Thank You Parliment Funkadelic
January 25, 2008, 4:04 am
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Guilty Simpson and Wale
January 20, 2008, 3:11 am
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I have two features in the newest issue of Vapors with the aforementioned artists, and a DJ Krush DVD review for that extra veinte. Kinda some bullshit, the Wale was only supposed to be a half page, but they bumped it up to a full page without really telling anyone. I guess that sounds good, but I had a lot more I would have added had they told me. All good though. Anyway, the magazine is on shelves now or you can download the issue for free from the Vapors site (just click image). Thanks to the homie J. Kim for linking me up with the new homegirl Elosi, who is the editor over there at Vapors.

On the real, I hate digital magazines. I know people are saying this is the future, but I find them to be annoying, unnecessary, and generally a headache. And on that note, go read my writings!

Smoking Session with Pete Rock
January 17, 2008, 2:37 am
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The full interview went up today, click the image to read it. Not mad at the outcome at all.

January 16, 2008, 12:55 am
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Sure it’s a novelty, but still shit is kinda fresh.

January 13, 2008, 2:30 am
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Earlier last week, a couple days before the Pete Rock joint, I caught up with Hi-Tek for a Vapors Magazine feature. Not to sound exactly like the last post, but I’ve always been a huge fan of Tek, from the early Reflection Eternal joints to all of solo albums…pretty much I like everything he’s done. I can’t recall one wack beat. Anyway, the interview was cool. Dude wasn’t much of a talker, which makes things a little awkard, but after transcribing it and finishing the story, I changed my mind on the whole thing. There were certain things I wish he had elaborated more on, but dude didn’t really sound like he was too pumped on things, i.e. his label. He’s off now, but he made it sound like he was gonna lay low for a minute. Below are some exerpts from the interview that I didn’t use, so instead of trying to explain the situation, I’ll let you read his words.

You switched it up this time, you don’t have the long list of big names, but aside from that the music has a whole different feel to it. Was that a concious thing, to not only switch who you worked with, but also the vibe to the album?
Yeah, this album was more experimental as far as…Doing it on an independent level, it just gives me the leverage to just do some different stuff. I wish I had more time to make the album better, but I’m not mad at it. Truthfully, I couldn’t do too much with this album. There are a lot of stipulations with the business that I can’t really get into, but I definetly wanted to please my fans and for those I let down, I apologize because there were a lot of business issues. When you get the right label, and people behind your music that really care for what you’re doing, that really helps make you put your all into the music. I did what I could dealing with the circumstances…….Truthfully I just want to get back in the lab real strong and make a whole new batch of music, and get my whole love for the craft back. Not that I lost my love, but when you’re constantly dealing with the business, you don’t get that time to really come up with something new. I just want to create some new music and new styles, so in the next couple years I can release something crazy that will get people talking

…he goes on to say that the reason he didn’t have the big names this time around was because in short, he didn’t want the label to own the music. So in a way he manipulated the label as springboard for new cats to get in the game. If that makes sense, it sounds fallible reading it, but I can’t use the exact quote because it’s going in the print version. I’ll cap things off with these last hip-hop nerd questions.

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Pete Rock
January 11, 2008, 7:17 pm
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Just finished up an interview with Pete Rock for Smoking Section, which should be up sometime next week. I rarely get nervous doing these, but this was definitely one of those…fumbling over words and all that. ha! It was a privileged to speak to dude, and I don’t use that word lightly. Below is a snippet.

It’s been a debate amongst me and friends for a long time now which album is better Mecca and the Soul Brother or The Main Ingredient. I wanted to know if you had any wisdom you could throw in the debate, and maybe bring things to an end?
That’s a tough one. I like both of em, but Mecca and The Soul Brother was my first child. It was my first big debut album, produced by me. It was very young and vibrant, and just a lot of different things going on that album. The Main Ingredient was an album that matured from Mecca and The Soul Brother. We got older, and you could hear it in the music.

ehh, I’m stilling going with The Main Ingredient.

Ta’Raach+Blu=C.R.A.C Knuckles
January 11, 2008, 3:10 am
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(left to right: Co$$, Blu, Big Tone, Ta’Raach)

I was developing rolls of film at random and I came across this joint, which was taken some time in early 2007 at Rooky’s Records in SF. Ta’Raach was in town for a record release party for his album The Fevers, and he brought along everyone you see above. It was a dope interview, which you can watch here. At the time Ta’Raach mentioned C.R.A.C. (pronounced crash), which was a collaboration project with himself and Blu, but I hadn’t heard Blu’s music so it didn’t really sink in what was at hand. Come to find out Blu is the truth, as shown by his debut Below The Heavens, which was definitely one of my favorite albums of 2007. Almost a year later and C.R.A.C. is starting to prep their release, aiming for a March/April release on Tres records. A single should be dropping in the coming weeks, but in the meantime you can catch the two on the road at select spots below…some are just Blu solo shows, but I’m too lazy to edit them out.

11 Jan 2008 20:00
MilkBar SanFrancisco, California
19 Jan 2008 20:00
BlindPig Ann Arbor, Michigan
24 Jan 2008 20:00
AirlinerAgain Los Angeles, California
26 Jan 2008 20:00
DetroitBar(AbstraktWorkShop) Costa Mesa, California
1 Feb 2008 20:00
UCSD SanDiego, California
2 Feb 2008 20:00
Boombox Los Angeles, California
3 Feb 2008 20:00
TheLoft Tempe, Arizona
12 Feb 2008 20:00
ContinentalRoom Fullerton, California
16 Feb 2008 20:00
Silk Sacramento, California
20 Mar 2008 20:00
A3CFestival(20th-22nd) HotLanta, Georgia

…cause people come here for tour dates and such…. I promise it will get better.

It’s a start, thanks to Amanda Lopez for the motivation to finally post something of substance.