In lieu of year-end lists this year I decided to not-post anything for a couple of weeks. You’re welcome. Unfortunately, however, I let some dopeness pass by your deserving ears. This Dag Savage “mixtape” has been on steady rotation since I downloaded it last month. Then I threw it in my iPhone and it has joined me to the laundromat and walks to the hipster-ass coffee shops here in Long Beach. Before I continue to wax on poetically, head over here and download the jammy for free, before someone realizes their mistake and starts to charge for this shit.
If you think your hard drive is precious and you need to test drive before you commit to such CPU intrusions, then take an audible (and visual) gander:
A little background? Dag Savage is a duo comprised of producer extraordinaire Exile, with the raps done by Johaz. Pretty much every track is as in-your-face as the afore-seen “DAG SAV” video. Exile’s talents fit well behind Johaz’ ferocity and bravado, but there’s also a star-studded cast to help out. Guest spots from one of Ex’s main homies, Blu, as well as Fashawn, Aloe Blacc, Blame One, and others.
After you play the album all the way through, play “Mic Jack” again and try not to flip furniture. Johaz and Ex have an EP planned to drop any day now (the 15th of this month to be precise). There is also an album release/concert here in SoCal at The Terrace Restaurant in Pasadena in the works. All of the dudes I just mentioned will be there as well as M.E.D. $10 bucks, yo! The 26th! See you there?
Haven’t heard much from this cat lately. Supposedly the follow-up to Below the Heavens has finally been pressed and is now available for purchase, but I wasn’t in love with the video B&E put out. However, I was digging this tune from last month:
It was from a limited 7″ release via Jakarta Records, a label out of Germany. The record is sold out, but the free download can still be had. So can the vinyl and CD versions of Give Me Flowers While I Can Still Smell Them, the follow-up I mentioned above.
Blame One over Exile production is usually a good start to a great recipe. Add some Main Flow bars are you have yourself a full course meal of some Hip-Hop. The song itself, “Rap Song,” takes all the internet rappers out there to task. MySpace berthed a shit-ton of these fools and Twitter has since revived them.
Everyone really does have a rap song these days, we should know over here at TECB, since we get yelled at when we don’t post some ish. Please peep this track and check out others by Blame over at his Sound Cloud page and his BandCamp page. Stay tuned for Blame One and J57′s collab coming sooner rather than later.
Unfortunately, yes I did. I planned to write quarterly reviews of all the music I had been listening to throughout the year, but I ended up accumulating so many albums that I didn’t even have a chance to listen to them all until the new year had passed. However, an ass-load of what I did hear was fantastic. Since I’ve been procrastinating so much on making a post like this, I’m going to try to bang it out as quick as possible. So, while I may not be thorough in developing some (or any) of my opinions on the releases of 2009, I figure this is better than nothing. Here goes…