I haven’t been a “fan” of the NBA since the Celitcs won the championship a few years back. I just can’t really get into it, basketball that is, and I felt the stars of the league were just becoming so bloated, egotistically, it was becoming a Soap Opera that I had no interest in pursuing. No love lost for any basketball fans out there of course, many of my friends and family are still huge C’s fans and I’ll always have rooting interest in them in a local (ex-local?) sporting team way. Plus I live amongst Laker Nation and seeing them struggle this year is kinda fun, not gonna lie. That’s where RYe Mann comes in. He’s a die-hard Golden State Warriors fan, which, might I add, is the coolest name in sports. Not only do they not give a single city a shout out in their team name, they use one of the state’s many nicknames in lieu of the official state name. Plus who doesn’t like “The Warriorz?” I digress. Again.
We Still Believe is an instrumental album conjured up by RYe Mann with influences from his hometown team. There aren’t any sneaker-on-parquet-floor samples or cliché audio clips from athletes trying to sound intellectual, just drums, and keys, and horns, and synths, and a whole bunch of everything else put together in a well crafted package. Test drive the track named after “Matt Barnes” below.
Then head over to RYe Mann’s Bandcamp if your feeling it. 100% free download. And emcees feel free to hit him up if you’re looking for some newness.
It’s been four years of me preaching Paul White. When the collective hip-hop fan decides to catch on to the greatness of his music, I’ll be the snob congratulating them all for being so incredibly late to the party. Here’s White’s latest with Danny Brown, the guy who blew up the internet when he dissed MTV’s “greatest rapper ever” shit show. (You’re welcome for TECB’s lack of coverage on that, by the way.)
Stay tuned for more from both of these cats in 2013. Danny is set to release Old, his upcoming LP featuring a handful of Paul White productions, while Paul apparently has a number of works in store for the year, including his Watch the Ants EP this summer.
I’ve never heard of Phoenix until I came across this song today. I Googled their original recording of “Entertainment” and it’s soft. Then I surfed around to hear a couple of other songs and they’re equally as soft. Thankfully, on this Dinosaur Jr. cover version, the trio of Massachusetts rockers completely reinvent the song:
This is one of the album’s I’m really looking forward to in 2013 — Prolyphic & Buddy Peace’s Working Man via Strange Famous Records. Here’s the lead single:
Something else I’m looking forward to getting my hands on this year is Get On Down’s limited edition EPMD Business As Usual bucket hat. As you can see by following that link, I inquired about a place to purchase said headwear, but have come up empty. If anyone can point me in the right direction, much obliged.
At the heels of the news that the Castro family will cease to run Cuba in couple of years, Man Bites Dog’s newest member, Curly Castro, dropped a gem of an album. And in pure Socialist fashion, citizens can download the record for free. Without further Verbally Spacing, hit this link and head to the DJ Booth to put it in your MP 2+1 players.
FIDEL is lined with production and features from some of my current favorites. Blueprint produces the first track which is an in-your-face and abrupt introduction to who Curly Castro is. Fellow Phildelphian Has-Lo has production credits and is on the mic on a few songs, same for Zilla Rocca. Rocca is featured on my favorite track of the whole album, and not because of its title, “Fenster & McManus,” a crazy track produced by Small Professor. Take a listen if you’re still on the fence:
Makes me want to watch Usual Suspects right-the-fuck-now.
There is also some shades of PremRock’sMark’s Wild Years in “Colored Water Fountain” as Has-Lo produced a track with what I think are some Tom Waits’ vocals in it. I could be wrong, because my knowledge of Waits stems from Jim Jarmusch and Mark DuBuque. FIDEL has everything I look for in an album. It’s my first taste of Curly Castro yet it seems like I’ve been listening to him for years. And to be quite honest, I don’t see why you haven’t downloaded it yet.
“What about it, Pretzel Man, What’s your story?”
“His name’s Verbal. Verbal Kint.”
“…’Roger’ really. People say I talk too much.”
“Yeah, I was just gonna to tell you to shut up.”