Thursday, August 27, 2009

Raekwon - House Of Flying Daggers

As always everything I post has something art related that I like about it. And this latest post isn't any different. I've been posting a ton of music post for a good reason. I'm currently working on my own music project so these posts are a result of my inspiration.

This new Wu-Tang music video is pretty dope. I love the raw animation of it. I've always been a fan of defined messy art. Meaning there are defined lines of what the artist is trying to portray but the sketch lines and color overlapping are still visible in the finished product.

Raekwon - House of Flying Daggers (feat. Inspectah Deck, GZA, Ghostface Killah & Method Man)

Thursday, August 13, 2009

J. Cole = A Breath of Fresh Air

This up and coming MC out of North Carolina is mad dope. Now that's a bold statement coming from me because as an MC myself I'm mad critical of other MC's work. So I only give praise when praise is due. Well today I ran across J. Cole's music profile somewhere online. I can't remember where exactly but thanks to that blog for putting me on this cat. I read several reply's about his mixtapes and he was being highly praised. So as always, before I start "hatin'", I did my research on son. And the conclusion I've come up with is that son is mad nice. I have no complaints thus far. So as far as I'm concerned he's on his JOB. He gets two thumbs up from me.

He has two mixtapes out right now for free download; The Come Up and The Warm Up which dropped about 2 months ago. Both of which you can listen to on before you decide to download. Which I highly recommend you do if you're Jonesin' for a breath of fresh air.

And shout out to BBGun for directing this dope music video. Keep doing yo thang kid!!!

Friday, August 7, 2009

Keelay & Zaire x Jern Eye - I’m On Swerve x Feel the Rush Live (Video)

A dope two pack for you with producer Keelay from Keelay & Zaire and MC Jern Eye. First track is off Keelay and Zaire's album, Ridin High. The second track is off Jern's album, Vision.

Slaughterhouse LP

Track listing

# Title -- Producer(s)
1. "Sound Off" -- StreetRunner
2. "Lyrical Murderers" (Feat. K-Young) -- Focus
3. "Microphone" -- The Alchemist
4. "Not Tonight" -- StreetRunner
5. "The One" (Feat. The New Royales) -- DJ Khalil
6. "In the Mind of Madness" (skit)
7. "Cuckoo" -- DJ Khalil
8. "The Phone Call" (skit)
9. "Onslaught 2" (Feat. Fatman Scoop) -- Emile
10. "The Phone Call 2" (skit)
11. "Salute" (Feat. Pharoahe Monch) -- Mr. Porter
12. "Pray (It's A Shame)" -- Satalight
13. "Cut You Loose" -- Mr. Porter
14. "Rain Drops" (feat. Novel) -- Filthy Rockwell
15. "Killaz" (Feat. Melanie Rutherford & C. Brown) -- Emile

Listen to Slaughterhouse LP

Monday, August 3, 2009

Detroit rapper Baatin dead at 35


Los Angeles Times

Baatin, a rapper who co-founded the progressive hip-hop group Slum Village, was found dead Saturday in Detroit. He was 35.

Ty Townson, a family friend, confirmed Baatin's death to the Detroit Free Press. Details were not released.

Baatin, who left Slum Village around 2003, had said in interviews over the years that he had been diagnosed with schizophrenia and struggled with emotional problems. He embarked on a solo career, but had recently rejoined the group.

Born Titus Glover in 1974, the Detroit native adopted the name "Baatin" in the 1990s to reflect a newfound spirituality. "Baatin" was "Islamic for 'hidden,'" he once said.

While in high school on Detroit's east side, he started rapping and formed what eventually would be called Slum Village with Jay Dee -- who died of complications from lupus in 2006.

At a nondescript storefront called the Hip-Hop Shop, the group honed its skills at open-mike nights along with a young Eminem.

Slum Village was "among the best" of the hip-hop artists to come out of Detroit, Soren Baker said in the Los Angeles Times in 2000.

"Where Eminem relies on lyrics full of violence and confrontation, the trio ... takes a more universal approach, (delivering) a balanced, soulful sound and attitude that separates Slum Village from rap's two dominant trends: the glossy glamorization of excess and the hard-core gangster sound," Baker said.

Slum Village's lauded major-label debut, 2000's "Fantastic, Vol. 2," was "widely decreed the torchbearer of progressive hip-hop," and the 2002 follow-up album, "Trinity," reaffirmed that position, reviewer Kris Ex wrote in The Times in 2002.

"Trinity" contained the group's first bona-fide radio hit, "Tainted." By then, innovative disc-jockey-producer Jay Dee largely had been replaced by lyricist Elzhi.

Slum Village shunned trends and injected spiritual and social commentary into its work.

"If people could open their minds," Baatin told The Times in 2000, "they could see a broader perspective of hip-hop instead of categorizing it as 95-beats-per-minute, loud snares and muffled samples. ... It could be anything."

Baatin is survived by a son, Michael Majesty Ellis, 9; a daughter, Aura Grace Glover, 1; his parents, Howard and Grace Glover; and a sister, Tina, all of Detroit, according to the Free Press.