Del The Funky Homosapien and Tame One Announce Parallel Uni-Verses Album Two of Hip-Hop’s Most Respected Lyricists Together For the First Time
“We’re gonna get you, cause you’re faking and our funk’s official” -Del, “Gaining Ground”
It ain’t that competition is missing… it’s just that no one’s kicking it clever” – Tame One, “We Taking Over”
Remember the old-school Marvel Team-Up comic book which paired, say, Spider-Man with Thor, Wolverine with the Human Torch, or the Hulk and Daredevil? In the spirit of those classic collaborations, Gold Dust announces Parallel Uni-Verses, a joint effort between Hieroglyphics founder Del The Funky Homosapien and original Artifacts emcee Tame One. Produced entirely by Parallel Thought, the album’s ten tracks return to a time when inventiveness, creativity, funky beats—and, above all, lyricism—ruled hip-hop.
Oakland’s Del The Funky Homosapien is one of the creators of the alternative rap genre, a perennial fan favorite who, in addition to releasing four solo albums—including 1992’s seminal, gold-selling I Wish My Brother George Was Here--and two group albums with Hieroglyphics, was featured on the Gorillaz’ epononymous, platinum-selling debut and Dan the Automator’s sci-fi-themed concept album Deltron 3030.
Newark’s Tame One is best known as one-half of the Artifacts, a graffiti-writing hip-hop duo active in the mid- and late-90s, whose output includes the classic singles “Wrong Side of Da Tracks” and “The Ultimate.” In recent years, Tame has been a member of two underground supergroups: the Weatherman (with Cage, Camu Tao, and Aesop Rock); and the Leak Brothers (with Cage).
“I’ve known Tame for years,” Del says. “I always thought he was one of the dopest [MCs] out.” Del recalls first linking with Tame around 1993. “We both were kinda like party animals so that's kinda how I got to liking his personality. He has a good sense of humor, so that's probably the main reason I liked to be around him. We somewhat kept in touch throughout the years, back and forth, but I always would follow his career.”
“We just always remained cool,” Tame says of Del, adding, “I have ALWAYS been impressed by his wordplay and originality. Rap-wise, neither of us use words only because they rhyme; I believe we both utilize substance as opposed to nonsense.”
This project came about, Tame says, out of a need to “showcase how things used to be done, without the politics of the day, bling-bling aspirations, greed and egos corrupting the hip-hop art form.” An unselfish creative process governed the recording process, with both emcees and the Parallel Thought production team focused on using the best of today’s technology, while still keeping an old-school formula. “It was done very James Brownish, if you can dig that,” Del says. “James did everything by feel. If it felt right, then that's what it was, and Tame is very much like that.”
For Tame, the entire album is a testament to what he calls a “grassroots” hip-hop aesthetic, which stands out over other contemporary rap releases “because of the sonic quality and clarity of the samples and our vocal performances.” Asked to name his favorite tracks on the album, Del says, “man, you asking the wrong person. I don’t play favorites. I like each joint for different reasons and they all have they place. I'll let the public decide which ones they may favor, smell me?”
Parallel Uni-Verses is that rare rap album which transcends tired clichés and maintains traditional hip-hop values without seeming retro or passé. “Man, I ain't even gonna be egotistical like that and try to say that we are trying to usher in some new revival of whatever,” Del says. However, he adds, “I'm a say this: we ARE the element that is missing, not [just] because I said so. That's what's up; we didn't sell out for all the luxury and monetary gains. The original ways, we kept at and built upon those.”
Proving that true lyricism is alive and well, Parallel Uni-Verses is another feather in the cap for Del and Tame, two prolific and highly-respected artists upholding the hip-hop art form at its best—and holding their own in 2009.
Its been a minute, but it's only right i post July's edition of SUBSONiQ Instros up on the LAST day of the month (lol). Before you all go downloading it, i got 2 quick announcements regarding the show:
#1. The show will be reverting back to 1 hour because (beginning in August during the last week of each month) it will be airing on Sirius XM Satellite Radio during the final hour of the normal 3 hour Subsoniq episode! For more details on how and where to listen when it premiers, go to: www.proghiphop.com
#2. For those who have recommendations of dope beats/instrumentals i need to play on future episodes, please leave your suggestions in my C-box, OR you can even drop an mp3 of a track u wanna hear on the show in my new "Drop-box" (located right below the C-box). I'll try my best to check whatever is shared.... believe it!
SOUNDTRACK CD RELEASED SEPTEMBER 15th ON LOUD/COLUMBIA/LEGACY
SAME DATE: BIG PUN - THE LEGACY, 93-MINUTE DOCUMENTARY DVD RELEASED BY VIVENDI UNIVERSAL
Also in the film: Never-before-released track by Big Pun, “BX NI**AZ”
“Big Pun accomplished his goal by becoming the first Latino hip-hop artist to sell a million records. He was nominated for a Grammy after the release of his classic album Capital Punishment and earned respect from virtually everyone in the industry, appearing on tracks with Jennifer Lopez, Monica, Nas, Raekwon, Marc Anthony, Incubus and many more... Who knows how much more Pun would’ve accomplished and where his music would’ve taken him if it weren’t for his untimely death.” –Vlad Yudin, director ofBig Pun: The Legacy, from his liner notes to The Legacy: The Best Of Big Pun (Music From The Film)
The all-too-brief big time recording career of South Bronx Latino hip-hop superhero Big Punisher (Christopher Rios, 1971-2000) began on the mixtape scene in 1995, when he joined his friend and patron Fat Joe on a handful of freestyle joints – and came to its sudden end five years later on February 7, 2000, when Pun succumbed to a heart attack (brought on by his 300-400 pounds girth), just two months before the release of his second album in April, Yeeeah Baby.
During those five years however, no rapper reigned more supreme than Big Pun, who enjoyed the distinction of being the first Latino hip-hop artist to reach the RIAA platinum certification plateau (with his debut album, 1998’s Capital Punishment). In addition to his own releases, Pun was in constant demand and appeared on sides with (to name a few) Fat Joe (and other members of Joe’s Terror Squad Entertainment crew), the Beatnuts, Veronica, Kool G Rap, and KRS-One, and of course Jennifer Lopez, whose Epic single “Feelin’ So Good” (with Big Pun and Fat Joe) was issued the week before Pun’s death.
In loving tribute to Pun – as the 10th anniversary of his death approaches next year – filmmaker Vlad Yudin has directed a 93-minute documentary feature on his life, Big Pun: The Legacy. The Vladar Company with Czar Productions will release the DVD of the film on September 15th, distributed by Vivendi Universal (a division of the Universal Music Group, UMG) and Polychrome Pictures.
On the same day (September 15th), the soundtrack CD THE LEGACY: THE BEST OF BIG PUN (MUSIC FROM THE FILM) will be available at all physical and digital retail outlets through Columbia/Legacy, a division of SONY MUSIC ENTERTAINMENT.
In the DVD, first-time director Yudin (who also wrote a liner notes essay for the CD) pays homage to one of the most influential rap voices of the ’90s, with a non-stop program of never-before-seen concert footage and video that traces Pun’s rise to stardom. There are interviews with the fellow hip-hop stars who knew him best – Snoop Dogg, Jim Jones, Swizz Beats, DMX, Method Man, Raekwon, Redman, XZIBIT, Bone Thugs-n-Harmony, Ghostface Killah, Prodigy, Styles P., B Real, Fredro Starr, DJ Enough, Sticky Fingaz, Chuck D, Jae Millz, Big Tigger, and many others. There are also interviews with Pun’s widow Liza Rios and the estate.
In addition to a never-before-released track by Pun, “BX NI**AZ,” the DVD of The Legacy also contains a number of bonus features. These include an exclusive interview with Big Pun himself; deleted scenes (with XZIBIT, Raekwon, and Snoop Dog); outtakes (with Swizz Beats, Method Man and Red Man, Jim Jones, and Keith Murray); and a “Making of the Film” segment (featuring interviews with director Yudin, producer Ed Mejia, Jose Aguilar and cinematographer Vitaly Acosta).
“While working on the film,” Yudin writes, “I had a chance to take a journey through the life of an artist, to learn about him on a personal level and discover Pun as a human being – Christopher Rios. His undeniable talent and great music were equally matched by his character, will power, generosity towards friends and love for his family and kids. I hope that the fans will get a chance to remember their idol while watching the film and be reminded of his lyrical skills when listening to the soundtrack. All those who are not entirely familiar with his story, will get an opportunity to discover the legend – Big Pun, one of the most exceptional artists of our generation.”
THE LEGACY soundtrack follows the film’s direction and incorporates spoken word tracks along the way.
THE LEGACY: THE BEST OF BIG PUN (MUSIC FROM THE FILM) SOUNDTRACK CD RELEASED SEPTEMBER 15th ON LOUD/COLUMBIA/LEGACY
Tracklisting: 1. Background Music 2. I Know 3. Luck vs Skill feat. Swave Sevah and Ike P. 4. Dot Dot Dot 5. Let 'em Know feat. Dojah and Symphonic 6. When You Fall 7. Within Me 8. Moms 9. Rope 10. I Failed 11. Hold It 12. Over feat. Swave Sevah
About the release: Writing about personal struggles familiar to many of us, New York MC and Stronghold member Breez Evahflowin's new release is a personal and thoughtful album about adjusting to extreme life changes. Taking a hiatus from NYC, Breez is forced to uproot himself from his only known home in New York to reposition himself in the woods of Asheville North Carolina. Through a steady stream of beats from NYC producer Dave "Daveytree" Archuletta via internet, he is encouraged to thoroughly explore his innermost thoughts free of distraction and competition. It is also through these beats that he deals with the diagnosis of his mother's cancer and passing, which ultimately brings him back to NYC (see track #8 "Moms"). A combination of pain, anger, loss, triumph, despair, fortitude and hope in the face of life's challenges, delivered just as the nation and the world adjust to the extreme changes that have been predicted to come. Track #2 "Luck vs. Skill," and the exclusive single "Over" features guest lyrics from Harlem's very own Swave Sevah (The Source Magazine "Best Unsigned Hype" of 2008), and introducing veteran Bill T. Jones performer Shaneeka Harrell on vocals in her hip-hop debut. "Breez Deez Treez" also features guest appearances from Ike P., Dojah and Symphonic.
Ladies and gentlemen, I can’t believe it’s almost half of summer already. Man, time went by fast, hasn’t it? But don’t fret, I still have plenty of free music for you to enjoy!
Amen - Head On
[This Southern Carolina emcee named Amen has a new free LP entitled “Head On,” which was sent to the world by producer MIDI Marc. This album is filled with 11 tracks produced by the likes of MIDI Marc, Khrysis, Keelay and Zaire, and more. Check it out!]
B-Wayne Da Prodigy - Swagg Nation (Hosted by DJ Who?) [Mixed by DJ Noize]
[Straight from Cincinnati, Ohio is an emcee who's working to put the Midwest back on the map. Knock Out Ent., DJ Who? and DJ Noize are on his saide as they release this free mixtape to show his talent to the world in "Swagg Nation." Check it out!]
[Y'all already know that this cat has been one of the masters of releasing dope mixtapes ever for years. Now this seventh editon of his "Mixtape Messiah" series is said to be his last, by Cham himself. If you're wondering how hard he'll be swinging on his mixtape swan song, peep it here. It's mixed with original tracks as well as today hits remade with a Chamilli twist. CHAMILLITARY MAYNE!]
[This hip-hop group, Grey Matter, consists of one emcee and one producer, Illustrate and TEMPERMENTAL. They’ve been in the game since 2001 and has shared their talents with many well-known emcees on stage, such as KRS-One, Talib Kweli, and Grandmaster Flash. Outside of music, both Ill and TEMP teaches audio engineering at Full Sail University at Orlando. “The Problem” is their latest (FREE!) release that tackles many problems and the world’s ills of today. Take a listen to this and you might find Grey Matter as the solution.]
[No, I didn’t draw that on Paint, that’s the actual album cover, my friends. J-Snyder a/k/a J-Snizzy is a North Carolina producer who has this free beattape available for all to hear. It’s “Snizzy’s Simple Soul Beats.” The cover may look simple indeed, but the beats are hip-hop in its pure and simple form.]
[J. Cole has plenty of work cut out for him, being the first artist signed on Jay-Z’s Roc Nation label. But this North Carolina emcee has been practicing on perfecting his craft since he was 12. Now, Cole plays the role of LeBron James of rap, a well-known rookie who has his eyes set to become pro by the end of this year. Check him out!]
[Rock pioneer Steve Miller once said, “Time keeps on slippin’, slippin’…” But this Atlanta producer/MC named Kato has time gripped by the ankles with this new mixtape called “T.I.M.E. (This Is My Everything).” This mixtape features previously released, unreleased, and remixes with features from Above Ave., Mike Petrone, Dumbfoundead, Lil' Scrappy, Mic Masters, Mojo Swagger and more. All tracks are produced by Kato and he believes that this free mixtape will be your time well spent.]
1. Intro (feat. Nima Haddadi)
2. Mic Masters – Landslide (Produced by Kato)
3. Grady – Everybody Hatin’ (Produced by Kato)
4. Mike Petrone – Crank It (feat. Lil Scrappy & Iam) (Produced by Kato)
5. Kanye West – Diamonds From Sierra Leone (Kato Remix)
6. Above Ave. – Don’t Be Hard On Yourself (Produced by Kato)
7. Adrift Da Belle – Real Song (Produced by Kato)
8. Tommy Lee Soul – Go (feat. Kato) (Produced by Kato)
9. Cheesecake Charger (feat. A’Leus) (Interlude)
10. A’Leus – I Got (Produced by Kato)
11. Dumbfoundead – Rapper-O’s (Produced by Kato)
12. Adult Film Stars – The Joint (Produced by Kato)
13. Mojo Swagger – Holla (Kato Remix)
14. T.I.M.E. (Interlude)
15. Mic Masters – Easy Come Easy Go (Produced by Kato)
16. Mack Jones (Poe Mack & Case Jones) – Mack Jones Shit (Produced by Kato)
17. Slick Audio – Action (Produced by Kato)
18. Thirsty Fish – Party Snatchers (Produced by Kato)
[Throughout this year, eighteen-year old emcee named QuESt has made a big name for himself. As the winner of TAG Records’ “Survival of the Freshest” competition, this Miami-rapper has a lot of tricks up his sleeve, including this free HipHopDX-sponsored mixtape titled “Broken Headphones.” When asked “Who is QuESt?,” his answer is “I’m this guy who raps very well and who likes to speak his mind as often as possible, as well as connecting with people as much as he can. And I’m about my music; I’m definitely about my art work.” D/l this joint and you’ll see how much he is, indeed, about his art work.]
[Editor's Note: It's worth to note that the version I'm giving you is the "Remastered" version where QuESt got rid of all the popping and snapping random sounds on his previous edition. And it also includes a bonus track called "No Tattoo."]
[This Georgia Peach has all the listeners chewing on her bubble-gum with her hit “That Type of Girl.” If you’ve been wondering what else she has to offer in her candy store, this “Certified” mixtape’ll have all the treats that’s gonna satisfy your sweet tooth.]
1. Rasheeda Intro
2. Boss Chick
3. Juicy Like A Peach ft. Shawnna
4. Halle Berry (Remix)
5. Touch Ya Toes
6. Take Em To Tha Bank
7. Rasheeda Checks In
8. Stay Strapped
9. Show Out ft. Diamond
10. The Best ft. Diamond
12. Rasheeda Interlude
13. Thing On Me
16. Eni Miny ft. Nelly & Manchild
17. Bubble Gum ft. Kandi, Fabo & Diamond (Remix)
18. DJ Ames Outro
19. Boss Chick ft. Yung Ralph, Jacki-O & Diamond (Remix)
Rashid Hadee - Chopped Not Screwed Vol.1 (808’s & Hadee)
[Rashid Hadee is known for his works with Little Brother and Analogic, as well as his acclaimed solo works. Hadee’s latest mixtape is a homage to Kanye West’s 2008 record “808 & Heartbreaks” (and also to the late DJ Screw). Now whether you thought that record was good or not (I admit, that record took a LOT to grow on me and I mean A +LOT+!), you should definitely peep this version. It’ll keep your hard drive lockeeeeed doooooown.]
1. Intro (Say You Won’t)
2. Lose Control (Say You Will) feat Augustine
3. This Far (Welcome To Heartbreak) feat Pugs Atomz
4. Heartless (Heartless) feat The Primeridian
5. Rhyme And Reason (Amazing)
6. Amazing feat Augustine and Melatone
7. (Love) Lock Down
8. The Wrong Thangs (Paranoid)
9. LA Girls (Robocop)
10. Set In Stone (Street Lights)
11. Answer The Phone (Bad News)
12. (See You In My) Nightmares
13. Coldest Winter feat Simeon of The Primeridian
14. American Dream (Pinocchio Story) Part I feat Decay
15. American Dream (Pinocchio Story) Part II feat Decay
Rik Cordero & the Kickdrums - Inside A Change Soundtrack
[Yo, you remember bangin’ soundtracks for movies such as Juice or Menace II Society? Back when a soundtrack meant something other than just background music for movies? Well, music video director Rik Cordero (who’s basically the next Hype Williams) has this FREE soundtrack for his upcoming movie “Inside a Change.” That’s right, FREE SOUNDTRACK! And it’s filled with many dope emcess such as Wale, Joell Ortiz, Novel, Royce Da 5’9’’, Skillz, and more! Y’all should definitely peep this one.]
1. Joell Ortiz feat. The Kickdrums – “How To Change”
2. J.A.M.E.S. Watts feat. Frank G – “You’re My Life”
3. The Kickdrums – “Just A Game”
4. A.P. feat. Illmind – “All I Seen”
5. Wale – “Family Affair”
6. Saigon feat. The Kickdrums – “Change Gon Come”
7. Skillz feat. Usef Dinero & DJ Jazzy Jeff – “Inside A Change”
8. Jayci – “Thru”
9. Novel – “F*** Wit My Mind”
10. J.A.M.E.S. Watts & Nami Unreal feat. Frank G – “Get Up 8”
[The Sistah is an atypical sistah singing from Brooklyn. She speaks on her personal life as she vibes over a blend of R&B, hip-hop, and jazz beats. This EP is fully produced by Aqua League and has a cameo appearance by Eternia. If you’ve been yearning for something beyond what the radio plays, this one is recommend for you.]
[Last time we spoke on Trends, he released his “Beautifually Tragic Love Stories” mixtape last month. Now he has his July tape ready to go and it’s “The Electronic Tape,” hip-hop blended with electro music. If you like hip-hop with an electric twist, then this one should be in your hard drive for a good while.]
There it is for another edition of "Free Music Fridays." If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at email@example.com. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up and/or questions, e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all!
Our good friend Big D from Tampa, Florida has a variety show on BlogTalk called Superfriends Radio. Yesterday he decided to do a special edition focused on bringing SKILLS back to real hip-hop, and his special guests were MC Headcase from North Carolina, Marat Tha Don Nacho and DL Smooth from The Emprise and D-Kon from L.C.N. Check out this underground all-star edition of Superfriends Radio at this link and you'll even be able to hear the EXCLUSIVE internet debut of Headcase's brand new single "Slice of Life." Enjoy!
Hip-hop has always had a tumultuous relationship with its rap-rock/nu metal subgenre. Many hip-hop fans refuse to recognize it as hip-hop unless songs include an already established rap act, a la the Judgment Night soundtrack from 1993. Many feel rap-rock is a bastardization of the culture and the rappers who lead these groups are unskilled phonies who need a band backing them because they can't hack it with just two turntables and a microphone.
Those critics, however, are missing the point entirely and selling hip-hop music short.
"Now here's a little story that must be told/About a fly young fellow by the name of Soul/He was the, son of a poet, descendant of freaks/Had the whole world burnin off his method of speech." It may be getting a bit cliche to give BBA so much play, including on RapReviews today, but there aren't any other crews in hip-hop giving away tracks of this quality every week for free. The latest entry is produced by Tailor Made NYC, who has definitely patterened his style off the Alchemist church organs, but falls JUST short of capturing the depth of profound sound A-L-C achieves. Nevertheless the song is a winner with the AllStars flowing over it, spitting lines like "We in the lab studyin song-makin/Your money's for our takin/Design the formula buddy, you're all fakin." Stay tuned for more of AllStars free dopeness and a possible Hip-Hop Shop interview in the near future!
Hip-Hop Shop is the precursor to K4D every week on Sunday night. Episode 42 features new material from K-Murdock, Atari Blitzkrieg, Soul Khan and more! If you would like to sponsor Hip-Hop Shop please send an e-mail to email@example.com for more information. The Hip-Hop Shop is 100% podsafe so distribute to your friends and tell them to visit RapReviews.com!
* Soul Khan f/ Big Chief - Brown Bag Flavor * Soulico f/ Axum & Lyrics Born - Put 'Em Up * Atari Blitzkrieg f/ Louis Logic, Roc C - Knock Knock Bastard Face * iCon the Mic King f/ Awar - Fall From Grace * K-Murdock - Neo-Sonic BOOM! * Slew - It's All Over * Brown Bag AllStars - Brooklyn Queens Expressway
"Shawty sent a TwitPic, sayin comin and get this/LOL, smiley face - LOL, smiley face." I'm not sure what bothered me more about this leaked single from Trey's forthcoming album "Ready," but it's either the ridiculous chorus, the voice saying THIS IS A DJ STORM EXCLUSIVE over and over, or the fact the producer's name is FISHER PRICE. Thankfully the beat is not made with one, and Trey's opening verse is okay, and nobody here is singing with Autotune. Unfortunately things go downhill when Gucci Mane comes in with his "first day sexin', next day textin'" rhymes, and then absolutely fall off a cliff as Soulja Boy tries to rhyme Blackberry with Halle Berry and "my place" with MySpace. Awful. This song is just hideous enough that I know it's going to be a top ten hit on every radio station in the country just to torment me.