Archive for March, 2011

Video: Auburn (Vyle x Eliot Lipp) – Arrivals/Departures(Pyramid Angle)

| March 29, 2011 | 2 Comments


Another relaese from Vyle’s side project Auburn.  If you like, you can purchase the track here.

Hype Men Present: Kanye West’s First Beats [Disc 1]

| March 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Well, isn’t this a nice surprise.  If you’re a fan of It’s The Real’s (Jeff & Eric Rosenthal) and Jensen Karp’s weekly podcast Hype Men, then you’d know that Jensen was formerly signed to Interscope in the early-aughts as a rapper.  One of the first producers he worked with upon receiving that Iovine check, was none other than a young Kanye West.  I think most people still thought his name was Kayne at that point.  Anyhoo, before Mp3’s became the way beats were shopped and shipped, every producer had a tried and true beat CD that they’d fleece to every A&R, artist and label they could track down.  And while Jensen was cleaning out his garage last week, he found two discs worth of beats Kanye slid him way back when.   Now a handful of these beats ended up in the hands of Geda K, State Property and lesser known Chicago acts, but I’m POSITIVE that some of the FSD readers and local producers have heard a majority of these beats and probably have their own Kanye beat CDs laying around somewhere.  I’m sure of it.  Probably bigger and better ones, actually.  As always, feel free to share if you happen to track them down.  The project is stream only over at DJ Booth and it’s well worth your time to take a walk down memory lane and hear the earliest sounds of one of hip-hop’s G.O.A.T.’s.  The evolution of his sound has been incredible and his early stuff is still better than a lot of the crap these new jacks are cranking out these days. 

Says Jensen:

“Last week I was stumbling through my garage, searching through old storage bins when I came across some old beat CDs from my days as a signed rapper. I was shocked to find that two of them, both given to me in the year 2001, had the name ‘Kanye West’ on them. I remember Kanye being hyped to me as someone who had just worked with Beanie Sigel and was about to work with Ludacris, so I was obviously interested in this dude with a weird name. I popped in the CD and wasn’t exactly blown away to be honest. It was definitely good though, so I asked my manager for more beats from this Kanye character. I got a second beat CD and again couldn’t find anything to pick directly, but knew there was potential (keep in mind that 2001 was a mighty synth-y year). I got on the phone with Kanye that week and he played me some beats over the phone (that included “H to the Izzo”). I picked one song from that phone call and it ended up being one of the first label paychecks written with his name on it. (I also was the first person to rap his name in a song. Because ‘Kanye’ rhymed with ‘picante’).

These two beat CDs, now celebrating their 10 year anniversary and I believe the oldest Kanye beats ever released, are here for your enjoyment. We wanted you to hear these not just for the Kanye completist inside you, but for people to understand how far someone like Kanye has come. I distinctly remember him talking about rapping himself and hoping to break out of the box that was hip-hop. He told me how big of a Jim Morrison fan he was and how he wanted to sample something from him (that happened and hurt Nas bad), and even played me a song where he used only movie titles in the verses (that didn’t happen, which is good cause it was awkward). And I think these two beat CDs show you where he came from, even if it doesn’t necessarily sound like “Kanye” now. He kept at it and became the incredible producer he is today. I remember he even had to leave the studio sessions early, so he could make the last train back to his mom’s house. He’s come a long way, and I’m proud to have been around, even if for just a second at the start.

If I was super inspirational, I’d tell you guys to stick with it also, and maybe you can become a multi-platinum superstar, but I won’t, cause honestly – your beats probably suck.”

Stream now.

Update: Someone in the KanyeToThe Forum’s put together a somewhat comprehensive list of where these beats landed.  They flubbed on the first one, as it wasn’t used by Charles Hamilton, but by Geda K for “Respect Carter”

Donny Goines feat. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted – For The People

| March 29, 2011 | 2 Comments

Produced by SMKA

Off the compilation The 808 Experiment Vol. 3.  From the roster on the cover art it looks pretty dope.  You can look for the full project to impact on April 26th, but until then enjoy this Halsted joint.

Donny Goines ft. Bobby Creekwater & Mikkey Halsted – For The People [The 808 Experiment – Vol 3]

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My Thoughts on Lupe Fiasco’s House of Blues Concert

| March 28, 2011 | 18 Comments

Photo by Mireya Acierto

I’ve had numerous people contact me about Lupe Fiasco’s Lasers show/event/celebration at the House of Blues this past weekend.  Many wanted my take on the situation, some clarity,  an explanation (as if I was Lupe’s publicist); others even wanted to throw me under the bus as if I was some sort of swindler involved in taking fans money. I moved over the weekend, and Comcast flubbed my cable/internet hook up, so I had no access to write something until now.  However, at this point I’m sure you’ve seen Lupe’s tweets, read the reviews and heard the chatter – the show was pretty much a mess.

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Video: Sir Michael Rocks x GLC – You Know The Rules (Prod. by SC)

| March 28, 2011 | 7 Comments

Track produced by SC.  Directed by Low Slung Films.

Off the long-awaited mixtape The Goodoctors Present: The Duff, produced entirely by SC.  Reece Rolex and Hogan (b.k.a. The Goodoctors) have been hard at work on this project for months and months and are now finally set to unleash it on the world. Vic Mensa, YP, Truck North, Bump J, MarVo, Sly Polaroid, Bighomie DOE, Rockie Fresh and Lungz all make appearances. The Duff is that dope in this case. Keep an eye out for another video from the project with Project Mayhem in the coming weeks.

Preview: Nez & Rio – Let’s Get Ill

| March 28, 2011 | 6 Comments

“This is space age luxury rap…”

For those who know Nez & Rio one thing is always certain and that’s the fact that “the beats are slammin”, but it would’ve been impossible to predict what the southside producers would have up their sleeves for their debut EP Let’s Get Ill (releasing 4/1/11). Typically when a producer or procution team releases an album or mixtape you find tons of features and little to no lyrical presence of the actual name on the cover.  Nez & Rio decided to dead that notion and step in the booth to lace their beats with lyrics of their own with little to no assistance from anybody claiming to be an MC by trade.  The EP spans 7 tracks, which is really only 5 songs being that they slotted one spot for an intro and another for a clean version of one of the songs off the project.  For those who don’t know Nez & Rio, the two have production credits notched with a bevvy of MCs such as Naledge, Freddie Gibbs, Mikkey Halsted, Vic Mensa and more.  The duo’s production style very much fits their personalities, if you meet either Nez or Rio at first glance they come off as well polished and sophisticated but the more you know them the more you realize that they’re wild as hell.  The sound for this specific EP is extremely fresh and crisp with a grimey hood undertone. Releasing this Friday Nez & Rio’s Let’s Get Ill lets listeners in to the minds of two very talented artists who are truly giving listeners everything they’ve got in an effort to showcase their talents and growth as both producers and songwriters.

The intro to Let’s Get Ill is very short simple and to the point as it builds anticipation for the rest of the EP.  The song begins with an applause which fades into a synth heavy spacy build up. Not a word is said as the beat climaxes directly into the second song “That New Shit” and the show begins…
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Power 92 Announces 10 Year Anniversary Show Lineup

| March 28, 2011 | 0 Comments

It’s hard to believe that Power 92 has only been in existence for 10 years.  They’ve had quite the impact in a relatively short amount of time, no? Congrats to Power and all of the employees/DJs/PDs, etc over there on this monumental achievement.  On May 21st, ring in a decade on the air with them at the Horseshoe casino in Hammond.  I was able to get my hands on an early lineup list including some information on hosts, DJs and what to expect.  See you there:

May 21st At the Venue in the  Horseshoe Casino Big Sean, Jeremih, Lloyd Banks, Ace Hood, with Music By Boolumaster, DJ Pharris, and Dj Niena Drake…Hosted by Rocsi of 106 and Park…More celebrities and artist to be announced stay tuned!!

Lupe Clears Up House Of Blues Fiasco

| March 28, 2011 | 20 Comments

Lu has spoken. Lupe took to Twitter this morning to clear the air about what took place at the House of Blues this past weekend. Blame the promoters people, not Lu.  Word has it that he’ll be back for an actual show soon, so stay tuned for details concerning that.

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Video: Twista feat. Lloyd – Bad Girl

| March 28, 2011 | 4 Comments

Directed by The Frame Surgeons.

This Perfect Storm bonus track got the visual treatment a while ago, but finally (out of nowhere) hit the net. Where the bad ones at, huh? Where they hiding?

Video: HiCLAS! – No Hook

| March 27, 2011 | 6 Comments

No Shawn Corey.

Christopher Killumbus provides the backdrop for Clas’ 2nd single. Runners From Nowhere coming soon.

No Hook

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