Proud to be a part of this one. Myself and Tyler at aboveGround Magazine came together for an end of the year mix of some of our favorite songs of 2010. Big or small we have artists from all over the map and all over radar. Recall our Best Kept Fresh series that compile our favorite tracks for each month. For this end of the year mix we grabbed the homie Vik Vega (of Chicago’s Midnight Rockers!) to hold us down on the 1s and 2s. He killed it as usual!
Shouts to the homies Vik, Tyler and MBW.
Track list below!
1. TRUTHLiVE – Tormented Genuis
2. Brother Ali & Fashawn – Breaking Dawn Boys
3. Black EL & Durkin – GO! ft. Outasight
4. Wiz Khalifa – The Kid Frankie
5. Freeway – One Thing ft. Raekwon
6. The Roots – The Fire ft. John Legend
7. Boog Brown – Friends Like These ft. Kam Moye
8. Celph Titled – Styles Ain’t Raw ft. Apathy & Chino XL
9. Pac Div – Rollin’ ft. Ty$
10. Yelawolf – I Wish (Remix) ft. Prynce CyHi & Pill
11. M-Dot – Be Easy ft. Torae, Chino XL, Bam & Lyric Jones
12. Mally – Lights Off
13. JR & PH7 – Bow Down ft. Evidence & LEGACY
14. Jabee – Better ft. King Mez & Carlitta Durand
15. Skyzoo – Speakers on Blast
16. Dice Raw – No Doubt About It
17. Dave Coresh – Keep It Movin’
Pardon my tardiness on this one. On the 15th of every month Mally and The Sundance Kid have been blessing us with one hell of a collaborative effort. It’s hard to even phantom saying this…but this might be the best one yet. Both of these dudes are just so incredibly talented….truly honored to be a part of it. History in the making.
As a finale the two will be dropping a full length project in the Spring of 2011.
Check out the previous release below:
- October: MaLLy – Heir Time Prod. by The Sundance Kid
- September: MaLLy – Lights Off (Prod. By The Sundance Kid)
Y’all ready know this is straight heat. Get lifted!
Rocket Science with Boogy & Phlyy B comes to us in late November.
Artwork by The Airtime Collection
Fortunately for me I got to hear this track a week early. I’ve had it on constant rotation ever since. Mally is one of those artists I truly truly believe in. It’s music I can connect with and I constantly find my self revisiting his material. Not to mention it’s nice to seeing someone my age improve on their art each and every time they release something new. Plus he will kill you in a REAL freestyle…no lie. Mally is one of those names that will carry on the tradition of high quality hip-hop in Minnesota.
Also huge shouts to the Twin Cities very own Sundance Kid who produced this track…and the entire EP that will be dropping next spring. He absolutely killed it. Take note that Mally and Sundance will be dropping a new track every 15th of the month until early spring. Fresh!
Shouts to Mally, Sundance Kid, Airtime Collection…proud to be reping alongside you fellas.
“See Me Now” featuring Dave Coresh is the third and final single off Boogy’s upcoming mixtape Are You Not Entertained? dropping next Tuesday, September 21st. Both these fellas went in!
Produced by Chicago up and comer, The Exceptionalist.
Shouts to Q&Q Ent.
Well, there has been a bit of a hiatus since the last installment of Best Kept Fresh. Luckily for our readers, we’ve kept the tracks warm for you.
Without going into detail, just know that the schedule will resume as follows. Hit the links below for Volumes 6 and 7 of the Best Kept Fresh series presented by aboveGround Magazine and our friend Pwelbs.
Big thanks to Tyler at aboveGround Magazine. Artwork done by Mr. Torres. Hit him up!
1. State of the Artist – Extrahelladope ft. Helladope and Jarv Dee
2. Donnis – OD
3. Fashawn – Life’s a Bitch ft. Talib Kweli
4. Little Brother – Curtain Call
5. Dave Coresh – 3-Headed Monster ft. Mike Schpitz and Add-2
6. EarthGang – Kick’n It
7. MURS and 9th Wonder – The Problem Is ft. Sick Jacken and Uncle Chucc
8. Aviator – Fist Pumpa
9. Rockwell Powers – I Know Better
10. Maja7th – Starving Artist ft. Mick Luter
11. TRUTHLiVE – The UnLearning
12. Shawn Chrystopher – No Snitchin’
13. The Tribe and Big Cats! – Up In Arms
14. Grieves – Heat Stroke ft. Cunninlynguists
15. Aceyalone – Soldier of Love Remix
16. Ski Beatz – Ariel ft. Curren$y, Terriwalker, Whosane, Mos Def and Stalley
17. Consequence – Let You Live ft. Pharoahe Monch
18. Eternia and MoSS – It’s Funny ft. Joell Ortiz
19. Marco Polo and Ruste Juxx – Nobody
20. Mally – On The Way Up
21. Passion HiFi – What We Came To Do ft. Apathy, Jo-Dbl and Genesis Elijah
22. Rizzlino – Pass It On (Haa Haa) ft. Luckyiam
1. State of the Artist – Hey Hey ft. P. Smoov and Shaprece Renee
2. Big Quarters – Hold Me Down
3. J Cole – Who Dat
4. Debaser – Don’t Sleep ft. The Grouch
5. Necro – Set It
6. Jay Electronica – A Million In The Morning
7. The Let Go – Nightfall ft. P.O.S.
8. Dark Time Sunshine – Primor ft. P.O.S., Peegee 13, DJ Zone and Aesop Rock
9. Pac Div – Rollin’ ft. Ty$)
10. Jordan Looney – Perspective
11. A.R.M. – Resist
12. Brother Ali, Fashawn, BK-One – Breakin’ Dawn Boys
13. Big K.R.I.T. – Glass House ft. Curren$y and Wiz Khalifa
14. Reinvention – Forgot ft. Florence and the Machine
15. PackFM – Nasty
16. Lungz – Skateboard Gangsta
17. Lupe Fiasco – Love Letter to the Beat ft. Alicia Keys
18. Mally – Better Days ft. Danami
It’s that time again! Myself and the staff over at aboveGround Magazine put together a mixtape of tracks that we feel you need to hear from the month of February. As always this is a great way to catch up on all the hip-hop you may have missed out on.
This month we teamed up with the ever so smooth music and culture blog – FresherThan.com. Shouts to Mes over there for putting together this month’s crispy artwork.
As always this month features hip-hop tracks from all over the map. Take a look at that tracklist below. It’s delicious and best kept fresh.
- Freeway – One Thing ft. Raekwon (Prod. Jake One)
- Skyzoo and Rhymefest – Crack The Code
- RADIx – The Return (Prod. Statik Selektah)
- YC The Cynic – The Bad Seed ft. Final Outlaw
- STS – In For The Kill
- Luckyiam – TV in the Afternoon
- Laws – Hold You Down
- Landon Wordswell – Rhymin’
- Game – Shake
- Emilio Rojas – Helluva Year ft. Scheme and Astonish
- Yelawolf – I Wish (Remix) ft. Prynce CuHi and Pill
- TRUTHLiVE – Tormented Genuis
- Toki Wright – Time Zones
- KiD CuDi – Highs N Lows
- Freez – The Ritual
- THREE – Get Smashed 2Nite
- Prometheus Brown – Michelle Malkin
- Maja7th – On My Own ft. Freddie Gibbs and Mikkey Halsted
- A-Alikes – Sirens in the Distance ft. Mos Def
- B.o.B. – Fuck The Money ft. Asher Roth
- Cypress Hill – Armada Latina ft. Marc Anthony and Pitbull
- D-Sisive – The Reign
- Casual – N.A.G.A.S.
- Aloe Blacc – I Need a Dollar
- MURS – 316 Pt. 2
- Methuzulah – Sleeping Fist ft. DJ Danja
As always big shouts to Tyler over at aboveGround…well for doin the dirty work!
You know the drill. I’ll update with more info later this afternoon. Month of January was jam packed. 30 tracks of pure hip-hop.
But in the meantime:
1. Little Brother – Life Of The Party Pt. 2
2. Cymarshall Law – Discrimination ft. Skit Slam
3. Mally – 3 Part Eulogy
4. Cause, The Kid Daytona, Chaundon – South Bronx (Remix)
5. Damian Marley & Nas – As We Enter
6. Gorillaz – Stylo ft. Mos Def and Bobby Womack
7. Taiyamo Denku – Lightbulb ft. Mainflow
8. Mod Sun – Keep It Movin’ ft. P.O.S.
9. Basic Vocab – What They Want
10. Classified – Oh… Canada
11. D. Black – Special
12. King Mez – Nowhere To Go ft. Thee Tom Hardy
13. theOTHERSIDE – Change The Situation
14. Common – Next Time
15. Bun B & GLC – Happiness Before Riches
16. Sene and Von Pea – Cantstandya
17. Mac Lethal – Exhibit: DEAD
18. Muneshine – Heavy Hitters ft. Fundament and D-Sisive
19. Pill – Aine Given Up ft. Young Scrolla
20. B. Dolan – Fifty Ways to Bleed Your Customer
21. Tanya Morgan – The Make Believer
22. Nero – Far Away From Here
23. Lupe Fiasco – I’m Beaming
24. Raekwon, Ghostface, Method Man, U-God – Clap 2010
25. J. Cole – Playground
26. Intuition – Buzzkill ft. Slug
27. Gripz – Critics ft. K. Sparks
28. Consequence – Childish Games ft. Asher Roth
29. Mos Def – The Tournament
30. Mac Lethal and B. Dolan – Free Floating Hostility
Big shout out to my homie Tyler over at aboveGround Magazine. This kid hustles harder than anyone. Stay up – abovegroundmagazine.com.
Were back! Volume 3 of Best Kept Fresh brought to you by aboveGround Magazine and Pwelbs.com. Best Kept Fresh is a monthly recap of all the hip-hop that dropped along with the visions of a dope graphic artist. December brought some excellent new music to our ears. Tyler and I have concluded that this is easily the best month yet not only content wise but just take a look at that fantastic artwork. Shouts to Jesse for holdin’ it down.
So quit with the excuses and check out this compilation of what we thought were some of the best tracks to drop in the final month of the decade. Quit dragging your feet in the dirt. This is a great way to keep up on the newest releases. This stuff is Best Kept Fresh.
1. Eternia – Foul Child
2. Strong Arm Steady – Best of Times ft. Phonte
3. Reflection Eternal – Just Begun ft. Jay Electronica, J. Cole and Mos Def
4. Medina Green – Party Done ft. Mos Def
5. Mos Def – 24 Hour Karate School
6. Constrobuz – Hustin’ (Remix)
7. St. Paul Slim – Shut It Down
8. RoKnew – Make You Move
9. Mike Swoop – No Go Die!
10. Illuminous 3 – Thrift Stores & L’s
11. Tom Delay – Cases Sampler
12. Toki Wright – This Right Here
13. Nneka – Walking (J. Period Remix) ft. Jay Electronica
14. Brother Ali – Blizzard Rap ‘09
15. Freeway – Know What I Mean
16. GAME – Big Money
17. Sandpeople – Can It All Be So Simple
18. Jordan Looney – Superchick
19. The Cool Kids – Tires ft. Boldy James
20. Illogic – Graveyard
21. KiD CuDi – Cudderisback
Shouts to Tyler over at aboveGround Magazine. Also a big thanks to Jesse Ransome for the oh so fresh artwork.
To keep pace with todays online hip-hop world myself and Tyler over at aboveGround Magazine have once again come together to compile our second edition of Best Kept Fresh. This time supplying you with 20 must have tracks for the month of November. October was a great success and now every 1st of the month you have some great hip-hop to look forward to. Dope underground hip-hop from all across the nation. A great way to check up on some new up and comers. Most of the artists on this mixtape have more material which can easily be accessed on both Pwelbs.com and abovegroundmagzine.com.
Big shouts to this month’s artist Jameson – she did an amazing job! I think we might have to keep her around! Jameson on MySpace [myspace.com/jamesonartandmusic]
- Sapient – Famine
- A&E – Pass The Mic ft. KRS-One
- S-Preme – Goin’ Away ft. Mr. Music
- Diamond District – Gully
- Chiddy Bang – The Opposite of Adults (KIDS)
- The Prime – S.I.D.S.
- Jabee – Blood
- Lupe Fiasco – All The Way Turnt Up (Freestyle)
- Felt – Felt Chewed Up
- Rob Yung – Commercial Break
- Pill – Run Up To Me ft. Freddie Gibbs
- Kidz In The Hall – The Grizzly Man
- Graymaker – Crazy Talk
- Guilty Simpson – Paper
- Greenhouse – Damn
- Dres – Forever Luvlee
- Bobbie Ray – Nothing On You ft. Bruno Mars
- BlakRoc – Ain’t Nothing Like You (Hoochie Coo)
- Doomtree – Coup For The King
- Trey Lane and Big Jess – Until There’s Nothing Left
shouts to my man Tyler over at aboveGround Magazine. We keep suckas in the loop.
- Nero – Yep, Ya Dig
- Dave Coresh – Keep It Movin’
- Chuck L.I. – Contact
- LA & Mr. Music – Wake Up ft. S-Preme
- Add-2 – Break It Down
- Illuminous 3 – BYOB
- Background Noise Crew – 5Play
- Mally – The Savior
- St. Paul Slim – You Gotta Get Wit’ Me
- Trey Lane – Where The Party At
- YP – On Point
- Dodi Phy – Love and Lust ft. M.anifest
- Muja Messiah – Messiah
- Youngsta “The 80s Baby” – I Like Dat
- The Tribe & Big Cats! – Grind Time
- Add-2 – Let It Bang
- Mike Posner – First Date Sex
- LA & Mr. Music – I Was Born
- Nero – The Cannon
Shout out to everyone involved in this project! Also a huge shout out to John over at The Airtime Collection for truly creating one of the most exceptional street wear lines in the game right now.
Thank you – Nero, Mike Waxx, illRoots.com, aboveGround Magazine, QNQ Entertainment, LoveRa, Chuck L.I., Zach Johnson, Elitaste, Add-2, Trey Lane, Jon Jon at Sound Verite, Franz Diego, Radio DePaul, Mr. Peter Parker, DJ CJ, Zeke, John Mooty, The Tribe & Big Cats! and so many more.
Round 2 in 2010. Duck and cover.
I had a real dope conversation with Inglewood, California native and hip-hop artist Shawn Chrystopher this past Sunday on Bad Service. Uploaded the interview above – a little over an hour but wel worth the listen. I kept the songs in because we talked about each song during the segments. We also talk about how he got into rapping/making music, making music in high school and college, his mixtapes and his latest album A City With No Seasons that dropped this summer.
Also he mentions his upcoming shows in NY (With Mike Posner & Big Sean) and LA.
Thanks for listening!
Shouts to Shawn Chrystopher and Kevin at Elitaste.com.
I host Bad Service every Sunday night 6-9PM. Tune in over at Radio DePaul.
Here it is – my very first interview. Quite a bit has happened to me over the last year. Pwelbs.com has gotten a much bigger response than I ever could have imagined. It was serious reality check when I found myself in a taxi on the way to my very first interview. I was truly honored and excited to be interviewing Minneapolis rapper P.O.S of Rhymesayers Entertainment and the legendary Doomtree crew. I would be lying if I said P.O.S hasn’t dominated my ears over the last few months with the release of his third album Never Better back in early February. P.O.S has also had a pretty incredible last 12 months with an extensive amount of touring, a Doomtree record and his own record which received a tremendous amount of positive reviews. He also received extensive amounts of press from his performance at this year’s SXSW including being named Spin Magazine’s “Artists to Watch.” Ah hell he was even titled “Best Local Band Made Good” by Twin Cities magazine City Pages.
So here I am waiting outside the Bottom Lounge in Chicago, Illinois. The train is literally right above the door of the venue. I sit here waiting, going deaf about every 5 minutes as the train flies overhead. Anyone in Chicago knows that when the “El” goes over your head it’s the sound of a jet engine. I’m supposed to meet him outside the venue around 5PM. After a slight bit of phone confusion and receiving a phone call from P.O.S himself I learn that he is about 30 minutes away. No surprise to me, I understand the drive from Minneapolis to Chicago as I’ve made the drive a handful of times now. How long it takes is about as inconsistent as the quality of Eminem’s albums.
A car pulls up with Minnesota license plates; this is a very good sign. P.O.S gets out and quickly runs inside to check in. As he strolls out I go up and introduce myself. We chat a little bit and I let him attend to his business of getting his equipment inside. Shortly after he walks out and is ready for the interview. We chat it up a bit, he asks if I got a ticket to the sold-out show. Unfortunately, I have no ticket. The problem is quickly resolved as he graciously puts me on the guest list.
We stroll around the corner and down the street to escape the train. I find the next few moments to almost be like a dream. We both spot what seems to be a wing of a bird, still bloody, lying on the ground torn from a body that is nowhere to be found. A couple feet further another wing lies on the pavement. P.O.S obviously snaps a picture. This may seem strange and all, but if you follow the Doomtree crew at all you will soon realize the bird-wings logo is a key part of the group’s logo. I mean who hasn’t thrown up their Doomtree bird wings up at one of their shows.
We then turn the corner and record the following interview, which is below. After the interview we pop into the concert venue and I watch P.O.S completely rock a crowd of indie rock kids. After his set the crowd looked like they just stuck a paperclip into an electrical socket, but in a good way. I must give props to the loud and proud group of P.O.S fans, including myself, that pumped our hands in the air for the entire set and spitting every line. This guy is a true performer and as he left the stage I heard the loudest round of applause I heard all night. So there you have it. I want to give a big thanks to P.O.S for giving his time for the interview. It was much appreciated but enough out of me. Let’s get to what P.O.S has to say.
Pwelbs: Your opening for Cursive tonight, what I like about an act like yourself is that you can play punk rock shows and hip hop shows. Do you play a rock show any differently than you do a hip hop show?
P.O.S: As far as playing a rock show differently than a hip hop show, I don’t think it’s that much different. I feel like the only difference is, at a rock show maybe half the crowd won’t know who I am or what I’m about. Which is cool it just makes it so that the first few songs I’m doing more introductory things. But right after the first three or four I kind of do it like I always do it. Usually goes off pretty well. Its fun man, we are doing three shows [with Cursive], this is our third show with them, the last of the three. But it’s really fun, reminds me a lot of the Minus The Bear tour I went on, just because it’s a good diverse crowd.
Pwelbs: What are you thoughts on how the Internet, Twitter and blogs have taken over hip hop?
P.O.S: It’s taken over everything! Not just hip-hop. Blogs, Twitter, Internet as long as people check there downloading, I don’t really care if people download my stuff, as long as they show support by coming to a show, buying a shirt, maybe buying the CD after they have stolen it later. [Laughs] If they liked it, ya know pick it up. I don’t care man, I’m not big enough to where people downloading my records is really going to hurt me that much. But I’m not small enough were it necessarily helps me unless people also show some support. But I mean I do it too, on occasion, I think last month I stole two records off the internet and downloaded maybe 4 or 5 songs legally off iTunes. Anyhow it’s all stuff I’ve never – like when ever I’m going to download a full record or something or someone sends me a link – just this last time I got a Paul McCartney record that I had never heard, I never even thought about, I checked it out, it’s been out since 1971, so I wasn’t really tripping to hard. The other one was a band I wasn’t to sure if I was going to like – and I didn’t. [Laughs] So I’m glad I didn’t buy it. I feel like it’s a good option for people to have. People just have to keep check of it.
Pwelbs: Do you feel like your listenership has gone way up because of Blogs, etc?
P.O.S: I don’t know [laughs] I feel like my listenership has gone up with every record. Know what I’m saying? But I don’t know it’s probably also helped to have blogs and stuff like that – that’s usually what’s supposed to happen. With every record you’re supposed to grow a little bit.
Pwelbs: Alright, so I’m a communications student and I work at college radio. What do you think about the state of radio?
P.O.S: I like college radio. I haven’t listened to a mainstream radio station for longer than like 4 or 5 minutes in year and years and years probably.
Pwelbs: I had to do a project for radio class and I listened to B96 in Minnesota and Chicago and I couldn’t even tell the difference.
P.O.S: Ya – yeah can’t. You really can’t tell the difference.
Pwelbs: Peter Parker is doing his thing.
P.O.S: I like Peter Parker – he’s got a good hustle. Because he does put on local artists a lot and because he does his own, aside from radio, he’s got mix tapes and stuff like that. He keeps his credibility and he doesn’t just stick to the Top 40.
Pwelbs: As far as Never Better’s packaging and artwork, how did that come together?
P.O.S: Well, I knew I had a budget for the record and my plan was to make something that was cool enough to get. My favorite records are the ones where – ya know – my favorite records growing up – one ever you opened it up the book was huge or it comes with a bunch of stickers or it comes with something. I just wanted to kind of have something like – that since I had a budget I wanted to do something like that. The record is about doing things yourself and doing something for you. I wanted to make something that was hands-on and that was the best thing that we came up with.
Pwelbs: I think now days it’s definitely an incentive to actually buy the album – it’s nice to have that extra thing.
P.O.S: I feel it’s important, if people are going to buy it anyway it’s just one more thing to push it over if the art is really cool.
Pwelbs: I’ve been listening to the new Big Quarters album and one of the opening lines in their single “Barter System” Medium Zach states “Stef Let me trade beats for studio time” and you actually appear in the music video. What’s the story behind that?
P.O.S: Ah man way back in the day back before Big Quarters was called Big Quarters – when they were still called EPO. Yah know, when Doomtree was still a little baby that was it. I was the only guy in the neighborhood that had ProTools and he (Medium Zach of Big Quarters) was the only guy that had any extra beats – I don’t make beats very fast, I make lots of beats, but I don’t make them fast so in order to have lots of beats (he was the guy.) We have had a good relationship, I like Medium Zach and I like Brandon and I always have. There only getting better and better – as far as Minneapolis hip hop goes – there in my Top 5.
Pwelbs: So you like the new album?
P.O.S: Yeah I love the new album – I love it. I actually have been twittering about it a lot. [Laughs]
Pwelbs: So you have been touring pretty much the last few months?
P.O.S: Yeah since February.
Pwelbs: Have you stumbled across any shows then?
P.O.S: I stumbled across a Mastodon show – we had a day off the same day they played. So we got on the list – and dude – it was awesome. That was my third time seeing them it was great.
Pwelbs: Which song do you wish you had written or produced?
P.O.S: Any song in the world? Oh man! There are lots of songs. There are a lot of lines more than actual full songs that I wish I had [written.] I’ll say “Monkberry Moon Delight” [laughter] by Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney. I wish I wrote and performed that. I wish that was my jam and it came out right now and that I was a millionaire off it. I love that song – I don’t know if you’ve heard it – it’s so good. [Laughter]
Pwelbs: When did you know hip-hop could be your job?
P.O.S: Honestly that took me a little longer – I knew that music could be my job in the 4th or 5th grade. That’s when I started to work toward making that true. When I realized hip hop could be my job was probably not until 10th and 11th grade when I realized there were local crews doing it like Rhymesayers and stuff like that. I didn’t realize – I knew Atmosphere and I knew Rhymesayers – I didn’t know they were seriously literally a couple miles away. So yeah around the middle of high school right around then.
Pwelbs: So you do a lot of interviews during the year – is there anything you wished people asked you more.
P.O.S: I wish – well I don’t know that I do, but I wish – well I like when people ask about the songs, when people clearly know what I’m about because a lot of times – like you know what’s up – but a lot of people are like “So, you like punk rock? Ah that’s cool!” But you know a lot of times people ask questions that they could of figured out if they had just looked at my bio. Ya know?
Pwelbs: Well that’s all I got. I appreciate it. Thanks again.
P.O.S: Sweet, no problem.
Fin. Shouts to P.O.S – see you at Soundset.
To hear the audio for this interview tune into Bad Service with DJ Pwelbs, this Sunday night May 15th on Radio DePaul from 8-10PM.