Torae preps his super-producer studded gem of a debut, For The Record, which means another leak to get the mouths watering…this time it’s a Pete Rock-laced heater. November 1st, mark that.
Torae “That Raw” (Produced by Pete Rock)
Torae “That Raw” (Produced by Pete Rock)
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s “Booming System” (Feat. Rapper Big Pooh, Prod. by Pete Rock)
Classic Video Music Box “Nervous Thursday” segment with Crazy Sam on the scene of a ’95 Harlem anti-police brutality rally with community leaders, radio personalities, and some of the hip hop’s elite. All of you youngins, don’t get it twisted, the abuse of power and authority by government issued thirstbuckets has always been an issue in the city, just that it’s easier for us to document the atrocities with today’s everyday-carry technology. This is especially golden since last week’s horrendous events, downtown.
Highlights include commentary/points made by: Crazy Sam, Group Home, Smif-N-Wessun, Frankie Cutlass, and Lauryn Hill. Other cats you’ll see and hear from: Jeru Da Damaja, OC, Top Dog (O.G.C.), DJ S&S, Method Man, Cash Money Click (Ja Rule and Irv way before the Def Jam deal), Wyclef, and then some.
I can’t front, some of the rhetoric is on that public access/Two-Fifth Israelite steez (ahem…Jeru…ahem), but that’s what it was at the time. At least cats were willing unify and speak out without the big corporate sponsor shitshow…and many of these people were rap’s posterchildren, at the time. Imagine any one of these popular newfangled rappers, mainstream or street-level, doing something like this without a reality show camera crew. Quoting some ill theories on history and government hierarchy? Never would happen, especially not on any major/daytime media outlet. Even with the freedom of the Internet, these younger MC’s are too caught up in acting like they’re starlets, sharing the spotlight with the headliners of Hot97′s Summer Jam. Fuck outta here. The caliber of character behind the talent is at disgustingly low levels these days.
80 Blocks From Tiffanys (Camp Lo & Pete Rock) “No Hook (Ambassador’s Theme)”
Bloomberg‘s foot soldiers once again showing their collective asses.
What was, at first, a peaceful event for Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock’s Monumental album release, ultimately malformed into a display of grotesque ignorance and tactlessness by the most heavily-armed gang in the city, the boys in blue (and no, I definitely am not talking about any Crips). Apparently, a single altercation OUTSIDE of the venue brought on the rushing gaggles of soldiers and pepper spray fog cover. Mind you, it was the evening of the 3rd to last day of the month – the answer to all of this nonsense is not as confusing as how that just read (think about how else they’d reach those end of the month quotas). Nothing new here, just further documentation on the fact that New York’s Finest simply practice anti-concern, intolerance, and brute force – no questions asked.
Now I have a question. Since when has a public event (even if teetering on becoming a so-called situation) reaped any peace-restoring benefits from police intervention? Maybe in a small domestic dispute between a couple, or the chance petty-theft-turned-1-block-chase scenario, but in community-type instances, the NYPD‘s patented style of flexing their menace (read: crowd control) has only quickened the climb from stability to red button magnitudes (read: non-civility). Perhaps greeting the people, whom you’ve sworn to serve and protect, with swinging nightsticks and hands on holstered firearms just isn’t the best way to start a conversation on defusing any loom-heavy tensions. Pardon me, I forgot about the Mace and Tasers.
That just shows exactly how these droids are (mis-)wired. By now, any half-awake 10-year-old knows that the image of an officer putting in effort to relate to the common citizen is simply some press conference podium hype, tell me, a born and bred New Yorker of 30 years, otherwise.
Coincidentally, I just found out that Mace was originally manufactured by Lake Erie Chemical (as “Chemical Mace”), an underling of Smith & Wesson (the New England-based arms maker). Ain’t that some shit?
Thankfully, the rumors of Pete Rock’s wife and daughter being harmed in the midst of the chaos were false. Unfortunately, the same cannot be said about many other people and their friends and loved ones.
EDIT: No, wait, they did put hands on Pete’s family.
FATHER-YOU-SEE-KING THE PO.
For more info on this utter fuckery, okayplayer just posted an insightful interview with Tek and Steele.
Big ups Jay Diamond and Miss Info.
Smif-N-Wessun and Pete Rock not only drop their new effort Monumental today, but new visuals for “That’s Hard” featuring Styles P and Sean Price are in too. And if you’re in or around the Apple check the trio tonight at Tammany Hall (152 Orchard St.) for the album’s release party, entrance is free with a RSVP to: firstname.lastname@example.org — check the official flyer.
Some producers who’ve put together some of the illest hip hop full-lengths speak on another one of the greatest producers, and rap duos, and why the combination will make for a listening experience so seldom felt these days. The importance of both legacy and loyalty.
Pete Rock and Smif-N-Wessun‘s Monumental, out June 28, via Duck Down Records.
More streamable chunkiness from our favorite source for on-air listening pleasurables…EVR. Here are some recent happenings (equipped with photos, brief descriptions, direct stream links and …what not) that we know will help you jet across those waves of workday tedium.
Last week on Deadly Dragon Sounds, special guests Pete Rock, DJ Muro, and Magachin came through to switch the pace from the program’s usual fare of traum-heavy, kulcha don vibes to some seriously nasty sets of funk goodness (Muro on those mean little 45RPM platters). Stream that April 18 Episode.
Also, switched the links on the previous Forty Deuce posts with Ad Rock and Jimmy Castor to one-click streamable joints for your ease of navigation. We know dealing with your boss and dickhead co-workers has been headache enough.
80 Blocks From Tiffany’s, the Camp Lo and Pete Rock collab, on some supersonic b-boy shit. Visuals by Court Dunn. Very excited for this project’s release.
While we’re on the topic of classic shit from the Diamond Crooks…looky what I stumbled upon today.
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