Wednesday, March 29, 2006


"Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang, Wu-Tang!!!"
When anyone talks about dope hiphop posses, clicks, crews, the top of the list would definitely have to be the Wu-Tang Clan! Say "Wu-Tang" when you talk about a group that basically dominated the early 90's in all aspects of hiphop, and pretty much changed the game with their hardcore sound! This mega-group has been on the decline for the last few years due to drug and alcohol abuse, record label disputes, internal beefs, and personality conflicts! It was obvious that this dynasty could not last forever, but we did get some classic hiphop records before they self-destructed! That brings me to what this post is all about today.....

I came across a nice little mix that showcases a few of the classic Wu-Tang Clan songs remixed over one my favorite producer of beats, The Masked Wonder... "M.F. Doom!" I am not sure who put this mix together, but I like their approach. For those of you that are not familiar with M.F. Doom a.k.a. Zev Luv X, you are definitely missing out on one of the great underground producers to ever put it down! I will admit, Doom is an acquired taste, but once you understand what he's doing with his raw and gritty beats, it is easy to appreciate his creativity.

I don't normally post other folks mixes, but I thought this one was pretty decent? I also wanted to post a little something from Wu-Tang, since they are one of my favorite hiphop groups of all time!

Download Mix Here!

Also, if you haven't picked up that new Ghostface "Fishscale" album yet, you are really missing out on a great album! Ghostface is still putting it down like it's 1992! The production is great with Pete Rock, J-Dilla (RIP), M.F. Doom & RZA providing the beats!

The Ghostface/M.F. Doom collabo project is coming soon!!

Saturday, March 25, 2006

"I got the jazz, you got the jazz, we got the jazz..."
It's time for a little jazz my peoplez! Jazz is the backbone of most of the music we listen to today. I have met many people over the years that swear that they don't like jazz at all?? I quickly tell them, I bet you there is atleast one song that you love right now that uses a jazz sample that you are unaware of! The cool thing about jazz is that in todays music buffet of choices it comes in so many forms such as, traditional, big band, smooth, acid, hiphop, break beat, contemporary, etc. Another unique twist about jazz music is that it never ages. It's timeless. Whether you are playing a jazz album from 1978 or 1998, it always sounds good. How many other genres of music can stand the test of time in such a way?

Now...there are great songs and there are classics! Everyone has their own opinion about what songs are considered classics, but there are some exceptions that just about everyone would agree are in the classic category. Today, I will be sharing some of those jazz classics with you. Think of this as a jazzical voyage. This voyage starts with "Breezin" by George Benson, then we cruise along with some "Sweet & Saxy" by Kim Waters, "Oriental Folk Song" with Wayne Shorter in the middle. We end it nicely with Joe Sample killing it on "Night Flight" and Donald Byrd closing things out smoothly with "Onward Til Morning!" Some songs you may know, and some you may not, but let it all sink into your earholes anyway just because these cuts deserve your full attention!

If you dislike jazz at this current time, I still encourage you to get this mix and listen to it! This is the kind of music that can change your mind about this great creation called JAZZ....

Download the "Classik Jazz Session Mixx" here for a limited time!

Don't ever say that I never gave you anything!!!!!

Monday, March 20, 2006

Damn, looking at my Swatch Watch, it's about that time! I've been tied up for a minute, but I was able to put a little something on the SoundNexx site for my headz. I think this will make up for all of my deprived peepz that have been checkin for a updated post! Thanks to everyone that sent me emails to see what's up.... Aiight, enuff chit-chat, lets get on to bidness!

For those that already know, and the ones that have no clue, I introduce to you... PLANET ASIA a.k.a Bleedy Eyes! This dude without a doubt is my favorite underground West Coast MC! Planet spearheaded into the public consciousness primarily from exposure on Sway & Tech's Wake Up Show, the Fresno-bred MC quickly became known as a serious lyricist with both skills in crafting innovative deliveries and creating verbal tableaus. He's also been known for his collaborations, most popularly with Rasco as Cali Agents, but also with producer Fanatik in the nineties.

After breaking on the scene in 1998, Planet quickly gained a reputation for his crisp, intense rhyme delivery, his versatile lyrical content, and his consistent productivity. Planet moved from Fresno to San Francisco Bay Area in 1998. He released his self-titled debut soon after and never looked back, appearing on over 20 releases in the next two years. After releasing his second solo EP, The Last Stand, Planet Asia scored a major deal with Interscope Records.

I actually stumbled up on Planet Asia back in 1998 at a local music store, just looking for some new music. His name just struck me as odd, and I was very intrigued, so I bought it! I never realized that he would change my view of West Coast hiphop overall! For those that have known me for any period of time know that I preach about Planet Asia to whomever will listen! This kat has the whole package, and with the right push....he would put most of these average MCs to shame.

I have put together a Planet Asia Megamixx available for download on a limited basis! If you really like true hiphop music, this is a definite must have mix for you! Let me know what you think aobut my man Planet.

Click to listen

Download the "Planet Asia Megamixx" Here

Sunday, March 05, 2006

Since, the untimely death of James Yancey (J-Dilla) on February 9, 2006, I have read several articles and emails about the musical genius! It has amazed me how many people really loved and appreciated Jay Dee's music over the years. Reading and hearing so much about Jay Dee just solidifies my overwhelming appreciation for his musical abilities even more! A few days ago I came across an article in a local Detroit entertainment newspaper called, "Metrotimes" that took a different approach on coverage of J-Dilla's life. This article shared personal quotes and stories from Jay's friends, family and peers, which gives a closer look into the man himself. I decided to share some of the quotes about Dilla that stood out to me, so check them out below.....

Baatin (Founding Slum Village Member): "Anybody that knew him would tell you the way he used to crack up laughing at jokes could make you laugh."

T3 (Slum Village Member): "He started the whole neo-soul thing. He kept soul rap - Common, Kanye, the Roots, Talib Kweli - goin' for the last eight years."

Wajeed (Platinum Pied Pipers): "The reason I started to make music was Dilla."

Dank (Frank N Dank): "I used to get F's in music class until James showed me how to play the instruments the right way."

Proof (D12): "He heard things different - had that light in his eyes - when it came to being creative."

Mr. Porter (D12): "Dilla was so ahead of the game, that nigga was damn near an alien with his beats!"

Dwele (Singer): "I remember watching him sing on the song "Think Twice," from the Welcome 2 Deteroit album. I never thought it was possible to smoke a blunt and sing at the same time."

Pete Rock (DJ/Producer): "His mom told me, "You're his idol." That's all good, but he took the inspiration and did him with it."

Jazzy Jeff (DJ/Producer): "I cried for days and will probably shed a tear every time I play one of his many gems."

Karriem Riggins (Producer): "He use to just give me records out of his own collection, out of love, and it's not a lot brothers that share themselves like that."

Bilal (Soul Singer): "Jay could step into a studio and play bass, piano, drums or whatever. He was like the Prince of hiphop."

(Producer): "The whole time Dilla was sick, he was still making music. Ain't nobody else that serious about making music that I know. He's the best, plain and simple."

(Rapper): "Talented. Soft-spoken. Very focused. Beautiful brother!"

Read the full "Dilla: The Real Deal" article here....

I decided to put together a mix of some of my favorite Jay Dee produced tracks.

Download the "J Dilla Lives On MegaMixx" here 4 a limited time!

Wednesday, March 01, 2006

What up my peepz! I have to admit, I was pretty surprised about the positive responses I got from the first "Ear Test: Relax and Chill" mix! Folks were really diggin' it? For some reason I thought it would be hard to digest for most with the "I'm In Love Wit A Stripper Remix" being number one on today's radio, but I am happy to be wrong about that! Music is about courageous exploration, so lets get into another adventure! Today, I present "Ear Test 2: Smoovology 201," which is second phase of where I am taking you musically! This one is still on the semi-mellow tip, but the beats are more addictive in my opinion? More head bobbin' & neck breakin'? I am heavy into production, so you will get your share of instrumentals. Great songs don't always need vocals. If you listen close enough, you can actually hear the words being expressed with the instruments! You know I had to throw in a few hiphop flavored tracks for my heads! It's not a complete mix without some in my opinion.

If you didn't know this already, it has been said (not proven) that music is best enjoyed just before you go to sleep? Your body and mind are usually relaxed, which allows your hearing to be more receptive! I agree with that! If you are lucky enough to have a CD player in your bedroom, cardboard box, your mommie's basement, or wherever the hell you sleep at night, try this theory out. Turn out the lights, and put one of these Ear Tests mixes on and see what happens? It will become hypnotic, I promise you that! This may not work if you have one of those "cheap azz Wal-Mart-Finger Hut CD player specials" though?? Stop being cheap, and invest in a good CD player...LOL! Pick your electronic equipment like you pick your friends (if you have any)....

Ok, time for the Hypnotic.....(NO, not the drink!)

Download the "Ear Test 2: Smoovology 201" Here

As usual, this mixx will be available for a limited time! When people miss out on free music, I don't feel sorry for them! Shed no tears, please! Act like it's a free meal, and I'm there, or don't eat...LOL??