Friday, March 27, 2009
Wednesday, March 25, 2009
Kwizyne - I REM U
CLICK ON ALBUM COVER FOR DOWNLOAD!
Saturday, March 21, 2009
Here's one for the avid local hiphop fan. Summer wouldn't be complete without The Community. Unfortunately, we won't be doing it this year. We want y'all to miss us for minute, organizing an event like this for the past 3 years has definitely been one of our greatest achievements as a scene. Thank you to you, and to the people who came and supported each one of them the past 3 years. Here's a mixtape of live performances from The Community 2 and Fete De La Musique circa 2007 which includes tracks by Peoples Future, Dcoy, Sinag, Diwata, Los Indios Bravoz, Audible, RonThug, PKSO, Nathan J and more! Unfortunately, we didn't put Chrizo jokes in this CD, maybe next time! The Community 1 CD will be out sooner or later. Hehehe, I know its been awhile as well but we'll keep you posted. Don't forget there's also a DVD of it pending.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Written by B-ROC
Meron akong ano, meron akong kuwento.
The last time I spoke to Francis Magalona, he texted me that he had almost died during his last chemo therapy and I was bugging him about it, that it would take a bigger force to take him down and that he is stronger than he actually thinks he is. He would then tell me how excited he was being featured in a Marvel graphic novel and he was ecstatic about it! We would exchange notes on files included in his exclusive CD singles free with his FMCC shirt purchases, since I was working on its production since the first single. He told me after the album he's doing with Hardware Syndrome and The Sickos Project, he would want to do a final hiphop album. That sunny day in December 2008, we only spoke about his victories and with all humility of a wise king, he asks me to keep him in my prayers.
As a struggling hiphop artist in the Philippines, I've already reached the most important moment in my career, earning Francis Magalona's respect....
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
But not to be outshined, hehehe, I did attend a gig here in Singapore. IMPROMPTU is remeniscent of The Community episodes we've all grown to love. This underground get together was done in a part of the Singapore Museum, more like a hall. It was a young crowd all together or I just feel old doing this hiphop ish, hehehe. A good ratio of boys to girls supporting the acts they came to see. CD's sold at the entrance. CD's were sold at 5$SG which is tantamount to around 150PHP. Not much CD's sold if I may say, but each one who came through paid the 5$SG entrance fee. I spoke to the organizer, Freeky Z, couple of weeks back that I wanna come through and give some CDS away. Which I did, and they loved it. I also got pulled to the stage to say a few things and hinted that it could be a possbility that I fly an act from SG to Manila to perform at our show and they will do vice versa.
Just before I left, there was this kid that rocked the show! His name was Cuisine, he was labelled as the best emcee and battle emcee Singapore had to offer. I tuned in, and yeah well out of the bunch I heard, this guy stood out. From his beat selections to his acapella to his song topics. It wasn't a surprise to me to find out that he's a Filipino that grew up in Hongkong. Spoke to him after the show, and gave him his props.
After which, I went to watch Watchmen which sucked. The effects where good, but the screenplay was a little off compared to the graphic novel I read. The director was good, the casting was on point! I think they just had a hard time conveying the intricacy of the original piece while keeping its relevance. Tough novel to give life to if you ask me.
Over the weekend as well, I finished my Francis Magalona piece. It was 4 pages long, I don't know if I'm suppose to post it somewhere. I might just go and send it to Joey Dizon of PULP or Annie of FUDGE, whichever publicaiton decides to publish it first. I'll keep you guys posted. Lastly, do check out Corporate Lo-Fi's album launch and cop the cd!
FOOTNOTE: The two songs that features Hotnixx, were songs he recorded even before Turbulence was a label. I remember Nixx would go and commute to studios around Q.C. just to put in work. Enjoy this old school treat! Holla back!
Friday, March 13, 2009
Turbulence today, March 14, 2009.
1. 19 EAST SUCAT - Catch PHD, Hotnixx, TEAM GRAE, Nimbusnine, Sinag, Mike Swift, Peoples Future and Corporate Lo-Fi's 9PM onwards. Brought to you by Musikko.com and also it's God's Will birthday!
2. AMPON presents: 'THE SPOKEN HERB' 5 PM Onwards @ Leonas Art Cafe. White Plains Ave. Katipunan. The event is an exploration of words, deep space rhythms, organicisms and painted matter. Poetry, Hip-Hop, Live Instrumentation, Graffiti, Open Mic with performances by my brothers Marlowe Uy, Pasta Groove, Lourd de Veyra, Aric Yuson, Caliph8, Eleazar de los Reyes, Gabby Baluyot, Dominic Nuesa, Talksic ways, Martin Lazaro, Ryan Andres, Jolo, Paolo Callangan, Mic Sanchez, Mike Nakayama, UA&P Humanities, Tengal.
3. B-ROC goes to IMPROMPTU, an underground hiphop event in Singapore reminiscent of The Community. I'm gonna politick and give away some Thinking Mans Hiphop CD to some good acts I see tomorrow night.
Props to the winners of Dongalo Rap Awards. Hiphop is worldwide. NUFF SAID!
Thursday, March 12, 2009
Rest in peace, Francis Magalona. Check this new mixtape from DJ Noodles/Legend and Emilio Rojas. I'll go out on a limb and say that Emilio Rojas and Drake are the mcs to watch out for this year. This NYC emcee kills every song in this mixtape. Rhyme patterns remeniscent of Termanology. Interesing pick of producers as well. We have ILLMIND, Khrysis, M-Phazes and more! Check the song here, KEYS TO THE CITY! "Yankee fitted lean, Yankee fitted lean!" to the introspective "PLEASE DON'T GO" to the mack driven "THE WAY SHE MOVE" with Stat Quo. If you're a true hiphop fan, there is something here for you.
Saturday, March 7, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
Tala feat. Anino - Eskinita; this song will appear on Kalye Musika (Ikalawang Yugto)
TALA: Mahirap dahil gusto mong magpahayag ngunit bilang ang nakikinig at kung pakinggan ka man ay kapos sa pag-iintindi. Sa pananaw ko ang pagiging malayang musikero sa larangan ng hiphop ay hindi de-kahon at may pakay na pagbabago sa industriya, sistema't lipunan.
If you were to educate a pinoy who thinks tagalog rap is non sense, what songs will you use to help him understand?
1. Los Indios Bravos - ABaKaDa
2. Syke - Mahal Quita
3. God's Will at N9 - Semento at Buhangin
4. Francis M - Mga Kababayan
Where is Los Indios Bravos?
Lahat kami ay abala lang sa pagtatrabaho. Ngunit tuloy parin sa paggawa ng musika. Abangan!
How did you get your start into hiphop and hiphop produciton? What is Tala busy with these days?
Nagsimula akong gumawa ng musika noong unang tapak ko ng kolehiyo. Bata pa kami noon, kaya radikal at mapusok pa ang mga bitaw namin sa tambayan. Doon ko nakilala si JP "Siyang Tao" na siya namang nagpakilala sakin kay Chase "Kintal Dakila" at Jonan. Tsaka namin binuo ang grupo. Nagsimula talaga kami sa pinakababa hangga't nakatugtog na kami kung saan saan. Namasukan ako bilang sound engineer sa iba ibang audio production, dito ko nahugot lahat ng nalalaman ko ngayon pagdating sa pagtimpla at paggawa ng musika. Ngayon ay abala ako sa isang pelikula na lalabas ngayong taon. Ako ang umaasikaso sa musikang ilalapat sa bawat eksena. Ito rin ang pagkakataon para lalong marinig ang boses natin bilang malayang musikero.
Para sa yo, anong pinagkaiba ng isang MC at RAPPER?
Ito rin ang kaibahan ng isang nagpipinta sa nagpipintura. Ang pagkakaiba ng taong may DUNONG at taong MARUNONG lang.
Whats your comment on the whole The Community show? Where can it improve? Would you want to see another Community show this year?
Kinagagalak kong maimbitahan ulit ang grupo para tumugtog at manood sa The Community Show. Para sa akin kailangan lang mapalawak pa ang mga manonood at susoporta. Puspusan pang pagpaplano para maparami tayo.
2006, was a whole year of positive hiphop energy around the metro, what's something about 2006 that you miss?
Kahit saan lupalop man tayo tumogtog nandoon lang ang isat isa.
What is more important for the thriving scene, going regional or going international?
Sa sarili kong opinyon, sa tunog at layunin namin ay dito muna sa Pilipinas. Marami pang dapat malaman sa sarili at kasaysayan. Lalo na ang musika namin ay instrumento ng pagbabago. Ang pagbabago ay dapat magsimula muna sa tahanan ng ating lahi, dahil ang tunay na laban ay nandito. Tsaka na siguro kung hinog na ang mga bagay. Kilalanin muna natin ang ating mga sarili bago tayo magpakilala.
Kailangan muna ng inspirasyon. Ang paggawa ng musika ay paglalarawan ng nararamdaman. Magsisimula muna ito kung ano ang paksa na gusto mong talakayin, susunod ay ang tema at takbo ng kanta. Dito ka na ngayon bubuo ng bagsakan.
Any artist out there you wanna promote and why does he/she deserves a listen?
What is the satisfaction you get as a struggling hiphop artist?
Nasa kahirapan ang sining ng isang musikero.
I believe that also, with oppression we juice out our most creative spirits! So Diego, whats the story behind the name?
Tala (Northstar) - Ang gabay. Sundan mo lang at hindi ka maliligaw.
If your life as an artist is a song, what song is it? or whats your favorite hiphop song/s?
Ang kanta naming "Kamay sa Taniman"
Focus does it again! His HOMAGE SERIES is something I always look forward to, check this Homage To Pete Rock track --- dedicted to Chrizo, Pete Rock is the master of horn samples! Also, Nas teams up with Marsha Ambrosius (formerly of Floetry) on a 2009 verison of If I Ruled The World, I still like the old one better! And lastly, Red and Meth are at it again with A YO -- dedicated to Hotnixx!! Check the other songs for download! Enjoy your weekend guys, I will be post the whole Kanye West Storytellers audio of his performances for download and a special Fugees LIVE files for download soon!
Cam'ron - I Used To Get It In Ohio (DOWNLOAD)
Rich Girl feat. Lloyd Banks - 24 Inches (Remix) (DOWNLOAD)
Drake feat. Trey Songz & Hotnixx - Just Wanna Dance (DOWNLOAD)
What up what up what up!! Whats happenin' Manila? Heard the Dcoy audition was okay, alot of news happening already! LDP's song on WAVE, Aero on some next level award shit internationally -- ROC ON! This Beyond, beyond entry to day is about Turbulence and FLIPPISH TV. Flippish TV is a product of IDEAL MINDS, a production company back home and on of their segments has already featured hiphop. This being Chrizo album launch of Thinking Mans Hiphop. This video is for the people who failed to follow the event and is a dedication of the 700 people who have already bought the products we've launched that day!
Hosted by Cristina Acuna, watch as she explores hiphop and interviews Chrizo, the man of the hour, Danee -- our event host, Aero from 6000Goonz and me! Shoutouts to SPECKS Clothing for the merchandise! This is how we do baby! Show me a show like this again Manila!