Archive for the Downloads Category

M.i, “NoThing” (Prod. By M.i)

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Tuesday, February 14, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Will February 21st just get here already please? M.i dropped another heat rock off of the Coldplay Sessions that is sure to caress your ear drums in the most pleasant manner. He builds his beautiful beat around serenading strings and perfectly placed drum hits, and the outcome is momentous. M.i is one of those guys that impresses me more and more every time I hear something new from him. Even though he’s cooking up this Coldplay Sessions project by himself, I know he’s been in the lab cooking up some ridiculous material with Tyler Keyes, and I’m dying to hear that stuff as well. Stay tuned, and make sure you keep your eyes peeled because you are going to be hearing a lot more about M.i in the future. You can grab the track download and check the video for “Paradise” (also off of The Coldplay Sessions) after the jump. Continue reading

?uestlove’s DJ Set Tribute to J Dilla

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Friday, February 10, 2012 by Tim Althaus

As many of you know, ?uestlove is probably the biggest J Dilla fanatic there is; I guarantee he has just about every piece of music that James Yancey composed. ?uesto was on Hot97 today as a guest dj, and every song in his show was related to J Dilla; I only wish I could have listened to this live because ?uestlove is one of the most knowledgeable musicians of all-time, and I can guarantee he put a lot of blood, sweat and tears into this.

As far as a dj set is concerned, ?uestlove totally kills it; he skews every aspect of Dilla’s career, and his knowledge of Dilla’s catalog becomes clear within the first few songs. This mix is definitely worth an hour of your time. You can expect to hear songs from Ghostface, Slum Village, J Dilla himself, The Roots, Janet Jackson, Busta Rhymes, Common, De La Soul and The Pharcyde. What I love about this show is that ?uestlove actually breaks down some of the samples that Dilla used, so you can try to imagine how Jay flipped it. This dj set is something that a hardcore Dilla fan like myself can really get into, but at the same time, it’s a great introduction for someone new to the Dilla catalog.

Download: ?uestlove’s J Dilla DJ Set

Happy Birthday to the Greatest That Ever Did It…

Posted in Downloads, Random with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 by Tim Althaus

As I sit here and ponder what to write for my annual Dilla Day post, I find myself thinking about the first time I heard James Dewitt Yancey’s music: A friend had told me to check out the track “So Far To Go” off of Jay’s album, The Shining. From the second “So Far To Go” started playing, I was hit with a myriad of emotions, and I had no idea how to comprehend what was bombarding my ear drums; once the piano section kicked in right around the two minute mark, I damn near burst into tears. I would soon come to realize that I had been “technically” listening to James Yancey’s music for a long time; I just didn’t know it. Continue reading

Copywrite, “Rest in Power”

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , , on Tuesday, January 31, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I’m so blown away by this effort by Copywrite that I don’t even know what to say. The former MHz member, Columbus Ohio native, and frequent Rjd2 collaborator is back with his new album God Save the King dropping on February 28th. “Rest in Power” won’t be making an appearance on the official tracklisting, but this cut is beyond incredible; I haven’t heard Copywrite sound this hungry since he released The High Exhaulted back in 2002. If you like hardcore raw lyricism with witty punchlines, then this track is definitely for you.

Download: Copywrite, “Rest in Power”

Mixtape Download: Saigon, Warning Shots 3: One Foot in the Grave

Posted in Album Download, Downloads with tags , , , on Wednesday, January 25, 2012 by Tim Althaus

The Yardfather is back, and he’s using his built up momentum from last year’s spectacular outing The Greatest Story Never Told. Yesterday Sai-Giddy dropped his long awaited street album Warning Shots 3: One Foot in the Grave. I can honestly say that this mixtape is bananas; all of the beats are straight fire, and Saigon spits that hardcore street flow that you’ve become used to hearing. Production comes courtesy of Just Blaze, DJ Corbett, Shuko, Red Spyda and Scram Jones. You can also expect to hear guest appearances from Jump-Off Joe Beezy, Lil’ Fame and Quan.

The Greatest Story Never Told was one of best year’s last albums, and it sounds like Saigon is going to keep bringing top quality material for the Hip-Hop lover’s ears. I personally can’t wait until Sai drops his next studio offering; he could quickly become one of the best emcees of this generation.

Download: Saigon, Warning Shots 3: One Foot in the Grave

M.i (Feat. ScienZe), “Bubble” (Prod. By M.i)

Posted in Audio, Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Monday, January 23, 2012 by Tim Althaus

These last couple of leaks off of The Coldplay Sessions is really starting to get me amped for February 7th; M.i just dropped “Bubble” a few days ago, and I can honestly say that I’m digging the hell out of it. As I’ve mentioned before, M.i has a super laid back flow, and he makes it very easy to like his music. He brings along Brooklyn native Scienze to do some damage on his beautiful jazz influenced beat. This Austin native is becoming one of my favorite emcees; this dude has skills on the mic and the production boards, and that’s not easy to come by.

Download: M.i, “Bubble” (Feat. ScienZe)

DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “wEaRe aT WaR”

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Thursday, January 19, 2012 by Tim Althaus

DJ Premier and Bumpy Knuckles (AKA Freddie Foxxx) have dropped their latest boom-bap offering, “wEaRe aT WaR”, from their forthcoming March 27th LP The KoleXXXion. “wEaRe aT WaR” features everything you’ve come to love from DJ Premier and Mr. Foxxx; razor-sharp cuts from one of the greatest DJs the game has ever, and rhymes by Bumpy Knuckles that are rougher than 320 grit sandpaper.

Download: DJ Premier & Bumpy Knuckles, “wEaRe aT WaR”

Shouts to 2DopeBoyz on the find.

Also: I had to throw in the video for Gang Starr, “The Militia” because it’s a Hip-Hop essential.