Madball's Freddy Cricien Names His Top 5 NYHC Albums
Madball frontman Freddy Cricien recently shared his top five favorite New York Hardcore albums for MetalInsider.net. In this exclusive count-down, Cricien not only lists his five favorite records and tracks (including releases from Sick Of It All, Cro-Mags, Agnostic Front and others), but also recalls each album’s significance to the legendary NYHC scene. Find out which NYHC albums made Freddy’s list via the link below:
If anyone can evoke the spirit of NYHC, it would be Freddy Cricien. By the time he turned 7 years old, Freddy was already performing onstage with his brother Roger Miret (vocalist for Agnostic Front) in front of a packed, sweaty crowd of tatted L.E.S. punks. At the age of 12, Cricien was fronting his own group Madball and had recorded his debut album “Ball Of Destruction” with legendary producer Don Fury, which dropped in 1989.
Freddy has continued to hold the spirit he held when first forming Madball with their new EP “Rebellion,” which in addition to including four new songs also features re-recorded versions of two tracks from Ball Of Destruction “Get Out” and “It’s My Life.” Speaking on the re-recorded songs, Cricien says “We re-did those two tracks because out of the old batch, we've been playing those two the longest. They are part of our set till this day. I think our fans really identify with those.”
Rebellion was released digitally last month via Freddy’s own The Black N Blue Label, with a vinyl pressing due out shortly. Madball will be performing numerous European festivals this Summer, with more dates to come. Meanwhile, Freddy (under his emcee alias Freddy Madball) recently teamed up with DJ Stress to release a new hip hop mixtape titled “The Black n Blueprint.” Free download link below.
DL: Parallel Thought f/ Breeze Brewin - "Ice Cold"
Its not very often you get to hear new music from the criminally slept on Breeze Brewin of the Juggaknots. Please enjoy "Ice Cold" the first solo song from Breeze Brewin in years and the second single from Parallel Thought's "Art Of Sound."
DOWNLOAD : Parallel Thought feat. Breeze Brewin "Ice Cold"
Album: D Strong & Dave Sparkz - "UNFOLD" #BOOMBAP #HIPHOP
Unfold is a Combo of Gritty story telling, spiritual enlightment, aggressive emceeing, and nostalgic hip hop music. Los Angeles Emcee D Strong considers this some of his best work to date and after the first listen you might also agree.
Dave Sparkz is a young producer from Switzerland whose production style lends big drums and a variety of ILL sounds that are seamlessly put together and show and prove quality. D Strong says of the producer: "He is my favorite producer right now out of anyone...Sparkz has a huge collection of beats." Dave Sparkz also released an instrumental lp on Digi Crates Records entitled "Ivory Lounge".
"D Strong & Dave Sparkz" this is definitely a combo you want to be checking for especially if you are looking for some Top Quality BOOM Bap! Keep a close watch for these two both together and separate.
Recently my group Native Sun released our latest Music Video “Gallery Of Dreams” which was filmed in Belgium by Globalfaction. The song was Produced by Thief & Steele and is the second single released from our New album "Indigenous Soundwaves" now available on iTunes and all good digital stores.
Just a few days after the release of his highly anticipated 4th album, Color Theory, Kero One drops the MV for Shortcuts, a self-produced single featuring Maryland native, Sam Ock.
Directed by Ross Ching, the video tells the story of 2 people (Ock and Yuri Tag, of Kaba Modern) whose lives are changed as an antagonist, played by Kero One, eventually uses his street art in a very mysterious way.
As an ex- graffiti artist, it seems fitting that Kero One would pay homage to his early street art days with throw back references from the 80's hiphop classic Beatstreet as well as legendary NY street artist Keith Haring. Watch to see how Kero One ultimately has a change of heart and alters the lives of Sam and Yuri.
"Audimatic, (the group composed of The Audible Doctor & maticulous), bring you the first video in a two part series for their single "Hoarse" (which is available on iTunes now). "Hoarse (Part 2)" is coming soon! If you haven't yet make sure you cop the single on iTunes: http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/hoarse-broken-cup-remix-single/id510032071 Audible Doctor on the raps, maticulous on the beats. "
The independent collective, comprised of intellectuals, musicians, creators, artists and agents known as The Black Opera launched its mission last year armed with audio and video demonstrations. To our surprise, this secret society of creatives extended an honorable invitation to US. After listening intensely for the past year, Mello Music Group decided to join The Black Opera – signing them to a multi-album deal and issuing a physical edition of “EnterMission.” August 28th on CD and September 25th on vinyl to add to the archives. The Black Opera issued the following statement about the signing:
"The Black Opera is not solely a musical outfit, music is only one aspect that represents THE BLACK OP: ERA. But, when it was time for The Black Opera to get their Musical Movement to ears of the future, they mapped out a plan. They knew that the Third and Final Endstallment of The Black Op Era: I; "Libretto: Of King Legend", would be the Beginning of something special. Special enough to enlist a company worthy of joining forces with, that company is Mello Music Group.
Both sides decided to join forces in order to advance to their own vision and to assist the vision of their partner. This partnership stems from mutual admiration and appreciation of what each had done on their own. This marks the Beginning of a New Era for both Movements, as ONE.
WE: Will. NOT: Stop.
In addition, TBO prepared a visual presentation of “The Magician” asking “Is Perception KING or QUEEN? Or, a blurred line in between? That line can sometimes best be defined as "MAGIC". The art of magic is displayed by slight of hand, and by natural forces being influenced by mysterious powers. In this video demonstration for "The Magician" the mystery remains, but the veil is slightly lowered.
The Opera is still Black, but this track brings new hints of sound in color. "The Magician" is a modern day vintage style mini-movie with a realistic portrayal of what happens when "too much, too soon" and "too little, too late" collide on the same track in a relationship. Join The Black Opera for this black tie affair and SPREAD THE WARNING.
JNaturaL x JeffWonder have musical history together. From the days of their music upbringing in the early 2000's in San Diego California these two have made a special bond which has allowed them to produce 2 full length albums together. "Escape from Babylon" and "Love is on Hiatus". From musical direction to art direction this team has created works of art that range from musical to visual and everything in between.
Jeff Wonder better known as photographer and director Jeffrey Dojillo produced this track which is used as the closing song for this and other webisodes of his new soon to be released documentary "Inside the Fight", a look behind the scenes into Muay Thai fighting.
Phraze takes time to tell what its like where he's from. He explains some of the values and life choices found in Miami, Florida residents based on his direct and second hand experiences. Off the highly anticipated mixtape Jackin4Beatz Volume 2!! out now!!! Directed by Taskmasterpeace of Machine Kings Media.