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Video: Evidence, “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Behind The Scenes)

Posted in Video with tags , , , , on Tuesday, January 20, 2009 by Tim Althaus

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Here is some behind the scenes action with Evidence, Phonte, and Will.I.Am behind the scenes of the “For Whom the Bell Tolls” music video shoot. If you decided to get one of the best releases of last year (The LAyover EP) then you know that this was one of the only videos not featured on the DVD. To be honest I laughed my ass off when Evidence was talking to Phonte about exfoliation, that shit is downright hilarious. Check out this video because it provides some great laughs. I can’t wait to see the video when it’s done, you know for sure that I will have it up as soon as it premiers.

Album Review: Evidence, The LAyover EP

Posted in Music Reviews with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on Tuesday, November 25, 2008 by Tim Althaus

the-layover-epWhat can I say? You people that have been reading this blog, have been listening to me blabber about Evidence from day one. The LAyover EP drops today and suffice to say I already have my copy. I will also say that it’s only 10 tracks long and it might be the best money you will have spent all year on music. This EP is so sound that I can’t find one adjective to describe it (perfect is at the tip of my tongue). Evidence has been single-handedly taking over the Hip-Hop game (with the occasional nod from Alchemist) the last two years and this EP is a perfect example. I also want to say that in the last year we have been hearing a lot of Hip-Hop groups that we all love going towards a very electronic feel (not that it’s bad, but everyone is doing it), and EV sticks to the traditional Hip-Hop sound (samples and straight boom bap) for the most part on this EP (there are 2 tracks that are synth heavy).

The EP starts out with”The LAyover” which was produced by North Carolina beast Khrysis. The beat has a very mysterious and eerie loom to it, but it fits EV just fine as he describes what it’s like to experience a layover on a flight at LAX. “For Whom The Bell Tolls” to some may be one of the top highlights of the album, which features LA native Blu, and North Carolina native Phonte (of Little Brother) and produced by Khrysis. All 3 emcees spit 16 bars of inferno and Khrysis’s beat might actually make you think death himself is coming for you. “So Fresh” is in my opinion maybe one of the best beats on the album, the guitar loop is groovy as fuck and I also think this track serves as a great first track for Step Brothers. “The Far Left” has one of the most bangin’ beats on the album, the shit’s hard as hell (straight head nodder) and Alchemist, Fashawn & Evidence tear the beat apart. The thing that I find impressive about this EP is that I did hear a majority of the tracks before they came out, but there are three tracks of this album that serve to me as the definitive moments. “Rain or Shine” is a great track with a very soulful beat and Evidence rhyming by himself. DJ Babu‘s cuts are impeccable and the samples on this track are beautiful. To me “To Be Determined” is the EP’s shining gem. When I heard that Elzhi and EV were going to be on the same track I flipped my shit, and the result is pure magic. EV and Elzhi spit bars of fire and Aloe Blacc adds a great deal to this track as well with 16 bars of blackout material. If “To Be Determined” wasn’t on this EP “Cold Weather” would surely be the highlight of this album. Evidence takes on this track by himself and rolls smoothly over the beat and beautiful piano loop: “As of late these mics don’t reach too far/ so I kill each bar like it’s Flashing Lights“.

In conclusion this EP is as close to perfect as you can get. This is more than just an EP, it’s a testament that Evidence is going to be doing some huge things. If you slept on The Weatherman LP, you sure as hell don’t want to sleep on this shit, you will be making a huge mistake. Do yourself a favor and go pick up one of the top 3 releases of 2008 folks, you’ve got my word on that.

10/10

Evidence: DJ Skee Presents The LAyover Mixtape 

Posted in Downloads with tags , , , , , on Thursday, November 6, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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Well here we are 20 days away from the LAyover EP, and EV and DJ Skee were gracious enough to drop this free mixtape on us. The Mixtape itself has 20 tracks on it and looks like a total banger, it has guest appearances from Phonte, Blu, Will.I.Am., Big Pooh, Aloe Blacc, Rakaa & others. Go grab this shit, it’s free and I garantee you are going to love it. After you listen to this you are going to fiend for the LAyover EP.

Evidence: DJ Skee Presents The LAyover Mixtape

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Little Brother: “Playin’ to Lose”

Posted in Music News with tags , , , on Tuesday, November 4, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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It just seems like there is more and more music coming out at the end of this year that I didn’t expect to hear. Little Brother will be re-releasing their 2006  mix tape Separate But Equal without DJ Drama in the background, and will also be adding to the mix three unreleased tracks. “Passion Flower” is one of them (which I had posted earlier), a track called “Deeper” is another and “Playin’ To Lose” make up the three unreleased tracks. I wasn’t a huge fan of Big Pooh and Phonte until I listened to the Minstrel Show, after I heard that I fell in love with Little Brother and I would say without hesitation that they are easily one of my favorite groups at this time.

Check out “Playin’ to Lose” and go out and cop Separate But Equal (Drama Free Edition) now.

“Playin’ To Lose”

Video: The Foreign Exchange “Daykeeper” (Featuring: Muhsinah)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Friday, October 24, 2008 by Tim Althaus

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This is the first single off of the new Foreign Exchange album Leave It All Behind. I have been listening to this album on and off for a little while now, and the only conclusion that I can come to is that it’s definitely different. The last album Connected was a good mixture of Hip-Hop/R&B/Soul. Leave It All Behind is very Soul & R&B influenced with very little Hip-Hop. This album for the most part has Phonte singing, which is something that is definitely different for me but I really enjoy it. It’s nice to hear an artists almost out of his element (not doing what he usually does) and trying something that is a little different. From what I have heard this album is very good. I will have a review up soon enough for you guys to get to.

You can jump over to the Foreign Exchange site and get the Leave It All Behind Sampler to get a taste of what I am talking about.

Leave It All Behind Sampler

Evidence: “For Whom The Bell Tolls” (Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , , on Wednesday, October 22, 2008 by Tim Althaus

Yet again the folks over at Okayplayer brightened my day after a long day at work. I checked my handy RSS feed to find that Evidence dropped yet another track off The Layover EP. This track is absolutely ridiculous, it’s produced by North Carolina native Khrysis (who has done tracks for Little Brother in the past) and features Phonte, Blu & Will.I.Am. Blu is one of those emcees that you only hear once in your lifetime, and he completely murders his verse on this track (I will have a review of the Blu and Mainframe project Johnson&Jonson later this week). If none of you have ever heard of Blu please go out and get Below the Heavens which was a duo with Dj Exile not to mention one of the best albums of last year. Phonte is great on the track, and Evidence as always kills the beat with that laid back EV sound. I have heard two tracks off of this and am already itching for this EP like crack. I can’t wait for the day of my contentment which will be November 25th when this EP drops. PLEASE go out and get The Layover EP when it comes out, it will NOT disappoint. The Layover EP will be accompanied by a DVD for 6 or 7 videos (still to be determined) out of the 9 songs on the EP.

For now listen to this:

“For Whom The Bell Tolls”: Featuring: Phonte, Blu and Will.I.Am)

Little Brother: Passion Flower

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Monday, October 13, 2008 by Tim Althaus

Well, it looks as if my boys from the Raleigh/Durham area are back at it again with another single (on a sidenote 9th produced the track, that’s why he’s in the picture). The new track is called “Passion Flower” and it is going to be off of their re-release and “drama” free mix tape Separate But Equal (the drama free part is that there will be no DJ on the mixtape, and the mix tape will also feature 3 previously unreleased tracks (It’s kind of similar of the re-release of the And Justus for All mixtape). Out of the three mixtapes (Chittlin Circuit 1.5, Seperate But Equal and And Justus For All) that LB has put out, Separate But Equal is my favorite, and I am going to be very interested to hear what they do with it. It’s great to hear Pooh and Phonte working with 9th Wonder again, they’ve done so many amazing things for Hip-Hop in the past and hopefully they can do the same in the future. With Pooh and Phonte being so busy, who knows if we will see another Little Brother album this year, my guess is going to be no (Phonte has the new Foreign Exchange, and Big Pooh has a new album he is working on right now). Please go and get Separate But Equal: Drama Free Edition on November 4th when it drops. In the mean time, sit back, relax and enjoy this beautiful Little Brother track as it hits your eardrums, because you know there is nothing like a 9th Wonder, Big Pooh and Phonte track: Dope beats, dope rhymes what more could ya’ll want?

Passion Flower

Foreign Exchange Put Out Sophomore LP: Leave It All Behind

Posted in Music News with tags , , , , on Thursday, October 9, 2008 by Tim Althaus

European beat sensation Nicolay and Little Brother emcee Phonte (together as Foreign Exchange) just realeased the digital copy of Leave It All Behind on Tuesday (The hard copy comes out on the 10th in Europe and the 14th in the States). Phonte has been on the scene since Little Brother go together back in 1998. Nicolay and Phonte starting making music back in 2004 with the Foreign Exchange album Connected that debuted on record label BBE. The first album they put out was truly an innovation to the genre of Hip-Hop, but also to genres such as soul and R&B. If Leave It All Behind is anything like Connected was we may have another classic on our hands folks. I highly encourage you to go out and get the digital copy or purchase the album when it comes out on October 14th. You can be sure that once I get a good listen of this album I will have a full review up.