This coming weekend marks the beginning of a season when skirts get shorter, tan lines get darker, and happy hours start earlier. Summertime is here and Willie Green has a new smash hit to get the party started.
In SoCal, this season starts a little earlier and lasts a little longer, but it’s a wonderful time for everyone. “Fasho Fasho,” the O.G. version was on Willie Green’s album on Fake Four Records, We Live in the Future. And in true remix fashion, this one is completely retooled. PremRock is featured on the original version too, but this time around Willie Green added Zilla Rocca and Mad Dukez to the mix.
This track is available for free download, along with the instrumental, acapella for you DIYers out there, and the original version from We Live in the Future. Get your own copy here, then play it with your windows wound down while trying not to look like a total scumbag checking out the ladies. Or the dudes. Whichever you prefer.
Way back in November PremRock released a Tom Waits tribute album entitled Mark’s Wild Years. Even though it was released so close to the end of the year, I still thought it was easily one of the best releases of 2012. He just dropped a video for “Singapore” which you can check out above. If you’re not familiar with Prem and/or Tom Waits, check out this fresh interview where we break down each track like Bob Costas breaks down gigantic words that his audience has no idea the meaning of.
Mark’s Wild Years is still free and available here. Get with it. Also shouts to the homies on the cameo tip; Corina Corina, Warren Britt and Jesse Abraham.
I’m a big fan of concept albums. I feel there aren’t enough of them tried in the hip-hop world. And when I first heard the PA-born, lower-Manhattan based emcee PremRock was releasing an album based and inspired by Tom Waits, my interest was piqued and couldn’t wait to hear it. In a recent interview/review of Waatu’s latest offering, he mentions that sampling hip-hop for hip-hip is easy, because it’s already tailored for that sound. Sampling other genres and infusing them into hip-hop, that’s where the challenge lies.
Now enter in PremRock and his cast of producers for his new album, Mark’s Wild Years, a 13-track album 100% based on Tom Waits music, both old and new. Each song title is either the same as one of Waits or, like the title, a play on them. I had the opportunity to sit down with Prem to pick his brain on each individual track. I invite you to first, head on over to his Bandcamp, download the album (yes, for free), and then think of this as a listening party. BYOB of course.
New Mike Eagle track coming off of his 4NML HSPTL album, due out very shortly.
Kenny Segal is credited for the production, and the Cobra Commander himself makes an appearance at the end. Awkward is producing the rest of the album, and it appears this jammy will be included on digital purchases. Over either producer and pretty much anyone else, the Los Angelino by way of Chicago is one of the more talented cats you’re going to come across. I’ve learned Open Mike Eagle dabbles in the stand-up comedy scene when he’s not rapping about dames in the park with PremRock. That takes some guts, balls, cojones, moxie and whatever other synonym you want to throw in. I hope to run into OME in L.A. one of these days. I’d love to pick his brain on rap and comedy. Someone have his people call my person. Which is Siri.
Stay tuned for more info on 4NML HSPTL. And I, for one, whose opinion matters to no one other than myself and the two cats I’ve been cat-sitting, would love to see a video for this track. Even if it’s just scenes from G.I. Joe haphazardly pasted together. It’s rad.
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.
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