Marley Marl remakes “Eric B Is President,” the classic beat for Eric B. & Rakim that more or less launched their careers. Besides the secrets of breaking complex samples, specifically Fonda Rae‘s “Over Like A Fat Rat” and James Brown‘s “Impeach The President” and the Honeydrippers‘ ubiquitous break “Impeach The President” into patterns that can be played on 4 pads of an Akai MPC sampler, Marley shares some tidbits about the sessions that produced this track as well as “My Melody.” For one thing, those tracks were apparently supposed to pair Eric B with the rapper now known to the world as Freddie Foxxx, who was replaced by the R because he never showed up for the first session! For another Marley relays tips about the importance of ‘ghost notes’ to any funky drum pattern, picked up straight from the original funky drummer himself, Clyde Stubblefield. Watch below the video–part of dubspot’s ongoing series of “classic recipes” original demo vids to learn more about the science of dope beats, and make sure you keep watching until Marley shares the “special spice”, that little extra something to give it “that resonation that the speakers love to smile to.”
The 10th anniversary Sneaker Pimps tour is slated to head into New York City on December 19th, where it will continue the tour with performances and a massive sneaker exhibit.
It will be the final stop of the annual tour, which made stops in Los Angeles, D.C., Philadelphia, Detroit, and Miami.
The event will be hosted by ATF crew members Dave Jeff and Safestadick, and will feature live performances from Ghostface Killah, Sheek Louch (Wu-Block), and surprise guests. The massive sneaker exhibit will showcase limited, rare, and exclusive kicks. It will also feature a live art installation from Stash and more.
Sneaker Pimps 2012 NYC takes place Wednesday (December 19th) from 8pm EST to closing at Webster Hall ( 125 E. 11th St., New York, NY 10003). Tickets are available now at TicketWeb.com.
For more info, visit SneakerPimps.net.
Kendrick Lamar was in London recently and stopped by Gilles Peterson‘s world renowned show on the BBC 6 to chop it up and also spit a quick freestyle over the UK club anthem of the moment, namely TNGHT‘s “Higher Ground,” produced by Hudson Mohawke x Lunice. It’s a scant 2 minutes, including radio patter, but the combination of beats and K.Dot‘s off the top flow is tough enough to demand that make this into a real song, or at least a mixtape interlude. Listen below and cop Kendrick’s album of the year contender good kid m.A.A.d. city (on iTunes now).
Off of their 3rd studio album Numbers, Odd Future’s sub-crew Mellow Hype gets busy on a track titled “Break.” Here, Left Brain lays down his signature structure of ghostly left field lows, while Hodgy Beats chatters reminiscent rhymes that drift in and out of his associate’s hazy samples. The visual production sees a marijuana indulged composition that nods off to dreamy territories. Filmed in slow motion and layered with abstract coloring, a numbers of items that’s deemed close to the group gets tossed in the air in reflective affectation, adding sentiment to the already placate track.
Yasiin Bey uses Chief Keef’s “I Don’t Like” beat as a good excuse to run through a list of things he doesn’t like, starting with White Supremacists and moving down the list. All the lyrical edge you expect from a Mos track plus all the ratchet-ry in the riddim section that you didn’t, necessarily. Which is pretty much the M.O. of this whole Top 40 Underdog trip he’s embarked on recently. Stream or download below. Enjoy and look out for more Yasiin loosies and exclusives in the near future!
Nike‘s iconic Air Force 1 model receives a facelift for this season – hailing in the XXX “Downtown” Python edition. A printed python colorway adorns the exterior for this release, embodying clean accents via a white Nike Swoosh, tonal brown laces and leather detailing featured throughout. Continuing on a popular trend of sneakers adorned with snake-print, the shoe coincides with a “Black Friday” release, boasting a translucent grey outsole while maintaining the easily recognizable silhouette.
Having such positive track record in collaborating with various comic book publishers, it was only a matter of time before Medicom Toy made a Bearbrick focusing on Marvel‘s Captain America superhero. Based off the four-piece release of 100%-sized Avengers Bearbricks — in which Captain America made an appearance — this latest limited drop from Medicom sees the red, white and blue-clad Steve Rogers in the 400% size variation. Orders for the Captain America x Medicom Toy 400% Bearbrick can be placed now until December 10 at a price of ¥7140 JPY (approximately $86 USD).
Jordan Brand presents the “Gucci” colorway of its classic Air Jordan 1. Borrowing the luxury brand’s color combo, the upper pairs textured black leather on most of the upper with smooth turquoise leather on the ankle, heel and toe. Finished off with a red padded ankle closure, outsole and laces, the choice of texture and color gives the hi-top a very bold, almost reptilian quality. Other features of the kicks include a perforated toe section for air flow, white midsole and embossed red Air Jordan logo on the side. Those hoping to score a pair of these limited edition kicks need look no further than LIMITED EDT in Singapore when they drop December 10.
Taken from Big Boi’s forthcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, “In The A” is a big beat anthem that pays homage to the instrumental heavy southern Hip-Hop scene. Stepping in the booth alongside Big Boi are more of the state’s Hip-Hop luminaries (Ludacris & T.I). With all the buzz coming off of the trap scene right now, don’t be too surprised if you hear a hardstyle bootleg tweek version soon. Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors is out on all good record stores on December 11.
As promised, Fashawn comes through with his long awaited tape, Champagne & Styrofoam Cups. The Grizzly city emcee comes through with 13 new tracks (16 on the itunes deluxe version) with features from Mr. MFN eXquire, TL Cross, Wiz Khalifa, Chevy Woods, and more with production from Jake One, Evidence, Exile, DJ Dahi, and more. Let this one bang, and look for Fash to drop his next LP, The Ecology, in 2013.
“Roc The Mic” was probably the first time I first really paid attention to Freeway, and since then I’ve kept a close eye on the man and his career. Though he may not be as popular in 2012 as he was back in the glory days of Roc-A-Fella Records, he’s still a solid MC. Statik Selektah collects some of Philadelphia Freezer’s best for this mix.
Think Its a Game
Roc The Mic
What We Do
Don’t Cross The Line
Line Em Up
You Got Me
All My Life
One For Peedi Crakk
8 Miles & Runnin
Just Blaze, Bleek & Free
Still In Effect
Can’t Go On This Way
Can’t Tell Me Nothing RMX
Take It To The Top
Baby Don’t Do It
This Can’t Be Real
Get It Started
Ready For War
Know What I Mean
She Makes Me Feel Alright
Numbers ft. Neef Buck
Of the five boroughs that make up New York City, Brooklyn might be the most proud. Nowhere is that more clear than on DJ Neil Armstrong’s From Marcy To Barclays, essentially a mixtape about how dope Brooklyn is. And if you don’t agree with that sentiment, you probably will by the end of this mix.
01. “From Marcy to Barclays Introduction…”
02. “No Sleep ‘Til Brooklyn” Beastie Boys x JAY Z
03. “We Fly High (Brooklyn Remix)” – JAY Z
04. “Crooklyn Dodgers” – The Crooklyn Dodgers (Special Ed, Masta Ace, Buckshot)
05. “Return of the Crooklyn Dodgers” – Chubb Rock, O.C., JeruThe Damaja
06. “Brooklyn In My Mind (Crooklyn Dodgers 3)” – Mos Def, Jean Grae, Memphis Bleek
07. “Coming Of Age” – JAY Z, Memphis Bleek
08. “Now You’re Mine” – Gangstarr
09. “Super Brooklyn” – Cocoa Brovas (aka Smif-n-Wessun)
10. “Super Brooklyn Routine” by DJ Daddy Dog of The 5th Platoon DJs
11. “Brooklyn Kids” – Jemini The Gifted One
12. “Brooklyn Took It” – Jeru The Damaja
13. “Just Rhymin with the BIZ” – Biz Markie, Big Daddy Kane
14. “Get By (Remix)” – Mos Def, JAY Z, Kanye West, Talib Kweli
15. “Gotta Have It” – JAY Z, Kanye West
16. “Shove It” – Santigold
17. “Put On (Remix)” – Young Jeezy, JAY Z)
18. “Jigga What, Jigga Who (Originator 99)” – JAY Z
19. “Brooklyn State of Mind” – JAY Z
20. “Change the Game” – JAY Z
21. “You, Me, Him, and Her” – JAY Z
22. “Brooklyn’s Finest (2012 Remix)” – JAY Z, The Notorious B.I.G.
23. “Spread love it’s the Brooklyn way…”
24. “Juicy” – The Notorious B.I.G.
Pac Div‘s long awaited sophomore LP, GMB, just dropped today via The Div Co./RBC Records. In celebration of the album’s release they dropped (via RS) the video for their Mac Miller and Raven Sorvino assisted single “Black Acura.” ”The energy behind this song has a very laid back yet aggressive feel,” says Mibbs. “It’s a perfect medium for what we wanted to convey to the fans: a quiet cockiness.” Video directed by Austin Winchell. Cop GMB via iTunes.