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Skyzoo, “Jansport Strings (One Time For Chi-Ali)” (Prod. By 9th Wonder)

Posted in Album Update, Audio, Media with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 by Tim Althaus

I feel like the lord is constantly answering my prayers pertaining to this album. I just put up a post the other day about Sky finishing his upcoming album A Dream Deferred, and today he dropped the lead single – “Jansport Strings”. 9th Wonder lays down a laid back beat full of jovial horns, and as expected, Skyzoo spits cryptographic rhymes about growing up with his friends in Brooklyn and “earning his Jansport Strings”.

Skyzoo provided some insight into the meaning of this track:

“The idea behind Jansport Strings is not based on it being literal, but more so in the figurative sense. As a kid in NY, the strings on your Jansport bag were a sign of power and presence. Kids would steal the strings off of each other’s bags and burn the tips to prevent getting robbed of them once they got them.”

“The song is a 3 minute auto-bio of me as a kid in Brooklyn and seeing more than my friends and I had bargained for. In essence, my Jansport strings tied it all together, seeing what we all saw and what it made us. The ending is a clip from Video Music Box, the legendary NYC video show run by DJ Ralph McDaniels. This episode in particular was the debut of Chi-Ali’s ‘Age Ain’t Nothin But A Number’. Seeing that video that day on this episode of VMB made me start rhyming. This clip was literally the moment that changed my life”.

It was also announced today that A Dream Deferred will be dropping on October 2nd via Duck Down Music and Skyzoo’s new label imprint The Faculty ; I’m so happy that it’s only a couple months away. I’ve been waiting on this album since Live From The Tape Deck dropped, and even though that was only two years ago, it seems like far more than that. If Sky’s previous work is any indication of listeners can expect, then A Dream Deferred will change the way that we interpret lyrics… again.


3 New Joints Off Sean P’s Kimbo Price

Posted in Audio, Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, September 8, 2009 by Tim Althaus


First off, I want to say that Sean Price is a fucking monster. This guy can rhyme better than 90% of the emcees that are out there right now. Thanks to the homeboy Shake, we have three new joints off of P’s upcoming album Kimbo Price. The first track is entitled “Duck Down” and it features fellow Brooklyn fire-spitters Skyzoo & Torae. I don’t really think that I need to tell you readers that these guys raid this beat like a SWAT team, and Skyzoo even drops a dope ass Prop Joe reference from The Wire. On the other two tracks, “MegaSean” & “Boostin’ Mobiles”, Sean P rides solo and shows why he’s easily one of the best and most witty emcees in the game. You aren’t sleeping on Jesus Price Superstar are you?

Download: Sean Price, “Duck Down” (Feat. Skyzoo & Torae)

Download: Sean Price, “MegaSean

Download: Sean Price, “Boostin’ Mobiles

Stream Blue Scholars’ OOF! EP

Posted in News with tags , , , on Thursday, August 27, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

OOF! EP Album Cover
On Tuesday, Blue Scholars released the much awaited OOF! EP. The sound is different from what we’re used to, but it’s a pretty cool concept, with Hawaiian themed beats and lyrics. I still haven’t totally decided whether I like the EP or not yet, I’m trying to let it grow on me a bit. However, above you can stream the whole album here and decide for yourself!
Visit iTunes or the Blue Scholars’ store to purchase OOF! EP. Currently it is the #2 Hip Hop Album on the iTunes charts.
There are also packages that include the physical copy of the album, t-shirt, and poster online at the Blue Scholars store. You can also pre-order Bayani Redux which drops September 1st.

Blue Scholars – Bayani Redux

Posted in Art, Media, Music News, News with tags , , , , , , , on Wednesday, August 19, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

On September 1st, Blue Scholars will be re-releasing one of my favorite albums, Bayani. The 2007 version, out on Rawkus/Massline, is out of print. Bayani Redux will be re-released on Duck Down to get it back out again. As you can see from the art above, it has a slightly different cover (I LOVE the color scheme) and will feature 3 more songs. Two of those songs were previously released on Digital EPs (“27” and “Southbound”). The last is a brand new track entitled “The Dawn Song” and features the Canadian rapper Shad (who is pretty dope).

So besides the artwork and the new track, there isn’t a lot here, which is somewhat dissapointing for me. I’ve been waiting 2 years+ since Bayani for some more material and we’ve gotten a couple of new tracks and the OOF! EP. Another new full length is apparently in the works so me and the other scholars fans are gonna have to sit tight.

Black Moon – A Tribute to the Classics live

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Friday, August 14, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

Black Moon and Smif ‘n’ Wessun have lately been pretty big on performing their  classic albums Enta Da Stage and Dah Shinin’, respectively, in their entirety. This video, via 2dopeboyz, has a chunk of Black Moon’s set performing live in Brooklyn for another free show (ugh, I can’t believe I missed this, I just got back to NY). It’s super weird to hear the beats with a live band since I’m so used to letting those Beatminerz beats bang, but still good nonetheless.

Blue Scholars official EP release announcement + another free track

Posted in Art, Downloads, Media, Music News, News with tags , , , , on Wednesday, August 5, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

Today Blue Scholars released on their website/blog the tracklisting for their new EP entitled OOF! The project will be released August 25th via Massline/Duck Down. The inspiration for the album came from MC Geo’s Hawaiin roots and the Scholars return trip last New Year’s. The Scholars claim it will be “their most collaborative multi-media project” working with artist Andy Woebots to create art for the single “HI-808” that will later be printed and sold on a limited edition T-shirt. In addition, they will be working with photographer Aaron Yoshino. A new video for “HI-808” will be released too, made by Hawaii production team Kai Media and edited by DJ/Producer Sabzi’s brother Zia Mohajerjasbi.

The EP will have 6 brand new tracks from the Scholars (and the instrumentals although the instrumental titles are different). The EP will be released digitally along with limited edition 808 CDs. Follow me after the jump for the tracklisting and downloads.

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Blue Scholars sign to Duck Down records

Posted in News with tags , , , , , on Monday, July 27, 2009 by Nolan Levenson

Blue Scholars, my favorite group, has announced that they have signed to a joint venture to Duck Down Records. I’ve suspected this move for about a year now since I saw the Scholars talking to Duck Down CEO Dru Ha before their show in NY. The move will allow them to continue to control their own music via their label Massline while getting better distribution of their record. On August 25th, they will be releasing an EP called “OOF!”. On September 1st, their 2007 album Bayani will be re-released and will be called Bayani Redux. It will include one brand new track and 2 songs that were previously available only digitally.

Personally, I don’t really understand the move. Blue Scholars sound nothing like anything else on Duck Down, musically or lyrically. I think the distribution is great for them, but I am puzzled by the move by both parties. However, I do hope for their success with this decision.

More new music from the Scholars is also expected soon so sit tight!

The video above shows Sabzi on Seattle’s brand new Light Rail and at the end has someone asking him about signing to Duck Down.

You can download the track “Coo” off their new EP here or on their blog. I saw them perform it live at Soundset this year and its a sweet song.