Video: Roach Gigz To Be Featured On MTV2's Sucker Free This Sunday, March 6
Roach Speaks On Bay Area Independent Hustle In Online Preview Clip
In January, Roach Gigz released Roachy Balboa 2, the follow-up to his highly acclaimed Roachy Balboa mixtape released this past May. Since its release, RB2 has been widely regarded as yet another strong offering from the rising rapper, and in recent weeks Roach Gigz made his way to New York, sitting down for an interview with MTV2's Sucker Free while in town. The feature, now planned to air this Sunday, March 6th, first at 11:00am EST and once again at 11:00pm EST, has been preceded with an online-only clip released earlier this week. In the clip, shot at a local boxing gym, Roach speaks on the importance of the independent hustle that has become synonymous with the Bay Area hip-hop scene, how that independent hustle has translated over the years into the phenomenon of the Bay Area local celebrity, and Roach's desire for Bay Area hip-hop to reach a wider audience.
Be sure to watch Roach Gigz' full interview with Sucker Free this Sunday, March 6, airing at 11:00am EST and again 11:00pm EST.
MP3/News: Kokayi - "Nicotine" + ESPN Collaboration With Stalley
New Single, ESPN Collaboration With Stalley Continues An Eventful 2011 For Kokayi
With a string of SXSW performances in his future, a mtvU.com Freshmen Five victory under his belt, and a highly acclaimed new album, Robots & Dinosaurs, still directly in his rearview, Washington D.C. multi-talent Kokayi continues to stay active. With a recently released video and remix for the lead single from R&D, Kokayi is excited to drop the latest single from the album, "Nicotine." "This song tells the story of love lost for the protagonist, conveyed in 3 stages of his life: ages nine, 16, and 23," explains Kokayi. "I used some personal experiences and put myself in the shoes of someone who thought they found true love, but the sentiment was never returned until it was too late."
The song begins with a staggeringly eerie piano, accompanied by a minimalist drum pattern, stuttering, warbled bass, and crunchy guitar as the track builds and continues to develop, climaxing at the chorus as Kokayi sings, "She's a real good lover, and a real good friend/ That type of girl that'll never let you drown out in the deep end/ The type you give your heart to, but that all depends/ 'Cause she might light you up, and breathe you right on in." Where many have tried and failed (read: writing love songs, especially those of the darker variety) Kokayi succeeds. "The most challenging part of writing unrequited love songs is to not come off as mad corny," says Kokayi, acknowledging the difficulties many artists often face when tackling such a subject. "The cornball, Herb Tarleck label is never the one you want as an artist. Especially in this genre of music to be mad sappy is a no-no. Unless it's overly done and then done tastefully bad."
While continuing to promote Robots & Dinosaurs, Kokay also remains busy collaborating with other artists. First, Kokayi worked with fellow DC artist's Tabi Bonney and Wale on tracks from Tabi's recent album, and now Kokayi has teamed up with Stalley to record tracks for ESPN. "He's a dope emcee and down to earth, too," says Kokayi of Stalley. "He reached out with the ESPN opportunity, and hearing his new mixtape along with his previous body of work has given me some insight on what he sounds best on."
MP3: Isaiah Toothtaker - "Crime Killz x Human Suit (Mike Gao Remix)"
Machina Muerte Capo Enlists Mike Gao For Illuminati Thug Mafia Remix
Isaiah Toothtaker continues to keep listeners on edge with his latest album, Illuminati Thug Mafia. Scheduled to take the stage this spring at the Paid Dues Festival with his Machina Muerte label, Toothtaker is now treating fans with the latest remix from the album, "Crime Killz x Human Suit." The original version for the song, the self-titled collaboration between Crime Killz (Tony Nickelplated & Nate NoFace) and Human Suit (Isaiah Toothtaker & Mestizo), serves as the final song on the album.
The remix, which retains all previous members from the original version of the track, finds the foursome teaming up with producer Mike Gao, who has become renowned both for his production work and his boundary-pushing work with the MPC. (It's safe to say not too many other people have developed a contraption that allows control of the midi-sampler using only a mouthpiece.) In contrast to the original, Gao provides a new touch to the track, with bass heavy drums, rolling distorted synths and a variety of off-kilter pad synths giving the track a fittingly electro and melodic feel for Isaiah Toothtaker's half-crooned flow.
Isaiah Toothtaker's newest album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup.
Born and raised in Tucson, Arizona in a broken home, Isaiah Toothtaker was kicked out at age 11 and quickly learned to defend himself, often resorting to violence. Throughout his violent young adulthood, Isaiah relied on music to identify with and it provided the soundtrack to his teenage antics of stealing cassettes and walkmans and riding the public transport all city to tag, battle rap, sell dime bags and acid tabs, and fist fight. He began tattooing under the tutelage of the local Hells Angels, leading him to open his own parlor, STARING WITHOUT CARING, which has won numerous Best in City awards over the years. Throughout all the trouble, Isaiah has been able to duck or beat charges, until recently, when he landed multiple violent felonies on record. Built from misery and built to destroy, he has since co-founded the label Machina Muerte with Mestizo, the duo also forming the group HUMANSUIT. Since 2001, Isaiah has independently released one EP and three full-length albums (one with rapper Murs) and his forthcoming album Illuminati Thug Mafia is available now via Machina Muerte/Alpha Pup Records.
via the desk of Asthmatic Kitty: You wanted it, we paid people to make it.
"My computer crashed last night. Is there a soundtrack for that?" wrote Elenor Hilt, a teacher in Maryland. From Frank Edds, a landscaper in Miami, we received this request: "I am trying to remember where I was on August 22, 1997. I think a song might help. Can you make one?"
We get letters like this all the time. We carefully take these letters, send them to our Department of Communique Statistics and Analysis, and wait. Six months later they provide a 600-page report detailing what kind of music to pursue next in our ever-growing Library Catalog Music Series.
With Elenor and Frank and that 600-page report mind, we present Music for Troubled Machinery from Leb Laze, of Prefuse 73 touring band fame, and Music for Primordial Recollection from SUNY biology student slash glitch producer InfinitiRock. We've thoroughly tested these on multiple focus groups, including primates, and the result is the same: betterment of life through background music. With each new release to the Library Catalog, we find another mood, temperament, and life situation that can be scored. These are no exception to that rule.
LEB LAZE - Music For Troubled Machinery
What started out as a total bummer--musical sketches and ideas hindered by a conked out machine--actually turned into an album. What you are hearing on Music for Troubled Machinery is the slow and unruly death of Leb Laze's core production tool..the MPC 2000 (R.I.P). When this device begins to die it randomly "freezes" at any given moment, often times wiping out anything that has been created within its path. What is interesting though is when an MPC freezes it begins to uncontrollably spit out all of the sounds that are loaded within it in their raw and unedited form..over and over and over. This occurrence is like nothing I have ever heard. The machine begins to have a mind of its own.
Leb Laze began to record and embrace these freakouts, using them as a basis for the majority of the songs on this album..adding to them, enhancing them and/or sculpting around them. Two shorter pieces, Revelations and Dial In/Dial Out were actually created entirely from these freakouts. Think of this record and, most importantly, these two tracks, as my MPC's last words--a testament to the idea that the nonliving world is actually very much alive.
INFINTIROCK - Music For Primordial Recollection
By day, InfinitRock is an 18 year old biology student at SUNY Purchase, by night a fuzzed glitch and fump hip-hop producer. In second grade he was digesting The RZA and Aphex Twin and has been making instrumentals since the age of six. As a son to parents from India, he would also hear a lot of classical indian music around the house and since he could not understand hindi, voices became instruments rather than a lyrical tool. His music reflects the conceptualization of sounds, and what makes music music and the world musical. InfinitiRock draws inspiration from the everyday, incorporating their sounds into his music. Music for Primordial Recollection contains a motif of sounds and rhythms that trigger ancient memories. Ambient layers and interludes featuring field recordings of wind chimes, children playing, glass breaking, the chewing of raw pasta, the crumpling of paper bags, and flowing water. The album is an auditory documentation of the evolution of entropic sound, tamed by the laws of rhythm. Everything breathes.