Friday, August 31, 2007
Mullyman (video shoot in Bmore Tommorrow)Sept.1st
Greetings to all my mullymaniettes and mullymaniacs.
Tommorrow, Sept.1st saturday morning 10am We'll be filming
for the Hustleman Shuffle video. The shooting will begin
on time at James Mosher Elemntary Zipcode(21216).
For directions from where you are type in school name and zip code,and city(Baltimore ,MD.) The Theme is Ravens Colors and Orioles Colors.
ADDITIONAL: If you have shower shoes, Umbrella, and swim outfit bring it. Any Magazines feat. me in em,bring those too.
LATER THAt Nite: After party will be at Gossips,in Bmore.
A video shot will be done there also but this will be an actual party. Dress Casual. If you do tennis shoes just make sure you fresh. Welding ent.,Tuff ent., M.L.U
Thursday, August 30, 2007
EVERY LAST THURSDAY OF THE MONTH BE APART OF THE ULTIMATE OPEN MIC EXPERIENCE!
15 MINUTES OF FAME
PERFORMERS $5 $10 FOR A QUALITY DEMO OF YOUR PERFORMANCE
THHAAATS RIGHT! SINGERS, POETS, COMEDIANS, BANDS, JUGGLERS, BE ON YOUR A GAME BECAUSE THIS IS IT! QUALITY DVD OF YOUR PERFORMANCE LIVE ON STAGE (see attached flyers)
Drink specials all night!!
Drink specials all night!!
Drink specials all night!!
The (New) TurnTable Club
Baltimore's Hottest Chill Spot and Live Music Venue
2139 Jefferson Street
Baltimore MD 21205
Wednesday, August 29, 2007
Major League Unlimited - Industry Invasion: The Street Album (Major League Unlimited)
One of my recent City Paper reviews was for the new compilation from Mullyman's label. MLU's got a good roster right now, even without Sonny Brown, now they've got Nik Stylz and Lady D and Hollywood Black and Verb from Dirty Hartz. The really crazy thing about this album, though, might be the production lineup, which includes Debonair Samir, B-Ill, Darkroom Productions and Jay Funk, among others. This album is out now in Record & Tape Traders (I found my copy in the Towson store, in the local music section under M).
I saw some MySpace bulletins from Mully recently that said he's shooting a video for "I'm Good There" on I think September 1st and 8th, no idea where, but I guess that might be a serious event. That song's on the CD, I've posted it (and the Baltimore club remix) here before, and it's apparently going to be in season 5 of The Wire, just like a bunch of his songs were in season 4. Mully's also been saying lately that he's banned from the radio on 92Q, I don't know if he literally means they blacklisted him or if he's just salty about them not playing any of his recent singles, but his career seems to be doing pretty well without their support, and I think he's getting spins down in D.C. on 95.5 WPGC anyway.
Comp, Verb and Mullyman - "I'm The Shit" (mp3)
I first heard this song on Comp's last mixtape and it's a real nice posse cut, with a beat produced by Comp himself. I'm real excited about Verb being an artist on Major League now, that's a good team for him and I've been hoping he would do a solo project. I wonder if that means Dirty Hartz is still going as a group or not, though.
Tuesday, August 28, 2007
MIC LIFE was awsome this past week...OPENING CYPHER was at its usual retardedness..our FEATURES,MAKESHIFT DELUX,and THE EQUATION DID THE DAMN THANG!!! if you havnt heard makeshift delux then you definitely need to check em out asap! ullnvakno and knowledge are the fuckin team! once this kid gets his diction in check he will be a force to recon with in hiphop. the closing cypher was the most impossibly dope thing ever! it ended with myself,leviathan,and 3 reps from bloodshot all decided to freestyle at the same time!!! the best part about freestyle is that you cant forget your lines(inside joke)you know who you are lmao!!
BIG UPS! to jammawun for comin through,and SPECIAL SHOUT OUT! to rip the ruler for setting the bar for those of us who really do support what we want to see thrive in hiphop(if you wanna know what he did that was so great then maybe you should start coming out) the weak before that we had a really dope female mc come through(their rare,especially the white ones)i could say she reminds me of aesop rock,so new to the mic that our closing cypher was the 1st time she ever used a mic! so PROPS to OLIVE. man 2weaks ago at mic life was the dopest i have ever seen it since the opening night! not to say that the other mic lifes werent dope just this was part of my vision..we had BELOVIT the truth,SEAN TAURE,and LEVIATHAN for features...this was sooo freakin cool. honestly if you werent there you just missed out. i cant even really do it justice without writing a poem or something lol. so heres the deal,this coming week we have FEATURING,CHUCK THE MADD-OX,something i look forward to for sure, AGENTS, and TUPORAH...iv heard nothing but good things about them(i wouldnt lie to my mic lifers) all i gotta say for real is that all this boiles down to the fact that everyone should be here on wed. the 29th for an awsome night! you dont want to find out the illest night in baltimore occured while you were out!
I've been covering some great stuff on the City Paper's Noise page @ http://noise.citypaper.com lately. I spent a day at Artscape (with Keyshia Cole and Lupe Fiasco) and Whartscape (with Human Host, Yukon, and Blood Baby), and wrote about my experiences as a panelist at the Making The Right Moves entertainment conference @ the Baltimore Convention Center (Midas also covered the event for the Elements Party site, including a picture of my looking real shitty with a stain on my shirt). I put together a playlist of Baltimore hip hop tracks available on iTunes, featuring a whole lot of good songs and different artists, I really reccomend buying that or using it to find some stuff you might like. I also went to Ogun/Skarr Akbar/Comp/M.O.L. @ Sonar, the Hip Hop Cover Show @ Sonar with UnReal, Wade Waters, Leviathan and more, Labtekwon's group The Tao of Slick w/ The Mean @ Eden's Lounge, Lexie Mountain Boys @ the Golden West Cafe, Ted Leo @ the Recher Theatre, and Goo Goo Dolls/Lifehouse @ Pier Six Pavillion. Probably the best show I've seen lately, though, was Rasputina and My Brightest Diamond @ The Ottobar, which I checked out when an old family friend, Robbie, came up to Baltimore for it, and I hung out with him and went along and it turned out to be two really good live acts I'd never seen before.
Monday, August 27, 2007
A-maz-on - Da Newest Kid on the Block: Freshman 101 (Next Level/K Money)
One of my reviews in the City Paper a couple weeks ago was of A-maz-on, one of those young kids that K-Swift signed to her Next Level label and played all over the radio, and he was recently signed to Interscope. Like I said in the review, I'm not that crazy about the mixtape, it's real heavy on freestyles. But it does have "Pose 4 Da Camera" and "Crush Em All," if you listen to 92Q you know those songs. I do respect that he shouts out a lot of good rappers (Skarr, Comp, Bossman, Heavy Gold, Barnes, Tyree Colion, TestMe, Mullyman) on the outro, though.
A-maz-on f/ Say-Wut - "Throw It Up" (mp3)
Continuing with my theme of tracks that feature Baltimore club producers rapping with that Blaq Starr post the other day, this is a freestyle over "Walk It Out" and Say-Wut kinda kills A-maz-on on this, I didn't even know he could really rap like that. The really annoying "ayyy" sound that I talk about in my review that A-maz-on makes about 50 times on the mixtape is right at the beginning of this song, if you're wondering what I'm talking about.
IN THE CLUB:
ACTUAL FACT : MORE TBA
IN THE LOUNGE: REMIX RENEGADES TAKEOVER
9 PM DOORS - ALL AGES
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Saturday, August 25, 2007
Friday, August 24, 2007
Thursday, August 23, 2007
Blaq Starr - The King Of Roq (JB Starr Productions)
You already know that Blaq Starr is the reigning genius of Baltimore club music right now, at least in my opinion, I'm not even gonna get into that because I've said it time and time again, you can check the archives for other things I've posted and written. But anyway, he's finally got a big deal mix CD on sale at Downtown Locker Room (I'm Banging was more low key, he seemed to be just selling those hand to hand and it didn't have any cover art), and as I said last week, I reviewed it for the City Paper.
Blaq Starr's been doing big things lately, including a recent video shoot for "Shake It 2 The Ground" with Rye Rye (which I still think is one of his worst tracks ever, no idea why that wack label, Mad Decent, is promoting it more than his other songs). And the first major label album to feature a Blaq Starr production, Kala by Interscope artist M.I.A., was released this week. BS did the song "The Turn" on the album, as well as a bonus track on the Japanese edition of the album called "What I Got,", and she bit the chorus of "Hands Up, Thumbs Down" for another song on the album called "World Town." I personally think M.I.A.'s music is real wack, it always just sounded like some annoying dance music hyped up by blogs to me, but it's still pretty cool that Blaq Starr is getting that kind of exposure.
M.I.A. did an interview with my friend Tom Breihan a while back, and they talked about Blaq Starr a bit and it was interesting. I think she was kinda wrong when she said, "I don't think in terms of making art around Baltimore he's allowed to be that experimental," though, because his shit has always been kind of out-there by Bmore club terms, and he goes really far out on this CD, it's got some of his most adventurous stuff that I've ever heard. His pallette of percussion sounds and synth tones keeps expanding and he's not even tied to just doing things at a fast club tempo anymore. Anyway, this mixtape is sick, and the liner notes say he's got a ton of new projects coming up later this summer and in the fall (a full-length Blaq Starr album, a DVD, The Starr Mixtape and King Of Roq Vol. 2).
Blaq Starr - "Swagga Back" (mp3)
Another thing I mentioned in my City Paper review was that he supposedly did some production for the new Yung Joc album, which kinda sense since Joc appeared on the remix of D.O.G. and Blaq Starr's "Ryda Gyrl," but the Joc album leaked this weak and there was no Blaq Starr on it (which is just as well, hopefully once a famous MC does jump on his tracks it'll be someone better). The kinda slow, Southern rap type beats on King Of Roq are some of my favorite shit on here, though, the beat on "Swagga Back" is incredible. He's got a couple rappers in his camp now that guest on those tracks, but I don't think they're from Baltimore, BS says on the mixtape that Hipno is from Chicago, and he's like a fast Twista-type MC.
Wednesday, August 22, 2007
the Tao of Slick and The Mean (formerly known as The Swamp)
08/23/2007 08:00 PM - Edens Lounge
15 West Eager Street, Baltimore, 21201 - 10.00
Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Minlus McCracken - Rock And A Hard Place (Wandering Soul Records/Hazmatic Records)
Minlus and McCracken are two cats from Glen Burnie who are tight with some other Baltimore area artists, including Third Kind and DJ Excel, who both contributed to this album. The CD dropped back in May and they've been doing shows pretty consistently, including one at the Turntable Club this Friday. Apparently they're friends with Beetle Juice from the Howard Stern show, and on the into track they have a clip of Howard talking about them (and pronouncing McCracken like "MC Cracken," haha). I like some of the production on here, it's some real dark, dense boom bap shit. They're selling the album at places like the Sound Garden and on CDBaby.com.
Minlus McCracken - "MuFucka" (mp3)
One of my favorite tracks, ill beat.
Monday, August 20, 2007
Sunday, August 19, 2007
HIPHOP 101 TOMORROW NIGHT
FLAMES O FIRE
AND TWO SPECIAL GUEST THAT EVERYONE SHOULD BE LOOKING OUT FOR!!!!!!
EACH AND EVERY MONDAY AT THE 5 SEASONS 830 N GUILFORD
THE BOSSLADY DJ ME'AZE ON THE WHEELS
SONNY BROWN AS YOUR HOST
2 SONG LIMIT SO IF SHIT GOES RIGHT, THERE MAY BE A OPEN MIC AT THE END OF THE NIGHT
$10 FOR THE FELLAS
$5 FOR THE FEMALES
DRINK SPECIALS AND FOOD AVAILABLE
MAKE SURE YOU GUYS GO TO THE NEW RESTARAUNT PROVIDED BY STARSTATUS... SOULMANS!
TOMORROW NIGHT ITS GOING ALL THE WAY DOWN
This past week, that other publication that puts out a "Best of Baltimore" issue, Baltimore Magazine, gave their "best producers" award to Darkroom Productions, who also got the same award from the City Paper last year (our BOB issue is out next month, btw, I just turned in a whole bunch of things for it). Congrats to Darkroom for more recognition of their continued success.
Saturday, August 18, 2007
Friday, August 17, 2007
Thursday, August 16, 2007
Ckrisis - Muscle Up Vol. 2 (Bird City Entertainment)
You might remember 3 months ago when I wrote about this dude's previous mixtape, Muscle Up Vol. 1, and the follow-up came my way pretty soon after. I wonder where he got the title for these mixtapes and the song by that name on here, because the only time I've ever really heard that phrase in a song is the Baltimore club track "Muscle Up" by Mike Mumblez, it'd be cool if that's where he got it from. I actually talked to Mike Mumbles recently about doing an interview, but he flaked out on me, so if he sees this he needs to get at me. Anyway, this mixtape is pretty similiar to the Ckrisis's one, but more original songs, less freestyles. I like the track he did over the "Bout It Bout It" beat. One song features someone named J Brooks, and the next song features someone named Younug Mell, and when I first saw that I did a double-take like "there's a rapper named after Mel Brooks!?"
Ckrisis - "Down For Whatever" (mp3)
I mentioned that this song is dope when I wrote about his previous mixtape, but didnt' post an mp3 because it wasn't on that CD, but it's on this one and it's still dope, produced by The Pornstars.
LOCAL MC BISHOP WHO HAS SUPPORTED BMORE FOR 6 YEARS, IS UNLEASHING HIS LP DAY OF RECKONING TO DA MASSES. WITH LOCAL FAMILY AS WELL AS UNDERGROUND BLOCKBUSTERS, HE IS FIT TO PUT HIMSELF INTO THE RANKINGS OF BIG NAME UNDERGROUND ACTS. WITH TRACKS PRODUCED BY ROBBEN BEATZ AN DICHTER OF THIRD KIND, DUVA OF THE LEGENDARY KUTMEN, SIDE FX STUDIOS, BEX, AN BISHOP HIMSELF, AS WELL AS COLLABS WIT LOCAL HARD HITTERS, THIRD KIND, MINLUS & McCRACKEN, OGUN, ED BONES, & OF COURSE FORMER JUKIE BEAST HIMSELF, C RAYZ WALZ. THIS ALBUM IS EXACTLY WHAT ITS TITLE IS DAY OF RECKONING. COME OUT ON THE 17TH OF AUGUST WHERE BISHOP WILL HAVE COPIES AS WELL AS 2 SHOWS AN BE @ A MEET & GREET WITH THE MONSTER MAKERS SHARKEY AN C RAYZ WALZ.
6PM CHECK IN @ SONAR
7PM MEET & GREET @ SOUNDGARDEN
8PM FIRST SHOW @ PENGUINS 1065 MAIDEN CHOICE LANE BALT. MD 21229
930PM BACK TO SONAR FOR THE OPENING OF THE MONSTER MAKER TOUR
4 TIX OR INFO OR NETHING ELSE, GET @ ME 443-629-1707 PEACE
Wednesday, August 15, 2007
It's been a minute (well, almost 9 months) since I did a Know Your Product local release round-up for the City Paper and put some hip hop and Baltimore club in the column, so in this week's issue I've got recent reviews of mixtapes by B-Ill a.k.a. Banga Bill, A-maz-on, Mullyman/Major League Unlimited, and Blaq Starr. As usual, mp3's from all those discs will follow on Gov't Names in the next couple weeks.
this week the saga continues once again!!!
H.G.F. (Hundred Grand Federation)
Hosted By Blackwind
I'll be down in VA my damm self, but you on the other hand should def b there!!!
Brown Monkey Music and Torchlight Entertainment Presents... Mic Life Each and every Wednesday night at The Brass Monkey 1601 Eastern Ave Dj Chuck The Madd-Ox controlling the mix Doors open at 7:30 Show from 8pm to 12 NO COVER (Free99) $2 shots $3 domestic bottles (rock,classic,and hiphop)Doc Richards Holdin down the beats on the Drums Upon your request! Come on down...weather you plug in and play,or grab a mic and spit, even if you just love the feel of a good open mic...get ready to enjoy some of the most gifted musicians,wordsmiths,poets,neo B-boys,and vocalists.
Because HipHop Is Life, So Don't Waste It!!!
Tuesday, August 14, 2007
Monday, August 13, 2007
Wade Waters - Dark Water (Wandering Soul Records/Hazmatic Records)
Wade Waters is a duo representing Columbia, Maryland, comprised of SoulStice and Haysoos. This album dropped back in 2006 and I kept procrastinating about posting about it here, but then got kinda reminded when I saw them perform at Sonar's hip hop cover show last week. They've got some real classic 90's soul loop type beats, the sound of the album is so cohesive that I was kinda surprised that it's a whole bunch of different producers on the album, including Kev Brown and Analogic, so you know that means the MCs really know what kind of sound they want and just found the right beats for the project. Plus they've got guest appearances from AZ and Cuban Link. SoulStice is dropping a solo album in September, and you can go over to his MySpace page to check out the single featuring Wordsworth and info on his show at the Game bar in Laurel this Wednesday, the 15th.
Wade Waters - "Who But Me" (mp3)
This is definitely my favorite song, along with the one with AZ, great beat, clever hook, good verses.
Sunday, August 12, 2007
VEREADY GRACE PRESENTS RON G
TWIN DESERT EAGLES
NETWORKING MONDAY @ THE
$10 FOR THE FELLAS
$5 FOR THE LADIES
Saturday, August 11, 2007
Friday, August 10, 2007
Thursday, August 09, 2007
Ab-Rock - Best of Ab-Rock: Rockmics Volume 1 (Rockmics Entertainment)
I think the first time I heard Ab-Rock was either at Style Warz, or on Breaking Ground Vol. 1, and since then I've heard him on a few more projects and seen him perform a couple times. Two months ago I saw him at the Turntable Club and bought this mixtape, which is kind of a preview of his album, The Mid Midlife Crisis, which is due out later this year. It's a fairly short CD and has a lot of snippets of cuts from the album, along with a few freestyles and full-length songs, but it's a good taste of his style, which is kinda laid back and conscious, kinda reminds me of Talib Kweli with a deeper voice. AB-Rock is celebrating his birthday at Gardel's this Friday, check the flyer above.
Ab-Rock - "Best Legit" (mp3)
I like this track, and that line "I make music when I pass gas" is hilarious. He shouts out Ms. Tris Beats at the end so I guess she produced it. It was her birthday this week too!