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Video: Ghostface on Ludacris' Diss of Drake & Big Sean

Video: Ghostface on Ludacris' Diss of Drake & Big Sean

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"Ghostface gives his two cents on the feud."

Video: Random and MC Lars in Arizona

Video: Random and MC Lars in Arizona

"Lars stops through AZ on the Warped Tour, and we get a tour of the van, and share a giant pizza."

Video: Shottie - "Baby Baby"

Video: Shottie - "Baby Baby"

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First single for Delorean a full length album by SHOTTIE produced by TeV95 on 95Labs.
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MP3: Nicki Minaj - "Roman in Moscow (Lil' Kim Diss)"

MP3: Nicki Minaj - "Roman in Moscow (Lil' Kim Diss)"

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Video: DJ Premier's Favorite Produced Album & Ultimate Cypher

Video: DJ Premier's Favorite Produced Album & Ultimate Cypher

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"Who would you put in your Ultimate Cypher?"

PR: Weiss-Sound: First Official Newsletter!

PR: Weiss-Sound: First Official Newsletter!

Courtesy Matt Weiss.

Seasons Greetings!

This is the first official Weiss-Sound Newsletter! It's been a wild year, and there's plenty of crazy stuff to talk about.
In general news, my goal over this year has been to step up my professionalism. This has meant investing into my home studio, fostering my relations with public facilities, keeping records for my taxes (yes, I'm going on the books folks), systematizing, schedule-ating, and stepping up my website. In terms of the web-world, I really owe it all to Ben Polinsky at Mandrake Web Design. Without Ben, this Newsletter wouldn't even be happening {canned applause here}.

In terms of studio equipment, I went a little crazy this year. Weiss-Sound is now rockin' new Kef 103.2 monitors chained to an Azur 640A amp - plus three new full sized bass traps and four full sized midrange traps for an improved listening experience. In terms of the "oooh" and "aaaah" stuff, I'm now packin' a Neumann M147 microphone in addition to my RE20, AT4033a, and Blue Woodpecker. And I've got two new Avalon M5s to juice my pretty microphones up. I also scored an incredible Clariphonic Equalizer courtesy of Greg Scott and Kush Audio. It's been instant love on many a mix now. Which brings me to a couple new pieces of software. Recent acquisitions have been the Slate VCC, and Slate FG-X, and the incredible UBK-1 Compressor .

Of course, shiny equipment isn't everything. It's really the people power that makes a record. I am proud to say that I have fostered a great working relationship with Chris Athens of Sterling Sound , one of the best mastering engineers in the business. He's been taking on my clients at an incredible discount, making Weiss-Sound that much stronger.

Now - on to some shout-outs. I have worked with many artists over this last year, far too many for me to mention every project. But there have been a few that I would like to take the time to yammer about.

First I've gotta give props to my man Random. I've been working with Random a long time - our first project happened in 2004. This year, Random was able to take the steps that every aspiring artist dreams of - he made music his full time career! His song Splash Woman (mixed by yours truly) hit over 100,000 views on Youtube this year, and shortly after he was invited to tour with Mc Chris and Mc Lars. So big ups to Random.

Next, I've gotta give props to the artist Oso. It's always rewarding to be the principal engineer on an album. In Oso's case, I was thee engineer - mixing every track, mastering done by Chris Athens. It was a 100% Weiss-Sound extravaganza. Oso is a one-man-band monster, not only doing all the raps, but producing all the tracks, and acting as the executive producer as well. With so much of himself invested into his record I applaud his ability to allow me to have creative freedom and take the music where I heard it going. It's not often I'm hired to mix a record, and a couple months later I find myself in a premier recording studio tracking a horn section, bass, and grand piano for a Hip Hop song. That album, along with Oso's other production can be found at Oso Music Ent.

Speaking of "Shout Outs", Oso connected me with up-and-coming superstar GP, up-and-coming super-producer Sonny Digital, and already-superstar Gorilla Zoe for this crazy joint here: GP, Gorilla Zoe, Sonny Digital. The fun little back story is I received the track on Friday morning - it was needed for a radio promo on Saturday! But Weiss-Sound came through (as if there was any doubt).

Got some cool upcoming releases from Uri Caine, Adam West (the rapper, not Batman), BAU Entertainment, Righteous Ones, Savant, Binary Star, and Milly Mango (production by the unstoppable Brady "Breaks" Blecko).

So that about sums it up - well, it doesn't even really come close to summing it up, but it paints the general idea. Now, as unthinkable as it may be - some of you may actually not want to receive these Newsletters in the future. I know - crazy. I'll only be sending them out once every three months or so. But, if you don't want to get them, just email me at , and title the email: Remove Me. No harm no foul.

For the rest - keep rockin' in a freer world. Check WWW.WEISS-SOUND.COM frequently for blog updates and new music videos and songs. And don't forget to like Weiss-Sound on Facebook for inside information on record production, news about new projects, and my crazy grizzled-old-man style rantings.

PS - This is my first newsletter, so if you have any suggestions as to how I can make it better shoot me an email. I'm my own "publicist" and don't really know what I'm doing, so don't hold back.

-Matt Weiss

Video: Lady of Rage's Top 3 Female MCs & State of Hip Hop

Video: Lady of Rage's Top 3 Female MCs & State of Hip Hop

Courtesy DJ Vlad.

"Nicki Minaj and two other young prospect makes her list."

MP3: Renzo f/ Dean Swift, King Kuf - "It's Amazing"

MP3: Renzo f/ Dean Swift, King Kuf - "It's Amazing"

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Mixtape: Ill Mike - "High Off Music" (host DJ Smallz)

Mixtape: Ill Mike - "High Off Music" (host DJ Smallz)

Courtesy Michael Jenkins.


The (W)rap Up - Week of November 29, 2011

If you missed any of the new reviews last week, including Señor Kaos' "The Kaos Effect" then do yourself a favor and check out this week's edition of the (W)rap!
[The Kaos Effect]Señor Kaos :: The Kaos Effect
High Water Music

Author: Steve 'Flash' Juon

"Long time listeners to The Adam B Experience will no doubt recognize the name Señor Kaos, who first debuted to listeners back in February of 2009. Kaos calls his music "Atlanta hip-hop with a twist," and that twist might be that he sounds like a rapper from Philly or New York. Georgia has had its share of emcees who sound like transplants over the years, but the rearranged Special Ed beat from "Come On, Let's Move It" in the background of "It's Like That" is a DEAD giveaway. Here's the conundrum though - the cover art of "The Kaos Effect" has a banner admitting the NYC to ATL connect but a variety of bios he's spread all over the web mention Atlanta only. His official bio at High Water Music also has no New York info. Ultimately it hardly matters - his rap on the song would be refreshing no matter what hood he hailed from. One part of me as a listener wants to hear a remix of this track with Special Ed as a special guest YESTERDAY. On the other hand listening to the intelligent and aggressive flow of Kaos when he brags "I'm a ten year vet/still young at best" I'd have to think the young'n would eat Ed alive and not break a sweat. I'm still a fan of the "Youngest in Charge," but Kaos has a battle tested intensity that sounds menacing without being cartoonish, while Ed was better known for the mellow laconic delivery he spit on beats. "

Ces Cru :: The Playground :: INnatesounds
as reviewed by Aaron Boyce
[The Playground] 
"If you plan on making it in this industry then you need to make the most of any opportunity that happens to come your way and Ces Cru have definitely been doing that over the past twelve months. Kansas City inhabitants Ubiquitous and Godemis have been creating a steady local buzz for themselves since the 2004 release of their debut LP, "Capture Enemy Soldiers", with some eye-catching performances at various MC battles. They had also been busy shooting several music videos which have further cemented them as local favourites while not really gaining a huge amount of attention elsewhere. That all changed at the tail end of 2010 when fellow Kansas City resident Tech N9ne asked Ces Cru for a couple of verses for the track "Livin' Like I'm Dyin'" for the "Bad Season" mixtape and interest in the duo has been growing ever since. Ubiquitous and Godemis followed this up by appearing on "Give It Up", a bonus track on Tech's "All 6's and 7's" album and then co-starring in the stand-out track, "Unfair", from the recent Strange Music collaboration album "Welcome to Strangeland". Oh yeah, they KILLED every verse on those tracks too. With these recent attention-grabbing cameos and exposure to Tecca Nina's dedicated fan base, it looks like Ces Cru could be on the verge of a breakthrough. 2010 heralded the release of the duo's most recent LP, "The Playground", and now seems like a better time than ever to press play and see what all the fuss is about. "

Jamal Science :: Something Wonderful EP :: Ruby Hornet/SRNC/Refined Hype
as reviewed by Pete T.

[Something Wonderful EP] 
"Chicago's Jamal Science is the type of rapper you can feel okay about playing in hearing range of your kids. His "Something Wonderful EP," unveiled as a free download earlier this month, features eight tracks worth of nostalgic, soulful production and unpretentious, harmlessly righteous lyricism. Jamal's not reinventing the wheel here-he's somewhat of a street scholar, delivering conscious rhymes with a hint of been-there-done-that wistfulness, but he's impressive from a technical standpoint and the music is consistently rich. Just check out the bright, funky instrumentals of "Life Is Like a Jungle," where Jamal shines between a chorus constructed with Nas and Grandmaster Flash samples."

Pseudo Intellectuals :: Dope Grindwork :: Lodo Industries/DTR45
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[Dope Grindwork] 
"This might be the most helpful cover art to come along in a year or more - it instantly identifies who every single member of the Pseudo Intellectuals is without my having to lift a virtual finger. If for some reason you're using an image blocker yet still reading this review (I'm ponder how or WHY you'd want to do that) it reads Tone Atlas, DJ Cutler, VJ Brown, 25 Metro, Nick Zero and A.L. Third from left to right. There's not much to tell about it besides that - it appears to be a photo shot through the window of a tourist trap with a six lane highway running underneath it. Everything is filtered through a green lens to give it an otherworldly look, even though the scene itself is probably repeated a hundred times across interstates of the United States. In a previous review Susan 'susiQ' Kim called the Pseudo Intellectuals "a group like no other." Kim lauded their use of clear sonic landscapes that were uncluttered by overproduction and compared their style and sound favorably to the Typical Cats crew from Chicago. Listening to "Dope Grindwork" it's not hard to see what she was getting at. Before we go any further though let's clarify who plays what roles in the crew. Tone Atlas is responsible for all of the beats. DJ Cutler handles all the scratching save for one track ("You Don't Know Me"). Nick Zero is ostensibly the third man in the trio then and now, even though they've clearly expanded to allow the others listed above to join in the fold."

Random a/k/a Mega Ran :: A Very Random Christmas :: MegaRan Music
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[A Very Random Christmas] 
"It's either the most wonderful time of the year or it's the most stressful - probably both. Christmas is one of those holidays you don't have to be Christian to celebrate (though some would argue it helps) because at its core it's about family and friendship. That's the plus side of the holiday: family dinners, spiked eggnog, laughing and sharing gifts with those who mean the most to you. Unfortunately the gift side leads to one of the most negative aspects of Christmas - holiday shopping. Many of us would rather avoid the post-Thanksgiving lines and in-store brawls and go Cyber Monday shopping instead, because no matter how much you care about your loved ones, no gifts are worth being bruised and trampled for. "A Charlie Brown Christmas" may be almost 50 years old now, but new viewers would find the themes of joy and pain from the opening paragraph are just as relevant today. The protagonist of the animated special loudly ponders whether or not the spirit of the holiday has been lost in the rush to commercialize it and sell it. There's a mild Christian overtone to the whole thing, but at the core the point is to celebrate friends and family, so it doesn't matter if you have the biggest and shiniest Xmas tree - just a good one you can all sing carols around."

Sahtyre :: The Buddha 2.0 ::
as reviewed by Steve 'Flash' Juon

[The Buddha 2.0] 
"California rapper Sahtyre seems to be affiliated with a lot of different crews, though it's not clear from surfing the cyberspace waves if he's 100% tied to any one. I'll count it as a happy coincidence though that after I unpacked and uploaded "The Buddha 2.0" to iTunes, I noticed one of his friends and comrades is the same Open Mike Eagle that Jeep Ward featured on a show last week. He waits his fair share of the album to jump on and collaborate with Saht, but if you get all the way to the eleventh track, Eagle is there on the song "Holdin On." For Sahtyre who he rolls with isn't nearly as important as what he rolls up. In repeated interviews, reviews and guest appearances throughout the rap world, Sahtyre professes his love for ganja. I suspect the man has a serious case of glaucoma and rolls around with a medical marijuana card in his pocket. Now if I can offer a side note before we get back to business, I both approve of the fact California offers some measure of legalization (even if the federales don't) and find it absurd that they try to justify it by making only for those with a medical need. I don't have the statistics to prove it, but I'm going to guess only 1% of the people who smoke weed in California with or without a prescription have a MEDICAL NEED - they just like how getting high feels. "

Sean Hines :: The Theory :: Rushin Embassy Ent.
as reviewed by Daniel Oh

[The Theory] 
" "Sophomore Slump." It's an oft-cited reason for the below-par sequels and 2nd efforts coming from our favorite artists. It's a term that I personally believe is thrown around too much. "Resurrection" was infinitely better than "Can I Have a Dollar", "Late Registration" jumped the high bar set by "College Dropout", and if you count "Do You Want More?!!!??!" as The Roots' first official foray into Hip-hop, then "Illadelph Halflife" alone should sweep the pillars of the "sophomore slump" argument. Despite all this, I'm sure that Sean Hines has been warned about that "Sophomore Slump" way before he was even finished with his first album. Traditionally the term should only apply to artists who've set extremely high standards on their first try, and then fail to meet said standards on their second. But the reason why I'm invoking the "sophomore slump" to tint the perspective of this review is this: I'm in the position of reviewing someone I've never heard of before, and it's not their first try at making an album, it's their 2nd. "The Theory" is an album that keeps its heart beating in the Boston streets. Sean Hines keeps it simple behind the mic, his verses are injected with full doses of hustle, money, thuggin' out, making it out of the hood while keeping one in the hood, pimpin' hoes, and representing Boston. "

Twin Perils :: Speak and Destroy :: Holographic Pagoda Records
as reviewed by Patrick Taylor

[Speak and Destroy] 
"Twin Perils are a Brooklyn duo made up of rapper Lone Ninja and rapper/producer/Iraq War vet June Marx. "Speak and Destroy" is their third album, following 2008's "Dark Alliance" and 2010's "Word Supremacy." The two rappers have also put out several solo albums. Twin Perils does militaristic post-apocalyptic hardcore East Coast hip-hop, in the vein of Cannibal Ox and Jedi Mind Tricks. The cover of the album has the duo posing in front of a church with June Marx in what looks like a samurai hazmat suit, and Lone Ninja dressed like a ninja. Their song titles further drive the point home. With names like "Systematic Elimination," "Avenging Souls," "Wrath of Heaven," "Army of Two," "Red Storm Rising," "Mercenary Barracks," and "Scattered Shrapnel," you know before you even press play what Twin Perils are all about. Here are the basic facts about Twin Perils: Lone Wolf raps in a monotone, all of the songs seem to be about war, and the lyrics are as impenetrable as the bullet-proof armor the duo have posed in. That impenetrability is worth discussing further. Whatever you want to say about Lone Ninja's flow, both he and June Marx can rap. Their rhymes are as complicated and intricate as the scrawlings of a schizophrenic who is convinced he's discovered a vast conspiracy in random words in newspapers. "

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