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It happened again. North Carolina MC, JSWISS, just sent us another video of him rocking with Boston-based Tiger Speak. This is the second time in about two weeks that we’ve seen them together just after jolowitz basically epiphanized the collaboration. The tribute show was this time dedicated to Mos Def and looked dope yet again. Ryan Easter and his crew need to record a track with JSWISS immediately.

Peep our first ever interview with Tiger Speak:

Learn more about JSWISS through our interview with him just as Awthenticity dropped:

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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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JSWISS goes over The Roots‘ classic Illadelp Halflife track successfully and beyond. I wonder of he’s ever heard of Tiger Speak. This live band performance is why I wonder that:

Now, if you don’t know who Tiger Speak is you should educate yourself asap:

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It takes a great deal of ambition to target and of Dilla’s Donuts with the intention of doing it justice. JSWISS comes back with another tribute to the GPOAT two days after his birthday and one day before the anniversary of his passing. It’s an oddly comforting time for all of us fans, because, despite the early exit, Dilla’s super-saturated life of art and creation is something that each and every one of us can find solace in. J Dilla is our justified obsession. Thank you for leaving us all in your will.

Tune in tomorrow from 6-8pm as sMiles and I broadcast our Second Annual Live Dilla Tribute Show on WMUA 91.1FM

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Here’s some new JSWISS for your ears. I like the vibe he seems to be continuing to maintain; always linking up with producers who help him keep it.

Listen to some more JSWISS if you’re into this and peep our interview with the up-and-comer here.

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“You do not want it with me”

I don’t know if this officially counts as a Dilla Sunday post seeing as Jay Dee was taken off of this “McNasty Filth” intrumental by the Lib-side of Jaylib (which is Madlib for those of you who are fortunate enough to learn for the first time) off of Champion Sound, so I’ll throw this in too:

(Dilla’s “Over the Breaks”)

Also, see AltAir‘s beat feast for all members of No9to5:

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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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So I’ve  listened to JSWISS‘s Awthenticity LP several times through now and I hate to disappoint you other artists but I now have a new preferred mixtape. This is an unbelievably cohesive piece, bringing the genre full circle, covering all bases, or whatever metaphorical phrase you might find fitting for an album that twists and turns down a numerous variety of different paths of sound and connotative inference. As usual, I have chosen three standout tracks to lend you as a sampler, accompanied of course by my honest thoughts. Fortunately for me, we have already reviewed the four pre-releases: “My Mercedes” produced by AltAir (my personal favorite), “Heard About Ya“, “Rock Steady” ft Topiq, and “Awthentic”  ft. Tab-One, Devine Carama, & K-Hill.

I shall begin with the intro track, “August 3rd“. You know how when you’re fishing and you feel a bite you’re supposed to yank the line to snag the fish? Same sh*t. If you haven’t heard him yet and remain skeptical about his lyrical capabilities or his ability to flow with competence, then I urge you to listen to this right now. This is how you convince listeners of your legitimacy right off the bat. I’ll admit it, there was something in the back of my mind wondering if the pre-releases were his best work, like the trailer for The Cave (Rotten Tomatoes 1/5 stars). Well, if you still haven’t listened, this is clearly not the case. There isn’t a single weak track on the LP, as I will demonstrate below, and “August 3rd” sets the pace. The production on this one belongs to bassist Ford Garrard, who also appears on “Rock Steady”, drummer Keith Butler Jr., and Jay Roc Wilson on the keys.

Juxtaposed after “Freeze“, “The Flow” is a U’Nique Music production. I like a producer that can straddle eras, with one foot rooted in old school influence and the other planted in this decade’s technologically practical applications. JSWISS does his thing as usual, using his verses to convey an honesty and admission to both his listeners and himself (see “Heard About Ya”).  Also, I had long doubted anyone would be able to “set this party off right” like Eminem and Jamie Foxx used to, let alone lead the crowd in an “Ay Oh”-like fashion since Lil Rob did it eight years ago.

Earlier I said that this LP brings it consistently throughout the entire album. This song is the driving force behind that claim. I just need to say that PGMW has delivered one of the sickest sampled beats I’ve heard in 2013, regardless of status in the industry. The bass is just ridiculous, especially layered against the this vocal sample. Jesus would make beats like this. JSWISS’s general message is clear, and it’s exactly what I try to describe when referring to all artists who refuse to compare themselves to the mainstream. He doesn’t let himself be drawn to the magnetism that is Top 40 plays and chart-climbing, cookie cutter artists who conform to the starnards of the average ignorant fan’s standards rather than perform to their own. He acknowledges the subconscious pull that draws artists away from their core vision towards the possibility of being that Lil Wayne or Kanye West figure who has chosen deals and dollars over respect. That’s the whole point of this LP. That’s the meaning of Awthenticity beyond the title. His words:

“Real has been overused to the point that its true meaning has been lost. To some people it means having girls, cars and jewelry, and to some it means be overly conscious to the point that it’s hard to relate. But when something’s “Awthentic”, it doesn’t fit into a box, it just IS. Go out and be “Awthentic” and see all of the amazing things you can do.”

Do yourself a favor and Download the Awthenticy LP

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It’s here! It’s finally here! JSWISS has officially released the Awthenticity LP to the world. I haven’t listened to it all the way through quite yet, but my review will come soon. I’m sure the rest of us at Beatspill will weigh in, too. I wanted to share it with you all, just as JSWISS intends. The album features the likes of AltAir, Tab-One (of Kooley High), U’Nique Music, K-Hill, Topiq, and Devine Carama. If you like it you can buy the hard copy or the digital download.

JSWISS is a young artist worth supporting.

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With Awthenticity dropping on Tuesday, JSWISS releases the quasi-title-track called “Awthentic,” as he brings a whole host of impressive MC’s to join him.  This song just reminds us of the potential this EP and artist both have.  You can actually pre-order the EP here.

If you want to know more about JSWISS and Awthenticity, check out our recent interview with him:

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