Fresh off a successful SXSW, and with their debut album release, When Pigs Fly, to be released for free next Monday, March 28th, Paris Pershun and Slim Gravy a.k.a. A.Dd+ are revealing one more sneak peak of the LP with the track "Mary Go." This new song sees the group's unofficial third member and album producer Picnic Tyme, also of Erykah Badu's Cannabinoids crew, step out from behind the boards and up to the mic for the only time on When Pigs Fly, creating a tasty hook and subsequently big, blowout sound.
"Mary Go" starts off with the rattling, rapid-fire drum-line snares, complemented by booming bass-heavy kicks and echoed vocals bouncing atop the layered percussion. But the song really comes into full form when the chorus hits, with a strong back beat now accompanied by powerful, dance-inducing synths and Picnic's boisterous chorus. The message here, as the duo explains, is pure debauchery, "fun times, drunk nights, promiscuity and partying," and Picnic's chorus drives that point home finely as he sings, "Got your hands up, panties dropped, scrub the ground, there ya go/ Past drunk, 'bout to clown, head spinning, Mary go," before breaking out into a frenzied call-and-response refrain with Paris and Slim.
Chrissy Murderbot’s first album for Planet Mu is a collection of tracks that should come with the warning "be prepared to sweat".
The last few years have seen Chrissy working hard on the optimum formula for getting down and having non-stop fun. Women’s Studies is an album of party starting, populist mutations with vocal contributions from the Dancehall mcees MC ZULU, Rubi Dan and Warrior Queen, plus rappers Popeye, Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog. It's made with a brazen and unashamed love for dance music, mixing energetic tropes into a sticky tropical punch.
The influence of Ghetto House and Juke from his chosen home of Chicago hangs over the album. From the off, things get fleet-footed on "Break You Off" with it’s night-time atmosphere built from Rhodes chord progressions and sexy vocals over tight, subtle rolling footwork drums and bass; it’s like a 160bpm musical massage. Later on "Bussin Down" continues the footwork influence with a sped-up grooving funk sample, over which Juke/Footwork legend DJ Spinn gives the orders (and check out the delightful video, here). Elsewhere "Heavy Butt"s seesawing bassline and 8-bit melody gets the message across loud and clear, while the impressionist footwork of "Jiggle" is probably the most jiggling piece of music ever recorded.
Other tracks such as "New Juke Swing" mix crunchy drums of the kind you might find on a Teddy Riley production with a bassline of an early grime record while Rubi Dan acts as master of ceremonies… "The Vibe Is So Right", featuring MC ZULU, pits chopped breakbeats against big basslines at funky house speed, which quickly intensify into sharp junglist patterns. On "Bump Uglies" Chrissy mixes cute girl vocals chopped up over a flat dancehall beat while MC Popeye rides the rhythm making his intentions clear, while the album's poppiest moment "Sweet Thang" features Coool Dundee and Johnny Moog in an inspired high speed mix of jungle and electro with soul vocals and mcing.
Things get decidedly early 90’s with Warrior Queen on "Under Dress" a strange amalgam of acid and (more) New Jack Swing, with Warrior Queen dropping some filthy lyrics. The 90’s revival continues with the "U Got Me Burnin Up (Club Cirque)" which mixes high speed ravey piano and diva samples with crackin 160bpm juke and hip house vocals from Coool Dundee.
On Women's Studies Murderbot manages to twist underground music forms into a new kind of high quality pop music that's a joy to listen to.
Curious about the Juke/Footwork stylings of Chicago? Check out Chrissy's video for "Bussin Down", featuring DJ Spinn and renowned Footwork dancers AG and Lite Bulb. Directed by Jay Schroeder and Jon Sands, the video shows you the never-before released "Bussin Down™" videogame, out exclusively on the new Super Nintexboxstation 3™. It makes you wish "Bussin Down" was the real deal.
For more information on Chrissy Murderbot, check out his Girlie page or give us a shout!
Artist: Pusha T Song: Cook It Down Mixtape: Fear of God Label: Re-Up Gang / G.O.O.D. Music
Directed By: Shomi Patwary / Illusive Media Director of Photography: Shomi Patwary Editor: Shomi Patwary Producer: Terrence Thornton, Shomi Patwary, Big EZ Co-Producer: Eleanor Earl Production Assistants: Tashfiq Patwary, Youngmoney Yawn, Anthony Savage, Charley Feher
MP3 + YONAS Announces Release Of Debut Album The Proven Theory
(March 22, 2011 - Brooklyn, NY) Bronx, New York MC YONAS is proud to announce the release of his debut album, The Proven Theory. First hitting the scene with The New Golden Era EP in 2008 and the I Am Us mixtape, a project that received over 50,000 downloads, in 2009, YONAS continues to raise the bar for his own music and is now releasing The Proven Theory on April 25, 2011 via City of Dreams.
Self-reflection, positive philosophies and meticulous assembly played major roles in the project's development. "I just approached each record with the mentality of, 'How can I make this individual song as good as possible,'" says YONAS. "I take my time to create as much music as possible in a certain time frame, and then sit with those songs and piece [them] together. It's almost like building puzzle pieces, and then trying to put the puzzle together in the end." He also upgraded the sound quality of the album, noting that, "it takes time to get the necessary tools in your corner to achieve this quality, and I've been blessed to acquire those tools over the past year."
The meaning behind the album title is the result of YONAS' personal studies in applying familiar philosophies to his life, citing "quality over quantity," "patience is a virtue," and "you are the company you keep" as major themes that have proven successful time and again. "I can lean on these theories and ideas to get me through life," says YONAS. "Embodying these characteristics, ideas, and morals makes me the proven theory." Going against the trend of having a potpourri of beats from different producers, YONAS opted to work with only one producer, Sean Divine, whose own credits include Jadakiss, on The Proven Theory in order to create a unified sound for the album.
YONAS chose to begin the album with the inspirational "I Could," a song that serves not only as a single from the album but also a concentrated representation of what the album stands for. "I'm just trying to show people that it's possible to achieve whatever it is you set out to do," says YONAS. Starting out as a classically trained violinist and the son of Ugandan and Ethiopian parents, he is a testament to his own cause. Above all, there exists a passion that transcends YONAS' music: “I want people from all different walks of life to relate to my music and that’s the only thing I’m concerned about—being a universal artist.”
YONAS' album The Proven Theory will be available this April via City of Dreams.
Just got back from SXSW but the grind does not stop...the Camp Lo mixtape release is pushed back a week to 3/29, but we have a new track to give you in the meantime, below.
Also, if you are so inclined, you can check out my SXSW Recap, here. It was a crazy week for me, from rocking with my STL crew and impromptu Freeway performances to meeting Diddy and being named Killer Mike's official tour DJ...damn I love SXSW lol...
And here is the opening track off the Camp Lo mixtape:
I’ve always felt Camp Lo hasn’t gotten the acclaim they deserved–everyone recognizes Luchini as a classic but the whole Uptown Saturday Night album is an underrated gem, and their subsequent albums were very solid despite being practically ignored by the rap crowd at large. As such, it’s a great honor to be helping try to push them back towards the spotlight by mixing and presenting the 80 Blocks From Tiffany’s mixtape, alongside with DJ Mark Divita, in anticipation of their upcoming collaboration album with Pete Rock of the same name.
The mix is a combination of unreleased tracks, a capella blends, and a few freestyles over Pete Rock beats, recorded in L.A. with the homie Grilla just for this tape. We dropped one of the exclusive joints two weeks ago, “Jimmy Page,” and present to you another as the last leak before the full mix drops next Tuesday. The “80 Blocks Intro” is filled with rapid-fire slang over the ill keys and bass of one of my favorite beats off Mecca and the Soul Brother, “For Pete’s Sake.” It doesn’t have to make sense to be dope, especially with flows like Cheeba’s and Suede’s.