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Wild Style Wedensday Review: Immortal Technique, Revolutionary Vol. 2

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

revolutionary_vol_2 After listening to this album, you will realize that Immortal Technique is one intelligent ass dude. He is one of the most passionate, intelligent and furious emcees I’ve heard. He attacks the microphone like a serial killer, and every track on this album is a testament to this. This album absolutely dominated my CD player for almost two years when I bought it. Immortal Technique truly is a revolutionary. Most of the rhymes that Technique spits, are way deeper in meaning than you could even fathom. The metaphors and similes that he spits are pretty close to unparalleled.

The album basically starts off with “Point of No Return“, and this track really paints the picture for what the rest of the album is going to be like. Over the eerie beat Tech spits, “This is the point of no return nigga you better believe this/Mary Magdalene giving birth to the children of Jesus”. The track “Peruvian Cocaine” will truly make you question the legitimacy of the war on drugs with an incredible narrative from Immortal Technique, Tonedeff, Poison Pen, C-Rayz Walz and others about the cocaine trade. “Harlem Streets” is a dark and dismal picture of the city that Technique was raised and lives in.

The highlight of the album (and maybe his career) is a track entitled “Industrial Revolution“. The lyrical display on this track is nothing short of amazing, “The “Bling Bling Era” was cute but it’s about to be done/I leave you full of clips (full eclipse) like the moon blockin’ the sun/My metaphors a dirty like herpes but harder to catch, like an escape tunnel in prison that I started from scratch”. He tells everyone why he’s not recognized very much, “…nobody’s better than me they just got better marketing schemes.”

This album is a great example of vivid emceeing at it’s very finest. The raw lyricism displayed on this album is what every emcee should aspire for. There is definitely a reason why this album was on constant repeat for years, because it’s a great fucking album.



Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden let loose in new music video for “Bonkers”

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, April 21, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Dizzee Rascal is back with some new grime for the world, and his new single “Bonkers” (featuring Armand Van Helden) from the forthcoming Tongue in Cheek LP serves to show that he doesn’t plan on toning his persona down one bit for the new release. While all the news in the world may be depressing as ever, Dizzee’s infectious, funky, off-the-wall house/hip-hop style make you forget about that pretty quickly. I hope to hear this track bumping at party’s alot this summer, cause it’s definitely one of the freshest songs I’ve heard this year; the beats are huge and Dizzee’s frentic rhyme skills sound 100% explosive. Keep your eyes peeled for the official release of Tongue in Check, but for now enjoy the a/v candy known as the “Bonkers” music video above (click “HQ” for better sound quality!) and don’t feel bad if you wanna get outta your chair, start to dance, and let yourself go a little crazzzy.

MP3: Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden – “Bonkers” (from Tongue in Cheek, forthcoming 2009)

M.I.A teams up with Kovas to “Hit That”

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , on Thursday, April 16, 2009 by Ryan Buege

M.I.A., our favorite hip-hop princess, is back for a quick, sassy ditty where she’s trading rhymes with pop music go-to-guy KOVAS for a new track called “Hit That”. Just a few words to say; I’ve yet to hear an M.I.A. track that doesn’t make me boom-boom-bounce and this instant classic isn’t any different. Jeeze, these vox sting so nice, just right.

You can find the track featured on KOVAS’s new mixtape The Stimulus Package, but we invite you to look below and click that!

DIRECT LINK MP3: M.I.A. (featuring Kovas), “Hit That”

DOWNLOAD MIXTAPE: The Stimulus Package

Brother Ali brings the truth to Paid Dues 2009

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , on Tuesday, March 31, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I spotted this one over at Okayplayer today, and was quite pleased. This is a video of Brother Ali performing a few of his tracks at this year’s Paid Dues festival (“Bitchslap”, “Room With A View” & “Take Me Home”). As I’ve said before, Brother Ali puts on a damn good show and this video definitely proves it. I just wish that I could have been there to see not only Brother Ali, but the rest of the artists that represented for Hip-Hop at Paid Dues this year. For all of you that got to go to this, I am truly jealous. At the same time I am very happy for you, because you saw some great stuff.

Make sure you go out and grab Brother Ali’s newest effort The Truth is Here EP. The EP is good on so many levels and if you keep passing it over you will end up regretting it in the end.

Vimby catches up with Evidence

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , , , on Monday, March 30, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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It’s always good to see and hear new things about EV in the news. The people over at Vimby caught up with Evidence and discussed a variety of issues, including Cats & Dogs. He also discusses how The LAyover was more of a darker album because of the focus of the content (his mother), and lately he has been finding himself making up beat stuff. I like how he talks about performing his material to the fans (EV PLEASE COME TO MINNESOTA AGAIN), and how a live performance might be able to give even more of a visual. It’s also always good to see EV in the studio with Fashawn because you know he’s going to be huge on the scene soon, and it’s great to see EV bringing him into the spotlight.

Make sure you check out the video and stay tuned to Mind Inversion for all of the latest news on Evidence. Oh and one more thing, if you are still sleeping on The LAyover EP there is no hope for you in this lifetime.

The Roots jam “The Next Movement”

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , on Sunday, March 29, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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This video is a testament as to why I want to see The Roots so damn bad. These guys pack so much energy live on stage, and from what I’ve heard these guys put on one of the best shows you will ever see. In this video Black Thought is spitting the track “The Next Movement” over a super jazzy uptempo beat that ?uestlove and the other members have concocted. The one thing that impresses me so much about these guys is that every single thing that they do seems completely natural. This video is something that is a must watch for any music fan in general. Make sure you peep The Roots alongside Jimmy Fallon every weeknight on NBC.

The Second Supper presents…

Posted in Concert Dates, Music News with tags , , , , , , , , on Thursday, March 26, 2009 by Tim Althaus


Live @ the Root Note in La Crosse!

115 4th Street South.


If you have any questions about the show contact Tim Althaus @:

If you are in the La Crosse area, don’t miss this one!

Talib Kweli & Hi-Tek talk to HipHop Official at SXSW

Posted in Media, Video with tags , , , on Wednesday, March 25, 2009 by Tim Althaus

Man Kweli & Hi-Tek really have me anticipating the new Reflection Eternal album. This interview is making the anticipation grow at an alarming rate. Hi-Tek basically says that this new album is going to be the next level from the previous Reflection album, and that makes me really fucking excited. Notice how Kweli talks about updating their formulas with the times (Gang Starr shit). Hi-Tek says that the album is at a “strong 50%” which means that we should look forward to seeing it relatively soon. Also make sure you look close in the background, you can see Hi-Tek punching on the pads of the MPC in the background (are all producers doing this now?).

Spotted @ OKP

Black Blondie introduces debut album Do You Remember..? with a tune

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, March 24, 2009 by Ryan Buege

Black BlondieDisplaying an elegance and savvy soulfulness of a band wise beyond their years, it’s hard to believe that Black Blondie are only now making the announcement for what they consider to be their “debut”. The local fourpiece has been earning respect and acclaim both locally and nationally over the past few years for their danceable, experimental style of gritty, soul, pop, hip-hop and R&B; they’ve been tapped to open for everyone from the Roots to Jill Scott to K’naan to Amy Winehouse (as well as participated in countless much smaller local gigs) and even appeared on URB‘s shortlist of artists to watch out for in the Mar/Apr 2008 issue. Now, thanks to City Pages Gimme Noise, we’re aware that the group has scheduled an April 14th release for their first official LP, Do You Remember Who You Wanted To Be? The time couldn’t be better for them to release this, and from the sounds of the sample that they provided, “Candy Cigarettes”, they’re not holding anything back. As strong and powerful as it is soothing, the vocal combination of Black Blondie’s Samahra and Channy Moon Casselle from Roma di Luna is a something to be commended. Indeed, it’s a haunting mood they’ve created on this song, and I’m grooving on it; I can’t wait to hear more when the release comes April 14th and I’m sure many longtime Black Blondie fans are thinking the same thing.

MP3: Black Blondie, “Candy Cigarettes (featuring Channy Moon Casselle)” (from Do You Remember Who You Wanted To Be?, available 4/14)

Mos Def gets “Ecstatic” about his new album

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Monday, March 23, 2009 by Tim Althaus

mos-def-the-ecstatic2I was over at Okayplayer the other day and this news article definitely caught my eye. I’ve been looking forward to a new Mos Def album since his last one. I sadly wasn’t a huge fan of Tru3 Magic but I know that Mos has it in him to make another classic. They were saying that the date that is tentative for the release is June 9th (not official), but I’m not going to count on it. Make sure you check out the video below which has Mos spitting a pretty dope acapella.

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