Most emcees like to brag, but not Albany’s Oddy Gato. “Hip-hop is not just a guy grabbing a mic and saying I'm the best, I’m the best,” he explains, “it’s about other people saying ‘this motherfucker is really good.’” Over the years quite a few people have been saying Oddy Gato is really good. His goal, which he says should be the goal of every artist, is to make listeners question what is going on. “A real artist’s job is to step outside the norms of society, of the dominant culture, to challenge everything, and to challenge people to see things in a different light.” Living by that ideology it should come as no surprise that Oddy Gato once performed with Immortal Technique at a Free Mumia concert in Philadelphia. He also recorded in J-Live’s home studio with both J-Live and Rashawn Ross, a trumpeter and arranger who tours with Dave Matthews Band.
Backed by producer Lo-Fi LOBO and DJ TRUMASTR, Oddy Gato is extremely pleased with the work he and his team are creating, even going as far as saying “if anybody has a problem with the music that we’re making, not only am I nice with the microphone, I have the hand sills of a vicious puma.” This week I risked the possibility of incurring the wrath of Oddy Gato when I caught up with him to ask him about his music, why he feels it’s better to be odd, and the reasons why he loves calling Albany home.
8:45 PM CST. Details are sketchy at present but we'll give you all that we know. The Philaflava blog was the first to break this news: "If anyone has info about this please let us know. We’re told his sister Tricia said he is currently in a coma after suffering from cardiac arrest. Our prayers go out to Keith Elam and his family." After that ?uestlove from The Roots put it on blast on Twitter, though from his reaction one would think he's hoping it's not true. The HipHopWired website put it up as well, but they're unable to confirm it: "According to many different sources, Hip-Hop Wired has acquired information that rapper Guru has fallen into a coma after suffering cardiac arrrest. Details right now remain very slim, but sources have stated that the news was broken by Guru’s sister." Our thoughts and prayers are with Keith Elam and his family. Stay tuned to RR for further updates.
UPDATE at 10:20 PM CST from ?uestlove on Twitter: "Primo confirmed on Sirius Radio that Guru had heart attack & is in a coma and will undergo surgery tomorrow."
CityBoy has stepped out of the shadows of Chicago’s thriving music scene and all too dangerous streets to establish him self as a international artist and entrepreneur while staying true to the streets that raised him.
Born and raised in and around the trap houses of Chicago’s infamous Humbolt Park/Logan Square CityBoy’s was exposed to the business of selling drugs from birth. Both of his parents were well known dealers and CityBoy spent most of his early life surrounded by drug dealings, murders, and guns, which led to him living a life that most people could only begin to imagine. Although he was surrounded by the drama of the streets CityBoy found an outlet for his frustrations in music, which he developed a passion for while hustling in the streets. A born businessman it was only right that CityBoy would enter into the business side of music before becoming an artist forming his own record label C.O.R. Records or Crack Or Rap Records. When asked why he named his record label this, CityBoy simply replied, “that’s the choice I have to make, either I’m going to succeed at creating this music or its back to hustling crack.” CityBoy took inspiration for from artists like Tupac, NWA, Eazy, E, Baby of Cash Money, and T.i. all of which he claims turned the nothing they were given into something and found a way to turn their hustles into legitimate money.. Just look and see for yourself what CityBoy is all about,"BUSINESS"!!!
Download City Boy featuring Drake "I'm About Business" Dirty Version by clicking here.
Download City Boy featuring Drake "I'm About Business" Clean Version by clicking here.
Check out behind the scenes footage from Stat Quo's upcoming music video 'Success (Back to U)', the first single off his Statlanta album, releasing May 4th on Big Dream Ventures. The album is executive produced by Sha Money XL. The music video was shot in Atlanta last month and will debut next week. In the meantime, please check out this behind the scenes footage.
What up my peoples. Thanks to all those who showed love to "Make it". The Next Blast for Neak's "84 Vol. 2 (The Silent Fiasco)" coming out March 2nd presented by DJbooth.net - is "Film School" Produced by Mulatto Patriot. "Film School" is a smooth chill joint where Neak lyrically describes his life in the eye of the camera.
Just a quick update for now as I have to go bathe my minions... I mean children.
For the past few years I have been working in secret with Shoebox of Worm Quartet, The Great Luke Ski, and Chris Mezzolesta of Power Salad on some sketch comedy. This new super group of sketch comedy is called Cirque du So What and last month we finally got together and recorded an album. Since it took us so long to put out the album we decided to title it Procrastinators Of The Apocalypse.
Barring any unforeseen circumstances the album will be available for sale at MarsCon. If you pre-order and will be at MarsCon you can pick up the CD from me and I'll refund you the shipping on your order when I get back.
The first few tracks from the CD have now been released for public consumption. First, over at The FuMP you can now download our intro track God Hates Comedy Musicians. http://www.thefump.com
Second, last night on The Awful Show I called in to talk about the project and they played our track A F***ing Room. http://www.theawfulshow.com
Free Download: Elusive "District 2 District" Album Sampler
Los Angeles, California based producer Elusive is no stranger to the underground hip hop scene. Making his debut production appearance on Eligh's (of the Living Legends) album in 1997. Elusive comes from the school of real music, being highly influenced from great producers like DJ Premier, Pete Rock, J Dilla as well as all kinds of music including jazz and soul music. A lot of his earlier releases featured California underground emcee's like Living Legends, Aceyalone, Myka 9, Jupiter & Peace from Freestyle Fellowship and Planet Asia. Now in 2010, Elusive teams up with Domination Recordings to release his latest production album titled "District 2 District" featuring Planet Asia, Royce Da 5'9, Main Flow, Casual, Gift of Gab, Prince Po, El Da Sensei, Omega Red, Ricky General, Whosane, Naptron, Neb Luv, Lady G, Trenseta and Bruce Hathcock.
Tracklisting: 1. Intro feat. Bruce Hathcock 2. District 2 District feat. Planet Asia and Ricky General 3. What Yall Chasing feat. Royce da 5'9, Naptron and Bruce Hathcock 4. Too Many feat. Casual 5. Whats Poppin feat. Whosane 6. To the Top feat. Main Flow and Omega Red 7. Danger feat. Trenseta 8. What It Dofeat. Prince Po 9. Clapped Up feat. Naptron and C France 10. Green Berets feat. Planet Asia 11. Rhyme Games feat. Gift of Gab and Whosane 12. Gangsters feat. Killah Priest, Ras Kass and Ricky General 13. Paper Chasin feat. Neb Luv and Naptron 14. Last Bar feat. Planet Asia 15. My Swag feat. Lady G and Whosane 16. Bomb Hard feat. El da Sensei 17. On Lock feat. Main Flow and Whosane 18. Change the Game feat. Naptron and C France 19. Cold With It feat. Lady G and Trenseta
This week's free song is "Spitsbergen 2", a 40th Dimension "Crop Report" era B-Side that originally appeared on the "Zip It" 12" single and is featured on the forthcoming album "Karma Response Unit's B-Sides (2000-2010)", dropping in April.