To celebrate making Willamette Week's Best New Band list, TOPE decided to let go a free song from his recent album, UNTIL THE NEXT TIME WE MEET. TOPE pairs crew members Prem (Living Proof) and Epp (TxE) with the prolofic young producer Stewart Villain to bring you the Summer-Champagne-Anthem, "LIFE OF THE PARTY." Last week TOPE become the first solo hip hop artist to ever place top 10 in Willamette Week's Best New Band poll, coming in at number 6!
“Pass Dat” featuring King Sun is the second official single off of Fokis’ upcoming "Vintage Album", Produced by HipHipHeredia (Fokis' Older Brother). King Sun was one of the first and most successful Afrocentric hip-hop artists in the early 90's, he was a force on and off the mic. His Gold Selling album Righteous But Ruthless featured the smash single "Be Black" which solidified his place in Hip-Hop history.
The Vintage album is scheduled for release this summer and features Hip-Hop legends Kurtis Blow, DMC, Grandmaster Caz, Brand Nubian, Kool G. Rap, Spoonie Gee, King T, MC Eiht, Mic Geronimo, N.O.R.E. and more. Created with two purposes in mind, “The Vintage Album” was intended not only to salute Hip-Hop’s pioneers but also to re-create the sound and feel of the early 80’s through the mid 90’s.
The Beastie Boys were my Beatles. My father would preach the gospel of the Fab 5 while me, too young to give a shit, wanted to wear baggy clothing and be MCA. You'd think I wanted to be Mike D due to the '4th letter in the alphabet' connection, but nope. Yauch was cooler to me.
MCA was no bullshit. The only one of the three that I would be afraid of. Yauch was my Lennon. Leave the bubblegum to McCartney. Here's the real shit.
"I can blow you away or you could ride with me." -MCA, Paul Revere
My world stopped when a friend of mine sent me a text, telling me MCA passed away. I've lost people. It's always a different reaction based on the closeness of the relationship. I've never met Adam Yauch, but it felt like I lost a family member. We never shook hands, or greeted each other, but I've spent hundreds of hours, over the course of 20 plus years, with him and the Beastie Boys in my headphones.
No offense to, but I wasn't one of those tweeting how they were going to spend their entire weekend listening to the Beastie Boys, in memory of MCA. I've been listening to them consistently since the late eighties. Not a week goes by that I don't have one craving to listen to a Beastie Boys song.
I knew I had to create something for him. I didn't want to record the typical tribute song. MCA wasn't typical and deserves better. I wanted to take it back to my childhood. The childhood they had impacted so heavily. I wanted to take it back to me, rapping Pass The Mic in a comb in front of a mirror in my bedroom, hat backwards, in my father's work jacket. These were the moments that drove me to become an artist. And MCA helped me steer.
Video: X-Excutions & X-Men Continue to Roc for Raida
Members of the X-Men and X-Ecutioners recently reunited to celebrate the life of Roc Raida at the "Roc for Raida" Listening Party at Scratch DJ Academy in New York City. DJs Sean C, DJ Diamond (Diamond Jay), Mista Sinista, DJ Precision, Rob Swift, and Boogie Blind gathered to reminisce about Roc Raida and showcase routines for an intimate crowd.