Wednesday, July 30, 2008
DJ Revolution said it best in a recent interview, "the connection between the DJ and the emcee has been severed. "King of The Decks" is my attempt at reconnecting it." Revolution did just that with his new album, as he brought together some of the most talented names in Hip Hop today, who not only produce quality music, but also respect the craft of the DJ Culture.
Revolution has spent 15 years perfecting that craft on the turntables. He's currently behind the wheels of the longest running Hip Hop show in the history of commercial radio, "THE WORLD FAMOUS WAKE UP SHOW" alongside Sway & King Tech.
"My goal is to re-introduce to the world what a DJ is. He or she is not just a celebrity, or someone who plays records, or makes funny sounds with turntables. I recruited some of the most legendary and also most talented up and coming artists to help me express all of this within the context of the music. The album drops on September 16th on Duck Down Records. Go get it!
Download: DJ Revolution "The DJ" ft KRS One
Tracklisting (all songs produced DJ Revolution except where noted):
1.) Intro f/Jazzy Jeff
2.) King Of The Decks f/ Sean Price & Tash
3.) THE DJ f/ KRS ONE
4.) Do My Thing f/ Guilty Simpson & Royce Da 5' 9"
5.) LADJ (skit)
6.) Funky Piano f/ Bishop Lamont, Crooked I, Styliztik Jones
7.) For The Kids (skit)
8.) The Big Top f/ Special Teamz
9.) Start The Revolution f/ Boot Camp Clik
10.) Scratch Nerds (skit)
11.) Invaders from the Planet Sqratch f/ DJ Qbert
12.) EY! f/ Joell Ortiz and Termanology (Produced by DJ Revolution & DJ Numark)
13.) Casualties of Tour f/ Rakaa Iriscience (produced by Marco Polo)
14.) Damage f/ Blaq Poet & Bumpy Knuckles
15.) Willie Lynch f/ Styliztik Jones and KBimean
16.) The Biggest Up f/ DJ Premier (Skit)
17.) Blow Da Spot f/ Strong Arm Steady
18.) School f/ Planet Asia
19.) Spit Ridiculous f/ Defari
20.) Pro's & Con's f/ Evidence
21.) Calling Haul (Skit)
22.) Man or Machine
23.) The Set Up f/ Sway & King Tech
24.) The Re-Match f/ DJ Spinbad
Friday, July 25, 2008
Ok, I'll admit that I'm extremely biased here. I could blog about this collaborative, super-group, album without ever hearing a single track and I'd still have nothing but love and compliments for it. The Mighty Underdogs are already hip hop royalty. Lateef and Gift of Gab have been on my top emcee list for over a decade (since the Solesides days) and I've been turned on to Headnodic since I initially heard his work and posted about it right here on kicks-n-jams. Add in the fact that it gets the co sign from indie, hip hop heavyweight, Definitive Jux AND features appearances from Zion I, Chali 2na, Tash (of Tha Liks), MF Doom, DJ Shadow, Damian Marley, Mr. Lif & more. Suddenly this album is lookin' like the monster underground hit of '08. How did I not hear a thing about it until now??? Not even a whisper...
I'm glad I did and you will be too when you check out this track! "War Walk" features Tash, Chali 2na, Zion I, & Raashan Ahmad and sets off an album that you're gonna wanna go pick up. I know I am. It drops October 14th on Def Jux. GO GET IT!!!
Download: The Mighty Underdogs "War Walk"
The new New Balance MT580 Luggage Collection has been released. It consists of 3 colorways of the MT580, all three coming with premium materials and nice color-ups. Inspired by the classic travel luggage brands, New Balance once again takes their inspiration from something different than most other sneaker companies.
The collection has been released at Atmos, but will also make it overseas to the US and Europe, which are eagerly awaiting the arrival of the New Balance 580 model. I will admit that I slept on these for a long time despite my friend John telling me how dope they were. Now that I've seen some hi-res pics and the nice materials I am completely on board. They rock!!
As part of their Fall 2008 collection Nike presents the "Pantone" pack. Here we show you the Air Max 1 and the Blazer High out of the collection. The pack was inspired by the Olympic colors and is now available at Proper. I dig these flashy fellas. They remind of the Real Mad Hectic X New Balance collabo and I loooove those!
Thursday, July 24, 2008
You tell me...
With his self-produced mixtape "Outside Looking" hosted by DJ Green Lantern praised by the likes of Pharrell and Eminem and a forthcoming album, via Interscope in the first quarter of 2009. Jimmy Iovine's newest signee, Charles Hamilton produces and writes all his own music and plays multiple instruments at the very young age of 20.
Already profiled by NY Times, XXL, Complex, The Fader, Trace, and Vibe Magazines, and Allhiphop.com, Okayplayer, Hiphopdx.com, DJbooth.net, Hiphopgame.com, Ballerstatus.com, Onsmash.com and the New Music Cartel among others; Charles Hamilton seems like a name you need to know!!
"If tomorrow I get dropped from my label, I'm not going back to a comfortable apartment. I'm homeless, again. I abandoned a negative lifestyle to achieve happiness in music. I'm watching my dreams unfold right in front of me, in my own zone. Reality, or as I call it, "The Lavalamp Zone."
The kid has worked with MC Lyte, freestyled with The Game and Kanye West, and successfully turned the punk pop song "Low Self-Esteem" by the Offspring into a hot hip hop track (check his mixtape!!). I'd say he has a pretty good shot at success...we'll see.
Charles updates his blog daily with his sonic philosophy at www.iamnotcharleshamilton.com
Download: "Outside Looking" mixtape (hosted by Green Lantern)
Download: "Brooklyn Girls"
Wednesday, July 23, 2008
A sweet hip hop show this friday at the Orpheum!!! Doors @ 10 PM
Eyeznpowa (aka Heaven Hates Hobos)
Halos For Hookers
& hosted by DJs Ran Mecca & Dan Only
On a recent trip to New Balance’s legendary Flimby factory in the UK for a preview of the 2009 NB range, Singaporean sneaker boutique Sole Obsession was afforded a great opportunity to create an ultra-rare 1 of 1 sneaker. Coinciding with the push New Balance is offering to the 99X series of running shoes in 2009, the Sole Obsession design is seen on a 991 in association with a colorway seen on an upcoming retro color of the New Balance 850. Premium materials are all but expected emanating out of the Flimby factory and can be seen in the form of croc/nubuck uppers. Due to the limited availability of this, don’t expect it to ever see a release. But it sure looks cool!!
Tuesday, July 22, 2008
The Cool Kids follow up their extra dope and unbelievably buzzed "Bake Sale" EP (go get it!!!) with a new mixtape: "That's Stupid."
You can go to their myspace page and download the entire 25 minute mix. Look for the Kids on the Rock The Bells Summer '08 tour coming to a city near you. If you live in Florida it is August 2nd in Miami.
Here is a track from the mixtape.
Download: Cool Kids "Box Of Rocks"
Monday, July 21, 2008
Thursday, July 17, 2008
I've really been in a Diplo kinda headspace lately. He seems unable to do any wrong this year. More from that Santogold + Diplo mixtape that just dropped: here they cover "Guns of Brixton." Go check it at Mad Decent, and go buy Top Ranking: A Diplo Dub here.
Wednesday, July 16, 2008
Go here and listen to Hip Hop Flavors this week and I guarantee you will not be disappointed.
Friday, July 11, 2008
Thursday, July 10, 2008
Well, there is one way to solve this problem. Put her together with a star making producer! Blacksmith (aka Talib Kweli's boutique label) grabs 9th Wonder and prays that he can do for Jean what he did for Murs, and Little Brother. Personally, I preferred Murs' work before he mixed with 9th and I have never been a great fan of Little Brother's combined work. Phonte and Pooh have made some nice solo stuff. But I digress. This is Jean's last chance to break through. If she doesn't do it now she probably never will. "Jeanius" is out everywhere and Jean deserves your attention. Listen to the single "This World" and then go check out the album here. Plus the album cover is a cool tribute to old school hip hop. I dig it!
Download: Jean Grae "This World"
Wednesday, July 9, 2008
Take a gander at the upcoming Frontline Shop x New Balance 576. Designed by Lars Holzbrecher and Robin Jungermann of The Hyde, the sneaker comes in a nice mix of classic and new design. I think New Balance saw the runaway popularity of the Solebox Purple Devils and connected the dots. Solid front color combined with dark back color. It works...
It will be released next week in a limited edition of 150 pairs in the Frontlineshop Selected department .
Spanish boutique 24 Kilates has once again teamed up with New Balance on the legendary 1500 model to produce this Joan Miró joint. Continuing with their theme of paying homage to Catalan artists, Miro’s style and color palette fit well with the generally more color liberal population of the Southern parts of Europe. This is not quite as dope as the Gaudi design from 24 Kilates & New Balance (covered here) but definitely a strong shoe. No word yet on a release date.
Check out this collaboration project between Paris’ famous boutique Colette and the legendary Onitsuka Tiger shoe company. Featuring white leather uppers along with a super cool star pattern all-over print, these high tops definitely hold the Colette signature, not to mention a certain shade of blue the French boutique is known for using. No exact release info is available but stay tuned for further details.
Source: High Snobiety
SHORT BUS ALMUNI rep the ATL on their debut disc, "Mr. T's Revenge" The album drops on July 22 from Brick Records and this is one of the best cuts on the disc 'Go team Go"
...this one is on some party-rocking fun shit, complete with catchy chorus and ill beat courtesy of producer Clockwork, with guest rhymes by Raydar Ellis and more...support this crew! pick up the new album on July 22nd!!
Download: Short Bus Alumni "Go Team Go"
Has anyone noticed that the entire Nas album has been leaked over the last week or so? Here at kicks-n-jams you got the "hero" track (go check it here) that I think is the standout of the bunch. I'm also kinda feelin' this track, "We're Not Alone." More laid back than the "Hero" track but still lyrically potent.
Download: Nas "We're Not Alone"
Check The "Hero" video right here
Here is another track from Fakts One's long, long lost debut, "Long Range" (which will be released on July 22nd), its entitled "Don't Stop" and it features the Boot Camp Clik. Fakts produced the track and Steele from Smif N Wessun added some additional arrangement as well.
Download: Fakts One "Don't Stop"