Archive for March, 2009

DOWNLOAD: Dagha- The Remedy (prod. by Edan)
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This track is nothing like anything I’ve come to expect from Dagha, but it’s definitely interesting. Boston producers have shown me tracks from Edan over the past year, so I knew he wasn’t MIA, even though it sure seemed that way to everyone. Which leads me to my next point…

If you’ve never heard of Dagha, I don’t blame you. He’s one of the artists that’s a part of Boston’s “other” hip-hop scene. If you’re from Boston or have spent any time here, you’ll understand what I mean.

Unfortunately, one thing that characterizes that scene of Boston (which includes guys like Project Move, Dagha, Edan and the rest), is that their promotion game is terrible. Either that, or the perception is that Boston wants nothing to do with them, and thus the wider public never hears about them.

It’s unfortunate because most of these guys are talented and very creative. Dagha is in that category. Last summer, he dropped an LP titled The Divorce, which was a great concept album about what I’m told was his own divorce. If I didn’t work at UGHH.com at the time, I probably would have never heard about the record.

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Your favorite new supergroup of Joe Budden, Joell Ortiz, Crooked I, and Royce da 5′9 got themselves a video now.

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This video was getting some serious face-time on MTV Jams tonight. I saw it at least once an hour, and any time someone at the crib flipped back to the channel, this thing was on.

All songs that feature T-Pain these days are kinda the same (notice I said FEATURE, because the man’s own catalog is really interesting). Think about it: he harmonizes with the artist on the hook, throws in an adlib or two, and after the 2nd or third verse, he has his own little breakdown section where he sings for a moment, and then boom, back to the hook.

But I guess if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. After all, this track probably will stick in the radio world.

Anyway, I thought this would also be a good opportunity to post Maino’s latest mixtape, Black Flag City, that was sent over to me a few days ago. Its lead track is the video single (”All the Above”), and also contains the “However Do You Want It” track/sample flip I thought was cool.

DOWNLOAD: Maino - Black Flag City (mixtape)

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I figure by the end of the week I’ll be done with the SXSW coverage? It really was THAT good, that’s the only reason I got so much for you.

Here’s a video that isn’t mine, but something you should see. Being at the Fader Fort all day, we all knew ‘Ye would be there. Some of us found out Common would be there too, but I think Erykah was a surprise to all of us. It was already enough to be seeing “The Light,” but the crowd really erupted when she hit the stage.

…I’m done.

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I was waiting to see Mazzi’s Walking Blog this week after I ran into him a few times when I was down in Austin. Here it is.

What up Mazzi!

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via Hard Knock TV

So, as you guys should know, Erykah Badu has some rhymin’ skills (Mark didn’t) and at SXSW she battled Common. It kind of looks like he had no chance because Erykah┬ádefinitely┬áhands it to him. But let me know who you think won…

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Mike Maven - Amazing Acoustic Cover
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When I was down in Austin, Mike told me he was recording an acoustic cover of Kanye West’s “Amazing” with 6th Sense. The next morning at the Fader party, he said it was done and sounded… you guessed it, amazing. I didn’t think it’d be ready for you all to hear yet, but it’s nice to be surprised. Check it out, I don’t think you’ll be disappointed.

Check out myspace.com/MikeMaven for more Mike Maven.

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Here’s more footage from the FADER Fort of Jadakiss and D-Block. 2 songs in one here: “2 Guns Up,” and “Made Ya Look.” It’s funny to see a NY show away from New York. I forgot I was in Austin for a minute, with me being reminded of Jada’s album release date after every song (April 7) and the posse up on stage. However, 6th Sense did note that it wasn’t the 50-man crew up on stage that D-Block usually rolls with.

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With the way the G.O.O.D. Music showcase started, all Kanye had to do was bring out Cam for this song, and he would have slaughtered the show. I guess you can’t ask for too much at once. D-Block followed by Dipset may have made the Fader Fort collapse.

Look for more SXSW clips throughout the day.

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Blu and Exile win my award for the work horses of SXSW. I think they were at almost every showcase I was, and they were performing, not chillin’. The video above was at the Blacksmith showcase Thursday night, which was the first time I saw the two. By Saturday night, everyone’s voice seemed to be shot. I can’t imagine Blu’s voice would be much different, because I know guys like Mickey Factz’ and Outasight’s were.

Any time I saw Exile take part in a cipher, whether it was on the streets or on stage, he was the designated beatboxer (for obvious reasons I’m sure). Is there anything he can’t do?

Hit the jump for Blu’s freestyle over Exile’s beatboxin’.

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