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.
@PranoBBM is making a lot of noise with the impending release of his DJ Drama hosted mixtape,"PranoBama". The Boston native recently connected with Gil Videos in South Beach for the video for his track "Coolest In The World". The track features @YoungSalemme and is produced by Jahlil Beats". "Pranonama" is set to be released next month.
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #173 is "Make It or Break It" Part 3! If you like the songs in this week's episode (from the likes of Lyrikill, Nerd Ferguson, Mega Ran and Homeboy Sandman) do nothing! We'll leave them in rotation. If you don't like a song, send your feedback to firstname.lastname@example.org or @RapReviews and we'll take it and break it! Thanks for listening and remember to share the show with a friend and tell them to check it out every Tuesday on RapReviews.com! Don't forget to subscribe to our RSS newsfeed and follow us on Twitter so you never miss a new episode.
* Lyrikill - Allen Iverson * Nerd Ferguson - Doing Lines With Oprah * Fluent f/ Kaze, Median - Wild and Free * RoQ'y TyRaiD f/ Chaundon - Bye Felicia * Mega Ran f/ MC Frontalot - Wake Up * Marcel P Black f/ Lyriqs Da Lyriciss - Sun Down * Gensu Dean f/ 7evenThirty, Homeboy Sandman - Ramesses
Adam: "I have a wild show for you this month with 14 new songs, including four artists that are new to The Adam B Experience. I also go off on a few really random tangents, including telling you about a very embarrassing moment I recently had at a local restaurant. No, no one mistook me for an unfortunate looking celebrity, this was a moment of my own doing. Check out the show to find out what happened, and to hear a full hour of great underground hip-hop. Follow me on Twitter at @AdamsWorldBlog or hit me up with feedback at AdamB@RapReviews.com." The Adam B Experience is 100% PODSAFE and TOTALLY FREE so tell your friends to download ABX right here at RapReviews.com!
* Jesse Abraham - Back Off * Illus w/ J-Live - Magical * Sketch Tha Cataclysm - Place To Be * P.SO - Moontones (Soulmade Beats Remix) * Vinnie Scullo - The Shoes * Jose Nova - IDGAF * Jonny October - Whiskey Waltz * The Other Guys - Fearless * Satnam - Change Your Mind * Otis Clapp - Pick Ya Pants Up * Creature - Do it to Yaself * MetaMusick - Word On The Street * 5:AM - Blackout * Mic Ripz - F List Celebrity
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Some of Vill's accomplishments started with the video for his single “Ride It” being in high rotation all year on Canada's top music video channels and is one of the most requested songs in Canada. Additionally, his single “More Than Friends” has been taking over international dance floors and has become a favorite with club DJ's across the U.K. It has been a Top 10 on the DMC R&B Club Chart and was recently number 1 on Australia's ZFM. He also had a HUGE underground record that had over 1 million downloads –California Dreams- feat. The Game.
PR: Thizz Latin's Block Movement Signs To Block Starz Music
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE -- German-American digital imprint Block Starz Music has announced the signing of Omaha, Nebraska rap group Block Movement and the release of their upcoming album, "N.A.F.T.A.", which is slated to drop later this year. Block Movement, which consists of members Latin Threat (born Joshua Bates), Stylo (born Rolando Valadez), and S. Gats (born Kevin Fredericks), is the founding act on the Thizz Latin Midwest imprint of Thizz Entertainment, a Bay Area company started by the late-rapper Mac Dre.
Block Movement will announce the signing and debut their new single, "Smoker's Ball", on Omaha's leading radio station, Power 106.9 FM (KOPW), on May 13 and will perform the song for the first time live at a pair of shows the weekend of May 18 locally and in Sioux City, Iowa, where they will join Texas rapper Lucky Luciano, who originally introduced the group to Thizz Latin CEO Julio "Goldtoes" Sanchez and lead to the formation of Thizz Latin Midwest.
Block Movement was brought to the attention of Block Starz executives by their manager David "Cin'atra" Lee of Deep Groove Entertainment.
"They presented a great opportunity to us through our manager," says Block Movement's unofficial spokesman and leader Latin Threat, who founded the group with partner Stylo in 2003. "I've known Cin'atra for years and our relationship made it easy to sign with Deep Groove for management and make the move to Block Starz for distribution and marketing."
In addition to an aggressive street campaign and touring schedule to promote the release of "N.A.F.T.A.", which takes its name from the North American Free Trade Agreement signed by Canada, Mexico, and the United States in 1994 to create the world's largest trade bloc, Block Movement has released the first in a series of webisodes on YouTube, called "Da Block Report", to document the project's recording and promotion.
Confirmed guest appearances for "N.A.F.T.A." include San Francisco rapper Berner, who recently joined Block Starz Music affiliate Wiz Khalifa's roster at Taylor Gang, and label mate Lega-C ("White Girl Raps Fast").
Recently, Harlem emcee DZA announced that he was joining forces with High Times Records and Cinematic Music Group for Rugby Thompson, a new album produced entirely by rising hitmaker Harry Fraud. Now he's unveiling "New Jack," the first video from the project. Rugby Thompson features appearances from Action Bronson, Curren$y, Sean Price, Domo Genesis, Schoolboy Q, A$AP Twelvyy, and more, and hits stores everywhere on June 19th, 2012.