Sunday, October 30, 2011
Saturday, October 29, 2011
The Last Emperor - Secret Wars (Part I)
It's amazing to know that some of the mcs nowadays never listened to this shit. This is a classic song that has some vivid imagery if you really like your 90's hiphop. The Last Emperor is still one of my favorites - this joint made Dr. Dre sign him into Aftermath, but just like Rakim signing to the A - Dre didn't know how to push this lyrical act to greatness.
Today, and its gonna be a long weekend for everyone - here's a 5 minute classic where TLE pushes the idea to the pen - Marvel characters up against your favorite hiphop MCS. And not just that, TLE switches his voice and cadence to match the characters - check the Common, Das Efx and Busta Rhymes - unheard of. Storm vs Lauryn Hill? Reggie Noble vs Hulk? Method Man vs Wolverine? And to cap it off, Peter Parker vs. Nasir Jones.
And everybody who knows me knows I'm a comic book head, and in the 90's Jim Lee was my hero. So hearing this song just made me love hiphop more. It showed me how intricate hiphop can be and how far hiphop can reach. That hiphop is whatever it is an MC pushes his pen to, no borders. Its a crazy record, trust me.
Friday, October 28, 2011
Wednesday, October 26, 2011
Tuesday, October 25, 2011
Today, with the release on "Lost Ones" music video I write some thoughts on it. In the same vein as Common and Lauryn Hill's "Retrospect For Life" track released in 1997, J.Cole picks up where Common and Lauryn left of; reminscent of Nas' song "Power" as well where the MC picks on the perspective of another subject. One of the more insightful rap songs of 2011. Lost Ones embodies a great message of perspective. Remember that no one really is prepared to start a family nowadays. As the video states, it was shot in 2008 and carefully made its way out today - which immediately tells you, J.Cole been getting ready for his time under the spotlight even before his deal fell into place. Kudos to him and his team! Dreamville!
Watch Common and Lauryn Hill's Restrospect of Life HERE.
The first verse is a conversation from the mans perspective, a more lost perspective and trying to piece up the puzzle. Men play games, and naturally when we hit a road block its instinctive to see how to out do the next play that'll benefit us. The issue of readiness is pointed out - and the logic a man carries even through sensitive issues are taken as hurtful ones.
The killer verse here that takes the song and the idea to another level is the 2nd verse where J.Cole embodies the perspective of the expecting woman. Cole's delivery remains crisp however adjusting his voice to create the 2nd character. We want strong women in the world, and this 2nd verse reiterates that fact - that only strong men get to hold strong women. And the character flips on the guy, telling him how he said he won't be the type of parent that his father was to him.
It's crazy how the 3rd verse balances it out with both women and men's perspectives - and how devious our thoughts and society is playing this situation. On one hand, we have the guy doing everything he can to nail this chick and the girl succumbs to the his tricks. On the other hand, we have girls who deliberately give it up to get pregnant and nail a good catch. Any girl who denies this is crazy.
Great song all in all, and the beautiful thing about this is we are all judged. That J.Cole placed all angles to the point where you see a piece of yourself in the song. Nothing is ever absolute in this situation and the song gives you exactly what you're thinking of, staring out the window knowing you're expecting your first child and not being ready for it.
Monday, October 24, 2011
Friday, October 21, 2011
Tuesday, October 18, 2011
Saturday, October 15, 2011
Thursday, October 13, 2011
PULSE POUNDING PARTY AT URBAN ATHLETICS
Tagged as “Pulse Saturdays”, the event brought together music and urban fashion with some of the best local talents known for their flair and street funk. The event also showcased the store’s newest brands such as Radii Footwear, which has aroused attention from music moguls such as Jay Z, Black Eyed Peas and Justin Bieber to name a few, and Wip Caps, an internationally renowned Pinoy streetwear company that creates high quality fitted caps worn by popular Fliptop rappers such as Abra, Batas, and local artists such as LDP and Quest.
Patti Laurel playing some beerpong, PF won that contest! Congratulations!
Present at the event were key influencers of the street and hip-hop scene, such as Abra, one of the elites from the Fliptop Battle League, Josef Amarra of Beatbox Philippines, People’s Future, B-roc, Quest and TV Personality Dino Imperial. MTV VJ and fashion icon Sarah Meier arrived with hubby Banjo Albano was seen as well.
Up and coming local R & B artist Gene Roca and hiphop group LDP AKA Lyrically Deranged Poets showcased their talents for the Saturday night crowd. The party was open to the public and had free flowing beer along with after-hours athletic competitions such as a Celebrity Beer Pong tournament and fun Foosball matches.
According to UA head Toby Claudio, the “Pulse Saturdays” was envisioned to bring the best talents in the Philippine street scene and the best brands in street wear for a unique celebration of the lifestyle.
Urban Athletics is a member of the Quorum Group of Companies. For more info, visit www.urbanathletics.com.ph, or be their fan on Facebook and Twitter.
VISIT URBAN ATHLETICS FACEBOOK PAGE HERE.
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About urban Athletics: On the street, it's not about what you've got, but what you can do with what you have Inspired by the raw originality of the street is a store that brings modern urban lifestyle to the forefront: urbanAthletics. As new fashion forms broke out across the globe, we saw how sportswear evolved into streetwear, and vice versa. This fashion phenomenon led us to bring together elements from skateboarding, parkour, music, street culture and everything in between to allow every urban hipster invest new styles and make a statement on the streets.Through the synergy between authentic sports and street wear brands like Adidas Originals, Converse, Vans, Radii, Zoo York, Nike 6.0, Zuriick, Manhattan Portage and more, forms a cutting edge store that infuses attitude with style.urbanAthletics features sneakers, apparel, gear and alternative accessories.UA is located at the 2nd level of Greenbelt3.
Tuesday, October 11, 2011
Verse One - What If (Produced by B-Roc)
Throughout knowing the dude and gaining his confidence, we were able to do a couple of tracks. Verse One is a producer too and you would find him doing his own beats and experimenting on others on his mixtape launched in 2006. My favorite Verse One song has got to be "Water" and "Gold Mining" - look it up.
Verse One appears in one of the songs in the Marquiss x Chrizo album "GRAE" and established himself as a next level lyricist. I saw Peoples Future have a liking to his skills, and they too - made tracks.
Today I am unearthing an unreleased track called "What If" produced by me and was slated to be dropped in the Turbulence Productions, Silverbacks compilation. I asked him to just drop a 52 bar verse addressing his own "What If's" - and this is what we came up with.
I've lost all communication with Verse One since making this track. If anybody knows where he is, please tell him that I'm looking for him.
This ones for the lyricism bred mcs. ILL K new shirt dropping very soon!
Sunday, October 9, 2011
Dominic Nuesa - Baggy Pants (Spoken word piece circa 2004)
This piece is was also featured in our first ever release "FIRST HEARD", and created our foundation as one of the advocates of spoken word.
Now, Dominic performs over at WordPlay and remains a resident of spoken word gigs whether as a performer or supporter. A well decorated director, he was worked on several music videos - with LDP's Here To Own It as the latest one. He also doing some under water videography and is currently, conceptualizing and preparing to shooting one of Rjay Ty's songs.
Shoutouts to my Urban Pinoy heads!
This was a record we did back in 2006 for the Three Kings Mixtape. This was voted as the first track you'd hear. The drums sets the mood for how the song will be. Three Kings album was Watch The Throne of its time. Royal epics beats, cinematic and heralding kingdoms - this was the soundscape prepared as back bone to the project. Today, we are unleashing it via the very popular YouTube system for your listening, posting and sharing pleasure!
This song, is basically the story of Gods Will's journey into the music business. I sampled from 3 different songs in this track including Kanye's "Jesus Walks".
Friday, October 7, 2011
Thursday, October 6, 2011
Tuesday, October 4, 2011
Rick Ross - I Love My Bitches (Produced by Just Blaze)
Monday, October 3, 2011
A.N.E. has been recording tracks and recently performed for Sole Slam a couple of weeks back. Looking forward to more songs from this dude, and if you wanna try his basketball game too - come to Team Sunday.
I hate it when people collect basketball shoes and can't play ball. I'm just saying.
Open mic, spoken word and other oratories 8PM tonight.
Brought to you by: UNSCHLD, We Legendary, Secret Service, Terminal, Progress, Titan and #Shabby’s.
Speak or keep your pieces to yourself.
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Phonte - The Good Fight (Produced by 9th Wonder)
The King of Keeping It Proper is Phonte, great great song with insight here. The Good Fight is an amazing joint. Cold production by 9th Wonder, excellent blend of simplistic sampling and real talk rhymes. Talking about getting fired on an amazing day -- and how people talking on the side into your ear about not selling out, really don't buy your shit.
Look in the mirror and I want you to look yourself in the eyes;
and say fuck you!
On the grind, word to Peoples Future.
Here's Mike addressing some issues some people will feed off from.
Keep pumping great music, great events, great visions and we always expect great challenges no matter how immature they are. We will move over and above these hurdles.
Shoutouts to Turbulence, TTB Worldwide, Konektado Family, Team Sunday, Barangay Tibay, WIPCAPS, Urban Athletics, Bayanihan Krew, Deep Foundation, Bambu, Mastaplann, WL Specks, Secret Service, UNSCHLD, LDP, Flip Music, Team Strato, Tuesday Troops, DJ Jena, Nathan J, Jolo, MMG, Red Alert, Vito Crew, Fliptop, AMPON, Sari Sari Sounds, Schizophrenia, Flee Entertainment, Blue Scholars, Jae Spillz, Jonan and his team, Alex Crisano, Target & Zaito, Skwaterhawz, Gloc 9, Dongalo Wreckordz, Shots Fired, Dash, DRP, Felix Bakat, Third World, 187 Mobstaz and the guys doing they thing all over the world.
Real recognize real.
Sunday, October 2, 2011
Rjay Ty of LDP feat June Marieezy - Catch You (Produced by Bojam)
Copped that JCole album while I was out of the country and that shit bangs. We are blessed with so much music, time to address our lives.
And Flip Music keeps on. Dope shit Rjay, perfect lane for you mang - lets put that Distance song away. Game on!
ILL KINGS new design dropping soon.