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.”
Big Shug (Gangstarr Foundation) ft. M-Dot & Benefit - Heavy produced by Norman Cratez
Courtesy Chris Figueroa.
Frequent Boston collaborators Big Shug & M-Dot connect again with the new single "Heavy", this time alongside Springfield native Benefit who provides the 3rd verse. Production By Norman Cratez & Cuts By DJ Reel Drama.
I wanted to send out the first leak off of Jamal Science's upcoming EP; so if you can please post this joint I would greatly appreciate it. Attached is the front cover of the EP. The entire project will be available on 11/11/11.
Below are the links to "The Power Of..." and a Promo Video Jamal did for the EP. Thanks homie.
Critically acclaimed new artist Has-Lo is back with a re-envisioning of his debut In Case I Don't Make It. The noteworthy project comes out officially on November 15th, but iTunes has teamed up with MMG for an exclusive early release of the star-studded Conversation B. To encourage everyone to support the album, we're giving away a free download of Has-Lo "Face In Diguise" produced by none other than Exile.
"Face In Disguise" is Build Jewelz reconstituted by Has-Lo and Exile. The producer has crafted music for Mobb Deep, Akon and Snoop Dogg, not to mention his classic long player with Blu: Below The Heavens. Exile lends this track an intense musical backdrop full strings and monastic chanting that brings out a religious tone that matches Has-Lo's lyrical prose. Hope and faith are pitted against an unyielding external reality that Has-Lo depicts with the wordplay of a virtuoso.
"My grandmother says "you need to put your faith into Christ" And yet, waning in faith, I hate her advice An atheist right? To pray in the sky, a face in disguise Well beyond saying I'm blessed to say I'm alive Awaiting a sign from god, meanwhile failing to rise And what's the point really? I spend the week Plotting a scheme to get filthy, or let the stress kill me If I'm cutting you off the love that I had was built cheap You holding a grudge? Feel free"
About The Album:
Has-Lo, the Philadelphia based emcee/producer who brought you the critically acclaimed album In Case I Don't Make It, is back! Conversation B is a complete re-envisioning of ICIDMI. Exile, J-Zone, Oddisee, Kev Brown, Eric Lau, Apollo Brown and more lend their extensive production powers to the project. It is eclectic, melodic, chaotic, bleak and brutal all at once. The journey of a man at the tipping point continues...
Video: Mr. Flex of Chosen Spokesmen - "Street Drama (Real Shit)"
Taken from the massive 'Nothing To Prove EP' from Chosen Spokesmen member Mr. Flex, 'Street Drama' is the latest track to receive the full music video treatment. Produced by UK Hip-Hop legend Chemo and featuring Chosen Spokesmen members Blick Kid, Danger The Sergeant and Modulation, this track is already getting a lot of love from tastemakers, deejays and bloggers worldwide. This new video is more proof that Mr. Flex has solidified himself as a driving force in UK Hip-Hop.