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producer fran ashcroft…interview

This interview is incredibly interesting. He’s clearly very in tune to music and the way it reaches out. Fran Ashcroft produced for bands i’ve never heard of and The Gorillaz.

Interviewer: The record business is suffering alot from people downloading
Fran: Well that’s what they say! It’s true lots of people download stuff because they can. Lot’s of people used to tape music from the radio because they could. Do you know anybody who kept all the cassette tapes that they taped off the radio in the 70s? I don’t. And the same will be true of downloads, you delete them after a bit….what happens is the stuff that you like and you enjoy and that you would actually put your money down for is the stuff you want to…keep.

I think we’re going to see a big divide between…Top 40 music and everything else. On the one hand, Top 40 stuff will remain in the kind of position it is now with the same kind of money being put behind it…The other 98% of music that’s out there will be able to be marketed to its own particular niche.

EXACTLY!!! I completely agree.

When artists wake up to the fact that if they sold 50,000 albums with a record label, they have a listener base of 50,000 they can draw on. Then what’s the point in having the record label when you can sell it to your fans directly.

I agree though I believe it’s happening now with artists declining to sign with big labels and going Indie or making their own lane to distribute their music. It’s reminds me of a quote from The Office:

“Michael: No, we don’t actually cut the paper. That’s a good question. The paper is sent to us cut, and dyed, from a paper manufacturer, and then we sell it to a business for more than we paid for it.
Abby: That’s not fair. [the rest of the kids agree]
Michael: Yes it is, well, w-w–you need someone in the middle to facilitate…
Jake: You’re just a middleman.
Michael: I’m not just a middle… man…
Melissa: Wait, why doesn’t the saw mill just sell paper directly to people?
Michael: You are describing Office Depot, and they’re kind of running us out of business.
Dwight: We have better service than they do!”

Watch artists come to see this and cut out the middle man.

It’s a question of using the most appropriate tools for the work you’re supposed to be doing.

Autotune anyone? It’s about having tools to your trade and using which ones are appropriate for what you’re going for. It’s NOT about one artist telling the rest of the virtuosic populace that a certain tool is “dead” or out. Let the artist decide for themselves.

Peace and x out the middle love.


mr hudson…anyone but him remix contest

Mr Hudson is having a remix contest for his next single Anyone But Him. The song is from his debut solo album Straight No Chaser on Kanye’s G.O.O.D. Music imprint. It’s an incredible album but is only (legally) available in the homeland (read UK) currently. It gets released here tomorrow according to wikipedia though I can’t find really any other information on it. Please find a way to get it and immerse yourself in heartache.

If you’ve got what it takes you could feature on Mr Hudson’s next single ‘Anyway But Him’, which is set to be released in the new year – Kanye West features on the album version but it could be YOU on the digital release.

Mr Hudson is looking for fresh UK MCs to record their original verses onto an instrumental of the track. Whoever lays down the sickest 16 bars will get the chance to hit the studio with Mr Hudson and will feature on the song which will be digitally released on March 15th.

ENTRANTS

1. Download the ‘Anyone But Him’ MP3 Instrumental for free by registering your email address in the box below.

2. Write & Record your original rap over the Instrumental.

3. Submit your finished track to Mr Hudson’s Dropbox (see Right)

The entries will be judged by Mr Hudson & the best verses will be posted on Mr Hudson’s website & online profiles. The winner will get to record the final track in a professional studio with Mr Hudson.

You can enter as many times as you like.

Good Luck!

Anyway, the remix contest says it is for UK emcees, but I feel like if a rapper from elsewhere in the world submits something and it’s super ill…why would they deny it?? The original track features a Kanye West verse (which is dope in its own right and I don’t understand why they’d change it?..but)
So in the light of hope for the extension of personal expression…find the instrumental here and record your best translation of self absorbed jealousy in 16 bars.

Peace and al green love…because.


open mic night…infeRed

Peace! If you’re in the Indianapolis area, stop by to check out InfeRed making an appearance at this open mic night.

Should be a good time, Red never fails to put on a ill live set. If you make it out, let us know what you think on here!

Peace, and open your heart, to love.


InfeRed…No Turn On Red (2009 mixtape)

We made it! Gravity Jones presents InfeRed‘s brand new mixtape No Turn On Red. Pick your favorite file site to download from below the artwork…

InfeRed – No Turn On Red links: megaupload | rapidshare | sendspace | zshare | mediafire | limelinx | filefactory

Gravity Jones presents InfeRed’s 2009 mixtape “No Turn On Red.” MLKjr said, “If a man is called to be a street sweeper, he should sweep streets, even as Michelangelo painted, or Beethoven played music, or Shakespeare wrote poetry.” Tony ‘InfeRed’ Graves feels his path is leading him to record and perform honest music. If it’s true that your soul should speak truest and loudest through your actions, midwest rapper InfeRed’s soul preaches through every line. In the vein of some of Hip-Hop’s most candid and ground breaking artists, Red works with a passion and dedication to his lyrics and each message they encompass. He is often likened to Jay-Z, Common, Royce Da 5’9, Elzhi, and, more recently, Wale. Download the mixtape, analyze the lyrics, scrutinize the songs, love it and hate it. Peace and much love.

Also, check it out, rate it, comment on it at datpiff.

Please spread it like wildfire!! Feel free to copy any of the links, artwork, music, burn it onto cds, whatever…just get it out there!! Electric grass roots style…
Also, please let us know what you think…
and while you’re at it check the official video for the single
The Higher:

Peace, and much love!!!


lupe fiasco…fahrenheit 1.15

Lu’s mixtape series expands…Fahrenheit 1/15 number 6 drops November 25th, 2009. The official title will come soon enough…
Be on the lookout! Check out those first 5 if you haven’t heard them yet.

Peace, and remember to smile, love.


lupe fiasco…new mixtape soon

he’s coming with a new mixtape…

any name ideas??

peace, and remember to smile, love.


BET HHA cypher 3…Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem

Wow…
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props to nahright for the vid and mp3 link (featuring all 3 vids):
DJ Premier feat. Mos Def, Black Thought, Eminem, Nicki Minaj, Buckshot, Crown Royyal, Joe Budden, Wale, Nipsey Hussle, Gsan & KRS-One – 2009 BET Hip-Hop Awards Cyphers (10min megamix)
though, to me, the awards in general are an utter joke…this cypher feature they’ve got going is becoming legendary. ftr, these are possibly my 3 favorite rappers…mixed in with maybe 3 others. who’s in your top 3??

peace, and cypher love.


kweli, madlib, doom, ye…!

what!? check this tweet from kweli…

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woorrrd?????
questlove tweet to kweli (madlib, doom, yeezy)
ooook…here we go then.

peace, and !, !, !, & ! love.


raphael saadiq…let’s take a walk [vid]

yesterday, i posted the Raphael Saadiq Tiny Desk session from NPR…here’s a nice follow up with him music video for “Let’s Take A Walk”
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I love not only the b&w, but the filter they have going throughout to give it a look like it’s from a 60s performance. i’ll say this too about him, not everybody just looks good in a suit. most people can’t just wear a suit and look comfortable. alot of it is about how you wear it, not just what you wear. this dude looks good in a suit. i digs it!

peace, and let’s take a walk love.


mr hudson…time [making of]

this cat is an incredible song writer! this video is a pretty rad look into the studio with little personal one-off comments, recognizing his focus to get the music right, watching him vibe out… but really it’s a better preview of a track from his upcoming album (Straight No Chaser 10.19.09 in UK). please be on the lookout for this shit, i have a lot of confidence this will be a great great album.

“someday, are we gonna wake up? a little bit older…are we out of time, time, time?…tell me where you want to be, when all your friends have settled down in the suburbs on the greener side of town.”
peace, and make time with love.


raphael saadiq…tiny desk concert

This is from this NPR featurette called a “Tiny Desk Concert.” It’s just Raphael Saadiq on acoustic guitar with Rob Bacon accompanying on acoustic. His voice is incredibly soulful and his songs are like old rhythm and blues pop songs from the 60s.
His most recent album ( The Way I See It(2008) ) is a serious classic. Pick it up if you haven’t yet.
raphael saadiq acoustic on npr
Raphael Saadiq – NPR Tiny Desk Concert mini-album
I chopped up the three songs he does in the video and put them into this EP-style acoustic album. Here‘s the video if you want to watch them play through.
Peace, and sure hope you mean it love.


roots…how i got over vid

Just thought I’d share this cause of how much i like it (and i support their music)…
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It’s the Roots’ first single called How I Got Over.
I feel like the images present a message like, whatever their struggle is, all these people relate in that they struggle “in these streets.” They all have to find ways to get over, to stay strong.
Simple, but the song is too. It’s raw, mature, gives the audience the message. I think it’s really shot well too.

Peace, and get over love.


kanye…new album in progress

According to 88keys, Ye’s new album “BANGS!”
Yes indeed…i wouldn’t want it any other way.

How can you take a break when you know the greatest doesn’t?

Peace, and good ass job love??


InfeRed…The Higher video premiere

World premiere!! Haha!, yessirrr.
Here it is…after too much time; editing, watching, adding, taking away…and all that.
InfeRed’s The Higher off the 2009 to-be-released mixtape No Turn On Red.

Thanks to JT “Tha Brick” for all the time he helped put into it.

Be on the lookout for new music…
Here’s the mp3 download for ya’ll flybrary’s…
InfeRed – The Higher (prod. jMack): usershare|zshare|limelinx

Peace! and HighER love!!

InfeRed myspace

Gravity Jones myspace


electro-hop…new age hip hop

i just wanted to say…

welcome to the new age of electro-hop.

open your minds.

peace, and evolution love


Andre 3000…talkin dopest MCs

Here’s a short interview clip of Andre 3[stacks] talking the lists they make for the “hottest mcs.”
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“The thing about these hip-hop lists… it’s like, ‘How can you make a list because it’s so many people you leave off that a lot of people may disagree with?’ If you have 10 guys in a room [debating], that’s their list. It can’t be a world list, ’cause it’s a lot of people… I’m surprised Ludacris is never on there — he’s one of the dopest. Black Thought ain’t on there — he’s killin’ a lot of people. Then you got too many opinions. You have people that come up to me in the streets and say certain things. I’m like, ‘Well, that’s their opinion.’

I just say, ‘Man, everybody do your thing.’ I’d rather be #2 and everybody know I should be #1, than to be #1. Then I have somewhere to go.”

I like that he mentions very specifically BT and Luda. The new thing is doing these lists online (which is exactly what sparked this)…but then you’re just getting the opinion of internet nerds like you and i (assuming we both vote…ya see?). I’m with him on this topic…it’s very difficult to get an actual list…the problem is, right now, no one (or few) place(s) mark the population of hip hop heads. It should be a representation of anyone who may have an opinion, ya dig?
Anyways…how about Andre 3000 actually acknowledging Hip Hop! [chanting] NEW ALBUM! NEW ALBUM!….ok sorry.
Peace, and mc love!


Jay-Z update…a few BP3 songs (and not)

Here’s a few new Jay-Z tracks from the Blueprint 3 coming September 11th, 2009.

Jay-Z feat. Kanye West – Haters (prod. by Kanye West)
This song is really dope. DOA though?? Ye’ def used some autotune on that sample (which sounds like he sampled himself). Hypocrite? Ok i’m sorry…cause the song is dope so i guess it doesn’t matter.
Jay-Z – Thank You (Prod. by Kanye West and No I.D.)
I like this beat aLOT (No I.D. is reeeaaalllyy doing work right now. See recent videos of him in the studio.) But the whole “Thank you thank you, far too kind” thing Jay does is super played to me. Whatever though. Decent song overall.
Jay-Z – Venus vs. Mars (prod. by Timbaland)

Eeek…actually the link died already. :-\ Sorry about that ya’ll. Here’s a youtube of the song. But honestly…I’m not even that big on it. Sounds like maybe Timbaland leaked this too…like…without permission. Disclaimer: It ain’t my fault!!!
Jay-Z – Ghetto Techno (not on BP3)
Not real big on this song. It’s just a little buzz song he released, but it has to compete with other (read better) buzz songs of his (see “Dear Summer”)

Also…here is the illest commercial i’ve seen in a while! If you know Jay-Z’s catalogue well, this is official…they (Rhapsody) reproduced all his album covers and made it (feel) seemless.

One more Jay update…he showed up at a Grizzly Bear show this weekend which is dope as eff! They are one my favorite new bands this year. If you haven’t heard GB yet, please google them. He mentioned it in an MTV interview saying

“When rock was the dominant force in music, rap came and said, ‘Y’all got to sit down for a second, this is our time.’ And we’ve had a stranglehold on music since then,” Jay said. “So I hope indie rock pushes rap back a bit, because it will force people to make great music for the sake of making great music.”

I like that…for the record. Here comes Indie rock!!

Peace, and hip hop art love!!!


The Martians…Hot Topic BTown Invasion

The Martians have teamed up with Hot Topic for the Hot Topic Invasion tour. They land in Bloomington, IN this week. Here’s the official poster i put together for them.
HQ-martians_btown_hottopic
Be there!…or don’t i guess. But try to make it out. The Martians are live no matter the venue. Word up!
Peace, and martian invasion love.


July/August beat tape…wSquared

Aiyo aiyo aiyo yo you!
I just got FL Studio back (after my approximately 8 month hiatus). I’ve been super inspired and made a bunch of music in the past few weeks. Here’s a beat tape of a selected 14 tracks for ya’lls.
Beat Tape July/August 2009
Features my segue into techno/dance music and my second edition of a remix of Jackz’ “Iller”. Pretty much all these are rough and only 16-24 bars at most but can dEfINITELY be expanded on.

Also…I went to Lollapalooza in Chi city this past Friday and will be posting a review-ish recap with some pictures soon.

Peace, and music love!


Kid Cudi…embrace the live

Peep the new stage setup and lights he’s got going on here. I read that he got the lighting guy from the GLow In The Dark Tour. THIS is a real live show…THIS is what hip hop is now. This is one of the reasons Kanye’s changed Hip Hop/music in general. Inspiration! Please take notes.
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Here are some shots Cudi posted on his blog, taken by photographer Mel D Cole ( villageslum.com )…this guy is incredible!





I’m going to Lollapalooza in Chicago on 8/7 (hit me up if you’ll be there!) and I’ll be seeing this show. I’ll let you know the details late.
Peace, and live love!


Shining Down…lyrics & breakdown

Here’s a dope breakdown of Lupe Fiasco’s newest single Shining Down. It includes the lyrics and a breakdown of the verses / meaning. If you haven’t heard it, here it is on youtubes (but please iTunes it and download that shit)…

[Hook:]
Look up in the sky.
Now look up in the sky.
Look up in the sky
You thought I was down.
You thought I was gone.
Thought I wasn’t around.
You thought I left you alone.
But look up in the sky.
Just look up in the sky.
See that I’m everywhere
Everywhere
Shining down on you.

[Verse #1:]
Well, well
Is that our little author?
Coming back; Humming his hymns, a little altered
Your attention, put back on the flow like the department of water
Taking off with the dough, like Little Walter
Chess? Yes. Baby, I’m Jerry Lawler
Rebel with a cause; outlaw with the lawyer
Judge, jury, like a loo;
Rap name Lupe, but my daddy named me Warrior
This is his memorial

The 1st verse finds Fiasco touching on his return because if you think about it, he has been on hiatus for a longer time period in comparison to the time between his 1st two albums. He’s back to put his twist back on hip hop and speak what needs to be spoken (“Coming back, humming his hymns, a little altered”, dope church references). He’s back to put our attention back on his flow like the water department’s attention is on the flow of water. He references Little Walter, a blues singer who used to be with Chess Records, but left (“taking off with the dough”) when it was discovered that Lou & Phil Chess, the owners of Chess Records, were allegedly stealing funds from their recording artists. It appears Lupe feels that Atlantic is doing the same (another Jay-Z attribute: subliminals). It would also seem that Lupe is staking his own claim as the king of this rap game (Jerry Lawler was a wrestler, quite frequently known as “The King”, which also ties into the “chess” line). The Jerry Lawler reference also ties into the next few lines as throughout his career, he was seen as a heel or bad guy (“rebel with a cause”) and he was known for going to court for his various divorces (“outlaw with the lawyer”). His rap name is “Lupe”, but his father named him “Wasulu”, which means “warrior”.

[Verse #2:]
[Auto-Tuned] No, I ain’t that nigga trying to get a liquor line
When I be scripting lines, want this petition signed
It says I’m sick of dying, sick of this prison time
I really love my people, I’m sick of pimping mine [Auto-Tuned]
Now if we autotune that shit
We can hear the songs from that opera groomed fat bitch
Telling us not to pursue it, just to shoo (shoe) it like a blacksmith
We’re trapped, and moving round in circles like it’s chapstick
And that’s the same encircled way of thinking that we chat with
We’ll wrap this, around your, head like the bandanas Fabolous
Used to wrap his hats with
Rather be in F.E.D.S. instead of National Geographics
Well, I’m not having it

The first couple of lines are merged with auto-tune, which is Lupe’s way of saying that if important lines are immersed in auto-tune, the true message will never be discovered and it will be the end (the fat lady singing (“the opera-groomed fat bitch”)) of hip hop. His return is spawned by his desire to contribute to hip hop and wrap his message around minds (“like the bandanas Fabolous used to wrap his hats with”) unlike the music that has been around in his absence. It is his plan to rebel against these popular trends in rap music as he feels people would rather read FEDS magazine, a magazine that glorifies rappers and gives breakdowns on gangs & inner-city violence, instead of educational material like National Geographic.

[Verse #3:]
So, I say hello and this is for the third time
To everybody out there who ain’t never heard mine
And if you have, then you know you ain’t never heard lying
Lu don’t move no cowards, you only heard lines
Not a facade cherisher, I’d rather have the scars
I don’t idolize America, I’m dancing with the stars
Uh huh. All of them? Yea, they are, too.
You look up and you see us shining down on you.

In the final verse, he reintroduces himself for the third time (3rd LP, 3rd verse of this record), speaking to new fans and those who have been with him since the start. He is not one to tell lies nor put them in his records. The next line can be interpreted in a variety of ways (with a subtle Cowardly Lion (Wizard of Oz) reference thrown in):

“Lu don’t move (moo), no cowards (cow-words/cow-herds), you’ve only heard (heard) lines (lions)”

The lion/lying theme throughout the song is also a subtle dedication to Lupe’s father, Gregory Hamza Jaco (“Hamza” means lion in Arabic and the last thing Lupe’s father told him was “not to lie, tell Wasulu to tell the truth”. He doesn’t hide nor accept facades as he’d rather have “the scars” (which also a play on the word “disguise”) and finally, he completes the verse (and song) with two references to two world famous talent competition (American Idol & Dancing With The Stars).

~ Signed, The Greatest Rapper Alive (Lupe Fiasco’s L.a.s.e.r.s., in stores this December)

Peace, and shining down on love.

via: sketchesofmysoul


Lupe Fiasco…Shining Down OFFICIAL

Lupe Fiasco featuring Matthew Santos – Shining Down official release today in mp3 form everywhere. Click on the artwork below for a direct download link to iTunes.
Lupe Fiasco - Shining Down single artwork
First mp3 i’ve ever bought, haha! I guess it took a Laser to get me to do it (still buying Lasers on CD this fall).
Peace, and LASER love.


We Are Not Losers…We Are Lasers


LASERS December 2009
We Are Not Losers
Lupe Fiasco – 2 Ways (snippet)
Lupe Fiasco – Ladies & Gentleman (snippet)

Peace, and LASER love.