Out of everything I’ve posted in the past couple of days, this is far and away my favorite: DJ Mekalek & Jesse Calico’s remix of the fantastic Kendra Morris original, “If You Didn’t Go.”
Banger for sure — especially for all the heartbreak kids out there. And the remix comes with an interesting tale in tow. Essentially, Mek heard the song and related to it, as I’m sure most people could, then reached out to his man Jesse Calico about a remix he had started to conceptualize. Calico wrote a little something to what Mekalek had crafted out of the original, and, without sharing any details, Jesse coincidentally spit a narrative to closely resemble that of Mek’s yet-to-be-told story. (I know this because I’m friends with Mek and traded my sob story for the Dita N tearjerker one night last year.)
Knowing the above enhances the remix with feelings of familiarity and comfort in the otherwise gloomy song, at least in my opinion. Needless to say again, I’m really digging the track. As did Kendra.
Unless you’re one of those ass hats who has never visited TECB before, you should know that Wu-Tang has started to use cuts in their songs. More importantly, the man behind all of the platter scratching has been RI’s own DJ Mekalek.
This upcoming Ghostface album you see pictured above is really exciting to hear about. Mek was telling a few of us about the project over the weekend – it’s a concept album, entirely produced by Adrian Younge, that tells the life and death story of the man (assumingly he’ll be Tony Stark until his passing) who resurrects as The Ghostface Killah. And then goes on to tell the story of him catching bodies and wreaking havoc on those who sent him to a lifetime of pushing daisies.
Check the lead single here, which I’d guess is before or at the half-way point of the project:
April 16 is the date for the album in its entirity, folks. It’s called Twelve Reasons to Die. CD, vinyl, and cassette will be available. Creek that. And get the free download to ”The Rise of the Ghostface Killah” via Soul Temple Music’s BandCamp.
Milez Grimez, Rhode Island’s grimiest emcee, is back with a new song and video to hype up his home state. The musical backdrop is provided by fellow Rhode Islander, and appropriately named, FourOhOne. The cuts you hear are also brought to you by the Ocean State’s DJ Mekalek.
As Mek severs up the wax over FourOhOne’s keys, Grimez and company bring “401 (Island of Rhodes)” back to the years of anthems. Something about this joint makes me think of Onyx; probably the group effort yelling “Four! Oh! One!” during the hook. Plenty of cameos in this joint too: Dirty Durdie, Meta P, Swann Notty, 8th and others.
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