Bucktown USA Mixtape Vol. 1


The Bucktown USA Mixtape Vol. 1 hit the web about a month or so ago featuring General Steele, Vvs Verbal, Coke, Louie Skaggs, Brooklyn Bixby, Mar’rz Atomz & Araminta Moon.  I been meaning to write about it but needed some critical information in regards to fully understanding what Bucktown USA is all about.

I got put on to the mixtape by Vvs Verbal, when I bumped into him downtown Brooklyn.  I think I was heading to the Atlantic Ave. entrance and passed a dude who i’m thinking look mad familiar.  He’s looking at me like, you do look familiar, we both after a moment realized that it was from the Sean Price fund event in Park Slope, Brooklyn in 2015.

I had Verbal on the mic corresponding the event, which was real chill.  Unfortunately, the mic has an on and off switch which is near where most people would grab the mic, and 70% of the audio was lost.  But once I noticed it after the fact, I corrected and got a dope lil freestyle session with random cats that appreciate the cypher that Vvs Veral initiated.

With that, I bring you the Mixtape (also avail. as a free download courtesy of Bucktown USA).  Vvs Verbal style is my type of shxt!  He represents accordingly and has interesting word play.  I can’t wait to hear more from the brother.

General Steele always shines bright with the classic flow that we all love.  I’m still absorbing the release and artist styles, the production is on some classic NYC shxt which i support.  Gotta keep the NYC music spirit alive my peoples.  bless up!!!


Sean Price “60 Bar Dash” prod. by Dj Gibril the Polohead

Rest in Lo, your words are echoing through the music universe and altering the very nature of this music landscape that we call hip hop.  Sean P forever! – G. Kuyateh

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How The Remix Came About

I did this a year ago and lightly making touches over the months. It was supposed to drop with some video I shot at the Duck Down fundraiser for Sean P’s fam in Brooklyn.  Shxt was dope, mad heads stopped through to show love.

I had some tech issues with the sound, which prevented me from releasing it, which also prevented me from dropping this properly. For some odd reason, there were elements that didn’t flow and I had to approach it completely differently.

That realization didn’t occur until a few days ago. It suddenly all made sense and once the mixing started to flow, other ideas to build evolved. I already had the sample and 75% of the track done. The last 25% of it was falling apart but it all worked out.

My production is across the board from Hip Hop to NYC House (or club as old heads would say). Also I fuxk with RnB, Soul and eclectic vibes.

I’m a man of the 90’s, grew up a Polo aka Lo head from Crown Heights and was deeply embedded in the preservation of hip hop and the dance culture.

The shift in New York’s sound is very disappointing being that we used to be respected for it, now muthafuxkers don’t even know what New York or Brooklyn Hip Hop sounds like.

With that, I decided to do my part and start my own movement with sound. Producing along the lines of sounds that I grew up with, that boom bap, jazzy hip hop, funky soulful shxt.

It’s what I do, regardless of whether or not you enjoy… the point is preservation because others covering our culture don’t pay it the proper respect and thats The Brooklyn Word…

Holla if you have budgets and an idea or if you need some artistic brand development. I’m well versed in many areas outside of production. bless up – Dj Gibril

released March 18, 2016
Lyrics: Sean Price | Duckdown
Production + Mix/Master: Gibril Kuyateh

Lastly, I put this joint on shxtcloud (soundcloud) as well, but they are assholes and dicking all of the dj’s that pay to use their service.  So I’m transitioning from their service as much as possible.  I’ll get more into that later…

Biggie Smalls – Juicy remix | dj Gibril the PoloHead

Rest In Love B.I.G. 

This was produced entirely by dj Gibril using the Biggie acapella and the original Mtume “Juicy Fruit” track.  I wanted to keep the core of the original but while chopping up the sample, it kinda flowed into something a little different and I flowed with it.

That also meant I head to stretch the timing of vocals and alternate the original flow a bit.  It wasn’t my initial intention, but once started rolled with it.  Stretching vocals and shortening each word/breathe is intensive.  It can always be cleaner and better, that’s no problem, the issue is always time.  How much time do you want to put into it?  I started this last night and wanted to get it over as quick as possible so there are a few rough areas that I cleaned up by distracting it with other sounds and such.  But if ever a real pro job needs to be done and money is on the table, then I got that too…

All in all, this was fun and an interesting interpretation.

Bk to the fullest, Crown Heights reppin… Lo Heads in the house!

And that’s #theBrooklynWord!

I’m slowly migrating from using ShxtCloud (aka soundcloud), please patient as I test alternative music streaming services (eg. bandcamp or fatdrop) that enable downloading.

Artwork: Becky Mann
Typography: G. Kuyateh

Chris Crack Is The Funniest Emcee With Straight Bars

The award for funniest young emcee with straight bars goes to Chris Crack.  My man is hilarious plus he got a flow that’s on point.  I think i wrote about him before, but I was introduced to his sound through Mc Tree (Chicago Soul Trap Pioneer).  Tree is like a mentor from my understanding and does production for the young G.

The New Deal Crew consist of Chris Crack, Cutta, Tmthy, Trtl, Jara.

I’m in a writing mood tonight, so continuing the flow.  My head is feeling right, sour’d up with that special black.  The Macbook is now on Bandcamp with his albums playing.  All I gotta say is I definitely respect what the New Deal Crew is doing.  They are now down with Red Bull Select – Chris Crack and gaining fans on the daily.  I’m gonna go deeper at a later time, I need to connect with him and get the story first hand.

Shit, I don’t know what to share first.  I just listened to 2 albums and going back will fuck up my flow, so i’ll go to ShxtCloud (soundcloud, those bastards) for his newer heat.

Oh shxt, new heat just dropped today…

This joint is my shxt, whoever produced it even used a Linda Lewis sample… i peeped that.  Cat’s don’t know about Linda Lewis.


New Video:”Psalms” ft. Loren Oden by Adrian Younge

So, I was up on Adrian then I fell off (got distracted and forgot to check his album out). Then I wanted to shoot him while he was NYC performing at some event (forget what it was) but was denied when I reached out his label Linear Labs  who put me in contact with their publicist Yash Zadeh at BIZ3 (I apparently wasn’t big enough lol, pricks get on my nerves, but that’s the business no hate).

Ironically, he was spinning at our Soul In The Horn party (hottest Friday night party in NYC) the following night and I was able to film him in my home.  Gotta love serendipity…

My intentions are always good and I’m about the artist, but regardless, some people prefer fucking wit the big boy media music sites (even though I’ve written for them and stopped to be more independently free with my no filtered mouth, they are blood suckers and so not real lol, more on that lata).

Now today, I got an email from Linear Labs with links to the new video.  I was hoping a promo was up in there, but nah.  I was about to delete it when something said, just check it out.  I mean I’m still in my writing mood, it may be dope.

Glad I did, the sound immediately was a banger.  You could hear elements/sounds and rhythmic patterns that has a similar energy to his most successful sampled placement on Jay Z’s “Picasso Baby“.  It gritty, funky soul that resonates with any hip hop head immediately.

Every time the tracks gets quiet and Loren Oden comes in, it’s like the heavenly moment where angels appear and light transcends from above, so dope.  He does everything right as always, I haven’t heard everything yet but I also haven’t heard a track that I couldn’t fuck with.  They are not necessarily club/party bangers unless they are music enthusiast and understand the non-traditional (by todays standards) sound flow.  But it’s a must for those that love dope rhythms, live musicians, real musicianship and a beautifully constructed orchestration.

Loren’s voice is mad dope, I need to look more into this brother.


It was sampled from “Sirens” produced by Adrian Younge

Peep “Sirens II” ft. Bilal and Adrian performing at Brownswood with one of my heroes Gilles Peterson (super respected music tastemaker and influencer).  Ali Shaheed Muhammad is missing though he produced it with Adrian.

You can never go wrong with Bilal, his mental is super natural.  That’s all I can say, one of the dopest musicians out there.  Keep vibrating B.

With that, you can check the album out here which I’m doing, but I do want a physical copy for the collection of not just this, but all his albums.  His multi-instrumental abilities and ear for the subtlties are quite beautiful and a rare skill.  You also got to give him props on the videos and artwork direction.  I’m not sure how much credit to give him or if it’s a separate that does it.  Either way he approves everything, plus i’m sure he is mad hands with art direction, given Adrian’s meticulous nature with production/arrangement/musicians/composing.

Peep the full album…


He seems like he’s a chill dude and we both have an affinity for vintage and classy Polo/Ralph Lauren (BK Polohead here since 93).  Another reason to support, real Lo Heads stick together, even though he’s not about that Lo-Life Loyalty, he’s about that Lo life.

Props to this dope brother again, you’ll catch a review soon… Maybe once I get the albums. Salute! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram

Listening Kanye’s “The Life Of Pablo” on PornTube

So yea, its not as weird as it sounds.  Lemme explain…

Caught an article saying that the album was >Kanye “The Life of Pablo”< on Pornhub. Jokes aside, I’m thinking dope let me check it while cleaning and shit.  I been wanting to check it since it dropped but it would always slip my mind.  (listen before it’s a bust… pun intended).

The album is only streaming on Tidal, but I haven’t had time (would take me maybe 30 secs. to locate somewhere online).  The PornHub link was perfect timing, anywayz!

Last week, I was vibing with DProsper (respected manager/emcee, industry manager mover and shaker) and thought, yea I gotta check it to see where he’s at these days.  The last CD (never purchased digitally) I had by Ye was College DropOut.  The main reason I got it was that he was rocking the Lo (Polo) Teddy on it.  The Lo-Head in me had to support, but it was actually super dope!

Regardless, that brings me to today and “The Life Of Pablo“.  The side moving advertisements from PornHub are hilariously moving to the music.  It’s that serendipitous moment where it all works and in beat too, pun intended.  And nah, i’m not over here wacking off, the music is playing in the background.

Now I’m gonna get a bit serious keeping the shxt 100, the music tastemaker is talking now.  Anything else would be uncivilized and against my character.  Aight let’s go….

My final analysis is that “The Life Of Pablo” is a juxtapose of genres that reflect Kanye West’s many artistic personalities.  I get this as a fellow Gemini, I mean, Gems minds are everywhere… yet in that moment.

There are times where I’m like WTF is this, I can’t rock wit it but I see how it can be artistically freaked on stage.  The visuals and performance aspect is in my opinion why Ye went there.  Other joint’s in that same vain were creatively intriguing, but it didn’t grab me like yo I wanna rock that.

No More Parties In LA” is my favorite on the release and makes the most sense to my hip hop spirit.  More of these type tracks would have created a resurgence and interest from legit hip hop heads across the world.  The flip is, urban hip hop heads are not necessarily paying customers, so an album like that is different when performed compared to his creative sounds which are more visual.  I don’t think Ye’s heart is there at this time, which why only one two (30 Hours) track mimics his loved “College Dropout” album.

Quick rundown of the album’s arrangement:

  1. Ultralight Beam – is pretty dope and soulful.  I liked this as the introduction, it captivated the listener immediately drawing expectations of something great.
  2. Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 1 – is more commercial and it where the direction changes to a more modern sound.  Not my favorite but it still works with todays standard sound.
  3. Father Stretch My Hands Pt. 2 – is the continued energy of pt. 1, but I like that better as the arrangement has an underground  90’s feel to it.
  4. Famous – not my vibe, but it’s catchy and can get the head nodding.  It’s more braggy than lyrically induced, plus the efforts are rudimentary.  The hook (Swizz Beatz) is catchy and flows well.
  5. Feedback – sounds like Puffy West, he kinda bit his flow which is an oxymoron since Puffy doesn’t write his material (but the delivery is always all puff, nobody can duplicate that).  He was tweaking on this joint, real shxt.  The young kids will prob enjoy dancing to it, that type of rhythm is there.
  6. Low Lights – This was a good interlude, i like the shxt that’s really saying something.  It reminds that Ye still got the soulful ear.
  7. Highlights – is cool and commercial.  I can see stripping bitches sliding down a dirty pole into a split, real slowly to this.  My type of shxt when twisted and on my hood shxt.
  8. Freestyle 4 – is weird AF.  It’s the Jekyll and Hyde side coming out, not feeling it.
  9. I Love Kanye – is fun, very narcissistic… guess it “o-so-Kanye”.
  10. Waves – rippled right past me, next!
  11. FML – is mad different, but i Like that type of different.  Reminds me of Portishead, I fux wit it.  He’s such a weird ass creative genius.  (clarification, creative genius because of his intense passion and eccentric approach that stands out from his peers good/bad debatable, nonetheless, his spirit feels tormented hence the many levels of expression on the album.  Hey, i’m energy sensitive!)
  12. Real Friends – is cool and more of the hip hop structure that I was expecting.  The beat is a 6.5, but the message is a 9.  I like when he get’s personal and puts more effort in his writing.
  13. Wolves – is so so, but I feel his artistic approach.  Kanye is mad coded with his shit and translate through art as imagined by him.  I appreciate his openness and ability to express his self alternatively.
  14. Silver Surfer – Max B interlude… he had to do this after the Waves drama, so it’s more “as a result of” than “intended from the get go”.
  15. 30 Hours – the energy is kicking in, this is the old Kanye.  I want more of this flow, but that’s wishful thinking.  Chill head nod shxt.
  16. No More Parties In LA – is fuxking hot!!! I love this track, Kendrick ripped it.  That’s what I’m talking about in regards to Ye’s genius.  His mind is convoluted with so much shxt it’s impossible to be focused on one sound, i get it.  But this shit is dope!
  17. Facts – skipped it after 3 secs
  18. Fade – Ok, this is where many are like that shxt is wack and weird.  I don’t and know I have a higher respect for Ye’s creatively.  This is paying homage to house music, after all Kanye is Chicago bred.  The intro lyrics sound off, no wait, the vocal mixing is off, it’s too much and needs to be lowered/flatened a bit with less treble.  The classic sound is very recognizable to househeads, it’s dope to hear him incorporate it into his album and end it.  I’m going to remix this joint, straight up!

So that concludes my review, no I didn’t review for errors.  No body got time for that, my mind goes at a 100 miles an hour.  I actually typed this straight through, if I stop and think about what I’m writing, will take me 20 time longer at least.

Rewinding back to “No More Parties In LA”! – written by Gibril Kuyateh Instagram