Archive for January, 2008
Masai Bey & BMS
In 1999 Masai Bey made his lyrical, production and scratching debut simultaneously on a 12 inch, alongside Cage and Space, titled “Paranoid Android”, released in England on DC Records. This would be the beginning of The Weathermen, at which time was a production duo consisting of Masai and Cage. By the end of that same year Masai contributed co-production (Weathermen) for a Cage single titled “4 Letter Word b/w Mersh” on Bobbito’s Fondle ’em label and a verse and hook on a Smut Peddlers song titled “For The Record” on Rawkus Records.
In 2000, Masai was advised by Cage to give El -P (Company Flow) a call about possibly recording some material. After contemplating and meditating Masai decided to give El-P a call, which led to Masai Bey’s contribution to the newly re formed, The Weathermen’s (now a lyrical crew) single “Same As It Never Was” (2001), and his own solo debut 12”, Paper Mache b/w Non Stop & The Beginning (feat. BMS and Vast Aire). Two of the solo tracks and the Weathermen single were produced by El-P and both of those A sides appeared on the Definitive Jux Presents Vol. 2 compilation as well in the same year.
In 2003, Masai spent his days writing, creating music and recording in a studio owned by BMS and by the end of that year Masai Bey and BMS released an “out-of-the-trunk” split 12 inch single “Innersection(BMS)/Rapavenge(Masai Bey)”. By August 2004, Masai had finished his limited “Masai Bey’s Goldmind EP” released independently. This out the trunk cd was greeted with a very positive response causing anticipation for a full length album with “real” distribution. This goal was met with the release of Masai’s debut 14 song full length album “Natural Magic Music” on Raptivism Records in 2006.
In 2006, Masai Bey joined the roster at Uncommon Records by releasing another full length, “The Panacea Goldmind”, digitally in November of 2006. This album contains some hard to find tracks from the afore mentioned “Goldmind EP”, but features mostly all new tracks and a revamped audio sound for the whole project. “The Panacea Goldmind” is a high energy undeniable b-boy dream. It’s a highly anticipated release from an established veteran of the New York underground scene.
In 2007, Uncommon Records released Masai Bey’s full length album with BMS titled “C87”. The Weathermen/Indelible Mc’s continue to push forward, steamrolling into 2008 with this hot release.
DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse
DJ Revolution’s mixes are always consistently dope and he’s been holding down the West Coast forever. Throw in Total Eclipse who’s definitely reached legend status at this point and you have two of the best DJ’s on the planet. So what’s your next move at that point? Throw in some heavy hitters like Mos Def, Planet Asia, Rass Kass, Pharoahe Monch, Jin, Bad Seed, Miri Ben Ari, Defari and just cut and blend the shit out of everything.
Draft Records and the Howie McDuffie Music Group are proud to release the DJ Revolution & Total Eclipse compilation, Draft Radio Volume 1. A must for all hip-hop aficionados, DJ fans, and true-school heads.
Sacrifice is the second full-length studio album by Maryland Hip Hop luminary and longtime QN5-affiliate/Extended Famm member, Substantial. The official follow up to the Nujabes-produced “…To This Union A Sun Was Born,” Sacrifice showcases the remarkable growth and musical maturity that this soulful barritone has undergone. From braggadocio to introspection to classic party starters, it’s all here. Tackling a wide range of topics from the inside out, Sacrifice features production by Kno (CunninLynguists), Tonedeff, Algorhythm & Burns, as well as guest vocals by fellow QN5 labelmates Extended Famm.
Kwest Tha Madd Lad
In a response to a Hip Hop “Where Are They Now?” question, Queens lyricist, Kwest Tha Mad Ladd finally resurfaces. Connecting with No Sleep Recordings, Kwest is releasing to the world all the joints that did not make his first album. Originally signed in 1992 to Rick Rubin’s American Recordings after a strong showing in The New Music Seminar and other NYC emcee battles, Kwest was slated to release his “This Is My First Album” LP in 1994. Due to label delays, the LP (which was completed in 1994) was not released until 1996; and then with poor promotion and limited distribution. Still, the album produced the underground classics “Lubrication” and “101 Things To Do With Your Girl.”
Dismayed at his experience on a major label, Kwest opted out of his record deal and has hardly recorded since. According to Kwest, during his stay on American Recordings, he recorded over 50 songs, many of which were not present on his debut. “This Is My First Album” has since become regarded as a sleeper Hip Hop classic by many enthusiasts. With his combination of humor, storytelling ability, and remarkable freestyle talents; many now view Kwest Tha Madd Lad as an incredible talent that was never allowed reached his full potential.
Seldom seen or heard from, Kwest’s current whereabouts have been in discussion on many a Hip-Hop message board. However, through a twist of fate, Kwest reconnected with his old A&R man, Dan Charnas, who produced a good part of “This Is My First Album.” Dan provided Kwest with the masters of many of the unreleased sessions from the American projects. Kwest says that these tracks represented some of the diversity that wasn’t present on the debut. “More battle raps, stories, and concepts”, states Kwest. “The label wanted to stay with the sex topics, but I had other material too.” These recordings are an addendum to the first LP and they complete the story of a project that Hip Hop purists today regard as creatively genius. Featuring production by L.A. Jay (The Pharcyde), Tony D (of Poor Righteous Teachers fame), Fat Jack (Project Blowed) and others.
This is vintage mid-Nineties Hip Hop at its best.
Best To Do It (feat. Royce Da 5’9, Elzhi & Supastition) Download
Ladder Of Success (feat. Phonte, Wordsworth, K-Hill & Masta Ace) Download
from Perception Is Everything (2008, Shaman Work)
Buy at iTunes Music Store
This is from our “HIPHOP IS NOT DEAD” bag. Perception Is Everything is the lead EP for DJ K.O.’s highly anticipated Picture This LP. The EP features some of hip-hop’s greatest talent: Royce Da 5’9″, Masta Ace, Phonte & Big Pooh (of Little Brother), Elzhi (of Slum Village), Wordsworth, 9th Wonder, Marco Polo, Oddisee, Analogic, and more. People always tell me, “Yo! Real hiphop is dead”…. Are you fuckin kidding me? With a release like this one, Trust me, Its alive and well.