Thursday, November 5

Record RANT with LOGAN MELISSA







Logan Melissa seems to have boundless knowledge of music on wax. Check out this short burst of her droppin' science.

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Friday, October 30

Public Enemy

Today’s selection is one of the best groups of the aptly named “golden era” of rap. My guess is this era is somewhere between 1988 and 1993. The group I’m talking about is surely one of the most influential of this era, Public Enemy. Musically, they defined the era of the politically-conscious, pro-black, responsible Hip Hop music, but what propelled the lyrical content was the style of production courtesy of The Bomb Squad, made up of the Shocklee brothers, Hank and Keith. They seemed to effortlessly blend differing genres of source material over a hard SP-1200 beat that complimented Chuck’s rapid-fire flow and the comical style of Flavor Flav. This song is “Night of the Living Baseheads,” which taught me about what crack cocaine was and why my mom’s car kept getting broken into. So, even though the car radio in was stolen by baseheads, I always managed to find a way rock this song. Peace.   
  



Thursday, October 29

Hard Stuff

For a British band named Hard Stuff, I expected this album to be a little less formulaic and more "experimental" hard-driving rock. It certainly doesn't fail as a straight forward hard rock album with no dangerous influences such as the blues to muddle the sound, but...a rock album is what the singer and drummer, John Cann (and Paul Hammond) formally of Atomic Rooster probably wanted. It departs from the soul and blues drenched rock albums of the early 70's. Solid album. If you've ever liked the euphoria of a bloody nose, this album is for you. Bolex Dementia by Hard Stuff


Wednesday, July 29

Know Ya Roots

Old School Hip Hop mixtapes coming soon!

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Sunday, April 27

Shugmonkey - Loose Ends EP



Shugmonkey
Loose Ends EP


Beatmaker and Illustrator, Shugmonkey. I had a chance to fire some questions his way:


BTB: What inspires your style of beats?
SHUGMONKEY: The summer, mellow vibes and chilled moments mostly.

BTB: What is your process of making beats? Obviously sampling is relevant to you.
SHUGMONKEY: Going through records and finding those bits to make the first couple of bars. Then I add the drums and it's all go from there.

BTB: What other music (from any era) inspires you?
SHUGMONKEY: : I collect everything and anything.  I never turn my nose down to any genre as they all fit and fulfill a certain mood of the time. From Baroque, 1920's/30's Jazz, Funk, 60&70's Soundtracks, Acid House, Jungle, Rock, Hip Hop, world music etc. It's all inspired me at one point. Music's a hell of a drug.





 









Thursday, March 6

Patrice Sciortino


Patrice Sciortino
Chronoradial

Sunday, March 2

Millennials by Damo Dialectic and Man-Oasis




first beat tape for 2014. Impressive....not only does the beat "Halftime" have the illest sample, but the intro is bar none, the best I heard so far! Check it:


Millennials
Damo Dialectic and Man-Oasis

Wednesday, February 26

James Brown



James Brown
Black Caesar OST

Tuesday, December 24

Titanic

 
Titanic
Ballad of a Rock n Roll Loser

Monday, December 23

James Brown BLACK AND PROUD

 
James Brown
Say it Loud I'm Black and I'm Proud

JAYBEE


James Brown
Revolution of the Mind

Sunday, December 22

JB

JAMES BROWN, GODFATHER OF SOUL, GRAND DADDY OF HIP HOP BEATS.


 
 

 
James Brown
Get On The Good Foot

 
 

Sunday, August 25

James Brown Sings RAW Soul



James Brown
Sings RAW Soul

James Brown I GOT THAT FEELIN'



James Brown
I GOT THAT FEELIN'

James Brown "Grits and Soul"




James Brown
Grits and Soul

James Brown Prisoner of Love




James Brown
Prisoner of Love

Thursday, August 22

Charles Wright







Charles Wright
Doing What Comes Naturally

James Brown - Grits and Soul

 
James Brown
Grits and Soul

James Brown - Live!




James Brown
Live at the Apollo

James Brown



Please, Please, Please