The classics never go out of style. When three emcees from Toronto get together to collaborate on a track for the love of hip hop, only goodness can come out of it. In 2010, when Dan-e-o was visiting Kish in L.A., the two were taking about future collaboration projects. While reminiscing about their favourite old school tracks, and memories of Concert Hall shows, Kish suggested to Dan-e-o that they do a cover of Biz Markie's "Vapors".
After reconnecting with Maestro while he was in L.A., Kish had found the perfect third emcee to round out the track. The only missing piece was a DJ. Maestro suggested his sister, DJ MelBoogie, and the rest was hip hop history.
This project was done out of love for the music, but even more that that, the track marked some firsts for this team: "Vapors 2012" is the first collaboration between Maestro and Dan-e-o, along with being the first collaboration between Wes and his sister MelBoogie. For Kish, this was only the second song he'd recorded after a 15 year hiatus.
To compliment the song, Kish asked phenomenal artist, Sean "Cheeks" Galloway, who did character design for the animated "Spider-man" series, to create some artwork to accompany the release.
Special thanks to DJ Craig Brooklyn, TJ Habibi and Sean "Cheeks" Galloway.
Last week, Tanya Morgan reemerged on the scene, delivering ARMY Edition, the latest - and perhaps greatest in their Lessondary Radio Podcast series, with a track list of songs that included features from 9th Wonder, Skyzoo, King Mez, and more. Along with it came the announcement of their forthcoming You And What Army EP, and now the Brooklynati duo is excited to give fans "Whatever That's Mine," the lead single from the nine-track EP, which is now scheduled for a November 22nd release.
"2011 has been a transitional period, professionally and personally," explains Von Pea, now one-half of the duo alongside Donwill. "Keeping that in mind, 'Whatever That's Mine' is inspired by the idea that everyday is another chance to go for yours, no matter what it is that you're after. We were so damn down before, but now we're getting up and going for ours."
The track, produced by Von Pea, who's joined behind the boards for the EP by Exile, Astronote, AEON, and Brizzo, is feel good music in its truest form, a mix of bouncy percussion laid under guitar and vocal chops, perfect for Don and Von to get boisterous. "Playing with it ain't an option now/ You set it up, you better try to knock it down," raps Donwill. "Feeling good feels better when you ain't bitter/ And the only way to fail is being a quitter."
Winnipeg, MB Hip Hop duo. Was nominated for a 2011 Western Canadian Music Award for Rap/Hop Hop Recording Of The Year. Charted #3 on the National Canadian Campus Radio: Earshot & Chartattack Hip Hop Charts.
DJ's and Media I'd like to introduce you to Yo Gotti's newest artist Zed Zilla. We're giving you a new single titled "Fire That Bitch" and also his brand new mixtape "Rent's Due" for free downloads. Vibe out to the music and get yourself familiar with him because there is a lot more music on the way. Stay tuned for updates and your support is appreciated!
DOWNLOAD THE "RENT'S DUE" MIXTAPE RIGHT HERE - NO DJ VERSION
After much fanfare and many a free download, The Pseudo Intellectuals newest record, Dope Grindwork, hits stores today. Digital downloads are available through iTunes, Amazon, and Bandcamp. The physical CD and artwork (100% Eco-packaging) can be purchased at Amazon and - for a lmited time - directly from DTR.
Dope Grindwork features an amazing sound-scape provided by DJ Cutler and Tone Atlas, juxtaposed against a multitude of talent - from Jazzmatazz trumpeter Brownman, to emcee extraordinaire A.L. Third, to the unmatched vocal stylings of The Fresh Sisters - so be sure to head on over and support independent artists who think locally yet act globally. In the words of Irv Funkenstein, "The Pseudo Intellectuals are the epitome of fine music, made from records and beer." So be sure to check them out.
On Friday, November 11th, the Pseudo Intellectuals, DTR45, LoDo Industries, and The Good Neighborhood will gather nearly all of the players from the album and a few special guests to release the album on the sly, at a downtown Buffalo location to be revealed before the event but remain beneath the radar. Emceed by Shane “BBoy Depree” Fry and Seamus Gallivan, the 11/11/11 throwdown will charge $11 admission before 11pm, which includes a choice of either a Dope Grindwork CD, commemorative Pseudo pint glass, or Pseudo coffee mug.
This just in from LoDo chairman Irv Funkenstein: “The compositions on this album are, for the most part, functional rather than developmental. Tone’s usual polyrhythmic beatsounds and Cutler’s stylish scratchthings are further propelled and fortified by the desirable guitar work of young VJ Brown, the vital new link in the six-stringed lifeline from Charlie Christian to Barney Kessel to Kenny Burrell and Grant Green.”