Having first broken through as the producer for the group Little Brother, formed alongside school friends Phonte & Big Pooh, this North Carolina native has cut his own path through the world of Hip-Hop. In the tradition of producers like DJ Premier, Just Blaze and Kanye West 9th Wonder has managed to build a bridge spanning both the commercial and underground scenes. Those that have come in search of his soul drenched sounds include Jay-Z, De La Soul, Destiny's Chid, Erykah Badu, Mary J Blige, MOP & Murs. A list that exemplifies the huge cross appeal of this hugely talented producer.
The music bug bit 9th Wonder at an early age becoming proficient in several instruments playing in his school band then heading home each evening to listen to the likes of Soul Sonic Force, Slick Rick and Biz Markie. He started producing while at North Carolina Central University where he now teaches a course in Hip-Hop alongside Christopher “Play Martin of Kid-N-Play fame. His distinctive sample based style makes him one of the few “super producers” still creating classic Hip-Hop that still manages to push the music in a new and interesting direction giving even greater kudos to his name.
If all this were not enough to get you excited we are also screening the UK premier of the ‘The Wonder Year’ a documentary following a year in the life of super producer 9th Wonder: CEO, NAACP ambassador, Duke University professor, husband, father, son and Grammy Award winning producer. The film follows one of Hip-Hop’s most dynamic figures from his childhood home to late nights in the studio and everywhere in between and features a who’s who of Hip-Hop including: Drake, DJ Premier, DJ Green Lantern, J. Cole, Murs, Phonte, Sha Money XL, Young Guru, The Alchemist & more.
The screening will be followed by a Q&A with 9th Wonder himself and the film’s director, Kenneth Price, and then the fun really starts with a 2 hour DJ set from the man of the hour himself featuring a live PA by Rhapsody.
RUNNING ORDER 7pm - Doors 730pm - ‘The Wonder Year’ Premier 9pm - Q&A with 9th Wonder & Director Kenneth Price 930pm – 2am DJs
"The young Michael Ray Nguyen-Stevenson b/k/a Tyga got his jump-off in the rap game thanks to his cousin Travie McCoy of Gym Class Heroes fame. In turn GCH had their career launched into the stratosphere thanks to Pete Wentz of emo/punk/pop rock band Fall Out Boy, who signed the fledgling rap group and put out their "As Cruel as School Children" CD. Even if you don't know that album you know the smash hit "Cupid's Chokehold" that came from it - you know, the "Take a look at my girlfriend - she's the only one I got" song. Now this is by no means an indictment of the insular and often nepotistic world of the music industry, but I want you to ponder for a moment that without Pete Wentz one of the biggest rap hits of 2012 wouldn't exist - Tyga's "Rack City." After reading these lyrics, you can decide whether or not to thank him for it. The success of "Rack City" is for better or worse not based on its lyrical content though - it's entirely about the hypnotic baseline and finger snapping track of DJ Mustard. Tyga could have simply repeated the song's tagline or chorus for three minutes and still made a hit - in fact for large parts of the song that's exactly what he does. Perhaps that's an unfair track to judge Tyga on. "
"This is one of those "you'd be a fool to not take advantage of it" moments in hip-hop. If you've read our reviews of other Enemy Soil releases like "Heavy Metal Kings" and "Violence Begets Violence" and been interested but not felt like risking $5-$15 for a digital or physical CD, you have no excuse for not downloading the "Enemy Soil - Free Sampler" album from Amazon.com. It quite literally does what it says on the tin - this is a free sample of the different flavors that Enemy Soil has to offer, starting right away with the JMT song "Target Practice" produced by Hypnotist Beats. Although I'm already familiar with many of the songs and artists on this release - Ill Bill, Outerspace and Reef the Lost Cauze among them, the simply named Dutch is something of a revelation to me. She's on some Jules Verne shit with a song title like "2,000 Leagues Under My Keyboard," the crooning is more suited to what you'd hear from Adele or Beth Gibbons. I might have thought it was a one-time experiment from the label, but her track "Just Before the Rain" is more of the same. It's not an unwelcome sound - I like their mixture of her vocals with hip-hop style beats - it's just not what I expected from a label known for post-apocalyptic songs from conspiracy theorist emcees. If there was only one reason to download this entire EP though it would be the dope DJ Kwestion produced "Drag You to Hell," originally from "Season of the Assassin" "
"In the past couple of weeks I've reviewed a couple of hip-hop albums with Christian overtones - namely Ohene and Soulbrotha. In both cases, and in particular with Ohene, I found their spirituality was not an impediment to their mission to make quality rap music even non-Christians could enjoy. On a personal level I've always felt this was a model for positive relationships with others - connecting with our essential humanity first and foremost and not allowing our differences in faith, race or gender to dictate how we regard each other. The sad things it that even having tolerance is often not tolerated these days, as I've often had friends take umbrage to my own philosophy that all major religions are more or less equal. For me it's personally liberating, but I know a few Christians who think their sect is superior to all other forms of Christianity let alone other religious beliefs or ways of life. To get along I try to avoid the topic with them whenever possible. With BLACK MC it's going to be tough to avoid the topics of religion or Christianity though. He puts it first and foremost in every song of his twelve deep "St. Fallible" album, to the point we can't even discuss a few select bars of any track without it coming up. As stated I have no objection to the thematic basis for the album - if he wants to rap about Christian morals and values or his love for Jesus Chris he's entirely entitled to do so."
"Here's a little background on Mr. Fredrick Shepeard, Jr. from his own website to kickstart our review: "Fred Knuxx started rapping at the age of six and has been training all the skills needed to be the next hottest rapper. For one to have a chance at becoming an elite rapper, they must be able to write and arrange their own music. Not only does Fred Knuxx possess these skills, he also provides messages that people of all ages can relate to." I'd like to focus on the last sentence of that quotation for just a moment, because Fred Knuxx has decided to drop a free album called "RapMania" in advance of a similarly titled annual sports entertainment spectacle called WrestleMania. There have been 27 editions of WWE and fans alike call "The Showcase of the Immortals" so far, with the 28th coming up on April 1st in Miami, Florida. The hook this year is that Hollywood movie star Dwayne Johnson, known to millions by his WWE nickname The Rock, is returning from the world of film to have a one-on-one match with the current poster boy of pro wrestling - John Cena. It's being billed as a once in a lifetime match, even though plans are already underway to do it NEXT year. "
"It's not just a name for Identical - it's who they are. Real life twins Santoine (SJ) and Antoine (AJ) Jackson are out to represent their hip-hop heritage dating back to 2001 and their hard knock life from the streets of Inkster, Michigan - a majority African-American neighborhood of Metro Detroit. They'd certainly have no shortage of material for the latter, because in the ten years since I left Eastern Michigan, things have not necessarily changed for the better, and the auto crisis and subsequent bailout of the late 2000's almost completely derailed the automotive heavy economy of the area. Things have improved in the last year, but one does not necessarily think of prosperity first when thinking of Detroit. Still with an average median income of $35,950 according to Wikipedia, Inkster is probably better off than some of the more blighted neighborhoods. One thing's true about Identical on the "Still Hostile Assassins EP" that was true on their last album and the one before that - these (literal) brothers are unrepentantly hard. Even if their neighborhood was or is doing good, things just aren't good enough for these twins, and opening this album with a song called "Gun On My Lap" might just say it all. The Lenn Swan produced "Don't Impress Me" is even more explicit. If you're flossing around Identical, you might just wind up gaffled."
"2008 was the first time I heard the name Jon Lajoie, although he had been working as an actor and comedian in Canada prior to that. He would go on to achieve mainstream fame as the hapless stoner/musician Taco MacArthur in the FX fantasy football sitcom "The League," but in between obscurity and TV success he became a viral YouTube sensation with songs like "Show Me Your Genitals." I had NO idea what to make of him the first time I saw this video. To call Lajoie's rap style awkward might just qualify as understatement of the millennium. He comes across in the song like someone who admires everything commercially popular rappers have in their videos: nice cars, women with big asses and titties, and lots of money. After spending so much time being envious of their sex money and drugs lifestyle, he came to the conclusion most people who know nothing about hip-hop do: "Hey that rapping stuff can't be hard! I could make up a rap song right now." And so he did, but lacking a filter for crassness even Too $hort has, the song was hilariously offensive. The rapper in this song is like a retarded pervert who sneaks into dressing rooms to see women get nude. "
Random :: TOUR: Date With a Dream :: Mega Ran Music as reviewed by Matt Jost
"To start this out on a rather unexpected note, I'm always a little disappointed when I hear about someone who quit teaching. I realize that teaching is one of the most demanding jobs, but I like to believe that it can also be one of the most rewarding jobs. Apart from it being a most noble task. Humanity needs as many educated, dedicated, level-headed, adequately paid teachers as it can get. What the world doesn't need is more rappers. At least I don't see an immediate need for more. With so many of them asking me to lend them an ear nowadays, I've become increasingly selective in my listening habits. So far I've had, pun intended, merely random encounters with rapper Random's music, not being attracted to his video game adventures as Mega Ran all that much, for instance. And, I have to admit, I just might hold somewhat of a grudge against Random for abandoning his educational duties in favor of some lofty dream to be a professional rapper. One release by Random I could unreservedly relate to was his audio gallery of inspiring figures, "Heroes, Volume 1." As I listened to him pay tribute to the likes of Marvin Gaye and Martin Luther King, it dawned on me that maybe Random was still an educator, just one flowing over hip-hop beats, as were many illustrious MC's who came before him. "
"As best as I can tell, Yury is a Pittsburgh hip-hop artist who enjoys a good A$AP Rocky song now and again, has opened for the slightly more famous rapper Chris Webby at least once, and has an unnatural (possibly unhealthy) obsession with weed and peanut butter (not in that order). That's as much as I can tell you from looking at his Facebook and his Tumblr in lieu of an official bio, which it doesn't appear he's ever gotten around to writing. Maybe he should given his album is in the top 150 of free downloads on Amazon.com, and when you segregate by rap he ranks even higher - #5 overall. That puts him in the same company as Public Enemy, Scarface and Jedi Mind Tricks. In fact I'd say an in-depth bio should be priority #1. To be fair I wouldn't even have been looking for more information about Yuri if I hadn't stumbled across "Curriculum Vitae" while researching what IS top ranked on Amazon.com right now. It's not a bad idea to know what's charting, although it occurred to me recently that I paid far more attention to the paid albums than their free releases. Perhaps that's because I'm so used to getting free albums from Bandcamp.com and DatPiff.com it doesn't occur to me to look at other places. In fact "Curriculum Vitae" is also available from the latter, so if you're interested it really doesn't matter how or where you get it from. "
It's time for another new edition of The Hip-Hop Shop. Episode #163 is called Go On Wit'cha Bad Self. This week's show opens with just that song: "Bad Self" from V!rtu & Trafek. We've also got new music from MC Evolution, Planet Asia, Arsun F!st, K-Murdock and more! 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 so you never miss a new episode.
Mixtape: NEW DJ Lord Ron Mixtape #46 Is The Sure Shot!!!
Courtesy DJ Lord Ron.
MIXTAPE #46 by DJ LORD RON has no tracklisting. This mixtape features:
1) A-FS INTRO 2) BRAZY & L DON THE CUT 3) SHOWBIZ & A.G. (DJ PREMIER on the KUT'z) 4) KEVIN HUTCH 5) DJ ICE PRESENTS HYMNLAYAS REMIX of MOBB DEEP, COMMON & NATURE 6) FUNKDOOBIEST 7) LAM & TIMMY GRINS (DJ IMAGE on the KUT'z) 8) SOUL KING FEAT.,PANAMA REDD 9) DOMINIQUE LARUE 10) PLANET ASIA 11) GEE-O REMIX FEAT., TRUE KNOWLEDGE 12) ALIANO & DJ IZZY 13) THE BLACK U.N. 14) M-DOT FEAT., MR. MALCHAU & NUTSO 15) JOHN ROBINSON 16) WYLD BUNCH 17) DJ LORD RON OUTRO
Video: Time f/ Jason Horodyski - "This Is Not an Exit"
Courtesy April Martinez.
Indie rapper Time who works with Sole just released his new music video: This is Not an Exit ft. Jason Horodyski
Time recently did production work on Common's new album The Dreamer/The Believer. Time's new album Newstalgia will feature production by Budo, Factor, and Jake One, and appearances by Xiu Xiu and Common's father Lonnie Pops Lynn.
DJ Toshi: Dig Down Deep Vol. 4 - Hosted by LORD FINESSE (D.I.T.C.)
You may remember his name from his DJ Premier supported mixtape hosted by Blaq Poet on DDD vol 3
You may also remember Toshi's name from the Japan Tsunami Relief song that featured Keith Murray, BURNTmd, Rachet, and Abraham.
DJ TOSHI PRESENTS DIG DOWN DEEP VOLUME 4 HOSTED BY LORD FINESSE (D.I.T.C.)
DJ Toshi has made a name for himself broadcasting worldwide on his Classic Storm Radio Show, garnering fans from across the globe. His Dig Down Deep mixtape series has been fortifying his legend since it’s inception in 2007. Nowadays, Djs are reluctant to put mixtapes like this together featuring exclusives and world premiers from prominent underground artists, i.e. Real Hip-Hop. DJ Toshi is the exception. Dig Down Deep Volume 4 is hosted by Hip-Hop legend Lord Finesse and features exclusives from Keith Murray, Lil Fame of M.O.P., Sean Price & Rock of Heltah Skeltah, Sadat X, Afu-Ra, Shyheim, Shabaam Sahdeeq,
Krumsnatcha, Phil The Agony, BURNTmd, Grand Daddy I.U., Smiley The Ghetto Child, Illa Ghee, 9th Prince of Killarmy, Timbo King, Sav Killz, C-Rayz Walz, Freestyle Professors and more !!