Word to the Geico cavemen, the (other) chef, Action Bronson, is savagely back at it. Check the sneak preview stance for the upcoming season of his hit cooking show, Action In The Kitchen. Now with higher production value! Get your bibs on tight…stay tuned for some marvelous shit.
P.S. If you have yet to see anything from the first season…watch this first episode and begin to understand the severity of it all. Knuckle-to-blade shit.
Big H, one of the original members of the now defunct Meridian Crew and current front man for Bloodline is preparing his second release, Fire & Smoke. To promote the joint he went on Logan Sama’s Kiss FM show last month with BL cohort 9 Milli Major — check the interview and set here. One of H’s latest tracks for your attention below, intro’d with a snippet of another new joint.
Originally billed in ’82 under the name Tyrant … then Tormentor, this group of German thrash pioneers finally settled on the name Kreator and signed to Noise Records (which was also a home to Celtic Frost and Voivod). Their second LP Pleasure to Kill is arguably one of the heaviest and fastest records to come outta the genre. The popularity from this album lead ‘em to a deal with the major Epic Records and they eventually had enough backing to tour in the States by the late ’80s. Check the footy from that era.
Yes… this just in! Nesby Phips, the DD172 Dojo master killer, drops the anticipated chapter after his well-received B-Side mixtape, The Catchup. Go get it for free, here.
From first run-through, we are thoroughly welcoming back-to-back repeat play sessions of this joint…as it is the near-perfect alternative to most things coming out now. Sonically, expect jazzed-out, cerebral music that flaunts the weight of his hometown’s rich musical heritage like a worker ant on a mission (the cat IS from New Orleans ya know), perfect for a night ride around the city or one of those by-myself-meetings Cappadonna was talking about on “Iron Maiden” (ideally, not without your favorite intoxicant(s) in hand). Lyrically, dude is the exact opposite of what most would expect when being told that he’s a “newer rapper from New Orleans”, but in all actuality, Phips is just that, “new New Orleans” rap. The ink on his paper runs deep, with rhyme sensibilities more akin to the “Golden Era” style of Southern rap (ala UGK, Dungeon Fam, Scarface, and Young Bleed – though Bleed arguably falls later on in the 90′s), and much like I’ve said in the past about fellow NOLA spitter, Curren$y, though I would not actually compare the two stylistically, it’s dope to hear such high-quality authorship delivered with a thick drawl.
Here’s an immediate favorite out the pack: Nesby Phips “The Avowal”
Tracklist as follows:
1. Author Something
2. The Avowal
3. Blue & Green w/ Miles Davis & Ski Beatz
5. ircles Out
6. Everywhere I Go w/Trademark Da Skydiver Jon Mecure & Terry Walker
7. Funked Out w/ Big Chop
8. Hold On w/ Curren$y Roddy & Trademark Da Skydiver
9. King Me w/ Smoke DZA & Push Montana
10. Lustful w/ Re & Scar
11. Mazeltov Cocktail w/ Curren$y & Wiz Khalifa
12. Prioritize w/ Curren$y
13. Say My Name w/ Side A
14. Sunlight w/ Tabi Bonney
15. Supply w/ Wiz Khalifa
16. Underwater Barbecue w/ Berto
17. Word to these Bo Jackson’s w/ Ski Beatz
18. 15 Cents w/ Trademark Da Skydiver & Roddy
Young Chris continues to be a deadly machine, churning out consistent bar after bar after bar like clockwork. This time he engages the soulful Kanye WestBink-produced (corrected: I didn’t buy that album, so how the hell would I know that Kanye only produced like half the joints on there) banger and addresses some seemingly grittier issues going on outside of the booth. Philly, East Coast, hip hop lovers…rejoice…be happy that at least one of the most talented cats in that city/this side of the map is putting in nothing but work and getting some shine for it.
Queens monsters Action Bronson and Solace (of Timeless Truth) catch bodies over the classic Alchemist produced Mobb/KGR banger. This does NOT appear on Action’s recently released (and entirely cop-worthy) mixtape, Bon Appitite ….. Bitch!!!!!
Action Bronson “The Illest” (Feat. Solace)
Shouts to our other favorite blog, Unkut, for this one.
The motherfuckin’ g.o.d., Kool G Rap, takes a couple minutes off from living the fast life and speaks about the origins of “gangster rap.” Was KGR the first to do it? Maybe so, maybe not…what about Schoolly-D and Ice-T? There’s even surprising mention of B.D.P. in there!
Let me say that it’s always a good to see an actual rap pioneer come off in such a humble manner, especially when addressing a road that he not only helped pave into something still frequented to this day, but one that still bears his name on all of the signs as the authority to call if you have any issues along the way.
Younger bucks (anyone who doesn’t have classic albums, plural, in his/her catalog), I don’t give a fuck how nice you are with your bars, you ALL definitely need to take note, as I constantly see the nasty trend of a newfangled, fresh-out-the-box pompous attitude in far too many a cat who just started to gain notoriety outside of his/her respective circle(s). A bigger name co-sign does NOT equal “all dues paid”…nor should it ever result in any sort of tough talk. Period. Confidence like a motherfucker is one thing, but acting like the world is your porcelain throne after a few hits on NahRight and WSHH is pretty fuckin’ funny style (even if you got the Flex bomb treatment, you’re still wild fugazi for comin’ out like that), especially if you’ve yet to graduate from single verse rhymes over other people’s beats. Just be grateful that people recognize you for having a somewhat unique way of saying remotely interesting stuff, and pray that your future album will be gladly revisited for more gems ten years after its release…let alone inspire every generation of rapper to follow after you.
Memphis OG 8Ball takes on a much different aesthetic in the following new video gem than the Caddy-pimpin’, Suave House steez of yesterday. At first, I saw the guitars and lucha libre masks and thought, “fuck…this is some Kool Keith-meets-Rapcore/Rap Metal bullshit” (Kool Keith is never bullshit…but Rap Metal is something that should have never went beyond Faith No More or NYC’s own Leeway…I don’t care how many Rage fans get their shit all twisted over that). Well, I was delighted to find out that the guitars were not E-chuggin’ away…but more for a Vietnam war acid trip effect. Whatever, it is dope and it’s good to see an artist who has already led a generation or two of Southern blood with enough motivation to still take well-calculated risks for the name of good, chunky music.
(Not for nothin’…but it was only this morning when I was literally thinking about the blend of 8Ball & MJG’s “You Don’t Want Drama” with Slayer’s “South Of Heaven” off of the Rock Phenomenon mixtape DJ Vlad and GM Roc Raida (R.I.P.) put out a couple years ago. That was a good kind of modern Rap Metal…if such a thing could ever exist.)
Escobar Season…here’s a favorite ’96 Nas freestyle with DJ Kid Capri supplying some classic beats from a decade before. This was done and distributed to various DJ’s to make the world aware of his impending return with It Was Written, although he had already built up plenty of re-introductory momentum with a string of entirely impressive guest verses (see: Mobb’s “Eye For An Eye”, Rae’s “Verbal Intercourse”, AZ’s “Mo’ Money, Mo’ Murder, Mo’ Homocide”, and KGR’s “Fast Life”). If you listened to Flex (check) or rocked Clue tapes* during this period…you definitely knew this shit line for line.
*I did not as he was NOT a DJ to me…just a guy with a DAT machine making pause tapes, spawning the more modern (bastardized) definition of “mixtape DJ”: anyone with a loud mouth, mic, multi-tracking software, and mp3′s obtained/stolen from friends of the artist(s)… but yeah, I had friends who’d come by with Clue tapes and fast-forward to the freestyles and really worthy new joints – thanks for keeping me “in the loop” guys.
Nas “Escobar Season” Freestyle (Featuring Kid Capri)
While we’re on the topic of Nas, mixtapes, and the “good ole days”…here’s a short video of Mr. Jones speaking on making his own pause tapes and the KISS-BLS radio dilemma that always reared its ugly head at those vital moments (big up my man Kellen Dengler who told me about this last May). This is a snippet from a short movie that will more fully retell Nas’ TDK experience, set to drop next week.