April 1, 2013

More Bounce Than Spring

Well March has been a busy month for me, and it still feels more like winter than spring, so this is a brief wrap up of my internet travels over the last 4 weeks.  Despite my lack of free time, there are still some gems to bring to your attention in case you've been sleeping (or hibernating from the extremely cold temperatures!).

Rubble Kings

No, this isn't the new TV series on Discovery that follows demolition guys blowing up buildings, despite it sounding like it could be.  This looks like it could be a really interesting documentary when it comes out, as it looks at the New York city street gangs of the late ‘60s & ‘70s and their influence on hip-hop culture.  If you grew up watching films like The Warriors then this is the era and events that influenced them.
Unfortunately the film needs financial support before it can be released, but I'm sure after watching this short trailer you'll agree it's an essential chapter of history that needs to be told.  Thanks to 238Beats for promoting this.

More goodness after the jump......

More Rugged Than Before

Last month I highlighted the first track to drop from R.A. The Rugged Man's new LP and I was really feeling it (remember that it's rare I get excited about new music!).  Well now he's dropped a second promotional track and this has done it for me, I'm now eagerly awaiting the release of his album later this month.  I can't remember the last time I did that!

This time round he's enlisted Mr Green on the production boards.  Green has been a favourite of mine for the last 18 months or so and did sterling work producing Pacewon and Young Zee's solo albums last year (also check out his Live from the Streets series on Youtube where he samples random street sounds and turns them into hip hop tunes).
Talib Kweli is not someone I would ever have paired up with R.A. as foresight would tell me what a bad idea it was.  However, I'm proven completely wrong as they both deliver cohesively on this follow up single.

The Freaks Come Back Out

Old schoolers Whodini were recently filmed performing some of their old hits.  It's good to see that these guys are still great entertainers 30 years after they made many of these tracks.

12 x 12" - Slick Rick

Jimmy Plates mixes up twelve 12" singles from Slick Rick.  It's a refreshing reminder just how many dope tunes Ricky Walters has made over his lengthy career, and a good mix to listen to.  Peep the download link below if you want your own copy.

Or you can download this mix here: http://www.mediafire.com/?u7bnbfz3dgps22y

Mike Check

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