The Saturday after his passing eLiMenCe & I went through his extensive catalog, sampling just a small fraction of it to create this beat tape in celebration of his life’s work, and in remembrance of the late jazz musician.
We completed the EP by Saturday night and it is the only one of its kind. Donald Byrd was one of the first musicians i have ever sampled over 10 years ago, as a 14 year old kid. He is a legend in the hip hop world sampled time and time again by anybody from Nas, A tribe called quest, Large Professor, Common, Pete Rock and 2Pac to Action Bronson, Smoke Dza & SlaughterHouse, as well as collaborating with the late Guru of Gang Starr on the Jazzmatazz series.
1932 – 2013
“Why Can’t We Smile” features LA songstress Chevy Jones & is an ode to broken relationships of the past.
HAWDWERK slows it down once again, this time reluctantly letting go of a love gone sour. With Chevy Jones pleading her case on why the long-term couple must call it quits, the break-up is inevitable.
After almost 2 years in the works finally comes the debut project from the talented Lawnside, NJ native, Royce Castro, Xperience: Gil Cobain Hendrix EP. Tracklisting and link below along with a couple of older videos from, Royce, and his recent When 16 Ain’t Enought Freestyle.
Terell Safadi is no stranger to representing his birthplace Vancouver through his lyrics and music. V.A.N is a reflective look at the city’s Past and present history with references of The Vancouver Millionaires to the Olympics. Terell takes you on a ride through his city naming all of his favorite things about it and even touches on his 2011 Vancouver anthem Black red yellow and the aftermath of the riots. By the end of this track Terell Gives Vancouverites something to be proud of. The Track is Terell’s first release of 2013 and also will be featured on the spring Mixtape “Dream Music :CD2” Be on the Look out for a Video For V.A.N in the next month. Terell will also be representing Vancouver on a bigger scale this spring as he is set to head to Amsterdam for music festival “New School Rules”
Video was shot in William’s Park, St. Petersburg, FL. This happens to be the city’s homeless park, as you can see; but they couldn’t stop us from slapping these visuals on this jam! Charli Funk has a mixtape in the works called No Flos. Look for it coming later this year.
New Orleans-based emcee Harn SOLO presents the Focus Cinema TV-directed music video for “Today” feat. Suave, the latest single from his album Journey To The Sky, produced with live instrumentation by NOLA musicians – Pro Prospek x Coco Dank. After performing a few short years in New Orleans and abroad, Harn SOLO’s musical journey recently brought him full circle to Arizona. “Today” captures Harn SOLO’s return to the west coast with scenery at Camelback Mountain overlooking the desert skyline of Phoenix. Harn SOLO continues to expand his unique brand of hip-hop traveling to New Orleans, Houston, Atlanta, London and Amsterdam, performing along side the likes of the Wu-Tang Clan, Skyzoo, Chase N. Cashe and Mickey Factz. Harn SOLO has eight albums under his belt including Reaching Higher, Shooting Star and The Grind, his full-length album with rising hip-hop artist Lyriqs da Lyraciss. (Listen here). Combining elements of jazz and pop, online rap magazine Definition of Fresh says, “Harn SOLO’s brining back vision to the art form. Thinking outside the box and not afraid to expand the boundaries of hip-hop.” Featured on the single “Today” Suave says, “I’m always glad to work with artists that have a true passion for their craft. Harn is one of those artists.”
Creature is an mc from Corona, Queens, New York. Originally one third of the Beatnuts produced Triflicts, he has appeared on albums from MF Doom, Mike Ladd (Infesticons) and X-ecutioners and collaborated with artists such as Slug (Atmosphere), Prefuse 73, Jin (Ruff Ryders) and many more on his own projects. He is the leadsinger of hardcore band Rebelmatic and published a book called the Underdog’s Manifesto.
ELPresBeats is a boombap sample based beatmaker from the Netherlands. In 2007 he made a trip to New York to make connections in the hiphopscene. In 2011 he released a 12″ vinyl record titled EL Pres – Glenwood Hostel EP, a collaboration with different mc’s from New York and turntablists from the Netherlands.
DJ Milton is one of the top turntablists / battle dj’s from the Netherlands.
EL Pres – Glenwood Hostel EP is a producer EP that focuses on beats, rhymes and turntablism. It features the raps of NY underground mc’s Jak Danielz (Cold Heat), Nutso (Poor Pocket Music), Starvin B (the Opposition), former unsigned hype (the Source) Marvalous and Creature (Rebelmatic, Triflicts, Infesticons). The scratches are done by multiple Dutch DMC champ and runner up Battle for World Supremacy 2005 DJ Irie and fellow turntable virtuosi DJ Friss and DJ Milton.