(typing this in my best circa-2008/9 Prodigy blog voice)
BY NOW, ALL OF YOU HAVE NOTICED THAT THE OLE PURPLE HORSE HAS COME TO A COMPLETE STOP…WELL, AS A MUSIC BLOG. YES. YOU ARE WISE TO ASSUME SUCH. LIFE AND OUR OWN ENDEAVORS INTO MUSIC AND OTHER FINE ARTS SUCH AS ARCHERY HAS MADE IT QUITE A DAUNTING TASK TO “KEEP UP” WITH OTHER FINE MUSIC BLOGS IN THE DAILY OUTPUT OF GREAT RAP AND SUCH. SOME OF YOU HAVE BEEN ON SOME “WHERE THE FUCK DO I GO FOR TASTEFULLY CHOSEN NEW RAP THEN?!?” OUR REPLY HAS BEEN “FRESH OUT THE BOX ON WWW.BBOXRADIO.COM ON THURSDAY 7:30-9:30PM EST.” LIVE A LITTLE AND LET US SURPRISE YOU WITH AN ALMOST-OUTDATED FORMAT FOR MUSIC DISCOVERY: RADIO (BUT AT LEAST IT IS WELL-SPUN, LIVE RADIO). THAT IS WHERE WE SERVE UP THE SONGS WE WANT TO PLAY AND BRING TO YOU…AS WELL AS OUR (NEVER) TASTEFUL LIFE COMMENTARIES.
SPEAKING OF SAID RADIO SHOW… SOON WE WILL BE REACHING VISUAL HEIGHTS (CABLE TV IN NYC, HIGH DEF STREAMING FOR THE REST OF THE ONLINE WORLD)…WHILST THE AUDIO-ONLY REMAINS ON THE BBOX DIAL FOR THOSE WITH LOWER BANDWIDTHS, OR DRIVING. THAT WILL BE FUN. WE HAVE FRIENDS TO SHOW OFF.
SO WHAT HAPPENS TO WWW.PURPLETAPEPEDIGREE.COM?? JUST A LIL COSMETIC SURGERY MY LIKKLE YOUT DEM. THE NEW SITE IS EN ROUTE. IT WILL BE MORE OF A HUB FOR OUR LABEL BUT WILL HAVE A BLOG-LIKE “NEWS” SECTION THAT WILL BE UPDATED PRETTY MUCH DAILY WITH INFO ON EVENTS, RELEASES, AND TREASURE MAPS MY G.
ALSO, WE ARE STARTING A STREETWEAR BRAND CALLED “DOO-DOO FIRE.” SHIT’S GONNA BE MAD EPIC AND PHAT.
NO. BUT THE NEW SITE WILL ALSO PROVIDE AND ALLOW FOR THE PURCHASE OF THE MOST SPLASHIEST OF TEXTILES, DESIGNED (SOME EVEN HAND-CRAFTED) BY US.
EXPECT CHANGE TO HAPPEN BEFORE THE GOVERNMENT STARTS UP AGAIN. SOON.
As an innovator of the modern day trap music sound (that we all know and love), Zaytoven is forever one with some cool shit to say…or to show. Topics in this Off The Record episode include: his start in the Bay Area with JT The Bigga Figga, being an army brat from Germany, meeting Gucci Mane, when he heard Migos‘ “Bando,” and revealing to the world just how old the “Versace” beat really is (by the exact file date and all).
Tommy Kruise, GrandeMarshall, and Yung Gleesh in one night? At the same PARTY? Shouldn’t have given us the keys to 285 Kent on Saturday, July 13.
You read that all correctly. This is a party, not a rap show. Come through early for the live raps by GM and Gleesh, stay late for all of the ignorant bass and special sets played by Tommy, Mista Whoa Whoa, Dirty Glove‘s Farrington G, and myself (might even have a few MONEYDVNCE exclusives to premier on stage). Watch the strange visuals by Note and get flicked while gathering life advice from Rocky of Third Looks.
We met Yung Gleesh, easily the most unique talent to rise out of the D.C. area (at least since April Foolz-era Fat Trel), a few weeks ago in the darkened stairwells of NYC’s own Sound Clash Recordings (quite the appropriate setting…also holler if you need studio time, you might run into some incredible people). Half-folded dollar bills, blunt smoke, 2-liter bottles of bodega-brand orange soda, and plenty of facts were present during this late-night exchange. Gleesh speaks on his July 4th double-release, breaks down the science behind his name and the whole “shitbag shawty” bidness, the first time he met Gucci and Zaytoven, Lil B comparisons, and how he wasn’t supposed to be a rapper. Things get real interesting when he gets into his history as a teenage percussionist in T.O.B., a modern go-go band famed as specialists of the “bounce beat.”
Ain’t Shit Changed AND 1-8 Zone Shawty both drop tomorrow, July 4th.
Starlito stars in a (short) “rap musical” featuring a handful of his recent (more emotionally charged) material woven into a story. It’s like that one time Jay-Z did one big, relatively cohesive, music video montage. Much like Jay, Lito stands as one of the only rappers who could have me sit through and actually enjoy such a cinematic endeavor.
Sit back and enjoy Reasonable Emotion, directed by Charles M. Robinson:
Tommy Kruise is one of those guys who immediately shoots up to the top-5 of your “people to whom I’d mention the spaceship when news of the world’s impending destruction arises” list, within 5 minutes of meeting. If not, fuck outta here, because he’s one of our favorite people on the planet. This isn’t only because he falls into the rare case category of “beyond exceptional” talent, both as a DJ and producer, but because he’s also a genuinely nice and super hospitable dude. This “a day with” video VICE shot recently just reminds us of the “what’s mine is yours” attitude by which we were greeted when up in Montreal to roam as the savage New Yorkers we are.
Oh yeah, it also has footage of him doing tricks pon di skateboard (no Lupe) and killing the VICE Downtown Sound show (with Lunice).
Stay tuned and pay close attention…big tings a gwan with Tommy and PTP.
DJ Holiday + Rome Fortune have a quick sit-down with Hip Hop At Lunch‘s Mike Boyd. Topics include breaking new records on Streetz 94.5, how Holiday got put on to Rome‘s Beautiful Pimp project, the meaning behind the album cover, and working with Scotty.
On Wednesday, April 10th, 2013, Houston rap invades NYC’s Santos Party House with The Return of Screw York City. You already want to go…but read over the details anyway!
Killa Kyleon (Houston)
League of Extraordinary G’z (Austin)
Worldwide (San Antonio)
Lyric Michelle (Houston)
Grit Boys (Houston)
Young B (Son of Bun B – Houston)
DJ Charlie (Austin)
Go DJ JB (Austin)
Lil Tiger (Austin/NYC)
Kunal Merchant (Houston/NYC)
Future and TNGHT sit down in a special edition of Pitchfork’s Selector (rare to have both the rapper and producer(s) featured…at the same damn time…sorry…but it HAS happened one other time). The astronaut speaks about his next album, his approach to writing and Dungeon Family influence (or lack thereof), and working alongside Mike WiLL (how he is a “real producer”). Lunice and Hudson Mohawke then speak on their creative process, collaborating with/producing for rappers, and things related.