Maffew Ragazino, who was just on Fresh Out The Boxwith Mr. MFN’ eXquire (check the freestyle footage, too) 3 weeks ago, told me I’d be quite pleased with his choice for his next video. Well, actually Sha Banga was the one who told me. Either way, the end product is a great look. So without further adieu, the visuals to the joint we did together in 2011…a good way to set off what’s to come in 2012, as debuted by MishkaNYC (more on the way sir Whole Milk!). Army jacket rap.
“Short Yellow Bus Theory” (Produced by Geng-Grizzly, Directed by Dwayne LaFleur)
Maffew and Sha are scheduled to return to FOTB this Thursday…stay tuned to BBOX Radio come 7:30pm EST.
Big up the whole CICO committee, MishkaNYC fam, and Bushwick Migz.
Maff drops another Rhyme Pays gem…no pun. This time, we get an animated take via MEDOC…who completely mimics the dusty 70′s School House Rock psyched-out sound of the loop (is that a guitar or harpsichord?!) and bring it all together in semi-grainy visual goodness. Love that intro.
Maffew, along with his C.I.C.O. squad, toast to the good life fact that rhyme could actually pay (enough to achieve that “Million Dollar View”). Okay, enough with the puns and what not… get Rhyme Pays and watch this.
“Million Dollar View” (Produced by Sha Banga, Co-Produced by A.B.)
Brownsville Maff hops over to Crown Heights to capture the celebration and chaos of this year’s West Indian Day Parade. In an unfortunate twist of coincidence, the imagery within his song was accentuated by the tragic bloodshed that which occurred over the Labor Day weekend.
“City Of God” (Feat. The Mad Stuntman & Rockie Evans, Produced by Sha Banga)
The wait is over. Maffew Ragazino‘s much-anticipated debut full-length, Rhyme Pays, has dropped! We wanted to get this into your thirsty little ears as soon as possible, so while you download this behemoth-like example of new superhero-lyricist, you can already start listening to it in streaming form below. The album features raps from the likes of Action Bronson and production by Clark Kent, Sha Banga, Frank Dukes, Digga, Harry Fraud, Vinyl Frontiers, and then some.
This album was released in conjunction with Boundless NY and Peter Rosenberg…thus marking a new era for Boundless’ music imprint – coming off of last night’s announcment of the plan to close their original, and only, brick & mortar establishment. This comes as no surprise in 2011, being that this digital age has claimed the physical existence of many a great NYC retail landmark, and though we will miss the spot on Roebling, we are more excited to see the crew shedding the excess layers to strengthen their focus. With a clean slate, we know the team will attack future projects with even more creative fervor (and that’s a problem for everyone else out there…example: Boundless Radio).
This shit right here?!? This shit right here is a damned good start to all of that!
Bonus: Maff, Sha Banga, Teddy King, and the whole C.I.C.O. squad (along with Statik Selektah, Harry Fraud, and comedic talent, Young Jack Thriller…plus a buncha other young, good-time-havin’ folks) toast to a solid evening of fun.
Maffew Ragazino live at last Saturday’s BYOB BBQ 2. This set off the string of headline-worthy hip hop that afternoon (to be followed by Action Bronson and Danny Brown), and it was apparent that the Brownsvillain duo of Maff and Sha Banga (with help by DJ Teddy King) certainly had no qualms about putting things into perspective for the audience. Mega energy and presence…and bars…and antics akin to some ol’ BK bullshit…that’s what you can expect (check the ode to “Otis” in the very beginning).
Steady Fam even popped up for some cameo verse action on “Motley Crue” (though the angles got a little suspect at that point, but I’ll fix that).
Note: This is NOT the whole set, I was right up front and the fucking monitor was blazing into my left ear…and camera mic…so the sound got a little crunchy at points (as heard on some of the other videos people have offered as footage). Those were deemed “unusable”.
New Brownsvillain flavor! Maff Senior drops a sunsplashed ode to his neighborhood just in time to close off the Summer heatwave. This shit is gonna burn crazy on the BQE – all windows down-plus-sunroof on ejection seat mode!!! To top off the dancehall-styled track, provided by Sha Banga, they got The Mad Stuntman (the iconic vocals behind Reel 2 Real‘s classic “I Like To Move It”) and Rocki Evans to mix things up a bit. Get ready for Rhyme Pays…and come to the listening party at Boundless NY, next Thursday evening.
Maffew Ragazino “City Of God” (Feat. Rocki Evans & The Mad Stuntman, Produced by Sha Banga)
Ragazino Senior + Geng-Grizzly production. Retarded. Special. We need our own mode of transportation so no one else is at risk of being harmed. I’m going to give you two facts about this joint here:
1. This was originally slated to be the intro to his Rhyme Pays full-length. It may be the intro to something else (hint hint).
2. This isn’t even the finished version.
Straight spittage that displays many shades of disrespect. Smile and enjoy.
Maffew Ragazino “Short Yellow Bus Theory” (Produced by Geng-Grizzly)
Sir Maffew Ragazino churns out yet another video to keep heads prepared for the August release of his first full-length, Rhyme Pays. A rugged Wu beat, plus lyrics on AWOL mode…only makes sense that the video was shot amongst the gritty terrain of East NY.
If you want this track, take it from us or get Rare Gems: The Collection Bonus Edition (available on iTunes now)…matter of fact, get that anyway! We also have exclusive live footage of Maff performing this joint, plus a few otherRare Gems.
BONUS: That new Brownsville biochemical bump.
Maffew Ragazino “Yowzers!” (Produced by Vinyl Frontiers)