game of Baseball" and "Looking at the Front Door." In my mind I'd prefer to give him credit for both, but in truth his rapping took a backseat to production for so long that a cameo rap or a 12" single in the 1990's was a rare event. Even with the turn of the calendar to the 21st century and several solo albums under his belt, that's still a hard image for me to shake. "
"The opening and titular track of "Demons" left me puzzled for about 30 seconds. "Somebody made a mistake," said me to myself and I. "Either the record label sent me the wrong album, or I somehow used the wrong download link. This can't be right - it sounds like bluegrass country rock." A quick scan of the album's tracks showed that neither the label nor I were mistaken. Well known Canadian hip-hop artists like D-Sisive ("Another Day"), Fatty Jones ("Ready") and Rellik ("Step Into the Ring") appear throughout the credits. "Demons" is definitely the right album, although that just goes to show Plex is a little bit different from the average. A 15 year veteran who owns and operates his own independent label (New Leak Entertainment), he like fellow Toronto native Drake has made successful forays into acting and also has hosted an acclaimed radio broadcast called "The Plex Show" for over 2 years. Of course those are just the credentials in his bio - the music is what matters the most. The title track quoted above (which also features a cameo by B. Brown) proves Plex is a capable storyteller. He also self-produces, a familiar trademark of rappers who have a Northern Touch to their craft. When he does turn the reigns over to others, they turn in some impressive tracks. Rich Kidd's work on "Warriors" is reminiscent of DJ Premier - bubbling, symphonic and lush. Speaking of deejays, DJ Corbett's pop sensibility on "Ready" make his beat an ideal backdrop for a song by Tyga or Weezy."
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