Archive for Camu Tao

Wild Style Wednesday Review: El-P, Fantastic Damage

Posted in Music Reviews, Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 26, 2009 by Tim Althaus

fantastic_damage_frontIt’s very easy for me to say that El-P has re-invented the wheel twice in the Hip-Hop game. The first time he did it was with Fantastic Damage (One of the best debuts ever?), and without a question he did it again on I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead. Don’t get me wrong, I love both albums as much as you possibly could, I just think Fantastic Damage has a slight edge on ISWYD. The dark, hard hitting, brain hemorrhaging beats on this album are some of the most crazy concoctions my ear drums have ever had the pleasure of discovering. To me it’s no wonder that people were waiting for I’ll Sleep When You’re Dead with such anticipation… they new it was going to be a classic because of Fantastic Damage. Continue reading

Vast Aire Wages the “Battle of the Planets”

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , , on Monday, August 10, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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If you haven’t been paying attention to the beef-radar lately, Vast Aire released a diss track towards Cage and the rest of Def Jux. All of this rivalry going on has to do with the unfortunate passing of Camu Tao. Cage outed Vast very harshly about how his relations really stood with Camu, and this track apparently was Vast’s response. It really saddens me to see all this bullshit beef going on in the Hip-Hop community, it’s really the last thing that we need right now.

On a related side note, I got an e-mail on my Blackberry last night about El-P’s newest blog post on MySpace. It is pretty much all about Vast and the whole Camu situation, and if you have a moment to spare I would highly recommend you check it out here.

Download: Vast Aire, “Battle of the Planets” (Feat. Genisis)

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Copywrite Talks About Camu Tao, MHz & Table Scraps Re-Issue

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Thursday, July 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

copywrite@westernfront9.12.08 092 Copywrite recently talked to HipHopDX about a few things that pertained to his dearly missed friend, Camu Tao. As many of you out there in the Hip-Hop community may know, the original MHz album Table Scraps has been re-released in both digital & retail. If you haven’t heard Table Scraps before, you are truly missing out on a piece of history. We are talking about an album that put Ohio’s Hip-Hop scene on the map for the first time, not to mention launched the careers of Rjd2, Copywrite & Camu Tao. The thing that is special about the re-release of Table Scraps is that portions of the proceeds will go directly to Camu’s family.

According to the HipHopDX article, Copy claims that many people didn’t even know that he and Camu were in a group. Copywrite feels as though Table Scraps is great music, and re-releasing it is a way to give back to Camu’s family. He also mentions that Table Scraps is exactly what it sounds like, a bunch of recordings laying around that they wanted to throw together for one cohesive effort to give people some insight. Copy also talks about not wanting to be a solo artist coming into the game, but things at Eastern Conference didn’t work out with MHz. In a baffling breath, Copy drops the bomb that DJ Mighty Mi didn’t even want to release Rjd2’s Dead Ringer (which is a catastrophic decision).

Copy met Camu in ninth grade and they soon found out that they had a lot of things in common as far as lifestyle. He notes that when Camu learned to make beats he elevated his game right away, “He was crazy with his style. He always wanted to do something different”. He remembers Camu as a good friend, and a cool, energetic dude. This is really a great article that has many eye opening facts. I highly suggest you read this, it’s an example of some great Hip-Hop journalism.

In addition to the information about MHz, Table Scraps & Camu Tao, Copywrite also talks about his upcoming album The Life & Times of Peter Nelson.

You can read the original article here.

R.I.P. Tero “Camu Tao” Smith

Posted in Media, Music News, Video with tags , , , , , , on Monday, May 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Camu It was exactly one year to the day that I was at Soundset last year. Aesop Rock took the stage and looked visibly shooken. He made the announcement over the microphone that long time friend and associate Camu Tao had passed away. Yesterday at Soundset El-P made sure to remind us that he’d appreciate it if we kept his great friend in our prayers.

Camu Tao was an incredibly integral part of independent Hip-Hop. He was a part of The Weathermen, MHz, Nighthawks (with Cage), Central Services (with El-P) & also a member of Cardboard City. Camu was a great emcee and a great fucking producer. He was a very talented man, and he will be missed for a very long time to come. Throw your “WM’s” up today for Camu and be as loud as you can to show your appreciation.

R.I.P. Tero “Camu Tao” Smith (June 6th, 1977 – May 25th, 2008)

I’ll put up this vid because Aes said it was one song that Camu loved to get live to:

Aesop Rock: “Daylight”

Copywrite to drop 3 projects in ’09 + new MHz?

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , on Friday, March 20, 2009 by Tim Althaus

copy It looks as though your favorite emcee who never fails to give you the punchlines you always crave is back in action this year. In an article I read on HipHop DX, I found out that Copywrite has three different projects coming out this year. It made me wonder, is everyone putting out a shitload of material this year? The answer seems to be a constant yes. This year is going to be a great year for Hip-Hop. As many of you know Copywrite burst onto the scene in the Ohio group MHz with Rjd2, Camu Tao, Jakki Da Motamouth and Tage. Table Scraps was the only album that they put out as a collective, and many people consider it to be a classic.

Copywrite will be putting out an EP of all new material this year, which will serve as a preface for his Sophomore album entitled The Life and Times of Peter Nelson. 2 months after he releases the EP he will be re-releasing the 2002 classic The High Exhaulted which will be in digital and physical format. Continue reading