The homie Franz just sent through the first official single Thrift Stores & L’s off Ill3’s new project of the same name. These guys officially bodied this beat (production from Sevadar Sehaj.)
We are also getting the first glimpse at the official artwork and tracklist. Both of which look stunning! The entire project will be available for download next Monday, December 7th.
Need more? You can find the second track of the project titled “B.Y.O.B” on the Pwelbs.com X Airtime Collection mixtape. Download here!
Shouts to FranzDiego.com!
Let’s get to some Chicago hip-hop with a brand new track from the homie YP – who drops a pretty exciting one right here. Production from Sire.
From the source of all things Chicago – Fake Shore Drive.
The BNC gives the go ahead to drop another one off Analyrical’s solo album titled First Date, which drops December 15th. Also make sure you hit up the album release party December 19th at the Dowtime Bar in Dinkytown.
Shouts to the Background Noise Crew!
I was listening to a little bit of this live on 89.3 The Current back when it aired – now we have some video footage of Brother Ali and Bk-One performing “Tight Rope” and “The Preacher” off US. Two best tracks off the album.
Unknown Prophets are set to release a new album as of Tuesday, December 1st! It is already available on itunes. http://www.myspace.com/unknownprophetsups
Trey Lane is releasing is releasing album as of Dec 18th www.flameonentmusic.com
One half of Unknown Prophets – the homie Big Jess drops some rhymes and shows off his production as he joins up with Trey Lane for one special track. This is some good shit! Picked up a copy of Le System D – soooo good!
Y’all see that lid on the homie Trey?
Shouts to the homie Trey for doin it big.
Twin Cities homie Mally hooks up with Florida producer Rem for some real nice hip-hop. Nice beats and nice rhymes. Exactly how it should be. Safe to say that Mally is one of my favorite up and comers outta the Twin Cities.
Shouts to Mally.
This dropped on Thanksgiving but between all the Holiday action and making the transition to a new computer I’m slacking hardcore. Back up to date and I need to bring this one to the top. Lupe does it again.
Lupe also announced he has a another mixtape dropping on Christmas Day titled Friends of The People. MTV should leave Lupe off their list every year.
01. Intro (Keri Hilson)
02. The National Anthem (Radiohead)
03. Turnt Up (Travis Porter)
04. Yoga Flame (Lil’ Wayne)
06. Angels RMX (Dirty Money)
07. So Ghetto (Jay-Z)
08. Say Somethin’ (Timbaland/Drake)
09. Thank You (Jay-Z)
10. The One (Slaughterhouse)
11. Popular Demand (Clipse)
12. HP Skit
Playing catch up!
First single of Bobby Ray’s (aka B.O.B.) much anticipated debut album. After much delays I’ve gotta say I’m pretty happy to see the ball rolling with this album. Dope track – I don’t know who Bruno Mars is but he kills the hook.
Two fresh joint’s off Chip’s upcoming project titled The Cleveland Show. “Fat Raps” is the doper track of the two as production is from Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids. The Clevland Show drops December 1st.
30 Seconds To Mars – Hurricane (Ft. Kanye West) + Common – Strange Fruit ft. John Legend (Prod. Kanye West)
A leftover of Common’s Finding Forever. I guess Cassidy ended up using the beat. What a waste because this is a million times better. I love when stuff like this gets released – we would never get to hear stuff like this a couple of years ago.
No this is not an unreleased track from 808s & Heartbreaks but a new track off 30 Seconds To Mar’s new album.
This beat is fire in its own way. IMO.
Visuals off the recently released Felt 3: A Tribute to Rosie Perez.
Part 1/6 tracks from duo Blueprint and Illogic. Good stuff!
Remixers Hey Champ do what they do best over a handful of tracks. I must say the highlight of the album is the remix of Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me.” I posted it earlier last week. Check out the track list below.
Well watching the video will answer all your questions regarding the upcoming Doomtree album False Hopes 15. I’m excited for this one – the first leak which can be heard in the video is dope enough as it is. 7 more tracks on top of the Doomtree Blowout on December 5th. Throw ya wings up!
Also it looks like in house producer Paper Tiger will be throwing some mixes at us in his spare time. The first time around he goes 80s electro. It seems there will be many more mixes on the way. Dope!
Ok, So i am starting a new tradition here at doomtree.net.
Its called the 20 MIN MIX, It is going to be a series of quick mixtapes that
i will be posting whenever I get a chance to make a new one.
20 Minutes, nothing fancy, its just whatever I am in the mood for at a given time, sort of thing. The first installment is 80’s Electro. Back in the day breakdancin’ stuff, with a few notable jams, and a few things you probably have never heard. Hope you like it.
Damn get me some Louie V.
Kickin’ It with Toki Wright – PWELBS.COM/BAD SERVICE INTERVIEW. Fresh Air Tour (Metro, Chicago 11/18/09)
Interview with Rhymesayers artist Toki Wright – recorded live at The Metro in Chicago, Illinois on November 18th, 2009. The Fresh Air Tour featuring Brother Ali, Evidence, Toki Wright and BK-One.
Being a fan of hip-hop for some time now I have seen quite a few hip-hop shows and have met quite a few artists. I can’t enough how true and respectful and giving the artists on the Fresh Air Tour are. This was easily one of the best hip-hop shows I have seen in my life. A total party from start to finish. Toki Wright opened up with a fiery set as BK-One held it down for all three MCs for an exhausting couple of hours. Evidence drenched the crowd with solo material and some cuts form his group Dilated Peoples. Then “The Street Preacher” Brother Ali came and rocked the show like he always does. As they took in the crowd noise after performing their tour anthem “The Freshest Kids” I could see it on their faces – that this Chicago stop was one hell of a show. With Chicago being the second to last stop before the gang headed home for two sold out shows at the legendary First Avenue in Minneapolis, I decided to catch up with Mr. Toki Wright.
I walked into the Metro spotted my man Toki wearing his Twins fitted cap. We got the interview rolling and he had some great things to say about the Fresh Air Tour, the Twin Cities music scene and what he is working in the coming months.
Pwelbs: This is Bad Service – DJ Pwelbs – sitting with Rhymesayer’s very own Toki Wright. This is the Fresh Air Tour Chicago stop. How is the tour been so far? Touring with Ali, Evidence – it’s gotta be crazy. You are almost done.
Toki Wright: Yeah we are almost outta here. Big ups to Minneapolis of course first and foremost. Fresh Air Tour we out here at the Metro in Chicago. It’s been crazy touring with BK-One, Brother Ali and Evidence; it’s been great shows every night. I really feel like doing this “Freshest Kids” thing – it’s been a good jump for me in my career. It is just a big jump for me in my development as an artist. It’s just great. I’m happy.
P: Absolutely! So I’ve been following you guys on Twitter – I hate to bring up Twitter.
T: Nah man. [Laughter]
P: I know it has taken over. I was telling my buddies it’s definitely the most connected I have ever felt to the artists that I like. Have you felt more connected to your fans?
T: Yeah definitely – people actually have a direct link to you. Which sometimes can be a little overwhelming but sometimes its good because you want to hear what people have to say. Those critical opinions I think a lot of times artists, especially in hip-hop, get a close circle of people around them that are “yes men” or tell them they are better then they may really be for their own self security. For me as an artist that wants to be honest with my listeners, I like to hear what the real response is.
P: Definitely, I feel you on that one. You’re from the Twin Cities. You have got to be proud of the whole scene right now. You have got Rhymesayers going big for 2010, Doomtree, Big Quarters – they are doing Last Of The Record Buyers, Dessa is teaching at McNally – I know you’re a part of that (hip-hop) degree over there. How do you feel about all of this?
T: I love Minneapolis. I always think Minneapolis has been a forward thinking city. You think back to Prince. You think back to Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis. We have always been people that have been innovators. It’s not only dope to see Rhymesayers setting things off but Just Live is another group from Minneapolis that I have seen doing some stuff with Wyclef. I’ve seen them on Americans Next Band. You know what I mean, it’s just all these crazy things and people are really starting to spread out and branch out which is only going to be better for the Twin Cities scene, Minneapolis, for all of us. People like St. Paul Slim, Muja Messiah, Maria Isa who is out in New York like every month doing shows and getting involved in the Afro-Puerto Rican community. It’s dope to see people that you have come up with expand and go to all these places that you may never have expected and they never really expected and proving all the naysayers wrong. It’s good. It’s great!
P: I know you’re an activist on the side and do a lot of side projects. I think what’s crazy about the Minneapolis scene is that all the artists give back. Even down to the bottom, not that I’m saying Big Quarters is at the bottom but they are just so involved in community. They help out producers and upcoming rappers. It’s just awesome.
Also your new album did very well. A Different Mirror, I think you even had to re-ship? How does it have feel to have support from all the fans? All your blog support and how much it has taken over. How does it feel?
T: It’s a beautiful thing. I tell people I’m a kid from North Minneapolis and people told me that I would never be anybody and I’m not really someone to rub things in people’s face but it is good to know that if I continue at whatever pace that I am at and really believe in what I do, I think I can make it. I think that is inspirational to other kids from my block and kids from North Minneapolis. We get looked at like we are the scum of Minnesota and they are beautiful people and make beautiful things. Seeing everybody from top to bottom succeed is great for me. Seeing Big Quarters succeed and give back is great for me. Seeing Maria Isa give back is great for me. Because that is a new flavor that isn’t always, you know out there in the hip-hop scene. People aren’t always reinvesting in where they came from. You have to understand that a lot of that comes from hatred from the person that’s above you. I think that a lot of us have come up in different pockets at the same time and have had to work together so we have camaraderie with each other.
P: Absolutely. I know the last thing I saw from you was a guest feature on a Trey Lane record; he is a rapper out South Dakota. I know you just dropped your album back in the summer but what else are you working on? This day in age something is always on the way.
T: Yup – A Different Mirror is out there and I’ve been pushing that. I’ve got the “Devils Advocate” video that is on MTV. I’ve got a new video for “The Feeling” with Brother Ai that is coming out in a few weeks. Maybe a month or something. I have a bunch of features that I have been working on. We are trying to work on doing another tour and we have just new music. I have been writing new music everyday and connecting with some people that I would love to work with and people I look up to. I’m working on a joint with Louieville Sluggah from Boot Camp Clik right now. You know just doing things that I always wanted to do when I was younger. The expansion is happening and I’m creating new work everyday. I definitely have more work for people that will be free or for a small fee by the end of the year. Then I’ll be ready to hit people with another record next year.
P: Sounds good, we always love to hear about some new Rhymesayers and Toki Wright coming our way. Any other artists you are paying attention to? I know we discussed a few of them earlier. Anyone else either artists or producers? Twin Cities specifically?
T: Nationally, I would definitely say Jay Electronica. He is definitely someone that makes me thing when I am listening to them. Locally, St. Paul Slim definitely. There are a lot of younger artists that are coming up everyday through these community groups that are making amazing new music all the time. I give props to everybody but I definitely give props to Benzilla, PC, King Karnov and some of the other people making beats outta the Twin Cities. Big Quarters of course.
P: Franz Diego!
T: Of course Franz Diego, Illumnious 3 and The Usual Suspects. A cat named I.B.E. has a video coming out that I am in – coming out soon. People are really stepping their game up and are really starting to become more professional with the work. Of course I am a big supporter of the Doomtree folks. Me and P.O.S. came up around the same time and seeing what he is doing and seeing how he has expanded. I told him the other day. Man, you inspire me to do better. Just seeing where we were and where we are now is inspirational.
P: Yeah not to mention he is just one of the nicest guys out there. I interviewed him last year. He is one of a kind.
T: Yeah – he is great! That’s the thing. You know a lot of great people come from Minnesota. The thing about Minnesota is that it is so cold that you really want to have to live there to be there. [Laughter] It keeps out a lot of the bad attitude.
P: I hear ya on that one. That’s all from me. Enjoy the show and I’ll be out there front and center. Enjoy your time and rest in Minneapolis as this tour winds down.
T: You know it. Once again – North Minneapolis, St. Paul and Twin Cities. Respect. Rhymesayers Entertainment and Soul Tools. Everybody out there making music and everyone out there supporting their community. Big ups to the whole poetry scene. Big ups to everybody out there making moves for their hometown. Love.
P: No doubt. This is a Bad Service with DJ Pwelbs live from the Metro in Chicago. The Fresh Air Tour with Brother Ali, Evidence, Toki Wright and the one and only BK-One. We are outta here! Thanks!
T: Peace. One Love.
I can’t thank Toki Wright enough for taking the time for this interview. Shout out to Brother Ali, Evidence and my man BK-One for chatting it up. Such good people.
You can catch the audio for the interview this Sunday, November 22nd on my radio show Bad Service on Radio DePaul. Tune in at Http://radio.depaul.edu from 6-9PM for hip-hop all night. More information at http://www.pwelbs.com.
I’ll end it Fresh Air Tour Style. 1,2,3 Peace! 1,2,3 Peace! Rhymesayers #1.
Toki Wright’s A Different Mirror is in stores now.
Add-2 links up with Miami Producer Mydus for the nostalgic song “Cassette Tapes”. Add-2 has just wrapped up shooting the video for “Luxury” (directed by Da Visionaryz) and be on the look out for the release of the video “Starter Jacket” (directed by Precise Minds) next week.
One of my favorite MCs of the year – Chicago’s Add-2 drops another gem. Looking forward to this “Starter Jacket” video too.
Some unreleased XV to make up for the delay of his project Beneath The Surface – moved to November 24th. Short wait but Ill take this track. Beat is nuts!
I don’t think words could describe the Chicago show last night. One of the best hip-hop shows I’ve seen. All these guys brought it. From meeting up with Toki, meeting Evidence and talking with BK-One – the night was amazing. Speechless.
From the tweets I’m reading so far Ev, Ali, Toki and BK seem to agree this was the best night of the tour. Crazy.
Toki Wright interview on the way. Yessir!
Consequence – Whatever U Want [G.O.O.D. Music Remix] (Ft. Kanye West, Common, John Legend, KiD CuDi & Big Sean) + Kidz In The Hall – The Grizzly Man
Well this line-up is stellar. I guess there is yet another one to come? I’m not really sure how much replay value this track has.
So here is the first leak off the new Kidz In The Hall, “Professional Leisure Tour” free EP, dropping December 8th, sponsored by LRG. The project will contain about 13 new tracks, and act as a warmup to the groups third studio album, “Land Of Make Believe” which is set for a March release. This first track samples the indie band Grizzly Bear’s single “Two Weeks” and was recorded while on tour.
I’m really likin’ what Kidz In The Hall are up to these days. Hot sample too.
snagged my links from Mike over at Midwest Broadcast. Check his blog if you haven’t already!
A fresh one from one hell of a rising star outta Brooklyn. I know a bunch of readers liked this kid the last time I posted up some stuff. Not 100% sure what project this is off – I think it is just a single. Enjoy.
Jump-off Joe Budden (1/4 of Slaughterhouse) does it like no other – this time off Rihanna’s forgettable song “Russian Roulette.” I’ll remember it now. MOOD MUZIK!
I can’t even tell you how many times I have re-watched his verse on those BET ciphers. Watch here.
Y’all know I love the grittiness of Fly Society. Off: Fly Society – Fly With Us Or Lie Beneath Us (Mixtape)
My favorite up an coming rapper drops much anticipated 4075: The Refill mixtape. I’m telling you now – get familiar with this dude. I will be bumping this like no other. I’m still all over the first one.
I’ve included the NO DJ version above. All rappers should do this. Thanks Pill.
You maybe spotted Chip on this blog before but he can also be found on the track “Hyyer” on Kid CuDi’s album. Anyway – this is the first leak off his upcoming The Clevland Show mixtape. Guess what city he is from. Look for the mixtape to drop December 1st fo free. I’ll be sure to post it up. With guest features from Big Sean, Curren$y, Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids, Mikkey Halsted and Skooda Chose this one should be on point…but pretty questionable first track though….flow is kinda whack. Produced by Boi-1nda (Drake’s “Forever.”)
Link from the illest over at illRoots.
Another tooooo smooth track from the upcoming Blackroc project – set to drop Nov. 30t. Blackroc is The Black Keys + a dozen or so dope rapper…like Mos Def.
Nothing doper than a new track from the best posse in the Midwest. With production from Lazerbeak and verses from Sims and P.O.S. this is one of 8 tracks on the upcoming False Hopes 15. The album drops December 6th physically and online – or get it a day earlier at the Doomtree blowout – flyer above. Hopefully I will be in attendance!
Egypto Knuckles of the Background Noise Crew hit me with the other day – finally got some time to blog so I’m definitley throwing this one up. Analyrical of the BNC has a new album on the way titled First Date set to drop Dec. 15th.
Big shouts to the whole BNC. Nicest guys I’m tellin you!
Shouts to Mike over at Midwest Broadcast for uploading a link.
Wiz’s upcoming album Deal or No Deal will be worldwide on November 24th. OKAAAY.
The homie Chuck is dropping a new mixtape titled Almighty L.I. on November 30th. This will definitely be a good one.
Shouts to Chuck and QNQ Ent.
“If you ever have the pleasure of meeting Freddie, this song will tell you the true story about how he acquired the scar by his eye. Much love to Buckwild for making this banger and much respect to Beanie Sigel for already blessing this beat and making his own version”
A fresh one off Freddie Gibb’s upcoming project titled The Labels Tryin to Kill Me.
A new track that will be featured on the re-release of Spitta’s album This Ain’t No Mixtape.
When it comes to visuals the Clipse have it down. Till The Casket Drops in stores December 8th.
Chicago remixers Hey Champ spin Mike Posner’s “Cooler Than Me” in their own direction and I must say this is about as infectious as the original. A must have for all you Posner fans out there.
all hail illRoots.