Archive for the ‘Music Video’ Category

Just after jolowitz wondered whether JSWISS and Tiger Speak were familiar with each otherJSWISS sends us this compilation of clips from Playground Sessions: The Roots Tribute, a live show held in Brooklyn, New York. Needless to say, the show looked absolutely dope: Tiger Speak laying down perfectly modest beats as the MC’s display their abilities. Jolowitz made the right call: JSWISS and Tiger Speak sound great together. We hope to see some further collaboration soon.

Note: The first beat Moruf raps over is super funky (if it’s a Roots cover I don’t recognize it and want to hear that track immediately). And Moruf’s good too.


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Check the video art associated with SkyBlew’s “Streetlights” produced by Backdraft.

Download the project: Journeys In 1st Person

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I miss Dilla. 

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I can’t lie in order to tell the truth. I always considered C. Pitt to be forefront. For the sake of productive competition, I have to let him know that my prior consideration has been rattled.

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This may be the cockiest song ever made, but also one of the greatest. It features a hip, 22 year-old RZA producing, rapping and singing, doing so repping the name Prince Rakeem. This came out in 1991, two years before Enter The Wu-Tang, meaning he made a huge musical transition in a very short time period.

Ooh We Love You Rakeem,” although fairly simple, sounds ahead of its time musically.  The beat is jazzier and hipper than a lot of the boom bap hip hop being released at the time. The rapping, as trondon notes, appears inspired by Big Daddy Kane as is fairly standard-sounding for the time period.

A couple of trondon and my favorite lines:

I’ve got too many ladies, I’ve got to learn to say no!”

Woman: “Ohh we love you Rakeem!”
Rakeem: “Do you?”

NOTE: Watching the music video makes this track a million times better.
NOTE #2: I wonder what RZA’s music career and life would have become if he never joined Wu-Tang.

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As the summer draws to a close we prepare for the winter’s deep freeze with a little JSWISS.

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Such a dope song from Quasimoto‘s (Madlib) 2000 album UnseenMasterful production skills are combined with storytelling lyrics and Lord Quas’ unique vocals in pretty much every track from the project, but this one especially stands out to me. His newest album, Yessir, Whatever is set to release next Tuesday.  I know I’m pumped.

Check out “Planned Attack,” the first single from Yessir Whatever.

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Asher Roth  is actually really talented.  He gets a bad rap (no pun intended) because his mainstream hit(s) became overplayed and lame.  Consequence is already a BEATSPILL favorite, so this collaboration, although a strange match, is quite cool to see.  Mr. Attic produces a modest, laid-back beat for “Childish Games“, one that allows the MC’s adequate room to lay their verses out.  The track comes from the first of Consequences’s Movies On Demand mixtape series.

Download Movies On Demand here.

Note: The music video was directed by the infamous Rik Cordero.

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Mainly known through their deeply sewed with lyrics track “Handlebars”,  the rap/rock band Flobots has another extremely underrated song that caps their debut album Fight With Tools from 2007. When I played hockey in high school, some of the older dudes showed me this song one night, and I still remember the first time I heard it. A band with a great message and some witty conscious bars make a jam right here, wish I could have seen this song live. I would have loved to be in a crowd like in the video. Having a cello on a rap song is ill.

“In the middle of a sea full of faces
Full of faces
Some laugh some salivate
Whats in your alleyway
Recycling bins or bullet cases”

“The answers obvious
We switch the consonants
Change the sword to words and lift continents”

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Roc Foxx, who Jolowitz and I met briefly outside of Pearl Street in Northampton (where he’s from) before the GZA show, delivers some rhymes over a looped version of Dilla‘s “Gobstopper” from Donuts.  Foxx does an impressive job keeping up with the fast, trumpet-heavy beat, using unique vocabulary and clever word play.  Usually for me, supporting local hip hop means promoting music from Boston, but fresh tunes from Western Massachusetts are always a treat.

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