Monthly Archives: June 2011

Red Bull Music Academy Radio: Pharoahe Monch | Listen & Love

W.A.R. Media, Duck Down, NYC

Take a trip to ’99, listen to what the Monch had to say in his Godzilla-sampling, lawsuit provoking hit ‘Simon Says’ and the lines ‘Pharoahe-fuckin-monch, ain’t a damn thang changed’ and ‘You sold platinum round the world, I sold wood in the hood’ will stand out at once. Ten years and three albums isn’t a lot by any standard, and like with his former group Organized Konfusion the big time in the spotlight has so far evaded Pharoahe Monch. But lack of respect he can’t complain about, as collaborations with folks like Black Milk on one side and P Diddy on the other side show. So throw your hands in the sky and get the fuck up…

Organized Konfusion – Releasing Hypnotical Gases – Hollywood BASIC
Organized Konfusion feat. O.C. – Fudge Pudge – Hollywood BASIC
Organized Konfusion – Stress – Hollywood BASIC
Organized Konfusion – Stray Bullet – Hollywood BASIC
Organized Konfusion feat. O.C. & Q-Tip – Let’s Organize – Hollywood BASIC
Organized Konfusion – Somehow, Someway – Priority
Organized Konfusion – Questions – Priority
Organized Konfusion – Numbers – Priority
Pharoahe Monch – Simon Says – Rawkus
Pharoahe Monch – The Light – Rawkus
Mos Def, Pharoahe Monch & Nate Dogg – Oh No – Rawkus
Pharoahe Monch – Fuck You – Priority
Styles P & Pharoahe Monch – The Life – Rawkus
Pharoahe Monch – Agent Orange – Rawkus
J Dilla feat. Pharoahe Monch – Love – BBE
Pharoahe Monch – Desire – Street Records Corporation
Pharoahe Monch – When The Gun Draws – Street Records Corporation
Black Milk ft. Pharoahe Monch, Sean Price & DJ Premier – The Matrix – Fat Beats
Pharoahe Monch feat. Styles P & Phonte – Black Hand Side – Duck Down

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Idle Warship featuring Jean Grae & Jay Knocka, Mos Def remixed by Silent John, Friendly Fires reworked by Dezlin, Busta Rhymes featuring LL Cool J and Z-Trip

MIXTAPES & PODCASTS: The Goin’ Way Back Show Episode 112 with DJ Icy Ice, JRocc, Jean Grae, Hyder, Drums & Ammo, DJ Muggs x Bambu, DJ Destroyer





FREE DOWNLOAD: Idle Warship featuring Jean Grae & Jay Knocka, “System Addict”

FREE DOWNLOAD: Mos Def remixed by Silent John, “Top Priority”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Friendly Fires reworked by Dezlin, “Hurting”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Busta Rhymes featuring LL Cool J and Z-Trip, “Killin’ ‘Em”
PODCAST: The Goin’ Way Back Show Episode 112 with “DJ Icy Ice”
PODCAST: Jean Grae, “Cookies Or Comas”
PODCAST: Drums & Ammo, “Volume 1: Extra Clip”
PODCAST: DJ Muggs x Bambu, “Los Angeles, Philippines Mixtape”
PODCAST: DJ Destroyer, “Strictly Social Mixed Vol.7″

EVENT REVIEW: Brainfeeder LA, June 2011

I’ve been to the Music Box several times but never have I witnessed such a grand set up of sound:

Perfectly vertically-aligned bass amps making the stage look like it was elegantly lowered, and of course creating that deep PureFilth sound that the Brainfeeder Crew is known for. I walked into the melodic sounds of Teebs transitioning into Samiyam‘s classic rapbeats and sneak peaks off his upcoming Sam Baker’s Album to be released June 28th on Brainfeeder.

Gaslamp Killer’s set was magnificent, weaving through classics, samples and original productions. Austin Peralta and Thundercat’s duet set was like a flight through the cosmos preparing the audience for Flying Lotus’ stellar performance.

They joined him on stage with Carla Azar from Autolux on drums, playing both unreleased and highly anticipated joints like “Do The Astro Plane”. The Brainfeeder LA show was a symphony of beats and visuals that continued throughout the night and Fusicology was there to witness it.

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EVENT REVIEW: Fort Greene Festival 2011

The Mighty Mos Def

By Dashaun Simmons

Once upon a time Fort Greene Park was a place where only Five Percenters and people looking for trouble would go. Nowadays thanks to heavy gentrification the park is very diversified and safe. People of all nationalities frequent this big hill of a park, some playing tennis, others playing soccer. For one day in the summer this new multicultural community comes together for an event called the Fort Greene Festival. Its purpose is to celebrate music, food, and most of all, its people. Restaurants from the neighborhood set up as vendors all around the main area, while musicians of all types took the stage (many of them residents) to entertain.

The hosts of the festival, Toure and Rosie Perez, both Brooklyn residents did a better job this year of moving the show along. Toure continuously injected his normal banter of corn on the cob while Rosie kept the mood down to earth and wholesome. She was visibly upset when a few of the performers let loose some words of profanity, which is strictly forbidden at this event (unless you’re the headliner).

The acts on the bill crossed many genres from rock to experimental hip hop, R&B and even punk. One attention grabbing performance came from Detroit’s own songstress Sophia Urista. Wearing nothing but her amazingly styled Afro and a bathing suit from the 1960s, Sophia captivated the audience with her visual presence as well as her vocals. More than a few guys and some women (it was pride weekend) took a couple of steps closer to the stage for her set. Brooklyn’s own Game Rebellion did their normal high-energy performance. Their first song got a mosh pit started to the left of the stage much to the chagrin of some unsuspecting audience members. Luckily no one seemed to get hurt in the controlled melee. Philly’s own Res performed an amazing set showcasing her range as an artist. She did songs from her debut album How I Do alongside newer material from her group with Talib Kweli, Idle Warship and a song or two from her yet to be released EP Re Fried Mac. Rahzel even stopped by for a brief surprise beat-box set, which left folks begging for more. Rosie however was not enthused when he let loose a few curse words. Someone forgot to tell the Godfather of Noise that this wasn’t a regular hip hop  event.

Right before the headliner Mos Def took the stage his brother DCQ under the name Medina Green got the crowd to turn straight angry. His set was unfocused and accented by the kind of language that got boos and audible sighs from the crowd. By the time he left they were chanting for Mos. As Brooklyn’s own the mighty Mos took the stage everything went back to being peaceful. He took the whole park on a journey through his mind from numerous tributes to Michael Jackson (it was the 2nd anniversary of his death) to the many energetic records from his last album The Ecstatic. The high point of his set had to be when he performed the classic Umi Says with his mother handing out beautiful flowers from the stage. His performance was playful and full of smiles and truly embodied the spirit of the Fort Green Festival. This is one festival that keeps getting better. Let’s see how they plan to top this next year.

Sophia Urista

Game Rebellion


Pete Rock & Smif N Wessun Release a ‘Monumental’ Album

Legendary hip-hop group Smif-N-Wessun team up with arguably the greatest producer of all time, Pete Rock, to release the new album, ‘Monumental.‘ Pete Rock produces the entire album as well as vocals on several key tracks; Monumental will serve as Smif-N-Wessun’s fifth album.

The project features Bun B, Raekwon, Styles P, Freeway, Black Rob, Memphis Bleek, Hurricane G, Jahdan of Noble Society, Tyler Woods and fellow Boot Camp Clik members Buckshot, Sean Price, Rock and Top Dog.

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6/27 – Music Monday – Big Sean “Finally Famous” Out Tomorrow, Celebrate Michael Jackson, Idle Warship, The Foreign Exchange, Alicia Keys, Wu-Tang, Curren$y + more…


Kanye West Passes Baton To Big Sean At Album Party
‘I feel like he can be what Beyoncé is to R&B,’ ‘Ye says of Finally Famousprotégé.
By Alvin Blanco

Big Sean held an exclusive listening session for his debut album, Finally Famous, on Tuesday. The MC’s oft-delayed album is finally set to arrive in stores June 28 via G.O.O.D. Music/ Def Jam, and a star-studded group gathered to celebrate and get a first listen.

The event was held at the swanky Highline Room at the Standard Hotel, with assembled celebs including Swizz Beatz, DJ Khaled, New York radio personalities DJ Enuff and Angie Martinez and, eventually, G.O.O.D. Music head honcho Kanye West.

With introductions out of the way, Big Sean took to the stage, where he sat in a white chair with a projection screen to his rear. While expressing thanks for all of the support he has received from family, friends and his record label, the Detroit rapper became teary-eyed. "I’m not no bitch or nothing, man; this is a real moment," an emotional Sean said as the crowd of VIPs, music journalists and industry pros cheered him on.

Sean went on to play Finally Famous, in its entirety, rapping along to the tracks while video images played on the screen behind him. Titles like "Marvin & Chardonnay," featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash; "Dance (A$$)"; and "Live This Life," featuring The-Dream, elicited good feedback from the crowd. Renowned Chicago beatsmith No ID, whom Kanye West considers his mentor, produced the majority ofFinally Famous. Other guests on the album include Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang (on a song called "High"), as well as Dwele, Pharrell, Lupe Fiasco and John Legend.

At the end of the listening session, a tardy Kanye West ("I apologize I was a little bit late, I had a throne to watch," he joked) got onstage and heaped praise on his G.O.O.D. Music protégé.

"I believe Sean’s story is one of the most amazing ever, ’cause he literally got signed off a freestyle," said Yeezy, who was wearing a Dallas Mavericks cap. "To now, and I say it all the time, having the potential to be one of the biggest artists in the world. I feel like he can be like what Beyoncé is to R&B, that he can be that to rap music. As far as G.O.O.D. Music go, the swag is just all the way up, this is what we do to the fullest!"

The track list for Big Sean’s Finally Famous:

» Intro
» "I Do It"
» "My Last" (featuring Chris Brown)
» "Don’t Tell Me You Love Me"
» "Wait for Me" (featuring Lupe Fiasco)
» "Marvin & Chardonnay" (featuring Kanye West and Roscoe Dash)
» "Dance (A$$)"
» "Get It (DT)" (featuring Pharrell)
» "Memories, Part 2" (featuring John Legend)
» "High" (featuring Wiz Khalifa and Chiddy Bang)
» "Live This Life" (featuring The-Dream)
» "So Much More"
» "What Goes Around" [Bonus]
» "Celebrity" (featuring Dwele) [Bonus]
» "My House" [Bonus]
» "100 Keys" (featuring Rick Ross and Pusha T) [Bonus]

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23-year old Sean Anderson started rapping as a 12-year old at the progressive Waldorf School in Detroit.  In high school, he and a friend formed a duo, then entered and won the “Friday Night Cipher” MC contest at hip-hop radio giant Hot 102.7.  The win earned them a spot to rap live on-air every Friday night for nearly a year.  It was on one of those Friday nights around 2005 that Sean encountered Kanye West(back in the Late Registration era) who agreed to hear the teenager’s freestyle.  It was the contact of a lifetime, which led to Sean’s signing with G.O.O.D. Music in late 2007, and his subsequent signing to Def Jam in 2008.

“I remember in the eighth grade I told myself, man I’m going to be signed to Def Jam,” says Sean.  “I always put it out into the universe and I think it was written for me.  I was meant to inspire people, I was meant to make music.  There’s been so many nights where instead of going out I’ve had to work and was depressed so I feel like I deserve this.  This is what I was meant to do.”

Big Sean ’s career has gone into overdrive since October 2010, when he appeared on the BET Awards telecast, after earning “New Joint” status at 106 & Park two months earlier.  Also in October, his most recent G.O.O.D. Music mixtape was issued, Finally Famous Vol. 3: BIG, hosted by Don Cannon.  BIG, which has received over 650,000 downloads to date, spun off a slew of video clips including “What U Doin (Bullshitting)” (over 1 million views on #1 music site VEVO), “Supa Dupa Lemonade” (over 1.5 million views on YouTube), “Too Fake” (featur­ing Chiddy Bang, over 1.3 million views on YouTube), “Ambiguous” (featuring Mike Posner), and “Memories” (released two weeks ago on Sean was also featured on 5 tracks off of Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy Recording Sessions; 4 of which were part of the G.O.O.D Friday Campaign and the 5th “See Me Now” is featured as a bonus track on the album. 


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Twilite Tone Added to the Brooklyn Hip Hop Festival 2011 Line-up

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EVENT REVIEW: A Random Duck Down Night

By Dashaun Simmons

It takes a lot of confidence for an underground artist on an indie rap label to perform two back-to-back shows in NY at different venues. What group would take on such a task? The most random group in hip hop Random Axe. The group is made up of three rappers from two different regions; Sean Price hailing from Brooklyn flanked by Guilty Simpson and Black Milk representing Detroit. Whoever was in charge of promoting the first show should have problems showing their face in public. The crowd was far from being full. On the day of the show, tickets were being sold at half price to fill the space. Such a turnout could possibly be expected if only Random Axe was on the bill, but that was not the case. Hip Hop veterans and fellow Duck Down artists Smif N Wessun (who have their own new album with Pete Rock dropping very soon) were also on the bill. To help round things out, Atlantic Records recording artist Maino was also slated to perform bringing, Jadakiss and Styles P from The Lox along for the ride. With all of these names on the flyer you would think at least half of the venue would be full, but it was not to be.

As most rap shows go time is an elastic concept and this one was no different. The first performance started 2 hours after the doors opened. Random Axe began their show with Guilty up first on the microphone and Black Milk on the turntables. After performing one solo song, Guilty introduces arguably the star of the group Sean Price. The audience goes nuts as he performs his well-known freestyle Finger Four. With the crowd officially warmed up the group dived head first into some album material like Random Call, The Hex and Chewbacca. A number of people were familiar with the songs and rapped along. One fan even tried to get the group to autograph his CD (he actually purchased a CD!) while they were still on stage. Instead of a Sean Price autograph this kid got a “f&^k outta here!” from P. It should be noted that Black Milk did sign an autograph after the show for this fan. The group still has some work to do being comfortable together on stage. Their performance seemed like three solo artists rather than a group. Black Milk who seems like the little brother (no 9th Wonder) of the group had the most energy and did his best to keep the crowd engaged. Unfortunately due to technical difficulties the show was cut short and Sean’s mic went dead mid verse. If this were the 90s, the sound man would have a lawsuit on his hands. But it’s 2011, so we just moved on to the Smif N Wessun portion of the show.

Tek and Steele put together a great show for this small crowd of fans. The place almost seemed full as they performed some classic records from their debut album Dah Shinning. They even took it back to the first Black Moon album performing their first appearance on wax Black Smif N Wessun with their often rhyme partner and CEO Buckshot. The songs from their Pete Rock produced new album Monumental seemed to give the group an extra boost of energy. However as Steele mentioned, for a full listen of the album the audience would have to come out for their album release event the following week. Their set ended with the gem PNC and a salute to the crowd for rocking with them for so many years. The majority of the audience left with Smif N Wessun and it seemed like no one could be bothered to see if Maino would even show up. 20 minutes later the lights were still off but only a Jadakiss mixtape was supposed to keep the crowd entertained. What a random night.

Red Bull Music Academy Radio: Raphael Saadiq | Listen & Love

Columbia, Oakland

A man of taste and many talents, Raphael Saadiq has been raising the bar for versatility within the world of r&b for more than 20 years. He first came to prominence as a founding member of swingbeat trio Tony! Toni! Toné! who scored multiple platinum plaques and crafted countless genre classics such as ‘Little Walter’ or ‘Feels Good’ throughout the late ’80s and early ’90s. After breaking up with the band, he went on to work as a producer for the likes of Q-Tip, D’Angelo and Erykah Badu, leaving a heavy mark on yet another era of black music, the then-burgeoning neo soul movement. Saadiq also founded acclaimed supergroup Lucy Pearl with Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest and Dawn Robinson of En Vogue, and worked his studio magic on songs by some of the biggest names in music history, from John Legend, Snoop Dogg, Mary J. Blige and The Roots, to The Isley Brothers, Stevie Wonder, and Earth Wind & Fire. Recent years have seen him record and perform mostly as a solo artist, touching on an ever broader set of influences and music styles, from blaxploitation funk (under his Ray Ray moniker) to vintage Motown soul to bluesy stylings alongside a certain Mick Jagger. Skyy, can you feel me? We certainly can.

Tony! Toni! Toné! – Little Walter – Wing
Earth Wind & Fire – September – Columbia
Tony! Toni! Toné! – If I Had No Loot – Mercury
Tony! Toni! Toné! feat. DJ Quik – Let’s Get Down – Mercury
Raphael Saadiq – Ask Of You – 550 Music
A Tribe Called Quest feat. Faith Evans – Stressed Out (R. Saadiq Mix) – Jive
Raphael Saadiq feat. Q-Tip – Get Involved – Hollywood
D’Angelo – Untitled (How Does It Feel?) – Virgin
Lucy Pearl – Don’t Mess With My Man – Pookie Ent.
Raphael Saadiq feat. D’Angelo – Be Here – Universal
Raphael Saadiq – Skyy, Can You Feel Me – Universal
Erykah Badu – Love Of My Life (An Ode To Hip Hop) – MCA
Truth Hurts feat. Raphael Saadiq – Knock Knock – Pookie Ent.
Raphael Saadiq feat. Joi – Ray Ray Theme – Pookie Ent.
Raphael Saadiq – Oh Girl – Columbia
Mick Jagger & Raphael Saadiq – Everybody Needs Somebody (Live at The 53rd Annual Gammy Awards) – Unreleased
Raphael Saadiq – Radio – Columbia
Raphael Saadiq – The Answer – Columbia

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DJ JS-1 featuring Illa Ghee, Nutso & Guilty Simpson, The Club Bullies, Ciph Boogie featuring Phil Geston, Locke Kaushal, Seun Kuti, Brook D’Leau, Oveous, J-Live, Jupiter Tuning Center, Bruno Mars by DJ Journey


DJ Cecil, Co$$, Hassaan Mackey


FREE DOWNLOAD: DJ JS-1 featuring Illa Ghee, Nutso & Guilty Simpson, “Side Streets”
FREE DOWNLOAD: The Club Bullies, “That’s My Fresh”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Ciph Boogie featuring Phil Geston, “Never Waste Your Time”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Locke Kaushal, “Rap About”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Seun Kuti, “Rise”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Brook D’Leau, “Where I Wallow (What-er-World)”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Oveous, “Here I Come”
FREE DOWNLOAD: J-Live, “No Time To Waste”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Jupiter Tuning Center, “Freaky Leftfield EP”
FREE DOWNLOAD: Bruno Mars remixed by DJ Journey, “The Not So Lazy Song”
PODCAST: DJ Cecil, “Love and Beats: Mood”
PODCAST: Co$$, “Before I Awoke”
PODCAST: Hassaan Mackey, “Soul For Sale”