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Wild Style Wednesday Review: Jay-Z, The Blueprint

Posted in Wildstyle Wednesdays with tags , , , , , , on Wednesday, May 6, 2009 by Tim Althaus

jay-z-the-blueprintAlthough you guys don’t hear my talk about Hov very much, I can assure you that he is one of my favorite emcees of all time. In my opinion The Blueprint is his shining moment as an emcee (although many would argue Reasonable Doubt is) without a doubt. This album has pristene production and Jay-Z’s flow, delivery and lyrics on this album are truly top notch. I picked up this album when I was in 8th grade, and I’ve been bumping it ever since. Now that I look back on this album, I can’t believe that I didn’t even think about this record for my top 10 most influential albums. The production on this album is handled by Kanye West (in his prime), Just Blaze, Bink & Eminem. With those names already you know the beats are going to be crazy as hell. Continue reading

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Video: Asher Roth, “I Love College”

Posted in Video with tags , , on Tuesday, February 17, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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I have been hearing quite a buzz about Asher Roth lately. I have to admit this video is downright hilarious. The song makes me laugh my ass off because there isn’t a better depiction of what it’s like to party in college. I am going to have to check out more by this guy so I can get a feel for his music. He sounds like a guy that could make a lot of waves in the music industry. We are talking about a kid that sat in front of Jay-Z and supposedly rapped 150 bars and got “Ok…Ok…You’re Nice” out of Big Hov. I’m telling you, watch out for Asher Roth.

Video: Just Blaze – How to Chop Samples

Posted in Video with tags , , , , , on Monday, December 8, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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If you are wondering what the world of chopping samples and making beautiful Hip-Hop music is all about, this is the guy that you want to learn from. Just Blaze has been one of the most innovative and well respected producers in the game for a long while now, and even has his own label called Fort Knocks Entertainment. This guy makes some of the most disgusting hard hitting instrumental beats I’ve ever heard. He has been doing things for some of the biggest names in the business (Jay-Z, Freeway, Ghostface, Kanye West & many others), and has also been pushing Jay Electronica and Saigon. Just Blaze has a great ear, and he has some of the best skills out on the boards at this time. Watch this video and learn from one of the greats.

Also: Look for Jay Elec at the end of the video.

Ryan Adams is sworn to the black

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , , on Tuesday, October 28, 2008 by Ryan Buege

Who would’ve guessed that one of alt-country’s most beloved singer-songwriters held underground black metal in such high esteem? While Ryan Adams isn’t an artist that many metal fans would break out on regular occassion (unless you’re trying too hard to impress a girl), a recent New York Times interview has shown that he has much higher kvlt cred than your average country boy. A favorite excerpt of mine…

..on one-man California black metal band Xasthur

“My listening tastes are absolutely not in tune with the kind of music I make. The music that interests me is a bit weirder. “Defective Epitaph” has really far-out guitars; it’s not really lyrical. When I close my eyes and listen, I think of a heartbroken demon sitting beside these ashes in hell and really missing his girlfriend. It’s like romantic death metal. The aggressiveness of [Malefic’s] guitar riffs can be quite brutal. It’s not for the faint of heart, but it’s really clever.”

I’m willing to bet that that quote would surprise the fuck out of the majority of Adams fanbase; but personally, it’s just great to see that an artist appreciates strong influences from something so different from their own art. In my opinion, being open to this kind of extreme variety can only be healthy for artistic progression, so I say kudos and horns up to Adams. You can continue this interesting read at New York Times website, where Adams justifies his love for everything from stoner, black, and thrash metal to pop and hip hop.

For now, everyone should check out the contrast between Adams performing live and the dark chaos and aura of Xasthur (and for the record, I personally love them both – so Adams must be doing something right)… Continue reading