There are few people who can do no wrong in my eyes; one friend from back home, most cats, 2 Mex, Boston Red Sox 2nd baseman Dustin Pedroia, and the big homie IV the Polymath. One of the minuscule many amounts of perks we get as part-time bloggers, full-time dickweeds, is listening to advance tracks weeks/months before others. IV the Polymath sent me a snippet of an early version of the “007″ track from this instrumental album, side a // side b.
I was blown away then, and the finished product is even better. side a // side b is a 3-track download available for “Name Yo Price My Dude,” which includes “C.R.E.A.M.” and “007″ as well as melded version of both, together as one. Super fucking dope. Take a listen to “007″ :
Head over to IV’s Bandcamp to get your filthy hands and ears on this album. It’ll be one of the better things you can do today. If MP3s ain’t your bag, my man’s got some tapes pressed up, hit him up directly at email@example.com if you’re down for the cause.
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.
Here’s some dope instrumentals from Los Angeles-based producer Juels. The first track on Trip To The Moon includes Brown Bag All Star Soul Khan for a quick verse over Juels’ music. Some choppy, some jazzy, some funky, and an ear for samples, this album has a way to put you in a better mood, as it did each time I’ve listened to it. Peep “Reach the Note” which has all of the aforementioned traits:
Trip To The Moon is available for free download at the man’s Bandcamp page, and I recommend picking it up, along with his August release Break Bread which is also fresh. Throw these in your iPhone and help an old lady cross the street. Then push her down and take her Worther’s Originals.
PremRock & Willie Green are at it again. Their self titled album made my year-in-review list and is still in my iTunes rotation to this day. This time around they let other producers do the hard work and released Reassembled as a remix album. Producers include Dirt E. Dutch, Has-Lo, Blockhead, Nasa, Agartha Audio, and more. Remix albums are most definitely hit or miss. I just recently downloaded one where the artists made a contest out of who would be part of it. It’s terrible. And it will remain nameless. Because their fan clogged up our comment section last time I spoke ill of them.
Reassembled is a completely different vibe than the original, but it still comes off as high energy when PremRock needs it and slow and soulful when the lyrics call for it. In addition to the eleven-original tracks remixed, the download also comes with the original instrumentals, a live performance from South Paw last year, and a “sick” bonus cut that I’ll keep on the down low. Yeah that’s a pun only the people who downloaded will get. All this is just a sawbuck ($5 buster) and keep found here at the duo’s Bandcamp page.
Here’s the original “Had to be Me” with C Rayz Walz, Soul Khan and DJ Addikt, produced by Willie Green :
And here is the remixed version, by Taj:
Willie Green and Prem left for South by Southwest today and have shows both before and after the festival. Feel free to grab a copy and help feed them or their gas tank on the trip.
“I hope you read authors, not magazines and bloggers.”
We’ve been steady bloggin’ for a few years now. We’ve trimmed the fat, updated the site here and there, but overall Chris and I are pretty happy with the what TECB has become. It’s humbling to see people visit our site everyday and read our daily diatribes on Twitter and Facebook. People even stopped by on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day. That’s hip-hop for you, there are no holidays. Enough waxing poetic, one of my prouder moments as a pretend blogger was when Virginia-based beat maker, Black-Tokyo, dropped me a line and said he wanted to create an EP inspired by, and exclusively for, TECB. After a few frantic “I-told-you-so” themed calls to old college professors, high school teachers, ex-girlfriends, and people who blocked me on Facebook, I of course obliged. So as a thank you to our reader base, the artists we’ve worked with, friends, family,and fellow bloggers (yes, even the shitty ones, I’m looking at you HipHopDx) we’re proud to release The Echo Chamber EP for free download.
Take the time to download and listen. We really appreciate everyone who stops by to read or comment or troll, truly. And with the amount of work we put in, it’s nice to have our name on some music. Please download, share, re-post, re-tweet, re-listen and then listen again. And of course, a special shout out and thank you to Black-Tokyo. Peep his past work on TECB here, and his whole catalog on his Bandcamp page, here. It’s quite extensive.