Archive for Beat Junkies

J Rocc Scratches Up Guitar Center’s King of the Blues

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Thursday, August 13, 2009 by Tim Althaus

This is some great video footage, and I can’t thank Crate Kings enough. J Rocc discusses the nature of Blues Music for the first couple minutes of the video and then breaks into his performance. If you haven’t ever heard J Rocc or the Beat Junkies you are pretty much dead to me, because they are nothing short of incredible. J Rocc performs with a live blues band at Guitar Center’s King of the Blues and scratches shit up like crazy. If you are a fan of turntablism or music in general you have to see this one.

The Beat Junkies Bring You the Jay $tay Paid Sampler

Posted in Downloads, Media with tags , , , on Wednesday, May 13, 2009 by Tim Althaus

JDILLARIP Thanks to Shamz over at OKP for this one. The Beat Junkies have made a sampler mix of Dilla’s new album Jay $tay Paid for all of the fiends (like me) who can’t wait for this album. I am downloading this one as we speak so I can listen to this all night tonight. Make sure you download this one to get a good preview of what is to come on June 2nd. If you want to check out the artwork and track listing for Jay $tay Paid can go here. Join me at the record store on June 2nd to pick up one of the best albums of this year.

Download: Jay $tay Paid (sampler mix), Mixed by the Beat Junkies.

Spotted @ 2DopeBoyz

Live Audio Bootleg: Jaylib, Live at the Henry Fonda Theater, 4/2/04

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, February 7, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here it is folks, the first Jaylib show with Dilla and Madlib. I decided to check out Stones Throw‘s website figuring that they may have some current news about Dilla on this gracious day. It turns out that they posted the first ever Jaylib show from 2004. This set was spun by J Rocc (of the World Famous Beat Junkies Crew) and features Melo-D (also of the Beat Junkies) on commentary and a special guest appearance from Common. This show was actually for the celebration of the Madvillain release party. Make sure you check this one out, there is no way that it can dissapoint. Two of the greatest minds of their time on one stage, shut shit down.

Download: Jaylib, Live @ The Henry Fonda Theater 4/2/04

Spotted at Stones Throw

Review: DJ Babu, Duck Season, Vol. 3 

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, November 12, 2008 by Tim Althaus

082808_babu_duckseason3Well what can I say? It definitely took me way too long for me to get a good review of this album up, partially because I have been terribly fucking busy with school and work. But suffice to say I found some time to give my view on this album.

First I want to say that Babu is one of the best DJ’s I’ve ever heard because his skill is unparalleled. He’s had an illustrious career with Dilated Peoples, gained fame with the World Famous Beat Junkies, and has been revered as one of the greatest battle DJ’s of all time. Babu is also a great beat maker (he put out The Beat Tape Vol. 1 last year) and this album truly shows that Babu is always in deep concentration.

Duck Season, Vol. 3 starts out the best way you could possibly start an album if you’re Babu, with the people you’ve been with your whole career. Evidence and Rakaa spit razor sharp verses on this track and the beat is crazy good. Keep in mind this is an intro and in my opinion at 1:47 long it could be my favorite on the album (I love the Looney Tunes sample at the end, as well as throughout the album). “Fan Mail” with Little Brother, Joe Scudda & Darrien Brockington is also another insane beat that Babu conjures up, and Big Pooh, Phonte & Scudda knock their verses out of the park like Sammy Sosa. Immediately after “Fan Mail” in my opinion is the best track on the album “The Unexpected” featuring MF DOOM & Sean Price. Doom and Sean Price compliment each other so well on this track and Babu’s canvas is spot on for these two to paint on. They pass the microphone back and forth like they are playing catch and their punchlines are great (Doom: we need to get a new beanie for Babu, the ones and twos genie”, Sean P: I always throw sixes, return an Ike Turner I always throw bitches”). Bishop Lamont makes a great mark on this album on the track “My Opinion” with on point rhymes and allusions the the current situation in the country. Evidence appears twice on the album (on the intro) and on the track “For Whatever It’s Worth” which is another great highlight on the album. The chemistry between EV and Babu is great and it makes for an amazing track. I was also really glad to see that Oh No (Madlib’s little brother) is starting to get some recognition (he’s on a track with Roc C entitled “Meant To Be”), he’s one of my favorite producers as well as emcees, and it’a about time more people gave him attention.

All in all this is an above average album, there are a lot of tracks that just don’t mesh with the rest of the album and tend to make it drag. This is however a great display of how good at beat making Babu really is, he can make some great soundscapes.

7.5/10