Masta Ace has been blazing trails for Hip Hop since his artistic debut on the classic "The Symphony" back in '88 (when high tops ruled). The BK representative has carved out a dope niche as a no-frills lyricist, a wordsmith of the highest caliber that has remained sharped for almost 30 years (and counting). The discography for the Golden Era emcee is impressive, with Disposable Arts leading the way for its conceptual content, lyricism, and solid gold boom-bap production throughout. The 2001 release was met with critical acclaim, and it still has an impact to this day. Please take the time to not only view this dope documentary, but visit (or revisit) this classic Masta Ace joint.
Inspired by the now infamous Sean Spicer/Kellyanne Conway "alternative facts" debacle, this is a new aural creation depicting this newest "faux-reality show" episode. With sampled vocal snippets ranging from Aaliyah, Big Daddy Kane and "The Wire", you have something that will entice the ears and open the senses. Produced by yours truly, I hope you enjoy the creativity and thought process associated with making this gem. Trust when I say my beatmaking approach is more cerebral than most. Visit my Soundcloud page for more boom-bap creations.
Ending the year on a bright note is Camp Lo, bringing us another banger entitled "Suga Streets". The visuals are vintage Geechi Suede and Sonny Cheeba, and is a nice welcome for those thirsting for fluids of a lyrical nature. Definitely support the legendary Camp Lo and check out their site: http://officialcamplo.com/
The newest installment for the Beat Tape Project series is dedicated to the one and only Anthony Cruz, better known in the Hip Hop world as AZ. The new project, spearheaded by Gadget (@DigitalHustler), is a compilation of dope beats that a listener can envision AZ spittin' over or fitting the mold of the BK emcee. Beatmakers from near and far submitted their joints for consideration (myself included, shameless plug). When it was all said and done, what we have is a very cohesive undertaking that gives fans of AZ aural pleasures for the rest of '16 and beyond. 30 beats, all heat. Enjoy and appreciate this dope project!
'Tis the season for dope music! 2016 has indeed been a trying time for all of us, but here's to ending it on a brighter note. The Neckcracker EP will help bring in the Christmas holiday and New Year with a bang (or banger for the beat heads). Produced by the very dope and inspirational J Filt (@JFilt), this is sure to give a different boom-bap flavor to the season. Check out the link and support the music.
Based out of The Tar Heel State, Meridian (comprised of Obsidian Blue and Mercury Waters) is a welcome breathe of fresh air musically. No trap stylings, just pure, unadulterated Hip Hop from the soul. The approach may be more old school than new, but the results are anything but dated or stale. I first encountered Obsidian Blue as a OKP head (Charter Member like myself), and I've been able to keep abreast of his music, as well as Mercury Waters, via Bandcamp (links will be listed below). Support the music, support the movement!
Here's a beat that I made that exemplifies what is going on in today's climate. "Who Really Cares" takes a vocal sample from MJ and creates the basis for a dope joint (in my humble opinion). I made this beat more than a year ago (courtesy of my NI MASCHINE MK1) and it definitely sets the tone for what we are experiencing as a people at the moment. With the President-Elect (I will NOT state his name) slated to be inaugurated January 20th, we need to make OUR voices heard even more than before. From what we can surmise, that will be a difficult thing, but we will not be swayed or dismayed. Political musings aside, listen, enjoy, and engage in positive change!