When I think about the diverse palate of music I was subjected to in my household growing up, I feel extremely lucky….One day my father could be deeply submerged into Reggae tunes…The following day he could be rocking some off the wall Jazz fusion shit..
I vividly remember analyzing Steely Dan album covers in my living room…Whenever he would play one of their selections I can a recall a heavy feeling of melancholy rush over me…Something about their material always reflected deep sadness and reflection to my ears….
After all these years of being a fan of the group I have never heard Donald Fagan speak until now (Grabbed his book Eminent Hipsters a few years back, go track that down if you know what’s best for you)….I highly recommend that you peep the legend delve into all types of jewelry for 45 minutes….RIP Walter Becker.
I miss the days when people would actually take time out to absorb an album before critiquing it and giving their little two cents…I’m well aware that with new technological developments most people are in full blown multi-tasking mode- which makes it somewhat difficult to focus on one thing for an extended period of time…
But I truly believe great records unveil different jewels with repeated listening…After giving Vitamin D’s latest record “Mama’s Basement” some decent burn front to back, I have to give the triple threat from Seattle the two thumbs up treatment….
*Wish he would of kept the singing / sanging off certain tracks which is a personal pet peeve of mine..HA!
“This album is a tribute to my old neighborhood (The CD) & a description of how it was when I lived in my mom’s basement. I employed a lot of the production methods that I used in the late 80’s when I 1st started messing around with records & samplers. You may notice skips,clips,things going off time or the fact that most of this stuff is not on a tempo grid. This is intentional. I allowed the same mistakes I made when I was 1st learning how to do this. Even used a hand held on a couple songs. It felt good to be this free. I hope you can feel the love”. Enjoy! – TallHomey
I’m still here G….After 12 years of blogging relentlessly, I had to fall back for a second due to my schedule at work, a newborn child, getting “Hardcore Overdose Sessions” out there, relocating to another house, and all types of other “life” shit that is not only time consuming but extremely draining….
Things will go back no normal on HHB Nov 1st….Salute to everyone that knows what fucking time it really is….
BORNDAY WRECK ALERT-
Alright troopers here it is…”Hardcore Overdose Sessions” launching off…Vendetta Vinyl will be shipping the wax, CD versions starting today worldwide (digital available by Friday)…I’m not going to go into a long tirade – if you have been tracking the movement over the years, than you already know what the fuck it is…If you haven’t – let me give you a hint – straight RAWNESS with no preservatives, additives, trickery, or tinker bell beats….
THE FINE ART OF SURVIVAL 2
THE FINE ART OF SURVIVAL 2-INST
HARDCORE OVERDOSE SAMPLER –
Next up is the exclusive “Nuclear Waste Beats” project..If your on the hunt for some extra BBoy moral- look no further you just found it….Expect the unexpected, but make sure you strap on your war helmets before listening….
RHYMES, BEATS, SCRATCHES- DRASAR MONUMENTAL
-MIXED BY PIET DEMOLITION DALMOLEN & Drasar Monumental
-ARTWORK BY SONNY WONG & CAWZA ONE & KUFU
MUCH THANKS FOR YOUR TIME AND SUPPORT…
DRASAR MONUMENTAL / GFC / NO JUGAMOS/ GET BIZ KIDZ / BOX CUTTER BROTHERS/ VENDETTA VINYL / HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD
How do I even start this one ?
Most of you know of me from the beats I have dropped over the years (GMV TRILOGY, AH1,AH2 with my brother MFGRIMM)…Some of you associate me with DJ’ing…But many of you heard me rhyme for the first time on the BOX CUTTER BROTHERS 4 project with my ace AYATOLLAH, even though I have been rhyming for the majority of my life….DRASAR is a acronym for DANGEROUS – RHYMES – ASSASSINATE – SUCKERS – AT – RANDOM and I have always took my penmanship serious, just like I do with beats and Dj’ing…
When I came up – my crew was obsessed with mastering more than one element, and to this day I still carry that with me, and I always will…
About a year ago I started the journey of crafting “HARDCORE OVERDOSE SESSIONS”..My goal was to rhyme the most disturbing bars over the nastiest beats ever recorded in the history of music…
The first version of H.O.S. was so depressing and dark I had to start completely over because it was starting to bug me out….I needed to go back to the drawing board and keep the darkness balanced and add more color and texture or the project was going to sound like a redundant, one trick pony (How cats get away with this approach in 2019 is mind boggling to me)….
So I took my time and quietly created concepts, explosive scratch patterns, detailed rhymes, unpredictable production, and a dash of that extra seasoning to highlight my penchant for drama without sounding like a typical, disgruntled, loud mouth savage….
I know in my heart I fully accomplished my goal- and on June 24th (My Bornday) the world will get to hear me in top form with the beats and rhymes….Vinyl, CD & Digital and I am truly happy as a motherfucker…”Unpredictable” is the first leak – and if you have love for the kid, make sure you spread the word, just like I have for others for the last 10 plus years on HHB…HAHAHA…
Nah, but on the serious side – if you fuck with it- do the right thing and pass the heat along like any self-respecting B-Boy is supposed to do….Big up to everyone out there that has supported over the years- you are appreciated..
Be on the lookout for the album sampler very soon-
When it comes to grimy, DIY, dusted out, distorted, scratch avalanche, bleak, off kilter type shit – TENSHUN deserves a trophy for staying true to himself in the current fluffy commercial climate….This dude was putting out tapes way before this “new era retro cornball” influx..He was doing his own lathe cuts way before some of these cats even knew what the fuck a lathe was…
On his latest release “Occult Manuscripts” he keeps it ugly as usual…
When most people involved with the Hip Hop nation think of Clark Wallabee’s they instantly associate the Clark staple with WU TANG (which is understandable), but when I think of Clarks and all of the desert boot hybrids and such- I instantly flashback to the Jamaican rudeboy stronghold on the brand…
Recently Clarks made a huge power move by collaborating with HAVEN for the Gore-Tex Ballistic Wallabee collection….Go scoop up a pair before they vanish for good duke!!!!
Ever since MILANO & SHOWBIZ announced the upcoming release of “Boulevard Author” I have been kinda charged up…On paper this appears to be a home run – hopefully the duo will dig deep and drop a masterpiece like we all know they are fully capable of executing…
I decided to give SAGE INFINITE’s newest release “Interminable” some decent burn over the last few days and was pleasantly surprised…He came to the table with some concepts, nice wordplay, and a few beats that definitely got my attention…Do yourself a favor and add this to your rotation…
1.Theme Muzik(Prod. by SHARP.) 02:02
2.The Show(Prod. By Gabdulla Tha Butcha) 03:12
3.Emperor Of Palamecia(Prod. By Shozae) 03:22
4.Snow Ball Effect(Prod. By Shozae) 01:49
5.Moses Malone(Prod. By MWP) 04:35
6.Gunz Up In The Astro(Prod. By Adwerdz) 01:44
7 Series(Prod By All Ceven) 04:25
8.Juiced New Jack(Prod. By Shozae) 01:39
9.The Man Behind The Mask(Prod. By Abomination) 02:42
10.Gotta Have You(Prod. Brandon Froehlich) 03:35
11.Across The Board(Prod. By Wally Clark) 03:44
12.For The Moment (Remix) ft. Grandmilly & Hus Kingpin(Prod. QS) 04:52
Straight from Spain comes the instrumental sessions by the WHOLETRAIN CREW…Hazy soundscapes, blunted out production is the stee holmes…Head over to their site and swoop up a copy of the tape before they disappear for good!!
HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD TOP PICK “Instrumental 8”
TONE from the UK splashes the set with all types of 2019 boulevard bully motivation selections on the “Finale” mix…No track listing this time around troopers, but the stee is raw and ugly as ever…
Now this is more like it..
The Dirty Rotten Scoundrel JERU THE DAMAJA recently launched “Harriet Tubman” which is laced with substance, current issue bars, analysis of new era politics, and a sense of urgency that I haven’t heard from the MC in a minute…
The owner of FEDERAL RECORDS Ken Khouri started the first commercial studio in Jamaica…It was from that location that he helped jump start the careers of KEN BOOTHE, DELROY WILSON, ROLAND ALPHONSO, JOHN HOLT, THE MEDITATIONS, DON DRUMMOND,ERNIST RANGLIN and a slew of others in the 60’s and early 70’s……
He eventually sold the studio to Bob Marley’s Tuff Gong label in 1981, but at that point he amassed a heavy catalogue of releases that still resonate today…The good folks over at DUB VENDOR JAPAN just launched a exclusive batch of straight heat from the label that should hold your attention..
M.O.P’s BILLY DANZE is the special guest on episode 268 of the Chrome Radio broadcast…Newness, blends, and all that other shit…
M.O.P – Face Off (Prod by DJ Premier)
Styles P – The Professionals feat. Lil Fame
Datkid – Scheme On Feat. Roc Marciano
Realio Sparkzwell – Clark GabEL ft. Tone Spliff
Billy Danze feat Lil Fame & Teflon – Ain’t Gone Do Shit (Prod. Quincy Tones)
Chrome Break with Billy Danze
Billy Danze – Halle Berry
Diamond D, Raekwon, Fat Joe & Fred The Godson – Survive or Die
Sheek Louch – Hood Nigga (feat. Billy Danze, Trae Tha Truth, Joell Ortiz)
M.O.P. – Cold as Ice
Flee Lord – Realbarsbackpt2
Tone Spliff – High Potent(Feat Ren Thomas, Supreme Cerebral)
M.O.P. – New Jack City
Chrome Break with Billy Danze
Sean Price ft. Billy Danze, Maffew Ragazino – Land of the Crooks Remix
Mr Cheeks & Craig G – You See Us
V Don x Willie The Kid x Eto Floor Seats
JosiahThe Gift – NotSeeIsm (Prod. Hooks Arthur)
Jamil Honesty x Hobgoblin – Nightmare
Black Geez – Breathe
Bang Belushi Ft King Gordy & Guilty Simpson – Shooter Prod By Foul Mouth
RAP TITANS feat. Klee MaGoR, ILL Bill, Psycho Les, Ruste Juxx & Big Stretch
M.O.P – Body On the Iron
Chrome Break with Billy Danze
Since its already midweek and I’m quite sure you wish you could FFWD to your weekend shenanigans- let me hit you with some groove morale power boosters…On “Funk Facts” PDX repper and former DJ for the LIFESAVERS- Rev Shines hits the decks for all types of treats…
1.Skying High (Getting Off On Your Loving) 03:11
2.Fulton County Line 03:15
3.Shadow (Instrumental) 01:00
4.Get The Feeling 02:53
5.Lost In Space 03:04
6.Coming On Strong 03:16
8.Let’s Go Disco 03:33
10.Soul On Your Side 03:22
11.New York’s Movin’ (Instrumental) 03:41
12.Stop And Make Up Your Mind 04:10
13.Music Meditation 02:23
14.Nobody Told Me (Edit) 02:52
15.I Found Love 03:30
16.Why Should I Think The Way You Do 04:01
17.Keep Dancin’ 03:00
The accent that hardrocks use in Toronto has always caught my attention…To my ears it’s a mixture of hood NYC, with a splash of the West Indian influence that has penetrated that region for many years, and some whole other shit that I can’t really describe in words, but regardless, when its flipped over ill beats the results are unique…I’m quite sure the HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD readers have been watching our brothers up north make a lot of noise the past 5-7 years…Of course Canada has it’s pioneers that we are well versed on, but this new breed is bringing something different to the table in my opinion….This new era hybrid is a mixture of mid 90’s Mobb Deep/ Roc Marciano /WSG / 90’s Wu-Tang/ etc….
This brings me to the latest project from ASUN EASTWARD “Danger My Ally”…Give it a listen and catch a zone…HIP HOP BATTLEFIELD TOP PICK – “VERIFIED ACCOUNT”..
REI AKA JUNCTION is no slouch when it comes to explosive pieces…
The way he rocks his color schemes is electrifying on many levels…His work literally jumps off the wall in a way that is not only captivating, but bold and full of movement at the same time..The German powerhouse recently chopped it up with the good people over at BOMBING SCIENCE for a little Q&A…
“Your sense of color is on point, everything you paint has this very lavish and strong color that really grabs you I love it! Do you have any tips for people out there struggling to up their color game? Is there specific exercises you do or do you just experiment in your black book a lot?
I’ve really made it a point to actually study color and what makes things look a certain way and why. There’s all kinds of theories and principals that help to create strong color schemes and arrangements, but mostly for me it comes from trying to visualize it ahead of time. What colors would I enjoy seeing next to each other? Then maybe testing a few colors and seeing how they look together and go from there. It’s why I sometimes bounce around in my piece as opposing to having a set scheme. I tend to favor the tertiary colors over primary because I think it looks better personally. Also – in a pinch you can search for some stock color palette samples and get some good ideas there as well”.
Damn, time is literally flying….
MEYHEM’S first release “Self Induced Illness” came out in 2007, but for some reason it feels like it was just yesterday…Since then the Queens NYC rhyme slinger has obviously made a significant name for himself, and has maintained a certain grit with his releases even though he has garnered a tremendous amount of spotlight….
Recently the BUILT TO LAST crew from France assembled a strictly MEYHEM LAUREN mix that delves into his extensive catalogue…Running time 1:11:29
Alright folks, are you ready for another dose of “Attack Of The Killer Demos”?.I’m quite sure you are, so without further delay I’m going to transport you all the way to Long Island NYC early 2000’s with Roc Marciano’s former group the UN, for some unreleased treats courtesy of those FROZEN FILE dudes (Scott Free & Matt Life)….
It’s not everyday that you get to hear west coast pioneer KING T open up about his musical beginnings, the formation and foundation of the LIKWIT CREW, squabbles with Tupac, Dr.Dre, Rhyme Syndicate management, etc…
When cats talk about the rich legacy of Hip Hop from this side – they better include T in the conversation or else all that yelling is invalid !!!!!
Over 50 minutes of heat..PEEP.
With a title like “Scope On Ya Head” you should already know your going to hear a lot of death threats, sucker MC manslaughter, boulevard bully talk, and all types of anti – social energy….Luckily BLAQ POET executes his modus operandi over a fresh beat by Japanese beat smith B.I.M.B….Turn the volume up a few notches..
Not sure if this off the “RETURN OF THE SP” album that dropped on Record Store Day, but PETE ROCK just uploaded a very fresh joint entitled “Dreamers” on his Soundcloud page that is worthy of your attention….If this is a indicator of what has up his sleeves for “Return Of The SP”- I need to track it down immediately…
I couldn’t help but notice that the WU-SYNDICATE has been very active lately….
MYALANSKI & JOE MAFIA deserve credit for updating their formula and still keeping it gritty after all these years…On “Parental Discretion” they continue their streak of supplying multi syllables over crime cinema type beats…
Former SCHOOL OF SHARKS representative Lex Boogie and Tone Beats released the “Old Habits Die Hard” EP this month..Bronx slick talk combined with dusty soundscapes is the steez..
“Old Habits Die Hard
The fact is that it is HARD to stop doing things that I have been doing for such a long time. The longer you do something, the more ingrained it becomes, and the harder it is to change especially if you love it.
Over the years Tone Beats and myself Lex Boogie From the Bronx have come accustomed to making beats and creating songs, and at this point it is just part of who we are (Hip-Hop).
“Old Habits Die Hard” is a short 5 song ep we are presenting. The project is an example of what we do have been doing and how we vibe. We have recorded several songs over the years for our upcoming release titled 10456 and wanted to give glimpse of what’s to come with this EP. The later project represents where I’m from but the perspective presented on this EP is an excerpt or some insight on where I am.
The 5 songs where recorded over the course of 2 weeks, and a trip to Augusta to visit Tone, all while maintaining my day to day, handling my responsibilities as a man and living this ART life”.