Archive for Bun B

Video: Pete Rock & Smif-N-Wessun (Feat. Memphis Bleek), “Top of the World”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Friday, February 17, 2012 by Tim Althaus

It’s always a good day when music that pertains to Pete Rock comes out. As many of you may recall, The Soul Brother #1 put out the album Monumentalwith Smif-N-Wessun last year; the album was stellar, and it featured array of guest appearances including Styles P, Sean Price, Raekwon, Buckshot and Bun B. “Top of the World” is the third track off of the album to get the visual treatment (I believe), and it features the crafty veteran Memphis Bleek. Pete Rock has some of those beats that just have a very relaxing vibe to them, and “Top of the World” is definitely one of them. It’s interesting to hear Memphis Bleek spit some bars because I had no idea what happened to that guy. Either way, the track and video are both very nice, and you should probably press play. If you haven’t picked upMonumental, I would do so as soon as possible. Check the video for “That’s Hard” (Feat. Sean Price) down below.

Killer Mike, “Big Beast” (Feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble) (Prod. By El-P)

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , on Thursday, February 16, 2012 by Tim Althaus

Something with El-P on production?  Yes, I am down.  Killer Mike, Bun B, T.I. & amp; Trouble, have gotten together with one of my favorite producers/rapper of the underground hip-hop scene (El-P) to create some music for the masses.  It is truly an interesting day when mainstream artists can collaborate with an underground king-pin such as El-p.  This has been done by artists before, but not to this extent in this music setting.  I am a fan of heavy beats, catchy samples, and nice word flow, and this song has it all, minus the fluff and hype.

“Hell Yeah” by dead prez is a prime example of collaborations of a different variety of stars from different sub-sets from different music styles.  I enjoyed that song when I first heard it; I was sort of surprised by the talent on the track.  It is amazing seeing artists reach out to different genres and music classes to create good music.  When the mainstream is lacking in talent, it is no surprise that they turn to true artists who still remain underground.  The underground scene has an abundance of creativity and a lack of ego, for the most part.  When artists like this come together they either come together, or they don’t come together.  This collaboration, and variety of artists fits nicely.

El-P is off the hook with his samples, and his jumpy anxious style beats.  It may not be traditional, but it is in your face and effective.

This song is the first song released off of Killer Mike and El-P’s  R.A.P. music album.  They did an album together, Holy Shit!  No surprise something interesting from El-p, no surprise a classic formula for good music was utilized to create this raw sound.  One can appreciate the classic bumping hip-hop sound, this beat makes you want to get on your feet.  I feel like I am listening to N.W.A.’s Straight Outta Compton again for the first time, when considering the beats and cuts within this track I am reminded of how hip-hop started and what it first sounded like.

When El-p is on production you can expect something different banging and original, as a classically trained jazz musician he is super solid on his sound.  When you add the grit-grimy sound of the Southern flow, and the mainstream aspect of Killer Mike, Bun B, T.I. you get something extremely out of the ordinary, but also groundbreaking in the respective mainstream.  Hearing this makes me wonder what the album will sound like.  I am excited to hear more.

If you dig El-p, or want to get into more of his music I would check out Fantastic Damage  and I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead.  A similar style is reflected upon in this track.  El-p’s sound is easily recognizable, and his collaborations are extensive.  He is a Beat Vet in my eyes.

All these serious cats together, its enough to make a hip-hop head smile.  It is a good day when it sounds smooth like butter and the lines that were are only a blur.  I can appreciate a champion putting out solid music to bob our heads to, but a motley crew of sorts and I am pumped.

To better and more diverse collaborations all around.  Cheers!

Tim’s Side Note: As Terry said, El-P and Killer Mike are going to be doing a full-length LP together, and I’ve known this for a while, but I had no idea what the outcome would sound like; this just might be my favorite track so far this year. The beat reminds me of a mixture that El-P arrived at from using a formula that combines Fantastic Damage & I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. I can not wait for this album to hit shelves.

My favorite line and an instant Hip-Hop quotable from Bun B: “When you step out on the Ave, make sure they wanna see ya/cuz being Trill is an onomatopoeia.”

Download: Killer Mike, “Big Beast” (Feat. Bun B, T.I. & Trouble) (Prod. By El-P)

K-Salaam & Beatnick – Free Album

Posted in News with tags , , , , , , , , on Wednesday, July 29, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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Shout out to Okayplayer for the news. I recently posted a single from this album by Beatnick and K-Salaam called “Don’t Die” featuring Bun B, Talib Kweli, and Colin Monroe. The full album, called Where the Streets Have No Name has been released for free, courtesy of Imeem and illRoots. The album download comes with 12 different covers and features the like of Lil Wayne, K’naan, and Young Buck in addition to those mentioned before.

Download the album here

Beatnick & K-Salaam – “Don’t Die” feat. Bun B, Talib Kweli, and Colin Munroe

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on Monday, July 20, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

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The production duo Beatnick & K-Salaam released Whose World Is This? last summer and are releasing a new FREE project via illRoots next week (7/28). This track, “Don’t Die” features Bun B, Talib Kweli, and Colin Munroe. The new album will feature the likes of Lil Wayne, Young Buck, K’naan, and many more!

you can download it here

shout out to Okayplayer.

Album Review: Method Man & Redman, Blackout! 2

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , on Saturday, May 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

blackout-2 The original Blackout! album came out 10 years ago, I picked that shit up when I was 12 years old, and I’ve been playing it ever since. To me Blackout! will always be a classic. Blackout! 2 has Method Man & Redman sticking to the same formula as an incredible two man duo with great production and witty ass rhymes. I am pretty surprised at how mediocre the reviews have been for this album because I personally think it’s an incredible album, and it should hold up as one of the contenders for album of the year. I could pretty much sum up this entire review with one mathematical equation: Method Man + Redman x DOPE beats = one hell of an album. Continue reading