Tuesday, March 2, 2010

OC Notes - Glamour Reworked

One of my favorite people in the entire world, OC Notes, remixed the ENTIRE Fresh Espresso album. This is such a dope listening experience from front to back. So very, very different from the original and I love how Otis flipped it into a more mellow record.

Go get it HERE..it's free.

Bambu - Slow Down ft. Prometheus Brown (Prod by MTK)

Bambu: Slow Down (with Prometheus Brown of Blue Scholars) from Beatrock Music on Vimeo.

Big ups to my dewd MTK for producing this slapper. #TownBiz

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Observation No Crime

Footage of a rare performance of Fela Kuti early in his career in 1971. Goosebumps.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010


The return of Seattle's best off the radar afterhours party is upon us. This Saturday, Feb 20th, we will be taking the show on the road, or up to the peak, to PARTY MOUNTAIN. Make sure you follow twitter.com/membersonly206 for all the latest updates and location.

If you know, you know. Crumbs.

Tuesday, February 2, 2010


Macklemore - "NIKES" Live from the City Arts Song Show at the Triple Door.

A pretty fitting song considering the name of this site...and the interview that follows is also worth a watch.

I have been slowly scaling back my sneaker obsession, and am probably going to start downsizing. The poetry contained in the song itself is enough to make you take a step back and realize just how ridiculous consumerism can be. Dope kicks are dope kicks, but seeing people suffering around the world while my closet is full of shoe boxes is starting to weigh on me.

$5 Cover - Seattle

Here is the trailer for MTV's flick set in the Seattle music scene. Many familiar faces and some familiar tracks that you're sure to hear more of in the future (Ahem...Magnetic Blackness..wink wink). Pretty excited for this.

$5 Cover: Seattle Trailer from MTV New Media on Vimeo.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Strange Trip

So I recently got back from a trip and had the pleasure of having Oddisee's newest release, Traveling Man, in my iPod. All I can say is this is one of the most creative and audibly stunning instrumental projects I have ever listened to or even heard about.

Here are some details:

As a musician, life is often lived on the road. Each city leaves its imprint on the artist as they develop their craft. For Oddisee, the producer and MC brainchild behind 2009's critically acclaimed Diamond District, the life and travels of the artist is no mystery. Touring, recording, and keeping up with friends and family took Oddisee beyond his hometown of Washington DC to Australia, Europe, Asia, Africa, and South America. Rather than keep these experiences to himself, Oddisee is instead releasing a new 24-track instrumental album, sharing his worldly experiences – through music, directly with his fans; a 24 city sonic tour of the world. With this new release, Oddisee is the Traveling Man...Each track was produced while Oddisee stayed in the city it was titled after...No need for a passport because Oddisee sees the world, so that you can hear it. Listen up.

Peep 3 of the gems on this amazing project:

The album is available now on iTunes and you should do everything in your power to go purchase it immediately.

Dungeon Story

This is one of the most interesting pieces of hip hop journalism you will find. The author does a great job of connecting the dots explaining the rise and fall of the Dungeon Family.


Wednesday, December 30, 2009

Rap It Up B

As 2009 nine closes out, I'll leave it to my boy SKILLZ to send it out with style as usual.

Monday, December 28, 2009

Bah Bah Black Sheep

Here we have the Nike "Wool" Dunk Hi Premium. As the rumor goes the pattern is based off the Bill Cosby Character Dr. Huxtable's sweater. The shoe is apparently being released over seas now, and will be available in the U.S. for spring of 2010... pudding pops sold seperately.

Tuesday, December 22, 2009

RPS life

Get to Rock Paper Scissors on the hill tonight for their party in support of the midnight release of the Jordan XI Space Jams. Party starts at 9 and will run till 1a.m. or so. Free beer, sneakers, dj hero, free beer, music and free beer. Get there before my pants come off, mention this post and I'll buy you a free beer.

Shabazz Boutiques

One of my absolute favorite photographers Jamel Shabazz has signed on to do a run of tee shirts with Sedgwic and Cedar. For those that are getting tired of the photo tee, its time to re-think. These are a must have for any hip hop head and are available at the S&C website. Here's to hoping he uses the photo he took of me and my boy Eddie!



The sexiest bitch I know

just saying

Monday, December 21, 2009


Three of my favorite people in the town, that just so happen to be creative geniuses, are back at it again. OC Notes and Thee Satisfaction have just put this shiny present under your tree, for free. This is some holiday music I can get down with.

Peep it at: http://theesatisfaction.bandcamp.com

A Button B Button

They Live! coming atcha with some serious good tidings. This is a joint off the new THEY LA SOUL ep droppin for FREE this Thursday Christmas Eve.

They Live! - Serve You (Download)

Thursday, December 17, 2009


So I'm a tad late to the party. This EP is fantastic. Some great local music from two standup individuals. Peep it and feel free to donate to the cause.

Thursday, December 10, 2009

Why, Yes. Yes I do.

So the Blakroc album is great. If you haven't heard it yet, go to your nearest record store immediately.

I am actually posting about this t-shirt, which might be the best line to sum up the whole project and one of my favorite band/music related t-shirts in a long time. We have all heard some aspiring rapper ask us if we "fuck with hip hop" out on the street somewhere. Here we have the tables beinb turned by the Black Keys and Dame Dash. They went up to the prominent hip hop artists of the day and posed this question.

We all know the answer.

Cop the album and this t-shirt from the Blakroc site.

The Ecstatic x Taxi

New Videos from Mighty Mos.

MOS DEF "Ecstatic" from nabil elderkin on Vimeo.

Title track from The Ecstatic. This is in my top 5 albums of 2009. List being compiled as I watch this. So good to see the boogieman make a comeback this year. He seems hungry again musically. He made me wondering for a while, with the handful of sloppy shows and schizophrenic releases I've encountered the past few years. But Mos is back in a big way in 2009. Couldn't be happier.

Ski feat. Mos Def-Taxi from Creative Control on Vimeo.

Video of Black Dante and Ski Beatz working on a cut for Ski's upcoming production album. If you didn't already know, ski was an integral part of some of my personal favorite hip hop records of all time: Jay-Z's Reasonable Doubt ("Dead Presidents," "22 Two's", "Politics as Usual," and "Feelin' It") as well as producing Camp Lo's classic Uptown Saturday Night in it's entirity. This might be one of my top albums of 2010. We'll just have to wait and find out.

Tuesday, December 8, 2009

Nite Funk

Nite Funk is a collaboration between future funk maestro Dam-Funk and songstress Nite Jewel that was brought to fruition for an ongoing XLR8R series called Tune in an afternoon. Apparently they recruit two LA based artist and find a way to get them to create a song in one day. It's great to know that such a kick ass idea can yield an equally kick ass song. Some straight up baby making music.

Who knows if a full length album could spring from this, but as it stands right now my guy Dam-Funk can do no wrong.

Peep the video:

And the song:

"Am I gonna make it"

via: XLR8R