Archive for March, 2006

Forever protected by the red, the black and the green.


Professor X of X-Clan

Funkin’ Lesson
Heed The Word Of The Brother
Raise The Flag
from To The East,Blackwards (1990, 4th & Broadway)

We just got word that Lumumba Professor X The Overseer of X-Clan has passed away in a New York hospital today. He had been suffering from Meningitis and dealing with a chronic asthmatic condition his entire life. He leaves behind his family and a big family of friends and hiphop fans all over the world. The BrokeBBoys send their condolences to his family and his close fam/friends. He will be Forever protected by the red, the black and the green. R.I.P. Professor X

-Audio1

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He’s The DJ, Im The Rapper (Gnarls Barkley Edition)


Gnarls Barkley

Crazy
Just A Thought
from St. Elsewhere (2006, Downtown/Atlantic)
**BONUS CUT: Surreal Life

I can describe this collaboration of artists with one word… GENIUS! I’ve been diggin’ “Crazy” for about 2 months now and even dropped it 2 times on my Rhymes and Beats HipHopCasts. My friends in Europe say its at the top of the charts and thats dope to see for a prolific DJ/Producer and a long time Goodie Mob/Dungeon Family member. I wont banter on for days. Let’s get to the tracks. On tracks like “Crazy” and “Just A Thought”, Cee-Lo Green finally shines that soul that we’ve known he’s had since tracks like “In Due Time” from way back in the day. Dangermouse shines with an eclectic production style, meshing hard crashing drums & bass with acoustic melodies. It’s catchy right off the bat and very suitable for everyone. We are also hooking you up with Surreal Life, which I believe is a track that got dropped from the album (Dont quote me on that. It’s not on the promo in my hands)… While your at it, Join their myspace at http://www.myspace.com/gnarlsbarkley

Tales of The Forgotten Melodies – Wax Tailor


Wax Tailor

Que Sera
from Tales of The Forgotten Melodies (2006, Decon)
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Following the warm welcome received in his home country of France, where his long player was the highlight of the year, Wax Tailor is ready to take the US by storm. His debut album, “Tales Of The Forgotten Melodies” is a 52 minute journey into the depths of cinematic hip hop. All 18 tracks will evoke memories and wake up the music lover in you.

You see, Wax Tailor uses samples in his music like film directors use actors. His record was conceived as an orchestral movie, falling somewhere between hip-hop and downtempo. WT hijacks “these “forgotten melodies” and retells them as a story of his own.

In this elaborate patchwork of numerous influences and multiple references to the art of film, major names from twentieth century music (Doris Day, Nina Simone, Bjork…) get to meet Stanley Kubrick, Woody Allen or Alfred Hitchcock. Atlanta’s The Others (Third Earth Music) appear on the record to offer a tribute to hip-hop culture in which WT has been involved for the last 20 years. We also get the chance to hear Charlotte Savary from the French Band Clover, as well as Marina Quaisse’s cello-playing, which runs through the whole album and delicately colors it with a darker shade of melancholy. Acting as a perfect « wax tailor », WT delivers an album that plays with our collective memory. He offers us a soundtrack to a movie each of us can enjoy from our own unique perspective.

Wax Tailor is well known in France for his role within the band La Formule in the early 90’s, where he was a rapper, a composer, a producer and a manager. In 2002 he embarked on producing the Wax Tailor project. The selfreleased first album went on to become the most played record of the year on the reknowned Radio Nova and has been drawing rave reviews with it’s rare mix of downtempo and hip hop. Think DJ Shadow meets RJD2 meets Portishead and you will get the idea.
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We agree! Check out this sample of Wax Tailors work. Turning a new leaf on The BrokeBBoys. Payday! TGIF. Happy St. Patty’s Day (for those who celebrate).

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The People Under The Stairs return!


People Under The Stairs

Tuxedo Stream
The Doctor and The Kid Stream
from Stepfather (2006, Basement Records)

OST Stream / Download
The Dig Stream / Download
from O.S.T. (2002, OM Records)

Pete Rock & CL Smooth-Back On The Block (Thes One Remix)
Stream / Download
Raw Produce-The F.O.N. (Thes One Remix)
Stream / Download
from Thes One Remixes (2004, White Label)

It’s been about a month since we last posted. The BrokeBBoys have been extremely busy doing hella types of things… Big ups to Boogaleo who graduated recently from UNI and moved to the DC Area… I know that Matt B. has been holding it down at the UNI inna London nonstop. As for me, I’ve been living life, bloggin, DJin’ alot at clubs and raves… Enough about us… Back to the music. As we make a return, The People Under The Stairs also make their triumphant return with a brand new album.
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People Under the Stairs formed when Mike Turner (Double K) and Chris Portugal (Thes One) met on the fringe of L.A.’s late-’90s hip-hop underground. The duo, devoted to jazzy samples, danceable beats, intricate rhyming skills, and laid-back humor, debuted in 1998 with the acclaimed The Next Step and followed it up in 2000 with Question in the Form of an Answer. Gathering heavy praise and touring with De La Soul, the group took their road experiences and brought it to the studio to record their next album. The final results appeared in the summer of 2002 under the name O.S.T. This highly acclaimed release, which sound-scanned over 35,000 to date, brought People Under The Stairs to the forefront of underground hip-hop. Its follow-up album, Or Stay Tuned… complemented this release and allowed the group to headline nation-wide tours.

Known for serving up playful back-and-forth rhymes set to vinyl-centric production, Thes One and Double K are now back with Stepfather. “People are really going to be surprised by this album,” says Thes One, “We’re flipping the script on this one, coming with an extremely progressive approach. We study a lot of music theory and classic material, and this album reflects that. Even when we did the old school tracks on the album, we still tried to push the envelope with vocal settings and drum patterns.” Using obscure vintage drum machines and running mic pre-amps to the point of intentional distortion, PUTS created a sonic kaleidoscope of textured and layered beats which are complimented by their refreshingly cool narratives of the L.A. Hip Hop life. A better description of Stepfather might be that of a Hip Hop history book on tape. From the old school beats with those classic SP 1200 drums and rich Hammond organ keys to new school progressive tracks with live guitar and bass, Stepfather is by far PUTS’s most intricate and musically advanced album.

Production aside, Stepfather also offers a much more personal perspective into the lives of Thes One and Double K. On the track “Days Like This,” Double K reflects on his modest upbringing and the struggles that his mother endured in order to provide for the family, while Thes One offers a personal thanks to his father who labored has a fruit field worker so that his son may live a better life. On “Reflections,” Double K and Thes One lament in vivid detail their recognition of the moral vacuum that plagues today’s society. From these heavy hearted songs to the light and head nodding barbecue anthems such as “Jamboree pt. 1”, Thes One and Double K explore the spectrum of human emotions and offer their most personal music to date.

With an amazing live show and a loyal fan base hungry for their next album, People Under The Stairs’ Stepfather will undoubtedly be one of Hip Hop’s biggest releases of 2006! Stepfather features guest appearances from legendary Funkadelic and Parliament member George Clinton, Monty Stark (Stark Reality), and Kat of Crown City Rockers. The album also includes a bonus documentary-style DVD that includes show footage and a short film.

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We went ahead and posted links to the 2 new tracks and downloads of headnodders from their O.S.T. album and 2 cuts from a Thes One Remix white label flaotin’ about on the net. Enjoy the music as the BrokeBBoys make a comeback to the internet. Alot of new things for 2006 so keep ya eyes peeled!

-Audio1