Monday, April 28, 2008
Thursday, April 24, 2008
Producer of the week ( Im like 2 weeks late but please dont rush me with all your hate comments Gessh ) - Pete Rock
Pete Rock (born Peter Phillips, June 21, 1970 in Bronx, New York) is an American hip hop DJ, producer and rapper, of Jamaican descent. He rose to prominence in the early '90s as one half of the critically acclaimed group Pete Rock & CL Smooth. After the duo went their separate ways, Rock continued with a  solo career that has garnered him worldwide respect, if little in the way of mainstream success. Rock played a major role in the merging of elements from jazz into hip hop music, along with Stetsasonic, A Tribe Called Quest, The Roots and Gang Starr. Considered one of the greatest hip hop producers of all time, he is often mentioned alongside DJ Premier, and RZA, as one of the mainstays of 1990s East Coast hip hop production. Pete Rock is also the older brother and younger cousin, respectively, of rappers Grap Luva and Heavy D.
Pete Rock builds his beats from samples, the majority of which are taken from obscure R&B, funk, and jazz records. Early on in his career he would also sample drum breaks such as Black Heat's "Zimba Ku" for Heavy D & The Boyz's "Letter To The Future".Pete Rock useing AKAI MPC. Pete Rock tends to use the samples as palettes for his beats, chopping (cutting the sample into smaller parts), filtering (altering the frequencies of the sample), and layering several samples, often within the same song.
While this technique was applied long before Rock (on De La Soul's Three Feet High and Rising or the work of The Bomb Squad for example), Rock's work is distinctive for the way in which he uses samples to achieve a hazy, droning effect. He is also noted for his resonant basslines, horn samples, and gritty sounding drums. His beats will sometimes sound as though they were being played from an old vinyl record. Much of this has to do with the fact that he samples many of his sounds straight off vinyl records, as he mentions in this interview.
Another trait of his, more so in the earlier part of his career, is the way he uses horn samples to supplement his grooves. With perhaps the most famous example being "They Reminisce Over You (T.R.O.Y.)" (on which he uses a horn sample from Tom Scott's "Today"), Rock has also used horns on several other productions such as "Straighten It Out", Public Enemy's "Shut 'Em Down", Rah Digga's "What They Call Me", and A.D.O.R.'s "Let It All Hang Out".
Along with Gang Starr, The Roots and A Tribe Called Quest, Pete Rock played a large role in the fusing of jazz and funk music into Hip hop. The aforementioned "Reminisce..." withstanding, Rock used many jazz samples on his album Mecca and The Soul Brother, such as Cannonball Adderley's "Country Preacher", for the song "Return of the Mecca", or "Capricorn" for the song "In The House" from The Main Ingredient.
Pete Rock's heavy use of intro and outro beats has also been widely influential. To introduce feature songs, he often plays a short instrumental excerpt, completely different from the rest of the song. Aside from their role as transitions, these are widely regarded as a way of displaying his large collection and as a challenge to other hip-hop producers to identify the records that the breaks come from. Mecca & the Soul Brother and The Main Ingredient use intro/outro beats on nearly every track to great effect, and the tradition continues to the present on Rock's recent releases.
Wednesday, April 23, 2008
Monday, April 21, 2008
Hip Hop Culture Center wants to inform all rappers that there will be an extra day added to scheduled audition dates. Today and Thursday, April 24th will be the last days to audition for the Rapathon. As you know last year we got over 100 emcees to perform, at this time we are only 30 rappers short so we ask that you spread the word. Please notify friends, family, and co-workers who would be interested in showcasing their talent. For people who are creating their own teams, all members must audition in order to participate. Newsflash whoever is the hottest, strongest, best performer at the Rapathon will have their own video shot, produced, and directed by Ralph McDanielâ€™s and it will premiere on Video Music Box.
Sunday, April 20, 2008
I mean honestly can I please just get some luck I want 3 pairs one to rock , one to keep , and one to send to my cuzzins in Ghana but if I be good with one pair
Friday, April 18, 2008
Damn , I gotta mad travling to do ( Never even been on a plane yall ) but the fucked up part of the studio is its only invites but you know you boy gonna find his way in their somehow
This shit is mean this something you gotta have in your closet . Just think how many people you gonna make mad just by wearing this . Lol I love This !!!( Oh yea did I ever tell you I love being a Big Asshole what you think B.A stand for )
A new series of features are embedded in the newest Kiefers, known as the "Patala". Colors on the domestic versions are always subtle but there have some brighter insertions as you can see on the heel cap of the dark green model and on these really cool front zips. We've seen the side apertures on the Masterpiece collabos, later borrowed by Cause and even Wings & Horns, but Visvim is using their own original idea for this release. It's a definite hit, and though brightly colored, it is revealed mainly to the wearer exclusively, since the zip is camouflaged by the laces. The toe cap is an EVA pylon material, and the vulcanized overall structure of the shoe provides lightweight and comfort technology.
Being that Imnot to familar with this brand I got this whole post from Hypebeast but Im gonna try do way more orginal posts
As you can see the shit just dont stop and all I want is just to go his concert , I have never been to a concert and all I want is just to see my favorite artist perform .
At the end of the day I will always be that kidd from the bronx who has to prove something to the whole world so when you find the person you look up to for more than one reason , cause honestly I feel as an Artist/Producer/AwhatdaFucker or what ever you would love to call me, Kanye West inspires me the most because not of his music , style ,or swagger but cause of his fight his continious fight to always prove that he his worthy amognst the Elite and alowing people like me from the hood to expand my horizons and go out and chase my Dreams. So whoever reading this
I guess this is my dissertation
Homie, this shit is basic
Welcome to graduation !
Peace to Kanye and all innovators, writers, ill minded people, and anyone chasing the Dream
Remember the Dream is over only when you wake Up - Baffuor K. Gyamfi
Wednesday, April 16, 2008
Tuesday, April 15, 2008
Monday, April 14, 2008
Seen on Hypebeast.
This collectible is designed by Tim Tsui( Honeslty I dont know who he is but as you can see he must be an ill mu'fucka ). What I love about this figure the most is the vivid details especially with the eyes. The toy is limited to 200 pieces and will be released on April 24th at 7PM on the artztoys website. The retail price is set at $125 USD.
I love the sponge bob theme they running with this season. Evrything else honestly its just vintage bape . You can see Nigo is bringing back to more colors , patterns, and prints, unlike the past seasons were he just kept it more simple.
Friday, April 11, 2008
Thursday, April 10, 2008
I usually get my info from wiki but todays case I gotta write my own post. Honestly this should have been the first producer of the week but I want to pay my respect to the none other Godfather of "BackPack Rap " J Dilla . Dilla is to us "BackPackers" what Dre is to gangster music. to be honest being that i was young and dumb I did not take adavatage of Dilla's music while he was alive but still I recognize the importance of such a man especailly one who was still doing beats on his Death bed
So I would just leave yall with the rest of the info from wiki but i justed to show my respect
James Dewitt Yancey (February 7, 1974–February 10, 2006), better known as J Dilla or Jay Dee, was an acclaimed hip-Hop producer who emerged from the mid-1990s underground Hip-Hop scene in Detroit, Michigan. He began his career as a member of the group Slum Village, and was also a driving force in the production trio The Ummah. Yancey started his career under the name Jay Dee (based on his initials) but used the name J Dilla from 2001 onward. Many critics believe J Dilla's work to have had a major influence on his peers and that he embodied the neo soul sound, playing a defining yet understated role during the sub-genre's rise (roughly from the mid-90s to the early 2000s). J Dilla was often dubbed "your favorite producer's favorite producer," and was highly regarded by mainstream artists and producers such as Common, Kanye West, A Tribe Called Quest, Just Blaze, Busta Rhymes, Pharrell Williams, Madlib, The Pharcyde, Slum Village and ?uestlove.
In 1992, he met experienced Detroit musician Amp Fiddler, who was impressed by what Jay Dee was able to accomplish with such limited tools. Amp Fiddler let Jay Dee use his MPC, which he learned quite quickly. In 1995, Jay Dee and MC Phat Kat formed 1st Down, and would be the first Detroit hip hop group to sign with a major label (Payday Records) - a deal that was ended after one single when the label folded. That same year he recorded The Album That Time Forgot with 5 Elementz (a group consisting of the late Proof, Thyme and Mudd).
By the mid 1990s Jay Dee was known as a major hip-hop prospect, with a string of singles and remix projects, for Janet Jackson, Pharcyde, De La Soul, Busta Rhymes, A Tribe Called Quest, Q-Tip's solo album and others. The majority of these productions were released without his name recognition, being credited to The Ummah, a production collective composed of Q-Tip and Ali Shaheed Muhammad of A Tribe Called Quest, and later Raphael Saadiq of Tony! Toni! Toné!. Under this umbrella, Jay did some of his most big name R&B & Hip Hop work, churning out original songs and remixes for Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Brand New Heavies, Something For the People, trip-hop artists Crustation and many others. This all came off the heels of Jay handling the majority of production on The Pharcyde's album Labcabincalifornia, released in the holiday season of 1995. Jay Dee's largest-scale feat came in 1997 when he contributed production work on Janet Jackson's hit single "Got Til It's Gone" from The Velvet Rope album. However any buzz that could have been built for Jay Dee and/or further buzz for The Ummah collective was deadened when the song was mysteriously credited to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis in the liner notes for the album.
Wednesday, April 9, 2008
I don't do anything I don't love anymore... I loved the flashing lights vid so it didn't matter 2 me if someone one else didn't. While people chase money I pursue happiness. So many people talk about there investments or how much money they have but there's so many rich people who spend a lot of that trying 2 buy a piece of happiness. If there's anything my mom taught me is to enjoy life. I just recorded my first verse in the last 6 months 2 days ago at Bape's Studio in Japan. It felt good and I was inspired. I absolutely lost my mind (in a good way) on the new Glow in the Dark tour. The constant hours of creating helped me 2 keep from loosing my mind in a bad way. Chris Milk told me tragedy can produce great art and this is definitely true. I am a total mad man now, up till 3 am every night, trying 2 fight pain, board-um, and uncertainty with creativity. All that said, life is good..... good as finding the perfect fabric for a simple one button casual blazer with matching pants.
Got this at his Blog
Tuesday, April 8, 2008
Ya'll already know 183 on the Grand Concourse take the D train or 4 Train and get off on 183
COME BY GET FLY !!!
I can tell you right now the buzz around the sneakers are going be crazy in the summer if not already I just hope I can find these Im gonna try tdo a little more research on these