RJD2 Reissues His Def Jux Material with Previously Unreleased Tracks In Advance of New 2010 LP
RJD2 fans rejoice. The producer/musician/singer extraordinaire has just released three deluxe reissues of his groundbreaking albums originally released on Definitive Jux Records. 2002’s Deadringer, 2003’s The Horror and 2004’s Since We Last Spoke, lauded as one of Spin Magazine’s Top 40 Albums of the Year, are now all in stores with two previously unreleased bonus tracks per album.
All three reissues are streaming in full at AOL Spinner through the end of the week.
This year has marked a turning point in the innovative producer’s 10 year career. After scoring the theme to the hit AMC show, “Mad Men,” and starting his own label RJ’s Electrical Connections, RJ reissued 2001’s Your Face Or Your Kneecaps as well as a box set entitled RJD2 2002-2010 and announced that his first new LP in three years, The Colossus, will hit stores on January 19th, the same month RJ hits the road for a massive cross country tour.
And as if that’s not enough, he also decided that he’d spend his holiday season giving free gifts to all of his fans! On October 29th, RJ announced via his RJ’s Electrical Connections website that he’d be giving away free records, MP3s, and more each Monday until the release of The Colossus. Visit http://rjselectricalconnections.com/ for this week’s contest.
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Visionary, Hyper-Creative iLL-Literacy Crew Prepared To Change The Way You Listen To Music 11.17.2009 iLL-Literacy Releases First Chapter Of Three-Part iB4the1
(November 17, 2009 - Brooklyn, NY) Short on attention span but long in ultra-creative, psychedelic rhymes, Oakland trio iLL-Literacy has some ambitious plans for the next few months. iLL-Lit is aiming to reshape not only the way that music is made but the way it's distributed. Emcees Drizzleton, Dahlak, and N.I.C. are proud to release the first part of three "chapters" for their new album iB4the1 (pronounced I Before The 1). Confused? Don’t be. It's just the future.
iLL-Literacy will be releasing iB4the1 in three chapters. The first, Chapter 1 (iB4the1.1), is available today. Because iLL-Literacy believes that traditional means of marketing and distribution have become obsolete, they are releasing all three chapters for free on their website (www.ill-literacy.com). In an effort to further obliterate the mold, iLL-Lit has partnered with street fashion legend C+ Jewelry to create USBiLL (pronounced "Us Be iLL"), a line of custom limited edition flash drives. A convenient and reusable alternative to CDs, USBiLL will be the primary physical form of the complete iB4the1 trilogy of releases.
iB4the1 may be their debut "album," but the members of iLL-Literacy have known each other since birth and it shines through on their tracks. They boast a fully formed vision and aesthetic that few groups, especially young groups, can match. When asked about iB4the1.1, Drizzleton described it as an epic. He postulates that the ideal listening context for Chapter 1 would be on "either a short car drive... or upon the back of a spiny-toothed wombat in Africa, while watching Planet Earth on mute."
In case you were somehow still worried that the iLL-Literate trio was lacking in ambition, allow Dahlak to describe Chapter 1: "Despite its brevity, .1 is grand in its effort to bridge sampled voice and original instrumentation, experimental music, and hip-hop narrative. The sound of iLL-Literacy draws character from an unusual blend of influences, spanning funk, afro beat, alternative, soul, and of course hip-hop. This is iLL-Literacy before the start. The prequel to the saga. iLL-Lit before the One. Take that how you want."
For musicians today, a record deal can be like a used car; it might get you from point A to point B, but most likely the salesman took your money and poured sawdust in the transmission. Fortunately, while the industry is gridlocked in filesharing, the members of iLL-Literacy can teleport. And by teleport, they mean "make music that would inspire passionate love with a Silverback gorilla... if it was socially acceptable." Enter the world of digitiLL funk - an ever-expanding sonic universe piecemealed together by the ever-shrinking attention span of Oakland trio iLL-Literacy. Members Dahlak, Drizzletron, and N.I.C have known each other since birth, and since then have been mutating words and sounds, invading concert halls, off-Broadway stages, and college arenas throughout North America and Europe and infiltrating networks from HBO, MTV and beyond. Toggling between daydream and full-blown hallucination, the result is iLL-Literacy’s first record, iB4the1 ("I Before The One"). Colliding influences from afrobeat and hip-hop as much as Plato and X-Men, their freshman effort plays more like the soundtrack for a never-ending shroom-trip than a standard rap album. It pays homage to a wide range of inspirations, while constantly reaching for the new. From a record that is political in scope but never heavy-handed to an intersecting live show that can boast life-size Lego-men, iLL-Literacy is both a product of its time, and a defining feature. The first chapter of the forthcoming album, IB4the1, IB4the1.1 is available now.
Expecting sophisticated lyrics from Mannie Fresh is like expecting KRS-One to record a Shawty Lo record or Soulja Boy to start dropping Ras Kass style illuminati references. Nevertheless this is a serviceable self-produced track from Fresh, playing to his strengths as a producer first and foremost, with an electronic beat that sounds like the club without imitating the current "snap" and "jerk" trends. "Got this white girl y'all and her name is Lindsay/She like to party hard every time she with me/She do a lot of drugs and she always tipsy/And then she take me over to her other friend Brittney." This one probably sounds better in the car than it does on my headphones, but even there it's not that bad. I'm not hatin'.
Artist: Big Boi f/ George Clinton, Too $hort Title: For Yo Sorrows Label: Def Jam
"I say stank you very much, cause we appreciate the hate." Big Boi must, because he's been through developmental hell trying to get out a solo album, finally having to link forces up with Def Jam to get the job done. To celebrate the pending release, he's leaked a super-chunkafied single with George Clinton funking it up and Too $hort pimping - or is that the other way around? Regardless when Clinton declares this "the dope on dope, smoke but don't choke on it, it's the shit" he's not exaggerating. Sir Luscious L. Leftfoot is going to please OutKast fans tremendously when this one finally breaks at retail.
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Blestenation Signs With Suburban Noize Records & Release Mixtape Featuring Jadakiss, Puscifer, and Ladytron *** New York hip-hop trio Blestenation creates havoc in the major label world and gets kicked off of Warped Tour, overdose on drugs, get into fist fights inside Sony Music offices, and crash the Teen Choice Awards and get into an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest!!! **** Blestenation Has Toured With Bone Thugs - N - Harmony, Scarface, Killah Priest, and The Warped Tour, While Working With Everyone From Travis Barker, Method Man, Ladytron, and Tool’s Maynard James Keenan
Suburban Noize Records has inked a deal with New York hip-hop trio Blestenation. The group has been building a buzz throughout the hip-hop scene for the past few years touring alongside the likes of Bone Thugs - N - Harmony, Scarface, Killah Priest, and the Warped Tour, while working with everyone from Method Man and Ladytron, to rock icons like Tool’s Maynard James Keenan and Travis Barker.
"This is the only label that could handle a band like us and we are happy to be part of the family,” says Blestenation’s FAFU.
Blestenation was once described by Interscope’s Jimmy Iovine as, "The most promising group I have signed since Nine Inch Nails", but was deemed too explicit for the major label world after the group’s drug addiction and day-to-day insanity derailed their career. The group was previously signed to Geffen Records before their reckless behavior got them kicked off of Warped Tour, into fist fights inside the Sony Music offices, and got them kicked out of the Teen Choice Awards after getting into an altercation with American Idol's Ryan Seacrest.
Blestenation will release a digital EP, "Left For Dead", on December 8th, 2009 through iTunes and www.SubNoizeStore.com, before dropping their debut album, "Mbugout City", in stores January 26th, 2010. Blestenation is currently offering a free download of their MBC Digital mixtape featuring Jadakiss, Ladytron, Puscifer, and Travis Barker online at www.sendspace.com/file/qm0xfu
"You can't call it a comeback, because they really have been here for years - almost twenty in fact. That being said, there's quite a few people out there in the atmosphere who haven't stayed aware of what Souls of Mischief had to share. SOM certainly didn't break up after 2000's "Trilogy: Conflict, Climax, Resolution" but they weren't releasing albums as a group either."
"It's safe to say Fluent Form doesn't have that problem, for a variety of reasons. The easiest way for me to start is to describe who Fluent Form would appeal to - fans of Jedi Mind Tricks, R.A. the Rugged Man and Ill Bill. Unintentionally that may be implying there's an ethnic factor to his appeal, but it's more a factor of the fact Fluent forms lyrics that are unapologetically dark and gritty, and the beats reflect that persona aptly. Few albums can make you picture a city landscape where towering monoliths abut dark smelly alleyways the way "The Furnace" does, which is surprising given that's a reputation associated more with Chicago and New York than the major metropolitans of Australia."
"Conceptual music is often missing in the hip-hop scene. When an artist does decide to make a concept song or album, they often make such a big deal about it the music loses its luster. His concept songs are just one of many reasons K-Rino has remained a staple of the underground rap scene throughout his career. Each album is sure to contain at least one song that will have you hitting the replay button more than one time. "Solitary Confinement" is no different. Yet, even when you think you know what to expect from K-Rino, the man still hits you with surprises when you pop in the CD. His last album, "Blood Doctrine," was a fierce and focused foray into the political and social situation K-Rino faces every day."
"If you have heard of Relic, you may have a few preconceived notions about his lyrical content. Rather than play to those stereotypes, I'd rather put that aside for a later paragraph and jump right into an album that aside from guest vocals was "written, produced, recorded and mixed" entirely by Relic. The amount of rappers who can pull off juggling all of these balls at one time can be counted on your hands and toes, and if you segregate that to SUCCESSFUL juggling you only need two hands - chop off one if you're extra critical."
"I suppose it is apropos as such because the group Swollen Members is no joke. They've been on the scene for over a decade, their first studio album, "Balance" was released in 1999. From that point on, SM established themselves as one of Canada's premier hip-hop acts. With all of that exposure, you would think that I have heard more of their material, but just like the reviewer of their last effort, "Black Magic", my familiarity was minimal at best. I knew the name, but that was about all. Between the three years that have passed, the crew has persevered Mad Child's drug addiction, the collapse of their former label, and a handful of legal problems."
"Tech N9ne's latest album was shrouded with controversy and hype from the minute it was announced. The title was first announced as "K.O.D." with no information on what the letters stood for. It was rumored to be Tech N9ne's return to the darker sound which made him popular. If that were true, it would be a sharp departure from the image Tech N9ne has spent years building. After receiving backlash from his hometown fans, Tech N9ne made it a point to show that he was not the devil worshipping horrorcore rapper they stereotyped him to be."
Tito V. :: The Beginning of the End :: Free Thought Records as reviewed by Justin 'Tha Shiznute' Chandler
"A writer's pipe dream is to complete a book, send it to various publishers wrapped in butcher's paper, it being discovered, both critically and publicly, as the elusive great American novel. Rappers have the same dream, similar to the plot of the film "8 Mile." Enter Tito V., a teenage Hispanic emcee from Alpharetta, GA, who wrote and produced "The Beginning of the End" in its entirety. It is admirable for an aspiring artist to actually get a project released rather than just lazily let the dream slide by, but does this LP establish Tito as the next big thing?"
"The next big hope – or "saviour," as it seems to be spelt nowadays – to drop this year is Wale. Yes, something feels wrong – artists actually seem to be releasing music… All we need now is Dre and Saigon, and we'll know that the world is coming to an end. Wale has been simmering for nigh on three years now, having put out three mixtapes (one of which was pretty damn good), and the time has finally arrived for "Attention: Deficit" to makes a debut on the international stage. He clearly has some high profile friends, as the list of luminaries lending a hand is lengthy: Mark Ronson, Cool & Dre, the Neptunes, DJ Green Lantern, Dave Sitek, Bun B, Gucci Mane, Jazmine Sullivan, Chrisette Michele, Marsha Ambrosius, J.Cole, Lady Gaga… Can his identity survive that onslaught of talent and outside assistance?"
XO :: Monumental :: Studio 43 as reviewed by Patrick Taylor
"XO is the stage name for DC rapper Jamaal Walton. I first heard XO on the Diamond District mixtape "In the Ruff." I was impressed with him on that project, so I downloaded "Monumental," which was released as a free download in June. I loved the Diamond District album, but I was thrown by the harder edge of "Monumental." "In the Ruff" had a classic East Coast sound, but "Monumental" is more present-day East Coast, complete with polished beats and ubiquitous references to getting high and getting laid. After half-listening to it once or twice, I decided I wasn't feeling it, and it got lost in my hard drive. A funny thing happened, though: Every once in a while, when my iPod was on shuffle, a banging track would come on that I didn't recognize. More often than not, it'd be XO. Finally, I decided that "Monumental" deserved another chance, and I came to like it."
A couple months ago X-Plane sent me a video for his song “Witout Spinach Popeye Get Black Eyes.” I dug both the concept of the song and X-Plane’s flow. A few weeks later he sent me another video and I noticed an interesting common thread - they were both shot in what looked to be an unfinished house. He had a couple more videos that were also done in the same location and as the clips started piling up, so did my interest in X-Plane’s work. This week I caught up with X-Plane to find out more about his music, his secret video shooting location, and why if you need a MetroCard he’s the emcee you want to see (could a collab with Miz Metro be in his future?).
J Noize is also calibrating with producer Mile Franklin and other local Chicago artists for a completion CD called Stop The Violence due out in Winter 2010. This CD is for local Chicago artists to help voice the message about the teen killings happening and helping to push a positive message to the young community.
Don't front, y'know we got'cha open. This ain't Black Moon though, it's the twenny-somethin edition of FMF, Free Music Friday! We got some hottest joints to keep your disk drive warm for the cold fall (Well, it's surprisngly warm where I'm at, in northwest PA). Check these out!
Billy Ray :: DJ Maseo Presents Hip Hop Aka Bill Ray
[Yes, it's presented by DJ Maseo, as in Maseo a/k/a Plug 3 from the legendary rap group De La Soul. Don't let thet be the ONLY reason you check out this dude name Bill Ray. Ain't no telling how Ray earned Maseo's co-sign, but when you hear this mixtape you'll easily hear why the co-sign was earned: hard-hitting rhymes and well-balanced flows that's keep any hip-hop head head bobbin' while checkin out his lyrical delivery. If you don't believe, check it out for yourself!]
Tracklisting: 1. Ovaspeaker Intro 2. Skit #1 3. Switch Up/skit #2 4. Goin' In 5. I'm Not Dem 6. What Do I Do? 7. You Can Get It/skit #3 Feat. Al-b Back And M-1 From Dead Prez 8. Das Billy 9. Dollar Circulate 10. Lean 11. Boom/skit #4 12. Uptown/skit #5 13. Puttin' Rush/skit #6 14. I Wish 15. Back For The Late Night/skit #7 1/2 16. Nothin' Feat. G-dep 17. U Pussy Feat. Bumpy Knuckles/skit #8 18. Billy's Ark/skit #9 19. Men Fist Soul/skit #10 20. Breathe In Breathe Out 21. Big Beat 22. Voices In My Head 23. Scooby Doo/skit #11 24. The Dream 25. Cut The Check/skit #!2(THE End)
[Simply put, dude K.O.'s on the 1s' and 2s'. Maybe that's why he's appropriately named DJ K.O. Here's a free EP that he released recently as it features some of the most underrated emcees you'll hear for free. Check it!]
Tracklisting: 1. Living Out A State of Mind Pt. 1 (ft. Silent Knight) 2. D A M A G E (ft. East & Silent Knight) 3. Time With You (ft. East) 4. Ain't Friends (ft. East, MadKem & Silent Knight) 5. Stone Cold Lover (ft. M. Josephine) 6. 80's Babies (ft. East & Silent Knight)
[Here's a free EP from a newcomer name Cause. If you want hip-hop that doesn't lack substance and requires your heart more than your bank account, this one is for you. Cause does this for us 'cause he is us.]
Tracklisting: 1. Save The Game 2. Birth Of A Rebel 3. In A Daze 4. Keep It Real (ft. Jon Hope) 5. On My Mind (ft. Mike Payne ) 6. Chasing After Money 7. Just Another Day 8. Life Ain’t A Playground 9. I Am Us 10. In A Daze (Clean)
[I'm going to be a lil' bold here and say that the duo of Green & Husky is the 2009 GangStarr. Well, I'm not going to say that it's because the deep and monotone-style vocals of Green reminds me of Guru and producer Husky brings the boom-bap that's as fat as DJ Premier. ...Well, I lied. That is the reason I call them the '09 GangStarr and note that I'm saying it in the good way! Step into their arena and check out one of the best boom-bap hip-hop you can get for free.]
Tracklisting: 1. Restart 2. The Upset 3. Growing Into The Sunlight 4. Rockin With The Best 5. Freezer Burn 6. Razzle Dazzle 7. Crashing Into Space 8. Come Through 9. Number 9 10. Sometimes Never 11. Sculpter Of The Rhyme 12. How Charming 13. Golden 14. Wicked Wise 15. Canteen (feat. Junclassic) 16. Come On 17. Red Black And Green 18. It's Been Great
[West Coast's own Roccett feels like Shaq did when we was free from the Suns...and Heat... and Lakers... and Magic. The point is that Roccett is taking the rocket ride to the top as he may sign to a major label deal this year, but it's unknown which one currently. For those who wants to be introduced to the West Coast breeze set to hit your airwaves, this DJ Drama-assisted mixtape is a good start.]
Tracklisting: 1. DJ Drama Free Agent Intro 2. City I Know (f/ Primo) 3. How We Roll (f/ Dae One) 4. I Do That (ft. Bobby V.) 5. Stacks 6. Monster Skit 7. Fucc Wit U Pt. 2 8. You Aint Heard 9. I Dont Think So (f/ Primo) 10. DJ Drama Speaks 11. My Real Niggaz 12. Me 13. All A Woman Needs 14. Stash In Da Hooptie 15. Bang That 16. DJ Drama Outro
That's it for the "Always Open Edition" of "Free Music Fridays." Man, it was a good Friday, all of these are HEATZ! If you have any free music you would like to share with the world, please e-mail me at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you're an artist with your free mixtape/album shown on this page and you want to send me a link re-up, corrections, and/or questions, e-mail me at email@example.com, as well. Thanks for reading and enjoy y'all! Two fangas, one love....